David Frum reviews and recommends John McPherson's book "Battle Cry of Freedom" in column at the "Daily Beast" David Frum reviews and recommends John McPherson's book "Battle Cry of Freedom" in a column at the "Daily Beast." It is a good book, I read it in 1990 or 91. If you are looking for a book to introduce yourself to the Civil War this is one of the best if not the best.Hmm... I wonder if James McPherson is aware an imposter named John McPherson has published another pro-Empire history of the WBTS that copies his title? Could be the basis of a lawsuit. Or is this just another example of Ed Sebesta's legendary intellectual sloppiness? Either way, we can be sure it's David Frum he's talking about. Frum is the war ghoul who churned out propaganda to incite Americans to support the illegal invasion of Iraq. With fellow war criminal and all-around rat Richard Perle, Frum wrote a book entitled An End to Evil, which not only justified their boss's 2003 invasion of Iraq, but went on to advocate regime change in Iran and Syria. (My, doesn't that sound familiar!) It's no surprise David Frum would pen a book review with the sub-title, Of course the Civil War was about slavery. Frum is a cheerleader for the War Party that continues to wield as much power in DC as it did in the days of W the Conqueror. The myth of Lincoln the Liberator is essential to the War Party's Big Lie that DC continues Lincoln's legacy as Liberator of the World. By painting a picture of DC as the selfless and compassionate defender of the oppressed, Frum & Co. wage a never-ending public relations battle to justify DC's eternal wars - which JUST HAPPEN to put billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of the armaments industry. That's one thing that Neocons like David Frum share with progressives like Ed Sebesta - they see a big, interventionist, and centralized government as essential to their agenda. If lives are lost and fortunes are squandered - well, hey, it was all for a Good Cause.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Ed Sebesta has found a friend in David Frum, who recently published a glowing review of a book Ed likes. The title of the post demonstrates Sebesta's particular genius in naming blog posts. Here's the title and the first paragraph, with the text below:
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Well, we Southerners went first last time, so it's only fair to let folks in other States take a stand against an increasingly arbitrary and authoritarian federal bureaucracy. Here are two encouraging reports on the resurgence of States' Rights and nullification: Full California Assembly to Vote on Rejecting NDAA “Indefinite Detention” EDITORIAL: Nullifying Obama - State governments revive a Jefferson-Madison theory Know hope. Thanks to Kearney for the links!
My head is still spinning from Jacob Hornberger's reply to my post on the Founders and immigration. In my intitial post, I countered his assertion that the Founders embraced open immigration with a reference to the 1790 law restricting American citizenship to whites. Here's his rebuttal - brace yourselves:
Hi Mike, Thanks for your interesting note. You're confusing citizenship with immigration. Naturalization relates to citizenship. It is one of the ways that people become citizens. Immigration relates to the free movement of people into a country, without regard to citizenship. In other words, you can have a system of open immigration, with people retaining their original citizenship and being accorded the right to apply for citizenship, if they wish to do so. For example, right now there are more than a million Americans who are living in Mexico on a permanent basis. They are retaining their American citizenship. The fact is that the Founding Fathers favored open immigration because they believed in individual liberty and fundamental rights. They viewed the right to travel and the right to move as fundamental as deciding whether and how to worship God. Thus, for some 100 years or so, there were no restrictions on foreigners entering the United States and staying here. See the Declaration of Independence. You'll see that it lists the king's restrictions on immigration for one of the reasons the English colonists took up arms against their own government. Also, see the Constitution. While it gives the federal government the authority to regulate naturalization, it does not give the federal government the authority to regulate immigration. Preserving rights and guarantees is not the same thing as blocking the immigration of non-English people. In fact, that's why the Bill of Rights wasn't limited to citizens--it covers everyone, foriegners and citizens alike. Don't forget after all that the U.S. voluntarily and willingly absorbed Florida, which was Spanish, within a relatively short period of time after the federal government was called into existence. Read the poem on the Statue of Liberty--it reflects how different our American ancestors were compared to today's Americans, at least with respect to a philosophy of freedom. Sure, there was a cursory TB inspection at Ellis Island but that was it. People who came were not turned back. There were no immigration quotas, as there were when FDR refused to permit German Jews to enter the U.S. On the Texas-Mexican border, there wasn't even a TB inspection--people were free to cross back and forth, especially after the U.S. government voluntarily and willingly absorbed the northern half of Mexico. In fact, as you no doubt will agree when the American people chose to absorb the northern half of Mexico, that wasn't exactly designed to protect pure English culture. If you travel in the Southwest today, there are still lots of signs of Mexican, Spanish, and Indian culture. Heck, I'll bet that even you refer to Los Angeles as Los Angeles rather than The Angels. :) Best regards and thanks for taking the time to touch base, JacobWhere to start? First of all, Hornberger's assertion that despite the law restricting American citizenship to whites, the Founders were still okey-dokey with open borders is pure fantasy. George Washington, for one, was opposed to uncontrolled immigration. And consider Alexander Hamilton:
“The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”I don't think Hamilton, or any of the newly independent Americans, would have embraced the arrival of the entire population of India and Mexico in their back yards. The suggestion that we fix our views on immigration based on Emma Lazarus' attempt to hijack the true meaning of the Statue of Liberty is even more jaw-dropping. The Statue of Liberty was not intended to be a monument to floodtide immigration. It was instead a gift from France to commemmorate American liberty and republican government. Lazarus, a Marxist who supported making Israel a Jewish state, is hardly a model for pro-liberty activists. The Libertarian article of faith that the Founders were really Libertarians dedicated to universal equality and Randian political philosophy is completely detached from reality. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson accused George III of "abolishing the free System of English Laws" and of allying with "merciless Indian Savages" to attack American colonists - not exactly an endorsement of multiculturalism. In fact, the American Revolution was a conservative revolution to reclaim traditional British rights King George's government had violated. In the Continental Congress’ Resolutions on the Stamp Act, our Revolutionary forefathers declared: “His Majesty’s liege subjects in these colonies are entitled to all the inherent rights and liberties of his natural born subjects within the kingdom of Great-Britain." That's not universalism - that's a brave defense of tradition. Finally, I'd like to know how long Hornberger imagines standards of American liberty to survive if Mexicans form a majority in California or his native Texas. Mexico's two mainstream parties are members of the Socialist International. If he thinks property rights will be respected under such a majority, he's only fooling himself.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
"We have tried harder than any other European country to integrate, spending billions on a welfare system that is designed to help jobless immigrants and guarantee them a good quality of life. We have tried everything, anything, to improve things, but it hasn't worked. It's not about racism, it's just that multi-culturalism doesn't recognise how humans actually function." Marc Abramsson, leader of the Swedish National Democrats Party, on the Stockholm riots, now entering their second week.
