THE DESIRE & THE INEVITABLE…


BLOG POST 2 - Inevitable

The Left has long called for, sought after, and contended for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare and there are those on the Right who are now insisting it is inevitable and even desirable.  THEY ARE WRONG!  I am not saying that Congress may not, at some point in time, force that bitter pill down our throats but that is not the desire of most Americans, would not be good for America or our Economy and would effectively destroy our Healthcare Industry hurting millions.

Charles Krauthammer has stated publicly that “Universal Single-Payer” is our eventual condition.  I pray he is wrong!  Ben Stein told Neil Cavuto that it is inevitable and that at the end of the day it is where we will be.  He said that the taxpayers are going to be forced to pick up the tab and we might as well face it, embrace it, and move forward.  Seriously?  He expressed that this was not his desire but it was coming whether we like it or not.  I would take no exception to Mr. Stein’s statements had he stopped there, but he didn’t.  Mr. Stein continued offering the Leftist, Liberal, Progressive, RINO rhetoric, diatribe, and spin saying, “It is a basic American right to have decent healthcare.  That is a basic right. We live in a very rich country…and the idea that any parent who sees his child born with a serious defect will think, ‘My God, I might not be able to afford to keep my child alive.’  It is abhorrent to everything it means to be an American.”  I understand the plea for compassion but will continue to argue that healthcare is not a right it is a privilege.  You have the right to seek the best care and coverage you can obtain and afford but to align it with the inalienable rights of the Constitution is going beyond reason.  The situation to which Mr. Stein alluded is not something I would wish on any person.  I am not insensitive to the trauma of that predicament.  I know what it is like to have a child born with a healthcare need and have to choose between the basic necessities of life and his care.  I also know what it is like to have a family member battling a disease deemed incurable by the medical professions.  However, to insist that health care is a right opens the door to a plethora of problems and becomes a Pandora’s Box in which we encounter situations there are no viable or reasonable solutions.

The matter of ‘pre-existing conditions’ is a complex problem but resorting to “Universal Single-Payer” healthcare will not resolve the problems associated therewith.  I am quite sure that advocates on both sides of the issue can cite individuals who either benefited from or lost their battle for life because of “Single-Payer Healthcare”.  The idea that adopting that system would ensure that no American was ever denied care due to a ‘pre-existing condition’ is not valid.  Those systems using that plan in other parts of the world often result in the sickest and weakest of society being pushed to the back of the line for care.  There are frequent delays and even denial of the needed care.  That seems to be a natural outgrowth of the Universal Single-Payer system.  Why would any politician allow that to become a reality?  I would not presume to know the full answer for every politician but I have observed the outworking of politics and see some reasons.  One reason is those groups with the political clout to shift or shape an election or reelection are more likely to get good care and give attention than the seriously ill and weak.  Why?  Because the seriously ill and weak make up a much smaller bloc and thereby have less political clout. They are often too weak or ill to protest and often do not realize that politics is playing a role in their care or the delay or denial thereof.  You may say that I am over-dramatizing but I suggest you do some research and settle the matter in your own heart.  If I am correct in my assertion I ask that you join in opposition to this system.

The last time we were force fed a healthcare bill or pill we saw the rise of the Tea Party and a growing segment of society that began to wake up and stand in opposition to the government’s reach for TOTAL CONTROL.  Additionally, what program can you name where the government is in control that operates with effectiveness and efficiency?  I desire that EVERYONE have decent healthcare. I want EVERYONE to have access to decent health insurance.  However, I also understand that if a person has been negligent and did not purchase coverage while they were well or have coverage before the child was born there must be some personal responsibility borne.  I understand the economics of an Insurance Company and why they charge a higher premium for someone with a ‘pre-existing’ condition and why they have ‘high-risk’ pools of insured.  I do, however, expect them to operate within fiscal reason when setting those rates.  What I would like to see in any Healthcare Bill passed by Congress are Free Market access, competition, and true portability.  TRUE PORTABILITY would mean, in my view, that if you have insurance and develop a health issue but lose your job, your insurance continues at the same rate.  By that, I mean your contribution plus that of your employer.  Your coverage would be uninterrupted so long as you pay the premiums.  Some seem to think that if a person loses their job the rate should be what they were paying for their portion of the premium minus that of the employer.  Who would pay that?  Surely we do not expect the insurance company to pay the employer’s portion of the premium, do we?  That is not reasonable and the continual push for FREE INSURANCE and FREE HEALTHCARE feeds that philosophy.

My wife is battling a medical condition the doctors have diagnosed as incurable.  We do not accept that diagnosis as final authority because we believe that with God all things are possible and nothing is impossible with God.  We do not deny the diagnosis but we do not deem it to be the final authority.  Thankfully we have insurance coverage but if we did not due to an inability to pay or unwillingness to purchase insurance once the diagnosis was rendered we would be in a dire situation.  We would not expect the government to care for her.  Yes, I am speaking from a position of having coverage and you may deem my statement implausible but it is our view.  TRUE PORTABILITY of insurance would guarantee that we would be allowed, providing we could pay the premiums, to continue uninterrupted coverage and care.  That, in my view, is reasonable not allowing the government to determine our care.  I do not trust the government that much to trust them with the life of my wife or myself.

Where there is a catastrophic situation in any family regarding health and it is beyond their ability to afford human compassion comes into play.  I have served in several churches as a pastor and seen families encounter situations beyond their financial ability.  In those cases, we, as a church family, did all we could to alleviate the weight of their burden.  I have seen businesses step forward, seeing our compassion, and join the effort.  There are medical charities available and if you cannot afford the care you can go to the Emergency Room and will not be turned away.  Yes, the taxpayers pick up some of that tab but to argue the only solution or the best solution is Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is flawed, in my view.  Our entire tax system is a problem and we have watched the government FIX IT, so what would make us believe they can FIX healthcare?  We need to move toward personal responsibility and allow competition to enter the mix rather than turning to government to CONTROL another aspect of our lives.

God, bless you and God bless America is my desire and prayer!

 

THE LIBERALS HAVE NO SHAME…


BLOG POST 3 - Shame

Not to get into old news but how many of the Leftist comedians have been vulgar, vile, and engaged in horrific diatribe and rhetoric against President Donald Trump and received virtually no condemnation by the Left?  Where is the outrage from the Left, Media, Hollywood, and Democrats?  It is virtually nonexistent because they agree and enjoy the vitriolic rants calling it entertainment.  However, were the shoe on the other foot and had comedians, entertainers, and politicians engaged in the same activities regarding Barack Obama there would have been rioting in the streets and the PC Police would have been issuing warrants for their arrests.  I’m sure that would have also brought them under the scrutiny of the FBI, NSA, IRS, Homeland Security, the DOJ, the media, and every other possible law enforcement entity.  If not arrested they would, without a doubt, been harassed by the IRS and banned from the public airwaves for their crimes.  But, when the Left does it there is nothing more than a brief mention, a mild pat on the wrist, and a wink of the eye.  After all, we are talking about Donald Trump, who in their eyes is the incarnation of Lucifer himself.

When Kathy Griffin held a fake bloody head of Donald Trump she experienced some push back, and rightly so, but not nearly enough to deter future such acts.  When Stephen Colbert can refer to the president’s mouth as a receptacle for the male appendage of Putin of Russia and it is deemed as within his constitutional rights and acceptable language for the public airwaves it reveals a serious problem.  Others on the conservative side have been censored for things much less egregious.  But the double standard is alive and well, so we should not be surprised.  When entertainers like Snoop Dog can produce a video in which he engaged in the assignation of the President and that is deemed humorous but not serious or dangerous, it reveals a problem.  Yet, even criticism of Barack Obama was deemed worthy of criminal indictment.  When people like the endless list of Hollywood types, entertainers, politicians, media pundits, and others can rant and rail against President Trump and be called heroes or praised for their public stance and any opposition to Barack Obama vilified we have a problem.

I opposed Barack Obama in both elections and lamented many of his actions as president but I never called for his murder or sought to see harm come to Michelle or the daughters.  I spoke against his actions and consider him a traitor to America, in violation of the American Constitution much of the time, and believe he is guilty of crimes worthy of indictment.  I desired and desire the peaceable, legal, and constitutional actions taken to deal with the damage done by him as President.  If you believe Donald Trump is in violation of the Constitution and operating outside the law, by all means, seek peaceable, legal, and constitutional means to deal with that issue.  BUT, please have a smidgen of shame and demand the vulgar and violent rants, riots, and calls for his murder cease.

I am convinced this goes far beyond politics and it reflects a heart condition in America and the world today.  It is, in my view, an evidence of the moral decline in our society and is the result of multiple generations of liberal brainwashing in our schools both primary and secondary.  It is the result of the Political Correctness that has permeated our world and the incessant insistence that we tolerate everything and accommodate that which violates our basic spiritual and moral convictions.  It is reflective of the ME-ness and Self-Centeredness into which our society has descended.  There was a time in America when we were neighbors to our neighbors.  There was a time when we considered patriotism an honorable position and valued the principles upon which the republic was established.  There was a time when we could set aside personal preference and political posturing in the interest of the nation.  In the environment in which I grew up, people cared about each other, offered help, encouragement, and support without expecting personal gain.

If we allow the ME-mindset to rule and continue to look to government for our sustenance in life, we will descend into a virtual if not literal slavery in America.  If we continue to allow liberal professors, Hollywood, entertainers, and activist define what is acceptable and desirable in speech, political views, and actions we will experience irreversible decay in our nation and society.  WE MUST, take to heart the message of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and realize that we have drifted from our founding principles, our moral moorings, and return to that which allowed us to become the nation that became arguably the greatest nation in modern history.

America, it is high time that we band together and DEMAND a cessation of the vile vitriolic assault and War on Freedom.  It is now time that we band together and DEMAND politicians put America before party and position.  It is the time that we band together and DEMONSTRATE the resolve of WWII and the Revolutionary War America settling for nothing less than a return to the condition that made us or makes us ONE nation, UNDER God, INDIVISIBLE, seeking and affording liberty and justice for all.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

 

WHEN WILL IT END???


BLOG POST 5 - When

If the question is when will the NEVER TRUMP and NEVER ANYTHING TRUMP diatribe end, it won’t.  There could be an unmitigated statement by all the investigations that there is NO COLLUSION between Trump and the Russians and it would still be argued, there might be or might have been.  The absence of ANY CONNECTION after months of hard searching suggests to rational minds there is nothing but that does not, has not, and will never stop the Leftist.  I have said before, “This is Personal” with them and will continue to be an incessant voice demanding his ouster.  It has less to do with what he is doing, although some of it is tearing down their house of cards and more to do with who he is and what he represents.

If the Democrats were to drop the Russian connection card, the Comey threw the election Trump’s way card and the other excuses for losing they would have to acknowledge the truth.  They lost because enough Americans were fed up with the policies, ideology, and actions of the Obama administration and the Democrats and wanted to try something new.  Many of us realized the impossible situation should Hillary Clinton win the White House and voted NO on Hillary and to do that voted YES on Trump.  Some who identify as conservative, Constitutionalist and even Republican found and find Donald Trump so offensive they are willing to work actively or indirectly with the Trump Derangement Syndrome Crowd and want him gone for any reason and every reason.

The Democrats and Liberals, which makes up the bulk of the media today never stop beating the drum that Trump is mentally ill and not fit to be president.  Their illogic never ceases to amaze me but even more amazing is that people buy their spin.  It appears that Donald Trump has a map showing all the counties he won in red and those won by Hillary in blue and the map is almost all red. The exceptions are the pockets of liberalism on the Left and Right Coasts, namely California and New York along with a few other strongholds of ultra-liberalism.  It seems that visitors to the White House have received these maps and the media is now using that to argue Trump’s mental disconnect with reality.  They contend that Trump is stuck in campaign mode and it is not possible to govern the same as you campaign.  They insist this is evidence that Trump is mentally disturbed and should be impeached for the good of the country and for his own good.  How benevolent!  The illogic of this and the hypocrisy is that those few federal judges that have ruled against Trump have argued they are not interested in what the Executive Orders say they are evaluating them based on what he said in the campaign.  WAIT?  If you can’t govern the same as you campaign, how can you use campaign speak as the basis of ruling on an Executive Order ignoring the text and insisting there is a sinister motive behind the words?  THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE LOGICALLY.

Our Constitution affords us the RIGHT of Peaceful Assembly but what is happening by the Left is anything but peaceful.  In Tennessee, a woman was charged with felony reckless endangerment when she tried to run Republican Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall meeting.  She was enraged at his support for the American Health Care Act and demonstrated a propensity for violence before the incident.  A popular parade in Oregon had to be canceled because of threats of violence against a Republican Group.  The email warning was that 200 or more protesters would rush the parade and drag the Republican marchers out.  They boasted that the police could not stop them because they were too powerful.  The email was sent from an email address registered to RiseUp.Net, a liberal anti-capitalism organization.  A North Carolina GOP office was firebombed before the election and the building spray painted with graffiti that said, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else.”  Olivia Corn, president of Cornell University’s College Republicans was physically assaulted as her attacker shouted unprintable slurs at her.  Those on a handful of a mountain of incidents all conducted by rabid Leftist, some of who are paid protesters, organizers, and agitators.  They have received the commendation and endorsement of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton along with other Democrats.

The media goes on a 24/7 rant with any new story they think will damage Trump and/or the Republicans and the Comey blitz is not having their desired effect.  The polls after the Comey firing did not move much in either direction regarding Trump personally or his job performance.  In fact, just a day or so ago a new poll indicated that Trump has received a better than 50% approval rating.  You would think with the tireless effort by the Democrats and Media to make this the worst scandal ever would have shifted public opinion dramatically against Trump.  Not so and they are in a quandary and that leads to more and more far out illogical reports and allegations not supported by facts.  If they were to acknowledge the truth they would have to admit they lost not because of outside collusion or any of the numerous excuses they use but because America rejected them, their candidate, and their position.  That is a virtual impossibility for them for they are so convinced they and they alone have the answers.  They are convinced that anyone not agreeing with them is either illiterate, incapable of rational thought, uninformed or so filled with hate and bigotry they must be eliminated or marginalized to a state of meaninglessness.

When will this end?  It won’t.  It will not end even if we vote out all the leftist and replace them with constitutionalist.  The country would fare better and move in the right direction but their shouts, rants, protests, and wars on sanity would not cease.  They are so deeply rooted in their ideology only a divine intervention would change them and their party does not believe in the God who could intervene.  After all, that is the party that booed God at their national convention and has taken stances diametrically opposed to the Bible.  I am praying for this nation and all the leaders both Republican and Democrat.  I am praying for America and Americans and asking God to guide us back to the right path and lead us out of this present darkness.

God, bless you and God bless America!

GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD – – Who Gets One?


BLOG POST 1 - Democrat vs Republican

I will try to resist using a broad brush about which brand of politician or bureaucrat gets a pass and which ones do not.  I could say, Republicans go to jail and Democrats go free as a blanket statement and it would not be terribly far-fetched so I won’t.  If it were left to the Main Stream Media, the liberal-leftist political pundits, the Hollywood types, and Democrats in Washington it would be spot on.  Sadly, it has been left to them too frequently and that is an issue that needs to be addressed by the rank and file (you & me), the politicians, and whoever has a voice or platform from which to address this matter.

 

It seems a bit odd that during the eight years of Barack Obama’s administration we observed scandal after scandal and illegality after illegality but not one of his subordinates went to prison.  There were no indictments or convictions and even with the almost continuous Congressional investigations there was no special prosecutor or investigator to delve deep into the allegations.  How is it that there is one now and will likely be more during the Trump term of office?  Why was it deemed satisfactory that Congress investigate, the FBI, CIA, NSA or any of the other agencies of government handle the inquiries but not with Donald Trump?  It is largely due to the hate for him but it goes beyond that to a double-standard concerning Republicans and Democrats.

If you examine the record and research the history of Democrat handling of Republican scandals, real or fabricated you will see what I’m suggesting.  In Watergate, we heard about the “Plumbers” who were trying to plug the leaks against Nixon and all hell broke loose.  There was no hard evidence that Nixon knew anything about the June 1972 break-in in advance or that he authorized it.  That mattered not to the Democrats and at the end of the day Nixon was forced to resign for covering up a crime he possibly learned about later.  The Democrats in the Senate formed a committee resulting in 69 people being charged with various and sundry crimes, 48 found guilty, and 16 served prison time.  I do not mean to dismiss or diminish any crimes of the Nixon administration but there were no national security issues, no national secrets stolen or compromised and the information the Plumbers obtained was inconsequential.  If the break-in had not been exposed the information would have minimal effect on the election, which was a massive re-election of Richard Nixon.

We also must not overlook the Democrat pursuit in exposing the Iran-Contra scandal.  Regan’s administration officials secretly sold arms to Iran and then used the proceeds to fund the covert Contra resistance against Nicaragua’s Sandinistas.  The national-security team of the president was seriously concerned about the real threats of the pro-Soviet Sandinistas.  The memories of the Soviet Cuban Missile crisis were etched firmly in their minds prodding them to act in the way they did.  Lt. Colonel North led this effort and argued that his actions fell under the protection of Reagan’s presidential authority.  The Democrats refused to accept that and “Contra-gate” became a major scandal and saw this as an opportunity to bolster their political capital to offset that of the very popular Ronald Reagan.  A three-judge panel appointed Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh to investigate.  The attack on Reagan spanned over six years and dozens of people were implicated.  Most of those had absolutely nothing to do with Contragate and the harassment of various Anti-Communist organizations ensued.  Lawrence Walsh managed to criminally charge 14 Republicans and 11 were convicted.  I do not seek to justify any wrong doing only to highlight how the Democrats have responded to Republican scandals, real or fabricated.

The Clinton’s have operated a “pay for favor” foundation for a long time and allegation after allegation has surfaced but the Republicans did nothing and the Democrats insisted there was no need for any Special Investigations. The actions of Loretta Lynch and James Comey regarding Hillary Clinton has not been treated in the same manner as the Democrats go after Republicans.  With the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it looks as if the Republicans have lost any stomach for truly investigating the illegality of Comey, Obama, Clinton, Lynch, Holder, or any Democrat.  As usual, it appears that the Republicans cower in the shadows as the Democrats advance their agenda, cause, and seek to imprison any Republican they consider a threat.

The scandals under Obama that demonstrated clear violations of federal law have been largely ignored.  The IRS scandal is still a bone in my craw but the Republicans in Congress have largely moved on.  WHY?  Could it be they do not want to strip the IRS of its power, hoping to have that tool available to them at some future time?  If that is true they are sorely mistaken for the hierarchy of the IRS is liberal leftist Democrat controlled.  The VA scandals exposed some incredible violations of ethics if not laws but no serious pursuit by Congress.  The “Fast and Furious” scandal of gun-running resulting in the death of Americans and countless other acts of mayhem has been virtually ignored.  Hillary Clinton has been given a “Get Out of Jail Free” card and her subordinates given immunity and the evidence against her and them destroyed by the FBI and the Republicans make noise but it is all foam and no beer.  If you take Water Gate and Contra-gate you discover that the Democrats managed to have 83 Republicans charged with criminal conduct.  How many Democrats have been charged in all the scandals of the Obama years?  ZERO!

Drain the Swamp was a rallying cry during the 2016 Election but few had any idea how deep or far-reaching the swamp is.  The Swamp has declared full-scale war on Donald Trump and we need to convince the Republicans in Congress they cannot afford to be “water bearers” for the Democrats.  We gave the control of both Houses of Congress and the White House and if they do not develop a Constitutional boldness we will watch the destruction of the Republic and allow the Left to block everything good that could be accomplished under Donald Trump.  If the Republicans continue their cowardice we will see a shift in the political landscape in 2018 and the renewed pursuit of Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the Republic resume.  If that happens it will be Obama on steroids and all of us will pay the price!

God, bless you and God bless America!

June 6, 1944 – – D-Day.


BLOG POST 1 - D-Day

With my wife’s condition and her recent surgery, I did not have the opportunity to say what I desired about that day in our history known as “D-Day.”  The tribute deserving to those who served and sacrificed during WWII or any other time in our history should never be omitted.  Those of WWII, those known as the Greatest Generation are deserving of all the recognition and thanks we can muster!  I know this is a few days late but I hope it reflects my deep gratitude and reignites a patriotic spirit within each heart.

The WWII generation is often called “The Greatest Generation” and were I to suggest that is not an appropriate title would detract from their incredible contribution so I would never do that.  I am deeply appreciative for the sacrifices, resolve, and commitment to Liberty and Freedom of that Generation and will ALWAYS tip my hat to them.  They lived in an era and faced conditions in which failure meant the world would be plunged into the control of Despotic Madmen who would rule with an Iron Fist and make the citizens virtual if not literal slaves.  The genocide would have been even more pronounced than it was and it was horrific.  The tyranny would be so diabolical that life would be nothing more than an existence and all hopes and dreams would be trampled under the Jack-booted heels of the Nazi’s and Imperialist of Japan’s Empire to name two of the players in that conflict.  There would be no United States of America and no recognition of our Inalienable Rights as recognized by our Constitution.  There would be no elections or elections would be shams.  Economic prosperity would be relegated to the designated few leaving the masses to live in the squalor of poverty.  THERE WAS NO CHOICE!  Those Patriots were facing a Life or Death situation and they choose life knowing that to secure life, liberty, and freedom might cost them their own lives.  THAT MAKES THEM GREAT, if not the greatest!

World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945 and in 1944 the Allied Forces adopted a plan that was designed to shorten the war. Failure would have shortened it but not in a positive manner.  It was bold, daring, dangerous, and incredibly well coordinated. I look back on it, from the historic record, and am amazed at how many glitches in the plan there were and yet it still worked.  I personally believe that was the providence of the Almighty.  The Battle of Normandy lasted from June to August 1944 and effected the liberation of Western Europe from the control of the Nazi’s.  This operation had numerous names but is most commonly known as “D-Day” when 156,000 Allied troops landed on five beaches along a 50 mile stretch of heavily armed and guarded coastline in France’s Normandy region.

America entered the War in December 1941. The British had been contemplating an assault across the English Channel and this developed over more than two years.  Hitler was aware of that threat and ordered Rommel to defend the region.  The Germans did not know exactly where or when but they knew the threat was real and imminent.  Rommel was ordered to build the Atlantic Wall, a 2,400-mile fortification of bunkers, landmines, and beach and water obstacles, a massive undertaking.  In January 1944 Dwight D. Eisenhower assumed command of the Operation Overlord.  The Allies carried out numerous diversionary operations hoping to deceive the Germans as to where and when the attack might come.  General George Patton was given command of a phantom army, across from Pas-de-Calais and they used fake equipment, fake transmissions, and more in this ruse.

On June 5, 1944, the original date of the invasion the weather was so bad Eisenhower was forced to make a command decision and delay the attack by 24 hours.  General Eisenhower made his impassioned and heartfelt speech to the troops saying, “You are about to embark on the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”  More than 5,000 ships and landing crafts carrying troops crossed the English Channel and over 11,000 aircraft participated in providing air cover and support.  It was a logistics nightmare of unbelievable proportions.

By the morning of June 6, 1944, several thousand paratroopers and glider troops were on the ground behind enemy lines having endured incredible difficulties and were busy securing bridges and exit roads.  The amphibious invasion began at 6:30 AM.  The British and Canadians overcame light opposition as they captured beaches code-named Gold, Juno, and Sword, and the American took Utah Beach.  However, U.S. troops faced heavy resistance on Omaha beach and over 2,000 Americans died that day.  By the end of the day, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy and it is estimated that over 4,000 Allied troops paid the ultimate sacrifice.  In less than a week all the beaches were secured and more than 326,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles, and 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.  The push for freedom was on powerfully!

The reports are that the Germans suffered confusion in their ranks and Rommel’s absence played a significant role.  Hitler, it is reported, believed the invasion was fake and the real assault would be on the Seine River causing him to refuse to release nearby divisions to launch a counter-offensive.  That cost him dearly.  Allied air support was devastating to the German defenses and the naval support helped protect the advancing Allied forces.  In the next few weeks, the Allied Forces had grown to over 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles as they began their march across France and the ultimate Victory of Freedom.  Toward the end of August 1944, the Allies had reached the Seine River, Paris was liberated and Hitler was prevented from sending troops from France to defend against the Soviet assault from the East.

On May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and Hitler is reported to have committed suicide a week earlier on April 30, 1945.  Those who served and sacrificed to stop the assault of Freedom by Despotic Tyrants earns them my salute and a heartfelt thank you.  Today, we face an enemy in Islamic Terrorism and Jihadism as well as a full-frontal assault on or freedoms that will require the same resolve but sadly, many are seeking to appease the terrorist rather than defeat them.  Political correctness would have defeated the Allies in World War II and is defeating us today.  WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP AND STOP THE MADNESS?

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

THE LEFTIST HAVE FOUND THE PROBLEM – Simple, Right?


BLOG POST 2 - Solution or Problem

Sarcasm is sometimes a useful tool.  The Leftist seem to truly believe they have discovered the systemic problem with America, the world, crime, terrorism, and every other “ism” that exists.  Unraveling the process whereby they exempt themselves from their diagnosis and proclamation is a fascinating journey.  Their argument is not new, it was one of Barack Obama’s keynote position, as it was with Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, the New Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, George Soros, and a host of others.  It is their never-dying argument that white privilege, white racism and in a nutshell, white men are the problem.  This cadre of leftist argues that those of us who are white are the problem.  If we are the problem what is the solution?  We will get to that momentarily.  This rhetoric is flowing like water in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Portland, Chicago, and Dallas.

This epiphany seems to have surfaced during the recent district attorney election in Philadelphia.  Politics seems to have the amazing ability to identify problems which elicit votes by blaming those deemed to be the enemy or deserving of distrust.  The seven candidates in this race all agreed the problem was “systemic racism” by whites.  This blight, they argued had permeated every branch and level of government and society.  I have heard the argument that every white person is racist to a greater or lesser degree.  Those advancing that theory suggest that if you are white you were born with a racist gene in your DNA.  Tragically, some of the suggested solutions for this problem include euthanasia.  My hope is that would be denounced by everyone on all sides of the issue. 

 The argument that racism does not exist or that it is 100% one-sided is ludicrous.  Honest evaluation reveals it is present in every ethnicity.  Racism exists today, existed in the past, and will survive all of us.  In my view, it is a waste of time to argue that it is simply a white, black, or brown issue.  One of our problems has been the failure to comprehend the complexity and generational extent of the problem.  Racism can be and is learned.  If a child has distrust instilled in their hearts from infancy it is incredibly difficult to eradicate.  The Bible identifies the power of training of children when it says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Biases learned in childhood and nurtured in adulthood are difficult to overcome.  Some have suggested that I live in a sheltered world because I contend that most of the people I know are appalled at racism of every kind.  As a society, we create serious problems if we justify violence and lawlessness by any segment of society.  As we allow people to blame their failures on those of a different ethnicity we perpetuate the problem and block genuine remedies.  The ugliness of this condition cannot be glossed over.  A pig with lipstick is still a pig!  Racism is ugly and cannot be justified biblically or morally. 

 In Philadelphia, the new district attorney will be charged with prosecuting the very people he vigorously defended by blaming systemic racism for their crimes.  I wonder how Mr. Krasner will handle the cases of violent crime committed by the very segment of society he so vigorously advocated for.  His contention was they should not be blamed because it wasn’t their fault.  Will he, now dismiss the cases of blacks that come before him? Will he seek to imprison the victim if that victim is white because it is somehow their fault?  Yes, those are ridiculous questions but based on his arguments one might wonder.  

The city of Chicago has also adopted that same mentality and argue that written tests, background checks, and mental evaluations discriminate against black people.  Their proof, too many blacks fail one or all those.  Their actions have resulted in some who wanted to be police officers, although previously rejected and with questionable backgrounds, now being able to wear a badge and a gun.  This has resulted in the Chicago police department becoming home to former gang members, admitted drug users and dealers, an individual who slashed a person in a bar fight, and former military veterans who suffer personality disorders and more.  Is this allowing the fox to guard the henhouse?  I suppose one could consider their past as simply OJT and affording insight into the working of the criminal mind.  Yes, I’m being facetious, and ask that you forgive me for my sarcasm.  I deeply believe in second chances.  Yet, I feel it is necessary that those being given a second chance demonstrate the necessary character.  I’m not sure how much leniency we should give to those desiring to become police officers regarding aptitude, attitude, mental capacity, mental stability, and character. We are reminded frequently of some that should never have been given a badge and a gun.

 Out of the city of Portland, has come the assertion that blacks are being forced to commit crimes because of white racism.  The violence and crimes committed are excused and justified using that argument.  The mayor demanded the new police chief be “transformative.”  Is it possible this would be the same type of transformation sought by Barack Obama for America?  The mandate given to the new police chief was, he must ensure equality (whatever that means in this case) and follow a path of proportional criminal prosecutions.  The question that comes to mind is, if there are 20 white crimes there can only be 20 black prosecutions?  I realize asking that question will open the door to my being branded as racist.  Am I overstating some things?  I suppose I am.  I do so to call attention to the ridiculousness of any semblance of a prosecutorial quota system.   A crime is a crime and those who commit crimes, regardless of race or background, must face the consequences of their actions.  Failure to do so will likely result in anarchy, chaos, and civil unrest that could result in an all-out war in the streets.  NO ONE should find that acceptable. 

The stabbing at the University of Texas resulted in arguments that the perpetrator was the victim of racism.  I would find it difficult to object to any argument that he was suffering from mental instability.  It has long been my contention that those who commit those kinds of acts are either mentally unstable or the driven by deep rooted hate and evil.  Those conditions should ever be scoffed at or ignored.  If we, as a society, justify bad behavior we encourage more bad behavior.  A Newsweek cover story entitled, “Murder Town USA” about Wilmington, Delaware illustrates my argument.  The article cited an argument from a black city council member who suggested that black people in his city were violent because of “Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder.”  I thought it was a joke but he made that declaration with total seriousness.  How long has it been since slavery ended?  Was PTSD the reason there was dancing in the streets when a deranged black person, killed five members of the Dallas police department?  Is PTSD why there has been looting, rioting, destruction of property, shouts to off the pigs, and kill people of the white race?  A University of Hawaii professor added more fuel to this fire by suggesting that whites should resign their jobs and give them to blacks because of white racism and PTSD?

If we hope to arrive at a resolution, we must engage in open and honest dialogue.  The continued climate of blaming someone or something for our failures exacerbates and perpetuates the problem.  One of the most prolific hindrances is the FAILURE TO LISTEN!  Unfortunately, paradigm prevents us from honestly seeking to understand any other point of view.  The culture of today seeks to force compliance to our position.  If we are genuinely interested in resolution, we must learn to listen and hear what is said rather than filtering the words our bias.

God, bless you and God bless America! 

THE DESIRE and THE INEVITABLE…


BLOG POST 5 - Writing on the Wall

The Left has long pined for and sought Universal Single-payer Healthcare and there are those on the Right who are insisting it is inevitable and even desirable.  I BELIEVE THEY ARE WRONG!  Oh, I am not saying that Congress may not force that bitter pill down our throats in the future but it is not the desire of most Americans, not good for America, and would effectively destroy our Healthcare Industry to the hurt of millions.

