Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots

 

Thomas Paine in a series of pamphlets published from 1776 to 1783 called American Crisis wrote,” THESE are the times that try men’s souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
Though this was written in 1776 as the colonists were fighting for their Independence from the tyrannical King George III, but it has some meaning in today’s times as well.
We as citizens of these United States have sat on the sidelines and allowed the freedoms afforded us by the blood of patriots so long ago to be taken from us little by little until our own government has become source of Tyranny in our nation.
That we have sat idly by and allowed those we elect to drive us further into debt, while they accept no responsibility is ludicrous. That we let our legislators erode the freedoms that were paid for with the blood of Patriots not just during our fight for independence but in a myriad of wars since, borders on insane. We allow the Government unfettered access to our personal lives in the name of security. We allow our legislators to pass laws that are restrictive to our personal freedom and just plain bad for the country as a whole yet we say and do nothing. We allow parties to divide us into categories based on belief, sex, race, nationality, political affiliation and many others too numerous to mention. We see the corruption in our Government but we believe there is nothing that can be done, so we live with it.
The founders of this nation provided us with a document so profound that it gave us the recourse to make changes when our government failed us. Yet we the people have allowed that document to be weakened by all three branches of our government.
We have allowed laws to be passed that infringe on our freedom of speech as to quell the discourse we have with our Government.
We have allowed the government to limit our ability to own the weapons necessary to protect ourselves and our families, not just from the lawless of our nation, but from the tyranny of our government as well.
We have allowed the government to search and seize our property and papers without warrant or just cause.
We allow for double jeopardy by allowing separated prosecution for the same crime on state and federal statutes.
We have stacked the deck for the prosecution of crime at every turn against the accused. Unlimited resources for prosecutors and limiting resources for public defenders.
We have removed the power the states had in federal government. If states refuse to go along with federal mandates they are punished with loss of federal funds.
We have given the government the power to enslave us, to take the fruits of our labor to use as they see fit.
We let them make our currency worth whatever they say it is, and we have given other countries the power to bankrupt us.
We have allowed our borders to be crossed with impunity.
How much more do we have to endure before we stand up and defend our rights? The fact that we allow lawlessness to prevail in the name of social justice is not acceptable. The fact that our political process is now for sale should be unacceptable. The fact that lobbyist are writing laws should be unacceptable. The fact that our supreme court is legislating from the bench should be unacceptable. The fact your property can be seized on word of a bureaucrat is unacceptable. The fact we have agencies that were created by executive order, writing regulations without legislative oversight is wholly unacceptable. The fact those same agencies are being given police powers is ludicrous. The list is endless. How much more?
If we do not find the courage, and will to demand the changes that are necessary to protecting our freedom, we will find ourselves at the crossroads of whether to fight or submit to tyranny. Which would you prefer?

Are you kidding me?

Under the guise of keeping us safe congress is considering a law that will enable the FBI to capture browser history of individuals without a warrant, and gags the service providers from informing their customers of the requests.

This is being pitched that it will be a tool to fight terrorism. Now take into consideration how many organizations the FBI has labeled terrorist just in the past 5 years.  Veterans groups, patriot groups, militias, environmental groups, political groups, and the list goes on and on and on.

This is a clear violation of not only the 4th amendment, but the 1st amendment as well. It signifies utter contempt for our constitution and our right to privacy. Access to this information on our daily browsing habits will only give the FBI intimate knowledge of our daily lives and allow them to violate our rights that the constitution affirmed were god given.

To relinquish privacy for perceived security is not only foolish but dangerous as well.

You have a choice people, remain silent and lose the liberties that so many has fought and died for, or speak up and let our elected rulers know that this cannot stand.

 

The problem with America

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I’ve been watching our country come apart at the seams for some time now. We the people have lost control of our Republic.

There are some that place the blame on an inept president. While it is true our current president is wholly lacking in the ability to govern, and seems to have zero knowledge of the constitution, the blame for the mess we are in does not lie wholly on his shoulders. Our government is failing us on all levels.

Congress refuses to protect us and our future by spending money we do not have, for things we do not need, and as a result we are trillions in debt with no relief in sight. They have mortgaged our children’s future and seem unconcerned that they have put us on a track that is unsustainable. They will not hold our executive or judicial branches in check for fear of offending the perpetually offended.

Our elected officials do not hold themselves accountable to the people, not just on a federal level but, on all levels. They have become the elected elite, the aristocracy of the modern age. Special interests and lobbyist are all that matter to them anymore. I think that our biggest issue is we are not holding our elected officials accountable for their actions as well.

We the people have slept for a long time, trusting that our government had our best interests at heart. While we slept the powers that be weakened us. Our country was once strong because we made things, we took pride in that. We have been weakened by trade deals that have resulted in job killing deficits. We have been weakened by burdensome taxes on companies that in order to compete have moved off shore. We have been weakened by over-regulation that increases the cost of business. We have been weakened by a government that thinks if the people have less freedom it will make them safer. We have been weakened by a government that sees its people as a cash cow to be milked for the fruits of their labor to fund interests overseas, entitlements and instant retirement for elected aristocrats. We have been weakened by a grievance culture that wants to blame everything on someone else. We have been weakened by an entitlement culture, that expects the government to take care of them.

We argue among ourselves, that it’s this party or that party that is to blame. They have managed to divide us into specific groups and stoke dissent to the point that rational conversation is impossible. They learned that the media was for sale to the highest bidder and have used it to keep us in the dark and at each others throats. We are forced to chose sides in a never ending sideshow of meaningless issues and causes.

Now as we slowly awaken and rub the sleep from our eyes, we find ourselves in a rather sticky predicament. We find ourselves ruled by an over-reaching  government behemoth, saddled with an enormous debt, and a government that cares little for the welfare of the electorate, other than how they can use us to meet their ends.

How do we fix this?

First and foremost stop believing the “main stream” media, yes this includes FOX news. Do your own research.  One of the great things about the time we live in is we have knowledge at our finger tips, we can do our own research in seconds. Check your sources, do you own due diligence.

Check up on your elected officials, watch what they are doing and let them know if they are screwing up or doing things right. The voting records are available for your state houses and well as the federal side. Remember they work for you, and you need to pay attention at all times not just election years. If they are not living up to your expectations don’t be afraid to vote em out, you are more than the party you vote for, your future depends on you realizing that.

Don’t take the bait, their are people and organizations that spew hate and dissension for a living or for the fact it makes them happy to upset people. If some one is so set they are looking for a fight and you can’t have a meaningful conversation just move on. I like debate, but it is almost impossible to have rational discourse these days.

Our fist amendment gives us the right to free speech, and the right to peacefully assemble, use it. Be you in everything you do and say. Forget the politically correct and social justice warriors. This country was founded more than 200 years ago by farmers and businessmen who wanted a government by the people, for the people. They were living in a different time and by the standards of today they seem barbaric, we have grown since then and have made great strides in all areas our our lives. It is not our responsibility to compensate people today for the sins of our past. Everything from day one has been a learning curve, we have experienced growing pains but we learned and corrected our mistakes.

We the people own this country and are ultimately responsible for the decisions our elected officials make, as they are making them on our behalf. If we do not hold them accountable its on us. We have the responsibility to ensure our children have a reasonable chance at success. We have to stop letting our elected representation run willy nilly and continue to push us toward the cliff, and our ultimate demise. We have to make the choices that will remove the mortgage they have put on our future. We have to hold their feet to the fire and make them do what is truly the right thing for the people and for our future.

It is time to wake up and do what is needed. Are you up to the task?

 

 

 

 

 

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