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Political Opinion (authored by an Original Republican writer)

Isn’t This Democratic Socialism?

Posted February 16th, 2017

For many years, we have been hearing Democrat factions speak of this 20th Century concept of  Democratic Socialism, which sought to keep the concept of free elections alive in The United States, while, at the same time, empowering Government to create these Socialist and quasi-Socialist programs, aimed at providing every child with an education, helping those in times of trouble, to provide a safety net for seniors in their retirement years, and so on.

While, on the surface, from a purely emotional level, these Government-ran programs may sound well-intended, they are fraught with problems, both in an economic sense, and in the sense of growing Government, exponentially. I could easily devote an entire post just to that topic, but for now, I will leave it at that. Continue reading

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No, This Is Not The Key To Solving The Gun “Problem”!

Posted June 14th, 2016

Any decent person would be saddened over this senseless loss of life in Orlando, Florida. It is extremely sad every time we hear about another mass shooting. And, we mourn for every life lost. However, for better or worse, we do not all agree that restricting the ownership of guns, in any way, would do a bit of good in stopping these senseless crimes.

On Bill O’Reilly’s Monday night appearance on The Stephen Colbert Show, O’Reilly and Colbert were talking about this tragic shooting in Orlando. In this segment with Colbert, as reported by TheBlaze.com, O’Reilly says some very troubling, and misleading things, in my humble opinion.

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Why Collective Rights Are Wrong

Posted June 8th, 2016

In today’s world, people are taught to believe that we have collective rights. In other words, your rights depend on what gender, color, race, religion or other group you belong to or identify with. But, that is a complete inversion of the very principles that this country was Founded on.

Collective rights tend to treat people like sheep, that can be herded around by those who call the shots, or write the Laws, as these rights are always hinging on the whims and wishes of some other party. They can be dehumanizing, as well, in many ways, Ayn Rand Quote as so-called collective rights are not concerned with you as an unique human being with your own unique wants, needs and cares.

People who advocate for so-called collective rights, egregiously, often see force – whether explicit or by Law – as a means to make others bend to their will. And, more times then not, that is destructive to the recipient’s own individual liberties, which only serves to cause more animosity and friction amongst our citizenry, and further perpetuates the vicious cycle of retaliation.

And, furthermore, just because some irate group can get some Politicians to write something into Law, that does not make it right, just or moral.

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Why The Separation Of Powers Is A Myth

Posted July 5th, 2015

For years, we, as United States citizens, have been taught that in our Federal Government we have three separate and independent branches of Government, consisting of the [President] Executive Branch, the [Congress] Legislative Branch, and the [Supreme Court] Judicial Branch.

I have little doubt that the men who wrote The United States Constitution, and created this Federal Government, intended for these three branches to be independent, and thus to prevent all Power from being aggregated into the hands of a few. And, to a large extent, they were very successful in that there is, often, a healthy tension between these three branches of Government. To say, however, that these three branches are completely independent, largely, is a myth, imho.

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Does The Military Protect Our Freedoms?

Posted June 16th, 2015

For many years, we have been told that our military is protecting our Freedoms. And, for decades, our military has been in a perpetual state of war. We, most certainly, do not have a military shortage either; our military is spread out across the entire globe. Yet, every year it feels like we are losing more and more freedoms.

If the military is protecting our freedoms, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we should be abundantly free?

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Why Victimless Crimes Are The Problem

Posted December 7th, 2014

Following in the highly controversial case of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer, and, sadly, died, is the more recent case in New York City, to where an “unarmed” man, Eric Garner, died via a choke-hold by a New York City Police Officer.

In The Michael Brown case, it is pretty certain, via surveillance camera, that he did commit a robbery, and apparently had an altercation with the Police Officer, which led to this tragic ending. In the case with Eric Garner, the “crime” was so monstrous that words can barely describe it! Eric Garner was caught selling loose cigarettes. Yes, that’s right! The man was committing the heinous act of selling loose cigarettes! It is almost too incomprehensible to be true, but, Eric Garner’s “crime” was engaging in commerce, to where he, “the seller,” was selling cigarettes to “willing buyers.” Continue reading

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Why Free Speech Is Not So Free

Posted April 5th, 2014

On April 3rd, Mozilla , the developers of the popular Internet browser, “Firefox,” posted this post on their blog site – announcing that Brendan Eich has resigned, after only 10 days as CEO of Mozilla.

The below paragraph is from this CNN article, which gives some background into how the controversy began:

“Last week, Mozilla promoted Eich, a longtime employee who was previously the company’s chief technology officer, to the position of CEO. The move prompted renewed outrage by third-party developers and employees. Eich donated $1,000 to support Propostion 8 in 2008. The California ballot initiative sought to ban same-sex marriage in the state. The donation was made public in 2012 but Eich held onto his job.”

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Who Needs Price Transparency?

Posted February 15th, 2014

Imagine, if you will, if our Federal Government, in all their “brilliance,” created something called “The Managed Grocery Act.” And, in accordance with this law, every citizen would have a predetermined amount of their money automatically deducted from their pay checks. In return, every citizen would be issued a grocery card, and depending on the plan they have chosen, would be told which food products they could acquire.

Beyond that, every grocery store owner in the country, by law, would be required to remove all prices from the shelves, and the products offered would be highly regulated by the Government. Every consumer would be instructed as to which products, and the amount, they could acquire, but, by no means, could they be made aware of the individual cost of these items.

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Gifts to The Tenth Amendment Center

Posted February 9th, 2014

In the donation section of The Tenth Amendment Center’s website, are the below words:

“Gifts to TenthAmendmentCenter.com are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Why? Based on our principles – we won’t accept any government handouts, bribes, or tax discounts to partner with the organization we’re working to limit. We believe in freedom of action and equal treatment for all organizations. Thus, we see the tax “benefits” (at risk of giving up freedom to operate and express free speech) offered to some organizations to be unfair, unequal, and unacceptable.

The feds tell us that 501c3 and other non-profit groups are serving the community and deserve to be tax exempt. But doesn’t your neighborhood plumber or carpenter or grocer also serve the community? We think so. Therefore, we stay “for-profit” and will never get handouts or grants from those looking for benefits from Washington D.C. Please join us”!

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For Christians, Everyday Is A Holiday

Posted December 14th, 2013

Well, here we are, another Christmas season is upon us; and with it, comes more of the predictable attacks, by Atheist groups, on Christ and our Christian faith. Most recently, is a billboard, hung in Time Square, by the group, “American Atheists,” which states: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody,” with the word Christ crossed out.

It would be one thing, perhaps, if they wanted to point out that, The Winter Solstice is what was originally celebrated this time of year by the Pagans and Secularists; and that, there is much evidence that Christ was not even born around this time of year. In doing so, they could easily, and more politely, make the point that this season can be enjoyed by all Americans, regardless if we are Christians. But, when they go to the next level, and claim that no one needs Christ, and explicitly cross out his name, they have elevated it to a much bigger and broader place, which is to, directly, and explicitly, attack our faith, and The Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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It’s Not About How Much Money We Earn

Posted November 13th, 2013

If we were to ask fellow American citizens, “do you believe that wages, in our country, essentially, have been stagnate for many years”? I am pretty confident that most Americans would say, “yes,” and agree that wages, today, do not rise at the same percentage that they once did. I would, also, agree with that sentiment, and would add that, once upon a time, companies, perhaps, were much more generous with things such as Christmas bonuses, profit-sharing etc. Unfortunately, however, the commonly accepted belief tends to be that companies, CEOs etc., today, are just plain greedy, and that the average worker is, simply, being screwed. While, there may be some truth to these sentiments, I believe, it completely misses the point, and fails to pinpoint the root cause.

Allow me to quote from this previous post, in which I was attempting to make the case as to why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea, and to point out the unintended consequences that come along with doing so:

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An Amendment To Set A State Minimum Wage?

Posted November 3rd, 2013

On November 5, 2013, there will be a Public Question on The New Jersey Voter Ballot, asking voters:

“Do you approve amending the State Constitution to set a State minimum wage rate of at least $8.25 per hour? The amendment also requires annual increases in that rate if there are annual increases in the cost of living.”

And, below that is the Interpretive Statement:

“This amendment to the State Constitution sets the State minimum wage at the level in effect under current law, or $8.25 per hour, whichever is more. Cost of living increases would be added each year. Also, if the federal minimum wage rate is raised above the State rate, the State rate would be raised to match the federal rate. Future cost of living increases then would be added to that raised rate.”

For many, if not most people, this may seem like a fairly reasonable question to put to the voters; after all, the price of goods and services are, without a doubt, rising in cost; but, for me, this is like watching Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, play-out in real-time!

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Who Are The Real Cronies And Fascists?

Posted October 26th, 2013

So often, in such a politically divided system such as ours, in The United States, incendiary words such as Fascist, Socialist etc. are, routinely, tossed around simply because one is opposed to a politician, and their policies. I think it is also commonly accepted throughout our population that a Socialist or Fascist is synonymous with a murderous thug. Certainly, we have seen, throughout the 20th Century, with people like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini, that was the case; but, the truth is, both Socialism and Fascism are nothing more than economic systems, which lends themselves very well to those thugs who are predisposed to violence. Simply put, because, such systems centralize economic power into the hands of a few, who, at the same time, also have the power of Government, to make laws and regulations.

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What All Big Gov’t Types Have In Common

Posted October 19th, 2013

In our so called divided Government, here in The United States, we, unfortunately, are forced to tolerate the incessant division, and unconstitutional legislation, which is so synonymous, today, with these God Forsaken Parties; and, so often, we hear, “The GOP are doing this,” or “The Democrats are doing that,” while, in almost perfect harmony, their media mouthpieces enable or destroy, depending on what side of the political fence they are on. But, beyond all the noise, and contention, our country has to endure, due to such a factious Government, I have noticed that there is an even broader, philosophical belief, that permeates throughout our citizenry, regardless if one is a Republican or Democrat.

Please consider these great, and insightful, words, spoken by Thomas Jefferson, at his First Inaugural Address:

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Why Medicare And Social Security ARE Welfare Programs

Posted October 12th, 2013

Quite frequently, when this topic comes up, many Americans, rightly, will say, “we paid into these programs, and we are entitled to the benefits.” I totally agree with that sentiment. Millions of Americans, over several decades, have paid into these programs, which I, often, refer to as Debticare, and Social Insecurity; I refer to them as such, because, anyone who is even minimally engaged in politics, these days, understands that both of these programs are bankrupt, and unfunded to the tune of trillions (with a T) of dollars. And, while people did pay into them, and they are entitled to the benefits, it does not excuse away the fact that these programs have become an enormous burden to the tax payers, and, will eventually bankrupt our Federal Government. Serious reforms need to be put in place, which should involve free-market forces, and the ability for Americans to opt/out of these programs, so that they can use that money to manage their own healthcare and retirement accounts.

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We Need Consensus, Not Compromise

Posted October 6th, 2013

Consensus:
• Majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
• General agreement or concord; harmony.

Compromise:
• A settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.


Over and over, whenever there is a difference between these Parties, in Congress, we are lectured by these Politicians, and their media mouthpieces, that there needs to be compromise. Somehow, if we just light a nice camp fire, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya, all will be well. But, the larger question is rarely asked: What is it that is being compromised?

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Vice President Biden Threatens To Impeach The President

Posted August 31st, 2013

Back in 2011, I wrote this brief post, entitled, “The UN Commits The American Military To Libya,” in which I noted some serious Constitutional problems with The President, unilaterally, without the consent of Congress, and without an imminent threat of an attack on The United States, taking our military to war. I started the post by saying, “Well, sadly, here we go again”! And, here we are, a little over two years later, and sadly (in regards to Syria), here we go again!

While, it is a rare moment that I agree with Vice President Biden, I must say, we are in complete agreement that, if a President takes our military to war, without the threat of an imminent attack on The United States, and without the “consent” of Congress, then, it is, most certainly, a highly Impeachable offense.

In a recent post, by Breitbart.com, is the below video of now, Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview, back in 2007, threatening to impeach President Bush if he took our military to war, in Iran, without an imminent threat to The United States, and Congressional authorization. Also, are the below excerpts from the interview:

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Article Five And The Liberty Amendments

Posted August 25th, 2013

For approximately five years now, I have been suggesting that We, The People, who truly believe in Individual Liberty, and State Sovereignty, call for an Article V, Constitutional Convention, which gives us, in these 50 states, via our State Legislatures, and “independent of Congress,” a process for adding amendments to The United States Constitution.

Sadly, whenever I, or anyone else, makes this suggestion, we are often confronted by the fear-mongers, who claim that such a Convention would be hijacked by the leftists, and we would end up in much worse shape. These fears, while understandable to an extent, shows either a complete lack of faith in the process for which our Founders created, or a complete misunderstanding of how the process is meant to work. If we except the status-quo, and allow fear to prevent us from trying something new, and out-of-the-box, then, we deserve exactly the Government we currently have!

For those who are looking for a perfectly legal, and Constitutional, method, to amend our Constitution, without a permission slip from Congress, and through our respective State Legislatures, then, Mark Levin’s new book, “The Liberty Amendments,” is a must have! When I first heard of this book, I was very excited, and purchased it immediately. I am very pleased that someone as high profile as Mark Levin has written this book. I am hoping that it will begin the discussion, and perhaps get the ball rolling, on a process that, in my humble opinion, is long overdue.

Please check out the below video, of Mark Levin, on The Hannity Show, discussing the book, and explaining how The Article V process works:

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Was The Constitution Written To Restrain The Federal Government?

Posted August 24th, 2013

In the past, from great men like Patrick Henry, to brilliant men, today, like Judge Andrew Napolitano, we’ve been told that The United States Constitution was written to keep The Federal Government off our backs…

Patrick Henry:
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

While I completely agree with Patrick Henry that, The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, the truth is, The United States Constitution created The Federal Government; therefore, if there were no U.S. Constitution, or The U.S. Constitution was never ratified, there would be no Federal Government!

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Our Constitutional Protections Are Esoteric?

Posted August 3rd, 2013

On July 25th, 2013, at the Republican Governors Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Governor Chris Christie made his now, infamous, remarks (see below video), “on the Libertarianism side of things,” which he directed toward those of us who are, “rightly,” criticizing the N.S.A.’s “extensive,” surveillance programs, and those of us who believe that The 4th Amendment of The Bill of Rights means exactly what it says, in regards to restraining our Federal Government:

Amendment IV (1791):
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The Governor also called these (constitutional) views, “dangerous,” and asked if we have “amnesia.”

The Governor continued, with the below remarks:
“These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the [911] widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”

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Charity, Economics, And The Bible

Posted July 27th, 2013

Being an American, and having grown up in our predominantly Capitalist country, I have never really had the occasion to ponder economics as it related to my faith. I had always worked, gone to church, and, for the most part, like millions of other Americans, have taken for granted the economic system that we have grown up with.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began hearing some fellow Americans citing Biblical verses in a manner that was tacitly, if not explicitly, promoting Socialism and Communism. For a Christian person, like myself, who has always cherished the freedoms we have had in this country, and felt blessed for the standard of living that we have had in this country, it is beyond disconcerting.

Over the last year or so, I have had some informal conversations with some fellow Christian friends, in regards to this subject; but, for some reason, over the last few months, I have felt compelled to try to understand God’s true intentions, as written in The Bible, in regards to how Christians should be conducting themselves, economically, charitably etc.

Recently, I began discussing economics with my fellow Christian friend Kori, as it related to our faith. In the past, myself and Kori have collaborated on the subject of Christianity and Marriage, which, with her permission, ended up as an insightful post on this site; and, to which we were fortunate to have many great comments. Since she did such a wonderful job at researching Scripture, and Biblical history, in regards to that subject, I was inclined to ask her to collaborate, once again, with me, on this subject.

With Kori’s permission (and a few editing liberties on my part), I would like to share her recent e-mail correspondence to me:

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We Need To Shrink The Executive Branch

Posted May 25th, 2013

In light of these most recent scandals, and egregious assaults on the First Amendment of The United States Constitution, by The Obama Administration, in regards to the wiretapping of journalists at Foxnews, and The Associated Press – as well as The I.R.S. admission to having targeted political groups whose politics they didn’t agree with – we are seeing a number of officials from The Obama Administration, including The President, himself, to Attorney General Eric Holder, onto Lois Lerner of The I.R.S., denying that they knew anything in regards to these scandals.

Attorney General Holder is the man in charge at The Department of Justice; Lois Lerner is the Director of The Exempt Organizations at The I.R.S – that decides which groups can obtain tax exemption; and The President, of course, is in charge of the entire Executive Branch of The Federal Government.

Thus far, it has been proven, via a signed document by Eric Holder, that he did know about the wiretapping of journalists, the seizure of their e-mails, and “may” very well have perjured himself by stating otherwise to Congress. Lois Lerner, cowardly, pleaded The 5th, and is on administrative leave, which “suggests” that she may know more then she is willing to say. And, The President continues to act as if he is as shocked as we are, in regards to these outrageous assaults on The U.S. Constitution, and our Personal Liberties.

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Reject The Voices That Warn Of Big Gov’t And Tyranny?

Posted May 11th, 2013

On May 5, 2013, at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech to the graduating class. In his speech, he included the below words:

“Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.” (see below video)

Interestingly, if we journey back to June 28, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt, in his 5th Fireside Chat, included these words:

“A few timid people, who fear progress, will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it “Fascism,” and sometimes “Communism,” and sometimes “Regimentation,” and sometimes “Socialism.” But, in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical.” (see below video)

Both of these Presidents, I’m sure, have claimed to be upholding our Constitution, and were/are discharging their duties according to the principles espoused by, and agreed upon by, the very men who brought this Constitutional Republic into existence. But, if that were the case, wouldn’t the words of these Presidents also be similar in style and tone to the men who Founded the United States?

Please consider some of the very words, written by our Founders:

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At What Cost America?

Posted April 27th, 2013

I will never forget my father’s provocative words, that he spoke to me while watching the news, shortly after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001: My father said, “Mark, they won.” Not knowing exactly what my father meant, I said, “what do you mean dad”? He simply replied, “the terrorists won.” In my anger, and disbelief, over what took place on 911, I replied to my father, “they [the terrorists] didn’t win a dam thing”! We [as in our military response] are going to kick their freaking ****s! Besides the pain and grief of seeing those events unfold, over and over on T.V., and mourning the loss of nearly 3000 fellow citizens, my only concern was that we send our military over to Afghanistan, and used such an overwhelming amount of force that, these thugs would think twice before ever considering doing such a thing again. But, without relitigating the pros and cons of our military response, and the subsequent military decisions, my father’s words still remain with me to this day:

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Why Not Dissolve The Entire Federal Government?

Posted April 14th, 2013

Among the many great words, written and spoken by Thomas Jefferson, during his time here on The Earth, and the miraculous things that he accomplished, in helping to bring The United States into existence, the below [Jefferson] words have really resonated with me lately:

“I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it’s laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.”

Anyone who truly understands Jefferson’s philosophy on governance, would, likely, not need to have the above words explained to them, as Jefferson was a strong advocate of Individual Liberties, and the sovereignty of the individual, to choose the course of their own life, with minimal interference from the State. And, to that extent, it truly makes sense that each generation, or few generations, in theory at least, should not be bound to repugnant laws etc. anymore then they should be bound to the debt of previous generations.

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