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Citizens Must Become Engaged in our Own Governance ... Today, the government of The United States of America is a massive, convoluted maze of rules, regulations and laws, confusing to most, and nonapproachable to almost all but a small minority. The Founders intended that, to be a successful Republic, the participation of an informed and engaged citizenry would be paramount, and so set up our Constitution with these principles in mind, but somewhere along the way of this great nation, our government has become dangerously centralized. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Pork Poison Goes Oink ... sausage and pork chops. We raised hogs. We butchered at least one a year. There is nothing like a big skillet of fried bacon and sausage in the morning with hot biscuits, scrambled eggs and gravy. Unfortunately this lifestyle of sumptuous dining has its health risks over the long haul. I essentially gave up these breakfast choices several years ago. I can certainly remember those good old days of mommy's cooking and fine dining. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Here is a Strategy Mr. President ... The President made an amazing statement yesterday: he plainly stated that he, and his administration, had no strategy to address ISIS. There are several possible things to conclude from this: 1) he has a strategy, but feels the need to deny it for some subtle reason - perhaps to mislead ISIS and others; 2) he has no strategy but one is in the works and this, again, is some sort of attempt at a"head fake" to mislead ISIS (and others around the world) as to US intentions; or 3) he has no strategy. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A Discussion on the August Debate of the Merits of an Article V Convention ... In the Manassas Tea Party event, Aug 28, Virginia Del. Bob Marshall debated against a constitutional convention; Mr. Farris supported it; Ken Cuccinelli moderated. Del. Marshall has always voted against Virginia applying for convention in its various comebacks over the years; he has been in the General Assembly for over two decades. Mr. Farris, director of "Convention of States", as well as a homeschooling advocate and chancellor of the college he founded, Patrick Henry, in Virginia, acknowledges that he and Bob have been friends for a long time. Both are conservatives. The audience was divided as to support or oppose; some didn't know much about it and came to learn. (See Page 6, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Foley's Horrifying Death, ISIS Is A Cancer That Must Be Eliminated ... The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity. Foley was one of our sons, brothers and friends. He was an American. I don't see how we can sleep in this country until we destroy ISIS. ISIS, is a world cancer and must be eliminated. I realize they are a long way from America, but cancer spreads fast. (See Page 6, August 28, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A Long War ... In the wake of Mr. Foley's brutal murder there is a surge in the number of people calling for the US to eliminate ISIS. Taken alone, the idea has merit. But before we strap on our packs, pick up our rifles and head out the door, we need to consider several points. ISIS isn't alone. Yes, ISIS must be destroyed; no sane individual will debate that. But, if we managed to destroy ISIS in short order, we would find them quickly replaced. (See Page 6, August 28, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Civilizational War ... The "siege of Mt. Sinjar" is now over, per the President. But no one who has studied the situation believes this ends the persecution of Christians - or others - by ISIS. That is because the real issue isn't the singular - and terrible - persecution of Christians by ISIS, and the issue really isn't ISIS alone. Rather, the issue is that the long discussed, and often dismissed, clash of civilizations is gaining momentum. (See Page 6, August 21, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Depression, Robin Williams, Millions More ... Robin Williams made us laugh but we're not laughing now as we mourn his suicidal death. His tragic ending has placed a national spotlight on the seriousness of depression. In the midst of this heart wrenching tragedy maybe good will come as people may openly discuss their daily demons of clinical despair. (See Page 6, August 21, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
General Green and the Arc of History ... Major General Harold Green, US Army, is dead. His death, like the death of any soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, is a personal tragedy for families and friends; and all are - sadly - rapidly replaced, and the war (like every war) grinds on. The general's death is of some historic note, he being the first US major general killed in combat in 44 years. (See Page 6, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
U.S. Senate Brings Human Trafficking Bill to a Standstill After House Approval ... The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, House Resolution 2283, passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support last Wednesday, July 23. The Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1249, had already been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where committee leaders Sens. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Bob Corker, RTN, decided to put the bill aside for the time being. (See Page 6, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Little Kids Soccer, the F-35 and Foreign Policy ... I heard someone complaining the other day that the next generation is learning all the wrong lessons of life when they are encouraged to play sports in which scores aren't kept, winners aren't celebrated and everyone gets a trophy and a medal. Perhaps it's too late. (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Backyard War ... I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now. Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational. (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Cure to Restrictions of Free Speech is More Speech ... It is beginning to appear that America as a nation is so concerened about offending someone that we can no longer express outrage at clear violations of our security or our basic human rights. Who determines what is right and proper? Where is respect for differing points of view? (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Personal Liberty ... Liberty is a state of affairs in which individuals are free to live authentic lives. Because of the value of the individual under free systems of government, it is important to analyze liberty on the personal level. I propose that liberty on the personal level is most fundamentally experienced through the conscience, the mind, and the heart. (See Page 6, July 31, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Palestine, Israel and Building Codes ... When building a house there are certain rules that you need to follow, both actual regulations enforced by local government, and other hard-learned lessons from home builders and home owners in your town. But, whether formal or informal, buildings are built to meet or exceed code, so that they don't come apart in the next storm season. Just ask anyone who built a house "not to code" along the waterfront - after the first noreaster has blown through. (See Page 6, July 31, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Presidential Indignation ... An airliner enters hostile airspace, air defense forces respond, the aircraft is shot down, nearly 300 die; a President responds with a call for justice and international action to force those who did this to comply with international law and basic morals. That flight was not MH-17 but KAL-007, shot down nearly 31 years ago by the Soviet Union; the President who called for action was Ronald Reagan. (See Page 6, July 24, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Constitution and Our Military ... Our Constitution makes the rules clearly defining what the federal government is authorized to do. As for a military, the Constitution states in Section VII that the federal government is to maintain a navy because a navy was needed for all the states to be protected. Those states without access to the coastline were unable to do so for themselves. But a standing army was not to be for more than two years. Why so? Each state had its own militia to protect itself. (See Page 6, July 24, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

 





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