Patriotism. Love of country. In God We Trust. Traditional values. Our American heritage. September 11, 2001. Are they all forgotten?
Not here on The Forgotten Street -- Main Street USA. In the face of trying economic times and the dangerous world in which we live, we want to reclaim the heart of America, to rekindle the common thread of patriotism that should bind all Americans on such major issues as fiscal responsibility, national security, traditional values and energy independence.
We provide you with hard-hitting commentary that cuts through the half-truths, obfuscation and outright lies propagated by the elite media. The Forgotten Street is your source for the real story behind the headlines.
HEARD ON THE STREET . . .
Walking down Main Street, this is what folks are talking about in towns across the U.S.A. Good Americans, who have been betrayed by the Uniparty in Washington D.C., have a lot on their minds and are crying out for new leadership.
April 6, 2016
2016 ELECTION: A TOTALLY CORRUPT SHAM
Those of us who’ve lived through a number of presidential elections haven’t seen anything quite like this one. We’re a generation raised to believe that the United States is a democratic republic. We were taught that the people have a voice in selecting its leaders and who will run the federal government.
It’s all too apparent that is no longer the case. We had learned that the candidate who could put together a campaign and get the most votes in primaries would be the nominee. Wrong.
Clearly the GOP elitists are desperate to find a way to steal the nomination away from Donald Trump, as well as Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Paul Ryan trial balloons are especially troubling.
What these delusional fools don't realize (or maybe just don't care) is this is the message they’re sending to prospective voters: “We don't give a damn what you think or want. It’s our party, not yours. All we want is your money and votes, suckers.”
This goes on while key primaries remain (PA, NY, NJ, CA) that give Trump a possibility of getting to 1,237 delegates and having the stamp of approval of the voters, even with the Cruz win in Wisconsin. Behind the scenes the GOP establishment, abetted by alleged conservative leaders, is frantically backing Cruz in a block Trump effort and trying to flip Trump delegates now. The GOP convention in Cleveland is shaping up as a real goat rodeo.
Another kicker on the Democrat side is that Bernie Sanders keeps winning primaries, which underscores what a lousy candidate Hillary Clinton is and how much the hard left wing of the party dislikes her.
If Trump and Sanders both get squeezed out by shenanigans by the party bosses, I can see their respective base of voters saying, "Screw it, the process is so hideously corrupt. There's only one party, the DC Uniparty, it doesn't make a bit of difference who wins." It's safe to say that the next President of the United States could be elected by a distinct minority of eligible voters.
Leaders in both parties assume they can turn the opposition in boogey-men or boogey-women, whatever the case may be. Reince Preibus and company think, heck, if Hillary is the nominee, all those disgruntled Trump voters will come back in November and vote for whatever stooge we put on the ballot.
As the Democrats use the “super delegate” subterfuge to disenfranchise Sanders voters, they’ll play the same game with the GOP nominee and think that all Democrats will fall in line. Message to both party elites: Don’t be so damn sure of that.
There is another complicating factor that ensures the 2016 election will be a total sham. The alleged Mainstream Media are by no means objective or “fair and balanced” in their coverage of the election and the candidates. All the Elite Traitor Media outlets are agenda-driven and not committed to providing information that will let voters make a truly informed choice.
The higher-ups at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News are all insiders who don’t want outsiders like Trump and Sanders upsetting the scam they have going now. Both party elites know that a Trump and/or Sanders presidency would make them irrelevant, along with the consultant/lobbyist consortium that’s been calling the shots for decades.
For the media, big money donors and DC insiders, which now includes the co-opted Ted Cruz who’s being used to stop Trump, there’s simply far too much at stake for them to allow the 2016 election to be a real exercise in democracy.
I hate to have such a cynical outlook for 2016, but that’s just the reality we’re dealing with. Our major institutions are so polluted with progressives that the chances of the USA remaining a democratic republic are remote at best.
March 17, 2016
GOP ELITIST CABAL PLOTS HOW TO LOSE IN 2016
As Donald Trump keeps rolling up state primary victories at an amazing rate, the GOP and conservative elites are plotting to thwart the will of the people and steal the presidential nomination away from him at the GOP Convention in Cleveland
The billionaire businessman already has qualified to have his name placed in nomination by winning at least eight primaries. His two remaining rivals are far from matching him.
In Washington D.C. the plotters are behind closed doors, but likely not in smoke-filled rooms because smoking is no longer politically correct. Hard to imagine how John Boehner remained around for as long as he did.
Curly Haugland, a member of the GOP Standing Rules Committee from North Dakota, already let the cat out of the bag by emphasizing that the voters do not get the select the nominee. That task is simply in the purview of the party bosses and big money donors.
Joining in this fool’s errand are the bedwetting elitists from the National Review, led by Bill Kristol, who have pulled their dresses over their heads in horror at the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.
For these conservative grandees, ideological purity “trumps” winning elections any day. At least that’s the public stance they’ve taken.
But let’s get real – here’s what is really at stake. Because Trump is self-funding his White House bid, he has no need for big money donors, high-priced consultants, Super-PACs or lobbyists, which means the D.C., Virginia and Maryland unemployment rates will spike after Trump takes the oath of office
It’s all about keeping the illusion of having influence and holding on to the vestiges of self-importance in a party that has become increasingly fossilized.
Beginning with the rise of the Tea Party, and now Trump’s uncanny ability to bring working class voters, as well as Democrats and independents, to the voting booth, the GOP elite has seen its life pass before its eyes.
Donald Trump has been underestimated and mocked from the day he announced his candidacy. What his detractors failed to recognize is that he is infinitely smarter than they are, he has the ability to understand voters’ true angst, and he realized the time for a populist, pro-American leader was long overdue.
In effect, The Silent Majority has been reborn. But what also is happening is the emergence of The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, which has been decimated by globalization, capitulation to the internationalist crowd and trade deals that only benefit big money interests at the expense of American workers’ jobs.
For many years, we listened to the Republican lament that the party has to find a presidential candidate who can attract Democrats, minorities and independents. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney failed miserably on those fronts.
Now we see 20,000 Democrats changing registration in Massachusetts to vote for Trump and 46,000 in Pennsylvania who are poised to do the same.
But for the GOP aristocracy, that doesn’t seem to matter. They want to continue the globalist, interventionist schemes they’ve been perpetrating for decades, and are totally comfortable with a Hillary Clinton presidency if that’s what it takes to keep the ball rolling.
After all, it’s not their sons and daughters who are being killed or maimed in the meat grinder wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Those brave soldiers are sent off to war by middle and working class families who believe in a patriotic duty to serve.
These families recognize that Donald Trump will not allow the madness to continue. He will do something to help the vets returning with horrible physical and mental injuries, something George Bush, Barack Obama and the worthless Congress have been unable to do.
So much for bipartisanship when the Uniparty can’t even agree on helping our vets. What goes on in D.C. is all a sham and giant Kabuki dance that treats us like suckers.
For the millions of Americans who have already voted for Donald Trump (many for the first time), GOP sabotage in Cleveland will ensure the end of their participation in the 2016 election and a free ride for Hillary Clinton to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
That looks like what the GOP Cabal’s game has been all along.
Thanks for reading and standup up for America. This is shaping like the last chance at the OK Corral.
I’d wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s no such thing when pro-life groups are banned from the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. What a damn disgrace that there can’t be room for all.
March 13, 2016
Trump Train Keeps A-Rollin’
As we get ready for another big primary vote on Tuesday, it’s abundantly clear that the more the GOP Establishment and hard-core Left Wing team up to stop Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican president nomination, the more likely he’s headed to a yuuge win this week and ultimate success in Cleveland before moving on to the White House.
