24 April 2006    |    PatriotPost.US    |    Patriot No. 06-17

THE FOUNDATION

"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country." —Noah Webster

INSIGHT

"Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other." —John Locke

IChThUS IMPRIMIS

"Just think about the situation Christ's disciples were in after He left them. Here was a group of peasants, powerless, up against the most powerful empire in the world. Possible prison time was the very least of their worries. They knew that torture and execution could be in their future if they refused to stop preaching the name of Jesus Christ. But they couldn't stop. To a man, they kept talking about Christ's life, death, and resurrection to anyone who would listen. None of them would deny or retract their story. Eventually, just as the authorities had threatened, most of them were executed for it. But still, all of them maintained to the very end that Jesus had risen from the dead—that they had seen Him, touched Him, talked with Him. What would inspire men to suffer and die for a belief? Only one thing—the absolute certainty that their belief was true... Which leads me inescapably to one conclusion: Jesus' resurrection was not a lie. These apostles would have turned state's evidence in a heartbeat, copped a plea, unless they had seen the risen Christ in the flesh... Their courage, their steadfastness, proves that their story is the truth. And that makes it a truth worth living—and dying—for." —Chuck Colson

FAMILY

"Ever since the late 1960s, the tax code has included alternative minimum tax provisions theoretically designed to prevent the 'rich' from using loopholes to avoid paying any federal income tax at all... Three things are now pulling middle-class families into the maws of this tax. First, unlike the normal income tax, the AMT was never indexed for inflation. As wages have crept up with prices, workers making relatively less-affluent incomes have crept closer and closer to the threshold that will subject them to the AMT. Secondly—and ironically—the cuts in the income-tax rates secured by President Bush are causing more middle-class families to have lower tax bills under the ordinary tax, thus exposing them to a potential AMT liability that would essentially seize the income that the Bush tax cuts would let them keep. Thirdly, the AMT does not allow deductions for dependent children, state income taxes or property taxes. Under AMT, more children means more federal taxes, and a more valuable house means more federal taxes... Why won't an all-Republican government push to simply abolish the AMT? Because it has already made plans to spend every penny of revenue the AMT will bring in to the federal coffers from its expanded taxation of middle-class families." —Terence Jeffrey

 

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CULTURE

"The idea that males can't control themselves and that females can't be blamed—ever for anything—has been taking shape in the culture for the past several decades and now is firmly embedded in the zeitgeist. Reaction to Duke [University's] sad chapter is but the inevitable full flowering of the anti-male seeds planted a generation ago. Thus, we need little prompting to assume that where there's a guy, there's a potential rapist; where there's an athlete, there's seething brute force; where there's an SUV, there's a privileged, gluttonous, imperialistic brat who deserves to be found guilty, even if he isn't... Obviously, no woman deserves to be raped for any reason, under any circumstances. But nor do men deserve to be presumed guilty just because they're men." —Kathleen Parker

LIBERTY

"Those who want to hoist the banner of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the American tradition of immigration should remember that when immigrants were passing through Ellis Island at the early part of the last century, the federal government accounted for about 3 percent of the American economy. Today it is 25 percent. Part of the package deal that comes with showing up in the United States today is our welfare state as well as our free economy... Yes, let's encourage freedom. But freedom is a privilege and a responsibility. We have enough people already here who think it's all about entitlement." —Star Parker

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STOP AMNESTY NOW!

As we go to print today, the Senate is back in session and debating amnesty for illegal aliens.

The Patriot needs your assistance NOW in order to stop the McCain/Kennedy legislation, which will give illegal aliens "amnesty" and "fast-track citizenship." The final immigration reform legislation must provide for the following: Strict border security and enforcement; automatic detention and deportation of those crossing our borders illegally; no extension of amnesty or fast-track citizenship; preservation of our tax-subsidized medical, educational and social services for American citizens; strong penalties against employers who hire illegals; and Americanization of new legal immigrants. It should also disallow birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens, and we support legislation to that end.

Every day that passes without these reform measures, about 3,200 illegal aliens cross our borders. In another month, more than 96,000 illegal aliens will have entered the U.S.

Please help The Patriot promote this important message to millions of Americans so our Senators, Representatives and the President will know that the vast majority of Americans reject any amnesty proposal. Please make a small donation—whatever you can afford—to our Immigration Reform Campaign today.

"Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Leave like beaten rats, you old white people. It is your duty to die... We are going to take over." —Augustin Cebada, a Brown Beret protestor, demanding amnesty for illegal aliens

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THE GIPPER

"The character that takes command in moments of crucial choices has already been determined by a thousand other choices made earlier in seemingly unimportant moments. It has been determined by all the 'little' choices of years past—by all those times when the voice of conscience was at war with the voice of temptation, [which was] whispering the lie that 'it really doesn't matter.' It has been determined by all the day-to-day decisions made when life seemed easy and crises seemed far away—the decision that, piece by piece, bit by bit, developed habits of discipline or of laziness; habits of self-sacrifice or self-indulgence; habits of duty and honor and integrity—or dishonor and shame." —Ronald Reagan

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OPINION IN BRIEF

"Members of Congress piously and piteously claim they are struggling public servants, but it is becoming clearer that way too many of them are using their public positions not to serve their constituents, but to enrich themselves and their friends. Here's what I think they should do: The August recess is scheduled to begin on July 31 and last until September 5. Thirty-seven days. Rather than taking trips to Paris or Rome, or spending nights in five star hotels in Hong Kong or Beijing they should each pledge to spend just four days—about 10 percent of their summer vacation—living with a military unit which has been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in the past six months. Not in Iraq or Afghanistan; that would be too hard. I mean live with the enlisted personnel of a unit which is back in the United States. And they shouldn't live in VIP quarters. They should live in the barracks and eat in the mess halls and spend all day cleaning and repairing the aging equipment. And listen to the stories of young men and women who are truly serving their country. And not getting rich along the way." —Rich Galen

GOVERNMENT

"Every new sweeping tax law Congress enacts—always called a 'reform' —makes the job even more complicated and, if possible, more confusing. And the tax code longer. But we're all supposed to swear, on penalty of perjury, that we've done our best to find it... Is tax reform the answer? It's more like the problem, since every reform tends to complicate tax law only more. And the longer and worse the tax code gets, the less chance there is of really reforming the thing. What to do? Don't mend it, end it. Abolish the tax code and start all over. Think about it: Would anybody starting from scratch come up with a system as indecipherable and counterproductive as the one we've got? So why not opt for a clean break with the past? Abolish the Internal Revenue Code and begin anew." —Paul Greenberg

RE: THE LEFT

"In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change." —Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace

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POLITICAL FUTURES

"The refrain that Republicans are 'incompetent,' or...that they 'are incapable of governing,' is...problematic for the Democrats, for a couple of reasons. First, the constant repetition of it suggests that it probably isn't true... The claim that Republicans 'are incapable of governing' also poses an ideological problem for liberal Democrats, at least to whatever extent they remain committed to expansive and activist government. If it is true...that one of the two major parties is 'incapable of governing' and that the other one may well be too, that is a very powerful argument that government itself is too big and unwieldy. The Angry Left's cynicism about Republicans may be feeding public cynicism about government, diminishing the left's chances of realizing its ideological vision even if it one day manages to win some elections." —James Taranto

FOR THE RECORD

"In a phone conversation last week, Lt. General John Bruce Blount—former chief of staff of Allied Forces Southern Europe—told me that criticism from the ranks of retired generals is not a new phenomenon. 'But it's a very bad idea for these six to politicize their complaining at this time,' Blount, a retired U.S. Army three-star, said. 'Frankly, their complaints are much ado about nothing. I haven't heard one of them come up with any clear example of what Rumsfeld did that was so onerous.' He added, 'I can tell you, the troops aren't happy about this.' What rises to the level of sedition is debatable. What is irrefutable, however, is that the aforementioned anti-Bush, anti-Rumsfeld rhetoric inflames the passions of those who do not understand the big picture of the war on terror (including operations in Iraq). And inflaming, not debating, is exactly what that rhetoric is intended to do. Worse, that same rhetoric also encourages the likes of Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al Zarqawi. I can't say for sure if such rhetoric is spewed to deliberately encourage terrorists, but it doesn't take much to realize it does encourage our enemies." —W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

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"Memo to those retired discontent generals—Five Star General of the Army Omar Bradley had this to say about your actions: 'I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit, and to mothball his opinions.' How about retiring your protests until our young men and women are out of harm's way in Iraq. You do them and your nation, a great disservice." —Lt. Gen. (USA, ret), Alexandria, Virginia.

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"Thank you for a very excellent essay, 'General discontent'. I have been shocked by the lack of support for our President, in time of war, by a small cadre of retired Generals who should know better. Keep up the good work! Your analysis regarding the real agenda—the next High Court appointment—is spot on! We forward The Patriot far and wide!" —Westbrook, Connecticut.

Editor's Reply: It is difficult for us to criticize men who have been good military leaders, but what these generals chose to do was wrong on principle and moral grounds. We did not levy this criticism without considerable consternation, but right is right and wrong is not.

