Praise God for the First Amendment

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Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin rarely pulls her punches, but her Sept. 30 column “White House bully problem” did not quite reach the necessary level.

Without the “free speech” of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, her label of “bullying” would be “tyrannical” violence toward those who disagree.

While certainly “free speech” can be onerous and abused, it is a powerful protection against would-be tyrants. Moammar Gadhafi found himself up against the might of the West because of his abuses. An entire Egyptian revolution apparently was started over the free speech of the Internet! Now, our President Obama is limited by his exposure to the press.

“Limited” is what I indeed mean. This year in the United States, we have seen the face of tyranny in leftist antics only limited by a free press and the use of police to enforce law and order. In some states, we had the destruction of public property and interference in government function. We have had thugs interfere with political gatherings. And we have the Obama administration’s bullying tactics toward Ford driver Chris McDaniel and “pummeled companies such as Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon, and AT&T for speaking out against the cost implications and financial burdens of Obamacare,” and more, as Malkin discusses.

Now, imagine these incidents without a free press – for example, in Russia, Iran or Syria: severe financial penalties, state indictments, incarceration and worse. Make no mistake: There is no limit to the tyrannical nature of leftist ideas. Need I only mention Stalin, Hitler and Mao?

Americans need to be aware of where leftist ideas lead. Our present financial woes are symptomatic of this ideology’s destructive nature. It is not just a battle of right against left – it is a battle for life and amazing production from the right (based upon biblical principles), and death and incredible destruction from the left (man without God and the Bible).

Perhaps God has allowed the left to achieve some “success” as a warning. Will we heed it?

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/06/11 - 02:52 am
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You had me until you brought

You had me until you brought religion into it.

Mommyforlife
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Mommyforlife 10/06/11 - 03:20 am
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I think "shrimp for

I think "shrimp for breakfast" missed title of the article, "Praise GOD for the first Amendmant", God bless you.

peace4784
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peace4784 10/06/11 - 05:48 am
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Alcohol, tobacco, and
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Alcohol, tobacco, and munitions are all right wing enterprises which the number one killers of humans. They exist because right wingers love money and power. Right wingers don't really care about the well being of Americans or humanity in general. They care keeping themselves in control by masking their hypocisy and greed. Leftist only exist because the right wingers are unrighteous in their words and deeds.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 10/06/11 - 06:03 am
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Republicans are so

Republicans are so Baracalyptic. Can you say hyperbole?

Godwin’s law right out of the chute.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/06/11 - 07:39 am
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"Alcohol, tobacco, and

"Alcohol, tobacco, and munitions are all right wing enterprises which the number one killers of humans." Roughly about a 1.2 million die from cardiovascular disease and cancer per year. Guns Kill about 100,000 per year. Abortion is a left wing enterprise and it kills about 42 million per year (the population of the US is about 300 million). Mmmmmmm. So does that mean lefties are natural born killers who don't love money or power just killing-like Killie the killer whale. Jeez. How do you spell "mindless ideologue".

carcraft
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carcraft 10/06/11 - 07:40 am
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aw BJ- Lets suspend

aw BJ- Lets suspend elections-Democratic or Republican ? Fairness doctrine-Democratic or Republican? Open ballots for union elections-Democratic or Republican? Shout Down those you disagree with during a speach-Left wing or right wing tactic? Smear those you disgree with in the most vile ways (tea party is racist, Shooting in Arizone prompted by right wing talk shows etc etc etc) Democratic tactic or Republican?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/06/11 - 07:51 am
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Ooops 42 million per year

Ooops 42 million per year world wide, roughly 1.4 million per year in US. So only little more-We are all natural born killers. I wonder how many lefties smoke or drink-my lord we wouldn't want lefties encouraging these rightist money-grubbing, power hungry maniacs-that would be unethical. hee,hee,

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david jennings 10/06/11 - 08:20 am
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Someone doesnt like "right

Someone doesnt like "right wingers".Yeah lefties bust thier humps to pay taxes and create jobs so anyyone who doesnt want to work and be responsible can sit at home and wait on the mailman.I believe right wingers contribute more than thier fair share.No Im not a business man,just a working man thats not caught up in class envy.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/06/11 - 08:37 am
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I know what hyperbole means,

I know what hyperbole means, but, I need bj to explain Baracalyptic(does it have a similar meaning?). And to shrimpforbreakfast, I don't believe Mr. Payne was talking religion per se, but, as a way of life with GOD, and without GOD. I know in my life, there is nothing I do or say that GOD is not in that action or decision. Religion(s) divide people.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/06/11 - 08:39 am
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I forgot to add, every

I forgot to add, every democrat I know is hyperbolic..........

