Jun 302014
 

The Supreme Court today released its ruling today on what is known as the “Hobby Lobby case.” The Green family sued HHS because the family’s religious objections to certain kinds of birth control which had the effect of ending the life of a fetus. To say this another way, the court was to rule on whether or not the Federal government could require religious institutions and companies to support abortions. Several religious companies sued including Hobby Lobby.
The Court had several issues–could Hobby Lobby as a for profit corporation have religious objections (the Court said Yes–corporations have individual rights), does the contraceptive mandate substantially burden the exercise of religion (the Court said Yes–see next paragraph), and is forcing companies like Hobby Lobby to offer contraceptives the least restrictive way (the Court said NO).
The High Court nailed down one of the main issues–the effect of forcing of a moral act which enables or facilitates the commission of an immoral act by another make the moral act an immoral one. In this case Hobby Lobby is forced to offer a wide range of contraceptives to their employees (moral act) one of which allows a woman to terminate her pregnancy (immoral to Hobby Lobby).
To me, this case is less about ObamaCare and more about religious liberty. As the Court states, “…this Court’s “narrow function ….is to determine” whether the plaintiffs’ [Hobby Lobby, et al] asserted religious belief reflects “an honest conviction,” and there is no dispute here that it does.” A company or corporation has the same rights as an individual–religious, political, etc. Religious liberty has gained new strengths because of this ruling.
On the down side, the Supreme Court included this one little tidbit. “This decision only concerns the contraceptive mandates…”

 Posted by at 1:38 pm
Mar 052014
 

What has happened to the Democrats in Texas? There was a time when a Democrat in this Southern state was not much different than a Republican. They were in fact called “Blue Dog Democrats.” After the 1980 election which brought Ronald Reagan to the Presidency, they were called Reagan Democrats because these blue dogs voted in mass numbers for President Reagan. In reality they were conservatives who identified themselves with the Democrat Party because of history. With the ascension of Barack Obama to the presidency, all of that changed as the party of the South lurched to left. Many of the old Blue Dogs had no choice but to join with the Republican Party if they were to vote their conscience. It was then that the historical link between the South and the Democrats came to an abrupt end. Texas became a reliably red state. Even during Barack Obama’s re-election run in 2012 when many states went from red to purple or from purple to blue, Texas went even more red.

During the 2014 Texas Primaries, I had a chance to read the propositions being considered by Texas Democrats. One of them was called, “A Living Wage for All Texans” as they call for Congress to pass legislation raising the minimum wage to 110% of poverty level. Texas Democrats passed this proposal with 89% supporting it. This is an extremely progressive proposal for Texas. As I read this very liberal proposal, I had began to consider the history of Texas and the Democrat Party. There is no way Lyndon Johnson, or Sam Rayburn or Lloyd Bentsen have ever proposed such a thing as a ‘living wage.’ They would have seen such a proposal for what it was–redistribution of wealth and another step towards socialism. These were all great men who loved Texas and loved the freedoms of America. To a man I believe they would have run from such a liberal proposition.

The very idea of a ‘living wage’ based on the poverty level is ludicrous on its very face. When wages are raised, costs go up for businesses. They in turn raise their prices in order to compensate for paying the higher wages. Higher prices in turn lead to inflation, a slower economy and more poverty. So, the wages are raised once again. This would become a vicious cycle with no end in sight. It is a stupid idea. And it will not work.

So…what happened to the Democrats in Texas? What brought the once proud party of Lloyd Bentsen and other historic leaders of Texas to support such a flawed proposal as the ‘living wage.’ The answer is……I don’t know. Texas is a red state and any politician who supports such a proposal is committing political suicide. As someone loves to study history, I can say with confidence that former Governor John Connally would turn over in his grave if he could see what has happened to his once proud party.

As a Republican the left turn by the Democrats gives me confidence that Texas will remain in our hands for a long time. As a conservative, the turn left by the Democrats do not generally bother me…..except their proposals would destroy the Texas I know and love. For that reason alone, I hope the Democrat Party remains the minority party. Who knows, they might come to see the error of their ways. …………….. It could happen, right?!

 Posted by at 9:15 pm
Jan 282014
 

I can not believe President Obama is taking credit for a lower jobless rate achieved only because so many million Americans have quite looking for a job.

