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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's Not About Riots, Protestors, Supreme Court Rulings, Or The Stuff We Tend To Focus On

Here's the Nonsense:  America is in crisis.  Riots in the streets.  Protestors everywhere you turn.  The Supreme Court deciding on the fairness of gay marriage.  We need to become a more loving and accepting society to put all these things to rest.

Here's the Horse Sense:  It's not about the stuff you see happening everywhere.  That's not the thing to focus on if you want to fix America.

The news this past week is so full of furor and turmoil that it's been nothing I've wanted to write about.  However, as I see a few different things come together it's apparent that the progressives are being quite successful at taking down America.  As things stand now, even with the excitement many on the right have about 2016, the chances are very high that the progressives will retain control of our government and will force their ideology on the American people.  As I've said before, this isn't about Obama and if you think it is you're really missing the point.

Odds makers are saying that Hillary Clinton has a huge lead over anyone for the presidency in 2016.  Far, far behind her, but leading the Republican pack is Jeb Bush.  Neither of these are good choices for America. But the reality is that right now that's where we're headed and there's a good chance conservatives may not do as well as we hope in 2016.  The bigger issue is what we should be focusing on.  

With the rioters taking apart Baltimore, we have yet another situation where this administration doesn't try to calm things, but actually puts forth a message that does nothing but continue to drive Americans apart and throw fuel on the fires of discontent that they have been promoting from behind the scenes.  Add to that recent comments Hillary Clinton has made and what's happening at the Supreme Court this week and Americans should be seeing beyond these issues to what lies behind them.

With the riots in Baltimore comes President Obama whining, as Front Page Magazine reports, about there being too much concern about a little damage caused by the rioters.  They quote him as saying:

"The violence that happened yesterday distracted from the fact that you had seen multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on entirely legitimate concerns of these communities in Baltimore, led by clergy and community leaders.  And they were constructive and they were thoughtful, and frankly, didn’t get that much attention.  And one burning building will be looped on television over and over and over again, and the thousands of demonstrators who did it the right way I think have been lost in the discussion…"

This is typical of a community organizer.  Using Saul Alinsky tactics they want to tear apart our society and do so by encouraging unrest and civil disobedience.  The idea that bad behavior should be ignored or allowed is nothing short of stupid... IF you want an orderly society.  Clearly this is not what this administration wants, as we saw in Ferguson, MO not that long ago.  But progressives believe that if enough unrest between groups can be promoted that that will help lead to the failure of the U. S. system of government and be able to allow them to tear it down and replace it with their Marxist vision of what the world should look like. 

But Baltimore and Ferguson aren't the only things pointing to where we're headed.  Just last week Hillary Clinton, as reported by Daily Caller, said things that point to her view that government should have priority over religious convictions.  The article said: 

"She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that 'deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed' for the sake of giving women access to 'reproductive health care and safe childbirth.'”

So, for "reproductive health" (which simply means killing babies through abortion, which, by the way, has been proven to be very unhealthy for the mother both physically and mentally) we must force people to change their beliefs.  This is simply a politician stating what she wants for America and the world and it aligns perfectly with their progressive Marxist agenda.  This is what she will stand for and push for if she is elected president.

Even the Supreme Court is under siege.  We've seen their ridiculous attempts in recent years to make politically correct decisions and call them constitutional.  Obamacare is the most blatant travesty they've twisted the constitution to support.  Now, they're considering the gay marriage debate.

This debate isn't just about whether two people of the same sex can marry.  This, too, is about much more, including the right of people to exercise their religious beliefs.  Most likely the court will rule in favor of gay marriage instead of leaving it to the states to decide, which would be appropriate. 

PJ Media is reporting that yesterday during oral arguments on the issue before SCOTUS, Obama's lawyers acknowledged that they would have to deal with religious schools tax exempt status if they don't support gay marriage.

But the short article by PJ Media only scratches the surface.  If SCOTUS supports legalization of gay marriage we will see any and every business that may be faced with situations challenging their conscience forced to go against their religious beliefs and provide services that place them in jeopardy with their god. 

This isn't just about a baker making a wedding cake or a florist providing flowers for a gay wedding.  This will mean that if a gay group goes to an advertising agency owned by a devout Jew and asks them to create an advertising campaign promoting an upcoming gay pride parade that they'll have to do it, even though their religion says otherwise. 

Or if a Christian minister was asked to perform a gay wedding ceremony, they'll be forced to do it.  Most likely virtually all religious groups whose teaching opposes gay marriage will be forced to provide wedding services.

Or if a gay group asks a Muslim owned tailor shop to make the clothing for a gay wedding they'll be forced to do so (although chances are they won't be included as Muslims are protected by political correctness and seem to be exempted from political correctness requirements). 

I could go on and on with examples, but we've all read enough to be able to think up many on our own.  The point is that this is another assault on religious freedom.

The argument that those who oppose gay marriage are haters is full of holes, as pointed out by Justice Scalia yesterday during oral arguments.  WND reported that he raised an excellent question of one of the pro-gay marriage attorneys.  The article states:

"The justice noted the Greeks and Romans had no moral disapproval of homosexual relations, yet neither culture ever considered approving same-sex marriage. The implication was that those cultures must have found it would cause some sort of harm to society.
"Scalia used the same example to indicate that modern state laws defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman were not motivated by dislike of, or discrimination against, gays.

"He asked attorney Mary Bonauto, who argued in favor of same-sex marriage, if it was true that homosexual relationships but not marriages were sanctioned by those cultures.

"When she said yes, Scalia continued, 'So their exclusion of same-sex marriage was not due to prejudice, right?'"

But the progressives, even when confronted with the perfect logic that Scalia put forth, ignore it and continue in their rants about haters who don't believe as they do.  The reason they do this?  It's not because they care about gay rights or anything else.  It's because they know they can use these issues to promote discontent in society (once again, a Saul Alinsky tactic) and use it to ultimately bring the society down so they can raise up a society that they control and an elite few will make decisions for the citizens.

That's what all these things point to.  That's what we should be focused on so we know what we are fighting.  That's what underlies everything they do and when we focus on only the things happening in our society like riots and protests, we are focusing on superficial things and not the underlying cause.
It's just like a doctor treating a health problem, if you don't focus on the underlying cause you will not fix the problem. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Have You Lost Count How Many Times The GOP Has Stabbed Conservatives In The Back?

Here's the Nonsense:  Things have been tough for the GOP, but they're leading as best they can.  We need to understand what they're up against and trust they're doing what's best for us.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The establishment Republicans in the GOP (the majority of Republican politicians in Washington) continue to sell the American voter down the river.  Time to wake up and recognize them for what they are.

I don't know about you, but I've lost count of how many times the GOP leadership have stabbed us conservatives in the back.  Prior to the 2014 midterms it had become accepted by many that we couldn't expect them to stand up when they didn't control both houses of Congress.  But after an overwhelming win in the midterms, with a definitive mandate from the voters to stop what's happening in Washington all we've seen is the GOP leadership thumbing their noses at the voters as they have sided with Obama and the Democrats every time we turn around.  Now, they've done it again!

WND is reporting that despite last ditch efforts by Louisiana's Senator David Vitter, 10 Republicans joined 44 Democrats and 2 Independents to approve Loretta Lynch's appointment as Attorney General.  The article quotes Sen. Vitter saying that by "confirming Loretta Lynch, the Senate has given President Obama a rubber stamp for his executive actions.  

"Whether it's executive amnesty, Hillary Clinton's email cover-up or corruption on Wall Street, Ms. Lynch has made it clear that she will turn a blind eye to public corruption."

The article says that National Review Online has pointed out that while Eric Holder was a dismal attorney general, "there is little indication Lynch would be much better."  

It appears the only difference between Holder and Lynch is that while Holder can play the race card, Lynch will be able to play both the race card and the gender card giving her much more politically correct untouchability.

Breitbart also has a new article out stating that "with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U. S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least - usually more than - 93 percent of support from Democrats."

It goes on to quote Democrat Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid as saying:

"While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by bringing bills and nominations to the floor that Democrats can support."

This is what our government has come down to.  A total sellout of the voters by the party that's supposed to be holding the executive branch in check and keeping things in balance. 

Did you notice how they waited until the news was filled with a focus on Hillary's donation scandal and then quickly slipped through this vote to approve Lynch?  That's how evil people do things. They wait until no one is looking and do things quickly behind their backs.  

It's long past time (and possibly too late for it to have any significant impact) for Americans to throw the GOP leadership out.  I have said it many times before, but I'll repeat it again. The establishment GOP control the Republican Party and most GOP politicians are establishment, not conservative.  Yet the base is overwhelmingly conservative and we sit back and keep letting them spit in our faces.  

Voters should have been involved in the primaries before the 2014 midterms, but for the most part were not.  The result was that most establishment Republicans won their challenges from conservatives or weren't challenged at all and the establishment ended up being the choice voters had other than Democrats.  So, they won handily with the voters thinking they would understand the mandate they were sending.

I have no doubt they understood.  They just didn't care.  They shunned conservatives, committed themselves to the destruction of the conservative movement, and walked away proud of their new power.  And they now have over and over again thumbed their noses at the voters sending the message that they will do what they want and that the voters are just peons who don't know what's best for them.

You could call it stupidity.  You could call it fear of being called racist if they stood up to Obama.  You could call it blindness to Washington's ways.  But none of those make sense when we've seen it happen so many times.  

They've been told over and over again by the voters both at the ballot box and through direct contact of emails, phone calls, demonstrations, etc. and they still don't listen.  They only continue to help Obama and the Democrats achieve their goals.  

What does it mean when someone keeps repeating the same actions ignoring the direction they are being given?  The only logical conclusion is that they have evil intentions.  They are complicit with the Democrats to change America from a free republic to a marxist society where only the elite will have power and control and the people will be subject to their decisions.  Americans will be ruled, not served.

Did you get that?  YOU will be RULED.  

America was a republic where the politicians were supposed to serve the people.  But it has changed.  Today it already has many areas where the government tells you how you must live.  Soon your choices in any and every area of your life won't be yours to make anymore.

And you can thank the establishment GOP for not doing their Constitutional duty and standing up against the tyranny.  They have connived with wily and cunning intentions to keep power away from the American people.  They have ignored their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution while scheming with deceitful intentions.  And now the American people have lost control of their government.

The result is that what we've seen in recent years not only continues, but continues to get worse.

So, what are you doing to stop it?  What are you doing to step up this one last chance you have to save this country?  

The clock is not ticking.  

A time bomb is ticking and we are down to moments before it goes off.  

If we don't defuse it, we will see the final destruction of what's left of our republic.

2016 is about more than a presidential election.  It's about saving America.  And that can only be done with significant change in the people we have elected to all offices.  The establishment Republicans, along with the Democrats, in both Houses of Congress must be replaced.  They are the ones who should have been holding the executive branch accountable but have not only allowed Obama to get away with breaking the law over 80 times, but in many cases have helped him do it.

It's time for change folks.  If you know anyone who has lived under a repressive totalitarian regime go talk to them and see what it was like because that's where not only you, but your children and grandchildren will be spending the rest of their lives if this isn't stopped.  If you don't know anyone with that background, take the time to read what people who've lived through or escaped regimes like that have to say about it.  The stories those people will tell are nothing short of horror stories.  And that's what is coming to America.

Imagine starving children and adults because the government has created such a bad economy that food is no longer easy to come by.  

Imagine disease spreading because the medical help and medicine are not openly and easily available anymore.  

Imagine war on our own soil because our borders are so porous that jihadists come into America and terrorize our society just like they do in the Middle East and other parts of the world.  

Imagine your loved ones being hauled off in the middle of the night by police who break down your door and drag them off for expressing an opinion different from what the government allows.

Imagine your children turning against you because they've been taught by their schools that they are to trust the government over their parents.

Imagine churches and synagogues being shut down if they don't preach what they are told.

You may not believe it, but that is exactly where we are headed and it's not far away at all unless we do something now to stop it.

The future looks very bleak.  Whether it is or not is your choice and not someone else's responsibility.

Imagine facing your children one day and trying to explain to them why you let freedom slip through your fingers to allow everything America once was to be gone.

Imagine facing your grandchildren one day and trying to explain to them what freedom was like (although you'll have to do it in secret because it won't be allowed to be spoken of openly).

That's the future we face if YOU don't do something about it.

UPDATE:  And if you doubt that the Republican leadership supports the Democrat goals, Breitbart is now reporting an exclusive story where Sen. Ted Cruz tells them that Loretta Lynch was approved for Attorney General because the Republican leadership wanted it.  It just proves my point.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

They Just Rewrote The Constitution And You Had Nothing To Say About It

Here's the Nonsense:  The Senate has forced Obama into a corner on the Iran nuclear deal and it will protect us from Obama making a deal that would endanger the world.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The Senate action actually helps Obama and weakens the constitutional protections we have against the president making a bad deal.  Once again, the GOP have stabbed the American people in the back.

It's said you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Given the actions of the GOP*, the question is raised as to whether that means you should keep the Democrats or the GOP closer.  The violation of trust the electorate has experienced from the GOP is beyond anything most could have imagined.  And now we have more proof of their disdain for the voters and intentions to deceive.  
*(By "GOP" I'm referring to the establishment Republicans who control the party, not the minority of Republicans in political office who are true conservatives.)

The GOP are either joining in with the Democrats to intentionally destroy the republic that America's founders created, or they are ignorantly allowing it to slip away because of their spinelessness. However, given their actions it appears they are not ignorant, they are complicit.  

Truly Benjamin Franklin's statement to Mrs. Powel was correct when he informed her that the founders had given America a republic as our form of government if we can keep it.  And right about now it seems apparent that we can't.

As we watch our government in action, horrendous things continue to happen.  WND reported this past week that the Senate rewrote the treaty provision of the Constitution to make it look like they're doing something to stop Obama on his Iran nuclear deal, but in reality it makes it virtually impossible for the president to be stopped.  

Until this revision treaties had to be approved by a ⅔ majority of the Senate.  Now, with the changes ushered in by the GOP, instead of having to get a ⅔ approval, it now takes a ⅔ vote to stop the president.  So, in other words, the president only needs ⅓ + 1 vote to be safe from the Senate being able to stop him.  

This means that Obama will easily get what he wants, which is a nuclear Iran.  That, many experts believe, has already set the stage for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. 

So, once again the Republicans are selling out the voters.  It's bad enough when they won't take a stand, but they're actually helping the president make an unstoppable deal with Iran.  

This comes down to far more than ignorance on the part of the GOP.  This is, once again, an action that points to the GOP being complicit with the president in his actions.  

Are the GOP's actions because they, too, don't care about arming an evil regime like Iran with nuclear weapons?  Are they because the GOP doesn't really care about starting a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?  Are they because regardless what the GOP says, they are like Obama in their hatred for Israel and want to facilitate an attack from Iran?  

The bottom line is that, as I've said so many times before, the establishment GOP are not your friends.  They must be stopped and the last chance to do it is in the primaries for the 2016 congressional and presidential elections.  That is when the candidates are chosen for the general election.  With all that has happened and is happening it is very clear that 2016 is pivotal for freedom in America.  

Those who think they can just sit home and not vote are simply voting for the destruction of our nation.  The ability to change America through voting will not exist as we know it after that.  Too many changes are being made to our laws, and when laws are violated by the government the Republican leadership are not standing up against it.  We do not have a party that will stand up for the Constitution anymore.  

Whether you want to hear it or not, it is the voters fault.  The American voters have allowed this to happen and elected and reelected the politicians who have taken us down this path.  It is time to get involved now to impact the 2016 primaries.  That's the only time you have a chance to decide who will be the candidates in the general election.

The primaries aren't very far away.  It's time to get involved so that the will of the American people can be forced upon the Republican leadership and give us truly conservative candidates for the Senate, House, and the White House in 2016. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Has Rubio Earned The Trust To Run For President?

Here's the Nonsense:  Marco Rubio is the best candidate the GOP could run in 2016.  Sure, he made a mistake on immigration, but he says he's learned and so we should support him for the 2016 presidential nomination.

Here's the Horse Sense:  A candidate is not good unless they can be trusted.  Rubio has violated the trust with the American voters and needs to earn that trust back before expecting to run for the presidency.

So, you're thinking that Marco Rubio might be your man for 2016? You've been thinking that since he originally rode a wave of conservative support into the Senate, it really was a big disappointment when he joined the Gang of Eight to push for amnesty for criminal immigrant invaders. You've heard his claim that he's changed now. After all, he told Sean Hannity in a CPAC interview that he'd learned his lesson and changed on the issue. That was enough and now you're seriously considering him, or maybe have already thrown your support behind him. Besides, what kind of person would you be if you weren't willing to forgive a mistake? He says he's learned his lesson and that should be enough to trust him again, right?  

I have a question for you:  Is this how you make all of your major life decisions, blindly trusting people because they said they'd changed? If you do, I promise you it's a recipe for disaster.  Did you ever think maybe there were problems there all along but you never did your homework in the first place? 

Maybe Rubio's not the trustworthy conservative you have thought he was all along.  Look a little closer and you should be very concerned about Marco Rubio as a potential nominee.  

Breitbart is reporting that Rubio was just interviewed on Univision and showed his true colors once again on immigration and amnesty.  Breitbart's report quotes Rubio as saying the Obama's first executive amnesty is "important" and that "it can't be terminated... because there are already people benefiting from it."  Rubio was asked about when Obama's executive amnesty would end and he replied that it "will end only when a legislative substitute with the exact same or similar policy prescriptions - a legislative amnesty for illegal alien minors - is implemented."  He went on to say that he expects the legislative solution that will be implemented that essentially has all the parts of the Gang of Eight bill, but would be passed in a piece-by-piece form to get it through.  (That's what politicians do when the public doesn't like something.  They dismantle it and pass it piece by piece so that once all the parts are passed we end up with the very thing we didn't want in the first place.)

Rubio's position is 180 degrees away from that of Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal (all candidates or potential candidates for 2016).  All 3 have said the exact opposite promising on day one of their presidency, they would immediately undo Obama's unconstitutional and illegal executive overreaches, including this amnesty that was done without congressional approval.  Rubio is in the same camp as establishment Republican Jeb Bush, not the conservative camp of Cruz, Paul, and Jindal.  

Breitbart's article makes another important point saying that Rubio's position is the same as Obama's, which "caused the border crisis last summer and will likely lead to a future border crisis."

Now if that doesn't show that Rubio hasn't learned and changed, then you must really be blind.  He's only learned to change the way he expresses it so he can appear to have changed, thereby allowing him to woo foolish voters to support him.  He's being dishonest and playing the same game that politicians play all the time.  They mince words and phrase things in ways to make them sound one way, but have enough wiggle room that later they can claim they didn't mean what you think and were misunderstood.  This stinks of the same old smell we get from most politicians in Washington.

But if that's not enough for you, let me share other things I've heard about Rubio that should make you think twice about support for him in his run for the most important job in the world.

Long ago Rubio showed what I believe are his true colors when he lied about his background.  I know, you're thinking that using the word "lied" is pretty strong, but as the old saying goes, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  

Rubio has said that his parents came to America as exiles from Castro's Cuba.  They sought refuge in America.  But the fact is that his parents came to America well before Castro came to power, as reported in the Washington Post.  

Obviously Rubio thought that would enhance his background, at least to the Cuban-Americans in Florida, when he was trying to gain their favor and votes.  But I have to ask how he can be trusted after doing that.  

I've also heard that he charged excessive personal expenses to the GOP when he was in Florida politics.  As Florida House Speaker he issued himself and a few other Republican insiders corporate credit cards which they then ran up over $7 million in charges.  Rubio's charges were over $100,000 and he repaid about $16,000 and left the GOP with the balance.  Some of the charges he left for the party to pay were said to include repairs to his family car and personal vacation costs and travel expenses.

A Romney staff member said Rubio was always trying to scam the system for his personal benefit.  A number of stories in Florida media and even national media such as this from ABC News tell us about Rubio's reputation for questionable ethics.

And stories like this from Business Insider tell of numerous problems in Rubio's handling of money.

Rubio is said to have received money from a Florida university and then the university gave him a parti-time job as a professor, which the president of the school said was worth every penny.  (You can read about that and other problems here as reported in the Huffington Post.)  Somehow that reminds me too much of the cushy $300,000 a year job Michelle Obama got from an Illinois hospital when Barry was a state senator, which became known simply as a way for the hospital to have influence in state government.

Add to these things that Rubio also was fined by the Federal Election Commission for taking over $200,000 in prohibited contributions in his senatorial campaign and it all looks pretty bad.

Let's assume that every one of these problematic issues can be legitimately explained and/or that he's changed and wants a fresh start.  I believe in repentance and forgiveness more than most people.  But I believe there has to be a true turning from your mistake, admission of that mistake, and then over time a person has to earn trust again.  But the key in that last sentence is that OVER TIME a person earns trust again.

For those who say he should be forgiven, I am not opposed to that.  But forgiveness does not guarantee immediate trust (remember, Reagan said to trust but verify).  And forgiveness also does not mean there are not consequences that will be suffered for your mistakes.  If Rubio's sincere, then he should accept the consequences of what he did and be willing to take the time to rebuild trust.  If he isn't, then his sincerity needs to be questioned.

Even if Marco Rubio was sincere in what he said to Sean Hannity (and I am having trouble accepting just how sincere it was given what he said to Jorge Ramos at Univision just this week), if we are to trust him again it should be after he has earned that trust.  Let Marco Rubio continue to serve in the Senate for at least another term or two and prove through his actions that he truly has changed.  Then if he wants to run for the presidency he's still only in his 50's and quite able to run and do so with a much better track record.  To trust him without having earned it back over time makes the voters the fools.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Obama Welcomes Communist Expansion In Western Hemisphere

Here's the Nonsense: The Monroe Doctrine is 192 years old and lived long past its usefulness.  It's not that important that the president has abandoned it.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The Monroe Doctrine has been a key to keeping communist expansion in the western hemisphere in check.  Abandoning it is another sign we are in deep, deep trouble.

Another nail in the coffin of the United States and the free world has just been hammered in as Obama throws out the Monroe Doctrine and embraces communist activity in our backyard.  Keith Koffler at White House Dossier is reporting that last Friday Obama spoke at the Summit of Americas in Panama and said the United States would no longer try to stop the spread of communism in Latin America.  He wrote:

"Obama, who spoke Friday during a 'civil society' forum in Panama City, Panama, disparaged past efforts by the United States to forestall the spread of Communism in Latin America and suggested similar missions would no longer be undertaken.

''The days in which our agenda in this hemisphere so often presumed that the United States could meddle with impunity, those days are past,' Obama said." [emphasis added]

Before commenting further on what Obama did, let me say that Koffler's article is very interesting, although I think he makes a big mistake in one part of his analysis.  Further into his article he makes the same mistake many people make about Obama.  The article goes on to say, "Obama, as the Iranians have recently recognized, does not understand the evil designs of our enemies and believes in campfire singalongs rather than fighting fire with fire."  This is a huge error that conservatives make.  Obama ABSOLUTELY DOES UNDERSTAND our enemies.  He's not naive.  His actions show he obviously embraces them.  He wants "campfire singalongs" not just to get along, but because he's in agreement with them.  My last post spoke of Obama's desire to take down America.  His actions with Iran and now in his speech in Panama just add more proof of his true intentions.  

He DOES understand what those countries are doing.  His efforts have shown us over and over and over again how he is working to take down America.  If he didn't understand.  If he was naive or incompetent he would periodically make a mistake in his efforts to take down America.  And if he did make those mistakes they would actually benefit America (they'd benefit America because his efforts are to damage America, so if the efforts fail, America would benefit).  But he doesn't make those mistakes which should tell us that he is EXTREMELY competent at achieving his goals.  

His entire upbringing and schooling was filled with communist influences.  In his autobiography, Dreams From My Father he wrote, "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.  The more politically active black students, the foreign students, the Chicanos, the Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk rock performance poets."  (Listen to Obama say this here.)  So, for him to embrace the very regimes that are communist or allied with communist nations should be no surprise. What we are seeing is proof of his intent and plans for America.

But let's get back to what he said in Panama and what that means for America.

Secretary of State John Kerry said a year ago that the Monroe Doctrine was dead.  No surprise from that progressive leftist we have handling our foreign policy these days.  But for those who don't know, the Monroe Doctrine came about from President James Monroe in 1823 when he put it forth to send a warning to European nations that further colonization or interference with North or South American nations would not be permitted by the United States.  In other words, "don't try anything in our backyard" was the message.  President Kennedy cited the Monroe Doctrine in handling the Cuban Missile Crisis when the Soviets tried to establish nuclear missile sites in Cuba.

So, now Obama openly condones communism in our hemisphere.  You shouldn't be surprised if you've done the slightest bit of research regarding the ideology of our president.  You should be extremely alarmed that it's happening so openly.  This, along with his other actions, should have Americans demanding change, not just hoping something goes well to get us a new president in 2016.  (The majority of Senators and House members need to be replaced, too.)  

Want more proof of what Obama's ideology means?  It's also being reported that he wants to remove Cuba from the list of governments that sponsor terrorism.  Not sure that Cuba should be considered bad?  I can tell you from having lived in Florida with many friends whose families were political refugees from Castro's Cuba that the stories they tell are no different than you hear from those who escaped communist regimes elsewhere in the world.  And don't think it's old, worn-out stories.  Cuba is just as dangerous today as ever.  Just last year it was reported that North Korea was caught smuggling weapons from Cuba in violation of UN sanctions.

Obama is not only opening the door to further communist expansion in Latin America, his actions are an endorsement of it.  In the past America has been the nation who stood against communist expansion, thereby assuring freedom for millions of people around the world.  But, if nothing else has been, Obama's rejection of the Monroe Doctrine should be the warning shot to Americans and the world that the trajectory of the path he has America on will end only in the forsaking of freedom not just for all Americans, but for the entire world.  

This isn't just about Obama. Remember, he's just the figurehead of their movement.  The progressives control the Democrat Party (You can see a list of the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus here.) and they heavily influence a good portion of the GOP.  Conservatives in Congress are relatively few in number.  We don't just need a new president, we need to replace most of the House and Senate with solid constitutional conservatives.  We live in very dangerous times and it's about time Americans take notice and, while we still have constitutional rights, do everything our rights allow us to do to put control of this nation back in the hands of the people.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cheney States What Those Who've Been Paying Attention Have Known For Some Time

Here's the Nonsense:  President Obama has done a poor job as president, but he's just not good at what he does. His incompetence has shown all throughout his presidency.

Here's the Horse Sense:  President Obama is not only very competent and effective at his goals, his accomplishments should tell us what his goals truly are.

The Daily Caller is reporting that former Vice President revealed some of his inner thoughts about Barack Obama on Hugh Hewitt's radio show this week.  Responding to a question from Hewitt about Obama's Iran nuclear deal, the former vice president said:

"If you had somebody who, as president — who wanted to take America down. Who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world, reduce our capacity to influence events. Turn our back on our allies and encourage our enemies, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing."

That's a statement that those who aren't paying attention will have problems with.  But the fact is that it's pretty accurate.  Some of the things we've seen in Obama's 6+ years in office include:

  • Obama claims that the economy has recovered from the recession (and only a fool would believe that), but if it is a recovery, it's the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.  
  • He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion in five years (after calling George W. Bush unpatriotic for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years). 
  • More Americans now receive government aid than work full-time.  (America has approximately 93 million unemployed adults.)
  • He has presented no plan to pay down the national debt (other than printing more money, which creates inflation and weakens the dollar which is causing other countries to consider alternate reserve currencies)
  • The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is making it impossible for Americans to keep their health insurance.
  • American medical innovation has been choked off by a destructive tax on medical devices.
  • Hundreds of thousands of workers have lost full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers. 
  • The Internal Revenue Service has used its unparalleled power to impede political disagreement with Obama's policies and actions. 
  • The deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi, Libya (one of which was the American ambassador) have been virtually ignored and no one has been held accountable. 
  • Republicans have been positioned by Obama and the lapdog media as blocking his efforts and never willing to compromise when, in fact, they've offered compromise after compromise while Obama has never compromised on anything.  This has created deadlock in Washington like nothing ever before seen. 
  • Obama's divisiveness is highlighted by his forcing Obamacare through Congress, which is the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party. 
  • As the first black president, he is in a unique position to impact race relations in America.  Instead of using the opportunity to improve things, he has exacerbated racial tensions. 
  • He has divided the country by economic class, using Marxist/comunist language against the wealthy and businesses. 
  • He has weakened America in the world by alienating our allies, apologizing to our enemies, and getting cozy with those enemies while abandoning our enemies.  He even ignored treaties and promises America made to stand with our allies (i.e.; when Russia moved into Ukraine Obama ignored America's commitment to stand with them if they are attacked or invaded).
  • His actions have caused our enemies to laugh at America and our allies to now start re-evaluating how they will deal with world threats without America to help them.
  • Obama has blocked job creation and growth by inhibiting and blocking the oil and gas industry.  Blocking such things as the Keystone pipeline and oil and gas drilling is damaging to America. If our energy sector was allowed to grow it alone would create more jobs and a booming economy for America like we've never seen before, but Obama blocks any progress in the energy sector.
  • Obama's administration gave guns to Mexican drug cartels that were used to murder hundreds of Mexicans and American border agent Brian Terry.  And the administration refuses to cooperate with the investigation or hold anyone accountable for what happened.
  • The NSA has spied on Americans and eliminated any sense of privacy citizens had.
  • The CIA spied on Senators under this administration.
  • The Veterans Administration has grossly abused the healthcare of our veterans under this administration.
  • Obama released 5 Taliban terrorist leaders in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl, and now reports are coming in that these released terrorists may be back in the fight against American soldiers.
  • Obama is unconstitutionally granting amnesty to criminal immigrant invaders (illegal immigrants) through executive orders.
  • In fact, he's violated the Constitution over 77 times and not been held accountable. 

Those sure sound like the actions of someone who wants to take down America.  But then, those of you who have been paying attention all along have seen it.  It's just refreshing for someone in a position of influence to finally admit it publicly.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Can Rand Be The Man?

Here's the Nonsense:  Rand Paul is throwing his hat in the ring to run for president.  No one can overcome Rand and he's the only one we should support.

Here's the Horse Sense:  While Rand Paul would make a very good candidate, he does have some things to overcome.  Whether he can do it remains to be seen.

The Republicans are starting to announce their candidacies for the 2016 presidential nomination.  Officially, Ted Cruz is the one candidate who's in the race, but Rand Paul is planning to announce tomorrow that he's in the contest, too.  While there's no doubt that no one who's shown interest in running is as conservative as Cruz, that doesn't mean there aren't others who will be taken very seriously by conservatives.  Very close to Cruz, with a very strong conservative voting record is Rand Paul.  But does Rand have what it takes to woo voters and win the nomination?

Certainly Rand Paul inherits his father, Ron Paul's libertarian followers.  Rand has shown himself to embrace much of what his father did when it comes to libertarian issues, yet he's not a clone of his father.  Rand is clearly his own man and has taken a more conservative stance on some issues.

Rand has been willing to pursue support from traditionally unfriendly audiences for Republicans with such efforts as speaking to black audiences.  He clearly understands the fact that blacks tend to be more conservative in their values than other voting blocks, even though they often don't recognize that fact about themselves and have tended to follow Democrats blindly.  However, recent polling shows that 26% of blacks now embrace conservatism.  The remaining 74% are split with about 40% now considering themselves moderate and the balance considering themselves liberal.  This is an interesting set of statistics in a community where over 90% voted for Obama.  My guess is that the failure of Obama's presidency to provide any solutions to help the black community (in fact, Obama has made situations worse for the black community) and this has awakened many to reconsider their commitment to the Democrats.  

This could play very well for Paul as he builds his campaign momentum.  There is a huge relatively untapped voting base for conservative Republicans in the black community if conservatives will reach out to them and show them that they values they hold are the same values as conservatives represent.  This is a worst case nightmare for Democrats if a conservative candidate is successful in turning them back to the Republican Party (the party which the black community embraced for generations all the way up to and including Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Intellectually the Republican field has some extremely intelligent candidates to choose from:  

Ted Cruz, as mentioned in a previous post, has proven his intellect with high achievement in school and comments of his high intelligence from the likes of his former Harvard law school professor, Democrat Alan Dershowitz, who has talked about him being one of the smartest students he ever had.  

Bobby Jindal has a remarkable intellect that was proven when he declined the chance to go to Yale or Harvard medical school and instead chose to go to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.  

And Rand Paul also has a remarkable scholastic background having quit college before obtaining his undergraduate degree and still being able to get accepted to medical school.  Add to this his achievements in medicine that include significant work in the areas of providing care for the underserved and indigent communities and he's also one of those top tier intellects running for the Republican nomination.  (And, let me say here that any of these 3 or the other conservative Republicans who've shown interest in running could certainly mop the floor with the Phoney-in-Chief who has hijacked the presidency since 2009 and had his education and all other records sealed from the very beginning so that no one knows how he did in school or virtually anything else about his background).

One of Rand's problems will be balancing libertarian and conservative support.  There are differences between the two camps and both push him to take a stand that could cause the other camp to reject him.  For example, conservatives believe in a strong military but many libertarians are against it, some even believing in a pure isolationist foreign policy.  While Rand has shown support for a strong military, that could create uneasiness amongst his libertarian followers.  The balancing act between the two groups is no easy task.  And if he can't get and keep the support of conservatives, the libertarians who are loyal to him won't be enough to win him the nomination.

Another problem could be his work to achieve some type of working relationship with establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell.  Some will see this as heresy and reject him outright for it.

But, Rand has the advantage of having inherited his father's fundraising operations.  This is something that his competitors will have to build and gives him a jump on his competition.  And unlike establishment candidates, the non-establishment candidates won't have a built-in money machine behind them, so this is a big advantage for Rand over the other conservatives running.

On the flip side, he has changed position on a number of issues that could cause him problems and even result in him being considered a flip-flopper.  For example, he's changed his position on amnesty numerous times.  In 2010 he was strongly against amnesty.  That changed in a Washington Times article he wrote in 2013 (and yet, he voted against the Senate Gang of Eight amnesty bill).

He also said the U. S. should end aid to Israel, although later he said he didn't say that.  And he was said to change his answers regarding Ukraine being invaded by Russia and how Russia should be handled.

Rand Paul is young in his senatorial career.  And certainly any human is going to grow and evolve on some issues.  (It's not the same as Obama claiming he evolved on gay marriage but later it came out that he simply lied about his original position.)  Evolving is usually due either to thoughtful investigation and education or responding to political pressure.  Americans will have to do their own due diligence to determine if Rand Paul, or any other candidate, has grown through education or simply reacted to political pressure, much as it appears that Marco Rubio may have done on the amnesty issue of immigration (we'll talk about Marco Rubio's candidacy in a future blog post).

But we shouldn't take Rand Paul lightly.  He's extremely thoughtful in his decisions and usually well educated.  His views are not always expressed as well as they are thought out.  For example, his view on how activist judges have not just influenced, but been the source of virtually every major Democrat victory in the last half century on issues such as property rights, the right-to-life, immigration, and marriage and family offers an important perspective.  Rand feels that we need to stop the judicial activism that has so effectively been used by the left to change America without use of the appropriate constitutional methods designed by the founders.  He feels that must be done by bringing in judges who are committed to the Constitution and will even push back to stand up for the Constitution and Americans' rights given thereunder.

The greatest risk of a Rand Paul campaign is if he does not win the nomination. For if that happens, then many of his loyal libertarian followers are likely to do just as they did when his father didn't win the nomination, even with any efforts he may make to get them to support the nominee.  When his father didn't get the nomination in 2012 his followers were angry and either stayed home or voted 3rd party, both of which assure a Democrat victory.  

Many libertarians are, unfortunately, too purist in their views.  They believe that if they can't have it their way, then the Democrat and Republican nominees are exactly the same.  They miss the point that there really is such a thing as a lesser of two evils and that sometimes that's the process we must accept while we work towards eventually being able to have the candidate we want.

That's why it is critical to get involved now and through the primaries. The future of America will be determined in the primaries, not the general election.   That's because the primaries decide who the candidates for the general election will be.  The old saying that you should vote according to your heart in the primaries (after working as hard as you can to get your candidate to win), but in the general election you need to vote your head (because even though you may not get exactly what you want, the choice is still between good and evil).  In 2012 many libertarians refused to vote for Romney saying he was no different than Obama.  If someone was foolish enough to believe that, then they've certainly gotten the government they deserve.

But the fact is that while Romney is a moderate Republican who believes in big government, he's not a progressive communist like Obama.  America is a ship that is in the middle of the worst storm in its history.  It is taking on water and sinking.  Romney would have at least tried to plug some of the leaks in the hull and turn the ship towards port.  Obama headed us deeper into the storm with not just total disregard for the leaks in the hull, but also added more holes in the hull and expanded some of the ones already there.  Romney may not have headed us to the exact port we want to be in, but it would have bought us time to fix some things and then turn towards the right port.

Rand Paul is an excellent choice as a candidate.  Can he win the nomination?  The establishment GOP is already starting to attack him (Lindsey Graham just said that only Rand Paul would negotiate a worse deal with Iran on nukes than Obama).  I believe they are wrong about Rand, but I'm not sure that he'll have the Reaganesque ability to overcome those kinds of attacks (and that's exactly what it will take if a candidate is to get the voters support to overcome the establishment GOP).  Only time will tell.  Regardless, if he can overcome the attacks from the establishment GOP, Democrats, and the media, he could be a very good candidate.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't Bank On GOP Standing Up For Religious Freedom

Here's the Nonsense:  The GOP has been pushed far enough and they'll stand up against the attacks on religious freedom.  They will defend and support Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and laws like it and stop the attacks once and for all.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The GOP sold out the American populace long ago.  Any thought that they will do the right thing about anything is nothing but foolish expectation.

The past few days have had many people on the right outraged at the attacks on religious freedom.  Since Indiana passed their Religious Freedom Restoration Act the left and the media (I know, I know, they're the same thing) have been in all out attack mode claiming the legislation will allow people to discriminate against people who are in the LGBT community. They ignore the federal legislation doing the same thing that was passed and signed under Bill Clinton and the 19 states that already have such laws and the other 11 states where the courts have ruled in the same manner. They simply want to attack traditional marriage values and destroy them.  But as angry as some citizen may be, don't expect the GOP to stand up against this onslaught.  I doubt it will happen.

I've watched the attacks on Indiana this week.  But the bottom line is that many people on the right have been saying that this will be the issue that pushes the GOP too far and they'll stand up against these attacks because this all boils down to First Amendment rights.  

I say don't bet on it.

The GOP has not taken a stand on anything and there's no example I can think of where this GOP has been willing to take a stand for principle.  They have sold out the American voters time and again and there's no reason to think they'll do otherwise this time.

Quite simply, it's time we quit expecting them to do the right thing.  Without change in the party, there's no hope they'll do anything but facilitate whatever the Democrats want.  The very small percentage of Republicans in Congress who are conservative are in the minority and they have no power.  At most ⅓ of the GOP in Congress are conservative (and that's probably a high estimate).  About ⅓ more of them are big government moderates heavily influenced by the progressives, if not outright belief in progressive goals.  And the remaining members of the GOP simply go along to get along.  They will follow whoever is in power so they don't make waves.  And right now, since the establishment controls the GOP, that's who those wishy-washy other people go along with.

If the American people won't wake up, get involved, and push back, then you can watch the rights we have as Americans, starting with the First Amendment, be taken away.  In fact, we've already lost many of our First Amendment rights and no one is doing anything about it.  While our next "official" battle is the 2016 election, there's a very good possibility those rights will be gone before that time.  We're in deep and need to be fighting now and working hard for 2016 (not just the presidential race, but also the House and Senate races, too).

Wake up America.  It's about the primaries in 2016 and you better start getting involved now because once the primaries are over, it will be too late to make a difference.

P. S. - The Left's Ulterior Motive In RFRA - One other point you should keep in mind is that this, once again, is another issue that is being brought up as a smoke & mirrors tactic of leftists.  The left knows that the disaster of a deal they are making with Iran in nuclear negotiations is so bad that they want to try to keep attention elsewhere to distract from the news about the terms they are negotiating.  That's most likely why this RFRA issue is being brought up now, to keep people from paying attention to the Iran nuclear negotiations.