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Hundreds of veterans and their friends went to Washington this weekend.  Unlike the illegal aliens who were welcomed to the National Mall last week with open arms, the veterans were greeted by police in riot gear, armored vehicles and even helicopters to keep an eye on them.

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Complaining that they didn’t want to be used by politicians as political chess pieces, the veterans removed the barriers around our memorials, specifically the WWII Memorial.

They carried the barricades up 17th Street and deposited them in front of the White House.

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FOX News is reporting that the barricades are back up again this morning, re-erected by Park Service personnel that we’re told we cannot afford.

These people still need to be kept out of our nation’s capital.

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I want to know who gave this order to put the barricades back up.

I want to know why the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, doesn’t order a stop to this.

Don’t you?

-Kathy

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Godwin’s Law no longer applies, not in Obama’s America, not when average Americans are talking about the “Gestapo tactics” of federal police.

More stories of the vengeance being served up for Americans surface every day.  Yesterday we learned of a group of seniors on a bus tour to Yellowstone being held as prisoners in their hotel.  Armed Park Police forbid they go outside.  They stood guard at the doors.  They barricaded Old Faithful.  They forbid the seniors from taking pictures, saying they could not do that as it was “recreating” and that is not permitted on public land during a government shutdown.

Some of the foreign tourists on the trip thought they were under arrest.  Imagine that!  Visitors from other countries coming to The Land of The Free thought they were under arrest by our federal government.

The tour guide described the behavior of the Park Police as “Gestapo tactics.”

If you haven’t yet seen the full story, read it here.

But perhaps the worst story yet in all this is the news that the United States of America will not pay death benefits to the families of five soldiers killed during our phony government shutdown.  Congress is blaming the Defense Dept. and they, of course, are blaming Congress.

I blame the Commander-In-Chief.

We’ve all watched as President Obama re-writes laws on regular basis with the stroke of his pen.  It would take one phone call from him and the families of our dead soldiers would be taken care of.

But he hasn’t picked up the phone.

It costs money to erect barricades all over Washington and all around the country.  It costs money to have armed agents of the federal government guard these newly off-limit areas.  Money we’re told we don’t have.  Which is it?

And while our veterans and average American citizens are not welcome in our nation’s capital, Nancy Pelosi specifically thanked Obama for opening up the Mall for a rally for illegal aliens yesterday.

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He picked up the phone for that.

All this is wearing on America.  People who work hard and play by the rules don’t like what’s going on.  And their displeasure with Washington politicians goes back far past this current shutdown.  A couple of years ago all that anger manifested in the Tea Party rallies.  These were peaceful gatherings.

On Friday, we’re expecting thousands of truckers to descend on Washington for the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.”  The drivers say they will clog the beltway, tying up traffic there for three days.  While this certainly isn’t violent, it’s far more active and disruptive than standing around holding a sign for a few hours.

What then?  Do the protests continue to escalate?  What comes next?

More importantly, is this the objective of our president and his advisors?  Does he want Americans to be so angry at their government?

It certainly appears that way, doesn’t it?

If not, why all the poking?  Why all the shoving?  Why push Americans around and treat them so badly that “Gestapo tactics” gets tossed out by a tour bus driver and a bunch of senior citizens?  Why the ongoing effort to so publicly disrespect our soldiers and veterans?

We are in some uncharted territory here, folks.  Tread lightly.  Watch your back.  Watch out for each other.  I think we’re in for a very bumpy ride.  And it will be easy to abandon our principles and simply fall into line.  But the cost of that easy out will be paid with our liberty.

Remember that when the truth is on your side, you hold the real power.  Stay focused on that truth and when it’s all over, we win.  And win we must.  The stakes are just too high.

-Kathy

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“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Wesley Pruden at the Washington Times claims this quote is from a Park Service Ranger.

And it seems to be true.  All around Washington, fences are being erected to block public access to memorials and monuments normally open for anyone to come and go as they please.  National parks are being shut down.  No they haven’t put a fence around the Grand Canyon (yet) but they are barricading access roads and shutting down privately run business in the parks – restaurants, hotels, camp grounds, fishing and hunting services…  They have even tried to shut down places not owned by the federal government!

And as if that isn’t enough, they have closed the ocean.  Think I’m exaggerating?  Read here for yourself.

This is punitive and vengeful behavior coming from the Obama administration over the “government shutdown.”

And I’ve had about as much of it as I can stand.  Is this the nation Lincoln spoke of at Gettysburg?  Do you see a “government of the people, by the people, for the people?”

Are we sheep?

We live in a republic where we elect representatives to run the place.  They work for us.  President Obama doesn’t own the White House.  We provide that beautiful home out of respect for the person elected to be our president.

The members of Congress do not own the Capitol Building.  We provide that for them as a place to meet and do the work of the nation.

If we are to be banned from federal property, then they should be banned also.  After all, we’re all equal and no one is above the law, right?

Sorry Mr. President, but you and the family are going to have to find other accommodations.  We know it’s short notice, but we are having a government shutdown, you know.  Please step aside.  They’re bringing in the barricades.

And you members of Congress are going to have to make other arrangements.  The Capitol Building is being barricaded too.  Sorry.  Government shutdown.  It is federal property.

Your staff and security have been furloughed and your cell phone service has been turned off.  Don’t worry, though.  It’s just for a little while, until the government shutdown is over.  And I hear there are people working on that.

The President of The United States and the United States Congress are not our rulers!  They are our employees!  And it’s time that they, and we, started acting as such.

The White House, the Capitol, the monuments, the parks, all of it, every single square inch of it belongs to us.  How dare they tell us we can’t visit the Grand Canyon or go fishing in Biscayne Bay.  How dare they barricade aging war veterans from their memorial.

But it seems to me that too many Americans are willing to put up with it.  Are you?  Are you willing to sit down and shut up while the Obama administration and the Washington elites steal more of your liberty?

Are you an American or are you a sheep?

Maybe you don’t care.  Maybe you’re content to turn on American Idol and hope for the best.  Maybe you’re content with whatever scraps they toss your way, as long as you don’t have to pay attention to any of that political stuff.  They’re all crooks and liars anyway, so why bother?

Well, you’re at least right about that part.  They are crooks and liars.  And they are stealing your future and that of your children and grandchildren right from under your nose because you can’t turn off the damned TV and stand up for yourself.

What do you plan to tell your grandchildren when they’re old enough?  That America was once a great country and we were free, but you let it slip through your fingers?  What apology will you offer that justifies their bondage and poverty?  You were just too busy and you thought someone else would take care of it?  Who?

I don’t care what side of the argument you are on concerning this phony-baloney government shutdown, but you should not tolerate this presidential show of power.  As I said last week, Obama is our president, not our king.  And he has no right to order agents of the federal government, paid with our tax dollars, to “make life as difficult for people as we can.”

They are snooping into our private correspondence, they demand we give them our private medical records, they spy on us from every street corner, they use the IRS and the TSA to squash our Constitutional rights, they intimidate members of the press who they don’t already control, they manipulate our currency to their advantage and at our expense , they openly invite foreign invaders into our communities against our wishes and they are arming domestic government agencies like nothing I have ever seen before.

And now they are sending armed federal police to keep us off our own property.

What the hell is it going to take to wake you people up?

-Kathy

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When a crazed person starts driving erratically and in a threatening manner in the general vicinity of our politicians, this is what happens.

ProtectPols2Law enforcement from multiple agencies turn out in numbers so great it’s impossible to count them all.

And that’s a good thing.  We want our leaders protected, don’t we?

But what happens when thirty or so crazed people start driving erratically and in a specifically threatening manner, singling out a man and his family on the road?

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IMG_3796.jpgI watched the whole thing.  It was more than six agonizing minutes.  I’m certain those folks were on the phone with 911.  Yet no officer ever appeared to help them.  Thank God that man, his wife and his two-year-old daughter are still alive.

It’s easy for a lot of these people

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GunsAssortThey are surrounded by people who have them and are ready to protect them.

But the rest of us?  We’re on our own.  We don’t enjoy the same luxury of being surrounded by armed personnel charged with keeping us safe all day, every day.

Oh, and when some crazy-eyed politician limits the amount of ammo you are permitted to have, yelling, “No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer!” or some other irrelevant nonsense, ask him what you should do when you are outnumbered 30-1.

Don’t expect a reasonable answer.  He doesn’t need to carry any of his own ammo.  He’s got this.

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-Kathy

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The right to vote is fundamental to our government and was intended to ensure that those we elect to represent us will protect our interests and our liberty.  We hear all the time, especially close to Election Day, that our right to vote is sacred.  It should be protected at all costs.  Nothing must stand in the way of any of us casting our ballot.

But what about the responsibility of each citizen to be informed enough to make a wise choice?  What happens when the electorate is ignorant of what is going on around them?

I’m sorry, but I just don’t see the humor here.

I’ll bet that each of these folks knows Snooki.  They know Miley Cyrus too.  And they can tell you who won American Idol.

And most likely, they vote.

Are you angry about what’s going on in Washington right now?  Are you sick and tired of corrupt politicians who tell you one thing, then do the opposite?  Are you frightened that they won’t stop spending our grandchildren’s money?  Are you afraid they are completely clueless about what they are doing?

Well, who’s really to blame?  Who sent them to Washington?  Who said, “Well, I like that guy who does the morning news and he likes that candidate, so I guess I’ll vote for him?”  Or did you just pick the candidate who promised to give you stuff?

We get the government we deserve.  When enough uninformed people go to the polls and cast uneducated, ignorant votes, we end up where we are today.

If you are paying attention and know who is hurting us and who is helping, thank you.

If you are clueless, either get informed or stay home on Election Day.  You are the real reason we are in this mess.

-Kathy

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Obamacare is the law of the land.  I keep hearing that over and over and over.  From Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“It (Obamacare) was passed and signed three years ago. It was upheld by the Supreme Court a year ago. The president was re-elected. This is the law of the land.”

OK.  But then, why aren’t you obeying it?  Why isn’t President Obama obeying it?  Why isn’t the United States Senate obeying it?  We have all watched as they handed out waiver after waiver to politically connected groups, even though it’s “the law of the land.”

The law says that starting January 1, 2014 that all businesses with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance to those employees.  But the White House waived that.  They will ignore it for a year and will not enforce it.  Why can’t you and I get that same waiver?  Why are corporations being exempted from the law, but you and I won’t be?

That’s the question Republican lawmakers have been asking.  They’ve been trying to get us the same exemption from the law that big corporations (campaign donors) are getting.

The law also says that members of Congress and their staff must get their health coverage through the Obamacare exchanges, the same as you or I would have to.  That was, of course, until they received their waiver from the Obama administration.  The very people who forced this on us, refuse to participate.

What are they afraid of?

And why do they refuse to obey “the law of the land?”

Our immigration laws are “the law of the land” yet the Obama administration, and frankly, several prior administrations refuse to obey and enforce those laws.

Our government is not permitted to spy on us.  It’s “the law of the land.”  But the NSA is snooping through our correspondence and collecting all manner of data on each and every one of us.  And they continue doing so despite all our complaints.

Our Constitution grants us the right to free speech, specifically so that we can speak out when we don’t like what our government is doing.  That’s “the law of the land” too.  But agents of the IRS harass and threaten citizens exercising that right.  And we’re about to make them the enforcement mechanism for all our healthcare!  Gee, I just can’t wait until they have access to my personal medical information, can you?!

It is “the law of the land” that Congress give us a budget each year.  Yet they haven’t complied since 2009.  That’s the reason we’re even having the argument about Obamacare today.  We stopped having actual budgets and now run our nation’s finances through “continuing resolutions.”  So we’re forced to watch this drama play out in Washington over and over and over, just as we are now.

So I say fine.  If you want to offer the argument that Obamacare is “the law of the land” and therefore must be followed, then let’s do it.  But we’ll follow all of it.  No more carve-outs, no more waivers, no more exemptions for those who are politically connected.

And we’ll follow all the other laws too.  Bring the NSA, TSA, IRS, Homeland Security, and most of all Congress into compliance.

Let’s all follow “the law of the land” and put an end to the corruption of the drama queens we have running America.

By the way, we may want to begin by asking our elected leaders to explain the law to us.

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That is, if any one of them can claim they actually know what’s in all those pages.

-Kathy

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This is a video of people waiting on line for a book signing in New York.  It’s a pretty long line.

They are waiting for a chance to meet Mark Levin and have him sign his latest book The Liberty Amendments.  It’s #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

So why is this book so popular and why are people willing to wait on line for hours to score a few seconds face to face with the author?

I picked it up over the weekend and got a chance to read just a bit of it.  I don’t think Levin would mind if I shared a paragraph with you.

What was to be a relatively innocuous federal government, operating from a defined enumeration of specific grants of power, has become an ever-present and unaccountable force.  It is the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, lender, employer, consumer, contractor, grantor, property owner, tenant, insurer, health-care provider, and pension guarantor.  Moreover, with aggrandized police powers, what it does not control directly it bans or mandates by regulation.  For example, the federal government regulates most things in your bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen, as well as the mortgage you hold on your house.  It designs your automobile and dictates the kind of fuel it uses.  It regulates your baby’s toys, crib, and stroller; plans your children’s school curriculum and lunch menu; and administers their student loans in college.  At your place of employment, the federal government oversees everything from the racial, gender and age diversity of the workforce to the hours, wages and benefits paid.  Indeed, the question is not what the federal government regulates, but what it does not.  And it makes you wonder-how can a people incapable of selecting their own lightbulbs and toilets possess enough competence to vote for their own rulers and fill out complicated tax returns?

And that’s just page 6.

But the book is not a collection of complaints or doomsday preaching.  This is just how Levin sets the stage. The book is about a solution.  Levin writes that the answer is in our Constitution, in Article V, that provides for the states to propose and ratify amendments to that Constitution.  He suggests a list of such amendments for consideration as a way for the states to take back the power that the federal government has stripped them of and return to a form of government closer to what the Founders intended.

It’s no surprise that people would stand in line for this.  They are all well aware of the problems.  No one has to spell those out for them.  But solutions are hard to come by.

And Americans will stand in line for them for as long as it takes.

-Kathy

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