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Uh-oh. Those dang Chicago Neo-Confederates are stirring back to life, and have a slick, new approach to boosting the idea of breaking away from Illinois:
The late, great Mike Royko, a Chicago Sun-Times and later a Tribune columnist, used to campaign for Chicago to secede from Illinois. He felt, fairly or unfairly, that it was downstaters who were running the state and squelching all the Chicago voices. And indeed, downstaters ignore some facts in the secession debate. For example, a 1987 study reported in Chicago magazine indicated that downstate was a big beneficiary as far as revenue, paying 33 percent of Illinois taxes while receiving 47 percent of the spending.The article details the clash of civilizations between "Chicago vs. the rest of the state," which is one of urban vs. rural values. There's growing consensus that both would be better off if they could go their own way. First the little secessions, then the Big One.
Human nature is a damned stubborn thing, and thank God for it. Despite the best efforts of the empire builders -- which inevitably end in bloodshed -- people shake off the artificial constraints, catch their breath, and return to their natural ways. Naturally, the control freaks of the world whimper and whine about anti-progressive masses who spurn their would-be masters. Anyone who rejects utopia is an ignoramous who's filled with hate. So it was with great pleasure (and much surprise) that I witnessed the overthrow of communism. Today, I take equal pleasure in witnessing the overthrow of the unnatural, inherently violent political constraints the peoples of the Middle East have endured for so long. Pat Buchanan reminds us that the arbitrary borders of the Middle East were imposed on that unfortunate region by the victorious Allies at the end of WWI. The terms of the underhanded Sykes-Picot treaty carved the Ottoman Empire among France, Britain, and Russia. Now, after decades of repression, the peoples of the Middle East are reclaiming their right of self-determination:
Nine decades on, the Sykes-Picot map of the Middle East seems about to undergo revision, and a new map, its borders drawn in blood, emerge, along the lines of what H.G. Wells called the “natural borders” of mankind. “There is a natural and necessary political map of the world,” Wells wrote, “which transcends” these artificial states, and this natural map of mankind would see nations established on the basis of language, culture, creed, race and tribe. The natural map of the Middle East has begun to assert itself. Syria is disintegrating, with Alawite Shia fighting Sunni, Christians siding with Damascus, Druze divided, and Kurds looking to break free and unite with their kinfolk in Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Their dream: a Kurdistani nation rooted in a common ethnic identity.These are not events on distant shores with no meaning for us. In fact, the same narrative will unfold here. At this moment, the Senate is poised to surrender our patrimony to big business. In pursuit of ever-cheaper labor, the last protections for middle-class workers will be dismantled, and the US will transform into a Third-World outpost. Then we, too, will be constrained within an artificial country, forced to submit to alien peoples with alien cultures. How long will it take for the natural borders to re-assert themselves?
Monday, May 27, 2013
Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation has a new article that nicely rips up the pro-war talking point that says the US must invade other countries to stop dictators from killing innocent people. That argument overlooks the obvious fact that the "liberating" forces will necessarily take out even more innocent folks to get to the dictator. So far, so good. But then Hornberger tosses in a jarring speed bump: "Under what authority did FDR refuse German Jews’ entry into the United States? By this time, the United States had abandoned the concept of open immigration on which our country was founded..." Mr. Hornberger and I have corresponded before about the desirability of open borders, and I do not intend to re-open that debate. But the passage he wrote above is simply wrong. The Founders did not intend to create a multicultural proposition nation. Instead, they sought to protect and preserve their traditional English rights. The Founders viewed themselves as the inheritors of traditional British institutions, which they intended to keep. That's why, rather than allowing any and all into their communities, the Founders restricted immigration. The Naturalization Act of 1790 limited naturalized citizenship to "free white persons" of "good moral character." That act, by the way, was the first order of business of the new Congress. So to assert the US was founded on open immigration is a factual error. I admire Hornberger's anti-imperial articles, and agree with most of what he writes. But it's a puzzle how such an obviously intelligent man does not wonder why the evil regime in DC should be supported in its efforts to impose demographic revolution at home. DC's "liberation" projects abroad dovetail with its "liberation" projects at home - both are intended to boost the power of the central government and its cronies. Just think - after all these wars of liberation and all the civil rights mandates, are we any more secure, or more free? No - but DC is clearly in control of more of our property and lives. That's why we should judge government by its deeds, rather than by its press releases.
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Once again, the Stupid Party has stabbed one of its own in the back:
Roan Garcia-Quintana, one of the 164 co-chairs of Gov. Nikki Haley’s grass-roots political organization, resigned Sunday at the request of the Republican’s re-election campaign. Haley’s campaign had been criticized by civil-rights groups and Democrats for the role played by Garcia-Quintana, who they said has ties to a white nationalist group. The campaign initially stood by Garcia-Quintana. But Sunday the campaign said it requested his resignation, which was offered and accepted, because it was “previously unaware” of some of Garcia-Quintana’s comments.Why do Republicans accept the morally superior role the left has assumed for itself? When you allow the other side to frame the debate and define what are and what are not permissible positions, you've already lost. The sheer hypocrisy is sickening. Senator Dick Durbin (D - Traitor) can address communists at a May Day rally because, in his own words, we have "freedom of speech in America." But anyone who doesn't submit to DC's policy of demographic revolution better keep quiet.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Russell Longcore says it's time we opened our eyes to what we're celebrating on Memorial Day. In every case, we're not celebrating the defense of our borders. Instead, we're celebrating invasions, starting with the War of Northern Aggression:
Those who fought and died (over 364,000) in Lincoln’s Army died invading another sovereign nation, the Confederate States of America. The CSA, who lost over 139,000 soldiers, was defending itself from the aggression of a foreign nation. It would have been no different morally if the Northern Army would have invaded Canada. So, Northern mourners should remember the shame of the North, not just that their loved ones died in battle. And Southerners should forever laud their sons who valiantly died in an attempt to thwart a foreign invasion and protect their homeland. (As an aside…looks to me like the Southern boys were far better shots than the Yankees. The numbers above show the South at a nearly 3:1 advantage in killing Yankees.)And after the South was subjugated, the American Leviathan invaded and occupied other peoples' homelands, starting with Cuba and the Phillipines. Today, DC has over 700 military bases in 135 countries around the world, and its Temporary Dictator has the unilateral power to wage war abroad, and imprison dissidents at home indefinitely. So what are Americans being asked to celebrate on Memorial Day? Dead centurions who died for Empire. Thanks, but no thanks.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
How best to commemorate the dead blue coats who invaded the South to save us from the burden of self-government? I can't think of a better way than to enjoy this lively version of Dixie. Thanks to Dutchy for the link!
And good for her. I for one am sick of domesticated conservatives who wither under the first disapproving glance of some lefty who's uncovered something to be offended about. And good for Garcia-Quintana - the so-called "controversial advisor" - for refusing to knuckle under to these oh-so-sensitive types. This man has grit:
Democrats called on Haley to dismiss Roan Garcia-Quintana of Mauldin from the Republican’s grass-roots re-election committee, citing his ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens. Civil rights groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, have labeled that council a hate group. In an interview with The State Friday, Garcia-Quintana dismissed accusations of racism, saying the council “supports Caucasian heritage.” “Is it racist to be proud of your own heritage? Is it racist to want to keep your own heritage pure?” Garcia-Quintana said. “Racist is when you hate somebody so much that you want to destroy them.”Funny that we never hear about Latino supremacists, despite the fact that the name of the most prominent and influential Latino advocacy group, La Raza (translation: Das Volk), was named by Mexican scholar Jose Vasconcelos, who saw Latinos in a struggle against "Saxonism." If that struggle is still going on, it looks pretty one sided to me.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
One of the greatest newspaper columnists of our time, Charley Reese, has died at the age of 76. Charley was brilliant, brave, incorruptible, a pro-freedom conservative, and a Southern gentleman. He had, rightly, a huge following, and was generous enough to let LRC run his columns, archived here. They still sparkle and inform. Charley, there's no replacing you.Charley Reese was attacked by Neocon David Frum as an "unpatriotic conservative" because Frum defined "conservatism" as mindless support of any war DC started, and Charley was too smart to fall for the lies behind the Iraq War. I'd say subsequent events have proven him right. I was honored to finally meet Charley at the League national conference in Pensacola. He struck me as a brilliant yet modest man who loved life and loved the South. Here's his Wiki entry:
He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and in the past had been a member of the League of the South. Defending the South's position in the Civil War is a common theme of his writings, in which he frequently uses Confederate anecdotes as illustrations. His writings have repeatedly praised Robert E. Lee and vilified Abraham Lincoln. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and critic of gun control. In recent years he devoted many of his columns in support of a non-interventionist foreign policy.That's a proud legacy.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A British soldier was reportedly murdered near an Army barracks by two men who beheaded him while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” Pretty gruesome video at the link. And over at Little Green Footballs, the globalist lefties are worrying that this will reflect poorly on immigrants. Glad these cats have their priorities straight...
Harry J. Enten argues that the federal government must intervene in the name of goodness to impose same-sex "marriage" on the South. Seems those Southerners are holding up the revolution. All New England States are on board, and it seems the South is resisting progress. Obviously, says Enten, something must be done:
All the southern states except for West Virginia have a constitutional ban against same-sex marriage, which requires an amendment to repeal the previous one. The process for doing so in many southern states requires a majority in the state legislature, which is to say that voters can't just petition to get something on the ballot.As EVERYONE KNOWS, the more powerful the central government, the more free and happy its subjects. It's all about trust - and love, of course.
What do leftists and global big business have in common? They want traditional America out of the way. Steve Sailer reports on how members of the Senate are tripping over each other to do just that.
Here's a great piece by Stephen Walt. This echoes our contention that interventionism abroad stems from the same kind of delusional thinking behind interventionism at home: both rely on the raw power of big government to reconstruct the world according to a rigid ideology. If people are hurt - well, it's all for a good cause:
victims beneficiaries want them or not.
#6. Even if you don't know very much about military history, logistics, or modern military operations, you are still convinced that military power can achieve complex political objectives at relatively low cost. Naturally - force is the foundation of liberal theology.
#8. You are convinced that the desire for freedom is hard-wired into human DNA and that Western-style liberal democracy is the only legitimate form of government. Accordingly, you believe that democracy can triumph anywhere -- even in deeply divided societies that have never been democratic before -- if outsiders provide enough help. Clinging to the Marxist belief in the absolute equality of all people is something both liberals and Neocons agree on. Since equality is a negation of human nature, it requires the force of the state to enforce it.
Are you a liberal imperialist? Liberal imperialists are like kinder, gentler neoconservatives: Like neocons, they believe it's America's responsibility to right political and humanitarian wrongs around the world, and they're comfortable with the idea of the United States deciding who will run countries such as Libya, Syria, or Afghanistan. Unlike neocons, liberal imperialists embrace and support international institutions (like the United Nations), and they are driven more by concern for human rights than they are by blind nationalism or protecting the U.S.-Israel special relationship. Still, like the neocons, liberal imperialists are eager proponents for using American hard power, even in situations where it might easily do more harm than good.Here are a couple of my favorite questions for determining if one is a liberal interventionist: #2: You tend to argue that the United States is morally obligated to "do something" rather than just stay out of nasty internecine quarrels in faraway lands. That's because both liberals and Neocons think their ideals are so noble, they MUST be shared with others, whether the
You'd think the South would be immune to incidents like this. Apparently not:
Leaders of a Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter in York County say someone has vandalized graves of veterans at a church cemetery. They say Confederate flags were removed from atop the graves of 88 veterans at the Bethany ARP Church. Leaders of the Private Thomas Caldwell Camp No. 31 chapter say they have filed a report with the York County Sheriff’s Office.Looks like some American veterans aren't worthy of remembrance.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
"I think there's been a certain amount of, frankly, Terry, a kind of pop sociology in America, that, you know, somehow the Shia can't get along with the Sunni, or the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of fundamentalist regime." Bill Kristol, arguing that Jeffersonian democracy would prevail in Iraq after the US overthrew its former flunky, Saddam Hussein. Neanwhile, here in the real world, sectarian bloodshed is escalating in Iraq now that US forces have withdrawn. The majority Shia, now in power, have ruled with a heavy hand, precipitating a Sunni backlash that has many fearing that civil war in inevitable.
Okay, let's see who can make sense of this:
The SenateJudiciary Committee voted Monday to allow illegal immigrants who get legal status to begin collecting tax-welfare payments, as the panel spent a fourth day working through amendments to the massive immigration bill and party-line splits began to emerge.That's strange - I just read a piece by the ACLU that said amnesty will be good for the economy:
Contrary to popular belief, immigrants do not take away jobs from American workers. Instead, they create new jobs by forming new businesses, spending their incomes on American goods and services, paying taxes and raising the productivity of U.S. businesses.If the ACLU is right, why do we need special legislation to ensure that amnestied illegal aliens will get welfare? My head hurts.
... you know they're up to no good. Of course, liberals are always busy, busy, busy with some scheme to wreck Western civilization and remake the world in their own twisted image. So when evangelicals get religion - which is what liberalism is - and chime in with those they normally disagree with, it's liberalism that's won, not Christianity. This stomach-turning quote from the New York Times makes that pretty clear:
Some of the most enthusiastic endorsements of the new immigration bill have come from traditional evangelicals, who insist that reform “respects the God-given dignity of every person.” Richard Land, a Southern Baptist leader who was among the 300 evangelicals who went to Washington last month for “a day of prayer and action for immigration reform,” said that once Republicans toned down their anti-immigrant rhetoric, Latino voters would follow. “They’re social conservatives, hard-wired to be pro-family, religious and entrepreneurial,” he told me. Mr. Land pointed to Senator Marco Rubio as the face of this “new conservative coalition.”Think, people: The same liberals who typically ooze scorn at middle-class and religious Whites haven't changed their minds just because you support them. They look at you as nothing more than what you are: a useful idiot.
Monday, May 20, 2013
That Jim Goad has done it again. Here's a list of words progressives use, complete with what they REALLY mean. It's the best satirical dictionary since Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. Here are a few examples: ANTI-RACIST—A person who makes everything about race. EQUALITY—A concept that nearly everyone believes but no one has bothered to prove. HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE—Condescending lecture about race. LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD—Severely tilting the playing field to achieve unnaturally equal results. WHITE SUPREMACIST—Any white person who isn’t constantly apologizing for their skin color. You definitely want to read the whole thing. What a hoot!
From a regular reader:
I was in Elmira, NY this past weekend. This monument is at the Confederate Cemetery which is part of Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira. There are 2,973 Confederates buried here. Elmira was the location of a prisoner of war camp.Elmira Prison - which Southern POWs called "Hellmira" because of the horrible conditions there - was designed to be a death camp. General William Hoffman decreed that Southern POWs be punished for Confederate victories, so helpless prisoners had their rations cut when the war went badly for the Union. But we only hear about Andersonville. The victors always get to write the history books.
The legislature set May 13th as election day for delegates to a State convention that would convene at 11AM on May 20th, the very day when, in 1775, North Carolina revolutionaries had signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and declared themselves a free and independent people. In precipitating war with North Carolina, the Lincoln regime had already begun blockading its coast---an act of war---even before the legislature had convened. This left little to discuss. On May 20th, 122 delegates filed into the southern wing of the State Capitol to decide whether the Old North State would join 10 other Southern States already out of the old Union. With the galleries crammed with onlookers, the delegates argued the merits of leaving the union or remaining a member despite the threatening federal agent. The April 17th secession of Virginia caused even staunch Unionists in North Carolina to accept the inevitability of a break with Washington, and debate ended at 6PM when by unanimous vote, the convention adopted an Ordinance of Secession, penned and presented by Burton Craige of Salisbury at the request of Governor Ellis. Craige was a strong Southern rights advocate as was part of the 1860 Goldsboro convention of the Southern Rights party which called for North Carolina’s secession. Though rejecting a lengthy document which enumerated the reasons and justifications for North Carolina’s sovereign action, including Lincoln’s unconstitutional and coercive actions against the States, Craige’s ordinance simply repealed the one in 1789 by which the State had voluntarily joined the second union. Immediately after passage of the Ordinance, Major Graham Davee, private secretary to Governor Ellis, threw open a window on the west side of the building and related the news to Ellis Artillery Captain Stephen Dodson Ramseur. One hundred cadenced discharges marked the occasion of North Carolina reclaiming her independence; and this was followed by a ten-gun salute to the other independent States. Within a short time it was announced that the convention had adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States, whereupon a twenty-gun salute was commenced. May 20th was a much-revered date in North Carolina---Ada Amelia’s Diary entry of Tuesday, May 21st, 1861 mentions “the centenary celebration is near at hand. It is likely to be hereafter marked by a still more solemn and important event in the history of the State. It will be known, we trust, as the anniversary not only of the first, but of the second and crowning declaration and act of independence for the old State.” Read more at www.ncwbts150.com
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A pro-gun activist named James Kaleda was forcefully removed in the middle of his formal testimony at a New Jersey State Senate hearing. Several people in the audience gave him a standing ovation. Here's how one well-meaning but confused conservative described what happened next:
Several members of the audience yelled at the state senator in charge from the audience, several called him out of order, and at least one more was escorted from the room. Then in one of the best displays of civil disobedience I’ve ever seen, the entire audience recited the pledge of allegiance, while most of the lawmakers remained seated. This is one to share. Patriotism is ALIVE in America.Somehow I fail to understand how making an oath of unquestioned fealty to an all-powerful regime you acknowledge as inescapable and semi-devine can be described as an act of civil disobedience. Here's a suggestion: next time, recite the Declaration of Independence. Those are the words a tyrant does not want to hear.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
"As the ambitions of government in the Obama era have expanded, respect for the institution of government has reached new lows. These scandals add another layer of cynicism. And the practical political effects are very real." Michael Gerson I've argued for some time that an Obama win would rouse conservatives to action. I said it in 2010, and during the last election. And just look at what's happening ...
The word is out, folks:
Have you noticed how mean and nasty campaigns for high office have become? Lies and distortions are common political fare these days. Why would a genuinely good person subject himself to the ugliness of it all? Increasingly, genuinely good people don’t bother, so we are left all too often with dirtbags and demagogues in government. Unless you enjoy rolling in the mud with the hogs, you stay on the other side of the fence. There are reasons for this disturbing situation, and they have to do with the nature of power. Lord Acton famously stated more than a century ago that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” He nailed it, though I would add a corollary of my own: “Power attracts the corrupt.”The author recommends we restore the Founder's vision of distributed power. That means secession.
Here we go again:
[A] group of senators is mulling a revision to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. In Senate testimony today, several Pentagon officials tried to dissuade making any changes to the law, which has been notoriously beneficial to the expansion of the warfare state and terribly detrimental to the rule of law, government transparency, and human liberty in general. ... And thanks to the terse wording of the law, that war has no geographic limit. Any individual or group unilaterally deemed an “associated force” by top officials can be targeted by the U.S. war machine anywhere in the world. And this extraordinary power cannot be rescinded until the overlords in the White House and the Pentagon say so.Pro-war think tanks, pundits, lobbyists, and arms dealers are foaming at the mouth over this one. In the name of promoting freedom, DC will further expand its control over us, starting with the harvesting of our incomes to pay for the never-ending War on Terror. The IRS (remember them?) will have to shake down the peasants just a little bit harder, and that means more intense scrutiny of those selfish taxpayers to make sure they're paying their "fair share." Naturally, the brown-skinned people on the receiving end of drone attacks will fail to appreciate what DC is doing for them and will strike back. Or their fellow religionists here at home will do it for them (like those lovable Tsarnaev brothers). Either way, Americans can count on more domestic terrorism. That will trigger even more domestic surveillance and the militarization of everyday life to "protect" the American people. And at every step of the way, our handlers in DC ratchet up their power. Meanwhile, "patriotic Americans" will scream "Support the troops!" Because freedom isn't free, you know.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Of course - but WHOSE orders?
One of FOX19's two sources went on say that these four IRS workers claim "they simply did what their bosses ordered." FOX19 reported on Tuesday that the report by the Office of Inspector General states that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011. In fact, according to that report, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, was told on June 29, 2011 that groups with 'Tea Party', 'Patriot' or '9/12 Project' in their names were being flagged for additional, and often burdensome, scrutiny. While the IRS is pointing at 'two rogue employees,' the number of organizations that were singled out has swelled to nearly 500, according to Rep. Congressmen Darryl Issa and Ohio's Jim Jordan.Wow - first John Edwards, then Jesse Jackson, Jr., and now we've got front-row seats to the toppling of Eric "My People" Holder and President Choom himself.
Strong men are self-sufficient, while weenies look to the mommy-state to protect them. That's not me saying that - it's from a scientific survey of hundreds of men's upper-body strength, biceps size, and political views. Seems there's a correlation between fitness and independence:
Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study. Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength. Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research. The principal investigators - psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today. Professor Petersen said: ‘While many think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has - in a sense - always been with our species.’I quite agree. Though we find ourselves in an unnatural environment of desk jobs and gooey yuck from Taco This and Burger That, we still have Ice-Age bodies that long for action and demand fulfillment. What can we do? For starters, rebel against domestication and softness. Change your diet. Adopt the Paleo diet and lifestyle. Walk. Lift weights. Hunt. Raise a garden. Learn how to defend yourself. Know the exultation of pushing your body beyond endurance. It might even affect the way you think about yourself.
Okay, this is just creepy:
By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.The bottom line is that the Pentagon can unilaterally declare martial law. Local authorities might protest, but a quick tally of who has RPGs and tanks and who does not will settle that little debate before it's even started. Don't look now, but all those crazy, right-wing warnings about repressive government are coming true.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Barack Hussein Obama on trusting the government:
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.Glenn Greenwald on trusting the government:
In a letter sent yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder, AP's President, Gary Pruitt, detailed that the phone records cover more than 20 telephone lines used by AP journalists, including their homes, offices and cell phones. He said the phones for which the DOJ obtained records also include ones at the AP bureaus in New York City, Washington DC, Hartford, and at the House of Representatives.So what are we to believe - eloquent promises, or actual behavior?
You might be surprised:
The government is simply too big for President Obama to keep track of all the wrongdoing taking place on his watch, his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, told MSNBC. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast,” he explained.Now that's someone I never expected to agree that DC is so bloated, it can't be fixed.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The function of the Civil Rights lobby is to justify big government's expanding power so it can fight "racism." Watch Julian Bond earn his keep: Even when other Democrats reject the Commander-in-Chief's abuse of power, the Civil Rights lobby can still be counted on.
It's such a self-evident fact that all races are interchangeable that there's no need to rebut Richwine's methodology or logic. Any idea or person that goes against leftist ideology is automatically "racist," and therefore universally regarded as bad. And stupid. Here are a few examples: Here's Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs on Richwine's refusal to apologize for his heresy:
Of course he doesn’t apologize; that’s the standard posture when right wing racists are exposed. They always double down and insist they were just “telling un-PC truths.”And check out columnist Mary Sanchez, who condemns Richwine for "toxic views" and "pathetic scholarship" that are clearly "offensive and wrong." Then she tosses this "fact" into the bonfire:
Immigrants have lower rates of criminal conduct than native-born people. And a new study shows that Hispanic high school graduates have now overtaken white students in rates of enrollment into college.So, it's "offensive and wrong" to state that Whites have a higher IQ than Hispanics, but there's nothing wrong with asserting that immigrants make better citizens and scholars than native-born Americans. Viva la Raza superior! But this statement signed by minority and leftist student groups at Harvard is so full of righteous outrage, it sounds like a satire of political correctness:
"We condemn in unequivocal terms these racist claims as unfit for Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University as a whole. Granting permission for such a dissertation to be published debases all of our degrees and hurts the University’s reputation."See? Just lob that "racist" label at something or someone, and they're automatically beyond discussion. No counter-argument needed. The Harvard fatwa, by the way, was signed by 24 groups, including all the usual suspects, such as the Latino Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. But it also brought together the LGBTQ Caucus and Arab Caucus, as well as both the Israel and Palestine Caucuses. And people accused Richwine of being devisive!
