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Independent.mind

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About Me

I am an independent that does not align with either party I have often described myself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Professionally I have done everything from being in sales, managing the customer service department and running a multifacility manufacturing company in the US I have traveled and done business internationally for a number of years.

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Very interesting

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07jn38f/the-desert-oasis-with-clues-to-early-life
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Aug 6, 2019, 09:51 AM (9 replies)

I pledge allegiance................

The original pledge as penned by Francis Bellamy August 1892 and originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892.

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Modified in 1923:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

And again in 1954:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Both minor but meaningful modifications.

Note there is no comma between one nation and under god.
The way it typically recited is incorrect.
Based on the punctuation there should not be a pause between one nation and under god, it should be recited as a single phrase and makes more sense if stated that way.
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm


So who was the patriot that wrote the original version of the pledge that with only minor modifications we recite today?

Francis Julius Bellamy (1855–1931) was an American Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

Bellamy was a Christian socialist who "championed 'the rights of working people and the equal distribution of economic resources, which he believed was inherent in the teachings of Jesus.'" In 1891, Bellamy was "forced from his Boston pulpit for preaching against the evils of capitalism", and eventually stopped attending church altogether after moving to Florida, reportedly because of the racism he witnessed there. Francis's career as a preacher ended because of his tendency to describe Jesus as a socialist. In the 21st century, Bellamy is considered an early American democratic socialist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Jul 17, 2019, 12:07 PM (54 replies)

"Influence is no Government."

Mount Vernon, October 31, 1786.

My Dr. Sir:

I am indebted to you for your several favors of the 1st. 11th. and 17th. of this instt: and shall reply to them in the order of their dates; but first let me thank you for the interesting communications imparted by them.

The picture which you have exhibited, and the accounts which are published of the commotions, and temper of numerous bodies in the Eastern States, are equally to be lamented and deprecated. They exhibit a melancholy proof of what our trans-Atlantic foe has predicted; and of another thing perhaps, which is still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable, that mankind when left to themselves are unfit for their own Government. I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds that have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any Country. In a word, I am lost in amazement when I behold what intrigue, the interested views of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part, are capable of effecting, as a scourge on the major part of our fellow Citizens of the Union; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people, tho’ they will not act, can be so shortsighted, or enveloped in darkness, as not to see rays of a distant sun thro’ all this mist of intoxication and folly.

You talk, my good Sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found; and if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is no Government. Let us have one by which our lives, liberties and properties will be secured; or let us know the worst at once. Under these impressions, my humble opinion is, that there is a call for decision. Know precisely what the insurgents aim at. If they have real grievances, redress them if possible; or acknowledge the justice of them, and your inability to do it in the present moment. If they have not, employ the force of government against them at once. If this is inadequate, all will be convinced that the superstructure is bad, or wants support. To be more exposed in the eyes of the world, and more contemptible than we already are, is hardly possible. To delay one or the other of these, is to exasperate on the one hand, or to give confidence on the other, and will add to their numbers; for, like snow-balls, such bodies increase by every movement, unless there is something in the way to obstruct and crumble them before the weight is too great and irresistible.

These are my sentiments. Precedents are dangerous things; let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the Constitution be reprehended: if defective, let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.

With respect to the navigation of the Mississippi, you already know my sentiments thereon: they have been uniformly the same, and as I have observed to you in a former letter, are controverted by one consideration only of weight, and that is the operation the occlusion of it may have on the minds of the western settlers, who will not consider the subject in a relative point of view or on a comprehensive scale, and may be influenced by the demagogues of the country to acts of extravagance and desperation, under a popular declamation that their interests are sacrificed. Colo. Mason, at present, is in a fit of the gout; what sentiments on the subject are, I know not, nor whether he will be able to attend the Assembly during the present Session. For some reasons, however, (which need not be mentioned) I am inclined to believe he will advocate the navigation of that river. But in all matters of great national moment, the only true line of conduct, in my opinion, is, dispassionately to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the measure proposed, and decide from the balance. The lesser evil, where there is a choice of them, should always yield to the greater. What benefits (more than we now enjoy) are to be obtained by such a Treaty as you have delineated with Spain, I am not enough of a Commercial man to give any opinion on. The China came to hand without much damage; and I thank you for your attention in procuring & forwarding of it to me. Mrs Washington joins me in best wishes for Mrs Lee and yourself and I am very affectionately Dear Sir Yr most Obedt & Obliged Hble Servant

Go: Washington
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/04-04-02-0286


Something to ponder and think about.



Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Jul 16, 2019, 12:10 PM (0 replies)

"Meet Surveillance Capitalism, Our Terrifying New Economic Order"

Worth reading

https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/12/meet-surveillance-capitalism-our-terrifying-new-economic-order/
Posted by Independent.mind | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:11 AM (5 replies)

"Is Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange A Foreign Spy Or A News Publisher? Probably Both."

Interesting piece

https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/11/is-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-a-foreign-spy-or-a-news-publisher/
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 11:37 AM (9 replies)

"Why We Should Amend The Constitution To Restrict The Presidents Power To Pardon"

An interesting read

http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/08/amend-constitution-restrict-presidents-power-pardon/
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:19 PM (12 replies)

"I dont believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt" William Barr

Interesting

https://www.wsj.com/articles/at-william-barr-hearings-mueller-probe-will-be-a-focus-11547548201
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:46 AM (35 replies)

"The Second Time as Farce"

"Many conservatives are bracing for the worst, but we are more sanguine. The incoming Democratic majority is no cohesive, unified crew. Indeed, the 116th Congress looks a lot like the 112th, in which Republicans held a 42-seat majority. The 2010 election had been a blow to Barack Obama, but the GOP on the Hill was hopelessly divided between “establishment” Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, and “establishment” Republicans trying to mimic Tea Party Republicans. It led to the creation of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of around 40 members whose chief aim, it often seemed, was to block any legislative reform on the grounds that it “didn’t go far enough.” What began as a good and necessary corrective to the unprincipled transactionalism of the GOP leadership turned into obstructionism for the sake of obstruction."

"House Democrats seem determined to reenact this play, but the divisions are more or less the inverse. As Republicans were dominated by lawmakers whose chief aim was staying in power but who were thwarted at every point by a vocal minority increasingly preoccupied with its own righteousness, so today’s Democratic powerbrokers in the House are united only by opposition to Trump and appear destined for conflict with a young and arrogant minority who consider the senior members of their own party just as much the enemy."

"The deficiency of ideas is one reason Democrats attribute their losses to anything and everything but their own party. Whereas Republicans blame each other for their defeats—this side was too rigid on abortion and same-sex marriage, that side was too lax on immigration—Democrats blame everybody buteach other: Russian trolls, gerrymandering, voter suppression, white racism, and whatever other conspiracy theory looks momentarily plausible."

https://www.weeklystandard.com/the-editors/speaker-nancy-pelosi-the-second-time-as-farce

Great piece.

If things play out the way the writer frames them it will be another waste of time by congress and a missed opportunity by the democrats.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:51 AM (7 replies)

"President Trumps Stealth Bump Stock Ban Is Illegal And Ignorant"

"Perhaps in search of mythical bipartisanship points, Trump ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to craft a new administrative rule banning the devices."

"when faced with an opportunity for political expediency in the wake of the Vegas shooting, President Trump basically demanded the DOJ pretend as if bump stocks—a shaped piece of plastic—somehow now fall within the legal definition of “machine gun.”


http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/07/president-trumps-stealth-bump-stock-ban-illegal-ignorant/
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:10 AM (9 replies)

Great article about the politicization of the judicial branch.

"But that’s not the world we live in. Led by the Supreme Court, the judiciary has allowed constitutional law to diverge evermore from the Constitution, in a process that began decades before the Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, or Harry Reid’s use and elimination of the filibuster. So we’re stuck with an overly large and overly centralized (and overly executive) government, with every social and political clash becoming a federal case, literally, instead of being resolved by the local, state, or even national legislature."

"President Trump goes too far in deriding all judges opposed to him as partisan hacks. His use of the bully pulpit to casually sow distrust in our legal and political institutions also isn’t healthy for the body politic. But he’s not the first president to criticize court rulings—at the 2010 State of the Union, former law professor Obama made several basic errors just in describing Citizens United (which Roberts didn’t like either)—or the first politician to malign judges."

http://thefederalist.com/2018/11/30/trump-john-roberts-wrong-politicized-judges/
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:51 PM (8 replies)
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