Monday, September 27, 2010

My 15 Seconds of Fame

Last Friday afternoon, I was watching "Your World" with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News channel. I was informed that I could email a comment to the show, and they would show some comments on Fox Business Network that evening, so I said "what the heck", let's see what happens, so I fired off a comment. Now I figured my chances were about the same as hitting the CT Lotto, but I set up the DVR just in case. The following clip is the result.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reply to Comments

I have been told that I don't continue to defend my position when questioned by individuals who comment on my posts, especially my support of the "Contract from America". OK, here you go! First, let's show the "Contract" and then I'll take it item by item.

We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
  1. Protect the Constitution
  2. Reject Cap &Trade
  3. Demand a Balanced Budget
  4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
  5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government
  6. End Runaway Government Spending
  7. Defund, Repeal, Replace Government-run Health Care
  8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
  9. Stop the Pork
  10. Stop the Tax Hikes 
1. "Protect the Constitution" - This is a no brainer. The Constitution was passed and ratified by all the States
    to provide the ultimate law of the land. When you are sworn into office you take a oath to uphold and
    protect it. That means you live and legislate within what it says, not what you want it to say. If you don't like
    it the way it is, amend it. The Founding fathers made that possible.

2. "Reject Cap and Trade" - This is legislation that is touted to limit carbon dioxide emissions to control
    "global warming". Despite what the "Left" says, the jury is still out on this one. If warming is actually
    happening, where is the proof that it is human caused. There is supposedly a consensus of world scientists
    that say it is occurring. So what, 600 years ago the consensus of world scientist's was that the world was
    flat, and we all know how that turned out. Does Cap and Trade include China and India, who are currently
    the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitters? The United States has already reduced it's carbon dioxide
    emissions by about 95% since the early 70's. If passed, it will result in spiraling energy costs, no real
    worldwide reduction in emissions, and huge new Government controls over the private sector, with
    resulting huge job losses (some estimates put the losses as high as 600,000). We have done our share. If
    you want to decrease emissions, go after China and India. Any further reductions on our part will so
    minuscule as to mean nothing.

3. "Demand a Balanced Budget" - Another no brainer! Individuals and States have to balance their budget. If
    they don't, where does it end. Bankruptcy. Exactly where the Federal Government is headed if they don't
    get their house in order.

4. "Enact Fundamental Tax Reform" - Right now the IRS tax code is used by the Federal Government to
    control how the "We the People" act and what we do. It's used for social engineering. Repeal the 16th
    Amendment (the one that authorized the income tax). Get rid of the IRS, and institute a fair tax (a national
    sales tax) or a flat tax (a tax on income at a set rate with no deductions and the rate applies to all income
    earners at the same rate). Lower taxes mean increased revenue to the government, not less. Reducing
    taxes creates increased economic activity which results in increasing revenue. It has worked every time it's
    tried - See Harding, Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush tax cuts - all caused greatly increased
    economic activity and subsequent increased revenue. Bush started his Presidency with a deficit slightly
    below $200 billion dollars in 2002. It rose to about $400 billion in 2004. In between we had a recession
    and a thing called "9/11". Bush cut taxes in 2003, and after those took effect, the economy started
    growing and deficits continued to decline to about $200 billion in 2007. Unfortunately, in 2008 we had a
    stimulus bill of $150 billion and the $700 billion TARP bailout (both of which the "Left" agreed with) and
    the deficit soared to about $500 billion. The 2009 $1.5 trillion deficit is a combination of Bush's spending
    and Obama's stimulus bill.

5. "Restore Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government"- See 1, 3, & 4. Most "social"
     legislation by Congress is passed by quoting the "Commerce" clause of Article I, Section 8 of the
     Constitution. The "Commerce" clause was originally designed to regulate commerce between the States,
     meaning that states could not charge tariffs on items traded between each other, but it has since been
     "bastardized" to mean basically anything Congress thinks it should mean.

"6. "End Runaway Government Spending"-  See #3. Balance the budget and this takes care of itself. What
     about entitlements? Repeal Obamacare, Privatize Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.
     I couldn't tell you how many times I got fund raising letters from the Republican party when Bush was
     President and sent them back WITHOUT a check and a note about how I wouldn't give as long as Bush's
     Liberal domestic agenda continued. As far as I am concerned, Medicare Drug Program, TARP, bailout of
     car companies (which started under Bush), NO WAY! So stating I wasn't saying anything while Bush was
     President is totally untrue. The fact that I didn't start my blog until after Obama was elected doesn't mean I
     wasn't screaming at the top of lungs about government spending and intrusion into the private sector during
     Bush's 8 years.

7. "Defund, Repeal, Replace Government-run Health Care"
    Repeal Obamacare and get the government out of healthcare entirely. Enact tort reform, allow people and
    companies to buy insurance across state lines, eliminate government mandates as to what must be covered
    in insurance policies. Let the people decide what they want covered. Right now Obamacare requires
    insurance companies to provide heroin addiction treatment. If I'm not a addict, why do I need and have to
    pay for that. If the government must be involved, then provide vouchers (medical savings accounts) to
    Medicare and Medicaid recipients and let them shop for their own insurance in the free market. The
    government NEVER does anything cheaper or more efficiently that the private sector. The free market, if
    allowed to operate unhindered,will cause medical costs to drop precipitously.

8. "Pass an "All of the Above Energy Policy" - Wind power, solar, hydrogen, fuel cells - absolutely, but no
    matter how much money the Federal government throws at it, it will not become reality until the technology
    reaches the point where it becomes economically feasible for the average citizen. Is the Government going
    to create this technology? No! The private sector will do it. Until alternative energy sources come online,
    we  need all the oil we can get. We have vast reserves in this country that the government will not allow us
    to drill for such as ANWR, offshore (deep water and shallow water), the Bakken Formation in the
    Dakotas. But what about the gulf oil spill? Tragic, but it is mostly gone- dispersed and eaten by microbes.
    Every year there are far more oil spills from tanker accidents than offshore drilling accidents. The Bakken
    formation alone can make us energy independent, if we drill there. Why in God's name do we continue to
    buy oil from countries that hate us, when we have all the oil we need right here?

9. "Stop the Pork" - Stop it all! Agribusinesses, companies that send jobs overseas (of course, if corporate
    tax rates, mandates, and regulations were reduced there might not be as many jobs going overseas). With
    the growing potential military threat from China we need all the defense spending we can get. We don't
    need the government canceling planes like the F-22 or turning NASA into an outreach program to Muslim
    nations. Protection from foreign enemies IS one of the Constitutional authorities given to the Federal
    government. Should the government be funding studies like the effects of cocaine on monkeys or building a
    bike path somewhere in the country? That type of stuff IS NOT the job of the Federal Government.

10. "Stop the Tax Hikes" - If all the Bush tax cuts are not extended, it will be a disaster for our economy.
     Don't believe it, just watch what happens. I hear all the time about how the Clinton tax increase in the 90's
     set off an economic boom. No, it didn't. That boom was caused by the .com growth on the internet, and
     what everyone seems to forget is that the Republicans controlled Congress for the last 6 years of his
     administration and drastically reduced Government spending which left more money in the capital markets
     for the businesses to use for investment and job creation.

I am really getting sick and tired of the "Left" and some on the "Right", and their "Ruling Class" elitism, telling me that they have all the solutions to the world's problems, and if I would just sit down and shut up, they will lead me to a better life. Well, I am telling THEM to sit down and shut up, leave me alone, and get the hell out of my life, I'm perfectly capable of leading myself to a better life.

The Cloward/Piven Strategy

Ever heard of it? It's happening right now. To those who feel we must "get" those "evil" rich people and large corporations, oh, and don't forget "Wall Street". This is what's coming, if you keep voting for people who are going to "Punish the rich" and make them pay. They are the ones that create good jobs, which is what the economy needs. It doesn't need "make work" government jobs, generated by government deficit spending.

Got this from "The American Thinker",

Using borrowed money for a band-aid bailout of the economy should seem backwards to most people. However, it likely is a planned strategy to promote radical change. Those naively believing that President Obama is simply rewarding his far-left base, and will then move to the political center, must wise up.
The assumption that Obama will need the nation to prosper in order to protect the 2010 mid-term election incorrectly assumes that he esteems free market capitalism. He does not. Rather than win through superior ideas and policies, the Democrat plan for success in the mid-term elections is to win by destroying political opposition.

Obama adheres to the Saul Alinksy Rules for Radicals method of politics, which teaches the dark art of destroying political adversaries. However, that text reveals only one front in the radical left's war against America. The Cloward/Piven Strategy is another method employed by the radical Left to create and manage crisis. This strategy explains Rahm Emanuel's ominous statement, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal is to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.

Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation... [Emphasis added.]

Making an already weak economy even worse is the intent of the Cloward/Piven Strategy. It is imperative that we view the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan's spending on items like food stamps, jobless benefits, and health care through this end goal. This strategy explains why the Democrat plan to "stimulate" the economy involves massive deficit spending projects. It includes billions for ACORN and its subgroups such as SHOP and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Expanding the S-Chip Program through deficit spending in a supposed effort to "save the children" only makes a faltering economy worse. 

If Congress were to allow a robust economy, parents would be able to provide for their children themselves by earning and keeping more of their own money. Democrats, quick to not waste a crisis, would consider that a lost opportunity.

The Cato Institute reports that the plan will harm a faltering economy, intentionally causing increased job losses leading to increased demands for the aforementioned programs. Even the jobs to be created are set apart to render social justice, not economic revival. Robert Reich believes new infrastructure jobs should not go to white construction workers. Meanwhile, workers at Microsoft, IBM, Texas Instruments, and the retail market find themselves experiencing the life of the welfare poor.

If highly educated and trained workers continue to lose jobs and business falters as a whole, where will these jobless workers go? Could this be construed as revolutionary social reorganization that puts the underachiever above the achiever? Where is the future economic strength when jobless professionals collect welfare and unemployment while dreaming of a minimum wage job? For whites, there's not even the hope of a good paying construction job.

Because these programs are financed with deficit spending, the effect of the Cloward/Piven Strategy becomes doubly destructive. Talk about a perfect storm! The Democrat stimulus plan is a mechanism whose goal is the destruction of the traditional American way of life. It is bitter irony that the American taxpayer will actually fund the destruction of his own ability to live according to the values of our Founding Documents. It is not alarmist to identify this situation as a coup d'etat.

As the flow of money from the top of the economy dries up, job losses and mortgage busts will mount exponentially. The Democrat stimulus plan provides for welfare expansion but not for a robust economy that creates high paying jobs. Is this what Obama means when he warns, "It's going to get worse before it gets better?" If we are not bailing out corporate America so they can regain profitability, we must conclude Obama is working toward another end goal. Recognizing these attack methods reveals the only logical response -- an unwavering wall of "No!"

By Nancy Coppock

We're Not a Christian Nation?

Check out this video. Am I missing something?

Got this from my buddy, Steve

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is the "Contract From America"

      Any politician who really believes in this country and it's founding values should sign this, and follow it, and if they don't they should be sent to the dust bin of history!

     We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
  1. Protect the Constitution
  2. Reject Cap & Trade
  3. Demand a Balanced Budget
  4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
  5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
  6. End Runaway Government Spending
  7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
  8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
  9. Stop the Pork
  10. Stop the Tax Hikes

"Rules of Engagement"

 Got this, courtesy of the New York Post

Dec. 7 and Sept. 11 are iconic American anniversaries. Both days represent our greatest failures to understand the true nature of evil. And while each day will be treated with a similar veneration reserved for national tragedies, there is one aspect that truly divides them: resolution.
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Four years later, they surrendered unconditionally. If one posits that the war against radical Islam began in 2001 (at least for us), we are in the midst of a nine-year-old conflict that shows no signs of resolution.
How is this possible? In terms of manpower and machinery, Japan was a far more formidable foe than the various umbrella groups that make up Islamic jihadism. Why are we having more trouble defeating them?
Because we've "sanitized" warfare. The same nation that detonated two atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki no longer believes in victory, if such victory requires too much "collateral damage," a k a civilian casualties.
Sounds enlightened, does it not? Who could possibly prefer relentless onslaught and destruction over "winning hearts and minds" and "nation-building?"
Yet consider how out of phase such thinking is. How do you win hearts and minds or nation-build before the enemy is defeated? How do you convince Afghans during the day to risk their lives siding with us, when the Taliban kills them at night -- because they still can?
How do you maintain the morale and well-being of American men and women in harm's way by purposefully prolonging war?
How many lives would be saved by military ruthlessness?
War is ostensibly a last-resort option. It's supposed to be something so dreadful that it should be avoided at all costs. Do Americans ever wonder how far Islamic jihadists would continue to go if their every provocation were met with an annihilating response? Our grandparents knew the answer to that question.
Dec. 7 is a day of remembrance. Sept. 11 is an open wound -- courtesy of Politically Correct Warfare.

My Letter to the Editor Of The Waterbury Republican - re: Dick Blumenthal

To The Editor

We have a nationwide midterm election coming on November 2 that is going to be a referendum on what type of country we want. Do we want the type of country with a very limited Federal government,  which shows respect for the Constitution and the individual and their rights envisioned by our Founding Fathers, or do we want the type of Government envisioned by Richard Blumenthal, a country that is run out of Washington, D.C. and tells us exactly how to live? Mr. Blumenthal has spent his career as Connecticut’s Attorney General making Connecticut very unfriendly to businesses. He sued and stopped a natural gas terminal and gas pipeline in Long Island Sound which could have led to lower prices for natural gas in Connecticut with little if any impact on the environment. He has sued numerous companies over the years, many of which could be considered frivolous, and now he wants to limit $40 billion in tax cuts to oil companies which if passed will cost the country an estimated 600,000 jobs, make us MORE dependent on foreign oil, and drastically increase gasoline, natural gas, and fuel oil prices
                He has been quoted as saying that all his law suits have actually created jobs in Connecticut. Trial lawyer jobs?
                Attorney General Blumenthal, who is running for Senator Chris Dodd’s seat in Congress, has stood behind Senator Dodd every step of the way. In fact, after Dodd’s special mortgage deal with Countrywide Mortgage (Friends of Angelo)was revealed (a deal that would save Dodd $75,000 over the life of the mortgage), Blumenthal said there was no evidence of wrong doing, and that in fact Dodd might actually have been the victim of a predatory mortgage company.
Upon announcing he was seeking Senator Dodd’s seat he said he never took nor would take PAC or special interest money. Shortly after he made that statement, he went to a Trial lawyers conference in Vancouver and took about $500,000 in special interest campaign money.
                Oh, and of course, he told us he served in Vietnam and then said he “mis-spoke”. Is ”mis-spoke” the new term for ”lying”?
                Is Richard Blumenthal just another untruthful career politician? It appears he is.
                I will not support a Liberal like Blumenthal who believes all the power should reside in the government and never mind individual freedoms. I will be supporting Linda McMahon for U.S. Senator. I hope you will join me.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tea Party Patriots- What the Left Thinks!

                    You're an Evil Idiot!

Tea Party Patriots are stupid, illiterate, racist, and mean.

That is the message being promoted by socialist multi-billionaire George Soros on his new website,  He and his coalition are set to spend millions upon millions of dollars to make the American public believe that message as part of their war on you and us.
Why are they doing this?  Why will they go to such lengths to smear and insult the honor of tens of millions of their fellow American citizens?
The answer is that they know the vast majority of the American public supports Tea Party Patriots' values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Having an open discussion on these three basic, common sense subjects is like shining sunlight on vampires to them.  So they attack viciously to change the subject.
Their goal is to make American's afraid to speak the truth for fear of being labeled as a brainless, slack-jawed, bigot.

Are you afraid?
Will you be manipulated into silence by their lies?
Will you sit back and allow them to drive America into ruin because you don't want them to call you a few names?
Of course not!  And neither will we!
We are American Tea Party Patriots!  We embody the spirit that has driven every generation of Americans to fight for justice and freedom.  To assume that they can douse that spirit with a few simple insults is absolutely ridiculous.  Clearly they have no idea what America and Americans are all about.

So we will fight!
We will fight with the energy of American patriotism that has never been defeated.  We will drive them out of power and back into the shadows.  We will inform, educate, and motivate our fellow citizens with the truth.  And together we will take back our country!

Do you know where the Tea Party movement started?
It started right here in February 2009 on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Old Sea Story

There's an old sea story about a ship's Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that his men smelled bad. 
The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally.
The first mate responded, "Aye, aye sir, I'll see to it immediately!"
The first mate went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, "The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear." He continued, "Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz."


Someone may come along and promise "Change", but don't count on things smelling any better.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Had Enough Yet - Another Example of What America is Becoming!

State college shuts down conservative group at recruiting drive

Remember November 2 - Vote and take out the trash.

It's Coming!!

Got this from my buddy, Dave
If you go to the beach and look out on the horizon, you will see a wave coming in. By the time it hits shore, it will be a tsunami, and it's headed right for the Democrats.

Beach Blanket Recovery

Got this from my friend, Betty

How the Government Works

Got this from my cousin, Ray

     Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."  
     So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
     Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.
     Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.
     Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?" So They created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer, then hired two  people.
     Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?" So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
     Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one Year and we are  $918,000 over budget, we must cutback." So they laid off the night watchman.

                  NOW slowly, let it sink  in.

                  Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.

      Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of
the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY..... during the Carter Administration?




                  Didn't  think so!

     Bottom line. We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency....the reason for which not one person who reads this can  remember!  Ready??
     It was very simple..and at  the time, everybody thought it very appropriate. The  Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
     Hey,  pretty efficient, huh???
33 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

     Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.


                       Hello!!  Anybody Home?

