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“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775


"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell


Monday, January 26, 2015

Obama Doesn’t Think Like You Think He Thinks

Here's the Nonsense:  Obama just doesn't get it.  He and the Democrats don't understand what America needs.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Obama and the progressives don't think like we do.  We can't stand up against something when we don't understand how they think.  We must put ourselves in their heads to understand what we are up against.

Many Americans are upset at the actions (or inactions) of President Obama.  It's common for conservative Americans to express frustration and ask why the president doesn't stand up to our enemies, support our allies, approve legislation that will improve our economy and add jobs for Americans, or even work to bring Americans together instead of divide them resulting in riots and unrest in our streets.  They refuse to recognize the real problem in America and instead only focus on symptoms.  Addressing those symptoms won't solve our problems.

Americans have to stop thinking about what should have been done in any given situation or what should be done in each situation that comes up.  Every week, no matter where you turn, you can hear conservatives saying things like: 

  • "We should send our military in to deal with ISIS and let them do whatever is necessary to eliminate their jihadist threat." 
  • "We'd have more jobs if Obama would approve the Keystone pipeline."
  • "We need to quit allowing Russia to walk all over us." 
  • "Obama should admit that Obamacare is a disaster and agree to repeal it." 
  • "We need to support our allies like Israel and stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons." 

And the list goes on and on.  But those thoughts and discussions won't solve anything.  We can sit around and all agree about what's happening and how it should be handled, but that doesn't fix the problem in Washington or turn America around to stop our nation's decline.  

The problem is harder to deal with than the symptom.  It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and say what should be done.  If the problem is the quarterback, the coaching staff, and the team ownership, you don't fix it by focusing on how a play should have been run, let alone how it should have been called by the ref.

A year ago I wrote in this blog that we need to realize that we're fighting an ideology, not incompetence, (and incompetence is often wrongly blamed on why Obama does things that damage America).  But let me go a little further here.  The ideology that the progressive Democrats embrace causes them to think very differently than we do.

Here are some differences between what conservative Americans think and progressives like Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and others think (I should note that in this discussion I am using the term "progressive," "Marxist," and "communist" interchangeably.  While there are some nuanced differences, they are essentially the same and therefore I am using them synonymously.):

1.)  As Americans we were raised in a society founded upon Judeo-Christian values, which has caused most Americans, whether they realize it or not, to hold to conservative values.  We believe in equality of opportunity.  But progressives like Obama believe in equality of outcomes.  Those are quite different.  We believe that everyone should be given the same opportunity in their lives and that those who take advantage of it can greatly improve their chances at success in life.

But progressives believe that's not fair.  They believe that outcomes should be fair regardless of effort or other circumstances, and that is accomplished by taking from those who have more and giving to those who have less.  So, no matter how hard you work or what risk you take, whatever you make isn't yours, it's theirs to divide as they see fit to accomplish fair outcomes.

Progressives like Obama want to replace inequality in wealth with equality in poverty.  Conservatives would say that the person who takes risk and works hard should reap the rewards of their success. And they believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be successful.  But progressives don't want some to do better than others.  They would rather have everyone equally poor than allow some to achieve a better life through their own hard work and efforts.

2.)  Obama and the progressives believe that a society of "fairness" where an elite few determine fair outcomes is inevitable.  They believe that that society will come to be as man evolves to that level and that it is their job to facilitate the process that will lead us to that society.  (This is classic Marxist thinking.)  

Because they believe it is inevitable, they believe there is never any reason to compromise.  In fact, Marxism defines compromise as a solution that is equally unacceptable to all parties involved.  Therefore, since their fair society is inevitable, they shouldn't and don't need to compromise.

This is why Obama and the Democrats continually say the Republicans won't work with them.  They believe that the Republicans represent childish thoughts and ideas and that the only reasonable solution is for those who disagree with them to change to accept their progressive position.

Over and over again we've heard Obama claim the Republicans won't work with him and that he's waiting and willing to work with them.  With the progressive mindset what this means is that he doesn't plan to compromise at all.  He expects anyone who disagrees with him to accept his position.  To him, compromise is when those who disagree with him change their position to agree with his.  But he uses his claim that Republicans won't work with him as a way to paint an image to the public that he is the only one willing to compromise, when in reality he won't move an inch (and the Republicans have over and over again compromised but been blamed for not doing so).  Don't ever think that progressives like Obama define words such as "compromise" the same way we do.

Marxism is a cause, an ideology that cannot be compromised because it goes against their idea that not only is their "fair" society right, but it is inevitable as man will evolve to it.  Therefore, in their minds there is nothing to negotiate.  

3.)  Progressives like Obama believe that their ultimate fair society is a social utopia that man is evolving to and that they must do whatever is necessary to get to that utopia.  That includes elimination of those who disagree with them.  This is exactly what communist Russia's leaders believed.  Trotsky called it social hygiene.  He said that all the extremes that the Bolsheviks had to go through, including mass murder, were actually social hygiene.  Anything is acceptable if it furthers the goal to their utopian society and eliminating those who disagree with them will advance that goal.  It doesn't matter that communists like Stalin killed 50 million people.  That's justified because it facilitates their goal of their utopian society.

4.)  Progressives believe that change comes about through conflict.  While earlier communists believed in a violent rebellion and overthrow of the system, Saul Alinksy looked at it and developed ways to undermine the system through conflict and subversive tactics and thereby create a situation where takeover is possible without violent revolution.  (That doesn't mean he was against conflict and violence in limited situations such as the Ferguson, MO mess we just went through.  He just wanted to avoid a national war for takeover like Russia went through because that was too obvious and Americans would fight against that kind of action.)  He gave instructions how to do it in his well-known book Rules for Radicals (if you're serious about stopping them, this is a must-read for conservatives).

5.)  Obama is a Marxist who sees his place in history as a key milestone in the transformation of the world to a Marxist society.  He is undeterred because he sees his place as much more important than any current conflict or issue that may try to detract from their goals.  He honestly sees himself on a mission to achieve the utopian society.

You should also be aware that John Bachtell, national party chair of the Communist Party USA, wrote a very informative article for their People's World publication.  In the article he articulates his reasons for the need for a 3rd political party in America, but it would be a radical leftist party.  He makes the point that it's too early for them to break from the Democrat Party, which he sees as being too tied to Wall Street (he also sees the Republican Party as having the same types of "evil" ties to Wall Street), and discusses why they must continue to work through the Democrats until the time is right to break away and start this radical 3rd party.  He says, "First, we are part of building the broadest anti-ultra right alliance possible, uniting the widest array of class (including a section of monopoly), social and democratic forces.  This necessarily means working with the Democratic Party."  If you doubt that communists are using the Democrat Party, there's the proof.