Pushing partisan rancor by blaming Republicans for trying to slow down government growth.

Here it comes… The President is pushing for better wages and less economic disparity between the rich and the poor. He does not mention that that rate has gone up more since he has come into office than any other president including George W. Bush.

Update
8:26 Finally he his talking sense. He wants to lower the tax rate on businesses. Finally. It only took 5 years.

8:29 I am really tired of the President telling us how wonderful he is. Every other president I have heard always says “we.” This president says, “I.”

8:31 I can not believe he is taking credit for a more energy independent US. Oil prices and private oil search is the most significant things in lowing US oil consumption.

8:33 Now he is on the global warming crap again. What a waste of time. Can he not tell that the planet is cooling. What nonsense.

8:35 Immigration time. Apparently the President feels that immigration is the Achilles heel of the Republican party.

8:38 Another Achilles heel. He wants Congress to extend unemployment benefits that expired recently.

8:46 Barack Obama is now pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment? He should know that it is dead. It died because it was found that women earn less because they DO take time off to have kids. It is a cost. Why should men make the same as women when they do not take time off for these reasons. Again….nonsense.

8: 49 The push for higher wages for all by increasing the minimum wage. Stupid. It costs money and jobs.

8:51 Wow, this guy is tremendously liberal. Now he is pushing all of his socialistic agendas. One after the other.

8:54 Now Barack Obama is pushing his failed legacy–ObamaCare. What a losing proposition. Only the Democrats have applauded for the last few proposals. He is about to break his arm patting himself on the back for ObamaCare. Wow, what arrogance.

8:57 He is ridiculing Republicans for not having a credible alternative plan to help Americans have medical insurance. He has definitely inflated the numbers who have enrolled in ObamaCare.

9:00 Attacking Guns. All throughout his speech, he has talked about what he will do on his own without the help of Congress if need be. He is out of control.

9:01 The President has taken the time to thank our troops in uniform. Well done, Mr. President.

9:06 Really, is he really going to go through the ‘close Gitmo’ theme again.

9:07 Obama decided that he is on Israel’s side after all. Who would have guessed?

9:10 At this point, I think the Democrats will applaud if Barack Obama suddenly started talking about a chicken sandwich. They continually applaud and give the President a standing ovation.

9:15 The President does know how to give a rah, rah speech, especially where our troops are concerned. They are being given a longer standing ovation than the President was given.

9:20 The President is done giving his State of the Union Speech. Thoughts on his speech:
It was a highly partisan speech in which he attacked Republicans not by name for not supporting his liberal agenda. Congress gave him many standing ovations of which well over half were from the Democrats only. His speech was very short of details on new ideas. He also felt obligated to discuss the old failed agenda issues of the past.

Some of the new and extremely liberal agenda items include a higher minimum wage, a new Equal Rights Amendment, and a country where every American has an IRA.

In the end the speech was very, very liberal. It was not designed to persuade anybody of the wrongness of their position. I think this was a speech given by a President who knew he was a lame-duck President and was unlikely to achieve anything meaningful in his last 3 years, but is hopeful none the less.

 Posted by at 7:21 pm
Aug 132013
 

Where did these northeastern liberals learn their history? Senator Chris Murphy (D) Connecticut is a typical example.

“The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have also included treason in the United States constitution. We basically said, ‘If you take arms up against the government, we’re going to knock your block off,’ and that’s what the early Presidents ended up doing in the rebellion and the whiskey rebellion. The Second Amendment is not designed to allow the citizenry to arm itself against the government, and nullification is another example of states not understanding the true nature of that amendment.”

Wow! Note to Chris Murphy, you do NOT know your history! All of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were written after the war with Great Britain to obtain our independence. So everything must be filtered through that prism to understand what our founding fathers were trying to accomplish and why they did it that way. The British attempted to confiscate weapons from the colonists who used weapons not only for defense against the Indians but also for hunting and to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Consider these quotes from some of our Founding Fathers:
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

or George Washington

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.

or James Madison

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

Samuel Adams

The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

Benjamin Franklin

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

And then there are some quotes which are even are even more telling.