There's nothing sadder that watching a man groping around for his backbone:
Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R – S.C.) is standing by the controversial Heritage Foundation study that put a $6.3 trillion price tag on the Senate immigration bill, saying: “There’s no doubt that these numbers are real.” ... As the Senate debates an immigration bill, DeMint is at the center of a dispute at Heritage. The conservative policy group released a report last week citing the $6.3 billion cost of the bill over 50 years, which many on both sides of the aisle have rebuked as overblown. The report faced further scrutiny after it was discovered that its co-author, Jason Richwine, has previously made controversial arguments based on race.Yeah, but where were you when Richwine was blindsided by the attack dogs, DeMint?
Russell D. Longcore throws down the gauntlet:
Nullification is based upon the premise that staying in the Union has some value, and that the Federal government should continue to rule over the states in all the areas of governance except the ones the states nullify. But if you’ll remember, the states created the United States as an errand boy for the states. Well, the errand boy has grown up to be the uncontrollable bully boy of the states and of the planet. The states have been subsumed by the DC crowd. They have abrogated their sovereignty and have no real authority or power to control Washington, since no states control the power of the sword or the power of the purse.Good point. That said, I still see the growing interest in nullification as a good thing. A lot of people still don't understand that the sovereign people of the States delegate power to DC, not the other way around. States' Rights and nullification are baby steps, but I see them as essential steps toward the ultimate goal of reclaiming our historical rights through secession and the breakup of the Evil Empire. Thanks to Dutchy for the heads up!
The Rev. William Barber has called out for "Moral Monday" protests at the North Carolina legislature to call attention to the Republican agenda of, as he puts it, "dismantling decades of progress in public education, race relations, environmental protections and more." 200 protesters showed up, and 49 were arrested for disrupting the House of Representatives. 90 have been arrested so far, and Barber promises more disruptions will follow to opppose Republicans' plans to cut taxes and spending on health and welfare programs for the poor. Sounds noble, doesn't it? But if the Rev. Barber wants to see the effects of what he would consider a more "moral" agenda, there's a developing and graphic real-world example in Detroit, whose "compassionate" leaders have borrowed and spent their city to the edge of financial ruin. It's so bad, the state of Michigan had to appoint an emergency manager to take over. Kevyn Orr's first on-the-ground report was bleak:
An emergency manager assigned to lead this city back from the brink of financial ruin has taken his first detailed look at Detroit’s woes, and the picture of debt and disarray he paints may be bleaker even than earlier grim portrayals. ... “No one should underestimate the severity of the financial crisis,” Mr. Orr said in a statement issued by his office on Sunday. “The path Detroit has followed for more than 40 years is unsustainable and only a complete restructuring of the city’s finances and operations will allow Detroit to regain its footing and return to a path of prosperity.”The bottom line is that expanding appetites for government goodies mixed with soaring debt make an explosive combination, one that MUST be defused, sooner or later. There's nothing "moral" or "compassionate" in ignoring that fact.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The recent hit on Jason Richwine tells us everything we want to know about freedom of thought in the DC Empire (hint: there isn't any). Richwine's thoughtcrime was to demonstrate that actual differences exist between the cognitive abilities of Whites and Hispanics. Don't like that conclusion? Do your own research, and offer your evidence to disprove it. Here's Jim Goad doing what Jim Goad does best, challenging the guardians of approved thought to live up to their own rules of fighting fact with fact:
Why, it’s not as if a 2001 meta-analysis of over five million human subjects determined that the average IQ gap between American whites and Hispanics was 11 points. Nor is it true that SAT scores tend to skew along stubbornly persistent racial lines. Nor is there any evidence that a nation’s mean IQ is strongly correlated with a nation’s relative prosperity.But of course, it's impossible to prove Richwine wrong. All the guardians of approved thought can offer is shrill condemnation, and THAT is something they have in abundance. Richwine has been fired, proving how much power our guardians have. Why the uproar? Richwine challenged the fundamental assumption that justifies the Empire's existing power structure. Equality sanctifies DC's "wars of liberation" around the world, as well its grip on its subject people at home. So forget all the fairy tales about "human dignity" and "universal brotherhood." It's all about power and wealth.
How much longer can a broke, increasingly repressive, and lawless regime survive? Not long. That realization is slowly but persistently dawning on more people. The results of this Rasmussen poll show increasing support for State nullification of unconstitutional federal laws:
A Rasmussen poll released Monday indicates that nullification is growing more and more popular in mainstream America. Pollsters found 38 percent support states taking actions to “block” federal acts that restrict the right to keep and bear arms. Less than half (45 percent) oppose blocking these unconstitutional federal acts. Even more revealing: more people than not approve of nullification in general. “On the general question of ‘nullification,’ 44 percent believe states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds. Thirty-six percent disagree and 20 are undecided,” pollsters said. ... A majority of everyday politically engaged Americans support the general principle of nullification. According to the Rasmussen poll, 52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.The only way we can halt the federal leviathan is to encourage widespread public support for State sovereignty. Only power can check power. As the threat of an unchecked central government becomes all too clear (And what could be more stark than runaway debt, indefinite detention, and warrantless surveillance ?), the rediscovery of State sovereignty can only gain more traction. So this poll is good news.
The demonization of the dissident right just took a nasty turn.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
A young policy analyst was fired this week because of his Harvard doctoral thesis. Also this week, an editorial writer defended the government's use of torture. So in today's America, questioning the official doctrine of universal equality will get you fired. But it's perfectly acceptable to condone torture, even if, as the writer put it, "it’s bound to claim some innocent victims." After all, he writes, "it works." And folks wonder why I don't fly the Empire's flag.
