In a Washington Post Editorial that attacked Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli, there were a few errors about the candidate's position as well as in biology.
The Post said:
Mr. Cuccinelli insisted that government should not interfere with contraception and denied that he ever backed legislation that could do so.
Cuccinelli has not advocated banning of products that keep conception from happening, he has only advocated the banning of drugs and procedures that destroy the ability of the newly conceived life to develop. The term contraception means "to stop conception" - once conception has taken place there is no way to reverse it. The only way to stop the pregnancy prematurely after conception is abortion. Cuccinelli has not hidden his disagreement with abortion.
If the “preborn” are protected “from the moment of fertilization,” as the 2007 bill [which Cuccinelli co-sponsored] demanded, then contraception — which defeats a fertilized egg’s chances of becoming a living being — could be prohibited.
The "contraception" that the Washington Post is referring to are drugs that keep the embryo from implanting into the wall of the uterus, and without this implantation the child dies. Contrary to the Post's claim. the child is indeed alive at this point, which is evident by the fact that the child will have grown substantially between conception and implantation.
Today because of the early point in the pregnancy that chemical abortifactias can be taken, these drugs have been mislabeled by the public as contraceptives. The media has been all to happy to oblidge refusing to tell the real story behind what these drugs do. Perhaps we need to be more clear, but the Washington Post's blatant refusal to look at the facts shows the need for a media that cares about the truth.
America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. - G.K. Chesterton, British/Christian Philosopher and Writer
September 17, today, is Constitution Day. Our Constitution, the foundation of the greatest country the world has ever seen, has done much to change world history. The principles that the Constitution stands for are timeless. Today we see the Constitution under attack and people wanting to dismantle it, even though the Constitution has resulted in the greatest amount of liberty the world has ever seen. The principles of America and the Constitution transcend the generational gap. The Constitution helps make America exceptional.
We must remember that the Constitution was based upon the principles first listed in the Declaration. The Constitution was the first to enforce an idea of equality and liberty. No other nation has ever done this concept. The Constitution is an American experiment. The Constitution was a successful experiment. We must not let go of the Constitution, the document that has succeeded in protecting liberty.
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restfull. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. - Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States
The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT. Read its preamble, consider it purposes. - Fredrick Douglas, former slave
I recently read the Op-Ed in the New York Times by the current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Besides being annoyed by the arrogance from the Russian President, I was horrified at the thought of how many Americans agree with him. How many Americans believe that America is just like every other nation? How many Americans believe, like our President has said, “I believe in American exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism”?
So why is America exceptional? Many nations have claimed to be exceptional. Various nations have claimed to be exceptional based on that nation’s ethnicity. This cannot be why America is exceptional, since Americans come from every nation under heaven. Not even our leadership is comprised of one group. Sen. Tim Scott is of African decent, Rep. Eric Cantor is Jewish, Sen. Ted Cruz is Hispanic, and many others are Native American, Asian and Caucasian. Immigration to America from every nation under heaven indicates that America is exceptional.
Other nations claim that they are exceptional because of their military strength, but although America is the only current super power, America was considered exceptional before hand. It was America’s exceptionalism that caused America’s military power.
The source of America’s greatness is the principles on which America was founded. America was founded at a time when kings still ruled the earth. The only nation with any sort of democratic body was Britain, but the king still believed in his supreme power, and Britain still used the divine right of kings. America’s founders rejected the idea that a certain office could legitimately be held by hereditary rule. The founders also rejected the notion that rights came from government, hence the American slogan, “No king but King Jesus.”
America was the first to base her government off of the idea that all men are created equal. Sadly, because of slavery, we did not practice this immediately, but this was still America’s foundation. America is still the only nation that not only pays lip service to equality, but also practices it. This is easily seen from the diversity of the backgrounds of America’s wealthy. In America, classes of people do not really exist. The poorest people can, through hard work and determination, become billionaires, regardless of background or race. Read almost any story of a successful American and you will find that this is true. In America, equality is not just racial equality; it is the fact that we believe the President is equal in value to the plumber. This ideal, found almost exclusively in America, makes America exceptional. Indeed, America was the first to institute this idea.
Americans may not have equal outcome, but we do have equal opportunity. Equalizing the outcome brings everyone down to the man who is the least willing to work, as Russia and the other European nations surely know. America is exceptional because everyone has opportunity, but we leave it to his discretion on how he uses it. As the country singer says, “Only in America can you dream as big as you want to.”
The American ideal of equality was a drastic change from the belief in the divine right of kings and the superiority of the ruling class held by Europeans. America was the first to build a country on the concept of equality and liberty. Indeed, all the other democracies that Putin referenced in his Op-Ed were based off of America. The United States has single handedly in 200 years changed the world from being primarily monarchies to primarily republican-democracies. The United States, though, has been the only nation to fully embrace freedom to this point. Other Nations have instituted the failing system of Socialism, and even though America is headed in that direction, we still are free. Socialism limits a person’s potential and infers that the ruling class has a better ability to deal with the public’s money. America is exceptional because principles of our founding deny the tenets of socialism. As long as America remains free, she will be exceptional. That is why millions of people in the other “democracies” still seek to come to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Read Jim DeMint's Letter to Putin here.
Update: The Hearing was Postponed due to the shooting in DC
This next Tuesday there will be a hearing on the Stand Your Ground Law, the popular state level law that was brought into question during the Zimmerman trial. The Judicial Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will be holding the hearing. The hearing is entitled "'Stand Your Ground' Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.” Please contact the Senators in this committee and remind them that Stand Your Ground is common sense.
The Members of the Subcommittee are
Dick Durbin, Illinois (Chairman)
Al Franken, Minnesota
Christopher A. Coons, Delaware
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
Ted Cruz, Texas (Ranking Member)
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
John Cornyn, Texas
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Thankfully, Republican hero Ted Cruz is the ranking member of this subcommittee. We can be assured that he will protect our right to self-defense.
September 11, 2001 is a day that many Americans will never forget. Twelve years after that, the attack that took the lives our a US Ambassador and three US servicemen on September 11, 2012 was etched into their minds as well.
There are many other things going on today, but we simply pause and remember both of these tragic days, and the heroism displayed during those tragic events.
"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
Today Fox News is running an article about the Common Core Standards. The article is highly informative and we definately recommend the read. The article points out that the Common Core Standards may not only ignore major classics, but do away with the absolute truths in Math, such as the fact that 2+2=4 rather than 5.
For more information about the federal takeover of America's education system please see any of the following:
Eagle Forum on Common Core
Heritage Foundation on Common Core
We will continue to release more information as it becomes available.
Recently, Dr. Michael Farris and Citizens for Self-Governance announced the launch of an effort to call for a Convention of States under Article V of the United States Constitution.
So what is a Convention of States, and why do we need one?
A Convention of States allows the states to amend the United States Constitution, without interference from big-government politicians in Washington DC. States are generally more conservative and realize the problems better than those in our capitol do - and Washington politicians aren't likely to curb their own power anyway.
By calling a convention of the states, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of federal power. The current situation is precisely what the Founders feared, and they gave us a solution we have a duty to use.