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"Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."
- John Adams November 1st, 1800, writing to his wife just before the election, having just arrived in the new Capital City to take up his residence in the White House.
George Bush's policies protecting Amerika!
What happened to common sense and common decency?
I've just finished reading an exceptional book, "John Adams" by David McCullough. Anyone who is a patriot and freedom lover should make the time to read this remarkable book about one of the most extraordinary men America produced, John Adams.
Along with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other great Americans of their day, Adams helped create such time tested documents as the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Bill of Rights and The Treaty of Paris circa 1783, plus the Massachusetts Constitution and countless American treaties.
Together these brave Americans, who faced being hanged as traitors had the British won the War for Independence, helped give birth to America, land of the free!
These leaders were no country bumpkins. They were men of great knowledge and wisdom, very well educated, read and learned. They knew the meaning of words, most having spoken several languages. In fact, they spent many days debating what exact wording to use in a treaty, the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, etc. They knew a single word could have a profound long term effect for America.
One of John Adams' favourite books was called: "Common Sense," by Thomas Paine, circa 1776. One of my favourite John Adams quotes, and there are many, is; "People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity."
Adams, Jefferson, Franklin et al, knew that one day America would become the supreme world power, for that they were certain. As history clearly reveals, they were absolutely correct. They had great vision, wisdom and foresight. They were men of integrity and principle. They held their country first at all times. They realized that the people were to be the deciding power in a free government as they so elegantly wrote in the first sentence of the Constitution:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
On November 1, 1800, just before the election, Adams arrived in the new Capital City to take up his residence in the White House. On his second evening in its damp, unfinished rooms, he wrote his wife, "Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."
As I read this book "John Adams" from cover to cover, I kept thinking what these founding fathers would think of America today if they were alive and saw how it's changed and what America has become.
Fast forward 230 years and you have people in power who are liars, deceivers and who have intentionally misled their countrymen into illegal wars amongst other matters. Adams would turn over in his grave if he knew what's happened in these past 206 years since writing that letter to his loving wife.
When I try to think of comparisons between John Adams, the second President of the United States (1797-1801) his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States (1825-1829) with George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States (1989-1993) his son, George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, I simply shake my head in disbelief. There is no comparison; the differences are like night and day.
During the Revolutionary War, when Adams was appointed to serve in France and Holland in diplomatic roles, he took the time and made the effort to learn to read, speak and write both French and Dutch before arriving in Europe.
His son, John Quincy Adams, who accompanied his father to Europe at the tender age of 13, mastered three languages plus Latin and was perhaps the most well traveled lad of his day.
Never mind the answer to whether or not George W was AWOL during his days in the Air National Guard, i.e. the reserve; Take the time when George W, running for president in 2000, was asked by a reporter "who is the president of Pakistan?" Bush's jaws dropped and that famous blank look appeared on his face. He didn't know the answer and was running for US President! Talk about being made a fool of!
At least George Herbert Walker Bush had the brains not to go into Iraq because, as he wrote in his memoirs about Desert Storm and Iraq I, "there wouldn't be any one to run the country if we took Saddam Hussein out." Too bad George W didn't read his fathers memoirs or take his fathers advice.
Bill Clinton was a liar and an admitted perjurer. Yet slick Willie was let off the hook because his party had control over the impeachment proceedings. A lucky man Clinton was.
Perhaps men of character with the wisdom and greatest of the founding fathers, i.e. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams and other early American leaders, are gone forever.
As a non-American maybe you think I don't have the right to criticize Amerika 2006. You may or may not be correct. However I'm certain that Adams, Jefferson and Franklin would in many ways be exceedingly proud of what America has become, as they should be.
Nevertheless, I also believe from the bottom of my heart that Adams, Jefferson, Franklin et al, would not be happy with how America's 20th - 21st Century leaders have misled Amerika and the rest of the world as the world power and how through today’s so-called leadership has alienated countless countries and persons around the world with unfair, biased policies and double standards.
Today America is not the America I respected, looked up to and believed in whilst growing up as a wee lad. I am certain that countless millions feel as I do, sad as I am to write those words.
Never mind the 'war' in Afghanistan and Iraq, or the implied threat of perhaps a nuclear strike on 'selected' Iranian targets. Never mind that Amerika has more persons incarcerated (2.2 million) than any other country on earth with more than 50,000 in jail not being convicted of any crime, waiting for trial as the system is back logged; common sense and common decency has been thrown out the window with the baby and the baby's bath water in today's Amerika.
Now the end of America is nigh following the Senate's passage of Bush's mass amnesty program. This plan is the biggest amnesty ever and legalizes, I believe, 25 to 30 million illegal immigrants and not the 12 to 14 million as reported.
To me this is incredulous. Mind you, we're all for people wanting a better life wherever they believe it may be, but not at the expense of breaking the law. To grant millions of persons who've broken the law entering and staying illegally in America a free ride to American citizenship, whilst at the same time there are countless thousands trying to enter legally who are being punished by severe visa requirements, ludicrous restrictions and financial demands beyond the resources of most applicants, and being denied legal visas, is blatantly unfair and hypocritical to say the least. And if you just happen to be of Arabic decent or a person of Middle Eastern nationality, you might as well forget about trying to go to Amerika or even staying in Amerika if already there!
Where has common sense and common decency gone?
If we have received one email, we have received a hundred from Americans informing us that they've married and or are engaged to Russian, Chinese, Asian, South American ladies and are having great difficultly obtaining a legal visa for their spouse or fiancee. They have been trying from anywhere upwards of 18 to 24 months to obtain a visa for their spouse or fiancee. without positive results. Most are turned down because they can not meet the means or financial test required under US law.
One email in particular, was heart rendering. This gentleman had married a lovely Chinese lady some years his junior. They lived in China for four years, when they decided to go to the USA. It took them more than 12 months to get her a spousal visa.
Upon arrival in the US, the immigration officials denied her entry on the grounds of some very small technicality with their paperwork. Even with a legally issued visa to anywhere, immigrations officials have the absolute right to deny entry to anyone.
In spite of pleas, begging and tons of tears, the US immigration officers had the spouse return on the next flight back to China. The husband, who wrote us asking for advice, said even the immigration officials were sorry to have his spouse sent back on the next flight due to such a small technicality, but they said "the law is the law." The poor man didn't have enough money to fly to China and sort this mess out, and hasn't seen his spouse and new baby since.
Our best advice for him was to save his money and leave Amerika for good. Once again common sense and flexibility are apparently gone forever in that once great country..
On another note, take a good look at the picture above. The man, well into his 80's, is wheel chair bound yet is being checked by airport security for bombs and other contraband by some idiot employed for minimum wage under George W's TSA program, all in the sake of making Amerika a safer place. Safer place indeed! Anyone with half a brain should realize that wheelchair bound elderly gentlemen is as much a threat to Amerika as is my five month old great grandchild! Once again common sense and decency is a victim and we're all paying for it.
Another case in point is with the article below. What's happened to common sense and common decency from the police, who are allegedly there to serve and protect you? The article says the police cited a two year old child for "criminal" damage, i.e. throwing a rock at a vehicle. The child, an infant, surprise, surprise, just happens to be an African American living in good ole boy land, Louisiana.
A stern warning, perhaps asking the child's mother to pay for any damage should have been appropriate in that case. Once again, there's no flexibility, no common sense and certainly no common decency.
A country that's allowed common sense, common decency, its flexibility and doing the right thing to disappear, will disappear as well.
As John Adams said to his dearest friend Thomas Jefferson in a letter circa 1776, "we are witnessing history in the making and helping to forge it."
So dear readers I say to you, we're witnessing history in the making during the early part of the 21st Century. Are you allowing this history to happen without any action on your part? What are you going to do about it?
See you next issue.
Two-Year-Old Cited by Police
- 10 KLFY
A two-year-old boy has been cited by Jeanerette, Louisiana police for criminal damage to property, after allegedly throwing a rock at a vehicle.
While his mother is not happy with the citation, she is more frustrated with the way the officer handled the incident. Now, she wants her son's record cleared and the officer reprimanded.
Tauwana Harris says it happened during a baseball game at Jeanerette City Park three weeks ago. That's when her two-year-old son, Tremell Robertson, allegedly committed a crime. Harris says Tremell picked up a rock and threw it at a lady's truck and hit the back of it. Harris says the woman claimed he put two holes in it.
She says she was allowing her son to apologize, when the woman jumped out and said 'sorry' is not good enough.
Harris says at that point, the woman called Jeanerette police. Officer Douglas Trump arrived to find Harris and the owner of the vehicle arguing. That's when he suggested to move the discussion to the police department.
Harris says the officer asked her and the child to get in the police unit. When she refused to ride, he issued her a citation for criminal damage to property.
She says the officer told her it would be on Tremell's record. She was not happy about that and says she tore up the citation. The citation states she was to contact the juvenile officer within 72 hours.
Harris says the officer contacted her to let her know it wasn't going to court.
But, the citation is the least of Harris' problems. She is more frustrated with the officer's actions.
She's hired an attorney to look into the incident. Police Chief Morman Alexander says his officer was wearing a recording device when he responded to the call.
He tells Eyewitness News after listening to the tape, he believes the officer acted within his rights. Therefore, no action will be taken against the officer.
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