A Perfect Storm is Brewing in Massachusetts

Posted January 17, 2010 by Brent Teichman
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December 16, 1773 – On a cold Massachusetts evening, thousands of oppressed American citizens gathered around Boston Harbor to voice their displeasure with their government.  After decades of being taxed, tyrannized, and having their grievances ignored, those Massachusetts citizens did what Americans ultimately do – They put their lives, their families and their fortunes on hold in order to protect liberty.  And on that night, amongst the shouting and the confusion and the tea floating in the harbor, liberty was protected.

History has a way with irony.  On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – over 236 years after those Americans lit the brushfire that ultimately would begin to burn so hot and so bright that it exploded into revolution – liberty, once again, will place its hope in Massachusetts.  And what once seemed impossible, has now become plausible.

Can Scott Brown really win?  Six months ago, it was impossible.  Six weeks ago, it was improbable.  Six days ago, it was inconceivable.  And yet, with less than 48 hours to go,  the Democrats are jumping on the panic button with both feet.  Bill Clinton was dispatched to Massachusetts over the weekend in an attempt to breathe life into Martha Coakley’s flailing campaign.  President Obama is heading to Boston with Coakley on Sunday in what appears to be a last-ditch effort to rally the left’s “unenthused” base.  In the meantime, all of the polls – including Coakley’s own internals – show Scott Brown surging.  While the race remains “within the margin of ACORN” (H/T Steven Crowder), keep in mind that, as late as mid-October, all of the polls had Coakley enjoying a very comfortable 25 to 30 point lead.

How can this be?  How – in the bluest of blue states, the birthplace of American socialized medicine, the home of Barney Frank – can Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat (err, sorry – the “People’s Seat”) be on the verge of turning red?  Some will credit the socialist agenda of the far-left, as manifested in the health care debate, which, oddly enough, has turned out to be even too much for the “People’s Republic of Massachusetts” to stomach.  Some will call it a reflexive, knee-jerk repudiation of the relentless barrage of programs and pork which have been thrust upon us by the tone-deaf politicians in Washington over the past 12 months.  Still, others will point to the fact that Coakley has presided over what may very well go down as the worst political campaign in modern American history.

While I do not discount the cumulative effect of any of these factors upon the race, I do believe that there is something much larger at play here.  You see, America – ALL OF AMERICA – remains a place unlike any other in the history of the world.  And while we waiver and tire and falter from time to time, in the end, we will always protect liberty.  For the people of Massachusetts, that time is now.  Let freedom ring…

09.12.09 – The American Revelation

Posted September 15, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson

09.12.09 – Some are calling it the beginning of the Second American Revolution.  Yet the hope is (for now at least) that this “revolution” will be fought with words rather than guns; on the battlefield of ideas rather than in bunkers all across the fruited plain.

I, for one, was there – a witness to history.  I’m still trying to figure out the progression of events that led to me to the west lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at precisely 12:12 p.m. on 09.12.09.  I am a 34 year-old American; a father of 3; a small business owner; and a husband to the most ordinary-in-mind, yet extraordinary-in-thought, woman in the world.  I graduated from a small high school, grinded my way to an undergraduate degree; suffered through 3 long years of law school; lived in Missouri my entire life; and, somehow, someway, on 09.12.09, I found myself there – in our nation’s capital – standing face-to-face with hundreds of thousands of Americans, unified in purpose and message: “Don’t Tread on Me.”

It was amazing; historic; momentous; unbelievable and indescribable.  In fact, at one point during the march from Freedom Plaza to Capitol Hill, I sent out a “tweet” from my phone: “I literally have no words to describe this right now.”  Even now, I’m not sure that I do…or ever will.  And yet, when it was over, and we had returned to our hotel room, anxious to view the “postgame” coverage on all the news channels, it was as if nothing at all had happened.  Feverishly flipping through the cable channels and local news stations to find something – anything – about this unprecedented march, it was as if it had all been a dream, a sweet escape from the realities of the harsh condition which has befallen us.  But, I was there! I witnessed it with my own eyes – the passion, the resolve and the sheer determination of hundreds of thousands of individuals acting as one: “e pluribus unum.”

