Since the Constitution is outdated, let’s abandon it and let Skynet rule America!

Donna Summer died today, aged 63, of Lung Cancer. The Queen of Disco, Diva of the Seventies….all we really are is dust in the wind…..(photo credit: Us Magazine).

So you are probably asking yourself, “What is Duncan doing now? He writes about Ron Paul, he writes about Jesus, he writes about the Joker…..has he finally lost it? Now he writes about disco!?”

While I do love the night life, and I long to boogy (on the disco….oh heck, who am I kidding…..I have no clue what the lyrics are), I’m trying to make a couple of quick points before I get all serious on my overly patient readers.

Only two things are guaranteed….death and taxes….and Obama delivers both….(Picture credit Patsdailyrant.blogspot.com)

Point number one was eloquently portrayed by Mel Gibson‘s Braveheart.

The Princess is begging Longshanks for mercy for William Wallace. But even in his death, the hard-hearted king will not relent. And she whispers, so sadly, so softly….”Death comes to us all.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not wanting to make this a tacky piece criticizing Donna Summer when the poor lady has just died. All I’m trying to say is….you can have all the wealth, power, and fame you want. You’re still going to die.

Which is why you have to make every day count. You never know which one will be your last. Another great line from Braveheart: “Every man dies, not every man truly lives.”

Braveheart

My second point is a little more touchy. Again I don’t mean to be critical of Donna Summers! She’s meeting her Maker, now, and if any criticism needs to be done, then He is sufficient to do it. But disco was one of the shining elements of the 70’s “Me generation.” And that generation is already beginning to grow old and die. I wonder how many folks from that time are regretting some of the choices they made. I wonder how many of them, on their death beds, or in the here-after, realize, too late, that it really isn’t just about “me…..”

Life really doesn’t mean one thin dime if its only lived for oneself.

Braveheart-Who Wants to Live Forever

For the nerds out there, this is Morgoth fighting Fingolfin. For the rest of you, this is the Little Guy trying to fight Big Government and Big Corporatism. (Picture credit: Councelofelrond.com

I’m about 405 words in, now, and I guess I’d better get to my point (or, at least, vaguely justify my grandiose title). So, as I have done in the past, I will try to shed some light on our modern-day with the wisdom of The Federalist Papers.

The Conclusion which I am warrented in drawing from the observations is that a mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of the several departments is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.-Federalist 48. Madison.

You see, even the Founding Father’s knew that, without a freedom loving populace, without a moral people, without an informed voting citizenry, the Constitution would be nothing but an empty piece of paper. And that is why the movement of Ron Paul “crazies,” while they are right to want a return to the Constitution, can only succeed if that Constitution becomes (like God speaks of His own Laws) written in the very hearts of the people.

Cincinattus was the Washington of Rome. He was offered the throne of Rome, and turned it down, believing that the people should be free…..

So where does that leave us….with crooked politicians that believe that you have to “Go along to get along?”

Santorum on Supporting No Child Left Behind: “Sometimes you take one for the team”

And that is how politics has been for at least the last seventy years. You have to compromise your principles. You have to sell your soul. If you want reelected, you have to betray….

Slaves are made in such ways

Braveheart-betrayal

Yes, I know. Many of you big government types, many of you corporate CEOs…you are saying, with Robert the Bruce‘s father….”All men betray….all men lose heart.”

And I say, with that bold king whose blood runs in the veins of my best of friends….”I don’t want to lose heart!

For only if I don’t lose heart, only then can I finally go Home. And only then can I finally be free….

Gladiator: Now we are free

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu90eMHTkMg&feature=related

Oh yeah…I made a reference to the Terminator….well….I’ll be back…..

If coal can turn to diamonds and sand can turn to pearl then love can change the world.  The Gaither’s are so much better than disco.

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Mitt Romney…you can be the Republican nominee….if the price is right!!!!

Girl Scouts hundredth anniversary. We want girls to be strong...unless they disagree with us....

Because the Republican party isn’t making big enough fools of themselves, HBO is making a movie to remind us that Sarah Palin is inferior. The movie is called, Game Change. I really don’t know why the liberal media elite is wasting its time on the subject. Opinion of Sarah Palin notwithstanding, she’s not in the race. She’s not a threat to the Democrat party. The only reason to drag her under the mud now is either to just rub the oppositions nose in their failures, or simply to show HBO as the misogynistic hypocrites they really are.

But I digress.

The liberal media still gloats over the defeat of John McCain. And they think they can do it again with the Hollow Man, Mitt Romney, who they are trying to set up as the nominee so that Obama can have an easy win. Right now, it kind of looks like they may succeed. Which is one reason why I haven’t written in a while. Work has been crazy, and I’m kind of down on the whole world, right now.

Which is exactly the wrong attitude. Jesus wouldn’t let this stuff get Him down.

Right now, I’m still reading The Federalist Papers. Hamilton, in Federalist 8, is revealing the evils of a standing army.

This is absolutely an idea not embraced by either major political party. We’ve had a major standing army since WW II. It seems archaic to think of America without a standing army. I personally think that we live in times that necessitate standing armies. But I think we do need to consider what Hamilton says on the subject.

1. Standing armies tend to prop up the executive branch of government, often at the expense of the legislature and civil liberties.

They [standing armies] would, at the same time, be necessitated to strengthen the executive arm of government, in doing which their constitutions would acquire a progressive direction toward monarchy. It is the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.-Hamilton. Federalist 8.

Let’s face it. All of us were willing to give up some of our civil liberties, after 9/11, for a little security. But I wonder if we have gone to far? I wonder if the terrorists have ultimately won? I wonder if what they wanted all along was to take our liberties from us?

And what if 9/11 was just the excuse The Powers That Be needed in order to take complete control? My last major was psychology. I found a video on-line that is related. I warn you, it is a little slow. It’s just a college professor giving a boring lecture. But if you can deal with the tedium of it, it is very informative. Anyone that has read C. S. LewisThat Hideous Strength will be reminded of the strange combination of science, religion, military and state in that book.

Is America a police state? The role of psychiatry

2. Even before 1984, Hamilton was warning that the mantra of a police state would be, “War is peace!”

The perpetual menacing of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel, its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense.. The continual necessity for their services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The inhabitants of territories, often the theater of war, are unavoidably subjected to the frequent infringements of their rights; which serve to weaken their sense of those rights, and by degrees the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors but as their superiors.-Hamilton. Federalist 8

If you need a perfect example of the above statement, just do some research on feudal Japan. The Samarai were the ruling class. And they were the warrior class. (And sometimes, I almost think they were right…..but I digress again…..)

I cannot exactly prove that the government has set up this state of perpetual war, but I found a video that i think is very intriguing in its implications.

Green light to attack Kuait revealed by Ron Paul

PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG! I am absolutely pro-military. I know too many veterans. The best people I know have either seen war, or, at least, have served their country honorably. But I am absolutely against a police state. Twenty years ago, I could never have imagined that things would get this bad, without me firing a shot, or at least doing something drastic in order to change the state of things. But I’m afraid that I am spineless. All I do is “lift things up and put them down!”

And type on my little blog.

Ain’t it funny how many hundreds of thousand of soldiers we can recruit with nerve. But we can’t find one politician in a million with backbone.-Will Rogers, Feb. 18, 1929.

Ron Paul goes for delegates on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday is looming in just a few hours. I’ve had a couple of days off, and tomorrow I’ll return to my job, where it will be a madhouse race against the clock to make it to the polling places to get to vote. (I’m in retail, remember. In this state, the foodstampers get theirs on the first, fifth, and tenth. So I’ll have tons of work to do, but little time in which to do it).

Candidate Ron Paul is continuing in his unorthodox strategy of going for delegates, ignoring the media as it continues to insist that he can’t win. Maybe that is one of the reasons why I support him so ardently. I’ve never liked bullies (and I see liberal and conservative media as mere bullies). I’ve often rooted for the underdog. What am I saying….most of my life, I’ve been the underdog.

I wrote that I was going to do a review of The Federalist papers. But then, I can’t resist the lure of writing about Super Tuesday, at least a little bit (even though I realize that the big media types will say everything that really needs to be said about it). I’ve read the first 62 pages, and I think I can tie some of this material together with modern times.

1. In the time of the eighteenth century, great men realized that other great men might disagree with them. In the twenty-first century, petty men pretend to disagree, while they actually do exactly the same things as their opposition.

So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgement, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. The circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so thoroughly persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy.-Hamilton, Federalist 1.

Nothing changes with the oversea adventures. Nothing changes with the monetary policy. Nothing changes with the deficits. Nobody seems to care about personal liberties. ..what’s happening in Washington with Republican and Democrats, everything is spent on gaining power.-Ron Paul, as quoted on cbsnews.com.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57390220/ron-paul-predicts-3-wins-on-super-tuesday/

The Constitutional Convention was basically a debate of the greatest American minds of the time to determine how our nation should be governed. (John Adams was missing from it. He was an ambassador in Europe at the time.) While there was an intense amount of spirited debate, most of these men admired and respected each other. There was a great deal of diversity in backgrounds, philosophy, and status of all these men. But most of them believed that the other men were sincerely trying to do right by their country.

Now we live in a time when men in position and power are no longer there to provide people with liberty, but to aggrandize themselves at the expense of the people. We are well on the road back to serfdom. We wouldn’t have a Constitutional Convention now. We’d debate it in committee, tack on about two thousand pages of earmarks and pork projects, stonewall it to grandstand to our constituents, and then the President would ignore it and made an Executive Order. (Bush and Obama both did this, so don’t think I’m picking sides when I criticize this activity.) In the meanwhile, the Supreme Court would make decisions based on foreign laws, ignoring both the Constitution and American precedent, and the decision would be enforced by the Executive Branch only based off of whether it expanded the power of the Presidency (or was just massively popular in the polls.

2. Leaders of the eighteenth century patterned themselves after great statesmen whose contributions stood the test of time. Twenty-first century leaders pattern themselves after third graders and couldn’t care less how their decisions will affect posterity.

I can’t help but feel the contrast between the men of today, who tout the issue of birth control (both sides are hiding behind women, while caring nothing about women at all), while the Republic teeters over a cliff, and the great men of the Constitutional Convention, who deliberately limited their own power so that the nation could be better served. The writers of The Federalist Papers signed each article with the pseudonym of Publius. Before I chose Duncan as a pseudonym, I strongly thought about calling myself Publius. But then, I know that there is no real comparison between myself and the Founding Fathers. They carved a great nation out of the American bedrock, and I can’t even get out of retail. But let me tell you who Publius was, who the Founding Fathers wanted to be like.

Rome became a Republic after the overthrow of the Tarquin kings (I’ve always wondered if this was where George Lucas got the name….). I won’t go into the whole story. The Tarquin kings became rapacious, and the people overthrew them to be free of their tyranny. Publius was in the forefront of that rebellion. He was instrumental in the founding of the Roman Republic. He helped balance the aristocratic Senate with a democratic base. Sound familiar at all?

Perhaps it doesn’t. I think our days as a Republic may be limited. I don’t know what I can do. I know I don’t have the greatness of a Washington, Publius….or even a Ron Paul. But hopefully, I can post this blog….and maybe even get off on time to vote!

Freedom rings for Ron Paul

We the people....or we the monster corporations.....?

Rush Limbaugh has become, since the end of the Reagan presidency, the voice of the Conservative movement. And there was a time when I loved him dearly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate him or wish him ill. I just don’t feel that he has much to teach me, any more. I learned a lot from him at a time in my life when I was very confused. He helped me to clarify some of my thinking. And he helped keep my flagging interest in politics from dying away completely. Now everyone is angry with him for calling Sandra Fluke some unflattering names. Frankly, I barely care any more. I don’t understand why she matters. I don’t understand why everyone is making such a big deal out of contraception. It really seems to me that the media elite is setting up a straw dog so that they can deflect our attention away from what is really going on.

While the Left and the Right are in a name calling contest to see who can act most like 12-year-olds, our freedoms are being trampled, our money is being stolen, our hopes are being broken, our dreams are being shattered, and our supremacy is being undermined. And don’t fool yourself. Its being done by both parties. There really isn’t any difference between the two, any more. Both parties have sold us down the river.

When I was told about Rush Limbaugh, I was a National Merit Scholar. I don’t like to talk much about that time of my life, because, while it was the greatest honor of my life (other than marrying my wife and fathering my child), it became the greatest embarrassment of my life. I’ve spent the last twenty years telling almost no one that I had been a National Merit Scholar just to avoid the shame of explaining how I lost it, and how I ended up in a lifetime of dead-end jobs.

But my purpose here is not to rehash lost dreams in my own personal life. I’m trying to do the very little that I can to wake America back up. I bring up my lost scholarship for one purpose only.

My second semester of collage, there was an honors coarse offered at my alma mater covering The Federalist Papers. I never took the coarse, never read the book. And have felt ashamed of myself, ever since. I’ve felt like a failure for twenty years. And while I’ve lived in the shadow of lost past glories, I have watched my beloved nation turn her back on everything that made her great, and start steering for the jagged rocks of an unfriendly shore.

Super Tuesday is coming up, and I am afraid that perhaps Ron Paul may not do so well. I’m losing faith in the American public to do what is in their own best interests. But I’m not a big media outlet. I’ve had less than 500 views. I’ve three bloggers following (all three, may I add, are way the heck better than I am at this blogging thing. They’ve little idea how please I am that they chose to “follow” me!) And I don’t see how I can have much positive impact in the next two days.

But, like my forebears in Valley Forge (I had an ancestor who was a Sergeant in the Revolution, though I can’t remember if he was at Valley Forge or not), win or lose, I can’t bear the thought of submissively going down, slavishly, without a fight. I must “fire a few shots” for liberty, even if I am fighting for a lost cause.

So what I propose to do (and reader feedback is warmly welcome….though please keep it constructive….) is to read The Federalist Papers, as I should have twenty years ago, and compare them to our modern times. Over the next few posts, I’ll relate some of the things I read, and give my own random comments on the subject. Right now, the wife is waiting for me to finish this thing, and I’ll end it with a video that I found very interesting.

Ron Paul Supporters in Oklahoma Fight Back and WIN

The Federalist Papers sold their generation on the Constitution. Why is it so hard to sell this generation the ideas of freedom?