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The Clinton-Gore Counter-revolution: The prospect of tyranny in America.

The American Revolution is the only real, and only successful democratic revolution in modern times. The French and Russian "revolutions," so dear to the hearts of the leftists, were monumental failures. The first led quickly to terror, then to Bonapartism, then to the
restoration of the monarchy. The second created the most durable tyranny of the twentieth century. The American Revolution created a stable republic that has lasted more than two centuries, and is now threatened by a counterrevolution, led by Al Gore and his allies.

The various court and street battles have been so intense and so dramatic that we have lost sight of the real stakes: the survival of the American republic. Our revolution created a system - the famous checks and balances - designed to thwart the effective concentration of power. The Founders dreaded any sort of tyranny, whether from the executive, the legislature, or the judiciary, and they hoped that each branch of the government would
fight furiously to maintain its powers and privileges against the others.

The founders knew the system was not foolproof. Benjamin Franklin warned that the republic would survive only if we knew how to defend it against ambitious politicians who would inevitably try to subvert it. He would not have been surprised to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempt to pack the Supreme Court with his political cronies, so that he could impose his own policies on the country without the annoying necessity of passing Constitutional muster.

Al Gore comes from that anti-democratic tradition, and he is using the same methods that Roosevelt employed: Rally his political followers, enrage the electoral masses, and demand that his own version of justice be imposed, the Constitution be damned.

It is no accident that Gore's allies attack the Electoral College system, and demand that our national leaders be chosen by national referendum. That well-trodden road leads, as it has ever since the days of the French Revolutionary Terror, to what is known as "totalitarian democracy": Checks on power are bypassed by direct appeal to the electorate, and plebiscites replace orderly political processes. They want to roll back the great revolutionary victories of the past and replace the Constitution with a European-style regime.

No wonder this counterrevolution is led by those who want the federal government to meddle in every aspect of our lives. As Alexis de Tocqueville predicted nearly 200 ago, if we are to lose our freedoms we will do so by electing leaders who will dramatically expand the powers of the state, and who will regulate all aspects of human activity. No wonder that Hillary Clinton, still smarting from the embarrassing rejection of her nanny-state
medical care scheme, leads the charge against the Electoral College. No wonder that Al Gore, whose pagan goddess Gaia justifies an econihilism virtually indistinguishable from the rantings of the Unibomber, now heads an army that brags about its efforts to subvert individual electors, and thereby destroy the republic at a single stroke.

They think they are smarter and more worthy than the rest of us, and they do not trust us to make our own decisions. Armed with pious arrogance and as certain of their infallibility as they are ignorant of the historic ruin of their vision, they now demand that we permit them to do whatever they wish. And, in the malevolent tradition of all tyrants, they claim their right to do it in our name.

Do not think that the counter revolutionaries will accept any defeat as final. They are not using their politicized lawyers and judges to uphold the rule of law, but to bend the law to their purposes. If they lose today, they will rearm and fight again tomorrow. These people have long since realized that the American political process is too slow and too uncertain to enable them to impose their collectivist vision on the country. Like their collectivist heroes in Europe, they have turned to activist judges to give them in the courtroom what they have been unable to win in voting booths and legislative chambers. Theirs is a political war on all fronts, and they will not soon surrender.

Faced with this mortal peril, we desperately need political leaders who understand the gravity of the moment, and are willing to fight passionately to defend our revolutionary tradition. If we are to survive the counterrevolutionary assault, we will need men and women in all branches of government who will fight against the arbitrary use of power, who will delight in frustrating the enactment of the latest utopian vision, and who will insist on going by the rules, and on fighting corruption wherever it flourishes.

One does no - even now - sense that the Bush people understand the drama of the moment. With the exception of a few-far too few--carefully crafted words from the elegant Jim Baker, our leaders-in-waiting have fought a dangerously limited battle instead of a grand campaign against the counterrevolution.

Electoral fraud has run rampant in the voting booths of the nation. In the most blatant example, votes were illegally counted in St. Louis County, Missouri, in defiance of an explicit court order. Instead of howling "stop, thief!" the Republicans acquiesced, and even hailed the fecklessness of Sen. Ashcroft. In Wisconsin, Marquette University students bragged of voting multiple times, and not a one of them has been prosecuted for his admitted crimes. It brings to mind the darkest moments of the Impeachment "trial" in the Senate, where the likes of Joe Lieberman and Robert Byrd openly proclaimed the guilt of the impeached president, and then blithely voted for acquittal.

One does not save the republic by ignoring the constitutional imperatives on which it rests. The struggle against tyranny is our national mission, and it requires revolutionary leaders who fearlessly and tenaciously fight freedom's enemies wherever and whenever they challenge us and our ideals. It would be one of history's most bitter ironies if we were to succumb to the counterrevolution less than a generation after destroying the Soviet Empire, freedom's most monstrous enemy.

But then, history is full of such bitter ironies.

By Michael Ledeen, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Tocqueville on American Character.

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Something to ponder:
  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
  • If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States.
  • If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful ... you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
  • If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder ... you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
  • If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, and count your blessings.

Submitted by Patty, Leasburg, Va.

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When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England . . .

. . . Professor Alexander Tyler wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic over two thousand years previous. "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage."

Alexander Tyler

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A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light . . .

. . ., and the Creator appeared. The Creator told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Creator explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain..

Since the man was showing signs of discouragement, the Adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man's weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it," thus, giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. "Why kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." And that is what he planned to do, until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Creator. "Creator," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?" The Creator responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push."

"Now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back is sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith in My wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from the Creator, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what the Creator wants is just obedience and faith in Him.... By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still the Creator who moves the mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong ... just P.U.S.H.! When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.! When people don't react the way you think they should ... just P.U.S.H.! When your money looks gone and the bills are due ... just P.U.S.H.! When people just don't understand you... Just PUSH!

P.U.S.H - Pray Until Something Happens!!!!!

Submitted by Jean, Spokane, Wa.

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This teenager lived alone with his father  . . . 

. . . and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his Father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.

This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his father continued to encourage him, but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football

if he didn't want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice; perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice or a game, But remained a bench warmer all four years. His faithful father Was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him.

When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice, and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed.

The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in a game.

It was the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and he became silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning.  Is it all right if I miss practice today?"

The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday."

Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate back so soon.

"Coach please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man.

The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted. Finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in." All right," he said. "You can go in."  Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. 

The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you've never heard! Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic!  Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"

He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!" 

So -- Remember Right Now:

  • Somebody is very proud of you.
  • Somebody is thinking of you.
  • Somebody cares about you.
  • Somebody misses you.
  • Somebody wants to talk to you.
  • Somebody wants to be with you.
  • Somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
  • Somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
  • Somebody wants to hold your hand.
  • Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
  • Somebody wants you to be happy.
  • Somebody wants you to find him/her.
  • Somebody wants to give you a gift.
  • Somebody wants to hug you.
  • Somebody thinks you ARE a gift.
  • Somebody admires your strength.
  • Somebody wants to protect you.
  • Somebody can't wait to see you.
  • Somebody loves you for who you are.
  • Somebody treasures your spirit.
  • Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
  • Somebody wants to get to know you better.
  • Somebody wants to be near you.
  • Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
  • Somebody would do anything for you.
  • Somebody is alive because of you.
  • Somebody needs your support.
  • Somebody will cry when they read this.
  • Somebody needs you to have faith in them.
  • Somebody trusts you.
  • Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.

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