All of their tomorrows for our today’s…

This Memorial Day seems different. Everything appears turned upside down. We have a disgraced former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate preaching “truth and reason”, when she herself has set a new high bar in terms of probable and provable criminal deception. We have appointed judges openly defying the rule of law, as well as the constitutionally granted powers of the President of the United States. We have members of Congress screeching almost indiscernibly for impeachment of that president, with zero proof that he’s done anything but piss them off. We have an FBI Director who, if he testifies before Congress is likely to perjure himself, no matter his answers to questions so simple a five year-old could answer them. We have (some) college students who understand virtually nothing about their country or the freedom they enjoy because of the sacrifices of so many who came before them. We have (some) college professors whose axe to grind seems only their inability to validate their otherwise pitiful and meaningless lives, “teaching” those aforementioned little whiners. And we have a so-called “main stream press” who’ve completely abandoned the concept of unbiased neutrality in the reporting “news” to the American public, thus no longer needing to hide their true loyalties.

Hmmm…

So what are those who gave all of their tomorrows for our today’s to think as they look down on the chaos and selfishness of this 21st Century so far? I’m not sure, but I’d think long and hard fellow Americans, about what kind of country you desire for your children. Think long and hard before you attempt to validate that which you cannot, and shouldn’t. Think long and hard before you allow your emotions, likely cultivated by media/Hollywood types whose intentions are, at best less than honorable and at worst the antithesis of liberty, negate common sense in your mind. And think long and hard before passing on the real history of this grand experiment, opting instead for the revisionism which ultimately destroys free nations in the name of failed progressive ideologies. For time is shorter than you think my friends, and your children’s tomorrows are the chips you gamble with today…

Please remember all who’ve fought in our stead, and shake the hand of someone who’s served or serves and their family this Memorial Day and always…

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Another phony celebrity… Who’da thunk it???

Dear Ellen,

You’ve always been one of those entertainers for me, who seemed comfortable in your own skin, tolerant, and focused primarily on your talent and performing. That said, I must admit it doesn’t take much for me to feel slighted these days, in that for all the talk of “tolerance” on the Left, you all seem less and less tolerant with each passing day. Apparently, I’ve misjudged you Ellen.

Your decision not to have the President of the United States on your show is yours to make. Nevertheless, you must understand that your celebrity and the unavoidable soap box you stand on does come with a certain responsibility. Whether you rise or shrink from that responsibility is a choice to be sure, and comes with accountability. Accordingly, I too will now make a choice, as I’m sure many who don’t necessarily agree with your politics but watch your show will as well.

I choose not to watch the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” any longer. I feel you’ve misrepresented yourself to the public and are nothing more than a narrow-minded ideologue, who seeks not equality, but rather only validation. “Light, Love, Hope”? Really?

There, I’ve said it. No hard feelings, aye?

Thanks,

Fred

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Reach them where they live… From (The Good News Today)…

Gods Team


  Gods Team logo  By Fred Comella

 

My son did his #23 imitation under the net in his high-school gymnasium recently, and it ended with a trip to the ER and fractured ankle just ahead of this year’s family vacation. Argh! Oh well, the good Lord will see us through as He always does.

 

I couldn’t be prouder of my son’s affinity for all things sports, his love of competition, and his enthusiasm for the game. It’s something special between a father and son to be sure. Not to mention he has an amazing grasp of sports and athletes stats, which at times is mind boggling.

 

This all came to mind this month as my editor gave me a very interesting subject line for the April paper. Athletics, from youth, through the formative years of junior and senior high school, as a powerful medium to impact the world for Jesus Christ. What a concept, seeking out the Christian leaders and witnesses of tomorrow in athletics today.

 

Let’s face it people, if you want to interject Jesus into the equation, go where the kids are, and make His word known. What better atmosphere could one ask for in terms of focus, spirit, and emotion? What better place to seek out leadership skill sets than on the field/court, and bring those stand-out abilities to bear for Jesus?

 

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Four of the founding fathers of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From left to right: Dr. Louis R. Evans, Dr. Roe Johnston, Don McClanen and Branch Rickey.

We actually do see some of this in the world of professional sports every day. The quintessential and/or iconic sports figure who points to the sky, acknowledging, that he/she has done all they could in human form, but that if not for the grace of God, that moment would not exist. But where does this all begin? Where along the way was His presence known to the heart of the athlete? How do we harness the raw energy of athletics for the good of Christ and His word? And what sort of structure must be in place from a very young age, in order to set in the roots for a life of purpose?

 

Well, it turns out my editor has had some designs on an ongoing sports initiative for “The GNT” highlighting the Christian athlete and his/her influence, and so he sent me to Dan Barnes, the Multi-Area Director for “The Fellowship of Christian Athletes” in Fitchburg Massachusetts or FCA, for some of the answers to my questions.

 

“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been touching millions of lives since 1954, challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.”

 

Professional athletes and coaches have taken part in FCA through ministry events, speaking engagements, FCA camps, volunteer opportunities and ministry leadership roles. Among those who pioneered the organization were former stars Otto Graham, Branch Rickey, Bobby Richards, Carl Erskine and Bill Krisher. They would be followed by other influential sports figures including Tom Landry, Bobby Bowden, John Wooden, Roger Staubach, Jim Ryun, Betsy King, Herschel Walker, Reggie White, Tony Dungy, Shaun Alexander, Tom Osborne and Kay Yow‚ all of whom vocalized their Christian faith through FCA outlets such as banquets, camps and rallies.

 

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Tim-Tebow

Recent stars who have connected with FCA have included Josh Hamilton, Adam Wainwright, Brian Roberts, Tim Tebow, Tamika Catchings, Jennie Finch, Andy Pettitte, Tommy Tuberville, Jim Kelly, John Harbaugh, Leah O’Brien Amico, John Smoltz, Mark Richt, Colt McCoy, Andrew McCutchen and a number of public figures outside the world of sports such as comedian Jeff Foxworthy, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson. Influential Christian leaders such as Billy Graham, Chip Ingram, Anne Graham Lotz and Tommy Nelson also have participated in FCA through resource development, camps or events.

 

Daniel Barnes and his wife Kristie were both born and raised in Massachusetts, where Dan cut his teeth in corporate America in sales and marketing, eventually starting two IT businesses, and all while volunteering in numerous service roles and as a foundation director. This experience helped Dan cultivate a successful leadership style, emphasizing team building and ultimately coaching. Dan was a lover of sports from an early age, and was a sports standout in high-school playing on many different teams. And he has enjoyed coaching as a high school baseball and basketball coach for decades.

 

In 2012 the Barnes’ were called to North Carolina to help another couple plant a Calvary Chapel Church, where Dan continued his coaching but also began to feel that familiar pulling I write about so often. God was obviously “coaching” Dan to consider his faith, as it could, and as it would happen, should relate to his love of sports and coaching.

 

In February of 2016 Dan answered the call to return to Massachusetts as FCA Multi-Area Director. Dan states in his web bio, “The call to leave corporate America after 30 years in IT and enter the mission field with FCA actually started in 2014 when God gave me a burning desire to coach again.” And when his passion led Dan to explore faith-based sports ministries, that’s where he ultimately discovered the FCA. Dan also began an FCA baseball team in the 15-18 year-old league in the Burlington, NC Recreation Department, as he traversed back and forth between his two worlds. Little did he know, this was the beginning of his journey back home to serve the Lord for good.

