Saving our democracy?

Eff Trump, save our democracy. It’s the battle cry of the day. Entertainers, professional athletes, and media types, demonstrating the psychopathology of a derangement syndrome triggered by Republican presidencies, profanely rant, rave, and break into hysterics before lamenting the loss of our democracy. Most politicians are democracy demagogues ignorantly postulating on the floors of Congress that we must preserve our democracy. Our school children run about demanding we protect democracy from whomever it is they perceive or have been taught is threatening it. Save our democracy rhetoric would be dandy if we had a democracy, but thankfully we do not. If we did have one, it would not be worth saving and by this time in our history we would have either destroyed ourselves or be begging for a dictator to rescue us from mob rule.

In a pure democracy, minority opinions or minorities of any sort do not matter. It’s the adage of two wolves and a sheep voting for what’s for lunch. In a democracy, there is no protection for the sheep. No matter how glorious it’s made to sound as it rolls off the tongues of the ignorant, the mob rules. There are no rights, there is no freedom, unless the mob deems it. As recent events demonstrated mobs, truth be damned, are easily whipped into a frenzy. When our billionaires lobby for a universal wage, the mob cheers and would most certainly vote for it. The mob would trade freedom for a gray suit of clothes and a free paycheck rendering us middle-classless and nationally destitute once we’ve incentivized idleness and drained the national treasury. I know, a tad bit exaggerated but it makes the point. Besides, before the end, a French styled Revolution would break out against the American bourgeoisie and Karl Marx would be overjoyed. But, let’s not sharpen the guillotines just yet.

Fortunately for us, our founders were learned critical thinkers. They didn’t have the Internet to make them lazy and ignorant, their social media was pamphlets and hand-written letters, one-page newspapers, or radical for the time a proclamation nailed to a tree. There were no news monopolies steering thought or public opinion.

In their original form, our founders read books many of them held in their personal libraries. For moral authority, they read the Bible. They read John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (Hackett Classics) for the concept of natural laws; Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s, The Social Contract (Penguin Books for Philosophy) for the concept of sovereignty; Baron de Montesquieu’s The Spirit of Laws on separate branches of government with checks and balances. They were also influenced by Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics) and invisible hand theory that it is people working in their own interests (selfishly or greedily or ever how you choose to characterize it) that grows an economy and the best thing a government can do is get out of the way. They studied forms of government and the reasons many of them failed.

From their studies, discussions and much debate they did arrive at a democratic form of government, but not a democracy. What our founders learned is that government by humans, even the supposedly cherished democracy, always seems to go a little haywire right before collapse. So, they reasoned that men should be ruled by law instead and created a Republic based on that concept. Our form of government is a Constitutional Republic, governed by The Constitution (the law of the land) that protects our natural rights, recognizes the sovereignty of the separate states, and has three branches of government executive, judicial, and legislative complete with checks and balances so that one branch cannot be superior to the others. Our economic system is forever tinkered with, but at its roots is Adam Smith’s invisible hand.

Unlike the mob rule of democracy, the sheep has rights. Rights that are protected and guaranteed by our Constitution as amended by the Bill of Rights. We can never rely on the virtuosity of humans to protect our freedom or physical safety, instead we must rely on adherence to the law of the land lest the wolves have lamb for lunch.

Maybe if we began to educate Americans on the form of our government and actually re-instituted civics teaching at the elementary school level people would began to understand the virtues of a Constitutional Republic versus the drawbacks of mob rule.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer

June 6, 1944
My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Over at the pizza buffet

These days, it’s getting harder to wipe away the bovine scatology to get to what’s truly important. I don’t give a rat’s rear end what any celebrity says. That also includes politicians who would knock their grandma out of the way if she was between them and a television camera. I don’t care about twitter keyboard courage emboldened hissy fits. What is worse than who tweeted what are the twits making tweets into national news events. I’ve seen entire news cycles about tweet wars. Are we truly so shallow as to care about what ignorant people tweet or ignorant so-called comedians have to say – about anything? These jesters for profit work to make sure every other word of their shtick is profane. I’m guessing as children they giggled whenever someone said poopie and they never grew up.

Can’t we all just agree that Twitter is a cesspool. But it’s an obsession that even our President can’t let us get away from. The world’s problems solved or started in a designated number of characters. I couldn’t work that out of my mind while at the gym this morning. Which reminds me, I got an email from a guy named Robert. I think it was Robert. He thought my gym musings were nonsensical blather and I should retire again. Or some words to that effect. I can’t recall for certain because his email hit the trash bin faster than he could craft another literary gem. It’s like those courageous blasts of keyboard courage over the years I’ve conditioned myself to ignore. Besides, I’m a seasoned citizen now and there is no space left on the cranial hard-drive to store useless nonsense. Thanks to Bob, I think I’ll retire as soon as I can figure out how you retire from being retired. Second thought, I think Bob wished me dead.

Household 6 asked me what was on my mind. For those of you who are non-military oriented, 6 usually designates the unit commander. Just so you know who’s in charge at Pendry manor and any other military household. I told her there was nothing on my mind that could not be cured by a trip over to the pizza buffet. So, waist line be damned, off we went.

HH6 got herself a diet soda and I got unsweetened ice tea. Yes, I do know that in this part of America unsweet tea is Southern Sacrilege, but I needed a counterweight to the pizza calories. So, there I was minding my own business with a plateful of pizza slices and another of breadsticks and marinara sauce when HH6 arrived back at the table. “Where is your salad? You have to eat some salad.” Many of you youngsters will not recall the Dobie Gillis beatnik sidekick Maynard G. Krebs. Maynard would get look of shock on his face whenever someone mentioned work.  I imagine that’s about how I looked when HH6 told me I needed to eat some salad. Head down, I dutifully shuffled off toward the salad bar mumbling,” this ain’t the doggoned salad buffet.” I looked up just in time to avoid what would have been an epic collision with a couple of large humans carrying pizza stacked up on those tiny plates, cinnamon breadsticks and a chocolate chip cookie big as a frisbee. They had no salad. I forced myself to take a little salad out of the bin. Then covered it completely with bacon bits, cheese, much ranch dressing and headed back to the table. When I got back, HH6 looked at my salad and then gave me the look. I plucked an olive from the beautiful salad she was working on, dropped it into the ranch dressing, batted my big brown eyes and she crumbled. I still got it.

Off to work on something serious, maybe. Speaking of keyboard courage, I need to give John reason to send me another email with his condolences to my parents for raising an idiot. Right back atcha Johnnie boy.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

Freedom’s Just Another Word – In measuring what counts, what enables or hinders economic and human freedom, Old Glory no longer flies atop the mountain.

On the Index of Economic Freedom, the United States ranks 18th. On the Human Freedom Index, we rank 17th.

Liberty, freedom, guaranteed rights, free market capitalism…. Does not our national anthem declare us the land of the free? Is it not often avowed, by us, that we are the freest earthly nation? In measuring what counts, what enables or hinders economic and human freedom, our flag no longer flies atop the mountain.

“the end of law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690) (Hackett Classics)

John Locke was one of the most influential philosophers studied by our founders. His thoughts pepper our founding documents. His quote captures the reason we are no longer the gold standard for freedom.

…not to abolish or restrain… All you need do is listen to prevailing political and social debate. There is always a faction wanting to abolish what is important, our Constitution or significant portions of it. The Constitution is the law of our land. The document preserving and guaranteeing our freedom. Oh, but it’s antiquated goes the argument. Written for another time. The principles of freedom and limited government do not change with time. What changes with time is the socialist, globalist influence of the uber wealthy and politicians they own. What changes with time are teachers and professors who prefer ideological indoctrination to education and teaching critical thinking. Pick any one from the Bill of Rights and you will find arguments for ridding ourselves of it or restraining its practice by the citizenry. Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; the right to keep and bear arms; rights to life, liberty and property; other rights kept by the people; undelegated powers kept by the states and the people – just to name a few.

Read W. Cleon Skousen’s, The Campaign to Abolish the Constitution, while you ask where is the national push to preserve and enlarge freedom? But do not despair. President Trump has made significant strides in government deregulation and reducing the tax burden that is returning to us some economic freedom. Maybe he recalled President Reagan’s thought on how the government restrains economic freedom: “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.”

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose, Nothin’ ain’t nothin, but it’s free.” Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee

Kristofferson is one of the most prolific song writers of our time. He’s an Oxford Rhodes scholar, an Army Veteran Airborne, Ranger, Helicopter pilot. He accomplished all of that before he decided to pursue an incredibly successful music career. For all of the great lyrics he’s written, quoted above is my favorite. In the past I’ve spent time pondering it and have quoted it more than once whenever I am writing about our freedom. If you place it in the context of the song, when Bobby left (Bobby was a lady) him, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose, And nothin’s left was all she left to me”, all he had left was his freedom.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author, Man’s Search for Meaning.

I suppose that could be a sad situation. When you have no possessions, no attachments, no relationships or commitments you are free. Free to go and do as you please. But, I prefer to look at it differently. If everything is taken from you, you still have freedom. Freedom of thought, freedom to choose your own way, and freedom to choose your attitude. With that also comes the freedom to wallow in hopelessness and self-pity. And the freedom to understand that The Spirit of Freedom is the foundation of our country.

Freedom is often restrained by government, but government can only take freedom to the extent that we forfeit it. Freedom is a human birthright although much of the world’s population is not free. Just look at the UK’s Tommy Robinson incident. It is a total suppression of free speech and of the press. The British people, by allowing this to stand, have forfeited any illusion of free speech or free press. Our founders accepted this human birthright and enshrined it in our Constitution.

As I wrote in The Spirit of Freedom:

“The cornerstone of our nation’s foundation is trust in God and God given freedom. Preserved on this foundation is our most enduring principle. We arrive in this life as free men with unalienable rights, blessed by God, and equipped with the ability to reason, choose and distinguish right from wrong and good from evil. God instilled that spirit of freedom in the hearts of all men, not just those who were fortunate to have been born American. Being born in the world’s freest nation is indeed a blessing but being born here does not ensure freedom.

The gift of freedom and the blessing of life in the United States of America obligate us to defend the one place on this earth founded on the principles of trust in God and God given freedom. Allowing men to be the givers of freedom will crush the rock on which our nation stands. We must protect the foundation that lights the one true pathway of hope for the un-free world.”

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal


John Kerry – The Anti-American Communist Subversive That Will Not Go Away

The road traveled by John Kerry on his way to our nation’s top diplomatic job went from the Viet Cong, to Ortega and the Sandinistas, and now to Iran’s Mullahs, and the Palestinians.

There is consistency in John Kerry’s life. He’s an anti-American subversive with a long career colluding with our nation’s enemies. Anyone from the Vietnam era knows him well. Some day he and Jane Fonda will walk hand in hand through the gates of hell for their disservice to Americans serving in that war. Kerry did not let his anti-American communist loving activities end with Viet Nam. Current generations probably know little about him because he’s a progressive. The media does not report negative character traits of progressives. Sharks do not attack other sharks.

There is so much about this phony baloney, it’s difficult to do it justice in one article. To understand what is at his core, start with Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. This little book was published in 2004. It deconstructs Kerry’s questionable version of his four months of Vietnam service and his post-service anti-war activities. The port-siders declared the book debunked and the liberal media coined a whole new reason for liberals losing elections. He was “Swiftboated.” To most of us being Swiftboated meant something different. It meant someone was about to tell the world who you really are.

There is another book that you’ll not be able to find, The New Soldier published in 1971 was written by John Kerry and The Vietnam Veterans Against the War. You can read excerpts of the book here including Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 22, 1971.


“We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans’ Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the “greater glory of the United States.” We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all…” From The New Soldier, By John Kerry, 1971

On February 18, 1966, Kerry enlisted into the Navy Reserve. We’ll put aside his questionable and highly-debated Vietnam service, which by his 1971 account was a four-month long continual atrocity that magically became heroic service when he wanted to be our president. Kerry is not defined by his military service but by his actions following service including collusion with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.

In May 1970 Kerry, still a commissioned Naval Reserve Officer, traveled to Paris and met with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegation to the Paris Peace talks. A year later during his Senate testimony Kerry pushed for an immediate, unilateral withdrawal and referred to the withdrawal plan offered by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Viet Cong representative. Kerry’s authorized biographer, Douglas Brinkley, confirmed that Kerry told him he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970 and 1971.

Kerry was anti-war, anti-American, and anti-military but when convenient to his run for President he became a proud American combat hero. Evidence abounds that he received an other than honorable discharge from the Navy Reserve. A discharge later upgraded under President Carter’s first Executive Order 11967 and Presidential Proclamation 4483 issued Inauguration Day January 21, 1977. For his six-year commitment, he should have been discharged in 1972, rather than 1978 following Carter’s pardon.

While you’re at treat yourself to Hanoi Jane Fonda’s broadcasts on Radio Hanoi July-August 1972. Those messages must have been such a great comfort to our Soldiers. Just as comforting as was Kerry’s Senate testimony to our POWs.

“Capt. James Warner had already spent four years in Vietnamese custody when he was handed a copy of your testimony by his captors. Warner says that for his captors, your statements “were proof I deserved to be punished.” He wasn’t released until March 14, 1973.” – Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

“Maj. Kenneth Cordier, an Air Force pilot who was in Vietnamese custody for 2,284 days, says his captors “repeated incessantly” your one-liner about being “the last man to die” for a lost cause. Cordier was released March 4, 1973.” – Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

“The measure of a person’s character is their whole history up until the present,” he said. “It’s not what they say they believe or what they’ll do when president or all these platitudes. …And he has consistently take the side of our enemies and other countries that oppose us or have a different viewpoint.” – Cordier quoted, Ex-POWs slam Kerry’s war protest activities, Richard Tomkins, UPI Aug 4, 2004

“Navy Lt. Paul Galanti says your accusations “were as demoralizing as solitary (confinement) … and a prime reason the war dragged on.” He remained in North Vietnamese hands until February 12, 1973.”- Bring it on John, Oliver North August 27, 2004

For Kerry the words change some, but the tune is always the same.

“They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.” – War Protestor John Kerry 1971

“And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs.” – Senator John Kerry-2006

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – Senator John Kerry – Senator John Kerry 2006

In the eyes of the North Vietnamese, Kerry is a war hero. Only for their side. His photograph, being greeted by Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, is prominently displayed in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum in the section dedicated to anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the War.

Kerry was certainly unfit to command and his traitorous support of our nation’s enemies did not end with Vietnam.

Dear Comandante:

“We want to commend you and the members of your government for taking steps to open up the political process in your country. The Nicaraguan people have not had the opportunity to participate in a genuinely free election for over 50 years. We support your decision to schedule elections this year, to reduce press censorship, and to allow greater freedom of assembly for political parties.”

That is the opening of a letter sent to Nicaragua’s Communist leader Daniel Ortega signed by Democrats including our future Secretary of State. During this time, President Regan was seeking aid through Congress for the Contra resistance to Ortega’s communist reconstruction of Nicaragua.

A few days before a Senate vote on Contra aid freshman Senators Tom Harkin and John Kerry visited Nicaragua. They returned with a peace proposal from communist Ortega which led to the defeat of the Contra aid bill. A few days following, Ortega was in Moscow. He returned with a $200 million Soviet aid package and promise of arms and Cuban advisors. Aiding communist victory in Vietnam was not enough for Kerry. A communist foothold in Central America was even better.

Now we learn that John Kerry continues his subversion as he meets, as a private citizen just as he did with the Viet Cong, with Iranians and European leaders trying to save the Iran nuclear deal. Via his son-in-law, Kerry has family ties. If he was a Republican, that alone would and should have ended any bad Iranian deals.

“I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

There is also evidence he’s coaching the Palestinians to not give in to Trump in peace talks. According to the Jerusalem Post Kerry advised the Palestinians not to yield to Trump’s demands because within a year there is a good chance Trump would not be in the White House. He also suggested to the Palestinians that maybe it was time for them to put forth their peace plan. Maybe it will be as good as the plans he supported from the Viet Cong and communist Sandinistas. Or maybe a Palestinian peace plan would be as good as the Iran deal if bolstered by $100 billion cash delivered in the dark of the night.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

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