They understand the need to not splinter, which is something conservatives don't see.  Conservatives are so upset with the Republican Party that they are walking out and registering as Independents.  Many are considering starting a 3rd party, but that will only weaken the potential of success.  The communists are in a similar situation but are willing to stay aligned with the Democrat Party to achieve their goals (something that conservatives could learn from when considering a 3rd party).

Now, given the understanding of the progressives that I've shared above, you should be able to see that discussions of how to deal with individual situations and issues like I mentioned at the beginning of this post are really a waste of time.  The only solution to stop these people is education and unity.  The majority of Americans have no idea what is happening to our country.  Through education we have the chance to wake up the people and get them involved to stop what's happening.  And if we stay unified we have a chance at being successful. But if we are divided into many factions and parties, we will fail.

It may be hard to fully comprehend where our country is headed if these people are not stopped.  If you didn't know it before, spend a few minutes talking to or reading what people who have lived under a communist regime went through in those countries as they fell to communism and you will hear exactly what is happening in America.  These people know what the harsh living conditions are.  They know what the hopelessness is that citizens in those countries have for their futures.  They know exactly how their countries fell to communism and the fact that once they are taken over by it they can never be defeated.  The only way to get rid of communism once it's taken hold is for it to self-destruct.  It is isn't overthrown.

If you'd like a good overview of Marxism click here to read an excellent article that will give you a good understanding.

The only solution for America is for us to stay unified and educate our fellow citizens and get them involved.  Then we must take action NOW to replace the politicians in Washington from both parties who don't have the same goals for America that we do. (And that's the vast majority of the politicians from BOTH parties.)  In case you hadn't figured it out yet, there is no such thing as a good Democrat (if they were, they'd be former Democrats) and most Republicans are not our friends.











Sunday, January 18, 2015

Imagine America Like This

Here's the Nonsense:  American politicians do a good job making sure our nation is doing well.  Sure, sometimes there are a few minor issues, but overall they do a great job for America.

Here's the  Horse Sense:  American politicians are poor at their jobs.  And that's on both sides of the aisle.  Maybe to understand where we are we should just imagine how bad it could be.

Let's just imagine...

Imagine an America that elects people who are only interested in their own power and interests. They have little or no experience running anything successfully.  Their lives are not lives of integrity.  Everything is superficial about both those who are elected and those who elect them.  

The voters never closely examine or evaluate the background of those they elect.  It’s just assumed that anybody elected to office automatically loves America and wants to do what’s best for the country.  


But these people have been taught by our society that lining their own pockets and narcissistic self-interest is all that matters in life. In life prior to being elected to office they focused only on themselves and how they could manipulate every situation to their benefit.  Remarkably many who get elected go to Washington as poor or of average financial means, yet mysteriously amass huge fortunes while in office.  And they do all this while convincing Americans that they are people who do what’s right.  


Once elected they use their newfound power to exempt themselves from the very laws they pass for the rest of us.  They make sure they are protected and can build a world for their ruling class that has different rules than the rest of us are forced to live by. 

In this imaginary America the public seem mesmerized and intimidated by these elected officials.  They won’t confront them or hold them accountable.  In fact, they look at these people as special, almost like royalty.  

Americans learn to look to these people for the handouts they and their communities can get from the government, in spite of seeing situation after situation where these people have misused their power and gone against the will of the people. 

Having declared that the voters don’t understand the process in Washington, they proceed in their positions as senators and representatives to ride roughshod over the will of the people.  And, if the voters demand too much, they simply shut down the phones, throw out the mail, and cancel town hall meetings so that they don’t have to listen to them.  All this while declaring that they know best for America and that the voters don’t really understand and should accept their leadership and wisdom.  

Now, theoretically, many might call all this a shirking of their duties and responsibilities.  Some might find it offensive that those who are elected to serve would have such attitudes towards those who put them in office.  But wait...

Suppose these increasingly arrogant elected officials, having great power in their positions, begin to quietly manipulate legislation, behind the scenes and out of sight of the general public, so that their work starts breaking down and destroying our nation.

Suppose these elected officials also tell the public they are going to move forward on issues like closing our borders and not allowing amnesty for illegal immigrants that the public has demanded, yet quietly in secret meetings, behind closed doors, these same elected officials work to draft legislation that will do just the opposite of what the American voters have demanded.  Suppose that those actions will result in allowing millions of criminal immigrant invaders into the country just to appease the demands of big money groups like the Chamber of Congress.  Voters don’t matter, money and power are what count to these people. 

Now suppose that these politicians decide to look the other way and ignore the illegal actions of the president.  Even though they know that America’s power in the world has historically been driven by our strong economy.  But these politicians look the other way and allow the president to add trillions of dollars of debt to the backs of the taxpayers that probably will never be able to be repaid.  In fact, they not only look the other way, they not only facilitate the president's spending, they participate along with him.  And it's not just those who are members of the president's political party, it's members of both parties doing all of this.

Arrogance?  Willful disregard of the voice of the people?  Don't forget to consider this...

These same elected officials do nothing to stop the invasion of the privacy of American citizens by the NSA and other government agencies.  They do nothing to stop the destruction of tearing down of America's military strength that has not only made us the number one superpower for generations, but has secured peace and safety for our nation.  

These same politicians have not only allowed the unbridled mass murder of millions of babies in our nation, but they have taken "safe" positions that allow legal exceptions for these murders while still wearing the label of "pro-life."

These officials do nothing to stop the harassment, mistreatment, and shutdown of religious freedom for Americans, even though religious freedom is the foundation stone and bedrock of our society.

In an effort to appear to be tackling issues like these they hold hearings and rant and rave in front of the press, but nothing changes.  In fact, it only gets worse.

And imagine the Senate and House full of these elected officials who sit by and do nothing when the president initiates wars without congressional authorization.

They do nothing when the president imprisons people indefinitely in Guantanamo that the military have found innocent of international terrorism.  

When the president takes executive actions over and over again illegally on everything from environmental regulations to foreign military combat commitments, these same politicians do nothing.

In this imaginary America the president has refused to enforce laws he disagrees with, all while the House and Senate do nothing.

The president also abandons and discards the important relationships with America's allies and gets cozy with America's enemies (even promising Russia he can reduce our nuclear arsenal more effectively if they'll wait until after his reelection) all while the politicians in the House and Senate sit by and watch but still do nothing.

