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  • Morning Bell: Defending Freedom is a Choice

    In April 2009 in Strasbourg, France, President Barack Obama was asked at a press conference if he “subscribe[d], as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy?” President Obama then responded: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

    In other words, the President does not see anything unique about America’s role in history or the world. Some of our past Presidents have seen it differently, including President Ronald Reagan who once explained to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev:

    When World War II ended, the United States had the only undamaged industrial power in the world. Our military might was at its peak, and we alone had the ultimate weapon, the nuclear weapon, with the unquestioned ability to deliver it anywhere in the world. If we had sought world domination then, who could have opposed us? But the United States followed a different course, one unique in all the history of mankind. We used our power and wealth to rebuild the war-ravished economies of the world, including those of the nations who had been our enemies.

    So strongly did Reagan believe in American exceptionalism that he often described our country as “this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.” But President Obama disagrees. He sees the United States as just another declining power like Britain or Greece. These were telling examples for President Obama to choose since both countries are facing crushing government debt crises due to profligate welfare state spending. And President Obama’s budget puts us on the exact same path.  It would: 1) borrow 42 cents for each dollar spent in 2010; 2) leave permanent annual deficits that top $1 trillion as late as 2020; and 3) dump an additional $74,000 per household of debt into the laps of our children and grandchildren.

    All of President Obama’s aggressive welfare state spending leaves little left over for national defense. Heritage Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies Kim Holmes, Ph.D., writes:

    We are headed down a European path. … According to the President’s budget, defense spending over the next few years will continue to fall relative to the economy, from 4.9 percent to 3.6 percent of GDP by 2015. Indeed, defense was the target of roughly half of the Administration’s $17 billion in spending cuts in 2010. Some 50 defense programs were truncated or eliminated, compromising not only our future air and naval superiority, but also our defense against ballistic missiles.

    Are Americans really ready to abandon President Reagan’s “peace through strength” doctrine and replace it with President Obama’s strength through apology tour? We think not. That is why starting today The Heritage Foundation is promoting Protect America Month, starting with a speech this morning at 10 a.m. by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). You can watch the event live, here.

    And then for the next four weeks, join The Heritage Foundation as we examine defense spending and foreign policy in our nation, by releasing special publications and hosting events that showcase why we must commit to protecting America in an increasingly dangerous world. Events and products will include speeches by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, as well as special commentaries from Members of Congress and Heritage scholars regarding the need for a strong national defense.

    Dr. Holmes concludes: “Freedom and prosperity at home and abroad depend on America’s continued projection of power around the world. But that will depend on our commitment to national defense, which is the first obligation of the federal government listed in the U.S. Constitution. We have been here before. We have seen darker days … We may well be at that moment again. After Jimmy Carter, we elected Ronald Reagan. He restored not only our belief in America, but our commitment to defense. Conservative principles and traditional American values prevailed then. They can prevail again.”

    Quick Hits:

    • Customs and Border Patrol agents arrested Pakistan native and U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad on a plane about to take off for Dubai in connection with Saturday’s failed Times Square bombing.
    • Citing inadequate federal funding, eighteen states have already told the Obama administration they will not work with the federal government to set up Obamacare-created health insurance pools.
    • Heritage’s Rob Bluey details how the American Hospital Association used Obamacare to kill off physician-owned hospitals.
    • According to Gallup, the Obama administration is hiring new federal workers faster than the private sector can create jobs to support them.
    • Also according to Gallup, 68% of Americans say it is very important to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, 80% are concerned that illegal immigrants burden schools, hospitals and other government services, 77% worry that illegal immigrants drive down wages, and 80% believe that allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the United States will encourage others to move here illegally.
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    47 Responses to Morning Bell: Defending Freedom is a Choice

    1. Richard M. Hudock, b says:

      Well thought out summary. Unfortunately, at this time, the next Ronald Reagan is not apparent. Reagan was visible and worked for years until he was finally elected. From where will the next leader emerge to inspire the need for change from the current destructive direction? I am afraid he/she is not to be found in the most recently visible crop of candidates.

