Monday, January 31, 2005

Gun Control... Controlling the Citizenry

Gun Control…Controlling the Citizenry



A government cannot control its citizens without gun control in the extreme. I mean… taking away the guns of those citizens.



The founders of the US understood this and they thoughtfully granted the citizens of the US the right to bear arms. So long as the citizens exercise that right we will be free. Soon after giving it up, we will be a totalitarian nation. It is just that simple.



I have heard all the arguments for taking away our guns and they all ring hollow when presented side by side with the facts.



Look, if you want to reduce gun deaths in America, you have to change people’s conduct. The gun is just a cold piece of machinery. It does what it is commanded to do.



The silly argument, which says the founders intended only members of the Militia to possess arms, is ridiculous. OK, who is the militia? Huh? No, it is not the National Guard. No, it is not the Reserves, and no, it is not the organized Armed Forces of the United States. Let’s look at the Federal Law on the militia. Paraphrasing the US Code title 10, section 311: “all males born in the US are automatically members of the US Militia from age 17 through age 46”.



I’m not a member of the NRA. But, I wish them well.



Our freedom is far too precious to allow the anti gun lobby to take it away. The gun bought us our freedom and it keeps us free. Take away the gun and those with murder in their hearts will still murder… by other means. Remember, Cain had not a single gun.



In the Nation’s capitol, where gun ownership is illegal, they have more murders than any other place in the country. How can that be? Murder comes from the heart, not from the gun.



A wise man once said: “Freedom stands on five boxes: The Soap Box, The Ballot Box, the Jury Box, the Witness Box, and… the Cartridge Box.



There can be no compromise with those who would disarm our populace. We must fight to keep our second amendment rights, for nothing less than our freedom is at stake.




One of our founding fathers had this to say on our right to bear arms:

"[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. ---James Madison,
The Federalist Papers, No. 46.





Finally, no less a person than “founding father” Patrick Henry said the following:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.”




Never give up your gun for it is your freedom.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”

















Sunday, January 30, 2005

Has "Teddy"slipped a cog??

Has “Teddy” slipped a cog?



Senator Ted Kennedy has really gone off the deep end this time. Earlier this week, Teddy, spoke to an audience at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In his remarks he claimed the US was the problem in Iraq. He demanded the President bring our troops home now. He wants a withdrawal started immediately after the Iraqi elections.



Now, Teddy has made some blunders in his lifetime, (now, lets give him credit… a LOT of blunders). But, this ranks right up there with Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time” promise of the 1930’s. This is pitiful!



Another of Great Britain’s Prime Ministers, one with a heck of a lot more backbone, once said: “Appeasement is feeding the alligator… in hopes that he will eat you last”! Winston Churchill made that remark. He was “dead on”.



Now here comes Teddy offering to appease the terrorists, by cutting and running. How utterly Looney!



To desert our post now, would open the door to the entire Middle East for a complete takeover by the “militant Islamists”, and they would do it. Never mind the fact that they will continue their war against us, and all western nations, until the last man.



Kennedy’s remarks are a slap in the face to our armed forces, and especially to the families of those soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq.



The Senator’s idiotic demands are truly breathtaking! Has he lost touch, completely, with reality? Or, has he simply slipped his leash and his handlers have lost complete control of him.



Is Teddy just playing to his political base? Oh, sure! The left wing lunatics have taken complete control of the Democratic Party and are now driving it to Perdition. The left-wingers in Congress, who have been hiding behind “Moderate” facades, apparently feel it is safe for them to show their true colors now. Teddy, as a leading light of the left, apparently feels free to make these wild, nonsensical demands on the Current Administration. His remarks demonstrate the reason a New Englander hasn’t a hope of a snowball in hell of getting elected with Southern votes! (Note to the Left…you can’t get elected without us! Don’t take my word for it. Just ask John Kerry. He thought he could, too!)



Thank God, President Bush will stay the course in Iraq (and Iran, soon.) Teddy can blow, and bluster, and postulate his air-headed defiance of common sense as much as he likes. I must say, it is great fun to watch him flail about as his party implodes upon itself. But, it does bother me to know that he is now doing for Al Qaida what Senator John Kerry did for the Viet Cong in Vietnam. Kennedy’s remarks this week make great propaganda for the morale of the Terrorists troops.



His performance this week was pitiful and pathetic. It resembled the last spasm of a dying dinosaur. Shameful. Absolutely shameful.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”






Saturday, January 29, 2005

A Worldwide Tax?

A Worldwide Tax?



Not so many weeks ago, there was talk at the UN of a worldwide tax for something or other. We laughed it off. The UN is so puffed-up with it’s own self-importance nothing much surprises us coming from that crowd of international scalawags.



Now our old friend (Well, he SAYS he’s our Old Friend!) Jacques Chirac, of France, is proposing much the same thing. This time it is to alleviate the Aids situation in Africa. Ostensibly.



Look, “Ole Jack” is so far over the top he is verging on the “pitiful”. His ambition to become the President of the United States of Europe is fogging what little brain he has left. He spews forth these idyllic hallucinations as a matter of course these days. Ole Jack needs help. Serious help. His inferiority complex, and that of his nation, France, is getting out of hand… again.



The socialism of Europe is not going to fly in America, as the Democratic Party is learning… much to their chagrin. The Southern States will not allow it. The northern states will most likely slip away, at some point in the future, into the cesspool of socialism such as that of Jacques Chirac and the Old Europe.



So, when Chirac, or the UN, begins talking about a worldwide tax, we Southerners laugh. I mean… a “body shaking” belly laugh. The ridiculous proposal is, in fact laughable, but it is also a fa├žade for danger. The danger lurking behind it is encroaching Socialism and One World Government.



We Southerners are not “Globalists”. Even today we want ”to be left alone”. We are not interested in becoming a part of any “One World Government”. We will be on the front lines in the fight to stop such proposals as a worldwide tax, proposed by Mr. Chirac, or the push for Global Government.



It is always good to remember that Thomas Jefferson said: “The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.” These days we must watch even those who call themselves “our friends”.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





















Friday, January 28, 2005

Will Condi Run For President?

Will Condi Run For President?





Why did the Dems fight Condoliza Rice’s nomination for Secretary of State of the US so energetically? (The US Senate confirmed her Jan 26th, 2005.)



Because they’re scared. They’re terrified of Ms. Rice.



For years we have been told at every opportunity, by the Dems, that Hillary Clinton is the smartest woman in the world. She owns the keys to the Whitehouse. She has been ordained the “President in Waiting”, the “Heir Apparent”, etc. etc..



Now a challenger is looming on the political horizon. She, too, is a woman. She, too, is brilliant. She, too, is a politician. She, too, is aimed at the Whitehouse.



There the similarities come to a screeching halt. You see… she is a Black woman and she is a Republican.



Blacks are Democrats…right? No, that’s not right. Some Black people have left the Democratic Plantation. Ms. Rice saw early on in her life that success for Black people was with the political party which didn’t just talk about advancement for Black people but actually saw to it opportunities were available for them. She went to the political party, which actually invited Black people to join the “American Dream” as a participating member and not just a recipient of the legendary largesse of the democrats socialistic programs, which throttle the aspirations of Black Americans and hold them in the clutches of victimhood.



While the likes of Barbara Boxer, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy, those glimmering, shimmering, sparkling “jewels of socialism”, in the US Senate, made complete fools of themselves by showing their true feelings toward a black person who presents a threat to their idealism, Ms. Rice calmly sailed through their maelstrom of hypocritical slander. Their conduct was shameful. Their bitterness is exceeded only by their fear of Ms. Rice. She puts the lie to everything they have preached about Black Victimhood for decades.



Ms. Rice is now the "Secretary of State" of the United States of America. She may well be the Republican candidate for President in 2008. Now, wouldn’t that be something?



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





Thursday, January 27, 2005

No to Nation Building !

No to Nation Building!



I fall into the category of people who do not agree with Nation Building. Especially Nation Building using US Troops to do it.



We are wasting treasure and the youth of our nation on an effort to build a nation in Iraq. I was all for the war, and I still am. We did what needed doing.



The Iraqi Elections are coming up in a few days. That should be the end of the US involvement with Iraq.



I do not buy the argument “we broke it, now it’s ours.” I am all for destroying a country which poses a threat to the US. Then, we should leave and let those who perpetrate such evil on Americans make do, for themselves, as best they can. Most, in Iraq, see the bombing and rebuilding by US forces as some sort of “Urban Renewal”.



Enough.



A destroyed country should be a part of the “payback” when the US troops enter a country on a military mission.



It is only a matter of time until Iraq is right back in the hands of a strong man dictator, or becomes an Islamic state like Iran. I believe only a strong dictator can rule those people.



We have got to understand. You cannot free slaves. Only slaves can free themselves. It is a natural law.



