RICHARD NIXON the Amateur…


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No, I do not justify or excuse Richard Nixon’s illegal political activities but when I compare what he did to what the former President Barack Obama has done, I am forced to call Richard Nixon a rank amateur.  The complicity of the MSM and the apparent involvement of various intelligence agencies in conjunction with explicit or implicit instructions from Mr. Obama to engage in spying on Donald Trump and his associates is not simply appalling and distasteful but dangerous.  Did Obama ‘wiretap’ or order it for Trump Towers?   I don’t know but I know that he has done much in exposing the American people to danger and violated our right of privacy on more than one occasion.  He has used governmental agencies to harass and target political opponents.  Therefore, it is completely within the realm of possibility to envision him spying in some manner on the Trump team.   Much of the Obama actions in his eight years was apparently ILLEGAL and that illegality does not seem to be of particular interest to the Democrats, the MSM, and many Republicans.  WHY? 

The former chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese said, “This is not about President Trump’s tweeting; this is about the Obama administration spying…The issue isn’t whether the Obama administration Trump campaign or transition of surrogates; the issue is the extent of it… Donald Trump is the victim.  His campaign is the victim.  His transition team is the victim.  His surrogates are the victim.”  I would add, the American people are the victims.  Everybody should be deeply concerned and highly interested in discovering IF and to WHAT EXTENT Barack Obama was involved and how much he knew.

It is impossible to ignore the stories in the New York Times and Washington Post, even in the face of denial by Clapper, Comey, and some in Congress. It is impossible to conclude that Barack Obama was in the dark as to any activity being conducted under his watch.  It is impossible, considering the past eight years that anything transpired without his knowledge and/or approval.  If you recall or will research you will find that Watergate began with attempted ‘wiretapping’ of the DNC and its chairman, Lawrence O’Brien.  I have seen reports that at least eight reports by various news media outlets that this spying took place.  There were reports in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Heat Street.  Will we ever have the real truth?  

Heat Street published an article on November 7, 2016, with the headline.  EXCLUSIVE:  FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties to Russia.  They suggested that they had two separate sources with links to the “Counterintelligence Community” confirming a FISA court warrant granted in October to spy on “U.S. persons” in the Trump campaign.  The Guardian published their article on January 11, 2017, declaring they had uncovered information that the FBI had applied for a FISA warrant over the summer to monitor four members of Trump’s campaign and the FBI was finally granted the warrant in October of 2016.  McClatchy reported on January 18, 2017:  FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump.  This article declared that the FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies collaborated for months in an investigation regarding Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Elections and whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided Donald Trump.  The New York Times published January 19, 2017:  INTERCEPTED Russian Communications Part of Inquiry into Trump Associates.  Buried deep in the article is the sentence, “The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing…”  The New York Times, January 12, 2017:  NSA Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications.  This was a report on the Executive Order of Barack Obama allowing the widespread dissemination of ‘raw data’ between 17 agencies BEFORE privacy rules were applied.  Basically, they had unrestricted access.  Then on March 21, 1017, the New York Times reported:  Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.  This was an attempt to suggest that the nefarious Donald Trump would destroy the evidence.  That assertion is so fallacious it is impossible to understand how anyone could believe it, but they do.  On February 9, 2017, the New York Times reported:  Flynn Is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office.  The Washington Post reported on March 2, 2017, that the Wall Street Journal reported that “U.S. Investigators have examined contacts that Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he advised Trump and claimed this was part of a widespread “counterintelligence” investigation.”  Not to omit the January 20, 2017, New York Times headline:  Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.  In this article, they acknowledged that this information had been provided to the White House (Barack Obama).

Mr. Clapper has declared that no FISA Warrant was issued but for the aforementioned activity to have transpired there would be the necessity of a warrant for it to have any semblance of legality.  If it (FISA Warrant) did not exist then if there was any kind of spying it was totally ILLEGAL activity and if it (FISA Warrant) did, WHAT was the basis of the warrant and WHO requested it, not just the agency but the individual in government.  The articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon put him in such a precarious situation he resigned rather than face impeachment.  Article One of those articles states: “On June 17, 1972, and prior thereto, agents of the Committee for the Re-election of the President committed unlawful entry of the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention in Washington, District of Columbia, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE.”  (Emphasis mine).  Nixon was responsible although he did not do the dirty work and I suggest that we need to determine if Obama was responsible regardless of who did the deed.

I urge everyone to begin a letter writing, email, text, and phone campaign to pressure Congress to INVESTIGATE and get to the bottom of Obama’s Executive Order, the possible if not probably spying activity, and the highly illegal leaking of information.  WE NEED TO KNOW for this, if true, is a grave threat to our American system of government and a danger to the Republic.

God, bless you and God bless America!

THE MEDIA’S SPIN – – “Obama Good, Trump Bad…”


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That is very simplistic but accurately sums up how the media contrasts the beginnings of those two presidents.  One of the guiltiest revisionists in the media is the New York Times, which is without question a major mouthpiece of the Leftist Democrats in America.  They released a recent article declaring that Barack Obama was handed a colossal mess but handed Donald Trump incredibly low unemployment, relative quite around the world, and an economy that was strong.  I wonder what world they were referring to, but I don’t want to be too cynical.

The Times, as have the Democrats, shouted from the rooftop that when Barack Obama was sworn in as President we were losing upwards of 700,000 jobs per month, the financial system was about to collapse, and the world was in shambles.  They claim that by the time he gave his first speech to the joint session of Congress he had righted most of those wrongs and turned things around.  I wonder what world they are referring to, but again I must guard against cynicism.  They credited him with the passage of a stimulus bill through the Democrat-controlled Congress, passing a gender pay parity act, an inspirational children’s health insurance law, and issued executive orders that would result in the stabilization the financial woes of the auto industry.  He, they said, was facing a second Great Depression rivaled only by the original Great Depression and he went to the podium unifying the country.  Again, I wonder what country they are referring to, and this time I can’t help my cynicism.

If you examine the facts, you will discover that the GDP numbers reported by “Macroeconomic Advisers” indicate that the economy had begun to stabilize BEFORE Obama took office.  Wait, that can’t be possible because after all we must blame Bush and that would strip us of that ability.  They reported that the worst monthly declines were in the rearview mirror and the recession was deemed to have ended five months into his presidency but long before any of his actions could have taken effect.  WOW!  He can’t get the credit and Bush can’t get the total blame, so what shall we do?  I read that economist Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi have credited the $700 billion TARP program, signed into law by George W. Bush and the aggressive action by the FED in 2008 as being, “substantially more powerful in bringing the recession to an end than anything done by Barack H. Obama.”  Oops, we must delete that for it will not neatly fit into the leftist narrative of the miracle-working powers of Mr. Obama.

Regarding the disastrous Stimulus Package of Mr. Obama, it did virtually nothing to turn the economy around but was a grand gift to the Democrats to fulfill their wish list of spending projects.  What about those illusive ‘executive actions’ that Mr. Obama issued to stabilize the financial and automotive sectors of our economy, can we have the list?  Sorry, there is no list and one would assume that the reason the Times listed them as numerous is because they knew they were bogus and could not offer specifics.  Alternative Universe, with Alternate Facts, to support a Virtual Reality in the Utopian World of Politics.  The truth is that his executive actions did more harm to the auto industry than good.  His ‘tailpipe emissions and fuel mandates’ did not stabilize the industry it harmed them greatly.  Facts reveal President Bush had already delivered to GM and Chrysler BILLIONS in emergency loans to keep them afloat, but Bush bad, Trump bad, Obama good.  Does anyone remember Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program?  What a disaster!  Who benefited from that debacle?  Mainly the Auto Unions.  But, Mr. Obama did sign a $500,000 salary cap for executives of companies receiving bailout money.  WHOOPEE!  He signed the incredibly bad Dodd-Frank ‘financial reform’ bill and that totally failed to achieve the stated goal of making the banking system safer.  That came from Obama’s own financial adviser, Larry Summers.  WOW! 

What we have now is what we have had only worse.  The Republicans are evil and the Democrats are the saviors of the people.  NO, I do not believe that but that is how they spin the narrative and with the incessant harping by the MSM, the tired rhetoric of the Democrats and the failure of Republicans to expose the fraud for what it is has led to millions believing the diatribe and accepting it as Law and Gospel.

Donald Trump is the first president in a very long time to actually take steps to fulfill his campaign promises.  Politicians are not supposed to do that, are they?  Not according to Washington standards.  How often have we elected a politician who made promises that seemed so sincere only to find that once they were sworn in something in the water, the air, or in the Halls of Congress transformed them and they conveniently forgot their promises and compromised their convictions selling us down the river?  I don’t know if there is a machine they send them through that transforms them, if it is the water, or something in the ventilation system or something more real world, like money, hunger for power, and position but something happens.

I am praying that the Trump administration will hold true to the promises and actually deliver to the American the lion’s share of his commitments.  I pray that the Republicans will find it within themselves to not squander this opportunity and become Public Servants and fight for us.  Will that happen?  Time will tell, but if it does not I cannot envision the Republicans, now in office, not being held accountable in 2018 and beyond.

God, bless you and God bless America!

REPEAL AND DIE – – That’s the Spin of the Democrats…


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The Democrats have long accused the Republicans of being ‘fear mongers’ but every time I turn around there is another ‘scare tactic’ used by the Democrats in an attempt to rally support for their Party and Position.  How many have heard their argument that if Obamacare is repealed it will literally kill off thousands if not millions of Americans?  I have, and it is nauseating and disgusting but I have met a number of people in my home state that believe that spin and are terrified they will be lined up and euthanized because Donald Trump is a Tyrannical Despot waiting to kill women, children, illegals, gays, lesbians, and anyone not agreeing with him.  No, I am not kidding and yes, I do talk to some colorful characters in my attempt to know what people are thinking.

This idea of people dying or virtually being killed by the mean-spirited heartless Republicans is one of the most prominent and popular. It has gotten far more mileage than I would have thought it would, but then I assumed that people would use some reason and logic not simply drink the Kool-Aid of the Left.  I was wrong, so I apologize for assuming and yes, I know the breakdown of the word.  I saw that David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler from the Chicago Tribune wrote that if the Republicans are successful in repealing Obamacare as many as 43,000 will die annually due to lack of health insurance.  The insinuation is, “Republicans if you repeal Obamacare you are murderers!”  Before, I call them lunatics, let me say their argument is insane.  They pulled a number out of the proverbial hat or somewhere because it would be impossible to quantify or verify that number or any number.  It is a ‘scare tactic’ and designed to target those who feel vulnerable and are not well informed.  Sadly, it is working.  Were there 43,000 who died annually due to lack of health insurance before the passage of Obamacare?  We do not know and we cannot know because it is a theoretical number, not a factual one.

How many remember that the Washington Post awarded Bernie Sanders “four Pinocchios” when he claimed that 36,000 Americans would die annually if Obama care was repealed?  I did a little research and gleaned from the work of others that when this claim was investigated based on a study of Massachusetts’ health care law, Obamacare’s predecessor some interesting statistics were unveiled.  The study that Bernie Sanders used compared mortality rates for adults between 2001-2005 t the rates of 2007-2010.  This was a before and after study of Obamacare.  The research indicated that for every 830 adults who gained insurance, there was one fewer death per year.  The problem, there was no individual level insurance information making it impossible to directly link mortality changes to persons gaining insurance coverage.  Too many unknown variables for that to be a valid conclusion about the deaths.  But, factual evidence was not the objective ‘scaring people’ was, to achieve an end.  Bernie Sanders does not particularly like Obamacare he wants a total government system where the government pays for, provides, and determines the care of individuals.

Actuarial tables indicate that mortality rates have been decreasing for over a century in America.  In 1950 the life expectancy was 68.2 and the mortality rate 9.6 (per 1000). In 1980, the life expectancy was 73.7 with a mortality rate of 8.7. In 2010, life expectancy was 78.7 and the mortality rate was 8.0.  What am I arguing?  Simply that the lowering of the mortality rate preceded Obamacare therefore, negating any claim that Obamacare has resulted in lowering the mortality rate and that repealing it will not cause a massive reversal.  But, to the left, if you support repeal of Obamacare you are a murderer and I find that offensive.  Let me throw in a small fly in the ointment and you decide for yourself as to the validity of their argument.  Some rough data for 2015 indicates that the mortality rate has risen to 8.4 per 1000.  That’s up from 8.0 in 2010, WHY?  The number of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid has increased from 87.8 million to 117.4 million. That is a 38% increase in federally subsidized health insurance. The population increased from 304 million to 320 million or 5.2%. Shouldn’t we see a significant reduction in the mortality rate as a result if Obamacare is the cause of lower mortality rates?  The New York Times explained this in this way.  “The death rate rose in the United States in 2015 for the first time in a decade.  A rare increase that was driven in part by more people dying from drug overdoses, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. The death rate from heart disease, long in decline, edged up slightly.”   That has NOTHING to do with Obamacare but yet they argue their case, spin their spin, and advance their narrative trying to ‘frighten people’ into compliance or shame Republicans into agreeing with them.  If Obamacare could not prevent this uptick in the mortality rate what makes anyone think repealing it would cause the rate to escalate?

We need to get rid of this job killer law that will eventually be used to euthanize those over 75 by denied, delayed, or reduced care.  Beware of the United Nations Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development Initiatives which seek to reduce the world’s population by 30% or more by 2040.  BEWARE!  You have been warned, do your research, and pray about the matter.  Obamacare has not helped the health industry or Americans it has hurt in that sector and been a job killer across the board.  TIME FOR IT TO GO!

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA MISS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT…


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I am not attempting to be a Donald Trump apologist and I have not figured him out any more than anyone else, so what I offer is an opinion, not scientific evidence.  However, it would appear it has as much validity as the ‘professionals’ who are all over the map on who, what, why, and when he is.  There is a saying I’ve heard all my life, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and many have attempted to ascribe that adage to Donald Trump and proclaim with certainty that what you saw on the campaign trail is the real Donald J. Trump and he won’t change.  I believe they are wrong or partially wrong.

Most of us, once we reach a certain age do not change much, if at all.  We become ‘set in our ways’ and dynamite could not move us from our habits, mannerisms, and ways of doing or saying things.  That can be good or bad, depending on the person or situation.  However, most of us are not accomplished business people who have learned the art or tactic of adaptability.  I have read and listened to some very learned people in the world of psychology and business who suggest that people, such as the president, who have built large and successful business empires are always learning, adapting, and morphing.  They often face unexpected challenges that require them to adapt almost immediately as they assess the situation and develop new strategies to achieve their objectives.  In simple terms, “they learn as they go.”  I have observed people of high-level business experience adapt on the fly and seem to totally change almost instantly.  Some would argue they are not being genuine when they do, and while there may be some truth in that, many of them are very sincere because they have a passion for success and adapting is a necessary trait.  I believe that Donald Trump fits that mold and if we honestly assess his business empire we would have to say, he is somewhat of a chameleon when it comes to business.

I do not mean that I think he is two-faced and insincere but that he is always evaluating the situation, studying the parties involved, and adapting to what he believes is most conducive to achieving success.  He is a goal or success oriented person, not a political ideologue and that makes him an impossible to tolerate or understand by those who are sticklers for the pomp and ceremony of politics.  He does not buy into it and will not participate in it other than in a short-term effort to achieve an objective.  The president has done business in many countries requiring him to be very flexible and adaptable.  Most successful CEO’s or entrepreneurs are very smart people, students of people, calculating in their deliberations, and determined in their business ventures.  They, as one ‘professional’ said, are ‘focused in their learning.’  They never stop learning and thereby never stop adapting and changing as they move from deal to deal.  They are often, if not normally, excellent strategist and adapt to whatever behaviors and proposals they believe will achieve their objective.

I realize that, for some, I have painted a picture of Mr. Trump that makes him insincere and not one to be trusted.  But, I hope that you do not allow a narrow definition or pigeon hole what I’ve said but rather see that this president is focused on GOALS and OBJECTIVES, not political points.  He will deal with the Democrats if he believes the deal he is making will advance his primary objective and he will crush them if he believes he can do so without jeopardizing his objective.  Donald Trump’s personality is colorful and powerful and because of his experience and learning in business he is intimidated by no one and that is a problem for politicians who are accustomed to being intimidators.  He is, in a sense, an entertainer and knows how to work a room in order to break the ice and communicate his message.  In business, he appears to have developed the ability to make the person he is dealing with believe they are driving the process when, in fact, he is positioning them to consent to his desires.

Unlike, Barack Obama and many other narcissists in politics and elsewhere, he seeks advice from those he deems to be proficient in whatever field or endeavor he is engaged.  In business, he demonstrated the ability and willingness to learn, grow, and adapt and there is nothing in his makeup that causes me to believe he will be any different as president.  For that reason, he will, at times, cause those of us who are conservatives and constitutionalist to want to pull our hair out and at other times become his loudest cheering section.  If he is, as I suspect, a Goal Oriented Strategist, he will learn as he goes, adapt as he deems necessary and always be thinking two steps ahead of most who are not accustomed to the business process of ‘cutting deals’.  He has a vision for America based on what he sees as wrong and what he believes is possible for this nation.  He is not a typical politician, and while he may arrive at the same conclusions politically that many of us who are conservative and constitutionalist he will not do so from the prism of ideology but from the view of opportunity, need, and objective.  That will either make him a great president or an abject failure and only time will tell.  I believe that if the Republicans in Congress will stand with him he will succeed and America will benefit from his business acumen.

As I said initially, I have not figured Donald Trump out any more than anyone else but this is MY OPINION and it and a few $$ will get you a cup of coffee most places.  I would suggest that you consider what I have postulated and begin your own endeavor or watching him.  You may conclude that I am right, partially right, or all wet.  But, if you are a lover of Freedom, a Defender of the Constitution, and an American Patriot I ask that you join me in praying for, working for, fighting for, and standing for America as the Free Constitutional Republic our Framers and Founders established.

God, bless you and God bless America!

DID THE TACTICS OF THE DEMOCRATS BACKFIRE ON THEM???


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I guess it depends on who you ask but in my view and from what I see, hear, and read it did.  There was no Joe Wilson moment with shouts of “You Lie” but the sulking and sullen behavior could not go without notice.  To Donald Trump’s credit, he did not let it deter him in his speech nor did he completely turn his attention to the Republican side of the aisle but reached out to the Democrats offering them an olive branch of sorts, which the rejected.  Oh, there were numerous times that some of the Democrats ‘clad in white’ vigorously gave him the thumbs down gesture acting like Junior High School girls.  They thought that their sullenness and sulking would be noticed by the public and it would work in their favor as they prepared to play the role of victim to Donald Trump’s lashing out at them.  He didn’t and they were upstaged by the First Lady, then the widow of fallen Navy Seal Ryan Owen’s widow, Carryn Owens.   The picture is another example of their childishness so the speech antics and at other times they have shown themselves to be petulant children.

Of course, I am a constitutional conservative, a veteran, an American, and a Christian.  I view myself as an American patriot and a defender of freedom for everyone so my view of their antics comes through the prism of my beliefs. However, even some on the left have lamented the failed tactics of the Democrats and the petulance they portrayed.  They fear the visual will be long remembered by voters and know that the Republicans will rehearse it in the minds of the public leading up to the 2018 elections, as they should.  People like Shelia Jackson Lee who normally hog the aisle seats for photo-ops avoided the aisle like the plague.  Someone asked if a single Democrat shook President Trump’s had before the speech and it did not appear they did.  When the President said, “we are all made by the same God” many of them visibly squirmed in the seats, for if you recall they booed God in one of their national conventions and voted him out of the party platform.  I’m sure the mention of God as creator was not a comfortable moment for them.  When the President called for simple and singular nationalism the Democrats stuck to their tactic of sullenness and gave the appearance of being anything but Americans and members of the American Congress.  How could they think that would play well in the minds of the American people who are hurting and want to see America prosper again.

The president’s plea for Congress to act with regard to education giving those in the inner cities who are forced to attend low quality and underperforming schools did not meet with warmth from the Democrats.  The idea of vouchers, school choice, and personal responsibility are anathema to the party that has gone so far to the left those ideas appear to them as ‘ultra-right-wing extremist’ values.  Throughout the campaign and subsequent to the election Mr. Trump has proclaimed that the ‘era of empty talk is over’ and it should be.  I personally am fed up with the ‘hot air politics’ of Washington, the Cronyism, the Pork-filled legislation, and the political posturing of the members of Congress.  I do not want any more ‘business as usual’ politics and have no interest in the ‘pomp and ceremony’ of Washington’s prescribed way of doing business.  NO!  Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, roll up our sleeves and get busy addressing the matters at hand and reach some concrete solutions to move America forward again.

I was particularly moved and proud when the president said regarding Ryan Owens, “For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom.  And we will never forget Ryan.  To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.”  As a veteran and a Christian, I was about to have a shouting spell in my living room it moved me that deeply.  I pray that the American people remember the visual of Carryn Owens, the tears of grief and gratitude on her face, and the genuineness of respect that came to her from the President and at least one side of Congress.  I pray that we do not soon forget the callousness and disrespectfulness of the petulant who were in attendance.

Let me openly state that I expect President Trump to do some things and cut some deals that will frustrate me.  I truly believe that he approaches this task not as a political ideologue but as a businessman who sees a need and wants to find the best possible solution.  He will cut deals that may not set well with many of us conservatives and constitutionalist but he will also likely stand firm on some core items and hopefully get them through Congress over the opposition and obstructionism of the Democrats.

If it were only Democrats he had to contend with, I would not be as apprehensive about the success of his policies and the fulfillment of his promises to the American people.  There are members of the Republican Party such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham who are so adamantly opposed to Mr. Trump they refuse to cooperate.  In the case of Mr. McCain, he appears so filled with hatred for the president and so angry at the American people for electing Donald Trump while failing to elect John McCain he has become a detriment.  He has, in my opinion, out-served his usefulness and is such a narcissist he appears to be suffering from some psychological problem that it beyond my expertise to diagnose.  I pray that the people of Arizona allow him the opportunity to transition into retirement permanently and send a new face with new ideas to the Senate at his next election.  I will never disparage his service and the fact that he was a POW but as a current Senator, he is deserving of all the criticism we offer.

America is at a major crossroad politically, socially, morally, and economically and I pray that we all unite behind those things we can which will afford the opportunity to jumpstart our economy, secure our borders, strengthen our military, enhance our national security, and deal with the problem of Lawlessness that is becoming an epidemic.  We can win this war but only if we Pray, Labor, and Persist.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

THE MIRACLE OF SIMPLICITY – The American Constitution.


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I have long contended and even argued with some college professors regarding the simplicity of the American Constitution and wondering why it seems so difficult for politicians to grasp.  My liberal professors were not appreciative of my arguments but one did tell me that he loved having me in class.  He said, “I disagree with about 90% of your arguments but you argue from a position of thought and create an environment in the class that forces people to think and inspire them to take a definitive position.”  I also got an A in the course, but that is another story and a long time ago.

How is it that a document as simple as the American Constitution, has become so difficult for those in Washington?  I believe that part of the answer lies in the fact they are always attempting to read it in extreme legalese rather than simply reading what it says.  They are seeking ways to mold it to their ideological position rather than accepting it at face value or even researching the writings of the Framers which explained their positions.  Do you realize that the American Constitution can be read in less than half an hour by most people?  Some of the insistence that it is impossible for the average person to read is akin to the Dark Ages when the Church prohibited the parishioners from reading the Bible for themselves.  The leaders were able to advance incredible heresies and commit atrocities because of ignorance by the common man, but when people were able to read for themselves, they understood and rejected the church’s position on many things.

In our humble beginnings as a nation, the Framers and our Founders believed it was imperative that every citizen have access to a copy and be able to read the document for themselves.  They purposely designed it so that it could be understood by even students in elementary school.  One of the most popular texts of that era included the 1828 Catechism on the Constitution by Arthur Stansbury.  Tragically today, many college professors have scarcely read the document and their students know even less about the contents of the document.  I have been told by some that they avoid the Federalist Papers because they were written with such complicated and intricate legal arguments that only judges and lawyers could possibly understand.  THAT IS FALSE!  Three prominent men of our founding era penned the Federalist Papers, namely James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay.  They wrote them so that the average citizen of that day could easily comprehend what was being said as they explained their position and the position of the Constitution.

I wonder how many can name the five guarantees of the 1st Amendment without looking them up?  One survey reported that less than 1 in 1000 could.  Those five basic guarantees are;  freedom of religion, press, speech, petition, and assembly.  Today, few know the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights.  We are told, as were those sitting on pews in the Dark Ages, it is too complicated for the average mind to comprehend and must be left to those charged with handling it.  NO!  Our Republic was designed to be a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” not the other way around.  In the early years, the reading, interpreting, and understanding of it could be called Originalism, Original Intent, or Textualism.  They believed, as do I, that the Constitution means just what is says.  President Thomas Jefferson said it eloquently as he explained the matter to Supreme Court Justice William Johnson, “On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”  AMEN, Mr. Jefferson, Amen!

