We The People…

I’ve been very busy today, and I have a sinus headache, so I don’t feel like typing. That’s okay though, because you probably don’t feel like reading. So sit back, relax, and listen.

 

Now, pass it on!

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You’re Only As Good As Your Word

I’ve always believed that you are only as good as your word. I’ve often said that former President Jimmy Carter has done more damage than good to the United States and I still believe that, especially now.

On September 15th, Jimmy Carter accused an overwhelming number of those who disagree with President Obama’s policies of being racist. Don’t take my word for it, listen to him say it himself.

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.

I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.

That racism inclination still exists and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people not just in the South but around the country … that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.

It’s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

Those were his own words. There is no denying it. He said them, you heard them. There is no changing what he said, well, unless you’re Jimmy Carter, then you’ve got to give it a try.

By the way, that’s not what I said. I said those on the fringe element that had vituperative personal attacks on President Obama, those were the ones that I clearly.. but I recognized

No it wasn’t, if you read the remarks carefully you will see that’s not what I said, I said those that had a personal vituperative attack on President Obama as a person, that was tinged with racism, but I recognize that people who disagree with him on health care or environment … the vast majority of those are not tinged by racism.

I meant exactly what I said.

He keeps telling us to read the transcript of what he said. Why read the transcript? Why not listen to him say those words himself, in his own voice?

Watch the first video again and remember, he meant exactly what he said.

Jimmy Carter is nothing more than a lying hypocrite anxious for the spotlight and relevancy in a world that has long since passed him by.

My First Fair Tax Townhall

I know you’ve been waiting for my post about the Fair Tax Brown Bag Townhall sponsored by Georgia Insurance Commissioner (and candidate for Governor) John Oxendine.

As I said before, I’ve been suffering from severe information overload this week and I needed time this weekend to allow my brain time to process everything and catch up with the rest of me.

Tim Echols, Oxendine’s campaign manager was hanging up this banner as I pulled into the parking lot of the Douglas County Library.

I thought of stopping for a bite to eat on the way to the “brown bag” but decided at the last minute that my round belly didn’t need any more encouragement so I passed on that option. I’m glad I did too, since no one else at the Fair Tax “brown bag brought a brown bag either. It sure would have been awkward eating a burger from Five Guys in front of all those people.

The speakers for the townhall meeting were John Oxendine, state director for Americans for Fair Taxation, Lloyd Newsome, and past director Gene Key.

I have been a supporter of the Fair Tax for a long time now, but this was my first townhall meeting. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed at all. The turnout could have been higher, but the smaller size crowd actually worked to our advantage, because it allowed people to ask more questions than they could have if the crowd had been larger.

You can visit the FairTax website to learn more about the Fair Tax which is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes. Most importantly, it would abolish the IRS.

Another benefit of the Fair Tax includes all segments of society paying into the system, unlike now. Drug dealers, illegal immigrants, and everyone else who fail to report income each year on their tax returns all spend the money they earn. The Fair Tax would guarantee that those people actually paid into the system when they walked into a store to spend their spoils.

I am pretty confident in the Fair Tax bill, but I do have a problem with it. While the Fair Tax, in principle would make it “fair” for everyone, what’s to stop Congress from amending the Fair tax after it becomes law so it’s not quite as fair as we thought it was going to be? I didn’t think to ask the question at the time, but I still walked away quite impressed with the entire meeting.

I’ll be attending the Douglas County TEA Party later tonight, and I should have lots of photos to share with you. I’ve been looking forward to the TEA Party for quite a while now.

My Pledge

I’ve been suffering from serious “information overload” for several days now.

While my intention has been to research the two additional bills I added to my Featured Pages section, I haven’t had time to even look at them. This past week I was working on a couple big projects, helping the wife plan a birthday party for the now 10 year old, and following up on questions I’ve had about the current administration.

I have a lot I want to write about, but it’s all getting stuck somewhere between the frontal lobe and the pointer finger, so you’ll have to excuse me for one more night. I do, however, want to talk about a video I saw this evening.

I heard about this new “Pledge” video so I decided to sit down and watch it. To say I was shocked is a complete understatement. Forget the “big brother” tone at the beginning or the creepy “Together we will be the change that we seek” mantra at the end, it’s the content of the video that floored me.

Take a look, then I will explain.

They pledged to help children dream big, and to represent their country with pride, dignity, and honesty. They pledged to turn their lights off, to sell their obnoxious cars, and to drive slower to save more gas.

Yet none of them pledged allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

They pledged to buy hybrids, to save the environment, and to consume less and cultivate more. They pledged to smile more, to laugh more, and to love more. They pledged to fight, to become aware, and to educate.

Yet none of them mentioned a word about the Republic for which it stands.

They pledged to not give up, to defend issues they care about, and to be of service to their neighbors. They pledged to commit to their own change before they ask anyone else to change and they pledged to actually “be the change”.

Yet no one thought to mention God or liberty.

They pledged to sell a culture of intelligence instead of ignorance, and one even pledged only to flush his toilet after a “deuce” but never after a single. They pledged to end 21st century slavery, but then turned around in the same breath and pledged to be servants of Barack Obama.

Where’s the justice in that?

They end their pledge by asking “What’s your pledge? Do you have a pledge?” Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a pledge.

Unlike their pledge, I do not pledge to “be the change”. I love my country and I love it’s founding principles. I respect the Constitution and believe it’s the cornerstone of our society. I do not pledge my allegiance to any one man, one cause, or one idea. I pledge allegiance to my country.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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