Mar 23, 2017

Double Standards And Diabolical Contradictions Reign

Common Sense Commentary: Why the reasonable people in this country put up with politicians who ignore and often even endorse these most extreme double standards and contradictions, is a mystery to me. Read this letter from an intelligent, productive, tax paying Patriot and consider the limitless stupidity of the Liberal Socialist element in our Government who have allowed these contradictions to develop. This remarkable letter came to me from a retired Marine Colonel and friend whose friend sent it to him from San Diego. RB

The following is from Tom O'Malley, who was a Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico City :

"I spent five years working in Mexico . I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.

"During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a 'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit her to work.

"To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies):

1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me.

2. Marriage certificate.

3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.

4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.

5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.

6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding  warrants and, was "a citizen in good standing".

7.Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico .

We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth' letter. It was fun to write.

"All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side & Spanish on the right."

"Once they were completed, Barbara and I spent about five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring  Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were  instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences.

We could not protest any of the government's actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo,Texas .

This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid."

"We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law."

"We were required to get a Mexican driver's license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and fingerprint equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S. license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee.

We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman your license, if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you, would have to pay ransom to get it back."

"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The  company's Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually."

"The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees."

"Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens)  before our household goods were released to customs."

"It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once, they would have a different  attitude toward Mexico ."

"The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street  where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas ."

Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegals. Right!! Most Americans of the liberal left persuasion would never understand this.. Most are blind to this reality.
My Comment: Hey, Americans stand up and speak up and vote and give to those on the front lines fighting for the rest of us. If we, you and I, do not turn this country around we will be leaving an unchangeable mess for our children and grand-children and betraying our founding fathers. I cannot speak for God and say He is on the Conservative's side of this war, but I am absolutely certain He is not on the side of the heretics on the other side. RB

Mar 22, 2017

Hungry Spiders And The World Wide Web

Common Sense Commentary: Practically every site, link and "Click Here" sign on the WWW is a spider hole of innocent appearance. But just inside all those World Wide Web little black holes is a huge black hole where lurks a hungry, giant spider ready to pounce and grab you up, binding you in a cocoon of sticky web to await his next feasting. Once you are got, it is near impossible to get ungot. World Wide Web is an appropriate name for a global network of money and information traps. It is a spider world of billions of separate, perfectly designed webs surrounded with aromatic flowers, and sweet jelly beans of every color and hue to attract your unsuspecting browsing attention. A simple "click" and you are grabbed ... finger, hand, arm and body and dragged into that almost inescapable blackness.... Its vortex swirling and sucking you into its giant money trap which squeezes, rattles and shakes you by your feet extracting your Social Security, Credit Card, phone, name, rank, and serial numbers plus your money and everything in your pockets. So ... watch out where you fly, little fly, and keep one eye on your business and one on that World Wide Web ... anxiously awaiting your arrival... when you go seeking free stuff. The feast is free ... but not for thee. You may think you are the dinner guest but you are really the main course. The Web and Facebook can be dangerous parts of town to accept an invitation to dine. RB

Mar 21, 2017

The American Animal Farm A Savage Scene

Common Sense Commentary: When a people reject truth, in favor of personal gain and contradictory opinion, they open the door of invitation to a reign of lies and liars. Suffering is the end result.  

The only thing in Washington D.C., I can think of, worse than Trump as President, is Hillary, Obama, or any other Democrat or Repub John McCain in the Oval Office. What is happening right now, in D.C., is comparable to a vicious, blood letting fight between a pack of Hyenas and a wounded RINO. I have no great love for RINOs, but Hyenas are savage little devils, and the other RINOs have all but abandoned their own to his fate. So I am forced to hope this lone RINO survives his many wounds and the circle of hateful attackers, that he might at least get a chance to attempt to do what he was elected to do.

What we need on the D.C. animal farm, from a political perspective, is a large pride of people friendly Lions to protect the farm and the domesticated humans from the wild, feral ones, and the Bureaucratic Monkeys, the Hyenas, Pythons, Crocodiles and other beasts of prey. When they think "prey", they aren't thinking about talking to God. But more than we need a surviving RINO or the King of the beasts to save us, and the farm, we more accurately and desperately need the King of Kings, also known as the Lamb of God and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ to save us.... And deliver us from the Beast of  Revelation 11:7 that ascends out of the bottomless pit, and his fawning toads, who make war against the people of God ... "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." Rev.11:7. There is no real, lasting deliverer except Jesus the Christ. RB

George Orwell's "Animal Farm" is almost prophetic in its allusion to the USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. RB

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell,... was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin ... and in his essay "Why I Write" (1946), wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole".
Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated. The manuscript was initially rejected by a number of British and American publishers.... It became a great commercial success when it did appear partly because international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War. (From Wikipedia).

