Happy Thanksgiving … from The Bold Pursuit

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  ~Edward Sandford Martin

Remember God’s bounty in the year.  String the pearls of His favor.  Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light!  Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!  ~Henry Ward Beecher

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.  ~Irv Kupcinet

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
~Joseph Auslander

Ah! on Thanksgiving day….
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier

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Where Are We?

by Robert Arvay

 

Obama-care has brought us to the proverbial fork in the road. It is taking us to new extremes of government power and abuse. Its central principle is that everyone’s health insurance must conform to the government’s idea of what constitutes a “good” health care policy.

 

While liberals like to compare it to mandatory automobile liability insurance, there is no comparison. Were the principles of Obama-care applied to auto insurance, we would all be forced to have the same insurance for our Dodge Darts as for a cross-country eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer.

 

It gets worse. Health requirements are not only highly personal, highly individualized sets of needs and solutions; they are also closely related to one’s religious beliefs.

 

Abortion and birth control are two obvious issues. So-called sex-change surgery is another. There could eventually be more issues, including such things as circumcision, diet, and even gun ownership, all of which have at one time or another been openly mentioned by public officials as important matters related to health care.

 

We are a predominantly Christian nation, but we are presently governed by people who are openly hostile to even the mere mention of God in a government-related setting. They represent not us, but a radical fringe composed of atheist and Moslem fanatics who view the Constitution as an obstruction to the implementation of their tyrannical goals.

 

One present trend in government control of our health is to force everyone to subsidize elective abortion— any abortion, anytime, for any pretext, at taxpayer expense. This applies not only to using our tax money for purposes that may violate our religion, it also trends toward forcing all healthcare personnel to participate materially in the performance of abortions, their conscience be damned.

 

We are at a fork in the road, one which we should have avoided long ago. Soon, the government will have so much power that no one will be able to buy or sell without government approval, permission, or compulsion.

 

We will have traded our freedom for free things, only to discover that the price of free things is much more terrible than is the terrible price of freedom

 

I am not a Catholic, but I applaud the church for its principled stand against abortion. At the same time, I criticize it for not having taken an equally principled stand for freedom, when the church insisted (albeit indirectly) that charity to the poor is a governmental responsibility to be enforced by confiscatory tax policy.

 

As far as I am aware, Jesus never spoke of charity to the poor in terms of bureaucracy, but in personal terms only. The Good Samaritan gave from his own purse; he did not seek a government agency to provide for the unfortunate from someone else’s purse.

 

That, however, is the path we have traveled, and that is the path that has brought us to the fateful fork in the road which we are now facing. The easy path, the seemingly smooth path of obedience and acquiescence, will lead us to the earthly hell of tyranny. The other path is rocky, thorny, and all uphill, but it leads to the God-given freedoms for which so very many of our forebears have paid in their own blood.

 

This is where we are.

 

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

 

Sonnet of Spirit of Old Glory

by Hartley Atkins


Behold the eagle spreads its wings

Hearken, hear O trumpets call!

It urgently soars with the winds

What now, what next, to befall

 

Cowards flinch, they shirk to fight

None on a ship or on the shore

Brave men ready with all their might

Such love of country can’t be more

 

For in the balance, freedom hangs

That, they sacrificed to defend

Our hopes and dreams, still in hands

When those battles came to an end

 

And Spirit of Old Glory was revealed

By brave men in heaven, on that field

 

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Kennedy Assassination: The Unsolved Mysteries

by Robert Arvay

Here is a concise, summarized challenge to the official reports concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy fifty years ago. The murder of JFK comprises not one single mystery, but rather a long and complex chain of them. Solving any one of these mysteries might unravel the entire web. Thus far, however, no one has succeeded in toppling the house of cards that has been established by the government.

The official version of events given by the Warren Commission Report is superficially plausible, until one tries to connect the dots. The picture that emerges from the “dots” is not clear— one might expect a lack of clarity from them— but the picture drawn, when the details are connected, sharply conflicts with the official version. No one “dot” by itself confirms the case against the Warren Commission Report, but taken together as a whole, the preponderance of evidence casts reasonable suspicion on the official version.

Let’s start with a list of names, and see if they connect to form a bigger picture.

Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Dorothy Kilgallen and Robert Kennedy.

All six of these people died untimely, the four men by gunshot, the two women by apparent overdoses of barbiturate sleeping pills.

Marilyn Monroe’s connection with John F Kennedy was the subject of rumored scandals. On May 19, 1962, Monroe attended a pre-birthday celebration for John F Kennedy, during which she sang “Happy Birthday Mister President.” The video of this is available on You Tube, and viewers can decide for themselves whether the seductive tone was appropriate, especially given the sexual mores of the era. Jacquelyn Kennedy (the first lady) was not present, or the embarrassment might have been more acute. Less than 90 days later, Marilyn Monroe was dead, of an overdose of barbiturates, according to the coroner. Had she become a political embarrassment? If she were indeed having an affair with the president, could it have been thought, in high circles, that she knew too many secrets? Did someone decide that Monroe had to be silenced?

John F Kennedy was possibly the first “pop star” president. Young, handsome, with a charming New England accent, a war hero, he gave speeches that inspired a nation, and gave it a vision for the future, including the promise of sending a manned mission to the moon and back.

Kennedy, an ardent anti-communist, was also very interventionist in international affairs. During his administration, an attempt was made to invade Cuba — an attempt which failed disastrously. No US Troops were involved, but the degree of US support was obvious. A few days before Kennedy died, the president of South Viet Nam, Ngô Đình Diệm, was assassinated. The event was saturated with evidence of US complicity, but it is not clear whether the killing of Diệm was approved by JFK, or was contrary to his orders.

Later, shortly after Kennedy’s death, I vaguely remember a report that Diệm’s wife, known as Madame Nhu, made a comment addressed to Jacquelyn Kennedy, essentially saying to her, your evil deed has been repaid, the implication being that Nhu thought that Kennedy had masterminded her husband’s assassination.

Whether this memory is accurate or not, it does seem that either Kennedy’s foreign interventionism included a willingness to overthrow communist regimes by violence, or else that he was surrounded by men in power who acted to do so, even in violation of Kennedy’s policy.

Lee Harvey Oswald is infamous for his role as the assassin who killed the president. The official report says that he acted alone, a portrayal that many analysts have openly doubted. You may have heard the expression, “forty-seven consecutive miracles” to describe the workings of extraordinarily complex systems in which absolutely everything must go exactly as planned for the system to function. The theory that Oswald acted alone would require forty-seven consecutive curses to make it plausible. It is all but inconceivable that Oswald, who was under FBI surveillance, could have made all the advance preparations over a long period of time, with precise knowledge of when and where Kennedy would be, and have had access to the window from which the shots were fired, unless someone gave him information long before Kennedy arrived in Dallas.

Jack Ruby is the man who killed Oswald. I watched the event on live TV as it happened. The immediate impression that many people had was that Oswald had known too much, and that someone had considered it necessary to silence him forever. The claim by Ruby himself is all but laughable. The story that he, a mafia-connected strip-joint owner was so patriotic, so upset about the assassination, that he would inject himself into an operation pervaded by police, and commit murder, defies common sense. Coupled with the extreme unlikelihood that Oswald could have planned and executed the assassination unassisted, the dots begin to take on a sinister shape.

Dorothy Kilgallen was a nationally well-known newspaper columnist, who also appeared on popular television quiz shows. She was harshly and publicly critical of the Warren Commission Report. She had interviewed Jack Ruby, and had also obtained a secret transcript of Ruby’s testimony to the commission. She also wrote the following about the official version:

. . . the whole thing smells a bit fishy. It’s a mite too simple that a chap kills the President of the United States, escapes from that bother, kills a policeman, eventually is apprehended in a movie theater under circumstances that defy every law of police procedure, and subsequently is murdered under extraordinary circumstances.”

Kilgallen was found dead in her apartment on November 8, 1965, allegedly due to an accidental overdose of barbiturate sleeping pills. The circumstances were suspicious, as she was found in a part of the residence that she did not sleep in.

Her analysis of the “fishy” events indicates that, as did many others, Kilgallen saw so many discrepancies in the official reports that the preponderance of evidence indicates a cover-up.

Robert F Kennedy died in 1968, much in the manner of his older brother, by the gun of an assassin. This case was much more clear-cut than was that of the president. Once again, however, one must question how it is that forty-seven consecutive curses could bring about the assassination of yet another Kennedy.

As a footnote, one must add to the tragedies yet another, the 1999 death of John F Kennedy’s son, JFK Jr., when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed into the ocean near Martha’s Vineyard. While there is no evidence to connect his death with those of his father and uncle, one cannot help but wonder.

The dots remain difficult to connect, but impossible to ignore. There are many possible explanations, but in my mind, one direction seems more likely than the others.

John F Kennedy came into the presidency shortly after his predecessor, President Dwight Eisenhower, delivered a farewell address in which he warned Americans to beware of a “military-industrial” complex which might seize control of American politics. Eisenhower did not give specific names as to who might be forming such a conspiracy, but he was not one to imagine such things.

When Kennedy became president, he found himself surrounded by powerful men in the CIA, in the military, and in the national banking system. He had hoped to replace J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, but found it impossible to do so, partly because Hoover had spied on so many people in the government that he had the potential to inflict enormous official embarrassment, probably affecting the Kennedy’s as well as other national figures.

Surrounded by powerful, entrenched forces at the highest levels, Kennedy reportedly had undertaken a number of policies that were resisted by many of the aforementioned people in power. Among these, it was said that he intended to withdraw American military forces from Viet Nam. It was also said that he intended to end the Federal Reserve Bank’s power over the economy. JFK was clearly sympathetic to the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King. And his brother, Robert Kennedy, who was his attorney general, had conducted operations which were devastating organized crime.

In short, there were a great many people in power who had the motive, and the means, to assassinate the president of the United States of America. Their power to conceal their involvement was surely effective. The risks were enormous, but the rewards were immense.

Who really did it? We will likely never solve the many mysteries of Kennedy’s assassination, and therefore a dark cloud will forever haunt us. During the past fifty years, most of the people who knew the secrets of these mysteries have taken their knowledge to the grave. If any yet remain, it is unlikely that they will ever reveal anything about the case.

One thing can probably be surmised with unerring accuracy, however. When it comes to government, we see only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In a backhanded way, maybe that’s a good thing. The truth might be too ugly to bear.

Even so, we should seek it.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad 

Thanksgiving is a Religious Celebration

by Robert Arvay

As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, we would do well to remember what it is for which we give thanks, and to Whom we give thanks.

The Puritans were not giving thanks to the government. They were giving thanks to God. Their political constitution was the Mayflower Compact, a governing document which opened with the words, “In the name of God, Amen.” It then goes on to include the phrases, “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith. . . .” and, “. . . in the presence of God. . . .”

Despite the efforts of modern educators (or indoctrinators) to conceal these facts, the success of the United States as a great nation is not due to its government, but to the faith of its people in God, and not just any God, but the God of the Bible.

Had the nation been founded by Moslems, there would be no Bill of Rights, no freedom of religion, no free speech, and none of the secular policies that American secularists advocate. To say that we are a Christian nation is to state a vital and significant truth about our country.

Separation of church and state is an important policy, but its definition has been distorted to mean separation of religious principle from government policy. There is nothing in the First Amendment that says that freedom of religion does not apply on government property. It applies everywhere. The First Amendment prohibits government favoring one denomination over another: it was never intended to favor atheism over theism.

Public schools across the nation are doing exactly that, forbidding not only overt prayer, but suppressing any word or phrase that even indirectly gives credit to God. Founding documents of our nation that explicitly mention our Creator are downplayed, or even omitted entirely from the curriculum.

The United States is not governed by a theocracy. There never was any danger that it would be, not even when daily prayers and Bible readings were the norm in public, government-run schools. Today, the same people who rant about religious diversity are trying to force the pseudo-religion of secular atheism upon a public that overwhelmingly believes in God. When they are not doing that, they are introducing Islam into the school curriculum, despite that its laws despise freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and women’s rights.

