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Over the cliff


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

I’ve quoted him before but it is appropriate to do so again. Historian Arnold Toynbee once said something to the effect that great countries and empires are not defeated, they commit suicide. The authors of the book I am John Galt tell us that Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, essentially believes that is exactly what the United States is doing. We are over the cliff.

The following quote was written before November’s election. “Coming out the Great Recession, (Greenspan) sees the United States having crossed a fateful threshold, a point of no return, at which we’ve taken on too great a government debt and...made too great a commitment to government control of the economy. (Greenspan said) that we won’t recognize America 20 years from now, and that we won’t like what we see.” This past November, America voted to reaffirm and accelerate our country’s suicide.

Republican leadership was quick to find fault with its own positions and blame symptoms rather the actual reason for the defeat in November. Symptoms such as immigration, taxation, birth control, abortion, and so on.

Republicans completely failed to pinpoint the reason for our country’s problems. The cause is basic and simple. It is liberalism led by, as Tom Sowell calls him, the “warped” man in the White House. Failure to drive a stake through the heart of this loser collectivist ideology is the reason Republicans continue to lose.

Over the years I’ve gotten to know people who are or were near the summit of their professions, in the Catholic Church, the military, the state department, and our business sector. Without fail they were and are extremely worried about another Obama term. What they told me is not comforting.

Very senior military officers believe Obama is a disaster. In part it is because of a philosophy that doesn’t hold that America should be as strong as it is in comparison to other nations. In addition, they recognize that out of control spending makes the prospect of keeping and maintaining a powerful military totally impossible. Mark Steyn points out that “within this decade, the interest payments on the debt will be covering the entire cost of the Chinese military. America can fund the Pentagon or the People’s Liberation Army, but not both, not for long.”

There will be severe consequences ultimately. If you think .....
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Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

During the Bush administration, Dana Perino was taking questions from reporters. The subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis came up. It turned out Dana had never heard about the installation of nuclear missiles by the Soviet Union on Cuba; the thirteen ..... 
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Is there a God?

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
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By Pastor Mike Hopper “Is there a God?” In the January 14, 2013 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, Publisher Jason Sethre asked a good question. As a teen, I too asked that question, and since that time have come to the solid conclusion: “ ..... 
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Lost in Spades

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
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It’s probably been long enough that most of you have managed to betray the promises made at the year’s beginning: exercise equipment has started collecting dust, you’ve sheepishly hit the drive-thru again, maybe that pack of smokes was just to ..... 
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One Moment Please... Is there a God?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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When I am driving here and there, I often have my radio tuned into Minnesota Public Radio (91.7) or XM Radio. During my travels last week, I happened to catch a debate between scholars, scientists and clergy discussing whether God exists. Of c ..... 
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What is next?

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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By Brett Kues When I was 15, I wanted a car. I dreamed of a Toyota pickup with great big tires. I was not sure of the price, and didn’t care because I was certain my parents would foot the bill. One day on a rare trip into Omaha, as we were driv ..... 
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A road not yet taken

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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Children, when trying to get their way, have been known to declare, “I’m going to hold my breath until...” Members of Congress seem to be making similar childish declarations. This is no way to run a government. Washington is failing to govern ..... 
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One Moment, Please... In the name of progress

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com During the month of January, our team at the Journal will be focused on starting the year out with a bang. What’s ..... 
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Gun free zones?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson Natural rights are basic rights that government cannot rightly take away from us. One of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens is the freedom to protect ourselves from being physically harmed by someone else. It is a na ..... 
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