Congress shall make no law…

AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. JOHN FEENY, AUTHOR

By John Charlton

"Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the Freedom of Speech", by John Feeny
"Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the Freedom of Speech", by John Feeny

(Sept. 2, 2009) — For decades the American public has been inundated with propaganda from secular humanists and liberal progressives, who taking their cue from international marxists and communists, sought to realign the loyalties of American citizens from their traditional Christian faith, to the notion that American is a secular democracy.  Key in this campaign was the emphasis that in the public forum Christian Americans were to be mute, or act simply as secularists would do; since the greatest “crime” in the public forum was the expression of one’s Christian Faith.

The slumbering giant of America has been rudely awaken to the real intentions behind this intergenerational attack on the identity of the nation:  to find that liberal political forces which have ranted and raved for liberty and freedom and secularism, to be squaring off in Washington, D. C., and in the states, for the imposition of nothing short than Marxist totalitarianism, where you and I will have no freedom to do anything, except what the liberals want you to do and think.

As part of The Post & Email’s focus on the patriotic movement, we will be featuring interviews with Christian activists, who are, in their various walks of life, waging the battle for the American soul, moved by their faith in Christ, and thus working to re-establishing the traditional foundation of our American identity, in the only lasting manner in which that can be had.

Today, I interview Mr. John Feeny, Assistant Vice-Principal at Bishop Hendricken High, a Catholic private boys school in Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss his book, Congress shall make no law … abridging the Freedom of Speech (Amazon), and to get his insights on the current national crisis.

Of particular interest, is the list he incorporates of the names and addresses of those Congressmen who make up the Socialist Caucus in Congress.

What follows is an exact transcript of my interview with him by email.

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MR CHARLTON: Its not every day that one runs into an author on constitutional issues who is an Assistant Principal of a Catholic high school.  Can you tell the readers of The Post & Email something about yourself, and how your faith led you to become an author?

MR FEENY: Well, as regards my faith….I certainly am a Catholic….I adhere to the principles of my faith that I was taught growing up, and I still attend the same small parish in which I grew up as a child.  I am not, however, one of the people who you might see at some form of religious protest.  I  fiercely believe in a person’s right to worship as he/she sees fit, and I would never impose my set of values on anyone else.  I suppose the most obvious tenet of the Catholic faith that has come under more increased scrutiny, especially relative to this administration, is our stance against abortion.  Again, I’m not the type to stand outside a Planned Parenthood facility and throw things at people; however, if I’m asked, I will strongly and in no uncertain terms tell a person what I think, which is simply that once the heartbeat begins – if not before – the child is alive.  After that, I feel that the act of abortion is the indiscriminate taking of a life.

MR CHARLTON: What is your book about?

MR FEENY: Well, let me say this: after the election this past November, I was completely aghast that nearly an entire nation of people had fallen for what amounted to a glorified American Idol pageant.  See, over the course of my career in education during the better part of the past two decades, I had begun to notice a severe drop-off in what I’ll call the typical American person:  with each passing year, it seemed as though two things – common sense and personal responsibility – were disappearing at an alarming rate.  Talking to people – mostly young people, but some adults as well, to be sure – was similar to speaking a different language.  Americans were beginning to believe that the world owed them something and that they were ultimately responsible for nothing.

For years I tried to put my finger on the source of this mindset, and as I began to watch the Obama campaign unfold, it began to reveal itself to me: the source of this mindset was the evolution of and acquiescence to leftist thinking in the fabric of our society.  In essence, I began to see that those who had grown up lamenting the fact that others were more successful than they are were advocating for a ‘champion’ to legitimize their generally irresponsible behavior.  The first seven months of this administration have proven that correct, I believe.

So, as to what the book is about? – I’d say that it is organized in the sense of providing as much ‘context’ for the reader as possible, because before one can understand what we’re experiencing, one must first understand where we’ve come from.

