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Andi Elliott: GOP BBQ Questions

August 29th, 2009 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

You know, I was thinking as I listened to our elected officials speak at the Eastern Idaho Republican BBQ fundraiser…how easy it is to be a Republican in Idaho. And, it was pretty evident that our Governor and Congressional representatives have formed a “mutual admiration society.

I guess it was silly of me to expect them to talk about the specifics of the egregious legislation being proposed and passed by Congress. I wonder, did I miss any explanations about the felons, Communists, and Socialist czars that have privy to Obama? He’s told us that we will know who he is by those he surrounds himself with. I’m not liking what I see here.

One representative did state that he realized “We the People” are his boss, If so, then how come his office said that he wasn’t holding any Town Hall meetings where “his boss” could ask some questions and even thank him for holding firm on certain votes?

But, I would really like to know why our Idaho representatives are not at the forefront leading the opposition in defending our Constitution. Didn’t they take an oath to uphold that document? I”ll have to Google that answer…but I am pretty sure I’m right.

So, Congressmen…where are you? Why aren’t you rallying Idaho citizens and leading us, and the rest of the nation, in taking back our country? Obama told his thugs that they have to push “twice as hard”…well, then, we should be pushing back much harder than that! We need some visible leadership here in Idaho…someone who is willing to step out and put the good of America ahead of their political career. Any takers?

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Andi Elliott: Open Letter

August 29th, 2009 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

August 28, 2009

Re: Pursuant to the Constitution of the United States of America, Petition for redress of grievances

Dear Senators Crapo and Risch and Congressman Simpson:

Pursuant to the Constitution of the United States of America, I, Andi Elliott, submit this petition to Congress and the office of the President of the United States of America, for immediate redress of the grievances listed below. It should be noted that failure to respond to this petition, is, in and of itself a Constitutional violation.

My grievances, as a free and sovereign citizen, bound by and governed by the Constitution of the United States of America are as follows:

1. Our government no longer represents the People: Cap and Trade was passed in the House of Representatives, despite overwhelming public outcry, a violation of equal protection. The office of the President and members of Congress have stated that a health care bill will be passed, regardless of public sentiment.

2. A branch of government, not authorized by the Constitution has been established: The establishment of czars, who exercise fiduciary and regulatory control, without having been elected, vetted, or lawfully funded is in direct violation of the Constitution. Czars are in direct violation of my rights under equal protection and right to be represented by an electorate.

3. Our republic is rapidly transforming into a surrogate plutocracy—a government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of wealthy special interests that arrange the continual reelection of representatives who govern as their surrogates: The lack of transparency in the White House, as promised by B. Hussein Obama, in conjunction with the level of media personalities and lobbyists now in the employ of the Obama-led White House are a direct violation of the president’s promises and Constitutional authority.

4. The March 2009 federal criminal complaint filed against B. Hussein Obama by retired Naval Commander, Walter Fitzpatrick III has not been investigated or heard before a federal grand jury: The commander states that B. Hussein Obama has formally changed our form of government, by his disregard for the Constitution, and, Obama has, “broken in and entered the White House by force of contrivance, concealment, conceit, dissembling, and deceit. Posing as an imposter president and commander in chief, you have stripped civilian command and control over the military establishment. Known military criminal actors – command racketeers – are now free in the exercise of military government intent upon destruction of America’s constitutional government.”

5. The use of Air Force One for a photo op constitutes an immense misuse of tax payer resources by POTUS, combined with the illegal email address or data mining done by the White House under the direction and supervision of B. Hussein Obama, followed up with the spamming of American citizens constitutes a willful neglect of responsibility, fiduciary responsibility, and ethics, in that federal laws have been violated and no one has been held accountable.

6. The establishment of an email address for citizens to report other citizens dissent with B. Hussein Obama’s policies and legislation constitutes the establishment of an enemies list and is illegal.

7. President B. Hussein Obama is guilty of sedition and treason for his actions and policies, yet Congress takes no action, making them co-conspirators in this endeavor.

8. The use of the Apollo Foundation, created by one of President Obama’s Czars, an admitted Communist is not only an ethical violation, it is, in and of itself an act of sedition and treason by B. Hussein Obama.

9. The appointment of Elena Kagan to the position of Solicitor General of the United States of America is an act of sedition and treason: Kagan has called military recruiting “discriminatory,” “deeply wrong,” “unwise,” and “unjust.”

10. The firing of corporate CEO’s by POTUS, and the government interferences in and take-overs of the American auto industry and financial industry has no Constitutional authority and is illegal, seditious and indefensible.

11. Failure to hear or move from committee the Ron Paul bill, co-sponsored by over 254 other members of Congress in a willful and intention effort on behalf of the ruling party in Congress to halt legislation that is, of and for the will of the people.

12. The providing of funds to Hamas, the Palestinians and other Islamic groups who openly seek the destruction of America, is another act of sedition and treason.

13. The actions of B. Hussein Obama and Congress have led to the United States of America borrowing over five billion dollars a day: This level of debt, against the will of the people, is a direct threat to state and national sovereignty. POTUS and Congress have sworn oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. By borrowing from foreign lenders, particularly foreign governments that seek the ruination of America is both seditious and treasonous.

I respectfully request that within fourteen calendar days of the receipt of this Petition For The Redress Of Grievances, that these actions cease and desist, and the United States of America be returned to a representative republic, based upon the Constitution and all lawmakers in violation of their oath, in conjunction with POTUS, be removed from their offices by Attorney General and Department of Justice, as this is an official complaint to them as well.

Thank you.

Andi Elliott
Hamer, ID 83425

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Glenn Beck Asks Some Great Questions

August 29th, 2009 by Halli

Got answers? See Glenn Beck’s website.

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David Ripley: Wait – There is More

August 27th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Dallas Republican Examiner has uncovered yet another horrifying feature of the Pelosi/Obama plan to remake American society through health care “reform”.

Under Title V, the federal government would move into the business of establishing school-based “health clinics” in or near schools across the nation. While housed in schools, and funded by taxpayers, these clinics would answer to no local authority – including school boards.

According to the Examiner story, “The Administration of these clinics will not rest with the school nurse or anyone who answers to the school administration or parents.” Instead, the legislation would contract-out the administration of these clinics to something called “a sponsoring facility”, which would be responsible for “administration, operations and oversight” of these clinics focused on our children.

If you’re familiar with the twenty-year battle over this idea, you’ve probably already leapt to the conclusion regarding eligible “sponsoring facilities”. Yep, according to the ObamaCare bill, Planned Parenthood would be a prime candidate to run and staff these “clinics”.

Make no mistake about the implications of this pending disaster. For decades, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Lobby have been dying to tighten their grip on the throats of America’s children, to improve their ability to circumvent parental authority and expand their client base by sexualizing an ever greater percentage of the innocent and vulnerable. The Idaho Legislature has successfully done battle over the years to prevent this kind of threat from materializing in our neighborhood schools.

Now the Obama Administration intends to deliver the brass bell for their partners at Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion machine.

The offer is worth millions in new public funding for the organization, and sweetens the pot as President Obama attempts to persuade Planned Parenthood to engage its full lobbying strength in pushing ObamaCare into law over the objections of American citizens.The news article goes on to report on a White House meeting last June, in which players like Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards were invited in to discuss Women’s Health Care issues; among the small gathering were three key Obama aides – including Health Care Czar Ann DeParle.

After the meeting, Richards issued a public statement which said, in part:

“[Planned Parenthood] is a trusted preventive health care provider to more than three million women a year….Any meaningful health care reform needs to lower costs, as well as expand coverage and access. That means expanding coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care and ensuring that essential community providers like Planned Parenthood are included in health plan networks.”

The dangers of this health care plan can hardly be overstated as more of its sinister details emerge. We already knew that preborn children were among its prime victims. Then came revelations about Obama’s plans to institutionalize euthanasia philosophies into the nation’s medical institutions, putting the sick and elderly at grave risk. Now we learn that little school children will be targeted for indoctrination and manipulation by the nation’s largest sex-and-death merchants. If enacted, we will be powerless over the whole awful machine, our only function being to dutifully pay and obey.

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David Ripley: President Spins Web Around Health Care Overhaul

August 25th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In his national radio broadcast on Saturday, the President attempted to relieve Americans’ fears that his proposals to take over the nation’s health care system would lead to systematic euthanasia or tax-funded abortions.

