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Laus Deo!

The origin of our nation is worth remembering as we face an uncertain world and difficult economic times ahead.


(From the Washington Monument Society)

On top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, are displayed two words: “Laus Deo”. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there.

But, once you know Laus Deo’s history, you may want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years. They are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! So, what do those two words, mean? Very simply, they say “Praise be to God!”

“Praise be to God!” Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings, the memorial stones share a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th of 1848, inside that cornerstone were placed several items—including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Laus Deo! From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant… a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape – with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. Yes, a cross! Separation of church and state was not, and is not, in the Constitution and those who designed our capital knew that.

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God.
Share this with every child you know; with every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you’ll have given them a lesson in history they probably never learned in school.


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Remember what Hillary said about the 3:00 AM call?

During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton asked, “who do you want in the White House, when that 3:00AM crisis call comes in?” Of course no one really thought we’d have a President that actually spent so little time in the White House or knew so little about leadership for that matter.

There is no doubt, that one of those calls came in last night. The leader of a rogue nation (N.KOREA) with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons died last night and it is uncertain if his heir apparent son, or the military leadership will replace him. What is certain, is that this is a delicate international matter that requires leadership, sound judgement and attentiveness from our Commander-in-Chief. There looms the possibility that nuclear weapons could be stolen or sold, for personal gain. The missile “test” this morning was a provocation that tells us something is going on.

Have we heard from our Commander-in-Chief? No! He is on the campaign trail, otherwise known as “Obama’s number one priority!” Payroll tax extension? International crisis? Or campaign stop? Judgement is critical in a President. November 2012 can’t come soon enough.


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Will Victory Become Defeat?

As we look back on the last almost nine years of warfare in Iraq we find, like all wars of modern times, it was both purposeful and painful. War should always be the choice of last resort. There is a risk to that, such as seeing Iran pursuing nuclear weapons. Never the less, it always has been and should be, a part of America’s worldview. The threat to America that took us to war, was defined as “A Clear and Present Danger.” That is a term that means America and its interest are at significant and immediate danger requiring action to counter it. America goes to war when its interest are faced with a clear and present danger. The suggested threat was never proven nor, for that matter, disproven. Was there a WMD threat? We may never know. The threat however, was more than WMDs. It was the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. That has surely been proven. The strategy behind invading Iraq, was to create a democracy in the midst of the arcane theocracies of the middle-east. It was theorized that, if democracy could be seeded in the region, the result would be a safer, more democratic and stable world. Now it looks like that vision for the middle east is very much in jeopardy. Iraq seems to many in the know to simply not be mature enough to go it on its own. And Iran appears poised to ensure it doesn’t.

Probably the most prescient image of the future for me is an Iraq where the loss of lives (4500) and our $800 billion investment have bought us nothing: no democratic state, no moderate Arab nation, no counter-balance to Iran, Syria and the pirates of Somalia. It is an outcome where Iraq is indistinguishable from its Shiite neighbor, Iran. Unlike the Second World War with the Marshal Plan in Europe and the reconstruction and democratization of Japan, we are looking at the potential of a zero return on our investment. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Historians will debate the intent, strategy, execution and results for decades. As with all post-mortem strategic review, they will start with outcomes and work back. The outcome in Iraq has not yet be written; however, the actions of the last two years may have destined an outcome that is neither democratic nor moderate, and certainly not “pro-western.” As improbable as it should be, the outcome in Iraq may well be the same as Vietnam — and amazingly for the same reasons: politics and the will to stay the course. What a tragic outcome for Iraq and even more so for America.



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Budget Cut Ideas

This is another example of just how STUPID we all are for allowing our Government officials to pander to us about “how hard it is to cut money from the Federal budget.” In case you have been living under a rock for the last year, here are a few points that every American must understand about our government and its operating budget:

1. The bureaucrats in Washington passed a law that increases the Federal budget EVERY YEAR by 8%, even if Congress does not pass a single bill! If they do nothing, their budget (the entire federal budget) goes up by 8%!

2. Your Congressmen and Senators voted themselves automatic raises annually to take effect without a vote! They did this so they won’t have to be on record voting themselves a raise as their constituents lose their jobs, their homes, their 401k’s etc.

3. Your Senators and Congressmen don’t even read the bills they vote on. We saw that first hand on the Obamacare abomination! However, the real problem is that “we the people” have allowed Washington to build a huge Political Class of bureaucrats (staff and lobbyist) on the payroll of these elected officials that literally run our government. And, we don’t know who they are! They make huge salaries and they legislate in the shadows. Do you think that they are interested in cutting the Federal budget? Give that a second to sink in.

Concerning the failed “Super Committee” (who makes up these names?):

These politicians were handpicked … to FAIL! They represented the hardline of the left and right on the political scale. Did we really think John Kerry was interested in, much less capable of, bi-partisan problem solving? Of course not. This was a “kick the ball down the road” moment. It was also an opportunity for the left to radically gut our military. As long as we act like idiots America, the political class will treat us like idiots!

Here is a humorous example of how ridiculously simple reducing the debt can be AND, it doesn’t even address just stopping the 8% cost escalator!




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It’s Coming, And You’ll Need to Choose!

Is this America?

The signs are unmistakable! The radical progressives are at work around the world and down the street. They are behind the movement to overthrow Governments in the middle east. The people are pawns, influenced by the Cap and Trade lunatics who want to radically raise your cost of energy. Their “Green Movement” is an economic disaster for industrialized nations of the West. They have an agenda, but is it your agenda? It is not about making America strong again. It is all about radically changing America while she is weakened and vulnerable! It is about a “New World Order.”

Go to an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) rally and you’ll see their flags – Marxist; Communist, Maoist, and Unions. Secretly, they call the people “useful idiots,” because they are so easily led and exploited for their purposes. Occupy Wall Street seems to have drawn every malcontent and radical crazy in the country. It also has drawn impressionable college students. All with their hands out, all crying foul and looking for someone to blame. The fact that their focus is wrong doesn’t matter to them. They just want to be a part of something and this is the only ship in port! In all their classes no one told them that Truth was the only constant! Without truth there is no moral base line, no right or wrong, everything is “relative!” That is todays “great lie!”

The Democrat left is waging class warfare in America and they are playing with fire. They are dividing our country and seeking to destroy our system of commerce, while increasing the involvement of government in everyday life. We have seen this coming and watched their actions in amazement. We’ve watched a President that blatantly says one thing and immediately does the opposite. A President who openly incites the American people against one another. For over three years, we have heard time and time again how wrong America is, and that every problem is someone else’s fault. This has to stop! Over the last three days here in Sarasota, three people have been murdered! Two of them in robberies and one by a drive by shooting. The killings were senseless. I can imagine the rage in the people who did this and I can also imagine where it might have come from. Class warfare is incitement pure and simple. This is the most irresponsible Administration in American history!

Now the political strategies are getting nasty. The radicals in the Administration have lost control of the purse strings (Congress) and are looking at the possibility of losing more power next November. Plus, the American people are beginning to see through their lies, the misdirection and the lack of real leadership. That is why the Democrats are so actively involved in challenging every attempt to stop voter fraud in 2012. Is it too much to have people show identification before they vote? To know that they are who they say they are? The Democrats say yes. They call it voter intimidation. What do you call it? I call it a check and balance to make sure fewer dead people vote! To make sure fewer illegals and felons vote! Think back to the Union’s push for “Card Check.” They wanted to take away the right to privacy when voting for unionization of a workplace. They want workers to have to face the intimidation of the union organizers or company management when they cast their ballots! That is not the America our Founding Fathers gave us. That is one of the rights that, if ever lost, will be very difficult to reclaim.

This Administration wants to punish success. Liberals believe that success is not and should not be a personal thing. Makes sense if you don’t believe in “personal responsibility.” Almost fifty percent of Americans pay no income tax! Obama wants to give them more federal aid. There is an issue of “dis-incenting” people to work! The top five percent of American taxpayers pay almost seventy percent of all taxes! And Obama has the audacity to call this about “fairness!”

We have problems in America today. There is no question about that. How we got to where we are is an interesting story. It’s all about Social reengineering or “redistribution gone amuck!” It is about forcing the banking system to give loans to people who didn’t deserve them and could not and would not repay them. That is what caused this economic mess we are in today. So people shouldn’t be Occupying Wall Street. They should be Occupying Government! Specifically Washington D.C. The blatant attempts to redistribute wealth using Fanny Mae and Freddy Mack mortgage strategies have had horrible consequences. However, Obama and his radical minions are still at it. They are trying the same old wrong tactics that will make the problem worse rather than fix it. That is why Obama screams “PASS THIS BILL NOW!” That is “Obama-speak” for don’t read it, don’t cost it and whatever you do, don’t try to rationalize it. “Just pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.”

The people are still the final authority in America. Let’s pray they get it right this time!


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We have been warned!

A message for today, from 62 years ago! Check out the date on the news article attached below. Look at the message. Then think about the similarities to what we hear today and the implications for our future!

We hear a lot about the 1% versus the 99%. You won’t find that in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution mind you. There you will read about “Equal Opportunity,” “Equal Justice,” “Limited Government” and “Personal Liberty!” And, the right to keep one’s property.” There have almost always been people who seek to take from those who earn and give to those who want something for nothing. However, today it has reached a crisis proportion. I’m not talking about helping the needy. The American people have always helped the needy. The American people are the most generous in the world (that is not in dispute.) And, by any measure, (percent of gross, dollars given, consistency of giving,) those who have achieved personal success give more than those who chose not to take the risk to do so.

America is all about Equal Opportunity to achieve a level of success commensurate with the effort expended and risk assumed. It is true that some people are risk adverse. Afraid to put their future on the line. That is OK until they want to be given the rewards of those who took the gamble. Same for those who sacrificed family time, personal time and their homes and retirements for a chance to “make it” in America. These are the people we should be celebrating instead of vilifying! We should be saying “thank you” to the one percent. Why? Because the one percent give jobs, tax revenues, Social Security payments, Medicaid and Medicare and aid to all the people of America. They don’t need to live here. They could easily move their companies to other countries and in fact some have. We should have learned the lesson of the “Luxury Tax” given to us by Jimmy Carter. Simply, the tax cost jobs. It was ill-conceived and quickly repealed.

Today we see Occupy Wall Street (OWS) which the Obama Administration says is all about the American people. The American people should be offended! There have been rapes, murders, disease spread, computers stolen, public defecation, and at least 30 police wounded from knifings and thrown objects. Now consider that the left wants to call OWS the counter Tea Party. I totally agree. Let’s contrast and compare it. It would be very ugly and show OWS for what it is. Look at the signs: Marxist, SEIU, Communist of America, Iranian’s for OWS, Code Pink and all the usual radicals. If that is your crew, you are welcome to them. Just don’t call yourself an American!

This morning we heard that college students were polled and asked about the role of government. 10% said that government should be “limited.” Almost 80% said government should provide them free healthcare, free college tuition, a home or mortgage and a job! Stop and think about that. Think about the implications for our future and what run away tuition is actually buying in America. These college students knew little about the Constitution or of the Federalist Papers and the admonitions of Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and others against big government, federal borrowing, a central bank (the Fed) or payments from the government to the populace. They were constitutionally illiterate! We are all to blame.

How stupid do you have to be to watch the Socialist System in Europe implode before your very eyes and want to mimic that menagerie here in America?



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I Hope the American voting public is paying attention to what is happening in the protest venues of Occupy Wall Street (OWS.) Because, over the last two years, the Democrat party tried to demonize the Tea Party by calling them racist and terrorist! Nothing could have been further from the truth! The Tea Party is principled and constitutionally focused. They are about personal liberty and Justice (for everyone!) For smaller and a fiscally responsible government, (that we can afford!) The comparison to the OWS mob is both stark and compelling. The beauty of the contrast between these two movements, is that it actually does show the differences of the two political parties in America! The Right runs to embrace the Tea Party while OBAMA and the Left, race to embrace the Occupy movement.

Let’s Compare and Contract.  

1. Respect for the Law:

· The Tea Party respects all laws and ordinances. It takes out required permits for events. It functions as law-biding citizens.

· OWS is in frequent violent confrontation with police! They destroy private property and seek to create chaos.  They actively voice disrespect for the legal establishment. The contrast could not be more clear.

2. Their guiding principles:

· The Tea Party – The United States Constitution! Author: James Madison, (Founding Father!)

· OWS – Rules for Radicals! Author: Saul Lewinsky, (Radical Marxist)

3. The clarity of their message:

· The Tea Party message is clearly defined. It is Constitutionally consistent and focuses on personal liberty. It’s focus is on limited government and personal freedom. The members know it and understand why it’s important. They believe it and they live it!

· OWS has very ill-defined messaging that is driven by the organizers (unions.) It is anti-constitution, anti-business and anti-American! People are told what to say. They chant mantras, repeat slogans and basically are there because it is a “happening“. They are also anti-military. Have you noticed the similarities to the 60’s?

4. Who are they?

· The Tae Party, are responsible Americans. They are Taxpayers. Business Owners, Retirees and Students! People who believe in America, Patriots and Veterans. Charitable people who, who care about their fellow Americans. People who believe in American “exceptionalism.”

· OWS are largely paid activist, students, union organizers, government workers, i.e. people who derive their economic interest from the government and the taxpayers! Look at OWS and compare it to Greece, Muslim riots in France, etc. They destroy what they don’t own.

5. Who supports them?

· The Tea Party is supported by Taxpayers mostly. The people who create jobs. Those who helped build America! Veterans, who defended America! The differences in motivation is becoming clear. It comes down to worldview. You’re either a “collectivist” or an “individualist.”

· OWS is an enigma! It is comprised of both idealistic students and Muslim radicals (Iran supports them), The Socialist Party of America, The communist Party! It’s also unions like SEIU, the AFL/CIO and also the Marxist of America, HAMAS and other known terrorist groups just to name a few!

6. What do they want?

· The Tea Party wants a secure future! To protect American’s wealth from the world! To get the deficit under control. To reduce the size of Government and its spending! To reduce foreign aid, to secure our borders and to ensure fair elections. They want controlled emigration, respect for life and the individual opportunity to succeed! They also want America as it once was. Where truth still meant something! Where people had jobs, families and a future! They want one nation under G-D!

· OWS wants MORE! They want to bring down big businesses and institutions. They want jobs, but they hate the institutions that provide them! They want student loans, but hate the institutions that provide those also. They want redistribution of wealth! From those who earned it to those that did not. They want Europe! They want “idea” of Socialism and Communism. They want homes, cars and computers, iPHONES, and yes, they want to bring down the very institutions that provide them! they are nothing if not irrational.

What is the answer for America? What is the answer for each of us? We are at a “tipping point”! Our debt is out of control. Our President is incompetent. (Sorry, but he is!) Our Government is filled with people who are destroying our great nation in the name of politics!

Never before has the terms HOPE and CHANGE been more appropriate for America! We need to hope for a solution to our crisis and pray for a change in leadership! On second thought, just PRAY!


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