Posts Tagged ‘July 4th’

A Culture of Corruption

February 7, 2011

Here’s something to think about…

I remember asking dad about Castro when I was about 9 years old.  I asked, “Is Castro a good guy or bad?”  Dad said he couldn’t tell!!  This was about 1955.  We were living in Louisiana at the time.  Dad was in the army there.

Cuba was fairly close and in the news a lot.  The Cubans were asking the same question! Ike was president.

This past July, we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with a refugee from Cuba.  Our dinner conversation was starkly different than most. This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early 1960s. His family was more fortunate than most as they were able to bring a suitcase and $100 when they fled Castro’s newly formed revolutionary paradise.

Our dinner consisted of all-American fare: hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon and fresh ears of sweet corn.  This is a menu shared with family and friends nationwide, while celebrating the birth of our beloved America on the Fourth of July.

We began with a simple discussion about our country and the direction it has taken since Barack Obama came to power.  We shared the usual complaints about the sour economy and liberal social engineering emanating from the rulers in Washington.

But then he said it.  The sentence came naturally.  I assume it was unplanned. But it carried the weight of a freight train.  “You know when Castro took power, none of us knew he was a Communist.”

We sat stunned.  He continued, “Yes, we all thought he was a patriot, a nationalist.  Before the revolution he didn’t sound like a radical.”

The comparison at this point was easy, and I interjected, “You mean just like Barack Obama?”

He responded; “Yes, just like Barack Obama.”

He continued, “We were all shocked as the government just continued to grab more power.  First they said the revolution is over, so please turn in your guns.  We all complied.”

“I remember my uncle saying after it started, ‘Castro will only nationalize some of the big industries, he will never come and take our family hardware store.’ But that is exactly what happened; Castro started with the sugar mills and the large industries, but they eventually came and knocked on the door of our family hardware store.  My family had run this store for generations.  They said we now own the hardware store, you work for us.  And that nice, large four-bedroom home you own, it is now our property also, and you can move yourself and five children into two rooms of the house because others are moving in with you.”

The lesson learned from this discussion is a lesson most Americans refuse to hear.  Political leaders can lie about their agenda and once in office they can take totally unexpected turns.

If you had asked us three years ago if we thought General Motors would be nationalized, we would have never believed it.  We could never contemplate a country where the rule of law, the most fundamental building block of a justice society would be evaporating just like it did in Castro’s Cuba in the early 1960s.

But the news of injustice keeps increasing.  Black Panthers are not charged with wrongdoing by the U.S. Department of Justice because their crimes are against whites. The bondholders of GM are stripped of their assets without due process by the government.  Governmental leaders are bribed in full daylight only to have all investigation of the crimes stifled by the Attorney General. The U.S. borders are overrun with crime and illegal activity and the leaders in D.C. act as if it is important to protect the lawbreakers while the innocent are killed and overrun.  When local communities attempt to enforce the law, they are ridiculed and threatened as racists and bigots.  They are sued by the very administration entrusted with enforcing the law.

Without the rule of law the U.S. Constitution is a sham. Without the rule of law our beloved America is swiftly becoming a country where only the well connected and politically powerful will be safe. As Michelle Malkin has so eloquently explained in her recent book, a culture of corruption has replaced honest government.

The only way this problem will be fixed is by massive citizen action. All honest citizens that want to be treated equally must come together and demand that the favoritism, the bribes, the uneven enforcement of law end now.  And yes, it can happen here.

PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW …

And may God save the United States of America!

Independence Day Quiz

January 14, 2010

Supposedly 96% of all High School Seniors FAILED this test….
AND if that’s not bad enough, 50+% of all individuals over 50 did too!!

Take the test and be surprised at what we don’t know.

TOAST.net Internet Service Independence Day Quiz

1. What is the title of the National Anthem?

A – Oh, Say Can You See C – America the Beautiful
B – God Bless America D – The Star Spangled Banner
2. Which of the following rights is guaranteed by the first amendment?

A- Right to Bear Arms C- Freedom of Religion
B- Right to Vote D – All of the Above
3. What is the title of the head of a city government?

A – Mayor C – Chancellor
B – Governor D – Chairman of the Board
4. Who has the ability to declare war?

A – The President C – The Joint Chiefs
B – The Secretary of Defense D – The Congress
5. How many full terms may a Senator serve?

A – 1 C – 4
B – 2 D – No term limits for Senators
6. How many full terms can a President serve?

A – 1 C – 4
B – 2 D – There are no term limits for Pres.
7. How many years is a full term for a Representative?

A – 1 C – 4
B – 2 D – 6
8. Which amendment sets the minimum voting age to 18?

A – 1st C – 18th
B – 19th D – 26th
9. Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die?