He claimed, according to the Washington Times, that he welcomed public discussion of his radical ideas.

“But, it should be an honest debate, not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions…,” the President said. According to this same news article, Mr. Obama directly tackled the claim that his proposal would force you and me to finance the destruction of babies in the womb. He further denied that his plans would incentivize the premature destruction of the old and infirm to save budget dollars.

Let us admit freely some satisfaction that Mr. Obama felt compelled to direct his attention to these very troubling moral questions. While happily pressing for expanded abortion rates at every opportunity – the President has been quite reluctant to forthrightly brandish his radicalism before the cameras. No doubt he and his advisers were upset at having to tarnish his image by actually speaking the word, ‘abortion’. But the public pressure on this issue has become very intense; it is a sign of our effectiveness that he deigned to answer the Pro-Life community in America. The real problem is Obama seeks to deceive us when denying he and his congressional allies intend to expand tax funding of the Abortion Industry.

Doug Johnson, of the National Right to Life Committee, pointed out that the House Energy & Commerce Committee voted on July 30th to authorize government funding of all elective abortions for persons enrolled in the government insurance program.

Furthermore, Nancy Pelosi’s Congress has repeatedly rejected amendments put forth to prohibit tax funding of abortions.

And make no mistake, the Democrats in Congress are not moving beyond the wishes of their Leader. In his groveling appearance before Planned Parenthood as a candidate, Mr. Obama made the following promise: “In my mind, reproductive health care [i.e., abortion-on-demand] is at the center and at the heart of the [health care] reform plan that I propose.”

The more we learn of Obama’s agenda on matters dealing with economics, the environment, abortion and health care – the more we discern a coherent world view. Human beings are the problem, the threat to be managed. Like Margaret Sanger before him, Obama apparently believes that eugenics must be applied to not only shrink the human population, but to cleanse it of its less desirable members.

There can be little doubt that Obama’s health care legislation is the direst threat to human beings since Roe v. Wade was imposed upon America by a rogue Supreme Court.

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Richard Larsen: Nazism and American Political Dialogue

August 25th, 2009 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

It’s alarming to witness the escalating accusations of people being “Nazis” in American politics. Bush was not a Nazi, and Obama is not a Nazi. Swastikas have no legitimate place in the American political dialogue. National Socialism (for which Nazi serves as a contraction) was peculiar to an era of German nationalism based on socialistic and fascistic principles, and was as much a cultural as it was a political phenomenon in German history.

Aside from the accusations of being “Hitleresque” from both the right and the left in today’s political environment, the most specious and disingenuous are those who claim that conservatives or these health-care protestors at town halls are “Nazis.” On the political spectrum, the further to the left you move, the more totalitarian the government is. Governmental control over the lives of individuals is characteristic of all forms of socialism, whether Communist or the Nationalist variety, and the state assumes preeminence over individual rights when taken to the extreme.

Whereas the further one moves to the right on the political spectrum, the more individual liberty is advanced. Taken to its extreme is anarchy. When analyzed logically, then, National Socialism, or fascism, is incongruent philosophically and practically to the political conservative. Those who refer to Nazism as “right-wing” are politically ill-informed and have fallen for Stalin’s game of referring to them as such. One scholar makes the point that Nazism is to Communism what Pepsi is to Coke: basically the same but with a little different flavor.

There may be some angry folk out there who find elements of National Socialism fanciful, who delight in angering the rest of us with their displays of neo-Nazi swastikas, like Hayden Lake was plagued with a few years ago. But they aren’t in the mainstream, and they aren’t in the White House, and they aren’t the hordes of frustrated Americans attempting to express their chagrin over the perceived hijacking of the American health-care system in the name of providing insurance to the uninsured.

That said, there is, however, an American statism based ideologically on similar principles to European fascism. Our statist or fascist movement has the same ideological connections with those in Europe, reliant on philosophical components of Hegel, Weber, Marx, Kung, and Sartre. It seems harmonious in principle to Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, statement, “To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”

America’s version also seeks to concentrate power in the state at the expense of individual liberty. As Leonard Piekoff states, it “does not represent a new approach to government; but is a continuation of the political absolutism — the absolute monarchies, the oligarchies, the theocracies, the random tyrannies — which has characterized most of human history.” It seeks to suppress criticism and opposition to the government. It denounces and eschews individualism, capitalism and inequity in compensation. It seeks out and targets enemies of the people like corporations and those not supportive of their collectivist objectives. Economically, fascism advocates control of business and labor, not ownership of it as communism advocates. In fact Mussolini called his system the “Corporate State.” Even the term “totalitarianism” derives from Mussolini’s concept of the preeminence of the “total state.”

