What’s Right News – How Many Scandals Will It Take To Oust Obama? It’s like organized crime is running our federal government and the man at the helm is embroiled in several major scandals, and not just the ones in focus like Fast & Furious, the IRS, the AP, and Benghazi, no there are even more like those involving Obamacare, … Continue reading »
Profiles of real women, conservatives, the anti-hollywood: Miss Kansas- Army Sergeant, Leader, Deer Hunter, “fearless and true to self”…
Miss Kansas Is a Deer Hunting, Tattoo-wearing Sergeant in the U.S. Army
(FOX NEWS) –– Miss Kansas is not in Kansas anymore. And the Miss America pageant has never seen anyone like her.
First off, Miss Kansas Theresa Vail is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, only the second contestant ever to be on active duty. “Nobody expects a soldier to be a beauty queen,” Vail told People magazine. “But I’m all about breaking stereotypes.”
Second, Sgt. Vail has big tattoos. Two of them. One, the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps, is on her left shoulder, while a massive version of the Serenity Prayer runs down her right side. And when she struts her stuff in the bikini contest in the Miss America competition this week in Atlantic City, they’ll both be on display for the world to see.
“My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink,” Vail said. “How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can’t do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all.”
Sgt. Vail is also an M16 marksman, a bow hunter, and a mechanic. Only recently did she add beauty queen to her resume, when she entered her first pageant just nine months ago on the advice of her commanding officer. When she was told she wouldn’t be able to use archery as her talent, she had to pick another one and quick. She chose to sing opera. Read more via Fox News…
Chicks On The Right shared a link.
1 | Kelly Ayotte U.S. senator from New Hampshire
As New Hampshire’s first female attorney general, Ayotte, 45, is comfortable in the rough-and-tumble of politics. Among the political glitterati who flocked to support her 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate: Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin, and future presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Ayotte won by a landslide, announcing her formidable arrival on the national political scene. And she’s delivered an impressive performance in the upper chamber ever since. Her support for the right to bear arms drew the ire of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Mayors Against Illegal Guns group shelled out nearly $2 million in attack ads against her.
But Bloomberg’s attacks backfired, with at least one mayor resigning from the group in protest. “You know you’re doing something right when you have the left coming after you with full force and vigor,” comments GOP political-law expert Cleta Mitchell. “She has a very bright future.” Ayotte drew heat from grass-roots conservatives who supported her in 2010 with her support for immigration reform. But none of that has diminished the perception of Ayotte as an emerging force. “Sen. Ayotte has a lot of potential,” says University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Dr. Larry Sabato.
Of course, Palin’s name is continually linked to political office. But given the influence she already wields, why would she accept a demotion?
As a conservative speaker, Palin sets the gold standard for attracting big audiences. In June, she returned to Fox News as a regular contributor, which will give her an even bigger platform to call out Republicans tempted to stray from the grass-roots orthodoxy.
Although the left has continually campaigned to drive up her negatives, a single Palin tweet or Facebook post can still shake up the political landscape.
3 | Cathy McMorris Rodgers Chair of the House Republican Congress
McMorris Rodgers, 44, is often seen standing at Speaker John Boehner’s side as he delivers his broadsides against the Obama administration. As the chairman of the House Republican Conference, she holds the No. 4 position in the House leadership hierarchy. That makes her one of the most powerful Republican women on Capitol Hill.
During her time in Congress, McMorris Rodgers, a mother of two, has been an advocate of workplace flexibility for women. She took a lead role in winning House passage of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. But she assures Newsmax the best is yet to come. “We’re working hard to encourage more women to run for office at the local, state and national levels,” she says, “and to remind them that their input here could help so many Americans across the country.”
4 | Condoleezza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State
As the nation’s first female African-American secretary of state, Rice, 58, played a key role in counterbalancing the stauncher neoconservatives in George W. Bush’s administration. Although she will probably never be a favorite of social conservatives — she once described herself as “mildly pro-choice” — Rice has frequently been mentioned as a strong prospect to serve on a national ticket.
Fueling that speculation was her remark at the 2012 Convention that her parents had raised their little girl to believe “she can be the president of the United States.”
5 | Susana Martinez Governor of New Mexico
Martinez, 54, is the first female Hispanic governor in U.S. history. Like many of the women on our list, she began her political career as a state prosecutor. She was named New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year in March 2010, and survived a hard-fought GOP gubernatorial primary in part thanks to an endorsement from Palin. She was elected governor that November.
Martinez scored major points at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, serving up a rousing stem-winder that propelled her further into the national political limelight. Since then, her supporters have been tamping down speculation she might run for president in 2016, pointing out that she faces a gubernatorial re-election campaign in 2014. Sabato predicts she’ll win a second term, despite the fact that New Mexico is trending Democratic. Bottom line: In a party that desperately needs more cachet with women and more Hispanics, Martinez’s prospects appear bright indeed.
6 | Susan Collins U.S. senator from Maine
Collins, 60, is considered one of the last of an endangered species — a Northeastern Republican moderate. As such, she prides herself on bipartisan compromise and has been known to frustrate the Republican base with her positions on social issues like gay marriage. Collins voted in favor of President Obama’s massive stimulus plan, but opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has a long history of being a staunch fiscal conservative true to her Yankees roots, and has been an advocate of a balanced budget amendment.
Collins currently serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and is ranking member of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. She also doesn’t mind taking on Obama. Speaking on Benghazi in May she told CNN U.S. military help “could have been sent in time to save the further deaths.”
Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s long list of influential contacts inside the Beltway begins with none other than the senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, who just happens to be her husband. Together, the D.C. power couple casts a formidable shadow.
Chao, 60, was the first Asian-American woman in U.S. history to assume a Cabinet position — a job she held throughout the administration of George W. Bush.
Today, Chao is a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation think tank, has received 34 honorary degrees, and is a sought-after speaker at conservative events. She arrived in America at age 8 unable to speak English — an extraordinary example of the American dream that she aims to preserve for future generations.
8 | Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Member, House of Representatives
One measure of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s political gifts: In her 10 full terms in Congress, she never failed to garner at least 58 percent of the vote. As the first Cuban-American and the first Hispanic woman to serve in the United States Congress, she’s also a trailblazer.
She was a child when her family fled Castro’s Cuba. Now 61, she is an outspoken Castro opponent, and a redoubtable advocate for a strong American foreign policy. She is the former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and, due to rotation, now chairs the powerful subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. She also serves as a member of the House Committee on Rules.
Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans lost the women’s vote “through our own incompetence.” But she expresses confidence women can be wooed back to the party, noting women are opening new businesses in large numbers. When you become a business owner, she says, “you understand the meaning of what our GOP is all about.”
Often described as a “GOP superlawyer,” Mitchell, 62, is an expert on political law, practicing with legal giant Foley & Lardner. Given the myriad legal issues related to campaign finances, this places her where the interests of candidates and well-heeled donors intersect.
Most of her work happens behind the scenes, but she recently emerged as a strong advocate representing grass-roots clients damaged by the IRS targeting scandal, such as True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht. A former member of the Oklahoma state legislature, Mitchell has testified before Congress on several occasions.
Haley, 41, is considered a darling of the tea party movement, and is one of the up-and-coming conservative women leaders whose campaign got a boost from a well-timed Sarah Palin endorsement. Haley is considered one of South Carolina’s leading fiscal conservatives, and in November 2010, she became the first woman elected governor of the Palmetto State.
She has blasted President Obama for his silence on NLRB interference with Boeing’s decision to open a Dreamliner 787 production line in right-to-work South Carolina. Although her job-approval numbers are iffy — an April poll by Winthrop showed her at 43.5 percent approval — she continues to focus on job creation, and the rebounding economy should help.
Haley knows she has some work to do, and pro-Haley ads already are running on South Carolina airwaves. She probably won’t have a shortage of campaign cash — business and entertainment mogul Donald Trump and businessman Foster Friess are said to be among her influential supporters.
11 | Diane Black Member, House of Representatives
A former registered nurse and longtime member of the Tennessee state legislature, Black, 62, has leveraged her understanding of the nation’s healthcare system since winning election to Congress in 2010.
She discovered a loophole in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would have enabled middle-class Americans to qualify for Medicaid. Her legislation based on that revelation became the first bill signed into law to repeal a provision of President Obama’s healthcare reforms. She urges Republicans to “continue to grow the ranks of Republican women in elected leadership across the country, and ensure that our message of limited government, more freedom, and opportunity is reaching all Americans.”
12 | Peggy Noonan Author, Columnist, Commentator
In a world where partisan clashes among talking heads typically generate more fog than illumination, Peggy Noonan, 62, has distinguished herself for over three decades as one of the most thoughtful conservatives on the national scene. Her Wall Street Journal columns consistently provide an informed, intelligent defense of conservative ideals, and more often than not reflect a deft literary panache. Her conservative bona fides date back to her service as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1988. She served as chief speechwriter for George H.W. Bush’s presidential run.
She also serves as a member of the board of one of conservatism’s great think-tank bastions, the Manhattan Institute. Her most recent book is John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father.
Whitman, who turns 57 this month, is that rare figure able to comfortably shift between the realms of business and politics. Currently she’s busy resurrecting the fortunes of Hewlett-Packard, trimming corporate debt by some $1.8 billion.
She took over the helm at HP after spending $144 million of her own money in a failed 2010 bid to keep California’s governorship in Republican hands. Her management acumen appears irrefutable: During her term as CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008, company revenues grew from $4 million per year to $8 billion. But she also has kept her hand in politics, endorsing Mitt Romney during the 2012 GOP primaries.
Whitman’s greatest skill, associates say, may be her ability to inspire a strong culture of team building. Many observers believe it is only a matter of time before Whitman is asked to put together a winning team at some level in Washington.
14 | Liz Cheney Former Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Most political analysts think it’s only a matter of time before the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney runs for office. When she does, voters can expect the same unswerving defense of conservative principles they saw from her father.
Last year, Cheney, 47, moved from Northern Virginia to the Jackson, Wyo., area. That triggered speculation she was laying the groundwork to run for the U.S. Senate. In April, incumbent GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, 69, indicated he would run for re-election. But that hasn’t stopped a California-based political action committee, One Nation, from launching a petition drive to urge Cheney to throw her hat in the ring. Cheney held several State Department positions in the George W. Bush administration. She is currently a commentator for Fox News.
15 | Mary Fallin Governor of Oklahoma
Fallin, 58, earned strong praise for her response to the devastating, massive tornados that struck Moore, Okla., consoling the survivors while also demanding that federal authorities cut through the red tape to provide assistance.
“Will we be back? Absolutely,” Fallin declared on Good Morning America “We’re resilient, strong, courageous people.”
She appears comfortable operating on the state or national level: She was a two-term member of Congress before running for governor in 2010. Fallin became Oklahoma’s first woman governor. GOP insider Cleta Mitchell, who also hails from Oklahoma, says she is “a wonderful example for strong Republican women.”
16 | Mary Matalin Political consultant and commentator
Matalin, who turns 60 this month, is famous for her role as the counterpart to outspoken Democratic strategist James Carville, her husband. The secret to their marriage, they say, is to never talk politics at home. But throughout her career, Matalin has been willing to talk politics just about anywhere else.
She served under President Ronald Reagan, helped run George H.W. Bush’s campaign, and served as an adviser to both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Since 2005, she also has served as editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions.
17 | Jan Brewer Governor of Arizona
It could be said Jan Brewer owes her meteoric rise to President Barack Obama. After all, it was Obama’s choice of then-Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve as chief of Homeland Security that elevated Arizona’s secretary of state, Brewer, to become governor.
Once in office, Brewer, now 68, embraced controversial legislation — lambasted by Obama — that cracked down on illegal immigrants. Voters obviously liked her flinty demeanor: In her first election seeking a full term in 2010, she defeated her Democratic opponent by 13 points. Under her leadership, Arizona went from a $3 billion shortfall to an $800 million surplus in just four years.
18 | Laura Ingraham Best-selling author, Fox News guest host
Conservative commentator and host Laura Ingraham, 49, has one of the biggest media platforms around. On television, she is the permanent guest host on the highest-rated talk program on cable news, The O’Reilly Factor. On radio, her Laura Ingraham Show was ranked 5th most popular in the nation in 2012.
In the realm of publishing, her books habitually occupy the No. 1 slot on The New York Times best-seller list — including her latest tome, Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline From Muffin Tops to Body Shots. And her digital footprint is growing on LauraIngraham.com.
A former litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, Ingraham is arguably the most successful woman in the male-dominated arena of political talk radio. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
19 | Carly Fiorina Business executive, Senate candidate
Fiorina, 58, is one of the most powerful women in American business. From 1999 to 2005, she was chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Fortune named her the Most Powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.
Fiorina was a leading advocate for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and the RNC. She delved further into politics in 2010, mounting an unsuccessful bid to unseat California Sen. Barbara Boxer.
In 2012, she served as co-chair to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Today, she serves as chairman of Good360, a nonprofit organization that helps coordinate charitable donations of companies’ excess merchandise.
20 | Ann Coulter Author, Columnist, Commentator
One sign Ann Coulter’s broadsides are singularly effective is the visceral reaction she triggers from the left. Her clever, best-selling titles include How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) and If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans.
Coulter, 51, was an attorney before emerging in the 1990s as an outspoken antagonist of the Clinton administration. She steadfastly refuses to indulge the new American pastime of political correctness.
Coulter pens a popular syndicated column, serves as legal correspondent for Human Events, and frequently appears as a commentator on cable news shows. She was an early and outspoken supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2012 election cycle.
21 | Michelle Malkin Author, Columnist, Commentator
“I was born — and remain — an ink-stained wretch.” So declares Malkin, 42, on her website. This may be a revelation to those primarily familiar with her work on television, where she is usually seen slicing and dicing the administration’s latest pettifoggery. But Malkin actually cut her teeth writing editorials for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Seattle Times.
In 1999, she began penning her nationally syndicated newspaper column for Creators Syndicate. Malkin has written four popular books published by Regnery, including Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies. She is a Fox News contributor and has been one of the Obama administration’s most strident critics.
Ana Navarro is one of the most outspoken and influential women in politics. She served as Gov. Jon Huntsman’s national Hispanic co-chair in 2012. Born in Nicaragua, she immigrated to the United States with her family during the Sandinista conflict of the 1980s. She is a political contributor for CNN and CNN en Espanol and has influenced state and national races in Florida.
She also served as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s adviser on immigration policy.
On election night, she boldly tweeted that “Mitt Romney self-deported himself from the White House,” leading ACU chief Al Cardenas to tell the Tampa Bay Times: “Ana has a passion about her, and she’s not going to be intimidated or coerced into doing anything other than what’s right in her mind.”
23 | Marjorie Dannenfelser President, Susan B. Anthony List Susan B. Anthony List is one of the nation’s leading right-to-life advocacy groups. Under President and Chairwoman Marjorie Dannenfelser the group has nurtured the political careers of pro-life leaders, especially women.
Its political action committee, the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, has helped elect 97 pro-life candidates to the House of Representatives, 13 to the U.S. Senate, and another 15 to state-level positions. And the organization now has over 365,000 members nationwide.
In December 2010, Newsweek named Dannenfelser, 47, one of the top 10 leaders of the religious right. The SBA List continues to push at both the federal and the state level to defund Planned Parenthood and to enact laws to protect unborn children.
President George W. Bush appointed her deputy secretary of transportation in 2005, overseeing the department’s $61 billion budget and its 60,000 employees. A year later, she became its acting secretary, and later organized the 2008 GOP convention.
A former deputy chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Cino tossed her hat in the ring for the RNC chairman job in 2011, which Reince Priebus won. In August 2012, she became Hewlett-Packard’s vice president for governmental relations for the United States and the Americas.
25 | Elisabeth Hasselbeck Co-host of The View
Hasselbeck, 36, has been a strong conservative voice on ABC’s The View ever since joining as a co-host in November 2003. In July, she announced she would be joining Fox’s Fox & Friends, where she will no doubt continue to impart conservative wit.
On The View, the daytime Emmy Award-winner provided a refreshing counter to Democratic talking points, which viewers welcomed. In 2009, Time magazine chose Hasselbeck and her fellow View co-hosts as among the 100 Most Influential people in the world.
She also was chosen to speak at the 2004 GOP convention and joined the campaign trail in 2008 to promote GOP nominee Sen. John McCain.
Most Republicans agree that encouraging women to assume leadership roles is critical to the party’s prospects. Based on our extensive interviews with GOP insiders, here are a few of the up-and-coming women who will play a major role in the Grand Old Party’s future:
Love’s speech on personal accountability and the American dream at the 2012 GOP Convention helped launch her into the political stratosphere. But in November, she lost her Utah congressional contest by a mere 768 votes out of nearly a quarter-million ballots cast. That thin margin of defeat has encouraged Love, 37, to take another shot at the House of Representatives in 2014. She’s considered a strong pro-life, fiscal conservative candidate.
Andrea Tantaros Fox News The Five co-host and radio talker
Tantaros, 34, blends the realpolitik of the political trenches with a wicked-smart sense of humor, as evidenced by her work each weekday on Fox’s The Five. She also hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, The Andrea Tantaros Show. Earlier in her career, she helped GOP House leaders craft their messaging.
Given the party’s struggles to shape a winsome message for women, Tantaros’ voice will play an increasingly important role in the years ahead.
The Republican women battling in today’s political arena often pay homage to the trailblazers who preceded them. Here are Newsmax magazine’s choices for the most respected Republican women. They boldly cleared the paths that other GOP women travel today:
Nancy Reagan Former First Lady
Any review of today’s leading Republican ladies must begin with Nancy Reagan, 92, who became a stalwart guardian of her husband and his presidency after his near brush with death at the hands of John Hinckley Jr. But she never lost sight of another objective: Protecting the nation’s young people from the ravages of drugs.
“I think almost anyone would right away mention ‘Just Say No,’ ” says former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, referring to the anti-drug abuse campaign championed by the first lady. “She impacted the lives of young people especially with ‘Just Say No.’ ”
Nancy Reagan would later write that any first lady has “a unique and important role to play in looking after her husband . . . it is only natural that she’ll let him know what she thinks. I always did that for Ronnie.”
History relates that Nancy Reagan left a white orchid behind as a memento for her successor, first lady Barbara Bush, when she left the White House for the last time. Now in her autumn years, Nancy Reagan’s life and legacy have themselves become a precious gift bequeathed to future generations of Republican women.
Barbara Bush Former First Lady
It’s not every woman who becomes matriarch of a political dynasty. But as wife of H.W. Bush, and mother to sons George W. and Jeb Bush, that is precisely the historic role that former first lady Barbara Bush, 88, has fulfilled.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who served as secretary of labor under Bush the elder, tells Newsmax: “I just admire so much her strong advocacy of volunteerism, because she continues to speak out, as well as her foundation for family literacy.”
“Speaking out” has never been a problem for Barbara Bush. And Americans have loved her for it. Her popularity has overshadowed the men in the family: In early 1992, she enjoyed an extraordinary 81 percent favorable rating with the voters.
She broke with precedent by becoming the first candidate’s spouse who was not yet first lady to give a speech at the nominating convention in 1988. And she’s been speaking her mind ever since, including her April declaration that “We’ve had enough Bushes” in the White House. Even today, when Barbara Bush speaks, people in Republican circles listen.
A former teacher and librarian, the first lady avidly promoted literacy and education. She established the annual Texas Book Festival in 1995, and launched the National Book Festival in 2001.
But Laura Bush’s greatest contribution may well be her role in the somber months after 9/11. Speaking in a national radio address, she single-handedly called out the Taliban’s brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan, condemning “the brutal degradation of women and children by the Taliban regime.”
She most recently appeared in the public spotlight in April at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library and museum. And her work on behalf of women and children around the globe continues via the George W. Bush Institute that she founded with her husband in 2009.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole Former Cabinet Secretary
Former Sen. Dole, R-N.C., has enjoyed one of the most storied careers in Washington.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan made her the first woman ever appointed secretary of the Department of Transportation.
In 1989, Dole became then-President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of labor, making her the first woman to serve two different presidents in separate Cabinet positions. In 1996, she played a major role in the presidential campaign of her husband, Sen. Bob Dole. Dole, 77, isn’t slowing down. Her foundation (ElizabethDoleFoundation.org) has undertaken a major initiative to provide a much-needed support system to bolster the countless caregivers who are laboring selflessly each day to help America’s wounded warriors get back on their feet.
“The joy of leadership is empowering women to believe in themselves,” she tells Newsmax. “And that yes, they can do it.”
The newest edition of Newsmax reveals the 25 most powerful women in Republican politics. Get this special edition with our FREE Gift Offer worth $55 — Click Here Now
Today marks the 237th birthday of our great nation. Let’s celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Have a blessed and safe Independence Day!
“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.” –Ronald Reagan, Independence Day, 1981
Independence Day “ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” –John Adams
(Of course if you live in the Northeast where our freedom began, how sad you’re not actually very free anymore, and no where is that more true than in NY where we are 1 of only 4 states in the whole country that outright bans consumer fireworks. A nanny state on the verge of being a police state, Yeh, and it’s disgusting especially on this most cherished day!)
The Eternal Bequest
Do as I Say, Not as I Do (By no means advancing liberty, quite the opposite, they stifle it and worse yet outright violate it’s every principle!)
Patriot Post May 27, 2013
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine
Read the rest of the story as Mark Alexander tells it in Heroism, Humility and Leadership.
“As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran. Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant and ephemeral their lives were. My parents were born in the 1920s, and their formative years were spent surmounting two of the greatest crises this country has faced: the Great Depression and World War II. … Dad became a soldier, and in October 1944, days before he shipped out to fight in the Pacific, they were married. Like many newlyweds then, they did not see each other for two years. But for her, he would ultimately dedicate his life for 61 years. Dad was an army construction engineer, a dangerous job. I knew long ago that Dad had incurred a wartime injury, but I never heard it from him. … At our father’s funeral, my oldest brother revealed that Dad had been burned over much of his body. He recovered and went back to active duty, but I never saw him on a beach without a shirt and long shorts. … After the war, my father’s life was characterized by competence. He never strived to become elite in society: a celebrity, plutocrat, or even a member of the country club. He was successful in his chosen career as a factory engineer. He was there when I needed him and faithful to his chronically ill wife. … The fierce independence of the American spirit was sublimated to strength in the faithful soldiers of our wars. Many of those soldiers of World War II are dying only now, as are their sweethearts, and freedom depends on their children and our children. Requiescat in pace, Dad and Mom.” –professor Dr. Glenn A. Marsch
“Another [good, God-fearing American] was John Shrode. Born in Rockport, Indiana, August 11, 1925, just four days after the birth of the girl (Martha) he would marry and take care of for 67 years, John landed on Omaha Beach at 7:35 a.m. on June 6, 1944 — D-Day. He was literally among the first Allied troops to storm the beaches of Normandy. The French government awarded him the Croix de Guerre for rescuing France from the Nazis. … A dairy and grain farmer, John went on to work for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 31 years. He loved his wife, raised his kids, and made a better culture and country. For Kendra and the many Shrode children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, this will be a Memorial Day without ‘Papa John.’ John Denzil Shrode, 8th Platoon, Company C, 6th Naval Beach Battalion, died November 5, 2011. … For all of those veterans who didn’t make it to Memorial Day this year, I say thank you. You remain constants — forever with us all.” –professor Dr. Paul Kengor
The American Soldier
“[W]hat sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then as I regard him now — as one of the world’s noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast. But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other he has drained deep the chalice of courage. I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them: Duty, Honor, County; always their blood and sweat and tears, as we sought the way and the light and the truth.” –General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
Why They Fight
“I … acknowledge what I have come to feel about those who sacrifice some, or all, of their young lives to defend the rest of us. They are our ordinary citizens who have forced themselves to extraordinary service. They do not answer the call to arms lightly, but weight it against the safety and comforts of life at home. Yet they do answer. They answer because when the call does come, and they then look into their hearts, they see the delicate flame of freedom begin to flicker. … Now, well past my prime as a warrior, the warrior instinct is stirred by threats that bear down against my country and her principles. I am moved to take my place in the line that will not be crossed. But these are vain fantasies. My place in that line will be taken once again by others. For these new defenders as well, I dedicate what talents I have in honor of their service with the certain knowledge that they will continue to risk all they have and all they will ever have, to keep the delicate flame alive.” –author Jim Proser (“I’m Staying With My Boys, The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC”)
“I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice. Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. … The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GI’s of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way. … As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation.” —Ronald Reagan
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” –economist John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
“All too often we take our freedom for granted. At times we forget that extraordinary men and women have sacrificed so much so that all of us may enjoy the freedoms we have. To all those who gave of themselves to preserve our way of lief, the American way of life, I say: thank you.” –American astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force Pilot Buzz Aldrin
The Last Word
“O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand; Between their loved homes and war’s desolation; Blessed vict’ry and peace, may the heaven rescued land; Praise the power that hath made and preserved as a nation; Then conquer we must when our cause is just; And this be our motto, In God is our Trust.” –Francis Scott Key, “The Star Spangled Banner”
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis! Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team
Millions of Patriots Have Already Paid the Full Price
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.” –John Adams
Memorial Day provides a stark contrast between the best of our nation’s Patriot sons and daughters versus the worst of our nation’s civilian culture of consumption.
Amid the sparse, reverent observances of the sacrifices made by millions of American Patriots who paid the full price for Liberty, in keeping with their sacred oaths, we are inundated at every turn with the commercialization of Memorial Day by vendors who are too ignorant and/or selfish to honor this day in accordance with its purpose.
Indeed, Memorial Day has been sold out, along with Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day, Veterans, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. And it’s no wonder, as government schools no longer teach civics or any meaningful history, and courts have excluded God (officially) from the public square.
In his essay “The Contest In America,” 19th-century libertarian philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
It is that “decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling” which accounts for why so many “miserable creatures” have downgraded Memorial Day to nothing more than a date to exploit for commercial greed and avarice. While units large and small of America’s Armed Forces stand in harm’s way around the globe, many Americans are too preoccupied with beer, barbecue and baseball to pause and recognize the priceless burden borne by generations of our uniformed Patriots. Likewise, many politicos will use Memorial Day as a soapbox to feign Patriotism, while in reality they are in constant violation of their oaths to our Constitution.
That notwithstanding, there are still tens of millions of genuine American Patriots who will set aside the last Monday in May to honor all those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who have refreshed the Tree of Liberty with their blood, indeed with their lives, so that we might remain the proud and free. My family, which humbly descends from generations of American Patriots from the American Revolution forward, will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen warriors by offering prayer in thanksgiving for the legacy of Liberty they have bequeathed to us, and by participating in respectful commemorations.
Since the opening salvos of the American Revolution, nearly 1.2 million American Patriots have died in defense of Liberty. Additionally, 1.4 million have been wounded in combat, and tens of millions more have served honorably, surviving without physical wounds. These numbers, of course, offer no reckoning of the inestimable value of their service or the sacrifices borne by their families, but we do know that the value of Liberty extended to their posterity — to us — is priceless.
Who were these brave souls?
On 12 May 1962, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, delivering his farewell speech, “Duty, Honor and Country.” He described the legions of uniformed American Patriots as follows: “Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world’s noblest figures — not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.”
His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.
But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements.
In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people.
From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice of courage. As I listened to those songs of the glee club, in memory’s eye I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs on many a weary march, from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle deep through mire of shell-pocked roads; to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God.
I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as they saw the way and the light.
Duty. Honor. Country — these are not for bargain sale or discount.
On Memorial Day of 1982, President Ronald Reagan offered these words in honor of Patriots interred at Arlington National Cemetery: “I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.”
Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.
It is this, beyond the controversy and the congressional debate, beyond the blizzard of budget numbers and the complexity of modern weapons systems, that motivates us in our search for security and peace. … The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery.
One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GIs of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.
As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. … I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: “O! say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” That is what we must all ask.
Indeed, in this era when Liberty is being crushed under the weight of Democratic Socialism, Patriots must all ask that question, and act accordingly.
For the Fallen, we are certain of that which is noted on all Marine Corps Honorable Discharge orders: “Fideli Certa Merces” — to the faithful there is certain reward.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to all those generations who have passed the Torch of Liberty to succeeding generations. In accordance, I humbly ask that each of you call upon all those around you to observe Memorial Day with reverence.
To prepare hearts and minds for Memorial Day, take a moment and read about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Join with other Patriots across the nation who will be placing flags at headstones in your local military cemetery (generally the Saturday prior to Memorial Day).