The ugly events in Chicago last Friday night marked the culmination of the collaboration between Big Left and GOP establishment moneyed interests to derail their worst nightmare, The Trump Train that is barreling down the track.
The disruption in Chicago was obviously well-planned and choreographed, with all the hallmarks and tactics of hard core Communists tapping into their stooges in the Black Lives Matter movement and MoveOn.org. The presence of Bill Ayers was an obvious giveaway.
Trump faced a very tough decision: continue with the rally to defend the First Amendment rights of his followers and himself, or defuse what could be a bitter confrontation ending in violence.
He chose the prudent and responsible course. That did not stop the Commie thugs outside the venue from attacking Trump supporters and Chicago police, a fact that the Elite Traitor Media conveniently overlooked.
Even worse, Trump’s wannabe rivals for the GOP nomination showed their true colors as duplicitous weasels by trying to blame the whole mess on Donald Trump.
By doing so, these gutless wretches demonstrated their complete unfitness of the highest office in land. They also displayed their total disdain and contempt for voters who have rallied to the Trump cause.
Tricky Ted Cruz, the GOP’s new Nixon, had the unmitigated gall to characterize Trump voters as “low information” and not “engaged.” Believe me, Trump Nation is “engaged!” These same voters see through Cruz’s phony conservatism and religiosity. Behind his oily façade is a stooge for Goldman Sachs and other globalist financiers who push awful trade agreements and want to facilitate amnesty for illegals.
About a year ago, The Forgotten Street made an unforgiveable error in endorsing Marco Rubio’s candidacy for the Presidency. At the time, his message of generational change rang true. That was before Donald Trump entered the arena, and did our nation a great service by framing the most critical issues that face us.
Marco’s candidacy then became driven by big money PACs and tactics, not principles, and he devolved into a punk smear artist and the evil lying twin of Ted Cruz.
All that is in the past, as will be the candidacies of Cruz, Rubio and Kasich if Trump, as expected, sweeps the Tuesday primaries in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri.
It’s clear the GOP elites cannot stop Trump at the ballot box. As an incident in Dayton yesterday showed, Trump’s biggest worry will be if someone tries to eliminate him altogether. Given the amoral people involved in the Stop Trump effort, that is a worry we all have.
Meanwhile, let’s stand strong in helping The Trump Train barrel down the track and onto Making America Great Again.
The Forgotten Street has been on hiatus for a while, but now has come back and will soon have a refreshed look. Jack looks forward to sharing news from Main Street U.S.A. and fighting for a better America. Thanks for reading and standing up for America.
July 15, 2015
Iran Deal Will Tank The U.S. Economy
All the brouhaha related to the agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program ignores one of the key hidden aims of the deal: to deal a lethal blow to the oil and natural gas boom underway in the United States.
Iran is now in a position to flood the global oil market with cheap crude oil, which will make it less economical to drill for oil and natural gas in the United States.
So our country will go from being the leading producer of oil and natural gas in the world, and close to self-sufficient for energy, to becoming just another country limping along with a stagnant economy. We’re the new Greece in the making.
Any hope of a meaningful economic revival for America’s middle class will go out the window with this treasonous deal as the boom in steady well-paying jobs in the energy fields and related economic development across America dries up.
Of course, this will come as welcome news for opponents of the fossil fuel industry, especially the Bolsheviks who run the Environmental Protection Agency.
In their fervor to destroy the fossil fuel industry, the EPA bureaucrats show no regard for ensuring that the national electrical grid remains reliable and able to withstand any events, natural or intentional, which put it in jeopardy.
Forcing coal-fired plants off line will remove a vital safeguard that protects consumers and businesses. The “watermelons” at the EPA, green on the outside and red on the inside, could care less.
In its oversight role, Congress must consider the deal’s economic implications in addition to the real threats it poses to national security and geopolitical stability in the Middle East.
By providing Iran with a green light to move ahead with its nuclear program, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama and his sidekick John Kerry have touched off the beginning of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are not going to sit idly by and allow Iran to become a hegemon.
Nor is Israel going to let its national existence depend on the false assurances of a terrorist regime in Tehran that has pledged to eradicate Israel and Jews from the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the true Leader of the Western World, is the only statesman we can rely on to bring sanity to this dire situation. Unfortunately, he knows he can no longer count on the United States as an ally. He must forge new alliances with former foes Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to find a path forward.
The deal must engage the various 2016 presidential contenders to weigh in. Voters should know if the hopefuls have the insight to understand the real peril Kerry’s Folly poses to our economy as well as our national security.
Finally, four hostages still being held by Iran got sold down the river as well. Mr. Obama clearly has a penchant for freeing traitors like Bowe Bergdahl and letting terrorist leaders return to the battlefield instead of securing freedom for those he has left behind in his maniacal drive to secure a deal with Iran at any cost.
We face dark days ahead because we have to rely on the GOP leadership in Congress to confront President Obama and rein in the madness touched off with this bizarre agreement.
Given the miserable results we’ve seen from Mitch McConnell and John Boehner on a host of issues, those of us on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, should turn to prayer as our only hope for a future growing increasingly dim.
That’s the View from the Bridge today. Once again, the Middle Class will bear the brunt of a bad deal that makes its future even bleaker.
Independence Day 2015
Pope John Paul II Would Not Recognize Today’s USA
In one of his messages to the United States on its celebration of Independence Day, Pope John Paul II issued the following insightful and inspiring message:
“I wish to pay homage to this noble trait of America and its people, its desire to be free, its determination to preserve freedom and its willingness to share this freedom with others. May the ideal of liberty, of freedom, remain a moving force for your nation and for all the nations in the world today!
“It greatly honors your country and its citizens that on this foundation of liberty you have built a nation where the dignity of every person is to be respected, where a religious sense and a strong family structure are fostered, where duty and honest work are held in high esteem, where generosity and hospitality are not idle words and where the right to religious liberty is deeply rooted in your history.”
In the decade since the beloved Pope’s passing, The United States has ridden a bobsled down the slippery slope of progressivism and Marxism into a growing abyss of stagnation and decline, both economic and moral.
Consider the speed in which Barack Obama’s “transformation of America” has created almost irreparable schisms in society. The Great Divider shows total contempt for the theory of a constitutional republic built on the foundation of the Will of the People.
Let’s contrast the Pope’s characterizations with what currently exists:
A nation where the dignity of every person is to be respected: Disrespect and contempt for the unborn, Christians and white conservatives are growing, fueled by an Elite Traitor Media and academia that serve as the Obama propaganda machine;
A religious sense and a strong family structure are fostered: The outright assault on traditional marriage and the destruction of the black family through an expanding dependency on government are undermining bedrocks of society;
Duty and hard work are held in high esteem: As more adults drop out of the labor force and enter the government dole, it’s clear that the traditional American work ethic is suffering from a fatal illness;
The right to religious liberty is deeply rooted in your history: That right is under strong attack from aggressive atheists, the LGBT mafia, a progressive judiciary with outright contempt for religion and an elite media that scoffs at religion and mocks it mercilessly. The right to religious liberty is on the verge of becoming history and virtually extinct.
Independence Day 2015 comes on the heels of Supreme Court decisions that make it clear that the United States Constitution is not being, nor will be, supported by the very people who took oaths to defend it.
As the Court continues to invent constitutional rights that never existed, and serve as a supra-legislative body, we’ve entered an era in which five non-elected jurists can serve as the ruling dictatorship for America.
Pope John Paul II would be broken-hearted to see the America he so loved and prayed so hard for is no longer a constitutional republic. Under the deceitful leadership of Barack Obama, the betrayal of a spineless Congress, and an acquiescent Supreme Court, the United States of America is now a banana republic.
