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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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How Did Things Get Like This?

| Opinion | 9 hours ago

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.

America’s Mandatory Re-Education and Indoctrination Centers
Communist countries have a history of killing, imprisoning or re-educating people who act against or don’t conform to their left-wing ideology. Conformity is expected, news is regulated and suppressed, and the media and educational systems are required to follow and promote the party line.

Democratic Western nations are moving toward the adoption of these policies. The United Kingdom now incarcerates people who violate their requirements for politically correct speech; for example, you may be imprisoned for referring to a man, who identifies as a woman, as a man.

Some American liberals claim this could not occur here. Moderate and conservative Americans generally believe that our principles will prevail. They are wrong. Not enough attention is given to what is happening at colleges and the rest of our education establishments.

Most of our colleges are run and controlled by left-wing radical “educators.” Many professors will acknowledge they are socialist, communist or otherwise left-wing. Any conservative teacher who speaks up, risks losing employment. Only ideologies of the left are tolerated.

Students are told what they must believe. Dissenters are ridiculed and bullied by their professors and fellow students. Their grades suffer, or they face expulsion.

California requires mandatory college classes. At first this was for the basics or reading, writing, mathematics and government. These were covered in the first two years of college. Then they added indoctrination classes. More recently, recognizing the need, more indoctrination classes were made mandatory in the second half of college. Of course, radicals will promote their philosophy whatever the class may be.

To complete college, one must take such indoctrination classes as American Racism, Disparity of Income and various others that are anti-capitalist, anti-American or promote the conversion of our country into some form of Socialist utopia. Many parents would be offended if they knew of all these classes, so restrictions were placed on the dissemination of college class catalogues and the classes being taken by one’s own kids.

Anyone wanting a career dependent on a college education has no choice but to submit to the process. It should be no surprise that the young and impressionable get radicalized.

To make matters worse, tuitions are enormous, student loans are readily available and many classes are useless. This makes the college graduate both dependent and resentful when they are burdened with paying off these debts. While the colleges promote student loan waivers or publicly paid college for all, they ignore the major factors in education costs. University of California professors get full time pay for 3-6 hours of teaching per week. Many professors supplement their income by requiring the purchase of an unnecessary text that they wrote.

You may think your pre-college kids are safe — teachers in grade school work much harder and you know what classes the kids are taking. Remember, teachers are educated at indoctrination centers.

Driving a wedge between students and parents, California has instituted and modified sex-education classes that require or encourage secrecy and non-disclosure to parents. These programs appear to advocate sex regardless of a person’s gender, and offer contraceptives and abortions without parental disclosure.

Rationally, one might thing that graduates ultimately would recognize that the propaganda classes should be replaced with practical courses such as managing personal finances, understanding investments or even home making. If the indoctrinators are successful, instead they will be advocating that everyone must conform to what they perceive as proper thought.

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.

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!