Assault on Fortress America

The United States of America was once too strong to be destroyed by an outside force although we are headed in a direction where that might no longer be so. Because of our strength, the destruction of America must come from the inside. With what is happening in our country and around the world, I could end this essay here and most people with functioning brain matter could finish it.

We allow selected groups or individuals to do our thinking for us. In doing that, we are herded like sheep in our thoughts and actions. We have transformed ourselves from a nation of free thinkers that was founded by free thinkers into something no longer recognizable. We sit in the bleachers cheering one side and heckling the other. Functioning as drones to collective think and believing that we are on the right side is a loser. It is a loser, because the players in this endgame are focused on the prize while we bleacher bums are focused on the players or the sideline antics of the irrelevant mascot. This is right where they want us, being mindless cheerleaders thinking about Charlie Sheen.

The prize? The United States of America. The winner will either see to her destruction or her restoration. A fundamental transformation, words of which I am sure you are by now familiar, is not a restoration. It is not even a renovation. It is the utter destruction of our country and replacement of it with something far removed from what America is or has been historically. The players are focused, like a laser, on winning the prize while too many Americans still take the continued existence of this great country for granted.

The players are an interesting conglomerate. Corrupt politicians, feckless national leadership, unions, the media, the Islamists who have infiltrated into positions of influence…. They know that their time in history is now. They will never have an environment more conducive to their aims. They are going for broke. They will either win or suffer a devastating defeat that will drive them back underground for another fifty years. They likely detest one another at their core but will ally under the precept that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The enemy is the constitutional free market supporting republic that stands between them and their utopian fantasia – whatever each player’s vision of utopia that might be – and anyone who stands for its preservation. Once we let them have the prize, they will battle one another for ultimate control. There will be no winner, except the most powerful outside force who will stand by to pick up the remains. We are that close to being Libya.

Their attacks are relentless and unfortunately Americans sitting in the bleachers and focusing on the players and the morality of the Sheen and Lohan brats has given them a salient in the battle line for freedom akin to the one the Germans achieved at the Battle of the Bulge – just before we focused on the prize and kicked their butts back to Berlin.

Their fronts are not that complicated.

Christianity does not have its origins in the United States of America, but the USA has its origins in Christianity. Our founding documents and our founders are quite clear in declaring that our free nation was stood up on the basic principle that freedom is God given. Our founding documents seek God’s approval for our intentions and our currency proclaims our trust in God. God, Christianity… unless it is Allah, Darwin or American-hating Jeremiah Wright theology, it will just not do. The Christian God and Christianity are affronts to Islam, Darwinism, liberation theology and immorality. Remove the Christian influence from America and we quickly become either Amsterdam or Tehran.

Communism and Marxism are being sold by the bushels to Americans as worker protecting unions. Mushy headed people are buying it too, lock stock and barrel. Unions are fine for any private enterprise that wishes to engage one. Unions have no place in any governmental entity whatever the body. When taxpaying citizens provide wages for government workers, whether federal, state or local, and the union dues that are collected from those wages are used to elect politicians favorable to the unions welcome to communism. The politicians are beholden to the defacto union political party – not the people or the established government. In private enterprise, unions blame corporations for moving jobs overseas. Do you not see it as odd that non-union Toyota is increasing its operations in America while government and union owned General Motors is growing in China?

Then there is the pesky constitution that if followed defeats all the destructive efforts of the players. Apparently, that was an easy one as the President now decides which laws, like the Defense of Marriage Act, are unconstitutional. It appears we have the benevolent dictator for whatever we become or are now.

Oh, we cannot leave out the media. Without the media ideologues that hold the collective American ear none of this would be possible. Honest journalism, practically an oxymoron in this time, would rip them to shreds much like their complicity is doing to America.

Their goals are not stated. If they were truly stated they would never be supported, but they are obvious to any thinking person. Our shining light of freedom and good is growing a little dimmer each day that freedom loving Americans are not clearly focused on the prize.

© 2011

An Assault on the Union

My Father was a proud Member of the United Mine Workers Union. Both of my brothers spent much of their working lives as members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and for a short time I did too. There may have been a paper somewhere that asked the question, but I do not recall in my short civilian working life of ever being asked to join a union. The dues just started coming out of my check. In a unionized factory, it was understood that you belonged. Only management could survive as “company” men.

In the coal fields of Southern West Virginia, during my youth, picket lines of striking miners were common. Scabs as they were called, non union miners, were often brought in or allowed in to work for the striking union members. It was dangerous, but miners were and still are rugged men. Union or not, they will work to feed their families and face down the danger inside the mine and the danger outside from a picket line riled up by paid union thug agitators. Sadly, men were hurt. Some died. For what?

