Monday, December 30, 2013

Give Me a Candidate Who Plays to the Majority

I know who he is, do you?
At the risk of being viewed as an absolutist, I am going to go out on a limb to state that every poll ever conducted still has the United States of America comprised of more Conservative patriots than Progressives, Liberals, or Socialists. Some say that the gap is still 2-1, and I will accept that, despite our electoral beatings of late.

The reason, I maintain, for those losses by Conservatives is our tepid support for people who speak our language and voice our concerns. Not only are a majority of our candidates terrified of articulating our views, but we, the electorate allow the media to trash our candidates or outright pick them for us. This practice has to end, and end this year.

I want a candidate who will stand tall and declare that the welfare state is over, and not back down when the Left shrieks that he will "kill the poor". I want a candidate who will stand even taller, and tell the people -- all the people listening -- how he will help them despite the obvious growing pains involved in that aid. In other words, I want a candidate unafraid to speak truth that hurts, truth that frightens and truth that is what it's billed as; the truth.

I want a candidate who will remind those poor souls -- who will soon find out for themselves -- that Obamacare is not free, and who will work tirelessly to repeal that monstrosity once and for all. And this candidate should state most emphatically that every ghetto in America is owned by Liberal Democrats, who have never solved a single problem that they have campaigned on, and have only enriched themselves at the expense of the poor for whom they profess to care.

I want a candidate who will finally expose the Ponzi scheme that is Global Warming, and get our country on a true path to energy independence. The evidence is on our side, and educating the masses should prove to be child's play.

I want a candidate that will tell the American people that in the real world, you don't graduate High School and get a job paying fifteen dollars per hour, but will have to work your way up to that and beyond through hard work and determination. I want a candidate who will tell people that there are no gold stars or trophies for mediocrity, and that respect is earned, not guaranteed. And speaking of entitlements, those are also earned, like Social Security and unemployment benefits. And he should tell us that the free ride is over, and stand by it.

Of course, it is incumbent on the rest of us to support and stand by this candidate, for he will surely face a firestorm of outrage by the Leftists and the media, an obvious redundancy. But how will they react when we rise up in solidarity and keep the poll numbers for such a candidate high? What if we all stay strong and -- even if the polling becomes skewed -- respond by showing up at the ballot box on election day and win? Will the media finally have to concede that the mandate is a Conservative one?

Highly doubtful, but what difference, at that point, would it make if our guy wins? We can do this, people, if we stay strong and get out to the polls. We need another Ronald Reagan or we are finished.

So let me ask you this question. If we had a candidate who boldly declared war on the Socialist model we are now seeing, would it gin you up? Would it excite you enough to get out and bang heads with the Left? Remember, two heads are better than one, and with a 2-1 margin in our favor, it should be long as we don't let complacency take hold again.

First, give us that candidate, then it's up to us to take the baton from there. It starts with taking back Congress next year, and then we build upon that for 2016.

Happy New Year to all, and let's make sure it is!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

An Odd Declaration of War

Change the political paradigm.
What a strange year 2013 has been. Conservatives learned that in the world of the new Liberal -- led by Barack Hussein Obama -- we are the true enemies of America, while the cretins who killed four of our fellow patriots in Benghazi were deserving of not only a cover story, but an attempt at excusing their actions as the result of a bogus video which enraged them. Perhaps this might explain why Obama left those men to die while he slept.

Don't think of this as anything we can or should do something about, because it is the way Liberals have always felt about us, and Conservatives have to learn to accept that truth as the new reality. I begin that epiphany with the belief that today's Liberals have revealed their true selves and intentions out of a false sense of hubris that makes them feel invincible.

After the attacks on Benghazi, the President and all his MSNBC minions were desperately trying to blame the American who made a video that was purported to "insult Islam" and that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to said video. It wasn't until a few days later that we realized that many of the attackers had never even heard of the video, much less seen it. Regardless, the administration locked up the author of the video on "unrelated" charges. How convenient.

Then came the dreaded government shutdown and all the shenanigans that accompanied it, and the same people making excuses for radical Muslims were busy calling Congressional Republicans names such as "terrorists", "arsonists" and "murderers". References were made to Republicans "strapping bombs to their chests". So what happened to Obama's promise in 2008 of a new dialogue in Washington? Perhaps the victory went to their heads, but the tone is worse than it has ever been.

And there were the moments when the administration tried to shut World War II veterans out of their own memorial and then subsequently hosted a rally for illegal aliens in another "closed" section of federal park land. We've got schools installing footbaths to accommodate Muslim students while tearing down Christmas cards in a Georgia school. And just the other day, we learned of the U.S. Army sending an "equal opportunity officer" to Mississippi's Camp Shelby to tell soldiers not to say the word Christmas. How is than an "equal opportunity"?

So let's boil all of this down to make it super clear to all. To the left in America today, if you love America and her traditions and culture, and wish to preserve those ideals that got us through 237 years, you're a vile, hateful, bigoted terrorist. If you actually strap a bomb on yourself or a school bus and blow it up, you just "may have a legitimate gripe".

So why do I write this, then, if I earlier stated that we have to learn to accept that truth as the new reality? Well, what I meant was, we're never going to change the minds of the Liberals. They have come too far and have gone 'round the bend, so our only option at this point is to defeat them. Once in America people who openly embraced the likes of Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevarra were cast out as lepers. Today, those people run the country and we will never convince them to change, so if it's war they want, let's give them one.

We can't do that by following the example of a wimpy John McCain, who during the 2008 campaign actually disavowed those who dared to speak ill of then candidate Obama. You should have encouraged them, John, especially in retrospect. We have to use the words Obama himself once uttered; "If they bring a knife, we bring a gun". We can't defeat these people with guns that shoot daisies.

So as we enter 2014, we have to develop a new plan, one that uses the philosophy of Reagan, one of no pale pastels, but one of bold colored differences, to paraphrase. Will you stand with Ted Cruz? Will you rally behind Mike Lee? Will you elect more like them in 10 months? These are the things we need to do, not to be intimidated into silence by those who no longer share the values of America. And we cannot be timid in our language, because the left in America simply do not share American values, and that point must be hammered out over and over.
Guys like this have been
around too long.

If our slumbering compatriots can rise up in 2014, we can defeat the left and take our country back. But we must also eradicate the people in government who have sold us out time and again, they being Republicans in name only. We must vote them out of their comfy chairs and send them into retirement, where they will continue to live off of the toil of the American people, but will no longer be able to harm us further.

As a precaution, I must issue a special NSA disclaimer, because I know ya'll are watching, and I don't want to end up in a dissident's gulag. I am not advocating for the use of guns or any other form of weaponry, but rather rhetoric alone. I am not calling for insurrection, but a change in direction.

We can take our country back peacefully, people, if we work hard enough.

In 2014, make it so.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Bayoneted

When you run out of bullets,
stab them to death
"What war on Christmas", the Liberals say whenever confronted by outraged Christian conservatives over the removal of a Nativity scene here or there. "Don't be silly", they pooh-pooh when some atheist tries to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance and the right tries to fight back. "We just want inclusion for all", is the lefts mantra when they try to alter the landscape we have all grown up surrounded by, and we just shut up and let them roll over us.

These times have changed, of that there can be no doubt, but they can be changed back, and we must start on that road sooner than later.

It is now being reported that an "equal opportunity officer" at Mississippi's Camp Shelby has delivered to the 158th Infantry Brigade an Army edict that the word "Christmas" must be avoided. This is a particularly odd year for such an edict, though, since Hanukkah was a month ago and Christmas is the only holiday at this time. So what is so inclusive about this ruling?

What's so truly galling about this latest dust-up is that it is our own American military carving out these new "rights" for others at the expense of our soldiers, many of whom rely on their faith to keep them safe when in battle, whatever that faith may be. One day out of the year to commemorate the Birth of Jesus can't be so traumatic for the rest of the non-Christians, can it?

To make matters worse, the left has succeeded in making this type of outrage almost normal for our young, who have it thrust down their throats every year at this time. From Christmas carols being banned at their schools to Christmas cards being torn down from the halls, the kids are starting to see this as a normal thing. What's next, will the sundry "neighborhood watch" groups from all over the country try to ban Nativity scenes and inflatable Santa Claus's from peoples front yards?

No, I say it is time to put a stop to all this madness. Let one fifth of a percent of Muslims complain to the school board if they feel offended by Christ, but listen to the seventy or so percent of parents when they say they want a Christmas concert.

It's never been a secret that it is impossible to make everyone happy, so let's stop trying to offset the balance by kowtowing to the minority all the time. They will get over it. And who knows, when all the bickering is over, they might just enjoy a little tidings of joy, however short lived it is.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my readers! And a felix sit annus novus!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When Will We Get Angry Enough?

Yet the people who defend us must pay?
That is a broad question, to be certain, for first we must ascertain who the "we" is. I maintain that "we" pertains to a wide yet mostly obscure segment of American society. A segment that once was commonplace in the late 18th century, and has since allowed itself to be relegated to near anonymity, a status for which we have no one to blame but ourselves.

We have surrendered our children to the Department of Education, a federal behemoth which has been ever increasingly encroaching on our rights as parents, the Common Core fiasco being the latest salvo in that particular war. We have slumbered as our government has amassed powers far beyond those envisioned by our Founding Fathers, and now we raised our dreary heads and stare in puzzled amazement at the America we have long taken for granted, wiping our sleepy eyes in wonder at what has transpired in our somnambulance. 

Sure, there are patriots all over the place now, furious at the machinations of the Federal Government, but have we slept too long?

Ours has been the finest and most feared military machine for more than a century, and not long ago there was not a country on the planet that dared provoke us. The Soviet Union growled and snarled back in the day, but even they would not dare cross the line of action. After the September 11th attacks, a whole new generation mobilized to go and get those responsible for that terrible day, nearly mirroring the acts of the Greatest Generation in their zeal.

So how do we repay these brave young men and women, aside from some heart warming applause from the travelers in an airport?

We -- as a country -- give them the Ryan-Murray budget bill, a sellout of the very people who have been fierce protectors of America and her values, and an extra mud pie in the faces of the American taxpayer. The people we elect to represent us in government are, despite our objections, us. We can try as we might to distance ourselves from their insane bargaining and proclamations, but in the end, they are us, much to our chagrin. Explain that to the disabled kid home from Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Ryan-Murray budget bill cuts military benefits for veterans of war, both healthy and disabled, but it doesn't touch welfare for illegal aliens. (Yes, I call them "illegal aliens", not undocumented workers). So the Democrats in Congress decided that a potential voting base of aliens was more important than the people who defend this nation.

The post title was described by me as a broad question, and that is true, but there is an even more important question lurking here. When we are angry enough, what will we do?

Think on that one for a while, folks.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hope and Change, American Style

An encouraging sign in discouraging
Did you feel that? Did you feel the tremors underfoot a few days ago? Have you felt the Earth rumbling since the disastrous rollout of, or whatever? Tonight, there will be one last shock wave that the whole country will feel, and it will start the tsunami waves rolling toward 2014. And the result will make 2010 look like a tea party (pun definitely intended) by comparison.

We know what the Democrats are all about. We've known it all along, so the anger in America will be directed at them in an expected way, a sort of given. I'm talking about the so-called "establishment Republicans" who tonight will vote in the House to betray us once more, all the while trying to assuage our angst while simultaneously attacking our true heroes.

Tonight, the House will vote on the new budget sellout, and try to sell us on the merits of it, because we all know how that vote will go.

In 2009, the American people were awakened to the horrors of what the Democrats intended to inflict on us, and after the passage -- albeit corrupt beyond words -- of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a projectile-beverage inducing name if ever there was one), we showed the political class in Washington our collective rage in the 2010 elections. In the  years since then, the TEA Party went underground, seeming to dissipate into the ether from whence they materialized, prompting the Washington elites to declare the movement both dead and a flash in the pan.

We have allowed the beneficiaries of our electoral prowess to perform the duties for which we sent them, and many have performed admirably. Yet, with our seeming absence, the "establishment" types have resorted to their old ways, feeling safe in the halls of Congress to bully our people. To our people, I say: We have not forsaken you, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul. We are right here, ready to finish what we started in 2010.

To the bullies, who called our Senators and Representatives "wacko birds", among other terms, I say you folks might want to start thinking about retirement, because your days are numbered. And to future candidates thinking about running on the peoples' ticket, I suggest you think about campaign strategies starting now, because we plan to clean out the cesspool in just under a year. Make yourselves known to the electorate now, because we are coming for some heads on Capitol Hill, and there will be plenty of room for "our guys" to settle in.

Folks like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and John Boehner have taken us for granted one last time, and we are done taking it any longer.

And finally, to my fellow TEA Party patriots...get the word out and let's VOTE this time. No more waiting for the other guy to vote, no more defeatist attitudes...let's do this. Or, as Todd Beamer would say, "Let's roll".

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

America: Rusting From the Bottom Up

A sad illustration of America's fate.
When I was a young man I had no interest in politics at all, even laughing about a particular colleague who listened to talk radio all day long while he worked. I often wondered how he could listen to various hosts talk for hours on end. Then one day I listened on my way home, and boy, were my eyes opened.

I'm not sure it was a good thing at times, what with my blood pressure now requiring daily medications to keep it in check, but part of that is also attributed to advanced age and poor diet. Nevertheless, I am helpless now to escape the grip of politics and the insane world around me as our politicians seem intent on destroying the country I have always loved.

Liberals are a frustrating lot, seeming to have an endless array of angles from which to attack our institutions and brainwash our young. It is hard at times to keep up, but try we must lest we all perish at their hands. Liberals have made it a bit easier in recent years as their collective hubris has compelled them to free themselves from the shadows from which they once operated, much like the Taliban stepping from their caves with a new sense of invincibility. While some still wince at the mere mention of Socialism, others have thrown off their cloaks to proudly display the Socialist cape. (I saw a car the other day in my once predominantly Conservative enclave bearing the likeness of Che Guevara!)

Common Core in our public school system is a perfect example whereby the left feels free to gain control of our children right out in the open. It's gotten to the point where Liberals in schools feel that the children belong to them until they decide to let their parents have them back for a while. Case in point is the Tennessee father arrested  in November when he tried to pick up his kids early from school. (Pay particular attention to the quote from a school official at the end of that article, in which he mentions the "safety of our kids".)

The real problem now lies not in the colleges -- where kids were indoctrinated in Liberal ways after most of their formative years were behind them -- but in our elementary and secondary schools when their minds are most impressionable. The efforts were always there to some degree, but never as overt as they are now. When we now have curricula that asks students  to delete two articles from the "outdated Bill of Rights" as an exercise -- particularly ironic since many of them are not even taught what the Bill of Rights are -- we have a fundamental problem with education.

