An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Imagine, if you will, Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader, standing up on the Senate floor demonizing George Soros, SEIU, or any one of the other disgustingly rich organizations that contribute to Reid’s communist causes. The outcry would be deafening! Especially in the obviously left leaning media, who get their money from extremely rich corporate owners.
Harry Reid is a clown, but a very dangerous clown. I often think that the other Democrats in the Senate are terrified of Reid. Either that, or they believe in the restriction of free speech. If that is the case, then they are all violating their oath of office, and should be removed….PROMPTLY. In either case, Harry Reid should definitely be removed. If only there were more Senators with integrity, who believe in this grand experiment we call Liberty.
I pray that Mr Reid’s vicious attack on our nation will be shot down by his fellow Senators. I pray the people of Nevada will finally understand just how dangerous this whining wad of phlegm is to their freedom.
Harry Reid’s Crusade Against the Koch Brothers Threatens Your Free Speech
Elizabeth Slattery – The Foundry
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised the Senate will take up a proposed constitutional amendment this year that would radically alter the First Amendment.
The Senate resolution would allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on election campaigns and independent political speech. Reid and others insist restricting the amount of money that may be raised and spent on political speech is not the same as limiting speech. That’s like saying that limiting the amount of newsprint a newspaper can buy does not limit its speech.
Having lost the battle at the Supreme Court, Reid and his cohorts are now pushing this constitutional amendment to reverse decisions—including Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC—that protect the rights of Americans to speak their minds about elected officials and candidates and to engage in the political process.
Shutting down conservative speech certainly appears to be a motivating factor behind this push to amend the First Amendment. Reid has given many interviews and speeches on the Senate floor demonizing the Charles and David Koch for “dumping unseemly amounts of money” into politics, “rigg[ing] the system” and “trying to buy the country.” Of course, he never mentions efforts by big Democratic contributors, such as George Soros and the SEIU. Imagine the audacity of those “un-American” and “shrewd businessmen” (Reid’s words) who would back candidates and causes they believe will make America better.
Did the NFL Kiss Free Speech Goodbye?
Isn’t it past time for the foolish to get their knickers out of the twist, and face reality? I know, it’s difficult for some to comprehend, but if they would read the U.S. Constitution, and pay strict attention to the Bill of RIGHTS, especially the First, they would realize that no where does it state there is a “separation”, a wall to use Jefferson’s word, between government and the public’s practice of their faith.
The pertinent part of the 1st Amendment cover two specific items….
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”
The lack of understanding of those who attack, with vigor, the faith of others is quite mind boggling. I can only assume that their fear of anything “God related” stems from some deep seeded issue, and someone else’s money. Oh, and let’s not forget the Prince of Lies. (No…not Obama.) Scared they should be, as eternity is a VERY long time.
The letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Dansbury Baptist Association was an assurance that the government would not prohibit their right to freely exercise their religion, and that the government would not be establishing a state religion, forcing citizens to be members of such a church, or be ostracized, a was the case in England.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I see nothing in that paragraph that gives anyone the right to prohibit a prayer before a football game, or a town council meeting. I see nothing that gives anyone the right to insist that Crosses be torn down because it ‘offends’ the viewer. I see nothing that states the 10 Commandments cannot be posted in public places. NOTHING. Yet, this is what the atheists have latched on to, like a dog with a bone, and the ignorance of many in government have bowed to their whims, violating the RIGHT of citizens to freely practice their faith, PLUS violating their right of “freedom of speech”. A prayer is an invocation, asking God to give guidance. A prayer is also speaking to God.
The Supreme Court has ruled, wisely, once again, that it is not a violation of the 1st Amendment for a city council to pray before meetings. The vote was 5-4. Take a wild guess who wrote the dissent.
They should have also ruled that those who continue to insist on wasting the courts time, and the taxpayers money, should pay for ALL court costs, and perhaps spend some times in the stocks? Just thought that stocks thing might be fun, at least for those who aren’t in them. They might have time to reflect of their actions, and stop the fight against OUR 1st Amendment, God given, RIGHTS!
This is a few days old, but just in case you missed it, it is well worth the read! Courts are violating our 1st Amendment rights in more than one way. We are no longer free to practice our Christian or Jewish faith. Muslims, on the other hand, are free to do what they damn well please with no consequences.
Gay rights trump religious rights.
That’s the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple’s commitment ceremony.
The high court’s decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
As one New Mexico justice ominously noted, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin “are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”
The state’s demand that the Huguenins disobey their religious beliefs and photograph the ceremony is “the price of citizenship,” a justice wrote.
I write extensively about the Huguenins in my upcoming book, “God Less America.”
The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who oppose gay marriage, said Jordan Lorence, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents the Huguenins.
