Below is the text to my TEA Party speech given in Fort Atkinson, WI on the Fourth of July. Now, this is the text of the speech, not actually the speech itself. In other words, what I meant to say and what I actually wound up saying are two different things. Here is what I originally intended to say:
I would first like to thank Rebbeca Wallace for putting this all together. She is the true definition of what a patriot is – she is not a political operative, not a politician and not a professional talking head, but a citizen who loves her country and raises her voice when that country is headed in the wrong direction. I wish will all had her courage to step out and let our voices be heard. Are you willing to let your voice be heard this morning! I hope that is why you are here. And I want to thank you all for coming, for taking time out of your holiday plans to really celebrate the true meaning of this day.
233 years ago, a group of frustrated men met together. They were once proud citizens of a great nation whose influence spanned the globe who army was considered the greatest on earth. But little by little they saw the heritage they once took pride in, being taken away. Through the abuse of power and confiscation of liberty, they began to get fed up. Is anyone here beginning to get fed up?
Finally it got to the point where they were forced to declare that, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
I love America. Let me say that again, I love America! And because of love America, I hate what she has become. We have forsaken the principles our nation was founded upon, and we have shattered the dreams of our founding fathers. Our constitution has been torn in shreds. Who would have ever thought that one day in the USA…
Sound preaching from the Word of God would be considered a hate crime.
Patriots peacefully assembling together in meetings such as these would be considered domestic terrorism.
Supreme Court Nominees openly admit to legislating from the bench.
The President of the United States would be allowed to fire the head of a private corporation.
The Congress of the United States would be allowed to pass thousands of pages of intrusive, unconstitutional, and tyrannical pieces of legislation without even reading it!
Should this be the norm in the United States of America!
How many of you believe enough is enough! Say it with me, enough is enough!
Our civil liberties are being washed away in a sea hope and change. As one popular bumper sticker said, I’ll keep my liberty, you keep the change!
Today we celebrate the birth of our nation. We uphold the birth certificate of our nation – the declaration of Independence. President Obama may not have a birth certificate, but our nation does! And that document says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
There is an American view of Government according to this document.
(1) There is a Creator God. There is no need to hide my belief in the Almighty. In fact, when we do try to erase our Christian heritage, we erase our American heritage. When we stop acknowledging His presence in our nation’s success, when we cease to be one nation under God, as Congress once declared us to be, we will cease to be a nation blessed by God. The Scriptures declare in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”
(2) Rights are given by this creator God. These rights are unalienable. They cannot be taken away. And by whom are they given? Not by our federal government. Not by our President. Not by congress or any other politician. And let me add, if these rights were not theirs to give, it is not theirs to take away!
(3) The purpose of government is to secure these rights, not take them away. When government begins to take away the rights of the people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is time to abolish said government.
Does anyone here believe that our government has not infringed the people’s right to life as we slaughter innocent, unborn children and leave our nation defenseless against terrorist attack?
Does here believe that our government has not infringed the people’s right to liberty as we will soon be told what car to drive, how much electricity we are allowed to use in our own homes, and our guns are taken away?
Does anyone here believe that our government has not infringed the people’s right to the pursuit of happiness as our government continues to grow in size, raise our taxes and legislate our speech!
Well then, according to our birth certificate, it is time for the people to remember that “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
We need a new revolution in America! Not a revolution of violence and arms, but a revolution at the ballot box. It is time we sent the message, enough is enough! It is time to stay informed and keep our representatives accountable. Send them the message –we are watching you!
We must send the message that our vote must be earned. We’re not going to vote for you just because you offer meaningless catch phrases and vague generalities. We want the details. We will no longer vote for you simply because you are a democrat or simply because you are a republican. In fact, in my opinion, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two anyway. In fact, we find ourselves in a vicious cycle that never ends. We don’t like the democrats so we throw them out and vote for the republicans. We see in a few years that the republicans disappoint us so we throw them out, and then vote back in the very democrats we threw out just a few years earlier. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time! Its time to stop the insanity! Years ago, I left the Republican party and joined the Constitution Party. Why, I want to place principles above politics. I’m not voting for people who only claim to be conservative been then go on to vote for bigger government and further the erosion of our liberty. But you say, that’s must a protest vote. To quote a former Alaskan governor, “you betcha!” Its time we had more protest votes. Why, somebody needs to protest! Somebody needs to stand up and say something. History is made by those who show up and are courageous enough to do something a little out of the ordinary. Come next year, I’ll be voting for Rob Taylor of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin to oust Sitting Senator Herb Kohl. I don’t trust a Republican to do it.
But, I’m not here to convince you who to vote for. I am trying to convince you that whomever you vote for, send a message with that vote. But, don’t just wait till election day to make your voice be heard. Take this occasion where we celebrate our independence and send a letter or an e-mail to your elected representatives and tell them, your time is up! Be on guard, because I am paying attention now. Stay informed. An uninformed electorate is only a few years away from slavery.
Let freedom ring and Let’s work together to again to make America blessable by God!
I know I have mentioned this before, but I feel the need to vent once again. Carrie Prejean, now the former Miss California, is an embarrassment for evangelicals everywhere. Back a few months ago, Prejean made headlines because she made some pro-marriage statements during the Miss America beauty contest. She won second place, robbed of the top ranking some say because of these comments.
At once she became the darling of the social conservative evangelical community as she continued to be mocked by homosexual activists and progressives everywhere. She was booked on all the big conservative programs. Religious leaders called her a role model – someone not afraid to stand up for her faith.
But let us evaluate exactly what she said that evening. Here are her comments:
“We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
This is not exactly a rousing endorsement of God’s plan for marriage. She is merely stating a personal opinion, not defending a Biblical belief. She bases her belief on marriage on how she was raised, which just happens to follow a Biblical model. Do you see the difference? Now, while this statement is not exactly a profession of faith, I am more than willing to admit it still took courage to say. However, this is more of a reflection of “family values” and conservative opinion as opposed to Biblical absolutes.
So, the statement itself was weak. Also keep in mind the venue in which she was saying it. She was competing in a beauty contest run by Donald Trump. She was strutting around half-naked being leered by judges only concerned with outward appearance. I’m not sure what kind of family values this portrays.
After the big event, we found out even more information about this so-called champion for family values – Ms. California had once posed for some topless photographs which quickly hit the internet. She defended herself by declaring that she was a Christian and a model, and sometimes models take these kinds of photos. Models may take these photographs, but should Christians?
Where was the Christian outrage? I could not find very much. In fact, many Christians I know still defended the woman. After all, she is against homosexual marriage… These pictures were just part of a conspiracy against Christians. Give me a break!
The latest news is that Miss Prejean has been fired even as Miss California for failing to live up to contractual agreements. She was not doing her job. To be honest, I do not know how legit these claims are, but the same Donald Trump who defended her during the picture fiasco is the same Donald Trump who now signed her pink slip. But, still Christians are convinced that this is part of a conspiracy. Hollywood liberals are out to destroy a godly Christian. Again, give me a break!
It always amazes me how simple minded some in my own circles can be. It seems like when anybody says anything that can be vaguely construed as religious, they are instantly heralded as the raising star we’ve been waiting for. Hurray, we’ve found somebody who is popular and mainstream! But, just as quickly as we build them up, they fall down. Of course, they have no where to go but down. We don’t bother to look for substance or depth, we just jump at the first site of what may appear as faith. Should we be surprised that such people so often disappoint us?
I think this has even seeped into the way we evangelize. I was at a meeting a few weeks ago that was described to me as evangelistic. Yet, as the speaker began to give the gospel, it sounded more like an “inspirational” message. He was describing how bad things were today. He spoke to those who dreamed of a better life. To those people, he boldly proclaimed that this man named Jesus wants to help them. He so desperately wants to rescue them from their situations and develop a meaningful relationship with them. How does one obtain such a relationship? We must first admit we are sinners. We all make mistakes in life, don’t we? Second, we must believe that Jesus wants to save us. Finally, we must call upon Jesus. Ask Him into your heart. He led asked all those interested in doing this to come forward and surround the pulpit, which several people then did. He led these people in a quick prayer, looked up and declared these folks to be saved.
My heart was crushed. In reality, salvation was just reduced to walking a few steps and closing your eyes at the right moment. This pastor, without ever meeting or talking with any of these people, declared them all to be saved! Why? Because they walked an isle and closed their eyes. Is this really Biblical salvation? Absolutely not. It is a shallow replacement. It is a gospel that is really not a gospel.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:6-10
The message I heard appealed to man’s aspirations and good intentions. The gospel appeals to sinners who realize their helpless condition. Men must realize they are not good people in need of a better relationship and a better situation in life, but sinners before a holy God. A Savior is only appealing to those who need saving. They must be made to understand this Savior is their only option. Pulling up ones self by their own bootstraps is not an option or even a possibility. What makes God’s love so great is recognizing that the object of that love is completely undeserving. This sounds awfully negative, but men must be made aware of the seriousness of their sin. This is what makes the Good news, just that.
The situation I described here can also be descriptive of thousands of church services each Sunday. Many people come, walk an isle, pray a prayer, sign a card, and then never be heard from again. Why? No real change has taken place. Why? No one ever took the time to describe the real gospel to them. If people were already good to start with and have now added Jesus to their lives, why would that have a need to do anything else? Nothing in their lives has changed. The gospel cannot be reduced to a mere decision or affirmation of stated fact. Yet, because of shallowness, laziness or so-called simplicity, many people will find themselves in hell after having been told they were on their way to Heaven. This is the tragic consequence of an incomplete, watered-down and ultimately false gospel.
Where the true gospel is preached, is will produce results. The results may not be thousands flooding to a pulpit during an invitation. But why does that matter if none of them ever step foot in a church again? What good are commitment-free professions of faith? Are we looking for quantity or quality?
Fellow Christians, it is time to grow up.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. – Ephesians 4:11-14
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. – Hebrews 5:11-14
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Let us not be content with mere platitudes about morality. Let us never again be satisfied with shallow preaching. Crave the Word of God! Cultivate a desire to delve into the depths of Scripture. Sound doctrine ought to be our life and breath. Why? It is through the depths of the teaching of God’s Word that we grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ. Relationships are built on knowledge. The more we learn about Christ, the deeper the relationship we may have with Him.
Allow me to use my wife as an example. Since Christ compared His relationship with us to a marriage (Ephesians 5), I feel justified. When I first started getting to know the woman that would one day be my bride, we began our relationship with a simple understanding of each other. We started to find some common interests and favorite hobbies. I knew the basic details of the woman. Then, as things began to grow more serious, we started sharing more intimate details such as life goals, dreams and even insecurities. At each stage of our relationship, our level of knowledge about each other increased. Then we finally reached a level in our relationship when we both decided that we knew each other enough that love was blooming. We decided to express that love in marriage. Yet, looking back on that time, Jill and I both realize that in actuality, we knew very little about other that day, at least compared with what we know each other now. I’m sure in the future we’ll be saying the same things about this current moment in our relationship.
The same should be true, but on a much larger scale when it comes to our relationship with Christ. As our relationship grows as our knowledge of Christ grows. Doctrine is what tells us more and more about the One we love. Surface knowledge is easy and sometimes praised, but leaves a lover of Christ unsatisfied.
Now, apply this to evangelism. Instead of spreading a shallow gospel that can never satisfy, would it not be better to take our time and explain the full story? Allow the Holy Spirit to change a life through the Word of God in whatever time that takes as opposed to three or four step presentation that only takes a few minutes. Instead of pressuring for a decision, we allow the truth to take hold of one’s soul.
The point of this rambling blog piece is this – beware of mere simplicity. It will always leave us disappointed and the results may be tragic. Learn to discern. Use your mind and cultivate the gifts God has given you. Grow in your faith and work to develop a more mature and deeper relationship with Christ. Don’t be afraid or judgmental of Biblical doctrine or of those who teach – it is for your good and for God’s glory!
End of Rant.
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Senate Committee QUIETLY Schedules THURSDAY Vote on Anti-Jesus Judge:
My friend Mat Staver at Liberty Counsel just alerted me that secretly, quietly, and suddenly, (while everybody else is focused on the Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and they might think we’re not paying attention), the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote TODAY, THURSDAY, 4 JUNE, about confirming Judge David Hamilton, the anti-Jesus Judge, the same judge who issued controversial rulings banning public prayers offered “in Jesus name,” and hastening the abortion of unborn children. If approved at this Thursday Committee vote, Hamilton will be forwarded to the full Senate, where he may soon be promoted to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that overruled his aggressive, activist, liberal decisions for years.
To confirm this, I personally just called the Senate Judiciary Committee staff, and personally spoke to a professional staffer who works for Senator Sessions (the ranking minority member), and he confirmed that YES, Judge David Hamilton’s confirmation is “ripe” for a vote, and if any Republican Senators dare show up at the Committee meeting, they will sadly forfeit their right to invoke Quorum rules (which could prevent a vote if all Republicans simply walked out), and so instead the committee WILL LIKELY VOTE UP OR DOWN TODAY whether to forward Hamilton to the entire Senate, where he still faces the threat of filibuster by our heroic friend Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).
ANTI-JESUS, BUT PRO-ALLAH?Thank God, we took action in 2007 and provided legal arguments to the Indiana Attorney General who appealed to the 7th Circuit Court and WE WON a 2-1 decision overruling Hamilton, restoring the right to pray “in Jesus name” in Indiana. But if Obama succeeds in promoting Hamilton to the same court that overruled him, that good reversal will be in jeopardy. Judge Hamilton is the worst of Obama’s 15 new liberal appeals court appointees. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Since most cases never reach the Supreme Court, the federal appellate circuits often provide the last word on cases affecting life and liberty.
Judge Hamilton wrote: “The injunction orders the Speaker…that the prayers should not use Christ’s name or title or any other denominational appeal…If those offering prayers in the Indiana House of Representatives choose to use the Arabic ‘Allah’…the court sees little risk that the choice of language would advance a particular religion or disparage others.”In other words, Judge Hamilton ruled the words “Jesus” or “Christ” are illegal words, prohibited for public speech, banned by the First Amendment, which somehow forbids freedom of religious expression, and makes Christian prayers ILLEGAL, but prayers to Allah are LEGAL in a public forum. (What crazy version of the First Amendment is he reading?)
We’re now the leading national voice against Hamilton, and we’re getting traction toward a successful Senate filibuster that can stop Hamilton’s confirmation, much to the horror of many liberal groups (including the National Abortion Rights Action League who is actively campaigning FOR Hamilton). But together, we can be a louder voice.
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READ THE FACTS:The Judicial Confirmation Network quickly opposed Hamilton’s nomination, stating that “President Obama’s first nominee to the federal appeals courts — specifically the appeals court based in Chicago — is an ultra-liberal named David Hamilton who is a former fundraiser for ACORN and former leader of the Indiana chapter of the ACLU. He was nominated to the district court bench by President Clinton even though he had no judicial experience and was rated as ‘not qualified’ by the American Bar Association.”Now newly promoted Judiciary Committee ranking minority Member Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), agrees with pro-faith Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), that we should oppose and filibuster Hamilton’s nomination to the 7th Circuit. Thanks in part to our public pressure, the Republicans and Sessions have twice succeeded in delaying Hamilton’s committee votes, saying “This a complex area of the law, I’ll admit, but it’s time for the federal court to get their heads straight on proper separation of church and state issues.”
To support Senators Inhofe and Sessions, and stop Hamilton, we first need solidarity among any good conservatives or moderates seated on the 19-member Senate Judiciary Committee, especially recent defector Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), 202-224-4254, whom you might call to ask him to OPPOSE AND FILIBUSTER Judge David Hamilton, and keep his pledge to not become a “rubber stamp” for Obama. Then please also call both your own Senators at 202-225-3121.
In 2003, Judge Hamilton struck down part of an Indiana law on abortion. The reasonable law had required abortion clinics to simply give women information about alternatives to abortion in the presence of a physician or nurse, 18 hours before the procedure, until Hamilton ruled to hasten abortions. But thank God, the 7th Circuit Court also reversed Hamilton’s bad decision in that case.If confirmed now Hamilton will sit on that 7th Circuit Court (the same court that frequently overruled him) with tyrannical power to rule the heartland of Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin with his anti-life, anti-liberty, anti-Christian agenda.
WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE!
We’ll then need 40 strong Senate votes (including Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE, both Arkansas Senators Pryor and Lincoln, D-AR, both Maine Senators Collins and Snowe, R-ME, and all Senators in either party from southern states), to inhibit the majority cloture vote, and help Sen. Inhofe prevent Hamilton from getting a final floor vote. And here’s how you can help us reach all 100 Senators: ANTI-LIFE BUT PRO-ABORTION?We’ve already sent 575,000+ faxes to the full Senate, and we’re getting results! On April 1st and again on April 29th, Senator Orrin Hatch led all Republicans to walk out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in protest against the Democrat “rush job” to confirm Judge Hamilton.Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said he was troubled by Hamilton’s ruling against a sectarian prayer to open the Indiana House of Representatives. Even Senator Arlen Specter expressed concern. But will any Democrats oppose the anti-Jesus Hamilton?
