Can America be Great – Given Our Present State of Goodness?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The old adage that, “America is great because America is good,” is as true an aspiration today as it was when it was first uttered.

In a speech given by President Ronald Reagan on 25 July, 1986, Reagan repeated that line, adding, “And if America ever stops being good, America will stop being great.”

He was/is right, as he was regarding numerous things. America will stop being great, when our goodness wanes. However, he was incorrect regarding the source of the quote.

Before I proceed further, allow me to clarify something about the above “old adage.”

Time for some fun with facts: In his speech to the American Legion Boy’s Nation, Reagan attributed the oft-repeated line to the French diplomat and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville. Eisenhower did also – on three separate occasions, as did Clinton, Pat Buchanan and many others. Problem is – the “adage” is not found in any of Tocqueville’s writings. Not in “The Old Regime and the Revolution”, nor in his seminal writing, “Democracy in America.” read more

WND Exclusive -Accountability for Sexcapades: Only in Private Sector

Scandals involving every sort of impropriety have been blowing up over the last year. Virtually all of them involve Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

This year has shaped up, like no other, to be the year of the scandal. I wonder if the Chinese could, at this late date, retroactively change 2017 from the Year of the Rooster, to the Year of the Scandal? It’s probably too late. However, the way things are shaping up, 2018 will likely bring more of the same.

A woman called into Rush Limbaugh’s national radio program Thursday to discuss the topic of scandals. But it wasn’t just regarding the scandals themselves, but the response to them. read more

SEAL Mom Has a Message for Obama

After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I’ve been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.

My offering was my only son—Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.

 Many times over the past three years, I’ve been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.

 Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler—much safer—to look the other way. read more

Who’s on First … Third Base

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

 The other morning Glenn Beck asked if the president really does know what’s going on?

Is he in charge? Is anyone in charge? Do any of his people actually report to him or not. Eric Holder for example. Does he report to Obama? If not, than to whom does he report; himself?

Was Leon Panetta telling the truth when he said he had no additional contact with the president. It was rumored that Obama went to sleep the night of the Benghazi attack.

Obama had no idea of the fast & furious scandal. Not even Holder had any notion of the gun running into Mexico. Is any of this to be believed?

The IRS was and for all we know still is, targeting groups that don’t agree with the administration. Are we to believe the president knew nothing of this either?

Is this guy the most incompetent official ever to hold office? Is he the most disengaged Chief executive ever, or is he the most corrupt politician in history?

That’s a tough choice.

Well, I agree with Rush and have contended this for years. Liberals and radical leftists all think the alike. Obama doesn’t need to coach or tell them how to think or act. They don’t require meetings and strategy sessions to make sure all are on the same page.  So, although I doubt it, it could be possible that Obama isn’t aware of some the nefarious goings-on.

He has a circle of friends and colleagues that are cut from the same cloth. So Obama can hire or promote someone like Lois Lerner and just walk away. She knows what to do. She knows to wield her power. She doesn’t need instructions from Obama. She is also able to hire others radicals to do her bidding, and so on down the ladder. That way everyone can claim to be ignorant.

If they do appear to be caught in the act, they just clam up.

Regarding Lois Lerner, of IRS infamy; she claimed the Fifth before Darrell Issa’s committee. Many republicans thought, we’ve got her now!

Conservatives claim she lost the benefit of the Fifth Amendment and wish to her force her to return and testify to the commission.

They certainly have the right to do so, but what will happen?  She will reappear, plead the Fifth and refuse to testify again. The republicans will then remind her that due to her original opening statement, she effectively surrendered her Constitutional right to silence.  The republicans will then hold her in contempt of Congress. How naïve.

Now being in contempt of Congress is not the same as it is in a courtroom. A Judge can find someone in contempt and toss him or her in jail until they answer his questions. It’s different with Congress.

The committee will find Ms. Lerner in contempt. They then  must bring the contempt order to the entire body of the House of Representatives for a vote. Now during this time, Ms Lerner isn’t sitting in the slammer. She is out, going about her business completely unencumbered, and getting paid.

The House votes on the contempt charge. If they vote it down, that’s it; she’s off scot-free. But what if Congress votes in favor? She’ll be in deep doo-doo, right?

Ummm…No. If the body votes to hold her in contempt, they must hand the order over to…, you got it; the Obama Justice Department. Eric Holder’s Justice Department. And what will happen to Ms. Lerner? Absolutely nothing. Well, maybe she’ll get another raise and promotion for a job well done.

So I ask again. Who is running the country anyway? Is there anyone really in charge? Does the buck actually stop anywhere? No, of course not silly. If there were one individual in charge, either the president or department head, he, she or it would bear ultimate responsibility for all the high crimes and shenanigans.

No one who should be in charge seems to know anything, including our dear president. Is it because they really don’t know, or are they all liars? You make the call.