America’s Economic Armageddon: the Perfect Storm

by Sandy Stringfellow

One of my favorite books was written by Milton and Rose Friedman, and is titled “Free to Choose.” It was the offspring of Friedman’s “Capitalism and Freedom,” first published in 1962, and a T.V. series shown on PBS in 1980, also titled “Free to Choose.”

William F. Buckley, Jr., the acknowledged father of modern Conservatism, wrote one of the accolades promoting this very readable and critically important book:

“This new book by Milton Friedman is a mother-lode of economic and social wisdom.  I cannot imagine how, without taking heed of it and its councils, we can proceed as free men and women into the next century.  Nor is it conceivable that, if we abide by this wisdom, we could fail…An important, shrewd, omni-competent readable guide to reasoned thought for those who choose to be free.”

Ronald Reagan summed up his recommendation in one word: “Superb.”

Reagan understood Capitalism and why our free market economic system is thus forever connected to civil society and American exceptionalness. 

Without Capitalism and free markets, there is no civil society; under any other economic system America would never have been as prosperous – a fact readily verifiable through a study of human history.

It is interesting to contrast the “reasoned thought” of Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Jr., Mark Levin and many other modern thinkers, to what passes for “reasoned thought” on today’s news.

I recently listened to a news broadcast wherein Warren Buffet, a multi-billionaire of considerable fame, offered his own brand of “reasoned thought” on economic wisdom as it pertains to the current health of our American economy.

Buffet said he was “bullish” on the economy, and that we’re not going to have a double-dip recession. How reassuring.

Mr. Buffet, if I may be so bold, your propensity for accumulating personal wealth is not impetus enough to blind those of us paying attention to your glaring disingenuousness; a thought I suspect you have entertained.

Buffet’s implication is that we are well on the way out of recession, as we glide smoothly down a metaphorical highway of recovery in a ’63 Cadillac. 

Meanwhile, we have approximately 10 million people receiving unemployment benefits, and roughly 40 million receiving food stamps, while mouthpieces from King Barry’s administration speak of a “new norm” for unemployment being around ten percent.

One in six Americans are now on the government dole, while the average government employee is paid twice as much as a comparable worker in the private sector.

In point of fact, we won’t be leaving the worst recession since the Great Depression anytime soon, with our U-6 unemployment rate hovering around seventeen percent, economic expansion of around two percent, falling home values, a quashed housing market where one in three home sales today is either a “short sale” or a foreclosure, punishing taxation (personal and corporate), deficit spending that defies comprehension, declining private sector wages and benefits, rising government sector wages and benefits, rising inflation, a Federal Reserve un-audited and apparently determined to crash the dollar, nationalization of private industries, a self-destructive energy policy, EPA fascism, open borders and illegal immigration, destruction of our food supply through ethanol subsidies, agriculture and farm subsidies, over-regulation, welfare subsidies, and let’s not forget the looming commercial real estate bubble.

The illegal immigration crisis alone is enough to eventually bring America to her knees, since desire on the part of a vast majority of illegal immigrants to learn our language, our customs, and to embrace our uniquely American history and culture does not exist.

We no longer have a “melting pot”; only the balkanization of America.

Milton Friedman has warned us specifically and repeatedly over time of the devastating effects an “open border” immigration policy would wreak upon the entitlement society we’ve allowed, as citizens, to be built under both Democrat and Republican administrations.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re not leaving the recession, we’re heading for a depression; an eventuality that becomes more apparent and inevitable with each passing day.

King Barry’s unique brand of “negative leadership” is having the desired effect; paralysis of our American economic engine of Capitalism, coupled with a brazen level of government intrusion and violations of our civil liberties specifically designed to suppress individualism and intimidate Americans’ into submission, resulting in acquiescence to governmental regulation and control over every aspect of our lives.

Consider the “Kabuki Theater” of contrived and completely ineffective air travel security measures being crammed down our throats in the same manner as nationalized healthcare and the financial reform bill, in addition to on-going legislative efforts (amnesty for illegal immigrants, cap and trade) and executive orders that continue to openly violate our Constitution and defy the will of the American people.

If “air travel security” was of legitimate concern, passengers would be “profiled”, as is the practice in Israel, a country that lives on a “war footing” and where they have an impressive record of success. 

Israel actually interdicts the “terrorists” by identifying the likely suspects of “terrorism” through profiling.  They can not afford the indulgence of “political correctness” in their national security equation.  In fact, neither can America, yet it permeates every aspect of our lives.

Conversely in America, the incompetent TSA, guided by the incompetent Janet “Gestapo” Napolitano and led by King Barry, looks for “bombs” instead of the “bombers”, as they grope babies, children, the elderly, the infirm, the medically challenged, and further the spread of disease, infestation, and quite conceivably pestilence (CGW attack) through reckless disregard of standard hygienic procedure.

Without a doubt, King Barry is no champion of Liberty.  Rather, he is an enabler and proponent of Tyranny; having long ago embraced a Marxist ideology, he is a prefect puppet for the wealthy and maniacal destroyer of both civil liberties and entire national economies: George Soros.

It was Karl Marx who sought the elimination of the bourgeois, or “middle class”, as does George Soros, King Barry, and his Czars; acting with the arrogant detachment and hubris of Feudal Lords with unlimited power to restructure a civil society they neither understand nor appreciate.

King Barry spent a considerable portion of his youth being raised by his maternal grandparents in Hawaii, living a pampered upscale life within a sheltered environment of “white liberal guilt.”

An only child of bi-racial parents, he was abandoned early on by his father, an avowed Communist who returned to Kenya, and later by his mother, also a Communist.

Young Barry was insecure, as one may expect, and sought approval through acceptance of influences that brought praise and affirmation from his mother and her boyfriend Frank Marshall Davis; a devotee of Karl Marx, as well as being a Russian foreign agent.

This pattern of behavior from his early years continued in college, where he was introduced to like-minded students and professors for whom Karl Marx was an intellectual icon, and culminated in his twenty year-long relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who preached sermons based on Black Liberation Theology at his church in Chicago.

So it should come as no surprise that King Barry has quite intentionally buried our nation in debt, as well as increased the level of government involvement and intrusion into our economic and personal affairs to an unprecedented degree, creating a fiscal burden for our children’s children that can only be described as “generational theft.”

Our monetary system, the very foundation of our civil society, is ultimately built and based on trust.  The more government inserts and injects itself into our economy, the less trust people have in the system; not just in America, but around the world.

Only Capitalism and free markets, coupled with property ownership rights and the rule of law, can nurture the fiscal stability that comes from what Adam Smith called Capitalism’s “invisible hand”; the natural state of people choosing to act in their own best interests.

Our government can fabricate fiat currency out of thin air and invent innovative methods with which to misrepresent our balance sheet, but our government can not create wealth; therefore, our government can not generate or establish jobs that contribute to the creation of wealth without functioning in a patently un-Constitutional manner. This has, to the great detriment of our nation, regrettably become typical governmental behavior.

Government-created jobs only squander and destroy wealth, as historical and statistical analyses illustrate with heart-breaking clarity.  The reason for this is simple: our government’s only source of revenue is from the taxpayers; American citizens that do work to create goods and services, and thus create wealth from the private sector based on their individual choices in matters of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Somebody may want to clue Warren Buffet that, although he’s not affected by it, in the real world we won’t be coming out of our current recession anytime soon.  

We’re still in it, and we’re going to continue to be “in it,” until our imperial federal government lifts its jackboot of un-Constitutional suppression off the neck of our free enterprise market system of Capitalism, individual Liberty, and our God-given right to remain “Free to Choose.”

 

Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics

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Thankful …

by Clio

I’ve always had strong political opinions, but I was the shy one – the girl who sat in the back of the class and tried to be invisible. I was the girl who loved to sing, but hoped my soft voice went undetected by the choir. I wanted to participate, but lacked the courage or self-confidence to speak out and participate.

After the precincts closed for the 2008 presidential election, I felt depressed and disillusioned. I truly expected, in spite of the pollsters predictions, that my countrymen would show some common sense when voting, evaluate the contenders and choose the candidate with decades of experience and a legacy of achievement over the younger candidate who was inexperienced with socialist ideologies and shady friends. This man was well-spoken, but had just a few, uneventful months as a U.S. Senator; a position he obtained, no doubt to provide some credibility on which to mount a presidential campaign.

I over-estimated the collective common sense, as well as the determination of the predominantly liberal mainstream media to ensure Mr. Obama’s election. In my opinion, the nation and the media made the wrong choice for this country.

While I fretted over our future and fate under this man’s governance, I found a conservative social network on the Internet, dedicated to the former Republican vice presidential nominee. I joined and found an online haven where I made many like-minded new friends. I am thankful for their friendship and encouragement.

I needed to vent and express my frustration and concern, so I took a leap of faith wrote and posted my first political blog on that network. My new-found friends applauded my blogging efforts which gave me the confidence to continue writing and find my “voice.” I am thankful for that first virtual podium and the opportunity to communicate my views.

During the past two years, our nation’s economy has faltered and our debt is now in the trillions. The new administration, with majorities in both the House and the Senate, pushed through legislation supporting its liberal and socialist ideologies while treating the objections of a majority of Americans with derision and indifference.

Given the state of the union, I determined that it was time for the shy girl to move out of the shadows of insecurity and boldly present her thoughts and opinions about the actions of the new administration.

At this point in our history, those who love and care for the future of this great nation no longer have the luxury of silence or quiet acceptance. We must put aside our fears and exercise the rights our Founders incorporated into the blueprint for our democracy: speak out and peaceably assemble to protest the unjust and destructive exploits by the liberals in Washington. I am thankful for the wisdom and foresight of the wise men who gave us a new nation and a Constitution to help us govern and protect it.

Thomas JeffersonWhile researching information about the American Revolution, I found a quote by Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States of America:

“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”

This quote resonated strongly with me and deepened my desire to create a forum to voice my concerns about the new government and the corrupt media. I am thankful to Thomas Jefferson. I found my venue for expression in the words of a Founder and created The Bold Pursuit.

The first version of The Bold Pursuit was a simple blog, but I envisioned a website and hoped to share it with insightful and talented conservative writers. I am thankful that I found the resources and writers to help me achieve my dream.

