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Freedom is not Free/Images

Posted by wordforit on March 5, 2008

h/t Freedom is not Free « MK’s Views – Down under on the right side

Freedom is not Free

Please read this, it costs you nothing to do so, because someone paid the ultimate sacrifice. Don’t just tune out or roll your eyes. Enjoy your freedom, but know why you are able to do so.

Warning – Some Graphic Images.

You will truly be touched by this amazing tribute to our nations military and men and women serving as contractors!

You stay up for 16 hours.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

If you support your troops, pass this on.

If you don’t support those supporting us, then don’t re-post. You won’t die in 7 days, your love life won’t be affected, and you won’t have the worst day ever. You don’t have to repost. It’s not like you know these men and women are dying to preserve your rights.

Sourced with thanks from Freedom is not Free & The Freedom Fighter’s Journal.

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A Conversatin with Thomas Jefferson

Posted by wordforit on March 1, 2008

By: Pat Boone

WorldNetDaily  

“Mr. Jefferson, I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to talk with you. Thank you for your time.”

“Time has no relevance to me any more, young man. Only eternal matters concern me in the least. Why did you wish to see me?”

“Well, sir, I don’t know how much you’re aware of what goes on below, on Earth …”

“I pay little, if any attention, young sir.”

“I see. Then, again, I’m embarrassed to tell you that you’re not given much attention in our country any more, quoted very seldom, and all but erased from the history books provided to our school children. Most of us adults knew of you and George Washington and Ben Franklin and John Adams and our other Founding Fathers quite well. We learned about the Boston Tea Party, ‘taxation without representation,’ the ‘midnight ride of Paul Revere,’ and the passionate determination of our citizens to free. But our kids aren’t being taught about those things today.”

“And why is that?”

“It’s hard to say exactly, Mr. Jefferson, but we have teacher organizations that make the decisions about what will be taught, and what won’t … and they’ve decided that their new ideas of what America ought to be are more important now than how we actually came to be a free and independent democracy.”

“You’re telling me that the teachers of today find our intentions, our sacrifices and our purposes of so little consequence that the younger generation doesn’t need to know about them? How do they expect to preserve what we created? What will be their guide?”

“Oh, their newer ideas, more recent philosophies, what other countries and societies are doing. One of our most recent Supreme Court justices – a woman, which might surprise you, Mr. Jefferson – actually suggested we should learn from legal decisions and positions in Europe and try to conform to them.”

“In Europe? Don’t they realize it was precisely the conformist, humanist, even dictatorial philosophies of Europe we wanted to be free of? That America was intentionally founded on unique precepts that could guarantee the God-endowed rights of man and not dictate them? We worked hard and prayerfully to erect a structure that upheld the will and independence of the citizens, a system of law that enabled people to feel secure, yet equal on every level of society. Europe never knew that, nor did any previous nation. It’s all spelled out specifically in the Constitution! Do these modern teachers disregard that document now?”

“Well, many of us feel they’re not exactly ignoring the Constitution; they and some activists and even some judges on every level of our judicial system are reinterpreting it, warping it to conform to their own ideas of what they’d prefer America to be, not what you and our other founders intended. That’s really what I wanted to ask you about, Mr. Jefferson. For instance, these revisionists have taken a statement of yours, a phrase you coined, ‘separation of church and state,’ and are using it in the courts, to remove any mention of God or the Bible from public property or government processes. Is this what you meant to convey with that phrase?”

“Of course not! How absurd! I used those words, borrowing somewhat from the much-respected Baptist minister Roger Williams who used almost that same phrase, in my letter to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Conn., in 1802. As president, I was assuring them that Congress would never mandate a specific state religion, as had been done in England and even in Virginia earlier. That’s clearly all I said, and all I intended. You say these revisionists are implying I meant something more?”

“Oh, yes, sir! Even our Supreme Court seems to have been persuaded that you believed the First Amendment prohibited any recognition of God by either state or federal governments. The revisionists are rapidly succeeding in purging any public reference to ‘God’ from schools, open displays, ceremonies, anywhere, anytime! And they’re quoting your phrase as justification!”

Long pause.

“I’m offended beyond measure, good sir. Let me remind you of my own public statements, which you can verify and proclaim widely and consistently to the populace – and to the faces of the misguided jurists, in particular. It was I, while our blessed Constitution was an infant, who pointed out that the misguided opinion that judges have the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what are not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the legislature and executive in theirs, would make the judiciary a despotic branch. Obviously, that has occurred – sadly for America.

“None of us, sir, even the few who were deists or agnostics, denied the right – indeed the obligation – to publicly pay homage to our Creator, no matter how we individually understand Him. Have your contemporaries forgotten my very words in the Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’? And are they quoting only the first words of the First Amendment about the ‘establishment of religion’ – and ignoring the very next words ‘nor restricting the free exercise thereof’?

