I STAND FOR REPUBLICANISM…


BLOG POST 2 - Republic

No, I am not talking about the Republican Party but Republicanism as a system of government.  Our American founders and the framers of our constitution were adamantly opposed to Democracy or Majority Rule Direct Democracy.  They viewed the examples of Pure Democracies as failed experiments and fought diligently to ensure that America was not and never became one.  That belief has drifted in today’s political climate and most of the Democrats want to move to a Grecian Style Democracy and sadly some Republicans seem to believe that was the original intent.

My question, when I hear the argument of liberals is, “Have you actually read the Constitution?”  It usually draws a nasty response, but even a cursory reading of that document would reveal that we are a Republic, not a Democracy.  It, however, is valid to identify the United States as a Republican Democracy or a Representative Democracy but not a Majority Rule Democracy.  The safeguards those forefathers placed in our Constitution must be recognized, utilized and adhered to if we are to remain the Land of the Free.

Our Founding Fathers were students of history, especially as it related to forms of governments.  They knew their task was daunting and realized the tendency of man to push for a Majority Rule System of Government so the placed preventative guardrails to help keep America a Republic.  Their efforts have succeeded for over 240 years but are in grave danger of being discarded today.  That is a danger I cannot sit silent and watch transpire without sounding the alarm.

The Founding Fathers sought to establish a government where the true power was in the hands of the people.  That is only partially true today, albeit we still have the power of our vote.  Unfortunately, we have politicians argue they are pro-limited government but once installed into office they experience a metamorphosis into a Big Government proponent and advocate.  They come back to their States and Districts and insist they are for the People, but their votes reveal the fallacy of those arguments.

In a Republic or under Republican Government the Power is held by the people.  That was true in our initial stages and remained true for many generations.  The people give power to the leaders they elect to represent them and serve their interests.  Most politicians seem to think that means carte blanche to serve their individual interests and that of their political party rather than the Nation and the People.  The Representatives are then responsible for helping all the people, not just a few.  Ours is to be a Government of the people, for the people, and by the people.  That has transformed into a Government of the elected elitist who view us as their subjects.

The Founding Fathers believed in a Republican Form of Government for they believed that the people they elected to represent them would pass laws that would be fair and in the best interest of the republic.  They also believed that if those men failed in their commitment they could and would elect people to replace them who would serve the interests of the people.  They viewed elected representatives as temporary positions, meaning that each person would serve one or maybe two terms and then return to the workforce and live under the laws they passed.

In fact, they believed, as far as I can discern, that those leaders would serve temporarily and then return to private life to never run for office again.  Unlike a direct, or ‘pure’ democracy, in which the majority vote rules, a republic guarantees a certain set of basic civil rights to every citizen, codified in a charter or constitution, which cannot be overridden by a majority rule vote.  Without that safeguard, we would see such unrest and governmental upheaval in America that any hope of stability in government would vanish.

In a Republic, there is a provision for separation of powers, but in a Democracy, there are no such provisions.  In a Republic, we have the preservation of our inalienable rights such as is provided in the Bill of Rights and a part of our Constitution.  We have the assurance of freedom from governmental interference in private affairs.  It also places heavy emphasis on self-discipline and self-reliance.  Something that seems to be a vanishing characteristic of today’s society.  In a Monarchy or Tyranny, the all-powerful leader or leaders interfere with the lives of citizens by telling them what they can and cannot do.  In a Republic, the leaders are mandated to stay out of the private lives of the citizens.  That is unless the Republic as a whole is threatened with chaos and anarchy and thereby violates the inalienable rights of some citizens.

John Adams said,Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honor, power, and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.”   Montesquieu said, “In Republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also in despotic governments: in the former because they are everything; in the latter, because they are nothing.”

We are a Republic, but if the Democrats succeed in dismantling our Electoral College and transform it into Majority Vote system that will not be the end of their push.  It will engender the mistaken notion that we are a Pure or Direct Democracy.  That would transform the operation of the House and Senate and virtually everything else in America and the Republic would be lost.  Yes, I believe it is that serious!  The rule of the majority becomes mob rule and whatever decision made by the majority, no matter how ill-advised, or how it tramples on the rights of various groups or people, it becomes the law.  If you cannot see how dangerous that is to our American way of life and the preservation of our Free Constitutional Republic, you are not thinking deeply or clearly.

America, we are facing the survival or the demise of our System of Government.  You may think you want to become a Majority Rule Democracy but the first time the Majority Rules Against You, you will cry foul.  Remember Newton’s Third Law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  In that sense, what goes around comes around and what you thought was good when it favored you will be deemed monstrous when it opposes you.  Be careful what you wish for.

God bless you and God bless America!

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PRESERVING THE PROCESS…


BLOG POST 1 - Process

The Democrats have repeatedly decried the ‘electoral college’ and issued their pleas and plans for the abolishing that Constitutional Process and move to ‘popular vote’ on presidential elections.  That is only one of their ploys, and yes, I said ploy.  The founding fathers and the framers of our American Constitution considered ‘democracy’ or ‘majority rule’ anathema to the Republic they envisioned and established.  Yet, today’s Democrats believe that is what we must move to.  The question is not if it is part of their agenda but why.

In a Republic, it is recognized that we have certain inalienable rights that come from God not government.  In a Republic, the government is not allowed to strip the citizens of those rights.  In a Republic, the government is mandated to protect and defend the Constitution.  In a Republic, there are safeguards and stopgaps which prevent a knee-jerk majority decision and helps to maintain our status as the Free Constitutional Republic established through the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.

In a ‘majority rule’ democracy the majority, a simple plurality would determine what rights we have and what rights are stripped from us.  In Congress, there is the provision where both Houses of Congress must approve legislation for it to be passed on to the President for signature to make it a law.  If the president vetoes that piece of legislation it then requires a two-thirds majority (290 Representatives and 67 Senators) to override that veto.  That is a daunting task and a pathway that is seldom achieved.

The founders and framers saw that as a means to preserve the integrity and operation of the Republic.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt vetoed 635 bills and only 9 of them were overturned.  President Grover Cleveland vetoed 584 bills and only 7 were overturned.  That reflects how difficult it is for Congress to arbitrarily impose its will on the Executive Branch.  It also provides a safeguard for Congress to hold the President in check on various issues.  It should present a basis for both branches of government to work together.  It does not, because in today’s political climate everything is done on a partisan basis, most usually.

The desire of the Democrats to transform our system of electing presidents into a ‘simple majority rule’ process and eliminate the ‘electoral college’ suggests they might other sinister motives and plans.  Would they also seek to remove the required two-thirds requirement for overriding a presidential veto and make it a simple majority vote?  I would hope that either party pushing for that would realize the imminent danger of that action biting them in the proverbial behind in the future and restrain themselves.  But, alas, politicians and restraint are hardly compatible words.  The Democrats have shown a propensity to “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, “in their push to get what they want.  A case in point would be Obamacare but it is not the only example.

For those of us who are Christians, regardless of party affiliation, there are some things that we should consider in every election.  We should consider the faith of the candidates.  No, I am not saying that is the only consideration, but it is a consideration.  I readily acknowledge that it is sometimes impossible to truly discern or know the reality of a candidate’s profession of faith.  I am not God, so I leave that to God.  However, it is possible to look at their track record and stance on Religious Liberties and other matters pertaining to the Bible.  The fruit defines the root and will either validate the words or negate them.

Another thing must be considered for believers, in my view, is the Traditional Family and how the candidates stand on government-mandated acceptance of same-sex marriages and how they have voted on family-focused legislation.  By that, I mean how they voted on legislation that either enhanced the two-parent families of one man and one woman or helped create a negative environment for that objective.  Some legislation makes it more profitable for a woman to remain unmarried and have children than marry and raise those children in a traditional family home.  Making a career out of welfare and having children out of wedlock is not a biblically endorsed position and any politician that advances that pathway is not deserving of a Christian’s vote.

Abortion issues and the Right to Life cannot be excluded.  If we believe, and I do, that we are created by God then I have to believe that that life begins at conception.  Jeremiah 1:5 declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”  Isaiah 44:24 speaks of God forming us in the womb.  Galatians 1:15 speaks of God setting us apart from our mother’s womb.  In Psalm 139:13-15, we read, “You brought my inner parts into being; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise you, for You made me with fear and wonder; marvelous are Your works, and You know me completely.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and intricately put together in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw me unformed, yet in Your book, all my days were written, before any of them came in to being.”

