Saturday, July 4, 2009

On Freedom

How great is the Fourth of July? Even Big Guy is willing to utter the word "Freedom" more than once in a speech if I tell him to! Thank you to all who keep us free. And let's not forget why we celebrate:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


  1. Thank you, TOTUS.

    You've left me speechless.

  2. TOTUS, this is why the USA should be supporting Honduras instead of condeming them.

    Funny the OAS is going to THROW out Honduras...because Honduras' congress REJECTS a dictator...

    HOWEVER the same OAS is going to admit Cuba!!!

    Cuba is a military runned dictatorship deserving the OAS' support...and Honduras doesn't?

    Strange times indeed.

    Long live freedom and democracy...even for Honduras!

  3. TOTUS, Dear, And we thought you were going to take the day off!

    Thanks for posting the Declaration.

    "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us...."

    Tea, anyone? Hmmmm.

  4. 'He" now has a new name: BHO

    Down with the tyrant; long live Americam & individual freedom!!!

  5. That last sentence always leaves me just swept away -- what those guys pledged and what some of them endured later. They were awesome!

  6. It truly brings tears to my eyes. I love my country. I love freedom.

    I like the words "manly firmness" in there.

    Long live Freedom and Democracy!

  7. "For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments;

    "For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent."

    Sounding more familiar all the time. I'll have a cup of T.E.A., Susan! No lumps, please.

  8. Thank you, TOTUS, for the complete text of the Declaration of Independence -- I've never read the entire thing before. Well worth it!

    Echoing the above sentiments, yes, indeed, B. Hussein O. "whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

    And here we thought B.O.'s only mentors were Machiavelli and Saul Alinsky. Add King George III of Great Britain to the list.

    I got tears in my eyes at the end, too.

    There is, despite all B.O.'s and his thugs' and their Marxist compatriots in Congress' diabolical schemes to take down America, reason for genuine hope. There is God. And, so, I will joyfully celebrate Independence Day with the peaceful heart that comes from "... a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence."


  9. Amazing post. Thank you, Totus.

  10. It's comforting to know that we can rely on TOTUS to say the right thing, even when the President doesn't know how to. Happy Fourth, ya'll.

  11. TOTUS, may I respectfully suggest that you put up those words in place of BO's next speech. I don't know that he remembers much of it, and I am pretty sure that Congress has either forgotten it, or never knew its outline in the first place.
    TEA for me....I'll be a Southfork volunteering.

  12. ThanThank you TOTUS, for reminding us by posting it in its entirety. Bet Big Guy has never read it all. Maybe you should slip in parts of it in his speeches over the next week or so....


    Hope to see all you FOTUS at a TEA party somewhere today.

  13. Maybe Congress should read the Declaration of Independence. Oh, I forgot. They don't do reading.
    Independence: Not just a day

  14. Thanks for posting TOTUS! With so many regulations these days, maybe this should be required reading with a test before anyone can take office. HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!

  15. Go here for a “printer-friendly” copy of the transcript of the Declaration:

    BHO is slowly, but surely working his way through the list of transgressions. Here are a couple of items that he is still working on:

    == "(1) He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and (2) sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance." ==
    Under the House version of the Cap ‘n Trade bill:
    (1) Hundreds of new agencies will be created.
    (2) New regulations for “retrofitting” homes and businesses. A process will be set up where an inspector will come to your home to see if it is “energy efficient” and prepare an analysis of what you need to do to retrofit your home to make it meet the new regs. “Federally approved” companies will be contracted to do the work. (Wonder how many of these companies will have "connections" to members of Congress?)

    == "For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us" ==

    Remember back last July 2. 2008, when BHO advocated the creation of a ‘civilian national security force’. Here is what he said:

    "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

    Well, the first step toward that goal is already in the works. Rep. Bob Filner, a California Democrat, introduced H.R. 675 back in January:

    == Filner’s bill would amend the United States code with the following: “Sec. 1585b. Law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense: authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms… for any offense against the United States.” ==

    Read about it here:


    By the way, if there is a bill in Congress that you would like to keep tabs on, the following link is to a great website you can use for that purpose:

  16. TOTUS...Big Guy should really STUDY your words...not just READ them.

    Happy birthday and God bless America!

    Long live TOTUS (but not with Barry, et. al.)!

  17. It's written in Englislh, by a freedom loving people; BHO will have to have it READ to him and EXPLAINED to him as he was obviously too busy smoking MJ and crack at Harvard to really learn anything about American freedoms.


  18. Sarah Palin is resigning as the Governor of Alaska. I know who is going to miss her the most, the left leaning Mainstream Media. Who will they use for a Punching Bag Now? No more PDS, Palin Derangement Syndrome, to try and bolster their lousy ratings, and dismal newspaper subscriptions . When many of her detractors, go on one of their many irrational rants, about the soon to be late Governor of Alaska. They can expect the response to be: So What, and Who Cares? Sarah Palin isn’t part of the Government anymore, she will be a private citizen. The Easiest Way to Win At Tug Of War.

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  20. Sorry, I'm not buying any of TOTUS' bigoted, right wing bullsh-t. Who wants to read that crap? Get with the program, Jeff - we are SO Post-America.

    Also, of MUCH greater importance - NO ONE registered for my site. Not Jamie, not Mountain Mama - none of the people who basically monopolize the comment section of the TOTUS blogspot as their own, sad little "mini blog"... going on and on and on about crap no one else cares about.

    But most notably, Jeff Foxworthy, aka TOTUS, also did NOT sign up for my site. Which means I did not reach my goal of a million new registrants in the past 24 hours, resulting in Google NOT offering me MILLIONS of dollars for my site - forcing me to continue to work for a living.

    All in all, I am not happy with any of you. Or with the media. And as a result, I am resigning from CrashX effective immediately. While most of you may be happy caring on with blogging as usual, I just can not subject the people of the internet to a lame duck website.

    It's like when you're playing checkers with chess pieces - and someone knights your pawn. That's when you pass it off to the rook and get it kinged. Or something like that.

    So really, this is not so much a goodbye - more of an HF to all of you.

    Happy 4th of July, Everyone, and Obama Bless America!

  21. Crashx, your supposed sarcasm is so esoteric that it seems ingenuine, thus avidly anti-conservative, rude, and sadly liberal.

    Thank you, TOTUS, for posting "The Declaration of Independence" in toto. Yes, please do scroll it for POTUS, constantly, and pray he reads it with comprehension and respect----, someday.

    Sarah Palin is imo definitely planning to run for president someday. Witness how, in her Facebook statement today, she referred to "candidates" who resign in order to follow a "higher calling," ie. to run for that office:

    At the prospect of running against Sarah Palin, BO is probably quaking in his soft metrosexual loafers. That is why she is attacked so viciously: they fear her courage and good sense.

    She wins by being honest.
    They can't HANDLE the truth.

  22. Esoteric? Fine, blow me away with your excessive liberal "Ivy League" verbiage.

    But if you EVER claim that I have esoteria EVER again, I will sue you for defamation of intelligence. And my lawyer KNOWS what esoteric means - so you better watch it!

    And if you EVER call me a liberal again, I will turn my cheek as Jesus commanded, all the time wishing I could just punch you in the face!

    it's very important never to take anything seriously - because the moment you do, you may fall prey to someone else's regurgitated ideology.

    If/when Sarah Palin comes out as a Bull Moose with Lipstick, i'll have her back.

    Also, before you allow the MSM to distort "liberal" into a "dirty word", you might want to spend a moment reflecting on the Word.

    The Jews didn't kill Jesus - we all did.

    Okay, I must be drunk now - I'm spouting religion. Each party has their own HF list - follow it or be cast out :)

  23. crashx

    I look at you as I do Ann Coulter - I can only "take" small doses of your humor/sarcasm and even find it funny. Any more than that and I'm wincing at every other word.

    Hey TOTUS - I heard a new Obama term today:


    Can you ask POTUS about it and let us know what he says?

  24. Any way, crashx aside, I agree with keyboard.jockey.

    When my black lab puppy tugs on my shoe, my sock, her leash, her master's underwear I just drop it and fast as you can say sham-wow she goes off in search of something else to destroy. David Letteman and Mo Dowdy can do one more piece, then what?

