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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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By Their Fruits You Will Know Them

| Opinion | February 13, 2020

In the aftermath of the two-year investigation, the six-month investigation and the president’s State of the Union address, it is time to reflect on the results.

The facts have been hashed and rehashed ad infinitum. No carefully structured argument will change any of the readers’ minds. Since the inauguration, it was never about the facts. It has been about feelings, communication style, personalities, political agenda and most importantly, power. Facts have been created and distorted to achieve an end. Those who claim it was a search for truth are deceiving you. Accusers who claim it was about protecting the Constitution are deceiving you. Those who claim they were making the charges to protect the people of the United States are deceiving you. And truthfully, those saying the president was perfect are deceiving you. Humans are not perfect. President Trump is a human. Therefore, President Trump is not perfect. None of us are.

For three long years President Trump has been under attack by our elected Democrats and their right arm, the mainstream media. In so doing, it is the left that has worked hard to split our nation apart. When the president reacted, he was accused of being divisive. How dare he defend himself! When the president took a victory lap, the Dems’ heads exploded.

I believe that their relentless efforts have damaged the accusers. Over the years I have observed the leftist Democrats looking more and more distressed. It is as if they are consumed by a dark force. They lack empathy. They have sought to destroy two fine men who are now seated at the Supreme Court. They have attacked the President’s family. They have become incompetent, just look at Iowa. A sickness has overcome their spirit. They have ceased having the people’s interest at heart.
Matthew 7:15-20 reminds us on how to know them:

15. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17. Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

Our elected elite Democrats have failed in Russia, Russia, Russia. They have failed in Impeachment. They have failed to put up any presidential candidates who support our founding principles. They have failed to serve the American people. The fruits of their labor have proven to come from a poisonous tree. They are lost souls. We know them by their bitter fruits.

I truly hope that our Democrat friends will be able to cast off those lost souls they have put into office and focus on candidates who will build our nation up and not tear it down.

Even though the fruits of President Trump’s labor are abhorrent to the leftist Democrats, those fruits have proven to be good. Economically all classes, races and genders have been lifted. Prosperity is a sweet fruit indeed.

Just for fun, and with apologies to Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd.

Attend the tale of Dem Demigods
They served a dark and a vengeful god
What happened then, well, that’s the play
And they wouldn’t want us to give it away
Not Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff
or
The demon Senators of Capitol Hill

All Politics is Local

| Opinion | February 6, 2020

After suffering through endless abuses of the body politic inflicted upon the American people by our elected leadership, it is a good time to remember the words of the former Democrat Speaker of the House Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill.
“All politics is local.”

I recently met with one of the Republican Candidates for the California Assembly 38th District who is seeking to represent the people of Santa Clarita and Simi Valley in the not so hallowed halls of Sacramento, political neophyte Lucie Lapointe Volotzky. She came to the United States as an adult and was naturalized as a citizen in 1987. She immigrated from Canada and could only speak French. For her first two years in the Valley she dedicated herself to becoming fluent in English and Spanish. Lucie knew that in order to be a successful self-supporting entrepreneur, mastering the dominant local languages was vital.

Her entire life in the United States she has been an independent, self-supporting small business owner. She told me that in order to survive the economic ups and downs you must be a active member of your community and treat your customers and employees with honor and respect. She believes that her experience in business and the neighborhood has given her

the tools to effectively serve the people of the 38th Assembly District.

She is upset that California’s elected spend too much of their time and our money attacking President Trump and not working for the people of California. I might add, especially egregious is my nemesis Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Among the issues that have called her to office are the need for fiscal responsibility in Sacramento, finding solutions for the homeless problem, expanding freshwater infrastructure and storage, and preserving all the Proposition 13 protections. As a businessperson she understands the harm that comes from the attacks on contract labor and the elimination of entry level jobs due to excessive increases in the minimum wage. Our agriculture industries except for drugs are at risk. She knows that these things as well as over regulation are driving the upwardly mobile and productive out of business and out of the state.

I believe that in our country and especially in California we are engaged in a great culture war. The basic values and traditions of our Judeo-Christian country as envisioned by our founders are under attack by the governor, the Legislature and our public schools. That is why these days I endeavor to look into the hearts of our Candidates. In fact, she is a

Judeo/Christian. I believe that Lucie is a value voters’ candidate. She supports the First Amendment. She believes in “The Right to Life.”

She believes that the “Choice in education belongs to the parents.”

I suggest that when you look at the performance reports by the California Department of Education, it becomes clear that our legislature and education bureaucrats have failed in their responsibilities. If they could fix it, they would have. It is time to let parents decide where and how our education investment is spent. Only by forcing schools to compete for our education dollars can we expect to see higher performance and lower costs. Check out californiaschoolchoice.org.

In closing, I suggest that you consider Lucie Lapointe Volotsky. Check out her website www.VoteForLucie.com or you can write her at voteforlucie@gmail.com
I found Lucie concerned about our State and our Community. When elected, Lucie’s values, common and business sense as well as her desire to empower parents over children’s education, should serve her well in representing the interests of those who live in Santa Clarita and Simi Valley.
Blessings.

Defying Gravity, From Wicked

| Community | January 31, 2020

by Stephen Smith

“I hope you’re happy, my friend
So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
“Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown”

Gianna, we grieve for the loss of our sharing in your unlimited potential.

Kobe, your star will always shine bright in our hearts. We all have learned much from you. A gift without price.

God Bless you Kobe and Gianna. Rest in Peace.

Malice or Ignorance?

| Opinion | January 30, 2020

By the time this is published, it is quite possible that the current chapter of the ongoing efforts by the Democrats to use the process of impeachment to remove a sitting president because they have proclaimed that “we cannot trust the election,” has ended.

The carefully scripted scheme by the Democrats has been restated thousands of times both in Congress and on CNN, MSNBC and other mainstream media pundits. The long list of projections has been restated so often that now one half of the American people believe that it is fact.

Dear passionate Democrats, if you consider yourself intelligent and fair, I challenge you to do this one thing. Go to YouTube and listen to the rebuttal presented by the Senate Republicans to the charges made by Adam Schiff and friends. You will find that all the testimonies that the House presented as facts were refuted by their witnesses in other parts of their testimonies. There were no fact witnesses. I repeat, there were no fact witnesses. They all said they were never told about the so-called scheme. The overwhelming evidence claimed by Schiff and Nadler required all parties, including themselves, to be mind-readers.

The case for impeachment was ill-conceived and failed in all legal standards and procedures. It remains likely that even if the charges were proven to be true, they would not rise to a level of impeachment as conceived by the framers.

Democrats in Congress, either with malice or ignorance, wrapped themselves in the Constitution and now even the Bible. I mourned as I watch those remarkable documents burst into flames when they touched their acidic flesh.

We can only heal if we give restoration to those world changing documents. Our legislators can take the courses on the Constitution and founding principles at the Kirby Center in Washington D.C. The rest of us can take them for free at the Hillsdale College website.

To those of you who strongly disagree with me, I encourage you to look at the entirety of the direct testimony and stop trusting interpretations. The words matter. That goes the same for our founding principles. I challenge you to let go of what you have been told by those with a agenda and study the words of those documents and the arguments made by those who wrote and signed them. It will take some effort but will be well worth it.
Blessings.

A Savior of the Impeachment Dream

| Opinion | January 23, 2020

Last Tuesday, the impeachment trial in the Senate began. The scripts were handed out. The actors, except for Chief Justice (Wildcard) Roberts, memorized their lines and the theater doors were opened – allowing the world to gaze deep into the well of the Senate. Before the curtain rose, a joyful, smirking Nancy Pelosi speaking about President Trump on the Bill Maher show said, “And you’re impeached forever.” So much for a somber prayerful impeachment.

This drama was written before President Trump was sworn in and the curtain went up minutes after the oath of office was administered. The Democrat representatives declared him guilty and then went in search of a crime. After two and a half years and millions of our taxpayer dollars wasted, Russian collusion with the Trump campaign was proven to be a hoax.

Then, the miracle happened. There appeared a partisan, secret, non-witness of fact whistle-blower!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!  Protecting the bearer of good news that was worthy of the Sangreal from the Da Vinci Code, a savior of the impeachment dream had become the new religion that no one dared to challenge. The story and the resulting charges could only be embraced by those who lack logic and have embraced the indoctrination that is being imposed on the American people by our public schools and universities. (Fix it at californiaschoolchoice.org.) Either that, or the evilest act of pure political bias ever perpetrated upon our Constitution and the American people.

Let’s look at the actions that the Democrats deemed the most impeachment- worthy in history.

First, the Democrats charged President Trump with making a quid pro quo with the president of the Ukraine, stating that he must investigate Joe Biden. If not, aid to the Ukraine would be withheld, allegedly done with the goal to manipulate our presidential election in favor of President Trump. The problem is that all witnesses of fact, including the presidents of the Ukraine and The United States, denied that this happened. A careful reading of the transcripts does not speak of, or imply, a quid pro quo and the president consistently uses “we,” meaning the United States. The request was regarding Hunter Biden. At the time of the conversation the Ukraine did not even know about delivery dates of the aid. The Ukraine never complied with the favors requested and the aid was delivered before the date certain associated with the aid authorization.

If quid pro quo is a crime, and since Joe Biden bragged about exacting one on the Ukraine, President Trump would be committing a dereliction of duty if he did not request an investigation of then-Vice President Biden’s actions. Is Biden immune because he is a candidate? Putting conditions on foreign aid is standard. If those conditions benefit our country and the president personally, should that make them illegal?

Secondly, the president was charged with Obstruction of Congress by exercising his separation of powers right of Executive Privilege if he or his staff were subpoenaed. To resolve the question, proper recourse is to take the issue to the Supreme Court, which they failed to do.

During the investigation, Democrats› kangaroo court denied the president due process. They investigated in secret, denied Republican witnesses and proper cross-examination. There was not even the illusion of fairness.

Now Democrats are demanding fairness from the Senate Republican majority. A fairness that they refused to provide in the Congressional impeachment process of the President of The United States. They are relying on the fact that, unlike themselves, Republicans have integrity. Unfortunately, the actions of the Democrats bode poorly for the future of the Republic.

Our Greatest Challenge

| Opinion | January 16, 2020

We are now facing the greatest challenge of our time. If we cannot effectively solve that challenge we will have no hope to solve all the other issues of the day such as climate change, health delivery, energy, hunger, financial security or decide if our purpose is to serve government or for the government to serve us.

The greatest challenge is our failing public education system. It is evidenced by unacceptable K-12 test scores. The focus on academics has been replaced by social engineering that advocates far left philosophy. Schools are becoming places of indoctrination and not education.

Our successful charter schools are under assault by our State Legislature and California Department of Education as a result of extreme lobbying by the Teacher Unions. Private, Religious and Home Schooling will be next.

Frankly what is happening in public education is shocking. Under the guise of public health, our children are being exposed to explicit SeXXX education. Many of the states approved textbooks advocates unsafe practices usually reserved for people with alternate lifestyles. The good news is that there are good and dedicated people all over the state that are putting on programs and spreading the word about the inappropriate practices our children are being exposed to.

I just attended an event put on by two real heroes in the campaign to stop the immoral practices that are now being taught in our public schools at the direction of our legislators. The presentation was made at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills California. Gina Gleason Executive Director of “Faith and Public Policy” exposed the disgusting California State approved sex-ed curriculum and textbooks currently being used by our Public School Districts. The parents and grandparents in the packed house were appalled, disgusted and in search for answers.

Next up to the lectern was Executive Director of the Capitol Resource Institute, Karen England. She explained the Opt-Out program they have been promoting together and on their organization’s websites. Forms are available on their websites that parents can fill out and present to their children’s school’s principle requesting that their children be removed from the offending classes.

The efforts and organization of these two exceptional advocates, Gina Gleason and Karen England are both impressive and effective. The problem is that there are still too few parents who understand what their children are being exposed to in our public schools. I suggest you check out their websites, www.faithandpublicpolicy.org/ and https://capitolresource.org/.

The unedited video from the presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4RzzGFXKUI. You owe it to yourself to be informed.
The speakers graciously allowed another organization which is near and dear to my heart to be present at their remarkable event, California School Choice. We are an advocacy group promoting a state initiative that will allow parents using State funds to take their K-12 children out of their current indoctrinating school and enroll them in the public, charter, private or religious school of their choice that better reflects their values and their children’s academic requirements. The free market will ensure higher performance and lower costs.

On Saturday, January 25th in support of National School Choice Week, we will be hosting an informative event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208. Program begins at 10 AM in the community room. Guest speakers will include Rebecca Friedrichs author of “Standing up to Goliath,” Gina Gleason, Vicki Alger of the Independent Institute, Larry Sand of the Teacher’s Empowerment Network and Michael Alexander President of California School Choice. You can register at www.CaliforniaSchoolChoice.org/nscw or you may call (626) 792-1772.

The War Has Actually Begun!

| Opinion | January 9, 2020

As I listened to one member after another of the Democratic leadership decry the killing of Iranian terrorist and general Soleimani, I pondered if it would be possible to magically engage Dr. Who’s TARDIS and take them back to March 23, 1775, location: St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond. Overheard speaking was none other than Patrick Henry:

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Dear Nancy, Chuck, Adam, Bernie, Uncle Joe et al., “The war is actually begun!” After the attempted bribery of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by President Obama, Iran has continued its terrorist activity throughout the Middle East. Reportedly, nuclear weapons and delivery systems have continued to be developed. Crowds in the streets still shouted, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Americans have been attacked and killed by Iranians and their proxies. The religion of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruler of Iran, looks forward to a coming apocalypse. They are intolerant of all other sects. The Iranian Shiites and Iraqi Sunnis are in mortal disagreement. The shotgun romance between infidel Russia and China with Iran is one of necessity and not attraction. China needs Iran’s oil. Russia needs the instability to weaken our economic hold over them and Iran. Iran is failing internally and needs to find unity against an external enemy in order to preserve power. What are Iranian military leaders and militia doing in Iraq? Certainly not keeping the peace and preserving independence and liberty. All this, yet gentlemen and women still cry, “Peace, Peace,” but there is no Peace. Forgive them, Almighty God!

Frankly I still cannot decide whether our Democratic leadership is tragically ignorant, cynically political or profoundly anti-American in their handling of the impeachment and nearly traitorous remarks about the president and his actions. I remain hopeful that they are none of the above and are products of the media and our indoctrinating education system. I pray that they are “useful idiots” who someday may understand the harm they are doing to all of us.

We have been warned by the internationalists not to poke the bear of Iran and ignore when they attack the United States, our allies and interests (reportedly 11 attacks in Iraq during the last several months). “Surely any retaliation will engender a greater response.” That likely is true. When have they not staged public demonstrations calling for “Death to America and Death to Israel”? Under this evil theocracy, has not the West been called the “Great Satan” again and again?

Iran has proved itself to be an international terrorist state and is diligently working towards nuclear annihilation of Israel and the United States. Perhaps it is best to keep poking the bear until they make a fatal mistake — a mistake that would justify our stepping in with kinetic force and removing their nuclear program while bringing an apocalyptic end to their evil theocracy before it succeeds in its vision to end the world. At our peril we ignore the words of Patrick Henry, “The war is actually begun!”

The God-Given Wisdom of Solomon

| Opinion | January 3, 2020

From the book of Kings: “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’

‘Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’”

As we look back on the past year and consider the actions of our often childish, so-called ruling elite in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, can we say that any among them has the God-given wisdom of King Solomon? They have failed to learn the lessons of history. They have cast off the proven values and wisdom based on knowledge gained from 5000 years of Western civilization. They are the so-called leftist-progressives.

2019 has left We the People at a turning point. 2020 will be a time of choosing. We must choose between liberty and tyranny, light and dark, individual freedom and subservience to the state. Yes, even good and evil. As Mark Levin might say, “There, I said it!”

I can hear you saying, “Who am I to judge? I do not have the God-given wisdom of Solomon.” In fact, you have been given that wisdom. We have allowed the tyranny of the state and the darkness of evil to hide it from us. We have allowed the removal of the Decalogue (The Ten Commandments) from the public square, which for thousands of years provided wisdom on how to live free in a civil society. We have forgotten natural law, as referred to by Thomas Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence when he wrote about our unalienable individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as coming from our Creator.

Without the wisdom of Solomon, the leftist-progressives have partnered with darkness by promoting ignorance of the Ten Commandments and natural law. With their support for late-term and postpartum abortion, they defy “Do not murder.” Programs that came out of the New Deal supporting single motherhood stand opposed to honoring mother and father. Leftist-progressives have abused “Do not bear false witness” in testimony attacking Justice Cavanaugh and President Trump. They encourage envy and coveting to justify theft from those whom they decide do not need their wealth. They have actively assaulted our individual liberties of speech, free practice of religion and self-defense through the right to keep and bear arms. The values of the leftist stand in opposition to Mosaic Law and Western civilization. If you challenge their positions and support individual rights and liberties, you become labeled as a racist, a hater and evil. They seek to silence all opposition. They revel in the dark. They do not embrace the God-given wisdom of Solomon.

It’s now 2020, and the time for choosing wisdom has come. Have you marked your door for Passover? You must judge if your candidates live The Decalogue and the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Do they support individual liberty and independence or subservience to the collective and the state? Do they seek to silence those with whom they disagree? Reject darkness and seek the God-given wisdom of Solomon in yourselves and our candidates. “Let freedom ring throughout the land!”

It Was a Sad, Sad Day

| Opinion | December 26, 2019

After more than 2½ years of false charges and lies, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, the elected Democrats in the House of Representatives had one brief moment of clarity and truth.

One by one, congressional men and women stepped up to the lectern, wearing their best black mourning clothes, discreetly rent, dusted with ashes and proclaimed it to be a sad, sad day. Without evidence, other than the opinion of partisans, while denying due process of law and the presentation of exculpatory evidence, they voted to impeach the president of the United States. Of course, Tlaib was doing video selfies on her way to the floor celebrating the soon-to-be impeachment vote. They were so distraught that Speaker Pelosi had to shush them from applauding, laughing and cheering after she announced the results of the vote. It was a sad, sad day for a party that at one time claimed to be the party of civil rights. It was a sad, sad day for America at the hands of the Democratic Party, who wrapped themselves in the Constitution while at the same time they were abusing it. Many of the Democrats proclaimed that President Trump was to be judged guilty if he failed to prove his innocence.

The Democrats did not impeach a president. They impeached themselves and the Bill of Rights. With comments replayed from the President Clinton impeachment, Democrats repeatedly proved themselves to be hypocrites, while at the same time being constitutional heretics. On the morning after, they cast off their mourning clothes and put on their leisure wear and party dresses. Pelosi proclaimed there was joyous skipping going on throughout the land. She called Senate Leader McConnel the grim reaper and rogue (rogue: a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel). Crickets from the press. No sanction from the house for her majesty. Hmmm.

On the day after, a gloating Adam Schiff proclaimed it obvious that President Trump was guilty of treason for delaying aid to the Ukraine. Ignored is not just that the aid was delivered, it was delivered within the time frame as specified by the terms of the bill. No one has been able to explain how being compliant is a crime. The Ukraine, even with the aid, could never effectively defend itself against a motivated Russia. How was it a violation of national security? I do not trust Putin, but I have not seen that same Democratic-controlled House declare war against Russia or declare them a military enemy. Be consistent, dudes. Where is legislation from Congress sanctioning Russia? Oh yes, President Trump has already put in the strongest sanctions against Russia in American history. Unlike Trump, President Obama refused to send military aid to the Ukraine. Oh, ye despicable elected Democrats.

After the Democrats rushed through the impeachment declaring that President Trump was a clear and present danger, Queen Pelosi chose to delay sending the articles of impeachment on to the Senate as required by the Constitution. The elected Democrats are now enjoying the pleasures of hearth and home and hopefully the ire of their constituents. I guess the president will just have to continue bolstering the economy with lower taxes, reduced regulations and long-needed trade deals. The results have led to the lowest unemployment rates. Every social and economic subset group in our country has benefited far more than the results of any wealth redistribution scheme.

Evidently, doing well for the American people is an anathema for our elected Democrats. Listening to the debate, the candidates are in full denial of our booming economy. Like the impeachment, they make declarations without evidence.

None Dare Call it Treason

| Opinion | December 19, 2019

Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson turned over in their graves when they heard House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler speak these words at an impeachment hearing: “We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems, when the president threatens the very integrity of that election.”

With the Friday the Thirteenth (evil import?) votes for impeachment in the Judiciary Committee proceeding strictly on party lines, Washington’s warning in his farewell address and Hamilton’s warnings in Federalist No. 65 of the dangers of party proved prescient.

Madison’s fears of one branch of government engaging in overreach have come to pass. The failure of the investigating Democrats to allow constitutional protections for the president demonstrated extreme abuse of power. Clearly, the House Democrats are guilty of that which they have been charging the president for two and a half years. The question becomes, do their actions rise to the level of treason?

In the Constitution, treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Without question, if the Russians were seeking to disrupt confidence in our government, the House Democrats have supported their efforts cubed. Putin has been highly comforted by Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler.

Webster’s defines treason as, “The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family.” The extra-constitutional acts of Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler are a functional rejection of the principles and rights expressed in our founding documents. That is an overthrow of the state. They are acting to politically kill the president and have disparaged and attacked his family.

One can only ask why “None Dare Call It Treason.”

Madison, in Federalist No. 51, wrote of the importance of having controls over the government. “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 in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

The Democrats are forcing impeachment without any proven charge of a crime, unlike in the cases of Nixon — who was guilty of the cover-up — and Clinton — who was convicted of contempt of court and consequently paid a fine and lost his license to practice law. They have been working hand in hand with a leftist press in order to sell their hatred of President Trump to the people of the United States. They have disdain for “We the People.” Remember the words of Nadler, “We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems.”

Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, “It is so difficult to draw a clear line of separation between the abuse and the wholesome use of the press, that as yet we have found it better to trust the public judgment, rather than the magistrate, with the discrimination between truth and falsehood. And hitherto the public judgment has performed that office with wonderful correctness.

“Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

In November the people can set it right. Vote constitutional government.

Tyranny, Thy Name is the House Democrats!

| Opinion | December 12, 2019

Minutes after President Trump’s inauguration, he was declared guilty of (fill in the blank) by Democratic legislators, the deep state and the mainstream media sans Fox News and the Epoch Times. They have spent millions of our precious tax dollars seeking evidence that would justify impeachment. They just knew it was there. After all, everyone knew he was evil. In their search for the truth of their preconceptions, and while cynically wrapping themselves in the Constitution, they violated many of the protections that are provided by our founding documents.

Standards of due process have been ignored. Falsified information was used to get approval of the FISA courts. How did Adam Schiff get all those phone records? Bureaucrats whose job is to execute the executive’s policies have actively undermined them. Obama and Clinton cleaned house when they assumed power. Much to the damage of America, Trump did not. Members of the diplomatic corps who testified before the committee of impeachment believed that establishing foreign policy was their job and not the executive’s. Further, they seemed to be advocating for what was best for the countries in which they were serving, and not for the country they had sworn to serve. Many in the Department of Justice seemed to be plotting to stop Trump before he had even taken his oath of office.

Now for the moment, I ask you to imagine William Jefferson Clinton looking straight into the camera and pointing seemingly straight at you personally. “I am only going to say this once.” The Democrats had no, none, not any direct evidence of the charges they are making against the president. Not in print, recording or direct statement of any persons heard or overheard in giving testimony. Mueller found no evidence of Russia, Russia, Russia collusion. He found no provable obstruction of justice. He only suspected intent, but the president never did it. The president of Ukraine claims no quid pro quo or pressure. No deal was offered in the transcripts of the phone calls. As it turned out, the only evidence was in the presumptions and in the minds of those partisans that Adam Schiff chose to give testimony before Congress. Remember the constitutional expert witness when he said, “In my mind he is guilty of…”

The Congressional Democrats have become an even more insidious version of the thought police. The issue of guilt is not based on the evidence of what you have done. Guilt is to be decided by what they think you think. While claiming to be non-political, they use polling to determine what they think you think. One of the reasons our founders gave us a republic and the Electoral College was to protect us from the tyranny of the majority, both political and the electorate. It is why the United States was designed to be a nation of laws and not of men.

The Congressional Democrats have subverted their oath of office. Their actions are, at the very least, more like a parliamentary system of government and not based on the principles of our constitutional republic.

In words and deeds, the Democrats in Congress are looking more and more like their fellow socialists, the fascists. Webster’s defines fascism this way: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

Hamilton and Washington would loudly proclaim, “Tyranny, thy name is the House Democrats!”

“Those who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It” (George Santayana)

| Opinion | December 5, 2019

You cannot say we were not warned about the current actions of our elected Democrats, Obama’s holdovers in government, and most of the press. A careful reading of the following quotes makes it clear that our founding fathers anticipated the dangers of the path that our nation is currently on.

From George Washington’s farewell address:

“And warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

“This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind … it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy …

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty…

“Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

Alexander Hamilton (Publius), from “The Federalist Papers,” no. 65:

“A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself. The prosecution of them, for this reason, will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. In many cases it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”

The three-year search to find grounds to remove President Trump has shown our elected Democrats not to be in a search for truth, but rather a fascist tyranny reflective of Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin’s secret police, when he said, “Show me the man, and I will show you the crime.”

A careful reading of Hamilton and Washington makes it clear that the Democrats are acting as despots and tyrants. They have ignored the Constitution and are trying to turn our republic into a parliament. The inquisition so far has presented evidence based on presumption, rumor and innuendo by bureaucrats full of self-importance.

If Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler had any character, they would resign. Their iniquities are far greater than those of Katie Hill. Democrats need not worry. You voted for your tyrants and, for now, get to keep them. Early for Christmas?

A Proclamation

| Opinion | November 27, 2019

I hope you had a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving.

If you follow the news, it has become clear that America has become deeply involved in a philosophical civil war. Like during our revolution, the question is: do we have a country based on liberty or tyranny? During the Civil War, President Lincoln issued this proclamation establishing a day of Thanksgiving:

Washington, D.C. Oct. 3, 1863
By President of the United States of America
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Abraham Lincoln

Do Not Murder

| Opinion | November 21, 2019

I must acknowledge the great human tragedy the people of Santa Clarita have suffered at the hands of a very troubled teenager. Nothing can remove the pain. There is no sense that can be made of it. Blaming anyone or anything will not heal or prevent future tragedies. Incidents like this remind us that life is short and often not fair. Just know that you are all in our hearts and that you are loved. Pray for strength.

In times like these, many tend to exploit the tragedy for their own agenda. Gut reactions lean towards banning things and increasing security measures. I suppose doing so would create a sense of feeling good because action of some sort was taken. It may even satisfy a sense of revenge. That type of rage is misplaced and is action without compassion. Because the violence is senseless, closure is difficult to find.

Before making quick judgements, I suggest reading a very remarkable book that has helped thousands of people. It helped me when both of my parents died of cancer within six months of each other. The title is “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” and it was written by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. In it he explores his experiences as a rabbi counseling members of his temple who have experienced tragic losses. Over the years he has found and communicated great wisdom.

In the end we are all in a struggle with two issues that fall outside our usual common wisdom.

One is that in our universe, chaos exists. There is no rhyme or reason to it. There is no one or nothing to be blamed for the consequences of that chaos, not even the Deity. Chaos is not all bad. Without chaos, free will would not have any relevance. The measure of mankind is how well we deal with the results of that chaos. Do we fall into remorse, depression and despair, or do we go forward and rebuild?

The second is that real evil exists. The issue is difficult to face and is relegated to the realm of metaphysics and mysticism. Today’s pseudo-intellectuals reject the idea that there are unseen forces outside of ourselves that can directly impact our lives. That is one of the reasons so many in academia reject the values of Western civilization, including those of Judaism and Christianity in particular. How else can you explain a young man who decides to randomly take the lives of others and then his own? That act of toxic narcissism reflects a total disregard for the sacredness of human life. The combined wisdom of Western civilization, which we seem to be rejecting these days, has a simple directive that — in an act of evil — has been removed from the public square by the courts: “Do not murder.”

Beware the Quid Pro Quo

| Opinion | November 14, 2019

Quid Pro Quo, Quid Pro Quo. That’s the name of the song that everyone seems to know. With anger in their eyes and resolution in their cold hearts, talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and CBS with the scripted precision of a well-practiced mantra, boldly state that the President had violated the Constitution and Federal Law by declaring he had committed a Quid Pro Quo, a mortal sin as well as a high crime and misdemeanor. Elected Democrats are falling all over each other seeking face time in front of the cameras as they join the Quid Pro Quo chorus.

Quid Pro Quo are the words that defame. The Quid Pro Quo will bring down he who must not be named.

The President who is the one commonly believed to be “He who must be named”, while proclaiming his own conversational perfection, has redirected the Quid Pro Quo to none other than Uncle Joe Biden.

Legal scholars without any pauses have scoured CARA.AI and could not find any cases. They questioned their legal professors and studied their Nook. No where could they find the Quid Pro Quo, no matter how hard they looked. Finally, in a great act of desperation, they even read the documents that founded our nation. Alas swearing that they really, really tried, they were forced to declare that there is no Quid Pro Quo and fell down and cried.

Adam and Nancy would not have been so shocked, had they remembered ABC’s “School House Rock”. Somewhere in the shadows can be heard a unrequited laws lament; I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I got as far as Capitol Hill. Well, now I’m stuck in committee, and I’ll sit here and wait. While a few key Congressmen discuss and debate whether they should let me be a law. How I hope and pray that they will, but today I am still just a bill.
You see that in their discourse, they put the cart before the horse. They are prosecuting based on a law that has not been passed. Now, doing that is in violation of the Constitution.

The absurdity of the current misleading discourse that dominates the airwaves is that Quid Pro Quo is required for us to function in a civil society. You give the butcher some money, he gives you some meat. Quid Pro Quo. You promise the woman you love that you will honor, cherish and obey and she promises to marry you. Quid Pro Quo. The United States promises to help defend Turkey through NATO and they allow us to have a military air base in their sovereign territory. Quid Pro Quo. All international, commercial, and interpersonal relationships are dependent on Quid Pro Quo. For a President not to engage in Quid Pro Quo could be viewed as a dereliction of duty.

You may not like Donald J. Trump, you may disagree with his foreign policy decisions and methodologies, fine. That is not high crimes and misdemeanors. We must not allow Quid Pro Quo to be used as a justification for impeachment. It is the Democrats who are abusing the Constitution. The real issues of personality and policy as envisioned in the Constitution was to be decided by elections and not through the abuse of political power and ignoring due process of law. Democrats, it is time to grow up and remember what it means to have a peaceful transition of power. Political courage and change is supposed to be expressed through free elections. You have set a precedent which is exposing the Democrat party as vicious fascists. Shame on you.

Standing Up to Goliath

| Opinion | November 7, 2019

California School Choice recently held an event advocating a momentous change in education at the proudly patriotic Riley’s Farm Oak Glen, which is in the Inland Empire. Riley’s Farm has replicated our Colonial era with demonstrations of daily activities and Revolutionary battle recreations, all on a U-Pick apple farm. Its Hogshead Inn is a great place to have a hot chicken pot pie and finish with a slice of freshly baked apple pie (don’t forget a scoop of ice cream). Farmer Jim Riley hosted California School Choice at the homestead’s apple packing shed, which is now used for special events and theatrical productions and serves delicious barbecue chicken and tri-tips.

The purpose of the event was to explain the horrendous things happening in our public schools and offer the solution of school choice. Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Education and our own California Department of Education have outlined dramatic underperformance in math, reading and writing scores for K-12 students at both the local and national level. Missing in these reports is the rewriting of history books to conform with Marxist ideology, indoctrination rather than education and explicit, age-inappropriate sex education and techniques for alternate lifestyles. It has been reported that if your adult, male next-door neighbor was to show the textbooks and explain the contents to your 12-year-old daughter, he would be arrested and required to register as a sex offender. Yes, it is that bad.

The keynote speaker was Rebecca Friedrichs, author of “Standing Up to Goliath.” In her book, drawn from her thirty years of experience as a schoolteacher in Orange County, she outlines the primary reason for the failures in public education. She makes it clear that the enemy of K-12 education is not the teachers. Overwhelmingly, our teachers are dedicated professionals who deeply care about their charges. The enemy is not charter schools, private schools or home schools. In fact, they exist and are in place to temper the influence of the real enemy. Of course, the biggest victim of the enemy is our children, closely followed by the public schools that suffer from the enemy’s dark influence.

According to Rebecca Friedrichs, the real enemy is the leftist-progressive public teachers unions, with their Marxist worldview. This could be expanded to include most public employee unions. Her assessment is based on a lifetime of experience and observation and can be corroborated by the individuals and institutions that have found themselves in disagreement with leftist unions. The union’s influence is powerful and insidious. It is the union dues that fund the campaigns for our state’s elected officials, who, in exchange for the money, carry out the will of the unions and ignore the liberty and best interests of the people. State bureaucrats, supposedly appointed by our legislature to carry out the will of the people, are often union members themselves who carry out a socialist agenda, both in the textbooks they approve for use by our public schools and in the education methodologies that the school districts are expected to enforce. Rebecca carried her fight to a draw in the Supreme Court and eventually achieved in the Janus decision the right of public employees not to join the unions. Social pressures have prevented most from exercising their new rights.

The school choice initiative gives power back to the parents and forces schools to compete for our educational dollars. Schools will be forced to drop social agendas and focus on improving student performance. If they do not, they will cease to exist and will have to make room for successful programs.

The Naked Truth

| Opinion | October 31, 2019

All our hearts go out to those who have been displaced by the recent fires. The naked truth is that life is simply not safe. In Southern California we have fires, earthquakes and mudslides. Elsewhere, people also face hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, sinkholes and tsunamis. There are human-caused disasters from war, looting, riots, religious intolerance and just plain murder. You never know when, for the safety of you and your family, it may become necessary to “bug out.” That means to leave quickly.

Every family should keep an easily accessible “bug out bag.” A bug out bag contains everything you need to survive the first few days after an emergency displacement. It typically contains food, water, first aid supplies, a water purifier, matches, a pot, space blankets, ponchos and supplies to make a primitive shelter. Be sure to include any medications you require, as well as cash. I would suggest having a soft binder containing copies of all your important documents. Do not forget relevant medical information. Many pre-stocked bug out bags are readily available online. Oh yes- do not forget the toilet paper.

Speaking of the naked truth, what about our congresswoman, Katie Hill? Katie, thank you for graciously resigning (bugging out). Having sexual relations with subordinates certainly justifies your decision to leave public service. Normally, being a Democrat means never having to say you are sorry. Here’s hoping you have set a new precedent.

The naked, bong-smoking photos and polyamorous, bisexual relationships do qualify Katie to be the poster girl for the new curriculum being forced on our K-12 students by the California Department of Education. The only thing lacking is the trifecta of promoting transgenderism. If you have not attended any of the events being presented around the state about the pornographic and countercultural practices being taught in our public schools, please take the time to inform yourself. If the man next door talked to your 13-year-old daughter about what is currently being taught in school, he would be arrested and required to register as a sex offender. That is why, in addition to the appalling academics of public schools, I am an advocate for californiaschoolchoice.org. It is time that we take control of where our children go to school and what they are taught. Let’s give education decisions to the parents who will be able to enroll their children in schools that share their values and have higher academic standards.

Speaking more about the naked truth, Donald J. Trump once again proved that he continues to do a great job, despite all of the personal attacks on him. Much to the consternation of our Democratic leadership, his most recent accomplishments include the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the strategic realignments with our allies in and around Syria.

Outraged Democrats were not informed of the actions taken while they were being planned and executed. Their disappointment was expressed in this leaked (fictitious) text message:

“Dear wretched POTUS,

You lying, crooked, Russian-colluding, election-stealing, racist, misogynistic Nazi traitor. Every time I see one of your tweets, I must rush to the WC as a result of my POTUS-induced reverse peristalsis. Due to your advanced dementia, you do not understand the need for us to seek justification for your impeachment. We feel compelled to leak dubiously sourced testimony. We are shocked and dismayed that we Democrats were not included in your planning to murder the austere Islamic scholar and foreign national, al-Baghdadi. In so doing you denied us opportunity to make up more reasons for your pending impeachment. You Bas**rd!

Love and Kisses
Rep. Adam Schiff”

A Million Here, A Million There

| Opinion | October 24, 2019

After painfully listening to the Democratic presidential debate last week, I was left with the impression that their understanding of the federal budget and the economy was remarkably naive. If we were to take all the people’s income in the United States and confiscate the assets of the wealthy, there still would not be enough money available to pay for the proposed programs such as “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal.

This is a far cry from Republican Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois (1959-1969), who demonstrated his understanding of financial proportions when he famously stated, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” The likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seem incapable of understanding this wisdom from the past. To these would-be presidents, “A trillion here and a trillion there” falls far short of real money.
The Democrats do not understand the disaster that will befall our country if their leftist-progressive ideas are adopted. Once upon a time, there were Democrats that had common sense and understood history. Consider these quotes by one of Hillary Clinton’s predecessors in the Senate. The New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote:

“In my view – which could be wrong, but it is my field – there is no better formula for social instability than to divide a society between two ascribed characteristics that are seen as opposite.”

“The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life.”
“Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.”

Daniel Moynihan was a patriot who served as advisor to both Democrat and Republican administrations. His quotations reflect how incredibly far the Democratic worldview has plunged into the murky disaster that is Communism/socialism.

Once upon a time, the self-described Democratic leftist-progressives declared that Venezuela was the model demonstrating the brilliance of a socialist form of government. Oops! If you go there, be sure to bring your own food and toilet paper. They have switched to pointing to Sweden and Denmark as socialist paradises. The Scandinavian leadership points out that their ability to afford social safety nets is due to the success of their proudly capitalistic economic systems.

There is no question that today’s Democratic party is committed to reshaping the United States into the latest version of a “Utopian Socialist Paradise” and destroying free market capitalism.  Their domination of our education system has allowed the leftists to rewrite our history books and eliminate from common awareness the many atrocities, tyrannies and failures of 20th- and 21st-century socialists and Communists. I believe that is, in part, why they oppose school choice. They do it out of fear that their great deceptions will be exposed.

The leftist seeks a society where nearly every aspect of our lives and economy is controlled by a strong central government. Its policies call for taking from the productive job creators and drivers of the economy, skimming off the top for the self-appointed ruling elite and giving it to the unproductive in order to gain their support. The idea is absurd. This policy takes away from the productive assets which they could otherwise use to innovate and grow, while destroying the incentives for the unproductive to improve themselves by working harder and developing newly needed skill sets. This is not the same as paying for an effective social safety net.
Our founders’ vision for free market capitalism is based on the concept of enlightened self-interest. Build a better mouse trap, treat your customers well, charge a fair price and the world (your customers) will beat a path to your door.

Times That Try Men’s Souls

| Opinion | October 17, 2019

December 23, 1776
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”-Thomas Paine

Trying times indeed! The House Democrats have been obsessed with bringing down the Constitutionally elected President and his Supreme Court nominees. Charges made against the president during the Mueller investigation have not been proven and there is evidences that much was contrived by the so called “Deep State”. Word is that there are many nervous people at the top of the FBI and Justice Department.  Staged accusations against Justice Kavanaugh proved to be specious. Even Ms. Fords friends have said she is not to be trusted.

Proclaiming a love of, and a desire to protect and defend the Constitution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Committee Chair appointees have declared an investigation to support impeachment. In an abuse of the separation of power, the Constitution and a disdain for the traditions of the House, they have gone forth with complete contempt for procedure and due process.

I saw on the news a direct quotation by one clear and reasoned voice on impeachment. I ask all to please read it, take it to heart and share it with your Congressperson. (Say hello to Katie Hill and Adam Schiff).

“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters. We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people. There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or impeachment supported by one of our major political parties and opposed by another. Such an impeachment will produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.”

This quote was broadcast on the Ingraham Angle 10/08/2019. The statement was made by the current Democrat Chairman of The House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler when addressing the process of President Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.

Such soft tyranny’s as we are experiencing at the hands of the House of Representatives have led to revolutions.
“There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest…… The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”-Patrick Henry

A Tale Worthy of a Parable

| Opinion | October 10, 2019

When the Obama administration began investigating opposition candidate Donald Trump, the Dems and press were silent. When Trump suggests investigating the apparently corrupt Biden’s, he is accused of violating the Constitution.  Referring to the Biden’s, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Pelosi/Schiff are heard incanting, “Those are not the Droids you are looking for.”

In my last two articles I have discussed the foibles of human perception and the deductions and reaction errors we can make based on these.

In those articles I targeted examples based on the actions and charges being made by Democrats in Congress and the media. I admit that both sides of the political spectrum can fall victim to this form of jumping to conclusions. It is a good time once again to remember the words of James Madison, “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 in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

As Madison points out, men are not angels, and it is vital that we are a people of principle who follow the law. The law is not perfect but it is the best tool we have.
In the case of the elected Democrats and the Deep State against President Trump, all issues of proper evidence and due process of law have been thrown out. It matters not how sure you may be of the President’s guilt; those basic rules must be followed to protect ourselves from ourselves. Consider the following:

The rules of allowing hearsay evidence from whistle-blowers were changed just to be able to embarrass Donald Trump
The legal organization to protect whistle-blowers was established specifically to bring down Donald Trump
The lawyers employed by the whistle-blower represented the Clinton’s
Nancy Pelosi has not followed regular order by not calling for a vote on impeachment
The Democrat led committees investigating Trump and the Ukraine conversation have refused to let the Republicans cross-examine the witnesses. Further, the Republicans have not been permitted to present exculpatory witnesses
Hearsay evidence and creative writing by Adam Schiff has been given more credence than actual transcripts of the conversation and direct statements by the President of the Ukraine. Opinion has more credence than evidence
Ignoring the Constitution, the President has not been allowed to directly confront his accuser

The actions by the Democrats and the Deep State have made it impossible for any President to conduct foreign policy in private with other heads of state.  That is a violation of the balance of power and borders on treason.

Israelis Prime Minister Golda Meir is attributed to saying, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

Today we might say, “The current insanity will not end until Democrats love their country more than they hate Donald Trump.”

Donald Trump was declared guilty before he took his oath in office. Ever since there has been a massive search for the evidence of his guilt. Despite proclamations no evidence has risen to the level of impeachment. Nancy Pelosi ignoring due process is typical of fascist dictators. The surprising thing is that Democrats do not fear Republicans showing the same lack of character when the tables are turned. They are likely correct. They know that unlike what they are doing, Republicans respect the Constitution. It is a tale worthy of a parable.

Well, Bless Their Little Hearts

| Opinion | October 5, 2019

Due to the flawed nature of the human condition, one of the most difficult things to do is to perceive and react to things as they are. Most act on their preconceptions as to the nature of truth and existence. Human perception is always being distorted by expectations.

Try listening to a language you are not familiar with and then repeat the foreign words you just heard. It is nearly impossible because you are not hearing sounds or words that you were expecting. Those expectations have prevented you from hearing the sounds properly. For the same reason, witnesses to a crime see and describe the event quite differently. Just ask any investigator.

A test as to your ability to judge and properly react to reality goes like this: You are driving late at night on a freeway you have traveled dozens of times before. You know every inch of the route by heart. In the distance you see a pair of headlights aimed at you coming from your side of the freeway. What do you do? Do you ask yourself what is going on, keep driving and think, “That does not belong there?” Or do you see that there is something wrong and dangerous going on and immediately seek an exit route. Most people when confronted with danger and the unexpected will freeze before they react. That moment of pause can be the difference between life and death. That is the reason why first responders, law enforcement and the military train so hard to have automatic, proper reactions to dangerous situations.

With these principles in mind, I have been considering the absurdity of the endless allegations being directed at President Trump by our Democrat ruling elite. If for the sake of argument, and assuming that they are not mentally ill, profoundly evil or consumed by a lust for power so strong that they would destroy the nation to achieve their ends, how can their behavior be explained?

The answer is that they are all victims. They are victims of a multi-generation systemic indoctrination regarding the nature of human relations in a civil society and how human history works. Blame the schools, universities and main-stream media who are all animated by the teachings of the Marx/Engle’s dialectic. Their world view tells them that individual liberty, free market capitalism and the teachings of 5000 years of Western civilization exampled by the values of Judeo-Christianity are evil. Donald Trump is a living example of Capitalism and a professed man of faith. Therefore, anything he says or does must be an expression of that evil. To achieve the collective salvation of the leftist-progressive elected Democrats, Donald Trump must be destroyed. That desire has become an obsession (Trump Delusion Syndrome).

The truth is that President Trump, like all of us, has flaws. However, he is a decent and caring man whose policies have benefited all Americans, especially those who have been labeled as underclass by the left. His request to ask the President of the Ukraine to continue to assist investigating possible corruption by the Biden’s is consistent with his job as the chief executive. There was no quid pro quo. The Democrats appear unable to see the obvious corruption of the Biden’s in the Ukraine and China.

The problem is that the Democrats false perceptions of Trump are so ingrained that they have become unable to accurately perceive reality. Unfortunately for the American people, they have acquired the power to act on their delusions. As they often say in the South when talking about people who have limited mental resources — “Well, bless their little hearts!”

What the Heck is Going On

| Opinion | September 26, 2019

More and more I am unsure about the psyches of our Democrat (certainly not democratic) elected, educators and their media allies. Republicans are good and caring people who are charitable, generous, hardworking, family oriented, and pay their taxes that fund for their crazy and now downright offensive leftist-Democrat programs, like the high-speed rail to nowhere and the early sexualization in our public schools. Despite these attributes, the leftist-progressive Democrats and the non-Fox media seem to be convinced that all Republicans and those who voted for Donald J. Trump are evil. Republicans believe that the leftist are demonstrably wrong.

In my search for understanding, it appears to me that they have replaced the collective values of western civilization, their religion, and Judeo-Christianity with a blind faith in leftist-progressive ideology based on Marx-Engels failed thinking.
The leftist seem to come from different back agendas. For example:

Power. Often makes outrageous charges which conform to the teaching of Marxist Saul Alinsky found in his seminal work “Rules for Radicals”, his guidebook with a dedication to Lucifer.

Useful Idiots. Term attributed to Lenin. Refers to non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. We see them frequently at campus protests against conservatives and K-12 students who are the tools of social indoctrination being performed by our public schools. Useful idiots jump on establishing egalitarian policies, a woman’s right to choose and climate change extremism without consideration of the tragic consequences should their policies be enacted. They often cite “proven science” without any understanding of the science and its often flawed methodologies. Leftist rely on the vote of the often ignorant “useful idiots.”

True Believers. They believe that civil society is best served by a ruling elite that direct and manages the economy and nearly every aspect of our personal lives. Of course, they think of themselves as the ruling elite and proper heirs to “The Divine Right of Kings.”

You may properly ask, “What are you talking about?”

Without applying a combination of these three concepts how do you explain the obsession in the news on the following stories?

Continuing charges against Justice Kavanaugh without supporting evidence or a victim. The charges by Professor Ford also lacked any supporting evidence and testimony by her friends that indicated that she should not be trusted were ignored. Despite having no evidence, Democrats are calling for his impeachment based on these charges. It is not about the law or justice. Instead it is about leftist-progressive agenda.
President Trump is under attack with charges of obstruction of justice based on an investigation of Russian collusion with his administration that did not occur. Further there is no evidence that the investigation or that the special counsel was in any way obstructed. Trump was frustrated by the false charges against him, however his staff did the right and proper thing and did not interfere or allow the President to do so.
With no evidence presented, the leftist wish to impeach Trump over his discussion with the President of the Ukraine while at the same time the clear evidence about actions by Biden and his son both in the Ukraine and China are declared not relevant.

Physical, social and political science fail when you start with a conclusion and filter for evidence that supports that conclusion. This is the milieu that our leftist-progressives operate. Truth, history and traditional wisdom becomes irrelevant. They dominate education, the media and California politics. You can begin to fight back by showing your support for parental choice in education. Check out CaliforniaSchoolChoice.org.

Real change begins with our children.

Celebrating Constitution Day

| Opinion | September 19, 2019

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.

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