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 08:39 am
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"It is not just a battle of

"It is not just a battle of right against left – it is a battle for life and amazing production from the right (based upon biblical principles), and death and incredible destruction from the left (man without God and the Bible)."

Thankfully, the First Amendment not only gives us freedom of speech, but freedom to believe how we choose. Separation of Church and State.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/06/11 - 08:53 am
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We are losing our freedoms

We are losing our freedoms folks. An America citizen was just executed by this Administration. Yes, I know he was a terrorist and I'm thankful he's gone, but this is step 1 - get you used to it happening to the "bad guys". Eventually they'll work their way down to the common man who posts anti-government stuff on newspaper blogs or the man who protests in the streets of NYC. Get ready, the foundation has been laid.

We also have an administration who is using OUR tax money to purchase weapons & then provides them to terrorists/drug cartels. When it backfires (or works), the same administration screams about gun control. Oh, and they also lie - saying they didn't know it was happening - only to retract the statement when documents surface showing that they DID know. This was intentional. To further the agenda.

As I said, we are losing freedoms. America as we knew it is gone. America as we currently know it is disappearing fast. We need everyone to wake up & do something about it!! What is wrong with our liberals?!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/06/11 - 08:59 am
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Cassandra harris- Where is

Cassandra harris- Where is seperation of Church and State in the First Amendment- I believe the Federal GOVERNMENT is prohibited form founding a religion or INTERFERING with the parctice of Religion. The Government has supported religion from the get go, Chaplians in the Army were present in the Continential Army (try that one today). A Chaplain that opens the Senate with Prayer- Ten commandments etched in the walls of the Supreme Court (try that at you county court house) ...LOL The institutions of American Government are filled with Religous symbols...Mainly Judeo Christian with a smattering of Masonic symbols like the all seeing eye!

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 09:09 am
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sigh....so sad that so many

sigh....so sad that so many people have not been taught the most basic facts of civics. The intent of the founding fathers has been made clear through historical documents, such as the Treaty of Tripoli and others that this country was founded on the principles of a separation of church and state. The fact that the First Amendment of guarantees ALL belief systems (including the right to nonbelief) has been established and upheld by every Supreme Court in our history no matter what the political make up of the judges. Please go back and study basic Civics 101.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/06/11 - 09:25 am
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Plain and simple,

Plain and simple, Cassandra---separation of church and state means the state(government) can NOT tell us who or what to believe in.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 09:40 am
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Absolutely Jane, thanks to

Absolutely Jane, thanks to the First Amendment.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/06/11 - 10:10 am
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The Government does try to

The Government does try to tell us how to paractice our religion all the time, no nativity scenes, can't read a Bible in school, don't wear a religious symbol in school, don't pray in school all regulated by the federal government. I guess they really don't understand the 10th amendment and interfering with the free practice of religion. sigh- Seperation of Church and state was found in a letter written by Jefferson it isn't in the constitution. How do you answer the fact that up until the mid 1900's we had prayer in school etc? Oh, I guess we just got enlightened as to the true meaning of the founding fathers 60 years ago sigh! It is basic history!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 10/06/11 - 10:45 am
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Jane18: “I need bj to explain

Jane18: “I need bj to explain Baracalyptic...”

I’d say it’s a portmanteau but I guess it could also be a neologism; in this case, derived by compounding:

“Barack” + “apocalyptic” = Baracalyptic.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 10/06/11 - 11:08 am
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Cassandra Harris, I think

Cassandra Harris, I think carcraft is half right writing:

“…First Amendment- I believe the Federal GOVERNMENT is prohibited form [sic] founding a religion or INTERFERING with the practice [sic] of Religion.”

The First states “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.”

Note the restriction is placed on the federal government, not state governments. The wording of other amendments, such as the Second, Third, to Eighth is worded to apply nationally to federal, state, and local governments.

