Monday Brief

We Lost a Patriot

Feb. 4, 2013

The Foundation

“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man.” –George Washington

Chris Kyle, RIP

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a Patriot from Texas and author of the outstanding book, “American Sniper,” was killed Saturday while assisting fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. Chris served with the SEAL Team 3 Sniper Element Charlie platoon, and was the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. He accumulated 160 confirmed kills and another 95 probables, and was known to his enemies as Al-Shaitan Ramad (The Devil of Ramadi).

During his four combat tours, Chris was shot twice and survived six IED explosions. His longest shot was taken in 2008 near Sadr City, where he neutralized an RPG-carrying insurgent at more than 2,000 meters with his Lapua Magnum .338 PGM. He left military service three years ago after earning two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He has devoted much of the last three years to working with fellow vets suffering from PTSD.

Chris leaves behind his wife Taya, two children, and a long list of family and friends. Kyle was a tireless defender of Liberty and the Second Amendment, and he will be sorely missed.

Read more here.

Essential Liberty

“Chicago’s government, which is not normally known for elevated thinking, is feeling so morally upright and financially flush that it proposes to rise above the banal business of maximizing the value of its employees' and retirees' pension fund assets. Although seven funds have cumulative unfunded liabilities of $25 billion, Chicago will sacrifice the growth of those assets to the striking of a political pose so pure it is untainted by practicality. Emulating New York and California, two deep blue states with mammoth unfunded pension liabilities, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hectored a $5 billion pension fund into divesting its holdings in companies that manufacture firearms. Now he is urging two large banks to deny financing to such companies ‘that profit from gun violence.’ TD Bank provides a $60 million credit line to Smith & Wesson, and Bank of America provides a $25 million line to Sturm, Ruger & Company. Chicago’s current and retired public employees might wish the city had invested more in both companies. Barack Obama, for whom Emanuel was chief of staff, has become a potent gun salesman because of suspicions that he wants to make gun ownership more difficult. Since he was inaugurated four years ago, there have been 65 million requests for background checks of gun purchasers. Four years ago, the price of Smith & Wesson stock was $2.45. Last week it was $8.76, up 258 percent. Four years ago, the price of Sturm Ruger stock was $6.46. Last week it was $51.09, up 691 percent. The Wall Street Journal reports that even before ‘a $1.2 billion balloon payment for pensions comes due’ in 2015, ‘Chicago’s pension funds, which are projected to run dry by the end of the decade, are scraping the bottoms of their barrels.’” –columnist George Will

Obama the Skeet Shooter

White House caption: "President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012."

Over the weekend, in an effort to affirm that Barack “Skeeter” Obama really does support what he errantly insists is the Second Amendment’s “protection of the rights of hunters and sportsmen,” the White House PR cadres released a photo of Obama, purportedly, skeet shooting at Camp David. Mark Alexander consulted with one of the nation’s leading sport shotgun seller, whose opinion was affirmed by two national championship skeet and trap shooters, that the photograph “is not right.” For the full story on WHY the experts conclude the photo was altered, and, more importantly, why Skeeter’s propagandists want the photo to be perceived as a fake (a political diversion), link here.

The Right … to Keep and Bear Arms

Barack Obama and his NeoCom cadres aren’t letting up on their anti-gun agenda. We can’t let down our guard, either.

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The Gipper

“[E]very American should read the Declaration of Independence before he reads the Constitution, and he will see that the Constitution aims at preventing a recurrence of the way George III’s government treated the colonies. The declaration states this plainly: ‘But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new Guards for their future security.’ There is no question that the first 10 amendments are a part of those ‘new guards’ for their future security. And one of the most basic of those guards is the right to keep and bear arms.” –Ronald Reagan

Reader Comments

“Regarding Mark Alexander’s essay, Obama/Feinstein: Obfuscation and Vilification, gun bans have been proven to not work by the government’s own studies. Expanded checks are code for registration, which in turn is code for confiscation, period. Any ground given in this battle will be wasted when they return under the call to ‘fix what they didn’t fix last time,’ and the killing will continue. Make no mistake, they will be back, because their ‘fixes’ are not intended to be fixes at all, but incremental emasculation of the 2nd Amendment. The Bill of Rights was written to protect personal rights against a tyrannical government, one that wanted to seize our weapons. I guess we’ve come full circle.” –Terrell in Weldon, Iowa

“We must all keep in mind and reiterate it to all who will listen that the 2nd Amendment is not and never has been about ‘hunting.’ It has always been about self defense and defense against tyranny.” –Bill in Golden, Texas

“Why not concentrate on the truth, namely the problem is not guns. It’s control of a non trustworthy government that is threatening our freedom. The Second Amendment was enacted for exactly the right to bear arms against a tyrannical government such as we have enfolding since Obama took office in 2009.” –Price in California

Boy Scout Update

Mark Alexander’s “Letter to an Eagle Scout” received broad support from Patriots across the nation last week. Mr. Alexander offered this postscript to that letter over the weekend:

By way of followup to my Letter to and Eagle Scout, if you are one of those who is “mixed” when it comes to opinions on the homosexual agenda, the strongest words against this BSA proposal would be Obama’s endorsement of it: “I think that, uh, you know, my attitude is, is that gays and lesbians should have, uh, access, and, and, opportunity, uh, the same way everybody else does, uh, in every institution and walk of life, and, um, you know, the, the scouts are a great institution, uh, that, are [sic], uh, promoting, uh, young people and exposing them to, uh, you know, opportunities, and, and, leadership, uh, that, you know, will serve people, uh, for the rest of their lives.” (For the record, the most distinct “poker tell” that betrays Obama’s efforts to deceive is his prolific use of “uh” when he is telling a lie that isn’t scripted from a teleprompter. Additionally, he was turning his head back and forth as to say “no” when answering “yes” to on this issue.)

After the national protest from BSA rank and file leaders and members, I would like to believe the BSA board will defeat the proposal to remove its proscription against avowed homosexuals. But then, as is often the case with national government, religious and civic “leadership,” most are insulated from the those they, ostensibly, serve. Consequently, too often their actions are wholly inconsistent with the positions of their constituents – on the arrogant assumption that they are much wiser than grassroots Americans. Thus, if the BSA board passes this measure, and straps the responsibility for enforcing this restriction on Councils nationwide, then every Council, chartering organization, Troop, sponsor, donor, and even Scout, will become subject to being labeled “bigots” by homosexual advocates in their Council area. Even if just one homosexual protests against a Council, that will be trumpeted in the local media, and the result will be a challenge to every organizational and support level of that Council.

For the record, over the past four years, Barack Obama has been signing Eagle certificates, even though for the first three of those four years he opposed homosexual marriage and open homosexual military service. Last year, Obama reversed his position on both counts. That leaves one to question from whom the BSA national board takes its orders. Some have suggested if the BSA board passes this measure to shift the burden to local Councils, Scouting as we know it will be gone in a decade. I must respectfully disagree – it will be gone in a year, not 10.

For the Record

“The January jobs report provides a sober reminder that the US labor market, while recovering, remains extraordinarily weak. The official unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% as 157,000 net new jobs were created, according to the Labor Department. To provide some context, recall that back in January 2009 Team Obama economists Jared Bernstein and Christina Romer predicted the unemployment rate by 2013 would be closing in on 5%. … Indeed, if labor force participation were the same as when Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.8%. As it is, the U-6 unemployment rate – which includes a) part-timers who want full-time work and b) the discouraged who want a job but haven’t searched for work in the prior month because they believe no jobs are available – remained at 14.4% for the third straight month. When might the economy return to the sort of unemployment rate we saw before the Great Recession, say, 4.5% or so? Let’s assume a) labor force participation regains half the ground it’s lost over the past four years, and b) job growth keeps turning in 2012-like performances. According to the Atlanta Fed’s job calculator it would take another eight years to get back to the unemployment nadir of the George W. Bush administration. And that’s assuming we don’t suffer another recession between now and then. No wonder the president doesn’t want to talk about jobs.” –AEI’s James Pethokoukis

Government

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent. Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force. This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office. This means that there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago. Forget all the other numbers. This continued explosion of people not in the labor force should be tremendously concerning as it represents an obstacle for the government to ever balance the budget without drastically raising taxes on those still working.” –Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard

Culture

“Fact usually triumphs over fiction – except on TV news. The major networks have been obsessed with Manti Te'o’s fantasy football story of a fictional girlfriend. But when 500,000 people showed up in Washington to speak out for the unborn, it was barely a footnote. ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted close to two-and-a-half hours (147 minutes and 43 seconds) to the Te'o fiasco and just 17 seconds to the Washington, D.C., March for Life. That’s 521 times more coverage for Te'o and a girlfriend who never even existed. … Between the threads of the Te'o story, one anchor, NBC’s Brian Williams devoted 17 seconds to the 40th March for Life last Friday, January 25, saying: ‘Back in this country, in Washington today, thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched to the steps of the Supreme Court, protesting the landmark decision that legalized abortion. Annual March for Life, as it’s called, this year, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.’ The networks have a history of bias concerning the March for Life. The lack of coverage of the march became even more impressive when half a million people attended.” –Media Research Center’s Katie Yoder

Political Futures

“As a member of the U.S. Senate [Chuck] Hagel voted against unilateral sanctions against Iran, and, according to the Associated Press, ‘co-authored [a study] last year that called for an 80 percent cut in U.S. nuclear weapons, and elimination of all nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles.’ … [Thursday] Chuck Hagel spent eight hours in a Senate Office building essentially denying everything he has written and/or said since before he campaigned with Barack Obama in 2008. … At one point he said he supports the concept of ‘containment’ when it comes to Iran getting nuclear weapons. That is most assuredly not the Administration’s position on Iran’s nukes. The position is denying Iran nuclear weapons, not containing them once Iran has them. According to numerous sources a staffer passed Hagel a note after which, having read it, Hagel said: ‘I misspoke and said I supported the president’s position on containment. If I said that, I meant to say we don’t have a position on containment.’ But, as the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), pointed out, ‘We do have a position on containment, and that is we do not favor containment. I just wanted to clarify the clarify.’ … With all that, I hope President Obama withdraws the Hagel nomination for Secretary of Defense. If [Thursday] was any test, he is simply not up to the job.” –columnist Rich Galen

The Last Word

“Americans tend to see federal and local governments differently. At the local level, people seem to have a better grasp that it’s their tax dollars at work. They are far more sensitive to tax increases and more easily outraged by spending boondoggles. … At the local level, this fact benefits Republicans, although state-level Democrats tend to be more fiscally responsible as well. … Meanwhile, what gets Republicans elected at the local level gets them in trouble at the federal level. Again, there are many reasons for this. But I think one of them is that we’ve come to see the federal government as some sort of mystical entity empowered to right all of the wrongs in society. If there’s a problem, there ‘should’ be a federal response, the costs or feasibility of that response be damned. While Romney’s infamous riff about the ‘47 percent’ was profoundly flawed, the simple reality is that millions of people who do, in fact, pay federal income taxes do not care about those tax dollars the same way they care about their local tax dollars. This is true of people who get more from the federal government than they pay in, but it’s also true for millions of affluent voters as well. … The challenge for Republicans is to convince the American people that the government isn’t magic, and that all of its money is your money, its debts your debts. I don’t think the GOP is doomed, but America might be if Americans remained unconvinced too much longer.” –columnist Jonah Goldberg

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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88 Comments

Chare in Traverse City MI said:

May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to his family and friends. A fine man such as he will be greatly missed. Thank you to his family for the tremendous sacrifice they gave while he was serving and now that he is gone. It will not go unnoticed nor forgotten.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Jim C. in Oklahoma City, OK said:

Truly sad to lose such a great American! Prayers for his family. We can't let him be forgotten!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Jerry O'Donnell in East Syracuse said:

I suspect his killer was a jihadist.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Chris in College Station, TX replied:

I suspect you're an ignoramus. The shooter was a US service member who also served in the sand. Remember, it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. You have removed all doubt.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:24 AM

JIMBO in Fairfield said:

A great patriot and warrior who spent his last day helping others. An American treasure is lost. I would give anything to read his "Kill Book". -JIMBO

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

David in Waterloo, IA said:

Not to detract from Cris Kyle, we need many more like him. This is a question: Did I not see a program on TV that gave credit to a man from Arkansas who had over 300 kills in WW2?

