The Flavor of the day?

 Donald Trump         tedcruz2                          No doubt, by now, you have a  favorite, someone you could support; or like me, do you vacillate? Carson or Trump.

Carly Fiorina was my choice, she had a conservative political platform, plans, she could lead, and she could heal. But, she was voted off the island. So Sunday, after reading and thinking about which candidate to support next, I found myself intrigued by Donald Trump. ‘What makes him tick?’ What is his allure?

A bit more reading and I felt I knew how his offensive language,  name-calling,  loud-mouthed buffoonery and more-was so often overlooked. Americans are angry. They are so angry that they’ll forgive many sins. He has alienated huge groups of of people and made more enemies, but his ranks keep swelling. His following includes Democrats, Republicans and Independents. So, what does he have that the others don’t?

Donald Trump does not focus on negatives, he has a positive outlook on the American future: IF HE IS IN CHARGE. He is driven to succeed and is everything that I’ve thought I don’t want in a president. And he has said some pretty outlandish stuff. How could I ever I entertain thoughts of Donald Trump as President? Let me explain.

Our next president needs to unite, be a uniter-in-chief, not a divider-in-chief. Our next president must be one who doesn’t pit one friend against the other. Our next President must not be owned by special interest groups and lobbies who got him to DC in the first place. Our next President must not owe special interest groups, or in the words of Ben Carson, “be beholden to none.”

That Presidential candidate must be more than someone who can pass a litmus test of the issues. The next President must be someone who knows the issues and knows that we, the people must be united again.

The next President must be a leader. In the words of the movie, “The American President,” “They [citizens of the US] want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.”

A house divided against itself cannot stand.““Abraham Lincoln. And this house, our country, is sorely divided. So, I went  hunting.

My first look was at the Democratic candidates, at Hillary Clinton. Has she ever said that she has a goal to her presidency that was anything other than pushing her agenda? Has she ever said anything about uniting a divided nation? Nope. She speaks of plantations and puts on phony accents.

Three minutes of listening to her shout about how horrible Republicans are, and how Democrats know what’s best for me, stoking the fires of racial hatred and divisiveness, convinced me that she wouldn’t be going out of her way to have me talking to my Democratic brethren any time soon or talking to and long lost friends. Bernie Sanders? He would have me hate people who have money or he’d have me hate people who make more money than I do…Another no.

With the elimination of those two candidates, I chose from the 5 Republicans. My candidate needed to be someone who not only would deal with the issues the way I felt best, wanted to make the USA whole again, heal it’s wounds domestic and abroad, lead, and be someone who could best the Democratic nominee: one tall order, but there had to be a GOP candidate who could fill it.

Ben Carson and Donald Trump had that understanding of the issues AND an agenda for the future of this country, but I looked at all the candidates.

Marco Rubio has the most thorough and well-developed understanding of the issues, but he didn’t talk about uniting Dems and Republicans, before the divide between us got so great that we nearly drowned and before it became a must to talk of unification.

Ted Cruz is too much a snake-oil salesman and after what was done to Ben Carson, though I’ve no doubt that it was not done by Cruz himself; there’s that little thing, called  guilt by association. He’s off the island.

John Kasich doesn’t excite me. He doesn’t offend, but he doesn’t excite; how’s that for immaturity? Off the island.

That leads me to Ben Carson, who speaks his truth in Common Sense ways; a politician, he’s not and that is a plus. But, America is throwing him out. Why? Not because he lacks inspiration. But because most Americans have a preconceived notion that candidates must fit a certain mold. Must be a politician.

For the American people to embrace a candidate, that person needs to at least LOOK the part of a politician, even if it is just “I kiss babies for a living.” That person needs backing by the right people in DC or the job of the presidency can’t be done.  Rightly or wrongly so, and with regret that I didn’t see a way out, I joined those who voted ‘Gentle capable Ben’ from the island. Not because he was the only principled conservative left, but they didn’t see a pathway to win the nomination for Ben.

That left: ‘The Donald.’ While a bigot and bully, there is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump loves this country

Even with all his foibles (and they are many), I think Donald Trump is a good man. He takes some pretty bizarre and downright questionable positions on issues that are important to many, and it’s easy to question his virtues, but his love of country can’t be questioned. He just employs strange ways of showing it.

Then, it crossed my mind that by alienating, mocking, goading and name-calling, is Donald Trump going to be able to bring these people back to the flock, to heal their wounds?

But, it’s time for conclusions, here. Donald Trump is my first choice. Ben Carson is my second choice and Marco Rubio is my third choice. But tomorrow, I reserve the right to change my mind, yet again!

 

 

 

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America, is this your next President?

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
Then he gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Remember, it was Reno who made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Then, Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
Apparently a really slow learner, Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. And there are complaints by Elijah Cummings about taxpayer cost of these hearings. DON’T GET ME STARTED.
Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours. Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security.
When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones. She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money again, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.
Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath. After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess? Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?” Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!
It is my intent not to show personal preferences. But this is something I feel passionate about: HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES

America, is this your next President?

reprinted with permission of the author, Wally Shilling

“The election is over, the talking is done…”

I know, I know, the election is over; and to paraphrase something I read on Facebook™  ”The election is over, the talking is done. My party lost, your party won. So let us be friends, let arguments pass. I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your  a****!  Most people are trying to do the ‘lets be friends’ part; not the ‘you kiss you  a****’ part. There are a few folks who still feel that it is their duty to convince the ‘other’ guy that he was so wrong to vote the way he did, even though the election was nearly 2 weeks ago. Americans should stop talking about politics and affairs of state, right? Wrong.

Because all Americans know that our finances, jobs, debt and economy and anything remotely tied to these things, are headed for the proverbial terlit (and some say it is already there), it is up to Americans to decide what role the government has, if any, in solving these problems. Part of the problem was caused by too much government involvement, and part of the problem was caused by too little government involvement in operations of this country. After all, if government is PART of the problem, asking/demanding/allowing that SAME GOVERNMENT be part of the SOLUTION; seems to me a bit like allowing the government to be judge, jury and executioner at its own trial. This is hardly an impartial way to solve a problem. Don’t you think it is the role of the GOVERNED/WE THE PEOPLE to determine what the role of government is in finding a solution?

Another thing that the American people ought to be doing (and not just because I say so), is deciding if they want to return to strict interpretation of our founding documents, do they want to mold them into their lifestyle  now (after all  the documents have withstood the test of 230+ years for a reason).

The following article appears long and in some ways is a bit over-the-top for me, but when read with an open mind, there are some solid truths to it. As tempted as we may be to spend the next 4 years squabbling, let spend the next 4 years TALKING  and finding solutions so that the next generation and enjoying life.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/11/what-is-not-the-job-of-the-us-government/

 

“Do You Hear the People Sing?”

Les Miserables 1999
Les Miserables 1999 (Photo credit: Rick Payette)

“It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!” All of us had ancestors or were slaves at one time, so I think we can ‘identify’ with the words of this song from “Les Miserables” about the French Revolution.

A revolutionary I’m not, but I can’t help but notice that American emotions border on the brink of hysteria at times. People differ in their ideas about the direction in which this country should go. Should it follow the Constitution or progress and ‘get with the times?’ For years, Americans who thought this way were in the minority; now Americans must think and act quickly, so as not to have their voices heard.

Americans used to boast that they were free and lived “In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave…” American freedoms erode and our country used to be the #1 ‘FREEST and now the USA is closer to #10.

Respect for the US abroad has eroded, our allies aren’t sure if they can count on us, but I’d like to hope when push came to shove, America would step up to the plate…One person didn’t start this trend, and one person can’t stop it, either; but, whomever we chose next may determine if we hear the “beating of your hearts or the beating of a drum..”

Special Operations Speaks

Each branch of the military has its own special forces. These are groups of men and women who have undergone rigorous training in extremely difficult circumstances to be the ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ and usually perform under duress or conditions that are tougher than tough. In Vietnam, one of these groups emerged : United States Army Special Forces, the Green Berets.

Not long ago, the Navy SEALs (where SEALs stands for members who excel in special operations on the sea, air and land) brought Osama bin-Laden to justice.

Osama bin Laden making a video at his compound...
Osama bin Laden making a video at his compound in Pakistan. According to the U.S. Defense Department, the video was seized from the compound during the May 2011 operation by US special forces in which bin Laden was killed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some members (and retired members) of these Special Ops Groups have joined together and formed an organization, SPECIAL OPERATIONS SPEAKS. Please check them out their website at http://specialoperationsspeaks.com and donate to the cause of liberty and freedom. It is important to note in this time when liberty and freedom are eroding, that people have the opportunity to make his/her own political statements; and also donate if possible.

This is a very interesting website which reveals how the Special Ops forces have changed the courses of wars or the direction of war. No one likes war, but Special Ops (the name given to all these elite groups of our military) has been able to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity.This list is far from inclusive; rather it is only a start of the current listings.
Special ops forces that you may have heard of are:

Air Force Pararescue

Army Special Forces-Green Berets-

Navy SEALs

US Army Rangers

SARC-Special Amphious Reconaissance Corpsman

Air Force Pararescut

US Coast hard Rescue Swimmers

These are just a few of the highly trained and secretive special forces.

Again, see the website of Special Operations Speaks and donate if you can: http://specialoperationsspeaks.com

“Barack Hussein Obama-The Rise and Fall of America”

This is a guest post from The HubPages by guest author Bill , Henderson, reprinted with permission of the author

“Barack, Barack, Barack. Where shall I start?”

I guess I’ll start with what you said

“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

First, no one said that we don’t need roads and bridges or infrastructure, so that’s an obvious straw man argument (and you are a genius at building straw men!). But your argument is also that we cannot make it without government (and you, of course), while the exact opposite is the truth. Government can’t do one damn thing without the taxpayers who provide the money via taxes, or the businesses government then hires to build that infrastructure.

Government earns no money, and couldn’t build a bird house.

Your surrogates are quickly rushing to tell us what you really meant, but why is it that the smartest man in the world so often has to have his people ‘splain what he really meant? I submit that you meant exactly what you said: Americans cannot thrive without a massive government guiding and supporting them every step of the way, and with a man like you at the helm telling us what we must do.

Well, I have news for you sir. I like to write about early America, because I’m in awe of the sort of brave men and women who left the comfort and relative safety of Europe and sailed to the new land where government did not exist. What an astoundingly courageous thing to do! There was no such thing as ‘infrastructure’, but they came anyway, and they persevered.

I’m also in awe of the brave men and women who later left the relative comfort and safety of the original states, and ventured into the unknown western frontier, where they were on their own, and government was nowhere to be found. There were no roads and bridges, and ‘infrastructure’ was a word that would not be coined for centuries. Yet with little or no help from government, they carved out the ranches, farms, and industries that made America an industrial giant. They expanded America, and government went along for the ride.

I would also point out to you, sir, that those times when government was out of the way were also some of the most productive times in our history! How could that be, when you claim that only government can pave the way? That is obviously untrue.

The role of government was spelled out by our Founding Fathers:

“We the people, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I’m surprised that a Constitutional scholar, and lawyer like you would be so woefully ignorant of the Constitutional role of government

Government is supposed to provide a taxpayer supported environment that allows “We the people” to prosper. Government was to be limited in power and scope, so that it was the servant of the people and not their master. Government was never intended to have the dominating role in our lives that you envision. That’s why the Constitution was written in ink and on stiff parchment, rather than on rubber than can be stretched to mean anything.

The sneering tone, delivery, snark, and blatant condescension of your recent remarks directed to and about business creators demonstrated your inherent hostility and derision toward the entrepreneurs and innovators which create new businesses and provide the backbone of American prosperity. You should be ashamed. What sort of president are you, when you constantly pit one American against another? You are the most divisive president in this old man’s memory.

You need to reexamine your motives, sir, apologize to America’s small business owners, and then run on your record. I assume you already know that the economy is in a shambles, unemployment is unacceptably high, and America has lost her triple ‘A’ credit rating. Why not run on that, instead of attacking America’s backbone?

I remember when we used to scold the lazy, good-for-nothings in America, the ones who refused to work and make something of themselves, whether adult or child. Today, we have a president who scolds the hard-working, successful business creators! How did we ever come to this?”

By Bill Henderson/Will Starr

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“When In the Course of Human Events…”

What school child hasn’t heard or read/studied the history behind the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 2012 is the 236th anniversary of the day we declared out independence from Great Britain’s sovereignty, although we didn’t sign our Constitution for some years. I was just reading an account of the 56 men who were appointed to represent their states interests. They”… determined that the only logical course of action by which they could throw off the yoke of tyranny was to declare the independence and sovereignty of the individual colonies.”

And they did this by signing the Declaration of Independence July 4 1776.  But what became of these men? We always hear of the Framers of the Constitution, but the people who wrote the Declaration? Several signers were branded by the British as traitors and were tortured before they died. Others were captured and jailed. Still others had their livelihoods ruined; many were wealthy and the British ruined their wealth and they died poor; yet many continued to serve, they so believed in liberty.

Many were men of means who signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that they would face certain death if they were caught, Sometimes I wonder if the citizens of the America of today would have the strength of their convictions or would they fall short. This country has lived through some bad times, but I haven’t seen things as bad (maybe I just haven’t been ‘around’ as long), but I do see the signs of the same restlessness.

Americans have begun to wake up and realize that they have a duty to protest if there is something with which they disagree. They may not always be heard, but they protest what they see as an inequity. Although personally I see the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests as misplaced and energies misdirected, yet the the protestors PROTESTED. Peaceful protests were held by the The Tea Party members protested.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered, they were hunted down by the British, tortured, lost their fortunes and their recognition remains somewhat paltry. Other than John Hancock (with his huge signature), Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, josiah Bartlett, Cesar Rodney, and Thomas Jefferson, I remember little of the remaining signers.

An account of the events leading to the Declaration can be found in the mini-series, “1776.”  Not a historian to speak ti its factual accuracy, I would highly recommend this mini-series. So, tomorrow when I gather with neighbors and family, it will be to honor the sacrifices mad by the signers, the people who supported them, their families. They suffered, many died, so that I could have the independence, the liberty I have now and would like to keep. Since then, the numbers of people who have fought, sacrified and died for our country increases. Noone likes to fight, no one wants war, but Americans love freedom. We honor these signers for the sacrifices they made!

http://www.barefootsworld.net/doi1776.html

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