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November 6, 2012: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

By Joan Fischer · Nov. 7, 2012

“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide” –Abraham Lincoln

One of the most powerful results of the radical sixties was the determination by American leftists to incrementally take over decision-making positions in American public and higher education, the mainstream media, and, as a result, the three branches of government. That particularly incendiary goal had been alive and well in America since the turn of the twentieth century, but it received a major shot in the arm with the supposed ‘age of enlightenment’ offered by the left-leaning sixties and the winding down of the war in Vietnam.

With the blessed exception of the Reagan years, that subversive movement has gained strength and power in direct proportion to the degree of ignorance (of America’s foundations and those concepts that our Founders held dear) and apathy of the American electorate.

With each succeeding generation, our public and higher education systems are turning out young people who have no familiarity with the magnificent vision of our Founders, who recognized God’s omnipotence and acknowledged His blessings, and who, painstakingly and through incredible personal sacrifice, laid out a blueprint for governance that defined individual liberty as the basis for the most prosperous and moral civilization in the history of mankind. Our indoctrinary education systems are turning out young people who have been taught what to think rather than how to think, blank slates where media propaganda finds fertile ground, and the ability to analyze and seek out alternative opinions and explanations has been buried under a mountain of soundbite ‘facts’ that inevitably paint America, and her noble history, with a black brush while providing easy answers to complex questions.

The American mainstream media now wield more power than any body of elected leaders, and its highest level decision-makers consistently make sure that the public sees and hears only those ‘news’ stories that further the leftist agenda. Stories that are virtually screaming for the public’s attention are left buried, while fluff pieces that focus our attention on celebrity and other forms of bread and circuses flood our airwaves and cover our television screens.

As a result of all of the above, in 2008 we elected a president who despises our Founders' vision, a man whose childhood and young adulthood were spent immersed in a sea of leftist indoctrination. A man whose parents and grandparents, and whose major personal mentors, directed him toward a virulently anti-American, pro-Marxist mindset.

As a result, this president has spent four years attempting to make America pay for her capitalist/colonialist ‘sins’, by amassing a debt that we can never hope to repay, dramatically increasing our energy dependence and handing over many of our energy sources to our ideological enemies, systematically destroying our healthcare system and our access to what is left of it, de-stabilizing governments in the Middle East, emboldening our enemies, gutting our military and defense systems, punishing and demonizing those who succeed, and instilling in America’s national conscience a sense of guilt for our power and prosperity.

Billions of ‘stimulus’ dollars that were earmarked to spur the American economy have found their way into leftist causes, be they ‘green energy’ programs, global initiatives, or simply the pockets of political supporters.

Oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy production has been handcuffed, resulting in a huge, and potentially irreversible, increase in our dependence on foreign energy supply, not to mention hundreds of thousands of lost American jobs.

Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, and virtually every ideological enemy of America has been emboldened, and often supported, by this American administration. Barack Obama has offered more support, both moral and financial, to the leadership of Russia than he has offered to the citizenry of the country he leads.

Without the advice and consent of congress, this president effectively declared war on Egypt and Libya, deposing their leadership and leaving a leadership vacuum that has systematically found itself filled by radical, violent, anti-American Islamic forces that believe their destiny includes the annihilation of both Israel and the western world.

The most excellent, compassionate and innovative healthcare system in the history of mankind is being systematically dismantled and replaced by a government bureaucracy that will dictate who will receive medical care and how much of the ever-decreasing government treasury will be devoted to maintaining the health and lives of its citizens. The innate desire to serve humanity that has always sat at the core of the practice of American medicine will find itself smothered under a mountain of bureaucratic regulations and life and death decisions based on dwindling funding and the whims of small groups of un-elected, elitist government decision-makers and bureaucrats.

The funding of the American military is soon to be cut to a point at which all reliable military experts predict unavoidable impotence. Our new priorities have now declared American military might to be a secondary consideration, with social and entitlement priorities taking center stage. Our missile defense shield, which was decades and tens of billions of dollars in the making, has been virtually dismantled at a time when our enemies' ability to pose a major, deadly threat is rapidly expanding. Our allies no longer believe that we can be trusted, and our enemies are gaining in power and adherents.

