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Divided We Fall October 18, 2017

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United we stand has long been part of the inner strength that enabled America to rise from thirteen disjointed colonies on the edge of lonely sea to the pinnacle of power.

Some people believe in the Six Degrees of Separation Theory: that everyone in the world are six or fewer steps away from each other and that a direct line such as “a friend of a friend” can be drawn to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.  Some people believe all of us are in this thing together, and that diversity is our strength and I am he as you are she as you are me and we are all together.

Even if we’re all connected in ways we cannot know I believe the world is filled with strangers.  Take a ride and as you pass through country, town, and city you’re constantly presented with the faces of people you’ll never know, all of whom have lives and families that will never know you or your life or your family.  Every day we see people we’ve never seen before and will never see again.  They rise out of the mist beyond the pale of our personal knowledge and are immediately submerged again never to rise again.  Our only and forever our only connection will be that one fleeting moment when we moved through a single frame of the separate sagas of our lives.

Unlike Cain I do believe we’re our brother’s keeper, and unlike Scrooge I believe we should help our brothers in need instead of seeing them boiled in their own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through their hearts.  However, unlike the rhetoric of Marx, Lenin, and ex-President Obama I don’t believe that life should operate on the basis of from each according to their ability to each according to their need, or as we say in America today, spreading the wealth around.

In other words, I’m not a socialist.  I believe in personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity.  I found myself out of phase with the Progressive Clique which successfully maneuvered its way to power using the education system, the media, and until 2016 uninformed, uninvolved, and emotional voters.

Out of phase or not, I believe in the equality of opportunity which gives everyone a shot at success as opposed to the equality of outcome which the Progressives and their fellow travelers wish to foist upon us, which gives everyone the assurance of mediocrity.   No matter the consequence, no matter the sacrifice we must stand up for what we believe or we’ll stand by while our nation is transformed into what we won’t be able to believe is still called the United States of America.

Day by day the bean counting pencil pushers, who make up the nameless faceless bureaucracy that is the Deep State, grind out rule after rule and regulation after regulation.  President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, Obamacare churned out thousands upon thousands of pages of federal requirements all meant to fill in the blanks in a 2600 page bill that we had to pass to find out what was in it.

Hope and change became bait and switch.  In 2012 Mr. Obama wasn’t even trying to win votes from those who disagreed with him.  He wasn’t trying to change minds.  He was trying to buy votes.  He bet that generations of entitlements had finally birthed the lumpen proletariat that his theories of government proclaim must exist for History to reach its summit.  He bet his second term on the belief that there were enough people dependent upon the government that they would vote for a handout instead of voting for a hand up.  He bet that America had been dumbed down enough and bribed enough to trade our heritage of freedom for the yoke of a guaranteed something instead of the opportunity for everything.

Class warfare, penalizing success, dividing America into interest groups and voter blocks this was the strategy Mr. Obama thought would win as he worked to build a coalition of leftist intellectuals, government insider and those convinced they were disenfranchised.  Looking at the polls it appeared he had the solid core of 40+% who will vote for a Democrat even if he is the devil himself.  The question was would the unengaged and uninformed voters who could at least hope he would change combined with the illegals and the dead who at least get to vote in Chicago be enough for him to win?

Of course it didn’t hurt that the Republicans nominated a stiff who threw in the towel after winning the first debate.

Remember what a second Obama term looked like?

He won on the basis of a promise to double down on social democracy, a complete disregard for the checks and balances meant to maintain the balance of power between the branches of government, and a desire to totally transform America.

After the last four years of the Obamanation when he ruled by one unconstitutional decree after another and no one opposed anything he did what is left of the America we’ve known?  How will we ever get back to where we came from?  No entitlement once enacted has ever been repealed.  The size of government never shrinks.  The power it usurps from the people and the States is never surrendered.

What’s a constitutional libertarian independent to do?

A world filled with strangers keeps getting stranger all the time.  No matter how many degrees of separation actually exist we should never be as divided as the Progressives and their identity politics try to portray us.  We’re Americans.  We can do better than this.  Reject the siren song of free entitlements which are never free, and embrace the liberty our forefathers won for us.  Let’s renew the great experiment in human freedom and strive to see our nation rise again as the last best hope of man that it was meant to be.  The shining city on a hill that can light the way to a future worthy of free men and women held together by unity not disjointed in our separation.