    2. Ken Jarvis says:

      "Conservative principles"

      I wish HF would write about

      WHAT – "Conservative principles" are.

      The ONLY one I see that are Consistant is HATE.

      HF and Cs HATE Obama,

      and the Common Man.

      Their ONLY GOAL is to Protect the RICH at ALL Cost.

      THAT is NOT AN AMERICAN PRINCIPAL.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    3. Duncan Druhl says:

      We often ignore the fact that not only is the president the product of a socialist upbringing, but also one that took place generally outside the traditional American boundaries. No, not racial bounds, but cultural bounds, so that he has little knowledge or first hand experience of participating in Memorial Day parades, Fourth of July Parades, baseball in a sand lot, and most of the other experiences that we take for granted but which comprise so much of what makes ordinary Americans so much more in tune with what it means to be an American than this guy that grew up far outside that atmosphere.

      Let's face it, the US elected a cultural foreigner to the highest office because he has a smooth tongue and people were looking for anything but the dimwit portrayed by the last administration – whether that characterisation is factually correct or not is another matter.

      Perhaps the blind obeisance portrayed by the used-to-be-major-media has finally done us a favour and shown the country that it was duped by the supposed "news" coverage offered in our near term past. One can only hope that people avail themselves of alternative information sources as the ratings game appears to show because it isn't a question of bias anymore, but outright avoidance of anything pejorative to the current administration.

      Did anyone see anything on the networks recently reminiscent of John Edwards and the National Enquirer? How about Joel Rogers? The Chicago Climate Exchange and its part ownership by Gore and Goldman Sachs? Anything reflecting the research done by Beck's crew on the control circle at the top? Right.

    4. Tom - Harrisburg says:

      Obviously written with the love and resect America so richly deserves.

    5. William Lulias, St. says:

      Barack Obama's comments in France should come as no surprise. The people of the United States elected a man with no experience as a leader, a man with no solid religious center and one who believes that he should apologize for all we have done. He has surrounded himself with people who are solidly of the progressive movement and truly believe the United States must change. Now we have seen what "A Change You Can Believe In" means and all should be held accountable who prescribe to his destructive quiet overthrow of the American system that has been in place for over 200 years. Its not about conservative principles, its about American principles. As recent events have shown Obama's affection for labor unions has brought to fruition in part his desire to have his own version of a militia. SEIU organizing marches and rallies based on misinformation of the Arizona immigation law, AFL-CIO march on Wall Street and the waiting in the wind of the Employee Free Choice Act. If unions are allowed to have a strangle hold on our free market economy, we will have what Greece has now, corruption at uncontrollable levels, an underground cash economy, tax evasive that is sport, and no effective means to compete in the global economy. It is now more about voting out the Socialist polititians that spew support for tax hikes, socialized medicine and dramatic expansion of social welfare programs. It is about taking back our publicly funded schools, and thanking God for our country, in public. Stay engaged.

    6. Ken Jarvis says:

      The Recovery is SO STRONG that the

      WSJ is FORCED to report on it.

      Recover in Asia

      Recover in Steel Industry.

      When will the HF acknowledge that RECOVERY IS GOOD?

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    7. Koen Swerts, Texas says:

      I couldn't agree more with Mr. Carroll’s observation. In these times when our NATO partners are barely (if at all ) spending 2% of their GDP on Defense and Global Security, the utopian view of a total welfare society gives them no other choice but to deepen their national depths towards ever-growing entitlements. Electing to preserve or extend entitlements while the global security outlook is becoming more challenging (see Krepinevich “Seven deadly scenarios”) is not the path neither the US nor the world can afford to follow. The US should be the Reaganesque beacon of light and not let itself be seduced by populist politics (entitlements are hard to get rid of when installed) which would give our future generations an inconceivable burden to ever overcome. As Edmund Burke correctly stated: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    8. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Hasn't Obama proven that he want no part in "American exceptionalism. To the contrary, he is hell bent to destroy not only our "execptionalism", but destroy any

      memory of Reagan's policies that made us the World's leaders.