In this view of interpretation, when we read that ONLY the U.S. House of Representatives can initiate a tax, what it means is that ONLY the U.S. House of Representatives can initiate a tax.  Not too difficult, is it?  Likewise, when it declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” it means ONLY Congress is restricted.  It does not mean that a student cannot say a prayer because Congress does not mean student, does it?  The Original Intent method was followed until the Progressives managed to indoctrinate enough with the idea of a Living Constitution and thereby subverted the meaning of the document as written and intended by the framers.

The alternative philosophy followed by most of the Democrat Party today has five pillars and they religiously adhere to them.  Let me advance them briefly without commentary.

  • There are no objective, God-given standards of law, or if there are, they are irrelevant to the modern legal system.
  • Since God is not the author of law, the author of law must be man; in other words, the law is the law simply because the highest human authority, the State, has said it is the law and is able to back it up by force.
  • Since man and society evolve, therefore law must evolve as well.
  • Judges, through their decisions, guide the evolution of law.
  • To study law, get at the original sources of law – the decisions of judges.

That philosophy was first introduced by Harvard Law School Dean, Christopher Columbus Langdell who applied Darwin’s premise of evolution to jurisprudence.  He reasoned that since man evolved laws must as well and therefore the Constitution must necessarily be a Living Document, not a Fixed one.  This philosophy found a willing proponent and advanced an idea that is anathema to the intent of the Framers when Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes said, “We are under a Constitution – but, the Constitution is what the judges say it is.”  NO!  IT IS WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS not what you are any other jurist says it is or wants it to mean.  We need a return to the mentality of one of the Founders, the original Chief Justice John Jay as he offered this instruction: “Every member of the State ought to diligently read and to study the constitution of his country… By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”

There are several more articles I could and should right to better articulate the value and simplicity of the Constitution.  I urge every American to get a copy and read the document. It is not complicated, only the lawyers and politicians make it complicated.  If we are to be the true owners and overseers of our government we must KNOW what the Constitution says.  In these troubled times, it is imperative that we KNOW what the Constitution says and DEMAND strict adherence to it.

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT AND HONESTY…


BLOG POST 8 - Russian Influence

The continual playing of the “Russian Card” is wearing thin for me and many Americans.  Sadly, for another very large sector it is resonating and although I fully believe that the Democrats know this is all smoke and mirrors they have found something, they believe is working, and they will work it to the bitter end.  The Democrats are incessant in their chant that the Russians hacked in and influenced the Presidential Election.  When challenged to give factual evidence on how the Russians affected the outcome, they swiftly change directions and some will say, “Well, they didn’t actually change any vote totals but they might have influenced how people thought.”  SERIOUSLY?  That is your argument? 

I heard the Speaker of the House, Congressman Paul Ryan make the declaration on National Television, “We know the Russians tried to influence our elections.”  I thought, “AND?”  The Russians try to influence everything they can but attempting to assert that they preferred Trump over Hillary, in my view, is a stretch.  I believe the Russians, as do most countries were seeking to gain an advantage for their cause, regardless of which candidate won.  If they were actually the ones who hacked into Podesta’s email and the DNC and tried unsuccessfully to hack into the RNC what was their motive?  If they were trying to hack both would that not lend credibility to my argument that they were doing what adversaries do, SEEKING TO GAIN AN EDGE or ADVANTAGE?  They had and have dirt on Hillary and no doubt wanted dirt on Trump so they could hedge their bets regardless of which candidate won.  The Russians and many other nations have tried to influence our elections for decades and this is not a new revelation, so why is it such an issue now?  TRUMP WON and the DEMOCRATS LOST!  That’s it in a nutshell.

Rather than accepting the fact that they (Democrats) had a flawed candidate and flawed message they desperately need to find someone or something else to blame so they can continue attempting to sell their political snake oil to the public.  Well, to the gullible public.  We have attempted to influence elections and the most recent were Barack Obama’s blatant attempt to influence the Israeli elections and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu.  The report from Congress and verified was that the Obama administration used “taxpayer dollars” through an NGO (non-governmental organization) to aid in the attempt to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister that he detested.  Obama gave upwards of $350,000 to “One Voice” an NGO operating in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.  Within days after the ‘grant period’ ended the NGO deployed campaign infrastructure and resources using U.S. grant funds to support a political campaign to defeat the incumbent Israeli government.  The campaign’s explicit goal was to elect ANYBODY BUT BIBI by mobilizing leftist voters.  Does that sound familiar?  How about the Anybody but Trump campaign conducted by some here in the U.S.?  Obama did everything he could to influence Britain in the Brexit vote and used our ‘tax dollars.’  He has attempted to influence governments to favor Islam and sought to influence election after election elsewhere as well as here in America.  SO, WHAT ABOUT THE RUSSIANS? 

Speaker Ryan, said, “We need to find out what they are up to.”  Let me help you with that Mr. Speaker, “They are up to Russian interest.  How is that different from what virtually every other country does.”  My argument is not whether the Russians attempted to gain an edge or even influence our elections, my argument is why did Podesta not have better cyber-security.  Why could anyone hack the DNC but not the RNC?  Why did Hillary use a private unsecured email server sending classified information and exposing our national security to grave danger?  WHY is that a non-issue but Russian influence such a colossal one?  WHY?  Let me make it simple, THE DEMOCRATS LOST and TRUMP WON.  That again is it in simplistic terms.

Now lets’ focus on the attack on Jeff Sessions and his having met with the Russian Ambassador as a serving U.S. Senator and Senator Franken’s question.  I have heard from many attorneys saying that Mr. Sessions answered the question and even went beyond.  They advise their clients to answer the question asked, nothing more and nothing less.  The question appeared to have been whether Senator Sessions had met with any Russian officials as a surrogate of the Trump campaign and talked about the campaign.  He said that he did not.  NOW, the Democrats are calling for his head and even suggesting that he should be indicted for perjury and serve prison time.  Can we go back just a bit to the meeting of Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of the airport in her plane for over 30 minutes?  This meeting came just days before the FBI was to release their findings on Hillary’s email scandal.  Of course, Ms. Lynch and Mr. Clinton said they just chatted about the weather, grandkids and bland things of that nature, but never discussed the investigation.  Senator Schumer stated regarding that meeting that there were two options.  He argued that since Ms. Lynch was an honorable person and said that nothing happened they could either determine that she lied or that it did not matter because nothing happened.  His conclusion, IT DOES NOT MATTER.  But, when Jeff Session is brought up, he determines that Mr. Sessions is a liar and should immediately resign and face the consequences.  SERIOUSLY?  Are you going to be that hypocritical?  Sorry, I almost forgot you are an extremely partisan political ideologue determined to defeat your opponent and protect your own.  Please forgive me for that oversight.

Senator Claire McCaskill blasted A/G Sessions and claimed she had NEVER met with the Russian Ambassador but the record reveals that she tweeted twice about meeting with the ambassador in 2013 and 2015 and who knows how many other times.  Nancy Pelosi said she had never met with Russians and there are pictures of her sitting near Russian officials in meetings as well as Senator Schumer and others.  THIS IS HYPOCRISY and while I try to tone down the rhetoric of being a Witch Hunt it is most assuredly a fishing expedition and an attempt to divert attention and force the Trump administration to be sidetracked.  How should the President handle this?  Well, I’m not privy to all that is going on but I would suggest that they should take a page from the Democrats and during an attempted diversion go FULL STEAM AHEAD with their agenda.  I would like to see Senator McConnell and Congressman Ryan be true leaders and confront a problem head-on, shutting down what needs to be shut down and pressing on with what needs to be pressed forward.  DO YOUR JOBS and get the nominees confirmed, get the Obamacare Repeal and Replace on the Floor for a vote, secure our borders, and deal with the many problems that are facing America today.  Tell the Democrats what Barack Obama told you, “Elections have consequences, deal with it!” 

We spy on other countries and they spy on us, that is no shocking revelation.  If you choose to believe that the Russians elected Donald Trump that is your choice.  I ask you, “Do you think that illegals and voter fraud were used to attempt to elect Hillary Clinton?”  I hope you are honest on that one and if you argue there was no voter fraud then how could the Russians have affected our election?  Let’s beef up our cyber-security and secure our natural borders making America safe or safer and focus on America and what is best for her not what someone else might have or might have tried to do.  LET’S FOCUS ON WHAT WE CAN DO.

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