Even if it takes more than six degrees of separation to connect to others what does it matter how connected we are to people around the world if we are in terminal disagreement with our fellow Americans?  As a nation we’re divided between those who want to strive to achieve and those who thrive because they receive.  The Progressives have bred generations of passive takers who believe they’re entitled to the fruit of others’ labor.  They pay no taxes so they don’t care how high taxes go.  They have no conception of paying for what they have, so they don’t care about the national debt.  They see America as a vending machine, so they don’t believe in our unique place in History.  They desire a shabby world of bread and circuses based on equality of outcome, so they don’t long to be all they can be.

Those of us who want America to be what America has been and what it should be, the home of the brave and the land of the free can’t let divisions divide us anymore!  We must unite to save liberty or we will stand alone at the end of the day.  We may be strangers to one another.  We may not know each other but if we’re fellow believers in personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity we must unite over what connects us to save what has always made us E PLURIBUS UNUM.

A final thought: Just as we have prospered as no nation before through the application of “United we stand” so too will we reap the results of its mirror image: “Divided we fall.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Random Thoughts October 10, 2017

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If the shooter in Orlando doesn’t represent all Muslims why does the shooter in Las Vegas represent all gun owners?

When the bullets started flying in Las Vegas none of the police officers took a knee.

SNL’s Michael Che called President Trump a “Cheap Cracker.”  If a conservative comedian referred to President Obama with a racial slur on national TV would they still have a job?

The CBS exec who said she had no sympathy for Las Vegas victims is now upset because no one has any sympathy for her for being fired.

The AntiFa continue to use fascist street tactics to fight fascism.

Che Guevara just another mass murdering communist idolized by Left.

Berny Sanders says, “Nobody working forty hours per week should live in poverty.”  One way to accomplish that would be to stop stealing their money and giving it to people who work zero hours per week.

If Democrats would stop shooting people gun deaths would drop by 90%.

Democrat response to Las Vegas, “We have no idea how to stop the carnage in Chicago, or Baltimore, or DC where all our gun control fantasies are already law.  No give up your guns.”

America is third in the world for murders.  But if you drop Chicago, Detroit, DC, and New Orleans; all democrat controlled for generations and all with strict gun control America drops to the fourth from the bottom of that list.

The Progressives tell us that Socialism is the answer.  Hitler – 21 million dead.  Mao – 49 million dead.  Stalin – 62 million dead.

Fracking has cut more CO2 than all of the renewable energy boondoggles combined.

Congress exempts itself from laws it passes such as Obamacare and insider trading.

Why don’t we see NFL players taking a knee to protest all the women who have been abused by NFL players?

Democrats want to do extensive background checks on Americans who want to buy a gun and they also want to let tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the country with no vetting process possible.

Democrats carry signs that say, “Share the wealth!”  Funny we never see them carry signs saying, “Share the work!”

A press that lies to you is not a free press but instead a propaganda tool for groups that want to manipulate you and advance their own agenda.

According to the Media “There is an outrageous gun lobby infecting our national debate!”  Since 1998 the NRA has donated 3.5 million to members of Congress!  That’s 190,000 per year spread out of an average of 400 races.  Planned Parenthood spent 38 million last year alone.  According to the Media, “There’s nothing to see here, move along.”

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Common Threads in Mass Murders October 5, 2017

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As I contemplate the horror in Las Vegas I wonder; is it only tragedy that unites us.  Or is it a tragedy that we are divided.

I also wonder why an important common thread always seems to be missing from every story examining the reasons for these evil acts?

What is that common thread?  Is it a political affiliation?  Is it a nationality?  Is it a certain type of weapon?  No.  None of these is the common thread.

Overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

It is the use of psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants that ties so many of these horrific events together.  In case after case the perpetrators were either taking them or they had been taking them recently.  Anyone who has ever tried to kick a drug habbit knows the depths of depression that can bring.

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, “At least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).”

Dan Roberts of AmmoLand has compiled the following partial list:

  • Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

    Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

    • Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

    • Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

    • Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

    • Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

    • Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

    • Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

    • A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

    • Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

    • A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

    • Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

    • TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

    • Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

    • James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

    • Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

    • Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

    • Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

    • Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

    • Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

    • Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

    • Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

    • Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

    • Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

    • Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

    • Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

    • Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

    • Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

    • Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

    • Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

    • Woody __, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

    • A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

    • Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

    • Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

    • Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

    • Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

    • Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

    • Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

Why is this common thread being hidden by the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media?  Is it because of their anti-gun narrative?  When they tell us about how many deaths by gun in America there are why don’t they mention that the over 60% of those are suicides?