Friday, September 3, 2010

That D*** Constitution Again

Here is a wonderful example of why the "Tea Party" is on the rise. The ultimate law of the land is the U.S. Constitution. This is what the governing elitists think of it, and Lisa Murkowski is a Republican!
Got this quote from "Chuck Muth's News and Views"

"The Murkowski dynasty came to an end in Alaska last night as Senator Lisa Murkowski conceded she had lost her GOP primary" to Joe Miller, reports John Fund of Political Diary. But it's what possibly drove the final nail into the coffin that constitutional conservatives should be absolutely thrilled about.

"In their only debate last week," Mr. Fund writes. "Mr. Miller pounded home his view that Senator Murkowski had voted for bills that lacked any Constitutional justification. She lamely responded that it would be a far different country if she only voted for things explicitly authorized by the Constitution."

Hoo-hah!!!  If the notion that Congress should only pass legislation that is constitutionally permissible has taken hold in a state that is bathed in federal pork, imagine what that could portend for the rest of the nation.  Why, a true Second American Revolution might truly be under way without a single shot being fired.

We can only hope."

More Reasons to Vote Republican on November 2

·         ObamaCare
·         Playing race-card politics
·         Suing Arizona for cracking down on illegal immigration
·         Amnesty for illegal aliens
·         Killing the Bush tax cuts
·         Undermining our troops
·         Tax-and-cap environmental extremism
·         Lame response to BP oil spill
·         Cash for clunkers
·         Bank bailouts
·         Union bailouts
·         State government bailouts
·         Bleeding Social Security dry
·         Bleeding our children and grand-children dry
·         Unrelenting unemployment
·         Foreclosures
·         Bankruptcies
·         Ending secret ballot elections for union organizing
·         Nationalization of student loan programs
·         Under-qualified, left-wing Supreme Court nominees

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Just a Joke -or is it?

I got the following joke from my buddy, Steve.

A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee.  The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus sitting over there?"
The waitress nodded "yes," so the Republican requested that she give
Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.
The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back.  He
shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus, over there?"
The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, "My treat."
The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Democrat on crutches.
He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, "Hey there honey!  How's about gettin' me a cold mug of Miller Light?"  He too looked across the restaurant and asked, "Isn't that God's boy over there?
The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold beer.  "On my bill," he said loudly.
As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed."  The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.
Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed."  The Libertarian felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.
Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling.
The Democrat jumped up and yelled, "Don't touch me ... I'm collecting disability."

      It's just a joke, but think about it. A couple of weeks ago, former Senator Alan Simpson, one of the co-chairs of President Obama's Deficit Reduction Commission, was quoted as saying that the United States has become a cow with 310 million tits, that people were feeding off. I later heard a report that one in six Americans are in some kind of government program.
       Is that what we have become? The Country that was started by the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in Europe, in a small ship called the Mayflower, which could have been sunk by a rogue wave, to found a new country, where many of them died of disease or starvation over the next few years. The country that declared independence from Great Britain and many of the signers of the Declaration suffered horribly in many ways over the next few years. The country where Paul Revere rode his horse through the Massachusetts countryside warning the Minutemen that "The British are coming". The country with people like John Paul Jones, who as his ship was sinking during the Revolutionary war, shouted "I have not yet begun to fight". How about the people who loaded up their Conestoga wagons with a few cooking utensils, a couple of pieces of furniture, and the clothes on their backs and headed west to start a new and better life (they wouldn't have left, unless they thought life would be better)? Some stayed on the Great Plains where they started farms and built homes out of sod, others continued over the Oregon Trail to the West Coast where they settled. They faced brutal weather, disease, and Indians during their trip, yet they pushed on toward a better life. How about Davy Crockett, a Tennessee frontiersman, who served in Congress and then gave his life fighting for Texas freedom at the Alamo, along with Colonel William Travis, Jim Bowie, and about 200 others. This type of behavior is what came to be known as the "American Spirit". Does it exist anymore? How many people today could withstand a major natural or man made disaster for more than a day or two if the power was out and food, gas, and water were not available? How many would be screaming for government help if it went on for more than three or four days? Does anyone remember personal responsibility, or preparation, or individual initiative. Sadly, I think with all the instant communications, the need for instant gratification, and lack of individual initiative, that if something like that should occur, that society will start breaking down fairly rapidly because what used to be called the "can do" "American Spirit" is rapidly dying if it's not already dead.
Do we really have to get out of bed every morning and look to Washington, D.C. and ask "What are you going to do for me today?" Real Americans don't need to do that. We can take care of ourselves!