My first reaction was one of disdain and disappointment: “Here we go again…the ‘mainstream media’ buries another story that doesn’t promote and advance its agenda.”  Disgusted and defeated, I was on the verge of throwing in the towel; but then, the strangest thing happened.  I went to dinner with my wife and met up with some fellow 912 marchers and began to discuss the day’s events.  Before we knew it, others in the restaurant were overhearing our conversations; we were overhearing theirs; the bartender was asking questions about ‘all of these people’ who had invaded his city: “What was this all about?” he asked.  “Let me show you our pictures,” we said.  “Wait a second,” the others replied, “take a look at ours.”  We ate, we drank, we exchanged stories, photos, videos, and before the night was over, people from other tables wanted to join in the conversation.  College football games dominated the televisions; Serena Williams dropped F-Bombs at the U.S. Open; the NFL season was set to kick off the next day; it was Saturday night; and nobody wanted to talk about anything but “this movement.”

The next day (09.13.09), before boarding a plane to head back to Missouri, my wife and I decided to “do the touristy thing” and take in a few sites.  We took the long stroll up to the Lincoln Memorial and spent some time reflecting on our Sixteenth President’s words which are literally engraved in stone on the walls of one of the greatest monuments in the world.  I had been there before.  I had read Lincoln’s words on numerous occasions.  But, on this date – at this moment – these words from his Gettysburg Address jumped out and jolted me:

“that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

I think it was at that moment that my revelation occurred – this is no longer about Democrat vs. Republican; Left vs. Right; Liberal vs. Conservative; or Blue vs. Red.  This is about We the People vs. Them.  This is about liberty vs. tyranny. This is about a “sleeping giant” who has been poked and prodded one too many times by an overreaching, overly intrusive federal government and we…have…had…ENOUGH!  Don’t Tread on Me!

So to all you politicians, whether Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative – in the words of President Obama, “Let me be clear” –

“We the People” are done with broken promises; we are done with bailouts; we are done with so-called “stimulus packages;” we are done with you making a career out of being a politician; we are done with you mortgaging our children’s future in order to buy votes to get re-elected; we are done with you creating one set of rules for us and a different set for you; we are done with you apologizing to the rest of the world for America being America; we are done with you calling us “uneducated,” “uninformed,” and “ignorant;” we are done with you not having to balance your checkbook the same way we have to balance ours; and most importantly, we are done with you pitting us against each other!  At the end of the day, we are all Americans, and we are sick of your games.  We refuse to play.  We will start a new game with our rules.

My revelation is that the revolution has begun.  All of this talk of “hope” and “change” – I have finally come to realize that WE are the HOPE; and we ARE the CHANGE.  We the People are the ones who will give “new birth to freedom.”  No one in Washington can do it – not Barack Obama; not any Democrat; not any Republican; not the media – only us.  You and me.  With each day that passes, Democrats and Republicans are becoming more and more irrelevant.  The “press” is becoming obsolete.  They are being replaced by talk radio, internet bloggers, twitter and other social media outlets.  They (a) think we’re too stupid to figure out on our own what’s really going on; and (b) are only concerned about their own financial security and advancement.  Why do you think they spend so much time looking down their noses and demeaning all of these mediums?  Why do you think they try to ignore hundreds of thousands of Americans converging on our nation’s capital to say “we have had enough”?

I still do not understand the progression of events that led me to Washington on 09.12.09.  I still cannot comprehend the historical significance of what I witnessed.  But I do know this – my wife and I arrived home on Sunday evening, 09.13.09, just in time to kiss our children and put them to bed.  As we walked through the door, my 3 year-old came bursting down the hallway, jumped into my arms and said, “Where were you, daddy?  I missed you!”  I squeezed her tightly and kissed her on the head as I replied, “Mommy and daddy were in Washington, baby.”

“Why were you in Washington, daddy?” she said.

“For you, baby.  For you.”

 

To view footage of the 912 March on Washington, go to: http://www.politicalmommentary.com

Every Day is Independence Day

Posted July 2, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

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 requires 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 unalienable 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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that 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.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

An Open Letter to Barack Hussein Obama

Posted June 4, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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Dear Mr. President:

I write to you today in an attempt to address an ongoing problem which seems to be plaguing your administration and this country as a whole.  This crisis first came to my attention during your historic primary election against (then) Senator Hillary Clinton.  At the time, I assumed that the calamity of which I speak simply was a byproduct of your pandering to the far left-wing of the Democrat faction – a perfectly understandable phenomenon given the fact that you stood virtually no chance of winning that storied contest without capturing the votes of the angry, anti-Bush militants who are firmly ensconced within said faction.  Thus, at that time, I put this emerging crisis into the back of my mind and chalked it up to ‘politics as usual.’

