Thirty Five Years Ago: Reagan Christmas Address

Friday, December 23, AD 2016

On December 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation.  The video above is an excerpt from that speech.  The portion of the address dealing with the attempt by the then Polish Communist regime to crush Solidarity, the Polish labor union leading a movement for freedom that would ultimately be the spark that destroyed Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, is omitted.  A few things struck me about the address:

1.  When is the last time a president quoted G.K. Chesterton?

2.   Reagan’s reference to children as a gift from God.

3.   His reference to Christ’s first miracle being His coming to humanity as a helpless babe.

They don’t make them like Reagan anymore, and more is the pity.  Here is the text of his address:

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  • They don’t make them like Reagan anymore? I don’t know. Listening to Trump supporters, you’d think the Donald is the new Ronald. Not even close, but I digress.

  • My boys love seeing things like this. Was America really like this, that a president would say things like this? they ask. Yeah, believe it or not. They say it’s like watching a movie about life on Mars.

  • “They don’t make them like Reagan anymore, and more is the pity.”

    Indeed Don. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Because of the assistance provided to Solidarity by the Reagan Administration, often funnelled through the Catholic Church, the people of Poland rose up again and threw off their oppressors. The land where my ancestors lived, died and are buried is free…. and is Catholic.

    I watched some of Michael Reagan’s speech at Liberty University on Newsman last night. Made me miss Ronald Reagan again.

  • Merry Christmas to you and yours RL!

June 20, 1985: Medal of Freedom for the Saint of the Gutters

Sunday, September 4, AD 2016

Mother-Teresa

We are misunderstood, we are misrepresented, we are misreported. We are not nurses, we are not doctors, we are not teachers, we are not social workers. We are religious, we are religious, we are religious.

Mother Teresa

 

Mother Teresa is being canonized today.  It brings to my mind the date that President Reagan awarded her the Medal of Freedom:

The President. This great house receives many great visitors, but none more special or more revered than our beloved guest today. A month ago, we awarded the Medal of Freedom to 13 heroes who have done their country proud. Only one of the recipients could not attend because she had work to do — not special work, not unusual work for her, but everyday work which is both special and urgent in its own right. Mother Teresa was busy, as usual, saving the world. And I mean that quite literally. And so we rather appreciated her priorities, and we’re very happy, indeed, that she could come to America this week.

Now, a moment ago, I said we’d awarded the Medal of Freedom to heroes who’ve done our country proud. And I believe Mother Teresa might point out here that she is most certainly not an American but a daughter of Yugoslavia, and she has not spent her adult life in this country but in India. However, it simply occurred to us when we wanted to honor her that the goodness in some hearts transcends all borders and all narrow nationalistic considerations.

Some people, some very few people are, in the truest sense, citizens of the world; Mother Teresa is. And we love her so much we asked her to accept our tribute, and she graciously accepted. And I will now read the citation.

Most of us talk about kindness and compassion, but Mother Teresa, the saint of the gutters, lives it. As a teenager, she went to India to teach young girls. In time, Mother Teresa began to work among the poor and the dying of Calcutta. Her order of the Missionaries of Charity has spread throughout the world, serving the poorest of the poor.

Mother Teresa is a heroine of our times. And to the many honors she has received, including the Nobel Peace Prize, we add, with deep affection and endless respect, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

[At this point, the President presented the award to Mother Teresa.]

May I say that this is the first time I’ve given the Medal of Freedom with the intuition that the recipient might take it home, melt it down and turn it into something that can be sold to help the poor. [Laughter]

And I want to thank you for something, Mother Teresa. Your great work and your life have inspired so many Americans to become personally involved, themselves, in helping the poor. So many men and women in every area of life, in government and the private sector, have been led by the light of your love, and they have given greatly of themselves. And we thank you for your radiant example.

 

Mother Teresa. I am most unworthy of this generous gift of our President, Mr. Reagan, and his wife and you people of United States. But I accept it for the greater glory of God and in the name of the millions of poor people that this gift, in spirit and in love, will penetrate the hearts of the people. For in giving it to me, you are giving it to them, to my hands, with your great love and concern.

 

I’ve never realized that you loved the people so tenderly. I had the experience, I was last time here, a sister from Ethiopia found me and said, “Our people are dying. Our children are dying. Mother, do something.” And the only person that came in my mind while she was talking, it was the President. And immediately I wrote to him, and I said, “I don’t know, but this is what happened to me.” And next day it was that immediately he arranged to bring food to our people. And I can tell you the gift that has come from your people, from your country, has brought life — new life — to our suffering people in Ethiopia.

 

I also want to thank the families here in United States for their continual and delicate love that they have given, and they have shown, by leaving their children to become sisters and to serve the poor throughout the world. We are now over the world and trying to bring the tenderness and the love of Jesus.

 

And you, you cannot go where we go. You cannot do what we do. But together, we are doing something beautiful for God. And my gratitude to you, President, and your family and to your people. It’s my prayer for you that you may grow in holiness to this tender love for the poorest of the poor. But this love begins at home, in your own family, and it begins by praying together. Prayer gives a clean heart, and a clean heart can see God. And if you see God in each other, you will have love, peace, joy together. And works of love are works of peace. And love begins at home.

 

So, my sisters, brothers, and fathers, you are going — and all our poor people, thousands and thousands and thouands of people that we deal with, I bring their gratitude to you. And keep the joy of loving. Love them, and begin in your own family first. And that love will penetrate right through the furthest place where no one has ever been — there is that tenderness and love of Christ.

 

And remember that whatever you do to the least, you do it to Him, Jesus said. You did it to me. What a wonderful opportunity for each one of us to be 24 hours with Jesus. And in doing what we are doing, as he said, if you receive a little child in my name, you receive me. If you give a glass of water in my name, you give it to me. What a wonderful and beautiful tenderness and love of Christ for each one of us.

 

So, once more, I want to thank you for this beautiful gift, which I am sure it will bring great joy to our people by sharing it with them.

 

God bless you and keep you in his heart.

 

 

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  • I have a question. Who are today’s living saints? I certainly hope we all are, of course. But who are the public exemplars of Catholicism, the people you look at and sense that 50 years from now they’;ll have parishes named after them? I can see a Pope St. Benedict XVI. Other than him? Are their founders, evangelists, leaders in any respect that you think are headed toward sainthood?

  • I have great respect for Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life. Mother Angelica I am sure is now among the Blessed. Many of our Chinese priests and bishops of the Underground Catholic Church have been quite heroic. Retired Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz may be viewed by future Church historians as a voice of sanity in an insane time. Many who we now venerate as saints were regarded as cranks and nuisances, and worse, by many of their contemporaries, so recognizing holiness often needs the perspective of time.

  • Well said Donald. We are unaware that we walk among saints every day throughout our lives, some we recognize for their goodness, others we dismiss as quacks. We are obligated to try to emulate as much as we can what Mother Teresa and others like her demonstrate, and to follow the words of our Savior as diligently as we can in looking after those less fortunate. In so doing I believe we become living saints in the eyes of our Lord. And that is what counts, not the recognition of humankind.

