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.)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

U.S. don't count on NATO in the future

Brussels, Friday, June 10, 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the Biblioteque Solvay regarding security and defense. According to an article by Associate Press reporters Desmond Butler and Robert Burns, the Secretary warned that the "NATO military alliance is at risk." His reasons, "penny-pinching and the distaste for front-line combat." Well isn't that just too bad after we have hauled their hind ends out of two world wars. According too the reporters the Secretary stated that the United States "won't carry the alliance as a charity case" anymore.

The only NATO country that agreed and with gusto was Britain; so much for the rest of our so-called allies. I guess now we know who we can count on in the future...not many.

Gates warned the Europeans of the distaste of Americans towards Europe's priorities. He warned "the blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress, and in the American body politic at large, to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense."

In essence I believe that Gates was telling the Europeans that they need to start "carrying their fair share" of the load that the U.S. has been doing for "six decades".  Well it is about time someone in a high position in the government told the European "users" the truth of the situation and that we are sick and tired of constantly bailing them out of situations they got themselves into.

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