Patriot’s Side

In 1947, Communist-led rebels were making ready to overthrow the governments of Turkey and Greece. Both nations’ attempts to resist needed help, so they came to President Harry Truman for assistance.

On March 12 of that year President Truman approached Congress, asking for $400 million as he laid out his policy to assist foreign governments to fight takeovers.

Known as the “Truman Doctrine,” parts of that pledge are reproduced below:

At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one.

One way of life is based upon the will of the majority, and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from political oppression.

The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms.

I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures…

The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want. They spread and grow in the evil soil of poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died…

If we falter in our leadership, we… surely endanger the welfare of our own nation.

Nearly seventy years later, WE have become a nation Truman described in his policy plan. Abandoning Truman’s first “way of life” by apathy and indifference; we are gradually losing our cherished liberties to suppression by a leftist oligarchy comprised of leadership in both political parties.

Truman’s “second way of life,” a minority forcing its will upon the majority, by force through a corrupted court system, a controlled press and election fraud, is here.

It’s time we turn this policy inward, to resist subjugation from forces within the U.S., before our choice is “not a free one.”

Originally Published March 14th, 2016.

Confusion and Chaos

This headline appeared on March 12, a day after the anti-Trump protests at the University of Illinois, Chicago: “Fascists v. Leftists: Chicago, America at the Boiling Point

The problem is that it was not found on a confused liberal website or taken from a Bill O’Reilly “Talking Points Memo.”

It was the headline on the RedState/The Morning Briefing!

Once more, even some on the Right are confused by the Left, or the difference between the two. Fascism, Marxism, and Communism are ALL varieties of Socialism; all totalitarian systems to benefit elite leftists.

So, how can Leftists be against themselves, unless it’s simply to confuse the Right?

Oh, I get it; more chaos…

Originally Published March 14th, 2016.

Nancy Reagan

A vibrant, confident woman who won love and respect as First Lady now rests alongside her beloved husband, President Ronald Reagan. She was called home to her Savior on March 6, 2016 at the age of 94.

Nancy Reagan was half of a wonderful team; a lady who brought class to the People’s House (as she knew it was) and fully complemented her mate.

This nation was blessed to have her as long as it did, as it was to have her husband.

Originally Published March 14th, 2016.

Patriot’s Side

It only took a few minutes in the latest Fox News Channel “debate” for the four remaining Republican Party presidential contenders to descend into a pigpen.

Last Thursday’s exhibition in Detroit was yet another exercise in mud slinging instead of a discussion on issues and a real debate of positions regarding those issues.

Once more, fourth place runner-up Ohio Governor John Kasich attempted to do his best to stay out of the mire. The Fox News moderators, however, were again only interested in the “outsiders” (Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz) and their juvenile battles with “insider” Senator Marco Rubio.

The moderators did their best to multiply the sleaze and heighten the tensions for effect. Media-driven debates are no longer about educating the public to make intelligent decisions concerning candidate selections on Election Day. It turns out they’re all about personal attacks and destroying a field of candidates. So it’s more of a “duh-bate.” The intention is for the media to steer the election where they wish it to go, away from informed discussion and toward vulgar verbal personal assaults. After all, that’s what ratchets up the ratings. Citizen voters are expected to follow the advice of the network pundits, after the insults and the next commercial break.

This “show” degenerated into a Trump Rubio food fight, very little debris hitting Cruz and virtually none touching Kasich. It was obvious that Rubio’s debate coaches told him to verbally attack Trump, which he did, embarrassing himself and looking desperate. Trump punched back, as expected.

The media-driven debate circus is getting awfully tiresome and worthless to voters, aside from the TV entertainment aspect. As crème pies were thrown at the contestants by the moderators, they didn’t seem to do any appreciable damage to Trump.

There has to be a way to stop the circus.

If only more of the contenders for the presidency would use the same response John Kasich did, when a leading question was tossed his way: “I’m not biting.”

Repeating that response to ego-driven, “celebrity” moderators would be quite satisfactory… until the next debate.

Originally published March 7, 2016

Disrespect for ‘TR’?

The president has recently announced his latest plan to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He fully intends to disperse known Islamic jihadists, captured on foreign battlefields, around our prison system, in full violation of U.S. law, thereby giving the enemy captives opportunity to proselytize to the worst offenders, quietly recruiting for Allah.

Some might find it odd, however, at his choice of backdrop for his announcement.

President Obama chose to deliver his speech before a portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, in a Rough Rider uniform on horseback, displayed behind the podium. A glaring contrast of the former “bully” U.S. President, a leader, to one who shuns the very word “victory” and “leads from behind”… sadly ironic.

