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I began this Independence Day series on a whim, without any specific ideas about what I might post about.  I have to admit that it has been more than a little challenging finding the time each day to get a post up…and I am so sleep deprived at this point that I’m not sure I’ll ever make up the deficit.  Even so, I am so glad that I challenged myself with this as it as given me cause to reflect upon the Independence that we are celebrating today to a greater depth than I would have otherwise in the week proceeding the 4th.  In fact, I have been thinking so much upon the themes of freedom and liberty that there are many more ideas for posts in my head than I was able to get to this week.  There is one particular thought, though, that I would be remiss not to touch on here, even if briefly.

Luke 12:48 states: “…For unto whomsoever cmuch is dgiven, of him shall be much erequired…”    I can’t help but think that, as Americans, we have been blessed with so much that there must be some level of responsibility that comes with the freedoms we enjoy.  To take our freedom for granted is the surest way to lose it.  And yet so many Americans are disinterested, or just apathetic, toward the political process.  I can completely relate to the feelings of frustration that come as we observe the craziness and corruption that comes with politics, and the feeling of uselessness…as if there is no point in becoming involved because we are too small to make a difference.  But it is our obligation to be informed, to learn of our history and to study the issues of the day, to vote and to care. This land has been set apart as a land of liberty, and this nation was raised up as a beacon of freedom to the world; and it is our responsibility as citizens of this country to preserve the freedom that our fathers have fought and died for.  It is up to us to make sure that the legacy of liberty goes on.

Ronald Reagan said:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be FOUGHT for, PROTECTED, and HANDED ON for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Smilingldsgirl, who sometimes comments here, recently had a great post on patriotism.  I love how she put it:

Do we make good use of it [our freedom]?  Has an interest in the future of our country turned into a hobby?  I get so tired of people saying ‘I’m not interested in politics’ in the same way one might say ‘I’m not interested in basket weaving.’  Are you interested in freedom?”

John Adams, one of our great Founders who endured much personal sacrifice as he played his part in securing the nation’s independence, speaks to us through the ages:

Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”

And from Abraham Lincoln:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”



*This post is part of my week-long Independence Day series.

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In response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, McDonald vs. City of Chicago, Chicago Mayor Daley  made this profoundly ignorant remark: “We are a country of laws not a nation of guns.” Mayor Daley is in need of a good schooling in the history of the American Founding.

America is indeed a “nation of guns,” or rather, a nation of arms.  As rightly pointed out by Phyllis Schlafly in the June 2000 Phyllis Schalfly Report (vol. 33, no. 11)“Individual ownership of guns made the American Revolution possible. Also:

The chief reason America has remained a free country is the widespread private ownership of firearms…The principal purpose of the Second Amendment was to maintain our freedom from government.  It is an insult to our heritage to imply that the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment just to protect deer hunters.”

Note to Mayor Daley:  We are a “country of laws,” but the first and most fundamental law of this land is the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution.  That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” In his press conference, the mayor said:  “As a city we must continue to stand up ..and fight for a ban on assault weapons ..as well as a crackdown on gun shops,” then he added, “We are a country of laws not a nation of guns.” Mayor Daley, the supreme LAW of the land is that we are indeed, have always been and shall continue to be, a “nation of guns,” whether you like it or not.

Me, firing an MP-5 semi-auto; I was actually surprised by how well I liked shooting with this gun.

[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”

—Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
—Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

I'm a pretty good aim, but I still definitely need more practice.

More from the Phyllis Schalfly Report, concerning lessons from history on why the individual right to bear arms is essential to maintaining our freedom:

My good friend, the late Reverend Stephen Dunker, C.M., was a missionary in China who was imprisoned by the Communists during the early 1950s. I heard him tell of his experiences many times. When the Communists first took over the area where he lived, they appeared to be good rulers. They established law and order and cleaned up the traffic in drugs and prostitutes. Then one day the Communist bosses announced, “You can see that we have established a good society and you have no need for your guns. Everyone must come in the night and dump all guns in the town square.” The people believed and obeyed. The next day, the reign of terror began, with public executions and cruel imprisonments. Everyone accused of being a “landlord” was dragged through the streets and executed; a “landlord” was anyone who farmed his little plot of ground with two water buffalo instead of one.

Gun confiscation leads to a loss of freedom, increased crime, and the government moving to the left. This has already happened in England and Australia. After Great Britain banned most guns in 1997, making armed self-defense punishable as murder, violence skyrocketed because criminals know that law abiding citizens have been disarmed. Armed crime rose 10% in 1998. The Sunday Times of London reported on the new black market in guns: “Up to 3 million illegal guns are in circulation in Britain, leading to a rise in drive-by shootings and gangland-style execution.” There has been such a heavy increase in the use of knives for violent attacks that new laws have been passed giving police the power to search anyone for knives in designated areas.

In 1996 Australia banned 60% of all firearms and required registration of all guns and the licensing of gun owners. Police confiscated 640,381 firearms, going door to door without search warrants. Two years later, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that all crime had risen and armed robberies were up 44%.

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D., described his first-hand experience in Cuba. Before 1958, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista had all citizens register their firearms. After the revolution, Raul and Fidel Castro had their Communist thugs go door to door and, using the registration lists, confiscate all firearms. As soon as the Cubans were disarmed, that was the end of their freedom.

Tyrannical governments kill far more people than private criminals. The Nazis conducted a massive search-and-seizure operation in 1933 to disarm their political opponents, in 1938 to disarm the Jews, and when they occupied Europe in 1939-41 they proclaimed the death penalty for anyone who failed to surrender all guns within 24 hours.”

Me, firing an AR-15

This AR-15 may look cool, but it's a beast to handle. Although it has an awesome scope, I still found it hard to aim properly because the gun was too heavy for me to hold it steady on the target long enough to pull the trigger.

A young man I know recently said that he is a pacifist and doubts he will ever own a gun or knife because he “just hate[s] what they symbolize.”  I am guessing that in his mind guns symbolize violence, death and oppression, or something to that effect.  But the same object can mean entirely different things to different people.  You see, in my mind, guns symbolize self-reliance, self-preservation, protection of life, family, property and liberty…ultimately, from my personal American perspective, guns represent freedom.  We are and must always be the protectors of our own freedom.  And as Dwight Eisenhower said:

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.”

This Taurus .44 magnum revolver is a wildly impractical gun, with an insanely powerful kick...but hey, don't I look tough?

Thomas Jefferson, writing to George Washington in 1796, said: “One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.”  My sentiments exactly, excepting for target practice, of course….

*This post is part of my week-long Independence Day series.

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As an addendum to my previous post, here is a FRIENDLY FREEDOM REMINDER from one of the best spokesmen for freedom our nation has been blessed with, Ronald Reagan.  His speech, “A Time For Choosing,” delivered October 27, 1964, applies perfectly to the situation we find ourselves in today….striving to fend off the advances of socialism, in defense of freedom.  You should really watch the whole thing…it is so good…but if you are not inclined to take the time, I have provided a few quick highlights below.


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On Tuesday, Rush said this:

“Obama’s teleprompter told him to say yesterday that these AIG executives are greedy and selfish, and now what? We have death threats being phoned in to the AIG headquarters in New York! And all this time we’ve been told that it’s talk radio that ‘incites this kind of hatred’.”


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I have mentioned the Chicago Tea Party, as well as the upcoming Tax Day Tea Party, in a couple of the comment threads here, but here is an official post.  It all started with Rick Santelli of CNBC reporting from the floor of the CME Group in Chicago after Obama announced his socialist mortgage plan; there was a spontaneous concurring response from the traders.   Soon after, people all over the country began to organize their own Tea Parties, a.k.a. angry taxpayers revolting against Obama’s out of control tax (or borrow, or print) and spend schemes.  A new effort is now being made to orchestrate “tea parties” throughout the country on April 15, officially “tax day,” the date by which federal income taxes must be filed.

Bobby Eberle outlines the impetus behind the Tax Day Tea Party, and provides some interesting tax statistics, here.  If you’re interested in learning more about this, or in participating in a tea party near you, check out Eberle’s column, read about Michelle’s (of Smart Girl Politics) tea party experience, or check out The Pulse of Revolution.

The official Tax Day Tea Party website has been added as a link on my sidebar.

Remember the inspired and inspiring words of our wise Founding Fathers:

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money [subsidize with his taxes] for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence.  It is force.  And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  George Washington

“A wise and FRUGAL government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.”  Thomas Jefferson

“If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves.”  Samuel Adams

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.  If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…our people…must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live…  Thomas Jefferson

“This is the tendency of all human governments.  A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering…And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt.  Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”  Thomas Jefferson

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So here’s my pick for quote of the day.  This is June commenting on this post (Obama’s Socialist Housing Plan: Tax Those Who Bought a House they Could Afford to Subsidize People Who Cannot Budget):

“I just finished reading the four page home mortgage bill.  Basically, all mortgages will be reset to a percentage of your income regardless of the price of the home.  Those who have no income get a free house.  I remember seeing a lady on television that said Obama will make it so she does not have to worry about her mortgage payment anymore: She was right.  We are all suckers for playing by the rules.  I told my daughter about this and she wished she didn’t vote for the “O.”

She said he was like a commercial for new clothes.  It brings magical feelings until you buy it and after a day or two the feeling is removed and does nothing.

What is this world coming to?  I never thought I would see the government paying for homes.”

(emphasis added)

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“ It is impossible to RIGHTLY GOVERN the world without GOD and BIBLE.” George Washington

“ The general PRINCIPLES upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of GOD.” John Adams

GOD governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS. I also believe that, without HIS concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Benjamin Franklin

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, FAR FROM IT. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of GOD.” James Madison

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing!” Edmond Burke

“AMERICA will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t interfere with anything in the CONSTITUTION. That must be maintained, for it is the only SAFEGUARD of our LIBERTIES.” Abraham Lincoln

“If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you’re not a CONSERVATIVE at 40, you have no head.”  Winston Churchill

“HISTORY does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be FOUGHT for, PROTECTED, and HANDED ON for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan

“The most TERRIFYING words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  Ronald Reagan

“The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the PROBLEM is that GOVERNMENT spends too much.” Ronald Reagan

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”  Ronald Reagan


“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY at the other.” Ronald Reagan

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”  Ronald Reagan

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, TAX it.  If it keeps moving, REGULATE it.  And if it stops moving, SUBSIDIZE it.” Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant: It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Ronald Reagan

“Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone BEYOND ITS LIMITS is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” Ronald Reagan

“We cannot diminish the VALUE of one category of HUMAN LIFE – The Unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life….there is no cause more important.” Ronald Reagan

“America will NEVER seek a permission slip to defend itself!” George W. Bush

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the CONSEQUENCES of avoiding reality.” Ayn Rand

“Political correctness is TYRANNY with manners.”  Charlton Heston

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