4th of july


CAN YOU IDENTIFY PROPAGANDA?

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Demand Peace!

Want peace in the Middle East? Want a democratic Iran? Want to travel the world and once again feel as an individual, you represent liberty, democracy, justice and constitutional governance? Do you want terrorists, warlords and despots to vanish from the political landscape? Demand an end to U.S. intervention in the Middle East. If you want peace, demand peace. We are still the people, we still have the power.



When We Furnish the Means By Which We Suffer

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

post script,

Thomas Paine used all of his profits from the sales of Common Sense to purchase mittens for the Continental Army whom were to invade English-occupied Canada in the cold of winter.



A Police State Can Only Exist Through Willful Ignorance and Civic Indifference

 

This is video footage of a pastor being beaten and tazered by border patrol agents after this pastor requested the police officers to abide by constitutional law and honor this individual’s civil liberties.  This video made me cry.  I get really upset when I see individuals who took a sacred oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution acting like ignorant, jackboot thugs with no inkling of understanding concerning constitutional law.  I get really upset when I see innocent American citizens beaten by people whose job is to “protect and serve the public.” It shouldn’t be possible.

It is not well enough for you or me to individually understand our civil liberties and constitutional law. We must educate every American around us.  We need to educate our neighbors who are police officers, soldiers, teachers, everyone.  I carry a U.S. Constitution in my purse, I carry one in my work uniform.  My coworkers laugh at me but I play the role of the clown. I make self effacing jokes but I assure you this, my coworkers are well aware that last week the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was eroded by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision that states attorneys are not required to be present in police interrogations in “certain situations.”  I may play the clown, but my coworkers, from the busboys to the servers to the bartenders to the cooks to the managers, know that eroding our Bill Rights creates a slippery slope which can only lead despotism.  My coworkers are learning. Teach your neighbors, teach your coworkers, bring a constitution every where.  The christians carry their Bibles and memorize biblical script, shouldn’t we carry the U.S. Constitution and memorize constitutional law if we are going evangelize to the American people the virtues liberty and constitutional republicanism?