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Michael Connelly

Welcome to my website and Blog. I am a U.S. Army veteran, a Constitutional attorney, Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation, and a published author, freelance writer, and teacher. I am the author of five books,  "Riders in the Sky: The Ghosts and Legends of Philmont Scout Ranch", "The Mortarmen", a story about my father's unit in WW II; my novel, "Amayehli: A Story of America", "America's Liveliest Ghosts" and my newly released patriotic novel "The Rag". In addition, I have an affordable, pocket size booklet on the Constitution called "Our Constitution" that is receiving great reviews. You can read more about these books by going to the pages on each book on this website.

You may also want to check out my radio talk show that airs every Wednesday at 4:00 Eastern. Here is the website containing the link: http://americaswebradio.com/our-constitution/ You can also follow me on Twitter @MichaelMrobertc

I have a non profit corporation named the Constitutional Law Alliance (CLA).To find out more about the the CLA and the type of projects we are working on go to the webite at www.constitution.jigsy.com. You will see information about a booklet I have written titled "Our Constitution".

The Blog you see below is designed to deal with the challenges to our Constitutional rights that are being made almost daily.  I will try to post articles frequently and your comments are welcome.

New feature! I have added a new feature to my blog. I will be placing Legislative Alerts on the blog to notify you of specific pieces of legislation pending in Congress that contain direct threats to our Constitution. 

I am available to speak on Constitutional issues to groups both large and small. To request a speaking engagement email me at mrobertc@hotmail.com. I am also a frequent guest on radio talk shows around the country. If you have a show you would like to have me on, you can contact me at the same email address.

Check out my "Our Constitution" video on You Tube. It is in two parts:

Our Constitution, Part 1
Our Constitution, Part 2



December 15, 2017


          This has become a Christmas tradition for me and some of you have seen this post before, but it is that time of year when I start thinking about the importance of friends and family and why I should be thankful for the country I live in. It is also the time when I think about those fellow Americans who have stepped forward in the past and the present to place their lives on the line so that the rest of us can celebrate this holy season in freedom and peace.

The true story below is about my father and a Christmas seventy three years ago. I wrote it many years ago and it has been reprinted and put on websites around the world. You can read the full story in my book “The Mortarmen” I offer this story once again to honor our heroes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, including my two sons, Major Sean Connelly and Captain Tim Connelly, both currently serving in the army. Come to think of it, this story is really about all of them because it epitomizes who and what they are.


Christmas 1944


The frigid night air cut through the Lieutenant’s army issue coat as he stopped in the knee deep snow to survey the perimeter. A heavy snow continued to fall on this Christmas Eve 1944, but it was not a silent night. The flashes of artillery lit the sky and generated a rumble like distant thunder as the young officer finished his tour of the unit’s outposts. He was an officer in Company B, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, the men who fired the big 4.2 mortars which were so critical to the effort of the infantry to advance. They were someplace in Belgium, he really had no clue where, and for the first time in a while the battalion was together again. All four companies had been brought in to help stop the German breakthrough. They didn’t know it, but the 87th was about to be thrown right into the heart of the Battle of the Bulge.

As the Lieutenant finished his rounds he wearily dragged himself into the monastery where the command had taken refuge for the night. The warmth that enveloped him as he entered the large community room was certainly welcomed. He glanced around and saw his comrades sprawled in every available space. They were bedraggled and exhausted after 201 days of almost continuous combat, and by the looks on their faces you could tell that it was only going to get worse. Despite the thickness of the monastery walls, a new sound intruded the quick crack of tank gunfire.

 Everyone knew what that meant; American tankers were making a last ditch stand against the German armored columns in the area. They were outnumbered and outgunned and their Sherman tanks stood no chance against the awesome German Tiger tanks, but they fought anyway. When the battle ended, and it would before dawn, then the 87th became part of the last American line of defense. The war hung in the balance, and so did the lives of everyone in this ancient house of God.

The Lieutenant found a place to sit against one wall and sank down in exhaustion, gratefully accepting the wine, bread and cheese being offered by the monks. In the corner of the room, a soldier fiddled with the dial of a radio, finally picking up the armed forces station. Christmas carols filled the room, but only added to the loneliness. Then as, the sound of the tank battle increased in intensity, a new song started on the radio, Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas."

For the Lieutenant the song immediately invoked memories of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas on the farm in Mason City, Iowa and of how far away he was from those he loved. He could not help himself, the tears began to flow and embarrassed, he glanced around the room to see if anyone had noticed. His eyes fell first on the Company Commander, Captain J.J. Marshall, one of the toughest men the Lieutenant had ever known. The Captain sat ramrod straight, unashamed, as tears streamed down his stubbly cheeks. It was universal that night, strong men, the bravest of the brave, cried over a Christmas carol, and over the homes many would never see again.

As dawn broke the next morning, Christmas Day, the battalion was again split up with Company B assigned to take up mortar positions in support of what was left of the 289th infantry, 75th Division, and defend a Belgium village called Sadzot, a key location in the thin American defense line. For three days they fired their mortars in support of the hastily assembled defense units, and then disaster struck. Early in the predawn hours of Dec. 28th enemy elements of the 12 SS Panzer Division, the infamous Hitler Jugend, broke through the infantry lines and overran the mortar position.

They hastily assembled all of the men they could, and the mortarmen fought a delaying action, fighting hand to hand and house to house against overwhelming numbers. As the fighting retreat continued, the men of company B were joined by remaining elements of the 509th Parachute Battalion which had formed a new defensive position north of the village. There they held until reinforced and then joined a counterattack which retook the village, and recaptured six of their nine mortars and most of their vehicles.

It was later learned that this makeshift force of Americans had successfully stopped a major attack by German troops designed to capture a major highway intersection which would have broken the American line. No one has ever been able to tell me how they won. History recorded it as a classic situation where the attacking enemy held all of the advantages, yet was stopped by the cold determination of a hand full of defenders on the verge of physical and mental collapse. Somehow, they emerged victorious, with Company B reporting almost half of its men killed, wounded, or missing.

For his actions during the defense of Sadzot the Lieutenant and the other men of the company received both the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre medals. I know the story of that lonely Christmas Eve and the ensuing days from my Father’s diary. He was the young Lieutenant, Roy E. Connelly, Co. B. 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. He would read that story to us on Christmas Eve every year until his death in 1987, and then I took over the job with my children.

He never read it without crying over the friends he lost during that Christmas season of 1944, and to this day, I can not read it or even write about it without the same reaction. What was done during that six day period by the men of Co. B and the other companies of the 87th, who also held the line, surpasses the ability of most of us to comprehend. They fought for each other, and they fought for us. We must never forget.



December 3, 2017

Imagine the following scenario; you live in a country where the universities have been taken over by a particular political party. Professors who don’t religiously follow the party’s philosophy are purged from the university, and students are subjected to continuous party line propaganda. If they fail to follow the party line their grades may suffer or they will be humiliated by their professors and silenced.


          Most of the news media is taken over by the party and instead of reporting the news provide nothing but political propaganda towing the party line. The propaganda is continuing and relentless and any reporters or news outlets that don’t follow the party line suffer from constant attacks. When the news media is controlled what is reported is not necessarily true, but instead is tailored to push the political agenda of the party.


          Freedom of speech is severely restricted or abolished entirely.  Only those who support the party are allowed to speak freely, and then they are carefully monitored to make sure their speech is correct according to party standards. This applies even if the party does not currently control the government because it lays the ground work for the way that it will be when it ultimately controls the nation.


          Freedom of religion must be severely restricted or abolished entirely.  No one should be allowed to worship a power higher than that of the state. All religions, particularly Christianity, should be constantly attacked in order to diminish their influence over the population.


          Due to the possibility of resistance to the party and the government the population should not be allowed to own firearms. This will actually begin with a requirement for all privately owned guns to be registered with the government. That will allow for the ultimate confiscation of all privately owned weapons that could be used to resist government tyranny.


If this all sounds familiar it because this was the playbook used by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party to take control of Germany in the 1930s. The liberals in this county are now following exactly the same playbook in order to bring us to the same disastrous place where the German people ended up, losing their freedom and even identity.   


November 6, 2017

This article is not political in any way. It is a Veterans Day tribute to my brothers and sisters who have fought and often died for our country for over 240 years. Your bravery has occurred on American soil during the Revolution and the War of 1812 and on numerous foreign battlefields around the world. You always fought for the same thing, the oath you took to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.


It does not matter if you were drafted into service or volunteered; you chose not to run and hide, but to serve. You signed a blank check to your country and your fellow Americans to pledge everything up to and including your lives to protect their freedom. This makes you one of the true elites in America; you are the bravest of the brave.


You had no safe spaces where you could hide, and you didn’t ask for any. You did your duty and you did it proudly. You are a true American hero, and you must never forget that, and as veterans we must never let Americans forget us and our brothers and sisters at arms. We have sacrificed too much to let our country slip away into the darkness, and become anything less than the Constitutional Republic we all fought to defend.


My family members have served in every war America has fought from the Revolution to the current war on terror. Two of them were killed during the Civil War, one fighting for the north died at Vicksburg, while the other fighting for the south was killed at Gettysburg. I honor both of their memories. My father was in combat for 326 straight days during World War II, and I have two sons still serving today. I honor them and all who have served, and our family will keep their memory alive.


Many people in our nation have similar family histories and must keep their legacy alive for future generations so that they will learn the values that we were taught and pass them on so that America will survive. Happy Veterans Day!


October 12, 2017

While heroes in Las Vegas were still trying to rescue victims and comfort the survivors and the families of those who were lost, the American left was already turning the massacre into a political movement for more gun control. Hillary Clinton was one of the first to tweet out a call for limitations on the Second Amendment, and to attack the NRA, but that is not surprising since her ego is making her desperate to prove that she is not irrelevant.


          However, she was quickly followed by the Hollywood elite, who are protected by their own personally armed body guards, the leaders of the Democrat party, and the far left media. They all seem to be calling for the same things, universal background checks, the outlawing of so-called assault weapons, which most of them can’t even define, and the closing of the so-called gun show loopholes that they also can’t define.


          They are desperate to convince the majority of the American people to believe such proposals are reasonable and will actually prevent gun crimes and mass shootings. It has already been proven in cities like Chicago and States like California that they don’t work, but that is beside the point for the left, because these regulations are not the end game. They are just the beginning and they are following the track of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian dictatorships.


          In the late 1920s the Weimer Republic ordered that all private owned firearms be registered with the government. However, by the early 1930’s the government recognized that it had made a terrible mistake. While law abiding Germans were complying with the law and registering their firearms, the members of the violence prone groups like the communists and Nazis were not. The government took steps to protect the records from being made public, but it was too late. A few years later when Adolf Hitler took control the list of registered gun owners were used to disarm the German people to prevent resistance to the Nazis.


          It has become obvious over the last few decades that for years the ultimate goal of the leftists in this country is to abolish the Constitution and all of the rights that it contains and turn our country into a socialist or communist state. In such a country the elites are in control of every aspect of the lives of the rest of us and we will essentially be their slaves. However, they have a problem because is the same country that once consisted of 13 individual colonies under British domination. When the British decided to forcefully continue to get the colonists to submit to its will it moved to disarm the colonists by seizing the weapons stored at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. 


          That did not end well for the British and thus the Second Amendment to the Constitution was ultimately adopted. Now the leftists in this country are faced with a major problem. In order to oppress the American people they must first disarm us. In order to accomplish that they must first be able to identify the Americans who legally own firearms. Then they must find people who will do their dirty work.


It won’t be the members of the U.S. military, military veterans, or most local police and sheriff’s deputies. They also cannot rely on the campus snowflakes they have created who just want the government to take care of them, or the liberal college professors or Hollywood and corporate elites. While they certainly agree with the ultimate goal they are certainly not going to risk their own lives to bring it about.


          They will instead have to rely on the criminal elements in this country that will work as their paid mercenaries. This will include violent gang members like those in MS-13 who are being actively protected by the liberals that control sanctuary cities, counties, and even states. They will also rely on members of violent groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA that are committed to destroying America. If all else fails they will rely on foreign mercenaries who will come from places like Syria, Libya, or Iran.


I chronical this in my popular patriotic novel “The Rag” where I show what happens when the government starts to limit constitutional rights including the right to keep and bear arms. I also write about how the American people ultimately resist. I apparently have struck a nerve with the left because they initially launched an all-out assault of negative comments on Amazon. However, the liberals at Amazon soon took over the attack.


          First Amazon decided to remove the novel as an e-book, and all of my other books claiming that since my name is the same as the mystery writer, and therefore is a copy write violation. That is totally bogus, because individual names cannot be copywrited. Then they began to systematically remove the most favorable reviews of the novel.


          However, the censorship on the left that millions of Americans own firearms and most will not willingly surrender them, and if necessary will use them to fight to protect their freedom.


September 27, 2017

For the spoiled overpaid professional athletes in the NFL and NBA who hate America and want to make a political statement against the police who risk their lives to protect us every day taking a knee during out national anthem is an acceptable form of protest. To me and other American veterans and active members of the active military it is totally unacceptable. In fact, it is the ultimate insult.


For us taking a knee is what we do to honor our fallen comrades. There is the iconic image, now immortalized in a statue of a grieving soldier taking a knee in front of a pair of military boots and an inverted rifle with a helmet on its butt. Originally, the inverted rifle and helmet was used by American soldiers to alert the teams that retrieved dead soldiers of their locations. The rifle with a bayonet was stuck in the ground with the helmet of the dead soldier and his dog tags so they could be identified.


Preferably it was at the head of the shallow grave the soldier was buried in, but often in the heat of combat there was no time for burial so it was to mark the site of the unburied body. So for us, taking a knee is a way of expressing our grief for a dead comrade, and our respect for the reasons that they died. Most of the elitist players of the NFL have never seen or heard of this act of respect in the military, or if they have don’t understand its meaning, or don’t care.


In the case of Colin Kaepernick who started this, he is kneeling because he hates our country and wants to pay homage to his real heroes, Fidel Castro who brutalized and oppressed the people of Cuba for decades, and Che Guevara. Guevara was an especially brutal terrorist, whose specialty was leading his men into unarmed towns, executing all of the men and boys, and then raping the women and girls before murdering them. This has made him a hero of ignorant members of the left like Kaepernick.


I am not a sports star, millionaire, or Hollywood elitist although I have been many things in my life. I have been a lawyer, a teacher, a public speaker, a published author, a freelance writer, and a radio talk show host. None of that sets me above any other hard working American who believes in God and out country. However, those things are what I have done, not who I am. Who I was, still am, and always will be is an American soldier. This means that I will always stand at attention and salute when the National Anthem is played, and I will kneel and pray when I attend the funeral of one of my fellow soldiers.


However, unless there is a drastic change I will never watch another NFL game or ever buy any products or services pushed by its sponsors.


July 2, 2017


If you watch the news presented by the mainstream media you will be bombarded by stories about the United States of America being a divided nation. A nation that is divided along racial lines, religious lines, political party lines, and economic lines. These alleged divisions are established so they can be exploited by those who want to push a specific political agenda. However, I dispute the validity of these divisions because I live in the real America and I have proof that it still exists and is stronger than ever.  

          In a previous article I wrote about the amazing help that was given to us by friends, neighbors, and strangers from all over Texas and neighboring states like Louisiana, after our small ranch took a direct hit from a massive F5 tornado on April 29th. This help was unconditional and came from church groups, first responders, Boy Scouts, and just families who showed up at our door with water, food, chain saws and in some cases heavy equipment to help us clean up our property and save what we could.

No one asked us about our political affiliation or who we had voted for in the last election. No one asked about our religion and until they met us they did not know the color of our skin or our ethnic background, and none of that mattered anyway. All they knew was that we were fellow Texans and fellow Americans. In addition, they did not ask for money, and refused my offer to buy them lunch. One volunteer firefighter from another town drove for 23 miles to the nearest functioning gas station to get five gallons of gas for my emergency generator, and then refused my offer to pay him. All of these volunteers worked for hours to help us.  

          What is also notable is that a remarkable number of the people who came to help were military veterans, who had already served their country in conflicts like Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war zones. Yet, here they were, still serving their fellow Americans. We are back in our home after 39 days in a motel, but we still have a long road to recovery, but we will make it and we still have people volunteering to help.

          On this Fourth of July holiday as I have two of my sons still on active duty with the U.S. Army and think back on my own service and that of my father. I believe that the America we live in is the one envisioned by our founding fathers. It may be under attack, but it is not beaten and not even broken. We still live in the greatest nation on earth and based on what I have seen it will not die.


June 3, 2017

On June 6, 2017 it will be seventy three years since my father, 1Lt. Roy Connelly, landed on Utah Beach with the other brave men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion.  My father died in 1987, but in 2005 as I was finishing up my book about the unit,  I had the honor of attending the battalion’s final reunion, and meeting with eleven of these remarkable men.

          After their banquet, they all sat down with me at a big table in the hotel lounge and I put a small tape recorder in the center of the table and let them talk about their experiences. Now I knew the story of these men through my extensive research of not only the day to day history of the battalion, but each of the four companies.

          I also knew the history of the men at the table. I knew which ones had won medals for heroism and which ones had received one or more purple hearts for wounds received in combat. I heard a lot of stories that night and had collected many more through telephone interviews, questionnaires filled out by the unit veterans, and the diaries some of them sent to me. Yet, none of these men would allow me to call them heroes. They would refer to their buddies as heroes, but not themselves, regardless of the facts that I knew about them.

          To hear them talk, they were just average GIs who did the job they were told to do. I knew better because as I chronicle in my book “The Mortarmen” these men who fired the 4.2” mortars, the heaviest in the U.S. military were in combat for 326 straight days. They fought on the Cherbourg Peninsula, in the Hurtgen Forest, and in the Battle of the Bulge. They captured the key German City of Cologne, and they liberated the Nazi death camp at Nordhausen.

          They fired their mortars in support of the 3rd, 4th, and 75th Infantry divisions, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, the 2nd and 5th Armored Divisions, and many other units. Almost every original member of the 87th was killed, wounded, or captured at some point. These men fought for their country and their unit, but mostly they fought for each other. Their loyalty to their fellow warriors was so strong that many hid minor wounds or had more serious wounds treated by the unit medics and refused to be shipped back to a field hospital. Their fear was that they might be reassigned to a unit other than the 87th.

          Now, seventy three years later only a few of the men of this distinguished unit are still alive and the same is true of the thousands of other soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy. These are the men of the “Longest Day” and they must never be forgotten.


May 6, 2017


          I had originally planned on posting several new articles on my blog last week, but as some of you already know things have changed dramatically in our lives. Last Saturday evening nine tornados were reported in our area of East Texas. Five of them, including a massive F5 were actually on the ground at the same time in our county of Van Zandt. The F5 storm was on the ground for an incredible 51 miles and caused immense damage. That is the one that made a direct hit on our small ranch near Canton, Texas.

          We made it to our safe room in time thanks to a Code Red warning from the Canton fire department, and miraculously survived. When it was all over our house was only one of five in the area that has not been completely demolished. However, it has been severely damaged and has been deemed unlivable so our insurance company has put us up in a motel. We have over thirty trees on our property blown down including all five of our pear trees.

          One of our oak trees came down on my pickup truck and broke it in half. One of our other two cars was totaled, but the other one suffered only minor damage and is drivable. The top of a big pine tree in our front yard was torn off and ended up coming through the roof of our house, landing above my home office. The ceiling seemed to be mostly intact, but today split open and partially collapsed. The roof to our well house was torn off, and our enclosed aluminum six car garage, work shop and storage area was demolished. All of my ranch equipment including my small tractor, tools, chainsaw etc. was totaled. Currently no power and only what water my emergency generator call draw from our damaged well.

          On the up side the outpouring of support from the people of Canton and in fact all of Texas has been amazing. Within two hours of the tornado two Van Zandt County Sheriff’s deputies showed up at our door to check on us. They had to walk in because of the downed trees on our driveway and road. The next morning, our neighbors, many of whom had damage to their own homes, showed up with members of the Canton fire Department to cut through the debris so we could get out of our home. People from all over the area, including surrounding counties showed up with food and water. Local restaurants and churches opened up as shelters and served free hot meals.