  • https://akacatholic.com/teresa-of-calcutta-a-saint-for-our-times/

    Here’s a different take on Mother Teresa. Thoughts to ponder.

    “In sum, the life and legacy of Mother Teresa provides a crystal clear image of what Francis is Hell bent and determined to usher into being:

    A Catholic Church effectively stripped of her true identity; ambivalent toward her divinely-given mission – with all that remains being an earthbound enterprise so entirely focused on temporal matters that even her most highly celebrated missionaries can’t be bothered to consider the supernatural ends for which man was created.”

  • There are always, I pray, great Catholics in the world. I’m just asking about visible ones at their prime. The Loyolas and Sheens. Not the game manager quarterbacks, but the Joe Montanas that the other team has to think about on every play. I have a lot of respect for Father George Rutler, and should I make it to heaven I imagine he’ll be there to explain it to me, but he doesn’t have a world stage.

    I wonder, in the age of communication that we’re in, is it paradoxically harder to get an audience? Not because we seek low-quality entertainment (there is that), but because of the sheer number of channels? Is the humble glamour of a John Paul II impossible to recreate? And – is that where Francis is going wrong? But then, isn’t the Church always the antidote for the poisons of an era?

    I dunno. I have the day off work and I’m rambling. I’ll tell you one thing about our era and saintliness though. They’re going to have to do away with the old rule of reading all of a person’s communications in the process of canonization. It won’t be possible any more.

July 17, 1980: Ronald Reagan Acceptance Speech

Friday, August 5, AD 2016

 

 

 

Hands down the most effective acceptance speech I have witnessed in my life.  Reagan had been aiming for this since 1968.  For his conservative followers this was the culmination of a struggle dating back to the Eisenhower-Taft sruggle in 1852.  Here is the text of the speech:

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice President to be, this convention, my fellow citizens of this great nation:

With a deep awareness of the responsibility conferred by your trust, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. I do so with deep gratitude, and I think also I might interject on behalf of all of us, our thanks to Detroit and the people of Michigan and to this city for the warm hospitality they have shown. And I thank you for your wholehearted response to my recommendation in regard to George Bush as a candidate for vice president.

I am very proud of our party tonight. This convention has shown to all America a party united, with positive programs for solving the nation’s problems; a party ready to build a new consensus with all those across the land who share a community of values embodied in these words: family, work, neighborhood, peace and freedom.

I know we have had a quarrel or two, but only as to the method of attaining a goal. There was no argument about the goal. As president, I will establish a liaison with the 50 governors to encourage them to eliminate, where it exists, discrimination against women. I will monitor federal laws to insure their implementation and to add statutes if they are needed.

More than anything else, I want my candidacy to unify our country; to renew the American spirit and sense of purpose. I want to carry our message to every American, regardless of party affiliation, who is a member of this community of shared values.

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  • Reagan was a man who understood that the limitations placed upon government by our Constitution were of immense benefit to average American men and women. The point of America was to advance the rights of the little guy, like any government in memory.

    Reagan loved America, because he first loved the American people and the spirit of independence and goodness that inspired them and all generations before. He loved America and more importantly he loved AMERICANS. That is why he was great. Not any specific policy, but all he did was driven by that spirit of love for Amercana.

    We have forgotten this. I hope we can reclaim it. Victory is not policy. Victory is not installing this or that name to the Supreme Court. Victory is reclaiming America and its spirit; that hard to define thing that enshrines ndividuals liberty, grounded on bedrock Christian principles, in the personas of average Joe and Jane American. Everything else follows from that.

    I hope the coming election debacle will help conservatives of good will reclaim the spirit of Reagan that respected simple Constitutional restraint and the average Main Street American it was designed to protect and advance.

  • Thank you for that reminder. That was outstanding.

  • And there’s nobody like him in the world today……..

Victims of Communism Day: Year of Miracles

Sunday, May 1, AD 2016

 

Today is the Victims of Communism Day  on which we remember the one hundred million and counting butchered by Communist regimes and movements.  Twenty-seven years ago in 1989 I lived through the Year of Miracles in which nation after nation in Eastern European threw off the shackles of the Soviet imposed Communist regimes that had enslaved them in the wake of World War II.   It was a year that seemed like a dream come true.

In 1982 President Ronald Reagan laid out a blue print for what was to come:

Some argue that we should encourage democratic change in right-wing dictatorships, but not in Communist regimes. Well, to accept this preposterous notion — as some well-meaning people have — is to invite the argument that once countries achieve a nuclear capability, they should be allowed an undisturbed reign of terror over their own citizens.

We reject this course.

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  • This article needs to shoved right into the Pharasitical face of Jorge the commie Bergoglio.

  • The Pontiff is no Communist. He is an Argentine Peronist, which is one of the most confused and stupid ideologies a person can believe in. He is limited by his upbringing and his enviornment. What happened in Poland and the rest of the former Warsaw Pact is beyond his understanding. It is like trying to teach a pig to appreciate Mozart. This is why I have pointed out that the Pontiff’s upcoming trip to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day will be his first visit to a Catholic nation….in his life.

    Communism is man’s greatest evil he has inflicted upon himself. Even after its failure it has its adherents all over the world. Usually they want to be the ones to install some sort of Marxism and be the ones pulling the strings.

    We have a political party that is a mix of Marxism and organized crime, and another run by weak, spineless Washington quislings.

  • Their opposition to the Vietnam War was not about peace. It was about aiding and abetting the communist, evil empire. It was the same in the early 1940’s when US reds (useful idiots) stridently opposed US intervention in WWII until Hitler attacked Stalin and their orders changed.
    .
    I apologize in advance. Daniel Berrigan, aged 94 years, notorious communist sympathizer, Society of Judas member, and America-hater, has died. Which event provides evidence that only the good die young.

  • “Communism is man’s greatest evil he has inflicted upon himself. ”
    PF, are you implying that the Religion of Peace was not inflicted by man? In death toll alone it exceeds Communism by 3:1, and that is a conservative estimate. Another causative agent? Hmmmm.

  • TomD may have a valid point:
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    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/05/the_greatest_murder_machine_in_history.html
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    Nevertheless, to be a communist is to be a murderer.

  • Islam, bad as it is, did not wipe out a hundred million people in a century.

    More nations were ruled by Communists than by Muslims in the 20th Century.

    The crimes of Islam have been perpetrated over nearly a millenium and a half. Really, so what if Islam has caused more deaths than Communism? Does that make Islam worse, or simply point out that Islam has been around longer?

    Communism did its worst in the 20th century and has more adherents in academia and popular entertainment.

    Poland fought both Islam and Communism. Beat ’em, both, too.

    A debate over which is worse is a debate for another day. Today is Victims of Communism Day.

  • “Islam, bad as it is, did not wipe out a hundred million people in a century. ” True PF. At Islam’s worse the death rate per century was about half that of Communism.