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”
Richard Henry Lee

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …”
Samuel Adams

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … ”
Thomas Jefferson

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson

Liberals ignore history or change history for their own political advantage. Senator Chris Murphy is not an aberration in this regard.

“Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.”
Sara Brady
Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum

Liberals have always ignored or distorted history for their own twisted agendas. The Whiskey Rebellion was nothing more than growing pains of the new government. Never, did the government consider confiscating the guns of those rebelling. And as far as nullification is concerned. The idea was floated among those who wrote the Constitution and the idea was never fully put to rest. The idea of nullification, that the states can nullify a national law, has always held a lot of sway with many people including the founding fathers. The idea that common people could not own guns was never an issue with those who wrote that amazing document called the “Constitution.”

The truth does not matter to liberals when the goal is to ban all guns. To them our founding fathers have become old relics destined for the dustbins of history and it is best if they were forgotten entirely. Lost in this debate is what it cost us as a country if we do not stand up to tyranny now. Like our ancestors stand at the precipice of history. Will we allow a tyrannical government chip away at our rights or will we stand firm.

We are at that critical time once again. What is next? What other rights do we have as Americans are we willing to concede. We are indeed on a slippery slide. The very foundations of our country are at stake. Our founding fathers were true giants of intellect. Their vision led the United States of America to become the most powerful country in the world. And it is all because this this country was based in individual liberties, not collective ones. And when we distort history for our own gain, then we risk losing the very things which made this country great.

hat tip: DC Clothesline

 Posted by at 10:11 am
Aug 082013
 

There are times when that when I see some really idiotic post from the far left that is really really bad (meaning full of lies) I want to reach out and shake them to see if they are asleep or if they just have sipping on the kool-aid for far too long. The post from No More Mister Nice Blog is no different.

There have been plenty of racist signs and slogans at tea party rallies over the years….

Really!? Have you ever been to a TEA Party? Have YOU with your own eyes seen these racist slogans> I doubt it. He/She goes on with the vitriolic rant, but I will not bother with it here. You can read it for yourself if you want to see someone just copy what all these other far left sites have been saying and we know they are full of nonsense.

Just a note to the blogger who posted this crap, If you want to stand out in the blogosphere, you must be….different. In the liberal side of things, your blog is no different than any other on the left–distract, obfuscate, and lie. Muddy the waters so that those who do keep up with things will use your blog as a source of information. As I said, a typical from the left.

Then again, you might very well be one of those who just copy the idiotic vitriol from the wackos on the far left–the Daily Kos, etc. To them, you do not stand out, you are just someone who repeats what they say. You have become the cheering section for those who know better but say things just to cause trouble, or because their masters in Washington demand their allegiance. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama would be proud of your subservience.
Do you even know what the TEA Party stands for or do you just follow the dribble of others. Check into it. You will not find anything racist at their rallies. Racism is in America. There are white racists, black racists, Mexican racists and so on. I know. I have been to several and have seen the organizers make people take down their signs if it could even remotely be considered inappropriate. They police their own. At their rallies are all kinds of people, Democrats, Republicans, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc. They are a mishmash of America. They only want what is best for America. And to blame to Koch Brothers or Fox News is idiotic at best. Time to quit being a patsy for those who came before you and make your own noise.

 Posted by at 6:17 pm
Jun 052013
 

Where has the Democrat Party of my grandfather? I can remember sitting on my grandfather’s knee and him telling me why he supported the Democrats. It was all because of what the Democrat presidents stood for and accomplished. I have since found out that much of what he believed was not based on fact but demagoguery by the Democrats, but this is not a history lesson.

At one time the party of FDR and JFK was the party of the little guy. They wanted to raise wages to help the little guy. They pushed for electricity in rural areas to help the little guy. They even pushed through a very unpopular health care plan (ObamaCare) all to help the ‘little guy.’ And now when things don’t go their way, the Democrats blame the little guy.

Early Tuesday during a House Ways and Means Committee, Democrat Jim McDermott blamed tea party groups for IRS targeting. McDermott essentially said that because conservative groups dared to apply for tax exempt status, they deserved to be targeted.