A – The Speaker of the House C – The Chief Justice
B – The Secretary of Defense D – The First Lady
10. On July 4th, 1776 we declared Independence from whom?

A – Germany C – Spain
B – Great Britain D – Rome
11. How many branches of government do we have?

A – 1 C – 3
B – 2 D – zero
12. Which is part of the Judicial branch at the federal level?

A – The Supreme Court C – The Senate
B – The Congress D – The Presidential Cabinet
13. Who elects the President of the United States?

A – The House of Representatives C – The Senate
B – The Electoral College D – The State Governors
14. How many states are there?

A – 10 C – 50
B – 13 D – 100
15. How many stripes are there on the American Flag?

A – 10 C – 50
B – 13 D – 100
16. Who was the President of the United States during the civil war?

A – Abraham Lincoln C – Ulysses S Grant
B – George Washington D – Lyndon B Johnson
17. Who is the current President of the United States?

A – Bill Clinton C – Colin Powell
B – Barack Obama D – Dick Cheney
18. Who is the current Vice President of the United States?

A – Bill Clinton C – Colin Powell
B – Hillary Clinton D – Joe Biden
19. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

A – to establish a trade route with India C – to establish a new nation
B – to set up fur trade with the Natives D – to find religious freedom
20. How many total Senators are there?

A – 10 C – 50
B – 13 D – 100

Now for some Advanced Questions!
21. The Constitution has how many Amendments?

A – 23 C – 31
B – 27 D – 33
22. How many Amendments have been proposed officially by Congress but never ratified?

A – None C – 6
B – 1 D – 12
23. Which of these amendments is a ratified and current amendment?

A – Declaring it illegal to desecrate the American Flag
B – Equality of rights regardless of Gender
C – Restricting marriage in all States to be between a man and a woman
D – Prohibiting the importing of liquor into States where it is illegal
24. In what year was the last amendment ratified?

A – 1868 C – 1961
B – 1920 D – 1992
25. What is the Official Language of the United States?

A – None C – English
B – Latin D – Esperanto
26. Who was the first Vice President of the United States?

A – George Washington C – Thomas Jefferson
B – John Adams D – Andrew Jackson
27. Who said “Give me liberty or give me death?”

A – Nathan Hale C – John Wilkes Booth
B – Patrick Henry D – Thomas Paine
28. How many Presidents were assassinated while in office?

A – 1 C – 4
B – 2 D – 6
29. Which of these Presidents was born in Texas?

A – Dwight D. Eisenhower C – Ronald Reagan
B – Richard Nixon D – George W. Bush
30. How many Presidents have been impeached?

A – None C – 2
B – 1 D – 4

Click the link below to take the quiz and see how much you know, or don’t know! At the end of the quiz click submit to get the answers.   Good Luck!

http://games.toast.net/independence/

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Question Your Answer Correct Answer
1 What is the title of the National Anthem? D D: The Star Spangled Banner
2 Which of the following rights is guaranteed by the first amendment? C C: Freedom of Religion
3 What is the title of the head of a city government? A A: Mayor
4 Who has the ability to declare war? D D: The Congress
5 How many full terms may a Senator serve? D D: No term limits for Senators
6 How many full terms can a President serve? B B: 2
7 How many years is a full term for a Representative? C B: 2
8 Which amendment sets the minimum voting age to 18? D D: 26th
9 Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die? A A: The Speaker of the House
10 On July 4th, 1776 we declared Independence from whom? B B: Great Britain
11 How many branches of government do we have? C C: 3
12 Which is part of the Judicial branch at the federal level? D A: The Supreme Court
13 Who elects the President of the United States? B B: The Electoral College
14 How many states are there? C C: 50
15 How many stripes are there on the American Flag? B B: 13
16 Who was the President of the United States during the civil war? C A: Abraham Lincoln
17 Who is the current President of the United States? B B: Barack Obama
18 Who is the current Vice President of the United States? D D: Joe Biden
19 Why did the Pilgrims come to America? D D: to find religious freedom
20 How many total Senators are there? D D: 100
21 The Constitution has how many Amendments? B B: 27
22 How many Amendments have been proposed officially by Congress but never ratified? D C: 6
23 Which of these amendments is a ratified and current amendment? A D: Prohibiting the importing of liquor into States where it is illegal
24 In what year was the last amendment ratified? D D: 1992
25 What is the Official Language of the United States? C A: None
26 Who was the first Vice President of the United States? B B: John Adams
27 Who said “Give me liberty or give me death?” B B: Patrick Henry
28 How many Presidents were assassinated while in office? B C: 4
29 Which of these Presidents was born in Texas? D A: Dwight D. Eisenhower
30 How many Presidents have been impeached? B C: 2

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