During the first part of the book I provide context for understanding me, because it’s very, very important the reader understand that I am, in every sense of the word, everyman.  I’m just a regular, everyday guy, with a family, one who never had a real interest in politics.  I believe that in order for the book to make sense, one must understand the manner at which I arrived at this point in my life.  What I’ll refer to as the ‘second’ part of the book is dedicated to what I see in what we refer to as ‘liberals’ and their peculiar way of viewing the world around them, and from there I move into a discussion of the general historical events that I see as having played a prominent role in allowing the course of leftist thinking to develop in this country.  The final part of the book is, for the most part, dedicated to what I see beginning to happen within the Obama administration, which I see, in effect, as the culmination of the historical course that has been enabled in our nation.

MR CHARLTON: Why did you write it?

MR FEENY: Very simple answer – once I began researching Mr. Obama – no easy task, given that there’s very little known of him – I began to see something that I’ll honestly call ‘terrifying’, something straight out of Orwell’s 1984.  Almost instantaneously I could see that my son’s hope for a happy future was at stake, so I felt that I at least had to be one of the voices crying out in the wilderness.  I also realized that doing so came with great personal and professional risk, but I could never live with myself if all these things came to fruition and I hadn’t at least tried to wake up a few people.

MR CHARLTON: What is freedom of speech, and why is this important in a modern democracy?

MR FEENY: “Freedom of Speech” is the very essence of being a truly free man….if I’m not allowed to express my feelings on an issue as a man, then I’m not free at all.  I’d be living under a tyrannical regime.  If our democracy truly is a government of its own people and for its own people, the act of forcibly shutting down dissenting opinion makes the whole concept of democracy a sham on its very face.

MR CHARLTON: What are the chief threats to freedom of speech today, in American society?

MR FEENY: Leftists in general, and this administration in specific.  Leftists – hard-leftists – like to scream about ‘freedom of speech’, but that’s only when it suits their purposes.  I rather enjoy what Andrew Klavan has said about liberals…they just want us to SHUT UP.  This administration, however, wants it more than anything else, because right now they’re in the process of having their political heads handed to them by their own constituents because of free speech.  This administration won’t dare pursue the Fairness Doctrine, because that would broadcast what they really are, which are control freaks.  They’re trying to create absolutely insane laws that would make it impossible for people to speak their conservative views.  To me, that’s the pinnacle of cowardice.

MR CHARLTON: What have been the recent efforts by politicians in Washington, D. C., to curb this liberty?

MR FEENY: (see my answer in previous question…creation of preposterous litigation…trying to get their way in rule of law).

MR CHARLTON: Are there any specific bills which are currently being considered, that merit mention?

MR FEENY: The big ones are obvious – “Cap & Trade”, “Universal Health Care”, “Amnesty” – those are the big ones that have the very real, very serious potential to literally alter the ‘brainwave’ of this country forever.  As regards free speech, however, the one that would actually be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous is the one in which the new ‘Diversity Czar’ wishes to impose an annual 100% operating budget tax on any conservative media outlets.  Obviously, no business can pay a tax that is equal to 100% of its annual operating budget….that’s beyond preposterous.  If the media outlet could do it, though , that money would then be allocated to public radio.  It’s a deliberate attempt to undermine freedom of speech, and again, what I consider to be an act of cowardice.

MR CHARLTON: Who are the authors of these bills, and are the members of the so-called Socialist Club in the Democratic Party?

MR FEENY: As I understand it, and I’m certainly going to stop short of proclaiming myself an expert on this one, but it seems as though some of Mr. Obama’s ‘advisers’ are the ones writing what pass for ‘bills’ these days, which, I would think, is blatantly unconstitutional.  Congress should be drafting these bills.

The members of the Democratic ‘Socialist’ Party are, I believe, as follows:

Office of U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie
1502 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/abercrombie
Phone: 202-225-2726

Office of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin
2446 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://tammybaldwin.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-6942

Office of U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra
1119 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515
Website: http://becerra.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-6235

Office of U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer
2267 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://blumenauer.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-4811

Office of U.S. Representative Robert Brady
206 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.brady.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4731

Office of U.S. Representative Corrine Brown
2336 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/corrinebrown
Phone: 202-225-0123

Office of U.S. Representative Michael Capuano
1530 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/capuano
Phone: 202-225-5111

Office of U.S. Representative André Carson
425 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://carson.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-4011

Office of U.S. Representative Donna Christensen
1510 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/christian-christensen
Phone: 202-225-1790

Office of U.S. Representative Judy Chu
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://chu.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-5467

Office of U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke
1029 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://clarke.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-6231

Office of U.S. Representative William “Lacy” Clay
434 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/clay
Phone: 202-225-2406

Office of U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver
1641 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/cleaver
Phone: 202-225-4535

Office of U.S. Representative Steve Cohen
1004 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://cohen.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-3265

Office of U.S. Representative John Conyers
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/conyers
Phone: 202-225-5126

Office of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings
2235 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/cummings
Phone: 202-225-4741

Office of U.S. Representative Danny Davis
2159 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/davis
Phone: 202-225-5006

Office of U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio
2134 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://defazio.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-6416

Office of U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro
2262 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/delauro
Phone: 202-225-3661

Office of U.S. Representative Donna Edwards
318 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://donnaedwards.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-8699

Office of U.S. Representative Keith Ellison
1130 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://ellison.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4755

Office of U.S. Representative Sam Farr
1221 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/farr
Phone: 202-225-2861

Office of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah
2301 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/fattah
Phone: 202-225-4001

Office of U.S. Representative Bob Filner
2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/filner
Phone: 202-225-8045

Office of U.S. Representative Barney Frank
2252 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/frank
Phone: 202-225-5931

Office of U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge
1513 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://fudge.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-7032

Office of U.S. Representative Alan Grayson
1605 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://grayson.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-2176

Office of U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva
1440 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/grijalva
Phone: 202-225-2435

Office of U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez
2266 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/gutierrez
Phone: 202-225-8203

Office of U.S. Representative John Hall
1217 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://johnhall.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5441

Office of U.S. Representative Phil Hare
1118 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://hare.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5905

Office of U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings
2353 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.alceehastings.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-1313

Office of U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey
2431 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/hinchey
Phone: 202-225-6335

Office of U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono
1229 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://hirono.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4906

Office of U.S. Representative Mike Honda
1713 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://honda.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-2631

Office of U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.
2419 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/jackson
Phone: 202-225-0773

Office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee
2435 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-3816

Office of U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
1511 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/ebjohnson
Phone: 202-225-8885

Office of U.S. Representative Hank Johnson
1133 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://hankjohnson.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-1605

Office of U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur
2186 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.kaptur.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4146

Office of U.S. Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/kilpatrick
Phone: 202-225-2261

Office of U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich
2445 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://kucinich.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5871

Office of U.S. Representative Barbara Lee
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://lee.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-2661

Office of U.S. Representative John Lewis
343 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/johnlewis
Phone: 202-225-3801

Office of U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack
1513 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.loebsack.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-6576

Office of U.S. Representative Ben R. Lujan
502 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://lujan.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-6190

Office of U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney
2331 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://maloney.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-7944

Office of U.S. Representative Ed Markey
2108 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/markey
Phone: 202-225-2836

Office of U.S. Representative Eric Massa
1208 Longworth Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://massa.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-3161

Office of U.S. Representative Jim McDermott
1035 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/mcdermott
Phone: 202-225-3106

Office of U.S. Representative James McGovern
438 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/mcgovern
Phone: 202-225-6101

Office of U.S. Representative George Miller
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/georgemiller
Phone: 202-225-2095

Office of U.S. Representative Gwen Moore
1239 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/gwenmoore
Phone: 202-225-4572

Office of U.S. Representative Jim Moran
2239 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://moran.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-4376

Office of U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/nadler
Phone: 202-225-5635

Office of U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes-Norton
2136 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/norton
Phone: 202-225-8050

Office of U.S. Representative John Olver
1111 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/olver
Phone: 202-225-5335

Office of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone
237 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/pallone/
Phone: 202-225-4671

Office of U.S. Representative Ed Pastor
2465 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/pastor
Phone: 202-225-4065

Office of U.S. Representative Donald Payne
2209 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/payne
Phone: 202-225-3436

Office of U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree
1037 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://pingree.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-6116

Office of U.S. Representative Jared Polis
501 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://polis.house.gov/
Phone: 202-225-2161

Office of U.S. Representative Charles Rangel
2354 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://rangel.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4365

Office of U.S. Representative Laura Richardson
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://richardson.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-7924

Office of U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
2330 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/roybal-allard/index.shtml
Phone: 202-225-1766

Office of U.S. Representative Bobby Rush
2416 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/rush
Phone: 202-225-4372

Office of U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez
1222 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://lindasanchez.house.gov/index.cfm
Phone: 202-225-6676

Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
332 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Website: http://sanders.senate.gov
Phone: 202-224-5141

Office of U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky
1027 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/schakowsky
Phone: 202-225-2111

Office of U.S. Representative Jose Serrano
2227 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/serrano
Phone: 202-225-4361

Office of U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter
2469 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.slaughter.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-3615

Office of U.S. Representative Pete Stark
239 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/stark
Phone: 202-225-5065

Office of U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson
2432 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://benniethompson.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5876

Office of U.S. Representative John Tierney
2238 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/tierney
Phone: 202-225-8020

Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall
110 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Website: http://tomudall.senate.gov/
Phone: 202-224-6621

Office of U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez
2466 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/velazquez
Phone: 202-225-2361

Office of U.S. Representative Maxine Waters
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/waters
Phone: 202-225-2201

Office of U.S. Representative Diane Watson
125 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/watson
Phone: 202-225-7084

Office of U.S. Representative Mel Watt
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.house.gov/watt
Phone: 202-225-1510

Office of U.S. Representative Henry Waxman
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-3976

Office of U.S. Representative Peter Welch
1404 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://www.welch.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-4115

Office of U.S. Representative Robert Wexler
2241 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Website: http://wexler.house.gov
phone: (202) 225-3001

Office of U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey
2263 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Website: http://woolsey.house.gov
Phone: 202-225-5161

MR CHARLTON: What do you think are the solutions or means whereby the average citizen can protect this right?

MR FEENY: Well, I’d say that more and more Americans are doing exactly what they should be doing – showing up in mass numbers with signs in hand that express their displeasure with the current size of our government, as well as literally speaking out during these town halls.  I’ve been to one myself, but I did not have the opportunity to speak.  If any serious attempt is made to stifle the voice of the average American – whatever his political views – the people should make it known to the powers-that-be that this will never, in no uncertain terms, be tolerated in this country.

MR CHARLTON: What would happen if we lost this right?

MR FEENY: We’d eventually be living in the equivalent of the old Soviet Union, Castro’s Cuba, or Chavez’s Venezuela.

MR CHARLTON: What are your general concerns about the track the Obama government is on?

MR FEENY: Exactly as I’ve said here – I think that there’s a possibility that we’re headed toward a socialist dictatorship.  Mr. Obama took nearly a week to voice any kind of defense of the Iranian people who were desperately fighting for their natural-born rights as human beings, and he also has made some fairly strong moves to support the ousted socialist dictator-in-the-making in Honduras.  Zalaya, I believe.  I find that rather disturbing.

MR CHARLTON: What specific issues about his administration are most troubling, or most unknown by the general public?

MR FEENY: To be honest?  Almost everything about his life and administration are unknown, as can be seen by the radical terminology of ‘going dark’ when they intend to meet their objectives in subversive ways.

MR CHARLTON: Who are the young conservatives?  Who are the Hendricken men?

