…the most dangerous situation the United States has seen since the 1930s.
Former U.S. Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas G. McInerney
Andrew’s Note: Listen HERE for LTG McInerney’s full statement and reasons. Interesting note on LTG McI’s career: He began his military career by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and being commissioned in the Army.
What — what is that American Promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will…
Then Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, 2008
Andrew’s Note: Mr. President I couldn’t agree more! What a nice phrase, “the freedom to make of our own lives what we will…” Now please stop appointing socialists to high office, as well as encouraging legislation, allowing Federal regulations and issuing Executive
Orders Decrees that decrease our freedom…that’s tantamount to breaking the American Promise!
Here’s what else I don’t want: As a 60-something, relatively healthy person, I don’t want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra. I don’t want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health-care plan, and then buy a plan with far more expensive premiums and deductibles, and with services I don’t need or want? Why? Because Team Obama says I have to. And that’s not much of a reason. It’s not freedom.
That’s right. You see, according to Cacteau’s plan. I’m the enemy. Because I like to think, I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I’m the kind if guy who would sit in the greasy spoon and think “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the big rack of Barbecued spare ribs with the side order of gravy fries?” I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese alright? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinatti in a non-smoking section. I wanna run around naked with green jell-o all over my body reading a Playboy magazine. Why? Because maybe I feel the need to okay pal? I’ve seen the future, you know what it is. It’s made by a 47 year-old virgin in gray pajamas soaking in a bubble bath, drinking a broccoli milkshake and singing “I’m an Oscar-Meyer Wiener”. You wanna live on top, you gotta live Cacteau’s way. What he wants, when he wants, how he wants. Your other option: come down here, maybe starve to death.
Dennis Leary as Edgar Friendly in the 1993 film Demolition Man set in the year 2032
Industry and technology, not regulations, are humanity’s greatest contribution to the environment. Leave people their freedom, and they come up with new, smarter, more efficient and thus cleaner ways of doing things. Stifling that process with regulation isn’t “progressive.”
The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
A society that puts equality — in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.
Dr. Milton Friedman
The prevailing quality of life in America — by any accepted methods of measuring — was unarguably freer and more politically open under Nixon than it is today in this evil year of Our Lord 2002.
Writer & Cold War Airman First Class Hunter S. Thompson
Andrew’s Note: I wonder what Hunter would think of “the most transparent administration in history“…
Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
No American government can take away all our freedoms at one time. But a slow and steady erosion of freedom can accomplish the same thing on the installment plan. We have already gone too far down that road. F.A. Hayek called it “The Road to Serfdom.”"
How far we continue down that road depends on whether we keep our eye on the ball — freedom — or allow ourselves to be distracted by predatory demagogues…
Warning to reporters and sources: Assume all your communications are being monitored. Time to move back to the parking garage.
Matt Drudge via Twitter commenting on the Department of Justice secretly seizing the Associated Press’ phone records
I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world… from the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil. But that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms.
Taya Kyle (widow of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle) via Must Watch: Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Gives Heart-Wrenching Speech at NRA Event
Also Read Prepography’s Book Review: American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Yesterday those of us who value the right to self defense and believe that an armed public is the best defense against future tyranny won a battle but not the war for firearms freedom.
Although the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the gun control bill from consideration he’s indicated that the President intends to go around Congress (again) and take executive action to limit firearms freedoms. It must be a terrible burden to bear when you have to resort to executive decree to force regulations on a populace that’s failed to support your schemes willingly.
If you’re a freedom loving citizen then by all means, celebrate this victory…but remember that you’re celebrating the win of a battle, not of a war. The gun grabbers aren’t giving up, just taking time to reconstitute, resupply, and wait for the next crisis they can exploit.
I recently came across Heritage.org’s 2013 Economic Freedom Heat Map. Below is a snapshot but you can click on the map to go to their interactive version and explore the data. Note that this only shows economic freedom and the U.S. falls into the ‘Mostly Free’ category with 76 out of a potential 100 points.