AMERICA’S LIMITED FOCUS IS TROUBLING…


Blog Post - Big Picture

America is in deep trouble on almost every front and sadly most of the focus by the Main Stream Media, politicians and public are “hot button issues” which often divert attention from the dire straits this country is in overall.  I care about all the issues or most of them but I care about America more than I care about winning a battle on any isolated “hot button issue”. 

It seems, to me, that each time we begin to make progress on bringing to the light the plight of America with regard to National Defense, the Economy, Constitutional Rights, the Federal Budget and Deficit, Immigration, etc. there is a new scandal, hot button issue that diverts our attention from the whole to the isolated.  Frankly, I have come to believe that is by design and both parties are complicit in this excursion in to deception.

Blog Post - Not In Labor Force

We have over 92 Million workforce age citizens not participating in the workforce in this country.  Even when we discount those who are retired and truly handicapped and unable to work we find that there is, in reality, at least 15% unemployment and most honest analyst and statisticians believe it is over 20% in real unemployment picture.  That is a problem of major proportions and is largely ignored today by all politicians.  It is not ignored by those in that situation who WOULD WORK if they COULD FIND WORK.  Sadly, there is a significant portion of the unemployed who NO LONGER WANT TO WORK.  They are satisfied to receive a handout rather than a hand up and find it more lucrative to sit idle than to work 1-3 jobs to make ends meet.  I can understand but cannot condone their choices and that is a problem in America.

Our National Defense through the systematic weakening of our military is worse than it has been in decades and possibly ever.  I resist declaring that this administration wants us open to attacks but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck and looks like a duck it just might be a duck.  We have consistently alienated our friends and long term allies and aided those who openly declare “Death to America”.  That is unconscionable to me and should be to any American who loves liberty and having a free constitutional republic in which to live and work.  Our borders are so porous that anyone can virtually walk across unchecked and unimpeded.  That means that terrorist have open access to our borders especially our southern borders and can and possibly have smuggled in weapons of mass destruction ready to use on our sovereign American soil.  That is a problem of epic proportion.

Blog Post - Rights

The assault by this Administration on our Constitutional Rights and Liberties including speech, religion and the constant press to regulate to a dictatorial degree our right to keep and bear arms should be a concern.  It seems that if you are a follower of Islam you have a right to demand that federal prisons serve what you want to eat, provide you with all the tools to practice your religion but if you are a Christian operating a business you have no rights to follow your religion’s beliefs and obey your conscious.  No, your rights are subordinate to the declared rights of those who practice lifestyles or religions contrary to your beliefs.  We are in grave danger of pastor’s being ordered to conduct same sex marriages in violation of their convictions or face imprisonment.  That should be of major concern to everyone regardless of your religious or lifestyle views.  If they can do this with in one area what is to prevent them from making broader and more sweeping rulings that strip every one of their constitutional unalienable rights?

We have an administration that has and is using various federal agencies as a virtual Gestapo and targeting all who hold differing views ideologically.  This has been done in violation of law, the Constitution and moral reason and the elected officials, main stream media and many within the public simply yawn or wink at it and say, “Oh well.”  No it is not “Oh Well, it is a road to Hell” for the nation and we must become alarmed and refuse to lose focus.

 Blog Post - Spending

We have a debt and spending problem in America that cannot be resolved in our lifetime and is a threat to our grandchildren and all future generations.  It is not an easy fix and cannot be resolved by increasing the entitlement spending and freebies politicians are so prone to offer and press for.  Allowing our votes to be purchased is literally taking the hammer and driving nails in the coffin of the Republic.  Somehow many are so deluded and in such a state of denial they do not think this house of cards will crumble in their lifetime and seem to have little concern about future generations.  That is not the America or the American spirit which birthed this nation and has made her great for generations. 