The incomparable work ethic, initiative and inventiveness that caused America to rise from an upstart colony to the most prosperous country in the history of mankind is being consistently suppressed by the punitive hand of government regulation and taxation. This president despises American exceptionalism, and, since his first day in office, has attempted to oppress those who strive to accomplish without government largesse, and demonize those who succeed. ‘The rich’ have become pariahs, and the masses want, even demand, what they have. The president has encouraged that kind of entitlement mentality, with the result being a major increase in the number of Americans who are now dependent on food stamps, disability payments, unemployment compensation, and all manner of government ‘handouts’. The workers and doers find themselves in chains while the majority of the citizenry has been programmed to see themselves as victims of an unjust social order.

Last night’s election results represent nothing less than a resounding betrayal of the divinely-inspired vision of our Founding Fathers, a betrayal of the sanctity of individual liberty for which ten generations of Americans have sacrificed. The American electorate has chosen dependence, weakness and mediocrity over independence, individual liberty, work ethic, and personal responsibility.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans have died in wars since we declared our independence 200+ years ago, and nearly every one of those lives was offered as a willing sacrifice in order to obtain or insure freedom for other human beings, be they fellow Americans or oppressed people somewhere else on the globe. The magnitude of that American sacrifice lends powerful meaning to the belief that a man shows no greater love than through his willingness to lay down his life for another. Keeping that powerful concept in mind, it somehow defies any rational concept of justice that, a mere sixty-five years after the Greatest Generation of Americans sacrificed so dearly to obtain freedom from the oppression and expansionism of Nazi Germany, we have decided that that kind of freedom is now not worth fighting for, even from the comfort of the ballot box.

I am sixty-five years old. I have been an observer of, and an active participant in, American politics for nearly forty years, having voted in every election, primary or general, since coming of age, having run for office, marched on Washington, circulated and presented petitions, picketed in front of the Capitol, delivered speeches in small community gatherings and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, written speeches for others more powerful than I, campaigned door-to-door, and written countless political commentaries and letters to the editor. As of last night, my days of political involvement are over. As these eyes see it, the dimming light at the end of the tunnel has flickered out. If the Lord wills it, I suspect that I may have ten or fifteen years left to enjoy my life, and I intend to do just that. I see future involvement in anything political as not adding to that enjoyment, but detracting from it, as a terrible exercise in futility and frustration.

I have nothing but boundless respect for those, mostly younger, more energetic and idealistic than I, who see last night’s election results as a clarion call to re-group and re-define the battle lines. America has always deserved that kind of dauntless determination, and she deserves it no less today than she did yesterday, a week ago, or two centuries past. Those who still believe that good and honest men and women can someday, once again, attain the highest offices in the land, and that America’s moral compass can once again read true, represent not only the hope of our beloved republic, but the hope of human liberty and dignity across the globe. Without a free and prosperous America the world will gradually find itself bathed in a black cloud of violence, despair and decay.

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Barry up the road in Stevens said:

I was listening to Glenn Beck this morning and this comment struck a chord in me, "Elections have consequences." A year or so from now when gas is $4.50 or $5.00 a gallon, remember, "Elections have consequences." Some time from now when Israel is fighting alone for her life, remember, "Elections have consequences." I could go on for hours in this vein but I'll leave it to others to insert their own scenarios.

I am as dispirited as you Joanie. I don't remember who made the observation that a democracy will only last about 200 years because the electorate sooner or later discovers they can vote for candidates who will lavish them with other peoples money. I fear we may have reached that point.

I know this; I've got to take a break from politics. I am absolutely stunned by what happened last night and I think you once again have struck at the heart of the matter.

Thank you for your willingness to put into words what many of us are feeling.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Carol in SC replied:

The actual quote was by Alexander Tyler, in 1887:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

That's Tytler, as in Alexander Fraser Tytler, not Tyler. Also, Tytler died in 1813, so 1887 would have been tough to pull off...unless, of course, he was a registered Democrat in Chicago. If he was one of those, he may have voted for Obama yesterday.

The quote has never been fully attributed to Tytler, although Tytler's writings certainly have a similar bent. It has also been attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, who died in 1859.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Stephen in NH replied:

Democracy: A government of the masses.
Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression.
Results in mobocracy.
Attitude toward property is communistic — negating property rights.
Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

(definition copied from U.S. War Department Training Manual TM2000-25 on "Citizenship").