A few months ago, I launched TheBoldPursuit.com. An artistic friend created original artwork for the banner which is comprised of our mission and title, The Bold Pursuit, and presided over by the eagle, our national bird and an icon of liberty. I am thankful to my friend for the beautiful art that identifies this website.

We have a small staff of volunteers – talented and dedicated men and women who generously give of their time and abilities. Our bold pursuit is just beginning and we hope others will join us in our quest for truth and knowledge.

Through this website, I endeavor to provide objective and accurate content. The Bold Pursuit is a conservative website and, naturally, appeals to those with similar views.

I am thankful that I live in a democracy, and I am thankful that our Bill of Rights guarantees my right, in its First Amendment, to freely express my views.

Perhaps some might say that I preach to the choir and I’m fine with that assessment if I can inspire the choir to sing out, let their voices soar and rise to crescendos so that they may heard, far and wide.

If this choir expands its repertoire and teaches lyrics to those who have never sung, then I am thankful to be the chorister.

Happy Thanksgiving … The Bold Pursuit

Clio is the Publisher and Executive Editor of The Bold Pursuit… and she is thankful to Genevieve for reviewing and editing this blog on Thanksgiving morning!





Rush Limbaugh: “The Real Story of Thanksgiving”

Exclusive to The Bold Pursuit…

by Ron Devito, US4Palin.com

Now more than ever, nothing could be more apropos than to remember the true and complete history of Thanksgiving as presented by Rush Limbaugh in 2007. In his monologue delivered three years ago, Limbaugh explained, in detail, how the Pilgrims nearly starved themselves out of existence while their economic system was a primitive version what we now call socialism. The Pilgrims then re-structured the economic system to have each household responsible for growing, harvesting and trading its own crops. It was a prototype of what we today call capitalism. The following year was their most prosperous on record. The Pilgrims’ celebratory feast was the first Thanksgiving Dinner…

Nary one year after Limbaugh delivered this monologue, we elected a President bent on a “fundamental transformation of America” from an exceptional, capitalist super-power to an effete, mediocre socialist country. Our economy is in dire straits, with massive debt brought about by an ill-conceived and executed stimulus plans.

Presently, we face the very real threat that, for the first time in our history, our dollar could be devalued via “quantitative easing.” Despite taking over part of the auto industry and one sixth of our economy with ObamaCare, the hopey-changey stuff has not worked out too well.

Obama’s plunging approval ratings just hit 39% and stand ready to crash through the “basement of public approval” and three levels of sub-basements below it. It’s kind of like the Pilgrims recognition of the disastrous results of their primitive attempts at socialism.

However, we have on the horizon, a promise to revive, renew, and restore America to its former greatness. As long as we work toward these goals and reform our GOP back to Reagan Conservatism, our best days are yet to come. I believe we can revive, renew, and restore – with a determined conservative movement and new leadership with “commonsense conservative” objectives.

We brought back greatness to America when we elected Ronald Reagan as president in 1980. On November 2, 2010, we started to change Obama’s collision course with disaster as American voters went to the polls in droves and expressed their desire for a new direction in this great country. I have no doubt that we will continue to revive, renew and restore America through our efforts and our votes. We will begin a new chapter of American greatness on January 20, 2013 at the 10th hour, EST.

It is interesting how history so often repeats itself.

Please read: Rush Limbaugh: The Real Story of Thanksgiving for the complete transcript of his Providential monologue.

Thank God for Our Defenders of Freedom

by Robert Arvay

If you were a school teacher, how would you respond to this child? The teacher asks the children, “What do you have to be grateful for?” One of the little one asks, in all innocence, “Grateful to whom?”

There are countless people to whom we can be grateful. Whenever I see an elderly man with one of those “WW2 Veteran” hats, I make it a point to say to him, “thank you for my freedom.” It’s not always possible to do so, and sometimes it is very awkward. In the beginning, I was embarrassed, but I got over it and now it’s a habit. If you wish to join me in personally thanking such men to their face, then hurry. They’re dying at an estimated 1,000 per day. Soon they will be gone, but their legacy will live on.

If the Germans and Japanese won World War II, our condition today would be one of unimaginable horror. During the ‘Great War,’ literally millions died at their hands; not only men in combat, but innocent civilians, including children, by such senseless brutalities that we hardly dare describe them. The perpetrators of such atrocities were not only unrepentant, they seemed incapable of understanding that what they had done was wrong. In victory, they would have perpetuated their evil on an even greater scale, to this very day.

Given that you and I were saved from, indeed, a fate worse than death, it is a small thing to say “Thank you” to our veterans.

In some cases, when I have given thanks to these men, I received blank stares from people in the immediate area. They look upon me as if I was a freak. They seem to wonder, albeit with disinterest, “What is there to be grateful for?” To such people, the realities of war are packaged into a ninety minute experience in an air-conditioned theater. They cannot imagine living for weeks on end in sub-zero temperatures, outdoors, seeing their best friends wounded, disfigured, and dying. They have no concept of that same time frame in a hot, sweaty jungle, with leeches and insects biting them, and snipers killing their best friends.

Even worse, those who are ungrateful are also clueless about the value of their freedom. They take it for granted. Can such people be depended on to defend it?

We can be thankful that many of our fellow citizens remain willing to make the sacrifices that keep us all free. Although I am a veteran myself, never having been shot at, I extend my gratitude to youngsters who are one-third my age who serve in uniform, men and women alike.

Of course, I’m note underestimating the contributions of those who haven’t served in the military. Everyone has a role to play. However, those on the front line will always have a special place in my heart.

To the young child who asks about gratitude, I would try to find a way to answer his innocent question. Perhaps, the best way to say it might be like this, however politically-incorrect it might be: “I thank God, I thank the Creator, for the courage and sacrifice of those who defend our freedom.”

The Secret of Thanksgiving

by Cynthia Toney

In Christianity, I was taught that the more grateful you are, the more you will receive that for which you are grateful.

America holds endless bounty for those who are thankful to have her—for those who respect and love her and are willing to work to preserve her. I believe that this is why America will survive its current challenges and hardships. There are enough of us praying and giving thanks to God for her, and He will reward us with an even better America than she was yesterday.

I am also thankful for my family, old friends, and the many new friends I have made over the past several months who share my love for this country.

My family and friends live far and wide across these great United States, where the beauty and flavor of those areas are reflected in the citizens who reside there. I have learned so much and received such joy from them all—city mice and country mice, mountain folk and coastal creatures, heartland natives and desert transplants. Each day brings something new and wonderful from my fellow conservative countrymen, and for this I thank you.

If being grateful for these special people and the extraordinary bounty that America provides will help me acquire more, then I say, “Bring it on, Lord!”

 

Cynthia Toney is a Contributing Writer and Editor to The Bold Pursuit

New Republican Leadership or Politics as Usual

Exclusive to The Bold Pursuit

by Sandy Stringfellow

John Boehner (House Majority Leader) and Mitch McConnell (Senate Minority Leader) have said, in plain English, that they understand why Republicans took the House and made gains in the Senate; that they understand King Barry’s Progressive Marxist agenda has been unsurprisingly rejected by the American people, and that it is their implied responsibility to bring it to a grinding halt.

Yet both have abysmal records regarding the propagation of principled Conservatism during their tenure in elected office, and both have been remarkably unable to even modestly articulate Conservatism when provided the opportunity.

These gentlemen would be well advised to pay close attention to Constitutional scholar, author, attorney, and talk radio host Mark Levin’s admonition regarding the future of our nation, at least if it is their desire for our country to have a future as Founded; one of Constitutional Republicanism: “Only Conservatism will save America,” Levin frequently states with passion, and he is incontrovertibly correct.

This is not to imply that every legislative initiative has been destructive to America, but to point out that it is considered “normal and customary” for the political class of Washington, D.C., to feel strongly compelled to pass legislation, even deeply flawed or destructive legislation, to justify their existence (Campaign Finance Reform comes to mind).

Both leaders have proven to be predictable political dinosaurs (Boehner first coming to Washington, D.C., in 1992 and McConnell in 1984) unwilling to exercise consistent Conservative leadership, i.e., doing what is necessary to save an America rapidly approaching critical mass and the self-destruction that results from it.

Instead, as with most all politicians these days, primary efforts have been directed toward securing their personal power base and political future through the customary “wheel and deal” bargaining processes that exemplify the abrogation of elected responsibility and moral integrity of those playing political games with Americas’ future.

Mitch McConnell, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, GOP Chairman Michael Steele, and pseudo-Conservative political operatives such as Karl Rove, were particularly destructive toward Tea Party candidates during the recent mid-term elections.

It was the Tea Party, led by Sarah Palin, that was the driving force which brought together the American electorate, resulting in one of the most substantial Republican Party victories in the history of our Republic. Without them, it would not have happened.

Any Republican legislator currently holding office should consider the outcome of our recent mid-term elections a wake-up call to the fact that they are on borrowed time, as is America.

If these RINO Establishmentarian elitists had been concerned about doing what was right, instead of jockeying for positions of influence as political power brokers, they would never have supported Mike Cassel over Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Senate race, or Lisa Murkowski over Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race.

The covertly destructive and self-righteous behavior to undermine legitimate grass roots Conservative candidates such as these and others, candidates obviously supported enthusiastically by those disgusted with the Republican Party status quo, illustrates how deeply ingrained is the level of contempt for true Conservative voters among those currently holding the reins of political power.

America is broken almost beyond repair, and it has, to a significant degree, happened on the watch of Boehner and McConnell. Have they learned nothing from Ronald Reagan?

Where has been the outraged indignation, the emphatic and unrelenting demands for accountability from these Republican “leaders”?

Our country, whose Constitution they have sworn to protect and defend, has been under relentless attack from every quarter except that of Conservative America. We are besieged by a well-entrenched Progressive Marxist political ideology, as well as widespread systemic corruption that continues to spread its cancerous tentacles into every aspect of our lives on a daily basis.

For example, why were King Barry’s Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan not vigorously contested? Is this their definition of Republican leadership? The confirmation hearings for these nominees to the Supreme Court would be considered a disgrace by any self-respecting Conservative defender of our Constitution.

The Liberal ideological dedication of these now-confirmed Justices is patently and blatantly un-Constitutional in every conceivable respect. Their propensity for trampling our Bill of Rights through the sympathetic promotion and consideration of trans-national case law will haunt the American judicial process at the highest level for years, if not decades.

During the post-election “victory dance” of celebratory media appearances, Boehner, ever the politician, spoke of bi-partisanship, and McConnell alluded to it as well. Even Marco Rubio used the “C”-word (compromise), as high profile Republicans began “walking back” their campaign promises.

That type of “business as usual” attitude simply isn’t going to cut it. If one wishes to make the case that rhetoric of this nature was designed to illustrate Republican magnanimity in their victory over the Democrats, I would implore them to carefully study American political history over the past century, then explain how meekness, timidity, compliance, and complicity with the Democrats has furthered the health and stature of our Constitution and Bill of Rights specifically, and the well-being of Americans generally.

If our newly-elected Republican representatives, and the existing Republican “re-treads” have courage, resolve, and intelligence and are willing to take the heat (as would, say, Sarah Palin), they can stop King Barry.

First, they must de-fund his initiatives and legislation, in addition to starting immediate, serious, no-nonsense investigations into the conduct of King Barry, as well as his nefarious Czars and ardent supporters (George Soros, Jeffrey Immelt, etc.).

For example, George Soros spent hundreds of millions of dollars funding organizations whose apparent objectives are the destruction of America. Why are these organizations granted tax exempt status? Of what redeeming value are they to American civil society?

It is disgusting to remember the chicken-feed investigation by The House Oversight Committee into Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, along with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, as they faced questions from both Democrats and Republicans about their relationships with Wall Street; TARP, the AIG bailout, Bank of Americas’ purchase of Merrill Lynch, and bailout of the automakers’ pension plans, among other topics of interest.

Aleksandra Kulczuga, writing in “The Daily Caller,” reported on January 26, 2010 the following:

E-mails and phone logs that show the New York Federal Reserve Bank — of which Geithner was president — obscured details of the AIG bailout from the public. Leaked emails imply that the Federal Reserve asked the SEC to mark documents on the deal as “confidential,” as national security information is classified.

“They had no intention of disclosing these dealings to the public, and went to extreme lengths to prevent it,” said Kurt Bardella, a Republican spokesman for the Oversight Committee. “The Fed itself has gone to extremes to prevent us from getting documents. The SIGTARP [special inspector general for TARP] has said he would love to cooperate but the Fed had ordered them not to.”

In spite of voluminous evidence of conspiracy and fraud, the Oversight Committee laid an egg, handled the investigation with kid gloves, turned a blind eye to justice, and the investigation was successfully treated as a ‘dog and pony show’ meant to entertain the gullible masses.

As of this writing, Republicans are engaged in more politics as usual – insipid grandstanding for public relations purposes.

A very big deal is being made about ending “earmarks,” a little understood aspect of the legislative budgetary process of assigning funds to specific projects, and one that James Madison (often considered the most influential of our Constitution’s authors) believed was a Constitutional responsibility of the legislators. If the legislative branch doesn’t assign the funds, the executive branch will; something they do with far too much frequency already.

Earmarks account for the fractional portion of one percent of our national budget. Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe is exactly right on this one, and his forth coming alternative legislative proposal should be carefully considered.

Our current fiscal and monetary policies are driving inflation through the roof, something the Federal Reserve denies, as prices spiral out of control. Considering the Federal Reserve’s history of colossal and disastrous blunders, this should come as no surprise.

Our nation is bankrupt, with a GDP of approximately 14 trillion dollars, and a total debt burden, including unfunded liabilities of approximately of 130 trillion dollars. Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable, as are federal pensions and the interest on our debt.

King Barry-Care (aka ObamaCare) comprises one sixth of the American economy, is causing health care costs to skyrocket; it will literally destroy the finest health care system in the world.

The entire world economy is on the verge of spontaneous combustion due to the incomprehensible fiscal irresponsibility (or intentionality) of King Barry, our Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve.

Instead of quibbling over the inconsequential termination of earmarks, perhaps our Republican “leaders” could provide some real leadership.

They need to vigorously investigate Eric Holder and the entire Department of Justice on every level, and prosecute, to the full extent of the law those convicted of criminal behavior.

They need to investigate every single one of King Barry’s Czars and demand confirmation processes, based on highly questionable and clearly un-Constitutional behavior.

They need to investigate and hold hearings on every peripheral player in King Barry’s administration, including George Soros, and, in particular, the organizations he funds that are fraudulently listed as groups that merit tax exempt status; organizations that are patently intent on the destruction of America.

They need to investigate the Fed, audit the Fed, and hold hearings to force explanation of what in the hell they think they’re doing, instead of going through the motions of some sycophantic, rubber-stamped bit of political showmanship for “the little people back in Peoria.”

They can move, and should move with haste, to repeal King Barry-Care, even if the legislation to end it is not signed into law by King Barry.

They can force the proponents supporting King Barry-Care to go on the record, and that will help Conservatives in the 2012 elections.

Further help could be provided by the Republican Party politicos, along with the GOP, if they can pull their collective party head from where the sun doesn’t shine and embrace Tea Party involvement in our American political process, instead of fighting it tooth and nail.

The future of the Republican Party depends on its coming down from a high horse and getting a grip on reality, something they positively have not yet done.

They can begin by replacing the incompetent and self-serving Michael Steele with a principled, passionate, and articulate philosophical Conservative who understands how badly they’ve screwed the pooch; through their megalomaniac and internecine warfare with the Tea Party, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Michael Steele, and others were responsible for the elections losses of Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle, and have continued working (until recently, it’s been reported) to defeat Joe Miller in Alaska by not actively providing financial and material support to contest violation of Alaska State law regarding the counting of “write in” ballots.  Republicans made it clear during the mid-term elections; they want to elect Conservatives, not Liberals.

By the way, to those who profess to be Conservative, and for whom Conservatism has become their advertised philosophy of choice, take note: you are apparently spineless, in addition to being a shameless narcissist, a traitor to Conservatism or both, if you currently support or have supported Lisa Murkowski over Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race. Go be a Democrat – it’s where you belong.

The bottom line: things can be done, must be done, and urgently so. If Republicans in general, and Republican leaders specifically, don’t have the moral integrity, raw courage, and Patriotic pride to muster the “political will” for the task at hand, or are simply too corrupt to care, they must be removed by unflagging demands from principled Conservatives actively participating in the on-going exchange of ideas with those holding elected office.

The Tea Party, primarily through the efforts of Gov. Sarah Palin, as well as others, have brought us this far – far enough to at least have a chance to save America, and they may have to carry the torch in a critical effort replace those who will not heed the call to battle.

We are engaged in a war, and it is not for the faint of heart.

Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics.



Who Stole the Cookie…? How the UN Is Robbing Us of Our National Sovereignty and Individual Liberties

Part Three: Gun Confiscation—Lesson Taught, But Not Learned

by Cynthia Toney

Gun control purported to curtail crime and secure our safety is another one of the many lies perpetrated by dictators, demagogues, and oligarchies.

A disarming of the general public that left citizens defenseless preceded the takeovers of Germany, Russia, and China – by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, respectively – followed by the murders of tens of millions of people. These are perhaps the best-known examples of the tragic consequences of gun confiscation, but history is rife with others.

Has modern society not learned that guns in the hands of peaceful citizens actually save lives?

In today’s Australia, government seizure and destruction of firearms has resulted in an explosive increase in the rate of violent crime, armed robberies, and break-ins – particularly among the elderly. Apparently, criminals in Australia did not surrender their guns as required by law.

In Great Britain, strict gun control has resulted in a dramatic rise in knife stabbings. It seems that if someone wants to cause bodily harm, he or she will likely find a way; but, if the targeted victim has a gun, the gun will probably win.

Among industrialized nations, both Australia and Great Britain have now surpassed the United States in overall violent crime, according to The International Crime Victims Survey conducted by Leiden University in Holland (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1323758/A-quarter-of-English-are-victims-of-crime.html). One can’t help but wonder if these countries would have such records without the help of gun control…

Undeniably, too many arms still end up in the wrong hands.” (Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July, 2010)

Never let it be said that the UN is guilty of using common sense or unambiguous language as it continues its scheme to strip us of our right to bear arms.

From the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), UN Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee: “In 2006, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to establish a group of governmental experts to look into the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.” (http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ArmsTradeTreaty/html/ATT.shtml)

The 2008 report from this group of experts prompted the General Assembly to start discussions focused on an arms trade treaty, open to all Member States. Two 1-week meetings per year were planned to take place from 2009 to 2011.

The following excerpt is from the UN Chronicle, 2009, entitled “Small Arms: No Single Solution.” These few paragraphs reveal the intentions of the UN regarding gun control for the world:

“Practical steps toward reducing the availability and misuse of small arms can be classed under four headings: 1. Reducing the existing stockpile 2. Reducing the supply of new weapons3. Closing the gates between the legal and illegal markets4. Reducing the motivation for acquiring guns (demand).”

(http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/archive/Issues2009/smallarmsnosinglesolution?print=1)

As to how the UN plans to reduce the existing stockpile and the supply of new weapons, two methods are proposed:

“The best place to start is with government arsenals, which by nature are easier to identify and affect than the diffuse civilian holdings. With large amounts of weaponry concentrated in a few locations, a focus on the State [any nation’s] stockpile is the quickest way to make a dent in the sheer number of guns on the planet.”

If the nations that have most often cooperated with UN mandates in the past are the first to surrender or greatly reduce their arsenals, the world would be left with the most violent and oppressive nations holding onto their weapons.

As with the reduction of government stockpiles, regulatory gun control within the civilian population would reduce the supply of small arms by reducing the demand for them.

“Disarming civilian populations is more difficult than disarming governments. Nevertheless it is arguably more necessary, given that civilians constitute the overwhelming majority not only of gun owners, but also of the victims and perpetrators of gun violence.”

Such a statement would be laughable if this subject were not so serious. Of course, civilians are the majority of victims as well as perpetrators; but, if more civilians were armed, there would be fewer victims—and the perpetrators of any type of violence would think twice before attacking someone, not knowing if that person was armed. Interviews with violent criminals in our prison system confirm this fact. Towns, counties, American states, and foreign countries that encourage citizens to acquire concealed weapon carry permits or keep firearms in their homes for self-defense become known to criminals and are bypassed for easier targets.

Once a civilian population is disarmed, the UN would try “closing the gates between legal and illegal markets” of small arms, because criminals often steal guns from individuals who have legal ownership. Unfortunately, this plan does not take into account the illegal arsenals hidden around the world that will continue to supply the most ruthless types of criminals—from Mexican drug gangs to Somali pirates—and it is not likely that the UN would be successful in “reducing the motivation for acquiring guns” among these types of criminals.

Taking Aim in the State Department

On October 14, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced U.S. cooperation in the UN endeavor to disarm us:

“The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons.” (http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2009a/10/130573.htm)

These “standards” regarding the international transfer of conventional weapons would result in peaceful law-abiding U.S. citizens no longer being able to purchase handguns (or the ammunition for them) that are manufactured in other countries. U.S. gun manufacturers would not be able to fabricate and sell guns or ammunition outside our borders. The implications of such a treaty would affect not only our Second Amendment rights but also the survival of many businesses—large and small—associated with firearms production and distribution.

Disguised as legislation to help in the fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency,” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN Small Arms Treaty is nothing more than a massive, global gun control scheme. The treaty is designed to register, ban, and ultimately eradicate gun ownership by private citizens.

Secretary Clinton’s announcement in 2009 reversed the opposition of the U.S. to international small arms control that had been held by the administration of President George W. Bush. This reversal helped spur the United Kingdom to lead several other nations in an attempt to revive UN efforts to restrict imports and exports of small arms (http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-charlotte/obama-and-clinton-cede-to-un-small-arms-treaty).

Under the Obama administration, Secretary Clinton openly revealed that the U.S. would be working “hand in glove” with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.” Contrary to rumor, no final treaty has been drafted or signed.

Baby Steps in Congress

The U.S. Senate has continuing plans to address gun control, in an effort that would support those of the UN, even before ratification of a treaty. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has been attempting to schedule a hearing entitled “Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process.”

Originally scheduled for September 14 of this year, this meeting has been postponed once, as of this publication date. The committee, composed of Democrats and Republicans, will seek and find witnesses to support its claim that all gun sales should be federally regulated.

Similarly, House Resolution 45, or Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, would prohibit possession of a firearm unless a license has been issued under this act or by a state system certified under this act. H.R.45 has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

A national regulation of civilian firearms is the usual first step toward their elimination.

Cynthia Toney is a Contributing Writer and Editor, The Bold Pursuit

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Commemorating Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010

Flags of the United States Armed Services

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” George Washington

“From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.”
Governor John Hoeven, North Dakota

“Americans should always honor our veterans. At this moment, we especially need the example of their character. And we need a new generation to set examples of its own, examples in service and sacrifice and courage. These veterans have shaped our history, and with their values, your generation will help guide our future.” President George W. Bush

“Heroism is latent in every human soul – However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the self-denials – privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life.” Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain,

“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” President Ronald Reagan

The Bold Pursuit salutes our nation’s Veterans, as well as all our men and women in uniform.

Please comment if you have a favorite quote or remembrance to add to our tribute.

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Am I an Enemy of Freedom?

by Robert Arvay

I am a fiscal and social conservative. Am I the enemy of freedom?

Some prominent libertarians (many of whom I deeply admire) seem to think so. They say that laws restricting gay marriage, abortion, and even prostitution, are anti-libertarian, anti-freedom, and even unconstitutional.

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Am I an Enemy of Freedom?

by Robert Arvay

I am a fiscal and social conservative. Am I the enemy of freedom?

Some prominent libertarians (many of whom I deeply admire) seem to think so. They say that laws restricting gay marriage, abortion, and even prostitution, are anti-libertarian, anti-freedom, and even unconstitutional.

Many libertarians oppose so-called drug laws. They say that such laws are examples of big government interventions in private affairs.

The libertarians do not come to this gunfight armed only with knives. They have strong arguments to bolster their case. If you are not prepared to debate with them, they will smoke you, even though you are highly literate and articulate. Especially concerning drug laws, libertarians point to an expensive war on drugs that they consider similar to the failed war on alcohol during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. Hundreds die, billions are spent, and people still use illegal drugs.

Given their strong, and seemingly sensible positions, how can we persuade libertarians that laws restricting certain types of so-called private behavior will expand, not restrict freedom?

Let’s begin with a general principle, which is this. Any society is governed by (so to speak) two separate sets of laws.

One set of laws is written. We have a Constitution, we have legislation, we have executive orders and regulations, and we have court rulings. All of these are in writing. As long as all of these writings flow logically and clearly from the Constitution, we are safe from government overreach. That safety comes from the laws that hold government accountable to an informed and moral electorate.

But what is this talk of a moral electorate? Where does that come in?

It comes in when we recognize the other set of laws that govern a society, a set of laws, which are not formally written down. Those laws are passed from generation to generation in the culture. The culture gives us a shared set of values, a common set of expectations concerning each other’s behaviors. The culture is no less important than the written Constitution.

The culture is so essential, that even if we were to impose our Constitution upon a culture that had no tradition of freedom, no tradition of personal responsibility— a culture that had none of the values of rule of law, none of our definitions of family— it is plain to see that our Constitution would be meaningless to such a culture.