          Police and deputies from all over Texas have come in to patrol the area to protect us from looters, although any potential looters should know that it can be a very dangerous occupation in East Texas. Most of us will just shoot you. We also had utility companies from all over the state to put up new lines and poles so the power can be restored. The city of Canton had power within 48 hours, but those of us who live in the boonies will have to wait longer.

          Strangers with chainsaws have been showing up all week to help clear our property and on Friday, May 5, the cavalry arrived. A non-profit charity organization called the Minuteman Disaster Response team from McKinney, Texas showed up with chainsaws and heavy equipment to start seriously clearing our property. They worked all day and then came back today and were joined by volunteers from Mabank, Texas who were sent by a friend of mine in Dallas. All total there were almost 100 volunteers on my property and at my neighbors, who were hit harder than we were, and they did a remarkable job.

          It will still be weeks before we get a new roof on our home and can get moved back in, and even longer until our other buildings can be restored and we have full power. However, we are truly blessed, because we survived, there are five confirmed dead in the area and many apparently still missing. In addition, out of approximately 30 homes in our immediate area ours is one of only five still standing. All others were demolished.

          A final rather bizarre note, when the initial volunteers were cutting a path through the downed trees for us to leave our home there was a huge live oak tree that I estimated to weigh a thousand pounds, but was later told probably weighed over 3,000 pounds, was not a tree from my property or any of the surrounding properties. The roots were intact so it had been pulled out of the ground and may have come from miles away. That is an indication of how powerful this storm was.        

Michael Connelly



April 7, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion about Republicans in the U.S. Senate using what is called the “nuclear option” to get an outstanding nominee Neil Gorsuch appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This was needed to overcome the “cloture” rule that requires 60 Senators to vote to allow a Supreme Court nominee to even be voted on by the Senate. Unfortunately, the same rule also applies to most of all regular legislation brought before the Senate including those laws passed by the House of Representatives.

          The U.S. Constitution provides for bills to be adopted, and nominees to be onfirmed by a majority vote in the Senate with the Vice President casting the deciding vote if the Senate is evenly split. The Senate is also allowed to set its own rules but there is nothing indicating that they can override the majority vote requirement, yet that is what the Senate did that in 1917 when it adopted a two thirds vote cloture rule. That proved to be a disaster since the overwhelming majority was virtually never reached, despite the fact that in those days members of the Senate were patriots and would vote for legislation that was good for the country not just their political party.

          Yet, there was still gridlock in many cases so in 1975 the Senate changed its rules to set the current 60 vote threshold. Both parties used it to their advantage when the other party controlled the Senate. Then the Democrats under Harry Reid decided in 2013 to get rid of the cloture rule when it came to Obama nominated federal judges at the district and appellate level that were being blocked by Republicans because of many of the nominees far left leanings. The Senate democrats were all on board with this change and Chuck Schumer was particularly enthusiastic.

          However, now that the Republicans have taken a page from the Democrat playbook and invoked the nuclear option to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court, Schumer and many other Democrats are absolutely hysterical. It seems that the cloture rule should only apply to Republicans, not to the Democrat elitists who consider themselves above the law. They are adamantly opposed to Judge Gorsuch because he believes in the Constitution that Democrats generally view as an archaic document that is getting in the way of their game plan to destroy our constitutional republic and create a “socialist paradise” in its place.

          However, while I fully support use of the nuclear option to confirm Judge Gorsuch; as a constitutional lawyer I have a problem with the entire cloture rule. I believe it is unconstitutional and should be entirely abolished by the Senate. The fact is that the cloture rule dilutes my vote and those of all other Americans who vote for Senators. Instead of having my Senators effectively represent me by voting to pass or defeat legislation by a majority vote, as provided in the Constitution, their votes are often meaningless.

          For example, I have been working for the last four years with veterans who are being arbitrarily denied their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Eighteen months ago I also predicted that the same methods were going to be employed to disarm Social Security recipients, That has also come true and the House of Representatives has passed legislation to stop these abuses. However, initial indications are that Senate democrats will use the cloture rule to stop both of these bills from coming to the full Senate for a vote.

          That will happen because under the cloture rule the two votes of the Senators in Texas that will represent me will be meaningless while the votes of the two Democrat senators from Massachusetts will count along with all other votes by Senate democrats. America’s heroes and our senior citizens will continue to be denied their constitutional rights. For this and other compelling reasons, it is imperative that we call on Republican senators to permanently abolish the 60 vote cloture rule and give us back our Constitution and the ability of Congress to act with majority votes of 51.


March 14, 2017

I have been asked if I believe that in their unprecedented opposition to the Presidency of Donald Trump some Democrats and other so-called progressives are breaking the law. As a staunch supporter of the Constitution and the right of free speech, freedom of the press, and the right of the American people to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances I would have to say no in most cases.

Unfortunately, a significant number of people are crossing the line and engaging in acts that are criminal in nature. For example, the right to exercise freedom of speech is not absolute and does not give anyone the right to keep others from exercising the same right. Yet, that is what is happening all over the country when progressives use the concept of political correctness to harass and shut down anyone who dares to disagree with them.

This is happening particularly on college campuses where students are being punished by left wing professors and administrators for saying something that they disagree with. Even supporting a political candidate they disagree with can lead to sanctions. It is also being carried to the extreme when students and faculty members attempt to keep someone they don’t like from making a speech on a college campus by violently demonstrating, and even physically attacking the speakers. There is no question that this is a violation of the rights of other individuals and therefore a criminal act.

The Constitution provides Americans with the right to peacefully assemble and the operative word is “peacefully”. Millions of Americans opposed the policies of President Obama and the Democrats in control of congress. They were appalled by the passage of Obamacare that was done in secret by the Democrat controlled Congress, and by numerous other actions by the President and his allies. This resulted in the formation of grassroots organizations like the Tea Parties and people took to the streets and held rallies to express their opposition.

They carried signs and American flags, and they made speeches. They did not physically attack those who disagreed with them; they did not set fires, break windows, or assault police officers. They simply exercised their Constitutional right to peaceful assembly. Let’s fast forward to the recent demonstrations by the progressives and their allies that are anything but peaceful. They often include violence against people and private property, and these activities are almost never condemned by anyone on the left, but tacitly encouraged, even by the liberal mainstream media.

The latest moves come from the ACLU, a bogus civil libertarian organization that actually seeks to destroy our Constitutional liberties instead of preserving them. They are pushing to organize efforts to create “freedom cities” where police and other local government officials will be coerced into violating federal immigration law by protecting illegal aliens, even those with criminal convictions or potential ties to terrorism from being arrested and/or deported. 

I contend that all of this amounts to a criminal conspiracy particularly since there is overwhelming evidence that some of the protestors are paid and receive the encouragement of left wing politicians like former attorney general Loretta Lynch who has called on people to take to the streets, bleed and if necessary die to bring down the Trump administration. That certainly sounds like a call for violence and the comments were contained in a video gleefully released by Senate Democrats.

This fits the classic definition of sedition that was included in the 1918 Sedition Act passed by congress that prohibited "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the U.S. government, our flag, or military during time of war. This act was ultimately upheld by the United States Supreme Court, but has been modified over the years by the dissenting opinion of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who called for the law only to be enforced when someone created a “clear and present danger” of immediate criminal action.

I have always agreed with the position taken by Justice Holmes and later court decisions. Yet, I also believe that comments along the lines of those made by Loretta Lynch and some other progressives fall within the clear and present danger test because they encourage criminal activity. In addition, I believe that some of what is occurring today also falls within the constitutional definition of treason that includes providing “aid and comfort” to the enemies of the United States.

When someone in our government releases information that threatens our national security and provides aid and comfort to our enemies it is treason. It doesn’t matter if the information is given to ISIS, a foreign nation like Russia, China, North Korea, Iran etc. or to WikiLeaks or the New York Times, it is still treason because it endangers Americans. Further, when the New York Times, or any other news agencies publishes this leaked information, it is treason. 

There is also something else to be considered. Everyone who works for our government takes the same oath of office that I took as a member of the U.S. Army, “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” and there are federal criminal penalties for violating that oath. These penalties include a $10,000 fine, and up to one year in prison for doing anything that denigrates our constitution or attempts to destroy our Constitutional Republic.

To sum this up, I believe we are looking at a wide spread criminal conspiracy on the part of left wing organizations, elected officials, government employees, and members of the main stream media to bring down not only the Trump administration, but also the United States as we know it.


February 9, 2017

It is apparently official now. Three unelected leftist lawyers wearing black robes and sitting as justices on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have confirmed a ruling by a lower court unelected leftist federal judge that stays the Executive Order on immigration issued by the elected President of the United States. As I pointed out in the previous article on the subject I posted on my blog the actions of the President were entirely reasonable, legal, and constitutional.

          Neither of the courts has listened to any evidence or made a ruling on the constitutionality of the order, but instead have decided it is “probably” unconstitutional. However, in order to understand what these four judges have actually done it is necessary to read between the lines and determine the true implications of this ruling which are staggering.

          Essentially the ruling says that elections no longer matter, the will of the American people no longer matters, and most importantly the Constitution of the United States no longer matters. So according to the men and women in black we are no longer a Constitutional Republic, but a judicial dictatorship where all decisions including those dealing the with the all-important matters of our national security, and the lives of American citizens will now be made not by Congress and the President of the United States, but by a hand full of elite federal judges. This effectively dissolves the Constitutional establishment of three separate, but equal branches of government.

          Ironically the federal judiciary has for years being undermining the Constitutional rights of American citizens that are protected in the Bill of Rights. This includes central rights like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to due process of law and numerous others. Yet, as of today they decided to confer Constitutional rights on citizens of foreign countries that have never had these rights.

          This includes a “right” of potential terrorists to enter the U.S. without being properly vetted and to possibly kill Americans. Americans should be outraged. This is clearly a political decision made to advance the leftist agenda and stifle the desire of Americans to protect their homes and families from the type chaos of that is occurring in Europe and other areas of the world.


January 30, 2017

As someone who has studied and defended the U.S. Constitution for over 40 years I am appalled and angered by the misinformation being thrown at the American people by the leftists in Congress and the news media. I have watched the last several days of coverage over the Executive Order on immigration issued by President Donald Trump and what is generally being reported is just not true.

          The order is a ban on issuing visas to people from seven nations listed by the Obama administration as hot beds of terrorist activity. The seven countries are Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. In 2011 Obama executed his executive authority to limit immigration from Iraq for six months and there was no outcry by either the Democrats or the liberal media. This was because what he did was completely legal. 

          Now, when Trump does essentially the same thing, we are being told it is a Constitutional crisis denying Constitutional rights to people attempting to immigrate to the United States, and using an “unconstitutional religious test” on immigrants. So let’s look at immigration and the Constitution.

          There is only one article in the Constitution that deals with immigration and that is Article 1, Section 8 that empowers the Congress to make laws “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…”. The laws passed by Congress shall then be enforced by the President. On the other hand, the only prohibition of a religious test in the Constitution has nothing to do with immigration. The prohibition is in Article VI of the Constitution that states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and the several States, shall be bound by Oath of Affirmation, to support this Constitution, but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any office or public Trust under the United States.”

          In other words, there is no Constitutional prohibition against a religious test for immigration to the United States although it has rarely been done and was not the situation in this case. While, the seven countries targeted are predominantly Muslim there are forty other countries in the same category that were not on the list. This was not a Muslim ban, but an attempt to limit immigration from countries where Islamic terrorism is actively promoted.

          For the left in this country, the priority must not be protecting Americans from Islamic terrorism, but protecting the non-existent Constitutional rights of immigrants who may not even have entered the country yet. It must also be noted that of the 325, 000 foreigners that entered the country on the day the Executive Order went into effect, only 109 people were actually detained, and most of them were released within a few hours. Compare this to the over 250,000 American veterans who in the last few years who have been deprived of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms without any due process.

          The main stream news media has ignored these Constitutional violations because it furthers their gun control agenda. For them, the so called constitutional rights of potential terrorists take precedence over the rights of America’s heroes. In other word, it is all about the leftist political agenda, which has been and continues to be the ultimate destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

          The bottom line for all of the leftists’ purveyors of “fake news”, the Hollywood elitists with the combined intelligence of a box of rocks, the wimpy snowflake millennials who can’t accept that the American people rejected the career criminal that the left wanted to be our President, and the squalling Dems in Congress is that:

  1. There is no U.S. Constitutional right to immigrate to the United States or to get a VISA to visit our country.

  2. If you are here illegally you have no Constitutional right to stay.

  3. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole right to impose any requirements it wants on people who want to come to our country.

  4. There is no authority given to any Federal Judge to amend the Constitution to alter these truths.


January 15, 2017

As an Eagle Scout, the father of four Eagle Scouts, and a former scoutmaster of a troop that produced 59 Eagle Scouts I am well aware of the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”. That is a motto that I now encourage all of my fellow American patriots to adopt. My fear is that after the historic victory last November when Republicans gained control of the Congress and the Presidency that we will become complacent and over confident and believe that the Democrats and the leftist progressives have been defeated permanently.

          The fact is that the relentless assault of the progressives in congress, in liberal state legislatures, and in the left wing media will not abate; in fact they will be doubling down on their efforts to destroy our Constitutional Republic. We have to understand that this effort by the left is not something new. It has been going on for decades and ultimately they succeeded in totally taking control of the Democrat party.   

          They also have rigid control of the American education system, particularly in our universities, where efforts to use political correctness to totally shut down free speech for everyone who doesn’t embrace the progressive agenda are continuing to be very effective. Many students do not receive an education they can truly use in the real world, but instead are indoctrinated with hate America political propaganda.

          Our public schools are often taking the same approach, and furthermore the students are being indoctrinated with the liberal entitlement philosophy. They are taught that they don’t have to compete and work hard to be successful; instead they are entitled to a trophy just for showing up. They are also being taught that the free expression of ideas is prohibited if their expression is offensive to any other student or even parent.

          It is the equivalent of the safe rooms being provided to wimpy college students who were are given teddy bears and coloring books so they can deal with the trauma that comes from finding out that elections in a Constitutional Republic don’t always come out the way they want.

          The consequences of all of this are becoming disastrously clear. Less than one percent of America’s young men and women are volunteering to serve in the military despite the fact that our country continues to be at war with an ideology that wants to destroy and enslave us. The old saying that “freedom is not free” is more applicable than ever, but our young people are not being taught that lesson. In many cases they don’t even understand what freedom means, much less how many Americans have sacrificed everything in order to preserve it.

          This is trend that I intend to try and reverse. I am in the process of putting together a plan to do several things. First I want to set up a comprehensive program to educate more of our children about the Constitution, including getting copies of the Constitution into their hands so they can actually read it and understand it. Second, I will be setting up a new nonprofit corporation that will develop strategies to assist attorneys and educators in protecting the Constitutional freedoms of students at every level from elementary school through college.

          This will a difficult undertaking, but is something I believe has to be done. Please feel free to send me your comments and suggestions, and watch this blog for further information.

Christmas 1944

December 15, 2016

This has become a Christmas tradition for me and some of you have seen this post before, but it is that time of year when I start thinking about the importance of friends and family and why I should be thankful for the country I live in. It is also the time when I think about those fellow Americans who have stepped forward in the past and the present to place their lives on the line so that the rest of us can celebrate this holy season in freedom and peace.

The true story below is about my father and a Christmas seventy two years ago. I wrote it many years ago and it has been reprinted and put on websites around the world. You can read the full story in my book “The Mortarmen” I offer this story once again to honor our heroes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, including my two sons, Major Sean Connelly and Captain Tim Connelly, both currently serving in the army. Come to think of it, this story is really about all of them because it epitomizes who and what they are.


Christmas 1944


The frigid night air cut through the Lieutenant’s army issue coat as he stopped in the knee deep snow to survey the perimeter. A heavy snow continued to fall on this Christmas Eve 1944, but it was not a silent night. The flashes of artillery lit the sky and generated a rumble like distant thunder as the young officer finished his tour of the unit’s outposts. He was an officer in Company B, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, the men who fired the big 4.2 mortars which were so critical to the effort of the infantry to advance. They were someplace in Belgium, he really had no clue where, and for the first time in a while the battalion was together again. All four companies had been brought in to help stop the German breakthrough. They didn’t know it, but the 87th was about to be thrown right into the heart of the Battle of the Bulge.

As the Lieutenant finished his rounds he wearily dragged himself into the monastery where the command had taken refuge for the night. The warmth that enveloped him as he entered the large community room was certainly welcomed. He glanced around and saw his comrades sprawled in every available space. They were bedraggled and exhausted after 201 days of almost continuous combat, and by the looks on their faces you could tell that it was only going to get worse. Despite the thickness of the monastery walls, a new sound intruded the quick crack of tank gunfire.

 Everyone knew what that meant; American tankers were making a last ditch stand against the German armored columns in the area. They were outnumbered and outgunned and their Sherman tanks stood no chance against the awesome German Tiger tanks, but they fought anyway. When the battle ended, and it would before dawn, then the 87th became part of the last American line of defense. The war hung in the balance, and so did the lives of everyone in this ancient house of God.

The Lieutenant found a place to sit against one wall and sank down in exhaustion, gratefully accepting the wine, bread and cheese being offered by the monks. In the corner of the room, a soldier fiddled with the dial of a radio, finally picking up the armed forces station. Christmas carols filled the room, but only added to the loneliness. Then as, the sound of the tank battle increased in intensity, a new song started on the radio, Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas."

For the Lieutenant the song immediately invoked memories of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas on the farm in Mason City, Iowa and of how far away he was from those he loved. He could not help himself, the tears began to flow and embarrassed, he glanced around the room to see if anyone had noticed. His eyes fell first on the Company Commander, Captain J.J. Marshall, one of the toughest men the Lieutenant had ever known. The Captain sat ramrod straight, unashamed, as tears streamed down his stubbly cheeks. It was universal that night, strong men, the bravest of the brave, cried over a Christmas carol, and over the homes many would never see again.

As dawn broke the next morning, Christmas Day, the battalion was again split up with Company B assigned to take up mortar positions in support of what was left of the 289th infantry, 75th Division, and defend a Belgium village called Sadzot, a key location in the thin American defense line. For three days they fired their mortars in support of the hastily assembled defense units, and then disaster struck. Early in the predawn hours of Dec. 28th enemy elements of the 12 SS Panzer Division, the infamous Hitler Jugend, broke through the infantry lines and overran the mortar position.

They hastily assembled all of the men they could, and the mortarmen fought a delaying action, fighting hand to hand and house to house against overwhelming numbers. As the fighting retreat continued, the men of company B were joined by remaining elements of the 509th Parachute Battalion which had formed a new defensive position north of the village. There they held until reinforced and then joined a counterattack which retook the village, and recaptured six of their nine mortars and most of their vehicles.

It was later learned that this makeshift force of Americans had successfully stopped a major attack by German troops designed to capture a major highway intersection which would have broken the American line. No one has ever been able to tell me how they won. History recorded it as a classic situation where the attacking enemy held all of the advantages, yet was stopped by the cold determination of a hand full of defenders on the verge of physical and mental collapse. Somehow, they emerged victorious, with Company B reporting almost half of its men killed, wounded, or missing.

For his actions during the defense of Sadzot the Lieutenant and the other men of the company received both the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre medals. I know the story of that lonely Christmas Eve and the ensuing days from my Father’s diary. He was the young Lieutenant, Roy E. Connelly, Co. B. 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. He would read that story to us on Christmas Eve every year until his death in 1987, and then I took over the job with my children.

He never read it without crying over the friends he lost during that Christmas season of 1944, and to this day, I can not read it or even write about it without the same reaction. What was done during that six day period by the men of Co. B and the other companies of the 87th, who also held the line, surpasses the ability of most of us to comprehend. They fought for each other, and they fought for us. We must never forget.



December 5, 2016

December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy” was the date of the Japanese surprise attack on the American Naval Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 3,000 Americans died that day, most of them members of the military, and many of our finest warships were destroyed, including the battleship USS Arizona. The Japanese were initially elated over the damage caused to the American navy, but they soon realized that their ultimate goal had not been realized. They had not demoralized the American people and destroyed our will to fight.

