On the first Memorial Day on May 30th, 1868, General John Logan asked that we “renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”

On this 144th Memorial Day, we remember and honor the dead of more recent wars.  We remember the sacrifices in war made by our grandfathers and grandmothers, our aunts and uncles, our brothers and sisters, and our children and grandchildren.

In 1971, Congress transformed Memorial Day into a popular “three day weekend.”  In celebrating outdoor cooking, family, and the promise of summertime, we may forget the nature of war, the sacrifices of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and the ongoing sacrifices and suffering of those they left behind.   We may forget our responsibility as Americans, as the descendants and beneficiaries of great men and women, to live and to celebrate our precious liberty each day.

This weekend, let us remember the ideals of a free and noble America, and know that these ideals are worth fighting for.  Let us say a silent prayer for our fellow veterans, our brothers and sisters in arms.  Let us make time to aid and assist the widows and widowers, the children who have lost a parent, and the parents who have lost their beloved children because those brave ones heroically answered the call of service to their nation.

God bless them, and God bless America.

 

Many of you (as long as you are not Congressman Bob Goodlatte) may enjoy this talk I gave recently. I thank and commend the great work they do at the Campaign for Liberty in Harford County, and all over the country!

 

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“Everybody wants a piece of the federal agricultural pie.  But no one seems to be questioning why this monster half a trillion dollar piece of taxpayer and debt-funded socialized program is in any way good for this country.”  The rest of my thoughts on the 2012 Farm Bill at the Luray-Page Free Press!

I contributed a chapter to a recently published book entitled “Why Peace” edited by Marc Guttman….

Peace takes on a more concrete meaning when people are struggling to feed families, buy gas, get and keep a job, and make their mortgage payments. As the productive capacity and civil liberties of Americans are shrinking, as they have done radically since September 11, 2001, the idea of living in a constitutional republic rather than an empire or global military enforcer becomes more compelling to the average American. Increasingly Americans are expatriating, and if not fully disengaging from the American state, are seeking second homes in places that truly, seem to embody peaceful living.

We are reminded today, almost three generations later, of the emerging prosperity-oriented ideas of the late 1950s. Barry Goldwater called for smaller more accountable government, in the face of a growing and ever more confiscatory state. President Dwight Eisenhower questioned the burgeoning growth of the military-industrial complex, and warned all Americans that unless checked, we as a nation would sacrifice both peace and liberty. In 1957, Ayn Rand published Atlas Shrugged, posing a last ditch solution to the monster war-loving state, a “shrugging” off of individual productivity by simply disappearing from the purview of the state.

These ideas – all related to peace, all related to prosperity, founded on Renaissance revelations of the intrinsic value of the individual and resting on the Founders’ ideas of a Creator-granted organic right of liberty – have persisted, even as the government of the United States has morphed into a war-addicted, liberty-offending, debt-ridden global empire.

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This printable sheet provides you with cards for you and your friends. These will help all of us spread the word about our campaign for a new constitutionalism and better representation for the 6th District. We thank Kaleb and Helen for their work on this — Have fun with it! On June 12th, It Will Be Me plus 3!

We have updated our side-by-side comparison on the issue for your friends and neighbors to use if they want to understand which Republican will be the representative closer to their own set of values.

This PDF file entitled, “You Can Choose” can be downloaded and printed for sharing as you wish, throughout your neighborhood and in your various networks and organizations.

You Can Choose

The results on March 6th reveal some dark – if otherwise well-known – secrets:

1) The state GOP has forgotten the Republican creed, a creed that Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign lives and breathes. Instead of solid conservatism, party leadership endorsed well-funded statist Mitt Romney, who has zero chance of defeating well-funded statist Barack Obama in eight months.

2) The Republican Party of Virginia can no longer count on Republicans to do the party’s bidding on demand. RPV messaging, the governor’s blessing, and Bill Boling’s advocacy for Romney all failed to resonate.

3) The biggest challenge the Republican Party faces to day isn’t excessive spending and borrowing. Most of our elected Republicans, including the 6th District incumbent, are dedicated to a spend-and-borrow mindset, and have been for decades. Instead, the fundamental challenge facing the GOP is how to bring Tea Party rebels, constitutional conservatives and the civil liberty wing of the old Republican Party back into the fold.

Four more years of burning Obama effigies in Washington might be enough reunite real conservatives with establishment Republicans….

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A recent Daily News Record article featured Goodlatte worrying about the budget, and publicly wondering why the debt keeps growing, and growing and growing.  My thoughts here.

It occurs to me that when we speak of war, we often confuse justifiable resistance of people to evil with the propaganda-driven fiascos pursued by governments in order to consolidate or expand power, or to satisfy the corporate demands placed on politicians by the organizations, industries or cabals that helped elect them.
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The buzz in conservative media is that former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Democrat, now regrets that she voted for Obamacare.

Dahlkemper is Roman Catholic, and she says she didn’t realize that Obamacare would force “all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the “week-after” pill.”

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, seeking his 11th term, voted several times to fund Obamacare, most recently last spring.  Perhaps, like Democratic Congresswoman Dahlkemper, he didn’t read the bill he was voting to fund.  (Read More)

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