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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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Beware the Quid Pro Quo

| Opinion | 15 hours ago

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.

A Tale of Two Presidents

| Opinion | September 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

The Prairie is Corny

| Opinion | August 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky Mountain High

| Opinion | August 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith, Community and the Constitution

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suddenly Suzette

| Opinion | August 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few quick points on her policy views:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”

| Opinion | August 1, 2019

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

Let’s look at a few of the facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Did Things Get Like This?

| Opinion | July 18, 2019

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

Puzzlement is understandable.

Said about President Trump by the left:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The revolution begins with you.

 

Republican Values Vs. Democrat Values

| Opinion | July 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 4, 1776

| Opinion | July 3, 2019

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

Jefferson wrote that our rights do not come from the state but rather a higher power. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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

The document closed with:

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

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

Thanks to a posting by Michael Smith:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘I’m in America Again!’

| Opinion | June 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Tale of Two Evils

| Opinion | June 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their Last Full Measure of Devotion

| Opinion | June 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

God save our country.

The Passion of Donald Trump

| Opinion | June 6, 2019

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

TRIAL BEFORE PILATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL
He is dangerous!

BOD
Donald Trump, Superstar!

ALL
He is dangerous!

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

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

ALL
He is dangerous!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL
Because, because, because of one man.

PRIEST 3
What then to do about this Trumpmania?

DEEP STATE
How do we deal with the developer king?

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

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

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

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

Dems Do Not Need Max Factor to Manufacture a Cover Up

| Opinion | May 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

“Noun: sycophant; plural noun: sycophants.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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