Kudos to the North Carolina sheriffs who have gone on record against granting amnesty to law breakers:
More than a dozen North Carolina sheriffs have banded together with other sheriffs from Arizona to Pennsylvania in opposition to a bipartisan U.S. Senate proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Sheriffs Eddie Cathy of Union County, David Carpenter of Lincoln, and Terry Johnson of Alamance, among others, criticize what they consider a lack of border security. They say the proposal “tolerates both past and future criminal activities,” according to a letter sent Thursday to Sens. Richard Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, and Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat.There can only be one result of rewarding law breakers, and that's more crime. But in this age of Cultural Marxism, stating the obvious is dangerous.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The invasion of Afghanistan was marketed as a war of liberation. But it's now revealed as nothing more than another power grab. The Afghan puppet government is now negotiating with its sugar daddies in DC how many occupation bases will be set up. Let's not fool ourselves into thinking this does not affect us. As this article by Jacob Hornberger makes clear, every imperial advance DC makes has a direct impact on our liberty. It takes money to finance these military adventures, and that means a domestic army of tax collectors who are empowered to poke and probe every nook and cranny of your life to see if you have any hidden change. Naturally, the more folks in the occupied nations become embittered by foreign incursions, including cowardly drone attacks, the more domestic terrorism we can expect - and that means more citizen surveillance and totalitarian measures to "protect" us. Such "protection" is an illusion, and a deadly one at that.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This story just gets better with every update! And this latest report about JJJr's bitter ex-constituents wanting the book thrown at him is just the icing on the cake:
Several of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) constituents are asking a federal judge to show him no mercy when he hands down his sentence. The charges of using campaign funds for personal use, which Jackson has pleaded guilty to, are worse than murder, Chicago resident Gregory Ritter said in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins. “[M]urder would be a lighter crime, as these defendants have used the political hopes and dreams of the constituents as a blank check for deceit,” Ritter wrote.Southerners everywhere can't help but feel that justice has been served - after all the nasty things JJJr said about the South, it looks like he's getting his just rewards.
After all, requiring citizenship to vote IS a form of discrimination. Like Roman citizenship in the declining days of the Empire, American citizenship is becoming increasingly meaningless - and it's easy to figure out where THAT road will lead.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Johan Galtung: "Nothing unusual about that. It will follow the British Empire, the French Empire, and the Soviet. I predicted the fall of the Soviet Empire within 10 years in 1980, and it fell on time. So in 2000, I made a prediction of 2025 for the US Empire, then George W. Bush was elected president, and he was an accelerator."
Ivan Eland has written a very important essay, one that tackles an issue of major importance for today's foreign policy and America's near future:
What do Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan have in common? Although it’s true that the United States has conducted recent military interventions in all of them, the more fundamental answer is that they are all artificial countries. That is, they are each made up of feuding ethno-sectarian groups or tribes. And perhaps the instability caused by those realities has been a beacon for the American superpower’s imperial attention. Of course, solving all of these countries’ “issues” would probably not stop the United States government from finding chaos elsewhere to police, thus continuing to squander tens of billions of its taxpayers’ dollars. However, resolving the conflicts in those nations would likely help the war-ravaged peoples who live there. In the long-term, to deal with such quarrels–which are usually caused by ethnic, sectarian, or tribal clashes—one needs either to address the underlying causes so that the various peoples can live together or to move toward a separation of warring groups and political decentralization.Eland is addressing American foreign policy, and he's saying that instead of backing big, centralized foreign governments, the US should encourage ethnic groups seeking self-determination - as Eland points out, it's the proven path to peace. Good fences make good neighbors. But I think we need to consider Eland's points in view of our own domestic policies as well, specifically, immigration. As the Senate considers passing an amnesty scheme, it might be a good time to think about what such a move would do to our long-term stability. Sociologist Robert Putnam has already researched the real-world effects of diversity on a society's political health. In a paper entitled "E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century," Putnam documented the following negative results of increased diversity: - Lower confidence in local government, local leaders and the local news media. - Lower political efficacy – that is, confidence in one's own influence. - Lower frequency of registering to vote, but more interest and knowledge about politics and more participation in protest marches and social reform groups. - Higher political advocacy, but lower expectations that it will bring about a desirable result. - Less expectation that others will cooperate to solve dilemmas of collective action (e.g., voluntary conservation to ease a water or energy shortage). The problem is that our own out-of-control central government is not only encouraging greater diversity, but actively opposing local governments trying to halt illegal immigration. The ONLY solution, then, is implied in Eland's article, that decentralization - that is, local self-determination - is essential to stability and peace.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
“I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the president’s leadership on one single point: that although health care was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right.” Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, arguing that health care is a constitutional right because even though it's not in the Constitution, it should be. Can't argue with that!
What should we do to halt the increasing dysfunction within Black communities? Walter Williams says the first step is to toss the "civil rights" agenda out the window. Here's why:
Black people could benefit from an honest examination of the bill of goods they've been sold. Such an examination would not come from black politicians, civil rights leaders or the black and white liberal elite. Those people have benefited politically and financially from keeping black Americans in a constant state of grievance based on alleged racial discrimination. The long-term solution for the problems that many black Americans face begins with an absolute rejection of the self-serving agenda of hustlers and poverty pimps.In the name of "civil rights," the federal government is championing Latinos, who are taking jobs from Blacks. Despite that, the NAACP supports amnesty for illegal aliens. It's enough to make you wonder whose side they're on.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Lord of the Rings actor sees parallels between Tolkien's epics and modern-day challenges:
“I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilisation. That does have a real resonance with me.”... “Many do not understand how precarious Western civilisation is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you.
Obama warns graduates at Ohio State to ignore warnings about government tyranny:
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.Yes, just don't think about certain things, and you'll be happier. So pay no attention to the NDAA, domestic drones, and targeted assassinations - whatever DC does, it's good for you.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The above video will make your day. It's a video of cowardly leftists trying unsuccessfully to intimidate eight Southern nationalists on Victims of Communism Day. Warning: Not safe for work - leftists have a limited vocabulary, and if they don't have a leader telling them what to chant, they spew obscenities, as the above video illustrates. More great videos and interviews at Southern Nationalist Network. Good job, men. You've made us proud. UPDATE - Check out Ram Z Paul's video!
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, May 05, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
So, who's going to be the last to die in an unwinnable war? Remember, this is Obama's war now, just as Vietnam became Lyndon Johnson's war.