          Instead, they had only succeeded in uniting the American people who did not cower in fear, but prepared to go to war on two fronts. Millions of American soldiers, sailors, and marines, went to war in Europe and the Pacific not only to defend the freedom of the American people, but to free the millions who were being oppressed by the Japanese, the German Nazis, and the Italian Fascists.

          American casualties during WW II totaled over one million with over 405,000 deaths. The entire country mobilized to support the war effort. There were no anti-war demonstrations, none of our soldiers were spit on for wearing the uniform of their country, and anyone who had burned an American flag would have suffered severe consequences at the hands of their fellow Americans.

          Can you imagine what the outcome of WW II would have been if instead of young Americans going into the military in mass, or working in defense industries, or otherwise supporting our troops by consenting to rationing of gasoline, tires, food etc. they would have grabbed their teddy bears and coloring books and gone to hide in their “safe spaces” so they could be protected from reality.

          Unfortunately, most of the millennials in our country today don’t remember Pearl Harbor or even World War II. I recently looked at a common core lesson plan for teaching our children about WW II and it was unbelievable. The heroism of our military was not mentioned and none of the military leaders such as Eisenhower, Patton, or Nimitz were named. None of the major battles were discussed including the invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge or Iwo Jima.

          The discussions that students were to engage in were about things like the detention of Japanese Americans, racism within the military etc. all politically correct subjects for the left people who are supposedly educating our children. However, this type of misinformation is not something new. A few years ago I was doing some part time work scoring essays on student SAT exams. Most of the topics were mundane, but when the topic dealt with American history I saw some very disturbing things.

          For example, some high school students thought that in WW II we fought Mexico, Spain, or even England. Some also stated the WW II was started by the United States dropping atomic bombs on Japan and that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  These are just some examples of the fact that our children are not learning anything about American history and certainly not about our Constitutional form of government.

          At a time when we should be remembering and honoring the Americans who died 75 years ago at Pearl Harbor, the concentration of the media and our education system is on excluding Christmas from public schools, rewriting our history, eliminating patriotism, and destroying our Constitutional rights. It is time we reverse this.


November 17, 2016

November 8, 2016 was a historic night for America. A political outsider named Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States against overwhelmingly odds, The American people rose up and declared that were tired of a Washington D.C. establishment that looked on them not as free people who were in charge of the government, but instead subjects of an elitist government that wished to control every aspect of their lives.

          The victory seems to be complete with Republicans maintaining control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and in a position to gain control of the U.S. Supreme Court for decades. This is certainly a cause for celebration, but we must realize that the battle for the preservation of our Constitutional Republic is far from over; in fact it has just started. The leftists that control the Democrat party have no intention of responding to the will of the American people by revising their radical positions. Instead, they are doubling down by preparing to appoint Keith Ellison, a far left Muslim member of the House of Representatives to be the new chairman of the DNC.

          The leftist controlled robots are taking to the streets not just to protest Trump’s election, but to riot, loot, attack police officers, set fires, break windows, and destroy privately owned businesses, and repeatedly call for the overturning of the election even by a revolution. However, I have yet to hear Hillary Clinton or any other leader of the Democrat party step forward and condemn these actions. That is because they fully condone them.

          From the 1960s and even before, violence has always been a part of the left wing playbook, and they don’t care who gets hurt as long as they can further their ultimate goal of domination. We not only have to recognize this, but also understand that despite their loss in this election the leftists still control critical parts of American society. They control most of our universities and many school districts throughout our country. This gives them the opportunity to continue to indoctrinate our children to accept socialism or a form of communism as the preferred form of government. They will not be taught the history of our republic and will certainly not be taught about the Constitution. 

          The left also continues to control the mainstream media and it will not let up on its attacks on Donald Trump, the Republican Congress, or conservatives. The personal attacks, distortions, and outright lies will accelerate, as will the efforts to cause increased tensions along racial, economic, ethnic, and religious lines. In other words, the leftist agenda will remain the same; follow the socialist agenda of creating chaos, and again it does not matter to them who gets hurt in the process.

          So the question for the rest of us is how do we fight and defeat this onslaught. First and foremost we have to make sure that Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate fulfill their obligations to the American people that elected them. They must be relentless in appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court and other federal courts. If the Democrats in the Senate try to block these appointments then we must pressure Mitch McConnell to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” in order to set aside the current Senate rule that requires 60 Senators to vote to even allow the full Senate to vote on any bill brought before it.

          When Harry Reid was in control of the Senate he did not hesitate to suspend this rule to help Obama appointees get confirmed. In my view, while the Senate in allowed to make its own rules, it is not allowed to ignore the Constitution which is what I believed this cloture rule does. The rule dilutes the voting power of the American people and is on its face, unconstitutional. The Constitution established two houses in Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both were set up to pass legislation by a simple majority vote. The cloture rule in the Senate is therefore a perversion of the Constitution and simply means that our votes for members of the U.S. Senate do not count.

          I believe that Mitch McConnell should have the Republican majority in the Senate abolish this rule so that our votes count. Otherwise, the Democrats in the Senate will be in control and can block most of the Republican agenda from being passed in spite of the clear will of the American people. This will mean that it is likely that sanctuary cities will continue to protect illegal alien criminals, Obamacare will continue, and Congressional gridlock will not go away.

          We must also take back our local school boards, and our city and county governments. Only then can we keep our families and our country truly safe.


November 15, 2016

As many of you know my latest patriotic novel “The Rag” has been selling very well, particularly as an e-book on Amazon Kindle and nook on Barnes & Noble. Sales have in fact, been soaring in spite of or perhaps because of the hysterical attacks on it by the left. I had also recently posted my popular booklet “Our Constitution” as a Kindle edition, and it was also selling well. However, just tonight I was informed by Amazon that they cancelled all sales of “Our Constitution” and closed the website for the booklet.

           They did not inform me, but I learned that they had also cancelled the sales of all Kindle editions of “The Rag” my other patriotic novel, “Amayehli: A Story of America” and my nonfiction historical book about my father’s unit in WW II “The Mortarmen”. They claim the reason for this is because my name is the same as the mystery writer Michael Connelly. They are demanding that I change my name, something they know I cannot and will not do.

          I have had books for sale on Amazon since 1999 and my photo and biography are clearly different from the mystery writer. Therefore, I suspect that the books have been censored by Amazon, because they are not “politically correct”. The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is a champion of left wing causes and recently purchased the ultra-leftist Washington Post. He was also a big supporter of Hillary Clinton, and that makes the timing of Amazon’s censorship of me even more suspicious.

          This unprecedented move against me and books will potentially cost me thousands of dollars and deprive many Americans of the right to read my books.

I am asking for your support here. I have written a strong letter to Amazon threatening litigation, and would appreciate it if my friends would contact Amazon and demand they reinstate my books. The books are still available in paperback, but I don’t expect that to last for long.

          In the meantime, if you want to order a copy of “The Rag” or any other of my books don’t do it through Amazon, go to my website at Michael Connelly blog, click on the page of the book you want and follow the ordering instructions. Thank you for your support. If the liberals can get away with this we can be sure they will try to punish others who do not support their radical agenda.

Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly blog


October 17, 2016

In case you had not noticed before this election, the elitists who run the Democrat party have declared war on America and its citizens. Hillary Clinton has declared that anyone who is not supporting her belongs in a basket of deplorables who are all racists, sexists, Islamophobia, homophobic, etc. Bill Clinton has labeled the same people standard rednecks, and Obama has declared that we are a” swamp of crazies”. During his presidential campaign he also referred to us as people who “cling to our guns and religion” At the same time the main stream media has stated that the people who won’t support Hillary are just uneducated white men; and the  leaked emails show that the Democrats have nothing but distain for people of faith including Catholics and evangelicals

The Democrats throw out these terms and derogatory remarks because they despise anyone who believes in the Constitution of the United States and the freedoms it protects. They use these labels to denigrate patriotic Americans but they fail to realize that putting such labels on us does not cause us to cower in fear, but instead strengthens our resolve to defend our country against these want to be dictators.

The Democrat elites have consistently pushed the proposition that Americans are too stupid to decide how to spend the money that we earn and too ignorant to be allowed to engage in free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and we certainly should not be allowed to own firearms. They consider the Constitution to be archaic and irrelevant to the perfect society they intend to force us to accept. In their minds we cannot be allowed to be a free people, but must submit to being their subjects with no free will of our own.

For those of us who know American history and that of the world, this is the same world view that was pushed by brutal dictators like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, and Fidel Castro. Their vision has led to the deaths of over one hundred million people, and the enslavement of many more. Unfortunately, many of the citizens in this country, including most high school and college students have been kept ignorant of this reality. They have been taught by the Democrat elitists that dominate our education system that all powerful governments are benevolent, and if you just surrender your lives to them they will provide you with all kinds of free stuff and take care of you.

The cascade of emails and documents coming from the FBI and WikiLeaks has pulled the curtain away from the DNC, the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration and the leftist controlled mainstream media, and proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the Obamas and the Clintons are presiding over the largest criminal enterprise in the history of the United States. There does not appear to be anything they will not do to destroy our Constitutional Republic, up to and including lies, bribery, intimidation, and even collusion with foreign nations and groups that are our enemies. Unfortunately, this seems to be just the tip of the iceberg. I suspect there is much more we don’t yet know about.

We may never know the extent of the corruption, but the goals are clear. These people are the enemies of our freedom. They want power over us so they can control us and they want to enrich themselves at our expense, and the expense of our children and grandchildren. Over the history of our nation, hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their lives to defend the freedoms that the elites now want to take away from us without firing a shot.  We cannot let that happen!


October 2, 2016

For four years I have been working with my team at the United States Justice Foundation, www.usjf.net  representing America’s heroes, our military veterans who are being denied their constitutional rights under the Fifth Amendment to due process, and under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. Veterans receive letters telling them that because of physical or mental disabilities the VA is going to declare them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs and prohibited from owning firearms.

          The burden of proving that they are competent is placed on the veterans in clear violation of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Veterans are being declared incompetent because of minor PTSD, minor depression, and even because they let their spouses pay the family bills, or because they have their bills paid automatically out of their bank accounts.

          Once they are declared incompetent they are automatically put on the FBI NICS list of people who cannot legally purchase firearms in the United States because they are mentally defective to the point of being a danger to themselves or others. In most cases this is being done without any evaluation of the veteran being done by a psychiatrist, a psychologist or even a doctor.

          In most cases the determination of incompetence is made by some low level bureaucrat in the VA or even by untrained and unsupervised independent contractors. When we first broke this story I immediately had the USJF file a Freedom of Information Act request with the VA to get information on how and why the VA was doing this. Our request was denied so we filed suit in Federal court and won. Among the documents provided by the VA as a result of the court order was a memorandum agreement between the VA and the FBI that stated that any names of veterans declared incompetent would be automatically added to the NICS list despite the fact that no adjudication of mental incompetence had occurred, as required by federal law.

          There are now over 200,000 American veterans illegally on the NICS list, and more going on it every day. At the USJF we are representing veterans on an individual basis helping them refute the claims of the VA and file appeals when necessary. We have been successful in some cases including one recently in Texas where we assisted a veteran who had been declared incompetent due to a written declaration by the VA that he was incompetent because he had his bank pay his bills automatically each month.

          Unfortunately, even though he won his appeal, there have been new developments we are having to deal with. Even after veterans win their appeals and have the VA reverse the incompetency ruling the FBI is refusing to remove the veterans from the NICS list, forcing them to file a lawsuit to restore the Constitutional rights that were illegally denied to them in the first place.

          There have also been even more disturbing recent developments. For example, we always assist the veterans we represent in raising the Constitutional issues such as denial of their Second Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights. Apparently, the VA has decided that such a defense is unacceptable, and has told one of our clients that these are not valid issues to raise on appeal. The VA also told the same client that they would not allow the USJF to represent him.

          This is unprecedented because it says that the VA will not allow veterans to choose the attorneys of their choice. I believe it is clear that the VA knows that we represent veterans and their families at no charge, so they want to force the veterans to act on their own or hire private attorneys that most veterans cannot afford.

          In 1933 when Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany he moved immediately to consolidate his power as a dictator. His first move was to totally nationalize the German health care system because he believed that if he could control access to health care he could control the German people. Does that sound familiar? His next step was to disarm the German people, beginning with the military veterans who had sworn an oath to protect their country, not an individual who wanted to be a dictator. Once he disarmed the veterans he moved to disarm the rest of the German population. He succeeded and the result was World War II

          The VA is accelerating its disarming of veterans so that ultimately Americans will not be able to defend their homes, families, and country against tyranny. At the USJF we will continue to fight for our heroes with your support. If you are a veteran that has received such a letter from the VA please contact me so we can help you.


September 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton and the progressives have resorted to labeling people who refuse to vote for her for President as obviously being bigots, calling them racists, sexists, homophobic, xenophobic, and islamopbobic. This has been the Democrat strategy for years. I can recall when I wrote my first article on the Obamacare proposal in 2009 that led to the creation of this blog. I pointed out that the proposed legislation was unconstitutional, and would lead to disastrous consequences for our health care system.

          I received thousands of emails in response, and while the vast majority agreed with me many that did not weren’t claiming that my assessment was wrong, but instead accused me of being a racist for opposing anything proposed by a black President. Dividing Americans according to race, gender, and class has become the primary goal of the Democrats, but there is disturbing new trend during this election cycle, and that is dividing people according to education.

          How many times have you heard from the pollsters, political pundits, reporters, and other self-described experts that most Trump supporters are uneducated or undereducated, meaning they don’t have college degrees. I have heard this not just from the liberal establishment, but also from Republicans and media outlets like FOX News. These categorizations of Trump voters also often prefaced by references to these undereducated voters as being white males. These classifications indicate there are elements of both racism and sexism in the questions being asked by pollsters and the reporting of the results.  

          I have several concerns about all of this. How are the pollsters and the pundits arriving at these conclusions? I have been voting in Presidential elections for 57 years and only twice do I recall being contacted by a poll and asked who I was going to vote for. On neither occasion was I asked about my education. I am asking the readers of this article to let me know if you have been polled and were asked about your education, and if you responded to the question.

          If I had been asked I would have responded by telling the pollster that it was none of their business. I am an American citizen and by virtue of that fact I have the right to vote. I happen to have a college undergraduate degree and a law degree, but I totally reject the concept that this makes my vote more important than that of my neighbors who are ranchers, farmers, small business owners, or welders. Yet, that obviously makes a difference to the elitists, who view what they consider white men as the unwashed masses who must be controlled by an all-powerful government.

          However, the progressives also want to make sure that members of minority communities remain in the undereducated category so that they will consider themselves victims of so called “white privilege” who will therefore vote for Democrats who will take care of them.

          In addition, there is a further area of bigotry espoused by the progressives. Even if you have a college degree, you are still undereducated if you are white and your degree was not from and Ivy League school or another ultra-liberal high class university. Apparently, if you are not a graduate of Harvard or like-minded alleged institutions of higher learning you have not been properly indoctrinated in the progressive view of the world and must be barred from serving in government.

          This is the newest part of the ultimate elitism of Hillary Clinton and her Democrat cohorts, but of course it doesn’t apply to everyone. The Hollywood elite, most of who do not have college degrees but are famous, support Hillary and the Democrat Party, and donate lavishly are considered to be above the while males who don’t fall into the preferred categories. Members of the military and veterans have also been included among the people that Dems look down on.

          I can remember the comments made by writer Stephen King who basically told a group of high school students that if they didn’t get an education they might end up as dummies serving in the military in Iraq. Years later he apologized for the statement, but he was just basically summing up the left’s distain for the military and veterans. Hillary has vowed to help veterans during her campaign, but has also said that the problems with the VA were overstated and not that bad. In other words a few veterans dying from lack of care belongs with her lack of concern for the Americans who died in Benghazi. In the Clinton world “What difference does it make?”


September 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton has said that at least half of the Americans who support Donald Trump for President belong in her basket of “deplorables” who are "Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it” The question is, what do you have to do to fall into one or more of these Hillary categories?

          Actually, you don’t have to do anything, or even be a Trump supporter. Hillary and her progressive allies in the Democrat party and the main stream media will condemn you as deplorable for what you think or believe. For example:

  1. If you did not vote for Barack Obama for President or have ever opposed any of his policies, you are obviously a racist.

  2. If you support the concept that “All Lives Matter” even those of police officers, as opposed to only “Black Lives Matter” then you must be a racist.

  3. If you do not believe Hillary Clinton is qualified or deserving of being President of the United States, or have ever opposed the socialist agenda of Nancy Pelosi or Elizabeth Warren, then you are clearly sexist.

  4. If you believe in traditional marriage as that between a man and a woman, and/or you defend the rights of people who have deeply held religious beliefs regarding their opposition to gay marriage to express their beliefs you have to be homophobic.

  5. Being xenophobic supposedly means that someone has an unreasonable fear or hatred of people from other countries. In the world of progressive doublespeak that means if you believe people immigrating to the United States should do so legally and that they should be deported if they violate our laws then you fall into the category of being a xenophobic fascist. This is particularly true if you believe we should secure our borders against drug dealers, terrorists, and other criminals, and are opposed to sanctuary cities.

  6. You will definitely be labeled islamaphobic if you do not believe that Islam is absolutely a religion of peace, or believe that Muslims are responsible for the vast majority of acts of terrorism throughout the world. You are also islamaphobic if you believe that radical Islamic terrorism does exist, that so called refugees from countries like Syria should not be allowed in our country unless they are properly vetted to make sure they are not terrorists.

    Based on these criteria I definitely belong in Hillary’s basket of deplorables,

    and I’m proud of it.

    Take heart however, it is easy to avoid being placed in one or all of these

    “deplorable” categories. All you have to do is donate millions or even thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. In that case, it won’t matter if you are a career criminal or even a vicious dictator of a country that executes homosexuals and oppresses women and religious minorities like Christians or Jews; you will still be considered one of the good guys.

              The same is true if you have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary or Bill for making a speech, or if you are a member of the Hollywood elite or the rich and famous on the East Coast who donate lavishly to the Hillary Clinton campaign. As long as you give money and support Hillary’s campaign to destroy our Constitutional Republic you can do whatever you want, even if it is illegal, unethical, or immoral. Any questions?


September 6, 2016

This is going to be short and on point. This is the timeline for Hillary Clinton being let off the hook for obvious crimes involving her illegal use of emails and lying to Congress and the American people.

June 9, 2016 Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for President despite the fact that she was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice, under the control of Obama and AG Loretta Lynch.

          June 27, 2016 Dems issue minority report on Benghazi investigation that exonerates Hillary Clinton and Obama for lying to the American people about the fact that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Instead the report attacked Donald Trump mentioning him 27 times, much more than it mentioned Clinton. Yet, at the time Benghazi occurred Trump was not running for political office and had no connection to Benghazi. This report was extensively covered by the majority of the mainstream media.

          June 28, 2016 Report of House of Representatives majority report on Benghazi investigation is released. IT establishes conclusively that Clinton and the Obama administration lied to the American people about the fact that this was a terrorist attack. It further shows that American military units that could have saved some of the Americans killed that night were never deployed. This report was essentially ignored by most of the mainstream media.

June 29, 2016, Obama announces he will join Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in North Carolina on July 5, 2016.

June 30, 2016 Bill Clinton supposedly has a chance encounter with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona. They spent almost forty minutes in private on board the AG’s plan and claim they discussed grandchildren, and golf, but not the fact that Bill Clinton’s wife was under criminal investigation by the DOJ. By the way, Loretta Lynch has no grandchildren and doesn’t play golf.

July 3, 2016 New York Times reports that Hillary is considering continuing to have Loretta Lynch as AG, if Hillary is elected President.

July 4, 2016 CNN reports that FBI will not recommend prosecution of Hillary. This could only be a result of leak from the DOJ, the FBI or the White House.  

July 5, 2016 FBI director James Comey states that Hillary repeatedly lied about the use of her private email server, but the FBI will not recommend prosecution.

July 5, 2016 Obama appears with Hillary at a campaign event in North Carolina.

