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New Nationalized History Curriculum Eliminate Founding Fathers, Teaches Country Built on Hate

August 6, 2014 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Anti-Americanism, Ben Franklin, Children, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Family, Founders, Frederick Douglas, George Washington, Government, Government Corruption, History, James Madison, John Adams, Liberals, President, Progressives, Public School, Revolutionary War, Sam Adams, Slavery, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like the Obamaites are once again attempting to tech our children that the U.S. is an evil country with new nationalized “history” standards for our schools that eliminate the founding fathers and focuses only on a relentlessly negative interpretation of the birth of the country.

I am late to this story, I know (it is impossible to cover everything, certainly), but this one is egregious, so I just had to hit it. Still, it is of a piece with the way the left is attempting to destroy this country by tearing it down in the eyes of our youth so that they grow up with the left’s preconceived notion that this country is evil.

Late last moth documents were uncovered that reveals they way that College Board authors have redesigned the AP U.S. History (APUSH) Framework from a previous five-page, cursory outline that leaves a lot of what is to be taught to teachers and school districts to a massive 98-page document describing in minute detail what is to be taught and more importantly what isn’t to be taught.

The College Board, the administers of advanced placement (AP) courses and tests, is unveiling the new scheme for AP U.S. history which is to be given to 450,000 students who take these history classes across the nation.
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No, It is NOT the ‘July Fourth’ Holiday, and Stop Saying It Is!

July 4, 2014 | Filed Under Ben Franklin, Civil Rights, Declaration of Independence, Founders, Free Speech, Freedom, History, James Madison, John Adams, Liberty, Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is well known that John Adams had imagined that July second would be the day that future generations of Americans would remember as their day of independence from England, the nation’s birthday, if you will. It was, after all, on the second that it was proclaimed “(T)hat these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

But it was two days later that those gathered in defiance to the King declared a “Declaration of Independency” thereby adopting the famed document that carefully delineated the natural rights by which they claimed independence followed by a list of grievances that would explain why they invoked those rights.

So what are we celebrating? Is it our birth as a nation or are we celebrating the document of Independence? Early celebrations were mixed and a bit confused on that point. Additionally, celebrations on July fourth weren’t that common for a time after the Revolution was over. At first, not many felt a need to celebrate something that had happened and was over. It was time to move on from war in many American’s eyes.
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238 Independence Days and Counting, But What Does it all Mean?

July 4, 2014 | Filed Under Civil Rights, Declaration of Independence, Founders, Free Speech, Freedom, History, Holiday, Human Rights, Independence Day, Liberty, Revolutionary War, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today America enjoys the celebration of 238 years of existence as a nation by noting the day we declared our independence from our Mother nation, England. Sadly, that celebration has, for too many, become the “July Fourth” holiday, a day of picnics, rote parades, “white sales,” and for some a day off work. Of course, we should not and don’t celebrate any “July Fourth.” We celebrate Independence Day, the day we formally separated from our parent nation and took those first unsteady steps into the world as a nation of our own.

So, what is this Independence Day all about? Well, for one thing we celebrate the gifts that our Creator has given us. That’s right, our Founding Fathers started this nation celebrating the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and those natural rights given to us by God, rights that no man can take away from us, rights no man can legitimately prevent us from observing.

Contrary to the God averse America we have devolved into, the Declaration mentions God, the Creator, or the divine multiple times and the Founders rested their entire claim of liberty and freedom on the claim that no government can legitimately take away the natural rights that mankind should and must enjoy.
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John Adams’ Reminiscences of the First Independence Day

July 4, 2014 | Filed Under Declaration of Independence, Founders, Government, History, Holiday, Independence Day, John Adams, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

John Adams was one of the truly indispensable men among our founding fathers. He was the man that wrote one of the first fully written out Constitutions in human history when he wrote the Constitution of Massachusetts. He wrote a seminal book on government that helped inform the founders of our nation, he was an ambassador to France and other European nations, he was our first vice president, our second president, and more.

