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Fall in Love with D’Souza’s America

If you haven’t yet seen the incredible pro-America docudrama from Dinesh D’Souza, I encourage you to go as soon as possible — and take as many family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances as you can. From my review of the film, posted at The American Journal:

In this noble effort, D’Souza expertly crafts a stunning visualization of a very different outcome for the American Revolution. Early on in the film, he takes viewers onto an 18th century battlefield, where a resolute General George Washington leads an army of ordinary men into devastating combat with theworld’s premier superpower. Instead of being a prelude to his eventual inauguration as the first American President in 1789, this battle ends Washington’s death — and destroys all hope of forging a free and prosperous nation.

Thanks in part to stunning cinematography and excellent acting, this scene is truly gut-wrenching. What if Washington had been killed? What would the world look like today?

Using that premise, D’Souza  ponders the question of why so many Americans hate their own country. As an immigrant who moved to the United States 30 years ago, he feels very differently about the nation the founders risked everything to create on July 4, 1776. So what is the driving force behind American self-loathing?

The answer: Left-wing radical Howard Zinn  and his book A People’s History of the United States – a scathing indictment of America that has infiltrated public schools, pop culture and academia. As the filmmaker explains, Zinn’s anti-American screed forms the foundation for the outright antipathy so many Americans feel for their homeland.

But is it accurate?

With logic and fact, D’Souza’s film brilliantly deconstructs Zinn’s indictments one by one – from Native American genocide, to “stealing” Mexican land, to “occupying” other nations with our military might in our insatiable quest for world domination. Every charge is examined through the lens of history, with some surprising revelations. For example, the fact that one of the most brutal slave-owners in the American south was himself a black American and former slave- a man who also engaged in the horrid practice of slave breeding — something even white slave owners refused to do. On a positive note, D’Souza also introduces us to some notable, overlooked Americans, like Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire the nation had ever seen — who also happened to be black.

I don’t know about you, but I never learned about Madame C.J. Walker, nor about black slave owners in the American south in all of my years of schooling. In the fifth grade I had a nun who was very passionate about the issue of slavery, which she clubbed her young students with every single day, instilling as much white guilt as possible. Funny, Sister Charlene never told us the whole story, including how Africans sold their own people into slavery. And she also left out the part about white people being slaves throughout history in various civilizations.

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My point is not that slavery is ok — it’s evil. Just that it’s not the exclusive domain of Caucasian men and women in terms of inflicting it upon people of color. But how many Americans are even aware that, as D’Souza points out, the United States is the only country that went to war to end it?

Lest you think it’s just a boring history lesson, D’Souza’s America is an inspiring, emotional, passionate, joyful and uplifting ride through the American psyche. While it masterfully and truthfully refutes the America-hating narrative of the Left it also evokes renewed appreciation and love for the greatest country in the history of the world.

If you’re not cheering in the aisles at the end, you may want to check your pulse.

 

 

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The Liberty Bell Versus The Guillotine

Photo Credit: Destination 360, Liberty Bell 

My dear friend and patriot Bernie Lutchman has posted a must-read essay on Bastille Day, July 14:

The French Revolution was modeled after the successful American Revolution which led to Independence in 1776 and the removal of the British monarch as well from this country, and the thirst for new birth of freedom and democracy. However, here is where the similarities basically stopped. Whereas the United States was and is founded on a set of principles, based on Judeo-Christian ethics and morality, the French were, well, the French!

Our freedom in the West was sown into the fabric of men’s souls by the Bible, Religious Liberty and the following, among many other giants: the Pilgrims; the Puritans; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; Samuel Cooper and the great preachers of personal and literal freedom. British born atheist Tom Paine’s “COMMON SENSE” was a secular philosophical impetus for the America Revolution. However, once that was over, he left these shores and showed his true atheist colors in France!

While Paine was the great pamphelteer and encourager of the US effort, he quickly became the man who introduced secular humanism in Europe (through his book THE AGE OF REASON). Europe is the way it is today, because of Thomas Paine, primarily, and others like him. Here is part of what Paine wrote in this book “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason].

It was not just Paine, who not surprisingly fell from grace as a hero in the newly formed USA, after the French Revolution, but the famous French writer Voltaire. Voltaire’s entire purpose in life was to dismantle Christianity and do away with the bible. He once said “Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.

