There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
Greece has voted NO in the referendum, the EURO has fallen sharply, and everyone is running around with their hair on fire. Am I supposed to be surprised that the Euro-zone is a failure? Should I be astonished that the Greek government, which doesn’t go after tax scofflaws, and pays exorbitant pensions, is broke?
Well, I am not. Finer economic minds than mine predicted this from the beginning, and we are all surprised only by how long it took. The only reason the USA isn’t technically broke is that it continues to print money, which has lost 95% of its value in the past fifty years. When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and the rest of the Democrats call for more taxes on the rich and corporations, they never admit that if the government took the value of every asset owed by the “rich”, it still would not be enough to pay off our debt.
If you don’t want to be Greece in twenty years, or Venezuela, you’d better vote in people who can accomplish simple math, have balls and a backbone, and have principles stiffer than pudding.
Debby Witt from The Corner offers an assortment of interesting links. If you haven’t read or re-read the Declaration of Independence lately, you can do so here. Don’t be fooled — the 56 men who signed this document literally risked their lives, their fortunes, and their honor by affixing their signatures. Some lost the first two, many the second, but none forfeited their honor. Was it one of those brave men who left a handprint on the document?
George Washington didn’t have many battle victories, but he responded correctly to each phase of the war, meaning he understood strategy well, a skill our current president sorely lacks. Mr. Obama is also clueless about the historical context of the Declaration. Thomas Jefferson most certainly was not.
FDR’s four freedoms may have been good politics in a stirring speech, but it veered away from our Founders’ vision to some extent. David Limbaugh urges us not to give up on this grand experiment of a nation, and Andrew Klavan tells us conservative-minded citizens to toughen up and get on with it. Walter Williams points out that the Founders intended for the Second Amendment to enable citizens to protect themselves against government tyranny.
Being an American is the greatest gift possible. You should be grateful for that privilege and ask for nothing more than the opportunity to make that blessing work for you and your family. Watch the Hillsdale College choir sing America the Beautiful and soak in gratitude. Then see the video just released by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and violinist Jenny Oaks Baker of Amazing Grace. The music video ends with the phrase, “May the grace of God continue to shine on lovers of freedom everywhere.” Amen.
We are not so united this Independence Day, courtesy of the Supreme Court and the Administration of His Oneness, among other things mentioned in this piece by Andrew Malcolm.
Dylan Matthews of Vox thinks the American Revolution was a mistake, a viewpoint handily demolished by Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey here. Jonah Goldberg debated this some years ago, and it still holds up. Of course, our public schools don’t teach American history any more, as this video proves beyond question. Callista Gingrich offers a quick history lesson here, and David French declares this is the right time to be a patriot. He is an Iraq war veteran, so he understands the vital role the military played in obtaining our independence.
ISIS thinks this holiday important enough that it republished the map of special FBI command posts set up across the country, presumably to warn the lone wolves and groups of would-be terrorists. Will it take another 9/11 for us to be proud of being Americans again?
Americans are more dependent on government than ever before under the destructive reign of His Oneness. In counterpoint, pastors across the nation are calling for a Declaration of Dependence to remind us that our rights come from God, not government.
What was the vision of our founders? Myron Magnet offers some clues here. Despite what Mr. Obama believes, exceptionalism is part of the civic DNA of many Americans. You can choose to eat and drink like a president, or ignore the government’s entreaties to grill fruit instead of burgers and hot dogs and ribs. My crowd will be eating and drinking more like the ancient Romans, thank you.
I’ll post Part II either late tonight, or in the morning, depending on what time I get home and whether the satellite stays up.
Who knows when the weather will clear sufficiently for my satellite to pick this up, so I’m just posting my wish for all of you to have a happy and safe Fourth of July. I’ve got ribs in the oven on low so they’ll cook slowly overnight and be falling-off-the-bone tender by the time we’re ready to eat.
The expected inclement weather may discourage some, but the cabin and its porch will hold a bunch of people and children and dogs, so we’ll manage with plenty of food and drink and laughter. Right now I’m just hoping the wind doesn’t bring a tree down on the power lines out here in the county! I’ll put up a special post later, weather permitting.
I wish I could agree with Jazz Shaw that Jeffrey Neely being sentenced to prison for three months will have a salutatory effect on wasteful government employees, but this is one of the few instances in which a federal employee has actually been locked up. Who at the VA has paid a price for failure? Who at the IRS has been charged with anything?
Still, it does my heart good to think of the arrogant smirk being wiped off Neely’s face for a while, even though I regard this punishment as a slap on the wrist in the grand scheme of things.
Is Facebook running psychological tests again? If so, the 26 million people who overlaid their profile photos with a rainbow filter participated.
I was not one of them. I visit Facebook only to keep up with my far-flung friends and family and see all the adorable pictures of their children.