Thursday, June 26, 2008

Things Haven't Changed!

I found this commercial and realized how much things haven't changed. Tax and spend is still a Democratic answer to our economic issues. History proves when you cut taxes, it spurs economic growth. Punishing companies by increasing their taxes only shuts them down and puts people out of work. Yes, it is a very nice sound bite to talk about raising taxes on the rich and big corporations but it isn't economically sound. When taxes are low the money is in the people's hands to spend as they see fit and that helps our economy. Enjoy the video!!

Look For What's Right With Our Country

I find this old commercial inspiring because it's all about what's right with our country - not just back in the 80's - but today. Take a break from the gloom and doom and watch this!

Foxx Praises Supreme Court For 2nd Amendment Ruling

The following is from a press release from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

Foxx praises Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling
High Court strikes down D.C.’s longstanding ban on gun ownership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx made the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that Washington, D.C.’s gun ownership ban was unconstitutional and in violation of the Second Amendment:

“The Supreme Court’s decision today restores the constitutional rights of the thousands of law-abiding citizens in Washington, D.C. who for decades have seen their second amendment rights stripped away by an unconstitutional gun ban,” Foxx said.

“Law-abiding Americans have the constitutional right to own guns and it is high time that D.C. residents are given the right to purchase legal guns for legitimate purposes like sport shooting or self-defense. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for individual rights and for the fundamental personal liberties every American enjoys each day.”

Note: Last year Rep Foxx signed an amicus brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court urging the Court to overturn the District of Columbia’s unconstitutional gun ban. Rep. Foxx is also a member of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, a group of Members of Congress dedicated to protecting the right of law-abiding individuals to own firearms as granted by the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Foxx has co-sponsored H.R. 1399, a bipartisan bill to repeal the District of Columbia’s gun ban.

Our Economy In Proper Perspective

I've just read a great article by Patrick Toomey entitled, "The Greatest Story Never Told": Today's Economy In Perspective. It is a refreshingly positive look at our economy in contrast to the daily gloom and doom you hear on TV and in the papers. It is positive, but not in a Pollyanna way.

Toomey, a Harvard grad and former US Representative (PA), shows how our nation's economy has been going on many years of economic growth. This growth has been fueled by the Reagan tax cuts and George W. Bush tax cuts.

Things are tough in our country economically, but we need to look at what Americans can do to turn our economy around. We need to look on the positive things happening with our economy, not wasting our time wringing our hands and looking for the negative. We need to put our minds on a diet - cutting out all information from the naysayers and economic end of the world prognosticators. Our economy can and will turn around but it will take back bone and not wish bone. Take a moment and read this article and take heart!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Huckabee Blog - Obama's Ideas Wrong For America

In his latest blog, Mike Huckabee outlines why Obama's ideas are wrong for America. Click here to read the latest from Mike!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

NC Citizens - Rights/Responsibilities

To quote the NC State Constitution, "The people have the right to assemble together to consult for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances..." This is a right, and with rights come responsibility. Are you exercising your rights or shirking your responsibility?

Politics Of An Overbearing Majority

Here's a quote that I'd like you to read. "Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true."

You might think this was written recently but it wasn't. This was written by James Madison on November 22, 1787 (The Federalist 10).

When I read it, it rung true with me. All too often action is not taken in Washington because it seems politics get in the way. The "overbearing majority" (Democrats) seem to be against progress on such issues as energy independence and economic stimulus. They seem more concerned over who gets the credit instead of fixing things for the people they represent. The public good is disregarded in the name of politics and this is not right.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Foxx Votes For Troop Funding

The following is a press release from June 19 from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

Foxx votes for troop funding, veterans’ education benefits
Legislation funds troops through June 2009, extends education benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx today praised the passage of a long-delayed troop funding bill (H.R. 2642). Foxx voted in favor of the troop funding legislation last night, which includes approximately $165 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through June 2009 and also includes $52 billion for veterans’ education benefits.

“After months of negotiations we finally have a bill that funds the troops without billions in wasteful Washington pork and political strings attached,” Foxx said. “Commonsense prevailed and our men and women in uniform will have the funding they need for the next year.”

The final compromise version of the troop funding bill cut more than $8 billion in wasteful, unrelated Washington spending inserted by Senate Democrats and did not include tax increases sought by House Democrats.

“Not only does this legislation get our troops the funding they need when they need it, but our military commanders will be free to make strategic decisions without unnecessary and politically motivated meddling,” Foxx said.

The provisions of the compromise version of H.R. 2642, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008 are:

Provides Troop Funding for fiscal year 2008-2009. H.R. 2642 ensures that American troops have the resources they need, rejecting demands from Democrats to stop funding our troops as they make significant progress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eliminates ALL War Restrictions. This bill gets our troops the funding they need for success without any politically-motivated restrictions.

Includes NO Tax Increases. The legislation includes no tax increases of any kind sought by House Democrats.

