MSNBC Host: 'I'm Uncomfortable' Calling Fallen Soldiers Heroes
by Kate Hicks
May 27, 2012
Yep, you read that headline right. Chris Hayes, of MSNBC's Sunday morning show "Up with Chris Hayes," says he's uncomfortable ascribing valorous terms to fallen military because it's "rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war." Just...watch:
Sorry, Chris, but anyone willing to sacrifice his or her life for your right to say whatever you want on your Sunday morning talk show is a hero. There is no incorrect way to "marshal" that word when speaking about the men and women who value the principles of our nation above their own lives. Calling them what they are -- heroes -- is a small way to recognize their bravery. It's hardly justification for more war; it's just one way we can say thank you to our soliders.
The fact is, our soldiers are our greatest heroes, and they deserve our utmost respect for their willingness to sacrifice their time and their lives for us. Yes, Chris, you are wrong -- after all, the reason we celebrate this Memorial Day holiday is to honor our fallen heroes.
Human Rights vs. Natural Rights: Tyranny or Freedom
by Awr Hawkins
May 28, 2012
Leftists are masters of language. By shifting words and phrases, they are frequently able to secure victory in an argument with many apolitical, salt-of-the-earth Americans and even some conservatives. They’ve done this in the classroom by referring to the American military as “imperialist,” and in the public square by labeling capitalism as a greedy system whereby people only become rich at the expense of others.
Yet over the course of the last few decades, the Left’s most rewarding play on language has been a not-so-subtle shift from focusing on natural rights to focusing on “human rights.” The former are fixed and derived from God through nature, while the latter are in flux and founded solely upon the decisions various governments and ruling entities make regarding innumerable definitions of freedom.
Our Founding Fathers based the Bill of the Rights on the natural, unchanging rights with which we were endowedby our Creator. Thus they recognized not only our right to freedom of speech, but also freedom of religion and freedom of the press. They recognized not only our right to pursue and own property, but also to be secure in that property, and we were even to have security in our own persons. And to defend these and other natural rights, our Founders recognized that we had a right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed.
But a free press, security in our property, and private gun ownership are anathema to tyrants, megalomaniacs, and dictators the world over. They also serve as a hindrance to domestic enemies of Western civilization who spend their days in the classroom, indoctrinating young minds that don’t know any better. They tell of variously defined human rights, which at this particular moment include “rights” to education, contraception,public transportation, abortion, and internet access. It’s important to understand that just as natural rights are anathema to leftists, so too these human rights destroy the protections our Founding Fathers instituted regarding our natural rights.
Read more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/human-rights-vs-natural-rights/
AMERICAN THINKERThe Distinctive Trait of America
May 28, 2012
The people of United States, a nation struggling to regain a sense of optimism and confidence, have, over many years, been told by the elites in American society that their country is one of an ignoble nature and history. That "American Exceptionalism" is a myth which has precipitated the plunder of the planet and the exploitation of mankind throughout the world.
A nation whose alleged sins have been so egregious that the current President, whose primary campaign promise was to "transform America" (into a collectivist state), feels duty bound to go around the world on bended knee apologizing for those perceived transgressions.
The United States has become a ship without a rudder aimlessly wandering about the turbulent seas piloted by those who only interest is themselves, their ideology and thirst for power. Yet the majority of the American people know that they have in their possession the key to a prosperous and equitable society: individual freedom and liberty concurrent with a significant constraint on the power of government.
They also know that in the annals of mankind the true account of America's contribution to the world and it peoples is one of magnificent achievement, whether freeing millions from tyranny by force of arms or improving their standard of living by fostering global economic growth and new technology.
Perhaps the one thing above all others that many in the United States, particularly among the ruling class, do not appreciate is the indispensible and unprecedented role this nation has played in giving hope and a real-life vision of the blessings of true freedom and liberty to countless millions throughout the world. Nothing this country has done in its history can compare to being what Ronald Reagan referred to as: "The Shining City on the Hill."