We’ll do some politics and history to celebrate the 4th and our heritage…..
The announcement that the employer mandate in Obamacare will be delayed for at least a year raises several troubling questions, not the least of which is the legal authority of the President to take this action on his own. The Obamacare act uses the word “shall” to implement this provision on Jan. 1, 2014. Will this usurper ever bend to the injunctions of the rule of law? What higher duty does any President have than to see that the laws are “faithfully executed”? We need to remain a nation of laws, not diktats of mere men. Regardless of the merits or demerits of the Obamacare act we must preserve our adherence to the rule of law or we are swimming in deep waters of turmoil. Sure hope someone will challenge this delay in the courts.
In shouldn’t be surprising that the guy in the White House would ignore the laws he finds inconvenient to advancing his radical liberal agenda. Look at his non compliance with two circuit court opinions on his alleged “recess” appointments to the Labor Board and his total failure to enforce the existing immigration laws. He unilaterally granted special status to those illegals he deemed worthy by executive order over a year ago. This was contrary to the existing law of the land. Let Congress pass the laws and if he wants different laws then ask for them. He is asking us to bow to his diktats like serfs of old.
It was with mixed emotion that I attended the 4th of July parade in my neighborhood. I want so much to have pride in the nation and its leaders. But our current direction is not anything I can support. I don’t want Big Brother or Big Sister dominating my life. It is hard to have pride in a nation that believes me and my fellow countrymen are incapable of taking care of ourselves. If they don’t trust us to do the sensible and moral thing then why should we trust them? Neither condescension nor dominance is the right path for leadership of a free people. Those work only in the totalitarian states.
Boy are all those European nations really doing the Casablanca routine with their shock and dismay that the US is spying on them. Give me a break. Intelligence gathering goes on all the time even among the closest allies. During WWII our diplomats and yes, spies, gave confidential reports all the time on the intentions and actions of Great
Britain and for sure the Soviets. Doesn’t mean we don’t like them or trust them but sometimes self-interest gets in the way of even mutual goals. I am not offended that the British or Swiss poke around as much as they can to discern the intentions of the US. Hell, most of the time we can’t discern the intentions of our own government. Just like the inspector in Casablanca who was “shocked, shocked” to learn of illegal activity, nothing will come of this one and it will fade away. After all would those feigning outrage want us to reveal everything we know about their spying on us?
You should be reminded that even before the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, that we had already fought very significant engagements against the British in open rebellion in Boston. Bunker Hill, Washington’s appointment as commander and the withdrawal of the British from Boston had all already occurred. The British had moved their strategic location to New York by this time. The Declaration is a great document and rightly revered by those who love personal freedom but it was really stating the obvious.
The Summer Solstice comes about June 21 each year and is our longest day. Intuitively one would think that would also coincide with the hottest time of the year. The days have been lengthening for months at that point and after that date the days begin their steady shortening for the rest of the year. Why is it that July and August are the hottest time of the year when the length of the day is already in steady decline? Most places in the northern hemisphere by mid August are 45 minutes to an hour shorter than they were in mid June yet it is hotter.
When worrying about global warming take a peek at some history before you reach any conclusions. First, the current drought in the US in NOT the worst in memory. You read that false headline all the time when there is an article about global warming and it goes without challenge. I don’t have to read or research this allegation, I lived it. Yes, we do have a drought underway in the Southwest but so far it is peanuts compared to the drought we had from the late ’40’s to the late ’50’s. This latest drought has only been about 3 years so far. In the mid ’50’s if you drove thru the Southwest you could see dead cattle, horses, goats and other live stock literally lying in the pastures. I did with my own eyes more than once. Nothing of that sort is occurring yet at this time. In 1939 and again in 1940, at the beginning of the War they had really hot summers in England. Some predicted then drastic changes. Churchill had special linen suits tailored due to the extreme heat.
Likewise during WWI there were many examples of extreme weather. There was lots of scientific discussion of the cause and many very smart people speculated that the weather changes were due to the huge artillery barrages from the trench warfare on the Continent. It is true that millions upon millions of tons of artillery rounds were fired by both sides throwing dust and debris into the air which was carried by winds and that included the toxins from those shells, such as cordite. I have enormous respect for science but do like to make sure it is science unbiased by a political agenda. Study, look at details, be sure to separate conclusions from fact and reach your own conclusion. Don’t trust for God’s sake computer models. Those are just computations based 0n human input with all the foibles of humanity.
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