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2010: Thank You Veterans! Pearl Harbor Pictures

November 11, 2010

Below are some photographs that were found in an old Brownie Camera from the attack on Pearl Harbor.  These picture are amazing!  They are provided courtesy of my friend Laurie Kendrick.

As we remember our veterans–these pictures really bring to life the sacrifice they make to keep us free.

Thanks to all of our Armed Forces and the men and women who serve in them, who have served in them, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our families and maintain the greatness that is the United States.

-Murphy

9/11-Never Forget (Repost from 2008)

September 11, 2010

 

I have heard recently discussions on talk radio about whether or not we should continue to spend time today remembering the tragedies or should we simply “move on.”  I’m no psychologist, but I don’t know how you ever “move on” from having thousands of innocent American murdered by individuals bent on destroying our entire Country and way of life.  I don’t know how you “move on” from seeing people jump 90+ stories to their death to avoid being burned alive.  I don’t know how you “move on” from watching a plane live on TV purposely crash into a skyscraper in our largest city during the beginning of a work day.  I don’t know how you “move on” from learning of the story of the brave passengers of United 93 and their suicidal attack on the terrorists that ultimately saved our Capitol Building from being destroyed.

From my 38 years of experience I have learned that “sticking your head in the sand” is an ineffective way of dealing with anything.  If I was the producer of a major network news station I would replay the video footage of the events on the evening news every 9/11 that I remain on this Earth to remind us that there is a purpose in having a strong military, that there is a purpose in having a national defense strategy, that there is a purpose in making sure we know something about the immigrants who come into our Country, that there are a large group of human beings whose religious beliefs dictate their desire to destroy our Country.  We can send dipolmats and politicians and Johnny Depp and Jimmy Carter to as many “peace talks” as will make us feel all warm and fuzzy but the reality of 9/11 is that we will always be the enemy to these people becuase we don’t have the same beliefs that they do and because we are allied with Israel (as we should be).

When I heard the replay of the news report this morning of the towers being hit I could not help but shed tears once again.  When I remember that day it reminds me that our brave men and women fighting in the middle east are fighting for a purpose.  We need allies and stability in that region.  They are not going to come from Iran, Syrian, Jordan, Yemen, UAE, Egypt, Turkey, or any other country that hates Israel.  So establishing a democracy in Iraq and establishing stability will hopefully avoid a future 9/11 or at least put it off for a very long time.

I hope you are remembering 9/11 today and I hope that you are proud to live in the best Country in the world.  The next time you want to just get in your car and drive to the lake, or the hills, or the mountains, or the beach and stop and eat at any of a million chioces and stay at any number of hotels, I hope then that you remember that freedom is something worth fighting for–and thank God we live in a free Country.

 -Murphy

 P.S.–It is not a coincidence that Osama bin Laden is mad at the Democrats for not stopping the war.  Democrats want to bring the troops home and so does Osama–I guess we know how he would vote in ’08 if he was here.

Quran: To Burn or Not To Burn—Is That The Question?

September 8, 2010

Am I the only person shocked at the MASS of news coverage this is getting?  I am sitting in an Airport in Charleston, West Virginia and I have had the unfortunate pleasure of watching CNN for an hour and I think that 58 minutes of that hour was spent covering this issue.  They have had “religious experts” on and other similarly-situated goof-balls talking about this scheduled event.  So after trying to ignore this story, I have been forced to consider its relevance and ask myself what I think about the idea of burning 200+ Qurans on 9/11.  And I gotta say it brought up a lot of other issues.

But let’s start with the first issue–Burn?  or Not Burn?   Personally, I think that burning Qurans is a savage-like form of protesting and is being done for no other reason than to incite anger in others.  That said, do I think he has the right to burn them?–You betcha.  Do I agree with this form of “protest” or “statement?”  No, but I must say that all of this talk on television and blogs about whether Pastor Jones should be prohibited from burning them makes me think of similar situations that were treated with much more tolerance.  And after all democrats, isn’t “tolerance” one of your favorite words?  Shouldn’t you be just as “tolerant” of this activity as say:

The burning of American Flags?