 

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Dan Barnes – FCA Multi-Area Director

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dan, and though he was extremely busy with FCA and we only had a short time, I was stunned at the man’s passion for his ministry, and how his approach and vision answered questions about youth sports I didn’t even know I had.

 

You see, as an avid sports fan myself, and as the father of a teenage boy playing on several teams over the years, I’d actually struggled quite a bit with the ever-present parent living vicariously through their child, as well as the coach(s) consumed with winning at the expense of those in their charge. All this came back to me as I began to question Dan on the FCA and how it was changing hearts and minds of people for God. He explained that as he became more involved with FCA last summer, he began to see (and feel) God working in him, and that he realized with clarity, why he’d been brought to this place and time.

 

Dan also explained, (much to my relief), that he was seeing a hunger for the Word and a longing for Christ in the lives of the young athletes he was working with, that you just don’t hear about these days, and that this caused him to push further into his ministry possibilities. So I asked him what he felt was the core of his efforts and where he felt it would lead. He told me my question was far too broad, and that I needed to understand how the program worked in order to fully grasp FCA, and moreover how there was a chain of events that needed to take place so that the message would resonate and carry on. You see, for me, working in the college environment, it’s very easy to become disheartened and pessimistic. Dan Barnes changed that as our conversation continued.

 

Truth be told, it’s no secret the Lord takes our talents and abilities and uses them for His good, even when we don’t necessarily understand it at first. In fact, I’m living proof of that. In Dan’s case though, it was clearly his love of sports and coaching, as well as his overall life and work experience that God would bring to His glory.

 

Dan went on to explain, that as a multi-area director, charged with developing the strategies that would bring young people to the FCA ministry, he needed to seek out school coaches in the local church, by way of introductions via their pastors and fellow parishioners, or simply by shaking hands and sharing a cup of coffee and conversation during fellowship. Yes, those active coaches sitting out there on their Sunday excursion, who aren’t exactly sure how their faith and passion for the game come together, much less how they could be brought into the schools where they work, were now in Dan’s mission sights. By fostering this communication, Dan would put the building blocks of his ministry in place. This interaction would provide him with teams which could then seek out those athletes, whose stand-out abilities and leadership qualities, on and off the field, and whose coaches could then develop for empowering teammates and others around them with the Word of God.

 

In essence, Dan explained that a “coach” is one of the most influential individuals in our society, and FCA seeks to equip and encourage coaches to grow in their faith and become transformational in how they coach their athletes and influence other coaches, to see coaches become true disciples for Christ and have that be manifested in their character and interactions with those around them, especially the athletes in their charge. Dan talked about FCA’s Coaches’ Huddles

 

“An FCA Coaches Huddle is a small group Bible Study for coaches who coach teams at the middle school and high school level, as this is where Dan’s calling has lead him. This is not to say that he does not engage at the collegiate level, however, making strides with school age youth in the Massachusetts area is where Dan feels the need. A Coaches huddle can consist of a coaching staff or it can be made up of coaches from various schools and different sports within a geographic region. These “huddles” can exist “wherever works best for the coaches involved.” To include rooms/offices on campus, restaurants/coffee shops, homes, etc. And they can meet whenever works best for the coaches involved.”

 

This all culminates in the FCA Camp, “which takes the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. The Camps remove athletes and coaches from the rut and routine of their sport, friends/co-workers and community and places them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them”.

 

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Dan with his family introducing FCA to Fitchburg during the 4th of July parade.

Dan was adamant about how this is a process, with all the steps being necessary to achieve the desired result, that being character driven competitors with talent and leadership skills which train them up to witness to others, of a life lived as Christ desires for all of us, and the added satisfaction and joy that comes from victory with all glory to Him.

 

He spoke of the process as benign in its infancy, and introduced into the school/campus setting by way of the aforementioned hunger for the Word I wrote of earlier. Later, and with adult sponsorship, which could be a teacher, coach, or parent/mentor active in the school system, and always with their presence and support, the ministry grows out of its own strength. “Inspiration and perspiration” Dan explained, are byproducts of the process, with “wins and losses” being appropriately prioritized in the much broader picture of training up our young people for the challenges of their faith in the 21st Century.

 

Dan also reminded me that the FCA is equally focused on the character, faith and personal lives of their coaching staff, understanding, that like pastoring, one can become lost in what you do. Dan emphasizes that being a good spouse and/or a parent is an integral part of the FCA equation, and that the organizations CORE values of “Integrity, Serving, Teamwork, and Excellence” each with corresponding scripture, are as much a part of The FCA coaching and administrative staff as they are instilled into the young athletes.

 

I could go on and on, however as usual, these heartfelt and necessary mission articles could take up the whole paper. And as my editor is quick to remind me, there is much to print for Christ in “The GNT”. Nevertheless, I asked Dan if there was a need, and if he’d like me to emphasize a point for him. He said simply, I need Christian coaches who are searching to seek me out. I could hear in Dan’s voice, that his mission is growing and he can certainly facilitate joining those coaches faith and talent together for the good of the kids, and for the glory of God. We also talked of funding, which we all know is a necessary and often difficult component of mission work. That said, I think we can also agree, that money spent on our Christian posterity, will always be money well spent.

 

God bless you Dan, and keep bringing God’s team to the field. we’ll be watching.

 

The Barnes are active in their church and they each enjoy one-on-one discipleship of the seeking and newly saved. They have two sons Jacob and Thomas who enjoy playing baseball, basketball and street hockey. The Barnes family are avid New England sports fans. Go Pats!!!

 

Please donate to the Massachusetts FCA on their web page: http://massfca.org/donate/  Or mail: FCA

C/O Horizon Christian Fellowship, 356 Broad St., Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Matthew 28:6…

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said…

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Isaiah 53:5…

He was crushed for our iniquities…

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Justice served…

There likely hasn’t been a more qualified SCOTUS nominee in quite some time, and yet most Senate Democrats are portraying Neil Gorsuch as some kind of radical monster. Thinking back to November 8th, I was hopeful of a turning point, a pivot back toward the tenets that made our nation the envy of the world. But while the defeat of Hillary Clinton was a monumental step in that direction, the time since has sharpened and clarified the divisions of a country which appears to have lost its way.

Judge Gorsuch not only schooled a haphazard and vitriolic gang of Liberal Democrats on the meaning of “separation of powers” and Constitutional law during his confirmation hearings, but he also highlighted, (whether intentionally or not), the many ways the Judiciary Branch has gone off the reservation if you will, when it comes to original intent and the role of the courts. Gorsuch reminded the elitist interviewers, that it was their responsibility to legislate on behalf of their constituency, not his, and that if they desired better results, then they should “write better laws”. Interesting…

We are truly living in tumultuous times my friends. Issues of obvious common sense are now blurred and distorted for the sake of every perceived offense, as well as an activist ideology of validation for all things, no matter the reach of reason and/or simple truth. Litigation has replaced the referendum as a means to an end, and the death spiral of the American free press has served only to broaden the line between traditional American value systems and a literally accountability free society, thus leaving folks on both sides dug in for what is looking more and more like an ideological and cultural civil war every day.

