A few years ago I wrote a column entitled, “I Don’t Recognize My Country Anymore”. When I wrote it, I believed America was headed for tough economic times, I believed policies were being implemented that were harmful to our country and it’s citizens, I believed our foreign policy was dangerous for us and the world, but I believed we could turn it around. I never imagined, for a fleeting second, that we would be fighting for religious liberty in America……..a country founded on religious liberty……a country that has always held religious liberty in the highest esteem. I never believed we’d be fighting for the soul of America.

I wake up every morning now fearful of the next assault on our liberty. Saul Alinsky said to overwhelm your opponent and keep overwhelming them. After last week’s Supreme Court rulings I feel emotionally beaten and bloody. I am reeling, desperately trying to find my footing. I feared things could get this bad but I didn’t really believe it. I believed there were fundamental beliefs we all held, that couldn’t be shaken. I believed all of us would defend free speech to our last breath. I believed we would reject censorship in any form (Look how hard pornography has been defended). I believed religious liberty was sacrosanct. And, silly me, I believed the Supreme Court would uphold the Constitution, after all, that IS their only job. I was wrong.

What has happened to us? We don’t just disagree, we hate those who disagree with us. We are fighting about everything and if you don’t agree you are destroyed. Not just criticized………destroyed. As I write, the Left is organizing to completely destroy Donald Trump………and a United States Congressman is urging them on. They aren’t satisfied with NBC and Macy’s severing their ties with him, they want to destroy ALL his business ventures. Why? Because he said some illegal aliens are criminals. Is this not true? Obama called some “gang bangers”. It’s OK for Obama but not Trump? I’m not a fan of the Donald but he’s done nothing to warrant being destroyed.

I just heard George Takei, of Star Trek fame, calling Justice Clarence Thomas, “a clown in black face”. Where is the outrage over that? If Takei were a Conservative he’d be Tarred and Feathered. He said Thomas shouldn’t serve on the bench. Why? Because Clarence Thomas said it was an unconstitutional decision? Apparently, Mr. Takei doesn’t care if the decision is Constitutional or not, as long as it’s in his favor. There is no Constitutional guarantee to marriage, traditional or otherwise. The Supreme Court just made one up out of whole cloth. The court has no authority to make law. The three branches of our government have separate, enumerated duties. Legislation (laws) come from Congress, NOT the Supreme Court or Executive Branch. They did the same with the Healthcare law. They should have said it was a badly written law (it was), sent it back to Congress and told them to fix it. Instead, they rewrote it.

Takei was particularly incensed that Thomas said government can’t confer dignity. Takei said there was no dignity in slavery or Asian interment. Thomas never said there was. He was speaking about the God given dignity of human life. The behavior of those enslaved and interned demonstrated their dignity, regardless of what others did to them. In fact, in my opinion, those who endure and survive unimaginable circumstances have far more dignity than those who have not. But, although, Takei got exactly what he wanted, he’s still mad and won’t be satisfied until we all acquiesce or are punished.

The Left is outraged and offended about everything. When Phil Robertson said, as poor White trash (his words, not mine), he worked alongside Blacks in the fields. He said they sang and were happy, they had strong families and were very religious. He was vilified for recognizing their ability to rise above their conditions and demonstrate their human dignity. Apparently, personal experience and facts aren’t acceptable anymore if they don’t fit the narrative. I guess we’re not to marvel at the dignity of people that can, not just endure, but flourish. Why would Blacks not take pride in their ancestor’s ability to rise above their circumstances? What is wrong with us? We used to accept factual information. We used to give people the benefit of a doubt. We used to give people second chances. We used to accept that not everyone would agree with us. These days we give murderers a second chance but not Conservative and certainly not religious Conservatives.

The very people who demand tolerance are the most intolerant, vindictive people I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen the level of intolerance we are seeing now. Takei got what he wanted, but it’s never going to be enough. When did believing in traditional marriage mean you hate gays? It doesn’t. That isn’t even a logical argument, but logic isn’t recognized anymore.

When the good people of Charleston forgave an insane young man who murdered nine innocent church members and couldn’t be persuaded to riot and burn down their city, the agitators turned to the Confederate flag. They couldn’t let this crisis go to waste. First, the flag was removed from the state capitols, then stores refused to sell the flag, manufacturers stopped manufacturing them, now, “Dukes of Hazzard” has been taken off the air, “Gone with the Wind” (a CLASSIC) taken out of circulation. GONE WITH THE WIND! Seriously? Seriously? This is what we’ve come to?

There are demands being made to take down monuments and statues. Calls to rename streets. What is next? After all, Washington owned slaves. Should we rename Washington state and DC? Take him off the dollar, off Mount Rushmore? Where does this purging of our history end? And how does it change history? Will hiding the Confederate flag mean it didn’t exist? In my opinion, all our history should be preserved and taught, warts and all. When did we stop believing censorship was wrong? I didn’t get that memo.

Most of this outrage is coming from Leftists on both coasts who don’t know or understand the South……..or fly over country, for that matter. Apparently, they want to erase the entire history of the South. Blacks in the South haven’t been demanding the Confederate flag be banned or statues be taken down. It is the media and Hollywood behind all this banning……apparently, encouraged by the White House. I have to ask Hollywood how this is different from McCarthyism? I thought they believed McCarthy was a shameful time in our history. But now they are black balling people who don’t support their world view? Really?

I thought ALL Americans understood the value, the vital importance to our liberty, an unbiased, objective media was. We know the media has had a Liberal bias (voting for Democrats has never dropped under 80%) but nothing like we see today. The media isn’t just supporting the Liberal agenda, they aren’t reporting anything that conflicts with it. There isn’t even a pretence of objectivity anymore. And when proven wrong, they won’t admit it. Several years ago when Fox warned about a coming Islamic caliphate, they weren’t just criticized, they were mocked unmercifully. The media is talking about the caliphate everyday now but they have never admitted Fox was right and they were wrong.

For example, the Rolling Stone story that accused the young men of UVA of being gang rapists. Even when it was proven there was no rape, we were told we should believe the alleged victim regardless of evidence to the contrary (move on, nothing to see here…) because rape IS rampant on college campuses. The Columbia University Mattress Girl was also proven wrong (she admitted she had consensual sex several times with the young man) but was invited to the State of the Union by Senator Gillibrand and held up as a hero. The young man she accused has been deeply negatively affected but she is held as a hero by the media. Apparently, falsely accusing our young college men of rape is heroic, but accusing criminal illegal aliens of rape should result in your destruction. What is wrong with us?

The media descended on Alaska like locus and went through every email Sarah Palin sent or received (and found NOTHING) but they are entirely uninterested in Obama’s background or associations…….completely uninterested in Valerie Jarrett’s radical parents and associations. Truth just doesn’t matter anymore. Where are the investigative reporters? Oh, we know, ask Sharyl Attkisson. Are you not alarmed about the few actual journalists being intimidated and censored? We have our government controlling the media. They tried to plant classified documents on Sharyl’s computer to ruin her reputation. She wasn’t a Conservative, she was just an honest, objective journalist. We are being lied to everyday by this administration and the media never calls them on it. You can keep your doctor and your plan……Benghazi was caused by a video……..we knew nothing about Fast and Furious…….the IRS did nothing wrong…….we can’t find the emails………no one knew Hillary was using a private server………..Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction…….ISIS is the JV team………..ISIS is not Islamic……….I believe marriage is between a man and a woman………and on and on. I knew things like that happened in other countries but I never thought they could happen here…..or that any American, Liberal or Conservative, would not be outraged by it.

This Fourth of July weekend we are being told that the terrorist threat has never been higher since 9/11. Terrorist attacks have become more and more frequent since 9/11. ISIS is recruiting lone wolf terrorists right here in America. And, in spite of them being of Middle Eastern descent, we are bringing in more Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees than we’ve ever had in the past. Does that not seem unwise, at best and suicidal at worst? What happened to common sense?

When Seal Team Six was shot down, and their bodies arrived back in America, although none of them were Muslim, an Imam prayed over their coffins. In front of their families, an Imam damned their loved ones to hell. This administration has required an Imam as well as a Chaplin at military funerals. Why? Why not a Rabbi? Where is the media on this? Why is no one in the media incensed that an Imam damned members of our military to hell? This is, yet another, story they are ignoring. I get the media protecting the “first Black President”. I get them propagandizing the Liberal agenda. I don’t get this. This is something I would think we all would agree on. How do these people sleep at night?

The world has never, in my lifetime, been in such chaos. As Marco Rubio so accurately pointed out, our allies no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us. The Middle East is on fire. We are still negotiating a treaty with Iran as they chant “DEATH TO AMERICA” and promise they will never allow inspections. WHY? As ISIS continues to take more territory across the Middle East, as they crucify children, burn people alive, drown them in cages, behead them on television, this administration has completely gutted our military so that if we have to get involved we won’t be prepared. As Iran grows closer to a nuclear weapon, we are disarming ours. As Greece faces financial collapse, we are following them down that road. With 93 million Americans out of work, American companies replace American workers with H1B foreign workers. And to add insult to injury, they make the Americans train their replacements. As the Middle East explodes and Greece implodes, we are banning the Confederate flag. REALLY?

The Left wants us to think we’re alone. They want us to feel defeated. They want us to give up. And the media will do everything they can to help. Every night I hear someone say the polls show people have changed their minds about same sex marriage. NO, they haven’t. First of all, polls can be worded to give you whatever results you want, but if people are saying they’ve changed their minds it’s because they’ve seen bakers and florists driven out of business, they’ve seen CEO’s fired, they’ve seen people lose their jobs and they’re afraid to say what they think. I ask people everyday if they have changed their minds and I have yet to find anyone who has.

I believed as things got worse, more and more people would wake up and fight back. I thought freedom was in our DNA and the more our liberty was taken from us, the more we’d fight back. But what I see is fear, denial and ignorance. What’s wrong with us? We were the pioneers, the explorers. We left a civilized society with all the creature comforts and sailed across an ocean to an uncivilized, primitive land. We started from scratch. We fought the strongest, biggest military on earth for our freedom. We built the most successful, wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. Are we just going to lay down and give up now?

We can’t allow ourselves to be censored. We must defend free speech and religious freedom. They are the foundation of this country. Without them we have no country. As Dietrich Bonnhoeffer cautioned, “not to speak is to speak, not to act is to act”.


About madderthanhell

Retired casting director. Mother of two daughters. Grandmother of twin boys and two step grandsons. Lived in California all my life. Co-organizer of two Tea Parties. Past member of Republican Central Committee.
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4 Responses to WHAT IS WRONG WITH US !?

  1. archienc says:

    I think you should have mentioned the Citizens United “law” that SCOTUS passed which allows corporations to buy elections. It is a horrible law as corporations are definitely NOT people.

    There is a reason the public relies on “mainstream news” Fox and MSNBC are “Opinion Channels” and not News Channels. If one sits around all day watching Fox or MSNBC, certainly their minds become poisoned by their opinions–NOT news!

    Your post seems to imply that healthcare for all is not a good idea. What is bad about healthcare for all? The Republicans, under Bush had 8 years to do something about it. Nothing happened. Where was the outrage when Bush attacked a country that never attacked us and put our country into deep debt?

    Much to the dismay of many so-called “Christians” gay people do not choose to be “gay”. They are born that way and thus, as children of God, they are loved by God just as all of us are loved by Him. No one took any of our freedoms. They are all still intact.

    Interesting comparison between ISIS and Right Wing Christians:

    1. Both oppose teaching evolution in schools
    2. Both want a government based on their religion
    3. Both oppose a woman’s right to choose
    4. Both don’t believe in man-made global warming
    5. Both believe their religion should be taught in schools
    6. Both really hate President Obama

    • Wow! Are you misinformed. I don’t know why you complain about corporations being able to donate money to political campaign since they donate MOSTLY to Democrats. BTW, they are held by the same limits on donations individuals are. The DIFFERENCE is that decision, though you may not like it, wasn’t unConstitutional….something you don’t seem able to grasp. So, apparently, if you agree with their decision, you don’t care if it’s Constitutional.

      I didn’t speak about the public relying on “mainstream news” I spoke about it not being unbiased or objective. FYI, “mainstream news” isn’t news either, it’s propaganda. When the networks did a 24 hour pitch for Obamacare where every show, news, magazine, sit-com, etc pushed Obamacare with not a single opposing opinion, they stopped being credible. BTW, there was PLENTY in it to criticize (did you read it? I DID). Even as the Supreme Court twisted itself into a pretzel to pass it, they said it was poorly written.

