27 August 2009

Gary Casteel's Next Project - USCT
















"The UCAC is actively raising funds for the U.S. Colored Troops memorial, hoping to secure at least $30,000 by the end of the year. The monument will be designed and built by Gary Casteel and will cost $200,000. Casteel is known for work on statues in Gettysburg and other Civil War parks and memorials, including the new memorial to Confederate POWs at Point Lookout."


Story here and here.

The monument was commissioned by the United Committee for Afro-American Contributions:

The United Committee for Afro-American Contributions pursues a varied outreach program including gathering and sharing oral histories, holding lectures, seminars, workshops, and promoting events — all in the pursuit of our mission.
I've seen some preliminary drawings of this memorial (one shown here) and I think it will be quite striking once completed. My fellow Virginian and friend, Gary Casteel, continues to have an enormous impact on historical interpretation through his artwork.

You can go to the UCAC website if you'd like to contribute funds for this project.

25 August 2009

A History Lesson For The President


Mr. Obama's bet was that his personal popularity would be enough to push his agenda through. Perhaps that would have been possible before the $787 billion economic stimulus package, the $410 billion omnibus bill that funds the government, the House-approved cap-and-trade bill, and so forth. But these big-ticket spending bills have helped define what the president means by "hope" and "change," and it is through this prism that the American public now views his health-care proposals.

More here.

24 August 2009

A Marine Vet Takes It To His Congressman

This is classic. God bless this Marine.



Congressman Baird was left blinking in the headlights.

Guest Post By Author David Jones


I received quite a few private emails from readers in response to last week's posting on the subjects of "Fantasy" and defending my friend, Gary Casteel. One of those emails came from fellow blogger and author, David Jones. David, like me, was somewhat incredulous that there were folks suggesting that the themes of "Brother Against Brother" and "Reconciliation" were fantasies and/or no longer had a place in the interpretation and discussion of the Civil War. David provided the following for posting here:

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Among the privileges that I enjoy most operating the PetersburgBreakthrough.Org website is the opportunity to read stories and original materials provided to me by descendants for the "Soldier's Notes" page of the regiments honored on this site. Recently I received the text of a church bulletin in which the minister announced the passing of a congregant, Henry W. House, who had served in the 47th North Carolina. Included in the testimony regarding "Brother House" is this tidbit about his service in the war.

"Brother House volunteered in the Confederate Army in the fall of 1861, was a brave soldier, and answered to every roll call until the shot of the enemy fractured both bones of his left leg in a skirmish at Bristoe Station, VA. in October, 1863, inflicting a wound from which he never fully recovered. From 3 p.m. until sometime in the night, when a soldier in blue ministered to him, he lay without attention. From the shoulders of a dying comrade nearby the Federal soldier cut the knapsack to give a more comfortable position and when the comrade died, took a blanket from the sack and wrapped Brother House in it. Early the following morning the Federalist came again, gave water, refilled House's canteen and said, "I must leave now but your own men will find and care for you." They found him at 11 a.m. and removed him to a hospital."

"Brother House was converted before the Civil War, while quite young, under the ministry of Rev. John W. Tinner, joined the M.E. Church South and became one of the charter members of the present Pleasant Grove Church, Millbrook circuit, and was at the time of his death a worthy member of the same. He was a warm, trustworthy, friend, as this writer can attest, was a kind husband and affectionate father and a good neighbor. His church and his community will miss him."

"Notwithstanding the inclement weather a long precession of vehicles, filled with grief stricken relatives and friends followed his remains to the church and cemetery. His bereaved widow and children have sympathy of the writer, who feels that he has lost one of the best friends of his circuit. Geo. T. Simmons (Minister)"

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22 August 2009

Guest Post By Professor Daniel N. Rolph

Some recent posting here has led to my making the acquaintance of Daniel N. Rolph, Ph.D. who lives and works in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rolph is a historian and Head of Reference Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He also teaches part-time and is the author of several books including "To Shoot, Burn and Hang": Folk-history From a Kentucky Mountain Family and Community and My Brother's Keeper - Union and Confederate Soldiers' Acts of Mercy During the Civil War, which was referred to in a couple of recent posts.