With that said, one thing is for certain. Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, and he will issue opinions wholly and constitutionally in line with his judicial responsibilities as outlined in our system of government. He has made this clear by exemplary example, and having great experience and exhaustive knowledge of the founding documents. This work ethic is something Senate Democrats should emulate at the earliest juncture. Put aside your curious and unhealthy hatred for our president, and your petty sour grapes at the loss of an extremely flawed candidate for just a minute, and do the right thing by our children…

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Rhode Island embarrassed again…

Why am I not surprised, that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and at least a half-dozen other Democrats on Capitol Hill met with Sergey Kislyak? And why am I even less surprised that the ambassador was a frequent visitor to the Obama White House? I suppose one could conclude he was there asking about any post-election “flexibility” Mr. Obama might have regarding future negotiations. Or maybe he was inquiring about then Secretary of State Clinton and her infamous reset button. Or heck, maybe he just wanted to buy some uranium.

Limousine Liberal Sheldon Whitehouse, Claire McCaskill, and the rest of this ilk, have to be the most disingenuous, hypocritical, and frankly un-American bunch ever to be elected representatives of “We the People”. They lost an election fair and square, so now they’re steadfastly committed to preventing OUR government from operating by any and apparently all means. They’ve lost the House, the Senate, and governorship’s across this great country, because they’re out of touch with the American people. They’ve taken the historical triumphs of civil rights and equal protection, and sullied them with illegitimacy and manufactured victimization, merely for the sake of power. They’ve clearly put their own selfish and political interests above the will of the people, thus they represent the true antithesis of Liberty as defined in our founding documents and given unto us by God. Consequently, we may only return to our place as the hope of nations, when we vote so-called representatives such as these from the halls of our government.

The timing of #45 could not have been better.

Thank you God!

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It has come to this…

My political views are no secret. And they can be a source of some contentious debate at times. That said, a co-worker recently “joked” the other day, asking if it were I who’d purchased Hitler’s phone at auction recently. Now I have a pretty thick skin most of the time, but this was a veteran making the joke, and it really made me consider a few things. On a personal level, I have enormous respect for those who’ve fought. Their perspective is unique and valuable to say the least, though I’m not necessarily a friend of this individual. And I suppose there’s no way for him to have known that I grew up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood and am a contributing member of a high-profile Christian/Jewish alliance, or that I have the greatest disdain for Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites and ALL dictators. However, with words like “Fascist” being bandied about these days, mostly by folks who have zero understanding of its meaning and origin, I had to stop and ask myself, how was it that this person could twist my love of God, country and our republic under law, into idolization of arguably the worst mass-murderer the world has ever known? What was going on in his cranium to make him think I’d be interested in such things? The answer was actually quite simple, (purposeful ignorance). He disagrees with me politically and has no educated rebuttal, thus a baseless (and insulting) inference will simply have to do.

The passing of the “The Greatest Generation” has profoundly impacted our country to be sure. Their values and sacrifice are but a rapidly fading memory. Filling that vacuum now, is a faction of intellectually lazy and morally challenged revisionists, born of the “Boomer Generation” and penetrating nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including the “main stream” press, our institutions of so-called higher learning, as well as the highest levels of our government. Small in number, they are however, highly motivated and extremely vocal. This is a huge problem for America as I see it, in that these folks are willfully ignorant, seeking only the kind of change which validates their lifestyles and viewpoints. Tenets of our “Bill of Rights”, like free speech and right of assembly, petition and redress, only apply to those of a like mind, with opposing views dismissed out of hand and often shouted down. Worse yet, this backwards interpretation of freedom is now the norm at most of our universities, with ideologically, (not educationally) driven professors tenured into positions of influence over our nation’s future movers and shakers. It’s truly disconcerting.

These outside influences are only part of a much broader problem however. Broken homes and fatherless families too, have produced children of lessor patriotism and/or with no real understanding of their God-given and hard-fought freedoms. Consequently, susceptible to the true Progressive ideology of hate, they are indoctrinated to believe that “civil” discourse must also include intimidation, vandalism, and even violence against those who do not subscribe to a particular philosophy. Christian principles on which this nation set its foundations are now ridiculed as the root of all evil, while so-called “religions of peace” which routinely promote the subjugation and mutilation of women, as well as the torture and murder of any they view as “infidels”, are held up as oppressed pictures of tolerance. Everywhere we turn in the 21st Century, right is now wrong, unfettered anger and protest have replaced bipartisanship and compromise, and truth is the new hate speech.

To be sure, I do not, nor have I ever promoted this nation as perfect. In fact, I’m a study of all of our national history, not just the good stuff. (You should be too). However I’ve also written much about our indisputable beginnings, and how they’re unlike any the world has ever known in terms of those unalienable rights given unto us by God as a starting point. And I’m more convinced now than at any time in my life, that educating current and future generations about those basic precepts and maxims of our representative and Constitutional republic is the absolute key to our national longevity. For in the end, the evil which enslaves and destroys nations always hungers for the intentionally ignorant among us, so it may nourish its appetite for validation and ultimately, conquest.

So be prepared my Patriot friends, as it appears that in the absence of legitimate argument/debate, Progressives mean to level the playing field in their favor. As a means to that end, the very fabric of our national identity will now be called into question. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, original-ism, and Constitutional adherence, must be re-defined in order for the Left to validate their thought process and ideological agenda. You are now a “Fascist”, racist, xenophobic, and homophobic bigot should you subscribe to any of the aforementioned, and you may even be called “Hitler”, when in fact your accusers more closely resemble the face of intolerance as well as that of the 20th Century dictator than you ever could. And make no mistake, this is something we absolutely must fight at the most fundamental levels, in our schools, in our churches, and in our government, but most importantly and firstly, in our homes…

It has come to this…

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American teamwork, a thing of the past???

I remember how I felt that clear September morning when I heard the news, and how I had to console my visibly shaken wife that night as we watched the horror of 9/11 unfold on the news. But I also remember how tragedy became triumph, and how a people united behind one flag, one nation.

Then, on February 3rd 2002, New England Patriots owner Robert Craft made that now famous remark at Super Bowl XXXVI, “Today, we’re all Patriots”. Those words would come to embody American spirit and courage at that most consequential moment in our national history.

It’s been nearly fifteen years, and much has changed. Our country is divided like never before, and many of the value systems which made the U.S. what it is today have been cast off in favor of a low accountability free lunch. Moreover, success which comes from hard work and dedication, those hallmarks of the American dream, is now scorned by a small but growing number of ignorant and ideologically challenged fools. With the now unabashed support of a corrupt and equally ignorant media, even iconic American sports teams like the New England Patriots have been unfairly thrust into political debates, and vilified for their victories. TB12 and America’s team of 2001 are apparently now representative of what the Left sees as everything wrong with America. Ironically, only in a nation so free as ours can this type of political shape-shifting take place.

In the end, “We the People” will decide if Coach Belichick’s philosophy of teamwork and “do your job” is representative of those tenets passed to us by our forbears. Only “We the People”, and not some university professor bust-out, can teach our children that “winning” is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to strive for. And only “We the People”, can face off against (some) folks like we saw at the Women’s “protest” march in DC, and explain to them that simply being a jobless criminal agitator, committing acts of vandalism and violence while others race to and ultimately achieve the “American Dream”, is, well, counterproductive. God help us…
Go Patriots!

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A new day… President Donald John Trump & Vice President Michael Richard Pence January 20th 2017… 1200 Hrs.