    9. bigdave ocala fl says:

      So twenty to thirty MILLION ILLEGALS skip across our borders, in defiance of our soverignty and our laws, and they march in the streets burning American flags or hanging them upside down with the mexican(small m on purpose) flag on top, they throw rocks and bottles(mums the word from the leftist news agency) at businesses and police. They DEMAND welfare, free healthcare and childbirth and wellbaby care, free education for their children, some of whom just popped after crossing the border. But hey they bring great gifts to our culture like GANGS, DRUGS, DRIVEBY SHOOTINGS, HOME INVASION ROBBERIES, GRAFFITI COVERING EVERYTHING INCLUDING ATM MACHINES, ROBBERIES, RAPES, TRASH FROM THEIR GANGS OF WORKERS STANDING ON THE STREET, WAGES PAID IN CASH SO NO TAXES, OH, TACOS AND BURRITOS TOO. "OUR" so-called government panders to THEM, NOT to US, American Citizens and tax payers, the ILLEGALS get the GOOD PRESS, and EARS, WE GET THE SHAFT! PEOPLE OF AMERICA, AT THIS TIME, WE NO LONGER HAVE A COUNTRY!!! A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE AMERICAN BORN AND ALSO HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY. JUST LOOK(DOWN!) AT WHERE WE ARE NOW HEADED.

    10. Dennis Social Circle says:

      National defense is not at the top of the program. This so called leader has not shown any interest in this country from the beginning, he has only wanted to go around the world and apologize for what he thinks America did wrong. The nations of the world have always depended on America to give the helping hand, provide for thier needs and security, even if it meant the loss of American lives. he dems are sending us down the road of defeat and ruin, well on the way to being a socialized nation, one that is basically a welfare state for all.

      This nation was built off of the sweat and blood of its people, willing to work for their future and for their children, pride in a job wekll done, pride in a country that was governed by the people, for the people, and of the people. We are no longer that country. The reason it has changed is people do not have morals, pride or willing to do what needs to be done. we as a society have been brain washed by the liberals, the media and people like obama, hope and change, to allow someone to make our decisions for us. If the people do not stand for for this country, they will not stand up for any thing in the near future. WE MUST VOTE IN 2010 TO TURN THIS NATION AROUND, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!!

    11. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      I'm sure Rev. Wright strongly influenced Obama's thinking more than Ol' Barry is willing to admit. The left's apologetic president encircles himself with past anti-establishment radicals who's ultimate dream has always been and is today one nation under communism. Be critical of my observation if you must, but that's they way I view things given Obama's continued federal power grab. Yes, there is an absolute world of difference between Obama and Reagan.

    12. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      I'm sure Rev. Wright strongly influenced Obama's thinking more than Ol' Barry is willing to admit. The left's apologetic president encircles himself with past anti-establishment radicals who's ultimate dream has always been and is today one nation under communism. Be critical of my observation if you must, but that's my view of the situation given Obama's continued federal power grab. Yes, there is an absolute world of difference between Obama and Reagan.

    13. Norman Clemo , Cape says:

      Behind President Barack Obama is the baleful Inflence of Mr. George Soros , whose negative views on American "exceptionalism" are set out in his book " The Bubble of American Supremacy ."

      American hegemony is anathema to both Obama and Soros . The truth of this assertion is further evidenced in the book " The Shadow Party " by David Horowitz and Richard Poe

    14. w roginski, glen gar says:

      The president is a globalist—and very dangerously wants to surrender our soverinty to the EU or the UN.

    15. Barry S says:

      Obama will ensure that America is no longer the bastion of freedom and that its power will certainly decline. I find no evidence that he loves the country or that he has ever loved the country. His actions prove it.

    16. Dave, Provo, UT says:

      I was serving in the military in Spain, England and Iceland during the last year of President Carter and the first term of President Regan. There was a marked difference in the attitudes of the locals toward the U.S. during the terms of the two presidents. Carter was seen as a not to be trusted, naive wimp and Regan as the trusted and respected leader of the free world. Would be interesting to visit with my old friends and get their take on our current president.

    17. Jim Roumeliotis - Hu says:

      This is just another chapter in the book by our President that shows him as an "unamerican" American. Believing that his legacy will be the compromising of America to better fit into a weakened world structure. America the leader, America the military power and America the land of the free is in a fight for its self existance. How many more world leaders will disrespect this nation as our President seats back and shows his spineless ability to confront these leaders.

    18. Mike, Chicago says:

      We can hope, but we must continue fighting to repeat 1980 in 2010. Hopefully barry will be a "one and done". If anyone has any doubts about the welfare state of our country, take a look at the article about Congressman luis gutierrez in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. It must be stopped now.

    19. KLIMAX Baltimore, MD says:

      It is criminal the way NObama has spent OUR tax money on Bail Outs, The Stimulus (900 Billion), and the Health Care (1+ Trillion) bill that most Americans do not want and all the while reducing Defence Spending at home and abroad !! NObama refuses to secure OUR border and has cut funding for the Border Patrol that will ultimately allow more illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and Terrorists to enter OUR country unopposed !! In the foreign department if we do not have state of the art weapons for OUR troops we will loose OUR decisive edge over OUR enemies !!! We also need to spend more money on missile programs to counter the threat of a Nuclear strike !! I was for years a Democrat but with NObama's Foreign and domestic programs or the lack of any program I have decided to change my Party Affiliation to Republican !!!!!! Can't wait for November !!!

    20. Sam Rogers says:

      “Our gross national debt is about 80% of GDP today and will be nearly100% by 2012″ from National Review May 3, 2010. When Greace went broke other countries bailed them out. Who will bail us out when we go broke?

    21. MJF, CT says:

      Let’s not forget two, very important questions. Why is it when there is a disaster anywhere in the World, everyone looks to the United States to be the “first responder”? If we are so bad, so disgusting, so un-feeling, why does everyone turn to us for help?

    22. MIchael Linkowski says:

      Our greatest strength comes from a strong economy. Being a land of opportunity, innovation and a leader on the world stage in the energy revolution! Freedom and opportunity fuel our military and we will always be ahead of every one else in that regard. No matter how hard this administration tries to make us Europe they will not succeed. It will take more than two years and thats all that this 15 % approval rating Dem congress has and it will take more than 4 years for this administration and that is all that it has. Without cable and the internet , talk radio we would be in greater trouble do to the agenda of NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR. Their very existence as business organizations depend heavily on proliferating deception as a means of maintaining viewer ship because once the truth is known there is no need to keep repeating it. Without the little heroin shots of fear they sell each evening the would not thrive. we are still on Reagan’s path it just happens to have a host of idiots dragging their heels at the rear.

    23. ken SB, CA says:

      While America's military strength is important, let me add here that I've always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.—-Ronald Reagan

    24. Barbara in Virginia says:

      This article is right on with what is happening to our country with this Administration. All Americans must fight their policies with every peaceful means possible before our country is completely destroyed.

    25. Barry S says:

      Obama loves Obama. His love for movie-star status is far greater than his love and respect for the poor slobs who have to bear the burden of taxes to pay for Obama’s endless welfare, and the tax schemes that will never even begin to pay for it all. What is scary is that almost 1/2 of American households pay no federal taxes and who are greedy enough to demand that the other 1/2 bear the tax burden. Pure greed, plain and simple.

