Monday Brief

Remembering a Great Patriot

Apr. 29, 2013

The Foundation

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine

Inspiration

James Monroe

“Sunday, April 28, mark[ed] the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758. … How have we let this great patriot become a forgotten man? Monroe’s military service alone made him a hero. When he was 18 and newly matriculated at William and Mary College, and the Second Continental Congress proclaimed the Declaration of Independence, he suspended his education to enlist in the Virginia infantry. … Monroe and his fellow Virginia sharpshooters repelled a British advance, marking the first time in the War for Independence that Americans had whooped the British, forcing the redcoats to turn tail and run for their lives. Monroe played a key role in Washington’s famous 1776 Christmas night sortie across the Delaware River. The teenaged Monroe was the co-leader, with one of Washington’s cousins, of an advance party of 50 that had crossed the river ahead of the rest of Washington’s troops, and then captured the two strategically placed cannons that defended the Hessian military camp outside of Trenton. Though seriously wounded by a musket shot, Monroe stood his ground, repelling repeated Hessian attempts to recapture the big guns, thereby saving many American lives (including, possibly, Washington’s), and thereby making that indispensable, resounding victory possible. … The amazing life story of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, would not be complete without mentioning that he passed from this world on the Fourth of July, 1831 – five years to the day after his fellow presidents Adams and Jefferson. What a fitting conclusion to the life of a principled patriot who gave his whole adult life to serving his country and upholding our most noble ideals.” –professor Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Government

“[I]f [the Marketplace Fairness Act] bill becomes law, fairness goes up in smoke. Online merchants would become revenue collectors for every sales-tax jurisdiction in America – an estimated 9,600 of them, each with its quirks and quiddities. No longer would Internet retailers based in Massachusetts be liable only for sales taxes owed to Massachusetts. They would have to calculate and remit taxes owed to Tennessee and California and Wyoming and New Jersey, charging different levies for different customers, and somehow keeping up with the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of sales-tax rates, definitions, exemptions, and deadlines. Yet the owner of the brick-and-mortar shop around the corner would go on as before, charging only a single tax rate and remitting taxes to only a single state. … There’s a crucial reason why merchants can only be required to collect taxes for states in which they are physically present: Anything else would be taxation without representation. States must not be allowed to reach beyond their borders, imposing tax obligations on retailers who had no vote or voice in creating those obligations, no political recourse, no opportunity to be heard. Against such unfairness, Americans once fought a revolution. A craving for revenue is no reason to forget that.” –columnist Jeff Jacoby

Read Mark Alexander’s column, “The e-Tax Scam.”

Reader Comments

“Regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act, the powers-that-be obviously don’t think about those of us who have to drive 50+ miles to get any selection at all. Please, contact your Senator and Representative to oppose this bill.” –farmgirl in Minnesota

“Besides an arrogant, greedy display of power and a disregard for our rights, the Marketplace Fairness Act is just another step on the road to this nation’s demise. My wife and I are elderly with health problems. Using the Internet is a necessary convenience for us. We’re not trying to dodge any taxes, but using a resource that makes our lives easier.” –EC in Kentucky

“It is not often that I disagree with Mark Alexander, but I must on the Marketplace Fairness Act. Since Internet businesses started, I have wondered why they have not been responsible for charging sales tax like other businesses. I’ve always felt it has provided them with an unfair advantage compared to their 'brick and mortar’ competitors. This has shown favoritism to one business model over another and has driven sales away from brick and mortar businesses. A truly conservative viewpoint would wish for a level playing field. We may agree that taxes are too high and should be reduced. But that is a different issue than creating a level playing field for businesses to compete.” –Kurt in Plano, Texas

“The Marketplace Fairness Act actually makes a difficult situation worse. Instead of leveling the playing field, small players will now have a tremendous burden to deal with nearly 10,000 taxing districts – a brick ‘n’ mortar only has to deal with one. Another way to realize just how dangerous this is, is to realize who is pushing for this – the big corporate players for Internet sales, namely the likes of Amazon and Walmart. This is a crony capitalist move to squelch competition. Also, as an online merchant, I have no problem with collecting sales tax as I currently do for purchases from inside my state. But I do object to this regulatory monstrosity. This will shut many of us smaller places down.” –Phil in Tatum, NM

Essential Liberty

“It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when we have to rely on the Russians for intelligence about terrorists in our own backyards. Who’ll try to help us next time, the North Koreans? There will be a next time. Everyone knows Boston was not a one-off. Other terror cells we don’t know anything about yet are living among us and they’re radicalized and trained to hurt us – and they will. America has millions of soft targets. … [I]t was humiliating to watch a proud city be shut down and terrorized for more than 24 hours, its people cowering and ‘sheltering in place’ because of two punks with pistols and a couple of homemade pipe bombs. Paul Revere and his fellow patriots would have been ashamed to see so many Americans afraid to even go outdoors. It’s doubtful, but maybe some of the die-hard liberals of Boston – and the rest of the country – learned a lesson from what played out so dramatically on their streets and our TVs. Two weeks ago everyone on TV was talking or crying about the need for tougher gun control because of what happened at Newtown. Now, after Boston, everyone is talking about how we all need a gun at home to protect ourselves.” –columnist Michael Reagan

Re: The Left

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that in light of the Boston Marathon bombing, our interpretation of the Constitution will ‘have to change.’ … More frightening than his statement is the nagging fact that the public has not risen up in opposition to his declaration. … Long ago much of the country changed its interpretation of the Constitution. To many now, it simply means what they want it to mean, not what it actually says. Limits have been ignored, federalism evaded, wealth seized and redistributed, property confiscated, private affairs invaded and businesses subjugated. … Bloomberg’s explanation is that he merely wants to protect Americans from a ‘very dangerous world’ where ‘we know there are people who want to take away our freedoms.’ Freedoms, Mr. Mayor, such as the choice of soft drink size, the voluntary and peaceful intake of salt and trans fats, or the right to own firearms? Maybe there are enemies out there who want to take away our freedoms. But clearly, and sadly, we have political leaders who want to do the same thing. Seems like terrorists win either way.” –Investor’s Business Daily

The Gipper

“The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God.” –Ronald Reagan

Insight

“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country. A better educated electorate might change the reason many persons vote.” –American political consultant Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006)

Opinion in Brief

“It is not certain that the Assad regime [in Syria] has used chemical weapons. … Let’s assume Assad did it. This would not change the underlying problem: Assad’s opposition is rife with assorted Islamic supremacists and jihadists. These include elements of al-Qaeda, the organization with which we are at war, and whose ardent pursuit of chemical and biological weapons has not only been noted but formally alleged in indictments for years. I am not saying we have no friends in the opposition. But, as in Egypt, they are a weak part of an opposition led by Muslim supremacists who hate the West. That is not going to change, no matter what weapons Assad uses. … There is no evidence in Syria, any more than there was in Egypt or Libya, that there was, at any point, a thriving, pro-American faction that was capable of taking the lead against the dictatorial regime. The most virulent opposition to the Assad regime has, for decades, been the Islamic supremacists – the Muslim Brotherhood and its allied violent jihadists. There is no void. This is the dynamic in the Muslim Middle East: You rationalize U.S. aid and sacrifice by telling yourself you are only helping the good guys, and then, once the regime is toppled, it turns out there aren’t enough good guys – so you end up with the Muslim Brotherhood. If Assad is replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood, that is not progress for America.” –National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy

For the Record

“Instead of helping America, our immigration policies are designed to help other countries solve their internal problems by shipping their losers to us. The problem isn’t just illegal immigration. … During the three years from 2010 through 2012, immigrants have committed about a dozen mass murders in this country, not including the 9/11 attack. The mass murderers were from Afghanistan, South Korea, Vietnam, Haiti, South Africa, Ethiopia and Mexico. None were from Canada or Western Europe. … Meanwhile, our government officials just keep singing the praises of ‘diversity,’ while expressly excluding skilled immigrants who might be less inclined to become ‘disaffected’ and lash out by killing Americans. In response to the shooting at Fort Hood, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said: ‘As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.’ On ‘Fox News Sunday’ this week, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden said of the Boston bombing suspects, ‘We welcome these kinds of folks coming to the United States who want to be contributing American citizens.’ Unless, that is, they have a college degree and bright prospects. Those immigrants are prohibited.” –columnist Ann Coulter

Culture

“The trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, facing the death penalty for the deaths of four infants and one woman in his clinic, is over. America has moved on. It’s exactly what the pro-abortion contingent wants. They want Gosnell out of the news because they want abortion out of the news. … Since Roe v Wade, we’ve given birth to a new materialistic culture of narcissism where reverence for life itself is gone. Life has become a commodity and people use each other as cavalierly as they destroy innocent young life. As our reverence for life has diminished, so has our reverence for the institutions that surround and support it. … In 1965, seven years before Roe v Wade, less then 10 percent of American babies were born to unwed mothers – 24 percent to unwed black women and 3.1 percent to unwed white women. As of 2010, this was up to 41 percent of our babies born to unwed mothers – 73 percent to black women and 29 percent to white women. Sixty percent of our out-of-wedlock births are to women in their 20’s. Soon, as our resources diminish to care for our growing aging population, we will start dealing with our elderly as we do our unborn. But if everything is meaningless, who cares?” –columnist Star Parker

The Last Word

“So a new USA Today poll showed that only 49% favor Congress passing a new gun control law. So, as James Taranto pointed out, if we take Obama’s claims at face value (and who would doubt his integrity?), then we’ve had a 41 point drop in support for background checks in five days. Wow, they really just face planted on this issue. … It’s pointless to stop a criminal from getting a gun once; you have to stop him every time. And you can’t. Trying to keep criminals from getting guns is pointless. And if you do that by disarming law abiding citizens, it’s also evil. If you want to prevent gun violence, work on the assumption the criminals already have guns. Pass laws aimed only at criminals like tougher sentences for any crime involving a gun. And make sure citizens can be armed so that being a violent criminal is a very dangerous thing. And get rid of the idiotic ‘Gun Free School Zone’ signs that basically say nothing but ‘here is a great place for a mass shooting.’ These are the only logical options available. If your emotions keep you from seeing the logic, you need to excuse yourself from this issue because you’re unable to think straight on it.” –humorist Frank J. Fleming

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

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60 Comments

RedLeg in M'Boro said:

I like the cartoon, the libtards (rino/dems) will defend this stupidity. You can't be for defending children and then be for abortion. But then again when you allow stupid leaders tell you what to think and say, this process is what we get.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Peter Courtenay Stephens in Gloucester County, Virginia replied:

Although radical , I feel the way to stop abortion for the most part is to pass legislation that requires any woman who has an abortion, to be sterilised permanently.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State replied:

I agree AND, I think the male inseminator should also be tracked down, verified by DNA, and summarily nuetered. Offer a bounty to the impregnated woman to point the finger - even $20k bounty + abortion/sterilization costs, would be far cheaper to taxpayers than the current financial burden incurred by society. You tell me, what man isn't going to think twice about dipping his candle if the outcome is that his 'wick' will be permanently snipped?

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

corvettegeorge in Santa Ana, CA replied:

What a revolutianary idea! Also, if you are on welfare and have another baby, you lose any more welfare payments!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

RedLeg,

"Stupid" leaders should have read "mentally deranged or corrupt" because simple stupidity isn't generally accurate when describing our "leaders".

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Peter Courtenay Stephens in Gloucester County, Virginia said:

Monroe was a great patriot and it is a tragedy that we have come so far afield from the principles of this great man and his compatriots.
We are now living under an ever tightening Maxrist/Fascist Police State.
The evidence need only be presented of the attrocity to our Bill Of Rights of the Boston Police and what transpired in Watertown.
Sic Semper Tyrannis !

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Harry Derwent Thomas in Vernon, Connecticut said:

Please consider similar essays on other of our Founding Fathers and heroes.