Patrick Leahy, D-VT 202-224-4242 Jeff Sessions, R-AL 202-224-4124
Herb Kohl, D-WI 202-224-5653 Orrin G. Hatch, R-UT 202-224-5251
Dianne Feinstein, D-CA 202-224-3841 Charles E. Grassley, R-IA 202-224-3744
Russell D. Feingold, D-WI 202-224-5323 Jon Kyl, R-AZ 202-224-4521
Charles E. Schumer, D-NY 202-224-6542 Lindsey Graham, R-SC 202-224-5972
Richard J. Durbin, D-IL 202-224-2152 John Cornyn, R-TX 202-224-2934
Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD 202-224-4524 Tom Coburn, R-OK 202-224-5754
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI 202-224-2921 Ron Wyden, D-OR 202-224-5244
Amy Klobuchar, D-MN 202-224-3244 Edward E. Kaufman, D-DE 202-224-5042
Arlen Specter, D-PA 202-224-4254But remember, 100 emails = 10 phone calls = 1 fax in political capital, since the Senate staffers must handle each paper and usually write a reply. So please join our automated fax-petition campaign first. Then please forward this email to your Indiana-Illinois-Wisconsin friends, and to all pastors in all 50 states, and select here to download a church flyer that pastors can copy and distribute.
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WE MUST TAKE ACTION TODAY. So please feel free to sign our fax-petition (even if you already signed it before), but then PLEASE MAKE 19 PHONE CALLS TODAY to each of the Judiciary Committee members here, asking to oppose and filibuster Judge David Hamilton, because he ruled it’s illegal to pray in Jesus name, but legal to pray to Allah:
Ever since the eary 1990′s, I have considered Newt Gingrich to be one of the most intelligent politicians on the planet. But in this alert from CNN, Newt simply is stating what should be obvious to all. Unfortunately, in our voyeuristic, reality TV society, a story about the President and his dog is considered hard news. Newt simply calls it like it is -stupid!
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DIST 8 – CONGRESSMAN STEVE KAGEN (D) – 202-225-5665House Congressional Resolution 92 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.CON.RES.92.IH:Whereas the National Day of Silence is a day in which students take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying,… (Introduced in House)
(3) encourages each State, city, and local education authority to adopt laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination against students, teachers, and other school staff regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, so that the Nation’s schools are institutions where all individuals are able to focus on learning.
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1st SessionH. CON. RES. 92Supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 1, 2009
Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Ms. BALDWIN, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. BERKLEY, Mrs. CAPPS, Mr. FARR, Mr. FILNER, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HOLT, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. NADLER of New York, Ms. NORTON, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. HARE, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. HONDA, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SERRANO, Mrs. DAVIS of California, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. ANDREWS, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Mr. ELLISON, Mrs. MALONEY, Ms. CLARKE, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, and Mr. FATTAH) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONSupporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools.
Whereas the National Day of Silence is a day in which students take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools;
Whereas the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network designates one day of every April as the National Day of Silence;
Whereas a record number of more than 18,000 students from more than 6,500 middle and high schools registered as participants in the 2008 National Day of Silence;
Whereas the 2008 National Day of Silence was held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old California student who was shot and killed in school in February 2008 by a classmate due to his sexual orientation and gender identity and expression;
Whereas the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s 2007 National School Climate Survey illustrates the pervasive harassment and victimization faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students by documenting their experiences within the preceding academic year;
Whereas more than 85 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being verbally harassed by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and more than 66 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas more than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being physically harassed by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and more than 30 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas more than 20 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being physically assaulted by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and nearly 15 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas nearly 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students report that faculty and staff never intervene when homophobic remarks were made in their presence, and over 40 percent when remarks about gender expression were made;
Whereas more than 30 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported missing at least one entire school day in the preceding month because they felt unsafe;
Whereas lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced high levels of verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression are more likely to report that they did not plan to attend college than lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced low levels of such harassment;
Whereas student academic performance is affected such that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced high levels of verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression report a grade point average nearly a half grade lover than those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced low levels of such harassment;
Whereas a growing number of States, cities, and local education authorities are adopting laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination against students on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; and
Whereas every child should be guaranteed an education free from name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression: Now, therefore, be it
- Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–
- (1) supports the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence;
- (2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the National Day of Silence with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities; and
This speech sounds a little too rehearsed. But I guess that is to be expected.
