Unfortunate: Adults can’t read at a 12th grade level

This article about how difficult it is for Americans to understand credit card agreements because they are written at a 12th grade level doesn’t indicate poorly worded agreements.  It indicates our poor education system.


Let’s dissolve the Dep’t of Education and return control of schools to the states, where it is supposed to be.  Just think about the tax money we’d save if we got rid of that department!


Celebrate Your Independence!

The Stars and Stripes

Today we celebrate our independence.  Let us celebrate the day the United States of America became a free and sovereign nation and take note of things our Founding Fathers have said and learn from their wisdom.

Once one has studied Patrick Henry’s speech in school, who can forget the final, great sentence, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”  Here is the second half of the speech.  I find it very inspiring.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.  Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.  In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.

If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak–unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.  Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.  There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!”–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!  –Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Thankfully, Patrick Henry could read the writing on the wall (to use a biblical reference as he did several times in his speech) and the people were convinced liberty was worth fighting for.

Thomas Jefferson was giving clues that independence for the colonies was at hand.

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. –Thomas Jefferson, statement addressed to the king of Great Britain in A summary View of the Rights of British America

Now that independence had been won, Jefferson again emphasizes our liberties come from God alone.

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever. –Thomas Jefferson –Thomas Jefferson, in Notes on the State of Virginia

That our Founders recognized liberty was a right given to us by God is a blessing to all following generations.  For if we continue to acknowledge this, we should recognize that our government does not have the authority to take our liberties away.  Any attempt on their part to do so, for whatever reason, should be soundly rejected by the governed, from whom they derive their just powers.  Give thanks to God for your liberty.

Now let’s look at excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, which I encourage you to read in its entirety.  Unlike today’s legislation, neither the Declaration of Independance nor the Constitution are very long.  Isn’t it funny?  We can establish a nation on a few pieces of paper, but it takes 2,000 pages to make one law these days.  Pardon my digression.

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…

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…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.

I wonder who, now, would pledge to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to protect the nation and its hard won liberties from threats domestic and foreign.  I would like to think we all would.  As you can read, our Founders depended greatly on God (Nature’s God, Creator, Supreme Judge of the world, divine Providence).

Take time and send your representative and senators and maybe even the president an e-mail or call this coming week to remind them that the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.  It seems they have forgotten because they have been passing laws lately against which great numbers of the governed have vehemently protested.


Socialism Illustrated

I thought this illustration was so accurate.   I had to share it.  It comes from:   http://drscoundrels.com/?p=1145

The T-shirt is now available! Obama’s Recycled Constitution

Now you can buy the T-shirt!

On the front:   “Recycle!  Barack Obama does.” with a photo of the “constitutional toilet paper” as seen in the previous post.

Buy it at Zazzle here:  http://www.zazzle.com/t_shirt_recycle_barack_obama_does-235616871750032148

Obama Mandates Use of Recycled Toilet Paper

New OPR brand recycled toilet paper being used in the White House

OPR brand recycled toilet paper is now being used in the White House and Congress.  By executive order, Mr. Obama has mandated use of recycled toilet paper in all federal buildings.  Obama said, “We have all kinds of old, useless documents lying around in Washington.  There’s no reason we can’t put ’em to better use.  The fat cats in Big Paper aren’t happy about it.  But you have to have courage to do what’s right for the people.”

Vice President Biden added, “Well, I yes.  Some of them I say they say, well, Joe, look, man, I mean, you know, you guys haven’t massaged this very well.  And, you know, this no-recycling thing has gone on so long, I don’t know.  And my response is, hey, man, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I’m telling you, you know, recycled TP works if you give it a chance.  You know we’re going to control the paper companies.  You know people aren’t going to lose their so-called rights with this recycled plan like is being advertised.  So you’ve got to if you really want to make sure that you get the benefit of recycling old, useless documents, use this TP, man.  I tell you what.”

Courageous Founders vs. Cowardly Congressmen

Our Founders were men who fought to gain our liberty from a country whose leader imposed burdensome taxes. They had realized they had no representation in their government, and, as a last resort, they risked—and many lost—their lives by declaring independence. With Divine assistance, our Founding Fathers established our nation with an inspired, four-page Constitution and set down on paper a way to guarantee long-lasting freedom.

“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.” [1]

Courageous men risked their very lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. A relatively small and rag tag army fought a decisively more powerful army of men wearing red. But with trust in God, a notion of honor and selflessness, these men won freedom for the United States of America.

“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….” [1]

Great thinkers who knew well that our rights and our liberty were bestowed upon us by our Creator, put pen to paper to record this fact for the generations who would come after them. They made it clear that these rights will be secure only if the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” [2]

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” [3]

To ensure that the Constitution would be respected and upheld, the Founding Fathers made it a requirement for public servants who serve and represent the citizens of the United States to take a solemn oath to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution.

“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” [4]

Should our public servants commit treason, accept or offer bribes, or behave inappropriately, they must be impeached and removed from office to maintain the integrity of their offices.

“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad…But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn….Though good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want [lack] good laws nor suffer ill ones.” [5]

William Penn here notes that good men are required for a good government for bad men will manipulate it for their own purposes.

Today, cowards hold congressional seats. Unlike our courageous Founders, who stood up to the British army and navy with little support, many if not most of our senators and representatives are unable to stand up to an old man named Harry Reid or a little old lady named Nancy Pelosi. These spineless good-for-nothings are not supporting the very Constitution they vowed to protect when they took office. Our Founders risked death.  What are they risking? A seat on a committee? A pork barrel project? Funds for re-election? Whatever the case may be, they are violating their solemn oath.

We now have a government that no longer governs by the consent of the governed; they have overstepped their authority.  The majority party leaders are using their unjust powers to force unconstitutional legislation upon a groaning citizenry [6], and their fellow party members are voting with them, the citizens of this nation be damned!

TARP funds (unconstitutional) and the so-called stimulus funds (unconstitutional) are not being used for the reasons for which they were appropriated (unconstitutional). In effect, they are slush funds (unconstitutional). The buy-offs that have been nicknamed the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase are examples of bribery (unconstitutional). To pass the so-called health care reform bill (unconstitutional), Congress has resorted to deception, trickery, and mind-boggling shenanigans; they have completely ignored the process laid out in the Constitution for advancing and passing a bill, so much so as to be easily guilty of, at the very least, misdemeanors as provided for in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. In other words, the majority leadership, those supporting them, and even the current president are guilty of bribery and misdemeanors, should be impeached, and even removed from office.

We as a people should, no, must read our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. How else can we know when our rights are being violated and our liberties taken away? Many people lost everything and were killed for signing the Declaration of Independence.  Can we not, in their honor, take the time to read these short documents?  It took real valor to make that stand against tyranny.  Ignorant of our founding documents and the Christian principles on which this nation was founded, we are witnessing tyranny raise its ugly head once again.

The Constitution is the guide for governing our nation.  It is our supreme law. For the people in office at present, it is worth no more than toilet paper. Our rights were given to us by our Creator.  We, as a nation, recognize this fact.  They are currently being trampled.

The cowards in Congress who seem unable to stand up to party leaders and stand for the Constitution and for their fellow citizens must receive your telephone calls.  Let them know contemporary politics and passing monumental legislation are not what this country needs.  We need them to keep their oaths of office to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution of the United States. This means Congress and the President need to heed the authority of the Constitution. The federal government has defined powers, and they are few. Leave the rest to the states and to the people.

[1] The Declaration of Independance

[2] Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[3] Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[4] Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[5] William Penn, framer of the original laws of Pennsylvania

[6] When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.–Supreme Court Justice William Paterson

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

G. Washington.