AMERICA, GONE MAD…


The movie from decades ago, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” comes to mind when I contemplate the state of politics in America today.  It is not just the political, or politicians, but the insanity and lack of reason have permeated such a large swath of our society I fear for the Republic.  I can hear some saying, “There he goes again with the Alarmism!”  I hope that I am bringing to light a current state of reality that will inspire and motivate each of us to become involved in both politics and society.  We are not islands, and none of us live in a cocoon, we are part of the American Society and if we let it become what it will without attempting to use our influence to guide it in the right direction we may well deserve what we get. 

Before you call for my head and request a large vat of boiling oil to pour on me, consider the reality that each of us has a voice, a vote, and an opportunity to influence someone else.  We may only influence one person but that is all that it takes when society as a whole becomes involved.  America may not choose the path I prefer, believe is best, and desire, but if everyone becomes involved I can deal with the outcome. 

I have never liked hearing about the ‘Silent Majority’ because, to me, that is like a Christian claiming to be in God’s ‘Secret Service.’  If I do not express my view, cast my ballot, and seek to inform my friends, family, and others as well as my elected officials as to what I believe to be the best course of actions, I have acquiesced my responsibility and duty.  My family deserves better.  I deserve better and refuse to be a sheep or a rat following the pied-piper to destruction.

Today’s national Democratic Party has taken a very Sharp Left Turn politically.  I don’t mean a shift to the Left but a very sharp and well-defined turn toward everything that America was not, is not, and should not be.  The question could be and should be asked, “What prompted that turn?’  What is behind that radical shift?  I doubt that I could successfully detail all the reasons but have a couple in view that I will share.

Bill Bennet and others have cited the fact that the New Democrats focusing on the 2020 elections have placed the eggs of higher taxes, universal healthcare, open borders, and late or full-term abortions in their political basket.  Will, that play well in 2020?  Time will tell, but I pray that it will mean their defeat in such epic proportions that hopefully they will rethink some of their positions.  However, if history is an indicator of the future, they will not only not rethink their positions and move toward the center they will double and triple down with more Socialism, Marxism, and Leftist agendas. 

Flannery O’Connor wrote that sometimes you have to, “push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you.”  President Trump has pushed hard, something the Leftist had never experienced from a Republican President or Congress for that matter.  That caused such intense hatred and indignation against him they have pushed back harder than ever.  Their hatred has pushed them to the brink and so clouded their judgment they have allowed their perception of who he is and what he stands for to become fictional rather than addressing his real policies.  

It is my view, maybe not yours, that President Trump’s policies are somewhat conservative, but largely traditional and laced with moderation and compromise.  Is that good?  Mostly, but the Democrats and the Never Trump crowd are so filled with disdain for the man they cannot see the opportunities to do something good for America.  They only see him, and he is like a red flag to a mad bull to them. 

The Democrats are calling for higher taxes on the so-called rich, but when you find out who they deem to be rich, you find that it touches many of us who are anything but wealthy.  There are calls for increased taxation ranging from 70-90% depending on which Democrat you are talking to.  Tax increases on the wealthy always lead to tax increases on the middle-class and affect all people through higher prices and costs.  How is that good? 

They want to eliminate all Private Insurance and transition into a Single-Payer, Government Run Medicare For All Healthcare system that is so costly and economically lacking sanity it should frighten every American.  Sadly, most do not consider the costs or any potential dangers in a fully government-run healthcare system.  I have touched on those before so I won’t go into the potential genocide and other factors inherent in that type of system. 

The Democrats want Open Borders and are resisting the Wall at all costs.  Why?  They were for a wall in the past but now that it is Trump the wall is Immoral and Ineffective.  What changed?  Only who is in the White House.  The shutdown of the U.S. economy cost approximately $11 Billion and the estimated cost of the Wall was less than $6 Billion.  We could have saved over $5 Billion by simply building the Wall. 

Why are the Democrats so vehemently opposed to the Wall?  Well, based on their arguments I can only conclude that they do not believe in borders or limits on immigration.  The bottom line is they do not believe in America or America as established by our Founders and enjoyed by previous generations.  They want a fundamentally transformed America that is more like Venezuela than a Free Republic.

On the matter of Abortion, they are advancing such late-term abortions that polls indicate their voting members are at odds with their position.  Polls indicate that only 13% of Americans and 18% of Democrats favor third-trimester abortions.  It might shock you to hear the views of Howard Schultz and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on their proposals.  Schultz said that Medicare for all was ‘not American.’  Bloomberg condemned Senator Warren’s plan saying, “We need a healthy economy and we shouldn’t be embarrassed about our system. If you want to look at a system that’s not capitalistic, just take a look at what was once one of the wealthiest countries in the world and now people are starving to death: it’s called Venezuela.”

There are a few Democrats, although quite liberal, who see the extremism of the New Democrat Party as dangerous, un-American, and destructive.  I pray that the rank-n-file Democrats who work for a living will also wake up and resist the push to Extremism that is the plan and path of Toxic Liberalism in America.

God bless you and God bless America!

WHAT GOOD ARE INVESTIGATIONS?


I am serious and my question is based on a few incidents of the total disregard for the facts and intentionally giving cover to those who have broken the law based on political bias.  The FBI, during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and beyond has been guilty of numerous violations of basic law enforcement and constitutional guidelines.  They ignored some glaring criminal acts by those of their political ideology and turned over every rock trying to find something on those who were not.  That makes me ask the question, “What good are investigations?” 

If the investigations of Congress, the IG, the DOJ, the FBI or any other law enforcement or intelligence agency reflect such bias then, in my view, the investigations are worthless.  No, they are beyond worthless they are detrimental to our judicial and political system in America.  If the courts truly followed the rule of law virtually every case, they present would likely be thrown out.  Law enforcement is supposed to be seekers of truth and fact.  They are supposed to take an incident and examine the evidence to see if there was a crime and then discover who perpetrated that crime.  Today, too frequently, they are taking a person and trying to find a crime.  That is a destructive perversion of justice and other than the principles upon which our country was founded.

In the IGs report on Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s email exchanges of anti-Trump texts stated, “we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence of improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigation actions we reviewed.”  Case closed, right?  The IG went on to say, “several FBI employees who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages.”  If there was no political bias or improper considerations or actions, please explain a couple of their texts.

Lisa Page sent Peter Strzok a text which read, “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”  Peter Strzok responded, “No. No, he’s not.  We’ll stop it.”  How could anyone deem that exchange was not laced with political bias and suggesting improper actions and intent to affect the investigation? 

The IG’s report last year revealed so many incidents of abuses of protocol and even violations of federal guidelines by then director James Comey and his subordinates Trump had no choice but to fire him.  However, the claim of the Left and the intent of Comey’s close friend Robert Mueller is to find something that could be claimed to be an attempt to obstruct justice by the President.  The report revealed that Comey was insubordinate and ran an agency that manipulated and contorted evidence and information. 

In his investigation of Hillary Clinton and her private server as well as the violations of federal statutes in sending and receiving classified documents via that unsecured server, he became both investigator and judge.  That is not his job and destroys the purpose of his investigation.  Cops are to investigate and amass evidence and then present that to the prosecutors who present the evidence before a judge and often a jury where the trial determines guilt or innocence and the appropriate punishment.  Cops are never to overstep their duty and become both investigator and judge.  That is what Comey and his team did with Hillary. 

The FBI’s responsibility was to investigate and determine if they believed there was sufficient evidence that official business was conducted on the private server.  His responsibility was not to determine her intent, but did she conduct official state business via that server in violation of federal statutes.  That information or evidence was then to be presented to the Department of Justice and their attorneys would determine if sufficient evidence existed to indict. 

James Comey used the FBI to determine that she did not intend to break the law.  I have little doubt that had he done his job Loretta Lynch and Barack Obama would have quashed the evidence and no indictment would have been issued.  He allowed Peter Strzok to revise the FBI report to give cover for Hillary and that damages our judicial system.  How can the public trust law enforcement when this kind of activity exists?  James Comey and the FBI were, in my opinion, protecting the legitimacy of the presumed Hillary Clinton presidency. 

The IG report revealed numerous FBI agents who were adamantly anti-Trump.  One of the FBI employees described Trump voters as “uneducated” and “lazy POS” the day after the 2016 election.  That employee was responding to an instant message from “FBI Attorney 2” according to the IG’s report.  On the morning of November 9, 2016, Attorney 2 message the employee: “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently.”  The employee responded: “Don’t stress. None of that mattered,” which appears to have been a reference to the FBI’s investigation of Clinton. 

The attorney also said: “I don’t know.  We broke the momentum,” the employee answered: “That is not so.”  The employee said, “All the people who were initially voting for her would not, and were not, swayed by any decisions the FBI put out.  Trump’s supporters are all poor middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn’t watch the debates, aren’t fully educated on his policies and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm.”  The IG referred five FBI employees for investigation and there were subsequent firings or transfers of agents in the bureau. 

Those incidents are drops in the bucket of the many where the FBI and other federal agencies attempted to cover for the Democrats and target Trump and the Republicans.  With all the evidence at our disposal which is the tip of the iceberg, how can we trust any investigative activity by Robert Mueller or the Democrats in Congress?  The bias, prejudice, and manipulation of evidence and facts leave us without a federal law enforcement agency that we can trust.  I’ve called for sweeping changes in every department and bureau in Washington and the agencies of our government. 

We are in deep trouble in America and trusting our government is virtually impossible.  I support law enforcement, but I cannot support partisan bias that gives cover to criminals while targeting political opponents.  If that is what we have become, we may be too far down the proverbial tubes to recover.  I pray that we can see this ship turned around.  I pray that we will wake up and defeat the Democrats in 2020 and have sufficient support in Congress to take on the corruption of Washington and every bureau and agency of our federal government. 

God bless you and God bless America!

CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON – Are Indictments Forthcoming?