    26. James Penfold, Greeley, CO says:

      I recall hearing wise persons say that under Carter everything that “has been battened down is coming loose.” And the VERY day Ronald Reagan came in across the land I heard people say, “We feel like someone is in charge again.” Indeed! And it can and must happen again.
      James

    27. Joe (Slidell, LA) says:

      This is a very important article regarding the path that Obama is taking this country down. The "Great Communicator" reinforced our strength in the 1980s. The "Great Apologizer" is now doing all he can to weaken us in the face of a very dangerous world. I am still in disbelief that this man is "leading" our country!!!

    28. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      Reagan was right. Obama is wrong—–dead wrong. History shows us, or did, that every 25 years, there was a war in Europe. That 25-year cycle of war and peace was
      stopped, if not reversed, by the Pax Atomica. We kept the peace through what could be called by some, nuclear blackmail, and it was that nuclear blackmail that kept the
      peace for sixty-five years. Truman used the Bomb and brought the Pacific War to an
      end. We had a monopoly on it for four years. Then in 1949, Stalin, the Mad Georgian,
      exploded the Soviet Union’s first atomic bomb. From 1949 to 1962, there was a genuine fear of nuclear war. We didn’t nuke the Soviets because we knew that if we
      did the Soviets would nuke us. So we didn’t do it. Smaller countries, like India, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea knew that if they got nukes, either the United States,
      or the Soviet Union, would nuke them. The phase was the title of an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. “Balance of Terror.” It’s time we renewed the balance of terror. Leave the nuke. Take the canole. :)

    29. Drew Page, IL says:

      I have never seen the country more divided than it appears to be today. During the Viet Nam war years the country was divided, but basically over a single issue, the war.

      Today it seems things are much more devisive and it’s not just about the waras in Iraq and Afghanistan. The division today is between conservatives and liberals and it touches on every issue imaginable. Pick a topic, the war on terror; the economy; health care; education; Immigration policy; the environment; our energy needs; our tax policy; foreign policy; the media; American exceptionalism. On any or all of these issues, we have half the country willing to “go to the mattresses” against the other side, with the main stream media taking the part of the liberals.

      Our differences of opinion are turning into hatred of opposing points of view. We no longer can just disagree, we must destroy the opposition. We have become a house divided against itself and I’m afraid our house will not stand.

      We are too consumed with assigning blame to the “other side”, often going back to the administration of FDR, and even Lincoln, as if pointing out failures of past administration somehow excuses the excesses and mistakes of a current administration. This is remeniscent of the fued between the Hatfields and Mccoys, the Serbs and the Croats, the Arabs and the Jews. Is this the heritage we want to leave our children and grandchildren?

    30. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      People should not make the mistake of thinking that Euro-socialism is the end result of all their treachery to their peoples. The EU is further down the road that Obama wants to treasonously have the USA travel and the end of that road is WORLD Socialism!

      Obama is out to dissolve all that America is and subsume it into the muck and mire that is the UN!

    31. toledofan says:

      I agree and think that America is the counter balance for the modern world. Regardless of the ideology of this administration, freedom is too valuable of a commodity for us to just give up. They despise the middle class because we are the ones that carry the lions share of defending the country, protecting liberty and the Constitution and are the ones who just won’t accept what Obama is trying to do. I think it makes these guys like Obama, Holder, etc., nuts because we know they just aren’t as smart as they think they are. Everyday is an adventure for this administration and the best thing that can happen is for the Democrats to loose both houses in November, so, some sanity can be restored.

    32. Ellen Humphrey Tulsa says:

      The President is a rude, crude, ill-bred, spinless, inexperienced man who thinks he is a golden egg to the United States and the world. He can't even lead his cabinet!!!!!! If you see three or four of them on TV over any weekend…you hear three or four different stories. Obama has too much arrogance and aloofness to be any kind of leader. He can not handle any person who speaks to him in a questionable manner…he picks and chooses his reporters so as to get soft balls all of the time. Anyone who criticizes him…he slashes them down!!!

