Heros, Patriots and our President!

By: Richard H. Frank

I expect if a survey was taken today asking the American on the street the meaning of Memorial Day we would be shocked at the answers we would receive. For most young people, and many under 50 years of age, it is a holiday that ushers in the summer season for all the fun activities such as swimming, boating, barbeque and celebration with drink and huge fireworks displays. Those of us having received a more traditional education, and for many having lived the horrors of war, understand the real meaning of the Holiday. We honor the memory and service of those heros and patriots that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Following the Civil War it was called “Decoration Day” for the observance of those families that decorated the graves of those killed in the fight to preserve our Union and Constitution. In 1868 the day assumed the title of Memorial Day and in 1971 was finally recognized in the “National Holiday Act” as the official day in remembrance of those who have died in the service of our country and to preserve America’s liberty. Today we honor those heros and patriots that paid the highest price for the freedoms we enjoy in America today. Their sacrifices were as follows for those of you that did not have the advantage of an unaltered history education:

  • Civil War – 618,000 killed.
  • WWI – 908,371 killed.
  • WWII – 292,000 killed.
  • Korea – 33,665 killed.
  • Vietnam – 58,226 killed.
  • Golf I – 378 killed.
  • Iraq – 4287 killed and counting.

That totals 1, 343,927 souls that have sacrificed their lives in fulfillment of their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and to preserve our liberties. These are the men and women we honor on Memorial Day. The tradition is that our President lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as our country’s acknowledgement to their ultimate sacrifice is an honored tradition not to be taken lightly. Yet today we are told that President Obama will delegate the ceremony to Vice President Biden as he is taking a long weekend holiday with his family in Chicago, but will be back to greet Paul McCarthy. Apparently our Commander-in-Chief doesn’t feel the photo-op of placing the wreath is as important as his appearance at the Lincoln Cemetary in Chicago, or is it that he will make some “token” appearance to honor our soldiers. What must the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan think about choosing where they would like to be  when meeting their sworn responsibility this Memorial Day?

General George S. Patton was vilified for reportedly slapping a soldier for what he perceived as being  a coward. Patton said his purpose was to restore the individual’s integrity and honor to service for his country. President Obama’s decision not to participate in the Arlington ceremony constitutes a  slap in the face to every man and woman who served in the military and makes general Patton’s actions look like a national hero.

For the first time in my life I am ashamed of the President of the United States. Not the Office of the President but the man holding that office. I am sure I speak for many veterans and gallant men serving our country today. Not withstanding our President, ” May God bless America and those brave Americans serving our nation today and the memory of those that have served in the past!”

Ring Around the Rosey, a Pocket Full of Posies; Ashes, Ashes, We all Fall Down!

by Richard H. Frank

The old children’s playground singing game aptly describes the current global economy.  The interdependence between nations resulting from globalization of markets and currency has reached a point where failure of the smallest world economy creates a ripple effect for every currency and economy throughout the world.  Just as stated in this nursery rhyme, “we all fall down” when failure of the economic condition in one country’s economy is felt by all other connected world economies. Case in point is Greece and the European Union.

The world banking organizations are in fact the “ring around the rosie” and pursue the quest to control everything of value, and thereby to acquire ultimate power.  Those who support globalization see one world finances as the first step to one world governance.  Therefore, controlling the world finances will ultimately lead to one world government.

The “pocket full of posies” is the sentimental refrain reflecting the socialist’s vision of a utopian world. All things being equal for everyone and redistribution of wealth without regard to the individuals contribution is the socialists view  of a pocket full of posies.  Unfortunately, this view leads to total control by Government and ultimately tyranny.

Lastly, the rhyme tells us what happens when the world view of globalization ultimately fails and is consumed by its very existence.  “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down” is the warning against becoming  inextricably entwined with the political and economic interest of foreign countries.  When failure of those who embrace socialists’ doctrine occur they take down all governments and economies financially tied to their existence.

Thus, we cannot afford to bail out any European country for their failure to control their own appetite for uncontrolled spending, promises of unending entitlements and indebtedness.  The same warning holds true for our own Government’s appetite for uncontrolled spending, unfunded mandates and exploding deficit.

The words of Thomas Jefferson ring true when he said “Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship with All Nations – Entangling Alliances with None.” This was the founders doctrine of “separatism” not “isolationism” and needs to be the doctrine of the United States today and forever.

Wake up and Recognize the Warning Signs!

by Jayne D. Frank

With every passing night, we watch the news about the European financial crises which are  intrinsically wound with the United States. We watch as N. Korea thumbs it nose at S. Korea and the United States in a new “dare ya” scenario as they kill hundreds of people, intending to instigate  something with both countries.  Americans see indications every day on the news that the Iranian leadership is laughing at the United States’ lack of will to impose stiff sanctions on them for their defiance of their promise not to become a nuclear power.

In our own country, we see the most  corrupt government that I can remember in my lifetime, continue to pass illegal legislation such as Obamacare, refuse to defend the U.S. by protecting and securing our borders.  They bad-mouth the only media in the country that tells us the truth and they are passing laws that are going to silence discourse once and for all on the internet, and through trying to enforce the fairness doctrine.  The Administration is forcing higher taxes on individuals and businesses, all in an attempt to redistribute wealth and end the free enterprise system as we know it.  This is also an attempt to make the U.S. a part of the “global economic system.”

All Americans reading this blog must wake up out of their stupor!  We are on the precipice of losing our beloved Constitutionally driven, and God-given, freedom-loving Country.  It is now almost June 1 and the very first time we have to do anything positive which will tell the Obama Administration and Congress that we do not approve of their agenda and course of action and we will not stand silent, is the 2010 elections.

It is incumbant on all conservative, freedom-loving patriots to form together with other like-minded Americans because “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” and we must stand as ONE, speak as ONE, and try to restore our Republic as ONE!  There are dozens of great patriotic groups out there doing the work to get the people out of Congress who are not performing as their constituents have asked.  There are watchdogs groups that are watching legislation being introduced by both Houses of Congress so that we know what the Government is trying to do to us.  Many of these groups back conservative candidates and put their money behind these candidates.  All of these efforts to do one thing – restore honor and integrity to our U. S. Government and to start to push back on the socialist agenda of the Obama Administration.

If you have not joined a 912 group, Resistnet, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Patriots, American Solutions, or any other group that has conservative principles and values as its platform, shame on you!  Don’t be one of those people who whines about was is going wrong without doing your best to change it.  Don’t think that conservative candidates get elected without hard work from people who agree with them.  And most of all, don’t think that it won’t matter anyway in the 2010 elections and stay home!

“Why would you put people in charge of government that don’t want to do it?”

by Jayne D. Frank

The very caustic and belligerent Congressman Alan Grayson from FL gave me the perfect line today, as my Title, for this article about President Obama’s failure to protect and defend Americans.  This past week has shown how very weak the President is on national security.  His Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, was asked to leave his position by the Administration obviously because he is a true professional, former Admiral, who took his duty and job seriously with his advice and positions to the President, and that advice feel on deaf ears as Obama’s global strategy is to coddle terrorists, dismantle America’s strategic defensive capability, apology for our Country, and placate radical Muslims around the world.  Forcing someone out of this critical key national security position at a time when obviously threats are being ratcheted up to pre-911 levels, is a dereliction of Obama’s oath as President to defend our country.  Mr. Blair served 34 years in the Navy, ending it as Commander-in-Chief of United States Pacific Command and was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses.  He obviously had more knowledge about intelligence, terrorism and strategy for the defense of America than all of Obama’s left-wing staff put together, but it is obvious that his confrontations with President Obama on matters on intelligence are what led to his resignation.

In another well-planned maneuver, certainly with the blessing and prodding of Obama (so he can stay undercover), John Morton, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, this week proclaimed that “he might not process and deport people handed over to him by Arizona law enforcement officials.”  Is that right, Mr. Morton?  Are you publicly stating in front of all the American People and your President that you will not uphold the law on the books of the United States to properly screen, process, detain and/or deport illegal aliens that are caught in this country?

Not only is Arizona’s law a mirror image of, and less stringent than, the Federal law regarding our border security, but this law is necessary because the President and this Administration refuses to do their job, putting citizens in our Country, especially the vulnerable border states such as Arizona, in fear for their safety.   This failure of the Federal Government also affects the economic future of our very nation because we just can’t illegal immigration anymore!

Mr. Morton, in his March 18, 2010 Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Budget for ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), said these very words about his duty as Asst. Secretary of Homeland Security and as the head of ICE:

  • “ICE protects the security of the American people and the homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.”
  • ICE officers enforce civil immigration laws to secure the homeland and protect our communities who support terrorism, criminal aliens, alien gang members, and human rights violators … and by removing these aliens… provides integrity to the nation’s immigration system.”
  • ICE is strategically located … in border cities… to support the nation’s border security efforts… by combating trans-border crime by securing our borders.
  • “Border enforcement and combating border violence are key components of our mission.”
  • “Improving coordination and partnerships with federal, STATE, local … law enforcement, particularly in the border region, is essential to securing our nation against the threat of cartel violence.”
  • Ice “continues to reverse the practice of catch and release” at the border.
  • “We enforce criminal laws related to immigration in an effort to reduce the pressure at the border.””
  • The Secure Communities program continues to …support the identification, arrest, detention, processing and removal of criminal aliens…” in our communities.
  • “…we have established that participating local law enforcement agencies pursue the criminal charge that originally caused the offender to be taken into custody.” Dhs.gov/…/testimony_1271443011074

So where is the outrage over the happenings of this week?  Mr. Morton should be fired for his subordination of duty by his statement this week, and President Obama cannot go unchallenged because his silence on the matter is deafening.

National security of this Country has been a low priority for this Administration.  Instead, it is being used as a political lever seeking support of Obama’s agenda by the Hispanic community.  70% of Americans favor enforcing the existing laws on our borders and support Arizona’s legal efforts to do the job our Federal Government won’t do!

The Office of the Presidency and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”

By: Richard H. Frank

The growth of our Federal Government and the usurpation of power by the Executive branch in recent years have approximated the Founders definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Today the public equates the charge to treason, bribery and perjury committed by the President of the United States as high crimes. The Founders reasoned that holders of government office should be held to a higher standard and the real motivation for their inclusion of these terms in Article II Section 4 of the Constitution went far beyond that which would be applied under the law to ordinary citizens. The term “high” referred to those holding “high office” and not the level of the crime in itself. Their understanding of the term “perjury” related to not just lying under oath when giving testimony, but failing to uphold his or her oath of office to which they are elected or appointed.

Article II Section I Clause 8 of the Constitution requires the President to “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United states.” He is bound by this oath in ALL MATTERS until he leaves office. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and to be upheld in ALL MATTERS not when it is politically advantageous to do so and ignore when it suits some political ideology or agenda.

In the view of our Founders Congressional members, Presidents and Federal Jurists have all violated their oath of office during recent administrations, and are rarely if ever called to account for their actions. They have committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the guise of executive orders or fiat, allowing appointment of Czars, and legislating from the bench. They are guilty of violation of separation of powers and imposition of law through bureaucratic rules and regulations without regard to legislative action.

Any public statement is perjury if it is a lie, and not necessary to deceive the enemy if it involves national security according to John Roland of the Constitution Society in his article entitled “Meaning of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Any candidate for high office may make untrue statements during his campaign, but must tread lightly once elected to such office when making claims to further his agenda. A case in point are the many statements made by President Obama regarding the Affordable Health Care legislation recently signed into law which have now been proven to be untrue.

What is even more troubling is the President’s failure, along with the Secretary of Homeland Security, to control the southern border between Mexico and the United States. This is a blatant disregard of their oath of office and presents a material breach of the law that is sufficient to call for impeachment proceedings. Failure to act and uphold the law is no defense against the charge and should be dealt with by the Senate immediately. The President is not immune to prosecution for failure of another government official from performing their Constitutional duty. He by virtue of his office is responsible to see that his appointees uphold the law. He is legally responsible for everything that anyone in the executive branch is doing or not doing to discharge the responsibility of their office. His failure to take action to uphold the law makes him equally guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

If we continue to allow the elected officials in our government, regardless of what branch they function within, to violate their solemn oath we will contribute to the ultimate destruction and elimination of our Constitution. Start now and hold our Federal Government accountable to the true sovereigns “We the People” for upholding their oath of office and not continuing to govern against the will of the electorate.

Remember, “When the people fear the government we have tyranny.” “When the government fears the people we have liberty.” Let liberty prevail!

Seventeen Months of Pain – Not “Hope and Change!”

by Richard H. Frank

May 20, 2010 marks the seventeenth month since Barack Obama became President of the United States. Those of us fortunate enough to have experienced “three score and ten” years as citizens of this magnificent Republic no longer recognize this country in which we have worked, fought and in many cases watched our friends and family die for to defend against tyranny.

Today we witnessed our President welcome Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the United States. President Obama once again took advantage of the occasion to trash Arizona’s law against “illegal immigration” when he stated their law was “ill advised, misdirected” and was being reviewed by “HIS” Justice Department to make recommendations as to how Washington should address the problem. Further he went on to say that Congress needed to examine “reasonable, safe” immigration reform to guard against the potential to discriminate against and employ racial profiling to Hispanics and thus protect “visitors” and tourists and those otherwise conducting legitimate business in the United States. I thought the Justice Department belonged to the people and was not the personal property of Obama. Once again he reverted to the now predictable pattern of describing the crisis, creating a straw man, identifying the bogeyman and coming to the aid of the victims all while never accepting any responsibility for the situation at hand; also in essence offering another apology for America’s behavior.

• The Crisis – Arizona enacting legislation to do the job of law enforcement the Federal Government has failed to do.

 • The Straw Man – Using racial profiling as a means for enactment of the law.

 • The Bogeyman – All the racist Arizona law enforcement officers and Arizona’s Governor.

 • The Victim – All the legal Hispanic people that will be unlawfully detained under this law.

So far as President Calderon commenting on Arizona’s law he would be wise to bone up on Mexico’s onerous immigration law before throwing stones at anything we do in the United States. Mexico doesn’t allow people to remain in the country who are not “stable”, have a record, don’t have their own health insurance or can prove their ability to take care of themselves economically, and many can be thrown out on somewhat of a whim if they don’t think you are compatible with the country; deportation and prison sentences accompany many of these acts. They are very serious about protecting their own borders. President Obama and his Administration have attacked Americans that support enforcing the current immigration law (approximately 70%) as racist, xenophobes or hate mongers. Once again he has shown his will, along with that of the 111th Congress, to govern against the will of the people in order to advance his agenda.

The American people recognize a con man when they see one and are becoming acutely aware of the spin placed on the real world situation in the country today. When the President states that 9.9% unemployment is a sign of a recovering economy the people know the real number is 17.2% and there is no major improvement in sight. The people have listened to all the promises made about the Obama agenda to “fundamentally transform America” and the legislation that was sure to cure all the problems left by the previous administration. So today we have endured the pain of all these cures:

• TARP

• Auto Company Bailouts

• Stimulus I and II

• Obamacare

• His push for Cap and Trade on the horizon

• Amnesty and Comprehensive Immigration Reform yet to come

Thus far all these wonderful actions have done nothing but to double the national debt in just 17 months to it highest level in the history of the country. Every measurable that was identified as improving as a result of his agenda has deteriorated. Health care costs have risen and the mythical $2500.00 savings per family is no longer talked about. Likewise all the congressional fixes to the Senate bill have vanished into thin air since Obama signed the bill into law. The promise that the law would not add to the deficit has also been broken as indicated in the latest CBO estimates.

No matter how the Administration and the media attempt to spin reality, every American recognizes the impact of this Administration’s attack on the free enterprise system and capitalism as a whole, has taken on our nation. Ronald Reagan once asked, “Are we better off today than we were four years ago?” I think most Americans would answer with a resounding NO! What is more, we cannot see any relief or improvement for our children in the foreseeable future.

In just seventeen short months we have endured more pain than Jimmy Carter and his inept administration could create in four years. We have a Homeland Security Department unable to control our borders against terrorists and illegal entry to this country. We have an Attorney General dedicated to giving terrorists the rights of every American citizen for fear of designating them as enemy combatants and offending the Muslim community around the world.

After 911 the outcry was to be able to “connect the dots” with regard to intelligence gathered against those wishing us harm and our enemies. So today we have enacted tough security at our airports to guard against those that pose a threat. We cannot profile as the security personal randomly scan and pat down innocent passengers. The sight of an elderly Nun standing with arms and legs spread while a TSA agent wands her for weapons is becoming commonplace at our airports. And yet the “Underwear Bomber,” “Times Square Car Bomber” and the shooting by an Army Officer at Fort Hood all revealed information in the possession of our authorities that should have been red flags to alert us to their intentions. The grace of God alone prevented two out of three disasters. We may not be so lucky next time.

Seventeen months gone and thirty-one to go before we can really “hope” to experience “change.” With regard to Obama’s agenda we must demand that our elected representatives continue to say “NO.” I am not sure we will ever be able to rectify and reverse the damage this Congress and Administration has done to the Republic. The Constitution provides the means to provide “justice for all” not “social justice” for the few. We must return to the Values and Principles enumerated by our Founding Fathers.

When Political Ideology Replaces the Law, Anarchy Prevails!

By: Richard H. Frank  

We are witnessing a classic struggle between liberal, progressive ideology and the rule of law with regard to Arizona’s enforcement of Federal illegal immigration law by a sovereign state. National polls indicate that the people overwhelmingly support Arizona’s position in passing a law empowering state and local law enforcement to uphold the Federal immigration law not being enforced by Federal authorities. In spite of the evidence and these polls there are 30 states and 141 cities in the country considered as sanctuary locations for illegal immigrants. A comprehensive list of these locations may be found by visiting http://www.ojjpac.org/sanctuary.asp. Obviously the state and local governments for these sanctuary locations are not representative of their legal constituents.

The 1996 Federal “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act” requires that local governments are to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce the Federal law. Apparently the elected officials in these 30 states and 141 cities consider themselves above the law. Their measures to pass so called “sanctuary policies” are within themselves unconstitutional as opposed to Arizona’s law which upholds the Federal statute.

Instead of fulfilling their responsibility to uphold the law and the Constitution we see politicians, some governors, mayors and congressmen proposing a boycott of Arizona. Certainly these opponents have a right to their opinion and to speak their mind, but they also have a duty to uphold the law. They are complicit  in anarchy and just as guilty of breaking the law as those that cross the border illegally. If we are truly a nation of laws, then why are the citizens not invoking their right to recall and/or replace these individuals? The answer lays in the analysis of the liberal, progressive ideology of the states sponsoring the sanctuary movement. Consider the following:

  • California has 30 sanctuary cities.
  • Colorado has 9 sanctuary cities.
  • New Jersey has 9 sanctuary cities.
  • New York has 11 sanctuary cities.
  • Texas had 13 sanctuary cities.

California, New Jersey and New York are states all on the verge of bankruptcy largely due to their unsustainable appetite for entitlement programs including welfare payments to illegal immigrants. Most other states sponsoring sanctuary policies either have predominately Hispanic populations, or are disproportionately represented by liberal progressives in both political parties. The true underlying problem is liberalism and the unending costs associated with the parasitic welfare programs sucking the life from the economy of these states to the point of extinction. Once bankrupt they will look to the Federal Government and the taxpaying public to bail them out. This is not the change America voted for in the 2008 election.

Those who cry out for “comprehensive immigration reform” are naive and have learned nothing from past efforts to fix the problem without imposing strict control over our borders. The proposal for amnesty and/or a rapid path to citizenship without border control will only compound the problem in the future. As with the “Health Care Reform”, another 2000+ page piece of legislation will just kick the problem down the road for a decade and incur more unintended consequences, before we will be faced with the unending economic costs for failure to enforce our current immigration law.

Dane Webster said “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” “We the People” must guard against the good intentions of the liberal progressives and hold them in check through the chains of the constitution before their good intentions prove to be the destruction of the Republic.

A line from Shakespeare said”beware the ides of March”; it is time that we beware the ides of Greece or we will face the same destiny from the cancer of “liberal progressive” ideology.