The AmericanRevolution, Version 2.0

October 16, 2009

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

Filed under: Honesty,Liberals vs. Conservatives,OpEd,Pundits — Miss Abigail @ 6:32 pm
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Dear Miss Coulter,

I understand that you feel strongly about politics. I too feel strongly about politics. You have made writing about politics your career. I too hope to do so. You fall heavily on the conservative side of the spectrum. I also am strongly conservative, and I agree with many things you say.

However, Miss Coulter, you are extremely abrasive! I understand that honesty is the best policy, but it seems to me that you don’t understand the concept of tact. This is a problem!

It is easier to catch flies if you use honey rather than vinegar. Ann, could you tone it down, just a bit? You make the rest of us look like racist bigots!

Sincerely,
Miss Abigail
This post was prompted by watching random unedited clips of Ann Coulter interviews on YouTube. Goodness. Way to make us look bad!

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October 7, 2009

Obama, Oprah, and The Olympics

(Like my alliteration? Yeah, thought not.)

When I heard that the Three O’s were jetting off to Copenhagen to campaign for the 2016 Olympics, I thought it was incredibly arrogant of President Obama. I also thought that it was a waste of his time.

Turns out I wasn’t the only person to think that. But I wonder. Are we rejoicing in the downfall of the united States of America when we rejoice in the failure of BHO’s campaign to bring the Olympics to Chicago?

See, when President Bush was still in office, we conservatives criticized the liberals for criticising the President. We perceived their rejection of the sitting president as evidence that they hated America.

Do they now see the same thing? Is our rejection of BHO’s policies seen as hatred of America? It is certainly, unreasonably but certainly, seen as racism. (Excuse me. There are, of course, 5 A’s in Raaaaacism.)

When we laugh over the failure of the Three O’skeetiers to bring the Olympics to the incomparable uS of A, are we inadvertently proclaiming to the world at large that we Americans have lost faith in our country? That America is no longer relevant, or important, or worthy of recognition? Let’s face it, we may not be intending to send that message, but we very well may be.

I think we need to take a hard look at how we express ourselves, and possibly start encouraging the President towards good policies, instead of focusing all our energies on criticizing his bad ones.

And let’s remember one thing:

“There is nothing wrong with America that Americans can’t fix.” ~ Ronald Reagan

October 3, 2009

9-12 DC Tea Party: One Person’s Impressions

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Abigail @ 11:04 pm

Marci is a friend on Twitter (@knittyhorse), and I asked her if she would be interested in a guest post about her attending the 9-12 DC Tea Party.  She said yes!  🙂 She sent this to me last week, but I had college to deal with and didn’t post it until today. Oh well!

[T]he following is just a sort of stream of consciousness
recollection and impression of last Saturday’s march.
HTH,
Marci

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It’s been a week since the 9-12 Washington, D.C. Teaparty. I was there. I still can’t believe it. Even after a week to digest that day, it
still seems surreal, but in a good way. In one sense, it was a
quintessential protest march. After we exited the Metro, we streamed up the street, hundreds of thousands of people carrying signs and flags.

Periodically, there were chants of “Read the Bills,” “Tell the Truth,”
“Can You Hear Us Now?” and “What do we want? — Term Limits! When do we want them? — Now!” The sound of thousands of voices chanting in unison roared up the street and was louder and more thrilling than I had imagined. We marched to the Capitol where a stage and sound system were erected and speakers addressed the growing crowd. We listened to Stephen Baldwin, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, and many others speak to our concerns as American taxpayers and patriots.

Several things stood out, however, as abberations to the usual protest
march scenario. Everybody was polite and respectful. There was a lot
of “go ahead,” “excuse me,” “I’m sorry.” Even though the crowd was enormous, I never felt pressed, intimidated, or worried about my personal safety. To my knowledge there were no arrests. Marchers deposited their trash in the proper receptacles. People were circumspect in their language and behavior, not just because they were aware of their roles as ambassadors of their cause, but because they’re average Americans. Average Americans with families, jobs, homes, and bills to pay. Average Americans who take their responsibilities seriously. Average Americans who earn a finite salary and strive to live within their means. Average Americans who desire to “preserve the blessings of liberty to [themselves] and their posterity.” Hence, the overiding theme of the day was optimism, patriotism, and faith in the power of the American electorate.

