Archive for August 2012

Nobama! We need R&R now!

August 29, 2012

If you are on a mobile device or cannot view the images in this message view this email in your web browser.
To ensure future delivery please add NewtGingrich@email.humanevents.comto your address book or safe sender’s list.

Newt Gingrich Letter
Send to a Friend What do you think? More Newt 2
August 29, 2012 • Vol. 7, No. 35
send to a friend facebook twitter Printer friendly
TOOLS
More Newt
Facebook
Twitter
Send to a Friend
Printer Friendly
Advertising Opportunities
NEWT’S LIBRARY
In Tampa, arguments for beating Obama

by Newt Gingrich

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, we have undertaken a new experiment. It’s called Newt University, presented by the RNC. Each day, we’re collecting the top thought leaders on the big ideas of the fall election, and learning from them the best arguments to defeat the falsehoods of President Obama.

We began Monday with the theme “We Can Do Better,” and had an amazing group of speakers including Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Gary Herbert, Larry Kudlow, Rep. Aaron Schock, Mitt Romney Policy Director Lanhee Chen, Betsy McCaughey, and John Goodman from the National Center for Policy Analysis.

It was a fantastic day, broadcast live online at NewtUniversity.com through Kaplan’s wonderful new online learning platform, KAPx.

Yesterday, we continued our week-long series of workshops with our second session, “We Build It,” focusing on President Obama’s hostility to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and civil society. We had an impressive panel of small business owners, as well great talks by former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and former Ambassador to the Holy See John Nicholson and my wife Callista, who eloquently discussed threats to religious liberty.

Tomorrow we will be Live again at 10 am Eastern with a focus on North American energy independence–hearing from leaders such as Reps. Allen West and John Shimkus, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, Scott Noble, President of Noble Royalties, Harold Hamm, Chairman of Continental Resources, Mitt Romney energy advisor Rebecca Rosen, and Kellyanne Conway, who will present the results of some fascinating swing state polls.

You can register to watch live online at NewtUniversity.com OR attend in person in Tampa (see website for details).

Finally, I wanted to share with you a few of the video highlights of the past two days of Newt University.

Here’s Betsy McCaughey’s stunning exposition on President Obama’s cuts to Medicare:

Here’s CNBC’s Larry Kudlow’s brilliant talk on why President Obama’s economic policies have failed:

And finally, here’s the story of one business owner, David Park, who serves as president of the Job Creators Alliance. His story was too good not to pass on:

Your Friend,

Newt Gingrich

Newt

Send to a friend
What do you think?
More Newt
Human Events is now on Human Events is on Facebook!  Become a Fan today!
Advertisements

No, to the Muslim Brotherhood. Get out of Washington!

August 29, 2012


Dear Fellow Conservative,

I’m writing today with an important warning for all Americans. Individuals sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood’s sinister agenda are working in the Obama Administration.

One of them, Huma Abedin, has reached a position of great influence—Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Abedin was a member of the Muslim Students Association—the original Muslim Brotherhood front in the United States—at George Washington University in the nineties. She later worked at the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, the journal run by her parents and funded by Abdullah Omar Naseef, a financier of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda.

How Huma Abedin and others like her have attained positions of influence in our government is the subject of the explosive new Freedom Center pamphlet, “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration,” written by Frank Gaffney, national security expert who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan.

We urgently need to raise $200,000 before midnight on Sunday to print and distribute 100,000 copies of this pamphlet. It’s critical that we get “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration” into the hands of elected officials, the media and the general public, so please follow this link to make a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more. In return, I’ll rush you a copy, too.

“The rise of Abedin and others with Brotherhood ties to positions of influence in the U.S. tells the story of how Islamism has influenced the high reaches of American politics,” Gaffney writes. “It also tells the story of how the Obama administration has blurred the bright line separating devout Muslims who are committed to our democratic government from those whose loyalty is ultimately to an Islamic supremacism that seeks to spread sharia law in the U.S. and govern every aspect of our social life.”