      I have pen-pals in Belguim, Germany and Canada and they say their countries are starting to see the United States as a weak and disorderly nation.

      When will he realize that his toothy smile and his air of diplomacy (?) is being taken as a sign of ignorance and weakness around the world…and he is the laughing stock of the world!!!!!!

      I can't wait for November to strip him of his democratic congress!!!!!

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    34. ann kitay fulton tx says:

      I agree with you wholeheartedly except…the President does not see America as a declining power…he is working overtime to make sure that we are! There is a huge difference. He has taken a stumbling economy and turned it into a catastrophic free fall. Now we are facing another crisis – is this one ‘man-made’ also?

    35. sofiagonzelez, Texas says:

      HISTORY has proven that all Socialist, Totalitarian and Tyrannical governments (and their leaders) are equally "exceptional" FAILURES!! It doesn't take an "exceptional" mind to understand that … just look to the world around us, Europe, China, N. Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, ect., … None so blind than he who will not see.

    36. Jerry Bateman, Ovied says:

      Defending freedom is a "choice", but now I say that it is a "requirement" if we want our freedom to continue. I want to encourage everyone to write their representatives and senators daily and let them know that we mean business about voting them out of office in November if they do not change their ways. Also, we must participate in the Tea Parties to show our enthusiasm for our American principles. Lastly, we must work hard for our employers and our personal businesses to strengthen our economy and create jobs. Honestly, I do not know why the market is fairing so well, especially with all of the crazy and destructive legislation in play. I really do not think it will last very long. Our country has been in trouble before, but I know we can pull our country back together if we just "pull" together.

    37. Norman Clemo , Cape says:

      Behind President Barack Obama is the baleful Influence of Mr. George Soros , whose negative views on American “exceptionalism” are set out in his book ” The Bubble of American Supremacy .”

      American hegemony is anathema to both Obama and Soros . The truth of this assertion is further evidenced in the book ” The Shadow Party ” by David Horowitz and Richard Poe

    38. Norman Clemo , Cape says:

      The Shadow Party

      How George Soros , Hilary Clinton , and Sixties Radicals seized control of the Democratic Party

      by David Horowitz and Richard Poe

      Chapter 5

      Inside Soros

      George Soros was not speaking idly when he told an audience at the London School of Economics that he meant to "puncture the bubble of American supremacy." His Shadow Party is funding and facilitating a national movement that could very well achieve that result. By following the same game plan that toppled Nixon and undermined US military efforts in Vietnam three decades ago, Soros and his dream team may well succeed in their goal of causing history to repeat itself. It may be appropriate, at this point, to ask the question: What's in it for Soros himself? ——

      ——–Soros' anti-American agenda begins with his critique of America's birth certificate. In The Bubble of American Supremacy, Soros argues that "the Declaration of Independence is also open to different interpretations." According to Soros, the principles of the Declaration "are not self-evident truths but arrangements necessitated by our inherently imperfect understanding." Because these founding principles have no special sanctity and represent no timeless truths, Soros views them as disposable. They can be changed at will, to fit the radical fashion of the day. And, indeed, rewriting the US Constitution happens to be one of Soros' pet projects.———-

    39. OleProf, Washington, says:

      Re: the Congressional deficit . (Let's put the responsibility for appropriations where it really is.) Perhaps the IMF will conclude the U.S. is too big to fail…

    40. William Weber, MI says:

      America has been a shining light through history it will not be dulled, deteriorated, or extinguished by fools. Only We The People ensure its intensity.

    41. Curtis,Virginia says:

      All of this from a man that offers up,without equivocation,that"I am not an ideologue,I'm not". Yeah,right! He is a boy genius in a man's world,leading a pack of blind followers,to self serving ends,designed to tear down what has been successfully built over the last 400 years,by real workers,people of faith and integrity and convictions,based in the principles of our founding fathers,and put forth in our constitution. He is,as ALL of his followers are,a man that has never, nor has the ability,to PRODUCE anything but rhetoric. Even his personal fortune has come from the selling of books! Atleast the part of which we know.

