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Election Season 2014

And it has brought us to this trainwreck called ObamaCare and we have bankrupted our kids and grandkids!

We are now headed into the 2014 Election Season and common sense and conservatism are on the rise. Please stand-up and be counted!

Reading Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election is a great place to start!

The Founding Father's Real Reason for the Second Amendment

And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." See Video of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp’s Congressional Testimony: What the Second Amendment is REALLY For, below (u-tube HERE).

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Wrap at Ask Marion 6.29.14 Thru 7.13.14 – Special Patriotic Season and Call Edition

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Our weekly wrap… Sunday to Sunday… Please share! Ask Marion – Covering Two Weeks This Time

It is Time to Choose… Which America You Want You Grandkids to Live In!!

America has been on the edge for a long time and she is now teetering as far forward over the edge as a country possibly can before it falls over the cliff and is no longer recognizable.  We either wake-up immediately and get-involved or there will be no America, at least not as you knew her, for your children and grandchildren… nor anything to take care of you from the benefits you already paid for!

The question is… which America do you want to live in:

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The one above or the one below (and it has nothing to do with race, color or religion), at least not to the average Americans I know.  It has to do with the law, sovereignty and becoming part of a melting pot and all that goes with it. 

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But that isn’t necessarily the situation with those in our administration. The following photo hangs on Eric Holder's office wall displaying Lady Justice peeking under her blindfold to check everyone's skin color.

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I am an immigrant.  A legal immigrant and have lived in the U.S. for going on 60-years.  My parents waited in line… for their turn to come to the U.S. from Austria after WWII for 7-years.  My mom was German and my dad was Austrian.  They met in an American prisoner of war camp.  They were both part of a medical unit that surrendered at the end of the war; my mother was a nurse in the Red Cross. Both their families were heavily involved in the underground during the NAZI years. 

My parents paid their own way and mine; I was born during the 7-years they waited to come.  They secured sponsors who were responsible for them, pretty much in every way for the first 5-years they were in  the country.  In fact that was the system, if you wanted to come to America, you not only had to wait in line… the lines were never longer than after the World Wars, especially after WWII, but everyone needed a sponsor… and those sponsors, not the government and not the taxpayers needed to assist and watch over those the sponsored… give them a place to stay; help them with funds if needed; get them medical assistance and help them find work, etc.  All immigrants, until they were naturalized, had to register with the federal government every January, as well, so they always knew where we were.

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My parents enrolled in English classes at the local high school within a month of them arriving, within that time my dad had found a full-time job.  Within the first 3-months that they were here, we moved to our own place, my had added a part-time job and were all well on the road to speaking English.  Almost everyone in our circle for friends was a relatively new immigrant, but not just from our country, from all over the world, and at our gatherings everyone spoke English.  Everyone usually brought two dishes… one from their home country and one new American dish that they had learned to make. By the time I was 3 I could translate for my folks and helped the little American boy across the way improve his speech and English, said his mother.

My sister and brother were born in America, American citizens, and all of us were encouraged to retain our German language and hour heritage, but the focus was on speaking English, learning American traditions, knowing American history and becoming Americans… not Austrian or German… hyphenated Americans, as immigrants and others are know today.

And I explain this above to illustrate becoming part of a melting pot and all that goes with it.  If you really want to become part of a new country and culture… you want to be better for your children and generally better than the place you are leaving, which means that the new country… America needs to survive.  Between the onslaught of illegals in unmanageable numbers, the ideological infiltration of anti-American Progressives as well as the infiltration of groups who are hostile to our way of life including the Bill of Rights and America’s Judeo-Christian background, America… at least not the one people looked to and wanted to live in, will not survive.

I speak, read and write perfect English and German (as well as any of us do); both without an accent. I also speak rudimentary French and some Spanish.  I can BBQ a steak, make a killer hamburger or bake red velvet cake as well as Austrian Apple Strudel or German Rouladen… as well a homemade tamales, thanks to an old co-worker.  But I bleed red, white and blue, get chocked up when I talk about what America means to me and I get tears in my eyes when recite the pledge of allegiance (under God) or sing the star-spangled banner loudly (and badly) while at an event or watching the fireworks.

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I always, of course, rout for the USA.  But if knocked out or not competing in an event at the Olympics or World Cup… I rout for Austria and Germany.  Why not?  It is okay to be proud of your heritage.  What is not okay is moving to another country and expecting them to change for you…

America has been under attack by enemies from without and within, who have steadily whittled away at the American dream, the U.S. Constitution and at the very fiber of America, for decades.

We continue to find ourselves running backwards because we do not take the time to understand our enemies. It is why we have lost in the Middle East and instead of defeating the terrorists we have emboldened them to move forward with their worldwide Islamic Caliphate… which has always been their goal; we never understood our enemy… Just today… on Ramadan, Obama adviser, Mohamed Elibiary, reasserts U.S. is ‘Islamic country’.  Read More Here

As Brigitte Gabrielle says:

Our elected and appointed officials must come to terms with the doctrinal basis for jihad so we can properly and effectively defend America, protect American lives and face our enemies.

And lack of understanding is also why we have lost our country to the Progressive Movement.  We never took the time to understand them, the enemies within and their goals either…  You must understand your enemy before you can defeat them!!  The Cloward-Piven Strategy, being used at the southern border right now and Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are two of the key elements in the Progressive tool chest…

Rules for Radicals, first published in 1971, is Saul Alinsky’s counsel to young radicals on how to effect social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” You cannot effectively fight your enemy if you do not understand him. In order to understand Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the rest of Progressive you need to understand Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as well as the Cloward and Piven Strategy, which is what they are using to capsize the republic and at the border right now.

Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals:

Know them and know what Democrats are doing! You can’t beat an enemy you don’t understand… it is why we lost in Vietnam and the wars in the Middle East.

* RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

* RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

* RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

* RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

* RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

* RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

* RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

* RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Tickets for Beck’s ‘We Will not Conform’ anti-Common Core Event are on sale, and Dinesh D’Souza’s movie is in theaters right now, opening on the July 4th, 2014 weekend, based on his book America: Imagine a World without Her. “If Hillary Clinton is elected in 2016, the baton will have passed from one Alinskyite to another. In this case, Alinsky’s influence will have taken on a massive, almost unimaginable, importance. Obama will have had eight years to remake America, and Hillary will have another four or perhaps eight to complete the job,” he wrote. –> Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ warns Hillary Clinton will ‘finish off’ the country <–

Benghazi Cover-Up Bigger Than Watergat... Iran Contra

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Love Sex Again  is an all-encompassing guide to women’s sexual health from Dr. Lauren Streicher, a cutting-edge Gynecologist, and a regular on The Dr. Oz Show.

Ladies, what if one of America’s leading sexual specialists and Gynecologist told you that she knew your body better than you did? What if she told you that she could fix the problems that are making your sex life less than perfect? More than 100 million women in America have problems in the bedroom, but don’t have the courage to ask their doctors for help. These problems don’t come from relationship issues, or the stresses of work and family. These are real, physical issues that are getting in the way of a vibrant, joyful sex life. Instead of getting the help they need, so many women make a silent deal with themselves: without fanfare, without discussion, they quietly give up on pleasure, or drastically compromise their expectations where sex is concerned. Sometimes women make this deal with themselves early on in their 20s or 30s; for other women, it doesn’t hit until their 40s, 50s or later. Most women lack the vocabulary to talk about these issues with their doctors, not to mention the pharmaceutical aids that are readily available to men. But no longer.

Dr. Streicher will show women how to regain their libido, determine what their issues are, and learn to fix whatever is broken “down there.” This much anticipated book will set women on a path to discovering (or rediscovering) deeply pleasurable, satisfying sex. She offers practical advice for real women of all ages—from childbearing to post-menopausal, and explains what a woman needs to know about her body, where she is in her life, and her relationships, and how it connects to a satisfying sex life.

Also check out The AD, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Aging… Inflammation and Nutrition Connection

The rate of occurrences of Alzheimer’s-Dementia (AD), ADD, ADHD, Autism (ASD), and debilitating Aging symptoms are through the roof. Everyone I know either suffers from one of these conditions (themselves); has a child, grandchild, parent, or grandparent who is afflicted; or they know someone, if not several some-ones, within their close circle that suffers from one or more of these diseases and conditions.

We are drowning in epidemics and dying of inflammation.

Love, Prayer and Laughter are the Best Medicines… And may soon be all you can count on!

As Well As The Best Anti-Depressants!

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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -Mahatma Gandhi

We Are All Waiting...

Knowledge is Power… Which Demands Action, Usually at a Cost!

The Scandals Are All Phony

Better One Day as a Lion.. than 1000 as a Sheep

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America's Last Flame

Why Is He Still President

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Yet This is What is Happening:  Cloward-Piven at Our Border…  

And Freedom Isn’t Free… It requires sacrifice, an engaged populace and a willingness to make the touch choices!

A Country With Not Border Is Not a Country

#SendThemBack 

Book(s) of the WeekThe REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know  By Aaron Klein and  Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas  By Edward Klein

The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know  It is bigger than Watergate! Bigger than Iran-Contra! Ten times bigger than both, Rep. Steve King has said.

The Benghazi scandal may have been covered up by the White House, but the truth is about to come out. "The Real Benghazi Story" is a groundbreaking investigative work that finally exposes some of the most significant issues related to the murderous September 11, 2012, attack – information with current national security implications. Investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Aaron Klein provides the answers many have longed for, from the secretive activities transpiring inside the doomed facility to shocking new details about the withholding of critical protection at the U.S. special mission. Learn about what really happened to Ambassador Chris Stevens that ill-fated night, the central role Hillary Clinton actually played in the scandal – and more! Also answered for the first time is why the State Department hired armed members of the al-Qaeda-linked February 17 Martyrs Brigade to protect the facility. New reasons are revealed for not sending air support or Special Forces during the assault, while extensively probing not only jihadist groups but also possible state actors behind the attack. These are just some of the new details to be revealed in this game-changing book…

BloodFeud_book2_KleinBlood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate for the Democrats, got off to a false start… on her combo book tour for Hard Choices and unofficial pre-campaign swing, and it really doesn’t seem to be getting a whole lot better.  Hillary is long on questionable old news and some down right unresolved scandals… that are growing instead of diminishing with the release of the Hillary Tapespart 2.  And then when you get right down to it… she is just not that relatable either, as proved by her attempted Broke-a-hontas ploy that she just won’t let go of.

I would say that perhaps this new book, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, by New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein who also wrote The Amateur, might be a better and more informative read on Hillary and what is really going on.

In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews.

Blood Feud is a stunning exposé of the animosity, jealousy, and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples, who in reality have so much in common!

Also checkout Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment By Andrew C McCarthy if you haven’t already read it.

Stand Together When the Time comes

The wolves are at the door!!

The GOP can beat Hillary with the right candidate.  The left is going to use the same ploy with Hillary as they did with Obama… They will make themselves look like the Heroes because they are putting up the first women, as they did, the first black American, for President. It was what the campaign of lies against the GOP has been leading up to… the made up Republican War Against Women has been part of the plan to run Hillary with that carrot, all along.  The Election of 2016 will be the battle for America’s soul and future and the key to the Republicans… Conservatives, the American Middle Class winning that battle is fighting fire with fire… pitting our strongest women against Hillary. The key to stopping Hillary Clinton is Sarah Palin!

Breitbart.com: The Economist/YouGov survey asked respondents in a series of polls last week which female candidate not named Hillary Clinton they would want to run for president.

Palin is first in the national survey with 9%, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice with 8%. Michelle Obama is fourth with 2% of the vote.

In other national polls, Palin has the highest favorability rating among Republican presidential primary voters. If Sarah does not run in 2016, her influence and potential endorsement could tip the GOP presidential contest as the GOP may be the most split from within in the past 40 years.

2016 – The Election of the First Female President of the United States?

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And Join in on Twitter at @AskMarion @JustOneMorePet and @PalinCruz_2016 #PalinCruz2016 Governor Sarah Palin tops a national poll of female candidates that Americans want to run for president

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Sarah Palin: It’s Time to Impeach President Obama

Palin Leadership vs. Progressive Failure

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CudaStrike Sarah's Corsair (Photo Credit - Getty - Palin Twibe)

By Governor Sarah Palin  -  A Time for Choosing By  Gary P. Jackson  -  Cross-Posted at Palin-Cruz 2016 and Ask Marion

Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.”

Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.

The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt, many cities are on the verge of insolvency, our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.

Have faith that average American workers – native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties – do care because we’re the ones getting screwed as we’re forced to follow all our government’s rules while others are not required to do so. Many now feel like strangers in their own land. It’s the American worker who is forced to deal with Obama’s latest crisis with our hard-earned tax dollars while middle class wages decrease, sustainable jobs get more scarce, and communities become unrecognizable and bankrupted due to Obama’s flood of illegal immigration.

Who’s looking out for the American worker? Who has their backs? Who fights for them?

We should.

President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.

It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.

The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.

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Costco Caught Again… Removing D'Souza's 'America' From Shelves

This is not the first time COSTCO has been caught removing bestselling books from their shelves that fall into the Conservative or Christian categories.  

President Obama visiting a Maryland Costco store in January.

President Obama visiting a Maryland Costco store in January 2014

By Marion Algier – Ask Marion

WND:  Please contact and call out COSTCO and their founder for removing this excellent book, America: Imagine a World without Her, from their shelves !!  Please call COSTCO and give them your two cents worth… or better yet, go to your local store and speak up, loudly at customer service, so everyone can hear you!! 

Costco’s founder is a Liberal who has given large sums of money, money they get from you, to the Obama campaigns!!  Their main phone # is 425-313-8100  and here is the e-mail to their founder:  jsinegal@costco.com !  Thanks

Costco removing D'Souza's 'America' from shelves

Bestseller disappearing as companion movie hits theaters and is a large success

NEW YORK – The retail giant Costco Wholesale has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed.

The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president. A Washington Post political reporter has noted Obama’s “romance” with the nation’s second-largest retailer.

At Amazon.com, D’Souza’s book, released June 2, is ranked No. 43 overall and is the No. 3 hardcover book in Amazon’s Politics and Government section and No. 1 in the Commentary and Opinion subsection of Politics and Government.

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Copies of “America” at a Costco store Monday (WND photo)

Costco has sold more than 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide, with about 700 copies sold last week as D’Souza’s film by the same name opened at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide.

