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    From:WPROUTY@aol.com  Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
    Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 11:22:47 EDT
    Subject: Political Literacy 101...The Next Lesson 9/30/2004
    To:Benefits2001JnT@aol.com
    Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

    Tonight is the first of the three "debates" between President Bush and Senator Kerry.  Should provide a clear verbal and visual contrast between the two.  It will be interesting to see how many times the term "democracy" is used to describe the desired focus instead of "constitutional republic".  Some of the Foundation quotes in this issue, while spoken over 200 years ago, are so appropriate today.  That is why the Constitution is such a critical part of this nation's future and yet the estimate is that less than 5% of the population has ever read it more than once and many have NEVER read it.


    THE FOUNDATION

    "Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others."
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    "It is a wise rule and should be fundamental in a government
    disposed to cherish its credit, and at the same time to restrain
    the use of it within the limits of its faculties, 'never to borrow
    a dollar without laying a tax in the same instant for paying the
    interest annually, and the principal within a given term; and
    to consider that tax as pledged to the creditors on the public
    faith.'"

    --Thomas Jefferson

    "We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures
    to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national
    authority."

    -- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 85

    "When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
    -- Ronald Reagan

    "... [T]hough individual oppression may now and then proceed
    from the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can
    never be endangered from that quarter...."

    --Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78

    "[T]he propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on
    a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right,
    which Heaven itself has ordained."

    --George Washington

    "[N]or did I believe until lately,...that I should be accused of
    being the enemy of one Nation, and subject to the influence of
    another; and to prove it, that every act of my administration
    would be tortured, and the grossest, and most insidious
    mis-representations of them be made (by giving one side only of
    a subject, and that too in such exaggerated and indecent terms
    as could scarcely be applied to a Nero; a notorious defaulter;
    or even to a common pick-pocket)."

    --George Washington


    INSIGHT

    "Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot."
    --Theodore Roosevelt

    "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. Of such is wisdom."
    --William Butler Yeats

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
    --Thomas Paine

    "There is a true glory and a true honor; the glory of duty done -- the honor of the integrity of principle."
    --Robert E. Lee

    "The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat."
    --Robert Lewis Stevenson

    "It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery."
    --Taylor Caldwell

    "The fate of empires depends on the education of youth."
    --Aristotle

    "If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics."
    --Will Rogers

    "This is a sad hour in the life of America. ... Ronald Reagan won America's respect with his greatness, and won its love with his goodness. He had the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with character, the grace that comes with humility, and the humor that comes with wisdom. He leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save. During the years of President Reagan, America laid to rest an era of division and self-doubt. And because of his leadership, the world laid to rest an era of fear and tyranny. Now, in laying our leader to rest, we say thank you. He always told us that for America, the best was yet to come. We comfort ourselves in the knowledge that this is true for him, too. His work is done. And now a shining city awaits him. May God bless Ronald Reagan."
    --President George W. Bush

    Nineteenth-century historian Alexis de Tocqueville once observed, "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

    Tocqueville was commenting on liberty and free enterprise, American style, versus socialism as envisioned by emerging protagonists of centralized state governments. And he saw on the horizon a looming threat -- a threat that would challenge the freedoms writ in the blood and toil of our nation's Founders.

    Indeed, a century after Tocqueville penned those words, elitist Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt tossed aside much of our nation's Constitution. Though its author, James Madison, noted in Federalist Paper No. 45 that "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined [and] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce,"

    FDR summarily redefined the role of the central government by way of myriad extra-constitutional decrees, and greatly expanded the central government far beyond the strict limits set by our Constitution. FDR, perhaps unwittingly, used the Great Depression to establish a solid foundation for socialism in America, as best evidenced in this dubious proclamation: "Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle." If Roosevelt's "American principle" sounds somewhat familiar, then you're likely a student of history (or The Patriot). Not to be confused with the Biblical principle in the Gospel according to Luke, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be required...", which the Left often cites as justification for socialist policies, Roosevelt was essentially paraphrasing the gospel according to Karl Marx, whose maxim declared, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Notably, the Bible places the burden of responsibility for stewardship on the individual, while Marx and FDR placed the burden of responsibility for stewardship on the state.

    In failing to discern this distinction, FDR set the stage for the entrapment of future generations by the welfare state and the incremental shift from self-reliance to dependence upon the state -- ultimately the state of tyranny. English writer, sociologist and historian H.G. Wells, whose last work, The Holy Terror, profiled the psychological development of a modern dictator based on the careers of Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, said of Roosevelt's reign, "The great trouble with you Americans is that you are still under the influence of that second-rate -- shall I say third-rate? -- mind, Karl Marx." More to the point, Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev said of Roosevelt's "New Deal" paradigm shift, "We can't expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism." Clearly, Khrushchev was onto something.

