The Meaning of Memorial Day

The American Cemetery in Normandy

The disconcerting part of the Memorial Day weekend is the general public’s misunderstanding of the day. Even the President doesn’t have a full understanding of the day.

Let me tell you what Memorial Day is not. It is not about parades or barbecues. It is not about honoring those who returned to their homes, families and communities. It is definitely not about being the first weekend of the American summer season.

The men who came home have Veteran’s Day not Memorial Day. This day is for those who paid the price for our freedom.

What Memorial Day is about is honoring those who paid the supreme price for yours and my liberty. From Lexington Green to some valley in Afghanistan, Americans have fought and died not only for our freedom but for the freedom of other peoples.

During the American Civil War, the Union Army fought and died to free 4 million African-American slaves. Memorial Day was originally created as Decoration Day so that their comrades could honor them.

During two world wars, our troops fought and died for freedom all over the globe. And they are buried all over the globe. They rest in eternal vigilance in the Philippines or Normandy.

In Korea, our troops fought to free South Koreans from the tyranny of the Communists and won. In Vietnam, we fought the same fight but we lost.

Our current military conflicts are involved with the War on Terror. These are different conflicts carried out by smaller special operations units. Despite what Barack Obama would like, expect them to continue indefinitely.

Unfortunately, we will continue to bury our honored dead. They will leave widows, widowers, children, parents and extended families to mourn their loss.Marine's son receiving flag

You see these are the people that Memorial Day was created for. Not the living who returned but the dead who are buried across the globe, not only at national cemeteries here but places like the American Cemetery in Normandy or in the Philippines.

Personally, I remember two men who died on the field of honor. One was a neighbor of my late mother’s. His name was Jackie Diamond and he was a Marine. He died during the first days of the Guadalcanal campaign.

His mother arrived at my mother’s family’s front door with the telegram that informed her that her only son had died for his country. They all mourned together.

The other dead soldier was my friend Sergeant Gerard Joseph Dunne. Gerard was killed in the Republic of Vietnam attempting to save his point man who was already dead. In doing so, he was shot and killed.

I think of these two young soldiers every Memorial Day and I will until I die. They are frozen in time, forever young. They are who Memorial Day is about.

Bill and Hillary: Money Launderers Extradonaire

Hillary Clinton speaking and gesturingThe news about the Clinton’s money shenanigans keeps on coming out in the media. The public is getting an ugly picture of the Clinton’s political underbelly. Stories that had been published as far back as five years ago are resurfacing and investigative reports are on the front page and opening stories in the media.

Under the theory that everyone loves a train wreck the media and the public’s attention has been piqued by the numerous stories of the Clinton’s financial improprieties.

The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Thursday that it had received millions of dollars in payments that had not previously been disclosed under a 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration.

The Washington Post, citing foundation officials, reported that the payments were categorized internally as “revenue” instead of donations, which exempted the organization from including them in its public list of contributions.

According to the Post, the previously undisclosed money was paid in the form of speaking fees for Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, as well as their daughter Chelsea. The foundation does not say how much the Clintons were paid for each speech, only giving a range. The total amount in new payments is between $12 million and $26.4 million.

The ethics agreement was reached between the foundation and the Obama administration to provide additional transparency and avoid potential conflicts of interest with Hillary Clinton’s appointment as secretary of state.

The agreement placed restrictions on foreign government donations, for instance, but the foundation revealed in February that it had violated the limits at one point by taking $500,000 from Algeria.

Mrs. Clinton has made numerous speeches to large financial institutions, such as, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase. Another organization, founded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, paid between $250,000 and $500,000 to hear the former Secretary of State.

Meanwhile, the former President has made a number of speeches to foreign audiences including Thailand’s Energy Ministry, which contributed between $250,000 and $500,000, the U.S. Islamic World Forum (between $250,000 and $500,000 contributed), a South Korean energy and chemical company ( between $500,00 and $1 million), the China Real Estate Development Corp., and the Qatar First Investment Bank (both paying between $250,000 and $500,000).

Are the Clinton’s being paid extraordinary amounts of money by organizations seeking benefits from a future Clinton administration. In 2004, New York developer Robert Congel donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Soon thereafter, Senator Hillary Clinton reportedly helped Congel access millions of dollars in federal assistance for his mall project.

Despite their denials in August of 2013 the New York Times, hardly a right-wing newspaper, published a blistering investigative report revealing the Clinton Foundation as a nonprofit rife with crony capitalist conflicts of interest and multi-million dollar deficits despite raking in at least $492 million from 1997 to 2007.

According to http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/ the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation showed these financial facts. It’s interesting that the grants that they awarded were between 6% and 7%, extremely low for a foundation of their size.

  • Assets: $277,805,820 (2013)
  • Grants Received: $144,382,361 (2013)
  • Grants Awarded: $8,865,052 (2013)

If this wasn’t enough Rush Limbaugh reported that the U.S. government is paying the Clinton Foundation staff with a $16 million grant. In actuality by Election Day 2016, taxpayers will have paid out more than $16 million to fund Bill Clinton’s pension, travel, office expenses and even the salaries and benefits of staff at his family’s foundation, federal records show. This was reported by Politico, hardly a right-wing organization.

Multiple sources familiar with Clinton’s funding say the special federal money has supplemented the salaries of some employees of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a global nonprofit that has served as Hillary Clinton’s primary platform as she prepares for a presidential campaign expected to launch in coming weeks.

Members of the House are calling on the IRS to conduct a full-blown tax fraud investigation of the Clinton Foundation. After all they did so for conservative organizations with much less money.

As the accusations keep piling up Hillary Clinton has been very selective about answering questions from the media. Some of their questions were answered with her usual attempts to laugh them off.

Here are some of the open questions about the Clintons:

  • Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Sidney Blumenthal. Mr. Blumenthal emailed Mrs. Clinton two days after the Benghazi attack that had been a planned assault. Despite that she still blamed an internet video.
  • The email server question and the 55,000 emails that she provided to the State Department in paper form rather than digitally. They are unable to be searched for keywords delaying the investigation.
  • The Benghazi hearings being conducted by the House committee being chaired by Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

New allegations surface on an almost daily basis. The question is whether they will damage her enough to force her out of the Presidential race or encourage a competitor to enter it against her.

 

 

 

Hillary has deliberately sabotaged the email release

Hillary Clinton gesturingHillary Deliberately Caused Delay Of Email Release By Submitting Only Paper Copies

Hillary Clinton ended her 37-day boycott of the press today when she spent a few minutes claiming she wants her emails released by the State Department ASAP.

But here’s the thing: the only reason that there’s been such a long delay is that Hillary deliberately delivered the 550,000 emails in hard copies, instead of in electronic files.

Why does that make a difference?

Because that meant every single one of the 550,000 pages has to be manually scanned. And, to make it even harder, Hillary made sure that some of the documents were copies on both sides. That took 5 weeks of 12 people working full time to complete.

And Hillary knew that would create just one more obstacle and cause an enormous delay.

She also knew that the paper files couldn’t be searched like electronic files. And she didn’t want to make it easy to connect the dots.

So her fervent wish for the release of the documents is as phone as her claims that she did nothing wrong when she set up her home-brew server and use it for her official State Department documents.

She thinks we are all stupid and that we don’t get it. But we do: Hillary set up her home server to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act, she did just that, and once caught, she wiped her server clean and got rid of everything she didn’t want us to see.

We get it Hillary.

Reprinted from TheHillaryDaily.com by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.

The Double Standard: Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush

Hillary in sunglassesYesterday marked nearly a week since Megyn Kelly of FoxNews asked Jeb Bush if he would invade Iraq if he knew what he knows now.

Bush famously answered in the past tense. That is, he said that he would invade if he had the same information that his brother, the President, had.

But that wasn’t the question. The media, left, right and center, jumped all over him as if he had committed a cardinal sin of campaigning and refused to answer a question that had been put to him.

Despite the fact that he corrected his answer the next day the pillorying has continued. Bush is being treated as if he was a mortal sinner.

He should have known that this would eventually come. After all, he is the brother of the man who engendered Bush derangement syndrome among the Democrat faithful, even the ones who voted to go to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yesterday, Bush replied to yet another inquiry by saying that if they were looking for a perfect candidate, well the last one lived 2,000 years ago. Even that probably won’t put a stop to the attacks.

You may remember Senator George Allen and the famous macaca incident. During his reelection campaign Senator Allen used the word to describe an opposition bird-dog who happened to be dark-skinned.

The Washington mainstream media went nuts. The Washington Post shamefully put the story on either its national front page or its metro front page for an incredible 22 straight days. Allen never recovered and lost to Jim Webb.

Webb later carried a loaded handgun into the U.S. Capital building and the story lasted two or three days. You decided which story was more important.

So we have Jeb Bush who may or may not be leading the Republican pack being attacked for misanswering a question.

Meanwhile, the ‘darling’ of the Democrat party, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been campaigning for at least six weeks and has answered perhaps ten questions from the media.

Mrs. Clinton is conducting a stealth campaign that is indicative of her campaign style. Never a consummate campaign she is traveling around the country judiciously avoiding the press by using the Secret Service as her screen from them.

Mrs. Clinton has used the Secret Service as personal bodyguards ever since her husband has left office. She has been able to avoid answering the tough questions by directing the agents to fend off the press.

How long can she continue this charade? Well, as long as she doesn’t have a credible competitor. Once she has one she will have to answer the tough questions that the candidates are being asked by the press.

Until then she can dodge the hard questions or even any questions. But here is her problem. Eventually, the American people will tire of her duck and dodge show and tune her out completely.Then, President Hillary will never materialize.

 

The End of America’s Influence in the Middle East

Yemen bombingThis week the end of America’s influence in the Middle East was confirmed. Barack Obama called for a meeting of the Gulf States at Camp David and four of the six Gulf State leaders declined to come.

The invited leaders who backed out had thin excuses. They are all sending the second string to represent them.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia originally accepted but now has backed out. He will be replaced by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

Obama had apparently planned to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman one-on-one a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat. The White House, though, did not present his decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the U.S. Apparently, they are in the complete state of denial.

A source familiar with the Saudi delegation’s thinking also pushed back on the notion this may be a snub to the administration. The source, further, told Fox News the delegation never announced the king would attend or have a one-on-one meeting with Obama — though the administration has suggested otherwise.

The king of Bahrein Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is also not coming to the summit and will be replaced by Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince.

The sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, is also among those staying away. The sultanate will be represented instead by the deputy prime minister, Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, and other officials, the country’s official news agency announced.

Health issues are also expected to keep the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, from attending. He suffered a stroke in January last year and has not been seen publicly since.

The Gulf States are deeply concerned about ISIS terrorism and the fighting in Yemen. They are also concerned about the chaos in Syria and Iraq. They look with trepidation on America’s talks with Iran about nuclear weapons.

If Iran is allowed to continue on their path to a nuclear weapon expect the Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, to get their own nuclear weapons. Their ally in this endeavor surprisingly may be Israel.

It seems that sides are being being picked in the Middle East with Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia with their Gulf allies being on one side.On the other side is Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and various factions throughout the area. Left without a chair in this game of musical chairs is the United States.

Our traditional allies no longer trust us and our willingness to assist them in the area. Our aid to Iraq and the moderate anti-Assad forces in Syria has been minimal and grudging. It took many months for weapons to reach them. To these groups it indicates America’s unwillingness to help them.

In six short years Barack Obama and his advisers have cost the United States almost all of the influence that we had built up over at least half a century. Obama’s explanation is that our allies have to do it for themselves.