    42. Lori, Mn says:

      What can we really even do about it. You can call your state rep's and senators but do you think they even care? You are just one blip on the radar and you get the same canned response everytime. Yes I understand you can vote them out but does everyone else understand. I tell everyone I know to vote the idiots out, but I am broke and have to actually work so I don't really have the time to attend rallies and such, let alone follow all of this sadness. I'm just angry that Obama was elected. And the people that support him do they even understand what the heck is going on? They see all the glitz and glamour the president is throwing at them they cannot see him for who he really is. I'm suprised there isn't a reality show about him.

    43. M. Gracia, Tampa Fl. says:

      Something to ponder on:

      THE SLAUGHTERING OF OUR NATION

      LIBERTY

      I gave you a voice, for you could be heard…

      I gave you a land of riches beyond belief…

      I was forever vigilant, protected, guided you…

      I sheltered all with open arms, I… comforted you!.

      Now vested of deep sorrow, unnoticed in silence I weep…

      For some of my sons and daughters, to my rape have fallen… deaf and silent….

      For some of you have stood indifferent to this relentless siege….

      Oblivious of those fallen, whose blood for you they have shed….

      As you side with those that wounded me…

      That defecated my flag … degraded my honor….

      In pursuance of false ideals, you have abandoned me…

      I AM YOUR CONSTITUTION, I AM YOUR NATION!!!

      Forsaken by your blind quest…

      filled with your delusional null ambitions…

      I am rendered helpless as you…

      foolishly relinquish… my most precious asset:

      YOUR FREEDOM!!!

      GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES – THE GREATEST COUNTRY OF ALL

    44. Billie says:

      … and if you're American, defending freedom is a duty! don't allow yourself complacency to their ignorance!

    45. Billie says:

      I mean, don't be complacent to their ignorance.

    46. Deanie and Francis D says:

      We must enforce immigration reform, for the sake of our citizens and our country. Many of the illegals who come across the border are criminals. Thugs and drug lords have already terrorized and killed Americans in AZ. That's why they enacted the new law, which SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS RACIAL PROFILING, BUT PROTECTS IT'S CITIZENS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WON'T DO ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY WANT LATINO VOTES!

    47. Steve Emery says:

      Tell my wife, children most every day that, " Freedom Is Not Free", in every somanic gesture in my being; yet do they really understand the concept, "Idea"? Our, " God only knows"……

      I tell myself because few left will continue to listen, " We can 'NOT' have Peace without War".

      my wife of 33 yrs. My 31, ( girl) 23 (boy) 19 (girl),

      & semi- adopted 20 yr old (girl of single mom); all post " Boomer Gen's"; are "product's", of California public propoganda generation's……

      I'm deeply proud of my mixed up conservacrates, but…… God help us!! We, for 1st time in couple hundred hrs will once again, need….

      My last born; Lisa, " Born on the 4th July 1990",

      a product of a masterful war by our" military", not our goverment; a current Nevada high grad of 89447-2803; thinks " my last 56 yrs are, ' I'm tired of heaing ur stories Dad'; not relevent any longer". Now, a Jr. College Freshman ending 2nd yr.; ( major; Elementry/Middle Sckool Teacher. ). What I continue to preach in the battle against ignorance & Terror, sadly, but true; is, " we can't have Peace witout War".

      They are wonderful R. Reagan/J.F.Kennedy home/ sckooled ….taught/brainwashed; I thought, examples of the purest hearts that can be imagined in today's, "USSRepublic of California System".

      Sincerly & respectfully,

      Steve Emery

      SSGT USMC- USMCR 14 good of 18 served

      "71 to 99"

      DAV/ BackYd Psyc.Counslor

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