In fact, Adams was at the center of one of the incidents that set the tone for our national character. When the Redcoats responsible for the Boston Massacre were put under arrest, John Adams stepped forward to represent the Redcoats in court. Many of his fellow patriots were amazed at this offer, some even incensed at Adams for doing so. But Adams said that the rule of law was far more important than merely making points with the home crowd and the Redcoats deserved to have competent representation.
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Happy Independence Day, 2014

July 3, 2014 | Filed Under Declaration of Independence, Founders, History, Holiday, Independence Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

We are taking this grand holiday off from blogging to celebrate the birth of our wonderful country and the freedoms from which we’ve all benefited. And around here it’s Independence Day NOT “July 4th.” We don’t celebrate a number we celebrate an event, one of the most glorious events in human history: the birth of our nation.

Have a wonderful holiday, thanks for being a loyal Publius Forum reader and God Bless America.

Warner Todd Huston


New Mexico Public Museum Broke ‘Separation’ Clause Law With Atheist Celebration

July 2, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Bible, Budget, Christianity, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Government, Government Corruption, History, Islam, Liberals, Progressives, Religion, Rights, Taxes, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A museum in New Mexico used tax dollars to put on a celebration of Charles Darwin and atheism this year that has religious folks up in arms. And if the fight over religion is schools has any legitimacy at all, this museum should be slapped down for spending tax dollars on promoting the religious views of atheists.

The story comes from the Baptist Press which writes, “Two New Mexico scientists have alleged that a government-owned museum used tax money to denigrate religion and promote atheism at its annual Darwin Day celebration without giving believers in God an opportunity to present their case.”

A flier promoting “Darwin Day” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque — a division of the New Mexico state government’s Department of Cultural Affairs — listed New Mexicans for Science & Reason, the Humanist Society of New Mexico and Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque as cosponsors of the Darwin celebration in February, provoking to action New Mexico residents and scientists James Campbell and Michael Edenburn.

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Guns And Abortion: States Starting to Rebel Against Federal Control

April 26, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, Communism, Concealed Carry, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Courts, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Founders, Free Speech, Freedom, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Liberty, Marijuana, President, Progressives, Regulation, Republicans, Revolutionary War, Rights, Socialism, States Rights, Taxes, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As a conservative it is easy to look at Washington and find nothing but despair. Socialism is once again on the march with autocratic Democrats and left leaning “Republicans” all seeking to raise taxes, spend more, destroy the integrity of our borders, eviscerate our military, spy on us all, and impose a one-size-fits-all education scheme. In DC, the Democrats are practically indistinguishable from the Republicans. But a bright spot is seen in those states who are rebelling over this top down control by liberalizing gun laws, restricting abortion, and otherwise beginning to look for ways to assert their long dormant powers.

When the founders created this country they imagined that they had practically eliminated the chance for tyranny by creating a governing plan that featured a segmented system. The founders expected each segment to zealously look to protect their rightful powers.

The founders thought that Senators would fight for their states, Congressmen would fight for that segment of voters who elected them, Presidents would guard their own enumerated powers, states would strenuously reject any expansion of federal powers, counties would reject state interference and cities would vigorously enforce their own authority.

There was a time when states’ rights weren’t just some false call used to protect slavery!

Unfortunately, this country lost its once proud obstinacy and everyone began to fall to a socialist-styled assumption that the federal government should control everything from Washington D.C.

It is easy to imagine that the founders would have already started shooting at and/or tar and feathering government officials by now, but the tide of this un-American control from the top is starting to show some signs of collapse. A bloodless revolution seems to be forming.
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Stupid Democrat Thinks 225-Year-Old Constitution is 400 Years Old

March 13, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Founders, Government, Government Corruption, History, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Progressives, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the dumbest democrats in Congress is Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. She has said many, many stupid things and this week she unleashed another one saying that the U.S., Constitution is 400 years old. This occurred yesterday and I was going to skip the story, but I just can’t let it pass un-mentioned.

This dolt of a human being made the comment on the floor of the House during the debate on the lawless president that sits in the White House. The GOP has floated a law that would hold this criminal president to the law. Plainly enough, the law is titled the Enforce The Law Act and was introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R, SC).

Naturally, Obama is threatening to veto a law that tells him to follow the law. Think about that for a second. Obama wants to be given carte blanche to break the law and is upset anyone would expect him to be a law-abiding chief executive.

This president plans to be a criminal and wants Congress to give him blanket dispensation to be one.
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Groupon Celebrates ‘President Alexander Hamilton’ For Presidents Day

February 15, 2014 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Anti-Americanism, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s Presidents Day and Chicago-based Groupon has some celebrating to do. In fact, this year they are celebrating that well-known president Alexander Hamilton.

Groupon made the announcement of their Presidents Day honoree in a February 14 press release.

“Starting tomorrow, Groupon will be kicking off Presidents Day weekend by giving customers 10 dollars off 40 dollars when they purchase a deal for any local business. The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton–undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.”
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[UPDATE] Coke Balkanizes USA With Super Bowl Ad

February 8, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entertainment, Ethics, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Sports, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

With UPDATE at bottom

The left was ecstatic over Coca-Cola’s decision to air a commercial during the Super Bowl that featured as its sound track the song America The Beautiful. Oh, they weren’t ecstatic because of the song. They were ecstatic that Coke decided to have the song sung in a myriad of foreign languages. They weren’t excited over an American song they were happy that Coke decided to snub English and American traditions, of course.

Naturally, the retort against those that were upset that Coke produced the song in a string of foreign tongues is that they are “racists” and “haters” who hate the fact that there are people other than White, English-speakers in the US.

Just as naturally, this is simply not why people were upset at Coke.

Coke posted a press release claiming that its commercial was “a salute to America” and that “the ad features real people enjoying each other and a Coke.”

Further explaining the commercial in the press release, Katie Bayne, President, North America Brands, Coca-Cola North America, said, “For 127 years, Coca-Cola has been proud to be a part of bringing friends and families together while memories are made. With ‘It’s Beautiful,’ we are simply showing that America is beautiful, and Coke is for everyone.”
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America’s Top Colleges Have Done Away With Teaching U.S. History

January 29, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Founders, Government Corruption, History, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new report from Fox News on the trend among liberal arts colleges to drop any requirement that students take U.S. history classes to earn a degree is to me a mixed bag. Sure it is outrageous that our schools are telling students that U.S. history isn’t important, yet, it’s probably good kids aren’t learning the skewed version of U.S. history they’ll likely get from our extremist, left-wing professors who hate this country.

For Fox News, Joshua Rhett Miller notes that U.S. history “doesn’t make the grade” at most of America’s liberal arts colleges. One school even allows students to replace U.S. history with a class called “The Rhetoric of Alien Abduction.”

Of the 29 top-ranked liberal arts colleges, only the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy requires a survey course in American history. One school, Claremont McKenna in California, requires U.S. history or economics but not both. Just two of those institutions require an economics course, and five require a survey course in literature, according to the report.

The report also pointed out that a poll of Americans found that 70 percent feel that colleges should require basic courses in math, science, economics, and U.S. history, yet many don’t.
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CNN Anchor Says Founding Fathers Would Support Obamacare Because ‘It’s a Law’ Or Something

September 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Founders, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is aghast that Republicans would try to defund Obamacare and she is sure that the founding fathers would support Obama’s signature healthcare law because, well, “it’s a law.”

During a September 19 segment of CNN Newsroom, Baldwin said, “Congress passes a law, in this case Obamacare, and then some of its members turn around and essentially try to sabotage it. Again, I repeat, it’s a law. Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up.”

So, the founders would not oppose Obamacare because it is a foregone conclusion since it is already a law?

Baldwin needs to do a bit of reading. The very founders that she claimed would never have opposed something that had already became law are the same founders that generated one of our Republic’s earliest Constitutional crises when the John Adams administration (our second president and a founding father) passed the Alien and Sedition laws that made it illegal to oppose the government and Thomas Jefferson (our third president and a founding father) opposed Adams, used it as a central theme in his run against Adams and won the presidency where upon he repealed the offensive law.
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School Textbook Says Only Military Allowed to Have Guns in USA

September 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, Freedom, Government, Gun Control, Guns, History, Liberals, Liberty, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A textbook in Texas has been discovered teaching that Americans have no individual right to keep and bear arms, essentially telling kids that only the military–or an organized militia–can have arms under the Constitution.

Thanks to TheBlaze, a school book in Denton, Texas has been found giving kids an incomplete definition of the Second Amendment. Worse, this is a textbook used by advanced placement students, supposedly the best educated kids.

The book in question is titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination and is the principal book used to study for advanced US history classes.

Here is what the textbook says of the Second Amendment:
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Jesse Jackson Thinks Tea Partiers & Gun Owners Want to ‘Resurrect the Confederacy’

August 29, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Civil Rights Act, Civil War, Communism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Jesse Jackson, Liberals, President, Progressives, Race, Racism, Slavery, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you favor the Tea Party way or you are a gun owner, Jesse Jackson wants you to know you are a racist, terrorist just like members of the old Confederacy.

That’s right, Jackson thinks if you believe in the U.S. Constitution, you are a terrorist looking to over throw the government and kill black people and you want to bring back slavery and the old Confederacy.

He’s made these idiotic, hyperbolic statements many times, of course–like in the video above from Feb. of this year–But his latest statement was made in remarks to Politico on the eve of the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
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Obama’s Department of Defense Calls Founding Fathers ‘Extremists’

August 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DHS, DOD, Ethics, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama’s Department of Defense has issued a “teaching” guide that calls our founding fathers “extremists” and advises students that today’s radicals don’t “put on sheets” but will talk of “individual liberties” reports have found.

So, according to Obama’s administration, anyone that talks about freedom and the individual liberties are latent racists–or are somehow hiding their racism–and our founders were radical extremists!

This so-called teaching guide was discovered by Judicial Watch among materials authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a DoD-funded diversity training center.

As the Daily Caller reports:
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237 Independence Days and Counting, But What Does it all Mean?

July 4, 2013 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Founders, George Washington, Holiday, Independence Day, James Madison, Revolutionary War, Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today America enjoys the celebration of 237 years of existence as a nation by noting the day we declared our independence from our Mother nation, England. Sadly, that celebration has, for too many, become the “July Fourth” holiday, a day of picnics, rote parades, “white sales,” and for some a day off work. Of course, we should not and don’t celebrate any “July Fourth.” We celebrate Independence Day, the day we formally separated from our parent nation and took those first unsure steps into the world as a nation of our own.

So, what is this Independence Day all about? Well, for one thing we celebrate the gifts that our Creator has given us. That’s right, our Founding Fathers started this nation celebrating the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and those natural rights given to us by God, rights that no man can tax away from us, rights no man can legitimately take by force.

Contrary to the God averse America we have stumbled into, the Declaration mentions God, the Creator, or the divine multiple times and the Founders rested their entire claim of liberty and freedom on the claim that no government can legitimately take away the natural rights that mankind should and must enjoy.

The fact is the Founders did not want a nation free from religion (there is no such founding principle as a “wall of separation” as many think of it today, but that is another story for another day). This is not a Godless nation, but a nation based on Christian ideals.

Secondly, the Declaration of Independence is also a list of the wrongs and slights that England perpetrated against us. In the list of crimes against us that the English Crown and Parliament perpetrated against us is detailed many of the rights that free men must enjoy to truly be free men. This list of slights is not just stuffy old history but are timeless principles which should guide all men even today.

And lastly, to that “all men” point just noted. Our Founders did not write a Declaration that only pertained to their situation in their focused pint in history. Instead they wrote a document to inspire every people to take up freedom and liberty as their own. The Declaration of Independence is not just a document for America. It is one that should inspire all men everywhere to throw off the shackles of government-imposed slavery. It is a document that is not just for the nascent American people, but one that insists, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Declaration of Independence is for humanity. Not just America.

And so that is also our charge. Freedom is a cause for all men, not just Americans. The United States should not shrink from the charge to aid and encourage freedom and liberty for all men.

Please take a minute to read the entire Declaration below and re-famliarize yourself with our founding ideals.
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Miss Alabama 2013 Proves American Freedom is Dying

June 17, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Ben Franklin, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Ethics, Founders, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Liberals, Liberty, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mary Margaret McCord, the dull witted “beauty queen” from Alabama, said during the 2013 Miss USA contest that she’d trade freedom and liberty for safety. This empty-headed twit proves that the liberals have won. We have lost our freedom if people care so little about it that they would trade liberty and freedom for government-sponsored “security.” Our system of mis-education, an edifice so infested with liberals, did this to us all. The liberals are killing America. But conservatives are also at fault here. They are at fault for allowing our educational system to be taken over by the anti-American, hardcore left.

This Ben Franklin axiom is obviously no longer taught in our schools:

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
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The Declaration of Independence Opposes Obamaism

May 28, 2013 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, George Washington, History, James Madison, John Adams, Liberals, President, Progressives, Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the Declaration of Independence our forefathers wrote of King George the III that, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

This was posed as one of the many reasons that we separated ourselves from Great Britain and became the United States of America.

Does this complaint not sound like what King Obama is doing now?

Remember, this sort of government oppression of freemen once sparked a revolution for our founders. What might it do for us?
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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Joe Scarborough: This IRS Scandal Sure Hurts My Anti-Gun, Let’s Trust Government Argument

May 19, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Government, Gun Control, Guns, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

MSNBC’s Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough, is nearly apoplectic over the recent IRS admission that it used the power of its office to intimidate conservative groups throughout Obama’s presidency. Not necessarily because the IRS was acting so poorly, but because the scandal hurts his anti-gun argument.

During the recent debate over gun control in the Senate, Scarborough was a big booster of the Toomey/Manchin gun bill.

One of the arguments against the two Senators’ bill was that expanded background checks would likely lead to an un-Constitutional gun registry. Opponents maintained that the government wasn’t trustworthy enough not to misuse the information that would be gleaned from universal background checks.

In April Scarborough called anyone that opposed his support of the Toomey/Manchin bill an “extremist.”

This week, after the current IRS scandal hit the news, Scarborough is changing his tune albeit if only slightly.
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Useful Idiot: Illinois Democrat Says Govt’s Job is to ‘Give Rights’

May 7, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Cook County, Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Gay Marriage, Gays, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz thinks her job is to “give rights” to people. Feigenholtz recently blurted that out in an interview giving us a perfect example of the key difference between those interested in preserving the American system, its morals, and traditions, and those that have no interest in such niceties and instead what to wholly remake the relationship between government and citizen giving government more and more power over everyone.

In the interview, Feigenholtz, a Chicago Democrat in the 12th District, announced her intention to “give rights” to the gay community in Illinois and felt that this “giving” of rights was one of the most important jobs of elected officials.

“For me, the most precious thing I do as a lawmaker is giving people rights,” Feigenholtz said. “We have a powerful opportunity as elected officials to do this.”

As an aside, Feigenholtz then went on to disgustingly exploit the Holocaust in WWII as a means to push her “gay rights” issues.

Of course, this little admission shows there is a monumental chasm here between progressives and left-wingers like Feigenholtz and the rest of us that hew closer to American tradition.
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What Is This ‘Well Regulated Militia’ Business, Anyway?

April 29, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Founders, George Washington, Government, Gun Control, Guns, History, House of Representatives, John Adams, Military, Regulation, Revolutionary War, Senate, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Question:

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, 1789: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

We talk about the “right of the people” to “bear arms” all the time. But we don’t often talk about the “well regulated militia” part that precedes it. So, what is it about? Is this militia still relevant to us today? Can we just ignore it? If unnecessary, does the lack of a need for the militia make the whole Second Amendment null and void?

Background:

Our founders had just fought a war with one of the greatest powers in the world. In the mid 1780s, British forces were considered the best of the best. But our founders hadn’t joined a war with a “foreign power.” They had fought a war with their own government in order to separate from it and start anew. This was because we Americans felt England had violated our very rights as Englishmen.

As our Declaration of Independence notes:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
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Slavery Flap Shows Emory University Professors are Morons

February 27, 2013 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, Georgia, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Slavery, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Earlier this month the President of Emory University wrote a piece for the school magazine about the efficacy of compromise. By the 24th he was forced to apologize for the piece because he mentioned slavery fully in context in his piece. The faux outrage that his comments caused proved three things: that no one at Emory has any grasp of American history, that the professors at Emory University are morons, and that the student body are utterly unable to employ critical thinking.

The segment that upset everyone was utterly innocuous and cited properly in context by Wagner, without hate or racism. Unfortunately, logic and context isn’t what the race baiters of Emory University are interested in, sad to say.

President James Wagner’s piece was meant to extol the virtues of compromise and meant his piece to explain that this vaunted compromise was as American as Apple Pie, baseball, and the restl. Pursuant to that, Wagner wrote the following:

One instance of constitutional compromise was the agreement to count three-fifths of the slave population for purposes of state representation in Congress. Southern delegates wanted to count the whole slave population, which would have given the South greater influence over national policy. Northern delegates argued that slaves should not be counted at all, because they had no vote. As the price for achieving the ultimate aim of the Constitution—“to form a more perfect union”—the two sides compromised on this immediate issue of how to count slaves in the new nation. Pragmatic half-victories kept in view the higher aspiration of drawing the country more closely together.

Such as it is, this is correct, straight forward, pure fact. It has not a whiff of controversy to it. Well, it wouldn’t have a whiff of controversy if an intelligent, informed person were reading that excerpt, anyway.

Instead of intelligent people, however, we ended up with dolts like Emory history “professor” Leslie Harris, halfwits like “professor” Leroy Davis, and racebaiters like student Jovanna Jones.
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Birthday of a Giant: Where Have you Gone George Washington?

February 22, 2013 | Filed Under Conservatives, Declaration of Independence, Ethics, Founders, George Washington, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is February 22nd, the birthday of our first President, George Washington.

I don’t celebrate “President’s Day.” I celebrate the presidents individually, not the whole gaggle of them at once. But I most certainly don’t celebrate George Washington, the father of our country, as just another president. These days, George Washington has been relegated to that “truth telling guy” to be seen on the one dollar bill and on TV commercials at the end of February or that guy lumped in with Lincoln on “President’s Day.” And that is a shame, indeed, for, without George Washington, our presidency and nation might have become a far different place.

What made Washington such a giant for our times as well as his? For one thing, he knew how to act in public.

Back in the 1700’s

In the year 1759 a man named William Robertson wrote a book called The History of Emperor Charles V. It was a book that some claim was the standard after which modern historical study and writing has come to be patterned. Mr. Robertson, who became Principle of the University of Edinburgh in later years, introduced a salient point into the era of the Scottish Enlightenment. That idea was that “Politeness” in society would result in becoming a civilized nation. And it was a politeness perpetuated and spread through capitalism that was the best avenue to achieving that civilized level.
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ABC’s McFadden Compares Hillary to Thomas Jefferson

February 3, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, State Department, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The inordinate praise for now former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been thick throughout the media, but no other coverage was more obsequious than ABC’s. Cynthia McFadden topped off this praise by comparing Clinton to no less than Thomas Jefferson.

On the January 30 broadcast of Nightline, McFadden spoke to Clinton in what was billed as her “last television interview in office.” The interview was conducted in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson and at one point in the interview McFadden effusively equated Clinton to Jefferson. Motioning toward the statue of the founder, McFadden said, “As Jefferson looks over our shoulder, who I would only point out, was Secretary of State who went on to become president.”
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VP Biden: Mental Health Checks Could Have Stopped Vir. Tech Shooting

January 27, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Freedom, Gun Control, Guns, Health, Joe Biden, Liberals, Liberty, Mental Health, President, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After a discussion on gun control at an event in Richmond, Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that better mental health checks could have stopped the shooting on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007.

Biden said that he and those he consulted during the recent gun banning commission he chaired which was completed in mid January had reached a “pretty broad consensus” of policy recommendations that would include “mental capacity” to determine who would be allowed to purchase guns in the future.

“One of the problems that was pointed out here was that there was an adjudication of the young man that committed the crime at Virginia Tech, and yet he was able to go out and purchase two weapons,” the Vice President said.

In 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, a student at the university, killed 32 at the Blacksburg, VA campus. Cho used two handguns that he had purchased legally. The killer, though, had a history of mental health issues that apparently didn’t come up in his background checks when he purchased the weapons.
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AMC Developing Sitcom Titled ‘We Hate Paul Revere’

January 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Cable, Democrats/Leftists, Founders, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of America’s most famous patriots is slated for a little attention on the AMC cable network–perhaps regrettably so. There may soon be a bit of hate going around for him with a new AMC sitcom in development called “We Hate Paul Revere.” So much for sitcoms where “everyone loves” someone, eh? And so much for patriotism.

According to reports, the show is being written and executive produced by writer-actors Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. The show apparently centers on two brothers living in Colonial Boston who are not fans of famed Boston entrepreneur, Paul Revere.

Revere was a well-known businessman and silversmith in his day, but in ours he’s best known as one of the riders that caromed through Boston and nearby towns to warn patriots that “the British are coming.”

AMC has not officially picked up the show as of yet, nor has the cabler officially picked up any of the other few sitcoms it has greenlighted for development.

Picked up or no, the folks at Boston’s Paul Revere House aren’t very amused about the idea of their namesake becoming an object of sitcom derision.

The historical association immediately took to Twitter to express pique about the planned sitcom. On the Twitter accounts the Paul Revere historians and keepers of the Patriot’s image said “I hate this idea,” and “AMC, really?”
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Danny Glover’s Revisionist History: 2nd Amendment Was for Protecting Slavery

January 21, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Civil War, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Founders, Freedom, Government, Gun Control, Guns, History, Human Rights, Liberals, Liberty, President, Progressives, Regulation, Revolutionary War, Slavery, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Actor and hardcore progressive Danny Glover should add revisionist historian to his growing resume of left-wing activism after a recent visit to Texas A&M University where he told students that the Second Amendment was mainly meant to keep African Americans in slavery and to kill Native American peoples.

During his January 17 appearance at the university, Glover thought to teach the students attending about the real purpose of the Second Amendment.

I don’t know if people know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect, for settlers to protect themselves from slave revolts and from uprisings by Native Americans. So, a revolt from people who were stolen from their lands or revolts from people whose land was stolen from. That was the genesis of the Second Amendment.

This is simple historical revisionism. Slave revolts had yet to become the constant, nagging fear it was later to become for southern slaveholders. There was no such preoccupation in the late 1780s during the debate over the Constitution or in the decades previous to that and it certainly wasn’t a cause for northerners to worry.

Glover is completely wrong in every respect.
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Some Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party Was Terrorism

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, Government, History, Liberals, Progressives, Revolutionary War, Terrorism, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has been revealed that some Texas schools were teaching that the Boston Tea Party, an event widely understood as having helped spark the American Revolution, was actually a “terrorist” attack on British authorities.

At least up until January of 2012, Texas schools utilizing the history curriculum from CSCOPE, a non-profit and supposedly non-partisan education service, taught that the most famous tax protest in American history was akin to terrorism.

The tact taken to discuss the event was to engage kids as if the Boston Tea Party had just occurred and was a current news report.
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University Prof: Thanksgiving is a Nazi Holiday

November 24, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Founders, History, Liberals, Progressives, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s become a tradition on every holiday that somewhere in the country a taxpayer supported university professor will come forth to trash one of our American traditions and this holiday season we were treated to a claim that Thanksgiving is really just a celebration of “genocide” created by “Nazis.”

A long-time, extreme left-winger named Robert Jensen, a taxpayer supported journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, felt Thanksgiving eve was the perfect time to unleash his latest anti-American screed on the radical website Alternet. Titled “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” Jensen claimed that this most gentle of holidays is really nothing but a celebration of genocide sponsored by Americans who are little different than Nazis.

To Jensen, Thanksgiving isn’t a day to give thanks for what we have, it isn’t a spiritual day to reflect on one’s good fortune, it is instead a “white-supremacist holiday” that would be better spent in a “day of mourning” for the “genocide” evil whites perpetrated against America’s native people.
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What We Are Thankful For

November 22, 2012 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Business, Capitalism, Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Founders, Government, History, Holiday, James Madison, Jobs, John Adams, Revolutionary War, Sam Adams, Slavery, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Like most conservatives, I felt Election Day was the end of the United States of America. I am not convinced going forward that it isn’t, either. But on this day of giving thanks for what we do have, it would be a mistake not to be grateful for the things with which we have, in our good fortune, been blessed. There are things that we should and must be thankful for.

What are those things? What should we be thankful for? Well, certainly there are all manner of things we should be thankful for as individuals. Our loved ones, friends, perhaps our health and good fortunes. But, as a nation, there are many things to be thankful for, even if those things seem fleeting. Granted, there are many things other than what I list below that we should be thankful for. I have no intention of claiming this list is comprehensive.

So, first and foremost, as a nation we should be thankful for our founders’ vision of a nation created on the premise of self-government, freedom and liberty.
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