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Obama’s Legacy…

Huzzah! The nation awaits its 45th President of The United States. Meanwhile, 44 is struggling like none of his predecessors to shape and mold his legacy into something it simply will never be. In his last 20 or so days in office, President Obama has tried mightily to sugar coat an anemic at best economy, an “Affordable” Care Act on the brink of total collapse, racial tension the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a generation, and a bloody foreign policy hobbled by indecision and just plain poor judgment. Thus I believe America has suffered under Barack Obama. We’ve lost sight of who we are and failed miserably at educating our posterity about the necessity of American exceptionalism in the world, at a time when it’s sorely needed. Instead, our institutions of “higher learning” have resurrected and now promote the failed ideology of divisive economic and social re-organization, taking an already wounded republic in 2008 to the great but purposely ambiguous precipice of, “Hope and Change”.

To be clear, Donald Trump’s election will not save us from our potential demise as a country. He is however, a necessary change in direction away from the aforementioned precipice, and a departure from the establishment power politics of the last century which brought us to these critical crossroads.

Ultimately, economies will recess and recover, but a Clinton/Obama continuation of “more of the same” was just not the answer Americans were seeking. Moreover, I believe a man of President-Elect Trump’s qualifications will jump-start our stagnant economy and help the country regain its footing at home and abroad. But the critical and necessary change the U.S. needs will fall to us. Yes my friends, “We the People” must pass to our children, either a republic of laws and values, founded on the tenets of hard work and the freedom to succeed if one so desires, or a nation condemned to the fate of elitist revisionism and complacent ignorance.

Be under no illusions in 2017 my fellow Americans, the change you seek was never about Clinton or Trump. It’s always been, and always will be, about you…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my friends! God bless!

 

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Serious sour grapes…

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduce the DISCLOSE Act on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (WDCPIX.COM)

So the illustrious senator from Rhode Island decided to write an open letter to the President-Elect. This is my quick response.

Open letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:

Senator,

I recently read your letter to President-Elect Trump and much of the ideological ranting contained therin is simply topic for another day. However on the matter of (some) young women’s concerns over the election of Mr. Trump, may I remind you that your party’s nominee was, and will likely be again, “affiliated” with the “William Jefferson Clinton Foundation”, which took contributions from governments which don’t allow women to vote, drive, or seek higher education without a male sponsor, where men consider their wives to be property, and where child marriage and rape are considered acceptable under the guise of religion. She’s also on record vilifying numerous women who accused her husband, (an admitted philanderer who lied under oath), of unwanted sexual advances, outright affairs, and even rape. I wonder Senator, did you happen to discuss any of this with those young women? I suspect the answer would be no.

Now I could go on Sir, but I’m quite sure you’re familiar with the Clinton’s history when it comes to the mistreatment of women, (in and out of the White House). With that said, the idea that you feel the president-elect should provide some sort of reassurance or solace to young girls concerned about whether his comments behind closed doors to a guy friend, translate into a quasi-endorsement of the mistreatment of women, is simply ridiculous and the height of political pandering.

At this juncture, I would offer two suggestions. The first is for the parents of these young girls, and it is this: Be a parent! Stop crying to the government about that which is your responsibility first and foremost. Reality can be difficult. So you might want to teach your young ones to stand strong and be an instrument for the change they seek. Wrong is wrong, but context and truth rather than rhetoric and propaganda are always preferable.

As for you Senator, the level of your hypocrisy, and your ignorant disregard for the very Constitutional process that got you elected to high office is nothing short of stunning. You are a disgrace to your chair, and should resign immediately.

P.S. Check that county by county map and tell me again who won the popular vote?? You are beaten Sir, fair and square… Deal with it…

Fred Comella

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Veterans Day 2016…

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In consideration of the foolish protests by those who have little or no understanding of the freedoms they enjoy, as well as the posture of a nation whose leaders of the last eight years have endeavored not to embrace and promote that which makes us the same, but rather that which makes us different, and with hope and prayers for a new president unattached to the business as usual of Washington DC, I offer you this on Veterans Day 2016…

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A “Change Election”…

inauguration_2009Say what you will about campaign 2016, but news media pundits and egg-head pollsters basically neglected, (or simply ignored), a huge swatch of angry voters who’d had enough of phony economics and an administration seemingly focused only on re-writing our Constitution. The result was a decisive Trump victory. For my part, I believe it was actually the hypocrisy of the Left which finally caught up with them. And while the issues President Elect Trump will face when he’s sworn in are many and daunting, “We the People” have decided that politics as usual is no longer acceptable.

Now we can debate things like nearly 95 million able-bodied Americans out of the workforce, 68 million Americans on welfare, the lowest home ownership rate in over 50 years, and skyrocketing healthcare costs as just some of those issues likely on the minds of voters as they went to the polls last Tuesday, but I think this election was a bit more than that. In and of itself, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 was certainly a “change election”, but ultimately delivered only a smothering tide of divisive and unprecedented ideological rhetoric. This however, may be an election of revival more than change, a time to revisit those Constitutional tenets and principles which have served our nation exceedingly well for generations, and which have been left smoldering but not necessarily extinguished throughout this eight year Obama experiment. We’ll see…

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Real Change Coming!!!

A new day has dawned in America. God bless President Elect Donald J. Trump, and God please continue to bless The United States of America.

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“More to come”….

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Look in the mirror Lefties…

trump-star-vandalized_murp-copy-800x450It’s no surprise “The New York Times” has ceased to be an objective source for today’s news, if it ever really was one to begin with. A recent story in the paper (10/27) by Ashley Parker and Nick Corasaniti only reinforces this idea. The authors seem to go the long mile to portray Trump supporters as simply a jeering bunch of fools who are even talking about open “revolution” if Clinton is elected.
Now I’ve been following this race pretty closely, and while it can be said there are the extremist on both sides of the ideological argument, it also seems clear that Clinton supporters are a far more rabid bunch, prone to shady at best dealings, vandalism, and even outright violence. Trump campaign headquarters burned, his Hollywood star destroyed with a sledge hammer, physical assaults, and documented evidence that the DNC coordinated with Leftist operatives to incite violence at his primary rallies are but a “smidgen” of the evidence.
Say what you will about Trump and his supporters, but it certainly appears the truth is motivating the Left to engage once again, in the very things they try to blame on the Right and claim so vehemently to abhor…

 

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Big picture politics…

Election 2016November 8th will surely be one for the history books. Truth be told, it’s more a macro election as opposed to one of specifics. The 2016 Presidential contest is pivotal because of its national direction implications, and not necessarily the minutia of a strict policy debate. Eight years of excuses from an ideologue, who eventually will have blamed everyone and their brother for his failed presidency right up until 1/20/17 has made it that way. Consequently, there’s a feeling among many that our country and its posterity simply can’t shoulder another POTUS so invested in partisan divisiveness, political corruption, and feel good only politics. We need leadership.

Nevertheless, the problem as I see it is not just the news media fostered reality TV feel to this run, nor is it the “lesser of two evils” notion, but rather it’s an electorate which has forgotten, (or worse yet, may even have abandoned), the fundamental and hard-fought tenets of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as well as the American Dream.

In the final analysis, the caustic election battle of this past year will absolutely be a historical talking point. More importantly however, the American people will likely get the government they deserve.

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“Me thinks thou dost protest too much”…

rndr_670x377It’s 2016, and our nation is wounded yet again by racial division. Only this time it appears to be political in its origins. To be sure, this country has seen its share of racial tension. Great men like Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers enlightened a people and paid for their words with their lives. President John F. Kennedy followed his heart to the truth and set in motion cultural change that’s taken other nations in human history far longer to even recognize, with some persecuting their minorities and women still today. But the current strife looks nothing like that time.

