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They Serve at the Pleasure of the President May 17, 2017

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How does impeachment of a president work?  The House of Representatives acting as a super grand jury votes an indictment or impeachment.  The Senate acting as a jury decides whether or not the charges brought warrant conviction.  If the president is convicted by the Senate he is removed from office.  If two thirds of the Senate fails to vote to convict the charges are dropped.  In that case the president was still impeached but not convicted.

In 1868 the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson.  This was the first time any president was impeached.  Contrary to popular belief President Nixon was never impeached.  He resigned while the Watergate debacle was still under investigation.  President Clinton was impeached but like Johnson he was not convicted by the Senate so he remained in office until the end of his term.

Why is this history lesson appropriate for May 17, 2017?  Because I believe President Trump is going to be impeached.

Why was Andrew Johnson impeached?  Although there were eleven articles of impeachment the main reason and primary cause was that he fired Edwin M. Stanton from the office of Secretary of the Department of War.  Congress had passed a law: the Tenure of Office Act.  This became law in 1867, over the veto of President Andrew Johnson. It denied the president the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The act was significantly amended on April 5, 1869. Congress repealed the act in its entirety in 1887. In 1926, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional even though it had been repealed almost forty years before.

All appointees of the executive office serve at the pleasure of the president.  He hires them, and even though the major ones must be confirmed by the Senate, he can fire them.

Andrew Johnson missed being convicted by the Senate by one vote.

Why was Bill Clinton impeached?  In this case there were only two articles of impeachment: lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.  President Clinton was acquitted on both articles of impeachment. Needing a two-thirds majority to convict the prosecution failed to achieve even a majority. On the first charge of perjury, 45 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted “not guilty,” and on the second charge of obstruction of justice the Senate was split 50-50.  However, others who were not as politically attuned were not so lenient.

In April 1999, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found Clinton in contempt of court for giving false testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment trial and fined him more than $90,000.  Once he lost his presidential immunity he was disbarred from practicing law in Arkansas and was also disbarred from practicing law in front of the Supreme Court.  Additionally he was fined $25,000 for his testimony in the Lewinsky incident.

Now the impeachment drums are beating again.  Democrats determined since November 8th to declare the Trump victory illicit by any means necessary are planning a coup.  The RESIST! Movement with its Antifa bully boys dressed in black hiding behind masks has no legs.  The American people will tire of their over-the-top antics and eventually they will spawn their own backlash in a call for law and order.

However, the political hacks, the perpetually re-elected in Congress are a horse of different color.  They’re biding their time waiting for enough blood to stain the water.  They’re waiting for their stenographers in the ABCCBSNBCPBSCNNMSNBC Cartel to give them enough political cover.  Then they’ll pounce.

Andrew Johnson was a Democrat impeached by a Republican Congress after the Civil War when the Democrat Party was completely discredited. The Republicans had a super majority and still they couldn’t convict.

In Bill Clinton’s case Republicans voted with Democrats not to convict even though some on both sides of the aisle gave speeches saying they knew he was guilty and repudiating his actions.

In the case of President Trump his political enemies have been field testing charges since day one.  They say Russians hacked the election, and even though Hillary won the popular vote these hypothetical Russians were trying to elect Trump.  They say President Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election.  Even though months of hearings and armies of investigative reporters have been chasing this mirage there is still no evidence.

Now he fired the Director of the FBI, and he supposedly gave classified information to the Russians.  Everyone admits he has every right to fire any of the political appointees in the executive branch, and President Putin is offering to give the official transcripts of the meeting between Mr. Trump and the Russian ambassador which prove no classified information was shared.  However innocence may not be enough to avoid impeachment just as it might not be enough to avoid conviction.

Why?  Because the Ryan Rhinos control the house and the McCain/McConnell Never Trumpers control the Senate.

Donald Trump is the one thing none of the elites of the Washington Swamp can abide: a non-politician who beat them all at their own game.  They cannot afford to let anyone see behind the curtain and find out how the sausage is made.  They are dedicated to the proposition that government is too complicated for an average Joe to understand.  While Mr. Trump is far from an average Joe he is not one of them.  He didn’t go to the right schools, he didn’t pay his dues on the hustings, and he shines the light on the fact that they aren’t as special as they want us to think they are.

As I have said many times, I think the first 535 names out of any phone book would yield a Congress at least as good as what we have.  What we have now is the best Congress money can buy.  Under the Telephone Book Party we would at least have a few regular people in there.

Watch the news.  Try to discern the fake from the real.  Tempests in teapots and phony scandals will continue to ruffle the waters until the Government Party is ready to overthrow the Country Party.  I believe impeachment will come.  What will be the reaction of those riding the Trump train?

Will it be despair and withdrawal or rage and confrontation?

Over the years I have offered one piece of advice repeatedly.  Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

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Torpedoes Sink Ships May 10, 2017

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Ships of State that is.

Once wars made presidents popular.  Think of Washington and the Revolution, Lincoln and the Civil War, McKinley and the Spanish American War, FDR and WW II.  Maybe that was because we used to win wars.

Korea ran Truman out of office.  Vietnam made LBJ decide not to run.  Before the Silent Coup, Nixon (who ended the war) was tarred with the Vietnam brush.  With America winning once again, George the First got a bump from the 100 day Gulf One before we all read his lips.  Then rounding out the results of quagmire wars George the Second after soaring in the aftermath of 9-11 ran aground on the sand bars of Iraq.

I am a non-interventionist.  I believe in America First.  I support the foreign policy of Thomas Jefferson, “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

We don’t need to intervene in the wars of others.  We don’t need to fight proxy wars in foreign lands.  We don’t need to crusade our way into a religious war with over a billion people.

We have a war right here, the Culture War long ago defined by the prescient ideological father of the Trump Revolution, Pat Buchanan at the 1992 Republican Convention when he said, “There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as was the Cold War itself, for this war is for the soul of America.”

The Progressives of the Obamanation, their Clintonian allies in New York’s Sixth Crime Family, and the Sandersnista Antifa Black Shirts have been stalled in their Long March to a socialist America by the Trump phenomenon.  Daily the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel hammers away in their effort to de-legitimize President Trump.  The low information voters who get their personal opinions from the Democrat stenographers in the Cartel repeat the talking points released by Schumer, Pelosi, and the Deep State.  The RINOs following McCain are yearning to stretch their hands across the aisles doing anything they can to embarrass or undermine President Trump.

The neo-con dream weavers are working day and night to lure Mr. Trump into a foreign adventure.  If they can somehow get a war started that they can hang around his neck the miracle election may fizzle into the counter-revolution of a midterm election debacle and the inevitable impeachment hearings that would bring.

Instead of following the McCain/Krauthammer/Crystal wing to war somewhere for something lets quit subsidizing the economies of over a hundred countries with our bases.  Bring our troops home let them build the wall and secure our own borders.  Build the most sophisticated and powerful defenses imagined and defend America First.

An American hero once said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”  The torpedoes of war often sink the ship of state.  Even the victorious often fall victim to the terminal bleeding of a Pyrrhic victory.  Look at Britain.  They lost two generations to win two world wars and the empire they fought to save died from the wounds.

Mr. President I know the pressure to go to war is mounting.  To take a battle cry from the dis-loyal opposition, “Resist!”  Defend us if we are attacked.  Build the Wall.  Secure the border.  Win the war at home don’t be sidetracked into the abyss that has swallowed other presidencies.  We won the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then the protracted nation-building melted the consensus of world support we received after 9-11.  To many around the world and here at home we have become the aggressors.  Look what it did to the approval rating for George the Second.

War always leads to destruction.  It’s supposed to.  Since Truman invented the idea of limited war even the victories have felt more like defeats.  Look at Vietnam.  Mr. President you were elected by people who want secure borders, a rebirth of American industry, and a return to the fundamentals of the American Experiment; limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity.  Don’t fall into the trap of a foreign war.  Win the war at home instead.

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Republican Strategy: Retreat From Victory May 3, 2017

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Having won the white House, the House, and the Senate the victorious Republicans have handed the Democrats the budget process.  In doing so they have surrendered everything they were supposedly fighting for: no wall, no end to Obamacare, no end to sanctuary cities, and no end to funding for Planned Parenthood.  The Democrat leaders are celebrating their victory after losing election after election.  Those of us who voted Republican, who voted to get our country back, are mourning a loss after winning election after election.  This does not bode well for the Republican Party, the democratic process, or the social contract in America.

A few weeks ago I asked the question: are Democrats smarter than Republicans.  Just asking the question enraged many of the “Read the headline and ignore the article” crowd.  If they had read the article they would have learned that my answer to that question was no, they aren’t smarter just dedicated to a larger purpose than feathering their own nests or maintaining power.

The Democrats of today present a unified front dedicated to transforming America into the Progressive dream / the American nightmare of a collectivized state.

The Republicans, after having been co-opted and led by Progressives calling themselves Republicans for the past twenty years, are struggling through the Trump Revolution.  The same congressional leaders are still in place: Ryan, McConnell, McCain, etc. and they are as intent on obstructing the President as their colleagues Schumer and Pelosi.

Don’t be fooled by the label Republican.  What President Trump is facing is a twin headed bird of prey; the Republicrat government party.  This self-serving combination is the political expression of their philosophical mentors in academia.  They receive their marching orders daily through the megaphone provided by the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media.  They apply social pressure in the streets through their bully-boys the Anti-Fa bandanna wearing thugs who use violence to shut down free speech.

Where is this headed?

I believe that at some point the House will begin impeachment hearings.  The Media will of course continue their feeding frenzy of Anti-Trump hysteria.  The Bully-boys will try to stifle anyone who disagrees.  The usual suspects will follow their philosophical leader, Maxine Waters, into the streets and the fake news media will do their best to make it appear that the whole country wants their coup to succeed.

Washington has spent generations trying to make everyone believe that only the technicians of the political maze are qualified to steer the Ship of State.  In reality the first 535 names in the phone book could probably do as well and at least we would have some regular people in there and maybe some common sense.

So far they’ve used the courts, the Congress, the bureaucracy, and the media to block and demean everything President Trump tries to do, everything we elected him to do.  If they manage to overthrow the results of the election in another silent coup we may witness the final unraveling of the social contract in America.

For years the Republicans chased votes by saying, “Give us the power and we will right the Ship of State.”  We gave them the House.  They said they needed the Senate too before they could do anything.  We gave them the Senate.  Then they said they also needed the White House before they could do anything.  We gave them the White House.  And what do we get?  A retreat from victory.  Now they say, “Wait till September.”   Personally I don’t think I’ll hold my breath.

This budget surrender is a betrayal.  The legal contortions of the judiciary are shameful.  The unhinged media assault is transparent.  And any attempt to overthrow this president may well be suicidal.

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The Second Amendment Makes All the Others Possible May 1, 2017

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Why do I need a permit to do what the Constitution says I have a right to do?

If States passed laws making the first amendment null and void do you think we might hear about it?  If a permit was required to speak your mind do you think anyone would protest?

These are all good questions.  What we need is some good answers.

The Second Amendment decrees: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Progressives have been telling us for a long time that this should only apply to the National Guard which they contend is the twenty-first century equivalent of a well-regulated militia.  In the landmark Supreme Court decision McDonald v. Chicago the majority ruled that neither the Federal Government nor the States had a right to prevent lawful citizens from protecting their homes with firearms including pistols.

What did the Founders have to say:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” George Washington

“A free people ought to be armed.” George Washington speech of January 7, 1790 in the Boston Independent Chronicle, January 14, 1790.

”A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” George Washington

”From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good” George Washington.

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper No. 46, at 243-244.

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison.

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton.

“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms…” Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Peirce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850. 2, col. 2.

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

“I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
Noah Webster, “An Examination into the leading Principles of the Federal Constitution.” in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States , at 56 (New York, 1888).