Benghazi is important, illegal emails are important for they speak to character.  The IRS, Planned Parenthood, Fast and Furious, Unconstitutional Executive Fiats, Veteran’s Administration, Bergdahl, Iran Nuke Deal, Obamacare and more are all critical issues but individually they are not the Big Picture and we must keep the Full Picture in mind when we decide who is to represent us as President, Senator, Congressman/woman, Supreme Court Justice, etc.  America is dependent upon her patriots to rise to come to her rescue and if we fail the America our Founders gave us, and we have known will be nothing more than a memory.

Will you become distracted and caught up in “hot button issues” or will you stay focused on America and steer her on the right course for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?  God bless you and God bless America!

PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE…


Blog Post  - Past Present Future

In the world of politics the past is used as a negative or a catalyst to advance an agenda, spin a narrative or make a particular politician or party more palatable than the other.  If the candidate or party’s past on any point is negative they attempt to make it inconsequential and suggest there were any number of mitigating circumstances that the general public either could not understand or is not privy to.  If there is even one time in their history where they were on the positive side of an issue that is a hot button to the voters they tout that one instance as the entire history of their past ignoring the other times they sidestepped or hurled missiles at the issue shipwrecking or hindering it.  The politics of the past for politicians is to spin the spin they desire the voter to remember and focus on.  Politics of the past for those of us who are deeply concerned about America should provide a plethora of information to enable us to question, investigate and focus on where we believe that candidate or party will take us in the future.

Blog Post - Present

In the world of politics the present it is difficult for a candidate or party to ignore but as in the politics of the past they attempt to diminish the negative while enhancing the positive in the minds of potential voters and contributors.  The present is a result of the past and sometimes it appears we forget that reality.  My past has shaped my present and that is true in politicians, political parties, nations and peoples.  If our history is one of taking positions contrary to the constitution of the United States, advancing agendas that restrict, diminish or repeal the rights and liberties of the citizenry the present will be reflective of that as well.  When a candidate is auditioning of a political position they attempt to change the spots of the leopard and virtually become a Chamaeleon adapting to the particular crowd, ideology or environment in which they find themselves.  Their antics and spin are often an insult to the intelligence of any voter who exercises their cognitive abilities and think.  If we view the present through the lens of the past we will often find that we have a better grasp of present reality without being deceived by the veneer often offered.

Blog Post - Future

In the world of politics the future is more often than not a fictional presentation designed to garner votes and dollars rather than a genuine commitment.  Politicians frequently want us to ignore the past, disregard the present and drift into a world of fantasy as in the “Hope and Change” mantra that has been anything but positive for our nation.  The future is a reality achieved from the events of the past and the actions of the present.  What I have done in the past has led me to my present and how I handle my present will determine my future, at least in the immediate.  I never fail to acknowledge that God can and will make our future bright regardless of the past or present if we turn to Him but that is generally not the world of politics.  Politics is often a presentation of a future that is not remotely consistent with the history of the past or the reality of the present.  It is a promise designed to propel them into the position they seek not a commitment to serve the voters or honor the constitution.

In today’s America we have a significant number of people willing to ignore the past, disregard the present and dream of a future as presented by politicians without attempting to connect the dots, weigh the information or consider the possibilities or probabilities of their promises.  It is a mistake to assume that a politician, person or political party cannot and does not change, they do.  It is a mistake to assume that a mistake in the past did not provide the necessary lesson to alter the ideology or agenda for the future.  However, if we examine the past in light of the present and seek to determine if any change in the present is truly ideological or only an attempt to persuade potential voters and contributors we will better determine the future with that politician or party.

Blog Post - Worth

I would hope that every voter invests the time and resources they have to examine the history of the politician and party, review their present position and actions asking why the change or when the change occurred.  If I know where a candidate has stood and what they have done I can evaluate where they now claim to stand and what they are now doing in a better light enabling me to predict their political course in the future.  Therefore, it is important that we review the past, examine the present and consider the future as honestly and realistically as we can.  That is why I attempt to uncover the voting record, public positions and associations of the past as well as examine any shift in the present.  When did they modify their position and what prompted that modification or shift?  Was the change prior to announcing their candidacy or has it evolved during their pursuit of the nomination?  What were their associations of the past? What are their associations of the present?  Those will help me to identify the probable associations of the future.  Leopards do not change their spots and although people do change their views, birds of a feather typically continue to flock together.  Therefore, if a politician has changed their position I desire to examine their actions in the newly identified position as extensively as I can to determine if the change is genuine or politically motivated.