Unless we are talking about Republicans targeted by the Mueller Team, the FBI, the Democrats, and other partisan entities, the number of indictments for the corrupt will be ZERO!  If you are talking about members of the Trump team or other Conservative Republicans, then the sky is the limit on the number of indictments that are in the works.  I keep hearing about the thousands of sealed indictments targeting prominent Democrats and operatives, but I take that with a grain of salt and until I see it happen will not wait with bated breath.  I don’t like to play ‘what if’ games and speculate on what might be based on what should be or what I want to be a reality.  The Corruption of Washington, DC is so deep I expect little in the way of true exposure.

There is a Protected Class of Corrupt Politicians and their cover is broad and deep.  If they only lurked in the shadows and did their devious deeds in the dark that would be bad enough, but today they are operating in the open.  The Protected Class of the Corrupt no longer attempt to hide their deeds because they are confident their cover is sufficient to keep them out of harm’s way and prison.  They have bought enough votes and emotionally, mentally, and politically enslaved enough voters to virtually guarantee their election and reelection.  That fact keeps them in positions of power where they can sell their souls to the highest bidder with deep enough pockets to keep them safe. 

Many of us have asked repeatedly and for a very long time, “Why are the Democrats rarely indicted even when the collude with our enemies and trample our laws and the constitution and Republicans targeted for spitting on the sidewalk?”  There is an answer and it is vividly obvious, but those who don’t want to see it do not and those of us who do have little power to change it.  The abuse of our federal agencies rose to new and despicable heights under former President Barack Hussein Obama.  I hoped that would change with the election of Donald Trump but the maniacal obsession with finding something to hang on Trump has revealed the power of the Swamp and Deep State has revealed just how deep, widespread, and powerful the Protected Class of the Corrupt truly is. 

One event exposes this Gestapo style abuse was so blatant that only the willingly blind are unable to see the farce and overkill media photo-op arrest for what it is. That event was a media event and the abuse and misuse of government funds and agencies that should be addressed by Congress immediately.  What am I talking about?  The Roger Stone arrest!  The FBI and Robert Mueller deemed it necessary to send a taskforce larger than the security detail at Benghazi to arrest this 66-year-old man.  I was not aware Mr. Stone was such a violent threat that it would require a 29-man and 17-vehicle tactical unit to take him down.  Either he is far more dangerous than Osama bin Laden or this was a political stunt to dramatize the arrest and garner as much public notice and sentiment as possible.  I think you know which, so I won’t go into it.

Lying to the FBI and the Mueller Team, if you are a Republican, is an indictable offense and the full weight of the law is brought down on you.  However, if you are a Democrat, a member of the Obama or Clinton teams, and a partisan Leftists you can lie until hell freezes over and there won’t be even a raised eyebrow.  How can that be?  How does that not scream of biases and partisan bias?  Hillary Clinton, James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, Christopher Steele, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr and his wife, Susan Rice, and Sally Yates to list a few lied multiple times and nobody at the FBI or on the Mueller team seemed to care. 

Some of those lied to the FBI, some to Mueller, and some to Congress, but all of them lied to the American people and they have either been granted immunity or have no fear of being indicted.  How can that be?  The Mueller team was tainted from the start and when they assisted in the wiping clean of the cellphones of both Strzok and Page any credibility they had evaporated.  I guess what someone said about this is accurate.  They said, “Being a prominent Democrat means never having to say you are sorry because the rule of law does not apply to you, only to Republicans and the Trump team.”  There are never pre-drawn guns in a raid to arrest any Democrat only if there is the need or desire to dramatize the arrest of a person with any Trump connection.  I guess that being a Republican means you are a Domestic Terrorist and more dangerous than ISIS and the MS-13 gang members. 

The wannabe presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton while serving as Secretary of State engineered the sale of a significant portion of our uranium to the Russians with the side benefit of a $500,000 payday for Bill to give a 20-minute speech in Moscow and a $140 Million donation to the “Clinton Foundation.”  Basically, a donation to their foundation was a donation to the Clinton coffers as the facts and books reveal.  She also, through her legal team, paid a foreign national millions of dollars to compile a dossier enabling a foreign national and foreign governments to interfere with our elections trying to Stop Trump.  She used a ‘bathroom server’ illegally and incredibly unwisely as a cover to hide her activities and keep Congress in the dark.

When testifying before Congress and quizzed about the deaths of our people in Benghazi she said, “What difference does that now make?”  American lives appear to be meaningless to her and the trail of suicides and suspicious deaths of people with any potential dirt on the Clintons suggests that Al Capone has nothing on them.  None of the Democrats in this series of events has faced financial ruin, but virtually every Republican targeted has.  Their lives and careers have been destroyed but the Democrats have been rewarded financially and in their careers.  How is that not clear to everyone?

The lies by Comey, Brennan, and Clapper alone should have been enough to end the endless investigation of Robert Mueller but rather than ending it, there has been an escalation.  Why?  Because with every revelation of another Democrat operative being corrupt and violating numerous laws there must be some renewed and stepped up effort, to arrest a Trump associate.  Attention had to be diverted away from the Democrats and their corruption. 

How about the American voters electing an anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman who married her brother to commit immigration fraud?  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar won the seat vacated by Keith Ellison and Official School records support the claim that she married her brother in 2009.  They divorced in 2017 but the marriage was an apparent attempt to commit immigration and student loan fraud.  She claims that he is not her brother, but official archived high school records and other corroborating sources strongly support that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is her brother.  That would implicate her in numerous state and federal felonies, but nothing is and likely nothing will be done to her.

The list of Democrats immune from prosecution is long and growing.  The list of Republicans indicted and under investigation is also growing.  Republicans in Congress and Mitch McConnell can I ask why you allow the Democrats to continue this travesty?  Why are you so docile and impotent?  Is it that you want to take Trump down and you really don’t care about what happens to our system of government or the Republic?  Are your position and power that important to you?

I would call to Drain the Swamp and Dismantle the Deep State but unless we clean house in Congress that would be a futile call.  America it is up to us and I only pray that we are not so far up the proverbial creek without a paddle that we cannot rectify this situation.  We can defeat this darkness but not by simply talking about it but by Prayer and Work!

God bless you and God bless America!

THE RULING CLASS IS WAGING WAR ON AMERICA…


I find it amusing and somewhat befuddling to observe the attacks of the Leftists on Howard Schultz.  The view him as a pariah in stark contrast to their view and relating to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and most of the other billionaires of the Left and some who claim to be on the right.  Why?  I am convinced as are many others that it is partly because he is unapologetic about his wealth and how he became wealthy.  The Left wants the billionaires to pretend to be repentant for being wealthy.  They want them to pretend to want to give back the lion’s share of their wealth.  They want them to set up foundations and pretend that their children will not inherit their wealth but will receive a token amount, which is beyond what most of us can even dream of acquiring.  They want them to support higher taxes on the wealthy, even though Congress provides loopholes for them and their shelters protect their fortunes. 

Howard Schultz grew up in government housing in New York.  This is not a statement of support for him or his political views, but he is an example of what can happen in America’s Free Market Capitalism.  He is anathema to the Democrats now because he does not fit their narrative that White Privilege keeps everyone but the wealthy ruling class from succeeding.  If you are a woman, black, or in other minorities and ethnic groups the system locks you out.  You have to be part of the ‘Ole Boy Network to reach that stratum of economic success and then you must be repentant of achieving your wealth. 

I don’t hate the rich or the poor and I refuse to envy those who have massive fortunes.  My life’s path has taken me down a road that was not conducive to amassing a great fortune.  My life has been one of Christian service, not fortune seeking.  I am not complaining or trying to make it sound as if I am better or worse than anyone, just making a statement.  I would not trade my life’s journey, it has been incredibly fulfilling.

For almost 100 years we have witnessed our American Social Order majorly transformed.  We are witnessing a social stratification that is very class conscious and the development and establishment of an Elitist Ruling Class.  That Ruling Class is actively waging war on America and Americans not in the classification.  The Ruling Class deems themselves the rightful heirs of all Power and Control and are worthy to Rule Us!  Below them, in their view, are the laborers who make our economy work and below that group are those have become totally dependent on the government for their sustenance.  In a very real sense, they have been enslaved by the Ruling Class and the corruption of politics. 

The Societal Elites have controlled our educational system, entertainment, media, and politics for decades.  The result of that indoctrination and propagandization has been to ‘dumb down’ our society to the point that millions are nothing more than docile sheep following their political shepherd wherever he/she wants them to go.  The indoctrination through our classrooms has instilled false hopes and false beliefs that are designed to quell debate stifle critical thinking.  The use of common sense and deductive reasoning are the mortal enemies of the Ruling Class. 

Some who have great wealth and those who embrace the ideological positions of the Liberal Leftists that make up the Ruling Class.  They have been brainwashed in the Universities of our nation by the Leftists and truly believe their positions are morally and intellectually superior to anything offered by those following a more biblical pathway or a conservative and constitutionalist view.  They recruit the naïve in the classrooms and after four or more years of indoctrination in the cocoon of University Safe Spaces, those recruits are released into society.  Many of them are nonfunctional because anything that dispels their views and challenges their positions are so unacceptable they want the view and the person removed from society. 

The price of admission into their Society is one must attack everything that is remotely biblical or constitutional.  Someone said, “The majority of those in the Ruling Class are mind-numbed and eternal adolescents hell-bent on pushing the boundaries of ethical and moral behavior and viewing all political and policy issues as a war between their side and their mortal enemies.”  Their mortal enemies are all of us who oppose the fundamental transformation of our Republic into a Socialist Oligarchy and stripping us of our Rights and Liberties.  They believe and are fighting to achieve an All-Powerful Central Government which controls every aspect of people’s lives.