And as your imagination continues on it even comes up with the president using government agencies like the IRS as a political weapon against citizens, while the senators and representatives still do little to nothing.

Now let's also imagine that American voters don't take seriously the words of Ben Franklin when, in 1787 after the Consitutional Convention, he was approached by a Mrs. Powel who asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin replied with the chilling words, "A republican, Madam, if you can keep it." 

Those words were chilling because they were a warning that Americans have a civic duty to be involved in their government, to never let up their close watch of those in power and to hold them accountable or they will lose their freedom.  But in this imaginary America you are thinking of the citizens have made things like video games, watching sports on TV, texting their friends, taking vacations, and anything and everything that feeds their narcissism more important than spending the time required to keep America free.

If your imagined America were the America we live in today, you would be scared to death.  You'd realize that time is short if this madness in Washington is to be stopped.  You'd know that involvement in the political process means more than waiting until Labor Day of election year to get involved that last 60 days before the general election.  You'd know that involvement months and years before the primaries is important to both hold politicians in office accountable and also to continue to educate others while raising up new, good candidates for office.

Sadly, this imagined America isn't a dream  It's reality.  And that reality is even worse than your dream.  It's a nightmare.

The chance to save America is hanging by a thread.  Chances are very slim that we can save it.  But there IS still a chance.  

Back in April 1775, when the first blood was spilled in the American Revolution, the chances were less than slim that America could defeat Great Britain, the greatest power the world had ever known.  That didn't stop our founders.  They rose up, dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the war knowing that if they lost they would not just go back to the way things were before the war.  They wouldn't just lose everything they owned.  They would die.  But they understood that freedom is more important than their lives.  Freedom is bought, paid for, and kept intact not just by inconvenience, but by sacrifice.  

Americans today don't understand freedom or its worth.  We still have a chance, a slim chance to turn America around.  It's time we educate our fellow citizens so they'll join us and rise to action before there's no chance to save our nation.






  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Republicans Already Working Hard To Lose In 2016

Here's the Nonsense:  The infrastructure in America is falling apart.  Roads, bridges, and the like are in desperate need of repair and there are no funds available to fix them.  Since gas prices are way down, maybe it's time we consider a little increase in the gas tax to fund the repairs needed.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Sure, the infrastructure is a mess.  But spending is out of control and raising taxes of any kind is a guarantee that the GOP will do irreparable damage to their party.

Republicans just don't learn.  From all the lousy presidential candidates they have given us from George H. W. Bush through to Mitt Romney to senators and representatives like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, Americans really aren't getting support for their views and values.  And, once again, now GOP politicians are already considering doing more damage to America and guaranteeing both losses in 2016 and permanent damage to the party and political choice in America.   

You'd think they'd learn, but they don't.  My father told me over and over when I was growing up that a smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.  (I always attributed that wise statement to my father, but recently learned that Otto von Bismarck used to say it.  Given my father's love of history, he must have learned it in one of the many, many history books he studied throughout his life.  I mention this only because proper attribution is important.)  But back to the topic at hand.  Smart men learn from their mistakes.  Wise men learn from the mistakes of others.  Clearly the Republicans aren't even smart, let alone wise.

Why do I say this?  Because over and over and over again we see the establishment Republicans, the people who control the Republican Party (the same people who hated Ronald Reagan and are working hard to permanently shut down the conservative movement while shutting up every conservative voice) never seem to learn from their mistakes.

With the falling gas prices we're seeing around America, thanks to private business and in spite of either political party, citizens are seeing some benefits to our economy.  An economy, I might add, that has been struggling under the current administration.  The claims of recovery are pipe dreams and a smoke and mirrors presentation by the government and supported by the media that are such a lie that only the most foolish and ignorant really believe it.

But with fracking and drilling on private land in America causing huge successes by the oil industry, America has seen a boom that has now even caused problems for the Middle Eastern oil states.  Gas prices in some parts of the U. S. are lower than they were a decade ago.  I remember in 2005 paying about $1.69 for gas.  Yesterday I paid $1.55.  I realize that's lower than some areas of the country, but even areas where it is higher, it is still far below what we've seen in recent years.

That savings is a huge help to American citizens and businesses.  So many Americans are barely getting by and businesses are trying to keep from closing their doors.  The reprieve in gas prices has given them a little help in the struggle to survive, although I've wondered how long it will last.

But, never letting an opportunity to further burden the American people and confiscate more money go to waste, American politicians can't resist the temptation to cash in on the little economic reprieve that citizens have been enjoying.  

Yes, politicians are considering raising the gas taxes because with prices down they think they can get away with it.  Republican Senators John Thune and James Inhofe have said they are considering it as a way to raise money, as reported in The Hill.  And we all know that once a tax is implemented it never goes away.  

It's not enough that Americans have gotten a little break from the disaster that the spending of BOTH parties has cuased (no, it's not just Obama's fault, Republicans went along with it, too).  Politicians can't resist a chance to get more money from us.  Instead of acting responsibly and cutting spending, they continue to increase debt far beyond the wildest of imaginations.  They are out of control and no one is doing anything about it.  And I mean NO ONE.  Not even the voters.  We had our chance in the midterm elections a couple months ago and dropped the ball miserably.  Now the stupidity of Americans allowing these people to stay in office will, once again, come back to bite us.

George H. W. Bush was elected as president only because America loved Ronald Reagan and what he'd done for our country.  Voters wanted a continuation of Reagan policies and hoped that electing Reagan's vice president, George H. W. Bush, would do just that.  And initially it worked, until Bush decided to break his promise of no new taxes.  The result was bad for America and opened the door for Bill Clinton to win the presidency in 1992.

Americans are tired of politicians.  They are tired of liars.  Okay, I guess that's the same thing, isn't it?  Anyway, Americans voted in November to stop what has been happening in Washington.  Before the new Congress even took office in January, the Republican leadership had already made it clear they would not use their power to stop what is happening.  Boehner said they would not use their constitutionally given authority and responsibility to use the power of the purse to stop Obama.  Mitch McConnell said it was more important for Republicans to show they could get along with the Democrats than it was to stop Obama's lawlessness.  Just think about those things.  The Speaker of the House says he won't use the power the Constitution has assigned to him and the House of Representatives to control the illegal and irresponsible actions of the Executive Branch. And the leader of the Senate says it is more important to get along with Democrats than to stop the illegal actions going on by this president.  

They guaranteed they would fail even before the new Congress began.

The GOP also celebrated more that they'd defeated conservative candidates than that they'd beaten Democrats.  Statements were made that they'd "crush the Tea Party" and conservatives were called "wacko-birds."  Yet the vast majority of Americans, regardless of political party affiliation, hold conservative values.  The hatred of the establishment GOP for conservatives, even though it's conservatives who gave them the power they have, is blatant.

Then earlier this month they reelected Boehner to the speakership of the House, even though Americans called and wrote to demand he be replaced.  In fact, one effort had EVERY representative in the House receive over 560,000 letters demanding they vote against Boehner and replace him.  Only 24 listened to the American public and voted accordingly.

All this is a continued series of slaps in the face to the American people.  So, what do they think will happen?  They think that if they wipe out the conservative voice that they will then be free to live without them in peace and power.

I've got news for the GOP.  By doing what they've done, they've alienated the base of the Republican Party.  We are a hair's breadth away from a huge portion of the Republican Party leaving and forming a new party.  (Which, I might add, will be a disaster that causes Democrats to control American politics and make American politics into a one party system.)

Forcing candidates like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie on us pushes voters away.  Raising the gas tax may just be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back.

American's don't want what the establishment GOP is selling.  But the GOP isn't listening and that may not only cause them to lose in 2016, it may be the end of the party and the end of political choice in America.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Boehner's Reelection As Speaker Worse For USA Than Obama's Reelection in 2012

Here's the Nonsense:  Boehner's reelection as House Speaker may not be liked by conservatives, but he's only one man and it can't make much of a difference.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Boehner's reelection as House Speaker just sealed the fate of the GOP and most likely the nation.  Our right to be represented in government was just taken away.

With the reelection of John Boehner as House Speaker yesterday, America has just suffered a far worse fate than that of Obama's reelection as president 2 years ago.  Yesterday sealed the future of the GOP and America's freedoms, and not for the better.

The establishment GOP has not only solidified their control of the Republican Party, but they've done two other things as well.  First, they've locked in the Democrats' control of American government for the rest of the lifetimes of anyone reading this.  Second, they've made it clear that they don't believe that American citizens have a right to their own opinion, thereby nullifying the First Amendment rights of free speech and free thought of the American people.

When Obama was reelected in 2012 it spelled doom for America.  And we've seen that play out in his actions.  When the Republicans won control of both houses of congress in November, Americans had hope that Obama's efforts would be stopped.  But not only did that incense Obama and drive him to increase his speed at efforts to destroy of our nation, the establishment Republicans who control the GOP made it clear they had no intention of trying to stop him.  Mitch McConnell and others in leadership let America know that they believed it was more important for the Republicans to show they could get along with the Democrats than it was to stop Obama's illegal actions.

Now, with the reelection of John Boehner as House Speaker, we face the darkest future that could be imagined.  Boehner is an establishment Republican whose power in Washington is huge.  People don't realize the power of that position, but it far outweighs just about anyone except the President and Vice President.  That makes sense since he's the 3rd in line for the presidency should a disaster occur.

Boehner has consistently given lip service to the American people saying he's standing with them while over and over again giving in to Obama and the Democrats' on virtually every issue.  The demand by the American people in the November midterms to stop Obama was met by Boehner and the rest of the establishment GOP with an unwillingness to stand up against the lawlessness that is out of control in our government.  He even announced that they would not use their constitutional authority and responsibility of the power of the purse to stop the out of control Executive Branch.  That was a slap in the face of the American voters who had made it clear what they wanted done. 

By doing what they've done they've allowed Obama to get away with his amnesty plan that will bring in so many millions of criminal immigrant invaders that will register as Democrats that the Republicans won't be able to out-vote them anytime in the future to get control of our government again. 

But as bad as that is, yesterday when Boehner was reelected as House Speaker a small number of conservatives stood up against it and voted against him.  In doing so they sealed their fate as Boehner is already striking back by punishing them.  Some have already lost their committee assignments, one of the things that's important for representatives to gain power and influence in Washington.  That's more serious than you may think.

Some people are already saying things like, "Well, they should not have stood against him."  But the fact is that those representatives were acting on behalf of their constituents' requests to elect a new speaker.  They were voicing the opinions of their constituents and now they are being punished for doing so.  In effect, their constituents are losing their right to have representation in the House of Representatives.  That's a loss of First Amendment rights.

Breitbart reported that many Boehner-supporting members of the of the House are pushing for punishment of those who voted against him.  Idaho's Mike Simpson, when asked if there should be repercussions against those who voted against Boehner said, "I don't know, but there should be."  What kind of representation is that?  What right do these people have to determine that voters do not have the right to have their elected representatives represent them? 

Politico reported last night that Boehner had already had some who opposed him punished.  The representatives and senators we've elected should be up in arms and screaming at the injustice of Boehner's actions.  This is an assault on the American people.  But most see it as simply Boehner using his power to control his party and will do nothing to stop him.  In fact, there may be nothing they can do any longer.  It may be too late.

The establishment is gleeful that they have stopped conservatives. They want to ignore and eliminate conservative opinion because they don't agree with it... even though the majority of American citizens are conservative.

This is terrible news for America and may be the final blow before we implode as a nation.  You now have no right to have your views brought to government.  And both parties are controlled by people who are making sure it stays that way.

America's problems are of our own making.  We've abandoned God and morality, elected terrible people to leadership, and allowed our government to get out of control by not doing our civic duty to be involved and keep them in control.  Even conservatives have spent too much time simply talking about what's wrong and not doing enough about it. 

We have gotten the government that we deserve and we have no one to blame but ourselves.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Is It Obama vs. Putin, Or Do They Really Work For The Same People?

Here's the Nonsense:  Obama and Putin are in a cold war against each other and Obama must stand up against the Russians or America will lose face and security in the world. 

Here's the Horse Sense: Not only has America already lost face and security to Russia under Obama, his actions, along with his history, point to something much more sinister, maybe even an alliance.

Americans complain that President Obama doesn't stand up to Vladimir Putin.  They are stunned to see how he wavers between allowing Russia to walk all over the U. S. in international affairs and his kowtowing to them with such actions as when he told Russia's then-president Dmitry Medvedev, prior to the 2012 U. S. presidential election, to let Putin know that he'd have more flexibility in reducing America's nuclear weapons numbers after his reelection.  Sometimes we even see Obama try to put on a front that he's taking a strong stand against Putin and Russia.  But the fact is that he does little and Russia only laughs at us.  Is this because they are truly enemies, or is there something far more sinister going on? As each day passes under this administration any thinking person has to wonder if it's the latter.

Let's not forget that Putin is not just some new leader of Russia who came on the scene after the fall of the Soviet Union.  In fact, he is a former member of the KGB whose actions are typical of that evil organization.  It's been said for some time that the fall of the Soviet Union was staged for the West so that the Russians and Chinese could work together to further their goals of world domination.  

Those aren't easily accepted ideas these days.  People today don't like to think we've been hoodwinked.  Yet people such as Russian defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn says, "Now you know why Russian military aircraft still have the hated Communist Red Star on their wings/tail fin, and why NEW Russian naval vessels have the hated Communist Red Star placed on their bows.  That hated Communist symbol represented the 74 years that the minority Communist Party of the Soviet Union (representing no more than 10% of the adult population) persecuted majority population, and would have been immediately removed from all such military hardware if the collapse of the USSR were legitimate..."
  
What Russia is today is not far removed from what it was when it was known as the controlling country of the USSR.  In his book, Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions and Issues, author Thomas Magstadt reminds us that former Russian president Yeltsin named Putin as prime minister in August 1999.  While Yeltsin's first 4 prime ministers had not lasted, Putin was different.  Within 8 months Putin was president of Russia.  Putin stood against the oligarchs who'd gotten control of large portions of what had been the Soviet economy under Yeltsin's leadership.  Then he took actions that showed some support for economic reforms, but the biggest advantage was probably the high oil prices at the time that helped bring back the Russian economy.  Putin has retained control of the politics of the country, whether as president or prime minister didn't matter.  He has virtually wiped out the independent media and brought in the old KGB, police and army to run the country, as reported in this UK Telegraph story from 2000.

While it appears to the world that Putin has great power, the fact is that he is accountable to those old KGB types who really run the country.  They are the ones calling the shots.

Most thinking Americans have realized for some time that Obama is also accountable to someone else, too.  Some suggest that Valerie Jarrett really controls him, even though it's apparent that people far more powerful are behind the scenes controlling the puppet Obama.  

Some even say George Soros controls him, but I think even Soros is accountable to someone else (click here to read Trevor Loudon's interesting article about Soros' ties to the communists).  Could it be that Obama may very well be driven by the same powers that direct the actions of Putin?

Yes, I know that most of you are probably groaning thinking I've lost it, but there have been too many things with this presidency to raise questions.  

It starts with Obama having all of his personal records from school and his life prior to elected office sealed so that no one can see even the most basic school, medical, or travel records.  We know more about any other president in American history than we know about Obama.    

The list goes on and on.  This isn't just a "birther" thing where it is said that some people think he wasn't born in the U. S.  (Personally I think he was born in Hawaii, but that's not even the issue here.)  It's about total secrecy regarding his life and an upbringing under anti-American influences.

We know of his ties to people like Bill Ayers, the terrorist who went unpunished for his actions with the Weather Underground.  And his relationship with Jeremiah Wright, the minister in Obama's church in Chicago told Edward Klein when he was writing his book, The Amateur, that he told Obama he'd make him (Obama) comfortable around Christians with his (Obama's) Muslim faith.  Of course the Christianity that Wright espouses is not Christianity at all, but black liberation theology which is nothing more than communism being pushed on the black community.  Click here to read about black liberation theology and its Marxist roots. 

The Russian communist's plan to overthrow America includes efforts to infiltrate and subvert the churches.  In 1963 the Communist's goals to achieve the overthrow of America were entered into the Congressional Record.  You can see them by clicking here.  Number 27 is very interesting.  It says, "Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with 'social' religion.  Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need to intellectual maturity which does not need a 'religious crutch.'"

Barack Obama Sr. was also a communist.  And we can't forget that President Obama's mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying communist and a man who Obama's grandfather chose to have great influence over Barry, the picture gets even more disconcerting.  

Paul Kengor, author of the great book The Communist, wrote an article for The American Spectator about the influences of Frank Marshall Davis on young Barry.  He concludes the article saying, "In sum, Frank Marshall Davis surely helps shed light on how America's current president developed into a man of the left, ultimately ranked by National Journal as the most left-leaning member of the U. S. Senate - to the left of Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, and everyone else - in the final year before he ran for president.  The man [Obama] now in charge of the mightiest economic engine in the history of humanity was influenced, to some notable degree, by a pro-Soviet CPUSA (Communist Party USA) member [Frank Marshall Davis] who plainly stood on the wrong side of history - stumping for an ideology that took the lives of over 100 million people in the last century.  This man planted his flag on the dark side of the Iron Curtain.  This man, and his relationship with the most powerful man in the world - our current president - at least merits our attention."


Sam Webb, National Chair of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), spoke to their national committee on Nov. 15, 2008 and said regarding the CPUSA's relationship with Obama, "The left can and should advance its own views and disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Its tone should be respectful. We are speaking to a friend."

Obama has even said he sought out the communist professors to learn from when he was in school.  He wanted those influences.  His life is filled with people tied to the communists so it should be no surprise to us how he has handled things while president.  If his goal is the fundamental transformation of America, then why shouldn't we ask if he's not just influenced by communist ideology, but under the pressure, influence, even control of the Russian communists who have been working for generations to overthrow America?

Most will reject this idea, but let me add another piece of information for consideration.  There is a story that has been around for years, but mostly ignored by the media (even conservative media).  WND published an article in 2009 that shares the story.  A man named Tom Fife was a contractor with the Defense Intelligence Agency who spent a great deal of time in Russia.  In 1992 while in Moscow he was invited to a party at the apartment of one of his Russian contacts.  As the evening wore on the wife of his Russian friend started speaking against America.  She told him that soon America would have a black president named Barack and that he was a communist who had a white mother and a father who was black from Africa.  She also said he was educated in America's Ivy League schools.  She even said he was from Hawaii and lived in Chicago.  Many details were shared, and this was long before Obama was on the national stage.  For more information go to the link I provided.      

Is the story true?  I am not sure.  But it certainly raises a lot of questions.  More importantly, though, is what Sam Webb of the CPUSA said when he referred to Obama as a friend of the Communist Party USA.  

America is in more trouble than people are willing to face.  Our nation is not just teetering on the edge of a cliff, it has been pushed over a cliff by people controlling our government who either are so ignorant that they don't have the sense of a first grader or their actions are intentional.  It's hard to believe we've had so many people so ignorant for so long as to cause this.  Rather, it only makes sense to consider that the generations-long efforts of the communists to overthrow America might really be happening right under our noses.  They're doing it under the label of "progressive."  And the current figurehead leader, our president Barack Obama, has a background that should do more than just raise concern.

I wrote a moment ago that America has been pushed over a cliff.  It has, and we're plummeting to our doom.  The "tail end" of what is left of the America created by our founders is racing by being pulled over that cliff by the rest of the country that is already over the edge.  We only have a very limited time to grab that tail and try to pull our nation back up or all is lost.
With this Americans have abandoned God and morality and left our nation and our future in a position that can only result in disaster and slavery to a government like nothing even dreamed of by Americans.  

God has warned mankind and our only hope is to listen to His warning.  In Proverbs 1:24-33 He says, "But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;  I will mock when calamity overtakes you - when calamity overtakes you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  Then they will call to me but I will not answer;  they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.  Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;  but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."






Monday, December 29, 2014

Why Conservatives Reject Jeb Bush & Why A 3rd Party Won't Work

Here's the Nonsense:  Even if Jeb Bush isn't everyone's favorite choice, he has shown himself as a conservative on a number of issues and should be supported.  If not, then we will need a 3rd party to win again.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Jeb cannot be considered conservative or a good candidate for any reason.  But if you think a 3rd party is the answer, you really don't know the condition of our country.

Within 2 days of the 2012 election I stated that Jeb Bush would be the preferred nominee for the Republican nomination in 2016.  Many were shocked.  One radio host even stopped me during an interview and marked his calendar to note my prediction and said he'd watch to see.  Well, now we're seeing it come to pass.  A new CNN poll is reporting that Jeb Bush has surged to the lead among Republicans for the 2016 nomination.  And it's a dramatic lead with the top 10 potential candidates coming in with these results:

Bush 23%
Christie 13%
Carson 7%
Huckabee 6% / Paul 6%
Rubio 5%
Ryan 5%
Cruz 4%
Jindal 4%
Perry 4%

The poll was supposed to be taken of Republicans and Independents who lean Republican.  If the poll is accurate, it means that the American people really didn't mean what they said by their votes in the midterm elections last month.  The message from that election was loud and clear that they wanted Obama stopped and the establishment Republicans stopped.  Yet according to these poll results, they prefer establishment Republicans.  

We should always note that when a candidate is easy to beat, the left either don't say much or make positive comments about the candidate. But when they scream about a candidate and make all sorts of ridiculous and false claims about them we should know that that candidate is too big a threat to them.  They aren't complaining about Jeb, they're liking him.  They scream about Cruz, just like they did about Palin.  And they used to take potshots at Reagan, too.  

These poll results don't answer the question the mainstream media is asking, which is why conservatives reject John Ellis Bush (Jeb).  They can't understand why the base, which are by a far majority conservative, reject Jeb.  I've even read lists of Jeb's accomplishments as governor of Florida that claim to show his conservative side on many social issues.  The reporters ask how he can be rejected when he's so conservative on those issues and only disagrees with the base on 2 issues.  

But those issues are amnesty for criminal immigrant invaders and a national Common Core curriculum for our schools.  Even if Jeb is conservative on all other issues (which I don't believe that he is), those two issues alone are enough to disqualify him from being considered to be a conservative.  What the left (and that includes the establishment GOP) don't understand is that there is no negotiation on some issues.  These are two of those issues.  If you reject the conservative position on them, that's enough to prove you're not conservative.

And unlike the left, who have no standards or true values because they have no morality, true conservatives understand that being wishy washy on issues like these means you're spineless, not extreme.  But if they want to call us extreme, so be it.  I, like any other conservative, will proudly wear the label of extreme if that's how they want to refer to us.

A good example of Jeb's wishy washiness on social issues is his record of supporting abortion in limited circumstances.  Sorry, but a parent who truly loves their child would die for that child.  You cannot justify killing the child because of a terrible event that happens to you.  It's not the baby's fault that something bad happens or could happen.  Something bad happening doesn't justify killing someone to make your life easier or longer.  Two good examples have been reported in the recent past where mother's gave their lives to save their unborn children.  You can read about them here and here.  Real love sacrifices for the best interest of others.  But Jeb, while saying he's pro-life, is willing to give up some of his principles by allowing an exception so that some people still could kill their child.  A true conservative stands on principle, even if it's not popular or comfortable.

So, with those areas where Jeb has proven himself unworthy to be considered a true conservative it's no wonder that conservatives reject him.  And it's also no surprise that the Democrats and establishment Republicans don't understand.  They'd have to have principles to understand.

But with the early push to get Jeb in place as the front runner for the 2016 nomination, we are presented with a clear question.  And I have to admit that I'm not sure what the answer is anymore.

I've always taken the position that conservatives should vote their hearts in the primaries, but vote with their head in the general election.  That means that you fight hard during the primaries to get your candidate to win the nomination.  But once the primaries are concluded, if your candidate didn't win then you should be rational and vote logically for the better of the Democrat or Republican candidate in the general election.  

That means that when conservatives didn't win the nomination when George H. W. Bush won it, or when Bob Dole won it, or when George W. Bush won it, or when John McCain won it, or when Mitt Romney won it, I supported them anyway because they were the better choice than their Democrat opponents.  I'm no longer sure that was the best position to take.  Had we fought back then to establish a 3rd party we would have had time to build it to enough strength to win elections today.  (Go to end of column and read note by * to read further discussion of why George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush also fit into this group.)

Matt Barber, in one of his most thought-provoking columns to date, has written a very important column you can read here.  He makes excellent points that have me thinking and possibly rethinking my position of supporting the Republican Party for so long.  

I have always thought we needed to fight to take the Republican Party back to its conservative roots and a re-embracing of its platform.  But that has not succeeded.  Instead we've allowed the establishment GOP so much power that they have used it to sell out the values of the base and become nothing more than helpmates to the Democrats.  

The problem is that we only have one election cycle left to turn this country in the right direction.  2016 is the final chance or we will lose the ability and freedoms to take it back.  Some say we're almost over the cliff, but I have come to conclude that we're already over the cliff and as the tail end of our republic goes flying past careening over the cliff this is our last chance to grab it and try to pull it back.  

Given that that is the situation we face, there is not enough time for a 3rd party, as some want, to be formed and built to strength to take the country back.  It would take numerous election cycles for a new party to become strong enough to win a national election and we don't have numerous cycles left before it's too late.  We've got ONE.  So it seems that our only hope is to fight with everything we have to take the Republican Party back.  But that fight must start now with the efforts of most Americans being involved.  

Usually most voters don't pay attention to what's going on or get involved until after Labor Day of election year.  That gives about 60 days until the election and we don't have that luxury.  We must start now to win the primaries early in 2016 so that we control who the candidate is.  That applies to the congressional elections that year, too.  Waiting until after the primaries, until after Labor Day, is too late to do anything.  That's what happened in this year's midterms and we ended up with mostly incumbent establishment Republican candidates to vote for against Democrats.  That cannot happen again.

So, do I think it's time to abandon the GOP?  While I struggle with this question, I'm not ready to give up, but I do think we're on our last moments of opportunity.  If we don't act now, it will be too late to act later.


* I mentioned that George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush fit in with the establishment losers in the list of Republican candidates.  We have not had a true conservative win the Republican nomination since Ronald Reagan.  George H. W. Bush may have been Reagan's vice president, but he was selected to bring in Republican votes that Reagan couldn't win, especially the northeast (home of the establishment GOP), not because he was conservative.  Go back and learn about the 1980 primaries and you'll see that the big difference between Bush and Reagan was the fact that Reagan was conservative but Bush was part of the establishment.  Yes, George H. W. Bush won election in 1988, which he won simply because he was Reagan's VP and the American people hoped he'd continue Reagan's policies.  But he lost in 1992 because he abandoned the Reagan policies and when the American people saw that, they dumped him.  

Then in 2000 when George W. Bush won, it was not because he was conservative (remember, he called himself a compassionate conservative because he didn't want people to think he was one of those extreme right-wingers who had no heart), it was because America had Clinton fatigue and that played against Al Gore.  The fact that Gore has no personality helped, too.  And W's reelection in 2004 was simply because we were in a war (America has always leaned to reelecting any president in office during a war) and also John Kerry was another mannequin candidate that had no appeal to the American people.  It was not about Bush being conservative, it was mostly about luck.  Had there been a skilled politician with the campaigning ability of Bill Clinton on the national scene in 2000 or 2004, there's no doubt in my mind that America would have fallen for him and elected him over Bush.  

America has not had a conservative nominee for president since Ronald Reagan.  And the only reason we had Reagan is because the grassroots got upset in 1976 when Reagan didn't get the nomination and Ford got it instead.  They rose up and worked hard so that in 1980 Reagan won.  That's exactly what has to happen now for 2016 or whoever the establishment candidate is (probably another Bush!), will be another disaster for America.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Voters Must Change Or America Can't Be Fixed

Here's the Nonsense:  Sometimes we could choose better people for elected office, but for the most part we do okay.  After all, a person's private life isn't any reflection of what kind of leader they'll be.

Here's the Horse Sense:  What a person is in private shows exactly what they will be in public life.  You cannot separate the two, but the American voter pays no attention to these details when they elect people.

People don't want to face the facts.  America doesn't now how to choose leaders.

As I wrote a few years ago in my book, No Tomorrows, there are 3 core reasons why America faces imminent collapse.  One of those is our debt.  Debt drives our economy and with over $135 trillion in national debt and unfunded liabilities we cannot keep spending, but must cut WAY back in order to have a chance at surviving.

Another reason, which I have spoken a lot about lately, is the moral depravity of our society.  America has abandoned God and the moral responsibility that goes along with faith.  We justify behavior that is nothing short of ungodly and refuse to consider that unless we change, there is no hope for saving this country.

The other problem is who we pick to be our leaders.  It's not the leader's fault, it's ours.  We pick them with no thought as to the kind of people we're choosing.  As I talked about in my book, The Leadership Secret, the kind of people we choose to lead must be people of utmost integrity.  Out of the 537 people we elect to run our country (president, vice president, House members, and members of the Senate) I would bet that it would be hard to find a few dozen that have real integrity.  Certainly if God were to look in our government for righteous people He would find it is much like Sodom and Gomorrah, where He found only Lot and his family.  

It's not just about the man (or woman) we need to be concerned, but also about their family.  A person's family will tell you a lot about what kind of leader they will be.  

That's why God is so firm on the fact that a man cannot serve in a leadership role of a church if his family is not living the right kind of lives.  How his family lives reflects his leadership ability.  If he fails there, then he is not fit for leading in God's church.  It doesn't mean he can't usefully serve, but leadership is not a place where he is to be allowed.

While the Bible doesn't specifically give us a standard for elected leaders, it seems that a standard like the one God requires might be a good guideline for us to use when selecting people for public office.  

But America chooses people of low moral character and terrible disposition.  The position of president, for example, has come to be treated like royalty when, in fact, the president of our nation should be the highest level servant in the country.  And that means that they should be more of a servant than anyone else.

What I mean by that can best be described by the typical business organizational chart.  You've probably seen them.  They look like a pyramid with the CEO or owner at the top of the peak and everyone else in the organization under them.  

As a business consultant when I look at an organization the first thing I do is turn the chart upside down.  That's how a leader should see it.  The person who is CEO or owner should be at the bottom supporting all the people who work for them.  Their main job is to facilitate the success of their people and they do this through service.  The higher you go, the more you should be a servant whose main priority is making sure the organization runs smoothly.  This is done by making sure people have no obstacles blocking them from success in the performance of their jobs.  

Turning that idea to politics, that is exactly what our elected officials should see their jobs as.  They are servants, with the person who is president being the one whose life is one of service more than any other.  If they don't see themselves in that role, then they are not cut out to be a leader.  In fact, they prove they are not a true leader.  The current occupant of the White House is a perfect example.  He and his wife act like they are royalty and have total power over the nation, which is not what a true leader does.  And sadly, the American people allow it.

Much of the detail of the lives of elected leaders is kept quiet.  The media doesn't report much of these kinds of things and certainly the Secret Service and other government employees abide by an unspoken code to keep things quiet.  But in doing so they are doing a disservice to America.  We should know what these people are like in private because nothing will tell you more about someone than their personal, private life.  In fact, the old saying that who a person is really comes out when they are in private is really true.

But not everything is secret or kept under wraps.  A lot of this stuff can be found if a person is minimally diligent.  And we all should be as we look at the people we elect to office.

Recently Ronald Kessler was speaking at the Freedom Center's Wednesday Morning Club about his new book, The First Family Detail, which talks about what the Secret Service agents assigned to the first family deal with in their jobs.  He also gives some insights into what these elected officials are like in real life.  

Take a look at the following examples of the lives of the people we've elected in recent decades:

Barack Obama - We all know that the president spent 20 years listening to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's anti-white, anti-America, anti-Israel preaching.  Good people would walk out of such a place.  But Obama not only stayed, he had his entire family there listening with him.  And, from what we hear, Michelle was even more attracted to Wright's teachings.  Of course we also have heard Obama say he didn't hear those teachings, which is clearly an outright lie.  

The fact that he stayed there for so long, exposed his family to these things, and then lies about it should have told us quite a bit about him.  

However, we also should know that agents say that he and Michelle treat them with respect and are considerate to them.  But that is small consolation when they've heard Michelle urge Barry to attack Republicans more aggressively and side with blacks in racial controversies as opposed to trying to see things through a neutral lens.  As Kessler said at the Freedom Center, "I think that certainly has contributed to the violence and rioting.  Because he's essentially sanctioning the idea that we're all racists.  And of course, that goes back to Reverend Wright.  That was exactly his mindset.  And we're seeing it now with President Obama."

George W. Bush - One of the key problems Bush inherited when he entered the presidency was the lack of communication between governmental agencies, especially security agencies. The FBI and CIA were notorious for not communicating or sharing important information that would allow for better protection of America.  Bush changed that and made it such that if they didn't cooperate they were in trouble.  Under Clinton's Attorney General (Janet Reno), there was a wall that said that the agencies couldn't talk to each other.

Bush created the Counterterrorism Center where CIA and FBI sit side-by-side, 24/7, analyzing information.  They talk to each other all day, every day.  This was essential in the Bush administration's ability to keep us from another terrorist attack.  

George and Laura Bush also were very considerate of the agents who protected them.  That's why, for example, they waited until the day after Christmas to leave Washington.  They wanted the agents to be able to spend the holiday with their families.    

Bill Clinton - His constant skirt chasing is only too well known not just in America, but around the world.  That disgusting behavior along with his reputation for lying, but getting away with it because he was just a good ol' boy, shows how far we've fallen as a nation.  If the American people still had a moral base, they never would have let him get away with it.  The fact is that if a man will cheat on his wife, he can't be trusted in anything.  You cannot separate personal life from public behavior.  

And Bill's marriage to Hillary, which is clearly not anything more than a marriage of convenience that allows each of them to benefit from it, while ignoring the true commitment involved in a real marriage, also shows us a lot about him.  He does things, even something as sacred as marriage, for political power and personal gain, not because the institution of marriage means anything to him.

His unfaithful behavior has had such an impact on his family that before she got married, Chelsea called her mother for comfort worried about the possibility of it happening to her in her own marriage.  The damage that Bill's behavior has caused will carry on for generations in that family.

But we can't forget about Hillary, too.  Not just because she's Bill's wife, or was the First Lady, or was  a Senator, or was the Secretary of State (any of these alone would be enough reason to consider her behavior when thinking of leadership qualifications), but also because there's a lot of talk of her running for president again.

Secret Service agents tell stories of how miserable she makes life for them.  She explodes at them and makes them feel they can never do anything right.  She even complains when her limo goes over a bump in the road.  Being assigned to her detail is considered the worst assignment in the Secret Service, it commonly being considered as punishment.  

These are people who will give their lives to protect her, but she treats them terribly.  Kessler said, "Should we elect someone who treats other people in such a shabby way, who at the same time claims to be compassionate, to care about the little people?  She's going to be a champion of the middle class?  And yet, she cannot treat agents who are there to protect her, and even take a bullet for her, with decency."

And her behavior has been watched and copied by her chief of staff, Huma Abedin (wife of Anthony Weiner), who is known to be just as nasty.  When she doesn't have proper ID with her she gets indignant and asks, "Do you know who I am?" showing her arrogance and disdain for the agents.  

Nasty people beget nasty people. 

And one last thing about the Clintons.  Should a person like Hillary be considered qualified for elected office when she'll overlook all of Bill's behavior, act the way she does with people who are there to protect and serve her, and even put up with her staff acting the same way?  Her behavior exposes her lack of leadership qualifications.

George H. W. Bush - When he was Vice President the naval stewards at the Naval Observatory, which is the VP's residence, would make pastries and cookies.  They would hide them to keep the nighttime agents from taking them.  One morning at 3:00AM one of the agents was looking for the cookies and heard the vice president behind him ask, "Where are the cookies?"  They ended up looking for the cookies and together had them with milk.

Barbara Bush would offer to do the laundry of agents when they were at the Bush's Kennebunkport home.  She'd make sure the agents were dressed warmly and would insist that George get his hat and give it to an agent who would need it.  They were very decent and considerate people.

Ronald Reagan - Kessler says that Reagan was just as genuine and gracious in real life as he seemed to be on TV.  He greeted the pilots and copilots in the cockpit of Air Force One whenever he boarded the plane. (Jimmy Carter only did that one time in four years in office.)  

Nancy was more cold and difficult to deal with because of her loyalty to her husband.  It's also quite possible that the assassination attempt on Ron's life early in his presidency made her even more protective.  She would even give him instructions to wear his hat and gloves.

After he left office, before he got Alzheimer's disease, he would go out to spend time talking with the agents.  He remembered the names of each agent, too.

Jimmy Carter - Kessler says that Carter pretended to be a jolly peanut farmer and man of the people, but behind the scenes he was nasty to Secret Service agents.  He told them not to say hello to him in the morning.  He pretended to carry his own luggage for the press, but the suitcases were empty and as soon as the cameras were gone he stopped carrying them.  

He'd show up at the Oval Office at 5:00AM and tell the Press Office to tell the media that he was there working at 5:00AM, but then he'd sleep on the couch in the Oval Office. 

Certainly these are only a small snippet of examples that have been given here.  But they are enough to make the point that what a person is in their personal life affects their public life.

Who we choose for leadership is a major factor in determining where the country is going.  Unfortunately voters have not paid attention or held our elected officials accountable.  The result is two parties that are out of touch with the majority of the American people.  In fact, they are not just out of touch, they ignore the America people, which has been already seen by the actions of the GOP since the midterm elections.  The voters sent a clear message they wanted to stop what was happening in Washington and the GOP leadership has ignored it.  Yet I've heard that Mitch McConnell, the new majority leader of the Senate, has even said that it's more important to get along with the Democrats than it is to stand up against Obama's illegal actions.

America doesn't just elect a few bad leaders, we mostly elect bad leaders.  The few exceptions are rare.  It's going to take a lot of work from now until the elections in 2016 for us to even stand a chance at turning this country around.  It's the last chance we have, and things are not looking good.  A new CNN poll of Republicans and Independents who lean Republican has Jeb Bush in the lead for the 2016 nomination and Chris Christie in second place.  

With those kind of poll results it should tell us how out of touch MOST Americans are with what's wrong with our country and what needs to be done to fix it.