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, September 4, 2011 geopolitical crossroad

Turkey's location is at the geographical crossroads of Europe and Asia. Now, with it's expelling of the Israeli ambassador it is venturing into a political arena that may, in the long run, not be in the best interests of Turkey. The Israeli ambassador was expelled because of Israel's refusal to apologize for last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. This was more than an aid flotilla, it was an act to break the embargo of arms that were  coming into Gaza. The majority religion of Turkey is Islam with small minorities of Judaism and Christianity. I suspect they, the government, is reacting to the pressure of the Islamic majority. In theory Turkey is a secular, democratic constitutional republic and as such has received significant U.S. economic and military assistance. In theory it remains linked with the West and has been friendly with Israel. It is a member of NATO, the Council of Europe, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 economies. In 2005 it began negotiations with the EEC (European Economic Community). It has also held close ties to many Islamic countries in the Middle East.

I pray that Turkey makes the prudent decision to continue it's pro-Western attitude and associations; going the other way would only foster infiltration of militant middle eastern elements into Turkey's secular democratic society.

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