Disclaimer to liberals:

I have always been registered to vote as an 'independent'. I was slightly right of center (according to both partyís platforms) but not so much that I considered myself a Republican. When deciding who to vote for, I consider not only campaign promises, but past voting record, lifestyle, etc. I am concerned about the environment so some years I voted for more Democrats; I am also pro-life so other years I voted for more Republicans. I have also voted for third-party candidates. For those reasons, I did not need to reveal anything about my own political beliefs on this website.
However, several years ago, things started changing. I donít think my political beliefs changed so much as there was a shift in the partyís platforms. At first it was good, as the Republican party moved a little to the left there was opportunity to compromise on some issues. But then, around 2005 or so, the Democratic party platform started moving to the left. At first it was just little things but eventually many of their policies were clearly socialist. I have close family members who served in WWI, WWII, and other wars so know how bad communism and socialism are.
Still, I wasn't too alarmed because the Democrats I know didnít agree with the extreme candidates and policies so I thought things would settle back. Unfortunately, I didnít realize how much power the extreme left would get Ė from quietly changing the curriculum in many schools to buying much of the main-stream media and social media networks. That has allowed them give millions of people a totally false view of the past as well as suppress and censor any facts that don't help them get what they want. (I am 74 so I know a lot of the things they say about the past are lies!) So, if you consider yourself a liberal, you will not like this page.

This includes Patriotism, Politics, Voting and Main-Stream Media.
Also see Fourth of July (includes things about the Flag), Military, Guns, Law Enforcement, Peace, Political Humor, Living Through a Pandemic, and 9-11.

Patriotism


Quotes about Patriotism


Theodore Roosevelt on Patriotism

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.


Franklin Roosevelt on Patriotism

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.


Poems

See Independent's Day, Last Call, The Red, (White,) and Blue and other poems by Del 'Abe' Jones.


Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American . . . There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag . . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language . . . and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people. (1907)


I am an American

(D. Ault)

I owe you no apologies nor will I accept
those apologies made for me by others.

If you dislike me -- you dislike me not for what I
am but for what you are not. By my own sweat,
I have created a lifestyle which I desire for all men.

To the world I have shared my wealth and given my
blood, not because of obligation -- but by my own
free will. I have fed the hungry of the world. Many
bit my hand; I used the other hand.

I defeated my enemies in battle, then pulled them
up from the ashes of defeat. Once strong, they
again attacked; I turned the other cheek. Though
I am strong, I have never used my strength to rule
others. But do not misjudge me, I will not allow the
fear of my own strength to become my weakness.

If you wish to rise, I will give you a helping hand.
But by the grace of God, and I'll first be damned,
If I'll let you drag me down so that we may be equal.


High treason

(Josť Emilio Pacheco)

I do not love my country. Its abstract splendor
is beyond my grasp.
But (although it sounds bad) I would give my life
for ten places in it, for certain people,
seaports, pinewoods, fortresses,
a run-down city, gray, grotesque,
various figures from its history,
mountains
(and three or four rivers).


A Patriot

How old is a patriot?
Just as old as you.
If in all things you will be
Brave and fair and true.

Who can be a patriot?
Any child can try
For Truth and Strength and Self-control
Make heroes by and by.


Lesson Learned

(Leonard Pitts, Jr., 12 September 2001)

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed. Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause. Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve. Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together . . . So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started. But you're about to learn.


What Does Columbine Say About Us?

Bob Lonsberry wrote a wonderful column shortly after the shooting in Columbine in 1999. He pointed out all the wonderful, heroic things that were done by ordinary people at the time of the tragedy. The point of the column was that if we blame ourselves and society for the shooting we also have to take the credit for the good things that were done.


Thomas Jefferson

(Steven and Rosemary Benet)

Thomas Jefferson
What do you say
Under the gravestone
Hidden away?

"I was a giver,
I was a molder,
I was a builder,
With a strong shoulder."

Six feet and over
Large-boned and ruddy,
The eyes gray-hazel
But bright with study.

The big hands clever
With pen and fiddle
And ready, ever
For any riddle.

From buying empires
To planting 'taters,
From Declarations
To trick dumb-waiters.

"I liked the people,
The sweat and crowd of them,
Trusted them always
And spoke aloud of them.

"I liked all learning
And wished to share it
Abroad like pollen
For all who had merit.

"I liked fine houses
With Greek pilasters
And built them surely
My touch a master's.

"I liked queer gadgets
And secret shelves,
And helping nations
To rule themselves.

"Jealous of others?
Not always candid?
But huge of vision
And open-handed.

"A wild-goose chaser?
Now and again,
Build Monticello,
You little men!

"Design my plow, sirs,
They use it still,
Or found my college
At Charlottesville.

"And still go questing
New things and thinkers,
And keep us busy
As twenty tinkers.

"While always guarding
The people's freedom . . .
You need more hands, sir?
I didn't need 'em.

