Posts Tagged ‘Patriotism’
Only in the deranged minds of Leftists does patriotism = racism.
A group of students at a California high school basketball game were told to remove patriotic bandanas and stop chanting “USA, USA” because school administrators wanted to be sensitive to other spectators.
The incident occurred during a basketball last week between Camarillo High School and Rio Mesa High School in Ventura County.
A school administrator pulled aside four boys and told them to either remove their American flag bandanas or leave the game. The boys complied but returned to lead the crowd in a chant of “USA, USA.”
Both schools have a large Hispanic student population.
Student Austin Medeiros and the other boys were suspended for their actions – but the punishment was later lifted by school officials.
Still, students are upset over what happened and staged a protest at the school’s flagpole by wearing red, white and blue.
“We’ve done it always,” Medeiros told the Ventura County Star. “It’s something we do. It’s the same group of friends. We’re all very patriotic.”
Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner
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Politics is always downstream from culture. A voter’s worldview is shaped long before they start seeing campaign ads. They are bombarded with marketed messages from government schools, media, music, movies, art, etc. their entire lives…from people who want to sell them ideas, not just products and services.
Pop culture is an area that was ceded to liberals long ago, and most conservatives seem to underestimate its importance in getting your message out to future citizens long before they’re old enough to vote.
The conservative band “Madison Rising” is calling Republicans out on their willful neglect of this strategic area:
Congratulations to the GOP for losing the easiest election of our lifetimes. Over the past four years, Obama has been exposed as a liar, a fraud, a charlatan and a scam. We’ve seen his policies of racism, divisiveness and class warfare tear at the fabric of our society on a daily basis. We’ve seen the national debt go up by $5 trillion during his watch. We’ve seen the value of the dollar go down dramatically over that same time. We’ve seen ambassadors killed overseas while he sits around and laughs it up with daytime talk show hosts. On top of it all, we’ve seen an endless amount of buyer’s remorse from people who voted for him the first time around and swore they would never do it again. Yet, even with all of this – and an economy in complete shambles – we still lost. The obvious question would have to be how is that possible? Well forget voter fraud, the Electoral College, how much we spent or anything else; at the end of the day the answer is clear and simple – we lost because, no matter how many times they talk about it, Republicansonce again missed the boat on popular culture.
[...] First of all, we need to understand that popular culture trumps politics every time. Why? Simple: logic and rational arguments are not cool, they’re not fun, they’re not easy and they’re not inspirational. Pop culture on the other hand, is – by definition – all of these things. Pop culture is what we do every day. Pop culture influences what we say, what we think, what we watch, how we dress, what we eat, what we buy and how we act. Ultimately, pop culture is what defines us both as people and as Americans.
Right now, as pathetic as it may be, our front line in the culture war is the Tea Party movement. Unfortunately, these organizations and their events are about as far from “parties” as humanly possible. In fact, the whole thing is more like a tea funeral, actually. Sure, they were effective for a year or so as a way of galvanizing support and aggregating people who felt frustrated and alone, but in reality these groups – especially given they way they are currently run – are completely unsustainable. After all, there are only so many times you can stand there and watch the same twenty people screaming at a podium about the same twenty things for four or five hours at a time. Yes, they truly are funerals in every sense of the word – boring, dreary, draining, unappealing, exhausting and most of all – they are killing the conservative movement.
The same thing seems to be true of the RNC itself, as well as the vast array of non-profits organizations that are supposed to be helping us educate voters, grow our base and win elections. From what I’ve seen, they’ve failed miserably at all three. Not only have they failed, they’ve absolutely refused to do anything innovative, to change their thinking in any manner whatsoever or to make any attempt at all to leverage the power of popular culture. Now maybe I’m biased, because you see, the focus of my life is on using popular culture to get pro-American messages out to people. To fill a void in the entertainment industry. To show the world that American culture is alive and well, and that it’s okay to love your country, respect our troops and show some gratitude for all the things we so often take for granted as Americans.
The way I do this is through music. You might have heard of the band I manage – it’s calledMadison Rising. We’re somewhat of an anomaly in the music industry, being a pro-American rock band and all. Turns out we’re not really very welcome in that environment. Fortunately though, that hasn’t stopped us from becoming a #1 best selling artist, spending 15 weeks on the top 100 list on the Amazon music charts this past summer and having over 3 million people already watch our rock rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on YouTube.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that we’ve done all of this with virtually no marketing budget, and with no help, cooperation, exposure, reinforcement or other assistance whatsoever from the any of the conservative organizations that are supposedly so concerned with taking America back, with winning elections and with getting people – especially younger people – aboard with the conservative message. Imagine that – we’re sitting here with the perfect conduit and the perfect vehicle for everything they claim they want to do, yet they’ve completely ignored us.