    It’s your “inflicted upon himself” part that I was really homing in on. I think you are right, but only because we don’t know the extent of diabolical influences on Marx, Engles, Lenin, etc. With the ‘angel Gabriel’ appearance in that cave near Mecca, we can speculate a bit more reasonably on his origins.

  • In any case, 1989 was truly a miracle. So was 1991. I recall driving to work that year and hearing of John Paul II’s call for the world to pray as the tanks were rolling into Moscow. His words were to the effect “This is the moment!” Yes it was. I wonder if there has been a time since then when so many prayed together.

Ronald Reagan: January 28, 1986: The Future Doesn’t Belong to the Faint Hearted

Saturday, February 6, AD 2016

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

                                              President Ronald Reagan, January 28, 1986

 

 

 

As regular readers of this blog know, I am honored to share my birthday, February 6, with the greatest president of my lifetime:  Ronald Wilson Reagan.  Today is my 59th birthday and the one hundred and fifth for President Reagan.  One aspect of his Presidency was the power of his oratory:  Mr. Reagan being a master of giving voice to sentiments with verbal images that could move and inspire his listeners.  One of the best short samples of his skill, is the speech that he gave on the day of the Challenger disaster.  Reagan, obviously filled with grief himself, did not allow his speech to be a mere lament.  While honoring the dead he pointed to the future, and told the hard truth that loss and disaster are the inevitable price to be paid for exploration and new frontiers.  Here is the text of his speech:

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  • Probably the best speech Peggy Noonan has ever written.

  • Happy Birthday, Donald McClarey!
    Ronald Reagan was the first President I ever voted for. I will continue to hope that another man of his fiber may someday lead our country.

  • Happy Birthday Don.
    In NZ it is also “Waitangi Day” – commemorating the creation of our nation when, on this day in 1840, most of the Maori chiefs of NZ and representatives of the British Crown met on the grounds of the MIssion house in Waitangi, Bay of Islands to formalise the agreement of the country becoming a part of the British Empire – the signing of the founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, the Maori chiefs ceding sovereignty to Britain.
    It is also the anniversary of my mother’s death in 2,000 – she died at 91 years of age with her rosary in her hands; a woman of immense faith. Its a sad thing that some of her children and many of her grand and great-grandchildren have abandonned that which she handed on to them with so much fervour.
    God rest her soul, and bless Don McClarey and his family and friends.

  • Hey, Happy Birthday Donald. I hope the heat from the candles isn’t too hot. Have a good rest of the day.

  • Thank you Don! Prayers for the repose of the soul of your Mom! 91 years was a good long run although far too brief for those who loved her. I had heard of Waitangi Day but it hadn’t penetrated through to me that it was on my birthday! Rather like being born on the 4th of July in the States!

  • Happy Birthday, Donald!

  • “Rather like being born on the 4th of July in the States!”

    My youngest grand-daughter, Emma was born on 4th.July in 2005 – she was baptised the same day that my dad died November 11th. – very auspicious. She is now 10, and a beautiful and very talented child – an almost clone of my daughter, her mother.

    She is my family’s American connection which I regularly remind her of. 😉

  • I enjoy your blog. Happy Birthday !

    HOWEVER – PLEASE it is most decidedly NOT “.. the one hundred and fifth for President Reagan…” The man has been DEAD for over ELEVEN YEARS ! PLEASE !

    [It is ridiculous to say something so stupid as “…Today is my 59th birthday and the one hundred and fifth for President Reagan…” ; you could have at LEAST stated something to the effect of “Today WOULD HAVE MARKED the 105th birthday for Ronald Reagan if he was still with us” OR “Today marks the 105th ANNIVERSARY of Ronal Reagan’s birthday” or something similar, which would have been both more accurate an more respectful [IMHO ! ]

  • Thank you for the birthday wish Donald, but we must agree to disagree. Birthdays still are observed even when the departed are not among us. I still observe the birthdays of my son who died in 2013 and will continue to do so until I depart this Vale of Tears.

  • Of course, we celebrate the anniversary of our birthdays, as we do our weddings.
    I was fascinated , as a young sailor in japan, by the fact that they celebrate their birthday anniversary as 9 months before their actual day of birth.
    That notion would drive the pro-aborts crazy.

  • I will not belabor the point any longer BUT RE : “… Birthdays still are observed even when the departed are not among us…”

    Maybe by YOU maybe even people that you know but I personally have never heard such a ridiculous thing in my life. My father has been dead for over 40 years and my mother for over 20 years and I have NEVER even THOUGHT about “celebrating” their birthdays since their respective departures. The very idea is repugnant to me and frankly smacks of paganism.

    Oh well. To each his own [I reckon] “..we must agree to disagree..”

  • “and frankly smacks of paganism.”

    Complete and total rubbish. My love for my son and my respect for the dead who are good and great smacks not of paganism but a warm heart, and is a reflection of my love for the God that made them and me. Your taking such umbrage about the innocent observance of the birthdays of the dead I find bizarre, but such differences are what makes for a complex world. I assume that you will refuse to take time off next President’s Day, if you get the day off, since that is officially Washington’s birthday. Illinois observes Lincoln’s birthday on this Friday and the Federal holiday next Monday, and I will celebrate both men during the long weekend when I will be closing my office out of respect for them.

    “[1] Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation. [2] The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning. [3] Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets, [4] And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words. [5] Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.

    [6] Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses. [7] All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days. [8] They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related: [9] And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them. [10] But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:

    [11] Good things continue with their seed, [12] Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants. [13] And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. [14] Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. [15] Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.”

    Wisdom 44: 1-15

  • Self-described Christian people who refuse to honor their noble dead whether by birthday remembrance or otherwise are themselves without honor and worse off than the heathen pagans.

  • [WHAT UNNECESSARY VITRIOLE !]

    as previously stated : Oh well. To each his own [I reckon] “..we must agree to disagree..”

    (it would have been indeed “ore noble” for you to have simply left it at that !

  • And I would have if you hadn’t been in the one to bring up paganism.

July 4, 1986: President Reagan on the Declaration of Independence

Sunday, July 5, AD 2015

 

My fellow Americans:

In a few moments the celebration will begin here in New York Harbor. It’s going to be quite a show. I was just looking over the preparations and thinking about a saying that we had back in Hollywood about never doing a scene with kids or animals because they’d steal the scene every time. So, you can rest assured I wouldn’t even think about trying to compete with a fireworks display, especially on the Fourth of July.

My remarks tonight will be brief, but it’s worth remembering that all the celebration of this day is rooted in history. It’s recorded that shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia celebrations took place throughout the land, and many of the former Colonists — they were just starting to call themselves Americans — set off cannons and marched in fife and drum parades.

What a contrast with the sober scene that had taken place a short time earlier in Independence Hall. Fifty-six men came forward to sign the parchment. It was noted at the time that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. And that was more than rhetoric; each of those men knew the penalty for high treason to the Crown. “We must all hang together,” Benjamin Franklin said, “or, assuredly, we will all hang separately.” And John Hancock, it is said, wrote his signature in large script so King George could see it without his spectacles. They were brave. They stayed brave through all the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on a universal claim to human dignity, on the proposition that every man, woman, and child had a right to a future of freedom.