"On several occasions you have accused those who hold different views than Republicans to be guilty of treason. However, the Constitution says, 'Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.' I feel that a man as educated as yourself, especially one who makes his living as a journalist, should celebrate free speech and press, not label them criminal." —Tallahassee, Florida

Editor's Reply: On your first point, we have done no such thing. Regarding our Constitution, clearly, our condemnation was not on legal grounds, but moral grounds. However, one might accurately conclude that senior level politicians or retired general officers who make a public spectacle out of their grievances in time of war, constitutes "aiding and abetting," regardless of which political party is in the White House. We made the same arguments against the few national and military leaders who publicly made issue of Clinton's policy in Bosnia and Rwanda. We did not say these retired officers don't have a right to voice those grievances. We did say doing so in a public forum was very poor judgment. A retired general may be a private citizen, but they are standing on a soapbox that is their tenure as military men. They did a great disservice to those they, ostensibly, led and served.

"'General discontent' is THE most appropriate column about said subject that I have read—and I've read dozens. Your position on this subterfuge was measured and you covered all the points with precision. Indeed, your summary that this all really boils down to regaining the Senate after midterm elections so to deny Bush another High Court appointment is right on target. I spent most of my life around DC and know these shenanigans well. Good strategic analysis, Patriots, and I hope enough readers could follow along, connect the dots, and see what all this Bush-bashing is really about." —Portland, Oregon

"In 2004, I read 'Battle Ready' by Tom Clancy and Gen. Anthony Zinni. It was glaringly obvious that General Zinni is a very partisan Democrat. The book had a full pot of hero worship for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and a surfeit of nit-picking criticism and gratuitous negative slant for Republican presidents. His recent comments are only more of the same." —Mankato, Minnesota

"This is probably the first time I have had reason to question your comments and I do so with sadness. I noticed in a recent Patriot Alert that you included the phrase 'preservation of our tax-subsidized medical, educational and social services for American citizens.' I was under the impression that The Patriot, and all good citizens, were in favor of the abolition of these services in their present form, as they are not constitutionally authorized. If you can logically explain the phrase, I would be glad to support this Alert." —Tanzania, East Africa

Editor's Reply: Like it or not, right now that IS where your tax dollars are being spent. As long as that is the case, at best, those services should be reserved for those who are paying for them.

"I think ONLY first nation Native American people should have a voice in determining our immigration policy. After all, it was our land long before the 'white devils' arrived here." —Cherokee Brave, The Nation

Editor's Reply: Yeah, we share Davy Crockett's sentiments about Andy Jackson after the latter smoked a pow-wow peace pipe with Cherokee leaders many moons ago, and then broke treaty. Now get back on your reservation.

"Regarding Patriot No. 06-16 and the comment by illegal immigrant supporter Augusta Cebada, why would illegals need amnesty if they are going to take over—amnesty from what! Keep up your great work. You really help keep us sane and condense and articulate complex matters so well. The Patriot is a great tribute to our country." —Semper Fi, Oro Valley, Arizona

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We also received this note: "Dear Patriots—we can hand out as many OpSoS shields as you can send to us as we reach many frontline Armed Forces personnel. Our installation chapel is a place of refuge for them and being able to wear one of these shields is a constant reminder of Gods love and faithfulness. May God richly bless your endeavor to reach out and for your support of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines!" —Army LtCol, Operation Iraqi Freedom

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THE LAST WORD

"To an extraordinary degree this is George W. Bush's presidency. Its strengths are his strengths and its weaknesses his weakness. This White House is him. The decisions it makes are him. This is true to some degree in all presidencies—all presidents set direction or, at the very least, a certain mood, certain administration tendencies. But I've never seen a president who controlled the facts and personality of his White House as Mr. Bush has... Mr. Bush's feelings, assumptions and convictions set theme, direction and mood. All decisions as to declared destination go to him. He seeks a sense of control by making and sticking to the decision. When he won't budge, the White House won't budge. When it clings to an idea beyond evidence and history, it is Mr. Bush who is doing the clinging. When he stands firm, it stands firm. And this is true of this president to an unusual degree... If this White House is all George Bush, nothing changes or shifts, nothing hits refresh unless he does. He is a tough and stubborn man, a brave one too, and he leads with his heart. These are virtues, or can be. The presidency can break you—we've seen it break presidents—and he does not intend to be broken. But one senses he fears to bend because if he bends, he breaks." —Peggy Noonan

Lex et Libertas—Semper Vigilo, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for the editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.)