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.)

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Myth that has been sold to us

In order to deflect any serious discussion  of national security our government tries to reassure us that Islam is a religion of peace. I believe that most Islamic Americans are peaceful and consider the United States there home. However I also believe that there are significant factions in Islam that want to destroy western civilization and its way of life. We have been led to believe that Islam is not that much different from Christianity and Judaism. This is a myth perpetrated to reassure us and put us at ease.

Islam has both a theological and political ideology: a belief in Allah and a political ideology built around the Koran and the teachings of its founder Muhammad. Christianity (Christ), a Jew, teaches us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God (Allah) what is God's. This has allowed for a non-theocratic political tradition to develop in the West and in Israel. This, in tern, has led to the development of principles of civil and religious liberty.

Islam teaches even to reinterpret or much less to disagree with the Koran's 6000 verses, 114 chapters or Suras which deal with law, politics and faith is punishable by death. Islamic authorities also hold that parts of it written last have more authority and override those written earlier (theory of abrogation).
Specifically, they are parts of the Koran written after 622 A.D.  These are Suras 9 and 5.

Sura 9, verse 5, reads: "Fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them, and lie in wait for them, in every stratagem of war. But if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them....

Sura 9, verse 29, states: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion the religion of Truth, even if they are of  the  40 people of the Book, until they pay the jizya (tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

 Sura 5, verse 51, reads: "Oh ye who  believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them. Verily Allah guideth not the unjust."
 And Sura 3, verse 28, introduces the doctrine of taqiyya, which holds that Muslims should not be friends with the infidel except as deception, always with the goal of converting, subduing, or destroying him."

Muslims who truly believe in the above are the individuals and groups that present a threat to Western Civilization.

Friday, February 25, 2011

USA PATRIOT Act (aka the Patriot Act)

A short time ago I wrote to Congressman Joe Walsh, 8th District, Illinois. I voiced my concerns about continuing the Patriot Act and expanding its provisions which in my view may, in some cases, violate our civil rights. I believe it is necessary, at this time in our national history, to have this Act in place to safeguard our country and its citizens but I do believe that it should be reviewed at least twice a year and any additional intrusions on our civil rights and privacy have to be closely followed by the House Committee on Homeland Security of which Congressman Walsh is a member.

Congressman Joe Walsh responded on February 11, 2011 to my inquiry in the following manner:

"Yet, I do believe wholeheartedly that our civil liberties are sacred and indivisible, and I share your concerns that the federal government may be overstepping its bounds and going beyond what is necessary and proper to maintain our safety. As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I will continue to monitor federal authorities to make sure they do not infringe upon the rights and privacy of peaceful Americans. I plan to review Patriot Act programs and investigate all cases of its abuse and will endeavor to reform the offending agencies or programs so that these cases are not repeated."

I hope that all who read this will keep in contact with Congressman Walsh and monitor his progress in keeping the above promise to his constituents.

Congressman Joe Walsh
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-3711