For just a moment, let us listen to the words again: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Last night when we rededicated Miss Liberty and relit her torch, we reflected on all the millions who came here in search of the dream of freedom inaugurated in Independence Hall. We reflected, too, on their courage in coming great distances and settling in a foreign land and then passing on to their children and their children’s children the hope symbolized in this statue here just behind us: the hope that is America. It is a hope that someday every people and every nation of the world will know the blessings of liberty.

And it’s the hope of millions all around the world. In the last few years, I’ve spoken at Westminster to the mother of Parliaments; at Versailles, where French kings and world leaders have made war and peace. I’ve been to the Vatican in Rome, the Imperial Palace in Japan, and the ancient city of Beijing. I’ve seen the beaches of Normandy and stood again with those boys of Pointe du Hoc, who long ago scaled the heights, and with, at that time, Lisa Zanatta Henn, who was at Omaha Beach for the father she loved, the father who had once dreamed of seeing again the place where he and so many brave others had landed on D-day. But he had died before he could make that trip, and she made it for him. “And, Dad,” she had said, “I’ll always be proud.”

And I’ve seen the successors to these brave men, the young Americans in uniform all over the world, young Americans like you here tonight who man the mighty U.S.S. Kennedy and the Iowa and other ships of the line. I can assure you, you out there who are listening, that these young are like their fathers and their grandfathers, just as willing, just as brave. And we can be just as proud. But our prayer tonight is that the call for their courage will never come. And that it’s important for us, too, to be brave; not so much the bravery of the battlefield, I mean the bravery of brotherhood.

All through our history, our Presidents and leaders have spoken of national unity and warned us that the real obstacle to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within. It’s easy enough to dismiss this as a kind of familiar exhortation. Yet the truth is that even two of our greatest Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, once learned this lesson late in life. They’d worked so closely together in Philadelphia for independence. But once that was gained and a government was formed, something called partisan politics began to get in the way. After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800. And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.

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  • When President Reagan spoke I imagine he and everyone listening thought that we had a government by the people; that the people controlled the government. Now what we say? It sure looks like the other way around with the government controlling us with the help of large corporations. We need a new American Revolution.

    Charles Murray has a new book out on this subject: BY The People. Here is a review by the American Enterprise Institute.

    American freedom is being gutted. Whether we are trying to run a business, practice a vocation, raise our families, cooperate with our neighbors, or follow our religious beliefs, we run afoul of the government—not because we are doing anything wrong but because the government has decided it knows better. When we object, that government can and does tell us, “Try to fight this, and we’ll ruin you.”

    In this provocative book, acclaimed social scientist and bestselling author Charles Murray shows us why we can no longer hope to roll back the power of the federal government through the normal political process. The Constitution is broken in ways that cannot be fixed even by a sympathetic Supreme Court. Our legal system is increasingly lawless, unmoored from traditional ideas of “the rule of law.” The legislative process has become systemically corrupt, no matter which party is in control.

    But there’s good news beyond the Beltway. Technology is siphoning power from sclerotic government agencies and putting it in the hands of individuals and communities. The rediversification of American culture is making local freedom attractive to liberals as well as conservatives. People across the political spectrum are increasingly alienated from a regulatory state that nakedly serves its own interests rather than those of ordinary Americans.

    Infographic:

    Charles Murray’s field guide to civil disobedience

    The even better news is that federal government has a fatal weakness: It can get away with its thousands of laws and regulations only if the overwhelming majority of Americans voluntarily comply with them. Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable, through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do. Americans have it within their power to make the federal government an insurable hazard like hurricanes and floods, leaving us once again free to live our lives as we see fit.”

    “By the People” has a hopeful message. Rebuilding our traditional freedoms does not require electing a right-thinking Congress or president, nor does it require five right-thinking justices on the Supreme Court. It can be done by we the people, using America’s unique civil society to put government back in its proper box.

    Praise

    “A road map to recapture true American exceptionalism. With passion, brilliance, and a keen sense of the radical essence of what America means, Murray dismisses what passes for political debate today and offers an audacious plan to restore the liberty our founders bequeathed to us.”
    —Ed Crane, President Emeritus, Cato Institute

    Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at AEI. He first came to national attention in 1984 with his book “Losing Ground” and, most recently, in 2012 with “Coming Apart.”

  • I still believe that what unites us is more than what divides us. But is it stronger than what divides us? The contemporary liberal believes many of the same things as the conservative; his understanding of things like liberty and equality is different, but not irreconcilably removed from the American tradition. But his image of America, past and present, is irreconcilable with patriotism. He believes that we are the people we’ve been waiting for – that is, the modern dissenters are the ones the country has been waiting for to fulfill its promise by overturning its traditions.

    Evan Sayet describes himself as a September 12th conservative. He tells it this way: If you hear someone complaining about his wife, saying that he hates her, you think he’s just spouting off. They’re together, they love each other, right? But then you’re with him and the two of you see his wife getting beaten up in an alley, and he does nothing to help her. That’s when you realize he really means it. He hates her.

    If I could look around and see any sign of the American liberal rallying around an established aspect of the rule of law, I’d feel some optimism. I think we’re all a lot alike in what we’d like to see our country be, but the liberal appears to be ready to destroy everything to implement his vision. There’s an exchange in the movie As Good As It Gets between an author and a female fan: “How do you write women so well?” “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.” That’s what I think of when I debate a liberal.

  • Glenn Beck, whom I often consider to be somewhat extreme or even nuts, called for an American Restoration movement. However it is to come about, we need such a movement.

    The Federal Government has run up massive debt that cannot be repaid. Having said that, debt that was purchased by the Federal Reserve Bank – purchases of US Treasury securities in exchange for Federal Reserve Notes – should be repudiated as it is nothing but the printing of money. The Federal Government instigated the Great Recession that began in 2008 – going back to the Carter Administration, accelerated by the Clinton Administration and blown open when Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were on the House and Senate committees with oversight of such things. The Federal Government has refused to enforce immigration law and keep illegal aliens out of our country. The terrorists of 9/11 were men who overstayed their visas and should not have been allowed in the country in the first place. The Federal Government will not enforce election laws.

    No nation on earth – not Great Britain, imperial France or imperial Spain, nor Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or the USSR – was able to defeat the United States of America. This country will be destroyed only from within by its own people – if allowed.

    We cannot consent to be ruled by Hollywood, Big Enviornment, Big Education, Big Media, pointy-headed Ivy Leaguers and public sector employee unions. Hollywood destroys morals. Big Enviornment is uninterested in protection of the ecosystem but wants to tell everyone where to live and how to live. Big Education has an insatiable appetite for money – education inflation far exceeds medical care inflation but nobody in Big Media cares. Big Education does not produce results demanded from a McDonald’s franchise.Big Media is biased and tells half truths and conceals corruption from those it favors. Public sector employee unions have massive unfunded liabilities in many parts of the country. These benefits were promised in exchange for votes and the responsibilities were kicked down the road.