    FDR never embraced self-reliance as the essential ingredient of a free society, nor have his Demo-successors Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Why? Perhaps it's because these men inherited their wealth, their privilege and their political office. Indeed, while Kerry's handlers might try to cast their candidate as a man of the people, he is anything but. Remember, this is a man who has twice married multimillionaire heiresses; a man who has multiple mansions on multiple continents; a man who windsurfs (poorly) off tony Nantucket; a man who rides a bicycle that costs more than some new cars; a man who spends, oh, maybe $15,000 to jet his hairdresser cross country for a trim.

    Yes, John Kerry is the latest in a line of "inheritance-welfare liberals" -- those who were raised dependent on inheritance rather than self-reliance. Is it any wonder, then, that the character and values of these inheritance-welfare liberals are all but indistinguishable from the character and values of those who depend on state welfare? Today, more than 70 years after FDR seeded American socialism, the Soviet Union is but a memory. In addition, China and most other states with centralized economies (Cuba notwithstanding) are undergoing a dramatic shift toward free-enterprise -- as well as the political challenges that accompany such a shift. Yet despite the collapse of socialism around the world, inheritance-welfare liberals, chief among them John Kerry, still dominate the Democrat Party and continue to advocate all manner of dependence upon the state (the poor man's trust fund). V.I. Lenin knew precisely what he was talking about when he famously dubbed Western Leftists "useful idiots."

    As this Election Day approaches, we're left to wonder whether America has learned its lessons, or whether our great nation is still under the spell of its useful idiots. Here in our humble shop, we hope that an American majority will reject the candy of the inheritance-welfare liberals, will restore our Constitution as the central authority of the land, and will reclaim self-reliance as the central character of our people.

    And this man wants to be the President? 

    "Our democracy is a farce; it is not the best in the world.  Communism was not a threat to our country...."
    --John Kerry in a 1971 speech at Bethany College, West Virginia



    "A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it  
    has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the  
    new view must come, the world must roll forward."  
    -- Sir Winston Churchill  

    "With malice toward none, with charity for all, let us strive  
    on to finish the work we are in,...to do all which may achieve  
    and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with  
    all nations."  
    -- Abraham Lincoln  

    "The men who create power make an indispensable contribution  
    to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power  
    make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when  
    that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether  
    we use power or power uses us."  
    -- John F. Kennedy  

    The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and  
    discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and,  
    therefore, brothers.  
    -- Martin Luther King Jr.  



    UPRIGHT

    "Just in case we needed a reminder: "Not all terrorist networks answer to the same orders and same leaders, but all terrorists burn with the same hatred. They hate all who reject their grim vision of tyranny. They hate people who love freedom. They kill without mercy. They kill without shame. And they count their victories in the death of the innocent."
    -- President Bush

    "We are calling on... America not to stop; to go on with us on this blessed mission, which the Iraqi people will never forget: this blessed mission of liberation, of democracy, and of freedom."
    -- Younadem Kana, the lone Christian member of the Iraqi governing council

    "What works is locking up violent criminals, not taking away the [gun] rights of law abiding citizens."
    -- Steve Canale, president of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association

    "We cannot be the HMO of the world and expect to take care of our own people."
    -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) on the defeat of an immigration measure requiring hospitals to identify illegal aliens

    "When it comes to reacquiring their Senate power, it is clear that neither the Constitution nor the successful conclusion to our war against terrorism and the restructuring of Iraq can be allowed to stand in the way [of the Democrats]."
    --Neal Boortz

    "The difference between past and present immigration experience is the existence of a defiant anti-assimilationist lobby that encourages legal and illegal aliens to resist adapting to the American way of life."
    --Michelle Malkin

    "While reporters murmur about the White House trying to do 'damage control,' they do not describe their own activity, best defined as 'damage overdrive.' "
    --Brent Bozell

    "Marching against a president you oppose is fine. But it's not worth trampling American security to do it...Every day, it seems like more and more Democrats think it would be worth losing in Iraq if it meant winning the White House."
    --Jonah Goldberg

    "Modern liberalism seems to have forgotten the fact that if America hadn't paid the price, blood, sweat and hard work and the financial burden, we wouldn't have freedom in the world."
    --Sean Hannity


    IChThUS IMPRIMIS
    by President Ronald Wilson Reagan


    "I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God's help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can't expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living."

    "We have to keep in mind we are a nation under God, and if we ever forget that, we'll be just a nation under."

    "Sometimes when I'm faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook."

    "Let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in their totalitarian darkness -- pray that they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the locus of evil in the modern world."