The marchers represented the large percentage of Americans who were and are sincerely concerned about the future of the United States in light of unsustainable and unreasonable government spending. All they want, we want, is for our elected representatives to listen to us, to hear our concerns, our suggestions, our solutions. We want our representatives to truly act in our best interest, not in the interest of winning re-election. We want our representatives to give due and proper consideration to each and every piece of legislation, instead of caving to politcal pressure and expediency. It’s not too much to ask. And it’s the right thing to do.

September 15, 2009

Morals and Party Bickering

Filed under: Quotes — Miss Abigail @ 4:59 pm

This morning I was reading from The Joyful Christian by C. S. Lewis, and one portion in particular struck me as being very applicable to politics.  I’m not sure, but it might also be something Lewis touched on in Mere Christianity or The Abolition of Man.  If so, please let me know!

I could have just quoted the part that struck me as applying to politics, but I decided that I needed to provide context.  So, I quoted the whole section, and bolded the parts that stuck out to me. 🙂

Right and Wrong

Everyone has heard people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?” — “That’s my seat, I was there first” — “Leave him along, he isn’t doing you any harm” — “Why should you shove in first?” — “Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine” — “Come on, you promised.”  People say things like this every day, educated as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.

Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behavior does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behavior which he expects the other man to know about. And the other man very seldom replies: “To hell with your standard.” Nearly always he tries to make out that what he has been doing does not really go against the standard, or that if it does there is some special excuse.  He pretends there is some special reason in this particular case why the person who took the seat first should not keep it, or that things were quite different when he was given the bit of orange, or that something has turned up which lets him off from keeping his promise.  It looks, in fact, very much as if both parties had in mind some kinds of Law or Rule of fair play, or decent behaviour, or morality, or whatever you life to call it, about which they really agreed. And they have.  If they had not, they might, or course, fight like animals, but they could not quarrel in the human sense of the word.  Quarrelling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong.  And there would be no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are; just as there would be no sense in saying that a footballer had committed a foul unless there was some agreement about the rules of football.

Now this Law or Rule about Right and Wrong used to be called the Law of Nature. Nowadays, when we talk of the “laws of nature,” we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry. But when the older thinkers called the Law of Right and Wrong “the Law of Nature,” they really meant the Law of Human Nature. The idea was that, just as all bodies are governed by the law of gravitation and organisms by biological laws, so the creature called man also had his law — with this great difference, that a body could choose either to obey the Law of Human Nature or to disobey it.

Is it just me, or did Lewis really hit the nail on the head with this? Crazy Brit who disliked America, but excellent insight into human nature! (Disclaimer: I do love C.S.Lewis! :D)

September 2, 2009

A Rich Heritage of Freedom

Filed under: freedom — Miss Abigail @ 2:34 pm

The men who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence put their lives, property, reputations, and families on the line.  If the American Revolution failed, they would be hanged as traitors to the Crown of England.  Many were wealthy men, who lost everything for the cause of Freedom.  Freedom to worship God as they chose.  Freedom to govern themselves.  Freedom to choose their own leaders.  Freedom.

Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want.  True freedom can only be found within a system of Just Laws.  Your rights end where mine begin.  Our Constitution guarantees the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  I may be happy to box, but hitting you in the nose violated your rights.  Thus a truely free society must have laws that forbid evil.

Freedom requires responsibility.  Freedom requires that a man or woman defend the freedoms of another person, even if they disagree.  I may think that you are stupid for believing that the earth is flat, but I will defend to the death your right to believe that.  If I do not, we both lose freedom.

Thomas Jefferson said:
Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law. (Declaration of The Rights of Man and The Citizen)

Benjamin Franklin:
They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety… deserve neither safety nor liberty. (Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759)

Parting Shot:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! ~ Benjamin Franklin

August 16, 2009

The Declaration of Independence, Then.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Abigail @ 9:29 pm

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton

Wm. Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thos. Heyward, Junr.
Thomas Lynch, Junr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
Wm. Paca
Thos. Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Th. Jefferson
Benja. Harrison
Thos. Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robt. Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benja. Franklin
John Morton
Geo. Clymer
Jas. Smith
Geo. Taylor
James Wilson
Geo. Ross
Caesar Rodney
Geo. Read
Tho. Mckean

Wm. Floyd
Phil. Livingston
Frans. Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richd. Stockton
Jno. Witherspoon
Fras. Hopkinson
John Hart
Abra. Clark

Josiah Bartlett
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Adams
John Adams
Robt. Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Step. Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
Wm. Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Matthew Thornton

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