The horror of this past week makes us all struggle to find a reason.  No matter what the reason, no matter what drove this person to do this terrible thing I agree with the President when he  said this was an act of pure evil.

Another question this brings to mind: I find it interesting that in twelve hours the FBI can definitively tell us the person who perpetrated the horror had no ties to ISIS yet after a year of investigation turning up no evidence they can’t tell whether or not President Trump colluded with the Russians to give Hillary a popular vote victory.

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Drain the Swamp September 27, 2017

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In America today most people choose their favorite brand of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel based on the charisma of the news reader, and don’t waste their time tuning into other news options.

What are the criteria for their choice of a news outlet? Does the news reader look or sound authoritative?  Are they better looking?  Do they have a more pleasing voice?  Are they a Male?  Are they a female? Are they Gay? Are we not sure?  Whatever the reason, it isn’t because they say anything different.  It often sounds like they all have the same writers and story selectors.  The content is no different.

Do you want to hear the story about how the Republicrat Elite is going to stop the Trump agenda before or after you hear the story about how the Donald is not fit for the highest office in the land or after?  Do you want to learn about the latest polls that show everyone hates Trump before or after you hear how Trump the Traitor colluded with the Russians before or after you hear about the insane proposals of the racist homophobe misogynist Trump to build a wall, stop the terrorists from moving next door, or starve the poor?  Perhaps the line-up of the stories is slightly changed from one news clone to another but that’s about it.  All hate Trump all the time.

When I have a chance encounter and what passes for conversation with so many Kool-Aid drinking low information voters i.e progressive induhviduals the conversation usually goes like this:

Me: What do you think about _______ (fill in the blank)?

Progressive Induhvidual: Repeat what ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, etc. has said recently stated as if this was their independently arrived at personal opinion.

Or if they’re a Conservative Induhvidual: Repeat what Fox, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review, etc. has recently said.

It’s almost impossible to find anyone who has actually read any books on topics of importance such as economics, politics, sociology, or the History that ties them all together.

Several times a year I attend meetings that are filled with nothing but PhDs, professors, and university administrators.  All content experts in these very subjects as well as many others.  The results are basically the same.  The death of critical thinking has led to a deafening silence in the area of actual personal opinion, a dearth of dialogue, and a collapse of conversation.

The American people, who at the time of the Founding saw blacksmiths discussing with candle makers the pros and cons of constitutions and the meaning of liberty or carpenters debating with plumbers the need for a free economy versus the need for public works.  Just read the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist Papers, look at the level of thought and speech and ask yourself, “How do the public debate, and newspaper articles of contemporary America match up?”  Today the public debate takes place at about a 3rd grade level compared to the graduate school of those earlier days.

What happened?  Back then there weren’t public schools.  Churches and families educated their own.  Today after generations of highly funded and severely structured public education we’ve successfully dumbed ourselves down to the lowest common denominator.

Look at the late great Bernie Sanders revolt which was short circuited and contained by the ballot fixing elite in the Democrat Party.  Or look at the Trump Revolution which overwhelmed the elite in the Republican Party.  Either way it’s obvious that we tax paying entities who inhabit flyover country whether of the right or left have had enough of the bi-coastal elite that’s driving us over the cliff into the third world.  Since their favorite empty pantsuit blew the election and she can’t carry the water for the donor class all the way to the bank obviously the elite controlled media has dropped their camouflage of objectivity and is all in to make sure Trump is destroyed.

At least there was one pseudo surprise in the Hollywood scripted replay of Primary Colors the Distaff Edition.  After all of the frothing at the mouth Bernie supporters did.  After his highly motivated supporters were so brave they booed or turned their backs at the Democrat Party Spectacle in Philadelphia on their anointed queen.  Low and behold their fearless leader fell into line and surprise, surprise, surprise supported the mistress of manipulation.  Then just as evidence surfaced that yes, the entire primary exercise was rigged from the beginning the mind-numb robots of the left who chanted and cheered for Bernie stood in line to cast their rationally considered and highly principled vote for the very person who engineered the fix, took her money and marching orders from the crony capitalists, and is arguably the most corrupt person to ever run for the presidency.  After the election, Bernie, the man of the people bought his third house and settled in a well feathered bed until next time he’s needed to attack his fellow millionaires and billionaires.

Who could have seen this coming except a blind man in a dark room with no media access?

The pre-programmed electorate combined with the usual fraud, imported voters and all the dead people who never leave the voting rolls of the corrupt Democrat City fiefdoms, marched in lockstep to the polls to hand America lock-stock-and-barrel to the Clinton Crime Family.

However the November Miracle happened and instead of the Sleazy Don following the totally corrupt Donna back into the White House the Donald won.

Enough people swallowed the red pill and were willing to at least take a shot at shaking things up before we’re swept away by the unregulated immigration invasion and state sponsored outsourcing that low and behold we didn’t end up with another perpetually re-elected hack.

An old saying goes, “There are only two things that are certain in this life, death and taxes.”  We’ve all been programmed to accept this as an inevitable truism.  Death to be sure is natural and inevitable.  If you were born you’ll die.  Taxes however aren’t a natural thing.  They’re in actuality the forced expropriation of funds from the productive taken through the use of the state’s monopoly on the use of coercive force.  And so, though they aren’t natural and they aren’t inevitable like death or gravity they may in realistic terms given the overwhelming preponderance of government power be unavoidable.

Our country refused to follow the dictates of the elite controlled media. America refused to become the turf of the Sleazy Donna from Chappaqua whose word parsing motto should be the Bart Simpson anthem, “I didn’t do it! Nobody saw me do it! You can’t prove anything.”  We chose not to let the White House once again become Bill’s love nest.  We refused to let the George Soros puppet in heels moves into the Oval Office with her rolodex of contributors both foreign and domestic.

So what do we have now?  The Cartel and the politicians that follow them around like a children’s pull toy on a string are screeching day and night the Russians!  The Russians!  They have Comey’s BFF installed as the Special Counsel because of Comey’s leaks.  The stage is set for a sequel to the Progressives favorite thriller, “The Witch Hunt of Watergate.”

What’s a freedom loving constitutionalist to do?  How about every time the Progressives issue a subpoena for one of the President’s followers we issue one for a Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or her Pakistani IT money launderer, or Bill Clinton, or Loretta Lynch, or any of the shady characters who actually tried to fix the election.  How about a Special Counsel to investigate all the scandals of the Obummer nightmare, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Lois Lerner and the IRS, or the serial unmasking of American citizens for political purposes?

Why should we just roll over and take it?  Why not take it and roll on instead?  We won let’s act like it!

If we don’t stand up after the Miracle in November and demand that the swamp is drained when will it happen?  When Chelsea gets elected?  If we can’t drain the swamp now the swamp is going to drain us right into the sewer of history.

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America Deserves Moore September 23, 2017

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Judge Roy Moore is a principled conservative who has stood up for his beliefs to the point of losing his job.  When he was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Judge Moore refused to remove the Ten Commandments even when ordered to by an activist Federal Judge.  He was removed from his position for having the courage to live out his beliefs.

Judge Moore is in a tight runoff against the appointed Senator Luther Strange.  Strange was appointed by the now disgraced former governor Robert Bentley.  Ever since his appointment this backroom deal has been called a corrupt quid pro quo.  Strange as the outgoing State Attorney General recommended that the legislature should drop its investigation which eventually led to Bentley resigning in disgrace.

Senator Strange is a former lobbyist supported by Mitch McConnell, George Soros, and K-Street.

Judge Moore is supported by Sarah Palin and Ben Carson.

This should tell you all you need to know.

Electing Judge Moore would be a step in the direction of draining the swamp.  Electing Strange is voting for the swamp thing.

Why President Trump is supporting Senator Strange is to say the least strange.

Let’s send the President a message.  We voted for him.  We support him.  But we aren’t blind.  We won’t embrace the very corrupt establishment we have sent him to Washington to eliminate even if he has somehow been led into doing so.

Mr. President remain true to your campaign; build the wall, repeal and replace the Obamacare roadmap to single payer, reform taxes, cut regulations.  Your supporters are out here in fly-over country waiting for any opportunity to voice their desire for your campaign agenda even if that means disagreeing with you.

I want to urge everyone in Alabama strike a blow for freedom, vote for Judge Moore.

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Build the Wall Build the Wall Build the Wall September 20, 2017

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President Trump’s speech before the UN was interesting in many ways.

He put the multinational globalists on official notice that he has their number and as far as he’s concerned their number is up.  He let the UN bureaucrats know that their red tape parades have got to be reined in.  He called socialism what it is, a failure.  He held up capitalism as the means for raising people out of poverty and ignorance.  He made the case for sovereignty both national, personal, and individual freedom.  He pointed out that the US carries a disproportionate load for the support of the UN and that this has got to change or they might be looking for spare change if America cuts its funding for what has become an anti-American debating society.  In other words, he let the world know that as far as his administration is concerned from now on it’s going to be America First.

He laid out some markers in foreign affairs for North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela.  He avoided platitudes and spoke bluntly of his thoughts about some of the disastrous deals made by previous administrations that empowered and inspired our enemies just as they discouraged our allies.  He let everyone know he felt free to abort or amend these deals with American interests in mind this time.

The first speech at the UN is a right-of-passage for all new presidents.  President Trump speaking to a room full of collectivist socialists pointed out such realities as the problem in Venezuela isn’t that socialism hasn’t been properly implemented the problem is that it’s been implemented at all.  He was forthright and presented a good argument that freedom and capitalism is a superior system to coercion and socialism.  For all this we should celebrate and give thanks that President Trump won in November 2016.

In the last election we had the choice between the last nail in our coffin and a chance.  We now have a chance.  America’s place on the world stage is being clarified by President Trump.  But we need to keep things in perspective.

We need to keep our eye on the prize.  What good will it do to gain the world if we lose the homeland?  It was mainly domestic issues that drove everyone to the polls to prevent Hillary’s coronation.  We want America back not the globalist collective the Progressives have been shoving down our throat.

Stop the migration invasion.  Secure the border.  No amnesty.  Bring our troops home from around the world and let them make us secure.  Build the wall, build the wall, build the wall.

Those who say we cannot build a wall need to take a look at the border between North and South Korea.  It may not be a smaller version of the Great Wall but it’s effective.  Or look at the wall Israel built on their border with the Palestinian Authority.  If these secure borders can be built, guarded, and maintained why can’t we do the same thing on our Southern border?

Bring our troops home from Korea.  Why should they be there as a trip wire?  Their deaths are meant to do nothing else but guarantee that we’ll be involved in the next war.  Let South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan deal with the suicidal Rocket Man.  Their populations and economies are much larger than the gulag which is North Korea.

Bring our troops home from Germany.  Lately the Germans and French seem friendlier to Russia than they do to us so who are we protecting them from?  Themselves?

Why should we spend billions each year to maintain these garrison troops left over from wars fought more than a half century ago.  Instead of spending that money overseas post the troops to our southern border and spend that money in our own country.

DACA is a Trojan horse.  Give amnesty to anyone and you’ll end up giving it to everyone.  The minute it becomes law the ACLU, CAIR, LA Raza and all the other America Last front groups will file challenges to the law’s supposedly iron-clad limitations.  These inevitable law suits will give liberal activist judges the opportunity to prop the door open.  They’ll argue, “Why is it fair that some get citizenship and others don’t?”  If the Trump Administration dares to stand against these attempts to stretch a limited amnesty into a come-one-come-all free-for-all the Ninth Circuit will get the opportunity to slap them down and knock the door off its hinges.

President Trump, for standing up to the globalists in their lair you are to be commended.  Out here in fly-over country most are proud to hear you speak for us bravely and forthrightly to these representatives of demagogues and dictators.

But please, keep your eye on the prize.  If you reform the Obamacare health insurance debacle, reform taxes, and cut regulations you’ll go down as one of the greatest presidents in our history.  However, when a patient is hemorrhaging the first thing to do is stop the bleeding.  So first of all as our Commander-in-Chief, the one charged with protecting the nation, build the wall build the wall, build the wall.

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Make America Great Again September 13, 2017

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I know a very intelligent man who says, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”

The Donald won his miraculous victory based on promises that built an agenda to make America great again. These promises basically said that he would address three areas, the economy, the wall, and taxes.  How’s he doing so far?

The S&P 500 has added more than two trillion in market value since Trump’s election.  This is an astounding run for a bull market.  Records have been broken, and broken, and then broken again.

I call this the Trump Bump.

Economy growing: check.

What about the wall?

Homeland Security has issued a waiver to certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register today so construction of the border wall can begin.

How can this be?  I thought from hearing the media cartels story line that this would never happen.

In legislation already on the books Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out its border security mission.

Current law provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In laws already in effect Congress called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border.  In this legislation Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized.

DHS is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, enforcing laws already on the books laws that’ have been unenforced for years and is taking steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the border.

In other words despite the fake news the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media keep spinning President Trump is moving forward with his promise to build the wall.

Wall underway: Check.

What about taxes?

For years I’ve predicted that if we would reform the bewildering tax code, personally I advocate for a flat tax of 15%, lower the corporate tax, allow the repatriation of foreign holdings, and scale back regulation our economy would take off like a rocket.  The Trump administration is eliminating sixteen regulations for every new one.  Throw tax reform into the mix and maybe we’re about to see if that prediction has been valid.  Two trillion in growth may pale in comparison to what Americans can do if we remove the shackles forged by the anti-capitalist Progressives over the last twenty-nine years.

If we can corral enough RINOs we can pass the president’s tax reform plan.

Donald Trump promised that if we elected him together we would make America great again.  Since the day of his election he’s been under assault by the establishment.  It’s been unrelenting and according to the latest survey coverage has been 91% negative.  It’s become so ludicrous that if the President walked on water the headline would be, “Trump can’t swim!”  If he changed water into wine it would be, “Trump encourages alcoholism!”  And if he raised the dead it would be, “Trump attacks the funeral parlor industry!”

Even the politically blind can see through this haze of bias and partisanship disguised as journalism.  Even those made deaf by Progressive indoctrination disguised as education can hear that the political hacks and their media megaphone are doing a hatchet job on a man who sacrificed a life as a successful entrepreneur to work a thankless job for the benefit of his country.

Why?  What could induce someone to leave a life of luxury surrounded by a loving family all working together to accomplish great things?  Why would one of the most successful builders in American history leave his own plans in the hands of others to take on a job draining a swamp?  Why give up the life of a super star idolized and lionized by millions to be caricatured and hated by those driven mad because they didn’t get their way?

Why?

To make America great again that’s why.

Remember the man who said, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”  My vote went to a non-politician because I hoped a businessman might tell me the truth.

Let’s dedicate ourselves to doing anything and everything we can to support the President in his goal.  Contact your Senators.  Call your Representative.  Let them know that you want them to help not hinder the President.  Let them know you want them to forget about getting themselves re-elected and instead work to Make America Great Again!

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The Trump Agenda What We Voted For September 6, 2017

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Remember the campaign?  Trump leapt in front of a parade that began in 2009 with the birth of the TEA Party Movement.  The Trump campaign embodied everything those who wanted America to recover from the Obama debacle desired.  What it proclaimed, what we were promised was an end to open borders, a repeal and replace of Obamacare, tax reform, and an end to give-away trade deals that have impoverished and debilitated us.  In other words an America First administration supported by a do-something Congress.

And what have we gotten for our vote?  The RINOs led by Ryan, McConnell, McCain, Flake, and Graham continue to obstruct everything President Trump tries to do.  No repeal and replace.  No tax reform, no support on the immigrant ban, and no support in stopping the bogus Russian-under-every -table investigation.

The Republicans said they needed the House to stop Obama.  We gave them the House and they said they needed the Senate too.  We gave them both houses of Congress and they did nothing to stop Obama.  They said they needed the Presidency and then they could do something to right the ship-of-state.  We gave them the presidency and since then it’s become obvious these political hacks were stringing us along all along.

We need to hold their feet to the fire.  Call them.  Email them.  Show up at their town meetings.  Let them know we want them to make America great again.  Let them know we want what we voted for.  We want an America First government.

I doubt that any amount of lobbying by those of us in fly-over country will have any impact on the crooked lawyers and others who hold the levers of power no matter what political shell-game party they say they belong to.  There is only one party in Congress and it’s a two-headed bird of prey out to eat our lunch.

Watch for an acceleration of the witch hunt.  Watch for movement on the impeachment front.  Watch for a complete sell-out of everything we voted for in the interests of what the special interests paid for.

The AntiFa Blackshirts and other bully boys who serve as the shock troops for the silent coup will not stop until there’s blood in the water.  The ABCCBSNBCPBSNPRCNNMSNBC Cartel will continue to cover-up the truth and proclaim the lie.  The Neocons have re-captured our foreign policy and are driving us towards the cliff.

It’s time for all of us who voted for President Trump to prepare for the counter-revolution.  Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football we keep on trying and trying no matter how many times they move the ball.  America, the greatest experiment in freedom in human history is worth trying to save from the statists and their collective fever dreams of utopia.

Now is the time for all patriots to come to the aid of their country.  Make your voice heard.  Raise your hand and vote by participating in the process for making America great again.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

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Why Are Unions Against the Right-to-Work? August 30, 2017

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I come from a union family.  I grew up in a union home.  The good pay and benefits gained by one of America’s greatest unions provided for my room and board every day that I lived at home.  My father and my uncles were all proud union members.  My brother and some of my best friends spent their entire careers as union workers and the unions are providing them with generous pensions and great benefits.  I myself was at one time the Vice President of an International Union.  For all of this I am grateful.

The right to organize is a time honored American tradition and one that I believe is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   Peaceable assembly is the hallmark of American union organizing.

Some of the things we take for granted were won for us through the organization of labor in unions.  Unions helped establish the concept of the weekend.  Unions helped establish fair wages and relative income equality.  Unions helped end child labor.  Unions helped to stablish widespread employer-based health coverage.  Here are a few others that can be attributed either wholly or at least partly to the impact of unions in America’s workplace: Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, 8-Hour Work Day, Overtime Pay, 40 Hour Work Week, Worker’s Compensation, Pensions, Holiday Pay, and Military Leave.  That’s a pretty long and impressive list isn’t it?

I will always be the first among any to say that Unions have had a beneficial impact on American life.  I will also say that the contest between the rights of workers and the rights of employers has swung like a pendulum back and forth several times and whenever it swings too hard to the employer side it is unions and organizing that gives workers the best chance to redress the balance.

Having said all this I believe I stand on solid ground when I say that I am not anti-union.

This brings me to the question that serves as the title of this column, “Why are unions against the right-to-work?”

That unions are universally opposed to right to work laws is well documented in the media.  Listen to the two largest American Unions.  From the AFL-CIO web site, ““Right to work” is the name for a policy designed to take away rights from working people.”   On their web site the Teamsters put it this way, “Right to work is wrong for working people.”  The supporters of the union war against right to work legislation say such things as: “This type of deregulation cripples the right to organize a union.” “Right-to-work laws require workers and their unions to cover the costs of non-union workers who benefit from union contracts. These laws are proven to drive down wages and weaken workers’ unions by undercutting bargaining power.” And “The real purpose of right to work laws is to tilt the balance toward big corporations and further rig the system at the expense of working families.”

This debate has been going on for a long time.  James Sherk of Heritage Foundation laid out the union’s objections and the rebuttal of Libertarians quite well back in 2014:

Myth: Right-to-work laws prohibit unions.

Fact: Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary. Without right-to-work laws, unions negotiate contracts that force workers to pay dues or get fired. Right-to-work laws protect workers’ freedom. The National Labor Relations Act also protects the right of workers in right-to-work states to unionize. Unions currently represent 4.4 million workers in 24 right-to-work states, including highly unionized Nevada, Iowa, and Michigan.

Myth: Right-to-work laws undermine unions.

Fact: Right-to-work laws make unions work to earn workers’ support. In the long run, this can strengthen union locals. Without right-to-work laws, unions can take their members’ dues for granted and provide lower quality representation. Gary Casteel, the Southern region director for the United Auto Workers, explains:

This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right to work hurts unions. To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, “If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.” Versus, “If we get 50 percent of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.” I don’t even like the way that sounds, because it’s a voluntary system, and if you don’t think the system’s earning its keep, then you don’t have to pay.

Myth: Right-to-work laws allow non-union members to “free ride” on the benefits of union representation without paying its cost.

Fact: Unions voluntarily represent non-members. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the National Labor Relations Act allows unions to negotiate contracts covering only dues-paying members. As Justice Brennan wrote in Retail Clerks v. Dry Lion Goods (1962), “‘Members only’ contracts have long been recognized.” Unions represent non-members only when they act as “exclusive bargaining representatives,” which requires non-members to accept the union’s representation. In that case, the law requires unions to represent non-members fairly. They cannot negotiate high wages for their supporters and the minimum wage for non-members. Unions can avoid representing non-members by disclaiming exclusive representative status.

Myth: Representing non-members costs exclusive representative unions a lot of money.

Fact: Unions often spend little on representational activities. When unions choose to act as exclusive bargaining representatives, they often spend relatively little on processing grievances and negotiating contracts. Often union contracts have employers cover these costs by allowing union stewards to do union business while on company time. As a result, many union locals spend very little representing workers—either members or non-members.

Federal filings reveal that in 2013 United Auto Workers Local 2164 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spent just 2 percent of its $560,000 budget on representational activities. Boilermakers Local 107 in Brookfield, Wisconsin, spent 5 percent of its $2.0 million budget on representational activities. Machinists Lodge 2515 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, spent 23 percent of its $645,000 budget on representational activities—almost all of which constituted payments to its officers.

Myth: Right-to-work laws provide no economic benefits.

Fact: Companies consider right-to-work laws a major factor when deciding where to locate. Organizing victories bring in a lot more money for a union in jurisdictions with compulsory dues. Consequently, unions organize more aggressively in places without right-to-work laws. Companies in turn want to know they can avoid being targeted by union organizers if they treat their workers well. Right-to-work laws make that more likely. Economic development consultant’s report that roughly half of all major businesses refuse to consider locating in jurisdictions with compulsory dues. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that between 1990 and 2014 total employment grew more than twice as fast in right-to-work states as in states with compulsory dues.

Myth: Right-to-work laws lower wages.

Fact: Workers have the same or higher buying power in right-to-work states. Opponents often deride voluntary dues as “right-to-work for less.” Average wages in right-to-work states are indeed slightly lower than in non-right-to-work states. This occurs because almost every Southern state has a right-to-work law and the South has a lower cost of living. Studies that control for differences in costs of living find workers in states with voluntary dues have no lower—and possibly slightly higher—real wages than workers in states with compulsory dues.

Myth: Right-to-work laws divide Americans.

Fact: Americans overwhelmingly support right-to-work laws. Recent Gallup polling finds Americans support right-to-work laws by a 71 percent to 22 percent margin—better than 3 to 1. Independents support right-to-work laws 77 percent to 17 percent, Republicans support them 74 percent to 18 percent, and Democrats support them 65 percent to 30 percent. Polling also shows that union members themselves support voluntary dues by an 80 percent to 17 percent margin. Voters also reward politicians who support voluntary dues at the polls. Not a single Michigan legislator who voted for right-to-work laws in 2012 lost in the next general election. Right-to-work laws remain controversial primarily among union officers—not the general public.

The arguments against right-to-work laws do not withstand scrutiny. Right-to-work laws give workers a choice over where their money goes. This freedom forces unions to earn their members’ support. It also attracts businesses and jobs. The law should not force anyone in America to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

I have a few questions for union members who follow their unions lead and oppose right-to-work.  Can anyone join?  Is it open to all people at all times or is union membership restricted in any way?  If membership is restricted isn’t this a restraint of trade?  Are union wages artificially high because they only allow so many people to compete for jobs?

Personally I believe every citizen deserves the right to work and the right to organize and I don’t believe they should be mutually exclusive.  Unions should not need government coercion to exist and workers shouldn’t need to bust unions to work.

Now here’s a wild idea in the current atmosphere of confrontation and battle that is drowning America why don’t we have a civil debate about this and then let the voters decide.

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Appoint America’s Sheriff to Head the Border Patrol August 28, 2017

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Now that President Trump has done the honorable thing and pardoned America’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the political prosecution designed to ensure he lost his latest bid for reelection he should appoint him to head the Border Patrol.

Discharged from the Army in 1954, America’s Toughest Sheriff moved to Washington, D.C. where he joined the police force serving in the nation’s capital for three years.  He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1957 where he served for six months until he was appointed as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the forerunner to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  He served in the DEA for twenty-five years seeing service in Argentina, Turkey, and Mexico.  Eventually he was promoted to the chief of the DEA’s Arizona branch.

President Trump this patriot has said he is still ready to serve.  Let’s use his many years of law enforcement experience to show us how the border can be secured.

Sure the Resist 45 left wingnuts and their AntiFa Blackshirts are up in arms over the pardon.  But let’s face it if you could walk on water the Progressives would spin it as “Trump Can’t Swim!”  If you could turn water into wine they’d bellow, “Trump encourages alcoholism!”  So why not give America a great leader who could really secure the border and at the same time give the Progressives whether they’re Progressive Democrats or Never-Trumper Republicans apoplexy?

If you think the Border Patrol doesn’t need a new chief right now how about appointing Sheriff Joe to head DHS?

Mr. President you said that you would appoint the best.  America’s Sheriff is one of the best.  Let’s use him to help Make America Great Again.

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