However, after your nomination as the Democrat Presidential candidate, and with the debate which later ensued with your Republican counterpart, it became apparent that your conduct was far more problematic and could no longer be dismissed as the mere musings of an aspiring politician who was seeking to exploit the current political environment for his own gain.

And now, sir, I must confess that, with your speech to the Arab World on June 4, 2009, wherein you confirmed my greatest fears as an American citizen, I simply can no longer stand idly by and watch you dismantle over 230 years of American greatness.  This problem of which I speak, of course, is your absolute refusal to acknowledge the very simple fact that, in this world of ours, there is the undeniable existence of “good” and “evil.”

You see, Mr. President, I am of the (increasingly outdated) belief that the United States stands for all that is “good” in this world.  Despite what you and the “enlightened” members of your faction profess, I – like many of my fellow Americans – still believe that all of us are, in fact, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.  I am also of the belief, sir, that when a nation and its leaders begin to surrender the moral high ground to a bunch of evil – yes, I said it…evil – dictators and terrorists, we surrender along with it our very Americanism.  America is good.  America is just.  America is righteous.  Why can you not acknowledge these very simple tenets?  Any intelligent and honest person who has examined the writings of this nation’s founders and studied the circumstances which led to the birth of our great civilization cannot reasonably deny the influence and the involvement of our Creator in its conception.  Likewise, Mr. President, I shudder at the thought of an America that is considered to be the moral equivalent of those same dictators and terrorists you seem so intent on wooing.  Consider the writings of one of our greatest founders, Thomas Jefferson:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Mr. President, I, like millions of other Americans, watched your recent speech to the Arab World with great interest.  I hoped and prayed that you (for once) would stand up for me – that you would stand up for America and all that is good and right in this nation.  And I, like millions of other Americans, watched you make apologies for us.  I watched you promise to “seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.”  As if the holding of nuclear weapons by America was for the same design and purpose of Iran or North Korea holding those same weapons.  I watched you parse words over Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, knowing full well (from Iran’s own statements) that they are pursuing those weapons in order to wipe our greatest ally in the region, Israel, off the map and to intimidate the United States.  And, with unmatched sadness and regret, I watched you marginalize our nation’s suffering and response to one of the greatest tragedies in our history when you said this:

“Nine-eleven was an enormous trauma to our country.  The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.  We are taking concrete actions to change course.  I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.” 

First of all, Mr. President, by my estimation, there is nothing “contrary to our traditions and our ideals” about defending ourselves from evil acts of terrorism.  Additionally, your insinuation that acts of “torture” were occurring at Guantanamo Bay prior to your taking of the Oath of Office have not only been proven false, but your rhetoric in this regard does nothing more than to lend comfort and credibility to our evil enemies abroad (you know – the ones who would continue to kill us and terrorize our citizens).  In fact, I watched your entire speech and then re-read the transcript, and (oddly enough) did not find one mention of the words “terror,” “terrorism” or “terrorist.”  It was as if the events of September 11, 2001, were nothing more than (to borrow a term from one of your colleagues) an “inconvenient truth” for you.

Thus, it is with great honor and an overwhelming sense of duty that I must inform you that, today, my purpose in life has become much clearer.  For today is the day that I commit myself to restoring my country to its rightful place in my Creator’s design.  I shall educate, inform and convince my fellow Americans that your denial of the existence of “good” and “evil” in this world is not only contrary to the teachings of our Creator, but hazardous to our very existence as a nation.

I leave you, sir, with this:

“God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this.” –Benjamin Franklin

All the Best,

Brent Teichman

Brushfires of Freedom

Posted April 5, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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Something is happening.  You can just…feel it.  It’s not anything that can be defined or explained or even put into words at this point, but it’s there…and you can feel it.

 

While the President of the United States is off campaigning in Europe, poo-pooing American ideals and insulting capitalist principles, anger is building across the homeland.  An awakening to the left’s true socialist agenda is beginning to take place.  And a groundswell of support for the idea of American individualism is once again brewing in this nation.  Roughly 2 ½ months into his Presidency, Barack Obama’s approval rating continues to hover right around 60% – a very typical number for any President at this stage of the game.  According to most polls, a majority of Americans purportedly approve of the President and the job that he is doing, but still…it’s there, and you can feel it.

 

Americans have been in a daze since the end of World War II.  Over that period of time, we have been induced into a semi-cognitive state by our own leaders and left-wing activists, whose overarching goal has been to grow the size of government, making as many people dependent on government as possible, thereby rendering the private sector, charitable organizations and, yes, the family, irrelevant.  Unfortunately, we, as Americans, have been all too willing to follow along sheepishly, not too concerned about where it was that we were ultimately headed.  All we knew was that we were safe and protected from the rest of the world, our economy continued to grow, and our nation prospered as a whole.  And all the while, the subtle march towards socialism continued…

 

Then came September 11, 2001.  For an ever-so-brief moment, we were suddenly roused from our slumber.  It appeared as though America was poised finally to open our eyes, shake off the drowsiness and awaken once again to the principles that made this the greatest nation in the history of the world.  But alas, in the weeks and months that followed that fateful day, the ensconced forces of collectivism were allowed to weave their way back into the hearts and minds of a dazed and confused populace, creating doubts about our greatness as a nation and our unmatched compassion as a civilization.  Once again, Americans were convinced that it was all just a bad dream and that it was we who were the problem.  So back to sleep we went…total darkness.

 

And then it happened.  I can’t tell you exactly when or how, but for the first time in my life, I truly began to feel it.  I think it was sometime between Obama’s European tour with his address to the 200,000 swooning Germans in the summer of 2008 and the overnight smear campaign that was kicked into gear in order to destroy the (then) obscure and unknown Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin that following September.  All of it made me a bit fearful – fearful of where we were headed as a civilization.  Then, fear began to turn to frustration, and frustration to anger.  And I began to feel it…burning deep within.  Since that time, it has continued to burn; and with each day that passes, it begins to burn a little brighter and a little hotter.

 

You see, I believe that America is still the greatest country in the history of the world.  Despite the fact that a majority of our leaders (including our current President) seem hell-bent on apologizing for America, I am not ashamed of the wars that we have won, the lives that we have saved, the civilizations that we have freed from tyranny and oppression or the overall prosperity that we have spread throughout the rest of the world.  What I am ashamed of are the leaders of my country who feel the need to apologize for America being, well…America.  Unfortunately, the majority of Americans, who have now grown up in a nation wherein they have been taught and conditioned to believe that government has (or is) the answer to every problem, continue to follow along that path, sleepwalking into an even darker future.

 

The good news is that millions of Americans (albeit a minority) are now wide awake and fully aware of the dangerous path upon which we march.  There is a reason that thousands of “tea parties” are springing up all over America.  At last count, the grassroots organization, TEA (which stands for “Taxed Enough Already”) estimates that over 2,000 organized tea parties will occur on “tax day” (April 15th) alone.  The latest cable news ratings came out last week, and according to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News Channel owned all of the top 7 slots.  Fox News now has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.  Their 3 most “controversial” (mainstream media code for “conservative”) shows – Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck – are the top 3 shows on cable.  No other show on any other network is even close!  Did you realize that Glenn Beck (considered by all to be the most “controversial”) took over the 5:00 p.m. ET timeslot in January, and according to Nielsen, Fox News’ ratings for that timeslot are up over ninety percent from one year ago? Ninety percent!  Conservatives are catching on to the new media outlets.  Sites like Facebook and Twitter are becoming bastions of hope and support for a disenfranchised minority. 

 

Yes – minority.  We are still a minority – a very large, informed and lethal minority.  But you know what?  That’s all it takes.  The birth of this nation is evidence of that very fact.  Samuel Adams, one of the most influential (although less-widely talked about) “founding fathers” once addressed the concerns of his fellow revolutionaries, who were fearful of the lack of overall support in America for revolution.  It was no secret that only about 40% of Americans were strongly in favor of throwing off the British government and establishing in its place an independent, self-sustaining and limited form of government.  In a letter to his dubious colleagues, Adams simply replied:

 

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

 

Isn’t it amazing – the profound timelessness and stark imagery of the writings of those great Americans who established our nation?  Adams realized then (as is the case now) that real, meaningful change only comes about through the vigilant and relentless actions of an energized and motivated group of people, regardless of size.  So we’re a minority.  So we’re facing the challenge of waking up an entire nation that has been sound asleep for the better half of the last century.  So we’re up against a world full of socialists and fascists who want nothing more than for us to fail.  So what?

 

Somewhere, somehow, sometime last summer, a brushfire began burning inside of me.  And now it’s my job, and yours, to begin lighting brushfires in the hearts and minds of others.  It’s time to grab our gas cans and our matches and to create as many brushfires as we can.  We need to be pyromaniacs.  We need to build fires.  And soon, we will be a giant, raging inferno all across this nation that cannot be ignored and cannot be extinguished.  Something is happening.  Millions of fires have already been lit…some are just tiny embers or flames which need to be stoked and fanned; and some are furious, rampant wildfires which simply need to be spread.

 

I can feel it.  Can you?

 

 

Crisis in America: The Economy, The War and…Donuts?

Posted March 29, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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I realize that, according to President Barack Obama and the Obamamania Media, all things wrong with America can be summed up in these three words: George Walker Bush. If you had any doubts about that particular line of thought after the first sixty days of Obama’s presidency, all you had to do was tune into that snoozer of a press conference he held last week – which, by the way, preempted American Idol, the most popular show on television (smart political move there, dude). I lost count during that press conference of how many times the Prez referred to “this crisis he inherited” or “that problem that was left over from the previous administration.” All right, already…we get it: “Bush=Bad” and “Obama=Savior.” What I have learned from watching Obama and his willing messengers in the press over the past several months is that George W. Bush and his “failed policies” have resulted not only in the current economic “crisis” (both here and abroad), but also in America’s “diminished reputation” around the world, global warming, AIDS, higher rates of STD’s amongst teenagers, increased oil prices, Hurricane Katrina, the California wildfires, and now…(drumroll, please)…that’s right: FAT kids. Sorry. That was incredibly insensitive and politically incorrect of me…what I meant to say was “childhood obesity.”

Did you know that, according to the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation,” we Americans currently are breeding a generation of “fatties” and that George W. Bush is to blame? You already may have known that our kids are getting fatter, but I bet you did not realize that George W. Bush was the primary instigator and perpetrator of this tragedy, did you? Well, according to a report on ESPN’s Outside the Lines (which is a very good show, by the way, and which has now sparked the inspiration for my last two blogs), we are in the midst of what they call the “Critical Mass Crisis: Child Obesity.” This week, Bob Ley, who is the anchorman for Outside the Lines, did a report wherein he examined the “link between child obesity and the de-emphasis of P.E. in schools.” Ley had on, as his guest, some overly concerned lady (I didn’t catch her name, but it is wholly inconsequential to the conversation, I assure you) from the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation.” Brow furrowed, she and Ley went into a prolonged dialogue wherein she attempted to tie the “crisis” (her word) of child obesity to the passage of Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act” of 2001. I’m paraphrasing, but the logic basically goes as such:

1) Bush (by himself apparently and with no assistance from Congress) pushed for and enacted “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) in early 2002.

2) NCLB forced schools to “divert” their attention from critical subjects, such as music, art and Physical Education, in order to focus on what Bush considered to be the “core curriculum” (for those of us in fly-over country, I think that goes back to that Three-“R”s thing).

3) Due to the schools shifting their focus onto core curriculum subjects and the resulting “de-emphasis” on P.E., children got fat.

Folks, I kid you not. This was the line of “logic” being employed by this overly serious and distraught woman from the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation.” To Bob Ley’s credit, he did ask the question, “How big of a role should the parents play here?” Instead of acknowledging that the parents are the only ones who should be playing any role here, Alliance-Babe chose to use the question to blast Bush for defunding after-school basketball programs, etc., and cited the “stripping down” of these programs as further evidence that Bush’s policies will end up killing our children too soon and will make them “the first generation in our history to not live longer than their parents.” Out of sheer curiosity, I “googled” the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation” and discovered that it is a jointly funded effort by the American Heart Association and (another drumroll, please……….) the William J. Clinton Foundation. Hmm…enough said.

Look, I understand the concern here. Clearly, we do not want our children sitting on their duffs all day, playing video games and stuffing their faces full of Cheez-Whiz and Zingers. (There’ll be plenty of time for that when they get to college). And I do not begrudge the “Alliance for a Healthier Generation” or Bill Clinton or anyone else who decides to pick up the mantle for reducing the rate of childhood obesity and creating a bunch of little lean, mean, fighting machines out there. I just don’t know that the public school system is the place to wage this “War on Calories.” I could go on for hours – if not days – about the failures of the public school system. For once, I am not here to lobby for the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education (I will save that blog for when I really want to piss people off). Like it or not, we appear to be stuck with the concept of public schools for the time being. Could we all just step back for a moment, though, and consider the possibility of simply utilizing the public school system for its primary purpose – to educate and inform our children? At what point in our history did it become the job of schools and educators to make sure that our children are eating healthy and exercising? I know, I know…we need to educate kids about a broad number of subjects, both intellectually and practically. But when are we going to draw the line here and realize that the public school system cannot be a substitute for the family? It seems to me that this issue of relying on the schools to teach our children about proper eating habits and physical activities is reflective of the broader problem at hand. Newsflash to parents – If you are not going to take the time to teach these types of things to your kids, STOP HAVING THEM. It is not my responsibility to ensure that your child understands the benefits of a proper diet and exercise. Moreover, my fellow citizens and I who do educate our children about such things should not have to continue to subsidize a public school system that is not equipped to handle the type of “cradle-to-grave” care that your child seems to require because of your ineptitudes! (Sorry…I promised I wouldn’t get into that today).

This type of stuff irritates and enrages me. My independent-minded nation has been hijacked by a bunch of spendthrift socialists who are out to convince everybody that they are not capable of providing for themselves and their families. (“You can’t do it without government,” they say). And the most ironic part of it all is that these proponents of “bigger government” advance their cause in the name of “compassion.” Compassion?!?!? There is nothing compassionate about creating a nation full of thumb-suckers and whiners who cannot figure out on their own, without government intervention, that they need to get off their asses and onto a treadmill from time to time! I need some chocolate…

The Rebirth of Outrage

Posted March 22, 2009 by Brent Teichman
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Do you ever have one of those moments when you feel as though you have taken a left turn off of the reality super-highway and merged right into the twilight zone?  My moment occurred last Sunday when my wife and I were enjoying our morning coffee and reading the newspaper (if you consider the Kansas City Star a paper containing actual “news,” that is).  The kids, hyped up on chocolate milk and cinnamon rolls, had apparently decided that it was a good opportunity to reenact the final battle scene from The Chronicles of Narnia—I don’t know, all I heard was screaming children and swords hitting the basement walls.  Hey—as any experienced parent will attest, holes in the sheetrock of the basement are a small price to pay for 30 minutes of uninterrupted java consumption and the opportunity to read something other than Dr. Seuss.  My wife, who hates the morning and all of its inconveniences (like sunshine and alarm clocks), was still wiping the sleep out of her eyes and beginning to rev her engines over the editorial headlines.  To this day, I cannot understand why she feels compelled to start her daily newspaper reading experience with the editorial page.  Why not ease into it with the “FYI” section or a good dose of “Travel and Entertainment”?  All was not lost, however, for given her near comatose state, I was able to get away with having ESPN on the television in the background.

As I was perusing Saturday’s box scores and bracing myself for the first “This-woman-is-absolutely-out-of-her-freaking-mind” comment from the other side of the table, I heard this little nugget come flying across the air-waves from the ESPN anchor:  “The U.S. Center for Disease Control released its study this week which shows that 40% of the children born in the United States in 2007 were born out of wedlock.”

WHAT did he just say?

I furiously began sifting through the sections of newspaper strewn about the table, searching for the DVR remote to rewind that clip, certain that I had misunderstood the quote, when I was hit with the next one: “The study also revealed that 71% of African-American children are now born out of wedlock.”

“Did you just hear that?”

“This woman is absolutely out of her freaking mind.”

