2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Ted Cruz

Published on May 3, 2013

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, an event of the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas. He emphasizes the importance of the unalienable liberties the country was founded on. “The Constitution matters. All of the Constitution,” Cruz says. “It’s not pick and choose. It’s not take the parts you like and get rid of the parts you don’t like.”

 

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Glenn delivers NRA keynote: “Let us declare without shame that I will cling to my God and my guns”

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday night, Glenn stood before a sold out house inside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX and delivered a powerful keynote speech to energize the supporters of the Second Amendment.

Glenn called for the conversation on guns to move past the one being put forth by politicians and the media. The American people need to see the move to regulate guns for what it is: a part of a larger ongoing effort to take control out of the hands of individuals and place it in the hands of the government.

Why is the effort to restrict guns so dangerous? Because there is no liberty without the ability of the individual to chart their own course and take responsibility for their own life. This is the only way man and mankind progress.

At the end of the day, the gun rights debate boils down not to more guns or less guns, but responsibility and freedom versus control.

The loss of the Second Amendment signals the beginning of the loss of all other amendments, Glenn also said.

“Our Constitution, our rights, our way of life, even our lives themselves are at stake. We have a responsibility to take a step back from our battle and make sure we are absolutely sure why we are fighting,” Glenn said.

“Our freedom is under attack. Our liberty and way of life is being legislated out of existence,” he added.

Glenn pointed to history to make his point about how the gun is only evil in the hands of evil people. He specifically pointing out how proslavery Democrats attempted to keep blacks disarmed and defenseless in order to restrict their freedom, and how Native Americans were driven off their land by men with guns while they didn’t have any to use to defend themselves.

But while guns have been used as weapons for evil, they have also been used by people for good. Like lifelong NRA members and NYPD officer Walter Weaver who rushed into the World Trade Center to save people on 9/11. All that was found of him was his gun. Or the people who save their lives and the lives of others when they come under attack from a home invader or an attacker – all because they had a gun as a means of self-defense.

“We must admit two things; that guns will always find their way into the hands of bad people, but because of that we must declare that guns remain in the hands of good people. This is the beginning of the path to our solution: good people who are willing to stand,” Glenn said.

Glenn added that it was time for responsibly armed citizens to recognize that they can be the first responders when they or their families come under attack.

At the end of the speech, Glenn called for people to stand up and passively resist in the Judeo-Christian tradition the ongoing effort to take away their rights, and to stand firm and strong in the face of opposition because they are on the side of justice and freedom.

“Tonight begins a new chapter in the fight for liberty,” he said. “One that is about more than just our cold dead hands – it’s about the hearts of good people and the active minds of a free people. And the actions of a righteous people. It’s about who we are. As Americans, proud Americans with a cause greater than ourselves.”

“Let us declare without shame that I will cling to my God and my guns because He is my rock and they are central to my foundation,” Glenn said to cheers to the crowd.

“Our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. We will follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, Frederick Douglass, Winston Churchill, Thomas Paine, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Ben-Gurion, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, and MLK. “

“It is not the gun, the knife or as Cain discovered with Able a rock. But the cold heart filled with error and darkness and coldness. That what the problem is,” he said.

“We will work together as Americans not only to preserve our rights, but the rights of our children to be safe, our wives and daughters to not be held at knife or gunpoint by a rapist and our most precious and valuable little ones to have the right to survive a simple walk down a city street or God forbid survive a day public education.”

“Because I have the power of the ultimate truth: Because I am on the side of nature’s law and nature’s God. Jesus was a man of love, peace, and forgiveness. But make no mistake he was also immovable.The right to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed.”

“We will fight by strapping on the full armor of God. We will stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit. We will fight their tactics of fear, we will fight their darkness. We will fight their lies and we will counter them with love peace and equal justice for all mankind.”

After leaving to applause from the crowd, Wayne LaPierre called Glenn back to the stage and presented him with a piece of paper signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Glenn closed out the night asking for people to pray for Wayne LaPierre and the other members of the NRA.

