Well, anybody that has been around here long enough knows that I can’t let this pass without throwing down my two cents worth.
The Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the Federal Government to decline to recognize homosexual unions in states that perform them. But left in place the parts of DOMA that exempt the states from honoring homosexual “marriage’ performed in other states.
How long will it be before the Federal Government begins to use its considerable clout to withhold funds from states because they don’t recognize homosexual unions? This has been the way that the feds operate for a long time now, they can’t make you comply, but they can hike up taxes and refuse to send any of that money back into your state if you don’t obey their whims.
The endgame is, of course, as it always has been, the silence of the Church. Christians cannot accept a homosexual union. If you do, you’re not a Christian. The Bible is very explicit on the subject. I wonder how long it will be before the federal government gives the faithful a choice between editing Scripture and facing government persecution?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken exception to Roy Costner’s Valedictorian speech where he recited The LORD’s Prayer. Reportedly saying the following:
The school district had been in a battle over public prayers after the FFRF filed a complaint objecting to what they called an “unconstitutional prayer practice.”
They hold the school district responsible for Costner’s open act of defiance and what they called a string of problematic religious violations.
“The valedictorian who so insensitively inflicted Christian prayer on a captive audience at a secular graduation ceremony, is a product of a school district which itself set an unconstitutional example by hosting school board prayer,” FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a prepared statement.
I think that it is time to make something perfectly clear to the Marxists trying to consolidate power in this country. We are not serfs. We are not subject. We Are Americans.
Roy Costner has the God Given and Constitutionally Guaranteed rights of Freedom Of Religion and Freedom of Speech and no judge, law, or “foundation” can take that from him or us.
This came up a few weeks ago talking about prayer opening county meetings in North Carolina. The Federal Government has no right and no standing to tell how we may pray, where we may pray, and who we may pray to.
Becky Gerritson made headlines this week by going to Congress and telling them that they had “forgotten their place”. The government has not forgotten its place. It has overstepped the bounds of its authority in almost every way imaginable. The Third Amendment to the Bill of Rights is pretty much the only one that has not been infringed.
There can be no answer to these infringements of our rights except defiance.
Patrick Henry said, “give me liberty or give me death!”. Those are the options we should give to the government. Compliance with these edicts that infringe on our God Given Rights cannot be an option if we expect for the government to respect them in the future.
If you have been around here for any amount of time, then you will know that I have considered the introduction of Toll Roads into North Carolina an affront to the purpose the government even exists since the proposal was first floated.
And now, it has come to my attention that it is far worse than even I thought it would be.
According to WTVD:
According to the balance sheet obtained by the I-Team – and never made public until now – in the 2011 fiscal year, the turnpike authority had an operating loss of $3.8 million. The loss was $11.5 million in the 2012 fiscal year.
In the 2012 calendar year, the losses continued. During first full year of toll collections – the project had $12.2 million in expenses and $4 million in revenue – meaning it was in the red by $8.2 million.
And that’s just the cost of things like personnel, supplies, travel, advertising, and rent. It does not include the interest the NCDOT pays out on construction bonds. That amounts to $35.6 million this fiscal year.
The tolls aren’t even covering the existence of the Turnpike Commission.
The NCDOT said that’s not surprising. It says we’re in a period they call the “socialization” of the toll way – and they believe when we’re used to the idea of paying a toll to drive, more of us will do it.
The DOT also says overall – along the entire 19-mile stretch of highway – it is meeting projections for ridership and revenue.
It also says the road won’t break even for another decade. It expects tolls will cover the cost of debt service, operations and maintenance, and major repair and renovation in 2024.
The price is too high. End the tolling, end the turnpike commission, and restore some sanity to this state. The government needs to just stop doing projects outside of its mandate and focus on the reason that it exists. I was taxed for that road once. That money was stolen. I was taxed again. That was insufficient to cover the cost of the road. And now they want me to pay a toll to use a road I have payed for twice already.