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Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

Suffering from bad health in 1758, Washington resigned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment. The letter Washington receives from his Officers provides an excellent glimpse into his character:

“SIR, We your most obedient and affectionate Officers, beg leave to express our great Concern, at the disagreeable News we have received of your Determination to resign the Command of that Corps, in which we have under you long served.  The happiness we have enjoyed, and the Honor we have acquired, together with the mutual Regard that has always subsisted between you and your Officers, have implanted so sensible an Affection in the Minds of us all, that we cannot be silent on this critical Occasion…

Your steady adherence to impartial Justice, your quick Discernment and invariable Regard to Merit, wisely intended to inculcate those genuine Sentiments, of true Honor and Passion for Glory… heightened our natural Emulation, and our Desire to excel. How much we improved by those Regulations, and your own Example…   Judge then, how sensibly we must be Affected with the loss of such an excellent Commander, such a sincere Friend, and so affable a Companion. How rare is it to find those amiable Qualifications blended together in one Man? How great the Loss of such a Man?

… we beg Leave to assure you, that as you have hitherto been the actuating Soul of the whole Corps, we shall at all times pay the most invariable Regard to your Will and Pleasure, and will always be happy to demonstrate by our Actions, with how much Respect and Esteem we are, Sir.” Officers of the Virginia Regiment, Letter to George Washington, Dec 31, 1758

James Still (Aug 2015), RetraceOurSteps.com

“It gives us an additional Sorrow, when we reflect, to find, our unhappy Country will receive a loss, no less irreparable, than ourselves. Where will it meet a Man so experienced in military Affairs? One so renowned for Patriotism, Courage and Conduct?” Officers of the Virginia Regiment, Letter to George Washington, Dec 31, 1758


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The Goldberg Report - NRO

Jonah-Goldberg.jpgFor Those Mesmerized by Donald Trump - Read Jonah Goldberg's Take

Dear Reader (and those of you with better things to do),

There have been times in the past when I’ve gotten crosswise with certain segments of the conservative base and/or with the readership of National Review. And, because, like the Elephant Man, I am a not an animal but a human being, I have always had at least some self-doubt. That’s as it should be. People who share principles should not only hear each other out when they disagree; they should be able to see each other’s points and hold open the possibility that one’s opponents have the better argument. 

This is not one of those times, at least not for me. 

I truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuuuuuuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage. 

Anger Is Not an Argument

Now, before I go on, let me clarify a few things. I get it. The base of the party is 


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Mark Levin's Proposed Amendments to the Constitution - Food for Thought

Mark_Levin_The_Liberty_Amendments.jpgMark Levin is proposing ten amendments to the Constitution.  Each one is written in thoughtful language so as to preclude any ancillary problems:

1)      Term Limits: He proposes limiting service in both the House and Senate to 12 years.  Yes, we’ve heard all the arguments about elections being the best limit.  But the past 100 year has proven that to be false.  As someone who works day and night to throw the bums out, I can tell you that is nearly impossible to throw them out with the amount of money they raise – precisely for their abuses of power.  Levin also proves that limiting time in office was a highly regarded proposal during the Constitutional Congress.

2)      Repealing the 17th Amendment: Levin proposes repealing the 17th amendment and vesting state legislators with the power to elect senators so that the power of states is not diluted, as originally feared by the framers of the Constitution.

3)      Restoring the Judiciary to its proper role: The Judiciary was 

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Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

george_washington_horse.jpegWashington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, “doo-cane”].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and 

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Interesting & Substantive Report from Jennie Beth Martin at TPP


TPP_logo.jpegHaving just returned from meetings with a few Congressmen on Capitol Hill, I felt it was important to give you an update. I will touch on what I mean by "freedom thieves" later in this email, but first I want to focus on our allies on Capitol Hill.

Know this, that you have made a difference in the last 3 weeks. You helped amend the Patriot Act with Senator Lee's USA Freedom Act to stop the bulk metadata collection on US citizens, 34 House members voted no on the rule for TPA "fast track authority," you visited over 500 Congressional offices representing 10 Senators and 291 Congressmen last week calling for an end to the Congressional Exemption from Obamacare, and because of your actions last week 5 Congressmen have already added their names as co-sponsors of HR 1953 -- the No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act.  Today Senator Cruz flipped his vote on TPA in large part because you kept digging to find out what was in the bill and the deals Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell were making to get votes. 

Every time we make a huge difference on Capitol Hill in part with our principled Congressmen, we see the accusations, attacks, and retribution happen. It is no different this time.  The "Leadership" cannot let such "rebellious" behavior stand and

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This Should Wake Up Working Middle Class Liberals, Progressives & Democrats

Note: Even if you have seen this before, see the information at the end about voting trends - is it accurate?  Pat

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent Form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a Dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed

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Scottsdale Proposed Bond Issues - What the High Information Voter Needs to Know

scottsdale_city_logo.jpegScottsdale General Obligation Bond Proposal - click here for TPS High Information Voters - Scroll down to page 13 for a ranking and description of all 34 projects submitted by City Staff to the City Council for consideration.  

The Council selected 21 of these projects and rejected 13.  The 21 selected projects will appear on the ballot in November 2015 grouped into seven categories as outlined in the attached "Proposed 2015 Bond Program". Voters will be asked to approve or reject the groups rather than individual projects.

Read here Bob Littlefield presents the history and present status of the bond proposal.

Watch & Listen Here to Doug's presentation at our May 21 General Meeting


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Scottsdale School District Misusing Taxpayer Money

school_board_3.jpgThe Performance Audit of the Scottsdale School District, May 2015, Report no 15-206 reveals an appalling misuse & waste of taxpayer money. 

1. Administration costs: too many administrators paid too much & "the District did not accurately report its costs in its Annual Financial Reports and has misreported its costs for many years" p.3  We paid $1.6 million more than similiar districts.

Scottsdale employs Assistant Principals at the elementary level and more Information Technology employees (who are also paid $7500/yr more) than

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America’s Progressive Autoimmune Crisis Continues Apace

miss_piggy.jpegby JONAH GOLDBERG June 13, 2015 4:00 AM @JONAHNRO EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter,

Dear You Guys

(I apologize for this break in protocol. Normally I would begin with the traditional salutation of “Dear Reader.” But now that “you guys” is under assault, I felt this was, quite literally, the least I could do),

If I’ve made one point over the last 20 years, it’s that you can never put too much cheese on anything involving meat. Coming in a close second is that the reason I’m a conservative is that I believe conservatism and libertarianism are only partial philosophies of life. Obviously, this is even more the case for libertarianism than it is for conservatism, but both schools of thought set relatively clear boundaries for what politics should touch. Not so for what we call liberalism.

Jonah-Goldberg.jpgThe progressive vision sees all of mankind as clay to be molded, sheep to be herded, a third-grade diorama to be diorama’d. There are no safe harbors from politics because the personal is political.

The problem with saying “the personal is political” is twofold: You politicize what is personal (“Everyone must celebrate my lifestyle!”) and you personalize the political (“Your opposition to the minimum wage hurts my feelings!”).

This is how you un-think yourself out of 

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One America News

One_America_News.jpegWhile in Alaska, I had an opportunity to watch One America News.  An interesting new network with potential.  According to Wikipidia  the Network will have a Conservative bent.  I particularly liked the promos that are similiar to a Constitutional Minute and Moments in HIstory inserted into the news broadcasts. With Fox News, Fox Business, The Blaze & OAN it may be encouraging that a conservative patriotic perspective is being introduced into 'mainstream' media.  

Let me know your opinon.

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