Unfortunately, no one has bothered to tel the other side, led by Iran, the new paradigm. They continue to send military aid and advisers to our enemies. They, in fact, are doing what the United States used to do. How things have changed.

The New Luddites

The leader of the LudditesAcross the nation and around the world there is a movement to change our very lives and methods of production.

The Luddite movement began in the early 19th century in Great Britain’s textile industry.

The stocking frames, spinning frames and power looms introduced during the Industrial Revolution threatened to replace the artisans with less-skilled, low-wage labourers, leaving them without work.

Although the origin of the name Luddite is uncertain, a popular theory is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, a youth who allegedly smashed two stocking frames in 1779, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers.The name evolved into the imaginary General Ludd or King Ludd, a figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.

Fast forward to today when very few of us can be sure that our jobs will not, in the near future, be done by machines. We know about cars built by robots, cashpoints replacing bank tellers, ticket dispensers replacing train staff, self-service checkouts replacing supermarket staff, tele­phone operators replaced by “call trees”, and so on. But this is small stuff compared with what might happen next.

Nursing may be done by robots, delivery men replaced by drones, GPs replaced by artificially “intelligent” diagnosers and health-sensing skin patches, back-room grunt work in law offices done by clerical automatons and remote teaching conducted by computers. In fact, it is quite hard to think of a job that cannot be partly or fully automated.

And technology is a classless wrecking ball – the old blue-collar jobs have been disappearing for years; now they are being followed by white-collar ones. The anxiety that this has engendered among the working class around the world cannot be underestimated.

In our modern age perhaps the two most divisive issues are the government’s surveillance of its citizens and gene modified food. We are surrounded by government cameras that catalog our every move. They are on seemingly every street corner in every major city. Big Brother with his unblinking eye is watching us 24/7.

The anti-surveillance groups are fighting a losing battle as long as there is a threat from terrorism. Pro-surveillance group need only to remind citizens of past attacks and raise their anxiety level.

Recently, the National Security Agency lost a key ruling. In an opinion issued Thursday, a three-judge panel from the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a law Congress passed allowing collection of information relevant to terrorism investigations does not authorize the so-called “bulk collection” of phone records on the scale of the NSA program. The judges did not address whether the program violated the Constitution.

The 2nd Circuit, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, is the first appeals court to rule on the legality of the telephone metadata program that came to light after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The program was repeatedly authorized by a special intelligence court in Washington. Two other federal appeals courts are currently considering similar challenges.

The other major issue in the minds of the New Luddites is genetically modified foods (or GM foods). These are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.

Commercial sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its Flavr Savr delayed-ripening tomato. Most food modifications have primarily focused on cash crops in high demand by farmers such as soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. These have been engineered for resistance to pathogens and herbicides and for better nutrient profiles. Genetically modified livestock have been developed, although as of November 2013 none were on the market.

Genetically modified controversies involve everyone in the food chain: consumers, farmers, biotechnology companies, governmental regulators, non-governmental organizations, activists and scientists.

The key areas of controversy are whether GM food should be labeled, the role of government regulators, objectivity of scientific research and publication, and the effects on health, the environment, pesticide resistance, farmers and on feeding the world population. Other concerns include contamination of the conventional food supply, rigor of the regulatory process, and control of the food supply by GM seed companies.

Opponents such as the advocacy groups Organic Consumers Association, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Greenpeace claim risks have not been adequately identified and managed, and they have questioned the objectivity of regulatory authorities.

Some health groups claim that the potential long-term impact on human health have not been adequately assessed and propose mandatory labeling or a moratorium on such products.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has become the first major restaurant chain to serve GMO free food. The company’s co-CEO Steve Ells told the Times. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.”

Bill & Hillary Clinton: Their Lyin’ Eyes

Hillary Clinton gesturingThe Clinton’s on-going soap opera about their various foundation entities continues on almost a daily basis.  One or both of them seem to be in the news justifying the lack of charitable giving from their foundations.