Never mind…

ESPN (yes, my friends—ESPN) was doing a story on retired NFL running back, Travis Henry, who played for the Buffalo Bills and, most recently, the Denver Broncos.  Henry, who is single and still lives in Denver, apparently decided at some point in his life that it would be a good idea to father NINE children by – count ‘em – NINE different women.  Throughout the course of the interview with Henry, it became apparent that he wants all of us to feel sorry for him due to the fact that his various child support obligations currently total a staggering $17,000 per month.  You see, while he did make in excess of $20 million during his brief NFL career, most of that money is now gone (financial genius), and he simply cannot afford to continue paying child support at that rate.  Thankfully, he did have enough money to go hire himself a lawyer who is in the process of filing numerous motions with the various courts (all over the United States where his children and their respective mothers are located) in an attempt to lower all of these support obligations.  To further complicate Mr. Henry’s life, it appears that, after the ESPN story initially aired, yet another Baby-Mama has surfaced in Florida who claims that she has 2-year old twin daughters by Henry, and she has produced the DNA tests, which now means this thirty-something former African-American sports star will have to grapple with 10 different mamas over the care and support of his 11 kids.  And, oh yes, by the way – he has never been married to any of them.

Look, I’m a practical person.  I understand that the days of chastity belts and virgin brides are long gone.  Heck, my wife was seven months pregnant on our wedding day.  In fact, I am certain that, in this day and age, most of us would be hard-pressed to find anyone who wasn’t having sex with their partner before they were married to that person – except those Duggars (those people are just weird).

Regardless, that’s not really my point here.  During the course of this interview with Travis Henry, I just kept asking myself, “Whatever happened to personal responsibility and holding one’s self accountable for his/her actions?”  I mean, sure, the court system in this particular situation is clearly doing everything it can to force Mr. Henry to be responsible for screwing (apparently) every woman he came into contact with during his professional football career.  But what about Henry holding himself accountable?  Ah yes, wishful thinking, I know.  But is it really?  My point is…why does it have to be wishful thinking?  Why is it too much to expect that an American citizen, regardless of race or circumstance, who lives in the most prosperous and blessed nation in the history of the human race, would want and desire to be a responsible steward of all the riches and blessings which have been bestowed upon him/her?

I am a student of history – American history, in particular.  And I can tell you without hesitation or regret that the type of personal accountability of which I speak used to be the brand and trademark of this nation.  And you know what?  That mindset is what made this the greatest country in the history of the world.  But somewhere along the timeline of history, we lost that mentality.  We, as individuals, have become selfish and arrogant.  I still believe to this day that the ultimate display of that self-centered, narcissistic behavior came to the forefront on January 26, 1998, when our then President stood in front of the American people, looked us in the eye, and with finger wagging, defiantly told us that “[he] did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”  Of course, the weeks and months that followed that fateful day would prove otherwise (depending on which definition of “is” you use), and America would truly would go on to hit the rock bottom of the accountability cesspool.  Unfortunately, we as a nation are still treading water in that cesspool, waiting on someone somewhere to toss us a line.

Fast forward 11 years or so to last Sunday, when I sat there in my kitchen, and learned the story of Travis Henry – the poster-child for personal irresponsibility (is that a word?).  You catch my drift…

I don’t mean to pick on Bill Clinton.  God knows we have hundreds of other public figures that we could utilize as examples of people who our children should be able to look to as a shining example of everything we want our kids to aspire to be, but who fail miserably and leave us trying to explain how or why it is that we are supposed to admire and respect these clowns.  The reason I use the Clinton example is because I really, truly believe that this was the moment not only in my lifetime, but in the history of my country, when true accountability and personal responsibility died.  Bill Bennett wrote an entire book about it called “The Death of Outrage.”  If you have not read it, you should.

While Travis Henry’s story may be an “extreme” example of the self-absorbed, irresponsible culture we have become, the fact is, we have still become a self-absorbed, irresponsible culture.  And until we correct this insidious, outrageous behavior, and once again start living for something and/or someone other than ourselves, then America’s best days are behind her.  I, for one, refuse to believe that our best days are behind us…call it naïve…call it wishful thinking…call it my own version of “the audacity of hope”…call it whatever you want.  All great movements throughout history started with one person.  And my hope lies in knowing that there are millions of us out there who feel the same way.