Sunday, July 15, 2018

Being Old Doesn’t Make You a Danger

There is little doubt left today that we do have a significant number in our society that wants to disarm citizens, one initiative at a time here in Washington State.

Since initially proposing I-594, Universal Background Checks on Gun Purchases, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has become one of the more notable anti-gun groups as year after year they return with more initiatives, incrementally moving us towards total disarmament in little baby steps, all while claiming they respect the second amendment.

Balderdash!

There is little doubt in this bloggers mind that if they could get away with it they would confiscate every single privately owned firearm in the state right now.

But they can’t and they know the backlash against such an action as total confiscation all at once would be immense.

So they utilize baby steps, much as we were led into legalizing homosexual marriage over the years and how we saw elements in Vancouver succeed in banning the private use of fireworks to celebrate our Independence on Independence Day.

Along those lines we have our own Lazy C (the Columbian) and other larger media and newspapers engaging in demonizing guns and the NRA every chance they come across.

In the Lazy C we find editorials such as New Era in Gun Debate and Support Walkouts where are urged to heed the “sage advice” presented to us by a group of attention seeking, immature teenagers calling upon us to end gun violence by passing what they proclaim is “common sense gun control,” but never bothering to explain just what that is or means.

But, we are urged to follow their lead on gun control, even though it is also being claimed the self appointed spokesman for the group has been spotted with ‘armed security guards’ walking around New York hawking some book the hastily threw together.

Not to be outdone, the much larger newspaper to the north, the Seattle Times treats us to Dementia and guns: In Washington state and elsewhere, weapons remain in homes where we are told, “An analysis found that about 54,000 of the state’s more than 1 million residents 65 and older say they have worsening memory and confusion — and access to weapons.”

Suddenly, we seniors are being promoted as too dangerous for us to retain our firearms in our homes? Age related lapses of memory means we need to be disarmed?

The article cherry picked a handful of heart wrenching stories of seniors accidentally shooting loved ones telling us, “From news reports, court records, hospital data and public death records, KHN found 15 homicides and more than 95 suicides since 2012, although there are likely many more. The shooters often acted during bouts of confusion, paranoia, delusion or aggression — common symptoms of dementia.”

15 homicides over a six year period barely amount to one weekend in Chicago by comparison. And Chicago homicides are predominantly by younger people, not senior citizens.

And yes, it is commonly known that suicide by gun is the predominant method those choosing suicide use. But Psychologists note, “Statistics do not support a connection between gun control and US suicide rates.”

Then too, if people are really worried about suicide, why did they fight for and get assisted suicide passed in our state years ago?

No one I know of advocates severely unstable and mentally ill people to have a gun and I believe many families placing loved ones in facilities to care for or treat those patients ensures no gun goes in with them, not that I imagine any care facility approves of guns in the hands of such patients.

However, many seniors do not suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. No, they’re just older now and not as strong or flexible as they were years ago, likely making criminals sense they are easier targets for home invasion to steal what valuables or cash they have.

Left out of this article trying to lead people to envision seniors with a gun as dangerous is any account of seniors that have had to defend themselves with their firearm against criminals, even though there are numerous articles over the years of just that;

Disabled Senior Citizen Shoots Home Invader in Self Defense

Armed Senior Citizen Defends Himself Against a Home Invader

Senior Citizen Fires Fatal Shot At Home Invader With A Gun That Sat Around For 30 Years

Senior Citizen Successfully Uses Gun To Defend Himself From Home Invaders in Miami

The above articles are but a small sample of the dozens of articles found within a 5-minute web search. Obviously, seniors needed to defend themselves many times in several separate incidents that gun-grabbers would have denied them if they continue chipping away at our second amendment right to self defense.

No one, just because they have grown older should be denied their rights or due process, as the anti-gun crowd desires to do.

Overly restrictive gun laws must be defeated, even when they are labeled “common sense.”

Another short web search reveals a number of unarmed senior citizens killed in home invasion robberies.

Stealing words from actor James Garner in the 1966 movie Duel at Diablo, “Death comes soon enough. Anyone who hurries it is a damn fool.”

I would only add any who forces others to be unarmed and easy prey to stronger criminals is not only a fool, but borders on a sadistic cretin with little regard for others.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Are We Ready to Scrap Capitalism for Socialism?

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Democratic Socialists of America
It seems many from the left have forgotten the lessons taught to us by history in regards to the old theory of a government based upon Socialism. Socialism is described by a dictionary definition as, “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

The wording actually sounds fairly nice and manageable, but the reality is what has been intended since long ago by Karl Marx and the Marxist theory is, “a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.”

Those advocating socialism often lecture us as to how fair it is, how we are all equal and we have equality in prosperity and life, escaping the bondage of capitalism where they claim only the wealthy ever prosper from the labors of the poorer workers.

Since I am not a historian I don’t intend to dwell much on the history of the theory here, readers can easily find many articles describing the onset of Socialism and the usual sad outcomes it on reputable sites.

In fact, we need only look at news articles from media sources often advocating socialism on how it is failing to provide the peace, prosperity or security for the masses advocates claim it does.

Fading democracy in Venezuela demonstrates failure of socialism

Swedish Economist Schools Sanders on the Ravages of Socialism

Cuba’s Lessons after 55 Years of Socialism

Some advocates quickly counter claiming they don’t advocate full on socialism, just a portion of it, labeling themselves Democratic Socialists, leading to media struggle to define just what it is.

Advocates roll out example after example of what they label “Democratic Socialism,” roads and freeways, Social Security (I guess they have already forgotten the many years of struggles of those on it), Police, and Firefighters and on they go trying to sell us on the idea of how wonderful life could be if only we succumbed to some form of Socialism.

One main area they have been striving for years to place under socialist ideals is healthcare. We need only look to the New York Times to see the failure of socialized medicine in Venezuela.

But one main area advocates fall back on to describe the “wonderful” nature of socialism that always amazes me is our Military, as seen in today’s Lazy C (the Columbian) editorial by Greg Jayne, You think government is useless? Then hit the road.

It strikes me that Mr. Jayne never served in the Military as he wrote, “For those who quiver at the mention of the word ‘socialism,’ we have some news: The U.S. military is an example of socialism. And we should be thankful for it.”

He doesn’t actually go into just why we should be thankful for the Military being, as he claims, “Socialist,” but if he had actually served any length of time in any of the branches he would realize as a glowing example of a socialist society, the Military would be an abject failure.

Ask any Veteran and you quickly learn you are not free to do what you desire when you desire.

You are under orders to do as told and the pay is among the lowest with little opportunity to increase your pay, other than regular promotions that could take several years to attain.

You are given clothing you must wear and are instructed on how you must act and show respect for a higher rank than you, regardless of what you think of that person.

You are not free to just walk in and resign and if you did just up and walk away, you are subject to federal prosecution.

It must also be noted that since ending the draft in 1973, those now serving do not do so by requirement or for any gain, financial or personal, but out of a sense of duty to protect and defend the nation in a job that must be done, freely giving up certain liberties on behalf of the country.

And in spite of what those who never served claim, our Military functions best in spite of itself. By that I mean Generals design some plan for a mission to accomplish a goal and send it down the ranks. By the time it is ready for implementation, it is the enlisted and NCO’s that often ignore the plan and do what they must in order to accomplish the mission.

Or, as Winston Churchill once quipped about warfare, “In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.”

In his words of how thankful we ought to be that the Military is Socialist, Jayne also seems to have forgotten that in World War Two we and the allied forces fought and defeated National Socialism, aka Nazis.

In Korea and Vietnam we opposed Communist forces, the very system Socialism invariably leads to.

And in December of 1991 the world witnessed the long overdue Fall of The Soviet Union giving millions freedom for the first time in their lives and allowing countries to choose their own destiny as the failure of Communism and its claims collapsed.

Jayne and others advocating more of a socialist society seem to think that only sticking our toes into a vat of boiling acid would be of benefit if we could then pay a little less for a pair of shoes.

You may think I have wandered afar from what Jayne’s editorial is about and perhaps I have somewhat, since he seems to think those opposed to socialism prefer all government functions be privatized. But he’s wrong there.

Most of us do realize we need government. But we also realize we don’t need government ruling and mandating every inch of our lives, controlling us and deciding for us what is best for us while demanding we pay for their programs and policies with ever increasing taxes on our paychecks.

In spite of efforts by Progressives to deny it, we need only look back to the writings of the Plymouth Colony’s first Governor, William Bradford to see how such a ‘communal arrangement’ failed the early Pilgrims.

Winston Churchill again left us words of wisdom Jayne and others should reflect on, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Sorry, but there is no such thing as just a little poison.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Climate of Vitriol?

It shouldn’t be surprising to see our local newspaper, the Lazy C aka the Columbian, using the tragic murders of five staff members at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. This past Thursday, June 28, 2018. It is what they do, following the admonition set years ago by leftwing Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Following that line, we see Opinion Editor Greg Jayne pen Deadly attack on newspaper terrifying – and inspiring where he editorializes on the shooting, pointing out how within hours of the attack, the newspaper in Maryland published their paper in spite of the tragedy.

I have to agree that getting their paper out in spite of such a tragedy, losing five colleagues and undergoing the criminal investigation of the event is a display of dedication on their part.

But then Jayne had to go off on how essential a free press is and pointing fingers about the “Climate of Vitriol” the country is currently embroiled in.

Of course, his finger points only to the right as he mentions a “conservative provocateur” sending a threatening text, mentions a video blasting journalists and naturally, Donald Trump’s anti-media comments.

What Jayne completely ignores is the media’s own culpability in this “Climate of Vitriol” he bemoans.

While I remain no fan of who occupies the Oval Office currently, how does he miss the media’s ongoing slurs and belittling of Trump every day since he was inaugurated?

While President George W. Bush received similar treatment during his terms, culminating on Dan Rather’s now famous memo dubbed “fake but accurate,” we saw no such effort against either Presidents Clinton or Obama throughout their terms in office.

We have even seen what many consider “mainstream media” heavily condemning fellow journalists working for Fox News as they proclaim “we report, you decide.”

Years ago many of us realized how this mainstream media was spoon feeding to us what they wanted us to hear, tainting news reports with leftwing opinion over actual objectivity.

Nowhere has this been more evident than right here in Southwest Washington with our own print media, the Columbian, leading this blogger to dub them the Lazy C for displaying obvious bias in their coverage of two sex scandals, one against a Republican that saw several articles blasting him within a week and another a Democrat that essentially saw appeals to respect his family’s privacy.

But if vitriol is really a concern of Jayne’s, where has the Lazy C ever apologized for former editorial page editor John Laird’s many labels of citizens as “the Hounds of Whinerville,” “NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard),” “CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything)” “Ankle Biters” and “Cockroaches” in his weekly editorials over many years due to the majority of citizens opposing forcing light rail a short distance into our community from Portland, Oregon, a project the paper supported?

How does Jayne ignore former managing editor, now editor emeritus Lou Brancaccio attacking the ones he labeled “the M&M Boys” in nearly half of his Press Talk editorials over four years?

Yet these same editors were silent when it came to elected Democrats slapping heavier taxes on citizens or pushing unpopular positions on us from Puget Sound.

There is little doubt that here locally and nationally we are embroiled in a “Climate of Vitriol” that grows every day with groups like Occupy and Antifa deciding they have the absolute right to takeover whatever they wish, physically attack peaceful rallies with a different position than theirs.

We have seen lawsuits against bakers and florists because they declined to participate in homosexual ceremonies over religious objections applauded by the media, but little condemnation of an employee of the Trump administration ousted from an eatery, then followed elsewhere and faced with an impromptu protest.

We see the media applauding violators of our immigration laws, promoting them as welcome guests and immigrant citizens while belittling most conservative or Republican citizens supporting enforcing our laws.

We see the media time and again speak out against gun violence without a clue how a firearm actually works, blindly throwing support behind any effort to disarm law-abiding citizens, but never editorializing on how to disarm criminals.

Falsely labeling any semi-automatic firearm as “a weapon of war” is only fearmongering and trying to scare voters to support anti-gun legislation.

In the case of the Lazy C, we see bias even in their policy regarding comments left on their site as conservatives are held to standard liberals apparently are not as many conservatives are banned from commenting on their site while liberals post some really vitriolic comments left unchecked.

A “free press” is indeed an essential part of our Republic, but such a free press absolutely must be objective, leaving personal opinion out of news reports, relegate them to editorials and give fair and balanced reporting on all issues, regardless of which side.

First though, maybe we should demand media begin admitting their own culpability in creating this “climate of vitriol” they now complain about.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vote NO on Washington I-1639

Don't allow the deceptive practices of paid signature gatherers fool you, I-1639 is only about further infringing on your right to self defense.



I-1639 - An Attack on Every Firearm Owner

West Coast Plutocrats Target Washington State Gun Owners… Again

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Searching for a Murderer


Read background at Vancouver woman continues to lead search for daughter’s killer

This family deserves justice and this killer needs caught.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

"We Honor You"

2017 Veterans Day honors from the third grade kids at Tussing Elementary School


SHEET MUSIC on their website - http://www.restored.faithweb.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Politics, a Blood Sport? Or just Cockroaches Hiding in the Shadows?

A quote from the leftist Welsh politician Aneurin Bevan, “politics is a bloodsport” is often heard from fringe elements to justify their vitriol and smearing of opponents in campaigns. Mostly it seems to now be coming from more right wing elements professing deep hatred for anything on the left.

To them, compromise or meeting in the middle is tantamount to high treason as they seek to impose their tyrannical view by any means deemed appropriate.

Tragically, we see this attitude all too often these past few years right here in Clark County Political campaigns as a small but nefarious group of right wingers seems hellbent on seizing power in our county by any means necessary.

It was three years ago this blogger became a target of this vitriolic hate group and remains in their crosshairs with whisper campaigns, so called “newsletters” spewing untruths or condemnation for having the audacity to allow voluntary contributions last year to help defray expenses.

But any not to their liking are subject to being targeted with innuendo, lies, smears and rumors all from anonymous sources like a gaggle of cockroaches lurking in the shadows just waiting for the lights to be turned off so they can squirm out to do their damage in hopes of fooling enough people to vote for the other guy, usually one of their group that likely has much less experience and less of a record than the targeted one.

Even though fringe right, they rely on another leftist belief, “the ends justify the means.”

Already in this election, only one day into filing, some are being targeted with vicious innuendo and rumor of personal behavior.

It is unknown just who will be filing against these people as they have yet to file their campaigns with the Elections Department. But we will know who the fringe wants by the end of the week, bank on it.

In the meantime, rumors are flying and having the desired effect as even candidates targeted wonder if it is worth the sacrifice with unrelenting smears and rumors launched against them.

We have seen allegations of “fake news” thrown about in national politics and I cannot refute those claims as the bias in the media is glaring today.

But these often baseless or exaggerated rumors and innuendos thrown about locally from the fringe right are not media and are even more destructive as voters not paying close attention may fall for the ploy and allow themselves to be manipulated into voting different than they initially might have.

We must not allow ourselves to be deluded or manipulated by fringe elements from either side casting aspersions over standing on someone’s record and accomplishments.

Candidates whose supporters engage in such tactics must immediately come out to disavow and correct their supporters for such underhanded efforts.

As voters, we all must be discerning and look past baseless rumors and innuendos and seek those who best serve our communities, not a fringe party line.

It is up to us to push back against the fringe that seeks to impose their tyrannical views on us by any means.

No politician is perfect just as we too are human and make mistakes. But we push on in spite of mistakes and do what is best for us and our families. That does not make any rumor being currently circulated true mind you, but it also must inform us that often times a claim or photo circulated is taken far out of context or in today’s computer generated era, possibly fabricated to lend support to an untruth.

Don’t believe everything you hear about any candidate. Instead, look at their record of accomplishments and how they have served the community.

Aneurin Bevan was correct in his claim of politics being a bloodsport, but it is only that way by choice of the fringe that makes it that way to smear and bludgeon their way into office over us.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

I would add to that, allowing ourselves to be misled by fringe partisans.

It will only change by you refusing to reward their vitriol with your vote.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No Longer Indifferent on Benton Nomination to Selective Service

Don Benton
As we all know by now, former 5 term state senator Don Benton has been nominated by President Trump to head the Selective Service, aka the Draft to those of us old enough to remember that era.

I see no need to delve into the history of the draft, but also realize there is little chance it will be reactivated to induct young men and possibly young women into the Military.

That being said, I have been largely indifferent to the nomination of Don Benton or that he never served in the Military himself in any capacity. Although if approved he would be the first ever to head the department without Military Service, it really made no difference to me in large part due to the unlikelihood our youth would once again be conscripted.

I have supported Don over the years and have defended him, some of the time when his actions might have seemed indefensible.

That has now changed due solely to a flippant comment Don made to the Reflector in an article, Benton’s role in D.C. changes.

The article ends with;
“Although he himself never served, Benton brought up that he comes from a military family, with his father being a naval officer who helped prepare for the invasion of Normandy in World War II and both of his older brothers being veterans themselves.”
“‘I don’t think you will find anyone who understands the commitment and the sacrifice more than I do,’ Benton said.”
I have called out many, both Democrat and Republican for relying on relative’s Military Service to bolster their public image. That is their relative’s service, their valor, their sacrifices, not yours.

What they did is not yours to claim.

What you did is what matters.

I also must take great exception to Don’s claim of “I don’t think you will find anyone who understands the commitment and the sacrifice more than I do.”

Don is too young to have been caught up in the draft when it was active, but he will never know the sinking feeling you get when starting off life as a young man to receive the letter “ordering” you to report for “immediate induction” into the Armed Services. Especially when the country is deeply embroiled in an unpopular war with riots and demonstrations going on against it.

Since he never felt it necessary to enlist, he will never know what Basic Training is like.

He will never know what being rocked out of your bunk in the wee hours of morning to the sound of incoming mortar rounds or a sapper attack is like.

He will never know what standing armed guard and hearing unknown noises behind you is like.

He has no idea of what forming a close friendship with a buddy, only to see him cut down is like.

He has no clue what coming home to a country you love only to be spat upon or otherwise castigated for serving in the Army is like.

He has no understanding what jumping at sudden, loud noises or being wary of strangers coming too close to you for the rest of your life is like.

No Don, you have not earned the right to make such a claim of understanding what our sacrifices were.

It is knowledge that cannot be learned from accounts made by your relatives, reading books or watching movies. It can only be gained by first-hand experience.

So no Don, you are dead wrong. There are hundreds of thousands of us, millions of us that did don the uniform. That did serve and fully realize what our commitment and sacrifice is and was.

You are not with us and whether you support us or not, are not entitled to make such a claim.

As many of us Vietnam Veterans have said time and again, “If you didn’t go, you wouldn’t know.”

Monday, January 23, 2017

Protesting is Good, Again


Funny thing about the words spoken in the video, and if you note the exclusion of a major group of protesters in it, the stated attitude did not seem to apply when a mixed group of Conservatives, Liberals and Independents joined together nationwide in 2009 to protest Obamacare.

That’s right, the group known as the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) was ridiculed, lambasted, labeled racist (as nearly any disagreement with Obama was for 8 years) and marginalized often by the media, including our own Lazy C.

I recall a significant turnout at Esther Short Park of TEA Party activists that they did not even bother to send a writer to cover, even though over 1500 people attended it.

In fact, John Laird, former political page editor penned back then, Political rallies: just huffin’ and puffin’ where he wrote, “But at the tea party, angry protesters will frown and snarl ‘No!’ and ‘From my cold, dead fingers’!”

Late in November 2009 Laird penned Coming soon! A giant anger-palooza where he wrote claims of, “This was the year their crusade was born, and the screaming and kicking hasn't stopped yet,” “town hall meetings have become boisterous, bigoted shout-downs where the only things that matter are volume and venom,” “when a president wins the Nobel Peace Prize, a large segment of Americans actually boo” and “This year we increasingly heard, ‘I want my country back!’ proclaimed by people who had difficulty accepting the will of the national electorate.”

Laird somehow seemed to have forgotten just months earlier how President George W. Bush was greeted by boos, jeers and singing of “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” as he walked out at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Are we not today hearing the cry of “I Want My Country Back” from those protesters marching throughout the country who seem unable to accept the will of voters in the latest election?

By 2013 Laird was describing TEA Party activists as “Political piranhas” in an editorial.

That is in addition to when we citizens took a stand against the bloated Columbia River Crossing Light Rail project labeling us as “cockroaches,” “Hounds of Whinerville” and more.

And just today we read in the Lazy C’s opinion page, In Our View: Marches Grab Attention,
“Demonstration of what makes America great sends message to administration” and “It was a remarkable demonstration of what truly makes America great. Dissent, it has been said, is the highest form of patriotism, and Saturday’s events rank among this nation’s most memorable patriotic outpourings.”

And it wasn’t just our local Lacy C. Main media blasted TEA Party rallies, even blended pro-second amendment rallies with TEA Party in an effort to label us as armed malcontents.

No, protesting wasn’t seen as noble or how to effect change throughout the 8 years of Obama, just the opposite.

And as much as I distrust Trump’s ability to do what he says he will do or that it will improve much, it is the media and their bias and double standards responsible for him being elected.

A large number of citizens are fed up with being manipulated and lied to by biased, dishonest media that portrays dissent as “patriotic” only when a Republican is in office.

So go ahead and make your noise, falsely think you are doing something great and noble by burning businesses and cars or beating up on people that disagree with you.

Then in 4 years, thank yourselves again should Trump win a second term.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

In Praise of the Portland VA

On Nov 23, sitting at home after minor surgery on my nose at the Portland, Oregon VA Hospital, I began feeling pressure and pains in my chest. Dialing 911 saw a quick response by our Fire Department EMT’s and ambulance crew that transported me to the ER where it was confirmed by the level of traponin in my blood that I had indeed suffered a heart attack.

Contrary to horror stories heard, I was not left lying in a hallway or placed at the bottom of some long list, but was immediately admitted where treatment began to stabilize me.

Thanksgiving Day saw no less concern as I was constantly monitored, medications given and my needs tended to.

By Monday I was stable enough for an angiogram where a blocked artery was stented and I was placed in ICU overnight, then sent home Tuesday with a written regimen I needed to follow along with new prescriptions.

Wednesday saw me receive a phone call from my Primary Care Team at the Vancouver Clinic to check up how I was doing and offer assistance if needed as I recuperate.

I cannot say other regions have not experienced problems, but we are very fortunate to have such a first class Veteran’s Hospital and staff in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump Wins and Life Goes On

Yes, shocking to many but Donald Trump has won, maybe even eking out a small popular vote win as late arriving ballots are counted to go with the Electoral College win. His supporters are overjoyed and jubilant, much like we saw from Obama’s supporters in 2008 and 2012.

Hillary’s supporters are saddened and depressed, not unlike Republicans were 2008 and 2012.

The protests / riots seen around the country beginning the day after are far from the formation of the TEA Party rally’s seen in 2009. TEA Party rallies weren’t based on mayhem and destruction to stop Obama from taking office, though. That was over taxes and especially Obamacare.

Still, many were displeased and disappointed and expressed their displeasure then, but without the mayhem seen today. But, we survived only to deepen the divide among the Left and the Right as well as within both the Democrat and Republican Party’s.

Half of my day Tuesday, Nov 8 was spent in Portland at the VA Hospital attending a pre-op appointment preparing me for coming surgery to correct some nasal problems. That took precedence over the elections.

I woke up Wednesday morning, Nov 9 to news that Trump pulled it off and looked about me. I was still 68 years old, still married to my wife and still had to pour a cup of coffee to kick start me.

My house was still here with my little Red Dakota still sitting in the driveway.

Absolutely nothing in my life had changed nor do I really expect any earth shattering changes to come, other than I will continue getting older.

Trump made some very bold claims and promises along the way to his win that frankly, I see him having a very difficult time fulfilling. Not unlike many early promises made by Obama that remain unfulfilled, the complete closure of Guantanamo for example. If you didn’t know, it’s still down there and still in operation.

Campaign promises are easy to make, but often more difficult to keep. Especially when the candidate spared little effort smearing and belittling the very people he now must depend on to actually help him keep those promises made in the campaign.

Only days since the win and already we see Trump backpedalling somewhat on the full repeal of Obamacare, claiming he likes some of the key provisions and “may seek to amend the statute rather than repeal it.”

That wall along our Southern Border and making Mexico pay for it? We’ll see, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Such a wall has been approved since Reagan’s terms and other than sections of fence that are easily circumvented, the border remains open.

Funding is set by Congress, not any president.

Trump also claims he will “'immediately deport two to three million illegal immigrants with criminal records” and while that really does need to happen and sounds really good, I fully expect federal judges, the ACLU and pro-immigrate groups to fight it tooth and nail that will see that process linger on for several years and cost us untold amounts of tax dollars fighting to remove them.

Even illegal immigrants are entitled to due process and whether we agree or not, protection under our constitution as deemed so by our Supreme Court: Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886); Wong Win v. United States (1896) and subsequent rulings over the years.

I give him brownie points for trying, but suspect he is going to discover governing is much more difficult that campaigning.

In spite of earlier claims of “rarely leaving the White House,” we now hear the possibility of him “splitting time between DC and NY” as aides claim he “would like to spend his weekends either in his Trump Tower home, his New Jersey golf course or his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.”

Such a weekly travel schedule to those points, considering how large of an entourage president’s travel with and the security measures that would have to be installed in each and maintained, has the potential to make Obama’s extravagant vacation expenses look paltry.

I hope he reconsiders in that desire.

Along that line we also read of his desire in “continuing to hold large rallies as he did throughout the campaign for ‘the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide’.”

Does he want to serve the nation or us serve and feed his massive ego?

