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In triumph, when our cause is just

(h/t THE right scoop)

I had the opportunity to attend the Douglas County (GA) Tea Party, but opted to not go.  Douglas County is on the opposite side of traffic-burdened Atlanta from me, and the event started just one hour after work.

Today, I found out that I should have braved I-285’s daunting traffic corridor.  At the end, I’d have been treated to this:

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The Declaration of Grievances and Resolves

While I had been thinking about something like this for several weeks, the document that follows was very much inspired by Nessa’s diary of a few days ago.  This is intended as my statement of Grievances and Resolves, one that I am hopeful conservatives, libertarians and even moderates can identify with.  It is, I hope, something that we can build upon as we instruct our elected and appointed representatives on why we as Americans are so upset with them, with the bureaucracy and the out-of-control spending.


It was once held to be self evident that every person was endowed with inalienable Rights, ones not granted by Government but which existed as a natural part of our Being.  These rights include life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, property, and to live one’s life as one sees fit without interference from others.  We understood these Rights to be inviolable unless they Infringed upon the Rights of another.

Today, our Nation has forgotten these principles.  The Congress and President have evacuated their responsibilities to protect the People from the State, chosen Power over principle and degraded the Sovereignty of the Citizen.  We therefore recognize the following grievances with the Federal Government of the United States:

It has made compliance with the Law virtually impossible by enacting legislation and regulations too extensive and confusing to comprehend.

It has enacted Policies and Programs that discourage productive behavior and damage the economic stature of the Nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tebow’s Ad a Success of Modesty

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan.  As such, I was pretty happy to see Florida lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.  I was even slightly glad to see Tim Tebow cry when the game ended.  But I got over it and even got upset at the people who rode that horse for weeks; because despite putting the hurt on Georgia three of his four years at Florida, Tim is a class act and an overall really nice guy.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, when he gets to the NFL, he gets a reputation along the lines of Doug Floutie or Darrell Green, who are considered to be among the nicest, most consciencious guys to ever don the uniform.

So, in case you missed it, here’s Tim Tebow & Mom’s Super Bowl Ad:

Yeah, that was worth all the shouting and harranging by the National Organization for Women (the same organization that supported Bill Clinton in defending his sexual harrassment lawsuit).  This and other “women’s” groups and “pro-choice” groups spent many hours in the weeks preceding the Super Bowl denouncing the ad as “inappropriate” for the venue, “anti-choice” and “anti-women.”

I’ve been wanting to say all this ever since I saw the ad last night, but amazingly enough, a pro-choice liberal has already said it all for me.  She said it almost a week before the ad aired, and there is very little I could add to the conversation that would be at all helpful.  But I’ll still try.

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Mandated Madness

In all the fuss about the House Health Care “Reform” bill, we have failed to talk about one of the biggest drivers of health insurance costs in the nation today: Insurance mandates.

What insurance mandates do is force these small risk pools together in a negative way: When the risk pool for broken leg is combined with the risk pool for cancer, the risk pool is not more efficient, it is simply more risky. If the likelihood of a broken leg in a given year is 2%, and the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer is also 2%, combining those risk pools does not result in a larger risk pool of 2%. Cancer and a broken legs are generally exclusive; that is to say, people who get cancer are unlikely to suffer a broken leg at the same time. So the risk index has grown from 2% to a combined 3.99% (after all, some people who break their legs will also develop cancer). The more mandates that are added, the more the insurer is required to cover, the greater the cost of the risk pool.

The financial risk pool is even more complex, but I’ll try to simplify it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unemployment is up? This calls for immediate stalling!

As unemployment reaches 10.2 percent and another 502,000 jobless claims are filed, President Obama promises swift action:

The announcement came as the Labor Department reported another 502,000 new jobless claims, two high-tech mainstays announced big layoffs and the unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent.

Obama said the White House forum will gather CEOs, small business owners, economists, financial experts and representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups “to talk about how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again.”

I don’t know why this Administration keeps reminding me of Monty Python. Maybe because it’s so apropos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cashier plans to sue The Home Depot, lawyer should be disbarred

A former cashier believes his rights were violated by The Home Depot when they fired him for wearing an openly religious piece of flair. The Home Depot counters that it does not permit non-approved buttons, pins and other regalia on their store associate aprons.

“I’ve worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God,” Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. “I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my country.”

This is the problem with America today:  We think our rights overrule the rights of others.

Home Depot spokesman said Keezer was fired because he violated the company’s dress code.

“This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs. The issue is not whether or not we agree with the message on the button,” Craig Fishel said. “That’s not our place to say, which is exactly why we have a blanket policy, which is long-standing and well-communicated to our associates, that only company-provided pins and badges can be worn on our aprons.”

Fishel said Keezer was offered a company-approved pin that said, “United We Stand,” but he declined.

In other words, he got away with breaking the rules for a year.  When he was caught and asked to follow them, instead of complying to keep his job he refused.  He was fired.  It should have ended there.

Trevor Keezor doesn’t seem to understand this his right to expression does not supersede the right of The Home Depot, its owners and managers to control the message that is disseminated to its customers.  Allowing him to wear the pin could be seen by some as an endorsement of his religious views. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Wrong Side

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States have all  denounced the ousting of Manuel Zelaya as President of Honduras three months ago.  Zelaya has asked his supporters to descend upon the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa in protest.  This would be all well-and-good, except for one important detail:

It wasn’t a coup.

HondurasA little background:

Zelaya was the elected President of Honduras.  Per the Constitution, he is limited to one term.

Zelaya attempted to have the Constitution amended so that he could serve another term.  The nation’s legislature refused.

Zelaya called for a non-binding referendum on a constitutional amendment.  The legislature refused.

Undeterred, Zelaya had ballots printed in Venezuela, shipped to Honduras, and ordered the military to hold the referendum.  The military refused.  A court battle between Zelaya and his own Attorney General ensued and Honduras’ Supreme Court ordered the referrendum stopped.

Still undeterred, Zelaya had his followers go to the mliitary base to take the ballots and distribute them.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Honduras’ Constitution specifically states that anyone who even suggests that a President should serve more than one term is guilty of treason. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Slice of Tyranny

I don’t play golf.  I’m awful.  I can’t hit the ball straight to save my life.  In fact, I have been asked to leave driving ranges for injuring other golfers.  I have been in situations where the ball ends up behind me on so many occasions I am convinced that I am cursed.  Despite many hours of coaching, I continue to churn out horrific results at the golf course.

I think Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has the same problem:
Golf Swing. Linked from Wikipedia

Of golf, Chavez declared recently in the city of Maracay: “I think it is a bourgeois sport and there’s no justification for having a golf course in the middle of a city where there is so much housing need for the people.

“Even though there are slums, you have 30 hectares so a little group of bourgeois and petit-bourgeois people can go and play golf … They are so lazy, they use carts!” he mocked.

Although a lover of sports, especially baseball, Chavez’ comments brought into the open — and instantly politicized — the decline of golf facilities in Venezuela. Various courses have shut in recent years, and others may go the same way if authorities decide to put Chavez’ words into action.

And it seems the government has no small part in the decline of the sport there: Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Constitution Day

On this day, September 17, 212 years ago, a group of men convened together to approve the re-writing of history.

No, they were not revisionist historians. They were making history by rejecting the ineffective Articles of Confederation, adopted as the United States gained its Independence from Britain, and establishing a more capable and effective form of republican government.
Signing the Constitution. Linked from historycooperative.org
They established in the preamble both the reason why they were there, the purpose of the existence of the government of the United States of America and the reason why governments are established for mankind:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Establish Justice.

Insure domestic Tranquility.

Provide for the common defence.

Promote the general Welfare.

Secure the Blessings of Liberty. Read the rest of this entry »

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