Racism exists in America and around the globe, and it likely always will. However the notion that what we’re seeing on the 24 news cycle looks anything like the civil rights struggles of the middle 20th Century is utterly ridiculous. The lawless display in Charlotte is yet another example of just that, lawlessness. This wanton violence and mayhem being exacted on the very communities many so-called “civil rights leaders” of our time claim to represent, is simply unacceptable on any level, and for any reason. The BLM crowd for instance has done a magnificent job of exploiting the Obama doctrine of division, by horribly misrepresenting the facts, and manipulating a complicit press to propagandize those misrepresentations. The problem for BLM and the Left, is that to anyone thinking clearly, these “protests” look just like what they are, a bunch of opportunistic and violent felons terrorizing innocent people and destroying businesses and property under the guise of their First Amendment right to “peaceably assemble”.

In the end, the legitimate debate necessary to heal a community rather than further tear it apart, will never be realized so long as violent foul-mouth gangsters are portrayed as an oppressed minority by pandering politicians and a lying news media. Moreover, an inexperienced and ideologically warped administration only exasperates the crippling leadership vacuum which has existed in Washington these past 8 years. It’s now time for real “Hope and Change” my friends, for your children’s America.

(Oh and fact: 93% of black homicides were perpetrated by black people). Unless and until we come together as American’s to address this issue and its true societal causes, the rest is an Obama exercise in futility! God bless…

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Never forget???

north_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11Well, it seems we may have done just that. It’s been 15 years since the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history unfolded in the skies over Long Island, Washington DC, and Shanksville PA. Nearly 3000 people were murdered, with another 6000 wounded and countless numbers re-living the nightmare ever since. Yet it seems as though our country is less safe than we perceived it to be shortly before 08:46:40 on September 11th, 2001. We’re regularly belittled and embarrassed by terrorists around the globe, and our allies have lost all respect for our efforts, or lack thereof. Our president has forged an apologetic foreign policy strategy, complete with meaningless ultimatums and a “lead from behind” military application which has many questioning his real agenda. Here at home, academia and the ideology of “political correctness” have joined forces to deprive our children of their true history, in what can only be interpreted as a means to undermine a nation which has done more for the human condition than any in world history. All things considered, I’d say our country looks nothing like it did in early September 2001. And for the aforementioned and many other reasons, that simply isn’t good for our posterity…

God keep the souls of the innocent we lost that fateful day, as well as all those of our intelligence and military communities who’ve fought (and died) in our stead since. Bless the first responders who looked death in the eye that morning and did not blink. And Lord, please bestow your wisdom upon those elected officials to whom we entrust our nation’s storied heritage and thus its longevity.

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“Decision America Tour 2016″…

I had the good fortune to attend the “Decision America Tour 2016” event with Franklin Graham this past week at the steps of the Rhode Island State House. More than 2000 like-minded souls came to hear what the son of the legendary Reverend had to say. I must admit, the event had a rock star feel to it as a talented blue grass musician fired up an enthusiastic crowd with some patriotic music as Graham strode to the lectern. To say the least it ended up being one of the more inspirational moments I can remember. It wasn’t a long speech. However the 64 year old evangelist made it very clear, in the familiar and flourishing tones of his dad, what was needed to repair the damage to this great country. He spoke of a nation gone astray from its true and historical Judeo-Christian beginnings, and whose people are now lost in a maelstrom of political correctness and false idols. He spoke of patriotism, but not without accountability for our sins, both as a nation and as a people. And he offered fervent and collective prayer to folks of faith in a state where it’s getting harder every day to find our fathers Rhode Island.

For my part, I left the State House grounds both energized and anxious. For in the end, and while I understand my conscience and my country, Almighty God will be the final arbiter of this great experiment to be sure.

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Willful ignorance or just poor judgment…

160427075204-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-exlarge-169On the one hand, Donald Trump clearly evokes an emotional response from the folks, both good and bad. Basically, he’s a really rich guy who wants to add the mantle of President of these United States to his résumé. As far as his politics, I can only surmise that if he were half the demon the lying mainstream press make him out to be, he’d have combusted right before our very eyes by now. As for his experience as a chief executive however, Mr. Trump probably accomplishes more in twenty minutes at Trump Tower, than Barack Obama has in his entire adult life.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand, is a career politician with vast experience in mass manipulation and deception. She (and her husband) have comported themselves in an obviously corrupt and arguably criminal fashion for decades now. Any reasonable person with a modicum of common sense must admit this. Regrettably, the facts are only now coming to light, and not because of the diligence of a responsible free press, but rather because of the persistence of an opposition political ideology (not party). That’s kind of sad actually…

Nevertheless, the U.S. is now faced with monumental challenges, compounded these past eight years by the reckless policies of a failed and wholly ideological and misguided president. Understandably, the choice we make this November will likely be critical to the longevity of this great experiment, its principles, and its posterity. “We the People” will have to choose to either turn back to a nation originally founded in the Judeo – Christian value systems of faith, family, and hard work, values which made it unique and exceptional in the world, or “fundamentally change” the country’s storied history of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, by allowing that history to be butchered and re-written by those who seek only the destruction of the most successful and influential free republic in all of human history.

My fellow Americans, I understand well, that our choices may not be the best we can remember. But if you frame it in terms of the politics as usual status-quo, and what good those politics have actually done for you and your family, maybe you might consider electing someone to at least stop the bleeding, or possibly even turn the ship away from the proverbial iceberg. With that in mind, to stay home, or vote for a candidate you know has zero chance of winning, or worse yet, to vote for someone who clearly does not answer to the same system of justice that you and yours must, is to be either willfully ignorant or to be just exercising extremely poor judgment on behalf of your kids? Donald Trump for president!

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Cause and effect… Ah, the purposely ignorant voter and Election 2016…

Can't make this stuff up...Ignorance is truly bliss, isn’t it???

The ignorant voter is likely the person who thinks the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “Assault Rifle”, and/or that gun control reduces crime. The ignorant voter is likely the person who reads the indisputable facts of Benghazi, yet agrees with Rep. Elijah Cummings when he asserts that Congressional questioning of the person ultimately responsible for those four heroes was designed by Republicans just to elicit a “gotcha moment”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who thinks Lois Lerner was “just doing her job”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who’s OK with $20,000,000,000,000.00 dollars in debt being passed down to our kids. The ignorant voter is likely the person who believes the DOL unemployment numbers actually reflect real unemployment. The ignorant voter is likely the person who can’t say: “All lives matter”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who still believes their health insurance premiums will go down. The ignorant voter is likely the person who rationalizes ISIS by railing against “radical Christians”? Huh? And finally, (and only for time constraints today), the ignorant voter is likely the person who believes the Declaration’s “the pursuit of happiness” should read “the promise of happiness”, and the Constitutions “to promote the general welfare”, “to provide the general welfare”. Stop smoking that stuff people. It’s causes brain damage…

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The Hillary Factor…

Hillary-Conv-Speech-Getty-640x480I suppose one could ask the question this election cycle: “Are we better off now than we were eight years ago”? These days, the answer you’d receive would likely depend the respondent’s ideological leanings.

Nevertheless, I would rephrase the question to include: And what kind of nation should we pass to our children, one in which the founding principles of life, liberty and the “pursuit” of happiness are non-negotiable, and where agreed upon maxims and laws providing that ALL lives matter (even those in the womb), >>>>>> or rather a Utopian dream world, where happiness is somehow provided for by an all-encompassing federal entity, emboldened and guided by a silent but very vocal and manipulative minority, seeking validation of a many times debunked and failed ideology?

