The Patriot Post® · Brief

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THE FOUNDATION

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson

INSIGHT

“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut.” –C.S. Lewis

GOOD NEWS

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your father served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:2)

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31)

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) [All verses NKJV ]

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“The protective fence that surrounded even agnostics in past centuries was rooted in the principles of the Ten Commandments and the philosophy and instructions of the Beatitudes. But we aborted those principles and now we abort ourselves. Soon, with no controlling moral authority, we will euthanize the elderly and the handicapped. At each stage, we will be consoled that we are doing good.” –Cal Thomas

FAMILY

“All too often, those demanding their rights are visible, while those whose rights may be abridged must be imagined. Fairness demands a balancing of conflicting rights. To achieve this requires the recognition that a balance is necessary, plus a bit of imagination. That is, fairness requires effort, not merely unthinking sympathy for those who are shown to us on TV. This is especially true when those who are invisible include children, crime victims, the elderly, and others less able to ask for their own rights. The invisible are not insignificant, and they too have rights.” –David C. Stolinsky

CULTURE

“The American culture is journeying through muck and smut, looking for lower ground, not of necessity but of depravity. Unless we change course, and soon, our destination is either moral anarchy and social chaos, or the surrender of all our freedoms to Big Brother in exchange for his promise to protect us from ourselves.” –Linda Bowles

LIBERTY

“Americans need to be especially on guard against moves against free speech and their right to keep and bear arms. The purpose of passing hate-crime legislation is simply to lay the predicate for passing hate-speech laws. …Freedom and compulsion are contradictions. …What the present generation must do is guard against the growing trend toward more authoritarian government. Government is never static. Its tendency is always to move toward more power that means less freedom. But to do that, the present generation must have more faith in itself than it does in government. You can’t have a free society unless you trust the people.” –Charley Reese

OPINION IN BRIEF

“What does global tax reporting have to do with slavery? Think about it. When people cannot vote with their feet without being taxed by the U.N. and having chunks of their income remitted to their country of origin, they do not own themselves. They are the property of their country of origin and country of residence. The deterioration of political discourse in the United States and Europe has dulled the concept of slavery. A slave, like a serf, is a person who does not work for himself. He works for others, just as you and I do when we pay income tax. A sales or excise tax is consistent with freedom because it establishes no claim to a person’s labor. If a purchase tax becomes too onerous, black markets will emerge to curtail government’s greed. Few slavemasters punished a shirking slave as severely as the IRS punishes a shirking taxpayer. An under-performing slave might receive a whipping or short rations for a while, but a taxpayer is robbed not only of his income but also of several years of his life spent in prison for income-tax evasion. Slavemasters understood that human labor was too valuable to lock away in a dungeon, but the IRS regards shirking as slave rebellion and puts it down mercilessly. So will the OECD and the U.N. Indeed, global reporting will permit parties in power to pursue political opponents across national boundaries and to dispossess groups, ethnic or otherwise, that lose political struggles. Global tax reporting means the demise of individuals, dissent and freedom, and the rebirth of gold coins in the mattress as a favored financial institution.” –Paul Craig Roberts

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“We should not have to return to the Nuremburg Code – established in the wake of the Nazis’ human experiments to protect people from being used for research which could cause injury or death – to know that doing lethal harm to a fellow human, no matter how small, is wrong. Blessings to the pope for reminding Mr. Bush that life is not disposable.” –The Washington Times

THE GIPPER

“Our party must be the party of the individual. It must not sell out the individual to cater to the group. No greater challenge faces our society today than ensuring that each one of us can maintain his dignity and his identity in an increasingly complex, centralized society.” –Ronald Reagan

GOVERNMENT

“…[O]nly when the intolerant forces of tolerance turn on their own does the strategy of the authoritarian left become clear: They don’t want a debate – they just want to shut you down, whether you’re the Scouts or an iconoclastic gay columnist, Dr. Laura or a black conservative judge. ‘Identity politics’ is left-wing apartheid – a way of dividing the citizenry into competing interest groups, beholden to a strong central government as an arbiter of largesse.” –Mark Steyn

ON THE LEFT

Demo Union Dues News from the American Labour Party:

Frank B. Zeuberis, ex-boss of Laborers’ Int'l Union of N. Am. Local 5 in Chicago Hts., Ill., pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge and admitted that he embezzled $470,106 in union funds.

U.S. Dist. Judge Joseph DiClerico sentenced “longtime labor activist” and ex-N.H. AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Daniel Courchesne to 12 months in federal prison for embezzling approximately $127,000 of union funds, possibly to cover gambling debts.

Bryan D. Kroh pleaded guilty June 15 in U.S. Dist. Court in Bismarck, N.D., to embezzling $33,468.52 from the Bhd. of Locomotive Eng'rs.

(NLPC Union Corruption Update)

POLITICAL FUTURES

“RINO Alert! Where is former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman’s endorsement of New Jersey Republican gubernatorial nominee Bret Schundler? According to the Associated Press this weekend, it’s nowhere to be found – which is the problems principled folks like us have with liberal Republicans like Whitman and Jim Jeffords and Lincoln Chafee. When they lose or otherwise don’t get their way, they take their ball and go home. But when THEY are driving the bus, they expect the rest of US to check OUR principles at the door. In their book, it’s their way or the highway. Bret Schundler won the Republican nomination for governor fair and square last month; so now it’s time for Whitman to return the favor, stop pouting, suck it up and openly, publicly and enthusiastically endorse her party’s selection. It’s the least she can do.” –Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Chuck Muth

FOR THE RECORD

“It hurt to lose [my recent race for re-election]. But I’ll never regret my vote for impeachment. It is easy for elected officials to succumb to the illusion that the greater good is served by their self-perpetuation in office. Seniority, of course, often brings promotion and power of a sort. But something larger gets lost. And here I’m not even talking about integrity or political soul. I’m really just talking about the ability to lead. The moment a politician decides that it’s more important to be re-elected than to stand his ground, he becomes weak and ineffective. The willingness to lose elections is a necessary prerequisite of statesmanship. That, I believe, is one of the chief and enduring lessons of the Clinton impeachment trial.” –The Honorable James Rogan

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“Regarding the Guest Worker Immigration provision, according to a recent issue of WORLD magazine, ‘the late economist Julian Simon found that an old guest-worker law, the "bracero” program, had an astonishing impact on illegal immigration from 1956 to 1964, lowering apprehensions from 500,000 to 100,000. “This is one of the most conclusive quasi-experiments in social policy that has ever been conducted…” he wrote’.“
Editor’s Reply: It’s an error of callow research reasoning often cautioned about: Correlation does not imply causality; coincidence does not imply causality. That illegal border crossing apprehensions went down at the time of the old "bracero” program is in no way “conclusive” of anything, much less an “astonishing impact.”

“Sen. (Rhymes with ‘Chuck’) Schumer has demanded the DoJ make open access to competitors’ software in Microsoft’s new Windows XP a condition for settling its antitrust case with the company. Next thing you know, the Sociocrats will demand that Burger King also offer MacDonald’s Big Macs on their menu.”

“Why are the 2nd Amendment and the Privatization of Social Security an anathema to Socialists? A well-armed and financially secure populace is impossible to dictate to or be beholden.”

“I felt it was highly inappropriate to [ask] Rush to raise [his support]. Other than that, we always enjoy your insights and clarity in a world of muddled thoughts and intellectual laziness.”
Editor’s Reply: It was a JOKE! We laughed all the way to the bank!

“About making civil servant eunuchs, Mr. Sobran should know that it would serve us better to have members of Congress neutered. At least the interns would be safer.”

“Missile defense, ‘Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat.’ We better get on with it – before somebody wants to get it on!”