No. 47 – July 24, 2010

ANOTHER WORD OF THANKS

Before I begin, I would like to thank all of you who have been writing to me, both in private e-mails and contributing to the Blog.  It has taken a long time to try to put this whole website together – and have it be of the People, by the People and for the People.

Many thanks to WE THE PEOPLE for making it all start to really happen.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – THE SILVER LINING

In recent weeks there has been a very interesting turn of events.  I am getting the feeling that some people are starting to give up – but, then again, it seems that WE THE PEOPLE – are just starting to wake up.

I have not always been a positive thinker.  But making it through Polio when I was four years old, then getting through Vietnam, then a life-threatening motorcycle accident (flying 45 feet in the air with no helmet) – I began to entertain a very simple fact.

It is easy to get discouraged – and give up.  People do it all the time.  Just drive down the streets.  There are people all over the place that have simply given up.

Some years ago I made a definite promise to ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE.  Believe me, it works.

Give this next comment a minute or two to sink in:

Have you ever gone to a presentation where they teach you the power of NEGATIVE THINKING?

The answer is a very simple, NO!

Why not?

Because most people already think in NEGATIVE TERMS.  And when you think in negative terms, it is very easy for others to control your method – and trend – of thinking.

On the other hand, it is not all that often that you meet a person who is a “positive thinker.”  But when you do, it is like a breath of fresh air.

And that is my point about the silver lining with regard to the current administration occupying the White House.

President Obama – and his band of ultra-liberals – have given a very vivid display of what they would have WE THE PEOPLE do if they had complete control.

But they DO NOT have complete control – and this is the beauty and foresight – of our Founding Fathers.  They knew that every TWO years, WE THE PEOPLE could radically change the government structure – if we ever discovered that a serious mistake had been made.

And President Obama is a SERIOUS mistake.  I have spoken to more Liberals recently that have simply thrown in the towel on Obama and his ilk.  The present administration is headed for a very rude awakening on November 2nd.

The United States of America defeated the greatest military force to gain its Independence.  There were London bookies taking bets on how long the American Revolution would last – some wagering that it would take a mere 90 days and the Americans would be “soundly defeated.”  We gained victory – and our Freedom.

Then we fought the British again in 1812.  Again, we defeated the British.

World War I.  Victory again.

World War II.  Victory again over Germany and Japan.

Then Truman blew it and allowed Germany to be divided – with the East going to the USSR and the West going to the Allied Forces.

AND THEN KOREA – WHAT HAPPENED?

The real beginning of Political Correctness began at this juncture.  General MacArthur wanted to defeat the Communist North – who attacked the South to start the Korean War – but was stopped because Truman did not want to rile Mainland China, nor the USSR.  Truman finally relieved General MacArthur of his command for insubordination.

We had a stalemate – and have had problems in that theater ever since then.  (Not so, in Japan).  We did not win in Korea – although we could have.  It was our first major military draw.

Then came Vietnam – and even more Political Correctness – forced us to leave in disgrace in 1975.  We lost in  Vietnam – although we could have won there, too.  Since when do you not bomb your enemy into oblivion?  The Ho Chi Minh Trail was the lifeline of the North Vietnamese – and we wanted to be nice – so we stopped bombing it.  Vietnam was our first major military defeat.

We hesitated bombing Hanoi, but allowed Jane Fonda to travel to the North and make a fool out of our whole nation – but she was applauded for being Politically Correct – and is now considered one of the most important 100 women of the 20th Century – according to some magazines.

It is completely nuts – but Politically Correct.

Now, skipping to the First Gulf War (Kuwait – Shock and Awe) – we won.  Because we fought to win.

But in the Second Gulf War (Iraq) it seems we have won there, too – or so we are told.  I doubt it is the truth, because there are still bombings and terrorists running amok throughout the country.

Which brings us to Afghanistan.  Make no mistake – we are losing that war.  Again, a general has been relieved of his duty for disagreeing with the President of the United States.  I know all the commotion about what was said, but in a nutshell, General McChrystal was complaining about the prosecution of the war – and President Obama did not like what he heard.

We now have people running in all directions, not knowing what the hell is going on.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is only making matters worst by her actions.  And now, it seems that she has made China angry to boot.

North Korea is currently threatening to use physical force on American Troops if it does not watch its step.

Harken back to General MacArthur’s “Old Soldiers Never Die” speech to Congress and you will see that he predicted exactly what has come about.  An Asia that is stronger and more committed than ever to embrace Communism (Mainland China – North Korea – Burma – Vietnam) and radical terror throughout the whole Middle East.

Had we won in Korea – the whole country would be united – and you would not have North Korea and its starving millions of people.  But that is all right – because it was Politically Correct.

We might not even have a People’s Republic of China.  Bear in mind, 30 million people starved to death during Mao’s reign of terror.  But that is OK – because it was Politically Correct.

Let’s not even talk about the millions murder in the Communist takeover of Vietnam.  I have Vietnamese friends who have told me stories that never made the headlines of Time Magazine or Newsweek.

The sheer horror of murder, on the spot instant executions by the thousands, young girls raped in front of their crying parents, then shot because they were “consorting with United States Service Members,” the terror of riding a leaking, overcrowded boat in the middle of a raging ocean that still brings back nightmares to many of these courageous people who were trying to escape the brutality of the Communists.  These stories were NEVER told.

But that is OK, too – because our news media was being Politically Correct.

And we are AGAIN doing the same half-assed approach in Afghanistan.  Only this time, North Korea is somehow in play, as well as The People’s Republic of China – again.  Just in the last few hours North Korea has hinted at nuclear retaliation if “pushed too far.”

If we would have listened to our military men back in the 1950s, the world would be a very different place indeed.

But this is my take on world affairs – and not how the current Administration sees things – nor the way the current batch of Politically Correct historians have written it.

So, my question is, why are we not winning in Afghanistan?  We have a force of almost 10 to 1 against the Taliban and other radical elements, the most modern military the world has ever seen, and the best trained to boot.

So, why is this thing so hard to finally be done with?

Because we are now drowning in Political Correctness.

General McChrystal was simply telling the truth when he complained that he was being held back because of political complexities – meaning Political Correctness.

This is precisely what happened in Korea and Vietnam.  And now we are doing the same thing in Afghanistan.  Will Pakistan be next?  What about Taiwan?  Or even Okinawa?

BUT WHAT IS THE POINT ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – AND OBAMA?

Good question.  The Obama Administration has gone insane with Political Correctness.  President Obama wants to be friends with everybody.

And once you try to be buddies with everybody in the room – you are friends with no one.

And a strange set of ironic coincidences begin to emerge:

The IRS – instituted under a Democratic President – Wilson.

World War I – under a Democratic President – Wilson.

World War II – under a Democratic President – Roosevelt.

Illegal Imprisonment of 110,000 American citizens (Japanese) – Roosevelt.

Our first and second atomic bombs dropped on Japan – under a Democratic President – Truman.

Korean War – Truman.

Vietnam War – Democratic Presidents – Kennedy/Johnson.

SO WHAT IS THE COMMON THREAD?

They were ALL Liberal Democrats – trying to save the world by being Politically Correct.

There is only one rule of war – and that is to win.

So here we sit, stewing in Afghanistan while our service men and women are getting the short end of the stick – again- and getting killed in ever larger numbers in the process.

General McChrystal – like General MacArthur – tried to warn WE THE PEOPLE – but no one was listening.

Thus, our present predicament will only get worse.

There simply is no logical reason why we are losing in Afghanistan.  We have everything in our favor – except the political WILL – to prosecute the war to its FULLEST EXTENT – win the damn thing – and bring our military back home to ticker tape parades in New York.

But this will not happen.  AND THAT IS THE SILVER LINING with regard to Barack Obama.

WE THE PEOPLE are finally starting to see the WHOLE picture.  By having the Liberal Democrats controlling EVERYTHING – they have just about ruined America.

But even further, Obama and his minions have done something that Conservatives – up to this point – were unable to accomplish.

President Obama has PROVEN THE CONSERVATIVES TO BE CORRECT after all.

I have never seen so many Liberals so distraught.  They feel betrayed – and for good reason.  They bent over backwards to give him a chance – and got thoroughly reamed in the process.

Obama has lied to, screwed over, trampled on, and just plain did everything that he PROMISED he would never do.

He – along with his band of corporate bandits – have just about looted every financial coffer in the country – and WE THE PEOPLE are stuck with TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT, unemployment at almost 10% – and losing two wars all at the same time.

I think WE THE PEOPLE have FINALLY woken up.

But it will only be this way if the Conservatives don’t get sidetracked with race, religion, abortion or gay marriage.

