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I joined.

Posted by zaphriel on October 4, 2005

I was surprised to see over the last few days a very un-conservative reaction from conservatives to the president’s most recent SCOTUS Justice nomination. It puzzled me. And frankly it looked allot like the type of knee-jerk reaction you see from the ACLU every time a boy scout repeats his pledge. I think we all need to just chill out a little and look at thing with a calmer head.

Because Knee-jerk Reactions are for Liberals.

Hat tip to Stop the ACLU and special thanks to Patrick Ruffini

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Posted by zaphriel on October 4, 2005

This weeks post at the Balance of Power is a continuation of a post I wrote last week called Irritated and Dissatisfied. It was a long and winding post that touched on allot of this that have been bothering me lately, but it focused mostly on how displeased and dismayed I am with both parties as of late. I would encourage anyone who wants to know more about that discussion, and see what the other members of the BoP had to say, and to do so without haste, it is a great discussion.

That post flowed from a bit of introspection and universal examination I have been doing lately both in my professional career, and in the political specter. This led me to a couple of things; that post and a slight redefinition and reorganization of my political activities.
I once told a close friend of mine that there are two ME’s if you will, one that holds my personal beliefs and one that holds my political beliefs. He asked me, “How can that be, aren’t they the same thing?” Oddly that answer to that is, NO.

I know what is best for me, and my wife and I decide what is best for our family, where the ambiguity comes in is, what is best for the country, as a whole? That question is much harder to answer, and as far as my Political Beliefs are concerned, I would much rather err on the side of freedom than anything else.

For example, I am a Christian. Do I think that all Americans should be Christians? Maybe. Would I want Christian beliefs to be enforced, simply because the majority of Americans are Christian? Absolutely not. Why? Because Majorities are very fleeting things, and someday Christians may not be in the Majority. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Islamic Law forced upon me, or Satanic Law, or even Judaic Law. Therefore we should not be forcing it upon them. Now before this is misconstrued, I want to make it clear, freedom cuts both ways, I also do not want my right to express or practice my religion impeded in any way. The concept is freedom of Religion, not freedom from it. If your atheist and you get offended, tough, you have no existing right not to be offended. I defend your right to speak up about it (as I have a right to call you a moron for it), but don’t try to take my right to express it away.

Being a Christian, I don’t believe in abortion, I think it’s wrong, even if I was a woman; I would still be sickened by it. But the fact is it is legal, has been for a while. History has shown time and time again that prohibiting a previously legal act only drives it underground. (Anyone ever hear of prohibition?) More people will die in the endeavor as people still seek easy solutions to hard problems. An abortion, I know second hand, is something that any woman who has it performed, will live with the rest of her life. She will have to face those consequences with herself and her maker.

Because of these observations, like Israel, I am willing politically to compromise and allow these things to remain, unopposed by me. But I will say this, I will continue to watch, and every time I see some politician or judge try to impinge freedom or common sense, I will continue to speak up. Like wise I encourage everyone who reads this article to perform your own introspective and see for yourself, “Is what I am advocating good for the country? Or is it simply something that I personally believe that doesn’t necessarily benefit the country.” We should all be mindful of our actions and the overall effect of what those actions. We should be mindful of what we ask for, and be prepared for the full ramifications of those requests coming to fruition.

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Headline Of The Day So Far…

Posted by zaphriel on October 4, 2005

Right Here.

It’s a must read.

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Who said that?

Posted by zaphriel on October 4, 2005

The following is a speech made by somebody surprising…

(F)ellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom – symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning – signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe – the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage – and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge – and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do – for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom – and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course – both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war.

So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms – and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of
Isaiah – to “undo the heavy burdens -. and to let the oppressed go free.”

And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation” – a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility – I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

Who said it and when?

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