Saturday, July 16, 2016

Black lives matter ...

Black lives do matter!  Black lives matter to most everyone.  Black lives matter to the whites, the browns and to every other race except to the blacks that espouse the premise that racism is to blame for the disparity between them and everyone else but mostly between them and the white community.

Then there was Dallas and now Baton rouge, apparently white lives do not matter nor do the lives of the police.  If black lives matter are their lives more important than the other lives that they are taking?

There is an inherent evil in promoting one group at the exclusion of another.  That practice is evil and is blatantly racist.  When the leaders of the “black lives matter” movement proclaim that black lives matter what they are not saying in the same breath is that everyone else does not matter to the same extent.   We should feel guilty for the oppression and the actions of our forefathers and be prepared to give up our lives for the lives of those who proclaim preeminence based on the faulty premise that only black lives matter.  

Total                  31,183,582 3,950,528      5,155,608    27,233,198             393,975           8%-13%

The above is only a point of reference and not an excuse or an attempt to mitigate the horrors that was or is slavery.  The Black lives matter movement has some of its impetus because of the ongoing reality of slavery and the effects of a race of people having been subjugated and used.  Slavery is unequivocally evil and should never have happened.  The reality of slavery today is however much worse than it ever was with the same horrors that occurred are still raging out of control in many parts of the world and in this country. 

Black slavery, white slavery, child abuse, indentured servitude etc.….the list is long and horrific with millions being subjected to the will of others without recourse; slavery must end.
Black lives do matter.  All lives matter but when you take the totality of crime in relation to race you can easily see a disparity in the claims with those who scream the loudest.  If Black lives matter why are they not engaged in stopping the violence in the inner cities?  Consider the following as reported from the Daily Wire: 

1.        Data shows that 93 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks.
2.       The Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley points out that the white crime rate is "much lower than the black rate."  According to Riley, "Blacks commit violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate that whites do."  There are reasons to explain why but should not that be the focus of the protests?
Blacks committed 52 percent of homicides between 1980 and 2008, despite composing just 13 percent of the population. Across the same time-frame, whites committed 45 percent of homicides while composing 77% of the population, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
3.       Black crime is even more prevalent in the country's largest cities and counties.

Heather Mac Donald writes in her book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Safe that in Chicago, IL, blacks committed 76 percent of all homicides, despite composing 35 percent of the city's population. Blacks also accounted for 78 percent of all juvenile arrests. Whites, who compose 28 percent of the city's population, committed 4 percent of its homicides and 3.5 percent of its juvenile arrests. Hispanics, who compose 30 percent of the city's population, committed 19 percent of its homicides and 18 percent of its juvenile arrests. (Another eye-opening fact from Mac Donald's research is that only 26 percent of murder cases were solved in Chicago.)

Blacks are 10 percent of the population in Los Angeles, CA, but commit 42 percent of its robberies and 34 percent of its felonies. Whites make up 29 percent of the city's population, and commit 5 percent of its robberies and 13 percent of its felonies.

I could go on but I think you get the picture.  Black lives matter, of course they do but apparently they don’t matter to the blacks that are pushing and screaming in order to maintain their preeminence of power or control.

The Marxist Ideology that is being promoted only serves the few who continue to espouse the process and they continue to benefit as long as their voice is heard and followed.  If they who are screaming that “black lives matter” really cared about their brothers they would be focusing on the problems and not the hyperbole of a few scattered incidents that have all turned out to be the fault of the so called victims and not of the Police.

The terror that is being promoted and the idea of a runaway constabulary are false and anyone who believes these claims is feeding the evil, letting it flourish and grow.  The act of contrition has some merit perhaps but not by me and not by most who strive to lead a good and productive lives.  I am not a racist and most of you are not racist.  But to listen to those few, including President Obama we are the reasons for the outbreak of hate and the slaughtering of innocent children in our streets.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Like the absence of truthful rhetoric, calling terror for what it is, like Islamic extremism the black lives matter orotundity does exactly the same.  They continue to speak in a manner that is completely false in order to garner an extreme following that will only bolster the position of those who continue to want power over the solution.  Their only purpose is to their own sovereignty and not the eventual resolution of peace.

Evil is evil, no matter how you couch the words.   Whether it’s within the Muslim brotherhood, ISIS or Black lives matter the fruits of their labor will tell the story of their motivations.  We need to listen carefully but not to their words.  We need to pay attention to the real problems and find workable solutions that divide (yes I said divide) the good from the evil and stop pandering to the evil of this world.

Frankly I’m tired of excusing the evil all around me and listening to others try to understand why they want to kill us or destroy us.  I would think that if an assailant entered my house to do me harm I would not step back and ask why are you doing this?  It’s time for positive action to prevent the evil from entering our homes and our communities.   It’s past the time to figure out why, I can tell you why, they hate us, they hate the freedoms, they hate the goodness of what we are and they want to destroy that goodness because they are evil.

It’s time to see them for what they are…EVIL …and it’s time to fight that evil with the goodness that is in all of us. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Wiki Leaks

With the recent re-release of a 1,000 emails from Hillary’s deleted emails by Wiki Leaks the obvious has become infused with the palpable reality of top secrete exposure of the “other” emails sent from her “private” server.  Regardless of the severity of the exposed emails the possibility of governmental secretes being revealed has just taken a huge leap toward reality.  Hillary’s ability to govern can be judged as ineffective by the scope of what may be revealed and the possibility of outside influences being brought to bear from unscrupulous entities governmental or otherwise.  Do we really want a leader with such poor judgment, regardless of the espoused benign nature of those emails? What other risks is she willing to put the America through in order to a sway her convenience?   

The timing of Wiki Leaks release is not by chance.  Using the Forth of July is direct play to our national pride.  Wiki Leaks has taken a shot across our bow to enjoin us to beware of the incipient turmoil that will befall us if we ignore the obvious signs presented before us. 

Why the 4 of July?  (The following is from a previous post) Most around the world will say, “It’s just another day” but to many the 4th represents so much more.  We have lost that importance to some degree.  There are signs of its importance being compromised and marginalized but still to some, no matter what the changes in date or remembrance; the memories and challenges wrought through the sacrifices of hundreds and thousands will never be completely forgotten.

In my humble part of the world those signs of conciliation are well on their way.  The traditional fireworks display, reserved for the 4th  now take place on the most convenient Saturday, last year it was in June, in JUNE, not even in July, and not even close to the day we call  Independence Day.  

 I can understand some wanting to have the festivities on a weekend but to forsake the holiday for the convenience of scheduling only greases that slippery slope of complacency, sending us all down the slide to oblivion.

Perhaps a little harsh but when you put into perspective the great civilizations that have come and gone the record of destruction is a perfect 100% and every single organized society had its beginning demise with the small, seemingly insignificant oversights, those forgotten standards that provided the ever so important glue that held the foundations of their beliefs.

No one really noticed, not generally speaking they don’t, most simply want the convenience and the opportunity to have their cake and eat it too, but the truth is, especially for you theorist who espouse the need for an ever changing situation, a constitution that is fluid and variable to the winds and whims of individual wants regardless of general consequences.  What I want, I want and I don’t care who gets hurt or what happens, I want what I want and I want it now!

Our fair city got what it wanted.  It had its celebration, the fireworks went off and lit the sky and all was pretty and spectacular from our bedroom window, except it had no meaning, no basis or significance, it was only a shell, a plastic covering of what used to be, a specter perhaps, unknowing to most but to those few a harbinger of the eventual expiration of a passing greatness, replaced with an expediency rather than the sacrifice it might have taken to actually celebrate on the prescribed day.

America is not alone with this attitude, virtually every country has its excuses to alter, to exchange and minimize the memories of what made that country great.   It is the relativistic attitudes of those who truly don’t care or those who are hell bent on changing, slowly shifting what is important to the marginal areas of “What difference does it make?”  Said Hillary, at the Benghazi hearings.  She was not the first to drive a stake into the national relativism but she is the one in the news who is espousing the indifference to what matters.  

There was a country western song by Aaron Tippon, “you've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything ...” beliefs matter, traditions matter and when and how we do things matter, even if it’s something simple like when we celebrate the 4th of July.

We need to take a stand, make a statement, stick to our beliefs and be un-moving in our devotion so that when tomorrow comes we will still have something to believe in.  When we make a stand, hunker down and decide to live a certain way we are telling ourselves that we believe in ourselves, we believe in God and that what we’ve done and what we’re doing is important.  

Our beliefs are under attack, our faith is threatened and our freedoms are being forfeit for the conveniences of others who do not share the same level of commitment or who have never understood the need for sacrifice.  It is only though sacrifice that we can truly learn.  Don’t let them take that away from us! 

I watched some of the fireworks but there was no context, no perspective, no reason for the show of lights in the evening sky, it was nothing more than a lack luster attempt to make everyone happy but in the end it did nothing, created nothing and in fact only accomplished a level of sorrow, a distracted level of patriotism and devotion to what used to be a hallowed day reserved for memories and pride with the all-important shedding of a few private tears of gratitude for the freedoms we had, freedoms hard fought with sacrifice and ultimate loss.

For now it was just a few dollars spent to appease the crowds.  A few token lights of fire to satisfy the need for a holiday, but not on the designated day, that would be too much of a sacrifice.  At least we still have Halloween, they never change that day.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Muslim Madness

When Trump called for all Muslims to leave the country he was not completely wrong.  I say not completely wrong because there are a few issues that need to be addressed when making a blanket statement and the removal of all Muslims. One issue is in the presumption of guilt by association and this leads to the question: are all Muslims responsible for the terror of the extremists?

A few weeks ago a survey done by The Center for Security Policy released a poll  asking American Muslims if they wanted to live under Shariah law and 51% of those surveyed answered that they would prefer to live under Sharia rather than the constitutional laws of America.  51% is a majority, leaving me to believe that most Muslims want to fundamentally change the constitutional mandate toward religious freedoms by imposing Sharia law on the rest of us.  In addition to the 51%, a full 25% of those polled agreed that “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.”

Lest you wonder about the effects of our religious freedoms, if and when that was to transpire, we must consider the tenants of Muslim law within Shariah and understand the exclusivity imposed by those rules and beliefs.  There are anywhere from 3 million to 7 million Muslims living in this country with 77% of those being citizens of this country.  That equates to anywhere from 2 million to 5 million Muslims or 1 million to 2.5 million who want Sharia law.  Anyway you look at it that’s a lot of radicals roaming our streets waiting to be called to Jihad.   These are the American Muslims, citizens who have taken the oath to defend our country, our laws and our constitution.   

The Koran is very explicit about that exclusivity and how to treat the infidels who do not believe.  The holiest book of Islam (61% of which is about non-Muslims) draws the sharpest of distinctions between Muslims (the best of people, 3:110) and non-believers (the worst of creatures, 98:6).  Praise is lavished on the former while the latter is condemned with scorching generalization.   ( The religion of Islam purports peace but fails to follow through with the foundational aspects that are required to establish peace for those who are non-believers.  

There are verses that espouse peace and goodwill toward those who are not Muslim but the alternate verses that spell out condemnation toward all who are not Muslim are numerous and clear leaving very little doubt regarding the true intentions and ultimate goal of Islam.

Peace is an easy proposition when one party has ultimate control.  Peace is simply a matter of force over those who would alter the paradigm that is required for universal religious freedom.  Islam and many Muslims, 51% want to limit our choice of religion by mandating Sharia oversight with the complete understanding that within that oversight is the exclusionary process toward singularity, their way only.

Here are a few examples, there are many more:
Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. - Sura 2:98
On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. - Sura 2:161
Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. - 2:191
Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God's entirely. - Sura 2:193 and 8:39
Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. - 2:216
(different translation: ) Prescribed for you is fighting, though it is hateful to you.
..... Martyrs.... Enter heaven - Surah 3:140-43
If you should die or be killed in the cause of Allah, His mercy and forgiveness would surely be better than all the riches they amass. If you should die or be killed, before Him you shall all be gathered. - 3:157-8
You must not think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead. They are alive, and well-provided for by their Lord. - Surah 3:169-71
Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, whether he is slain or victorious, soon we shall give him a great reward. - Surah 4:74

Further evidence of that singularity is found throughout the Koran and in its precepts of how to deal with the infidel.  It is OK to lie to an infidel, kill an infidel and enslave those who do not believe but it’s not OK to allow them to believe how, when and what they may, as is required to sustain a country with religious freedom.

When Trump calls for all Muslims to leave the country he is right if he was referring to those 51%.  For the 49% of American Muslims who are law abiding (constitutionally) and Americans first, Trump is wrong to call for them to leave.  They are Americans and have the same Due Process afforded all Americans.  The problem is, do the American Muslims who fall within the 51% and have a desire for religious freedom within Sharia infringe upon our rights to religious freedom?  Taken to its logical conclusion if we allowed them to pursue their beliefs we would be doing so at the exclusion of our own and that does not fit within the parameters of “freedom of religion”. 

There is no place for Sharia in America or within any country that espouses freedom of religion.  There is no place for those who believe in Shariah within America and they should be banned from establishing citizenship and residencies.  Remember Sharia demands control over the infidel and anyone who is not Muslim is considered an infidel, that mean all Christians, all Jews, all Sikh, Buddhists and Shinto, in fact it excludes all other religions as infidel and would convert or remove all who do not believe or succumb.

Trump was right.  I’m not totally convinced that he thought the entire process through but his overall premise is correct even if his reasoning was not.  His instinct about many of the Muslims in America is correct and I suspect his instincts about a lot of things will be found to be correct as well.   

I want to be clear about the process of protecting our land and our freedoms from those that would take it away.  This is not an appeal for internment, which was cruel and unnecessary with the law abiding Japanese.  This is not a call for mass extraction but a simple voice of question and comment about the realities of what our current administration is supporting.  They are looking toward a mass approval of hundreds of thousands of Muslims immigrating to our country without a shred of evidence that those that arrive are not Sharia prone.  They are promising us that for humanity we must help.  We can help just don’t let them in.

Our government currently does not keep statistics regarding the religion of those who immigrate to the U.S.; perhaps it’s time we asked.

For those that are already here we need to double or triple our efforts to identify and exclude those that would do us harm.  We need to develop strict policies of investigation based on the majority of those that believe in Sharia and protect our interests, removing those that do not have our best interests at heart with those that are not citizens being targeted first. 

We need to allow the FBI and local agencies to follow through with their investigations and remove those threats from our shores.  This is no longer a political issue, it is an invasion and we need to act accordingly.  We are at war and that war is within our borders.  This is no longer a threat that can be ignored or excused away.  If we do nothing there will be sever consequences to our freedoms and our sovereignty.

The solution is simple; at least it is in my mind.  It’s the execution of that solution that is much more complex.  Our freedoms are at stake and we must step up our game in order to maintain our way of life and our right to worship freely.  If we do nothing or do very little we will loose this war and Sharia will be our only choice.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fear of Baggage

Political Cartoonists SLAM <b>Hillary</b> Clinton For <b>Email</b> Scandal | The ...There has always been inequity in judgment.  Some are judged more severely than others while some are given a pass for gross misconduct.  Within the scope of a democracy and our responsibility for self rule the level of inequity must be managed more carefully.

How we manage these affairs has to transcend the political and has to be enacted despite the influential and powerful.  Due Process has recently come under direct attack when specific individuals, not convicted, are held in contempt of their inalienable rights.   Despite how you stand on the issue of these rights and the fears you may have in regards to the risks of maintaining these freedoms the loss of these basic and fundamental rights will severely damage our future rights and our eventual rights to maintain freedom.

My fears are real in relation to how Islamic terrorist may effect our lives.  When a lone gunman can enter a club, any club, and take the lives of innocent patrons while screaming Allah Akbar and proclaiming allegiance to ISIS the reality of the war against our freedoms is real.  The question is do we acquiesce against that threat by moving in the direction planned by our attackers or do we remain strong regardless of the threat?

Those fundamental freedoms are more important than the individual lives lost in almost any instance.  This may sound harsh but why is it that over the years so many have died defending our way of life?  Is our way really that much better so we would send our sons, our fathers and now even our daughters to war?

Not all wars are as justified as others and it is obvious that many lives have been lost due to the political motivations rather than the more important and fundamental spiritual aspects of freedom.  The need to define freedom is essential if we are going to defend its precepts.  What are we free from?  Is our freedom more important that others perspective of freedom and how does our freedoms affect the world today?

Being free from physical and mental restraint is perhaps the easiest definition to begin with.  It’s easy to define freedom in these terms but what about those earlier religious freedoms or the freedom of speech or thought?  If I want to be free I have to allow all to be free around me.  More often we look at our freedoms as a guide to manage the freedoms of others while forgetting that when we limit their choices and lifestyles we curtail our own.

The concept of freedom has been a current political matter as well.  Donald Trump followed the rules to the point of winning the Republican nomination for president but because others do not like what he says or how he says things they want to change the rules and in essence stop his run for office.

A similar but opposite situation is occurring within the Clinton camp.  Hillary in almost every instance has broken the law.  The evidence is clear with both sides admitting that she “broke the rules” and those rules caused her emails and server to be vulnerable to outside sources.  She then deleted those emails making the process of discovery more difficult, especially in relation to who may have accessed those emails and documents. 

Ignorance is not a crime unto itself but the results of that ignorance does have consequences .  The risks to our national security because of those secretes being exposed to other countries is very high.  It may take years to fully understand the scope of damage and the risk of blackmail.  Simply put had she followed the rules we would not be having this conversation.

Her responsibility in this matter is beyond question but her punishment for her lack of responsibility is and that’s where the inequity comes into play.  Politics aside, what she did was wrong and she deserves to be punished.  When you compare the costs others have paid for exposing our country to outside influences you can see the sever inequity of our system due to political power and the power of influence rather than the universal process due all men and women within this country. 

Due process works both ways and should rule over Hillary just as it did with Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou — three whistleblowers all charged under the Espionage Act.  These men acted in good faith and wanted to make changes to an ineffective and dangerous process of secretes and were punished as a result. 

George Portrayus was also given a light sentence of two years probation and a fine for allowing his biographer to access his email.  If Hillary was given the least of these punishments I wonder if she would be eligible to run for president, many think not.

When the rich and powerful are given a pass for egregious acts then the fundamental process of freedom is in serious jeopardy.  Like the kings and rulers of the past the separation between the powerful and the connected create a gap of not only opportunity but a deficit in the overall morality for all those under those that lead. 

Bill Clinton represented our country as our president and with one act of immorality created the impression for all  Americans that engaging in oral sex was not really sex.  The consequences of his Oval Office tryst directly correlates with the rise in sexual promiscuity of the youth during the remainder of his presidency and today.

As a Republic we have the serious obligation of holding our leaders responsible for what they do and do not do.  Hillary wants to lead but she does not want to lead by example, she simply wants to lead.  If she were a “good” leader she would show us her resolve by admitting to what she did, accepting the consequences of her actions and step down as a contender for the presidency.   That will obviously never happen.  But we can unite as a people and demand “good” leadership, or we can follow our leaders and be subjected by their selfish will and demands for more and more power, generally in the form of raised taxes and controls.  

And then there was Trump.  You can like him or dislike him, you can believe he is our economic savior or you can think him to be the biggest snake oil salesman in history but he is not Hillary and he did not risk our sovereignty.  If you think Hillary is a better leader then you must demand that she act like a leader and lead.  Trump is leading, in his way and has not hidden in any way what he is or who he is.  We all know the kind of man Trump, there is no mystery there.

With Hillary we have the mystery surrounded by the unknown wrapped by the paper of lies that have surrounded her and her husband since their days in Arkansas.   We know who she is as well by the mysteries that surround her and the failed policies that she has agreed too and supported.

Under Obama and Hillary (secretary of state) the unemployment in this country has remained very high with over 90 million workers left out of the statistics because they stopped looking for work.  When tabulated correctly with the available workers and those who are under employed or unemployed, the true measure of our economic strength is closer to 26% unemployment.  Look around your neighborhood and tell me you can’t see the struggles that are still raging around this country.

The cost of insurance has skyrocketed, especially in relation to the care currently provided.  The hope of America has been significantly damaged and any hope in the future should not come from the same party that put us there.  For the past seven and a half years we have gone from marginal to bad and all our leaders, both Democrats and Republicans can do is lie about the issues and what they have done to serve us.

Hillary will be nothing more than an extension of Obama and with Obama came the nightmare that is our economy and continuation of our economic decline.  I’m not saying that Trump is significantly better, know one really knows, but at least we can start over and start with a new hope of promise from someone who has a track record of success….

For Hillary maybe it’s time to judge her as equitably as she deserves rather than the pass that so many willing to provide, just because she is a woman or a Clinton, that at least should be a serious consideration.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No Fly List Loss

Diane Feinstein proclaimed on the Senate floor that those on the No Fly List “must prove their innocents” Have we really fallen so far from the basic premise of presumptive innocents that the laws of Due Process have been targeted as a means to justify the ends of our overwhelming fear of those who would do us harm.  This is not the time to falter nor is it the time to enact punitive or dictatorial rules that will only serve to enhance the fears and further erode our constitutional rights.

When our constitution was enacted the republic was established so that we could have self-rule.  If you need to be reminded, self-rule was a new concept to humanity and the constitution guaranteed those inalienable rights (rights that cannot be given or taken away), rights that were not dependent on any monarchy, ruler, group or religion, rights that were understood to be the privilege of all men and women regardless of race, color, gender or religion. 

For the first time in Human history man was responsible for their government and not subject to it.  This revolutionary process demands that all men be responsible for their own actions and not the whims of any ruler.  The importance of this revolutionary process creates a system of opportunity that was absent in virtually every other country and land.  When Benjamin Franklin was leaving the last meeting of the creation of the constitution he was asked “Well, Doctor, what we have got— a Republic or a Monarchy?”  He answered,   “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

It is up to us to fight for those rights that are systematically and now blatantly being taken away.  When Franklin Roosevelt said “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”, and then followed with, “Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance,” he was referring to the banking problems of his day but the same argument can be had for the fear of terrorism and the fears that cause men to pass laws to control those fears through legislation.  The results, even if enacted temporarily will dissolve our resolve toward self-rule and undermine the basic foundational principles of individual rights and freedoms.

The pundits would have us think that we need to enact a level of Martial Law in order to keep us safe.  There is some logic to the idea of taking control in order to establish control but the risks to our constitution and our individual freedoms are more important than the risks of temporary safety.  You may not agree and I can respect that level of fear, we are faced with an almost insurmountable risk to our safety but if we abandon our principles and our rule of law then those that would see us harmed have already won.  They would applaud the victory if our concepts of equality were abandoned and they would have a free and gaping opportunity to enact their rule of law, Sharia.

There is a better way.

Most if what I am going to propose is non-political and being the Political Dad I thought long and hard about what I am proposing.  Politics has not served this country well over the last 200 years.  Despite those negative inroads into our freedoms served to us through the selfish designs of the political process, our country remained strong through two major wars and numerous smaller wars.  The strength of our country is decidedly not political it has always been strong because of our freedoms and specifically our freedom of religion. 

This is where I may lose some of you so try to stay with me.  The reason we have a constitution and the reason we have a country was primarily due to the need to establish freedoms for worship. Even when those who came became intolerant and segregated the ideals of free worship overrode those ignorance’s.

There were thousands upon thousands who came primarily because of the opportunity to be free and worship freely, the optimal word to remember is worship and the idea of being able to worship anyway you chose.  My religion has at its core the articles of faith and the 11th article states:  "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

The issue of worship is at the crux of my proposal to establish and maintain a free and safe society.  As we have forsaken the God of our rights we have forsaken the blessing that are inexorably connected to those rights.  All we have to do, this sounds easier than it sounds, but all we have to do is worship our God, keep his day holy and strive to live a better life. 

When we do these simple things, our lives will improve across the board.  Our country will improve across the board and the promised blessing of this great country will once again be provided.  God’s spirit has been slowly taken away from our country and our lives and by returning to our God (Any God is better than no God) we will be blessed accordingly. 

Politics is not the answer, it never really has been.  Politics is fun to write about, it’s nice to think that those that lead us will do so as statesman and not as the bureaucrats that currently fill our halls of justice.  Politicians will not solve our problems of overcoming our fear, nor will they provide meaningful and long term solutions to those issues.  What we need is a faith in God and in his tender mercies to support the freedoms he has always granted to those who believe. 

Once we start to believe in and act in faith with that belief our minds and are actions will prevail over the fears that now surround and encompass all we do.  Where there was fear there will be faith.  Where there was estrangement and discord there will be unity and cooperation.  Politics has already failed us, negotiations are not the answer, the only way to regain our freedoms and our safety is to rely upon the All Mighty and Great God above and let Him bless us as he always has.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The battle begins

Clinton or Trump….That’s really all there is.  If you don’t like either one you can try your hand at the green party or another no named party but the reality of our two party system is that your vote will be wasted, so if you want to vote and be heard it’s either Hillary or Donald.

My choice is fairly easy; I don’t like the Clinton's philosophies or the Clinton’s ongoing move toward the radical left.  Trump has issues too but who doesn’t? When we compare the two, Trump verses Clinton, can you really say unequivocally that you “like” either one? Is our choice really the lesser of two incompetents or are their values of one over the other that can be defined?

My opinion of course takes precedence here so let’s see how they match up.  And just to set the record straight I will not be doing a side by side comparison but will attempt to look at the candidates logically, and with a perspective that will benefit the reader, not just regurgitating the party line.

This country is in deep trouble and that trouble is in large measure do to the failed policies of both the Republicans and the Democrats.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  One issue that is most troubling is our loss of a moral center and I don’t think that either candidate will be able to make any inroads into solving that issue. 

We need to seriously look at who the candidates are and ask ourselves if they can effect any meaningful change.  I’m not talking about the Hope and Change promised and delivered by Obama but the need to redirect our efforts as America for Americans and our standing as a “Superpower”.   We hold the reigns of the world in our hands and have the ability to effect positive changes throughout the world.  We need a leader who understands our position, our responsibility and our role in the world.

For those who think we need to be subjugated, ruled or monitored they need to think seriously about moving to another country or just going home, locking their doors and letting the rest of us run the country as it should be run.  For the first time in recorded history there is a democracy (republic) that has the power, used to have the will and the resources to make a world wide difference in the freedom of the world. 

Which candidate is closer to this ideal?  Seriously, which one is more apt to move America away from the kowtowing, apologetic, bowing to foreign leaders to one of power and promise?

Who does not accept the role of American power toward freeing the world from the despots and evil rulers around the world?  Who does not accept our role of mediator to the world’s issues?  If not the U.S. than who?  I personally don’t like the idea of sending our men and women into battle for the freedoms of others who do not contribute to those hard fought blessing but again if we don’t take the lead who will, the Soviet Union, China, North Korea or Iran?

If we don’t have a leader who is a world leader than who will take that role?  It will be filled by someone and just because we decide not to lead in the hope that all will get the message that “we just all need to get along” the inevitable gap will be filled by some despot or some rogue nation or extreme religion.

Which candidate is more suited to keep our country safe?  Hillary or Trump is our only choice so think about it; think seriously who has America’s best interest, your best interest at heart?

Your opinion may be different than mine, it shouldn’t be but it might be and if it is perhaps you should rethink your position to include the following:

Hillary is a career politician.  She married a career politician and her marriage to Bill is nothing more than a means to an end.  Her manner of thought is that of a bureaucrat.  Her reason for living is not in the service to the people but in the power of the office.  She wants nothing more than to be the President so she can wield the power of that office.  Her entire life is devoted to the power not the people.

Trump is a career businessman.  He has been married a few times but for all intense and purposes has not cheated on his wives (at least none that I can find).  His manner of thought is that of a businessman.  His reason for living is to make a profit and profit demands service to a certain degree.  Everyone who understands business understands the quotient of service verses profit and also understands that long term profits require a level of sustainable service.  He wants nothing more than to create a profitable environment so that he can continue to make his profits and being president may affect his bottom line positively.   His entire life has been devoted to amassing his fortune. 

The two are diametrically opposed.  Trump would turn our country into a profitable venture; Hillary would turn our country into profits for her.  Both have their issues but for me the choice is easy.  Trump will use his selfish designs to create a better working environment because that’s how he makes money.  The more money we have to spend the more money he makes as a businessman.

Clinton would use her selfish designs to make her money by raising taxes, scheming ways to defraud the public to grow her own personal holdings.  The only way she and her husband have ever made any money is through fraud and corruption, remember white water? Remember secrets to China? Benghazi.....(There are many more)

Trump is no Angel, in fact he may be considered ruthless at times but I would rather have ruthless and capable than a power hungry, apologetic bureaucrat.  It’s your choice but in the end and if you’re in the least bit logical you should be able to see the benefits of Trump over Clinton, heaven help us if you can’t.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Greatest

Image result for mohamed aliYears ago when I was much younger I was taking a vacation with my two oldest daughters.  They had both been asking questions about government and about laws and had both seen the stupid little cartoon about “bills” that so many of us had to watch when we were young (  They came home and told me about this weird cartoon that the school had made them watch and I knew exactly which cartoon they were referring too.  As a result and the need to spend some time with my two oldest we decided to take a trip to our state capital, Sacramento

The trip itself was fun from the beginning, except for the drive.  The I -5 through the breadbasket of the world, the San Joaquin Valley is long and tiresome but at the same time gave me plenty of opportunity to school the girls in supply and demand and the endless planted fields filled with every conceivable, profitable crop and some not too profitable I imagine, but in the early 90’s almost everything that was planted was profitable.

It is within this area that stretches from Sacramento north to just past Bakersfield south and encompasses a wide area of the State of California.  The politics of the state have created a sever imbalance in the diversity of the areas ability to grow and sell due to incursions by environmentalist and the Delta Smelt and the decreased water to the area as a result.  It is hard for farmers to grow when water is taken away.  But I digress, I was telling the story of my vacation with my daughters…We finally arrived in Sacramento, I can’t remember if it was only a stop over or the destination but in any event we found ourselves walking the Hallowed Halls of the state capital. 

Meandering through the capital building and seeing the massive rotunda we made our way to the elevators in order to access the public gallery.  My younger daughter quickly pushed the button to go up and we stood waiting for the elevator to arrive.  As the large doors opened my eyes went wide as I saw the great man himself surrounded by two very large and intimidating guards.

Right in front of me was Muhammad Ali.  I must have been quit the site with my eyes wide and my mouth even wider at seeing the visage of one of the greatest boxers of all time.  I must have been rambling and speaking some truly star struck things when h stepped in front of his guards and looked down at my daughters and without speaking a word bent down and gave them both a big bear hug. 

He extended his hand and I meekly received the same paw that had knocked out so many hardened men that I truly felt a shock of excitement.  He gave me a gentle but firm hand shake and I returned with the same pressure, our eyes locking for just a moment.  I could see the greatness of this man and in a true sense the humility he felt for what he used to be and the reality of the illness he was now suffering. 

My girls were amazed at how big he was but even then did not really understand the meaning of meeting such a great athlete.  To them he was just an imposing figure of a man who had at time lost some of his ability to speak.  But despite his weakness in speech he bent down and whispered “beautiful” to my girls and grinned in my direction with the understanding that life is in our children.

I never really followed his politics and to be honest never cared, he was a boxer turned evangelist and even in this I cared very little but when I saw him in person coming out of the elevator as we were going in I saw a humble man, a great man who had the kindness to touch the lives of two little girls and then look toward their dad and give me a wink, a wink of knowing that in life it is really not what we achieve but how we act in relation to what we have. 

That story is a highlight of my life and to some degree it has changed who I am.  I saw him fight, say him win and loose and then win again.  I saw him dance the butterfly and sting like a bee as his lighting fast fists found their mark.  I witnessed his courage as he changed his name and became Muslim and was sent to prison for over three years and I saw him announce to the world that he was the greatest.

To me he was the greatest.  He didn’t need to stop and take the time to shake my hand or hug my girls but he did and for that I am impressed,  I am impressed with his courage and devotion to life and the driving force that made Muhammad Ali the greatest that ever was.

Thank you Ali, thank you for your example and thank you for the memory that you provided me and my girls, rest in eternal peace and rest within your family’s hearts as you’re now resting in mine.