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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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Celebrating Constitution Day

| Opinion | 23 hours ago

Tuesday, September 17th was Constitution Day. It was on that date in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed one of the greatest legal documents known to man since Moses came down the mountain with The Ten Commandments. That world changing document advocates for liberty, individual rights, equal justice under the law and a civil society.

The signers were keenly aware about the flaws of man. Author James Madison famously wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and the next place, oblige it to control itself.”

Today I celebrate the constitution. I am in awe of the wisdom of the men who wrote it. Recently I went and heard Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. He spoke of the importance of being an originalist and textualist. On the Saturday prior to the 17th, I celebrated Constitution Day at an all-day event put on by The Claremont Institute and the Orange County Federalist Society.

What I have been hearing from the experts at the recent events I attended was the dangers we are facing from the blurring of separation of powers. Justice Gorsuch was quick to point out that the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branches are co-equal in power. Author of the Constitution, James Madison, would take issue with that analysis when he pointed out that the judicial would by necessity be the weakest, the legislative being closest to the people the strongest and the role of the executive was to simply enforce and execute the laws.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch pointed out that the executive over many years has been assuming too much power. I suggest an example would be President Obama saying he did not have authority to change immigration laws and then later illegally established DACA by presidential edict. A leftist activist judge blocked President Trump from removing Obama’s edict without being able to cite applicable law or precedent. His decision was not based on law but on feelings. The example of the judge’s decision reflects judicial overreach and the court assuming the responsibility of the legislative branch.

I believe that all honest parties recognize that the biggest problem is the legislative branches’ abdication of their responsibilities. For example, immigration policy is the province of the legislature and as of this writing they have failed to put forth any viable proposals to solve our border problems. Of course, they are quick to attack President Trump when he enforces the laws on the books. Perhaps you can have it both ways. The real problem is when the legislature cedes too much of their authority to the executive and especially to the agency’s established to execute their laws. Not nearly enough is being defined, perhaps on purpose, so the legislature can say “It’s not our fault!” Too often the various agency’s bureaucrats write the text of the laws, enforce the laws and exact penalties, thus being legislatures, prosecutors, judge and jury. They have been given the combined power of all branches of government. Worse, they never answer to “We the People” and cannot be fired.

There is hope. With the federal court appointments by the President, the mix of judges’ judicial philosophies has become much more balanced between the originalist and the social justice activist. We have already begun to see a shift in how the courts rule on balance of power issues.

Out From Under the Bridges and Into the Promised Land

| Opinion | September 12, 2019

Last week I spent five hours speaking with 35-year homeless advocate and activist in Los Angeles, Ted Hayes Jr.. Ted is a tall, slender, sixty something, and as he would say it, Black American. He wore a relaxed fitting cotton shirt and pants, around his neck hung a Star of David and a star and striped scarf. He is often seen wearing an African style hat over his gray hair. His remarkably expressive face is dominated by his prominent beard. When you hear Ted speak, it becomes impossible to deny that the man has charisma.

Ted, to entertain and educate, has adopted a character which he calls Mr. Patriot. Many would be surprised to learn that Mr. Hayes is a patriotic Republican. He often opens his speaking engagements by singing the National Anthem. At this time, Ted is focused on meeting President Donald J. Trump to discuss his vision on how to solve our growing homeless problem. Ted’s street credibility is legit. He spent eight years living on the streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. He has a unique perspective as to why so many people retreat from “normal” society and chose to call a cardboard box or a pop tent under a bridge, home.

He is the first to speak out against all the programs for the homeless advocated by the Democrats as cynical and worthless. Hayes rails against the entitlement industry. He agrees with the President that the Democrats are quick to use Black Americans and the homeless to gain votes but do nothing that will really solve their problems. President Trump’s messages to the Black American community has inspired Ted Hayes to reach out to the President to explain his vision for solving the conflicts that our society have with the homeless community. His vision includes all of us changing our attitudes and understanding about the homeless and establishing special communities where they can feel safe and thrive.
To me his ideas are reminiscent of the Utopian communities that popped up all over the world and United States in the nineteenth century.

The idea for a Utopia is as old as the Garden of Eden and Plato’s Republic. In literature we have Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” and in the 20th century I am fond of “The Three Sirens” by Irving Wallace and “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” by Kurt Weil.

In the 19th century Utopian communities popped up all over the country. Perhaps the most well known were the Shakers. They all called for people professing the same philosophy, to be living and working happily together while sharing resources and productivity. Sounds a lot like our current rush to communism/socialism. They all have one thing in common — failure. The hard reality is that, unlike our brilliant founding fathers, they failed to take human nature into account. Invariably someone is not performing their fair share of the labor, yet is sharing equally of the benefits and production of the community. Resentment ensues and Utopia collapses. Sometimes the failing is just not fully accepting all the shared philosophy just as we see in the extreme intolerance of the leftist today.

Supporters of CaliforniaSchoolChoice.org made a short video for Ted Hayes to send to the President. I for one, wish him well. The problem of homelessness has been around for many years and no one yet has come up with an effective solution. With a firm reliance on Divine Providence I hope that Ted will become our generations Moses and lead our homeless out from under the bridges and into The Promised Land.

A Tale of Two Presidents

| Opinion | September 5, 2019

This is the last of my travel journals. We had journeyed across the flyover states that President Obama snobbishly declared was where people still cling to their guns and their religion. There is no surprise, that the DNC at their recent convention in San Francisco actively solicited the support of the non-religious and secular humanist. Having a society whose core values are transiently based on the popular culture of the day is a very dangerous change in America. Without having basic standards such as those espoused in the philosophies of Western Civilization and especially the Decalogue, (popularly called “The 10 Commandments” but more correctly referred to as the 10 Statements or Decalogue) makes our civil society a very unstable and dangerous place.

We finally arrived at the town of Buchanan, Michigan, population approximately 5000. It is a rural community in a highly wooded part of the state and is rich in agriculture. It is also the hometown of my wife, which was the motivation for our trip. Before they left for China and other locations, it was the home of Clark Equipment and Electro-Voice. When such vibrant factories relocate from small communities like Buchanan, it invariably leaves the town economically distressed. That is what we saw when we last visited Buchanan some three years into the Obama administration. Main Street was shabby and largely boarded up. Driving around looking at her family and friends’ old homes and haunts, we observed most were in dire need of repair, paint and roofing. There was a depressed feeling in the town.

We learned that one million dollars of President Obama’s American Recovery Act money had found its way to the two blocks of Main Street via carpetbaggers with cash in hand from Chicago. They opened shops and businesses that addressed needs and services for which there was no demand in rural Buchanan. It turned out that one of the new antique shops was operating in its basement a major illegal drug distribution center serving the addicts of Southern Michigan. When the Obama Bucks ran out, so did the carpetbaggers leaving the town center dilapidated and boarded up.

That was then. What about now? After two- and one-half years of President Trump’s economic policies, what a difference. The town was sparkling. The homes were freshly painted and in a high state of preservation. There was a positive feeling in the community. Our hotel was packed with workman and contractors who were there to work in Southern Michigan. Major remodeling was occurring in the shop spaces on Main Street.

There seemed to be two holdovers from Obama Bucks. Two antique shop owners who told me they made few sales in town. They mostly shipped their goods to wealthy neighborhoods. Their antiques were acquired in Chicago of course. They both were very excited about three large recreational cannabis shops coming to Main Street in one year. They were convinced it would be great for the community and the economy. Think about it. Three cannabis shops in two blocks in a town of 5000. What do you think is happening? I doubt it’s very much about serving the local predominantly very religious community.
I just read about the ex-Canadian Prime Minister attacking Trump for emission policies and hoping that Mar-a-Lago would be destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, ignoring that the US has reduced more CO2 than any other industrialized nation. Instead of cutting back on our economic drivers, perhaps we should be growing more plant life that takes in CO2 and gives back oxygen. Oh yes, I just drove through 1000 miles of oxygen producing corn and soybean fields. Keep up the good work, America!

The Prairie is Corny

| Opinion | August 29, 2019

As promised, 1000 miles of corn fields. My road trip to southern Michigan took me across the prairies of Nebraska and Iowa. Strictly speaking it is not entirely corn fields; for economics and the need for restorative crop rotations there was also fields of soybeans. The continuous rows of crops also included Illinois and Michigan. Occasionally a dairy farm was seen. Speaking of cows, let me backtrack to Arizona and Colorado.

Eastern Arizona and Colorado are the home of beef on the hoof. In Arizona the cattle are truly “free range.” Translation — grazing land, both public and private with no fences. Just think of what might have happened had the cattlemen won the Western range wars. In these lands, if one should hit a cow, one will be hit in return by a substantial fine. In this land, the need for branded cattle is more obvious. Cattle country in Colorado looks very similar but is divided by ubiquitous barbed wire fences. What stands out is that the feed in Arizona is totally natural grass and other plant edibles. It is much the same in Colorado with the addition of hay and the harvesting of the same to get the animals fed through the bitter winters. Vegans and worshipers of Gaea often complain about how we are sacrificing resources on cattle production. They hold that mankind and Mother Nature would be better served if we eliminate beef from our diets. Frankly, in the observed country, nothing could be less abusive or more natural. For the most part, feed is from what is naturally available, and irrigation comes from rain. I feel good when our protein is labeled “grass fed”. I saw no agricultural waste or abuse of the environment.

Back to corn country. The fields are dense and intense. The need for irrigation and restorative farming practices are necessary. The land looks very much the same in either direction East or West of the Mississippi River. I was a little surprised when we crossed the big muddy near Le Claire, Iowa. Due to the late rains and flooding on the prairies this year, crops were planted very late. The result is that crops that would have been harvested by now are still growing as the days are growing shorter. There is no certainty in farming. On the Nebraska/Montana border a major irrigation tunnel collapsed and 100,000 acres under plow are expected to lose their crops. The residents of Winslow, Nebraska were flooded out when the Elkhorn River overflowed its banks in March. The people of Winslow are now considering moving their entire town to higher ground.

Nebraskans are a resilient people. Very little of the corn we saw growing will end up as corn on the cob in our neighborhood supermarkets; instead it will be processed into sweeteners, chips and cereals. It will also be used to make ethanol for gasoline, gypsum drywall, adhesives, cosmetics, added to fresh vegetables, wax paper, wax cardboard, bio-engineered bone and gum tissue, hand soap, varnish, toothpaste, matches, paving bricks, coated aspirin, tires, jelly beans, licorice and molded plastics. Don’t forget diapers. Respect your local corn cob.

Heading east we visited the Presidential Library and hometown of President Hoover, West Branch, Iowa. It’s only two blocks off the highway. It’s free and well worth the visit to learn about a largely forgotten President. We also passed the birthplace of Ronald Reagan, Tampico, Illinois. The homes of many nationally famous figures were along our route.

Next, the result of Obama’s American Recovery Act’s million dollars on the 5000-person metropolis of Buchanan, Michigan.

Rocky Mountain High

| Opinion | August 22, 2019

I am still on my journey across the Heartland of America. You remember, those places that President Obama complained that “they cling to their guns and their religion.”

My first impression is that the American West is stunningly beautiful. The deserts near Tucson with their signature Saguaro cactus and a plethora of wildflowers contain an unexpected bounty of life.

I next stayed in Williams Arizona near Flagstaff, and took the package tour that included all meals, hotel and a vintage train ride to the south rim of the Grand Canyon where an air-conditioned bus and expert guide took us to some of the outlooks not available to private vehicles. The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel is a well-oiled machine that also included entertainment, a gunfight and a train robbery. For me the beauty of the scenery was matched by the warmth and goodness of the people of Williams. As our train passed the homes of people who were living off the grid, many gave us a cheerful wave.

My next stop was Page Arizona, gateway to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam which tamed the mighty Colorado River. The shoreline is longer than the entire western coast of the United States. It is home of the Rainbow Bridge and magnificent views of mesas and buttes that rise dramatically out of, and around, the lake.

Heading further east I drove past the amazing other worldly Monument Valley. My day ended in Colorado in the town of Cortez only eight miles from the park entrance of the World Heritage site of Mesa Verde. You must see the pueblos clinging to the sides of the rock cliffs to believe them. Upon first viewing I was reminded of another World Heritage site that I visited last year, Petra in Jordan. Both are equally impressive despite their construction being separated by about one thousand years and two thousand years of technology.

Heading points east for our ultimate destination in Niles Michigan, which is just across the state lines from South Bend Indiana, home of Notre Dame University, our journey took us over the magnificent Rocky Mountains via a pass that marked the Great Divide and was over 10,000 feet in elevation, while on our way to the Mile High City, Denver Colorado. Talk about a Rocky Mountain High. Peaks still with patches of snow, western towns, cattle ranches and outdoor recreation resorts were the rule of the day. Beauty abounded whenever one took a moment to appreciate God’s creation.

From the moment we crossed into Colorado, another type of Rocky Mountain High became apparent. The good peoples of Colorado’s acceptance of recreational cannabis; vendors were everywhere. Overheard while leaving a restaurant in Denver, “Wait in the car, children, your mother has to go pick something up at the cannabis store.” It may have been said in jest, but the effects on society, in general, are already being well documented. Even in small towns, there is a shabbiness and decay that is not seen in similar locations in Arizona, Iowa and Nebraska where cannabis is still illegal. There was public vagrancy by characters appearing slightly stoned even in the Mesa Verde gateway city of Cortez. Speaking to locals, they agreed that crime and more serious drug use was up. Clearly, also more dependency on public services and entitlements. Colorado is a stunningly beautiful state, but I believe that legalizing cannabis has not served the people of Colorado well. That said, the people of Michigan are looking forward to having recreational Mary Jane next year.

Next Chapter, 1000 miles of corn. Can you say gasoline with 10% ethanol?

Faith, Community and the Constitution

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

It was interesting to see that contributor William Tozzi has discovered the root cause for my establishing the “Stultus est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) awards, which were inspired by the genius Forest Gump. Mr. Tozzi identified the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus – translation: I Am Stupid Virus.” He went on to say that “The virus is intended to cause self-destruction of our society from within. There will be no reason for any foreign invasion, because we will collapse from the inside.”

As a result of the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the virus has demonstrated its full effect on our leftist friends who quickly stated that to stop the violence all you need to do is get rid of guns. No guns, no violence. Should a bill like that pass, the cost to personal liberty and privacy would be overwhelming. We would have embraced the trading of our unalienable and enumerated rights for a false sense of security. Instead we would have gained an unstoppable all-powerful police state.

History has shown the issue is not the weapon; it is what is in the heart of the perpetrator. Recent mass murderers in the United States have made weapons of mass destruction out of everything from automobiles to box cutters to commercial fertilizer.

I am currently on a road trip heading to points east and think I may have encountered places where they have found the cure for the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus.” My first stops were Tucson, Williams, Page and Snowflake Arizona. This is the beginning of the flyover states that President Obama identified as “where they still cling to their guns and religion.” Whenever a local discovered that I was from California, they would proclaim, “Welcome to America!”

In Arizona, by passing a test and getting some training, one can conceal and carry. Perpetrators need to fear gun toting civilians in addition to law enforcement. Both will happily introduce them to the wrath of God. I said to a local in Williams, “Home of the Grand Canyon Railroad,” that their town seemed to be a community of faith and a deep love of country. She said yes and that it was a wonderful place to raise a family. She said the only real problems they had with violence and crime came from the tourists. The website for Snowflake proclaims, “Come for a day; stay for a lifetime…Snowflake is the heart of America where neighbors care and there is always a friendly greeting!”

In Page I met a legal immigrant from Serbia who was managing the local Texas style steak house. She is a proudly patriotic American nationalist and is stunned, fearful and angry over our nations move towards socialism. People who have immigrated to the USA from leftist-socialist nations are always shocked by our youth’s acceptance of socialism. These immigrants understand the “road to perdition” our nation now finds itself on.

The left has removed from the public square, nearly all the values of western civilization, especially those regarding the sanctity of life and how to live in a civil society. We must teach those values and help those who have slipped into darkness before they murder. It is in towns that “still cling to their guns and religion” where people of faith, community and the Constitution, have found peace and the cure for the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus.” It would serve our “Stultus est Sicut Stultus Facit” presidential candidates to spend some time in these communities. The townspeople will work hard to find out if the candidates can be cured.

Suddenly Suzette

| Opinion | August 8, 2019

Suzette Martinez Valladares is one of the Republican candidates seeking to unseat one term leftist Democrat incumbent Katie Hill for United States Congress in 2020. I recently had an opportunity to speak with her with a desire to learn what makes her tick.

Suzette is an adamantly proud and concerned constitutionally-oriented Hispanic woman who has spent her life in advocacy for pre-school children, including intervention services. Call it working to help people who are unable to help themselves.

Hers is a profoundly American story. Her father started as a farm laborer who later had a small business. Her parents dedicated their lives to ensuring their children might experience the American dream and our traditional values. Despite limited finances, they sent their children to a private Lutheran school. They constantly reminded Suzette that she was going to have a more secure life than theirs through the application of a higher education.

The two questions that most voters directly ask candidates are, “Why are you running?” and “What are you going to do for me?” Political philosophy is a much lower priority for constituents than the questions of, “Do you care about me, my family and my community?”

When I asked her “why,” she told me she was motivated because of her desire to guarantee a better future for her 2-year-old, and dealing with the pain and frustrations of having so many in her immediate family suffer with terminal cancer. She knows that finding the cure needs to become a national priority.

There is a slogan that I think might be a driving force for Suzette — “God, Country and Family.” The logic goes like this; you cannot get the country right unless your values are spiritually grounded, and you cannot get your family right unless you get your country right. I suspect that despite all the slings and arrows of a political campaign her core remains strong.

A few quick points on her policy views:

– She is a Hispanic woman from an immigrant family who believes in a well regulated immigration policy with more secure barriers on our borders, strict verification for those requesting asylum and better processing resources and flexibility in obtaining work visas.

– She supports a strong public/private investment in doing the research necessary to fight the scourge of cancer. We must do what is necessary to win this battle.

– The answer for better medical care and outcomes is still to be found in the private sector. Medicare for all will be a major disaster, people would die waiting for treatment. Insurance must be free to be sold across state lines. R&D cost for prescription drugs must be shared with consumers outside of the United States.

– Government money going to the states should be by block grants with few restrictions.

– A free market economy and a limited government works and must be encouraged.

That’s it. Suzette Martinez Valladares is a candidate worthy of your consideration. She has proven throughout her life that she cares about the people and believes in the future of our community. She is rooted in America’s traditional values and opposes the rush to socialism that so dominates today’s political environment. She has the communication skills necessary for the job and a demonstrated commitment to our Congressional District.

I would love to see the looks on the faces of the leftist-progressive Democrats when a Conservative Republican Hispanic woman swears the oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Nancy Pelosi and A.O.C are probably already stocking up on high-blood pressure meds.

“We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”

| Opinion | August 1, 2019

Listening to the Democrat responses to the recent testimony by Special Investigator Mueller regarding his report on Russian collusion in the last Presidential election, I was left dumbfounded. I confess that I do not have a law degree and believe that our legal system holds that all of us are innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution. It is not a burden to prove someone innocent. Hearing Democrats insisting that the President was not proven innocent shows that this investigation and hearings were an act of extreme political partisanship, and not an effort to protect and defend the Constitution.

Let’s look at a few of the facts:

Trump supporters who were prosecuted were done so for acts not relevant to the investigation, or were victims of perjury traps.

Evidence in the report stated that no Americans were involved in collusion with the Russians. The report did not look at the apparent collusion with the Russians by Hillary’s campaign.

Mueller stated that he was not obstructed at anytime during his investigation. He was not threatened or fired.

The attacks on the President are based on musings he had between his attorneys and advisers who recommended he should not take those actions. Guess what? He did not take those actions on advice from his attorneys.

He supplied every document to the investigators that they requested. He wisely did not give an interview with the investigators because of their use of perjury traps. He did give written testimony.

Based on his testimony and apparent lack of knowledge, it may be likely that the report and principle investigation was done by someone other than Mueller. Evidence suggests that the fix was in, and it inspired this horrific political act. Yet the Dems press on, proving my point. Precursor investigations are underway. I wonder what the Democrats will be saying after the fraudulent acts by the “Deep State” are finally exposed. What will Representative Nadler and Schiff do when the real collusion evidence points to an ex-President and ex-Secretary of State whom they admire? Since this has been an act of cynical political bias the answer likely will be NOTHING!

I wrote the following, for another purpose. Since my writing, various members of the “Squad” have declared white men to be the terrorist, made multiple remarks and recommendations that are racist and anti-Semitic and have made sophomoric remarks about the protests in Puerto Rico that would make Marx and Che proud. Nancy Pelosi has declared solidarity with these valued members of the Democrat family.

Reflecting on the recent press conference by the squad of four, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib; they appeared to be passionate in their rage, sincere in their beliefs, extremely self-assured, rejoicing in their lust for power, profoundly ignorant and seemingly unaware that theirs is the historic voice and intolerance of tyrants and fascists. Their arguments reek of projection and were full of lies and half-truths. Their beliefs reflect the indoctrination and failures of our public education system. They lack understanding of what it historically means to be an American and a free self-supporting people.

In another time or place they would be viewed as sophomoric and immature students who would achieve wisdom as they grow up. The problem is they are now among our elected power elite and are dragging down the media and the Democrat Party on their path, which leads to mass suffering.

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” (“Pogo” by Walt Kelly)

How Did Things Get Like This?

| Opinion | July 18, 2019

The question I keep hearing from friends and family who follow current events is, “How did things get like this?”

Puzzlement is understandable.

Said about President Trump by the left:

There are vicious attacks on his policies and his requests of legislation for asylum and immigration laws, which are remarkably similar to liberal Democrat Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

He is charged with being the most divisive President in history, while his actions and policies reflect traditional American values more than any President in memory apart from Ronald Reagan. The division is being caused by the often repeated lies and out of context statements being made by his accusers. The media and Democrats speak in lockstep, using the exact same phrases attributed to Nazi Joseph Goebbels, “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” Leftists use fascist tactics, not President Trump.

President Trump has been charged with the usual litany of sins chanted by the left. They are all based on race, class, gender and now sexual orientation. Those who know him best and have worked for him, refute these charges. It seems that those on the left, who live life with unreasoned hate, ignore evidence.

President Trump’s economic and foreign policies are demonstrably working. Income and employment for all races and classes are up, inflation is under control and 401ks are at record highs. North Korea is in check, we are negotiating with China and the rest of the world for more fair-trade agreements, our relationship with Israel is the best in history and Iran will comply or collapse. Regardless, for some unknown reason all the Democrat Presidential candidates want to reverse the policies that are currently serving all American people so well.

Resigning Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been viciously attacked by Democrats because they say that some 10 years ago, as a prosecutor in Florida, he had not adequately charged the vile sexual criminal Jeffrey Epstein. The Democrats were somehow trying to make this reflect on President Trump who had thrown Epstein out of his club, Mar-a-Lago, years ago. Unaccused was President Clinton, who was often a guest on Epstein’s private plane (Lolita Express) that was used to transport underage girls to his private island for sex. Over the years, John Kerry, Chuck Schumer and the Clintons all gladly accepted donations from the registered sexual predator. Crickets from the media.

These are but a few examples that reflect how America, our core values and rational thought are under assault by the most intolerant religion, the progressive left. It now dominates public education, corrupts the minds of our children and is in the process of re-writing our history in its own image. We are engaged in a great civil war. The battle is liberty and free market capitalism vs. the tyranny of socialism and fascism by the leftist progressives.

To begin engaging in this battle against the fascist/socialist left we must start with two things.

First – become armed with our foundational roots by educating ourselves on traditional American and Judeo/Christian core values. You may begin that process by watching the short videos at Prager University and taking the free online courses available at Hillsdale College.

Second – we must take back our educational system and put the brakes on the advancement of the left. We must support home schooling. We must transform our school choices to one where Americanism, traditional civics, western civilization and traditional values can be taught; rather than only the social agenda and revisionist history that are being taught now in our progressive dominated schools. Free market solutions can be found at www.SchoolChoice2020.org.

The revolution begins with you.

 

Republican Values Vs. Democrat Values

| Opinion | July 12, 2019

Recently Governor Gavin Newsom stated that Republicans “have no governing philosophy, they have no value system that’s interesting except fear of others.” This is a curious statement coming from a leader of the Progressive Democratic Party which has perverted the traditional values of Western Civilization and Judeo-Christianity. A party that willingly commits evil in the name of fighting it.

Consider this:
Democrats, with their support of late term abortion, celebrate murder of the defenseless innocent. They even view it as a woman’s right. Democrats ignore The Declaration of Independence and the Bible. Progressive Democrats believe that the unborn do not have human rights; in fact, the unborn have less rights than a puppy (ask the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA). They oppose capital punishment for those who have been convicted of vicious murder.

Republicans support our inalienable Creator’s given right to life, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They honor the Decalogue admonition of “Do Not Murder.” They find abortion and infanticide appalling. They believe that life should not be taken without due process of the law. Republicans believe that the unborn have inalienable rights and are made superior to a puppy.
Democrats believe we should be defined, divided and judged by the color of our skin, class, X and Y chromosomes, age and now sexual orientation.

Republicans believe we are created equal and as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

First Amendment:
Democrats believe those who they disagree with should be silenced. Republicans believe in the freedom of speech.
Republicans believe in the free practice of religion, even in the public square. Democrats believe that people who exercise their freedom of religion in public should be sanctioned and are violating the establishment clause. (Note “Separation of Church and State” is not mentioned in the Constitution.)
Democrats do not believe that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is relevant. Republicans believe that the Second Amendment is there to protect our rights, therefore is essential.

On Liberty:
Democrats believe that we must be forced to give men fish. Republicans believe that we should teach men to fish.
Progressive Democrats believe that we can only have collective salvation. Republicans believe that we have individual salvation.

Progressive Democrats believe the rights of the collective supersede the rights of the individual. Republicans believe that the rights of the individual supersede the rights of the state.
Progressive Democrats believe that the purpose of government is to do everything for us. Republicans believe that the purpose of the Constitution is to define what the government may not do to us.
Democrats support strong centralized power. Republicans support limited government and independence.

Democrats believe that the state has a right to your property to use as they see fit
Republicans believe that you have personal property rights but may pay for services and safety nets as necessary.

Progressive Democrats want their children to grow up to be dependent Social Justice Warriors. Republicans want their children to grow up to be self-supporting, independent, free and be able to manage their own affairs and those of their community.

Democrats do not find history relevant. Republicans look to history for guidance on what to expect in the future.

Republicans want their children to think critically. Democrats want their children to think critically about Republicans.

Republican economic policies work. Democrat economic policies have not, but will this time.

D=Tyranny. R=Liberty. D≠Values. R=Values.

July 4, 1776

| Opinion | July 3, 2019

We recently celebrated the 243rd anniversary of the signing of our nation’s founding document The Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson’s inspired document calling for the separation of the United States from Great Britain quite literally changed the world.

Jefferson wrote that our rights do not come from the state but rather a higher power. “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.”

Our government defined what the state may not do to the individual. Jefferson went on to list the violations of our rights by the Crown.

The document closed with:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

The signers were not just a bunch of old rich white slave owners. They knew what they were about to face. Benjamin Franklin famously cajoled them to sign by saying “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

Thanks to a posting by Michael Smith:

“Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war.

What kind of men were they? About 24 were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

These were the people that built Reagan’s “Shining City on a Hill.”

We are desecrating their memory by our passive acceptance of the Marxism/Socialism being thrust upon us. We must remember President Reagan’s words:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

‘I’m in America Again!’

| Opinion | June 27, 2019

I recently went to an event for homeschooling at a convention center in Ontario. For years I heard about the home school phenomenon and looked at it somewhat askance. Like most, I was full of misconceptions about the parents and the academic achievements of their children/students.

Faced with an unknown, the imagination tends to run wild.

The children must be raised to be antisocial. The parents are libertarian anarchist, stockpiling food and guns for the coming apocalypse. The parents/teachers must be either brilliant or do not understand how dumb they are. The parents are rich in order to hire tutors and be away from their work. Clearly it is impossible for home teaching to compare with classes being taught by full-time professional unionized teachers. They do not have access to quality curriculum and teaching materials or would know how to use it if they had it. They hang out in their own secret communities. No one can be expert on everything so parents cannot do a good job educating their children. The parents must be antisocial.

As it turns out, the previous statements are wrong on nearly every account. Since homeschooled students lack the distractions that public school students experience, their study time tends to be more intense and efficient, leaving extended time for social and extracurricular activities. Home-schooling parents tend to be super soccer moms with an intense list of activities scheduled for their kids/students. Home-school parents find ways to work together and share resources. The Home School Association of California offers several services and advice for parents who are interested in removing their children from the foibles of public education. You may also wish to check out Home School Legal Defense.

For parents of faith, there is Christian Home Educators Association of California.

I went to the convention with a home school mom and a Libertarian-leaning friend who knew nothing about home schooling but was considering offering some internet-based classes. Home school mom was the proverbial kid in the candy store, drooling over all the books and services being offered for the home school community. It was a sea of books and study guides. Many were offering classical education material and methodologies. Also tutors, tutor training, internet classes, and charter schools offering special services for the homeschooler. My Libertarian friend came early to see some presentations and lectures. She came to us in tears proclaiming, “I’m in America again!”

School Districts remain very suspicious of home schooling and will challenge the parents. When tested home school children are usually two to four years ahead in academic achievement compared to students of the same age in public school. It is common to find 15 to 18-year-old home schoolers taking classes in the neighborhood community college. With increased parental supervision, home-school kids are well behaved, been instilled with good values, are fascinated by the world around them and can-do things other than Nintendo and being masters of social media.

Mothers and fathers of home school kids understand that the greatest responsibility parents have is raising their children well. They took the trouble to examine how and what their children were being taught in the public schools and were shocked. Educational priorities seemed to have shifted from giving our children the tools they needed to manage their own affairs to social engineering, resulting in students being dumbed down.

“Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” -John B Barnhill (1914)

Liberty is in the DNA of the home school movement. I fear tyranny is the province of public education.

A Tale of Two Evils

| Opinion | June 20, 2019

The difference in the moral core of leftist progressives, such as California Governor Gavin Newsom, versus citizens who embrace the values of 5,000 years of Western Civilization, is profound. It is as basic as whether true evil exists and what its nature is. Recently, Fox News put up a quote from public school teacher and educational activist Rebecca Friedrichs, where she reminded us of the Governor’s May 31 “Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom, which celebrates the widespread availability of abortion in our state, and then welcomes women across America to travel to California to brutally end the lives of the precious babies in their wombs.”

Pairing the Governors Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom with his recent decision to block all future executions of convicted murderers in the State of California for ethical and moral reasons makes my head spin and leaves me in a state of revulsion. Our governor celebrates the ending of the lives of innocent beings in their mothers’ wombs and at the same time reviles capital punishment for brutal convicted killers. He scoffs at the unalienable right of life for the innocent unborn and honors the right to life for the evilest among us.

I suggest next time you see on the news a confrontation of “women’s right to choose” and “right to life” advocates, look carefully at the protesters. Listen to their words. Then judge which side is full of rage and anger and which is experiencing sadness and loss. Ask yourself which position is really being consumed by evil. I suggest that current popular culture has, if there is such a thing, put our national soul at risk. Unfortunately, I do not see Gavin Newsom repenting and asking forgiveness. I suggest that, when some time in the distant future he meets his maker, he will have some “s’plainin” to do. Apologies to Ricky Ricardo.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a man who has no understanding of how economies function and has always benefitted from the overburdened taxpayer, presented his vision for our future.

“That is why today, I am proposing a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights. A Bill of Rights that establishes once and for all that every American, regardless of his or her income is entitled to:

The right to a decent job that pays a living wage. The right to quality health care. The right to a complete education. The right to affordable housing. The right to a clean environment. The right to a secure retirement.”

Bernie admittedly lifted his proposal from FDR’s “New Bill of Rights.” While calling his program “democratic socialism,” he ignores that FDR’s rejected Congress proposal was lifted from USSR’s Marxist constitution. Senator Sanders tried to identify President Trump and company to be like the totalitarians Mussolini and Hitler. He further said, “We rejected the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler – we instead embraced the bold and visionary leadership of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then the leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.” Mussolini and Hitler were socialists, just like Bernie. Achieving Bernie’s dream requires a totalitarian state to implement a type of government he claims to reject.

Under the American system, a “right” is something that the government may not do to the individual. Under democratic socialism/Marxism, treasure must be taken from the productive at the point of a gun in order to be given to the unproductive. The under-performing then lose incentive to be productive. Whenever attempted, these types of evil economic models always collapse.

There was a saying under the Soviets. “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.”

Their Last Full Measure of Devotion

| Opinion | June 13, 2019

I was 12 years old when the movie “The Longest Day” was released. It left me horrified, curious and fascinated. I was also profoundly impressed by the valor, honor and heroism of so many young men who were only a few years older than I was. June 6, 1944 is a day that is enshrined in the memories of all freedom-loving people. The greatest amphibious assault in human history is simply remembered by most as “D Day.”

After reading a few books in the school library on D Day, I had my reticent mother drive me to the “tombs” of Times Mirror Square so that I could read the newspaper accounts on the days following the great liberation. I later acquired the histories of World War II written by Winston Churchill. I have always preferred original source accounts over opinion-riddled books by reinterpreting writers steeped in modern context.

The exact number of Americans who were killed on June 6 and the days following are unclear. I have read the numbers to be as high as 20,000. Many say lower. From “history extra,” “Overall, however, the Normandy campaign was brutal and spectacularly violent. Including both sides as well as civilians – and some 15,000 French civilians were killed – the average daily casualty rate of each of the 77 days of the battle was 6,675: higher than the Somme, Passchendaele and Verdun in the First World War.”

About 10 years ago, I visited the American Cemetery in Normandy. I placed a flower on a grave of one of our fallen and thanked him. I close with one of the greatest speeches in American History.

The Gettysburg Address
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that our nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

-Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

God save our country.

The Passion of Donald Trump

| Opinion | June 6, 2019

As I watched former Attorney General, Special Investigator and apparent member of the “Deep State” Robert Mueller make his public statement, my mind wandered to “The Passion according to St. Mathew” as told by Andrew Lloyd Webber in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with Muller playing Caiaphas and Congressman Nadler in the role of Pilot. Very few words were changed.

TRIAL BEFORE PILATE

PILATE (Nadler)
And so, the PRESIDENT is once again my guest.
And why is this? Was Mueller unimpressed?

CAIAPHAS (Mueller)
We turn to Congress to charge the White House resident,
We have no facts to indict this President.
We need him impeached – it’s all you have to do.
We need him impeached – it’s all you have to do.

PILATE (Nadler)
Talk to me, Donald Trump, You have been brought here reviled and beaten by your own department of Justice – do you have the first idea why you deserve it?

Now a flashback: Note: all Priest roles are played by the deep state.

THE DONALD MUST DIE (In the halls of the deep state. Politically die.)

PRIEST 1
Good Caiaphas, the council waits for you.
The ruling elites are here for you.

MUELLER
Ah, gentlemen, you know why we are here, we’ve not much time and quite a problem here.

BOD (Basket of Deplorables per Hillary)
Donald Trump! Superstar!

ANNAS (deep state)
Listen to that howling mob of blockheads in the street!
A trick or two with the economy and the whole countries on its feet.

ALL
He is dangerous!

BOD
Donald Trump, Superstar!

ALL
He is dangerous!

PRIEST 2
That man is holding a rally to whip up some support.

PRIEST 3
A MAGA rousing mission that I think we must abort.

ALL
He is dangerous!

PRIEST 4
Look Caiaphas – they’re right outside our yard!

PRIEST 5
Quick, Caiaphas – go call Obama’s guard!

MUELLER
No wait – we need a more permanent solution to our problem…

DEEP STATE
What then to do about The Donald of Brooklyn?
Miracle wonderman – hero of fools?

PRIEST 6
No riots, no army, no fighting, just tweeting and slogans.

MUELLER
One thing I’ll say for him – The Donald is cool.

DEEP STATE
We dare not leave him to his own devices; his half-witted fans will get out of control.

PRIEST 3
But how can we stop him? His glamour increases by leaps every minute; he’s top of the poll.

MUELLER
I see bad things arising – the crowd votes him President, which our patrons would ban. I see us losing our power, our elimination because of one man. Losing our power because of one man.

ALL
Because, because, because of one man.

PRIEST 3
What then to do about this Trumpmania?

DEEP STATE
How do we deal with the developer king?

PRIEST 3
Where do we start with a man who is bigger? Than Obama was when Obama did his Hope and Change thing?

MUELLER
Fools! You have no perception! The stakes we are gambling are frighteningly high! We must crush him completely – so like Bork before him, this Donald must die. For the sake of the nation, this Donald must die. ALL must die, must die; this Donald must die!

In the original passion, Jesus is crucified. I suspect President Trump will be impeached, but it will die in the Senate. Webber controversially failed to include the gift of the Resurrection in his telling of the Passion story. The ending of the Donald Trump Passion will be decided by the voters in November 2020.

“Father, into your hands we commend our spirits.”

Dems Do Not Need Max Factor to Manufacture a Cover Up

| Opinion | May 30, 2019

Clearly Nancy Pelosi and her sycophant buddies do not need Max Factor to manufacture a news-dominating cover up.

The Democrats seem unable to stop engaging in what psychology identifies as “projection.”

From Wikipedia: “Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.”

I do not use the word sycophant lightly. From Google Definitions:

“Noun: sycophant; plural noun: sycophants.

A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.

Synonyms: toady, creep, crawler, fawner, flatterer, flunkey, truckler, groveller, doormat, lickspittle, kowtower, obsequious person, minion, hanger-on, leech, puppet, spaniel, Uriah Heep; (informal) bootlicker, yes-man, brown-nose; (informal) suck-up; (vulgar) slang arse-licker, arse-kisser; (vulgar) slang suckhole.”

Recently, every major news source and virtually all elected Democrats and talking heads, except for Fox News, referred to the disaster happening on our southern borders as a “Manufactured Crisis” by President Trump. Democrats who are failing to work with Trump to enact laws that will deal with the vile human and drug trafficking are more than complicit. The Democrats who are failing to fund resources to deal with the hundreds of thousands illegally crossing our borders are complicit. Democrats refusing to enact laws that better deal with immigrants fraudulently calling for asylum are complicit. These are all examples of the Democrats being the ones who have manufactured a crisis.

We are experiencing the march of the projecting sycophants’ lack of action, manufacturing one crisis after another. Now led by Nancy Pelosi, one projecting sycophant after another are accusing President Trump, without specificity, of covering up a crime that a two-year $35 million investigation proved his campaign did not commit. Their claim is loosely based on the president balking at their re-litigating Mueller’s investigation. They wish to call back those who, at great expense, have already given hundreds of hours of testimony and 1.5 million documents. It appears they wish to destroy their lives. The Democrats being unable to let go is almost reminiscent of demonic possession. Haven’t you noticed the change in demeanor and expression of Schiff, Pelosi and Nadler?

Why is it that those projecting sycophants who claim they are searching for truth balk at AD Barr examining how these disproven charges began?

Since his campaign began, Democrats have had knee-jerk opposition to any policy that Trump endorses. Nancy Pelosi has offered an extreme example when she suggested that Democrats are not impeaching the president because he wants to be impeached.

Expect the president to adapt by beginning a campaign promoting the tearing down of the southern walls, increasing taxes, more regulations and expanding Medicare for all. Mitch McConnell will have conservative bills supported by the Democrats on the president’s desk in days, which he will reluctantly sign.

Seeing his work not yet finished, President Trump will endorse Adam Schiff for President after which the Congressman will be forcibly expelled from the House. Not yet finished, Trump will call for the end of the Electoral College. The Democrats will respond by repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

Finally, President Trump will call for changing our education to one modeled on the Hitler Youth programs. Immediately the Democrats will call for School Choice, returning authority over our children’s education to their parents as advocated by the SchoolChoice2020.org initiative.

The former Socialist Democrats will be hailed as the most constitutional in history.

Job well done, President Trump; the Constitution’s good and faithful servant!

‘I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.’ – Ronald Reagan

| Opinion | May 23, 2019

Mulling over the recent news, it is often hard to decide whether you should laugh or cry.

I am sorry if you happen to be a leftist, but if you look at all the accusations being made about the president and now AG Barr, they are laughable. They are tragic because the accusations represent abuse of power. I am finding it difficult to sort out who is saying things for political advantage, versus those useful idiots who believe what is being said. If President Trump removed Robert Mueller due to conflict of interest and the investigation continued with new, unbiased leadership, that would NOT be obstruction of justice. Guess what? Trump did not actually remove or interfere with any of the investigators. Talking about doing something and acting on it are two different things. Oh yes, do they really want to charge him with obstructing an investigation when no crime was committed? The only apparent purpose is harassment.

Currently, issues about the legality of abortion have dominated the news. Pro-choice advocates are always speaking to this issue. It is a human right of a mother to terminate her pregnancy at any time of her choosing. Of course, the counter argument is about the unborn being deprived of their Creator-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What the pro-choice advocates conveniently do not address, and the pro-lifers do poorly, is to argue the issue of unborn personhood. It has long been a subject for metaphysics. When does the soul enter the body? At what time does consciousness begin? For science, fetal viability keeps being pushed back further and further.

I like the argument that our current laws and historical examples of ecclesiastical and common laws support the idea that the fetus is already recognized as having personhood.

In the above examples, if someone attacks and murders a pregnant woman and the fetus is also killed, they are deemed guilty of murdering both. How do you explain that filicide is to be honored and praised, while a third party terminating the life of a fetus without the mother’s permission is murder? Personhood of the unborn is acknowledged financially. They can have property rights and be given assets in wills and other contracts.

It seems clear to me that under current law, the unborn have personhood. So, I ask, why is it not a violation of their Creator-given rights to be deprived of their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness by means of abortion?

Did you notice that after President Trump parked a battle group off the coast of Iran, they stopped yelling “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”? Now they are crying “we want peace, we want peace,” to anyone who will listen. Our state department pointed out Iran has the state department’s number, and so far, the phone has not been ringing.

There is a report on the news that I have not yet been able to confirm. It claims that the nuclear agreement with Iran was not signed by the Senate, not signed by Obama and NOT signed by Iran. The press, the Democrats, and the EU have been criticizing President Trump for withdrawing from the treaty. Dear Democrats and the media, if true, there was no treaty. There was no agreement. We sent Iran $1.5 billion to fund their acts of terrorism and violence throughout the Middle East and got nothing in return. Nothing. That much seems clear, despite the rhetoric.

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.

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