From FDR to Obama, how our Presidents have reacted to dangers facing Western Civilization
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I refrained from posting on it yesterday, although I did make several comments on my facebook page, as anything I put down here would amount to little more than an anger filled rant.
Even if justifiable, my anger over so many innocents being slaughtered by ISIS on the very same day Obama came out claiming how they “were contained” would not have come across in how I choose to pattern my writing.
Unbelievable, but the whining college kids my previous post was about actually came out last evening, increasing their level of pampered whine, complaining how the media took focus off of them and looked towards Paris.
Grow up, children, y’all ain’t that important, never were.
In response to the attacks, French President Francois Hollande, a fairly left-leaning president by our standards stated, “We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” and adding, “Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities, they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”
Even the Vatican has chimed in with a statement from Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See press office director, “We pray for the victims and the wounded, and for all the French people. This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread the homicidal hatred in all of its forms.”
The U.N. Security Council condemned the “despicable” terrorist attacks and demanded immediate release of those held hostage in the Bataclan theater, while ISIS terrorist systematically murdered them one by one, over 100 people at last count.
From leftists worldwide we now see cries of, “Don't allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance” by actor Mark Ruffalo.
A pianist played John Lennon’s Imagine outside of the Bataclan Theater.
Elton John quoted Martin Luther King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Across facebook, people are displaying the flag of France in various manners to show solidarity or condolences over the attack.
As could be expected, many also are making mention of the feckless leadership of our own milquetoast Barack Obama that tell us these terrorists are nothing more than “a JV Team,” while he continues downsizing our own Military.
Oddly enough, that brings out from the left, “this is not a time for partisanship.”
Odd as back in 2003 when the War on Terror moved into Iraq, it was the left that began making it a partisan issue, used by John F’n Kerry in his 2004 presidential run.
Democrat Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi made it a partisan issue when they succeeded in 2006 in taking majority control of Congress.
It was even a partisan issue in the 2008 election of Barack Obama in defeating John McCain.
The War on Terror was used to beat President George W. Bush over the head with throughout his presidency with cries of “he lied us into war,” “the surge is a failure,” “impeach Bush over Iraq,” “we need a ‘New Direction’,” and Harry Reid’s “the war in Iraq is lost… The failure has been political. It has been policy. It has been presidential.”
Yes, it was very partisan then. But for some reason, it should not be partisan now, even though Obama has shown such poor leadership that we also read, World Waits for America To Pick New President Capable of Leadership.
U.S. Navy Captain Dan Ouimette gave a rousing speech on November 2, 2004, America Needs To Wake Up! If you read no other link in this post, I urge you to read his.
ISIS Statement of Responsibility
In spite of a succession of terrorist attacks leading up to our own horrific September 11, 2001 attacks, we keep falling back asleep. We keep hearing from ‘Peaceniks’ that we must not over react to these barbarians, we must show them kindness and other such nonsense.
Extremists count on such weak reaction from the west as they continue to spread their barbarism across the planet. Their leaders have proclaimed, “The extent of your impotence and weaknesses has become very clear. When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”
It is well past time Western Civilization showed these extremists that we are not “impotent and weak” and will engage them as President Hollande described above, “a war which will be pitiless.”
Their brutality must be destroyed by brute force, giving no quarter.
And it must be a multi-national force including Arab nations and their forces.
If Obama doesn’t have the stomach, replace him with someone that does. Democrat or Republican makes no difference just as long as they have the stomach for the fight.
We civilians must be willing to make sacrifices as was done back in the 1940’s in the Second World War.
Efforts to disarm or make it more difficult for citizens to obtain arms and protect ourselves must stop. Armed citizens have shown effectiveness in stopping or minimizing attacks, even though our media neglects to report on them when it happens.
If nothing else, should the extremists try another attack as seen in Paris in our country, armed citizens may be able to neutralize them before the body count reaches a high count.
These extremists have shown themselves as unpredictable. They operate under the radar and often our high tech measures fail to pick up on their intent.
Since they are Muslim extremists, other Muslims absolutely must begin exposing them and outing radical Imam’s that preach such hate.
Let us not forget, Muslims are slaughtered in far greater numbers by these extremist madmen than any others.
As gruesome and horrific as the attacks in Paris were, it is but another wake-up call to the peace-loving world.
The terrorists will not stop with pleas of ‘pretty please.’ They laugh at such weak responses and plot their next attack.
They have shown their goal is not just to conquer and rule the Middle East, but to force the entire world to kneel before their radicalism and plunge us backwards thousands of years and live under their brutality where a woman is not considered a human and any opposition to their rule means instant death.
Are you awake now?
Or are you just going to roll over and hit the snooze button yet again?
Posted by Lew Waters at 11:55 AM
Monday, October 26, 2015
Nobody with an ounce of brains will argue that cigarettes aren’t bad for a person, although second and third hand smoke is still debated. But the all American hot dog now too?
Actually, to make it even more cynical, bacon is listed right alongside of hot dogs now as WHO (World Health Organization) has jumped onboard with some group that back in 2011 erected a billboard saying “Hot Dogs As Bad as Cigarettes.”
Between you and me, I have little doubt if hot dogs were the mainstay of your diet they wouldn’t be conducive to good health. But who really eats hot dogs that much?
Most of us have maybe a few over a years’ time, at ball games, a quick lunch, backyard BBQ or just a quick dinner.
So why whip another frenzy over what is little more than another comfort food?
USA Today reports Hot dogs, bacon, processed meats linked to cancer.
Yes, cancer, the big C as some call it, a debilitating disease in many varieties that too many have died from too soon.
Linking something to cancer, regardless of how remote has long been claimed in many foods we enjoy and mostly still do, closer research revealing the cries were more alarmist or politically motivated that health related.
Remember the scare over ALAR just a couple decades ago that resulted in tons of nutritious fruit being left to rot on docks worldwide or in the fields, people scared to death to enjoy an apple?
And what of the eggs we often eat for breakfast? Remember how they too were linked to all sorts of health concerns not too long ago?
Not surprising, turns out those concerns were overblown.
Coffee seems to be another so-called ‘experts’ keep changing their minds on. Good for us one day, bad the next only to return to good a gain a few days later.
And what of good old butter? Weren’t we told margarine was better due to less fats, only to subsequently be told margarine had even more fat and was more detrimental to our health?
Being diabetic myself, I try to watch my diet and I am told to avoid potatoes, rice and “anything white.” While I eat less of them, I find moderation is the rule as my blood sugar is maintained at levels it needs to be.
Salt was another big concern, linked to high blood pressure and people avoided is. Turns out, it is a necessary element our bodies need, some people more than others. But again, moderation is the rule.
As expected, numerous other scientists dispute the claim as we read in the UK Telegraph; Experts attack claims that bacon is ‘as big a cancer threat as smoking.’
When I was a young boy, we were taught to eat a balanced diet and being raised a dirt poor Southern boy, that wasn’t always possible. We ate what my parents could afford, after my Dad got his booze and my Mom her cigarettes.
A lot of times it was beans and rice, collard greens and some slab of meat, beef or pork, whatever was on sale or close to expiration date. Chicken was a real luxury. Fired Baloney and hot dogs were fun and cheap.
But we ate and were active, having relatively few health problems growing up.
And I feel that is more the problem than what we occasionally eat, we are a lot more inactive than we used to be.
Yes, we are cautioned there by other ‘experts’ too.
Maybe that is also part of our problem, too many ‘experts’ deciding what is good or bad for others and a gullible population, eager to follow the latest trend or go off in a panic over claims made, even if just a late night Television joke.
That’s right, you young people likely don’t know about it, but in 1973 the country went into a panic over a Johnny Carson joke on the Tonight show about a toilet paper shortage that manufactured a frenzied panic in people rushing out and buying all of the toilet paper they found, resulting in a very real toilet paper shortage.
The Great Toilet Paper Scare of 1973
So from where I sit, I’d take these ‘experts’ with a grain of salt. Enjoy yourselves, eat a balanced diet. Enjoy that occasional hot dog if you desire and go outside a play more.
You might as well enjoy yourselves as much a humanely possible because let’s face it, life is short and none of us are going to get out of this life alive.
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:24 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
For those that claim the campus was not ‘Gun-Free’ due to Oregon law, please recheck your sources as the laws on guns on campuses in Oregon is much more complicated than believed.
Be that as it may, tragedy struck and 10 people are dead, 9 innocents and the shooter with more wounded, hopefully to survive and regain their lives.
And as we see all too often, gun-haters come out of the woodwork before any corpses are cold to blame guns, the NRA, the Second Amendment, Conservatives, everybody except the actual shooter.
Cries go out to disarm the public with comparisons to Australia and the UK as banning guns and not having any gun violence now, a claim as naïve as any ever heard as both countries still have gun violence in spite of such claims. Also ignored by gun-grabbers citing that claim is the incidence of ‘knife violence’ that has had the country of Great Britain actually considering more bans on knives and certain sharp objects and campaign launched, ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife,’ even trotting out the Doctors calling for knife bans years ago.
While gun-grabbers might technically be correct in their “less gun violence” claims, to me there is no consolation in someone murdered with a knife instead of a gun. The violence did not ebb is the point.
And of course, Liberal gun-grabbers with their knee jerk reactions and emotions over logic state the most inane things, as seen under another of Lazy C’s Greg Jayne editorial.
If he weren’t serious it would be comical. But he is serious, sad to say.
Let’s deconstruct this ridiculous comment.
A “so-called right” that is clearly expressed in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights? If that right so clearly stated is but “so-called,” what of the rest of rights enumerated in our Bill Rights? Say, like his freedom of speech and assembly?
And what of the 13th Amendment freeing slaves and banning future enslavement of one human being owning another? Does he see that as just “so-called” as well?
How can they argue just one is “so-called” and not include all?
And of course, the ever present hate spewed against those with a differing view of matters as Liberals so often do. Blame everything on conservatives.
But what this commenter fails to recognize in his rant, the Second Amendment was not written in order to put down any slave rebellion. What was being passed after the Civil War was gun control measure designed to disarm freed slaves.
Yes, true history reveals just the opposite of what is claimed, early gun control was meant to disarm a minority race and oppress them, much like happened in the 1930’s when Germany disarmed the Jews prior to the Holocaust.
Knee jerk hyperbole and emotional outbursts is what they have to rely on, far from Jayne’s call of “acknowledging the problem.”
One cannot acknowledge something when they have no clue what it is.
Another fallacy being spouted elsewhere is “294 mass shootings (four or more people killed or wounded) in the United States” so far in 2015.
Even politically Liberal Politifact states of that number, “The statistic came from Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowdsourced site, which defines mass shooting as any in which four or more people are shot at, regardless of whether they die or are injured.”
In other words, as I read it, redefine what a “mass shooting” is to suit the agenda and whip up anti-gun hysteria.
Politifact then quotes a more reliable source as “approximately 18 mass killings by firearms so far in 2015.”
And let’s face it, that is 18 too many.
But, is the gun really to blame? We hear there are far more guns in American society than citizens, so if true that the gun is at fault, shouldn’t we hear of millions of shootings? I would think so.
We don’t, so apparently the gun isn’t the real problem anymore than Ford, Chevrolet or Chrysler are fault for DUI’s or traffic accidents.
No, the driver is at fault and it is the same with a gun, the person pulling the trigger is at fault.
So what good will banning guns do?
Liberals seem to think a simple ban will take guns away from shooters and that is a fallacy as well. Murderers already ignore written laws, so why would they follow a new one?
And what of murder rates where guns were banned and murderers just substitute a knife, hammer or even baseball bat?
Do we ban those as well?
To wrap this up, let’s look at another common claim from Liberals after a school shooting, banning guns on school grounds and heavy opposition when we call for trained, licensed and qualified staff and teachers to be allowed to carry concealed.
As we know, the most deaths in these tragedies occur where the shooter knows he will face the least opposition, a “gun-free zone.”
Never acknowledged by the left gun-grabbers is the times such a shooting was stopped early on before much more carnage was allowed to happen by someone armed with a gun, that I covered back in 2006, The School Shooting They Never Mention.
In closing I will say to Mr. John M. Kowalski, the Second Amendment was not written in order to put down any slave rebellion, acknowledged by honest gun restriction advocates, but to keep us from becoming enslaved to a tyrannical regime.
Posted by Lew Waters at 12:37 PM
Monday, July 20, 2015
|From the TV Mini-series "Roots"|
Now, before you come and burn my house down or have the thought Police imprison me for not holding on to “pure thoughts” that please Liberals, indulge me for a few minutes and I’ll show you just how unequal Black conservative people in the United States are today, 50 years past the Civil Rights bill passing into law.
Us White folks have the freedom to formulate, hold and express our own personal thoughts, even though our conservative views are attacked or belittled by Liberals. Still, even though suffering ridicule for deviating from the preferred thought, we can be safe physically in speaking what we feel and believe, even if labeled “racist” for opposing Obama’s Liberal policies.
Black Liberals are also assured of safety for following the train passed down from on high through the NAACP, New Black Panthers and Democrat Party of today.
And that is where the equality ends for any Black person that has conservative views and dares to speak them, especially if in defense of Southern Heritage or the Confederacy.
You see, in order to be truly equal one must have the security of forming, holding and expressing their own individual values and views without fear of repercussion or physical assault.
Black conservatives are not afforded that security as seen time and again when they dare speak their views in public, they are either physically assaulted or personally insulted, called Uncle Toms, Sell Outs, House Negroes, Oreo’s and more.
And that comes from other Blacks and even White Liberals who repeatedly claim to be accepting and tolerant of other views, but astonished to find out there really are differing views and it is a Black person daring to speak them.
Most recently we see down in Mississippi where after attending a pro-Confederate flag rally in Alabama, a Black man and woman were run off the road by a “car full of jeering Black men,” killing 49 year-old Anthony Hervey, author of “Why I Wave The Confederate Flag, Written by a Black man.”
Mr. Hervey was a well-known and respected figure around the South at rallies supporting Southern Heritage and the Confederacy. Alabama Today says, “Anthony Hervey gave his life for something he believed in, reaching across racial lines to preserve history and protect our Constitutional rights.”
Over several years many other Black people have faced personal scorn and assaults too, although not killed for speaking their individual conservative views.
Before jumping back on the D.C. party circuit, as Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, retired General Colin Powell was labeled a “House negro” by Harry Belafonte, entertainer and staunch Black Liberal.
After Gen. Powell left and was replaced by Condoleezza Rice, a highly successful and very intelligent Black woman, she too came under fire from Liberals with a series of racist cartoons printed in newspapers.
Dr. Ben Carson, well known retired Neurosurgeon and Conservative Black man was recently ridiculed by Jamilah Lemieux, senior editor at Ebony magazine.