You see my fellow Americans, that’s inevitably what this election comes down to. President Barack Obama has seen to that. We’ve finally come to that crossroad where we must make a choice, one which will surely affect generations to come. We must decide whether we want a nation founded in and strengthened by the courage of patriots and heroes, or one crippled by the entitlements and false promises of power-hungry elitists and demagogues.

Consequently, and in consideration of all that’s at stake, I submit the fundamental tenet, that when a person whose entire life has been lived outside the spirit of the American Dream, as well as unapologetically separate and apart from the same laws to which you and I are indeed bound under this republic, than at the very least, we should not consider that person to represent our children’s best interests during this “moment of reckoning”. Let’s start with that in November, shall we?

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Wrong message…

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We are living in extraordinary (and dangerous) times. And in the absence of competent leadership, we may be forever compromised as a people and as a culture. Gone are the days of solutions by way of reasonable men and common sense discussion. Political propaganda and modern media have corrupted the flow of information to “We the People”, and motivated the most sinister among us to act on their twisted intent. Meanwhile our president, a man who could have used his election to influence meaningful change for the better, instead continues to fan the flames of ignorance, using tragedies like those of the last few days to promote only ideological initiatives rooted in division and fear.

Is it too soon for this commentary? I’m not sure I know the answer to that question. For my part however, I do believe American’s must rise above the politics of division, as spewed by powerful men like Barack Obama and promoted by a complicit media. For in the end, it will be “We the People” who either acknowledge the truth, or allow this “government, of the people, by the people, for the people, to perish from the earth”…

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Independence Day, 2016…

From my FB page…
 
Reading and truly understanding these words, as they were written in the time of the founders, is to be one with events which shaped a nation and a people. You see my friends, to ignore the original intent, is to cast off the extraordinarily unique character and conscience which are exclusive to this great nation. To not acknowledge and be thankful for the immense sacrifice of those who’ve given all of their tomorrows for our today’s, is to be intentionally naive’ or of a more nefarious political intent. For my part, and while I understand no nation or its people are perfect in the eyes of our creator, I have also done my homework, (and other things), which have convinced me beyond any doubt, that the United States of America was, is, and shall remain the best arrangement for mankind under God almighty…- “Patriot64”
 
Please read this and pass it along for others to read!
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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
 
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
 
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
 
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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But 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.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
 
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
 
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
 
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
 
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
 
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
 
Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
 
Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
 
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
 
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
 
Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
 
Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton
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We’re all Americans…

la-na-mass-shooting-orlando-pictures-20160612-007Understanding the events in Orlando this past weekend is something which will require much time and prayer to be sure. The loss of so much humanity in one horrific action can stun the mind into utter disbelief. In these moments of tragedy however, it’s important we first rally around those whose lives have been violently and forever changed, and who will truly be in need for some time to come. With that said, I cannot help but be distracted by the inevitable infusion of political rhetoric at a time when our voices should be as one to the world.

 
Living in the age of modern media does make for a stew of pundit-talk and micro-analysis, making any collaborative dialogue and/or meaningful solutions difficult, thus having the effect of dividing “We the People” instead of uniting us. This is further complicated when a man with the ultimate bully pulpit allows his personal ideology to warp his natural common sense, and what’s more ignore his Constitutional responsibility to his country. To be clear my fellow Americans, this was not an attack on a gay nightclub resulting in the deaths of 49 gay people. It was not an attack on a separate “community” or group defined by mere letters in the alphabet. And it was not the inanimate object carried by the terrorist which did the killing. This was plainly and without ambiguity, a terrorist attack on the very liberty which allowed those innocents inside “The Pulse” nightclub to live as they chose, in a country whose founding principles celebrate the human freedom given unto all of us by God. It was an attack on the United States of America. It was an attack on all of us.

 
So as I look on the carnage and seek answers, I’m also compelled to acknowledge the obvious, not run from it for the sake of political correctness, or because some disingenuous politician tells me I’m not seeing what I know I’m seeing. There is an enemy lurking, an enemy who sees our freedom as an impediment to his heinous perversions and criminal intent, an evil which thrives and grows incessantly in an atmosphere of apathy and complacency such as we are experiencing in the U.S. today.

 
I beg all of you patriotic Americans today, do not fall victim to this mischaracterization of our current posture as dictated to us by politicians and the news media. We are all Americans first. Our “diversity” should make us one, in that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” applies to all of any color, creed, or sexual orientation. And furthermore, when we finally rid ourselves of the political panderer, and others who would use their platforms and podiums to emphasize that which makes us different rather than that which makes us the same, then and only then will we realize the full measure of “equality” under the law. That is “E Pluribus Unum” Mrs. Clinton. And that my friends is freedom.

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The People’s Republic of San Jose…

Liberals showing what they think of free speech...

Liberals showing what they think of free speech…

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is simply the poorest excuse for the people’s representative I can think of right at the moment. Immediately following violence perpetrated by a handful of thugs outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose yesterday, Liccardo actually chastised Trump and his campaign for coming there in the first place, stating: “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.” Excuse me??

Now how far have we fallen in this free republic when an individual like this can make a statement like that with a straight face? Well, putting aside the fact that this so-called “mayor” is an admitted and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, I’d still like to know why did his police officers simply “stand their ground” for more than 90 minutes before dispersing the crowds? And why were the vehicles of Trump supporters vandalized without recourse during the protests? Sounds like a simple law and order thing to me.

Now I understand there was likely more going on than is described in the article I read this morning. And I’m not disparaging the police department, as I’m very well aware they act inside a chain of command with the “mayor” in this case calling the shots. However, I’d also like to know, since when does freedom of speech stop at the city line Mr. “Mayor”? And since when do you get to make a call like that? Read your Constitution jack-wagon, and do your damn job…

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Trump and the media…

1-TrumpWhat does it mean to be “presidential”? Is it presidential to intentionally (and consistently) lie to “We the People” and then “reason” it away as if it doesn’t really matter? Is it presidential to use our Constitution, (the document he/she is sworn to protect BTW), as a doormat? Or maybe it’s presidential to re-write history, then jet around the globe apologizing on behalf of folks you should be defending. I’m just not sure I understand the question.

Look, the majority of the so-called “main stream press” have proven time and again they’re an elitist bunch, with little or no regard for the foundational and essential responsibilities of a free press. Frankly, few even try to disguise their political ideology any longer, offering instead their personal views and opinions as basis for the collective acceptance of whatever they’re spewing. So when Donald Trump let a few reporter folks have it at Trump Tower the other day, a lot of voters quietly, (or not), cheered his “hit em back” philosophy. Subsequently, any “un-presidential” label they may affix to Mr. Trump will likely not stick, as have other attempts by the media types to slow the “Trump Train” fallen away.

FYI news folks, the American people have about had it with the political sludge you-all having been dishing for so long, lots of smoke and mirrors with little in the way of results. Lord knows the 2008 media endorsed “hope and change” bombed worse than the last Sean Penn movie. Now I’m not making any predictions just yet, but the 2016 cycle has a very different feel. And I believe many of the pundits are going to have a lot of crow to eat come November.

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Patriot’s Day!