That’s the View from the Bridge today. The Ship of State is headed for the shoals and we’re running out of room to make the turn needed to avoid total disaster. The Founding Fathers would be totally dismayed to see their vision and hard work so woefully undermined by traitors.
April 22, 2015 EARTH DAY
The Climate Change Hoax Unravels
Those promoting the “climate change” scam on Earth Day reveal the bogus science underlying their hysterical claims.
Foremost among them are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, whose “doom and gloom” predictions are undercut by the gigantic carbon footprints of their non-stop globetrotting. Both make the absurd claim that climate change is our biggest national security threat.
There are hundreds of thousands of slaughtered Christians worldwide who would beg to differ if they could. Not that Obama or Kerry care about that ongoing genocide.
Mr. Obama is off to the Everglades today for a preposterous photo op, traveling 1,836 miles round trip on Air Force One and burning an estimated 9,180 gallons of fuel in the process. Not to mention the half-dozen support planes and 30-vehicle motorcade. Thank God Florida Gov. Rick Scott declined to participate in that charade.
Whoever came up with the term “carbon pollution” should be arrested for perverting the English language with that oxymoron. Even the Soviets would be embarrassed by this absurd twist of the language. Carbon dioxide is a naturally-occurring gas that is by no means a form of pollution. We exhale it all day long.
I think it was in fifth grade that we learned CO2 is vital for the survival of plant life, just as humans depend on oxygen. The slight increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 over time has resulted in an expansion of plant life globally.
The entire global warming/climate change hoax was perpetrated by people seeking to enlarge the role of government in everyday life while undermining capitalism. Aiding and abetting this scheme was the notorious criminal enterprise known as Enron, which concocted the carbon trading scam behind the Kyoto treaty.
As part of its mission to eradicate national sovereignty and create a global government, the United Nations jumped on the bandwagon and used phony computer modeling to generate hysteria over future climate disasters. This bogus science is promoted through the totally corrupt Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The principal problem is that the IPCC models have been proven false by actual climate data that’s been recorded in the past three decades. That hasn’t stopped the Prog-Lib-Commies from attacking those who are skeptical of their claims as “climate deniers” and tools of the energy industry.
Those tactics were previously developed by such progressives as Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler to attack legitimate opposition to their quest for total power. Radical Saul Alinsky refined these tactics to a new level, as evidenced by the modus operandi adopted by the entire Democrat Party to demonize opponents and cut off legitimate discussion and debate.
As recently as January, three prominent scientists offered a new climate model that relies on recorded temperatures and temperature trends more closely than the IPCC models used by Al Gore to back his lunatic claims. The new model reveals that the IPCC has overstated climate sensitivity to CO2 by a factor of three.
In addition, temperature data shows that global warming stopped about 20 years ago, leading some scientists to think we may be entering a phase of global cooling. Many IPCC predictions have not panned out or been proven dead wrong.
Prog-Lib-Commie politicians led by Representative Raul Grijalva and Senators Barbara Boxer, Edward Markey and Sheldon Whitehouse are trying to discredit those who don’t support their wacky climate change schemes as people funded by energy companies.
This bullying is enhanced by their stupid claims that “the science is settled” and “the debate is over.” Those of us on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, will not be cowed into ceding more of our freedoms to a self-appointed elite that wants to run every aspect of our lives.
News flash: No real scientist would ever declare “the science is settled.” The underlying premise of science is to continually try to expand our knowledge and understanding of the world around us through new research.
The debate will continue as long as we can keep our democratic republic, and not degenerate into the Stalinist conformity that the Democrats embrace and demand.
That’s the View from the Bridge today. True environmentalists recognize that the energy sources we’ve developed in the past two centuries have enabled a better quality of life for billions of people and provided the wherewithal to control real pollution sources as well as create national parks and conservation projects while preserving habitats globally.
[Jack Hawkins has the following environmental background: a certified smoke inspector with a county bureau of air pollution control and a former National Wildlife Federation executive meeting with Vice President Nelson Rockefeller on water quality issues as part of a group of conservation leaders.]
November 2, 2014
Nine Years and Counting
Today marks the beginning of the ninth year of The Forgotten Street. We started with the hope of awakening Americans to the relentless assault on traditional American values by the alleged progressives, a civilized name for communists.
As we begin our ninth year of trying to combat the treacherous lies perpetrated by so many of our alleged leaders and the Elite Traitor Media, aided and abetted by the fifth column in academia, Protestant churches and social organizations, we are committed to redoubling our efforts to reclaim the heart of America to traditional values and what made America great.
Our attempt to progress has been impeded by serious illness, which through the grace of God we have overcome despite all odds, and the necessity of making a living as opposed to becoming a ward øf the State, which all too many Americans seem willing to do.
Well, I have some very bad news for the Progressive secularists and atheists who are hell bent on destroying the America we love so dearly. You are going to fail miserably because I have assembled a chronology of treachery and evil that will totally decimate 20th Century history as you know it.
Some of the biggest names in history from both political parties will be revealed for the traitors they are and how they have facilitated the demise of the American Dream.
This effort has not gone unnoticed in an era when there is no privacy and all computers can be hacked. Hack away, because the truth is going to be revealed whether they like it of not.
I will not be dissuaded, even though I’ve had two attempts øn my life to date. The non-computerized records are available and will be accessible to those who want to carry the fight.
It’s a fight to which I am totally committed, and have every expectation of success, God willing. The gloves are off and the truth is coming.
That’s The View from the Bridge. So buckle up your seat belts for 2015. We have a rough road ahead. Jack Hawkins
November 22, 2013
Fifty Years Later, The Shock Remains
November 22, 1963, was a day that marked the lives of many Americans still alive today. Even 50 years after the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy, I still feel the shock and sadness that hit that day, leaving a nation bewildered, one that would never be the same.
Our President had been killed.
As a high school sophomore in social studies class on that fateful Friday, I sat numb with my classmates as the principal came over the loudspeaker to announce that the President had been shot in Dallas.
Soon the radio reports played over the loudspeaker. When the news came that the President had died, we all bowed our heads in disbelief.
Today I still have the indelible image of our beloved teacher, who also served as the basketball coach, with tears streaming from his eyes. To see this man’s man, a role model we all wanted to follow, in such agony and sadness was more than we could take.
The principal came back on to let us know that school was dismissed and we could go home. Home was the place to be that day, to find comfort from parents and some degree of sanity in a world gone mad.
What followed were days glued to the television watching the solemn events and state funeral, and then watching in more disbelief as Jack Ruby murdered Lee Harvey Oswald before our very eyes.
What made it all seem so unreal was that I had seen President Kennedy a little over a year before on October 12, 1962. He was the first President I’d ever seen in person as his motorcade passed along the Ohio River Boulevard on its way to Pittsburgh from a speech he'd given to steelworkers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Even at a distance looking across the highway as he sped by, it was a thrill to see him waving to the people lined up along the route.
JFK was gone from our lives, but he would cross my path in other ways as years went on.
In the mid 1970’s, my wife and I moved to Washington D.C. area as I got a job as assistant information director with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). My wife later got a job just a few blocks away so we could meet for lunch.
We spent some of those lunch times at Noon Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where President Kennedy’s funeral Mass had been held. Right off the altar is a marker on the spot where his casket was placed.
My boss at NWF was a retired newsman named Chuck Roberts, who had been the White House Correspondent for Newsweek during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.
Chuck was in Dallas on November 22, 1963, with the press pool covering JFK’s trip. As fate would have it, he was selected along with Merriman Smith of United Press International (UPI) to be in the cabin on Air Force One to witness Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office as the new President.
So whenever I see that photo from the ceremony I see Chuck in the doorway looking on. I think of him fondly, appreciating the time he spent telling tales from his Newsweek days, and how his editing made me a better writer.
Having lived in Alexandria, Virginia, many years later, I recall often driving over the Memorial Bridge on the way home after an event in the District, and seeing JFK’s eternal flame burning on the hillside above Arlington Cemetery.
Some may disagree about JFK’s effectiveness as President, but there can be no denying his staunch patriotism, his burning love of his country, his incredible courage in the face of global challenges and personal illness, and his constant desire to appeal to the better angels in all of us.
His Inaugural Address was beyond magnificent, and today we should take to heart the challenge he issued to the American people:
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
He would be broken-hearted to see how far America has degenerated into a socialist society that scorns the work ethic.
Controversy remains about the assassination, and the Warren Commission Report. I will limit my comments to this:
The Warren Report is beyond preposterous. The Commission was given a premise to work with: Lone nut gunman. They shoehorned testimony and evidence to make it all fit into a neat package.
Unfortunately, the physical evidence is overpowering that President Kennedy was gunned down by multiple shooters in a crossfire. Who and why remain the issues, but the pieces of the puzzle are all there waiting to be put together.
There remain those who continue to assassinate President Kennedy’s character, hoping people will no longer care about him, his legacy and what he meant to our country. That way, the pressure to solve the puzzle will subside as more of us who were so strongly affected die off.
It’s a puzzle I believe can, and will, be solved in the near future. I fully intend to play a part in that solution.
That’s the View from the Bridge today. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a rare individual who rekindled the American spirit and challenged us to be better people. May God always have mercy on his soul.
August 25, 2013
The Abject Failure Named Hillary Clinton
While Democrat partisans giddily tout Hillary Rodham Clinton as the putative Democrat nominee for President in 2016, one undeniable fact stands out:
Hillary’s public life is a monument to incompetence and failure that should easily disqualify her for the Presidency.
When you look at the record, you can’t help but be struck by her ineptitude. Is she the best the Democrats can field? Why is it that the Democrat Party is so devoid of younger, up-and-coming leaders? Where are the Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal of the Democrats?
Instead, you have the Geritol brigade in charge: Hillary and Vice President Joe Biden are the only viable candidates at this point, and the Democrats are led in Congress by Harry Reid, a charlatan of the first order, and Nancy Pelosi, the Aunt Bethany of American politics. Among this crew, Mr. Biden stands head and shoulders above them, which tells you how dire the Democrat plight really is.
But back to the stunningly incompetent Ms. Clinton.
She certainly has assembled a strong resume that would look good on a college application. But truth be told, her stature today is owed directly to the fact that she married William Jefferson Clinton and rode his coattails as hard as possible.
Consider these stumbles along her road well-traveled:
Getting neck deep in the Whitewater land scandal in Arkansas, but escaping prosecution because of political influence;
As a partner at the Rose law firm in Little Rock, trying to hide billing records that would show questionable practices;
Watching the cover-up and whitewash of the mysterious death of White House counsel and close family friend, Vince Foster;
Presiding over the failed effort to pass health care reform in 1994 while alienating everyone who tried to deal with her constructively, including leading insurance executives whom she cursed out in meetings;
Taking the vaunted Clinton electoral machine to a humiliating defeat by Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primaries, demonstrating her lack of executive ability to run a campaign that should have been a cakewalk;
Failing miserably to reset relations with Russia as her first initiative as Secretary of State, and then being outflanked at every turn by Vladimir Putin;
Presiding over the disastrous Middle East policy that resulted in the overthrow of stable regimes in Egypt and Libya that worked with the United States to combat terrorism, and watching those nations descend into chaos;
Trying to blame the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens at Benghazi on an obscure video, and then repeating the bald-faced lie in front of the coffins of Stevens and his three other murdered colleagues;
Denying her ineptitude in ignoring the repeated requests from Stevens and others for enhanced security measures;
- Continuing her world tour on taxpayer dollars while Syria erupted in civil war and she advocated arming rebels that include Al Qaeda.
This is the record of a purported candidate for President? How nuts is that? The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, knows she is no friend of liberty and freedom. She is simply an elitist with contempt for those of us who love our country and our God.
In reply, I’m sure Ms. Clinton would shriek, “At this point, what difference does it make?” In her lust for power, she already has latched onto race baiting and the phony voter ID issue as a way to further polarize Americans, not an auspicious start to her campaign for higher office.
It makes a big difference. The United States of America should not be a country that rewards failure and incompetence of this magnitude with the highest office in the land.
That’s the View from the Bridge tonight. The elites continue to slobber over Hillary and kiss her ring, but she already demonstrated in 2008 that she is eminently beatable.
Our best wishes to our foreign visitors in July from such nations as: The Ukraine, Red China, Germany, The Czech Republic, The United Kingdom, Australia, The Russian Federation, The Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Italy, Vietnam, Denmark, Greece, India, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, France and Switzerland.
Father’s Day, 2013
Take Time to Honor the True Father
Father’s Day is America’s annual observance to honor Dads, prompting a wave of sentimental memories and a rush of income for Hallmark. It’s all well and good, but today I’d like to offer another perspective on Father’s Day.
Today, as well as every day, is a time to remember Our Father Who Art in Heaven.
The gift of life and the natural freedoms bestowed by Our Creator are memorialized by America’s Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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 Founders followed up with the creation of the U.S. Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights.
The Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights further defends the liberty discussed in the Declaration:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.”
On this Father’s Day, our unalienable rights are under assault by a bipartisan coalition of statists who only want to make an oppressive Federal bureaucracy larger and more intrusive.
The NSA snooping and the IRS intimidation of innocent Americans are a contemptible affront to the will and intent of the Founding Fathers.
As an avid reader and seeker of wisdom from the King James version of the Holy Bible, I came across this passage in Proverbs Six that rings especially true in light of current events:
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination under him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Does that passage call anyone in particular to mind? It certainly reminds us of the recent perfidy around the events in Benghazi, the deliberate attacks on Roman Catholics in the Affordable Care Act, the IRS persecution of conservative donors and the Tea Party, the arrogance of public officials who think they are above the law and those who show no regard whatsoever for the Constitution.
On this Father’s Day, take Our Father’s words to heart about the seven things He sees as evil and abominable. We face perilous times as the Middle East edges closer to all-out war and rogue states continue to arm with nuclear weapons. Our economy remains in shambles as millions give up on the hope of ever finding work, and the President ignores Congress while committing American arms and lives to insurgents worse than those they would replace.
It’s time for good people on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, to stand strong against the evil around us and to defend our endangered freedoms from a government that wants total control of our lives at the expense of our privacy and liberty.
Like the moronic Kabuki dance that the TSA conducts at airports daily, the NSA collection of emails and phone calls will not stop events like the Boston Marathon bombing. Human intelligence, gathered on those most likely to do us harm, is the best line of defense against jihadism.
That’s the View From the Bridge today. The benefits that the Internet have provided contain the seeds of destruction for our Republic. Our strongest defense rests with our Father who hears our prayers. We need Him more than ever.
May 29, 2013
The Second Assassination of JFK
Today marks the 96th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, a visionary leader whose life was cut short by traitors.
Those of us who can remember where we were on the early afternoon of November 22, 1963, remember it as a seminal event in our lives. Now, almost 50 years later, we are outraged that the treasonous lies of the ridiculous Warren Commission Report on his death have obscured the truth and led to the continued assassination of JFK, whose character continues to be impugned by Prog-Lib-Commie traitors.
