Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The rest of us...

THIS has to be the most calm, reasonable, evenhanded response to date on the weekend's insanity...something to consider, America.
CR: The United States is under siege by a disgusting and increasingly violent form of tribal politics. The worst of it was witnessed in Charlottesville over the weekend, when violent white supremacists met violent Antifa leftists, and a person was killed.

So where does that leave the rest of us? In a tweetstorm, NRA News Radio Host Cam Edwards tries to answer that question. This is really worth the read:
FYI, I've only omitted a few posts just to focus in on his broader message...
He ends his tweetstorm with a few more that sum up how his tribe doesn't pretend to have all the answers to all our problems, but it is a big tent stocked with plenty of freedoms, so everyone just needs to leave your BS outside. Amen, brother!

Simply brilliant. All I'd add is that 'my tribe' strives towards the greatest commandments: Love God and Love your Neighbor.  

Much LOVE for this fellow American and to all my fellow Americans!

A Prayer for Our Country
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Related links: WTF MSM!? Nazis and Communists are both evil …
Don't remove Houston's Confederate statues. Put them in context.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

200 days in...and we’re not really winning

Make of this what you will. I'm not posting this to argue or make jabs, nor do I suspect that was Erickson's intention (although, I'm sure it will raise the ire of some). I see this as more of an observation on the current state of our nation, our culture, the presidency, his administration and the failure of Republican polity in general...which is why I believe it's worth sharing, heeding and hopefully correcting...
I try to be as supportive as I can, when I can, of the President’s agenda, but I don’t really think he, we, or the nation are winning. “Beat the left” has become the mantra of much of the right, but right now it seems Trump supporters are not really beating, except off — if you’ll excuse the bluntness. The Trump Train has an orgasm every time the President tweets out an attack at someone and wastes vast amounts of emotional energy telling the President his poop does not stink. A vast amount of money is now being spent on cheaply produced television to tell the President’s supporters all is well and reassure the President he is awesome. But the Emperor’s clothes seem mighty see-through these days.

The man told us that only he could clean up Washington and instead it seems Washington is cleaning up on him. Scott Garrett is in line to be the head of the Ex-Im Bank and, if you have not noticed, the crony capitalists in Washington are about to scuttle his nomination because Garrett really would drain that swamp.

The Justice Department has not actually aggressively rolled back the social experimentation of the Obama Administration inside public schools. And as of this morning the Obamacare abortion mandates are still in place.

Meanwhile, the Russians are using American propagandists to try to ruin H.R. McMaster, and Trump supporters have decided McMaster is a bad guy, despite the President himself defending McMaster. It would seem many of the President’s supporters believe Putin more than Trump. In fact, only 30% of Americans say President Trump is someone they admire, and most Americans have concluded they believe nothing coming from the White House. But none of that is very troubling if the President’s base is holding on. Sadly, white voters without a college degree — a core component of the President’s coalition — show only a 39% strong approval rating for the President. He is still being defined as “better than Hillary” instead of as a good President in his own right.

The best Republicans can do is say “but judges,” which though a valid point becomes much less a valid point if the public rejects the President in four years. It seems more likely than not that Supreme Court Justices have decided to wait the man out. In 2021, we could see Ginsberg and Kennedy both bail if a Democrat gets elected, which is very possible given blue collar white voters now starting to distance themselves from the President.

And what of the President’s agenda? There is no Obamacare repeal. The Senate is now talking about a bailout. The President has not drained the swamp. Instead, the swamp is draining and distracting the President’s energies. The wall looks to be in jeopardy. Congress likewise appears on the cusp of rejecting any real meaningful tax reform.

In short, President Trump is playing at daily tactics while his opponents have comprehensive strategies to block him and wait him out. Making matters worse, there are few honest voices who can cut through the propaganda. The President and his supporters do not trust any voices in the media, and the only voices they want to listen to are sycophants who would tell the President the sky is green and grass is blue if they thought it would make him feel better.

President Trump and his team are not making the sort of progress the President promised. He has scored points with the low hanging fruit of regulatory rollbacks and judicial nominations, but then those were easy. The hard stuff and the deeply, long term meaningful stuff have yet to be accomplished.

We are 200 days into the Trump Administration, and his supporters have concluded that being an asshole on twitter is victory in and of itself. But Russia, China, North Korea, and the rest of our geopolitical adversaries see through the bluster and recognize confusion, chaos, and discord. They know we are ripe for the taking because all the President’s yes men have painted a Potemkin Village in the President’s mind and cannot see past the facade to the emptiness of his policies.

Right now, President Trump’s 2016 victory is starting to look more and more pyrrhic, and the real danger comes in 2019 if the GOP is lucky enough to hold on to Congress despite their staggering incompetence. Then the GOP will make the same fatal mistake the Democrats previously made. They’ll view the election as an endorsement of themselves instead of a rejection of the other, making their 2020 strategy completely different from what they will actually need for success.

Republicans have been so busy trying to beat the left, they have ceded the international field to Russia and China and have domestically run out of ideas and policy victories to justify their continued hold on power. But never fear. Today, President Trump will hear that nothing is wrong, all is well, and no one is yet tired of winning. His supporters are so invested in the lie, the truth will eventually be a painful discovery.

Discussing McConnell’s ‘disastrous reign’

'Cause somebody's gotta! Truly, though, what were the members of the Senate Republican Conference thinking when placing this lackluster, unprincipled man in this top post? Better yet, as currently sits constitutionally, what in the world were Kentuckians' thinking by reelecting the man over a more principled conservative?? Whatever the case, by Monday evening, Levin voiced the righteous indignance that the rest of us have felt, not merely over the past several months, but for years...
TheResurgent: Mark Levin did not mince words when it came to Mitch McConnell’s time as the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate.

“We have moved so far backwards since Mitch McConnell has been the Republican leader in the Senate.” He continued, “The fact of the matter is, when history is written, his disastrous reign as the Republican leader — both in the minority and the majority in the United States Senate — will be noted.”

As Erick and others have pointed out before, conservatives must return to aggressive primary challenges against the GOP establishment.

CR: Kicking off the week on "The Mark Levin Show," the fired-up Levin shredded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., illustrating just how far back the Republican Party has digressed in recent years. ...

McConnell’s failures as a leader can be measured by the success of the Democrats under President Obama — a success that continues to this day as Republicans continuously fail in advancing a conservative agenda.

Meanwhile, McConnell continues trashing conservatives.


Folks, we're not even a year into a Republican majority, but already, it's time to return to aggressive primary challenges against the GOP establishment!
TheResurgent: They have promised, for seven years, to repeal Obamacare. Each time they have instead moved the goal posts.

First, if we gave them the House they would do it. So we gave them the House.

Then they needed the Senate. So we gave them the Senate.

Then they needed the White House.

Now they have all three and the new goal post is they need sixty Senators.

But they cannot even get fifty-one Republicans to agree.

The GOP would not have to worry about Lisa Murkowski, except the NRSC and Mitch McConnell backed her independent bid over the Republican in Alaska. The NRSC has engaged in primaries against the very conservatives who would vote to repeal Obamacare.

Mitch McConnell has repeatedly bent over backwards to help moderate and liberal Republicans win re-election and has repeatedly thrown his conservative colleagues under the bus while using the NRSC to try to block the election of other conservatives.

Going as far back as his support for Charlie Crist against Marco Rubio, McConnell and, with him, the NRSC have done everything they could to ensure Obamacare does not actually get repealed.

On the House side as well, moderate Republicans want to play it so safe they’ve decided they will bring nothing up for a vote that might make it awkward for them. They fight against not only conservatives, but against their own Speaker, because they do not want to have to take a position on anything substantively.

We need to ditch Mitch and challenge the moderate Republicans and liars. These people have promised, for seven years, to repeal Obamacare and now they refuse. It is time to find good candidates to oppose them in primaries and now there is a President signaling his willingness to help challenge the establishment. There is no better time to stand up to the status quo.
Short of this is what I've been a proponent of before: a NEW Party, conservative, constitutional, principled. With either, there'll be pains, some more than others, which is why reformation of the existing party would be preferable. But to get there, the contaminants must be removed, the party must purify, because the tent is filthy and dysfunctional in its current disarray.

Related links: Mark Levin raises the fundamental questions of health care reform
Levin Disses Liars Who Voted Against Repeal

ADDENDUM: A MUST SEE follow-up via a free episode of LevinTV!
“Mitch McConnell, this is your life. And quite frankly, much of it is pathetic.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BETRAYAL! Seven RINOs ensconce Big Gov't healthcare FOREVER...