Seems the voters of England and Wales don't want to see their countries overwhelmed by Third-World invaders. From the Washington Post:
The Conservative-led coalition of Prime Minister David Cameron just got served. The anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party staged a dramatic surge Thursday in local elections in England and Wales, with results on Friday showing voters delivering a brutal whipping to the Conservatives and their junior coalition partners, the Liberal Dem. Political pundits said the results represented one of the strongest showings by a nontraditional party in Britain since World War II, with the gains underscoring the rise of populist and nationalist parties across Europe.Wouldn't it be nice if we had a populist/nationalist party we could vote for? The demand is out there, but our handlers in DC and the media think they can continue to fool us with the same old tired slogans. This growing trend shows the ruling elite's time is running out.
Friday, May 3, 2013
David Jones of Tennessee writes: Wednesday marked the organizational meeting of Tennessee's new States Rights' committee (a subcommittee of the Joint Government Operations Committee). It took place under the leadership of Rep. Matheny (Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee). Tennessee is the first state in the nation to form such a committee. The members are authorized to review both introduced and enacted federal legislation, rules and regulations, and executive orders, etc., that the committee believes infringes on the rights of Tennesseans, then report any relevant findings to the speakers, members of the General Assembly and Congressional delegation. At that time, decisions could be made about what actions might be appropriate moving forward.
Here's a rather jarring omen of how diseased our political system has become - a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University reveals that 29% of American voters believe it will take an armed revolt to protect their civil liberties. Little wonder people are so frustrated and frightened these days. How much confidence can they have in a political system when the anti-war, pro-civil liberty candidate wins the election, then orders yet another surge of US troops in an unpopular war, and expands both domestic surveillance and the exercise of arbitrary government power? This poll reflects genuine concern about the abuse of power by a centralized, hostile federal government that Robert E. Lee predicted would rise from Lincoln's successful counter-revolution against the principles of 1776. The dynamic that Lee foresaw - "aggressive abroad and despotic at home" - is made vividly clear today as civilian control methods perfected in occupied Iraq are beiing utilized here at home by an increasingly militarized police. What a perfect illustration of the mutual hostility and distrust between rulers and the ruled. As DC hardens itself to reform by hamstringing potential third parties and nullifying local self-government, frustration with our increasingly inept and catastrophic government can only solidify and spread.
He's right, of course - but c'mon! That's true of EVERY president.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
... and the media wants to create a news story where one does not exist. A crank who cannot tolerate the thought that other people harbor ideas and values he doesn't share is backing a petition to tear down the Stone Mountain monument to heroes of the South. 164 people have signed the petition. Compare that to the 34,000 + who signed a petition to create a Star-Wars style "Death Star" as part of the US defense arsenal. Don't tell this handful of South-hating busy-bodies there's an even larger Confederate monument - it's called the "Jefferson Davis Highway." It runs through several Southern States, plus Washington and California. Bulldoze that, screwballs. Thanks to Louis for the link!
Attorney General Holder thinks the people of the States have no protection from the central government:
A new law in Kansas that criminalizes the enforcement of federal gun controls in the state is unconstitutional, Attorney General Eric H. Holder said. “In purporting to override federal law and to criminalize the official acts of federal officers, [the law] directly conflicts with federal law and is therefore unconstitutional,” Mr. Holder wrote to Gov. Sam Brownback in a letter dated April 26. “Federal officers who are responsible for enforcing federal laws and regulations in order to maintain public safety cannot be forced to choose between the risk of a criminal prosecution by a state and the continued performance of their federal duties.” Mr. Holder cites the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which says federal law trumps conflicting state authority or exercise of power. Kansas’s law became effective April 25.What Holder doesn not know - or pretends not to know - is that the Supremacy Clause DOES NOT say, "We can do anything we want." Here's the text:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.The operative term is "in pursuance thereof." The troublesome phrase "in pursuance" simply means "consistent with." To be consistent with the Constitution, laws passed by Congress must be within the authority granted by the people of the sovereign States within Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. The power to limit the right of self-defense is nowhere to be found. The problem for government supremacists such as Mr. Holder, not only would a federal law infringing on the right to bear arms lack a legal mandate, the Bill of Rights in the Second Amenmdent specifically states that Congress has NO POWER in this area. If the people of Kansas submit to this DC power grab, what rights to its people have? Next thing you know, the Commander-in-Chief could claim the power to toss its people in jail without a trial. Oh, wait a minute ...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This is a day of remembrance for the victims of the bloodiest ideology in world history. Why is this necessary? Because communism has re-packaged itself as "anti-racism," and people are falling for it - just ask Tim Wise or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
How useless is US intelligence? This useless:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and injured hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document. The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen. ... If true, the account will produce added pressure on the Homeland Security department and the White House to explain their collective inaction after similar warnings were offered about Tsarnaev by the Russian government.This story reinforces an earlier post that concluded the DC bureaucracy is too bloated to do anything right, especially its primary responsibility of protecting Americans.
Yeah, this is just another anti-Southern rant - but it does acknowledge the stark cultural differences between the South and the North, differences that require either total conquest or self-determination. From The Daily Beast (surprise!):
Let’s face it—on nearly every important issue, from gun control to immigration to gay marriage, red states are holding America back. ... The sad truth is that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” can only be achieved at this point if the nation is split in half. Far from being fanciful or fanatical, the proponents of secession have a stronger grasp of political reality than just about anyone else. In fact, there are serious reasons why the North itself should take the lead in a secessionist movement.
The people of the sovereign State of Alabama tell DC to keep its filthy hands off their right to self-defense:
The Alabama Legislature is telling the federal government and others to back off on gun control. The Senate passed legislation Tuesday declaring that “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment.” It also says federal laws in violation of the Second Amendment shall be considered null and void in Alabama. The vote was 24-6. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville, said the bill resulted from hundreds of emails and calls he received from his north Alabama constituents concerned that Congress might enact new gun regulations or restore the previous ban on assault weapons. He said the assault weapon ban is an example of federal regulation that he considers a violation of the Second Amendment.This is just one measure in the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” initiative backed by the House Republican Caucus. Now they need to re-assert control over their own militia (National Guard) so their laws will have teeth. Thanks to Jeff for the link!