At the Republican convention in Tampa, the speakers on the stage kept talking about "smaller government" and "getting government out of our lives" and "cutting government spending."
However, outside of the convention hall there was an army of more than a thousand police dressed in riot gear that closely resembled the costumes of the storm troopers from Star Wars.
It was ironic to have people inside the hall speaking about freedom, while outside the hall a militarized police army was armed with guns, tear gas, Tasers, pepper spray and handcuffs to arrest people for exercising their constitutional right to free speech and peaceful assembly.
This time, the police army did not become violent toward the crowd as they did at the NATO summit in Chicago or the Occupy Wall street gatherings in New York and California. Inside the auditorium, there was no debate whatsoever about the growth of the police state in America or the erosion of citizens' rights. When you dress and arm the police like a military force, aren't you telling them that it is OK to wage war on Americans?
GOP values freedom
Does government belong to the people or do people belong to the government? This question is at the heart of the conflict between Republicans and Democrats.
During the recent Democratic National Convention, a video presentation claimed that we Americans belong to the government. I cannot think of another statement that summarizes the core beliefs of liberalism better.
We Republicans, however, see things differently. We understand that government belongs to the people. We remember that the first three words in our Constitution are "We the people," not "We the government." We don't take lightly the words of President Abraham Lincoln when he spoke of our government being "of the people, by the people and for the people."
Our founders designed government to be a servant of the people. Democrats now want people to be servants of the government. The best example of this is the over-taxation of the wealthy to support the rapidly growing welfare state.
Those of us who still value our freedom need to vote out these big-government-loving Democrats before it is too late. It's not the British who are coming for us this time. It's the freedom-hating socialists in our own country. May God have mercy on the United States of America.
Wrong on God, life
I don't fault the DNC for taking any reference to God out of its platform. It may have been the only honest thing they did during the convention.
It was an admission that they totally reject God and his word. I would discard his name in my documents, too, if I were supporting abortion, infanticide and homosexual marriage. If putting God's name in ink on paper makes "sheeple" following this doctrine feel better somehow, then they are willfully blind and deaf. And it was noted, the DNC delegates cheered abortion and booed God. Enough said.
Michelle Obama in her address at the Democratic National Convention stated: "I've seen how the issues that come across a president's desk are always the hard ones — the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer ... the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.
"And as president, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are."
The truth in her words is frightening to me in this election year. The Obama administration's values and vision for our country are not mine.
The fact that the Democratic Party entertained writing God out of its platform, even for a moment, is simply a tragedy. Obama refuses to protect our most innocent, most vulnerable citizens in the womb. If they are not safe, which one of us is?
The haunting words of John Paul II come to mind, "A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope." Let us not be a nation without hope.
At its convention in Charlotte the Democratic Party revealed how extreme it has become.
The debacle over removing God from the Democratic Party platform and then putting God back in only because President Barack Obama realized it would cost him some votes, sickened me.
Ignoring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? The party of Truman and Kennedy no longer exists.
President Bill Clinton cheated on his wife multiple times, used the power of his political office to procure sexual favor, was engaged in some shady business dealings and gave a questionable pardon to a fugitive financier. He was impeached for lying to a grand jury.
I still remember him on national TV pointing his crooked index finger at me and saying "I did not have sex with that woman — Monica Lewinsky." During the recent Democratic convention, Clinton was the premier speaker and during his speech repeatedly pointed that index finger at the camera.
Poker players call that a "tell," whenever he lies he points his index finger at you.
I don't expect political leaders to be saints and I can overlook some transgressions, and I am not saying Democrats are less moral than Republicans. But why is Clinton revered by Democrats?
On the scale of human decency, Clinton is scum and ought to be treated as such.
Eastwood no paragon
As a longtime fan of Clint Eastwood it was very sad that Mitt Romney's front men chose to let him speak at the GOP convention. Why? For one, according to Eastwood's online bio he's been married twice, yet he has "at least" seven children by five different women.
If that isn't enough, he had a 14-year live-in relationship with actress Sandra Locke and, according to her book The Good, Bad and Very Ugly, Eastwood forced her to have two abortions and a tubal ligation while they were together.
And no one really knows of all the affairs Clintwood has had to date, including one of which resulted with his first child while he was still married to his first wife.
It seems that the "empty chair" that Eastwood used as a prop at the GOP convention is exactly what they promise. Nothing.
Darrell G. Gross
The headline on the front page of the Sept. 7 paper read, "Obama asks for more time to finish the job."
I shudder to think what America will become if he does "finish the job." Once we lose our freedom, we will never get it back."