The Bait and Switch that the Left would like for you to follow
By: Robert Rohlfing
Let’s take a look at Representative Congresswomen Barbra Lee for example. In 1983, when the U.S. Invaded Grenada, one of their government documents the Americans seized detailed an unusual government meeting: “Barbara Lee is here presently and has brought with her a report on the international airport done by [Congressman] Ron Dellums. They have requested that we look at the document and suggest any changes we deem necessary. They will be willing to make changes.”
At the time, now-Congresswoman Barbara Lee was a top aide to her predecessor in office, Rep. Ron Dellums. The document in question was a report written by Rep. Dellums, arguing that Grenada’s airport was being built for benign uses. When Ronald Reagan liberated Granada, we found communist officials from East Germany, Poland, North Korea, Cuba and the Soviet Union. That Was not the only document taken during the invasion and not the only time that Lee was cozy with the Castro government either. Lee visited Cuba again in 1999 and was praised by Castro. She served under her predecessor Ron Dellums who was known for his radical politics and stances.
Barbara Lee comes from and represents one of the most radical districts in the nation, but that is only one of those wonderful California Representatives in question , and only but one that We should question just how far their definition of being a “Progressive or Liberal” as we know they continue to change that definition as they have throughout the years as it became less popular with the general public to use. But what else was found in the documents seized in that Granada raid? Well the diary of Grenada’s Marxist defense minister. He wrote “The Revolution has been able to crush counter-revolution internationally. Airport will be used for Cuban and Soviet military.” This was counter to what Lee reported in her fact finding mission prior to our invasion of the Island, but it should be no wonder that when she visited with Castro she was praised for her ” combatant spirit and capacity for struggle.”
Just as a spokes person from the Communist Party U.S.A (CPUSA) pointed out in Politico recently that there are no actual card carrying members in Congress at the moment, that does not mean that there are not those that are not only sympathetic, but also those that are “progressing ” the like agenda. This would not be the first time that this would be the case either. When you look back in history you see examples of this in the late 1930′s into the 1940′s with those that surrounded FDR as well. They served in Congress and in upper positions of his administration just as they do today with the Obama administration. Remember self avowed Communist Van Jones said it is time to drop the radical pose and come out into the open, many today are still afraid to follow his lead, while others are more than willing to continue in the shadows working to advance the agenda in a most benign way. Do not be fooled though because you can see if you strike a nerve they will come out and expose themselves a bit with the classical attack method that they are so prone to do instead of just coming forth and declaring that they are indeed followers of that Ideology. This is not reserved alone for those in office, but we see it most prevalent with those that are commentators or forum visitors each time to strike this nerve, be it when you point out the involvement of Communists with the hole “Occupy Wall Street Movement” or close ties with the trade Unions throughout the History of the Trade Unions. Yes the Trade Unions have a long history of close ties, but that does not mean that all members believe or associate with that form of Ideology nor does it mean that all Democrats do as well.
When you look at upper echelon members and those that are coming together today with the current “actions” that we are witnessing take place across the country from the demonstrations in Madison last year to the whole “Occupy Movement” we see all the symbols of communism on display from the iconic fist in the air to the actual Soviet flag on display. One would have to be blind not to notice the Che shirts, or the publications on display at these gatherings that have all the foundation of Marxism and Communism at its core. When this gets pointed out once again the supporters attack those that are pointing it out instead of just embracing the fact that they are actually advocating these things and one would wonder why that is the case. Why is it that they are hell bent on denial of this actually existing when it is out in the open? Why are those that are in Congress that follow this Ideology at its core so afraid to come forth and declare that it is their true intention to “Progress” this nation in that direction? If it is such a good thing why not be more open and upfront with it? Please don’t give me the excuses that they will be chastised for doing so because people from all and different Ideologies get attacked on a daily basis as it is. What you don’t think that Conservatives get attacked on a daily basis for their beliefs?
California seems to be a hot bed for those with this “sympathy” for the so called “Progressive Agenda” and the State of the State has shown the results of years of this agenda. We all know of Maxine Waters and her so called (Slip of the tongue) in the congressional hearing with the Shell executive, but that is just a small example when it comes to her core belief in this ideology. Today you have her and others that are attempting to discredit any claims that Congressman Allen West made when he made the statement that there are those in Congress that side with the Communists in this country. One of the reasons may be is because his name has been brandied about as a possible running mate for Romney. Look at the other person that has also came up as a possibility, Marco Rubio. The Left is in full attack mode for both of these possible running mates so it is no wonder that they are facing the full brutal assault at the moment.
The NAACP is concentrated on West, While La Raza takes on Rubio. But let’s take a moment and look back at the fact that both these groups have not only sympathized with the revolutionaries at OWS, but in many cases ceded with the more nefarious aspects of those attempting to advance an agenda that would move us closer to a more socialist state. Remember Socialism, Marxism, and Communism are branch’s on a tree that are not that far separated regardless of how many would like to deny that they are. When you trace them all back to the trunk they all have the same tenants at the core. You hear the same key words mentioned and you see the same aspects of division used to achieve those goals. Today we are witnessing a president that has a big problem in the fact that he cannot really run on his “Achievements” as they are so few and those that he may like to run on are polarizing and rejected by the nation for the most part. So we will witness the pivot that Van Jones mentioned when he said that they will have to drop the “Pose” and have started to see the classical message that all those in the past have used before him and that is class warfare and division.
Let us get back to those that sympathize with the Communist/Marxist Ideology , but would like for you to believe that it is only what they like to call today a “Progressive” ideology. Just like the whole campaign theme in 2008 of “Hope and Change”, many on the left would like not to be held to defining just what that means. It is a wonder in most cases if the supporters that have chanted these words in the past could really say just what was meant by them. No one really wants to take on what “Progressivism” means as well. Just what is it that we are supposed to progress to? Is it somehow just a catchy phrase that is supposed to represent an illusion that just because you brandy about phrases and talk the talk that somehow so called “fairness” will exists. Did that fairness that Marx spoke about and the current crop of advocates attempt to portray ever really exists in any country that was either Communist or socialist for that matter? Does it exists in Greece or Spain? Did it ever exist in the former Soviet Union or in Cuba? Were all the “Workers” equal to those that were in charge of the country or influential in the party? No they were not and are not today in those other countries I mentioned. Was the division of food and wealth equally distributed among the peasants or common class as the tenants call for?
Were the “Workers” really able to rise above the station that they were born into by their own free will and hard work to succeed or was it and still is the fact that it is not what you do but who you know and associate with. Somehow many would like to convince you that you would have more liberty and freedom under a system such as that than under a system that we live under in the United States where even someone born in poverty can rise above the station they were born into with hard work and the desire to succeed. In contrast today we are hearing that it is evil to succeed and those that have done so are somehow evil unless they are sympathetic to those that are on the approved list like a Warren Buffet or a George Soro’s. Both of these individuals have found that it is advantageous to their personal success to utilize the complete opposite of what those that are advocating us moving in the direction of Communism (light) to achieve the power and station in life. But in contrasts those such as the Koch brothers or a Mitt Romney are harangued for their success in life. Many would say that this is an upside down world that we live in with what we are witnessing play out, but you really have to look a bit deeper into just what is adopted when you go down the road of the Ideology that Marx professed and what you see being called for on the streets today at these “Occupy” gatherings. They say little about those that are approved and demonize those that they disapprove of, in many ways they are reacting like the puppets on a string that the commissars of the past enforced by means that were less than pretty at the notorious Lubyanka Prison.
Just imagine if we researched this a little.
Peoples words can give a great look into the souls and minds of the individual. These people have said things that are communist/ socialist in nature. They believe in this ideology.
Unfortunately, a lot of American citizens do as well. Most Americans have never been exposed to truly free markets (which of course is by design) they are not taught the history of communism or know about the hundreds of millions of people that it killed in the last century. Hey, it sounds great, of course human nature does not allow it to work. We are not all the same. We do not all have the same talents or skills.
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The Sleight Of Hand
By: Robert Rohlfing
Let’s revisit Margret Sanger again, in 1939 she organized her “Negro” project where she stated that her program was to eliminate members of what she considered “The Inferior Race”. To do this she began to write of the necessity of targeting religious groups for destruction as well, believing that the “dysgenic races” should include “Fundamentalists and Catholics” in addition to “blacks, Hispanics, (and) American Indians.” – From the Book Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: pp 229-334: see also Killer Angel: p 73
Today we see this playing out with the tactic of Saul Alinsky in Rules for Radical tactic # 13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’… This administration targeted religious organizations specifically to promote this mandate. They knew that it would be a polarizing issue that would take away attention on more pressing issues that this nation faces such as the limp economy and mounting debt. They knew that if they put forth a young lady that people may have their heartstrings pulled over the issue and that they would garner a reaction from the opposition. So in turn they personalized it as well. The young lady in question so happened to be an activist or “Organizer” in this issue. She stated in her testimony that she walks down the street and see’s the despair in women over this issue. When have you ever walked down the street and was able to tell who was or was not on the pill?
In the book by George Grant that chronicles the life and writings of Margaret Sanger Killer Angel: p 104 she wrote, “Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism.” It is a wonder that today we see an all out assault on both of these issues is it not? Grant also chronicled how Sanger was commissioned Ernst Rudin, a member of the Nazi Party, and director of the dreaded German Medical Experimentation Programs, to serve as an advisor to her organization. What many are unaware of when we look at the Holocaust is that Only about a third of the civilians killed by the Nazis and their accomplices were Jews. There were between 7 and 12 million non-Jews killed by the Nazi’s as well, they were mostly Christians. Remember the saying ” First they came for”? Well That was a Catholic that wrote that, and it was not the Jews that they first came for. But let’s go back to some more of what Sanger wrote, ” Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism.” You see this is being used as a tool, it is being polarized at a time that no one was even talking about these issues.
Population Control as an agenda that coincides with the whole “Green Movement”, In Grant’s book Killer Angel he included a quote from an essay that English Churchman, Thomas Robert Malthus wrote in his,” his “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” It goes like this, ” “All children born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room may be made for them by the deaths of grown persons …Therefore …we should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality…” Now let’s go back to what Dr. Sam Keen said in 1996 again, ” “We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control the population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.” This is also something that we see in the U.N. in November 1991, Jacques Cousteau wrote: “The damage people cause to the planet is a function of demographics – it is equal to the degree of development. One American burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes … This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.” – The Population Controllers: New American Magazine: June 27, 1994: p 7. This was originally in UNESCO Courier publication.
Also in 1996 you had The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul Turkey, at this conference an alarming picture was put forth in regards to our way of life in the United States, we see this today with those that support so many of the things that the Left and the so called “Greens” talk about. What we are seeing today is one more “Nudge” in this direction. At the conference it was discussed that ,” The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined”. Let’s look at how some of this is being implemented right under our noses; Through Political Correctness we are now to intimidated to exercise our Constitutional right of freedom of speech to speak out against the establishment and the directions that they will impose upon us, once you speak out you are immediately attacked as a hater or racist and many other ways for doing so. Private Property the cornerstone of our society is also under attack as well. We seen this with the manipulation of the housing market and the eventual crash. Of course most want to assign that entirely upon the Banks, but fail to include the government and their roll in the whole crash. Now we see that the Government through Fannie and Freddie are talking about becoming landlords and renting out the properties that we foreclosed. Christianity , well that is obvious even if you have one eye open or not with the new mandate that this administration is attempting to impose. Individualism, look at what the “Occupy” movements’ have been calling for and our growing dependency on the Government for our needs. When we lose the fundamental individualism of self responsibility on a whole host of issues, we lose our individualism one small step at a time. Education, we can go one for days and days on how our education system has been infiltrated by this agenda. It must be a coincidence though that the central focus for “Birth Control” and the Mandate from the government is focused on two major parts of this though. A Education institution that so happens to be an Institution that is run by a Christian Church is it not?
“The Planet Has A Fever” ~ Al Gore
Al Gore the Spokes mouth for today’s “Green Movement” and “Climate Scare” has long roots in promoting population control as a means to “healing” our planet. Recently at a “Games for Change” conference in New York he stated, ” One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children… You have to educate girls and empower women. And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.” Since when does America have a population control problem? When you look at the actual figures post the World War II Baby Boom population figures have been on a steady decline. Somehow Mr. Gore thinks that if we exterminate a child or if we can emulate something like what China practices with the one child policy in this country that we will “heal” our planet. He mentions that we need to educate our girls, does that include teaching them that they need to take personal responsibility for their actions as well and that we should start those lessons at a young age instead of teaching them that they will not have to worry about any consequences for their actions because the government will take care of them in the end? Does that include teaching them the best method to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is abstinence? No Mr. Gore like many others that surround this issue and this administration have deeper goals and beliefs. One question that I have from his statement that he fails to mention, is it empowering women and young ladies by teaching them that slaughtering a Human life or not taking personal responsibility for their actions really a solution to our pollution concerns or is it part of a much larger agenda?