The half-correct part comes in when considering the effect of the 14th Amendment, to wit Section 1:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. NO STATE SHALL MAKE OR ENFORCE ANY LAW WHICH SHALL ABRIDGE THE PRIVILEGES OR IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The capitalized clause renders ALL the rights in the Constitution applicable to all states and since its passage; rights under state constitutions must meet the minimum federal equivalency standard. States can give citizens more rights than the national government but not fewer rights.

peace4784
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peace4784 10/06/11 - 12:04 pm
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Obviously the art of critical
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Obviously the art of critical thinking is a lost art. How can the church be separate from the state when all churches have a corporate charter issued by the state? That means churches can't just do what the bible teaches. Churches also are obligated to follow certain government laws and regulations. By biblical definition there are no churches. Only nonprofit religious sounding corporations. When this country was founded churches were not incorporated. Pastors were not licensed by the government. Eventually they all caved in to the worldly pressure. What exist today are shams. If a person were to preach purely from the bible they would offend 100% of the listeners and be arrested. Show me a pastor who is not carrying a license and a church not sanctioned by the government and I will show you a true God ordained pastor and true church representing Jesus.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 10/06/11 - 12:25 pm
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The true irony here is that

The true irony here is that this person is thanking god for something that was written by an atheist - Thomas Jefferson. I guess god made that happen, too?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 10/06/11 - 12:33 pm
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Stalin, Hitler, Mao?? Ed

Stalin, Hitler, Mao?? Ed Payne is little more than warmed-over Hank Williams, Jr., without the country music.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 01:22 pm
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carcraft - satanic religious

carcraft - satanic religious expressions aren't allowed on display in schools either, but I don't see you crying about that. As for your "don't pray in school" remark, the AC just ran a story last week about groups of kids gathering together at schools all over the country for "National Day of Prayer". As a former high school teacher, I can tell you there are no rules that prevent students from bringing their bibles to school and reading them on their own time (no during class instruction time) just as they may bring any other reading material. Student's may still pray silently at the beginning of the day, but the entire school population may no longer be forced into school prayer. As for public displays, when told they must also allow displays of other faiths or atheist displays, most municipalities chose to do away with the nativity displays. Guess having to put up that Hindu or Muslim display was just to unappealing to them. hmmm.....someone needs to get their facts straight.

Bruno
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Bruno 10/06/11 - 12:50 pm
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realitycheck09, you are

realitycheck09, you are wrong. Jefferson was a deist not an atheist.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/06/11 - 12:57 pm
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Who says our rights aren't

Who says our rights aren't diminishing?

According to Reuters. "Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'"

"American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials."

"In an ironic turn, Obama...ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush's expansive use of executive power in his war on terrorism"

Watch your backs. Today its muslim terrorists overseas. Tomorrow its folks right here in the USA who disagree with the administration in power.

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harley_52 10/06/11 - 01:00 pm
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Cassandra Harris said...."As

Cassandra Harris said...."As a former high school teacher, I can tell you there is no rules that prevent students......"

Not meaning to sound pious here, but am I safe in assuming you didn't teach English?

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 01:09 pm
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His writings would suggest

His writings would suggest that he was a deist in his younger years, became a deist-agnostic and ended his life as an atheist. The most telling of the intent of the 1st Amendment is found in his statement: "Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

"I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789

"If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? ...Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Law, June 13, 1814

"As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurian. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, Oct. 31, 1819

Looking at his writings concerning religion throughout his life you will see that he waivers back and forth. For those who do not know who Epicurus is, he was one of the first openly atheist writers historians have found who proposed a philosophical theory which denies the existence of a god.

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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 01:19 pm
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hahaha - good catch Harley.

hahaha - good catch Harley. As you know, my grammar mistakes are somewhat rare. No, I did not teach English, I taught science. Believe me I had kids who finished their work early who read their bibles quite often.

As for Jefferson, quotes (I tried to post them in quotation marks, but the spam filter seems to have snatched the post) from his life seem to indicate that he started as a deist, then went on to agnosticism and finally to full atheism. In one letter to William Short, he states that like Short, he (Jefferson) is an Epicurian and goes on to praise the doctrines of Epicurus as being the rational of the moral writings from the Greek and Roman times. For those who are unacquainted with Epicurus, he was one of the foremost Atheist philosophers of ancient times, being credited with the Epicurus Trilemma which gives evidence as to the nonexistence of a god.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 01:23 pm
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Harley - thank you for

Harley - thank you for pointing out my grammar mistake. I have fixed my error.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 01:37 pm
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Rod Serling must be visiting

Rod Serling must be visiting the AC today, two posts disappeared then suddenly reappeared. I'm thinking they were caught in the "twilight zone".

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