America’s future hangs in the balance and if we want the America envisioned by the founders and afforded by the Constitution it is imperative that we examine the past, acknowledge the present to gain a realistic view of the future.   It is up to us to reclaim this nation as a Constitutional Republic but that will require much work and an unrelenting commitment.  Are we willing to make that commitment?  America’s future is at stake.  What say you?

God bless you and God bless America!

THE PRESIDENT and THE CONSTITUTION…


Blog Post 2- President and Constitution

I am aware that the current president has claimed to be a Constitutional Law scholar and having taught Constitutional Law.  Therefore, I cannot but wonder if his skirting, ignoring the constitution and attempts at rewriting the American Constitution are due to a lack of knowledge or arise from a more sinister position and ideology.  Either conclusion is bad for America but one could be somewhat excused the other is treacherous and could even be called treasonous.

Recently this president spoke at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Convention which was promoted as a “LGBT Gala” in New York City.  It was scheduled in conjunction with the president’s appearance at the United Nations and he had some disturbing things to say to Christians in America.  The quote of what he said is: “We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions, but we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.” 

Blog Post 2 - My Rights

Let me ask a few questions regarding that statement.  Mr. Obama do you mean that the rights or desires of the LGBT trumps religious convictions and freedom for all other Americans?  Since you are a Constitutional Law Scholar are you attempting to declare that “same sex marriage” is a constitutional right?  Where exactly in the constitution does it address marriage?  If two people of the same sex choose to live together and even have a ceremony deemed as a wedding they have that right.  Is there a constitutional mandate that demands any or every clergyman, business and institution recognize and participate in the advancement of that lifestyle choice?  Is there a constitutional mandate that declares the federal government can legally instruct churches as to what they can or cannot believe?  The Constitution, as far as I can discern, does not address marriage and therefore the Supreme Court has no legitimate authority to weigh in on this matter.  The issue should be left to the individual states and thereby the peoples of the state.  I personally hold convictions based on my understanding of the clear wording of biblical passages and do not believe the federal government has a right to mandate I alter my conviction.

Mr. President those of us who are Christians and hold conservative views do believe in the Constitution and Article III, Equal Protection and the 14th Amendment.  We also believe in the other Amendments and if there is an Amendment we believe should be changed we are willing to go through the constitutional process of amending the constitution and see it ratified by the states.  You seem to be averse to that process and somehow believe you have the right to use Executive Fiat to achieve whatever ideological purpose you desire.  If you are truly a Constitutional Law Scholar you should know better and I believe you do so why are you taking this action?  Therefore, I must wonder if his statements and actions based on a genuine belief that constitutional rights are being violated or is it an attempt to subvert traditional family and biblical values in America.

Blog Post 2 - Global Citizenship

Does Mr. Obama truly believe that there should be no borders anywhere in the world or only in America?  If he truly believed in global citizenship surely he would be verbally addressing every other nation including the Muslim nations to remove their borders and allow whomever was present within those borders to legally and openly participate in their legislative, social, political and economic processes.  Is he calling for open borders worldwide?  NO!  He is only calling for the elimination of our borders and especially our southern border but why?  It cannot be that he believes the Constitution grants citizenship, without reservation or restriction, to anyone who shows up on our shores legally or illegally.  If he were truly a global citizenship proponent he would be laboring for an erasure of borders worldwide.  It could be argued that he and the United Nations are doing that but Mr. Obama’s direct attack is on America not the world.