  25. "At the prospect of running against Sarah Palin, BO is probably quaking in his soft metrosexual loafers. That is why she is attacked so viciously: they fear her courage and good sense."

    Dearest Mountain Mama,

    Don't you understand? Sarah Palin is your Jerry Brown, your Walter Mondale, your Jesse Jackson, your Howard Dean....your George McGovern. If Sarah Palin ever had the miraculous fortune to win the Republican nomination, you'd have 40% of the American public enthusiastically voting for her...and the other 60% running for the hills.

    And let's wake up. Sarah Palin gets viciously attacked because she gives us so many reasons to. She's a walking caricature that is doomed to follow in the footsteps of Dan Quayle.

  26. Craniac, you are quite eloquent. Just think of all the great stuff you will be able to write about President Palin.

    Don't discount the ability of the American people to elect almost anyone as president. We are a very creative people. And Dan Quayle was a vice presidential candidate, who was the only candidate who had been certified sane in that election.

    I'm thinking of voting for Ralph Nader.



  27. Really great post totus!

  28. The Democrats/Progressives/Liberals are TERRIFIED of Sarah Palen and what (and who) she represents.

    If she was no threat to them, they would ignore her.

    By constantaly attacking her (and 90% of those attacks/accusations are unfounded or false), they're trying to destroy her.


    She's one against many; that in itself is unAmerican -- but we already know that the Democrats/Progressives/Liberals are anti-American, so they're probably unAmerican as well.

    If the Republican Party attacked an Democrat Governor like Palin was (and still is) attacked, what do you think would happen?

    Yeah, there would be no Democrat governors -- 'cuase they ARE guilty of being crooks.

    I hope she wins whatever office she choses to run for; Franken has already made a mockery of the word "Sentator", and Pelosi/Frank have denigrated the word 'Representative" long ago; The Fraud has shredded and destroyed the noble ilmage of "President".

    There's lots of repair work to be done, and Palen is a great start.

  29. This is an awesome post! Thanks TOTUS, BettyAnn, MM, TWW, etc. Ya'll are just too good to be true!

  30. God bless you, TOTUS.

    crashx, you are a very wierd man.

    You said, "Sarah Palin gets viciously attacked because she gives us so many reasons to. She's a walking caricature..."

    There is truth in this statement, but only because she is a real person, and living in times where the media wields power to destroy. The fact that most Americans watch teevee all the time rather than join life is the media's weapon. They wish to disuade the public from an image of Sarah Palin as an effective governor, a true American, by causing people like yourslef to believe she is a caricature - something not worthy of taking seriously.

    If, however, the kingmakers got behind this woman and promoted her, you would think differently because they would persuade you to like her and see her in a good light.

    As they did Obama. Let's wake up to this: white guilt elected him. Nothing more. He is a moron. He is a thug. He is an egomaniac. But he's the black guy. He is a black man in the office of president who breaks the law and gets away with it because the media doesn't speak up against the black guy. That would be racism. They have created the World's Greatest Negro by telling us that we just love him. It's a cop out, and he is getting away with murder.

    There will be scandal after scandal, unlike anything we have ever seen, and the media will cover it up for him, because he is black.

    Sarah is a woman. They attack her womanhood, her motherhood, her religion, her American life. The media is evil, and there is no other way to describe it.

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  32. very astute analysis, bettyann. Very TRUTHFUL. We all know that the only reason McCain ended up with the nomination was because it was "his turn" in the good old boy political network. I, for one, don't think it was just coincidence that Thompson inserted himself into the campaign when he did. And I don't think Huckleberry stayed in as long as he did because he thought he had a chance of winning. Their presence drew Conservative votes away from VIABLE Conservative candidates (or at least more conservative that McLame!). And what happened - we ended up with the RINO because the powerful in the party thought that the RINO would draw those elusive, so-called "Independent" voters.

    And, as for Obama being elected, most people won't admit to "white guilt" being the reason they voted for Obama, but that is what got him there. (With all the hoopla over MJ's death, I think he might have been elected had he run for office.)

    Sarah Palin represents the people in "flyover country". In her we can see ourselves, people with jobs and families and mortgages and family crises and all that other stuff that average, everyday Americans deal with on a daily basis. We can relate to her and she can relate to us.

