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People can wrap themselves inside the Constitution, spew anything they choose to say, stick their tongue out in your face and declare you can't do anything about what they said. They have Freedom of Speech. Right? Yes! However, Freedom of Speech, comes married to the responsibility for ones own actions. If you say it, write it or draw it, be ready to defend it. Cower in silence, you abdicate your freedom and allow the bullies and censurers to win.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

GOD Bless Our Vets!

We as Americans owe a great amount to the brave men and women who fought and gave their all to create and protect our Republic. Never forget those who we ask to serve on the battle front.  Today, and everyday, we must remind ourselves of their sacrifice and dedication to our nation, that too few honor.  Each and everyone of use must take a few moments, give homage and teach others the value of these gifts.


Our Founding Fathers gathered the everyday citizen to form an army that against all odds beat the British Empire.  The Revolutionary War relied upon citizen farmers and intellectuals to form a government and create an army.  Ordinary men, and yes some women came forward from some of the most common and most elite backgrounds to form these armies.
 
Across the New Nation heroic efforts were performed.  The most memorable being the deprivation at Valley Forge, with winters so brutal many men went without shoes in the snow.  Can we ever repay them?


Few mention those lost to British conscription, or to the Barbary War and the War of 1812.  Even fewer mention the vigorous debates in the years that followed concerning the issue of slavery and the Missouri Compromise.  Brave men and cowards led us into the Civil War.  Greed and altruism filled both sides, but the deprivation and courage of every soldier cannot be forgotten.


Need I remind you of the Spanish American War?  The sinking of The Maine?  A war famously depicted by Teddy Roosevelt's charge up San Juan Hill, but which few know the full story of men who endured cholera and horrid conditions.


World War I was suppose to be the war to end all wars.  It wasn't.  Men gave their lives and sanity in trench warfare that seem to last forever.  Can you imagine living years in a mud pit with no cell phone or TV?


When we thought we were safe, our government proved to be asleep on the switch and Americans came forward to fight once more in WWII.  Then came Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.  Need I mention 911which has led to Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.

We, as a people asked our military men and women to step into the breach: 
When liberty was threatened to fight the Revolutionary War,
When our sons where kidnapped in the Barbary Wars,
When our borders where violated in 1812,
When Mexico violated our border and we cried "Remember The Alamo!",
When Spain attempted to reclaim territory in the Spanish American War,
When WWI broke out,
When WWII broke out,
When Korean War erupted,
When Vietnam ripped the fabric of our society, still we asked,
To protect our allies in Desert Storm,
After 911, to unseat Saddam in Iraqi Freedom and fight terrorist in Afghanistan.

What will we ask of them tomorrow?
Military families give up everything, can you do that?  Can you stand years separated from loved ones, missing holidays, birthdays and even birth of children.  And we get pissed if our spouse misses an anniversary. how much more are they missing?  They have given us their all. 
Our government fails to give them equipment to help maintain their readiness and combat stance.  Yet, we still ask so much and they bravely make do.  How many generations of fighting men and women have tolerated our disdain and carelessness?  How much longer will we accept the abuse of our most heroic men and women?

Memorial Day is a sacred day.  As we enjoy our barbecues and pool parties we need to take a few moments. We need to bend our knees and give thanks to those who gave life and limb for our freedoms.  Today, they still fight, today they still sacrifice.

Last week, I was in Physical Therapy and I was brought to tears seeing a young Marine next to me.  Too polite to ask, where he was injured, it was obvious he was in Iraq or Afghanistan.  From the injuries and burns, I assumed a road side bomb, also known as an IUD.  As I did my mundane exercises the gentleman battled to regain control of his battered body.  At one point he mentioned to the Physical Therapist an he felt an "annoyance" in his arm.  A moment later, with tweezers, she picked a piece of shrapnel out of his wound in his arm that the Military Hospital missed.

What courage! What a Great American! We must not forget these brave heroes, please take a moment, not just today, but everyday to pause, remember and thank them for their service.  Whenever you see the American Flag, know it is the fighting men and women who have sacrificed their all to preserve the freedoms it represents and thank them.




God Bless Our Military & The USA!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kiss Your Wallets & Credit Lines Good-Bye!


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As the stock market melts down once again, Congress and our President just don't get the picture.  Once again, the Senate creates a legislative nightmare of Finance Reform totaling more than 1700 pages.  Haven't these Senators, who feel they are far more superior in intellect than the average voter, learned from the Boondoggle called Health Care Reform?  We still don't fully understand what is in that debacle and day by day, we learn more and the picture just aint right! (I know, aint aint a word!)

What makes me really mad, everyone fought hard to put Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy's seat, and now he's turned his back on our voices and voted to bring this monstrosity to the floor.  No wonder why Harry Reid is crowing he has the votes to pass this act.  Thanks Scott!  Keep this up and there will be no second term, we promise you!

We need to step up our game and let our Senators know, we don't want this bill!  We want sensible reform that includes Fannie and Freddie Mac.  If you want to curb wild swings in the market, you need to look at the automated computer penny traders that are not regulated.  Stop the "To Big To Fail" policies.  Don't try to legislate and regulate every single transaction in the business world, which includes any agreement I make personally with a company I owe money to and our repayment schedules.  Small banks will fail because of the massive regulation that will be imposed.  If you thought you have a hard time getting credit now, just wait until this beast hits!

There will be unintended consequences in this bill.  If JP Morgan and Goldman Sacks are salivating over this bill, then I for one believe, we better take a long look at it, there is definitely something wrong here! 

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tea Party Full Of Anti-This??? or Is it That!

There’s been a recent bombardment of anti-Tea Party editorials, which have contained many misconceptions. Although some of the writers were well meaning, others were dizzyingly foul in their vituperative language. I am always willing to address the well meaning and explain what our Beaufort Tea Party stands for and what we don’t. People, most often, are wonderful and glad of the time and patience taken to help them understand the movement better. For those who choose the latter method of attack, I first, ask them to refrain from the foul language and enter an civil discussion. Often, this is met with an increase of abuse, wherein, I will abort any attempt at logic and walk away. We are a peaceful movement and abhor violence in both speech and action. Over the past year, we have hosted or participated in four rallies and at no time was violence ever an issue, by a Tea Party member. Violence has been perpetrated against Tea Party members and radically under reported in the media.

I have the distinct honor of being one of the five founding members of the Beaufort Tea Party, so I speak with expertise and passion on this issue. Many far right individuals have attempted to control the Tea Party movement with no success. This is a true grass root movement that has no central base of control. Some individual groups, do accept influence from the Republican Party, while the majority of us shun it. Others have slyly adopted the Tea Party moniker, while being loyal to the far left part of the Democratic Party in an attempt to blur and confuse public opinion.

Recently, the South Carolina Republican Party tried to create a Tea Party branch. When word of this action was made known, 22 Tea Party groups joined in protest and forced them to back down. Thus, we made them recognized our individual autonomy. It is the only time that all groups agreed on a single issue and acted in concert.

Although, many of our members are registered Republicans, we also have a healthy contingent of Libertarians and moderate Democrats. A substantial number of members have informed me that they refuse to register with any political party, feeling, and rightly so, that both major political parties have betrayed us. We never ask political affiliation and we get our information only through spontaneous disclosure. Although, there are a few Tea Party groups that have heavy Republican Party influence, people are free to leave them and move onto a neighboring group that refuses party influence. Beaufort Tea Party owes no affiliation to any political party, nor will we endorse any political candidates. The main purpose of our Tea Party is to educate the voters about the candidates and issues and allow them to make up their own minds as to how to vote.

Any person who claims that they are a Tea Party Candidate in South Carolina makes a false claim. Political Parties must be “certified” in order to be recognized. To date, there is no Tea Party currently “certified” and should anyone attempt to do so, they will have to face the ire of more than 20 Tea Party groups.

One recent Letter to the Editor, in the Beaufort Gazette by Raymond Dominick (May 3, 2010) claims that we are “anti-government, anti-tax, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant and pro-gun”. He got one thing right, we are pro-gun. The 2nd Amendment has been upheld by the Supreme Court, which provides the “right to bear arms” to the individual. As a police officer in Brooklyn, NY, I never once saw a legal firearms holder arrested for a crime with a firearm. I did witness and make arrests for crimes with illegal weapons.

The main tenant of true Tea Party groups is the adherence to the Constitution, not the reinterpretation of this founding monument of our nation. Congress has allowed the withering of our unalienable rights by ignoring this document. Therefore, we are not “anti-government” but for a Constitutional government, which respects the separation of powers, as well as a “limited” one. Our nation cannot function without a government. That would be anarchy and the death of this wonderful country.

To say we are “anti-tax” is another falsehood. Government cannot function without a source of revenue, which is provided for in the Constitution. Unreasonable taxes which cause a heavy burden on individuals and business are what we protest. Congress, which has grown hungry with earmarks, in order to garner votes and support a lifetime career have come up with creative ways to impose new taxes which has only added fuel to our current economic crisis. As a former small business owner and manager, I can say, some taxes are just job killers! We seek taxation with responsible representation.
“Anti-abortion” is a loaded phrase. This is a moral issue and one of states rights. It is an issue I struggled with as a young woman as Roe V. Wade was being debated in the 1970’s. There is a point where compassion for the mother under certain circumstances is a priority. However, when the issue is that the child is to be discarded simply because it’s inconvenient, than we will disagree strongly. If you demand the right to end a life, than we should equally be able to demand you be social responsible and prevent the child’s conception and prevent it’s life being an issue. If the termination of an innocent life is or no more than the reason of, “it’s a burden to my social life or budget” than it’s a death sentence to a child who committed no crime. A criminal commits their crime with the full knowledge that if caught they will face the death penalty. That is a free choice, which is something the unborn child is not given.

To say we are “anti-immigrant” is wrong. We oppose illegal immigration and amnesty. The illegal immigrant knowingly commits a crime when they cross the border. Hundreds of thousands of potential immigrants wait silently to enter legally and are being denied because our system is being overloaded. States and local government are forced to carry the burden as they swamp our emergency rooms for free health care, enter our school systems while avoiding paying taxes that support the school district, commit identity theft with stolen social security numbers, fail to pay federal income taxes that support the Medicaid, Welfare and other services they avail themselves of and comprise over 1/3 of our criminal prison population. Our unemployment rate is 9.9% and doesn’t tell the true numbers. This rate does not include those who are self-employed and not working, or those who no longer are eligible for unemployment, and/or have quit looking for work. If we were to expel just 10% of the employed illegal aliens, you would open over 1 Million jobs to unemployed Americans. Just imagine the relief to the State and Federal budget. Oh and yes, there are a few who do pay taxes, but they still have committed a criminal act when they came here and remain. We are for legal immigration, not rewarding someone for committing a criminal act. The hard part is seeing the consequences to the children of these criminals, but what of the consequences to the families of the unemployed Americans and legal immigrants, who lost their jobs to an illegal immigrant or was a victim of their criminal act? Do we, as Americans, now have less rights and freedoms than a criminal?

Why do we not demand countries that have the largest contingent of illegal aliens in our country reform their policies to promote their economic growth and the welfare of their people? Must we be the ATM of the world? We allow other countries to dictate our policies, why don’t we do the same? Balance the scales! We are the land of Lady Liberty & Lady of Blind Justice!

Truly, if you want to understand what the Tea Party is about visit our web sites, attend our rallies and meetings, read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution over again. You need not listen to FOX News or Sean Hannity. You do need to think independently and with informed facts, while taking the time to understand the arguments fully on both sides before you take your stance and draw that line in the sand. Above all, debate the issues civilly! We are united as Americans, let’s debate these issues and make this a stronger country!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

OMG - People Cancel Vacation Plans To Gulf Coast Over Spill!

OMG - For those not savvy means, Oh My GOD! People, fellow Americans, who flocked to Katrina devastation are now canceling their vacation plans to sun bath on cleaner beaches. I am now wondering, just how many are progressives!

Before you flog me, let me tell you a personal story. Back in the early 60's there were two oil spills in the Long Island Sound on the northern shore of Long Island, NY. We had a spot we went to often in the summer months and I learned to swim in the "Sound".

My parents are Republicans and rather than cancel our summer vacation, they chose to still go and teach us a valuable lesson. It was about the stewardship of our country and it's resources.

Rather than splash in the cool waves, we helped rake oil tainted sand. We caught seagulls and other water fowl covered in the smelly tar. Carefully, we helped handle these wild birds, slowly washing the muck from their feathers. The dead fish clean up was the worst.

Yet, as a child, my family and many friends showed up and tirelessly worked, then we all went back to our homes across the country and resumed our lives.

Lesson learned? You need not be a liberal to claim a love for nature. We as "Conservatives" are interested in "Conservation" by our very own nature. So once again, who is canceling their reservations? Hello Al Gore, where are you hiding now???

Just saying........