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LIBERTY BELL, 1776, "Ringing out Liberty, July 8, 1776" Colored lithograph c1929, after a painting by N.C. Wyeth

LIBERTY BELL, 1776, “Ringing out Liberty, July 8, 1776” Colored lithograph c1929, after a painting by N.C. Wyeth

Let Freedom Ring!

The shadows are alive with bold voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, in wigs of white, they whisper, “It’s time!”
It’s time to throw off the shackles, time for political release,
Time to make a stand and declare our Independence!

The shadows are alive with fearless voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, with uniforms and muskets, farms left nearby,
Farmers turned soldiers, ready to sacrifice all, to fight for their Rights:
Freedom to be, freedom to live, freedom to choose!

The shadows are alive with brave voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, rich and poor, for love of Liberty,
They labored to build a nation of Laws and not men,
A nation with a heart, strong, pure and free.

The shadows are alive with passionate voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, their words echo down through the ages,
Of Providence’s equal blessing: “Let freedom ring!”
It resounds through the ages still, “Let freedom ring!

The shadows are alive with dauntless voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, stirring the hearts of men, their voices strain through time,
That same Providential blessing, “Oh alert our hearts to hear!”
Can you hear it? The freedom bell, the freedom bell is ringing!!!

The shadows are alive with heroic voices from years gone by,
Heroes all, so sound the alarm in every city, village and farm,
For the faithful and courageous to be up and to arm,
The echo floats o’re all the land – Let freedom ring! “LET FREEDOM RING!”

Liberty’s Story

Inscribed on the bell:
the year the bell was re-cast.”

    “Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

    “The Liberty Bell gained iconic importance when abolitionists in their efforts to put an end to slavery throughout America adopted it as a symbol.

    “As the Bell was created to commemorate the golden anniversary of Penn’s Charter, the quotation “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” from Leviticus 25:10, was particularly apt. For the line in the Bible immediately preceding “proclaim liberty” is, “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year.” What better way to pay homage to Penn and hallow the 50th year than with a bell proclaiming liberty?”

Why the Senate going nuclear is (mostly) a bad thing

“If only. . .

    U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) leave the Senate floor before the vote to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

    U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), right, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

    The president cared as much about Iran’s nuclear option as he does the Senate’s.

    The nuclear option was in place for superbly qualified Republican-nominated judges like Miguel Estrada whom the Democrats filibustered.

    The nuclear option had prevented Sen. Barack Obama from blocking the confirmation of John Bolton as United Nations Ambassador in 2005.

    The nuclear option had removed fear of a filibuster and allowed Susan Rice to get nominated as secretary of state so then she could have been questioned about Benghazi.


I realize a lot of conservatives and even some conscientious Democrats are very upset that hundreds of years of Senate history has been stripped away by a failing president and a Senate majority leader who has made inaction on legislation (the main work of the Senate) into a fine art. Yes, presidents will now appoint many more ethically challenged, incompetent and extreme nominees. But after each side gets its turn at party-line nominations, the bloom may come off the rose. In the second term of President Scott Walker (or whoever), the Senate may return to the “old” rules.

In any case, it will refocus those on the right who, like Jim DeMint, want 30 “true” conservatives instead of a majority. Maybe electability — always a good criterion for nomination — will rise as a concern. Having that Senate majority just became a whole lot more important.”

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We are now officially in a political/moral FREEFALL! The “wussification of America” is confirmed daily by the obscene assaults on our Constitution UNANSWERED!!!!! If WE, the PEOPLE don’t make a FUSS, we will continue to FREEFALL … How much longer will we stand by idly?

Senate Republicans Can Retaliate. Will They?

    Who can blame Harry Reid for pulling the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees? He has punched Senate Republicans in the face all year and they have failed to respond. In fact, Senate Republicans have turned around and fought their fellow Republicans in the House, jamming them with bad legislation which they helped Harry Reid pass out of the Senate. Read MORE

We have a CONSTITUTION! It is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND! If you don’t like that, there are ways to make changes, but they involve discussion, not DICTATORSHIP or “terrorism!”