Our Future Leaders and Morality

Guest Post by: John Velisek USN (Ret.)
for the Common Constitutionalist

Is there morality in government?

It is expected that our politicians be moral and of good character and integrity. But given the power unlawfully and unconstitutionally usurped by our elected officials, can it be said that any member of Congress fits within a recognized set of moral parameters? After all, it is the morality of our legislators which will affect the life, dreams, and hopes of not only this generation, but the generations to come.

The amount of power which a lazy and cowardly American public has permitted our politicians to take for themselves is staggering. But what else could be expected from citizens who look to government as mother and caregiver?

There are many who no longer assume the least bit of responsibility for their own lives. This leads to the rise of an elite dictatorship which, using the best of excuses, such as “it’s for the children,” continues to take away liberty and manipulate our every activity for “the public good.” How eagerly these power hungry political hacks grasp at even the slightest chance for additional authority. read more

Is This How Freedom Dies

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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What we witnessed the other night at the CNN Town Hall was the cancer of leftist authoritarianism, as it slowly begins to consume and kill off everything it contacts. And this is how freedom and liberty may die – to the accompaniment of thunderous applause of ignorant masses, being manipulated and pandered to by opportunists.

It was a dreadful sight. One of which we should all take heed, for this one event may become the springboard or catalyst for the outlawing of firearms, which of course is merely the first step in the loss of additional freedoms.

However, we can’t blame our youth, or even the families of the fallen and injured. They’re hurting and will understandably lash out and demand action. We get that. But the Constitution can’t defend itself against such an onslaught of raw human emotion. It takes people to come to its defense. It takes people who recognize that bad law is worse than none at all – that nothing in the Constitution can ever be compromised away, and are strong enough to suffer the slings and arrows of the emotionally distressed. read more

Better The Devil You Know

by: the Common Constitutionalist

There are several major earth moving news stories happening simultaneously – the ongoing saga between Russia and Ukraine – the Israeli, Hamas battle in Gaza, which may escalate into a two front conflict. It seems Fatah in the West Bank is moving closer to aligning permanently with Hamas, which will surely mean stepped-up assaults by terrorists on Israel from both Gaza and the West Bank.

The self-proclaimed Islamic state is expanding and has declared war on everyone – Christians, Jews and Muslims alike.

Meanwhile in Africa, more and more territory is being plagued by increased outbreaks of the Ebola virus. It appears to be uncontained and spreading.

And there is, of course, the perpetual chaos at our southern border.

All in all, it seems the world is coming apart around us.

I find myself longing for the good old days, when our greatest concern was containing strong-arm dictators from attacking their neighbors. read more

Is Revolution Inevitable?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This one’s going to feel like a real bummer, but I’ll bet I’m not the only one thinking this:

Has the grand experiment called the United States of America run its course – the idea that a country, a people can rule itself? That a true representative Republic could be formed and withstand the test of time?

 

Well, I’m fast becoming convinced that man’s natural state is not one of freedom and liberty. It is becoming evident that the natural state of most humans is servitude and sloth.

 

It seems more and more Americans at least appear to be satisfied with the meager existence offered up by their masters in government. It seems that rugged American spirit has been replaced with a want to be cared for.

 

It may not be most, but certainly enough Americans are satisfied with the direction our country is heading. There appear to be enough citizens that are okay with the imperial nature of our current government, as demonstrated by the tyrants which they elect, year after year.

 

But what of the rest of us? We can’t all move to Belize. What do we do? What do we do when “our party” gives up and passes a “clean” debt ceiling bill without even a whisper of a fight?

 

Any reasonable citizen should be very worried when a sitting Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, is convinced the concentration camps are likely in our future. read more

The Willing Proletariat

 

 by: the Common Constitutionalist

Marx said in 1848 that the world is more and more being divided into two opposing classes: the bourgeoisie (capitalists) and the proletariat (workers); exploiters and the exploited. The proletariat is defined as those without ownership over the means of production, and who therefore have to sell their labor power to capitalists in order to live.

The proletariat is often interchangeably referred to as the “working class,” though having a job does not necessarily make one a proletarian, and not every proletarian has access to a job.

For Marxists, socialism is dressed up as a political system based on the political power of working class people, the proletariat, over the overthrown capitalist ruling classes through the revolutionary use of state power. It is described as a “classless” society.

Of course, the proletariat either don’t realize or are not told that they in fact become the property of the state and thus owe everything to the leaders of the revolutionary movement, like Marx. They trade a perceived master for a real one, as it were. What they also are not told, until it is too late, is at least the capitalist system affords them freedom, if they choose to take advantage of it. The sociacommunist (just made it up, socialist + communist) system strips them of practically every freedom.

Therefore I contend that there not two opposing classes, but two opposing societies, sociacommunist and free.

Sociacommunism  is also far from a society devoid of classes. In a sociacommunist society there are in fact 2 classes; the haves and the have-nots. A truly free society is classless, where one can start out a have-not and become a have, whereas one has little to no chance of the same achievement within the other.

