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Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at smith4liberty@outlook.com

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Remember Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop?

| Opinion | May 16, 2019

The hall has been rented. The orchestra has been engaged. The “Corps de Ballet” is stretching in the wings. The chorus of perpetually angry Democrats is lined up waiting for their single file entrance. The maestro is about to make his “Q” and the Opus Magnum is about to begin. The Caucus Chorus will begin singing about Trump’s collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice and the dark messenger Attorney General Barr being worthy of “Contempt of Congress.” I hope Barr wears his badge of shame proudly. Presumption of innocence and lack of chargeable evidence be damned.

At last the lights dim, Chuck Schumer steps out to center stage, followed one by one, by his fellow Harpies and Sirens. He begins to sing.

“This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because … This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because … This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because… This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because… This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…”

Days, months and years later, the song goes on and on. Die-hard “useful idiots” are still enthralled by the performance and cannot wait for the encore, “Little Johnny One Note.” Purists complain that the text really is “the song that never ends.”

R.I.P Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop. We still remember and love you.

The Emperor’s New Threads

| Opinion | May 9, 2019

Many years ago, there was a Party of Mules so exceedingly fond of the idea that The Orange Emperor was an agent for the Country of the Bear, that they spent two years and $30 million of the citizens’ dollars to prove it to the citizens. They did not care about funding their soldiers or protecting their borders. They forgot about doing the people’s business. All they seemed to want to do was go on a thing called “the media” and proclaim that The Orange Emperor was a traitor. A Schiff was especially bold in his proclamations against The Emperor. They were all waiting for a report from the Wizard of Investigation called The Mueller. The Party of Mules accused The Emperor and his family of doing the vilest things every hour of the day. The Emperor’s council always said, “Give The Mueller everything he asks for, and do not interfere with him!” The Orange Emperor followed their advice.

The story begins in the great capitol city of the Mule Party where they always seemed to be angry. Among them dwelled swindlers. They were weavers of lies, and they said they could weave the most magnificent lies imaginable. Not only were their prevarications uncommonly fine, but they seemed to be true to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid.

“Those would be just the lies for me,” thought the Almost Queen of her party. “If we told them we would be able to discover which men in my empire are unfit for their posts, and I could tell the wise men from the fools. Yes, I certainly must get that Dossier written for me right away.”

They paid the two swindlers a large sum of money to start work at once. The Almost Queen, her party and their deep state henchmen knew it would destroy The Orange Emperor and his family.

They used a thing called “The Web.” They created the finest and purist threads ever seen. They worked far into the night.

An honest old minister went to the room where the two swindlers sat working away at their empty threads.

“Heaven help me,” he thought, as his eyes flew wide open, “I can’t see any facts at all.” But he did not say so.

He couldn’t see anything, because there was nothing to see. “Heaven have mercy,” he thought. “Can it be that I’m a fool? I’d have never guessed it, and not a soul must know. Am I unfit to be the minister? It would never do to let on that I can’t see the threads.” So, he recused himself.

All the people in the city proclaimed that these threads written by the weavers of lies were the finest they had ever seen. All the noblemen agreed, though they could see nothing, for there was nothing to see.

So, off went the Party of Mules in procession to the thing called “The Media” and proclaimed the guilt of The Orange Emperor. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, “Oh, how fine are the words of the swindlers! Don’t they fit him to perfection?” Nobody would confess that he couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No accusations against The Emperor had ever been such a complete success.

Two years later, the Mueller came out of his cave and gave his judgment to The Barr, who proclaimed that The Orange Emperor was without guilt.

The Party raged at the Barr and declared that, “This procession of threads has got to go on.”

The End.

Biden is Right!

| Opinion | May 2, 2019

On April 25, Joe Biden declared his candidacy for the President of the United States. In his opening salvo, he declared that we are in a great battle for the soul of America. I could not agree more. I am sure that I have a very different view as to which side conflicts with the accumulated values of Western Civilization.

The Ten Commandments or Decalogue are in direct conflict with statements made by the 20 Democrats running for President.

“Do not bear false witness.”

In his announcement, Biden charged President Trump with saying there were good people among the racist white supremacists at the daytime violence in Charlottesville. The president castigated those vile people. He said there were good people at the peaceful statue protests the night before. Look up the transcripts. Most of the press and many Democrat talking heads keep repeating this lie. The number of times they have repeated the lies about Trump being a traitor and colluding with the Russians is in the thousand by now. Despite two years of investigation, Mueller found no evidence that this assertion is true. They still have not stopped the accusations. Those who have been claiming that the president is innocent have been reviled and called liars by Trump’s accusers. Leftists should fear for their souls. He charged Trump with causing division, when in fact it is the misrepresentation of his words and actions by Democrat talking heads that is the real source of division. The Democrat talking heads remain committed to constantly dividing us by race, class and gender. Creating division is the province of the Democrat Party and Socialism. While professing support for the middle class, they put in regulations and taxes on business that are so onerous that only the wealthy can comply, leaving the poor and middle class unable to lift themselves up. Or is that the idea?

“Do not Covet, Do not Envy.”

Encouraging the masses to resent the successful is at the heart of Democrat policy. Inspiring the people to aspire is not part of the formula. We have constantly heard that the rich do not pay their fair share and therefore the majority must take more of their wealth for the sake of social justice. Currently, the upper 20 percent of wage earners pay 84 percent to 91 percent of all income taxes collected. Despite their significant contributions, Democrats want even more in the name of the people. That is the tyranny of the majority. It’s Democratic Socialism at its worst.

“Do not Steal.”

Once they put value on envy and coveting, then they justify taking more of our personal treasure. Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for 2 cents on the dollar confiscation of the assets of high wealth citizens. Not just tax their income. I have lost count on how many times I have heard a leftist say, “They do not need that money.” Notice that Democrat Socialist like Bernie Sanders give very little to charity or are willing to pay more of their fair share to government. Rationalizing theft from the minority is at the very core of their political philosophy.

“Honor your Father and Mother.”

The shameless 20 are against returning control of K-12 education from the leftists, to those who care about our children the most, their parents. They do not honor the fathers and mothers of America’s children.

“Do not Murder.”

What else can you call late term abortions on the viable unborn? Be honest.

These have been but a few examples of leftist Democrat policies representing the dark side while professing social justice.

The people now proclaim, “Malum est malum quod facit.”

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

| Opinion | April 25, 2019

After hearing Attorney General Barr’s commentary on the release of the Mueller report and the leftist Democrat commentary, this hit song by Cher began running around in my mind, with the bracketed inclusions.

“Gypsies, tramps, and thieves (Adam Schiff, never-Trumpers and democratic socialists)
We’d hear it from the people of the town (MAGA people)
They’d call us Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men (lobbyists, George Soros, donors) would come around
And lay their money down”

The vile attacks on Attorney General Barr and the president are consistent with con artists when confronted with their deception. They inevitably respond with anger, threats, intimidation and ad-hominem personal attacks. CNN and MSNBC wasted no time on attacking the messenger while ignoring the facts. Further examples of the leftists’ sociopathic behavior will be continually demonstrated by their inability to let go of their anti-Trump delusions. They will never acknowledge the exoneration of the Trump administration and campaign by Mueller regarding collusion with the Russians.

Rep. Nadler’s press conference featured an attack on the messenger. He focused on the special counsel, who exonerated the president of obstruction of justice, ignoring that Mueller did not accuse or charge the president with obstruction of justice. Do remember that Mueller and Comey were best buds, and the team of investigators was loaded with Clinton supporters and probable Trump-haters? What happened to the prosecutor’s burden of proof requirement? Do we really wish to engage in the impeachment of the outraged president because of questionable obstruction of justice accusations? He was proven innocent of colluding with the Russians! This grasping at straws is politics at its very worst.

Adam Schiff viewed the special counsel’s report not only as vindication of obstruction of justice, but viewed it as proof of Trump colluding with the Russians. As I read the report, the Russians repeatedly attempted to collude with Trump’s people. However, their approaches were always (yes, always) rejected. Oh, yes – unlike Schiff, where recorded contacts with Russians who promised damaging information on Trump have been repeatedly broadcast. The pot was calling the kettle black, even though the kettle was shiny copper.

These leftist-progressive democrats have shown themselves incapable of recognizing integrity when they see it. For example, they still cling to the false charges against Justice Kavanaugh.
President Trump was angry about being falsely charged by Democrats and the media. Internally, he responded with anger, speaking out at his attackers and those who did not defend him. However, despite his justified rage, actions of obstruction never happened. Cooperation with Mueller was overwhelming.

The bottom line is this: For over two years, never-Trumpers repeatedly accused the president of being an agent of the Russians. They accused him of being a traitor. They lied, they lied, and they lied again. They refuse to accept the decisions made by prosecutorial experts who disliked Trump. Now they are angry with the President for attempting to defend himself. The scandal is theirs. They are amoral. Malum stultus asinae. Incivilis!

Adam Schiff, Stultus Asinus

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

John Quincy Adams, son of former President John Adams, was a man reputed to be of the very highest character. In serving his country as president and various cabinet-level posts, he always served our country and the Constitution ahead of party considerations. While serving as a representative to the House, he often brought petitions to the floor presented to him by constituents with whom he strongly disagreed. He took seriously the right of the people to petition our government, enumerated in the First Amendment.

Except for a few of our Republican Senators and Congressman who are strong Constitutionalists, I cannot imagine any of our elected demonstrating John Quincy’s fidelity to our Constitution and founding principles.

Today’s elected Democrats are so removed from having high character that they may best be described as having no character at all. This is best demonstrated by them constantly resorting to straw man arguments. Obama used this device extensively while serving as president. The scenario goes like this: You make up a charge or facts about your opponent and then repeat them so often that the people, your fellow partisans, the press and perhaps even you begin to believe the accusations. You then attack your opponent based on these false assertions. The most recent example was the claim that President Trump was colluding with the Russians. These invented false charges have become so much a part of your reality that it becomes impossible to let go of them.

Local Representative Adam Schiff’s obsession with Russian Collusion regarding the Trump Campaign is not the only popular delusion that is affecting his psyche. He recently reiterated the popular belief that President Trump is a racist, based on his comments on the tragic events at the daytime Charlottesville protests. This belief is commonly held by most Democrats. It has been often reported that Trump said there were good people among the white neo-Nazi nationalist and Black Lives Matter protesters on the day of the violent conflicts. A careful listening to the actual tapes from the time reveals that he attacked the White Nationalists and all acts of violence. When he spoke of there being good people, he was clearly referring to the protest about the removing of the Statue of Andrew Jackson the night before. There was no violence that night, and there were good, concerned people there representing both sides.

Sadly, many in America are still obsessed with Trump Derangement Syndrome. People like Rep. Adam Schiff will never seek a cure for their own form of insanity. He will never acknowledge the benefits Americans have enjoyed from current economic policies or reject the lies he has been promulgating. The Head in the Sand Party is considering making the “Stultus est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) trophy a lifelike bust of Representative Adam Schiff.” Congratulations Adam, despite a strong showing from Ihlan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, you remain the first “Stultus Asinus” (Stupid Donkey) in our hearts.

Repeal the 17th

| Opinion | April 11, 2019

Dear Reader,

I must admit that a day does not pass where I am not appalled by leftist making a unified assault against our Republic. I remember the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin. By tradition, when he walked out the doors of the Constitutional Convention, someone shouted out, “Dr. Franklin, what type of government did you give us?” He responded by saying, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” A Republic; not some sweetened version of democratic socialism. Not one concerned with the rights of the State, but rather the rights of the individual citizen and the states. (Not “state.”) The recent call for the elimination of the Electoral College is a call to dissolve our Republic.

Over one hundred years ago, a major support for states rights and a protection from tyranny was altered, and our country is the lesser for it.

When our founders, led by James Madison, wrote and approved the Constitution of the United States, they had a very different vision for how Senators are elected than they are under the current law. Just like the Electoral College, the Senate was designed to represent the interests of the individual states. It was written to be a further protection from the tyranny of the majority. The House of Representatives was designed to represent the will of the people and encouraged that the Representatives be close to their constituents by having a short term of only two years.

The Constitution made it clear how our Senators were to be selected.

“Article 1, Section. 3: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six years; and each senator shall have one vote.”

Notice how it states that the two Senators for each state were to be chosen by the state’s Legislature and not by a general election. It was another example that we have a representative form of government and not a democracy. The people of the state directly voted for their state legislators and the legislators selected their two representatives to the U.S. Senate. The Senators answered only to the State Legislature, with no need to market themselves to the public. They had little outside influence other than their own legislature that could affect their decisions. It was a great system to make sure that their first interest concerned what would benefit their state.

That all changed on May 13, 1912, when Article1, Section 3 was modified by the passage of the 17th Amendment. The important change in the text is as follows:

17th Amendment

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each senator shall have one vote.”

“Elected by the people thereof” changed everything. Now senators needing funds for massive statewide campaigns are open to influence from donors all over the country. For example, I donated to Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. I was happy to do so. However, now I receive solicitations for his Texas state senate campaigns. I live in California and I believe it is wrong for me to be a source of outside influence in Texas politics. Do you believe that our U.S. Senators should be beholden to rich oilmen in Texas? I believe it’s time to repeal the 17th Amendment and help preserve the Republic.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Lynching

| Opinion | April 4, 2019

Robert Mueller put together a dream team of top investigators and prosecutors, nearly all of whom were donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton for president. Mueller Team member and Clinton activist Andrew Weismann was famous for being relentless and on the edge of ethics in his past and current investigations. They cajoled, pressured and threatened witnesses in order to gain testimony that would implicate President Trump, his family and team, in a conspiracy with the Russians to affect the 2016 Presidential election. Several supporters were charged and convicted of giving conflicting testimony to the special investigation. CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times plus other members of the mainstream media reported that it was basically a slam dunk that the president and staff were going to be indicted with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. They, in addition to our elected Democrats and Democrat talking heads, knew that their nightmare would be soon over and that it would result in overturning the election with the removal of President Trump by means of impeachment.

The story began with several top people in the FBI (likely with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge, from the then President Obama) deciding that the only way that Trump could win was with the help of the Russians. He just had to be an agent of Putin. They obtained a dossier filled with false and salacious information that was paid for by Hilary Clinton’s campaign. Without verification of this phony document, they took it to the FISA court four times in order to gain permission to spy on citizen Trump and his team. These top agents were convinced they had put together a chain of events that would make Donald Trump ineffective and end his presidency.
A funny thing happened to the vigilantes on their way to the public lynching. Mueller and his team of professionals, who were certainly not friends of President Trump, found no, I repeat no evidence of collusion by Trump, his family and his staff. This was despite multiple attempts to penetrate the President’s campaign and team by the Russians, and likely by the FBI. Further, there is no credible evidence of obstruction of justice in the investigation of crimes that never occurred.

Grace is not a word known by Democrats. They made countless vile accusations and even spoke of treason, which Mueller’s report showed to be spurious. People of high character would admit they are wrong and ask for forgiveness. (Insert crickets chirping). Ideologues ignore the proof that they were wrong or lying and move on to the next attack. After all, truth is not relevant. Bringing down Trump in any way possible is. Then there are those that cannot let go when confronted with overwhelming evidence that is contrary to their past public assertions.

We now have the very special cases of California Congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. They still hold that the Russian conspiracy with Trump happened and is ongoing. They have cited that they have evidence, but have yet to provide it to the American people. For their clear demonstration of their minds being disconnected from reality, I hereby nominate them both for the prestigious “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) award. Frankly, they both should not only be removed from their committees, they should be forced to resign. Those who voted to re-elect them should be bowing their heads in shame. CAGOP, RPLAC and ALAMEDAGOP, it’s time you do your job. Head in the Sand.

The Electoral College is Not a Place!

| Opinion | March 28, 2019

Many in the Democrat leadership have been calling for an end to the Electoral College. Few know what it is and how it works.

From the National Archives: “The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress … The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.”

Due to each state having two representatives, regardless of the number of congressional districts, less-populated states get a very slight advantage per capita; as compared to highly populated states in the number of electors they are assigned. The Electoral College was established so that the people of the few highly populated states, such as California and New York, would not dominate the entire nation. Trump won 2,600 counties, compared to Clinton’s 500 in the 2016 election. Clinton slightly won the popular vote. In extreme voter population differences between the coasts and the rest of the country, the system worked as designed. It allowed the vastly more numerous lower population states to have some say on who became president.

Elizabeth Warren stated that the Electoral College was put into place “in order to thwart popular democracy.” So why is it that the new generation of would-be Socialists keeps talking about our democracy being thwarted? To begin with, we are not, nor have we ever been a democracy. Our Constitution tells us that “We the People” are citizens of “The United States.” We have a republican form of federal government with our members of congress being elected democratically. Under federalism we have a central government with a series of lower governments.

First, the Electoral College was put into place to protect individual states’ rights. It was designed to reduce high-population states from dictating policy to lower population states. Perhaps better stated, the people do not elect the president; in order to protect the interests of individual states, these states a have slight edge in electing the president.

Second is the rather broad concept of preventing tyranny. Our founders considered that one of their most important responsibilities. We have a defined, limited and divided government to prevent too much consolidation of power. They agreed with William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770 when he said, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.” We do not have a democracy in order to prevent the tyranny of the majority. This type of tyranny is much beloved by Socialists, for it allows the majority to legally steal the wealth and property of the minority without consequence. It’s very attractive to get something for nothing if you are not the one being stolen from. This type of tyranny is the mother’s milk of socialism and brings disaster to all societies that have embraced it. I hope that we never abandon the Electoral College.

My latest nomination for the “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) award goes to minority leader Chuck Schumer, when after the release of the Muller report, he stated, “We must wait until after we see the report, before we jump to conclusions.” Jumping to conclusions is guaranteed. Chuck just said so.

The Times, They are a-Changin’

| Opinion | March 21, 2019

Recently, I met for breakfast with a Home School Mom (HSM) who is also a school choice activist. As I suspected, being a responsible HSM requires energy, dedication, perseverance, wisdom and a willingness to innovate. In her case, she is also an agent for change in how we approach and fund education. She was accustomed to hard work and long hours. HSM came from a poor family and did not find her academic voice until she spent two years in community college. She eventually became a medical doctor, serving at County General Hospital. Like most students, she had amassed massive college debt and put in 70-80 hours a week to pay back her tuition.

The trigger for HSM to become an educator/administrator for her children was the advent of the controversial Common Core program being advocated by our school systems. This led to her studying Common Core, current educational practices and the curriculums being taught to our children. After doing approximately 100 hours of research, she concluded that the school system was just not working and that our children were being dumbed-down. After looking at high school textbooks and helping some of our two-year college students, that certainly was no surprise to me. She further came to believe that our school systems were a scam. She was convinced it was more about hustling money for schools to pay off pensions than about giving the students the tools they needed to be successful in life. She learned that California was two years behind the rest of the country in education. It was then that she decided to take her children out of school and take on the challenge of supervising her children’s education.

HSM told me that the masses are waking up, and we do not need the educational system as we have known it. She told me about Sage Oak, Inspire and Sky Mountain charter school systems that have programs to help home schoolers and provide accredited classes for children whose parents are taking responsibility for their education. It turns out there are many resources available for home schoolers.

In addition to accredited schools that can provide specific classes, the internet has many educational sites with free or inexpensive advanced classes. She cited many other examples of resources now available to parents who choose to have their children home schooled. Many two-year colleges offer free classes and books to High Schoolers who can do college level work. The possibilities are truly exciting. She talked of the advantages of designing a program that was consistent with the strengths and talents of the student. It is a far cry from the one-size (perhaps really three or so) fits-all method offered by the public-school systems. It also avoids the indoctrination designed to change social norms that have infiltrated California State approved textbooks. That subject alone easily fills a book.

Public-school students are being provided with age inappropriate state approved materials. The schools have fear mongered about climate change, leaving children in terror that they will be dead in 12 years. So much for schools having safe spaces. They are graduating without basic math, reading and writing skills to do college work. They are not taught the critical thinking necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments fed to them.

HSM co-founded Highland Latin Academy, where parents of home schoolers taught classes in their own area of expertise, including hard science, economics, mathematics and biology. She taught finance and anatomy. She has recently come under attack by her local school system, which is why I have respected her anonymity. They claim that her group was not providing an adequate education, so she had her 14-year-old daughter equivalency tested. It turns out that she was already doing college level work. Three years ahead of the public schools!

HSM is convinced that our school systems are failing our students. She believes that the greatest source for progress and innovation is competition and the free market. That is why she has signed on to be the Home School Liaison for SchoolChoice2020.org. SchoolChoice2020.org is proposing a change in California law. Currently, all educational funding is going to local schools based on zip code. Under SchoolChoice2020, educational accounts would be created for individual students and would follow them to whichever accredited schools their parents choose to enroll them in. This means that low income families can send their children to the best schools available, public, charter, private or religious. As of this writing, the projected amount would be about $16,000 a year. Unspent funds would accumulate and any left over could be used for trade schools or college.

If you wish to contact HSM, learn more or help SchoolChoice2020.org. Use the contact information on their web site. Ask them about sponsoring an event in your home and providing a speaker.

‘Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit’

| Opinion | March 14, 2019

The Head in the Sand Party has just announced its latest nomination for the obscure “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) Award. It’s rumored to have been suggested by the slogan’s creator, philosopher Forrest Gump, and endorsed by the Flat Earth Society. The winner is Superstition University, and its school of critical thinking and logic analysis, for the remarkable teaching and counsel it has given to the Congressional Committee’s questioning of Trump’s ex-fixer and attorney, Michael Cohen. An additional letter of commendation has been submitted for subpoenas issued by Rep. Nadler – which do not include reliable witnesses who were involved in, or created the dossier, that led to the investigation of President Trump. Where are the people who submitted the FISA warrant?

The investigating Demo(c)rats, who historically prided themselves on practicing and employing scientific methodology in their advocacies, have fallen victim to operant conditioning as described by behaviorist B.F. Skinner. His study of rats using his famous Skinner box may provide some illumination. An example of his experiments would be (while in the box) every time the rat turned to the left, it would be given a food pellet. In no time at all, the rat would be turning in circles to the left. When the rewards were withheld the turning behavior would shortly extinguish. Germane to this case is when the pellets were being given to the rats randomly. If by chance the rat was turning left when given the pellet, the subject might begin to turn in circles to the left. More commonly, the rats would begin to engage in bizarre repetitive behaviors in hopes of obtaining more of the coveted pellets.

This type of operant conditioning is known as random reinforcement. The rat would keep turning, as long as it occasionally gets the reward. The relevant factor is that when the rewards stopped altogether, they would continue the behavior, seemingly indefinitely, rather than stopping it quickly as in the example of always getting a reward for the desired behavior. Skinner suggested that this is how superstitions are established and seemingly never go away. Common examples are superstitions about walking under a ladder or seeing a black cat. Athletes are famous for their superstitious behavior, like not shaving during a winning streak, or not washing and changing their socks. Oh yes, and the Demo(c)rats’ obsession with investigating President Donald Trump which has gone on for more than two years with no credible evidence on Trump-Russian collusion presented to date.

The problem for the Democrats, and evidently several top officials in the FBI, was finding themselves in an extreme state of cognitive dissonance. There was no doubt in their minds that Hillary Clinton was going to win the Presidency, and that a boorish Washington and political outsider named Donald Trump did not have a chance of rising to the highest office in the land. After the electoral votes were counted, Donald Trump was declared our next president, while a devastated Hillary Clinton and her supporters were searching for who or what should be blamed. They became the Charlie Browns of politics. Remember his often-used line “How can we lose when we’re so sincere?”

Then the solution to this mental conflict came to them like a gift from the Gods. Donald Trump had to be in collusion with the Russians. It’s the only explanation. Members of the FBI began an investigation. The unsupported Clinton opposition research dossier was presented to the FISA courts to allow spying on American citizens associated with Trump. The slightest allegation presented without evidence became proof. Allegations alone reinforced the superstition that has dominated the thinking of Democrats. They engaged in the presumption of guilt by suspicion, supported by random unsupported hints of collusion. The superstition of Trump colluding with the Russians received one random reinforcement after another. Superstition has morphed into an act of faith. That faith has resulted in the rejection of any exculpatory witnesses or evidence. Questioning of Michael Cohen was restricted. They put faith in a witness who is a serial liar and unable to keep his stories straight. They pressured him to violate attorney-client privilege. Now they are moving to the politics of personal destruction by going after anyone associated with the President. The only winners will be the legions of attorneys. Cah-ching!

True scientific method and legal investigations, to have credibility, must approach things quite differently. They do not begin with a conclusion. They begin with an extensive look at the evidence. All the evidence. Some may support the hypothesis, others may not. In a legal case, the prosecution is required to give any exculpatory evidence they find to the defense. Turns out that the Demo(c)crats pre-interviewed Cohen for over 12 hours without allowing Republican participation. After looking at the data (evidence) you may then come up with the hypothesis. E.g. I think Michael Cohen is a liar. Then you test for it. E.g. Mr. Cohen testified under oath before Congress that he was not interested in having a position with the Trump administration.

You then find an interview where he stated that he was looking forward to having a position in the administration. Therefore, you can state that Michael Cohen is a liar. Typically, you then submit your hypothesis to peer review for confirmation. After testing for other examples that Michael Cohen is a liar and the hypothesis is confirmed, only then can you safely say that Mr. Cohen is a liar.

So, I am going to give it a try.

After hearing years of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s press conferences, I suspect that Rep. Nancy Pelosi often lies. She recently stated that the freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar is not anti-Semitic. I have found many examples of Rep. Omar making statements that most Americans would consider anti-Semitic. Therefore, I conclude that Speaker Pelosi lies during her press conferences. I understand that other politicians may also lie. Saying that others do or do not does not add to or take away from my hypothesis. That said, I submit my hypothesis that Speaker Pelosi lies during her press conferences, out for peer review. Please send your responses to the “Head in the Sand Party” and remember “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit.”

Have a nice day!

Which Inner Voice Are You Listening To?

| Opinion | March 7, 2019

Robert Kennedy once said, “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty.”

Although there is no evidence in Chinese literature of this frequently quoted curse, the intent of the message has never been more relevant. The never-ending attempts to discredit the president, the critical meetings with the presidents of North Korea and China, new calls to overturn the principles behind our Constitution and replace it with the tyranny of socialism, the fear-mongering over climate change, fundamental conflicts with nations that aspire to dominate individuals through the application of Marxism, economic collapses of totalitarian and socialist countries and all types of human suffering including the lack of medical care and starvation have proven to be an effective distraction from the greatest evil that our leftist-progressives friends are attempting to force on the American people.

Much of the wisdom found in our Judeo-Christian heritage is not dogma. Instead, it is the result of centuries of observation of what our founders would refer to as natural law put in place by our Creator. The famous 10 Commandments (now removed from the public square by misguided courts) is a call for us to be focused on goodness. Who can argue with the definitive statement of “Do Not Murder”? It is the ultimate direction on how to best live in a civil society.

In Isaiah 24:5, the Torah states, “The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant.” If that observation of Natural Law is correct, the net result of ignoring the Commandment of “Do Not Murder” would result in harm to the very land that we live in. Another way of looking at it might be that it is not just the victims of murder who suffer, all people living in the land that tolerate murder will suffer as well. That is what I call a moral imperative. As an aside, I ask you take note that it is not about what tools were used or how the murder was committed. It is the act of murder itself.

The idea of having a “right to life” is far more than a slogan used by people advocating against abortion. It is embedded in the very core of our nation’s DNA. From the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Think about it for a moment. The purpose of the government of the United States of America is to protect our Creator-given right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. From the very beginning, our country was focused on goodness.

There is a dark and evil idea among leftists that puts itself in opposition to human existence. In the last two weeks I have seen it evidenced in social media by a woman in political leadership, by nearly half of the U.S. Senate and in an Academy Award nominated popular motion picture. It frightens me, and I hope for all Americans sake that Isaiah 24:5 is wrong.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a recent social media posting said that “And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, ‘Is it okay to still have children?’” Clearly this suggests that we need to reduce the numbers of human beings and a clear justification for abortion. In China when the state limited the number of children to one per couple, culturally having a strong bias towards having boy babies, parents often choose to drown female babies after birth. It has been a common message by extreme environmentalists that we need major reductions in the human population. By any means? The other problem with this ill-conceived idea is being faced by China now. There are not enough new people coming into the work force to help provide and care for the elderly. Talk about throwing Grandma of the cliff. Expect an advocacy for age-based Euthanasia as a bi-product to preserve Medicare for all. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, you will not be young forever.

Democrats recently blocked a vote in the U.S. Senate that would require Doctors to treat botched abortions born alive, rather than their terminating the life of the newborn. There is a word for it. It is called infanticide, the murder of infants. Do you really wish that the same people who voted to allow infanticide will be allocating your healthcare when you are elderly, should they have their way with Medicare for All? Appalling! Of course, the Democrat vote was highly applauded by Planned Parenthood whose founder was Margaret Sanger. Ms. Sanger admired the Eugenics efforts of Adolph Hitler. When I checked out the quotation sites for Margaret Sanger, they all had hearts and flowers types of statements and not one that reflected the evil which resided in that woman.

I just watched Marvels Infinity Wars. The plot revolves around a powerful being seeking a crystal that would give him the power to eliminate half of all humanoid life in the Galaxy. His justification is that the people would be happier with full bellies if half of them were killed, putting less stress on the environment. He further justified his desire by stating that people would be eliminated equally, rich and poor alike. Marvels Super Heroes united to fight him. The holder of the stone on earth was Dr. Strange. The battle was fierce, and many lives were lost in the battle. In the end, as his fellow Super Heroes looked incredulously at him, Dr. Strange gave the powerful being the crystal and said, “It is for the best.” Soon afterwards, 50 percent of all people in the Galaxy turned to dust. The end. The movie endorsed the idea of randomly murdering half of all people for the sake of the environment. This plot twist was not designed for the sake of scaring the audience. It was presented in a very matter-of-fact manner. Remember, “It’s for the best.” I have yet to hear a statement of disgust.

How is it possible that our society has become so obsessed with endorsing something so profoundly evil? How is it that the murder of human beings is being viewed as a virtue? How did we come to have this level of depravity? Please read “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. Then ask yourself, which inner voice you are listening to? The one that wants us to be good, or Screwtape’s?

The ‘Head in the Sand Party’

| Opinion | February 28, 2019

Definitions from Merriam-Webster

Head-in-the-sand:
Unwilling to recognize or acknowledge a problem or situation (the government’s usual head-in-the-sand response)

Crisis:
An unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome

Juncture:
A point of time, especially one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances

Once again, I apologize for using definitions, but it appears to me that our elected officials do not know the meaning of “crisis” or “juncture.” It appears to this outsider that they all have their “heads in the sand.”

The official Democrat talking points are that our failures to provide security, enforce existing immigration laws, stop human trafficking, and to prevent masses of immigrants without health screenings/documentation or violent gangs and deadly drugs from illegally entering our country are all crises made up by President Trump. They refuse to acknowledge families who have lost loved ones from the actions of illegal immigrant felons, or victims of MS-13 and opiate addiction. They scoff at the idea that we have arrived at a critical juncture. The Republicans purport to agree with the president’s description of the crisis, but judging by their actions, both Democrats and Republicans are blind to it. Either they do not care, or they seek advantage in the continuation of the tragedies that our inactions allow.

It appears to me that in Congress, we really have only one party affiliation, and we all voted for them. Call it, the “Head in the Sand Party.” The elected in California and New York are among the charter members.

The great intellectual and philosopher Forest Gump said it best when he first proclaimed their new motto: “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does).

The Republicans and Democrats, in a rare case of bi-partisanship, universally voted for the motto while believing “Stupid is as Stupid Does” was only referring to the other party. Senator Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Senator Cory Booker are all vying for party leadership. The ex-Republicans all smugly declared they would support whoever got the most votes. AOC has already declared herself spokesperson.
I find the Democrats’ arguments against expanding border barriers incomprehensible. For example, they agree that the opiate problem is real and they do not deny that the drug supply is coming from our southern border. They assert that 80-90 percent of drugs being smuggled into the country are interdicted at ports of entry. Those drugs, captured on non-barricaded borders, represent a very small amount. How can they possibly know the amount that they did not catch? They assert that there is a real need to provide more drug detection technology at our ports of entry, and there is no need for barriers elsewhere.

Huh? Let me understand. You acknowledged that drugs are coming in from our southern borders is a problem, and we intercept tons of the vile stuff where we have big beautiful walls. Further, where we do not have walls or adequate patrols, we fail to intercept drugs and that is proof that walls do not work!

As Forest Gump might say, “I may not be a smart man, but I know what ‘bull pucky’ is. Have a nice day!”

Both parties, by passing the recent bill, failed to provide the infrastructure to deal with tens of thousands of people seeking to cross our borders. We will still be lacking the housing required to hold them, in addition to the personnel to process them. Our current policies are certainly not up to the magnitude of our current situation. People with evil intent will continue to cross at will at non-port of entry locations. People looking for work or a handout will continue to declare they are seeking asylum. We will continue to fail to address the humanitarian crisis. Democrats will continue to accuse those seeking to reject MS-13 gang members, drug cartels and human traffickers from entry into United States as, “hating all Hispanics.” Seems to me they are the ones being racked with prejudice.

Our elected men and women may be smart, but unlike Forest Gump, they do not know what love is. They have proven that they neither love the American people or the honest desperate people seeking entry into the land of opportunity. Their actions make one wonder if they instead love the criminals. The bill provides numerous incentives for immigration and illegal border crossings to expand. It is as if they are posting signs with the “Land of Opportunity” crossed out, and “Drug Cartels and those who wish to be taken care of, Welcome!” written below. Their heads are buried so deep in the sand that they have become disconnected from truth. “Stupid is as Stupid Does.”

Where is the female priestess from Pandora for Eywa, who will seek to educate the stupid and say “Then we will see if your insanity can be cured”?

It may just take a person who is not really loved by either party. Former President Jimmy Carter once spoke of his favorite President. He described him as a man who always got straight to the point and often with very blunt (crude) language. He frequently went against the common political wisdom. It turned out that usually, he was right. Prior to running for office, he only had experience in business and sometimes failed. He was a foe of Socialism and tyranny. When Congress failed to do its job, he always reminded himself “The Buck Stops Here.” He was, of course, President Harry Truman.

Perhaps I need to stop thinking of President Trump as channeling King David (see a previous article) and suggest that those who support liberty, capitalism, true equality and national sovereignty, begin chanting “Give them Hell, Donald!”

The consequences of his policies do not demonstrate hate, they demonstrate compassion. They attack the evils of socialism. Dear elected representatives, please put in expanded border controls, effective barriers and new immigration policies (check out mine from a previous article) into place, “Then we will see if your insanity can be cured.”

Breaking News! The Head in the Sand Party has just announced it’s presenting its first lifetime achievement “Stultus Est Sicut Stultus Facit” award to Boston College for giving a degree in economics and international relations to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The award will be presented by Boston College Alumni BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD at their weekly “Dumb and Dumber” film festival. Rep. AOC was heard saying, “I am sick and tired of the media talking about how stupid I am, when we should be talking about how stupid my policies are.” Have a Nice Day!