But Costco’s book department issued the “pull-order,” requiring all Costco stores nationwide to remove the book, confirmed Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the Costco Wholesale corporate office in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

The July 1 order required all copies to be removed by July 15.

Contacted for a reaction, D’Souza was surprised to learn of the Costco decision.

“If true, this would be very odd,” D’Souza said.

“We’re in the process of finding out what’s happening. I look forward to getting to the bottom of this and continuing the strong relationship my publisher and I have always had with Costco and their millions of shoppers.”

Most Costco stores WND contacted Monday had already pulled “America” from the shelves, with others scheduled to remove it with their regularly scheduled inventory changes Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

A few Costco stores told inquirers Monday they were “in luck,” because a handful of books were still available and a few copies remained in the warehouse waiting to be returned. Staffers offered to put aside a book so it could be purchased before all copies were shipped back to the vendor.

WND contacted by telephone and email Costco’s national book-buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, at Costco’s headquarters, but received no response to WND’s questions regarding why D’Souza’s book was being pulled from the shelves just as the companion movie was opening in theaters.

WND was unable to reach by phone or email Marji Ross, the president of Regnery, which published D’Souza’s book.

Missing from the New York Times list

Amazon readers have given “America” an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.

The Washington Examiner reported June 20 that the book sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week but mysteriously was kept off the New York Times bestseller list, where it would have ranked No. 8 and then No. 11 on the June 29 list.

140622americaposterD’Souza told the Examiner: “It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know.”

He said the New York Times list is important to boosting sales.

“It matters to be on it,” he said.

The book will be on the Times July 13 list, however, at No. 17.

The movie “America,” which has been given a rare “A+” CinemaScore by audiences, opened in 1,105 theaters nationwide to roughly $4 million over the five-day July 4 holiday weekend.

It didn’t do as well as D’Souza’s 2012 breakout hit, “2016 Obama's America,” which enjoyed a remarkable $6.5 million debut on its way to $33 million, but the November election between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney was clearly a factor, noted TheWrap, a website that covers Hollywood.

“We didn’t expect to open as well as that film for that reason,” co-director John Sullivan told TheWrap. “But the word of mouth on ‘America’ is tremendous, even better than on ’2016,’ and we think it’s going to build in the coming weeks.”

Sullivan commented that for a documentary “without Justin Bieber or animals in it, I think we did pretty darn well.”

Obama’s ‘romance’ with Costco

In January, Obama paid a visit to a Costco store in a Washington, D.C., suburb, “proving,” as Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post commented, “that his administration’s romance with the second-largest retailer in America is stronger than ever – and might just be the most successful union of a politician and a supermarket in American history.”

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Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal

Sinegal spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, which nominated President Obama for a second term.

Sinegal, who retired as Costco CEO in January 2013, said Obama’s re-election would be better for businesses than a country led by Mitt Romney.

American companies, he said, need “a president who takes the long view and makes the tough decisions,” said Sinegal.

“That’s why I am here tonight supporting President Obama, a president making an economy built to last,” he said.

Fuller said that in the 2012 campaign, Costco played “an important role in countering Walmart’s support of Republican candidates and issues while also proving an easy way for Obama to mention income inequality and smart job creation on the campaign trail.”

In total, Costco has given $100,000 to Obama and another $100,000 to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC.

Sinegal was the author of an email blast sent out by the Obama campaign in July 2012. Obama also held a fundraiser at Sinegal’s house in Seattle, during which the incumbent president said “the story of Costco and everything that you guys have done I think is representative of what America is all about.”

*The power of the purse is one of greatest tools we have and unfortunately a tool that too few Americans use. China poisons our kids with led toys and our pets with poison dog treats, while continuing in the dog and cat meat trade, yet we keep buying from China.  Wal-Mart pulls Glenn Beck’s books from the shelf and we keep shopping there. Mexico has imprisoned one of our Marines, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, for months for making a wrong turn, as well as serving as a safe corridor for an endless stream of illegals from Guatemala, Honduras, etc., yet Americans keep vacationing in Mexico. And Costco pulls Bibles and re-labels Christian books (in the past) and now pulls America: Imagine a World without Her off the shelf… and the question is: Will conservatives keep shopping there?

Concerned individuals may contact Costco President and CEO W. Craig Jelinek by email or by calling (425) 313-8100 and/or Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Richard A. Galanti by email or by calling (425) 313-8100.

Update (theBlaze):

Costco Wholesale, the second-largest retailer in the United States, has apparently decided to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” from its stores nationwide, WND reports. The decision to yank the book, if true, would coincide with the theatrical release of D’Souza’s new film of the same name last week.

Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the Costco Wholesale’s Issaquah, Washington, corporate office, reportedly confirmed that a nationwide “pull-order” was issued for D’Souza’s book. All copies are now reportedly required to be removed by July 15.

Costco has sold about 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council Has Spoken! The votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up. The Watcher’s Council wishes you all a wonderful Fourth of July. Celebrate!!  But also remember what you are celebrating and get-involved!!

America’s Patriotic Season – Happy 4th of July

America’s Birthday – Sowell 

This Independence Day Ask Yourself… What Am I Doing for Freedom?

Eagle-American-FlagBy Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Natural News: Commenting on other people’s articles is easy. Sharing them on social networking is easy. Signing an online petition is easy, and so is forwarding an email. But this Independence Day, I’m asking all the millions of  readers to ask yourself this question: What are YOU doing for freedom this year?

And by that question, I mean what are you doing for freedom in the real world.

The online world is one thing, and it’s a powerful thing, especially if you are writing original articles yousefl or maintaining a blog,  but it’s not where the rubber meets the road. Right now is the time for all of us — myself included — to get off our butts and join real-world action in the name of freedom.

Find a cause for freedom and join it (or spark it!)

It doesn’t matter where you fall on the political spectrum. I’ve found that We the People have a wide range of things we have in common, regardless of who we voted for in the last election. Everybody wants to have honest labels on food. Everybody wants to be safe from toxic pesticides, herbicides and agricultural poisons. Everybody wants the opportunity for economic prosperity in a fair and just system where hard work and innovation is rewarded. Everybody is tired of the lies and oppression of corrupt politicians, evil corporations and the lying news media. We are UNITED in these truths!

Right now, the world is waking up to revolution. Awareness, truth and liberty is spreading globally. People who are fed up with being oppressed by government incompetence and criminality are finally taking matters into their own hands to call for justice, human dignity and human rights.

As a wonderful example of this, hundreds of courageous U.S. men and women are planning a rescue mission on July 5th to demand the release of Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi — a U.S. military veteran who has been imprisoned by the government of Mexico due to a border crossing technicality stemming from an honest road navigation error.

It’s time for real American citizens to band together, march into Mexico with determination, and free our fellow citizen from prison there. Bring him home and celebrate our compassion for our fellow brothers and sisters who have suffered enough.

Human freedom is on the verge of being forever lost if not demanded now

In our nation right now, there are powerful institutions actively fighting to keep us all enslaved. Those include the government itself, the mainstream media and of course certain powerful corporations that profit from domination and monopolistic practices. It is this suffocating scourge of oppression and enslavement that has denied generations of Americans their rightful heritage of abundance, prosperity, health and happiness.