We know how this president feels about our country, our military, and the emphasis he places on pacifying Cuba.

Was it simple coincidence that the date President Obama chose to deliver his plan was the 113th anniversary of ‘TR’ signing the perpetual lease on the Guantanamo Bay property? Or was it planned disrespect?

After all, in President Obama’s eyes the U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War of 1898 was an “imperialist” action.

Partiot’s Side

One certainly cannot “fix stupid” so, in order to lend the appearance of some sort of intelligence to the RNC and Republican Party leadership, I shall term their current situation as simply desperation.

They are completely clueless that the reason Barack Obama sits in the White House for two terms is the RNC. The reason that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid controlled Congress for so long is the RNC. And the reason Donald Trump is bowling over candidates and attracting ‘yuuge’ crowds (in Bernie Sanders Speak) is the RNC.

And now they are desperate; JEB! is gone; Christie is gone; Graham is gone; Kasich is on life-support… they hate Trump and detest Cruz more. There’s only Marco Rubio. (He isn’t afraid of compromising with the Democrats, so the Status Quo can still be preserved; booty and power shared.)

So the “desperation syndrome” the RNC has acquired sets in, where no stupid idea goes untried… or unexcused.

Enter Mitt Romney on the Fox News Channel last week, suggesting that there’s a “problem” with Donald Trump’s taxes… or, as Mitt described it, “back taxes.” (Doesn’t that imply taxes not paid, as in “owed”?) Anyway, according to Mitt, it’s a “bombshell.”

Isn’t this latest RNC ploy ironic? After Senator Harry Reid’s blanket assertions and unfounded questions concerning his taxes in the 2012 presidential elections, Mitt Romney now plays the Harry Reid card? Amazing.

Then, on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace presses Donald Trump to give the viewers his gross income, effective tax rate, and how much he gave to charity?

Does the RNC not grasp that this type of desperation ploy will drive more voters toward Trump and NOT “take him out”?

The unbridled surrender of the GOP leadership to Obama’s agenda, wrecking the economy, killing fossil fuels, opening borders, outlawing First Amendment freedoms, Balkanizing the nation, shredding the law… that’s what people are worried about.

Pursuing side issues will not move voters from Trump to an “establishment” candidate.

The RNC still doesn’t get it and Fox pundits harassing Trump won’t help.

Patriot’s Side

He is known as the “Father of our Country,” yet George Washington, our first president, no longer has a dedicated holiday.

happy-birthday-to-george-washingtonOn this date in 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, a man was born who would shape our nation as no other: leading American forces as General of the Continental Army in our War for Independence; starting the fledgling U.S. Navy with a handful of privateers that aggressively pursued the British Royal Navy; presiding over the composition of the U.S. Constitution as our government framework; and, finally, serving as the first President of the United States.

Some observers, at the time, noted that it seemed Washington’s very character and unshakable purpose were the only things that held the struggling new nation together. His sacrifice of fortune and risk of life in the pursuit of Liberty led his countrymen to view him as the very symbol of what “Americans” were struggling to achieve. In the most trying of battles, General Washington could rally his troops with oratory such as this:

“Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions. The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”

Frequently, the mere presence of Washington’s commanding figure, astride his horse, encouraging his troops to press on, turned the tide of conflict. The Marquis de Lafayette had observed Washington halting a retreat, noting that he had “never beheld so superb a man.” The image stuck with him and should also with us, today. It’s time to restore Washington’s Birthday as a holiday.

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scalia-4Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly in his sleep early Saturday morning after a day of hunting in western Texas; his death apparently from natural causes.

Our nation mourns the loss of the premier judicial intellect on the U.S. Supreme Court. Seldom have we seen a justice aligned so clearly, unwaveringly, to the intent of the nation’s supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution. He realized his function as a justice was to determine the meaning of the law based on original intent, not to redefine it or rewrite it to accommodate popular leanings or cultural opinions of the day.

He was a staunch originalist; as such the Framers would have been firmly in his corner. He believed in the Constitution’s permanence as our foundation of law.

His dissenting opinion in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges, decided by the Supreme Court last June to demand recognition of same-sex “marriage” by all fifty states is indicative of his clarity and strict understanding of law.

“… Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court… Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best… But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even the thin veneer of law… To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.”

Scalia’s knowledge that court-created same-sex “marriage” would further split the nation, laying groundwork for more divisive struggles, violating natural law and the intent of the U.S. Constitution, was prescient.

The premature loss of his brilliance and character is a tragic loss for the nation.

Thank God we had him for as long as we did. America, strengthened by his presence, is diminished by his passing