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Every generation was to have inculcated the basic tenets of Americanism in the next generation; Liberty as a natural state, consent as the moral basis of society and a gov’t authorized by and under the control of the people.
Our generation sadly assumed the Gov’t’s own schools would teach these principles to our kids – that the gov’t would teach our kids how to contain its own power.
We’re seeing the result:
A generation of people whose aspirational vision for society aligns more closely with the utopian vision of John Lennon’s “Imagine” than it does with the society of Liberty designed by our founders. Rather than accepting personal agency as their own created state, a gift of Creation, they’ve been taught to pine for a world that cannot exist because it demands the abolition of human nature.
Is it too late? Of COURSE NOT!
Humanity is not going backward into subjugation! Insights about the nature of the human being, consent as the moral basis for society and the “technology of Liberty” bequeathed to us in our founding documents are all in the world. Their immense power is on display in the tremendous success America has already achieved. Their transcendent truth is on display in the instinctive understanding even among people raised in a very different society.
We need to take responsibility for our part in the divide crippling American political discourse today. We’ve made enemies of our fellow Americans, describing them as morally and ethically incapable of embracing the liberty that is intrinsic to their own humanity!
We can restore unity by focusing public policy discussions around a vision of America that puts human liberty first. We offer an infinitely more hopeful, more achievable and morally superior model for society – America as founded on human liberty – a society in which all are EQUAL under law.
As a society of EQUALS in which both government and economic systems are entirely driven by the actions of CONSENTING people; barriers to socioeconomic mobility are cast off. Each is permitted to go where his aspirations take him. Ours is a vision for society which accounts for, aligns with and channels the impulses most natural to a human being. Not only is it achievable, it has been largely realized here in America.
How ’bout we stop talking “politics”, stop focusing on personalities and most of all STOP assuming ourselves morally or intellectually superior for having received, understood and accepted the gift of Liberty.
At the core of America is an IDEAL: Human Liberty
Our effort to preserve America is MISPLACED when focused on Gov’t; the politics, personalities, parties, etc. America isn’t gov’t.
America is PEOPLE bound by a commitment to LIBERTY. When we fully appreciate that we’ll stop our incessant focus on gov’t and political theatrics and turn again to one another.
Let’s recognize that we can only preserve America by passing it along.
And we can’t do that by opposing the people to whom we must pass it.
In May of 2013, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed that it had selected conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status for intensive scrutiny based on their names or political themes when Lois Lerner apologized for singling out the conservative groups. Those groups sometimes waited over a year to get the tax exempt status, if they ever got it, that other groups enjoyed almost immediately after application.
Following the Inspector General’s report, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began an investigation into the IRS. Additionally, the House Committee on Ways and Means expanded its ongoing 2011 investigation into possible IRS political targeting to include the BOLO (“be on the lookout”) keyword targeting allegations.
From May 13 to 15, several senators and congressional representatives called for Acting Commissioner of the IRS, Steven T. Miller, to resign or be fired. Miller did resign on May 15th and Obama replaced him with John Koskinen.
On May 22, 2013, in her opening statement to the Oversight Committee, Lois Lerner stated: “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” Lerner then invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify. Shortly afterwards, Lerner retired from the IRS.
The House Committee on Ways and Means subpoenaed Mrs Lerner’s emails from the IRS. In Aug 2014 Koskinen reported that Lois Lerner’s hard drive on her computer had crashed, that there was no backup of her emails. In Sept the IRS additionally reported that 5 more computers hard drives had crashed that might possibly have emails on them from Mrs Lerner. Shortly afterward the IRS reported, with no explanation, that Mrs Lerner’s Blackberry phone had been wiped of all data.
In January 2014, the FBI told Fox News that its investigation had found no evidence so far warranting the filing of federal criminal charges in connection with the controversy, as it had not found any evidence of “enemy hunting”, and that the investigation continued. On October 23, 2015, the Justice Department declared that no criminal charges would be filed.
Koskinen’s admission that the IRS couldn’t find Lerner’s emails reinvigorated congressional investigations into the IRS. At the time, the agency said it had routinely recycled tapes backing up emails before the controversy broke in 2013. Eventually it was discovered that Koskinen had lied to congress several times concerning the investigation and had defied congress by ignoring and subverting their efforts to get to the truth. Several Republican senators called for Koskinen to be impeached.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called for a vote to force a vote to impeach Koskinen but Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in December of 2016, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study where it died when Congress adjourned at the end of the year. The entire incident died a quiet death with this one act.
Democrats maintained all along that the entire thing was nothing but a witch hunt but ultimately it was the GOP itself that killed the entire scandal, despite evidence that eventually proved it was true.
One has to wonder the reason for this. One also has to wonder why, now that Republicans have the majority in both Houses, that congress isn’t unified about firing Mr Koskinen, who still holds his job at the IRS. Koskinen is the ultimate swamp creature swimming in the swamp that Trump promised to drain.
So why hasn’t Trump fired him?
Last night I was sitting at my desk doing some work on my computer, when I felt the Lord wanted to tell me something.
I have been a student of History since a very young age, and was told time and again by my Grandmother, who did more to raise me in my early years then anyone else, that people must learn form history or they are doomed to repeat it. And the second time around can be much worse. When the Lord spoke to me last night, He was telling me to look not so far back in history and compare what happened then to events in this country recently.
Let me qualify what I am about to say, because many of you will get very angry at me and that is fine. Truth can and will hurt, but God called use as Christians to be watchmen, and speak out when we see family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or even our Nation straying away from Him and about to make the mistakes of pasts generations.
When people have posted pictures of Trump, giving the Nazi Salute or dressing like Hitler I have ignored them or blocked them on Facebook.
Last night though the Lord had me look back at how Hitler came to power and the economic conditions in Germany at that time, and how he used them to make promises he knew the people wanted to hear that could and did get him into power.
Trump did the same thing during the primaries and continues to this day. He knew after 8 years of job losses, and a failing economy, and amassing more debt under Obama then all other Presidents combined that people wanted financial change, security and jobs. And that is what he promised.
Hitler broke his promises as soon as he took power and, yes, he got people working again but mostly to build up his military and the grand cities he wanted as monuments to him. Trump has also broken his promises, and has continued to lie and deceive us and yet his supporters, like Hitler’s supporters, defend him and won’t believe us when we point out all the broken promises and lies to them.
Hitler from the start held huge rallies, where he spoke about making Germany great again and kept feeding the people those lies with displays of his followers marching around and in other ways.
Trump since the primaries has held rallies and continues to where he talks about making America great again, and even though the rally might be not well attended his followers post photo-shopped pictures showing huge crowds. At every rally Trump rambles, his speech being all about him, and how great a businessman he is and on and on, building himself up.
As Hitler sought to destroy in any and all possible ways, anyone or any group that opposed him, Trump also does. The same tactics he used in business are being used as President of the United States. Any one person or group who opposes him gets their name and reputation dragged through the mud and he destroys them in any way possible.
Look at what he did to the other candidates during the primary and continues to do now. A prime example is Senator Jeff Flake, and also what just happened in the recent election for the Senate Seat in Georgia.
I am not saying Trump will try and wipe out a race like Hitler did with the Jewish people. What I am saying is what the Lord showed me by looking back at history. There is much more I could say, but hopefully this will suffice to make the point.
The one True hope this Nation has is not Trump, no man or women, but Jesus and Him alone. As a Nation we need to get our eyes, our hope and our trusts back on Him and let Him back into every area of our lives he has been told to leave.
