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Ferris Beuller’s Day Off – Tea Party Wisdom

REPOST from previous year but still just as important:

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In honor of the anniversary of the opening of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, I’d like to present Cameron Frye’s words of wisdom for America today…

“I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”

After more than two centuries of this great American experiment, we find ourselves facing immense obstacles; most of which are of our own making.  We have watered-down, reinterpreted, or flat-out abandoned many of the principles that this nation was founded upon.  We have made a wreck our founding fathers pride and joy.  But unlike the infamous 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, this nation is not dead.  She lies wounded at our feet in need of our ultimate efforts.  Sit idly by no longer.  Take a stand.  Defend it.

(Note – No actual Ferraris were injured in the making of this film)

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American – January 3, 1919

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul[sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

This quote made the rounds as an e-mail a while back and I hadn’t gotten around to sharing it.  Well, I finally got around to researching it and just needed to correct a couple minor mistakes so that it be taken in the proper context.  First, the quote is NOT from a 1907 speech made by Roosevelt while still in office.  The text actually comes from a letter he wrote in 1919 just days before his death.  I also restored a couple lines that had been edited out.  If you would like to see the original document from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, it can be viewed here.

During my research on this I found some other quotes by Teddy Roosevelton along similar lines.  Here are a couple.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it.  Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back.  He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here.  He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards.  the employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself.  If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying.  We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join us in raising the level of our common American citizenship.”

Excerpted from a speach by former President Roosevelt from The New York Times of February 2, 1916.

“I appeal to all our citizens no matter what land their forefathers came from, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intrigues and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin…  The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.  If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandanavian-Americans, and every such banding together, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.”

Memorial Day speech by former President Roosevelt from The Washington Post of June 1, 1916.

Now, I am not a big fan of either Roosevelt.  But Teddy, despite being the first progressive president, was still able to recognize the exceptional nature of America and that it needed to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Celebrate World Vegan Day

Back in 1944 November 1st was established as World Vegan Day.  Anyone want to go get a burger?  I guess it gives the social justice, politically correct, crybully crowd another reason to wag their fingers at us.

And here’s a little bonus…

Presidential Trivia – William Howard Taft

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and later 10th Chief Justice of the United States

  • Born September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Died March 8, 1930 (aged 72)in Washington, D.C.
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Childhood and school activities:  church; baseball; Linonian Society for literary study and debating; member of Beta chapter of the Psi Upsilon fraternity; legacy member of Skull and Bones secret society co-founded by his father; Yale’s intramural heavyweight wrestling champion
  • Education:  Graduated from Yale College (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
  • Military Service:  42nd United States Secretary of War, February 1, 1904 – June 30, 1908
  • Civilian profession: Lawyer, Jurist
  • Married to Helen Louise Herron “Nellie” Taft (June 2, 1861 – May 22, 1943) on June 19, 1886, at the home of the bride’s parents in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Children: Robert Alphonso Taft, Helen Herron Taft Manning, Charles Phelps Taft II
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
  • Only President to become a Chief Justice of the United States.  as Chief Justice, was the only President to swear into office another President (Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and Herbert Hoover in 1929).
  • Hand picked by President Theodore Roosevelt as his successor.  Taft easily won election against William Jennings Bryan.
  • Appointed in 1900 by President William McKinley as chairman of commission to organize civilian government in the Philippines. U.S. been ceded the islands by Spain following the Spanish–American War and the 1898 Treaty of Paris. Taft told McKinley his real ambition was to become a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States but that he would reluctantly accept the appointment.
  • Taft served as Governor-General of the Philippines from July 4, 1901 – December 23, 1903.  In 1902, he negotiated purchase of church-owned lands in the Philippines from Pope Leo XIII and the subsequent sale of those lands to the Philippine people.
  • Though elected as a Republican, Roosevelt had understood that Taft was a progressive at heart and would continue and expand on many of his policies.
  • Taft began an initiative of “Dollar Diplomacy” – send money and exert financial pressure rather than expending bullets and sending soldiers.  This was especially prevalent in relations with Central and South American countries.
  • Taft publicly endorsed Booker T. Washington’s program to uplift African-Americans.  However, he encouraged them to focus on education and entrepreneurship while avoiding participating in current politics.
  • Taft supported income taxes for corporations and individuals.  The 16th Amendment to the Constitution (allowing income taxes) passed during his administration.
  • New Mexico and Arizona were admitted to the Union while he was President.
  • As First Lady, Mrs. Taft joined with the wife of the Japanese ambassador to have 3020 Japanese cherry trees planted around Washington, D.C.
  • President Taft was the last to keep a cow at the White house; it was there to supply fresh milk.  He was the first to own an automobile.
  • In 1910, Taft became the first President to throw the first ball of a baseball season (Senators vs. Athletics 3-0).  The ball was thrown from the stands to the pitcher rather than the current mound-to-catcher method.  He is also (inaccurately) credited with beginning the tradition of the seventh-inning stretch.
  • Taft weighed 330 pounds and stood 6’2″ when he became President.  Shortly after taking office he found himself stuck in the standard-sized tub in the White House.  It took six attendants to extricate him.  A custom tub big enough for four was quickly installed.
  • As Chief Justice, Taft successfully argued that the Supreme Court needed its own building so as to distance itself from the other branches of government.  Until then the Court met in the Capitol, even in the basement.
  • William Howard Taft was the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  His wife is interred there with him.
  • Hobbies:  golf (first President to actively participate in the sport while in office)
  • Famous quotes:

“The world is not going to be saved by legislation.”

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

“Politics makes me sick.”

William Howard Taft presidential portrait

Lost and Found – September 8th Edition

What to remember about September 8th…

    • 1565  St. Augustine, Florida founded; Spaniards arrive with the 1st African slaves in North America
    • 1900  Devastating hurricane destroys Galveston, Texas; more than 6000 people die
    • 1915  German Zeppelin successfully bombs London; 22 killed in the massive fire that develops
    • 1943  General Eisenhower announces that Italy has surrendered to the lies
    • 1966  1st episode of Star Trek airs on national television
    • 1974  President Ford pardons his predecessor, President Nixon
    • 2003  Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) begins suing individuals that share copyrighted music files online
    • 2004  CBS News releases forged documents that claim to show President George Bush’s military record is tainted

Labor Day Lies

Labor Day marks the end of lots of things – summer is over, no more backyard barbeques, swimming pools close, and you have to put away your white shoes.  What the holiday also marks is a declining free market and fair labor practices in America.

“Labor Day is an occasion upon which highly paid union men have the day off to do some shopping at retail stores staffed almost exclusively by non-union workers (if you’re in retail, you’re working on Labor Day), to have cookouts in backyards maintained by non-union (and often illegal) workers, and to otherwise enjoy the delectable fruits of hypocrisy.”, Red Monday

Why we have this love affair with a Canadian-born, crypto-Communist holiday that would more appropriately be held on May 1st is beyond me.  Everyone likes a day off, but why should we honor union bosses that have betrayed their members by being bought off in Obama’s race for socialized medicine.  Why do we perpetuate the myth that Democrats care about the welfare of the American people when their agenda is all about maintaining control by buying off constituencies or enslaving them to the welfare plantation?  You mean to tell me that refusing black children vouchers that allow them to escape failed government schools and have a hope of a better life celebrates the spirit of hope and opportunity that this nation was founded on?

Bull!

Forget celebrating big labor and their union thugs.  Forget about celebrating the “failed everywhere it’s been tried” socialist ideas and programs of the Democrats.  Forget the politics of racial division and identity.

Instead, let’s celebrate freedom.  Let’s celebrate the courage of the American entrepreneur.  Let’s take a day and celebrate the hope of a better life for everyone through equal opportunity, equal access, and equal freedom.

For more on the history of Labor Day, what it celebrates, and it fails to represent the ideals and aspirations of a freedom loving American people, check out “Red Monday” By Kevin D. Williamson at National Review Online.

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Picture credit to Tom Burns, illustrator / graphic designer.

Presidential Trivia – Lyndon Baines Johnson

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States

  • Born: August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas
  • Died: January 22, 1973 of a heart attack; he died on a plane flying to a San Antonio hospital from the same LBJ family ranch he was born on
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Childhood and school activities:  baseball, public speaking
  • Education:  Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1930, edited the college newspaper
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1941-1942, final rank Lieutenant Commander, awarded the Silver Star
  • Civilian profession: Teacher, Congressional aide, politician
  • Married to Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) on November 17, 1934, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas
  • The ring that LBJ gave Mrs. Johnson on their wedding day was bought at Sears for $2.50
  • Children: daughters Lynda and Luci
  • Political Party – Democrat
  • Term of office:  November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
  • Became Vice-President to President John F. Kennedy in a compromise to win southern “Dixie-crats” despite the acrimony with all the Kennedy family
  • As Vice-President, Kennedy kept LBJ busy making him head of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities and as Chairman of the National Aeronautics Space Council
  • Sworn in as President aboard Air Force One in Dallas, Texas just 2 hours after the assassination of President Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson taking oath of office November 1963

  • President Johnson was the only President to take Oath of Office on an airplane (Air Force One)
  • He was the only President to be administered the oath by a woman (Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes)
  • He was the only President to take the oath with a woman serving as his witness (Jacqueline Kennedy).
  • Johnson steadily escalated U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 when he first took office in 1963 to over 500,000
  • Famous quote: “Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I’m going to Vietnam’s aid.”
  • Despite passing massive civil rights legislation racial unrest, riots, and violent demonstrations were commonplace throughout his presidency
  • President and Mrs. Johnson received the first Medicare cards upon his signing of the enacting legislation
  • Despite his Christian upbringing, LBJ was famous for his profanity, streams of cursing could often be heard through the oval office door during meetings
  • Not only were President Johnson’s initials LBJ, so were the initials of his wife and both daughters
  • Famous quotes:

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.

The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.

Official Presidential portrait of Lyndon Baines Johnson

The Genius Of Milton Friedman

Today marks the 104th birthday of Nobel Prize-winning conservative economist Milton Friedman.  Remember him?  He is the conservative economist that rescued the U.S. economy from President Carter’s stagflation [i.e. rising inflation and unemployment] and gave us Reagan’s recovery miracle.  He led the to disassemble the central planning nightmare that progressives and bureaucrats had inflicted upon this nation.  Many on Wall Street and in the business world believe he is the man who saved capitalism and therefore America.

Here are a few of his observations and ideas on government that should be dusted off and tossed at the left daily:

  • “Governments never learn. Only people learn.”
  • “If you put the Federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
  • “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”
  • “I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.”
  • “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
  • “I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”

And then there are his ideas on freedom:

  • “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
  • “Every friend of freedom… must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.”
  • “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
  • “Because we live in a largely free society, we tend to forget how limited is the span of time and the part of the globe for which there has ever been anything like political freedom: the typical state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and misery.”
  • “Life is unfair.”

Milton Friedman on freedom

The progressive left has made an idol of big governance.  They have infiltrated all levels of government and they control the indoctrination of our children.  When they toss the ideas and ideals of great men like Friedman into the dustbin, they add more links to the chains that bind our once-great nation in poverty, stagnation, and ignorance.

Lost and Found – July 29th Edition

What to remember about July 29th…

  • 1805  French historian Alexis de Tocqueville is born; author of the famous Democracy in America
  • 1833  English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies
  • 1862  Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops; detained in Washington, D.C.
  • 1907  Sir Robert Baden-Powell establishes Brownsea Island Scout Camp
  • 1921  Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI Party)
  • 1958  President Eisenhower signs legislation creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 1965  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division begin arriving in Vietnam
  • 1976  Serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz begins his killing spree in New York City

Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

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