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms…  “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

Who is the “Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment?  We are.  Back in the day every community formed a local militia, trained and drilled preparing to defend liberty.  It was against these militias that the British moved when the marched against Concord and Lexington.  And it was these militias that fired the shot heard round the world.  It was these militias that formed the backbone of American resistance during the Revolutionary War.  And it was these Militias composed of a generally armed citizenry that were and are guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Now after years of Progressive administrations attempting to disarm America we finally have a President who gets it.  President Trump recently told the members of the National Rifle Association, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”  The President also said, “I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.  Never ever.”

He recently released a paper outlining his position on gun ownership.  It began, “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”  The paper explains that the right to keep and bear arms is a right that preexisted both the government and the Constitution. It also notes that government didn’t create the right and therefore cannot take it away.  In the paper he referred to the Second Amendment as “America’s first freedom.” He pointed out that it helps protect all of the other rights we hold dear.

In the paper the President proposed strengthening and expanding laws allowing law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves from criminals using their own guns, without fear of repercussion from the government.  Specifically he said he wanted to do away with pointless and ineffective gun and magazine bans instead suggesting that we fix the current background check system already in place, rather than expanding a broken system.

We have been on the wrong path.  Hopefully, we are now on the right path.  No matter who leads or where they ask us to follow we must remember that the Second Amendment makes all the others possible.  It might also be helpful to remember that Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

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BUILD THE WALL April 28, 2017

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The Democrats are bluffing.  The last thing they want is to do is go on the record that they would rather shut down the government than pay for a border wall.  The next to the last thing they want is to go on record with a vote against the wall.  They know that to do either of these things would bring them no votes just more people outraged over them continuing to choose illegal immigrants over citizens.

Have the fight.  Call the vote.  Don’t follow Ryan in funding Planned Parenthood while refusing to fund the wall.  Don’t throw us under the bus for political expediency.

Obamacare is still here.  China isn’t a currency manipulator.  NATO is all right.  Intervention in foreign wars and military confrontations seem to be the order of the day.  Hopefully we won’t be singing with the WHO, “The new boss is the same as the old boss.”

People voted for hope and change and got a totally transformed America.  We voted for America First.  What are we going to get?

I have supported Donald Trump from early on and I’m not giving up on him yet.  But come on backing down from a fight about the wall is enough to shake the faith of a Trumpist Monk.

The Republicans control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.  This is what they have been telling us for years that they needed to advance the America First Agenda.  However, the RINO contingent has reached across the aisles to block what should have been a cake walk back to reality.

Doesn’t the President know that caving on the wall will be a deal breaker?  Forget about expending treasure and blood to defend South Korea and spend some political capital to defend America.  BUILD THE WALL.  Let the Democrats go into the next elections trying to defend why they think it’s better to have open borders that bring in millions of people to compete with citizens for jobs.  BUILD THE WALL.  Let them defend why it isn’t important to stop the flow of Heroin and other drugs into our country.  BUILD THE WALL.

Mr. President you are the Commander-in-Chief.  Building the wall is a national security issue.  BUILD THE WALL.  Use some of the Defense budget to defend America.  BUILD THE WALL.  Use the money seized from drug dealers.   BUILD THE WALL.   Put a surcharge on international wire transfers and dedicate the money to building the wall.  BUILD THE WALL.  Impose an emergency 5% surcharge on all goods coming in from Mexico and use the money to build the wall.  BUILD THE WALL.  At least make some proposals for how to fund the wall. BUILD THE WALL.   Sponsor some laws that provide funding for the wall.  BUILD THE WALL.

Don’t cave.  BUILD THE WALL.  Stand strong and those who came up off the couch to vote will stay standing alongside you.  BUILD THE WALL.  If you cave on the wall the Republicans will lose control of the house in 2018 and your impeachment hearings will start in 2019. BUILD THE WALL.

Don’t throw away the miracle win to beat all miracle wins because the Democrats are threatening to shut down the government.  BUILD THE WALL.  Let the doors swing shut on the bloated bureaucratic regulation machine and see who blinks first.  BUILD THE WALL.

BUILD THE WALL.    BUILD THE WALL.    BUILD THE WALL.

BUILD THE WALL and protect America.  BUILD THE WALL and secure your legacy.  BUILD THE WALL and cement a coalition that will ensure you re-election in 2020.  BUILD THE WALL and make America Great Again.

BUILD THE WALL.    BUILD THE WALL.    BUILD THE WALL.

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War Does Not Bring Peace April 26, 2017

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I am a supporter of our troops.  I believe they are patriots and America’s best.  I don’t question the bravery or skill of our troops it’s the imperial foreign policy which sends them as sacrifices on the altar of political ambition that I question.

The cruel calculations of political elites using our service men and women as pawns on their partisan game board are shameful.  The most shocking example of this was President Obama announcing a surge in troops at the same time he announced the exit strategy for leaving the country.  What could be more counterproductive than telling an asymmetrical enemy, “If you hang on long enough we leave and you win.”

Look at Iraq.  We went to war to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction which even President Bush eventually admitted were never there.  We went to war because our leaders intimated that Iraq had a hand in the sneak attacks of 9-11 based on a rumored meeting between an Iraqi agent and Mohamed Atta another claim that has since been repudiated.  Did we go to war to correct the partial victory we gained in Gulf War I under George I?  Did we go to war as George II later claimed to make the Mideast safe for democracy?  Whatever the reason for invading Iraq, a nation we supported for years, a nation which had not and was not planning to attack us, what did we accomplish and what do we have now that we are gone?

What about Afghanistan?  After the sneak attacks on 9-11 we had every legal and moral right to attack the nation that harbored and protected Al-Qaeda.  The whole world supported our right to punish those who had so cruelly attacked us.

However, to keep faith with the Constitution a declaration of war should have been obtained.  Instead we followed the pattern of all military actions since WW II a guns and butter approach where war is waged off somewhere in the distance.  It is shielded by a compliant media and the fog of official pronouncements so our elites can keep the political landscape manageable at home.