One of the things that problem helps create is a mentality of entitlement that we now see itself manifested in the ridiculous demand for a king's ransom for an entry level job. (Remember those?) Kids are taught not only that their evil parents are responsible for "catastrophic climate change", but also that they themselves are all special and deserve a trophy. So the kids naturally extrapolate from that mindset that when they get out of school, even with nothing more than a high school diploma, that they should be paid enough to live on their own in a nice home.

Nowhere are they taught -- save, perhaps at home -- that they may have a tough go of it while they work hard and build experience and a reputation as a good worker. No, they are led to believe that dessert comes before dinner.

McDonalds workers are striking for $15.00 per hour, and the Democrats are stirring up Walmart workers and protesting alongside them at times. Yet watch them wail if they ever get their precious "living wage" and Walmart and stores like it either close up shop or start charging Lord and Taylor prices. Hell, give them all twenty dollars or more per hour and watch them try to shop without the affordable stores.

All these poor workers -- being led by the nose from Democrats -- will find is that they will have protested themselves right into a living hell when they must rely on the government for their existence. In the meantime, all the children coming up behind them will be equally indoctrinated in the same way, will grow up and see the abject failure of what their predecessors had wrought, and demand more, and this pattern will continue until our streets look like those of France.

Is this what our Founders fought for? Is this what our parents and grandparents fought for? I think not, and it's time we got the federal government out of our schools and begin teaching not only life skills to our kids, but the integrity by which they recognize the value of hard work and then the reward. Teach them that failure happens and it's okay as long as they strive to do better next time until they succeed. Teaching them that failure also deserves a gold star is the wrong message. Their little egos will quickly learn the true value of what success actually means.

People, wake up, I beg you. If we continue down our current path, our grandchildren will not only have a massive debt from which they will never escape, but an America -- if that's what it's still called then -- that none of us would recognize.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Position: The "Upside-Down Alinsky"

I don't like this picture, do you?
As I write this, I am still stunned by how people like us have been so easily marginalized by the wicked Left. In fact, I will require a little help from you, Dear Reader, as we progress through this essay.

When I was a young man, I thought that the possibility of living as a second-class citizen in America was unthinkable, even laughable to a point, because the idea that the radicals of my time, who were not only considered weird but toxic, could ever hope to succeed. Now, when I arise every day (thank you Lord!), I find myself at the bottom of that particular food chain. How did this happen? When did the weirdos rise to prominence?

Well, near as I can tell, it happened while we were basking in the glory of our successes. Not an entirely bad thing, since we -- and I credit our grandparents and parents with the use of "we" -- fought like Hell for those successes, but we still fell into complacency. The problem is, the Left never rests. They are as patient as radical Islamists in their quest for dominance, and we let them slide right by us while we celebrated our peaceful holidays, such as Independence Day.

Ironic it is, then, that we now fight anew for independence and liberty against the efforts of those who once shared in our own backyard barbecues. However, seeing what they have become in their arrogance and new found hubris, it is now horrifying that we ever broke bread with these people in the first place.

 Saul Alinsky published his Rules for Radicals in 1971 and laid the groundwork for what we today experience, whereby anyone who cherishes the old America many of us love and remember is cast as an evil S.O.B. and castigated as any number of labels from evil or greedy to homophobic and xenophobic. Basically, we hate anyone who isn't white or straight. Try now to wriggle out of that net.

Alinsky, while laying out the strategy to force patriots into irrelevancy, was the strategist for the tactical maneuvers of Cloward and Piven, the duo responsible for our floundering economy today, but Alinsky still remains the more easily conquered foe. All we have to do is use verbal Ju Jitso on the left.

Name calling has traditionally been beneath Conservatives, considered a silly game for amateurs, but it has been our undoing over the past few decades. (Of course, our failure to preserve our educational system has also contributed to our demise). However, I think we are past the time to remain honorable in our debates with these evil bastards, and we must turn Alinsky's strategy on its head.

A good place to start is the abortion issue. MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry recently stated that life begins when the parents "feel" it does. Huh? Is this some form of validation of the Casey Anthony verdict? Harris-Perry -- and her ilk in general -- actually advocates the murder of children up to the age of 3. See the link here.

Abortion has been a hotly contested issue for decades, but now the Devil-worshipping Left has upped the ante. While they declare a "war on women" when we dare to oppose the murder of the unborn, they are now pushing for the murder of the already born if they prove to be "inconvenient".  Call me old fashioned, but I consider that murder, and the proponent's evil.

So let's just start calling the Left evil, Devil-worshipping death mongers who hate children. And begin to ask them in public why they hate kids. If my words seem cruel or over the top, consider this Alinsky quote:
“Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins - or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer.”

― Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
The hero of the people now in charge of a large portion of our lives openly admires the Devil, and we allow ourselves to be portrayed as the enemies of Humanity...does anyone see a problem here?? Or is it too late for ordinary sinners to repent?

I pray it is not.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Another Day, Another Lie: The Kick the Can Caper

Kicked one too many times
From the king of "say one thing, mean another", we have a new saga before us, courtesy of Barack Hussein Obama. For anyone who remembers back that far, the government shutdown in September was replete with accusations and recriminations over the Republicans' handling of the whole situation. In the argument over continuing resolutions, the President scolded Republicans for figuratively "kicking the can down the road", and demanded a clean bill to give him basically a blank check forever and ever.

So yesterday was an interesting day in Obamaland for a variety of reasons, but the most interesting was his "correction" on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. Obama, after "learning" that millions of people were being dumped by their insurance companies, albeit to comply with Obamacare, rode in to save the day by that old can a good, swift kick.

Yesterday the King magnanimously decreed that -- never mind that the damage has already been wrought --those who have had their policies cancelled by their insurance companies will be able to "keep their plans". Um, again. Yes, Obama will allow the peasants to stay in their comfort zones...for another year. Great, so what happens when that year is up? Does the Monarch of Milk and Honey issue another decree, giving the peasants yet another stay, or does he then bring the hammer down?

In my opinion, based on his assumption that Obama will finish his second term the same way he began his first -- with full Democratic control of two branches of the government -- it will finally be the time when all pretenses are laid aside and we will see the true monster we elected, present company excluded, of course. An interesting point to ponder is what will a seasoned president do with such unfettered power, considering how he has already been damn near omnipotent despite some modicum of Republican resistance? The possibilities are frightening.

Even now, as the debate hovers ever so close to questioning Obama's unilateral rewriting of legislative laws, every politician on the Hill seems to cower at the spectre of actually calling Obama out on his unconstitutional actions. I have maintained from the beginning that the law, the ACA, that Democrats fought like hell to protect was not even the same law passed by Congress in 2010 and signed by Obama. Yet during the psuedo-filibuster by Ted Cruz, politicians on both sides of the aisle reminded the American people that the ACA was "the law of the land". Poppycock!

Now, even the President's "fix" is seen as doing more harm than good. Insurance companies were complying with the law when cancelling policies, and now must find a way to reinstate these policies. The problem is, they are finding it nearly impossible to maintain the old premiums.

Meanwhile, the President is claiming that he is not changing the law, a way to cleverly navigate the questions of legality by saying that the administration in using "enforcement discretion" as a way to do it. But this brings up yet another problem with the Constitution where Obama is concerned, and that is the matter of oath keeping.
They don't even belong here
yet they protest with impunity.

Just as with the immigration issue, where the Obama administration has not only refused to enforce immigration laws but has actually sued American law enforcement entities for enforcing them, refusing to deport captured  illegal aliens, Obama is now refusing -- for one year -- to enforce a portion of his own namesake, Obamacare. Why bother to swear in elected officials if they can arbitrarily dismiss their oaths? Do we as a people not even care anymore?

And John McCain, after blistering Ted Cruz for his principled stand, has come out and called for repeal of Obamacare, while the President attempts another good kick at the can in hopes of running out the clock until 2014. Before we lose the House of Representatives and surrender complete control to Obama, perhaps it's time to employ Lucy from the Peanuts comic strip to move the can before Obama can kick it again.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

When Mankind Had Honor

Remember when oaths had meaning?
It's time to say the words out loud; America is coming unglued, and if we remain on our sofas year after year, it will unravel within a few more years, just like a toilet paper core left out in a heavy rain. As long as we as a people keep relying on our neighbors to do the heavy lifting at the polls, we will watch the sun set on the America we have become so complacent with, and then it will too late to take it back.

I have a confession to make. I did not vote yesterday, simply because there were no elections in my state that would affect the national scene. I had no House Representatives to vote against, and no Senators. No governors, either, so I sat this one out. Despite my myopia regarding national elections, I must change my views, although my passion for national politics all but consumes me. I tremble to think what might happen if I drill down to the municipal level.

But enough about me. Let's now talk about the state of our federal government, and what it has become; a pit of vile, bold liars who hold no honor among them, save for a few brave men who are promptly cast as heretics and "extremists", even by members of the same party they chose to represent. But even this essay is not about those who profess to lead us, but rather about how we allow the lies to be passed to us so effortlessly by those "leaders".

There was a time when the men -- and later women -- whom we elect to represent us would not tell a lie because it was anathema to their core beliefs. Later, the reasons changed to not lying because they might be revealed. Not a noble endeavor, but at least binding to a certain extent, and watched closely by a media who was still on the side of the people and who would blow the referees' whistle on a moment's notice.

Today, we have not only the Democratic National Committee (DNC) lying straight to our faces, but the President himself, and a media, borne out of decades of exposure to the federal Department of Education, who either ignore the lies of the Democrat party, or actively aid in the propagation of them. Lying has become an art form, devoid of shame and absent of any stigma whatsoever. Worse yet is that those who call these lies for what they truly are are castigated as lunatics and derided as partisan hacks.

Most of us knew when Barack Obama began spouting his now infamous line that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" that it was a lie, but now that that lie has been exposed for what it was all along, there appears to be little traction for the big story among the media. Granted, it may be early, but Obama himself seems to have no problem with layering on more lies, and I have seen no evidence of outrage among the media. Piers Morgan expressed some level of discomfort, but who watches him anyway?

Now Obama is out there trying to tell us he said one thing and meant another, even though his original statements about keeping your doctor and keeping your plans carried no caveat whatsoever. In fact, in a speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009, Obama had this to say (emphasis mine):
“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

All of this -- despite my detours -- leads us to the big question; we know the Conservative ideology is the most popular throughout the United States, so why do we keep losing ground in election after election? It's time we stop wringing our hands and wondering why that is so. It is our own damned fault. We assume that our candidate is solid -- or in some cases already defeated -- and so then sit it out out Election Day, and that has to change.

But it's not about simply getting to the's about helping to get the right candidates to those polls. And the Democrats, the media, and even some Republicans, have already made it clear that our preferred candidates are not acceptable to them. Um, isn't that our first clue that we have picked the right ones already?

Look at what we accomplished in the 2010 mid-term elections. There is no reason to believe that we cannot do it again. We must do it again for, if you believe as I do, the very survival of our nation depends on it. Don't let the media hide the truth to shield Obama, and for heaven's sake, don't let them pick our candidates anymore.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Was an Expensive Ruse

No treat, just tricks.
How far will our government go to pull the wool over our eyes? How much money -- notably none of it theirs -- will they squander toward achieving their goals? These are questions we must now begin to ask. I guess Halloween is as good a time as any.

For weeks we have been pondering the ineptitude of an administration that could roll out such an embarrassing fiasco as the Affordable Care Act and its accompanying website, especially after a three-year lead time to prepare. Now we are horrified to learn that the man leading our nation could captain such a foul event while wondering how deep his incompetence actually runs.

Such concerns should have been vigorously investigated and reported in 2007 and 2008, when scores of people were then ringing the alarm bells, the same bells that fell on the deaf ears of the minions who sought the first black president of America despite his vacuous qualifications. Now that Obama has had five years -- and an unlikely re-election -- to foist his will upon us, we finally begin to wonder just what in the hell he is doing.

Our Congress has held hearings on the matter, yesterday grilling Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and learning only that the Obama administration has no intention of changing course or accepting culpability in the entire mess.

Sebelius even blamed Verizon for the websites woes, but this is all a ruse designed to generate outrage among the electorate. Is it working? Are you as angry as I am right now? Well, relax, because all of this is theater for the unwashed masses, a clever play designed to steer us all in a particular direction, a direction that could never have been sold when the battle for Obamacare was raging in 2009.

What is that direction, you ask, a fair question considering that I have expended five paragraphs to get here. Well, here it is: Obama intended the Affordable Care Act to fail from the beginning, and he's not embarrassed at all, but giddy. Yes, Kathleen Sebelius will be sacrificed at the altar of Obama, but who hasn't--or who won't be?

The big question I have at this point is who else in our government is complicit, and to what end?

Bob Cratchet begs for a lump of coal.
Certainly the Republicans in Congress could have foreseen what is coming, and certainly they should have been able to warn us, right? Or perhaps the media's unwillingness to question their Messiah Obama lead to a reticence on the Republicans part. Either way, we have been duped and we have been let down. Worst of all, we have been corralled in this direction like cattle, which is how our government views us.

Why would Obama launch a program he knows is destined to fail? Because he calculated that people would be so angry, that the fix would be a single payer health care system. And why not, the people were already suckered into the Affordable Care Act, one more step beyond that would be child's play.

So like Bob Cratchet above, begging Scrooge for a lump of coal for the fire, so will the American people one day have to beg for medicine and operations from the government, the single payer, while the people who were supposed to represent us get the best care in the world.

Just like every good totalitarian society before them, we will all be the subjects of yet another tyrant with no one left to save us from ourselves. The only way for we, the people, to have true representation is to send our own to Congress in a massive wave, washing away the stale, old members who have clung to their seats like barnacles in the sea. If not, we are doomed to drown.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Bystander in Chief

Hapless and Clueless
There comes a time in everyone's life when defending the indefensible becomes a burden too great to bear. Perhaps in the case of the American mainstream media, it took this long due to an irrational hope that Barack Obama was truly as brilliant as they believed and as they sold him to us, but now that same media has seemed to have gotten the message that it was all bunk from the beginning. It seems that the rookie will never develop into what they expected.

With every potential scandal that has plagued this administration -- and they have been plentiful -- the same lame excuse has been rolled out by everyone connected to Obama, and even by Obama himself. That excuse is that "Obama didn't know". Yes, we learned each time that Obama found out about all these terrible things perpetrated by people in his administration the same way that we the people did--he read about it in the paper.

That would be a perfectly acceptable response to a question about, say, Kim Kardasian's escapades or perhaps the latest reality show, but about things as serious as Fast and Furious or Benghazi, it is heinous for the alleged Leader of the Free World to so cavalierly toss out such weary exculpations.

Domestically, it is an embarrassment to see the guy allegedly in charge of our affairs not only "surprised" to learn of these incidents the same way that we do, but apparently unconcerned about the people who supposedly surprised him. When the leaders of foreign countries, particularly those whom we consider friends, are learning that they have been spied upon, that goes beyond embarrassing into mortifying.

To veer off course just a bit, as children we were taught the story of young George Washington telling his father after the "Cherry Tree Incident" that "he cannot tell a lie". Raise your hand if you remember that lesson. It was a lesson of honor, something Americans once held dear. Today, honor has vanished in the face of possible victory (or continued "service in the federal government").

The real irony lies in our collective inability to differentiate between lies and other lies. Once they have been perfected and layered with care, like fine masonry, lies build a beautiful wall of secrecy that few have the temerity to penetrate, least of all the average American. While our journalistic community should have been educating our neighbors, they have been too busy carrying the water of an administration they thought was on their side.

Well, our media is learning that this wall was beautifully designed but structurally unsound. And now many may begin, finally, to ask the pertinent questions.

For starters, I would like to see this one question posed to Obama, Jay Carney, take your pick...anyone who speaks for our federal government should suffice; "If Obama is ignorant of Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, Obamacare, Solyndra, Benghazi, then who, precisely, is running our country"?

The funny thing is, the Liberal establishment insisted that Dick Cheney ran the George W. Bush White House because Bush was "too stupid" to handle the job. (Read Decision Points, by the way). It's not funny in the truest sense of the word because, if we are to believe that Joe Biden is the real "brains" behind the operation, then the time for despair is long beyond us.

That is not funny, but sad.

Barack Obama, whose teleprompter-reading skills are arguably beyond reproach, has been touted for years as the leader America needed, the one who would bring hope and change, yea, even a bringing together of all people. Some have used the word messiah, though not this author. Joe Biden, that genius of second string, called him "clean and articulate". Now, I ask, where is the vindication of these claims?

And I still ask, "Who is running America"? We're on a boat, or a bus, whatever the current metaphor may be, with no apparent driver. Are we better off?

Take me to your leader.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Trading Iron for Velvet

America, home of the free?
One must marvel at the delicious irony of having our first black president as an aspiring slave master. Usually such story lines are reserved for works of fiction, but Obama is swiftly climbing the stairs to the throne.

With food stamp use at record levels, and "Obama phones" scattered across our urban landscape, people are giddily trading the iron shackles of the cruel slavery of the past for the velvet handcuffs of alleged "compassion" today. Both, however, are designed to enslave the people in one form or another.

Since 2009, when Barack Obama was sworn in as 44th President of the United States, food stamp enrollment is up 70%, according to the Washington Times, with little hope that those numbers will drop significantly in the near future. With Obamacare set to kick in in earnest next year, it is likely that unemployment will continue to rise and demand for government assistance to rise in tandem, creating an increasing population of willing slaves.

Haven't we seen this before? When someone helps you out a bad situation and seeks no thanks, that is a selfless act. When someone constantly reminds you of their compassion as they help, beware the warning signs of eventual tyranny. Wasn't Hitler going to help the people of Germany, and didn't they clamor for it? Stalin was an alleged champion of "the people", as was Mao Tse Tung. How did the people under their rule fare after the "assistance" of government?

In the old days, when philanthropy was the primary source of assistance for the genuinely poor, there was also the benefit of tax deductions for the donor. Some would say that is the same thing as a government handout, and that the government is simply cutting out the middleman by delivering aid to the poor directly. A clever argument, but fallacious nonetheless. By the government directly offering aid to the poor, they take not just from those with the means to easily absorb the costs, but also from those who are barely above the line where they themselves would need help.

The tax cost of a charitable deduction is also far below what the philanthropist donates. In other words, a 15% deduction on ten thousand dollars costs the government coffers only fifteen hundred dollars. The philanthropist is happy with this trade off, so why stop him? The answer may surprise you.

For starters, our government is now run by a collection of narcissists who simply cannot abide by the poor being helped by anonymous sources and therefore, must inject itself into the role of ultimate benefactor for the masses, not caring what the cost may be because none of it is borne by them. As the behemoth has grown over the centuries, our Federal Government cares less about our rights and privacy and more about our gratitude for saving us, from what, God only knows.

Further, the government knows that the borderline middle class taxpayer will eventually be devoured by the loss of employment and thus, be forced to succumb to the largess of government. And the former, wealthy philanthropist will ultimately be brought to his knees and be forced to come to Obama -- or whoever his chosen successor may be -- with hat in hand, no longer able to withstand the ravages of a government out of control.

Industry, with no one left to afford the personal expense, will be taken over by the State, and the conquest of the free American people is complete. We will have traded green pastures for the gray, lifeless landscape of the former Soviet Union.

We will have traded iron for velvet, both restraints equally evil and sinister.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

He's No Jimmy Carter; He's Worse, and More Dangerous

No amount of warning was sufficient.
In 1979 I was a young man, and even then, I thought I had lived through the worst president I could imagine. Who could possibly be worse than Jimmy Carter, I wondered. And then 2008 rolled around before I even saw it coming.

Despite my repeated warnings -- not to mention those of far more influential figures than me -- this man with virtually no experience, save for a scant few years of service in national politics, rose to achieve not only the Democratic nomination for president, but was actually elected. If any who voted for him would even bother to listen, I would ask how that is working out.

It's been five years with this man as president, and we have seen ample evidence of both his naivete and sinister sides, at least for those of us who may still be awake. So many of our fellow countrymen have been so bamboozled by this charlatan that the hopes of our own insomnia may be moot, but I will attempt -- once again -- to elucidate those who fail to see the truth.

Going in, I understand that many of the starry-eyed have been deprived of history by our State-run school systems and, therefore, bear little culpability in their ignorance. But I hope they listen to a bit of reason before they are completely lobotomized by the continuing "education" offered by the main stream media.

For starters, Barack Hussein Obama became president on the slimmest of resumes possible. That much should give even the brain dead pause. Think about that; do some research and find another President of the United States in the history of America with less experience, and then think of who makes the decisions today on our behalf, both domestically and globally.

Right out of the box in 2009, Obama rushed over to Egypt to apologize to Muslims for America's poor behavior in the past, vowing to build a new relationship with them. Our newly elected President actually told a foreign audience that we Americans have been arrogant, a radical departure from previous presidents. And for all the talk by Democrats of the alleged damage done in the Middle East by George W. Bush, there is virtual silence today from Democrats and the media (pardon my redundancy) over the actual damage done by Obama.

Libya is a mess, courtesy of Obama's meddling. Syria is in flames, thanks to Obama's incitements, and Iran is on the verge of having nuclear weapons and annihilating Israel once and for all, all because Obama is seen across the Middle East as weak.

Obama also doubled down on the horrendous last act of George W. Bush, the stimulus program. Since then, he has been ripping through America's bank account like Grant took Richmond. In the five years that Obama has been president, the Senate has not passed one budget, relying instead on a series of continuing resolutions, keeping the spending alive and keeping America on a perpetual state of nervousness as the "fiscal cliff" is always within arms reach.

The mainstream media has abandoned journalistic integrity to the point of complicity in a series of lies and scandals. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, potential voter fraud in 2012, the IRS scandal, NSA spying, all of these have been pooh-poohed by the one organization that is supposed to be the peoples' watchdog, the press. The federal government is stockpiling weapons and ammunition at an alarming rate, and for agencies like NASA and the Social Security Administration who should have no reasonable need to be heavily armed. And the media is completely incurious, even to the point of hostility to those who demand answers.

And the latest adventure, the government shutdown, showed the country what a petty tyrant we have as our president, yet many people remain unconvinced. Last year, the Occupy Whatever movement was hailed by the Left as a noble uprising of the people, and our government moved to protect their rights whenever possible. During the shutdown, however, the boy king, in a fit of foot-stomping rage, rushed to erect barricades to keep World War II veterans away from a memorial that many of them had come to see for possibly the last time in their lives. The National Park Service (NPS) had police in riot gear confront the visitors, perhaps trying to invoke a violent response.

And in the middle of the turmoil, the NPS -- along with Nancy Pelosi and some other congress critters -- had a welcoming committee in one of the closed parks for an illegal alien protest.

As the debt ceiling deadline drew closer, Obama was warning that Social Security benefits, military pay, and school budgets could be jeopardized, but never mentioned anything about possibly ceasing aid to foreign countries or stalling the food stamp program. No, your benefits that you earned would suffer, but if you're getting it for free, no worries. Obama knows who votes for him.

Folks, we are being figuratively beaten down slowly and surely until the King decides that we are ready for full surrender, of that I no longer have any doubt. I will not be surprised in 2017 if Obama must be forcibly removed from the White House.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fire! Nah, Just Kidding

Do not speak untruths.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf suffered a form of punitive peer judgement from the village to whom he repeatedly asked for help when none was actually needed. We all know how that turned out. Today, the punishment is on the books. One cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater, e.g., just to see people flee in a panic and possibly trample one another. Of course, if there is a fire, by all means please yell.

There are also penalties for telling untruths by even the President of the United States, particularly if those lies are designed to cause a similar panic, such as the frequent warnings that House Republicans will cause the United States of America to "go into default on our obligations for the first time in history". Not only does this make the financial markets jumpy, but it's also simply not so.

The United States is not going to default, period.

The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues -- which is still quite substantial -- and does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. To compare to a household budget; if your bank says it will not lend you any more money, that does not mean that you can't spend your paycheck.

Obama has also lied about...well,  everything, to be honest, but for now let's just stick to some specifics. Obama recently said that it was "unprecedented" for the raising of the debt ceiling to be linked to unrelated budget issues, calling the Republicans' demands "extortion", and accusing the Republicans of "strapping bombs on their chests". The only thing unprecedented is the president's rhetoric in dealing with members of the opposition party.

Obama also said recently that raising the debt ceiling has no effect on the deficit. Despite being a whopper of unprecedented proportions, the products of the State-sponsored school system believe it because the president said it. Now, it could be argued that the statement itself is technically true, since the immediate effect would be nil unless the government begins spending. Have we ever seen the government stop spending? Slow spending? Spend wisely?

Not that it would ever happen, but there is an argument to be made that Obama's constant harping on the possibility that America could default on its debts is an impeachable offense. See Dan Calabrese's article here  from

Personally, I think Obama could be impeached on a variety of charges, but with a Democrat controlled Senate, we're stuck with him for another 1,124 days.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Perhaps a Simpler View?

The partisan divide seems
worse than it has ever been.
There are two sets of philosophies in America whose differences have widened along the years. One side says that Conservatism is best for people and, quite naturally, the other says it's the Liberal ideology that will save us all and make everyone happy. Since most people now involved in the debate rely on a decidedly left leaning media -- or comedy shows like Jon Stewart -- for their opinions on these matters, I thought it might be time to frame the debate in simpler terms.

I will therefore relate my personal situation as an example, and let the readers decide if they are more like me, or more like Ms. "Obamaphone", the lady splashed all over the social media during the 2012 election season.

For starters, I am Joe Citizen. That is to say, I live paycheck to paycheck like many people. I am not rich, nor have I ever been rich. (Side note: I speak of financial wealth only. As far as my family is concerned -- healthy and happy -- I consider myself to be the wealthiest man on Earth). I have never envied those who are financially successful in a substantive way, meaning I never wanted someone to take their money and give me some. I never wanted anything from the government until they begin paying back the money they took from me all of my working years. And all I ever really wanted was a chance to work and make a decent living.

Somewhere along the line, the brains of roughly half of America have become cross-wired. These people now believe that the fruits of the labor of others somehow are owed to them because it's just not fair if someone else works hard enough to "make it". These people began complaining about unfair taxation, never bothering to learn and understand the tax system, and our increasingly left-leaning government has only stoked that class envy.

The Socialist economic philosophy
perfectly illustrated. 
During a 1963 speech, President John F. Kennedy used the phrase, "a rising tide lifts all boats". Originating with the New England Council, the phrase was also used during the years of President Ronald Reagan to defend his tax cuts. The idea is that if the economy is steadily improving, everyone will benefit to varying degrees. The Socialist (and Liberal) philosophy has been demonstrated throughout time to be to figuratively drain the water from the ocean so that all boats sit equally on the bottom. Equal misery for all.

From the time I started working (1976) until 2010, I have not needed the government's help to get by, even during a 9 week period of unemployment in the late '90's. I worked part time in the interim, and eventually found full time employment while maintaining the part time job for a number of years.

What do we have today? A part time is the best most can do, and as Obamacare grows in coming years, part time will become more common and exclusive to most. I have had to rely on my meager 401k for loans and withdrawals to survive, hoping that I have not made a grave error upon retirement. This is the Liberal dream which was supposed to be our savior.

The exam at the end here will be for any readers -- and I realize that most are fellow Conservatives -- to compare your own realty with the fiction of Liberalism. Consider also, providing you are doing ok in these tumultuous times, how those who are close to you are faring. Obama is not good for America, folks. At least not the America I remember.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tyranny's Final Exam

The Baby Steps Are Done
I have been saying for years that the incremental movements of the Left in America were nothing more than baby steps to totalitarianism. It now appears that I was right all along.

The ongoing government shutdown is just what Barack Obama and the political hacks in Washington have wanted from the beginning. What better way to gauge the mood of we ordinary Americans regarding total control over our lives? What better way to assess how much we are willing to endure at the hands of our alleged servants?

Please be aware; I am not talking about the people who today are following the instructions of police so as not to be arrested, even though they know what is happening is wrong. I'm talking about the people who -- not knowing any better but are complete political partisans -- applaud this president's administration and blame the wrong guys for the shutdown, all at their own eventual peril.

The current political atmosphere in Washington bears no resemblance to what our Founders envisioned, from the trampling of the Constitution to the blatant disregard for the electorate. The fact that this shutdown boils down to a battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a testament to what I am saying.

In 2009, when the battle over the ACA was raging, people all across America made their voices heard. The objects of their wrath were not only defiant, but belligerent. The Democrats used every trick in the book to coerce, cajole and conjure votes for Obamacare, and not one single Republican -- in either chamber of Congress -- voted for it. And then, incredibly, no one even read the damned thing, but the Democrats forced it down our throats anyway.

Since 1913, when Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law, America has been on a downward spiral; some would say a derailment. Sure, there were brief periods of hope, such as the Reagan years, but the trend has been downward overall. Everything that Marx's Communist Manifesto spelled out is coming to fruition. Every word of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals has been practiced. And now, the King selected by this ideology is poised to put the final nail in America's coffin.

This government shutdown is tyranny's final exam, the ultimate test of the steps taken by radicals who never thought Americans would tolerate such nonsense as the federal government shutting down open spaces and the ocean, of all things. Yet, instead of the people telling government officials that they have divine rights to the ocean, they instead opt for redress of government. Does anyone see how convoluted that reasoning is?

When this latest bout of political pugilism is done, the memories of it will be filed away in the minds of the Socialists who now run America. The final question of this final exam will most likely have something to do with martial law, and how far can the government take it. Unless we as a people wake up before it's too late, all that ammunition and hardware the government has been squirreling away will be trained on us.

Then what?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

When You Elect a Petulant Child...

...this is what you get.
How in God's name can the media continue to protect this boy president and his cronies in the Capitol? How is it even possible that here in America, a supposed nation of grownups who have weathered every storm we have confronted in the past, we allow this infantile behavior to go unchecked? Has the country lost not only its reason, but also its soul?

On Wednesday, the Obama Administration tried to shut down the World War II Memorial, despite the arrival of Honor Flight senior veterans from around the country. Happily, the aged veterans ignored the barricades and visited their memorial, some of them for the first time.

But Obama was far from being finished with his tantrums. Later in the day, there were workers and a bulldozer at the site, fortifying the barriers around the memorial to prevent further "intrusions" by the people for whom the structure exists. They even have 8 policemen on horseback to ensure that no unruly characters dare visit the memorial. It has been pointed out by several pundits that the cost of keeping people out of the memorial is far more than simply leaving the site as it is normally, which is wide open and accessible 24/7. And yet Obama continues around the country, attempting similar tactics to cause the most pain to the American people as is possible.

In Alexandria, VA, the feds erected barricades at the site of our first president's home, Mount Vernon. The National Park Service (NPS) began setting up barricades to block off the sites car park, which is partly owned by NPS, but requires no immediate maintenance. The park itself is owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, which receives no federal funding. It is privately owned, and yet Obama tried to shut it down, blocking even the tour bus turnaround there.

In a classic case of "when parks are outlawed, only outlaws will use parks", the Obama Administration has been spending resources -- that should not be available during a shutdown, one would think -- well above the cost of leaving the parks open. Around D.C., hiking and biking trails requiring no maintenance or patrols, have been shut down, officers have been stationed along a 184 mile stretch of Chesapeake and Ohio canal, and the handles from the well pumps have been removed. People have simply disregarded "closed" notices and use the trails anyway. Criminals!

It's been mentioned that the WWII memorial has been better guarded than the Consulate in Benghazi. I would also add to that the fact that our government wanted to put watering stations in the desert so illegal aliens crossing from Mexico didn't dehydrate, but they removed the well pump handles in our own parks. Doesn't anyone see the hypocrisy here?

Obama is behaving as a petulant child, angrily reaching out to cause damage because he is upset at not getting his way. This is the person that our nation selected not once, but twice, to "lead" us? And no one in the mainstream media seems to have a problem with these shenanigans?

We have come a long way as a nation in 237 years. I just never imagined we'd end up here.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Obama's Rubber Stamp Congress

Harry Reid should fight
alongside Republicans
We've got two more days before Democrats shut down our government, and yet they are still fighting over a law that no longer resembles the one they passed in 2010. Despite the overwhelming public opposition to the Affordable Care Act -- a misnomer if ever there was one -- Democrats refuse to let it die, or even become injured. How out of touch can they possibly be?

Our Founders were very clear in their rules laid out in the Constitution regarding how our new government would work. The Founders were painfully careful to divide powers among the three branches, precisely to prevent a future monarchy, or dictatorship. They gave the Executive branch a very short leash for these very reasons.

Now, I'm fully aware of how many times this has been said, and I realize that my readers are most likely yawning at this "new revelation", but I write this today in the hopes that some who are not regular readers here will learn something.

In 2009, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was making it's way through Congress, and even then, the opposition was fierce. Town Hall meetings with members on recess and back home in their districts were bombarded with angry constituents' demands to stop the bill before it got too far. Many Democrat members actually insulted the people they purported to serve. (Google Pete Stark  for one example).

For those who may not have been paying attention back then, Democrats eventually passed the bill unilaterally and unanimously, using bribery (see Corn Husker Kickback) and coercion. That much is clearly known. It was something, like a bad call in a sporting event that stands after replay, that became the law of the land. Fine. But since that day, something clearly unconstitutional has happened: the President, or Chief Executive of America, has altered the law of his own volition and without the consent of Congress, or in the broader context, the people. The ACA is no longer the law passed by "the people". This, the Founders clearly considered when crafting our ruling documents. It is dictatorial, and cannot stand.

For this reason, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should be standing shoulder to shoulder with Senator Ted Cruz in opposing the dictatorial President in this matter. Instead, Harry Reid prefers to think his own constituents stupid, and will blindly offer his rubber stamp for the "new King".

Folks, this great nation was founded by the defeat of one king, and the brave men who accomplished that miraculous feat made clear that we would never again have another. In the 237 years since then, we have been through some rough times, but lately we have become complacent, and have allowed the slow creep of totalitarianism to take hold.

I caution you all, once it hardens, it will be like trying to get dried bird poop off your car's finish. And you can't just go buy a new car to fix it.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stand with Sam-I-Am

Might be time for a third party.
Today was a very interesting day, which began yesterday afternoon and concluding today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid interrupting the conclusion of Senator Ted Cruz's valiant effort to stand for the people who elected him. Cruz, the freshman and junior senator from Texas, was not to be bullied, however.

Since this was not considered a true filibuster, Cruz had an agreement with Dirty Harry that his speech would end at around noon. Cruz is a man of his word. (Remember when that meant something to Americans?) But the Democrats, and some Republicans, grew weary near the end -- although Cruz showed little signs of fatigue -- and Reid interrupted Cruz to begin a normal (HA!) day of business in the chamber, after which Cruz would be granted another hour to speak. Cruz listened to the Majority Leader, and then declared that he would not tolerate having his remaining time curtailed.

Reid then asked asked if Cruz would yield 15 minutes to a senior colleague, John McCain, and Cruz politely declined.

When his time was finally up, and Cruz yielded per his word, Reid took the floor and excoriated Cruz for wasting the nation's time. (How many of you feel this was a waste of time?) Then New York Democrat Chuck Schumer got to speak, but was only too happy to yield his time to John McCain, who proceeded to rip into Ted Cruz.

McCain -- seemingly gleeful -- took his opening shots at Cruz, reminding him that Obama won reelection in 2012. McCain said -- and I paraphrase -- that Obama won reelection and that in democracies, the majority wins. I won't bother delving into the alleged shenanigans of the 2012 general election, but I will remind the "good gentleman from Arizona" that we don't live in a democracy, and that our Founders were particular in protecting future generations from mob rule.

Did they care what we thought in 2010?
I would also challenge McCain on his assertion that majority rules, when the majority of the people never wanted the subject of the entire days events when Democrats rammed through the legislation in 2010. After a summer of Town Halls listening to angry constituents, and without one single Republican vote, the Democrats passed this train wreck of a bill using every trick they could muster.

As Herman Cain affectionately refers to them, Ted Cruz and his band of "whippersnappers" took on this fight -- against the establishment politicians -- because they knew that we were with them. Cruz spent part of the night last night reading Dr. Suess, among other things, to his young daughters. He read Green Eggs and Ham, which is an interesting choice, since Cruz was trying to convince his fellow yet recalcitrant colleagues to try something they did not like.

But after all the machinations of the day, what no one addressed, particularly the media, is the fact that the law the opposition -- both Democrat and Republican -- managed to "save" today is not even the same law that Democrats passed in 2010.

Obama has engaged in an unconstitutional rewrite of the legislation passed three years ago. Cruz had every right to try to stop this madness, and creeps like McCain and McConnell should have stood with him, rather than denigrate him publicly.

If the American people ever needed something to convince them that our nation is a sham, and that we don't actually live in the America we all grew up to believe in, today was a classic demonstration of that notion, the actions of the heroic Ted Cruz notwithstanding. I applaud Ted Cruz and all who stood with him, especially Mike Lee. The rest I detest, and hope they all face primaries the next time they come up for reelection.

It's time we either had a third party, or that our people educate themselves and stop voting blindly for the incumbent. Take America back.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

535: Not a Movie

Odds of Beating Senate Democrats?
It Can Be Done. 
So the fate of America comes down to a vote in the U.S. Senate on whether we -- the people -- mean anything at all to the 535 members of Congress or the one at the top, Barack Hussein Obama.

We have been vocal, long before this September when our alleged representatives will decide our fate, when we fought in Town Hall meetings in 2009 in an attempt to stop the monstrosity that is Obamacare before it had a chance to metastasize. And the people we elected in the aftermath have heard us and been faithful to us. We are no longer alone out here, fellow citizens, left to scream at the walls of Congress; we are inside now.

The Democrats have already telegraphed their finishing blow, but is there any defense we can muster? Perhaps, but now is not the time for queasy stomachs and wobbly knees. We are at the threshold of disaster, and we must make a stand now, or forever bow to the terror.

That's right, I said "terror". Hey, if Democrats can call us -- our preferred TEA Party representatives and even we the people -- fringe radicals, I can sling dirt with the best of them. The Democrats are using terrorist tactics in order to inflict pain on their own people. We have a chance to stop them, and time is running out.

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund all of the government's responsibilities (some of which are dubious, but that is for another debate) except Obamacare, which we hate in growing numbers and have been clear about, even in the mainstream media, who have been unable to ignore it. The Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, have vowed to strip the bill of the Obamacare non-funding portion and send it back to the House. Even if they don't do that and miraculously pass the bill, Obama has promised to veto it. We're screwed, right?
Lost Cause RINOS

Not so fast, pilgrim. We do have allies in the Senate too, you know. And there are Conservative Democrats and vulnerable Democrats too, which might offset the RINOS who also work there. All they must do is effectively communicate to the people exactly which party is responsible for the inevitable government shutdown; Democrats. It sounds like childish games, fretting over blame, but it is most assuredly not.

Make no mistake, the weekend political shows will be replete with much demagoguery, and I urge anyone who cares as deeply as I do to tune in. The Democrats will unashamedly try to pin a shutdown on Republicans, just as Harry Reid has already begun to do:

“Republicans are simply postponing for a few days the inevitable choice they must face: pass a clean bill to fund the government, or force a shutdown. I have said it before but it seems to bear repeating: The Senate will not pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.”

I hope Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have already been booked on these shows to counter the bogus charges of Democrats. They must tell the people that Republicans have passed a bill that will not shut down the government, but that Obama and the Democrats feel that the bill we all love to hate is more important to them than keeping the government running. Rep. Steve King of Utah eloquently stated that a rejection of the House bill will be tantamount to a "tantrum" thrown by either Reid or Obama. This is the message that must be hammered home.

This is nothing even remotely resembling a "childish fight". This is all about the future of America and our continued freedoms, and we must -- as the people -- show our unwavering support for the courageous politicians who are finally fighting on our behalf. We asked for this and to abandon it now, when we're so close, would be a tragedy.

UPDATE: The title of this essay has been changed to reflect the number of U.S. government Senators and Representatives. At the time of it's creation, I was so upset that my math was just a bit off!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Making the Case for Growing a Spine

Time for True Conservatives
To John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and others of your ilk -- the obsequious and fearful Congress critters passing themselves off as conservatives -- I might beseech you all to consider retiring after your current terms expire. Running for reelection will not be a viable option, so long as as the rest of us fix the primary voting scam. It's time for all RINO's to go, we have had enough.

House Speaker John Boehner barely escapes this net I have cast, if only by virtue of the bill he has presented today, one that finally addresses the wishes of the people regarding ObamaCare. (Imagine that, a "Representative" listening to the wishes of constituents)!

To the likes of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, I can offer a huge round of applause and a hardy "well done" gentlemen! You were elected through the efforts of the TEA Party and you have not abandoned your pledges to abide by them, working tirelessly to pursue an end to the abomination that is ObamaCare. Getting the Speaker of the House and Eric Cantor -- who only last week offered up a farce of a bill -- to come aboard in this fight is positive news indeed.

For those who may be unaware, last week Eric Cantor introduced a bill -- which was rightly shot down through old fashioned ridicule -- to both reject Obamacare and then fund it at the same time. Word on the street is that the ridicule reached your Representative's ears and facilitated this about face. Shutting down this monstrosity of a law before it gains traction is a positive start, but one that may embolden our elected leaders going into 2014. And the crucial element of this development is that Republicans may be getting some backbone.

John McCain and Lindsay Graham, among others in their particular caucus, have recently been publicly fretting over the possibility of a government shutdown, and where the fingers of blame would subsequently point. They must know that the fight of Ted Cruz, et al, is the right thing to do, but they have been baldly considering their careers above the people and our wishes. With 57% of the people currently rejecting ObamaCare, any other explanation of McCain and his cohort's behavior would be disingenuous, at best, and an outright lie on any other day. They don't care about what's right for the country, only about what will keep them in office.

The coalition of Cruz, Paul, Lee and yes, even Marco Rubio, have decided that it is time to take a stand on behalf of the people they represent and let the cards fall where they may. Whatever the Progressives may want to call it, it is nothing more than standing on principle and letting political expediency handle itself. And it is up to us to make our feelings known to support these men.

The conservatives have announced a plan that will fund all of the government -- military, infrastructure, Social Security, the FAA, everything we have come to expect of our country, while defunding ObamaCare. While it stands little chance of passing in the Democratically-controlled Senate, it must be sent up anyway. Then the conservative wing of the GOP must control the message when the Democrats try to accuse them of "shutting down the government".

They must make the Democrats explain to the American people that the government has been shut down because the Democrats refused make a choice between all the aforementioned government services and a law that we all hate anyway; Obamacare.

Then, when the Democrats begin their inevitable campaign of demonizing Republicans for trying to alter a "duly passed law", the Republicans must point out that that dubious law was passed with not a single vote from Republicans in the midst of a summer of fierce Town Hall meetings, when the people were furious over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And if that is not enough to win over the minds and hearts of the American people, the Republicans must then point out that Obama has made 19 different alterations to the law without Congressional oversight -- thereby unconstitutional --, thus nullifying the validity of the law as it now stands.

In other words, ObamaCare is not the same law that the Democrats passed in 2009, on their own and over the objections of the people they pretend to serve. The law today, as is, is invalid. If Democrats want to stage a public fight for all Americans to see on that stage, I say let 'em!

We have made a difference, folks. We have sent our people to Congress, and they have been doing our bidding. Do we tremble now and leave them to twist in the savage winds of the voices of Congressional leaders, or do we stand by them after we sent them into battle on our behalf? What does your conscience tell you to do?

We've got two weeks before the fiscal year ends, and decisions have to be made. Let's support our Conservative representatives and tell them to proceed, full speed ahead.

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