I have heard knowledgeable people proclaim that the American automobile industry is a United Auto Workers pension and health care plan that make automobiles as a sideline. Not to worry though, your tax dollars purchased GM and now,

General Motors Leaves U.S. Workers by the Wayside as it Accelerates Operations in China

Shanghai GM, set a monthly record of 71,566 vehicles, while total sales for the first nine months of the year rose 40.2% from a year earlier. Guardian UK

The typical union member is someone who is just trying to earn a living. Today’s typical union leader, however, is a communist. A person who is more interested in pushing a political view and buying the services of politicians who will support their aims than they are in focusing on what is good for workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections… Wall Street Journal

In the same WSJ article you can see that the Service Employees International Union and National Education Association are also huge contributors to Democrats. So it is not too surprising when the President of the United States chooses to once again meddle in the affairs of another State Governor by stating this:

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” President Obama. – Real Clear Politics

The closest thing we have in the United States to entrenched and functioning communist organizations are unions. Sorry, I could think of no politically correct sugarcoating for that.

Here are the brass tacks placed neatly in one pouch. Study it closely. I suggest that you make a screen capture of this information and keep it for reference before it is sent to cyber heaven or hell as it may be. It provides you with all of the information you need to counter the nonsensical arguments supporting what is happening in Wisconsin and that is only going to spread around our country.

This chart is particularly informative. It shows that the median weekly income for unionized education, training, and library occupations is $1,023. The median income for Federal Government workers represented by unions is $987, for State Government workers it is $917 and for Local Government workers it is $962.

The median income of union members for all private sector workers, those who pay the taxes that pay the wages of the others, is $864, for those only represented by a union it is $855 and for nonunion private sector workers it is $703.

Redistribution of wealth achieved. The people whose primary products are business stifling regulations, bureaucracy, and failing public education systems are doing quite well for themselves compared to the people who pay their salaries.

King Solomon told us that there was a time to be silent and a time to speak. I believe it is time for the majority of Americans who are not union members to have their say.

No Sir. What we are seeing here is not an “assault on unions” it is a long overdue challenge to the union assault on the United States of America.


A fork in the road…

1 Corinthians 13. As this is the time when we choose to invest millions of dollars into objects with which we hope to express love to someone dear to us, I thought that may be a good place to begin. Give it a read and some critical thought. Then come back here and finish.

Can you love a thing like country? Or ideas like a form of government?

I believe one of the many witticisms attributed to Yogi Berra is; when you come to a fork in the road, take it. And we usually do. The problem we often encounter is having the necessary foresight to choose correctly. Whether we headed down the right fork is usually not known to us until we reach the destination. Fortunately for us, we can look around our world and see our likely destination. That is, unless we correct our current course heading.

There is a lot of cheering for democracy these days. Most of the cheerleaders say they want democracy for everyone just like the democracy we have here in the United States of America. That is certainly where we would like to see the countries of the world because free and content nations do not attack one another, but I fear that we have discarded what a true democracy is and that too appears to be what the cheerleaders seek.

True democracy fails. True democracy is mob rule. Our form of government is not true democracy. It is a Constitutional Representative Republic. Abiding by our Constitution protects our freedoms. It protects us from would be dictators. It protects us from ourselves. But, it only protects us if we follow it and make sure our leaders do as well.

Where do you reckon the USA would be today, if we did not try hard to abide by the Constitution given to us by our founders? What if we went down that other fork? Would we be Egypt? Would our separate states resemble the Balkans? Might Washington DC more closely resemble Tehran than it does?

We are in mess today because we have wandered too far down the wrong fork in the road. We have veered down the path toward more government control of our lives and consequently less freedom. We are straying from the way of less government that our founders designed. It is our original direction that propelled us to the forefront of the nations of the world.

We have people who want to lead our country now telling us that we need to forget about social issues and just focus on the fiscal ones and other policy issues. That is a hopelessly ignorant way to look at our country. The founders of our country made it very clear that our Constitutional Republic would only stand if our people remained moral. They are being proved right. Morality these days is in the eyes of the beholder, but our founders and Americans of the time I believe had a little better clarity of thought on the matter.

Forget the obvious social issues that continue to rip at the already threadbare social fabric of our nation and think about what disregarding social issues really means. Does it mean abandoning all of our social values or just those persnickety ones like revulsion of sexual perversion and infanticide? That is what we mean when we talk about “the social issues” is it not? But there is more and if we just forget about all of our “social issues”, what happens to our borders? Our language? Our culture? Our country? Ask the leaders of Germany, France and the United Kingdom about the effects multi-culturalism had on their countries. All of them have been quite frank about it recently. Remember the last time that was viewed as a problem in parts of Europe, most specifically Germany, it did not turn out well for the rest of the world.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

In the above quote, replace the word love with the United States of America and read it again. You may not be able to accept that our country meets or has met all of those defining characteristics, but we have fulfilled many of them and are much farther down the road than are most nations.