Mr. Gore in particular has pushed that we need to further increase regulations or mandates on a whole host of sectors besides population control. How do we go about doing this? We Indoctrinate the youth! One needs to remember that Population Control does not only mean controlling the rate of births, but means controlling the population. Once you take the steps down the road of determining that through a mandate or regulation that a private institution should be forced to do something that goes against its teachings where do you stop? Do you take the next step and say we need to mandate that we need to exterminate the so called “Unwanted” or “Undesirable” such as those that are not as physically or mentally fit as others? Do we than mandate under the auspice that a particular child needs to be aborted because they may not grow up into a contributing member of society? Do we than determine that we should examine and mandate that a senior citizen is no longer a contributing member of society and is a burden on our planet so we should euthanize them as well? Should a government then through a panel of bureaucrats decide what medical coverage an individual can receive based on their ability to or drain to the society at large contribute? Should a panel of government officials place a scale of individual pollution factor that an individual contributes and decide through a mandate or regulation just what freedom that individual will have to heat or cool their home, or drive their car? Should a government panel start down the road of determining the sex or numbers of children that we are allowed to have? After all it may be a medical issue or a safety issue that they can cite as a reason to start down this slippery road.
Let’s take a moment and look at two key figures in this administration that is pushing not only regulation nation but also population control, we will get back to the U.N. and its roll later. Till then consider the recent Agenda 21 and Sustainable Communities into the big picture because they are all interwoven.
John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Czar. This man has pushed the population control argument for years going back before he even stepped foot in a government office. He follows along with Margret Sanger’s beliefs and yes even Adolf Hitler’s once you look into that connection with population control. In Holdren’s book , ” Ecoscience” he outlined the need and desire for an increasing role of government to curtail reproductive autonomy and spurred an international feminist campaign to replace the idea of population control with a focus on women’s health and rights. Does this sound a bit familiar with the argument that is being brought forth today? Replace the narrative of population control with women’s health and rights, this is exactly the argument that is being put out by this administration and those on the left over the issue of contraception.
In Hodren’s book, “Ecoscience” he advocated and I quote, ” “In today’s world, however, the number of children in a family is a matter of profound public concern, For example, no one may lawfully have more than one spouse at a time. Why should the law not be able to prevent people from having more than two children?” also in his book he advocated that the government should consider adding a sterileant to the drinking water or food supply. This under the auspice of over population and environmental concerns, but eerily it harkens back to what the founder of planned parenthood promoted as well with sterilization and what the Nazi government implemented with the “Undesirables”. This man is our so called Science Czar now, he has the ear of the president and is not accountable to the public as he was not elected by the citizens. He also has the ability to determine what studies are released to the public and just where funding will go for research.
In Hodrens book he also advocated that legalizing “compulsory abortions,” ie forced abortions carried out against the will of the pregnant women just as they do in China once we move to a reduced mandated child policy. He advocated that the government mandate the forced sterilization of people that the “authority’s” deemed to have to many children already or who have contributed to ” “general social deterioration”. But that is only scraping the surface of this guy, and we are supposed to believe that there is not a larger agenda at play are we? How about this that he advocated, Implementing a system of “involuntary birth control,” where both men and women would be mandated to have an infertility device implanted into their body at puberty and only have it removed temporarily if they received permission from the government to have a baby. This is something that the so called Progressives on the Left do not want you to know about this man and the fact that he sits in the office that he does at a time that we see this playing out with the recent congressional hearings on birth control . Remember the narrative was changed from population control to women’s health and rights. The current push is so that these mandates make it into the “Affordable Health Care” or Obama Care law where it forces private institutions and companies to cover these costs. I have asked throughout this article, where do the mandates stop and just what will be the future mandates or regulations that is decided that need to be included. The law was passed without most of our elected officials even reading it and included the right of the HHS secretary to load in regulations on top of what was in the initial law in the first place. Currently there is over 10,000 additional pages of regulations coming out piled on top or the original law. That brings us to President Obama’s Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein and the ever increasing regulations on everything from making farm dust a pollutant to his views on population as well. These two guys are a scary team, but they are not alone when you look into the background of all that they have advocated and their allies in the EPA and HHS.
I will include both of these two and come back to Sanger, the U.N., population control, and the attack on religion and how this whole argument that has erupted over Sandra Fluke testimony in Congress the other day actually is part of a much larger agenda later.
Cass Sunstein is the hammer that will push through the population control and the U.N. Agenda 21 program through his position as the Regulatory Czar. We see this already occurring with Sustainable Development, we see through the regulations that are ever increasing people will be forced into reductions of what they currently are accustomed to. This includes deciding family sizes! Sustein has authored 35 books, in them he advocated, among other things, human euthanasia as a major component of health care reform legislation and animal rights over human rights. In 2003 he published a paper titled “Lives, Life Years, and Willingness to Pay” in which he argues that human life varies in value. In it he advocated that Government bureaucrats should rely on “the value of a statistical life year” which would “likely result in significantly lower health benefits calculations for elderly people, and significantly higher benefits calculations for children.” A further quote from the paper reads “A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.” Remember those “Imaginary” Death Panels? Once you have someone that is advocating that the government should decide the worth of an existing human, what small step is it to decide the worth of an unborn child? Is that child going to hold less value than an animal and should we then also assign more worth to that animal and regulate citizens so that they cannot harvest crops on a certain track of land? Do we then decide that we need to regulate the needs of existing humans for the basic of needs such as food and fuel? Today the two major factors that we see increasing in cost is Energy and Food, this is something this government no longer counts when we look at the inflation rates, but it is a deciding factor in a couples mind when they are deciding to bring another child into the world when looking at the affordability of raising that child.
The recent mandate by HHS Secretary Sebelius that health insurers birth control and other women’s health care issues must be covered by insurance companies at no cost is intentional to drive this industry out of business and force even more people on government healthcare. Recently she even announced that the industry will not survive, one cannot look to far to connect the dots on this one. Once again, “We must pass it before we find out what’s in it.”, Sebelius’s department was also tasked to write the regulations that were to be attached to the law with the help of none other than Cass Sunstein, the same Regulation Czar that is tasked to implement the U.N.’s Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development programs. Share on Facebook
“War On Women” A Fallacy That Has Deeper roots than What Many On The Left Want to Admit
By: Robert Rohlfing
The recent buzz word floating around the Left is the “War On Women” , but let’s look back in history a bit. Was it the Democrats that have really stood for the rights of women over the years or is that just another one of those urban myths?
Just like we hear that the Democrat Party has been the champion of Civil Rights and have been the stalwart advocates for the rights of minorities, we have to go back in time once again and see a different picture. It was not until 1920 that women finally won the vote throughout the nation. Sure some of the battles for women’s suffrage was overcome by that time in various parts of the nation, but it was in 1920 with the election of Republican Warren G. Harding over Democrat James M Cox that the women’s vote in this nation really had a impact upon our nation. The Nineteenth Amendment that gave full voting rights to women across the nation did not go into effect until August 26, 1920, just in time for the fall elections.
Prior to this it was a long road for women in this nation to be recognized as equal citizens with the same privileges as men and even former slaves. In 1913, a march of eight thousand participants on President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration day protested the fact that women were not allowed the right to vote in the election. of the roughly half a million spectators that watched around two hundred were injured in the violence that broke out. During Wilson’s second inauguration in 1917 another march took place, they were opposed by a well-organized and well-funded anti-suffrage movement which argued that most women really didn’t want the vote, and they were probably not qualified to exercise it anyway. It was not until women entered into the workforce taking up jobs in factories to support the war, as well as taking more active roles in the war than in previous wars that they could no longer be ignored as they were previously.
It was not until after the war that Wilson could no longer ignore that women’s war work should be rewarded with recognition of their political equality. He was a late advocate for the women’s vote and this hurt the party come the election of 1920 when the women across the nation came out in force to vote the Democrat party out of office. It took great measures on the part of the Suffragettes to finally get Wilson to come around. In June of 1917, a Russian delegation drove up to the White House and the suffragettes unfurled a banner which stated; “We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote. President Wilson is the chief opponent of their national enfranchisement”. Later that same year in August, another banner was unfurled that referred Wilson to the Kaiser of Germany and the plight of the German people being oppressed as the Women were oppressed with their freedoms. This form of protest did not sit well with the President and those who were in opposition of women getting the vote, women were subject to arrest and many were jailed as a result. One of the women arrested was the co-leader of the National Woman’s Party Alice Paul who went on a hunger strike on October 30th to be only a few days later force fed while behind bars.
During the Civil War Women’s rights activists and leaders put aside their cause during the war for the most part, but they also knew if they helped work with the Republican Party to get the Black vote that they would be helping their cause move closer to the granting of their rights as well. After the war when peace came, they hoped to start up their cause again especially in light of the fact that African Americans were granted the right to vote. The Republicans never forgot the help and support they received from the suffragettes and how they helped them gain majority in Congress. The Republicans never forgot this and the Republicans in the Senate decided to support the Nineteenth Amendment. The increase in the Republican majority was due to the woman’s vote may be indicative of their appreciation of the Republicans for voting in their favor. Warren G. Harding was one of the Republican Senators who voted in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment and this played out well in his election to the presidency as Republican women turned out at the polls in larger numbers than Democrat women. In the early years following the passage of the right for women to vote most women tended to vote along the lines of their male counterparts, but out of appreciation and recognition they voted in larger numbers for Harding. One thing that people need to remember that up until Johnson in the sixties Harding won the largest popular vote percentage at 60.3% running on a platform against Wilson and not Cox. Harding virtually ignored Cox and calling for a return to “normalcy” from all of the progressive legislation and programs that Wilson instituted along with out of control spending. With the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 1920, and thus the first in which women had the right to vote in all 48 states. As a result, the total popular vote increased dramatically, from 18.5 million in 1916 to 26.8 million in 1920. Wilsons Early rejection and hostility for the Suffragette movement in the end came back around to hurt his party’s nominee even with FDR on the ticket for vice president.
Today’s Democrats may like to adopt a catchy cliché such as the Republicans are waging a so called “War On Women” but just as with the Civil Rights movement they have some large skeletons in their own closet that they need to be honest with, one such skeleton is that they have not always been that champion for women’s rights that they would like you to believe.
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Turbulence And The Growth Of Freedom
By: Robert Rohlfing
“A house divided against itself cannot stand” ~ Abraham Lincoln
The early 1800′s were years of divide and years of progress. In congress the issue over slavery became so heated that the Democrats enacted a “Gag” rule in response to John Quincy Adams petitioning the Congress to abolish slavery repeatedly. In the North the abolition movement continued to gain strength and support, while in the South the division over the issue started to tear at the very fabric of the Union. The Democrat party was the leading party during this time period with the Whig Party being in the minority.
Leading into the mid 1800′s, the Democrats in Congress went on a binge of passing pro slavery bills, in response to this the people who supported the Whig party decided that it was ineffective and weak and formed a new party known now as the Republican party. What many people are unaware of is that it was a Democrat who was instrumental in forming this new party, his name was Charles Sumner and he was a big proponent of anti slavery and a champion of civil rights. He was so passionate about anti slavery that he gave a two day long speech on the floor of the US Senate in 1856. This so angered a member of the House of Representatives a Democrat named Preston Brooks, that during the speech he came over to the Senate and nearly beat Sumner to death with his cane. None of Sumner’s fellow Senators came to his aid, as a matter of fact the Democrats who witnessed this occurring laughed in response, because they were appalled that Sumner would take a stand so bold on the slavery issue. Despite his injuries that took almost three years to recover from, Sumner returned to the Senate and picked up right where he left off from. The beating of Charles Sumner became the indecent that helped cement the birth of the Republican party.
If you want to know how a split in a party can lead to the opposing party winning the presidency you have to look no farther than the presidential race that led to the election of Lincoln. To understand this we have to remember that the Democrats held a majority in both houses of congress and the presidency from around 1820, until the key election years of 1856, 1858, and 1860 when the balance of power turned upside down and the Republicans gained power in all three houses and making the Democrat party the minority. Many of the Democrats from southern states resented this shift in power and started forming ideas that they should break away and form a slave holding nation. The more “moderates” in the Democrat party from the north still wanted to keep the nation united and were spit with their southern members on the issue of slavery. They decided that a “moderate” candidate would appeal to both factions in the party and ran Stephen Douglas who was squishy on the slavery issue. Lincoln knew that Douglas was pro-slavery and was determined to call him out on the issue as Douglas was attempting to appeal to both abolitionists in the north and supporters of slavery in the south.
Prior to running for president Lincoln and Douglas met up in a race for Senate that Douglas eventually won, but in doing so Lincoln was able to expose Douglas for his pro-slavery stance during the now famous series of debates the two had. On August 27, 1858 Douglass is quoted as saying, “Those of you who believe that the negro is your equal and ought to be on an equality with you socially, politically and legally, have a right to entertain those opinions, and of course will vote for Mr. Lincoln.” Even though Douglas attempted to be the so called moderate in the party, the clear divisions were already cemented and the Democrat electorate split their vote between Douglas and John Breckinridge helping to pave the way for Lincoln to become president.
As we are all well aware the house did not stand and it did divide. The election of Lincoln inevitable led to the creation of the Confederate States and the Civil War. Today however history seems to be whitewashed in the Republicans role in the promotion of civil rights and the end of slavery. One only needs to listen to the rhetoric that is espoused from today’s Democrats and from the Left in general to see examples of this. Our children today are taught in school that yes Lincoln helped end slavery, but after that it was the Republicans that are somehow now demonetized as racists and bigots. This in of itself is the farthest from the truth, and the truth needs to be told to our children. Especially our African American children.
You would think today that it was the Democrats that ushered in the first civil rights bills, correct? Well you would be wrong if you were under that assumption! The Democrats did not usher in any civil rights legislation until the 20th century and they needed to have the Republicans to get it passed even then as the Democrats who once again held majorities could not get it done since those deep held hatreds still abounded even then. Let’s go back and look at who not only introduced but passed the first civil rights legislation in this country.
In 1862 with the Republicans fully in the driver’s seat, they got down to work to dismantling the institution of slavery. In 1862 the republicans abolished slavery in Washington D.C that later led to Lincolns ‘Emancipation Proclamation’ of 1863, that declared that all slaves as of January 1st of that year were free. In 1864 the Republican platform called for a Constitutional Amendment to end slavery in the United States completely. Other civil rights legislation was also introduced by the Republicans and passed, these included the equal pay for all soldiers and the repeal of the fugitive slave law that the Democrats put in place. Republicans in congress introduced the 13th Amendment and got it passed on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.This is not to say that it was not passed without divisions as the final vote count broke down like this; 118 Republican and 19 Democrats were in favor of this amendment, while 82 democrats and 0 Republicans voted against it.
Even with the passage of the 13th Amendment the Democrats weren’t interested in abiding by the new law, instead they instituted a new form of slavery that has been referred to as the Black Codes , these new laws tried to restrain the new found freedom of Blacks in the south and in essence replaced slavery with institutional tyranny. Once again it was the Republicans that came up with a way around this new found Master-Slave Relationship and Introduced the14th Amendment. Again it was the Democrats that in both the House and the Senate had 0 votes for its passage, while it was the Republicans with a 94% of a yes vote that got it passed. Even with the 13th and 14th Amendments being passed the violence and intimidation continued against the Blacks by Democrats. The KKK was formed from members of its party in the north and south of this country, and former Confederate soldiers. Lynching’s of both Black and White Republicans occurred in the following years. The 15th Amendment that gave the right to vote for African Americans fueled these flames even more. Once again it took the Republicans to have African Americans the right to vote in this country, all 56 Democrats from both the north and south voted against this amendment to the Constitution.
It is an outright travesty that the truth about history has been so whitewashed from what is taught to our children today! As I mentioned earlier, the common rhetoric today is that the Democrat party is the party that ushered in civil rights and have been the champion for African Americans in this country when the truth of the matter proves false time and again.
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By: Robert Rohlfing
“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress”. ~
In 1856 the Republicans ran a war hero and civil rights proponent from the Mexican War, John C. Fremont. The Democrats ran James Buchanan who eventually won the election. This was at the beginning of the Republican party. Fremont and the Republican’s platform consisted of Nine planks. Six of those planks directly targeted equality and liberation of enslaved black Americans. Buchanan and the Democrats launched a verbal hit campaign smearing Fremont. Some of the verbiage they used was that the Republicans would unleash a horde of freed blacks who would rob white workers of their job’s and ruin the neighborhoods while marrying your daughters. In 1857 you had a slave named Dred Scott who sued for his freedom, but the Democrat appointed Supreme Court ruled against him stating that blacks, enslaved or free, were not considered human, but property and thus they did not deserve the right to vote or sue as in this case. This decision is an example of the uphill struggle that slave and former slaves faced leading up to the mid 1800′s. The Democrat Party was dominant in just about all aspects of government. This started to change in the three key election years ; 1856, 1858, and 1860.
The tide started to turn against the Democrats in these six years. They went from holding a majority in Congress to becoming the minority party. Much of this is due to the increasing support of the abolition movement in the North. The Abolition movement has deep roots in the North going as far back as the late 1600′s when in 1688 Dutch Quakers from Germantown, Pennsylvania sent an anti-slavery petition to the monthly meetings of the Quakers. Nothing developed from this petition, but it was earliest rumblings of things to come. As the Colonies expanded in the early 1700′s with the founding of Georgia, the first Southern anti-slavery petition was presented. In 1739 eighteen Scotsman in Darien, Georgia attempting to keep the colony one free of slavery as the primary source of labor was rejected. As little as sixteen years later Georgia followed the rest of the southern colonies and instituted the slave code. The abolition movement in the north in this time started to gain strength. In Philadelphia a Quaker named Anthony Benezet started to write anti slavery pamphlets and started to teach slave children from his home. He later opened up the Negro school teaching both slave children and free children. With his leadership and the leadership of many other Quakers it set the ground work for the abolition of slavery in the northern states following the American Revolutionary War.
History today does not accurately depict the early efforts to abolish slavery in the founding of this nation. We have all heard the argument that the founding fathers failed to address this issue. Today we have even heard the argument that the founding fathers were a bunch of racists that cared not for the freedom of blacks in the new Republic. This argument is the farthest from the truth and has been a twisting of the truth that one should wonder why this has occurred. We should all question why this has been taught to our children and why we have excluded much of the actual history of the period to not be presented in a fair manner.
Many if not most of the founding fathers were in favor of abolishing slavery, it is said that up to 75% of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence were abolitionists and that even Thomas Jefferson who owned nearly six hundred slaves himself, proposed the abolition of slavery in Virginia in 1778 and again in 1796. Benjamin Franklin who at one time owned two slaves later went on to become the president of the abolitionist group founded by the Quakers. It has been cited that the Declaration of Independence failed to address freedoms for all and that the slavery issue was excluded, but those that do fail to recognize that in its original draft that it did denounce slavery! To secure an unanimous vote needed for approval this paragraph was excluded to ensure that Georgia and South Carolina would vote for the passage of the Declaration:
“…he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. [determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold,] he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them, thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another…” – Source
Following the American Revolution the founders worked fervently to limit and battle the spread of slavery. After the Constitution was in place they helped pass the Northwest Ordinance that outlawed the institution of slavery in the new states. Even the 3/5th clause in the Constitution was a blow against the southern states and the institution of slavery, Fredrick Douglass later recognized this and went around speaking about it. Even though the Constitution did not directly outlaw slavery, it did set in place the means for the states to address it and in their lifetimes the founding fathers started the wheels in motion so that it eventually would be abolished and should deserve credit for doing so. Without its passage Congress would not have been able to outlaw slavery in the new states, and stop the importation of slaves within the first twenty years of this country. We all have to remember that the Constitution would never have been signed and ratified without the cooperation of the southern delegates, and the divide over slavery would have led to two separate nations as it did later.
The early 1800′s were years of divide and years of progress. In congress the issue over slavery became so heated that the Democrats enacted a “Gag” rule in response to John Quincy Adams petitioning the Congress to abolish slavery repeatedly. In the North the abolition movement continued to gain strength and support, while in the South the division over the issue started to tear at the very fabric of the Union. The Democrat Party was the leading party during this time period with the Whig Party being in the minority.
Some Of The Lost History In The Civil Rights Movement
By: Robert Rohlfing
Today we are hearing how Republicans and Conservatives are either the party of racists or that they are racists in general, but history proves a different story. This rhetoric is being pushed by those on the left and is being used as a tool to divide people. The real history is no longer taught to our children and so many adults have fallen prey to this rhetoric without actually doing the research to see if it is actually true. If you look though the history books that are presented to our children. If you listen to politicians and pundits. If you talk to your neighbors or friends. Most, would not even believe many facts of the lost history in the Civil Rights Movement. This is a travesty of truth, and the people that have been most afflicted by this have been the African American community for not really understanding the truth about the Democrat Party and how they have buried the truth about their past.
Were you aware that even under FDR’s “New Deal” program that was to benefit lower income segments of the population, African Americans were still segregated in Soup Lines and Bread Lines?
In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.
It was not until Truman used the executive order that the military finally became desegregated. It should also be noted that LBJ was not the great Crusader of Civil Rights. President Johnson made a 360— turn in his civil rights position when he became President, from 1940 to 1960 Johnson voted with the South 78% on civil rights issues. Prior to 1957, Johnson voted with the South 100% on civil rights issues. He also voted against the C.R.A. of 1957 and 1960.
Were you aware that in order to break the racist ways of Southern Democrats, it was Republican President Eisenhower who sponsored both Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act and it was a LBJ lead Senate who fought tooth and nail against them? Ike finally signed a watered down Civil Rights Bill. Yes, let me repeat that, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower sponsored and signed the first Civil Rights Bill. Did you know that? In 1957 President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was intended to guarantee the voting rights of all African Americans. This was the first Civil Rights legislation to pass since Reconstruction. He also was forced to send Federal troops to Little Rock Arkansas to escort black students entering a formally all white school. Now today all we here in regards to Civil Rights legislation centers around the 1964 C.R.A., but this is leaving out some of the most important parts. Including the fact that LBJ, prior to moving up to the Executive Office, opposed legislation favoring civil rights for African Americans in this country. One should ask, why this is no longer taught in our schools to children?
I apologize for the following language but we have to understand the truth that is not being told any longer. The following quotes are LBJ quotes:
“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” — Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One -
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.” — LBJ
You can find this in Ronald Kessler’s “Inside The White House”
Let’s go back to FDR again, many like to hold FDR up as one of the more progressive presidents that helped champion the plight of the poor, one of the first to implement social justice for all. This social justice and equality excluded one of the poorest segments of the population at the time, discrimination in housing, transportation, public accommodations and the armed services went virtually unchecked by the Roosevelt administration. It was not until 20 some years later that a real effort was made to change this, but the efforts to do so may have led to the breakdown of the family unit and created even greater dependency on the government by those in the African American community. What it did, as LBJ pointed out, was insure that African Americans would be compelled to vote Democratic for generations to come by not giving a hand up, but by giving a hand out! He did this through what is called the “Great Society” and the war on poverty. As we know today though, that war has virtually been lost despite the billions thrown into the battle. Today we have some of the highest poverty rates in America, and we have one of the highest amount of citizens dependent on food assistance through programs such as Food Stamps. As a progressive program this has developed into an utter failure, even if it was perceived initially as a compassionate response to some of the ills that faced many in this community. Corruption and waste is rampant, along with abuse and increasing dependency.
In the mad dash to vilify the Republicans and Conservatives today many have forgotten the fact that it was the Republican Party that was the champion of Civil Rights and freedom for African Americans. Today that story goes either untold or when it is told, those that do so are immediately under attack and accused of being a racist. Many today would like you to believe that just because conservatives would rather assist in moving people off the rolls of welfare or any number of assistance programs, we do not care about those that have been conditioned to be dependent on those programs, and that is one of the most fatal mistakes that progressives make. Conservatives understand that people need assistance, but we also understand that it cannot become a lifestyle, that is passed down to generations to come.
Conservatives look at the potential of the individual and not the potential for further votes and power due to the repression of the constituents to rise out of the dependency on Government as LBJ pointed out.Share on Facebook
The Truth About Democrats and Civil Rights
By Robert Rohlfing
Let’s do a little recap of actual history in regards to Democrats and Civil Rights along with treatment of Black Americans. I do not care if you are Black or White, please stop falling for revisionist history and learn the real facts. Do not allow yourself to be led to civil unrest by those who are not telling you the truth and be bold enough to speak out against these bold lies that have been taught over the years to push an agenda.
October 13, 1858
During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nominee
April 16, 1862
President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no
July 17, 1862
Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”
January 31, 1865
13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition
April 8, 1865
13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition
November 22, 1865
Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination
February 5, 1866
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves
April 9, 1866
Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law
May 10, 1866
U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no
June 8, 1866
U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no
January 8, 1867
Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.
July 19, 1867
Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans
March 30, 1868
Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”
September 12, 1868
Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress
October 7, 1868
Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”
October 22, 1868
While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan
December 10, 1869
Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office
February 3, 1870
After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race
May 31, 1870
President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights
June 22, 1870
Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South
September 6, 1870
Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell
February 28, 1871
Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters
April 20, 1871
Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans
October 10, 1871
Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousands
October 18, 1871
After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan
November 18, 1872
Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight”
January 17, 1874
Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government
September 14, 1874
Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed
March 1, 1875
Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat opposition
January 10, 1878
U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belong
February 8, 1894
Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to vote
January 15, 1901
Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans
May 29, 1902
Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%
February 12, 1909
On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP
May 21, 1919
Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats no
August 18, 1920
Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures
January 26, 1922
House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster
June 2, 1924
Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans
October 3, 1924
Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention
June 12, 1929
First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country
August 17, 1937
Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation
June 24, 1940
Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it
August 8, 1945
Republicans condemn Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The whining and criticism goes on for years. It begins two days after the Hiroshima bombing, when former Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”
September 30, 1953
Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education
November 25, 1955
Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
March 12, 1956
Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation
June 5, 1956
Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law
November 6, 1956
African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President
September 9, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act
September 24, 1957
Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools
May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats
May 2, 1963
Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights
September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School
June 9, 1964
Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate
June 10, 1964
Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.
August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor
February 19, 1976
President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII
September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs
June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act
August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR
November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation
August 20, 1996
Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law
With a little time and effort you to could find this information on the vast expanse of the internet. Most would just like to follow the mantra and talking points that the left have put out for years.. Please empower yourself and learn the real truth!Share on Facebook
Why Do We Have Labor Day Instead Of International Workers Day?
By: Robert Rohlfing
Today we celebrate Labor Day with festivals and parades, but many have forgotten how Labor Day became a national holiday. It is thought that it is in celebration of the labors of all workers, while others claim it is in celebration of the Unions and the struggle that they contributed to working conditions. Labor Day has a history that many today would not like to examine and that is the correlation between the socialist movement and labor. In the early days of the labor movement in America organizers and labor leaders were sympathetic to the teachings of Socialism and Marxism, today we are seeing this emerge once again with current leaders and the message that they are promoting in the political arena.