Thanksgiving is not turkey day. It is a religious holy day. It is a day set aside to give special thanks to the God of Abraham, Who through His miracles and inspiration founded this nation. When we forget that, we forfeit His blessings.

“In the name of God, Amen.”

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

I Am a Cold-Blooded, Hypocritical Conservative

by Robert Arvay

I once worked in a military medical facility overseas. It was in a nation where the vast majority of people were abysmally poor. The halt and the lame were common sights on the streets. Life expectancy was somewhere under fifty years for poor people.

Much of the time, these people could legally be treated as a matter of United States policy to win over the hearts and minds of the people. They would show up in long lines, and we would treat as many as we could.

Most of the time, however, the facility was closed to everyone except US personnel. You see, winning over hearts and minds could be done by treating less than one percent of one percent of the people who needed care. It was simply not feasible, not possible, to give everyone the care they needed. There are not enough doctors, not enough money, and not enough medicine.

It was during these times, when the facility was closed, that somehow, a very few poor people managed to sneak onto the military compound and knock on the door of the clinic. They might show up with a small child. The patient might have a medical emergency, or might have a longstanding problem, such as a birth defect. It was illegal to treat them during those hours, but human nature, being what it is, we treated them anyway, at significant risk of prosecution to ourselves. In one instance, a doctor was quite angry that he had been awakened from a comfortable sleep (off duty) to attend to a patient whom he discovered was ineligible. His personality being what it was, we thought he might walk away, or perhaps even turn us in. He didn’t. Overcome with compassion for a child with a life-threatening infection, he provided medication. Then he warned us never to do it again.

Bear in mind that this was taxpayer-funded medical care. Bear in mind that people who could not “sneak in” did not get care. We did not go into the streets seeking them out. Even when the clinic was legally open to them, there were days when we ran out of time, late into the sunset, and had to close down the facility. People had been waiting in the icy rain for hours, only to be turned away at the last minute, weeping and begging, while dozens of people anxiously waited behind them. The door closed.

It is simple human nature that, when someone is immediately in front of you, begging for mercy, that you do whatever you can to help them. You do this even if it is illegal – but you simply cannot do it for everyone. The laws of physics and mathematics are a brick wall of reality that defeats compassion.

There was a time in the United States when a poor person would show up at the door of a hospital, doctor’s office, or other medical care facility, desperate for treatment, and be turned away, to suffer or even die. No money, no treatment, period. The door closed.

The people who closed that door were not cold-blooded, greedy doctors. Many of the gate-keepers, the door closers, were simply there to insulate the doctors from having to endure the pain of personally telling a widow with her infant to go away – in effect, to die. To personally refuse help to a genuinely needy person is a dehumanizing experience. I found myself, in that situation, unable to do so while there was any means of helping.

So, why do I say that I am a cold-blooded, hypocritical conservative? It is because of this: I oppose socialized medicine. I advocate the free market. I do this fully recognizing that, under a free market system, many genuinely needy people will be turned away, many will suffer, many will die. Not only does this make me cold-blooded, it makes me a hypocrite, because I want someone else to do the turning away. (I eat beef, but I do not wish to see the calf being slaughtered.)

Of course, I wish that everyone could have all the medical care they need. Of course, it rankles me that while one person is suffering terribly for lack of life-saving surgery, another is receiving cosmetic surgery to satisfy his or her vanity, and paying handsomely for it.

It’s not fair.

Why, then, do I not advocate socialized medicine? It is because socialized medicine does not make matters better, but worse. It does not solve the problems – it only masks them.

In Britain, everyone is on the National Health Service (NHS). That means that every British person gets all the medical care he or she needs, right? Laughably and tragically, untrue. Britain is not immune to the laws of physics, nor exempt from the laws of mathematics. Despite limitless need, there is not limitless supply. In Britain, the lines of would-be patients are long, and the waiting period is often months – during which time people either die or else graduate from a treatable condition to a fatal condition. The death report does not reveal how many people would have lived had they been able to travel to the United States for medical care, which is what the wealthy and privileged do, and which many Canadians do every day, as a safety valve from their socialized medical system.

To paraphrase Barack Obama, the British people have a “crummy’ health care system. Worse yet, because they have no alternative, nothing for comparison, they do not see its “substandard” aspects. They do not notice the rationing. They never see the opportunity costs involved in removing the profit incentive. They never see the potential innovations that never occur. They never question the hidden inefficiencies and hidden costs. They actually think that their health care is free.

Here in the United States, we are at a fork in the road. We can have our freedom, or we can trade it for free things. Let’s do the compassionate thing. Let’s allow the free market to work. It won’t be easy. It will mean turning people away at the door, but not pretending that we are treating them when in fact, we are sending them to the end of a long line to await the brutal decision of a truly cold-blooded government bureaucrat. (Reference: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, liberal icon of compassion, refused to authorize life-saving medical treatment for a young girl who needed a transplant. She got the transplant, but only after a judge forced Sebelius to get out of the way.)

Socialism is a cruel deception. It cannot overturn the laws of nature. It cannot provide unlimited supplies to meet our limitless needs. Quite to the contrary, socialism is every bit as cold-blooded and hypocritical as its advocates accuse conservatives of being. The difference is that conservatism seeks solutions, not masks to cover the problems.

An added bonus is this: we can institute free markets without spending a billion dollars on a “crummy, substandard” website that doesn’t work.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer
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The President lied outright and he lied maliciously – Letter to the Editor

On Friday November 8, President Obama was speaking in Miami Florida when he began another of his tirades against the TEA Party labeling us as “a small faction” and telling Democrats in attendance (it was a democratic fundraiser) that Republicans will have a price to pay for defying the American populace. He ramped it up by saying that we “will not act on the basic interests of the American people”. 

Here something to consider – Due to the PPACA (ObamaCare), approximately 5 million people will lose their health insurance by spring of next year. When the large company and union mandate delay expires next October, another 12+ million working Americans will lose their insurance. All of these Americans will find themselves having to obtain more costly insurance as a result of a law passed by a very small faction of our legislature using sleight of hand and manipulation of their own rules. They passed this bill without reading it while making the asinine claim that they “had to pass it so we can read it to find out what is in it”.

President Obama sold the bill on the basis that it would only affect the “small faction” of Americans who needed protection because they were unable to obtain Health Insurance.  Additionally, he continually misstated that they were unable to obtain HEALTH CARE.  This is just not true.  Everyone who goes to a hospital in America obtains HEALTH CARE, regardless of their ability to pay and it is just about the best care available in the world. 

What this “small faction” lacks is access to HEALTH INSURANCE and that is a completely different issue. President Obama sold the concept of health insurance for everyone with the PPACA by stating over and over that for the vast majority of Americans who have health insurance, “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.  PERIOD. Nobody is going to take it away”  “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period”.  He and his small faction of ideologue zealots told this over and over to the American people.

Now we have read the bill and now we, the majority of Americans are seeing the truth. REGARDLESS of whether Americans like their plan, their doctor and even if the plan hasn’t changed they are losing their insurance and are being forced into the ObamaCare collectives at higher cost and lower quality insurance plans. Is this acting on the basic interest of the American People?

So much for truth from the office of the Chief Executive and so much for the will of the people. The President lied outright and he lied maliciously because he knew that the vast majority of the American people would not accept the government takeover of health insurance if the plan were truthfully explained.

So, let’s not fret about who is or isn’t truly the “small faction” or to what degree the President lied. Let’s accept the facts and show the president that the majority of Americans have the basic interests of America in their hearts and minds.  It is time for the majority    true blue American Patriots —  to stand up and rally the support of your friends and neighbors to tell Obama that we ARE NOT a small minority. We are the majority common sense voice of America and we will be heard.

Roger Pol

 

Roger Pol is a lifelong entrepreneur who over a 30-year career has developed numerous real estate projects in Virginia, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Tennessee. He is the founder of the World Distance Learning Institute, an international post-secondary education access point, and the founder and CEO of the Ownership Recovery Company of America.