Saturday, June 23, 2012

Truth-Tellers

Today has been a particularly difficult day in the Twitter-verse for me. After assaults from those on both left and right, I decided it was time to voice my concern about the unwillingness on the part of many individuals to think critically, to question established practice and to venture outside the norms that hold us firmly affixed to the status-quo. I, too, have been guilty of holding onto beliefs that kept me preaching the gospel of conformity to help my party gain or retain power, but, over the past year, I've done a thorough researching of what I believe, what I've been told and how those measure up to reality. What I discovered is that I had not really been doing the hard work of finding out the truth ...I had just been accepting the truth that was presented to me by others. Now, I stand alone in many of my views, which isn't always so pleasant. I cannot complain, however, because the amount of grief I might incur from sounding the alarm is nothing compared to the troubles that may befall us if we continue down our current path. It is my calling and my duty to educate any who are willing to learn. It is for this reason I started this blog. 

There are many truth-tellers who have preceded me, who ventured outside the universe of accepted 'truth.' I do not presume to be in the same league as any of these great patriots, but they are my inspiration, and the reason I am willing to stick out my neck and face ridicule. I thought I would share some of my insights about these brave souls. 

Our Founding Fathers were the first to rebel against accepted truth, by taking on the tyranny of Great Britain. There is little doubt this group of brave men understood that their Declaration of Independence was a declaration of war. Having few resources, they stood against the great British Empire knowing that their fight for liberty may just bring them death; but, in spite of this, they proceeded on their quest for a new, free nation. I am sure that God played a hand in the survival of these men and the establishment of this nation. Their bravery and brilliance is lauded today both here and abroad. 

Abigail Adams was an advocate for women’s rights and abolition of slavery long before either were considered politically popular. She penned letters to Congress and spoke out often. No doubt her words began the process that would eventually lead us to freeing the slaves and women’s participation in the political process.

Abraham Lincoln held together a divided country in the face of political strife and personal tragedy. He freed the slaves, won the civil war and managed to keep this country united. He had critics on both sides of the Civil war, but it did not deter him. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation, stood his ground, reunited a divided country, and preserved this nation.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower routinely challenged accepted practice in the military, and often found himself on the losing-side of arguments with his superiors in his early career. But, Eisenhower's masterful leadership during the D-Day invasion of World War II showed his thinking was right. He regularly made tough controversial decisions and had to convince those around him to follow his lead. Thank God they listened.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was considered one of the loudest voices in opposition to the status-quo in  American history. He challenged segregation and discrimination in America, and he refused to accept the common belief of the time that black and white Americans would always remain separate and un-equal. His birthday is celebrated annually and his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech is read in schools across our country each year as a testament to his courage. 


Ronald Reagan unveiled his proposal for a Strategic Defense Initiative, later dubbed "Star Wars," in a national speech and was ridiculed by both left and right for proposing such a crazy idea. Interestingly, however, the Soviet Union’s leaders didn't seem to find this new defense system initiative so crazy. Cabinet and military leaders insisted that meeting with the Soviets was a mistake, but Reagan acted on his diplomatic instincts to initiate dialogue, which ultimately led to the end of the Cold War. 



There were countless times that Reagan challenged the status-quo during his political career, but one particularly memorable event was his speech at the Brandenburg Gate. His advisers were alarmed by the line, “Tear down this wall” and insisted he remove it from the speech because it was too provocative. Reagan ignored their pleas, and here is an excerpt from the historical speech that inspired the world and eventually brought down that wall.


Newt Gingrich began a Republican Revolution in the 90's as an effort to take over the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of the GOP party leadership at that time believed Newt was a dreamer with no hope of success because the Democrats had controlled the House for decades. Newt pressed on in his relentless campaign to re-educate young Republicans into believing they could actually win the conservative argument and win their political races as well.  He succeeded at both by winning the House of Representatives and getting his signature legislation The Contract with America through the Congress in a record 100 days. No one has duplicated the accomplishments of Gingrich.

So what does any of that have to do with today?  Simple...the reason we find ourselves in a perpetual state of decline economically, morally and politically is because we have too few truth-tellers willing to stand up and challenge the status-quo on both sides of the divide. We are missing the leadership that is represented by the brave men and women I've described above. We gather in our separate camps to target our enemy and never realize that enemies reside in our own camps who are perpetuating the very problems we are trying to solve. 

Oh, sure.. there are plenty of loud voices, even obnoxious and vulgar voices who claim they are exercising their 'right of free speech' .. but those are not truth-tellers, they are simply trying to antagonize, because there is no real effort to engage in honest debate or to solve problems. Their noise is just an endless rehashing of arguments and objections that have been handed out by status-quo preservers in their camps for decades.


The only way we can see change is if we change what we are saying and doing. Continuing to support the current practice of always blaming the other side, name-calling, dirty politics, and  using prepackaged arguments is driving us deeper and deeper into the abyss. Don't let anyone manipulate your mind. Read both sides of every argument, look at the data yourself. Don't fret when the opposition isn't truthful, just speak out that truth yourself and encourage other truth-tellers to do the same. We can't take back this process by participating in the very behaviors we regularly castigate. We also won't see any improvement if we ignore problems that exist within ourselves or on our team.
Matthew 7:5 - You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Are you willing to become a truth-teller? Will you stand up against people you have always respected, examine the truth for yourself, and be willing to reach a different conclusion if the evidence leads you there? Are you willing to take a new path, chart a new course? I hope you'll join me. We need a few more brave men and women to preserve this nation before it is too late.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Scary Times in the U.S.A.

Today I witnessed something that has really put me on edge. A sitting president ignoring portions of our Constitution to enact a new law because Congress did not produce the legislation he was seeking.  I am not sure that most Americans truly appreciate the gravity of this development, so I thought I'd take a few moments to re-visit the events of the day and provide some information about our American form of government. 


President Obama issued an Executive Order earlier today providing children of illegal aliens with defacto amnesty. The provisions of this order mirror legislation known as the Dream Act which has been introduced in Congress in various forms as far back as 2001.  Half a dozen bills introduced in congress related to issues addressing children of illegal immigrants have been rejected.  Because of this, President Obama decided today to unilaterally act to issue an executive order which essentially declares into law what had been rejected in Congress. There is one big problem with this action, however .. the President is not authorized under our Constitution to write law, so where is the authority for such an order?  

Here is what our Constitution has to say ...
Congress has the power to pass laws regarding legalization, naturalization, deportation of aliens according to Article 1, Sec. 8 of the Constitution: "Congress shall have the Power To... establish an [sic] uniform Rule of Naturalization." 
The President has the responsibility of enforcing the laws: Article II, Sec. 3: "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."
There is no provision in our Constitution that allows presidents to craft laws unilaterally or refuse to enforce laws they do not agree with.. but this is exactly what President Obama is doing.

What is so scary about this? We have a president that is assuming he alone has the authority to write the laws of this land.  We have three branches of government that were set up to prevent one group or individual from having too much control over the people. Our Congress is the one body granted the task of creating laws precisely because they are the representatives of We the People. But, as a check on the power of Congress, we have a president that must sign legislation to make it law and the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the law. By acting today in this manner, President Obama has bypassed all of these safeguards.  We now have one person who believes he is the sole ruler over the people of this country. This is not the America that is established in our Declaration of Independence or Constitution. We do not elect Kings in America, we elect leaders who represent us. 

What can be done about this? Our Congress must act to demand this order be rescinded. This act is a blatant disregard for the separation of powers established in our Constitution. This must be brought before our Supreme Court and voided. In order to do that, Congress must be willing to suffer the political consequence of opposing an order that is popular with some of our citizens. Will Congress act? Are they willing to take the inevitable criticisms that will accompany a challenge?  Only time will tell.

UPDATE 6/16/2012:

This is President Obama speaking on this issue in March of 2011.

"With respect to the notion that I could just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case... because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed... Congress passes the law, the executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. 
There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system ...that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those Congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."

Friday, June 8, 2012

Liberal Enlightenment

One thing I have always found perplexing.. is the generally accepted premise that the liberal elite are brilliant thinkers. From Harvard law professors to Washington, D.C. policy wonks we hear all  about their liberal solutions to societies ills, but the hypocrisy and pure non-sense that masquerades as enlightenment in the minds of liberals is nothing short of astonishing. To illustrate some of the most contradictory, outlandish, and confused positions of today's liberals I am sharing a few tidbits for your enjoyment.  






























Liberal Abortion Logic:
Use sex-selection abortion to kill girls to uphold women's rights

Friday, June 1, 2012

Buck the trend

I am sure I'll raise a few eyebrows with this post, but seeing that I've never really been one to follow popular trends, perhaps it's time for a conservative to speak up on a few timely topics. Even if you don't agree with my summations, I do hope that you will at least pause and reflect on your position on these issues. Here are what I would consider my top five most controversial positions on the issues:


Marijuana should be legalized:  How could legalizing pot be a good thing?  For starters, conservatives pride themselves as looking at the facts while liberals tend to focus on feelings. With marijuana, the facts just don't support continuing this prohibition.  Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes. Many normal productive Americans consume marijuana routinely. One-Billion-Dollars are spent annually jailing marijuana smokers. The underground system of marijuana production/sales supports terrorists. Many claim marijuana is a gateway to more harmful drugs, which may be true; but I'd argue that alcohol can also be a gateway, yet it is still legal. We can't make people behave right by passing laws. We need to stop the war on pot and focus our energies on more evil substances like the soaring addiction to prescription medication, spice, bath-salts, and other illicit drugs.



Voting for Republicans is often no better than voting for Democrats: Historically, Republicans have been the bigger spenders in Washington, D.C. Republican President George W. Bush along with a Republican controlled House and Senate ushered in Medicare-Part D which was the largest entitlement program in history until trumped by Obamacare. I will concede that President Obama has definitely helped the Republicans in their argument that they are the more fiscally responsible party by being the biggest spender to date, but that really doesn't justify the deficits piled up by the five previous Republican administrations.  The truth is, both parties spend too much money, and there is little evidence that that trend will be reversed in the near future.





I am voting for Gary Johnson in November:  This was a tough one for me.  I have voted straight GOP ticket since 1984.  I've never missed a vote, and I've always been a staunch defender of the GOP platform.  However, I can no longer just go along to get along. I've finally come to the realization that the system of governing in this country is so broken, that we can no longer continue voting to sustain it in its present form. I believe the Libertarian, Gary Johnson, is the most fiscally conservative of the three major candidates. He does not share my position on social conservative issues, but after hearing his answers in this video to some of those questions, I came to the conclusion that his position on state's rights trumps any concerns I have about his social policy platform:


Now I know many reading this will suggest that voting for Gary is like throwing away my vote.. or worse..it is tantamount to a vote for Obama, but I disagree. With only 19% of voters believing that Romney and Obama are the best candidates, the political environment could not be better for the rise of a viable 3rd party candidate. Gary is on the ballot in all 50 states and appeals to fiscal conservatives and to many disillusioned Obama supporters. If the mainstream media will lift the black-out on news coverage of Gary, I would not be surprised to see him soar in popularity. Even Ross Perot with his wacky imploding campaign garnered 19% of the popular vote ...I can see Gary Johnson with his no-nonsense appeal doing far better. And the best reason to vote for Gary, is that he will fundamentally shift the power-structure in D.C. to a government that is not directed by party power-brokers.



Politics is all about deceiving voters.  Our government is run by people who don't really answer to the voters. Vast amounts of money are spent by candidates in both parties to paint the most flattering picture of candidates, to attack their challengers, and simultaneously cover up voting records that are inconsistent with their stated positions. Candidates who are groomed and presented to the voters as champions of government reform (by both parties), often get into office and join in with corrupt status-quo government. A few incidents have happened recently that illustrate how the rhetoric of political candidates doesn't match their records:




Most 'Conservative' News Outlets are an arm of the GOP.  Most of the online 'conservative' news outlets as well as Fox News parrot the talking points of the Republican National Committee in their news coverage. I don't mind having journalists with an opinion.. especially if I share that opinion, but I do mind journalists pretending they are offering up the best in conservative journalism while simultaneously towing the Republican Party line, even when the GOP is working against groups such as the tea party and other grassroots conservative organizations. It isn't really a secret.. the RNC is not a fan of the tea party. But, the tea party represents many of the ideals of Reagan conservatism that are detailed in the Republican Party platform. In my view, it is the duty of conservative news outlets to point out the inconsistencies that exist between the GOP platform and those candidates calling themselves Reagan Republicans, but that is not happening. Instead, these so-called conservative journalists are routinely dismissing the protests of grassroots conservatives in favor of promoting establishment politicians. These conservative news outlets need to stop calling themselves conservative and start calling themselves Republican, because that is a much more accurate portrayal.



Now that we are in the middle of an election season, I challenge you to reflect on your own stance on the issues. Does your support of a position stem from your own research and reflection? .. or have you always adopted the positions of your family, friends or your party? Is it possible that you've never really thought about why you support certain positions? What matters more to you.. rhetoric or results? Most Americans are nervous about the direction our government is taking us, but few are willing do what is necessary to reverse the trend. Now is the time to stop being paralyzed by fear and to stop being manipulated by politicians. This nation was built on the premise that we the people could govern ourselves. We are the only ones who can turn this nation around and restore what has been lost.