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The Serious Ongoing Issues From This Campaign

That this has been a tempestuous campaign season is the one thing all agree upon. On the democratic side we have an avowed socialist with some pretty outlandish ideas about how this country should move forward. Just give everybody what they want and worry about paying for it at some later time. And then there is the now presumptive democrat nominee. The recently released report from Gowdy’s committee investigating the Benghazi Terrorist attack virtually accuses both Hillary Clinton and B. Obama of being complicit in the murder of four men in that town in Libya including the United States Ambassador. She has been shown to be a consistent, no make that constant, liar. Not even her lies are consistent. The democratic presumptive nominee has stated many things that show her contempt for the constitution. She s a self proclaimed “progressive” and denies being a liberal. The progressives believe that only professional politicians should have a voice in how we run our government. The people should vote and then shut up and let them handle everything. The vote is viewed as being a mandate to do so.

On the other side of the fence we have a rich business man that says what ever comes to mind at the moment then, likely as not reverses himself the next day that has become the Republican presumptive nominee. This man has never puled more than roughly 35% of the vote in his primaries. If all of the primaries had been awarding delegates on a proportional basis instead of the all or nothing rule of so many, he would not even be that. And now we have many that have decided to attempt to nullify even the primaries decision.

Carroll Boston “Beau” Correll, a district-level delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the 49 Republican district delegates as well as the 110 Democrat delegates of Virginia. Correll firmly believes that Donald Trump is “unfit to serve” as President of the United States, and cannot bring himself to vote for Trump on the first ballot, or any subsequent ballots.  Correll filed the lawsuit in order to gain protection from any criminal charges since by not voting for Trump he will be in violation of Virginia state law, Section 545(D). Should this suit prevale, it would effectively nullify the Virginia primary results and give us 49 unbound delegates. That would also allow any other state’s delegates to file the same suit and prevail due to precedent law. Now there is a can of worms I am not sure we want to open.

Next we look at the divisiveness of the campaigns themselves. We had many factions at work this time. There were the populists supporting Trump- the constitutional conservatives supporting Cruz- the republican establishment supporting first Bush then Rubio- libertarians supporting Paul- a fraction of the conservatives behind Kasich- Social democrats following Sanders- the mainstream democrats pushing the Clinton campaign.

It has been a divisive and dirty campaign from day one. It has gotten even more so now that we have these “presumptive” winners. There was only one person that did not engage in the mud slinging- Senator Cruz. Even he got a little harsh when they attacked his wife. I, personally, can’t blame him for that.

Hillary has said so much that is simply and provably erroneous that she has lost much support due to that duplicity. Trump keeps changing his position on almost everything he has said The latest seems to be his backtracking on the exclusion of Muslim immigration. It now appears that he really didn’t mean ALL Muslims, just those that cannot be properly “vetted”. Who makes the call on what that word means he has not indicated. He has insulted Women, native Americans, blacks, Chinese, English and of course Muslims. OH. And anybody that disagrees with him. Going so far as to ask followers to “punch” one protester, offering to pay all legal fees for anyone that did.

OK you get the point. This campaign season has actually created a very large chasm in the body politic of our nation. It has gone a long way toward dividing our house against itself. Is there a solution that would work and is feasible? Many have been offered, but if you take a close look at them they each push a personal agenda also except for the “Can’t we all just get along?” crowd. Remember that word feasible? We have the “lets just follow the constitution” people. Probably the best one, yet it will never resonate with the “progressives”. They simply will not do that.

I do not have the answer. The only one that will work, I guess, is the Convention of States idea that terrifies the left so badly. The left calls it a “con-con. A Constitutional Convention to rewrite the constitution. It is not and never could be. Who actually believes that any state legislature would send commissioners to such a convention that would violate many laws passed by those same legislatures stating plainly that proposing amendments contrary to the topic of the convention would be a criminal or civil act and could land them in jail at worst, simply recalled and fired with prejudice at best. The main reason so many on the left fear this one is it proposes term limits which would fire all of the professionals in Government. Of Course there is also those amendments that would limit federal spending and limit the power of the federal government.

If you have a better solution to closing this chasm, please comment.

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Why?

Why?

I had an interesting question asked of me by a friend last night. Why am I so adamantly and passionately supporting Cruz and equally adamantly and passionately opposed to Trump and his political sister, Hillary?
A great part of the answer revolves around the country I grew up in. You see I grew up in a country that respected the rights of others. Where the phrase “my rights end at the start of your nose,” actually meant something. A country that respected the right of a person to run his or her own business and if he/she put in place a policy that I didn’t agree with, it as my right not to patronize him and urge others to do the same.
The country I grew up in had no tolerance for a supreme court that ignored the constitution and wrote their own laws. The constitution was the SUPREME law of the land, not groups of unelected bureaucrats and Judges that made it up as they went along. My country thought that the Declaration of Independence was almost sacred. When it said – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR …” it meant something. I meant that this was a country founded on the rights of the individual as granted by God, not men.
I have lost my country. A country whose uniform I proudly wore and to whom I swore the oath to defend the constitution and my country against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Nobody, including me, has ever said “that’s OK, Rick, you don’t have to hold to that oath anymore. Just forget it.”
Now I find that there is an election that has many people running that honestly believe that Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States are just old pieces of paper that need to be forgotten and ignored. That the reasons this country was founded on individual liberty and a trust in God is no longer pertinent to our lives and certainly not something our government should have any concern for. Mr. Trump has said the following and though I may paraphrase the concepts are identical:
1> I don’t think I have ever asked God for forgiveness. I trust in my own judgment about right and wrong.
2> If a man thinks he is a woman he should be allowed to be in the bathroom our wives and daughter’s use.
3> I don’t need to follow the rules. The rules aren’t always things I agree with.
4> Wrote an entire book about how to con people and then uses those tactics while campaigning to be MY president.
5> Promotes violence within his own organization and among his followers.
Promises that if he is not the nominee there will be riots in the streets across our land.
6> Cannot tolerate any form of disagreement.
7> Is afraid to meet his opponent in a head to head debate even when openly challenged to do so.
8> Believes the rules should be changed to fit his own personal definition of “fair” even though some of those rules have been in place long before he decided to run and all have been in place before this campaign began.
9> When asked about the Convention of States project he reportedly replied “What’s that?”

There is one person in this race that has a lifelong history of standing for the constitution and the people of this land. He has openly opposed those who would and do denigrate the supreme law of this country. He even had that constitution memorized before he graduated form high school. He has stood on the floor of he senate and correctly identified the leader of the senate of lying and took heat for it! He has proposed bill after bill that would curb the power of the very body he was elected to in the face of those who forgot their promises the second they were sworn into office.
He has repeatedly stated that he wants to give me my country back to me.
I ask you – How can I not support him?

Should Islam be Considered a Religion in America?

This is a question being pondered by many in our country today. The subject logically begins with the definition of the word religion. Then, if it should not be called a religion, why and how come into immediate play?
How does one define the word religion? Merriam Webster says this: “: the belief in a god or in a group of gods : an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods.“ That might be a little simplistic for our purposes. That definition allows any group, large or small, to declare that they are following a religion for for any sensical or nonsensical reason. Even the constitution or at least the patriot papers and the founding fathers put limits on religion and its practices. Using religion to justify human sacrifice and you still face the death penalty. Using religion to start riots used to be considered against the law though you have to wonder these days.
Let us then, look at a definition that the founding fathers might have had in mind when they wrote the first amendment granting that “Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, …” (pardon the aside here, but notice that it is very specific in saying that Congress, shall pass no law establishing a religion. Doesn’t say a word about praying at a football game or before a government body conducts business.) That definition might well be considered in today’s world, as well as yesterdays, as one which accepts the precepts of the Judeo-Christian ethic. In other words the respecting of life. Human life most of all. The phrase ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ comes to mind. Though it is not in the Christian or Jewish holy scripture nor any religion’s defining document it is perceived as the fundamental law of ethical life.
Ethical. An interesting word. Also the word ethos fits here. Ethical is defined as ‘involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval conforming to accepted standards of conduct ‘ and ethos as ‘the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.’ Somehow the philosophy of the so called Islamic faith just doesn’t seem to fit well.
I have trouble believing that they would find a “religion” that allows the killing of a woman for being raped or a person refusing to accept another religion, or made fun of your gods image as acceptable religious behavior.
Most, if not all, religions, with the exception of Islam, believe that life is sacred. Particularly human life. There are religions that take that reverence much further than we Christians do. The Hindus believe that even cows are sacred. The Shintu religion go so far as to actually have marriage ceremonies for rocks. They tie them together with ropes to signify that bond. Many religions ban the eating of meat. The point here is that all religions accept the fact that HUMAN life is sacred. It is not to be taken from anyone lightly. The first problem we face in this discussion therefore is the one of definition in the legal sense. I propose that a valid starting point would be: “Religion shall be defined by the United States of America as that purported religious believe(s) that holds life, particularly Human life, is a sacred thing and will not be taken without due process under American law. No other law of any nation or entity shall be entertained.” That should be easily understood by even those nine unelected people in black robes in D.C.
The next point is the how.
That one is easier said than done. Congress could and, indeed should, pass a law to this effect, but those nine unelected robed figures might strike it down. There is another sure way to do it. You need either congress to call a convention of the states and have 38 of them vote in favor of the amendment OR have 34 of the state legislatures call one with the 38 yea votes following. It then would become the undisputed law of this land. Enough said.
Comments of all kinds welcome and encouraged.

The Day They Raped the Blind Lady

 

Justice is portrayed in stone on the front of the Supreme Court Building in our nation’s capital as a female with a blindfold and a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. The blindfold symbolizes objectivity and stoicism, the scales represent empiricism and enlightenment values, and, the sword appeals to enforcement and restraint. These ideals can be differently represented based on the permutations of tokens that comprise the statue. For example, some have created critiques of U.S. justice by changing the specific token that represents the ideal that corresponds with it, by making a figure of Justitia with her blindfold “slipping” to allow a watchful eye for the other, non-Stoic, means to prudent decision making that might exist in deliberations of jurisprudence.

A few days ago the institution that is supposed to represent these lofty ideals decided to rape all she stands for rather than follow the supreme law of this nation. It began with two of the Justices refusing to recuse themselves as required by law. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan both made their position on same sex marriage very clear by personally performing these marriages. The law requires that when a judge in a case has formed an opinion or there is reason to believe they have done so prior to the hearing of evidence they must stand aside and allow other judges to decide the case. They did not do so and voted as we knew from their history that they would vote.

Next came the blatant ignoring of the constitution in several areas. Probably the most significant of these would be the 10th amendment which specifically forbids the federal government from doing anything the states can do for themselves. In this case, it is the states via the individual counties and cities in those states, that issue marriage licenses based on the will of the people in those jurisdictions. In some cases this may be the requirement of a blood test while in others it may be the blood relation of the supplicants and in several of these United States the denial may be based on the fact that the petitioners for said license are of the same sex. It is clear that the constitution permits the states these rights.

Their are those who believe with great sincerity that such marriages are contrary to the bible and that alone is sufficient reason for said denial. Yep, they have the right to do that also under the 1rst amendment.

Then there is the case Obamacare. The law as written, states that those states that did not create their own Obamacare plan would not receive any subsidies. This was not a problem for this court. They simple decided that they had legislative powers contrary to Article I section I of the Constitution which states in plain language that the only body that may create laws for this nation is the congress. This made no difference to the Roberts Court. They just rewrote the law.

There are more constitutional issues, but why belabor an obvious point. Might be time to install term limits on all of D.C.!

Customer Service

Customer Service
Government and Corporate

Today I would like to talk about another facet of the cultural change this country is going through. A little thing called customer service. This was for years the backbone of both the government and the private sector. Gone are the days when elected officials will respond to questions from constituents. Here in WV we have elected legislators refusing to even acknowledge emails and/ or calls from those that elected them. I cite my own case of a man I supported in his election bid, now senator Robert Karnes of WV senate district 11. He has refused to respond to 5 telephone calls and numerous emails all concerning issues before the state legislature. I have been told by others in my district that he has done the same to them on a variety of issues. For Shame, Robert! Please understand the I have received courteous and responsive answers from legislators from other districts so they are not all as uncaring about the people as Senator Karnes.

The federal government is even worse about customer service these days as every politically aware person in the country knows. The IRS refusing to answer their phones??? The outgoing AG stating that his department was the most focused on justice in history? The presumptive Democrat’s nominee for president telling the American people the Government has the responsibility of changing the mores of our country. Christian values are destructive and need to go. Freedoms must be surrendered to her party’s concept of security. …… Excuse the pause. I had to go lose my breakfast.

This however, is only one part of a larger picture. We also have the private sector. The large corporations that have seemingly forgotten that paying close attention to customer needs was the corner stones of building their corporations. Sam Walton was a shining example of this. He built one of the largest fortunes in the world by building a company that was actually concerned about its customers. He used to walk through his stores talking to his customers. Getting their feedback and then acting on the knowledge gained.

I am going to relate a personal story on this subject. I have Sprint as my cellular company. I should say that my son has and I am one of the people included in the plan. You should know that the plan he has costs roughly $9000.00 per year so we are not a small item for them. I purchased the insurance plan to cover my phone should it be lost, stolen or just quit working. Should be no problem, right? Wait for it.

My Windows phone went dead. That is no surprise as Windows phones have to be the worst possible on the market, unfortunately changing to a decent one is VERY costly with Sprint. On with the tale of their so called customer service. I notified them that my phone was totally dead. Would not even turn on. I was without a phone, period. I informed them of my insurance and jumped through their security hoops to get to what I thought was the right person. “No problem”, they said we will send one right out. They took down and confirmed my address three times. Naturally they sent it to the wrong address. They sent it to my son who is a long distance trucker driving with his wife. They won’t even be home until the middle of May! This was February. I placed another call. Understand I was using a friends phone that had limited minutes which I for which I had to pay, The person I was talking to kept me on that phone with inanities until the phone ran out of minutes. He had told me several times that he was sending out the phone and had once again confirmed the correct address several times. I had warned him that I was running out of minutes. The phone went dead. I was disconnected.

I wasn’t worried. He had all of the information and had told me he was sending out the phone. I waited a week. No phone. I called back. There was not even a record of my last call. No action was taken. Long, tedious and very frustrating story made quite a bit shorter, I finally did receive the phone. Over 45 days after my original call! The phone they sent? Obviously a used one. And it DOES NOT WORK! Will not connect to WiFi, Cannot use it for driving directions because it cannot connect to the service. The phone portion is fraught with so many problems it is almost unusable. Conversations are broken even when I show 5 bars. Here we go again.
Customer service by both private industry and the government is at an all time low. The average citizen in this country has only the still quiet voice crying in the wilderness to money hungry politicians and an uncaring group of corporate thieves and corrupt politicians and we just put up with it. Well, most of you do.

I have said it before and I say it again. Those who believe in what this country was founded upon need to Stand Up! Speak up! Show up!

Common Core Realities

Last week this reporter gave you the facts behind the myths of Common Core (CC). If you wish to refresh your memory here is the link: Blog- Fact Vs Myth This week I will endeavor to explore CC a little more intimately.

Be forewarned! This report will have editorial content in addition to factual content!
CC is, among other things a direct insult to the tenth amendment which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Nothing in the constitution gives the power over our education system to the federal government. Furthermore, the welfare clause of the constitution states, in paraphrase, that if the states can do something the federal government cannot. The states have run their own schools since the inception of the constitution so I guess they can do it.

As part of the Race to the Top program, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $330 million in September 2010 that will strengthen the hold that the federal government and special interests have on K-12 curriculum content, increase the frequency of standardized tests, diminish the importance of traditional classroom tests, and further marginalize the role of parents and teachers. 

There are basically two systems for the implementation of CC at the state level. These are:
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) partially funded by a grant from the Department of Education at $170 million and
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for $160 million

CC is a direct insult to conservative tenets and apparently seeks to eliminate all such adherents via subtle indoctrination of our children. There are many examples of this in the proposed tests themselves. But time and space limit my ability to expose them all here. We will examine a couple. The first is rather more blatant than subtle.
Ronald Reagan’s famous words at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, in which he calls for Mikhail Gorbachev to, “come to this gate! … Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” becomes according to the College Board’s new Advanced Placement U.S. history exam, this was really a period of “increased assertiveness and bellicosity” on the part of the U.S. This is a multiple choice question so the ONLY correct answer is this one.

The phrase “… increased assertiveness and bellicosity ..” is so obviously editorial in nature as to verge on the ridiculous. One might be tempted to ask, increased from what or when? From the days of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis or perhaps the Nixon and Carter years? Probably not. You see Reagan had a reasonable expectation of a reasoned response from Gorbachev due to his diplomatic efforts. He got one. The wall came down. If I may paraphrase the same words in an editorial manner, that time can be viewed as a period of decreased bellicosity and assertiveness.

This is but one example of the left’s intent and attempt to brain wash our children.
There are a ridiculous number of examples of the idiocy of the math used in these tests, but we shall look at one only for reasons already stated.

18 students in a class room are told to count off increasing by a certain number. The last person to count off correctly said 90. What number was used to count off? Simple, right? 90 divided by 18 equals 5 so they were counting by fives. WRONG! The correct answer takes 128 steps and uses a format that most mathematicians can’t understand. If you gave your work in the straight forward 90/18=5 you got it wrong according to CC standards.

WV State Delegate Michael Folk is an airline pilot who has taught math in both high schools and colleges. It is my understanding that he holds a degree in math while his wife teaches science to WV children with a solid background in math. They are dismayed that they are unable to help their children with math homework for the simple reason that these well educated people can’t understand how the problems are to be solved! I have several other examples of this same thing, but again both time and space are prohibitive.

There is one other area that greatly concerns me and it is another of those ‘subtle’ intrusions into the parent-child rights. Many states, including WV have signed up for SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) which is funded by the Federal Department of Education to the tune of $160,000,000. This mandates that the schools will:

  • SBAC will test students using computer adaptive technology that will ask students tailored questions based on their previous answers.
  • SBAC “will continue to use one test at the end of the year for accountability purposes,” but will also create a series of interim tests used to inform students, parents, and teachers about whether students are on track.

That “… ask students tailored questions based on their previous answers.” thing bothers me. First who will devise these new questions? Presumably the Department of Education and their consultants. Consultants being those trade organizations mentioned at the beginning of this piece. So if your child missed that question regarding the bellicosity of the Reagan speech, they are going to receive reinforcement in the understanding of an editorialized question. Hmmmmm. (Time for some editorializing of my own.) Sounds more like indoctrination to me. Yeah, Stupid me. I am against the government indoctrinating my children or any body’s children with either liberal or conservative tenets. That is the responsibility of the parents and only the parents. Contrary to some, the child’s upbringing is the parents responsibility not the government’s.

The second mandate under the “Smarter” consortium is one test at the end of the year with periodic testing to “… inform students, parents and teachers about whether students are on track.” In the former case we already have a very good year end standardized test that has been in use for decades (with periodic updates). This does keep all informed the tack the students are on, so why spend the money to create a new one? The answer is left as an exercise for the reader.

Did you know that six states (Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming) plus American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands participated in neither consortium? It was never a requirement. And what did they give up for this non-participation? Nothing. The money from the government for signing up in one or the other was earmarked exclusively for implementing the tests. Notice that the amount that each state received was never enough to cover all of the costs of implementation. The six states actually saved money by saying no. Funny how that works sometimes.

There will be more on this after a brief hiatus so other issues may be addressed. Let me know if you are finding these comments on Common Core helpful or should I just move on?

Musings on Immigration

Article 2, Section 3 of the United States Constitution makes one of the duties of the president clear. It states the the president “… shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Naturally this assumes there is a law which he is supposed to “faithfully execute.” The current case of immigration is a problem that the president has decided to “fix” and since there is no law he has decided to make one on his own. This arrogation of congressional power to himself is plainly against the constitution he swore to uphold. If this power grab is allowed to stand we will have moved even further from a republic to tyranny.
Let’s face it, lawlessness breads lawlessness. Once you condone a lawless act you open the door for more such acts. Just to be clear, there are laws on the books, passed by congress as mandated by the supreme law of this land that state clearly how people can enter this country. The president maintains that prosecutorial discretion allows the DOJ to ignore this law if it so chooses. That just isn’t so. Prosecutorial discretion is clearly intended to be used on a case by case basis not on a blanket move to ignore a law. Now if the DOJ decides to investigate each illegal immigration to see if the laws are being broken and then decide, because of extenuation or some such reason, that is one thing. They have neither the funding nor the manpower to do so for millions of illegals.
The people of this country have stated that there is one way to gain entrance to our land. They have taken the proper action by codifying this in law. This law helps us weed out the lawless and the applicant that envisions brining down the government through acts of terror and just plain thievery or drug running. This president has decided to allow al to enter regardless of background or intent. Now he is proposing that they be given social security and a tax rebate on taxes they don’t pay. And yes, even grant them government support supposedly reserved for real citizens.
There is a quote from Heather Mac Donald, fellow of the Manhattan Institute that bears repeating.
On Feb 16, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen halted President Obama’s illegal amnesty with a temporary injunction. The proposed amnesty program, Judge Hanen found, went far beyond mere prosecutorial discretion not to enforce the law against individuals . Instead, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to confer on illegal aliens a new legal status known as “legal presence.” But Congress has not granted DHS the power to create and bestow legal status. The amnesty program represented a “complete abdication” of DHS’s responsibility to enforce the law, Judge Hanen declared. Indeed DHS was actively thwarting the express will of Congress.
Notice that this a rather narrow ruling. The Judge does not address the constitutional questions raised, but rather ruled against the administration. His ruling is based on laws governing the DHS’s rule making.
As bad as Obama’s amnesty is (did I say bad? Make that egregious) there is another baddy lurking underneath that. You see, the very second this clandestine border invader steps on American soil he/she is a criminal in the eyes of our law. It should be no surprise that many go ahead and break more laws and some of them get arrested for that and put in jail. The arresting agency then follows standard operating procedure and notifies ICE that they have an illegal in jail supposedly so they can pick him up and deport him. This is a very common practice called a ‘Detainer’. It is used all of the time. You get busted in one place and are wanted for another crime in another jurisdiction they ‘detain you at the end of your sentence so the other place can come and get you. You might say a common sense approach. (I am not typing the he/she thing anymore. Not sexist, just lazy.) Should be a no brainer, right? This is known as Secure Communities a program that has been targeted by liberals since its beginning. They make the rather amazing claim that it is just not fair to remove an illegal alien just because he has broken more laws. Many of them insist that he shouldn’t have been jailed in the first place. They really do! So last year the Obama administration decided that Secure Communities needed to be dismantled almost completely. After all, who needs our communities to be secure from lawlessness? Police authorities in high immigration areas are under tremendous pressure, political pressure, to completely ignore everything they have been taught about lawlessness and public safety in order to protect illegal immigrants.
The stated goal of this campaign against Secure Communities is to de-legitimize deportation as a legitimate response to illegal immigration. That effectively means that we have no immigration laws. So come on in, ISIS. We will not only welcome you we will give you a social security and help pay you to attack us. The same goes for the drug traffickers, human sex traffickers, etc.
Here you have a little insight into the administration’s amnesty packaging. Still like it?

The Best Defense

It is very apparent that the Judeo-Christian ethic is under egregious attack by the liberals in our once stalwart country. I suggest we counter attack. It has been wisely said that the best defence is a good offence. That said just how do we counter attack?

First please note that I used the term Judeo-Christian in my opening line. Make no mistake I count myself as a Christian; however, I respect other beliefs and religions. And yes I see Judaism as a vibrant and viable religion.

The thing is the anti Christian and indeed the the anti religion bigots in this country are winning the battles in this. Why? Because the Christians and the Jews, and the Buddhists and the Shintoists and every other religion in this country are not launching a counter offensive.

We counter attack by an old and tried tactic of civil disobedience and refusal to bow to misguided and sometimes wrong thinking. Civil disobedience comes in many forms. The county and city governments where I live has an ongoing tradition of displaying a manger scene every Christmas on the lawn of the County Court House! Supreme court be damned. Our children say the Pledge of Allegiance with the words ‘Under God’ included. In other words our local government practices a form of Civil disobedience. Oh, by the way, this town is considered a bastion of the democratic party.

Another way to counter attack is education. I don’t mean just in our schools, but in our everyday lives. Are you aware that there is no place in the Constitution of our country that states that there shall be a separation of church and state? The sole comment and proviso having anything to do with religion comes in the first amendment to that document and it simply says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” The underline is mine. Look at that. Posting the ten commandments in front of your courthouse has nothing to do with establishing a religion and certainly nothing to do with congress passing any law! Spread the word. COUNTER ATTACK.

The second part of that is “or prohibiting the free exercise the free exercise thereof…” It is, or should be, my right to run my business in any manner that does not threaten the life or property of another. If I should want to bar any but bible carrying Christians or Wearers of the Star of David or any other religious symbol that is MY business. It may not make good business sense, but it is my right. The Declaration of Independence has it as a God given right. The government has absolutely no power to deny me that right, even though they seem to think they do. Not even public opinion can deny me that right. It may cost me business, but that is all. There does seem to be one exception to that comment about bad for business. Many businesses are finding it very profitable to, say nothing about safer, for businesses to ban Muslims.

Another way to further the education process is to respond to any published action that is against the American God given freedoms. Have you seen a rant by homosexuals about how they have the ‘right’ to marry or adopt or attempt to bring public pressure on businesses that refuse to offer their services to them such as wedding cakes? Step up and rationally defend their right to run their business in any way their conscience dictates, in a post of your own. One caution here. Don’t post or respond with a rant. When you start with the name calling and bad language most people just turn you off as being too juvenile to be in the discussion. If you can’t respond with a modicum of reason, I suggest you take your frustration and anger elsewhere.

I was in another town a few days ago and as I was driving down the main drag my eyes came to rest on a sign in a restaurant window. I had to stop and read it as my driving interfered with comprehension. The sign read: “We are Christian Americans and your legal guns are welcome here.” I just had to go in even though I wasn’t ‘packing’. The place was comfortably full and I sauntered to the counter for a coffee and an English muffin. I looked around the room and must have seen 20 hip weapons scattered about the room. Never felt safer in my life. I had to ask to speak to the owner. I was introduced to a pleasant middle aged woman and in answer to my question she stated that her business had actually increased since she and her husband put up the sign. She said they had put up the sign in response to a robbery. Now her customers were an invincible security force that paid them for their service. I still think that was a great solution to a problem. They counter attacked.

All I am saying here is that we need to take the battle for our ideals to the enemy. Not sit around on our plush posteriors waiting for ‘somebody’ to do something. Remember – if you look in the mirror ‘somebody’ is looking back at you.

The Stupidity of the Racist Tag

The Democrats have been using the ‘Racist’ tag to demonize conservatives for several years. If you don’t like something Obama does or says, they call you a racist. None, or I should say very few of you know me personally so you don’t know the color of my skin and I am going to make a few statements. You decide if I am a racist.
There are some people I don’t like and actually hate their politics and policies. I can say without equivocation that I don’t like these things about: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, B. H. Obama, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Barbara Boxer, Al Franken and the list goes on. And on.
So. Am I a racist based on just that statement? The Democrats, and yes some Republicans, would have you believe that disagreement with any person of a different skin tone than my own is racist. I say that is just plain stupidity. It is impossible to judge a person’s racial bias based on any one factor. Racism is a learned mind set. To quote a song lyric …You have to be carefully taught…” to hate someone because of the chance color of their skin. Trust me, if I believe that someone is going to do me severe bodily harm and perhaps take my life, I will shoot and look at the color of their skin later and, at that point, it won’t matter one little bit to me.
Using the racist epithet to brand people that disagree with your view point is imbecilic. It is an attempt to stir an emotional response to any ones contrary ideas. Emotional. That is quite a word and a very effective political tool. Emotion is used by most professional politicians. It is used by Eric Holder andmany in the Obama administration. Yeah, it is used by many others too, but we are discussing politics here. The Liberty Alliance, for instance would have you believe that if ANY politician is not in lock step with their view of how this country should be governed, they are evil. They may well be a new type of racist. The political racist. The “it has to be our way or not at all’ people. They would have you believe that selecting the “lesser of two evils” at the ballot is in and of itself, evil. They would have you believe that voting for a person that is basically conservative, but bends to the realities of political necessity while in office is EVIL.
In my own state there is a race for the U. S. Senate that is really important to the nation. On the Republican side is Mz. Capito. Now I don’t agree with everything she does in the House where she currently serves, BUT to my way of thinking she is much more acceptable than her opponent, Mz. Tennant. Yep, the lesser of two evils. The Liberty Alliance would have you vote for a candidate that has absolutely no chance of winning election rather than vote for the more conservative Shelly Moore Capito simply because she has not voted in the manner they think she should on 100% of the issues she faces. In other words throw the election to the Democrat and very liberal Natalie Tennant. Shame on them. So does that make me a racist? Not according to any dictionary I have consulted. They universally refer to a person’s actual race bias. The Natzis were and are racists. They believed in the ‘uberman’, the super race. The KKK is a very racist group. Each of those aforementioned definitions also refer to “… unreasoned hatred of any person or group due to the ethnic race …”. I on the other hand am expounding on political demagoguery. Usually used by political extremists and I don’t like extremism on either end of the spectrum.