Our armed forces waged a brilliant campaign that dismantled the Taliban regime in short order.  Then instead of saying, “If it happens again we’ll come back again,” and leaving we have stayed for more than a dozen years squandering hundreds of billions building a nation for people who don’t see themselves as a nation.  They are a collection of tribes grouped together by the necessities of international politics surrounded by a porous border and a history of ungovernable conflict.

Does anyone doubt that after we leave Kabul the Taliban will return?  Does anyone doubt that the training and weapons that we have given to our Afghan allies which are turned against us on a regular basis will form the bedrock of future Taliban strength?  Does anyone doubt that as we roll out the front door our Afghan puppets will be taking 747s filled with their plunder of American taxpayer cash on their way to a luxurious exile at our expense?

The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive right to declare war.  This limitation on the prerogative of our chief executive to commit America to war without the consent of the citizens was considered one of the most important strengths of the document.  The founders of our nation came from a society in which autocratic kings had often plunged their nations into wars based on their own desires, whims, and political machinations.  Those who wrote the Constitution to be the framework for a new type of nation determined that we should never go to war unless it was the expression of the people through their elected representatives.  They believed this would limit war to the defense of the Republic and its vital interests.

There hasn’t been a declared war since World War II and yet our sons and daughters have fought and died in countless battles around the world.  With the war in Afghanistan winding up and down the Neocons and Progressives are beating the war drums daily for intervention in North Korea, Syria, Iran, and even war with Russia and China.

The Obama Administration’s policy of supporting Islamic Radicals, supplied weapons to the Al-Qaeda led Syrian rebels for years.  I contend the Mission in Benghazi and its satellite CIA Safe-House was in reality a conduit for transferring untraceable weapons from the captured Libyan arsenal through Turkey to the rebels.  So when it comes to Syria we are already there and we have been since the beginning.  We have had special forces on the ground.  We have trained so-called moderate Islamists who to a man have taken the training and weapons to ISIS as quickly as they could.   Now our Neo-con cheerleaders want us to directly intervene.

The same goes for Iran.  There is a shadow war that has been raging for years between Israel with American support and Iran.  This shadow war consists of assassinations of nuclear scientists, bombing nuclear facilities and uploading computer viruses into computers used to control the cyclotrons used to enrich uranium on the part of the allies.  The response has been attacks against Israeli citizens around the world and even a bombing attempt in Washington D.C.

This was not enough.  America was been goaded into imposing draconian sanctions against Iran.  Sanctions which if imposed on us we would be consider acts of war.  Once again this was not enough.  The Neocons were working day and night to get us to deliver some shock and awe all over Iran all in the name of peace.  The Iran deal paying off the Ayatollahs may have pushed this brewing confrontation to the back burner but make no mistake McCain and Company still have their cross hairs trained on Tehran.

Iran has not attacked another country in the memory of anyone who is alive today.  Or in the lives of the ancestors going back hundreds of years.  America’s intelligence agencies unanimously tell us, Congress, and the Administration that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program.  Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, and as a part of that treaty it is guaranteed the right to develop nuclear power for peaceful means and we have no proof that they are doing anything else.  In other words we have paid them hundreds of billions to stop doing something our own intelligence services say they weren’t doing.

As far as Iran is concerned we were told “Containment is off the table.”  Now we are told “All options are on the table.”  Why was containment off the table?  It worked during the Cold war when we faced off with an enemy many times larger with thousands of nuclear weapons on delivery systems aimed at our cities.  Why won’t it work against a nation that at this point has no nuclear weapons?

Why was it acceptable for North Korea to have nuclear weapons but not Iran?  Does anyone think the Ayatollahs are crazier than the boy dictator of the Kim dynasty?  There is no doubt that the United States military has the ability to destroy Iran’s conventional defensive and offensive resources within a short time.

It is obvious we could, “Bomb them both back to the stone age” as the saying goes.  However that wouldn’t necessarily mean that some of the stones thrown later in the contest might not hurt.  Iran and North Korea both have unknown asymmetrical war capabilities.

It’s believed that their allies in Gaza and Lebanon would immediately attack Israel.  The Iranians would also do all they could to interrupt the supply of the oil upon which we continue to allow ourselves to depend.  They would attempt to attack the oil fields of their neighbors, to close the Straits of Hormuz, attack nearby American bases, and possible stir up rebellions in Sunni ruled countries with either sizable Shiite minorities or in some cases majorities.

North Korea would immediately shell Seoul and inflict per4haps millions of casualties.  Our troops, over 20,000 strong are right in the line of fire.  Their massive wall of artillery is protected by sophisticated SAM sites that would exact a high price from our Air Force.  And with a million man army of fanatic loyalists a land invasion would be daunting to say the least.

We might even face terrorist attacks here in the Homeland.  This war would not be a cake walk.  The military and economic consequences would be immediate and they would be dire.

However, as dire as these consequences would be these are not potentially the most troubling. War opens the door for domestic changes that would not be possible during normal times.  While we have been and are engaged in a multi-generational seemingly endless series of wars this war might be different.  While all our other wars have been fought over there the civilian population continued to live as if Americans were not in harm’s way even though they were.  In other words we managed to have both guns and butter, war overseas and peace at home.  In the case of a war with Iran, North Korea, Russia, or China we might face a situation that could bring the war home to America in multiple ways.

Economically gas could skyrocket causing dislocation in our fragile economy.  On the military front terror sleeper cells could be activated in America or terrorists could come in through our porous borders.  Both the economic impact and terrorist activities would open the door for drastic government action which could well negatively impact our lives.  Rights are often curtailed in times of emergency.   The cost of war is often seen in the growth of government power and the loss of freedom at home.  We might even have to institute a military draft.  Does anyone think the snowflake generation would meekly march off to boot camp?  Does anyone think they might melt at the first day in boot camp?  “Where are our safe zones?”  “I should be in the WACS!”  “The drill sergeant looked at me and now I feel threatened.”

Our worldwide military presence is not keeping us safe and in many ways it’s provocative.  Peace and equitable trade with all is the course recommended by our founders.  It was the foreign policy of every administration until McKinley and the default position until FDR.  Let us return to our traditions and reject these endless wars for peace.  Let us quit supporting other economies with our foreign bases.  Let us end the many entangling agreements that bind us to fight for others who should instead fight for themselves.

With real peace we could perhaps deal with the domestic issues that are tearing us apart and driving us into bankruptcy.  Every patriot should recognize the danger new fronts in our never-ending war will have on our current battle to maintain personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity here at home.  Consequently patriots should do everything in their power to stop the stampede to war.  Stand up for real peace and not for more wars for a peace that never comes.  No matter how they package it war does not bring peace.

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Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans? April 19, 2017

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I have asked myself this question many times.  Have recent events changed my mind?

The headline blares, “Nunes steps aside from Russia probe.”  Why?  As Nunes puts it, “Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics.  The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”

Do you think if this was House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Democrat Adam Schiff serving as the head of the committee he would step aside?  No way.  If this was going on against a Democrat the entire Progressive establishment would be attacking the Ethics Committee for even accepting such accusations.

In a second example let’s look at the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.  He recuses himself from the Russian witch hunt over non-issues.  Does anyone remember that Obama’s last AG Loretta Lynch meeting with Ex-President Clinton on an airport in Arizona while her department was conducting a criminal investigation of his wife?   Did she recuse herself?  Of course not only Republicans are held to those standards.

Or look at the fake news tsunami about Russian meddling in our recent election.  After all this inquiry there is no evidence to support it.  WIKI Leaks has provided documents that show our own intelligence organizations routinely hack computers and make it look like the Russians did it.  And besides as I have been pointing out all along if the Russians did hack the election and Hillary won the popular vote who was the recipient of any Russian help?  Now it comes out that President Obama’s political hatchet woman Susan Rice was the one unmasking people from the Trump campaign and transition team in broad sweep intel gatherings.  So it looks like if any government was trying to interfere in a fair election it was ours.

And yet the media drum beat and the hearings, investigations, and charges continue.  If this was happening to a Democrat, say to President Obama what would we hear?   The media megaphone would be blaring day and night that it was a racially motivated witch hunt.  And unlike the Republicans who have some of the leaders of their party in and out of government and those in the media joining in the attacks in a similar situation the Democrats would circle the wagons and defend the attacked 24/7.

Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football over and over again only to have Lucy pull it away; each time the Democrats keep running the same play and the Republicans keep falling for it.  This brings us to the question of the day, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”

I was a fourth generation Republican who cut my teeth in Nixon’s first presidential campaign back in 1960 and then in Barry Goldwater’s failed Presidential bid.  I worked for Goldwater, Reagan, and all the following Republican flag wavers who tried to rally the country to a return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  That is I did until Trent Lott’s Republican Senate Majority gave us the impeachment debacle and the explosion of government growth and spending under Hastert, Lott, and Bush.  When the Republican Senate refused to impeach President Clinton for crimes he later admitted and when they and their House brethren became Democrat Lite as the party of power, I mailed my membership card to the party that was no longer the Grand Old Party of my great grandfather and became an Independent.

For most of my life I was a party man: accepting some things I didn’t agree with for the greater good of electing a party with a platform I could agree with.  However, once it became apparent that as far as the budget went we had elected the foxes to watch the hen house, that the conservative social agenda received a tip-of-the-hat during elections followed by no action, and that the only victims of the impeachment were those brave enough to bring the charges the scales fell from my eyes.  Once I saw that the Republicans had lost their moorings and were swilling at the public trough, I realized the platform we conservatives battle so hard for and hold so dear is merely a mirage held in front of social and fiscal conservatives to keep them loyal to a Party captured by the Progressives.

Back in the Dream Time, when my mind was still locked in the glow of Ronald Reagan and all his example and message meant to America, even then I wondered, “What’s wrong with these leaders of ours?  Why do the Democrats always seem to outsmart them at every turn?”

Even Reagan, the best of the best, was hoodwinked by Tip O’Neal in the amnesty bargain: we would grant amnesty and then seal the border.  The problem is the illegal immigrants got the amnesty; however, America’s border was never sealed.  He also signed several tax deals with the Democratic majority.  We the People lost many deductions in exchange for lower rates.  The deductions never came back even though the rates started rising again as soon as the Gipper said good night and George the First forgot to read his own lips.

George Bush the Elder was out maneuvered by the Progressives so many times that 20% of his base ran to Perot opening the door for Clinton and the first attempt to ram national health care down America’s throat.  That time they overplayed their hand and the last great strategist among the Republicans, Newt Gingrich, was able to sell a Contract with America and bring the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years.

Newt kept the promises and brought some fiscal sanity back to Washington.  Within a few short years the Republican led Congress ended welfare as we had known it for generations and balanced the budget.  Unfortunately the Party of Lincoln then nominated someone who campaigned as if he had voted for Lincoln.  The 1996 Republican campaign would have had to improve several thousand percent to make it to dull.  Suddenly, with an assist from the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media it was Clinton, who had been dragged kicking and screaming to the benefit and spending cutting table, who was the author of everything positive Congress had accomplished.  The Republicans had been outmaneuvered and outsmarted again.

According to every one of the serial re-counts Bush the younger won Florida and legitimately the presidential race of 2000.  Yet, to this day people talk of him being selected not elected.  After the dastardly deeds of 9-11 the rhetorically-challenged George captured the hearts of America and the admiration of the Western world by taking a bullhorn and talking to a crowd at ground zero.  Yet by fighting and winning America’s first preemptive war and then losing the peace through the lack of planning he soon lost the PR campaign which led to the Pelosi-Reid Congress in 2006 and eventually to the absolute triumph of Progressivism in 2008.

