May 14, 2013
America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. —Laurence J. Peter
America is good, but the government is America’s biggest problem.
...a "land of the free" that struggles under the incredible burden of limitless taxes and laws; the home of the "brave" who stay silent to keep their jobs and avoid scrutiny by the IRS or the police. —Fred Woodworth, The Match!, No. 74
My friend Robin called me the other day and out of the blue, asked me a pointed question. She said, "Are you proud to be an American?" At first I thought, "As opposed to what?" The question took me back to the days where I could say, "Hell yes, I'm proud to be an American!"
First, let's clarify. I'm proud of our heritage and true Americans. The satanic slime bag elitists and politicians that have destroyed this country are not what make a true American. A true American is all sizes, colors, and shapes, many religions, generous to a fault, open arms for those less fortunate, a melting pot of all peoples who come together in one American culture, hard working, believing in the American dream, and the freedoms in our country's founding documents, and knowing you live in the greatest country in the world, founded by Godly men. Real America is this and more and is what true Americans are proud to be. A better question to have asked would be, "Are you proud of our American government today?"
I thought of my grandparents, and their dairy farm in northern Indiana, and the summers and holidays I spent with them. I thought about milking cows, feeding the pigs, collecting the eggs, plowing the fields and riding the tractor with grandpa while he spread manure and planted fields. I thought about canning everything grandma grew in her garden and picked off her trees. I thought about the sweet melons my grandpa grew, and the delicious sweet corn. I thought of the LaPorte, Indiana County Fair I went to every year with my grandparents, and the blue ribbons my family members won. I thought of driving the tractor while grandpa and my uncles picked up bales of hay and straw, and earning 10 cents a wagon load which gave me money to spend at the fair in late summer.
I thought of the fourth of July fireworks and how excited we were every year and the trip to the fairgrounds to watch them.
I thought about church with grandma and grandpa in the country. I remember my grandma pulling out her hatpin and telling me to poke grandpa with it because he'd fallen asleep in church. (I didn't do it, and she was only kidding). I remember all the beautiful old hymns we sung, and I can still sing from memory today. I remember walking to church in Chicago with mom through our lovely city neighborhood of Rogers Park.
I thought of how hard my momma worked as a single parent, and of the times she fed me dinner and didn't eat anything herself. She would tell me she wasn't hungry, and until I grew up, I didn't realize there hadn't been enough food for us both. I thought of the excellent Chicago education I received in the 1950s, and how every morning we stood and said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. I thought of how we bowed our heads and prayed in school. I thought about the wonderful neighborhood of beautiful apartment buildings where we lived. I thought of my first bicycle I'd gotten with my saved allowance of 50 cents a week. (I still have that very bike). I thought of high school in Park Ridge, Illinois, and the wonderful education I got at Maine Township High School East from 1960 to 1964. I even thought about the fact that Hillary Rodham was a year behind me in high school and was a staunch conservative.
A million other delicious and delightful and beautiful nostalgic memories raced through my thoughts before I answered my friend and said, "No, today I am not proud to be an American," but I was thinking only of what my government had become.
I almost choked up before I answered her because the America I was grew up knowing, the America I was raised to love, the America that was that shining bastion of freedom for immigrants from all over the world, that America no longer exists.
Do you remember the songs we sang and knew by heart in our amazing country? There are many more than I'm listing here, but how often do we hear these songs anymore?
America the Beautiful... "O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!"
America... "My country, 'tis of Thee, sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my father's died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountain side, let Freedom ring."
Battle Hymn of the Republic (yes, we were a Republic, not a Democracy)... "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on."
God Bless America, written by Irving Berlin and memorialized by wonderful Kate Smith. I can still see her singing this wonderful song... "God bless America, Land that I love, stand beside her and guide her thru the night with a light from above; from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God bless America, my home, sweet home. God bless America, my home, sweet home."
The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Keyes 1814... "Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
The words of those songs spoke what we were and why we existed as a land blessed by God. I miss what we once were, land of the free, truly free, home of the brave, where the "Greatest Generation" saved us from a conquering madman in Germany and a despotic enemy in the Pacific.
I know the evil in America goes way back, we can look at 1913 and the Federal Reserve Act which was passed two days before Christmas, or 1913 and the Federal Income Tax, both thanks to Woodrow Wilson. Terrible laws didn't just start in the 1900s. The desire to destroy freedom started almost from the very inception of our 1787 Constitution.
In 1973, America decided to allow the murder of our unborn babies. Today, 60 million American babies have died at the hands of their own mothers, and doctors who swore in the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.
About this same time, the Euthanasia Society of America sneaked in "quality-of-life" arguments to starve and dehydrate the elderly who were terminal or had Alzheimer's Disease. Now we can terminally sedate these elderly patients, and even assist with suicide if you live in Oregon. The sanctity-of-life which once permeated America has been slowly changed to a culture-of-death.
For decade upon decade, we have had dozens of horrible supreme court decisions. Aside from Roe vs. Wade, two other outrageous and unconstitutional decisions were in our recent past. One was New York Times vs. Sullivan, and the other was Kelo vs. the City of New London eminent domain decision.
Then there's the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act, and the draconian and invasive USA Patriot Act, which does not expire again until June of 2015. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gives the government the ability to detain American citizens indefinitely suspending Habeas Corpus. The unconstitutional TARP Bailout, the communist appointed Czars in Obama's administration, the new fascism of government owned American businesses, the destruction of our once wonderful health care system, the communist redistribution of wealth, the appointment of unqualified supreme court justices, the taxing of everything in America, and on and on, all of which are implemented to destroy our liberty and freedom.
The total destruction of American life via the United Nations Agenda 21 has been signed onto by every US president since George H.W. Bush, and goes back as far as the 1930s. Barack Hussein Obama has even signed executive orders on same. [Link]
The restructuring of our entire educational system from academic teaching to Direct Instruction Skinnerian dog training for the global workforce is complete. Read any of Charlotte Iserbyt's articles or go to her website where her 1999 book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America is online for anyone's perusal and with an index.
Every president since before Lincoln has had the ability to use executive orders, but they were to be for administrative purposes. Now these presidents use executive decrees in situations where they've failed to achieve a legislative objective. [Link] This is a dictatorship!
Is there an elected state or federal official of either party who has fully obeyed their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution? We know what the left is, they tell us clearly what they want to do. The Republicans however, have been holding the door open for the left for eons, and people still believe voting Republican will save us. They forget that, "A false friend is more dangerous than an open enemy."
There are hundreds of thousands of other unconstitutional laws on the books. Today most people worry if they'll have their jobs, their health insurance, enough money to pay the mortgage and the car payment, the ability to properly educate their children, to buy groceries, and pay the monthly bills, much less take a vacation or buy a new home, or be able to retire. There is always the fear of higher real estate taxes, higher gasoline prices, higher electricity/natural gas prices, higher everything...and we're told by the elitists and talking heads in the MSM that there is no inflation. They obviously don't visit the grocery or gas stations every week like we do.
Our once amazing country now has a bloated and dictatorial government which ignores the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are now a communist country. In the 1963 Congressional record, the current communist goals were read into the record by Congressman A. S. Herlong. There are very few of them which are not completed.
Am I proud to be an American today? I feel the opposite of Michelle Obama, I am now ashamed of my country for twice electing someone considered a Marxist Muslim by true old-right conservatives. I am ashamed of my president bowing to Saudi and Japanese leaders. I am ashamed of the lack of protocol, common decency, and manners by this president. I am ashamed of his return of the bust of Winston Churchill to Great Britain. I am ashamed of Obama's treatment of Israel, our only friend in the middle east. I am ashamed that the world looks at us with scorn and derision.
But it's not just this president, it is more than two dozen presidents prior to the present one, who have nearly all disobeyed their oaths of office and destroyed the freedoms God blessed us with in America. We have not been vigilant. Don't bother writing to me about Ronald Reagan because he followed the elitists' orders just like the rest of them.
Am I proud to be an American today? On Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) when we decorate the graves of those soldiers who fought for our freedoms and our ancestors who have passed on, I weep at what we've lost. I'm ashamed we have let it slip away.
Am I proud to be an American today? On July 4th we no longer place our flag in the holder to wave proudly over our home. Why? Because she has been disgraced by our leaders who have allowed what she stood for to be trampled.
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Am I proud to be an American today? I'm glad I was born in the most wonderful country in the world, but we are about to lose it all. Unless the real Americans take to the streets in droves in every city in America, unless we pray with a fervency we've not prayed with since the Revolutionary War and World Wars, unless we repent for the sins of our country and plead for God's forgiveness and mercy, unless we wake up from our apathy, all is lost.
Am I proud to be an American? Yes, I'm proud of our heritage. Am I proud of what my country has become? With tears, I must say, "No, not today."
© 2013 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.