Since Feb 25, 2003

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USAF veteran, 1970-1974. Born and raised in California, but my ancestry is Deep South. Escaped California in the late 1970s. Lived in Louisiana for several years. Now make my home in Illinois because of my job (I know, Yankeeland). I am now retired, and due to my wife's disability we are pretty much stuck here in Illinois (which is actually a very good state if one discounts Chicago, Cook County, and Springfield).

Proud Patriot, Constitutionalist, and a confirmed and dedicated anti-socialist/anti-leftist. Ronald Reagan was the greatest American president of the 20th century certainly, and perhaps of all American history. I am Southern by heritage, and proud of it. I wish the Civil War had never been fought, but understand fully why the South seceded (I just wish it had never got to that point: nothing is more tragic than brother fighting brother).

I love my family, my country, and freedom, and would give my life for any and all of them.

"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." Thomas Jefferson.

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't." Thomas Jefferson.

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." Justice Learned Hand.

The Second Amendment: The original Homeland Security.
DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY. And, of course, GOD.

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is freedom." Thomas Jefferson.

"Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule." Ought-Six.

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves." Winston Churchill

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." Ayn Rand

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." Robert A. Heinlein

"Americans need to consider carefully the decision for war... Be clear on who their enemy is, and determine to defeat that enemy. Recognize there is no clean, polite or gentlemanly way to kill a stranger. If you are not prepared to kill all who stand with and support your enemy, then surrender to him, for he has already defeated you."

"Abortion is the pagan sacrifice of an innocent virgin child for the sins of the mother and father."

" Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace." - James Madison

"God help me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."

"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Ronald Reagan

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." C. S. Lewis English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963);

"If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region, and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger."” George Washington, at Valley Forge.

A Veteran: Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount of "up to and including my life."

No civilization has lasted long as King of the Hill when there was a death of faith, a degeneration of morals, contempt for traditional values, a collapse of culture, a paralysis of the will, a decline in its native born population, and foreign invasion that wasn’t resisted. “

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."” - Benjamin Franklin “

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."” Robert Louis Stevenson;

"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."” Will Rogers;

A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

It was Alexis De Tocqueville who prophetically proclaimed, "Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." John Stuart Mill;

No people in history have ever survived, who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies." Dean Acheson

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry.

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as little more than spies, which, in truth, they are. If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting press dispatches from Hell before breakfast." William Tecumseh Sherman;

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." THEODORE ROOSEVELT (Paris Sorbonne,1910)

At base, the Left's ideology, whether relating to women's rights, human rights, academic inquiry or war and peace is not universal but tribal. Moreover, when the Left is challenged on any one of its signature issues, because it cannot actually make a case for the universal applicability or even logic of its views, it tends instead to embrace the politics of personal destruction while ignoring the obvious contradictions between its stated beliefs and actual behavior.” Caroline Glick

“Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.” P.J.O’Rourke

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” ~~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson

“If you loved the freedom and liberty you had as an American, THANK A VETERAN. If you miss it a year from now, thank the assholes who voted for Obama.”

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.... But then I repeat myself." Mark Twain

"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." George Bernard Shaw

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." G. Gordon Liddy

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries." Douglas Casey,

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." P.J. O'Rourke,

"Civil Libertarian Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, Regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan (1986)

"I don't make jokes... I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers

I"f you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!" P.J. O'Rourke

"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of The citizens to give to the other." Voltaire (1764)

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!" Pericles (430 B.C.)

"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain (1866 )

"Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it." Unknown

"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal: a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the Equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." Mark Twain

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

"There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress." Mark Twain

"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians." Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson

"Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell..."Christmas poem at Arlington National Cemetery

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." Adolf Hitler

"When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today." Epitaph from a military cemetery