In Wisconsin this last winter we seen the coming out party of the allegiance between labor and the Socialist Party. Much of the verbiage and signage that was on display exhibited this allegiance. When you seen all of the red in the crowd and the fist in the air signs, this is exactly attributed back to socialist movements throughout time. While under the guise of working in the benefit of members, labor has pushed a much larger agenda. Once the purpose of the unions were thought of as a bridge between workers and employers, today we have seen this shift to pushing for social issues on the national scale and in many cases abandonment of members that are currently enrolled in their ranks. Today you have the Unions involved in Immigration Issues that work counterintuitive to the American labor force. They use the premise of ‘Social Justice’ to justify the abandonment of securing the advancements in wages and benefits that they themselves stood for over time. Today they have turned a blinds eye to the fact that in the quest to recruit new members they have facilitated the very thing that they railed against with workers that have taken jobs away from Americans by occupying positions once held, but now have been replaced with foreign labor. They have pushed for extensions of unemployment benefits instead of addressing the fact that even with around 14 million Americans currently unemployed, Illegal Immigrants are still filling out employment positions throughout the country in factories and warehouses. They turn the blinds eye to all of the tradesman out of work in this economy, while you see Illegal Immigrants still on jobsites all across the nation. In their quest to bring about ‘Social Justice’ They have abandoned the American worker, but this should not come as a surprise once you look deeper into the ideology behind the Unions.
Labor Day first became a national holiday back in 1894 following the deaths of a number of workers resulting from a labor/union organized event known as the Pullman Strike. Legislation to recognize a national holiday for labor moved through congress at an unheard of pace in today’s standards. It took only six days to pass from introduction to passage at the end of the Pullman Strike in an effort to reduce further conflict. A major player in the Pullman Strike was Eugene V. Debs, who later ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket. One of the campaign themes that he used should sound familiar today, “Workers Of The World Unite”. Andy Stern, a former Union leader and one of the advisers to our current President brought this phrase back to the attention of many who may have never heard it before. We all heard Richard Trumpka use it not only during the conflict in Wisconsin, but also in reference to the so called Arab Spring in a recorded message to the protesters. In doing so he has highlighted a much bigger political movement that the Unions are supporting. If workers rights here in the United States was of primary concern, how is using his influence and the members’ dues to push a ‘Social Justice” agenda around the world a primary focus of wage and benefits issue here at home? How is it securing jobs for American workers and ensuring workers rights here at home?
Originally the date was selected to fall in September because President Grover Cleveland did not want it to be recognized with ‘International Workers’ Day’ that is celebrated on May 1st in over 80 countries and was a commemoration of the Haymarket massacre in Chicago. ‘International Workers Day’ was recognized at the Second International’s congress in 1891 and subsequently May Day riots followed in 1894. Later in 1904, at the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam the call for all Social Democratic organizations and Trade Unions of all countries to demonstrate on May 1st for a 8 hour work day, and demand recognition of rights for the proletariat. Today in the United States we have seen immigration groups come out on May 1st advocating immigrant rights, workers rights and amnesty for undocumented workers. They were joined by socialist and other leftist organizations in the further push for what many call ‘Social Justice’, once again are the Unions more of a political organization or a group that acts as an intermediate between labor and management?
A common theme of Unions, Democratic Socialist of America, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus is that they are ,”engaged in the improvement of the lives of working families – to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.” But it is never defined what they mean when they say economic or social justice. Does it mean equal justice? Are they willing to use whatever means to bring this “Justice” about as they have in the past? When we hear former leaders and organizers in groups such as the SEIU calling for a shutdown of our leading financial institution, and we hear that some are calling for an “Arab Spring” type movement to occupy Washington D.C. to shut down government one has to wonder are we set to repeat events such as the “Battle of Blair Mountain” where in late August to early September of 1921 nearly 15,000 Coal miners engaged in open battle with None Union workers and police that were in opposition to the Unionization of the mines. In these pitched battles heavy machine guns were used and over a million rounds were fired. It was not until the military was ordered in that it was finally put down, but it is a clear picture of just how far events can get out of control. When you have the “bottom” rise up such as in this case, you will inevitably force the “top” to come crashing down.
Not all members of Unions follow along with the Socialist mantra, nor do many want to recognize the roots of Socialist and Marxist ideology that is deeply imbedded in something they support with all of their heart. Without question many good things have come about due to labor unions and all that they have fought for in the past, what so many of us take for granted today be it that we are union or non union can be attributed to much of what was fought for in the past. To deny that unions have no affiliation to socialism is to deny the true history of the movement. What becomes alarming is with the roots so imbedded in this ideology just how far are they willing to go in the present to bring about change that they believe in that does not always correlate with workers rights but with a more radical agenda? With the many allies to the leadership of union leaders that have had questionable pasts such as the SDS the call for “Days of Rage” in the 1960′s and 1970′s and the emergence of these same calls today what will the near future hold for this nation? Will it be a celebration of all labor both non union and union, or will we in the near future be facing strife that has its roots deeply embedded in Socialist/Marxist Ideology?
With the calls from people like Richard Trumpka and Andy Stern calling for Workers Of the World Unite, will we in the future celebrate International Workers Day instead of Labor Day that is in honor of all workers? Will we allow for the push for so called economic and social justice that has no clear definition, but will be used once again to incite “Useful Idiots” to be used as foot soldiers of a much larger radical agenda? Union members need to ask themselves do they really support a Socialist/Marxist agenda or are they more concerned about the wage and working conditions that they face in their workplace, because today the leadership just as in the past are not fully representing you on this day of commemoration of labor.Share on Facebook
The Consensus, Is It Always Right?
By: Robert Rohlfing
The verdict is in, we do not need further debate on the issue of so called man made Global Warming or Climate Change. After all a consensus of scientists and activists say that man is the root cause of any change in the weather, it is because man is evil and the use of fossil fuels that the earth is set on a path of destruction. From the recent storms in the Midwest and South, to the recent heat wave that the majority of the country is experiencing we have those that would like to equate shifts in weather patterns that once you look back in history you will notice that have occurred throughout time.
Listen up naysayers to this Theory, you are nothing more than propagandists to some, after all it has been reached by a consensus that we are at fault for giving the planet a disease. We are nothing more than a bump in the road to reaching a perfect coexistence between humans and nature. It is through our efforts of resistance that governments cannot get a perfect consensus of people to go along with the shifting of wealth from the more prosperous nations to the least prosperous nation through a carbon credit exchange. You know the purchase of puffs of air to make you feel good that you are saving the planet one credit at a time. After all we were presented with a hockey stick example of how it is due to our insensible disregard to all the brilliance of those that have been telling us that it is us, man and only man that has lead to shifts in climate and that the consensuses is out and that it is no longer debatable. How dare we disregard all the intelligence of these most brilliant of people? How dare we question the motives of these people? After all they just want to heal the planets disease after all.
“A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general consensus as to what’s real and what’s not and most of us have been going along with it ever since.” ~ Charles de Lint
Group think or a consensus should never be questioned after all. This is what we are being led to believe in the debate over Global Warming or Climate Change the ever evolving word play to fashion peoples emotions to go along with the theory of mans assault on the planet. Where ever would we be, if we ever questioned this type of mentality? Would we have ever changed the consensus that existed that the planet was flat and not round? How dare someone question that long held theory that persisted with the most intelligent among us at the time? How dare someone spread “Propaganda” that the Earth was round? After all was there not a consensus at the time that if you sailed a ship of into the horizon that you would fall off the edge of the Earth? The most noted scholars of the day all were in a consensus that this was true and you had to go along with them because after all how could you spread such disinformation and go against the consensus?
Scientists that do not go along with the consensus of their colleagues all must be disgruntle or out for personal monetary gain as we have been led to believe by some. How dare they not go along with the group think! After all the planet is facing a disease and if you are not on board with what has been told to the public and world officials you are a heathen and need to be brought into the fold of the consensus. How dare you go against the established hierarchy? How dare those that have not fallen for the established group think oppose the junk science that has been put out? How dare anyone cite the cycles that the earth has experienced over its long history? We have to fall in line with the consensus after all that man is the primary cause of and shifts in climate or weather for that matter. We need to fall in line and line up to pay for our puffs of air, we need to radically alter our way of life and reduce any further thoughts of individual questioning to anything the so called most intelligent among us are propagating. We should no longer question just where the money will be going to with the new programs such as the cap and trade that our friends on the left would like to push us into. We should no longer question the motivations driving this in the United Nations and the motives of those that are set to profit the most from this shift in wealth. Never question the consensus!
If the consensus of these brilliant minds came out today and told us that we have had it wrong all along about how the Earth rotates around the Sun, how dare we question them after all it is a consensus of scientist that have come to this conclusion right? Never mind that at one time this was the consensus and it was heresy to question or say any different. One such person that bucked the consensus group think mentality was Galileo, he was persecuted in his time for doing so, just as those today are persecuted for not going along with the group think of Climate Change. If it was not for his audacity to take on those that were telling people that the verdict was out and that the universe revolved around the Earth how would we have ever moved past what we were told by a bunch of people that wanted us to go along with that thought? Will the new religion of Climate Change in time condemn those of us that do not go along with the hypothesis of hokey stick science to house arrest as the Catholic Church did so long ago to Galileo? What if we refuse to pay our tithe to this new religion through carbon credits, will we be brought before a new inquisition and charged as a menace to the health of the diseased planet?
The modern day Pope presiding over today’s inquisition of naysayers of Man Made Global Climate Change is of course Al Gore, he has already told us that there needs to be no further debate on the subject and that we all have to conform to the mob mentality that since he and his cadre of like minded have deemed it to be true that it must be so. How much money has he personally gained from pushing this theory? How many personal freedoms are we willing to give up to support the mob on this issue? How much liberty are you willing to forgo so that some can feel better about themselves that they can fundamentally transform a public that is skeptical of the consensus group think mentality of the mob that deems that you are at fault for any shifts in the climate? Never mind that the climate is in an ever evolving nature and that we have experienced as a planet ice ages and warming periods. Never mind that for any shift from the norm these folks would like you to believe that it is you through your existence and footprint on the planet that is the cause of its so called disease.
Group think and following along with a consensus does not always equate to the truth. Mob mentality has shown time and again the dangers that exist when led along like a string of sheep to the slaughter. The consensus in Germany in the 30′s led to the rise of Hitler and the consensus in the early half of the last century led to the communist rise to power in Russia. What will a consensus group think to an unproven scientific theory that it is due to man, that eventually the climate may shift from what we have experienced for the better half of recorded history?
Is following the consensus group think always the right thing to do and what if we never question such though?
By: Robert Rohlfing
Ralph Chaplin who wrote “Solidarity Forever” The most famous anthem used by the Unions outside of the “International” was written as a song for the International Workers of The World (IWW) in 1915. It has also been adopted by the AFL-CIO and has been most recently a rallying song in Wisconsin and Ohio. What many of those singing it today may not understand is the history behind it or the person who wrote it.
Chaplin was a dedicated Wobbly who’s roots are deep in the belief of class struggle that is so prevalent in the Communist doctrine. The International Workers of The World calls for the end of capitalism and the creation of a so called utopia where all the working class will rise up and,
“Take over the means of Production, Abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth”. (1)
The song was printed in the cover of every copy of “The Little Red Songbook.” (2) The ironic twist that many today including the protesters in Madison and those in the modern day Trade Unions, do not understand is that what they are singing is not a call for many of the beliefs that they have been led to believe. The Unions today are propped up as the organization that works to negotiate and to protect wages and benefits. The International Workers of The World and Ralph Chaplin calls for the abolishment of all wages. The sense of communalism that is the root of this ideology can be directly traced back to Marx and Angles and the Ten Planks found in the Communist Manifesto (3). The teachers and those that are supporting them may think that they are only fighting for the “Rights” that they have enjoyed up to this point, but underneath that fight they are helping to promote the radical change found in the preamble of the IWW’s constitution and the Communist Manifesto.
The rank and file members of the Trade Unions today cannot be blamed for not knowing the history behind what they are singing, because just like most things today the true history has not been taught to them and they will not seek it out if it is not presented to them. It is so much easier to follow the crowd, the sense of security that the Unions afford has allowed for the complacency to not investigate the history and the associations that surround the Unions. Many will deny the allegiances that the Socialist Party and the Communist Party have always enjoyed with the Labor Unions.
Lenin famously said, ” Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” The seeds were planted long ago and now we are seeing the fruit ripen in the youth and in those who have for many generations been shaped to follow along in the transformation that Marx and Angles envisioned. This transformation will not be attempted on the individual nation state, but on a grand scale targeted on all nations. The recent calls for Workers Of The World Unite and the promises made by top Union Bosses have spelled out this latest push and unfortunately many standing on the steps of the capitol in Madison are ignorant that they are being used as pawns.
While it may be admirable and understandable for these rank and file members to stand up and attempt to retain many of the benefits that they have enjoyed up to this time. No one is confronting them with the question of, what do they honestly feel will be the outcome if we had civil unrest as the Unions are currently calling for? What do they really think happens once this is accomplished and they are of no more use to the “Cause”? Do they honestly believe that if we have the “Workers Revolution” that the fall out and structure following would afford you and your children with the same opportunities and freedoms that you and they currently enjoy? Have they contemplated if the Spring season of “Rage” does occur, do they honestly think that it will even out the playing field between the classes? History and current examples have shown otherwise, but do they honestly feel that we would still have the limited few that hold the power base and the economic strings? What many have not looked at is that even under the perfect, “Workers Paradise”, known as the former Soviet Union the workers were the ones who suffered the most. It was the common man that was limited to their lot in life, they had no incentive to advance from their pre assigned station as there was no opportunity to unless you were well connected.
The dream of solidarity and unity is a noble one, but in reality under the parameters set in place by the Unions and by those allied with them, you get placed under restrictions to just how far you may go in life. The sense of security is there without a doubt, but the freedom of individualism is sacrificed as a result. The argument that we hear the most is that with the Unions we have protections against the will of the employer and that they negotiate higher wages for the worker. When you examine it a little deeper that in many cases on the surface is true, but it also allows for the stagnation of the ability for the individual worker to be rewarded for merit in achieving compensation for their individual efforts. The same wage gets paid to the worker that slacks in their performance as the one that excels. The same protection applies to the worker that may be a detriment to the work place as those that are of a benefit to the work place. Case in point we all are aware that there are wonderful teachers in our schools system and that there are those that should not hold the position of teaching our kids, but those that are of a detriment to our children are still afforded the same protections and it is near impossible to replace them with teachers that can give our children the best opportunity in their educational growth. This is not equality, it is a travesty! It does highlight the restrictions that are placed though. This also occurs in the private sector as well, but is less visible to the public in comparison to the example that I cited.
When we are listening to the calls of solidarity and workers of the world to unite, we have to be aware that underneath the surface the forces behind this latest round are not being entirely candid with those that they are employing in the cause. Recently it has been exposed that some in this movement would like to take down the banking and financial institutions that we have emplaced in this nation and institutionalized the world over(4). What is not being asked by the rank and file and those that are supporting this new ” Workers Revolution” is just how they think that this will benefit them in the end. Most may not even be aware that this is occurring as the main stream media refuses to cover it, but it is very real and it will not only effect those in the Unions but also everyone that has any retirement program be it a pension or a private account such as a 401k. This direct assault on our financial and banking base will not lead to a sense of equality that many in this movement have been led to believe, it will not allow for the so called “Worker” to be lifted from the chains of oppression as they have been led to believe that they live under. No just the opposite it will allow for real chains of oppression to be shackled on them in the aftermath and it is ingenuous of the leaders of this movement to deflect any of this to come the surface so that those out doing their bidding to not find out the truth behind what is occurring under the surface in their name.
The phrase,” Willing Idiots” is associated with Lenin, just because people for the large part have been ignorant to the history and the forces at play today it does not mean that they have to be willing idiots as well. When we hear the call for “The Workers Of The World To Unite” , it just might be time to look into where the origins of that phrase exists and study the direct associations between the Marxist and Communist roots that is behind it. It should be asked of these Teachers and Trade Unionists just how far are they willing to go? Are they willing to have Anarchy, Civil Unrest, Possible Civil War in the same sense that we are witnessing out of the Middle East as that is what the signs and rhetoric coming out of the bull horns at many of these “peaceful” rallies are directly leading to. They need to be directly confronted with these questions. They need to be directly confronted with the question of how far they are willing to go to protect what they perceive is their just do for choosing to be employed in the trade they have chosen. Are they willing to give up their freedoms and the freedoms of their children for a perceived sense of security?
These folks need to be confronted with the question of are they willing to be allied with groups such as the SDS (5) and the former Weatherman Underground (6) , CPUSA (7) , Brown Berets (8), Black Block (9), SPUSA (10) and the many others that the mainstream press is not covering . Are they willing to follow along with the increase of calls for violent means to justify the end goal? Have them define what the end goal is and what they honestly think that it will do to this country and the fabric that keeps us bound as a Union of States.
Confront them in a peaceful manner, but hold them to account! Have them explain if they even know the groups that I cited or the fact that these groups are also allied with the Unions. Ask them if they even know the history behind these groups for that matter, and if they do not and you may, explain to them just what these groups represent and that they are standing arm in arm in solidarity with these organizations as well. Have them explain how If we have a ” Workers Paradise” where all private companies and public sector employment are Unionized, how do we decrease the costs of services and consumer goods? Have them explain how we create new jobs and to shore up existing job’s if we continue down the path of class warfare and if they achieve the goal of taking over the means of production, putting all control in the hands of the “worker”, and abolishing wages just how that will really create freedom and liberty. Have them truly define just how it is that the Union’s and the Union Bosses are really no worse than those that they want to protest against. Are those Union Bosses really part of the same “class” as those they are supposedly “Protecting”? Do they make the same amount of money as the “Worker”, are they asked to take the same sacrifices time and again when they are negotiating the contracts for the “Worker” or are they really just another big business looking out for their interests over all, are they not on the same par as the “Evil Rich CEO” as they are the CEO’s of the Unions and are afforded the same luxuries as those they rail against.
Corruption and abuses occur at all levels and in all walks of life, that will not change no matter the Ideology practiced. A Utopia has never existed and never will. No one form of government or belief system has ever ensured that people will be afforded equality, but one form allows the ability of the individual to reach for and achieve anything they set out for if they take the personal responsibility to do so. It is up to the individual to overcome any obstacles if they want to achieve that goal. Under the system that we hear emerging from recent events and the history of its past, the individual rights are replaced by the collective rights and as such it allows for true repression. It lumps the achievers in with those that fail to put the same effort forward and rewards them with equally.
When we either sing “Solidarity Forever” or hear it sung, we need to understand that the roots and the meaning behind it may not be what many are aware of. We need to be aware that the roots and associations are much deeper than what has been taught to us, and we must be willing to ask ourselves and our neighbors just how far we and they are willing to go with the so called “Workers Revolution” that many want to see take place. To the rank and file Union members and the “youth” of this nation it needs to be questioned, are you really in alignment with the radical groups that would like to destroy this country, are you really willing to sacrifice your lives possibly if those that are calling for this “Revolution” get their way. Are you willing to be pawns in the bigger game of chess that is taking place or are you just someone that wants to go to work, raise your children, and yes still have decent jobs but are not really willing to be played as the willing idiots that will be left behind in the end if the radical and extreme elements of the movement prevails. Please study history, and not the revision history that is so prevalent today. Understand that this same thing played out before and it was those who were on the battle lines and doing the bidding that suffered the most once it all was set in place. Look to the history of the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, North Korea the vaunted Utopia never existed and never will. Please consider just what you are willing to go along with and who you are really standing with, it just may not be all that you think that they are and what you think that it is.
(1) Preamble to the IWW Constitution : http://www.iww.org/en/culture/official/preamble.shtml
(2) The Little Red Song Book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Red_Songbook
(3) Communist Manifesto: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch 02.htm
(4) Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America: http://www.businessinsider.com/seiu-union-plan-to-destroy-jpmorgan#ixz z1HcIjqEt4
(5) SDS or the Students for a Democratic Society : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Students_for_a_Democratic_Society_(1960_o rganization), http://studentsforademocraticsociety.org/?q=about-us, http://www.markrudd.com/?/sds-and-weather.html
(6) Weather Underground: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_underground, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/weatherman_document.t xt, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/wuo_communique_1.txt, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/wuo_communique_2.txt, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/wuo_communique_3.txt, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/wuo_communique_4.txt, http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/osawatomie_no_2/osawatomie.ht ml, http://www.prisonactivist.org/archive/pps+pows/davidgilbert/sds-wuo.ht ml
(7) CPUSA or the Communist Party USA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_USA, http://cpusa.org/, http://cpusa.org/wisconsin-and-beyond-the-conflict-is-irreconcilable/
(8) Brown Berets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Berets, http://nationalbrownberets.com/
(9) Black Bloc: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_bloc, http://www.anarkismo.net/article/16627, http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/14/the-black-bloc-a-look-at-the-a narchists-who-post-the-biggest-g20-security-threat/, http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KJkK5zt4xNJWEALQ2jzbkF/SIG=130vln0ku/EXP=1 301096435/**http%3a//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3aBlack_Bloc_demo nstrators_at_J20.jpg, http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KJkIYFuIxNOHwAUi2jzbkF/SIG=12ju0frgq/EXP=1 301096581/**http%3a//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3aBlack_Bloc_Hamb urg.jpg, http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KJkIZDuIxNB38AjvyjzbkF/SIG=12beu0igs/EXP=1 301096643/**http%3a//www.rte.ie/news/2010/0628/g20_riots_gallery.html
(10) SPUSA or the Socialist Party USA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPUSA, http://socialistparty-usa.org/, http://spwi.org/?p=239
Intimidated No Longer!
By : Robert Rohlfing
We are witnessing the tactic of intimidation come back to the forefront in not only politics but also in the way that some would like to shape public opinion. The old guard of politicians and media “elite” along with the willing masses that follow them are perfectly willing to use this tactic in an attempt to silence those who would point out that the direction that we have been on is the wrong path, and that the direction some would like to take us is even worse in the long run. The things we are seeing out of Wisconsin and elsewhere are perfect examples of how far some are willing to go to use the tactic of intimidation. The counter to that is perseverance and focus on not allowing that to direct your emotions nor the larger picture to what needs to be done to maintain the integrity of this Republic.
I just feel at this time we need politicians that are not afraid to do what Walker did in Wisconsin and take the gloves off. The same needs to be said for whoever runs for President. The time that we allow the Left and the Media to dictate and intimidate has to end. we need a strong presence that is willing to go toe to toe with the left and even use their tactics if need be. They need not to be afraid to call them out, the same applies for us who debate these people on the left daily on the political debate boards as well as in our day to day life.
It is long overdue that we do not allow them to intimidate and direct the conversations and message. Hold their feet to the fire. Fire off questions and make them answer them, keep repeating the questions and pointing out the facts and the inconsistency’s when they are in error.
We have played defense for too long ! The time to be on the other side of the ball is here! If our politicians that we elect do not start representing the reasons that we put them in office, then it is time that we go to the bench again and see if the next one will. West said it right, we need to get off of the Birther thing and start holding President Obama to his policies and the record that he now has. You will always have the base on the left and as we are seeing the stakes have become a little more elevated with what we are witnessing out of Wisconsin..
As we have witnessed over the last two years the fringed elements have crawled out of the woodwork with the election of this President, these people are not afraid to use intimidation and in many cases resort to violence. That is not who we are and we cannot resort to that! This is not saying that we cannot be strong and have our feet fully grounded. The thing that is imperative is that we expose these people over and over to those who pay less attention to political events and rely on the Old Media. The message is that what is happening in Wisconsin is for the “worker” but are we not all workers? Are we not all of the Working class? Is that only reserved to 39% of the population that are members of a Union? What about the other 61%, we don’t count? Rubbish we do count and our voices are as loud as those holding the bull horns calling for in many cases civil unrest. That is not the course that we have followed over the last two years and that is not the course we will take now! Don’t allow yourselves to fall for that as it is the intended purpose to incite you into following that course. It only allows the top to come crashing down faster and what many of those calling for that do not understand , it comes crashing down on them as well no matter how much they think that it will not.
The revision of history and the revision of current events that we see directed in the main stream media has to be countered. That is up to you , me and everyone that we are networked with. Engage people every day, get them involved, just start a conversation even in the line at the store. Many will not want to engage but we have to do this, just look at how these people on the left have spun so much over the years. Remember the Right wants Grandma to eat dog food, that is so asinine that it has lost its impact, just as saying that everyone that opposed this President is a racist. That card and the class warfare card has been over played and it is time that it is pointed out, do not be intimidated to do so.
The people we put in office, the old guard from both sides will never come to change quietly! They will attack those of us who want to put this country back on track and yes they will even ally with those fringed elements that we see emerging. We fought a war for over 40 yrs against Communism, we cannot allow that to take hold in this country. I know for a fact that not all rank and file Union members go along with the leadership so when we point these things out it is important to make that point that we are not against all members. If we do we will lose a big base that helped in 10′, we cannot afford that going into 12′ but going into 12′ we do need strong leadership and the old guard will not be where it is at unfortunately.
I am not saying that we can afford a third party just yet because that will put Obama back in sure as the sun comes up in the east, but in lower offices it may be the time that we move away from the current two party’s and build upon it from there. In local elections that is where we build the farm team to eventually make it to the main stage. The ones on the main stage currently like West and others we have to throw our full support behind because they are facing challenges that we cannot even imagine.
In our day to day lives I heard not too long ago that some are tired of debating the left. That is stupid! I say this because once we get off of the field we surrender it to the left. Those of us that keep up with events and have spent the time doing the background need to engage the next generations, talk to them , get them to engage in conversation about history and current events, they have been spoon fed miss information but you can make an impact by planting the seeds to make them question. They may not do it right away as most people will defend what they currently believe , but if you plant the seed when they see things play out it will come to the front of their mind that maybe I may have been wrong and need to look a little further.
Keep pointing out the violent nature of those that are attempting to move us down the road of civil unrest like what we see coming out of Wisconsin. Do not be intimidated when they verbally attack and point out that when they do they have lost the debate. Point out each time they say,” you only get your info from FAUX News or the Radio” , they are only resorting to saying such because they have lost the debate. As we know arming yourself with information and the truth is not a bad thing , but they will resist and attempt to discredit you. Smile at them and be cordial in the debate, when the voice level goes up on their side keep calm and cool, that upsets them to no end ! But it is also a tactic that allows others to see that those who yell loudest are not always the one correct!
Facing Harsh Realities
By: Robert Rohlfing
On March 23rd, 1775 speaking to the Second Continental Congress , Patrick Henry gave his now famous speech , “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!” In the speech he wanted to emphasize to all those who were in attendance the importance of breaking away from Great Britain, and how it came down to living in slavery or fighting for the chance to live in freedom.
Over the eight years prior to this speech, the people living in the colonies endured one tax increase after another. The individual liberties and freedoms of the population were being slowly taken from them. The Boston Massacre saw the first of many to shed blood in the fight for freedom. In 1774 the First Continental Congress met and the Boston Tea Party occurred in a show of defiance to Great Britain with the treatment that she imposed upon the colonies. Not all in attendance were sympathetic to breaking away and for most they still felt loyal to the king. The argument back and forth between those who wanted to remain loyal and those who felt that the time had come to break away was heated and full of passion. Everyone in the room that day knew that once they openly declared the intentions to break away from the crown that they were committing treason and not only had their freedom at stake but their lives as well.
Henry made a point to let it be known that this was no cause for celebration, he pointedly stated,
” it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Just as then, we today indulge in the illusions of hope. For so many of us it is much easier to keep our eyes shut to the painful truths and the harsh realities that face us. While we may not be calling for armed rebellion against our government, our freedoms and liberties are as much at stake today as they were then. Have we become so led astray that we are no longer able to know that the worst could very well happen to our nation? If we continue down our current path of fiscal irresponsibility we could very well slide into the slavery that our fore fathers fought against. No we will not be slaves to another nation, but we will still be slaves! The personal greed of not facing up to the truth, that we here today have to become the wise men and women, who engage in the great and arduous struggle to ensure generations behind us have the same opportunities of freedom and individual liberty of generations who came before us.
On that day in March of 1775 many citizens of the colonies were still loyal to the status quo of big government ruling over their lives. They continued to hear not and see not the fact that no matter how many times they grieved to the British government that their grievances fell on deaf ears. Today we have a split in our population that is perfectly happy with the status quo of big government and actually look to it for their salvation in life. These people are not our enemies as the Tories who remained loyal to the crown became, but these people today are embarking upon a path that could very well split this country in half. Over the last few years many citizens of this great nation have been willing to acknowledge the painful truth that we can no longer sustain the status quo or the dependency it has created. At the same time these folks found their voices and began to petition the government about the grievances of over taxation and out of control spending. This same government once again followed along the same path that the British government did so long ago with an insidious smile and a campaign of lies and smears to gin up discontent between the two opposing camps.
A house divided is a house that eventually falls. This is a lesson that we need to take to heart, as we have those that are using class war to divide us right down the middle. The forces behind this division are not looking to preserve the Republic that was established by the founding fathers, but to instead transform us into a society that favors the few while enslaving the mass to feed the indulgences of those who are not willing to take a stand and do the harder sacrifice. In the 1770′s we had those that were willing to make great sacrifices so that the generations that were to come could live in a society where they were not beholden to big government and those allied with it. Patrick Henry said,
“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House.”
What is our lamp today? Is it the reality that looking at past experience we do not see our government willing to address the out of control spending and the call of the people to reign it in? Can we judge the future by looking at the past that no one is willing to take a stand once and for all and say that we cannot continue along this course? The patriots that took a stand long ago understood that once you became dependent on the government to set the course without listening to the people that the people would become nothing less than slaves to the government. The sacrifice of doing the hard thing is not a once in a life time occurrence. When we look back in the history of this nation we can point out many generations that sacrificed so that others could benefit in the long run. Those that fought in the Civil War fought for both the freedom of the destitute and for the preservation of the Republic. For many they fought for the original intent of our form of the Republic and that was that States had more power in dealing with the day to day lives of the citizens and not the Federal Government. From that point forward it was turned upside down and the Federal Government imposed more and more control over the citizenry and we started down the path that we currently are on. To that end we should still recognize that this generation was willing to take a stand and face the harsh reality that complacency and status quo do not always result in favorable outcomes.
The “Greatest Generation” was willing to take a stand despite the sacrifices that were asked of them. They were willing to do with less, they were willing to place their lives on the line so that the spread of oppression the world over could be stopped. This generation deserves to be considered one of the greatest generations that we had as they did not want to leave the generations that followed with the burden of cleaning up the mess if they refused to step up and face the harsh realities that faced them. From the offspring of this generation, though we unfortunately got those who are currently in charge in both the government and academia, where they ignored the lessons and the sacrifices of their parents and grandparents. As a result of the sacrifices that the parents endured they wanted to make sure that their children did not have to face the reality that they themselves went through. We have seen on the campuses the entrapping philosophy of collectivism and socialism that emerge today is rooted deeply in those who are in charge over the generations that follow us today.
Lenin once referred that people can become useful idiots and today we see many that are falling into that category. I hold no personal animosity to those in the trade unions, but they are being led along like “useful idiots” by their leadership and by those in power. Despite the overwhelming evidence that the leadership have allied themselves with communist groups and socialist groups that support bigger government and the ideology of entrapping the population to be serf’s to the limited few. They continue to allow themselves to go down the path of divide that class war encompasses so that they can preserve what they feel entitled to. The harsh reality is that by doing so they are willing to pass on to the next generation the debt of the personal greed that they feel by continuing on with the current status as it stands the consequences will not affect them. The painful truth is that it does affect them! We are hearing those in this camp that are calling for revolution, but listen a little deeper and examine the forces that are aligned together. You will see that this revolution is not one that is driven to fix the problems that we face, but to make them much worse. Those that are following this camp are not hearing the fact that these people are willing to go to no ends and that includes violent means to get to the end goal. On the contrary those that are taking the stand to preserve the overall freedom and individual liberty that comes about when you are less indebted to government are willing to do so through the process that our fathers and grandfathers fought so hard to preserve and that is through the peaceful change of leadership thru the electoral process.
The gulf of divide that faces this generation and nation is getting wider by the day. The time has come to examine if we want to keep passing the buck off to the generations that follow us or if we will be willing to do the hard thing and face the harsh realities that are in front of us. Great sacrifice will have to be felt by all no matter what economic class you come from just as in the past. We have to be willing to break the chains of the mentality that the “Me” generation passed along to us and become one again the generation that is willing to do with a bit less so that our children and grandchildren are not beholden to the very few. Slavery comes in many forms. You do have to be willing to recognize what it does and understand that Marxist theology, even though it prophesies that it benefits everyone equally, never in the end practices it realistically. Our generation faces a crossroad at the moment, we can rise up to the task and follow along the examples that our fore fathers were willing to embark upon or we can continue down the road that leads to our children living in servitude to big government and the very few.
The American Creed written by William Tyler Page and accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918 states,
“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
Enemies are not always those of a foreign power and they are not always attacks in the physical sense. The enemy today is the enormous debt and the programs that feed that debt. If we fail to become a generation willing to step up to the plate, the freedoms and equality of generations to come are in peril. Will we transform back to what Patrick Henry, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and all those that were willing to put their lives and livelihood on the line? That is an insult to all those who came before and were willing to sacrifice for generations to follow.
What will the history books say about this generation? Will they say that we were a generation willing to face down the harsh realities and preserve the Republic or will they say that we were content allowing the Republic to fall and transform into a society where we allowed our children to be enslaved due to our own personal greed?
Death or Liberty was Patrick Henrys rallying cry that day in March of 1775, today that same cry applies with the death of liberty and the Republic if we do not face the harsh realities that the status quo has to be tackled once and for all.
Top Down Lies
By: Robert Rohlfing
While The media wants to keep your focus on the meltdown of Charlie Sheen, highlighting the derogation and break down of standards of excepted morals and norms in our society, no one is taking too much notice of the fact that one of President Obama’s key promises has been broken. President Obama promised over and over that the middle class would not get a tax increase, but as we see today this was a false promise that not even he could keep. Across the board the middle class is getting hit by inadvertent taxes. Many will not say they are taxes, but when you take more of a citizens money through policy decisions in the end it is a tax.
Since President Obama took office we have seen an increase of 87% and rising at the pump. This is directly and indirectly related to his energy policy. Make no mistake the events around the world plays a key part in the increase of what we pay, but his energy policy of not allowing us to tap into our own resources has an even larger part to play in it as we do not get most of our oil from the Middle East. When you break it down we get our oil from the western hemisphere in large part. Since he took office our own production has decreased and we have even seen that this administration has not issued a new drilling permit in 9 months for off shore drilling in the Gulf Of Mexico following the BP spill. This is not the way that we will sustain an economic recovery as the price of energy increases the spending power of the citizen decreases thus leading to a cycle of depression in economic recovery efforts.
In 2007 when the housing bubble burst it was indirectly correlated with the increase in costs that we were paying at the pump. You can look at any graph of these two events and see that they went hand in hand. This was an inadvertent tax that we could not sustain over the long run and President Bush’s administration through all their faults recognized this and went about the policy of increased production of our own sources of oil. This drove down the cost on the market across the board that when President Obama took the oath of office he did not have to look at this factor when making his famous promise of not increasing taxes on the Middle Class.
With recent events in Wisconsin and across the country we are seeing the class war card being played. We are hearing a lot of rhetoric about attacks on the livelihood of the middle class and the working poor, but at no time are we hearing in the media the attacks by this government directly effecting each and every individual on a direct basis. In 2007 and early 2008 we seen report after report of how the evil corporations and Bush’s so called allies were to blame for the increase in the loss of savings and overall money that we have to spend. Where are those same voices today? If you are paying attention it does seem like a double standard is playing out over virtually the same issue, but this time you can hear the crickets in the fields singing when it comes to objective reporting.
The inadvertent tax that we are all feeling at the pump is not the only one that this administration is levying on us. With his energy policy we are also seeing an increase of hidden tax on all of our energy demand from electricity to heating our homes and business. This will force those that we rely on to increase the costs to us the consumer. Let’s take for example the trucking industry, when you increase the costs to this industry they are forced to pass those costs down the line to stay afloat. This impacts each and every one of us as everything in the end moves by truck at some point in its production or end destination. We can say all that we want about trains, but in the end you will not see a train pull up to your local super market or department store.
We have been witnessing an increase in the price of food and consumer items as well. This has many factors to consider and yes inadvertently it is a tax on each citizen of this country including the middle class. What the media is failing to inform us in large part is that we are seeing an increase in inflation across the board. The way that the government reports it now does not take into account energy and food for some reason but this is the driving factor to what we all feel when we look at inflation. Through this administration’s policy of Quantum easing we have seen the value of the dollar decrease while the price of goods and services increase, this is a hidden tax since it is a policy instituted by the government, but once again it is not being reported in proper context by the media and one has to wonder why they are covering for this president in this way and not doing the job of informing the citizenry properly.
When we hear the rhetoric and ramped up rage over a government body that wants to start addressing the budget problems that we face in the States and on the Federal level and it is directly associated with class warfare. We have to remember these same people are not outraged at the direct attack on the middle class that they are supposed to be out protesting in favor of. The miss information and propaganda campaigns that are playing out is classic, students of history can see the same things playing out that led to the communist revolution in Russia. The thing is most people are not honest about the similarities and the things being said and this is because of the revision of history that has taken place over the years that many cannot even see it when it stairs them in the face!
Many of the same forces that pushed for a revolution then are working in the background calling for this ramped up rage now. We even hear the revolution word being bantered about, but we are hearing no outcry of the direct assault on the middle class from the top down policies that effects all of us where it hurts the most and that is our economic survival on a individual basis.
So when we consider the promise of no increase in taxes on the middle class that President Obama promised us we should take into account the many hidden ones that the media is failing to mention! When these so called champions for the working class that fully support President Obama are out on the streets calling for injustice and assaults on their survival they should take a moment and consider that they were told a lie and consider what other lies they may have fallen for along the way!
The Fires Of Unrest
By Robert Rohlfing
The real issue of our debt and the means to reign it under control is being drowned out, and polarized under false pretense that it is a battle over Labor rights. At no time are we hearing the Union Protesters addressing this issue, at no time are we hearing the leadership of the Unions nor those that have been exposed as allies such as CPUSA or SPUSA present a viable solution to the looming problem that faces each and every citizen of this country. We are starting to hear calls for revolution and physical harm to elected officials. We should really question just what the real background end game being sought.
Let me pose a question to you, some are calling for Walker to be tarred and feathered but are not calling for the leadership of the Unions to likewise be tarred and feathered, why is that? After all, it is the leadership that has negotiated the contracts and concessions that are imposed on members. I did not see “A Day Of Rage” , or a call of Egyptian like revolution for the recent givebacks to YRC ( Largest Less Than Truckload Carrier in the United States that is Unionized), why is that?
When you address the issue of job loss in the United States why is it that Over Regulation and High taxes are never mentioned by those currently calling for these “days of rage” in the United States? Why is it that we do not see the Leadership and members come out on the streets and in the state houses over the fact that most businesses you walk into have immigrant workers and the fact that the leadership have allied themselves with groups such as La Raza and in many cases are pushing for Amnesty legislation?
It is funny actually listening to some of these people as they fail to address those issues but only attack “Big Business”, you know the ones that provide the jobs that Union and non Union members work at, not the Unions. Without those business the “bigger business ” of the Unions would not exist. Let’s not take that into account at all because at that point we would actually have to be honest and examine the Unions as well and their dealings and how they are not always in the “Workers interest”, but the interest of the Unions and their overall survival.
In this whole debate we hear the class warfare card played over and over, and that my friends is the exact same thing played in the Soviet Union. Once again that has been ignored. The same folks who supported that type of political and economic structure are present today and out in full support of the Unions. When you see all the Che pictures and all of the Red flags and shirts you cannot help but understand the symbolism associated with that, unless you have been under a rock for the last 120 years.
