It has been a privilege and a pleasure to get up on my soap box here at Personal Liberty Digest® and spout off about whatever caught my attention that week. Most of the time, as you probably know, it was some new liberal assault on our freedoms and liberties.
I came by my suspicion and mistrust of government at a very early age. When I was 18 years old, my family was living in Havana, Cuba, when Fidel Castro led a communist revolution that overthrew the government and seized power there. So-called “enemies of the state” were arrested. Some were thrown in prison; others were summarily executed. And Cuba’s long night of suffering under a communist dictatorship had begun.
My mother had moved to Cuba three years earlier, after the death of her husband and my father. She fell in love with the island and its people. And she found that her small inheritance stretched much further on this island 90 miles from our shore than it would have back home.
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So more than 190 nations signed an agreement in Paris over the weekend that says yes, by golly, they will all do something to reduce carbon emissions and thereby save the planet.
President Barack Obama, who had been beating the drum for such an accord for virtually his entire presidency, said the deal “can be a turning point for the world.” He claimed it may well be “the best chance we have to save the one planet we’ve got.”
Yeah, sure it is. Even Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the chief American negotiator at the meetings, was honest enough to admit that whatever the West does will make virtually no difference to what happens. Listen to the blunt truths Kerry acknowledged:
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On Sunday night, Barack Obama delivered an amazingly insipid and uninspiring speech about terrorism from the Oval Office.
The next day, Donald Trump stole all the air in the room by making the boldest proposal anyone has dared to utter, when he said that the United States should immediately ban any Muslims from entering the United States.
Suddenly, all anyone could talk about was the latest bombshell from The Donald. His radical proposal was attacked by the White House and other Democrats; his fellow Republican candidates for president (the only exception being Sen. Ted Cruz, who merely said that he did not agree with it); and even foreign leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling went on Twitter to decry Trump as being worse than her fictional villain, Lord Voldemort.
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Barack Obama interrupted his weekend (and ours, too) to deliver a 13-minute address to the nation Sunday night on the subject of terrorism. The White House asked all the major networks to set aside their planned programming for the event, which they were glad to do — no doubt expecting some major presidential pronouncements.
For only the third time in his presidency, Obama delivered his remarks from the Oval Office. The setting was intended to lend even more gravitas to what he had to say. But after all of the buildup, the speech itself was a letdown. It was almost as if the president was bored with the subject and the need to address it. There was none of the soaring rhetoric we have come to expect from an Obama speech.
Even the expected puffery for more gun control laws was strangely muted. His first proposal was that “Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.”
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An overwhelming majority of Americans, including most Democrats, agree that the United States should not accept any more refugees from the Middle East — at least, not unless we can be assured that no terrorists have infiltrated their ranks.
Of course, there is absolutely no way to be certain or even to prevent many of them from being radicalized once they are here. We know that many of the so-called spiritual leaders in mosques here and in other Western nations preach in favor of jihad every chance they get. A huge number of them would happily scrap our constitutional guarantees in favor of the barbaric limitations of Sharia law.
In a recent column in USA Today, Kirsten Powers said most refugees from ISIS don’t want to resettle in the West anyway. She shared the following story:
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So 150 world leaders are gathered in Paris this week to come to some sort of agreement on how to deal with so-called climate change. President Barack Obama will be leading the crusade for lower carbon emissions and promising all sorts of U.S. aid to any country that will go along with him.
If our president has his way, you can be sure of three things:
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- There will be even more restrictions and regulations on the U.S. economy. Barack Obama promised to destroy the coal industry in this country, and he’s darned near succeeded. You can expect even more efforts to handicap oil and gas production here at home.
- Obama will try to reach deep into your pocket to pay for all of this. He has already pledged to commit $3 billion in taxpayer funds to the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund. And that’s just the start of the promised payola.
On this Thanksgiving Day, as we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, I want to take a few moments to urge us to reflect on something we usually take for granted. And that is the remarkable system of limited government, with its many checks and balances, that our Founding Fathers established for us.
It has worked so well for more than 200 years that today, despite all of the efforts to subvert that legacy and create an all-powerful government here at home, we still possess all of the freedoms we need to defeat the SOBs who would enslave us.
Yes, I know; it sometimes seems that nothing can stop the monstrous expansion of the federal government. Back when our country was founded, one of the accusations against King George in the Declaration of Independence was:
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