Blog posts : "freedom of speech"
As an Eagle Scout, the father of four Eagle Scouts, and a former scoutmaster of a troop that produced 59 Eagle Scouts I am well aware of the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”. That is a motto that I now encourage all of my fellow American patriots to adopt. My fear is that after the historic victory las…
I am sure that the management of UPS is celebrating and waiting for congratulations to pour in praising their move to punish a bunch of kids in the name of political correctness. With great fanfare the company has announced that it is withdrawing its financial support for the Boy Scouts of America, an institution that for over 100 years has taught young men to be self reliant, patriotic, to help others, and to foster the virtues of honesty, selflessness, and morality. Now UPS has said how dare they?
The company is refusing to donate any more money to the scouts because the scouts are refusing to cave into the homosexual agenda in this country and allow gays and lesbians to serve as leaders in the organization. The Boy Scouts are making a stand for what they believe in and that is no longer allowed according to UPS executives. Welcome to Obama land where you are not allowed to maintain beliefs that are not in lock step with the official party line. If you dare to express your God given rights to freedom of speech and to associate with those who believe as you do, you will be punished.
So, “Damn the Constitution, it is full speed ahead” to bully the Boy Scouts into submitting to the political agenda of the far left, and UPS has decided to be a pawn in that effort. After all, in a nation where traditional values are under constant attack an organization that has its members swear an oath that states “On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” How archaic can you get?
For progressives it gets even worse when they look at the points of the Scout Law where the scouts pledge that: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” These laws incorporate the American values that the left hates and it wants to deprive our young people from even espousing them, much less putting into practice.
Unfortunately for the progressive community, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts has the right to free association, and to set its own membership requirements. Therefore, the left will rely on its lackeys in the private sector to enforce its will. UPS fell right in line and is attacking one of America’s most important groups. Now, it is time for these corporate executives to find that their actions are not without consequences.
I admit that this is personal for me. I am an Eagle Scout and a former Scoutmaster of a large Scout troop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All four of my sons became Eagles. Of the 59 boys who obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in my troop while I was Scoutmaster, 12 served in the U.S. military. Of course, their patriotism and sacrifice for their country is of no consequence to the people who run UPS. I have used that company frequently to ship out copies of my books and usually select the UPS option when ordering products for my home or business. That ends now. I will never do business with the company again, and I encourage my readers to do the same.
The UPS Corporation has crossed the line. Of course, they can make donations to whoever they want; that is their choice, but when they choose to withdraw their donation and attack a group of fine young people in order to make political points and contribute to the destruction of that group I will respond accordingly.
When I was making speeches to groups prior to the election I also told them that if Obama was reelected that political correctness would run amok and be used to silence us. The action of UPS is just one of many that will be used to take away our rights and bully us into submission. It is time for the rest of us to draw a line in the sand.
I have no idea who first came up with the term Obamabots to refer to those mindless progressives in the news media and the general population who come to the defense of Barack Hussein Obama whenever anyone on the right or even the left has the audacity to question his actions. I just know term is totally accurate and reflects the efforts of the left in this country to silence everyone they disagree with.
The problem with Obamabots is that they not only parrot the official party line of the White House, but they often act as the attack dogs for the administration. They are not built to think, but only to react, in fact many of them appear to never have an original thought of their own.
A good example is one of the most notorious Obamabots in the media, Bob Beckel, who is a very liberal commentator on Fox News. He is featured on the Fox show “The Five” and the group was recently talking about the ads put out by former special operations personnel questioning the leaking of classified information by members of the White House staff. According to the ads these leaks endanger the lives of our men and women in the military and intelligence community, yet appear to have been done in order to try and make Obama look tough to the voters and help him get reelected.
I’ve watched Bob Beckel and he always says only what the White House wants him to say, even if he knows it is untrue. In fact, I can’t think of a time when Beckel has been guilty of appearing to articulate an original thought. However, in this instance he went too far even for an Obamabot. He said that these American heroes, who have risked their lives to protect the right of free speech, were essentially committing treason by daring to criticize Obama.
Treason? The definition of treason in the Constitution is specific: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” That is exactly what the people in the White House are doing when they leak classified information, they are providing aid and comfort to our enemies. Yet, according to Bob Beckel the act of criticizing the President for the actions of the White House staff that he appointed and controls are treasonous. Really?
It is time for Obama and his Bob Beckel androids to understand that the members of the Intelligence Community and the military take an oath of office to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” We have not taken an oath to defend any individual, particularly if that person is violating his or her own oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.
Unfortunately, they will not understand because they are programmed to go on the attack against anyone who dares to question the imperial Presidency. They are essentially the product of a high quality brain washing campaign conducted in the public schools, universities, and in the mainstream media. It has been going on for years. and is now producing the desired results. We are becoming a nation of Drones being trained to live in Obama’s “Brave New World”.
I am reminded of a television debate I was involved in many years ago during the Vietnam War. I was in school at LSU and was the State Chairman of the Young Americans cor Freedom, a campus conservative group. I was a supporter of the concept of Victory in Vietnam, and was invited by a local television station to debate a young woman from a prominent anti-war group. During the debate she was parroting the standard arguments against the war and “American Imperialism” that she had been drilled to repeat without thought.
As a result, she kept making inaccurate statements about the war in Vietnam and American involvement. This included errors about the basic history of the region. I kept correcting her and finally she snapped at me that I was unfairly confusing her with the facts. There was stunned silence for a moment, because no one thought they would ever hear this cliché actually stated. Then the entire production crew broke into laughter.
This incident speaks volumes about the roots of the Obamabots. They refuse to acknowledge the truth even when it slaps them in the face. Their response to a message that contradicts their blind allegiance is met with an effort to destroy the messenger. These are the people who want to reelect Obama, control our country, and take away our freedom. They must be defeated.
In my last article, “The State of the Constitution” I talked about how President Obama and his supporters in Congress and the federal judiciary are systematically destroying the delicate balance of powers that was set up by our founding fathers. Obama is forming the type of government that the framers of the Constitution feared, and had fought against, so they designed the Constitution to prevent that from happening. The scope and power of the Federal government was to be severely limited with most of the power remaining in the hands of the states and the people. That is no longer the case.
Barack Obama and the other elitists in Washington consider themselves superior beings that have not only the right, but the duty to control the rest of us. We are no longer considered free citizens of the United States, but subjects who must be taught to obey our rulers. As subjects we have no inherent rights, only those rights granted to us by the elitists, who in their infinite wisdom have the power and authority to limit or abolish those rights as they see fit. Unfortunately, while many Americans are blissfully unaware of it that is exactly what is happening.
The Bill of Rights that was designed to protect the God given rights of American citizens from intrusion by the Federal government and it is being shredded by the Obama administration. Every one of the first ten amendments to the Constitution is under assault with the First and Second amendments being among the prime targets. The current attack on the freedom of religion is a prime example.
In August of 2009 when I started this blog by writing my first article on HR 3200, the original version of Obamacare, I made the following observations: “The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.”
I was immediately attacked by the left for making false claims about what was in the health care bills, yet everything I stated is taking place. Catholic Bishops around the country were convinced to support Obamacare because they were assured that there would be no abortions paid for by the government, and no religious institutions or individuals would be forced to violate their religious beliefs. Now, these same Bishops are up in arms because they have learned that they were lied to. Through the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration has informed Catholic hospitals, universities and other religious institutions that they must provide health insurance coverage to employees that will have to include contraceptive devises and abortion inducing medication with no co-pay.
This directly contradicts the teachings of the Catholic religion. Whether you agree with their position or not, the forcing of this on the Church is a direct violation of freedom of religion as guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution. It is clearly only the first step. The next order will be to force Catholic hospitals, doctors, and nurses to provide abortions. Ironically, the health care bill itself does not contain this mandate. This is being done by Executive action by Obama and it is certainly something he has no authority to do under the Constitution.
Freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is also under constant attack. After our victory over the bills pending in the U.S. House and Senate that would have given Obama a virtual “kill switch” allowing him to shut down the Internet, Obama has decided to bypass Congress and sign an international treaty pushed by the United Nations that will give him the same type of control. Of course, any treaty signed by the President must be approved by two thirds of the Senate. However, Obama has reportedly decided to ignore this Constitutional mandate and bypass the Senate. He claims he has the authority to do this under the so-called “Sole Executive Agreement” doctrine. No such doctrine is provided for in the Constitution.
There are also strong indications that Obama intends to invoke the same unconstitutional power to sign and enforce the U.N. Small Arms treaty. I have read the draft of this treaty and it is directly designed to force the disarmament of American citizens in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Supreme Court ruled in 1957 that no treaty, even if signed by the President and ratified by the Senate can supersede the rights of U.S. citizens protected by the Constitution. Yet, clearly, Obama intends to ignore the U.S. Senate, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution to impose his will on us. I will state it bluntly, Obama is out of control. He considers himself a dictator.
I sincerely hope I am premature in declaring the Constitution dead. I will continue to fight for it, but obviously the President of the United States and his minions already consider it dead and buried. Americans must wake up now and take back our country!
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