We see people that are actually calling for similar Revolution to occur as we are seeing in the Middle East without fully understanding that in the end that does not work in the favor of even the most ardent supporters of like revolutions. It is called a workers revolution, “Workers Of The World Unite”, but is it really when not all the “workers” are supportive. Why is it not questioned that not all workers are in support of the protests on the streets of the capitols or in Madison for that matter. We are hearing the rhetoric and tactic of intimidation play out for those that oppose are all brainwashed by corporations. One might ask, “Are the people protesting brainwashed from years of progressive teaching in the schools and the rhetoric from the Union halls?”
At the beginning of this we were hearing that it was, “For The Children”, but we are being shown that it has nothing to do with the children. It has everything to do with the protections afforded those that are unionized and in the Public Sector Unions that have in most cases better “rights” than those that pay them. If it was really for the children these teachers would not attempt to commit fraud by having doctors notes issued to them when they are not sick. The example and precedent that this shows to the “Children” is both unethical and immoral which is now instituted in the schools social behavior teaching that is now mandated.
Lost in all of this pomp and circumstance is the very fact that we pour an exorbitant amount into our educational system for less than satisfactory results. I do not blame the teachers as a whole for this fact. Once again we do not want to take a honest look at how we got to this point and how this whole problem of not addressing our financial problems and the current “Workers Revolution ” plays a part. I would like to show a small example. Technology that allows our teachers with modern day tools to educate our children in the 21st century such as smart boards and computers in the classroom are not prevalent. The reason is not that we do not allocate enough money, but that the money is used to cover the cost of both administrative and staff personnel and the pay and benefit packages that were negotiated by the Unions. If the issue was truly an issue about the children then teachers and those that are supporting this “Workers Revolution” would be honest about the fact that States need to address the financial problems in a decisive way that really benefits the children over the adults.
We are hearing a lot of rhetoric about “Greed”, Corporate greed, and the greed of those who want to take away “Workers Rights”. What we are not hearing about is the “Greed” by those calling for this revolution on the backs of future generations, you know “The Children”! When we honestly examine those that are calling for a workers revolution some are failing to be honest and look at what it costs to sustain the lifestyle and so called rights. Our Federal Government and our State and Local Governments are broke and a large percentage of the reason directly comes back to the contracts negotiated in the past. Until we have the tools to address those liabilities we will never move forth in fixing the problems that we are locked into. If we truly want to do something for “The Children” we would address some of the “Greed” that is not being shown in the media and that is the “Greed” of those that care for themselves over the generations to come.
Do we really want to go the route of the former Soviet Union or Greece for that matter. Do we really want Civil Unrest on the streets of America? How many of those that are out supporting these Pro Union Rallies fully understand all of the groups working in the background and that their heated calls for Change and Rights are far from what they themselves have been led to believe. How many of the Union Rank and File understand that the leaderships have allied themselves with revolutionary groups that have been in play all across the world recently? How many of these Rank and File members understand that once you introduce the unrest from the bottom no matter how noble the cause, ends up with the top crashing down upon them?
When we hear the calls for tar and feathering of elected officials and we see our fellow citizens calling for revolution similar to what we are seeing in the Middle East we first need to examine what they really think the end goal will result in because in 8 out of 10 times it has historically gone horribly wrong! They will not get the freedoms and protections that they are led to believe, but the oppression and the inability to the same “Rights” they think they are fighting for now.
We face a dire time in the history of this nation, many paths are open to follow. It is up to each of us to decide where we stand and what course we really want to hand to our children. Why not do the adult thing and address our problems and challenges in a way that continues the continuity of our nation, or will we slide into the Fires of Civil Unrest?
The Line In The Snow
By: Robert Rohlfing
I am looking at this in a wider scope, I know many will just say its about the Unions and collective bargaining or worker rights, but the larger picture is much broader.
Should the Communist and Socialist groups involved be outlawed or banned? That is not for me to say and I am not saying they should! Just as I would hope people would see that groups that support limited government and fiscal responsibility, while supporting the constitution this country is founded upon should not be considered being banned as many would like to happen.
I understand the lines have been drawn in the snow on this issue and many would like to support these groups I mentioned and the allies of these groups.
When they do so they should be fully aware and informed of the real truth that these groups along with the leadership’s of the Unions (not rank and file but the leadership) were well involved in the riots all across Europe and in the Middle East as well. Those are documented facts and you are welcome to do your own homework to find that out. I have posted over the last five months many articles, and videos to back that up. I understand the media and in large part even the Union leadership do not want this fact be known or do they?
What we are seeing is just the smallest tip of the iceberg to what may be coming to this nation. I am not advocating that it does! Many of these groups and those I have not mentioned actually do in their own words. Once again not being reported so that the public is not allowed to see and form their own opinion.
We have those that are saying it is all right wing propaganda or anti union and that is their right to express themselves as such. Once again I am not telling you what to think or follow, but the time is fast approaching, if not already passed to what side you would like to stand with and follow, along with who you will and support in solidarity.
The choice is not about labor, that is a small and I do mean small fraction of what is occurring and in motion. Many of these groups are not calling for peaceful protest, you can say what you want about the Tea Party and that is your right, but at NO time was there as much hate and aggression in those that attend those gatherings as we see today. Let alone the look the other way attitude of Fraud.
When you examine the history of these groups (that is what some do not want to take the time to do, or support it) and you will see the likes of the SDS and many of the other groups and if you support our Republic you would question if you want to side with them.
All the mention about Democracy is by those that fail to recognize that we are not a Democracy! As John Adams said, ” A Democracy is a government of MOB rule that fails.” We are a Constitutional Republic and those who do not understand that must have been failed in being educated as such.
Now the bigger picture and how these people are dangerous, along with this issue in the States such as Wisconsin being a small portion of the bigger issue. As I mentioned these groups and many of the leadership have been involved in the strife and unrest around the world.(their own words and actions)
This issue going on now can very well break out to what we see going on over there, oil went up 8.5% yesterday alone. That is an economy killer!
Food and Energy is on the rise to the consumer. Once again an economy killer!
Cotton is at the highest price since the time before the civil war(look it up), economy killer!
Stock market dropped yesterday and housing prices if you may have noticed double dipped again down to 2003 levels. Economy killer!
Uncertainty and unrest have been moderate in this nation till now! Yes you had demonstrations demanding that the government starts to address this issue. Those were peaceful despite what has been misinformed in the media.
Now you are seeing the not so peaceful side emerge, and it can get much worse! These people are the ones that are in line with the not so peaceful aspects… Once again they have been involved the world over in the riots, many off their roots go back to riots in the past (historical fact).
You have people like Van Jones, Fox Piven, and yes Trumpka calling for you to get out in the streets, go to peoples private residences. That is not peaceful by any means, and is dangerous! I have not even touched on the anarchists yet like groups like the Black Bloc- those are the youth we keep hearing about. Let’s just say not a good group, but you will recognize them from the streets of Europe, Cairo, and even Pittsburgh and Portland.
During the Great Depression we solved it peacefully in this country and came through, not because of the entitlement programs , but despite them! Today those same entitlement programs are 57% of our debt and that is where the problems are going to occur as they Have to be addressed.
As I mentioned what side to you stand on? With the people I posted as they were there even during the great depression and were rejected, or in a sensible though hard and painful thing of digging the States and Fed out of the mess we are in without violence.
Where Might the theme “Together We Thrive” of originated for the “Memorial” in Arizona? Please look at the date of this article:
Together We Thrive
By: John Berry IV- February 11, 2008
By John Berry IV – Feb 11, 2008 12:49:37 AM ET
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By John Berry IV – Feb 11, 2008
“For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side effect of a free market society. How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become a part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or today’s migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.
What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution. A chance for every group to participate and be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many. Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again. Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of. For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself. We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids.
In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!”
Rocking America and Rocking the vote is a common theme by the DNC and is used on the bottom of the shirts given out in Tucson on Wednesday.
Don’t Jump To Conclusions Over A Senseless Act
By: Robert Rohlfing
With the tragedy that took place in Arizona of the shooting of Congresswomen Giffords we are starting to hear the call for a tamping down of political debate. That is the last thing that needs to occur and cannot be a premise to institute forced institutionalized censorship of events and issues that are widely disagreeable to the public.
We do need to be restraint in jumping to conclusions that we see all over the internet to blame one movement or one person in particular to leading to this occurrence. As I was looking at all of the debate that was going on following this event, I was noticing a trend that is very alarming with people trying to equate this individuals actions with a statement made by Sarah Palin to target political opponents to be removed from office. The “hit list” that she spoke of is not a hit list to take someone out physically in the manner that occurred in Arizona and those that are trying to use this as a premise to end political debate are just about as crazy as the person who did the shooting. Over the last three years everything from the race card to calling those that disagree with this administration and the last congress as terrorists have been attempted to try and silence political dissent to the policies that have occurred with this administration.
The Left has attempted to paint a false picture of the Tea Party movement time and again and have failed at every turn. When they were accused of spitting on representatives walking to the final vote on Health Care it was never proved to occur, but you had those on the Left that tried to paint it as racism once again attempting to gin up further division. It is real alarming that people have such short attention spans that they forget all of the effigies of President Bush that were hung at demonstrations and all of the rhetoric from the left in regards to his presidency. During the eight years of President Bush’s administration many people would say things like they wished for his death and the death of Vice President Cheney. This did not only occur from people on the street but was a common mantra in many of the Left leaning blogs and organizations. During that time no one was calling for the silencing of their voices of political dissent, they might of disagreed with the verbiage, but they were not calling for an elimination of their rights to express their dissent.
It is forgotten that in our history, and in the history of any nation that political debate is essential to balancing out differences of opinions. It is not too hard to understand that some individuals may take things to extremes and act on those extremes. At no time should it be allowed that the actions of an individual or group equates to the motives of all who have differing opinions. If we wanted to go down that road both sides of the political debate are not innocent in the way that some can interpret verbiage used. We have those on the Left right now calling for violence in the streets from; Frances Fox Piven to President Obama’s former “Green Czar” Van Jones. What they are calling for is a far cry from a “hit list” to unseat through the ballot box politicians that currently hold office. Some can even say what they are calling for is civil unrest, but the media is not showing this to the public as they spin what is clearly terms that both sides use when they speak about unseating political opponents.
The shooting that occurred in Arizona is a tragedy that did not need to occur! Neither side of the political debate would endorse such behavior and it should be remembered that actions such as this can and will be a pretense to further tighten restraints on freedoms. We already see these calls by many to use this tragedy to further their political agenda circling around like a flock of vultures to not let a crisis go unexploited!
As we reflect upon the this event we need to act as adults and realize that disturbed individuals come from all walks of life and believe in many things. To jump to conclusions without knowing the full motives for someone to act in such a heinous way only shows insecurities about one’s self. To play to those insecurities and run for the “safety” that is perceived by handing over the right of free expression and dissent will only in the long run allow for the slow erosion of individual freedoms and liberties. This has been shown throughout history to occur and just because one or more individuals decided that they were not stable enough to coexist with those they disagree with and acted in a cowardly way. It does not mean that everyone that disagrees, no matter what side you may fall on, would act in the same manner.
In closing I would like to express my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones yesterday, and to those who were innocent victims of a very disturbed individual. My prayers along with those of millions of Americans go out to the victims of this senseless act.
Braving Historical Fact Over Emotional Chains
By: Robert Rohlfing
The great sucking sound that you are hearing is not only your hard earned money being sucked up at a rate that is unprecedented, but it is also historical truth and the dangers that are associated with how this may be more destructive in the overall picture. For many years now generations of children have not been taught the factual truth and we have witnessed the results of adults not being able to tell fiction from truth as a result.
During the presidential campaign of 2008 we witnessed young adults displaying Che shirts in an attempt to represent revolution and solidarity to what was perceived as the coming wave of “Change and Hope”. What so many of these young people did not fully comprehend was the fact that they were idolizing a mass murderer and associating it with the rise of Barrack Obama. I am not insinuating that President Obama is in any way in favor of the things that Che perpetrated. What I am pointing out is that our youth have been indoctrinated into believing in false history. We see this in so many subjects and issues and it is long overdue that factual history once again start being taught in our schools and that this same history is taught to the adult population as well.
When we exempt fact for emotion it allows for people to be willing led along like a flock of sheep. Propaganda has long been the tool to shape public opinion, but to make it truly effective you have to reshape the facts from what the message that is being pushed. One of the strategies that is employed is repeating a falsehood over and over until people cannot tell the difference any longer and it becomes embedded so deep that one cannot tell the truth from the created truth.
Society today has fallen prey to a debilitating disease and that is short attention spans. We allow ourselves to get caught up in the events of the moment, but forget about what got us to this juncture. Part of this can be attributed to the way that we were taught in school to memorize things instead of looking deeper into the subject matter. The same can be said with how the vast majority of us get our news. We skim the facts, and rely on what the sound bites and 15 second video clips presented to us represent as the full body of the story. On these limited resources we are left to form our opinions and pass along the message that has been shaped for us.
When you step outside of this box you immediately are targeted as a “trouble maker”. This has been conditioned in us from our earliest days in school and on full display when you question the “accepted” norm and attempt to reintroduce the full story or the historical facts back into the debate. One example that can be cited is with those who want to tell the whole truth about the history of the Democrat Party and the fact that its long history did not favor equal rights, nor was it the champion of civil rights. We have been led through propaganda and the repetitive message presented to us that it was and is. The dirty little secret of historical facts contradicts this long held belief. Just as we get told over and over again that the Republican Party is the party of the rich and those who want to keep people bound in chains of poverty. The factual truth tells a different story.