Provides New Education Resources for American Veterans. This new education program will help our veterans (or their families) get a better education after they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maintains Work Requirements for Unemployment Insurance. At GOP insistence, H.R. 2642 protects taxpayers by maintaining the 20-week work requirement in order for a worker to receive extended unemployment benefits. The agreement also limits the extension of benefits to 13 additional weeks.

Cuts Wasteful Pork. The compromise bill cuts $8 billion in wasteful Washington spending added by Senate Democrats.

Rejects Funding for Planned Parenthood. The legislation eliminates funding sought by Democrats for Planned Parenthood.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our Rights

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Thomas Jefferson

As Jefferson wrote, our rights are not a gift from our government. Our rights of free speech, life, and liberty are all from God.

Our Declaration of Independence is even more clear. "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..."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Chuck Norris Vs. Congress

You might know some "facts" about Chuck Norris like:
  • Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird
  • Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
  • Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.
  • The bogeyman checks his closet for Chuck Norris every night.

One fact you might not know is that Chuck writes a weekly column for World Net Daily. Last week Chuck wrote, "Congress, get off your gas, and drill." It is a very well written and informative article calling upon Congress to take real action that will help reduce the price of gas and get our country out of it's dependence on foreign oil. He further urges readers to sign the "Drill here. Drill now. Pay less." petition to show Congress that the people it represents need action NOW!

Chuck has written another article, "America, are you still sitting on your gas?" I encourage everyone to read it and take the simple yet profound actions Chuck outlines.

High prices at the pump are not an economic issue, they are a political issue! Get involved! Together we can create a new Chuck Norris "fact": Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked fuel prices so hard that they didn't rise for 20 years!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The World For Obama?

According to a report on the USA Today website, the world favors Obama for president. May I respectfully say, "So what?"

Ours is a sovereign nation, and we are to elect our leaders with no regard for the world's public opinion. In his farewell address, George Washington opined, "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government."

Still On The Fence?

If you are still undecided about who you will vote for in November there is a site on the USA Today website where you can see which candidate holds views you can support. If you would like to try it out, click here.

I used the site to see how it works. I think it can help but don't count on a in-depth explanation of the candidates views. You can expect some sentences lifted out of the candidates speeches to try and give you their views on the issues. If you want more in-depth information on the candidates views you would probably find it on their website.

Again, some might find the USA Today site helpful in making an informed decision.

Vote For Huckabee in MSNBC Poll

The following is from an email I received from Huck's Army.

Greetings Troops,

Today is Tuesday, and the beginning of the third round of the highly profiled MSNBC veepstakes competition. Mike’s army of supporters have moved him forward in the tournament successfully up to this point. Today he meets the establishment favorite Mitt Romney in the highest profiled head to head contest to date. The results of this poll will get national television coverage, and will also be seen as an indicator of the level of support that the respective candidates would bring to the GOP ticket if selected as VP. Please take a moment to vote in the poll today, and throughout the remainder of this week. Consider that as an open poll, democrats can also vote for the candidate they believe would be the weaker opponent, so we may actually be fighting on two fronts in this contest. It will truly be a mamoth task to win this round and make a statement about the depth ofMike’s support.

Vote here now! : And be sure to forward this email out to all of the friends and family on your email lists. Copy the link to any social networking sites that you may frequent, and otherwise get this contest as much visibility as possible for our first choice in 08. Governor Mike Huckabee.

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This is our most significant battle to date.Losing is not an option!-- Thanks, the HucksArmy Forum Team

Pray For Our Nation - A Reminder!

I've written a few posts asking us to pray at least once a day for our great nation. Let me share with you some examples of what happens when people pray. Please take a moment today and look up the following four references in the Bible and you will see where God moved and intervened in the lives of people and for a nation.

  • I Samuel 7:7-13
  • II Kings 19:14-19, 20, 34
  • I Chronicles 5:18-22
  • II Chronicles 13:12-18
We are facing many issues in our country today and in the months and weeks ahead. Take a moment today and ask for God's help and blessing on America.

"America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we are on His side." Ronald Reagan

George Washington praying

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Foxx Calls For Passage of Border Fence Bill

The following is from a press release today from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

Foxx joins legislators to call for passage of border fence bill
Bill would restore funding for 700-mile border fence

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Virginia Foxx joined Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina at a press conference today to call on Congress to pass the Fence by Date Certain Act (H.R. 4987). H.R. 4987 mandates the completion of a double-layer fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by June 30, 2009. Rep. Jones introduced the bill this January in order to restore funding to the border fence project and ensure its timely completion.

Steve Elliott, President of, presented the signatures of nearly 250,000 citizens who support the Fence By Date Certain Act to the members of Congress present at the press conference. Foxx made the following statement:

“We can not solve our illegal immigration problem if we don’t enforce our laws and police our border.

“Congress took decisive steps in 2006 to staunch the flow of illegal immigrants by passing the necessary legislation to build a border fence. But this past winter this law was hijacked and stripped clean of requirements to build the fence. The Fence By Date Certain Act remedies this national security disaster by requiring the construction of 700 miles of double-layer fence along the border, to be completed by June 30, 2009.