"TODAY, SEVEN REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTED AGAINST REPEALING OBAMACARE, SIX OF WHOM VOTED FOR REPEAL TWO YEARS AGO. TODAY IS THE DAY GOVERNMENT-RUN, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE WAS BORN. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME. AND YOU CAN THANK REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE, HOUSE, AND WHITE HOUSE. HERE COMES RATIONING, LONG WAITING PERIODS, AND MASSIVE RED-TAPE. THE REPUBLICANS LIED THEIR WAY INTO OFFICE IN WHAT IS THE GREATEST HOAX IN MODERN POLITICS!" ~ Mark Levin, 7/26/17
Democrats installed it, Republicans have ensconced it...traitorous LIARS...
CR: Republican senators who voted to block an Obamacare repeal are “hypocrites” and “liars” who ought to be defeated at the ballot box “at all costs,” Mark Levin said during his national radio show.

The Wednesday evening segment came just hours after a “clean repeal” of Obamacare – promoted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. – was killed in the Senate by a small cadre of seven GOP lawmakers.

Of those, Levin went on to point out, all but Sen. Susan Collins voted for the same bill when it was expected to be vetoed by then-President Obama, but would not do so with a Republican president in the White House.

“The vote today demonstrates that the Republican Party is the party of a progressive movement,” Levin said of the outcome, and that the party of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge is gone.



“This is the day that private health care was killed [in America] and government-run, centralized health care was born,” the Conservative Review editor-in-chief said.
Related links: 7 Year Obamacare Repeal Promise BROKEN by Senate
Obamacare Repeal-Only Fails In The Senate, Seven Republicans Vote “No”
6 of the 7 Republicans Who Sunk the Latest GOP Health Care Bill Voted for It Under Obama

Remember their names and faces. I've added years in 'service' (used extremely loosely) to point out how I wished I could say "same ol' lot." And we can to a point; however, a few of these scoundrels have been imported in recent years! What's they say towards party principle? Or towards party voters?!
CR: After the urging of Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., the United States Senate voted Wednesday on the 2015 clean Obamacare repeal bill previously passed by Congress.

In 2015, every Republican senator voted for this bill to repeal Obamacare with budget reconciliation, which was sent to President Obama’s desk for a veto. In 2017, voting on the same bill, some did not.

Here are the senators who changed their positions, breaking their promise to repeal Obamacare.

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (since 2003)

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine (since 1997)

Senator Dean Heller R-Nev. (since 2011)

Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. (since 1987)

Senator Shelley Moore-Capito, R-W.Va. (since 2015)

Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (since 2002)

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio (since 2011)

These are the Republicans who, given the chance to vote for a clean repeal of Obamacare like they promised, betrayed the American people. Every one of them except for Senator Collins were in the Senate in 2015 and voted for the same bill they voted against today.

They are hypocrites. They are liars. Conservatives will not forget.
I think it's worth repeating Levin's point, particularly towards these miscreants: THE REPUBLICANS LIED THEIR WAY INTO OFFICE IN WHAT IS THE GREATEST HOAX IN MODERN POLITICS! Though, this is also a failure in leadership...in Congress, in the White House, in a party without Principle.

Related links: Senate rejects Obamacare 'repeal only' proposal; 7 Republicans vote against measure
Republicans who voted against ObamaCare 'straight repeal'
Health care debate: Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

But for these Republican squishes...

Now that Republican's latest phony health care reform bill has failed, there's FINALLY a call for a straight REPEAL (yeah, pretty much the same that was already passed in both houses of Congress and vetoed under Obama). This should be a piece of cake...but for these Republican squishes...





Related links: Fourth Republican speaks out against Senate health care bill; revival unlikely
Mike Lee: I simply REFUSE to accept the suggestion that the votes wouldn’t be there to repeal Obamacare


Yes, there's more than a few Trump factors to consider throughout this process...sorry, but it's true...



‘We’re NOT gonna OWN it’ – Trump says he’s going to let Obamacare FAIL

So if Obamacare is allowed to become entrenched under Republicans, we know that ALL the characters pictured are to blame at this vital moment...




They've all known that repealing this monstrosity was the first step towards better solutions for health care. They just haven't wanted to relinquish control back into the hands of Americans, because too many find themselves too much like their counterparts on Capitol Hill. And finally now that they've exhausted their inoperable control schemes, they're being forced top-down to send the repeal-only order back through Congress. This should be no problem to achieve...but for these Republican squishes who never wanted Obamacare's Planned Parenthood & Medicare subsidies, nor Medicaid expansion, to go away, namely Murkowski, Collins and Capito. But neither McConnell (or Ryan for that matter) nor Trump have led in this effort to dismantle the socialistic primer of Obamacare and return health care to free market solutions. You can't just fix Obamacare, and you certainly can't just let it fail on its own b/c that's precisely what it was designed to do: fail & take out the private market (across the entire industry, insurance and care) with it, thus presenting the government with the opportunity to 'save the day' with an even more socialist single payer system!

It disgusts me to witness how after an overwhelming rejection of the Democratic Party, we're still at the will of leadership that refuses to listen to the Will of the People in the preservation and protection of our inalienable, natural rights.

ADDENDUM: If leadership doesn't turtle out, we might just get this betrayal on record...

If only we had leaders who'd harken back to our Founders' founders...

"Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government." ~ Milton Friedman
And even a correction of mismanagement seems to be grossly lacking these days! From furthering the mismanagement of Americans' health care to a continuous hollowing out of our military via social experimentation (and everything in between), what was rammed through a ruinous Democratic-led Congress has now rolled over to the current crop of apathetic congressional Republicans, most of whom unfortunately seem to care more about racking up another victory rather than doing the right thing in far too many instances.

Just for a moment, though, imagine if we had statesmen on Capitol Hill of THIS caliber (hat tip, Mark Levin)...

...like Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), who explains justice (truth & virtue) as intrinsic to the state of nature:
"If the principles of Justice were founded on the decrees of peoples, the edicts of princes, or the decisions of judges, then Justice would sanction robbery and adultery and forgery of wills, in case these acts were approved by the votes or decrees of the populace. But if so great a power belongs to the decisions and decrees of fools that the laws of Nature can be changed by their votes, then why do they not ordain that what is bad and baneful shall be considered good and salutary? Or, if a law can make Justice out of Injustice, can it not also make good out of bad? But in fact we can perceive the difference between good laws and bad by referring them to no other standard than Nature: indeed, it is not merely Justice and Injustice which are distinguished by Nature, but also and without exception things which are honorable and dishonorable. For since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions are matters of opinion, and not fixed by Nature."
And further argues that the source of justice, truth, virtue, etc. (morality) is natural law, permanent and supreme, unalterable by man or his institutions:
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions... It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in teh future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and at all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment."
...or how about Edmund Burke (1729-1797), who emphasizes another fundamental characteristic of the civil society - valuing human experience, tradition and custom. While supportive of the American Revolution, Burke was repulsed by the French Revolution of which he observed as led by elites and anarchists who had as their purpose not redress against tyrannical rule, but rather the utter destruction of society, traditions and customs:
"There is a manifest, marked distinction, which ill men with ill designs, or weak men incapable of any design, will constantly be confounding - that is, a marked distinction between change and reformation. The former alters the substance of the objects themselves, and gets rid of all their essential good as well as of all the accidental evil annexed to them. Change is novelty; and whether it is to operate any one of the effects of reformation at all, or whether it may not contradict the very principle upon which reformation is desired, cannot be known beforehand. Reform is not change in substance of in the primary modification of the object, but a direct application of a remedy to the grievance complained of. So far as that is removed, all is sure. It stops there; and if it fails, the substance which underwent the operation, at the very worst, is but where it was."

"By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often, and as much, and in as many ways, as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain of continuity of the commonwealth would be broken. No one generation could link with the other. Men would become little better than the flies of a summer."
Related link: The Heritage of Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism

Wow. Refreshing, huh? If only the current guys would listen to not only our Founders, but also to those who inspired them!

Put another way in more modern, simplistic terms, imagine if these guys...


...were repealed & replaced with more of the guys who do harken back to our Founders' founders...


Related link: Senator Mike Lee: Why I Am Voting No on BCRA 2.0

Then we might truly be able to right the ship once and for all. But elections have consequences, so as long as we keep reelecting the squishy, professional politicians we've got, they're gonna continue to give us what we're getting, which thus far is nowhere near enough towards the plight of advancing liberty.

Monday, July 17, 2017

TRUTH BOMB: Levin demolishes the GOP’s ‘Made in America’ hypocrisy

"It's not about a victory; it's about doing the right thing!"
Levin posed a very timely question for the President and the Republican Party on Monday evening's program; one many of us would like to know...
CR: Mark Levin came out firing Monday night blasting President Trump and the GOP Congress for their embrace of a European socialist health care system.

“You believe in ‘Made in America?’” said Levin. “Then why are you adopting a European-style health care system?”

“What is this made in America stuff when they are destroying our health care system?”
Now that’s a truth bomb!
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, while President Trump is making this week, “Made in America Week, ” does he and the Republican Party really believe in it? Why adopt a European style socialized healthcare system? That system means rationing and lines. If we really believe in “Made in America” we will adopt a healthcare system that will help our coal workers, steel workers and all Americans. Made in America is about liberty and individualism and that we are mature enough to decide what kind of healthcare we want. In addition, what the Republicans are proposing is not going to reduce deductibles or the cost of care. This bill is a loser and should not be voted for. It is ironic when it comes to the massive healthcare industry, that the entire debate on healthcare is a progressive debate. There is no Americanism in this debate and nothing about free markets, private property or choice. Also, moderate Republicans have already extracted payoffs from Mitch McConnell for support of the
Republican healthcare bill. If Republican senators are serious in maintaining a majority they shouldn’t do stupid things like going behind our backs and making these deals. After that, while GOP leadership promotes healthcare, not a finger is lifted in support of the military. Can we have a bill that doesn’t turn our military into a social engineering project? Finally, the media focus on Trump and Russia, yet there are no discussions with Hillary about the Clinton Foundation’s contacts with the Russians. How come Republicans will not inquire or look into this? The weakness they show is unprecedented. Finally, Mike Lee calls in to say that he and Jerry Moran are not going to be voting in the Senate for a motion to proceed with the Republican healthcare bill. America wants more repeal.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dagen NAILS it: Not donkeys and elephants...just a bunch of HOGS!

Chris Salcedo made mention of this Monday morning, and it pretty much sums up my thoughts as well. In discussing the Senate Republican's royal screw-up with Obamacare repeal and overall healthcare freedom, Dagen McDowell NAILS it!
Salcedo: "I think that Mitch McConnell, the agenda all along, was to work with Democrats, even though these same Democrats were the ones who forced Obamacare down our throats without any consultation with the Republicans. None. Zero. Not one Republican vote. Not one adopted Republican amendment, or anything that was meaningful that changed the law and would have made it work for Americans and kept government out. I think I'm with Dagen McDowell of FoxBusiness network who said this:
McDowell: "I look at particularly a lot of these centrist Republicans on this issue, and there aren't donkeys and elephants, there aren't Democrats and Republicans. They're all just a bunch of HOGS eatin' at the trough."
EXACTLY! All the centrist holding repeal up, who think they can administer Big Government better, that's all they're in it for, that's all they've ever been in it for. Another election, another campaign lie, paycheck secured, more power.

This is why we needed constitutionalists elected throughout Congress, and in the White House, who would limit the scope of government, not expand it. This also further reinforces why we must employ Article V to obtain redress.

Related links: Conservatives worry Cruz-Lee amendment won't be in the GOP healthcare bill
Republican Senators Say Health Bill is Dead

(Btw, hat tip for that brilliant satire that follows via @RealJamesWoods, HA!)

Friday, July 7, 2017

This week beyond the memes...

While the phony media clowns have been distracted (and distracting) with hilarious memes and tweets throughout the week...

Related links: CNN may have just committed a CRIME
Reddit Furious With CNN For Going After Reddit User Over Trump Wrestling Meme
CNN Slides To #13 In Cable Rankings


...here's everything else that's been going on post-Independence Day...

Sen. Cruz's healthcare amendment is gaining momentum as it heads to the CBO...








Related links: Ted Cruz ‘Consumer Choice’ Amendment Could Save Senate Healthcare Bill
GOP progressive purists to Cruz: ANY repeal is too much repeal
‘We’ve been talking about it FOR SEVEN YEARS!’ – Chaffetz bashes GOP on health care
Ted Cruz’ health care amendment is a ‘good thing: Rep. Jim Jordan


The President gave a rousing speech in Poland ahead of the G20 Summit (will mention more about the latter in just a moment)...
Related links: FAKE NEWS: Media falsely claims Trump was SNUBBED by Polish First Lady, calls it a “PUBLIC REBUKE”
CNN’s Acosta Calls Trump’s Press Conference In Poland “Fake News”…

As well as a few other interesting headlines throughout this patriotic week (including a few that I'm certain the MSM boneheads would rather you be distract from knowing)...
Oh, and this most recently happened...
Meanwhile outside...


