Tag: freedom

Who Are the Easy Targets?

 

One only needs to look at modern history to recognize that attacks against the Jews persisted through the centuries with little resistance from the Jews themselves. During World War II, there were pockets of rebellion, but Jews mainly lined up like lambs heading for the slaughter. Depending on the country and times, Jews were desperate to fit in with the societies in which they lived, sacrificing their beliefs, their knowledge of history, and even their common sense to deny imminent dangers. Until the country of Israel was established, with its heroism and demands for survival, the Jews lived in denial. And yet the seeds for survival may have been planted as a result of the Warsaw ghetto revolt.

Warsaw, Poland, was no exception to the rounding up and imprisoning of Jews. As they had often demonstrated, the Jews complied with the efforts of the Nazis to detain them:

Shortly after the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, more than 400,000 Jews in Warsaw, the capital city, were confined to an area of the city that was little more than 1 square mile.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the Supreme Court marshal urging state officials in Virginia and Maryland to protect Supreme Court justices and stop protests outside their private homes. But they do wonder why it took her almost two months to do this. They also get a kick out of California Gov. Gavin Newsom trying to claim there is more freedom in California than in Florida in his laughable attempt to troll Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. And they fume as yet another mass shooter littered the internet with his fascination with other mass killings.

As the United States celebrates 246 years since we declared our independence, Jim and Greg each list three things they love about America.

 

Quote of the Day: Freedom

 

“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” – Ronald Reagan Jan 5, 1967

Reagan was right about one thing: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We are in a battle for the soul of our country; especially the principle that it was founded on individual liberty and freedom. That battle has to be won (or lost) at the grassroots. When a critical mass supports freedom, it grows like wildfire. When it does not, freedom dies.

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In April, 1989 the Chinese Communist Party crushed the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. One of the most iconic pictures to come out of that revolt was the figure of a solitary man, briefcase in hand, standing in front of a military tank. If you would like to see that picture look up my friend […]

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“We seek no treasure, we seek no territorial gains, we seek only the right of man to be free; we seek his right to worship his God, to lead his life in his own way, secure from persecution. As the humble laborer returns from his work when the day is done, and sees the smoke […]

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The question, “What are you willing to DIE for?” has been in the back of my mind all week. Yes. It is a question I have pondered often. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted a renewed call to commitment. I was listening to Bari Weiss talk about “Things Worth Fighting For.” Her impassioned, logical, […]

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The world is once again, profoundly different than just a week ago as Russian forces moved into Ukraine.  Pictures of war in Europe on this scale, not seen since WWII, fill every news outlet.  It feels like the beginning of something that cannot be stopped. It even looks and sounds like an old movie from […]

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Open Letter to Trudeau

 

This open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from pastors across Canada sends a heavenly warning to all those who hold office.  Here is a partial sample of the letter from Liberty Coalition Canada. I hope other leaders, including our own, read it and take heed:

Mr. Trudeau, with great respect, you are neither the king nor the ruler of Canada. Both you and your colleagues are public servants sent for a short time to Parliament at our behest as citizens to govern under God in terms of the Canadian Charter and to seek a harmony of public legal interest. You do not grant people rights and responsibilities that are theirs as God’s image-bearers and a free people. Since you do not grant them, you have no authority to remove them.

Your government does not grant people the right to their bodily integrity, the right to work or earn a living, the right to decide for their children or to be with their families or dying loved ones, the right to gather to worship and obey God, the right to travel in their own land or enter and leave. Civil government exists to protect these pre-political and fundamental freedoms, not bestow and remove them as if it can function in the place of God.

Join Jim and Greg as they hope the American right’s support for the Canadian Freedom Convoy will refocus the GOP on championing freedom in this year’s midterms and far beyond. They also shudder as Americans in major cities are seeing 30-40 percent increases in rent but also explain how short-sighted government policies are a major contributing factor. And they discuss the ratings bust of the Beijing Winter Olympics and how Russia and the International Olympic Committee have disgraced the games to a dangerous level.

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Folk have been asking what it really means for Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act.  In that vein, I think it would be easier to simply post the full text of the Order In Council that was released last night.  The legalese is not that hard to decipher: Whereas the Governor in Council believes, […]

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Stigmatizing Freedom

 

It’s become increasingly obvious — especially since March 2020 — that leftism/progressivism is an authoritarian ideology with zero tolerance for dissent or unapproved non-conformity.  The left has gotten so comfortable in their disdain for individual freedom that they’re just coming out and saying it: “Why the word ‘freedom’ is such a useful rallying cry for protesters. The word has become common among far-right groups, experts say.”

* Note: “Experts say” is journalistic code for “this is what the reporter thinks so she sought out some academics who agree with her.” And “Far Right” is journalistic code for “Anyone to the right of Xi Jinping.”)

Quote of the Day: Orders

 

“Never give an order you know won’t be obeyed.” — Advice given to officer trainees by senior officers

I know I heard some variant of that when I was in ROTC back in the 1970s. Back then, it was advice rooted in practicality and even self-preservation. US troops in Vietnam were disregarding orders, and occasionally avoiding the consequences of disobeying orders by “fragging” the officer who gave the order to ensure no charges would be pressed. “Did we disobey the butterbar, Captain? Of course not. Didn’t hear no order, and I’m sure the second looie would tell that himself if he hadn’t dropped that grenade in his tent. Ya know captain, he struck me as suicidal, but we don’t want his family burdened with that. Let’s just tell them it was an accident. Right, guys?” (And everyone else agrees.)

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Last night, Canada’s House of Commons had a 5.5 hour emergency debate on the trucker protest, and the Prime Minister came out of hiding to give us a speech about how the truckers and the conservatives are a bunch of fascist plague-spreaders, pretend to answer a couple of questions, and then scurry off to his […]

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Quote of the Day: Freedom

 

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. – Robert L. Heinlein

Once upon a time, Jewish lawyers in the ACLU were willing to defend the rights of Nazis to march through the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie, IL. The Nazis claimed they wanted a peaceful march through the town — their Constitutional right as US citizens.

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The next sitting of Canada’s House of Commons starts tomorrow, so I’m back in my Ottawa office today trying to tidy up the place before the bosses roll in to town.  I went out for a walk after lunch so here are your Ricochet Exclusive photos for Day 4 of the Trucker Rally. I’ll provide […]

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