Come this Election Day let us remember that we are Americans all. Whether by choice, by accident, or by Grace of God we are here today in this great country, “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” We the People go to elect a government that derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed.”
“We the People…”
We all bleed red. We’ve all felt hurt. We’ve all been loved. We all treasure “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” We stand United—Americans all.
Respect your fellow Americans today, regardless if their views are one with yours. Leave the insults and harsh words at home. Forsake the taunting and ridicule. Spare the judgment of your peers. Let this be an opportunity, not for discord, but for unity as we all do our duty as we see fit. Remember the words of our founding: “In order to form a more perfect Union…”
We go again today in search of that more perfect union. But when the dust has settled and the ballots cast we will not be 48 or 52. We will not be Red or Blue. We will not be divided.
We will stand together—United. Indivisible. Unwavering. We are Americans all. Remember that.
Two Hundred and Thirty-Six years ago today a band of rebels declared their independence from their Imperial masters. They declared their freedom, their Right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” They declared that “All Men are Created Equal” and that governments get their “Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
The declared “to provide new Guards for their future Security” and charged that “A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every Act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.”
“WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES“
Happy Independence Day
Chief Justice John Roberts may be the smartest man in the world.
His decision and subsequent opinion on today’s Supreme Court Ruling proves his judicial and ideological genius. It does the following:
- Guts the commerce clause, the agent of liberal advancement for the past 60 years.
- Shows that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid were wrong when they tried to describe it as a mandate and not a tax. It is a tax and they lied.
- Forces Obama to defend the largest tax hike in a generation.
- Gives Romney a major issue to run on and galvanize voters to get to the polls. It’ll be like Wisconsin, all the Conservatives will come out of the walls.
- Shows Liberals that the Roberts Court isn’t a right wing bastion and shuts them up.
- Proves the four liberal Justices are only out to defend and advance government authority, yet it doesn’t give the legislative branch any additional power. They already had the power to tax and incentivize.
- Defends conservative economic theory. Roberts may have written the only economically conservative opinion in the entire court. In upholding the Affordable Care Act he prevents liberals from having a reason to push for a single payer system (the constitutionality of which has never been questioned). He kept private insurers in the market and defended the way our healthcare system is basically constructed.
Roberts is an Umpire. Not only did he do all of the above, he did it legally and within proper jurisprudence. That man is my hero right now.
150 years ago today Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia began what is now known as the Seven Days Battles. Lee threw McClellan’s Army of the Potomac back down the Peninsula in a retreat from Richmond to Washington and the Confederate General began his fabled string of victories. It would be nearly two years before the Union besieged Richmond again and, under legendary General Ulysses S. Grant, reversed Lee’s handiwork at the Seven Days Battles.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Seven Pines, during the American Civil War. On May 31st and June 1st, 1862 the Union Army of the Potomac under George B. McClellan would face off against the Confederate Army of the Potomac under Joseph E. Johnston outside Richmond, Virginia. McClellan had deployed his his 105,000 men force straddling the Chickahominy River while Johnston deployed his 60,000 men to defend the earth works of Richmond.
On May 31st Johnston attacked McClellan’s 34,000 men south of the river with 39,000 while he feinted north of the river to distract those greater Union forces. By the end of the battle on June 1st the Union advance on Richmond up the Peninsula had been halted, but General Johnston had been wounded and was removed from command. The Union had suffered 5,031 casualties while the Confederates took 6,134 and both sides claimed victory.
With the drive on Richmond stalled the Confederate forces redeployed along the Richmond earth works and the Union moved nearly all their forces south of the river, facing Richmond. However, McClellan was shaken and did not advance for the remainder of June. With Johnston wounded the Confederate army needed a new commander. This is the real legacy of the battle:
On June 1st, 1862 the Confederate Army of the Potomac got a new name, The Army of Northern Virginia, given to it by its soon to be legendary commander: General Robert E. Lee.
This change in leadership would be fortuitous for the Confederacy. On June 1st, 1862 the Army of the Potomac was within six miles of the Confederate capitol of Richmond. On June 25th, 1862 Robert E. Lee would begin his famous string of victories, starting with the Seven Days Battles, driving the Union army back down the Peninsula, forcing it to evacuate. Within 90 days the battle lines were not six miles from the Confederate capitol, but just 20 miles from Washington. It would be almost two years before the Union forces were that close again, and nearly three years before it was finally captured. A battle that seemed small had a profound difference on the outcome of the American Civil War. A good leader can make all the difference.