The most recent numbers are that they spend a mere 10% on charitable giving with 90% going to salaries, office expenses, travel and other expenses. Most charitable foundations are more like 20% expenses with 80% giving.

The numbers lead one to believe that the Clinton Foundation is a giant slush fund used by the Clintons for their own benefit.

Meanwhile, with each new revelation they or their spokespeople trot out a new story in an attempt to explain the foundation’s spending.

The Clintons have a number of enablers to support their lies. The State Department said Monday it has no evidence that any actions taken by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or former President Bill Clinton’s speaking fees.

The media has attempted to help their lying explanations with softball interviews and even more biased stories about the two. Of course Bill Clinton has tried to defuse the controversy with statements that attempt to prove his trust factor: “I don’t think that I did anything that was against the interest of the United States.”

We need to understand that the Clintons have only done things that benefit the Clintons. Both Clintons have made statements reminiscent of Bill’s defense of the Monica Lewinsky scandal: ‘it depends what the definition of is is’.

His most recent statement in an interview on NBC’s ‘Today’ show is along those lines. It also illustrates how the media broadcasts favorable stories.

Meanwhile, the foundation accepted millions of dollars in contributions from foreign governments while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State. One donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed recently.

Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations. This loophole benefited the foundation to the tune of millions of dollars.

The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.

In one instance, foundation officials acknowledged they should have sought approval in 2010 from the State Department ethics office, as required by the agreement for new government donors, before accepting a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government.

The money was given to assist with earthquake relief in Haiti, the foundation said. At the time, Algeria, which has sought a closer relationship with Washington, was spending heavily to lobby the State Department on human rights issues.

Some of the donations came from countries with complicated diplomatic, military and financial relationships with the U.S. government, including Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Other nations that donated included Australia, Norway and the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, the donations controversy is affecting Mrs. Clinton’s current run for the 2016 nomination. Her ‘trust’ ratings are sinking on a weekly basis. Her voter support may be higher on the Democrat side but it is very shallow.

According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll just over half of voters do not trust Hillary Clinton, but even more think she used her position as secretary of State to benefit some of those who gave money to her Clinton Foundation.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s likely some actions Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation. This includes 42% who say it’s Very Likely. Thirty percent (30%) consider it unlikely that Clinton’s actions were influenced by donations, but that includes only 12% who say it’s Not At All Likely.

Hillary Clinton has a past that the national media has attempted to cover-up for years. As Hillary Clinton came under increasing scrutiny for her story about facing sniper fire in Bosnia, one question that arose was whether she has engaged in a pattern of lying.

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair.

When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.

Why?

“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton has benefited by a lack of credible opponents. But should a credible opponent like Elizabeth Warren enter the race Mrs. Clinton may be in a world of hurt. And she hasn’t even testified in front of Trey Gowdy’s Select House Committee on Benghazi yet.

Hell in a Handbasket

Hell in a HandbasketOur country is in deep trouble and are political class is looking the other way. Politicians of all stripes are avoiding the issues that plague the United States unless it affects them personally.

Probably the most visible issue in the foreign affairs news is the nuclear talks with Iran. Let’s be honest, the Obama-Kerry team have been out-negotiated at every turn. Neither of them understands power and the use of force.

In Obama’s case it has to do with his belief that the United States has created many of the problems that plague the world today. Kerry is simply out of his depth, the perfect example of the Peter Principle, the theory that “managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”

Our enemies and competitors must wonder what’s going on in Washington. All that they need to do is evaluate the actions of Barack Obama to get an answer.

Obama was elected on smoke and mirrors. He was sold to the gullible part of the American electorate as if he was bath soap or soft drinks. He outspent John McCain by several magnitudes of money. He seemed to be fresh while McCain was tired.

So now we’re six years into his time as [president and we’re going down for the third time. We have rioting in a number of major American cities and he has gotten involved when it suits him. Ferguson: yes, Baltimore: not really.

