"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election. It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States." - George W. Malone, U.S. Senator (Nevada), speaking before Congress in 1957.
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Congress or a republican President to bring about salvation by laws,
Christians should be praying that God will send revival. Only He can save
us. So saith the Scripture." ~ Tom Pardue Sr. LtCol. U.S. Army
·"An American Rewakening"· The American Rewakening project at Salem the Soldier's Homepage. Throwing gasoline on the fires of a Holy Spirit revitalization in American Christian culture, in the wake of the War on Islamic terror.
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God Bless this Nation!
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to
the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those
candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who
seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn't make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
"One of the penalties for
refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by
your inferiors." ~ Plato
Traverse some of these links and see if you can find your
specific state's Representative and Senator, both State and
mission of The Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the
American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national
- Topical Essays - Homosexual Normalization and the
Church..."· "...Some homosexual
advocates argue that Jesus is "silent" on this issue in the Gospels. Of
course, Jesus does not directly address other deviant sexual behavior
(pedophilia, bestiality, etc.) either. Is He really silent, or is His
affirmation of marriage between "man and woman" sufficient rebuke for the
homosexual agenda in the Christian Church?" 06 November, 2003
Hey, about the Feds.... This
short piece was written in 1998, before the terrorist attacks on America
Somewhere in Southern California tonight, a 2nd grade
public school teacher, a mother of one and someone who was seventeen
during the Cuban missile crisis, will lay her head down and worry a moment
about nuclear arms proliferation in third world countries and the growing
threat of weapons of mass destruction; bio-chem weapons--anthrax and sarin
gas; small, easily concealed and
transportable tactical/theater nuclear weapons, being unleashed on an
innocent and naive American public. America's enemies from overseas are
many, envious of our prosperity and very annoyed by our pushy,
intrusive political foreign policy as well as the documented abuses of the
greedy American corporations here and overseas (i.e. the "Globalists").
With memories of her father, an Air Force Major at that
time, giving the young family a map of an isolated Californian desert
location and the admonition that if "anything should happen between
Kennedy and Khrushchev" and the very strained standoff unravel, they will,
somehow, meet there in the isolation of the desert.
But still, even tonight, she sleeps in peace, with so
many others like her, because they know that someone is out there, walking
the wall around this nation, dedicated, professional, and aggressively
seeking to intercept any such individuals who would engage in such
cowardly, spineless, terrorist tactics against a defenseless populace....
Who are those people?
Those people are the UNITED STATES FEDERAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY! DO NOT WRITE THEM OFF! Unless you have another avenue to offer for dealing
with international terrorism? I think it's a
little out of the league and beyond the resources of the local
·U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation ·
·United States Department of Justice
· DO NOT be intimidated by these
people! Write them! Communicate with them! Let the leadership of the
Federal Law Enforcement community know that their rogues and extremists
will not be tolerated! Study their web sites and then tell your
Congressman how you feel. Demand that their power be corralled and kept in
it's proper place. Individual American liberty can be maintained,
and not sacrificed on the alter of "national security."
J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
N.W. Washington, D.C. 20535 TEL: (202) 324-3447 TDY: (202)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington Metropolitan
Field Office 601 4th St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 (202)
Megiddo" — FBI · Now the FBI is
getting a little weird. Real healthy analysis, FBI people, real healthy. A
little lacking in objectivity and balance.
· "Interview With
The Bogeyman" · The text of an
interview I conducted with a retired veteran BATF Agent, concerning gun
ownership, the Constitution, and the Second Amendment.
But in the
interests of fairness and balance in power between society (the people)
and a sometimes rather corrupt and loony government which purports to
represent them, these are my memberships to the only secular political
organizations I feel compelled to maintain a presence in. Click on the NRA
to access Salem the Soldier's gun owners rights' page!
This article was published in the California Rifle and Pistol Association's
magazine, "The Firing Line" in the May, 2002, issue. My deepest
respects and regards to the leadership of the CRPA for this honored
opportunity to address the forum.
A collection of resources, in response to the
publication of the Today's New International Version. [TNIV] Mainstream
Christianity in America, up to this point, has not paid attention to the
work of the translators in producing the blizzard of Bible versions
produced over the last thirty to forty years.