It would appear "Democracy" is alive and well in America.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

governed by pollitics in ca replied:

What happened to our constatutional republic

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:39 AM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Beck is a national treasure. I don't believe I'd be sane today if I didn't have access to The Blaze. I understand, and share, your 'need to take a break from politics', Barry. Peace of mind is a rare quantity these days, and if we have to step back from the fray, then so be it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Rick in Raleigh, NC said:

Joan, While I agree 100% with everything you wrote here, we can only pray that the younger generations as well as those who believe this socialist form of government is the right way to go, will come to understand what our forefathers intentions were when they wrote the constitution. One thing for sure (and history proves this), socialism is not sustainable and will eventually fail. At this point, I'd bet many people are thinking that they hope to not be here when it happens. It ain't going to be pretty. Please keep up the great work you do. It does matter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Rick, although everything you say is true, when we compare past history with current circumstances sometimes there is no historical precedent (such as the younger generation awakening, and socialism failing). While socialism will indeed fail, what can occur before that happens (especially with a nuclear armed Iran and an emboldened Islam) is what nightmares are made of. America, and other civilizations, have made turnarounds, but they were not facing the same terrible, violent, destructive threats on the widespread scale that we are experiencing today. I hope your qualified optimism is justified.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

governed by pollitics in ca replied:

So Rick, ah what do you think the signs will be when it fails? $16 trillion in debt, Failing schools, intitlments?

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM

David S. in Baton Rouge, LA said:

Well, last night I saw what I didn't think I'd see. After four years of lies, theft and treason plastered all over the news and done by our president, the american people reelected him. I was wondering what they were thinking. I thought, "Can these people really be so deluded as to think this is the correct path for this nation? Are they really that naive? Do they really think that this nation can continue on the road this president will take us and survive? Do they not care about his crimes? Do they not care that he lies to them constantly?"

Unfortunately, I think that for the first time, the answer is yes. The majority of Americans actually think that. Or even worse, the majority didn't care enough to vote him out of office and by default the minority won. I am so saddened by these people. These apathetic, confused, deluded slaves. So willing to give up their freedom for a morsel of bread or a scrap of pretend security. So eager to give whatever the government requires of them if only they can get another handout. Last night, America as we remembered it died, to thunderous applause. The irony is sickening.

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." ~ Isaiah 39:1-2

This above all curses this nation for her sin against God, and her pride and arrogance in thinking she knows better than Him. Our iniquities have severed us from His ear, and His judgment comes quickly.

And yet...

"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

This wonderful promise reminds us of the mercy of God. We as a people must humble ourselves, pray and seek God, and turn from our wickedness before Him. Only then will His ear return to us. May God grant us the time to do so, before America the Beautiful lies in ashes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

Two quotations from Thomas Jefferson come to mind.
The first may reveal just why such a sorry state of affairs has come to pass: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."

The second may be the call to action for our response:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."

Sign me up.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

sfj in Alabama replied:

David, unfortunately the people who voted for this evil person are not believers. They care not what the Bible says so their (and our) fate is sealed. GOD help us.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Several people I know have observed recently that, in effect, America will continue to exist no matter who wins this election. And I replied to them that, if Barack Obama wins a second term, the country will indeed go on, but neither they nor the Founders will be able to recognize it in 2016.

This President has committed countless crimes against the Constitution and the people, and he has been held accountable for none of them. All of those crimes were couched in patriotic, 'I'm doing this for the good of the country' terms, simply because he had to concern himself with re-election in 2012. He no longer has to concern himself with re-election.

Picture an America in which sovereignty is but a distant memory, the UN has more power than the Constitution over America's future, citizenship is more or less irrelevant, bureaucrats decide what medical care Americans will receive, success is punished even more than it is now, very little domestic oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy is produced, the debt is unrepayable by any rational calculation, the military is rendered impotent due to lack of funding and major shifts in defense priorities, Sharia law becomes a model for 'justice' ... there's more, but why waste space?

Yes, America will go on, but the America forged by the blood and sacrifice of millions of duty-bound patriots over more than two centuries -- the most moral and prosperous civilization in the history of mankind -- will have been relegated to the dustbin of history. And its replacement will be ugly beyond description.

I completely agree with your assertion that all we need do is turn back to the God whom we've banished from our schools and our public squares. The God on whose word our Founders based our Constitutional law. But many of the election results (approving gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, supporting abortion) yesterday exhibit that we are doing anything but.