[...] Pop culture can spread a message. Pop culture is fun. Pop culture is embraced and promoted – consciously and subconsciously – by millions and millions of people 24 hours a day. Pop culture is subtle and habitualized, as opposed to politics which is jarring, boring, repulsive and worst of all – completely ineffective.
Let me make this clear, the biggest problem conservatives face in any election is appealing to younger people. The powers that be need to recognize that the swing vote in every election is the younger demographic and the only way to get that vote is by changing people’s perception of what is cool. If conservatives can’t do that, everything else they do is a complete waste of time.
Apparently Obama considers God a convenient punchline for wooing voters and winning elections, who doesn’t deserve any acknowledgement or thanks afterwards. I’m no theological expert, but I’d say that qualifies as taking the Lord’s name in vain.
In truth, the Left believes that all rights, blessings and prosperity come from government, so they can be just as easily taken away, and us lowly serfs are supposed to be thankful to them for whatever crumbs they let us keep.
This is the sad result of the Almighty State taking the place of God in people’s lives.
For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address.
In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God.
However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God.
[...] Obama’s lack of overt religiosity has been a source of controversy, with polls consistently showingthat a large number of Americans are unaware that Obama is a Christian, or doubt the claim.
The president previously made history on Inauguration Day by explicitly referencing “non-believers” in his speech, which, according to USA Today, was the first time in history that a president had done so. Obama has also said on more than one occasion that the United States is “not a Christian nation.” He has also been criticized for repeatedly misquoting the Declaration of Independence, excluding the word “Creator” from the famous phrase that declares that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
In 2011 he created a buzz in the conservative press when he failed to issue an Easter statement, after a year in which he repeatedly commemorated Muslim holidays with a series of statements. He has also been criticized for his rare trips to church, including skipping services on Christmas day, and refusing to publicly celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
“The issue is not whether a President has to attend church on a regular basis to be an effective President. They do not,” commented Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition, in 2010. “The issue is one of integrity and honesty.
“To portray yourself as person of deep Christian faith and very involved in the life of the local church during the campaign and then abandon that position after you are elected reduces faith to a commodity and religion to a political tool.”
Heritage Action: Stand With Us
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It’s going to take the fight of our lives to get our nation back, but we can do it.
Remember that politics is always downstream from culture. The Left is winning the culture war through their successful takeovers of education, entertainment media and news media. By the time we try to educate voters, they’ve already been indoctrinated for years to accept the Leftist worldview. It’s time to stop playing catch-up and start taking back education, media and the culture at large.
What’s more likely to determine the course of your nation’s destiny? A narrow focus on robocalls in selected Florida and New Hampshire counties every other fall? Or determining how all the great questions are framed from the classroom to the iPod to the movie screen in the 729 days between elections?
Americans missed an opportunity to change course. And now the years ahead will be bitter and difficult. Our politics will be a zero-sum game, where benefits for some mean cuts to others, and a president who promised unity will inaugurate a new era of division.
But it need not be an era without hope. The same principles that built this Republic can save it again. Indeed, those timeless principles are the only solution, the only vision.
Our fault, as a nation, was to forget the lessons of our own success. Having triumphed in a global, decades-long struggle against collectivism and totalitarianism, we refused to celebrate that victory, failing for twenty years to teach its lessons to the next generation.
And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together.
That war must begin anew. And it begins now.
It is not simply a battle over whether the establishment or the Tea Party leads the Republican opposition. It is not just a search for the next presidential contender. And it is bigger than the ongoing fight against the mainstream media–a weakened but still formidable enemy.
The war is a fight for the hearts, minds, and souls of the American people–waged every day, in culture as in politics.
Conservatives need to prepare the ground for their return to power. They need to make the arguments for ending the welfare state. They need to make the arguments for destroying the ascendant — politically savvy — forces of jihad at home and abroad. They need to argue against defense cuts even as the Obama-appointed Joint Chiefs of Staff abandon strategic reason for personal promotions.
And they need to write the books, produce the movies, found the television stations, and prepare the school curricula that will enable a future resurrection of the American dream.