“I commend my friends Mr. Jones and Mr. King for championing this important legislative fix to our border fence problem. I know from hearing from constituents back in North Carolina’s Fifth District that they have had it with illegal immigration and the poor enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.

“This important grassroots petition that we are presenting to Congress today, with its nearly 250,000 signatures, is a clarion call to meaningful action on illegal immigration. As a nation we cannot tolerate the widespread flaunting of America’s immigration laws. Illegal immigration fundamentally undermines our national security, our sovereignty and our centuries-old foundation of the rule of law.

“Today we have more than 12 million illegal immigrants in America. The longer we wait to take decisive action and fix our broken immigration system, the longer the problem of illegal immigration will persist and erode our national security. The Fence by Date Certain Act is an important step in the right direction and we must bring it up for an up or down vote this year.

“Our border lacks adequate security and we simply cannot afford to wait any longer to pass this legislation. So I call on Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrat leadership to schedule a vote now on the Fence by Date Certain Act.”

Monday, June 9, 2008

Foxx Calls On Congress To Act On Epic Gas Prices

Foxx Opposes 2009 Budget That Increases Taxes

The following is from a June 5 press release from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. Let me go on record again as saying I am proud she represents me in Washington!

Foxx votes against $683 billion tax increase in budget
Opposes 2009 Federal Budget that increases taxes on every American

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx today voted against the final 2009 federal budget which includes $683 billion in tax hikes over the next five years. These increases amount to the largest tax increase in American history.

“Here they go again,” Rep. Foxx said. “This budget is stuffed with billions in new spending and, as usual, taxpayers are on the hook. The last thing hard-working Americans paying $4 per gallon for gas need is a massive tax increase.”

The 2009 budget includes $24.5 billion in new spending, a number that grows to $241 billion in increased spending over the next five years. Under the Democrat budget plan, 116 million American taxpayers also would be nailed with an average tax hike of $1,833.

Working families are hit especially hard by the 2009 budget: for instance, a family of four with two children that currently earns $50,000 a year would be forced to pay an additional $2,155 in taxes under the Democrat plan. This is a 191 percent increase in that family’s tax bill.

“By allowing middle-class families’ taxes to skyrocket Democrats are simply polishing their bona fides as tax-and-spend legislators,” Foxx said. “The American people deserve a budget that reins in government spending, addresses our $43 trillion in unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations, and provides real earmark reform. This is not that budget.”

The Democrat budget resolution for fiscal year 2009 passed earlier today by a slim margin of 214-210, with no Republicans voting to approve it.

Let's Put Things In Perspective

Everyone needs to realize some truths that might get lost in the November elections. Here they are. You are not a card-carrying member of the "he-man woman haters club" if you didn't support Hillary Clinton. You are not a racist if you don't plan on voting for Obama. You cannot be considered less than a patriot if you don't vote for McCain.

Let's keep things in perspective. We should support and vote for candidates because of their character, voting record, and what we believe they will do for our country and those they will represent. You and I must vote our conscience and values.

I support the candidates I support not because of their gender, race or veterans status. I support them because I believe they support the values I believe have made our country great. I support them because I know I will have a clear conscience before God when I vote for them. I support them because their character and actions have earned my support and not my suspicion.

Let's leave the group-think to the lemmings. Vote your conscience, vote your values and support the candidate that has earned your vote.

Blog Roll Updated

I've updated my blog roll today. I've added a great new blog, Back to the Constitution. I especially like the June 5 post entitled "Standing In The Gap."

Making A Difference

I sometimes wonder if it's worth the time and effort to keep up with this blog. I'm sure lots of independent bloggers might feel the same way at times as well. But then I think about the story below. I might not reach hundreds or thousands through this blog - but I pray I can reach at least one. If just one person is inspired, motivated or changed by this blog, it is all worth the effort. I hope you enjoy the story below!

The Legend of the Starfish
A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walked slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, "I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could find something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make a difference?" The boy looked up at the man, and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, "It makes a difference to that one."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

An Appeal To Heaven

Many flags were flown during the Revolutionary War. One that stands out to me was flown on cruisers commissioned by General George Washington in 1775. It was a white flag with a green pine tree and the words “An Appeal To Heaven”. Knowing they were fighting the greatest military might at that time, the colonists appealed to God for their fight to secure their independence.

Over 200 years later we still need to appeal to the One who is in heaven. We need to appeal to heaven for our country, our economy, the upcoming elections. Please see my post below concerning a challenge to pray for America every day this month.

appeal to heaven flag

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pray For Our Nation

For the month of June I challenge and encourage everyone to pray once a day for our nation. Pray for our leaders, our economy, our military - pray for our country.

Here are some key verses:

  • "I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty." I Timothy 2:1-2

  • "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

  • The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever

The history of our nation proves that God moves when we pray. We need to pray about the upcoming elections, pray for the high gas prices, pray for our economy, pray for those who can't pay their mortgage, pray for our brave soldiers fighting for our freedom. Pray for our country this month. We will see a difference!

Ben Franklin rightfully said, "I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affair of man.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"

Take the challenge this month and pray every day for our country.