Mar 20, 2017

Best Evidence Why Liberal States Want Immigrants

Patriot move-outs are killing their Tax Base

Common Sense Commentary: If you have wondered why Liberal states, and their Congressmen, want to expand Immigration to include unvetted warm bodies of almost any description, here is the reason. It is because their Liberal policies are unwittingly designed to drive out their tax payer, productive, Conservative citizens to more Conservative states or Countries, and draw in opposite types who are looking for the state's free stuff. Another reason their tax base is diminishing is the tens of millions of babies who have been aborted, but would be productive tax payers if they had lived since Roe Vs. Wade made it legal 44 years ago. Now, productive tax payers are moving into more Conservative states, getting good jobs, and making up for the aborted babies lost in those states.... like Texas. 

Migration Data: 
Where the Left Governs, Citizens Flee
From CFIF Center For Individual Freedom

People vote with their proverbial feet. So do employers. 

"People Moving from New York Outnumber Arrivals by Nearly Two-to-One, Report Says." 

That was a recent Albany Times Union headline highlighting the ongoing mass exodus from deep-blue New York: 

United Van Lines reported Tuesday that nearly two-thirds of the moves involving New York households were outbound, a higher proportion than any other state except New Jersey and Illinois.  The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Missouri-based United also found that almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound.  Where were people moving?  Mostly to western states and the Carolinas...  South Dakota had the highest share of inbound moves, at 68 percent. 

That exodus pattern isn't limited to the listed states, either.  It's broadly endemic to states where liberals govern. 

According to economist Stephen Moore, who co-authored the latest annual edition of "Rich States, Poor States," every single one of the ten most liberal states as measured by voting behavior suffered population losses over the last decade: 

Of the 10 blue states that Democrats won by the largest percentage margins - California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Connecticut - every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) between 2004 and 2014.  Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered those states. 

As Moore notes, those states are characterized by such leftist policies as higher taxes, heavier regulation, environmental extremism, labor union favoritism and firearms restrictions. 

At the other end of the spectrum, what happened to the ten most conservative states as measured by voting patterns in the 2016 presidential election?  Moore notes that every single one of them gained in net population over the past decade. 

Employment data tells the same story as population patterns.  According to the report, the most conservative states also enjoyed a job creation rate approximately twice as high as the most liberal states. 

Liberals and conservatives can debate policy preferences ad infinitum, but the real-world evidence from America's 50 individual laboratories of democracy produces an unequivocal verdict. 

People vote with their proverbial feet.  So do employers. 

Stubborn liberals may attempt various forms of rationalization, but it's impossible to dismiss these patterns as statistical coincidence.  Nor does climate and migration to sunnier states explain the data, as no state enjoys better weather than California, while few states endure a more difficult climate than Wyoming.  The facts and numbers speak for themselves. 

Nor are these left-versus-right realities confined to the United States.  Global migration, including from those alleged Scandinavian socialist paradises, reveal the same patterns. 

Take Sweden.  According to the left-leaning Pew Research Center, 50,000 Swedes migrated to America between 1990 and 2015, compared to 20,000 Americans who moved to Sweden.  Considering that Sweden's total population is just 10 million compared to 290 million in the United States, adjusting that to per capita numbers makes the disparity even more stark. 

The other Scandinavian populations are no different.  From Norway (population 5.3 million), 30,000 migrated to the U.S. during the past 25 years, compared to merely 20,000 Americans who relocated to Norway.  Similarly, 30,000 Danish citizens chose to move to the U.S. during that period, whereas just 10,000 Americans moved to Denmark (population 5.7 million).  And 20,000 Finns migrated to America since 1990, while fewer than 10,000 Americans migrated to Finland (population 5.5 million). 

What about Canada, the country to which so many leftist celebrities swore they'd relocate if Donald Trump became president?  There are 840,000 Canadians who moved to America since 1990, versus just 340,000 Americans who moved there during that same period. 

Obviously, that's just the cream of the socialist crop. 

Socialist laboratories like Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea literally kill people attempting to escape their pitiful confines, as did places like East Germany and the Soviet Union before they finally collapsed. 

If political leftists were correct about the wisdom and justice of their preferred policies, why do they always face such difficulty retaining people where they govern? 

The answer is obvious.  In the real world, conservative, free-market principles lead to greater prosperity.  Leftist principles of bigger government, higher taxes and more regulation lead to comparative stagnation. 

Here in the U.S., one delicious irony is that Donald Trump's election has leftists rediscovering the merits of federalism, even to the extent of openly advocating Brexit-style secession for California and other blue states.  The problem is that they appear committed to redoubling their leftist governing policies, which will only harden their isolation and exacerbate their problems, leading to more stagnation and continued outmigration. 

Perhaps the last to leave will at least turn out the lights before departing.... (If the power companies haven't already been taxed to death. RB)

Mar 17, 2017

D.C. Democrat's Pro-Satan Vendetta Against Christians

Proves the existence of Satan

Common Sense Commentary: It is one of the great religious contradictions of Atheists that they say they don't believe in God but, by their actions, seemingly believe in Satan. They disallow any mention of God in government and public places but support the free exercise of Satanism and false religions in those same places.

Jesus referred to "Satan" or the "Devil" 34 times in Luke alone. Jesus knew Lucifer was a real being and knew him personally. 

"And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18."....Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saves." Luke 8:12. 

This from BreitBart News Service

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014. 

Breitbart News reported in October of 2016 the announcement by the Satanic Temple of Seattle for its proposal of the After School Satan Club in the Point Defiance Elementary school. 

“After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry, rationalism, science, and character building,” the temple’s website says, and continues: 

All After School Satan Clubs are based upon a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view. 

While the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs “robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking,” After School Satan Clubs incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe. 

Judicial Watch reports Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, operates as the Satanic Temple of Seattle with Lilith X. Starr as the director. 

The group’s documents show the parent permission form used for children to join the club “asks for the name of the child’s church and pastor.” Records also indicate that Starr told Carla Santorno, superintendent of the Tacoma school district, that After School Satan Clubs are led by “caring Satanists.” 

In October of 2015, the Obama Department of Justice announced that Lois Lerner and other IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservative groups’ tax-exempt applications would not have criminal charges filed against them. 

“Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia, leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints,” Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter J. Kadzik wrote in a letter to House Judiciary officials. 

“But poor management is not a crime,” Kadzik continued. “We found no evidence that any IRS official acted on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.”
So what can you do about such moral and spiritual perversions which have been embraced by the Democrat Party? You can, of course, pray and join a Biblically sound chruch. And every true Christian can raise their voices against such things, vote, and support financially those who expose these travesties of justice. Three of the best are Judicial Watch, The Federalist Society and Imprimis, the fantastic newsletter of Hillsdale College which goes out free to 3.5 million readers monthly. Google each of them for information or to subscribe to their mailing lists. Every Christian should also be a Patriot. RB

Mar 16, 2017

Sorry, I Have Never Had My Highest Regard For Actors

Common Sense Commentary: A career built on acting, modeling ... pretension, so often leads to narcissism, promiscuity and presumed entitlement. Associating with pretenders all the time has molded a strong-hold of political and religious Liberals in Hollywood with little grasp on humility or reality.

Sophistication is refreshing, in an age of scruffiness, if it is a reflection of who the person really is. If it is only as deep as the cosmetics and fine clothing, I suppose that is about equal to being rich and pretending poverty. We live in a strange, contradictory time. Poor people trying their best to look rich and rich people trying to look poor. The spoiled, rich, young pay $50 to $200 for blue jeans stained to look dirty ... or with holes in them manufactured to look worn out by hard labor. Most poor kids can't afford to buy that kind of poverty image, so they make their own ... or drop the waste band of their truly earned dirty jeans down below their crotch... cuffs dragging the ground ... with a pair of sneakers often stolen from a weaker, rich kid or some store. I have seen churches on TV full of poor people who look richer than millionaires. Of course, the clothes you wear, house you live in, car you drive or the out of control way you spend money to appear rich ... do not change who you really are. Your true character is usually the sum total of your life experiences, environment, what you allow yourself to think about and to some extent to your DNA. It would also include home training, conversion to Christ and things of a spiritual nature. All of that said, nobody is exactly what they appear to be except very young children and the retarded. Normally, nobody is totally transparent.

I think pretension is sometimes necessary and appropriate ... to fake it til you make it. If, for instance, you are a fearful leader with just one life or death option you cannot avoid. In which case you trust God, act out courage and go for it... all in, if you have no other choice anyway. You show your trusting followers courage and confidence whether you feel it or not. Leadership hysteria causes a stampede among followers. Such a time of pretending might be in order if, as David, you were captured by a cruel, merciless enemy. and needed a way of escape. In 1 Sam.21:13, when David was captured and taken before a vile king, he pretended to be insane, scratching on the door with spittle dripping from his chin. The king was disgusted and had him thrown out of the city ... which set him free to win battles and later become a king himself. There is a time to pretend. Even God, when Adam hid himself, pretended not to know where Adam and Eve were when He called out ..."Adam where art thou?" God knew where they were but they didn't realize just how far they were now separated from Him. Parents do the same when they play hide and seek with their small children.  

Many a Jew pretended to be a Gentile during the Nazi reign of terror and extermination of all the Jews in Europe.

Not to put too fine a point on pretension....
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...." Ecc.1:3. That does not include sin, of course.

Mar 13, 2017

No, Capitalism Isn't Dead, Just Trampled By A Herd Of Wild Donkeys

Kicking, bucking and snorting across our Land

Common Sense Commentary: The truth, which severs iron links of lies, hurts ... as does the removal of slavery's chains with a hammer and chisel. But freedom is worth the pain. 

Capitalism worked immensely well in the United States since its founding as a free nation in 1776. It worked because it was held in check by its Law, the U.S. Constitution, which channeled success like the body's veins transport life, renewal, healing and energy to all parts of the entire body. The U.S. body politic, each and every part, benefited from this God ordained system and functioned to the strengthening of the whole for many years. Some members of the body, though, seemingly less important than its more elevated members, were, none-the-less, vital.  Every organ and cell of our national body shared in the glory and global recognition of the American Dream, to greater or lesser degrees. But each member of this nation had, though not recognized by some, the very real opportunity to "pursue happiness", and enjoy, by their own ability, vision, intelligence and willingness to labor, and sacrifice today for success later. The proof of this fact is the hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens who were born into poor families, but labored, saved and applied their talents and time over years of struggle and sacrifice, which others were not willing to endure to gain similar success. The only flaw in the system of government God inspired our Founding Fathers to design and institute is the freedom to be stupid, lazy or a spendthrift. It is the depraved nature of the human condition, which causes that unredeemed half of the population which refuse to accept their own accountability for the willful mess and misery they themselves make of their equal opportunity. About half of the human beings in this country do not understand that the American Dream is not accomplished by someone else who pays the price of your success for you. The American Dream is like an open door through which you may freely enter into a sea to sea gymnasium of exercise equipment with which you may or may not build your own muscular, productive self. Nobody else can do it for you. It is your choice, responsibility and opportunity. Building muscle hurts but it is the inevitable price YOU must pay for your own success in whatever field. True success is not measured in dollars but in accomplishment... making the most of what your Creator, the God of nature, gave you and expects you to cultivate and use properly.

The American Free Enterprise System, Capitalism, is not quite dead. It has been abused, misused, accused, refused and trampled by a herd of wild Democrat donkeys, and a few Demopublican rogue, midget elephants. A wild, delusional bunch of muggers who think the nightmare of Socialism is superior to the political system which built this country into the greatest nation in the history of the world. It is not dying of natural causes or old age. It has not been conquered by an outside enemy.  It has been mortally wounded by barbarian jackasses from within, none of whom have any real, true concept of the God who laid the foundation of this nation. No, they do not.

As I have said before, all of this is playing into the hands of the Antichrist's Global government. But he, and those he rides into power, are playing into the hands of God... In the last chapter.

No apologies. The time for sweet diplomacy and passive acquiescence has passed. It is time for concentrated action to clean house with a sledge hammer and shovel and drain the Political Correctness swamp of poisonous frogs and vipers in Washington.  RB

Mar 12, 2017

"Gerizim Or Ebal" A Parallel To My Previous Blog

"Multitudes in the Valley of Decision" Joel 3:14
Common Sense Commentary: Here is a poem which speaks to the same subject as my previous blog... "We Are On The Road To Bethlehem Or Gomorrah". The poem below is by a fellow blogger and member, with her family, of the church I pastored in Florida for 30 years. RB

Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Ebal?
 By:  Elaine Kelly Merritt 

We have come a long way from the golden rule
From Bible study and prayer in school
We are free to choose for better or worse
God promised a blessing, but also a curse.

On Mt. Gerizim, God appointed
Tribes sprung from Jacob’s wives who God anointed
On this mount, God’s blessings were read
Joshua did as Moses had said.

On Mt. Ebal, sins that were easy to conceal
Sins by all men, God did reveal
God asked Israel to publicly testify
His laws of transgressions, they had to rectify.