“How can good, intelligent Americans allow this perversion of intent?”

“Mr. Jefferson, I gather that you would then approve the inclusion of two words, ‘under God,’ in our current Pledge of Allegiance. …”

“Young man, I shared these concerns you’ve mentioned even in the early days of the new republic. And I understand that these words of mine are inscribed on a Memorial in my honor in Washington, even today: God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

“Mr. Jefferson, you’ve answered my questions. God help America.”

“Exactly.”

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Land of the Free and Home of the Victims

Posted by wordforit on February 28, 2008

I wish I were a victim. Then people would give me things, and government would take care of me.

That’s a dominant message on the presidential campaign trail, where some candidates preach that we have become a nation of victims, and that government is the only shining knight who can ride to our rescue.

Sadly, we’ve fallen to the point where this argument often works.

Using the politics of fear rather than hope, these candidates want to expand a failed war: the “War on Poverty,” which has cost America trillions but produced no victory. They now are calling for a permanent surge of programs to cover the middle class – an expansion of the same failed strategy that has given us a permanent underclass that depends on government.

They hope to lure more Americans into this quagmire by convincing them that we are victims.

According to Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, America is a place where the middle class is repressed.

Here’s the heart of the Clinton argument, in her website’s words:

Hillary has a plan to restore America’s middle class. After six and a half years of Bush administration policies, the middle class is struggling to succeed in an economy that is leaving more and more Americans behind.Income inequality has risen to the highest levels since 1929, and wages have stagnated. In the meantime, health care premiums and college tuition have skyrocketed, squeezing middle-class families who have largely relied on their home equity to make ends meet. The burgeoning problems in the housing market further threaten many middle-class families.

Obama describes it this way on his website:

While wages remain flat, the costs of basic necessities are increasing. The cost of in-state college tuition has grown 35 percent over the past five years. Health care costs have risen four times faster than wages over the past six years. And the personal savings rate is now the lowest it’s been since the Great Depression.

For both candidates, the answer to all these problems is a rush of new government programs that makes Lyndon B. Johnson look like Ronald Reagan:

  • Having trouble making your mortgage payment? No problem. The government will bail you out – even if you lied about your income or job status to get the loan in the first place.
     
  • Although the Bush tax cuts relieved 44 million Americans from paying income taxes, now they’d be relieved of paying Social Security taxes. But they nevertheless get to collect payments (so long as they retire before Social Security goes bankrupt)!
     
  • If you can’t afford college because government subsidies destroyed the incentives to control tuition costs, then the subsidies will be increased again.
     
  • The minimum wage will go way up, increasing the cost advantage of our overseas competitors, even as food stamps, housing subsidies and government cash giveaways like the EITC are also expanded.
     
  • Teachers who are failing their students will get larger paychecks.
     
  • Clinton even suggests that if you’re not saving money, government will give you a check to open an account.

To pay for this, “oppressors” will be punished. Big Oil will pay more taxes (which will be passed on to consumers via still-higher prices). Moreover, “all Americans” will be “made to contribute their fair share” (meaning higher taxes for everyone the candidate defines as not being middle or lower class).

Convincing Americans that they need government to do all these things hinges on convincing them that they are victims in need of rescue. The strategy relies on clever misuse of statistics and an uncritical media to help the effort.

Several Heritage Foundation studies dispute those claims. One of them, by James Sherk, exposes how the deceit works. First, by ignoring non-cash employee benefits (such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation days, etc.), wage growth is understated. Second, the wrong formulas are used when comparing wage growth to inflation. In fact, wage growth has matched America’s growth in productivity. Another paper by Heritage’s Paul Winfree notes that even “America’s poorest citizens are doing better than they were 14 years ago.”

And a celebrated study by Heritage’s Robert Rector unmasks the deceptions used when poverty rates are discussed. As Rector observes, we have defined poverty “up” to the point that “[m]ost of America’s ‘poor’ live in material conditions that would be judged as comfortable or well-off just a few generations ago.”

The same tricks that are used to perpetuate failed anti-poverty programs are being used to promote new and expanded federal programs for the middle class. And those promise to be just as expensive, bureaucratic and unsuccessful as LBJ’s “War on Poverty.”

It’s not enough for America’s left to show sympathy for victims of real tragedies like 9/11 or Katrina. Now they must elevate every challenge into a crisis, provoking a sense of desperation that more and bigger government is the answer.

Before it’s too late, Americans need to be reminded: A government big enough to give people everything they want is also big enough to take everything they’ve got. (emphasis WfI)

Source: WorldNetDaily

By: Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook is recovering from serving 14 years in Congress and is now a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

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