Our culture assumes that each of us is created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Those words are not in our Constitution. However, they are deeply embedded in our culture, as expressed in the founding document that declared our independence from a monarchy. Such ideas were meaningless to the monarch, and they are meaningless today to cultures that do not value freedom.

To be sure, our written law and our unwritten culture are intertwined with each other. Cultural values affect which laws will be passed, and how they will be enforced. Likewise, written laws either reinforce cultural values, or else, oppose them.

The American Civil War is a glaring example of the extremes of what can happen when a nation is divided by culture. Whatever arguments that historians can make about whether slavery was the issue in the Civil War, there can be no doubt that north and south had irreconcilable cultural differences regarding that issue. Even after the issue of slavery was decided by a horrific and bloody war, the related issues of racism continued in extreme form for decades afterward, and indeed, linger on in various ways in our culture to this day.

Only the most obtuse and ideological libertarian could possibly argue that the government has no business intervening between a man and his slave.

Yet, there are many libertarians who would argue that the government has no business intervening between an unborn child and the pregnant woman who wishes to kill that child. By defining a slave as a 2/3 person, the advocates of slavery found a way to redefine human rights in their ideological mold. Similarly, by defining an unborn child as a tissue mass, those who favor abortion can salve their consciences.

We could go issue by issue. But let’s settle on one.

Gay marriage cannot be an isolated right, because it requires everyone else to recognize as a legal reality what cannot be recognized as a natural and cultural reality. Marriage is not simply a living arrangement, not simply a domestic partnership, and indeed, not even simply a matter of falling in love. There is a reason why no culture, not even those in which homosexuality was accepted, has ever codified homosexual marriage into its laws, except in our lifetime.

The idea of a marriage consisting of one man and one woman, for life, with offspring, is so deeply embedded in our culture that we find it difficult to explain, and yet, shocking to violate.

But wait. What about divorce, what about unmarried cohabitation, what about out-of-wedlock pregnancy and single motherhood? Compared to that, why is homosexual marriage such a bad idea?

Exactly. When the culture collapses, when divorce and the other violations of marriage become prevalent in society, then you have cultural decay. With cultural decay comes a corruption of the legal framework. When that happens, you are on the road to catastrophe. Nations rise in triumph, and nations fall in catastrophe.

Nations rise in response to challenges. The challenges make them strong. Strength makes them meet their challenges. Ah, would it but end there. However, when the challenges are met, there enters a period of prosperity, followed by false security, followed by weakness, followed by collapse. Catastrophe ensues.

To the Libertarian I say this: I cannot go issue by issue and debunk the idea of an “anything goes” society, one at a time. We have to argue from principle.

The libertarian principle says that the only restriction on freedom should be that no man should be allowed to harm another. That sounds good, at first. The rights of your fist stop where my jaw begins. Flail about as you will, but stay away from my jaw.

But harm to another, harm to society in general, is not always as obvious as a punch in the jaw. It is often a much more difficult thing to identify, until after the harm is already done.

Unwed motherhood seemed very libertarian, and very harmless (according to many people), at first. It took about ten to twenty years to see the harm it did to the children of those sexual liberties. Likewise, our nation has suffered dreadfully from liberalized divorce laws, but the harm done crept in so slowly that by the time it was recognized, the snowball was already rolling downhill, unstoppable in its devastation. Yet despite the harm, because that harm is so difficult to see, no serious politician claims that we should outlaw divorce.

I said that there are two laws that govern a society, the written law, and the unwritten culture. But there is a third. I did not exactly omit to mention it, but rather, included it when I mentioned a “moral electorate.”

The law and culture are intertwined not only with each other, but also, with each individual. America has been a special place because Americans, as individuals, have been a special people. We are what we are because we are not, and never have been, culturally speaking, Chinese, Arab or African. We embodied the values and culture of Western Civilization, and we carried those ideals to unprecedented heights.

We did this as individuals, whether as individual Europeans, individual Chinese, Arabs or Africans.

To be an American is not simply to believe in the Constitution, nor to accept our culture, but above all, to internalize our Constitutional principles, to internalize our cultural values, within our individual souls. Americans are individuals.

Let’s provide an analogy here. Christianity was exported from England to Africa via missionaries, many of whom died in their quest to save lost souls. Indeed, many lost souls were saved in Africa. But then, England itself became less and less Christian. Its very church, the Church of England, became corrupted by the allure of homosexual values, until it became little more than buildings and symbols. It then happened that it was the English who were lost.

Today, missionaries from Africa come to England, to seek and to save the lost souls of wayward Englishmen. The irony is rich.

We, as Americans, have created the greatest and brightest social system ever to have blessed the planet. Beginning from violence, traveling through the dark shadow of slavery, surviving the treacheries of racism and so-called Progressivism, we have arrived at a state in which we no longer recognize the ultimate basis upon which all liberty must stand— individual morality.

Our individuals must each rise to the new challenge.

To be truly free, we must obey the Constitution, but also, we must preserve what is best in our culture; we can do that only when our individuals, in sufficient numbers, have become social conservatives.

If instead we go down the fatal path of progressivism or libertarianism, then our society will collapse into debauchery and ruin.

If that ever happens, let us hope and pray for the African missionaries to come and save our lost national soul.