I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of tragedy it will take to awaken the American citizenry, but I keep reminding myself that the Lord works in miracles. Why He would want to waste one on such a thankless country is beyond my comprehension, but far be it from me to claim to know His will.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

F_S in Embarrassment, OH said:

Great writers in defense of our liberty, in my lifetime: Bruce Herschensohn, David Horowitz, Joanie Fischer, Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, Jr., Warren Brookes (Detroit News).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

I certainly don't deserve to be in such esteemed company, but I thank you for the kind thoughts nonetheless. :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

The American in Columbus, Ohio said:

Joan,

A stunningly frank and true view on the destruction of our United States of America, what used to be "a shining city upon a hill."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Thank you for the kind words.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

JHenry in NYSS, USSA said:

I will not be enslaved by the looters and rotters that now officially own this country. I am going on strike with John Galt as all producers should. Let the liberals starve.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Amen to that.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

sfj in Alabama said:

"As of last night, my days of political involvement are over.". I'm right there with you. I'll never vote in another national election nor will I write my Congressman, Senator or the fool posing as president. If the election doesn't concern me locally, I'll pay no attention to it. If I can find a way to leave this country, I will do that also - British Columdia Canada sounds nice. Let the welfare goons, racisits, progressives and leftists have this weak willed country - they deserve what they get.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

In the words of Samuel Adams, "If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

We have lost a battle, but you are quitting the war? This war will never end, and it has been going on for much longer than all of us have been alive. The left wears us down with incremental steps, hundreds of “paper cuts”. Last night we took a shellacking and now you want to quit?

I am reminded of the POW’s in the Hanoi Hilton who after being beaten and tortured to within inches of their lives and forced to give up a piece of information, then went back to their cells, regrouped and recaged their minds, and steeled themselves to do it all over again.

You get a couple of bruises in a fight last night and now you want to quit fighting?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

snopercod in Asheville, NC said:

While searching for a small glimmer of good news on this dismal morning, I discovered that the Republican Party pretty much swept North Carolina. (Notable exceptions are the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Secy. of Public Instruction.) Romney won by only 1% over Obama, which is disappointing and by a far closer margin than other offices.

In my local area it was a total Republican sweep down to the dog-catcher level except for the Registrar of Deeds who ran unopposed. The vote was 58%-41% Romney-Obama in my County.

We now have a Republican governor and Lt. Gov. in NC for the first time in 20 years. The state house is now overwhelmingly Republican. Personally, I have Republicans representing me in the U.S. congress, State Senate and the State Assembly. By a quick count:

Only 2 of 13 U.S. Congressional districts in NC went to dems.

Only 18 out of 50 seats in the State Senate went to dems.

Only about 38 of 120 State Assembly seats went to dems.

I understand that other states also went strongly Republican for state and local offices, but curiously, chose Obama as president. Wisconsin comes to mind. I find that at least curious, if not suspicious.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

I share your suspicions, John. But they will never be comfirmed, in the same way we will never know the real details regarding what happened in Benghazi and why.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Don Rosen in Upland, CA said:

This president despises American exceptionalism, you say? You're right. Guess what? Now the country -- or what's left of it -- despises it too. Fait accompli for the left. I hope they're happy. Like Yertle The Turtle, they're now king of the mud.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Well said, as always, Don!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Vega in New Jersey said:

The despair and exacerbation that your side feels is the same way I felt in 2004 when Bush was re-elected. The over-reaction on this website is understandable, but remember that the pendulum always swings back and forth and will eventually go back to your side. At that point, as a leftist, I will probably over react.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

governed by pollitics in ca replied:

just in the chance you check back, could you tell me why you don't like constatutional Conservatism?

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Vega in New Jersey replied:

I started to respond but realized that my response would only make those posting on this website angry. I will hold off until the dust settles before I respond.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

PH in DE replied:

The pendulum likely will not have time to swing back before our country is totally destroyed. Ironic, isn't it, that the first "black" president is the one to reinstate slavery?

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

"As of last night, my days of political involvement are over. As these eyes see it, the dimming light at the end of the tunnel has flickered out. If the Lord wills it, I suspect that I may have ten or fifteen years left to enjoy my life, and I intend to do just that."

Joan - If you truly believe your own statement, then they have won. If what it important is that you may have ten or fifteen years left to enjoy your life, then you have reached the state that John Stuart Mill despised when he said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

The battle was lost last night, but the war continues. The war has been going on for well over a century. They want us to quit. They want each individual to be worn down to the point where they simply give up. Will you truly enjoy those last ten to fifteen years knowing that you gave up?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