If the Iraqis want freedom and democracy, they will fight for it. If not, well…tough!



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Elections are coming!

Elections are coming!



How’s that? We just completed an election and, an Inaugural, right? So, what gives?



Iraq gives, that’s what!



The first democratic election is to be held in Iraq this weekend. The first ever! Registration for these elections is very high and a turnout of 80% or more is expected. That will surpass the 60% record turnout of the US voters in November 2004! (And nobody was shooting at us, or trying to blow us up, at the polling places.)



Our old friends in the “Main Stream Media”(read “democratic controlled” media) are telling us, already, how these elections will fail. How the Iraqis will never accept them as legitimate, and we should put them off for another six months. If the Press had its way, there would be no elections in Iraq, period! As a matter of fact, if they had their way, Hussein would still be in power in Iraq!



This barrage of negativism from the “MSM” (Main Stream Media) was not unexpected. Their hatred of George Bush exceeds their loyalty to this country. They want our efforts in the Middle East, especially Iraq, to fail. Anything that might cause President Bush, and the Republicans, to look good must fail. And they will do everything in their power to make that happen. They have yet to understand that their efforts, in support of the Democratic Candidate in our own recent elections, did more harm to the political party they support than, the stumbling, and fumbling, of their totally inept candidate. But, hey, that’s OK by me. We’ll take all the help we can get.



The sooner the elections are held in Iraq, the sooner US troops can get out of that hellhole. Little by little, we will down grade our garrison there… after the elections. We will never again be able to leave the Iraqi people totally alone, because the trouble makers will re-take the government and return it to the pre-war dictatorship, which was alive and well before US troops hit the sand and snatched Hussein from his hole in the ground.



No, the US now has a permanent presence in the Persian Gulf area. We’re there forever. Why, because that’s where the oil is. Until the leftist “tree-huggers” lay off and allow us to knock holes in the tundra in Alaska, and get that oil, we have no choice but to keep those middle eastern oil fields available to the nations of the west. More US young people will die. But, the tree huggers think more of caribou than humans anyway, so they don’t seem to mind when the lives of America’s youth is spent to keep their cars running and their homes heated and their office’s running, etc..



The thing is… we have to have to give the people of Iraq a shot at democracy. Democracy may never work there. But, we have to see to it that those people have a chance at it. Once they have tasted the freedom of democracy an enemy will be hard pressed to force them to return to the repression of former days.



Will Democracy work in the Middle East? It has in Israel. But, will it work in an Arabic/Islamic country? Frankly, I don’t know. There must be a pretty good chance it will… else, why are those Islamists fighting so hard to keep it out of those theocratic countries? It would seem they, the terrorists, believe in the power of democracy more than our own US citizens, especially those in the press. (You know… the MSM.)



So, as the elections approach, this coming weekend, we can watch the terror attacks increase in numbers and in ferocity, both by the terrorists, and by our own Main Stream Media and… the left wing in our very own country.



Look, I want our troops out of Iraq as much as the next guy. I mean, they need to rest up and clean their gear and… get ready for the invasion if Iran.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”






Monday, January 24, 2005

Charlotte is an Embarrassment to all Southerners!

Charlotte is an Embarrassment to all Southerners!



“The People’s Republic of Charlotte” is an embarrassment to our state, and our region of the US.



Ignorance of history, especially the history of the Great State of North Carolina, is apparent in the Queen City. It’s just "laid out there" for the world to see.



Look, North Carolina’s contribution to the Confederate Forces, during the war of Northern Aggression, was historic in its numbers alone. The Old North State gave more of her sons, and material, to the war for Southern Independence than any other state in the Confederacy! By far! As a result, she lost more of her sons to that great struggle than any other state of the Confederacy! Nearly every native family of North Carolina has not just one, but a number of Confederate Veterans in its ancestry.



258,000 Southern men gave their lives in that war. North Carolina was hardest hit. As an example… when the NC 26th entered the battle at Gettysburg she had 800 men. When she left the field she had lost 714 of those men. That was one unit in one battle. On the first day of the battle, the NC 26th lost 584 men. The NC 26th had three (3) men left when it reached the stone wall at Gettysburg. Please note…NC troops reached that wall when others failed.



Look at the numbers. They are staggering! North Carolina had 20,000 men killed in action, 21,000 killed by disease, plus tens of thousands wounded and left maimed for the remainder of their lives. One quarter of all Confederate deaths were Tar Heels!



Now, the city government of Charlotte, N.C. appears to have decided these men don’t deserve to be remembered by flying the flag they fought under, the flag they died under, defending Charlotte, and all of North Carolina, over their graves at Elmwood Cemetery.



The people of the Old North State should be outraged at this act of Political Correctness gone mad!



North Carolina troops were proud of being “First at Bethel, farthest at Gettysburg, and last at Appomattox.” And now, the city they fought for is ashamed of them. How utterly disgusting!



Charlotte, you have shamed the South. You have shamed the people of North Carolina. You have brought shame upon the ancestors of the men who gave their lives in your defense.



Charlotte, by your actions, you have brought dishonor upon yourselves. Sad to say, you deserve it.



“Longstreet”















Sunday, January 23, 2005

And then, there's the French......

And then, there’s the French…



What is all the noise about our ally, France? Since when has France been an ally of the US? I mean, when… exactly?



Remember the “French and Indian War”? They durn near killed our First President during that war. We hadn’t even gone to war with the mother country yet and there we were... fighting France. Oh sure, they showed up at Yorktown, in the nick of time, but that was because we were fighting, perhaps, their oldest enemy, Great Britain.



The French are self-delusional. Always have been. They really believe they are a “challenger” to the US for leadership of the world. They actually believe that. Over in the “old world”, they are really making a grand push to head-up the “United States of Europe”, if they ever get that one up and running. If they manage to do that, they’ll screw it up just as they have so many other grand endeavors they conned themselves into.



Many of us, on this side of the pond, have had our fill of pulling their chestnuts from the fire over and over again. The cost is simply too high. Not to mention it is a thankless job.



Somebody once said: “Next time there's a war in Europe; the loser has to keep France.” I agree. Next time, let the Germans keep Paris!



There’s an old joke making the rounds again. It’s something like this: “How many Frenchman does it take to drive the Germans out of Paris?” The answer: “Nobody knows. It’s never been tried!”



I read recently that France’s best general was a foreigner and her best soldier was a teen-age girl! Well………



Even Napoleon Bonaparte, himself, said: "The French complain of everything, and always."



Perhaps Mark Twain put the "stopper in the bottle" with his remarks on France. He said: "France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks, it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes."



And finally, my personal favorite, from General George Patton: "I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me."



So, next time Paris gets it’s back up, remember this remark by US Senator John McCain of Arizona: "You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the face for it."



So, you see, it’s just a tad difficult to be serious about France.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”











Saturday, January 22, 2005

You, too, can own a Chicom Car!

Be the first on your block to own a Chicom car!



Oh, yes! The Chinese are coming… in cars. The cars are expected to be ready for sale to the US public in 2007.



Now, somehow, I find it almost impossible to see US citizens tooling around town in a car made by an enemy of this country. True, we are, if not the largest trading partner of Red China, surely we are in the top half dozen, or so. But, it’s somehow different to buy a product for several dollars, at one of the Big Box stores, which has the label “Made in China”, and buying a several thousand dollar car with the label: “Made in China” on it.



I mean… these are the people with nukes pointed at us. These are the people we will most likely be at war with, shortly, over Taiwan. These are the people who have been moving, strategically, all over the globe, for many years now, positioning themselves for the coming war with the US. As an example, they now control both ends of the Panama Canal. So, that door is closed to us whenever they decide to close it. These are the people who gave us all those lasting images of “Tanks versus People” in Tianamin Square.



Heck, I still won’t drive a Japanese car because I cannot forgive them for, nor forget, Pearl Harbor and all the American deaths in the Pacific Campaign during WW-2.



We have very short memories in this country.



We fought the Red Chinese to a standstill at the 38th Parallel in Korea in the early ‘50’s. Technically, we are still at war with China, as no peace treaty has yet been signed. We maintain thousands of troops on the border between the two Koreas, even today, to act as a trip wire should the North Koreans and Red Chinese decide to try their luck once again.



Taiwan is the next flash point... it would seem, between the Chicoms and the US. As soon as Taiwan declares its independence we will be at war with China. We have a treaty with Taiwan to come to their defense should this happen. We cannot “not honor” that treaty! We must put US forces between China and Taiwan. Do not underestimate the Chinese military. What they lack in technology they make up for in sheer numbers.



So, now they want more of our money by selling us cars? Oh yes, people will buy them. Those with loyalty only to their pocketbooks.



Me? Oh sure, I’ll buy one. Just as soon as that place of “heated eternal punishment” freezes over!



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”


Friday, January 21, 2005

Southern Heritage groups failing in Heritage Preservation

Southern Heritage groups failing in Heritage Preservation



Our Southern Heritage groups are failing in their efforts to preserve our Southern Heritage. Battle-by-battle and case-by-case we are steadily losing ground to those who want to wipe the memory of the Confederate States of America from the history books and from the public view.



It is a sad thing to say but, we have not the fire in our breasts to stand and fight. We are allowing ourselves to be run over by the left wing revisionist and the Politically Correct crowd. The really sad thing is, we could do better. Individual members of various heritage groups have put up a valiant fight, but they, alone, are not strong enough. They need the backing, the assistance, the funding, and the legal expertise that only our national, and international, organizations can provide. So far it has not been forth coming, save in increments too little and too late… and, even when timely, it is not nearly strong enough to make a difference.



The most recent episode in our losing battle to preserve our heritage is at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC. Those of us with some fire in our bellies have desperately tried to slow the attempt to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the Confederate Monument in the Old Elmwood Cemetery. We have been, to put it bluntly, creamed. The flag is down… purportedly stolen, along with some 50 smaller flags, and then the halyard has been removed to prevent any southern sympathizers from replacing the flag. The Charlotte City Council has not yet made a ruling as to whether to remove the flag. But we know, in our hearts, privately, the decision has been made.



Where were our leaders in this fight? Where was their encouragement for the troops on the front lines in this fight? Where was the legal assistance? Where were the organized demonstrations? Most importantly… where was the leadership from the top? If it was there, I did not see, nor did I hear any of it.



This is extremely discouraging to the ranks of the Southern Heritage Preservation Movement.



Must we organize yet another Southern Heritage Preservation organization and this time fight, really fight, to defend our beloved South?




It appears we must. Confidence in the old established organizations is fading quickly. The weak attempt, at Gettysburg, was a deep disappointment to the rank and file members. Now, we have Charlotte, NC, preceded by the incident at Augusta. More are on the way.



In the old axiom of the fisherman: "It is time to fish, or cut bait".



Maybe we need to form a "stand alone" Political Action Committee (not affiliated with any Heritage Groups), and go after the politicians who are destroying our sacred Southern Heritage. If so, lets do it.



If we lose this battle, we have only ourselves to blame. We have had opportunity upon opportunity to organize and bring our considerable influence to bear… and we have not done it. We have become ineffective and we are simply not living up to the challenges given us by those who established the organizations to see that these desecrations of our Southern symbols did not happen. We’ve let them down.



I feel ashamed that, try as I might, I was unable to defend the good name of my Great-grandfather in these latest battles. I feel ashamed that the Southern Heritage Organization to which I belong did not demonstrate the fortitude to join the fight on the side of her members and in keeping with her mission.



A tremendous amount of introspection is called for... from the top down. If we are not going to live up to the “Charge” and to our mission, then… of what use are we.



Something to think about.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





















Thursday, January 20, 2005

National Health Insurance? No way!

National Health Insurance? No way!



“National Health Insurance” is one of the primary tools used by a government to control her people. That alone is enough for me to be whole-heartedly against it.



Now, lets get something straight… I believe the Health Insurance Companies, in America, deserve what they get. They have been, in my opinion, abusing their subscribers for entirely too long. Rates have risen thru the roof at an undeservedly fast pace. Sure medical costs have gone up, but not at the percentages your insurance premiums have gone up. This has to stop. But National Health Care is a cure worse than the disease.



More government in our lives is more than just a little bit scary. Once National Healthcare is implemented, and don’t get me wrong, I believe some form will be, your life will be under the control of the administrators of that insurance.



For instance, lets say you have an obesity problem. You have developed a heart problem as a result of the obesity. You need treatment for your heart. National Health Care says: “OK, we will not pay for the heart treatment until you lose weight”. Or, they provide all citizens with a chart, approved by the FDA, of the “Approved Foods” all citizens should eat. They make it clear that if you cannot show proof of having ingested those “approved” foods, on a regular basis, also decided by them, you Health Insurance is no good. You will not receive treatment.



Or, another example, you may be allowed to have one child only. It must be a boy. (See China.) If you choose to have another baby, after the approved ONE, the costs will come out of your pocket. Get the picture?



Now, this does not take into account the reduced quality of care we will receive from the medical community. Their hearts will not be it. After 8 years, or so, in school, to learn their profession they will become “salaried government employees”. Need I say more?



The left is hell-bent on imposing such a system on the citizens of this country. That is another reason we must refuse them power, ever again, in the Congress. At least in numbers large enough to affect legislation.



National Health Care is a Socialist's dream. It is also a Conservative’s worst nightmare.



We must be on our guard, for some form of National Health Care is about to raise its ugly head in the Nation’s legislature. It is time for conservatives to exercise their power and stop it in its tracks as we did the “Clinton Care” attempt in the ‘90s.



Lets get it done.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”















Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The coming UDN (United Democratic Nations)

The coming UDN (United Democratic Nations)



The United Nations has become so corrupt and, so anti-American, the United States can no longer remain a member. Any chance to save the UN, as a viable mediator of disputes in the world, has completely disappeared. Their graft, and corruption, has taken away the last leg they were leaning on. It is now a hollow shell of what it was supposed to be. It never reached the grand plateau of respectability envisioned for it by its creators.



The United Nations is a flop. Worse… it is a caricature of the organization it should be... and… could have been. The US must get out. If, in fact, we find a world forum is needed, to fill the void left by the decomposing UN, then we should found a new one… one that reflects the hallmark of democratic countries.



Enter the United Democratic Nations. (The UDN.)



Let the world see the US, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, just to name a few of the democratic nations inside the US orbit, conceive and give birth to a World Body of nations to carry out the mandate once given to the United Nations and spurned so horribly by them.



It is only a matter of time until an organization such as the UDN is established.



Oh, it was not a mistake, by this author, to be so obvious in overlooking France and Germany, and Russia and the other European Socialist Democracies. They have decided to go their own way, refusing to believe there is anyone else on the globe worthy of their respect. France, and Germany, have the shortest memories in the history of the planet. Or is it a huge inferiority complex. Whatever their problem, they no longer deserve to be shielded by the truly western Democracies and we should make it plain that membership in the UDN will not be extended to them. They are own their own… to fiend for themselves.



If history is any indication of their destiny, they will soon be at each other’s throats ... again. Their vanity and arrogance is exceeded only by their utter lack of common sense.



Yes, we will have a bi-polar world again. East and West. There will soon be a diplomatic slugfest to determine the leader of the Eastern Block and that will soon be Russia, not France... as France supposes. The French entitlement to leadership is in THEIR minds ONLY. They are among the world’s most self-delusional people. It’s a shame, really. The fact that they are completely devoid of leadership qualities escapes them entirely. They are to be pitied.



So, bring on the UDN. The sooner the better. Let us commit the United Nations to the ash heap of history where it belongs. That dream turned into a nightmare. It is time to wake up from it and get on with handling the problems of the real world.



Here’s to the UDN! May she soon be a reality.



Your Obedient Servant.



“Longstreet”











Monday, January 17, 2005

Has Hillary’s Campaign begun? OH, YES!

Has Hillary’s Campaign begun? OH, YES!





We are delighted to see that Mrs. Clinton has begun her campaign for the ‘08 Democratic Presidential Nomination. We can only hope, against hope, that her party bestows it’s blessings upon her and gives her the much sought after nod as their candidate in ‘08 against, an, as yet, undeclared Republican candidate, … and winner.



Republicans are praying Hillary will be their opponent. We have no very strong candidate to run, at least… not at this time, so, we want, so much, for the Democrats to run one we can beat right from the get go. If there was ever such a Democratic candidate, it is Hillary.



Hillary, the far left winger, the feminist, the hate America cheerleader, the socialist, the, oh well, you get the picture. Over the years she has given the GOP all the ammo it needs and then some. Plus … her husband. Dear ole Bill. He’ll be back to grace the hallowed halls of the Whitehouse, and again, turn it into a whorehouse. There have been presidents who have made the Presidency a joke, but the Clintons made it a “dirty” joke.



So, we welcome Hillary to the contest. The bashing will begin immediately.



Now, if we can only get Howard Dean as the leader of the DNC! Wow, what a dream ticket… for Republicans.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”


The Israeli/Palestinian problem CAN be ended.

The Israeli/Palestinian problem CAN be ended.



The Israeli and Palestinian problem continues, as it has for decades now, and will into the future, unless…the United States gets out of the way.



I have concluded the US should step aside, get out of the way, and let those cousins/half-brothers fight it out. The last person standing inherits the country, or whatever is left of it. There will be no peace there until one completely annihilates the other, and one no longer exists.



The US meddling in that part of the world has only made matters worse and prolonged the bloodletting much, much, longer than was necessary. The Israelis would have wiped the floor up with the Palestinians… had the US given the nod. The late Mr. Arafat lived only so long as the US refused to allow Israel to kill him.