    Another organized resistance (the third in our history) against the Federal Government may well take place. It can be a Constitutional Convention. It can be a number of states, led by Texas, declaring that they will not abide by Federal Government directives aimed at them. It can be massive civil disobedience. I hope it will not be armed conflict.

    Who will lead such a movement? Who will join in? I don’t know.It may take place after my lifetime, as I’m 52.

    Official Washington is in a world of its own. It has become something similar to a capital of a corrupt Latin American country, with power over everything it wants to control whether permitted or not. The words of the Declaration of Independence – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – were shredded by Roe v. Wade. The Constitution has been shredded by Obumblercare and numerous court decisions, not the least of which was recently made by the nitwit Anthony Kennedy.

    I could pontificate all day but it’s a beautiful day outside, vacation ends today and there is an errand to run.

  • Two other thoughts:

    I miss good political rhetoric. After Reagan was Bush Sr, who had some kind of defect in his speaking. Then came Clinton, who I didn’t want to listen to, then Bush Jr., and with all due respect he was as bad (different, but as bad) as his father, then the past 6-and-a-half years. None of the current crop of Republican candidates, talented though they may be, strike me as particularly good speakers. You’d think in an era of communications that we’d be doing better.

    A year after this speech about the things that join us together, Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. As another blog pointed out, Bork’s rejection led to the recent Court decisions. We do have a lot of things that join us together, but man, we have to fight every battle.

  • Ever heard of sheriff Dave Clark of Milwaukee, a sheriff who has been on Fox News quite a bit lately? There is an organization that is fighting back and they were elected and took an oath to uphold the constitution and protect citizens. All sheriffs were. But this orginization has been gaining strength lately and doing their best to protect against unconstitutional laws.
    CSPOA.org
    “The CSPOA is a committed group of freedom-loving Americans supporting the office of Sheriff, thereby, enabling us to go about the work of serving our communities and standing by our oaths.”
    Sheriff David A Clarke, Jr. Milwaukee County, WI

  • Wonder if Peggy Noonan shaped his remarks,the contrast between RR and BO is heartbreaking.as RR recedes in time He looms larger,as BO’s time ends I expect he will shrink.

Fortnight For Freedom: John Paul II on the Constitution

Thursday, June 25, AD 2015

Fortnight For Freedom 2015

 

 

 

Interesting reflections on the Constitution courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:

 

Mr President,

1. I am grateful for the great courtesy that you  extend to me by coming personally to meet me in this city of Miami. Thank you  for this gesture of kindness and respect.

On my part I cordially greet you as the  elected Chief Executive of the United States of America. In addressing you I  express my own deep respect for the constitutional structure of this  democracy, which you are called to “preserve, protect and defend”. In  addressing you, Mr. President, I greet once again all the American people with their history, their achievements and their great possibilities of serving  humanity.

I willingly pay honour to the United  States for what she has accomplished for her own people, for all those whom she  has embraced in a cultural creativity and welcomed into an indivisible national  unity, according to her own motto: E pluribus unum. I thank America and all Americans – those of past generations and those of the present – for their  generosity to millions of their fellow human beings in need throughout the  world. Also today, I wish to extol the blessing and gifts that America has  received from God and cultivated, and which have become the true values of the  whole American experiment in the past two centuries.

2. For all of you this is a special hour in your  history: the celebration of the Bicentennial of your Constitution. It is a time  to recognize the meaning of that document and to reflect on important aspects of  the constitutionalism that produced it. It is a time to recall the original  American political faith with its appeal to the sovereignty of God. To celebrate  the origin of the United States is to stress those moral and spiritual  principles, those ethical concerns that influenced your Founding Fathers and  have been incorporated into the experience of America.

Eleven years ago, when your country was  celebrating another great document, the Declaration of Independence, my  predecessor Paul VI spoke to American Congressmen in Rome. His statement is  still pertinent today: “At every turn” he said, “your Bicentennial speaks to you  of moral principles, religious convictions, inalienable rights given by the  Creator”. And he added: “We earnestly hope that… this commemoration of your  Bicentennial will constitute a rededication to those sound moral principles  formulated by your Founding Fathers and enshrined forever in your history” (Pauli VI, Allocutio ad civiles Auctoritates Foederatarum Civitatum Americae  Septemtrionalis, die 26 apr. 1976: Insegnamenti di Paolo VI, XIV [1976] 288ss.).

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  • I miss having a Pope who knew how to write and communicate clearly.

  • Beautiful. A lot has changed over the past two years. From free enterprise is the root of all ecological evil and we must be controlled by a super state, to this beautiful expression of what was once our ideal:

    This is the freedom that America is called to live and guard and to transmit. She is called to exercise it in such a way that it will also benefit the cause of freedom in other nations and among other peoples.”

One Response to Victims of Communism Day: Ronald Reagan

  • Ronald Reagan was the best President of the 20th Century and one of the best Presidents in the history of the Republic. Tax revenues nearly doubled, inflation was whipped, unemployment was drastically reduced and less than one year after leaving office, Communism collapsed in the old Warsaw Pact. Meanwhile, Barry Soetero Dunham Obama was not attending class at Columbia, smoking pot and doing God knows what else.

    Many conservatives loathe Woodrow Wilson. I cut Wilson a break because he stressed the reestablishment of the Republic of Poland at the conclusion of WWI, while David Lloyd George wanted nothing of it and didn’t want to lift a finger to assist Poland as it fought the Red Army in 1920. FDR’s administrations were infested with Stalinist spies and Alger Hiss negotiated for the USA at Yalta – or so I’ve read (I do not have the source). FDR knew that it was the NKVD who murdered Poles at Katyn. FDR gave Stalin whatever Stalin wanted.

    The association that awards the Pulitzer Prize has twice not seen fit to revoke the award won by Walter Duranty for his lies about the Ukrainian Holodomor. While the New York times has repudiated Duranty they have done no such thing I can find regarding the Castro bootlicker Herbert Matthews.

    Reagan set out to right the wrong done to Poland. The book by Paul Kengor, “The Last Crusader” details the steps taken to assist Solidarity and confront Communism worldwide. I will go to my grave as Ronald Reagan being my favorite President.

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II

Friday, February 6, AD 2015

 

Today is my 58th birthday.  I have always been pleased to share my birthday with one of the greatest of our presidents:   Ronald Wilson Reagan.  One of the fascinating aspects of his Presidency was the alliance established between him, Pope John Paul II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to help bring about the demise of Communism in Eastern Europe.  Carl Bernstein chronicled what he called The Holy Alliance which began with a meeting between Reagan and the Pope in the Vatican Library on June 7, 1982, the first meeting of the two men:

According to aides who shared their leaders’ view of the world, Reagan and John Paul II refused to accept a fundamental political fact of their lifetimes: the division of Europe as mandated at Yalta and the communist dominance of Eastern Europe. A free, noncommunist Poland, they were convinced, would be a dagger to the heart of the Soviet empire; and if Poland became democratic, other East European states would follow.

“We both felt that a great mistake had been made at Yalta and something should be done,” Reagan says today. “Solidarity was the very weapon for bringing this about, because it was an organization of the laborers of Poland.” Nothing quite like Solidarity had ever existed in Eastern Europe, Reagan notes, adding that the workers’ union “was contrary to anything the Soviets would want or the communists ((in Poland)) would want.”

According to Solidarity leaders, Walesa and his lieutenants were aware that both Reagan and John Paul II were committed to Solidarity’s survival, but they could only guess at the extent of the collaboration. “Officially I didn’t know the church was working with the U.S.,” says Wojciech Adamiecki, the organizer and editor of underground Solidarity newspapers and now a counselor at the Polish embassy in Washington. “We were told the Pope had warned the Soviets that if they entered Poland he would fly to Poland and stay with the Polish people. The church was of primary assistance. It was half open, half secret. Open as far as humanitarian aid — food, money, medicine, doctors’ consultations held in churches, for instance — and secret as far as supporting political activities: distributing printing machines of all kinds, giving us a place for underground meetings, organizing special demonstrations.”

At their first meeting, Reagan and John Paul II discussed something else they had in common: both had survived assassination attempts only six weeks apart in 1981, and both believed God had saved them for a special mission. “A close friend of Ronald Reagan’s told me the President said, ‘Look how the evil forces were put in our way and how Providence intervened,’ ” says Pio Cardinal Laghi, the former apostolic delegate to Washington. According to National Security Adviser Clark, the Pope and Reagan referred to the ) “miraculous” fact that they had survived. Clark said the men shared “a unity of spiritual view and a unity of vision on the Soviet empire: that right or correctness would ultimately prevail in the divine plan.”

At first blush Reagan and Pope John Paul II had little in common, but that was deceptive.  Both had acting backgrounds and well understood the importance of how a message was conveyed as well as the substance of the message.  Both were outdoorsmen.  Both were men who were strangers to the seats of power of the institutions they led, who found themselves called to lead at moments of crisis, after the institutions they headed had gone through rocky times.  Both were simultaneously traditionalists of those institutions and yet also reformers.  Both had warm and winning personalities, but neither allowed more than a select handful of people to get emotionally close to them.  Both were exceptionally strong-willed men, not to be trifled with, yet day to day management of their institutions was not their strong point.  Both shared the attribute of all great statesmen:  the ability to see beyond the travails of their time to better days, and that is how both of them viewed the seemingly intractable problem of Communism, which they understand, in contrast to almost all of their contemporaries, as a problem to be solved and not a permanent feature on the world stage.  A strong President and a strong Pope, a fortunate combination for the World at that time.

Here is the text of President Reagan’s public remarks at the June 7, 1982 meeting:

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Reagan on FDR

Friday, January 30, AD 2015

 

Today is my bride’s birthday, a birthday she shares with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  On this day, I think the remarks of President Reagan on the centennial of FDR’s birth need to be recalled.  Reagan of course supported FDR when Reagan was a New Deal Democrat.  As a Republican he attempted to correct the mistakes of the New Deal, but he never lost his admiration for the leadership shown by Roosevelt, many aspects of which Reagan during his Presidency shared.  Here are an excerpt of Reagan’s remarks:

 

We’re all here today to mark the centennial of one of history’s truly monumental figures, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Historians still debate the details of his intentions, his policies and their impact. But all agree that, like the Founding Fathers before him, F. D. R. was an American giant, a leader who shaped, inspired, and led our people through perilous times. He meant many different things to many different people. He could reach out to men and women of diverse races and backgrounds and inspire them with new hope and new confidence in war and peace.

Franklin Roosevelt was the first President I ever saw. I remember the moment vividly. It was in 1936, a campaign parade in Des Moines, Iowa. What a wave of affection and pride swept through that crowd as he passed by in an open car—which we haven’t seen a President able to do for a long time—a familiar smile on his lips, jaunty and confident, drawing from us reservoirs of confidence and enthusiasm some of us had forgotten we had during those hard years. Maybe that was F. D. R.’s greatest gift to us. He really did convince us that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself.

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  • Happy Birthday Mrs. McClarey.
    Blessings and celestial warmth be yours.

  • What a lovely post for your wife and for all of us. I appreciate the sentiments expressed here by both of those presidents. God has blessed us with leaders in the past. I hope we can recognize and elect the leaders for today and for 2016 and after.

  • Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes, Philip & Anzlyne! I was born on Midway Island — and am extremely glad that the Battle of Midway was many years prior to my birthday! 😉

Quotes Suitable For Framing: Ronald Reagan

Sunday, November 9, AD 2014

 

 

At the same time, we invite the Soviet Union to consider with us how the competition of ideas and values — which it is committed to support — can be conducted on a peaceful and reciprocal basis. For example, I am prepared to offer President Brezhnev an opportunity to speak to the American people on our television if he will allow me the same opportunity with the Soviet people. We also suggest that panels of our newsmen periodically appear on each other’s television to discuss major events.

Now, I don’t wish to sound overly optimistic, yet the Soviet Union is not immune from the reality of what is going on in the world. It has happened in the past — a small ruling elite either mistakenly attempts to ease domestic unrest through greater repression and foreign adventure, or it chooses a wiser course. It begins to allow its people a voice in their own destiny. Even if this latter process is not realized soon, I believe the renewed strength of the democratic movement, complemented by a global campaign for freedom, will strengthen the prospects for arms control and a world at peace.

I have discussed on other occasions, including my address on May 9th, the elements of Western policies toward the Soviet Union to safeguard our interests and protect the peace. What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.

Ronald Reagan, Address to British Parliament on June 8, 1982

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  • A wonderful tribute to freedom.
    Both the expression’s from rock solid Reagan and the rock of former oppression, the wall.
    Thank you Mr. McClarey.
    May it be a constant reminder how tyrants can persuade the masses that governments are an end justifiable by any means….especially at the cost of liberty.
    God bless Mr. Reagan.

Twenty-Five Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sunday, November 9, AD 2014

Twenty-five years ago today my bride and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top of the Berlin War, tearing into it with sledge hammers.   It is hard to convey to people who did not live through the Cold War how wonderful a sight this was.  Most people at the time thought the Cold War was a permanent state of things.  Not Ronald Wilson Reagan.  He knew that Communism would end up on the losing side of history and throughout his career strove to bring that day ever closer.  His becoming President so soon after John Paul II became Pope set the stage for the magnificent decade of the Eighties when Communism passed from being a deadly threat to the globe to a belief held only by a handful of benighted tyrannical regimes around the world, and crazed American professors.  In most of his movies, the good guys won in the end, and Reagan helped give us a very happy ending to a menace that started in 1917 and died in 1989.