I’m still here…. Just caught up in re-locating. But there is always time to remember who we are…

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Do you know what Patriots Day is? Never forget what the terrorists did to us. But remember the significance of this time in American history when brave patriots opened the door to a free republic many today have no real concept of, yet it remains the greatest model of governance in human history. Learn it, know it, live it. Teach your children to understand it, so they may never take it for granted.
Good luck to the runners. God bless them and all the spectators today in Boston!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
The Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, marked the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War — an open armed conflict between Great Britain and 13 of its North American colonies which had declared themselves as the independent United States of America. They took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, one of the 13 original U.S. states, within the neighboring towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Cambridge and present-day Arlington.
Hundreds of British soldiers marched from Boston to nearby Concord on the night of April 18 to destroy an arms cache collected by the American colonists. Paul Revere and other riders alerted colonial Minutemen of the plan, who then mobilized to intercept the Redcoats.
The British army outnumbered the Americans on the battlefield in Lexington and headed for Concord shortly after. But they were surprised by a counterattack from the colonists upon their arrival, forcing the Redcoats to hastily retreat to Boston. That day, 49 Americans and 73 British were killed. The fighting proved to the American colonists that they could defeat the British. After years of warfare when the cause often seemed lost, the colonies formally won their independence from Great Britain in 1783.

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These are the times…

GTY_republican_debate_cf_160303As we are witnessing primary campaigns unprecedented in American history, I feel somewhat compelled to evaluate our current posture, if only for my own sanity…

On the Republican side, front runner and bombastic businessman Donald Trump is clearly a media dream candidate, plenty of (at times caustic) sound-bites, but little in the way of substance. His current status is based solely on the anger and frustration of a citizenry betrayed by “hope and change”, and confused to say the least, about the future. That anger has morphed into an anti-establishment tone the likes of which we haven’t known in this country. Whether his business sense and personal success alone necessarily translate into true principled leadership for the betterment of said country, well that remains an open and very debatable question.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is about as versed on the issues of our time as any politician could be. He has a firm grasp on policy, and more importantly, what’s broken in government. The problem for Cruz is he’s often unmovable in a system which requires and even relishes debate as means to an end, and at times, at least the appearance of compromise. Cruz’s Senate relationships seem to bear this out. Moreover, he clearly lacks a certain gravitas necessary to connect with most independent voters, who are primarily concerned with “Economy 101”, as opposed to what they may perceive as the static noise of social issues. Senator Cruz has likely branded himself exclusively into a political corner which may be difficult to reconcile in a general election.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is polished but obviously unchallenged and untested. His record is micro-thin and he appears prone to establishment politics for show. Rubio’s youthful appearance, ethnicity, and humble background, may make him a formidable presidential candidate in a changing America sometime in the not so distant future, but not during what is being called “the most pivotal election in a generation”. He would need 2/3 of the remaining delegates in order to win.

John Kasich is a VP candidate… Stop…

Ben Carson would make a great Surgeon General… Stop…

As for the Democrats, there are fewer choices but no less drama. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently enjoys front runner status in her bid to be the Democrat nominee for president, though there are many in her own party who’d be content to see her go home and live “happily” ever after with Bill in Chappaqua. She’s also currently battling her chief rival for the new “soul of the Democrat Party” and the coveted position of “most Liberal”. Nevertheless, if you or I had done half of what it’s now pretty obvious she did as SOS, we’d be a year into a five year stretch at USP Leavenworth by now, praying for single to open up. Moreover, the deception and unanswered questions of Benghazi, should be a red flag with a “bloody hand-print” on it to any sensible person not blinded by pure ideology and partisan politics. She should be locked up, not running for higher office. Enough said.

And finally, avowed Socialist and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is espousing a form of government not in keeping with the founding tenets of our republic for goodness sake! He should not even be flying an American Flag at his campaign rallies, as his stated political position promotes fundamentally changing our current system of government to something which our brave men and women of the United States Military certainly didn’t fight and die for. Not to mention, the man’s economic wish-list reads like an all-you-can-eat buffet menu at a sumo wrestling convention. Alas, college-age folks and the “Hippie boomer crowd” are flocking to his entitlement banner like pigeons to a highway underpass, truly a frightening sign of the times… Inevitably, he has no chance against the Clinton juggernaut, but his following cannot and should not be ignored.

So in the end my fellow Americans, and at the risk of sounding melodramatic, it’s finally come down to us, no excuses. How badly is our country broken? How little of our true history and exceptionalism are being taught to our children in the public school systems? Where do we draw the line on “interpreting” a Constitutional document not meant to be “interpreted”, and originally intended as a framework means to rein in government, not promote and enlarge it? And frankly, are we willing, for the first time in American history, to pass to our posterity a country considerably diminished from the one passed to us?

To be clear, I’m unsure of the answers to those questions at this juncture. I would tell you however, that as a parent I’m scared for my son’s future. And with an election cycle shaping up to be something our forefathers would have been horrified at, it just seems to be getting worse. Therefore I’m left with the one constant in my life besides Jesus and my family. And that is to acknowledge the God-given blessings of liberty and freedom which I know embody the founded United States of America and what it stands for, and to be ever-mindful of the enormous responsibility “We the People” bear in ensuring its survival, both for the good of our posterity, and for the good of all humanity. So join me my friends, and let us reverse our current course. Let us endeavor in the name of our children to find the national soul we’ve lost, to not be complacent, and to do our due diligence, so we may at least begin to steer the bow of this mighty ship into the proverbial winds once again…

Now go vote…

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Irrational is a good word…

4746b15472ec411980e01128d2960a88“Intellectually, these professors are no different than someone whose actions are defined by an irrational fear of sharks, witchcraft, or vaccines,” I believe (Students for Concealed Carry) got this right when addressing UT Dean of Architecture Fritz Steiner’s decision to leave the school because of the new Texas concealed carry laws allowing students to carry on campus. (Private institutions retain the right to restrict carry). Apparently the dean, regardless of how he “grew up”, and who is far more likely to be killed crossing the street on his way out the front gate than he is to be shot on campus, accidentally or otherwise, has his academic cranium firmly implanted up his elitist backside.

Choosing to ignore facts and reason is one thing, but promoting an “opinion” under the weight of your paper degrees and bubble society mentality, deals the “higher education and higher learning” theory a serious blow in my eyes. Grow up Mr. Steiner. Your students deserve better, and they’re paying for it…

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That would be the Declaration of Independence, Hill’…

Clinton1web_2831249bI’ve had to listen to my fair share of die-hard Libs in my home state of Rhode Island tell me about how smart Hillary Clinton is, and how we’d be doing our children a great dis-service if we missed the opportunity to elect this intellectual giant to the highest office in the land. It’s truly remarkable that I’ve been able to keep my food down during those conversations, as they are in such start contrast to any real logic and/or truth. But putting aside the obvious deception and unbridled ambition of a political animal the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country, when the woman can’t even get the Constitution and Declaration straight, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the actual origins of that law degree she claims to have hanging in her office, never mind putting her in charge of the most powerful military on planet earth. I think we’ve had just about enough of that foolishness these last seven years, now haven’t we???

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/25/clinton-confuses-constitution-with-declaration-independence-in-gun-pitch.html?intcmp=hpbt3

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The elected senate majority must stand strong, for our children’s sake…

Antonin Scalia, an American Patriot... 1936 - 2016

Antonin Scalia, an American Patriot… 1936 – 2016

President Barack Obama is no stranger to the double-standard. His entire career has been an exercise in political smoke and mirrors. Moreover, I agree with Senator Marco Rubio’s assertion that this POTUS is not incompetent, but rather ideologically purpose driven to be sure. The untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia only highlights how Mr. Obama unapologetically pivots in order to reconcile, and/or even justify his past political actions in the face of criticism.

Nevertheless, the Constitution is clear. The president “shall have power to, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate”, appoint a replacement to any vacancy on the high court, and no matter when during his term that vacancy may be created. The Senate however, using that same power of “advice and consent”, may also decline to confirm said appointee. Furthermore, and on the matter of consideration, “separation of powers” does play a role. And while the President of The United States is elected, so too is the Senate, those elections often reflect the mood of the people at the time. Thus the elected senate majority leader, can in fact decline to even bring the matter to the floor. Like it or not, here endith the lesson…

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“Evidence, facts are on our side.” – President Obama…

Charts and graphs, oh my...

Charts and graphs, oh my…

On its face, one could say that statement was just political bluster, spewed by a failed and departing president in search of a legacy. But this is truly puzzling, and speaks to what many are now calling, President Barack Obama’s “alternate universe”.

Putting aside a convoluted and completely academic foreign policy application, which has arguably caused human suffering and devastation in some areas of the Middle East on a scale reminiscent of post-war Berlin, the POTUS was speaking at the White House yesterday, in an effort to convince “We the People” that what we’re seeing (and feeling) with regard to the American economy is nothing more than Republican’s campaign talking-points. Now Notwithstanding the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years (over 94 million out of the workforce), anemic overall economic numbers (“the new normal”) in the sectors which regenerate the kinds of jobs lost during the recession, unemployment numbers devoid of the real statistics which measure wage differentials and “under-employment”, massive increases in the numbers of people receiving government assistance, rising healthcare costs, and a national infrastructure, crumbling and crippled by an expenditure of debt unequaled by all the presidents before him combined, Mr. Obama is still able to look into that camera and defiantly claim victory in the face of the weakest America in more than a generation. “Out of touch” simply doesn’t suffice my friends…

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RIP Mayor… You were truly one of a kind…

Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr.

Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.

It seems no matter how many times we mark the passing of a prominent political figure, there’s always one politician who allows their personal/political bias and/or just plain ignorance to get in the way of basic respect and decorum.

The sudden passing of former Providence Mayor and radio personality Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. most certainly caught us all by surprise. Love him or hate him, “Buddy” was a Rhode Island Institution. He enjoyed favor with the people of Providence, as well as the entire state, on a level most political types can only dream of. Ironically, I think this was both a blessing and a curse for him, as it was pretty obvious many of his political rivals and members of the local media resented him for it.

Nevertheless, and despite his well-documented indiscretions, Mayor Cianci presided over an unprecedented and truly renaissance like transformation of our capital city. My late father used to say, “The only reason I let your mom go (down city) again is because of Buddy”. He also served the state as a prosecutor, and his country a military police officer. So why then would there even be a question about lowering both flags at the state house to honor his memory? Well, I think I’ve already answered that question.

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And the print media is no exception…

This picture is significant. Do your homework and find out why!

This picture is significant. Do your homework and find out why!

It’s ironic, that on the day the POTUS will likely misrepresent the issue of firearms and the Second Amendment in his final “State of the Union” address to the Congress and the American people, so then does the PROJO plaster its front page with skeet shooters and misinformation on mass shootings in our country. Now arguing A-2 is tough enough, as most folks don’t really understand what it actually means, (hence the skeet shooter pic). Nevertheless, the Journal does its readers a great disservice when they print such one-sided and inaccurate stories.

For starters, the mass shootings Americans have in their minds are not the ones Ms. Tempera is clearly using to force a particular agenda on an otherwise unsuspecting reader. It’s almost as if she made sure to interview a club and its members who we’re primarily (if not exclusively) “sport shooters”. Tempera’s “facts” frame the article, initially painting a broad, almost propagandizing picture which includes gang shooting statistics and other estimates of (paid) data collection contractors who dramatically inflate their research “findings” by counting everything from domestic violence confrontations to instances in which there is no one actually killed. The intent is pathetically obvious.

Look, I’m certainly not minimizing a single death by firearms or any violent act or means. However, in the age of modern media, facts and truth are often casualties of the stated agenda. And in the case of a Constitutional right which has nothing to do with what the Progressive Left (and the media) would have you believe it does, it’s imperative that the American people do their homework, and move beyond the scripted rhetoric of an ideological president and one of the most divisive administrations in American political history.

(Oh, and if the PROJO should like that I debate Ms. Tempera, or anyone else who feels they’re up to it on the matter of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, my contact information is attached below).

This post was in response to the following article in the Providence Journal.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160111/NEWS/160119813

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Looking ahead…

Vote educated!

Vote educated!

I think it’s pretty clear that our president’s last year in office will tell us much about who the man really is, and what he really believes about these United States. I’d say it’s also pretty clear that 44 has been the most ideologically driven and divisive POTUS our nation has ever seen. With that said, and as we gear up for an unprecedented no holds barred election brawl, I’m looking to the future.

You see I believe we’ve come to a crossroads, a time for choosing. Now I know this sounds somewhat divisive as well. But in fact, the passing of the “greatest generation”, combined with a changing cultural landscape which embraces mediocrity and the things that make us different rather than exceptionalism and the things that make us one, has left this free republic a mere shell of its former glory.

So is President Obama entirely to blame for this dilemma, or any president for that matter? I think not. You see my fellow Americans, it is “We the People” who get the government we elect. Consequently, we are out of excuses in 2016. And our posterity will pay dearly if we continue to choose hand-outs and ideological rhetoric over hard work, family values and an educated vote.

Happy New Year y’all…

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RI’s Lefty Broadcasters…

Oh, I thought somebody just told him his ambassador was murdered by terrorists in Libya...

Oh, I thought somebody just told him his ambassador was murdered by terrorists in Libya…

I’ve been weaning myself off the Rhode Island talk radio thing for a while now. I do have mixed emotions about it however, as I do enjoy hearing what my fellow Rhode Islanders are thinking about the topics of the day. That said, when I listen to hosts like Bill Haberman and Steve Klamkin of 630 WPRO give a free pass on the facts to the folks from the “Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence” (RICAGV), it’s annoying beyond belief, and frankly symptomatic of a broader illness afflicting the “main stream” press these days. Not only are many of the so-called “news outlets” letting a lot of truth slip through the cracks, but instances in which there is someone behind an opposing microphone are becoming a rare occasion at best.

Now I’m not going to brag too much about how I personally would have educated the misinformed gentleman from the RICAGV, thus affording the Saturday morning listeners a more factual picture from which to draw an educated conclusion, but I will suggest the 630 WPRO crew live up to the very weighty responsibility of reporting the news objectively and factually, rather than simply allowing themselves to be the broadcast wing of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.

In fact, you might want to start with this little tidbit the next time the RICAGV stops by… RIGL§ 11-47-60 Possession of firearms on school grounds. – (a) (1) No person shall have in his or her possession any firearm or other weapons on school grounds. Easy stuff people…

Oh, and check out my video block up in the left hand corner. Couldn’t have said it better myself…

 

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2016 is here!!!

new-year-wishes-with-flowersAll I can say is, thank God for the U.S. Constitution and presidential term limits! Still have one year 19 days left though. Stay vigilant Patriots!

Happy New Year and God Bless!!!

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