      Health INSURANCE for all in NO WAY means everyone will receive the health CARE they need. I’ve worked in healthcare, have you? My son-in-law is a highly respected doctor. Doctors are now so overwhelmed by paperwork they hardly have time for patients. Medicare has been cut $750 billion. Medicare used to have little paperwork, now it had more than non-Medicare and restrictions are confusing and many. If a Medicare patient is admitted to the hospital by the ER instead of their doctor, it isn’t covered. Many procedures are no longer covered and many delayed endlessly. CARE DELIED IS CARE DENIED. If you want to see what government run healthcare is like, look at what is happening to our Veterans. You are a useful fool if you think Obamacare provides “care”. It doesn’t, it provides “insurance”……paid by others. Most of the middle class have deductibles that mean they are paying for insurance they can’t afford and CAN’T USE. I’ve not spent $5000 during my entire life on healthcare, let alone during one year. And, BTW, we ALREADY provide healthcare for all. No one, NO ONE, including illegal aliens is denied care.

      What does being “born” gay have to do with anything I discussed? Pedophiles are born that way too. Should they have unrestricted access to our children? What is the definition of marriage now? Can a brother and sister marry? Mother and son? BUT THE POINT is that the Supreme Court decision was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The Constitution enumerates the duties of each branch. It SAYS anything not enumerated is left the the states. There is no “right to marriage” enumerated to anyone in the Constitution. It is a STATES issue, not a Federal issue. However, having said that, if you think this was about gay marriage, once again, you are a useful fool. This was about religious liberty. As I said, religious liberty was what this country was FOUNDED ON.
      No one before this cared what gay people did. No one was trying to prevent them from forming committed relationships, sharing assets, etc. That can all be done with wills, and powers of attorney. And yes, God loves us all and we ALL are sinners. God hates the sin but loves the sinner. So do true Christians.

      No, our freedoms are NOT intact. If you think they are, you are in denial. If the majority of a city wants to put up a nativity scene, can they? Can you buy bigger than a 16oz drink in NY? Can you have a diesel truck in California? Can the farms in the San Joaquin Valley have water for their crops? Can the CEO of a company donate to Proposition 8 (passed overwhelmingly by Californians) and keep his job? Even though he hired many gays? Can the Catholic Church have adoption agencies? Several newspapers have said they will not publish letters to the editor that speak against gay marriage….is that free speech? In fact, can you speak, even about personal experience, negatively about gay marriage without being called a bigot? Can you have a Christmas pageant in schools? Can you sing Silent Night in schools? Can you wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo? I could fill several pages of freedoms that have been taken from us.

      Interesting comparison between ISIS and Right Wing Christians: Interesting and deceptive. Was that your intent?

      1. Both oppose teaching evolution in schools No, Christians aren’t against teaching evolution but as a theory (as it is) not fact. And they want intelligent design taught as well. Why not allow our children to use critical thinking to decide for themselves what makes more sense?

      2. Both want a government based on their religion No, I don’t know a single Christian that wants a theocracy. The FIRST Amendment says, “Congress shall (“shall” in legalize means ABSOLUTELY) make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF”. Forcing people to act against their conscience IS “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Acknowledging our heritage is no establishing a religion.

      3. Both oppose a woman’s right to choose And what about the child’s rights? No one I know objects to a woman having an abortion in the first trimester but once a child is viable, not just Christians but the MAJORITY of the country, believe the child’s rights need to be considered. Infants feel pain in the womb at about 8 weeks. I love that the Left is SO concerned about murders feeling pain when they are executed but care not at all about babies feeling pain being aborted.
      4. Both don’t believe in man-made global warming Apparently, they’re smarter than you. There has been NO warming in more than 18 years, and NOT ONE of the scary predictions has happened. Man is NOT omnipotent. He couldn’t effect climate if he tried…..and he has. I’ve done a LOT of research on this and spoken to scientists that study climate and the atmosphere, have you? There is NOT a consensus, and the media, once again, isn’t telling the truth about this.
      5. Both believe their religion should be taught in schools FYI, Islam IS being taught in our schools. I don’t know anyone who thinks any “religion” should be taught in schools, but our religious traditions shouldn’t be banned. And when teaching “comparative religions” none should be given more time or attention than any other. Our children are being taught Islam, being required to recite the shahada (the declaration of faith). Text books have 36 pages on Islam and one on Christianity.
      6. Both really hate President Obama I know many people who don’t “hate” Obama. I think MANY hate what he is doing, however, because is “fundamentally transforming” everything America has stood for.

      I suggest you read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the federalist papers. Clearly, you don’t understand our form of government or why it created the most successful country in the world. You certainly don’t understand what our founders did, that without religious morality we wouldn’t be able to keep it and what is happening today proves their point.

      I also suggest you read about Agenda 21 because that is what all the “global warming” propaganda is based on. It is about forcing us into Global Governance. We would never accept destroying our economy, restricting our use of energy (the LIFES BLOOD of our economy…..any economy) and private property unless we believed we were destroying the world. Trust me, the world will survive long after we are gone.

  2. Gary Aminoff says:

    [edited. Please delete the previous comment]

    Dear archienc, I am sure that Michael will also respond, but I would like to give my thoughts on your comments.

    1) The “Citizens United” decision was a response to labor union political contributions which strongly influence the outcome of elections. Labor unions aren’t “people” either. But labor unions, both public sector and private sector, contribute more money to election campaigns by a significant factor than corporations do. If labor unions can influence elections through money contributions, why shouldn’t corporations be able to? Both corporations and unions have a stake in the outcome of elections. Personally, I would be all for limiting any political contributions to be from individuals only, with a maximum amount, and eliminating contributions from corporations, unions and PACs. Sadly, that won’t happen.

    2) I agree with you about the mainstream news channels. They are opinion channels. Many intelligent people realize that and get their factual news from other sources.

    3) Healthcare for all is a wonderful thing. It is something that has been available in the U.S. for a long time. No one has been denied healthcare, no matter what their financial circumstances in this country for at least decades. On the other hand, government-run healthcare insurance is inefficient and costly. Prior to the passing of the ACA in 2009, approximately 25 million Americans did not have health insurance (which is different than health care). A survey of those indicated that about 15 million people didn’t want to buy healthcare insurance. So, there were 10 million people who wanted healthcare insurance but couldn’t afford it. It would have infinitely less costly for the government to subsidize those 10 million (or even the 25 million) who didn’t have insurance to enable them to buy it. The stated purpose of the ACA was to provide health care insurance to those who wanted it but couldn’t afford it. That was baloney. The real purpose the ACA was to distribute wealth from the middle class to the lower income class. Today there are 30 million people in America who don’t have health insurance. More than there were before its implementation. The way to provide affordable health care insurance to everyone is to open up a free marketplace and have insurance companies compete with each other to provide low-cost health insurance. Why is it the role of government to be involved in the insurance business in the first place?

    4) No one is denying that gays deserve to be treated as everyone else. But, gays could have had the rights they now have through domestic partnerships, civil unions, or whatever. The fact that they wanted to redefine the ancient institution of “marriage” being between a man and a woman, as the foundation of the building of a family, is what irritates me. I talked to several of my gay friends about whether they would be satisfied with a “domestic partnership” if it came with all the rights and privileges of marriage in this country. Some said yes, but many said no. They wanted to have their union called a marriage, even if they had all the rights and privileges of marriage, but a different name. As a leader of the gay movement said a couple of days ago, “our intention is to destroy the concept of marriage.”

    5) You are wrong in your comparison to Christians to Muslims. Christians, or right-wing Christians, as you call them do not oppose the teaching of evolution in schools. They just feel that teachers ought to explain that evolution is one explanation, but not the only one. The last thing right wing Christians (or Jews) want is a government based on religion. We must have a secular government. What we want is provided in the First Amendment, that Congress (the federal goverment) shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF. We don’t oppose a woman’s right to choose. That is the law of the land. What we do oppose is our tax money going to pay for the killing of unborn children. If someone wants to kill their unborn baby, they should be willing to pay for it without asking me to assist. You are right about man-made global warming. Most of us believe, as many scientists do, that the earth warms and cools without the intervention of man. That usually has to do with the sun, solar flares, etc. Man’s contribution to global warming is inconsequential. The sun is going to determine whether the earth warms or cools. If we stopped all activity on earth, and emitted no carbon dioxide (which by the way sustains our plant life) the course of global warming or cooling would be affected by a very small fraction of a degree. Neither I, nor any of my conservative friends believe that any religion should be taught in schools. I agree that public schools are not the place to teach religion, including Islam. Lastly, neither I nor my friends hate President Obama. He seems like a nice fellow. What he hate is how he has changed America. We hate his policies, not him personally.

    So what you have demonstrated in your comment is that you know very little about how conservatives think or feel. I hope this response has provided you with a little enlightenment in that regard.

    All the best,

    Gary Aminoff

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