Recent news reports focus on JFK’s character flaws, such as his infidelity, but also continue scurrilous lies that academic frauds who call themselves historians have failed to correct.
One of the most severe criticisms of the Kennedy presidency is the Bay of Pigs operation against the Castro regime in Cuba. For decades, JFK has been taken to task to calling off critical air strikes against Castro’s air force.
It’s all a damn lie that can be easily proven. President Kennedy issued orders at 1:45 p.m. to release B-26 bombers in Nicaragua to carry out a dawn air strike to destroy Castro’s T-33 jets.
That order was countermanded by National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy, without President Kennedy’s knowledge at 9:30 p.m. He called General Charles Cabell and directed that he cancel the air strike. The bombers never took off and the anti-Castro invader brigade was left to die on the beach. JFK took the blame for this operational failure, and it may have played a role in his death.
Bundy was never held accountable for his treasonous actions, and as time will no doubt show, his treachery later revealed its evil hand in the murder of a beloved President.
John Kennedy was a war hero in World War II, a committed patriot and staunch anti-Communist. This earned him the enmity of a growing wing of Prog-Lib-Commies in the Democrat Party who tried to deny him the presidential nomination in 1960 but failed.
As the youngest President ever elected, JFK electrified the nation with his youth, charisma and vision. His call to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade of the 1960s unleashed the greatest period of scientific advancement in human history.
His courage in staring down the Soviet Union in the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and then reaching out a peaceful hand to Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev launched a true opportunity to reshape the Cold War.
But the events in Dallas in November 1963 washed all that away. Since then we have been treated to a steady drumbeat of character assassination of JFK with salacious exaggerations about his personal life.
Why? Simple. JFK was the last Democrat to embrace national security, fiscal responsibility and American exceptionalism. If he were alive today, he’d probably be a Republican. He was an extraordinary leader whose love of country was unchallenged, whose commitment to public service was unmatched and whose promise for the future was snuffed out by traitors within the American government.
Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill John F. Kennedy. That can be proven beyond any shadow of a doubt. And, we are the poorer for not demanding the truth.
JFK was the first President I saw live as his motorcade traveled the Ohio River Boulevard through my native Sewickley, Pennsylvania on his way to Pittsburgh. It was a day I will never forget, just as I will never forget, or forgive, November 22, 1963.
That’s the View from the Bridge tonight. Your humble correspondent has much more to discuss on this topic. It is making many people uncomfortable.
April 6, 2013
Prayers For A Beloved Uncle
I humbly ask all of my friends on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, to pray for a much beloved uncle who is on his deathbed.
He has lived a very full and interesting life, but now he is plagued by a series of ailments destroying his once hardy body. Compounding the problem are financial woes caused by greedy family members and a major disagreement among his caregivers over the proper course of treatment.
Among the illnesses Unc suffers is a parasitic infection that cannot be contained as it spreads through his body and attacks vital organs. The doctors argue over whether or not the parasites have invaded from the outside or whether once benign internal parasites have now become a malignant curse.
The doctors advocating a medically progressive approach made the monumental blunder of thinking they could introduce parasites to his system that would attack the parasites infecting Unc and turn his condition around.
How wrong they were! He now has double the infection eating him alive. Their progressive nostrums have proven nearly fatal and virtually destroyed his finances.
As this dire situation unfolds, Unc also is plagued by uncaring family members who have looted his once considerable wealth and devastated his financial condition to the point of his now being bankrupt.
The entire situation is a true tragedy. My uncle was once renowned for his generosity and willingness to help others, both neighbors and virtual strangers. He is a profoundly religious man whose heart is broken by the secular progressivism that has eroded traditional values and made those who share his outlook the objects of hatred and scorn by much of society.
Younger members of the medical staff, the residents and even interns, offer other treatment solutions to reinforce my Uncle’s one strong constitution. They keep getting rebuffed by the older docs who think Unc’s constitution is not strong enough for him to rally and survive.
We’ve reached the point where prayer may be our only hope. So again, I humbly ask your prayers and support for a truly beloved Uncle whose life has been a shining example for all to see. With your support, we can make a medical miracle happen.
In your prayers, please remember my Uncle. His name is Sam.
That’s the View from the Bridge today. How I wish old Doc Reagan was around to help us. He always offered the right prescription when we needed it.
January 25, 2013
The Black Holocaust Continues Unabated
Today in Washington D.C., more than a half million (500,000+) concerned Americans marched in the Annual March For Life rally.
If you are a devotee of the Elite Traitor Commie Media, you would never know that. Since the abominable Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 40 years ago, pro-life Americans have descended upon our nation’s capital to encourage lawmakers to take steps to protect the unborn.
The media is so far in the tank to promote Black Genocide, which is what abortion is all about, that the Associated Press has issued guidelines to not refer to those who oppose Roe v. Wade as pro-life, but as opponents of the Court decision.
That tells you all you need to know about how worthless and despicable the Associated Press is as an alleged news organization.
Americans need to know and face the truth: those who support unlimited abortion rights are racists of the first order: today more than 35 percent of abortions are black babies, even though only 13.6 percent of the overall population are black.
That means out of the 55 million babies who have been slaughtered since the Roe v. Wade decision, more than 20 million have been black, which equals almost half of the current population of black Americans and more than three times the Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
My God, America, how long can we let Satan continue this atrocity!
Abortion was the brainchild of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, whose original goal was to eliminate the Negro population and those with developmental disabilities or what she called “mental defectives.”
Margaret Sanger, who Hillary Clinton cites as one of her heroes, was the single most evil American who ever lived. Her twisted and sick ideas on eugenics are what inspired Adolf Hitler to kill the Jews in the Holocaust.
Margaret Sanger was Satan’s ultimate whore, and her disgusting and perverted legacy guides Planned Parenthood today in eradicating the black population in America.
Abortion is the ultimate form of racism, and those who support it, are champions of Satanism, either knowingly or unwittingly. It is the single greatest abomination against God, who gave us the precious gift of life to promulgate and protect.
As we have said so many times before on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, abortion is the defining moral stain on America, much worse than slavery.
Tonight, with the heaviest of hearts for the many millions of innocents slaughtered, that’s the View from the Bridge tonight.
December 30, 2012
TFS Book of the Year a Real Mindblower
As more American, British and Soviet archives from the Cold War era open up, researchers can define more clearly the true history of the run-up to World War II, its prosecution and aftermath.
Noted Cold War experts M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein have released what The Forgotten Street names as its Book of the Year for 2012: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government.
Evans and Romerstein thoroughly document how Soviet agents penetrated the U.S. government during the 1930’s, gaining positions of influence that allowed them to shape American policies that favored the interests of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union.
What is especially shocking about these revelations is that President Franklin D. Roosevelt turned a blind eye to the infiltration because of his desire to win Stalin’s favor for a post-war creation of the United Nations.
We’ve all seen how well that has worked out. The U.N. may be the single greatest threat to American sovereignty in history.
The authors don’t shrink from naming names of the infamous Stalinist henchmen who put Soviet interests ahead of the best policies for the USA. Of course, the treasonous Alger Hiss is among the core cadre of subversives.
Others in the top echelon include FDR’s right-hand man, Harry Hopkins, White House aide Lauchlin Currie and Assistant Treasury Secretary Harry Dexter White. Each played a critical role in shaping policies that FDR embraced to the world’s detriment.
Much of the research relies on the Venona decrypts compiled by the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the 1940’s. Venona was the code name given to the operation that intercepted encrypted messages between Soviet intelligence officials in the KGB and GRU (Soviet Army intelligence) and their agents in America.
This material was not made public until 1995, and researchers continue to plow through the many thousands of messages to learn more. Romerstein, who once headed the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation at the U.S. Information Agency from 1983 to 1989, has blazed the trail in uncovering the depth of the treachery from within our government.
The book focuses intently on the Big Three meetings among Stalin, Winston Churchill and FDR at Teheran and Yalta. It is abundantly clear that FDR was in failing health and much of the decision-making fell to trusted aides like Hopkins and Hiss, who in fact were working to advance the Stalinist agenda.
Evans and Romerstein make it clear that the penetration continued in the Truman Administration upon Roosevelt’s death, as many of the subversives remained in their government positions. We are talking about hundreds of individuals placed in critical positions throughout U.S. agencies.
Also revealed is more about the proposed plan by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to destroy Germany’s industrial capability after the war and turn that nation into an agrarian society that likely would have been unable to feed itself. With the traitor White’s encouragement, Morgenthau embraced a plan that would have made him a war criminal.
There is so much more in Stalin’s Secret Agents that is highly disturbing, given the tendency of the Prog-Lib-Commies who run our major institutions to keep turning a blind eye to the most shameful period of betrayal in American history.
What really comes through loud and clear is that Senator Joseph McCarthy, painted as the most hated man in recent history by the alleged conventional wisdom, is being vindicated through real scholarship that proves he was 100 percent right in his crusade to expose the Communist infiltration and penetration of the American government.
There is much more truth to surface about Joseph McCarthy, a great patriot who tried to change American policy for the better, as well as the evil forces that thwarted and destroyed him. It will be revealed in the year ahead.
Run, don’t walk, to get your copy of a history that reads like a thriller: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of the Roosevelt Government. It was published by Threshold Books of Simon and Schuster. Start the New Year off right by learning the real history that has been covered up far too long.
That’s the View from the Bridge tonight. Happy New Year everyone! It’s up to us to make it that way.
Thanksgiving Day, 2012
The Wisdom of George Washington Endures
The United States began its observance of Thanksgiving under the leadership of our first and greatest President, George Washington. Consider these words from the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789:
“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to ‘recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’
“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation…”
The opening words of his proclamation prove conclusively that the Founders were religious people who believed our rights come naturally from God and are inalienable.
Now, we on The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, find ourselves, 223 years later, fighting the secularists who want to eradicate God from the public square, community events and our schools. Clearly a nation founded on a strong belief in God must do all it can to keep the religious nature of Thanksgiving alive by openly and publicly giving thanks for the many blessings that have come upon the United States of America.
The bigoted, extreme atheists who want to deny us our rights need to be fought tooth and nail until they are consigned to the Hell they deserve,
As we gather today with family, friends and neighbors, let us have a firm resolve to count our many blessings and remember those who are far from home defending the freedoms we are trying so hard to preserve for their benefit upon their return from dangerous parts of the world.
Let us also pray for the victims of Hurricane Sandy who have lost their homes and those who are still without power, heat or any trace of meaningful assistance from a Federal government that seems more intent on photos ops than action.
Another observance today
As we gather for Thanksgiving, those of us who remember where we were 49 years ago today have never forgotten the shock and horror of November 22, 1963: the brutal assassination of our President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The murder was carefully planned and executed with military-like precision. And, the truth was whitewashed by the Warren Commission, whose conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy has been proven ludicrous.
As we near the 50th anniversary of this atrocity, we must resolve that the truth shall be uncovered and those who committed this heinous crime against America should be held accountable in the historical record. Given the passage of time, those responsible no doubt are burning in Hell.
We must remember President Kennedy as a great patriot, a true war hero, a man whose love for our country was limitless, a leader who appealed to our better angels and reminded us to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
If only our fellow citizens would take those words to heart today. Shamefully, his own Democrat party doesn’t.
His courage in handling the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 was incredible, and his call to land men on the moon moved our nation to an era of unparalleled scientific achievement.
The most extreme of the Prog-Lib-Commies keep up their barrage of character assassination with sordid tales of President Kennedy’s personal life, some likely true, others grossly exaggerated to tarnish him so there will be no demand for the truth of his death.
Today I give thanks for the good JFK did for our country and his call for Americans to serve their fellow citizens and keep America a shining beacon of freedom.
Finally, it’s only fitting to recall the Thanksgiving words of our second greatest President, Ronald Wilson Reagan, from his first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1981:
“Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”
From The Forgotten Street, “Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless you all with His merciful Bounty and everlasting Grace!”
August 27, 2012
Where Is the Next Neil Armstrong?
The death of Neil Armstrong this week leaves a void of true American heroes who represent the very best of American exceptionalism.
The humble Ohioan had the most daunting mission ever undertaken in human history. He met the challenge with courage and grace. To his credit, he never sought to capitalize on it in ways that would bring shame to him or his country.
The death of Neil Armstrong struck a particular chord with me. It comes at a time when The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA, is suffering from the incompetence of an American government and the two major political parties in the run-up to a national election. What is lacking is the vision and commitment to make sure America leads the world in critical arenas.
When Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar module onto the surface of the moon, it was an event that galvanized America’s spirit and pride. Like those who watched breathlessly on television, I was awestruck by the incredible achievement it represented.
The lunar landing was the ultimate tribute to the greatness and vision of President John F. Kennedy, who in a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, first threw down the challenge to make sure America would be the first to land on the moon.
As the nation moved forward on the exciting project, he traveled to Rice University in Houston on September 9, 1962, to further explain the rationale for the lunar project and to rally a nation to the cause.
President Kennedy’s speech, “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” is simply one of the greatest speeches ever given by an American president. He summed up the vision and patriotism that motivated his presidency before he was murdered by traitors who threw their lot in with our deepest enemies. Get ready, America, I have the truth coming.
At Rice on that blistering hot September day, President Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and to the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
He continued, “Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
Contrast that vision with the limp-wristed, defeatist hand-wringing we hear from the White House today.
John Kennedy did not live to see man step on the moon. But so many of his fellow citizens did, including my beloved octogenarian grandmother, Mary Hankinson Hawkins, who was born on a rice plantation in South Carolina in the 1880’s before the invention of electricity, the radio, the airplane, the automobile and television. She was more awestruck than any of us.
Richard Nixon was President of the United States when Neil Armstrong took his epic step, saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
President Nixon placed a phone call from the Oval Office in the White House to astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the lunar module sitting in the Sea on Tranquility on the surface of the moon.
Here is what he said:
“Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House. And this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made. I just can’t tell you how proud we all are of what you …for every American, this has to be the proudest day of our lives. And for the people all over the world, I am sure they, too, join with Americans, in recognizing what a feat this is. Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man’s world. As you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to double our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to earth. For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. And one in our prayers, that you will return safely to earth.”
In his typical humility, Neil Armstrong responded to President Nixon, “Thank you, Mr. President. It’s a great honor and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States but men of peace of all nations. And with interest and a curiosity and a vision for the future. It’s a honor for us to be able to participate here today.”
I watched the story unfold as a Midshipman on a training cruise in the Atlantic Ocean on the aircraft carrier, USS Independence. Along with my shipmates, my heart swelled with pride and gratitude. Unfortunately, I did not pursue a naval career because of the political turbulence of the time. On that cruise, I did take part in one of the most amazing missions in modern history that remains classified to this day.
Today let us celebrate the life and example of Neil Armstrong as the ultimate product of The Forgotten Street, Main Street, USA. I pray all of us who share those values are mentoring today’s youth from which will come our new Neil Armstrong.
May God embrace our beloved hero and patriot in His loving arms for a life well lived and a job well done.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it’s a great day to be an American! As a boy, I was thrilled by the space program and all it represented. It is a shame that Barack Obama and the Congress have abdicated the mission embraced by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.
Independence Day, 2012
Why America’s Exceptionalism Matters
This year Independence Day marks a very bittersweet moment in America’s life as a nation. At a time when Americans of all beliefs should be on their knees thanking Our Creator for inspiring our Founding Fathers, our nation faces perhaps its greatest peril in our 236-year history as a free nation.
The federal government is financially and morally bankrupt under the leadership of lying frauds, our economy has entered a true depression, far too many Americans have given up hope of ever working again, an equally large number of Americans have allowed themselves to become wards of the state, our culture has devolved into a sordid mess and major businesses as well as financial institutions are being systematically looted by a new class of corporate thieves who make the robber barons of the past look philanthropic.
Today is a day for Americans to re-read The Declaration of Independence that the 13 British colonies passed in 1776. The words still inspire and point the way forward for an America desperately in need of rediscovering its roots. Take time to take this to heart:
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Today we have a political system with two major political parties that have, in fact, degenerated into one large party of the Washington ruling class, all committed to an ever-enlarging central government.
After a successful revolution and freedom from Great Britain, the Founders created a federalist system in which the thirteen states would operate as sovereign entities, surrendering only very limited powers to the national government. In the Declaration, the signers described the states this way:
“… as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Consider the caliber, character and courage of the men who signed this Declaration, knowing they would become marked men who could lose everything. They are among the most exceptional leaders in human history. I deeply resent how the progressive government school system untruthfully derides them as slave-owning white men. We will never see leaders of their stature again.
Contrast them with the clueless mediocrities infesting and destroying our government now. The government has no operating budget, it continues to outspend its revenues at an astonishing pace and it places more mandates and burdens on states that jeopardize their solvency.
The DC elite have given up all pretense of representing the people, thumbing their noses at the concept of “the consent of the governed” by passing monstrosities like the Affordable Care Act, which a majority of Americans want to go away before the IRS becomes an even more intrusive factor in our daily lives.
The Fourth of July has traditionally been a festive occasion for The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA. Local parades, exciting fireworks displays, neighborhood cookouts and time at the beach or pool make it a great holiday that should help remind us of how exceptional our Founders were in creating a country that has been a shining beacon for freedom throughout the world and the single greatest force for good in human history.
History is full of great challenges that test the character of nations and peoples. Our test is now. Those of us on The Forgotten Street, who still feel a lump in our throats when we hear the Star-Spangled Banner, and whose hearts beat with pride when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, must answer the clarion call to reclaim the heart of America, to reaffirm our traditional values and to eradicate the cancer of progressivism that is destroying America.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it is a great day to be an American as long as we stand up for America’s exceptionalism.
Ronald Reagan Quote of the Day: “The real American idea is not that every man shall be on a level with every other, but that every man shall have the liberty without hindrance to be what God made him. The office of government is not to confer happiness but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”
December 8, 2011
Obama’s No Socialist. He’s a Peronist.
Critics of President Barack Obama have gone too far in trying to paint him as a socialist. Truth be told, he is no socialist, but he is a Peronist, which is much more dangerous for the United States of America.
Obama is clearly fascistic in his political orientation. For far too long, the Prog-Lib-Commies have tried to associate fascism with far right politics, as in “right-wing Nazis.”
But the facts are otherwise. The Nazis in Germany were not “right-wing.” They were National Socialists. So fascism is aligned with statism and the concentration of power in a strong central government.
Barack Obama most closely resembles Juan Peron in Argentina. Although he came from a military background, Peron was a populist who tried to pit the masses against the establishment. He aligned himself with the labor unions, he nationalized major industries and he espoused anti-clericalism. Is that striking a familiar chord?
Much like Hugo Chavez in today’s Venezuela, whom Obama has publicly embraced as “mi amigo,” Juan Peron nationalized the broadcasting system, centralized unions under his control and persecuted opposing politicians and journalists.
In contrast, Obama has co-opted the Elite Traitor Media into serving as his court stenographers, relied on unions to intimidate opponents and demonized those who oppose him.
Mr. Obama has expressed his admiration for authoritarian regimes like Red China, and clearly he chafes under the traditional freedoms of the American republic.
Peronism was built on a cult of personality, which the Lyin’ King has tried to emulate. His embrace of the Occupy Wall Street movement shows his desire to try a populist approach to sway public opinion and win re-election.
In that sense, Barack Obama is trying to become the Kingfish, another Huey Long who inflames the masses with populist rhetoric, even at the expense of dangerously undermining the republic and abandoning the principle that the President of the United States is the representative of all the people, even those who did not vote for him.
Obama’s desire for a state-directed, regulated economy represents the height of fascism and Peronism. He wants state enterprise to control what was once private enterprise. His recent speech in Kansas displayed his complete disdain and contempt for the private enterprise system that made the United States the leading nation in the world.
As we get closer to the primary and caucus season, when GOP votes begin to have true meaning, we must consider which candidate can provide the most compelling alternative to the would-be Peron in the White House.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it’s a great day to be an American and to repudiate the nascent fascism that Obama and the Democrats represent!
Ronald Reagan Centennial Quote of the Day:
"I am convinced that today the majority of Americans wants what those first Americans wanted. A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings." July 6, 1976
September 11, 2011
Not a Tragedy, A Savage Atrocity
Looking back 10 years on the events of September 11, 2001, I cannot accept calling the terrorist attacks on our nation a “tragedy’ or “tragic events.” They were savage atrocities committed by sub-humans consumed by evil.
Labeling 9/11 a tragedy diminishes the sheer evil and ruthless premeditation that went into these crimes of war. Unfortunately there are people who believe that somehow America brought this mindless murder on itself, racist demagogues like Rev. Jeremiah Wright who crowed about “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
We have far too many of the Prog-Lib-Comm crowd who blame America first and want to see the United States taken down a notch or two. But we sure as hell shouldn’t behave like victims and apologize for wanting to defend ourselves from the savages in the world around us.
We also have a politically correct knucklehead like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has desecrated the 10-year observance at Ground Zero by excluding clergy and the city’s firefighters. Does he believe that Americans want to shun God and ignore the 343 brave first responders who gave their lives in the service of their fellow citizens? He is a disgrace and thoroughly despicable human being.
For me this day brings a flood of memories, some all too painful and searing. Living in Alexandria, Virginia at the time, I was alerted to the unfolding events by a phone call at my office in Maryland from my wife, who had been called by our daughter.
While on the phone that morning, she heard a loud explosion. It was American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon. We subsequently learned that one of her coworkers and a very dear friend of ours was on that flight. She called me to tell me the sad news. I immediately broke down and finally left to come home and be with her.
No one tells the story of the impact of September 11 better than my wife did on the fifth anniversary in this special article on The Forgotten Street, Proud To Be American. Read it and absorb all that she says. No one ever said it better.
What ordinarily was a 45-minute ride turned into a four-hour journey as the greater Washington area was thrown into chaos, not knowing if more aircraft were on their way to carry out another deadly mission.
My usual route on the George Washington Parkway, which would take me past the CIA and the Pentagon, was blocked at the entrance by a U.S. Army armored personnel vehicle, flanked by soldiers with machine guns.
I meandered my way through local roads in northern Virginia until I finally got on a road that took me within view of the still burning Pentagon. Overwhelmed, knowing our dear friend M.J. along with other passengers and crew had met a horrible demise there, I somehow steered my way through wracking sobs to get home.
When I parked in front of our townhouse in Old Town and stepped out of the car, the burning smell from the Pentagon assaulted me. That night, as we held each other in bed, not knowing what coming days would bring, we heard the sound of fighter jets patrolling the skies overhead. The Combat Air Patrol (CAP) would last for several weeks, bringing us a reassuring sound overhead, yet one that reminded us of the horror that happened on September 11.
Now ten years later we still deal with the fallout from September 11, as brave men and women in uniform risk their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq trying to root out and defeat crazed Islamists who want to subjugate those who don’t share their twisted beliefs.
We also face committed terrorists within our borders seeking to carry out murderous acts to undermine our society. Through superior intelligence and eternal vigilance we hope to defeat them. But only through constant prayer, firm belief in American ideals and unshaken faith in God can we succeed.
Finally, no remembrance of September 11 would be complete without a note of deep gratitude and thanks for the courageous leadership of President George W. Bush in bringing our nation together in a time of overpowering grief and setting our government on a course that would keep us secure since. He was the rock and inspiration we needed.
He still fills that needed role. His speech in Shanksville at the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial was magnificent, one of the greatest speeches ever given by an American President.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it’s a great day to be an American and today is a day to again pray for the souls of the innocent who lost their lives ten years ago and those who have since given their lives to prevent such a day from happening again.
Let’s remember this wisdom from President John F. Kennedy: “There can be only one possible defense policy for the United States. It can be expressed in one word -- the word is first. I do not mean first when, I don’t mean first if, I mean first, period.”
Well said by a great American whom the Prog-Lib-Comms continue to assassinate.
“There is Purpose and Worth to Each and Every Life”
Seven years ago today came the sad but not unexpected news that Ronald Wilson Reagan’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease had ended. With his passing came the comforting realization that one of history’s giants had gone to his well-earned reward in the loving arms of Almighty God.
As more time passes since President Reagan left the land he so dearly loved, his legacy continues to grow as one of our country’s greatest Presidents and a political leader whose vision could restore our troubled land once again.
Ronald Reagan was, and today remains, my political hero. His greatness is exceeded by only one other American, George Washington, the Father of our Country. Ronald Reagan came out of America’s heartland, what I call The Forgotten Street, Main Street USA.
He truly lived the American dream, rising from humble roots to become a beloved Hollywood star, a courageous union leader who fought Communism, a leading figure in television and finally the political leader who restored conservative values and led the world to triumph in the Cold War, first as Governor of California and then as our 40th President.
In doing so, he breathed new life into the Republican Party and brought a generation of conservative leaders and voters into American politics.
At the time of his death, my wife and I were living in the Washington D.C. area. We fulfilled a promise we’d made to pay tribute to Ronald Reagan at the time of his death. You can read my remembrance of that time in a special article, June 5, 2004. It still brings tears to my eyes as I recall one of the most remarkable days in my life.
Those of us who cherished Ronald Reagan and all he stood for can help build his legacy and ensure that new generations of Americans learn of his vision for our country. You can do that by supporting Young America’s Foundation (www.yaf.org), the non-profit organization that saved the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo, located in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara. The Foundation sponsors educational conferences for high school and college students. It brings speakers to college campuses to help students learn about conservative values in what is often a hostile environment for those ideas.
My wife Dottie and I have been fortunate in our life to support Young America’s Foundation and enjoy visits to Rancho del Cielo. We’ve been more fortunate to share 40 years of marriage, which we celebrate today. Through triumph and near-tragedies, we’ve endured because of our shared values and love for each other, and our desire to do what is right. Clearly on June 5, 1971, I did the smartest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Here is a shot of Dottie and me at the Freedom Wall at the Reagan Ranch.
We urge you to also visit and support The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (www.reaganfoundation.org) in Simi Valley, California, where a museum houses an incredible display of memorabilia from President Reagan’s life, including the Air Force One airplane he flew in as President. The Library is also where President Reagan is buried, with these inspirational words on his final resting place: “I know in my heart that man is good, what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”
Today we honor the purpose and worth in Ronald Reagan’s life and thank Almighty God for sharing The Gipper with us.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it’s a great day to be an American, and a greater day to carry on the Reagan Revolution. As we head into a presidential election in 2012, I urge the Republican Party to launch a new Reagan Revolution with leadership that can use the Reagan model to rebuild and restore our United States.
We also thank our foreign visitors in May from the following countries: the Russian Federation, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Ukraine, Japan, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, China, Hungary, the Seychelles, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic.
Ronald Reagan Centennial Quote of the Day (talking about his beloved “Shining City Upon a Hill” in his Farewell Address to the nation on January 11, 1989):
“We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan Revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the City stronger, we made the City freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.”
November 1, 2010
The Forgotten Street’s Humble Beginning
Four years ago today, this humble scribe decided the time had come to stand up and speak up for America. That determination led to the creation of The Forgotten Street.
Since then, we’ve seen Americans from all walks of life, from all parts of this great land, do the same. The Tea Party movement that is sweeping the country and ready to unleash a tidal wave of disapproval against Washington tomorrow at the ballot box was always out there on Main Street, USA, just waiting to rise up and be heard.
To commemorate the launch of The Forgotten Street, I think it most fitting to reflect on our initial credo, as first published on November 1, 2006:
How America’s Political, Media and Academic Elites Are Selling Out Main Street. For far too many Americans, it seems we have lost control over our lives to a swollen federal government and self-appointed elites who want to impose on us their beliefs and their morals.
From out-of-control federal spending to attacks on traditional marriage, from runaway lawsuit abuse to persecution of people of faith, we see daily events that shake our confidence in the American system.
Behind it all is the political, media and academic elites’ total disdain and contempt for what I call The Forgotten Street - Main Street USA.
These elites show more concern for the opinions of K Street, the Arab Street and the Champs-Elysees. They view us as boorish and stupid, unsophisticated, because we love our country, its religious heritage and its ideals. Like other elites in the past and present, they seek to control and manipulate people for their own gain and power while restricting individual freedom.
These are people who distrust our military and are quick to blame America for our troubles in the world. People who insist on securing their financial futures by robbing us of ours. People who believe God has no place in public discourse. People who glorify drug use, promiscuous sex and abuse of women in their media and music.
The Hollywood that created movie classics that celebrated our country, our freedom and our optimism has been replaced by cynics who present a warped view of America that tears us down in the eyes of the world and promotes bizarre conspiracy theories.
These elites control so many of our institutions -- our mainstream media, much of our government and judicial system, our schools and universities, our churches, big business and the entertainment industry.
So what can we on The Forgotten Street do to reclaim the heart of America and restore pride in our country and its rich traditions? To begin with, we have to stand up and speak up. We have to be heard. We have to be prepared to endure public scorn as we fight to uphold our values and our beliefs.
The moral equivalency promoted by the elites is just plain wrong. America is the greatest force for good in the world, the most noble and generous nation in human history. It’s time we all embrace that idea as our foundation moving forward. And, it’s time we tell the elites that we are fed up with their inability to understand that simple premise.
These words and the beliefs behind them ring as true today as they did four years ago. What they foreshadowed was the creeping socialism that has reached an apex under President Obama, who epitomizes the elites first discussed here. But within the sense of frustration of that first edition of The Forgotten Street was the underlying optimism about the inherent goodness of the American people and their ability to rise to meet the challenges that threaten our republic.
We see such a time right now. We pray tomorrow’s election results will hopefully turn America in a better direction to help restore our way of life on The Forgotten Street -- Main Street USA.
Thanks for reading! Always remember, it’s a great day to be an American! God bless my loyal readers both past and present. I cherish those who have shared this journey with me and I appreciate the interest of those in more than 30 countries around the globe.
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