Video of the full speech is below:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/05/04/let-us-declare-without-shame-that-i-will-cling-to-my-god-and-my-guns/?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013-05-06_218264&utm_content=4283058&utm_term=_218264_218271

 

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Obama to College Students: ‘Reject These Voices’ That Warn of Big Government & Tyranny

May. 5, 2013 4:25pm

Obama to Ohio University: Reject These Voices That Warn of Big Government and Tyranny

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Getty Images)

A year to the day after kicking off his re-election campaign at Ohio State University, President Barack Obama returned to the college campus and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their “democracy” can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation’s future.

“I dare you, Class of 2013, to do better. I dare you to do better,” Obama said.

In a sunbaked stadium filled with more than 57,000 students, friends and relatives, Obama lamented an American political system that gets consumed by “small things” and works for the benefit of society’s elite. He called graduates to duty to “accomplish great things,” like rebuilding a still-feeble economy and fighting poverty and climate change.

“Only you can ultimately break that cycle. Only you can make sure the democracy you inherit is as good as we know it can be,” the president told more than 10,000 cap-and-gown-clad graduates. “But it requires your dedicated, informed and engaged citizenship.”

Obama also urged the students to “reject these voices” that warn of the evils of government, saying:

Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems, nor do we want it to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

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The cynics may be the loudest voices—but they accomplish the least. It’s the silent disruptors—those who do the long, hard, committed work of change—that gradually push this country in the right direction, and make the most lasting difference. [Emphasis added]

Invoking the end of the Cold War, 9/11 and the economic recession, Obama said this generation has already been tested beyond what their parents could have imagined. But he said young Americans have responded with a deep commitment to service and a conviction that they can improve their surroundings. He urged graduates to run for office, start a business or join a cause, contending that the health of their democracy “requires your dedicated, informed and engaged citizenship.”

Ohio State also bestowed an honorary doctorate on Obama, applauding his “unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose.”

Obama’s other two commencement speeches this season will be later in May at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and at Morehouse College, an all-male school in Atlanta.

Watch video of President Obama’s speech courtesy of MSNBC, below:

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​The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/05/obama-to-college-students-reject-these-voices-that-warn-of-big-government-tyranny/

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Beck to Obama: Come clean on bombing, or else

Threatens to ‘expose’ secret of marathon attack if administration doesn’t confess

Published: 2 hours ago

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Drew Zahn is a WND news editor who cut his journalist teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today’s professional journal for church leaders. A former pastor, he is the editor of seven books, including Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching, which sparked his ongoing love affair with film and his weekly WND column, “Popcorn and a (world)view.”

TV and radio host Glenn Beck has warned the Obama administration it has until Monday, April 22, to come clean about the Boston Marathon bombing, or he promises to “expose” what’s being hidden from the American public.

“I thought I had heard and seen it all. I thought I didn’t trust my government,” Beck lamented. “Oh, no. No, no. There is no depth that these people will not stoop to. They have until Monday, and then the Blaze will expose it.”

What is Beck threatening to expose? Apparently it has something to do with Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national initially questioned by police following the bombing, but since released.

“Let me just say this to those at the highest echelons of government,” Beck intoned. “We know who this Saudi national is. And it is in your best interest and the best interest of integrity and trust for the people of United States of America – it’s best coming from you, not coming from a news organization. It’s best coming from you. You have until Monday. We have information on who this man is. … We know he is a very bad, bad, bad man.”

Beck claimed to have information leaked to him by “patriots” in several offices and agencies, confirming the government knows more about Alharbi that has been reported and is, contrary to media reports, to be deported for “national security” reasons.

“Documents were brought to our attention at The Blaze, and those documents indicate that this guy is scheduled for deportation next Tuesday due to issues related to national security,” Beck said. “The document goes on to say that the individual is linked to the Boston bombing. That’s what the federal document says.

