Breaking Down the Choice for POTUS

This is what we get to choose from for POTUS:

1) A misogynist sociopathic bully who made fun of a disabled reporter, who happily dog whistles to antisemites, racists and xenophobes. Who has no experience, no understanding of the Constitution and no idea how foreign policy works, and oh might actually be a conduit for Putin…

2) On the other hand we have a corrupt liar who is anything but a feminist, who flip flops depending on the latest polling, who is enamored of this deadly Iran deal, berated the Israeli government for building Jews homes, while making excuses for the terror supporting government of the Palestinians, who is so in need of the progressive wing of her party that she had the DNC nix making a Holocaust remembrance statement for fear of upsetting the Berniebot Jew-haters that flew a PLO/Palestinian flag and burned the Israeli one at the DNC convention.

Yeah so not only as an American do my choices suck, but as a Jew I definitely am glad there is a 2nd amendment….

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A thought about Bernie

 

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In Congress July 4,1776

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, — 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
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, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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.
John Hancock
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Reasons to Love the USA

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one 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 entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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We are at a great crossroads in our nation’s history. It’s not about the amount of taxation and the ineptitude of the government. That can be changed with the power of the vote and honest elections. Our issues lie in the fact that too many in our nation take for granted the guarantees within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution without truly understanding them. Remember… our rights given by nature and nature’s God.

It is time that We The People understand once again our responsibilities as citizens of a free country and demand that our government adhere to the Constitutional principles that they have so casually desecrated.

Freedom and the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God (originally posted May 9, 2014)

…Our rights come not from other men, but from an omnipotent all-powerful ruler of the universe who has decreed right from wrong, good from bad, justice from evil. No one human being can deny another these rights. Hence, the usurpation of these rights is a just cause for revolt against your government, ruler or liege lord….

What happens when rights are not given by virtue of existence, but with the largesse of the political class? These rights then are not rights as delineated in the US Constitution (Bill of Rights), which as rights cannot be taken away and can only be denied under a limited scope of governmental authority. In fact, rights that come down to us by virtue of the good will of a ruler are not real rights at all, but a grant of favor by a dictatorial government. As long as you stay in good stead with the power elite then you are entitled to your humanity. But as soon as you cross that threshold of noncompliance with these overseers, then your rights, property and even your life become forfeit.

Moreover, to actually believe that mankind itself defines the ultimate reality in the Universe is the modern hubris of a limited, vacuous mind and an outreach of malignant egos. To say that in the vastness that is the Universe humankind is the epitome of what can and does direct TIME itself calls into play the rationality and sanity of the purveyors of a God-less world. It does not even have to be about an Omnipotent being as much as it is about Nature and the power of the Universe and the acknowledgement of the unknown.

To say that there is no deity above ourselves is to give ourselves the moniker of almighty God. We can now decide what is right, wrong, good, bad, justice and evil. We, the human beings of this world, are now the sole masters of all that is before us without boundary, limit or consequence. To say that God is an anachronism and that humanity is above the immutable forces that have created the galaxy, is to advance upon the human race powers that belie the mortal human being.

When we turn from the concept of something, or someone, greater than ourselves, we have no rights beyond that which we bargain for within the context of our daily lives. Life becomes a merchants market, a bazaar of old. Where for  the right argument, and the proper coin, you can buy yourself freedom for the time being. If you are lucky enough to be allowed manumission at all.

In such a world, our rights are defined by those in control of the world, rather than rights being defined by those that live in the world. Therefore, if you believe that humans are born free and that it is only mankind that created the chains of slavery, real or virtual, the concept of giving your self-worth to those who are devoid of righteousness, or honor, those who convolute democratic action with obsequiousness, demands an act of revolution. However, in the end, you need the foundation by which to challenge your servitude when you live in a world of political class tyranny, oligarchical triumphalism and identity tribalism. Therefore, you need Nature and Nature’s God. You need to understand that your humanity, your freedom, your existence is yours by right and not something you need to bargain for against an evil specter.

That foundation of the right to freedom comes from the acknowledgement that all within humanity have rights inherent in their humanity. Given to them by their uniqueness as unique individuals. It is Nature, and Nature’s God, that defines these rights so necessary for society to flourish, grow and develop. The right to proceed with your own existence and humanness in a way that is both beneficial to the self and society becomes the task of the free person and those free enough to think that it can and must be done.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings throughout history have perverted the gift of choice and thought that they were given by the Universe.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings revert into barbarism and decadence when given freedom. It is that same human weakness that causes mankind to destroy itself and then ask to be relieved of all responsibility for the choices made.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans throughout history prefer an infantile existence of dependency and supplication to the hard work inherent in the existence of free expression and self-governance.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans have allowed themselves to be led by the inadequate, the cruel and the profoundly evil.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that when confronted with evil’s challenge, most times throughout history humanity has faltered, in the end thereby losing all that it means to be human.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanity perverted Nature’s message in order to enslave, dehumanize and destroy other humanbeings.

It is not the fault of Nature’s God that it is easier to invoke the yoke of tyranny than it is to travel the path of Nature’s truth.

Responsibility for ones actions, distancing yourself from a scapegoat and taking the reigns to an uncertain future is frightening. On the other hand,  it is a sign of profound weakness to cower in the dark, allowing others to decide your fate, your reality and your worth. It is sheer cowardice to succumb to the fear of the unknown and allow your children to be enslaved because of your own ineptness.

We learn that democracies are the rarest form of government in the history of human kind. For each democracy born was short-lived, either due to corruption, mendacious leaders or complicity in the destruction of that with which we are endowed by the virtue of the human soul. Humans allowed fear to win over freedom. Humans allowed fear to win over individuality. Humans allowed the political classes to declare themselves above Nature and Nature’s God. Humans allowed the political class to manipulate the true blessings of Nature and Nature’s God in exchange for bread and circuses and life without responsibility.

Those who wish to make a Godless society, those that wish to deny Nature’s blessings upon humankind are the enemy of freedom, of liberty and justice. Those that decide that our rights come from the will of a self-perpetuating narcissistic ruling class rather than the exigencies of humanity’s right to existence are the enemies of a free people.

Those who presuppose that they are more powerful than the Universe run roughshod over humanity’s inherent rights. Those that denigrate the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, denigrate our greatest gift. Be careful of those that put themselves above the wonders of the Universe. For they will laud themselves over you, making of themselves a new deity while decrying the freedoms we hold so dear.

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I wanted to wish everyone a joyous Independence Day. Let us not forget those that sacrificed so much so that we, their posterity, would enjoy the freedoms to which we are entitled under the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. By the way, just one of those obnoxious asides, the vote on the Independence Resolution, aka the Lee Resolution, actually took place on July 2, 1776. The Declaration was not read to the public until July 4, which is why July 4th is the day that we celebrate our Independence.

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Why Don’t Feminists Fight for Muslim Women

From Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 

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Freedom of Speech

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SPEECH

Freedom From Offense-Channeling Fascism….Hate Speech, Hate Crime, Just Grow a Pair

For the Free Speech Challenged

 

 

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The USA is still the best great hope of all humankind

It is very interesting how as the progressive left begins to loose power, their mouth pieces begin to lament the demise of the USA. That is not to say that conservatives have not prophesied the end of our nation simply because social mores and ideas are starting to change. Meanwhile interestingly, Paul Krugman, of the NYT,  wrote today, how America is now simply doomed because the GOP led Senate has openly stated that they are not going to pass  any Obama SCOTUS nominee. Apparently, Mr. Krugman thinks that there has never ever been any contentious supreme court justice hearings until now, or that politics has always been friendly,  level-headed and sprinkled with fairy dust since the inception of the USA. Here is my response to his nonsense:

America is not lost. The partisan wrangling over SCOTUS is not new, neither is the enmity between parties. It would behoove those who keep saying America is at its end to read a history book and learn about the historical political contentiousness of our republic, which existed even before its creation. These differences once led to a horrible civil war and its decades, even century long societal/racial/economic persecutions. Moreover, the societal upheavals, which began in the 1960s created more friction and social causticness than the contentiousness of either the present Republican and Democratic name-calling and demagoguery. Yet we were able to survive and in the end our Republic was made stronger. Albeit not perfect, for human beings are not perfect and hence cannot create perfection, but we as a people are always determined to try.

The greatness of the USA is found in the fact that we disagree openly, vociferously, and boisterously. Our goal, and it is an important goal, is the same no matter which side of the aisle you hang your hat: How to make this nation a better place for our children and to leave them a legacy of freedom and empowered individuality. Personally I revel in the fact that we are one of the few nations on Earth and in human history to give our offspring such a wonderful legacy. That a disparate people, from over 150 nations, can come together, no matter how raucously, to create a nation that is still the best great hope of all humankind.

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WE THE PEOPLE

From January 5, 2011

It is important that we, Americans, never forget the importance and the significance of these three words. We need to remember that these words are written into our Constitution larger and more pronounced than any other words for a reason. We must never forget that we the people are the United States. We the people created this nation. We the people took destiny into our own hands and told the world, we the people will control our own future. We the people will not be denied.

It’s not as if there is even a question really in today’s day and age that the United States is all about the people. It is quite evident that the people when they are denied will stand up and be counted. There are those that when called to serve stand up and sacrifice for our future. When issues abound there are those that politic and lobby for their beliefs and points of view. There are those who are civically minded volunteers, active in their communities, thus making all our lives joyful, secure and free.

But to understand why something is important, I also think it is necessary to understand just how rare it is and just how vulnerable it can be. … we must understand that to enjoy the freedom to make all our own choices mean we must take ownership for our failings as well as our successes.

But first we must also address the issue of what is the Constitution. No not in a specific, article by article, way. Anyone can buy a copy of the Constitution in a bookstore or order it on-line to find out the exact rules under which this government functions. What I would like to discuss is the power of the document. What it has actually accomplished, something that had never ever been accomplished before in history.

What I am talking about is the power of the US Constitution to transform a disparate group of unrelated and unconnected people into the freest nation to have ever existed in the history of humankind. That it took people from across the globe and created what we now call an American. That these same so-called self-styled Americans have even evolved and created a challenging new philosophy of nationhood.

Yes, it took centuries for us to appear, but we had to begin somewhere. As with the development of societal norms, the development of a people, the society in which we live, also thrives on evolution. No I am not just talking about civil rights, suffrage, equal protection or disability rights. I am talking about something much more esoteric, something much more abstract as to who we are. We Americans are the confluence of ideas from around the globe. Not just in food, clothing and language, but in culture and law and relationships. We may have started our nation as an outgrowth of the British Empire, replete with a very British understanding of society, but we made it more than that.

Some do point to the American Revolution as evidence of a break with English tradition, but in truth, it really wasn’t. The American Revolution was fought, because the British government usurped the very English rights of landholding men. The government of George III took from our founding fathers that which they held more dear than their own lives. Lives which they in fact were willing to forfeit in order to retain and that was the very English ideal of individual liberty (of course at the time they were only talking about white, landholding men, but we have thankfully evolved past that) . This concept of liberty is all about the right to direct your present and prepare for a future of your choice. Intrinsic within it is the idea that individuals are entitled to participate in the development of these rights through representative government.

OK, so many say the Congress isn’t representative of the American people today. For that we have no one to blame but ourselves. But we have seen a wellspring of action and the people have demanded to be heard. This has been a raucous election season and it is not over. But this is our Constitution in action. This is the legacy that our forefathers gave us. This is the legacy that our forbearers died for. This is what people around the globe daily die for.This is freedom and it is glorious.

Even the formation of the government in the Constitution is modeled after the English system of parliament. Remember we even had a ruling class, our senators used to be appointed by the governors of the state, not elected by the people. Meanwhile, it was the House of Representatives that was representative of the people. There was also no mention of term limits for a president. It just became de rigueur to serve only two terms to follow in Washington’s footsteps. Not until after FDR, was the Constitution amended to include a two-term limit on a Presidency. Ironically, the founding fathers had even left open the potential for a King, even though they would have all bristled at the thought.

But how did the US Constitution help us to evolve and bring together the confluence of ideas that has made us who we are today? The Constitution holds us all together, by allowing everyone to be who they are, and be Americans. No I am not talking about the hyphenated American, or class warfare. I am talking about the power of the Constitution in our everyday. It is the Constitution that recognizes a human’s need for self- realization. In fact, the power of the Constitution within our society is that you don’t even know it is there unless you need it. The Constitution empowers anyone living within the borders of this nation, citizen or noncitizen, legal alien or illegal alien. All can access its protection. If you are in the purview, and subject to the laws and regulations of the US government (you don’t even have to be in physically within the borders of this country) then you are entitled to the aegis of the US Constitution.

Every American knows that he has rights under the Constitution. Of course, he may not be able to name every right in those first ten amendments, but Americans know the government is hard pressed to really interfere in their lives. Americans understand that the Bill of Rights is not about granting us powers over our day-to-day existence, but it is about the curtailment of the powers of the federal government to interfere in our day-to-day existence. It is us, We the People, who give the government limited powers, and We the People who can take or give power as we see fit. Americans understand that no one, not even the President is above the law. (Presidents can be impeached, they can be forced to resign, and they can be chastised by the Supreme Court, or overridden by Congress). No one and nothing is more important than the people. That is the power of the Constitution and that is why our society grows and changes and evolves almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we evolve in even violent ways (civil war, social unrest, even some types of demonstrations), and sometimes we evolve in nonviolent ways (sit ins, marches, speechifying, townhalls, laws and amendments, lobbying and politics) but our nation evolves.

We change because the Constitution allows us to challenge each other. We challenge each other‘s ideal and thoughts and beliefs. We challenge each other’s ideas and truths. We challenge each other’s concept of government and what role the government will play in our lives. But mostly we challenge each other’s idea as to what kind of America we want our children to inherit. We challenge each other’s idea of legacy. We challenge each other’s idea for the future. We challenge each other’s notion of what is good for posterity. We even challenge each other’s idea of what makes us proud of this country.

So that is how the Constitution creates a people. It takes a disparate band of human beings, who are up for a challenge and it allows them to be challenged. Many around the world do not understand Americans. Many do not understand the individuality and independence that is intrinsic in the American spirit. Many around the world do not understand that our differences are our greatest strength. Many around the world do not understand that our arguments and our fighting and our not always pleasant discourse are the things that make us a people. For as a person grows through trials and tribulations to become much more than they ever thought they could, so does a nation. So does this nation.

So next time when you read the Constitution look for the invitation that reads, come help create a people. Do you see the dare it lays out before you? It is written boldly and plainly so all might see. It invites those who are not afraid. Come help me build a nation it calls. Come stand with me and we shall know what it is to be free.

 

 

 

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