    Sarah is REAL, unlike rich, coddled politicians and their spouses such as the McCains, the Kerrys, the Obamas and the Clintons, to name a few.

    Back during the campaign, I watched one evening as two Fox News contributors (Judith Miller and Kirsten Davis) both smirked and rolled their eyes over the fact that Sarah was "always cooking", as if that were somehow odd. What do they expect a wife and mother of five children to do to feed her family - order out every day? Have "cook" prepare the meals? People who live in the beltway have no concept of the lives of regular people.

  33. I have not watched teevee since 1975. I see it at times, in the bar or at a resturaunt, and it's a shock everytime. I do like beer commercials, though.

    A present:

    My mother is always watching teevee. She believes everything they say. For instance, she says Rush Limbaugh is a bad, hateful man, and a liar. She has never listened to him because that's what she thinks of him, because teevee told her to.

    When you don't see teevee as a habit, and then suddenly you watch it, everything is shocking and very offensive. I honestly feel as if I am being patronized by commercials, and the news, and the shows. It is all very dull, mediocre at best, and predictable. Sorry if I offend any teevee fans out there.

    I listen to a.m. radio. It limits the media's influence to my ears alone.

  34. I listen to talk radio on my ride home from work. Beck and Levin. Levin usually has me fired up by the time I get home.

    As for tv, I watch it in spurts. I never watch movies or sitcoms. Some days, I don't turn it on at all and just appreciate the silence after a day at work. Occasionally I'll watch Fox News, but usually not for too long as I often end up yelling at the tv.

    I LOVE to read. And depending upon my mood, I often search the net for news or interesting commentary.

    When my kids are home to visit, the tv is on most of the time and it drives me crazy. They have particular shows that they watch, every day/week, almost religiously. And movies, lots of movies. But never any kind of News show. They get the news from me, lol. They know I pay attention to what is going on.

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  36. Aside from ignoring the media, I think the greatest thing that would immediately help the country is passing a law that prohibits anyone on welfare from voting until they no longer take welfare. Also, add a line where legalized immgrants can't vote for five years (I prefer for a generation, but that won't pass).

    I think that would make a big, immediate change in politics

  37. Excerpt from a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776:

    I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

    You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

    Did you notice this part "the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty"?

    And they (liberals) say this country was not founded on Christian principles!

    I found this here:

  38. Bull Moose with Lipstick - The Prophetic Return of Sarah Palin and End of the MSM

    We're all on the same team :) In the future, I'll stick to enjoying TOTUS and stay out of the comments. My fiancée is a HUGE Palin fan. Personally, I'm not a fan of politicians - Reagan aside, they all tend to be HUGE disappointments. But my fiancée loves Palin, so I guess I'll just have to risk casting my lot in with her. If nothing else, I've learned that women are ALWAYS right. Take care all.

  39. "I've learned that women are ALWAYS right. "

    Hey, crashx, you are pretty darn smart after all. LOL

    Awe, come on, you can comment. We (or should I just say "I") don't always understand what you are saying, but, I'm learning. I admit I'm not too fond of the HF stuff, but its still a free country, right?

  40. Yeah, silly me: for the longest time, I thought "HF" meant "High Five."
    Not so much....

    Yeah, crashx, you're okay, but (again) too esoteric for most of us to take, except in small doses. SORRY! I'm glad you have a fiance with such good sense, though! You must be a fine young man after all.

    Craniac, you poor dear. You are just always on the wrong side of things, aren't you? (I know I'm hitting you where it counts, and to you, also, I apologize.) Sarah Palin is so genuine, yet you see her as a "caricature." Says how twisted you've become, which is SAD.

    I suppose, in your case and regarding other liberals, I'll just have to remember Sarah's parents' magnet:

    "Don't explain; your friends don't need you to, and your enemies won't believe you, anyway." (Or something very like that.)

    TERRIFIC POSTS, FOTS! You are all treasures. I appreciate especially Jamie, bettyann, TWW, and MelenaX----but I bet we'd all appreciate the other conservative sweeties if they posted more often HINT HINT!

    You, too, TOTUS. That made my day, to re-read the Declaration of Independence. I was actually shocked, though, when I realized how much BO resembles Britain's KING! ACK!

  41. Mountain Mama, we should not be at all surprised or shocked that BO resembles Britain's tyrannical king. BO's actions thus far in his Presidency resemble the actions of a lot of folks from history - Nero, to name one. And most of them were dictators, tyrants, etc.

    And they all had the same thing in common. Can you guess what that is?

    They wanted to be "the ONE" - they wanted to rule the world.

  42. Sarah is fighting back against the latest attempts to smear her good name:

    == Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened on Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation. ==

    == "'The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those "responsible for the abuse of that right.'… These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable." ==

    Read more:

  43. AMEN - Founding Fathers - AMEN!!!!

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  46. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    I shouldn't single out BHO, because although this is what he's doing, we should be honest and admit that this is what every American president since Wilson has done.

    Happy Fourth of July - belately - from north of the border, everyone.

  47. ==this is what every American president since Wilson has done.==

    Maybe so, but not to the extent of what BHO is doing, and where so many "Czars" (answerable only to the President, not Congress) have been appointed and given powers not outlined in the Constitution.

    North of the border? Which border - Canada, Mexico? Sounds like a dumb question, right? But, actually, with all the jokesters that post here, you might mean that you are in Alaska, Canada, New Zealand or you might even mean north of our border with Mexico, which means you are here in the U.S.

    Reason I'm asking - If you are Canadian (and not an American living in Canada), what do you think of YOUR country's single-payer healthcare? Enquiring minds want to know.

  48. I think that Sarah Palin stepping down from her job as Governor shows more honesty than any other politician running for President. In the past, how many of them have stepped down from their jobs as Governor, Congressman or Senator so that they could campaign? VERY FEW. Most hang on to thier jobs in case they lose. These people are being paid by the taxpayer and instead they are out on the road making campaign appearances, participating in debates, etc, etc. Look at Dennis Kucinich - how many times has he run for President? Every 4 years he takes time off from his job as Congressman to go out and campaign for a year! Who is representing his constituents while he is gone? Shame on the people who keep voting him back into office.

    During this last election - Obama, Clinton, McCain (and others)- NONE of them quit their "day jobs". They all started their campaigns at least two years before the election and spent most of their time away from Washington. Sarah Palin did not begin to participate in the campaign until August of 2008 - a scant three months before the election.

    This is not a new issue, its been like this for ages. Its time that it stopped. If you wanted to change your job, would your employer pay if you took time off to go and seek employment elsewhere? I think not.

  49. "...although this is what he's doing, we should be honest and admit that this is what every American president since Wilson has done."

    El Cerdo Ignatius:

    It is high time equivocation be addressed wherever and whenever it pokes it's nasty little head out. Circular logic is a tool from the left. It was used on us in school to derail any such thing as a true opinion or honest inquiry, and is meant to sound clever, even intellectual, and succeeds for those who accept it in homogenizing the mind.

    Homogenized minds do not leaders produce.

  50. Re.:
    "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."
    "I shouldn't single out BHO, because although this is what he's doing, we should be honest and admit that this is what every American president since Wilson has done."

    I don't know that El Cerdo Ignatius was using circular logic here. Instead, it sounds more like "the new honesty," which involves conservatives who criticize conservative candidates, rather than doing what the Democrats correctly do: keeping a united front, while discussing team differences privately, which is more constructive.

    The problem with ECI's logic is making the King's and BO's actions EQUIVALENT to those of other presidents, particularly conservative ones.

    True, the creation of "czars," through which positions presidents have circumvented Congress' constitutional jurisdiction, is not new to BO. Such positions should be expressly forbidden.

    Yet NO American president----Republican or Democrat----has EVER taken take the equivalent socialist actions that BO has, such as grabbing corporations, hiring and firing their CEO's, etc.

    ECI is neither honest nor helpful here.

  51. Many of those signers DID give their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Would that we always remember their sacrifices.

  52. no greater document ever written totus!! happy belated fourth of july!!

  53. Heavens to Murgatroid. Tough room.

    @Mountain Mama: So, stating the obvious - that every prez since Wilson has created "a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people," etc. is "dishonest" and "unhelpful".

    Thanks for the cheap shot. I was not trying to use circular logic, nor was I equating BHO with all predecessors, conservative or not. I obviously went wrong in using equivocating language, and in not singling out BHO for his incursions into the economy using czars, or his meddling in the affairs of private business. I agree that he's gone above and beyond what anyone prior has done.

    Sometimes one comments to make a point or two briefly, given the constraints of time. My point earlier was simply that Obama's thrown gas on a fire already burning, so it would seem to me that the real problem is that the President has the power to do it. You seemed to understand that premise when you said that "[s]uch positions should be expressly forbidden." Totally agree.

    And as for criticizing (nominal) conservatives from the right, what of it? Must I gather them in a room and vent my spleen privately? That's "what the Democrats do", but I think there's a world of difference between a blogger making comments here and the open bickering in the GOP these days. Don't equate me with Republicans who take public swipes at one another.

    @Bettyann: It was not circular logic, but I grant that it was too equivocating. If you knew me even vaguely, though, I doubt you would accuse me of equivocating too often, or pushing a homogenization of anyone's minds.

    @Jamie: I should have said north of the northern border of the USA. So aye, I am Canadian. You ask what I think of my country's single payer health care system - the answer is NOT MUCH.

    I have a family doctor, but many families in my area do not. Why not? There aren't enough of them. Costs the government too much money. Lots of people languish on waiting lists, and have to go to walk-in clinics, if they live in or near an urban area, or they go to the hospital for routine stuff, further clogging up the E.R.'s., which are bursting anyway because it's all "free".

    Last week, I wanted to make an appointment with my internist, who is supposed to see me annually to watch a minor chronic stomach problem and a ticky mitral valve. I haven't seen her since 2007. Last year, although promised by her secretary that I'd get a call for an appointment, it never happened. (Too busy.) Last week, I was again told I couldn't get one yet. Fine - how about in the fall? She couldn't commit to that. When could I expect a call? She didn't know. Too busy. Could I, I asked, expect to see the internist by the end of the year? Don't know. Very busy, etc.

    So I made an appointment with my GP, and asked about an echocardiogram, which I am supposed to have every two years. The 2 years will be due in March 2010. He wouldn't commit to getting me in for an echocardiogram - doctors have to be "stewards" of these "health care resources", as if he were talking about forestry or fishing. I told him that if an appointment wasn't made this summer, that a test in March 2010 wouldn't fly, because I am aware that an echocardiogram has to be booked SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS IN ADVANCE. If it's a rush job, you might get it in 2 months. If you're on your back in the E.R. due to a heart attack, you might get bumped up to the front of the line. If you're still alive on arrival, that is.

    What a crock of $!#*!%. I would gladly pay out of my own pocket to have access to a private system, where I could see an internist annually and get the tests I want to keep an eye on my heart. But believe it or not, that's against the law in Canada.

    So, my American friends, my advice is avoid, avoid, avoid. I know the US system has a cost problem, but TORT REFORM would go a long way to solving it. Don't give up - please fight to keep the gov't out. The only thing you get from gov't-run health care is rationing.

  54. Thank you for answering my question about Canadian health care. I wanted to hear it from someone. I've read about stories like yours before, but the msm over here chooses not to air those kinds of stories.

    I get a lot of information from the internet. For instance, I had read that in some towns, residents enter a lottery when the town doctor can add another patient to his patient list. If you win the lottery, you get to see the doctor. If you don't win, you have to wait until the next "vacancy". I suppose you might get to where you wish someone would die so you could have a chance to get their slot!

    I've heard nightmare stories out of Great Britain, especially about dental care.

    I agree with you, Tort Reform would go a long, long way, but I doubt that will ever be addressed - there are too many lawyers in Congress and powerful lobbyists, too.

    I won't give up and more people are hearing the message. We will just have to fight the "Obama machine".....

  55. Independence day ,2009
    233 years of Independence...

    Amazing post...
    Thank you!

    God Bless Americas Heros and her greatness to be free of Goverment into our lives.

  56. Well said. I was one of those in the Cold War. Yes, I was underground with custody of launch keys and command and control of ICBMs. I remember the day when we were told we won. Too bad our president missed that memo.

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