Some of my favorite books have, at their center, a conflicted protagonist. The character is faced with a moral dilemma in which he has to fight the instinct for revenge and rise to the occasion or to be the better form of himself. In each of these stories is the older and much wiser character that speaks from experience, guiding the hero to the right path. This wise man has been immortalized in numerous films as well. Do the Right Thing, Boyz in the Hood, American History X, Kingdom of Heaven, Gran Torino, The Karate Kid, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Lion King and so on.
In real life, going back to the grandfather of Native America tribes (likely even to the origin of man), the elders were sought for advice on conduct. They were pursued for their understanding in navigation of difficult decisions. I like to idealize that this wise man exists in every community, that he sits waiting for the straying child to ask him what he knows, to point the deliniquint in the right direction and to shine the light through the darkness of confused actions.
My greatest concern is that this relationship is failing to be established. The community elder sits on his porch cursing the collapse of society. The delinquent child pours contempt on or curses the man’s condemning stare. The past generation and that forthcoming have nothing but enmity toward one another. Each generation loses more of its elders who, for lack of example, connection or desire to reach out create a deficit of wisdom in the next.
The result of this broken chain is a rapid decline in social responsibility, absence of respect and a collapse of community. The youth have always needed mentors. This generation fails to seek them and the last fails to offer them. The consequence is social tantrums that destroy the home of the young and old alike.
There is no shortage of those who wish to co-opt the roiling angst of our youth. The rapacious community organizer, the progressive organizations (Move On, Media Matters, PETA, Green Peace, Occupy Wall Street etc), Antifa, BLM, KKK, White Nationalists, gangs, cartels, dealers and demonstrators all vie for the affections of the youngest and most impressionable among us. No one is sitting on the porch asking the kid where he is heading in such a hurry. No one is offering an enlightened perspective. No one is providing an alternative. No one is explaining the dangers that lie ahead or the destruction they are speeding toward.
There is a deficit of wisdom and desire to share it. There are few that acknowledge a need for it. The only ones who benefit are those with political motivations that have nothing to do with the communities that are burned out in their wake. National agendas are able to harness the confusion of adolescence and through it our homes, the places we live are being consumed for the “Greater Good.”
Ever meet a poor retired politician?
Changing history….Who cares? Who knows?
Does anyone have a complete list of the happenings concerning removal, defacing or destruction of monuments, or markers having anything to do with the Civil War?
I know that the national media has covered some of these happenings, but what about in small towns and out of the way places the national media hasn’t covered? Is there any way to compile a thorough list from local or regional news on this subject?
My point here is that I believe that this is quite widespread and many people do not realize the magnitude of what is actually happening, how widespread this has become and potentially, how much more these people who are “offended” are willing to do.
To some folks, this is all viewed as “just another distraction….move on”. Others view it as, “It doesn’t really affect me” Still others might believe that it may be better to remove all such things to promote peace” and to that one, and to those folks I have to ask, “What next?” “How far are you willing to allow history to be changed, and to what purpose or end?
Most reasonable critical thinking folks know that history has been skewed or rewritten, often with entire meanings changed and people and events made to look good when they were otherwise not. We also may understand that this has been happening for a hundred years or so. But today is something that has turned into a nationwide happening; and widespread effort which should give us a clue that the left is seeing a weakness and also believes that this is the beginning of their final all out assault on our Republic.
Up to now in our history, this war we are in, and it is a war, happened here and there at times. It popped up and was sometimes pushed back. They stopped for awhile and at some later time, changed it up a little doing something different perhaps. They got the right to compromise, over and over, a little at a time. They used the Cloward Piven Strategy and polarized things, ever growing and increasing in size, scope and continued getting ever closer to their goal.
They radicalized special interest groups using Alinski methods, and began to also get more of those groups all working simultaneously keeping the entire country on high alert but also not knowing who or where or what to fight against first. But this is growing, and getting worse and worse as time goes on. And yet, I watch as many people are willing to wait and let it die off. And maybe it will. Perhaps it will end at some point, and they will go to their corners for their one minute between the bell instructions and a little rest, and then come out again, with a different subject, agenda, approach, or even with different people who will not be the next special interest group de jour. And shift gears we must, learning how to deal with them now as the current social justice problem facing our country.
And yet, while we fight this new problem, the old ones are still festering, maybe even growing in strength, all under the surface like a cancer, soon to come out again as a more viable force. The point is that we never solve any of these problems, primarily because they are not individual problems at all. They are all one in the same, just methods and means and foolish people all vying for special attention, and all designed for one purpose. To Divide the people of this country into so many warring factions that it becomes unmanageable.
Unmanageable is unimaginable to some people, but yet ever great civiliazation fell at some point, largely because it swallowed itself up in it’s own unmanagability. They tried to do too much, solve too many petty problems which they saw as big things….and sadly missed the things which were truly the “Big Problem”.
Our big problem? An out of control federal government who has catered to all the petty problems to secure voted for so long that it is now our nation’s modus operandi. And all the while, they who run government as well as we the people continue to scurry around trying to stomp out all those little fires which popped up from time to time, now ever growing in numbers, size and scope, and we still miss the ultimate goal of those who perpetuate such things. This is all about destruction of the Republic! The can not ever control us if we go back to and use the rule of law as written, never wavering from the principles found therein.
But we won’t go back to the constitution, primarily because we expect those we elect to do it for us, always forgetting that they are complicit with the nefarious forces attacking us and wanting to control us, or because they are too stupid or greedy to see this all for what it is. Remember, you may come across a poor politician, but you will never come across a poor retired one!
So….the Constitution or not? The answer to that question will determine the lasting power of this nation.
An Inventory of our Domestic Enemies
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
~ Thomas Paine
We all know the Progressives are the root of many entangled branches growing rapidly to blot out the sun. They are America’s Lucifer, appearing to some as an angel of light to deceive and destroy.
We are embroiled in an increasingly bitter battle to expose them in the light of truth. They dwell in the shadows and proselytize the uninformed. To what end do they aim? They simply want to surround the shining city on a hill with the gates of hell, to extinguish the hope that it has instilled in people around the world and in its own citizenry. As the torch of liberty burns in the hearts of all men, they realize that it cannot be put out; so they intend to set its bearer on fire with it, redefine its meaning and through ignorance suppress it. At its core is the desire to subjugate the hearts and minds of the people.
The weapon of choice in defeating this enemy is education, to inform and convert the people to the Constitutional cause.
Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!
~ Muslim Brotherhood Motto
The Muslim Brotherhood and its chained attack dogs; CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram etc…operate with one goal in mind. Through cohersion, fear, violence and political manipulation they intend to subvert national sovereignty and establish a global theocratic calpihate with all people brought into submission under Allah.
The 4 stages to this end are as follows:
1. Infiltrate – Muslim migration to non-muslim nations.
2. Consolidate Power – establish regional pockets of radicalized culture (Shari’a communities or no go zones). Disregard for local and national laws believing their own to be supreme.
3. Open Hostility – regional conquest and acquisition of new territory (expanding the boundaries of their influence and Shari’a Law).
4. Islamic Theocracy – all people living in this territory are forced to convert, be forced to pay a tax to exist there or are killed for their opposition to Allah’s will.
Weapon of choice in defeating this enemy is local candidates who are willing to refuse building permits for multimillion dollar mosques in areas of little to no Muslim population. Set up a defensive perimeter through immigration policy that limits (not increase as has been recently done) Muslims from coming to America. Disregard the popular narrative that Islam is a religion of peace. The refugees are not fleeing peaceful nations. They are simply leaving one conquered region to create another.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny…
~ Thomas Jefferson
While it is difficult to make a distinction between Progressives and politicians, the line does exist. Whereas Progressives exist outside of politics, the vehicle that drives their ambitions is the crooked politician.
Washington, DC has become a resurrected version of aristocracy and therefore stands in opposition to all that our republic was established to escape. We have the Bush family, firmly ensconced on the political scene since at least the 70s. Bush Sr. narrowly lost to Reagan in the 1980 primary, only to rekindle his political aspirations by taking the title of VP under Reagan, followed by his own 4 year term as president. Then the Clinton family took the stage by ousting Bush 41. After 8 years of the corruption Clinton offered us, Bush 43 reclaimed the family mantle of president. The Obama bloodline is too fresh to determine its staying power. Then comes Jeb with his effort to secure the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, only to be thwarted by Trump. We came so close to a royal challenge between King Bush III and Clinton II, a story right out the pages of feudal europe.
How many of our politicians are second generation lords and ladies of DC? How much power has been consolidated in DC by the two above mentioned families alone? Progressives simply have to make the choice between Ford and Chevy to get them where they want to go. With one party, it is a pickup truck, with the other it’s a sports car.
Weapon of choice to defeat the aristocracy of willing politicians offering themselves to the highest bidder is to destroy the parties that maintain their hold on power. We are not limited to Ford and Chevy. Chrysler exists, as does Harley Davidson. I’d opt for the Harley brand, myself. It represents the free spirit of individualism and a rugged rebellious nature. In addition to bringing down the parties, there is the Convention of States project, intent on shackling politicians with term limits to reduce their influence on the body politic. Last but not least, the 10th Amendment grants states the right to block unconstitutional regulations against their own citizens and to refuse federal funding that always comes with strings attached.
Make no mistake, this is a war for the survival of our Constitutional republic. We need to view it as such. It has to be decided now. In what way we will conduct it going forward? Defending our position is no longer enough. We need to march into enemy territory and take something back. Now pick up these weapons and let’s take a few trophy pelts to mark the occasion when the hunted became the hunters!
It appears that if this continues for just a few more days, all the statues having anything to do with the Civil War will be removed or vandalized.
So, let’s just assume that this happens, and then ask the question, “What are they going to come after next?
We never seem to ask that question.
We raised a little fuss over crosses being removed, and even though a few folks from Texas, Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz fought the issue of crosses all the way to the SCOTUS, crosses were vandalized and otherwise destroyed prior to this case being heard. Were they replaced?
Wearing a garment with any American symbol on it on the 5th of my has been outlawed in some places, and yes, a little fuss, but did those school board decisions remain? So, what next? Wait, if a skinhead wear a Mickey Mouse T-shirt, are we going to blame Disney?
Of course the rebel flag, battle flag or confederate flag…ALL incorrect terminologies for the 3′ by 5′ foot flag on the roof of the Dukes of Hazard car and sported on the whip antennas of redneck farm kids trucks…..but we all know what has occurred concerning that for over 2 years now.
But then bad people doing bad things carrying that flag make the flag an easy target for protesters. And no one ever seems to realize or understand that a small minority is not indicative or the rest.
But let’s say that that flag is totally banned all across the nation, then again we should ask, what next?
I here lots of folks saying that we should just let it go for the purposes of safety and making peace. And if that were possible, I would be leading the charge, But what next. And there always is a what next.
What about Che Guevarra shirts? Or is that off limits for some reason? What about LaRaza as well as the KKK? Of course there are many more examples, but what next?
And how far are you willing to go in and with the idea that we should go along with getting rid of something for security and making peace?
Just maybe, those who continue trying to change the culture, those who want us to overlook things they do while they can not seem to do the same will never stop. In reality, the more they protest, the more they protest and it is increasing in scope and intensity as well as occurring more often.
And still we hear, “It is only a flag or it is only a statue and we can live without such thing peacefully”. So, what happens if it is your church next? I mean seriously, it is only a building we can live without, right?
And books like those written by conservative authors? Of course those are designed to stir up hate and discontent, right? NO! Those are written to depict a different path, and promote critical thinking. But that of course should be reason enough to commence to burning those books!
Some who take the time to read this may say that what I am saying is a stretch and it won’t ever happen here. And to those folks I want to say that I have heard, “It can’t happen here” for over 50 years.
When I began to see civics no longer being taught in schools or if it was still taught, so watered down that the student got little out of it. They sure as hell did not get any understanding of why this Republic is so valuable…..but it can’t happen here.
It can’t happen here when socialism becomes our nation’s basic ideology, can it? We have socialized medicine now or is that different? We have progressive income tax which literally punishes those citizens who work harder, more hours, use their creativity to increase their earning potential, BY TAXING THEM at a higher rate because they worked hard? But it can’t happen here.
Yep….go ahead and take down all the monuments, ban certain flags, stop the writing of books which teach the founder’s intent, all for the purposes of safety and instilling peace. Yeah right. Until the next time it can’t happen here!
Until the next time it can’t happen here.
Statues and plaques noting events that happened in a given place have often been in place for many years, Some have been in place for decades. To my knowledge no one has ever been killed by those statues, plaques, or any other monument.
Today as we see growing anger and destruction of property, we also see one foolish group retaliating over another foolish group with property being destroyed, many people injured, and even a death as we saw recently in VA. Sadly, this attitude of retaliatory behavior is growing. It grew during Obama’s time in office, and it is growing still.
Some blame Trump, some say that BLM and others from that side of things began this war, and yet is it perhaps just something more than those people, groups, or leaders who have caused all of this? Trump is responsible for things he has done or has not done as he promised, but I do not recall him placing any statues on court house lawns, This is something that goes way deeper than Trump. It goes way deeper than the BLM or white supremacists or any other group you care to add here.
There has been an undercurrent of systematic and growing hatred caused by indoctrination of portions of our citizenry for many decades. What we are seeing is just another round in that bout. Events like this happen, and then they stop for a while and we forget. We never look for the root cause of any of these events. And then if we care to do a little research, they happen again and again with increased frequency as time goes on. In other words, it is happening more often and will continue to do so unless and until we weed out the real problem.
Obama is seem by some as a promoter of such events, ones which led to riots, looting and destruction of property. And while I agree that he may have played a role in allowing the climate to increase, he is not the real problem either.
Let’s face the sad reality. We as human beings have likes and dislikes. We learn in one way because of things we hear or see, learn about in schools, and are witness to as a participant, willing or through misfortune. We are individuals made up of a personality created by our environment, our heredity plays a part, and unique experiences that played a dramatic role in who we are. And yet we are all different, something which is seen as problematic for those who wish to control us. How do you herd critters who all have a different opinion as to which direction they want to go?
I have always thought that education, and the system we are forced to live under, send our children to, was the biggest problem and also the biggest perpetrator of promoting events like the ones we have seen play out in the last 10 years or so. If you talk to people who are just 10 years apart in age, you will see how things like history has been taught differently. We see that it is almost as if history has been rewritten, and with it, our collective understanding of where we evolved from and why is confused at the very least. Imagine the difference in people who are 70 to those who are 60, and then again 50, and so one. Continued rewriting or should we call it indoctrination instead of teaching and learning plays a huge part in what we see happening in the here and now.
And yet what do we see discussed for the past 3 days? What are the headlines? Trump is a bigot? The KKK had a right to retaliate because of how the BLM gets away with things….and on and on. Is their any honest, dedicated journalist out there? Just one would be really nice. A person who would quest for the truth and stop with the hype?
But we too have some blame in all of this. We do many things in response to how we see things. We remain silent which is safe but akin to consent. We fight back and get so utterly frustrated we begin to retaliate and act just like those we despise. We spend most of our waking moments watching and waiting for the next thing to happen, hopefully one that will justify our opinion, somehow exonerating us to those who believe we are wrong. How we think about such things is all different of course, but none of us ever really wants to be wrong. We accept bad behavior from one group and find fault with similar behavior from another and only watch or listen to those things with which we agree. Yes! We do this. Not all, but far too many.
And the answer? More government intervention? More government control which could perhaps make schools indoctrinate our children better? Throwing more money at social justice programs to help those who have become enslaved by previous such programs?
But none of all of that which I just wrote will even matter. These things will stop perhaps and we will move on, forgetting or if remembering, have a set of blames to apply to the whole thing. And while it grow; while it increases in both frequency and intensity, we still won’t do the one thing essential to stopping it. Finding the puppet masters, and taking them out; putting government back to doing 18 enumerated powers and leaving the rest up to the states. For you see, we can be different, and we can move to places where we find like minded people. Hopefully those like minded people are folks who like you, are yearning to be free. That is where you will find me.
And to the fringe groups, hate groups, racial separatist groups and social justice groups: you people are all pawns in the master plan to destroy this nation. Shame on you one and all. And to the willing participants who blindly follow along with those groups: you are useful idiots… used, used, used. And so shame on you too. Freedom never lasts long for lemmings! For once the desired control is complete, lemmings will no longer be necessary for anything.
If anyone wants to share this, share it. Post it as a good thing, fine. Post it as a bad thing, that is fine too. But trust that this is how I feel. It is my opinion, one which I have had for a long time. Oh, and if you don’t like it, if you think you have better ideas, then you take the time to explain your position. One line dissent is something that only proves the limited intelligence of the poster. But in truth, I no longer care what most people think. To my friends, God Bless you. To my enemies, although I never look on you that way, God Bless you too. But mostly God Bless this nation, for without her, we could soon either be wandering in the desert, or enslaved right here in a place which used to be the bastion of liberty.
My former Americans in the Democrat Party,
I am putting forth my best effort to unite Americans on the common ground of the United States Constitution. The framework of our government, political system, rule of law and nobility of the American individual are all found in its pages. What cannot be found in it is you.
You represent Evil in America by advocating for all of its manifestations. You are the enemy domestic mentioned in the oath recited by servicemen and women upon entering their particular service. You are not the left wing of the American eagle, you are its poacher. The deceptive means by which you package your message only confirms the accusations I level at you.
You claim your causes to be for the children, the ones who escape the womb without being aborted anyway. On that point alone you represent the darkest ambitions of humanity. You have orchestrated the systematic elimination of millions of unlived lives. You can have no more disdain for human life than to advocate on behalf of this 3 decade long Postericide. Not only do you advocate for it but you protest for and defend the slaughter of the innocents, untested by life. You are not pro-choice but pro-death.
I digress. If the causes were really for the children then why do you initiate programs, increase national debt to pay for those programs and extort by taxation the money those children have yet to earn? More deception by those who statistical give less to real people to ease their burdens. Let me ask my children if they want their children to be saddled with paying for my generation’s debts. Your intentions for the children are purely self-serving. That is Evil.
I recognize being Christian is not necessary to be an American. In fact, right now it is fairly unpopular in large part due to Democratic influences over culture and societal trends. I can’t blame you entirely for that since we have shied away from your persecution to ease the pressure rather than speaking boldly on behalf of what we believe.
Regardless, I afford you your right to choose your beliefs. Why would I, your political enemy, afford you your right to choose your belief system? My God…who established the natural order of things and inherent in that natural order are natural rights afforded all mankind to choose to deny His existence. Another reason, I’m not a hypocrite. When it comes to the topic of religion, you are most certainly no strangers to hypocrisy. In recent years, you have not only increased your animosity toward Christianity, you have become partial to an opposing religion which has in its texts an animosity equal to your own toward my faith.
I will not stir up a religious debate between Islam and Christianity here. This is about my fury toward you and all that you represent. One thing you certainly choose to represent is the Muslim Brotherhood. The symbiotic relationship that has developed between the Democrat Party and the Muslim Brotherhood is easily verifiable. From Hillary Clinton’s personal aide of 20 years, Huma Abedin to Obama’s policy adviser, Valerie Jarrett, the link is obvious. The Democrat party has resurrected the Janissaries in their protection of the Muslim Brotherhood whose charter declares as its motto:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”
To embrace the Arab Spring in 2011 was a solid endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood’s designs for the middle east. The founder of the MB had known ties to the Nazi regime in Egypt. Fitting that Egypt would be the nation to, if only briefly, establish a Muslim Brotherhood reign under Hosni Mubarak. So, what’s up with that? Allahu Akbar, indeed.
I really have to ask at this point, are you, like Iran, trying to induce the end times? Jesus did say nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. The word nation was translated from the Greek word Ethnos which is the root of the word ethnicity.
In the last 100 years there has been a concerted effort to create strife between ethnic groups, to encourage segregation along racial lines. Jim Crow laws were established to divide the blacks from the rest of the population. Now, it seems, blacks have been convinced that they should separate themselves from whites for the purpose of racial pride not realizing the origins of such a concept.
Woodrow Wilson, after having convinced large numbers of blacks to vote for him proceeded to segregate the federal government. Separate but equal was institutionalized by Wilson, a Democrat president. He was a progressive contemporary of Margaret Sanger. You might recognize her name as she was the founder of Planned Parenthood. Her stated intentions were to eliminate the undesirables from society, ie; blacks, Chinese. imbeciles etc.
What was the story I read last week regarding the removal of a child from parents with low IQs? Of course, selective breeding could be a positive for society if you determine the criteria by which quality of life can be a measured according to government statistics. Take a racist 100 year old idea and re-brand it to initiate those 100 year old policies. Sell it back to the people in the name of reparations and you can convince them that it was their idea.
What influence do you have over the average citizen?
Earth – Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources
Air – Environmental Protection Agency
Water – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency.
Food or Medicine – Food and Drug Administration, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT: Welfare Program), Department of Agriculture
Knowledge – Department of Education
Economics – Internal Revenue Service, The Federal Reserve, Social Security
Media – Federal Communications Commission
Healthcare – Surgeon General, Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare
Property/Land – Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources, Internal Revenue Service
Essentially, your policies, programs and intrusions can be felt by every citizen who exists from the cradle to the grave. Liberty has been eroded and dissolved by your progressive agenda for far too long. Through subtle manipulation in conjunction with an apathetic populace, your designs have been carried out with little opposition. That relatively easy path is going to end in a brick wall. We are no longer sleeping. We are aware and active. There have been, in every generation, patriots who know the founding principles, documents and vision of our Republic’s birth. Never have so many been aroused to confront the EVIL your party represents. You are about to see all of your ambitions shattered on the granite resolve that is the Will of We The People.
If you, as a member of the Democrat Party, take offense to these accusations, it has been my pleasure to level them. If you do not align yourself with their progressive schemes then stop supporting them. Abandon those who have defiled our nation, who have established the religions of humanism and statism over the God you have always served and who have arbitrarily asserted themselves as a neo-priesthood at the Temple of DC. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. You will remain in the company of EVIL as long as you identify as a liberal progressive under the Democrat Party banner.
The Demise of Conservatism
Going into the 2016 election cycle, we knew the damage done to this country by Obama. We saw our GOP public servants serving themselves and granting a wink and a nod to the Socialist Agenda imposed on the people. We recognized the success of the 100 year progressive agenda just about the time it had locked all of the prison doors from the outside. In a panic we clawed our way around trying to find an exit, an escape from the trap that had been sprung.
A fire was burning through the grassroots, a fire of anger, a fire of passion and a fire of desperation. Now, being trapped in this burning room, that fire is not devouring our enemies outside the walls but is consuming us from within. Still we cannot see the wisdom of rational thought. We are still panicking and clambering our way over one another to get out.
America chose Trump, not by any sense of moral conviction but in panic. God did not pick Trump to become the nemesis of the left, to fight our battle for us or to reverse the trend of societal decay. If anything, God allowed Trump to become the president to illustrate how far we have fallen. That message is lost if the people who are called by His name do not use their eyes to see and ears to hear. It is lost as long as they continue to justify his corrupt actions, self aggrandizement and spiteful rhetoric. The message is lost as long as His people play the role only Christ, Himself, was meant to play in covering Trump’s multitude of sins. Christians and Conservatives need to stop performing the role of Devil’s advocate simply for the sake of damage control.
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
There is a contingent who cannot bring themselves to celebrate Trump’s triumph over Hillary, who cannot rejoice in his victory over the left. It is not because these people would rather have Hillary as president. It is that those who oppose Hillary were resigned to the fact that she was going to be president and our plan was to establish a united front to oppose her every step of the way. We would have stood shoulder to shoulder with all of you in our opposition to her. Now, feigning resignation to the chosen one, those who stood against expanding government have committed their security to the Republican who has taken control of the white house. In that knowledge, they are able to sleep at night. Still believing that the platform of the GOP is what it has always been, they take comfort.
Unable to fathom disent from the right against a GOP president, those who support Trump in his fight for America fail to realize the America they envision him fighting for no longer exists. He is in the white house for one purpose. He is a place holder. He is keeping the seat warm for the next smooth talking progressive Democrat to take his place at the next opportune moment. Ideally, Democrats are determining who their candidate will be. As Trump has illustrated by text, Tweet and press conference he is not capable of governing. With every rally he holds, every message he conveys and every attack he launches he is proving to the people that he is not worthy of his office.
There will rise a Democrat who will appear as the adult in the room, who will convey a hope of unity and who will resonate with a progressive message to sweep victory away from Donald Trump. They will be able to reach the undecided with a message that contradicts all of Trump’s “honesty.” This is the person Trump is keeping the seat warm for. While the GOP stands for nothing but taking over a residence, there will be one who can package the progressive message in such a way that it will be palatable to the people.
Not only will Trump, with his current 33% approval rating, single handedly deliver victory to his political rival but he will have effectively destroyed the unity of the conservative movement. This will have paved the way for the Left’s next golden child to walk right into DC having faced no real difficult opposition from divided Right. We will have handed over the moral high ground. We will have conceded that victory is tantamount to principle. We will have conceded every point of protest we laid claim to prior to Trump gaining the most prominent position in the GOP, that of president of the United States of America.
It is not defeat that Conservatives fear. It is the sacrifice of every position Conservatives have championed thus far in order to secure victory. It is to offer up as our mascot, the antithesis of our stand on every position. If relinquishing all positions of the Conservative agenda (limited government, preservation of Life and the preservation of the individual to pursue their own definition of contentment) requires we declare Trump the figurehead of what we stand for, then we, like Trump have openly declared, “We stand for nothing.”
The result will be a landslide defeat of conservativism. Christians will have predicated their political savvy on a man who has never encountered the salvation Christ provided. The Conservative will have negotiated away any semblance of moral high ground. The people, once again, will vote with little knowledge that the only real resolution to America’s dilemas lies not in a man occupying a position of prominence but in the people themselves.
What we needed was a president that realized the damage done to America over the last 8 years, who understood how far we had drifted from liberty and had the political wherewithal to begin to unravel it; one who recognized the greatness inherent in the people of this blessed nation. What we received was a pause in socialism. We received the answer to a leftist prayer on the Right. We received a placeholder for the next eloquent progressive candidate who is capable of selling the substance of the people back to them in the form of redistributed charity.
RUSSIA COLLUSION DENIAL by Phil Fishman (c)
It’s amazing to me that some otherwise very intelligent people continue to believe that the Russia collusion story is a simply a left wing or media creation; and the investigation is nothing but a fishing expedition in an attempt to sully Trump and to subvert his agenda. Those people apparently forget that Republicans chair all the committees, which are heavily involved in the investigation.
Are all those Senators and Congressmen out to get Trump? Now, all of a sudden, Trump is asking his AG and the Justice Department why they aren’t going after Hillary. Perhaps, it’s because he told Sessions right after he was elected to ignore his campaign promise to prosecute Hillary.
I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if Hillary and the DNC were involved in some election hanky panky with a foreign government; but it was Ukraine that Obama and Clinton were favoring, not Russia. The Russian sanctions were put in place to pressure Russia to desist in their aggression against Ukraine. That would explain why Putin would favor Trump and might be inclined to help him if he could.
Several weeks ago, Putin denied that the Russian government had been involved in hacking U.S. computers to try to influence the election but interestingly stated that it might have been private Russian “patriots” who had done it. That Putin referred to them as patriots, and not hoodlums or such, was a candid view of Putin’s feelings on the issue.
All of the above, however, is conjecture. What are the facts?
The first, very visibly, is that Trump is very upset with the investigation and has been trying very hard to shut it down. If there is nothing there why not let it die a quiet death and have the last laugh?
The second, and even more telling, is all the lies and story changing that have been going on. If there is nothing to hide, why try to subvert the truth? General Flynn was caught in a lie, regarding contact with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Then there are the alternate stories about the June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer. And now we hear that Trump actually dictated Donald Jr.’s version of the meeting. We still do not know what exactly went on in that meeting; but it has to be fairly interesting with all the attempts to obscure the truth.
Maybe we won’t have to wait too much longer to learn since Grand Jury subpoenas have been issued on that meeting.
One can continually make the argument that power corrupts, or that by ceaselessly electing the same representatives to Congress, they grow complacent and removed from those who elect them, but what did the Framers and Founding Fathers have to say about term limits?
During the 18th century, many of the colonies such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, and South Carolina all had some sort of provision that required office rotation such as flat out term limits, or not being able to serve consecutive terms in their respective legislatures. In fact, the United States’ first governing document, The Articles of Confederation included a provision that stated “no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years…”
During the ratification debates of the new federal Constitution, although not present during the Constitutional Convention, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to James Madison on the principles of office rotation stating: “I dislike, and strongly dislike … the abandonment, in every instance, of the principle of rotation in office, and most particularly in the case of the President…”
With McConnell, Pelosi, Reid, and McCain serving a combined 130 years in Congress many have begun the call for term limits. I was a huge advocate for term limits until this argument against them was made by an acquaintance;
“Many countries have had term limits going all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Turns out that TL’s do not prevent corruption at all. In fact they speed up the process because an unethical rep will simply make deals sooner in order to ensure his monetary success because he knows he is limited to a certain number of terms. Another problem is that once elected in their last term, they have no reason at all to even pick up the phone from a constituent because they will never face another election. What ends up happening is the party will support and pick the next candidate to ensure the party line is towed.. so only party insiders stand a chance of winning..
Mexico had term limits since their most recent revolution in 1917. They repealed TL’s in 2016 in their country because they actually made corruption worse. The drug cartels controlled who would ended up on the ballot, ensuring corruption.
The other problem is seniority. The line of succession in the Constitution says the Senate Pro Tempor Is third in line of succession. The Senate Protempore is the senior ranking member of the Senate. With term limits, potentially , 1/3 of the Senate could all have the same seniority creating a constitutional crisis.
The idea of TL’s is simply that we the voters are too stupid to make a proper choice on who should best represent you and therefore the government must step in and limit your choices for you.. ostensibly to protect you from yourself.. term limits are hardly the trademark of individual responsibility.. in fact they are the liberal solution to the problem of voter apathy.
Lastly… TL’s throw out the baby with the bath water. While the pelosi’s and Schummer will be gone, so will the Trey Gowdy’s and Ted Cruz’s.
So what is my solution??? The problem is not long term congressmen, the problem is the consolidation of power. So the solution is to decentralize the power and place it back in the hands of the States “or the people” from which it came. So how is that done? By amending the 17th Amendment. You leave the elections the way they are currently but you allow the State Legislature to recall and replace US senators with 2/3 vote in the State legislature. Another option is the State legislature authority to impeach a senator… not to remove them from office but bar them from holding further office.
The house has elections every two years. One option there is to allow for a recall election with a requisite number of petition signatures similar to what many governors currently face.” (credit Jack Hinson)
Jack’s comments caused me to pause and reconsider my support for term limits. Term limits will only speed up the corruption rather than curtain it. The Pelosi’s and McCain’s are repeatedly getting reelected because of name recognition, and big money backers. We combat that by exposure; as patriots, it’s up to us the individual to take our destiny in our own hands and work diligently to expose the corrupt politicians and prop up the individuals that best represent us. If we allow them to continue their reign of terror (no exaggeration) on our Constitution and ‘We the People’, the America that’s held the promise of freedom since 1776 will no longer exist for future generations.
By Phil Fishman
The Transgender Ban (c) by Phil Fishman, author of SECESSION-A REPUBLIC REBORN and A REALLY INCONVENIENT TRUTH- THE CASE AGAINST THE THEORY OF ANTHROPOCENTRIC GLOBAL WARMING.
Whether or not the ban was a well thought out move, perhaps another intended diversion from the Russia investigation: or just one of the President’s impulsive acts, the question is if the ban itself makes sense.
I think it fair to guess that Trump’s supporters, other than the LBGT people who had relied on his campaign promise to treat them fairly, will be overwhelmingly in favor. In addition, I suspect that most political conservatives, including those who are ‘Never Trumpers’ will be supportive; as I was initially.
But as with any debatable issue; it is prudent to withhold emotion and also to define the terms. We all understand that a person who has undergone surgery and hormonal treatments and presents himself or herself in that changed sex is a transgender person. And we might include persons who have not undergone surgery; but have begun hormonal treatments.
But what about the person who is just confused about his or her sexual identity; and has no plan to alter it? For the sake of argument, let’s put the latter individual in the transgender category. The two main arguments against allowing transgenders in the military are ‘unfit for duty’ and “degradation of unit cohesiveness”.
The unfit for duty argument is based on the notion that transgender people are mentally ill, predisposed to fits of depression and suicidal thoughts. Many psychologists feel that depression and suicidal thoughts are not so much a symptom of gender dysphoria as the reaction to being viewed as a second class citizen. But aside from that is the fact that depression is a fairly common ailment in the general population; and while suicidal thoughts are not as prevalent, they too occur. At present there does not seem to be any psychological screening before enlistment. If depression and suicidal thoughts are considered to be detrimental to military service; perhaps a psychological examination should be added to the compulsory physical exam.
The second argument states that the inclusion of transgender individuals would be detrimental to morale and unit cohesiveness. Currently, gays and lesbians serve openly. Is there reason to believe that effect on morale would be worse with transgender individuals? All of the arguments are plain conjecture; but as the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.” Eighteen countries, including Israel, Canada, Australia and the UK have no restrictions for transgenders in the military with no apparent problems above and beyond what occurs in the general population.
The last and overriding question, however, is the Constitutionality of Trump’s ban. It most likely will be overturned by the courts as discriminatory; but I doubt that Trump will be all that upset. His proposal has certainly taken some of the focus off the Russia investigation. And the court override will allow him to further appeal to his base by railing against the liberal bias of the courts, while taking more attention away from the investigation. You may not like the man; but you would have to admit that he is one clever fellow.
There has been a lot of confusion about the the Republican health care bill (aka the BCRA or Better Care Reconciliation Act; aka Trumpcare), and about the revised amendment to the BCRA written by Senator Cruz. And because of the confusion there has been a lot of debate and many differences of opinion causing strife between friends and family members.
Some people, myself included, believe the Republicans and President Trump should keep the promise they made to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or Obamacare), for the past seven+ years, and there should be no replacement with another government health care program. We want free market reforms of the health insurance industry to be implemented so people can buy the health insurance they want, need, and can afford without government interference in our health care.
Some of the free market reforms many people would like to see implemented are:
• Opening up insurance sales to interstate commerce to encourage competition between health insurance companies. This would maintain both quality of coverage and quantity of health insurance policies offered because they would have to compete for our business as every other business in our capitalist society does.
• Making health insurance portable rather than being tied to a place of employment so people would not have to stay in jobs they are not happy in or lose their health insurance if they left. And they would not have to pay the exorbitant COBRA premiums to continue their health insurance coverage while in between jobs as long as they paid their monthly premium.
• The abolishment of the individual and employer mandates that are in effect now under Obamacare so no one is forced to buy anything they don’t need or want, or can’t afford, and small businesses can allow people to work more than 29 hours per week and can grow and have more than 49 full time employees again.
• Making members of Congress live with the same health care choices for themselves and their families which their legislation imposes on the rest of the American citizens.
• Allowing people to join groups in order to get lower group rates on health insurance such as they get now through employers.
Other people would like to see Obamacare repealed as promised, but they are willing to compromise and they approve of, or are resigned to, a replacement of Obamacare by the Republicans with another government health care program.
Some people are also saying they are in favor of a single payer, socialized health care system like the Democrats and President Trump have always been in favor of.
However, there is a lot of disagreement as to whether the amended BCRA should have been passed, defeated, or sent back to The House of Representatives for more amendments before being passed and sent to President Trump to be signed into law.
This confusion about the amended BCRA stems from inaccurate, or false, statements about the bill by President Trump, his spokespeople, the so-called “conservative” media which supports President Trump, and some Republican members of Congress, who obviously have a vested interest in passing this very partisan piece of legislation since they campaigned on repealing, or repealing and replacing, Obamacare and are fearful that their constituents will vote them out if they don’t live up to their promise. So their goal is to pass SOMETHING, not necessarily to pass something that will really solve the problems created by Obamacare.
I am a yes on this bill,” Cruz said. “I would happily vote for a one sentence bill. ObamaCare is repealed—period, full stop, the end. I think we should repeal the taxes… all of this nonsense… the sad reality is we don’t have the votes… and I want to get this done… I want to honor the promises we made to the people that elected us.
The President, some Republican members of Congress, and many Republican citizens are angry with the seven Republican Senators who voted against the amended BCRA.
And they are very angry with the three Senators who voted against the
so-called “skinny repeal” and thereby prevented the bill from being signed into law or even from being sent to The House for further debate and amendment; Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John McCain of Arizona.
Many people who don’t understand what the BCRA and the Cruz amendment said are calling those three Senators traitors to the Republican Party when in fact they are heroes because they stopped a bad bill from being passed.
Partisanship should not play a part in this. The BCRA, even with the Cruz amendment, was a bad bill that would have made things worse for most people than what we have now.
So let’s take a look at the BCRA and what Senator Cruz’s revised amendment entailed, try to clear up the confusion, and try to relieve the anger and sense of betrayal that some people feel.
Let me preface this with the assurance that there is no intention to “bash” any member of Congress for their part in this debacle. I am simply going to state the facts and allow the readers to arrive at their own conclusion.
In full disclosure I have to say I am not a fan or supporter of President Trump and I believe the chaos surrounding this situation has been created by him due to his constantly changing stand on this issue, his spontaneous and ill advised tweets regarding it, his lack of leadership, his ignorance of what is actually in the bill and the amendments, and his apparent lack of understanding as to what the consequences would be for most Americans should the BCRA pass. I don’t believe he cares whether the BCRA is good for the people or not as long as he gets a legislative “win”.
I was a strong Ted Cruz supporter and I voted for him in my state caucus during the primaries. I have a lot of respect for Ted Cruz due to his past accomplishments, the battles he fought and WON before the Supreme Court nine times, and his conservative warrior stance in the Senate such as when he stood on the floor of the senate for 21 hours to try to stop Obamacare, or when he called Mitch McConnell a liar to his face during an address to the senate…..that was our conservative warrior Ted Cruz! I would have been delighted if he had become our president. I still believe he is a good Senator and I am hoping he wins his Senate re-election bid in next year’s midterms. So nothing I say here should be considered to be bashing of Senator Cruz in any way.
But Senator Cruz has not been completely honest about the BCRA and his revised amendment to it, and speaking the truth about this is not bashing. It is simply doing what we as citizens have a right and a responsibility to do, which is to hold all of our elected officials accountable. It isn’t bashing Senator Cruz to hold him accountable for the promises he made and it isn’t bashing when I point out the truth about his amendment.
I should also say I have never been enamored of Senator John McCain, although I respect him as the Vietnam War hero and former POW that he is, and I thought he should have retired last year rather than running for reelection. But I am now very happy that he was reelected last year and that he came back to Washington D.C. after having surgery for brain cancer twelve days before to cast the deciding vote against the so-called “skinny repeal”, which was not actually a repeal of Obamacare.
Senator McCain said he did not trust Paul Ryan when he said the skinny repeal, which only repealed the individual and employer mandates, would not be the bill that would be signed into law and that passing the skinny repeal would only allow the bill to go back to The House for further debate and adding amendments. And I think he was right not to trust Paul Ryan, and many of the other Republicans in Congress, who just want to pass something so they can say the Republicans and President Trump kept their promise, whether or not what they pass really makes our health care situation better.
Like Senator Cruz, Senator Lee, and Senator Paul, and many other people,
I came to realize a full repeal was not going to pass and the Republicans are going to replace Obamacare with something so they can claim they kept their promise.
But it is disappointing that Senator Cruz was willing to try to sell the BCRA with his amendment. Obviously we don’t know everything that went into Senator Cruz’s decision to compromise on the health care bill, or what went into his decision to support then candidate Trump last year. We do know that President Trump and former RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who is now the former White House Chief of Staff under President Trump, threatened to make sure Senator Cruz is defeated in the midterms so he would lose his Senate seat if he didn’t endorse and support then candidate Trump last year, and they may have also made other threats that we don’t know about. Maybe they also threatened him with ensuring he loses his Senate seat if he didn’t try to help the health care bill pass. We probably won’t ever know.
So even though we might not like it that he compromised, I don’t think it would be entirely fair to fault him for that because we don’t know all the facts. I just know the Ted Cruz of five years ago, that many of us loved and supported, wouldn’t have compromised and tried to sell us a bad bill. What bothers me more than the fact that he compromised is that Senator Cruz was not being honest about Trumpcare or about his amendment to the health care bill.
I expect honesty and I will not accept less from Senator Cruz or anyone else.
If Senator Cruz had said he knows he is compromising but he felt he had to, and he gave us his rationale for doing that, I would have said, I don’t like it but I can understand why he did and I would have respected him for being honest.
But that’s not what he did. Even after the Trumpcare bill failed, and then the clean repeal failed, and then the so called “skinny repeal” failed, Senator Cruz was still saying his amendment would have given people freedom of choice and the bill would have lowered premiums overall. But neither of those is true.
Trumpcare was a bad bill from the outset and Senator Cruz’s amendment didn’t make it better.
If it had passed it would have raised the premiums for most people and would not have helped people who don’t have health insurance now, due to the high premiums under Obamacare, get health insurance because they still wouldn’t have been able to afford the premiums.
Senator Cruz was saying with his amendment Trumpcare would lower premiums by $7,000 per year for a family of four. But what he didn’t say is that was with a policy that had a $12,000 deductible.
A policy with a $12,000 deductible, which you have to pay before the health insurance pays a dime, in addition to monthly premiums of $500-$1,000, is pretty worthless and unaffordable for most people.
And the premiums weren’t projected to decrease to a reasonable level until 2024. Seven more years of high premiums (even higher than they are now) is a long time, and anything might happen in the meantime, so premiums might never decrease to a reasonable level if Trumpcare was passed. Seven more years of very high and increasing premiums with high deductible policies is unacceptable.
So let’s look at some of the facts about the BCRA and the Cruz amendment and I think you will see that it is a good thing that it was defeated. And maybe then, if you are one of the people who felt that Senators McCain, Murkowski, and Collins were traitors when they voted no on the skinny repeal, you will see that they actually did us all a huge favor.
• People aged 50-64 would have to pay FIVE TIMES MORE than younger people. (It is three times more now under Obamacare).
• People who have not had health insurance for 63 days or more would have to pay a 30% penalty for the first year after they buy insurance and there was no “grandfathering in” people who have not had insurance because they couldn’t afford the premiums under Obamacare. If they couldn’t afford the premiums now how were they supposed to afford them with a 30% penalty added on?
• Under the amended Trumpcare bill people who haven’t had insurance for 63 days or more were going to be prevented from buying health insurance for the first six months, and then still have to pay the 30% penalty for the first year after they bought insurance.
• Under Senator Cruz’s amendment to Trumpcare the amount of taxpayer money that was to be put into the bill to continue coverage for people who qualified for insurance under the Obamacare Medicaid expansion was going to be increased from $14 billion to $70 billion. The moderate Republicans and the Democrats were saying they wouldn’t vote for the bill because it was going to cut Medicaid and their constituents were unhappy about that, even though it really wouldn’t have begun to cut Medicaid for seven more years.
So President Trump told the Senators they needed to throw more money into the pot. And a couple of days later Senator Cruz complied with his revised amendment and upped the ante from $14 billion to $70 billion to try to help the bill pass. And he did that without input or consent from Senator Mike Lee who co-authored the first amendment with Cruz.
• Senator Cruz said with his “freedom of choice amendment” people would be able to buy less comprehensive, less expensive, non-Obamacare compliant policies if they wanted to. But that isn’t exactly true because his amendment actually said the insurers would be able to offer those policies in a rating area IF a “sufficient number” of the more comprehensive, more expensive, Obamacare compliant policies were sold in that rating area. And no one defined how many Obamacare compliant policies had to be sold to be “sufficient” so the other policies could be sold. In reality if the insurers didn’t sell enough of the Obamacare compliant policies they wouldn’t be offering the other policies so that would keep Obamacare in place and people would not have any more freedom of choice than they have right now.
• The Medicaid expansion wasn’t even going to start being curtailed until 2024. So in reality it probably never would have been curtailed because before 2024 Congress would probably pass another bill that kept it funded at the current levels. Especially if the Democrats regain control before then, which they probably will.
• There is a tax refund built into Trumpcare that was supposed to help people pay for their health insurance. But it would be a tax refund that everyone could file for and get cash back, even if they weren’t working and paying taxes. And there was no mandate to ensure that people actually use the refund to buy health insurance. So, many people would probably file and get the refund and spend it on other things and they still wouldn’t have health insurance. Without the mandates to make people buy insurance, or to spend the refund they received to buy insurance, a lot of people would still just go to the emergency room for care when they get sick and apply for Medicaid to pay the bill. (which the $70 billion of taxpayer money would pay for). So there still would be no personal responsibility and the taxpayers would be paying for irresponsible people who didn’t buy insurance, and for people who weren’t working and paying taxes. That is called socialism.
• Trumpcare did not defund Planned Parenthood permanently. It would have only defunded it for one year and then the funding would continue indefinitely.
• Trumpcare did not encourage competition between health insurance companies.
• Trumpcare had a government bailout for the health insurance companies built in. So if they didn’t make the profits they thought they should because people were no longer buying health insurance after the mandate to do so was gone taxpayer dollars would bail out the health insurance companies. And in order to do that the United States would have to borrow more money and continue to add to our $20 trillion national debt, or taxes would have to be raised. Incidentally, the health insurance companies made a $15 billion profit last year.
• Trumpcare was going to give a tax break to the wealthy 1%.
So in summary Trumpcare:
• Was not a repeal of Obamacare since it kept about 90% of Obamacare intact.
• Propped up Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion with $70 billion of taxpayer money. And the Medicaid expansion would not begin to be curtailed until 2024.
• Did not give people freedom of choice since a “sufficient” number of Obamacare compliant policies would have to be sold in a rating area before the insurers would offer the less comprehensive, less expensive, non-Obamacare compliant policies in that rating area. And no one defined how many a “sufficient” number was or how much area a rating area would cover. The following is from Ted’s website:
• If an insurer sells a sufficient number of Obamacare-compliant plans within a rating area on a state’s exchange, then that insurer may sell any other plan within that rating area that consumers desire off exchange (Freedom Plans).
• These Freedom Plans will still be subject to state insurance protections. Premiums of applicable Freedom Plans may be paid from HSAs.
• Obamacare’s insurance regulations, including preexisting conditions, are maintained for on-exchange plans, and consumers have the choice to buy plans subject to these regulations on Obamacare’s exchanges.
• In order to reduce costs, these on-exchange Obamacare-compliant plans will continue to receive federal premium tax credits and dedicated sources of federal stability funding.
• Premiums would not decrease to reasonable levels until 2024, if ever, and then only on policies that had a $12,000 annual deductible
• People who had not had health insurance for 63 days or more would be prevented from buying insurance for the first six months after Trumpcare was implemented and then would still have to pay a 30% penalty for the first year after they bought it
• People aged 50-64 would have to pay five times higher premiums than younger people.
• Ted Cruz’s amendment did not make Trumpcare better or do what he said it would do.
• People with “pre-existing conditions” would be put into high risk pools and charged higher premiums. And the insurance companies were the ones who would define what constituted a pre-existing condition and what premiums would be charged. So even people with very manageable conditions such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure might be put into high risk pools and charged such high premiums that they could no longer afford health insurance. Most people by the time they are age 40, if not before, have some “pre-existing condition” so in reality this was just another way the health insurance companies would be able to charge whatever premiums they wanted to. And when the majority of people could no longer afford health insurance they would be screaming for a single payer, socialized health care system, which President Trump and the Democrats would have been only too happy to give them.
All that passing the BCRA would have done is convince many Republicans that President Trump and the Republicans “tried” to repeal Obamacare as they promised.
It would not have solved the problems or lowered premiums for most people.
So it is a good thing that it was defeated. Now if the Republicans want to get something passed they will have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something better.
So this is where we are now:
Mitch McConnell said it was time to hear the ideas that the Democrats have as to how to solve the health care problem.
Really the Republicans should have been working on an Obamacare replacement bill with both Republican and Democrat input from the beginning if they weren’t going to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare.
They shouldn’t have tried to rush Trumpcare through without bipartisan support.
Yes, I know the Democrats forced Obamacare through without Republican support, but two wrongs don’t make a right and Republicans are supposed to be better than that.
And what matters now is solving the health insurance problems without playing partisan games so “we the people” can afford health insurance coverage.
Hopefully the Republicans learned from this and they will come back after the August break and work on a solution that will repeal Obamacare and give us free market solutions instead of just trying to force another government run health care program down our throats. If they don’t keep their word to repeal Obamacare and find a solution to this problem it is time to vote them out of office and replace them with constitutional conservatives who will use the Constitution as their guide and keep their word.
Had a phone conversation this morning with a very, very good friend about Trump. He pointed out that I don’t have anything good to say about Trump and that I have allowed my hate for Trump to blind me to all the good he has done, including Gorsuch, the million jobs that have been added since he became POTUS, the fact that illegal immigration is down, and can I IMAGINE how bad it would be if hilLIARy were the POTUS? He said that just the SCOTUS alone made it all worth Trump.
My friend then went on to berate me for where I get my information from, and told me that I am being dishonest because I can’t admit Trump has done anything good. He kept bringing up CNN, which I NEVER even watch, he kept dismissing Trump’s bad behavior telling me that “acting presidential” has gotten us nowhere and that he is glad to see Trump in the WH. He was pissed that McCain didn’t vote yes for the HC bill, and told me that despite the fact that Trump is a liar, I should be happy that he isn’t hilLIARy.
You know, I’m sorry. I just can’t get on the Trump train. I can’t cheer for someone who I have to hide my child from when he comes on the tv because I have no clue what is going to come out of his mouth. I can’t cheer for someone who treats women like trash, and I can’t cheer for someone who is unstable, undisciplined, unhinged and has zero self control and takes being a perpetual victim to an entirely new level.
I hope Kelly brings stability to the office of the POTUS but it is pretty bad that we have to place our hope in a babysitter for our president. I am not holding my breath though.
What upset me more than anything about this conversation is that my friend, who was once fun to discuss politics with, continued to push me past a point where I was comfortable. I told him that no matter what Trump did, that even if he walked on water tomorrow, I wouldn’t support him. My friend kept pushing and pushing and arguing with me about all the reasons he thinks I should support Trump until I finally stopped him mid sentence and told him I had to get to work (which I did).
I don’t know what happens to people when they jump on the Trump train. I don’t understand why people become so ugly, and then act surprised that those who don’t support Trump get so sick and tired of their bullying nonsense. I don’t understand why I am not allowed to have my own ideas and my own beliefs about our politicians, and why I am the bad guy because I won’t compromise my values and beliefs to suit Trump. WHY????????? WHY AM I THE BAD PERSON???? These people won’t even allow you to point out their hypocrisy. They won’t shut up long enough to listen and if they do, they really won’t shut up long enough to consider their own behaviors and how they have molded what they once called their values to be able to excuse and support Tump. I just don’t get it.
I have a feeling this is another really good friendship that will be lost over this stupidity. It really makes me sad because while I don’t want this friendship to end, I am also not going to be a laughing stalk where someone feels like they can just call me up, yell at me, and then go on and laugh with their friends about what a closet liberal they think I am. I am tired of it.
I am going to give this a little longer to play out and hopefully my friend will knock off his stupidity. If not, I will just have to stop answering the phone when he calls because I refuse to allow myself to be someone’s punching bad over this tiny handed, fake tanned, lying, misogynistic, narcissistic, out of control cheese puff. It isn’t worth my sanity and quite frankly, I don’t have to take this crap from ANYONE!!!!