In the long history of both party’s much fiction has been written. With the fact that we have short attention spans and have fallen prey to propaganda tools, we have allowed for the bigger picture to go untold. I am not advocating for or against either party, but I am advocating that the historical facts to once again be taught to our children and reintroduced to our adult population. It is easy to become a victim of emotions, but it is much harder to seek the truth, as the truth may not fit the emotion.
You and I can put a cap on that black hole that keeps sucking in the factual truth. To do so we have to brave the criticism and intimidation of those that may consider you a “troublemaker”. The time has come that historical fact collects dust is over. You and I will have to take up the teaching role to the next generation. Those who want to shape our children in their own image that continues to propagate placing chains upon their future freedom have dug in their heels and have doubled down by revising the history that they find that does not fit their message. As for adults we have to continue placing the truth and facts in front of them no matter the resistance. Most will not change, but others will start to see that over their life time that they have been led not by facts but by their emotions.
Sheep we are not! Misinformed we have been! Those days are coming to a close! It is said that truth will set you free, but that truth can be painful once realized. We owe it to future generations to feel the pain today instead of always passing it off upon them. Let’s break those chains and expose the truth of history so that no matter what side you favor it will allow for all us to form an opinion not clouded by contrived messages.
2011: A Year That We Can Reject Those Who Want To Divide Us
By Robert Rohlfing
In 2011 we have to reject the tactic of divide that is being used by the Left. Race baiting and how it continues to attempt to take the high ground when their own history tells a different story. The Tea Party is not Racist and to have a United front in preserving our Republic we cannot allow for these tactics to be used, or to fall into the trap of having to defend ourselves time and again because we disagree with the policies of the current administration.
It is disgraceful that these tactics are employed and only goes to show that if these tactics are the ones that some have to hide behind, they themselves may be the ones that truly harbor racist sentiments. 2011 is a year to reject! It is long overdue to teach some of the real history when it comes to whom have been the real provocateurs of racism in America.
2011 is a year that we as Americans have to rise above a hand out society and demand that once again we become a hand up society where we do help our fellow citizens, but we do not place them in convenient boxes to pit one against another. The long and sordid history of using division as a tactic to oppress people and to intimidate them into not speaking the truth was on full display in 2010. We witnessed this with the class warfare card that was employed recently and how those on the Left continue to use this to not allow the fact that we are in serious peril fiscally. The blame does not only reside with those of wealth but the actions of all of us combined.
I had a teacher that I greatly admired not only for the lessons he taught, but for a life lesson that many of my fellow students might have dismissed over the years. On his chalkboard he had written,
” Responsibility: Accepting the consequences for ones actions”
Today this basic lesson seems to escape many, we see it in the fact that no one wants to admit that through our own actions we helped facilitate the economic situation that we face today. Granted, many factors go into it including the actions of the government that allowed for it to occur by disregarding the clear common sense of policies that they allowed and pushed for which would eventually burst the bubble that they helped create. Shared responsibility lands at the feet of bankers and others that disregarded the basic common sense principles of their institutions of lending. Responsibility lies at each and every one of our feet as well for going about borrowing and spending money that we knew in the backs of our heads we could not possibly pay back.
Today more than ever we have allowed for common sense to be replaced by personal greed. Yes, personal greed! I understand that many do not want to face this reality, but we are victims of our own making and the time has come that we accept some of the shared responsibility for our actions. If we do not start looking at ourselves and cleaning up some of our own habits how can we ever expect to change the habits of our governments and those that business’s exhibit? Allowing for those that want to use division as a tactic to hold us apart from one another will only work so long as we allow it to.
2011 does not have to be a year that we allow for this to continue. 2010 has been a year that the tactics of divide ushered in riots all across Europe. It has also been a year that the gulf separating people of opposing ideologies has been allowed to reignite shameful prejudices based upon race and social economical lines. The disgraceful way that those on the Left have gone about this practice reflects the very fact that the roots to these hatreds did not go away. It has been simmering in the background waiting for the opportunity to be used to push an agenda that is not in the best interest to a population that demands responsibility from its leaders from all backgrounds and all organizations.
We as a society have a hard decision to make. Are we going to continue down the path of divide and all of the destructive consequences that will occur if we allow it to continue? Or are we going to start to own up and say that we have had enough and not allow for these real provocateurs of hate a place at the table? Real lessons of history need to be taught to our children and also our fellow adults. The truth to whom in the past have employed tactics of hate and division needs to once again find the light of day.
February is Black History month. This year while we are learning about all of the atrocities that did occur in the past with slavery we need to also teach that many more occurred in the years following the passage of the 13th amendment. The time has come to reveal some of the darker parts of history that is not taught because of the stranglehold that the liberals hold on the media and on education in this country because if the truth was actually taught the Democrat Party would lose its largest base. In 2011 it does need to be taught that the KKK originated in the Democrat Party in opposition to Republicans support of the Black community. It needs to be taught that the first Black politicians found a home in the Republican Party because they were shunned by the Democrats. It needs to be taught that Planned Parenthood has been destructive to the Black community the most and that the founder promoted Eugenics and the desire to eliminate “undesirables”. This is an organization that today is supported by Democrats and those on the left but the history is not taught in its proper context. It should be pointed out that segregation and racism found a home on the left not the right, from Woodrow Wilson, FDR, to LBJ and Al Gore Sr.
In 2011 it should be taught properly that many of the “entitlement” programs such as those from the “Great Society” have actually been the most destructive to an entire community, helping facilitate dependency and the destruction of the family unit in not only the Black community but also those of all races. When we continue to reward bad behavior we punish good behavior, in doing so we have not encouraged responsibility nor the accountability for our actions. These lesson have helped contribute to prolong the so called war on poverty and has helped create the opportunity for those who use these oppressive means as a tool to propagate division.
This May we should point out that while we have many that like to use the class warfare card to continue along the path of divide that its roots are deep and destructive as well. I mention May because this is traditionally the time that is celebrated by those who have used class warfare in the past to push the agenda of division of classes the most. The truth needs to be taught that socialism and communism have been a blight on mankind throughout its history. Millions of deaths can be contributed to this ideology directly and those who suffer the most under it are those who were fooled into believing that it was going to be their salvation. What is not being taught any longer is that it does not create equality, but further elaborates a real and definitive gulf between the rich and the poor. It hinders individuality and promotes dependency that allows for control to replace freedom.
2011 does not have to be a year that we allow further divide to occur, we have an opportunity to stand in opposition to those who have used the tool of race baiting and class warfare to bring us to the brink of civil unrest. In 2010 we witnessed those that have attempted at every turn to employ these tactics to nudge us one step closer to this goal, for that they are a disgraceful part of our society and should be rejected at every turn! Let’s start healing these wounds in the new year and not go the path of civil unrest that we are witnessing across the globe. Accountability and Responsibility for our actions are not as painful as many would like to make them out to be, we all hold a piece of the pie in the overall picture and it is time that we recognize this fact!
To bring about the healing of this nation we cannot keep allowing for the real truth to go untold as it only allows those that are unaware to fall prey to those who would like to pull their strings for their own agenda. In closing, I do hope in this new year that instead of further division we can start uniting and be responsible enough to do some of the harder things that we may not want to do, but will allow for a real recovery to occur.
Alternative Energy For Climate Change Alone?
By: Robert Rohlfing
As you are aware there are many factors involved in the overall debate of climate change. The emphasis that it is a doomsday scenario and man has created the invocation of hysteria. Climate change is over played and is lent to “nudge” you to believe that if we in the United States drastically change our ways while ceding to the up and coming nations that somehow we will save the planet.
The up and coming industrial nations will not succumb over all to this fallacy and you know this as well, but it will leave us in a worse situation over all. Now when you look at the great strides that we have accomplished in cleaning up our environment in the States you cannot take away the fact that it was still accomplished all the while that car usage increased. I do understand that regulations played a part and technology did as well , but when you look at over all conserving of our resources such as those who like to fish it was not done by the boot on the throat approach, but by those who love to enjoy those resources. The same can be said for those who like to hunt. Over the last decade or so there has been an increase in the population of deer. At the same time that hunting has become vogue once again, it is about husbandry of these resources just as it is when it comes to energy resources. You can still utilize those resources without having to fully eliminate them and still have positive progression.
We are nowhere near the point technologically to move away from fossil fuel based energy. We have made great strides to move in that direction granted we are not there yet. As such you cannot force a society to succumb to reductions in overall standard of living while giving pass to those that are up and coming.
When you factor in the basic historical fact that the earth goes through cycles climatically man’s footprint is drastically minimal in the overall scope. Long before the industrial age and the invention of the internal combustion engine the Earth experienced both cooling and warming periods. Take for example something as basic as what a fifth grader learns when studying Native Americans. They learn that Native Americans came to populate North America during the later stages of the Great Ice Age. Migration across the Bering Straits land bridge made possible by reductions in sea levels due to water being trapped in ice, Siberian tribes were able to come to populate this continent. In Earth Science taught to tenth graders the geological features such as Moraines and the formation of the Great Lakes was due to the retreat of the Glaciers that covered the North American Continent during the Great Warming period following the Great Ice Age. When you examine what was taught at one time in Social Studies classes and History classes in our schools the Middle Ages or Dark Ages was a period in time that a Mini Ice Age occurred. In the debate on global climate change many of these things are being left out when taught to children today and has been forgotten by many adults as well.
In the whole debate on climate change the emphasis is always geared toward the blame to be placed on man and the activities of man. No one can deny that man does have a footprint and I am not saying that he does not, but to discount the evidence that other factors have a larger role is to do so with blinders on. When we look at those advocating these theory’s one never fully examines some of the reasons behind the principles that they do so. Many people such as the most well known advocate Al Gore are set to make huge financial gains. Others are advocating it so that further restrictions can be placed on those that they deemed as abusers of the planet, or better yet those who have succeeded in a standard of living that may be different from those of other regions. Once again it is the age old theory of punishing those who succeed to reward those who may not have, or class warfare on a global scale.
Factors such as ocean currents, volcanic activity, the effects of the sun, and many other natural occurring activities seem to always be less emphasized by those who would rather, for political gain and agenda orientation, promote that global climate change is primarily caused by mans activity. In the whole debate many like to emphasize short term effects as things over the last twenty years or even century, while discounting the broader evidence that naturally occurring events plays a larger roll over all. Those who like to play up that carbon emissions from things such as automobile usage in the United States forget to mention that the carbon emissions from volcanic eruptions, such as the one that occurred in Iceland just recently introduces higher concentrates of carbon in a shorter time span. Man has no blame when it comes to these occurrences, plate tectonics on the other hand does but that does not fit the agenda so these things can be omitted.
Many of those who are promoting and advocating the transformation of your standard of living out of the desire to “level the playing field” conveniently omit that even though carbon does play a factor in the greenhouse effect that carbon is also essential to the production of oxygen. Many have looked to use food based products as alternative energy resources to move us away from fossil fuels. This is a dangerous path to embark upon for so many reasons be it with corn or through sugar cane. When you examine growing crops for energy you come to realize that it requires if not the same amount of energy output but slightly higher amounts of usage to produce biofuels than it does fossil fuels. You need to factor in the production of fertilizers and the processing procedures to bring it to market. Generally what we call feed corn that is used to feed the livestock is also used in the production of many of the other food stuffs that we consume. The overall footprint to produce these biofuels takes up large swaths of land and consumes large quantities of water that could be used in the production of food stuffs instead of used to produce energy resources that if not subsidized would not be a viable alternative.
According to professor Jack Riley of the University of Nottingham, ” By harvesting the peat bogs for biofuels, we release 30 times more carbon dioxide than will be recouped by burning the biofuel produced.” The Global Forest Coalition has warned that, “Biofuels are killing forests and leading to more global warming, besides taking land away from food crops.” and Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has stated that, “The diversion of land meant for food crops to agro fuel production is a “crime against humanity.”
When we look at how we are being nudged in the direction to use Wind and Solar as alternatives it is left out that the overall output of these two alternatives comes with a hefty cost both in land usage, and in the fact that they have to be heavily subsidized by the tax payers while they get smaller percentages of return in energy production per capita. Many nations such as France rely on nuclear energy to meet its needs but in the United States we shy away from this alternative and instead are being pushed toward those I have previously mentioned. Once again it brings to question if we are truly serious about moving away from fossil fuel based energy. Are we doing so in a responsible way that does not only reduce the needs of man to feed the population and those around the world on ever increasingly reductions of food production? Are we doing so in lieu of energy production to appease those that discount the many variables that go into the overall factors of climate change and the ever changing cycles that the climate takes over time? Do we discount the fact that climate changes naturally and goes in cycles? Do we discount the fact that throughout the course of history of this planet that the Earth has naturally adapted and has healed the scars of the many changing time periods that it has experienced both cooling and warming and that it will even with the imprint that man contributes?
We like to believe that man can right all the wrongs and control all the circumstances, but we cannot and some things are even bigger than man. At no time in this whole debate is it mentioned that eventually though natural events that the star we rely on will eventually burn out, man cannot change that from occurring. In turn we should continue to focus on looking for alternatives to energy from fossil based recourses for things such as climate change. Eventually man will have to reach out to the stars if we want to continue to exist.
Without question man does share in the responsibility for the actions that we contribute. Left out of the debate time and again is the fact that many factors need to be included when we examine the overall scope of things that are not always able to be controlled by man. I do feel that we eventually need to move away from our reliance on fossil based products to meet our energy demands. To demand through manipulation and agenda based prerogatives for other reasons should not be the basis for our advancement into the future.