Hear How Barbra Streisand Imperils Your First Amendment Rights
There is a terrific piece in Christianity Today about the doings in Ukraine. While reading it, I thought, “We could learn a lot from them, and the acting president.”
What if the people gathered in Laffeyette Park, demanding the resignation of the current occupant of the White House? Would there be violence? Not from those who want their freedom, but from the police, on the directions of their superiors? Would they obey, as those in Ukraine obeyed? Would they shoot unarmed citizens? I’d like to think no, they wouldn’t, but I am starting to wonder. More and more, we are seeing the brutality of police in various parts of the country, so yes, I do wonder.
I know that the majority of the police force, on all levels, are good, decent folks. However, there are some who see that badge as a license to kill. If an order came from their superiors, that most likely would come from higher up the food chain, I have no reason to believe there would be some who would follows those orders. It brings to mind the statement that many Nazis repeated during their trials after WWII, “I was just following orders.”
There is an event that has been organized called Operation American Spring. The purpose is to restore our Republic and Constitution. Will it succeed? Some don’t think so, and claim those who are organizing the event are, to put it politely, not quite right in the head. That’s just the nicest thing I’ve read from the ‘opposition’. The rest? Well, I do try not to use such language.
Will there be enough Americans who will stand up for their country against tyranny? That’s anyone’s guess. Too many people have become the ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘I don’t want to rock the boat’ types. Can you imagine if our Founders thought the same way as today’s citizens? We’d be singing God Save The Queen, instead of the Star Spangled Banner!
Am I going? I would if I could. Health issues prevent me from doing a LOT of things I’d love to do, whether I can afford them or not! We will, however, be attending the Defend The Constitution Rally, one county over. How can I go to one, but not the other? I’ve been to D.C. I know how much walking is involved in getting from one place to another. Trust me, I wouldn’t survive!
My point? If we don’t stand up, literally… physically, and emotionally, against the tyranny that has taken over, bit by bit, we will no longer be the United States of America. If we don’t speak out, we may no longer have a voice to speak out! We must learn from those in other countries who have taken their demands, their ‘fight’, to the streets, and won.
KMOV anchorman Larry Conners has been “advised” by KMOV’s parent company Belo Corp. to not make statements, post on Facebook, or participate in interviews concerning a recent controversy over Facebook comments he made about the Internal Revenue Service.
Conners has hired St. Louis attorney Merle Silverstein. Silverstein issued a letter to media outlets claiming that the corporate order “is the only reason for his silence.”
Hmm…. Seems to me, this would be a news story. Journalism dude is being hammered by the IRS, then interviews the POTUS, and gets hammered by the IRS? Yep…seems like there’s a story there somewhere. What’cha wanna bet he’s one of the few…VERY FEW…in the news biz that leans conservative? And he’s having his own 1st Amendment right of ‘free speech’ being violated? Yep….a bigger story than there was originally.
“Any issue he has with the IRS are personal issues. They have nothing to do with our television station KMOV or him as a journalist,” Mike Valentine, vice president for content at Belo, told the website BuzzFeed earlier this week. “As a news anchor, he owes a duty to our viewers to report in an unbiased manner. His Facebook post and his Twitter posts, as a result, were inappropriate. And we don’t condone personal posts that jeopardize the journalistic nature of our business. It’s really that simple.”
Oh, I dunno Mikey….I’d say that the bias is already there in the “news”. The man mentioning IRS issues on his FB page, likely only seen by locals that follow him, and now it’s national news? Well now, I’d say that YOU, Mikey, have made this a bigger issue than it would have been if you had allowed the man to do his job, and speak his mind. And now, he’s off the air? Very interesting, don’cha think, eh Mikey??
Here I rebut the 3 major lies of our time: Multiculturalism is good; islam is a peaceful “religion”; and the First Amendment gives islamists the “right” to build mosques, proselytize, and institute sharia here.
Let us repudiate the lies; and rebuild the shining city on the hill.
February 18, 2013 Act for America Chapter in Fayetteville, TN from Publius Huldah on Vimeo.
We’ve really got to have a chat with Mr P/H about getting these videos available sooner!
I don’t “celebrate” President’s Day. It is a commercial holiday, pushed for by advertisers in the mid 80s, and has become nothing but a “sale day” for businesses. Today has nothing to do with either George Washington, nor Abraham Lincoln. It’s also another paid day for federal employees. There are many presidents in our history who don’t deserve to be honored. IMHO, they can take this generic ‘holiday’, and stuff it where the sun don’t shine!
While I realize that Washington was not perfect, he sacrificed a lot for this country. If we had not won that war for Independence from Great Britain, he would have been hung, along with his compatriots. Contrary to what the so called ‘educators’ are teaching now days, Washington was a deeply religious man. Perhaps his idea of religion isn’t what I consider faith, but he still gave Glory to God.
I would suggest that anyone who doesn’t think this country was founded on the principles set forth in the Bible, read the actual history, and the facts, behind the 1st Amendment.
George Washington’s Example on Religious Liberty
Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.”
But George Washington was not simply a President. He was the indispensible man of the American Founding. Washington’s words, thoughts, and deeds as a military commander, a President, and a patriotic leader make him arguably the greatest statesman in our history.
All Presidents can learn from Washington’s leadership in foreign policy, in upholding the rule of law, and—especially now—in the importance of religion and religious liberty. While the Obama Administration claims to be “accommodating” Americans’ religious freedom concerns regarding the Health and Human Services (HHS) Obamacare mandate, it is actually trampling religious freedom. President Washington set a tremendous example for the way that Presidents should handle such conflicts.
The attacks of this administration on religious freedom have been unprecedented in this country. His sappy words are meaningless in lieu of his actions. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Obama’s Religious Freedom Proclamation
Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom.
“Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,” the President wrote. “As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.”
That’s one heck of a proclamation from an Administration whose actions have attacked religious liberty for Americans.
The best-known example is Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that employers pay for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. This has caused business owners to face excruciating decisions between complying—and violating their consciences—or facing massive fines.
Annals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789)
I don’t care what Barack Hussein Obama has told the public…he is NOT a Christian. Nor are those who voted for this fiasco called ObamaCare! Nor do they give a flying flip about our Constitution, since it is quite obvious that they don’t consider it a limit on them…but find ways around it to limit We, The People. Thousands escaped the religious persecution of Europe, hoping to find the freedom they desired, and needed, in this new land. A few hundred years later, their descendants are facing the same persecution….a full frontal attack on their faith!
We have the right….no…the DUTY to fight against evil. What could be more evil than forcing people of faith to deny their faith? To penalize them for that faith? To force murder on their conscience? To make them pay for something so abhorrent? The Obama administration defies all logic, consistently denies the people’s GOD given rights. What else can he be, but a tool of evil? And evil must be fought, at every turn.
Yesterday, on the eve of its religious-liberty-crushing mandate taking effect, President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) made an outrageous claim:
The Obama administration will continue to work with all employers to give them the flexibility and resources they need to implement the health care law in a way that protects women’s health while making common-sense accommodations for values like religious liberty.
Religious liberty is a fundamental right guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution, not a mere “value” whose worth is subject to devaluation by any given Administration’s policy. Regrettably, devaluation of this first principle is exactly what we’ve seen from the Obama Administration, which after a year of such lip service to religious liberty has held firmly to its original mandate despite widespread, intense, and ecumenical outcry against it.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s latest promise rings hollow and adds insult to the grievous injury that HHS is already doing to Americans who believe that religious liberty is not something that stops when one leaves a house of worship.
…..ObamaCare DOES violate the U.S. Constitution.
Two days from now, employers across America will become vulnerable to crushing government penalties for exercising their religious freedom. This isn’t exactly what lawmakers advertised when they pushed Obamacare, but it is part of the Obama Administration’s agenda—forcing nearly all employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization services.
Beginning August 1, employers must amend their health insurance offerings to include these drugs and services. And if they don’t? How about a fine of $100 per employee per day for non-compliance. This outrageous policy makes it impossible for employers to afford the fine—meaning they must change their insurance policies or stop offering health coverage to their workers.
But for many employers, offering the types of services required under the HHS mandate violates their consciences. It conflicts with their deeply held religious beliefs. And the government is telling them that doesn’t matter—what’s more, it’s telling them that their beliefs are inconsequential, and they must pay.
I have several questions! One, why aren’t other faith based organizations joining the Catholics in this lawsuit, or bring one of their own? What happened to that ‘separation of church and state’ the left is so fond of spewing as a fact, when it is not? Is it only when it is convenient for them? That answer would have to be yes. And tell me, just what happened to the 1st Amendment! Any person who has read anything about the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights KNOWS this offensive piece of legislation is a complete violation of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;“. If I know this, then those who actually studied should know it as well!
Three years ago, the University of Notre Dame invited President Barack Obama to deliver a commencement address and conferred on him an honorary law degree. But on Monday, the university joined 42 other Catholic institutions in suing the Obama Administration over new Obamacare regulations that force religious institutions to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization regardless of the employers’ moral or religious objections.
The mandate’s narrow exemption effectively applies only to churches and other houses of worship; religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, charities and other non-profits don’t qualify for a religious exemption. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, explained the significance of the Administration’s mandate and its impact on those institutions, remarking that, “For the first time in this country’s history, the government’s new definition of religious institutions suggests that some of the very institutions that put our faith into practice–schools, hospitals, and social service organizations–are not ‘religious enough.’”