Wow! Really?! Is this not like blaming the victim? I guess in Jim McDermott’s little world the woman deserved to be raped, because she is, after all, a woman. In McDermott’s fantasy world, you deserved to be robbed, because it was you who decided to walk instead of drive. In McDermott’s dream world, your car deserved to be stolen, because you were the one who decided to park in the parking lot. In McDermott’s imaginary world, you deserved to be car-jacked, because you decided to drive down the road instead of walk. In McDermott’s flight of imagination, the victim is always wrong if….you disagree with his political fantasy.

Like so many on the left, Jim McDermott forgot who he is representing. He is a public servant. Another words, he works for us, his constituents. This kind of behavior is beneath the dignity of his office. I would expect this kind of behavior from goofballs at the ‘Daily Kos, or Media Matters. But McDermott is a public servant. I feel like a broken record because of my indignation. He is or should be above such pettiness. But then again, McDermott is a Democrat.

I guess I should not be surprised. Isn’t Jim McDermott with the party that booed God? Is this not the same party who booed Jerusalem? Is this not the same party that let four other public servants die in Benghazi and then lied about it? Is this not the same party who lied about sex in the White House and then protected their hero? Is this not the same party who calls for the IRS to investigate TEA Party people and then feigns surprise when it is done or blames the victim? (Oops, did that one already) This is supposed to be the party of the little guy, at least that is who they claim they support the little guy. But then when the little guy needs some help, and the government does not help, what do the Democrats do? Blame the little guy for supporting the wrong party. What hypocrites!

The Party of my grandfather and his father is gone. It has been replaced by a bunch of leftist elitists who back the small guy when it is convenient, who cover-up incompetence in the White House because they are the same party, who lie and cheat and then blame everyone else for their problems. RIP Democrats, my grandfather would be turning over in his grave if he knew how far left his party had gone.

 Posted by at 1:01 pm
May 252013
 

There have been numerous comparisons between the emperor Nero and Barack Obama. We will never really know how concerned the Emperor was when Rome burned. He will always be remembered for playing a lyre while almost 75% of the city was destroyed. What is known is that Nero eventually came in and did his best to address the needs of the people as food and shelter were opened up to them. But the rumors persisted in spite of his actions. Today our President is shown is the same light, but I think this time the actions of Barack Obama can be liked better to the reputation of Nero rather than the real Nero.

Take for example the hard times facing America. The US has been in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Recession and what does the President do. And what does Barack Obama do, he throws parties for himself and his wife, they go on so many vacation, he campaigns relentlessly, and yet the lowly mobs on the street can hardly fend for themselves. I guess he can’t be concerned for the lowly mobs on the street, just as long as he can still enjoy the perks of being president.

Obama has acted more like an emperor than any president in the history of the United States. When a recalcitrant Congress fails to pass his agenda, he uses Executive Actions to achieve the same goal. He appoints advisers without Congressional approval by calling them ‘Czars.’ He appoints judges, commissioners, and other Congressionally advised appointment using recess appointments even when Congress is not in recess. And lastly, he talks down to the American people. We are too stupid to know what is best for us and so he lectures us. The President openly criticizes the democratic process by stymieing the growth of the TEA Party, Conservative groups, and Republicans. Are these not the actions of an emperor?

This article by a California conservative MYCHAL MASSIE is one of the best I have seen comparing Nero and Obama. It is a must read. Here is just a snippet.

Mr. Nixon and Clinton lied to save their backsides. Although, I would argue there are no plausible explanations for doing what they did, I could entertain arguments pursuant to understanding their rationales for lying. But in the case of Obama, he lies because he is a liar. He doesn’t only lie to cover his misdeeds – he lies to get his way. He lies to belittle others and to make himself look presentable at their expense. He lies about his faith, his associations, his mother, his father and his wife. He lies and bullies to keep his background secret. His lying is congenital and compounded by socio-psychological factors of his life.

Like Nero – who was only slightly less debaucherous than Caligula – with wine on his lips Obama treated “we the people” the way Caligula treated those over whom he lorded.

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.

Wow! I could not have said it better.