Why the Supreme Court in Texas vs. Johnson  in 1989 upheld every person’s constitutionaly protected right to burn American Flags.  When Congress tried to pass a law in protest of this decision making it illegal, the Supreme Court struck again and upheld its previous ruling.  Of course, the flag burning in Texas occurred at the 1984 Republican National Convention by people outside that were umm…not Republican.  Since then numerous bills have been proposed to the Constitution to make the burning of a flag illegal but alas, the bill can never seem to pass the Senate.

How about desecrating the Flag?  How about burning images of George W. Bush?  Those things are all things the left champions as “free speech.”  Isn’t burning a book, even a religious book, a form of “expression.” But wait…

What about prayer in schools?  Well of course that is offensive.

What about roadside crosses, “in God we Trust,”  creationism, Nativity scenes—-All of that is “offenisve” and there are movements to do away with such horrible icons of a predominantly Christian society.  And of course, we can’t have Bibles in Courtrooms–that is simply nuts.  These forms of expression are somehow different, they are, um…different because um….well….um…. they just are apparently.

I’m continually amazed at the onslaught against Christianity from people playing the “I’m offended” card when those same people are saying that burning a Quran is simply outrageous.  And so, here we are debating over and over whether Pastor Jones should be stopped.

Hillariously we are told by CNN that this pastor–of a church in, where is that again…Gainesville, Florida..That this pastor of a church of, how many people…oh yeah, 50, is causing an enormous amount of hatred, dissent and division in our society.

 

Really???  Could it be that our National Media is causing the division, hatred and dissent?  Could it be that but for CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and NBC that this event would have largely gone unnoticed except in Gainesville, Florida?  So thank you media for causing the problem and then blaming Pastor Jones.

I have a brilliant idea–it is kind of radical.  Let’s remember the lives lost and sacrifices made on 9/11 in a different way.  Instead of causing a First Amendment battle which necessarily causes the left to become hypocritical–let’s do one or more of the following:

1.  Thank our servicemen and women everytime we see them for the incredible sacrifice they make and have made.

2.  Spend time in prayer for those families that lost loved ones 9 years ago.

3.  Never forget that the battle against terrorism is not won overnight and will need our patience, dilligence and resolve.

and for the love of all….

4.  Elect members of Congress and Presidents that respect and stand in awe of our Military and are willing to spend our tax money protecting our borders and strengthening our Armed Forces instead of taking over our domestic industry and creating billions of dollars of entitlement programs.

That would go a lot further than a burning pile of Quran embers outside of a small church in Florida.

-Murphy

Obama Calls Bush Before Troop Speech: But why?

August 31, 2010

According to the New York Post, Obama made a call to former President George W. Bush today from Air Force One while heading to Ft. Bliss to address the troops regarding the Iraq troop withdrawal.  But why would he do this?

I suppose there are various reasons but let’s examine this a little more closely.

I.  Obama’s Catch 22

In today’s speech, Obama finds himself in quite the predicament.  On the one hand he has always said that Iraq was the “wrong war.”  Further, the troop surge, according to then Senator Obama was a huge mistake.  Don’t recall that–let’s take a listen.

But wait, there’s more…In February of this year VP Biden had this to say:

Ummm….wha?

So, how will Obama tell the tale today?  He can’t blast Bush without demeaning the troops objective and essentially admitting defeat.  He can’t praise the troops for winning the war because he thinks the war is wrong.  And so…what did he and President Bush talk about.

Well, we here at MKCB have tapped into the ultra-secret phone line aboard Air Force One to bring you this exclusive phone call–here is the transcript of what we are pretty sure we heard…

[ring, ring, ring]

Bush:  Former President Bush here, miss me yet?

BO:     Umm, heh, umm, no…but umm.. anyway, sorry to bother you at home Mr. Bush, President Barack Obama here, how are you today?

Bush:  [smirking] Well, Barry I kinda thought you might call today.  I’m out at the ranch clearing some trees in the back and remembered something about a self-imposed arbitrary deadline regarding troops that you mentioned last year and figured you would be calling.  What can I do for the American people today?

BO:  Well, as you know I’m giving a speech before Ft. Bliss today and my speech writers are having trouble deciding whether I should praise myself and my leadership in bringing an end to the war, blast you again as I always enjoy doing, mention the needless loss of life in pursuit of oil and your dad’s revenge or all three.  I’m kind of nervous about it [puff, puff] and thought I’d see what you thought.

Bush:  I’d like to say I’m honored, really I’d like to…but, well, it might be a good idea to praise the troops for what they have sacrificed and accomplished, thank them and their families for their sacrifice and service, remind the world that peace in this region of the middle east is vital to our interests, remind the world that a world with out Saddam Hussein is a better world and leave it at that.  But I’m just spitballin’ here.

BO:  Well, I knew this was a waste of time.  You and your right-wing rhetoric.  The problem is I have to find a way to demonize you and the Republicans, make the Democrats look good, appease the anti-military crowd and win over the troops.  And frankly, my speech writers went to Harvard and Columbia and they are just too stupid to figure this out.

Bush:  I’d like to say I really want to help ya, I’d really like to say that…but, well, if you are calling to let me know you are going to demonize me and call me stupid again, thanks for the heads up, but I don’t see the point of this call.

BO:  I guess I just needed to do this and leak it to the press so that they would think I was somehow being nice to you right before I blast you.  Truth is, every time I’m around the military I get scared.  I’m afraid they know how much I loathe them.

Bush:  [smirking] Ohhhh, I’m sure they don’t know.  You just go up there, be yourself, and I’m sure the typical results will follow.  Your poll numbers and the stock market will go down.  Heh, heh!  Just ribbin’ ya Barry–have a great speech.

BO:  Ummm, yeah, okay I guess I…

[click]

BO:  (stupid hick)

-Murphy

Veteran’s Day 2009-A Humble Word of Thanks

November 11, 2009

Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day–proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.  Congress passed a resolution in 1926 requesting another proclamation to observe November 11 and on May 13, 1938, Congress made November 11 a legal holiday, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’  In 1953 a civilian named Al King (a shoe store owner in Emporia, Kansas) began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into “all” Veterans’ Day.  With the help of his representative, Ed Rees, a bill was pushed through Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower fittingly signed it into law on May 26, 1954.  Ever since, its purpose has been to honor those who have served in our Military and to honor those still serving.

THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED:

To the brave men and women who have faithfully served our Nation bringing an end to WWII, bravely fighting a horrific fight in Korea and Vietnam to preserve freedom around the world, liberating Countries from dictatorships, preserving peace in the Middle East and standing strong against tyranny and communism, I humbly thank you for your service.  I thank you for doing a job many Americans cannot or will not.  I thank you for allowing me the freedom to raise my children in a society free of tyranny and oppression.  I thank you for shedding blood and tears in foreign lands and rarely and tragically sometimes here at home.

While the John Kerry’s and Code Pinks and Move-On.org’s and leftists here in America criticize your actions, mock your purposes and rant against your missions, you persevere and fight harder to protect the very freedoms those individuals exercise even when they exercise them in a manner that dishonors your service.  I am sorry that there are those who call themselves Americans that do not appreciate the sacrifice you have given.  I am sorry that there are those on American soil that are able to choose where they worship, where they study, where they eat, what they read, what they drive, where they go and what they do with little resistance from their government and yet fail to recognize that it is you that have preserved those freedoms they exercise.  I am sorry that there are those in our Government who seemingly refuse to recognize the victories you have obtained and the purposes you have served.  I am sorry for every single citizen that has not taken the time to thank you from the bottom of their heart.

I pray God’s richest blessings on your life for the tireless way in which you have stared adversity in the face and fought against it to protect all of us.  Thank you for your service.

THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE:

To the brave men and women continuing to serve in our Military overseas and at home-thank you for your continued service.  Thank you for remaining faithful to our Nation and continuing the fight to preserve freedoms in the Middle East and to protect the world from terrorism.  Thank you for performing under intense and extreme circumstances and proudly wearing our flag into these important conflicts.

I am sorry that our President and your Commander is willing to play golf 24 times in a year but cannot make a decision to honor the request of the General to send more assistance to your fight.  I am sorry that our President and your Commander is worried more about whether he acknowledges some buddies at a conference than whether he acknowledges the brave soldiers who needlessly lost their lives at Ft. Hood.  I am sorry that we at home elected a man to your Commanding position that neither honors your service nor cares about your success.  But know this–the American people care and we pray for your safety and we recognize the great debt we owe you and your families for the sacrifices you are making and will make.  You are the heroes of my children and myself.  I realize fully that I am able to sit in this air-conditioned office high above the Houston streets and type these words without fear of arrest or persecution because of what you are doing. 

I pray for your safety, your mission and your quick return home to your families and loved ones.  Thank you for your service!

-Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

Diplomacy-The Art of Being An International Idiot

June 24, 2009

 

If I sit down with the leader of Iran, I will send him a strong message that Israel is our friend, that we will assist in their security and that we don’t find nuclear weapons acceptable…. That’s not going to be a propaganda coup for the president of Iran.”
Barack Obama-CNN/YouTube debate, July 23, 2007.

Well, Diplomacy always sounds so nice doesn’t it.  After all, unless you live in Texas like I do, going out and opening up a 6 pack of whup-butt on someone sounds so barbaric and juvenille.  It is the more educated and refined way of living when you sit down with your adversary and try and talk it out. 

What our President has been trying to tell us since the campaign is that we need other Countries to like the U.S.  Maybe that is right, but some countries simply will not like us.  No amount of sitting down to say “no, no” is going to work.  Am I suggesting we need to go into every country, guns a-blazin’?  Of course not, but part of being a refined educated man like our President is not being a super giant idiot.

Here is a news flash to the President and to the USS John McCain:

NORTH KOREA HATES US!

Here are some of their propaganda posters, in case you are still not convinced:

“Death to US Imperialists!  Our sworn enemy!

North Korean Propaganda Poster: Bombing US Calital

“When provoking a war of aggression, we will hit back, starting with the US!

North Korean Propaganda Poster: US as dog barking

“Though the dog barks, the procession moves on!”

(and you know what North Korea thinks of dogs.)

So, Mr. President, I know you are really busy trying to socialize every aspect of our lives and place it under governmental control.  But take a moment from your busy schedule of facist activity and learn a lesson on how to deal with bullies from a master:

-Man do I miss him!

-Murphy

Your Constitutional Right To Not Be Offended

May 27, 2009

of⋅fend–verb (used with object)

1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
2. to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.
3. to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).
4. to hurt or cause pain to.
5. (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.

(source-Dictionary.com).  The United States Constitution has this pesky little area called The Bill of Rights.  Interestingly, during the Constitutional convention, many argued against drafting any of the first 10 amendments.  The thought was that if we actually delineate our rights, then we will limit ourselves to those rights and those alone.  They argued that we should have rights unlimited except by penal codes based on moral authority based on the 10 Commandments.  Ultimately, the argument won that we should have a list of rights so that those rights will be most definitely protected.

I have searched the Constitution and attempted to find this new right that has prevailed in our society for at least the last decade if not longer–The Right To Not Be Offended.  I just cannot find that dad gum right.

Nevertheless–it prevails.

Yesterday, Dallas local news ran a story about Debbie McLucas (one of my new heroes).  Ms. McLucas brought an American Flag to work at the Kindred Hospital in Mansfield in celebration of Memorial Day.  Ms. McLucas’ husband and two sons have served in our Armed Forces and her daughter is currently in Iraq.

To her shock and awe, her boss told her he was offended by the Flag and that she had to take it down!  Now, her boss is from Africa and was not born here.  So you can understand his feeling like his rights are being trampled on when he lives in America and has to stare at that hideous flag.  You can’t?

Well this makes sense doesn’t it?  I mean after all, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Eichman that burning the American Flag -is considered “symbolic speech” and is protected by the First Amendment.  So doesn’t it follow that simply hanging the Flag up in your office area at work would be offensive?  It doesn’t?

Well, I’m offended that you don’t get it so you should simply be removed from Internet access all together–your mere presence here is offensive to me.

Well, as long as we in society are going to allow rules at work and home and in public to be dictate by what offends each of us, I have a list of things that offend me and I would like them immediately removed from society.  If not, then I will be REALLY offended and may even have to file a lawsuit in Federal Court in some liberal place like Minnesota or Maine.

Here is my list:

1.   Physically Fit Men

I don’t look like this–and their mere presence in society is offensive–I want them fully clothed and off the beach-NOW!

2.  Democrat Congressmen..er… Congresspeople

They are elitist, they are voting in the most Socialistic agenda in our Nation’s history and I’m offended–deeply offended so they should all immediately resign.

3.  “Celebration”

If I go to one more wedding and hear this song I may actually go postal and wipe out the entire reception.  After hearing this song for 29 years, I have come to loathe it like beets.  And now, when I hear it, I’m simply offended–so I want every copy of it erased starting with this hideous video.

4.  Beets

Offensive, simply and plainly offensive–offensive color, shape, smell and especially taste.  I would like to see the complete eradication of all beets from our planet.

5.  Pro-Choice Rallies

and if that is not bad enough…

I think that speaks for itself.

6.  The View

Everyone pictured here is offensive.  Especially Joy-whose name is irony defined.  I’m mostly offended that four women can get paid gobs of money to sit around and talk about their personal views and gossip.  That is a job?  I’m offended–and I want it gone.

There’s more, but I really need to get to work–hey, you know what, having to work for money is offensive too.  I shouldn’t have to do that.  I think the Government ought to help me out–maybe it could take your tax dollars and give them to me–now that wouldn’t be offensive at all.

-Murphy

Praise for The Navy and Obama…and Tea Parties!

April 13, 2009

As you have undoubtedly heard, the US Navy killed the pirates that were holding Captain Richard Phillips.  And as you may have heard, President Obama gave the go ahead for the Navy to use deadly force to stop the pirates if the Captain’s life was in danger…which it was.

Bravo President Obama!  I know it is shocking some of you that I would praise our Leader on this blog–but when he gets it right, I intend to praise him for it.  Besides, it’s the first thing he has done yet that I approve of and am absolutely convinced it was the right move.  There is really no other way to deal with terrorists.

And the Navy—thank you for your continued protection of our liberties, freedoms and citizens.  I know you don’t operate for the purpose of getting praise–but you deserve it nonetheless.

After all, this was not a laughing matter.  But don’t tell Hillary Clinton that…

Obviously she has gone completely insane.  I know that you are busy being the Secretary of State and all–but Sec. Clinton.  The pirates we were dealing with were not this kind:

They were this kind of pirates:

 

Not so funny really.

Finally, I would like to give praise to all of the Tea Party Organizers around the Country.  This Wednesday people will be gathering together in hundreds of cities to protest the Government’s crazy ideology of tyrannical taxing and overspending and growing government.

If you are in Houston–come downtown for the party at Jones Plaza (Party on the Plaza location) at 4:00.  Come early, Stay Late and Be Loud as Mack Brown would say.  I will be speaking around 5:30 at the party following John O’Neill-one of the swift boat veterans.  (I think I’m slotted after him to fill time during “intermission”).  I’m very excited about it and hope you can come.

Details are located at: http://houstontps.org

Don’t Miss It!

-Murphy

Thanksgiving Post: What Am I Thankful For?

November 25, 2008

In a year that has gone south in many ways for me (economics, market, election, Texas/Texas Tech game, turning 40, hairline) there are so many things to be thankful for.  Thanksgiving should be a time to reflect on such things leading up to the “big one” on December 25–the day that matters most.  So I thought I would let you know what I am thankful for- in a time where many people are not giving thanks.  So, in no particular order:

I.  AMERICA

I am thankful I live in the United States of America, which, as of today, is still the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave.”  I am thankful that since 9/11/01 there have been no terrorist attacks on our shores.  I am thankful that our airports, planes and buildings have remained safe in the last 7 years.   I am thankful for our troops.

They continue to work tirelessly to protect our freedom and to protect the citizens of Iraq from attacks.  They are true heroes and I am so thankful for them.  I am thankful for our President.  Yes, I know the polls and the pundits suggest that I shouldn’t be, but I am.  President Bush has worked hard to keep my children safe and has worked in an environment filled with the most vile, nasty, and undeserved attacks from members of the Democrat Party, yet, he has never failed to get up each day and do his best for our Nation.  I have not always agreed with him, but I am so very thankful for him and the job he has done.  So–Thank you Mr. President–you do a job that most Americans cannot and would not (hmmm..maybe an illegal immigrant should run for office–but I digress)

II.  FAMILY

No, I am not related to John Patterson.  Unlike this guy, I am very thankful for my family.  My wife, 3 kids, parents, in-laws, sister, nieces and nephews.  Although all families are imperfect, I am thankful that mine is perfectly normal and that so far, they have not decided to leave me.   I am thankful that my kids are healthy and do well in school and seem to be wary of morality and ethics.  I am thankful that my wife works tirelessly to make sure they are taught right and wrong and are well taken care of.  I am thankful that my parents and in-laws are still here and healthy and enjoy spending time with us.

III.   MISCELLAENOUS

A.  Dark Chocolate

Duh!  There is no greater sweetness.

B.  Colt McCoy

Yes, the entire Texas Longhorn team is great this year, but without McCoy, the team would certainly be in a different position in the polls and the National Title Race.  So I am thankful for him.

C.  The Gas Conspiracy

You know—either the Bush conspiracy–that Bush drove up the prices from his Oval Office Supercomputer to help his buddies at Big Oil, OR–the Obama conspiracy–that the Middle East drove up the prices to make the Country believe in the Bush conspiracy so that voters would chose Obama only to have the prices fall just after the election.  Well whichever fantasy you think is correct–the outcome is the same.  I am thankful that my Camry now costs $26 to fill up instead of $60 and that my Suburban costs $48 instead of $100.

D.  Hillary Clinton

I know, you are shocked that I would list her on my “thankful” list.  But I am thankful that she has been taken out of the Senate.  No longer will I have to listen to her pontificate about health care or some other socialist agenda item on C-Span.  Now she will be going to the Middle East to “impress” the Saudi’s–ha that is really funny.  For that I am thankful.

IV.  GOD

Finally, and primarily, I am thankful to God.  Thankful to Him for all of the above and so much more.  Thankful that His hand has not left my family or our Country.  Thankful that He continues to bless my life and the lives of those in my family and circle of friends.  Thankful that all of our needs continue to be provided.  Thankful that regardless of elections, stock markets, gas prices or National Championships, He remains faithful and constant.

God Bless you, your family, your job, your finances and your health.  And I wish you all–yes even you silly Democrats who get on here and call me names–even you guys—I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

-Murphy

FREEDOM: Do We Know What It Is Anymore?

July 3, 2008

I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned with your family or friends to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday.  July 4th is a holiday that some commentators have recently stated should not be celebrated because of the shame America should feel for its place in the World political stage.  Some have said that we cannot celebrate it because of our involvement in a war based on lies.  Some have said that they are not proud of this Country or at least haven’t been proud of it until their spouse began to run for President.  But if you are an American–if you understand the value of being a free person in a free society then you should most definitely celebrate this day.  But what are we celebrating exactly?  What is “FREEDOM?”

Maybe this is freedom:

Okay-so maybe that is too much freedom.  But seriously–how can we define this word?

FREEDOM:  Defined by Dictionary.com to mean:  “The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement; exemption from external control, interference, regulation; the power to determine action without restraint…the power to exercise choice and make decision without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.”

The power to determine action without restraint!  What powerful words those are.  As we approach an election year where one candidate in particular is proposing massive programs to further increase our dependence on the government instead of our independence from it–let’s consider what Freedom is and what it is not.

FREEDOM IS: Being able to express your thoughts and ideas without fear of the government restraining such ability.

FREEDOM IS NOT: Regulating our radio airwaves under the cloak of “fairness” to force one view to be diminished so that other views can be heard more.  Nor is it being told that a refusal to see a film that demonizes our troops and our country is a form of censorship when in fact it is a form of free choice and free will.

FREEDOM IS:  Being able to earn a legal living pursuing your personal passion and knowing that at the end of the day you will receive the amount you actually earned.

FREEDOM IS NOT: Having the government take a substantial portion of what you earn and redistribute it among those who did not earn it under the idea that the government is better equipped to be a good steward of YOUR money.  Nor is it being punished for being financially successful by taking away even more of what you earned under the idea that the government knows best how much you “really” need.

FREEDOM IS:  Allowing private entities to make profits and generate income for their employees and shareholders, knowing that if prices are too high, the market will eventually adjust to accommodate the supply and demand of the marketplace.

FREEDOM IS NOT:  Deciding that a particular industry is making “excessive profits” and thereby impose laws directed at certain industries forcing them to take those profits and (not give them to the public) but give them to the government to be redistributed.

FREEDOM IS:  “defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.” Ron Paul (okay so I wouldn’t vote for this guy because I think he is kind of a nut–but this quote is right on)

FREEDOM IS NOT:  defined by the ability or desire of the government to interfere with the lives of its citizens.

FREEDOM IS:

The flag

And all the blood, sweat and tears it stands for.  The honor and integrity of our soliders and the death of those who gave their life so that I can worship where and Who I want, so that I can maintain a blog containing my right-wing opinions, so that I can raise my children to be the best they can be and so that I can seize opportunity and make the best life for myself that I am able.

A Gift from God:

It is not given to us by the Government.  The only thing the government can do is take it away.  The government’s job is to protect our freedom–but it has no ability to distribute it, give it, create it or positively affect it other than to protect it.  It doesn’t come from Obama or McCain or anyone else–Freedom is God’s Heavenly gift to us. 

Not Easily Obtained or Held, but Easily Lost:

It has taken many lives from Bunker Hill to Iwo Jima to Normandy to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and beyond to obtain and maintain our freedoms.  Many seek to destroy those freedoms, many seek to cast us into a pit of dependence and imprisonment.  It was 40 years ago that a militant Muslim angry with our alliance with Israel shot and killed Robert Kennedy.  Yes, terrorism began a long time ago and is still present today.  So, this 4th of July I will say a long prayer for our troops.  A prayer for their safety and thanks for their continued dilligence even in the face of would-be leaders who criticize them and belittle their efforts.

Finally-it is Freedom that allows you and I to disagree openly about politics, religion, the quality of the recent Indiana Jones movie.  It is Freedom that allows me to worship at a Baptist Church and allows Americans, yes Americans to worship in a Mosque as well.  It is Freedom that allows me to chose my profession and change it completely if I want to.  It is Freedom that allows us to use our brains and make a wise decision about the future of our wonderful Nation, and the future of Freedom itself.

Don’t go into this weekend with any other thought than to give thanks and praise for the greatest Nation in the World and the heart of its people.  And please, don’t go into the ballot boxes in November with any other concern than how your vote may affect the future of Freedom for you and all of us.

 

Happy 4th of July!

-Murphy

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