Monday, December 31, 2012

Human Rights

The original intent of this blog was to call attention to and give my perspective on human rights abuses around the world. Over the years United States politics has taken center stage as the United States, its mere existence, is the greatest defender of human rights the world has ever seen. This free and still Christian nation has been the platform for many to stand upon to speak out against abuses around the world. It has been a refuge for many who have escaped tyranny and persecution from its very founding. The United States’ economy and free market capitalist system has been a driving force in bringing relief and prosperity to nations near and far, raising the living standards of all people.

So the political and economic state of this great nation is a human rights issue. When we lose our moral compass, our moral fortitude, and ignore the plight of the rest of the world we only empower tyrants to act more boldly. When our economy fails, so will the economies of most the world bringing utter devastation to some.

As we end this year with many putting together lists of the biggest events of 2012 and pondering the lives of significant people who have passed trying to make us all feel special just for being here, let me share my perspective on the human condition. Let me give you my understanding of the condition of human rights as I see it from what a common man can glean from the various forms of media available in this modern age.

Russia certainly allows the freedom to assemble and religious freedom. People are free to build businesses, a life for themselves, but become too successful or locate in a desirable area and the government will take over all your assets and most likely throw you in prison whether you are Russian or foreign born. The courts rubber stamp the governments agenda and journalists are murdered on a regular basis if they dare print the truth or question authority.

Russia still persecutes and harasses break away republics and is a supporter of Syria which has now murdered tens of thousands of its own citizens in order to hold onto power. Why are we so incapable of removing a murderer who kills openly before the eyes of the world?

The Arab Spring has unseated tyrants of various levels of infamy but has opened the door for even greater tyrants to take over. The struggle goes on. Piracy, slavery, corruption, genocide and the ravages of war and starvation still persist in Africa.

China is persecuting and murdering Christians as well as other religious groups and political dissidents. Little is said because they are China and their economic growth has been considered a miracle, something to aspire in the opinion of some. Though the environmental and human disasters unfolding would never be tolerated in the developed world they are given a pass. Now adding an aircraft carrier to their navy, with more to come, their talk of expansion via military is becoming recognized as a real threat.

But why take China seriously if we will not take Iran seriously as they pursue nuclear weapons, weapons they have said over and over they will use to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? We have been warned. The Iranians themselves suffer from a brutal and objective form of justice under Islamic rule.

The evils of North Korea are rising into the consciousness of the general public through the research and work of authors who have taken up the cause of the few who have escaped. The brutal imprisonment of political prisoners along with three generations of their families is being uncovered. Prison camps as large as cities where living conditions are below subsistence where murderous execution is commonplace are being exposed. The media has begun to inform the larger public of these realities because of the books and no one looks to whitewash over these atrocities because they are Korea. Though the government may convey their works as miracles before its people, no one else is insane enough to see them that way.

Mexico, Central and South America are still ravaged by drug gangs and the remnants of communist insurgencies. Many of the murderous rampages that have become commonplace across our southern border were fueled with arms from our very own President Obama through his Fast and Furious campaign leading to scores of deaths if not more.

Human trafficking and the sexual abuse of women and children are epidemic in our society. Cuba is awash with child prostitutes. The Internet is filled with every dehumanizing perversion one can imagine and then some. Significant historic cultures centered on Islam and older religions relegate women to the status of material. The Taliban and other Islamic groups maim and murder women for seeking an education. In India we have the recent gang rape and murder of a medical college student while on what was thought to be a public bus. If anything could be a catalyst for women’s rights around the world to become front and center in 2013 it will be this women’s horrific struggle and death.

What is more important, more central to life than our duty to our fellow man, women included? What is more central to a good and righteous world, for us to be a single family of man, than the dignity of women in society to anchor the institution of family in safe harbor?

Did Mitt Romney Lose because He is a Mormon?

My first instinct, when I heard that over three million (now I hear four) of the Republican base didn’t turn out in the last Presidential election, was that it was because Mitt Romney was a Mormon. No one in the media claimed outright that it was the cause but some alluded to it. Now after the fact I am hearing from others, when the topic of politics arises, that they hold the same impression as myself.

Was Mitt Romney’s faith the only reason they didn’t vote for him or anyone? Or did other reasons combine with the bigotries of many in this country to bring about this failing result? If this four million had come out to vote for Mitt Romney would the outcome have changed?

We would still be contesting the election results even now if the entire republican base had come out. Fights would be going on in the courts and our country would be locked in a state of confusion.

So are we a nation of bigots, haters and racists? Surely if we were a nation of racists we would not have elected Barack Hussein Obama in the first place. It has been clear debates over policy that have been the issues with all of us who have opposed the President, not his race. The fact that he and his family go out freely, travel the country and world vacationing, politicking, fundraising and playing golf suggests that there are and never have been any real threats to the President.

Though many have concluded that bigotry cost Mitt Romney the election, would it have if he ran on a truly conservative platform? Would he have won if the republicans themselves did not spend far too long fighting over the nomination, attacking each other and expending large amounts of resources in the primary process?

President Obama is a highly flawed candidate, especially considering the economy, so how did he win? There was Fast and Furious and Benghazi to top the list of numerous acts of incompetence if not outright anti-Americanism. But the democrats picked a single candidate and stuck with him and fought for him with near unshakable loyalty. Why? How?

The United States, the leading Christian nation in the world, has been a source of hope, freedom and blessing the world through. So why is this nation so battered and beleaguered by its enemies? Why have we not been able to put an end to a communist ideology that has failed many times over yet is poised to take this nation to its destructive ends? Why do we appear powerless to bring an end to Islamo- fascism? Why are we incapable of offer leadership to a world that is seeking democracy, seeking the freedoms and prosperity found here in the United States?

It is because our enemies, and I am including the communist leadership of our democratic party, all have a clear world view. They have a clear teaching on how this world should be, how we should all be living together in ‘this world’. Generally Christianity puts all their hope in the next world. There is no Kingdom of Heaven here in this world in the Christian doctrine. This is contrary to the leading thought of Judaism in the days of Jesus, He was a Jew you know, but somehow this ‘no hope in this world’ view, God will come with judgment and fire to “ha ha!” destroy all you who don’t believe as I do (rather than simply evil doers as Judaism teaches), won over the predominantly gentile believers of four-hundred years ago who first brought together a singular cohesive doctrine for the Christian faith. And the “ha ha!” aspect of the worldview destroyed any previous visions of a Christian Kingdom on this earth as wars of religion ravaged the world.

What we must realize as a nation is that the true conservative cause is a solid and well founded Christian worldview. Our founding fathers themselves initially would not even pray together, yet they eventually came together in prayer to open every gathering. They were driven by the leading thinkers of the age, an age of reason and enlightenment, to put together a government that was effective and representative of the people. They were inspired by God to realize all rights came from Him and to understand the inherent evils of any and all overbearing governments. And they existed in an environment that screamed to be fruitful, have dominion and fill the earth. With a vast wilderness spread out before them they were eager to get to work to build their ideals substantially on this earth, in this world. To carve out those shining cities on a hill upon that clean slate of the New World. It was an age of faith, of individual responsibility and drive, and trust in one’s fellow man.

This nation and the ideals upon which it was founded are still the greatest hope for this world. The founding spirit of this nation has the power to bring all peoples and faiths together and lead this world into a yet to be seen world of freedom and prosperity for all. If Mitt Romney had embraced these conservative ideals bigotry would not have been an issue and he would have pulled many so called Reagan democrats to his side.

Ultimately to embrace these conservative ideals, to reignite the founding spirit of this nation we need only to turn back to God and His true ways.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The High Road

Is it time to give up on the high road? You would be hard pressed to find anyone who has taken that road as high as Mitt Romney. Yet the citizens of this nation rejected his values and record of accomplishment in business and private life; qualities that fit all too well the needs of this nation at this time.

The question I ponder is, has politics become some kind creative practice of Stockholm Syndrome? The left rose among the drugs and sexually revolution of the sixties, when masses of young people rejected all that their government and elders represented. It was a time when they said, “Who cares about the rest of the world, let it fall to communism and the mass murder that follows it. Why should we put ourselves out for anyone else?” This was the mantra though none would admit to it.

They attacked ridiculed and maligned all who disagreed much like candidates in political races do, at least those who win. And now society appears to be identifying with its abusers as near any type of sexual perversion is acceptable and it is now legal to use marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Talk about a brain drain…

The values of this nation are under assault, they have been for decades. Why have we been unable to stem the tide of this tsunami of self serving, self indulgent tendencies the public has embraced under the ruse of a government that cares? Why is the public so blind to the fast approaching, now unavoidable fiscal crisis crashing down upon this nation?

Now is the time one would usually blame the media but let me take on the Stockholm Syndrome theme I have alluded to. There are countless stories of misconduct and outright criminal activity at the hands of the democrats. Republicans are surely prosecuted, at least in the court of public opinion when they commit such indiscretions. Yet the democrats, like an abusive captor who faces no consequences for their crimes and comes to be adored by their victims, benefit greatly when they are not held to account by our system of justice or ethics. Our black populations are unable to grasp the concept that while a small minority of democrats voting for the civil rights act allowed it to pass, the vast majority of democrats voted against it. We can look at despicable characters such as Teddy Kennedy, a man that left a young lady to die and enjoyed waitress sandwiches, a man that has been literally beatified in politics, as another example of the abused coming to identify with, to adore their abuser.

Here in Milwaukee we have a democrat mayor Tom Barrett who is fitting a heavy fiscal yolk on the people with a ludicrous streetcar that will cost tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. The construction will shut down downtown for years, driving away the few remaining businesses. The required moving and protection of utilities will raise utility rates for all those in South-East Wisconsin, even though the streetcar loop will serve only downtown and no one will ride it. They have a small streetcar bus that runs the route, has for years, that may get close to full on one or two runs at lunch hour. Of course that was Twenty-five cents. People can and will walk rather than pay the two dollars planned cost. The project will also obstruct traffic and eliminate vast amounts of parking for the downtown.

No one can stop this project, much like the Obama agenda. Tom Barrett just smiles and looks down his nose at anyone who dare suggest it is unnecessary, irresponsible and immoral. These are issues the media should be raising but they don not. (OK we can blame the media… in part) Tom Barrett appears well respected by many in the community but should he be? He has nothing in the way of real accomplishment and is known for not working too hard. He has a wife who has committed crimes that a state legislator was convicted for and imprisoned. She used her public resources when she worked for Milwaukee Public Schools for campaign purposes. There are several well documented cases in South-Eastern Wisconsin of the same crime committed by democrats and not one has been brought up on charges. This is how evil becomes larger than life, outright adored, and takes hold of a society. They hold themselves above the law they hold others too and an unthinking public responds in awe.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” Edmund Burke.

All societies of note rose out of strong social structures. The traditional family was the foundation. The rule of law and ethics, the exaltation of thought allowed them to grow and prosper over others. The central practice of the law since ancient times has been that ‘Justice is blind.’ When we allow some to become greater than the law, when all are not treated equally we are destined for tyranny and destruction.

Not holding the democrats responsible for their indiscretions, such as voter fraud or campaign law violations among other crimes, not holding them responsible for their moral failings is not taking the high road. Allowing them to make dishonest claims and denials of known indiscretions is not taking the high road. It is ignoring one’s responsibility to the greater society. We have empowered members of government to address these issues. It is important that they do their duty. The Constitution, our laws, and ethical standards for high office exist for a reason. They are integral to the fabric of civilization itself.

Fast and Furious,… Benghazi,… campaign fundraising crimes,… acting in violation of the constraints of our Constitution,… acting against the best interests of this nation,… It is the duty of our elected officials to uphold the Constitution and laws of this land, not to exalt, or to give even the slightest of credence to the actions of those who would abuse their position and power bringing suffering and tyranny down upon the people.

Monday, November 05, 2012

You Didn’t Build That!

Some time back I sent a local talk show host an e-mail in reference to the topic of freedom and jobs. I commented on how laws and regulations hinder one from simply going out to make a buck hawking goods out  in the streets. (I hope I haven’t lost all younger readers with my dated vocabulary, and dated lifestyle) If it can be outside the law to simply go out and try to sell some goods, wares or objects of personal amusement out among your own community from store to store or residence to residence you can imagine how obtuse and obstructive regulations can be if you are considering more complex and far reaching ventures.

So I wrote something along these lines “It is not like I can just pick up an ax and a long gun and trek out into the wilds to cut a life out for myself from the wilderness.”

Of course according to Obama, whatever I would build, carve out with my own hands, shedding blood sweat and tears in the process, out there in the wilderness, I would not have built that. Without that ax and long gun, most likely eventually a horse and plow among other tools and wares, I could not have built what I built. I needed those tools which through some perverse logic was provided by the government and the environment of advancement it supposedly provides.

And, after many like mind individuals as myself gathered, forming a community out there in the wilderness, and some capitalist decided to take a risk and build a railroad in hopes of profit through bringing us needed goods we would buy and transport the excess goods we were producing to markets where they are in demand, that railroad baron did not build that either. It was the government that inspired, promoted and allowed such advancement not the profits that could be gained by promoting sound trade; according to Obama.

How our concepts of hard work, industry and liberty itself have changed over time. We can attribute that change to the loss of true and easily accessible wilderness or frontier. The expression of freedom takes different forms. A free refined productive and diverse society allows pursuits in areas such as the arts and recreation that are not directly linked to survival or the direct advancement of society. It also allows mankind to investigate the mysteries of the universe and literally reach for the stars. What hasn’t changed over time however is overbearing government as the greatest threat to freedom that has ever existed, something our forefathers clearly understood.

By Obama’s standard, everything we may accomplish we didn’t really accomplish because we were dependent upon something provided by others; or rather ultimately what Obama describes as government. That implies that since the first man that split a rock and found he could use the sharp edge he created to cut and pierce that no one has genuinely built anything.

And here is the crux of the matter. This is what begs the question that divides the right from the left; or rather right from wrong. Where did the rock come from? The free world built upon Judeo-Christian ideals most completely encompassed in this nation of the United States acknowledges where that rock came from. Religion honors the origins of creation as benevolent, all powerful and good (the left’s image of government) leading man, if only he would listen, to embody and advance the highest of God’s ideals as our responsibility. We accomplish this through our free will. Our free will, freedom, allows us to build upon what exists and expand it to greater heights, sharing with God in the wonders of His creation and exalting Him in the process. So we praise and offer gratitude to God for the wonders of His gifts embodied in the creation and in like manner build upon what God has given us; to “have dominion over the creation”. We engage in the world as God desires in ever growing joy and prosperity not only for ourselves but for the greater society and for those yet to come. The cycle goes on and on where “we each did build that” as an individual unique expression of God’s creation; God’s child.

In the Obama world seeking a socialist utopia, the origins of all fore-mentioned materials and ideals came about by chance, happenstance, from an accident; the common label for an unwanted pregnancy. God and religion is the opiate of the people; for the unenlightened. The government oversees all material, biological or otherwise, as the highest evolution of all that exists. There is nothing higher than government. There is no higher source of power, knowledge or determiner of right and wrong.

This is what tomorrow’s election is about.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Grafton, Wisconsin

My wife and I had just exited the expressway and had turned into Grafton, Wisconsin.

“Wow,” my wife exclaimed “this is a nice city!”

Yes, exclaimed is the proper descriptive and punctuation.

I always feel good driving into Grafton. I had a remodeling acquaintance on a project there last year. The man I was helping had a bright smile on his face as he told me he had a job in Grafton I would be helping him with.

I had been to Grafton often in the past and a few other times in more contemporary times. I found visits to this formerly small village, now a sparkling island of business and commerce, a bright spot in my day. Grafton always looks clean and orderly. It looks prosperous. You just feel …bright and good to be there.

On this one particular afternoon we were heading to a funeral. The man was a near life long friend of my father and our family. He served in the Navy and worked as an accountant, a businessman most his life. He was an outdoorsman, a hunter, and a good family man.

He and his family supported a Vietnamese family, what we of middle age years know as boat people, after the fall of the South. His family hosted many foreign exchange students. He participated in a hunting youth camp. He was a good man. A family man who was never without the support of his wife. When they talked about one they talked about the other.

He was the kind of man that fit the qualifications for leadership in the Church as described in the Bible. The Priest at the local Catholic Church testified how at the annual Church budget meetings he would always raise his hand and grill the Church on any item or allocation that he didn’t understand. He was a man who demanded everything be on the up and up. A man with the character, personality and moral fortitude that few if any could or would want to contest in his demands for excellence.

And if such a man would be qualified as a leader of the church why do we far to often not demand such standards from our political leaders? In fact this man was a member of nearly every committee on the Grafton Village board in his 37 years of service. He was absolutely committed to his community.

When we talk about the United States as that shining city on a hill, we need to understand how that came to be. We must understand that a shining city is built by such men as my father’s close friend. A man who understood that how something is done, whether anyone is looking or not, is far more important than what is done. That good works are built upon and inherent with the goodness and integrity, the moral fortitude of those committed to the goal; a goal envisioned through one’s faith. These are the kind of men who build our shining cities.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The New Republicans and Scott Walker

Many took note that in the Republican Convention the old guard, outside of Mitt Romney, were kept from the podium. The young, the vibrant, not always completely conservative but loaded with common sense and an ear to the people, those were the republicans put on display at the convention.

Still, with odd rules changes and a healthy uncertainty over whether Mitt Romney is more inside the beltway than conservative, many of us are holding our breaths over what will really change under a Romney administration.

What can bring us solace is that we have a slew of very good and upright people leading the charge and that makes all the difference in the world. We heard many wonderful testimonies of the Romney family. We heard their care and attentions to the needs of those they find in their lives; their compassion and empathy. No matter what you think of Mitt Romney’s politics he will do all he can to bring this nation back as a world economic power, bringing back jobs and opportunity, the American Dream to all of us, because he really does care. I can believe in his goodness, that he desires our prosperity as much or more than his own.

Paul Ryan is also a man of exceptional character from all I’ve heard and seen.

We heard from many at the convention who’s parents had sacrificed deeply so they could achieve the American Dream, far beyond what their parents could have achieved in their time. The opportunities they created for their children is what America is all about. They are stories of good people leading good lives and this will truly be the salvation of this nation.

Along this vein of promoting good and virtuous people as a core requirement for those in government, if you want good government and the freedoms it protects rather than bestows, and being from Wisconsin let me tell you my experience with and views of Scott Walker.

I first personally came across Scott Walker at public meetings in the late 90’s after a flash flood struck our neighborhood and the neighborhood was fighting for its existence. A “Friends” group, “Friends of the Menomonee River” in this case, had plans for naturalizing the entire valley in which we lived. With flood mitigation plans standing front and center before local governments after two years of June deluges striking Milwaukee our neighborhood was threatened with extinction. Eventually a flood wall and pumping station was designed to not only protect us from a 500 year flood, but also putting us in a category where we no longer needed to buy flood insurance. It came with a vastly improved neighborhood park and a river walk.

Scott Walker was a State Assemblyman then, not for our district but for other neighborhoods in the same watershed facing the same issues. He became far more involved in the flood mitigation process than any other elected official. He listened with sincerity at all the after hours meetings he attended and he was at most.

With the “Friends of the Menomonee River” putting forth artist’s renditions of our neighborhood as beautiful wooded meadow reserved for fisherman and the worthy who appreciate nature rather than those whose homes were actually standing their; homes filled with home owners who cared for the neighborhood, paid their taxes and in many cases raised their families there, even growing up in the neighborhood themselves. In this environment I decided to give Scott Walker a book I had read for an honors class I had recently taken. The book was titled “Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature” by William Cronon. It expanded the debate on the environment into the realm of culture and history. That is, how different cultures viewed nature and man’s relation to it and how man’s views had changed throughout history.

After one of the public meetings on flood mitigation plans for our watershed I approached Scott Walker and gave him the book. I told him how I thought it was very enlightening on the various views of the environment versus the narrow view the “Friends” group was putting forward. ...The gratitude and humility Scott walker showed as he earnestly took the book into his hands, you would think I was giving him a gold watch. I was immensely impressed and moved and it is one of the reason I believe this man would some day make a remarkable President.

Later, after scandal swept Milwaukee County government, Scott Walker ran for County Executive. For ten years he offered balanced budgets and tax cuts. He was ridiculed and criticized for every step he took. Much of the cuts he made were overridden by the County Board to the detriment of the taxpayer. He always remained calm and respectful to all his adversaries through his entire term of office.

Scott Walker kept this same calm and respectful attitude through one of the most cruel and ridiculous political assaults in the history of this nation when public sector unions attacked him for his budget. He was required by the state constitution to balance the budget, though the former governor had based the past budget(s) on taxes to be collected in future years, had taken money from the gas tax collections meant for roads and illegally raided funds from a doctor’s malpractice escrow account that Scott Walker then had to reimburse.

Yet Scott Walker put forth a balanced budget under almost impossible odds. He offset cuts with savings that allowed school districts to demand a greater percentage of contribution to health and pension plans by their teachers. He allowed districts to shop among other health insurance providers rather than being required to buy from an insurance company run by the teacher’s union. The savings he created were actually greater than the cuts.

For this he faced not only accusation and smears, but threats to him and his family. Still he remained calm and respectful to all.

I have heard it said of Scott Walker that he does not compromise his conservative ideals. This is true in many respects. However I have noticed something slightly different. The left has attacked all of Scott Walkers proposals, and we know through experience that their accusations are grossly exaggerated. But every accusation is built off a grain of truth. From what I have gleaned from the news and interviews is that our governor finds these grains of truth and responds to them and them alone.

Many know that ending the pension system and going to personal 401K plans would bring further savings, yet it is not a popular idea among the public sector unions and studies have shown that the state can function fiscally responsibly with continuing the pension system, so Scott Walker has not proposed a change. This again is an example of the respect he has for all people no matter their views or their offenses against him.

I truly believe Scott Walker would make a great president. He is one of several outstanding governors who are working for the change we need. I would hope we would have even more outstanding governors in sixteen years when, after Romney/Ryan win the election, there will be an opening for a new candidate. Though each of our favorite and accomplished governors may never receive the opportunity to be president we need many such strong, capable conservative governors to bring about the change this nation needs. Governors who can restore state’s rights and support economic prosperity for this nation, which is always good for the entire world.

we can restore the American dream. We can bring this nation back to its founding principles. It is, will be possible if we continue to elect good and upright people.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

2016; Obama’s America

I heard that “2016; Obama’s America” would be leaving the theaters soon (though it seems now to still be out) and I asked my wife if she wanted to see it as I never have or will go to a movie alone.

“I really want to Know more about Obama!” she exclaimed in her not so slight Japanese accent. So we were off to the movies.

The audience was mostly seniors (so much for medi-scare) and by the way they were talking things up before the movie I got the impression they don’t go to movies much. There were about forty people there on a Tuesday Republican Convention night.

It is a movie that will upset leftist only if they fear the revealing of the truth or they don’t think they are really leftists. But the theme of an anti-colonialist Obama as the best fit for why and what he is doing is compelling but distracts from the larger danger. Obama is not a movement of one.

How did the tea party come about? Well, that silent majority and others happened to share common views on life and the world; common values. They are those who are old enough to have received a proper education in their day or went to private schools. That is, there was no organized or coordinate agenda to create this group of like minded individuals. When the dangers facing this nation became clear to all the tea party formed organically, naturally out of the grass roots.

And so it is with the left. The coordination by a foreign power in the coalescing of this Marxist/communist/socialist movement would be hard to prove. But the origins of the propagation of this ideology, that from its earliest days has been considered a threat to this nation, can be shown to originate from the Soviet Union in their designs to overthrow this country.

If you do an Internet search on “Joe McCarthy was right” you will find many sources that, with the release of Soviet files after the Soviet Union’s implosion, document that …Joe McCarthy was right. The problem was Joe McCarthy was a drunk who used a dull hatchet where a sharp carving knife was required to cut out the true threat.

We don’t arrest people or use the government to destroy people’s lives simply for what they believe, or at least that is what we would like to believe. We bring the power of the nation down upon those who seek to destroy it in specific and determined plans, and actions; illegal activities.

So when “2016; Obama’s America” isolates Obama from the larger picture we should not lose sight of the reality that the leftist that run the democrat party have there origins in what has been traditionally considered Un-American and even treasonous. And they are not simply practicing a political ideology, they have been breaking the laws of this land to subvert the Constitution and the rights of the people of this nation. (OK ….they are just practicing a political ideology)

From the campaign credit card fund raising fraud of 2008, Fast and Furious, the subversion of Constitutional processes through executive order, even asking those sworn to uphold the law not to uphold the law, and the list goes on and on, one can claim we are suffering under a tyranny; a ruling class that sees themselves above the law. If Obama were a republican he would have been impeached in his first six months.

And what of equal justice? Many cry over a double standard but what are we really talking about. Here in Wisconsin we have several well documented cases of democrats using public/government office space and resources to support various political campaigns. This is illegal activity and a republican Wisconsin legislator went to prison for similar activities far less obvious or damning. yet the democrats do not even warrant an investigation for their activities. Our now famous governor Scott Walker is implicated in a John Doe investigation (called John Doe because it is to be done in secret) that has gone on and on, and spread to issues far beyond the original scope of the original investigation. We know all this because it is all secret so as not to unjustly tarnish the reputation of those involved.

All this did not come about because an anti-colonialist, if you accept the well documented premise of the movie, suddenly gained the Presidency. We cannot lose sight of the larger picture, the dangers we face and what it will take to restore this nation.

The movie is well worth seeing especially if you sincerely want to know more about Obama and his designs to destroy this nation, specifically through the national debt. Just remember it is not just Obama who wants to see this nation destroyed. He is just one of several heads.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Bridge Too Far

In light of the 2010 midterm election, showing strong conservative results, and the continued resonance of tea party ideals among the general public, has the tea party, the conservative core of this nation gone a bridge too far? ‘A bridge too far’ taken from a quote attributed to General Montgomery in regards to Operation Market Garden and the title of a movie on Operation Market Garden.

Operation Market Garden was an ambitious plan to take a series of four bridges leading right to the border of Germany. At the time many were hoping the war would be over by Christmas. I believe we conservatives also can feel the potential for sweeping victories in the upcoming 2012 election despite the mainstream media propaganda to the contrary. But perhaps we to have been too ambitious, thinking the war will be over this November.

I am not speaking of the brilliant move by Romney in picking Paul Ryan as his running mate. I am speaking of the senate republican primaries in Wisconsin and Missouri. (the last two battleships ever commissioned)

My view of the best candidate in Wisconsin is explained in my previous post. Eric Hovde is a true conservative that has talents and abilities that not only fit what this nation needs but the world. But he lost in a four candidate primary of three conservatives and a somewhat moderate political dynamo, the former governor Tommy Thompson; the primary winner with 35% of the vote. If one of the other conservatives had dropped out Eric Hovde would most likely have picked up most of their votes and Wisconsin would again have supplied the Senate with a conservative private sector powerhouse.

I don’t know what the pundits or the republican party was thinking in not thinning the field. (actually the establishment types surely thought this was the best chance for Thompson) A prominent talk show host in the Milwaukee metropolitan area kept contemplating that the candidate losing big in the polls might come from behind and win, even though he voted for Hovde. So many others contemplated supporting a loser rather than making the rational decision. Did they think everyone could win? Did they think something magical would happen that one of three conservatives could beat out the moderate?

Yes, Thompson is a moderate but he will vote the party lines clearly drawn and understands we want Obama Care repealed, lower taxes and fewer regulations, including the reigning in of the EPA. But he is a political machine familiar with Washington. I fear he will build relationships with the massive number of unelected staff and bureaucrats rather than conservative and tea party congressmen, including his fellow senator, the manufacturer Ron Johnson.

And then there is Todd Akin, again winning with only one third of the vote in a field of three candidates, all conservatives. He quickly put his foot in his mouth and republicans abandoned him. Whether he deserved to be abandoned is not the question.

Just as in Operation Market Garden, where the British 1st Airborne suffered great losses and had to retreat from that bridge too far, those behind the conservative cause have let their hopes and ambitions overwhelm their common sense. We have suffered some setbacks and we can’t afford to keep thinking the war will be over in November. And I am not just talking about the multiple election cycles it will take to re-establish limited government in our nation.

Historians have documented parallels in history for some time. Patterns and trends are repeated in novels and movies as they seem to tap into something all can relate to; an archetype. Science fiction writers also draw on these  patterns and norms.

I believe that in the battle of good and evil for the soul of this nation we can make comparisons with the Second World War. As many believed the war would be over by Christmas, the reality turned out to be something very different. The Battle of the Bulge was yet to be fought, where evil mustered all they had to destroy the good. It was a battle of confusion and deception where the battle lines were lost and many fitted as US Military were actually Nazis. A comparison can also be made to the German advances in early 1918 in the First World War.

This election will become that battle. I believe few understand how far the left will go. And this battle will not be over until Mitt Romney stands before Chief Justice Roberts with his hand on the Bible in January. And much of the turmoil soon to manifest can be attributed to Justice Roberts. He handed the left their Holy Grail. He supplied the instrument, Obama Care, through which all their wildest dreams can be fulfilled. Why would the left ever give up now?

The left is united around an ideology that sees struggle, violence, as the dynamic through which all progress was achieved out of the chaos and void from which everything came about by chance. There are no absolute or even common values. It is a survival of the fittest where compassion and holding to ethical standards are considered weakness.

In this coming election we will see unprecedented accusations against republicans propagated vigorously by the media. We will confront great confusion. Violence will spread beyond the breaking of windows and slashing of tires on republican get out the vote vehicles as in previous elections. And if you think Biden’s statement that the republicans want to put our fellow citizens ‘back in chains’ was a gaffe, I say leftist tactics and goals suggest otherwise.

I plan to vote November 6th and be safe at home before the election results start coming in. I was out and about when the O.J. trial was out and can guarantee there will be violence when Obama loses.

If you think the left and Obama will give up after they lose the election, I disagree. We will see riots in our streets, accusations of massive  voter fraud to negate the election and attempts by the Justice Department to arrest Romney and or Ryan in an attempt to disqualify them from taking office.

But if we stay strong and righteous the good will win.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Why I am Voting Eric Hovde

For those of you in other parts of the country besides beautiful Wisconsin we are having a republican Senate primary election this coming Tuesday; August 14, 2012. We have four impressive candidates looking for the people’s stamp of approval to run against the most liberal vote in the House of Representatives, the democrat candidate for Senate Tammy Baldwin who is collecting funds nationwide through homosexual activist organizations.

The most well known candidate running in the republican primary is former governor Tommy Thompson. He is considered a slam dunk victory over Baldwin by some if he should win the primary and he is committed to repealing Obama Care. He will vote the republican line guaranteed at least 98% of the time. But he is a professional politician who believes government can solve problems and that is the problem. He is not a conservative but a moderate who having served in the Bush administration knows how Washington works. All reasons all should fear that potential 2% where he might undermine conservative reforms. (Why 2% rather than 1 or 5? Wisconsin is the dairy state)

Tommy Thompson is a disaster waiting to happen from my perspective, the common man’s perspective. He represents everything republican that brought us to where we are today.

Mark Neumann, a former conservative congressman that took courageous stands for fiscal conservatism when he was in office, was who I first thought of when our current Senator Herb Kohl announced he would resign.  A conservative politician who is well known, he has lost every state wide race he was in. And he is a politician though he is accomplished in the private sector. He believes in small scale green energy government initiatives and has taken advantage of them. Many don’t like him for negative attacks he made against Scott Walker in the governor’s race.

He has been endorsed by conservative organizations but they have had little effect. I personally believe that if an organization that puts ‘tea party’ in their title (the tea party express) they should not be endorsing one conservative over another. It corrupts the movement.

Neumann is simply not the most conservative, is a politician and isn’t the best fit for what this nation and the world desperately needs.

Jeff Fitzgerald is a republican state assemblyman, the assembly speaker, who has given up his seat to run for the Senate. He valiantly pushed through the Walker reforms here in Wisconsin. Though he is relatively young his career in politics has not left him pure and sinless. In 2005 he voted to extend ethanol mandates across the entire state. He is a professional politician, something the public has grown to disdain. He would work for real change but I do not believe he is the best choice either.

Eric Hovde is a conservative and very successful businessman in the field of finance. He is not a politician. He understands international finance and some even call him a genius in his field. He has a large portfolio of companies and properties and though many have tried to find links between his companies and government programs few links could be found. The links that have been found have been mischaracterized and cannot be attributed to his leadership. This is an incredible accomplishment in todays world.

He admired Ronald Reagan from an early age and remained a conservative while growing up in Madison Wisconsin and having lived in Washington D.C. for over twenty years. He understands the great threat our nation is facing with its growing debt and has the conviction, skills and natural ability to offer real solutions. I see him as a real conservative and I prefer whole milk.

We will all suffer deeply if Obama is re-elected and we do not return to this nations founding principles of limited government. Our economy will collapse.

But what about the rest of the world? Europe is on the verge of economic collapse as is China, though they wont admit it. There was a time before Obama when the United States was a leader in this world and powerful leadership will be required in the very near future. Fiscal leadership in particular will be critical for the well being of many in the world. If you think things could go from bad to worse for us in the United States, things will be far worse for those in other countries when this looming financial Winter settles. The poorer and more despotic a nation is, the more that nations people will suffer.

As I hear more and more of the groundbreaking efforts of Mitt Romney with Bain Capital I grow more confident that he is the person this nation needs as President at this time as financial disaster looms here and around the world. I believe that his recent European tour suggests that he wants to lead and is capable of it.

Eric Hovde, with his expertise in international finance and understanding of the fiscal crisis facing this nation and the world, is also the man for the times. As a United States Senator he will be in a position to offer his expertise not only for this nation but the rest of the world on a scale he would otherwise not be able to achieve.

This is why I am voting for Eric Hovde. The United States is man’s greatest hope and we must understand that what we do now holds severe ramifications not only for us but for the rest of the world.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Freedom Works

Freedom Works is one of many organizations that are working diligently to save this nation. The Heritage Foundation is a powerful bulwark in the cause of freedom that has been unmatched in the depth and quality of their research from what I can ascertain.

Freedom Works had an auxiliary site on which they conducted a survey for the RNC.The goal was to identify the issues that are most important to the public. The process was to pair issues together and have one choose one over the other. Then each issue was paired against a different issue among the set and the process continued for as long as the participant wanted to go on. I suspect I went farther than most into the survey but never got to the end where all options were exhausted.

The survey was about to close and had been up for some time when I took it. The top 20 issues were listed. On top was repealing Obama care of course, but it was what I didn’t see in the top twenty that intrigued me more than what I saw.

The repeal of ethanol mandates and subsidies was not in the top twenty. It is something I and many feel strongly about. But then again I felt strongly about almost every issue presented. The reality is, when faced with the choice of any one pairing of issues I could have tossed a coin and have been satisfied with either result in most all cases. In other words, after the first two or three in the top twenty all the issues listed were just as important to me, and I suspect many others, as what would have been number twenty five or thirty.

I appreciate the work of Freedom Works but question if they have been played. All the issues presented should be part of the republican platform under the principle of limited government, but now they have a basis on which to deal with but a few. The establishment will give back some inches after the miles they have already claimed. It is this kind of politicking the public is becoming sick of.

The public, the silent majority, the moral majority, …the tea party are looking for a complete dismantling of government. We want it out of our daily lives, PERIOD. We want to be able to look to their fellow man again and ask each other, how are we going to solve this problem? How are WE going to make our communities better?

The people of this nation want to be human again, not numbers in a poll. They want to build bonds of trust with their neighbors, in their churches and among their families and have their shared values reflected in their social institutions at every level. This means in politics too. They want accomplishments arising from their own volition and efforts. They despise having to look over their shoulders to see if government approves, and what taxes and regulations may apply, and if they can gain an exemption or not. They want to stop looking at their employees as someone that may sue them under some law or regulation they may not even be aware of. They don’t want to wait to see how government will move the markets, where it will invest deciding winners and losers before they make their own business decisions, as all the while our elected officials are become filthy rich in the process.

My family which is far better off than myself and consider themselves conservatives, not to mention members of my church, have said to me on more than one occasion when I was in a financial bind; “Isn’t there a government program for that?” Private individuals are becoming so trained and drained of resources that they look to government to fulfill basic human duties, or at least what used to be considered basic duties such as Christian charity. Charity is not even allowed to be Christian any more in light of the Obama administrations rulings in regards to Catholic hospitals.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. Perhaps for some of you the holiday has just ended today; Sunday the 8th. Many eloquent and important editorials were written that stirred the founding spirit in our own hearts. They inspired, they warned and even wondered if all this nation represents is lost. Most of you reading this blog are inspired and motivated to stand strong and take this nation back. It is a drive and motivation that has to go far beyond this past Fourth of July. Like the founding fathers who pledge all they had, their lives and the fate of their families to the cause of liberty, facing certain death if they failed, we have to be so committed in this time of peril for our country. It will take many an election, many checks in support of candidates who will not be heralded by the establishment, many judicial appointments and even political strife in the streets to turn this nation around and we have no time to waste. It will take the full effort of all of us great and small.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson.

“The Declaration of Independence”

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Robbing Roberts

My economic future has been ripped from my hands. My clothes of liberty torn from my flesh. A single man, Chief Justice Roberts has let the government clean out the public’s pockets and search out our every resource for the sake of the general welfare.

Fortunately I recently switched from boxers to boxer briefs. The fly on the boxers, held closed with but a single button, can be a bit too revealing. The boxer briefs still keep my privates covered, as long as the government allows me to keep them.

The financial burden that the Obama care bill imposes to our economy, already on the brink, will lead to economic collapse and massive inflation. The baby boomers now retiring to fixed incomes will see all that they have saved disappear; become a fraction of what it's value is today. Healthcare costs will rise even faster than all other costs. Every economic class will suffer.

And as the government now chases after every bit of any disposable income my wife and I, and all of you, may accumulate it will not only be healthcare that we will not be able to afford. Of course if it is legal counsel we may need we have no worries. If my lawyer cannot make a sufficient case to keep me safe the judge can just step in and make a better argument, at least in his eyes, for me. Why would I even need a lawyer if the judge likes me, or perhaps fears me?

Let me not presume to know more about the law than Supreme Court Justices, but they themselves had said that tax laws cannot be challenged before the court until the taxes are actually levied: until you have complainants who were forced to pay it. Shouldn’t the judges have put there decision off for two years and hear arguments again over the constitutionality of what they decided was a tax, though Congress never designated it a tax and the administration fought hard to argue it was not a tax?

The Roberts’ Court has destroyed much of its credibility with the people of this nation though I doubt he knows it. They have launched an assault on the powers of the states in this last session.

This plays right into Mitt Romney’s hands. Obama care has infuriated the people and though Romney care may have similarities, Romney has made it clear he believes the states should be handling health care; that it is outside of the federal government’s powers. If Romney keeps to this theme, along with attacking the judiciary for undermining the power of the states and makes clear what kind of judges he would appoint he has a clear and concise plank in his yet to be defined platform. Looking at the history of the Mormons I can believe they have strong beliefs in the powers of the states. As I watch the debate on healthcare unfold I have more confidence that Romney will repeal all of Obama care.

But what is most fearful in the Supreme Court’s decision this morning is the temptation it holds out to the left. Socialism/communism believes in struggle, violent revolution as the natural way of the world. It is their truth. Now that the Supreme Court has handed over to Obama all the tools to take complete control over the people, now that he doesn’t have to start over on healthcare how much more tempting will it be for him to do anything to hold power? Far beyond voter fraud the democrats are instigating racial, political and economic strife among the populous. How far will Obama and the leftist of the democrat party be willing to go to hold power?

My opinion? If Fast and Furious had not been exposed they would be coming after our guns before the election and all their dreams would have come true.

Everything hinges on these four plus months leading to the 2012 election and what happens with and after the election. If Obama holds power for another four years he will never give it up. It is over for this nation as it was founded.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Obama Care, Ryan Care and don’t even think about it Romney Care!

I guess I am just a burden to society in the realm of health care. Others will most likely, but maybe not, have to cover the costs of my health care through higher prices to cover our medical expenses if any major health incident occurs in my life or that of my wife as currently we have no insurance. So the government is mandating via Obama care that others cover the costs of our health care, should misfortune befall either of us, though we will be contributing a comparatively small fine. Either approach suggests higher prices to cover losses. But who covers the costs of all the new hires, tens of thousands of employees (if not more), on every level public and private, to facilitate the functions of Obama care? We all do through our taxes or fines.

Even if Obama care survives the Supreme Court my wife and I will not be able to purchase an insurance policy and the fines, even cumulative over many years, will not come close to covering any major medical procedure a misfortune would bring, though Obama care declares otherwise. Maybe they will have more fines and penalties for us if we cannot pay. Will it be a crime to become ill? Most likely they will simply deny us treatment, costs being the issue, the driving force behind their logic.

We nickel and dime our way through life, hoping for future prosperity with part time jobs and running two businesses, only one currently bringing a profit. For not purchasing government mandated insurance under Obama care we will each be personally fined at 2.5% of our household income or $695 each, which ever is greater. They claim by violating the mandate to buy insurance that we are not actually breaking the law, at least until they say otherwise. At a now $30+K a year that would mean we will be forced to pay maybe $1,390 a year in fines, though I am not sure anyone could tell us what we will really be paying yet. This is less than what health insurance would cost us for one month at current rates. With self pay rates an annual trip to the doctor with no tests at all costs one of us nearly $400 already, and less than half of that goes to the doctor and his operating expenses.

We were carrying significant debt, with monthly payments on interest alone running just above and below $500. I was told some four years ago we were eligible to declare bankruptcy but we tried to fight it out. But we couldn’t make any significant headway on the debt, as every time we chopped it down some large expense such as a furnace or car repair would hit us. We filed for chapter 7, though 13 would definitely have been an option.

This debt was not overwhelming under my past salary when I worked as an architectural designer. A good portion of our past debt was run up pursuing alternative healing methods for which I was out of the country for over a month which resulted in my employment being unexpectedly terminated. That was seven years ago. We don’t take food stamps or other assistance and though some believe I could and should file for disability I would not even if I believed I was disabled. Rather than take unemployment I started a business. (and have I mentioned I wrote two books, available on Amazon)

We don’t live an expensive lifestyle. We don’t drink or smoke. We get to a few movies a year, often at a discount cinema. I attend and sometimes participating in a few mountain bike race events a season. We have skipped some major family events because of travel costs. I occasionally play in poker tournaments because I break even over any extended period of time. We go to the local casino on our birthdays for a $25 club credit we use for dining and drop ten or twenty dollars in the slot machine. We often walk away with five to fifty dollars in winnings because we stop if we get ahead. The city values our home at nearly $61,000 after the housing crisis. The realtor said it was worth $45,000 and in this current market we could maybe get $10,000 for it. My parents helped us pay for a new roof about five years overdue.

(yes I must be detailed. If by some small chance this post received any significant traffic…)

Now, after bankruptcy, we are currently taking care of obligations that we had deferred for many years, but hope to start building wealth next year. We can do this because we are not buying health insurance. We are taking the risk because we see no other way to get a head; to pursue the American Dream.

It is not that we will not try our best to pay our medical expenses should tragedy befall us. Hospitals are willing to take any payments, even $20 month, without charging interest. At one point in the past I received charity medical assistance. Over two years ago, with a bill of over $2,000, I filed for charity assistance again, hoping for some reduction in costs. But, the criteria for charity assistance for ‘small business owners’ had changed and we were not eligible. This, when Obama care was being debated in Congress.

We feel obliged to cover our debts. We always tried the best we could. What would allow us to cover our healthcare to a far greater degree than Obama care is something I suggested long ago on this blog and more than once. Let us form a tax deductible H.S.A. (health savings account) without an associated insurance policy.

Yes, there are MSA’s, Medical Savings Accounts for the uninsured, where you lose any excess funds in the account at the end of the year. Because there is never enough from the liberal perspective. There is Badger Care here in Wisconsin but when I inquired years ago we were not eligible or couldn’t afford it and now our insurance agent for home and auto no longer deals in health insurance; a growing trend.

People like my wife and I will feel obliged to put aside money, even deferring other needs and obligations, to make sure we have some medical coverage. We recently started another savings account. But we certainly are not going to be starting an MSA and lose an average of $75 a year. We have IRA’s designed to meet a variety of situations and to serve a variety of goals. But no H.S.A.’s unless you buy insurance?

When our forefathers came to pursue the American Dream they had no financial safety net for healthcare outside of becoming prosperous or depending on the goodness of others. Healthcare facilities were made up of those interested in meeting the medical needs of their patients. Now a healthcare facility is made up not predominantly of doctors and nurses, but of bean counters (insurance company staff and the corresponding staff at medical facilities to handle all the filing not to mention staff to meet government imposed regulations) and possibly soon control freaks (the government and the IRS agents and others that will be employed to enforce Obama care). All this contributes to the cost of healthcare and shifts the focus away from care and towards profit margins. What kind of healthcare can one expect from such a system whether you describe it as private or public sector? Great! If you’re rich.

Am I wrong in saying that I would want to put my care into the hands of doctors and nurses, and charity organizations formed from the sincere desire of the well off to help those who are not, than into the hands of bean counters and control freaks?

The reality is even those such as Paul Ryan are not immune from special interest influence. Why are all solutions to healthcare, insurance based? Why cannot our government seriously cut our healthcare costs and give us tools to pay for it ourselves? Tort reform and allowing the sale of insurance across state lines are two reforms that everyone knows will lower healthcare costs almost immediately, yet Congress cannot get it passed. I am sure there are layers of needless regulations that add to costs that also could be repealed.

Mr. Ryan I know you are focused on the entitlement aspect of healthcare but there is no affordable insurance for many families like my own. The insurance system itself is part of the problem as far as healthcare costs are concerned. An immoral Congress that cannot act for the immediate benefit of the people, a government that piles on more and more regulation, cost, is the other side of the coin. And if health insurance were a good investment the rich wouldn’t do without it. Think of the tens of thousands a family puts into insurance each year and what that could do if invested.

But the government says we the uninsured are the problem. A problem the government will solve by making healthcare even more expensive, …so they can send the problem to government death panels.

Obama care tempts the public with the promise of removing financial risk. This is wrong in two aspects. First, nothing progresses without risk: society will stagnate. Second, it deprives the public of choice. Not only will they dictate what care you will or will not receive, the sky rocketing costs that anyone with half a brain and a conscience know will occur will drain away all disposable income one can currently invest in their future; in our case $500 a month.

I have several choices to cover any medical tragedy we may incur. I can buy life insurance that we could sell if I should become terminally ill and know approximately what my final expenses will be. It is far cheaper than health insurance. If I die suddenly it will cover funeral expenses.There are activity specific insurance policies that are very inexpensive that often come with membership in organization such as USA Cycling, where you are covered for any cycling related accidents. I can simply put money into a savings account. I could look to charities or family and friends. I can choose to do nothing and simply die naturally in the way mankind has passed on for thousands of years, leaving any assets for my family. Somehow in this tiny moment of time when medical science has advanced to a high degree the government suddenly wants to control the science and hand it out as it sees fit, declaring it a civil right. A civil right that only the government can bestow that trumps one’s religious liberties in the case of Catholic hospitals. Our forefathers believed our rights originated from God; the capital G.

Mitt Romney, if government sticks its nose into healthcare and requires everyone to buy a policy people like my wife and I will have no more choices and no more opportunity. Like that interest we paid on our debt for year upon year that kept us from paying off the balance, kept us in poverty, government mandated purchases (a tax but not a tax depending on the audience) will relieve us of all choice in determining our future as all our earnings will be spoken for via government mandate. But the risk will still exist as nothing will really have changed. The rich and well connected will be able to get the medical services they need and those without excess funds will be rationed to death. Many will decide to not even try to get ahead.

Risk and choice. Any parent understands that they cannot keep their children from risky behavior or from making poor choices. Any parent of merit understands they cannot control their child. The process is what makes one who they are. I know you understand this Mitt Romney. I heard that you gave away your inheritance and decided to make it on your own. Did you buy health insurance when money was tight? Why do you believe in mandating health insurance? Why do you think government can do what I parent would want to do but has the wisdom to realize that they can’t? Will this government hold the same compassion for the ill as a parent would for their child or simply deem them an unproductive member of society, an unviable mass? This delusion of the ability to control is the great arrogance of government that our forefathers tried to protect us from by giving us the freedom to take risks, to fail or succeed, to make our own unregulated choices.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Election Wars

Wisconsin has become ground zero for the struggle between the silent moral majority of this country (AKA the tea party) and the socialist left that President Obama has exemplified as a Marxist struggle against individual freedom and capitalism. The democrats have declared Wisconsin a dry run for the upcoming Presidential election.

The primary elections for governor in the recall elections here in Wisconsin could not have been more ideal. The mass mobilization of the good people in this state was inspiring. Governor Walker received more votes than the leading democrat opponent yet fewer votes than all four of the democrat candidates together. This gave all conservatives great hope, yet at the same time kept the urgency and the drive to take back our state and country alive with the potential for a democrat win still clearly looming.

There is a strong drive to mobilize the base on both sides in Wisconsin. The union’s radical political arms are mobilizing, focusing their national forces here in Wisconsin. Early voting, absentee voting is being done on a massive scale in Milwaukee and Madison; liberal strongholds. People fear mass fraud will occur. Out of state vehicles are bringing in people by the van loads to vote. Some wonder why many a middle aged black citizen is just registering to vote for the first time now. Didn’t they voter for Obama in 2008?

This is the only viable scenario in which the democrat’s Tom Barrett could defeat Governor Walker; the success of massive attempts at voter fraud. A figure as high as 40,000 votes has been put forward as the possible extent of fraud by Reince Priebus. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was higher. Voter fraud has been documented, and evaluations of the election process here in Wisconsin, even by the Milwaukee Police department, have suggested the incidents of fraud are high. Democrat politicians here and elsewhere continually claim we have no significant fraud despite the statistics. The democrats cannot tolerate picture ID requirements for voting and timed their legal actions against the voter ID law in Wisconsin so it would not be enforced for this election. But whatever the outcome may be in the Wisconsin election for governor the democrats lose.

A Walker win will ignite hope in the hearts of all true Americans. It will provide a vision for the future that will snowball across the country creating an avalanche that will sweep over Congress.

A Walker loss would only infuriate the tea party. We, the now not so silent majority, will be more determined than ever to stand against what we have all come to recognize as un-American; a threat to freedom itself. When the national elections arrive the democrat forces of fraud will be far too dispersed to make a difference.

So what is my greatest fear? Many, including myself, have looked upon the welfare system in the United States as a tactic to create a permanent underclass that would always vote for the democrats to protect their portion of the public dole. I am beginning to perceive something deeper and more sinister in the works. As Obama and others stir up revolutionary rhetoric in the southwest, as we have witnessed the disgusting and violent tendencies of the occupy movement, as the Attorney General has long refused to investigate the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation I have to ask a question; Was this underclass created so their votes could be easily bought or is it an integral part of an ideological plot to overthrow this country. Violent revolution is a staple on the communist menu. It is central to the ideology. Struggle makes the world go round and they don’t me debating over what movie you are going to see this weekend. Communist governments were never necessary to promote violent revolution around the world, only the ideology; a world view presented as the truth.

Big government forces do not need to keep people poor and ignorant to buy their votes. Look at the green energy companies dependent solely on the government. Then there are companies like GE or GM. Wall Street has met with so much regulation and the manipulation of financial instruments that few can separate them from the government policy and few can recognize fraud even if they are the ones perpetrating it. The criminal becomes anyone the government decides is the criminal.

The construction industry has become dependent on the government, even if only in the bestowing of tax incentives to private sector companies to build, expand or relocate. Even if a project of any kind were completely privately funded, highly uncommon these days outside of single family housing (and the Obama government seems to promote renting over buying), with ever increasing regulations and work rules the construction firms are dependent on the graces of government bodies and officials, or so they’ve been trained. The government’s near mandate of highly subsidized rail construction are to be followed by subsidizes to relocate existing housing and businesses to locations along the rail lines.

If this isn’t buying votes…

In the 80’s when I was doing volunteer work for a Victory Over Communism program our church was running I had the chance to meet figures such as Sir John Noble. I had heard testimonies that there were communist training camps just south of the border in Mexico preparing to instigate revolution in the southwest. Now we have murderous drug cartels with military training causing terror and chaos along the border. One caller to a local talk show host had an interesting perspective that was missed by the host; If these cartels have ties to the Mexican military why are they acquiring weapons from gun stores (We’re talking Fast and Furious people) when they could acquire military grade equipment from their ties in Mexico?

Yes, Fast and Furious was a plot by our own government to take away our Second Amendment rights and the drug lords appeared willing to play along.

Ever since the end of the Second World War until the fall of the Berlin Wall we were raised to fear the Red Threat. Eventually, after the early days of the Cold War there was a backlash against the blacklisting of people that may or may not have had communist sympathies. Some even tried to portray these sympathizers as traitors. But this is the United States and people are free to believe what they want as long as they are law abiding citizens. But are those of communist persuasion now embedded in our government and media all law abiding citizens?

Here in Wisconsin there is a continual attempt by democrats to have those who may have used public computers, equipment, office space or time for campaigning prosecuted. It is a crime. The problem is, just like with voter fraud, no matter how much evidence there may be against a democrat in regards to these laws there is never any investigation, let alone prosecution. Mayor Barrett’s wife has been documented to have violated these laws regarding the use of public resources for campaigning yet no investigation or charges are in the works. Mayor Barrett is Scott Walker’s opponent this Tuesday.

Attorney General Holder has lied to Congress and the attempt to find out how high this Fast and Furious scandal goes has been blocked. The mainstream media has tried to ignore the issue. Should Holder be impeached? Yes. Has he committed crimes, crimes that could even border on treason? Treason is a serious charge that needs to be resolved through serious investigation. Unfortunately we have few with the moral fortitude and insight that could possibly conduct such an investigation and this is the heart of the dilemma this nation finds itself in. Where the tea party has a clear vision of what America is or should be, we have lost the moral compass that has guided this nation in the past. Secularism and moral relevance has destroyed the conscience of our institutions. A conscience that was often typified in the media in days gone by. Now what’s cool, in the words of Victor Davis Hanson, what appears popular in any fleeting moment is what rules the day in media of every type and most tragically in our government.

Besides the Attorney General on the national level we can find troubling tendencies at the local level. Here in Milwaukee violent crime is high. Every week is filled with multiple murders whereas just one county over in Waukesha they just had their first murder in two years. Again Scott Walker’s opponent Mayor Barrett has touted lowering violent crime rates but an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reveal a large number of violent crimes that were categorized otherwise, many crimes against women and children. The violent crime rate is higher not lower according to the FBI.

Wilding has been an issue every summer for a while now. Minority youth invade the streets and businesses causing injury and mayhem. Many victim’s reports were not take by the responding police officers. They refused to take the reports.

I often wonder why so many police chiefs across this nation, including here in Milwaukee, oppose the rights of law abiding citizens to arm themselves. We have a good police chief here in Milwaukee. I would not call him particularly politically inclined in any specific direction. The problem is he will not question those above him. He claims the violent crime statistics were human and computer error. Many think he was directed to alter the statistics. When he claims cities of similar size across the nation have similar error rates he does not convince me they were errors, and that worries me deeply.

I do not think the democrats were ready to consider possibly playing the violent revolution card for another four years. As I have stated before, I believe Obama was ordained by the left to be the great leader for this nation. Soon after he was elected some questioned why we have term limits for the office of president. Just as Chavez took power over Venezuela despite term limits Obama was to become the permanent figurehead for the glory and honor of the disenfranchised, the miss-fortuned and down trodden of this nation. In other words the true citizens, or how they view you, me and everyone else whether we are smart enough to recognize it ourselves or not. Maybe I need some re-education. Maybe I should be more complacent, like Julia in the democrats “Life of Julia” presentation where Obama is there throughout the length of her life to oversee the fulfillment of her every need.

If the leftists could not accomplish complete domination by 2016 that ace in their pocket, violent revolution by an underclass they created, was to be played, after creating a military that caters to every sexual deviant possible. (yes, there is a norm in nature and everything else is a deviation) After ending “don’t ask don’t tell” there were immediate plans to open the military to the needs of the transgender population. With a military consumed with political correctness who would question martial law, the discontinuation of elections or the outlawing of all but a single party?

I hope that Obama, Pelosi and other leading democrats of communist persuasion can admit that there cause is lost and not turn their forces to violence. They seem blind to the fact that the hopes of an Obama second term look bleak. Maybe it is better that way. But I fear this election in Wisconsin will be a wake up call for the true communists of the democrat party. If they should determine that this is the time to go for it all they will instigate violence on a massive scale centering on the 2012 elections. It is who they are. They will fail because they do not understand how small a minority of this country they truly are, but they will cause much suffering in the process.

If I wrote this even two years ago I would be laughed at. The media even now is blind to Obama’s true ideological background. They are either ignorant and incompetent, or liars. But we all hear over and over that the left cannot run on their true agenda. So what agenda is that? I don’t believe it is an Islamist agenda. It is an agenda that refuses to reach across the isle (though they demand it from others when they are not in power) and vilifies all and any who disagree. It is an agenda we now all recognize as anti-American; anti-freedom. There is only one ideology, system of thought and politics in this world it could be.

This world has but two mainstream ideologies; godless communism that glorifies violent struggle or freedom God loving democracy. It is time we all recognize that we are dealing with this godless communist force that has been eating away at the United States for over fifty years and stop closing our eyes to its dangers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

American Idol

My pick from the beginning for the American Idol was Hollie Cavanagh. Her voice is beautiful, her form and posture elegant rather than suggestive, and she sang far more wholesome songs than the potential winner Jessica Sanchez. When Hollie sang she made people happy, something the judges didn’t catch on to very quickly. She hit the zone at the right time but lost out.

Jessica on the other hand is more of so much of the same; another sex object. Some of her performances have bordered on sleaze and she sings songs far too mature for a sixteen year old. A fact that most recognized, yet she continued to sing such songs including the song written for her to be her first hit if she should win. That may cost her. Jessica is a fantastic singer but she has been faltering a bit near the end.

In these last few weeks I thought Joshua would take it all, but he is gone also. Again he has a retro style not only in the style of the music but the content. All the massive changes we are seeing in politics is not restricted to politics. The public is sick of how immoral and vapid our society has become. Yes an indulgent life is empty and spiritless. People are desiring the good and virtuous if they know it or not. They are sick of corrupt politicians, have a growing interest in philosophy and systems of thought, and are looking for what’s true in life.

In this sense Phillip Phillips may become the first Idol, if he should win or not, that approaches legend status. He comes across sincerely humble and unassuming, sings his own flavor of music that sounds like no other (usually these niche singers don’t make the final three) and most importantly sings meaningful songs with conviction and passion. These are songs about life, stories all can relate to, and if they aren’t he makes them that.

The entertainment industry does not reflect the values of the United States; a nation built on Christian values. And Christian values are not about succumbing to the inevitability of sin and just simply living with it, but about striving for excellence; being perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Even conservative talk radio show hosts seem content with homosexuality as a fixed reality in society. The churches that allow homosexual ministers have given up on this striving for excellence so clearly expressed as qualifications for ministry in the Bible.

And why is it such an oddity that an Olympic athlete is a virgin? Statistics suggest there are significant numbers that remain chaste until marriage. Far from a majority when you get past the college years but I have heard numbers over the years above and below the fifty percent range for high school students. Why do we tolerate the ever younger sexualization of our children and treat virtue as the oddity rather than sin? Yes! It’s called sin in God’s eyes and no system that has denied God has met with success, to get back to politics.

What we endure in our leadership and tolerate in our entertainment, especially our entertainment idols, is leading to the depravation of not only our society but ourselves as well. This nation is in dire need of a wide sweeping revival.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The 2012 Tax Day Rally; Madison: or, It’s All About Mitt Romney Now

Another year, another rally. Madison Wisconsin was a focal point for Americans for Prosperity and other tea party affiliated organizations for what has become a political institution; The Tax Day Rally.

I would say over a thousand people showed up in support of the conservative tea party movement. A couple dozen left wing protestors gathered in back to try to disrupt the process of the practice of free speech. When that lightning rod Vicki McKenna, local conservative talk show host, spoke the lefties marched up to the front to heckle her in a more personal fashion.

This giant paper crane was supposedly covered with messages from students against the Walker reforms that have saved our schools millions of dollars. No one paid much attention to it and the man who brought it folded it up and left, looking a bit dejected, before the rally ended.

My wife and I came by car and had no problem finding parking. The group was organized and polite. As the rally progressed we took a seat on the grass in the shade under a tree. Shortly afterward we seemed to become the object of conversation for some nearby. Why were we there? To infiltrate? It became obvious as I caught good parts of their comments that, just as in everything I do whether it is competitive mountain biking, competing in poker leagues, visiting our family origins in the north woods or simply searching for a job, that all involved in these processes of human interaction are somehow informed that I am a member of the Unification Church, and not in a good way. I am relegated to a mind numbed robot programed to do nothing other than the will of Reverend Moon in his quest for world dominion. Or in short I am completely dehumanized and become simply material that has been deemed valueless, outright dangerous, toxic, fit to be thrown away. The same way conservatives are defined by the left.

Yes, after many years now of attending the tax day rallies, receiving e-mails from numerous conservative organizations, but never contacting anyone or volunteering, I am well positioned to take complete control of the entire tea party movement, at least here in Wisconsin. I am not sure how that will come about, but that’s the story and I’m sticking to it.

This blog and attending the occasional rally are the full extent of my political plotting. The Unification Church has built plenty of political influence in typical open fashion with both parties. Because neither party wants to broadcast every issue on which they are involved with the Unification Church, or any number of other churches, does not make the associated political process secret. The Unification Church has ties far beyond what most people can imagine. They don’t need any secret plots or hidden agendas. Many may know, or not, that Reverend Moon has financed the Washington Times.

Obviously they don’t need or wouldn’t suggest to me to infiltrate anything. But of course I would want my blog, this blog, to be recognized to the greatest extent. God Bless America that I have the freedom to pursue my dreams.

If this were any typical campaign of the past Mitt Romney would lose in the face of such bigotry. Fortunately for him the Obama record is so dismal and un-American that anyone should be able to beat the President.

I do not believe people are taking serious enough the attacks Mitt Romney will be receiving over his faith. Anyone who thinks the Obama campaign will not take it there is a fool. Anyone who thinks such attacks will not influence the public has seen far too little of life.

Attacks on conservatism and Romney as a businessman can be seen through by the silent majority, despite the media. Attacks on his faith will take many people back, at least initially. Scrutiny of the history of the church, talks of secret teachings, bigamy, hidden agendas and the goal to infiltrate our government to establish a Mormon theocracy will all be put forth in some fashion over the next many months.

A friend of mine in California joined the Mormon Church and then left, as she and her family became more deeply aware of their unusual teachings. They heard all the negative attacks from anti-Mormon groups, took it in and the went back to the Mormon Church, sort of. They still do not want to join the Mormons because of the teachings, but they see the people there as truly good, even describing them as saints. And this is Romney’s strongest trump card in regard to his faith, that Mormons are truly good and patriotic citizens. It is being played well in the recent controversy over his wife. Behind every great man is a great woman. Their life story is beautiful.

President Obama’s life story might be described by some as a hidden agenda.

Of course Obama has the media in his pocket, but he has one more trump card greater than that; he doesn’t telegraph weakness. Our nation is on the ropes. We would be flat on the mat in these troubling circumstances if Obama were truly like President Carter. Carter gave a solemn bleak outlook to the people of this nation. It was the point where I became a conservative, or rather saw the democrats as complete losers. But because Obama keeps a strong positive appearance, our nation is handling these difficulties better; difficulties he is responsible for. One could easily make an argument that the strength and enthusiasm of former Soviet dictators kept the communist system viable for far longer than it would have been otherwise. Image is everything, as the saying goes. So let’s give Obama credit where credit is due. We all want our leaders to be strong no matter who they are. Obama’s ability not to be drawn into the despair he is bringing down upon this nation makes things look better than they are, gives the economy a slight boost, gives us all confidence, even fueling the hope that we can overthrow the Obama policies and take back our nation, …if we can win the election.

Mitt Romney has not faced challenges to his faith in the republican primaries, but they are coming. Perhaps he is a bit wary of being accused of being part of a Mormon conspiracy if he takes any strong stand on social conservative issues. I am sure he has faced persecution at times in his life; that dehumanizing rhetoric meant to isolate one from the rest of the world. Could that be one of the reasons we just can’t seem to figure out if Romney is a conservative or not? Why can’t we get a clear definition of exactly where he stands on almost anything? Is it the smell of fear, weakness in the air?

The key problem with Romney’s perceived lack of commitment to the conservative cause, his acceptance of the media and left wing presumptions, such as we need to get more money out of the rich, his parroting of media talking points in his statements, is that it gives the appearance of weakness.

Where do you stand Mitt Romney? If you don’t define your goals and vision clearly, but let the media define the playing field you will come across weak. Don’t let Obama or the media define the issues. Claim the issues. Stand in clear contradiction to what Obama, the left, claims this world, this nation to be and pound an alternative vision day in and day out.

In addition, if after going negative on your republican adversaries in the primaries you don’t go negative in your campaigning against Obama, you definitely will appear weak, giving Obama the a greater semblance of strength. Yes, you can go negative too long and suffer a backlash. Perhaps now is not the time, but if you don’t do it…you are playing into Obama’s strongest trump card.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Fear and Loathing in Wisconsin

I read “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail” in my youth. The only thing I recall from the story is a convertible and the abuse of various forms of alcohol and drugs. Though that vision certainly doesn’t reflect the activities of my youth, it is something what we call “liberals” today were extremely familiar with. I am not really sure why I read the book. It must have been for a class I was taking, or simply an expression of my growing political curiosity. Fear and Loathing has nothing specific to do with my topic today, but for some it may be a fitting title.

After the Wisconsin primary it looks as if Rick Santorum will need to win most every remaining primary in April to be viable as a Presidential candidate. Support has been coalescing around Mitt Romney in an almost unnatural fashion.

Chances are great, because of the Wisconsin primary results, that Mitt Romney will be the republican candidate for President. This means, according to those eager to get things over with, that we can all focus on attacking Obama for seven rather than five months…, though the problem with the primary campaign is that it has run… too long? People are getting tired… but they wont tire of endless attacks on Obama? Just a question. Why are October surprises so powerful?

Sorry. I’m just taking some time to think.

If Romney is the candidate we will have to go through the attacks on his Mormonism. I believe Romney can survive these attacks in light of Obama’s record. It will actually be traditional Christianity that will come out more damaged than Romney or Mormonism. Many a group, and the individuals that comprise those groups, have been severely harmed by hateful Christian propaganda, from which the media will draw, and this dark side of what some call their Christian faith will be on display for the whole world to see. As someone who is a member of an unjustly maligned faith I believe Romney is a great candidate for how he would make appointments to the Department of Justice.

But because of these attacks on Romney’s faith, and its unusual teachings, he cannot speak in detail on conservative social issues without drawing too much attention to his faith; those negative attacks. Rick Santorum on the other hand can effectively stand for conservative social issues,and no matter what others claim they are winning issues. The United states cannot lead the world without re-establishing its moral standards. Judeo-Christian standards that have been under attack from the left since we ended the Second World War, if not longer. In regards to the Muslim world, the Arab spring, we are offering no alternative to sharia law for those desiring a moral society. Santorum might be a fitting candidate for vice president in this regard but I understand the Romney camp would not consider it.

Then Romney will be attacked as a capitalist. Easy to overcome some may say. The problem is we are facing radical Marxists who are looking to, according to their system of thought, simply criminalize capitalism and any thought contrary to their own. Don’t be surprise if he will be accused of outright criminal activity. They will be accusing Romney the businessman. It would be much more difficult for accusations of criminal activity to stick if politicians were simply accusing another politician, such as accusing Santorum. People’s response to that would be “They are all crooks.”

But a Romney victory in the nomination process should in a sane world give him the Presidency. And in that case we will have one of the greatest conservative administrations since Reagan. From what I have gleaned from snippets of comments on the airwaves he will be extremely well advised on conservative Judicial appointments. No, I don’t think Romney is a true or natural conservative, but in his sincere heartfelt desire to get this country he loves back to economic prosperity, the people best qualified in his eyes to accomplish his goals are also some of the best conservatives in politics.

Yes, “in politics.” The question for me with a Romney victory, and a question I hope all tea party types are asking, is; Has the establishment won? Has the professional political culture that has grown apart from its people won?

Let me be so presumptuous as to put forth a tea party platform by which to judge …if the establishment has won. Perhaps someone like me is the best one to put forth such a platform for an unorganized grassroots group sharing common goals, as I am pretty much a nobody by political standards and represent only myself. I will not address the obvious issue of Obama Care for now, but as I put forth the platform keep asking yourself; Has the establishment won?

Zero Baseline Budgeting: This is basically the idea that built in annual increases to federal programs will be increases to the budget. That is, that the government cannot make the increase smaller and claim they cut the budget, though the budget would still increase; be higher than the previous year. Thus is basic honesty in representation. Paul Ryan has claimed he has been fighting for this. (Not to get side tracked, but Paul Ryan was a dream candidate for many of us but he declined to run for personal reasons and he thought himself best positioned where he was to make a difference. If he should now accept the vice presidency I would personally feel a sense of betrayal.)

If we have a republican House and Senate with Romney as President and don’t get zero baseline budgeting the establishment has won.

Tax Reform: Thank you Herman Cain for putting the topic front and center, at least in the early days of the race for the nomination. I think it curious that all the issues that really excited the conservative populous, and the people representing them, have become insignificant as we reach brass tax. “We have to attack Obama!” has overridden all else. As we approach a tax code of 100,000 pages can we get a candidate who could make even a weak attempt to simplify the tax code. Say; make a promise that by the end of his first term he will reduce the tax code to 10,000 pages. Even 25,000 pages would be a significant accomplishment. When you talk about the government picking winners and losers, a good part of that is in the tax code. The massive tax code also points to poor tax policy in that loopholes specific to an industry or company must be created for them to survive.

If the tax code continues to grow the establishment has won.

Ethanol: Yes we are mandated to use ethanol though the purpose for its mandate has been disproven. It extends our fuel, but then we need to burn more to get the same results. It destroys small and marine engines. More than that, it has been shown that the whole system contributes to what have been called greenhouse gases; what ethanol was supposed to reduce. This is a no brainer yet little has happened to bring it to and end. In fact they are now talking about E15. And don’t get me started on corn syrup (the bees know). Talk about government being in the pocket of corporations, …look at big corn. If Santorum had been declared the winner of the Iowa primary that same night we could possibly be ready to declare him the republican candidate now. But Romney was declared the winner though everyone knew some votes were not yet counted and that Santorum may have won, and the true results were not declared publicly for weeks. Santorum won Iowa.

If E15 goes forward under a republican administration the establishment has won. I came just a hair short of saying; If ethanol production in the United States is not brought to a complete end the establishment has won.

E.P.A.: The Environmental Protection Agency has piled regulations on all of us. Regulations that suffocate prosperity. Absolutely a republican administration will put an end to many EPA regulations that unreasonably restrict the economy. But the EPA is the problem, as well as other government bureaucracies that can dictate regulations with the power of law without Congressional approval. Without drastic changes or the disbandment of the EPA nothing has really changed.

If the powers of the EPA are not curtailed the establishment has won.

Deregulation: We have far too many regulations for every aspect of our lives (Obama Care), not to mention laws. Remember the Green Police commercial of Super Bowl past. Massive staffs need to be hired by corporations in some cases just to address the laws and regulations; costs passed onto the consumer. Anal levels of regulation and oversight in the financial markets has only made them more complex and fragile. Mandates from government created the housing crisis. Many rightly claim that we have so many laws we cannot help but break the law without knowing in any quest for the American Dream. There is however no single benchmark one could point to to say that if such and such doesn’t happen… the establishment has won. We all need to be vigilant of every level of government and demand a simplification of our laws regulations, and the repeal of oppressive and obsolete laws, taxes and regulations.

The Professional Politician: Thank you Rick Perry for claiming you would make service in Congress a part time job. How something is designed influences how someone acts. We have a pay scale for our politicians that suggests they are highly valued professionals committed day and night to their work. Is this why we have so many laws and regulations: they feel they have to do something when really they should just end their session and go home? They are professionals at shmoozing: stoking each others egos. On every level of government people are expressing the desire that elected representatives to legislature be a part time position. There just isn’t, shouldn’t be that much for them to do. Let us put an end to the profession politician so we can get more people like Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson in office; an accomplished manufacturer who has hit the ground running as a freshmen and is in position to put forth real world solutions to the problems our nation is facing.

Some have said we need term limits. I have suggested that raising the age requirements for office is more in line with the intent of our founding fathers. Both would require a Constitutional amendment. The tea party needs to define and coalesce behind a clear strategy to reshape politics. A strategy that creates a political establishment that is one and the same with the people and the lives they must live every day.

Ron Paul’s reform of United States monetary policy is also an important issue. But the general public finds it difficult to comprehend the mechanics of the whole system and the corresponding results his changes would produce. His policies are far too specialized for the tea party to embrace; to be part of a platform.

If Ron Paul is appointed the head of the Federal Reserve the establishment will reel in protest.

The tea party will be taking to the streets again in their annual tax day rallies across the country next week. I hope they do more than hope and pray for, and demand an end to Obama Care. I hope the tea party can keep the pressure on important issues and policies that, if not changed, will continue to draw this nation away from its founding principles. Issues that have been sidelined more and more as a single candidate appears ready to claim the prize. (Has the establishment won?) I hope people like Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and others, including conservative talk radio, will continue to keep these important issues front and center.

I hope you all have a blessed Easter experience.