But a capitalist or free society can only exist with a moral people. As citizens begin to lose their morality, their sense of right and wrong, capitalism and freedom become corrupted and in step a Marx, Stalin, Mao, Hitler to lead the workers against the bourgeoisie. They appear to save the day, only to show their true colors later, when it is too late.

And that is the crossroad we find ourselves at now.

Rather than look within ourselves or to our neighbor for what is right or to solve a problem, we look to the state for guidance and security. Hurricane Katrina gave us a great example of this; the poor proletarian, knowing nothing of self-reliance and depending almost entirely on government guidance and assistance. They waited for the authorities to save them. Yet we didn’t hear the horror stories from tornado-ravaged Joplin Missouri.  Why? Freedom loving independent neighbors took care of their own. That’s why.

Rather than socialism and eventual communism being forced on us, we in this country have begun to choose socialism over freedom and the free market.

Citizens voluntarily relinquish freedoms in exchange for security and fairness, not comprehending the danger of this action.

The last several decades have brought us the constant drumbeat of state imposed rules and regulation. And with every new mandate; with every new intrusion, we lose a little more freedom. We are becoming the willing proletariat.

By design I believe, every successive generations freedoms are eroded further. Today’s generation knows nothing of the freedoms of generations past. Thus every subsequent generation know only the “new normal”.

Marx said, “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains, they have a world to win.” Marx could say that, for he was not of the proletariat. The ruling class can always say that.

Removing God

Community Jerk Causes First Grader to Remove ‘God’ From Poem Honoring Grandfathers’ Military Service

by:  at Godfather Politics

A first grader who attends West Marion Elementary School in the McDowell County Schools in Marion, NC wrote a poem about both of her grandfather’s military service in the Vietnam War.  The poem was selected as part of a Veteran’s Day Ceremony display.  One of the lines in her poem read:

“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.”

Someone in the community had to be a jerk and complained that they didn’t like the poem because it mentioned God.  The school reacted to the jerk’s complaint, and forced the little girl to remove the line from her poem before it was allowed to be used in the Veteran’s Day ceremony.

The school’s response hasn’t set well with the girl’s family or a number of others in theNoGod community who fear that the school will use its censorship in other unconstitutional ways.  They sought help from Alliance Defending Freedom, who in turn sent a letter to the school on behalf of a number of residents of the county.

Matt Sharp, legal counsel handling the case wrote to the school saying:

“America’s public schools should encourage, not restrict, the constitutionally protected freedom of students to express their faith.  Students should not be censored when speaking about their faith or honoring those who valiantly served to protect our freedoms. The poem described the historical actions of her grandfather, and the Constitution protects such student expression at school.”

“School officials may not suppress or exclude the personal speech of students simply because the speech is religious or contains a religious perspective.”

“The censorship of this young student’s poem about her grandfathers is repugnant to the First Amendment rights of all students and sends an impermissible message of hostility towards religion.  The First Amendment protects the right of students to discuss their faith–especially when they are discussing a historical event like this student in her poem honoring her grandfathers.”

first-amendmentWND tried to reach school officials to get their side of the story, but none of their requests were answered.  They did note that Superintendent Gerri Martin posted the following statement on the school’s website:

“I am looking forward to collaborating with the board, our attorney, and our community to revise policy and create guidelines that will ensure the rights of free speech and freedom of religion consistent not only with the conscience of this community but the requirements the law places on us as a public school system.”

I see two major problems with this entire situation.  First, the school listened to ONE person’s complaint that they didn’t like the mention of God in the girl’s poem.  So what?  I see and read lots of things that I don’t like, but I don’t set out to trample on the author’s constitutional right to say it.  If everyone was censored based on just one person’s opinion, we would not have anything in writing, audio or video recording, billboards, magazines, newspapers.  Everything would be blank, because there is always at least one person thatcensored won’t like it.

When I see something in print or video that really bothers me, I will write and tell the source that they have lost my business or that I will never watch their show, but I won’t try to stop their right to do and say what they believe.  Too many Americans have died and been wounded winning and protecting the rights of free speech and religion.  To censor those rights would mean that they all died in vain, and I’m not willing to say that.

The second problem is that the school knowingly violated the girl’s constitutional rights. This has been happening in America’s public schools more and more.  As liberal progressives become emboldened by our liberal progressive president, they follow his example and attack the constitutional rights of students, parents and teachers.  And like the president, they do it with full knowledge of their actions.  In fact, in some cases, the schools have purposely trampled on the rights of students and parents in their efforts to usher in the socialist agenda of the NEA.

Parents, if you are unable to educate your children yourself or send them to a good Christian school, then you need to be actively involved with what your child is being taught and how they are being taught.  Look closely because a growing number of schools are teaching globalism and one world economy and government.  Students are being taught that American pride and patriotism are evil and the root of many of the nation’s problems.  They are also taught that mom and dad are evil and part of the problem.  Is this what you want them to learn?

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