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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Learn a little about what the USA is all about

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24 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Learn a little about what the USA is all about



  1. Swoony
    9:25 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty damn cool.



  2. shadowboxer
    9:39 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    It is unfortunate (to say the least) that the Pledge of Allegiance can’t be recited in so many places now. It is only a matter of time before the National Anthem is eliminated from public functions as well. I am tired of people being offended by these two traditions.



  3. The Blue Goose
    9:55 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you, BTI. Happy Independence Day.



  4. Matthew is Awesome
    10:04 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    @2. I am not aware of anyplace that a person is prohibited from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I am aware that many schools have removed the Pledge from their early morning rituals, and I do not have an opinion on that. Interestingly, the Pledge of Allegiance became official in 1945 following the patriotic fervor of WWII. Under God was added by Ike in 1954. Also a neat point, The Pledge (I should fact check this) was first drafted in the late 1800’s to commemorate Columbus day and was first published in a children’s magazine. The National Anthem is a whole other story. American history is amazing! Glad I was a history major in undergrad. Have a great 4th of July BBN!



  5. carlton likes
    10:07 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Awesome. USA! USA! USA!



  6. Grayinrichmond
    10:08 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Whoever gave this speech or sermon gave a great story but didn’t hit on many facts. The Star Spangled Banner poem was written during the War of 1812 and not during the Revolution when we were colonies We were a country then. Fort Mchenry protected the harbor at Baltimore on Cheapeake Bay. And the women and children were in the city. Washington died in 1799 prior to this conflict.



  7. Lori M
    10:10 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!” — Emiliano Zapata



  8. JBR
    10:14 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    2…really? Already griping this early in the day?



  9. Good Narrative... BUT...
    10:23 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    #6 – right on that – Good story – just a little shady on facts – I also believe Francis Scott Key was just trying to negotiate the release of one person – William Beanes – So, I’m not so sure about the “Cargo Hold of Humanity” –

    #7- He is one who attributed with that quote – he also lived in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s – so I’d say chances of Francis Scott Key saying that are pretty small…

    but, overall it still makes a good story, and a bit about where our national identity comes from.



  10. Johnny
    10:44 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    If I was upset by the pladge of allegiance not being said in school I would make sure my child was forced to do it before leaving the house for school each day that would show them.



  11. Joe
    10:44 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Let us remember the flag represents our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, that we are free according to God-given rights, and not because the state grants them to us. And we WERE prospered as long as we remembered our Republic was subject to the rule if law, and not any man or woman.

    Unfortunately, that flag is not being held up any more by brave patriots. It is lying on the ground, not hit by any bombs, but allowed to fall as we citizens have permitted unconstitutional government to go on for decades.

    Evidence is in plain view, even proclaimed by enemies from within. One example: our most recent war in Libya is dictated by one man who declares we bomb a sovereign nation because the U.N. authorizes it, and brazenly defends his war by saying he doesn’t have to consider what the Constitution says.

    Of course, the Constitution says that only Congress can declare and fund war.

    And yet we continue the “humanitarian” mission by the bombing, and are planning a ground invasion later this fall.

    Yes, assuming this account is true, what an inspiring story! But which patriots TODAY will go pick the flag up off the ground? It has been knocked down. I can tell you there are a few. One of them is running for president against all odds, against the media and even against every other candidate.

    If you don’t know this great patriot. Then go find out. Examine his perfect Constitutional voting record, known as “Dr. No” for voting against every unconstitutional bill, is the only war veteran, and is universally known as an honest man who can’t be bought, but due to lies is known as “fringe.”

    BBN, “fringe” is what the red coats called the 3% who spoke against the British tyranny. I guess “fringe” today are those who protest when a TSA agent touches their genitals because they’re presumed guilty of being a terrorist because they’re flying to see family a few states away.

    Know that these are times that are trying men’s souls. The summer soldier will stay quiet, and let the flag lay on the ground, but true patriots must stand up and be heard, for us as a nation to still be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave.



  12. Axe Cop
    11:00 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    11. Let us remember that the declaration was written by someone who was likely an atheist, and at the very least did not believe in the story of jesus.



  13. Fatcs a bit off
    12:17 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    nice sermon… not very factual though. +1 to #6 and #9. By the way I’m a liberal and a Democrat. I guess that means I am not a true patriot. I guess that means I don’t pray for our troops in harms way. That I don’t hold my hand over my heart when the national anthem is sung. That I don’t love this country like those who watch Fox News. That, if the shit really hit the fan, I wouldn’t take up arms. Believe me, my conservative friends, I would. I’d just also support healthcare and tax the rich who have gotten richer while the Commonwealth be damned.