Romney: Obama said to vote for revenge, I ask the American people to vote for love of country
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It’s amazing the stuff that comes out of this guy’s mouth when he goes off-teleprompter.
While campaigning in Springfield, Ohio on Friday, President Barack Obama told attendees at a campaign rally that “voting is the best revenge”.
After the president’s shocking words hit the media, Internet pages, and social networks, GOP presidential challenger Governor Mitt Romney criticized the president for suggesting that anyone in this nation should vote for any other reason than for love of country.
Romney told a huge cheering crowd of supporters in New Hampshire on Saturday morning:
Vote for revenge? Let me tell you: Vote for love of country.
Appropriately, Romney’s campaign has released an ad criticizing President Obama for telling his followers to “vote for revenge” in Ohio.
Obama practically handed that one to Romney on a silver platter.
It’s important to remember. To teach our children to remember.
We were newlyweds, planning on celebrating our one-month anniversary that evening. We were awoken by a phone call from my sister-in-law, assuring us that Dave’s brother, a United flight attendant, had not been on the plane that had crashed.
We had no TV, so Dave went online to check the news and came back to tell me that a plane had crashed in New York, and someone had bombed the pentagon. “That’s impossible!” I replied. “Nobody could get near the pentagon with a bomb.”Soon we got another call: a second plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. This was no accident. I tried to check online but all the news sites were crashing from too much traffic.
We drove over to my sister-in-law’s to watch it unfold, just in time to see the first tower collapse. My blood ran cold.I remembered a documentary I had seen a couple of years before about the bombing of the USS Cole and the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and how it had ended with an ominous warning that the man behind it – who’s name I only remembered started with an O – would most certainly strike again. I turned to Dave and said, “We’re at war.”
Eleven years later, September 11th is still a day of solemn remembrance for me. I remember the people who jumped because they had no other escape. I watch the original news footage, unvarnished by hindsight or partisan finger-pointing. I don’t want to forget the horror and demand for justice I felt that day. I don’t want to be become desensitized to the past and allow it to fade into quiet apathy. I want to remember why we fight, and how important it is to never forget that we are at war.
Sadly, this day of remembrance highlights one of the major difference between right and left in this country: namely, reverence for the sacred.
Despite a mutual agreement not to campaign on this sacred day, Obama broke his promise and sent Bill Clinton on the campaign trail in his stead, while Romney kept his promise.
The “Photo of the Day” on the official Obama campaign website chose for commemorating 9/11 was this one, touting “four more years” for the Narcissist-in-Chief (h/t “Chicks on the Right“):
While Romney sent out a tweet honoring the day, Obama tweeted a disgraceful pitch for campaign volunteers. And then he released a groveling video message to the Arab Forum.
Obama’s 9/11 proclamation omitted all mention of God and encouraged people to spend the day in “community service” (read: campaigning for Dear Leader) rather than remembrance and reflection.
It’s a sad day for America when our leaders disrespect and exploit the sacred for their own gain. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised at Obama’s behavior, considering the fact that he sat for 20 years listening to an America-hating pastor who’s interpretation of 9/11 was that it was “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
Never forget where Obama’s loyalties lie, according to his own book:
When We Left Earth: Apollo 11 Moon Landing
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Neil Armstrong was a great American: hard-working, honest, humble, a man of strong convictions, faith, and integrity. He was raised at a time when Americans were taught to love God and appreciate the heritage, freedom and opportunity of our exceptional nation.
He became a world-renown figure as the first man to walk on the surface of the moon in July 1969 – the face of America and mankind’s most incredible technological achievement. Yet, he never forgot that he was merely the most visible member of the extraordinary team that worked tirelessly to make that moment possible, and his experience only gave him greater awe for the Creator of the heavens and earth, who had given human beings the intelligence and capacity to accomplish such amazing feats.
Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement Saturday from his family said. It didn’t say where he died.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said.
In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of heated space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called “a tender moment” and left a patch commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.
“It was special and memorable but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do,” Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer in 2012.
Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
“The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to,” Armstrong once said.
The moonwalk marked America’s victory in the Cold War space race that began Oct. 4, 1957, with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, a 184-pound satellite that sent shock waves around the world.
Although he had been a Navy fighter pilot, a test pilot for NASA’s forerunner and an astronaut, Armstrong never allowed himself to be caught up in the celebrity and glamor of the space program.
“I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,” he said in February 2000 in one of his rare public appearances. “And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.”
A man who kept away from cameras, Armstrong went public in 2010 with his concerns about President Barack Obama’s space policy that shifted attention away from a return to the moon and emphasized private companies developing spaceships. He testified before Congress and in an email to The Associated Press, Armstrong said he had “substantial reservations,” and along with more than two dozen Apollo-era veterans, he signed a letter calling the plan a “misguided proposal that forces NASA out of human space operations for the foreseeable future.”
Armstrong’s modesty and self-effacing manner never faded.
Joan Anderson recalls at Guideposts Magazine a little-known historical fact about Neil’s famous moon landing:
Shortly after the men landed, Aldrin radioed NASA and asked for a moment of silence so that “each person listening in (could) contemplate the events of the last few hours.” During this quiet period, Aldrin opened little plastic packages containing bread and wine, silently read a few verses of Scripture and received communion. “It was interesting to think that the first liquid ever poured on the moon and the first food eaten there were the Christian communion,” Aldrin said later.
Only the pastor at Aldrin’s Houston Presbyterian church—and a few NASA personnel—knew that communion was happening on the moon. Why? Because the famous atheist, Madelyn Murray O’Hare, was involved in a legal fight protesting the reading of Scripture by the Apollo 8 crew. To broadcast a private communion in a very public arena might create even more challenges, and dull the luster of this accomplishment. So Aldrin was asked to “keep it quiet,” which he did.
It was twenty years before the secret was revealed.
So what was Madelyn Murray O’Hare and her atheist friends so worked up about? This simple expression of faith by three astronauts during the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon:
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Sadly, the Narcissist-in-Chief couldn’t resist commemorating one of the most humble heroes on the planet with a photo of….himself, of course!
Maybe he’s still holding a grudge over the way that Neil blasted his plan to gut NASA‘s space exploration program.
If it involves honoring our troops or patriotism of any kind, Obama will find a way to shun it, especially if he can make a buck by doing so.
Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas — with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.
The Obama campaign will host events in Geneva, Switzerland in August as part of their “European outreach effort.” George Clooney will headline a fundraiser there, with 150 tickets going for $20,000 per piece. There’s even more to the bargain: if you go as a couple, the second ticket is half-off!
With the Obama campaign’s increasingly desperate campaign emails begging for cash from the American people, perhaps the campaign thinks they’ll find more fertile soil outside the country.
Remind me not to watch any more of Clooney’s movies.
It doesn’t get much lower than harassing and cursing at peacefully singing children.
A group of New York City children banned from singing “God Bless the USA” at a graduation ceremony were heckled by adults when they sang the song at a nearby playground.
The protest had been organized by parents at PS 90 in Coney Island. They were outraged after principal Greta Hawkins banned kindergartners from performing the song at their graduation ceremony. Staffers said the principal was worried the patriotic anthem might offend other cultures.
She also feared that the Lee Greenwood song would not be age-appropriate for the youngsters – concerns shared by the New York City Dept. of Education.
Among those attending the protest was Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY) who had been invited by parents. Turner is running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
“I thought it would be a great idea,” Turner said. “The kids were a delight.”
According to video of the incident, boys and girls were waving American flags and singing “God Bless the USA” when adults began swarming and shouting.
They were shouting down the kids as they were singing,” Turner told Fox News Radio. “This was really bad form.”
“You Republicans come go to a Republican area and do that, we don’t do that here,” one of the hecklers said. “This is ridiculous, this is sad. This is so crazy. This is sad.”
A Turner staffer can be heard off camera asking the protesters to stop – and to “let the kids sing.”
“The kids don’t even know what they’re singing,” the unidentified protester replied. “They got something you tell them to say. It’s ridiculous. It’s sad, sad, sad. You all are going to burn in hell. You all burn in hell. Shame on you. Shame on you.”
At one point, a tattooed protester cursed.
“You got a right to make noise, I got a right to make noise,” the protester said.
The video shows boys and girls as they began chanting, ‘USA USA” in an attempt to drown out the protesters.
H/T Weasel Zippers
“God Bless the USA” Song Banned By NY Kindergarten Principal
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Propaganda songs praising Dear Leader, however, are still considered appropriate.
A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.
Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.
Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”
But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.
She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.
“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.
The curt edict stunned both staff and parents.
“A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,” said mom Luz Lozada, whose son, Daniel, is in kindergarten.
The song has been sung at previous school events. Last year’s fifth-graders, including another Lozada child, performed it at graduation.
“Everybody applauded and whistled,” the mom said. “They gave it a standing ovation.”
Parents — many immigrants from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador — “love it,” Lozada said.
A teacher agreed: “It makes them a little goosebumpy and teary-eyed. I’ve never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture.”
Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti gave The Post an explanation staffers said they never heard — that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.
The song starts: “If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin’ here today.”
Scaperotti said the department supports the principal’s decision. “The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she said.
But Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”
Rumors and conspiracy theories have been circulating since Andrew Breitbart’s life was cut tragically short by a heart attack. I admit that my first reaction upon hearing the shocking news was, “somebody got him!” But the evidence soon proved otherwise.
Breitbart was loathed by the left probably more than any other conservative figure, including Sarah Palin. Partly because he used to be one of them, partly because he so blatantly exposed their hypocrisy, but mainly because he refused to be intimidated by their outrageous tactics. He famously re-tweeted his hate mail to expose the hatred of the left, mocking them and practically daring them to keep it up so he could expose their dark underbelly for all the world to see. Considering all the death threats he received, it wasn’t surprising that many suspected murder upon hearing the news.
But Andrew also had a heart problem that most of the public wasn’t aware of. He was an unstoppable force, burning the candle at both ends and never knowing when to quit. PJTV’s Bill Whittle released this video soon after Andrew’s death to bring to light the ignored health problems that sadly led to his fatal heart attack, and hopefully stop the conspiracy theories from gaining traction:
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Now we have the coroner’s report to confirm what Whittle and Breitbart’s family asserted:
The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure.
Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week.
A press release issued by the Department of Coroner (below) notes: “No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%,” a negligible amount.
The press release concludes: “No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected.”
It’s downright embarrassing that American astronauts are now reduced to hitching a ride on foreign space vehicles so NASA can focus on “climate change” and Muslim outreach. How “progressive.”
As the space shuttle Discovery flew three times around Washington, a final salute before landing at Dulles airport for retirement in a museum, thousands on the ground gazed upward with marvel and pride. Yet what they were witnessing, for all its elegance, was a funeral march.
The shuttle was being carried — its pallbearer, a 747 — because it cannot fly, nor will it ever again.
It was being sent for interment. Above ground, to be sure. But just as surely embalmed as Lenin in Red Square.
Is there a better symbol of willed American decline? The pity is not Discovery’s retirement — beautiful as it was, the shuttle proved too expensive and risky to operate — but that it died without a successor.
The planned follow-on — the Constellation rocket-capsule program to take humans back into orbit and from there to the moon — was suddenly canceled in 2010. And with that, control of manned spaceflight was gratuitously ceded to Russia and China.
Russia went for the cash, doubling its price for carrying an astronaut into orbit to $55.8 million. (Return included. Thank you, Boris.)
China goes for the glory. Having already mastered launch and rendezvous, the Chinese plan to land on the moon by 2025.
They understand well the value of symbols. And nothing could better symbolize China overtaking America than its taking our place on the moon, walking over footprints first laid down, then casually abandoned, by us.
Who cares, you say? What is national greatness, scientific prestige or inspiring the young — legacies of NASA — when we are in economic distress? OK. But if we’re talking jobs and growth, science and technology, R&D and innovation — what President Obama insists are the keys to “an economy built to last” — why on earth cancel an incomparably sophisticated, uniquely American technological enterprise?
We lament the decline of American manufacturing, yet we stop production of the most complex machine ever made by man — and cancel the successor meant to return us to orbit.
The result? Abolition of thousands of the most highly advanced aerospace jobs anywhere — its workforce abruptly unemployed and drifting away from space flight, never to be reconstituted.
Can’t wait to see this!
On Tuesday, March 27th, the live screening for Christian actor Kirk Cameron’s new documentary, Monumental: In Search of America’s Treasure, showed at select movie theaters around the country. AMC Owings Mill 17 was the Baltimore-area location for the screening. The documentary chronicles the Christian roots of the United States of America, going back to the puritans in England. The information in Monumental is something you probably did not learn in your elemenary, middle or high school years. The undeniable intention of these pilgrims coming to the new world is documented as being for the advancement of Christianity—information not widely taught today.
Cameron did his homework, globetrotting from his home to England, Holland, Texas, Plymouth and Boston, Massachusettes, as well as Washington D.C. The Christian actor visited national monuments affirming the specific mission of these early American settlers’ devotion to Christ and the church.
One of the fascinating monuments presented was the National Monument to the Forefathers, located in Plymouth. The movie refers to it as the Matrix of Liberty. This explanation of the monument is worth the price of admission and the popcorn. The Monument to the Forefathers is a little-known statue located in what is now a residential neighborhood; it faces toward Plymouth Harbor. The 81-foot tall statue shows a woman named Faith, surrounded by four other figures. Faith’s right hand is pointing to heaven, she has a Bible in her left hand and a star, emblematic of being crowned with wisdom.
The statue also shows, four buttresses symbolizing the principles upon which the pilgrims based their new society. These principles were freedom, education, law and morality— all inextricably linked to the word of God. Noticably excited about this monument, Cameron questions why the statue isn’t showcased more, given its importance and meaning. Good question.
First things first, though . . . the first stop on Cameron’s journey was England. He learned firsthand about the puritans and the persecution they endured under the reign of King James I, a monarch who believed it was his divine right to rule as he pleased. The puritans attempts to flee the country met with failures before success. Nonetheless, the documentary’s harrowing stories of persecution presented by historical experts brought forth a real sense that God was guiding in a providential path to the New World. The character of these early Americans was brought to life, as their urgency of purpose led to their relentless fight to get away from the government-run church in England to live their lives as God ordained. It would take some twists and turns and a twelve-year stint in Holland, but the the puritans/pilgrims would eventually make it to America.
So back to America Cameron went. Texas, is where he found David Barton, the owner of the largest collection of early American documents, textbooks, and Bibles. Barton presented Cameron with artifacts stating the Congress’ intentions in spreading the Christian faith through access to family Bibles, even funding the project. The notion that the majority of America’s founding fathers were atheists, agnostics, and deists was refuted with the statistics that almost half of the founding fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence went to Orthodox Christian seminaries.
Oregon Tea Party: ‘Tax Day Tea Party Celebration’ April 14th, Featuring James O’Keefe! Register Today!
For the past three years, Oregon Tea Party has hosted a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on April 15th, tax day. It’s always been a family-friendly event, featuring patriot music, the pledge of allegiance, honoring our veterans, and great conservative speakers.
Last year it was cold and pouring rain, so this year we’ve decided to move our event indoors to avoid the weather factor. We’re looking forward to having a great time!
OTP Tax Day Tea Party – Featuring James O’Keefe
Join Oregon Tea Party for a 4th Anniversary Tax Day Tea Party Celebration featuring special guest, James O’Keefe. There will be food, drinks, and music by singer/songwriter Brian Futch.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance online, $25.00 at the door.
All proceeds go to Oregon Tea Party PAC to help fund our activities in this very important election year.
Each paid admission will receive 2 drink tickets to sample some of the best local Oregon Beer & Wine, as well as complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and food.
- Food, drinks and socializing with fellow Patriots
- Oregon Tea Party Chairman John Kuzmanich on 2012 plans
- An acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Brian Futch
- Tea Party retrospective video featuring Oregon highlights
- A tribute to Andrew Breitbart
- Special guest, James O’Keefe
We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday April 14, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM PDT
Emmert Recreation Center
11791 SE HWY 212
Clackamas, OR 97015
Interestingly, the “Occupiers” have organized a conference of all the “Occupy” groups across western Oregon to coincide with the annual Tea Party event. They’re calling it the “2012 Western Occupy Conference.” Glad they’ll have something to keep them “occupied” and out of our hair this year.
Another example of Democrats’ obsession with imitating the cult-like, idolatrous propaganda you see in third world dictatorships.
The Democrat headquarters in Lake County, Florida flew a modified American flag that replaced the stars with an image of the Obamessiah. Local veterans were livid when they saw it.
Lake County Democratic Party officials took down the flag, which flew just below a standard Old Glory on the flagpole outside headquarters in Tavares following complaints by local veterans. But merely taking it down wasn’t enough for several local veterans, who said they fought for the flag Betsy Ross made famous, not one with a politician on it.
“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told FoxNews.com. “It’s totally ridiculous. To put somebody’s picture there, to me, it’s a disgrace to do that.”
Bradford, an organizer with the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park in Leesburg, Fla., snapped photos of the flag and distributed them to fellow veterans and friends. By late afternoon, he and several other veterans delivered a copy of the federal flag code to Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party.
“We read that to her, but she would not accept that,” Bradford said. “The discussion finally got a little bit heated.”
The flag, which had been flying for several months without complaint and is available online for $12.95, was later removed by Hurlbert.
Bradford said Hurlbert apologized for the incident, but did not offer any promises that it wouldn’t fly again.