In honor of American Patriots who have died in defense of our great nation, lower your flag to half-staff from sunrise to 1200 on Monday. (Read about proper flag etiquette and protocol.) Join us by observing a time of silence at 1500 (your local time), for remembrance and prayer. Offer a personal word of gratitude and comfort to any surviving family members you know who are grieving for a beloved warrior fallen in battle.
On this and every day, please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces now standing in harm’s way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” –John 15:12-14
I actually was proud of the job the House Republicans did given the time constraints. They had some fight in them. Hopefully they will keep it up for 3 1/2 more years. Every. Single. Day.
I posted some videos at the earlier (IRS hearings) Live post, here’s some more…
Tom Reed (NY-23)(my Congressman in Ithaca!!!)
Records show two IRS offices independently targeted conservative training materials at the same time … ‘IT’S SCARY. … A PRETTY BIG INVASION OF PRIVACY,’ says Hawaiian activist probed by agency …
2012 PAC Contribution Data (records levels of partisan political spending) – Visit, click on “party split by cycle”
|Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates (list recipients) (97% to Democrats, 2% to Republicans)|
- Jindal: IRS Officials Involved in Scandal Should Go to Jail
- IRS Scandal, Higher Premiums Cast Doubts on Obamacare
- Administration Knew About IRS Probes During Campaign
- Noonan: This is No Ordinary Scandal
- Woodward: Benghazi Reminds Me of Watergate
By Andrew Zajac – May 12, 2013 12:04 PM ET Top U.S. Internal Revenue Service officials knew as early as June 2011 that agents were singling out groups promoting limited government for special attention, nine months […]
Also as you know, like the IRS scandal, a pre 2012 re-election issue that was suppressed and covered up…
Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.
According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.
Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.
They can’t help but to pile up cause Obama is worse, by far!
Of the IRS abuse cases that have recently come to light, the use of the IRS to enforce the defunct “Fairness Doctrine” on broadcasters is one of the most disturbing.
“I am alarmed by reports that suggest a federal official at the IRS instituting a de facto Fairness Doctrine,” National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright said in a press release. Wright was referring to long-time Christian radio host Dr. James Dobson revealing that his organization had to submit sample radio programs to the IRS, and that an IRS agent indicated that his criticism of President Obama would prevent his ministry from getting a certain form of non-profit status.
A press release about the controversy was issued under the headline, “IRS Subjects Dr. James Dobson and Family Talk Action to Viewpoint Discrimination.”
In other words, Dobson’s views were singled out by the IRS because they were conservative, Christian, and critical of President Obama.
As Congressional Democrats scurry for cover in the wake of the growing scandal surrounding IRS harassment of tea party and conservative groups, President Obama announced on Wednesday that acting IRS chief, Steven T. Miller would resign. As with Benghazi and seemingly everything else these days, Obama claims to have known nothing about it. Too much time at the golf course no doubt.
But the dam is bursting on this story. Every day the number of affected groups grows as more and more is uncovered. Today it was revealed for example that the decades-old Leadership Institute was audited in 2011. To defend itself, the institute had to shell out over $50,000 in legal fees. Run by stalwart Reagan friend Morton Blackwell, the LI has an impeccable reputation. Of course the IRS found nothing.
During the recall of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker in 2012, a group called “Verify the Recall” hastily formed to check the 1 million recall petitions turned in at the last minute by union organizers. Working with True the Vote, this organization evaluated every one of those petitions in little more than a month. Other groups, including this writer, publicized their herculean efforts.
The IRS apparently didn’t like this. The North East Tarrant Texas Tea Party (NETTTP) never told the IRS they were working on the recall, yet IRS questioned them about their relationship with VTR. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrect said, “There is no explaining this away. It is a reprehensible abuse of power by the IRS to ask one organization for information about the activities of a separate organization while holding their non-profit status hostage.”
Similarly, in 2010, the IRS demanded that an Ohio group, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law explain in detail its “involvement with the Tea Party.” The Center provides legal counsel to Ohioans whose constitutional rights have been aggrieved, including tea party organizations and individuals. While it ultimately received its tax-exempt status, the Center said that, “IRS harassment of liberty-oriented groups, and intent to root out “tea party” activities, even through non-tea party sources such as 1851, has been in full force for a minimum of three years.”
The list of offended parties grows daily, and while Congressional Democrats are puffing and strutting about this “outrage,” many of these same politicians demanded the IRS investigate tea party and other conservative groups. That paragon of virtue, Senator Carl Levin, repeatedly demanded that the IRS look into the tax-exempt status of conservative groups in the run up to the 2012 election. Meanwhile, Senator Max Baucus, called the scandal, “an outrageous abuse of power and a breach of the public’s trust.” But back in 2010, when his Finance Committee asked the IRS to examine conservative groups, he dismissed Republican objections as “groundless.”
IRS bureaucrats are being blamed for this scandal, but the fact is that bureaucrats do not engage in this kind of potentially criminal behavior unless forced to do so by political leaders. There is simply too much to lose and nothing to gain, regardless their political leanings.
When however, a bureaucrat is elevated to a political position, as was Steven Miller, things change. Then, he may feel more latitude to take liberties. Even then however, there must be some kind of signal. It may not have come from Obama directly, but there is little doubt that Democratic leaders were all on the same page.
Miller was a career IRS bureaucrat. Significantly, he was formerly commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, which oversees licensing of tax-exempt organizations. Miller was the right man for the job. While not denying tax-exempt status outright, his division made it so difficult that many organizations quit. Those that stuck with it however, finally got their approvals, but for most, they came after the 2012 elections.
So this was the game all along. In 2010, Democrats got what former Florida Rep. Allen West called a “southern-fried butt whipping!” This was largely the result of effective Tea Party activism. Obama and the Democrats wanted to be sure there wasn’t a repeat performance in 2012. Through the corrupt and criminal use of the IRS, they got their way. These groups are now having no problem getting approvals. For once House Speaker John Boehner got it right: these people need jail!
City: No “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on public land
April 26, 2013 JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press (AP news researcher Monika Mathur in Washington contributed to this report.)
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — A “Don’t Tread on Me” flag hoisted by veterans outside a city-owned armory has been ordered down because of complaints that the defiant symbol of the American Revolution is now associated with the tea party and makes an unwelcome political statement.
Veterans in New Rochelle, just north of New York City, are threatening to sue, and a prominent conservative law firm has taken up the case. Some residents are upset with city officials, and a small town 60 miles away has raised the flag — with its coiled snake and yellow field — in solidarity.
“They shouldn’t be able to tell us what flag we can fly,” said Peter Parente, president of New Rochelle’s United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association. “They don’t tell us what color flowers to put at the veterans’ graves.”
But City Manager Charles Strome said: “They can fly whatever flag they want at the VFW post, at their own homes, but anything displayed on public property has to be determined by the municipality. Anything that could be offensive to some people ought not to be on public property.”
Both sides agree that the veterans group had permission to take down a tattered American flag at the vacant New Rochelle Armory and replace it with a new one.
Parente said someone brought the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, also known as the Gadsden flag, to a sunset ceremony on March 21 and the veterans decided to fly it, given the flag’s historic military connections.
Several flags bearing a rattlesnake and the slogan were used during the Revolution, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command website. The rattlesnake was a common symbol for the United States and its resistance to tyranny, and the first commander in chief of the Continental Navy used the Gadsden flag in 1776, it says.
Since at least 2008, the flag has been used as an unofficial symbol of the tea party, the loosely defined populist movement that supports reduced government spending, lower taxes and reducing the national debt.
The flag is often seen flying at tea party rallies and at tax protests and gun-rights rallies. In 2011, Arizona authorized a tea party license plate featuring an image of it.
The flag’s tea party association has prompted complaints in recent years. At the Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center bookstore, a shopper objected to the National Park Service selling Gadsden flag shot glasses, mugs, magnets and pins. In Folly Beach, S.C., the mayor got complaints because the flag was on a crane at a bridge-repair project. A Bethel, Conn., selectman said residents complained when a private citizen raised the Gadsden flag along with other historic banners on public property.
Parente said raising the flag at the New Rochelle Armory had nothing to do with the tea party.
“No one mentioned it,” he said. “I don’t think anyone knew. There is no organized tea party in New Rochelle.”
Strome said he wasn’t aware of the tea party link either, “but we got a few complaints that it was affiliated.” He said he did his own research and concluded, “They’ve basically taken the flag and written tea party all over it.”
Strome said he told the veterans it would have to be removed. But after they presented him with information about the flag’s long history, he said he agreed to hold off until he could check with city council members.
“The majority preferred to have the flag come down,” he said, and city workers removed it a week after it went up.
At an April 9 council meeting, members voted 5-2 against putting the flag back up. It was a party-line vote with a Democratic majority.
Councilman Jared Rice said the flag now symbolizes “a brand of politics that’s very offensive to a lot of people in America and a lot of people in New Rochelle,” which is more than 60 percent Democratic.
After the vote, several residents, one almost in tears, spoke in support of the veterans. A woman said her grandfather, father and uncle were all veterans, and she told council members, “You have disrespected them by taking down the flag.”
Parente said the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., contacted him and offered legal support.
The center’s president and chief counsel, Richard Thompson, said Friday that the city has violated due process, equal protection and free speech. Unless the flag is raised again at the armory, “I expect it to go to federal court,” he said.
Thompson said the veterans didn’t have specific permission to raise the Gadsden flag, but they never needed specific permission to raise the Stars and Stripes on city property, either.
“They had, in our mind, the authority to put up the Gadsden flag, which is an American flag,” he said. The Gadsden flag is “a part of our history that the tea party cannot take away. It’s quintessential America.”
Karl Brabenec, supervisor of the Town of Deerpark in Orange County, said he was at a gun rights rally when he heard about the New Rochelle dispute.
His town put up a donated “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on April 15 and “it will probably fly there forever,” he said.
The whole episode is “a slap in the face of veterans,” Brabenec said. “This is a historical flag. It represents freedom and sacrifice.”
[The DTOM Flag is the Gadsden flag named after Colonel Gadsden a Revolutionary War Hero, was the 1st Marine Corp flag, and as shown above was adapted into the 1st Navy Jack. This is ridiculous and baffling as to certain public officials lack of historical knowledge, and even more ridiculous when historical knowledge is known yet disregarded. It matters not that the Tea Party uses the flag, in part, to symbolize their movement and ideals, to make a statement; unless these same folks want to bar the flying the the standard American flag too, cause after all we see many communist, socialist, and other subversive organizations flying it during their protests (like Occupy) or parades such as on May day in Democrat heavy cities like yours or most notably NYC. This is surely an affront to Veterans, to all patriotic Americans, and to our history and heritage. We wish all the success as to actions being taken against those idiots who are taking this disrespectful action!]
Feb 23rd National Day of Resistance in defense of our 2A Rights! / Feb 28th The NYS Rifle-Pistol Association Lobby Day and Rally Albany / and Sign these NY Petitions!
Sat., Feb 23rd – National Day of Resistance in defense of our 2A Rights!
ALL STATES, ALL COUNTIES, EVERYWHERE…
PRO-2A Rally Set For Sat., Chaut County, Frewsburg, NY!
- Facebook Tell a friend / Share on Twitter
- Saturday, February 23, 2013 Noon-4:00 PM
- Frewsburg Blue Building, Station 2, Hazzard ST, Frewsburg, NY(map)
- A gun appreciation rally will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Frewsburg Blue Building, Station 2, Hazzard Street, Frewsburg. Guest speakers will include Andrew Goodell, New York state assemblyman; Jacqueline Chiarot, for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed; New York State Sen. Cathy Young’s representative; and Stephen Aldstadt of S.C.O.P.E. Inc. Tables will feature Rod and Gun clubs, Shooting groups, Veterans groups, Trapping organizations and Political action groups.
NEXT UP, FEB 28th~ Albany~ The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Lobby Day and Rally (SEE BELOW)
Keep The Date Open ~FEBRUARY 28, 2013~ Albany
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Lobby Day and Rally
More supporters: RSVP and info here, on Facebook.
There a few seats left on the 2A Coalition of WNY’s bus — email Ashleigh at 2ACoalition@gmail.com or call (716)539-9092. Alternately, SCOPE is providing bus transportation from all over the state — just contact SCOPE.
Legal action against Cuomo gun law
NYSRPA, in co-operation with the NRA, are having the Cuomo law reviewed by a highly qualified legal team. We ask that no other 3rd party legal action be taken without prior consultation. We realize that this law impacts a large number of people, but a proper legal review will take some time. Involved in the lawsuit will be two of the nations best 2nd Amendment attorneys. This is a very important proceeding and must be handled properly with the best lawyers. We will not win without support from gun owners. You can help either by joining/renewing your membership or making a online donation.
Please do not call or e-mail the office or directors asking for more information. Any announcements on this issue will be published here on our website. Thank you for your understanding.
- January 29, 2013 UPDATE: A Notice of Claim has been filed.
New Class-Action Lawsuit — WE THE PEOPLE
We the People of New York Inc. invites us to join the lawsuit to strike down the NY SAFE Act, and to Petition the Legislature for violation of Article XIII of our NYS Constitution, which says ALL of us are members of the State Militia.
Be sure and read how Switzerland has the lowest gun-related crime rate in the civilized world with zero terrorism, and how ammunition is actually supplied to the public by the Swiss government! (Just click on the white buttoned tab on the lower right of the main photo)
“Our work in defense of the State and Federal Constitutions has always been rooted in the Rights of the People and the obligations of the Government under the last ten words of the First Amendment. Known as the accountability clause, those words guarantee the Right of the People to PEACEFULLY hold the Government accountable to the rest of the Constitution.” – Bob Schulz, WTP
BREAKING: Sorry Andy, No Truce – We won’t be Bribed !!!
- Cuomo Proposes Lowering Hunting, Fishing Fees, But Gun Enthusiasts Still Don’t Like Him NYSRPA February 21, 2013 Cuomo Proposes Lowering Hunting, Fishing Fees, But Gun Enthusiasts Still Don’t Like Him – Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed streamlining the process of acquiring state hunting and fishing licenses and reducing their cost by 25 percent in a budgetary amendment on Wednesday. He called the current state licensing system “overly complex, burdensome and bizarre” and vow […]
- Cuomo Seeks Truce With Sportsmen By Proposing Lower License Fees Mayor Graham February 21, 2013 It’s virtually unheard of for government to reduce a fee, so one wonders the reason behind Governor Cuomo’s across the board proposed cuts in hunting and fishing license fees. Mr. Cuomo made the proposal as part of amendments to his proposed budget. Since what goes up never goes down, I assume the license fees are an effort to reach out to […]
20 Counties say NO to NY SAFE Act!
Check out Towns, Law Enforcement Agencies and County Clerks list here: NY SAFE Resolutions
Some of the latest news:
Counties Condemning NY SAFE Act February 20, 2013 – More counties will soon vote on resolutions and motions regarding the NY SAFE Act.
Niagara Co. Leg wants SAFE Act repealed February 19, 2013 The Niagara County Legislature took up the issue of the NY SAFE Act Tuesday night, and all 14 county lawmakers voted for a resolution calling on Albany to repeal the new gun law.
- Niagara Legislature poised to urge repeal of state gun law February 18, 2013 LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature may vote Tuesday to urge the State Legislature to repeal the expanded gun-control law that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed Jan. 15.The Republican-controlled Legislature had several anti-gun-control resolutions on its agenda that night, but they were all sent to committee, as the State Legislature’s hurried passage of the […]
- Niagara County Legislature Takes Up Gun Resolutions February 15, 2013 The Niagara County Legislature has three resolutions on this Tuesday’s agenda concerning the NY-SAFE Act. They are in opposition to the renewal of pistol permits every five years, the public access to the names and address of residents with NYS pistol permits and the third one is to oppose the law in its entirety. The complete agenda can be found here ( […]
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 By ARIEL ZANGLA Daily Freeman staff – Opposes the SAFE act as well as objects to the latest proposal in the Assembly regarding liability insurance calling it “nothing more than a back-door attempt to prohibit legal gun ownership in this state” !
- Rockland legislators seek repeal of state’s new gun law – Lohud Feb 19, 2013 – County Legislature votes 10-5 in gesture
By Michael Novinson Times Herald-Record – 02/20/13 – Two hours of comments as 1,000 attend!
By Ken Sturtz l firstname.lastname@example.org The Post-Standard on February 14, 2013
Montgomery vote on SAFE resolution February 15, 2013 – The Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors are planning to vote on a resolution opposing the NY SAFE ACT at their monthly meeting, February 26, 2013 at the Board of Supervisor chambers located in the DMV building at the county complex in Fonda. Meeting time is 6:00pm.
Riga joins communities opposed to new gun laws – 02/20/13 – The town of Riga has joined a small but growing chorus of municipalities vocalizing opposition to the state’s new gun control law. Last week, the Riga Town Board voted 4 to 0 to adopt a resolution condemning the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013. “The Riga Town Board does hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unnecessary and beyond lawful legislative authority granted to our state representatives,” the resolution reads.
Oneota: Over 200 Attend Citizen Voices Meeting to Speak Out Against the NY SAFE Act – 02/20/13 – Over 200 hundred people attended the Tuesday evening Citizen Voices meeting at the Elks Club in Oneonta. They were there to voice their concerns with the NY SAFE Act gun law. There were numerous speakers including Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Assemblymen Cliff Crouch and state senator James Seward.
The Saratoga [NY] County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association’s letter to the New York pols who passed the so-called SAFE Act was sent January 24. It’s a must-read missive for anyone who cherishes their right to keep and bear arms. Or anyone who believes that the government of the United States should be by the people for the people, according to limits established by the Constitution.
Sheriff Tim Howard of Erie County and the PBA Lay it on the Line
To: The citizens of Erie CountyFrom: The Erie County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association.
“…..Our membership, like many citizens of New York are outraged at Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented attack on our second amendment rights. Since 1977 three Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have been murdered and three wounded by gunfire in the line of duty. In addition two deputies have been forced to use deadly force to defend themselves from lethal attack by criminals.
There is a widespread misconception that law enforcement officers favor additional restrictions on firearms ownership by law abiding citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rank and file police officers see every day the aftermath of violent criminal attacks on defenseless victims. The uniformed police officers paraded out as window dressing during the signing of these laws are simply lap dogs seeking to further their own political ambitions.
The right of self-defense is an inherent right bestowed upon us by our creator. It is not granted to us by elitist politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Sheldon Silver to be denied when they see fit….” Read it all here
SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN, Former State Trooper and Former Sheriff of Erie County Voted “NO” On Omnibus Gun Control Package.
Erie County Legislature calls for repeal of SAFE Act February 21, 2013 -By Denise Jewell Gee Erie County legislators have added their voices to a chorus of people across the state calling for the new state gun law to be repealed. The County Legislature voted, 7 to 4, on Thursday to approve a resolution calling on the state to repeal and revise the New York State SAFE Act of 2013 “in a manner that is respectful of the Second Amen […]
- Gun advocates put pressure on lawmakers February 21, 2013 -The same day Governor Cuomo is in western New York, area gun advocates will be putting pressure on Erie County lawmakers to say no to Cuomo’s SAFE Act.
- Erie County Leg Caucus: Repeal the Gun Law – 02/12/13 – Taking aim at the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent attempt at gun control, a multipartisan group of Erie County Legislators introduced a bill Monday calling on state leaders to repeal the NY SAFE Act. If the measure can gain enough attention, it may help reset the stage for this debate. [more]
- Erie County Minority Caucus supports the repeal and revision of the New York SAFE Act – Monday February 18, 2013 | By:Jessie Owen, Journal editor
Western New Yorkers Part of Big Gun Rally in Albany February 12, 2013 – Hundreds turnout at the State Capitol to protest the SAFE Act.
Gun meeting draws anger in Clarence
CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – In Clarence, tempers flared as gun-owners met with state officials to talk about the New York SAFE Act. Continue reading and watch the video here at WIVB.
Chautauqua County Legislature Committee Discusses NY SAFE Act – Legislators Look To Pass Motion To Repeal Act – February 21, 2013 The Post-Journal – MAYVILLE – A controversial New York state law is causing some conversation within the County Legislature. The Public Safety Committee discussed the NY SAFE Act during its Wednesday meeting. Legislators Fred Croscut, R-Sherman, and Robert Stewart, R-Ellington, submitted to the legislature a motion calling for the repeal of the act…
- Chautauqua County Legislators pushing for repeal of SAFE Act – 2/15/2013 1:13:19 PM Two members of the Chautauqua County Legislature would like to see legislators back a motion that would urge state lawmakers to repeal tougher gun laws that were recently enacted in New York State. Legislators Fred Croscut and Robert Stewart have sponsored the measure that will be taken up by the County Legislature’s public safety committee next week. Croscut recently attended a meeting of the New York Association of Counties. He says a number of groups are pushing to have the law repealed. [Croscut- A number of groups want it repealed Download Audio File] Croscut says he is not opposed to all of the provisions included in the SAFE Act, but there are too many flaws. The Sherman Republican hopes to get the support of enough county legislators to pass the motion. (Read the Resolution here)
NY SAFE Resolutions – Documenting County and Town resolutions on the NY SAFE act
Feb 20, 2013 ALBANY — More than two dozen counties and local governments have passed resolutions in opposition to New York’s gun-control law. Some call the law unconstitutional, some want a full repeal, and others raise concern about unfunded mandates that the law may produce. While the resolutions are ceremonial, local leaders said they want the message to get across to state officials that people are unhappy with the law.