I had a renewal of Hope in the 2016 Elections and saw the prospect and some evidence that America’s Sleeping Giant had been awakened.  That Giant was the average American citizen who had had enough of the Socialism and overreach of government to control and dominate as was experienced under Barack Obama.  In 2018, I came away from the Elections wondering if the 2016 Awakening was only a slight arousal and the deep sleep of political slumber had returned with the grip of apathy in full force.  I hope 2018 did not reflect that, but I am concerned. 

There was a time, in America, where threats and intimidation were not acceptable or laudable traits and activities.  However, in 2019 America those tactics commonly employed by the Left are deemed not only acceptable but praiseworthy.  They take no issue with the calls for assignations, and ethnic cleansing of white males and conservatives, and violence by the Left.  The Right hears the demands that we are supposed to be tolerant and inclusive in all but when we are attacked by the Leftist they insist that their attacks are justified.

The Power Elitists are obsessed with destroying Donald J. Trump.  I believe the reason is not Trump himself, but because of the fear the awakening of the average man and woman in America.  They not only hate him but any of us who voted for or supports him in any measure.  We, to them, are Public Enemy Number One!  Hillary called us “Deplorable” and Obama lamented calling us “Bitter Clingers.”  Bitter Clingers of what?  Our Bibles and our Guns as well as our Constitutional Rights. 

If the Republicans in Congress backed this president we could have seen a significant draining of the Swamp and the Deep State dismantled, at least marginally.  If we buy the Hate Trump rhetoric and accept their definition of who he is and what he stands for we will enable them to continue their war on America and achieve their desired Fundamental Transformation. 

All I ask is that you THINK and consider what is at stake.  How much are you willing to lose to prove some personal point regarding a political candidate you do not like?  I ask that those of you who pray to join me in interceding for the Republic and become involved.  The Future of the Republic is in our hands and the fate of the Nation is at stake.  Ignoring the War and allowing political apathy to prevail is destructive and counterproductive. 

I stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom.  I also know that there are no perfect candidates or politicians, therefore I must come to grips with the reality that no one person embodies all that I desire or American needs.  Together we can see our Republic preserved and return to our foundational moral moorings.   We can defeat this War and become the nation in which, all are recognized as being created equal and become a nation in which everyone can pursue Life, Liberty, and Happiness without undue restriction and regulation by the Federal Government.

God bless you and God bless America!

HAVE WE LOST OUR COLLECTIVE MINDS???


I saw a recent poll, dated January 23, 2019, that suggested that American’s preferred Universal Healthcare 52-42 percent.  How can that be?  Have we reached a point in our society where personal greed and/or the desire for FREE STUFF tipped the needle in favor of Socialism in America?  Is that where we are?  Have we reached the point in America where people just take an idea that sounds good on paper and run with it without counting the costs and thinking things through?  Have we come reached the point where we are so interested in instant gratification that we are willing to plunge headlong into the abyss without evaluating the catastrophic result of that position?  Have we?

That poll was done by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation and I will guarantee they are not an unbiased and objective observer simply seeking factual information. They have a vested interest in the world of medicine and unless they see a way to build their bottom line they are not interested.  On paper, Socialism usually has some redeeming qualities but in practice, it fails miserably.  If one evaluates the basic philosophy of Socialism or Socialized anything that the government runs they find it is so flawed that even the most elementary use of logic decries its implementation. 

The argument that ‘healthcare is a fundamental right’ is a flawed argument.  Everyone has the right to seek whatever care they can get and/or afford but it is not a basic right that the government must provide.  I want no person, regardless of who they are, to suffer untreated or ill health.  However, just like everything else in life, there are things I cannot afford, so I do not have access to them.  How far do we go in the idea of Healthcare being a Basic Right?  Do we include cosmetic surgery?  After all, a person’s self-esteem may be logically tied to their appearance so to deny them coverage for a nose job, face lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. would be detrimental to their mental and emotional state, right?  Therefore, it would be logical to say, Everything is Covered for Everyone!  At what cost?

I hate to be the one to burst the bubble of the “Free Stuff Crowd” but nothing is FREE!  How many countries of the world and despotic regimes must rise and fall before people understand the simple truth that Socialism always fails, and costs more than any society can afford.  When people realize that Socialism doesn’t just cost someone else but costs them too, they revolt, at least when they can.  However, if we allow the decline to reach a certain point it is irreversible and irrevocable, and the government becomes so powerful and tyrannical we are trapped under their boot heels.  I keep beating this drum of warning and hope to awaken some.  We need everyone to become involved in this effort of information and sounding the alarm.

Let me walk you through some of the poll questions and you decide how far down the tubes we might be. 