Something is wrong with the Fox News signal – choppy audio
Nervousness seems to have subsided, communication skills showing through.
Ok, this guy could be the next Ronald Reagan.
“The spirit of our country does not come from government.” Yes!!!
“Empowering, you, the American people…” This is what our country is all about.
It’s about time someone told the people exactly what’s in this 1,100 page stimulus package. Way to go, Bobby!
Cutting the budget, cutting taxes – let’s elect this guy as President in 2012.
“Never again should we pass a spending bill the congress hasn’t read and the people have not seen.” – Again, I am glad someone is saying this.
“They believe in strengthening the government, we believe in strengthening you. “ – Yes, President Jindal is sounding pretty good right now.
Way to call Republican down on the carpet!
This is my first exposure to Governor Jindal, but already I could see myself voting for this man.
(Quotations mentioned below are not exact, but to the best of my recollection.)
Why can’t we just call this the State of the Union Address? I understand the President has not been office very long, but it is a Constitutional requirement…
The President is late – is that really the first impression he wants to leave us with? Even more importantly, the dominant issue tonight is about the economy – the very issue we are told we have to act right now on because any DELAY could be costly!
I wonder how long these Congressman have been camping out on the House floor just to get a seat on the center aisle so they can be on TV.
Charles Krauthammer (columnist and Fox News analyst) is absolutely correct – one of the most remarkable aspects of tonight is the fact that an African-American is speaking as the President is now so common place that it is no longer remarkable.
Another formal occasion messed up by someone jumping the gun! – President Obama began his speech before Speaker Pelosi could formally introduce him.
“Regulations were gutted …” – Government regulations are the reason why our economy has clasped! Get the government out of this mess!
“I don’t believe in bigger government” – WHAT!!! Please explain how your stimulus package does not increase the size of government? Explain how nationalizing the banking system does not increase the size of government!
“Nobody messes with Joe.” Someone tell that to Sarah Palin.
“The flow of credit is the lifeblood of our economy .” – I think this may be part of the problem. Isn’t it credit that leads to more debt? I’m probably alone on this one, though. But more importantly, why is it the job of the federal government to make sure I can get a loan?
How is the government going ensure more people can get loans or better mortgage rates without the government taking more control?
“The full force of the federal government…” – That’s a scary phrase…
“Significant government resources will be need, even more than what has already been allotted.” – Aren’t we already trillions of dollars in debt? What government resources are you talking about – there are none!
Why is it your job to solve the problem, Mr. President? What Constitutional authority do you really have to do this?
Nancy Pelosi has never looked happier.
We will have to sacrifice some spending – Thank you, Mr. President. Someone had to say it.
“I reject the idea that problems will just take care of themselves.” I agree. However, I don’t know anyone who is saying that problems will take care of themselves. Who is suggesting this?
“Three areas absolutely critical… energy, health care, and education.” Again, Mr. President, where in the Constitution is the federal government allowed to spend one dime on health care or education?
I don’t like the fact that Fox News is not showing who is standing and who is sitting during these standing ovations. I want to know which Republicans have the courage to “sit for their convictions.”
“The nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”
Why am I not seeing anyone sitting during these ovations!!!!
Wait, finally, I see some folks not afraid to sit. Thank you, Fox News camera man.
“Democrats and Republicans will be called to work together on health care.” Just once I would love to hear someone mention a third party. It would shock everyone. Maybe someday…
“…Expand the promise of education in America.” Here comes more big government!
“Education is important for those first few years of life.” Are these early years so important? Then why do you insist on killing children through abortion in their earliest year of life?
I think it is interesting to see Senator Joe Lieberman sitting with the Democrats, the very ones who voted him out in the primaries.
