Since Dec 17, 1999
The United States of America is not for sale!
A caisson carries the casket of Lance Cpl. Torrey Stoffel-Gray, in a procession through Patoka, Ill., on Monday, April 19th. The 19-year-old Marine was killed Sunday, April 11, 2004, by hostile fire in Iraq's Anbar province. He was stationed at Twentynine Palms, California.
(Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch / AP photo)
A fundamental Constitutional duty of the President, is to protect from invasion and trespass, the public and private property of Americans that makes up the border territory all along our nation's border.
Such Americans who own that private property, have a unique relationship with the President, because of the duty of the President, to maintain a secure border.
Either we mutually protect our border and property rights and "intellectual properties," or there will be no protection for any.
We have by law, established lawful points of entry along our nation's border. If you observe the lawful process for entry, welcome. If you do not observe the lawful process for entry, and you are not an American citizen, you will be deported immediately, wherever, and whenever found.
The United States of America is our country --- it is not "the homeland" which is a cheap wordity trick, adopted by our President, from the depths of some "white paper" from a "Beltway think tank."
We must attend to the public's greater continuing education in the law.
Edmund Burke said, in his March 22, 1775 "Speech on Conciliation With America" ---Permit me, Sir, to add another circumstance in our colonies, which contributes no mean part towards the growth and effect of this untractable spirit. I mean their education. In no country perhaps in the world is the law so general a study...
This study renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defence, full of resources. In other countries, the people, more simple and of a less mercurial cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance; here they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance; and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze
[See Rick Gardiner's "The American Colonialists' Library: A Treasury of Primary Documents."]
From: Government by Judiciary, The Transformation of the Foutheenth Amendment, by Raoul Berger, ©1977. Page 287 ---Given a Constitution designed to "limit" the exercise of all delegated power ... the admonition contained in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, drafted by John Adams and paralleled in a number of early State constitutions, [was] that "A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution ... [is] absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty and to maintain a free government ... The people ... have a right to require of their law givers and magistrates an exact and constant observance of them."
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322 ---"On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
My reply 3, at The real threat to press freedom (Canada), by Terence Corcoran, National Post (Canada), Feb. 9, 2002 (posted Feb. 11, 2002 by jodorowsky)In the United States of America, the people have both an individual right to free press, as well as an organized right to free press --- the First Amendment affirming the role of the free press: to protect the people from government.
That is the number one responsibility of a free press, and that is why we call it a "free press," that is, it is free from government coercion, to go about the business of exposing government so that government's abuses are swiftly known and dealt with by the people.
You will hear that Ronald Reagan gave us hope. Here, is one way that he did that.
Most liberal media personnel are propagandists, that is, they work at, even slave away at, reporting what is called "news," but actually, they routinely manipulate, misrepresent, and thus use the events as a vehicle with which to convey ideas that use the Marxist-Goebbels-Gramsci Thesarus --- the holy words --- the buzzwords of socialism.
Most of those words, if not all, are adjectives, not facts, added to "the story" by the propagandists. That is, they are making news, not reporting news.
To defeat those left wing nuts' arguments, find the adjectives, and then start in on them.
That was one of Reagan's tools that he used to defeat the liberals' arguments.
He would say something like this:"You are trying to convey that I do not care that it is a 'day,' because I do not agree with you that it is, as you say, a 'bad day.'"
When, in fact, I firmly believe that it is a 'day,' and contrary to your position, I am determined to make it a 'good day.'"
That pretty much sums up Ronald Reagan's political views and much more.
The left wing nuts are about making the people fear that it will be a bad day, while Ronald Reagan believed that we have the capacity, and it is worthy of ourselves, and it is in our American Heritage, to work at making it a good day.
That is the American way of life.
In honor of the people of Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, and Denmark, who know what freedom means:
In honor of the people of Iran, who struggle to be free; this young woman, protesting in 2002 ... I wonder about her fate (the pro-free Iran website occasionally has troubles, and the image may not show):
These Mexicans are not suffering: These people in Africa are suffering:
Especially the people trodden under the communist-supported Islamic "program" to exterminate mostly Christians - they need our help ... and it is long overdue.
They need to fix the problems that they have with their liberty and their free enterprise, in their country.
