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Left Topsy-Turvy on American Revolution and Brexit

As America celebrates another birthday and the British people celebrated their Brexit vote for freedom from tyranny to a supranational bureaucracy, the heart and soul of the American Left again exposed itself as statist and globalist.

American Revolution & Brexit

Exhibit A: Steve Pincus. His recent Washington Post article attempts to paint Brexit supporters and the Republican Party as racist, anti-American xenophobes. In his introductory and subsequent paragraphs, Pincus inextricably links pro-Brexit forces with the agenda and sentiments of American conservatives and Pincus finds them wanting.

His headline asserts, “No, Brexit was not Britain’s ‘Declaration of Independence.’ It was the exact opposite.” Pincus couldn’t be more wrong.

His subheading: “The American founders would revile the pro-‘leave’ camp.” Again, his conclusion is contrary to everything we know about the Founding Fathers.

Nevertheless, Pincus contends, “But they’ve got America’s founding document exactly backward. The original American patriots would be horrified to hear their opus invoked in the service of Brexit.”

Pincus makes two striking, and strikingly wrong, claims.

Open vs. Controlled Borders

Pincus’ first strikingly wrong claim is that our Founders and the Framers of our Constitution, favored open borders. Pincus claims, “The founders called for a government that would allow for free movement of goods and peoples.”

Actually, American colonists sought control over their own borders. They vehemently opposed a power across the Atlantic Ocean determining their fate and enacting laws without their consent and contrary to their wishes.

Pincus cites the Declaration: “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”

No “open borders” here. What did the Founders actually seek? How do we interpret that portion of the Declaration? By what the Founders did. As noted by Heritage Foundation (emphasis added):

“Congress passed the first ‘uniform Rule of Naturalization’ under the new Constitution in March 1790. It allowed ‘any alien, being a free white person’ and ‘of good character’ who had resided in the United States for two years to become a ‘citizen of the United States’ by taking an oath in court ‘to support the constitution of the United States.’”

The very first Congress actually limited and circumscribed immigration by a clear set of criteria, looking for emigres from the Northwestern European nations which had settled America.

Heritage continues (emphasis added): “Key criteria for citizenship of the Naturalization Act of 1795 remain part of American law. These include (1) five years of (lawful) residence within the United States; (2) a ‘good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States’; (3) the taking of a formal oath to support the Constitution and to renounce any foreign allegiance; and (4) the renunciation of any hereditary titles.”

In contrast to the Founders’ wishes and the law of the land, today illegal aliens celebrate their Mexican holidays while burning the American flag and promoting the overthrow of the American government. Our Founders would have put a stop to this.

Activist vs. Limited Government

Pincus’ second strikingly wrong claim is that our Founders and the Framers of our Constitution favored an activist government. (Hence the subtitle of his new book.[1])

According to Pincus, “America’s founders celebrated the creative potential of the state to promote the general welfare and happiness of the people; they wanted an activist government – one that would intervene in the economy to promote growth.”

To buttress his claim, Pincus cites the Second Continental Congress: “Government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end.”

But what did the crafters of our Republic actually mean by “welfare?” The Founders sought to promote the “general welfare and happiness of the people” by securing liberty! They understood that a free people – being secured in their liberty and able to use their God-given gifts as they deemed best – could, in today’s parlance, “maximize their potential,” strengthen their local communities, and improve the general welfare of the nation.

Our Founding Fathers fought for freedom and limited government to preserve that freedom.

Pincus clearly regards FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” as superior to, and countermanding, our Founders’ original Bill of Rights. FDR’s progressive economic bill of rights seeks equality of outcome through government force while the Framers of our Constitution, with their political bill of rights, sought to maximize freedom and, thus, equality of opportunity.

Progressives like Pincus agree with President Obama’s assessment that America is fundamentally flawed[2] and, therefore, needs to be fundamentally transformed.[3] The Founders, Framers, and generations of Americans heartily disagree.[4] Middle America seeks to reclaim its heritage,[5] one built upon a Judeo-Christian ethos[6] which cherished liberty.

Similarly, progressives like Pincus, the Obamas, and the Clintons seek to eviscerate nationalism and elevate supranational and global institutions. In doing so, they willfully dismiss, like willing dupes,[7] the nexus between the immigration and terrorism crises.[8]

Progressives follow Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village (i.e., big government) when our great nation was founded on the premise that the primary duty of government is the protection of the People at home (law enforcement) and abroad (national defense) – and from government itself (Constitution).

Nationalism vs. Supra-nationalism

At heart, America as a Nation and a People matters little to these progressives who prefer to use American power and ideals against her in pursuit of their own globalist utopian goals.

Pincus equates “English First” pro-Brexit voters with the resurgence of contemporary America Firsters inspired by Donald Trump. To some degree he is correct, yet he regards that as a bad thing.

The heart and core of the Brexit Vote was to liberate the British people from the bureaucratic behemoth of the European Union’s usurpation of national sovereignty[9] and abrogation of the will of the People. Similarly, Middle America seeks its own independence from a draconian federal government[10] which serves its own needs and purposes while thwarting those whom they purportedly serve.

But Pincus again twists the historical record, asserting that late 18th-century Britons wanted the American colonists (legal settlers all) to pay their “fair share,” likening them to illegal aliens in America, today.

In reality, the American colonists – who were all self-supporting and obviously did not rely on a non-existent welfare state for survival – disagreed with the Mother Country and insisted upon, “No taxation without representation.” Our forefathers, like us, preferred a free market system without undue taxation and regulation, the very things Pincus and his lot pursue.

In his tract (and presumably in his forthcoming book as well), Pincus skirts this crucial reality: the majority of the colonists came from Britain and shared legal, linguistic, political, social, cultural, and spiritual similarities with the British realm.

Those brave men and women who gave birth to this great nation were brothers and sisters by blood who forged a new nation by creed. That creed – “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” – is central to our identity as Americans.

Individual rights, not collective rights; equality of opportunity, not of outcome; reverence for God, not for the State.

As Americans, we should celebrate the greatness of America as achieved by the Providence of God through the wisdom of the Founders and we should strive to return to our roots, to restore that vision of “government of the People, by the People, and for the People,” eschewing the liberty-denying statism of the Progressive vision.

Let us reinvigorate the American experiment that it may not perish from the earth.

God bless America!

Endnotes:

[1]              Pincus’ historical revisionism is apparent in the title to his forthcoming book, Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government.

[2]              See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]              See “Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World” at http://t.co/xjupplSWD1.

[4]              See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[5]              See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

[6]              See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

[7]              See “Willful Blindness to Reality” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c9.

[8]              See “Member of European Parliament Links Terrorism with Immigration Crisis” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-e8.

[9]              See “CPAC: Brits Seek Independence (and so should we)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eT.

[10]            See “CPAC: Death by a 1,000 Pens” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eV.

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Veterans Honored: A Personal Story

I was both embarrassed and encouraged.

Vets

Last Sunday, our church surprised the many veterans in our congregation with a rousing thank you. As reported on Facebook:

“What a delightful day! We had a blast thanking our veterans after each service with big applause, cheering and donuts! Thank you to all who serve and have served! And thank you to all who participated today in making the cheering and donut enjoyment happen!! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day this week!”

Why Was I Embarrassed? Encouraged?

Not to take away from any of the many men and women who have served or are faithfully serving their country, but I don’t feel somehow worthy of that honor.

When I think of those wounded (physically, mentally, emotionally) or who have given their all, who am I?

We see the plight of wounded warriors and their families suffering after all of their sacrifices, yet our government continually fails them. The Veterans Administration fails them. Extremely well-paid politicians fail them. Our brave servicemen and women see pay and benefit cuts, a downsized military, and upsized danger.

Yet, our troops remain resolved to protect and defend the nation they love.

Even though the government and politicians have failed the institution that keeps America (and much of the world) safe, the nation still loves her men and women in uniform. Despite strong anti-military sentiments in the media, entertainment, and academia, the American people remain patriotic and supportive of those who willingly put themselves in harm’s way.

We see that patriotic spirit and love of those in the military – which warms the hearts of servicemen around the globe – at work in countless ways (kind words, respect, care packages, prayers, etc.).

(Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters at Church at Severn Run.)

Though it seems that the Obama administration has gone out of its way to wreak havoc within the military and relinquish the hard-fought victories it has won in various places around the world, the fighting spirit of the American military (and of We, the People) has not diminished.

Sarah Palin at CPAC

I was also deeply moved at CPAC 2015 when Sarah Palin paid tribute to veterans and the American military. It was very touching to hear her words in that auditorium and to be among the veterans standing to receive applause from the audience.

Palin wowed the audience with her mama grizzly love and support for our troops as she demonstrated an intimate understanding of the military ethos.

Palin observed (as Abraham Lincoln before her) that we should take care of those who have taken care of us. Palin said,

“America hands over her sons and her daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of. Our troops are promised … that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded. Well, we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made.”

Palin lambasted the pacifist mindset which currently pervades the intelligentsia and which is anathema to victory, saying, “the thing that those vets, from the Revolutionary War, what they had, that today’s troops don’t, is victory. And that is the thing that they cherish most. They deserve to know that their sacrifices are not in vain. To know that what they fought for, and what their friends died for was worth it.”

Palin praised the military for its purpose and prowess, contending:

“Aside from God Almighty, what is the only force strong enough to keep this barbaric rolling tide at bay? The only thing standing in between us and savages? It’s the red, white, and blue. It’s the United States military.”

Understanding the Reagan Doctrine (peace through strength), Palin realizes that a strong military is essential to obtaining and preserving peace. Appeasement always entices evil tyrants and terrorists to pursue their evil ends. Palin noted:

“Oh, the naive Obama State Department. They say ‘We can’t kill our way out of war.’ Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait. You can’t, because they’re dead. We killed ‘em.”

And Palin exhorted her listeners, vowing, “We will consign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.”

My Own Story

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy about a year before the Vietnam War ended. My 12-year naval career ended about five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Highlights of my time in the Navy include overseas tours in Japan, Scotland, and Turkey, as well as brief naval deployments in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Few can say that they have been to Diego Garcia. Working at NSA for a number of years was also instructive and invigorating (my, how it has grown since my time in service).

I was blessed to meet my future wife in Scotland and to have my second reenlistment ceremony in Glamis Castle. I remain blessed to be an American in the most exceptional nation on earth.

May God always bless America!

Compromise is Defeat

Americans are almost literally up in arms over the radical transformation of America into something she was never intended to be – and the GOP compromises with those spearheading that transformation!

The GOP leadership rails against Obama’s appeasement of terrorists, tyrants, and criminals, yet that very same leadership capitulate to the Left and the media (redundancy alert).

Compromise

At the very moment of victory in 2014, Senate Majority Leadership Mitch McConnell conceded defeat. McConnell pledged to forego any government shutdowns. That’s right: Conservatives won, so McConnell started throwing down our weapons.

The Iranian Nuclear Arms Treaty (in everything but name) should never have passed. The Senate should have insisted that this treaty go through the normal treaty process. Instead, succumbing to political expediency, RINOs in the Senate shirked their constitutional duties and enabled the worst deal in American history to give our enemies the upper hand.

Planned Parenthood should have been defunded. The American people were utterly disgusted (by vast majorities) with the barbaric atrocities taking place in Planned Parenthood facilities across the nation. Investigative videos are still be released to the public and are all available online. Boehner and McConnell failed to seize the moment – this unique moment in history – to cripple the industry which epitomizes the Holocaust of our times in our nation.

The recent two-year budget deal also conceded defeat to Obama and his left-wing agenda. Utter capitulation.

The Spirit is willing, but the Senate is weak. Far too many Republicans are willing to go along to get along.

Moreover, those self-same representatives of the People actively oppose those who are actually doing the work of the People. The Quislings in our midst treat the patriots – who are defending the Constitution and who are in alignment with the will of the People – as if they were the enemy.

Like Patrick Henry, Ted Cruz is unwelcome by those who have aligned themselves with the status quo. The Resistance is always hated by the Establishment.

Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, recently lamented the very existence of conservative talk radio and right-wing blogs because they make it harder to forge friendships with our adversaries to get things done in Washington.

Romney and his cohorts believe that “getting things done” means enacting laws and growing the government. Stopping bad laws is at least as important as enacting good laws. (Don’t we already have enough laws?)

Our Founding Fathers would be horrified to see the lack of vision and grit within the ranks of the so-called conservative leadership. Ronald Reagan had both vision and grit.

Reagan spoke in bold terms, clearly distinguishing himself from his opponents. He forthrightly stated that government was the problem. He clearly expressed his love of America and her people, extolled American exceptionalism, and championed what America could accomplish.

Reagan denounced and defeated the Evil Empire when none thought that possible. Reagan reignited the free market and restored the American military, often in opposition to those on his own team. He did so with a deep grasp of our nation’s history, Constitution, People, and destiny.

Moreover, Reagan routinely made his case to the People. He connected with them in a powerful and personal way. He made his ideas (which were distinctly American in nature) easy to understand and support. His courage and optimism won the day and it was Morning in America once again.

Not so with today’s GOP leadership. Few of our elected leaders have either the vision or the courage to do what the American people elected them to do (or what Reagan would choose to do). What would Ronald Reagan do?

Stand Up and Fight!

Reclaiming America!

(every day of the year)

Dateline: May 5, 2015, Everywhere, USA

“God Bless America!”

America-bashers have long abused her flag, the symbol of the object of their hatred. Flag-burning, not surprisingly, is almost exclusively a left-wing thing.

“Protestors” burn, mutilate, and step on the American flag with impunity and with neither regard nor respect for that symbol of American freedom. We have reached a tipping point where the flag can be desecrated in the most despicable manner but it cannot be displayed in a respectful manner.

ReclaimUSA

Such is the state of America today.

American Flag is “Disruptive” and “Offensive”

The Supreme Court recently refused to review a case in which a California school banned “students from wearing American flag t-shirts for fear of the garments being ‘disruptive.’”

Critics contend that the “Ninth Circuit court ruling restricting free speech in this case affirms a troubling precedent that displays of patriotism in America can be prohibited.”

John W. Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute laments, “When public school students can’t wear an American flag on a t-shirt because it might be disruptive, then free speech as we’ve known it is dead.”

In contrast to prohibiting patriotic students from expressing American patriotism, the court permitted “students wearing Mexican flag colors and symbols.”

So, it’s OK for the Left to use the flag to denigrate America, but verboten for the Right to celebrate America with the flag?

Additional anecdotal evidence abounds.

A U.S. Marine combat veteran had been told to take down the American flag he flies outside his condominium in McLean.”

Marine veteran Paolo Advincula was denied permission to fly the flag “because it’s a community filled with international residents and it might offend the residents that can’t fly their own flag.” As Advincula expressed it, “To me being a veteran, every day is a holiday in this country, that’s why I choose to fly my flag every day.”

Julia Lease has flown an American flag outside her Ohio residence for the past 36 years, but now she’s being told to take down Old Glory.” No reasons were given by the apartment complex.

In Santee, California, Steve Roberts was denied permission to “display the American flag inside his apartment window.” Roberts explains, “t’s just wrong; you can’t tell someone what they can and cannot have displayed inside their own place and it’s the American flag in America.”

In Virginia, Sheriff Bill Watson was instructed “by a group of judges to remove an American flag from the lobby of a courthouse that was donated by the Portsmouth Fire Department.” Watson said, “I just can’t believe that they don’t want to display the American flag in a courthouse, I mean that’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Sheriff Watson continues to defend the flag, saying, “You can quote me on this, ‘God bless America. Let the flags fly!’”

Vietnamese-American Duy Tran was instructed by his apartment manager to remove the flag from his balcony because it posed a “threat to the Muslim community.” Tran was apoplectic, saying, “I have friends that died for this country.”

At San Diego State University, Brad Smith was instructed to remove his flag from his balcony. According to Smith, “We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students.” Smith also “had friends and family fight to defend that flag.”

Rioters in Baltimore tried to burn the American flag and succeeded in replacing it with a black-and-white flag at City Hall.[1]

University of California Irvine

In March, “the University of California Irvine student government voted” to ban the American flag from the campus lobby. Why? In the name of “cultural inclusivity.”

This is reminiscent of multiculturalism, which celebrates every culture except Western Civilization and exalts every nation but America.[2]

Their rationale: “The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism. There were people who were like, ‘the flag triggers me’ – that was their exact wording, too.”

These students also assert that the American flag is “offensive to illegal aliens.”[3]

If so, then why are they here? And, if they are illegal aliens, why are they still here?[4]

Valdosta State University

Real Americans take the American flag seriously. We all need to be vigilant.

Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart defended the flag from protestors at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Manhart explained, “I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it. I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

She added, “I saw what was happening, and I couldn’t believe nothing was being done about it. In my head I kept seeing all the caskets of our service members. It was like they were walking on their caskets. It hurt me so much. I couldn’t let it go on.”

A pro-American flag rally in April shutdown the campus. Hundreds of protestors demonstrated “their support for the American flag”

Flying the American Flag

Please spread the word. The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 “makes it illegal for an HOA [Home Owners’ Association] to restrict owners from displaying a U.S. flag.”

It clearly states: “A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property.”

In other positive news, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) has introduced legislation to “amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit an institution from receiving federal funds if it bans the display of a flag on campus.”

America is under assault in many arenas, from terrorists within[5] and without,[6] to ideological battles among Americans. The American flag – above all other issues – represents a demarcation line between differing worldviews, perspectives, and goals.

The American flag is a symbol of all that is right (or wrong) with America, depending on one’s perspective.

Let us be victorious in keeping our flag held high.

Remember the words of the Star Spangled Banner: “O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[2]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[4]               See “Word Police Targets Illegal Immigration” at http://t.co/cOxvPGoWKR.

[5]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[6]               See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

CPAC: It’s in the Cards

Who says being an American patriot can’t be fun?

CPAC exhibitors offered an astonishing assortment of information and products. One practical and enjoyable product – Constitution Cards – is educational and quintessentially American.

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Feeling patriotic? Want to celebrate American liberty? Let’s play some cards.

The designers of these playing cards, Robert and Matthew Sanchez, were “born and raised in Southwest Miami.” Their father, a Cuban exile, “came to this country in 1960.” He taught his children “that the United States of America is the greatest country on this planet.”

The Sanchez brothers discovered a fun way to teach their children about the Constitution. They created a deck of playing cards – The Official American Standard Playing Cards – which are truly American in concept, design, and purpose. This deck can be used as “a tool to teach children and parents alike the Enumerated powers of congress and the Bill of Rights.”

Their mission: “We at The Official American Standard Playing Cards™ believe the foundation of this Nation is strong. Our mission is for America to have her own playing cards, while sowing seeds of liberty.

Following is a flyer which describes the cards and their meanings:

handout flyer

Interview audio: Matthew Sanchez clip 1, clip 2, clip 3.

Left Snipes at American Sniper

Many on the Left abhor one of the most genuine, poignant, and patriotic movies to come out of Hollywood in decades: American Sniper.

(Typically, most movies with the adjective “American” in its title are anti-American.)

Sniper

The problem with American Sniper is that it addresses the reality of the war in which we are engaged and it does so from a patriotic perspective.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, with courage and self-less devotion, defended “God, country, and family.” Now, the Left irrationally and emotionally assaults Kyle as a stand-in for the Tea Party and Religious Right, whom it regards as worse than the terrorists with which we are at war.

In this biographical movie, America is not the enemy. Here, the American military is portrayed as a force for good. America – and those defending her freedom and values – should be cherished.

And Americans love it! Why don’t liberals?

Kyle explained his mission: “I had a job to do as a SEAL. I killed the enemy – an enemy I saw day in and day out plotting to kill my fellow Americans.”

American Sniper defends America in a compelling, riveting, and heart-wrenching way.

It’s a pity that the Left won’t do the same.

Rogen and Moore

Leftists in Hollywood, academia, and politics naturally were outraged at American Sniper.

Actor Seth Rogen “smear[ed] the life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle,” tweeting: “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” But Americans were infuriated over his tweet (and similar tweets by his comrades): “Turns out people think it’s super messed up to compare a story about one of our nation’s greatest heroes to Nazi propaganda.”

Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted, “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse”

Moore compounded his error in extolling the enemy: “But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”

Americans heroes, in Moore’s eyes, are cowards, and terrorists are courageous. Didn’t Bill Maher call the 9/11 hijackers brave?

Why does the Left exult in true stories which denigrate America, but challenge those that do not? Why is there such rage over views and stories which challenge their false narratives about America? Opposing views threaten their political and cultural hegemony and their ideological relevance.

As Daily Caller observed, “Hollywood is overwhelmingly left-wing, and has released a string of anti-war and anti-military movies that have been box office flops. In that world ‘American Sniper’ is an anomaly. It presents Kyle’s life without making judgment, warts and all. Audiences have been flocking to see the story of a man considered a genuine hero by most.”

Sixties Counterculturalists Are Alive and Well and Living in America

Today’s cultural and political paradigm has its origins in the turbulent Johnson and Nixon administrations. The anti-war counterculturalists of the Sixties remain unrepentant, opposing traditional values, opposing America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and opposing America’s military.

Why don’t they oppose Islamists (whose adherents are at war with us) or militaries of those nations who would seek to destroy us?

Since the Sixties, the Left has always loved its anti-heroes – those cinematic rebels who “speak truth to power” or poke fingers in the eye of tradition and patriotism. For them, love of country is so passé, so parochial, so wrong. (We are all, after all, “citizens of the world.”)

American exceptionalism” is a term which is anathema to many on the Left, for whom multiculturalism and moral relativism are talismans. (As citizens of the world, the Left hates nationalism. The nationalism that the Left most hates is American nationalism.)

As Ben Shapiro points out, “Rogen’s tweet let the mask slip.” Hollywood disguised its pacifism during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but on the screen, “it wasn’t enough to make films blaming politicians for mistakes over intelligence. Soldiers were routinely portrayed as human rights violators, barbarians with uniforms.”

Shapiro credits the Left with harboring “a deeper moral relativism” which contends that fighting the enemy is synonymous with becoming the enemy.

He writes: “But in the view of the Hollywood left, that’s exactly what American military power represents: evil violence in the name of jingoism. And so Michael Moore tweeted, ‘My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.’”

Shapiro points out the absurdity of the Left’s formulation: “All snipers are cowards – even those who take out terrorists who murder children. All invaders are evil – even those who invade Germany during World War II, presumably.”

MSNBC host Ed Schultz typifies this attitude. Schultz decries Kyle’s simplistic us vs. them, “black and white” “version of the Iraq War” because it supposedly dehumanizes the enemy. Further, Schultz asserts “To Kyle, if they weren’t Americans, they were the enemy.”

Unable to even name the enemy (Islamic jihad), Schultz laments that Americans have accepted the “jingoistic” viewpoint of Kyle (and, presumably, the entire Bush administration):

“Unfortunately, some of those feelings have spread into our culture. The public reaction to the movie American Sniper also highlights some of the most disturbing consequences of this war, the normalization of Islamophobia and being one of them [sic].”

“Islamophobia,” as defined by these pacifists, is an irrational fear of Islam. Anyone watching the unfolding of terrorist attacks around the world and here, in America, should necessarily have a rational fear of Islamic jihad. Schultz’s denial of Islamic jihad mirrors that of the Obama administration.

Americans are – Pro-America! Go Figure!

Unlike so many of the intelligentsia, most Americans actually favor America. Most Americans value our Judeo-Christian heritage and the constitutional framework designed by our Founding Fathers. And most Americans respect and admire those members of the military who risk their lives in service to their fellow countrymen.

David French calls this “an important cultural moment. This movie was striking a chord in America beyond any post 9/11 movie – beyond even the best of movies about the War on Terror, including Lone Survivor.” French says “it’s a phenomenal movie” which provides “a war hero on a truly national, cultural scale.”

According to Rich Lowry, “Clint Eastwood’s new movie, American Sniper, marks the return of the American war hero.”

Lowry notes, “American Sniper had the largest opening ever on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, or any weekend in January. It is producing the kind of numbers – a projected $105 million weekend – usually reserved for mindless comic-book superhero movies. It has played especially well in Middle America, with its top-grossing theaters in places like San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston, and Albuquerque.”

Lowry adds, “[Kyle] had no doubt about the righteousness of his mission protecting American troops, or about the evil of our enemies.”

Kyle did not possess the squeamishness of the likes of Rogen, Moore, Schultz, and Obama. Kyle knew the difference between right and wrong (something his detractors do not) and he grasped the existence of evil (something his critics only see as existing in America).

Ian Tuttle paints a bulls-eye on the pacifist Left who eschew war and embrace appeasement, writing: “In his autobiography, Kyle wrote of taking the deadly shot: ‘You do it again. And again. You do it so the enemy won’t kill you or your countrymen. You do it until there’s no one left for you to kill. That’s what war is.’”

As French points out, American Sniper exposes the savagery inflicted by these jihadists:

“American Sniper goes where no movie has gone before in showing how the enemy uses children, kills children, and savagely tortures its enemies (Kyle discovers a torture room in Fallujah, and its portrayal is very close to reality). The movie isn’t excessively grisly (so wide audiences can see it), but one doesn’t need to show the close-up of a terrorist killing a young boy with a power drill to understand what just happened. When Kyle describes the enemy as ‘savages,’ you know exactly why, and you agree with him.”

Instead of confronting the enemy head on, as Kyle did time and again, the Left refuses to identify the motivation of the enemy and its barbaric nature. Rather, the Left prefers to ignore the truth, appease the enemy, and attack those who actually defend America!

Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World

Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

President Obama has kept that promise, though in ways we never would have imagined possible. Who could have imagined the depth of Obama’s impact on America – and American interests – in so many areas: politically, economically, culturally, militarily, and geopolitically?

In recent months, we have witnessed a series of crises overseas, many of which are a direct consequence of Obama’s foreign policy (or lack thereof). A growing confluence of scandals at home and abroad instill distrust in the president, his policies, his intentions, and his character.

The news has featured a variety of flags of late and these offer a visual narration of the impact of Obama’s foreign and domestic policies.

Burning American Flag in Scorn

Pro-amnesty protestors burned the American flag while shouting “Fu*k America! Fu*k America!”

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Contrary to the Supreme Court, for most Americans, flag-burning is not protected “free speech” and desecration of the American flag displays an utmost degree of contempt for the nation it represents.

Under Obama’s leadership from behind, America’s image abroad has radically deteriorated, as evidenced by pro-amnesty protestors on the border seeking open borders while desecrating the American flag and denigrating America herself.

Obama’s denial that America is exceptional, and his continual exaltation of other cultures and countries above are own, encourage disrespect. As he embraces the world’s values and traditions, he unilaterally opens wide the doors for those peoples and cultures to partake of American affluence – against the will of most Americans.

What do we get in return? Chaos on the border. Activists demanding amnesty as a right. And contempt from those making those demands.

White Flag of Surrender

Pranksters placed white flags of defeat atop the Brooklyn Bridge

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Just days ago, American flags over the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced with white flags of surrender, apparently symbolizing Obama’s capitulation to America’s enemies.

Across the globe, from one country to the next, one crisis to the next, Obama’s strategy of leading from behind, of eschewing action for diplomacy, of dithering while Rome burns, has led to the escalation of violence worldwide, chaos in once contained nations and regions, the strengthening of our enemies, and relational deterioration with our friends and allies.

ISIS’s Flag of Death

ISIS is literally changing the map of the Middle East, planting its terrorist flag wherever it goes

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The world as we knew it is gone. Our victory and peace in Iraq is vanquished and the borders of Iraq are being redrawn. Afghanistan may soon follow suit. Islamic jihadists are overrunning huge swaths of the Middle East and northern Africa. And this is only the beginning.

Obama’s six-year outreach to the Muslim world has failed. Indeed, new storms constantly arise in the Arab Winter he inaugurated. America is hated now more than it ever was. An American president who has defended Islam at every turn – while disrespecting or curtailing Christianity as opportunities present themselves – is causing the United States to reap what he has sown.

Communist China’s Red Flag

Michelle Obama danced with and waved Communist China’s Red Flag

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President Obama famously refused to wear American flag lapel pins or to say the pledge of allegiance. The First Lady’s exuberant waving or – and dancing with – the flag of Communist China evokes many thoughts and emotions best individually reflected upon.

But consider the optics of the President and First Lady in disrespecting what Americans revere and revering what the enemies of America revere.

Democratic Party’s Wrong Flag

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/15/democrats-celebrated-flag-day-by-tweeting-out-non-american-flag/

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Flag confusion reigns among many liberals. The DNC celebrated Flag Day with an official tweet using a non-American flag. Who were they honoring? America? Illegal aliens?

Gay Flags Over U.S. Embassy

Gay pride flag flies over US Embassy in Tel Aviv

There has been a seismic cultural shift during the Obama presidency. From the dramatic growth of government, spending, and intrusion in the daily lives of ordinary Americans, to the acceptance of chronic conditions of unemployment, welfare, food stamps, and other aspects of the Nanny State, to a continuation of the culture wars from the 1960s.

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Obama one certain victory is in the exaltation of homosexuality.

UPDATE

Palestinians Reign in Paterson, New Jersey

Palestinian Flag Flies Over American Flag in New Jersey

Is America being Islamicized by a president who courts Islam and brushes off Christianity?

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As reported by Tea Party Crusaders:

“New Jersey residents in Paterson are not happy about Mayor Jeffery Jones’ public participation in the city’s recent Palestinian celebration at City Hall.

“Apparently, Palestinians gathered to raise their flag in what was the second ceremony commemorating their fight for statehood. During the event, Jones raised the flag as a symbol of ending peace talks with Israel last month.

“’We can assure you we will not get tired until Palestine is a free, independent , and democratic state,’ Somaia Barghought, Palestine’s adviser, told the United Nations.”

Update: With the Supreme Court’s recent legalization of gay marriage, another flag was added to America’s history. See “America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aL.

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The White House also cloaked itself under LGBT lighting.

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Update: In celebration of the Iranian deal, the White House again draped the People’s House in colors, this time Iran’s! See also See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

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