Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Silent American













On the morning of Wednesday November 9, 2016 some Americans awoke with a sense of glee, some with a sense of shock and sadness while some awoke with a sigh of relief.  Donald J. Trump had been elected as the 45th President of the United States.  Hillary Clinton had been rejected by the Electoral College, but eked out the popular vote.  The pollsters were wrong.  What message, if any, was sent by the voters?  I believe that once the dust settles and we finally see the demographics of the voters for each candidate, it will tell us an interesting story. One thing that I hope that both sides really get from this election is that EVERY vote matters.  Never allow yourself to think that it doesn’t.  Regardless of which side you are on, the election was historic due to the rising up of voters from every demographic.  It will be studied for years to come.

I don’t necessarily see this as an inauguration or coronation of Trump, but rather an indictment on several things by the common every day citizen.  I also believe that the final demographics may bear this out.  Hillary Clinton was and is still an incredibly polarizing figure to many on both sides of the aisle.  The hard core Progressive Democrats believed that they had found the One to continue the legacy and policies of President Obama.  Therein, I believe, lay the problem.  Main stream America rejected that legacy and policies.  This was first and foremost an indictment on the last eight years that many see as being incredibly divided.  The common every day hardworking American was simply tired of being kicked around and told what to believe or accept. 

This election was also an indictment on the breakdown of law and order.  The Obama Administration and mainstream media have been quick to trot out feigned anger and shock involving Law Enforcement use of force.  Not once, have cooler heads prevailed nor has there been a call to wait and see what the evidence and facts brought to light.  It was an all-out assault on Law Enforcement.  And while they may be silent, mainstream America appears to have finally had their fill.  Encompassed within this indictment was the complete distrust and corruption of Hillary Clinton and the appearance that she could do whatever she wished because she was an elite and people would still vote for her.  And amazingly they did!

This was an indictment on the Progressive Left’s policies.  Not against any group, not against any race, not against any religion.  Again, I believe that the demographics will bear this out.  Mainstream America was just tired of the militant fringe on the left (the Right has it as well and is equally disgusting) and their constant shouting.  Never mind the constant irony of “acceptance” and “tolerance” which only occurs if you agree.  Let’s not kid ourselves that that isn’t accurate. 

This was an indictment of Obamacare.  Unless you completely live in a fairy tale land (which judging from some of the things I have read, I have reason to believe that some of you do) there is no way possible that you can view this government monstrosity of an overreach as a success.  Skyrocketing premiums, out of this world deductibles, seriously? Not to mention that not a single “promise” of Obamacare has become a reality. 

This was an indictment of one failed foreign policy after another.  Our allies (what’s left of them) no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us.  I understand that for the Progressives, it’s all about touchy-feely, peace love and harmony.  The problem is, in the real world, there are some incredibly evil people (ISIS) that would love nothing more than to watch America burn.  Unfortunately, I believe that some of you feel the same way which should tell you all you need to know about yourself.  Real leaders have to make difficult choices and they aren’t always pretty.  Spending your career apologizing for America being exceptional just doesn’t cut it with a large portion of America.  We are exceptional and we are exceptional because many, many Americans that came before us worked hard to make us so.  If you wish to not be exceptional, then you go right ahead.  But don’t try to drag the rest of us down with you. 

Listen up Conservative politicians; this was an indictment on you as well.  You went to DC with clear instructions this time.  No more corruption, no more progressive ideals no more sitting there twiddling your thumbs.  You have the White House and Congress.  If you cannot get things done to truly make this Country great by creating jobs, bringing business back, repealing and replacing Obamacare with something that actually works and create real energy independence your time will be short.  Two years to be exact.  The mid-term elections for Congress are in two short years and the clock started today.  The exact same passion that swept you into power, can just as easily sweep you out.  The silent, common American has awoken, and we are watching. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ode to a Country


June 28, 2012 may very well be the date upon which our children and grand-children will look and ask the question “why did you allow this to happen?”  What will our answer be?  Apathy? Uninformed?  We were for it? 

On June 28, 2012 the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by a vote of 5-4.  Obamacare was rammed down the throats of American citizens solely because the government knows what is better for us than we do.  They played on sympathy, after all, who wants the poor and elderly to die because they don’t have health care?  I certainly don’t. But let’s take a real careful look at that “sympathetic” call.  We already have Medicare and Medicaid right?  We already pay for that right?   While there are millions without health care, this is about far more than health care coverage.  The Supreme Court’s decision today is a clarion call for all that hold the United States Constitution dear.  Even though the majority on the Court declared several portions to be unconstitutional, the entire Act was ruled Constitutional.  Makes sense right?  The majority of the Act was slammed by the majority, but then Justice Roberts changed sides and voted with the liberal members to uphold the Act.  His reasoning in a nutshell was the Court struck down the individual mandate as an unconstitutional penalty under the Commerce Clause, but upheld it as a permissible tax.
Basically, the government could force an enterprise on the public, provided that the penalty for not doing so was a tax and not in fact an actual penalty.

The Act is thousands of pages of legal mumbo-jumbo, smoke and mirrors.  We were told that it was not a tax.  They even argued during the SCOTUS hearings that it was not a tax.  But now, we are discovering that this is the largest tax increase in history.  It will slam small business, who will not hire due to the penalties they could incur for each employee due to the Act.  Not only will they not hire, they may also begin to cut positions.  But hey, as long as everyone has health care right? Maybe it won’t be your position. It will also be the largest tax increase for the slightly over 50% of Americans that pay taxes. The other 50% are giddy with the thought of the free health care they will receive.  What they simply do not realize is that Medicaid is broke.  The people actually receiving Obama’s great free health care will find that their choices are severely limited, as well as having even less care accessible than they do now.  To think that rationing will not happen for higher end medical care is to simply not have any economic or rational common sense.

So what is the big deal about the decision?  What is wrong with the government forcing citizens to purchase a private product that is good for them?  I recently saw an example using broccoli of all things, but it makes the point beautifully.  Let’s say that the government wants its citizens to purchase broccoli for the public good, increase their intake of vitamin B so as to reduce public health costs.  Sounds fairly harmless right?  Now say you don’t like broccoli.  The mandatory purchasing of broccoli would be completely ineffective as you can be forced to purchase broccoli but can’t be forced to eat it (at least not yet).  A more common sense approach would be to subsidize broccoli for those that like broccoli and would rather eat it than a hamburger.  This standard is somewhat what was handed down in the “necessary and proper” standard in McCullough v. Maryland.  Ordering people to purchase broccoli would be a completely ineffective and irrational means to accomplish some public health goal and would normally be deemed unconstitutional.

Why is this Act and the upholding by SCOTUS so dangerous to our freedoms?  Twenty-seven states joined together to reject Obamacare.  The remaining 23 now realize that they are no longer separate and sovereign but must not yield to “exchanges” where all health care must be purchased. 

Arizona has found out that the Federal government will no longer allow its law enforcement to participate in protecting their borders.  What will follow for the twenty-seven states that reject Obamacare?

Our elderly Americans, who are covered by Medicare will find that nearly all of their health decisions will be made by a panel of bureaucrats that will determine the amount of care they receive. Look to England for how waiting for medical tests and procedures for anyone, but most especially the elderly, often leads to death.

Tomorrow morning, we will all awake to an America that has changed.  With the stroke of a pen and the decision of a panel of judges, the America we once knew no longer exists.  We will awaken to an America where the rule of law is no longer a guarantee of the Constitutions limits or the separation of powers.

You have one chance and one chance only to turn this nation back to its founding ideals.  In November, VOTE!  Spread the word! Do not back down when challenged by liberals!  Knock them out with knowledge and facts!  They deal simply with emotion and extremely loose facts.  Do what your forefathers would have you do!  The fate of this country, you and your children and grand-children depend on it.


And may God help us all.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street....my thoughts

I have watched since the whole "Occupy Wall Street" thing started and, other than to friends at lunch, have stayed quiet about it.  Well, those that know me well know that doesn't often last.  So I started getting the itch to write again. But what to write about? How it disgusts me that these entitlement-minded dead-head beatniks are constantly yelling about "corporate greed" and "destroy capitalism"?  No, perhaps too controversial.  Maybe a firm lecture in writing about teh benefits of capitalism and the extreme disadvantages of Socialism and Communism? No, too dry.  So as I sat and thought, the images from the "occupiers" kept racing through my head, competing for space with images from Tea Party protests.  Images! One picture is worth a thousand words they say.  What if I simply allow images to tell the story?  Along with and every now and then warning or comment from me, after all, it is my blog.  So, here is my attempt to compare the two "groups".  Oddly enough, the Tea Party has been railing against some of the same overarching arguments.  Only the Tea Party groups have been derided as being racist, while you will see exactly who is racist.  Also, the Tea Party chose to work from within the structure of this great nation, not attempt to destroy it and remake it into some farcical  utopia.  But enough from me, on to the images.

CAUTION: SOME IMAGES AND VIDEOS MAY CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE


Let's start with the Occupy Wall Street Crowd


Notice the Hammer and Sickle...the symbol of the enemy when I was growing up


What protest would be complete without the
lovable fat guy? Shouldn't he be making another 
movie full of misleading information or anti-Christian themes? 
I wonder how much money he has donated?


"Down with corporate greed!'' Well, unless of course it is my favorite brand


 Again, more corporate greed



Ditto!



One glaring contrast you will notice between the two groups, is 
their sense of patriotism, or lack thereof.


And their lack of respect for religions, even though
the occupiers would have everyone believe they are
extremely tolerant.  They are, unless you disagree with their views.


Good 'ol Karl Marx. Swell guy wasn't he? 


More lovely religious tolerance


Antisemitism (but we're tolerant)


I am an amateur scholar of the U.S. Constitution
Oddly, I have never seen the right to a job.  They are nice to have, but not a right.


True feelings and views being revealed 


Good 'ol Bob, head of the Communist Party USA


More Antisemitism (But hey we're still tolerant)


Same old tired anti-Jewish rhetoric, from a very tolerant group


This young man wants his college paid for.  Why? He just does. Deal with it!


Oh yes, we are very tolerant


and....here is the savior of our country...relish it!

So that is just a few images and videos from the occupiers. Anyone care to ponder as to their agenda?  Oh wait, they have released a manifesto of "demands" Only one of which have anything to do with Wall Street. You will see it, it's the one dealing with corporations as "persons)

Here is the link to their manifesto: OWS Manifesto

Once you are finished with that link, check this one out: Supporting the Occupy Crowd

And now, in images, the other side.....




Real liberty....


Patriotic


Racist? not so much....




















Deeply patriotic...

So, these are just some of my thoughts in images. The images that have been comparing and contrasting in my mind.  Like I said, oddly enough, some of the things both groups agree on.  The difference is how each chooses to get there.  Through working within the fabric of this country, or destroying it through anarchy (which has no end).

Just my opinion, form your own