Stuff

I haven’t written anything for a while – between work and a death in the wife’s family, there hasn’t been much time to write.  But just listening to the news is enough for me to do a slow burn.  For instance…


The Hildebeast’s response to a Congressional inquiry to in her private email server’s contents is to wipe the server’s hard drives.  Since the Hidlebeast was using this same server for government business when she was Secretary of State, the emails were not hers to delete, but needed to be reviewed by Congress as to their relevancy to her former position.  I don’t know how many Federal laws she has broken in her 1) using a private, potentially unsecure, server for government business, 2) deleting said records and emails, 3) failing to sign her exit papers, and 4) obstructing a Congressional inquiry/investigation.  For the Democrats to keep promoting the Hildebeast as a potential Presidential candidate is disgusting given this latest action and the history of this person.  However, if she does become the next President, expect more of the same actions as the current President, only worse.


The Bergdahl case has taken another turn for the worse for the Administration.  Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and “misbehaving before the enemy”, the last being almost equivalent to treason.  This entire case has shown that this Administration has gotten the entire Bergdahl case wrong, and not only wrong, but with potentially disastrous results.

While the talking heads at the White House (Earnest, Psaki, Harf, and Carney) have all spun trading five terrorists for one soldier narrative every possible way (including calling it a “good deal”), the facts remains that this person was a suspected deserter from day one, multiple soldiers were killed or injured looking for this person, and the President illegally released said terrorists from detention.  Not a good move, Mr. President…

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Negotiating with Iran concerning their nuclear program will not bear any lasting agreements.  Iran is hell-bent on developing nuclear capabilities for both weapons and power generation, although it is for the weapons that they really want.  Iran’s stated policy is to remove Israel from the map, and to promote (dictate) their version of Islam throughout the region.  With these goals in mind, can anyone realistically expect Iran to negotiate and agree upon anything in good faith?

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Last thought on this subject – The nuclear “deal” with Iran has a deadline of Tuesday, March 31.  Too bad it’s not due until the next day because it would have been very appropriate.

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Harry Reid is stepping down from the Senate.  Good riddance…  I now wonder who will replace this most insidiously corrupt politician – Schumer, Durbin, or some other power-hungry elitist politician that is just as corrupt as Reid is…


I saw in the news that a person (who is black and has a criminal history) has been shot and killed by police.  The Boston faction of Black Lives Matter is making a big stink about this.  This shouldn’t fly too far – this person was shot after he shot a police officer in the face.  But then again, facts do not seem to matter in such cases…


One of the Left’s latest darlings is Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s “Girls”.  She has admitted in her book to committing some disgusting acts with her sister, and lied about being raped by a “Republican” student – all yawned at by the Liberal establishment.  Now she has written an article in “The New Yorker” in which she poses a quiz about who she is asking the question about – a dog or her Jewish boyfriend.

Now this is stirring up some discussion, but not by the hard-core Liberals.  Apparently, for these people, the more shocking and depraved the action is or the conversation, the better it is.  Comparing the actions of dogs and Jews is never acceptable, even in jest.

If a conservative person had written such an article, the Left would have been first in line howling for blood.  But since it is one of their own, it’s OK and she deserves a pass.  Unbelievable…or maybe not…


My home state of Indiana has passed their version of a Religious Freedom law, and the Liberals are losing their minds.  I thought Lawrence Meyers for Townhall.com states it best (excerpts from the article follow – please read to get the full effect):

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and that’s why Leftists hate it.

The law is explicit. The government cannot substantially burden anyone from exercising one’s religion. If it does so, it must “further a compelling government interest and be the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.”

This is no different than the laws in 19 other states, and the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed in 1993 – by unanimous vote in the House, 97-3 in the Senate, and signed by the ultra-Right-wing-nutjob Bill Clinton.

Anything involving a public service isn’t going to be denied to a gay person. Furthermore, if a person or a company or religious organization engages in any kind of discrimination for “religious reasons”, the courts apply the test of “strict scrutiny” (the Sherbert Test) to the claim of religious infringement.

The Ugly Truth

It is the Leftists that are bigots. To them, it doesn’t matter if the rights of other people that get trampled on in the process. It only matters when the rights of people Leftists care about get trampled on.

The Left is so very strident against discrimination – oh, but only gays, blacks, Hispanics, illegal immigrants, and Radical Islamists need apply for the victocracy.

Yet they don’t care about discriminating against Christians, and will do anything they can to align themselves against the Jews and Israel, because Leftist philosophy is anti-freedom, anti-religion, and ultimately anti-human.

The great irony is that these laws were passed because a gay couple decided to sue a bakery that wouldn’t make them a cake for their gay wedding. Instead of the couple just taking their business elsewhere, and doing everything they could to shame the business that turned them down, to put up awful reviews on Yelp, to protest in front of the store, and promote the more open-minded bakery, they chose to be vindictive.

Which forced the very governmental action they are now decrying.

Yep – when the laws don’t go their way, the Leftists cry “foul” – shameful and pitiful, actually…

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This is all I can stand to write about this time.. Hope everyone is well, and is keeping their blood pressure down in the face of the insanity that we are dealing with on a daily basis.

Who is Failing the Republic?

It never seems to end.  Government is on the warpath to enforce the 11th Commandment (“Thou Shalt Conform”) by opposing any resistance to the will of various bureaucrats up to and including our elected leader residing at 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

So what happened to our country and who’s to blame?  I’ve addressed this before, and the answer is still the same.

We have…not the Constitution, nor our politicians…we have.

Government has gotten too big to control.  Our politicians are out of control.  Various groups cite and demand “rights” which are not rights but privileges over their fellow citizens.  Taxes are no more than legalized theft to pay off the politically connected while supporting the poor by keeping the EFT cards filled.  The rule of law is now no more than a suggestion to the powerful, and a weapon to keep the masses in check.  And last, elections are a popularity contest rather than a job interview to put the most qualified people in charge.

We, The People, have let it happen, and continue to let it happen.

“If we don’t mobilize to remove politicians who are actively or passively eliminating our form of government, the republic our founders gave us is lost.” – Ben Weingarten, The Founders Didn’t Fail—We Are Failing The Founders

I’m watching the political theater in Washington, and the plotline reads like a Shakespearian tragedy – In the end, both protagonists, antagonists, and bystanders are all beat-up, bloody, or dead.  It matters not who they are, disaster is immanent.

The Senate’s letter to Iran (political stupidity more than being constructive), the Hildebeast’s private email server (a violation of both law and public trust), Congress’s cave-in on the President’s amnesty funding plan (traitorous and illegal no matter how you look at it), heightening of racial tension (anything is supposedly motivated by racial hatred, including law enforcement and defending oneself), NSA violations of privacy (metadata datamining and storage without a warrant), “hate speech” double standards (Blacks can say the “N” word, but Whites cannot), bans on ammunition (violates all common sense and the 2nd Amendment), corruption and malfeasance beyond imagination (think Solyndra for starters), mind-numbing and contradictory regulations (just ask a business owner) – All is theater, bad theater at that, that affects each and every one of us in some way.

“What you want is irrelevant, what you have chosen is at hand.” – Spock, “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country”

Indeed, what have we chosen?  Perhaps this…

“The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.” – Grand Moff Tarkin to Princess Leia, Star Wars IV

Indeed, with our Constitutional scholar President constantly violating the Constitution and the laws of the United States, is it too far of a stretch that this President will deconstruct the Constitution and Congress along with it?  And would anybody take notice or protest?  Apparently, one person wouldn’t care:

“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

Yes, indeed…let’s elect a King, an Emperor, a Dictator.  Look at the various countries in South America and across the world, and see how that has worked out for the people in those countries…

As it is, Our Republic is in trouble.  We need to remove the politicians that are the problem, and put in there place people (not politicians!) that will put this country back on the path of prosperity and greatness.  You see, we really don’t have a choice, not if we wish to remain a free people.

Liberalism’s Dirty Secrets

The following was forwarded to me by my wife who found it in a comment on her Facebook feed.  I’ve thought about the following for sometime, but have never been able to write this down as clearly as this person did.

I see Obama today, saying there is serious racism across the country. Does anyone think there will ever be total racial harmony in this current mad house world? In my opinion, due to many factors,…there will never be racial harmony along our current path.

A huge number of people are kept, or more accurately- trapped in a permanent underclass I’ll call the impoverished. The dirty little secret here is that this is the way the power drunk liberals in our government want it. A huge amount of the blame for racist attitudes by persons of all colors is the result of poverty caused by decades of liberal social policy and the existence of their piddling entitlement handouts.

Liberals, Democrats and progressives…socialists, communists, Marxists… (call them what ever) have duped a large segment of society into governmental dependency just to win the vote.

Look at the Obama government for a current example. Spending on entitlements has exploded under their regime. 54 million are on food stamps or I should say EBT food entitlements.

Entitlement piled on entitlement. More than ever in our history. Employment is at a 10 month low as of yesterday. The so called economic recovery is the slowest in history, we are sinking under a mountain of federal debt with our government borrowing from foreign creditors more than half of what they spend. A Gross Domestic Product stagnant at a sickly 2.5% quarter after quarter.

Then as if its a huge priority, Obama with his pen and phone takes the unprecedented and unconstitutional action of rewriting immigration law from his administrative desk at the White House. This after he is on video tape saying over twenty times that “I have no power to do it”. Yet, he aims to legitimize over 5 million illegal border crossers and hook them into the permanent, governmentally dependent underclass of democrat voters their party has been cultivating since Lynden Johnson started the “War on Poverty – Great Society” scheme over 50 years ago.

Poverty brings out the darkest emotions of the human animal. Emotions of anger, greed, material jealousy and hate. These powerful emotions are the leading cause of crime in all it’s ugly forms of illegal behavior like drug trafficking, robbery, violence and homicides. This is a catalyst for racial division. Look at the fact that black Americans face unemployment and poverty at much higher rates than whites.

Liberals wring their hands and toss out band aid fixes like more gun control, more little perks and entitlements, Obama phones, banning bullets, harassing the police with threats of human rights law suits for arresting criminals and doing their job. They throw more and more money at it but does it ever improve? No. They lament the high rate of black incarceration.

Is there any wonder why young black men are filling up our prisons? Look what the liberal entitlement mindset has done to the future of young black men in our inner cities? Poverty, the destruction of black family structure, drugs, gangs, crime, black on black murder at unprecedented rates, dropping out of school and heading straight to prison.

Then they are well and truly screwed. More anger, more misbehavior, back to prison, less respect by their fellow citizens, more discrimination. A vicious cycle.

This is where liberal policy like Obama and his minions embrace every day has brought us in 2015.

It is the system of governmental entrapment into this permanent underclass that drives much of the misery, racial social and societal decay and crime in our country. People naturally want what they feel others have and they don’t.

The problem is not the police. The problem of racism in America is due to liberals in the democrat party making people slightly comfortable at a rank level of poverty in order to hook them on handouts, all to gain their vote. Its all about the vote. The Democrat vote.

Government is the problem here. Liberal Democrat rule, playing these people like addicts looking for their next fix but in this case, their next government check. Liberalism is not the fix, it is in fact the cause.

The only way out of this is a booming economy, job prospects for all, financial reward through hard work, education for the uneducated. Jobs, jobs and more jobs which a healthy capitalist lightly regulated free market will bring. We need to get liberal government off the back of the businessman.

We need to eliminate the permanent underclass, not make more of them. Lift up everyone so they can attain the American dream of success, and only a strong conservative government that embraces a strong free market economy with a fair system of taxation, balanced budgets and an end to deficit spending can do that.

Liberalism will never do that as it depends on growing (Obama’s amnesty proposal for example) the numbers of poor people and then demanding their votes for their so called liberal “friends” in order to continue the handouts.

Look at any communist or socialist country and tell me you would rather live there than in a successful, bountiful, economically stable country such as ours could be again soon were it not for power sucking elitist liberalism and democrat party rule.

We need to bring this country back to success by voting these power hungry self aggrandizing creeps out at every election. We did well in the last election. We must win the presidency in 2016 and keep the houses of congress.

We need to try something new. Obama said he was that, but now even the most low information voter should be able to see he is nothing but a creepy elitist power mad liberal with the same old tired socialist ideals that has failed in countries all over the world. It’s never worked out to the good of the people. Only to the wealth, power and greed of the leaders.

Vote conservative if you want this to improve. It will only fester and decline will be the result of more liberalism. America is sick under the current president. It can’t last much longer.

One additional thought is this:  Liberal social policies and politics have stripped any thoughts of personal responsibilities from self sufficiency.  Strong families have been decimated by the promise of “easy money” from the government, and policies such as gun control have been used to further the dependency upon government for safety as well as sustenance.  The vicious circle keeps getting worse and worse, and the promotion of a “victimhood” mentality only reinforces the sense of injustice and entitlement.  When the promise of hope is taken away, what else is there?  Then to add to this misery is an additional illegal legalization of illegal immigrants.

Self-destructive insanity…

The Silly Season

For several weeks now, various Republicans have been dipping their toes into the election scene, and the Hildebeast has been rumbling as well.  Of course, sniping has been occurring by both political parties, of which will only become worse as time goes on.

But one incident so far caught my attention simply because it is so asinine – Howard Dean making the statement that Scott Walker is unqualified for the Presidency because he doesn’t have a college degree.  While I have known a great number of people that do not have a degree and yet are smarter that those who do, I cannot compare any statements that I make with the response of Mike Rowe on his Facebook page to a fan’s question:

Kyle Smith writes…

Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was “unknowledgeable.” What would your response be on college as a requirement for elected office?

Hi Kyle

Back in 1990, The QVC Cable Shopping Channel was conducting a national talent search. I had no qualifications to speak of, but I needed a job, and thought TV might be a fun way to pay the bills. So I showed up at The Marriott in downtown Baltimore with a few hundred other hopefuls, and waited for a chance to audition. When it was my turn, the elevator took me to the top floor, where a man no expression led me into a suite and asked me to take a seat behind a large desk. Across from the desk, there was a camera on a tripod. On the desk was a digital timer with an LED display. I took a seat as the man clipped a microphone on my shirt and explained the situation.

“The purpose of this audition is to see if you can talk for eight minutes without stuttering, blathering, passing out, or throwing up. Any questions?”

“What would you like me to talk about,” I asked.

The man pulled a pencil from behind his ear and rolled it across the desk. “Talk to me about that pencil. Sell it. Make me want it. But be yourself. If you can do that for eight minutes, the job is yours. Ok?”

I looked at the pencil. It was yellow. It had a point on one end, and an eraser on the other. On the side were the words, Dixon Ticonderoga Number 2 SOFT.

“Ok,” I said.

The man set the timer to 8:00, and walked behind the tripod. He pressed a button and a red light appeared on the camera. He pressed another button and the timer began to count backwards. “Action,” he said. I picked up the pencil and started talking.

“Hi there. My name’s Mike Rowe, and I only have eight minutes to tell you why this is finest pencil on Planet Earth. So let’s get right to it.”

I opened the desk drawer and found a piece of hotel stationary, right where I hoped it would be. I picked up the pencil and wrote the word, QUALITY in capital letters. I held the paper toward the camera.

“As you can plainly see, The #2 Dixon Ticonderoga leaves a bold, unmistakable line, far superior to the thin and wispy wake left by the #3, or the fat, sloppy skid mark of the unwieldy #1. Best of all, the Ticonderoga is not filled with actual lead, but “madagascar graphite,” a far safer alternative for anyone who likes to chew on their writing implements.”

To underscore the claim, I licked the point. I then discussed the many advantages of the Ticonderoga’s color.

“A vibrant yellow, perfectly suited for an object that needs to stand out from the clutter of a desk drawer.”

I commented on the comfort of it’s design.

“Unlike those completely round pencils that press hard into the web of your hand, the Ticonderoga’s circumference is comprised of eight, gently planed surfaces, which dramatically reduce fatigue, and make writing for extended periods an absolute delight.”

I pointed out the “enhanced eraser,” which was “guaranteed to still be there – even when the pencil was sharpened down to an unusable nub.”

I opined about handmade craftsmanship and American made quality. I talked about the feel of real wood.

“In a world overrun with plastic and high tech gadgets, isn’t it comforting to know that some things haven’t evolved into something shiny and gleaming and completely unrecognizable?’”

After all that, there was still five minutes on the timer. So I shifted gears and considered the pencil’s impact on Western Civilization. I spoke of Picasso and Van Gogh, and their hundreds of priceless drawings – all done in pencil. I talked about Einstein and Hawking, and their many complicated theories and theorems – all done in pencil.

“Pen and ink are fine for memorializing contracts,” I said, “but real progress relies on the ability to erase and start anew. Archimedes said he could move the world with a lever long enough, but when it came to proving it, he needed a pencil to make the point.”

With three minutes remaining, I moved on to some personal recollections about the role of pencils in my own life. My first legible signature, my first book report, my first crossword puzzle, and of course, my first love letter. I may have even worked up a tear as I recalled the innocence of my youth, scribbled out on a piece of looseleaf with all the hope and passion a desperate 6th grader could muster…courtesy of a #2 pencil.

With :30 seconds left on the timer, I looked fondly at the Dixon Ticonderoga, and sat silently for five seconds. Then I wrapped it up.

“We call it a pencil, because all things need a name. But today, let’s call it what it really is. A time machine. A match maker. A magic wand. And let’s say it can all be yours…for just .99 cents.”

The timer read 0:00. The man walked back to the desk. He took the pencil and wrote “YOU’RE HIRED” on the stationary, and few days later, I moved to West Chester, PA. And a few days after that, I was on live television, face to face with the never-ending parade of trinkets and chochkes that comprise QVC’s overnight inventory.

I spent three months on the graveyard shift, five nights a week. Technically, this was my training period, which was curious, given the conspicuous absence of supervision, or anything that could be confused with actual instruction. Every few minutes a stagehand would bring me another mysterious “must have item,” which I’d blather about nonsensically until it was whisked away and replaced with something no less baffling. In this way, I slowly uncovered the mysteries of my job, and forged a tenuous relationship with an audience of chronic insomniacs and narcoleptic lonely-hearts. It was a crucible of confusion and ambiguity, and in hindsight, the best training I ever had.

Which brings me to the point of your question, Kyle.
I don’t agree with Howard Dean – not at all.

Here’s what I didn’t understand 25 years ago. QVC had a serious recruiting problem. Qualified candidates were applying in droves, but failing miserably on the air. Polished salespeople with proven track records were awkward on TV. Professional actors with extensive credits couldn’t be themselves on camera. And seasoned hosts who understood live television had no experience hawking products. So eventually, QVC hit the reset button. They stopped looking for “qualified” people, and started looking for anyone who could talk about a pencil for eight minutes.

QVC had confused qualifications with competency.
Perhaps America has done something similar?

Look at how we hire help – it’s not so different than how we elect leaders. We search for work ethic on resumes. We look for intelligence in test scores. We search for character in references. And of course, we look at a four-year diploma as though it might actually tell us something about common-sense and leadership.

Obviously, we need a bit more from our elected officials than the instincts of a home shopping host, but the business of determining what those “qualifications” are is completely up to us. We get to decide what matters most. We get to decide if a college degree or military service is somehow determinative. We get to decide if Howard Dean is correct.

Anyone familiar with my foundation knows my position. I think a trillion dollars of student loans and a massive skills gap are precisely what happens to a society that actively promotes one form of education as the best course for the most people. I think the stigmas and stereotypes that keep so many people from pursuing a truly useful skill, begin with the mistaken belief that a four-year degree is somehow superior to all other forms of learning. And I think that making elected office contingent on a college degree is maybe the worst idea I’ve ever heard.

But of course, Howard Dean is not the real problem. He’s just one guy. And he’s absolutely right when he says that many others will judge Scott Walker for not finishing college. That’s the real problem.

However – when Howard Dean called the Governor “unknowledgeable,” he rolled out more than a stereotype. He rolled a pencil across the desk, and gave Scott Walker eight minutes to knock it out of the park.

It’ll be fun to see if he does.

The Barbary Pirates

While working on the previous post, I ran across this article from P2T2 Solutions that explains a bit further on the situation with the Barbary Pirates of old, and the similarities of what is happening today.  Enjoy.

Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart-breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionist of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic. Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets.

Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy. Beginning in 1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes (aka: “protection money” by American mobsters) to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that:

Islam was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

This is based upon the Qur’an’s teaching from Surah 47:4 which reads;

“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.

That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.

Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thugery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force. He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book the Quran not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and on . . .

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America’s leaders would rather be politically correct than victorious!

Any doubts, just Google “Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim World.”

IN GOD WE TRUST

Next time you hear this tune, remember just how long the US has been fighting “extreme Islam”, and Otrama is right, Muslims have been in our history for 200 years, like hemorrhoids in bunghole, Islam been there. Thank a Marine next time you see him for keeping our country free from this scourge. /salute