  14. Liberty under attack today
    1:21 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    We The People have unalienable God-given Rights that can not be taken away lawfully nor morally. The Bill of Rights is absolute and what is so hard about THOU SHALL NOT INFRINGE? We r supposed to be above our servant govt. They work for us. The servants of the three co-equal branches r public servants. Yes, the supreme Court, notice the small s, work for us. They all take a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC. The Constitution is the Supreme law of the land per Article 6 and all laws must be in agreement or persuance of it. There r many pretender statutes on the books called “color of law” which means the appear on the surface to be law but in reality r null and void. The system is supposed to be a 3 vote system but most only know of their power to vote in elections. The other 2 r the true intent of the Grand Jury and Petite Jury. In a petite jury situation the jurors r the real judges. They have the Right to judge facts, evidence, and also the statute or law itself, even though no judge or attorney will tell u of this right. Real justice, yea right! If the govt. is trying to convict you of violating one of their many private “public policy” so called laws, then my job as a juror is to first determine if the statute is in agreement with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. If it is not then it matters not if u r guilty of violating it. It is my duty to vote not guilty and thus I have protected u from the tyranny of a govt. that does not abide by the Constitution. Grand Jurors should be doing the same thing instead of being rubber stamps for the govt. Also, Grand Jurors used to be a check against corruption and would go after judges, politicians, or any other servant suspected of wrongdoing. Amendment 5 speaks of the govt. getting permission from the People to bring suit against u either by indictment or presentment. In the 40s they wrote in the rules of criminal procedure, rule 7 footnote 4 that the presentment process which allowed Grand Jurors to check corruption of govt officials is now obsolete and that they would just proceed with the indictment process. Which is greater, the 5th Amendment to the BofRights or some footnote to a rule by a bunch of legal tyrants?



  15. Liberty under attack today
    1:38 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    The ideas of the country’s founding r the greatest in the history of the world. Those ideas r freedom, liberty, self govt, absolute unalienable Rights that come from God, free enterprise, free markets, truth, justice, morality, friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none, honest money backed by substance, and the common law. The common law is not the English common law as much as it is the Anglo-Saxon common law. It is the law of freedom. It says that unless I harm ur life, liberty, property, or break a contract with u, then I am free to do as I wish. There must be an injured party. It does not compell performance. It requires restituion to the injured party only if convicted by a fully informed jury capable of judging the constitutionality of the statute. The judge is the referee. The real judges r the jurors. Today, however; the common law has been thrown aside and replaced by the Roman Civil Law which is ruler’s law. It compells u to perform and has penalties for not. Congress via hjr 192 set aside the gold standard which is the substance the common law is based upon in the 30’s. The country was bankrupted by the unconstitutional federal reserve banksters. FDR rounded up the gold of the American people and stole half of their wealth. Today, the country is in debt almost 15 trillion to these banksters, although we really do not owe it because it was all done via fraud and is clearly unconstitutional. The workings of the banksters, the politicians, and the law has been used to enslave We The People. Few even know that we have been enslaved. I think it was Goathe who said no one is more enslaved than those who don’t know they have been enslaved.



  16. Liberty under attack today
    1:41 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Joe, very well said!



  17. UKSoCal
    2:25 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    15- When you misstate, in your second sentence, that the Bill of Rights is absolute, how can you expect anyone to read the rest of your wall of text? The Constitution was made to be a living document, changing with the times. You really want to live by the letter of law of a group of people that would burn you as a witch for your cell-phone?



  18. JBR
    2:55 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    First, there is no god, second, our founding fathers were liberals in their day. Anyone who follows foxnews and the neocons are not patriots, they are in a cult.



  19. JimBobCooter
    5:35 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    And at that time many Christians would use other people as property… for 100 more years.

    The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are works of such advanced genius that they were generations ahead of even the people that wrote them! Even now, half of the world hasn’t witnessed a government with a balance of power and term limits and a military controlled by a citizen – who is subject to the people.

    And the flag is a beautiful symbol worth honoring and treating with respect bc so many died without getting to reap the benefits of their sacrifices.

    But this whole “American Christians die holding up the flag” business… let’s just know context. We are a nation built by people who fled nationally-instituted religion. We wanted to worship in our own way with no government to intervene or “change the rules” on us, and travelled thousands of miles by boat to get here. Let’s celebrate our commonalities, being AMERICAN, and all of us being affected somehow by someone close to us sacrificing their time or life to keep us free.

    But let’s also recognize our differences. We aren’t all Christian. And even the Christian denominations have a hundred different deal breaker rules and footnotes. Forcing embellishments into an already powerful story doesn’t add to the glory of Old Glory.



  20. frizzle
    5:38 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    11. Were you ok with us liberating the sovereign nation of Iraq without the UN’s support?



  21. Martinsm30
    9:22 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Number 18…Yes the Constitution is a living document. There is an amendment process. If the consitution is to be modified the amendment process needs to be followed. Cry me a river if it is too hard… That is how the Bill of Rights were added.



  22. shadowboxer
    11:56 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    4 – Really? Try town council meetings all over the place. Try schools all over the place. Just because “you aren’t aware”, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Google it, Sport. It is becoming an epidemic.



  23. shadowboxer
    11:57 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    19 – Enjoy your government check.