Here is an interview Sam Donaldson did with Reagan immediately after the fall of the wall:

Lech Walesa, a leader of that band of millions of heroes and heroines, at the head of which were Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, who won the Cold War, gave this salute to Reagan after Reagan died in 2005:

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Compare and Contrast

Tuesday, September 23, AD 2014

Reagan saluting

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

                                         Ronald Reagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Cup Salute

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  • Mr. Reagan was born in 1911 to a mother and father who were married from 1904 until the latter’s death in 1941, who lived in small midwestern towns the whole time, who lived for the most part on sales commissions and proprietor’s income, and of whom the mother was a pillar of one of the local protestant congregations. He lived all of his formative years in the sort of milieux where people adhered to a certain formality and had a regard for appearances and ‘the decent drapery of life’ and spent years in the Army Reserve. BO was born in 1961 consequent to a shag session of two people who demonstrated all their lives a talent for being self-centered. He spent the bulk of his upbringing in Honolulu, a town which was nothing if not informal. His time spent in the military approximated that of Madonna.

  • Exactly why do Presidents return the Marines’ salutes? It’s quite recent, I suspect it started with Pres. Reagan. I couldn’t find any vids of previous presidents boarding AF1 but it would be interesting to check old newsreel/broadcast footage to see if Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, &c saluted.

    As for Obama saluting with a coffee cup — please, there are plenty of other reasons to dislike him.

  • It shows a self-absorption Thomas unworthy of his office. He is a small, petty man and this is a symbol of it. Reagan always returned salutes which makes sense due to the President being commander-in-chief. Earlier Presidents did also, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

  • “Reagan always returned salutes which makes sense due to the President being commander-in-chief “…of the Armed Forces making the Commander-in-Chief an officer in the armed forces. and Obama needs to discipline himself in the salute to the American Flag or get out of the American White House.

  • What another example of the petty little man in the White House.

  • A salute is a courtesy,

    Yes, the president in civilian clothes (like any one) may return a salute, on the general proposition that courtesies should be returned. But if you return it one should do so with courtesy.

    A marine who saluted like that would be doing push-ups until a year after his enlistment expired.

  • “the petty little man in the White House”…is a disgrace.

  • There are tens of millions of Americans that are baser: each fleck of human flotsam that voted for the no-account, Alinsky-ite racial racketeer.

    They haven’t a clue but they are getting what they deserve.

  • In the British armed services, one does not salute when not in full uniform. That includes officers in mess-dress (i.e. without headgear)

    The only time we see the sovereign returning a salute is at Trooping the Colour – the only occasion when HM wears military uniform.

  • MPS: HM is always at attention. A coffee cup? Obama does not have two hands? It was not a sight insult, it may have been planned.

  • Slight insults become treason when planned.

  • Mary De Voe wrote, “HM is always at attention”
    Absolutely!

  • I do not usually comment on things of a political nature in here, but this is appalling

  • T Shaw asked “HM Who?”

    Her Majesty the Queen, referring back to the sovereign in the first part of the sentence.

3 Responses to June 12, 1987: Tear Down This Wall

  • Thanks!
    Now the wall is surreal – truth, goodness, kindness, innocence, and purity have become what they are not.

  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s classic about a group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island who, without law and order, turn to savagery. The title, Lord of the Flies, translates into Beelzebub. Savagery is the only word to describe what American culture has become and what American culture is imposing upon the world. The wall of separation of church and state, unlawfully employed to deny the human soul, conscience, free will and freedom and all unalienable rights endowed by our Creator, that define the human being must be torn down to restore mankind to its proper place in innocence and virginity.
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    The wall of separation of church and state, wrongfully used to deny unalienable human rights can only result in the separation of body and soul which results in death for the human being. It has for 57 million unborn human beings and will for the rest of us.
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    If all men are created equal, (not born equal) then, how do some men choose for others their life or death? (except for those who have taken another person’s life and have chosen death for themselves.)
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    I set before you life and death. Choose life for I, the Lord, your God, am sacred and you are men sacred to me.

  • Thank you Donald, for a kind reminder of a better day. It was a pleasure to watch President Reagan and listen to his heartfelt love of mankind created free and sacred in God’s image. Although, by the grace of God, I hate no person, I cannot watch the first Post-American President more than a minute or two at a time.

Reagan on D-Day

Friday, June 6, AD 2014

Reagan gave the above speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.  Today is the 70th anniversary of the longest day, and there are only a precious few of those men who stormed the beaches who still remain with us.  Time to remember them on this day and every day:

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.  For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow.  Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation.  Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue.  here in Normandy the rescue began.  Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers on the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up.  When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

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  • A real President and a real man truly deserving of the high office he held. I hope that he is in Heaven with Pope Saint John Paul II. What they must be saying to each other over the nation that has replaced the America which they knew!

Pope Benedict on D-Day

Tuesday, June 3, AD 2014

On the 6th of June, 1944, when the landing of the allied troops in German-occupied France commenced, a signal of hope was given to people throughout the world, and also to many in Germany itself, of imminent peace and freedom in Europe.  What had happened?  A criminal and his party faithful had succeeded in usurping the power of the German state. In consequence of such party rule, law and injustice became intertwined, and often indistinguishable. The legal system itself, which continued, in some respects, still to function in an everyday context, had, at the same time, become a force destructive of law and right. This rule of lies served a system of fear, in which no one could trust another, since each person had somehow to shield himself behind a mask of lies, which, on the one hand, functioned as self defense, while, in equal measure, it served to consolidate the power of evil.  And so it was that the whole world had to intervene to force open this ring of crime, so that freedom, law and justice might be restored.

We give thanks at this hour that this deliverance, in fact, took place. And not just those nations that suffered occupation by German troops, and were thus delivered over to Nazi terror, give thanks. We Germans, too, give thanks that by this action, freedom, law and justice would be restored to us.  If nowhere else in history, here clearly is a case where, in the form of the Allied invasion, a justum bellum worked, ultimately, for the benefit of the very country against which it was waged.

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  • What an awesome insight. Benedict speaks the truth with such clarity. This statement carries real power because it is imbued with real virtues of faith hope and love backed by reason and truth (humility). I love this man!

  • What Anzlyne says about Pope Benedict is so true. “A criminal and his party faithful had succeeded in usurping the power of the German state. In consequence of such party rule, law and injustice became intertwined, and often indistinguishable”
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    Only our Constitution has prevented some people from being killed for speaking out against government’s position on abortion, euthanasia, pornography and the state takeover of public lands and waterways. Some of us have been killed in the womb and euthanized. The rest of us are being forced by taxation to pay for it. But none of us are acknowledged as having an immortal soul in this atheistic mire.

  • “We,”First Person Plural, are the persons in the Constitution

  • “We Germans…”?

  • Yep, the Pope Emeritus is German.

  • The Second World War was not fought to liberate Germany from Nazi tyranny. It was fought for the same reason that the previous war was fought; to prevent an aggressive and militaristic Germany from imposing her will on other nations by force of arms. The rationale behind the long struggle against Bonaparte was basically the same. The nature of the regime was a factor in German aggression, but had Hitler been content with a revision of Germany’s eastern borders to mitigate the worst aspects of the Versailles Treaty (this was what Stresemann wanted at Locarno in 1925, and arguably got it in principle) then there would not have been a war.