It is about time they did. The Bible is being
deconstructed. The Word of God has met liberal, humanist, Post-modernist,
cultural-Marxist controlled, politically-correct America. The evidence on
what I found is listed below. The conclusions are
path towards the Rule of Men and away from the tranquility of the Rule of
Law, the historical trap has been for good citizens to call upon stricter
and stricter government, followed by stronger and stronger government,
until government itself becomes so overbearing that it becomes more of the
enemy than the anarchy from the Rule of Men.
As the olde maps used to cite: 'Here there be
dragons.'" ~ Southack
Aye, and firey ones they be! But there be fierce and
firey dragon slayers also about, and many be found here....
is the premier Internet Conservative forum. Don't just sit around hoping
for someone "to do something" about the condition of our government and
America. Get involved! This is a good place to start! God bless the
We, as U.S.
citizens, have a God-given right and civic responsibility and need to be
involved on a daily basis in what is going on in our country and
government. Get involved and stay involved. As long as the "silent
majority" refuses to take a stand and withstand the absurdities of the
small, militant, special interest groups that are contrary to the American
and Christian way of life, this current social turmoil will continue. The
heck with being politically correct! The Lord Jesus Christ never worried
about that! Neither did Paul and the early church. Neither should we! So
get out there and rock the boat! But remember, give God and His revealed
Word top priority in your personal life and before everything else. That
is where the true firepower is.
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advised, anything you write might find itself republished on this
The Second Amendment - A Biblical Perspective
In the wake of national shooting tragedies, this site's Second Amendment site has been updated and past resources restored. If you have questions, as a Christian, concerning the Biblical world view on the Second Amendment, gun ownership, and self-defense, this is the place to find it.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me... Nehemiah 4:18[Read
Political slogans are not enough By Greg Laurie
Pastor Greg Laurie cuts through all the campaign rhetoric to get to the heart of the problem in American culture. The Spirit-filled church learned the hard way during the Bush years that "influence" in Washington is fickle and comes at the price of our integrity and faithfulness to the Creator.
How far we've come from a dependence wholly on God. As we have wrested the reigns of control out of the hands of God and handed them over to politicians, we have placed a burden on the shoulders of men and women that they were never meant toor were equipped tobear. We can blame the politicians all we want, but the responsibility is ours.
We've been looking to the wrong person to bring us hope and change.. ....[Read
A Quantum Of ... Ambivalence. The 2010 44th Congressional Midterm elections
"If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is..." singer Peggy Lee
In the midst of this, what is proving to be one of the greatest contests in the "War of Ideas," the foundation, character, and future of the United States in the wake of the 2008 elections, one Congressional race this midterm cycle has modeled thus far a fatigue of the body politic hitherto shaken off in other quarters. I refer to the 44th Congressional District, Riverside County, California.
The 44th is currently headed by nine term Republican incumbent Ken Calvert, Riverside County's thus far "safe" choice, even as his corruption accusations have mounted in recent years. From ear-marks, to shady land deals, to angering the base voting for TARP and cash for clunkers, there is much to undermine any support by Riverside County Conservative voters for Calvert. The listlessness I observe for Calvert by many is not unfounded, as Calvert and a still unrepentant GOP arm have done little to counter his opponents and the local media defining who he is in the eyes of the electorate. He has been less than forthcoming answering a lot of these accusations....[Read
America's Ruling ClassAnd the Perils of Revolution
Angelo M. Codevilla's paper at The American Spectator is an excellent expose on the cultural/political divide that has grown in America in recent decades, between the "political/ruling" class and the "Country Class" [you and me]. That Americans would permit this to happen is a sign of our lack of vigilance:
The ruling class's appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side's vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each sideespecially the ruling classembodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side's view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable. ....[Read
The Point of No Return - The Atlantic
Although a "progressive" publication, this shows how far the reality the threat of a nuclear Iran has penetrated the Western consciousness. One of a few papers that objectively examines the the realities of the contemporary Middle East:
For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplateit would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president's dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel's very existence. In the gap between Washington's and Jerusalem's views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here's an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sidesand at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold....[Read
I'd Go To War With
Sarah The genesis of a Sarah Palin
"...Which brings us back to Sarah Palin. On a
