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Reflection pond from the Lincoln Memorial - September 2006
Washington, D.C. photo by me!
America!

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
- Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

"I love being an American!"

- Maya Angelou on Larry King
after the election of Barack Obama

 

Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my page about the U.S. Constitution...
Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my July 4th page page...

 

"The national debt, that is the unfunded liabilities and fiscal operating debt amount to over 200 trillion dollars. The government accountability office, the congressional budget office, numerous other private and public institutions have sounded warning alarms about the oncoming crash. They don't say 'if,' they say 'when.' No serious or effective steps have been taken to address this simmering financial and economic implosion. It is, after all, far easier for today's statists, and that's Republicans and Democrats, to doll out money not yet earned by future generations not yet born and be lauded as compassionate, thereby reaping media plaudits and political benefits for a generation of wealth redistribution, than to be accused of denying subsidies and programs to a growing list of worthy and needy recipients and suffer the media and political backlash. Nonetheless, the governing generation's self deception, or worse, does not and will not avert the inflating debt bubble which will eventually burst and flatten a society - turning promises of utopia into the reality of dystopia for future generations."
- Mark Levin
from his 08-10-2015 radio broadcast
(transcribed by Roger J. Wendell)

 

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What do foreigners think of America?

 

"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than
any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."

- Alexis de Tocqueville

 

"...I was born in another country, and I see America way different than the majority of people. So, before I even get started, let me just give you a perspective that's mine. I've been to a lot of other countries, and I'm gonna say this straight up - the United States of America, on our worst day, is better than any other country on their best day. Period, end of story."

- Carlos Mencia, on his DVD, New Terriotry

 

Bono "Anyways, it's not a right-left issue, it's a right-wrong issue. And America's consistently been on the side of what's right. Because when it comes down to it, this is about keeping faith with the idea of America. Because America is an idea, isn't it? I mean, Ireland's a great country, but it's not an idea. Great Britain's a great country, but it's not an idea."

"That's how we see you around the world... as one of the greatest ideas in human history. Right up there with the Renaissance... right up there with crop rotation... The Beatles' White Album... That idea, the America idea, it's an idea. The idea is that you and me are created equal... It will ensure that an economic recession need not become an equality recession. The idea that life is not meant to be endured, but enjoyed. The idea that if we have dignity... if we have justice... then leave it to us, we can do the rest.

"This country was the first to claw its way out of darkness and put that on paper. And God love you for it. Because these aren't just American ideas anymore. There's no copyright on them. You've brought them into the world. It's a wide world now. I know Americans say they have a bit of the world in them. And you do. The family tree has a lot of branches. But the thing is... the world has a bit of America in it, too. These truths... your truths... they are self-evident in us."

- Bono at Georgetown University on Monday, November 12, 2012

 

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"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."
- Abraham Lincoln's Lyceum Address at Springfield, Illinois on January 27, 1838

 

The good, the bad, and our responsibility:

I'm growing more worried about my country each and every day concerning a great many issues. Nevertheless, I love America - its founding, diversity, opportunity, freedoms, and wilderness areas can't be beat! I've lived in the United States all of my life and can only think of a few 8,000 metre peaks, or secluded tropical islands, where I'd rather be - So, it looks like I'll be here for the duration! I believe America is a special place that deserved my loyalty not only when I enlisted as a young man for four years of military service, but as I grow older on her soil as well.

Also, America has been pretty good to me so I've tried to contribute in some small ways over the years. Some of that has included the four year enlistment I mentioned above, active reserve duty, various government jobs, volunteer work as an election commissioner and election judge. I've also worked, extensively, to protect our environment, promote Democracy (Yes, America is a Constitutional Republic, but, in reality, we still have a great number of democratic processes for electing representatives and passing new laws...), and continue working to protect our liberty. I've also served in our neighborhood caucus and have been elected to the Republican Party's county assembly for three different elections.

That being said, I still have my complaints - our growing population problem, the erosion of traditional values and morality, the narrowing concentration of wealth and power, religious dominance of government (and society in general), needless wars and goofy alliances with Israel and other aggressive/expansionist states,* and a general disregard for the natural world and creation are issues of grave concern to me. Also, we've grown so accustomed to being wasteful (huge cars, huge homes, excessive packaging, wasted food, etc.) that we think it's normal! So, although there are a ton of good things in my country, there's also a lot of serious stuff that needs our immediate attention.

Therefore, I use this page, and most of my website, for what I believe to be a force for good. Although you and I don't have to agree on anything, we do need to speak up and provide our leaders with direction. It's just like Nobel Prize winner Günther Grass said, "The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."

- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado - 2004

*Over 200 years ago Thomas Jefferson reminded us, in effect, that we should engage in; "Free trade and commerce with all, entangling alliances with none."

 

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American Flag Washington, DC
Since the early 80s I've taken many business and personal trips to our nation's capitol. I really enjoy "DC" and am proud of how well it represents our country (despite its infamous crime rate, corrupt mayors, and incompetent city government...). The Smithsonian, parks, government buildings, memorials and statues are all worth the visit. The Metro is one of the easiest to use, well-kept subway systems I've been on and, I've been on a lot of 'em (from San Francisco's BART and Japan's Shinsanken to London's Tube and Amsterdam's Metro).
So, although it's obvious I love "DC" I am becoming more concerned about it and the impact it has on the rest of our country.. The cost-of-living in and around Washington is sky-high with the crime rate following right behind. And, all those monuments and buildings I love so much have become armed fortresses since 9-11. Even a simple visit to the Library of Congress or Supreme Court requires passage through a gauntlet of police, undercover agents, X-ray machines and surly guards. I know it's a necessary evil in an age when we've created so many enemies but I can only wonder what the cost is in not only dollars, but to our freedoms and access to open government as well?

Anyway, below are a few photos of our nation's captiol - a place I always enjoy visiting and encourage others to do so as well!

 

Some trips I've taken to our nation's capitol:
(September '06 and April '07)

 

Washington DC White U.S. Capitol Building - April 2007
US Capitol
White House - April 2007
White House
White House - April 2007
White House
Gunmen on White House Roof - April 2007
White House roof gunmen
25 Year White House Peace Vigil - April 2007
25 Year Peace vigil

Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Library of Congress
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Smithsonian
Roger J. Wendell at the office of Secretary of Defense - April 2007
Me & the Secretary of Defense!
Washington DC Metro Center - April 2007
Metro Center
Washington, DC Supreme Court Building - September 2006
Supreme Court building
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Korean War memorial
Roger Wendell at the Washington DC World War II Colorado Memorial - September 2006
WWII CO Memorial
Roger J. Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Vietnam War memorial
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Vietnam War memorial
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Vietnam statue

 

Senate Gallery Ticket - April, 2007
Senate ticket
Metro Tickets - April, 2007
Metro tickets

 

I took most of these photos from
the top of the Washington Monument:

Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Washington Monument
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Waiting in line...
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Dave, Bill, Grant & Dave
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
The top
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
White House
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Washington Monument
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Looking from the top
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Lincoln Memorial
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Jefferson Memorial
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Capitol Building
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Department of Commerce
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Lincoln Memorial

 

A side trip to Georgetown:

Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Lynn, Danny & me
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Tony, Lynn, Danny & me
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Onion volcano
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Benihana
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Metro subway
Roger Wendell's visit to Washington, DC - September 2006
Foggy Bottom

 

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"America wasn't built by conformists but by mutineers - we're a big, boisterous, bucking people and now is our time. Our democracy is being dismantled right in front of our eyes by our own ruling elites. This is a crucial moment when America desperately needs you and me to stand up as citizens. We are not only what democracy counts on, we are what democrcy is."

- Jim Hightower
The Public Spirit of America

 

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America:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good
  1. The U.S. Constitution, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments...
  2. Edward Abbey
  3. National Parks
  4. The internet and our country's bicycle route system
The Bad
  1. Our high taxes
  2. California's high taxes
  3. Air travel
  4. SUV's, Hummers and gas guzzlers
The Ugly
  1. Murderers who receive light sentencing
  2. Off Road Vehicles and Shopping Malls
  3. Nuclear test sites
  4. Rush Limbaugh and Hillary Clinton
Map of the United States

The American Dream

James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is "...that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." (p.214-215)

 

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America was not founded as a Christian Nation!

America Christian Cross Although our country (and others) can benefit from many of Christianity's values, I've always been uncomfortable with any kind of religion dominating government. Like I've suggested on other pages, you certainly wouldn't like it if a religion you didn't agree with was in charge of your country so the best policy is to keep religion out of government, period! Anyway, studies of our founding fathers suggest that many had a very low opinion of Christianity. In fact, at the time of our country's founding less people went to church (per capita) than do today! I don't know where the myth was started that America is supposed to be a Christian country but these historical quotes, from the founders, should settle the matter:

 

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Links:

George Washington
  1. 4th of July
  2. Arizona
  3. Bad Guys
  4. Capitalism and its failures
  5. CIA World Factbook - United States
  6. Colorado
  7. Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States
  8. Declaration of Independence
  9. Hawaii
  10. Nevada
  11. Patriotic Quotes
  12. Peace
  13. Politics
  14. San Francisco
  15. Spooks and Spies
  16. United Nations
  17. Unites States of Jesus - Pat Condell
  18. War and Terrorism
  19. Wealth and Power
  20. Writing by me...

 

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