 Posted by at 9:36 am
May 232013
 

President Obama has increasingly come under fire for all the scandals in the second term of his administration–Benghazi, AP-Fox News wiretaps, IRS problems, Fast-and-Furious. At first the President declared he was running the most open and transparent presidency the US has ever had. Then as the scandals began to come out, the administration began to circle the wagons around the President as Jay Carney, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other liberal bastions of Hope and Change tried to protect their hero. Even Barack Obama took heat from the mainstream media, which is a first. Normally, the Press loves Obama. As a result of all of the trouble, not to mention the sliding poll numbers, the President felt that he had to personally respond to all of these scandals. First he said he was the one in charge of the government and he would root out of these problems and restore the people’s confidence in their government. Then as more scandals came out, Obama all of a sudden knew less and less. First, He said that it was his underlings conducted themselves improperly. Later on he would go on to say that he only found out about a scandal when the media reported it.

And now it seems that Obama has painted himself in a corner. He is either a complete incompetent as an administrator and a President, or he is lying about his involvement in these scandals. How can he not know what is going on. How can he meet with his officials over a hundred times and not know the IRS is under investigation. The only answer is incompetence. Either that or he is lying. He can not have it both ways. Either way, Obama stinks as this nation’s President.

I did think of one more possibility, Barack Obama could be both incompetent and a liar. And that would put him in Richard Nixon’s category. Welcome to the club Mr. President.

 Posted by at 7:54 pm
May 152013
 

Over the past few months, I have been reticent to discuss the big “I” word when discussing the Obama administration–Impeach. Impeaching a president is serious and should be the last resort–done only for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ Too many people are discussing impeachment without even waiting until the facts come out. It may come about that Congress needs to look at this very issue. They may even need to call for a Special Prosecutor to find the truth behind all of the President’s scandals. Right now, the White House is up to their necks as one crisis follows another. Finally the mainstream news media outlets are beginning their role of watchdogs for America instead of being Obama’s lapdogs. The media’s problem is that they were lied to by the President, Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney and the rest. The liberals newies have no problem with cover-ups, they engage in cover-ups all the time. Lies, they are a different story, especially when you lie to the media. And they don’t like being lied to.

The fact that Barack Obama is an amateur is on display for all to see. As one crisis comes up, the President fails to deal with it and then another pops up. It is not dealt with either. Now the White House has hunkered down. So lets look at all these problems.

Fast and Furious—the Justice Dept sold guns to Mexican cartels without keeping track of them. Dumb move. Mexicans and Americans alike died because of these weapons.

Benghazi—after repeated warnings from Libya about lax security and begging for more, the US Ambassador and three others died, no help was sent to help them, and then the administration lied about the cover-up. Another bad move.

IRS scandal—the IRS delayed tax exempt status (501c) to conservative groups while approving liberal groups. Really bad move since almost everyone hates the IRS.

AP phone records—the AP phone records were (as well as the IRS scandal) brought the prospect of Big Brother to the forefront in the minds of many Americans as the Justice Dept used high handed tactices to secure the phone records of one of their supporters. It begs the question of what would have happened if they wanted records, or anything else for that matter, if it had been a conservative organization instead of the AP.

There is an old saying—where there is smoke, there is fire. Those of us on the right have always known that President Obama’s knee jerk reaction is to use the power of the Federal gov’t to accomplish his ultra liberal goals for America. Unfortunately the President has a ‘duck and cover’ mentality when it comes to scandals facing his administration. First he will deny the existence of the scandal, then he will try to cover it up, and finally he will blame Republicans. This is what got Richard Nixon into trouble, not the crime itself but the cover-up.

The clock is running out on the Obama administration. It is time to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Sure, heads may roll. Sure Obama’s approval rating will fall. Sure the news media will no longer worship at the feet of the ‘chosen one.’ But in the end, Barack Obama will recover. The American people will forgive him. The problem is the time remaining on the clock. After telling so many lies and covering up so many lies and scandals, a Special Prosecutor must be called. Then his presidency is done. So far I have not called for Obama’s impeachment. Like many other reasonable American citizens, I have chosen to wait for the President to come clean with his involvement in these scandals or at the very least, tell us who was responsible for all of these problems. In this, I am not speaking as a Republican or a conservative, but as a concerned American citizen. The Watergate scandal was extremely harmful to our country, we do not need another.

 Posted by at 8:53 pm