Who is the outsider?


On Sept. 26th there was a primary runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in the sovereign state of Alabama. It pitted incumbent, appointed Senator Luther Strange against the ultimate outsider, former Chief Justice Roy Moore. I call him the ultimate outsider, because even though the people of Alabama keep electing him, the political insiders keep removing him from office. Twice they have done this, in 2003 & 2016. It was believed necessary by the establishment because Judge Moore refused to surrender his fidelity to both the Constitution and Biblical Christianity. In 2003, it was over a Ten Commandments monument he had erected in the Alabama Judicial Building. I was privileged to be there during the public outcry to keep it in place. In 2016, it was because he refused to order his district judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in defiance of the federal courts.

Mr. Trump ran as an outsider, and in demeanor and combativeness, he certainly is. But when it comes to defying the prevailing political and social order in Washington, he goes to Alabama to campaign for Strange. Strange Indeed! Our Christian VP, Mr. Pence also made the trek to the “Heart of Dixie”. Are we to conclude that a multi-billionaire industrialist from NYC might not be the “horse” to ride to victory in the long struggle to return de-centralized, law based, honest government to our land.

Christians, can we learn that politicians who proclaim their faith, are not nearly as trustworthy in the heat of the struggle as those who live it?

Carl Edwards

Prophetic Statement


“I am with the South in life or in death, in victory or in defeat . . . I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and inaugurate a servile insurrection, murder our men and dishonor our women. We propose no invasion of the North, no attack on them, and only ask to be left alone.” – Major General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A. 1861
“Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern schoolteachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision… It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.”
-Major General Patrick R. Cleburne, CSA, January 1864

Battle Flag – Secondary Benefit !

True story out of Danville, Virginia: a realtor was showing a couple around town. They were transferring from New York. When they passed the first giant battle flag, the couple expressed concern but the realtor explained about the history and heritage of Danville being the last Capital of the Confederacy and they seemed to accept the explanation . When they passed the second flag he repeated the information and the wife, who was seated in the back seat, appeared shaken. After passing a THIRD flag, the wife leans up and whispers into her husband’s ear, at which time the man turns to the realtor and tells him that he can cut the house hunting short because they would NOT be moving to Danville, Virginia.

It seems our giant beautiful flags serve yet another useful purpose: Yankee/carpetbagger repellent!
You’re welcome, Danville!

Mr. Franklin’s Neighborhood !

This post is from Michael Harrison, a patriot who writes in defense of liberty. For more follow this link: https://unleashingliberty.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/would-they-approve/

Recently, my sweetheart and I took a day trip to Philadelphia and spent several hours in the old historic district of the city. It was our desire to visit (or revisit in my case) a few of the key historic points of interest.

Leaving our car, we walked to Independence Hall and took several photos from across the street. We then went to see about getting in to see the Liberty Bell. There was a very long line as there were many school groups there on this day, so we opted to return later and crossed the street to the visitor center.

In the visitor center, we picked up a map and got information from a very helpful young man. We were disappointed to learn that there were only late afternoon tickets remaining for a tour of Independence Hall, for which we could not stay. Having been there before, I took consolation in the fact that Congress Hall next to it required no tickets and toured every 20 minutes.

After snapping a picture beside a life-size Ben Franklin figure, we encountered a Ben Franklin look-alike dressed in period costume coming into the visitor center as we were exiting. I remarked, “Oh, we were just headed over to your gravesite.” To which he responded, “Well, I was there until this morning.”

Smiles on our faces, walked a couple of blocks over to his gravesite which can now be viewed from the sidewalk through a fence without having to enter the cemetery. The marker appeared to be well kept and its inscription was very readable. Many people, like us, came by to pay him homage. We took several pictures of his grave and the mounted plaque on the wall nearby which listed his life accomplishments.

Crossing the street, we stood in line to get into the U.S. Mint. We were required to produce a photo ID (show me your papers, please). Between the two of us, we questioned the value and appropriateness of being asked for an ID. The guard only looked for a second or two at them before handing them back. He must see hundreds of them every day. And can he really be effective at preventing an attack or other misdeed by simply seeing an ID?

Once inside the door, we had to go through security similar to (though not as intensive as) TSA airport security. Pockets had to be emptied, belts removed if they contained metal, watches off, etc. It always bothers me because of its inconvenience and the time lost.

Going through my mind was the question, “What would Franklin think of all this?” His grave was literally across the street from us. We had just paid our respects to him. He it was who famously said that those who give up liberty for safety deserve neither. Here we are in America accepting the curtailing of our Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our papers, property, and effects – all in the name of being safe. Once liberties are given up, they are very difficult (if not impossible) to regain. It may require the shedding of blood to restore them.

The self-guided tour of the mint was enjoyable, especially for a coin collector like myself. It was fascinating to see the entire process and machinery used to generate our modern coins. The speed at which they are made is incredible.

Leaving the mint, we went down the street a couple blocks to the Betsy Ross home – a very small house on a very old and busy street. We took pictures of the house and her grave which is across a little courtyard.

Proceeding next to Elfreth’s Alley, we were treated to an individualized tour by a volunteer down America’s oldest residential street. It is literally an alley – wide enough for only one vehicle to pass (though blocked off from traffic). We discovered the meaning of “busy body” – a small angled mirror device mounted outside a second story window so occupants can see what’s happening up and down the street.

We returned to the Liberty Bell memorial and found a somewhat shorter line and determined to wait it in. Once again, upon entering, we had to endure the security routine. But once through it, we went rather quickly past the displays that were focusing on slavery and women’s rights to get to the bell itself. Frankly, slavery and women’s rights were not the concerns of the founders of our nation and had nothing to do with the Liberty Bell. To me, it’s taking advantage of a historical artifact to indoctrinate us. Again my mind was asking, “Would the founders approve?”

The bell was, of course, inspiring. The loosely-used argument of “separation of church and state” is eroded in one’s mind upon seeing the biblical inscription at the top of the bell: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof – Lev. XXV:X”.

After taking some photos of the bell, we headed across the street to Congress Hall, passing once again through a security checkpoint where all the same inconveniences were put upon us. Congress Hall is a small building next to Independence Hall, but very important. It was the meeting place of the House of Representatives and Senate for about ten years when Philadelphia was our nation’s capital. The House met downstairs and the Senate upstairs. The House chamber was more basic and ordinary compared to the more ornate and stylish Senate chamber. The guide was very knowledgeable and identified many interesting facts of history.

On the way back to our car we paused at a memorial dedicated to patriots – patriots who stood for, fought for, and in some cases gave their life’s blood for liberty.

Our day trip was enjoyable and informative, but continuing to run through my mind was the question of what the founders would think. What would Franklin and the signers of the Declaration think of what had become of the nation they gave birth to? No doubt, they would be pleased by the growth and success of the nation to become the beacon of liberty that the rest of the world would look to and admire. But would they approve of the huge invasive monstrosity of a government we have today? Would they approve of the confiscatory tyrannical practices of this government and its agencies and bureaucracies? Would they approve of the watering down of the Fourth Amendment in the interest of safety and security? Would they approve of tarnishing the memory of the Liberty Bell with indoctrination and social engineering, when the bell stood for their opposition against tyrannical government?

Would they approve? We may only know the answer to this question by examining their writings and statements in their historic context to understand their thinking. Having done much reading myself, and having spent time around many others who have done much more reading and research than I, my conclusion is that they would be appalled.

Even sadder is the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Our Great President !

Lincoln has become the saint of the American empire. The reverence he enjoys is based mostly on a fictional account of his life. One Southern humorist said that Lincoln had so many admirers when he was dead because he had none while he was living. It is true that most of the strongest people in his own cause despised him as inadequate. The world can never been certain that his own people did not eliminate him. His sainthood was to a considerable degree a product of his assassination and party propaganda after his death, in which he was shown being escorted to Heaven by flights of angels and compared to Jesus.

Jeff Davis made mistakes, but nobody ever doubted that he was totally dedicated to his cause and always did what he believed to be the best. His speeches and messages are eloquent, forthright, moving, and exactly in the style of the Founding Fathers—a republican, small ‘r’, leader speaking honestly to the citizens. He appeals to reason and the public good. Lincoln’s vaunted rhetoric is sentimentalised and phony. As H.L. Mencken said, the Gettysburg Address is a wonderful oration, but you have to remember that it opposite of the truth. Jeff Davis was the same man in private letters and conversation and in public speeches and papers. Lincoln was a master of being different things to different people.

When Jefferson Davis walked out of that courtroom in Richmond at last a free man after two years of torment, thousands of people, black and white, lined the streets with heads uncovered, in respectful silence. And so he remains in the heart of all true Southerners as the symbol of a righteous cause.

Wisdom from the first two presidents !

Wisdom from the first two presidents!

We have no government armed with power capable of contending
with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . .
Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other.
-John Adams

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity,
Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness,these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens.
-George Washington

GOP Death Wish ?

Republican Death Wish

By Tom Landess

As readers of this column well know, I have never really trusted the Republican Party. Even in 1962, when I first worked actively for a Republican candidate (the late Bill Workman), I saw the arrogance of the Party leadership—its love of money and power, its fine contempt for grassroots beliefs and sensibilities. Over the years I have come to understand that those who run the GOP would rather control the party machinery than win elections. In campaign after campaign, fellow Republicans rather than liberal Democrats have provided the most formidable obstacles to conservative victories.

In 1962, it was the country-club crowd in South Carolina. They wanted seats at the 1964 National Convention and thus were unwilling to bring new activists into the Party, for fear they would want to hang around after the election. In 1980, it was the Texas Republican establishment sulking over Ronald Reagan’s primary defeat of George Bush that dragged its feet during the general election and then used its connections with James Baker III to block the appointment of Reagan’s supporters to government posts. In 1986, it was Haley Barbour’s office in the Reagan White House that withheld crucial support from Republican Larry Cobb in his attempt to unseat veteran New Dealer Jamie Whitten.

In those days, with Ronald Reagan leading the conservative wing of the Party, there was good reason to support the Republican cause, despite its often devious and unprincipled leadership. Today there is almost no reason to be a Republican. The Party is once again completely in the hands of the big-money crowd. They are increasingly arrogant in dealing with their recent historical constituency—middle-income, God-fearing family folks. For years GOP big-wigs have swaggered around Washington, dismissing the legitimate petitions of these good people, laughing at their naivete, saying to one another, “We don’t have to give them anything. They’ve got no other place to go.” And when candidates rise up to speak for this forlorn constituency—which gave George Bush the bulk of his support in 1988—the Republican hierarchy calls them extremists and says they are outside the Party’s mainstream. In this fashion they dismissed Pat Buchanan in 1992 and even blamed him for Bush’s defeat, despite the fact that Christian evangelicals deserted the Party in huge numbers because they didn’t hear enough of the rhetoric Buchanan was using.

Timeless Wisdoom from Robert Louis Dabney (1820 – 1898)

“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. The pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing for the sake of truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always—when about to enter a protest—very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its ‘bark is worse than its bite,’ and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance.”

“In this day innovations march with rapid strides. The fantastic suggestions of yesterday, entertained only by a few fanatics, and then only mentioned by the sober to be ridiculed, is today the audacious reform, and will be tomorrow the recognized usage. Novelties are so numerous and so wild and rash, that even in conservative minds the sensibility of wonder is exhausted and the instinct of righteous resistance fatigued.”

Plagiarism ?

If Monica Crowley has to withdraw from her potential position in the administration for plagiarism, why do we have a national holiday for fellow plagiarist, Martin Luther King? Boston University has marked his doctoral thesis file as such. He may also have lifted some of his “I have a dream” speech from Archibald Carey Jr.’s speech at the 1952 Republican National Convention. Even his name was merely appropriated by his father. His given name is Michael.

I too have a dream, that someday Martin Luther King Jr. will be judged, not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character, which was abysmal !

Portions of last statement should be attributed to King, Jr. & Carey Jr., mentioned above,

Carl Edwards

Tell me again: Why am I supposed to be happy?

Well the election season is over and the dust is still settling. Dramatic change has occurred and the establishment of both parties, as well as the media, pundits and political “Pros” have been dealt a severe blow. I admit that is worth a smile. It is one one of the most dramatic upsets in a long time. How far reaching, as far as policy goes, remains to be seen. Perhaps it will be a lengthening of our tranquility. While some good things may result, I just can’t understand the euphoria of so many believers.

A Christian organization was exhorting believers to pray that “no evil person would be elected”. Yet, so many of the very same intercessors voted for perhaps the most evil candidate on the GOP side in a hundred years. They elected an ill-tempered, foul mouthed, playboy, con-man, from of all places the conservative bastion of NYC. The very man who called their candidate in the primaries, “Lyin’ Ted”. A man with whom principle is merely a minor inconvenience.

Perhaps the worst result is that the election of a man who said, at least some of the things they wanted to hear, has cemented the love affair between Christians & the Republican Party. It is not just an opinion that suggests that most Christians love the GOP more than the truth. To demonstrate it for yourself, try telling them the truth about some action the party has taken. Such as the fact that 248 Republicans in the House of Representatives (187 Dems) couldn’t defund Planned Parenthood, or give them this little chart on Republican Supreme Court nominees:

Republican appointees to the Supreme Court

Bible – Prayer out of school – Warren Court – Earl Warren (Rep)
Roe vs. Wade – Harry Blackmun (Rep)
Obama care – John Roberts (Rep)
Gay Marriage – Anthony Kennedy (Rep)

They will react in one of two ways: Ignore you or attack you personally.

So while some good things may result from a Trump presidency, maybe a real good thing, if he does something about immigration, we have taken a step back from realizing that the answer to the great need for a just and orderly society under Godly precepts, is not to gain a “strong man” who will wield power for “our side”, but to eliminate “strong men” and limit the power we grant our leaders !

Carl Edwards