less intense scale and politically speaking, she has established her
bona fides as well. Not talking the talk, but walking the walk, from
facing down the rampant corruption in Alaskan GOP politics, enduring the
threats against her and her family, shouldering the relentless slander,
lies… (see reference to the cops above), to strategically redeploying by
refusing to be shackled and financially bankrupted by her leftist
political enemies (backed by the DNC) as governor of Alaska and stepping
down and moving unhindered by them in another direction (too bad for
I spend time with people like this. I stand behind
people like this...." [Read
The Moral Compass Of The
Bill Barnstead was an online friend of my
associate, Jon Christian
Ryter. He recently passed away and Jon has written an excellent
obituary for the man. I took the liberty of reposting one of Bill's
more notable commentaries on the site. It has to be one of the most
concise summations of the recklessness and treachery of elitist
Republican decision making, offered in the wake of the GOP
decline. In my interpretation, a
"Conservative" is someone who seeks to conserve the values and ethics
which many of the older generation — those which built this country —
held, and do hold dear. Bill Barnstead was one of those older generation
whose lives and worldview I personally continue to uphold and
Election of 2006 was more than just a repudiation of a president
who tarnished the mantle of the Reagan legacy. It was a
repudiation of globalism. It was a repudiation of unsecured
borders. It was a repudiation of amnesty for illegal aliens. But
most of all, it was a repudiation of an Administration that sold
it's soul for 30 pieces of silver. That is the reason the voters
could not overlook the corruption by Republicans when they ignored
even worse corruption by Democrats. Conservatives are supposed to
be the good guys. They are required to have integrity—and all of
the other Christian qualities that are needed to make good
The July, 2009, Resignation of Alaska Governor
This is my Letter to the Editor concerning
the July, 2009, resignation of Sarah Palin. If the radical Left in
America is so interested in her, it is because she is a credible threat
to their anti-American ideology.
Bravo to letter writer Mr. Parker (Misfit
makes wise exit - 07/07 Your Views) for modeling the current
brain trust of Progressive liberalism concerning Sarah Palin. This
consists largely of third-grader, school yard ad hominem attacks
against her and her family, their hypocrisy and intolerance laid
bare. Sensible people need to see what this women is
more....] This letter was
printed, with top billing and a wonderful picture of Sarah, on
Monday, July 13, 2009.
The DHS Domestic Extremism Lexicon
This is one of my Letters to the Editor
concerning the odd publications being published and recalled on a
regular basis at DHS. Those people have too much time on their
printed May 17, 2009]
While the Department of Homeland Security's
analysis on "right-wing extremism" and slander of military
veterans has been in the headlines, a lesser known document
entitled "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" was also released,
and not surprisingly at this point, also recalled by DHS. The
document details terminology, one assumes, law enforcement is to
be on the lookout for in incidental contact with "extremists."[Read
Are You On Uncle Sam's Short List?
Have you wondered what the deal is with that
DHS "right-wing" threat analysis and what it means to you?
There's a lot of history behind Uncle Sam's Short
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, squirming under
the predictable pressure from the American Legion and veterans
rights groups, the most prominent people on the recent list, nevertheless
said,"…Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of
violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don't
have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must
protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown,
and regardless of the ideology that motivates its
This is singularly the most eloquent
contemporary description of Uncle Sam's short list.
Sooner or later in this life, everybody has to
be on Uncle Sam's short list![Read
Beware the cult of Obama
Gene Healy with the Cato Institute writes
yet another excellent commentary on the cult status within the
Republican Party enjoyed by George Bush - and which he exploited fully
to disastrous economic ends.
Again, the only way the GOP will ever be reformed is
if the party returns to some semblance of objectivity and impartiality
when electing and dealing with our elected party leaders.
any conservative who thinks cultishness is exclusively a leftist
phenomenon ought to take a good long look in the mirror. Because
many of those who decry the "cult of Obama" are the same people
who made a flight-suited action figure hero out of such common
clay as George W. Bush.
Peggy Noonan called Bush's post-9/11 address to
Congress "a God-touched moment and a God-touched speech." Fred
Barnes wrote that "the stage was set for Bush to be God's agent of
wrath." National Review Online ran ads for the Bush "Top Gun"
action figure, and an article about how wonderful it was to have a
presidential superhero to complement your GI Joe collection.[Read
Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Problem.
West writes an excellent commentary tracing the rise of Obama's
leftist rise to the abandonment of Conservative principles by the
George Bush administration.
We cannot ever hope to see reform within the dead
GOP until we return to some semblance of objectivity and acceptance of
responsibility for the Republican fall from dominance in the political
arena the last eight years.