Within the past two weeks we will have celebrated both Revolutions – American and French. While the condition of America is approaching reprobate status and we are in need of national repentance and prayer, it is more likely to happen in US. This is because of the powerful Christian underpinnings of this country. The seeds of atheism took hold long ago in France, a country where less than 2% of that country are real believers in Jesus Christ.

As we face drought, hopelessness, desperation and depression here in the US, again caused by godless men and women, we are STILL clearly at an advantage on this French independence day. Whereas the bloody guillotine became identified with their French Revolution, we can take comfort in that our TWO EDGED SWORD -the powerful Word of God – the Bible!

Please visit Bernie’s site to read the entire piece, which serves as a sobering and important reminder of our Judeo-Christian foundation in the USA, which has resulted in the establishment of the freest nation the world has ever known. A nation that respects the individual and his or her right to worship as they please….or not worship at all.

There’s a reason why the symbol of the American Revolution is the Liberty Bell, not the guillotine.

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The War of 1812

(June 18, 1812 – December 24, 1814)

 The Second American Revolutionary War


After losing the 13 colonies to George Washington and American revolutionaries 25 years earlier, England still did not recognize the United States as a serious nation.  At war with France, Great Britain was desperate to find sailors for their fleet of over 1,000 ships.  Many seamen had deserted the British Navy to serve on U.S. vessels.  In the hopes of recovering some of the British deserters, Great Britain began to stop and search American merchant ships, and claimed the right to take back British seamen serving on them.  Frequently, they also took Americans.

Eventually the United States, through an Embargo Act, banned all American ships from foreign trade.  Due to the arrogance of the British Navy at sea, their backing of the Indians on America’s frontiers, and the desire of America to acquire the other half of the North American continent — Canada — which was still in the hands of the King of England, Americans were determined to make another attempt at eradicating the British presence in North America.  When Great Britain realized that war with America was a reality, it revoked the authorized seizures at sea, but it was too late. On June 18, 1812, the United States astonished the world by declaring war on Great Britain.

Once the first shot was fired, countless amounts of fierce battles were fought, including the Battle of Frenchtown (January 1813); the Battle of York (Canada- April, 1813); the Battle of Lake Erie (September, 1813); the Battle of Thames (Canada, September, 1813; the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (March, 1814), and the Battle of Baltimore (September, 1814).  Interestingly, it was the Battle of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner.  Another one of the most important battles of the war was the Battle of Lake Champlain.  Here, an army of about 10,000 British advanced into the United States from Montreal.  A weakened American force was all that stood between them and New York City.  On September 11, 1814, Captain Thomas MacDonough led the charge that destroyed the British fleet, forcing them to retreat back into Canada.  Equally important was the Battle of New Orleans, (January, 1815), which ironically occurred after the war officially ended.  Under the command of General Andrew Jackson, New Orleans was saved, though 700 British were killed, with 1400 wounded and several hundred more captured.  By contrast, the American loss consisted of eight fallen, with 13 wounded.

On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 but resolved none of the issues that had incited it in the first place. In fact, the War of 1812 is, in itself, a little known war in American History.  Although its complex causes ultimately ended in a stalemate, the war helped establish a very young United States among other nations, and cultivated a strong sense of American national pride. Those patriotic feelings live on today, reflected and preserved in our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

— Pam Russo

About the Author: Tireless patriot, dedicated grassroots activist, devout Catholic and Liberty Tree proprietor Pam Russo is a virtual office assistant who resides in New York. Follow her on twitter @LibertyTreeShop and connect with her on Facebook.


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On Mitt, Moderation and Palin

Good thing the Founding Fathers weren’t so-called “moderates” — the USA would have never gained its independence. And yet, those of us who believe in the vision of our Founders and the watershed document known as the United States Constitution have been under assault this entire primary season — attacks that have only intensified since Mitt Romney emerged victorious as the presumptive nominee. And no, I am not referring to the left.

From the beginning, many of us have voiced our legitimate concerns about Mitt Romney and his — shall we say — relaxed form of conservatism (though at CPAC he described his political philosophy as “severely conservative”, which aside from being inherently asinine, will no doubt be regurgitated endlessly in DNC campaign ads). As NotMittRomney observes:

Just to name SOME of his flip-flops, all of which occurred within the last twenty years when he was a Republican — Romney used to adamantly pro-choice, but now he claims to be pro-life. He once favored amnesty for illegal aliens, but says he’s against it today. He opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2003, but now says he wants to keep them in place. Romney campaigned against the Contract with America and proudly told voters he wasn’t a Reagan/Bush Republican. Today, he says Reagan is one of his heroes. Romney used to be strongly in favor of gun control, but now he says he’s against it. Romney once said the global warming debate “is now pretty much over” because we knew the earth was warming and mankind was the cause of it. However, he’s now changed his mind. Romney used to oppose “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but he currently supports the policy. Romney used to be opposed a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage, but he backs the Amendment at the moment.

What changed? Well, Mitt Romney decided to run for President and had to convince conservative primary voters to support him.

With an Alinsky-ite in the White House who’s had 3 1/2 years to unleash progressive destruction on the country our Founders risked their lives, honor and fortunes to procure for future generations, We The People had a real opportunity to put up a principled, accomplished conservative who would embody a clear-cut alternative to Barack Obama’s oppressive statism. Instead, we’re stuck with a feckless, gutless and self-interested GOP machine that would rather continue to play the failed “next in line” moderation game with a weak candidate who actually agrees with Obama on a host of issues.

How many times must we repeat this failed experiment? And why is it so difficult to understand that when you have a candidate who can positively articulate why the principles of the United States Constitution are good for everybody, you can win over the so-called middle (i.e. low-information voters)? Let’s face it: it’s mainly due to the success of the progressives in infiltrating public schools, media and pop culture over the last 50+ years that we even have a significant portion of the electorate that “swings” from election to election.

But rather than persuade these voters with common sense and a candidate who can credibly challenge the socialist vision of the current White House occupant, the GOP power-brokers are content to preside over their monarchy and order their grassroots peasants to fall in line. Even worse, they’re currently on a renewed rampage against Sarah Palin — the woman who saved John McCain from a landslide and had a remarkable impact on the success of the 2010 midterms.

Of course, Palin has a proven record of taking on GOP hacks and winning, which is their main motivation for attempting to destroy her. There’s no one of prominence in the Republican Party who comes close to matching her ability to fire up the base; get under Obama’s skin with her relentless tweets, Facebook notes, editorials and interviews; and attract massive crowds wherever she goes. I have no doubt that aside from family considerations, one of Palin’s biggest reasons for declining to run for the presidency was her knowledge that the GOP fix was in. It’s one thing to fight the left (who are at least honest about their intentions), but it’s quite another to face an uphill battle waged by the Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party; their thinly veiled contempt for Palin and the Tea Party surpasses any disdain they might have for Obama and the damage his commie administration is inflicting upon our great nation.

Policies aside, so far Mitt is spectacularly living down to expectations, from agreeing with Obama on student loans to playing the class warfare game. I’ve asked the question before and it bears repeating: Will Mitt Romney go after Obama and his policies with the same passion and money as he did his primary opponents?

Funny, but I don’t recall him ever referring to any one of them as a “nice guy”, as he recently referred to Obama. For the sake of our country Mitt, if you can’t bring yourself to correctly call him a socialist — a charge easily proven by his redistributive policies — can you at least refrain from these unnecessary and undeserved pleasantries?

And to the Mitt supporters who dismiss his critics (as someone did to me on Facebook last night) as “tin-foil hat wearers”, you’re not doing him any favors. Counting exclusively on the “ABO factor” to drive turnout on Election Day is a losing strategy, as is alienating the base of the party — you know, the people you need to win, the ones who roll up their sleeves, walk precincts, make phone calls and wave signs? Without them, not even the highly prized independents will put you over the top. Besides, it’s just plain rude and condescending, especially when we’re the voters who — unlike the swingers — are fully informed — and that knowledge includes Mitt and his “severely” non-conservative record. So stop insulting our intelligence; you’re only making yourselves look small and petty.

As for the GOP elites, they are today’s “loyalists”, who deem themselves a modern version of “Cool, Considerate Men” when in fact they’re just a bunch of well-heeled cowards — or to use Andrew Breitbart’s word, eunuchs. If the men in the video below had prevailed, the USA would have never existed. I just pray that in spite of the ruling class, patriots can prevail in restraining whoever wins in November with a solidly conservative congress:

Consider my vote in November a choice for the lesser of two evils. But my passion, energy and fight will be reserved for electing as many real (as opposed to “severe”) conservatives into the House and Senate. As for the Mittbots, insult me all you want, facts are facts.

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