"Man isn't free unless GOVERNMENT IS LIMITED." -Ronald Reagan
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it's because we destroyed ourselves." -Abraham Lincoln
I hear this statement all the time and I completely agree that freedom isn't free. The lives that have been lost in the pursuit of freedom in this country are astounding. 25,700 American lives lost in the revolutionary war against Britain for our freedom from tyranny. 360,000 Union fighters were killed making sure we were MEN of our word and that all people were created equal and have unalienable rights. Total, 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War. All in all, nearly 2 million Americans have died in wars. They've defended our constitution and the rights of all people around the world. We've sent them into battle defending our rights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's why this issue is so close to my heart.
Our freedoms have literally come under attack in the last two administrations, Bush and Obama, more than any other time in our history. Case in point, every President combined has issued a total of 56 EXECUTIVE ORDERS. President Bush issued 62 and President Obama has issued 138 EXECUTIVE ORDERS. Need more examples? Lets take the Bill of Rights that are under attack one by one:
#1 FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND RIGHT TO PETITION
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
EU TIMES REPORT
“Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.”
“knowingly entering a restricted area that is under the jurisdiction of Secret Service protection can garner an arrest"
“The Secret Service serves as the police that protects not just current and former American presidents, but are also dispatched to monitor special events of national significance, a category with a broad cast of qualifiers. In the past, sporting events, state funerals, inaugural addresses and NATO and G-8 Summits have been designated as such by the US Department of Homeland Security, the division that decides when and where the Secret Service are needed outside of their normal coverage.”
HUFF POST: CURB FREE SPEECH
“The developing world nations are essentially telling the West: Curb free speech that inflicts wounds based on race or religion. But the West is far from uniform on how to balance free speech rights it considers sacrosanct with efforts to tackle the spread of racial, ethnic or religious hatred.”
“The non-binding resolution from South Africa – on behalf of the Africa Group – as well as Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, follows calls by the Arab League for the international community to criminalize blasphemy.”
“ In the United States, today a land of no-holds-barred talk radio, the Constitution's First Amendment says Congress "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." But in an unanimous opinion on the government's ability to regulate speech during the World War I draft, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. argued that Congress can bar use of words in some circumstances that "are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger" – such as "a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic."
NBC: PASTOR GETS 2 YEARS FOR PREACHING DISCIPLINE
“A Black Earth pastor convicted of conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children has been sentenced to two years in prison.”
“He was also ordered Friday not to have contact with the church and have no leadership role in any church.”
“The Dane County jury took about two hours to find 54-year-old Philip Caminiti guilty of eight counts Wednesday.”
"What I'm trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced. But part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there's an awful lot of violence and they're not using AK-47s. They're using cheap handguns."
UN GUN CONTROL TREATY
“Last time I checked, Americans were responsible for making our own laws. We do not invite foreign nations to have a say in how we govern ourselves within our own borders. Yet if you follow what's been going on with the United Nations this year, you know that the USA came perilously close to having other countries dictate our gun laws. And the fight isn't over yet.”
"The focus of the treaty would be a demand that governments regulate the sale and possession of firearms worldwide -- all of them, including yours and mine.”
“The debate reached a fever pitch during a month-long marathon negotiation session in July. The goal was to disgorge a treaty in time for the Obama administration to sign it before Election Day. The draft treaty was odious on its face. Among other things, it would have required the United States to "maintain records of all imports and shipments of arms," register the identity of the "end user" of those firearms and then report the user's information to a U.N.-based gun registry. In several drafts, the treaty would have mandated that every round of ammunition be tracked globally.”
IF THEY CAN'T GET OUR GUNS, THEN WHY NOT GET THE AMMO FOR THE GUNS?
SUPREME COURT SHREDS 4TH AMENDMENT
"The Supreme Court has traditionally concluded that “searches and seizures inside a home without a warrant are presumptively unreasonable.” The only exception to this rule is when police are dealing with “exigent circumstances”
“What is an exigent circumstance? Risk of death of serious bodily injury qualifies as exigent. The likely escape of a criminal suspect makes the grade. Finally, police officers can smash open your door if they have reason to believe that evidence is being destroyed.”
"Holder acknowledged in that speech that the "due process" the administration has employed does not involve an independent review by the courts."
“President Obama: "It has to be a target that is authorized by our laws. It has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative. It has to be a situation in which we can’t capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States. And this is an example of where I think there’s been some misreporting. Our preference is always to capture, if we can, because we can gather intelligence. But a lot of the terrorist networks that target the United States, the most dangerous ones, operate in very remote regions, and it’s very difficult to capture them. And we’ve got to make sure that, in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties."
“With Congress enacting a law giving the go-ahead for the use of drones in U.S. airspace last February, the drone industry is now poised to deploy the technology to monitor everything.”