    "How can the leadership of the other side... open each session of their great convention with an injunction to the Lord, and end each session with a prayer to God, and still insist on denying that right to a child in a public school?"

    "[W]e will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God."

    "We were all revolutionaries, and the revolution has been a success."

    FAMILY

    "Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families -- not government programs -- are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. Thus it is imperative that our governments programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize the family. We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them. The New Republican Party must be committed to working always in the interest of the American family."
    -- President Ronald Reagan

    CULTURE

    "Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn't get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio."
    -- President Ronald Reagan

    LIBERTY

    "When... our allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy forty years ago they came not as conquerors, but as liberators. When these troops swept across the French countryside and into the forest of Belgium and Luxembourg they came not to take, but to return what had been wrongly seized. When our forces marched into Germany, they came not to prey on a brave and defeated people, but to nurture the seeds of democracy among those who yearned to be free again. We salute them today... Today in their memory, and for all who fought here, we celebrate the triumph of democracy. ... We sought to bring all freedom-loving nations together in a community dedicated to the defense and preservation of our sacred values. Our alliance, forged in the crucible of war, tempered and shaped by the realities of the postwar world, has succeeded. In Europe, the threat has been contained, the peace has been kept. Today the living here assembled -- officials, veterans, citizens -- are a tribute to what was achieved here forty years ago. This land is secure. We are free. These things are worth fighting and dying for... We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."
    -- President Ronald Reagan 6 June 1984, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    THE GIPPER

    "And I hope that someday your children and grandchildren will tell of the time that a certain president came to town at the end of a long journey and asked their parents and grandparents to join him in setting America on the course to the new millennium -- and that a century of peace, prosperity, opportunity, and hope followed. So, if I could ask you just one last time: Tomorrow, when mountains greet the dawn, would you go out there and win one for the Gipper?"
    -- President Ronald Reagan

    Above all, we must realize that 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. It is a weapon our  
    adversaries in today's world do not have.  
    -- Ronald Reagan  


    GOVERNMENT
    by President Ronald Reagan


    "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."

    "Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."

    "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself."

    "Are you entitled to the fruits of your own labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"

    "The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution."

    "The best view of big government is in the rearview mirror as you're driving away from it."

    "We were poor when I was young, but the difference then was that the government didn't come around telling you you were poor."

    "To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny."


    EDITORIAL EXEGESIS


    "The party of partial-birth abortion is still fuming at the photos from Abu Ghraib. Unborn children don't survive the torture of abortion, but images of violence done to them never make it to the desks of Democrats. The party of Abu Ghraib in the womb did interrupt its outrage over barbarism abroad long enough this week to tout barbarism at home. The human rights abuse of abortion remains the centerpiece of the Democratic party's platform. John Kerry simultaneously assured his supporters that as president he would speedily remove American soldiers from the "death zone" of Iraq and preserve the death zone at home protected under the penumbras of the U.S. Constitution. 'I will not appoint somebody with a 5-4 court who's about to undo Roe v. Wade. I've said that before,' he said. Not to worry, abortionists: John Kerry won't apply the Geneva Convention to unborn children. He won't send the Red Cross to visit your Planned Parenthood clinics... Enemy combatants have rights under their platform; unborn children don't. Why is Abu Ghraib "un-American" and abortion as American as apple pie? Shouldn't a civilized nation be consistent?"
    --George Neumayr

    Short Cuts

    "He uses unique English to confuse the opponents. Kind of sounds like the strategy I use at the press conferences."
    --President Bush, on meeting a Denver hockey player from the Czech Republic

    "California produces 40% of America's fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts -- the kind you eat. We have had a bumper crop of the other variety, too."
    --Ronald Reagan

    "Why be a politician when it is so cheap to rent one on those rare occasions that you need one?"
    --J.B. Williams

    "If people of all different faiths -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Yankee fans -- spent some time together, talking AND listening, maybe... we'd all begin to see that, despite our differences, deep down inside all of us, except for some Yankee fans, are human beings, riding together in the buggy of life."
    --Dave Barry

    "It's often been said that there's no such thing as a stupid question, but whoever thought up that _expression obviously never met a devout liberal. Either that or he was a liberal himself."
    --Edward L. Daley

    "Well, it's official. America's fascination with bizarre legal investigations is now affecting our national security."
    --Oliver North

    "Sane, mature Americans regard civilization in peril as more worrisome than an Iraqi terrorist forced to wear a pair of ladies' step-ins on his head, unsavory as that could be."
    --Wesley Pruden

    "Okay, so those Iraqi prisoners were made to strip. How else were we to get the naked truth? Been me, I'd have smeared them with paint remover -- and gotten the unvarnished truth."
    --Lyn Nofziger



    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
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