Today in History: The Birth of the USPS

Happy 222nd birthday!
The struggling Post Office is slowing its first-class mail delivery, which could help the flailing agency save billions of dollars.
The struggling Post Office is slowing its first-class mail delivery, which could help the flailing agency save billions of dollars. Walter Hodges/CORBIS

Feb. 20, 1792: President Washington created the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). One of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the Constitution, it is, today, an independent government agency responsible for providing postal service in the United States. The USPS traces its roots to 1775, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The USPS has not directly received taxpayer dollars since the early 1980s, with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters.

Feb. 20, 1980: President Carter urged a U.S. boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A month later he ordered the boycott. The Soviet Union retaliated four years later, boycotting the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Quote of the day

“Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.” –Herbert Hoover

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Today in History: July 30

Eisenhower made “In God We Trust” America’s official motto, and more

"In God We Trust" was printed on the United States' paper money in 1957.
“In God We Trust” was printed on the United States’ paper money in 1957.
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On this day. 1863: As the Civil War raged, President Abraham Lincoln issued his “eye-for-an-eye” order. It was described in the September issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (p.559) as follows:

“The law of retaliation is formally announced by both the National and the Confederate authorities. Two Confederate officers were executed in Tennessee, June 9, by order of General Rosencrans, as spies found within our lines. The Confederates chose by lot, from among our prisoners at Richmond, two officers, and set them apart for execution, when ordered, in retaliation. Two officers of the enemy in our hands were then placed in close confinement, to be executed if the threats of the enemy were carried out. President Lincoln has also issued a proclamation declaring, in effect, that no distinction will be recognized in the treatment accorded to our white and colored troops who may be captured by the enemy. Every case of ill-treatment will be retaliated in kind: hanging for hanging, shooting for shooting, imprisonment for imprisonment. If a colored soldier, taken prisoner, is sold into slavery, a Confederate prisoner will, in return, be confined at hard labor in some prison until the colored prisoner is set free.”

Historians say Lincoln’s order was intended primarily as a way to intimidate the Confederacy. It had a slight “restraining” influence on the Confederate government’s voiced policy, but individual commanders and soldiers continued to murder captured black soldiers.

On this day. 1956: President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The first paper money with that motto was printed in 1957; some critics say it violated the separation of church and state.

On this day. 1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. In 2011, Medicare/Medicaid spending was $840 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

On this day. 1974: The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation. Nixon would resign ten days later.

Quote of the day

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today in History: July 17

In 1945, the Potsdam Conference kicked off in post-war Germany

The leaders of the Big Three during the Potsdam Conference. Left to right: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Harry Truman, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
The leaders of the Big Three during the Potsdam Conference. Left to right: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Harry Truman, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
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July 17, 1945: President Harry Truman represented the United States at the Potsdam Conference, which decided how to run post-war Germany. His counterparts at Potsdam were Soviet leader Josef Stalin and Britain’s Winston Churchill, until Churchill’s Conservative Party lost the 1945 general election and replaced him with new Prime Minister Clement Attlee.

The Potsdam Conference was held at Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern, in Potsdam, occupied Germany, from July 17 to August 2, 1945. The U.S., Britain, and Soviet Union decided how to administer punishment to the defeated Nazi Germany, which had agreed to unconditional surrender nine weeks earlier, on May 8 (V-E Day). The goals of the conference also included the establishment of post-war order, peace treaties issues, and countering the effects of the war.

Quote of the Day

“The free man cannot be long an ignorant man.” -William McKinley

Today in History: July 3

150 years ago today, the Battle of Gettysburg raged

Visitors to the Soldiers' National Cemetery stand in front of the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on July 2, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Visitors to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery stand in front of the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on July 2, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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July 3, 1863: America’s future was much in doubt on this day in 1863 — as the final day of the Civil War’s most pivotal battle — Gettysburg — unfolded. Many historians call the Battle of Gettysburg the turning point of the Civil War, when Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North was stopped. But the Union victory came at a horrendous price. The battle lasted three days and produced the greatest number of casualties in the entire Civil War: 46,286 dead, wounded, or missing. Context: The Civil War killed some 618,000 Americans in four years — about 2 percent of the nation’s population. Today’s equivalent: 6.3 million.

July 3, 1938: On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, President Roosevelt dedicated an Eternal Light Memorial, an event attended by 1,870 Civil War veterans (average age: 94). The eternal flame at Gettysburg (now powered by electricity) was Jacqueline Kennedy’s inspiration, a quarter-century later, for the eternal flame over her husband’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

July 3, 1958: President Eisenhower signed the Rivers and Harbors Flood Control Bill, which allocated funds to improve flood-control and water-storage systems across the country.

July 3, 1979: President Carter signed a secret directive ordering aid to opponents of a pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan.

July 3, 1986: President Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty. It was Lady Liberty’s 100th anniversary.

Quotes of the Day

“All of them we honor, not asking under which Flag they fought then — thankful that they stand together under one Flag now.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of the Gettysburg Memorial

“We too dare to hope — hope that our children will always find here the land of liberty in a land that is free.” —Ronald Reagan

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” —George W. Bush

Book: JFK ‘Admired’ Hitler

A new book, John F. Kennedy – Among the Germansreveals that in the pre-World War II era, when young John F. Kennedy Jr. tooled around Europe, there was one leader and one governmental system he particularly admired: Germany and Nazism. In his journals, eh wrote, “Fascism? The right thing for Germany.” He added, “What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?”

Just two years before World War II broke out, Kennedy wrote, “The Germans really are too good – therefore people have ganged up on them to protect themselves.” He also wrote, “The Nordic races certainly seem to be superior to the Romans.”

And with regard to Hitler: “Hitler will emerge from the hatred currently surrounding him to emerge in a few years as one of the most important personalities that ever lived.”

Kennedy’s father, Joseph Kennedy, was an admirer of Hitler’s as well. Kennedy’s admiration for Hitler verged on the rapturous: “His boundless ambition for his country made him a threat to peace in the world, but he had something mysterious about him,” Kennedy wrote after the war. “He was the stuff of legends.”

Armed Revolt… On Its Way?

A recent poll revealed that 29% agreed with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” Looking at the specifics of the poll there’s the possibility that the actual percentage may be slightly higher nationally.

I pray that it never comes to civil disobedience. Most likely any significant armed revolt would rapidly develop into civil war.
The apprehension that is expressed by the Founding Fathers is not to be taken lightly.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;…. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”. Declaration of Independence.

But, when it comes to choices of tyranny, liberty or death, I gladly repeat the cry of Patrick Henry, “Give me Liberty or give me Death!” This may be the first time in history that a civil war was the unintended results of a propaganda campaign combined with rabid political corruption. It is all too plain to see, there is an effectual attack upon the First Amendment from within the mainstream media. They have totally lost the foundational concept of the Press having integrity fulfilling the sacred trust of the people as their ears. For an example take a look at the terrorist attack at Benghazi. Look at web sites from major news outlets, both Democrat and Republican leaning. Search their archives, look at what was reported and when. Compare the results from facts that thus far have been revealed.

The founders included freedom of speech in the very first amendment, knowing that free speech and a Free Press was essential to a functioning Republic. A Free Press is required to keep our elected officials accountable. The truth be know the majority of Democrats and Republicans are not that far apart on many issues and they don’t even know it. The media with its progress agenda has constantly sought to deceive, they have lied regarding what Republicans believe, what they seek, and effectually who they are. They treat the truth with distain, and pervert the facts concerning almost every issue. You are only told what they want you to hear and if the facts don’t support it they lie. You can’t make an informed decision if your information is false.

The effort to subvert the Constitution is not restricted to propaganda spread by the mainstream media; this appears to be an effort that extends to our educational system, entertainment immersion and almost every aspect of our lives.

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” Adolf Hitler

I’m not saying that the problem only lies with the Democrats, although the progressive left has pervaded the Democrats, we can see it’s tentacles extend into the Republican party as well.
“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise” Adolf Hitler.

Thankfully, everyday we see more and more people wake up to the truth; people resent being lied to and manipulated. But the truth is not spreading fast enough. In order to save this great nation it is up to us to counter the power of the media that has been pitted against us.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington

We still have freedom of speech, but the voice of deception has permeated our ears. We need to be acquainted with the truth, and damn political correctness, we need the truth to be known to all. It will take all of us speaking out the truth to drown out the flood of deception.

“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” Thomas Jefferson.

Political corruption is pervasive regardless of party. But I believe the system will still work, we can vote out corruption, we can vote out compromise of our rights. But it is going to take enlightenment of the people to the truth; an educated vote is a powerful weapon. The most effective way for the truth to spread will be one on one.

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” Joseph Stalin

I don’t believe it is yet time for a call to arms, but I definitely feel it is a time for a call to the polls. Don’t be deceived we are late in responding to the attack, the battle is raging at our door. Those that seek to destroy or nation can taste victory, it is at the edge of their grasp. We have been guilty of complacency for far too long. Many years ago, I took an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Though I’m no longer in the military this was an oath that I shall not be released from this side of death.

Our Constitution is an affirmation of our God given rights and these rights are beyond any government or law and shall not be infringed upon.

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Benjamin Franklin

We must fight to free the minds of the people from the grasp of deception. At the same time as prudent citizen we must diligently prepare for the worse. Stock up on the essentials for personnel survival and defense of your liberty. I was thinking maybe RC planes might be a good idea to include on the list. Some of the drones are light they won’t take much of a hit.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson