During Remarks at the Texas A&M Commencement Convocation last Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he would like to be president in 2016.
Perry began by welcome his parents to the event and talked about how graduates need to "go get a job" and be "off the family payroll." He spoke of keeping education affordable so students wouldn't be a "slave to massive debt" once they get their diploma. He talked a lot about freedom and invoked the words of Abraham Lincoln, referring to the so-called "altar of freedom."
"We commemorate the heroes who have served in all the wars of the previous generations, and the modern day warriors of this generation...These solemn traditions, and these powerful memorials, are the evidence of our reverence for those who gave their lives in great causes and of the value we place on sacrifices made on the altar of freedom," Perry said.
On November 21, 1864, Abe Lincoln wrote a "brief, consoling message" to Boston widow Lydia Bixby, at the request from Massachusetts Governor John Albion Andrew.
"Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby was printed by the Boston Evening Transcript on November 25, 1864, the same day it was delivered to her by the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, William Schouler. The following is the text of the letter as it appeared in the Transcript: 'Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln"
Continuing the presidential rhetoric, Perry honored those veterans with the Texas A&M "Aggie spirit" who "were put on this earth to defend the precious right of liberty; to answer its call when it is threatened at home or abroad... They have liberated millions from the yoke of oppression, protected their loved ones back home and offered their lives in full measure for freedom."
"It is the yearning for freedom that is within every soul's DNA," Perry said.
"Texans were put on this earth to push the envelope of freedom, and expand its horizons. What would we have if we didn't have freedom?"
"Parents play such an important role in our lives that I decided to bring my own, please welcome Ray and Amelia Perry. For some of your folks there must be a sense of relief seeing you graduate this week, knowing you will finally be off the family payroll. They wanted me to convey a simple message to you: go get a job!
Actually, come to think of it, I'm in the same boat! Even the best jobs don't last forever, but I have to say it has been the highest of honors to serve as your governor for 14 years, and as this state's first Aggie governor.
Because I will be competing with all of you for a job, I got a head start on my resume. Under objective, I wrote, "highly motivated professional seeking a position as chief executive of a large enterprise with good benefits and a really large personal jet." Under experience I wrote, "managing the world's 13th largest economy, and overseeing a group of people who bicker a lot, otherwise known as legislators." Under skills I listed, "experienced public speaker, well-worn veto pen, proficient in Facebook and Twitter, and a frequent poster of hashtags and selfies." I also mentioned I can drive most farm equipment and used to fly multi-million dollar aircraft for the United States Air Force. Lastly I put this in bold print, I am willing to travel for my job, and listed my preferred destinations: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
I ask the Regents, the Administration, the deans of our colleges, the faculty, every employee and everyone who loves Texas A&M to join in the cause to keep Texas A&M affordable and accessible for the next generation of Texans. We need more ideas like the ten thousand dollar degree plan, ideas that make college more affordable so students are not prohibited from receiving an A&M degree or a slave to massive debt once they do. We have to keep the customers first, and the customers of higher education always have been, and always will be, the students.
To those students I say, it's your dreams we empower, your future we determine. I want children of the most modest means to be able to pursue their dreams, and to do so because of Texas A&M. At its core, education empowers people to make the most of freedom. It is easy to be misled about the availability of a college degree, and in particular an Aggie degree, in the midst of thousands receiving one. But only a small percentage of the world's population enters the workforce with a college degree. A lifetime of opportunity awaits those who are educated, and prepared for the opportunities of the future. With a quality job comes greater personal freedom, and it is the yearning for freedom that is within every soul's DNA: that desire to make the most of this one life, through the realization of one's talents
We Texans are an independent lot, and have been even before William Barrett Travis drew a line in the sand at the Alamo. It is that independent fighting spirit, that belief that no task is impossible, that led to the victory at San Jacinto, that inspired the wildcatters at Spindletop and that allowed "Houston" to be the first word spoken on the moon. Texans were put on this earth to push the envelope of freedom, and expand its horizons. And
Aggies were put on this earth to defend the precious right of liberty; to answer its call when it is threatened at home or abroad... They have liberated millions from the yoke of oppression, protected their loved ones back home and offered their lives in full measure for freedom.
What would we have if we didn't have freedom? What could we achieve if men and women were not free to build great institutions, great communities, a great life? You who graduate today inherit a legacy of freedom that so many before you risked all to provide. Make the most of it. Live lives worthy of it. And be men and women of honor and integrity."
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Rand Paul to Ferguson: "Come on guys, you got to wait to have your kids." (Government Meddling in Procreation: Is Rand Paul a Crypto-Eugencist?) 12/1/14
"Birth control is not our business. I cannot imagine anything more emphatically a subject that is not a proper political or governmental activity ... or responsibility," President Eisenhower said in December 1959. Oh how things have changed, with even supposed 'limited government' politicians promoting 'family planning.'
Don't let that cop search your car! (The Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment prohibits a police officer from further searching a vehicle which was stopped for a minor traffic offense once the officer has written a citation for the offense.)
"The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. the choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to "the slavery of sin." [CCC 1733]
"Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. the right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order." [Catechism of the Catholic Church 1738.].
A 'Mission' lecture series on The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell: - By Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea
This is an absolute must-hear from my favorite website, AudioSancto.org. I highly recommend this five part series of free audio lectures by this traditional Catholic priest on the most important things which we all will face. (Of course we will experience only three of the four last things, since a person can not go to both Heaven and hell.)
Did you know that the United States government willingly helped slaughter tens of thousands of Catholics in North America only 80 years ago? It was called the Cristero War, a Masonic led slaughter of Catholic freedom fighters. Below is our work documenting the matter. I also highly recommend the excellent film For Greater Glory which was released in July 2012.
Part 1: When the U.S. government supplied ammo & military planes to kill thousands of Catholics 9/18/13
This is an expose on the U.S. government's role in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Roman Catholics in Mexico fighting for their freedom to simply practice their faith. For naive well-intentioned Catholics who believe that we should always trust the government, these documented facts should be a real wake up call. As Archbishop of Baltimore Michael Joseph Curley stated at the time, "Our government has armed Calles's killers!"
Part 2: Admitted Fact: U.S. Govt supplied 10 Million rounds of ammo, 10,000 Rifles, planes & tanks to slaughter thousands of Catholics 10/17/13
LibertyFight.com has further documented many original sources which confirm for the record that the U.S. Government supplied directly from United States arsenals ten million rounds of ammunition, ten thousand Enfield rifles, machine guns, & military aircraft to slaughter innocent Catholics. We found Testimony taken at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations heard in 1920 and the original New York Times newspaper articles reporting the military supplies ordered by president Herbert Hoover.
U.S. Senate Testimony On the Cristero War April 29, 1920 On Thursday, April 29, 1920, The United States Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations heard Testimony taken at Washington D.C. Among the many people who testified were Fr. Francis P. Joyce, a Captain and Chaplain in the United States Army, Monsignor Francis C. Kelley, President of the Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America, and Catholic nun Mother Elias De Sta Sacto, of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Note that this testimony was taken on April 29, 1920, which proves that the countless abuses, murders and sacrileges enacted upon Catholics by the Mexican and United States Governments began much earlier than 1926 and extended much later than 1929, as is the period commonly referred to when discussing the 'Cristero War.'
Fr. Charles E. Coughlin had one of the most popular radio shows in the country in the late 1930's. At his height of popularity, upwards of thirty million listeners tuned in to his radio show each week and he received 10,000 letters per week with a clerical staff of over 100 people. He advocated a sound money system, abolition of the Federal Reserve, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and was a stringent opponent of Communism, which he pointed out was funded by corrupt Jewish interests and international bankers.
There is a well circulated clip of Fr. Coughlin on stage at an Illinois rally shouting about the treasonous politicians in Congress who refused to oppose the Federal Reserve Bank's control of American money, noting "They're not even Americans, these so-called Democrats and Republicans!" [Father Coughlin speaks against the Federal Reserve.]
An influential critic of president Roosevelt and America's empirical foreign policy, Coughlin became the target of FDR himself, who was temporarily successful in getting Coughlin kicked off the air.
LibertyFight.com has put together seven articles documenting specific aspects of the brilliant and heroic work of Father Charles E. Coughlin. I have compiled hundreds of newsletters, pamphlets, books and recordings written and spoken by this priest who to this day is shamefully and dishonestly smeared as un-American and an 'anti-semite'. In reality the exact opposite is true. A close examination of Fr. Coughlin's work is important for a revealing documented historical perspective. Also, it relates to the situation today because the same war-mongers, bankers and internationalists about to start World War III by getting the U.S. entangled in a completely fraudulent, unwinnable, an unnecessary war in Syria. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.
I encourage everyone to download Fr. Coughlin's absolutely invaluable books and listen to his recordings. More posts of interest will come in the following weeks and months as time permits. The story of how I came across this great historical figure is here. Resources are at the bottom of this page.
"...My friends, have we not learned that modern wars settle no disputes? By this time are we not dissillusioned? Do we not realize that wars are the enemy of democracy? Do we not appreciate that poor men- the laborers and farmers- pay for all wars- pay with their lives or their liberties?"
Fr. Charles E. Coughlin of Royal Oak, Michigan had one of the most popular radio shows in the U.S. during the late 1930's. At his height of popularity, upwards of thirty million listeners tuned in to his radio show each week and he received 10,000 letters per week with a clerical staff of over 100 people. He advocated a sound money system, abolition of the Federal Reserve, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and was a stringent opponent of both Nazism and Communism, which he pointed out was funded by corrupt Jewish interests and international bankers. Fr. Coughlin exposed war-mongers and government propagandists, which made him a real threat to the establishment. He was a devout and influencial priest who stressed the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ. The government banned his programs and threatened to arrest and imprison him. I consider Fr. Coughlin one of the wisest and greatest American heros ever. His material is an absolute treaure, a must-see.
His work, in retrospect, was prophetic and still holds true today.