Bloggers Interview: UT Senator Mike Lee, backstage at “Free the People”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, U.S History | 0 comments

Senator Mike Lee

Senator Mike Lee

In a backstage interview at Freedom Works “Free the People” speaker series, Senator Mike Lee came in and talked with bloggers, about what is next on his agenda.

His answer was that “The President has motivated me to run a new piece of legislation. I think when he suspended the application of the employer mandate he did something that necessitates a prompt response on the part of Conservatives in Congress…. He lacks the power to just amend Obamacare. He can’t just amend it and what he’s doing isn’t authorized by the text of the statute. So he’s breaking the law that he pushed through as his signature legislative accomplishment.”

Yesterday, Senator Mike Lee released a statement regarding Obama’s move push back a year the Healthcare Mandates place upon business owners:

“Delaying the employer mandate and exchange verification rules is the latest and most damning admission by the administration that ObamaCare was poorly crafted, remains unworkable, and, if implemented, will hurt American families, businesses, and our economy. The only solution is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to fix our health care system.

“Short of full repeal, however, those of us who care about the health care and security of the American people still have a duty to act. If the president has decided he won’t enforce his law as it is written, then Congress should not fund any further implementation of it at all.

“It is fundamentally unfair for President Obama to exempt businesses from the onerous burdens of his law, while forcing American families and individuals into ObamaCare’s unsound and unstable system.

“This administration has chosen to put its own political preferences and the interests of various government cronies ahead of the American people. Republicans in Congress must now stand up for the individuals and families who do not have the money, lobbyists, and connections to get this Administration’s attention.

“And we should do so using one of the few constitutional powers Congress still guards – its power of the purse. As long as President Obama selectively enforces ObamaCare, no annual appropriations bill or continuing resolution should fund further implementation of the law.

“Last week’s admission by the administration means that after three years of preparation and trial and error, the best case scenario for Obamacare will be rampant dysfunction, waste, and injustice to taxpayers and working families.

“If congressional Democrats want to oppose appropriations bills without additional ObamaCare funding, shut down the government, and side with the President and big business against the American people, then it’s their choice. But three years in, even the president himself has now admitted that ObamaCare won’t work. The only responsible choice now is to protect the country from ObamaCare’s looming disaster, start over and finally begin work on real health care reform.”

Senator Lee also shares his opinion on how Conservatives are getting a positive response from the American public.

You can watch the full video here:

Update: Continuing footage with Senator Lee courtesy of The Young Turks

Mike Lee speaking to the audience at Freedom Works “Free the People”

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Marine General Maddis’ viral 2003 email on importance of reading circles again

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, U.S History | 0 comments

The virtual timing of the re-circulating of Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis’ November 2003 letter about reading, is a blessing. With the Common Core requiring more emphasis on information texts, the lack of understanding behind those documents is astounding.

Students who are only taught from only documents and manuals, will not know the why, the passion, behind those texts. That lack of information will severely hinder the ability to process, individually, for themselves how to reasonably solve a problem, or create anew.

Haman nature does not change and because of that history is destined to repeat. The only way to know how to solve problems of the future is to learn from the past. Passion, feelings, emotions are what drives men to achieve victory and over come battles and wars. We mustn’t lose sight of what our forefathers went through and the legacies they left behind, or we will be completely blind with the knowledge we could have seen the future.

General James "Mad Dog" Mattis Years of Service 1972-2013

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis
Years of Service 1972-2013

General Mattis has since retired, leaving his post as “head of Central Command, which oversaw wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was responsible for a region that includes Syria, Iran, Yemen.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mattis

Here is his letter:

“Message 1: from General James Mattis, on the matter of professional reading, 20 November
2003
“….The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s
experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a
better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of
incompetence are so final for young men.

“Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for
how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give
me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.

“With TF 58, I had w/ me Slim’s book, books about the Russian and British experiences in AFG,
and a couple others. Going into Iraq, “The Siege” (about the Brits’ defeat at Al Kut in WW I) was
req’d reading for field grade officers. I also had Slim’s book; reviewed T.E. Lawrence’s “Seven
Pillars of Wisdom”; a good book about the life of Gertrude Bell (the Brit archaeologist who
virtually founded the modern Iraq state in the aftermath of WW I and the fall of the Ottoman
empire); and “From Beirut to Jerusalem”. I also went deeply into Liddell Hart’s book on
Sherman, and Fuller’s book on Alexander the Great got a lot of my attention (although I never
imagined that my HQ would end up only 500 meters from where he lay in state in Babylon).

“Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun.
For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of
war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say… “Not
really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right
now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying
(studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us.

“We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their
experience. “Winging it” and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the
moral dictates and the cost of incompetence in our profession. As commanders and staff
officers, we are coaches and sentries for our units: how can we coach anything if we don’t
know a hell of a lot more than just the TTPs? What happens when you’re on a dynamic
battlefield and things are changing faster than higher HQ can stay abreast? Do you not
adapt because you cannot conceptualize faster than the enemy’s adaptation? (Darwin has
a pretty good theory about the outcome for those who cannot adapt to changing
circumstance — in the information age things can change rather abruptly and at warp
speed, especially the moral high ground which our regimented thinkers cede far too quickly
in our recent fights.) And how can you be a sentinel and not have your unit caught
flat-footed if you don’t know what the warning signs are — that your unit’s preps are not
sufficient for the specifics of a tasking that you have not anticipated?

“Perhaps if you are in support functions waiting on the warfighters to spell out the specifics of
what you are to do, you can avoid the consequences of not reading. Those who must adapt to
overcoming an independent enemy’s will are not allowed that luxury.

“This is not new to the USMC approach to warfighting — Going into Kuwait 12 years ago, I
read (and reread) Rommel’s Papers (remember “Kampstaffel”?), Montgomery’s book (“Eyes
Officers”…), “Grant Takes Command” (need for commanders to get along, “commanders’
relationships” being more important than “command relationships”), and some others. As a
result, the enemy has paid when I had the opportunity to go against them, and I believe that
many of my young guys lived because I didn’t waste their lives because I didn’t have the vision
in my mind of how to destroy the enemy at least cost to our guys and to the innocents on the
battlefields.

“Hope this answers your question…. I will cc my ADC in the event he can add to this. He is the
only officer I know who has read more than I.

“Semper Fi, Mattis

www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/10/the-viral-email-sent-by-a-marine-general-in-2003-on-the-importance-of-reading/

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An Undocumented Goal: Global Citizenship

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Agenda 21, Around the World, Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, U.S History, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

globalcitizenshipHidden deep within the Common Core State Standards is a goal to teach children that there is no such thing as a boarder defining a country. We are global citizens that accept each other, our cultures, beliefs, educational goals and economic prosperity for the benefit of the world we live in.

In the news, we have seen reports of parents finding assignments that require students to denounce rights provided by the Constitution, to step on Christian leadership, and to write essays about why Jews are evil. Teachers are being fired for being religious or conservative. Censorship is now public enemy number one against anyone or any ideology that is against this new reform of education known as Common Core.

Socialism is being heralded as the way to make things equal, so that no poverty exists. A redistribution of wealth! The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” has evolved into a collective movement where children now belong to the community, or even to the world as a whole. President Obama’s own Department of Justice has declared that children do not need a mother or a father, helping to further the mentality of collective possession!

I was asked by Utah State Board of Education member Tami Pyfer “where exactly does it say in the standardsTamiPyfer that global citizenship was the goal?” I didn’t respond right away as I had several questions for her 1) Haven’t you read the standards and the resources that you send to your teachers? 2) If Utah is claiming that “-Utah Common Core Standards-” are not national standards, why does she get jumpy when I talk about the National Common Core Standards?

Also I wanted to give a her clear answer for all to read!

Let me begin with a personal story. My oldest daughter was planning out her courses out for winter semester last fall. Together we spoke with a U.S. History teacher and I asked him directly how he would be teaching this class. He told me that he would provide documents and he would engage the students in discussions about these documents. You can imagine my eyebrows going up “Oh, really?”

I asked him how the students and my child were supposed to know the history or the story of those documents? He said the students would have to do the research on their own. That was part of the standards which would required students to come to their own conclusion about the documents and history. I was polite in thanking him for his time, but was screaming inside my head, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” And that was the end of that class for us!

Informational texts without the story will not provide the vision that our Founders’ had of freedom! Informational texts will not tell the stories of emotional hardship, triumphs, sacrifice, service, bravery, and torture that countless individuals endured for us to have the freedom of choice, voice, and pursuit of happiness! Informational text was a goal of Karl Marx. Eliminate emotion, passion, and conviction, and there is nothing for which to fight. Words are just words.

In Education Week, a column was entitled, “Common Core: Preparing Globally Competent Citizens.” This statement says it all. “The Common Core State Standards for English language arts include a series of statements that, while not directly standards themselves, offer a portrait of the capacities of literate students who meet the Standards. One of these seven statements directly addresses the importance of college and career ready students coming ‘to understand other perspectives and cultures’.” The statement continues, “Students appreciate that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives must learn and work together. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.”

Is that not the end goal for the government? To provide citizens who know nothing about borders, who accept everyone’s values and cultures, who accept no one culture as superior to another? There is are already fears of a collapsing dollar leading to a global currency. Education would be the means to teach the future residents of this new governance!

On another website, New Global Citizens, it states, “Teaching global competency falls in line quite seamlessly with the Common Core State Standards.” How can that statement be dismissed so casually by those in leadership? People who believe in global citizenship can see it in the writings! I can see it in the writings, why can’t leadership?

And if those two links still don’t show the intent of Common Core to lead our children away from American values and citizenship, then perhaps the International Baccalaureate official documents will persuade:

The IB prepares students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

• More than a set of rigorous academic standards,
• Emphasizes an education for global engagement,
• Provides a Balance between the skills required to succeed in a competitive, global economy and the values that define responsible, global citizenship.

“The IB applauds the efforts of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of
Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to improve the quality of education across the United States through the Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS).

“The IB shares with the U.S. Department of Education and its state agencies the important goals of developing internationally benchmarked standards and the ambition to better prepare all students for success in college and career development.”

The IB is pleased to have been selected in 2011 as one of 5 sets of standards against which the Common Core was measured by education experts to determine its success in meeting its goals.”

Make no mistake, IB standards are aligned with Common Core State Standards by design! Global citizenry and governance is the goal. American values will no longer be taught as goals for the future, but as theories of the past.

For more evidence :
National Association of Secondary School Principles

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Three God fearing Thanksgiving Proclamations; 1 Contrast

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Religion, U.S History | 3 comments

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

by President A. Lincoln

1863

“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.  In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.   Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.   Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.   And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.   In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

 

THANKSGIVING DAY, 1984

Proclamation 5269. October 19, 1984

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION

As we remember the faith and values that made America great, we should recall that our tradition of Thanksgiving is older than our Nation itself. Indeed, the native American Thanksgiving antedated those of the new Americans. In the words of the eloquent Seneca tradition of the Iroquois, "…give it your thought, that with one mind we may now give thanks to Him our Creator."

From the first Pilgrim observance in 1621, to the nine years before and during the American Revolution when the Continental Congress declared days of Fast and Prayer and days of Thanksgiving, we have turned to Almighty God to express our gratitude for the bounty and good fortune we enjoy as individuals and as a nation. America truly has been blessed.

This year we can be especially thankful that real gratitude to God is inscribed, not in proclamations of government, but in the hearts of all our people who come from every race, culture, and creed on the face of the Earth. And as we pause to give thanks for our many gifts, let us be tempered by humility and by compassion for those in need, and let us reaffirm through prayer and action our determination to share our bounty with those less fortunate.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in the spirit and tradition of the Iroquois, the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 9184, as a day of National Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship to celebrate, in the
words of 1784, "with grateful hearts … the mercies and praises of their all Bountiful Creator…"

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of October,in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and ninth.

 

 

President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 2012

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans gather with family, partners and friends to recount the benefits lavished upon us this past year.

This day is a time to take stock of what we have gained after a long struggle of securing rights to share in the bounty that this nation has produced.

Thanks to our hard fought efforts, we are grateful that we are beginning to see a better distribution of resources that hold the promise of enriching our lives.

As we see needs being met by a multitude of re-distributive programs take effect, we are reminded of the indelible spirit of compassion and fairness that has distinguished our Nation since its earliest days.

When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they sat down to enjoy the fruits of the labor of the Wampanoag tribe — a people who knew that community means to share among everyone.

We look to the generosity of the natives now for inspiration that America can still be great if we have the courage to spread wealth among all Americans.

We know that it was only a few years later that these peaceful, earth-friendly natives had to face exploitation of white immigrants who took their land and left many dead. But, we can still learn from their example.

When President George Washington marked our democracy’s first Thanksgiving, he evoked the sentiment that it is always right that those who possess stockpiles of goods should be willing to spread their wealth among the needy, feed the hungry and satisfy inalienable desires for equality.

And when our Nation was torn by civil war, President Abraham Lincoln also voiced concern that in his wisdom every American has a birth right to decent health care, affordable housing and government supplemented food aide when needed.

Those expressions of fairness still echo as reminders for us today, that in spite of the memory of the denial of human rights to Native Americans, or the strife caused by a capitalist system our forebears established to attain class privileges, we still might move forward to create a fairer society.

As we reflect on our heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back.

This Thanksgiving, thousands of campaign workers, unionists, community organizers and human rights activists will sit down to enjoy a hot meal and a place to stay.

We are grateful that there are still some in our land who fight to make sure that everybody’s got a fair shot.

They remind us of a rock solid truth that bind us together on this holiday of reflection: for each according to his or her need. From each according to his or her ability!

This thanksgiving we are witnessing our nation being transformed into a place we can all take pride in.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.

I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, union halls, bath houses, community centers, family planning clinics, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and thanks each other for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the common era two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

 

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The Morning After – Its Not Over!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Education, Family, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Religion, U.S History | 1 comment

This morning the sun rose, bright and clear.  For half of American citizens it was accompanied by peace of being secure.  Their modern values have voted for a Marxist government, under the guise of  security; Mandated healthcare, increased of taxes upon themselves and others, less military.  In a number of states the smoking of Marijuana is now legal, and not just for medicinal purposes.  Same –sex marriage is legal.  Our food is being rationed in the schools.  Our education is no longer inspiring, but necessary collectivism.  Religious faiths are fighting for religious freedom.  Energy is going even higher as coal plants shut down.  Small Businesses are burdened with  regulation upon regulation, to the point where they fall under the weight, closing their doors and laying off employees.

I’ve read on facebook, Obama supporters say “now I have peace,”  “we are safe,”  “I hope that the government will work correctly now.”  Do I dare quote from the Lord, our Savior “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do?”

For countless generations now, the opposition of Liberty have known that the best way to conquer and control was not through war, but through slow progression of changing the message.  However, the original message remains the same, it is constant!   Liberty is the only way to truly live!

“The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles” – John Adams

I re- write Adam’s quote “The question before Americans is, whether the God of nature shall govern America by his own laws, or whether men and Presidents shall rule it by fictitious miracles.”

Leaning on God’s knowledge is extremely hard when we are not able to see the whole plan.  However faith without works is dead.  The Founding Fathers knew that!  High morals and deep principles were needed then to maintain the cause of liberty.  I stand and shout that this morning now than ever we need to proclaim the same message!

I love Patrick Henry’s speech that he gave in the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775: “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

We cannot give in.  Hope leads to Faith, Faith leads to Action, Action leads to Knowledge.

Those of us that know have a responsibility to teach.  We must be unwavering in where our foundation of truth lies!  We must teach by example. God knows all things, therefore we should know that this defeat is for his purposes.  I can marginally assume that it is to awaken more people, for isn’t every soul great in the eyes of God?

“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.”  – Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

This morning I will not be wearing black, nor will I hang my head in shame.  The cause I fight for is just!  My children, my family, and my friends will not see me mourn today.  For Liberty is not dead.

Is Patrick Henry’s quote not equally relevant today as it was in his time: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! “ -Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775

Stand, with head held high.  Take pride that the truth doesn’t waiver, that our cause is Just.  God’s ways are not our ways, and He has not forsaken us.  One day we may thank God for un-answered prayers!  The sun is shining and the future looks bright and we have work to do.  Liberty is not idol!

American is the home of the free, land of the brave.  God bless us and God Bless America!

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