Again, his ideals were not countered, he was personally ridiculed for having a differing view than the left.
MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor has been heard saying of Black People appointed to former President Bush’s cabinet as “very, very dangerous to diverse communities,” and “self-hating minorities.”
Retired US Army Lt. Col Allen West, also a former US Representative from Florida said, “When black conservatives are attacked viciously by white liberals you don’t hear anything.”
Two Black Conservatives, Deneen Borelli and Rev. C.L. Bryant were verbally attacked at the 2014 NAACP Convention because of their association with FreedomWorks and that it is funded in part by the much hated Koch Brothers.
The woman assaulting them with her vicious words said, “They don’t stand for any of the values of what the NAACP stands for. They don’t need to be in here.”
Silly me, I always thought the initials NAACP stood for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I never knew Black Conservatives “need not apply.”
Black Conservative actress, Stacey Dash was smeared in an Ebony magazine review with, “Her conservative, clueless political slant sparked controversy time after time this year, making Dash notoriously trendy for all the wrong reasons.”
The National Black Republican Association has often been ridiculed for holding fast to their personal values as conservatives.
Even Black Liberal Fox News contributor Juan Williams said a few years ago on Black Conservative attacks, “It’s Sickening to Me.”
But the assaults have not decreased; they have actually increased, now seeing a Black Conservative killed.
We Conservatives are labeled “haters,” “racists” and “White Supremacists” for daring to disagree with a Black Liberal like Obama, but the attacks a Black Conservatives are going well beyond that, making me fear we will see more physical attacks and possibly more deaths of Black Conservatives for daring to step off of the Democrat, NAACP, Black Panther Plantation.”
It is not Conservatives that do not allow Black people to hold their personal, individual values and views, it is Liberals, both Black and White.
And as I said above, if they are not secure in the freedom to formulate, hold and freely express their views publicly without such vicious personal attacks, not on their views, on their person, they are not equal in the eyes of Liberals.
Imagine, for all of the calls how Conservatives are racist and hate Black people, we are who sees Black people as our equals.
Liberals refuse to allow Black people the very equality they claim they support.
Posted by Lew Waters at 7:11 PM
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Lazy C is hard at it again, doing their best to destroy “PRIVATE PROPERTY rights” and spew revisionist history.
Odd how their revisionist history stated in the screen capture from the Saturday July 11, 2015 Cheers & Jeers column is deemed so important when there are ample quotes from the era showing the opposite of their claim.
For example, “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” Lincoln's first inaugural address.
“I have declared a thousand times, and now repeat that, in my opinion neither the General Government, nor any other power outside of the slave states, can constitutionally or rightfully interfere with slaves or slavery where it already exists.” Lincoln from an 1858 letter.
“I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of ... making voters or jurors of Negroes nor of qualifying them to hold office nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”
“I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” Lincoln in the Lincoln - Douglas debates
“I view the matter as a practical war measure, to be decided upon according to the advantages or disadvantages it may offer to the suppression of the rebellion,” adding “I will also concede that emancipation would help us in Europe, and convince them that we are incited by something more than ambition.” Lincoln in explaining his rationale with the Emancipation Proclamation.
“We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.” William Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State expressing the hypocrisy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” Lincoln 1862 letter to Horace Greeley
“This war must go on till the last of this generation falls in his tracks, and his children seize his musket and fight our battle, unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for Slavery. We are fighting for independence, and that or extermination we will have.” Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy as quoted in a July 25, 1864 New York Times editorial, “Is Peace Attainable? How?”
“It was only during Reconstruction that the cause of the war, slavery, was wedded so inextricably to the war’s eventual byproduct, emancipation. But six months after Fort Sumter, these issues were so hotly contested that the Union effort seemed threatened not merely by the surprisingly capable Confederate forces, but by the battle over abolition and its place in the Union fight. How could the remaining states in the Union prevail if they were so divided over the issue of freeing the slaves?”
“Seemingly always there to stir up more trouble, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner leapt into the headlines with a speech at the Republican State Convention in Worcester on Oct. 1 called ‘Emancipation: Our Best Weapon.’ In trying to transform the war for Union into a ‘war of abolition,’ conservatives feared that Sumner would draw out the war and poison the Republicans as ‘a ‘John Brown Party’.” A War Not for Abolition, New York Times October 11, 2011
Finally, the one part that I feel most dispels this revisionist history of the war fought solely over ending slavery, The Corwin Amendment proposed by President Buchanan and promoted by President Abraham Lincoln, a constitutional amendment that would have protected the institution of slavery and made it fully legal for all time in the states where it then existed.
If, as claimed by revisionist historians and the likes of the Lazy C, the war was solely about slavery, this one offer would have prevented the war and very well might have restored the Union prior to any hostilities, in my estimation.
Let there be no mistake, I personally feel slavery was a hideous institution that never should have been. My argument is not to defend slavery, but to show the truth that while an issue at the time, the North’s War of Aggression against the South was about much more.
I also make no claim of Black people in America ever being treated well overall. To do so would be a complete fallacy as it is a well documented fact that they have been wrongfully treated throughout America and our history, not just in the South. But, that is a subject for a future post.
As much as slavery should have never existed, neither should Lincoln have sent Troops to the South after South Carolina ousted the Union Army from their land at Ft. Sumter. Nor should Lincoln have been allowed to get away with the many violations of the Constitution in the Northern States, arbitrary midnight arrests of thousands of civilians suspected to have sympathies to the Confederacy, arresting the legislature of Maryland to prevent a legislative vote on secession, establishing Martial Law to forcibly keep Northerners in line and more.
Also ignored by so many is that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declaring slaves free in states not under his control, not only still allowed slavery to exist in the states under Union control where slavery was practiced, but would have allowed slavery to exist in the South if they surrendered.
Another fallacy is that the South wanted to overthrow the United States Government. If that was the goal, Gen. Lee could have easily done that by surrounding Washington D.C. early in the war and arresting Lincoln and the government since the Confederacy was winning the early battles.
He did not as the goal was the same as when the Colonies rebelled against Great Britain, freedom to self determination and Liberty from an oppressive government.
Even citizens of the North were very reluctant and opposed to a fight for freedom of slaves, as stated in this PBS article, The Civil War and emancipation 1861 – 1865
“President Lincoln insisted that the war was not about slavery or black rights; it was a war to preserve the Union. His words were not simply aimed at the loyal southern states, however -- most white northerners were not interested in fighting to free slaves or in giving rights to black people. For this reason, the government turned away African American volunteers who rushed to enlist. Lincoln upheld the laws barring blacks from the army, proving to northern whites that their race privilege would not be threatened.”
About midway through the war, slavery transitioned to a cause for the war as we read from PBS,
“Though ‘contraband’ slaves had been declared free, Lincoln continued to insist that this was a war to save the Union, not to free slaves. But by 1862, Lincoln was considering emancipation as a necessary step toward winning the war. The South was using enslaved people to aid the war effort. Black men and women were forced to build fortifications, work as blacksmiths, nurses, boatmen, and laundresses, and to work in factories, hospitals, and armories. In the meantime, the North was refusing to accept the services of black volunteers and freed slaves, the very people who most wanted to defeat the slaveholders. In addition, several governments in Europe were considering recognizing the Confederacy and intervening against the Union. If Lincoln declared this a war to free the slaves, European public opinion would overwhelmingly back the North.” (emphasis added)
It is well known that history is written by the victors and nothing shows that more than the North’s oppression of the South over the last 150 years in fabricating the cause of the war. In my estimation, they had to do that in order for them justify the war in the first place, forgetting that everywhere else slavery was ended, it did not require such a war.
We will never know for sure, but several people have claimed slavery was very gradually dying in the South. Reinforcing my speculation in that regard, I read from Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his article, Free Blacks Lived in the North, Right?
“In that raging year of Lincoln’s election and Southern secession, there were a total of 488,070 free blacks living in the United States, about 10 percent of the entire black population. Of those, 226,152 lived in the North and 261,918 in the South, in 15 states (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas) plus the District of Columbia. Let me break that down further: A few months before the Confederacy was born, there were 35,766 more free black people living in the slave-owning South than in the North, and removing D.C. from the equation wouldn’t have shifted the result. And they stayed there during the Civil War.”
“At no time before the Civil War (at least not after the first U.S. Census was taken in 1790 and future states were added) did free blacks in the North ever outnumber those in the South!”
And, we cannot forget that many of those Free Blacks voluntarily fought for the Confederacy for any variety of reasons.
For some insight into the main reasons the war was fought, I invite you to read Walter Williams
Dec. 2, 1998 article: The Civil War wasn't about slavery
I’ve said many times to friends that this current flap over the Confederate Flag is not about the flag itself so much as it is the complete eradication of Southern Heritage, a heritage steeped in the desire of and willingness to fight for freedoms and liberty. Black or White, doesn’t matter, Southerners hold a deep respect for America’s promise of freedom and liberty and even though it was denied in the past to some, that desire remains today.
Once that is gone, a large block of resistance to totalitarian rules is gone.
Likewise, my recent research into the War Between the States, seeking out early documents, speeches, letters and what have you convinces me more than ever those modern revisionist historians and media like the Lazy C are completely full of crap!
Stand up for yourselves, America.
Daily Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, Feb 23, 1890, Speech given by former slave, Confederate veteran and MS Rep. John F. Harris.
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:59 PM
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Submitted by Angie Lee Sisk
Think about it. A truly diverse culture is accepting (or at least tolerant) of differing ideas, beliefs, or opinions and not just different sexes, ages, skin colors, etc.. Recently, however, instead of celebrating the many different ideas, beliefs, and opinions in this country, anyone who stands on the "wrong" side of a hot-button issue is branded a bigot and told to go die or a mob will kill you and your family, burn down your house, and slaughter your dog just for associating with you.
There is no diversity allowed, because there is no tolerance, another concept the original meaning of which has morphed into a creature directly opposing that noble notion.
~~~Example 1: I am a Christian that does not believe in gay marriage, but those on the "correct" side of the issue don't know certain facts about me and my beliefs system:
1. I love you without judgment as Christ commanded.
2. I believe God gave us all free will and it's wrong for me to deny your right to exercise it.
3. I believe you have the freedom and liberty to make your own choices under man's law, which we are instructed to abide by per NT teachings. It's none of my damn business, really, what you're doing in the privacy of your own bedroom, just like it's none of your damn business what I'm doing in mine.
4. I believe the state has no business in regulating "marriage" as a religious institution recognized by the state, although the SCOTUS ruling puts that to bed (apparently in this case those on the "correct" side of the issue don't believe in separation of church and state? I'm confused). The state's role is to enforce protections of benefits conferred through religious ceremonies currently, such that the state recognizes ONLY civil unions for EVERYONE regardless of a person's religious proclivities, sexual orientation, race, or any other demographic being used to divide our society today. If someone wants a religious ceremony then it needs to be performed separately, and the "power of the state" should NOT be vested in a member of the clergy. THAT is truly SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
However, in today's climate of "diversity," such details are irrelevant because 1) I am a Christian and 2) I don't support gay marriage; therefore, I am an intolerant bigot and need to die.
~~~ Example 2: I do not believe in "climate change." In any forum I state this, I am automatically dubbed, without further explanation allowed, a Republican right wingnut denier who wants to rape the planet for a quick buck and make it uninhabitable for future generations. Or something to that effect. Regardless, I need to die because I have the "wrong" opinion. Irrelevant is the fact that I *do* believe in conservation and protecting the environment and that violators of REASONABLE regulations effecting that protection need to be dealt with severely.
I could give other examples, but you get my point.
My concern is that in suppressing opposing viewpoints, opinions, beliefs, or anything else, you're not truly celebrating diversity. Or tolerance. In fact, you're just the same as those you've labeled "evil intolerant bigots." What's your end game? Is it truly to embrace diversity, or is it to punish those you feel have been the oppressors? If your motivation is vengeance, you're no better than those you call the oppressors and seek to destroy, and you're going to take all the rest of us down even if we're not truly your "enemy" or a "violator."
Just because my opinion is different than yours doesn't make either right or wrong. It makes them different. Without differences and other facets of an issue to consider, we will never learn and grow. If everyone is the same and thinks the same and feels the same, we truly lose DIVERSITY.
Posted by Lew Waters at 7:34 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
June 27, 2015, Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke in Salem, Oregon on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party. Throughout his speech, hecklers and Liberal hatemongers tried to drown him out so those that came to hear him could not.
After the speech, Sheriff Arpaio walked over to meet with protesters and speak with them. The video below, posted on facebook by DQ Nanke reveals the "civility" we usually see from Liberal hatemongers. Language warning
Posted by Lew Waters at 7:11 PM
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
It also is a target of much ridicule from many Americans born and raised in the Northern States who simply do not understand the attitudes and feelings of those many Southerners with their attachment to their birthplace.
Nowhere can this be better seen than in the last few days as following the murder of nine innocent people at a Church in Charleston South Carolina and the focus being placed on a small flag representing the Confederacy in many people’s minds.
Forgotten are the nine victims and the nutcase racist that murdered them as outrage has snowballed into demands for all symbols seen to represent the Confederacy be removed or placed in museums, likely to be followed in years ahead to even be removed from the museums as well.
Questions are now asked if Military Bases named after Confederate Generals should be renamed, a lake in Minnesota named after a Confederate General be renamed, monuments to Thomas Jefferson, one of our founders and a former president, taken down and removed since he at one time owned slaves.
Even here locally we see calls from the local chapter of the NAACP for Confederate flags flying on private property in Ridgefield to be taken down and some citizens even suggest the county intercede to remove them or go forcibly remove the flags themselves, ignoring that people have rights to their private property. Or at least they used to.
There is even scorn now being heaped on the classic 1939 movie Gone With the Wind. Will the hysteria soon call for burning of classic novels like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?” Or “To Kill A Mockingbird?”
Honestly, in all of my 66 years I have never seen such a rapid lynch mob mentality by people in this country over a piece of cloth, while they ignore the growing threat of groups like ISIS beheading and slaughtering people by the hundreds because of their religion.
Ignored as well is that the flag being hated on was not an official flag of the Confederacy, but a Battle Flag that never flew over slavery and that many Black people today honor that flag due to their ancestors fighting on the side of the Confederacy.
It is history that is being revised and used as tool to deny a large portion of Americans their heritage, moving us dangerously close to a one-thought mindset, if approved by some ruling committee.
By now I am sure you are wondering why I included Vietnam Veterans in the title of this post, so I will clarify that.
As a native Southerner and a Vietnam Veteran as well, I have faced scorn for being both. Some look down upon me as some dumb backwoods hick and as is well known, returning from our deployments in Vietnam long ago, many faced scorn and derision for that as well.
While we today see images posted by those spreading this hate of all things Southern, we see the following.
We have also seen many calls over the years from some of the same people of what losers we Vietnam Veterans are or that we “lost the war,” ignoring that we never lost a battle in Vietnam.
We Vietnam Veterans are proud of our service then, even though the government pulled us out. As Southerners, we’re proud of our ancestors’ service then to free themselves from the choke of the North and at the same time, we condemn the slavery aspect of the war, even though it was not the top issue, as so-called “modern historians” would have you believe.
In many ways, whether from the North or the South, those of us that served and lost buddies in Vietnam are somewhat like the Confederate Soldiers of long ago and like to show pride in our service.
But, following all of the calls to wipe out any pride in Southern Heritage this week, will one day descendants of the Vietnamese that have migrated to America being expressing offense at Vietnam Veterans showing pride in our service?
Will one day history books be purged of General Westmoreland, General Abrams or even accounts of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon be “sanitized” so as not to offend someone?
And what of those that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror as once we seem to be prepared to throw in the towel?
Will they eventually be labeled losers as ISIS takes over and the Taliban retakes Afghanistan?
I really do understand that some people can be offended by a small flag, but isn’t everybody offended by something at some time?
Does only one group of people get to be entitled for their feelings to never be hurt?
Yes, it is popular this week to pile on any and every thing pertaining to the Confederacy, but what will it be next week?
Will these same people demand the American flag be moved to a museum because a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan highjacked it and flew it for several years prior to highjacking the Confederate Battle flag?
And where is the ACLU that boasts of taking a controversial stand for free speech by forcing Holocaust Survivors in the town of Skokie, Illinois to endure a Neo-Nazi rally years ago?
Why so silent now? Does free speech and freedom of expression no longer matter? Did it somehow go out of style?
This hysteria has gotten out of hand and if it continues, I really fear a backlash as well as complete loss of our freedoms in what is supposed to be “the Land of Free and the Brave.”
The time to think about this and leave this lynch mob mentality behind is now!
Posted by Lew Waters at 2:49 PM
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Received in email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, titled: “AWESOME Bernie Sanders quote;”
I guess we are to believe, much like the early Bolsheviks and Marxist convinced the people of Russia in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Sanders is and Democrats are for the so-called “little guy,” the struggling middle class worker and even the “professional” poor class in America today.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
It has been Capitalism that built more wealth in more hands than ever in the history of the world. Capitalism gave the common, ordinary man (or woman, to appease you feminists) the ability to design, manufacture and sell whatever dream they had and gave the people of the United States of America the highest living standard in history along with the freedom to enjoy it.
It took work and the rugged individualism we once were noted for.
But, socialists and Marxist leaning folks object to that and have been very gradually stealing our ability to grow and prosper in America for several years now.
Like Bolsheviks long ago, they disguise their true intent with such platitudes as expressed by Bernie Sanders, an admitted Socialist serving in the United States Senate from the State of Vermont and once a member of the Liberty Union Party that “originated in the anti-war and People’s Party movements of the late 1960s and defines itself as a non-violent socialist party.”
Smell a little Communism disguised there yet?
Sanders says, “This great nation and its government belong to all of the people and not to a handful of Billionaires, their Super PAC’s and their Lobbyists.”
I can’t help but notice he fails to mention Big Unions who inject more money into political campaigns, primarily to Democrats by the way, with their own “Billionaires, Super PAC’s and Lobbyists.”
However, before we may fall prey to Sanders’ platitude, let us consider if he and the Democrats truly believe “This great nation and its government belong to all of the people.”
From where I sit, it is obvious they do not.
After all, it is always Democrats wanting more and more regulation of private land, business and even people’s habits.
It is primarily Democrats always pushing for taxation to fund social welfare or to forcibly change societal behaviors.
It is mostly Democrats pushing to separate us from our private modes of transportation and into public transportation as well as giving up our privately owned homes in order to live in some Democrat proposed High Density Housing along public transportation routes.
It is Democrats sponsoring calls to regulate what our children eat at lunch time in school or even whether or not we may allow them to walk to school.
It was Democrats that hoisted Obamacare on us then boasting more people than ever now have medical insurance. While that may be true, more people than ever are not receiving the medical care they expected or have to endure extra long waits for an appointment, provided they find a doctor close enough to them to see them.
Currently, in Washington State, we see our legislature going into a second special session over their failure to reach a budget agreement, Republicans writing a budget that funds everything without increasing taxes and once again, Democrats holding out for more tax increases, primarily a Capital gains tax that I see as their foot in the door to eventually impose an income tax on the people of Washington State.
All over the country, we see Democrats striving to remove our ability at self-defense by restricting our ability to legally own or carry a firearm.
They tell us we do not need the weapon, we can depend on the Police. Yet, as we recently saw in Baltimore, they condemn and arrest the Police for doing the very job we hire them for.
Now here is where it is not only Democrats, but some that claim to be conservative come closer together as they work to undermine our law enforcement, limiting their ability to effectively Police our neighborhoods with their incessant drone of anti-Police chatter.
So tell me again just how Sanders and Democrats claim “This great nation and its government belong to all of the people and not to a handful of Billionaires, their Super PAC’s and their Lobbyists.”
As they unfreeze relations and adopt many policies of Cuba, a once thriving, bustling Island Nation 90 miles from our southernmost east coast, is there any reason to think we would fare any better?
CUBA TODAY PPS
Venezuela adopted these policies and today, they too are on the brink of economic collapse.
We don’t need to even look to Cuba and Venezuela when we have similar examples right here in America with Detroit, once a great city that now sees large portions lie in ruin after decades of Democrat leadership over the city.
This is what lies in store for us if we continue to fall for the platitudes coming from the likes of Bernie Sanders and nearly every Democrat elected official, at any level.
Sadly, there are also many Republicans that have fallen prey to similar platitudes and too easily cave or agree with the Socialist Democrats.
Margaret Thatcher explained it well years ago;
The so-called “wage gap” is but a smoke screen as lower wage workers also fare much better personally when the wealthy are doing better.
The only way we will maintain “This great nation and its government belong to all of the people” is by keeping Democrats like Sanders out of office.
Posted by Lew Waters at 1:35 PM
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
It's now been 70 years, the bloodiest conflict in history, World War II was drawing to a close. While we in America and other Allied Countries celebrated with jubilant smiles, our fathers and mothers paid little heed to the Germans experience as they woke up to the evil they had permitted to overtake their nation.
The German magazine, Der Spiegel treats us to a series of photos, interviews and video excerpts from the final days.
The Day of the Century: How Germans Experienced End of WWII
Germany paid a high price for the pure evil of Hitler and we must ever be on guard lest we allow it to happen again.
Thankfully, Germany and the other Axis Nations are honored and trusted allies today.
Posted by Lew Waters at 7:37 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has come under fire following the mayhem and rioting seen in recent days in that city for words she spoke on giving space to destroy. She now claims she never said what has been clearly recorded coming from her own mouth.
Now, I could believe she did not mean what she said or her words came out wrong from what she actually meant to say, but to outright deny saying what has been clearly recorded?
And consider those youths and agitators in Baltimore hearing those same words?
The Mayor should admit what she said and clarify along with condemning the violence (which she has), but playing victim over what she clearly stated does nothing to help calm things down.
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:23 AM
Friday, April 17, 2015
Then General of the Army (Five Star) Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, expressed some lofty goals immediately after the Allied Victory in World War II that served us quite well, for a time.
Below are his opening remarks to an October 1945 film, The True Glory commissioned by the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, “documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.”
I have to ask, what happened?
How did we lose that spirit of comradeship and zest for freedom?
We don’t even have it amongst our own people any longer, much less in camaraderie with former allies we stood shoulder to shoulder with the defeat evil back then.
I can recall, even though the country disagreed on many political points when I was growing up and Eisenhower was President, people embraced that freedom. They praised our allies and even in disagreement, respected and defended each other.
Ever since the 1960’s it seems as extremists pushing agendas are continually dividing us, pushing us further apart and throwing barbs at each other.
First is was the radical left and today they have been joined by an equally radical right, infiltrating political parties to advance only their version of “how things must be.”
Forgotten as strict “constitutionalists” push their interpretation is that even that honored document came about by compromise between differing factions in order to give the best for all.
Today, self proclaimed “constitutional scholars” spew how they see matters and if you disagree, you’re the “enemy” and must be silenced.
The radical left during the 60’s and 70’s actually engaged in terrorism against people, some now dead, others rewarded with prominent position in Universities to taint our young people’s minds while some that agreed with them were elected to hold positions in the Government.
The extremist right has not yet engaged in direct combat actions against people, but some of the rhetoric spewing forth makes me fear it isn’t far off.
Rants of a “fight to the death” roll pretty easy off of the tongues of those that have likely never faced death or served time in our Military defending the country.
Some of them actually continue to denigrate the very Military that defends them; instilling fears of they will turn on the people, misrepresenting training exercises as forerunner to martial law.
Of course, Obama is blamed today, but just a few years ago they were blaming Bush and accusing him of the same exact thing.
Some candidates for President seem to be cosying up to these radicals that misuse the word “liberty” in their quest for totalitarianism under their views, describing them as “former Rep. Ron Paul’s rapidly-maturing political army” and “The power, the energy of the Liberty Movement is inspirational.”
I can imagine many of the same words were expressed in early 1930’s Germany!
Gone is any sense of real compromising.
Ignored is not everybody in the United States sees things as they do, not even many of us right of center.
And yes, the left has acted much the same in pushing their views on others through legislation that has changed America in detrimental ways, in my opinion.
Dwight Eisenhower expressed his desire that we never lose that spirit of comradeship and that it would last forever.
Sadly, it appears we began losing it shortly after he left office in 1961 and today, it is all but nonexistent.
I post this in hopes more of you will open your eyes, wake up to what is going on in our country and push back against the extremist left and extremist right.
Whether we agree in all matters or not, it is your country too, regardless of what the extremists from either side say.
Posted by Lew Waters at 3:56 PM