Friday, August 30, 2013
Gerorge Washington: “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restains evil interference---they deserve a place of honor with all that is good”
“Firearms are second only to the the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth”.
Thomas Jefferson: “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”.
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”.
James Madison: “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being arms which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms”.
“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun”.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Mr. Obama was willing to send F-16s and our most modern armored vehicles to Egypt as long as the Muslim Brotherhood, supporters of violent JIhad against the USA, all Christians (Most specially the Copts in Egypt) other civilized peoples/nations, were in control of that nation. Now that that terrorist-organization is out-of-power, his Administration is retreating from support for the Egyptian military, the only force capable of providing order, other than than inflicted by the followers of jihad, in that nation.
While the civil war in Syria was in doubt AND when there were revolutionaries there who were not controlled by Jihad supporting Islamists, Mr. Obama's Administration was unwilling to ship weapons to rebels. Now that there is a chance that the present and legal government may be overthrown AND revolutionary groups appear to be in control of Muslim terrorists, he may ship them such weapons (Including AA rockets which could easily bring down one of our air liners, over an American city).
Any Administration "excuse" that such a halt is only in obedience to a law prohibiting such shipments to, in this case Egypt, does not stand up to the many instances in which Mr. Obama and his co-actors have refused to obey-and-enforce other democratically enacted laws.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A new academic year is rushing at us. At such a time and during a period of great national division we should consider the roots of our schools, universities and Western civilization .
In other parts of the World (eg Japan) any real universities are but copies of that Church generated-and-developed model.
In regions ruled by Muslims and governed under Sharia and the Koran there are few such schools and them under such ongoing attacks as ended Islam's "Golden Age" in Iberia and a few other places (C) by Islam's regression to its basic positions against such thinking as is beyond what is in the Koran, the Hadith (The collected sayings of Mohammed) and the writings of a few, very orthodox, Islamist jurists.
In the USA lower level schools were first established by Protestant religious groups and only later made public schools. Catholics, who did not approve of the very Protestant bias of those public schools formed up their own schools. They were followed by Jews and other Christians (And, others?). Those, largely New England, Protestants were the same or from the same roots as led the drive against the physical slavery of Blacks. [The ending of such slavery was accomplished only by force applied by governments (eg The armed acts of the US and Royal Navy and the bloodiest war every fought by the USA, being the "War Between The States") or by such individuals as Rev.. Henry Ward Beecher.
In many Muslim dominated nations the Islamists' bias against thinking-and-schools is matched by an approval and practice [ Even in the USA] of physical slavery as it is approved by the Koran and other teachings of Islam ].
I cannot but wonder if the well-reported failings our Universities and other schools is a result of a falling away from those Christian principles of intense-logic, in-public debate and "thinking" as so well demonstrated by the early Christian-Catholic universities and carried over to the early public-and-private schools of our Republic. [Catholics should specially consider that the shrinking of their schools seems to be concurrent with, if not caused by, their falling away from that inheritance and from orthodoxy. [The morphing of once "Catholic" universities to basically secular, sometimes anti-Catholic, schools appears to be the result of the same offense---Especially at "Jesuit" schools.]