  • Would you favor or oppose a national Medicare-for-all plan if you heard that it would guarantee health insurance as a right for all Americans?  That sounds so benevolent and righteous, I almost shouted, “Sign me up!”  But, then I am one who counts the cost, so I tapped the brakes and asked a few questions in my mind.  However, the poll reflected that 71% said Favor and 27% Oppose. 
  • Would you favor or oppose a national Medicare-for-all plan if it eliminated all health insurance premiums and reduced all out-of-pocket costs?   Hey, where do I sign up, right?  Again, the poll reflected that 67% Favored and 30% Opposed.  How can it not be 100% on that basis?  Wait, I know, the 30 percenters probably asked the same questions I’ve been asking about costs.
  • Since a Medicare-for-all plan would eliminate all private insurance would you favor or oppose it?  Again, for whatever root reason, 58% said Favor and 37% Oppose.  Maybe it is because many people believe that to get Private Insurance you must actually have a job and work. 
  • Since the Medicare-for-all plan will cost you a bundle more in taxes, do you still favor or oppose it?  I can only surmise that the reason for the huge percentile favoring this must mean that most of them do not pay taxes now and would pay none under this plan.  There were 60% in Favor and 37% Opposed.
  • Changing to this System or Plan would likely do great damage if not total destruction to the Medicare now being used by Seniors do you Favor or Oppose this move?  I guess it means, “Who Cares?” because 60% Favored and only 26% Opposed.

I cannot fathom how anyone who actually works and pays taxes would favor such a costly but apparently, a significant percentage of Americans do.  I cannot believe that people, who actually think and investigate would not realize that “Everything” and I do mean “Everything” comes at a price and requires a trade-off somewhere or in something.  You must give up something to get something.  Maybe they can make real ice cream, loaded with real sugar that has zero calories and we can eat as much as we want with no negative effects.  That makes about as much sense as the Medicare-For-All Plan of the Democrats.  Wake Up America!

Universal Healthcare is not excluded from a Life Truth that everything comes down to basic personal choices, cost-benefit evaluations, trade-offs.  With the millions of illegals in this country who will be included the cost burden on taxpaying Americans is greatly increased.  When you couple that with the millions who could work but won’t because our system allows them to be free-loaders the cost is astronomical.  The few of us who pay taxes will carry the burden for those everyone.  The Democrats are not telling the truth about the cost or how it will be paid for unless they slip and spill the beans.  One prominent Democrat let the cat out of the bag saying, “The billions in premiums now being paid will offset the cost.” 

Who pays for Universal Healthcare and Medicare-For-All?  We do!  That is, those of us who pay taxes.  Those who know how to game the system will get wealthy in the process.  Who pays?  The Middle Class not the super wealthy because the politicians and the wealthy know how to and can afford the loopholes.  The Middle Class, not the slackers who could work but won’t because the Welfare and Entitlement System allows them to enjoy their lifestyles without contributing.  Does that still sound like something you long for?  I have not touched on the delayed, diminished, and denied care that is part and parcel of this type of system.  I have not touched on the requirement to know someone or have connections to get a proper appointment with the physician you desire and need to see. 

Once again, I ask, “Have we lost our collective minds?”  Keep voting for the Leftist Socialist Democrats and RINO Republicans and we will witness the fruit of our misguided actions and continue to pay the penalty for our foolishness.  It is my position and view that we need Conservative, Constitutionalist in Washington at every level and in every office.  We also need them on the Supreme Court and the lower courts.  We need them in every department and agency of the government.  We need to see a restoration of Logic, Reason, Critical Thinking, and Common Sense as well as a return to our moral moorings and founding principles. 

God bless you and God bless America!

CAN WE DISCUSS THE TAX CUTS???


I bring this up not as a diversion away from the many events in Washingon, D.C. today but because of the insane push of the Democrats toward Socialism. Most of the Democrats who have thrown their hat in the ring to run for President in 2020 want between 70 & 90% increases in the tax rate. That alone should cause them to be defeated but it seems that millions are buying the rhetoric and ingesting the diatribe. How that is possible is still beyond me, but we see it every day.

The Democrats, in unison, echo the rant that the Trump Tax Cuts were tax cuts for the Rich or Super Rich and not the middle class or common man.  Are they right?  They decried the bonuses received by the average working American taxpayer were simply token crumbs, not real benefits.  I don’t know about you, but a thousand dollars is not crumbs for me, but then I am not, as are most in Congress, rich.

The rhetoric and spin that the Tax Cuts will explode the deficit and cripple our government is the Democrat staple.  Is that correct?  If you honestly examine the statistical data and the history of real tax cuts you find something quite the opposite.  Tax cuts were understood by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan as being means to spur the economy and were proven to increase federal revenue not decrease it.  That is an inconvenient truth that most Democratic politicians refuse to admit, and their followers mindlessly parrot their words rather than examining the facts.

I saw a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which revealed that federal income taxes were $76 BILLION higher in the first half of 2018 than they were in 2017.  The U.S. Treasury Department has acknowledged that the expectation of an increase in federal revenues will continue to exceed revenue from 2017.  Both those reports are interesting and beneficial in examining the Tax Cuts and who they benefit. 

I hear many on the Left lament the $1 TRILLION deficit and I join them in decrying any such deficit.  However, you cannot lay the entire blame at the feet of President Donald J. Trump, for the programs and entitlements demanded by the Democrats and too many Republicans are to blame.  If we forget that the National Debt doubled under Barack Obama, we ignore the truth and forget the impact upon the budgetary process for years to come.  However, the Democrats refuse to lay any blame at the feet of former president Obama but seek to place the total blame on Trump.  That is dishonest at best and diabolical at worst.

Our massive debt and deficit is not the result of the Tax Cuts but the propensity of Congress to spend and the profligate spending demanded by Congress.  Tax Cuts increase federal revenue rather than creating a deficit.  On the other hand, Medicare for All or Universal Health Care would increase the debt by about $31 TRILLION over ten years and would annually add over $3 TRILLION to the deficit.  How can one argue for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare that carries that kind of price tag and reject Tax Cuts that benefit every American and increases federal revenue?  Only if you are blindly following the rhetoric of the Left. 

Another consideration is that the increased federal income tax revenue touches only those Americans who pay taxes.  Those on the government dole and pay no taxes are not impacted by the Tax Cuts and therefore argue that the Tax Cuts are for the Rich.  No, the Rich benefitted less from the Tax Cuts than the Middle-Class and all Working Americans. 

If we use the IRS data from 2015, an Obama year, the latest information available from the IRS.  The report reveals that the top 1% of wage earners made about 21% of the nation’s income but paid 39% of all federal income taxes.  They paid more federal income taxes than the bottom 90% of wage earners who paid approximately 29.4% of the federal income taxes.  Isn’t that a bit disproportional?  If we take this a step further we find that in 2015, the top 50% of wage earners paid 97.2% of all federal income taxes.  The top 1% had a tax rate of 27% and the bottom 50% had an effective tax rate of less than 4%.  Isn’t that a bit disproportional?

The Trump Tax Cuts lowered the Corporate Income Tax Rate from 35% to 21%.  The Democrats claim that is simply a Tax Cut for the rich and must be reversed.  I remind everyone that Corporations do not pay taxes!  Corporations are simply legal fictions and do not pay taxes, people do.  If a tax is levied on a corporation, it will likely result in the increase in the price of the product, goods or service.  It could and probably will result in the layoff of workers and lower dividends to the shareholders.  Politicians love ignorance on the part of voters because it allows them to perpetuate their fabrication and engender the hatred for anyone having money.

I’ve heard it illustrated many times using the following analogy.  Suppose a politician came to you and said, “I’m not going to tax you but I’m going to tax your land or property.”  Who are they taxing?  Not the land because land is an inanimate object and pays no taxes.  Who pays?  The owners of that property or YOU! 

This is another reason that I support a Flat or Fair Tax system.  Everyone would then have skin in the game.  Of course, there would be a threshold below which there would be no taxes but for the most part, everyone would pay a proportional share and have skin in the game.  In that system, the Internal Revenue Service would virtually become obsolete rather than being a weapon to use for political purposes.  It would still exist but the savings to the American Tax Payer would be enormous.  It would reduce the cost of filing your taxes and reduce the paperwork for the IRS.  Those two things alone would generate more revenue for the federal government. 

If you and I have more money in our pockets we tend to spend more and more spending is beneficial for the economy.  That is spending that is not debt-laden or debt generating.  If we have more disposable money and spend it EVERYBODY BENEFITS!

God bless you and God bless America!

AMERICA AND GOD…


If I asked everyone to give their opinion or belief as to whether or not America was founded on Christian principles or was founded as a Christian nation, there would likely be three distinct responses.  Some would say, NO! That would be a categorical rejection of that idea.  Others would say, ABSOLUTELY! That would also be an unequivocal affirmation.  The third response would be, I Don’t Know, or something to that effect.  There is a basis to argue from all viewpoints, however, my view is that America was highly influenced by the Bible and Christianity and most of the Founders and Framers believed the words of Solomon in Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” 

Those who insist categorically that America was not and is not a Christian nation do so from the view that our founders were far more guided by secular thought, self and state interests than the Bible or Christianity.  They acknowledge that the Founders were religious but believe that they rejected many Christian doctrines because they were deists.  The deist argument is one of the most prevalent in arguing against any Christian influence in our formation as a Republic.  I don’t want to get into the minute of that argument but suffice it to say this argument believes that deism, not Christianity was the major influence in America’s founding.

On the other hand, those who contend that Christianity and the Bible were far more influential than any other documents and writings cite the many religious quotations of the Founders.  If that position is taken too far it becomes, “Any quote by any founder supporting religion makes him an orthodox or evangelical Christian.”  I don’t want to take a weak approach in my argument for America’s Christian Founding so let me proceed.

It is a factual reality that in 1776, every European American, except for about 2,500 Jews, identified themselves as being a Christian.  At that time about 98 percent of the colonists were Protestants and the remaining 1.9 percent Roman Catholics.  What kind of Christians were they? Where they committed to the principles and cause of Christ?  Where they superficial in their following of the Christian teaching?  There are those that argue, based on their denominational or doctrinal view that many were not Christians because of their personal failures or omissions such as church membership.

Some were influenced by deism, but the majority were heavily influenced by Christianity and the Bible.  If you research history, you will find how difficult it was to become a member of the Calvinist churches in 18th century America.  If the standard by which we judge whether these men were Christians or influenced by Christianity is ‘moral perfection’ there has never been a Christian.  I would contend that Christianity was not the only influence on the Founders and the Framers of our American Constitution but it was a major influence. 