There are those who insist that the argument of the right to have an abortion is about a woman’s right to choose and women’s health, but I must ask, what about the rights of that unborn baby?  Who defends that life and right to life that our Declaration and Constitution identifies as inalienable?  If we believe that Life is Sacred and the right to Life is inalienable, how do we determine that the unborn have no rights?  They are the most defenseless among us.  Women have the right to not engage in unprotected sex.  Before you argue, that if she was raped or it was incest she should have the right to abort.  When did two wrongs make a right?  She should be showered with our love and compassion, but abortion is not the only pathway to relieving herself of the responsibility of that new life in her womb.  There is the pathway of adoption, is there not?

Also, the believer, in my view, must consider how the candidates stand on religious liberty, self-defense and more.  If the candidate votes to mandate believers violate their religious convictions to accommodate someone with an opposing view, that is to be noted.  You have a right to believe what you believe, but you have no right to force me to participate, assist, or even agree with your choice.   Your rights must end where mine being and according to the First Amendment we are to be free to worship according to our faith, not the whims of government or activist groups. If the candidate seeks to touch our inalienable rights and strip us of our constitutional liberties, that should be noted. I believe if we used a litmus test of that nature it would be very easy to determine which candidate we would vote for.

God bless you and God bless America.  Remember 2020 is just two short years away!

IS BLUETRIFICATION INEVITABLE???


BLOG POST 1 - Blue

There has been a great exodus of people from the Blue States that have been Democrat run for decades to the Red States where there are lower taxes, lower cost of living, and more freedom we are experiencing Red State Blues.  Those exiting the stifling Blue States and moving to the Red States appear to have missed what caused their former State to be in the condition it is in.  They come but bring their liberal leftist ideology with them and then begin the process of transforming their new State into their old state.  What happens then is that the State they sought out because of the things it offered will no longer offer those freedoms and liberties but will become another Blue State strangled by liberalism.  Is that bluetrification inevitable?  Sadly, it appears so.

People are moving to my home State, Texas, by the droves.  Over 79,000 since the 2016 Elections.  That is well and good but when they bring their Leftist views with them it is bad.  In Texas, we have enjoyed one of the lowest tax rates in the nation because of Conservatism and Common Sense.  But when these Blue State liberals immigrate to Texas they want to have all the social programs, freebies, and liberal politics they had before.  What they fail to realize is that it was the Leftist, Socialist, Liberal views and policies of the Democrats that cause the problems they ran from.  If they succeed in transforming Texas and the other Red States into Blue or Purple States Texas will become California or New York.

What that would then mean is that businesses and people would begin to depart the State because of the liberal policies those people help to vote in.  The definition of insanity is, “continuing to do the same thing expecting a different result.”  Hey, newcomers to Texas and the other Red States, we have what you want because we did not follow your Leftist Liberal Ideology and Policies.  WAKE UP!  If you insist on being a liberal Democrat and vote leftist into office you will have to flee again to somewhere else, seeking a reprieve from the devastation of liberalism.

You will continue to take another lap around the proverbial mountain UNLESS you wake up and realize that what you are seeking is Conservatism, Constitutionalism, and Freedom.  You want lower taxes.  You want fewer restrictions that stifle business and the economy.  You want the benefits of the Free Market.  You want limited government.  But, you do not seem to understand that your ideological view is what created the problem where you were and will create it where you have come.  It is inevitable that the Red States will turn Blue or Purple if enough of the Liberal Leftists from the Blue States move in without assimilating into the culture and mindset of the Red States.

I remember when Obamacare was being forced upon us the former president insisting that, “if you like your plan or your doctor you can keep them.”  I remember that he and the Democrats assured us that we would see a minimum of a $2,500 per year reduction in costs.  The reverse or worse was the reality.  We did not get to keep either our plan or our doctor in many cases.  The Medicaid demands of that program would have bankrupted the States and those who tried to implement it felt the pinch and pain and resisted.  I remember Nancy Pelosi telling us, “They had to pass the plan to find out what was in it.”  That is absolute nonsense.  Would you buy a car or a house if the seller said, “Buy it and then we will start it or open it up for you to view?”  If you are a follower of Toxic Liberalism as is now on display by the National Democratic Party, you just might.

The idea of throwing open our borders to whomever without proper vetting is sheer insanity and poses a grave danger to our nation and our people.  We don’t know their medical condition, their political ideological beliefs, or their criminal history.  Would you open your home to anyone?  If you say, yes you are either not being honest or you are delusional.  You would want to know something about them, especially if you have children.  If we allow illegals to flood our nation with no regard for our laws or our sovereign border we have destroyed the Republic.

Immigrants seeking asylum in another country do not seek to enter that country illegally and boldly wave the flag of their former country.  That’s what invaders do not refugees.  If one is seeking the safety and protection of a new nation, rational logic would suggest that they would praise the new nation, not call it evil names.  If someone came to your door seeking a place to stay and began to trash talk everything you do and who you were would you willingly allow them to enter?  No, you would not!  You would expect them to show some gratitude and follow the rules of your home.  Anything less would be irresponsible and that is how it is with our nation.

It is a topic for another blog, but I applaud the President in suggesting he will, by executive order, end the ‘birthright citizenship’ practice.  I have presented details as to how this is not a constitutional mandate or precept.  It comes from a misreading of the 14th Amendment.  Those writing the amendment did not view as valid the idea that a person simply being born on our soil afforded them automatic citizenship.  The requirement was that one or both parents were legal American citizens at the time of the birth.  Some will argue, and I will present my case again at a later time but for now, I argue it is not constitutional.  What other country affords that right to anyone?

We have the opportunity to get this right and see our Republic restored to its moral moorings and founding principles.  We can allow the toxicity of liberalism and socialism to transform our Republic from a Free Market Capitalist Economy to a Socialist or Liberal Freebie Economy and die nationally.  Just around the bend are the 2020 Elections and we either get on board with the desire and agenda to reclaim our liberties, limit our government, and see America restored to her former glory or we do not.  The choice is yours and mine.  As for me and my house, we will vote FOR AMERICA and that will mean voting NO on the Leftist Agenda and Candidates.

God bless you and God bless America!

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION???


BLOG POST 2 - Illegal Immigration Costs

There are so many things that could and probably should be said about Illegal Immigration as opposed to Legal Immigration it is a daunting task.  It would be impossible for me to elucidate all the problems and ramifications with this issue, but I will attempt to address a few and hopefully, they will resonate with you.  I’m sure you many of you will expand on what I say, and some may be adamant detractors.  I believe it is important to openly and honestly have this discussion in America.  Kicking the proverbial can down the road will not resolve the matter but will exacerbate it.

Before I address the known fiscal costs of Illegal Immigration let me address some moral, social, and national issues involved.  From the point of being a sovereign nation if one eliminates the borders they effectively destroy national sovereignty.  I cannot believe that most Americans if any, would truly want our Republic to go down in flames to an invasion of persons from other countries with no limitations, restrictions, and requirements.  Until the somewhat recent phenomenon advanced by some businesses and liberal politicians, we demanded certain things from those coming to America seeking either asylum or citizenship.  We expected them to assimilate into our society and culture.  We expected them to become Americans.

Of course, we expected people to maintain their cultural heritage but not at the expense or endangerment of America or Americans.  Former President Theodore Roosevelt made an impassioned and reasoned speech in 1907 regarding this issue.  He said, “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”  That is powerful!

Some argue that it is less than compassionate and not Christian to deny entry into our nation to those seeking to come.  That sounds noble but when we weight the impact and practical aspects of that policy we find it unsustainable.  We now have an estimated 11-30 million illegals in this country.  Is it in the best interest of the citizens of this Republic to throw open our doors and allow unrestricted flow of people of all skill levels to enter?  What does that do to the American citizen who is now struggling to make ends meet when there are dozens of new people seeking the same job they hold or desire?  If the supply of workers exceeds the jobs available employers can be expected to lower wages to hire the least costly individuals and that hurts everyone.  I am not arguing the rightness of that action but the reality of it.

What happens to the educational system and healthcare, not to mention the increased burden on the courts and law enforcement?  What do you tell those struggling American citizens when there is not enough money to help them because of the subsistence provided to the illegals who cannot care for themselves or have learned to game the system?  Is that compassionate or reasonable?  We have over 400,000 applications for asylum backlogged and some have been in the system since 2014, how do we expand that without doing great harm to our immigration system?  Do we need Immigration Reform?  Absolutely, but we do not need open borders and certainly not illegal and unconstitutional sanctuary cities.  The cost and danger are too great to allow.

But to the actual fiscal costs of Illegal Immigration.  In order to grasp the vastness of this, we must define “illegal alien”.  It would be fair to identify such a person as someone who is in the United States of America without authorization or their authorization has expired.  The United States has no centralized database to track and we largely rely on ‘self-reporting’.  I find that akin to asking a thief to report to the IRS how much he stole and pay taxes on the profits of his criminality.

Taxpayers, in America, payout almost $135 Billion to cover the costs of the estimated 12.5 million illegals and their 4.2 million children now, here.  That is an ever-rising cost estimate and places us on a path of unsustainability.  It is estimated that illegals pay about $18 Billion in taxes and cost $135 Billion. That is a deficit of approximately $116 Billion dollars annually.  Imagine what that could do for American citizens now in need.  We are spending about $1.6 Billion on education for the illegals.  Medical Care is about $17.1 Billion, Federal Justice costs come in at $13.1 Billion and Welfare at $5.8 Billion.  If you extrapolate the number here exponentially the costs become hundreds of billions if not trillions and that is not sustainable.

Before anyone argues that those people will starve if we don’t let them in and as Governor John Kasich argued, God wants us to back the illegals, let me insert a few thoughts.  We cannot solve the poverty problem of the world.  That is a fact.  Is it compassionate to throw open our doors and create an economic condition where not only the new illegal aliens starve but millions of legal citizens as well?  At what point do we realize, as, in virtually every aspect of human life, there must be a line over which we do not cross?  Are you willing to have the government bring illegals to your home and mandate that you are to the house and feed them at no cost to them?  Are you willing to take food, clothing, and medical care from your children so that you can spread your resources out to your family and the illegals deposited at your door?  Do you consider that reasonable?

America fought a Revolution to earn the right to be a Free People with a system of government that allowed each person to pursue their dreams through Free Market Capitalism.  Some of those seeking entry into our country are impoverished and deeply in need and my heart breaks for them.  I am willing and do, give money to help provide food, clothing, shelter, and water for impoverished peoples in the world.  I can only do so much without destroying my responsibility to my family.  America cannot be the policeman of the world or the benefactor of the world and as difficult as that may sound, it is a reality.  Proverbs 19:17 tells us that “he that gives to the poor lends to the LORD, and God will repay him for that deed.”  I believe in Christian charity and benevolence, but I also believe the Bible when it says in 1 Timothy 5:8, “if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

There are a limited number of persons that we can incorporate into our society and economy annually and there are requirements that must be imposed on each of them.  There is a legal pathway for entry into America and there is the route of seeking asylum.  The Illegal Entry is a criminal offense and if we are to remain the Free Sovereign Republic our Laws must be honored and enforced.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

 

 

 

IS HEALTH CARE A RIGHT???


BLOG POST 3 Health Care

I can hardly believe that I feel the need to tackle this hot potato again, but with the ever-increasing push for “Medicare For All” by the Democrats and the acquiescence of some Republicans, I must.  I pray that everyone who needs medical care or health care of any kind will be able to secure it and receive the best possible treatment.  However, I do not believe that health care is a right but a privilege.  Driving is not a right, it is a privilege, but many seem to believe it is their right to drive.  Owning a home is not a right, but a privilege providing one can afford the down payment and monthly mortgage payments as well as the upkeep of that property.  Having a job is not a right, it is a privilege and should hinge upon the productivity of the individual whether they keep that job.  Having a Big Screen television is not a right, it is a privilege, providing you can afford it.

It sounds compassionate and humane to insist that everyone has the basic right to health care.  I want everyone to have access to medical doctors, hospitals, clinics, and health care.  I want no one to suffer and die because of a lack of insurance or money to pay for their care. There are avenues through which people without insurance can get care.  There are benevolence organizations, churches, foundations, and funds that provide that opportunity to many.  Hospitals are not legally allowed to turn away the uninsured.

If a person goes to the Emergency Room the ERs are mandated, by law, to examine the patient and determine if they have a serious condition.  If the ER doctor determines a person has an emergent condition, that person will be given the necessary treatment or stabilized.  If no emergency exists, the person will be referred to a physician or community resource for further evaluation.  If you don’t have insurance, understand that emergency rooms (ERs) have a federal directive under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) to screen and stabilize patients to determine if the problem is a medical emergency, regardless of their ability to pay. That’s the Law!

Bernie Sanders and the Democrats are insisting that we recognize health care as a right, not a privilege.  They are wrong!  He and they insist that every man, woman, and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.  I don’t disagree that everyone should have access but to insist as they that the only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national care program is wrong!  That would both bankrupt the country and would essentially destroy our health care system.  It sounds compassionate and humane but where does it end?  Are we to also guarantee that everyone lives in a nice house, drive a nice car, and receive a college education?

Economics cannot be eliminated from this equation and unfortunately the attitude of many like Senator Sanders and as was stated by Robert Francis O’Rourke, in Texas, “consider the benefit, not the costs.”  WHAT?  Are we to abandon reason if it appears to provide benefit?  Are we to forget the reality that if the nation cannot sustain this program it will damage the benefit for EVERYONE?  Are we to forget the reality that any national health care program would result in longer lines for care, waiting periods for treatment, and denied care in many cases.  Is that what we want?

My wife and I are fighting a battle for her health.  She is battling Stage Four Metastatic Breast Cancer and we have encountered denials in treatments and medications because of insurance coverages.  What insurance do we have?  We have Medicare or Government Insurance.  When she had private insurance, we did not experience the same denials or delays as we now face.  Had her insurance been truly portable we could have maintained it.  Had there been, as Republicans have suggested, marketplace competition we could have purchased that insurance as a continuation at a cost slightly higher than our Medicare and Supplemental insurance, but we could not.  When I examine the States and Countries that have moved to this type of plan I see its dangers and detriments.

Vermont passed a single-payer plan only to have the governor decline to implement it because it would cost more than the entire state budget and drive businesses to neighboring states.  That would have crippled the State and benefited no one.  Colorado also tried a version of single-payer health insurance and voters rejected it because of the astronomical costs it brought to the table.  The Bernie plan according to Mercatus Center, a George Mason University research institute reported that the Bernie Plan would cost $32.6 TRILLION in the first ten years or about $3.3 TRILLION per year and the entire federal budget is $4.1 TRILLION.  We would virtually double the yearly budget of the nation.  THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE!

If you remember when Medicare was instituted in 1965 the projected cost in 1990 was to be $12 BILLION but the actual price tag was $90 BILLION.  I’m quite sure that the Democrat Plan of Medicare for All would follow the same escalation of actual cost and if it was proportional to that failed estimate we would quadruple the national budget each year.  How long could we last?  The Democrat plan includes illegals as well as citizens and how many would we find sneaking across the border for health care?  How many physicians would be willing to work for half their previous rates?  How many new doctors would enter the field of medicine?  I can promise you there would become a severe shortage.  Rationing would become a reality and then everyone would cry foul and both sides would blame the other.

In Canada, the average wait time for a referral from a general practitioner to a specialist is 21 weeks or over 5 months.  How would you like to be the person with failing kidneys and realize that by the time you are evaluated by a specialist you may be dead?  What would be the incentive for those evil Big Drug Companies to research new drugs if they know they will not recoup their investments and cannot expect to make that evil profit.  Yes, I hate what they do in price gouging, but I love the fact that they are finding new and better drugs.

Imagine the damage to Medicare patients.  I argue that Medicare is not an entitlement like Medicaid or Food Stamps.  Seniors have paid into the program for decades in the form of the Medicare Tax.  With the Democrat Plan, they would be lumped into a system with those who have paid nothing.  We paid for the system and in their plan, everyone would use it at our expense.  Republicans are not trying to deny care to anyone but to protect everyone from the destruction of the Venezuelan America Plan of Bernie Sanders and the Leftists.

Just because something looks good on paper and in theory does not mean it is workable.  Socialism has failed every time it has been tried.  What would make us think this new approach will work any better?

God bless you and God bless America!

 

WEAPONIZING GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES and OPERATIVES…


BLOG POST 1 - Weaponized

Personally, I believe that everyone liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat should be appalled at the practice of using an arm of government as a political hit job.  The old saying, “what goes around comes around” should be taken seriously in this situation.  I remember being told all my life, “be careful who you step on, on the way up because you might meet them on the way down.”  I had a man in a church that I pastored who would say, “I don’t get mad, I get even.”  No matter how much I tried to help him see the fallacy of that attitude, he stuck with it.  So, do politicians and political activist.

The weaponizing of the Internal Revenue Service by the Obama administration sent cold chills down my spine and made my temperature rise several degrees.  The use of the NSA, CIA, FBI, Homeland, etc. to spy on citizens for political purposes infuriates me.  Justice is supposed to be blind, but we all know that it isn’t far too frequently.  The fact that something has been done by one party or the other in the past is Never a justification for doing it in the future.  Retaliation is an endless exercise that knows no end.  The thirst for pay-back and vengeance is never satisfied and sadly, those most hurt by this, in government, is We the People.

The Special Counsel or Investigator, Robert Mueller’s search has expanded far beyond the original scope of his charge.  It has morphed into searching for anything, and I mean anything, in Donald Trump’s life, not just the so-called Russian Collusion Investigation.  It has branched out to virtually anyone and everyone connected to the President, no matter how loosely connected.  There has been intimidation and the ignoring of crimes and lies by Hillary Clinton and those connected to her but indictments against those connected to Trump.  The only reason for those indictments appears to be to get someone to roll over on him and reveal some nefarious deed.  His destruction appears to have been the objective.

Please understand, I am all for anyone who has committed a crime being held accountable.  My complaint is not the investigation of someone in Washington, DC or anywhere else but the double-standard being demonstrated.  When Democrats walk, and Republicans are held to the highest legal standard that is problematic and gives the appearance of ‘weaponization’ of that governmental entity or agency.  That is disconcerting and poses a serious threat to our Rule of Law and the legitimacy of our federal government.

If there were indictments for all ‘false statements’ in Washington, DC there would be few people in that city not under indictment.  That would include the former President Barack Hussein Obama, former NSA Director James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and a myriad of others both Democrat and Republican.  One of Barack Obama’s false statements was that our healthcare premiums would go down.  That is more than a misunderstanding of what he believed would happen because the statistical information available to him, at the time, indicated an increase in premiums.  He also told us that under Obamacare we could keep our plan and doctors and those writing the bill knew that was a fabrication or simply political rhetoric.  James Clapper testified before Congress that the NSA was not spying on Americans.  It was a lie and he perjured himself.  Is he or Obama under indictment?

There is an indication that Jerome Corsi, a 72-year-old author, and Harvard trained political scientist, an associate of Roger Stone will be indicted.  For what, you ask?  Perjury! Mr. Corsi, argues that he was manipulated into making false statements to Muller’s lawyers.  That is not a justification, but the double standard is securely intact.  General Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Mr. Corsi have all learned the hard way that you cannot get away with mocking people in power, especially Democrats, or you will pay dearly.  The weaponized investigation is out to get anyone and everyone who took any stand against the DC Swamp.  All three of those men are bankrupt.  Destroyed by Robert Mueller and the Democrats.  Payback for resisting their presumed rightful place of power.

I saw that one of the mega brains (sarcasm intended) at MSNBC, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg explained the new legal standard for guilt in the Democrats America.  He said, “When Mueller indicted those Russian military intelligence officers, there was a very big hint in the indictment that there was an American deeply involved.  It talked about an American playing a role in that Russian interference scheme.”  Nicolle Wallace laughed and responded, “I remember the keystroke of intelligence and remember thinking anyone emailing with the Russians – you’re going to be in trouble!”  Anyone, that is, except the Clinton Team or Obama Team.

Remember how Carter Page’s life was destroyed by the Left.  He graduated at the top of his Naval Academy class and served this nation for five years as an intelligence officer.  His mistake or error he backed the wrong presidential candidate.  Before you argue, let me remind you that Page was accused of being a Russian spy.  No evidence was ever produced, and he was never charged with anything, but the damage had been done.  The nefarious operatives in our Intelligence Community and the Main Stream Media chanted his guilt.  He was, as was Justice Kavanaugh, and President Trump GUILTY.  No evidence, no trial, no presumption of innocence.  GUILTY until He could prove himself Innocent and even then, he would not be believed.

America, if we allow this kind of ‘weaponizing’ of arms of government and agencies of government to be a reality we will allow the destruction and witness the ‘fundamental transformation’ of our Republic.  Transformed into what?  Not a Republic that follows the Rule of Law and the Constitution, but a nation that is ruled by a despotic oligarchy.  If you like your Freedom, Liberty, and Republic, you had better be ready to fight to keep it.  By fight, I mean pray, work, inform, educate, and vote, not take up arms.

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

THE DEBT and DEFICIT…


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Both political parties own this and should ‘own up’ to owning it.  This was not done by Democrats alone nor by Republicans alone, but by politicians falling prey to the temptation to use our money for political purposes and power solidification.  Sadly, many politicians of all stripes have gone to Washington, DC only to become rich, influential, and powerful.  Their windfalls from the graft and corruption in politics have not benefitted the average American or America, it has fed their avarice and lust for money and power.  I believe that our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the American Constitution would be turning over in their graves if they could see where we are today.  They warned, and we failed to heed their warnings, now we are paying!

With a national debt of over $21 TRILLION and no relief in sight, many of us realize the crime that has been perpetrated against future generations and lament.  However, it appears that our lamenting did not reach the level or has come too late to efficiently and effectively deal with the issue.  The two-headed monster (debt and deficit) rising out of an out of control federal government is more frightening than any Horror Movie presentation.

The Treasury Department’s “Debt to the Penny” release shown below is alarming.

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It is reported by various governmental agencies and independent auditing organizations that of the almost $22 TRILLION national debt about two-thirds of that is held by the public.  Our government has written IOUs, so to speak, in the form of U.S. Treasury bills, notes, and bonds to individuals, companies, and foreign governments.  We Owe Ourselves more than we can ever pay and if it were not so serious I would think of it as Wimpy cartoons, “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  Sadly, that would be quite a hamburger and I wish I could just laugh it off.

The remaining third of the national debt is intragovernmental debt. Our government owes itself and especially the Social Security Trust Fund an enormous amount of money.  If the various governmental agencies and departments such as Social Security were left alone they would have surpluses in their coffers.  However, since Lyndon B. Johnson, the federal government has been ‘borrowing’ money from Social Security to pay other departments.  I say, ‘borrowing’ because it is too troubling to say, ‘stealing’ from those of us who paid into that system for years.  Call it what you will, it is bankrupting Social Security and other governmental agencies and politicians seem oblivious.  Sadly, the public only sees the TOTAL not the why and how we have gotten there.

The past thirty years have been disastrous for us regarding the national debt.  How did we let this happen?  One of the ways is lack of information by the voting public.  Another is lack of concern or sufficient concern to move us from our apathy to involvement.  The national debt has largely been ignored at the voting public.  Possibly because many did not want to touch the ‘golden goose’ that was feeding them or because we wanted to ‘leave the politics to the politicians.’  Bad Mistake and possibly a fatal one.

From 1989 to 2017 the national debt rose 608.61%.  It is not just paper debt, it is real, and the doubly troubling aspect is that the secured national debt is a drop in the bucket for what we owe.  America has the largest ‘sovereign debt’ in the world.  It is equivalent to the European Union’s debt and that is a unified trade body with about 28-member countries.  If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing I can say will.  But alas, I must try.  The question is not how large the debt is but how did we get there and is there any solutions short of catastrophic cuts and crippling many parts of the American economy in an attempt to get control?

The growth of our national debt skyrocketed under former President Barack Obama and it grew the most dollar-wise under him.  The largest percentage increase came under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt with an increase of 1,048% but only $236 BILLION.  That should get your attention realizing that comparative smallness of our national debt in the World War II era and now.  Former President George W. Bush had the second largest deficit.  Every president, for a long time, has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund.  The SSA took in more revenue than it needed from payroll taxes and should have been left alone and reinvested to the benefit of the retirees and future retirees, but it wasn’t.  It has been pillaged by Democrats and Republicans.

Countries such as China and Japan are happy to buy our Treasuries to keep their currencies low relative to the American dollar.  We are their largest customer and their open-door lending keeps us buying their products and keeps them strong.  Even China has issued warnings to the U.S. to lower its debt, but alas, politicians turn a deaf ear to the warnings of other nations and economist worldwide.  They have found a means to buy votes and refuse to relinquish that stranglehold on America.  They know that to seriously reduce the debt they would have to dramatically reduce the deficit and take some austere measures that would likely get them voted out.  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

We need to step away from, no run from the ‘baseline budgeting’ and run to the ‘zero-based budgeting’ plan.  In the current system every department and budget receives an automatic increase and if the politicians cut the size of the increase they claim they are cutting the budget, but it is still larger than the year before.  Where is the cut?  In the Zero-Based Budget Plan, every department and foreign aid recipient would begin at ZERO and be required to present valid arguments and realistic budgets for the year.  In that system, some would receive ZERO and go the way of the dinosaur into extinction.

In our personal budgets, we are not able to spend more than we take in, at least not for very long.  If our income is less than outgo we end up bankrupt and lose virtually everything.  Individually, if we are wise, we force ourselves to live within our means.  If there is something we need or want, we budget and save for it and when we can afford the payments or the price we buy but not until.  The federal government never thinks about affordability but demand that which they deem is needed.  We are in this mess because we keep electing politicians who are willing to bury us in debt.  We need to send people to Washington, Republicans, and Democrats who will have the intestinal fortitude to ‘do the right thing’ and REDUCE the Debt and Deficit.  My friends, money does not grow on trees!

God bless you and God bless America!