“Responsibility for a child’s education must begin at home.” – AMEN! Here is one area that the President and I agree on. Now, could we work together to recognize parental rights in education? How about the rights of parents to now if their children are cross state lines to receive an abortion?
“We must not leave our children with a debt they cannot pay.” – If only you really believed this…
“We passed a recovery plan that is free of earmarks.” WHAT??? Did the President not read this bill before he signed it? Thank you, Republicans, who were proud enough to actually boo at this statement.
Ok, Mr. President, please explain how you can keep claiming that 95% of tax payers will receive a tax cut when you refuse to renew the Bush tax cuts which means taxes will go back up to previous levels. That is an increase in what we are now paying in taxes, Mr. President, NOT a decrease!
“We haven’t agreed on every issue… and we will part ways in the future…” I would to have seen some applause here.
Again, I do have to admit, it is nice to see a President with excellent speaking abilities.
By Chuck Baldwin
After tens of thousands of phone calls and emails, after the combined efforts of columnists such as myself and radio and television talk show hosts such as Lou Dobbs, and even after persistent appeals by congressmen such as Dana Rohrabacher, former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean finally received a commutation of their 10-plus year prison sentences from outgoing President George W. Bush and will soon be going home. It’s about time! What took Mr. Bush so long?
Ramos and Compean were victimized by an out-of-control U.S. Attorney by the name of Johnny Sutton (who should be fired for his despicable conduct), and by a White House that cared more about appeasing the Mexican government than it did about protecting the American border and the Border Patrol agents who were trying to do their jobs.
I won’t rehash the details of this unbelievable miscarriage of justice, as I have already covered this atrocity in past columns. See two of these columns at:
I was also privileged to appear with Agent Ramos’ wife, Monica, on the Lou Dobbs show last year. As such, I was the only Presidential candidate in 2008 who publicly promised to fully pardon (not just grant commutation to) Ramos and Compean. See the video at:
According to press reports, now that President Bush has commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean, they should be released from prison “within the next two months.” In issuing the commutation, it was made clear that “Bush didn’t pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations.”
The senior administration official quoted also said, “The action by the president, who believes the border agents received fair trials and that the verdicts were just, does not diminish the seriousness of their crimes.”
Ramos and Compean have served about two years of their sentences.
And, as far as what the Bush administration official said, let’s set the record straight. First of all, while Ramos and Compean have lost their jobs and more than two years of freedom (not to mention untold grief and agony by their family members), they have not lost their reputations. If anyone has lost their reputation, it is Johnny Sutton and George W. Bush, his act of clemency notwithstanding.
Secondly, if the trial and conviction of Ramos and Compean is an example of a “fair trial,” everyone in the country better pray they never have to go to trial. The truth is, if there ever was an example of a Kangaroo Court in these United States, it was the trial of Ramos and Compean.
Thirdly, the “crimes” that were committed were perpetrated by a serial drug-smuggling illegal alien, and then by a groveling, grotesque U.S. Attorney’s office under the leadership of Johnny Sutton.
And lest readers think that Ramos and Compean were alone in the wake of a Presidential administration bent on sacrificing American law enforcement personnel on the altar of appeasement to the Mexican government, please familiarize yourself with the case of the brave Texas Sheriff’s Deputy, Gilmer Hernandez; and with the case of the heinous Mexican murderer, Jose Ernesto Medellin. It is incomprehensible what the Bush administration has done to facilitate illegal immigration. See the story at:
Am I happy that President Bush has at least commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean? Of course I am. I am happy for the two agents; I am happy for their families. They deserve to be together. I pray it will not take months to release them. And I also pray that both of these gentlemen will find gainful employment sufficient to adequately meet the needs of their wives and children.
It is shameful that the country agents Ramos and Compean were so proud and diligent to serve treated them (and their families) so disgracefully. Furthermore, it is totally disgusting to realize that the Bush administration treated a serial drug-smuggling illegal alien better than two Border Patrol agents who were simply trying to enforce our country’s immigration laws. Bush’s commutation of sentence does nothing to erase that humiliation.
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Martin Luther King in Birmingham jail, April 1963
From my courageous friends at MassResistance:
Martin Luther King’s famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” resonates more than ever in today’s struggles.
In our current struggles how many times have you been told that we need to be “reasonable” or “polite” and not offend people? Or that you are being an “extremist” because you confront people (and public officials) with the truth? That you need to go through “proper channels” and not be disagreeable? Or that your church has decided it’s best to avoid difficult social issues? Sadly, this isn’t new.
As you know, Martin Luther King Day is being observed on Monday. We can learn a lot from King.Perhaps the most famous work by Martin Luther King, Jr. was his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” It was written on April 16, 1963, while King was languishing in jail. He had been arrested while leading a campaign of public protests against racial discrimination. In this long letter (6,875 words) he discusses his philosophy, observations on society, and the reasons why he does what he does.
It’s now considered a classic work. But it’s less well-known – but no less interestng – specifically to whom Dr. King was writing the letter on that difficult day in 1963.
King wrote the letter as a reply to eight very prominent Alabama clergymen. They were in basic agreement with King that segregation should end. But four days earlier, on April 12, 1963, those eight clergymen published a strong statement in the local newspapers urging blacks to withdraw their support from King and his demonstrations. They accused King of being an outsider, of using “extreme measures” that incite “hatred and violence”, that King’s demonstrations are “unwise and untimely”, and that the racial issues should instead be “properly pursued in the courts.”
While in jail, King read their public statement in a newspaper and wrote his reply on scraps of paper he was able to gather.
Below are some passages from the Letter from the Birmingham Jail which we think you will find particularly enlightening:
“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so I am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.”
“You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.”
“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.”
“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
“But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Was not Amos an extremist for justice: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Was not Martin Luther an extremist: “Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God.” And John Bunyan: “I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.” And Abraham Lincoln: “This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” And Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that an men are created equal …” So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremist for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime—the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
“I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership . . . When I was suddenly catapulted into the leadership of the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama, a few years ago, I felt we would be supported by the white church. I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies. Instead, some have been outright opponents, refusing to understand the freedom movement and misrepresenting its leaders; all too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows.”
“In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churchmen stand on the sideline and mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard many ministers say: “Those are social issues, with which the gospel has no real concern.” And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular.”
“There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.
Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.”
Martin Luther King
from Letter from the Birmingham Jail
April 16, 1963
Here are my random thoughts while watching President Bush’s farewell address this evening. Please do not mistake this for meaningful and thought-out commentary.
I know this is really petty, but I will not miss this President’s speaking ability.
I have to admit, I was proud of my President during 911. Sorry, 911-truthers, I don’t buy the idea the idea that it was an inside job. President Bush gave us clear leadership, decisive action, and a unified spirit.
They have taken the fight to the terrorists. Despite my objections to the Iraq war, the evidence is clear – the terrorists are fighting over there, not here. We have not had a terrorist attack in the US in seven years. Let’s give the man some credit.
At least three different times I counted President Bush referring to democracy. Let me again say what I say all the time – WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY!!! Yes, it is important. No, it is not just semantics. Our Founding Fathers greatly feared and worked against any idea of democracy. In a democracy – the majority of citizens determine our course and direction. Sounds great, unless you are in the minority. In our constitutional republic, we uphold the rights of the minority. Freedom and liberty for all is a guarantee. A democracy offers no such guarantee.
“Freedom is a gift from Almighty God.” Amen! We are endowed by our creator.
The President during one section of his speech declared that people who love freedom and hope in the future don’t approve or vote for terror or tyranny. If this is true, then how did President-Elect Obama ever get elected?
“A great republic born alone in liberty…” A republic! Yes, Mr. President, we live in a republic. Thank you for noticing. I wish you realized this earlier.
The Medicare prescription drug program was touted as one of his proud moments. I believe history will show this as one of the first steps toward socialized medicine. Wait and see.
All Americans are paying lower taxes. Yes, I will concede this point. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for taking an outrageous amount of my pay check each week, and then graciously allowing me to keep a little more of what your government stole in the first place and which I earned and deserve all of. its time to abolish the income tax forever.
“We have taken decisive measures to safeguard our economy.” Apparently this did not work out very well since our economy is in shambles.
“We will show the world the resilience of the free market system.” How on earth is this even possible when you yourself admitted that free market principles were tossed aside in the bailouts? You have completely rejected capitalism, free markets, and the American way doing things. Unfortunately, the man coming in to take your place will only make matters worse and take us further down the road to complete socialism.
I think Thomas Jefferson may be rolling in his grace as he heard this President use his words.