As Jonah Goldberg described, American fascism is “a smiley faced version” of the European cousin. Less militaristic and forceful, it shares the concepts of an organic national community and sacrificing individual liberty is acceptable if it’s perceived to benefit the whole. As Goldberg says, what unites all versions of fascism is “their emotional or instinctual impulses, such as the quest for community, the urge to get beyond politics even though all is political to them, a faith in the perfectibility of man, the cult of action, and the need for an all powerful state to coordinate society at the national or global level. Most of all, they share the belief that with the right amount of tinkering we can realize the utopian dream.”

The examination of these historical philosophical roots is significant in the context of today’s discussion on a government-run health system. Look up Marc Micozzi’s 1992 research on the German system when he was the director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the public mandate being sold to us today as a “public option.

While we should unanimously denounce the use of “Nazi” name-calling in the public dialogue, there obviously are lessons that can be learned from Nazi statism, vestiges of which are abundantly evident in today’s national political dialogue. What each of us need to decide is which is more important, the individual with his rights, or the state with its power and control.

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Andi Elliott: Care About Your Dog? Then Don’t Let It Ride in a Truck Bed…

August 24th, 2009 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

A few weeks ago, I watched in disbelief as a dog fell out of the back of a pickup and was then run over by the rear tire. Incredible! For how many decades have I talked to people about the dangers of letting their dogs ride unprotected in the back of an open truck AND refused to adopt to them because of it. And now, for the first time, it happens right in front of me. I rushed to help the dog as it staggered to its feet with blood running out of its mouth. Fortunately, a vet hospital was just down the road.

For decades I have helped re-home dogs that have fallen/jumped out of truck beds. Too many times I have help scrape up bodies or assisted in rushing injured animals to the veterinarian. In one instance, as the dog was thrown into a ditch, the driver slowed momentarily and then sped off. A week later, while the dog was still recovering from his injuries, he shows up to claim his dog. Realizing that he was going to have to pay the vet bills…well, he changed his mind. Guess he didn’t want the dog that badly!

Another time, while returning to my car from shopping, I saw a couple trying to force a dog into the back of their truck. They kept throwing the dog in and he kept jumping out. I walked over and without saying a word, placed my hand on the bed of the truck…scorching hot metal. I then asked how they would like to have to stand on that. The owner put the dog in the back of the cab (where he should have been in the first place) and drove off.

How often do you see farm dogs in the backs of trucks while the vehicle is flying down the road? Dogs riding in the bed of pick-ups may seem to be enjoying themselves, nose to the wind, running around the truck barking and wagging their tails. BUT, just imagine what happens to them with a fast stop, a pot hole, or worse yet, a car accident.

We’ve all seen dogs lying in the back of trucks while the owners are shopping or in the local bar…left there in all types of weather. I’ve watched as they jump out and lie under the truck (not a safe place there) seeking protecting from the blistering sun or the bitter cold. There was one dog that I rescued from the Home Depot…it took a day or so locate the owner. She said that the dog often wandered away from the truck. It was about a year later when I saw an ad for the dog…they never found him this time. But what the heck…someone is always looking to give away puppies. You can always get another one.

We probably don’t have to have police conduct “dog safety checks” as they do in Vancouver to make sure that your dog is securely restrained even inside of your car. I think common sense would dictate that if you care about your dog, then you would make the effort to see that it traveled safely and was protected from the weather. But common sense seems to be “AWOL” … is there little wonder that so many states have passed laws against allowing dogs to be transported in this hazardous manner?

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Richard Larsen: Ransoms for Hostages – What are the Real Costs?

August 18th, 2009 by Halli


by Richard Larsen

Recent attempts to compare Bill Clinton’s successful freeing of two Al Gore reporters by North Korea and George Hansen’s efforts to free American embassy personnel from Iran thirty years ago have been high on hyperbole and short on fact. Since both events have national security implications, a more thoughtful review is warranted.

