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Maligned and Defamed 

It is a story that isn’t too unusual in our military community, at least not in the beginning…..

This man came from a nice family but they did not have money. When it came time for college, he opted for and had a chance to go to the military academy and did very well graduating second in his class. He was popular with his classmates and well regarded by the faculty. To shorten the story as much as possible, as usually happens at some time during a military career of honor, good character and high principles, a moment of decision came after 36 years of exemplary service to our country. His values, his morals, his beliefs, his priorities were all challenged and he was tested. He was between a rock and a very hard place. He did the only thing that he could honorably do, he resigned his commission and left his beloved United States and the army to travel back to Virginia and defend his state, his home, his family and friends against military invasion. He knew that it was being planned, he knew it was coming because his resignation had been turned in because he had been offered command of the troops scheduled to attack Virginia. This man’s name, of course, was Robert E. Lee.

I know he was not fighting to prolong slavery and that he was not racist for his time since he had quietly freed his slaves ten years earlier. One former slave who stayed with him through the war was named in his will and was left a large sum of money (for that era) for education.  At a much later time this former slave (Rev. William Mack Lee) would author an autobiography in which he would describe Lee in glowing terms. He began preaching before the war and after the war he built at least four large churches and became a well known African American Preacher in Virginia. He had the autobiography printed in order to raise money for his current church. (I think he was in his eighties.) http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/leewilliam/lee.html

Robert E. Lee letter dated December 27, 1856:

          I was much pleased the with President’s message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed. The consequences of their plans and purposes are also clearly set forth. These people must be aware that their object is both unlawful and foreign to them and to their duty, and that this institution, for which they are irresponsible and non-accountable, can only be changed by them through the agency of a civil and servile war. There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race. 

    So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained.
    General Robert E. Lee, May 1, 1870

    So, we now have people trying to tear down this gentle man’s statue. Most who could not hold a candle to how he lived his life every day yet they think themselves qualified to judge him? How much do they really know about him, other than what the talking points say? Why has it become so easy for fringe elements to tear down monuments?

    This is becoming frightening!

    http://www.historynet.com/robert-e-lee

    http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/virginia-history-explorer/lee-and-grant

    http://civilwarhome.com/leebio.html

    http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_lee_robert.html

    More Vacations than People Who REALLY Work!

    Congress is off on vacation again! It would not be so objectionable if they had met a few of their obligations, kept even one of their most frequently repeated promises to their voters or done anything productive. All summer both parties have allegedly been working their smooth manicured fingers to the bone trying to fix our health care. Most of their time has been taken up posing in front of cameras either in hearings, press conferences or TV interviews focused on Russia, rumors and politics.

    We the People who pay their rediculous salaries and overlook their outrageous perks, put up with their elitist attitude of superiority and are getting really tired of the serial lying, we work hard for our money. Our taxes are entirely too high, our health insurance is too expensive and the deductibles are unbelievably high as are the co-pays. These two items have been high on the promise list of every candidate running for a seat on Capitol Hill. Repeal Obamacare and lower taxes. Usually said in a raised voice with an upheld clenched fist and a fierce grin to overwhelming applause, whistles, hoots and other various crowdly indications of strong approval. We remember!

    So why do we now have a fist full of excuses but no repeal of Obamacare? Oh, I have heard all of the stuttered “reasons” that merely sound like they wanted to work something out with the Democrats all along. We all have heard over and over how willing the Dems are to “come to the table and compromise”. The only problem is that it isn’t compromise at all when there is a condition…….we have to KEEP Obamacare. Mitch wants to give up on repeal now. Give up? Did George Washington give up? Did Benjamin Banneker give up? You never ever get to the goal if you give up!! 

    And they went on vacation. They could not make any personal sacrifice of time to accomplish what they had been sent there to do. They went on vacation. It wasn’t to stay in touch with their constituents, they don’t care about their constituents. Those were the same constituents hooting and clapping in that crowd while they were making their famous heartfelt promises about REPEALING OBAMACARE AND LOWERING TAXES! Furthermore, we now have a whole range of improvements on the Pony Express, even snail mail works eventually. They should have stayed in Washington and at least Repealed Obamacare. Going on vacation was inexcusable!

    We have a horrible bunch on Capitol Hill and we really need to do something about it! We need to research voting records and pay attention. We need to look for who is paying for the advertising and not believe what any candidate says about himself or any other candidate! We need to be careful who we elect because part of this problem is our fault, we became apathetic and complacent.

    We got exactly who we elected – wimpy, lazy, greedy, lying, establishment crony capitalists, willing to sell the country out to make a buck or to stay in power.

    One Suggestion of Many

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    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/july_2017/most_democrats_gop_voters_don_t_agree_with_party_leaders
    I have come to the conclusion that the Republican Party has lost its focus and no longer is working together under a unifying ideology. The old guard Republicans are now called Conservatives and do have an ideology but it no longer fits in with the new Republican Party methods and motives. Most of the establishment republicans, those who control the party and who have infested Capitol Hill do not share an ideology with grass roots Republicans or Conservatives. To be blunt, they are greedy, power hungry, crooked people and they give all republicans a bad name.
    Steve Hilton brought an old idea back into the light. Part of the problem with politicians is that they are funded by big corporations, big money private donors, big pacs and special interests. It takes away the importance of the voter and places control with the big money. Until 1986, every citizen could donate a limited amount to a political campaign and deduct it from their tax bill. This encouraged greater citizen participation, it forced congress to pay more attention to their voters, more small donations added up and controls could be more easily applied to large donations (well, it sounds good…).

    Limits, regulations and caps should be placed on campaign donations by some agency other than congress – perhaps an arm of the DOJ or Treasury. Capitol Hill has already shown the inability to regulate or police themselves. Taking it a step further, lobbyists should also be rigidly controlled and regulated by that same agency. No body of government with so many members holding the power of the people can be trusted to self-police and self-regulate when the record thus far has been so totally abysmal. Our representatives in Washington are sadly out of touch with everyone but the media, scandals and back room deals are the norm. Too many members leave Washington wealthier by far than a Congressional salary can account for. Too many go on lavish trips, visit foreign countries, receive expensive gifts, etc.. (Is this why people run for office?)

    John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and many other of our founders made it very clear that a virtuous citizenry was necessary for a thriving republic. To our shame, the congress (we elected and have repeatedly re-elected) is mostly corrupt. Also, we have allowed a culture of dysfunction, theft, greed, corruption, moral depravity and party over country to take over our nation’s capitol. I say this because we do not look at how they vote, we listen to the lies they tell at election time and then those with the most money who run more advertisements and throw the most mud win. 

    None of us are perfect, but each of us is closer to virtuous than those in Washington who refuse to do anything about healthcare while so many people suffer without any healthcare at all or who cannot afford the co-pays, those who make us pay for a much better healthcare system for them, their families, their staffers and their families. Those ones who will probably fight President Trump tooth and nail rather than allow citizens to keep more of their own money by reforming the tax code but who have planted numerous loopholes in the current tax code for themselves and their donors.

                                                                                                                                    
    Our First Congress served the nation and took their duties to their fellow citizens seriously. They sacrificed to serve one or two terms and then they went home. Working in Washington was not considered a path to wealth and a secure retirement. Budgeting America’s money was a sacred trust. The United States of America was born a republic, not a democracy. We did not want a massive controlling central government and fluctuating mob rule. It was brilliant, it was constructed for stability and it was built to endure for their progeny.

    Well Progeny, here we are…….

    We need a few changes. 

    We need The Convention of States!           

                                                                                                                     

    Enough Already With the Media!!

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    That’s about enough! 

    Most of us wouldn’t treat anyone we knew like this! 

    Have we forgotten what gossip is and what it does to people? Why have we now decided that some people are human but other people are not? Just because the media spreads gossip, lies and rumors does not mean that We The People should follow, give credence to, believe or even listen to the destructive things they say. 

    What ever happened to believing that a person was innocent until “hard” or incontrovertible evidence proves otherwise? Nothing good ever came out of these historical periods of accusation and hysteria. Think back to the Salem witch trials, those were our not-so-distant ancestors who thought they were being practical and rational. After all…everyone agreed! Or what about the practice of slavery, not just in the United States but throughout history. We are one of, if not the only, country to eliminate it and then sincerely try to repair the damage! Full grown allegedly intelligent adults accepted it as common practice in the Middle Ages and in various countries it has continued until today. People can be conditioned and can become “hardened” to almost anything. If you don’t think people accept crowd defined norms then you need to go back and

    Because I have standards of behavior, because I try to live by the Golden Rule, because I believe every person is a child of God I am not going to accuse my customers of stealing, I won’t say that my neighbor is cheating, I refuse to pass along rumors I know are probably untrue. I think most Americans are like this but have not really had the time to actually stop and think about what the media is doing to us. Ten or twenty years ago I would not have had time either.

    Some vague accusation, a wild rumor, an anonymous tip, an unsubstantiated leak or even unverified gossip is front page news today and inevitably reported as fact (or as being under investigation by “authorities”). Since the Democratic Party has joined with the MSM in a joint mission to remove President Trump from office the press has become corrupt and agenda driven. They have not been objective or even decent in their coverage. There is no attention to detail, no verification of sources, no allegiance to truth. There is no value on American virtues, the Constitution, law and order or respect for family values and Christian faith. They try to manipulate their audience instead of informing them.

    We should not allow this awful main stream media to affect or influence us in any way. America’s people have always been innovative, honest, generous, principled and we have always stood for what was right and good. None of this can be applied to the MSM in any way. 

    Until the bulk of the press can pull itself out of the gutter, disassociate itself with any and all political parties and become honest journalists once more, I am no longer going to listen to or read any of them. There are plenty more reliable sources who are striving to uphold traditional journalistic standards.

    Russia! Russia! Russia!

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    Before a criticism is given, perhaps it should be thought all the way through.Practically every one of the components of the commonplace press has posted, broadcast or published at least one article/commentary denigrating President Trump for not “being firmer” or even “standing up to” Putin on the allegations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. I would like to add my humble opinion:

    It is always presumptuous for any outsider to make a judgement about how one issue should be handled and fit into the overarching strategy of the relationship, the negotiations and what we want to get out of that regime or what path we want them on. They also presume that they know all about every phone call, every message, etc. However, often they do not know context at all. They are only presented with optics.

    So, I think automatically about what my response would have been if I were Putin. It isn’t very difficult at all. The United States foolishly tried to meddle in the last major Israeli election, and to condemn us even further, Israel is one of our closest allies! I do not think President Trump would have come out on top of that argument. You could add in Libya, Iraq and more (justified or not they were sovereign nations).

    Since Russia and America have not been on friendly terms for the last eight years and we have numerous other highly advanced technical adversaries in China, North Korea, Iran and etc. It seems a little ignorant to me that we neglect installing top notch protection and defense of our election systems. Why are we not angry at the people responsible for leaving us open to attack? Why are we not investigating the entire election, including the Democratic Party? Why are we not hardening the grid? Why are the democrats and the MSM trying so hard to focus the public and the politicians on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What are we missing while they are flashing their worthless shiny object?

    Before we back any person in a corner and forcefully present him with his crime, we had better have good evidence. That is right and reasonable. It cannot be the expert opinion of 17 professional organizations, opinions will always be subjective. If there is no IRREFUTABLE proof, then President Trump sounds like the boy crying wolf. After all…..what proof does he have when so many other hackers can leave traces making themselves look like Russians? What real proof, hard evidence, do we actually possess?

    Play it out in your mind, but take the part of Putin. Obama did not leave Trump an easy fact set to work with!

    Happy Birthday, America!

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    Happy Birthday and Best Wishes to my Homeland.
    I celebrate belonging to her culture of freedom and individualism. I rejoice in the Bill of Rights and the ideals of justice and republicanism. I am thankful for the very many warriors who have sacrificed time, flesh and blood, clear thinking and sometimes they make the ultimate sacrifice of life for America, for us, for our way of living and our values.
    I am proud to be a patriot who loves her country complete with all of its incredible innovation and spirit of generosity, its diversity, its mistakes, its problems and its sins. We are not a perfect nation, or a utopia, we are a nation of people and there are now over 250 million of us. Too many of us were not brought up with respect for American Virtues and for too long the gangs have increased membership dramatically through illegal recruitment and passage. But we can fix our problems because America does not belong to the world or to illegal aliens, it belongs to us!

    We try hard. Good has usually always won out over evil because Americans have always valued independence, free thinking, Judaeo-Christian virtues and hard work . We do try hard and one reason I love my country is because until now we have always eventually straightened things out and gotten it right. There has always been a creed and a belief that we try hard to follow:

    We (your people) hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator (not the government or any court) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    God Bless America and Happy Birthday!

    Trump’s Telling Tweets

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    The President’s tweets have not been an issue for me one way or another. If I were advising him, I would naturally recommend that he be far more careful. However, that being said, the press just tries to use every tweet against him in some way. I think most people realize that and pay little attention to their obfuscation and outright falsification of the news.

    What wrinkled up my forehead and started this post was the heavy response by women. Evidently, President Trump hit below the belt and committed a social faux pas when he mentioned that lady’s (?) facelift. This implies that there were/are rules in effect, I have heard endless clips of “THE MORNING JOE” , if there were any rules of civility and decorum being observed while covering President Trump it has not been at all apparent. Have we not heard the main stream media report every unconfirmed rumor, each unsubstantiated allegation? Do they not call the properly elected President of the United States every foul and disgusting name that is legal to utter on television? Furthermore, “THE MORNING JOE” is one of the worst shows to do this!

    There may very well have been better ways to handle it, but if the President or the White House strikes back after so much constant abuse and rhetoric that is honestly beyond the pale and shameful for any American broadcasting station, no one should complain. She has said horrible, nasty and outright untrue things including that our President is mentally unstable, unqualified for the job, etc. The response to the tweet is that President Trump is being a misogynist and has no respect for women.

    This is absolutely and unequivocally not true. In general, if one keeps an open mind and actually pays attention, he treats men and women exactly the same (in their chosen field). If they work with men as equals and hold themselves out as such then he treats them accordingly. https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-up-with-donald-trump-and-the-women-not-090043983.html

    To apply this to the tweet, our President would naturally assume that if you can dish out such gutter worthy below-the-belt trash then you ought to be able to take it like the pro you are holding yourself out to be. I have worked in construction, definitely a male dominated field, there is a choice you have to make as a woman. You can be a lady on a construction site or you can be a woman who demands (and gives) respect while interacting as an equal. It isn’t easy, but it can be done, however, you cannot flip back and forth between the two! The same is true for any profession. 

    There is no honor in hitting a man where it hurts and then hiding behind behind being a woman when he turns around.

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