Saturday, July 04, 2009
Independence Day 09!
Independence Day 1776 brought a democratic Constitution to Japan and Germany, so I think they ought to be celebrating too. (It's not that I didn't write that to be a bit obnoxious, but I also believe it. The meaning of Independence Day)
Sometimes I think some of our elected representatives need to be reminded of the meaning of day themselves, because when voters voting against you is considered terrorism, taxation without representation is the legislative goal! I'm considering mailing Karen Bass a teabag and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, as well as a sincere note thanking her for the laugh. For some reason teabags really upset some folks.
Dear Friends and Family,
We spent our 4th of July at a TEA Party in Everett, WA. It was attended by a few hundred people who are concerned about the lack of fiscal and monetary responsibility being shown by our Congress and President. There were several presentations about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. All pointing out the ways we have strayed from same.
One worthy patriot announced her candidacy for office in the WA State legislature on a platform of fiscal responsibility. She received enthusiastic support and her campaign is off to a good start.
A local physician gave a talk about health care reform and highlighted the way malpractice suits and government edicts have led to over testing and defensive medicine, which have led to higher medical costs. He believes that tort reform and less excessive regulation should be the first things to attempt in reforming our health care before a major transformation is attempted that we know will cost trillion$ with no assurances of improving the situation.
A local actor gave a stirring rendition of Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia legislature in which he uttered the famous oath, "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." No one could hear such a speech and not be moved by the sentiments for liberty and the need to stand up for freedom. It certainly gave me a racing pulse and stiffened my backbone to remember the kind of men who built this country from the courage of their hearts and their faith in our Creator.
Of course we sang some good old songs - God Bless America, America the Beautiful, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and the National Anthem.
The presentation that ruffled EVERYONE'S feathers was about the Cap and Trade Bill also known as Waxman-Markey. This bill, a 1300 page paean to Gaea, was passed by the House last week. No one in the House read the entire bill! Can you believe that?? A bill that will increase the cost of living for every household in the country was not even read by its Democrat supporters. The most outrageous section of the bill that got everyone's attention big time is the requirement that every house that is sold, nationwide, will have to be inspected and brought up to a national conservation code before it can be sold. If you have older, inefficient appliances, you will have to replace those with new, efficient appliances. If your water heater is old - same thing. If you have incandescent light bulbs, you'll have to replace them with flourescent bulbs. Is this freedom? Is this respecting every person's home as their castle? Who are these people who want to impose such tyrannical restrictions on private property? If the provisions of this bill do not get your juices flowing then you are a sheep, willing to be led to slaughter. Write or call your Senators and urge them to reject this bill when it comes to the Senate.
All in all an inspirational, educational, and worth while Fourth of July. We hope you all had a pleasant and safe Fourth.
God Bless all of you and may God Bless America!
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