Today, many of our cities stand on the verge of collapse. In Detroit, nearly half the citizens cannot afford running water. (1) In New York, 1 in 6 families faces starvation. (2) The collapse of America into third-world conditions is happening so rapidly and unexpectedly that the United Nations may soon be called in to “rescue” city-dwellers. (3) Since 2001, America has suffered a loss of 56,000 manufacturing facilities (4), and southern towns are now being literally overrun by such a huge wave of undocumented immigrants that the Department of Homeland Security has declared a Level Four Alert. (5)

Similarly, California is experiencing a mass exodus as the burden of failed government policies and outrageous taxation drives families and businesses into bankruptcy. Illinois and Michigan have become bureaucratic nightmares of corruption and executive brutality against the citizens, and the mass militarization of local police is turning America’s streets into literal war zones, where no citizen is safe.

National apathy has allowed EVIL to attain positions of power

Is this the America that once declared its independence from tyranny rule? Far from it. While too many citizens slumbered in comfort and apathy, devious, dark forces slithered into positions of corporate, government and media power. They now own the nation and run the theater… and upon the world stage they have created, they play out fables called “The News” or a “White House press conference.”

But the fictions they have desperately woven are rapidly unraveling. The comatose masses are beginning to awaken in unprecedented numbers. Awareness, consciousness and courage are taking form, rising from the hearts and souls of our fellow brothers and sisters, all of whom desire the same things we do: happiness, prosperity, health, longevity and abundance. And along with those core desires, we now understand that they can only be protected when we also demand government accountability, human rights, personal liberty and privacy, personal responsibility and respect for a system of laws under which ALL men and women must operate.

But last week, patriotic protesters blocked the Obama Admin buses carrying illegal immigrants and vow to keep doing it.  Read More

If you doing nothing else this 4th of July Weekend… watch one patriotic ot historical movie with your friends or family and discuss it and its significance, or go to the theatre and get to the theater and see Dinesh D’Souza’s America… and then take the inspiration you get from them and get out there and do something with it…

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“They dress the wound of my people lightly. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14

“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption .The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them, even though they exaggerated this issue he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah Willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.” - Sheik Yusef Al-Qaradawi, Spiritual leader on the Muslim Brotherhood in a sermon on al-Jazeera, January 28 2009

“If They want a holy war, we will give them a holy war.” - Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

This week’s winning entry was Three Funerals.. And The End of The Beginning by Joshuapundit. Three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by Hamas were buried this week and I had a few things to say about it. Here’s a slice:

Today, three young Jewish boys were laid to rest.The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, also 16 (HY”D)were buried in Modi’in in a ceremony that was attended by thousands of Israelis in what became a day of national mourning.

 (photo credit: Chaim Tzach)

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The bodies of the three boys, kidnapped by Hamas operatives on June 12 were found in a shallow grave near the Arab village of Halhul, just north of Hebron. According to Israeli forensic experts, they were murdered in cold blood shortly after they were kidnapped and buried hastily as their kidnappers fled. But not too hastily. As one of my sources on the scene let me know yesterday,the killers took the time first before they shoved the corpses into the hole to mutilate the boys’ bodies in classic Arab fashion.Israel’s Channel Two described the condition of the bodies as ‘harrowing’.

This was meant to send a message to the Israelis. So was the attack on the clearly marked ambulance carrying the murdered boys’ bodies to Israel to be buried, and the widespread instances of celebration of the ‘victory’ by Arabs living under the Palestinian Authority. and even in Israel itself.

Nor are children left untouched by this poison.They’re being indoctrinated as the next generation of murderers in the name of Allah.

Three schalits

Three schalits

Three schalits

The message, of course, is the same one the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians have been sending ever since Yasser Arafat invented them. To them, or at least to the majority, this is a tribal war to the knife, no holds barred and none of the niceties of civilized behavior apply. They want the Jews ethnically cleansed by whatever means necessary. There is no desire for peace or real negotiation, no farcical ‘two state solution’ so beloved of the West and what remains of the Israeli Left. And that message is being sent out every day by Hamas, who are at least more honest about the matter and Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, on whose official Facebook page the image immediately above this paragraph appeared.

After these murders, the message finally may be beginning to sink in with most Israelis, especially given the response from the West. After all, the Palestinians are whom they are, and their brutality is to be expected.But the civilized nations of the West?

The Israelis can’t have failed to notice that for all the pro-forma condemnations from the US, the UN and the EU, the underlying message is ‘so sad your children got murdered, but you ought to be used to that by now. We’re still going to continue funding the new Fatah-Hamas government because they’re one big happy family now, so the important thing for Israel is to exercise is restraint. Suck it up.’

To be totally honest about the matter, it is difficult for me to express adequately the way that message makes me feel…that the American government now funds and supports a genocidal group that would celebrate my murder or the murder of my loved ones just as enthusiastically as they’re celebrating the murder of those three boys. Three unarmed boys murdered in cold blood, whom Wafa, the PA owned news service referred to as ‘three soldiers’. I admit that I still haven’t sorted out my feelings on that one, but my thoughts are far from pleasant.

President Barack Hussein Obama, the leader of the country that is supposed to be Israel’s strongest ally had nothing to say at all about the matter for three weeks, and finally released a statement pretty much along these same lines once the bodies were found, perhaps because someone in the State Department reminded him it might be a good idea to say something. In contrast, that supposed cold fish, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, made several calls to Israeli PM Netanyahu and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the newly installed Jerusalem-Moscow secure hotline during the crisis, and took the time and trouble after the bodies were found to compose a hand written letter to Netanyahu, asking him to express Putin’s personal condolences to the boys’ families.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish Our Consensus Rulers submitted by The Independent Sentinel.

In this piece, the Sultan examines the reality of what ‘consensus’ actually is as practiced by our elites. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Friday, July 4, 2014

America’s Patriotic Season - Happy 4th of July

Video: Ronald Reagan on the 4th of July

Video:  President Reagan's Address to the Nation on Independence Day - 7/4/86

By Marion Algier – Ask Marion - Re-posted by request – Originally Posted on May 28, 2013

Memorial Day kicks off both America’s summer and longer patriotic season that ends with Veteran’s Day in November.  Although there is never a time where Patriotism and Freedom should not be at the forefront of our minds, this period including Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor America's FutureDay, Veteran’s Day, Election Day and the lazy days of summer and summer vacations affords us the the opportunity to spend more time with our kids and grandkids. While we are on vacation; visiting historical venues; going to the national parks, out on road trips, and off the the theme parks; or sending our kids on group trips to Washington D.C. or Patriot Camp from late May to early November… before rolling into the ‘holiday season’ for most Americans, it is the perfect time to educate ourselves and our children about this great country and to get involved.

The uncovering of events over the past years from Benghazi-gate, IRS-gate, Press-gateSebelius-gate, EPA-gate, Fast and Furious, Veteran’s Affairs List-gate, created chaos at the borders, voter fraud and the list goes on, has finally caused many Americans to take a second look at what is going on in Washington D.C. and the latest wave of eye-opening news for many about the Common C.O.R.E. educational program has more and more parents and grandparents questioning what is happening in our public schools. (Be sure to attend Glenn Beck’s ‘We Will Not Conform’ Event on July 22nd and July 29th 2014 in a theatre near you.)

So the ‘patriotic seasons’ of 2013 and 2014 could be a turning point in America’s apathy and a return to founding principles, fiscal responsibility and a demand for an accountable government at all levels, especially with the realization that most grass-roots, tea party and patriotic groups and organizations have been thwarted for several years, by the activities of the IRS, now coming to light, which very possibly affected the outcome of the 2012 Election at every level.

As we start our journey into summer and holidays we can each initiate change by taking time to really talk to our kids, grandkids and young people in general and choosing both our and their activities wisely to incorporate both fun and learning at the same time.

One of the greatest challenges in relating to and involving the present generation in activities is getting past their addiction to using media and electronics.  So perhaps including some of the aspects of their attachments for positive is one way to relate?!?

How about using positive message and historical movies as an activity to watch together?  Then discuss and perhaps make the leap to doing some research and reading a few books that expand on the themes that interest them and you from there?  Investing in some of those movies and books to have on hand throughout the summer and ‘patriotic season’ could be a great investment. Movies that apply to our history are great anytime, any will generally apply directly to Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, and much of what is going on in the daily news, so can be a great bridge into discussions and further study, conversations and activities.

Choosing vacations to presidential libraries,  Washington D.C., battlefields, national parks and the like and then discussing the activities from a historical point of view or tying them into current events are positive activities as well.  Even a trip to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm can lead into discussions about history, changes in culture, family history and possibly to research and reading after the trips, as well as items from the daily news.  Just this past week Jean Stapleton passed away… a discussion of both her life and her character as Edith, the wife of Archie Bunker on All In The Family, could lead to a fascinating discussion about changes in our culture, in politics and in the affects on our lives.

On the July 4th 2014 Weekend, get to the theater and see Dinesh D’Souza’s America  And check out what Mark Steyn and Thomas Sowell have to say about America today.

A few added suggestions for long weekends, vacations and the patriotic season, in general, would be:

  • Start reading a book about our Founding Fathers, American History, or something related to present day politics, current events or the economy. (Some Suggestions Below) Read the Declaration of Independence (Download a copy of the Declaration of Independence), the U.S. Constitution and The Federalist Papers.
  • Have everyone in your family read a different book and discuss what everyone has learned each afternoon or evening over lunch, dinner or dessert.
  • Rent or buy some patriotic movies and watch them with family or friends and then discuss them. (Most of the movies and books listed herein worth owning.)
  • Take a trip for the day at a nearby U.S. Presidential Libraries or historical site.
  • Attend or participate 4th of July Freedom March: Showing Your Support for the Constitution… or the like.
  • Visit a National or Historical park and explore some of the history of the park or area.
  • Attend a local parade, rally, reenactment or patriotic event over the weekend.
  • Research a candidate, patriotic group, group supporting an issue or the like to volunteer for, support and/or donate to and make your kids part of it.
  • And listen to a mixture of music this weekend: patriotic music, oldies, show tunes, marching band favorites, jazz and other truly American music.
  • Begin your personal or family preparedness program.
  • Consider joining TheBlaze/TV. It is the media adventure of the decade and will supply valuable information leading to the November Election and preparing you for possible events and emergencies before us.
  • Rent, watch and discuss patriotic and historical movies.

A Patriotic Salute to the Movies

(Below is a compilation of movies originally compiled by Advancement of Education that stopped in the 1990’s and missed some very important films… that we at AskMarion filled in and enhanced. Sorry if I/we missed your favorite!!).

Hollywood has a long history of paying tribute to the nation’s glory on screen and a long history of protesting against it off screen but of course they have often taken artistic license with history in their films especially lately; some harmless that makes a better film, some intentionally political. But for those who don’t read or only read and watch fictional tripe the list of movies below would serve as a reminder or even a new look at America’s history, especially for the young that are no longer being taught history or a sanitized version in school. It is a place to start.

Reading and reading original sources is the best way to learn about America’s rich history; the good and the bad, but sometimes movies can spark an interest. M~

FOR TWO GENERATIONS in my family, the required Fourth of July movie-viewing experience has been “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942 academy award winner), the biography of patriotic songwriter and playwright George M. Cohan starring James Cagney. Later with teenagers, the holiday began to necessitate a flag-waving double bill of “Yankee” and Will Smith’s world-saving turn as an American hero in the fittingly entitled “Independence Day” (1996).

Unlike the natural correlation between some holidays and a matching film genre such as Valentine’s Day and romantic comedy (and of course even there, there are some cross-over like the The Way We Were) or Memorial Day and war films, there is no comparable one-on-one connection with regard to the Fourth of July. Nevertheless, there are five categories or themes which provide a high proportion of holiday viewing: biography, populism, westerns, war movies and, most predictably, patriotism.

Most significant is the importance of World War II when discussing patriotic films. While not all Fourth of July movie screenings are connected to that conflict, a high percentage of the pivotal examples have that shared subject. There are several reasons for this preponderance of patriotic pictures with World War II ties. First, as the title of historian Michael C.C. Adams book, The Best War Ever, suggests, fighting the forces of Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito was a no-brainer where patriotic wars are concerned. Unlike the moral morass associated with the containment wars in Korea and Vietnam, World War II films set a standard for patriotism which still applies, as demonstrated most recently with “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

A second reason for the special patriotic hold of pictures from and/or about the 1940’s war years is they address viewing habits. Pre-1930 silent films are largely a lost art form for most modern audiences (yet 2012’s Oscar winner for best picture was the silent film The Artist… with digital or Blu-Ray   ). Thus, epics like director D.W. Griffith’s still impressive take on the Revolutionary War, “America” (1924) silent… America (1924) talkie, (and a new version of America which has just been produced) or director John Ford’s celebration of Pres. Abraham Lincoln and the building of the transcontinental railroad, “The Iron Horse” (1924) or part of the Ford At Fox Collection, are all but unknown to today’s audiences. Moreover, the pivotal American movies about World War I, both in the silent and early sound eras, were patently anti-war pictures, often keying upon the soldiers of other nations, such as “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), from Erich Maria Remarque’s eloquent novel (Journey’s End) of German boys as soldiers, and “Journey’s End [VHS]” (1930), from the R.C. Sheriff play about British troops. Therefore the more recently made, The Patriot with Mel Gibson, is a good addition to the movies about the Revolution.

Considered by many one of if not the best movies, and definitely civil war films, ever mad was Gone with the Wind (1939) with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The mini-series North and South made in (1986) with Patrick Swayze is also a great depiction of the Civil War era, as well as Tom Berenger in Gettysburg / Gods and Generals.

A third reason for the dominance of 1940s-related patriotism is that the U.S. was struggling with the Great Depression for much of the 1930s. The country’s basic values were often being called into question, which is not exactly the best mind-set for making patriotic pictures. It was not until the late 1930s that a new sense of nationalism began to surface, fueled by America’s weathering of the Depression and a sense of approaching war.

With these parameters, I would posit that a patriotic parade of films best begins with director Frank Capra’s watershed populist work, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939). A 1999 newspaper poll documented this homage to American idealism as the country’s favorite political picture. Besides being a touching comedy showcase of the values upon which the U.S. is based, with Jimmy Stewart’s career-making turn as the patriotic Jefferson Smith, the movie is most rewarding when it freely shows flaws such as political corruption in the system. Throughout the years, a hallmark of American populism has been a willingness to show weaknesses as well as positives of a democratic state. This is best demonstrated years later by the Capraesque “All the President’s Men” (1976), which movingly illustrated how a free and open nation could uncover and ultimately attack a crime against democracy like Watergate. (A great discussion point would be why that could happen then versus why Leakgate and Fast and Furious is now being buried.)

Other patriotically pivotal Capra pictures would include “Meet John Doe” (1941) and “State of the Union” (1948). The former has Gary Cooper’s title character initially being duped by, but then fighting, an American fascist (Edward Arnold). The latter has Spencer Tracy running for president as a Wendell Willkie-like idealist. (Willkie was Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s Republican opponent in the 1940 election. After his defeat, the former liberal Democrat Willkie acted as a presidential emissary abroad during World War II. His 1943 best-selling book, One World, was a popular articulation for liberal internationalism shortly before the founding of the United Nations.)

The Willkie mix of patriotism and internationalism in “State of the Union” was nothing new to Capra. In his 1971 autobiography, The Name Above the Title, he makes it clear that his populist movies are in the cracker-barrel Yankee tradition of Will Rogers, a personal Capra hero. As early as 1930, Rogers’ character in the film version of “So This Is London” (George M. Cohan starred in the original play) (book: So This is London, A comedy in three…) observed, “There isn’t much difference in people World over [they're] just about the same [good].” The picture closes on the shared harmony of Rogers singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” while his British counterpart sings the English lyrics for “God Save the King” (both of which are set to the same music).

Capra seems to footnote his ties to Rogers with his pivotal casting and utilization of actor Harry Carey to play the president of the Senate in “Mr. Smith.” Besides bearing a striking physical resemblance to Rogers, Carey’s folksy mannerisms–the slouching posture, the bit of hair falling on the forehead, the half-suppressed smile–are especially reminiscent of the humorist. Though Carey’s is a small part, his largely visual support of the filibustering Smith is both entertaining and central to this segment of the film. Fittingly, Capra’s stars–including Stewart, Cooper, and Tracy–are now seen as archetypal American actors

In 1939, the same year as “Mr. Smith,” Hollywood’s other key populist director, John Ford, made two classics: “Young Mr. Lincoln” and “Drums Along the Mohawk,” both starting Henry Fonda. Lincoln, the ultimate real-life cracker-barrel figure, often turns up in populist films (Ford alone uses him in several pictures), though “Young Mr. Lincoln” is uniformly considered the portrayal of the country’s favorite president, by Ford or any other director. As with “Mr. Smith,” the movie shows a less-than-perfect America, including Lincoln talking down a lynch mob. Still, by working within the system, justice ultimately triumphs. Even this, however, is tempered at the picture’s close by a gathering storm, symbolizing Lincoln’s future Civil War trials, as well as the threat of World War Il.

Drums Along the Mohawk” is a beautiful Technicolor tapestry of frontier life at the time of the Revolutionary War. The perseverance of the pioneers as they flip-flop between farming and fighting the enemy is as moving a tribute to the American spirit as Ford has ever produced. At the close, the settlers are told the Revolutionary War has been won and they see the Stars and Stripes for the first time. After one of their number observes, “So that’s our new flag,” it is proudly raised to the highest point at the fort. While “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” plays on the soundtrack, the principals return to farming. Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves – Extended Cut gives a little different perspective on the wilderness and interaction with the native Americans.

Following the patriotic populism of “Mr. Smith,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” and “Drums Along the Mohawk,” the early 1940s saw the release of three pivotal nationalistic biography films: “Sergeant York” (1941), “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942), about baseball legend Lou Gehrig. Each presents its patriotic message in different, but complementary, ways. “York,” with Cooper in the title role, depicts the extraordinary evolution of a man from conscientious objector to war hero. While ostensibly about a reluctant World War I patriot, it is just as much about getting America prepared for World War II.

Yankee Doodle Dandy” takes a patriotic entertainer, whose heyday was the World War I era (Cohan’s “Over There” was the period theme song), and plugs his needed values into the then new conflict. Thus, Cagney’s Cohan visits the White House by the picture’s close and receives a tribute from FDR. Once he is outside again, a passing parade is marching to “Over There.”

Despite the battle deaths of the Sullivans, the film spends little time with them in uniform. Instead, it is a movie about growing up in heartland USA–Waterloo, Iowa. The constantly scrapping brothers (thus the title, “The Fighting Sullivans“) are likable, funny, and loyal to their siblings. They could be anyone’s children, and that is just the point–populism is about the common man and woman always being available when democracy is in danger. (The True Story of the Fighting Sullivans…)

Countless other pictures dealt more specifically with battle. A good literary starting point is the 1943 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Although the book was about the Spanish Civil War, this conflict was the dress rehearsal for World War II. By having as the central character an American (Cooper) who sacrifices his life for freedom, the movie puts a positive patriotic spin on a conflict that should have generated more attention from the democracies of the world.

The novel also had a more direct impact on World War II motion pictures. When the lone America sacrifices his life for others by manning a machine gun against impossible odds, the world of war movies had an inspired icon of resistance. By the time Cooper replicated the stirring finale in the film version, variations of the conclusion had already occurred in “Wake Island” (1942) and “Bataan” (1943). A more upbeat take on this scene occurs in “Sahara” (1943), when Humphrey Bogart and company keep a detachment of German infantry from a source of water.

It was not, however, just a man’s war. There were several excellent pictures keyed on the bravery and sacrifice of women. The most memorable was probably “So Proudly We Hail!” (1943), which chronicled American nurses at the siege of Bataan. At the time termed the first film tribute to women in World War II, it starred Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, and Veronica Lake. An excellent companion picture is “Cry, Havoc” (1943), also focusing on American nurses and women volunteers at beleaguered Bataan, starring Margaret Sullavan, Joan Blondell, and Ann Sothern. For a different slant on heroic women at war, there is “Ladies Courageous” (1944), a saga of the WAFs (Women in the Air Force) and the part they played in air warfare. The picture starred Loretta Young and Geraldine Fitzgerald. (This is a collector’s item if you can find it.)

This female perspective was especially pertinent going into the cynical post-World War II era, when trusting patriotic populism was sometimes revitalized by casting a woman in the focus role. Witness the Academy Award-winning performances of Loretta Young in “The Farmer’s Daughter VHS” (1947), Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday” (1950) and Three Came Home (1950) with Claudette Colbert. “The Farmer’s Daughter” was originally called “Katie Goes to Congress.” As “Mr. Smith” used a real, martyred president (Lincoln) as an ongoing inspiration for a young idealist in trouble, “The Farmer’s Daughter” works, in large part, through its celebration of Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s insight in supporting the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations. A watered-down version of this phenomenon–which might be labeled “Ms. Smith Goes to Washington”– occurred much later in Goldie Hawn’s “Protocol” (1984).

By the mid 1950s, Ford’s vision of the West would turn dark as he questioned the country’s treatment of Native Americans. Although his earlier frequent cinematic battles between cowboys and Indians would later be labeled politically incorrect by some critics, this is a shortsighted take on his artistry and misses the moving sensitivity of earlier pictures like “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949), with Wayne as a cavalry officer about to retire. Ford’s celebration of the longtime ties of U.S. men in uniform, as filtered through Wayne’s character, has seldom been rivaled.

The 1950s are a difficult time in which to find patriotism in Hollywood films. Between the Cold War and the climate of fear and blacklisting created by the communist witch-hunting (or maybe not… Read: Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies – It proves that McCarthy was actually telling the truth) of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, there seemed to be little about which to raise flags. Nevertheless, a few movies slipped by, including one from a most unlikely source–the normally cynical writer/director Billy Wilder. His biographic film of Charles Lindbergh, “The Spirit of St. Louis” (1957), is an inventive portrayal of the famous flight by that celebrated American hero.

Other 1950s biographies with a patriotic twist would include “The Jackie Robinson Story – In COLOR & B&W…” (1950), with the future Hall of Famer playing himself in an engaging look at breaking the color line in baseball, and “Story of Will Rogers” (1952), an often poignant take on the country’s favorite pre-war entertainer/ ambassador-at-large, with Will Rogers, Jr., playing his father. An interesting variation on the 1950s flag-waving biography is the World War II drama, “To Hell and Back” (1955), with Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier of the war, playing himself in a movie based on his best-selling autobiography. Murphy also starred in director John Huston’s classic 1951 adaptation of Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage.

Even though Korea was the decade’s hot war, patriotic film depictions of conflict still keyed on the noncontroversial World War II. The best straight drama on the subject was “Twelve O’Clock High” (1949), a taut examination of American flyers in England starring Gregory Peck. Not to be outdone, 1955′s comedy-drama “Mister Roberts” proved equally entertaining, with Fonda in the title role, Cagney as the overbearing captain, and Jack Lemmon taking home a best supporting actor Academy Award as Ensign Pulver. After playing the part for years on stage, Fonda was able to re-create movingly for the screen his restless cargo officer anxious for combat action. (After almost two decades of working together, Fonda and director Ford had a falling out, and Mervyn LeRoy eventually finished the movie.) Being reared in a Clark Gable-loving family, I would be remiss if I did not mention “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958), possibly the best World War II submarine film. There is also a great World War II Heroes Film Collection … And in 1957 Disney released Johnny Tremain

Until the escalation of the Vietnam War in the second half of the 1960s, the “flower child” decade had its fair share of patriotic pictures, too. Again, “the best war ever” produced the most high-profile pictures. Critic Leonard Maltin has called “The Longest Day” (1962), about the Allied invasion of Normandy, one of the “great epic World War II films.” The following year saw the production of another World War II blockbuster, “The Great Escape,” an imposing depiction of a massive POW escape plan from a German prison camp. Both movies had large international casts, with the latter making actor Steve McQueen’s career.

Cinematic depictions during the 1960s of earlier conflicts included John Wayne’s debut as the director (with uncredited assistance from Ford) of the epic “The Alamo” (1960), with Wayne also starting as Davy Crockett. (Remade by Dennis Quaid; The Alamo) Before Italian director Sergio Leone’s anti-establishment “spaghetti westerns” changed audience expectations for the genre in the mid 1960s, the traditional horse opera was still being made at the onset of the decade. This was best demonstrated by the blockbuster American event, “How the West Was Won” (1962), whose all-star cast included Wayne, Fonda, and Stewart, with narration by Tracy. (Ford directed the Civil War sequence.)

In the world of patriotic biographies made in the first half of the 1960s, it was largely a Roosevelt story. For example, Dore Schary adapted his acclaimed play to the screen in “Sunrise at Campobello [VHS]” (1960) with Ralph Bellamy re-creating his Tony-winning stage performance as FDR, heroically battling through both polio and politics. In 1965, (Re-make: Sunrise At Campobello), “The Eleanor Roosevelt Story” won an Oscar as the best feature-length documentary. This inspiring account of the former First Lady also broke new ground by making several top-10 lists, territory normally reserved for fiction films. Truman with Gary Sinise completes that era.

Reclaiming American pride

Patriotic movies during the second half of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s were relatively rare, as the handling and reporting of Vietnam and Watergate did much to drain American pride. Still, there were some memorable exceptions. In 1970, a year that produced such watershed antiwar pictures as “M*A*S*H” and “Catch-22, (hard to find)” And the mini series Roots gave us a better look at the black American history George C. Scott gave the performance of a lifetime in “Patton,” his portrayal of the complex patriotic American warrior. This milestone biography is mesmerizing from film frame one, when Scott as Gen. George Patton gives the ultimate battle pep talk in front of a huge American flag. Despite the period’s antiwar climate, the critical and commercial success of “Patton” should not be seen as a total surprise since the politics of World War II sometimes put limitations on the controversial general’s ability to wage war, and there was MacArthur and Tora! Tora! Tora! After all, part of the frustration centering on Vietnam, at least from the conservative right, was that politics limited the U.S.’s war-making abilities in Southeast Asia. John Wayne made a patriotic Viet Nam War move, The Green Berets. And The Deer Hunter, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now round out the war movies of that era. The National Archives released: Immigrants in America, 1970 and The Immigrant Experience gives us another look into American immigration. And Fess Parker released Daniel Boone a collection of his favorites of this top hit TV show of the 1950’s where every child was wearing a coon skin cap and knew the stories of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett and A&E released the The Crossing, about George Washington.

Fittingly, two additional patriotic movies from the period opened in 1976 — the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: “Rocky (Full Collection) and “All the President’s Men.”, but also 1776 and Liberty’s Kids, a collection for the children. As a footnote to the latter picture, Robert Redford’s involvement as both actor and executive producer foreshadowed a proclivity for his future involvement in other Capra-like populist films. “All the President’s Men” lost the best picture Oscar to “Rocky,” a fact which now seems surprising because Sylvester Stallone subsequently went to the “Rocky” well too many times (five installments), but the original was fundamental sports populism at its best.

Rocky Balboa was the classic American underdog, topped off by his being from the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence–Philadelphia. The only one of the sequels to rival the patriotism of the original was “Rocky IV” (1985), wherein Stallone’s aging boxer battles a Soviet fighter and capitalizes on Pres. Ronald Reagan’s U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. Cold War brinkmanship. One might best close the decade out with the Capraesque populist comedy “The Electric Horseman“(1979) … not a favorite of mine, but which among its charms, includes a scene where Redford and Jane “antiwar activist” Fonda are engaged in singing “America” (with “purple mountains’ majesty” in the background).

The 1980s gave the U.S. two types of patriotic military pictures–the contrived romantic melodrama, which focused primarily upon looking good in uniform and having a “top-10″ soundtrack, and the phenomenon one critic labeled “the genre of Idiot Action Movies.” The former group would include “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) and “Top Gun” (1986), while the “Idiot” category is defined by Stallone’s “Rambo Trilogy” (1982, 1985, and 1988). With the exception of Lou Gossett’s Oscar-winning performance as a tough drill instructor in “Officer,” these are mainly pictures about Richard Gere and Tom Cruise as beautiful boy toys, set off by all that jet plane gadgetry in “Top Gun.” The Cruise picture, as well as Stallone’s “Rambo” exercises, are largely comic book in tone and are inspiringly spoofed in “Hot Shots!” (1991) and “Hot Shots! / Hot Shots! Part Deux” (1993). 1991 also gave us Kevin Kostner’s JFK – Director’s Cut.

For those viewers who brought a brain to the 1980s, Redford introduced a mythic dimension to American populism in “The Natural” (1984) and “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988). The former has Redford starting in a poignant fantasy set in the national pastime (baseball). “Milagro” has director Redford applying Capraesque populism to people of color in yew Mexico–underdogs vs. corporate land developers, with the assistance of an old, white-haired, poncho-draped angel.

We Were Soldiers and Black Hawk Down take us into the the next phase if war movies.

A complementary closer for the decade would be “Field of Dreams” (1989), another populist baseball film with links to “Milagro” as well, including a pivotal character of color (James Earl Jones’ writer) and a foundation in fantasy. A more controversial choice would be “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), which heralds a new twist on patriotism (in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and civil disobedience). Cruise is electric as he moves from Vietnam vet to anti-war activist while playing real-life hero Ron Kovic. With a title that plays upon George “Yankee Doodle Dandy” Cohan’s old claim to being “Born on the Fourth of July,” Cruise and director Oliver Stone have never been more patriotically provocative. Then look back to the Reagan era, Rendezvous with Destiny, was made after the millennium, looking back.

A must read (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and watch (1984) considering the times we are now living in is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four1984“. His predictions have become ever more true; it just took a bit longer to get here.  Some prefer the re-mastered version original “1984”.  Turning this trend back is part of what the 2012 Election, at all levels of government, is about.

By the 1990s, Hollywood seemed much more willing to embrace patriotic themes. The decade began (2001) with The God Father Part III…Series which gives a look into Italian immigrant (Mafia) life Several large-scale, big-box-office hits are peppered through the decade, starting with the unlikely critical and commercial smash, “Forrest Gump” (1994), with the title populist simpleton played so effectively by Tom Hanks. Then there was the nation’s ultimate science fiction patriot, Will Smith, saving the planet from aliens not once, but twice–in “Independence Day” and “Men in Black” (1997). The runner-up trophy in this All-America category goes to Bruce Willis’ take on saving the world–”Armageddon” (1998).

Populist American movies from the 1990s were bolstered by veteran filmmaker Redford and young director Ron Howard. Growing up on the ultimate populist television program “The Andy Griffith Show,” 1960-68 (Andy passed away yesterday on 07.03.12 at age 86) and then Happy Days. Howard’s best film work falls in this genre, from homage to his Irish immigrant heritage in “Far and Away” (1992) to the updated Yankee ingenuity (synonymous with America’s earlier cracker-barrel philosophers) so pivotal to getting “Apollo 13” (1995) back to Earth safely.

A River Runs Through It” (1992, director) and “The Horse Whisperer” (1998, director and title character). While both deal with families in crisis, the salve for these wounds, in standard populist tradition, comes from the grandeur of the American West. One might also link Redford and Howard’s 1990s work to writer/ director Barry Levinson’s “Avalon” (1990), a movingly patriotic look at his immigrant family.

A final look at patriotic films of the 1990s would key on today’s two most archetypal American actors, Hanks and Harrison Ford. As novelist Tom Clancy’s ex-CIA agent Jack Ryan, Ford has made the world a safer place in “Patriot Games” (1992) and “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), while “Air Force One” (1997) casts him as a two-fisted president who cannot be held hostage for long. Two-time Oscar winner Hanks has scored great critical and commercial success in “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as the World War II-era salute to a women’s baseball team, “A League of Their Own” (1992). And then there was Primary Colors with John Travolta (1998) (hard to find) the story was based on the Clintons.The new century has a rich and varied patriotic film legacy upon which to build.

There has been a reduction in patriotism, conservatism and history focused entertainment in Hollywood in the 2000’s, but nevertheless there are some good works. Beginning with HBO’s Mini-Series: John Adams and (2004) Tom Selleck’s Ike – Countdown to D-Day. Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman shows us another side of politics. A Nation Adrift and The American Heritage Series are good reminders of where we’ve been and where we are. Pearl Harbor (2001) with Ben Afflick plus Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima are WWII classics produced by Clint Eastwood and Gran Torino starring Eastwood is a comment on our times. The Hurt Locker brings us to our present war and the The Blind Side shows us our better side. 2010 also brought us America and 2011 gave us the mini-series The Kennedys, (Blu-ray) that almost didn’t get made or seen.

Band of Brothers, The Pacific, War and Remembrance, and The Winds of War are all mini series that take us back to WWII. And The Shirley Temple Ultimate Collecti… takes us back to simpler times and her films are definitely a great addition to your library. Biography – Shirley Temple

And 2012 – 2014 additions:

The Iron Lady’ [Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo). The story of Margaret Thatcher which includes her political relationship with Ronald Reagan and their hand in ending the Cold War.

Argo (CIA Operations – Iran): A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

Lincoln (Civil War Era): Covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

Zero Dark Thirty (War on Terror): Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man”, the film dramatizes the United States operation that found and killed Osama bin Laden leader of al-Qaeda.

The Monuments Men (WWII):  A positive war movie based on a true story… George Stout, puts  together a mission to preserve, and protect the world’s greatest art. The Group is named ‘The Monument’s Men’ who are sent on an almost impossible mission as they risk their lives, in a race against time to avoid destruction of the art, and return it to their rightful owners. The art is trapped behind enemy lines, with the German Army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell. This movie is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, as the artistic Masterpieces are planned to be rescued from Nazi thieves.

American Soldier: The Complete History of U.S. Wars : As Seen On PBS : Complete 4 Disc Box Set -With Bonus : A Historical Overview Of American Weapons

Wes D. Gehring, Associate Mass Media Editor of USA Today, is professor of film, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. -  COPYRIGHT 2000 Society for the Advancement of Education  and The Gale Group

We all know that Hollywood leans to the left and even more so at certain times during our history… like now. But if you have watched some of these classic movies (and there are plenty more good ones and not so good ones out there); read some of the books on the lists below, visit some historical spots in our Country; keep up on what is going on; get involved and talk about it all to your children, neighbors, and friends… we just might be able to re-start the “great discussion” (American style… where people discussed politics, history, religion, philosophy and their thoughts regularly at the kitchen table, at work and with their friends, families and neighbors… and weren’t afraid of repercussions because of political correctness) to save the “great experiment”!

There are some great books out right now that are filled with valuable information for Americans of all ages, but especially for voters.  Nothing like a great book to take to the beach or a park event and a perfect season to start a weekly reading night with the family or friends where everyone can share and discuss the book they are reading.

Some  Suggested Reading:

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the United States Congress, The Amateur, Screwed!, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say , Hostile Takeover, The Jefferson Lies, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback, Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns

Here are few older suggestions: Being George , Killing Lincoln, Original Intent, The Original Argument, Stop the Islamization of America, The Shadow Party, Bonhoeffer, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Books by or about Obama: Dreams from My Father (try to find a copy published before the re-written 2012 election version),  The Audacity of Hope, The Obama Nation, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, The Plan, Obama Zombies, The Manchurian President, The Case Against Barack Obama, Welcome to Obamaland, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas and Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment

You Cannot Love and Honor What You Don’t Know or Miss just like you cannot honestly  and effectively vote for what you don’t understand, including the consequences thereof, yet for far too long we have cheated ourselves and future generations of the knowledge needed for America to survive.

Happy 4th of July!!