The Constitution of these United States of America was developed through rigorous debate, dialogue and discussion and has been amended through the prescribed process.  The Constitution was to be a safeguard against despotism and tyranny.  It was designed to provide checks and balances between the three detailed and designated branches of government.  Mr. Obama lamented that the American Constitution was a “Charter of Negative Liberties” in which the founding fathers filled with constraints.  He lamented that previous administrations and Supreme Courts could not successfully reframe the American Constitution into a redistributive document.  He advanced the Big Government mentality saying, “The Constitution says what the states can’t do to you, what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”   Mr. President, the founders did this for a reason and that reason was to prevent a wannabe dictator from emerging and imposing tyrannical rule in America.  It was a safeguard against the overreach of government or was supposed to be.  You sir should understand that since you are a Constitutional Law Scholar.

May the God watch over this nation and bring forth those statesmen, patriots and leaders who will lead us from the wilderness of Big Government to the Constitutional Republic the founders envisioned and implemented.

            God bless you and God bless America!

FROM HOPE TO CYNICISM…


Blog Post - Cynicism

In the Presidential Election campaign rhetoric of 2008 Barack Obama offered slogans and catchy sayings.  Many who were following the rhetoric knew it was largely fluff but it caught on and for many reasons millions bought into the “Hope and Change” mantra.  They believed that by electing America’s first black president, the catchy sayings and image he was purporting would allow his promise to “fundamentally transform America” to be a good thing.  Now seven years later much of the hope has evolved into cynicism as millions have realized that the fabrications and illusions of political rhetoric and demagoguery will not produce positive change.  The most transparent administration in American history has swiftly become the most opaque, divisive, dismissive and destructive in modern American history.  Hope has changed to cynicism!

Blog Post - Enemey Within

I do not recall every truly trusting the federal government but it is a relatively new condition where many believe that the federal government is America’s enemy not her defender and protector.  In my youth we viewed threats to America as largely external until Vietnam.  With Vietnam there was the rise of Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and the Weather Underground who wanted to systematically destroy America and kill 25 to 50 million Americans they deemed detrimental to their agenda.  These are friends of the current president.  They are unrepentant and when the charges against Ayers were dropped he flaunted his success in the face of America saying, “Guilty as sin and free as a bird.”  He has, in the past few years, declared that he only regrets he was unable to do more damage.  Birds of a feather flock together and since Barack Obama aligns himself with despots around the world and people like Ayers and Dohrn is it any wonder that cynicism has replaced the “Hope and Change” mantra for many?

Blog Post - We will bury you

I recall the words of Nikita Khrushchev, “We will bury you.”  He later explained that the USSR would not bury America with shovels but with their own working class.  He was identifying an internal collapse in America politically, socially, economically and morally and he was prophetic it seems.  We knew that the Soviet Union would, if it could determine a method without destroying themselves, crush America.  We knew that other despotic regimes around the world hated us and would topple us if possible.  We did not fear the Islamic world greatly but now we have a president who downplays the real threat Islamic jihadist pose and has become an apologist for them while apologizing for America.  He has openly been critical of Christians while lauding Islam.  With this in view is it any wonder that Hope has become Cynicism for millions?

There are over 94 million Americans not participating the Labor Force and yet the unemployment rate reportedly at 5.1%.  How is that possible?  Today many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, there is an open assault by this administration on the fossil fuel industry, guns, fundamental traditional values, American sovereignty and more is it any wonder that the Hope has been transformed into Cynicism?

Blog Post - Renewed Optimism

I desperately try to be optimistic and constantly battle cynicism in the political arena.  Sadly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have demonstrated a propensity for Big Government, an insatiable appetite for Big Spending and an unwillingness to truly represent WE THE PEOPLE.  They spin the spin, spew forth the rhetoric, make the promises and then abandon principle for promotion, position and power.  Am I being cynical?  Yes they have transformed my Optimism and Hope into Cynicism and a growing Pessimism regarding politics and politicians.

However, I still believe and cling to my HOPE that there are enough patriotic freedom loving American citizens who will awaken from slumber and rise as a champion of liberty deposing dispelling those who would “fundamentally transform” America into something other than a Constitutional Republic.  I pray that God help me and America to have a renewed sense of Hope and a renewed commitment to Liberty and Freedom.  May we return to our moral moorings and reclaim our Constitutional Republic thereby restoring HOPE and dispelling CYNICISM!

God bless you and God bless America!