Local leaders, mainly Republicans, said they were responding to the concerns of residents. On Tuesday night, about 1,000 residents attended an Ulster County Legislature meeting as lawmakers adopted a resolution opposed to the gun law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 15. The Niagara County Legislature passed a similar resolution Tuesday.
“We hope it has influence,” said Wayne Speenburgh, chairman of the Greene County Legislature, which was expected to vote on its resolution Wednesday night. “Since I’ve been a legislator, and I’m in my 10th year, I’ve probably never seen the constituents on any subject more outraged than over this law.”
Monroe County Legislature chairman Jeff Adair said he’s received calls and emails from residents and groups urging the county to take a stand against the law. He said one would likely be considered at the legislature’s next meeting on March 12.
Last week, the Riga Town Board and Orleans County Legislature both adopted resolutions condemning the SAFE Act.
The third rally to oppose the law is planned for Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Capitol. Organizers said they are bringing busloads of thousands of gun-rights supporters to Albany for the event. Local leaders said the push for resolutions in opposition to the gun law hasn’t come from one particular group. While some counties have consulted with one another about how to craft the resolutions, there isn’t one specific template that they are all using — though many are similar.
The resolutions in Ulster and Wyoming counties run four to five pages and both say, “This legislation effectively turns countless New York State law-abiding gun owners into criminals.” “This gun law was poorly drafted, it was poorly passed. It really does need a lot of fixes,” said Ulster County Legislature chairwoman Terry Bernardo.
A Livingston County resolution was one page and states, “The law’s definition of assault weapons is too broad, and prevents the possession of many weapons that are legitimately used for hunting, target shooting and self defense.” Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle said county officials were also concerned about the added local cost to enforce the law.
Rockland County passed a resolution Tuesday in opposition to the law, and Tioga County recently passed one.
Dutchess County said it, like Monroe, is considering a resolution. “It’s important to so many people that we need to discuss it,” said Robert Rolison, the Dutchess County Legislature chairman.
“It’s got grass-roots. There’s no overarching group pushing this,” said Evan Hempel, a Town Board member in Clermont, Columbia County, who is keeping track of ALL the resolutions on a website, www.nysaferesolutions.com.
02/05/13 New York State Association of County Clerks Opposes portions of the NYSAFE ACT Click here to read the PDF
01/31/13 A Letter From The Special Forces Community Concerning The Second Amendment Click here to read the article
01/30/13 Cuomo’s Approval Rating Plummets Click here to read the article
01/25/13 NYS Sheriff´s Association Response to NY SAFE Act Click here to read the article
2/19/2013 There’s plenty of confusion about the process for current pistol permit holders who want to have their names and addresses removed from the public record under the state’s new SAFE Act …read more
- Opt out forms for pistol permit holders – The Erie County Clerk has made available forms for pistol permit holders to opt out of allowing their information to be made public.
- Pistol Permit Opt Out Forms Now Available – The New York State Police have now made available the so-called opt – out forms which allow holders of pistol permits in the state to keep their information private.
On the mental health aspects of the bills, also problematic: Advocates voice concern over gun law – WIVB February 13, 2013 – The NY SAFE Act requires mental health professionals to report the names of potentially dangerous patients to authorities. But some are concerned the new law threatens the rights of the mentally ill, who advocates argue could be stereotyped.
Hearing on state gun-control law brings variety of objections – Buffalo News – Objections at hearing cite aspect of breaching code on mental health: “This was very hastily prepared and not robustly considered legislation as it could have been from many dimensions,” said Kenneth P. Houseknecht, executive director of the Erie County Mental Health Association. Mental health advocates expressed concern over the legislation’s less publicized provisions, such as requiring doctors and counselors to report potentially violent clients to the state. That’s a serious breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, they said.
Hooray! 6 gun companies refuse sales to NY govt agencies that restrict lawful gun ownership
Bravo to our neighbors: Pennsylvania Police Chief looks to build a reserve force to resist federal authorities
Impeach Andrew Cuomo
On January 15th, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo dealt a major blow to your second amendment rights. His new firearms bill will cost the state millions in new registration databases and enforcement, cost dealers thousands in absurd record keeping and make you a criminal for possessing the same firearms you owned legally on January 14th, 2013. All of these additional costs will burden the consumer and the tax payer. The new law will do nothing to curb gun violence or stop a mass murder. But those who voted for it and the Governor do not care; they don´t want you to own firearms PERIOD. Not only does this measure trample the very Constitution he swore to uphold, but it was rushed through in the middle of the night. The bill was not released to the public before it was voted on and Cuomo waived the mandatory three day cooling off period before forcing a vote. He is a treasonous tyrant who is out of control. Sign the petition to impeach this man and restore our once great State from the top down.
Sat., Feb 23rd – National Day of Resistance in defense of our 2A Rights!
PO Box 204
Grand Island, NY 14072
Tel: (716) 539-9092
Upstate Conservative Coalition http://www.upstatecon…
Serving Saratoga and surrounding counties
Phone: 518.635.0245Capital District Political Action Network
Serving the Capital Region
Hudson Valley Americans for Freedom http://www.meetup.com…
Serving the Hudson Valley RegionUlster County Federation
For event info, go to HudsonValleySportsman.com
Monroe County Patriots
Contact: Jeddy at email@example.com — 585 230 9303
Turn Albany Upside Down of Broome County
TEA New York Serving Western NY
DOWNSTATE: Conservative Society for Action
WE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK INC.
Sign on to the new class -action lawsuit here: http://wethepeopleofn…
Town of Colden / Town of Deerpark / Town of Hoosick / Town of Shandaken / Town of Union Vale
Erie County Sheriff /Erie County Sheriff’s PBA / New York State Sheriffs’ Association / Saratoga County Sheriff’s Association / Schuyler County Sheriff /Steuben County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
New York State Association of County Clerks
Declaration To Defy The NY SAFE Act Of 2013: Excellent Letter to the Editor
Feb 4, 2013 – New York –(Ammoland.com)- We the People of New York State, that is, the natural persons lawfully residing within this state, do hereby order and direct, The governor and the senate to immediately repeal the NY SAFE act of 2013. This is not a request or a demand, but an order and directive, as it is unlawful, null and void, being in direct opposition to the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of New York Civil Rights – Article 2 – § 4. This is the will of the people, and as you are our duly appointed representatives, you will see to it that our will is carried out. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is the RIGHT of all the people. This RIGHT is not subject to registration. Registration means surrendering our lawful RIGHT in exchange for permission, which may or may not be granted, or can be taken away, at the behest of the magistrate. This goes beyond infringement or diminishing our RIGHT. It is direct violation of the very principle upon which this RIGHT was declared in our constitution. Our founding fathers came from a European tradition in which only the nobility and chivalry had the right to keep and bear arms, and the peasantry had no such rights, but may be awarded the privilege if his lord saw fit. Our nation was founded upon the principle that We the People are the sovereign kings and queens of this land, and as such all people are as nobles, that there shall be no peasants, and you, duly appointed representatives, are charged with the task of carrying out our will. So the principle of the right to keep and bear arms predates the advent of the firearm, let alone the semi-auto-loading types, and this principle does not change with the emergence of new technology. Continue reading at Ammoland.com