We will continue fulfill those defining national characteristics as long as we stay on the right fork of the road. If you cannot accept that then there is a very good chance that you are traveling down the fork of the road that leads to the end of the place that once stood as the shining example of freedom and the last great hope of the world’s un-free. And you are probably headed there on an 80 billion dollar bullet train.

Did I wish you a happy valentines day?

© 2011

Groundhog Day

Do you recall the movie, Groundhog Day? In it, a weatherman is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to report on their famous groundhog Phil and finds himself reliving the same day over and over. Eventually he discovered that if he changed his behavior a little each day, he could also change what happens.

Since the 1970s or thereabout, here in the United States we have been having our own version of Groundhog Day.

In 1973, I was a poor and newly married young Soldier assigned to the Army’s 7th Transportation Group at fort Eustis, Virginia. We lived where we could afford to, which was in trailer park off Warwick Boulevard in Newport News, Virginia just outside of Fort Eustis. My unit was alerted for deployment to support Israel when they were attacked in October 1973 by Egypt and Syria on Yom Kippur. We never deployed, but as a reward for our intent and for the other aid that we provided Israel, the Arabs decided to not let us have any more of their oil. Gas prices went through the roof. Does that sound too familiar? In those days, I drove a well used 1966 Ford Fairlane 500. We did not buy cars in those days because they were easy on gas. It was good that I had a part time job at the Little Sue convenience store to help pay the bills. Gas station lines grew long and at one point, you could only get gas on odd or even days depending on the last digit of your license plate number and then you might only get 10 gallons. Following the embargo, our politicians swore that they would free us from our OPEC oil cartel stranglehold. We did get the Trans Alaskan pipeline built because of it. After that, not much else happened except that we have steadily increased our dependence on oil provided to us at the whim of Middle Eastern tyrants and at the cartel established price. You see how well political promises work out for us. Since we first swore off OPEC oil in 1973, we have steadily redistributed American wealth to the Middle East where much of it financed and still finances the Islamo-Nazis who want us destroyed.

In 1979, I worked as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a Catholic University with a sidewalk campus in downtown Erie. If you recall in those days, the liberals led by President Carter thought that the people of Iran needed to replace their evil and oppressive Shah with a “democracy” and they believed that the “moderate” religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who Carter described as a “fellow man of religion” was just the man to make that transition. That turned out well for us too. Our contingent of Iranian students at Gannon suddenly found themselves unfunded.

Today’s news reports coming out of Egypt remind me too much of the media cheering for the ouster of the Shah, who for all of his warts was a strong supporter of the United States and the West, and the arrival of Khomeini who President Carter’s U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young referred to as a saint. Saintly he was.

All indications are that the Iranian people are thrilled with living under the oppressive Islamic theocracy brought to them courtesy of the Ayatollah Khomeini and with the aid and support of a naive United States government. Iran’s government is one whose only exports consist of oil and terrorism and who will likely be a future exporter of nuclear war heads. In 2009, Iranian contentment with their government was evidenced by the protestors in the Iranian streets who wanted to rid themselves of that oppressive and destructive regime. At the time, our President said that “given our history” we should not meddle in the internal affairs of Iran. We probably missed our only opportunity to fix what Jimmy Carter broke in 1979.

Contrast the President’s position on Egypt with the position he took on Iran. Protestors in Iran who wanted to free themselves from Islamic tyranny were abandoned while all indications are that those who want to replace a secular government in Egypt with an Islamic one are supported. We pretend that we are helping them achieve democracy while instead we are pushing them directly into the arms of the Muslim Brotherhood who spawned Hamas, Al Qaida, et al. That should work out well for us too – and for Israel.

We have yoked ourselves, primarily through our dependence on them as a source for the energy needs of our country, to a culture that is politically corrupt at its core and is irreconcilably incompatible with Western Civilization. Whether Persian or Arab, their common bond is the destruction of Israel and her once powerful ally, the United States of America. The same way that Ronald Reagan put the Soviet Union out of business if our leaders could find the will, we could also put the Middle East of business. The energy resources of the United States are greater than all that is in the Middle East. If there was a concerted effort to develop and market them, OPEC and the jihadists they fund, would go out of business. Washington’s feckless leadership style will never accomplish that.

Until we have leaders who are committed to changing our national behavior back to one of strength and independence, we will continue to experience Groundhog Day until such time as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue becomes the new location of the Dome of the Rock. If it is not already.

© 2011