Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

Photograph of "The Minute Man," a statue by Daniel Chester French erected in 1875 in Concord, Massachusetts Public Dom.

Photograph of "The Minute Man," a statue by Daniel Chester French erected in 1875 in Concord, Massachusetts Public Dom.

On the night of April 18, 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British Royal Governor of Massachusetts, after being commanded by King George III, the Sovereign of Great Britain, moved to suppress the rebellious American Colonists. He ordered 700 British soldiers, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith and Marine Major John Pitcairn, to seize the colonists’ military stores in Concord, 20 miles west of Boston. April 19th 1775, The American Revolution began at Lexington Common with the infamous shot “heard round the world” when British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord.

The colonists had set up a system of signals and word-of-mouth communication that proved effective in warning the American volunteer militia men of the approach of the British troops. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” tells how a lantern was displayed in the steeple of Christ Church on the night of April 18, 1775, as a signal to Paul Revere and others.

One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex, village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.

At Lexington Green, the British were met by approximately seventy American Minute Men led by John Parker. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300 to 400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, the colonists were singing “Yankee Doodle” and the American Revolution had begun.

All of these years later, we conservative Americans feel a kindred spirit with those that fought, pledging their lives and fortunes for what would become the greatest nation on God’s green earth, The United States of America.

It seems also that the stakes are just as high for America now as they were then. The freedoms that our Founding fathers fought and died for have been slowly eroded to the point where our freedom truly hangs in the balance. For the past 100 years, those that would wish to change our great republic into something reflecting the nation states of Europe have marched steadily toward that goal. That goal would be, “The fundamental transformation of The United States of America,” if we were to borrow a phrase from someone.

The onslaught of their continuous siege of our constitutional rights would shock our republic’s founders. The infringement on our freedoms, the escalating amount of taxes, the interfering into other nations business and the redistribution of the citizen’s wealth to others that haven’t worked for it would cause them to wash their hands of us all. How did we let it get this way? What can we do to stop it from getting worse? Those questions need answering and they need to be answered now, before it’s too late.

Just as those brave men did so long ago, we stand at a crossroads, a bridge so to speak. Conservative, Constitution believing Americans on one side and progressives of all sorts on the other. The past 2 years have codified for us what has to be done. The Tea Party people have awoken and will not slumber again. The lines have been drawn and the sides chosen.

There is an irreconcilable gulf between those on the progressive side and those on the Constitutional conservative side. Spend any time at all listening to liberal television, radio or web sites and you will see and hear for yourselves that they are committed to their endeavor. Are we? Are you?

Our nation is still a republic. As a republic, we are still the Captains of our own fates. The tide has been against us for some time now but hopefully it’s not too late to save our republic. If we do save it, what will it look like? The last 2 years have changed us as a people. Whether we change the course that the progressives have brought us to or whether our nation’s freedoms and the Constitution die a slow death is yet to be seen.

We need to ask ourselves some serious questions. Will we be slaves? Will we be Masters? With our republic so equally divided between the Right and the Left, where do we go where both will be happy? The stakes are higher than most citizens think. Those that consider themselves undecided on the issues of the day are deluding themselves. Those that are undecided have still made a choice. They have chosen to let others carry the load. They are unworthy of the freedoms given to them by God and instilled in the Constitution,

One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex, village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.

Vote. Spread the word. Make up your minds and stand. Carry on Patriots!

Photo Credit: Photograph of “The Minute Man,” a statue by Daniel Chester French erected in 1875 in Concord, Massachusetts Public Dom.

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Martin, the People and John

Martin, the People and John

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” This statement was made by one of the finest human beings, in my humble opinion anyway, that ever graced the American Republic. They were made by a person of high ideals and infinite wisdom. A person with a vision of what this great nation of ours could achieve if we could just come together as a people. That person was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Conservative Americans that we are, we have long lived with our heads down in the sand, or up our, “you know what’s” when it came to the political arena. We happily went through our days, worrying about only those things that pertained to our own little worlds and not much that had to do with political theater. Those days are past now. Our days of sincere ignorance were burned upon the altar of that amazing piece of political theater that was the Barack Hussein Obama Greek Parthenon inauguration set.

There had been a deep disappointment in our political leaders before President Obama. Conservatives had become feed up with the politics as usual and out of control spending that President George W. Bush’s term had become. The biggest difference and the one that brought us out of our stupor was then, Senator Obama’s deep held belief that we, you and I, conservatives and Republicans in general, were the problem.

We saw his disdain for the America that we grew up in. We saw that he had a vision, a vision not like Dr. Kings where we all would live in freedom. Where we all would put aside race and live together as humans. Equal under the law and under the eyes of God with equal opportunity to achieve and succeed. No, Barack Obama has a vision where all Americans will be equal in their final outcome.

He envisions a nation where those that work and strive for success pay for those that don’t. He envisions where all of the wrongs perpetrated on the entire rest of the world’s people by Anglo Americans will be righted. Righted by his Presidency. Righted by him. Damn the rest of us.

Dr. King also once stated, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Conservatives can never lose hope that they will stop the downward spiral that our Republic is on. That we can save the America way of life that we and our ancestors enjoyed. Very few of us have been or will ever be rich, but we all have the opportunity to aspire to achieve that end for ourselves and for our families.

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” Once again quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The disappointment we conservatives, we working Americans, we America loving Patriots and most importantly, we voting block of conservative and legal voters have in the GOP is staggering. If the establishment of the Republican Party would see and would care about our beliefs and feelings, it would shock them into returning to its conservative ways.

Conservative disappointment in the GOP is tempered only by the fact that the Democratic Party is such a pariah upon the working citizen’s money and freedom that conservatives have no where else to turn. No where else except to the GOP that they know will disappoint them at every opportunity. A supreme case in point being this latest 2011 budget deal made by Speaker Boehner. A promised $100 billion became $64 billion which became $38 billion which is now, the light of the day actually $352 million.

Conservatives have supported the Republican Party well beyond the love that the party returns to them. Their love of the party is waxing colder by the day toward the establishment GOP and may soon turn toward another.

Speaker Boehner, the outcome of the next election is in your hands. The conservatives in this nation are looking for a leader that leads. They are not looking for a leader that tries to perpetrate a hoax on them by slight of budgetary hand. The conservatives of this nation are going to vote for someone that tells them the truth and stands by their values. Be that a Republican such as Romney or an Independent such as Trump. It would do the GOP well to remember that Ross Perot received in 1992, 18.9% of the votes and cost the GOP the election. Not just once, but twice. Again in 1996.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Dr. King once more. Conservatives have looked to the GOP to stem the tide of the Democrats social-Democracy slide toward European socialism. Republicans, when forced by their voters have stuck their legs out to trip up the Progressives in their race toward an integrated world financial, social and governmental system. But only when they had to.

Conservatives believe that, as in the past, equal outcome provided by a centralized and heavy handed federal government is in itself an oppression and cruelty by a bad people. The silence of the GOP is deafening to conservatives. Where are the Republican establishment voices crying for our freedoms? U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) saying that, “elections have consequences”, parroting President Obama, and giving in on just about everything does not endear the conservative to the GOP.

The American people, the conservatives in this great Republic still have hope. Not so much for the GOP to find its way but for the American people to right the direction that our nation is headed. They have hope for a better day ahead. They have hope that our sins of the past will now get behind us and that the struggle we are engaged in now will somehow work out and make us a stronger, a better and a freer republic. Conservatives will not loose hope. They will not give in.

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man that was a great American. Now, go out and be a great American yourself.

Photo Credit: Martin Luther King, 1964. From the American Library of Congress,

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Lincoln, McClellan and John Boehner

Lincoln, McClellan and John Boehner

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First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21, 1861. After the disastrous Union defeat, President Lincoln summoned George McClellan to command the forces in Washington.

Lincoln was impressed by McClellan’s ability to turn the new Army of the Potomac into an effective fighting force. McClellan spent the summer rebuilding the defeated army. As fall turned to winter however, it became apparent that McClellan had no intention of leading his army into battle. In addition, McClellan chronically overestimated Lee’s Confederate army in Virginia believing it was twice its actual size.

Finally Lincoln’s patience ran out and he ordered his general to move his army into Virginia and give battle. However McClellan ignored the order. “If McClellan does not want to use the army,” Lincoln wrote, “I should like to borrow it a while.”

After fighting a bloody stalemate at Antietam, Lee withdrew back to Virginia and McClellan refused to pursue him. For six weeks, Lincoln and McClellan exchanged angry messages as Lincoln implored his general to finish Lee off. On November 5, 1862, Lincoln finally had enough and dismissed McClellan as army commander.

This past week, Speaker of the House John Boehner had been in negotiations with Harry Reid and President Obama over the 2011 Budget. That is last years budget, the one the Democratic Party should have voted on last October but didn’t.

Boehner and the Republican Party promised after last years mid-term elections that it was time to repeal Obama Care. It was time to cut the budget and spending. The Speaker is quoted as saying, “Look, we have to temper our expectations. We are only one half of one-third of the legislative branch here,” Really? Then what was all the back patting being done by party line Republicans for?

Even those Republican’s not in office played up the compromise as a great victory for the GOP. Mike Huckabee praised the Speaker for changing the tone in Washington. Huckabee praised him for changing the tone from one of increased spending to one that speaks of cutting spending. Well here’s a tone for you AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

Now we learn that even the spending cuts purported to in this “great” victory aren’t even cuts. Look at the details for yourself and you will see that it was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner either completely caved in to the Democrats and is lying to we conservatives about it or he truly believes that compromise means bi-partisan at any cost to the conservatives of this republic.

I hope it is the latter because mislead, misinformed or just plain ignorant of the situation can be cured by listening and learning to others. If it is the former, he will turn out to be just another lying politician wont he?

The mid term elections meant something Mr. Speaker. The mid term’s meant we are sick and tired of the direction in Washington. The mid terms meant we want change to the status quos and want someone in the Speaker’s chair that you now set in to do the peoples work Mr. Speaker. That work is to stop the downward spiral of our great Republic and stop President Obama and the lefts fundamental transformation of our country. That chair is Speaker of the House where all budgeting and laws originate from.

You stated that, and I quote your article Mr. Speaker, “That’s why this week, we’ll advance our fight from saving billions of dollars to saving trillions of dollars as we turn our full attention to the GOP budget”. After yet another cave in to President Obama and Senator Reid, how are we, “THE PEOPLE” in the peoples work, supposed to believe you and the other Republicans will fight for us when once again you managed to turn a victory into a defeat?

Conservatives expect more from our Republican representatives Mr. Speaker. We will stand with you and your fellow GOP compatriots in this fight. We will stand with you and support you if you will only fight for us. Even if you loose the battle, if we know that you are for us and in the fight to stay, we will not turn against you.

Those Republicans that were in Washington before the 2010 mid term elections would do well to listen to and yes, maybe even learn from the freshman Republican’s. They have seen our numbers and we are legion. The Republican Party that Grand Ol’ Party is in serious danger of becoming the voting conservative’s George McClellan. If the GOP does not want to use this army of voters, I ‘m sure a 3rd party should like to borrow it a while.

Photo: Alexander Gardner (1821–1882) Public Domain

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A GOP Leonidas

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Leonidas, Spartan Warrior King statue

Ah, spring, a time when people’s minds turn to activities outdoors. A time when the flowers bloom and leaves gather on the trees. A time when young men’s fancies turn to, ah, turn to…Well I guess I forgot that one. No I didn’t forget it, I have just been distracted by all of the hot wind blowing in Washington DC.

The Cherry Blossom Parade was almost cancelled in DC over the weekend because of the, dat dat daaaaa “IMPENDING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN”. Oh the horror!!! Oh, the humanity!!! Oh what a big pile of malarkey. Now that these knuckleheads and DC have announced an agreement, do you feel better or do you feel like you need a shower again?

During the week that these people wasted out time and TV by giving us up to the minute lines of bull, they were negotiating over $61 billion dollars, our nation’s debt increased by $51.4 billion dollars. When all was said and done, at least for now, they agreed to $38.5 billion in cuts. Dang, that was a close one. We almost went over the edge.

It’s good to know that the week really cost conservatives $73.9 billion dollars. And by the way, didn’t the House Speaker and the Republican Party promise us a $100 billion dollars? Hummmn? That’s what we all thought.

With such outstanding work done by the Republican Party again, it begs the question. How are the Republicans going to get any real cuts or reforms accomplished for those American voters that gave them the control of the House of Representatives? Average, everyday, conservative American’s are getting to the point with the GOP that they almost wish the GOP would just come out and say to conservatives and Tea Party people, “just shut up and stay out of it. We know what is best for you now just vote for us and get out of the way.” That at least, would be honest.

Maybe conservatives are being too hard on the GOP? Maybe their doing the best they can? This is probably true. Maybe House Republican’s see the trees in the forest and their voter base can just see the forest fire. The GOP may be correct in using picks, shovels and axes to methodically cut a fire line through the woods in an effort to stop this economic Armageddon. Maybe, maybe not. From the outside, their conservative base just sees the same old thing out of Washington. Republican’s doing what ever the Democrats want them to do in an effort to “just get along”.

The thing is this, sometimes the buyer just wants a little satisfaction with its purchase. Maybe the conservatives and the Tea Party just want a moment, even just a small Alamo moment, a Custer’s Last Stand moment, so to speak from the GOP. The Republican would do itself a huge and I mean HUGE favor if it just once, for its Tea Party base would find a hill, even a tiny hill and fight to the end on it.

The far right and the conservative right of center are looking for their own version of our Founding Fathers. “Give me liberty or give me death” or at least a taste of “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”. They are not only looking for someone to stand as our Founding Fathers but also someone, symbolically at least, with the courage to be their modern day Leonidas I.

In August 480 BC, Leonidas set out to meet Xerxes’ army at Thermopylae with a small force of 300 Spartan warriors. Eventually the Persians brought upwards of 200,000 fighters against the Spartan warrior king. History records their heroic feats. Conservatives are just looking for a Republican with that kind of courage to face the impeding onslaught of the Democrats and their progressive lap dogs in the main stream media. A true conservative will have to have that courage to face down the enemy in the coming two years leading up to the next elections.

To quote George William Curtis quotes (American social reformer, author and editor, 1824-1892) “Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they can not conquer.”

Conservatives know that republicans can not win every battle. They know that Democrats control the Senate and the White House and that they will have to compromise with them. It is a fact of life, like it or not. But the important thing here for the GOP to remember is this. When it comes to the freedoms and rights that our nation was built on, the conservative right of the party along with its Tea Party brothers and sisters has chosen to borrow the words of Leonidas. The Spartan king’s two word response to Xerxes, the king of Persia, when he demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. One of the most famous military quotes ever. Μολών λαβέ ! (Molon labe : Come and get them!)

Just a small showing of true American patriot hood by the Grand Old Party would endear them to their base. A victory, a true victory, however small that shows their willingness to persevere in the fight could become a new battle cry for the republic. “Come and get them” and “Remember the Alamo”. Come on Speaker Boehner, Time to stand and deliver you Republican warrior and the right will stand with you. “Up the Irons” and “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead”.

Photo Credit: “Leonidas. The Spartan king” statue, GNU Free Documentation License