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GuillotinecrowdToday is not French Independence Day. Rather, it’s a celebration of the July 14, 1789 storming and destruction of a symbol of a monarchy that France restored only a few decades later after the Jacobin mobs so turned on every faction of their society, including themselves, that only a Napoleon could stanch the flow of domestic guillotine blood with that from foreign wars.

No, Bastille Day 2014 is the celebration of an atheistic mob-dependent liberalism best preserved and represented in the modern world by the Democratic Party in the United States under President Barack Obama. France would be better off commemorating their alliances with American Doughboys in WWI and Patton’s Fifth Army in WWII and the teamwork of Lotto-Belisol yesterday that has native son Tony Gallopin wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France today, than to once again glorify a day that ushered in only murder and misery worse than under the ancien regime its revolution overthrew.

Meanwhile, in the nation that ratified a true constitutional self-government revolution that same year with the inauguration of President George Washington, his 42nd successor exercises Robespierre-ian and Rousseau-ian “general will” with the same arbitrariness as did King George III or any member of the French Bourbon dynasty. Our Community Organizer-in-Chief needs no Wellington or Waterloo to sacrifice the American economy and national security. Apology tours abroad and his Democratic Party-controlled U.S. Senate at home suffice with Obamacare and draconian troop and defense cuts. Obama needs no guillotine when he has Lois Lerner running the IRS and Eric Holder the Justice Department as Jacobin-grievance adjuncts of the Democratic Party, punishing Republican enemies and rewarding mob member allies.

Remember the dignity of Rev. Martin Luther King’s SCLC non-violent marches for voting and other civil rights? So does the Democratic Party he was never a member of, and judging by their subsequent actions, they much prefer mob-like tactics such as those taken in Wisconsin when voters and state legislators dared end government coercion in favor of labor unions. President Obama prefers massive crowd worship of First Citizens of the World in Berlin and Roman columns and reverb in Colorado, to the dignity of an MLK or the Oval Office.

Edmund Burke, the great British conservative Whig Member of Parliament that supported the American Revolution at the time, rejected any comparison between our rebellion against British “misrule” and French embrace of a:

“…new theory of man and society. It is a destruction and decomposition of the whole society; which never can be made right by any faction, however powerful, nor without terrible consequences to all about it, both in the act and in the example.”

Sounds like the storming of the state Bastille prison was akin to Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America project now in its sixth year with him as Chief Executive and Magistrate holding the keys to our Bastilles from which he frees Taliban, al Qaeda terrorists and illegal aliens charged with felonies. No need to storm the prisons when the mob elects you Head Screw, twice. No need for a gaudy guillotine when the liberal dirty work is accomplished by abortionists and the Mainstream Media.

Independence didn’t mean killing Kings, Marie Antoinette or each other, when the shedding of blood didn’t usher in Fraternity! It didn’t mean Tolstoy-described retreats from Moscow after War didn’t bring Peace. No, as Washington, Alexander Hamilton and eventually even Thomas Jefferson, realized, true independence may flourish only by a moral people with unalienable rights from their Creator, not government. Liberty-fueled pursuits of happiness can proceed only amidst a limited government with separation of powers. The Fyodor Dostoevsky-described “demons” unleashed in France in the late 18th century and in Russia in the late 19th abetted human destruction, not Liberty.

It did flourish among We the People of Judeo-Christian values and principles with legally enforceable private property rights that freed the French from Kaisers and Nazis and Russians from Communists. And if Americans and Europeans want true independence in the future it will celebrate and emulate dignified God-fearing men and women rather than mobs chanting meaningless slogans that build up men or one man supposedly exercising the “general will” that always leads to a General’s will, rather than mankind in God’s hands.

France would do better to remember Normandy than the Bastille, if it is independence they wish to celebrate.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

 

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Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago yesterday, the Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence to formalize their unanimous vote of July 2, 1776 to declare independence from, and thus wage war against, the British Empire. Shots fired at Lexington, Concord and Bunker and Breed’s Hills had already been heard around the world in 1775 announcing the waging of the then undeclared war. It would be weeks after that first Fourth of July before many signatures other than John Hancock’s adorned later versions of the Declaration, six years before the British Army would surrender at Yorktown and eight before the Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolutionary War, proper.

But had actual independence truly been attained even when the ink was dry on that 1783 treaty or even by the time the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789? Not if you asked U.S. Navy sailors impressed by British officers into Her Majesty’s Service at sea or exporters, from harbors on the Great Lakes or out of Charleston, South Carolina, unable to market their wares abroad thanks to that same navy flying the Union Jack.

Thus, the War of 1812 and the entry into the American bloodstream of Winfield Scott, a son of Virginia, but first and foremost an American, whose first foray into the history books was in the struggle to secure the Niagara River and thus Lakes Ontario and Erie from British control. Thwarted by inept superiors at Queenston in October of 1812, then Colonel Scott’s ingenious plan to secure Fort George was allowed to go forward in May of 2013. Then on July 5, 1814 he took Chippawa, and later that month Lundy’s Lane, to secure the river and Upper New York independent of all but the will of Americans.

Partially inspired by his exploits, Dolly and President James Madison would remain calm, after the same inept commanders that first thwarted Scott allowed Washington City to be taken and the U.S. Capitol and White (then President’s) House burned, to, together with newly appointed Secretary of War James Monroe unleash General Andrew Jackson and others to drive the enemy from the shores of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave with only a Star-Spangled Banner flying above it.

Fast forward to the Halls of Montezuma in September of 1847 and witness now General Scott accept the formal surrender of Mexico in Mexico City and the completion of a manifest destiny of Liberty from the Atlantic sea to the Pacific sea. By the time war broke out between the states between those shining seas, Scott was deemed too old to command Union forces against the fellow Virginian, Robert E. Lee, whom he failed to persuade to eschew the Confederacy. But his last great legacy to secure true independence for all, even from slavery, was his “Anaconda Plan” that Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln approved to take control of all harbors and major water ways from the Chesapeake; Outer North Carolina bank;, Port Royal in South Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; and to New Orleans and all points in between.

God bless Winfield Scott today on the anniversary of his stunning victory at Chippawa and may Americans resolve this day to remember that to be independent for Life, Liberty and Pursuits of Happiness, the battle against tyranny is never fully secure unless one maintains a national defense that deters aggressors and a will to use it against those that are not deterred.

And would it be too much to ask that our government take care of the health and other needs of our veterans? I don’t think so.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

big-shanty-stationOne Hundred and Fifty years ago this week my great-great-grandfather Lecil DeVine was shot in the face and captured by Union forces at Big Shanty, Georgia, a key rail station just north of Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta, while a confederate soldier defending against  General William Tecumseh Sherman’s inevitable capture of Atlanta in the Fall of 1864 that ensured President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election and the re-unification of all states in a new America free of slavery.

Lecil DeVine and his ancestors had loved America while eschewing slavery since they first arrived on its shores before the war for independence they fought in. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina less then 80 miles from President Andrew Jackson’s Palmetto State birthplace at Lancaster, Lecil joined fellow Jacksonian Democrats in his new Alabama home to elect a unionist delegate to oppose secession at the early 1861 Montgomery state convention. Unlike President Jackson who threatened to invade and hang Nullification secessionists in his home state in the 1830s, DeVine and other like-minded Southern Americans failed to persuade a majority in eleven states to continue the formation of a more perfect union under the United States Constitution.

Thus defeated, Lecil watched the state-rights Confederacy effect the first draft of free individuals into involuntary military service in American history and the ridicule and shame heaped upon those that didn’t volunteer beforehand. Thus chastened before his inevitable conscription in April pursuant to the second such Act passed at President Jefferson Davis’s request by the CSA congress, he joined the 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment in March of 1862. After fighting in Tennessee, Lecil helped defend Port Gibson, Mississippi before enduring Grant’s siege of Vicksburg after which he was taken prisoner; paroled to Demopolis, Alabama and later exchanged with fellow Confederates for Union prisoners; before rejoining his regiment and his inevitable re-capture 20 miles north of Atlanta.

While Atlanta burned, DeVine was imprisoned at the federal Rock Island, Illinois POW camp which, while not as notoriously wicked as the Andersonville one run by Confederates in Georgia, was known as one rife with hunger and disease. Even before the fall of Atlanta, war deprivations of food and shelter in much of Dixie were stark, and afterwards much more so, including in Lecil’s northern Alabama home. Thus, with the war he wanted no part of obviously lost by the Confederacy and his patriotic duty fulfilled, he “swallowed the dog” by pledging his Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and enlisted for a year of frontier service in the U.S. Army. Ironically, his Oath and enlistment papers were signed by Major H.B. Rathbone who, with his wife, accompanied President and Mrs. Lincoln on that fateful night to come at Ford’s Theater.

Lincoln died to preserve the last best hope of man on Earth. Lecil DeVine, rather than wallow in decades of “Lost Cause” bemoanings, embraced that new hope that had been his first cause and pursued the American Dream through family and enterprise in a South though ravaged by war and an imperfect reconstruction, was at least purged of the evil institution of slavery and with an amended Constitution better dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Lecil DeVine’s successors in this Spartanburg native’s immediate family would help build a New South of industry in railroads and nuclear power; integrated schools, Little Leagues and Cub Scouts; law, faith, education and good humor. None of which would have been possible absent the sacrifices of great-great-grandfather Lecil.

So as this Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia and my fellow Atlantans approach the Sesquicentennial of the burning of our great city by who Decatur’s Mary A.H. Gay called America’s Nero; let us remember than unlike Nero’s Rome, Sherman’s Atlanta and America rose from its ashes united to free half the world from Nazis and an evil communist empire and our own empire from Jim Crow.

God’s not finished with America yet and I thank God for a reluctant Confederate ancestor who never lost sight of the City on the Hill that he wanted for himself and his family.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

nativity-scene-7The Birth of Jesus

Luke, from his Gospel:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding Continue reading

ryan-murrayDid I miss the lingering effects of the supposedly disastrous-for-Republicans government shutdown, which was the obvious motivation of Paul Ryan’s November 19, 2013 pre-budget-negotiation-guarantee that, and I quote, “We will keep the government funding at the current level if need be.”

Atta boy Paul, that’s a tough negotiating position…not!

Since the government shut down for 16 days last October, the Democratic Party’s 2014 electoral prospects and President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have plummeted due to the Obamacare website roll-out disaster, cancellation of insurance plans Democrats had promised Americans they could keep, and hikes in policy premiums. Curiously, despite a government shutdown that establishment Republicans feared so much that they betrayed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and other conservatives attempts to de-fund or delay Obamacare at the 11th hour, GOP prospects for the 2014 election have greatly improved. Continue reading

football coltsAdmission: It has become increasingly harder for this 2008 Housing-Bust-and-subsequent-Great-Recession-ravaged South Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia, to be thankful during the anemic so-called recovery brought to America by Obamanomics.

We don’t live on Wall Street, K Street or a fracking-good state. No, we continue to struggle with hunger games outside of the Capitol City with scribblings such as this dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to eventually understand how liberal Democratic Party policies fail all but well-connected cronies and Big Business sell-outs every time.

Yes, I’m a Jacksonian, tea partier conservative Republican. But mostly I’m just an average American trying to recover to the point that I can one day again afford Le Sueur-brand peas instead of having to settle for generic brands so I’ll have enough change left over to buy gasoline Continue reading

IranBut I’ll bet the Appeaser-in-Chief keeps this “you-can-keep-your-policy” promise unlike the one made to Americans under the domestic equivalent of the bomb, known as  Obamacare.

President Barack Obama is a serial liar but, like a stopped clock, occasionally also tells the truth. For instance, he promised skyrocketing energy prices. They set a record high in October. He promised to bankrupt the coal industry with new carbon emissions-standards. The war on coal is clearly on the offensive and in the direction of bankruptcy courts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, he promised surrender. American troops have abandoned the former terrorist playground of Saddam Hussein with nary a footprint left behind; while President B. Hussein Obama has set a 2014 date-certain deadline for withdrawal in the former safe haven of al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in Afghanistan.

Which brings us to the number one state-sponsor of terror on Earth since 1979, Continue reading

katniss everdeenKatniss Everdeen met some good folks in the fictitious Capitol City as a Hunger Games-to-the-death participant. And there are good people in America’s all-too-real capitol city of Washington.

But the problem with both is that as they bask in the glow of big government bubbles, they prohibit those whose labor and tax revenues support their conspicuous consumption from joining the economic prosperity party. And yes, if the liberal Obama Democrats stay in power for much longer, they will get around to ending even the fracking boom.

Meanwhile, the government-run craze of the past  century (interrupted only by brief conservative push-backs by Reagan and Newt) exploded exponentially with Obamacare, stimuli for government union employees, and wars war on coal and conservatives, respectively by the EPA and IRS; we witness many good people lobbying for what ought to be determined in a free Continue reading

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