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Happy 246th Birthday, US Marine Corps

Marine tradition holds that the Marine Corps was formed in a bar. The story dates back to November 1775, when two newly commissioned Captains, Samuel Nicholas and Robert Mullan, reportedly organized the first Marine Corps muster at the Tun Tavern, a popular bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the tale, the two officers enticed potential recruits with mugs of beer and the promise of adventure on the high seas.

These recruits made up the first five Marine Corps companies that served aboard Continental Navy warships. Some historians maintain that a pub called the Conestoga Wagon was the more likely recruitment site; however, that is also a bar, and so, this tale remains a part of Marine lore to this day.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia even features a restaurant appropriately named “Tun Tavern.”

Somehow, given the reputation of the US Marines as “life takers and heartbreakers,” this seems oddly entirely appropriate. I mean, how many other US military services can brag they were formed in a bar?

All joking aside, if you see a Marine today, wish them a Happy Birthday, and maybe buy them a beer!

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Romney v. Obama: A Comparison and Contrast!

Mitt Romney at one of his presidential campaig...
Mitt Romney at one of his presidential campaign rallies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can’t do anything without the government’s help?  Really??

Obama’s campaign team and all the cool-aid drinking, uber-loyal Obama-zombies are crying foul; claiming Romney and his campaign are taking Obama’s ridiculous comments from last Friday out of context. That’s fine!  They actually sound even worse “in context!”  They clearly show Obama’s disdain for hard working Americans, entrepreneurship, and a free society!   They reveal Obama true thoughts, his motivation, and establish his identity as the communist/socialist ideologue he truly is!  Obama’s anti-American comments were wrong, no matter how you look at them.

Let’s take a look at Obama’s words … in full context:

We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make some more cuts in programs that don’t work, and make government work more efficiently…We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more …

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.

Americans have always argued, fought, and WORKED together.  Because we wanted to … as free men and women … not by government decree!  And, we all certainly appreciate the essential services provided by the government.  Things like roads, bridges, dams, and protection from our enemies are all essential to the quality of life in America.  The questions that need to be asked and honestly answered are:

How much of that does the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT actually provide?

How well do they do it?

How is all of this paid for?

This liberal leftist mantra that business owners (aka “the rich”) aren’t paying their fair share for all this essential stuff we taxpayers pay for ( like roads, bridges, dams, <ummm … Obama seems to be eliminating the “common defense” part>, etc.) is another Obama lie designed to solidify and energize his power base – the true free-loaders in our society.  Contrary to leftist dogma, the “rich” pay a good deal more than their fair share.

(This graphic was made by the great @PoliticalMath who you should all be following on Twitter.)

According to a post on The Right Sphere, this is why we never actually hear Obama or any of his leftwing cronies put an actual number on what they think is a “fair share.” This is because to free-loaders, “fair share” simply means “more than they’re already paying”  because free-loaders like someone else paying for their stuff.

Based on the CBO’s own numbers, the people paying the lion’s share for all these things Obama claims the government did … are actually the very people Obama is blaming.  So truthfully, Mr. Obama, Americans did, in fact, “build that” too.  The real free-loaders are the folks who drive on those roads, cross those bridges, go to those schools, swim in those lakes, enjoy that air conditioning; and then demand a free check every month, free education, free health care, free food, free cell phones, and who then … do not have to even be looking for a job, receiving job training, or drug or alcohol rehab to qualify for their free “Obama” money!

Obama has, at last, revealed his government-centric view of the world.  In Obama’s world view, the government is the innovator and people simply do what the government instructs them to do. It’s profoundly un-American. This country became a great nation because of the ideals upon which it was founded: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  And I mean the true happiness that results from successfully fulfilling oneself as a free individual … and not the amassing of material stuff!  Obama world view sees everyone dutifully performing their assigned task and being happy with the reward distributed to them by their benevolent rulers.   THAT IS NOT MY AMERICA!!  America is free people, free thinking, and free enterprise.  I will fight to protect my America … Obama only apologizes for it!

Let’s contrast that with some “in context” quotes from Mitt Romney’s recent speech in Pennsylvania:

And so I see that entrepreneurial spirit and that innovativeness of the American people and our willingness to work hard in whatever role we have and to lift and to improve our lot and to improve the lot of the enterprises we work in—I see that as driving this economy to be the most powerful in the history of the Earth. It has already; it will again. The course we’re on right now [Obama’s course] is foreign to us. It changes America. This is a vote for what kind of America we’re going to have, and for me I vote for freedom and free people.

Let me just end with this thought: this is an important choice. This is a defining choice. This is a choice about what America’s going to be. Not just for the next few years but for a century. This is a choice which will determine what kind of future our kids are going to have. And, in fact, it also determines what kind of future the world’s going to have. America plays an unusual role in the world—I think we understand that. Some in some circles tend to brush that aside. But those that have fought in world wars and other conflicts recognize the greatness of America and our unique role in the history of the earth.

We call them heroes. I want to express appreciation to heroes proved in liberating strife; who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life. Could our veterans please raise their hands and members of the active duty armed services? Thank you.

I was in Great Britain some months ago and met with Tony Blair, and then with David Cameron, and with other leaders of the government there, and one said this to me: he said, “You know Mitt, if you’re lucky enough to be elected President of the United States and you travel around from country to country, and to their capitals; you will undoubtedly have rehearsed for you all the things they think America is doing wrong. But please don’t ever forget this: the one thing we all fear the most is a weak America.”

American strength, strength in our values, strength in our homes, strength in our economy, strength in our military is essential to the world.  It is the best ally for peace.

And let me assure you that dividing America, and attacking success and minimizing the achievement and accomplishment of entrepreneurs of all kinds—that does not make a stronger America. Believing in America, meaning believing in those principles upon which this nation was founded; and I do. I will keep those principles aloft. We will fight for them. We will keep America the hope of the earth. Together we will bring back the strength that provides a bright future for us and for our children. Thank you so very much.

Nuff said!