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

james in lilburn ga. said:

My condolences to the family. senseless violence seems to be the norm theses days. We are so sorry this has happened to a fine patriot.
God rest his soul and sleep well my friend till we meet again.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Navy CWO in Golden TX said:

We lost two good men! May they rest in peace! Unfortunately, we will probably also lose a whole lot more. The obama administration can use this act to deny firearm ownership to thousands of former members of the Armed Forces who either have PTSD or have consulted a psychiatrist. After all the Homeland Security Secretary has referred to veterans as potential domestic terrorists.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Myron in Westwego said:

Prayers go out to his family. Just read his book a true hero in deed

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Stan Wekkin in North Hudson, WI said:

Tragedies like this will only be understood when we meet Our Lord and Savior, it is then that we will know His plan. Chris was doing the work the Lord planned for him. My prayers and sincere condolences to Chris' family and friends. I wish I could have had the honor to meet him and thank him for his service. God Bless.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Jiggs in Millen, GA said:

A short note to Rahm Emanuel, Michael Bloomburg, and all the other useful idiots in the Assault weapons arena - Nobody profits from gun violence, but we all pay for your short-sighted stupidity in an attempt to ban guns. It has really worked for you in Chicago, hasn't it Rahm? As for you Michael, New York City doesn't need to ban guns, at least not with the number of psychopaths you have pushing folks off subway platforms. Oh, and if you think banning mega-sized sweet drinks will curb obesity, you also believe in the tooth fairy. You can't ban evil, and you can't legislate morality. You guys are ding-dongs!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

david l. marshall in concho, az. 85924 replied:

Well stated and right on the money. But there is no cure for stupid.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

olesarge in Raleigh said:

We have lost a real AMERICAN Hero. RIP warrior!!! Fm retired MSgt

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Jim in Chicago said:

When I read "American Sniper" I got to feel as if I personally knew Chris. This hurts.

Given Chris' outspoken feelings about the right to bear arms, it would be ironic if the Administration tries to use this tragedy, as they have other tragedies, to promote the disarming of law-abiding citizens.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Rifleman in Nawth Jawja said:

I worked a large target range and clay target facility for 7 years and have participated in the clay games for more than 30 years.

If it's Skeet, the birds follow a parabola. Shotguns are elevated, never horizontal, because the line of sight is above the shooters' heads.

The photo of Obama Skeet-shooting "all the time" -- like every other photo of this President -- is manufactured, false, manipulated.

P.S. Why is there no noticeable recoil, no muzzle rise, in the photo? 12 gauge shotguns propel a one-ounce or ounce-and-a-half load at 1300 feet per second
with a recoil energy approaching 20 ft/pounds.

Perhaps Obama shoots Skeet as often as he plays basketball.

What amazes is the impenetrable aura which surrounds this President.

Long gone is any attempt on the part of today's self-styled journalists in the Progressive media to force out the truth.

We're all in danger because of that reluctance.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Mr. Rifleman, how true you are! The photo is obviously a planned media hoax and if it is not, as with everything else from this regime, the Despot missed the clay pidgeon by a mile. The next White House photo hoax will probably depict Michelle bagging a moose in a $4,000 u-go-gurl hunting outfit.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Daria in Texas replied:

Seriously, right? If he really wanted people to think he "shoots all of the time," then he should at least know how to really fake a picture. I have never held a gun (yet), but at least I know how to photoshop properly...

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

MNIce in Minnesota said:

One oddity I noted in the photograph, not mentioned in the side article on its anomalies, is that Mr. Obama's right index finger appears to go through the upper barrel.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Shane V. in Tampa FL said:

He was a real hero...He will be welcomed by his Lord into the Great Hall and be surrounded by his brothers and peers.
Dear Son,
I know that Chris Kyle’s loss has been devastating to you…It really hurts to lose a hero. There are so few that really can live up to being called that…I’ve lost a few, and I’ve mourned their loss.
It’s not corny or stupid to look up to such men…I’ve discovered that giants are real and sometimes we’re blessed by knowing them, even if it’s only from afar. We can be amazed by their tenacity, their accomplishments and how they became a man that we all can look up to. Chris Kyle was a true American hero who lived his life in service to others…and he will never be forgotten!
Love, Dad

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM