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From:WPROUTY@aol.com  Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 11:50:55 EDT
Subject: Political Literacy 101...The Next Lesson 10-30-2004
To:Benefits2001JnT@aol.com
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

We are within four days of what may be one of the most significant elections of the last century.  The level of media manipulation is beyond that of Orwell's 1984 scenario with double speak running rampant and the general population being worked by the deluge of soundbites.  It requires very hard work to sort out all the rhetorical garbage and focus on getting to the facts.

As some of you know, I served three tours in Viet Nam.  Last night, I spent 41 minutes watching the new documentary, Stolen Honor.  This powerful program is the story of individuals who were POWs and brutalized by their captors, in part, because of the actions of John Kerry, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden and others who lied  just about everything including the fact that many of those in the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War had never even been in the military and were not veterans at all. 

I sincerely hope you will go to
www.stolenhonor.com and click on the button and watch this powerful indictment of John Kerry and his co-conspirators in TREASON.  Treason is defined as betrayal of one's country especially by giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

My time in Viet Nam was at the same time as those in the film.  I was also in the same area where John Kerry served for only four months but where my three tours were about 9 months each.  Many of the men that I served with were wounded many times but often never bothered to report it because we had a job to do and the injuries suffered were not serious but still much more significant than the very, veru minor instances which gave John Kerry his passage home after only four months.

This issue of this newsletter is dedicated to another U.S. President who stood strong against an evil empire that for many decades helped spawn the current global terrorist movement.  President Reagan helped rebuild a military that had deteriorated from years of neglect. I hope you will read these quotes very carefully and then weigh them against the mandate of the office of President where the individual is called to defend the nation and the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and
domestic.  The very disturbing issue is the number of domestic enemies who hold elected office in this country today but who believe that we should be under the control and governed by the United Nations.

THE FOUNDATION

"Once you begin a great movement, there's no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead we changed a world."
--Ronald Reagan

All quotes in this edition are from Ronald Reagan, unless otherwise noted.

"I want the people of all the earth to see in the American flag the symbol of a Government which intends no oppression at home and no aggression abroad, which in the spirit of a common brotherhood provides assistance in time of distress."
--Calvin Coolidge

"The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of
the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they
intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require
an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion
or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from
the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their
interests."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 71

"The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good
laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing
a number of bad ones."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 73

"[P]ray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; And that his Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured. That he would be graciously pleased to bless our Federal Government; that by a wise administration, it may be a sure guide and safe protection in national concerns, for the people who have established, and who support it. That He would continue to us the invaluable Blessings of Civil Liberty; guarding us against intestine commotions; and enabling the United States, in the exercise of such Governmental powers, as are devolved upon them, so that the honor and dignity of our Nation, upon the Sea and the Land, may be supported, and Peace with the other Powers of the World, upon safe and honorable terms, may be maintained."
-- Samuel Adams

"He [Thomas Jefferson] was certainly one of the most learned men
of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others
that he was a 'walking Library,' and what can be said of but few
such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand
in hand with him."

--James Madison

"THE Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered
under two general points of view. The FIRST relates to the sum or
quantity of power which it vests in the government, including the
restraints imposed on the States. The SECOND, to the particular
structure of the government, and the distribution of this power
among its several branches."

--James Madison, Federalist No. 41

"The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or
representative constitution, is a change of men."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21



INSIGHT

"There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

"The future belongs to the free."

"We defend freedom here or it is gone."

"To those who are fainthearted and unsure, I have this message: If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again."

"Trust but verify."

"Who can forget those so-called 'experts' who said our military buildup threatened a dangerous escalation of tensions? What kind of fool, they asked, would call the Soviet Union an 'Evil Empire'?"

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."

"If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual."

"The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith."

"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

"Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"

"Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States."

"Regulations are like spores of a fungus -- they settle anywhere and everywhere and create more spores."

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."

"No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

"Communism is neither an economic or a political system -- it is a form of insanity -- a temporary aberration which will one day disappear from the earth because it is contrary to human nature."

"The West won't contain Communism. It will transcend it. It will dismiss it as some bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written."

"Communism is neither an economic or a political system -- it is a form of insanity -- a temporary aberration which will one day disappear from the earth because it is contrary to human nature. I wonder how much more misery it will cause before it disappears."

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

"Who can forget those so-called 'experts' who said our military buildup threatened a dangerous escalation of tensions? What kind of fool, they asked, would call the Soviet Union an 'Evil Empire'?"

"The march of freedom and democracy ... will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-_expression of the people."

"There's no question I am an idealist, which is another way of saying I am an American."

"Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter -- and they're on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs -- with faith in themselves and faith in an idea -- who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They're individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art and education. Their patriotism is quiet but deep. Their values sustain our national life."

"Those who created our country -- the Founding Fathers and Mothers -- understood that there is a divine order which transcends the human order. They saw the state, in fact, as a form of moral order and felt that the bedrock of moral order is religion. ... The truth is, politics and morality are inseparable. And as morality's foundation is religion, religion and politics are necessarily related. We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect, and our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive."


UPRIGHT

"I think they broke the mold when they made Ronnie. He had absolutely no ego, and he was very comfortable in his own skin; therefore, he didn't feel he ever had to prove anything to anyone."
--Nancy Reagan

"In his last moment he taught me that there is nothing stronger than love between two people, two souls. It was the last thing he could do to show my mother how entwined their souls are... At the last moment when his breathing told us this was it, he opened his eyes and looked straight at my mother. Eyes that had not opened for days did, and they weren't chalky or vague. They were clear and blue and full of life. If a death can be lovely, his was."
--Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter

"Ronald Reagan loved the truth. We all do or say we do but for Reagan it was like fresh water, something he needed and wanted."
-- Peggy Noonan

"Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired. To have achieved so much against such odds and with such humor and humanity made Ronald Reagan a truly great American hero."
--Margaret Thatcher

"Ronald Reagan was easily the greatest president of my lifetime -- and he will be regarded as one of the greatest leaders this country has ever had...a man of extraordinary vision, great compassion and resolute leadership. He brought down the Evil Empire and made the world safer for my children and theirs."
--Lt. Col. Oliver North 

"He was hated for precisely the same reasons he was loved. He had convictions and made those without them look weak. ... He knew who he was before he came to office; he did not need the office to complete him."
--Cal Thomas


THE ESSENTIAL REAGAN

"If children prayed together, would they not understand what they have in common, and would this not, indeed, bring them closer, and is this not to be desired? So, I submit to you that those who claim to be fighting for tolerance on this issue may not be tolerant at all. When John Kennedy was running for President in 1960, he said that his church would not dictate his Presidency any more than he would speak for his church. Just so, and proper. But John Kennedy was speaking in an America in which the role of religion -- and by that I mean the role of all churches -- was secure. Abortion was not a political issue. Prayer was not a political issue. The right of church schools to operate was not a political issue. And it was broadly acknowledged that religious leaders had a right and a duty to speak out on the issues of the day. They held a place of respect, and a politician who spoke to or of them with a lack of respect would not long survive in the political arena. It was acknowledged then that religion held a special place, occupied a special territory in the hearts of the citizenry. The climate has changed greatly since then. And since it has, it logically follows that religion needs defenders against those who care only for the interests of the state. ... The churches of America do not exist by the grace of the state; the churches of America are not mere citizens of the state. The churches of America exist apart; they have their own vantage point, their own authority. Religion is its own realm; it makes its own claims. We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions. I submit to you that the tolerant society is open to and encouraging of all religions. And this does not weaken us; it strengthens us. ... You know, if we look back through history to all those great civilizations, those great nations that rose up to even world dominance and then deteriorated, declined, and fell, we find they all had one thing in common. One of the significant forerunners of their fall was their turning away from their God. ... Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
--Prayer Breakfast, 1984


EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

"A great man's reach invariably extends beyond the battles he won or the buildings he raised, and can only be fully measured by the hearts he touched and the dreams he inspired. By that measure Ronald Reagan, America's 40th president, still lives -- in countless millions of us. At the pedestrian level of American politics, it is hard to find an active Republican today who does not carry in his or her mind a bit of secondhand Reagan magic. Thousands of leading conservative journalists, politicians, even academics, are in the business because of Mr. Reagan, or are better, more principled, more optimistic and more effective because Ronald Reagan lived and filled a vast political and human void. ...It is the magic of great men that, what is considered normal (even prosaic) after them, was considered implausible or impossible before they did it. Whether it was defeating tyranny, cutting taxes or honoring religious faith, Ronald Reagan opened the door for conservative governance and has made all that might yet be, possible."
--The Washington Times

LIBERTY

"What's a flag? What's the love of country for which is stands? Maybe it begins with the love of the land itself. It is the fog rolling in with the tide at Eastport or through the Golden Gate and among the towers of San Francisco....It is men at work....the storm-tossed fishermen...the farmer riding his great machine in the dust of harvest...the dairyman...the lineman...the miner...the teacher, doctor, and parson tending and helping... It is small things remembered, the little corners of the land, the houses, the people that each one loves....It is stories told. It is the Pilgrims dying in their first dreadful winter...the minuteman standing his ground at Concord Bridge, and dying there...the army in rags, sick, freezing, starving at Valley Forge...the wagons and the men on foot going westward over Cumberland Gap...the settler hacking fiercely at the primeval forest on his new, his own lands. It is Thoreau at Walden Pond, Lincoln at Cooper Union, and Lee riding home from Appomattox....It is a great multitude of people on pilgrimage, common and ordinary people, charged with the usual human failings, yet filled with such a hope as never caught the imaginations and the hearts of any nation on earth before. The hope of liberty. The hope of justice. The hope of a land in which a man can stand straight, without fear, without rancor. The land and the people and the flag -- the land a continent, the people of every race, the flag a symbol of what humanity may aspire to when the wars are over and the barriers are down; to these each generation must be dedicated and consecrated anew, to defend with life itself, if need be, but, above all, in friendliness, in hope, in courage, to live for."
--This is an excerpt from an editorial that appeared in the New York Times, June 14, 1940 to mark Flag Day. It is excerpted from "The Book of Virtues" by William J. Bennett.


THE GIPPER

"It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag."
--Ronald Reagan (1994)

THE LAST WORD

"A star for ever state, and a State for every star."
--Robert C. Winthrop

Please take time to open your heart and mind to guidance from God and let that guidance help you chose those individuals of honor, integrity and strength who can best guide and defend this nation against its enemies, foreign and domestic.

William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989
909-301-0605  Phone
909-301-0606  FAX
wprouty@aol.com
www.gewdc.org


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