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Menorah Lighting Ceremony Held in Rapid City

Menorah Lighting Ceremony Held in Rapid City

Tonight the Synagogue of the Hills held a Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony in downtown Rapid City. Mayor Sam Kooiker was on hand with his daughter, and several other local officials were present also. South Dakota Dist. 32 Senator Stan Adelstein officiated. He explained the meaning of the ceremony, led in a responsive reading, and then lit the menorah.

Executive Orders

Executive Orders

Our nation was not founded to be a centrally planned socially straight-jacketed empire ruled by the decrees of a sovereign. With President Obama, seconded and supported by his Attorney General Holder, deciding not to enforce laws they disagree with, the rule of law has ended in the United States. We can date our passage from a nation of laws to a nation of men not with this momentous decision but more effectively from the moment our elected representatives declined to declare this action to be unconstitutional and illegal.

Morality is Divinely Inspired

Morality is Divinely Inspired

The American colonist’s believed it was necessary to build a moral culture in their communities if their experiment in self-government was to be successful. Their schools taught the moral values of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament. But some 50 years ago, secularism became the new religion in our schools–bringing with it the tragedy of Columbine and similar incidents repeated every year.

Land of the envious and home of the victim

Land of the envious and home of the victim

We stand at a critical crossroads today in clarifying the role of government in our free country. President Obama was correct to say in Osawatomie, Kansas recently that “this is the defining issue of our time.” Ours is no longer, in our president’s take on things, the land of the free and the home of the brave. America now is the land of the envious and the home of the victim.

A Letter to Lonis

A Letter to Lonis

Lonis Wendt recently wrote an essay on the Vivian (S.D.) dance hall as published in my hometown newspaper. The article originally was submitted to the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on behalf of the hall’s induction slated for April 21, 2012, at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. While this article just refers to the history of the Vivian dance hall, it should remind a lot of us about the dance halls in most of South Dakota’s small towns that are now just a memory.

Critical Differences Between Left and Right

Critical Differences Between Left and Right

Socialists on the Left would have us believe that their “progressive” (an Orwellian term designed to obfuscate the fact that they are liberal–modern liberal, not classic liberal) ideas can work in the real world. However, it only takes a cursory examination in the real world to realize these fantasies won’t withstand contact with reality. This video provides some insight into how and why these principles contrast, as well as how they work…or, in the case of liberalism, don’t work.

Today’s Liberalism Versus Yesteryear’s Liberalism

Today's Liberalism Versus Yesteryear's Liberalism

Many people—unfortunately—associate the term “liberalism” with the ideology commonly held by people who associate themselves with Barack Obama, progressivism, Occupy Wall Street, and the Democratic National Committee. But are supporters of the above causes, politicians, and parties really “liberals?”

Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Proclamation

Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Proclamation

This Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by President Ronald Reagan on November 15, 1985: Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage. “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,” the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the “wondrous works” of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers…

John F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Proclamation

John F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Proclamation

This Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by President John F. Kennedy on October 27, 1961: “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” More than three centuries ago, the Pilgrims, after a year of hardship and peril, humbly and reverently set aside a special day upon which to give thanks to God for their preservation and for the good harvest from the virgin soil upon which they had labored…

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

This Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863 in the midst of America’s most bloody conflict ever: I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens…

Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Third President

Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Third President

This Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by our nation’s third president, James Madison, in 1815: The senate and House of Representatives of the United States have by a joint resolution signified their desire that a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity as a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness manifested in restoring to them the blessing of peace…

Rush Limbaugh on a Lesson for Today From Thanksgiving

Rush Limbaugh on a Lesson for Today From Thanksgiving

Yesterday on his show, Rush Limbaugh shared what he calls the “true story of Thanksgiving” as recorded in his best-seller “See I Told You So.” It’s the story of the Pilgrim’s well-intentioned but misguided and nearly disastrous flirtation with socialism (before there was such a name for such behavior), and how free market principles saved the colony. It’s a story that every, every, EVERY American needs to know.

The Secret Pilgrim History

The Secret Pilgrim History

If you’ve never heard Medved’s Thanksgiving story, then you are about to have all your assumptions about our Thanksgiving holiday challenged. Particularly, Medved talks about the economic model the pilgrims tried when they first came to New England. Medved tells when the pilgrims arrived, they instituted a socialist collective where everyone would work together and everyone would get a share of the crops. It turned out to be the same kind of debacle socialism always turns out to be.

Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Second President

Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Second President

This proclamation by America’s second president, John Adams, was actually for a day of fasting and humiliation, but it did contain a call for thanksgiving as well. It was issued in 1798: As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him…

Thomas Jefferson Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thomas Jefferson Thanksgiving Proclamation

This Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson in 1779: Whereas the Honourable the General Congress, impressed with a grateful sense of the goodness of Almighty God, in blessing the greater part of this extensive continent with plentiful harvests, crowning our arms with repeated successes, conducting us hitherto safely through the perils…

First National Thanksgiving Proclamation

First National Thanksgiving Proclamation

This is the first national Thanksgiving proclamation of the United States, issued by Congress on Nov. 1, 1777: Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy…

Giving Thanks: A National Tradition

Giving Thanks: A National Tradition

As we, once again, approach this national day of “thanksgiving” I thought it necessary to reflect upon our nation’s long history of acknowledging and giving thanks to Almighty God. On October 3, 1789 George Washington issued the nation’s first presidential proclamation in which he called the nation to set aside a day for giving thanks to that “great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be….”

Assimilation: Is it time for another time out?

Assimilation: Is it time for another time out?

Millions of Muslims are seeking to immigrate to America. Islam is a civilization that has never accepted Christianity equally, and many seek Shariah Law that would expunge Christianity entirely. With this in mind, don’t you think we should solve the problem of their assimilation into our culture and language before we bring in millions more into this country? Or to put it another way, is it wise to bring in millions more into our country at such a time?

We’re ignoring the Constitution

We're ignoring the Constitution

As ObamaCare heads toward the Supreme Court, is it not sad that most basic violations of individual liberty are not intuitively obvious to so many citizens and members of Congress? It’s obvious what’s wrong today. We’ve either forgotten what being American means, or we no longer care.

2011 Pulpit Freedom Sunday a Success

2011 Pulpit Freedom Sunday a Success

Eric Stanley of the Alliance Defense Fund was on Wallbuilders Live yesterday, discussing the Pulpit Initiative. This effort started in 2007 by the Alliance Defense Fund to challenge the unconstitutional tax code provision fostered in 1954 by then Senator Lyndon Johnson to silence his nonprofit political enemies. This year, 539 pastors participated, and next year even more are expected to come on board.

Let’s Conversate about the Argubate 

Let’s Conversate about the Argubate 

A debate is merely an argument dressed up in its Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.? So whether we should call our current national dialog a debate or an argument depends upon the sensibilities of the writer and the reader.? For the purposes of fairness and inclusiveness I will therefore coin a new term, “Argubate.”

Who Votes for Democracy?

Who Votes for Democracy?

We are witnessing the tyranny not of the majority but instead of the majority of voters coming to fruition. In America in a typical election, only 50% or less of eligible voters bothers to cast their ballot. Many congressional districts are gerrymandered into personal possessions, local counties, cities and states belong to good-old-boy networks and the Senate is the province of millionaire media stars. The uninformed elect the unqualified to give them what is unearned.

The Story Behind the ‘Star Spangled Banner’

The Story Behind the 'Star Spangled Banner'

Do you know how the United States got its national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”? If you don’t, you should. If you do, you probably thrill to hear the story again and again. Watch this vide of historian David Barton telling the story.

Obama Makes Contempt for Christian Heritage Clear

Obama Makes Contempt for Christian Heritage Clear

Thanks, President Obama, for making it even more clear where you stand with your contempt for America’s Christian heritage. After the U.S. House of Representatives reaffirmed yesterday our national motto of “In God We Trust,” President Obama proceeded this morning to mock and minimize this act. Remember that Obama has on more than one occasion misled people about our national motto, as well as shown his disdain for our Christian heritage. What did Benjamin Franklin say about a people who think they no longer need God’s assistance?

Star Parker on the Welfare State

Star Parker on the Welfare State

Reason TV did an interview of Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). In the opening of the interview, she nails the socialist approach of the Left to the wall: “This whole notion that we should even have a ‘war on poverty’ dismisses the fact that individuals have a role in their own lives.”