Once their secular messiah was enthroned at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the Progressives with their filibuster proof majority took the reins of single-party rule and imposed their radical agenda to transform America into a Nanny-state based upon the re-distribution of wealth.  This wanton destruction of the traditional American society based on limited government and free enterprise sparked a vast rebellion of the silent majority resulting in the teanami of 2010 which brought a Republican majority back to the People’s House and an expanded minority to the Senate.

And what is the first thing these political savants do?  They reaffirm the same tired leadership and strike a deal that anyone who was paying attention could see was tailor made to save the discredited Obama presidency and set the stage for him to follow in Mr. Clinton’s footsteps taking credit for anything good the historic election might have made possible.  What were these so-called leaders thinking?  They turned the victory of the grassroots into a capitulation to the elites.  Not only did they sign a deal that extended uncertainty and raised estate taxes, they gave the Administration cover for a stealth stimulus filled with porkulous pay-offs designed to help re-elect the President.

Along comes 2012 and the Republican establishment and their friends in the Progressive Media engineer the nomination of the one man who couldn’t beat the worst president in American History with the worst economy since 1932.  They surrender the issue of a massively unpopular Obamacare by nominating the author of its prototype.  Mr. Romney spends the last debate agreeing with the President’s handling of foreign policy and ignoring the raging controversy over the debacle in Benghazi.  If he didn’t throw the election he tossed it away.

Then came Trump, he wins fair and square yet he is illegitimate.  There is no evidence of any collusion with the Russians but the seriousness of the charges demand an investigation as is the Democrat standard operating procedure.  All of this smoke and mirrors might easily be a cover so that no one gets to investigate the real scandal, that the Obama administration spied on and distributed the findings in an attempt to sabotage the incoming Trump.  And the Republicans are either right in there working with the Democrats, they recuse themselves, or they’re merely ineffective in dispersing the smoke and revealing the truth.

So, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”  The answer is they aren’t.  It isn’t a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of people with dedication to something larger than themselves, as opposed to people with dedication to seeing themselves as something larger than they are.

The leadership of the Democrat Party is composed of committed radical Progressives.  They have a long term agenda to transform America into a socialist welfare state with an unlimited government, and they never lose sight of that goal.  They’re willing to commit political suicide, or more accurately they’re willing to encourage their follow travelers who do not occupy safe seats to commit political suicide usually with pay off jobs in government agencies.  They never take their eyes off the ball.  They’re constantly pushing to move closer to the goal line even if it’s one inch at a time.  And after the debacle that was Hillary they are warming to the idea of allowing an outright Socialist to become the leader and agenda driver of their Party.

They say a leopard can’t change his spots and at least the sheep’s clothing is falling off the Faux Socialists who call themselves Democrats.  It is interesting to remember that the Communist Party USA went all in for Obama and Clinton.  Why run your own candidate when one of the major parties is doing it for you.  These are some dedicated community organizers who aim at nothing less than fundamentally transforming America.

By comparison, the leadership of the Republicans is composed of professional politicians. They’re pragmatists who do whatever they have to do and say whatever they have to say to retain their seats, their power, and their perks.  They believe the inside the beltway press who tell them how visionary they are to compromise, losing sight of those back home in fly-over country who instead believed the campaign promises and expect their representatives to stand up for principles.

The Party of Lincoln over-and-over chooses to be on the receiving end of Pickett’s Charge instead of behind the spit-rail fence firing point blank as their enemy wastes itself in a senseless assault against an immovable barrier.  The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  They could be that immovable barrier holding back the advancing forces of bankruptcy and collapse.  Instead the Progressives of the right are once again embracing the frivolous and spurious attacks of the Left against anyone who is really trying to lead away from the super state.   Soon they will join the Progressives of left in a bi-partisan campaign to continue the spending, increase the debt, and fool the public.

Paraphrasing the first Republican President, Historian Will Durant once wisely observed, “It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

Looking at the question which is the title of this essay, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans” over many years of pondering this question, I haven’t changed my mind.  Singleness of purpose and focusing on a goal will make one appear smarter than someone who is merely in it for what they can get.  In other words, people who are dedicated to achieving long-term goals who have the ability to delay gratification will always trump self-serving pragmatists who can see no further than the feathers in their own nest.

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Is Anyone Watching Those Who Watch Us? April 5, 2017

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The ongoing tempest in a tea cup concerning Russian hacking and Trump collusion is merely “Why? Oh, why did Hillary lose?” etched out in Washington double speak through the media megaphone.  To sum it all up I’m reminded of a quote from the Wicked Witch of the West, “What a world…what a world.”  (Not THAT Wicked Witch of the West the one from the Wizard of Oz.)

Here we are in an America where the government can listen to and record every word or keystroke without a warrant and the person who tells us about it is a traitor.  This is an America obsessed with a manufactured scandal about Russian collusion to elect Trump by people who love to say, “Hillary won the popular vote.”  They never seem to connect the dots.  If the Russians hacked our election and Hillary won the popular vote whose side were they on?

Back in the old days when the Hermit of Chappaqua was celebrated as the smartest woman in the world by the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel there was a joke that made the rounds:

Bill and Hillary pulled into a gas station in rural Arkansas and good old Bubba comes out to pump the gas.  As he’s wiping the windshield he looks through the glass and then says, “Hillary is that you?”  It turns out that Hillary and Bubba used to date.  As they pulled away America’s most beloved sexual predator is laughing.  Hillary asks, “Bill what’s so funny?”   The Prince of Interns says, “Here you are married to the President of the United States instead of married to some gas station attendant.”  Where upon Hillary quips, “Bill, if I would’ve married him he’d be the President of the United States.”

A sequel to this apocryphal story could be:

The two heads of New York’s Sixth Crime Family are sitting at the inauguration of Donald Trump.  Hillary says to Bill, “If it hadn’t been for you and all your baggage that would be me up there.”  Bill leans over and whispers, “If you would have listened to me and campaigned instead of waiting to be crowned that might have been you up there.”