“This is the same person that we were initially told was a person of interest,” Beck continued. “This was the Saudi national in the hospital. His apartment was in Revere, Mass. It was raided. The items were removed. And then we were told he was just a possible witness. And then we were finally told by the authorities he had nothing to do with the attack, in fact, he wasn’t a witness to the crime. … Yet the documents say he’s being deported voluntarily on terror charges linked to the Boston bombing.”

Beck insisted his information came from “several – I can’t count them on both hands – several sources, who are brave, valiant, patriotic Americans that work in all departments at all levels of this administration, who have contacted The Blaze one way or another and said, ‘Help, help, help.’ There are several dedicated Americans in the law enforcement community [who] decided they could not stand idly by and let the truth be swept under the rug.”

The full video of Beck’s comments, including his insistence that this story “will determine the fate of our nation,” can be seen below:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/beck-to-obama-come-clean-on-bombing-or-else/#ooid=51eXczYjpFrik6MpjUYuc4fxTvYpx9Ir

Since Alharbi’s name was made public, there has been a flurry of confusing reports about both his background and his immigration status. Alharbi is now widely reported to be merely a person injured in the bombing and questioned routinely by the police, while another Saudi, identified as Noura Al-Ajaji, was similarly reported to have been merely an injured bystander. The Saudi embassy in Washington has said Alharbi is no longer under detention and is not a suspect in the bomb blasts.

Forbes, furthermore, has reported there is a Saudi national who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week and is being held for deportation due to his being in the country on an expired visa. However, Homeland Security has said that the individual being held for deportation has nothing whatsoever to do with the Saudi “person of interest” widely reported in the hours following the attack.

Yet WND reported that Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Alharbi was the original “person of interest” in connection with the bombing and is going to be deported.

Reuters further reported President Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal last week, noting “the meeting was not on Obama’s public schedule.”

After that meeting was mentioned, Emerson told Hannity, “That’s very interesting because this is the way things are done with Saudi Arabia. You don’t arrest their citizens. You deport them, because they don’t want them to be embarrassed, and that’s the way we appease them.”

WND also reported a Saudi Arabian newspaper claiming First Lady Michelle Obama visited Alharbi while in the hospital.

WND, in fact, has been at the forefront of reporting news on the bombing’s connection to Arab nations, including stories on the following:

Beck insists despite reports to the contrary spread across the mainstream media, he has the real scoop on Alharbi.

“After a number of those media outlets discredited us or tried to with the ICE disclaimer, we received another call from yet another patriotic citizen in our government, this one from a high-ranking congressional aide who told us that the deportation order that we had just reported on had just been requested and delivered to his boss,” Beck said. “He requested anonymity to protect those who had secretly provided the report, but proceeded to read to us the eight-page document, which confirmed every single detail we reported.”

Of the mysterious “Saudi national,” frequently identified as Alharbi, Beck pondered, “Who is he, I wonder? Why would anyone linked to the bombings be deported? If he’s involved, wouldn’t he be prosecuted? If he’s a witness, why wouldn’t you want him to testify? Why would you allow someone who was standing there by the bomb to be deported? Why would he leave? And why hasn’t anybody in the mainstream media taken an interest in finding out? Why are they silent?

“The Blaze is interested,” Beck said. “And The Blaze will not sit down. We will not comply. We will not shut up. We will not be intimidated. We work hard into looking who he is, who he’s connected to and why he seems to be offered a ticket to freedom even though he’s been identified as a threat to national security. Don’t believe me? Don’t believe me. Six congressmen have verified.”

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April 12, 2013

Common Core: Nationalized State-Run Education

By Dean Kalahar

Common Core, the new federal education standards, may look delicious; but before you take a bite out of the apple, it might be a good idea to know a razor is inside.

Like all Orwellian euphemisms, “Common Core” is not about innocent ideas like the word “common” or the term “core.” The phrase “Common Core” is used to hide the real aspects of an education policy which if articulated openly would never be taken seriously, let alone be implemented.

Common Core is being driven by an amalgam of overt/covert actions, apathy, and Progressive passions, where their ends justify any means. Some people cheering Common Core seem to be unwittingly going along out of good intentions and laziness. While some on the bandwagon are motivated by the usual suspects of money and power, others have just been duped.

These varying alliances seem to be focused on the fact that Common Core’s “lead architect,” David Coleman, says he believes in the value of a liberal-arts education. The problem is nobody asked what a liberal-arts education means to Mr. Coleman. Reading his background puts new meaning to the word “liberal” in liberal arts.

David Coleman lives in trendy Greenwich Village, has never been a classroom teacher and wants to replace traditional subjects with broad learning. He believes there is “a massive social injustice in this country” and that education is “the engine of social justice.” Coleman’s leadership is questionable as he uses profanity (“s–t, f–k, bulls-t, a–) in speeches regarding Common Core. He graduated from liberal Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge universities and is a founding partner of Student Achievement Partners, and the Grow Network, acquired by textbook publisher McGraw-Hill. He is on the board of directors of The Equity Project Charter School, a middle school in New York City that paid $125,000 salaries to teachers yet had a 31.3% passing rate in English in 2010-11. His alliance with unions includes praise for “organizations like the UFT in New York City and the AFT statewide.”

The foundational philosophy of Common Core is to create students ready for social action so they can force a social-justice agenda. Common Core is not about students who actually have a grasp of the intricate facts of a true set of what E.D. Hirsch would call “core knowledge.” Common Core is about, as David Feith would say “an obsession with race, class, gender, and sexuality as the forces of history and political identity.” Nationalizing education via Common Core is about promoting an agenda of Anti-capitalism, sustainability, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, affective math, and culture sensitive spelling and language. This is done in the name of consciousness raising, moral relativity, fairness, diversity, and multiculturalism.

And David Coleman’s upbringing is in line with this Progressive worldview. His mother and greatest influence, Elizabeth Coleman, president of Bennington College in Vermont, does not like the idea of “expertise” or “neutrality (as) a condition of academic integrity” and “wants to “make the political-social challenges themselves the organizers of the curriculum.” She emphasizes an “action-oriented curriculum” where “students continuously move outside the classroom to engage the world directly.” In short: indoctrination through propaganda in education as the vehicle for social transformation.

Mrs. Coleman founded a social justice initiative: the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (she called it a “secular church”) “which invites students to put the world’s most pressing problems at the center of their education.” She was a professor of humanities at the far left New School for Social Research, which was begun by progressives in 1932 and modeled itself after the neo-Marxist social theory of the Frankfurt School. She fights for “social values,” and a “secular democracy,” saying “fundamentalist …values (are) the absolutes of a theocracy.”

President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan falsely said the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted. Common Core was actually developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, funded by the Gates Foundation by at least $173 million dollars. The states were bribed by $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” dollars if they adopted the standards. Former Texas State Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, stated for the record that he was urged to adopt the Common Core standards before they were written.

Federal laws prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but four billion is a big carrot — or is it a stick? Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have sold out… I mean “signed on.”

For all intent and purposes, Common Core is nationalized education. History has shown that state-run information control, which begins with education, has always lead to disastrous results (USSR, Germany, Cuba).

In fact, the U.S. Department of Education has started a Common Core “technical review process” of test “item design and validation.” The test writing stage is where the specifics of content, or in this case progressive ideologies, are inserted. Test questions need content and context, and since Common Core is about subjective processes, the content can be added without ever notifying the public. This is where the sleight of hand occurs. After content is tied to test questions, textbook manufacturers will write the necessary content into their products, the teachers will teach the progressively-driven textbooks and the circle will be complete. Herein we see the dirty little Common Core secret, controlling what is tested is the methodology of controlling the curriculum.

Common Core is not actually about standards, it’s about gaining control over the education system in a futile attempt to create a Progressive utopia using the important sounding academic umbrella of “standards.” But ask yourself, haven’t educators always had standards, guidelines, or benchmarks to guide curriculum? Please understand this is about power, control, and the agenda! Common Core is just the host carrier of the disease — Progressive Secularism.

Core writers say “In our classrooms, it is the students’ voices, not the teachers’ that are heard” and that “the curriculum should not be the coverage of content, but rather the discovery of content,” While reading at a particular grade level may be a part of Common Core’s standard “rubric,” what is read and taught is where doctrine comes alive.

Further proof of totalitarian control is seen in Common Core’s nationwide student tracking system. Michelle Malkin writes the 2009 stimulus included a “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” that mandated constructing “longitudinal data systems (LDS) to collect data on public-school students” that resulted in The National Education Data Model. Then in 2012, the U.S. Department of Education rewrote federal privacy laws to let it share a child’s academic record with virtually anyone. States have begun combining student records of test scores, discipline history, medical records, nicknames, religion, political affiliation, addresses, extracurricular activities, bus stop times and psychological evaluations into a private database called inBloom.

This madness all makes sense if we ask why the teacher unions have suddenly embraced “tougher” standards (new unionism). Common Core’s vague and subjective “liberal arts” standards play perfectly with the unions who are looking for a way around their pay being tied to teacher performance evaluations. The answer, make the standards as subjective and vague as possible. In this way teachers can be evaluated under what are being falsely called tougher Common Core “board certified” type standards. And since pay is now being tied to performance, Common Core’s nonjudgmental subjective view of learning will create the illusion of being successful and accountable. The result, unions strike it rich.

David Coleman’s self-proclaimed “mentor,” David Sherman, holds the post of Consultant in the office of the AFT President Local 94 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was once hired by union boss Albert Shanker to develop an “educational arm” for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City where he was the union’s liaison to the school system and collaborated with district and community organizations. Mr. Sherman became vice president of UFT in 1991. He was appointed to the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Title I and NCLB. Sherman sits on Teachscape’s board of directors and also sits on the board of the Teachers Union Reform Network, the primary internal union organization in support of “new unionism.”

Interestingly, The National Education Association is negotiating a deal with Teachscape, a private firm that will provide web-based teacher professional development services. Teachscape already has the American Federation of Teachers as a partner. Teachscape’s professional development system includes: tools and opportunities for soft evaluation: “self-reflection and self-assessment” These are remarkably similar to the requirements for achieving national certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is also a partner of Teachscape. Many NEA and AFT officials sit on the NBPTS board. Teachers use textbooks from McGraw-Hill, which is a partner and investor of Teachscape.

If one listens and follows the words, the business connections, the union connections, the university connections, the money, and the ideology; a clear picture emerges as to what is driving the insanity. In a nutshell, the Common Core folks knew they had to rewrite the standards and create new standards that are not actually standards but windows of opportunity to spew, by law, ideas that would be laughable if they were not so politically correct and dangerous to the very foundations of the nation.

The Progressives have incrementally gone after the healthcare, family and economic systems. They have been slowly changing education for decades. Common sense about Common Core tells you they are now going after the whole enchilada. What is amazing is that it’s happening right under the noses of academics on both side of the ideological spectrum who are supposed to know better.

Connect the dots and you can see Common Core is nationalized state-run education via an unprecedented partnership between public, private, union, and academic circles. It does not matter if Common Core is one part self interest, one part ignorance, and one part blind elite reality. Any way you slice it there is a razor inside Common Core representing a danger to American culture, education, and children.

Sources: M. Catharine Evans, Diane Ravitch, Washington Post, Education Intelligence Agency, Susan Ohanian , Michelle Maslkin, George Will, Jonathan DuHamel, Valerie Strauss, Neal McCluskey, Lindsey Burke, David Feith, CATO Institute, Heritage Foundation, transcripts.

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