It is past time for the US to take the leash off Israel and allow it to clean up that mess and be done with it.



Oh, and while they’re at it, the Israeli Air Force can streak on over to Iran and remove THAT atomic threat, for us, as they did the Iraqi atomic reactor some years ago. Surely, the Iranians have been made aware that such a plan is in the works. Surely, they are not so isolated that they haven’t heard the rumblings along the military grapevine. If so, they are the only folks in that part of the world who cannot see the big red bulls eye painted on the sides of their nuclear facilities.



The Israeli/Palestinian problem is one the world does not have to tolerate. It can be ended in short order. And it should be.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”









Sunday, January 16, 2005

Is the US's use of torture acceptable?

Is the US’s use of Torture acceptable?



The short answer is yes!



Look, if this was a conventional war, maybe I’d feel otherwise. But this is far from a conventional war. On the surface it may APPEAR a conventional war. It is not. This is a slugfest in the shadows, and in the back alleys of the world. Men, you and I will never hear about, are prowling the far reaches of the globe in search of those who are planning to do this country harm and they are being eliminated with extreme prejudice. We see the caves in the hillsides of Afghanistan and the streets of Iraqi cities. That is the part of this war we see. That is the facade. Oh, it’s real, all right. But, it’s only a part of the war…. the visible part.



Men train for the part you don’t see just a few miles from where I sit as I write this. They are now loosed on an enemy who is bent on killing as many Americans as they can. The men I speak of have one duty…. to stop them. How they do it, is of little importance to me.



I am not interested in winning hearts and minds. I woke up a long time ago to the realization that life is real; it is not a game with all the rules set up by the conventions in Geneva. Simply put, you do what you must to win. Peace thru Victory. Call it what you will, I want my family to live safely. If that means taking the enemy out one at a time, by squads of men trained for that purpose, or taking out an entire country with a nuke, go for it.



If it takes torture to get the information that will lead to the capture, and death, of those terrorists planning attacks on this country, then do it. Whatever it takes.



We are living the scenario of the “Ticking Bomb”. We have no time to waste being nice. This is a life and death struggle. For those of you who have not come to understand that, maybe the next 9-11 will lift the self-imposed blindfold. There will be another, and another, until we stop them. If, and when, we stop them is so far into the future that I cannot speculate on its finish.



Until we can breath liberty’s air, without fear, again, we should do everything, and anything, that will hasten that day…including torture. No exceptions.



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





Saturday, January 15, 2005

No prayer at the Inauguration? Are you kidding???

No prayer at the Inauguration? Are you kidding???



Unfortunately, they are not kidding. A federal Judge has been asked to stop the prayer at President Bush’s Inaugural. The Judge ruled against the petitioner. But, it’s not over. No, this fight is far from over.



Have you looked at the Constitution lately? Have you read it? If, and when, you do, a couple of things will NOT leap off the page at you, because they aren’t in the Constitution… at all. “Freedom from religion” is one, and the right “not to be offended” is the other. Oh, there are a lot of things “creative judges” have found in the constitution which, upon close observation, are NOT in its hallowed phrases. A woman’s right to an abortion comes to mind. I hear some of you muttering: “…it’s under the interstate commerce clause….”. You sure? Find it.



There is no such thing as a “separation of church and state clause” in the constitution. It doesn’t exist.



I’m sorta funny about the Constitution. I believe they guys who wrote it thought long and hard about what they were committing to paper and after long deliberations they put on that paper exactly what they meant. Period. Those guys, didn’t mess around. They were serious men. This was serious business.



The constitution is very basic, really. Take the “right to bear arms”. The framers knew that if the people had weapons, the government would think twice before going tyrannical on them. A government, afraid of the governed, is a restricted and controlled government. That is what they designed and, we had it... until the years just before the Civil War. The South fought to preserve the government given us by our forefathers and the north fought to create a strong federal government. They won. (If you really want to be enlightened, read the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.)



Soon, we will have vacancy on the Supreme Court. The president must appoint a conservative judge to that position and we must press the Senate to confirm him, or her.



The alternative is unthinkable.



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”


Friday, January 14, 2005

Fight To Win !!!

Fight to WIN!!!



When are our political leaders, going to stop the “BS” about this WAR, we’re involved in, not being a “Religious War”?



This IS a Religious War. They made it so! Not a single one of those “Terrorists” who flew those planes, into the buildings in NY, were Christians or Jews. They were Moslem. As they see it, it’s Moslem against Infidels. And, to them, an Infidel is anybody NOT a Moslem! How hard is it to understand that? They view it as a religious war! Why don’t we? They want us, the infidel, dead!



The Main Stream Media (read leftist Media) is so far to the left, that they are supporting the terrorists by bashing out troops and our country. They intend to recreate Iraq into the image of Vietnam. The bitterness drips off the pages of their publications and their broadcasts are vitriolic poison. All of it is directed at the current administration and the US war efforts. They claim to support our troops while not supporting the war.



How many of you believe that? If you do, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to talk to you about.



You cannot support our troops and not support their efforts. It is impossible! They are one and the same.



We need to secure this country much better. Start by sealing our borders with Mexico and Canada. Put the National Guard, and the Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve, on the borders. Until we seal our borders we are not serious about protecting the American people from Terrorists.



The terrorists, we are holding in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being justly held. The Geneva Convention rules of warfare, and the treatment of prisoners of war, do not apply, as these are “stateless” people. They fight for no recognized government. They are “enemy combatants”. They do not fall within the Geneva accords. At least, not those, of which, the US is a signatory.



While our politicians continue to practice “sensitivity” to these people, who want you and your kids dead, American soldiers are dying. The US Government should do what has to be done!



Do you think, for a moment, that had we (The South) won the Civil War and terrorists flew those planes into buildings in Atlanta, we wouldn’t have nuked them the next day? Huh?



Take the leash off our military and let those old war-dogs clean that mess out over there and come home. Pull our troops back and seal their borders. Effectively locking them into their own mad house. There is no reason to waste American lives in a cesspool like that! “Dig in” for the long haul. This will be a decades long war. Afghanistan and Iraq are only the opening battles in this “Third World War”.



Forget about “winning their hearts and minds”. If you get them by the testicles, their hearts and minds will surely follow!



Let them know they are trying our patience. When our patience is spent, no force on earth can stand against our fury.



I am beginning to believe Americans don’t have the guts to fight… and win … a war, anymore. God help us, if that’s true.



What a mess! What ever happened to the “DON”T TREAD ON ME” mentality in this country?



I call on President Bush to clean out the entire State Department of all the old leftists, and party hacks, and career diplomats, and bring back the “War Department” and fill it with “no B.S.” people, and, lest I forget, make Paul Wolfowitz Secretary of Defense when “Rummy” steps down. Then, send Newt Gingrich to the UN, as our Ambassador. We need to get in the faces of the UN and read them the riot act and invite them to leave the US as soon as possible… building and all!



We are allowing other people to write the agenda for America. We have got to stop that! We’re the biggest, baddest boys on the block! We’d better make the rules! We have been nice, up to now, and not forced the issue, but they keep kicking us in the shins and, occasionally, a more painful place. It is time to inflict some pain of our own.



It won’t be long before they start blowing up our shopping malls with suicide bombers as they have been doing, for many years, in Israel. It’s coming… as sure and night follows day.



Now is the time to get serious about making war on our enemies. Just do it … and be done with it! This Politically Correct Sensitivity nonsense is getting our people killed!



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”







Thursday, January 13, 2005

The "Silent Majority". Where are they today?

The “Silent Majority”, where are they today?



Remember during the Nixon Administration the “Silent Majority” was often spoken of in the press? The President (Nixon), himself, gave them credit for supporting him… not only in elections, but supporting him generally.



Well, where did they go?



Oh, they’re still here… and just as powerful as before. You see them everyday. They’re all around you. They are the folks you see at parties who stand around the edges of a group discussing politics. They never have any input into the discussion, they just absorb it. They’re the folks who do not sit in on the coffee klatch discussion on politics and world affairs. They’re the people who go to church, nearly every Sunday, and raise their children to be respectful of others, and live useful, productive, lives. They send their kids to church sponsored universities and colleges for a good education, rather than an indoctrination in the ways of the political left.



The Silent Majority is the folk who never miss an opportunity to vote. They believe men died to give them that opportunity, and they will not abuse the memory of those heroic men by not going to the polls to vote. They are also the people who will not tell those taking the Exit Polls who they voted for. They voted in secret, it’s their secret, and they will keep it, often never even divulging it to their families. They are, for the most part, conservative in politics as well as religion.