After allowing Bill Clinton to bring Gore’s reporters home with him two weeks ago, North Korean press reported that Mr. Clinton conveyed a message from Mr. Obama “expressing apologies … profound thanks … and ways of improving the relations between the two countries.” Obama refutes those claims, though they are likely true given the President’s propensity to apologize to the world for America’s “evil” acts around the globe.

It is likely that Oliver North accurately pegged the outcome. “The smile pasted on Kim Jong Il’s face in the ‘official photographs’ taken with Mr. Clinton tell the story. A price was paid. The North Koreans know what it is. The Obama administration knows what it is. But the American people don’t — and we won’t unless transcripts of the Clinton-Kim Jong Il ‘conversations’ are released. Don’t count on that happening soon. The administration that promised to be ‘the most transparent in history’ has made secrecy in foreign affairs a way of life.”

The situation with Iran during the Carter administration was significantly different. When Carter arbitrarily cancelled a rural stabilization program for Iranian mullahs, undermining our ally the Shah, the retributive Ayatollah began systematically withdrawing the $2.5 billion in deposits from Chase Manhattan Bank. As the withdrawals diminished deposits to levels dangerously close to what the bank had loaned to Pahlavi’s regime, the bank feared the new regime intended to default on the loans.

Carter, after allowing the Shah to fall, allowed him into New York for medical treatment. This prompted the Ayatollah to extol Iranian revolutionary students on 11/1/79 “to extend with all their might their attacks to force the U.S. to return the deposed and cruel Shah.” Just three days later the students carried out the Ayatollah’s suggestion by storming the U. S. embassy and taking 66 hostages. Ten days later, after Chase Manhattan Bank importuned to the President, Carter froze all Iranian assets in the U.S., allowing Chase to cover their Iranian loans, and then some.

George Hansen, our 2nd District Congressman, who was also a ranking member of the House Banking Committee, was well aware of the tight spot Chase Manhattan Bank was in, and was convinced there was evidence of impropriety on the part of the government related to U.S. bank dealings with Iran. Hansen declared, “I really think that if congressional investigations find out anything wrong [in connection with the Shah’s regime] it’s been done by a few people lining their own pockets..and I think it is very possible that U.S. foreign policy has been conducted in such a way that allowed the opportunity for corruption to exist.”

Iran wanted to expose the banking corruption during the shah’s regime. With backing from his Democrat chairman of the House Banking Committee Hansen went to Iran armed with a proposal to conduct congressional hearings exposing the corruption. Bani Sadr, who later became President of Iran, told Hansen they would free the hostages, and allow him to take some home with him, if they were promised congressional hearings, and jubilantly reported the agreement with Hansen on live Iranian radio. Carter, however, nixed that possibility and a UN investigation when he declared that there “will be no hearings … I want the hostages.” Carter by blocking the possibility of hearings scuttled what the Washington Post called “the only proposal that ever had a chance” of freeing the hostages.

Hansen, who was cleared of all charges of impropriety by a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, was a man armed with what the Iranians then wanted: a forum to reveal the corrupt banking practices with the former regime, and a shot at freeing up their frozen assets.

Clinton, on the other hand, became a sacrificial pawn to North Korea’s whimpered cry for international legitimacy. Sure he came back with the two reporters that Al Gore placed at risk, but at what cost to national security?

It’s obvious that our current administration has an aversion to openness about the North Korean hostage release at least equal with the Carter aversion to openness regarding the causal forces behind the Iranian hostage crisis. It appears Obama paid the ransom price of positive PR, a photo-op with a former President, and increased legitimacy to a tyrannical dictator. Maybe more. The fear for all of us is, what precedence for paying “ransoms” does this set for all the anti-American dictators, terrorists, and thugs of the world?

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Andy Richardon: What Will it Be?

August 17th, 2009 by Halli

Andy Richardson, Richmond, VA

“For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to
know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.” -
Patrick Henry

For many of us the place in which we now find ourselves, our country
and our freedom is a place we never thought possible. We never dreamed
that those in Washington would decide to give away billions of dollars
to financial institutions who had behaved stupidly in loaning money.
We never dreamed that a bill to “decrease our dependence on foreign
oil” would be 1200 pages long – 300 of which never even made it to the
floor of the house before a vote was forced. Can you imagine signing a
contract without even reading the last 300 pages of it? The
Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta
and Gettysburg address don’t come anywhere near to 100 pages, let
alone 300.

For me, the question is not “How could they pass a bill like this?”
the question is “What made them think it was ok to sign a bill without
reading it?” Is this ok with you? This is not something as paltry as
buying a car, a house, a housing development, or even a city. This is
a law. This is a law you will be expected to follow, and if you don’t
follow it people with guns will show up at your house and will throw
you in jail.

They didn’t even read it.

They took away yet more of our freedoms without even reading the bill
that did it. Can you imagine living your life like this? How long
would it take for someone to present something for you to sign that
took everything you have and more? But this isn’t being done on so
small a scale as to take away the possessions of a single person –
this is happening to the population of our entire country.

If you had an employee do this to you how long would it take you to
fire him? How long would it take you to sue him for everything he was
worth to try to recover some of what he signed away?

How long will it take us to fire those in Washington that signed these things?
You signed TARP? Fired. Stimulus? Fired. Cap and Trade? Fired. And
heaven forbid – Health Care. Fired.

I don’t care about whatever else you say you are for or have done in
the past. Enjoy your retirement, you are no longer representing the
people that elected you and are definitely not defending our freedoms.
Of course, they will try to scare us into electing them yet again –
they will claim that whoever opposes them is “inexperienced” and that
they believe “extreme” things. They will do everything they can to
scare you to death, but when they do it is important to remember.
“Fear is the passion of slaves.” Are we slaves or are we free? If we
allow our fear to control us we will be slaves even though we might
pretend to be free.

Are you ready for the anguish of spirit it will cost? Are you willing
to know the whole truth, to know the worst and to provide for it?
I am.

I loved the life I was able to lead up to this point, but it seems
that life has ended.

“We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our
sacred Honor.”

Real words, real people, real consequences.

They bought our freedom with those words and the actions that followed
them. Will we allow that freedom to be taken away through our
inaction?

“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would
they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at
the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not
what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me
death!”

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Jesse Higgins: Where Has My Country Gone? Part 3

August 17th, 2009 by Halli

Apathy, from Merriam-Webster 1. Lack of feeling or emotion. 2. Lack of interest or concern.

I used to tell people that didn’t vote they did not have any complaint. I have since changed that to people that do not have a clue of the issues do more harm to their country than if they did not vote at all. Thomas Jefferson said; “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” He also wrote “ Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of misgovernment].”

“A study was done of the worlds great civilizations. It looked at various nations that have come into prominence and then disappeared into obscurity. It noted that every nation has an average cycle of 200 years, and each one of the nations went through the following sequence: from spiritual faith to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, and from dependency back to bondage.”

Each of us must ask the question of ourselves; “Where are we as a people and where am I?” Since Aberdeen has over 50% of the people living at or below the poverty level, and Idaho has almost 50% of its citizens depending on government in one form or another, I think we have arrived at the dependency level. Since our government, past and present administrations, has saddled the next several generations with unsustainable debt they will be living in bondage! Some may ask “what can I do?” The first thing you must do, if you care about the future of your country, is get out of your comfort zone. Freedom is not free. You must work for it. Forget political parties, they only want power, they will tell you what you want to hear and down the road they will tell others what they want to hear.

Ask your self why on everything. Ask why G.W. Bush wanted the patriot act and why B. Obama has not called for it’s repeal (he promised in his campaign) it is called power. Ask why the UAW got 53% of Chrysler and 17.5% of GM? It could not have anything to do with the $23.7 Million the UAW gave Democrats since 2000 could it.

Hillary Clinton said she followed the ideas of early 20th century “Progressivism”. You have a duty and a responsibility to your country and the next generation to understand what that means. I think both political parties have sold out to those ideals. I will give you a hint: both Mussolini and Hitler used some of those ideas in their respective forms of fascism. Those ideas were formulated right here in America. Both Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt were avid progressives. If you choose to get involved then by all means read the book “The Five Thousand Year Leap”. If you choose to keep your head in the sand and remain in ignorant bliss, I think Samuel Adams (not the beer, one of the founders) said it best; “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

Jesse Higgins
Aberdeen, Idaho

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