Forced to the ramparts to defend Rush Limbaugh against
spurious, low-down attacks from the Obama White House and
assorted Obamedia, conservatives, in their understandable zeal
to defend a salient voice of conservatism, are letting the real
enemy slip away unnamed.
Who would that be? The answer is George W.
Bush, whose stealthy political legacy stands as taking what is
popularly known as "conservatism" on a disastrously leftward
The moderate Republicans lost [the
Melanie Morgan derides the notion of a
"moderate" Republican, a term first coined by the Democrats and the
mainstream media. You never see the term "moderate" Democrat used, do
you? A "moderate" Republican is simply one who agrees with the
We have to demand the GOP returns to its
Conservative roots, to stanch the insanity inevitable with Democrat
dominance in politics and culture.
Let's stop beating ourselves up over the
McCain loss and start looking forward to the guys and gals on
our bench who are conservatives. The real kind. The reason the
Republicans lost is McCain is not conservative. So we didn't
even have a horse in this race until he chose Sarah Palin, which
is why the crowds grew exponentially and the money began
flowing. This should be the GOP's first clue that we won't win
unless we support true conservatives. [Read
Now, Seize Freedom!
I stumbled over this one recently, while
researching Winston Churchill on another issue.
It is excellent, and, though today, it
is not, still a vision of what the Republican party can and should be.
Written by a Republican.
Welcome to "Republican Rock Bottom."
Possessed of no vision, no principle, no
purpose, and no appeal, we deserved our fate.
Now, seize freedom!
Finally, we are divorced from self-deceits.
Dead is the self-indulgent imbecility of "re-branding" -- as if
the Republican Party was a corporate product to be repackaged,
not a transformational political movement to be led. Despite
what the media will tell you, and what so-called "conservative
leaders" will discuss ad nauseam during "secret" meetings, this
situation is not a crisis. It is an opportunity. Today, we are
as the Great Emancipator proclaimed during another time of
national trial: unbound by the tired dogmas of the past; and
free to think and act anew. [Read
Enemies of Capitalism
A short commentary that challenges the
fiscal conservative credentials of the Bush Administration era Federal
reserve leadership. Obama didn't get us in this situation - these guys
New Rule: neomercantilists, neoconservatives, and
statists are no longer allowed to call themselves "free
marketers." People who call themselves free marketers such as
Bush, Paulson, Greenspan, and Bernanke are the primary threat
capitalism faces. These false prophets of capitalism are the
greatest friends that proponents of socialism
Many prominent American figures claim to be
proponents of free markets but in practice advocate
neomercantilist, corporate welfare policies. These policies
eventually, and unsurprisingly, lead to disastrous economic and
social consequences. These catastrophes are then blamed on
capitalism, free markets, and deregulation, at which point,
socialists are easily able to convince the distraught public
that capitalism is a failed experiment and only massive
government intervention in the markets can save them. Such is
the way that capitalism dies, eaten away by a cancer from
before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
Well, that didn't end too
There have been a few
excellent commentaries from Conservative writers in the nascent
post-Bush era; a few because of the many already lacking in any
productive self-critiquing of the last eight years. Bush went
from the highest ratings
in recorded Presidential history post-9/11, to some of the lowest
in Gallup poll history, competing with
Nixon and Truman in the low 20’s when they left office. The
Republican Party went from unprecedented control of the House of
Representatives, the Senate and the White House, at the beginning of
the Millennium, to a complete rout in 2008, with losses on the state
and local level.
What happened? Let's
exercise a little long lost objectivity, braving the inevitable
accusation of "Bush Hater," and review those more notable highlights
of the last eight years....
Associate and friend, Jon Christian Ryter, explains the dominance
of the two-party system, and why the GOP is the only option we
...If you want to change the two party system, you must
work within that system to change it. In 2004, over 122 million
people cast their vote. One million of them threw their voice away
because screams in a closet are heard by no one. Change is a
generational thing. You don't implement change at the top of the
pinnacle because while he has a powerful vote, the President still
only has one vote. Congress has 535 votes. But to change who casts
the votes in Congress, you must start at home. All politics is
local. That's where it all starts. Jon Greenspon, John Bootie and
John Blyth should not have been running for President. They should
have been running for city council or Mayor. Granted, there's not
much glory in those jobs, but that's where the political
foundation of our nation is built. Control local politics and,
eventually, you will control the White House. Don't fight the
system—change it. [Read
The Republicans, while still holding those in office
accountable in the wake of the Bush train wreck and the squandering of
two decades of grassroots work, need to focus on the future. The
corrupt, old GOP have to die off sooner or later. The GOP can
come back again, with patience and
Thoughts On Christmas -
With the Black
Friday trampling death of 34-year-old Jdimytai
Damour at the doors of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., this,
already immersed in the greedy stench of the Wall Street melt-down and
Congress cracking like a rotten egg, the 2008 "holiday" season in
contemporary America, had begun.
