by Jared Taylor
2013 is the Sesquicentennial anniversary of some amazing parts of American History. First, January of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation. Second, in July of 1863, the Union and Confederate armies clashed in a small town known as Gettysburg, PA. Third, a few months later, President Lincoln was invited, as an afterthought, to give a speech at the Gettysburg battlefield.
As many of you know, the roots of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War time when families would decorate the graves of the fallen. As such, it was called Decoration Day.
But what was the Civil War really about? For the North the issue was slavery. For the South it was States’ Rights. The Southern states believed the Constitution prohibited the Federal Government from meddling with the practice of slavery. Senator John Calhoun and others argued that if a State desired to enslave another man through law, it was their Constitutional right.
Fortunately, America was blessed with perhaps our greatest president during the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln. During Lincoln’s formative years, he was a diligent student of three major works: 1) the Holy Bible, 2) Shakespeare, and 3) the Founding Fathers.
So he began his great memorial speech at Gettysburg by stating, “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Do you hear the Declaration of Independence in these words?
Lincoln continued, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.”
Then Lincoln expands his thoughts, “But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”
Then he concluded, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
For Lincoln and his day, the unfinished work was to win the Civil War and free the slaves. However, Lincoln had a bigger vision. A vision where not just the God-given rights of blacks were to be restored, but where all men and women could be treated equally and that government would remember its limited role of securing the rights and liberty for each citizen.
In our day, government is largely a jobs program for bureaucrats and a stimulus program for the power brokers. Very few so-called civil servants remember to serve the citizens. We have a government of the government, by the special interests, and for the elites. The God-given rights of citizens are only given passing lip service during patriotic events.Read more
This man stands up for Republican Principles and the Republican Party platform! Isn’t that what all duly elected Republican officials should do? Which will it be? Republican "unity" or Republican Principles? If "unity," please explain what that means. Unify around …. what?
If Republicans cannot unify around Republican Party Principles, there’s another party that has no principles. Join that party.
A. J. LaFaro was right, when he said, ""When I die and go to heaven I want to go to Gilbert … because Gilbert reflects the values that I believe in… and is home to lawmakers who oppose Medicaid expansion.” See Maricopa County GOP Head A. J. LaFaro in battle for Party’s Future.
It looks like Gilbert is indeed a slice of Heaven. Gilbert was recently ranked the 2nd Most Saintly City in America. We can thank the good citizens of Gilbert for this honor.
The judging criteria was based on the following Seven Deadly Sins:Read more
Please stop referring to Leftist Democrats as Liberals. They are not Liberals. Leftist Democrats have so perverted the language that it is too late for Conservatives to be identified as who we truly are—Classic Liberals. However, it is not too late to call the Democrats what they are: Leftists. If Democrats don’t like that label, they need to look at their elected representatives’ voting records. Start with Barack Obama and move down the food chain. Don’t like it? Then change your party affiliation.
Leftists fraudulently call themselves Liberals, because they like to think of themselves as noble, broad-minded, unprejudiced, and kind. They think they defend the weak against the powerful. They “care.” The Truth is their policies are exactly the opposite.
But let’s look at two definitions. Then, YOU decide who is the Leftist and who is the Liberal.Read more
Our Conservative Message is Unbeatable! (Some of) our Republican messengers are losers.Read more
Here is your opportunity to learn what you won’t learn in Arizona’s public school system. Both of these seminars are brought to you by the Thomas Jefferson Center, and they are held at the Clearview Cultural Center, 1355 S. Clearview, Mesa, AZ. 85206. (North of US-60; East of Power Rd; NE corner of Hampton & Clearview)
"Current Events and the Constitution"
Friday, August 9. 7:00 – 9:00 pm
NO CHARGE. PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
"Healing of America Series" – Seminar #4 "Restoring the Charter of Freedom"
Saturday, August 10. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Early registration: $39 – Register Now. At the door: $49.
Here is a description of this seminar. (Please attend even if you didn’t attend Seminars 1-3.)
" With the essential understanding you’ll have gained from Seminars 1-3, you’ll be ready to undertake a critical analysis of how the American people can restore the Constitution to its rightful place in our policies and our politics-and how we as a people can heal this great land: the Supreme Court, the Congress, the executive branch, and our educational systems, as well as our nation’s finances.
You will also learn how we can heal America spiritually and morally. Like every thinking American, you already know that we will never be able to succeed in this great land if we don’t eliminate the degeneracy that is wrecking families and destroying lives. But what can you and your family do about it? Seminar 4 will inspire you with new ideas and possibilities that will give you hope and assurance that America can recover and succeed. This "Healing of America" education series will prove to be among your most exciting learning experiences."Read more
First, he is NOT the infamous Sen. Rich Crandall (LD16) who voted for the Medicaid Expansion bill. This is Arizona Senator Chester Crandell (LD6) who voted against the Medicaid expansion.
Thursday, August 8th: Please join the Payson Tea Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. State Highway 260, Payson, AZ. The speaker is AZ Legislative District 6 Senator Chester Crandell. Senator Crandell is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, and a member of the Natural Resources & Rural Affairs, Appropriations and Government & Environment Committees. He is a fifth-generation Arizonan, born in Holbrook. Please join us as we hear updates from Senator Crandell and ask him questions about various issues.Read more