Charles Krauthammer has stated publicly that “Universal Single-payer” is our eventual condition.  Ben Stein told Neil Cavuto that it is inevitable and that at the end of the day where we would be and the taxpayers were going to have to pick up the tab, so we might as well face it, embrace it, and move toward it.  He expressed that he did not desire it but that it was coming whether we like it or not.  I would not take major exception to Mr. Stein’s comments had he stopped there but he then launched into the Leftist talking point and said, “It is a basic American right to have decent health care. That is a basic right. We live in a very rich country… and the idea that any parent who sees his child born with a serious defect will think, ‘My God, I might not be able to afford to keep my child alive.’ Is abhorrent to everything it means to be an American.”  I understand the plea for compassion but continue to argue that healthcare is not a right.  I understand the plight of facing a catastrophic health issue and not being able to afford the care.  That is not a situation I would wish on anyone and am not insensitive to the trauma of that predicament.  However, to insist that health care is a right opens the door to a virtual Pandora’s Box of situations in which there is no viable or possible solution.

The matter of “pre-existing conditions” is a problem but resorting to ‘Universal Single-payer’ healthcare is not a solution and will not resolve the problems associated therewith.  I am quite sure the advocates on both sides of the issue can cite individuals who either benefited from or lost their battle for life because of ‘Universal Single-payer’ healthcare.  The idea that adopting that system would ensure that no American would be denied care due to a ‘pre-existing condition’ is not valid.  Those systems as are used in other parts of the world often result in the sickest and weakest being pushed to the back of the line for care.  It results in delayed or denied care which seems to be a natural part of Universal Single-payer healthcare.  Why would politicians allow that to become reality?  Simply, groups with political clout that can influence a politician’s re-election chances are more likely to receive good care under that system and those who lack the clout are neglected.  Let me explain.  The people who are gravely ill are relatively few in number and that translates into a small voting bloc, therefore they are less important to the re-election efforts than the larger group who are healthy or suffer lesser illnesses or diseases.  The seriously ill are too weak to protest and may not know the politics involved in their denial or delayed care and do they and their families are not sufficiently alarmed to oust the politicians.

The last time we were force fed a health care bill, namely Obamacare we saw the rise of the Tea Party and a growing segment of society that began to awaken and rise up in opposition to TOTAL CONTROL by the government.  Additionally, what program can you name where the government is in complete control that is efficient?  I want everyone to have decent healthcare. I want everyone to have access to decent health insurance.  However, I also understand that if a person has been negligent and did not purchase coverage while well or have coverage before their child was born there is some responsibility they must bear.  Hopefully, the charitableness of society, charities, and churches will step in and help.  I understand the economics involved in an insurance company charging a higher rate to cover someone with a pre-existing condition and having high-risk pools.  I do not expect them to be compassionate but I do expect them to operate within fiscal reason when setting the rates.  What I would like to see in any Healthcare Bill passed by Congress are Free Market access, competition, and true portability.  True portability would mean, in my view, that if you have insurance and develop a condition but lose your job, your insurance continues at the same rate (your contribution and your employer’s) and your coverage uninterrupted. Some seem to think that if a person loses his/her job their rate should be the same without factoring in the employer’s contribution. That is not reasonable and thus the push for FREE INSURANCE and FREE HEALTHCARE.  My wife is battling for her life with a medical condition that is deemed incurable by the physicians but not by God.  Thankfully we have insurance coverage but if we did not have insurance due to our inability to purchase it or our unwillingness to purchase it and that condition were diagnosed it is not reasonable for us to expect the government to pay for her care.  True Portability would guarantee that we would be allowed, if we could afford it, to pay the premiums and continue with the coverage and care.  That, in my view is reasonable not allowing the government to totally control our care.  I do not trust the government that much to trust them with the life of my wife or myself.

When there is a catastrophic situation in any family regarding health which places care beyond their ability to afford we need human compassion to kick in.  Having served as the pastor of churches I have seen families encounter those situations and we, as a church, did all we could to help.  I have witnessed businesses join our efforts because they saw our compassion and felt the tug at their hearts to alleviate the suffering of the needy.  There are medical charities available and if you cannot afford the care you can go to the Emergency Room and receive care.  Yes, the taxpayers pick up some of that tab but to argue that the only solution is Universal Single-payer health care is false. Our entire tax system is a problem and we have watched government FIX IT so what would cause us to think that government can FIX healthcare?  We need to move toward personal responsibility and competitive availability of health insurance rather than turn to the government to CONTROL another aspect of our lives.

God, bless you and God bless America!