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A Moment of Reflection

Yesterday, I took my niece to IHOP for breakfast. The kids menu had fun activities on it which taught her about the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the original 13 Colonies and the Crossing of the Delaware. Haters of America voted Barack Hussein Obama into office, either knowing he would destroy America or it was the "he's going to give me stuff and John McCain isn't" group. Either way, those who are ashamed of all that has made America great now control this country. So first, kudos to IHOP for making a Saturday morning outing into a marvelous teaching experience that turned out to be really fun.

After my niece went home and I was watching the BYU v. Air Force game with the neighborhood kids, go Cougars, and getting ready for my booksigning, I started to ponder over the events of the last 19 months. It was only as Barack Obama and his philosophies became abundantly clear that the scales fell from my eyes and I saw, for the first time, what this generation has been taught . . . to be ashamed of and hate America as she was established by the founding fathers.

Ironically, I don't believe this generation, and the upcoming one, begin to understand when the Second Continental Congress of America convened, still under the rule and law of Britain, the representatives of these 13 colonies were anything but united in their goals. Some desired to remain under the rule of Britain. Others, tired of being taxed into nonexistence and paying homage to a useless King George, were ready to declare independence.

In May of 1775, they met. Situations arose, replacements were made and those replacements were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock. Wikipedia relates it as follows:

"The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that met beginning in May 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, soon after shooting in the American Revolutionary War had begun. It succeeded the First Continental Congress, which met briefly during 1774, also in Philadelphia. The second Congress managed the colonial war effort, and moved slowly towards independence, adopting the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. By raising armies, directing strategy, appointing diplomats, and making formal treaties, the Congress acted as the de facto national government of what became the United States. With the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781, the Congress became known as the Congress of the Confederation.

"When the Second Continental Congress came together on May 10, 1775, it was, in effect, a reconvening of the First Continental Congress: many of the same 56 delegates who attended the first meeting were in attendance at the second, and the delegates appointed the same president (Peyton Randolph) and secretary (Charles Thomson). Notable new arrivals included Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and John Hancock of Massachusetts. Within two weeks, Randolph was summoned back to Virginia to preside over the House of Burgesses; he was replaced in the Virginia delegation by Thomas Jefferson, who arrived several weeks later. Henry Middleton was elected as president to replace Randolph, but he declined, and so Hancock was elected president on May 24.

"Delegates from twelve of the Thirteen Colonies were present when the Second Continental Congress convened. Georgia had not participated in the First Continental Congress and did not initially send delegates to the Second Continental Congress. On May 13, 1775, Lyman Hall was admitted as a delegate from the Parish of St. John's in the Colony of Georgia, not as a delegate from the colony itself. On July 4, 1775, revolutionary Georgians held a Provincial Congress to decide how to respond to the American Revolution, and that congress decided on July 8 to send delegates to the Continental Congress. They arrived on July 20." -- Wikipedia

Only after much discussion and arguments and entire year later, was the official document signed and given to Benjamin Franklin to deliver it to King George. It read:

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

This document contains words of such strength, courage and beauty . . . the very words which define America as a country. In 1776 we struck out to establish our freedom from a tyrannical and bloody British king. We fought long and hard, lives were lost, families, villages and cities destroyed, all in the cause for freedom, a just and righteous cause. Our ancestors paid the dearest price in establishing this nation and I can only imagine the great sorrow and weeping which occurred in heaven as 62,000,000 plus people eschewed their great sacrifice, knowledge, experience and wisdom in favor of communism and a man, Barack Hussein Obama, who is a devotee of the father of communism, Karl Marx. In a bloodless coup, the brave and courageous America has fallen to her knees and the "gimme, gimme, gimme" America has arrived.

An ancient proverb states: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a moment, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

The first: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a moment, is the basic tenet of the Democrats. You may recognize that in overwhelming welfare and redistribution of wealth.

The second: Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, is the basic tenet of the Republicans. You may recognize this in the creation of wealth, hard work and pursuing of dreams.

That's what America is all about. Teaching our citizens to fish . . . and to remove ourselves from the analogy, more importantly, to recognize God gave us this land to preserve religious freedom and the liberties inherent to the children of God, let's look at the situation we find ourselves in today.

We have spit God in the face by choosing communism over democracy delivered through the vehicle of a republic. We have cast aspersions on the sacrifices of the founding fathers and the early Americans who fought, bled and died to establish this nation. We have taken the American dream of being able to choose the career paths we want and work hard to achieve . . . which Barack Obama followed and wishes to deprive others of, and cast it aside for the erroneous belief that the government, or rather, Barack Obama, knows better than we do ourselves, how to take care of us. We have taken the man who belittled the Bible, denigrated America, declared himself "a world citizen, not an American citizen" and made him president.

I will never call him President Obama, for he is not my president. I did not choose communism, I chose democracy. I did not choose communism, I chose capitalism. I did not choose communism, I chose the right to keep and bear arms, for an armed citizenry is the last check and balance of rogue governments. I did not choose communism, I chose a well-established, honorable and powerful military over Obama's civilian force, which ironically, is what Hitler established as well. I did not choose communism, I chose the sanctity of life. I did not choose communism, I chose America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Therefore, I dub him Obama the Destroyer.

I have joined with America Coast to Coast, Team Sarah and Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America to take back America from those who would destroy her. The Republican Party must return to its roots and espouse conservative values once again.

We are the party of patriotism, for it is not a hiss and a byword in the Republican party.

We are the party of capitalism, for we believe it is the right of every American to choose their path and work hard to achieve success.

We are the party of life, for we do not support the wholesale slaughter of unborn children in embryo.

We are the party of strength, for we support the 2nd Amendment and hold that it is the last stand against a rogue government.

We are the party of hope, for we believe that hard work, education and perseverance do deliver success.

We are the party of energy independence, for we believe it is time to stop selling our nation to those who hate us and bring those hundreds of billions of dollars home to the American economy . . . drill here, drill now.

Our first battle, first and foremost, is the Fairness Doctrine. Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have called conservative talk radio -- pornography. Okay, I'll admit it, I don't get the analogy, not at all. But they have stated it is their goal to drive conservative talk radio and television, in essence the accurate and fair reporting to the American people, off the air and allow only those talk show hosts, television stations and networks who tow the party line to stay on the air. And they are going to use the Fairness Doctrine which Ronald Reagan repealed, to deliver the death knell to the our 1st Amendment right of Freedom of Speech. Sound familiar to anyone? Hugo Chavez. Fidel Castro. Adolf Hitler. Joseph Stalin. Oh, you think I'm exaggerating, look it up.

Call your congressmen and senators, find out where they stand on the erroneously named Fairness Doctrine. If they support it you must vehemently decry their support of it and tell them you want the Fairness Doctrine permanently abolished. It has no place in a free America, only in a communist America. Rally your friends, neighbors and peers to the cause and help them to understand the inherent danger the Fairness Doctrine presents to a free America.

I am quite intrigued by the fact that liberals are demanding the Fairness Doctrine be put back into play when they own the major networks, all of the cable news networks except for FoxNews, a small portion of the radio networks and the bulk of print media.

Let's face facts, apparently conservatives listen to radio more than liberals, probably because we can drive and work while listening, as opposed to sitting down, stopping everything and watching television. We know the newspapers are decidedly slanted to the liberal side of things, so conservatives, as a whole, only go to newspapers when they have to. I only read a newspaper as long as it has nothing to do with politics. If I am looking for information on a local story, I go to the newspaper. But that's about it. I don't trust newspapers, anymore than I trust ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, Headline News and others. I stopped watching the channels long ago. If I didn't have FoxNews, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck I would only know the party line delivered by the liberals. That's it . . . so the only point of them driving the Fairness Doctrine back into play is to shut down those bastions of conservatism. If you want to talk fair . . . take a look at the scales!

And so let's close with these poignant, powerful and divinely inspired words:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The Declaration of Indepence, 4 July 1776

Let us not forget what has been wrought on our behalf. We live in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America. And contrary to what Barack Obama thinks, we are a Judeo Christian nation who allows the freedom of religion, but not the wholesale slaughter of the Christian religion. We granted you that religious freedom, to believe or not believe, you don't get rob others of the very right you have.

We have a powerful, strong, honorable military who fight the cause of freedom and liberty every single day. America has had her weaknesses and problems and we have overcome them. We have rectified our wrongs and continue to do so. However, defending this nation at all costs, supporting our military, drawing the line in the sand for our enemies . . . these are not weaknesses.

Capitalism is not a weakness, it is the strength of the world.

Religious freedom provides for a prosperous nation . . . please note when things began to turn really bad . . . it was when we kicked God out of the schools, kicked God out of the government and kicked God at of our lives. Did you really thing there would be no price to pay?

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. If you don't want to be free or brave, I invite you to leave, choose the government of your ideals and move to that country. And don't come crying back to us when you realize your horrible mistake.

In the meantime, we will take back America from those who will destroy her.
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