Hillary ran an abysmal campaign.  I haven’t seen anything like it since Bob Dole ran on the logic of, “It’s my turn.”

Although some of us saw the coming collapse of the PC America Last crowd in the growing disgust of hard working Americans the central planners never did.  They dismissed us as deplorable Bible clutching flag waving knuckle dragging tax paying bumpkins who lived in fly over country and could safely be ignored by our betters.  They have come to rue the hubris of their assumption.  They still don’t get it, but they rue it, and to them ruing is a new experience.

So their chosen successor to the Great Apologizer fell flat on her pants suit and they don’t know what to do.  It couldn’t have been that people actually rejected their plan to convert America into a third world hellhole one vote among many in a UN controlled New World Order.  No, that couldn’t be it.  There must have been a conspiracy.  So today we wander endlessly day and night through the twenty-four hour wall-to-wall fake news cycle of the Russians did it while trumpeting that Hillary won the popular vote.  Now we learn when President Trump tweeted that he and his transition team were under surveillance by the Obama administration he was pointing to where the hacking may have all originated.  Even a celebrated left winger like Oliver Stone on CNN as reported by the Daily Beast says the DNC hack was an inside job.  Another left leaning news source, Salon reports that our own intelligence agencies can hack sites and make it look like the Russians did it.  If possible a shadowy tale gets darker.

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national-security adviser and confidant, called for American citizens who happened to be involved in the Trump campaign and transition team to be unmasked.  Then we learn that Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, has acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence on Trump team ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.  This isn’t a smoking gun.  It’s two smoking guns.  Both of these women need to testify under oath.  Where is Trey Gowdy when you need him?

And yet, the beat goes on.  It reminds me that the last person elected saying that he was going to drain the swamp was Richard Nixon in 1972.  Before that it was JFK.  It is obvious the Progressives are plotting the Nixon treatment for Mr. Trump.  Let us pray no one attempts the JFK solution to their problem.

I might have just certified my induction into the Conspiracy Theorists Secret Handshake Society as far as any supporters of the establishment are concerned; however, I believe that the permanent government, now called the Deep State, has its own agenda and they are not above staging a silent coup to reign in any elected officials who get in the way.

Facts can be ignored:

Hillary won the popular vote

The Clintons have deep and long ties to Russian Oligarchs

The Clintons received millions from the Russians during the Uranium Deal

All those suspicious donations that we were assured weren’t bribes dried up and the Clinton foundation is blowing away after Hillary lost the election

Obama administration officials broke the spirit and possibly the letter of the law in their attempts to sabotage the incoming Trump Administration

Not only does the media cartel put everything through their progressive spin cycle, if anything is reported that disrupts their playbook they go so far as to instruct their viewers to ignore the story.  What is so sad about this is that so many we know and love, those who get their personal opinion from the Cartel will do what they are instructed to do.  They will ignore the facts and believe the lie.

Every conversation and keystroke recorded, cameras everywhere, investigations that have predetermined conclusions, and hearings that can only be seen as show trials and political theater that is America today.  So if our government is watching everyone and editing the tapes here’s my question: is anyone watching those who watch us?  If you are don’t tell anyone.  It might be treason.

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Hope For The Hopeless April 3, 2017

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What is the self-deception of self-perception?

It is so easy to believe that the universe is self-centered because our perception is.  The only universe anyone can see is viewable from one and only one perspective; with our self in the center.

Like any other type of navel gazing the self-deception of self-perception carries the seeds of its own penalty.  While focusing on self we miss the reality of the world that is spinning around us oblivious to the self-absorbed child prattling away in the center of a room full of adults.  We may think we are profound.  However if our only frame of reference is the inherently flawed one we perceive from our perch in the center of an ego-centric universe our insights are skewed and our judgement irrelevant.  We may believe we are essential.  However, while knowing we are essential we should recall that graveyards are filled with irreplaceable people.

This is not an attempt to bring about a personal Great Depression.  It is not it is not the voice of one crying from the roof tops, “Abandon hope all ye who enter here” from someone who ascribes to the street wisdom, “Life’s a bitch and then you die.”

No, this is the warning of one who has made the mistake of confusing the apparent reality of a personally centered universe for the reality of a God centered universe.  For make no mistake, if we do not put God in the center we will inevitably and eventually put ourselves there.

As we watch our world wobble off into a bizarre pseudo-reality created by perpetually re-elected control freaks in government, indoctrination centers posing as educational institutions, and spin machines in the media it is hard to see where it is going.

Look at the so-called Russian Scandal.  What I want to know is that if the Russians hacked the election to change the outcome and Hillary won the popular vote why aren’t we looking at her campaign for the collusion?

The shrill campaign to make the Trump Presidency appear illegitimate becomes more transparent every day.  Look at Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man who was earlier confirmed unanimously for the Appeals court Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer now says he has “serious doubts” that Judge Gorsuch is within what Democrats consider to be the legal mainstream.

On issue after issue whatever President Trump tries to do or say he is attacked.  It reminds me of the story making the rounds; President Trump is out in a boat with another man.  The other man’s hat blows off.  President Trump gets out of the boat and walks on the water over to get the hat and then walks on the water back.  Gives the hat to the man and gets back in the boat.  The next day the headline is, “Trump can’t swim.”

Many of those around us, many of those who rule the world around us are trapped in a cycle of navel gazing.  They can’t see the forest for the trees.  In the last election we had the choice between the last nail in our coffin and a chance.  We decided to take the chance.  Don’t let those who believe they are the source and summit of all things stop us from at least trying to get ourselves out of the ditch they drove us into.

And by the way the only real antidote to falling into the self-deception of self-perception trap is to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and to believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.  If you will do that all the rest of this will fall into place no matter what headlines the media cartel chooses to invent.

The only way we got here to begin with is because prayer works and because He promised if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

So when you see the navel gazers lying about everything, making up their fake news, and convincing everyone around you to repeat their headlines thinking that these are their personal opinions don’t get dismayed.  Don’t be depressed.  For though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place no evil shall befall you nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;  for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Remember without hope your hopeless and I would not want to leave you hopeless.  In other words, why worry when you can pray?

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I Care More Than You Care See My Ribbon March 30, 2017

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For over twenty years my wife and I were the pastors of churches and leaders of ministries.  Everywhere we ministered we founded programs to feed and clothe those who needed assistance.  These ministries through the work of volunteers and the donations of private citizens fed and clothed thousands all without ever taking a dime of government money.

Back in the dream time when I was young in the ministry I helped start a feeding ministry.  We fed so many needy people with groceries and had so many coming for hot meals it was astounding.  We did no means testing.  We fed everyone who came to the door all with volunteers and private donations.

Then came the Reagan food giveaway program and everything changed.  If you don’t remember this it was a program started in 1983 by the Reagan administration.  They opened the government warehouses and began giving away vast amounts of the American processed cheese, cheddar cheese, corn meal, non-fat dry milk and honey that was stored as part of the agricultural policy of buying up products to maintain prices.  In the past this food was allowed to sit in these warehouses until it rotted and was thrown away.  So instead of this wasteful procedure President Reagan wanted the food given to the needy.

When our feeding program was contacted by some state officials they said come and get all you want no strings attached.  So we did.  And we watched as our program grew and grew.  The Federal Government of Ronald Reagan said no strings however in the spirit of his New Federalism he gave the food to the States to distribute to agencies and thus to the needy.  This worked great……for a while.

Then the State wanted an accounting of how much we gave and to how many.  That was fine.  It was none intrusive so we compiled that and submitted it to the State.  Then they wanted to know where the recipients of the food lived.  That was fine.  It was none intrusive so we compiled that and submitted it to the State.  Then they wanted to know how much money the made and had.  Then we quit the program.  With this my first experience with founding and running a ministry to help others I learned a powerful lesson.  Once the government camel gets its nose in the tent it wants to inch-by-inch take over.  I vowed never again.

Every program to help the needy my wife and I ever started never means tested anyone.  We never reported anything to anyone and we didn’t have to because everything was done by the churches and ministries we served and supported by volunteers and private donations.  Many times we were asked about not means testing.  People would ask, “Don’t you know some people are gaming the system?”  We would answer, “Yes we’re sure there are some gaming the system but those who really need the help don’t need to be subjected to embarrassing questions.  Let’s preserve their dignity while we help them keep body and soul together.  If some are taking what they don’t really need and thus depriving others with real need that is on them.”

Why am I relating this bit of personal history?  Not because I need a pat on the back.  I have received more than enough recognition for merely doing what I felt the Lord showed me to do with the help and support of others.  Pastors always get more than enough gratitude for things many are involved in.  No, I’m sharing this to highlight the fact that much good can be done without government support and that the strings government support always drag along behind cause distortions, maladjustments, and inequalities in the services provided.

Why do I think such a lesson is needed at this time?  The recent release of the President Trump’s first budget proposal signaled the desire of our Mr. Trump to return the Federal Government to its original purposes, national defense, international trade, and foreign relations.  To do this many sacred cows were brought to the block.  Some of the cuts such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting aim to shut down what are obviously Progressive jobs programs part and parcel of the social engineering and propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

However proposed cuts to other programs such as Meals on Wheels and Head Start are characterized as examples of the hard hearts of anyone who isn’t a Progressive.

This is what I want to draw attention to.  This is the idea that it is the job of the Federal Government to feed and clothe its citizens.  This is based on the idea that government can be compassionate.  Progressives from both the Democrat and the Republican side of the government party say this is what’s needed for compassion’s sake when in reality it is what is needed for the sake of power.  A Government is incapable of being compassionate.  Compassion is a human emotion and a government is a bureaucratic organization that rules over a territory and a population.  So-called government compassion merely establishes programs that choose who to help, who to ignore, and who to enrich.  Mainly it is the bureaucrats administering the program and their favorite voting blocks.

A government cannot show compassion by giving of its own to help another.  A government cannot expend one dollar on anyone that it has not appropriated from someone else.  And once it has appropriated that dollar it syphons off a large percentage to cover administrative costs.  It also requires paper work at every level as do all bureaucracies.  Therefore instead of the compassion of you or me giving our own dollar to help someone, all of which goes to the other person government takes a dollar from someone and then gives a fraction of that dollar to someone else after making that person jump through hoops to get it.

That isn’t compassion.  That is governmental over reach.  Progressives love the government approach.  That way they don’t have to give anything personally and they don’t have to associate with those actually in need.  Instead they can tax everyone else to pay for their personal hobby horse causes and then hire professional do gooders to do the distribution, all nice neat and out of the way.

All this taxation for governmental faux compassion drains away funds from individuals and private organizations who work selflessly to meet the needs of others.  It also engenders a feeling among those taxed to pay for the Progressives pet programs that they gave at the office thus cutting into possible donations to private groups.  This round robin effect of governmental interference in the instinctive compassion of the American people erodes the character of our people and curtails the amount of resources actually available for those in need.

Instead of the genuine satisfaction one feels from living out the reality that giving is better than receiving Americans are conditioned to think if they pay their taxes and wear the appropriate color ribbon they have done their duty to help make the world a better place.

The commands of government are enforced through the power of the state.  The state can take your money and do what they think is best.  The perpetually re-elected tell us constantly that they will bring the bacon home.  When I ran for public office my favorite thing to tell voters was that, “I’m not running to bring the bacon home I’m running to leave the hog with the farmer that raised it.”  This was and is my belief of how it should be it was not however what you could call a winning slogan.

Looking again at commands we all know we must follow the commands of the government since they have an exclusive right to the use of force and they have shown over and over they are not slow to use it.  However, as far as me and my house we will follow the Lord and he has given us the two most important commands of all, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

To my mind and my spirit that says it all.  If we love our neighbor as we love ourselves we will show all the compassion needed and we won’t need any bureaucrat to command us to do so.

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