They have gone too long as "unsung." I venture to suggest that VERY FEW "moderns" know "tinker" about this HERO or most any of the many others.

The success of any nation is but structure built on the foundation of its founders. It is prudent to know this foundation.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Myrl Allinder in Clearwater, FL said:

review this history snippet from youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

TheVonz in Texas replied:

Wow !!!... enlightening and POWERFUL, thank you.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State replied:

Starkly amazing that even 'useful idiots' could change their mind about abortion, and a few other provocative issues. A good start. Thank you!

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA replied:

Myrl: I've been agressivley pro-life for many years. I married a woman who had given up a child to adoption. Her attitude was "I made a mistake that I can recover from but killing my child; I could never recover from that." Where did the interviewer get some of the morons that he spoke with? This film should be sent to everyone on your address list with a recommendation that they watch it. Thank you, Dick

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State said:

USA Today poll??? Why would any reasoned thinking person place any credibility in a 'poll' done by leftist media?? And yes, I mean USA Today among others. I'm not infused with any poll that doesn't represent at least 100 million respondants across the country. Seem ridiculous to you? No more than the results of polls by MSM seem to me!

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Perkoda in Vista, CA replied:

I think you missed the point of the comment...it was a poll of mostly liberal respondents and they still only got 40-somthing percent for gun control when the continued lies from our CINC continuously spewed 85 percent. Please finish your morning coffee before responding...Otherwise ...love your comments...and I am not a lib!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State replied:

Ok, coffee was over an hour ago. Re: 'it was a poll of mostly liberal respondents' ... That was my point. So, I should reconsider your 'point of the comment' via what frame of thinking? Other than the disparaty of poll result %'s, I apologize that I seem to be missing it.
Anyway, bless you for knowing the poor imposter of a CINC is also LIAR. We are both not 'lib'. At least you commented without casting aspersions It's all good...:)

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

James H. Ragon in Jackson, TN said:

What section of the US Consititution authorizes the prosped "Marketplace Fairness Act"? It certainly is not the 13th Amendment which prohibits 'involuntary seritude' within the USA and places of its jurdication.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Dr. Bill Choby in Latrobe, PA said:

Monroe was the Last Founding Ffather President and along with his wife, Elizabeth created an American Camelot.He negotiated for the entire Louisanna Purchase from Napolean without President Jefferson's approval who later took credit for it. He later sold the land and eliminated the pulbic debt and taxes. What a guy!

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

LinertysSon in SC said:

American History is replete with scores of unsung heroes that stood tall and fought for our freedoms. Sadly, todays generation is ignorant of history and our schools do not teach of their sacrifice. We are doomed as a nation should we forget our heroic roots and our forefathers sacrifices on our behalf. We must revive and instill in our youth the message of our patriotic founding. I pray that we will not fail the call to preserve our precious inheritance.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Alton Womack in Central Florida said:

The wordSof President Reagan epitomizes his greatness but also how far Obama has taken us into the its of mediocrity with his Muslim upbrnging in which he still clings along with his Marxist philosophy. Most of America amazes me with its stupidity, greed and lack of historircal relevance of this once great Nation. .

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Daryl in Bentonville, Ar said:

not to mention concerning sales tax, that means that the business must apply for, and obtain a license for about 9600 entities, watch for any changes 9600 times, on a daily basis......require at the very least a high cost software program to deal with them all, also not to mention that some states and locals require deposits for that piece of paper, yearly reports and on and on and on.....endlessly

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Dale in Idaho said:

Of course, greed for POWER makes it so we can't keep out of middle east, even though we could be energy independent in USA. We have toppled regimes over there for what other purpose? We still don't understand their society? After all these yrs., now we take out Iraq, Libya, and next Syria? Who's next, Iran? Muslim Bro. is right, I've been watching Syria for a yr. now. Hillary lied about supplying rebels there. What ever happened about the Stevens and other's murders? For that matter, why isn't Eric Holder in jail? Lets ask Barry S. shall we?

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

MyNickelsworth in Athens, TN said:

It is somewhat strange. Even when I was in school, I graduated High School in 1947, American History hardly mentioned most of the presidents. Fame is a fleeting thing.