The merchants and princes of Madison Avenue and
big-box retailers, even after having high-jacked the unique institution
of Christmas in America, are predictably still lowing like disgruntled
cows in a dry pasture. "Black Friday" is the newer of the exploited
"holiday sales/fourth quarter" sales phenomenon being pushed in mass
advertising and the ratings starved media. They have turned it into
something ugly - with our acquiesce - a cheap and desperate annual
profit seeking opportunity, renamed "the holidays" in the new
politically correct lexicon and not Christmas anymore... [Read
This was written by a local
Pastor to the local
paper, concerning Proposition 8 on the 2008 California ballot. I
couldn't have said it better myself.
on Prop. 8 was disappointing in its lack of substance, but not
surprising ("No on 8," Our Views, Sept. 28).
The reporting on California's marriage debate
since the state Supreme Court's May decision has been so biased
that I expected to see the views behind the unfair reporting
formally expressed, as they were.
Your views are not only out of accord with
those of your readers, but they are also culturally iconoclastic.
The promotion of so-called "gay marriage" and the homosexual
political agenda is anti-civilization and anti-religious at its
Civilization has never defined marriage as
between two people of the same sex. Don't reject this wisdom now.
There is no historic precedent in any civilization for defining
marriage as between two people of the same sex. Not even
homosexuality-tolerant Greco-Roman society ever conceived of
undermining the normative definition of marriage as a union
between a man and woman with the intention of bringing forth and
Such a cultural redefinition of marriage is
suicidal. Christianity, classical Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and
Buddhism have never blessed homoerotic sexual activity. The
arrogance behind the promoters of gay marriage, and their
rejection of the wisdom of the ages, is immense.
Your opinion that the discussion of gay
marriage is a distraction from "more pressing state issues" is
consistent with the secularist rejection of traditional
legislation concerning public morality. In fact, public debates
about homosexuality and the definition of marriage are moral
questions with immense public and collective consequences --
hardly private matters or a question of simply marrying whom you
Your affirmation that gay marriage is parallel
to inter-racial marriage is nonsense, and an insult to people of
every race. No traditional religion has ever affirmed that
marriage between different races is a sin, but all have affirmed
that homosexuality is.
This was written by a Californian to local
pastors concerning proposition 8.
September 15, 2008
My name is Mike Morrell and I am a business
owner in the Inland Empire. As you may know, the stability of the
family and moral values in America are declining quickly. Our
generation has seen prayer removed from our schools, abortion made
legal and a significant increase in divorces. And now, here in
California, God's definition of marriage is being redefined while
homosexuality is becoming accepted as normal behavior.
In J.D. Unwin's book, Sex and Culture,
he chronicled the decline of 86 cultures throughout history and
found no nations lasted longer than a generation after it embraced
sexual hedonism and debauchery. Greek historian Polybius (200
B.C.) attributed the increase in homosexual activity to the
ultimate collapse of the Roman Empire. In modern times, under the
guise of sexual liberation, the Weimer Republic had become a
hotbed for sexual immorality leading it into political and
Will they one day say of America that those who
had the most to lose did so little? Prayerfully, "no." If
America and the family and the church are to survive, we must
stand in the Lord's unwavering truth. The solution to
America's problems, I believe, is you - the pastors, the
gatekeepers of men's souls. In 1803, French philosopher, Alexis de
Tocqueville, came to America to discover our greatness. De
Tocqueville was inspired by the vastness of our lands, our brisk
commerce and trade, our natural resources and rapid assent as a
world power. But he found the key to our greatness, he says, as he
entered our churches and "found the pulpits were aflame with
Therefore, I invite you to join us for lunch
and to discuss how we may preserve the institution of marriage and
help to insure the passage of Proposition 8. With your commitment
and God's help, we will succeed. I look forward to seeing you
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