This is not hyperbole; it is the stated and written goal of the Muslim Brotherhood which years ago, according to documents captured by the FBI, created fronts such as the Muslim Students Association and the Institute for Minority Muslim Affairs to wage a slow motion stealth jihad that would gradually undermine our Constitution. But when Michelle Bachmann and four other Congressmen recently wrote a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General requesting information on the influence of people with Brotherhood associations on policy there, they were accused of “Islamophobia” and “McCarthyism.”

Frank Gaffney believes, and we do too, that this is not the time to be silent. That’s why we must get “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration” into the hands of elected officials, the media and the general public. So will you make a tax-deductible contribution of $25 or more today to help us do so? Don’t forget that you’ll automatically receive your own copy of the pamphlet.

Until now, details of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on U.S. policy have been swept under the rug by the media, and the see-no-evil leadership of both political parties. But the Freedom Center has never caved in to pressure or turned a blind eye toward the subversion of American ideals. That’s why we are publishing this crucially important pamphlet and doing everything possible to get it into the hands of concerned citizens who can demand a Congressional investigation of this alarming national security threat. Please stand with us today to sound the alarm.

Thank you for all your support of our work here at the Freedom Center.

Sincerely,


David Horowitz
President & Founder

Patriotic reading for voters

August 24, 2012

‘The book Reagan wanted
taught in high schools’
Glenn Beck: Read this before you read anything else!


It’s one of the most important books on restoring America to its original principles, featured regularly and enthusiastically by Glenn Beck on his popular TV show – and today only, WND readers can get W. Cleon Skousen’s “The 5000 Year Leap,” normally $19.95, for only $4.95 – a $15 discount – but only until 10 p.m. Pacific!

The nation America’s founders built is now in the throes of a political, economic, social and spiritual crisis that has driven many to an almost frantic search for modern solutions. The truth is that the solutions have been available for a long time – in the writings of this nation’s Founding Fathers – and carefully set forth in this incredible book.

“The first thing you could do, please, is get ‘The 5000 Year Leap,'” says Glenn Beck. “Over my book or anything else, get ‘The 5000 Year Leap.’ … It is the principle. It is so easy to read. It’s the book Ronald Reagan wanted taught in high schools, and Ted Kennedy stopped it from happening. That should tell you all you need to know. … When you read these principles, your mouth will fall open. … The scales will fall off your eyes on who we are. … It will help you understand American free enterprise. You’ll be able to defend it. You’ll be able to know what makes it possible for 6 percent of humanity living under our free economy to produce one-half of the Earth’s developed wealth every single year.”

In “The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World,” you will discover the 28 principles of freedom America’s Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every society that desires peace, prosperity and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.

This book describes the problems the Founding Fathers dealt with and how philosophies and ideals collided to form the United States of America. The skills and prosperity of the Jamestown settlers in 1607 greatly contrast those of society after the enactment of the United States Constitution.

Shortly after the Constitution was enacted, a free-enterprise system – an economy with little government influence that flourishes with competition of businesses – was established. It is because of this system that America became the most advanced and powerful country that world history has known.

After highlighting the importance of the nation’s foundation, Skousen covers in detail what went into the design of the Constitution. Surveying the original sources for the principles that inspired the United States, the author shows how the Founders developed these principles from the studies of Cicero, Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith.

Skousen also contrasts the affluence of the young United States with that of the present day, showing that it was because of the free-enterprise system that America produced such astounding inventions and ideas, from jet propulsion to the doubling of life expectancy. Within this narrative of success, Skousen weaves the story of America as a Christian nation, guided by divine providence and created for the liberty and rights of mankind.

This book also analyzes problems throughout history (such as national debt) that have come from failing to adhere to the Constitution.

“The 5000 Year Leap” gives the reader a greater understanding of the origins of the United States of America, the consequences of deviating from the principles on which it was founded and all the characteristics that have made this nation great.

Save $15, get ‘The 5000 Year Leap’ for only $4.95!

That’s right. Today only, you can save $15 off the cover price of “The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World.”

Until tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific, you can get your copy of this sensational book for only $4.95 – by taking advantage of this special offer, exclusively from WND.

But wait – it gets better. There’s another part to this deal. When you order “The 5000 Year Leap” for $4.95, we will also send you, FREE, three sizzling issues of WND’s critically acclaimed monthly magazine, Whistleblower.

Many readers consider Whistleblower to be simply the world’s best newsmagazine. Each issue focuses like a powerful laser on a single topic – from how to survive financial meltdown to understanding the secret agendas of America’s establishment elite – explored thoroughly, and with facts and insight such as you’ve never seen anywhere else. Recent issues include “SHADOW GOVERNMENT: Inside the mad, mad, mad, mad world of Obama’s czars,” “MEDICAL MURDER: Why Obamacare could result in the early deaths of millions of baby boomers,” “THE GREAT AWAKENING: How tea partiers are setting a new course for America,” “NARCISSIST IN CHIEF: Experts explain what makes Barack Obama tick” and “BLACK HOLE: The shocking truth about the U.S. economy – and what you can and must do.”

So, for $4.95 you get a copy of “The 5000 Year Leap” W. Cleon Skousen, plus you get three sample issues of Whistleblower – in hopes, of course, that you will do what most people do, which is to become a long-term Whistleblower subscriber.

(This offer does not apply to current Whistleblower subscribers or those living outside the U.S. However, if you are already a Whistleblower subscriber, or if you want to subscribe now, we have an outstanding offer for you to check out!)

Important: For this very special $4.95 offer, you will receive “The 5000 Year Leap” as well as three free issues of Whistleblower magazine. Also included with your free issues will be a renewal notice for a one-year Whistleblower subscription. If you wish to renew, do nothing, and your credit or debit card will be charged the discounted annual renewal rate of only $39.95. (There’s no risk, because at any time you can cancel your subscription for a full refund on the unused portion.) If you don’t want to renew, simply cancel by calling 1-800-4WNDCOM (800-496-3266) or by emailing canceltrial@wnd.com before the charge date printed on the renewal card you’ll receive. Either way, the book and the 3 free issues are yours to keep. (Only one copy of “The 5000 Year Leap” at this price per household. Offer good only in the U.S.)

Please note: If you like your three free Whistleblower issues and renew, when your Whistleblower subscription eventually expires, you’ll receive another renewal notice from us. To keep Whistleblower coming, do nothing and we’ll renew your subscription automatically at the low prevailing rate by charging your credit or debit card. As always, there’s never any risk, as you may cancel at any time for a full refund of the unused portion of your subscription.

“This is an amazing offer, one that sounds almost too good to be true,” said WND Editor Joseph Farah. “But it is true – our way of giving loyal WND readers a fantastic bargain, while at the same time introducing them to our monthly magazine.”

“I urge readers to take advantage of this special deal now, because it’s good for today only,” Farah added.

Order your copy of W. Cleon Skousen’s “The 5000 Year Leap” for only $4.95! Special offer ends tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific.

If you prefer to order by phone rather than online, call our toll-free customer-service line at 1-800-4WND-COM (1-800-496-3266) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central.

Note: If you choose not to participate in this special promotional offer, you may order a copy of “The 5000 Year Leap” here.


If you have already read “The 5000 Year Leap”, you can choose any ONE of these great items for only $4.95:

The Communist

In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president.

Although other radical influences on Obama, from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers, have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but as a “father” figure.

Click here to learn more about “Frank” and the new book “The Communist.”

It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong!

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano examines the concept the government hates and fears the most: freedom.

The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny. Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty. In his sixth book on the Constitution and human freedom, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano asks: Where does freedom come from? How can government in America exercise power that the people have not given to it? What forces have collaborated to destroy personal freedom?

Click here to read more about
“It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong!”

The Harbinger

“The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” Devoted students of the Bible might recognize that verse from Isaiah 9:10, but it is hardly a widely discussed and broadly debated Scripture. That may be about to change with the release of this new and highly anticipated book – “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future.”

Watch the video trailer for this life-changing book here.

Click here to read more about “The Harbinger.”

Ameritopia

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America’s foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

Mark R. Levin is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.” His nationally syndicated talk radio show has 8.5 million listeners and is heard nationwide on hundreds of radio stations as well as on satellite radio and Armed Forces Radio. His previous books, “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America” and “Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish,” were also New York Times and national bestsellers. Most recently he contributed a preface to a book by his father, Jack E. Levin: “Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Illustrated.” He was a top adviser to several members of President Reagan’s cabinet. He is president of Landmark Legal Foundation and holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Visit Mark Levin on the Web at MarkLevinShow.com.

Click here to get your copy of “Ameritopia.”

How Do You Kill 11 Million People

It all comes down to the truth.

Much like the character in one of his bestselling books, Andy Andrews is first and foremost a noticer. Sometimes all one needs is a little perspective, so now he brings his lessons and perspective into the important arena of government, citizenship and what it means to completely uphold the truth.

If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, this bestselling author examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities and our government.

In this compact, nonpartisan book, Andrews urges readers to be “careful students” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices we face now. By considering how the German Nazi regime was able to carry out over 11 million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other.

The future of our country rests on the ability to separate the truth from lies, and Andrews compels each of us to examine our leaders’ claims with a critical eye. His question, “How do you kill eleven million people?” is provocative, but his warning is clear: “Only a clear understanding of the answer to this question and the awareness of an involved populace can prevent history from continuing to repeat itself as it already has.”

Click here to read more.

WND Operator
Call Toll-Free to Order:
If you prefer to order by phone, you can call our friendly, Midwestern customer service reps
toll-free at 1-800-4WND-COM  (1-800-496-3266),
Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Central.
WND SuperStoreVisit
Books Audio Video Specialty Items

Don’t let Morsi come to America

August 23, 2012
ri youtube Issue 72
08.23.12
In This Issue:
Silence in Washington as Morsi Tramples Democracy in Egypt Egypt’s Brotherhood Launches Violent Attacks Against Secular Media, Crucifies Opponents Featured Videos News and Blogs Embed Our Widget

Silence in Washington as Morsi Tramples Democracy in Egypt

image

Just over a week ago, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi effectively precipitated a palace coup. The Islamist government took over the military and legislature and is denying freedom of the press. MORE…


imageEgypt’s Brotherhood Launches Violent Attacks Against Secular Media, Crucifies Opponents

Government joins in and presses criminal charges against Egypt’s secular media icons, fatwa issued to continue violence against Morsi protesters. MORE…

More News Analysis:

Intervention is a Trap: Stay Out of Syria

Spanish Judges Sanction Forced Marriages of Muslim Girls

Ayatollah: ‘We Will Burn Tel Aviv to Ashes’


Featured Videos:

Jessica: A Filipino Mother’s Enslavement in Saudi Arabia

Tampa School Board Ignores Parents’ Protests Against Islamic Radicals in Schools

Egyptian Teacher Checks Homework


News & Blogs

Embed RadicalIslam.org’s News Scroller into Your Website or Blog

image

If you have a blog you can help us spread the word about the threat of radical Islam. Click on this link for simple directions on how RadicalIslam.org’s constantly updated, free news scroller can become part of your site.


U-Report!

take action

A reader writes:

“Your articles and information is invaluable. Keep it coming and spread the word about the catastrophic threat from Islamists. Thank you for your much appreciated work.”

RadicalIslam.org invites you to write to us to report issues concerning radical Islam in your area. Let us know about attempts by Muslims to impose Islamic laws in your community, report about radical Muslim demonstrations or activities on your college campus or in your neighborhood.

If you are a Muslim, send us details about any radical literature or sermons in your mosque.

Send us all the details. After being reviewed, your story may be published on RadicalIslam.org

Amature indeed! an understatement…

August 23, 2012

Cheney Says ‘Amateur’ Book Exposes Obama White House

Dear Reader,

On the heels of Rupert Murdoch’s recent tweet encouraging “every voter” to read Ed Klein’s blockbuster book on President Barack Obama, Dick Cheney is also urging Americans to read this book before the November election.

The former vice president told Sean Hannity that Obama’s administration has not been a typical Democratic administration.

“It’s way over to the left,” Cheney told Hannity bluntly.

Cheney revealed to Hannity the best book for insight into Obama and his disastrous administration — Ed Klein’s best-seller The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House.

Cheney said: “One of the things that’s been most enlightening for me is to read this new book that’s out that deals with this whole question of competence, written by Ed Klein, who used to be with The New York Times.

“It’s called The Amateur. And it goes into great detail in a whole number of different areas in terms of his philosophy, and why he believes what he did, and how he got there, and how he’s managed or failed to manage in the White House.”

Cheney also warned that Obama offers a dangerous path for America.

“He thinks everything that happens that’s good in the country comes from the government. And he’s just dead wrong,” Cheney concluded.

Cheney and Murdoch are only the latest political power players to give a glowing endorsement to Klein’s scathing exposè on Obama, including his shocking betrayal of the Rev. Wright, Oprah, even the Kennedy family!

Billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump says The Amateur is “the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country.”

And cable TV host Sean Hannity calls the book a “must-read” for every American.

Cover to cover, The Amateur is stuffed with shocking revelations about the Obama administration.

Once you start reading, you won’t stop shaking your head in disbelief.

Newsmax has an incredible offer — get The Amateur for ONLY $4.95 as part of a special offer.

That’s $23 off the cover price and $11.82 cheaper than Amazon!

Go Here Now for $4.95 Offer!

The book clearly hit a nerve with the American people.

It has exploded onto the New York Times best-seller list — and was #1 for six weeks in a row!

The Amateur, which reviewers have hailed as the most important political book of the year, has already sold hundreds of thousands of copies and continues to fly off shelves.

As Rupert Murdoch said, ALL voters should read The Amateur — and that includes you.

Go Here Now for $4.95 Offer!

Please keep reading below for more details.

 

Ed Klein’s ‘Amateur’ for Just $4.95! !

It skyrocketed to the top of the best-seller lists and it’s the most explosive book yet about President Barack Obama.

Edward Klein’s just released book The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House has created enormous buzz.

In this stunning exposè, best-selling author Edward Klein — a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine — pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive White Houses in history.

Newsmax wants you to get this book with our Special Offer — pay just $4.95 — it’s even cheaper than Amazon! Go Here Now!

Edward Klein’s blockbuster best-sellers on the Kennedys and Hillary Clinton made huge waves. Now, Klein speaks exclusively with Obama insiders, like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and even Obama’s personal physician, who offers a shocking account of his behavior.

In The Amateur you’ll discover:

  • Why the so-called “centrist” Obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead
  • An exclusive and shocking interview with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s long-time pastor
  • The spiteful rivalry between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey
  • How Obama split the Kennedy family
  • How Obama has taken more of a personal role in making foreign policy than any president since Richard Nixon — with disastrous results
  • How Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are the real powers behind the White House throne

This book is not to be missed!

Newsmax has an incredible offer. Get this book for just $4.95 — a savings of $23 off the list price — with our special offer.

Yes, get this book for just $4.95 with our offer — it’s even cheaper than Amazon!

To Get Edward Klein’s Amateur for just $4.95 — Go Here Now.

The Amateur is a reporter’s book, buttressed by nearly 200 interviews, many of them with the insiders who know Obama best. The result is the most important political book of the year. You will never look at Barack Obama the same way again.

Sean Hannity has called this book a must-read for every American.

Donald Trump says: “The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eye-opening book.”

Get Edward Klein’s Amateur for just $4.95 With Special Offer — Save $23 — Go Here Now.

 

Forward this Email to a Friend

Tough love needed amoung liberals

August 23, 2012

 

hypocrisy watch
Jews, Libs: Where’s the tough love for Obama?
By David Suissa

Apparently, not all self-criticism is created equal

Fear not to speak the truth..the graves are full of silent men but those who speak up shall be heard

August 18, 2012
Rand Paul rand.paul@randpacusa.com via bluehornet.com
9:02 AM (7 hours ago)

to me

Bob —

Recently, Fox News Contributor, and my good friend, Judge Andrew Napolitano, wrote an op-ed concerning the ever-growing threat to our liberty by government spying.

The government snoops on your emails and phone calls.

And while I have received a classified briefing on the extent of the spying, I can’t share with you the exact size and scope of the undercutting of our right to privacy, but believe me, it extends beyond your wildest imagination.

So I hope you’ll take a few moments to read Judge Napolitano’s op-ed below.

After you read the piece, please click the link below to chip in a quick contribution so RANDPAC can continue to lead the fight to halt government spying on our personal communications.

www.randpacusa.com/video9.aspx

It’s worse than you think,

Rand


Sen. Rand Paul’s government reckoning

By Andrew Napolitano

Gazillions. That’s the number of times that the federal government has spied on Americans since Sept. 11, 2001, through the use of drones, legal search warrants, illegal search warrants, federal agent-written search warrants, and just plain government spying. This is according to Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, who, when he asked the government to tell him what it was doing to violate our privacy, was given a briefing that was classified. The senator — one of just a few in the U.S. Senate who believes that the Constitution means what it says — was required by federal law to agree not to reveal what spies and bureaucrats told him during the briefing in reply to his inquiries about the government’s violations of the right to privacy.

The rules for classified briefings of members of Congress on areas of government behavior that the government wants to keep from its employers — the American people — are a real Catch-22. Those rules allow representatives and senators to interrogate government officials about government behavior that they are afraid to reveal, and it requires those officials to answer honestly and completely, but the rules keep the interrogations secret and they expressly prohibit members of Congress from telling anyone what they have learned.

So Mr. Paul and his colleagues who joined in the secret briefing now know the terrible truth about the government watching us, but they cannot reveal what they know. Mr. Paul, who is the son of Rep. Ron Paul — the greatest congressional defender of limited government in our era — when asked what he learned at these secret briefings, and aware that he could be prosecuted for telling the truth, chose a fictional word to describe the vast number of violations of privacy at the hands of federal agents revealed to him in the briefings — gazillions. Mr. Paul’s personal courage in using a word like gazillions to convey an oblique message of truth in the face of an unjust law that commanded his silence reminded me of St. Thomas More’s silence in the face of an unjust law that commanded his assent to the king’s headship of the Church.

The feds are no more happy with the senator’s personal courage than the king was with St. Thomas More’s, but there is not much they can do about it. If you check out your dog-eared Webster’s Unabridged you will find that it does not list the word “gazillions” or any form of it. Yet most of us hearing or seeing that word understand it to mean some huge — perhaps even incalculable — number.

The point here is terrifying. If the government derives its powers from the consent of the governed, how can it do things to us for which we have never given consent? And when it does these things — like send a drone over your back yard to learn who is coming to your Saturday barbeque or to see what fertilizer you are using in your vegetable garden or to take a peek into your living room or bedroom — and when the laws that the government has written prevent our elected representatives from telling us what it is doing, we are at the doorstep of tyranny. The government gave Mr. Paul the distinct impression that it was afraid of our exercise of our personal freedoms and thus it needs to watch us as we do so. This is the same government whose stated principal purpose is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and thus personal freedom.

What has become of the Jeffersonian value of the primacy of the individual over the government in a free society? How have we lost the American value that the government works for us, we don’t work for the government? What remains of the constitutionally-guaranteed right to be left alone?

The answer to these questions goes to the nature of human freedom and personal courage. Freedom lies in our hearts, but to survive it must do more than just lie there. Its essence is the exercise of unfettered choices and those we make address our perpetual yearning for truth. This is a natural process that — just like the muscles in our bodies — will atrophy if unused.

So, when the government scares us into the nonuse of freedom, we have only ourselves to blame when Big Brother comes calling. And when he does come, on his face there will be no smile.