All of the above remains to be seen. He won’t take office until January 20, 2017 and a lot will happen between now and then and with his selection of cabinet members as they must go through the Senate approval process.

But whatever he finally decides on, we are going to survive and I suspect our lives locally will see little to no actual difference as life goes on for each of us.

We have survived much worse.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day

The latest from the wonderful children at Tussing Elementary School


http://www.restored.faithweb.com

Be sure to pause today and reach out and give thanks to any Veteran you know or come across. You live in a free country because of their sacrifices.

America’s Veterans, A Better Breed

Outrageous and Uncalled for

It's no secret that I did not support Donald Trump nor did I support Hillary Clinton. But what is seen in the following video must not be tolerated.

WARNING! GRAPHIC VIOLENCE


This reportedly happened in Chicago and it is reported that Police are investigating, but no arrests to date are reported. The elderly man is said to have been hospitalized and his car stolen by the thugs, that has not been recovered.

Unbelievably, Snopes tries a pitiful effort to "debunk" the obvious words spoken and heard in the video by claiming it was “due to a traffic altercation, not politics.”

Is this what is to come in our country after every election? Haven't we been hearing that it is the right that is the violent ones and creating so much mayhem?

I don't recall street protests and riots after the 2008 and 2012 elections nor would I condone them if they had occurred.

But we do have our fair share of gas bags and hotheads that firmly believe and practice that politics is “a cold-blooded, mentally violent business.”

That attitude feeds into such violence and it is only a matter of time before it is the fringe right acting out in such violence as well.

And I cannot claim that had Hillary Clinton won it wouldn't be pockets of Trump's alt-right hotheads committing such crimes.

Our country has survived perilous times and poor leaders. We are bigger than all of them and can survive again.

But not if we allow emotions to run wild and continue attacking each other.

A quote from President John F. Kennedy; “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

Many did not care for George W. Bush, but we survived.

Many did not care for Barack Obama, but we have survived.

We will no doubt survive Donald Trump by trusting our system that has served us well and kept us going.

But above all, we better begin toning it down and rejecting the calls from the fringe left and right.

They are only interested in self, not the country!

Sorry Republicans, It’s No Mandate

As we all know by now, acerbic Donald Trump came out ahead over Hillary Clinton to next occupy the office of the president. The win comes as no real surprise as one of the two was going to win and both were poor candidates, not what we need to heal our divided country.

Seeing now how the GOP claims to have a mandate and big win is most laughable as once again, we see the presidency won by electoral vote while coming in second in the popular vote.

I have no problem with that as that is the system our founders established. I do disagree with the ‘winner take all’ of 48 of our 50 states and believe each congressional district should have electors voting as did their district. But that is in the hands of the legislatures of each state.

Both the country and Republican Party remains bitterly divided and denying Trump the wholesale approval of his policy agenda he so often expressed on the campaign trail.

And while Republicans retained control of both the House and Senate, Democrats still have the filibuster as well as some strong, deeply entrenched politicians in office as well as Trump eagerly trashed several top Republicans during the campaign that also remain in office.

We’ll see how that works out over the next four years as this is not a reality TV show where Trump gets to just fire people he disagrees with.

We also must consider that Trump so far has amassed 59,704,886 votes. That is lower that Romney’s loss in 2012 with 60,933,504 votes and McCain’s loss in 2008 with 59,948,323 votes.

While Trump’s number may very well increase in the coming days as more straggling ballots come in and are counted, it is clear that many of the American people are not as supportive or embracing of Donald Trump’s agenda as being claimed.

Trump made a lot of claims and promises over the last year that should he moderate on, the fringe base he assembled will not be very happy.

But if he doesn’t moderate he will find he receives little cooperation from democrats or Republicans in Congress with more moderate views.

Both he and certain gas bags supporting him that believe it’s “a cold-blooded, mentally violent business” fail to realize the country was founded from the middle, compromise for what is best for all. We never have been an all or nothing nation and efforts of making us such has only served to bitterly divide us.

And, a house divided cannot stand.

So, while those gas bags and hotheads are gleefully looking forward to a wave of Trump’s magic wand to undo everything they disagree with, ultimately I doubt we will see a whole lot of changes coming.

They forget, as they fitfully try to compare Trump to Ronald Reagan, the latter realized early on the absolute must of compromise in governance as he said;

“When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. ‘Compromise’ was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything.”

Trump made some pretty tall claims of what he intends to do as president that some of his most ardent brown shirt’s bought into.

He may soon come to realize it won’t be like on a TV show and is much more difficult that he expected.

He got the gig, so we will all see how he handles it.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

What’s Happened to the Republican Party?

I was born and raised in a strong Democrat family. No, not like today’s Democrats, far from it. A strong Southern Democrat family back when there actually was conservatives in the Democrat Party.

We know today that the Democrats have moved far to the left and if there are any conservatives left, they hide in the shadows.

It was the acts of Jimmy Carter that convinced me to become a Republican in 1977, seeing the Republicans were embracing conservative values, especially seen once Ronald Reagan defeated Carter in 1980.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I decided I’d be better off as an Independent, due to several acts by Republicans taken against a good conservative candidate to deny him a nomination to Congress in favor of a less qualified person.

But by and large, I still supported conservative Republicans while leaving my options open if ever a conservative Democrat ran again.

However, it is becoming more and more difficult to lend support to Republicans as I see fewer and fewer actual conservatives today.

Oh there are plenty telling you they are conservative, but from how I grew up and have practiced for so many years, they are not conservative but some strange blend of fringe Libertarian with a hint of anarchy, some say fascism, declaring that they are the “true conservatives.”

They will often quote Ronald Reagan from a 1975 interview saying,
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
But they always leave out the rest,
“Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves.”
Over the years since Reagan left office we have seen a steady infiltration of the Republican Party by these people along with the more opportunistic GOP members latching onto their coattails for power or personal gain.



That in a nutshell is what we see and hear from these infiltrators, begging the question, how is seizing control and power over everybody “leaving them alone?”

And what lengths would they take to ensure they retained such power in a society of free people?

This brings me to the conduct of many witnessed at the recent Republican convention in Cleveland, particularly the speech given by Texas Senator Ted Cruz who was booed, jeered and degraded throughout and after for his words spoken, his wife Heidi needing to be escorted out by security due to those same jeers towards her on the floor of the convention.

Donald Trump, the next morning, seemed to be upset because Cruz added sentence to his speech that Trump did not see when he saw the full speech hours before it was given.

The sentence that set off Trump and his supporters? “I want to see the principles that our party stands for prevail in November.”

Do Trump and his supporters no longer stand for conservative Republican principles?

Have they replaced them with some as of yet unknown set of principles?

Other excerpts that gained jeers and boos for Cruz were;
“Did we live up to our values? Did we do all we could?” 
“We’re fighting, not for one particular candidate or one campaign, but because each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids, our own Carolines, that we did our best for their future, and for our country.” 
“There is a better vision for our future: A return to freedom.
On education, your freedom to choose your child’s education, even if you aren’t as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
On healthcare, your freedom to choose your own doctor, without Obamacare.
On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS beating down your door.” 
“Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces.
Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist. Gay or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our conscience.
Freedom means the right to keep and bear arms, and protect your family.
Freedom means Supreme Court Justices who don’t dictate policy, but instead follow the Constitution.” 
“We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.”
And what seemed to anger Trump’s peoples the most,
“And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
When did any of that cease to represent conservative Republican values and principle?

And don’t tell me it still does because if it did, Trump and his supporters would have applauded such a speech, not booed and jeered all of the way through it.

Equally distressing now that Donald Trump is the official nominee for president from these new Republican’s is the tactics of supporters in demeaning, ridiculing, arguing and even threatening physical violence against people not jumping in to join their support of Trump.

Not to mention the fearmongering of “you only have two choices, Trump or Hillary and if you don’t vote Trump, then you support Hillary”

Balderdash!

In that I am reminded of the words of Alexander Hamilton,
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
I saw much the same nonsense during the past two elections coming out of the Ron Paul camps and apparently was erroneous in my belief it was him causing such splits.

It appears to me now that it was his supporters that want to seize control of the country to impose their will with the rest of us serving them, far from that “leave everybody alone” nonsense many of them spew.

And to do that they needed to take control of the Republican Party as they have been trying for a decade now.

This post barely scratches the surface of my concerns with this group and Donald Trump and more may be said in a future post.

But suffice it to say for now, You Wanted Trump, You’ve Got Him. How you get him elected is your problem.

I only pray that we will one day again before my time is up on this earth, we will see a true conservative Republican party rise up out of the ashes of this mess.

To lift a quote from Lloyd Bentsen’s 1988 Vice Presidential debate with Dan Quayle, “I knew conservative Republicans and y’all ain’t it!”