MR FEENY: I see you know something about David Rufful.  This is actually an interesting story.  I’ve been an English teacher/administrator for 16 years, and during that time I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of great young men as students, and David Rufful and Travis Rowley were two of the greatest.  Travis is actually somewhat responsible for my becoming more of a political animal.

Allow me to explain.

Travis graduated from our school and went on to a very successful academic and athletic career at Brown University, where he was a wide receiver on the football team.  Travis’ experiences were eye-opening to him, to say the least.  It might be fairly safe to say that Travis was viewed as the local equivalent of the Anti-Christ at Uber-Liberal, politically-correct Brown – Travis is male, white, Catholic, athletic, and intelligent.  To say that he was ostracized in many ways at Brown would be a bit of an understatement.  Because of the inherent ‘backwardness’ to all things common sense that were going on in the Brown community, Travis decided to become a conservative writer for the school’s newspaper, and he then went on to publish a book about his experiences at Brown, entitled, Out of Ivy: How a Liberal Brown Created a Committed Conservative (Amazon).  His book has been reasonably successful, and as his former English teacher, I was naturally pre-disposed to have a read.

It was my reading of that book that has, in a very real sense, changed my life.  Earlier in our interview I mentioned that I had been trying for years to place my finger on the source of the irresponsibility and lack of basic sense in our country; as I read that book, I suddenly saw it for the first time.  Truth be told, it’s a rather infuriating read, and I had to put it down several times because of all of the crazy, blatantly reprehensible things that are being allowed and enabled at an allegedly ‘elite’ university.  A lot of parents would probably be shocked at their children’s collegiate experiences there, which in many cases are nothing but unbridled hedonism.  David Rufful and his friend, Josh Riddle, began to make a national name for themselves as “The Young Conservatives” several months ago when they made it onto Huckabee, the O’Reilly Factor, and Fox and Friends as a result of their ‘conservative rap’ song, The Young Con Anthem, a video that blazed its way virally across the internet.  When David came back to our school to assist with a basketball clinic this past summer and discovered that his former teacher had written a book about conservative politics as well, he immediately connected himself, Travis and I and indicated on his website that three ‘Hendricken Men’ were fighting the conservative fight for Rhode Island.  He and Josh have since released another conservative rap, entitled The Power of the Individual, which is also racking up the hits on YouTube.

MR CHARLTON: What importance do you place on the participation in political life of young Christian youth, today, in America?

MR FEENY: Despite what those on the far left of the political spectrum would have you believe, this nation was founded on the Judeo-Christian principles of faith in Jesus Christ and hard work to become the best person that one can be.  If a young person in America views himself as a true Christian – I mean that in the sense of your faith being part of your identity – then the political events of the past couple of years should most decidedly have their attention.  The foundation of everything for which this nation stands – from faith to personal freedom and liberty – is being deliberately undermined for nothing more than power.  I would think that any young Christian American would feel compelled to act in some way, be it great or small.

MR CHARLTON: Do you think political action is enough, or have our liberties already been too much eroded or interpreted away?

MR FEENY: Well, that’s tough to answer.  Certainly political action is required, but right now it will be a long, long process if there’s every any hope of undoing the damage that has been done to our Constitution.  This damage has been brought upon us over the better part of a century.  Will we ever succeed?  Tough to say.  It is very difficult, however, to actually define what our government is.  Is it Capitalist?  Is it Socialist?  Is it a Republic?  Is it truly a democracy?  We’re kind of caught in between a bunch of governmental forms; the first steps of political action must be taken if we’re ever to turn this thing around.

MR CHARLTON: Thank you for introducing your book to the readers of The Post & Email.  Do you wish to add anything else?

MR FEENY: No, I’ve think I’ve pretty much made my feelings known, but I’d like to thank you for providing me this opportunity to speak on behalf of my work.

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Mr. John Feeny blogs at The Conservative Resistance: http://conrest.blogspot.com.  His Book, Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, BookSurge Publishing (June 2, 2009), pb, 420 pages, (ISBN-10: 1439228191 , ISBN-13: 978-1439228197), is available at Amazon.com.


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