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Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled, we have yet gained little if we counternance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of a bitter and bloody persecutions. Thomas Jefferson
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Creating New Jobs and The Constitution

Each and every American needs to understand the underlying principles behind the Constitution. Not only for their own liberty or right to choose but also for the liberty of their children, grandchildren, friends, relatives, associates and all Americans. It is probably the single most important part of life, this being able to choose for ourselves, and it hasn’t been around for very long. I personally would like to keep it and ensure everyone else gets to keep it too.

Some might think that the Constitution is boring, hard to understand or someone else will understand it for them. Just look at where that attitude has gotten us. Besides the continuation of spending trillions of dollars that we don’t have (For the past 3 years we have borrowed over a trillion dollars each year,) we are still confronted with a government that is bit by bit taking away our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are guaranteed by our Constitution and given to us by our Creator. (Obamacare forces an individual to not only buy insurance but a specific kind of insurance that may go against the person’s belief’s. Banks are told how much they can charge to initiate a loan and can be taken over by the government without any oversight. How long before we are told how much we can make?) According to many of our politicians we don’t have the wherewithal to make our own choices only they can do the choosing. Just look around your community, town, city or state and you will see how badly that has worked out for us.

This all leads us to why there aren’t as many jobs as people need and want. The amount of new businesses started will decline in direct ratio to the amount of new government regulations and new taxes and/or in the abscence of a stable (as small as possible) regulatory enviroment and low taxes. Government regulations and taxes are oppressive to a person or business (businesses are groups of people). The trick is to have as few or as little as possible and for sure, don’t keep changing the rules. Regulations and taxes are a form of force and whenever you try to force someone they will push back or get scared. Aren’t people and businesses afraid to spend too much right now?

These two things, low taxes and much less regulation, will actually bring in much more revenue to the government. (Check out the Kennedy & Reagan years. Both lowered taxes & more money flowed in. The more people making money the more taxes are collected. We want people earning lots of money not the other way around.) We will be able to pay off our debt and pay for needed services and safety nets. The key question is do our politicians want more cash in the bank or do some of them actually want the poor to stay poor.

How does the Constitution fit into all of this? The Constitution will give us limited government which will result in less regulation and less taxation. This gives all of us more choices and opportunity. More liberty & freedom will ensure we can pay our bills. The Constitution if understood and applied will allow any individual to start their own business and be as creative as their abilities allow. The people of our country can and will get us out of this economic catastrophe that the politicians have gotten us into. Anyway, most politicians haven’t the slightest clue about how to create jobs.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and all of the founding fathers knew that this thing called liberty was and is the key to a free and prosperous nation. Don’t take my word for it. Read their writings, the Constituion and the Declaration of Independence. Just think of the amount of small businesses that would have been created in the last several years if the government would have been getting smaller instead of growing monstrously huge.

Spread the word about our founding documents and how using them will lead to more jobs and more choices.

Tom

 

Tom - Fundamentals of Freedom

Author: Tom - Fundamentals of Freedom

I am a small businessman of 31 years,father of three boys and two girls, grandfather to a grandson and happily married for 40 years. I realized our Freedoms & Liberties were disappearing in front of my eyes. I had to do something about it. I started a blog which is dedicated to the individual American and how current political events will and can effect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a work in progress and hopefully may inspire others to help our country regain limited government and our individual rights. It is based on our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. These founding documents contain all of the data we need to secure these rights for ourselves, our families, our churches and our communities. It is the individual American’s charity, ingenuity, creativity, morality and exceptionalism that makes our country the envy of the rest of the world. I salute the Founders for it was their genius and sacrifice that allows me to write on these principles of government today.

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