Several other WBTS bloggers, including fellow Virginian Robert Moore, have written extensively about the subject of Southern Unionists. In exchanging some emails with Dan, I asked his permission to allow me to include something he recently wrote as a guest post here. The topic is the antithesis to Southern Unionists: Northern Secessionists, which I've also posted on previously: Here and here. I highly recommend his book, My Brother's Keeper and I hope to include more of Professor Rolph's work here in the future.

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Pennsylvania and the Civil War: Southern Sympathies

In reality, the 'stereotypical' American Civil War, never existed. Not everyone 'North of the Mason-Dixon Line' were lovers of freedom & equality for African-Americans, neither were all Southernors ardent slave-holding secessionists. Perhaps that is one reason why the Civil War continues to generate such a fascination to both scholars and the lay public, since there were so many 'exceptions to the rule.' Certainly, the state of Pennsylvania was not exempt from this phenomenon.

Pennsylvania's divergent role in the Civil War, runs the full gambit of 'pro-Confederate personalities,' from Franklin Weirick, 'copperhead' editor of the Selinsgrove Times in Snyder County, who wrote anti-Lincoln editorials and poems throughout the conflict, to famed Rebel soldier, Wesley Culp, who died on his family farm during the 'Battle of Gettysburg' in Adams County. Many Pennsylvanian's were 'divided' across familial and ideological lines, though it was not a 'border state,' as were Kentucky, Missouri and Maryland, yet a number of its 'southern tier' counties, bordering near Maryland, such as Chester, Snyder and Union, were 'hotbeds' of pro-Southern sentiment.

Pierce Butler, a member of Philadelphia's famed 'City Troop,' had resigned in 1860, and by August of 1861 had been arrested and placed in Fort Hamilton in New York "on a charge of treason," for an attempt or at least suspicion, of supplying the Confederacy with armaments. Butler incidentally had actually owned, but sold in 1859, part of an estate on Butler Island in Georgia, containing hundreds of slaves.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hall, erected in 1837 as a meeting house by Philadelphia abolitionists, was destroyed by fire through the arsonist actions of an 'anti-abolitionist' mob on May 17th, 1838, only three days after the buildings dedication.

Dislike for African-Americans was not a prejudice reserved only for Southernors (a stereotype regrettably still portrayed in today's cinema and media), as revealed by the famed 'Street car controversy' in Philadelphia, of both the ante-bellum and post-Civil War eras, wherein "Colored People" were forbidden to ride on Philadelphia street cars with 'Whites.' This controversy was aptly revealed by an editorial printed in the Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch, for as early as October 1st, 1848, entitled, 'Black and White,' declaring that,

"there is no State where the distinction of color is maintained more determinedly and assidiously than in Pennsylvania.--The whites will not in any way even assemble with the negroes...In the south--in the very hotbeds of slavery, South Carolina & Mississippi--negroes travel in the same cars and carriages with whites, and are well treated. Here, {italics added} such a thing would not be attempted by a 'gentleman of color,' or if he did essay it, he would be unceremoniously thrust out by the colorless inmates."

Neither was the politically charged idea of 'secession,' exclusively restricted or peculiar only to the 'South' or to 'Southerners' alone.

Francis Wade Hughes, of Pottsville in Schuylkill County, who served as the Chairman for the central Democratic committee of Pennsylvania, and a delegate to the 'Democratic State Convention' at Harrisburg in 1861, stated that,

"I intend offering a resolution before that Convention, that Pennsylvania secede from the Union, and join herself with the South, and leave Rhode Island and Connecticut and Massachusetts, and them d---d little petty States, to Subsist on their codfish and Plymouth Rock." (Forney's War Press, Philadelphia, PA, October 4th, 1862).

Many individuals from multi-generationally descended Pennsylvania families, nevertheless 'fought for the Confederacy' once the Civil War began. For example, John Clifford Pemberton, a Mexican-American War hero and native Philadelphian of Quaker ancestry, would resign his Federal commission, only to enlist his services and allegiance to the Confederacy, rising to the rank of Brevet Brigadier-General.

Josiah Gorgas, a native of Dauphin County, by April of 1861, had become a Major in the Confederate Army, being assigned as the 'Chief of Ordinance,' with the responsibility of supplying the Rebel Army with its needed military munitions and arms, in order to carry out its conflict with his native North. Both Pemberton & Gorgas had married Southern or Virginia women, but such marital affiliations served only as partial reasons for their alliance with the Confederacy.

During the Civil War, Lieut. Hugh H. McClune, of Co. 'C,' 135th Penn. Vols., of Lancaster County, would be tried by a court-martial, and was "cashiered" and "deprived from ever holding any office or post of honor or trust under the United States," partly because of his "uttering disloyal sentiments," while U.S. Surgeon, Levi Oberholtzer, of the 147th PA Infantry Regiment, was "dismissed with disgrace from the military service of the United States...for disloyalty to the Government."

Oberholtzer was a resident of Phoenixville, in Chester County, an area of the state which was renown for pro-Confederate sympathizers and for men who had enlisted in the Confederate Army (see, Germantown (Philadelphia) PA Telegraph, December 24, 1862; March 25, 1863; see also, Douglas R. Harper's work, IF Thee Must Fight: A Civil War History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA: Chester County Historical Society, 1990, specifically Chp.43, 'Copperheads of Chester County,' pp's.209-213)

Diaries and letter collections available at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, written by Pennsylvania Federal or Union soldiers during the Civil War, acutely reveal the very diverse feelings which existed towards African-Americans, slavery and secession within the 'Keystone State,' as well as the wide-spread ideology of the 'copperheads,' or pro-Southern sentiments felt by many inhabitants living within the Commonwealth.

Such material as the above is only a very small 'sampling' of the rich resources available to researchers, which reveal the diverse and varied role Pennsylvanians played, during our tumultuous Civil War.

(A suggested source: Christine B. Keller, 'Keystone Confederates: Pennsylvanians Who Fought For Dixie,' in, Making & Remaking Pennsylvania's Civil War, edited by William Blair & William Pencak, University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press., 2001: pp's. 1-22, 262-266).

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Professor Rolph blogs at HSP's Hidden Histories.

Note: I'll soon be featuring another guest post by author David H. Jones.

21 August 2009

"Fantasy?" I Don't Think So

In my last post, I defended Gary Casteel's most recent statue against some baseless and agenda-driven criticisms coming from Kevin Levin's blog. The critical comments have now sunk to linking to 19th century cartoons featuring the KKK. Legitimate criticism of art is one thing, but what in the world does that have to do with a statue of two brothers embracing and reconciling at the end of the Civil War? The comments and criticisms being offered are a little on the weird side. Why all the fuss and snarky comments over a very well-done depiction and interpretation of events and sentiments that were a well-documented part of the Civil War? I just don't understand the over-the-top, negative tone of the criticism. Even some of Kevin's readers, who normally agree with him, are having the same difficulty understanding the criticism and animosity. Very strange.

But to the point that these "art critics" are characterizing the Brothers statue (which shows two brothers--one Yankee and one Confederate--embracing after the war), as a "fantasy", I'd like to quote from Daniel N. Rolph's excellent book: My Brother's Keeper - Union and Confederate Soldiers' Acts of Mercy During the Civil War. As several readers have noted in my last post, Casteel's statue also conveys the same theme as Rolph's book.

". . . the many individual 'Good Samaratin' acts of kindness and generosity of common soldiers and citizens toward their enemies are largely unfamiliar to both the scholar and the general public. Both "Rebels" and "Yankess" were by and large raised from the cradle to the grave on the same fundamental values and principles contained within the Judeo-Christian Bible. At a time when honor and chivalry were virtues not only to be idealized but also emulated, it is little wonder that such cases of human charity and compassion did indeed occur."

(Rolph holds a M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky as well as a Ph.D. in folklore/folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, so I would assume he holds some credibility with our snarky academics turned art critics.)

Rolph's book gives detailed accounts of many of these "cases of human charity and compassion", including probably the best known: the Richard Kirkland (Angel of Marye's Heights) story. (The statue which portrays that "fantasy" is featured in the header of the NPS/ Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania website.)

One of my favorite stories that Rolph recounts is something that happened at the 1913 "Gettysburg Reunion" (which is where the iconic photo featured here was taken). This story describes not only one of these acts of charity and compassion, but also contains the theme of reconciliation that was prevalent after the WBTS. Rolph recounts the story like this:
During the famous "Gettysburg Reunion" held in 1913 at the former battlefield, two veterans of that engagement--and former enemies--met one another again, but under much different circumstances. Participating in the famed Pickett's Charge in July 1863, A. C. Smith of the 56th Virginia had actually "just climbed over" the wall "when he was hit" by a Federal bullet. He told friends at the wall in 1913 that after being wounded "a Union soldier gave him some water and took him to the hospital," adding, "He's gone to his reward by this time I reckon."
Rolph continues . . .
At that moment, Albert N. Hamilton, a veteran of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry, arrived at the same wall, and was telling his friends that "it was right here that a Johnny fell into my arms. I lifted him up and gave him a swig of water, and then got him on my shoulders and carried him off, but . . . " At that instance, Smith, who'd been listening, called out to Hamilton and shouted, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, it's YOU, brother!" Then the two former foes are said to have "fell into each other's arms, embracing.
The reconciliation theme of the WBTS is also a major theme at the new Gettysburg Visitors Center and Museum. Frankly, I think the animosity and crititism directed toward Mr. Casteel and his work is motivated by something other than scholarship.


20 August 2009

In Defense Of Gary Casteel

Kevin Levin just can't leave it alone. He's obsessed with bashing certain views of Southern history (though legitimate) that don't fit his template. His latest commentary about nationally recognized Civil War sculptor Gary Casteel's work, is a perfect example. Kevin tells us that his own parents and grandparents embellished his family's history about the WBTS (I think he's being serious), so he transfers his experience to Mr. Casteel's without verifying the facts. Kevin calls Casteel's work "fantasies." That's what happens when your views are agenda driven. You let emotions cloud your views and then you make assumptions based on those emotions.

Casteel's depiction of two brothers who were formerly enemies, now being reunited, is one which portrays, in artistic form, things that really did happen in familes during the war and its aftermath. The work also portrays sentiments which have been well-documented in books like, My Brother's Keeper - Union and Confederate Soldiers' Acts of Mercy During the Civil War.

I think it is Mr. Levin who lives in a fantasy bubble driven by his distaste for anything which portrays the Confederacy, her history, or her soldiers in any way that can be seen as postive or worthy of honor.

18 August 2009

Robert Novak - R.I.P.

"Always love your country — but never trust your government."
~ Robert Novak

Sounds a lot like . . .

"Patriotism is the love of a land and its people, nationalism is the love of a government."
~ Dr. Clyde Wilson

17 August 2009

"Brothers" - Gary Casteel's Newest Project


"His most recent commission is a Civil War sculpture that he plans to unveil in Spotsylvania, Virginia next year. It consists of two life-sized soldiers, one in a Union Army uniform and the other a Confederate. The soldiers are on their knees in an embrace in a work that Casteel calls Brothers."

Story here.

15 August 2009

Uncut - Ron Maxwell's Comments At Arlington


7 June 2009- Arlington National Cemetery
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"Producer/Director Ron Maxwell's stirring words rebuking modern day political correctness and chastizing the 40 "scholars" led by James McPherson and William Ayres who petitioned President O'Bama to discontinue the 100 year old Presidential practice of laying a wreath at the world famous Moses Ezekiel statue in the Confederate Section of Arlington National Cemetery. Ron Maxwell is the Producer/Director of the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals."

Watch and listen here.

(Great speech, but I would have chosen a different hat.)

14 August 2009

Scots-Irish Slavery In America

An oft' overlooked aspect of American & British Slavery:

Here. (From the official site of Colonial Williamsburg)

Here. (From ElectricScotland.com)

Here. (The New York Times review of White Cargo The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America.)

"They refrain from drawing links to today, except to remind readers that there are probably tens of millions of Americans who are descended from white slaves without even knowing it."

Interview With Civil War Sculptor Gary Casteel

Go to ShenandoahValley.com and click on this week's radio show (on the left) which features a short interview with artist and sculptor, Gary Casteel. Gary is a friend and fellow SCV member.

A Great American Tradition - Under Attack

Protesting government, even disrespectfully, is a great American tradition - from the Boston Tea Party, to hanging King George in effigy, to Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech (Listen here), civil disobedience and standing against tyranny has always been an important and healthy aspect of the American political tradition. Until now. Democrats started calling those showing up at town hall meetings to protest the government takeover of health care "Nazis" and other non-thinking, inflammatory names. Socialist Nancy Pelosi was one of the first, followed quickly by Socialist John Dingell. Yes, Queen Pelosi does not like protesters, but she used to love them:



Gee, I wonder what happened? I can only assume these members of Congress are elitists who fear losing their grip on power and want to shove their socialist agenda down our silent throats.

"We are the molten core at the very center of its unbridled, raw, rebellious spirit. We helped build this nation from the bottom up. We face the world on our feet and not on our knees. We were born fighting. And if the cause is right, we will never retreat." ~ Virginia Democrat Senator, James Webb

13 August 2009

Do Elites Count More?

"This is a herald of victory in the class war: The elites speak, the masses laugh. Social class in the US today is, at its heart, a modern version of the Three-Fifths Compromise of 1787 when the states agreed that, for purposes of representation in the new republic, slaves were not worth as much as others. Our media, political, academic and entertainment elites are defined by a basic arrogance: They count more than us."

Commentary here.

12 August 2009

More Evidence Of Child Abuse

My last post on the topic of homeschooling listed the most recent studies available at the time. A new study has just been released.

National Average Percentile Scores
Subtest Homeschool Public School
Reading 89 50
Language 84 50
Math 84 50
Science 86 50
Social Studies 84 50
Corea 88 50
Compositeb 86 50
a. Core is a combination of Reading, Language, and Math.
b. Composite is a combination of all subtests that the student took on the test.

"This particular study is the most comprehensive ever undertaken. It attempts to build upon and improve on the previous research."
Story here
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08 August 2009

We'll Sign Off For The Evening With This One

Performed Live At Gettysburg's 145th



Brings tears to my eyes.

Saturday Night Listenin' Recommendation

I highly recommend you give a listen to Real Country WSIG, 96.9 on Saturdays from 4 pm to 9 pm: "Bluegrass Saturday Night" for some EXCELLENT bluegrass - RIGHT NOW. Les Irby--somewhat of a legend in the Shenandoah Valley--plays a lot of Southern themed and WBTS themed bluegrass, plus a lot of other good bluegrass as well. If you are out of their signal range, you can listen here over the internet.

New Location For The Chaplains Museum

A new location for the National Civil War Chaplains Museum was recently announced. This has been a long time coming. See details here. Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. will be speaking at the official grand opening later this year on December 1.

07 August 2009

Violence At Town Hall Meetings . . .

Incited by Democrat Union Thugs. This is amazing folks. An African-American peacefully protesting is attacked by a Democrat Union Goon Squad. Come on, let's hear some of you defend this: (**Warning - bad language**)



One of the victims of this violence, Kenneth Gladney, has hired an attorney and his attorney had this to say about the incident:

I am Kenneth Gladney’s attorney. Kenneth was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting in South St. Louis County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.

Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced by the fact that three assailants were arrested.

We hope that Kenneth fully recovers from his injuries; however, he is in great pain at this time. We will be pursuing legal action at our discretion. This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs. Regretfully, Representative Carnahan’s statements blaming Kenneth for being a disruptive force are wholly untrue and slanderous. We would like to think that an elected official in Representative Carnahan’s position would gather accurate information before carelessly rushing to judgment.

Kenneth supports conservative ideals, although he subscribes to no particular political party. We are calling on the SEIU, Representative Carnahan, and President Obama to condemn the racist actions of these union thugs. In the days to come, we will be investigating whether these thugs are working at the behest of Representative Carnahan and how strong their alliances to various organizations–such as ACORN–may be.

We hope the St. Louis Tea Party and tea party organizations around the country will protest Representative Carnahan’s offices and also protest SEIU offices in every major city across the U.S. These Democratic strong-arm tactics must end now.

Regards,

Attorney David B. Brown

Notice that all the violence at these town hall meetings began AFTER Democrats in Congress and President Obama called on their Union supporters to show up and counter the loud and somewhat rowdy, but non-violent, protests at the meetings. Also, at this meeting, ACORN members were allowed in ahead of protesters who were barred. Queen Pelosi has referred to American citizens peacefully protesting as "Nazis." Grandma Reid has publicly mocked American citizens for protesting and voicing opposition to their plans to socialize medicine in America. So who is it doing all the "organizing" and causing trouble?

Pay close attention to all this folks. We are witnessing history in the making. It is amazing to watch these statists lose control and self-destruct. Truly, a "teachable moment."

**(I'll really try not to to make any more political posts for a while, but it sure is tough with this bunch in power. Coming some time over the weekend . . . The Dominance of Southern Culture)

06 August 2009

This Is What Is In The "Health Care" Bill

Forget the spin, forget the lies . . .

Read this devastating summary here.

Verify the information here.

Coming soon - A War Between the States story and its connection to health care. Really.

05 August 2009

Report All Violators To The Ministry Of Truth



"I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed 'fishy' or otherwise inimical to the White House's political interests." ~ John Cornyn of Texas wrote US President Barack Obama.

(And the left lost their cookies over the Bush administration's "domestic spying" program.)

"I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House." ~ Cornyn wrote, referring to former president George W. Bush.

*I apologize for all the political posts recently, but the current debates and pending legislation in Congress could fundamentally alter America in ways that are not in keeping with our founding documents, liberty, and freedom. But, this is history and does fall within the broad subject matter of this blog. I do have some very interesting history & WBTS related posts that are pending. They will be posted soon.

For The Misinformed



In their own words.

**Update: Coming soon to your neighborhood . . .

"Some terminally ill patients in Oregon who turned to their state for health care were denied treatment and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead, a proposal some experts have called a "chilling" corruption of medical ethics." Story here.

**Update 2: Government health care means rationing . . .

"Each time I was told to fax Medicaid for the approval forms, which I did. Within 48 hours the form came back to me which was sent in immediately via fax, and I was told that I would have my answer in 10 days. Of course by then each child would have been blind in the eye. Each time the request came back denied. All three times I personally provided the antibiotic for each patient which was not on the Medicaid approved list. Get the point -- rationing of care."

Story here.

03 August 2009

Preventing The Perversion Of Power

"The One" has unified us all - just not in the way he expected:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22GuiqtZCA0&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wnd.com%2Findex.php%3Ffa%3DPAGE.view%26pageId%3D105758&feature=player_embedded

It's going to be a very warm August. It's a beautiful thing to watch our representative republic operate as it was intended - citizens putting these jack-ass politicians on the hot seat while all they can do is spew the party line. It's quite delicious to observe our "representatives" stutter, squirm, and sweat as they are grilled by their more knowledgeable constituents. My fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, would be very proud.

"The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes." ~ Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526

Reality changes everything. The Emperor has no clothes.

*By the way, I've contacted both my Senators 3 times each and asked them if they intend to scrap their own special health care package especially tailored just for members of Congress (which we pay for), and enroll in what they're ramming down their subjects' throats. I've yet, despite my persistent efforts, to get a straight yes or no answer from either of them. Both Senators Warner & Webb are dodging my question. I wonder why. I predict history will judge this administration and congress very harshly.


**Update: I called Senators Warner's and Webb's office again today - 4 times now. I again posed my question to the staff member answering the phone. Both staffers mouthed the identical response, "well, the bill is not completely written yet, so the Senator, blah, blah, blah . . ." When I would interrupt and restate my question telling them that all I wanted to know was if the Senator was going to participate in whatever plan they would force on the rest of us? Their response? Rewind and spew the talking points again. It sounded as if they were reading from a script. Statist robots.


01 August 2009

Quote Of The Week

"Freedom is messy. In free societies, people will fall through the cracks — drink too much, eat too much, buy unaffordable homes, fail to make prudent provision for health care, and much else. But the price of being relieved of all those tiresome choices by a benign paternal government is far too high. Government health care would be wrong even if it 'controlled costs.' It’s a liberty issue. I’d rather be free to choose, even if I make the wrong choices." ~ Mark Steyn

(Hat tip to Ted Savas)