Historically, it would be difficult to deny that the Puritans who colonized America were not serious Christians.  Their desire and ambition were, in the words of Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop, to create “a shining city upon a hill” (a direct reference to Matthew 5:14).  The Puritans separated the church and the state but believed that both should work in tandem to support, protect, and promote true Christianity.  Were greed and the idea of personal gain involved in any colony?  Of course, it was and that might have been the major influence or motivator for Jamestown.

How can we overlook those fabulous words in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”   The references to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and the documents close by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and noted that the signers were relying on “the protection of divine Providence.”  How could one argue that does not ring of heavy influence by the Bible and Christianity?  There were calls by our Founders to prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving issued by the Continental and Confederation Congresses. 

How can we overlook the fact that although the Constitution says little about God or religion the hints are there that they viewed America as a Christian nation?  Before you protest let me continue.  What about the inclusion that a pocket veto occurs 10 days after a bill is passed by Congress, Sundays excepted?  What about the directive of Article VI that prohibits religious tests for federal offices? 

Barry Alan Shain in “The Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought” makes a broad-stroked argument for the influence of Christianity on our Founders.  He received support from Donald Lutz, who examined 15,000 pamphlets, articles, and books on political subjects published in the late 18th century.  He concluded that the Bible was cited more than any other book, article, or pamphlet. 

Let me borrow from the Heritage Foundations research and argument that although the Bible or Christianity is not mentioned in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, the Founders were influenced by both.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary.”  That understanding and Christian influence helped them steer away from utopian concepts.  It helped them turn from what many Enlightenment Thinkers of that day supported, “a strong centralized government run by experts.”  God deliver us from the so-called governmental experts of our day. 

Also, they believed, as do I, that God has ordained moral standards and that all legislation must be made in accordance with those standards.  In their writings, it is easy to discern that they believed that moral law took precedence over human laws.  I also believe it is easy to ascertain their view of liberty was heavily influenced by Scripture and Christianity.  Supreme Court Justice James Wilson said, “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression.  Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and become licentiousness.”

I’m sure this will upset some who do not believe in God or Creation, but our American Founders believed that human beings were created in the imago dei – the image of God.  I am equally convinced that many of them were devotedly convinced that religious liberty was a prize and right that must be protected extensively.  However, there were many who expressed their views that civil authorities should encourage Christianity. 

If you choose to cite the 1947 Supreme Court Decision of ‘Everson v. Board of Education’ and argue that the Founders intended an impenetrable wall of separation between Church and State let me suggest a consideration.  Consider the many Founders who made public statements and took governmental action to demonstrate their views were eons away from the modern view.  They believed that Religious Liberty was a Right and had to be protected.  I refer you to George Mason’s 1776 draft of Article XVI OF Virginia’s Declaration of Rights. “That as Religion, or the Duty which we owe to our divine and omnipotent Creator, and the Manner of discharging it, can be governed only by Reason and Conviction, not by Force or Violence; and therefore, that all Men should enjoy the fullest Toleration in the Exercise of Religion, according to the Dictates of Conscience, unpunished and unrestrained by the Magistrate….”

James Madison did not like the use of the word toleration and contended that it implied that religious liberty was a grant from the state and could be revoked and had it reworded, “the free exercise of religion” is a right, not a privilege granted by the state.  They also argued that religion belonged in the public square.  I refer to Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.  It is argued that Jefferson insisted on a wall so prohibitive that nothing of religion could be in the public square.  However, if you research history you will find that Jefferson issued calls for prayer and fasting as Governor of Virginia.  He even drafted bills allowing the governor to appoint “days of public fasting and humiliation, or thanksgiving” and to punish “Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers.”   

Jefferson suggested, as a member of the Continental Congress that the nation adopt a seal containing the image of Moses “extending his hand over the sea, causing it to overwhelm Pharaoh.”   He included the motto: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”  The separation that bans anything religious from the public square won’t square with that.  We could cite George Washington and his numerous references and appeals for focus on God both publicly and privately. 

I believe that our Republic as a society and as a government has drifted from the founding principles.  Our Founders believed it permissible and even encouraged the national and state governments to encourage Christianity.  That may not be prudent today, but to ban the influence of God, Christianity, and the biblical moral virtues and principles from all things public is to invite problems we could avoid.  Most of us would like to see an America where people are treated with respect and viewed as equal under the law.  Most of us would like to see an America where our government allows us to enjoy Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness without undue influence, regulation or control.

I am not calling for Christianity to control the government or the government to attempt to control the Church.  I am calling for all who believe and follow Christ to pray for this nation and pressure our elected officials to return to allowing states and communities to determine how much or how little of the Bible they want in their public sectors.  I am calling for everyone who prays to pray for America and our leaders.  I believe we were founded on Christian principles but also that our Founders wanted you to be free to worship or not worship as your heart dictates.  I believe in America and I believe in God!

God bless you and God bless America!