Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fear and the Democrats win

Fear and bipartisanship are tactics that the democratic members of congress and President Obama used to convince the citizens of the United States that now with a new leader things would be different.....CHANGED.

The stimulus bill passed without one republican vote; so much for bipartisanship and change. I suspect that the next four years will be much of the same with Pelosi at the helm keeping her troops in line. No one knows that this stimulus bill will even work over the long run. If it does you can be sure that the democrats and their genetico-politico (new word created) descendants will take full credit; if it does not it will be because of those few republicans that did not sign on to the package. So folks hang on to your wallets, purses, cash (if you have any) and investments and savings over the next four years...hang on real tight. Its going to be a rough and tumble ride. You can be assured of that. I hope I'm wrong.

William LeFew's letter to the Editor

Mr. LeFew got most of what he said in his Letter to the Editor dated January 29, 09 to the Northwest Herald correct. The peaceful transference of power noted on Inauguration Day is to be commended.

However if one reads the papers and records of the Founding Fathers their idea of who would have the right and privilege to vote for their representatives in the envisioned new republican form of government was not what we today enjoy and take for granted. Not everyone was included in this group of "voters"; they the Founding Fathers feared a take over by what was called then the uneducated rabble or at times referred to as the "mob". To them the voter would be a stakeholder in this new country; someone who was a land owner, business owner, educated to some degree so he could read and understand issues and not on the receiving end of government money. They feared that if all were to be allowed to be voters that they would vote for the candidate that would would promise them more and more until the government would find itself bankrupt and unable to fulfill its promises. In other words they felt that voters should be males who had something to loose if they voted unwisely and not individuals who only had something to gain....sound familiar? Women were not even considered in the argument at that time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do as I say...Not as I did!

Timothy Geithner won confirmation on Monday as President Obama's treasury secretary despite not having paid a significant amount of taxes (over $30,000) that was due the IRS. If I had done that I would have had liens on anything I owned, partially owned or possessed and would have probably been in federal prison for tax evasion. How ironic it is that now he will be the IRS's boss. Will he have a sign on his desk saying "Do as I say...Not as I do (did)!" Will the IRS Agent who pursued those due taxes still have a job and if he or she does will it be on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. From my point of view this was not a good choice for an already sick economy. I can only envision the jokes around the Treasury Department's offices....smirk...wink...smirk.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Supreme Court pension ruling

On Monday, January 26, 2009 a second Supreme Court ruling was also handed down. Money from a deceased employee's pension plan will go to the named beneficiary, the court said, regardless of a divorce decree.

Justices rule for whistle blowers

In a 9-0 decision, on Monday, January 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States stated that employees, workers who cooperate with an investigation regarding uncouth behavior by a supervisor are protected from retaliation under the civil rights laws. So now not only is the person who filed the complaint protected but any witnesses who might corroborate the truthfulness of the complaint are also now protected against retaliation by the employer. Justice David Souter said that protection "extends to an employee who speaks out about discrimination not on her/his own initiative, but in answering questions during an internal investigation."

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama is a no show

President Obama, the Commander In Chief of this nation's armed forces was a "NO SHOW" at the inaugural ball that was attended by the recipients of the highest honor that this country can bestow on a member of the military: The Congressional Medal of Honor. A "NO SHOW" says something to me especially during a time of war against the terrorist threats faced by our members of the armed forces. The Commander In Chief of this nation's armed forces has two main mandates: the security of this nation and the well being of the troops he commands...maybe he just forgot....NOT! Wonder what the men and women who are laying it all on the line for their boss think of his "NO SHOW"; it must instill in them a feeling of really being appreciated.

Oh, by the way he was the first President to not attend this ball in 56 years.

Showing his true colors?

In spite of the genetic gifts inherited from his white mother and black father, God given ones and learned ones through study at elite universities President Obama still doesn't "get it". His superb rhetorical skill and affability promote and promise a Utopian world, peace, prosperity, health and universal happiness through his leadership and change. I agree these goals are admirable ones and we all should strive to make them reality. So much for his goals and words: now lets talk and look at the reality of his actions...the "real stuff" of a person that emanates from his inner voice of conscience which is the product of his "formation" from an infant to President of the United States of America.

On Friday, January 23 he struck down the ban on using tax payer money to assist international (foreign) groups that perform abortions. I believe that the President truly wants to do many of the good things he promoted during his campaign. However, a Utopian society cannot be achieved by promoting and subsidizing a "culture of death"; one that says it wants to make people free in the truest sense of the word but bases the achievement of that goal on the amoral assumption that the taking of life, pre-born, during birth, in diseased states, or in the elderly is warranted because it will be balanced by the good it will supposedly achieve for the many. This proposition has been used in the past and has only brought more death, misery and the collapse of nations and civilizations. To promote this course of action is to promote our eventual extinction from the face of the planet. The more we cheapen life the more its intrinsic value decreases...eventually to the point of being worthless.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Smartest Person in the World

If you have a few minutes (whatever they are and relative to what) to think about three issues this weekend define the real nature of "life", "space" and "time". If you can tell us what the real nature and substance of these three entities is I guarantee that you will win three Nobel Prizes and probably be considered the most intelligent human being past, present and future. No one has been able to do it to date. Attempts yes, but inclusive full answers NO!

Think about it and let me know what your answers would be. I would be interested in hearing from you.