"They call you rascal?
They called me worse.
You'd do grand things, sir,
But lack the purse?

"I got no riches.
I died a debtor.
I died free-hearted
And that was better.

"For life was freakish
But life was fervent,
And I was always
Life's willing servant.

"Life's too weighty?
Too long a haul, sir?
I lived past eighty.
I liked it all, sir."


ABC's of Patriotism

A - Always Ready, American, America the Beautiful, Army, Air Force, airborne, armistice, admiral, Annapolis, artillery, at ease, attention, armor, allegiance, amber waves of grain, apple pie, Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas
B - brave, best, beret, barracks, brigade, battle, bars, braid, bold, beautiful, bill of rights, baseball, Brooklyn Bridge, brotherhood, Boy Scouts
C - Coast Guard, courage, carrier, constitution, captain, corporal, colonel, cavalry, carrier, camouflage, commander, corps, can do, Congress, Columbus, California, Colorado, Connecticut
D - dawn's early light, destroyer, duty, destroyer, defend, democracy, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dixie, due process
E - eagle, enlist, equality, ensign, enduring, ethical, elections, economy, enforce
F - freedom, Fourth of July, fireworks, flag, fighter, Fort Benning, free speech, Florida
G - ground zero, glory, grateful, guard, gallantly gleaming, general, gunnery, grand old flag, God Bless America, Green Berets, Georgia, Grand Canyon, government, Gettysburg, Girl Scouts, governor
H - helicopter, home, hero, helmet, honors, hum-v, happiness, homeland security, human rights, house of representatives
I - independence, infantry, indivisible, insignia, integrity, inspection, inauguration, inventive, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, inspirational
J - jet, justice, JAG, judicial system, jury
K - kit, Kilroy, khaki, k-rations, kindness, kinship, keeper of peace, Kansas, Kentucky
L - land of the free, let freedom ring, liberty, loyal, loyalty, lieutenant, laws, Louisiana
M - military, marines, Memorial Day, major, midshipman, march, MRE, mountains majesty, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Mount Rushmore, medal of honor
N - Navy, NCO, nautical, National Guard, Normandy, nations, noble, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota
O - operations, One Nation, Old Glory, orders, office, Olympics, opportunity, Ohio, Oklahoma
P - paratrooper, parachute, patriot, president, pentagon, private, protect, pride, Pledge of Allegiance, platoon, patrol, parade, Pearl Harbor, proud, prosperity, peace, Philadelphia, Picturesque, Politics, Pennsylvania, Pilgrims, Purple Heart
Q - Quantico, quality of life, quiet dignity
R - rebel, ranger, rank, reveille, rifle, reserves, rations, rights, republic, red, white & blue, respect, representation, Rhode Island
S - soldier, seals, sailor, ship, stars & stripes, sergeant, salute, SAC, squad, submarine, stripes, stars, salute, September 11, security, Seabees, special forces, Star Spangled Banner, sea to shining sea, spacious skies, supreme court, Senate, South Carolina, South Dakota, statue of Liberty
T - troops, terrorism, territory, tour, tradition, taps, tank, tranquility, Thanksgiving, thankful, Tennessee, Texas
U - uniform, United States, unity, Utah, union, U.S.A., united, under God, Uncle Sam
V - victory, veteran, valor, victorious, vigilant, Vermont, volunteers, voting
W - weapons, West Point, WAC, We the People, world leaders, White House, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming, Wisconsin, wild west, World Trade Center
X - x-cellence, x-ceptional, eXtraordinary, X-pansive (characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence)
Y - Yankee, Yankee Doodle
Z - zealous, zero tolerance, amaZing

Also use state names, presidents names, etc.

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Politics

Quotes about Politics


If you have ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on . . .

If a Republican doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a Democrat doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, she doesn't eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned or regulated for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
If a Democrat is down and out, she wonders who is going to take care of her.

If a Republican doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
if a Democrat doesn't like a talk show host, he demands that he/she be taken off the air.

If a Republican has no religious belief, he doesn't go to church.
If a Democrat has no religious belief, he wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican needs health care, he shops for it, or finds a job that provides it.
If a Democrat needs health care, she demands that the rest of us provide it.


Common Sense Vs Cancellation

If you donít like a book, donít read it;
If you donít like a song, change the station;
if you donít like a show, donít watch it;
if you donít like a sport, donít go to the game;
if you donít like a toy, donít buy it;
if you donít like a restaurant, donít eat there;
if you donít like a store, donít shop there;
if you donít like a speaker, donít listen to them.
Make the choice that suits you and let everyone else do the same.


People need to consider the absurdity of what they say:

"America hates immigrants!" said Ilhan Omar, a Somalian refugee elected to the US Congress.
"America is systemically racist against black people!" said Barack Obama, a black man elected president of the US, twice.
"Thereís no opportunity for minorities in America!" said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Hispanic bartender elected to the US Congress.


The Two Faces of Nancy Pelosi

Jeff Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable. (Nancy Pelosi 3-2-17)
It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessionsí firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by Donald Trump to undermine and end Special Counsel Muellerís investigation. (11-7-18)


No Choice

Liberal: I am pro-choice.
Me: Can I choose my own health care?
Liberal: No.
Me: Can I choose how I defend my family and possessions?
Liberal: No.
Me: What can I choose?
Liberal: An abortion and a same-sex marriage.
Me: What if I donít agree with your opinions?
Liberal: Stop oppressing me, you racist, sexist bigot!


To all the liberals who called Trump Hitler:

Trump never censored free speech. You did.
Trump never used the media to silence political opposition. You did.
Trump never threatened to take the peopleís guns. You did.
Trump never threatened to put people who disagreed with him politically into "reeducation camps". You did.
You might want to take a good long look in the mirror.


Tolerance and Non-violence?

Madonna (Democrat): "Let's blow up the white house!"
Peter Fonda (Democrat): "Lock 10-year-old Barren Trump in a cage with child molesters."
Johnny Depp (Democrat): "We need another John Wilks Booth!"
Tom Arnold (Democrat): "I fantasize about standing over Donald Trump Jr.'s dead body!"
Kathy Griffith (Democrat): *Holds up a bloody, decapitated head that looks like Donald Trump*
Snoop Dog: (Democrat): *Shoots a likeness of Trump in a music video, has Donald Trump in a body bag on his album cover*
Joe Biden (Democratic presidential hopeful): "I'd like to take Trump behind a barn to beat him."
Corey Booker (Democratic presidential hopeful): "I dream of punching Trump in the face."
Maxine Waters (Sitting Democratic congresswoman) "Harass Trump's staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them."
But according to the left-wing media/DNC talking points, it's Trump with the hateful rhetoric... all in the name of tolerance . . . but theyíre all about peace and coming together, right?


Whoís Racist

"Iím proud to be black." said a black man.
"Iím proud to be Asian." said an Asian man.
"Iím proud to be white." said a racist.
This is how the media and the Democratic party have twisted the thinking in American for political advantage. Being proud of being white is no more racist than being proud to be black, Asian, etc. The Democratic party is just trying to own you through a guilt trip. Remain free. Reject this insanity.


The NFL's Free Expression History

The NFL says that the reason players get to take a knee during the National Anthem and openly support BLM is that they have always supported free speech and expression for their players; but here are some fun facts about the hypocrites over at the NFL.

In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off.

In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said: "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.

In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness.

In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem . . .)

In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.

In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression?

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Voting


Quotes about Voting


Vote ID

Activities where requiring a photo ID is apparently not racist: buying alcohol and cigarettes, opening a bank account, applying for food stamps, applying for welfare, applying for medicaid/social security, applying for unemployment or a job, renting or buying a house, applying for a mortgage, driving/buying/renting a car, getting on an airplane, getting married, purchasing a gun, adopting a pet, renting a hotel room, applying for a hunting or fishing license, buying a cell phone, gambling at a casino, picking up a prescription, donating blood, getting a credit card, purchasing certain cold medicines, and many others
Activities where liberals think requiring a photo ID is racist: voting


Politics and People

(Warren Thrasher)

Some of the most incredible people I know voted for Donald Trump, and some of the most incredible people I know voted for Hillary Clinton. The people that I know that voted for Trump are not racist, misogynistic, or hateful, and the people that voted for Hillary Clinton are not hateful and intolerable. If you are someone who woke up this morning and is going to start seeing people as who they voted for, and not as the person you have always known them to be, then you are what is wrong with America. I will never think any less of any person who has different views than me, because some of the most beautiful, inspirational people I know will disagree with what I believe all day long, but at the end of the day they are still that beautiful inspirational person I have always known them as. Don't think less of people because some of their beliefs don't align with yours, and don't lose quality people in your life because you choose hate over love.


The Power of One Vote


Times Change!

2017 - Hillary Clinton: Russian election meddling!
2018 Ė Nancy Pelosi: Russian election meddling!
2019 Ė Adam Schiff: Russian election meddling!
2020 Ė Joe Biden: Our elections are safe and secure!

Democrats in 2015: Everyone must accept the results of the election.
Democrats the day after the 2016 elections: We do not accept the results of the election.
Democrats in 2017: Everyone must accept the findings of the Mueller report.
Democrats in 2019: We do not accept the findings of the Mueller report.


Songs about Elections

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Main-Stream Media


Quotes about the Main-Stream Media


Word Choice Matters

When the media writes about crimes against girls and women, they need to eliminate these words so they donít demean the victims even further:
Underage woman Ė There is no such thing. An underage woman is a child.
Child prostitute Ė Children cannot consent. They are rape victims, sexual assault victims, or survivors.
Sex with minors, underage women, etc. Ė Itís rape so call it that.
Non-consensual sex Ė This is a polite word for rape and rapists donít deserve politeness.

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