These are the Liberals arsenal – their weapons of choice – along with blatant lies of astronomical proportions.

I sincerely believe that November is now going to be a real wake up call.  But only if the Conservatives quit ranting and raving about who is the most racist person in the room.

The dumb Conservatives are taking the Liberal race bait – again!

Forget about race.  Move on to the REAL issues at stake here.  And I am not talking about just the economy and the unemployment rate.  We are still at war – on two fronts – and losing them both.  Why are we not talking about that?

I watched FOX and CNN a few nights ago – and it was like we are not even at war.  No direct mention of either “conflict” whatsoever.

Are we now so self-centered and egotistical that we think ONLY of our own job and “the economy” and don’t even consider the fact that our men and women are in combat – and getting killed on a daily basis?

Somehow, no one seems to really care.

THIS, is the true concept of Political Correctness.

To dumb down the people to the point of where they no longer give a damn, keep them pitted against one another, either by race-baiting or other Politically Correct subterfuge.

But WE THE PEOPLE are not going to take this kind of garbage anymore.  We are finally mobilizing like I have never seen in my entire life.

But we had better not blow it – like we did after the “Great Conservative Take-Back” in 1994.

If the Conservatives blow it again – then it is all over – save for the shooting in the streets.

WE THE PEOPLE will give them one more chance – and not one mistake more.

People that I have talked to are genuinely depressed and thoroughly disappointed.  I have even heard Liberals say that “the Republicans were never this bad.”

Now that is quite a statement for anybody to make – especially a Liberal.  But they are saying it – with a vengeance.

I am now starting to think that WE THE PEOPLE have a better chance to take back a lot of seats – and maybe even win one of the two Houses – but not without a HUGE fight.

The Democrats are calling in all favors, spending hundreds of millions to get their incumbents re-elected, shooting in all directions with the hope of keeping themselves in power.

It is up to WE THE PEOPLE to never give up.  Never give in.  And never, ever lose faith in the greatest country on earth.

Obama is just a blip on the screen.  America has gone through a lot worse and came out all the better for it in the end.

It will happen again – first with a Conservative landslide in 2010 – and then a Conservative President in 2012.

Who might be able to carry this banner to victory?  Try JB and see what you come up with.

Keep going – and never quit.

REMEMBER NOVEMBER:  102 days left before real CHANGE takes place.

Until next time.

Best wishes,

Lawrence Klepinger
Editor/Publisher
THE AMERICAN TELEGRAPH

 

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13 Responses to “No. 47 – July 24, 2010”

  • Dick Bachert Says:

    Larry,
    Your first piece was SPOT ON. We MUST become engaged in the process or we lose by default. It’s a well-settled legal matter that those who SLEEP on their rights LOSE them!

    Congress is STILL the key. Karl Marx himself could be infesting the White House (and the current occupant may be his demon spawn) but if we sent 218 Americans to the House and 60 to the Senate, IT WOULDN’T MATTER!

    I’ve done two short videos your readers may find instructive. Entitled “All Politics is Local,” Parts 1 and 2 are here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1bGBY3BcE&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ylFTOObbF0&feature=related

    Keep on keepin’ on.

  • Doug Says:

    Larry
    Seems as if you would happily hang the stuffed head of Obama over your mantlepiece. What a shame your focus is so narrow and your recall of the gop’s totally total failure which they created when acting AS IF they had a public mandate to hurl the country right while not elected but appointed by a dubious supreme court. Where IS your objectivity ???

    For me, then a rightist, now a devotee of the middle, absolutely NOTHING can erase those indescribable 8 years with bush junior and the totally gross cheney with his outsize middle finger. an unspeakable indescribable lost period of the era of special interests and privilege . It was a time of wild and rampant use of influence, unethical endeavor, and bully boytactics with no equal I can find

    cheny in his dungeon of secrecy and manipulative malaise was monstrously in denial of the WTP’s (we the people) right to know as he convened industrialists to set up the rules to favor porivilege while glowering at the public and in effect telling them to GET LOST

    No sir, no more of that political muck for me. Yes I can agree Obama et al are not up to standard but I could not rant about him as you do because I remember the ruffianism that gripped the GOP group when they and their special interests were leading us to the chaotic collapse that gave us the here and now disaster that ensued from GOP decontrol nonsense.

    Your anti Political correctness standpoint has great merit and is worthy of enlargement. particularly on our walk on eggs actions on religion in which we are giving foreign faiths more support than our own
    The invaders can bow and pray and disrupt to their hearts content.
    WTC (we the christians) cannot even display OUR symbols and cutural leanings without censure . No more Christmas symbols no this no that while the invaders seeking to subdue American customs can parade their “bottoms up” 5 times a day and their religious oriented non western garbs can be worn with impunity to support THEIR faith..

    Following came through my Email today. I include it here because it touches on the unfathomable political correctnes that our government seems to favor despite its obvious detriment to the mores underpinning our land.

    ===============

    Subject: Can a Muslim be A good American?

    This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to
    finish and send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are So quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American?

    This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.The following is his reply:

    Theologically – no. . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia .

    Religiously – no.. . . Because no other religion is accepted by His
    Allah

    Scripturally – no. . . Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars
    of Islam and the Quran.

    Geographically – no . Because his allegiance is to Mecca to t which he turns in prayer five times a day.

    Socially – no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids h him to make friends with Christians or Jews .

    Politically – no.. . . Because he must submit to the mullahs
    (spiritual Leaders), who teach annihilation of t Israel and destruction of Americathe great S Satan

    Domestically – no. ..Because he is instructed to marry four m women and beat and scourge his w wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34 )

    Intellectually – no. . Because he cannot accept the American
    Constitution since it is based on B biblical principles and he believes the B bible to be corrupt.

    Philosophically – no. .Because Islam, Muhammad, and the t Quran does Not allow freedom of religion a and expression. Democracy and Islam c cannot Co-exist. Every Muslim government i is either dictatorial or autocratic.

    Spiritually – no.. . . Because when we declare ‘one nation under
    G God,’ The Christian’s God is loving and k kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to a as Heavenly father, nor is he ever c a called love in the Quran’s 99 Excellent names.

    Therefore, after much study and deliberation…. Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. – – – They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish
    it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who
    understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

    The religious war is bigger than we know or understand. ….

    Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.
    end of Email =====================

    So…….Why is political correctness given so much significance when dealing with conditions as detailed above. Why are the established citizens told to relinguish so many traditions while the intruders remain unobligated to any sort of reciprocal benefit on behalf of their hosts. the word “nonsense” is inadequate for the absurdities inmvolved. Try out the phrase Nonsensical idiotocracy ..

    Doug

  • Doug Says:

    Readers of the previous submission

    Please tolerate the single letters that keep intruding in my script
    It was some mysterious happening caused in transcription of the email

    G D these blankety blank computers anyway

    Doug

  • John Says:

    Okay, I understand. we have democrats, republicans and othe parties, we have liberals and conservatives, we have the far right, and left. But what I am wondering, where are the human beings that care about THE PEOPLE, and the US of A; who is taking care of OUR government that is OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE of this country. Who are these people, when will they come to the surface? Doesn’t anyone care about us humans here in the US of A?

    I dont understand all the democrats, republicans and othe parties, liberals and conservatives, and the far right, and left. Why can’t they come to one common goal and take care of WE THE PEOPLE, and this country first. If someone is aggressive to us, we need to STOP them in their tracks, NOW, not try for years until we can talk them into submission. No, All they want to do is hold a position and like the state of California, have no budget year after year because they cannot compromise and work together to get the job done on time. Its those groups mentioned above that keep us apart and fighting amoungst ourselves and not for the COMMON GOOD!

    After all, they (you know who I mean) don’t hesitate to kill our innocent people, blow up our buildings and planes.

    “Policitally Correct”, is that a new word for the dictionary?

    Too much talk and not enough action to show what the talk is about.

    After all folks, if someone comes to your front door with an act of aggression, you are going to defend and also expect the police to assisst as long as you don’t break the law first and they put you in jail!!!

    A disaster happens in another country, the good ole US of A modilizes and everyone (including the government) jump to help and provide and come begging to the poeple of the US of A for donations. But if we have a disaster, we is all that help, for free, from the US of A and all the other countries in the world. Who comes first? Oh yes! The government gives out cheap (not free) loans, insurance companies hassle for years about what is covered and all levels of govenment do nothing.

    But we still have a right to make a change with a vote, and that is important message to our elected representatives. Don’t let the oratations of one over shadow the real person and who we should be voting for. Do I vote for the Orator, or the speaker or a non incumbent!

  • Alma Arthur Says:

    For the November election, we should be harping on real regulatory measures (not a fox guarding the henhouse) on Wall Street and the big banks that drastically manipulate a market (silver is a good example). They hold most of the shorts in silver, driving the price down and forcing average Joe to sell his mutual fund position. Silver is rarer than gold, and it is used up (gone forever) after its’ use in manufacturing. Gold, on the other hand is not used up. This practice should be seriously supervised or abandonned all together. We need honest people to take on this job.

    Comment, on the division of Germany after WWII. General Patton, known for his colorful speech, disagreed with England’s General Montgomery about letting the Russians advance in Germany. Patton said,” Let’s rush our boys up there before those Red sonofabitches try to take Berlin”. Montgomery held the higher rank and prevailed. Russia, after all, was an Ally at that time who was also at war with Germany. I don’t think you can blame that one on Truman.

    And lastly, everyone look into the methods used in 1913 to create the Federal Reserve Bank (I believe it was called the Glass-Owens bill), written by the 7 big PRIVATE banks of New York in secret, to take control of the funds of the United State money. Jefferson warned this should NEVER happen. It should be repealed using constitutional means. Will even the Republicans tackle this. They owe it to the country. That’s my opinion!! Alma

  • Doug Says:

    Hey John (think we should stop meeting like this??)

    You kind of raised a smile in me on the phrase
    “After all, they (you know who I mean) don’t hesitate to kill our innocent people, blow up our buildings and planes.”
    you showed how political correctness has taken over by not printing muslim if that is what you meant.

    John…. risk ostracism by saying it as it is,after all where are critics to condemn PC practices except in asylums or politics The church of molested children is not yet excommunicating members for PC deviation (nor is it rushing to defrock priest offenders nor are other faiths going to blacklist anyone as yet. Probably because they will need support in the pending muslim v christian conflict which will be necessary to cleanse the religious scene of primitive savagery found in “guess which” cult (PC) which intends to corrupt the world with its evilly obtuse absurdities like virgins for martyrs tripe.
    What a shower !!
    Soap box away…… one respondent above mentioned honest people !! (Now THERE’s an endagered species )
    I heard that in washington they were trying the old college preoccupation of “stuffing” vehicles or telephone booths to capacity (what mind bending fun!!) In washington they rented a bus for the effort which had to be cancelled because the honest politicians were in such short supply they couldn’t even find enough to “stuff” a volkswagon.
    (IABAP)…. Invest in America – Buy a politician There are very many available from sea to shining sea.

    Doug

  • Jim Skerjanc Says:

    The only thing I can say is now we have a NEW worriest Presedent EVER- Obama :o) Jimmy Carter thought he would hold that title forever, ha ha We have a New dumb ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!! Obama Every time I see him talk it is dumberrrrrrrrrrr thanb last time.
    Thanks, Jim

  • Doug Says:

    Its Doug (again) here

    We cannot blow this blog up to be really effective unless more people than our half dozen “regulars” start to participate.

    We need to encourage others to write here and try to get a “brawl going. You cannot beat brawls and outrageous comment to attract attention as proven by the Limbaughs and Becks and assorted crude loudmouths who get acclaim by mouthing off crap of assorted variety.

    Encourage others we mighjt get some notoriety and then a more extended audience .

    Doug

  • Andrea Says:

    Larry, I can tell you pay a lot of attention to what is happening in and to America. Your observations and beliefs are much the same as mine. I think PC is killing us as a nation. You couldn’t be more right, “Obama is a huge mistake”. That mistake MUST be corrected. I pray the American people don’t forget what is taking place in this country between now and November. I shudder when I hear Harry Reid is ahead in Nevada. Can people really have such short memories? I hope you are right in that the American people are waking up in huge numbers. That has to continue because everything Obama wants has so far been delivered by Congress and his own executive orders. He intends to do a lot more damage before 2012.

  • joe winstead Says:

    Hello Larry- We will never win the war in Afganistan. Period. We don’t have the political or domestic will to prosecute the war, let alone the money that would be required to fund a 10 to 15 year campaign there.
    The British Empire couldn’t do it. The Soviet Union, in spite of living next door, couldn’t do it. The country is not a threat to America any longer (and never would have been if we had been paying attention in the first place). It is not worth the sacrifice of ONE American soldier. After removing the Taliban regime we should have left. And if we had, I bet the country by now would happily be ensconced back into it’s feudal existance. Where it belongs. Sort of like how America would be much further along in our economic recovery had it been left to the markets, not to the stimulus programs. A B-52 speakes louder than any school construction, water plant or road project. Killing the terrorists is like playing “Bop the Mole” at your local carnival. No matter where you knock them down, they pop up someplace else. We have no business being in this nation building nonsense. See Somalia, under President Clinton.
    As yourself, I too am a Viet Nam veteran. And it sickens me to see this terrible loss of American life for a misguided goal that will never be accomplished. The longer we stay the more the Afganistan people will eventually pay for our ‘commitment’ there.

  • joe winstead Says:

    A postscript to Alma A.:
    Don’t you think that the ‘Average Alma’ has a much better ring to it?
    Please don’t take offense I’m only kidding and having a little fun. BTW my Mom’s name was also Alma.
    I totally agree with you concerning the Fed and the Glass/Owens bill. But how can a constitutional amendment be passed with the K Street lobbyists and the politicians against it? It has always been a political advantage for the powers that be to keep the middle class firmly in the middle. It seems that whenever the middle class begins to obtain too much wealth (which equates to power and influence, we have a recession to knock us back. The people at the top and bottom of the financial scale are the one’s that are affected the least during a downturn. It always the people in the middle that get squeezed and lose the most. I never was much of the conspiracy theory type, but I’m beginning to think otherwise. Take a look at the Bilderberg Group.

  • Michael Kruse Says:

    Larry, I too vigorously object to what I see as “political correctness”, but I think you sometimes stretch the term beyond its natural limits. For example, you say,

    [The real beginning of Political Correctness began at this juncture. General MacArthur wanted to defeat the Communist North – who attacked the South to start the Korean War – but was stopped because Truman did not want to rile Mainland China, nor the USSR.]

    Here is MacArthur’s plan to defeat the Communist North:

    [In interviews published posthumously, MacArthur said he had a plan that would have won the war in 10 days: “I would have dropped 30 or so atomic bombs . . . strung across the neck of Manchuria.” Then he would have introduced half a million Chinese Nationalist troops at the Yalu and then “spread behind us — from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea — a belt of radioactive cobalt . . . it has an active life of between 60 and 120 years. For at least 60 years there could have been no land invasion of Korea from the North… My plan was a cinch.”] (From the History News Network)

    I don’t think I would describe a reluctance to use “30 or so (sic) atomic bombs” or to “spread… — from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea — a belt of radioactive cobalt” as ‘political correctness’

    ***

    Doug, consider the following:

    Can a Christian be a good American?

    No – because a Christian should keep the 10 Commandments, and the first is “You shall have no other gods before Me.” But Americans are committed to pluralism and freedom of worship, and must actively seek to protect the rights of those who have other gods or no god at all.

    No – because a Christian should keep the 10 Commandments, and the fourth is “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” But Americans are committed to pluralism and freedom of conscience, and must not seek to force others to abide by their personal religious standards, indeed, Americans are obliged to protect the freedom of others from this kind of religious oppression.

    I could go on! This is an idiot’s game. It is not difficult to construct a case for a Christian or Jew – or Muslim — to reject America’s laws and customs in favour of “God’s laws”. Indeed, the people who bomb abortion clinics or shoot doctors who perform abortions do just that. The Spanish took Christianity and turned it into the Inquisition. The Northern Europeans of the 4th Crusade used Christianity as an excuse to sack and slaughter Byzantium – a Christian city. Yet today, most Americans are sufficiently adept at mental gymnastics to be able to equate Christianity with democracy and the values of the US constitution. Even without going into the ignorance and misrepresentation in the email you quote, I am sure that there are millions of Muslims in America today who see no contradiction between US values and what they deem to be Muslim ones.

  • joe winstead Says:

    To Micheal K. (and Doug): Nothing makes me more nervous than a Bible thumper – or a Koran thumper for that matter. Like it or not, this country was originally founded by people wanting to escape religious proscecution. We need to keep it that way. Me, I’m half Baptist and half Buddist. I really don’t think that anyone’s religious beliefs should be a concern to anyone else. Or in any way should be a requisite to American citizenship. But what should be a requisite, is respect for our laws and traditions by the immigrants who come here.
    And they need to come here LEGALLY, or not at all.