Sunday, April 24, 2011
-- Sam Cohen, inventor of the Neutron Bomb
Via American And Proud
Ayn Rand's 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" is enjoying renewed popularity following the release of the new Atlas Shrugged movie. Rand's story describes a group of American industrialists that lose patience with onerous regulation and taxation, and "shrug"--disappearing from their normal lives to relocate to a hidden valley called Galt's Gulch. While this tale is fictional, it has some strong parallels to modern-day America. And despite the fact that Ayn Rand was an atheist and favored abortion, she was a good judge of the inevitable tendencies of elected governments. When I consider the regulatory and tax burdens that have been implemented in my lifetime--I was born in 1960--I believe that Rand had amazing prescience. Let's face it: We no longer live in a free market capitalist nation. At best, it could called a "mixed" economy with statist tendencies, and verging on socialism.
Reading the news headlines in recent months has led me to believe that the Galt's Gulch concept has a lot of merit. If The Powers That Be wanted to encourage the Atlases of the world to shrug, they couldn't have done a better job. What is the best way to get the most productive Citizens of our nation to go on strike, and retreat to "gulches"? Consider the following "to do" list for those whom Ayn Rand called "The Destroyers":
"'We live in a free country, and you can’t regulate everything, but common sense should tell you something that can easily be mistaken for a weapon shouldn’t be sold — and people shouldn’t buy it,' said Burlington police Lt. Glen Mills."
You lead the assault, Graham, of course I doubt you could fight your way out of a wet bag, idiot.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said that the quickest way to end the emerging stalemate was to "cut the head of the snake off". He said: "The people around Gaddafi need to wake up every day wondering, 'Will this be my last?'
It is ironic that while the Confederate States were fighting to eject foreign imperial armies from their soil, the Mexican government was fighting to eject a French imperial army from its soil, and with the support of the United States government. Below, Benito Juarez lets his people know that succeeding generations may recover what they may lose to a conqueror.
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
“The enemy may come and rob us, if that is our destiny, but we do not have to legalize that crime, handing over voluntarily that which they demand by force. If France, the United States, or any other nation whatever should take possession of our territory, and if because of our weakness we should be unable to eject it therefrom, we should nevertheless leave alive the right of succeeding generations to recover it.
It would be a serious evil for us to be disarmed by a superior force, but it would be superlatively worse if we should disarm our sons by depriving them of an unquestionable right that some day men more brave, patriotic and enduring than ourselves would know how to value properly and to regain.”
(Letter of Mexican leader Benito Juarez to Matias Romero, January 26, 1865. Viva Juarez!, Charles Allen Smart, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1963, pp. 331-332)
Pvt. Henry L. Wyatt, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, Killed in Action, Big Bethel, Virginia, June 10, 1861.
He was from Tarboro and the Children of the Confederacy dedicated a fountain to him which is on the Common. It is one of only two commons left in the states.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: JOHN V. QUARSTEIN
PHONE: 757-879-3420, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hampton Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Hampton History Museum and the Bethel Chapter 185 United Daughters of the Confederacy are pleased to announce programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Big Bethel.
On 10 June 2011, beginning at 6:30 PM, a lecture will be presented at the Hampton History Museum by John V. Quarstein featuring excerpts from his new book, BIG BETHEL: THE FIRST BATTLE. A book signing will be held following the lecture with all proceeds benefitting the Hampton History Museum. The next morning, a ceremony will be held at the Big Bethel battlefield unveiling the Union Big Bethel Monument and a wreath laying at the memorial honoring Pvt. Henry Lawson Wyatt, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, CSA.
The 10 June Battle of Big Bethel was the first time during the Civil War that Union and Confederate soldiers engaged in open combat. While later considered a skirmish in comparison to the bloody battles to come later in the war, the engagement caused some of the Civil War’s firsts: first friendly fire incident, death of the first Union soldier in combat, the first battlefield amputation, the first West Point graduate killed in action, and the mortal wounding of the first Confederate infantryman. The Confederate use of field fortifications enabled their 1400 defenders to repel the piecemeal attacks of the Federal 4,400-strong strike force. Despite this defeat, the Union was able to retain control of the very tip of the Peninsula below the northwest branch of the Back River. This situation allowed the North to use Ft. Monroe as a base for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as well as for all of its major amphibious operations. In turn, the Confederate victory at Big Bethel raised enthusiasm for the war and reinforced the myth that one Southerner could defeat at least four or five Northerners. Big Bethel allowed the Confederacy to control most of the Hampton Roads, with its agricultural and shipbuilding resources, until May 1862.
For additional information, please contact John V. Quarstein at 757-879-3420.
She gave an excellent portrayal of the heroine in her book which is available in soft and hardback, as well as Kindle at the link.
The Rev. Franklin Graham says he wonders why President Barack Obama has avoided producing his birth certificate, according to Franklin Graham, Obama Birth CertificatePolitico. Graham also told Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s "This Week" that the president "has some issues to deal with" when it comes to proving he was born in the United States.
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Saturday, 28 May 2011, 11AM-3PM
North Carolina LS Spring 2011 Conference
Burlington, North Carolina
Speakers Dr. Tom Minsel, Carlton Huffman and Alexander Cheek
Regardless of the downward spiral of the national economy, incessant wars and rampant political corruption, the government of North Carolina remains our primary concern. And as the expected devolution increases speed, how do we return to the responsible, frugal and honest governing principles of the great North Carolinian Nathaniel Macon? How do we encourage our elected representatives to emulate the best statesmen of our past?
Our Spring 2011 Conference focuses on North Carolina’s economic and social dependency on the DC-centered regime, and how our State Legislature must return to the view that North Carolina’s primacy and sovereignty is supreme. Speaking in tandem on “The Welfare-Warfare State: Nathaniel Macon’s Worst Nightmare” will be Alexander M. Cheek and Nathaniel Macon Institute Director Dr. Tom Minsel. Also with us will be former Legislative Aide and NC LS member Carlton Huffman will discuss the North Carolina Legislature, its current activities, and new Republican party control. Please join us for an interesting, informative and interactive day of learning and dialogue with North Carolinians concerned about our State’s political future.
The Spring Conference will be May 28th, 11AM-3PM in the Allred Banquet Room of the K&W Restaurant, I-40/85 Exit 143 in Burlington. Please monitor our State website regularly for further information and speaker lineup. Admission is $10 per person; $15 per married couple.