    The main actor in the defeat of Nazi tyranny was another tyranny even more genocidal than Hitler’s, so to see the war in terms of a moral crusade is ludicrous. The plotters of July 1944 could claim moral justification for tyrannicide but their main motive was patriotic; they wanted to save Germany from total defeat and subjugation. In this they were naïve, since the Allies would not have agreed to a negotiated peace at this stage of the war, even with the Nazis out of the way. Churchill, with his visceral hatred of Bolshevism, might have been tempted, but Stalin would never have agreed and Roosevelt would have sided with Stalin.

    I suppose if you’re going to be invaded it’s better to be invaded by the British and Americans rather than by the Soviets; many of the occupied countries, not to mention a sizeable chunk of Germany, merely exchanged one tyranny for another.

  • “so to see the war in terms of a moral crusade is ludicrous.”

    Complete and utter rubbish.

  • …On stilts!

  • “We,” First Person Plural, are the persons in the Constitution.
    Justice is predicated on intent. Capital one homicide is predicated on the intent and murder of another person. The innocent, newly begotten child in the womb has been invited to live in the womb by the parents, mother and father, without whom there would be no invitation. The word invite INVITE means to offer life.
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    Immediate death must be the only reason or situation here a child in utero may be removed, to save the life of the mother and/or of the child.
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    “We, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” Men are CREATED EQUAL… not born equal. The sovereign person in the womb has been identified by his existence as Homo-Sapiens, “an individual substance of a rational nature” the person: “I AM”, created and endowed by our Creator with an immortal human soul.
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    ““We Germans…”?”
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    When a person renounces his citizenship by an act of the will or commits treason he loses his citizenship. When a person commits a heinous sin he is excommunicated and so on. When an individual behaves like a demon, his sovereign personhood is placed in suspended animation and he functions, possessed by his particular demon. The Nazis behaved like Nazis and therefore, having created a culture of Nazism, they suspended their own sovereignty and became hated by God, hated by themselves and hated by others as genocidal maniacs.
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    It is important to note that Nazis through a free will act chose to be Nazis.

  • “”We,” First Person Plural, are the persons in the Constitution.” from the Preamble, the unchangeable purpose of the Constitution. “We” and our constitutional posterity, all future generations are human persons because the state does not create or endow sovereign personhood to an individual. The state merely certifies sovereign personhood. The state certifies sovereign personhood as citizenship.
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    Atheism, as you can see, is the cause of the state’s rejection of all unalienable human and civil rights. Acknowledgement of the human being in existence as a person is denied by the state. The state cannot remove or deny sovereign personhood. Yet, the state has denied the acknowledgement of sovereign personhood to the one celled fertilized human egg who has been endowed by our Creator with life and growth, the proof of an immortal human soul.
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    The atheist as a sovereign person in suspended animation must be tolerated until he chooses to adhere to the truth of the Constitution. Atheism is unconstitutional.

  • “I suppose if you’re going to be invaded it’s better to be invaded by the British and Americans rather than by the Soviets; many of the occupied countries, not to mention a sizeable chunk of Germany, merely exchanged one tyranny for another.”
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    You have confused the Allies with Stalin.

Victims of Communism Day

Thursday, May 1, AD 2014

 

 

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day.

Today we recall the two champions who led the charge that led to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union:  President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.  It is either an odd coincidence or the Hand of God, that these two men came to power at precisely the time when the edifice of Communism began to crack.  Most people viewed Communism as a permanent geopolitical feature in the world.  Neither Reagan nor the Pope shared that view.  Reagan assumed that the spirit of freedom would ultimately triumph and that Communism, sooner rather than later, would end up on the ash heap of History.  John Paul II was certain that Christianity would triumph over Communism.  John Paul II’s election as Pope, proof that God had not forgotten Poland was the inspiration for Solidarity, which Reagan vigorously supported.  Reagan embarked on an arms build up that the Soviet Union could not match, pushing their tottering economy over the brink.  John Paul II spoke out against Liberation Theology in the Third World, reminding Catholics that Marxism and Christianity were antithetical.  Together, Pope and President gave hope to all those who struggled, ultimately successfully, to overthrow their Communist regimes, which happened one after another in the Year of Miracles of 1989.

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6 Responses to Victims of Communism Day

  • “It’s the first of May again and … Obama, Holder, Kerry, the IRS et al are commemorating … somewhere … something.
    20 Million Kulaks starved to death by Stalin.
    A million Russians killed in the “Great Purge”.
    50,000 Mongolians killed by Stalin in 1937.
    21,000 massacred by the Soviets at Katyn Forrest.
    A million killed in Mao’s land reform.
    45 Million killed during the “Great Leap Forward”.
    15 Million murdered during the Cultural Revolution.
    20,000 Tortured to death at Tuol Sleng by the Khmer Rouge.
    2 Million killed by the Khmer Rouge in Kampuchea/Cambodia
    100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Bulgaria.
    100,000 murdered by the East German regime.
    100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Romania.
    800,000 tortured and murdered during “land reforms” in Vietnam.
    500,000 killed during the Red Terror in Ethiopia.
    250,000 Crimean Tartars forcibly deported during Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (almost half died).
    100,000 Tibetans murdered by China.
    27,000 murdered by the Communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan at Pul-e-Charkhi prison.
    1 million murdered by the Russian Cheka during Lenin’s Red Terror.
    3 million ethnic minorities deported to Siberia by Stalin. About 45% died.
    350,000 Poles died during Stalin’s deportations after invading Poland.
    500,000 Cossacks killed by Lenin in 1919-20
    14 Million Russians who went through the Gulags and millions who died there.
    4 Million killed by the North Koreans.
    10,000 people die every year in North Korean re-education and slave labor camps.
    6,500 Catholic clergy murdered by Communists during the Spanish Red Terror in 1936.
    50,000 murdered during the Spanish Red Terror.
    Over 100 Million people have been intentionally starved to death, tortured and murdered by Communists in the last 100 years.
    Communism kills every time it’s tried.

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  • T. Shaw: “Communism kills every time it’s tried.” Without God, communism cannot raise the dead or heal the sick or praise God. Murder is all that communism has. Communism denies the individual person and substitutes the state as God…a finite God.

  • Communism is an incoherent cobbling of nonsense written by a man who led a disgusting personal life. Marx treated his wife and kids like garbage and sponged off of others all of his adult life. His theories are the grossest failure in the history of man and only brain dead slugs would look upon them for inspiration.

    Man, without God, is full of himself and falls for garbage like Hitler, Robespierre and Marx.

  • “Reagan assumed that the spirit of freedom would ultimately triumph and that Communism, sooner rather than later, would end up on the ash heap of History. John Paul II was certain that Christianity would triumph over Communism.”
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    Christianity IS Freedom. Everything else is slavery to sin, with death and decay being the consequence. Communism along with its close cousins Nazism and Fascism, is the epitome of that slavery.

  • PS, do not forget about the contribution of Lady Thatcher to the defeat of the USSR. It took the three of them – JPII, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher – to bring the USSR to its knees.