Related links: De Blasio Begins All-Expense-Paid Trip To G20 Protests
Mayor De Blasio abandons NYC after cop murdered to go protest G20; Melania trapped in Hotel by G20 protesters

Our crazy world...meme obsessions included. But there is some progress, despite the media distractions. Just thought you should know.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day! Let's discuss the meaning of our Declaration with Levin as our guide...

Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Now let's delve into what that truly means, what it's always meant, with none other than the Great One...
CR: [Today] is American Independence Day. But what does the Declaration of Independence mean? Why are its words relevant for us today? What are the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God? Why do they matter?

These questions are fundamental to Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin’s new book, “Rediscovering Americanism,” and he explored them Monday evening on his radio program.



CR: Independence Day is once again upon us, which means that we once again enjoy the whirs and bursts of firecrackers, the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of meat cooked by comically apron-clad figures on smoky backyard grills, and some time set aside from the usual toil to reflect upon the birth of our republic all those years ago.

We know that our form of self-government was born from more than just the blood shed and gunpowder expended over the long course of our revolution. It was also a product of philosophy, of men driven by timeless ideals.

But what were those ideals, where do they come from, and what implications do they have for us today?

All sides of our political debates – either sincerely or obnoxiously – make some sort of claim to the lineage of those “inalienable rights” alluded to in our Declaration of Independence, signed on this day in 1776.

But whose ideals most closely and most honestly match those of our founders?

In short, what is Americanism? And what does it mean today?

In his recently released book, “Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism,” Mark Levin, Conservative Review editor-in-chief and host of CRTV’s LevinTV, explores America’s philosophical history, beginning with the founding.

The book’s first chapter, “Americanism,” begins on a July 4, but not the one of 1776. Rather, Levin’s first peek into Americanism begins with Jefferson’s famous letter explaining why he could not attend the 50th anniversary of our republic’s birth, set for the day on which, as it turned out, both he and fellow founder and former president John Adams would die.

“[F]or ourselves,” the dying Virginian wrote, “let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” Keeping with Jefferson’s wish to “refresh” that recollection, Levin then peers back at the decades and centuries of thought and belief that would eventually find their way to Philadelphia at the outset of America’s independence.

What Levin details is a tradition steeped in a reverent understanding of the natural law, that inescapable set of dictates written on the soul of every human being. It’s the natural law that respects the dignity of the human person and sees liberty as a precondition of his flourishing.

More importantly, it is a law higher than the dictates of any king or despot, and the founders sought to craft a government in accordance with it by setting strict, intentional limits on the power of that government.

In its subsequent chapters, the book delves into the litany of other philosophies imported from Europe, all different forms of state-driven progress, each in its own way wholly incompatible with the ideals of the founding and each contributing to the “tyranny” named in the title.

But to answer the question of what “Americanism” is, as Levin describes it, is to draw on a history of thought that begins thousands of years before the proverbial “shot heard ’round the world” was fired or even loaded into its musket. It is a way of thinking – and a way of governing – that balances rights with duties, using the natural law as its scale and the freedom of the individual and the health of civil society as its barometers.

And in order to find it, one must begin in Philadelphia, with the Declaration, and look back to its true roots. In order to appreciate and preserve it, one must identify the pretenders’ theories that have sought to undermine it, Levin explains, and remove their tyrannical influence from the equation.
Related links: How the Left opposes the philosophy of American independence
Sovereignty, the crowning achievement of July 4, lies in ruins

ADDENDUM: Daniel Horowitz also reminds us of an equally important aspect of liberty: Keeping God as supreme is the only way to keep self-governance alive!
Yes, it all gets back to God … because it all began with God. The Declaration didn’t merely mention God. It identified God as the source of the most foundational rights. It is to protect these rights that we created a government. That government must be ordained by consent of the people. Without God, people cannot be free, because, by definition, they will be governed by the capricious whims of a man-made authority.