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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Our Culture in the Balance

Posted by 1182cws on July 21, 2007

Illegal immigration is an issue that is multi-dimensional in the scope of its negative impact on the United States. Illegal aliens who are entering our country have no respect for the law. If laws are flaunted, disrespected, and otherwise scoffed at then the foundation of our legal system is lost.


A crucial aspect of the illegal immigration crisis that should be emphasized more often is the fact that our uniquely American culture is being compromised. If we continue on this path, America will never be the same again.


With courage and faith, our founding fathers established a nation – a country embedded with Judeo-Christian principles and the beauty of the King’s English.


These pioneers understood that religious freedom and the end to taxation with no representation were a strong foundation that would enable God’s plan for a new nation to unfold. As the years passed, a distinct culture developed – from the early colonial days, through westward expansion, the Industrial Revolution, and the World War I/ World War II eras. The American culture is characterized by freedom-loving, hard working, and faith-centered communities.


America has always accepted immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. The common thread for people from different backgrounds has been a yearning for freedom and a willingness to assimilate, including learning the native language.


In years gone by, visitors to other countries, including Americans visiting abroad, would never have expected to be pampered and spoiled when it comes to language. You learn the native tongue!! It is common sense and common courtesy.


There are more illegal aliens in America today than all the European immigrants who ever came in the four centuries after Plymouth Rock. For many of these people, there allegiance is totally with their home countries and the relatives they left behind.


As Woodrow Wilson said in 1915, “You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American”.


Our federal government must crack down on companies that hire illegal aliens.


Numerous companies have voluntarily pledged to only hire U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. We should go out of our way to give them our business.


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Congratulations to Dr. Paul Broun

Posted by 1182cws on July 20, 2007

Perseverance and principle prevail in the Tenth Congressional District as Dr. Paul Broun wins the special election. I have known Paul for many years.

He is a man of faith, conservative principles, and common sense. His message resonated with voters who want a representative who will buck the special interests, the behind-the-scenes manipulators, and others motivated by greed and power.

Dr. Brown will put the citizens first.

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Posted by Joshua Price on July 13, 2007

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National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta: Discover the Spirit of America

Posted by 1182cws on July 7, 2007

Recently, I visited the National Museum of Patriotism on Spring Street in Atlanta. The museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the history of patriotism and also serves as a research center for exploring the development of patriotism through education, displays, and exhibits.


The museum is an outstanding setting for people of all ages to explore the meaning of patriotism to them through reflection at learning centers in the museum exhibit area. The exhibits explore snap shots in history of events that portray how citizens from all walks of life have given to their country to protect the freedoms we cherish. The entire museum and lecture hall are available for private groups.


All the components of the U.S. Armed Forces are represented, including the Air National Guard. On behalf of Headquarters, Lt Col Poppell contributed two uniforms to the museum. The staff was very appreciative of the contribution. In fact, I had a good conversation with Jason Wetzel, the Director of the museum. He has solicited feedback from me as well as other military personnel about the museum.


I was very impressed with the museum. The staff has done an excellent job of highlighting the contributions to our country of all the military components as well as civilians. There is a special exhibit on September 11, 2001 and an exhibit that highlights the contribution of immigrants from other countries throughout our nation’s history.


One of the noteworthy features of the museum is a booth entitled, ‘Project Video Connect’ sponsored by the USO. It is designed for family and friends of deployed military personnel to be able to communicate with them by a video. The family or friends sit before a tiny computer camera. A recording is made (up to ten minutes in length). The e-mail address of the service member is inputted with a short text message from the loved ones and the video is attached to it. The entire process takes about fifteen minutes and there is no charge for the service. Please spread the word about this service to contacts that you may have that would benefit from it. They should contact the museum for an appointment.


The museum was founded by Nicholas D. Snider who served four years in the U.S. Army. He is a retired Senior Vice President of United Parcel Service. He is a lifetime collector with specific expertise in patriotic artifacts such as jewelry, flags, and banners. He has written two books on patriotic collecting and collaborated on a third book.






Museum contact info:








Location: 1405 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, Ga 30309


Just North of the 17th Street Bridge at the Corner of 18th Street and Spring Street – across from the Puppetry Arts Center




Museum Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




Suggested Donations:


  • Adults (age 19-64) $6.00
  • Active Duty Military Free
  • Seniors (age 65 and higher) $4.00
  • Students $4.00
  • Children (age 6 and under) Free

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Reagan’s “What July Fourth Means to Me”

Posted by Joshua Price on July 3, 2007

For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.

I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.

No later than the third of July – sometimes earlier – Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.

I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” – giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia.

Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.

There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s axe,” and the issue remained in doubt.

The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

Well, that is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor.

What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.

John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.

Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton. Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.

But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.

It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July. Ronald Reagan President of the United States

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