On the mountain top of Gerizim
God promised a blessing, not a schism
But it seems to me as I recall
Today we have taken a stand on Mt. Ebal.

I think when you read the lines below
You will see the results of the seed we sow
Through our forefathers God gave us a great nation
His Plan for spreading so great a Salvation.

On Godly principles our nation was created
Today those principles are world-weary and jaded
Political correctness is the law of the land
Christians have failed to take a stand.

Mighty empires have fallen before
Because the True God they did ignore
God says He will pardon; and that’s a fact
But to Mt. Gerizim, we must go back!

Deut. 11:26 & Deut. 27:11-13
Joshua 8:30-35
By:  Elaine Kelly Merritt 

Mar 11, 2017

We Are On The Road To Bethlehem or To Gomorrah

Slouching Toward Gomorrah

Common Sense Commentary: In Robert Bork's book, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, he quotes a phrase from W.B. Yeats's poem, The Second Coming, "Slouching toward Bethlehem", to contrast his own views with those of the Apostate, Yeats. In my opinion there are only two spiritual directions ... the road to Bethlehem or the road to Gomorrah. We cannot walk both directions at once. Each person chooses which direction he walks, toward Christ or away from Him. We are walking toward Bethlehem or toward Gomorrah. Bethlehem is near the north end of the Dead Sea; Sodom and Gomorrah near the south end. If we are not on the road to heaven, we are on the road to hell. RB

From Wikipedia....
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline is a 1996 non-fiction book by former United States Court of Appeals judge Robert H. Bork. Bork's thesis in the book is that American and more generally Western culture is in a state of decline and that the cause of this decline is modern liberalism and the rise of the New Left. Specifically, he attacks modern liberalism for what he describes as its dual emphases on radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. The title of the book is a play on the last couplet of W. B. Yeats's poem "The Second Coming": "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" Bork contends that the "rough beast of decadence … now sends us slouching towards our new home, not Bethlehem but Gomorrah."
Bork first traces the rapid expansion of modern liberalism that occurred during the 1960s, arguing that this legacy of radicalism demonstrates that the precepts of modern liberalism are antithetical to the rest of the American political tradition. He then attacks a variety of social, cultural, and political experiences as evidence of American cultural decline and degeneracy. Among these are affirmative action, increased violence in and sexualization of mass media, the legalization of abortion, pressure to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasiafeminism and the decline of religion. Bork, himself a rejected nominee of President Ronald Reagan to the United States Supreme Court, also criticizes that institution and argues that the judiciary and liberal judicial activism are catalysts for American cultural corruption.
In this light, Bork advocates an amendment to the United States Constitution which would allow Congressional supermajorities to override Supreme Court decisions.[1]
The book received a critical response by The Mises Review, which stated that "Bork's failure to set forward his arguments rigorously leads to a crucial error in his approach to constitutional interpretation" and that the "omni-competent state is, for Bork, not a monster to be dispatched but a tool to be used. Whether the state is likely to enforce the values he favors is a question he leaves unexamine" ___________________________
My comment: The Mises Review has a point. Aggressive, rabid, all powerful Governments such as Hitler's Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union are "monsters" to be defanged or must be "dispatched" for the peace and safety of its citizens, its neighbors and the world. RB 

Mar 10, 2017

When The National Anthem Stopped In Iraq

The difference in Patriots and cowards

Common Sense Commentary: When the music stops, people stop
singing, stop dancing, start talking, start complaining, jeering, laughing or start leaving. Not so with our U.S. troops in a war zone or wherever they might be. When its the National Anthem, and the music stops without finishing, they continue standing at attention and finish it with their own voices as they always finish a job, an assignment, a command, a battle or a war. It isn't our troops who give the victory to the enemy, its the News Media, cowards back home and politicians ... not our troops or law officers. 
When the Music Stopped. (For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.) This is written from a Chaplain in Iraq: I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at  LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium that we use for movies as well as memorial services and other large gatherings.   As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when The National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-to-22-year-olds back in the States?  I imagine that there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin. Of course, that is, only if they had stood for The National Anthem in the first place. Here in Iraq, 1,000 soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again, and the soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention.  Again, though, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect 1,000 soldiers standing at attention to do? Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start. No!  You could have heard a pin  drop while every soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off: "And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave,  o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave." It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq , and I wanted you to know what kind of U.S. Soldiers are serving you!  Remember them as they fight for us! Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad.  Many have already paid the ultimate price. Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins...LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad. Please share only if you are so inclined.God Bless America and all of our troops serving throughout the world.