Why I Believe in the Convention of States and Limited Government

People often ask me why I am so passionate about returning this country to a strict construction way of running the government. Well, I’ll tell you. We are breeding a race of takers. We are raising children that believe the government’s purpose is to take care of them, regardless of the cost. Shucks, they don’t even consider the cost. A very large part of that cost is our freedom. Freedom from tyranny. Freedom to think and act as we each deem best. Freedom to be positive that our vote is counted in every election and that there are no illegitimate votes cast. The freedom to express an opinion or condem the government on our cell phones without fear of reprisals. That only United States citizens elect the people in our government. Live ones. This takes a limited government. President Ronald Reagan said it best, “I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited.”

Our government picks and chooses the laws they want to enforce. A great case in point might be Eric Holder, the erstwhile Attorney General, while speaking to a NAACP forum stated that “… requiring voter IDs would disenfranchise American minorities.” I’ve never understood that argument. The only people I know of that can’t get an identification showing they are citizens are people that are not citizens. I have assisted many infirm and minority people obtain an ID that shows they are citizens. It’s not difficult. Takes about an hour here. Even the laws of our states require people to have picture IDs and be able to produce them for officers of the law, upon request. So what minorities are affected? The Illegals and those with work or student visas? Perhaps,but then who cares except corrupt politicians.

We have professional politicians. It is a career path. It is a path to wealth. I know of one politician that began as a community organizer then went into politics and recently purchased a multi-million dollar home. Harry Reid is so intent to continue his career that I, personally, am of the opinion he violates the laws of the land every election. He has entered the final day of each of his elections to the senate several points behind in the polls and comes out the winner by a substantial margin. I have often wished I had the power to examine the voter roles and the number of registered votes that have been deceased for years or moved out of state long before the polls opened. But that is just my opinion. Well, mine a few others. Quite a few, actually. Requiring voter IDs seems more and more a great idea.

Now understand that this is not currently a Constitutional issue, but Eric Holder believes that it is a holy cause whereas the Constitution is just a piece of ancient writing. The Second Amendment doesn’t need to be enforced by his office. As a matter of public record it is something he believes should be ignored by the government and all manner of infringements should be imposed by the liberal government he serves. So voter IDs are wrong and the states have no power to enact their requirement, even though the tenth amendment, among others, clearly gives them the right to enact those laws in their own state. BUT, the Constitution is should not be enforced. Yeah, I want to limit his power and every other politician that thinks they way he does. I honestly believe that our once great nation can only strive to be the shining example of personal liberty and individual responsibility by plugging the holes in our constitution that our current culture see fit to exploit.

Would you believe that there is no such thing as a “separation of church and state” in the constitution? None. The only statement made is in the first amendment, part of the “Bill of Rights” no less, is this one: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” The emphasis I mine obviously. Saying a prayer at a high school football game is not “establishing a religion” Having the ten commandments on a public building in not enacting a law.

The very first article of the that great document, The Constitution of the United States of America, specifically grant the Houses of Congress the sole power to enact laws, yet the government has seen fit to give that power to its ‘regulatory agencies’. The EPA has usurped the power of the states by denying the coal industry new permits and setup regulations that will close hundreds of power generating stations in our country. They haven’t given any plan for replacing that power. It is very possible with todays technology, to limit and even eliminate the so called green house emissions if that is their goal. That alone would save thousands of jobs.

The IRS was formed to collect taxes. Suddenly that ‘regulatory agency’ has the power to target groups in any manner they choose and to create laws that have the power to imprison people for a diverse set of circumstances. The law to enact the collections of taxes and form the IRS is a few pages in length. The regulations that agency has created in response is many THOUSANDS of pages. One pundit said that stacked one on the other those individual pieces of paper making up those unenacted laws stands higher than he does. Not even the agents of the IRS have any idea what is in them. I once asked one of their agents for an opinion on my taxes and was given very specific instructions on how to handle my problem so I would not be in violation. I called every day for four days and asked the same question worded the same way (I wrote out a script) and received four different opinions, each citing specific regulations. I got audited.
I am a believer in limited government.

We can all cite examples of the federal government using the power of the purse to intimidate state governments to enact laws the legislators would rather not have on the books and the people of those states really don’t agree. But, when the federal government says it will deny money for roads or other infrastructure projects, what are the poor states to do. The knuckle under and it has become so common that I don’t they even consider the situation twice. This is a sneaky way to ‘get around’ the tenth amendment.

I’ve said it before. I am in favour of LIMITED government and power to the people.