Instead, we now have Al Sharpton, a class A rabble rouser, on the scene. When the mayor was approached by Leland Vittert of FoxNews she stood mum while Sharpton did all of the talking while fending off the reporter.

We now have supporters of the Baltimore protests in Philadelphia and Cincinnati clashing with the police. Demonstrations in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Oakland, California, are scheduled for Friday, which is also May Day, or International Workers Day — often used to call attention to issues affecting the working class and minorities.

We now need to look at the threat from ISIS and its related terrorist groups. All that we need is ISIS supporters to begin setting off bombs at parades, shopping malls and sporting events.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has given up the opportunity to eradicate the threat with the use of American combat troops in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. You can’t win a war from 20,000 feet. It takes combat troops to occupy a spot and tell the enemy that this is my territory, you can’t have it.

Obama has never ceased to remind us that he won’t commit combat troops to fight ISIS. Will he deploy troops when ISIS is in our streets or will be give us the same mantra?

And all of this is going on with a background of a bad economy. Our rate of growth for the last quarter was .02%. THe economists tell us that was caused by bad winter weather or perhaps the dog ate our homework.

Pray for our country and hope that we survive the next 21 months. Also, let’s hope that Hillary Clinton doesn’t get elected to dive that last nail in America’s coffin.

 

 

Mrs. Yesterday Meets Mister Tomorrow

Senator Marco RubioOn Monday, April 13th, in Miami Marco Rubio declared his intention to run for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. The 43-year old senator from Florida made an early distinction that he was the candidate for the future while Hillary Clinton was yesterday’s candidate.

‘Yesterday is over, and we’re never going back,’ he said as he took a jab at Hillary Clinton, who recently announced her own bid.

How can we not see Mr. Rubio and his Senate colleagues as men and women of the future? They are promoting new and exciting ways of governing the United States. On the other hand Mrs. Clinton and her allies in the Democrat Party believe that the future is in the past.

There are no new ideas coming from their campaign. Instead, we are hearing the same old rehashed Democrat policies. If you like central government control then you’ll like their policies. Like union control of our economy, then Hillary is your candidate.Want higher taxes, then join the Clinton bandwagon.

Shockingly, Hillary hasn’t driven a car in almost 20 years. Her campaign makes it seem that she’s driving the campaign van “Scooby”. The reality is that Mrs. Clinton is simply a passenger. Its the same as her campaign. Hillary is just a passenger and not the driver.

She’s living in the past with Bill and Chelsea. Instead, she’s flying all over the world giving speeches and collecting money. Not only is the money for their foundation but its also for them personally.

All the while she is being protected, chauffeured and catered to by the Secret Service as a former First Lady. When she doesn’t want to talk to the press then she sics her agents on them. No need to spend money on security when the taxpaying public is picking up the tab.

While Mrs. Clinton is acting like the queen of the world her opponents on the Republican side are working to protect the country from her and her plans. Protecting the country from ISIS, al-Qaeda and Iran is one of their primary aims.

The Republicans are generally all forward looking, with plans for the future of America. Most are calling for a smaller government, a reduction to the national debt and fewer government programs. They see themselves as a bridge to the future of America.

Most see Hillary Clinton as still living in the ’90s with higher taxes and the ‘Mommy’ state. Hopefully, the voters will reject that type of government and realize that Hillary’s type of governing is not in America’s best interest.

 

 

 

Paul Revere’s Ride

Today marks the start of Paul Revere’s Ride through the Massachusetts countryside. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord. Together, they commemorate the start of the American Revolution.

Paul Revere’s Ride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Listen my children and you shall hearPaul Revere's Ride
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

“Concord Hymn” (original title was “Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836″) is a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson written for the 1837 dedication of the Obelisk, a monument in Concord, Massachusetts commemorating the Battle of Concord, the second in a series of battles and skirmishes on April 19, 1775 at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Concord HymnConcord Bridge

Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

 

Whatever you do today please spare a thought to the brave men who confronted the largest army in the world.

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