Americans with family roots in the Middle-East and in Mexico
Major James Jabara (source: acepilots.com)
First American jet ace, USAF F-86 Sabre pilot
With family roots in the village of Merjayoun, Lebanon, standing only 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and needing to wear glasses, James Jabara was an unlikely candidate to become a hotshot American fighter pilot. But he was, and he was one of the hottest, his country's first jet ace, and a triple ace in Korea. (snip)
Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Jabara reflected the hard work ethic and patriotism typical of first-generation Americans. He worked in his family's grocery store and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In World War Two, he entered officers' flight school as a teenager and earned his wings in 1943. He flew over 100 combat missions in a Mustang, with the 363rd Fighter Group, (9th Air Force) over Europe. He was credited with 1.5 kills in the summer of 1944, earning him a Distinguished Flying Cross. An Oak Leaf Cluster was added to it in 1945. After the war, he attended Tactical Air School at Tyndall Air Force Base. He qualified on the F-80 in 1948 and the Air Force's latest fighter F-86A in 1949, and was assigned to the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing (4th FIW)
The 4th FIW, equipped with the new F-86A Sabre jet, began operating in Korea in December 1950. (snip)
He continued shooting down MiGs. On May 26, , with the 334th FIS, he was leading a flight of four Sabres when he spotted 16 MiGs over the Yalu. Leading his flight into the enemy jets, he scattered them, and then went after a couple laggards. He shot one down and forced the other into a terminal spin, thus scoring his 8th and 9th victories. By the end of June, he had run his tally to 14, and he shot down his 15th, and last, MiG on July 15, 1953. He was the second-highest scoring American ace of the Korean conflict. (snip)
General Robert L. Cardenas (source: avweb.com)
Bombers - Fighters - Fighter-Bombers - Test Pilot
Dick Schmidt and Los Tres Amigos: Bob Cardenas, Glen Edwards and Danny Forbes
Born March 10, 1920, in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. At age five, he moved to San Diego, Calif., with his parents.
"The one serious regret I have is that I didn't ask my father more questions, so I don't know too much about my dad. He traveled quite a bit. I do know that he was born in Mexico and attended schools and universities in the U.S., and was one of the first to combine engineering with administration. My mother was also born in Mexico, and she died when I was a teenager. So I don't know as much about my relatives as I'd like to. I'm trying hard to pass on as much as I can, so my relatives will know more about me.
My parents brought me to the U.S. when I was five and I grew up in San Diego, in a neighborhood called Little Italy. The families were Italian, Hispanic, Portuguese, Irish, and everybody looked out for one another. There was no racial bias. We didn't even have to lock our doors and windows the crooks knew better. I was a teenager during the glory days of the tuna fishing fleet, and my friends and I would go out as helpers on the boats. If you picked the right boat these were the days before radar and fish-spotting airplanes so you needed a captain who knew where the fish were --- you could come back with $800, which was a lot of money in the late '30s."
Being the top student in math and physics at his high school earned him a two-year pre-engineering scholarship to San Diego State University. His military career began in 1939 when he became a member of the California National Guard. He entered aviation cadet training in September 1940 and received his pilot wings and commission as second lieutenant in July 1941. Cardenas was sent to Twentynine Palms, Calif., where he established a U.S. Army Air Forces glider training school and began his career as a test pilot. He flew combat in B-24s for the 506th Bombardment Squadron. Shot down over Germany in March 1944, he escaped into Switzerland and then into France prior to D-Day. Returning to Wright Field, he was assigned to the Flight Test Division where he evaluated the Arado 234 --- Germany's first jet bomber --- and the XB-42A and the all-jet XB-43. In the summer of 1947 he was designated as officer-in-charge of operations for the X-1 test team at Muroc and principal project pilot for the YB-49 flying wing bomber.
On October 14th, 1947, he flew the B-29 carrying the X-1 in which Gen. Chuck Yeager broke the speed of sound. Two months later he began flight test work with the YB-49 Flying Wing. In 1955 Gen. Cardenas completed his degree at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was assigned to Okinawa, Japan, where he served as commander of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Group and then as commander of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing. Following tours as chief of the Aircraft and Guided Missiles Program Division at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and as chief of the Special Operations Division at U.S. Strike Command, in Tampa, Fla., he returned to Okinawa as commander of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing just before the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, and for the next two years he engaged in F-105 combat operations over Southeast Asia. After assignments as commander of the 835th Air Division, commander of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Force at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and vice commander of 16th Air Force, he served as the U.S. deputy to Live Oak under Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. As chief of the National Strategic Target List Division of the Joint Strategic Targeting Planning Staff at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., during his final active-duty assignment from 1971-73, he was involved in the development of the U.S. Nuclear War Plan. After retirement from the Air Force, he held a variety of executive positions with industry and was appointed to major advisory and policy groups by President Reagan.
If you are from any country, and you want to be an American, it is very likely that some parts of you, are already an American, and that is why you came here, legally. Welcome. Learn about the worthy foundations of our liberty, and why we are free. As you do, you will realize that all around the world, there are varying degrees of Americans - freedom fighters - who struggle in their homelands to make their governments responsive to the rule of law; and, you will discover that it takes great courage to risk your personal security in order to hold on to your, and our, sovereignty of the people.
We are not the leaders nor the rulers of the world; nor with the power to decide who is, and who is not, relevant.
Yet you might say, that we are leaders in the free world.
We are here to set a good example; we are generous; we are loving; we believe in a system of government over which the people rule lawfully, and upon which people can bank on a future for themselves and their families and communities.
We are noble because we are humble yet there is much power in our self-determination to do the right thing.
We live in a harsh world, from which we have carved, and maintain, a just life, so that we may live better than animals; and I mean much, much better, versus, existing as slaves in a "politically correct" police state.
We do not live well because there is "law and order."
We live well because we believe in the rule of law and due process, versus, rulers' laws and arbitrary process.
That, sums up our worthy American Heritage. Every day, we use our sovereignty, through our democratic-republican sense of governance, hence, our Constitution-based democratic-republican structures of government, to work at maintaining these foundations. This has proven to be the best formula upon which the sovereignty of the people, our prosperity and peace, have all been able to endure and live, well: "the pursuit of happiness."
It's what's missing elsewhere around the world, where people are not happy; yet they must fight for it, to know its value well enough, to thus, continue their public's education of the lessons learned.
ResourcesThe American Colonist's Library: A Treasury of Primary Documents
Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History
Legal Tender ("Regal Tender")
A reminder for George W. Bush, of a speech that he gave, for the Distinguished Visitor Series Schreiner College, as Governor of Texas, Prepared Remarks, April 10, 1996, Kerrville, Texas --- "We Need a Renewal of Spirit in this Country" --- excerpts:
"We must reduce the role and scope of our federal government, returning it to the limited role our forefathers envisioned when they wrote the 10th amendment to our Constitution, giving to the states all power not specifically granted to the federal government...
This entire process, structurally decentralizing government and passing power back to local people, will force change. By structurally changing government we will recreate the void. And this time, instead of the national government, local groups and individuals and communities will have the challenge of filling that void.
More power in Washington has meant less responsibility for individuals; less power in Washington will mean more responsibility for individuals and their communities. I am convinced that Texans will seize the moment and help those who need help.
I am not talking about dismantling government down to the last paper clip. There is a constructive role for government. The federal government must defend our borders and our common interests. The state must set goals and hold people accountable for achieving them. My guiding principle is government if necessary, but not necessarily government."
Another reminder, for George W. Bush:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 15
"To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;"
Article IV, Section 4
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion..."
Article VI, Clause 3
"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; ..."
Also George W. Bush's promise to not sign the campaign finance reform bill; "Bushs Broken Promise ... ," National Review Online article by Rich Lowry, Feb. 21, 2002, referring to George F. Will's interview of Gov. George W. Bush on ABC New's This Week, Jan. 23, 2000:WILL: I want to see if you agree with those who say it would be bad for the First Amendment? ...
GOV. BUSH: I do.
WILL: In which case, would you veto the McCain-Feingold bill, or the Shays-Meehan bill?
BUSH: That's an interesting question. I I yes I would. . . .
Remember, our Constitution is a peace treaty.
Well, I'm out 'o here, and may God Bless you all.