July 6, 2016 Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she will not charge Hillary Clinton for any crimes related to her misuse of a private email server containing classified information.

August 9, 2016 Additional formerly undisclosed Hillary Clinton emails are released showing direct connections between the donors to the Clinton Foundation and special access to the Secretary of State’s office during Hillary’s term.

Sept. 2, 2016 The FBI releases its notes of the July interview with Hillary that shows that on numerous occasions she claimed not to remember critical information about security training or what constituted classified material. It is apparent that the Clintons and everyone involved in her campaign are incapable of telling the truth.

Sept.5, 2016 Hillary admits to reporters that she did know that the letter C meant classified or confidential when on an email. That means she lied during the FBI interview.

Sept. 6, 2016 International banking giant Goldman Sachs paid Hillary over $650,000 for speeches after she left the Secretary of State’s office. The contents of those speeches have been kept secret, but today Goldman Sachs banned its highest paid employees from donating to the Trump campaign. Incredible! Hillary is already setting up a pay for play system for her Presidency.

This is the timeline. It speaks for itself. It is not a conspiracy theory; it is simply a conspiracy that proves that the Obama administration, the Clintons, and the Democrat Party are totally lawless and have become the most powerful criminal enterprise in American history.


August 31, 2016

I will state this as clearly as possible; if we lose our right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the Constitution we will permanently lose our Constitutional Republic and our freedom. We will become the subjects of a government of elitists who have no tolerance for individual liberties or even individual thought.

          The Second Amendment was placed in the Constitution for a specific purpose. The founding fathers had just gone through a long and bloody revolution to secure their freedom from English tyranny and had been struggling to form a new country that would be unlike anything the world had ever seen before. They were forming a Constitutional Republic, and they did not know if it would be successful.

          They wanted a government run by the citizens, not one that made people subjects of the government. However, they were aware that if it failed and started to become a tyrannical form of government the people would once again have to fight for their freedoms. Such a fight would require the use of firearms, most owned by the people themselves. So the framers of the Constitution added the Second Amendment to the document to ensure that the right of the people to keep and bear arms would not be “infringed” upon by the government.

          Now, we have a President of the United States, a democrat candidate for President, and the progressive democrats in Congress and the Judiciary that have decided that the founding fathers got it all wrong. They have determined that they are the elites who must run the government for their benefit without interference from the ignorant low life “people.”

          However, the elites have a problem; millions of Americans are armed and still believe in the American dream of freedom. Even worse for the progressives is the fact that millions of those armed Americans are military veterans like me, who took an oath to “protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That is an oath that has no expiration date.

          The progressives see the solution to this problem as a simple one, abolish the Second Amendment and disarm the American people. They have been working on this for years, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has twice ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is in fact an individual right guaranteed to every American. The assault on the Second Amendment has taken place at the local, state, and federal level, but has intensified to epic proportions under the current administration.

          For the past three years those of us at the United States Justice Foundation have been working with veterans who are having their Second and Fifth Amendment rights stripped from them by illegal and unconstitutional actions by the federal and some state governments. Now, we are seeing the same thing happening to Social Security recipients just as I predicted in an article on this blog last year.

          As is the policy of the progressives, they are trying to do all of this under the radar so the American people will be unaware of what is happening to them. Now the efforts are accelerating, and once again it is under the radar. For several years

I have been warning that the Obama administration has been violating federal law by illegally gathering and storing information on Americans who legally purchase firearms.

          When you go to a licensed firearm dealer you are required to fill out a form that is then sent immediately to the FBI so a background check to make sure you are not on the NICS list of people who are prohibited from owning firearms. Federal law requires that once the determination has been made, both the FBI and the firearms dealer are required to destroy the document and keep no record of it.

The dealers are complying with the law, but the federal government is not and the names, addresses, and social security numbers of hundreds of thousands of Americans have been kept on file and Obama is planning to turn that information over to the United Nations in order to comply with a requirement of the UN Small Arms treaty that was signed by John Kerry on Obama’s behalf, but has never been submitted to the Senate for ratification as required by the Constitution.

Yet, despite the fact that no treaty signed by the President can be enforced without two-thirds of the Senate ratifying it, Obama has gone one step further. He has signed an executive order declaring gunsmiths in the United States be classified as firearms manufacturers that export firearms to foreign countries and are therefore subject to UN Small Arms requirements that they pay exorbitant fees to stay in business. The goal is obvious, to put these small businesses that repair and refurbish firearms for American citizens out of business.

However, Obama was not done yet. He has ordered ATF to illegally ban the chemical compound nitrocellulose; the key and essential ingredient in smokeless gunpowder that is used in all firearm ammunition manufactured in the United States. This illegal and unconstitutional action will cause the ammunition already manufactured to be extremely expensive and new ammo eventually unavailable.

Hillary Clinton not only agrees with everything Obama has done, but has plans of her own to finish off the Second Amendment. She has vowed to put the NRA out of business and wants to outlaw the private ownership of handguns, and she will appoint justices to the Supreme Court that will finalize the destruction of the Constitution. It is time for us to let all Americans know how important the right to keep and bear arms is, because the elitists already know what it means to their plans for a Nazi America, and they want to take it down along with the rest of the Constitution.


August 9, 2016

This could be written on any day. An American soldier died today in a place far from home, but he did not die alone. He was surrounded by his fellow soldiers, his comrades in arms, who he fought beside every day. They were there to mourn his loss and say a prayer for his soul and his family. They knew that their fellow soldier had died fighting for them, for his family and his country. The question for Americans to ponder is did this soldier die in vain?

          The soldier took an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic”. In other words, this soldier, and his brothers and sisters who wear the uniform of a member of our armed forces took an oath to fight for freedom. It is not an oath to fight for a particular politician, a specific political party, or the personal agenda of any politician or party.  The oath is to freedom and the Constitution that is a document that says what it means and means what it says.

          This fallen soldier was fighting for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and all of the other freedoms enshrined in the single most important document ever created by a free people. He was not fighting for wimpy college students to have a “safe space” where they could be protected from other Americans who exercised their right to free speech. For this soldier the only safe space was at home with his family in the United States, and he was fighting to keep that place safe from Islamic Jihadists terrorists who are invading it.

          He died fighting for freedom, but unfortunately that is a concept many in this country no longer believe in or even comprehend. Too many want a government that gives them “free stuff” so they don’t have to work. American soldiers don’t ask for free stuff, they earn what they get and by the way, the hourly pay for a private in the American military is $8.40 per hour, if they work a 40 hour week which they don’t if in a combat situation. Then they are on call 24 hours a day, and they are not flipping hamburger patties at McDonalds, they are risking their lives for us.

          Then unfortunately, when they return home they don’t get the medical care or other benefits they are entitled to because the country they fought for chooses to spend taxpayer dollars providing free stuff to people from other countries that may be coming here to kill Americans. These soldiers took an oath of office almost identical to that taken by our President, members of Congress, federal judges and cabinet members. These soldiers chose to fulfill that oath by giving up their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in defense of freedom. Unfortunately, the members of the federal government who took that oath believe it means that they must enforce political correctness as they define it, even if it means the total destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

          The American soldier who died today went into battle as a defender of freedom while ma ny of the politicians who sent him into battle consider him as cannon fodder The deaths of American soldiers are meaningless to these people and that is obvious from the fact that no White House representatives attend their funerals, they only go to the funerals of thugs like Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin.

          The American soldiers who are fighting for us know why they are fighting and why they are risking their lives. It is time for the rest of America to decide which side we are on. Will we support our Constitution and the soldiers who defend it or we join the politicians who consider us their subjects who must bend to their will, and become good little drones.

          As the son of a World II veteran, the father of two sons currently serving in the army, and a veteran of the U.S. Army myself, I know where I stand. I stand with the American soldier who died today and I pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor to ensure that this soldier did not die in vain. Where do you stand?


July 29, 2016

For years I have listened to the leaders of the Democratic Party and the left wing media lie to the American people about what they stand for and their intentions for America. This has been particularly true during the last seven and one half years of the Obama administration. Americans were lied to about Operation Fast and Furious, about climate change, about the IRS attacks on conservative groups, about Benghazi, about the true state of the economy, about the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, etc.

Yet, during the four days of the Democratic National Convention, the Democrats finally spoke the truth about their vision for America, and speaker after speaker confirmed that it is a vision of the total destruction of our Constitutional Republic. It is to be replaced by a socialist utopia where everyone will gladly march in lockstep like good little drones and be happy ever after. The problem is that this vision has failed everywhere it has been tried for over 100 years, and the results have already resulted in the deaths of over 60,000,000 people, massive poverty and repression, and often starvation. Just look at what is currently happening in Venezuela, a “socialist paradise” touted by the left that is now a country in total chaos.

Hillary Clinton’s speech was mostly platitudes, but she started off by completely embraced the “progressive Democratic platform”. (By the way, I have been trying to find the text of that platform on line so I could read it, but it is mysteriously unavailable, only select portions of it can be found. Why is that?) What I do know about the platform and what I heard from the convention speakers, including Hillary, is chilling. For the first time, they talked honestly to the American people and this is what they told us:

  1. The U.S. economy will no longer be based on the free market, but will be completely controlled by the federal government.

  2. Small businesses will be regulated out of existence, and major corporations taxed into oblivion. In fact, all hard working Americans will pay massively higher taxes so that those people who choose not to work will receive the free stuff the Democrats have told them they are entitled to.

  3. If you own a firearm to protect your family and property, you are a criminal and must be disarmed. This particularly true if you are a military veteran, or social security recipient.

  4. If you are a Christian or a Jew and your religious beliefs don’t conform to the federal secular agenda, your churches and synagogues will be shut down.

  5. If you attempt to exercise your free speech rights by saying something the government deems politically incorrect, you will be silenced.

  6. When it comes to freedom of the press, most of the main stream media is already in the tank for the Democrats and their socialist ideology. As long as they continue to go with the party line they will be fine, but members of the media who don’t follow that route will be silenced.

  7. The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution that protects Americans from having the federal government arbitrarily take our lives, property, and liberty will be ignored.

  8. The federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court, will no longer be a separate and independent branch of the government, but will be stacked with judges who will support the agenda of the federal dictatorship.

  9. The Congress of the United States will no longer be an independent branch of the government. If it refuses to submit itself to the control of the executive branch of the government it will simply be ignored and laws will be imposed by executive order.

  10. There will no longer be any illegal immigration, because our borders will be wide open to everyone including drug dealers, violent gang members, and potential terrorists. The United States will be a country without borders, and therefore not a sovereign nation at all.

              This is the Democratic Party plan for the future of America. They claim it is a progressive vision, when in fact it is both regressive and oppressive. In other places; and at other times it has been referred to as socialism, communism, or fascism. It doesn’t matter what they call it because it ultimately translates into the loss of human freedom.

              Of course, what do we know? In the eyes of Obama, the Clintons, and the other elitists, the rest of us are just the ignorant unwashed masses, who cling to our guns and our religion, and therefore we must allow the elites to take care of us and make all of our decisions for us. In my popular new novel, “The Rag” I refer to this new order as the Socialist Republic of America.

              That is the message the Democrats have given to us. As a free American my message to them is that I will never submit to being a slave on their federal plantation.


July 21, 2016

All lives do matter or at least should in a free country like the USA. This is true despite the fact that FOX news host Shepard Smith launched a vicious attack on former Louisiana governor Bobby for using that phrase is an interview in his show following the shooting of six police officers in Baton Rouge, LA, including three who were killed. Smith seemed more concerned about the use of a phrase which he apparently considers racist, derogatory, divisive, and politically incorrect than with the fact that there had been an obviously racially motivated attack on police officers.

          Now I have been an avid follower of FOX News for years since the other major networks are essentially propaganda organs for the Democratic Party. Fox News provided me with information I could trust, particularly as compared to the other networks. There was one exception, I had for years considered Shepard Smith as their resident village idiot, but still watched his show. That has now ended for while I will still watch FOX I will turn on the cartoon channel when Shepard Smith comes on, and encourage everyone else to do the same.

          In fact, our country is more divided along racial lines than it has been for decades, and the Democrats love it. This has been their goal for years and they have also wanted to divide us according to class and religion and they are succeeding in all areas. They are intent on creating classes of victims who will receive special treatment from the federal government, but will be required to vote for the democrats in order to keep their benefits.

          John Adams stated adamantly that the United States Constitution established this nation as one of “laws, not of men”, and that has been the backbone of our   society for several hundred years. Yet, now the Democratic Party led by Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton has perverted that and claim that because they are elitists, and smarter than we are, the laws don’t apply to them. They consider themselves the ruling class; and the rest of us are their subjects. The only laws that now apply are the ones they make up to push their personal agendas and control our actions, speech, religion, and even thoughts.

          Many people believe that what is happening in this country is the result of runaway political correctness, but the fact is that political correctness is just the means to an end. The ultimate end is the destruction of the U.S. military, the destruction of our free market economy, the disarming of the population, and finally the demise of our Constitutional Republic. All of this will be replaced by a socialist utopia where everyone will do what they are told and supposedly be happy ever after.

          To achieve this utopian society that has been tried repeatedly around the world for over 100 years, and always failed, it is necessary to remake reality. Racial and other divisions are to be exploited and widened so that criminals like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Freddie Gray become heroes supposedly killed by the illegal actions of evil police. The villains are the people who put their lives on the line every day to protect us from the criminals. The true facts behind such cases are ignored and swept under the rug by liberal politicians and their propaganda organs in the left wing media.

          If you are black you are not just innocent until proven guilty, but innocent despite overwhelming evidence to guilt. On the other hand, if you are white, or regardless of skin color, wear the uniform of a law enforcement agency; you are guilty regardless of the facts. Far worst is the fact that you can be targeted for death, not because you have actually committed a capital crime, but simply because of who you are.

          Welcome to the world of Obama and Hilary where clearly all lives do not matter; in fact even uttering that phrase is to them essentially a hate crime. The only lives that matter to them are members of certain races, religions, and sexual orientations that can be relied upon to vote Democratic. The rest of us are expendable, and that includes members of the military, and our law enforcement officers and first responders.    

The Back Lives Matter movement and New Black Panther party both routinely call for attacks on police officers, yet instead of being condemned Obama and Hilary routinely embrace these groups and their hateful and violent rhetoric. Case in point, I know of no police officers or relatives of peace officers who have been murdered that have been invited to speak at the Democrat Party national convention, yet the mothers criminals like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are featured speakers. Any questions?


July 5, 2016


Norman Olney


Floyd Brown


Randy Goodwin



Michael Connelly

Executive Director



                                                                      July 5, 2016


NICS Comments

Social Security Administration

3100 West High Rise Building

6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, Maryland  21235-6401 


                              Re:     United States Justice Foundation Comments to the

Social Security Administration on: “Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007”

                                        Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 87 (May 5, 2016)


Dear Sirs:

     These Comments of the United States Justice Foundation are filed in response to the Social Security Administration’s above-referenced Proposed Rulemaking regarding “Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.”

          The United States Justice Foundation (“USJF”), located in Ramona, California, is a legal defense and educational organization, founded in 1979.  More information about USJF can be found at www.usjf.net.

          For several years, attorneys for the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) have been assisting military veterans and their families in defending themselves against the Veterans Administration program under which bureaucrats arbitrarily declare many veterans to be incompetent to handle their own financial affairs, often in the context of awarding disability benefits. 

          After the VA determines that a veteran is entitled to disability benefits, the VA often will appoint a fiduciary to handle the veteran’s benefits and the fiduciary receives a fee paid by the veteran.  The declaration of incompetence and appointment of a fiduciary is then followed by the the VA placing of the veteran on the FBI’s NICS list of those individuals prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm, based on the VA’s theory that he has been “adjudicated as a mental defective.”

          USJF has raised serious constitutional issues with this procedure, because first and foremost, it infringes on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of these Veterans who served honorably, and does so without any legitimate due process being given to these veterans.

          Before their Second Amendment rights are unilaterally taken from then by bureaucratic action, the veterans receive a letter from the VA informing them that the VA is considering declaring them incompetent due to physical or mental disabilities.  These disabilities are often not delineated in the original letter, and the veterans are instructed, erroneously, that the burden of proof is on them to prove that they are competent.  USJF maintains that this effort to shift the government’s duty to show sufficient predicate for the loss of constitutional rights to the veteran constitutes a violation of the Fifth Amendment. 

          Further, USJF has evidence in writing that some veterans are being declared incompetent because of minor PTSD, minor depression, and other such conditions, allowing their spouses to pay the family bills, or even having their monthly bills paid automatically by the bank.  None of these so-called “disabilities” appear to be grounds for being declared incompetent, much less put on the NICS list under the category of being a mental defective.

          Nevertheless, thousands of veterans are on the NICS list as persons prohibited from owning firearms, despite the fact that there has been no formal adjudication by any “lawful authority” — much less any court — that these veterans are, in fact, mentally defective. The VA has decided that virtually any employee of the VA — including unqualified, ill trained and badly supervised independent contractors — is a “lawful authority” that can adjudicate the mental competency of veterans.  As a result, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Charles Grassley has found that a staggering 99.3 per cent of the people on NICS under the category of being mentally defective are veterans.

          Most of these veterans have never been examined by a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or even in some cases even a physician. Yet, they have been classified for life as being mentally defective, and once again the burden of proof is on them to prove they don’t belong on NICS. This deprivation of constitutional rights constitutes an abuse of the NICS system and the Constitution.

          Now, SSA is proposing to apply this same illegal and unconstitutional process to tens of thousands more Americans --- senior citizens --- in approximately the same manner that the VA has already used to disarm thousands of our veterans.  A review of the regulations reveals that virtually identical criteria to that of the VA is going to be used by the Social Security Administration to declare disability recipients incompetent, and then add them to the NICS under the category of being “ mental defective.”

          As is the case with the VA’s so-called “adjudication process” the proposed SSA regulations contain confusing and ambiguous definitions of who constitutes a “representative payee,” the criteria for appointing such a payee, and why the appointment of such a payee automatically classifies a Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiary as mentally defective for the purpose of NICS.

          It also appears that the adjudication of a recipient as being mentally defective can be made by any federal bureaucrat working for the SSA, and they can make the decision without any medical professional being involved. The often vague and sometimes generalized criteria for this adjudication process described in the proposed regulations clearly denies the basic elements of due process to the affected social security beneficiaries.

          The burden of proving they are competent and/or not mentally defective falls squarely on the Social Security beneficiary. This means the bottom line for Social Security recipients is the same as that for veterans. They are being denied their right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment without due process of law.

          The proposed regulations should be withdrawn.

                                                                                Sincerely yours


                                                                                Michael Connelly

Executive Director







June 20, 2016

My recent article on the G4S Security firm and its connection to the Orlando Shooter and the Department of Homeland Security has generated a tremendous response. Many people have asked if the G4S Company was involved with providing security for our consulate in Benghazi when it was attacked on September 11, 2012 and four brave Americans were murdered.

          The firm in charge of security at Benghazi was the Blue Mountain Group, and I have not uncovered any relationship between it and G4S other than the fact that the G4S headquarters is in England and Blue Mountain is in Wales. However, what occurred with Blue Mountain makes its employment by Hillary Clinton and the State Department just as much of a scandal as that involving G4S.

          Much of this information was reported by the Reuters News service in October of 2012, but it accepted the State Department’s explanation as to the reason for hiring the Blue Mountain Group. The department claimed that federal law required it to accept the lowest bidder for all contracts, however, I don’t buy this explanation and based on my research have reached a different and far more insidious explanation.

          According to the Reuters article Blue Mountain employed local Libyans as security guards that went through no real background checks and were poorly trained. They were not allowed to carry firearms, and were told that they had to patrol the compound with flashlights and batons. They were also instructed that if they detected an impending threat to the consulate they were to radio that in and then runaway and hide.

          In fact, I have found no records that prove that Blue Mountain Group was hired for Benghazi security because it was the low bidder. There were many other security firms that had very good reputations, provided armed guards, and were providing adequate security to U.S. Embassies and other facilities around the world. Yet, it appears that none of them were offered the Benghazi contract.

          I believe that based on my research Blue Mountain Group was hired because it was the only company to agree to Hillary Clinton’s demand that the firm provide guards who were not carrying firearms in what was clearly a dangerous area of the world. This makes no sense. Was it some form of insane political correctness that caused the Secretary of State to prohibit consular security from having armed guards that may have been able to save the lives of Americans who were working for our country and Hillary Clinton?

          Unfortunately, there is more to this story. It is clear that the Benghazi attack was well planned and organized, and that the attackers knew when Ambassador Chris Stevens was going to be in Benghazi, where he would be in the compound, and what type of security would be protecting him. I can only identify two possible sources that could have provided this information. First is that one or more of the security employees hired by Blue Mountain gave the information to the terrorists that launched the attack. There had already been one previous incident involving the local security guards. Two of them were suspected of actually throwing a firebomb into the compound. One was fired, but the other stayed on the payroll.

          The other possible source of the breach of security is the private server illegally maintained by Clinton. Several emails have been uncovered that detailed the itinerary and movements of Ambassador Chris Stevens prior to the day of the attack. Whether it was the betrayal of a Libyan security guard, or a hacking of the email server, it occurred under Hillary Clinton’s watch. At best she is guilty of gross negligence, and violation of federal laws regarding private email servers, so who else has been put at risk? Now she wants to be our President!


June 16, 2016

When I learned that Omar Mateen, the Islamic terrorist who killed 49 Americans at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida and wounded 53 others was a security officer working for a company called G4S I decided to do some research on this company. What I have found is not only disturbing, but downright terrifying. Now understand that I am not someone who readily subscribes to conspiracy theories, but I am a trained military intelligence officer so I know how to analyze information and draw conclusions based on that information.

          In the case of G4S I have found that it is a British security firm that operates in over 100 countries with over 600,000 employees. It has a checkered past to say the least. It had to pay millions of dollars to the British Government for its failure to provide security to the 2012 Olympics in England. This failure caused the British government to have to deploy thousands of troops to provide adequate security. There have also been other scandals involving the company.

          G4S acquired a U.S. Security firm named Wackenhut Corp. that also has a questionable history and made it a subsidiary company named G4S Security Solutions USA Inc. This is the company that actually employed Mateen who became an employee in 2007. The U.S. affiliate initially claimed to know nothing about any FBI questioning of Mateen however finally admitted that it was aware of the first FBI investigation of Mateen, but not the second. The company also claims to know nothing about the terroristic threat Mateen made that were reported by one of his fellow employees. FOX News interviewed this former employee, Daniel Gilroy, who confirmed his allegations, and G4S refused Fox News requests for a response. However, the firm relieved him of duties as a security guard at a Florida courthouse because people complained about his negative comments about women and his Jews and his expressions of admiration for the radical Muslim that killed 13 American soldiers and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood, Texas.

          So this where it gets scary; G4S has contracts with numerous federal agencies including the State Department, Departments of Interior, Labor, Justice, Energy as well as the IRS, DEA, Homeland Security. It has also been hired by the U.S. Army, Air Force, and NASA. As a result, G4S has worked on projects at Guantanamo Bay, and provides security services for over 50 American embassies around the world, 90 percent of the nuclear facilities in the United States, as well as numerous prisons and juvenile detention facilities around the country.

          In the case of the contract with DHS the G4S has a rather unique job. It is providing secure transport for people have entered the United States illegally and are OTMs, (from countries other than Mexico) to sanctuary cities in the United States. In other words, people who have already violated U.S. laws by entering our country illegally and who are from Central American countries or from the Middle East and could be gang members, drug dealers, or even terrorists are provided with a free pass into our cities with no questions asked.

          This means that G4S is an active participant in the Obama administration and DHS efforts to violate U.S. immigration laws, the U.S. Constitution, and a federal court order. This is placing Americans around the country in danger of being subjected to criminal activity, and more possible terrorism like that which just occurred in Orlando.

          When it comes to providing security for U.S. embassies G4S had an epic failure in 2011 at the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan when underpaid local security guards hired by G4S went on strike. They were immediately replaced by new local guards that were not subjected to any background checks. The embassy was severally at risk until the company finally agreed to increase the pay of the strikers.

          Now we have an employee of G4S that has committed a major atrocity against Americans by killing and injuring almost 100 innocent people, yet continued to be employed by the company despite the fact that there had been two FBI investigations of him, a complaint by a fellow employee that he made statements indicating he was a dangerous individual, and his documented involvement with an American jihadist who was ultimately a suicide bomber in Syria.

          If G4S allowed an obvious security risk like Omar Mateen to continue to be and employee one has to wonder how many others like him are out there guarding prisons, nuclear sites, embassies, and other sensitive government facilities. One also has to wonder why the federal agencies that employ this company and continues to pay it millions of tax dollars, seem oblivious to the problem.

          However, this also raises another and more insidious question. Are the actions of G4S just the failure of a private company employed by our government or is it the result of political correctness run amok. Was Mateen allowed to continue to work for the company and have a license to carry firearms because the company was prohibited by our government from firing him, despite the clear danger he represented, because he was a Muslim.

          Instead of launching an all-out assault on law abiding American gun owners, Obama and Congress should be investigating why someone like the Orlando shooter was granted a security clearance by G4S that ultimately allowed him to go forward with his radical Islamic terrorist agenda. Unfortunately, it will not happen because just today I have learned that a radical female Muslim that has recently been granted U.S. citizenship. Her name is Laila Alawa, a Syrian who was appointed last year to the Homeland Security Department’s subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism.

          She has an active Twitter account and I have read some of her posts. She clearly feels that the free speech of anyone opposing radical Islam should be severly restricted, and that the real danger to the security of the United States is the white race. She also praises the terrorist attacks on 9/11 as being a good thing. She is clearly a racist, a radical jihadist, and supporter of radical Islamic terrorism, yet is now an employee of our very own Federal government. Why isn’t she being investigated by Congress?


June 9, 2016


They are called the “Greatest Generation”; they are the Americans who survived the Great Depression, and fought an epic war on two fronts to defeat the German Nazis, the Italian Fascists, and the Imperial Army of Japan to reclaim freedom for countries from Europe to the Pacific. In my popular book “The Mortarmen” I tell the story of my father’s unit in World War II, the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. The unit landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and was in combat for 326 straight days, including the battles of Carentan, the Cherbourg Peninsula, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge.

          My father, 1LT Roy E. Connelly, was considered one of the “old men” of the unit because he was twenty one years old, and the average age of the men in the 87th was nineteen when they landed on the beach in Normandy. These men and their fellow soldiers won the war and when they returned home my dad and others took advantage of the G.I. bill to get an education and then went on with their lives. They got jobs, raised families, and patriotically supported the country that they had fought to defend. They did not expect the government to give them free stuff and take care of them and their families. In fact, they were so proud; they would not have even considered such an offer.

          My father and mother raised my brother and me to believe in the American dream, but also to be prepared to earn it. I had my first job at age 15 and haven’t stopped working since that time. I started out shining shoes on the weekends at a neighbor’s barber shop, and mowing lawns. Then I went to work as a laboratory assistant at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and after that paid for my own college education by working in the offshore oil fields during the summer.

          I was also a campus activist, but as a conservative. I supported the concept of Victory in Vietnam and supported our troops. I served as President of the Young Republicans chapter and chapter chairman and eventually state chairmen of the Young Americans for Freedom. My main adversary on the campus was Dan, the President of the Young Democrats. At LSU there was an alley between the main student union building and the theater and every Wednesday at noon it was designated as free speech alley.

A soap box was set up on the top of some steps and a moderator made sure that anyone who had something they wanted to say had the opportunity to do so. The President of the Young Democrats and I used to have epic debates in the alley. We passionately challenged each other’s ideas and candidates, but things were different then. After the debate Dan and I would retire to the student union to have a few beers together. We were actually good friends and neither one of us would ever have tried to silence the other. We both believed in the Constitution, and especially in the right of free speech.

Neither of us had any tolerance for the crazies at either end of the political spectrum. David Duke, the notorious leader of the Ku Klux Klan was a classmate of ours, although then he was the leader of an organized chapter of the Nazi Party. There were also plenty of crazies on the left, who were perfectly willing to try and shut up anyone who disagreed with them, and I was physically attacked several times. After the first two times, when it didn’t work out too well for my attackers that approach was abandoned.

Also back in those days Dan and I had the complete support of the campus administration that believed that college campuses were truly places where all ideas should be expressed and discussed. I even had my only weekly conservative column in the campus newspaper. I was free to write a column on any subject I chose and it was never censored or even edited. Can you imagine that happening today at most left wing controlled university campuses?

          I graduated from LSU and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army reserve. Then I went to law school and paid for it with a combination of student loans and part time work. When I graduated, the student loans were a burden, but I paid them off fairly quickly. It never occurred to me that someone else, such as American taxpayers should pay my debt, just as it never occurred to me that I would not have to compete to be successful.

          Now, let’s fast forward to today’s generation of college students. They are truly part of the entitlement generation, whether they are in college or not. They have been taught that competition is unhealthy and wrong. It started when they were young. They were taught that if you play Little League baseball you deserve a trophy even if your team never wins a game. If you excel in school, that excellence cannot be recognized because it might hurt the feelings of those students who did not work as hard as you did.

          The only thing that many of the current college generation excel at is political correctness. They are demanding and getting so called safe spaces on college campuses where they will be insulated from having to hear anyone express ideas that they might disagree with or be offended by. University administrators and professors are using the doctrine of political correctness to stifle free speech and freedom of religion. On many college campuses and even in elementary and high schools you cannot even mention your religious beliefs unless you are a Muslim.

          As a participant in this politically correct society you have no Constitutional rights unless you are a member of some designated minority group. If you are a member of one of these groups that categorize people because of your race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or illegal immigrant status you are victims of an oppressive society and are therefore eligible for special privileges. However, that is only applicable if you fully subscribe to the progressive liberal philosophy of being a slave on the liberal plantation.

          You must submit to giving up your God given rights to exercise free will and express your true beliefs. You must submit to the left wing philosophy that you are two stupid to choose your own destiny, and you must allow the masters of the plantation to make all of your decisions for you. In return, the government will take care of you and give you free stuff.

          If you are not a member of one of these favored groups you may still qualify for the free stuff if you acknowledge that you are a recipient of so called “white privilege, and you are somehow guilty by virtue of your race of unspecified crimes against minorities.

          The fact is that we have allowed our educational system and many of our governments at the local, state, and federal levels to launch a propaganda war on our children that has not taught them about our Constitution, but taught them a revised version of American history that portrays our nation as the root of all of the evils in the world. This has resulted in utterly ridiculous demands by college students for even more special privileges.

          In some universities this consist of demands that if students are active in pushing left wing causes such at black lives matter, or even working in political campaigns like that of crazy socialist Bernie Sanders that their professors be prohibited from giving them a grade lower than a “C”. In other words, they want to attend a university for four years, never go to class, take a test or a final exam, and yet still get a degree. At Yale University students are demanding that English literature courses that teach the great works of poets and playwrights like Shakespeare or Chaucer be banned, because having to learn about the literary accomplishments of white men creates a “hostile environment” for minority students.

          So here they are, the perfect generation of wimps. They are young people who are uneducated, who also believe they are entitled to be taken care of by either their parents or the government, or preferably by both. They would never consider joining the military to defend their country, and have nothing but contempt for those who chose that option. They are incapable of independent thought and are therefore the perfect Nazi or Communist drones.  For elitists like Obama or Clinton they are the perfect generation because they will always do what do what they are told. We have gone from the greatest generation to the lost generation, and as a result our Constitutional Republic is in grave danger.


May 29, 2016

As another Memorial Day approaches many Americans look on it as just another day off of work or school when they can sit around and barbecue hamburgers and drink soft drinks and beer. Yet, those of us who are veterans know the true meaning of the holiday. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was established in 1868 to honor the memory of members of the American military who have died defending the United States of America. Its first official observance was on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers, both Union and Confederate who died in the Civil War. It was later expanded to include all of the Americans who died in the wars fought by this country to preserve our freedom and it became an official Federal Holiday in 1971.           

         On this 2016 Memorial Day I want everyone to look at some staggering figures about our American heroes. Beginning with the American Revolution, a total of over 43,362,376 men and women have served in the U.S Military during all of the wars we have fought including the current war on terrorism. Of these, over 655,231 were killed in battle while another 540,254 have died during their service due to other causes. That is a total of 1,195,485 Americans who have died in wartime while wearing the uniform of our country. In addition, 1,468,196 have been wounded. There are currently approximately 24,000,000 military veterans still alive in our nation.

            So who were these people, who as someone pointed out, wrote a blank check to their country laying their lives on the line for poor pay and often deplorable living conditions. They were and still are, our fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and friends and neighbors. They fought and they died at places that the history books often mention in passing, it they are mentioned at all. Places like Saratoga and Yorktown where our freedom was secured, and battlefields like Gettysburg and Fredericksburg, where many brave Americans died fighting each other. Then there are the battlefields of World War I like Belleau Wood where U.S. Marines fought valiantly and suffered heavy casualties to stop the German advance, and the fights during World War II on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima that opened the door for American victories in Europe and the Pacific. The ink was barely dry on the Japanese surrender document when thousands of Americans were sent to battle the communists in the Korean War.

            Turn next to the Vietnam War where over 55,000 Americans died yet never lost a battle. However, though the actions of the politicians in Washington D.C. the war itself was ultimately lost and the history books blame it on the military. Yet, it was the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who fought that war were often ignored or even spat upon when they returned home. It was not until recently that their contribution to the freedom of our nation was acknowledged. To them, I can only say “Welcome Home.” Well done my brothers and sisters in arms.

            Since then our valiant heroes have fought and died in Grenada, Panama, Operation Desert Storm and the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, liberal politicians and members of the left wing news media continue to attack them for doing the job of defending freedom. Our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are subjected to Rules of Engagement by the current administration that severely limits their ability to protect themselves and our way of life. This is being done under the banner of “political correctness.”

            There is no such thing as a “politically correct” war. When the lives of Americans are threatened and our very existence hangs in the balance there is only one way to fight, and that is to win. Our men and women in our military know this, and despite the restrictions imposed upon them by politicians who have never served in the military and know nothing about the sacrifices required, our troops continue to do their duty to us and our nation. On this Memorial Day we must honor them and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They were and are the best of us. If we allow them to be forgotten then we inevitably lose our own identity as a free people and “the government of the people, by the people, for the people,” will indeed “perish from the earth.”

         I personally will be remembering members of my family who have fought in every war since the American Revolution. I must particularly remember my father, 1LT Roy E. Connelly, and the men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion that landed at Utah Beach on D-Day and were in combat for 26 straight days. I immortalized them in my book “The Mortarmen". My father died in 1987, and I met and spoke with many of his friends and comrades while preparing the book. Unfortunately, only a few of them are still alive. I remember them, and the comrades I lost in Vietnam as well a those heroes we have lost since.

            I will ask this of each person who reads this. Enjoy your Memorial Day, but make a special effort to contact someone, whether a family member, a friend, or even a stranger, who you know has served in the military or is currently serving. Just tell them “Thank you for your service to our country”. You have no idea how much that will mean to them. Also take a moment to honor those we have lost, either by visiting the grave of a veteran, or just saying a brief prayer. They will hear you and they will know that their sacrifices were not made in vain.  


May 17, 2016

The latest Obama violation of the Constitution came as no surprise to me. After all, he has a history of violating the Constitutional requirement that he enforce the laws passed by Congress. He has no authority to enact laws on his own, amend existing laws, or decide not to enforce certain laws. Obama has done all of these things and continues to do so with his latest Executive order requiring all school districts in the United States to open bathrooms, locker rooms, and even showers to boys or girls who choose to reject the gender of their birth and become members of the opposite sex, even for just a day or a few hours.

          The Constitution does not give the President of the United States any authority over local school districts, or for that matter, bathrooms, locker rooms, or shower facilities anywhere. Yet, that has not been a deterrent to Obama; particularly since the Republican controlled Congress has done virtually nothing to challenge his abuses of power. It might be easy to dismiss this latest Obama abomination as just another action by a President that is obsessed with sex. Since he was elected he has been relentlessly pushing the LGBT agenda, in the military, and in civil society, including the schools. In the process, he has shown his willingness to destroy the effectiveness of the U.S. military, dismantle freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and punish states that don’t embrace his agenda.

          Yet, I am afraid that the latest Obama move is indicative of something even more dangerous on the horizon. I believe Obama is going into a panic mode. There are several things even more important to this dictatorial President than protecting his LGBT constituents. These include seeing the final destruction of the Constitutional Republic that is the USA, and cementing his own legacy as the architect of that destruction.

          He has been highly successful in many ways, using illegal and unconstitutional executive orders to push his gun control and climate control agendas, as well as opening our borders to illegal aliens, releasing thousands of dangerous criminals onto our streets, leading an all-out assault on local police officers, and dividing our nation along racial, ethic, and class lines, He has also reduced out military to its lowest level of effectiveness since prior to WW II, sent our troops into battle with rules of engagement designed to protect the enemy, and get our people killed, and entered into treasonous treaties with our enemies.

          This path of destruction was supposed to continue unabated by the election of Obama’s anointed successor, Hillary Clinton to the Presidency. After all, he allowed Hillary to use her position as Secretary of State to amass a fortune in illegal donations from foreign governments, and Obama has protected her from prosecution. He owns the Clintons, whose greed and arrogance is insatiable. He knows that this would continue to be the primary goal of her presidency and she would do what she was told by Obama and that means continue to push his agenda.

          Yet now things appear to have changed dramatically, because the American people are not following the Obama plan. They are fed up with being lied to and ignored by the people in control of the federal government, and that includes those elected for the specific purpose of stopping the runaway Obama train. Hillary is being challenged by an old socialist senator who has professed his love for the former Soviet Union and other failed dictatorships. He won’t be allowed to win the nomination by the Democratic Party establishment, but many of his followers already feel betrayed by the party and may not come out to vote for Hillary in the general election.

          These followers are often young people who have been taught nothing about American history, what is in the Constitution, and what socialism really is. This is the outcome of the deliberate effort over many decades of the progressives who control the education system to dumb down the children of our country so they will eagerly accept becoming slaves on the federal plantation. Yet, much to the dismay of Obama and Hillary, these people are not falling into line with the plan devised for them.

          On the Republican side there has also been a revolt against the establishment. Republican voters rallied in 2010 to put Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and then in 2014 to take control of the Senate. Yet, they feel betrayed by the congressional leadership that has continued to cave in to the Obama agenda, including the Iranian treaty. So they are in the process of giving an outsider the Republican Presidential nomination and there is a real possibility that Donald Trump will win the election, and that Republicans will maintain control of Congress.

          The bottom line is that Obama’s plan for a third term by proxy is in grave danger. Therefore he has two choices, to continue to use illegal Executive orders over the next few months to continue to destroy the constitutional protections of free speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to due process. He will also continue to destroy the U.S, free market economy, and hope that ultimately Hillary will win the election. Of course, this plan will also entail doing everything possible to steal the election.

          That is plan A, but I suspect there is also a plan B and it is even more dangerous than the other plan. If Obama becomes convinced that Trump will win and as President undo much of what Obama did illegally, he is capable of unleashing the dogs of war by encouraging his radical allies like the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, the communist party, and others to launch all out assaults on the Republican National convention in Cleveland . This would include riots, physical attacks on delegates and the police, and wholesale destruction of property.

          The same could then happen a few days later at the Democratic National convention in Philadelphia. In the mind of a someone who already considers himself a dictator this would justify a declaration of martial law, allowing Obama to suspend elections indefinitely, take personal control of the distribution of food, water, fuel, transportation, and medical care, and maintain his Presidency.

          I am aware this sounds like a classic conspiracy theory, and I have never been someone who believed in most such theories, but unfortunately the scenario is not unique, it has occurred throughout history including in Nazi Germany, where Adolph Hitler moved to disarm the German people, beginning with the military veterans, purged the military of officers loyal to Germany instead of him personally, and doing away with individual freedoms.

          I hope I am wrong and this second scenario will not happen, but I am convinced that the first one is already occurring. Obama is going to use Executive orders and actions over the next few months to try and dismantle our republic and cause complete chaos in the country we love. We must prepare ourselves to resist.


April 17, 2016


As the 2016 election process unfolds there are two candidates vying to be the nominee for President in the Democratic Party this fall. One is a 74 year old socialist fan of the former Soviet Union who espouses that America adopt a form of government that has failed in every country that has adopted it in the past 100 years. The other candidate is a career criminal who is incapable of telling the truth. Yet, both of them are campaigning on basically the same theme that has been pushed by Barrack Hussein Obama, the liberal media, and the leftist elitists in Washington D.C. and Hollywood.

          Polls consistently show that the top priorities for most American’s are to have a sound free market economy, protect our people from Islamic terrorism, protect American jobs by securing our borders, and protecting our Constitutional rights.

          After listening to the Democratic candidates I have come up with my view of what is the 2016 Democratic Party Platform that embodies the party’s priorities for America:

  1. Destroy the Second Amendment right under the Constitution to keep and bear arms, beginning with the disarming of the 23,000,000 American military veterans.

  2. Destroy the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, and replace it with Orwellian concepts of political correctness that essentially means that free speech only exists for those that agree with left wing ideology.

  3. Support the LGBT community by denying the right of Christians who disagree with things like gay marriage to exercise their freedom to object because of their religious beliefs.

  4. Support transgender individuals who want to use the bathroom of their choice, despite the objections of Americans who believe that they are entitled to the right of privacy.

  5. Protect abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, so they can continue to kill innocent unborn children, and in the case of Planned Parenthood, dismember the dead children and, profit from selling their body parts.

  6. Force private employers to give unskilled workers a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour despite the fact that this will cause many people to lose their jobs, and put many small businesses out of business. This will be done, while keeping the base pay for a private in the U.S. Army at under $9.00 per hour and a Sargent making less than $13.00 per hour. In other words, the Democrats consider the people flipping hamburger patties at McDonald’s more important than the American heroes who risk their lives for our country.

  7. Demoralize the U.S. Military by cutting pay and benefits to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, while turning the military from an elite fighting force to an entity for social experimentation.

  8. Continue the policy of putting the lives of our military personnel at unnecessary risk so that they will have to fight a “politically correct” war against Islamic terrorism.

  9. Continue to protect the Muslim religion from any scrutiny or criticism for the failure of most of its leaders to disavow the actions of Islamic Jihadist terrorists.

  10. Provide free housing, food, medical care, education, and other perks to illegal aliens while preparing plans to grant them amnesty and a fast track to citizenship, so they can vote for Democrats.

  11. Allow the corruption in the Veterans Administration to continue without anyone being penalized for denying veterans medical care, declaring them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs without cause, and declaring them mentally incompetent.

  12. Support radical groups like “Black Lives Matter” in attacking police and undermining their ability to protect American citizens, and themselves.

  13. Massively raise taxes on American citizens, and businesses so more “free stuff” can be provided to buy votes for Democratic Party candidates.

  14. Continue to push for federal control of education by using common core to dumb down American students, and use the schools to rewrite history so children will not learn about the foundation of our Constitutional form of government, and the sacrifices Americans have made for freedom.

  15. Turn universities from places where open discussion of ideas is encouraged to institutions where left wing whiners and losers can be protected from being traumatized by being exposed to anyone or anything they might disagree with.

  16. Continue to release convicted criminals, including illegal aliens into our cities, and encourage cities to provide sanctuaries for these dangerous individuals.

  17. Continue to release captured Islamic terrorists so they can kill more Americans.

  18. In the name of the discredited theory of climate change, continue to destroy America’s energy industry costing thousands of Americans their jobs.

  19. Appoint federal judges, including Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court that will pursue the leftist agenda instead of protecting the Constitution that is what is required by their oath of office.


    I could go own, but I believe the message is clear; the values of Barrack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the liberal elitists who support them do not represent the values of the vast majority of the American people. They are certainly not the values of those who have fought and died for this country.

    Michael Connelly


    Michael Connelly blog


    Constitutional Law Alliance



March 12, 2016

The federal assault on America’s heroes not only seems to have no end, but is apparently accelerating. It all amounts to downright theft. Veterans are not only having their Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms, to have due process, and to be free of illegal searches and seizures, but also having their dignity, their money, and even their lives stolen.

          The source of much of this abuse is in the fiduciary program that was set up many years ago to assist elderly veterans suffering from dementia or other disabilities that made it difficult or impossible for them to handle their own financial affairs. The VA would appoint someone to handle their financial affairs for them. At the beginning, the person appointed was usually a financial member, but when the VA started paying the fiduciary five percent of the veteran’s benefits as a fee for services rendered the program became an opportunity for professional fiduciaries, either individuals or organizations, to make some serious money. This became a recipe for abuse and theft.

          The latest abomination occurred right here in Texas where a former San Antonio nurse named, Cornelia Hurling, was sentenced to 14 months in Federal prison, after she confessed to stealing over $140,000 from numerous veterans as she was serving as their fiduciary. This would seem like a good thing, but it is literally just the tip of a very large iceberg.

          The Fiduciary program in the VA is administered by 6 Fiduciary hubs each of which covers multiple states. In 2014 the independent Office of the Inspector General of the VA found that almost one million dollars had been stolen from veterans by fiduciaries in the Indianapolis hub that covers 13 states. Other VA OIG investigations have uncovered millions more missing from veteran accounts in the other hubs. The investigations also found that the required audits of the fiduciaries were not being done by the VA, and this allowed the thefts to continue for years.

          In addition, OIG investigations uncovered the fact that people with gambling additions, and convicted felons were being appointed as fiduciaries for vulnerable veterans. Also, I have been reporting for several years that veterans are being declared incompetent without any professional evaluations being doing by psychiatrists or psychologists, but by untrained bureaucrats, and that veterans are being declared incompetent because they let their spouses pay the family bills, or they have their bills automatically paid by the banks out of the veteran’s checking account. Then this phony declaration of incompetence is used to deny veterans and their family members from purchasing or owning firearms. All of this has been confirmed by independent investigations.

          To show you how bad it has gotten, last year the United States Justice Foundation was contacted by a 93 year old World War II veteran who had throat cancer, but had been unable to get treatment from the VA so he was paying for his treatment with his VA benefits. Then he received a visit from a VA employee who informed him that he had been declared incompetent to handle his own financial affairs. He argued that he paid his own bills, and did not need fiduciary.

          The VA employee insisted and a few months later the veteran stopped getting his checks. Calls to the VA got no results, and it took almost six months for the veteran to learn that his checks were being deposited in a bank account in another state; an account in the name of the wife of the full time VA employee who was not supposed to be a fiduciary in the first place. Not only was this a theft from a veteran, but one who was fighting a serious illness.

          As has been the case with VA employees who falsified records of hospital and clinic admissions to cover up the fact that veterans were being denied the treatment they needed, and were entitled to, and in some cases dying because of this, there have been few people fired by the VA. In addition, even when there are outright criminal acts there have been few prosecutions.  

          The facts are clear; while there are many dedicated employees working in VA facilities around the country some of the leadership in the VA, protected by a corrupt President and his cohorts is not only allowing theft and corruption to run rampant, but using the VA as a political tool to push the administration’s agenda of disarming the American people, beginning with the veterans.

While there have been problems with the VA for decades our investigations over the last three years have led me to the conclusion that since Obama took office these activities of the VA have not been due to incompetence. Instead, it has been deliberately used to demoralize our military and our veterans by using them as political pawns, to further the agenda of a socialist President.

In my view, what is happening to our veterans, from the theft of their money and denial of their Constitutional rights, and what amounts to the deliberate murder of thousands of them constitutes a continuing and unrelenting act of domestic terrorism perpetrated at the highest level of our own government. It must be stopped and God willing the American people will elect a new President that will clean house in the VA and prosecute all of those who have done this to our veterans, including those in high office.


February 26, 2016

While it is true that we are facing a serious Constitutional crisis in the Supreme Court with the death of the brilliant conservative justice Antonin Scalia, few people realize that this is just the inevitable result of a constitutional crisis involving the court that has been building up for years. 

          It has largely been ignored because unfortunately many Americans don’t understand that the Supreme Court was designed by the founding fathers to be a separate, but equal branch with the Congress and the Executive Branch headed by the President. Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution establishes the limited jurisdiction of the court. It states in part that: “The judicial Power shall extend to all cases, in Law and Equity, arising under the Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority…” This also includes “Controversies between two or more states” or between citizens of different states.

          When you read Article 3 of the Constitution you will find that there is nothing that authorizes the Supreme Court or any other federal court to make new laws, amend existing laws, and certainly not to amend the Constitution on their own. Yet, that is what activist federal judges at all levels, including the Supreme Court have decided they are entitled to do. This change was orchestrated over the years by Democrats in the White House and the U.S. Senate, and unfortunately aided and abetted by weak Republican Presidents and Senators who were willing to compromise with the Democrats.

          Obama, his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate, as well as the liberal news media are demanding that the Senate vote on any one nominated by the President. They claim it is required by the Constitution when in fact that there is no such requirement. The Constitution requires that any nominee be approved by the Senate before taking a seat on the court. It does not require that the Senate schedule a vote if it refuses to do so, which itself constitutes a rejection of the nominee.

          Ironically, when you listen to the arguments made by the left, they are essentially demanding that the Republicans in the Senate vote to affirm whoever Obama nominates, regardless of whether or not they will defend the U.S, Constitution and the liberties protected by it. This is another example of the hypocrisy of the left. The fact is that the last three Supreme Court nominees rejected in up or down votes in the Senate were nominees of Republican presidents and the nominations were defeated by Democrat controlled Senates.

          When Obama was in the Senate while George W. Bush was president he voted against both of Bush’s nominees to the Supreme Court, and joined with other Democrats to keep most of the other Bush nominees to serve on other federal courts from even being voted on. He did this simply because he opposed anyone on the court who did not agree with his efforts to destroy the Constitution.  Yet, both of the Obama nominees to the court received votes from republican senators and have consistently followed the Obama/progressive agenda.

          That is why Republican Senators have to stand firm and not allow Obama to appoint another justice who will ignore the Constitution, amend it, or legislate from the bench. Too often in the past Republican Presidents have nominated so-called moderates to the Supreme Court like Anthony Kennedy, and Republican Senators have voted to affirm leftist judges like Kagan and Sotomayor.

          There should, in fact, be a litmus test for Supreme Court appointees. The test should be whether they will abide by their oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” or whether they will consider themselves above the law and superior to the Constitution.

          The same test should be applied to candidates for congress and particularly to candidates for President. If the progressives gain control of the Supreme Court we will be effectively under the dictatorship that Obama, Hilary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders want to impose upon us. We have to put the brakes on this runaway train we are on that is carrying us to the destruction of our Constitutional republic, our economy, and our Constitutional rights.

          It is time that as Americans we alert the politicians of both parties that if they continue to fail us and allow our Constitution to be taken down, we will have no choice but to exercise the ultimate power granted to us by the Declaration of Independence, that allows us to alter or abolish a government that subjects us to tyranny. The specific language is “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

          The concept is certainly not new in this country, it is called revolution, and it may soon be our last resort.


February 8, 2016

The current presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination is highlighting the fact that liberal democrats are some of the world’s greatest hypocrites. Hilary Clinton assails Wall Street bankers and big corporations, but has accepted over 21 million dollars to speak to these banks, investment firms, and other groups including charities. She has also gotten millions in campaign contributions from Wall Street firms.

          She also demands income equality and the redistribution of wealth through higher taxes on most Americans, except for her and Bill because they hide much of their money in offshore accounts or in their so-called charitable foundation. This is standard operating procedure for the leftist in this country. They make grand announcements of things that need to be addressed, but there are always exceptions.

          Obama and the leftists are telling us that it is wrong to blame any group, particularly Muslims for the acts of terrorism committed in the name of radical Islam. Sounds reasonable, but then there are exceptions. The left blames the NRA and all other supporters of the Second Amendment to the Constitution for all of the mass shootings in the country including those committed by jihadists. This is despite the fact that no mass shooter has ever been found to be a member of the NRA.

          Another exception is American military veterans, who are classified by the Department of Homeland Security as potential domestic terrorists simply because they are veterans. In the meantime, the left is laying out the welcome mat for illegals and Middle Eastern Muslim refugees even if they pose a potential danger to American citizens. They receive free housing, food, welfare benefits, education, and health care. The bleeding heart liberals claim that these people are entitled to these things because they are needy and refugees. 

          However, they make an exception when it comes to America’s heroes, our military veterans. Thousands of them are homeless while the federal government and the mayors of sanctuary cities ignore their plight in order to help illegals and refugees. American veterans are dying while trying to get the medical treatment they are legally entitled to and earned with their service, because resources are being diverted to people who have done nothing for America.

          The left loves to talk about the rights of women, getting them equal pay for equal work, protecting the financial future of abortion mills like the clinics run by Planned Parenthood, and talking about the mythical Republican “war on women”, while refusing to criticize Sharia law that relegates millions of women around the world to virtual slavery. They are considered chattels and denied jobs, education, and can even be beaten or killed by their fathers or husbands.

          This is part of the liberal hypocrisy that has elevated political correctness to the status of their new religion. They claim PC promotes diversity and protects freedom of speech in the workplace, and in schools and universities, except that if you are a conservative, a supporter of the Constitution, a Christian or anyone who dares to disagree with the liberal agenda diversity does not apply to you and you don’t have freedom of speech. In fact, disagreeing with the left is classified as “hate” speech.

          Liberals tout political correctness as defense of freedom of religion, so you can’t criticize the Muslim religion, but it is fair game to attack Christians and Jews. PC also defends the so called “right” to gay marriage, the right of teachers to push the gay agenda in schools, but refuses to allow anyone else to exercise their Constitutional right to disagree on the basis of their religious beliefs.  

          Political correctness is being used to destroy the morale of our military, destroy the morale of our police and other first responders, rewrite American history, dumb down our young people, and break the back of the millions of Americans who believe in the traditional values that have made this country great.

          Unfortunately, while many people reading this are aware of this hypocrisy, millions of Americans are totally clueless about its existence. Thus they don’t even know that their rights are being taken away, or for that matter even know what their rights are. We have to re-educate our own population, beginning with the young people, otherwise the Obama/Clinton totalitarian philosophy will win.


January 16, 2016

It seems like all we are hearing about from the main stream media these days is what Obama is doing to protect his legacy. He has one year left in his term and so I have a pretty good idea what that legacy will be and how it relates to what is happening in this country and the world.

          Simply put, Obama is determined that his legacy will be the destruction of the Constitutional Republic that has been the United States of America for over 239 years. In the past seven years he has made what his narcissism and egomania have convinced him is his righteous goal ,and he has made great strides. During this period he has committed one crime after another while he has repeatedly violated his oath of office “to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

          He has been ably assisted in his efforts by the leftists in Congress, the left wing media that constantly provides cover for his illegal and unconstitutional activities, and totally corrupt federal judges who choose to ignore the Constitution in order to assist Obama in furthering his destructive agenda.

          Obama’s quest began when his allies in Congress passed Obamacare in the dark of night without anyone being allowed to read it. I had read the original version of the law in 2009 when it was first introduced and pointed out that it was unconstitutional and would ultimately destroy the health care system in this country. The subsequent versions of the bill and the final version that passed just got worse. Now we are seeing my worst fears realized as Obamacare is falling apart, and Americans are seeing their premiums go up as the quality of health care goes down.  

          Obama was emboldened by this victory and went on to do all the damage he could to our free market economy, our Constitutional balance of powers, our immigration laws and border security, our military, our veterans, and our national security. He also turned his attention to our basic Constitutional rights, using his pen to write illegal and unconstitutional executive orders to limit our Second Amendment rights. He has also used federal agencies such as the IRS to attack freedom of speech, HHS to assault freedom of religion, and the DOJ to go after freedom of the press.

          Other agencies were also turned loose. The VA was allowed to let hundreds and possibly thousands of veterans die from lack of medical care and the VA was instructed to go after veterans and deny them their Second and Fifth Amendment rights in order to disarm them. The FBI has then accepted the names of all veterans declared incompetent by the VA to handle their own financial affairs for ridiculous reasons, and placed them in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS list) under the category of being mentally ill to the point of being a danger to themselves or others. There is no adjudication as required by law, but the veterans are marked for life as mentally ill and prohibited from legally purchasing firearms.

Now the Obama administration has announced that it will be doing the same thing to social security beneficiaries. This is all part of his effort use the provisions of the UN Small Arms treaty that was signed by John Kerry and requires all firearms in the United States to be registered with the United Nations and ultimately confiscated. It is a treaty that has never been submitted for ratification by the U.S. Senate as required by the Constitution.

The same thing has happened with the climate change agreement that Obama has reached with other countries and that he has no intention of submitting to the Senate for ratification, but is already ordering the EPA to enforce. In addition, there is the treaty with Iran that was never submitted to the Senate for ratification because the Republican leadership in the Senate and House agreed to let Obama bypass the Constitution. The Iranians are already violating the treaty, but Obama doesn’t care.

Now, in order to embellish his legacy further Obama is releasing some of the world’s most violent terrorists from GITMO so they can kill more Americans. This is a direct violation of a federal law Congress passed and he signed. Obama has also authorized bringing in thousands of refugees from Syria, and many of them may be terrorists working for ISIS. He also authorized the bringing in of thousands of additional illegals from Central America by claiming that they are political refugees.

Obama has been the divider in chief, deliberately encouraging racial division, religious division, economic class division, and apologizing to our enemies for the supposed transgressions of our great country. He has authorized his federal agencies to attack traditional American values, attack the police who protect us, and has been providing aid and comfort to our enemies by hamstringing our military.

I am concerned that the worst is yet to come. In the remaining year of his presidency Obama will sign many more Executive orders and Executive actions to limit Constitutional rights and abolish our Constitutional Republic. I have heard people including members of Congress and the conservative media referring to Obama, as clueless, out of touch, and ignorant.  None of that is true, Obama is not an American, and I say that regardless of where he was born. He is not an American because he does not believe in our values, our traditions, or our constitutional form of government.

He is clear in what he wants his legacy to be. He wants to be the person who brought down the greatest free country in the world. We cannot allow him to succeed!

Christmas 1944

December 21, 2015


          This has become a Christmas tradition for me and some of you have seen this post before, but it is that time of year when I start thinking about the importance of friends and family and why I should be thankful for the country I live in. It is also the time when I think about those fellow Americans who have stepped forward in the past and the present to place their lives on the line so that the rest of us can celebrate this holy season in freedom and peace.

The true story below is about my father and a Christmas seventy one years ago. I wrote it many years ago and it has been reprinted and put on websites around the world. You can read the full story in my book “The Mortarmen” I offer this story once again to honor our heroes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, including my two sons, Major Sean Connelly and Captain Tim Connelly,  both currently serving in the army.  Come to think of it, this story is really about all of them because it epitomizes who and what they are.


Christmas 1944


The frigid night air cut through the Lieutenant’s army issue coat as the stopped in the knee deep snow to survey the perimeter. A heavy snow continued to fall on this Christmas Eve 1944, but it was not a silent night. The flashes of artillery lit the sky and generated a rumble like distant thunder as the young officer finished his tour of the unit’s outposts. He was an officer in Company B, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, the men who fired the big 4.2 mortars which were so critical to the effort of the infantry to advance. They were someplace in Belgium, he really had no clue where, and for the first time in a while the battalion was together again. All four companies had been brought in to help stop the German breakthrough. They didn’t know it, but the 87th was about to be thrown right into the heart of the Battle of the Bulge.

As the Lieutenant finished his rounds he wearily dragged himself into the monastery where the command had taken refuge for the night. The warmth that enveloped him as he entered the large community room was certainly welcomed. He glanced around and saw his comrades sprawled in every available space. They were bedraggled and exhausted after 201 days of almost continuous combat, and by the looks on their faces you could tell that it was only going to get worse. Despite the thickness of the monastery walls, a new sound intruded, the quick crack of tank gunfire.

 Everyone knew what that meant, American tankers were making a last ditch stand against the German armored columns in the area. They were outnumbered and outgunned and their Sherman tanks stood no chance against the awesome German Tiger tanks, but they fought anyway. When the battle ended, and it would before dawn, then the 87th became part of the last American line of defense. The war hung in the balance, and so did the lives of everyone in the ancient house of God.

The Lieutenant found a place to sit against one wall and sank down in exhaustion, gratefully accepting the wine, bread and cheese being offered by the monks. In the corner of the room, a soldier fiddled with the dial of a radio, finally picking up the armed forces station. Christmas carols filled the room, but only added to the loneliness. Then as, the sound of the tank battle increased in intensity, a new song started on the radio, Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas."

For the Lieutenant the song immediately invoked memories of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas on the farm in Mason City, Iowa and of how far away he was from  those he loved. He could not help himself, the tears began to flow and embarrassed, he glanced around the room to see if anyone had noticed. His eyes fell first on the Company Commander, Captain J.J. Marshall, one of the toughest men the Lieutenant had ever known. The Captain sat ramrod straight, unashamed, as tears streamed down his stubbly cheeks. It was universal that night, strong men, the bravest of the brave, cried over a Christmas carol, and over the homes many would never see again.

As dawn broke the next morning, Christmas Day, the battalion was again split up with Company B assigned to take up mortar positions in support of what was left of the 289th infantry, 75th Division, and defend a Belgium village called Sadzot, a key location in the thin American defense line. For three days they fired their mortars in support of the hastily assembled defense units, and then disaster struck. Early in the predawn hours of Dec. 28th enemy elements of the 12 SS Panzer Division, the infamous Hitler Jugend, broke through the infantry lines and overran the mortar position.

They hastily assembled all of the men they could, and the mortarmen fought a delaying action, fighting hand to hand and house to house against overwhelming numbers. As the fighting retreat continued, they men of company B were joined by remaining elements of the 509th Parachute Battalion which had formed a new defensive position north of the village. There they held until reinforced and then joined a counterattack which retook the village, and recaptured six of their nine mortars and most of their vehicles.

It was later learned that this makeshift force of Americans had successfully stopped a major attack by German troops designed to capture a major highway intersection which would have broken the American line. No one has ever been able to tell me how they won. History recorded it as a classic situation where the attacking enemy held all of the advantages, yet was stopped by the cold determination of a hand full of defenders on the verge of physical and mental collapse. Somehow, they emerged victorious, with Company B reporting almost half of its men killed, wounded, or missing.

For his actions during the defense of Sadzot the Lieutenant and the other men of the company received both the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre medals. I know the story of that lonely Christmas Eve and the ensuing days from my Father’s diary. He was the young Lieutenant, Roy E. Connelly, Co. B. 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. He would read that story to us on Christmas Eve every year until his death in 1987, and then I took over the job with my children.

He never read it without crying over the friends he lost during that Christmas season of 1944, and to this day, I can not read it or even write about it without the same reaction. What was done during that six day period by the men of Co. B and the other companies of the 87th, who also held the line, surpasses the ability of most of us to comprehend. They fought for each other, and they fought for us. We must never forget.


Michael Connelly: Author of “The Mortarmen


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December 13, 2015


It appears that there is no end to what Obama’s Veterans Administration will do to hurt our military veterans. VA employees falsified and destroyed records to cover the failure of facilities to provide treatment to hundreds, and perhaps thousands of veterans. This led to many unnecessary deaths of America’s heroes. At the same time the VA has been taking away the Constitutional rights of veterans, declaring them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs, and then denying them the right to own firearms.

          Not satisfied with these outrages, the VA is now forcing the cancellation of the celebration of Christmas in VA hospitals around the country. This has actually been going on for several years and has been accelerating. I am currently mobilizing the resources of the United States Justice Foundation to fight what is happening. I am particularly familiar with what has transpired at four VA facilities in Texas.

          I have been proud to support and work with a group in Dallas, Texas called Vet to Vet. It was formed 21 years ago by a good friend and fellow veteran named Jess Johnson and his wife Peggy to assist veterans in the VA hospitals in the area. It started out small with the taking of hamburgers and coffee to patients, but over the years grew into a major effort, covering four major facilities in Texas and Vet to Vet chapters being formed throughout the country.

          The program in Dallas and the VA facilities in Bonham, Waco, and Temple, Texas has parties, bingo games, and barbeques throughout the year, but their major effort occurs on Christmas each year when they provide 4,000 gifts to over 1,600 patients. They also collected food donations and cooked and delivered Christmas dinners to hundreds of patients. Spiritual comfort is also provided and if patients request a bible one will be given to them.

           For many veterans who have no family, this was the only Christmas they would get. Now, all of that is coming to an end. Several years ago VA officials began telling Jess and his organization that they could no longer give bibles to patients, wish them a Merry Christmas, or even use the word Christmas in the facilities, or mention Jesus Christ. Then a year later they told the group that they could no longer bring Christmas dinners to the facilities.

          This is more than political correctness run amok. This is the unconstitutional denial of the freedom of religion to the very men and women who put their lives on the line to defend that freedom, as well as the rest of the Constitution. This is not just happening in Texas, it is nationwide. VA hospitals are banning Christmas trees, Christmas cards, and national military cemeteries in places like Houston, Texas have attempted to ban Christian prayers at the funerals of veterans, and even any mention of God or religion.  

          Jess Johnson will be the guest on my radio show “Our Constitution” this Wednesday, Dec. 16th. We broadcast live at 3:00 pm Central time, but the show is archived so you can download it anytime. You can access the show at:  http://americaswebradio.com/our-constitution/

          While investigating this outrage we are also hearing from veterans around the country about how the VA has turned the “Veterans Choice Program” into another VA scam defrauding veterans and risking their health and their lives. The law was passed by Congress in response to numerous verified reports of veterans dying because they could not get treatment at VA hospitals.

          The law is supposed to allow veterans who live over 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic to get health care locally and have it paid for by the VA. However, the program is helping few veterans, particularly if they have serious health problems. For example, veterans who have cancer or serious heart conditions and live over 40 miles from a VA hospital are being denied local treatment because the VA will claim that there is a VA “facility” within 40 miles of the veteran’s home. These may include VA dental clinics, or VA clinics that have the primary responsibility of making appointments at VA hospitals.

          In neither case can a veteran get actual treatment for cancer, heart problems or other serious illnesses. These veterans are back where they started, having to travel long distances to VA hospitals where they still have problems even getting an appointment, much less actual treatment. Our government is not only dishonoring our veterans, but in some cases still killing them.


December 5, 2015

As I write this article it has been a little more than 72 hours since Islamic terrorists launched a horrific and bloody attack in San Bernardino, CA that left 14 innocent Americans dead and 21 more wounded. The two perpetrators of the attack were fortunately killed by police before they could carry out additional attacks. Although anyone with any common sense could see within a few hours that this was a jihadist operation, political correctness prevented the FBI from confirming for over 48 hours that it was in fact treating this as an act of terrorism.

Up to this point Barack Hussein Obama has still not decided if this was terrorism or workplace violence, and at his Friday morning press briefing, Josh Earnest, the highly paid Obamabot who has apparently not had an original thought in years, referred to the jihadist attack only as extreme violence. On the other hand, Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch seemed almost giddy over the attack.

          She said: “We’re at the point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation’s history and it gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change.” Of course, she’s referring to gun control and that is what Obama demanded immediately the attack and is planning to go forward with it by using illegal and unconstitutional executive orders.

          Obama is ignoring the Second Amendment to the Constitution the states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” He is also ignoring the fact, that the so called “common sense gun control measures” he is calling for are already in place in the state of California and did nothing to prevent the jihadist attack.

          The leftist journalists have also joined into the chorus of idiots trying to blame law abiding Americans for the actions of Muslim terrorists. Several of these bottom feeders blamed the NRA, several others blame the Republican Party, and one blamed the pro-life movement. However, the ultimate insult to the intelligence of the American people came from CNN that has sunk to a new low, even for them.

          A CNN reporter interviewed the grieving widow of one of the victims, a Messianic Jew and father of six who had professed his belief in Jesus Christ to his co-workers, including his ultimate murderer Syed Farook. He also had argued with Syed about the philosophy of Islam. Unbelievably, by the wording of his questions the reporter seemed to be suggesting that this was the cause of the attack and that the woman’s husband somehow had it coming. Apparently, an act of terrorism like this is justified or at least understandable, if someone has hurt the feelings of a Muslim.  

          The bottom line is that the Obama administration has no apparent interest in protecting the American people from ISIS or any other Islamic Jihadists. The FBI is looking for any group or individuals who may have encouraged or participated in the attack on Americans in San Bernardino. I suggest they start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and branch out from there.

          Is the reaction of the left insane? No, because Obama and his minions know exactly what they are doing. They do not care about defending Americans from Islamic Jihadists as long as they can use such attacks to advance their agenda of destroying our Constitutional Republic. What they are doing is providing aid and comfort to our enemies and that is the definition of treason as stated in the Constitution.

          We can no longer rely on the leaders of our Federal government to protect us from terrorism. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true since the Attorney General told a group of Muslims that her primary concern was protecting the Islamic community in the U.S.  It is time for those of us who want to protect our families, our homes, and our freedom to lock and load. It is time we recognize that we are going to have to exercise our right to keep and bear arms.


November 6, 2015

I have many people on my confidential email list that are notified when I post a new article on my blog involving Constitutional issues. No one else has access to the list and I don’t do forwards. However, several years ago I began having problems with some of my emails being blocked. It started with members of the U.S. Army who had subscribed to my blog using their military email addresses had my emails blocked.

          When this occurred I received the following notifications: “The message that you sent to an @us.army.mil user with subject "The Politics of Fear" was not accepted for delivery since it contained URLs that Army Cyber Command has disallowed.” Apparently someone in Obama’s Pentagon has decided that American soldiers should not be allowed to read articles about the Constitution they have taken an oath to defend. My inquiries to Army Cyber Command about the reason for this were ignored.

          A few months later similar inquiries made to AOL were ignored when my emails to subscribers with AOL email accounts were being blocked. I experimented with these emails and finally determined that it was my signature on my emails that included links to my blog, the United States Justice Foundation, the Constitutional Law Alliance, and even to my books were triggering the blocks. We changed the URLS to those links and that seemed to solve the problem, at least temporarily.

          However, recently I have been getting additional indications that my emails are again being blocked. This is occurring with Comcast emails, and now with some Verizon emails. In the case of Verizon some of my subscribers have reported they receive my emails on their Verizon account, but they are blocked when they try to forward them to their contacts.

          Also, I have noticed that in the past when I made a new post to my blog, I would usually receive email comments from scores of people on my list. That has recently fallen off to just a hand full. Now I have been getting info that my emails are being blocked to addresses that do not appear to be connected to Google addresses and even addresses that are not connected to the large servers. I suspect that I have not received notifications of all of the emails I have sent that have been blocked.  

          I have received confirmation today that his problem is being experienced by other conservative blogs, websites, and newsletters. This is clearly an all-out effort by internet companies to censor the Internet and try to eliminate the free speech of those of us who dare to disagree with the leftist agenda.

           The purpose of this article is to inform Americans of what is happening and to ask for the help of my subscribers. Please acknowledge that you have received the email informing you of the posting of this article. That way I can isolate the emails that are being blocked. I am also sending out the emails without my signature containing URLS so I can try to determine if it is those or my email address that is triggering the blocking of my emails.

          I will inform you of the results. I am far from being an Internet expert, so I would also appreciate any suggestions about how to protect my emails and blog from these attacks.


October 21, 2015

It has happened once again. Important legislation designed to protect the American people has gone down to defeat despite the fact that it was supported by a vast majority of the citizens in this country and a clear majority of their elected representatives in both houses of the U.S. Congress. This time 45 members of the U.S. Senate, all Democrats, were allowed to ignore the will of the people and the Constitution and stop a bill that would punish sanctuary cities that allowed thousands of illegal aliens to roam their streets at will including convicted criminals who prey on American citizens.

          This was accomplished because of the filibuster rule in the Senate that requires that 60 Senators must vote for “cloture” in order for any piece of legislation to come to the floor of the Senate for a final vote. This rule was adopted by the Senate decades ago to protect the rights of the minority party in the Senate, but has now become a method for enforcing gridlock and violating the Constitutional right of the American people to be represented by their elected members of Congress.

          The Constitution establishes the Congress made up a House of Representatives and the Senate. Members of both houses take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. That very Constitution set up the Congress to pass legislation by a majority vote in both houses. That is the way that the members can effectively represent the will of the people who elected them. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires or even allows the U.S. Senate to require that laws be passed by a so called super majority.

          The 60 vote rule in the Senate is just that, a Senate rule and it can be changed or violated at will. When the Democrats controlled the Senate and Harry Reid was in charge he used the rule to keep legislation from being voted on that had been passed by the House of Representatives, but he did not hesitate to use the “nuclear option” to get Obama’s ultra-liberal judicial and other appointees approved by a simple majority vote in Senate.

However, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of a Republican controlled Senate is not willing to do the same thing, even when critical votes on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, the military budget, and especially the Iran treaty are being blocked by a minority. In the case of the Iran treaty the Republican leadership in both houses betrayed the American people by allowing the treaty to not be brought before the Senate for the Constitutionally required ratification by a two thirds majority. They also decided to ignore Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution by allowing Obama to submit the treaty for an up or down vote of the Congress and then allow Obama to veto a negative vote. This is unprecedented and extremely dangerous.

          It is time for us to stand up to the people we elected to represent us in Congress and demand they actually fulfill their oath of office. The Senate needs to pass a rule change that allows legislation to be passed by a simple majority of the Senate. That is what our founding fathers envisioned when they adopted the Constitution.

          The response of some Senators will be that it doesn’t matter if they do this, because Obama will just veto any laws he doesn’t like and there will not be the votes to override it. That doesn’t matter! What does matter is that Republicans will be doing what their constituents elected them to do. They will be protecting and defending the Constitution and force the Democrat Senators to actually go on record with votes, not hide behind the archaic cloture rule.

          We must demand that the original intent of the Constitution be followed, and we should remind them that the American people also have a “nuclear option” available. It is contained in the Declaration of Independence which states that when a government becomes abusive of it power and the rights of the governed “it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it,” Unless things change soon I believe that more and more Americans are going to be considering this option.


October 7, 2015

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, CO. theater, Newtown, Connecticut, Charleston, SC, Chattanooga, TN, the Lafayette, LA theater and now Roseburg, OR. All sites of mass shootings in the United States during the last eight years, and all occurred in so-called gun free zones. Universities, schools, malls, churches, theaters, military recruiting centers and bases are mostly gun free zones either designated as such by the federal, state or local governments, or the institutions themselves.

          They are in fact death traps where virtual targets are painted on the backs of the students, shoppers, movie goers, church attendees, and even military personnel. If you are a terrorist, or just a nut case looking to make a name for yourself, your plan is to go somewhere and kill as many people as possible before the police arrive and can shoot back. That is the way all of these mass shootings have worked. They are usually carefully planned in advance and gun free zones are chosen because no civilians in the zones will have firearms. It is like shooting fish in a barrel.

          The massacre at Umpqua College in Oregon not technically in a gun free zone since concealed carry was allowed, but the only person on the campus who had a firearm was a U.S. Army veteran who tried to leave the campus veteran center and intervene when the first shots were being fired. However, he was blocked from doing so by campus officials. This is a prime example of the gun free zone mentality on the campus and was confirmed by the fact that the only security guard on the campus was not allowed to be armed.

          The shooting has caused the usual leftist knee jerk reactions with Obama demanding gun control and Hilary coming out with a draconian plan that would include allowing victims of firearm violence to sue gun manufacturers. It is designed to force manufacturers out of business and disarm honest Americans through the back door. Apparently, the only criteria for successful suits would be that someone was killed by a firearm manufactured by a certain firm. Imagine that, a gun manufacturer could be force to pay damages to the family of a violent Chicago gang member who was shot by a rival gang member.

          Of course, none of the proposals from the left mention gun free zones. They stick to the false narrative that gun free zones will ultimately keep students and others safe from people like the Oregon shooter. When they are proven wrong they blame the guns, law abiding gun owners, and the NRA. They will also ignore the facts and come up with far-fetched narratives that are designed to support their agenda. For example, the Everytown for Gun Safety group, an anti-Second Amendment organization released a study that declared that only 14% of mass shootings in the U.S. occurred in gun free zones. The other 86% they claim occurred in non-gun free zones.

          They define mass shootings as an incident where at least four people are injured. Yet, they include shootings in private homes since they do not consider them gun free zones. How does that work in a home invasion situation when armed intruders enter a home where the homeowner does not own a gun and cannot defend a family that is shot down by the intruders? The group also includes cities like Chicago where private firearm ownership in severely curtailed, but criminals are heavily armed. However, since the police carry weapons the city is not classified as a gun free zone.

          The same criteria was probably applied to the shootings in Chattanooga, TN. Even though the recruiting center and reserve center were gun free zones this group would have claimed they were not since the police in the city were armed.                    This is the type of twisted thought that the left repeatedly uses to push for gun confiscation and the banning of gun ownership by honest American citizens.

          When the same data was reviewed by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) it determined that 92 % of the mass shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 did in fact occur in gun free zones. The main stream media widely praised the badly flawed Everytown study despite the fact that it was basically a lie. That is what Obama and the left will do; lie to justify the destruction of the Constitution of the United States. We have to do everything we can to stop that from happening.


October 1, 2015

September 30, 2015 is a date that we all need to remember. It is the date we may have seen the start of World War III and have witnessed our own government preparing our surrender. For weeks we have watched the Russian military build-up in Syria and we did nothing to try and prevent it. Why should we; Obama had the personal assurances of Putin that the Russians were just there to join us in the fight against ISIS.

          Fast forward to Obama’s speech at the United Nations where he takes Putin to task for continuing to support efforts to overthrow the legitimate government of the Ukraine and then ask yourself why Obama doesn’t believe Putin on the Ukraine, but does on Syria. Then two days after his ninety minute face to face meeting with Putin in New York City, Obama, the Pentagon, the Secretary of State and the entire U.S. government gets blind-sided.

          A three star Russian general showed up unannounced at the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad and hands a note to a member of the staff. The note informed the United States government that in one hour the Russian military would launch airstrikes in Syria. The United States was told not to get in the way and to remove all of its aircraft from Syrian air space.

          The airstrikes started right on time, but they were not directed at ISIS: in fact the targets are nowhere near ISIS positions. Instead the strikes are on positions held by the anti-Assad rebels being supported by the U.S. However, reports indicate that most of the numerous casualties were innocent civilians including women and children.

          Putin got in Obama’s face and made a fool out of his entire administration. The reaction to this by our government is almost as scary as the act itself. The White House press secretary toed the party line and basically said that the Russians would ultimately do the right thing and the fact that they had attacked non ISIS positions was somehow a sign of the weakness of Putin. That of course makes no sense.

          Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defense made even less sense when he held a press conference in the Pentagon. He tried to dodge questions about the Russian attack by initially only admitting that that it appeared that they had not bombed ISIS positions than he started talking about the new combat roles being considered for women in the military. He also started talking about the military budget and then concluded by saying he might trust what the Russians told him.

          Secretary of State John Kerry had what amounted to a love fest with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they appeared together to tell the world that they were arranging meetings to “discuss” things. Kerry did say that we would not comply with the Russian demand to stand down and strop our air strikes in Syria and at least one strike was launched.

          However, the situation is highly dangerous and could rapidly deteriorate. Russian and U.S. planes are going to be competing in the same air space over Syria and what happens if the Russians shoot down an American drone or even one of our fighters. The Russians are prepared for such a confrontation, we are not. Many of the Russian jets now in Syria are equipped for air to air combat which is certainly not needed against ISIS or the Syrian rebels since they don’t have any planes.

          Putin is flexing his muscles and filling the void left by Obama’s failed policies in the Middle East. He has now allied Russia with the Iranians who persist in their promises to destroy Israel and the United States. He has also become allies with the Iraqi government and now it looks like the Chinese are going to be sending troops and planes to Syria to support Assad and Russia.