I am not 'giving up', Mike. I am simply choosing to focus on family, friends and work responsibilities, and allowing politics to take a back seat. I will never stop talking with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in an effort to 'educate' people about the foundations of our beloved republic, and the blessings we have so cavalierly taken for granted, especially over the last fifty years. And I will speak out when afforded the opportunity to do so. My days of political activism are over, though. Our life on earth is a one-time gift, and spending the last years of that life expending time and energy in what one finally perceives to be a losing battle is, to put it bluntly, foolish and wasteful.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Joan - Thanks for the clarification. I can understand wanting to "quit politics". It is truly an ugly "sport", but I'm glad to hear that you will never stop trying to educate your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. That's what we all need to do. If all of us can just "convert" one person to see things through a different (and what I consider to be the correct) color of glasses, then we have succeeded. If we stop doing that, then they have won.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

DrThunder in York PA said:

p3orion, and wjm, I agree. We have witnessed the suicide of a once great nation. I tremble for my children and what they will have to face as the socialists take over. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Buck Henry in Jacksonville, Florida said:

Dear Joan - I appreciate you honest, though chilling analysis of these admittedly very dark times. But much more so, thank you for a lifetime of great service. You have more than done you part as a great citizen & Patriot. Do take heart. The omnipotent and sovereign God you wrote of may not be done with America just yet. In the meantime, let us pray for those, younger and not-so-young, who will continue the fight that you have wonderfully done. May our God inspire and strengthen those men and women who will carry on the good fight.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Thank you for the kind words, Buck. Your sentiments regarding the youth of America are beautiful. We have done them a great disservice over the past fifty years by placing most of them in educational environments that stifle rather than foster independent thought, and by abdicating so many of our parental responsibilities to school, government and the entertainment industry. They can only turn things around if they are able to break free from those chains, and I pray every day for that miracle to occur.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Mr. Resistor in Kilbourne Ohio said:

I am with Mike McGinn. I am also 65 and everything Joan said, I have also done. but I will be damned if I give up to these commies. I have some children and grandchildren. I will fight on for them. We can't help it if the American people are stupid. They are stupid because we let the libs ruin the public education system. I put my kids through parochial school...paid out the ying-yang for it too...(and we all know how painful that is), and I am just a salesman. I drove older cars, ate lower quality foods, lived frugally but got them through it. 10 years of tuition payments. They are both smart kids now, college educated. I will fight for them..and their kids. Give up....NEVER. This too shall pass. It could be a military junta that does it...I don't think we will let him suspend elections 4 years from now...but I guarantee he will try. What will happen is the idiots who put him in office will start to experience cracks in the sytem they are embracing and it will come to an ugly head...just like the goofballs in Jersey who threw eggs at the electric linemen (where did they get the eggs, I thought they were out of food), because they thought the linemen fixed up the rich peoples houses first. Stupid. Cracks around the edges of the system. Don't give up....Never, ever. C'mon Joan, get back in the fray with us.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

Mr. Resistor, you seem to be an example of an American who has sacrificed dearly to see to it that his children are immersed in an atmosphere that will foster free and independent thought. Yet it is such a travesty that your children have to then enter a society that is populated with anything but. That environment makes their lives so much more difficult than they would be if every parent cared and sacrificed as much as you have. At the same time, you have provided your children with powerful tools for survival -- tools that they could obtain nowhere else. God bless you for that!

When the REALLY hard times hit -- and they are not too far off -- you and your family will be exponentially better able to thrive and fend for yourselves than the 'dependent class' (which is growing by leaps and bounds) will be. And who knows? That fact may just make all the difference.

Thanks for the kind words. As I said to Mike above, I am not 'giving up'. I am simply choosing to focus on family, friends and work responsibilities, and allowing politics to take a back seat. I will never stop talking with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in an effort to 'educate' people about the foundations of our beloved republic, and the blessings we have so cavalierly taken for granted, especially over the last fifty years. And I will speak out when afforded the opportunity to do so. My days of political activism are over, though. Our life on earth is a one-time gift, and spending the last years of that life expending major time and energy in what one finally perceives to be a losing battle is, to put it bluntly, foolish and wasteful.

Best to you and yours in these troubling times.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Barry up the road in Stevens said:

Mike McGinn,

I had forgotten that quote from Adams. Thank you so much for that. Like Joan, I am sooooooo tired and as I said I need a break. I will rest, but after reading your comments I know that I will fight on. Thanks for reminding an old marine that he is still a man.

Joanie, I could not have said thank you better than Buck Henry did. Thank you so much for all you have done. God bless you and yours.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

"I will rest, but after reading your comments I know that I will fight on. Thanks for reminding an old marine that he is still a man."

Amen, Barry. Amen!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Semper Fi, Barry...from a fellow old Marine (1984-2004) who will also continue the fight for our Constitutional republic.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM