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THE "AMAZING GRACE" OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE"

Condoleezza Rice teamed up to perform "Amazing Grace" to benefit Wounded Warriors, an incredibly deserving charity. To donate to Wounded Warriors, look in our right hand column for "Links."


It's people like this who make America great.

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"GOD BLESS AMERICA" EVERY DAY.

Ever hear the first rendition of "God Bless America"? Here it is by Kate Smith.

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GOD BLESS THE USA!


If you love the USA, you'll love this performance by he Texas Tenors.

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

THANK YOU, JOHN ADAMS,THE MAN WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN.

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CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY, HONOR OUR FLAG AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR ON FLAG DAY.


Honor our Grand Old Flag" on today, Flag Day, June 14th.

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HOW DO YOU WIN A NATIONAL SPELLING BEE? WORK HARD.

Two Americans of Indian descent won this year's National Spelling Bee contest.

They are both in the eighth grade, one in Kansas, one in Missouri. She acts in plays and plays the tuba and the piano. He plays basketball. She's thinking of becoming a cardiac surgeon. He intends to become a businessman.

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MAY THEY REST IN PEACE WITH OUR THANKS AND PRAYERS


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HONOR THE DEFENDERS OF AMERICA - THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and honor those who have died defending our country. The Cape Cod Times Friday edition has a rundown of all the Cape Cod Memorial Day observances and related events in support of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

To remember those living who are on the front lines defending us now, there is a great opportunity in Hyannis. Go if you can; if not, you can donate on the website. Click on the picture to enlarge.

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Here are the details of the Chatham observance, as reported in the the Cape Cod Chronicle.

CHATHAM MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY MONDAY

CHATHAM --- The town's annual Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Participants will visit each of the town's war memorials during the ceremony, which will culminate with the dedication of the new World War II memorial at Nickerson Park at 11 a.m. At each site there will be a brief ceremony, a rifle salute by members of the Chatham VFW, "Taps" played by Emily VanRyswood.

Beginning at 9:55 a.m. Veterans Field Road, the ensemble will march to the World War I memorial at the community center, where the main ceremony will begin. The procession will then stop briefly at Nickerson Park where the new World War II monument is being dedicated this day, and then move to the Oyster Pond parking area. A wreath will be placed in the water honoring those lost at sea, following by a brief ceremony at the nearby Korean and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

The procession will then proceed to the Civil War monument at Sears Park, where Scott Hamilton will recite the Gettysburg Address.

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CHATHAM CIVIL WAR MONUMENT

Hamilton will also read a roll call of Chatham residents who died in the war, including three men whose names do not appear on the monument, but will soon be added.

Bagpiper Sarah Marchio will lead the procession back to the Veterans Memorial Traffic Circle at the downtown rotary where scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Laura Barabe will sign the National Anthem. We Are The Men will sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Navy Hymn." The ceremony will conclude with Marchio playing "Amazing Grace."

Included in the ceremony will be the Chatham VFW and American Legion, many veterans, the Ladies and Mens Auxiliary to the Chatham VFW, the Chatham Coast Guard Color Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, local clergy, selectmen, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies.

The new World War II Memorial will be dedicated in Nickerson Park on Stage Harbor Road just few yards from the Veterans Memorial Traffic Circle.

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HOW COULD OBAMA DO SO MUCH DAMAGE IN SIX YEARS? VICTOR DAVIS HANSON TICKS OFF OBAMA'S MAJOR BLUNDERS.

The question burns: Is Obama really as incompetent as he seems? Or is something else going on?

Why does Obama not recognize radical Islam for what it is, a danger to our European and American civilization? As has been said, this is not a clash of civilizations; it's civilization vs. barbarism.

How did we get into the mess in the Middle East we are in?

Five Middle East Blunders

By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online
February 17, 2015

President Obama claims he inherited a mess in the Middle East. Not so.

Fracking and horizontal drilling on private lands in the U.S. had taken off in the last years of the Bush administration and by 2009 were set to revolutionize America’s energy future.

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and therefore far more clout in the region. Iraq was mostly stable; in Anbar Province tens of thousands of jihadists had been killed by U.S. troops and their tribal allies. Iran’s scope was limited by a new moderate axis of Sunni states, Israel, and the United States. A bruised Hezbollah faced a huge rebuilding tab in southern Lebanon. Libya was beginning to shed at least some of its bizarre past. The Palestinians had no desire for another Intifada. The Middle East was looking to the U.S. for leadership, inasmuch as the surge in Iraq had regained respect for American arms and determination.

All that now is ancient history. In five critical areas, the U.S. blew it.

I. Iran
Sanctions were starting to squeeze Iran, which had been unable to absorb Shiite-dominated Iraq. Unrest in Iran was rising, spearheaded by pro-Western young reformers. Less than a month after Barack Obama’s inauguration, over a million Iranians hit the streets to protest their country’s rigged elections. The Europeans were beginning to understand that a nuclear Iran posed a greater threat of nuclear blackmail to the EU than to the U.S.

Poland and the Czech Republic had agreed to partner with the U.S. in creating an anti-ballistic missile system to deter Iran’s growing missile program. The U.S. and its friends occasionally sent armadas slowly through the Strait of Hormuz to remind Iran that we were determined that international waters would always remain international.
So what happened?

The new Obama administration kept silent as the pro-Western Iranian protests deflated. In herky-jerky style, Obama at first upped the sanctions as Tehran ignored his serial empty deadlines on curbing enrichment. Then, unilaterally and without much warning, Obama relaxed sanctions. He reopened negotiations, even as Iran’s centrifuges multiplied. Currently, Iran is on the cusp of nuclear acquisition, and it quietly advises its supporters that the U.S. is both weak and naïve — and will soon be gone from the region.

Tehran is creating a sort of Co-Prosperity Sphere at the expense of Sunni and Western interests, as it sabotages Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. There is no longer talk of regional U.S.-led missile defense.

In brilliantly diabolical fashion, Iran has maneuvered a deer-in-the-headlights U.S. into an embarrassing de facto alliance with it against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The partnership was designed by Tehran to save the pro-Iranian Assad government, to bolster Hezbollah, to relieve diplomatic pressures on its own nuclear-enrichment program, and to increase tensions between the U.S. and the Sunni moderate states like Jordan and the Gulf monarchies.

There has never been a greater likelihood than there is now, under Obama, that Iran will get the bomb, that it will create a radical theocratic Shiite alliance from Yemen to Iraq to Syria to Lebanon, and that it will direct Hamas and Hezbollah to start another war against Israel — this time backed by an Iranian nuclear deterrent.

II. Iraq
In Iraq, U.S. strategy hinged on forcing the fledgling democracy to create loose alliances between Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis, with the understanding that they would all resist both al-Qaeda and Iranian-sponsored Shiite affiliates. And from 2009 to 2011, consensual government in Iraq seemed to be working, albeit mostly through the implied threats that nearby U.S. troops would intervene if it did not.

The country was more quiet than not. Indeed, the U.S. military there was losing more personnel each month to accidents than to combat. In December 2009, three Americans were killed in Iraq — the lowest figure for any month since the war began. In December 2011, no Americans were lost.

Obama, who had opposed the Iraq war, termed the country “secure” and “stable.” Vice President Joe Biden, who as senator had voted for the war, bragged that it might become the Obama administration’s “greatest achievement.” American proconsuls kept the pressure on Iranophile Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to treat Sunni tribes more equitably, and to keep Iraqi territory free of the Iranian military. Al-Qaeda in Iraq was comatose. Most Sunni Islamists had no desire for a replay of the Anbar Awakening and the Surge.

Then, for the sake of a 2012 reelection campaign point, Obama pulled out all U.S. constabulary troops at the end of 2011. The result was a void that drew in the dregs of the Middle East, as ISIS and the Iranian-back militias fought over the corpse of what used to be Syria and Iraq.

At the same time, the administration proclaimed empty red lines to Assad, in the manner it had given Iran empty deadlines — even as President Obama called ISIS a “jayvee” team that posed little threat to the U.S., or at least no more worries than what street criminals pose to the average big-city mayor.

A growing ISIS soon appealed to disenchanted Sunni tribes who felt that they had been ostracized by Baghdad, even as Iran encouraged the Iraqi government to ostracize them even more.

The ayatollahs’ great fear from 2008 to 2011 was that a viable, consensual Iraq on their border might weaken their theocratic control in Iran. Such anxiety vanished, replaced by a new confidence that, in the absence of U.S. garrisons, Tehran had turned Iraq into a vassal state.

III. Libya
When President Obama took office, Moammar Qaddafi was a psychotic monster in rehab. The U.S. was opening a new embassy in Tripoli. U.S. military officials were allowed nearly complete freedom to round up defunct WMD programs.

Western investors were welcomed in Libya. Westerners were talking of investing in Libyan enterprise zones, improving Libya’s oil and gas network, and reopening spectacular archaeological sites to tourism. Qaddafi had clamped down on Islamists, and seemed increasingly to be leaving decisions in the hands of his progeny. The Westernized next generation of Qaddafis were courted by the international jet set, and were subtly sending signals that even greater liberalization was on the horizon. Qaddafi had become a buffoon, not a beheader.

All that vanished when Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice ordered the bombings that turned Libya into a terrorist paradise, whose ultimate trajectory was Benghazi. They had turned up a day late and a dollar short in piggybacking on the Arab Spring unrest in Cairo. This time around they wanted to ride rather than watch the growing protests against Qaddafi — an odd thing, given their prior warnings about Bush-administration naïveté in trying to promote consensual government in the volatile Middle East by force of arms.

The first thing that went wrong was that the U.S. intervention violated U.N. resolutions — which we had supported — about actions limited to humanitarian assistance and no-fly zones. That double cross alienated the snookered Russians, who had signed on to the U.N. resolution.

Then the U.S. ceded its traditional military leadership to the French and British through a lead-from-behind recessional. It turned a new diplomatic presence into dead Americans and a wrecked consulate in Benghazi.

Libya’s oil and gas industries currently resemble Nigeria’s — on a good day. Tripoli is a Mogadishu on the Mediterranean. No Westerner in his right mind will set foot on Libyan soil. The Obama administration’s experience in Libya can be summed up by its election-cycle fraud of jailing an obscure video maker for supposedly causing a “spontaneous” demonstration in which the consulate was ruined and four Americans were killed, including the ambassador — a yarn that even its promulgators no longer believe.

IV. Egypt
In Egypt, the old kleptocrat Hosni Mubarak was accustomed to chronic U.S. scoldings to democratize, even as he kept offering his own pushback warnings about the worse alternative of Islamic theocracy. If Egypt was not so stable, it was also not chaotic.
Unfortunately, the U.S. saw the Arab Spring as an excuse to dump a tired old ally and to welcome in his stead the U.S.-educated Mohamed Morsi and the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama’s team perhaps believed we were the belated avatars of the Arab Spring, as if the latter were analogous to our own revolution rather than something akin to the 1917 nightmare in Russia or the 1950s cutthroat Baathist takeover from the old corrupt Middle East monarchs.

The administration assured us that the Brothers were “largely secular,” even as they almost immediately went to work Islamicizing the largest nation in the Arab world and subverting the very elections that had brought them to power.

Here the administration’s achievement is quite surreal: Somehow we remain Egypt’s largest donor while being hated by all three of Egypt’s major groups — Islamists, the army, and the rest — who hate each other only slightly less than they do us. In practical terms, the administration earned the hatred of the vibrant General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in place of the good will of his decrepit mentor Mubarak — at the same cost of multi-billion-dollar-a-year subsidies.

V. Israel
Israel recently inflicted serious damage on Hezbollah in the 2006 war in Lebanon. For all the talk of Israeli ineptitude in that war, the final toll on Iranian interests was considerable. There seemed no desire on Hezbollah’s part to replay its aggression. Strong U.S. support for Israeli defensive measures discouraged Islamists from starting a new Intifada on the West Bank or in Gaza. Iranians worried that the U.S. might at any moment preempt their nuclear facility or welcome an Israeli strike on them.

Not now. The Obama administration immediately berated Israel for building houses around Jerusalem. Then came the Palestinian flotilla, and more American ambiguity. Then lectures during the Gaza war. The United States’ relationship with Israel is now at its weakest since the founding of the Jewish State. Administration aides leak slurs about war hero and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him a “coward” and “chickensh-t,” as if Obama’s open-mic smear of Netanyahu during the G-20 summit in Cannes was not enough.

The radical Arab world has a hunch that another war launched from Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, or Lebanon would not entirely anger a U.S. administration that is more worried about Jews building houses in Jerusalem than about Iranian subsidies to and military support of Hamas. When an American president characterizes an Islamic hit on a kosher market in Paris as a random attack, then it is clear — both to Americans and to the enemies of America — that Jews and Israel are mostly on their own.

Meet the new Middle East: a soon-to-be-nuclear and ascendant Iran, the spreading ISIS wasteland, Egypt and Libya as Somalia, and the end of Syria and Iraq. This was not foreordained, but instead the result of a series of bad U.S. mistakes.

— NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals.

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TAKE THIS QUIZ: WHO IS A GREATER THREAT TO WORLD PEACE, ISIS OR THE UNITED STATES?

What are students learning in American high schools and colleges? Here's a short intro.


If you think this is appalling, think of this: Who is teaching this stuff and how many millions of young people are growing up in the belief America is bad? The left wing has the educational system in its grip and this is its view. Patriotism is a no go.

So when you see a young person waving an American flag and cheering, it's likely she is a Republican.

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WE HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED AND DIED FOR AMERICA.

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IT IS UP TO US TO DEFEND FREEDOM AND KEEP GOVERNMENT UNDER CONTROL.

50 years ago on October 27th, 1964 Ronald Reagan gave one of the powerful political speeches in the history of modern American. Among other things, he reminded us of the fragility of freedom before an all powerful government seeking to become ever stronger.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

This conservative message is as relevant today as 50 years ago.

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CELEBRATE AMERICA'S FOUNDING IN CHATHAM ON THE 4TH!

CHATHAM PARADE DRAWS 35,000 AND UP EACH JULY 4TH.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US THIS YEAR.


The Chatham Independence Day parade in Chatham on the 4th of July is one of the best attended in the state. It's hard to estimate, but our best guess is that the overwhelming majority are Massachusetts citizens, though second home owners are from all over.

The Chatham Republican Committee is once again entered into the parade and invites all Republican candidates, town committee members and just plain old Republicans from Chatham and wherever to join us in the march.

It is a festive event with many bands, floats, vehicles and marchers. The Chatham RTC entry will be honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces who protect us.

Let's show our pride in American and in our Republican dedication to freedom and equal opportunity for all. And have a good time as well!

We are delighted to announce that this year Lt. Governor candidate Karyn Polito will be marching with us, as she did in 2010 in her campaign for Treasurer.

We welcome all Republican candidates and office holders.

The parade starts off at 9:30 in the morning. Street traffic near the parade route gets cut off about 8:30, so we try to take our place in the line-up along Shore Road by 8:00.
It ends approximately at 11:15.

The route is along Main Street through the downtown shopping stretch from Shore Road to the intersection with Crowell Road, about 1.5 miles. The assembly area is on Shore Road back towards the Chatham Bars Inn from the intersection with Main Street. Depending upon where we wind up in the assembly line-up, up to a mile of walking could be added.

We will issue detailed information to all participants by email as the parade organizers release it. Remote parking sites with shuttle buses to and from the parade start and ending points are provided. We will provide detailed information as it becomes available.

Candidates and organized groups such as RTCs, please let us know by phone or email you will be joining us. Individuals receiving this email, just come and bring a friend or two. Patriotic dress is best. Wear comfortable shoes and beware a sunny day!

Do let us know if you have any questions. Call the numbers below or email us.

Fran Meaney, Chairman 617 512 7743
Republican@ChathamRepublicans.com
Diane Bronsdon and Elaine Gibbs, Vice Chairmen
Marie Acton, Secretary 508 945 2150
Sam Black, Treasurer
Chatham Republican Town Committee
www.chathamrepublicans.com
www.facebook.com/chathamrepublicans

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GENERAL McRAVEN'S "LESSONS FOR LIFE" A MUST READ

General William H. McRaven gave a memorable commencement address at the University of Texas this spring that deserves to be read and reread: "Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training."

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GUILLORY MESSAGE TO FELLOW BLACKS: THROW OFF YOUR CHAINS. BECOME REPUBLICANS.

Just a year ago the Louisiana black state senator Elbert Guillory announced he was becoming a Republican and issued a statement explaining why. His message to his fellow blacks is a powerful one that hopefully will be heeded. It's also a reminder to all Republicans of our civil rights heritage, of which not only should we be proud, but insistent on proclaiming every day: We are the Party of Lincoln. We stand for freedom and equal opportunity for all.

In 1854 the Republican Party was formed to succeed the Whigs with one main purpose -- to end slavery. In 1860 President Lincoln was elected with the votes of abolitionists in Massachusetts and other northern states. Just three years later Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in rebellious territory. In Congress Republicans drafted and passed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution freeing slaves, assuring them due process under the law and granting them voting rights.

Lyndon Johnson, no civil rights activist, cynically snatched the black vote away from Republicans with government handouts with the War on Poverty, crowing privately (to fellow Democrats) that his handouts would keep them n****** voting Democrat for 200 years.

Listen to what Senator Guillory has to say.

What's disturbing to all of us as Americans is that this dependency on government has not only kept too many blacks in poverty, it has created a situation in which, as one wise man observed, "fidelity to country is coming to be replaced by fidelity to democrats who give you stuff, just as that old bigot LBJ envisioned when he set out with his phony war on poverty in the 1960's. The entire modern democrat party "cares" about people only to the extent that said people will vote for them in perpetuity."

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IN 1964 RONALD REAGAN SAID IT WAS "A TIME FOR CHOOSING." EVERY GENERATION FACES SUCH A MOMENT AND OURS IS NOW. FREEDOM OR TYRANNY.

This speech by Ronald Reagan was delivered 12 years before he was elected president. It demonstrates the depth of his conviction that bigger and bigger government is not good for the nation and the drift in that direction must be stopped. He said it was "a time for choosing."

Today we have the same challenge and the same choice. Listen to the Ronald Reagan of 1964 and take heart that our instincts are sound and our goal is right. If the direction of history is to be turned, it will be done by the people, not by the bureaucrats and elites who comprise the government. The more government, the less freedom. The Obama Democrats have proven this beyond doubt. "We the people" must fight against the tyranny of government for freedom for ourselves and all future generations.



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THIS MORNING, SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH, THE CHATHAM RTC LAUNCHES THE "CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA" MOVIE SERIES AT THE CHATHAM ORPHEUM THEATER

America is certainly experiencing great difficulties under the present Democratic administration in Washington, but, nonetheless, we remain Americans proud of our past and confident of our future.

Consequently, we are starting up a movie series at the Chatham Orpheum Theater downtown on Main Street on Saturday morning April 5th to remind us all of the great spirit of America that still endures in the hearts of Americans.

The first movie "Argo" celebrates the heroic rescue in 1980 of six American diplomats trapped in Tehran during the Iranian hostage crisis incredibly engineered and carried out by an obscure CIA technician specializing in disguises Tony Mendez. Ben Affleck plays Tony. The movie won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

We also will be recognizing and thanking Michelle DeSilva, who leads Cape Cod Cares 4 the Troops for the great work they do sending care packages to our service men and women overseas.

Every day American heroes be they in the military or civilian life are doing extraordinary things in defense of our nation and fellow Americans. We need to remind ourselves constantly of their service and their sacrifices and to acknowledge and express our appreciation to them and those who support them.


Doors open at 8:45. The suggested donation per person is $20 (pay at the door) for a light breakfast and the movie, to be shown at 9:30 after the recognition of Michelle DeSilva -- and to help with our 2014 election campaign for a better America.

Service men and women, VFW and American Legion members can attend free of charge, but please call to reserve in advance if possible to 508 945 2150.

To reserve and make donations for any number of seats from one to ten online, click here.

Or, if it's a last minute thing, just come and pay at the door!

When you're coming please bring along any of the items listed below that Cape Cod Cares 4 the Troops can send along to our men and women in uniform overseas. Click on list to enlarge.

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See you bright and early Saturday, April 5th, 8:30 or so for a time to feel proud to be American.

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BETTER THAN A THOUSAND WORDS


Now here's a company that has the right idea. Food City, wherever you are, you did good.

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LET US BE THANKFUL THIS THANKSGIVING THAT WE STILL HAVE THE POWER AND WILL TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS

On this Thanksgiving Day let us be thankful for those who would open the eyes of those who are blind to how the government is stealing from us the rights guaranteed to us by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Ask yourself these questions which Judge Napolitano poses and you will understand how important the 2014 elections will be. And, if we are not the ones called to fight for freedom, who?


The Grinch who stole Thanksgiving

By Andrew P. Napolitano Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What if another Thanksgiving Day is upon us and owing to the government, we have less to be thankful for than we did at the last one? What if at every Thanksgiving, liberty is weakened and the government is strengthened? What if Thanksgiving’s warm and breezy seduction of gratitude is just the government’s way of inducing us to think we should be grateful for it?

What if we don’t owe the government any thanks for anything? What if the government owes us back all the freedom and property it has stolen from us? What if the government has produced nothing and owns nothing, save what it has coerced us to give it? What if the courts have ruled that the government can lie and cheat with impunity in order to acquire our property or assault our freedoms?

What if the government lies and cheats regularly to enhance its own wealth and power? What if the government claims that its power comes from the consent of the governed? What if no one consented to the government’s spying and lying except those who personally and directly benefit from it?

What if the government is afraid to tell us all it is doing to us, for fear we might vote it out of office? What if that vote would change nothing? What if the spying and lying continued no matter who ran the government? What if those who spy and lie don’t lose their jobs no matter how they lie, upon whom they spy or who gets elected?

What if this holiday of turkey and football and family is the modern-day version of bread and circuses? What if bread and circuses — which Roman emperors gave to the mobs to keep them sated — are just the government’s way today of keeping us sated at the end of every November? What if the government expects us to give thanks to it for letting us have Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday off?

What if the president thinks he's a king? What if he claims the power to kill people outside the Constitution? What if some of these people were your sisters, neighbors or friends? What if he thinks he's so smart that he knows what choices we should make? What if he makes those choices for us?

What if we each have the natural right to choose how to care for our own bodies, but he has used the coercive powers of the law to tell us how to do so? What if that law compelled all persons to pay for more health insurance than they needed, wanted or could afford? What if the president deceived dupes in Congress into voting for that law? What if the president deceived millions of Americans into supporting that law? What if the president forced you to pay for a health insurance policy that funded killing babies in their mothers' wombs?

What if the president knows what you want and need because his spies have captured your every telephone call, text and email? What if the Declaration of Independence says that our rights are personal, inalienable and come from God? What if the Constitution says that among our inalienable rights are the right to be left alone and the right to be different?

What if the president took an oath to uphold the Declaration and the Constitution but believes in neither? What if he believes that our rights come from the collective consent of our neighbors, whom he can influence or, worse yet, from the government, which he can control? What if he believes that he can invade our right to be left alone by spying on us and lying to us, and destroy our right to be different by killing us? What if he actually did all these things?

What if only individuals foolish enough to do so give up their own rights but cannot give up the rights of those of us who refuse to surrender them? What if the government can only constitutionally take away personal freedoms when a jury has convicted someone of a crime? What if the government thinks it can take away our rights by ordinary legislation or by presidential fiat? What if it has done so?

What if someone who once worked for the government knew all this and risked life and limb to tell us about it? What if the government at first denied that it lies to and spies upon all Americans? What if it demonized the whistleblower? What if it chased him to the ends of the Earth because he revealed awful truths? What if everything Edward Snowden revealed about the government turned out to be true?

What if it is the personal courage and constitutional fidelity of Mr. Snowden for which we should be thankful? What if the government hates and fears our freedoms just as it hates and fears the revelation of the awful truths Mr. Snowden possesses?

What if our thanks are a result primarily of the Author of our freedoms, who made us in His image and likeness, and to those who have exercised those freedoms to seek and reveal the truth? What if it is the truth, and not the government, that will keep us free?

What if we have the right to pursue happiness, no matter what the government says? What if we have the right to be unique, no matter what the government wants? What if the freedom to seek the truth will bring us happiness?

What if that freedom, which is still ours, is a just cause for a happy Thanksgiving, after all?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

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REMEMBER EVERY DAY, NOT JUST ON MEMORIAL DAY

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JOHN ADAMS: OUR IRASCIBLE, INDISPENSABLE MAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WHO MADE THE REVOLUTION SUCCEED. AT THE ELDREDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHATHAM, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND AT 3

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