Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,
Yesterday was the birthday of the U.S. Constitution. I looked at several newspapers and watched the evening news. I didn't see this important historical event even mentioned. I asked a group of business executives this week how many of them had read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution this year. Not one had done so. I carry a copy with me everyday in my day planner and work at reading something each and every day.
We wonder why the citizens of today are so confused with all the sound bites and political rhetoric that is going on in this election period. The answer is clearly the level of illiteracy that exists. Not just political literacy but also the basics (reading, writing and math) as well as business, economic and financial literacy. There is an old adage which bears repeating, "Keep them ignorant and you will keep them slaves." A recent report declared that over 50% of the adults in Los Angeles County are functionally illiterate. A truly sad commentary.
The Constitution of the United States of America
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America....
Please go to this link to read the rest... http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.overview.html
This is a special edition of this newsletter to help focus your thoughts on the real framework of this Constitutional Republic. I am hearing more and more references by politicians and commentators to a Constitutional Democracy. This is WRONG... to use Senator Kerry's favorite word recently. If this were a democracy then the elected representatives would have no power or authority and would have to put EVERY decision to the vote of the people. That is not the case and the elected representatives have the duty and responsibility to ...protect and defend this Constitutional Republic against ALL enemies foreign and domestic. When you vote on November 2nd consider which of the candidates will do the very best job of protecting this Constitutional Republic. This isn't a matter of party politics but in fact a matter of real Character and Integrity. Who will do what is right because it is the right thing to do. This applies to every office be it local, regional, state of national.
"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation."
"Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public
"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
"Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang
"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave."
"Done...the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven."
--Closing line of the U.S. Constitution.
"Three years ago, our country was ruthlessly attacked, and more than 3,000 innocent people lost their lives. We will always remember the victims: sons and daughters, husbands and wives, dads and moms, family members, co-workers, and friends. And we will always be inspired by the heroism and decency of our fellow citizens on that day. ... Since September 11th, America has fought a relentless war on terror around the world. We are staying on the offensive in this war -- striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. We pray that God watch over our brave men and women in uniform and all who are waging this war and working to keep America safe. And we pray for their families. In the face of danger, America is showing its character. Three years after the attack on our country, Americans remain strong and resolute, patient in a just cause, and confident of the victory to come."
--George W. Bush
"Nothing is ended with honor which does not conclude better than it began."
"To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice. It is never a question of who is right but what is right."
"I had rather starve and rot and keep the privilege of speaking the truth than of holding all the offices that capital has to give, from the presidency downward."
"I believe in God as I believe the sun has risen, not because I can see it, but because by way of it I can see everything else."
"The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."
"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
"[Senator Kerry] woke up yesterday morning with yet another new position. And this one is not even his own. It is that of his one-time rival, Howard Dean. He even used the same words Howard Dean did, back when he supposedly disagreed with him. No matter how many times Senator Kerry flip-flops, we were right to make America safer by removing Saddam Hussein from power."
"Kerry [has] presented himself to the nation as a bitter weakling who can't abide criticism and who takes his foreign-policy cues from Michael Moore."
"Here's the problem. Kerry is, as he's been known to brag, a 'man of nuance' or of 'complexity.' What he means by these terms, of course, is that he should be permitted to say whatever he wants -- or whatever the audience at a particular moment wants to hear -- without feeling like he's contradicting, or making an ass of, himself."
"We were weak, and weak people are beaten."
We have to many citizens today who are unwilling to fight for their freedom and liberty and have become lazy and weak from dependence on the government instead of strong and vital from independence and personal responsibility.
"[A]s we enjoy the unprecedented prosperity that our freedom has made possible, we are losing a sense that every benefit has a cost, and that the other side of the coin of increased freedom is increased responsibility."
I just received my copies of Star Parker's two books, Uncle Sam's Plantation and her autobiography, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats. These are powerful studies in the freedom stealing realities of Big Government written by a former "welfare cheat".
"A relatively small group of people who control the mechanisms of laud and lucre can have a tremendous influence on ambitious academics."
"The federal government is slowly but surely destroying real families, but it is hardly a benevolent surrogate parent."
"One of the many places where public schools have failed and failed badly is in the teaching of civics -- what the constitution is about, how government functions, why it is important that the individual citizen stay abreast of issues and candidates."
"According to the Kerry campaign, President Bush has 'lost' over a million jobs since taking office. This of course assumes that jobs are Presidents' to win or lose."
"With questions of typography, superscript and proportional spacing filtering through cyberspace over the past week, it seems fairly clear that the memos CBS revealed on '60 Minutes II' are in fact forgeries. Allegedly written by the late Col. Jerry Killian, the memos' supporters hope they will strengthen the case against President Bush -- that he received preferential treatment and that he disobeyed direct orders while in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Yet efforts to prove the memos' authenticity fail.... Yet, despite the breadth of evidence against the authenticity of these memos, CBS, and in particular Dan Rather, refuse to conduct an internal investigation. Mr. Rather even suggested on Friday that the critics are just 'partisan political operatives.' In the same segment, Mr. Rather added, 'The "60 Minutes" report was based not solely on the recovered documents, but on a preponderance of evidence.... If any definitive evidence to the contrary of our story is found, we will report it. So far there is none.' Wrong, Mr. Rather. Instead of a 'preponderance of evidence' suggesting these memos are authentic, there is in fact clear and convincing evidence that they are forgeries. CBS is willfully ignoring the good investigative work of the blogosphere, from which we have detailed the various arguments. If CBS and Mr. Rather continue to do so, then they will have undermined the public's trust in their objective reporting and dishonored the journalism profession."
--The Washington Times
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
--St. Thomas Aquinas
"'Family values,' it seems clear to me, requires that the nation set an example for the world just as parents set an example for their children. Saddam systematically crippled Iraqi women, depriving half the population of the most basic human right, the right to dignity. That's an abuse of a family value. The latest conventional political wisdom of the chattering class is that John Kerry can retrieve his sagging poll numbers if he moves away from a focus on foreign policy and concentrates on domestic policy. But the two can no longer be separated. International terrorism is the number one domestic issue. We must keep our children safe from vile men (and women) who use terror to target innocents by targeting terrorists wherever they are. The survival of families is the ultimate family value."
"Members of the liberal media elite have become rather choosy when it comes to advocating stem-cell cures for degenerative medical conditions. To these commentators, cures using adult stem cells just aren't the 'right' cures. For stem-cell therapy to really count, it has to come from embryos. Indeed, even the most astonishing research advances using adult cells are ignored by these arbiters of public policy as if they never happened. And since liberal elites dominate public discourse in the stem-cell debate, the American people remain generally unaware of these astonishing scientific advances. ... Media opponents of President Bush's stem-cell policy often accuse the president of deciding science questions based on religious beliefs. But they are the ones whose ideological predilections and personal antipathy for political opponents are making them incapable of appreciating the evidence. As the old saying goes, none are so blind as those who will not see."
"This young century will be liberty's century. By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America. Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom."
--President George W. Bush
"It is the responsibility of the President of the United States...to ensure that the safety of our people cannot be successfully threatened by a hostile foreign power."
OPINION IN BRIEF
"The third anniversary of Sept. 11 is upon us. We remain at war -- and the media remain in denial. How any times have you picked up a newspaper and read about terrorist attacks perpetrated not by Muslim terrorists, but by generic 'militants' or 'guerrillas' or 'rebels' or, as Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes noted the Pakistan Times called them, 'activists'? Contrast the media whitewashing of our Islamo-fascist enemies with the press coverage of the Waco, Texas, siege in 1993 -- which constantly reminded us that David Koresh and his Branch Davidian followers were members of a 'peculiar religious sect' (New York Times, March 3, 1993) and 'a group of religious zealots with a known propensity for violence' (Washington Post, March 2, 1993) who were steeped in a 'culture of Christian extremism' (San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 1993). A Nexis search of the terms 'Branch Davidian' and 'religious' and 'cult' in The New York Times for the year 1993 yielded 151 hits. The vast majority of these references were in headlines and news articles, as opposed to editorials, letters or book reviews. A Nexis search of the terms 'al-Qa'ida' and 'religious' and 'cult' in The New York Times for the year 2004 yielded just one article -- a magazine piece in March. The mainstream media pounded President Bush for trying to explain that the War on Terror is unwinnable in a conventional sense. The mainstream press itself proves the president's point every time its reporters disguise the deadly fanatical nature of our opponents in this global war. How are we to win a war against blood-spattered enemies whom our own free press continues to protect through politically correct sanitization? It wasn't no-name militants or wayward guerrillas who have butchered, beheaded and slaughtered thousands of innocents over the last three years alone."
"People vote -- or at least should vote -- based upon the kind of country they want their kids to live in. And that means they vote on more issues than narrow economic interest, however defined. Most people -- liberals and conservatives -- don't see the government as the source of a welfare check and therefore don't vote for the party that promises to put the most zeros on that check. Most see government more as a protector than a nanny. And some people see the government as a reflection of, and influence on, the society in general. And so asking them to subsidize soaking Jesus in urine offends them not because they're 'hicks' but because they don't think that's the sort of society they want to raise kids in."
Oh, how wish this was true as it should be but the "entitlement virus" has infected to many people in this nation.
"Back in the '50s there was a popular song called 'A Slow Boat to China.' Someone needs to update it today, call it 'A Swift Boat to Nowhere,' and dedicate it to John Kerry."
"According to the Bush campaign, John Kerry's record of vacillation and inconsistency in the Senate would make him a disastrously indecisive POTUS -- an IMPOTUS, as it were."
"So John Kerry now is the first self-confessed war criminal in U.S. history to be nominated for president. Normally this would be considered an electoral plus only in the more cynical banana republics. But the Democrats seemed to think they could run an antiwar anti-hero as a war hero and nobody would mind."
"Democrats can dish it out but have trouble taking it. If one wishes to go down the alley of such political rhetoric, one should not be surprised to get mugged at the end of it. ... Democrats can't credibly complain of a bloody nose when they threw the first punch."
"Campaign finance 'reform' holds that only 'legitimate' voices can be heard in a democracy, which should be repugnant to the crowd that usually waxes pious about First Amendment rights. ... The notion that, politically or legally, only some people have the 'right' to say something during an election runs completely counter to the core intent of the First Amendment. But, hey, what right do I have to say that?"
"While waiting for the Ouija board to give us Kerry's final answer on the Iraq war, perhaps we could get an answer on something simpler -- like whether or not Kerry owns an SUV. ... While Kerry works out his positions, apparently the voters have decided that their legitimate act of self-defense is to vote for Bush."
William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation