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Welcome to The Conservative Word

Welcome to The Conservative Word

Posted by Ed Mattson on Mar 12, 2015

In today’s political arena, the nation seems to be much more divided than in the past, however since the founding of the country, every generation has had to deal with challenges that, at the time, were felt to be almost insurmountable by the people. The country faced the battle for independence from England, wars against colonialism, tyranny, and to insure freedom and liberty for countries other than our own. We even had to fight ourselves when the nation was torn apart by states rights and the slavery issue during the Civil War. We have had to cast off corruption in government, expose the crony capitalism that continues to try highjacking our economy for personal gain, and are just now understanding how government control over education has so dumbed-down our society, that a majority of people do not have a clue as to the perils that face the very existence of this country. The rise of conservative thought in the face of the Marxist-Socialist agenda of the left is the last vestige of hope for the salvation of our democratic representative form of government. Throughout our history there has been a commonality that has held the country together, and that is liberty and freedom.  The federal government is choking the very blood out of our quest for freedom, and the pursuit of happiness, making many citizens feel the American Dream is beyond their reach. The problem is exasperated by the electronic age in which we live. News travels as fast as the speed of light; the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media have become the news reporters of...

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Government meddling equals predictable results

Government meddling equals predictable results

Posted by Ed Mattson on Mar 6, 2016

Like most Veterans Today writers I receive a lot of email, much in response to my views on a particular subject, but I just as often receive many ideas readers send me for subjects about which to write. There never seems to be an end to what needs to be opened up for discussion or issues that need to be brought to light, because it’s a sure-fire bet the political elite love their world of hidden agendas and secrecy. In all honesty, I love to go out and drive for Uber these days, as the job is great for relieving stress, helps minimize writers-block, and is just plain fun. Eight to ten hours a week talking to Uber riders is all it takes to shed new light on a variety of issues, and picking up some extra money doesn’t hurt in this economy the government keeps telling me an 95 million people who aren’t working, is really doing great. In Charlotte we get a lot of international visitors. They are among the most interesting, as Charlotte is surprisingly a big change from their home countries and vastly different from many of America’s large cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. The first thing people notice are the friendly, smiling faces, and conservative nature of the people they meet. My mother always taught my brothers and me, “never discuss religion and politics”, yet it seems that after seeing my old USMC window sticker on the rear window, they can’t wait to discuss those very issues as I deliver them to their destination. Doing Uber has been really...

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Part 2 – The Second Amendment

Part 2 – The Second Amendment

Posted by Ed Mattson on Oct 27, 2015

I published Part 1 of this article just after I finished running off a copy on my printer. I don’t believe the ink was even dry on the copy when I receive a couple of replies on Veterans Today, lambasting me on what I had written and stating in no uncertain terms that VT should no longer publish my work. Isn’t it interesting that even with the First Amendment guaranteeing our right to free speech, backed-up by the Second Amendment giving we the people the ability to enforce the U.S. Constitution by force if necessary, that we have those who would deny a person to write about what’s on his mind. Now that’s priceless! In response to the replies I wrote that they should withhold judgment until the article was complete with all parts being published. I further stated I had been writing for VT for a period of time and that it is an open forum where freedom of discussion was encouraged. Out of a readership numbering in the hundreds of thousands, plus being accessed globally, I always expect to hear from those with differing opinion, yet have never called for their voices to be silenced. That is one of the principles of the First Amendment (freedom of speech), that those of us who served in the military should be amply aware. Redressing those who believe only their views should be heard and all others be denied a platform to voice their opinions, is exactly why we should be thankful for the Second Amendment, because an unarmed citizenry has no protection against a government who would enforce censorship...

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Part 1 -The importance of the Second Amendment

Part 1 -The importance of the Second Amendment

Posted by Ed Mattson on Oct 13, 2015

The Second Amendment is one of the most important rights we Americans have to protect our freedom, liberty, and insure the safety of our family and homes. It is not an issue of being part of a “well regulated militia” as some wish to use as a narrow definition. You have to read the Federalist Papers for the true intent. I think we all recognize we are living in a dangerous time, both here in the U.S. and around the world. We have global instability with the Russians in the Middle East purportedly to “fight ISIS”; their continued threats of aggression in the countries of Eastern Europe; and the potential for them to join OPEC in an attempt to bolster sagging oil prices and to drive a stake through the heart of NATO whose member countries are reliant upon imported petroleum to maintain their commerce. The Chinese are eyeballing a possible power grab in the South China and East China seas, according to current and former U.S. officials. Kim Jung-Il of North Korean is waving a threatening fist at America with his rapidly-emerging capability to deliver and detonate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device in the sky over America which could knock out electronic computer circuits and paralyze virtually all activities over a vast region. And what looks to be the start of “cycle of provocation” by either or both, Beijing or Pyongyang in the region, testing U.S. resolve in our relationship with Japan, the country we militarily neutered following World War II, and South Korea. In the battle against terror, we see Obama and our wobbly-kneed, Congressional leaders, cede...

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The politically correct military

The politically correct military

Posted by Ed Mattson on Sep 21, 2015

The effect of political correctness is to fundamentally change America, so much so that our Founders would never recognize what has occurred. It is not only maddening, but downright dangerous when such nonsense is extended to those who have volunteered to protect and defend this country. The folly of the liberal-progressives is their idea of a politically correct military. It all began in 1972 as the war in Vietnam was drawing to a close. Active U.S. involvement ended in January 1973, and the world bid South Vietnam sayonara when North and South Vietnam officially became one.Vietnam veterans, made up of those who volunteered and those who were conscripted, came home to the jeers and heckling of those who were opposed to the war. Instead of receiving America’s thanks for doing the duty they were called to do, the “Baby Boomer Generation” turned their collective backs on those who went off to war. It is those same Baby Boomers who became the foundation for what has put America on a non-stop highway we call political correctness, and began their quest to fundamentally change America, long before Barack Hussein Obama was even wet behind the ears . . . a mere dope smoking teenager in the making. Yes, the birth of political correctness gave it’s tacit approval for the “burn your bra era”, NOW (National Organization of Women – probably more correct to say National Organization of Wannabe Men); endorsing Dr. Benjamin Spock telling all of us how to raise our children; open sex and marriage; liberal politics; the foolish thought that government could win the War on Poverty by redistributing...

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The wheels are coming off

The wheels are coming off

Posted by Ed Mattson on Sep 10, 2015

Recent headlines that two women were graduating from the Army Ranger Training Program at Fort Benning, Ga have liberals giddy with joy. 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, and Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, were the two who completed the program out of 19 women who enrolled in the traditional all-man class 364. Sixteen dropped out and one is still enrolled but is repeating a portion of the training. Congratulations should be extended by all, because of the 4057 soldiers who enrolled this past year, only 1609 earned the right to wear the Ranger Tab. God bless them all. Those of us who have served know that the use of our military should only be used to deter aggression, insure the safety and liberty of our country, and render aid to our allies or those unable to defend themselves from unwarranted elements of oppression. Civil War general William Sherman I think put to rest the idea that war is glorious when he stated: “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell”.          Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman Americans should awake every morning and thank God that there are a handful of individuals (about .05% of the population), both male and female, who choose to don the uniforms of the U.S. Military and take an oath to defend the country. In case some of us older Veterans have forgotten the words (forgetfulness comes with age), and to those who haven’t a clue about what I am writing about: “I, _____, do...

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Part 2. Racism, bigotry, slavery, injustice, and the Democrat Party

Part 2. Racism, bigotry, slavery, injustice, and the Democrat Party

Posted by Ed Mattson on Aug 12, 2015

The Democrats must be held accountable for their history of perpetuating slavery, racial hatred, bigotry, the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, and their attempt to purchase the Black vote with bribes of federal welfare and handouts! The political party of The South has been synonymous with the Democrat Party since well before the start of the Civil War. Originally it represented the constitutional position of “states’ rights” – the sovereignty of the states over the authority of the federal government whose power was to be limited, with all other powers reserved to the states. History has forgotten that the two political parties today, the Democrats and the Republicans, were once one in the same . . . The party was called the Democratic-Republican Party, and it was organized by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in 1791. The purpose of the Democratic-Republican Party was to stand in opposition against the Federalist Party in the country’s earliest elections. They supported states’ rights and voiced a strict interpretation of the newly ratified U.S. Constitution. The party was made up of rural Americans, supported by family-based agricultural interests, and the workers of society. The Democratic-Republican party was fearful that the United States government might resort to a powerful centralized entity resembling the monarchy from which the country had just gained its independence. The general population of workers and farmers, increased the influence of the party throughout the 1790’s. They were afraid of the Federalist Party which was made up of the elite wealthy aristocrats of the Northeast, and which populated most of the urban areas. The Federalists wanted to create a national...

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“Just a Common Soldier”

“Just a Common Soldier”

Posted by Ed Mattson on Aug 11, 2015

  http://theconservativeword.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Just-a-Common-Soldier.mp4 The acclaimed video by A.Lawrence Vaincourt and Tony LoBianco . . . a tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who seldom are recognized for their sacrifice and duty above self, consistently placed in harms way by the ineptness of so-called statesmen, seldom honored when their life is done, and forgotten by all but close friends and family, while politicians, who have done little to earn it, lay claim to greatness because of the efforts of our warriors who keep America...

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The absurdity of an unarmed citizenry at war!

The absurdity of an unarmed citizenry at war!

Posted by Ed Mattson on Jul 22, 2015

Another failure to learn from history is the only way to describe the foolhardy notion that allowing active duty military personnel to carry a sidearm while on duty at U.S. Military facilities could endanger the lives of personnel on the base. The exact opposite, as with most idiotic government regulations from the minds of the liberal establishment, is closer to the truth. How many other examples are needed to convince the bureaucrats in Washington that nearly every incident of mass shootings in the country takes place in “gun-free zones” . . .and why not? The shooters know they can have an unfettered shooting gallery, knocking off unarmed people like shooting ducks at a carnival shooting gallery . . . who’s to stop them? The shooting at the two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are just another incidence of the ambivalence shown by our government over a logical thought process that if someone wants to create carnage, the unarmed are the best targets. The Feds continue to try to chip away an individual’s right to protect oneself with firearms, which is guaranteed in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and compound their stupidity by believing the best trained military in the world cannot be trusted with firearms to defend themselves from the threat of home-grown terrorist. This has lead to the senseless killing of our military personnel in Killeen, Texas, at Ft. Hood; the Washington DC Shipyards; and now at the two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Actually the venue is irrelevant – defenseless military personnel at local recruiting offices or unarmed civilians at a local shopping mall. The...

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Part 1. Racism, bigotry, slavery, injustice, and the Democrat Party

Part 1. Racism, bigotry, slavery, injustice, and the Democrat Party

Posted by Ed Mattson on Jul 16, 2015

  On the evening of June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, of Shelby, North Carolina, walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, where a Bible study session was taking place. He was invited to participate by those sharing the fellowship, and for about an hour he sat in silence praying with those present and was apparently absorbed in the content of the Bible verse discussion. At about 9 PM, all hell broke loose as Dylann reached into his pocket, wrapped his hand around his gun, his finger on the trigger, and began firing it at those in his company the minute the gun cleared his pocket. Within seconds, amid the acrid order of burnt gunpowder, three men and six women lie dead. Typical of a deranged mind that could fathom such horror, Dylann, who intended to kill everyone one in the room, failed in his task, like he failed everything in life, because three of the twelve victims managed to survive to tell the gruesome story. Terror events, and this surely must be labeled as such, occur in a flash, but to those present, such acts of violence and hatred play-out almost as if in slow motion, and you are helpless to stop the carnage from happening. It is like sitting at an intersection and witnessing a car crash right in front of you when one car runs the red light and broadsides a second car. Everything happens at once, and all you can do is watch. That must have been what it was like to the three church members who survived the massacre....

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Truth behind labels “radical” and “extreme”

Truth behind labels “radical” and “extreme”

Posted by Ed Mattson on Jun 23, 2015

Posted by Ed Mattson on June 22, 2015 The Declaration of Independence was America’s Birth Certificate. The U.S. Constitution, is the second greatest governing document ever written. Both documents provided for the birth of the greatest nation in the history of mankind. Interestingly, the greatest governing document is the Ten Commandment, which became the foundation for the other two. It seems the Left in American politics is rejecting the basis of the country, which was so eloquently described by two different but very important presidents: “The world is very different now, for man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish poverty and to abolish all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs which our forbearers fought for, are still at issue around the globe – the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God,” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy “We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.” –  Ronald Reagan There are those who dispute the truth about the greatness of America, starting with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and down through the ranks of the liberal progressives who call it their home. While claiming to love this great country, they tell us they “fundamentally want to change the country” to their vision of what is fair and equitable for all. That is like telling your wife you love her, BUT then saying she needs to lose 40 pounds, enhance the size of her breasts, dye her hair blond, and try harder in bed. The...

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The New Government Plantation

The New Government Plantation

Posted by Ed Mattson on Jun 1, 2015

“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant’; ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me’; They’re casting their problems onto ‘society’. And, you know, there is no such thing as ‘society’. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbor. People have got the ‘entitlements’ too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.” Margaret Thatcher Does the name Elbert Guillory ring a bell? I’ll give you a hint. If you are a YouTube fan, watch cable new television, listen to talk radio, read newspapers (though you’d have to get to the back of the newspaper to have read about Guillory) you just might recall hearing, watching or reading media interviews with Mr. Guillory, or should I correctly address him as Senator Elbert Guillory, representing the 24th Senate District in Louisiana; the first African-American to be ushered into the state Senate in Louisiana since Reconstruction (the historic period in the United States of 1865-1977). In the Jim Crow Era, Blacks were treated as second class citizens, mostly in the southern states, where anyone of color was required to sit in the back of the bus, use Blacks-only water fountains and bath rooms, eat in set aside...

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U.S. Government . . . of kings, dynasties, dictators and legacies

U.S. Government . . . of kings, dynasties, dictators and legacies

Posted by Ed Mattson on Apr 22, 2015

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We keep electing the same old bimbos, hangers-on, has-beens, retreads, and political family stiffs, who promise everything to everybody and never deliver a damned thing except more of the same. The remarkable experiment in government called the United States, had its beginning on July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, and has lasted some 238 years. We will celebrate its 239th birthday this coming July 4th. The U.S. Constitution was adopted and ratified becoming the Supreme Law of the Land on September 17, 1787, making it the oldest and most effective governing instrument in the world according to Dr. Steven Frank, the Constitution Center’s chief historian.Imagine what the Founding Fathers would think about the country they created were they to drop-in and pay us a visit. Does anyone in their right mind believe they would approve of the way the government has managed things in their absence? Have we adhered to the governing principles established within the framework of the Constitution and as they vehemently debated and discussed in the Federalist Papers? I think the answer to that question would most probably be a resounding “no”! Have the voters for all these years sent our best and brightest to Washington to govern as they swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States? There would be a great deal of debate on that subject when one recalls the many idiotic things that have come from the mouths of the fools to which we entrusted our country’s future. To...

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