           It is important to note that both China and Russia participated in the negotiations that led Obama to give Iran everything it wanted. Now these two nuclear powers are allied with Iran against the interests of the U.S. in the Middle East. This forces us to consider the possibility that Iran will not have to develop its own nuclear weapon. It could be supplied by either the Chinese or the Russians.

          Obama’s failure to confront our enemies has made us a laughing stock in the world among our enemies. It is also causing the U.S. to be feared, by our former friends and allies, not our enemies. The only thing they can rely on Obama to do is  retreat, surrender and lie about it. The result is increasing chaos in the Middle East including expanding attacks by ISIS and Al Qaeda, the continued protected presence of Assad in Syria, the increasing influence of Iran in Yemen and other countries and now the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

          The immediate result of this is going to be a massive increase in the influx of refugees into Europe. Most of these so-called refugees, 90 % by some estimates, are young men between the ages of 18 and 45. Some of them are terrorizing innocent civilians in countries like Hungary and Croatia committing crimes like theft, rape, assaults, and murder. How many of them will ultimately be brought into the United States to commit similar acts here.

          There is also the probability that Putin will use his actions in the Middle East to divert the attention of the West while he invades the Ukraine and possibly even one or more of the Baltic States.

            How will Obama respond to these direct threats posed by multiple enemies? He has said nothing about any of this over the last two days. Obama is very concerned about his legacy and I am concerned that his legacy might be World War III.


September 7, 2015

As a member of the U.S. Army I took an oath “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” As a member of the United States Congress you took the same oath; you said the same words. No one ever told me that when I became a veteran that the oath expired or that I was excused from living by it. So who told any of you that you no longer had to abide by your oath?

          When were you absolved from being loyal to the Constitution, loyal to your country, and loyal to the American people? When did you decide that your oath of office doesn’t mean what it says and that your first duty is to be loyal to a political party, a special interest group, or an individual?

          Why have you decided that the very veterans who took the oath you took and continue to live by it can be relegated to second class citizenship and denied their Constitutional rights? Why are you allowing them to be denied the medical care they deserve, be declared to be potential terrorists because they served their nation, and be declared to be mentally defective without due process and denied their right to own a firearm?

          Why have 307,000 veterans died awaiting treatment at the VA? Do you realize or even care that that number is three times the total of all members of the U.S. military killed in the Korean war, the Vietnam war, the Gulf war, and the war on terror combined? In other words, our government is killing more American soldiers then all of our enemies.

          Now the Congress is taking the betrayal of our veterans, our active military, and our very country a step further. The President has entered into a treaty with one of our staunchest enemies, Iran. This is a country that is the most active sponsor of terrorism in the world. It is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as civilian deaths around the world. It has vowed to destroy our nation and the country of Israel.

          The treaty clears the way for Iran to develop nuclear weapons and will release over 1.5 billion dollars in seized assets for it to use to fund terrorism around the globe. This is a tremendous threat to the security of our country and clearly falls under the definition of a treaty and therefore is constitutionally required to be ratified by two thirds of the members of the United States Senate.

The vast majority of the people in the U.S. oppose this treaty yet; you the members of Congress have chosen to violate your oath of office and allow Obama to call this an Executive Agreement so it does not have to be ratified by the Senate. You also agreed to allow the President to submit the treaty to you for a vote in Congress that if against the treaty can be vetoed by him. Then a two thirds vote of both houses of Congress will be required to override the veto.

Every member of Congress who agreed to this has violated their oath of office. Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution requires Senate ratification of treaties. Article 1, Section 7 provides for the President to veto legislation passed by Congress. It does not allow the President to veto a negative vote by the Congress. By passing this legislation members of Congress who voted for it have effectively amended the Constitution without going through the process provided in Article V of the Constitution.

As members of Congress you should be aware of the fact that Federal statues provide for criminal penalties for violation of your oath of office. I contend that anyone who voted to allow this unconstitutional agreement with Obama falls directly under the provisions of these statutes. You have ignored your oath of office, ignored the Constitution, and ignored the wishes of the constituents that you work for.

Now 34 member of the United States Senate have declared that they will not vote to override a Presidential veto and are even trying to organize a filibuster to prevent a Senate vote on the treaty. By doing so you are sending a message to the American people that your loyalty is not to them or the Constitution, but to an American dictator.

As a veteran who refuses to violate my oath of office I can guarantee that you will be held accountable by me and other veterans who are fed up. What you are doing is a betrayal of all of the sacrifices of men and women who have served in the military. We are your constituents and your bosses, not your subjects.


Michael Connelly



A Veteran's Response

August 31, 2015

I received many responses to my post titled "I Have Never Met A War Hero", but one of them was particularly eloquent and is a testament to the American military veterans. I post it for everyone to read, exactly as it was received.

"Dear Mr. Connelly,

You, Sir, are indeed an American Patriot and invaluable promoter, advocate and defender of our Constitution and our rights as citizens.  Your military service and that of your father is much appreciated by us your fellow veterans, for whom you make great efforts in support of our interests, for which we thank you.
Regarding the subject of your article, I agree with your observation.  On a personal involvement and participation basis, I was among 17 American Special Forces soldiers engaged in the battle at our Special Forces Camp Ashau in Vietnam on 9 -12 March 1966.  I commanded the 17 SF soldiers with a Vietnamese  mostly irregular
force with a strength of about 400 in defense of the camp against a reinforced North Vietnamese infantry regiment supported by its division's weapons and resources.  It was a horrendous and costly battle for both sides, we having 188 survivors among our irregulars and us SF, we having 5 of us SF KIA and the other 12 WIA. The NVA/VC had many more in losses than we did.  After two days of battle we were ordered to fight our way out, which we did, some of our soldiers and most severely wounded SF being extracted successfully by helicopters, but none of the mobile SF getting on helicopters, but rather leading the irregulars who could not get on a helicopter in the following two days of evasion.
When it was all over, of the SF soldiers, 1 received a Medal of Honor (delayed for 48 years in award presentation),6 received Distinguished Service Crosses, 4 received Silver Stars, and the others, most KIA or incapacitated WIA early in the battle received Bronze Stars and, of course, all 17 received Purple Hearts. I doubt that there is another battle in which so few ground combatants received so many high decorations for valor.  The SF soldiers with whom I was privileged to serve and fight are diminishing as age takes its toll on us, currently only 7 of us left.  CSM Bennie Adkins is our MOH recipient and as "duty requires" travels a lot (too much for an 80 year old) in making officially requested public appearances.  Three of our DSC recipients remain, two of our Silver Star recipients, one Bronze Star still alive.  I know from personal experiences and knowing my comrades in the battle that none of us tell much to others about our own experiences in the combat and not of our awards, other than my dear friend and battle mate Bennie Adkins, who because of his deserved celebrity is used by the Army for publicizing our Army image.   (Bennie would likely forego the "duty" obligation, if he could.)
Didn't mean to tell a war story, but rather to reinforce what you titled your article!  We all consider ourselves soldiers who did what was required and expected of them, and the circumstances under which we were embattled with such violence could well happen to any combatants, and how they would fight is likely just as my Special Forces comrades and I fought at Ashau.  We are not "heros!"  We are American warriors: Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy.  We are sworn to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we strive mightily to do so, and give what we have when the times come for us to honor our oaths and meet our commitments.  We are not heroes but rather Constitution and Nation loving patriots!
De Oppresso Liber
John D. "Dave" Blair IV
Colonel, Special Forces
US Army (Retired)"


August 24, 2015

A fellow veteran sent me information about this today. He had received the information and questionnaire in the mail. It is from the Department of Veterans Affairs and is soliciting veterans to participate in the Million Veteran Project (MVP). It is a project supposedly to study genetics and veteran health. However, the veterans are asked to not only provide information on their physical health, but also their mental and emotional health, and that of their family members.

          Much of that information is similar to what the VA is using to have veterans declared incompetent to handle their own financial affairs and then have their names placed on the NICS list by the FBI so the veterans cannot own or purchase firearms due to a “mental defect”.

          The entire letter and questionnaire has been published on a website called the twentiethman. I have also confirmed that it is for real by looking at the Veterans Affairs website. The actual link is below:


          As a veteran and constitutional lawyer I find this very troubling. I encourage all of my fellow veterans to carefully read this questionnaire and consider whether you can reap any benefits from participating in this program. Proceed cautiously and consider the possible implications to your Constitutional rights. Please pass this on to all of the veterans you know.


August 23, 2015

I know that may seem like a strange statement since I am a U.S. Army veteran, have two sons who are serving in the army, and am a lifetime member of the American Legion and past commander of a Legion Post. In addition, I have written a book about my father’s unit in World War II. It was while researching and writing that book that I realized that I would never meet a war hero, at least not anyone who would admit to being one.

          I started working on the book “The Mortarmen” in 2001 I had only my father’s diary to work with. He had died in 1987 so I could not even question him to get more details. However, I learned that in the mid-nineties an association of the survivors of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion had been formed and the battalion records and some company records were available. I made copies of these and studied them carefully. I found that of a battalion of almost 1,000 men 18 had received the Silver Star, 103 had been awarded Bronze Stars for bravery, and 336 had been awarded Purple Hearts.

          The battalion had landed on Utah Beach on D-Day and was in combat for 326 straight days. Sixty five soldiers in the 87th were killed and hundreds were wounded. After my initial research I started contacting and interviewing the unit survivors, and in 2004 I attended the final reunion of the men of the 87th in Baltimore. There were only eleven of them able to make it, but I was able to talk to them individually and as a group.

          Some of the men I interviewed at the reunion, and both before and after, had won awards for heroism yet I couldn’t get them to talk about that. They all denied being heroes, but they gladly talked about their buddies who they all proclaimed were real heroes. I had run across this before with my own father. He was a 21 year old 1st Lieutenant on D-Day and as such Roy Connelly was one of the oldest members of the unit and was known as one of the “old guys”. This was because so many of these men were not technically men at all, but teenagers.

          When we were growing up my brother and I were occasionally allowed to go through my Dad’s foot locker he had kept after the war. It contained many pictures he had taken and well as items captured from German soldiers. There was also a case containing his Bronze Star. He just referred to it as a medal he had received. He had other medals in the foot locker and he never talked much about them. Years later we learned that this medal was different and it was for valor. Eventually, we got him to tell us the story of how he had won it.

          The 87th had been moving into a village that had supposedly been vacated by the Germans. However, the retreating Germans had not left yet and the battalion ran right into them. A fierce fire fight broke and the mortarmen suddenly found themselves fighting as infantry. It was absolute chaos and at one point my Dad saw two of the men under his command penned down behind some rubble in a street by a German machine gun crew firing from the second story of a nearby building.

          It was just a matter of time before the men were killed so my father charged the building, dodging the enemy fire. He got to the wall of the building just under the window the fire was coming from. His back was to the wall and he could not step out without drawing enemy fire, so he does the only thing he can; he pulls a grenade from his belt, pulls the pin and throws the grenade back over his head toward the window.

          It was an act of incredible bravery. If the grenade is on target, Dad would save the lives of two of his men. On the other hand, if the grenade misses the window, it will bounce back to my father’s feet and kill him instantly. Obviously, the grenade hit its mark and my father received the Bronze Star. Yet according to him, he was not a hero; “he was just doing his job.”

          I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that statement from America’s heroes. At my American Legion post you will hear many war stories because veterans will talk to each other, but not that often to others, even in their own families. However, I can’t remember any of them talking about their medals. They would just say they were doing their jobs and they mean it.

          This humility is just one of the things I see in my fellow veterans. They took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and they don’t believe that oath ever goes away. They ask for very little in return for their sacrifices, and unfortunately they get even less than they deserve.

          They are not just ignored by the government they defended they are labeled as potential domestic terrorists simply because they served. They are under assault by numerous federal agencies that seek to declare them incompetent to handle their own affairs and declare them too mentally ill to own firearms. They are denied not only decent medical care, but even the basic rights of all Americans to privacy and due process of law.

          Instead the PC crowd has created a new class of “heroes” for the American people. I’m not buying it. An NBA player who announces that he is gay is not a hero and does not deserve a phone call from the President. Especially from a President who is effectively destroying the U.S. Military.

A young thug who commits a robbery in Ferguson, Mo and is killed while attacking a police officer is not a hero and doesn’t deserve to have three representatives from the White House attend his funeral. Especially since no one from the White House attended the funeral of American sniper Chris Kyle, the funeral of U.S. Army General Harold Greene who was killed in Afghanistan, or any of the funerals of the marines and sailor killed by a terrorist in Chattanooga.

In addition, a man who decides he really wants to be a woman and starts wearing dresses does not deserve a heroism award from a major television network. Jason Collins, Michael Brown, and Bruce Jenner never put their lives on the line by joining the military and fighting for our country. They are not heroes and neither are the people at McDonald’s who demand $15.00 per hour for making burgers while the new recruits in the military work much more than 40 hours per week and are paid just over $8.00 per hour for risking their lives.

Compare $8.00 per hour with the millions demanded by professional athletes who work for approximately six months a year. Some of them earn millions more with product endorsements. They are proclaimed as heroes and receive all types of rewards and accolades if they win a championship for their team. When American veterans win a battle or even a war, they are told to be quiet and go away into obscurity. Military members may be honored at half time of an NFL game, but only if the military pays the teams for the privilege.

Veterans stand at attention and salute when the pledge is being said, while the First Lady of the United States sends text messages or mouths the words, “all this for that damned flag.” I know who the real heroes are in this country even though they won’t admit it. They are not overpaid sports stars, Hollywood or news media elitists, and certainly not the politicians who take the same oath to the Constitution as our soldiers do and then promptly ignore it and push for their own agenda. Our heroes are members of the military, military veterans, police officers, fire fighters and EMTs, and they deserve our respect and support.


August 12, 2015

Since Barack Hussein Obama became President of the United States it seems that we have been a constant state of Constitutional crisis. He has repeatedly violated his oath of office, ignored the Constitutional balance of powers by bypassing Congress in order to rewrite or make new laws, and ignoring rulings by the courts. He has sought the destruction of our free market economy, tried to divide us along racial, ethnic and economic lines, and blamed the American people for all the ills of the world.

          Obama has launched an all-out assault on the Bill of Rights, seeking to severely limit or completely destroy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to due process, and all the rest of our God given rights. He has decimated the capability of our military to effectively defend us, has destroyed the morale of our troops, and caused the death of many of our heroes by imposing rules of engagement designed to protect our enemies.

          He has provided “aid and comfort” to our enemies by releasing known terrorists from captivity to rejoin the fight against us, refused to identify our enemy as Islamic Jihadists, and provided access to the White House and our government to those who support our destruction and the imposition of Sharia law on the entire world.

          With all of this being said, you are probably wondering what other Constitutional crisis we are facing that could be even more damaging. The answer is both simple and devastating. Obama is about to trash other key provisions of the Constitution and he is doing it with the active support of the Republican leaders in Congress. Remember them; they are the folks we elected to stop the Obama onslaught.

          I am referring specifically to the treaty with Iran that gives this terrorist supporting nation a quick path to obtain nuclear weapons while receiving billions of dollars to finance terrorist attacks around the world. First, I believe a good case can be made that this agreement is in fact a treaty under the classic legal definition and therefore cannot go into effect unless consented to by two thirds of the U.S. Senate.

          It has to be either a treaty or an executive agreement made by the President. A treaty is an agreement between two or more countries, made under international law that is enforceable by the parties. The so called agreement with Iran certainly appears to fit the definition. On the other hand, if it is an executive agreement or an executive order it can be rescinded by the next President. By its very language it is a long term agreement over the next ten to fifteen years. The wording of the document clearly indicates that there should not be any way for the parties to unilaterally rescind it. Yet, the leaders of Congress have acquiesced to Obama’s claim that it is an Executive agreement.

That is the first violation of the Constitution, yet there is a second one that can be even more devastating.  Under the agreement reached by Obama and the Republican leaders of congress, the House and Senate will have sixty days to review the agreement and then approve or disapprove it by a straight up or down vote. If the Congress votes yes than the agreement goes into effect. If either the House or the Senate votes no than the President will be allowed to veto that vote and the Congress will have to get a two thirds majority to override the veto.

          I think this is a clear violation of Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution that allows the President to either sign or veto laws or bills “passed” by Congress. There is no provision in the Constitution and no legal precedent that I can find that allows the President to “veto” and therefor override a bill or law that does not pass both houses of Congress. The whole idea turns the Constitution on its head. If this was allowed to stand then the President would essentially be a dictator able to unilaterally put laws into place that Congress had voted down. I believe even some liberals on the Supreme Court would be hard pressed to approve of what would be a major amendment to the Constitution that did not go through the constitutionally mandated amendment process. I think a challenge to this procedure would be successful.

          However, in order to get by the question of legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of this I believe a suit must be filed by a member of Congress, preferably a member of the Senate. Yet, it appears that no one is willing to do this, although it is clearly their obligation under their oath of office. If someone does step up to the plate I will offer my services and those of the United States Justice Foundation to assist in such litigation.

          If no challenge is made than Obama will certainly get the votes of 34 left wing Democrats in the Senate to prevent the override of the veto. At that point we can say goodbye to the Constitution and our freedoms. We will be officially under a dictatorship with none of our elected members of Congress even willing to put up a fight.


July 21, 2015

For over two years the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) has been working with veterans trying to help them protect their Fifth and Second Amendment rights. The more we learned the worse it got. Then about a year ago we started filing legal memorandums opposing new rules and regulations being proposed by federal agencies like HHS and BATF. I began to see a pattern emerging that indicated to me that the all-out effort to disarm American veterans was only the beginning for the Obama administration.

          I predicted that the next group under attack would be senior Americans on Social Security and I began talking about this on my radio show, in my speeches to various groups, and in my blog. For example, on May 15th of this year I did an article titled “Expanding the Assault”. In the last few paragraphs of that article I stated:

“Following the lead of an Executive Oder issued by Obama, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is directly violating the federal HIPAA law that was passed by Congress to protect the privacy of medical records. It is releasing the records to the FBI of anyone who has ever told their physician they were feeling depressed, even if never treated, and anyone who has taken certain drugs for things like PTSD, ADD, or ADHD, among others. All of these people will eventually be added to the NICS list.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) is issuing new regulations broadening the definition of people who are mentally ill and dangerous to include anyone, including children from ever legally owning or purchasing firearms because they were ever sent by a judge to be examined by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Unfortunately, such actions are often taken by family court judges when there are divorce and custody battles going on. In the vast majority of cases, there is no finding of mental illness, but under the new BATF regulations that won’t matter. The people will be banned for life from owning a firearm.

Then there are the actions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) threatening banks and credit card companies with investigations and sanctions if they continue to do business with any entity selling firearms or ammunition such as gun stores or pawn shops. This is another case of criminal extortion by the Federal government.

What is next? Will you have to surrender your firearms to keep your social security, or to stay on Medicare? Will you have to certify that neither you nor any of you employees own firearms in order to get a contract with the Federal government? The groundwork is clearly being laid for all of this to happen. After all, we are living in Obamaland.”

I confess to have met with some skepticism as has been the case with my claims about the veteran situations. Now the LA Times has confirmed all of it in a recent article: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-gun-law-20150718-story.html#page=1

          We have already confirmed that seniors going on Medicare are being asked by their doctors if they have firearms in their homes. Seniors are going to be subjected to having their right to privacy violated by having their medical records turned over to federal bureaucrats who will then declare them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs for a variety of spurious reasons.

          Once an incompetence determination is made their names will then be turned over to the FBI that will declare them “mentally defective to the point of being a danger to themselves or others” and prohibit them from purchasing or owning firearms. This has already happened to several hundred thousand veterans. Millions more are at risk and now millions of non-veteran seniors will be affected.

It won’t stop there. Under these criteria students who have federally guaranteed loans will be targets as will millions of other people who receive some types of payments from the federal government. Who is next, SSI beneficiaries, people who receive subsidies under Obamacare, Medicaid recipients, food stamp recipients, employees of companies that have federal contracts? In other words, the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights virtually all Americans are now under attack.

As we are doing with veterans, we will advise anyone affected by this at no charge. You may contact me at Michael@usjfmail.net. America needs to wake up. We are all at risk. We are in a fight for our very existence.

Michael Connelly


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