These are the people who shop at Wal-Mart, and K-mart, and Sears, and drive 2, 3 or 4 year old cars. Most own their own homes. They have savings accounts and they have a family budget, which they will not abuse. Their lives are built around their families and their church. Many are veterans of America’s armed forces. They believe this country is worth fighting for and they will put their own lives on the line to protect her. They view politics as a necessary evil. They believe they should always vote for the man who best represents their belief. They will not support a candidate just because he, or she, wears the label of the party to which they, themselves, are registered.



They wield enormous power. These people can make, or break, a presidential election. When they step into the voting booth, they speak, loud and clear. It is there that the Silent Majority rejects their silence and shouts their politics to the world.



They did it again In November of 2004.



So, politicians, you neglect the Silent Majority at your peril. The press makes fun of one of the mightiest forces in American politics. The Silent Majority never fails to notice their stifled giggles; their backhanded insults of conservative politics. They see it all and… they remember… as they did last November.



So, here’s to the Silent Majority! May God bless them!



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Enemy Within.

The enemy within is much worse than the enemy without.



We, of all the nations on this globe, should recognize that danger. As a Republic, with “Representatives of the People” to do our work, we surely must understand that some are more trustworthy than others.



I watched the drama unfold last week, as the challenge to Ohio’s Electoral votes rattled on, with a monotonous drone, thru out much of the day. I watched with rapt attention. In many cases I knew what the next speaker, at the lectern, would say even before he, or she, took to the well of the House. Our national politics has gotten that predictable.



The split between the Conservatives and the Liberals/”Progressives” has become better defined than at any other time is this country. The divide is deep and, again, well defined. It used to be a crevice, now it is a chasm. There is no longer compromise. Now, it is all or nothing.



One of the results I claim as “positive” is the easily discernable divide in the country. The Blue states and, the Red states. It is one thing to talk about the liberal northeast, or north, or west, but it is quite another to see it in red, and blue, on your TV screen. It has given those of us in the red states a much-needed boost. We have been forced fed the pabulum of the National Media, that we are wrong and that the majority of the country was right and we should get in line with them. We held our ground. And we won. And we will again. Our numbers are growing rapidly.



In the meantime those who lost are working behind the scenes, in the Congress, to bring ruin to our efforts to bring some “semblance” of sanity back to national politics. They smile into the TV cameras while the long knife is ever ready to eviscerate an opponent from the “right”.



But, we are beginning to get our footing. We were too long in the wilderness of national politics, but now we are on the mountaintop and digging in. We have learned the tactics of the left and we have learned how to apply them against the authors.



This time around there will be less compromising with the left. This time the Senate will move the President’s nominees for judgeships forward and get the vote of the full Senate. The battlefield is, even now, being prepared for the biggest battle of all, a Supreme Court Justice. (Possibly two.) That will likely be coming up this summer.



In the meantime, we have to be ever cautious of those within our ranks who will stop, just short of treason, to bring devastation to the “conservative cause”. They are there and not very difficult to see.



This is not a new condition for a great nation. A very long time ago, an ancient philosopher said:



"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly, but the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." --- Marcus Tullius Cicero 42 BC.



There, I have left you with something to think about.



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”









Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Confederate Battle Flag At Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, N.C.

The Confederate Battle Flag at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, N.C..



I am unashamedly Southern.



When I heard the Community Relations Committee of Charlotte, NC, intended to recommend to the Charlotte City Council that the Confederate Battle Flag now flying over a monument to Confederate dead in the Old Elmwood Cemetery, be removed and, possibly, replaced by one of the lesser known National Flags of the Confederacy (or the 1861 NC flag) , I fired off the letter below to the Mayor, and City Council, of Charlotte.





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Dear Charlotte City Councilperson:



I just learned, yesterday, of plans of the CRC to recommend to your Council that the Confederate Battle Flag at Elmwood Cemetery be taken down.



With all due respect, I ask that you do not remove that flag. It is a symbol of who we are. It is a symbol of who we were, and it is a marker on our journey as Southerners.



The Battle Flag is much maligned. Many misunderstand it. The Battle Flag was never the National Flag of the Confederacy. It was, as the name implies, a flag to be used on the battlefield.



If I may, I’d like to point out to you some of the some of the things that trouble me about the ongoing attack on the symbols of the South. Please indulge me for a few moments.



A part of who we Southerners are has been buried, and is being buried, as though it never existed. That is wrong. Good, bad, or indifferent, the history of this nation is sacrosanct. Even that portion of the United States, which chose to leave and create their own country, is as much a bona fide part of the true history of this country as is, say, the Revolution against Great Britain, which set us free to become the great country we have become.



I think it is important to remember that the grandfathers of many of the generals of the Confederate forces fought against the British for Independence. The first Commander in Chief of the Continental Army was a Virginian. The First President of the United States of America was a Southerner, that same Virginian. The man who wrote the Constitution was a Southerner. A goodly number of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Southerners. Southern blood is woven inextricably into the fabric of this great nation.



I’m writing to you because I fear that we are losing something very dear and very precious to us as Southerners. I fear we are losing our identity. Our children and our grandchildren no longer know who they are. And the really sad thing about this is, they don’t know that they don’t know who they are.



Nearly every time I stand before e a group to speak I quote the poet who said: “Poets may write of things as they wish they had been, Historian must write of things as they were.” Unfortunately that is no longer true.



Sad to say, young minds are being molded into unquestioning acceptance of a history that is flawed, inaccurate, and in many instances just plain wrong.



Consider what our ancestors, who put their very lives and fortunes on the line, were really fighting for.



We have to go back to the Revolutionary war when the grandfathers of these Confederates fought to gain their freedom from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence declares that the colonies are "free and independent States."



Hollywood, and many elitist historians refer to our ancestors as traitors. In fact, it isn’t so, not because I feel it isn’t so, because it is a fact. They have chosen to forget that in order to be a traitor, one must be a citizen of the country one is betraying. At the time hostilities broke out, our ancestors were not citizens of the United States. They were citizens of the Confederate States of America. There is no way they could possibly be considered traitors.



Yet modern historians choose to forget that the CSA ever existed. They prefer to refer to our ancestors as “Rebels”. The war we call the Civil War was a lot of things, but it was not a rebellion.



In an address before Congress on January the 12th, 1848, Abraham Lincoln said: “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right - a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.



The Confederacy was, in fact, a sovereign nation. It had a President, a Congress, a Supreme Court, a Constitution, an Army and a Navy (One of the Largest Confederate Naval Bases was located at Charlotte, N.C.) as well as several million citizens. Furthermore, it never rebelled. A rebellion is an insurrection against one’s government and usually includes an attempt to overthrow that government. At no time, did the Confederacy ever attempt the overthrow of the government of the US. Never. On the other hand, the US did invade and overthrow the government of the Confederacy and forced it back into the Union at bayonet point.



The first anti-slavery laws were passed in the Confederacy. Slavery was on the way out. The Constitution of the Confederacy made the importation of slaves illegal. So, that awful institution was finished. It even made the transporting of slaves across state lines for the “purposes of sale” illegal. (Remember, there were 5 northern slave-holding states. Lincoln did not free the slaves in those states. It was some years later before they were given their freedom. At the beginning of hostilities, the two cities with the most slaves, per capita, were Charleston, SC, and New York City.)



Men from all over the Confederacy donned the uniform of the Confederate Soldier and placed themselves in harm’s way to defend her from those who would take her from him and bend her to the social patterns they, not the South, subscribed to. Men left their farms, homes, businesses, schools and even hospitals, to stand along side their neighbor as they tried valiantly to stem the oncoming tide of the invading army from the north. They fought bravely. They died in honor. They were defending their homes, their homeland, and that thing which all men cherish most, their families.



They cared not for the institution of slavery. It was, indeed, beside the point. This was their home and the enemies booted feet were trampling its sacred soil. The mailed fist of the US government, a government they had legally left, was enforcing someone else’s standards upon the Confederate soldier’s loved ones, upon his beliefs, upon his society, which had been so lovingly created and based on a solid platform of HONOR.



Honor is that thing which causes a man to stand his ground and defend his belief system, his home, and his country, even in the face of insurmountable odds. Many times he left the battlefield victorious. There were many who never left the battlefield.



Never in the history of this country have so many Americans given their lives on the field of battle. You can add the figures of the dead from all the wars America has fought together and the total killed will not be greater that the total killed as a result of the American Civil War.



Brother fought brother, father fought son, and cousin fought cousin. The soil of this land is soaked with the blood of patriots. But, it was not a war between a country and a bunch of rebels; it was a war between two great countries. The USA and the CSA. Look for that little fact in today’s history books. To admit that is to admit that the Southern states were, in fact, a great nation. It is as though the CSA never existed. The country that never was.



As Southerners I believe we have a duty, indeed our prime duty, is to see this is not forgotten, that THEY are not forgotten. The new, revisionist, history taught our children and grand children in school today does not tell the story as it happened. Remember always, the victors write the history books. It is a spoil of war.



As Southerners we must tell our children and grandchildren what those men did. We must tell of their exploits on the battlefields of our beloved South. We must tell of their belief that a government sworn to protect their rights was denying them their rights. We must tell them of the Treaty of Paris which allowed the right of succession to any state. We must tell of the great war in which the CSA fought desperately to repel the invasion by the armed forces of the USA. For that was what really happened. We must tell them the fact that in 1860 less than 5% of Southerners owned slaves. We must tell them the Confederate Constitution outlawed the importation of slaves and the transporting of slaves across state lines for sale. We must tell our children the South was not in rebellion, it was fighting for its Country, the Confederate States of America! No Southern soldier sought to overthrow the government of the United States…. ever! Those men wanted only the right to be “let alone”, allowed to live in peace in their new country, which reflected their Southern values, Duty to one’s God, Duty to one’s family, and Duty to one’s country!



As Southerners the legacy of the valiant men of the “Confederacy” still flows in our veins and the veins of our children and our grandchildren. I pray God it may ever be so.



We owe so much to those men. We cannot repay their sacrifice. The least we can do is honor them for it! We can honor their families who bore the horrors of war as all families left behind in the South did. As Southerners and descendents of those valiant men, that must be our mission.



It has been almost 140 years since the guns were silenced at Appomattox. And once again, we find ourselves in a nation divided. I don’t believe this nation has ever been as “Balkanized”, as divided, as it is today, since the years just prior to the Civil War. I’m afraid we are headed, again, for an internal conflict. How it will all end I cannot say. The symbols of our former great nation, the Confederate States of America, are being banished from public view as icons of hate. Groups, which hate our very existence, as Southerners, are at the forefront of the battle to destroy all things Southern. Yet we Southerners are continually accused of being involved with “Hate groups”.



Despite misappropriation by hate-mongers, our Southern Heritage is hanging on by a thread.



The Battle Flag at Elmwood Cemetery is necessary. The men who lie at peace beneath it put their lives on the line to protect the very soil, which embraces their bones as they sleep in eternal peace. They never thought their very own people would be ashamed of their efforts to protect the land we, their descendents walk upon today. Yet, here we are, publicly decrying their sacrifices instead of honoring them. We declare our shame every time we ask for the flag to be taken from public view. Even though thousands of Black men fought, and died, under that flag, for the Confederacy, even though thousands of Hispanics fought, and died, under that flag, for the Confederacy, even though Native American Indians fought, and died, under that flag, for the Confederacy (Including the Catawba Indians and the Cherokee)



With respect, I ask you this…. if the Battle Flag offends, because it has been misappropriated by hate groups, how long do you think it will be before a lawsuit is filed to remove the Stars and Stripes of the US because it offends someone. The same hate groups, too, have misappropriated it.



As a Southerner, whose native home is just 38 miles south of Charlotte, I respectfully ask that consideration be given to what I have said here. I further ask that the City Council of Charlotte demonstrate the fortitude I know exists there. I ask that you proclaim to the world your respect for the sacrifice made by so many men from Mecklenburg County, and North Carolina, and the unimaginable hardships visited upon their families as a result of the bloodiest four years in the history of this great nation. It is an indelible part of who we are.



Thank your for your kind consideration.

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Your Obedient Servant



“Longstreet”



Monday, January 10, 2005

US Hit Squads being sent to Iraq! It's about time!

US “Hit Squads” being sent to Iraq! It’s about time!!



Reports in the press tell us the US Defense Department is considering the possibility of sending “Hit Squads” into Iraq, and even a few cross-border excursions into Syria and possibly, OTHER neighboring countries. Their job would be to hunt down and, uh, eliminate the leaders of the insurgency in Iraq and, well, lets just say, other troublesome parties. They will be training Iraqi's to do the same.



I have only one question. Where have these hit squads been??? Seems to me they should have been operating in the Middle East, not just Iraq, for at least three years now. Maybe longer.



This is not a new concept to the US. We used them in South and Central America. It is still referred to today as the “Salvador Option”. There are mixed reports as to it’s effectiveness within countries with which we are not openly at war. Iraq is different. We are in the midst of a raging war there and any option that will help bring us victory is needed… now!



The inter-agency quarreling has to stop. Personally, I don’t care if the CIA runs the operation, or the Green Berets (The US Army) runs it. Just get in there, start killing, and get the job done. One thing: I would suggest a “take no prisoners” policy. Those less than friendly to America, in the US Congress, will no doubt raise all sorts of Cain over this policy as they did the so-called prisoner abuse. To avoid that, simply take no prisoners. At the same time, deny the hit squads exist. Give Presidential Pardons to all the members of the hit squads, no matter from which agency they come. (A Presidential Pardon can be given BEFORE a questionable act is committed.) So, Mr. President, do it now, so those men know they will not be hounded when this war is over.



One other thing: allow the hit squads to cross borders to get at the “mark” they are after. Do not make agreements with governments in the area to allow our men to cross into their country! That would be tantamount to shining a spotlight on our guys as they cross in the middle of the night. Those governments cannot be trusted. So… don’t!



This is long overdue. I commend Sec. Rumsfeld, and the others from the various armed forces, and the CIA, for this decision. It’s a good one … one of the best they have had in a while.



WHHHHOOOOOAAAAH!



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”









Sunday, January 9, 2005

Global Warming Hoax

The Global Warming Hoax



Is it global warming or, a new ice age, we should worry about? Scientist are coming at us daily with dire warnings of the end of the world due to what they decree as “global warming”. The end of the world is nigh and we’re all going to drown as a result of the melting ice packs at the poles.



Really?



No. I don’t think so. Now, you can choose to believe the propaganda these control freaks put out if you wish, for that is all it is. It’s a power grab using fear as the "great motivator". They intend to scare us into giving up the life style we have worked so hard to acquire.



The Kyoto Treaty is a farce. It has virtually nothing to do with a cleaner environment. It has everything to do with “Get America”.



Here in my wing of the political spectrum we often refer to the so-called “environmentalist” as “Watermelons”… because they are green on the outside and red on the inside. We fear the world’s communist community has found a home and taken up residence in the environmentalist movement and especially the Global Warming Crowd. The Global Warming scare is their latest attack on the free world. That’s right… the FREE world.



You see … we are TOO free. They can’t stand that. A people not tightly ruled, by them, is a dangerous thing. People MUST be controlled… preferably by them. How can they do that since the communist movement has been largely rejected? They have done it simply by taking cover or, camouflaging themselves, as “Greenies” not “Reds”. You see, they "only want what is best for the greater good". Yeah, right!



Their web of rules and regulation have already hurt our US industries and taken a toll on the economics of the world.



Weather, my friends, comes at us in cycles. Warm (Interglacial), then cold (Glacial), then warm again (Interglacial), then cold (Glacial) again. In the 1970’s it was a new Ice Age (Glacial) we were to be worrying about. Now it is global warming (Interglacial) .



If the world were, in fact, warming up, seems to me there would be benefits from that. Like: longer growing seasons, less people dying from respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, less pollution due to a lessening of the use of fossil fuels to keep warm. It’s very simple stuff, really.



In the meantime, the global warming alarmist will continue to mount their soapboxes and hold firm to their position that we’re all going to die, because the earth’s temp is skyrocketing, until that position is no longer tenable. Then, well, watch out for the glaciers, ‘cause a New Ice Age will, most assuredly, be on the way.



So, what else is new?



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





Saturday, January 8, 2005

The Pentagon is about to Screw-up... Big Time

The Pentagon is about to screw-up… Big Time.



Currently they are looking at the possibility of taking the cap of 24 months off the Active Duty time for which a Reservist, or Member of the National Guard, can be called up. The new proposal would allow the Pentagon to call up a Reservist, or Guardsman, for a 24 month stretch in Iraq, or wherever he, or she, is needed... and allow them to go home for an unspecified period of time, and then call them up again for another 24 months until the Army no longer needs them or their enlistment expires. At the end of their enlistment they can be frozen and not allowed to leave the service “for the duration” even though their enlistment is up.



I can think of no quicker way to disembowel the Reserves than this. No young man or young woman is going to sign up facing the possibility of constant disruptions to their families and their jobs. No employer is going to want to hire members of the Reserve, and Guard, for the same reason. Re-enlistment will be a thing of the past. Without the reserves to back the Regular forces, the Pentagon will have no choice but to reinstitute the Draft. Nobody wants that, least of all, the military. The last thing the military needs is a soldier, on the frontlines, who has not volunteered to be there.



The Pentagon needs to carefully consider the law of unintended consequences. The new proposal may give them more troops... for a while, but soon, when enlistments are up, those numbers will dwindle… and rapidly!



At some point in the future as the “War on Terror” continues to rage around the globe, the Draft is almost certain to be re-instituted. It is unavoidable. The war itself will last for many years, quite possibly a decade, or two. The public must understand the war in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, are but the opening battles of what is a global war. We can expect no help until the Euro-weenies are mugged a few more times by the Terrorists. Given the past history of Europe, even then, there is no guarantee of their involving themselves, in any form of self-sacrifice, especially a war. They are far more used to looking to us to bail them out.



I hope we have learned a lesson this time. We are on our own. We are the policemen of the world by default. We cannot disengage from the enemy. There simply is nobody else with the courage, the will, or the way, to stop them.



So, it is “once more into the breech” for the Americans.



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”





Friday, January 7, 2005

No Constitutional Right to Vote!

As a citizen of the US, you have NO Constitutional Right To Vote for a Presidential Candidate… period. The right to vote has been left to the states by the founders of the country and the framers of the Constitution. It is a “states rights” issue and it should remain that way.



The three ring circus, on display in the Congress yesterday, (1-06-05) was just another attempt by those who lost, (because the American people rejected their socialistic agenda) to bring doubt and raise questions in the minds of those who look to their leaders in Washington for “original” thinking. Denial is a powerful influence and it clouds the mind. The smoke screen, they created yesterday, only serves to bolster the Republican influence on the American voter. Voters heard the message of both parties and rejected the Democrat message in favor of the Republican message.



What we saw yesterday was an attempt by the Democrat National Leadership to stir-up their base and create more hate, distrust, and spite in their ranks. They have yet to understand that what they were doing yesterday is exactly the reason they were rejected in November. If the election was stolen from them it was they who stole it. Their disgusting display of “Sour Grapes” yesterday was reminiscent of a child, in the throes of a temper tantrum, stamping his feet and bawling, “It ain’t fair!” They choose to forget that the United States is NOT A DEMOCRACY. IT IS A REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC. There is a huge difference.



The most troubling thing about the immature display in the House, and the Senate, yesterday, in contesting the Electoral College vote of Ohio, was the fact that the Democratic National Leadership is going after voting rights which are, in fact, state’s rights. Now, if you want to get a Southerner mad (not angry… MAD!) that is exactly the tactic you want to take. I refer you to the “Recent Unpleasantness” of 1861 thru 1865. Regardless of what you were taught in the Public School System, (Government Schools), that war was fought over States Rights! Deep scars linger… and will for generations well into the future.



Those instigating the fracas in the Congress today seem to be hell-bent on taking us down that road again.



We don’t want the elections in this country federalized. No good can come of it. The Federal Government has entirely too much power now.



Thank God that most of the members of Congress had the good sense to see what a volatile issue it is. The “rabble rousers” I saw on the floor of the US House yesterday would very much like to see a scenario much like what just happened in Ukraine. The problem for them, even though they refuse to see it, is in the event of a “do over election”… the outcome would be the same. Then what?



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet

Political Correctness ... Part One



I’d like to talk to you for a few minutes about the deadliest enemy this nation faces. !



In a moment I’m going to introduce our deadliest enemy to you. And, I’ll be willing to bet that you have already met.



I expect everyone is familiar with the term The Greatest Generation. It refers to the men and women, mostly men, who bravely fought, and won, The Second World War… and saved the world.



But they gave us, the succeeding generations, a gift that keeps on giving… and they didn’t even know it.



They brought it back from Europe. It was rampant in Europe, before the war, and I think it certainly played a part in opening the door for Hitler, and his Nationalist Socialist Party, we called the Nazis. That philosophy, which has succeeded where nearly every dictator on the face of the earth has failed, is so entrenched in our own society today that only a worldwide revolution will even give us a CHANCE to succeed in throwing it’s power off our collective shoulders.



A moment ago, I wrote of the greatest enemy of this nation. It is also the greatest enemy of freedom.



What is this evil? What is this philosophy so interwoven through the entire fabric of our society, this evil that has even emasculated many of our mainline religious denominations?



Well, it used to be called “Moral Relativism”. Now, stay with me for a few minutes.



Simply put Moral Relativism is the philosophy that there are no moral absolutes! None! There is no such thing as absolute wrong and no such thing as absolute right. There is no black, and there is no white. No right and no wrong. Everything is in shades of gray. Everything. As an example, take the youth arrested for selling drugs in the slums of our cities. The moral relativists will tell you straightaway,” Well, it’s not his fault; it’s the way he was raised. Society has treated him badly. We owe him for the pain his ancestors suffered”. That is moral relativism. It has turned an entire part of our population into victims. It allows them to wallow in self-pity and slowly degenerate into a sub-culture while the remainder of society passes them by.



Those of us who don’t subscribe to the Moral Relativism philosophy will say put him in jail and if he does it again when he gets out of jail… put him back in jail and keep him there. We call that Justice.



Moral relativism has even changed our language. Perfectly good words we have been using since before Columbus sailed over here… and according to the practioners of Moral Relativism, corrupted the natives, introduced slavery, and instigated capitalism, which led to big business, and in general, ruined this part of the globe, are no longer acceptable. For example, a man who can’t walk is a cripple. But, you can’t refer to him as a cripple. You can’t even say he is handicapped. He is “challenged”. No he’s not! He’s crippled!



A janitor is no longer a janitor. He is an environmental engineer! Do you remember the Personnel Office where you would go to apply for a job, or the plant would contact when they wanted a new employee? Well, you can’t say Personnel anymore. It is now the Department of Human Resources! Well, would somebody please tell me where the Department of Inhuman Resources is??? It has become ridiculous!



Recently a Lady. I’m sorry… a woman… candidate in a neighboring state was all bent out of shape because her opponent called her a “quote “Nice Lady”. She was incensed. She accused him of calling her by a racist term! A term, which showed no respect for women! The completely baffled male opponent, when asked by the press what he meant by this low shot at his woman opponent, could only reply, “We’ll, I THOUGHT she WAS a NICE LADY!”



Freedom of Speech is nearly dead in this country. The First Amendment to the Constitution is just taking up room on that piece of paper. If you dare not believe freedom of speech is on it’s deathbed, visit one of our college campuses. Oh yes, they will heartily cry that Freedom Of Speech is alive, and well, on the college campus.



It is!



So long as the speech you utter is approved by the P.C. Chieftains on that Campus! You will certainly be ostracized, and belittled, and you may wind-up off campus, or even in a courtroom defending yourself against a charge of “Hate Speech” or even a “Hate Crime”!



Try flying a Confederate flag in front of your house, or placing a little Confederate flag sticker on your lunch box or on the back of your pick-up. (You already know what has happened to those who have tried it.)



Go ahead; try to tell the P.C. Supporters that it was the Stars and Stripes that flew over the slave ships never the Stars and Bars. Try telling them the first anti-slavery laws in America were passed in the South. They won’t listen. You’ll be shouted down, told you’re a nut case. The fact that everything you say is documented truth doesn’t matter to them. Why? Because, it is not the party line of the P.C. police. That makes you wrong and everything you say wrong, therefore your First Amendment rights are revoked!



What’s next? Re-education schools like those in the communist nations of the world where dissenters are taught the error of their ways and molded into the party’s mentality by threats and worse.



Think it can’t happen here? Well, if you think that, I’m here to tell you, you are dead wrong!



Ever hear of Sensitivity Training? Nearly every company, or business, of any size in this country, now has mandatory sensitivity training. If it walks like a duck, has feathers like a duck, and quacks like a duck… well, folks it’s a duck!



Even our church hymnals have been re-written to remove words that might refer to war, or gender. Even some hymns such as the venerable “Onward Christian Soldiers” has been dropped from some denominational hymnbooks because it is thought to be too militaristic!



This is insanity! It is insecurity to the nth degree. People who are threatened by the words of a hymn need professional help! And they should seek it immediately.



Even the Bible itself has been re-written so as to reflect the gutless, Political Correctness of Moral Relativism. Pastors are afraid to stand in the pulpit and speak their minds. To speak the words God urges them to speak to his people. If they do, two things are staring them in the face. One, the IRS will take away the churches tax exemption, and two, they will be fired. I am intimately acquainted with some men of the cloth and they tell me it is a fearful thing to stand in the pulpit today and be afraid to speak the truth. Now, you tell me what is wrong with this.

By now you know that Moral Relativism is known by another name these days… Political Correctness. This is the greatest enemy of the USA and freedom on the globe today!




I have the honor to be,



Your Obedient Servant,



"Longstreet"



More on Political Correctness in my next Post (See below)

Political Correctness...Part Two

Political Correctness Part Two:



Political Correctness has gutted our society, emasculated our men, and is well, on the way to turning us into a mass of whimpering, whining, vassals of a world government run by that bunch of moral reprobates, crooks, thieves and brigands housed in that tall building, by the river, in New York, which we refer to as the United Nations. Even their name is a lie!



Our brave fighting men came back from Europe in the late 40’s convinced there was no hell worse than the hell they had just experienced…war! Nothing! So they taught their children that belief, and their children taught theirs and so on. Somewhere along the way, the reason for fighting that war, which was to maintain our freedom, was lost. This gaping vacuum was not lost on the practioners of Political Correctness. They saw it as the avenue to the domination of a whole society, including the religious and political wings of that society, and they have been busy ever since. And they are winning!



The hippies and the yuppies and the flower children showed up and there were the peace marches, the band-the-bomb marches, the unilateral disarmament crowd, the get out of Viet Nam marches, and so on. They played havoc with our society and our government and our military. And then they disappeared.



Did you ever wonder where those peace nuts went? Well, look at you colleges and universities and public schools and the Congress and state legislatures, on the benches of federal judgeships, in the pulpits and so on. (From the White house to the courthouse to the schoolhouse.) They are there and they are teaching your children that very same philosophy. They are making the laws that cripple our military, that reduce prison sentences for criminals, that keep the ten commandments out of public view, that keep any Christian symbols from the public square, that recycle everything that you can think of until the recycle plants can no longer handle it and the manufacturers find it is cheaper to make new stuff than to recycle. They hug the trees and put our loggers out of business. They band firearms because they LOOK dangerous. They are teaching our kids this brain numbing mush because, if they get them now, they’ve got them for life. They have already captured an entire generation, except for a few old mossbacks like me… and, a few others.



This is insidious. This Political Correctness movement is a cancer eating away the soul of the greatest nation on earth.



And it gets worse! A portion of our society rants and raves about slavery in the early days of this nation and whines that we owe them for their involuntary servitude. While, at the same time, they are willingly subjecting themselves to the slavery of Political Correctness the bonds of which are far more difficult to shake off than those of the 1860’s.



When the venerated Confederate Battle Flag our ancestors fought, bled and died under is denigrated and desecrated as it has been when it was taken from the dome of the Capitol building in Columbia SC and hanged in dishonor at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, we looked on in horror wondering how this could happen? When our great grandparents are called traitors we gasp is disbelief!



Folks, our ancestors fought duels over lesser humiliations than these!



Our ancestors would have ridden the entire SC state legislature out of Columbia on a rail! I’m not even going to speculate on what they would have done at Gettysburg.



If we have any chance of stopping this steady march of Political Correctness, which is destroying our nation and our society, we’re going to have to get serious.



We have heard many times that freedom is not free. Indeed it is not! It was bought and paid for with the blood of our ancestors who saw what needed to be done to buy our freedom from Great Britain and they did it! Our Confederate ancestors saw the evil of an overbearing government strangling the life from the people of the South and they responded by taking that government to war that lasted for four of the bloodiest years in the history of America. They didn’t win but they served notice that the people of the South would only be pushed so far before we push back…hard.



They made such an impression on the government that to this day the US Government maintains numerous garrisons of military troops in the south much as the Romans did in their conquered territories.



I remain,



Your Obedient Servant,



“Longstreet”



Continued in the next Post.


Political Correctness... Part Three

Political Correctness Part Three



Indeed, freedom is not free. And it pains me that so many of our fellow Americans think today that the price of freedom is too high. They are no longer willing to pay the price to live in a nation free of tyranny. They have turned their backs on the sacrifices made by those who went before them. You see, it cost too much. Our own regional newspaper runs a box score near the front of it’s paper every single day showing the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Never the number of the enemy killed. They don’t even use the word enemy. This is the kind of left wing garbage the Moral Relativists have given us. These people had rather live in fear and tremble at the sound of footsteps in the night. They’d rather allow terrorists to blow our children up in their schools, or kill our women folk in the shopping malls of this county, or murder our citizens in high-rise office buildings in our largest cities. They can accept this and they can make their peace with the mass funerals of those killed and the crowds of tearful, weeping, mourners. Yes, they can live with that…. rather than put their own lives on the line, or put their own treasure on the line, or to kiss their young men and send them into harms way to help protect this country, which holds the only hope for this warped and corrupted world. That is what they can’t live with.



You see, they believe the terrorists are not absolutely wrong. Maybe, a little wrong, but not absolutely wrong. They feel that America is partly to blame for the killings, the bombings, the beheadings, and for everything wrong in the world. That’s Moral Relativism, or, as it is known today, Political Correctness! It’s killing us! It’s killing this country. They haven’t the courage anymore to stand up and say “no more”! “Stop, or we will stop you!” “No matter the cost, we will stop you.” They can’t do it. It isn’t in them. It has been bred out of them. They’re a hi-bred. The price of freedom is more than they are willing to pay. They will accept slavery and go quietly into the night in the chains they have forged themselves on the anvil of Political Correctness.



It is left to us, the old mossbacks, the hard heads, the politically incorrect, to offer our own blood as their salvation from the hoards to come. For, they surely will come. There are still enough Americans with backbones to standup and shake our collective fists in the faces of those who would take this country from us. We can crush them like cock roaches scurrying for those dark holes in the ground of the Middle East. For us to do otherwise is to bring dishonor to the generations who have gone before us. To do less, is to bow our heads and bear our necks to whips and chains, and swords of slavery.



The first step is to shut down the disciples of Moral Relativism, the chieftains of Political Correctness. If we are really serious about preserving our heritage, as Southerners and Americans, we will take the fight to them. It is time to stop re-acting and time to start acting! If we don’t they will surely bring the fight to us!



We Southerners have a vested interest in the battle against Political Correctness. Why? Because we are standing on the Bull’s-eye they are aiming for.



We are in the midst of a war for the hearts and minds of generations of Americans yet unborn. If we are to preserve our heritage, and our way of life, then we had better get “geared-up” and dig in for the long haul ahead. Lets face our enemy on our feet rather than on our knees. Our cause is right. We need never retreat.



A great lady, a lady I much admire, Lady Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, once said: “You sort out what you believe in, then you apply it. You don’t compromise on things that matter!”



And Winston Churchill, another former Prime Minster of Great Britain, citizen of Great Britain, and the United States of America, once said: “ Never give in; Never give in; Never, Never, Never, Never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, Never give in.”



Many Americans are asking today, “When are we going to say enough?”



“When are we going to take the battle to the enemy? When?”



I ask the age-old questions… “If not now… when”? If not us…. who?





I urge you to answer in the words of the Old Testament prophet: “Here I am Lord. Send me!”





I remain,




Your Obedient Servant



"Longstreet"









Monday, January 3, 2005

The Media

The mainstream media in this country has sold us out. No longer do we get the news, and only the news, we get opinion as well. Trouble is… the opinion is mixed in with the story (being written or broadcast).



The other problem is… the left leaning bias of the major news media outlets in this country. Both Print and Broadcast. The left-leaning bias instantly leaps off the page at the reader.



The New York Times owns a regional newspaper, which happens to be near me. The paper is so left-leaning, in its reporting and on it’s editorial pages, that it has become a laughing stock to the readers of the region in which it circulates. Nicknames abound for this paper. All have some socialistic connotation. We conservative subscribers have no "print" alternative to this paper.



The national media has given up even attempting to look unbiased. They have openly declared their colors for the Democratic left in this country. That’s fine with me. Their help was invaluable in electing President Bush to his second term and insuring the Republican hold on the Congress for many years… well into the future.



They seem to have no idea their ranting, against the conservatives in this country, only serves as a demonstration of all the things conservative parents warn their children about. Abortion on demand, same-sex marriages, inclusiveness, diversity, political correctness rather than honesty, indecisiveness, lack of leadership, the inability to take a stand and not be moved, their instant flexibility, the ranting about the National Guard. (Boy, did this one really PO a few million former, and current, members of the Guard and Reserve.) Do you begin to get the picture?



Well, if you do, they haven’t. They cannot pass up a chance to talk down to those of us among the great unwashed. So, they continue to do it. It is nearly unbelievable. But, it is, as I said above, invaluable to us as conservatives. This is a great service they are rendering. We cannot thank them enough!



As conservative parents we no longer have the Soviet Union to point to as a demonstration of the failure of the socialist system. But, thank goodness, we still have the press in this country, and their sycophants in our government. They have not let us down. They continue their undiminished diatribe against religion, the family, the military, and business. Business because they still can’t stand the fact that we are a Capitalist country. Our business is business.



I religiously (no pun intended) read the editorial pages of the leftist publication in my area. (With glee) I read the “Letters to the Editor” from the loony leftists in that city, which has become known, in my area, as “San Francisco, East”! It is clear they haven’t a clue as to why they lost the election, nor why they will lose the next one.



So, as we begin a new year, and the second term of President George Bush, please allow me to express my deep appreciation for the incalculable assistance of the Media, in this country, and the world.



Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press… keep up the good work!



Longstreet