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.)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Haiti aid target of corruption & graft?

As I have often said no good deed goes unpunished; and I suspect that goes double in Haiti. The Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral Florida collected thousands of dollars of goods for humanitarian aid for an orphanage in Haiti. When the donated humanitarian aid landed at the Cap-Haitien airport in Haiti corrupt Haitian custom officials demanded they pay $120 in duties in spite of the materials being labeled "No fees for humanitarian aid". The goods were diapers, baby food, toys and cribs were not allowed to leave the airport until the demand for payment was meet.

According to Cape Coral pilot, David Beauvois, "the government is so corrupt...what they really need to do is get the American military here to regulate like they do in Port-au-Prince." He also said that customs agents have been known to take the aid and keep it or sell it. The aid eventually did make its way to the orphanage after a multitude of hassles with Haitian officials and self appointed "officials?". If this is going on in just one part of the country you can imagine what the scale of corruption and graft is nation wide. Be careful to whom you donate money or goods too; make sure the charity is large enough and has enough clout to avoid this type of extortion.

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