Re the "Marketplace Fairness Act"
I seem to remember that I read somewhere that a court decision, either Federal Court or Supreme Court, ruled on a similar situation. It was based on interstate Catalog sales and sales tax. As I remember it was declared unconstitutional because of the problems you mentioned as well as the taxation without representation prohibition.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

R.C. in Colorado said:

Seems to me that this "Fairness Act" internet sales tax could be back-doored into a national sales tax, without due process. The individual business and the 10,000 tax jurisdictions will be totally unable to collect and administer the tax. So, the feds will have to step in to do that job.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Colonel Charles E. Thomann, USA Retired in Annapolis, Maryland said:

Thank you so much for writing about my Cousin by Marriage, James Monroe. He married my cousin Elizabeth Kortright.. She was on my Mother's side of the family that got here in 1664 when the British came to drive the Dutch out of New Amsterdam. My Grandfather of the time was a British Captain and placed in charge of Kingston, New York. You probably know that James had been the Ambassador to France and when Elizabeth heard that Mrs. Lafayette was to be beheaded she, and probably James, went to Napoleon and begged for her release, promising to get Mrs. Lafayette our of the Country. Napoleon agreed and the Monroe's got Mrs. Lafayette reunited with her husband who was in exile. When President Washington heard about it he was very happy saying he thought of Lafayette as a son. .

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Mike Kelleher in Atlanta, GA said:

This description of his contributions to our nation is woefully understated... Arguably there is no American who has come even close to his dedication and range of service -- two term President (remember the Monroe Doctrine), Secretary of War, Secretary of State, Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia, twice Governor of Virginia (four terms), Minister to the United Kingdom, Minister to France, Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation, multiple term member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Special Negotiator for the Louisiana Purchase, ardent advocate for limited government, distinguished military service during the Revolutionary War; wounded in combat, and much, much more.

5th President of the United States

In office
March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825

8th United States Secretary of War

In office
September 27, 1814 – March 2, 1815

7th United States Secretary of State

In office
April 2, 1811 – March 4, 1817

12th and 16th Governor of Virginia

In office
December 28, 1799 – December 1, 1802

In office
January 16, 1811 – April 2, 1811

United States Minister to the United Kingdom

In office
April 18, 1803 – February 26, 1808

United States Minister to France

In office
May 28, 1794 – September 9, 1796

United States Senator
from Virginia

In office
November 9, 1790 – March 29, 1794

Delegate to the
Congress of the Confederation
from Virginia

In office
November 3, 1783 – November 7, 1786

Personal details

Born

April 28, 1758
Monroe Hall, Virginia

Died

July 4, 1831 (aged 73)
New York City, New York

Resting place

Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond, Virginia

Political party

Democratic-Republican

Spouse(s)

Elizabeth Kortright
(1786-1830; her death)

Residence

Ash Lawn

Alma mater

College of William and Mary

Profession

Lawyer
Planter
College Administrator

Religion

Episcopal

Military service

Service/branch

Continental Army

Years of service

1775–1780

Rank

Major

Battles/wars

American Revolutionary War
• Battle of Trenton

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State replied:

Democratic-Republican? Interesting, what is the meaning if you wouldn't mind? I profess I am soiled by the more contemporary use of those terms.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

According to Wikipedia - Formed by Madison and Jefferson to oppose the Federalist Party. Sounds like a small govt party to me.

Interestingly, I couldn't search for it using bing - my gov computer blocked that search.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

Well huh, I got an e-mail saying bing and other search engines are temporarily blocked due to network upgrades. Would've been nice to know....

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Bud in CT, The Constipation State replied:

Well thanks for the homework assignment Diane. I am aware of the Federalist Papers, but have to admit I have not actually read the content nor digested the context of their party charter. Now I am interested in how the Federalist party lost whatever it was, became non-existant - and how the Democratic-Republican apparently unhyphenated and morphed into the paralized politics we call 'representation'. Based on the little I know, via references and incomplete reading, I was feeling I wanted the Federalist Party ... back.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM