Greetings from the West Texas Association Of Jingoistic Vast Right Wing Conspirators.
The actual quote regarding safety and liberty made by Benjamin Franklin is:
“Those who would give up essential liberty in order to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither LIBERTY NOR SAFETY.”
I have read several accounts of people’s ideas regarding Franklin’s meaning of this statement. Of course in our present world where people are concerned about the NSA monitoring their cell phone and hard line phone calls, many people use some form of this quote to apply it to more government intrusion into our personal lives. I have always sort of wondered if this was the true meaning of Franklin’s statement which is often misquoted. Now while I believe that Benjamin Franklin was probably one of the smartest people EVER/ANYWHERE, I doubt that even he could imagine the electronic communications that it seems everyone…. or at least almost everyone… enjoys today.
It also strikes me as a bit unusual that our self centered, narcissistic, selfish society made up to a large degree of people taking “selfies” and posting them for the world to see on Facebook or YouTube or some similar outlet seem to be the ones who are screaming the loudest about some government security agency delving into their electronically controlled lives. Actually this quote which was made in 1755 which was not only prior to the Constitution of the United States, it was prior to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. So it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for Franklin to have been referencing the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution.
From several articles I read, Franklin had reference to some tension between government power and individual liberty. He was describing, rather, effective self-government in the service of security as their very liberty it would be contemptible to trade. The entire question had reference to the Pennsylvania Governor’s accusing the Pennsylvania Assembly’s stalling on appropriating funds for frontier defense (during the French and Indian Wars) by insisting on including the Penn lands in its taxes. The Pennsylvania Assembly believed they had the right to tax the lands owned by the Penn family and the Governor was evidently siding with the Penns who did not believe their land should be taxed.
However, Ben Franklin’s often misquoted statement about trading Essential Liberty for Temporary Safety can pretty well be applied to today’s massive government interference into individual privacy. Since we do NOW have a United States Constitution which prohibits ” UNREASONABLE” intrusion into individual privacy, I would think that the American people should indeed have The right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES .
However, our Senate and Congress during the George W. Bush administration appears to have allowed their fears for security overshadow the right to the essential liberty of the American people.
AND, just to give you a bit of an idea of just how SECURE and SAFE the public is, here are a few statistics from just ONE of our governmental bureaus, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. Sounds good doesn’t it? Just in one area, Illegal Immigration into our country, here are a few statistics which I got from a Congressional hearing:
During a THREE YEAR PERIOD ending in 2015, some 86,000+ CONVICTED ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS were released back into American Society instead of being DEPORTED, as is called for by the law. These good people were responsible for 231,000 crimes with 196 of them being Murder or some other type of Homicide.
Perhaps it is just me, but it appears that while our federal government is becoming more and more intrusive in our lives, our ESSENTIAL LIBERTIES as well as OUR INDIVIDUAL SAFETY have both fallen prey to a government under the control of two major political parties, who are becoming more alike than they are different, and both our ESSENTIAL LIBERTY and INDIVIDUAL SAFETY are at risk of disappearing.
We now have a Supreme Court who have at minimum Four Justices who subscribe to the theory that foreign laws should be taken into consideration when making a ruling on a case brought before the Court. In other words, regardless of what they claim, they are LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH which is not their purpose.
With this in mind, just remember that we have recently lost our most Constitutionally driven Justice and we have a Chief Justice who waffles with the best of them. The next President of the United States will more than likely appoint at least 2 or 3 Supreme Court Justices. These are LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS and we cannot afford to have another Kagan or Sotomayor or Ginsburg.
Since I am a big fan of Texas and Western History, for many years I have been reading books written by Captain John Gregory Bourke. One of his absolute best works was “On The Border With Crook”. The majority dealt with the War with the Apaches but it also covered some of the campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne in Montana. He was assigned to the staff of General George Crook. He also wrote books entitled “An Apache Campaign In The Sierra Madres” and “General Crook In Indian Country” which like his other writings not only described the day to day lives of the men of the United States Cavalry but quite a bit about the customs and day to day lives of the various American Indian tribes.
John Bourke kept a diary of his life in the U.S. Military and according to Viennese psychiatrist Sigmund Freud;
“He was recognized in his own time for his ethnological writings on various indigenous peoples of the North American Southwest, particularly Apachean groups.”
A language scholar from the age of eight (Latin, Greek and Gaelic), he also added the Apache language to his list. I have known in my lifetime only ONE Caucasian person who spoke the Apache language and it didn’t resemble any other language I have ever heard. This man was from Sweden and lived in Southeastern Arizona ever since I was a young kid. I purchased my very first copy of “On The Border With Crook” from him when I was about 11 years old.
Captain John Gregory Bourke was awarded the Medal of Honor for “Gallantry In Action) at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee, in December, 1862. Since he was born June 23, 1846, that would have made him 16 years of age. He had lied about his age. He told them he was 19 when he joined the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers. After the Civil War, John Gregory Bourke received and appointment to West Point after the Civil War.
Captain John Gregory Bourke served in the United states Army from 1862 to 1896. He died on June 8th 1896. If you like history, particularly post Civil War history regarding the campaigns against the plains and Southwestern tribes, you had better latch onto some of John Gregory Bourke’s writings. It is hard to put one down. Captain John Gregory Bourke is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill, Marshall Newman -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters, Suzie Dove – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI
GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military
John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.
“Our cities are filling up with tallow faced children; tallow faced children will grow up to be tallow faced Congressmen; tallow faced Congressmen make tallow faced laws and thus a tallow faced country.”……..CAPTAIN JOHN GREGORY BOURKE… Apparently Captain Bourke was able to see well into the 21st century.
“Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in ‘public service’ than working in business or other selfish activities.”….. THOMAS SOWELL
“The second theme of many Commencement speakers, besides flattering themselves that they are in morally superior careers, is to flatter the graduates that they are now equipped to go out into the world as ‘leaders’ who can prescribe how other people should live.”… THOMAS SOWELL
“Don’t hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.”… THEODORE ROOSEVELT
“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of 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
Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH, Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald
MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Planned Parenthood, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri, Sean Hannity FOX News
I am sure that by now, almost all of us have heard that Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found NOT GUILTY of all charges brought against him in the death of Freddie Gray, which sparked the Baltimore riots which were aided by not only the Baltimore Mayor but by the Baltimore Police Administration and the County Prosecutor’s Office. Right after all of the charges were announced, I watched a number of prominent defense attorneys make statements that it did not appear to them as if the State of Maryland had enough evidence to bring criminal charges against any of the Officers who were charged.
ALSO, I did not realize it until this latest verdict was announced, that the District Judge who heard this case was a black Judge. Let’s see now. Freddie Gray was black; several of the Officers are black; The Baltimore Mayor is black; damn near all if not all of the rioters were black; the Prosecutor is black; and this last defendant was white. Obviously the Judge is a racist. Either that or it is George Bush’s fault that the white Police Officer was acquitted. The only other thing I can think of is Manmade Global Warming.
This past couple of weeks, I have had some plumbing problems at my house. I first discovered this after normal business hours last Thursday. So I called one company who advertised 24 hour service. Of course after normal business hours the hourly rate was double. I believe the normal rate is something like $80 per hour so I was prepared to pay the $160 per hour fee as I viewed this as an emergency. The young man came out and spent well over an hour and found what we both thought to be the main problem. So he came back the following morning and stayed about another hour or so making the necessary repair. I wrote him a check and noticed that he only charged me the regular rates and not the overtime rate. I was very pleased and thanked him and told him I would recommend him to others which I have done.
Then a couple of days ago, I noticed I was still getting water leaking from my shower into a closet. So I called the same company and made an appointment and was pretty sure that this trip would involve going into the walls for some major repair. The same young man came back and checked a couple of things and then checked the connection at my shower head. He found a small crack inside the neck of the pipe which could not be seen without removing the shower head. He said that he had a piece in his truck for replacement and he did so spending about a half hour but of course normally the companies charge a one hour minimum. When he got ready to leave, I asked him what I owed and to my surprise he said, “no charge, I should have caught it on my first trip.” I was shocked and thanked him profusely and promised him for sure that I would pass his name on to friends. The point of my story is that while many things are wrong with how things are going in lots of areas, there are still some really good people who are willing to do things out of kindness. I was totally prepared to pay the additional charges but this young man didn’t see fit to make it financially any more difficult than was necessary. I will also try to pass his kindness on to others when I can be of help.
ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE
** You may have noticed that all politicians have been removed from the Good Guy List. Sheriff David Clarke is the only exception.
SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK