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Conservatives Just don’t do Stupid!

I am a conservative who wonders if political conservatives are ever going to gain ground in the ongoing budget battles we are having with the liberals. I am genuinely concerned that conservatives are going to lose these upcoming budget wars. I believe we saw a conservative “loss” in the recent (annual) budget fix. Conservative politicians that I considered wise and smart caved-in to the ideas of dumb and dumber. My present concern that conservatives are going to lose these budget battles is not based on my belief that liberals are craftier or sneakier than most conservatives. One cannot hide stupid. My fear that conservatives are not going to gain political ground on liberals is not based on the fact that liberals are better organized when protesting than conservatives. My worry that liberals might actually win the battle in our nation’s upcoming budget battles is not based on the false assumption that liberals are smarter than conservatives. My real concern on why I believe conservatives might lose the upcoming state and national budget wars and maybe even the 2012 political wars are based on the fact that conservatives are just not good at doing stupid – though they did show they are capable of “playing stupid” when they compromised on the recent 2010 annual budget bill.

Real conservatives need to realize that they simply need to do the smart thing when it comes to fixing our budget issues. They need to realize that if they want to be serious about solving America’s budget dilemma they need to stop trying to reason with moronic liberals. Smart should not, and cannot, reason with stupid. Smart trying to reason with stupid is like trying to mix oil and water or light and dark. Smart cannot sit down with stupid and rationally and logically “work things out.” If smart tries to do that, smart ends up being stupid!

It takes a lot of forced effort for smart to even act stupid, and yet liberals do it so naturally. It is not natural for conservatives to even think stupid, and yet, some conservatives are foolishly trying to do that just. And why do they try? They try because they cave-in to the word “compromise.” Conservatives should just be barely listening to the dumb ideas of liberals, let alone trying to compromise with them. How does one make a compromise between smart and stupid? What is the result of a compromise between smart and stupid? That concept is not even logical. When I hear the word compromise used when one is trying to merge smart with stupid, the word mediocre comes to mind. Compromise is okay when two smart people are trying to resolve issues – Or even when two stupid people are trying to resolve differences. However, compromise is not good when smart is compromising with stupid, dumb or immature; just as parents should not compromise with their little children. (That is another story for another time.)

One of the benefits of being a naturally smart conservative is that whenever liberals and liberal politicians speak, conservatives easily hear the stupidness that is coming out of their mouths. Yet many conservatives don’t openly label the liberal ideas for what they are—stupid ideas! Conservatives need to tell it like it is. When conservative politicians hear those amazingly dumb ideas coming out of the mouths of liberal politicians, the conservatives need to shake their heads in bewilderment, and then publicly say something like, “How can someone with so much political power be so stupid?” Yet they don’t! And this lack of holding liberal politicians accountable for saying stupid things is why we are in the fiscal mess that we are in right now. And the more the liberal is allowed to talk stupid, the more foolish the conservatives look because they stand alongside stupid at the various podiums and say nothing. Conservatives need to be bolder in calling out stupid for what it is. These liberals are seriously trying to destroy this country with their stupid ideas! Mr. Conservative Politician, call them out on it! Back in the early days of American politics, political candidates did not mince words. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams got into some nasty tit-for-tat campaign bashing when they were running against each other. Conservative politicians you need to man-up! Today’s political correctness (especially when it comes to tolerating stupid) is just wrong! There is no place for “girly-men” in politics. A lot of conservative Americans like people like Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin because they tell it like they see it. The words of Donald Trump are refreshing to some conservatives! I see no political correctness in Donald, Michelle or Sarah’s words.

When the little woman and I are at home together we enjoy watching Fox News. Unfortunately Fox News, trying to be fair and unbiased, occasionally allows stupid people on their show. As my wife and I listen to the stupidness that comes out of the mouth of visiting guests on Fox News, we logically (being the smart conservatives that we are) start to wonder what kind of idiots vote for politicians who are as stupid as this? And before you know it, the wife and I find ourselves talking back to the television as we listen to the stupidness that is coming out of the mouth of the liberal who is talking on the Fox News Show. My wife and I make the very common conservative mistake of expecting smart from stupid. It is just about this time in my thinking process that I know I need to once again counsel myself, or in a lot of cases, counsel my beautiful but emotional, conservative wife.

Side Note: It always amazes me how easily my normally placid, quiet, gentle, and godly conservative wife goes “bonkers” when she hears stupid coming out of the mouths of adult liberal politicians as they try to explain or justify what or why they are doing what they are doing or attempting to do! The closest that my wife and I can relate to adult liberal stupid is our own old home-schooled children. When it comes to our children (whom we love enough to keep out of this country’s anti-God, anti-parent, anti-authority government school system) it seems like many times we have to go over and over the same school subjects that they had told us just the day before they understood. As parents we kind of expect this type of immaturity or “brain fade” from children – anyone’s children. We don’t demand that our children always think and act like smart people. Fact of the matter is we know that our children are not yet able to act like adults! (In this day and age, many adults are having hard time acting like adults!) As a parent I know that not all of the electronic circuits in my kids’ brains are not yet connected. There is a literal ‘brain completion process’ going in all children. My children have an excuse for being unwise. In my children’s’ situation, this “brain growth process” seems to be working quicker in my young teenage daughter then it is in my fourteen- and sixteen-year old boys! (I am hearing from other parents that this is quite common among boys.) As a concerned, caring parent I am hoping and praying that I will not have to wait until all my children reach the age of 30 before their thinking caps are firing all eight cylinders! P.S. My wife and I do continually pray that the Lord remove any liberal genetic issues in our children long before they become adults!

Now my wife and I don’t expect this type of child-like stupidity from adults and yet there it is on the big screen TV almost every single day. (I personally believe words like Reid, Durbin and Pelosi should be added to Webster’s and used as synonyms for dumb and stupid.) So whenever either of us hears liberals speaking on our local television news channels, or conservative cable news channels or even conservative talk radio programs, we know we need to counsel each other about the differences we will hear coming out of smart, and coming out of stupid. When we hear dumb ideas or idiotic thoughts coming out of the mouths of liberals we simply tell each other that this is just how stupid people talk. We remind ourselves that we should not expect smart to come out of stupid, and we should not expect dumb to be wise. After we self-counsel each other, we know we can safely go back (for a least an hour or so) to listening to liberal idiocity knowing that we once again have reclaimed our conservative perspective.

So even though I know that all of this conservative self-counseling that goes on in my conservative home will carry the wife and me through these amazingly stupid and selfish liberal times, I do not have the same conservative confidence in the conservative politicians in our nation. I am not sure if most conservative politicians have the back-bone to openly expose stupid. I am worried that many conservatives believe that the best way to win over stupid liberals is to agree with their dumb ideas or plans. I fear that a majority of conservative politicians have caught part of the stupid germ and are more concerned about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs patriotically!

I am also concerned about conservative Americans winning these budget battles knowing that we have a nation full of dumb liberal voters who have swallowed this whole liberal philosophy that doing stupid is not always wrong. These liberal voters are like suicidal lemmings headed to the cliff – nearly impossible to stop. Let’s face the facts. Stupid is hard to stop! Smart can tell stupid not to drive drunk, and yet this country is full of stupid drunks. Smart can tell stupid that using or selling illegal drugs will ruin your life and yet the jails are full of stupid drug-heads who throw their lives away believing it is better to do the wrong thing than to do the right thing. It is hard to reach people when they have gone so far stupid. Stupid changes a person in all the wrong ways. Thinking stupid does not make one a wise idiot. Thinking stupid does not make one a fiscally responsible genius. The only time a stupid person usually receives the counsel of a smart person is when they are locked up in prison – and even then it is hard to get through to stupid!

It also scares me that a lot of Americans like what they hear coming out of the mouths of liberals. This verifies to me that stupid people not only speak stupid, they also hear stupid–and they like what they hear! Liberals love to hear the stupid idea that taxing the rich is good for America; but they can’t figure out that the result of taking good tax incentives away from rich business owners will end in higher unemployment numbers. Liberal thinking people like to hear liberal politicians say, “We cannot cut our budget because cutting the budget will hurt the poor.” Unfortunately, dumb liberals are not smart enough to decipher the meaning of the word poor when it pertains to liberal politicians. Smart conservatives on the other hand are wise enough to know that helping the ‘poor’ in liberal political jargon means mostly helping convicted felons, lazy, uneducated (by choice) Americans, and illegal aliens. Liberal state politicians say that they cannot cut their budgets because if they do policemen, firemen and teachers will lose their jobs. Unfortunately most liberal citizens are not smart enough to figure out that most private sector unions are now a branch of the Democratic Party, and are pretty much dictating what Democratic politicians do and say. Many “average Joe” liberal citizens have been duped into believing that liberal politicians are only looking out for the interests of the working people (when they refuse to make drastic, but needed budget cuts) when in all reality these “union owned” liberal politicians are only doing what they are doing because some union boss told them to do it in order to save the jobs of a chosen few.

From my conservative point of view it is quite obvious that liberals always think that what is best for Americans is a bigger government. If you want to send a liberal to an early death just whisper the words “limited government” into their ears! And when conservatives do speak out against big government, liberal people only know how to react emotionally. They don’t give realistic and productive counter-solutions to the conservative’s ideas. Most times their emotional reaction entails saying deep, wise things like, “Fox News lies!”, or “These drastic [conservative] budget cuts will kill old people!” These so-called ‘wise’ liberals do not have a clue on how to be logically proactive. These liberal veteran politicians do not have a clue on how to be realistic and practical when it comes to solving genuine governmental problems. And the main reason for this is that stupid cannot figure out smart all by itself. That is the main reason why these liberals could not get anything done when they controlled both houses of government and the presidency from 2009 until 2011. Not one single helpful law was passed during that time. And nothing was done to fix our budget woes even though the liberals controlled Washington! Sheep are stupid animals. Stupid people are like sheep; they both need to be led. Liberals are followers. They are not leaders. That is why they so easily follow the lead of big union thugs!

So as a result of the stupidity of non-functioning liberal politicians from 2009 through 2011 conservatives won big-time at the polls last November. And then these newly elected conservative politicians came up with smart, realistic ways in which to help the impotent liberals actually and factually repair this country’s budget woes. Unfortunately, the bewildered and dumbfounded liberals were not catching on to what the conservatives were trying to do. And since the stupid liberals could not figure out that what the smart conservatives were trying to do is what was right for America, they made up stories on how the extreme budget-chopping ideas of the conservatives was going to somehow lead to death of old people, single mothers and children. (Another example of the idiotic emotional reactions by confused in-the-dark liberals.)

So conservatives, we need to be fearful about all the stupidity that is going on in America today! Although we conservatives are not willing to do stupid, there are many liberals who are more than willing to do absolutely and amazingly stupid in order to keep a vote or keep a job. And although conservatives are not willing to cave-in to the idiotic idea that this country’s governmental system must continue to get bigger if we are to survive, there are many stupid Americans who could care less about raising taxes or making government bigger. The selfish union-owned liberals don’t mind paying higher taxes (and sticking it to all other non-union workers) just so long as they continue to get their great taxpayer jobs along with all its great taxpayer benefits. Most liberals are not smart enough to figure out that overtaxing people is not the answer to solving America’s employment problems; but they don’t care. Unfortunately, this country has a whole generation of people who have been living on the taxpayers’ dime who don’t have a clue on how to apply for a job let alone work one. And any person who can count to 10 forwards and backwards should be smart enough to realize that cutting this country’s wasteful spending practices will not lead to the death of one single, responsible, law-abiding American. Yet, thousands upon thousands of sincerely stupid people really believe that conservatives are more than willing, maybe even eager, to see Americans die if it will help balance the budget.

Although I know most fiscally conservative political ideas are right, I am worried that many Americans are too liberally stupefied to understand that. It absolutely worries me that there are far too many people in this country who disagree with smart. It worries me that many Americans are buried so deep in the cloud of stupidity that they would not vote to do the right thing even if it meant the death of America as we know it. There are many people in this country today who genuinely believe wrong is right and that the best way is the stupid way! I have tried to reason with many liberals in the past. They just don’t get it. They could not even get it if they wanted to. Stupid won’t allow them to figure out smart! Conservatives, we cannot fight stupid with logic. You just can’t reason with stupid! The only way to fight stupid is to shut it up, or ignore it. As one American citizen speaking to another American citizen I would think that it would be intelligent for me to openly say that I believe the conservative ways of fixing America’s budget problems are basically the right ways, the “no-brainer” ways. Yet even the “no-brainer” liberals can’t figure it out!

The wise conservative Benjamin Franklin said it well when he said, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

Like Him or Not, Ron Paul is Relevant

At age 75, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is the oldest of a crowd of potential Republican presidential challengers, if only by a few years. If elected in 2012, he would be the oldest president in U.S. history; the record-holder, Reagan, assumed office at age 69. The uninformed reader might jump to the incorrect conclusion that Paul, who is old enough to be President Obama’s father, is hopelessly out of touch with the young voters who turned out in 2008 and ignorantly propelled a dangerous radical into the highest office of the land, but as anyone who pays attention to political chatter knows, Paul is wildly popular with the under-thirty crowd.

Paul won a GOP presidential straw poll on April 16 in South Carolina, easily beating Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, who tied for second place. Paul has been winning such polls left and right since the libertarian-rooted Tea Party became a political force in 2009, but his popularity among Republicans continues to be underemphasized by mainstream media outlets, which frequently (and probably intentionally) identify him as a libertarian rather than a Republican.

According to the talking heads, Romney, Huckabee, Palin, and Gingrich are the Republicans worth paying attention to as the 2012 election cycle approaches. Hesitant to take Trump’s candidacy seriously, they laughingly praise his ability to generate publicity, and might or might not remember to mention Paul, Bachmann, Pawlenty, and a handful of others. The fixation on Romney and Huckabee is somewhat understandable, as they hold impressive leads in most of the polls, but might prove to be unjustified as the race heats up.

Paul leads the others in fundraising, having raised about $3 million in the last quarter, with Bachmann following close behind. Romney trails at third, proving that it takes more than an eerie resemblance to Bill Pullman (who played the president in the 1996 sci-fi film Independence Day) to impress donors.

Paul’s financial support, by the way, comes from grass-roots activists—not corporations or wealthy CEOs looking for favors.

With several recent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire under his belt, a new book coming out—entitled Liberty Defined—and plans to participate in the first nationally televised GOP presidential debate on May 5, Paul is making it clear that he is a serious candidate and has no intention of being an irrelevant also-ran. His 2008 campaign, though unsuccessful, laid the foundation for the Tea Party movement that sprang up only months after candidates McCain and Romney dismissed his predictions of a coming financial collapse (which proved to be entirely correct).

Of course, Paul has yet to officially declare his candidacy—but he will. Too old to consider a run in 2016 or beyond, Paul’s only reasons for staying out of the 2012 Republican primary would be: 1) To enable his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), to run, or 2) To prepare for an independent campaign, as recently suggested by Jesse Ventura. Either scenario would probably end in disappointment for Paul’s supporters.

That dedicated group of conservative libertarians, though passionate, is anything but naïve. They understand that Paul’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are slim, and don’t care, choosing instead to believe that the principles of liberty—which emerge unscathed from the most heated debates—can save the United States from a bleak future of centralization and socialism, and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.

Regardless of the outcome of Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, the revolution will continue to grow. That is reason enough for America’s Congressman to embark upon what detractors might view as a hopeless quest.

*update – Ron Paul announced his formation of a Presidential Exploratory Committee on April 26th, 2011

 

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Mary Sarah

We’ve all gotten them. Some of us get them every day. Some of us are the culprits of sending them. The forwarded emails.

There are many beautiful stories and quotes passed around the internet that have truly touched my heart over the years. Many of these stories I have received more times than I can recall. There are many silly forwarded emails, some funny forwarded emails, quite a few thought provoking emails, and the occasional quite annoying forwarded emails. The ones I hate the most are the “chain letter” type that says if I truly love Jesus I will forward the email to 12 of my friends, and if I don’t forward the email then I am denying Christ. I believe that it takes a lot more to deny Christ than not forwarding an email. But that’s just me.

However, there are the rare forwarded emails that I have actually never seen that touch my heart to the very core of my being. This is the case when I received a forwarded video a couple of months ago.

When I opened up the video link in the email I heard the most beautiful voice singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. It was actually an audition to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the Houston Astros game. The voice stopped me in my tracks. Her voice was astounding, bringing up deep emotions inside of me as I heard the lyrics of the sacred anthem of One Nation Under God.

The voice I heard that day belonged to a 15-year-old Texas native, Mary Sarah.  I was so moved by it that I became a culprit, and forwarded it to many of my friends, insisting that they had to listen to this young lady’s voice! And then I went searching to find her on my favorite social network, Twitter.

If you have not heard of Mary Sarah, you are missing out on an angelic voice! At just 15-years-old, I have no doubt Mary Sarah will be taking the country music world by storm!

Mary Sarah is no stranger to the music scene. At the age of 8-years-old she was singing in church. She has performed on many country radio stations; she has performed at many charity events; she has performed at many Opry Theaters around the state of Texas; she has received national recognition and awards for her songwriting talent; and, to top off all of these accomplishments, she has shared the stage with names such as the legendary Oak Ridge Boys.

By the age of 12 Mary Sarah was touring the country as a lead vocalist and dancer in Kidz Bop, a Razor & Tie Records and Vee Corporation production, produced by Michael Anderson in Los Angeles. The production has resulted in 7 Gold albums with “kid friendly” covers of hit songs.

She has performed to audiences of 4-6,000 kids at a time, which has helped develop her stage performances, as well as helped her to gain national and global recognition.

After completing the Kidz Bop tour, Mary Sarah returned home to Texas where she continues to perform at various events.

Music is not all that defines Mary Sarah. She is a young lady who has a strong faith, loves her family, and has a passion to work with various charities. The charity that is most dear to her heart is The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Mary Sarah’s brother, Chris, has Juvenile Diabetes. This past fall she performed the National Anthem at the opening of The Walk to Cure Diabetes in Houston. In an interview at the event, she told the Houston Post, “I want to be a voice for those who need one.” This quote has given me a higher respect for Mary Sarah than even her beautiful voice. It strikes a common thread for me, personally, because I too want to be the “voice for the voiceless”.   

If you are in the Houston area, you may want to see if “OPRY on the Square- Country Now and Then” is playing in the Sugarland Square. Mary Sarah will be hosting 4 shows during the 2011 season. If you like country music, this is a little Texas lady you do not want to miss out on hearing and seeing! 

I have absolutely no doubt that Mary Sarah is going to have a successful career in the music business. Her love for traditional and modern country music, along with having the opportunity to write with such greats as Nashville songwriters, Tony Mary and Karen Staley, are sure to assure her a strong foundation for a successful career.

Mary Sarah’s audition video that I originally saw paid off! She sang the National Anthem on opening day for the Houston Astros on April 10, 2011!

To paraphrase the National Anthem, which Mary Sarah so proudly and beautifully sings, I proudly hail Mary Sarah! If you are a country music fan I am just about willing to bet you will be a Mary Sarah fan!

http://www.marysarah.com
www.youtube.com/marysarahmusic    
www.twitter.com/marysarahmusic 
www.reverbnation.com/marysarahspace
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Sarah/109974905078#!/pages/Mary-Sarah/109974905078?sk=info

Obama Gets Testy in Tense Texas Interview [Video]

Barack ObamaOn Monday afternoon, President Obama sat for an interview with a reporter from a North Texas television station. For once, an interviewer asked tough questions and even corrected the President when he got the facts wrong.

The interviewer first put the President on the defensive when he asked him why he thought is poll numbers were so low in Texas.  In a not-so-calm fashion, Obama tried to make the illogical and unsupported case that Texas just might be on the verge of turning into a liberal state:

“Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for historic reasons..” The President continued, “We lost by a few percentage points in Texas..”

The interviewer corrected Obama as the loss in Texas was closer to 11%. Not accustomed to being challenged and perhaps to save face, the President retorted, “If what you’re telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you’re absolutely right,” he said. It is still unclear what the “historic” reason is for Texas being a red state.

As the interview continued, the interviewer asked if the fact that Texas wasn’t given one of the retired space shuttle orbiters was politically motivated.

“That’s wrong, that had nothing to do with it; the White House had nothing to do with it. There was a whole commission, a whole process; that’s how the decision was made.”

After the interview was completed and the President thought that the cameras were off, he let the interviewer know that Barack Obama does not like being challenged, at all.

“Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?”

Here are the highlights of the interview:

How to Help Those Hit by Tornadoes in North Carolina

We were headed out of town the morning that all hell broke lose in North Carolina. More than 60 tornadoes touch downand at least 22 North Carolinians lost their lives.

Many more have lost their homes, clothing, or places of work and need our help. I’m volunteering for clean-up efforts, but here’s how you can help if you don’t live near the affected area.

How To Give Help

  • To volumteer for tornado debris clean-ups, use this online form
  • Financial Donations:

Triangle Red Cross
https://american.redcross.org/ncstorms
American Red Cross
100 N. Peartree Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 231-1602

  • Material Donations:

Non-Perishable Foods
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
1001 Blair Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603-2030
(919) 250-0043


Food & Clothing
Salvation Army of Wake County – visit http://eepurl.com/dqGXH
215 S. Person St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 834-6733

Commercial Services or Supplies
Raleigh Community Services Department
310 W. Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-6100

Pet Food
Wake County Animal Shelter http://wakegov.com/pets
820 Beacon Lake Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 212-PETS (7387)

 

Why Do Democrats Want an Internet Shopping Tax

Internet Sales TaxCall it the eBay or Amazon tax – or perhaps the Barnes and Nobles, Apple Store or New York Times Online tax – call it whatever you like, but it is a tax. A tax proposed by Illinois’ own Senator Duck Durbin (D) that will be levied on all online purchases.

The Main Street Fairness Act, as Sen. Durbin’s bill is named, aims to reverse the decades long moratorium on online purchases that was put in place to foster online commerce. Now that virtual stores are actually closing down their brick-and-mortar counterparts the Federal government is looking to help the states.

There is a constitutional component involved. When someone purchases something online from a site that has a physical store in that same state, most states enforce the collection of state sales tax from the consumer. It is only when someone makes a purchase across states lines that the feds are even permitted to intervene, thanks to the [Interstate/Indian/Foreign] Commerce clause.

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes [1]

The commerce clause has long been used by those in favor of a stronger central government so it should come as no surprise that it is Democrats doing more of the same.

There is a problem with the thinking on this bill. It will now create a situation where online retailers now suffer a bit of a disadvantage. A buyer selecting a $20.00 item from shopping.com would then get to pay a state sales tax on top of the shipping costs AND will have to wait a few days for their purchase to get there, possibly damaged in shipping.

With the new bill not offered up to the public as of yet, analysis was done against H.R. 5660, a bill with the same name but submitted last year by Sen. Durbin.

There are many legal and common sense perspectives to consider. First, is the Supreme Court Case of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which the bill cites as a basis of authority. Quill is an office furniture retailer that had no facilities nor employees in North Dakota and therefor positioned that it was no burden on the state which gave the state of North Dakota no standing to force Quill to collect sales tax for the state. Notice, the argument isn’t about whether or not the consumer should pay sales taxes, but rather who could be compelled to collect them.

With the legal out of the way, comes the common sense. Imagine the complexity a business would have to deal with the understand the sales tax rates of each State, the counties that add a bit and the municipalities with their extra .25% sales tax. The chart of taxes is difficult enough to deal with for in-state companies, much less someone trying to operate a nation-wide concern.

Then – the costs. H.R. 5660 lines out the funding for:

  • Implementation of an online multistate registration system
  • Establishment of advisory councils
  • Provisions for funding and staffing the Governing Board

It should go without saying this will only skim money off the collected state funds. It would necessarily have to. That multi-state registration system won’t build or run itself and the councils and governing boards will be filled with even more bureaucrats that make huge sums of money and get ridiculous benefits. By the time that money gets to back to the states from which it came, it will be a fraction of what it once was – if it gets back to the states.

The final and most important part is that the Federal government will now control the revenues that come from these purchases. That will allow them yet another carrot and/or stick to use against the states. Similar to how the federal government pressures states into certain provisions in order to receive federal highway dollars, the states will be given orders that they must follow if they want to receive their share of the federal internet sales tax money. This is another attempt of the central planners in our society to weaken the power of the states. Imagine how the federal government could affect a cash strapped state like say .. Wisconsin, when they aren’t playing the way the majority in Congress desire.

This tax isn’t about ending budget shortfalls for the states. They could do that on their own, although painfully, without this kind of intervention. This is about power – pure Federalist, big-government power. The bill only requires 10 states to sign on which is almost certainly an indication that the bill’s sponsors know that not very many states will cede their sovereignty just for a few crumbs from the Federal table.

Sources:

[1] – Constitution of the United States – Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3

Dreams Of A Little Girl Shattered.. Or Are They?

This begins the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is pre-2007.
If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is.

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You were created for a purpose. In fact, each of us was created for a special, unique purpose. Sadly, many of us go through many years of our lives not having a clue what our unique purpose in life is. Unfortunately, too many people never seem to find their unique purpose in life.

If you had told me as little as 4 years ago that my purpose in life was to become intertwined in politics I would have laughed in your face and probably had a few “not so nice” words for you. I absolutely, positively despise politics. I am not a game player, and I see politics as nothing but a huge game at the expense of other people.

I also believe that everything in life that happens, happens for a reason. We may never know why some things happen, but there are other times I believe that it becomes quite evident why something or a series of events happen.

I view my entire life through the lens of believing that every single thing serves a purpose for my specific purpose in life. If I had not lived through the things I have lived through I would not be the person I am. While I am by no means perfect, I am very happy with the woman I have become.

However, it has not always been that way.

I will tell you how it all began… me becoming so intertwined in the very thing I detest so much- politics. This is a very personal and painful story that has spun into what has now become a life-long commitment to shed light on and change a system that is completely broken.

There are a couple of things that most every little girl dreams of. The first is her wedding day. Before she learns to walk in high heels, it is quite likely that she has planned her wedding down to the tiniest detail. She knows what her color scheme will be.  She knows what her cake will look like. She knows what her brides maids dresses will look like. And most importantly, she knows what her wedding gown will look like.

It is not important to her at this point that she has no way of knowing the most important detail- who her groom will be.

Nor is it important to her that she has not given this man, who she has most likely not even met at this point in her young little life, the opportunity to make choices on their very special day.

The wedding day is, of course, all about what the bride wants, right?

Another day that most every little girl dreams of is the day she becomes a mommy. From the earliest age we are given baby dolls so we can prepare to be the best little mother in the entire world!

As a child, my favorite toy was my baby dolls. I was never one to play with Barbie Dolls. In fact, I do not believe I ever owned a Barbie. However, I had countless baby dolls. My dollies and I would play for hours, lost in our little world of make-believe.

I was an odd mixture of a child. I was one who always wanted to be grown up way before my time. And yet, I was perfectly content to play with my dolls, lost in a world that disappears from us way too quickly- childhood.

I crossed over the bridge from being a child to a lady way too young. From the very beginning I had numerous problems that have lasted me my entire lifetime.

When I was about 20-years-old I first heard about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I read a magazine article, and they listed all of the symptoms. I had every single symptom! I copied the article and took it to my doctor. She tested me, and told me that no, I did not have it. At the time, very little was known about PCOS. I thought I had the answer, only to be shot down again.

Over the years, I honestly cannot tell you how many doctors I have seen. I am what some would call an anomaly. If there’s a strange health issue, more than likely, I have it. I do exaggerate here, and honestly, I do thank God for my good health. Though I have many issues, I know I could have it a lot worse. So, though I have seen many different doctors, for various different reasons over my lifetime, most of the time my doctor visits centered around the parts of my body that define me as a woman rather than simply a human.

When I was in my early 20’s I was diagnosed with Human Papaloma Virus (HPV). At the time, I was mortified! It is a sexually transmitted disease. It was not until many years later that I would discover that nearly 80% of the population has HPV- and many do not even know they have it.

After it was discovered that I had HPV I began the treatment. There are no words to express the pain involved in the treatment of HPV. I’ve had several different procedures over the years. The first treatment was freezing. They froze my cervix. And then they thawed it out. And then froze it again. And then they thawed it out again. Quite honestly, I cannot tell you what else is involved in the procedure. I know there is something else, but I do not remember. I believe I’ve had the freezing procedure done twice. This procedure is not only painful during the process of the procedure, but the aftermath is almost as bad.

Later, I had the CONE Procedure. This procedure requires that they cut a cone-shaped piece of your cervix out. You only have a local anesthesia. As with the freezing, not only is it very painful during the procedure, but it is also very painful during the healing process as well.

I ended up moving to another state, and had to find another doctor. So the search began yet again.

I went to see a doctor that had been recommended to me. I had such a bad experience with her that I swore I would never go back to another gynecologist.

By this point in my life, I have had so many bad experiences with doctors that I cannot recount them all. This last was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as the saying goes. I finally said enough. No more. I refuse to put my legs up in stir-ups for anyone else! Man or woman, it didn’t matter.

But with the issues I have had over the years, I should have known I would never be able to stick to my word.

When I was in my early 30’s I began having severe pains in my abdomen. I tried to dismiss the pains, but eventually they got so bad that a friend and my husband ganged up on me and insisted that I go to the doctor. I am very thankful that they did, because this doctor diagnosed me with endometriosis. I had to have surgery to address that issue.

After the surgery, I had to be put on medication to put me in chemical menopause for 6 months. I was told exactly what to expect. But in reality, there is no way you can fully grasp what is going to happen. Thankfully, I was prescribed what we called “Happy Pills” during this time. If not, my already bald husband would have been pulling out the stubble. It was no fun at all- for either of us, or anyone that spent any time at all around me.

It was probably around this time in my life where I began to truly feel less of a ________.

You can fill in the blank with many different words. The first word was “woman”. I felt like I was not truly a woman. Not only had I never had children, but now I was going through menopause. Keep in mind I was well informed that the treatment would only last for 6 months, and then I would be off of the medication and have a normal cycle again. I felt less of a person because I could not lose the weight that I needed to lose. 

I am sure at this point you are wondering where my rational thinking was. That’s the point. I was not rational at all.

 I have spoken to other women who have gone through chemical menopause, and the reaction is wide and varied. Mine seems to be one of the most extreme experiences. One of my friends had very little change mentally or emotionally when she had to have the same treatment.

After completing the 6 months of chemical menopause, we began to try to have children. Previously, we had not tried to prevent pregnancy, but it had not been a consistent calendaring of events.

This is where the real fun begins.

After several months of actively trying to conceive, with no results, I went back to the doctor. My doctor told me there was nothing more he could do to help me, I had to help myself. He told me that the endometriosis was taken care of, so the only problem I was having in conceiving was that I needed to lose weight. This would solve the problem.

Almost in tears, I asked him how to do that. His next words infuriated me beyond words. “Just don’t eat so much”. I had to clamp my mouth shut before I went off right there in the office. Sure, he had no problems. He was very fit and slender. It was quite obvious he had not struggled a day in his life with weight issues. And not only that, my husband is very slender and eats twice as much as I do, if not more!

Since he did not feel that he could help me any further, he referred me to his colleague, who is a fertility specialist. Thankfully, I did not open my mouth and say the things that were on the tip of my tongue, because the referral was the beginning of a lot of answers for me.

I was very leery to go to my first appointment with yet another doctor. I could not tell you what number this one was.

When I met the new doctor, at once I was put at ease. He was not slender. He is a plump little man with a smile that warms the room and my heart. He has the bedside manner that I have always dreamt of. During the very first visit, I told him exactly what his colleague had told me and how I felt about him. His response was not at all what I imagined. He said, “Well, yes, losing weight may definitely help- not in just conceiving a child, but in a healthier life. But that may not be the complete answer. As you can see, I need to lose weight too. So, I’ll lose 10 pounds if you’ll lose 10 pounds.” Immediately I was at ease.

Now, honestly, neither of us lost the 10 pounds. But to have him treat me as a person with feelings rather than him ridiculing me made all the difference in the world.

The first thing he did was run a complete battery of blood test. I had told him that I had all the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), but they had told me for years that I do not. He looked over my information and agreed that yes, I had every single symptom. When the test results came back, it showed up as negative for PCOS. I started crying, right there on the examining table as he talked to me. He immediately started patting my hand. He assured me that he was going to do the test again. He saw the issues, and was not giving up. So, when the second set of test results came back negative, he told me not to worry, he was going to treat me for PCOS no matter the test results. By this time, he had performed a vaginal sonogram and could actually physically see the cysts on my ovaries with the sonogram. So he diagnosed me, even though the blood test was saying I didn’t have it. This is what makes the difference between a doctor and a good doctor. He actually listened to me! I cannot tell you how many doctors over the years have just shoved me out of the office with a more nutritious eating plan.

I will not tell you I eat the healthiest. But, over the years, numerous times I have made many concerted efforts to eat right, exercise, and lose the weight. Every single time I failed. If I actually lost weight, I would gain it back almost immediately if I ate anything not on the plan. Or, there were even times when I gained weight rather than lost weight, while eating healthier and exercising. Yes, I do realize that muscle weighs more than fat, but I did not gain that much muscle mass in that small period of time. After a while, it becomes very discouraging. You see the scales going up. You are making better decisions in what you eat. And you have no real success. So why try? And you go ahead and eat the unhealthy stuff anyways. It becomes a vicious cycle.

To have someone listen to me, to know that maybe, just maybe, after all these years, there may be some answers, I was excited beyond belief! Yes, it means I am sick. Yes, it means I will have to take medication- possibly for the rest of my life- but hey, it is answers! I’ve gone 15 years or more with absolutely no answers and more frustrations.

It was interesting to find out that the medication that is used to treat PCOS is diabetes medication. Though I am not diabetic, PCOS affects the amount of insulin that is absorbed by your body. When I started the medication, I had a few small side effects but nothing major. It was during this time that my husband and I decided we wanted to go full-scale in trying to conceive a child. So in addition to the PCOS medication, I also started taking fertility medication. Once again, we got on a merry-go-around ride of up-and-down emotions.

After about a year on my medication for PCOS, it suddenly started making me violently ill. My doctor changed my medication and I was on this medication with no problems at all for almost 2 years. Then I started having problems again. I was still taking the fertility drugs as well.

The fertility medication had to be taken at a certain time each month- depending on when your cycle starts. After you finish the medication, you have to go into the doctor’s office to have a sonogram. Depending on what the sonogram shows depends on what you do next. If the follicles are a certain size, you are ready to proceed. If they are not to a certain size, you have to wait a day or so, and go have another sonogram done.

Add to this that your sex-life is no longer determined by when the mood strikes you and your spouse, you now watch the calendar. You count days. You know when you “have” to have sex in order to conceive. It does not make for a romantic setting, to say the least.  While my husband and I have always had a very healthy sex life with no complaints on either side, it became a dreaded thing when we had to schedule sex for the sole purpose of having a child. The enjoyment seems to disappear when you both know that in the back of your mind you are wondering if this is going to be the time you are finally successful.

Studies have proven that the most sexual organ of our body is our mind. If our mind is not there, then you are simply going through the motions. I never truly understood this until we had to schedule our love life. While previously, a phone-call inviting a noon-time rendezvous was very exciting, it now became a burden for both of us. It was not at all that we did not enjoy being with each other anymore. We both just knew that the purpose of our love-making was very specific during these appointments.

Needles to say, this process becomes quite expensive very quickly. Most health insurance policies do not cover fertility treatments, so this comes out of your pocket. In less than 6 months we spent almost $10,000.

I have had people ask me why we have gone through so much to have children. If you are one of those people who are very blessed, and you can conceive without any difficulty, then there is no possible way you can understand. If you have not walked in these shoes, there is no way you can know the emotional agony.

When my husband proposed to me I told him there was no way I could marry him, because I knew there was a big possibility I would not be able to have children due to all my medical problems. He is the most genuine, most matter-of-fact, most black-and-white view of things people I’ve ever met. I had seen him interact with children, and I had heard him talk about spending time with his nieces and nephews, so I knew he loved children. I still tease him to this day that I think he wanted to be a father before he wanted to be a husband.

When I told him that I did not know if I could have children, his response was that there is always adoption. That thought had never occurred to me with him, because it was not an option at all in my first marriage.

Even with the thought that we could adopt a child, I still saw it as impossible because we are not wealthy people. By this point we had spent well over $12,000 or more in our quest to become parents. I knew that adoptions were not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

One of every little girl’s dreams for me had been shattered. I was not going to be a mommy. Or… was I? Sometimes things are not always as they seem.

Little did I know that lives were about to take a dramatic turn.

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The purpose of this series:  Who Hears The Voice Of The Children?

The next chapter in this series: A Missed Message

Foster Care: A Broken System- Video

Trump Tromps the Teleprompter

Many people in America just cannot grasp the realism behind Donald Trump’s recent outbursts concerning Barack Obama’s trashing of American values and blatant Alinsky-taught, Nanny-State fiscal insanity. These two men are your basic polar opposites in just about every category of life. Trump is a real estate mogul, a self-made businessman extraordinaire who is largely successful through hard work and pure determination. That obviously makes him the anti-Obama in the fact the Mr. Obama is basically an anti-capitalist Socialism pimp who thinks Americans are too stupid to find their own way in life without the government regulating every facet possible.  Donald Trump is the epitome of the American dream through a tirelesswork ethic, whereas Barack Obama is the pied piper of the race-based wealth redistribution agenda so prized by the blind, mathematically challenged Liberal Democrats. The Donald sees spread sheets in black and white numbers, profits vs. losses, and success vs. bankruptcy, whereas Barry sees spreadsheets as takers vs. makers, white people against his beloved diversity-club, and evil capitalism vs. his Utopian nanny-state fiscal insanity.

The Trump tri-fecta is rooted in reality, while Barack Obama, the career community organiser and manufactured politician is rooted in the social justice fraud that leads to the  irresponsible destruction of the very system that has made America the  most prosperous and free nation on earth for centuries. The Donald is all about big rewards and an enhanced standard of life through hard work and personable responsibility, while Barack is all about handouts to irresponsible freeloaders based on skin color and vote-buying. One person’s ideology here would enhance Americans lives through opening up the door to greater wealth and prosperity through innovation in business and less government regulations, while the other would run America into bankruptcy through mandating government control of everything while overloading the welfare roles to the point of  financial ruin, not to mention destroying the jobs environment by mandating the Affirmative Action style race-based hiring of one group over the other instead of the most qualified, which leads to bloated labor prices like we see in our current government, where it now takes approximately eight workers to do the work one what one worker did just 10 – 15 years ago. If  The Donald ran his companies like The Teleprompter runs America today, he would soon to be living in a government subsidised apartment collecting food stamps and hoping for more handouts from the taxpayers, with no hope for the future in sight.

These are the truths that every American voter must be aware of come the 2012 elections. Donald Trump can speak for hours and answer questions on economics without so much as a few notes to refer to, whereas Barack Obama rarely utters a word that hasn’t been prepared by his handlers and has been proven incapable of speaking  without a teleprompter. This points to the fact the Trump knows what he is talking about, and Obama doesn’t, period. Trump is a qualified businessman capable of  preventing America’s impending financial Armageddon, and has a proven very successful economic track record, while Obama is a manufactured politician who in fact has never worked an honest day in his life.  Which one do you want to bet  America’s future on ?   The stakes are higher than they have ever been throughout America’s history of prosperity and freedom in 2012. Donald Trump realises the danger of four more years of  Barack Obama’s Utopian Socialist Nanny-state agenda and has chosen to make a stand for all of America in 2012.  Trump’s success and wealth are well-documented for all of America to see, in what hard work and a good education can bring a person as far as their quality of life goes. Trump has expressed his love for America and his desires that future generations of Americans are given a fair chance of achieving the success that he has today. This gives Trump theunalienable right to question Obama’s ideology, his right to the Presidency of the United States, or his policies and agenda, whether the Democrats, the media propagandists or the political operatives/mouthpieces of Obama’s administration like it or not. The Donald does not like the current fundamental transformation of America that Obama promised in the 2008 campaign, but had refused to define. That transformation is to a big government controlled, welfare nanny state for votes scheme, and it is right out front for all to see today, and Trump is to be thanked for helping expose that agenda.

As proof for those in denial of our economic situation today, in relationship to Obama’s proven welfare/nanny state transformation agenda, I offer up the numbers after two short years of Obama-rule here. Yes the poverty rate is up 32% under Obama, and long term unemployed was up a staggering 146% in that article!  Today, gas prices are up a whopping $3.87 a gallon, as opposed to $1.61 a gallon the day Obama took office!

Whether Donald Trump is making a serious run for President in 2012, or just simply getting some face time on the talk show circuits and news programs, he is to be commended for taking a stand against putting America through another four years of  listening to the lies and misinformation written by propagandists and inserted into Obama’s  teleprompter for the mindless Community Organiser in Chief to read. I personally hope Trump keeps right on tromping the teleprompter at every chance he gets, right on up to the 2012 elections. America certainly needs that bright sunshine that Trump is putting on the Obama Socialist transformation of America.

Help Wanted: Conservative Statesmen

The Tea Party is getting larger and stronger all the time. It is now a force to be reckoned with in Congress, in state legislatures across the fruited plain, and in the daily news cycle. Yet it lacks one thing. One thing that if present would take it from a force to be reckoned with to an irresistible force. What the Tea Party lacks is the one thing the Founding Fathers had in abundance. And what is that? Statesmen. People like Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry were integral to the American Revolution and the establishment of the Constitution. The Tea Party lacks the latter-day equivalents of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and James Madison. Politicians the Tea Party has aplenty. Statesmen, though, are sorely lacking.

Using the Tea Parties analogy to the American Founding, I think you can fairly compare people like Palin and Bachmann to Henry and Sam Adams. That isn’t enough though. We need people like Paul Ryan, and yes, Chris Christie (even if I am not completely sold on him). People who are sensible and pragmatic and educated and experienced. If we want real change, I think the founding of our country is a good model to look at. Hopefully, we can avoid a physical revolution. I believe the founders died so we wouldn’t have to go there. But they do provide a good model for getting things back on the right track. We should look at the whole model. If things had ended in Boston Harbor, we would still be a protectorate of the United Kingdom right now. That isn’t good enough. – ALRMCoug

In response to ALARMCoug’s blog post, HighHorse came back with this bit of analysis concerning the Tea Party:

There is no Samuel Adams on the scene in America today. The centrist Republican establishment sees to it that a modern day Samuel Adams or Thomas Jefferson will not get anywhere in America.

Your example is interesting because Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were known radicals even in that day. The Tea Party of today is radical as were those guys mentioned. We can expect a watered down version that will never create real change in our country. Moderates will see to it that the true radicals never have representation.

It isn’t just bloggers that recognize the need for leaders of our nation who possess the qualities found in such abundance among those who brought forth the United States of America. Academics see it as well:

The raising up of that constellation of “wise” Founding Fathers to produce America’s remarkable Constitution, whose rights and protection belong to “every man,” was not a random thing…. One historian called our Founding Fathers “the most remarkable generation of public men in the history of the United States or perhaps of any other nation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, The Birth of the Nation [1968], 245). Another historian added, “It would be invaluable if we could know what produced this burst of talent from a base of only two and a half million inhabitants” (Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam [1984], 18). – Neal A. Maxwell

Furthermore, the Founding Fathers recognized for themselves the remarkable nature of the founding of this nation. Describing the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. In a 1788 letter to Lafayette, he said:

“It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states (which states you know are also different from each other in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well-founded objections.” 3

It was a miracle. Consider the setting.

The thirteen colonies and three and one-half million Americans who had won independence from the British crown a few years earlier were badly divided on many fundamental issues. Some thought the colonies should reaffiliate with the British crown. Among the majority who favored continued independence, the most divisive issue was whether the United States should have a strong central government to replace the weak “league of friendship” established by the Articles of Confederation. Under the Confederation of 1781, there was no executive or judicial authority, and the national Congress had no power to tax or to regulate commerce. The thirteen states retained all their sovereignty, and the national government could do nothing without their approval. The Articles of Confederation could not be amended without the unanimous approval of all the states, and every effort to strengthen this loose confederation had failed.

Congress could not even protect itself. In July 1783, an armed mob of former Revolutionary War soldiers seeking back wages threatened to take Congress hostage at its meeting in Philadelphia. When Pennsylvania declined to provide militia to protect them, the congressmen fled. Thereafter Congress was a laughingstock, wandering from city to city.

Unless America could adopt a central government with sufficient authority to function as a nation, the thirteen states would remain a group of insignificant, feuding little nations united by nothing more than geography and forever vulnerable to the impositions of aggressive foreign powers. No wonder the first purpose stated in the preamble of the new United States Constitution was “to form a more perfect union.”

The Constitution had its origin in a resolution by which the relatively powerless Congress called delegates to a convention to discuss amendments to the Articles of Confederation. This convention was promoted by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, two farsighted young statesmen still in their thirties, who favored a strong national government. They persuaded a reluctant George Washington to attend and then used his influence in a letter-writing campaign to encourage participation by all the states. The convention was held in Philadelphia, whose population of a little over 40,000 made it the largest city in the thirteen states.

As the delegates assembled, there were ominous signs of disunity. It was not until eleven days after the scheduled beginning of the convention that enough states were represented to form a quorum. New Hampshire’s delegation arrived more than two months late because the state had not provided them travel money. No delegates ever came from Rhode Island.

Economically and politically, the country was alarmingly weak. The states were in a paralyzing depression. Everyone was in debt. The national treasury was empty. Inflation was rampant. The various currencies were nearly worthless. The trade deficit was staggering. Rebelling against their inclusion in New York State, prominent citizens of Vermont had already entered into negotiations to rejoin the British crown. In the western territory, Kentucky leaders were speaking openly about turning from the union and forming alliances with the Old World.

Instead of reacting timidly because of disunity and weakness, the delegates boldly ignored the terms of their invitation to amend the Articles of Confederation and instead set out to write an entirely new constitution. They were conscious of their place in history. For millennia the world’s people had been ruled by kings or tyrants. Now a group of colonies had won independence from a king and their representatives had the unique opportunity of establishing a constitutional government Abraham Lincoln would later describe as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The delegates faced staggering obstacles. The leaders in the thirteen states were deeply divided on the extent to which the states would cede any power to a national government. If there was to be a strong central government, there were seemingly irresolvable differences on how to allocate the ingredients of national power between large and small states. As to the nature of the national executive, some wanted to copy the British parliamentary system. At least one delegate even favored the adoption of a monarchy. Divisions over slavery could well have prevented any agreement on other issues. There were 600,000 black slaves in the thirteen states, and slavery was essential in the view of some delegates and repulsive to many others.

Deeming secrecy essential to the success of their venture, the delegates spent over three months in secret sessions, faithfully observing their agreement that no one would speak outside the meeting room on the progress of their work. They were fearful that if their debates were reported to the people before the entire document was ready for submission, the opposition would unite to kill the effort before it was born. This type of proceeding would obviously be impossible today. There is irony in the fact that a constitution which protects the people’s “right to know” was written under a set of ground rules that its present beneficiaries would not tolerate.

It took the delegates seven weeks of debate to resolve the question of how the large and small states would be represented in the national congress. The Great Compromise provided a senate with equal representation for each state, and a lower house in which representation was apportioned according to the whole population of free persons in the state, plus three-fifths of the slaves. The vote on this pivotal issue was five states in favor and four against; other states did not vote, either because no delegates were present or because their delegation was divided. Upon that fragile base, the delegates went forward to consider other issues, including the nature of the executive and judicial branches, and whether the document should include a bill of rights.

It is remarkable that the delegates were able to put aside their narrow sectional loyalties to agree on a strong central government. Timely events were persuasive of the need: the delegates’ memories of the national humiliation when Congress was chased out of Philadelphia by a mob, the recent challenge of Shay’s rebellion against Massachusetts farm foreclosures, and the frightening prospect that northern and western areas would be drawn back into the orbit of European power.

The success of the convention was attributable in large part to the remarkable intelligence, wisdom, and unselfishness of the delegates. As James Madison wrote in the preface to his notes on the Constitutional Convention:

“There never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” – Dallin H. Oaks

The Tea Party has its heroes to be sure:

  • Chris Christie is a fiscal genius who is reclaiming the State of New Jersey from the leftist teachers union in that state.
  • Governor Scott Walker made history as he disemboweled the public employee unions in Wisconsin.
  • Justice David Prosser of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court beat back a socialist candidate in dramatic fashion.
  • Sarah Palin is a continual thorn in Barack Obama’s side with her instantly classic Facebook posts.
  • Rush Limbaugh bedevils the progressives so much that he is their inspiration to attempt to take away our Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.
  • Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction bill is so powerful that the socialists are compelled to lie about it in order to try to convince independent voters that it is evil. And we all know that the independents are the block of voters who decide elections in this country.
  • Donald Trump has revived the argument about Obama’s missing birth certificate. Stay tuned, this issue isn’t over yet!
  • Michele Bachmann is such a powerful conservative voice that she has a real shot at the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

But still, the Tea Party is missing its statesmen. We are talking about leaders of the stature of Winston Churchill, Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, Benjamin Disraeli, and yes, Benjamin Franklin. Where are the leaders for our time? Surely we can do better than the RINO Jon Huntsman. Do we really think that Tim Pawlenty is in the same league as James Madison? Does the thought of Mitt Romney as president inspire comparisons to John Adams? Barack Obama Lite is not what this country needs. Obama is not less-filling and he sure doesn’t taste great, either.

The Tea Party needs leaders of unabashed conservatism. The Tea Party needs leaders with the courage of their convictions. The Tea Party needs leaders who respect the Constitution and who are willing to fight in defense of that inspired document of freedom. The Tea Party seeks God-fearing leaders who recognize that the State is subservient to Him who land this is. The Tea Party needs a charismatic, humble, yet strong leader who exudes confidence in the defense of liberty. The Tea Party needs the second coming of the Founding Fathers.

If Obama is to be defeated in the 2012 elections then the Tea Party must produce a leader who can rally the conservative troops. A divided conservative base will lose the election. An energized conservative base will sweep Obama into the ash heap of history. Let us pray we find our statesman before it is too late.

 

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

It has been 21 years since my grandfather directed me to read Atlas Shrugged. It changed my life. I know that sounds cliche, but it is the truth, nonetheless.  He died just after I graduated high school, not long after. I will never be able to thank him enough for getting that book into my hands.

Skip ahead 21 years: Years of re-reading Atlas fairly regularly, adding in more Rand, Mises and Hayek, getting “educated” and living life. I have children of my own now. None have read Atlas yet, but I am hoping that my oldest will pick it up soon. I have been Galt’s Girl all of his life.  Surely, the curiosity will win him over soon. As Dagny said last night :” I would never force a man to do anything”.

When I heard that Atlas was finally going into theatrical production, I confess I wasn’t hopeful about a movie’s ability to incite the same fire and thought that the book does, but I was grateful that it was being done. The timing seems so perfect, so relevant, so … final.  I have wondered over the last year how each detail in the book would be handled. Worried over what would be omitted to keep the attention of the ADD generation.  I was right to be concerned, there is a lot to cover and a lot of it matters greatly to the character development.

I was thrilled to find out that I was in one of the original opening markets. I bought a ticket the moment they were available online. I showed up at the theater way too early. I was excited. It happens occasionally.

It is probably a good thing that I got there early. The theater was sold out and I managed to snag a great seat. It was interesting to watch people coming in and finding their seats. Many were as outwardly excited as I was. There was a lot of smiling, patting backs, and laughing over seat shifting. It really was a great crowd. The previews started and that is when it became an almost surreal experience.

I won’t go into the previews, but they seemed odd and silly. The crowd was SILENT. All I could hear between mundane previews was the occasional shake of a candy box or rustle of a popcorn bag. No one talked through the previews or shifted in their seat. I don’t even think many of us were breathing.  Most of these people had been waiting as long as I had.

After an insane number of previews, the production logo appeared on a black screen. The man next to me, easily in his seventies, shed a couple of tears. He wasn’t the only one, I don’t think. He was whispering under his breath and I turned and smiled at him. He actually took my hand and squeezed. The last thing I remember is him saying “maybe now…” and the film began.

No details, no spoilers. I will say that there were a few omissions that I was sad for, and the film’s small budget was apparent, but overall I loved the movie. I believe that the female roles were superbly cast, that the actors in the film were passionate about the film they made, and that the crowd in the theater felt much the same way I did.  I don’t think anyone left to get more popcorn or hit the bathrooms during the movie. Not a single cell phone rang (mine was turned off), and there wasn’t a single conversation. When it ended there was an ovation. I have never seen a movie that ended with the entire crowd clapping, most standing, and almost no one leaving.

It sounds so simple, but at the end of that movie, I think I knew everyone in that theater and nearly everyone I saw was BEAMING as I walked past. They stood in the hall and outside the theater talking afterwards. There was talk of drinks in some of the crowds. I bowed out.. came home… and tweeted. The only thing that could have made the experience better for me would be to have seen it with @TheTwisters .. or my father. I will do a Part 2 once the movie has played for most of those who will take the time to see it.  Until then, let me leave you by saying .. go … see it… and take a friend who hasn’t read the book.

Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. ~ Ayn Rand

Pro-Uninformed Choice

Pro-choice has such a nice ring to it. It sounds like freedom and respect, and as though those on the other side are forcing women into something unspeakable. The problem with the pro-choice movement is that they only support women choosing one particular option. With new legislation regarding abortion coming up in several states, pro-choicers seem to be very concerned that, given time and information, women might choose not to abort their babies. By the way they’re behaving, one might assume that they are not pro-choice so much as pro-uninformed choice.

In Florida, there is a measure being considered that would require a woman to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion being performed at any point in her pregnancy. The woman would also have the option to view the image and hear a description of what the doctor is seeing. Women would be allowed to decline this information, but they have to be given the opportunity. Apparently, this is not a choice that the pro-choicers support.

Rep. Ron Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, who is a physician, said it doesn’t make sense for doctors not to do an available test and share the results with the mother. House sponsor Rep. Liz Porter (R) said “It provides women with the knowledge, the truth, the facts, of the procedure that they are facing. Too much knowledge is never a bad thing.”

Of course, the pro-choice movement disagrees. Stephanie Kunkel, a lobbyist with Planned Parenthood, stated that “The bill would force physicians to perform ultrasounds even when it is not medically appropriate.” Think about it, have you ever had a procedure done where you were not given full information, including any available images. Probably not. However, Planned Parenthood seems awfully concerned about what my happen should women be given the full picture (pun intended).

There’s a similar bill on the table in Texas that would require a woman to have an ultrasound 24-72 hours before having an abortion. In this case, a woman would have the chance to view a sonogram, hear an explanation of the image and hear the baby’s heartbeat. “We want to make sure that they’re fully informed, that they understand the medical consequences, the psychological consequences and everything involved in the procedure.” said the bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Sid Miller. That sounds appropriate and responsible.

Opponents argued that the ultrasound would be too intrusive, and that it would be a case of the government becoming too involved in the medical care of the citizens. This hyprocrisy is laughable for oh so many reasons but, for now, let’s just consider the amendments that democrats tried to add to the bill. One of these was the ability for a woman to get a court order which required the father of the child to have a vasectomy should she decide against the abortion. Apparently the left, in their unending hypocrisy, considers that far less intrusive than an ultrasound.

Another piece of legislation was just signed into law in South Dakota. This controversial measure requires women to wait 72 hours and to consult with a pregnancy counselor before having an abortion. In addition, a doctor would have to meet with a woman personally and determine that she is voluntarily seeking an abortion before scheduling the procedure. These all sound like good things: time to consider her options, information on what those options might be, and the doctor’s reassurance that a woman isn’t being forced into doing something she doesn’t want to do (one might even go so far as to say it’s protecting the woman’s right to choose). Again, consider any other medical procedure. Doesn’t a patient always have to meet with the doctor ahead of time?

Republican Governor Daugaard said “I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.” Yes, “choices.” He isn’t trying to outlaw abortion, but help women make an informed decision. As is their wont, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood plan on filing suit to challenge the constitutionality of the law. What about hearing the options and having the time to consider them is bad?

The question I have for the pro-choice groups is this: If you are so in favor of letting women make the choice, why are you so afraid to let them have the time and information to make it?

A Liberal, By Any Other Name

Has anyone else noticed that the left wingers in this country keep switching monikers? It seems to be some kind of diversionary tactic to escape the bad press from every new brand they create. They are Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and goodness knows what else. However, I’m struck by one constant in the names that they choose and that is this; they do not fit the definition.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

 

Democrat dem·o·crat [ démmə kràt ]

  1. a. supporter of democracy: Somebody who believes in or supports democracy or the democratic system of government. b. One who practices social equality.

This is obviously false, and we’ve only just begun. We know that the so-called Democrats support neither democracy, the democratic system nor social equality. The left has a long history of ignoring those whom they were elected to represent (Obamacare is only the most recent egregious example).

They certainly don’t believe in social equality, as it seems their entire platform is designed to treat certain selected groups differently than others. In fact, Democratic can be defined by the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges. The Democrats are nothing if not proponents of different treatment for different groups. Have a look at the Obamacare waivers. So, that’s “Democrat” debunked. How about “Liberal?”

 

Liberal lib·er·al adj [’li-b(ə-)rəl]

  1. a. archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth. b : marked by generosity : openhanded c : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way d. b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism.

 

Woops, another misnomer. A man of free birth would not willingly subject himself to the arbitrary rules and regulations imposed by the left-wing. They prefer to cast themselves in the role of the feudal overlord and, we his serfs.

In terms of generosity, they’re a little sneakier on this one. They purport to be the party of gimme gimme gimme, but that hinges on being the party of takey, takey, takey. This is how they keep the serfs in their place and dependent on the overlord.

Political liberalism is defined by individual rights and a free market, at which they also fail.  So, the lefties don’t fare well on the term “Liberal” either. Lately, we’ve been hearing the word “progressive” a lot. Maybe that’s the ticket!

 

 

Progressive pro·gres·sive [prə-‘gre-siv]

a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities. b. Moving forward or onward: advancing.

Three strikes, and they’re out. Lefties do all that they can to keep minorities from moving forward, as evidenced by their awful track record with civil rights. In fact, just about every step forward for equality was brought about by conservatives, while the liberals fought against it. This was another effort to assert their superiority by keeping some in a cycle of poverty, and punishing those who try to make something of themselves. Those who succeed are punished, those who don’t try are rewarded. This “stick to the status quo” mentality does precisely the opposite of advancing…anything.

However, fear not, I have found one term that actually works. Quite simply, we can refer to them as “the left.”

 

left [’left]

Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand’s being the weaker in most individuals

That’s the ticket. It’s a name that is open, honest, and accurately describes the group. That is a moniker we can all get behind. Behold, in all their weakness….The Left.

 

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!

Exposing Obama For The Liar He Is

I just read an article in The Wall Street Journal reporting on President Obama’s response to Representative Paul Ryan’s budget. Here is a quote from the article:

“The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards”.

It is pretty much a “given” that politicians cannot be trusted. However, for a major news source to go on record with the quote above I would have to say that Obama pretty much takes the cake in the deceit category!

I literally get sick to my stomach when Obama comes on TV. Oh, laugh if you will- I am not exaggerating! One thing that I absolutely detest is a liar! I know from personal experience how it can- and will- destroy a person!

When he makes what has become almost a daily appearance on TV I cannot get to the remote fast enough to change the channel! By the way- a little side note/question- what is up with this narcissistic man? He’s on TV more than the paid news anchors that are supposedly reporting the news!

All too often, before I can get to the remote to get his smug face off of my TV, I am subjected to his lies. It has gotten to the point that his voice literally makes me cringe! So it is in these moments that I have to vent my frustration- my mouth flies open, and I cannot help but yell out at the TV- “You LIE!” Over time, it’s become, “Liar, liar pants on fire!”

When I saw this article today in The Wall Street Journal I started laughing. No, not a hysterical, funny laugh…. But instead, a sad, disturbed laugh.

What is the point? Do they honestly believe the lies they spew? Not just Obama, but all of these politicians? And the next question- the most important question- why do so many still believe anything that comes out of Washington?

I looked up the term “Liar, liar pants on fire” in the event that I needed to give credit to someone. While it is a well-known saying, I wanted to see if there was a “behind the saying story” that would hit the nail on the head, so to speak, in my thoughts.

There is no dispute where the paraphrase comes from- a poem, which was written in  1810 titled “The Liar” by William Blake.

What I found is quite amusing- again, not in a funny way, but in a sad and disturbing way. It’s funny how something written 200 years ago can be so fitting today!

I am not going to quote the entire thing, but you if you like to read it, you can find it here.

What red devil of mendacity
Grips your soul with such tenacity?”

“What internal serpent

Has lent you his forked tongue?

From what pit of foul deceit

Are all these whoppers sprung?

Deceiver, dissembler.”

I am sure you have heard the rumblings and questions of, “Could Obama possibly be the Antichrist?” While I do not personally believe that he is the Antichrist, I have to say reading these lines from the poem really made me stop and think for a second or two. Without a doubt I believe there is a quality of evil that surrounds him. Now, I know- there will be leftists who will attack me on this. So be it. It is what it is. I cannot change the way I perceive something. His actions are all the proof I need!

From the very beginning of him stepping onto the scene I have sensed something about him. There are many pictures of him that just look plain evil! I am a firm believer that the eyes are the window to the soul. I believe who you truly are is reflected in the depths- or shallowness- of your eyes.

There are a few pictures of Obama that have given me the most eerie feeling. It’s as if there is nothing but darkness behind his eyes- the window to Obama’s soul.

Satan is the Father of Lies (John 8:44). Anyone who is entangled in the sin of lying is following Satan. So for those of you who want to cast stones at me- I will make no apologies. The Bible is my reference for everything in life. So I speak not only of President Obama, but of any and all people who speak lies. Lies are from the pits of hell!

Interesting that this poem that was written 200 years ago speaks of liars having a devil gripping their soul [there we go again with the soul]; it speaks of the internal serpent with a forked tongue from the pits of deceit; and the final explanation of a deceiver.  Very interesting indeed, when you look at the parallels between this poem and President Obama!

While I disbelieve almost everything from our elected officials in Washington- Democrats and Republicans alike- I do most assuredly believe that President Obama takes the cake! I find it very interesting that now, The Wall Street Journal, one of the most respected newspapers in print, is coming out and publicly saying it.

At the very bottom of the source I quoted above for the origin of the saying, “Liar, liar, pants on fire”, it says that it is recommended that the phrase be shouted when someone has said something with insufficient truth value. Without a doubt this applies to President Obama! I cannot think of a single thing that has come out of his mouth that I actually believe! So it is with great anger and sadness that I shout, “Mr. Obama- Liar, liar, pants on fire!!!!!”

With a noteworthy source such as The Wall Street Journal shining the light of truth on the enormity of the lies coming out of President Obama’s mouth- the article even stated that his speech was “toxic”- I wonder how long it is going to take for the main stream media to wake up! Oh, wait a minute! Never mind. I know that will never happen! They have bought into his lies and believe the great illusion that is now the President of The United States of America! God help us all! Seriously, God- please help us all! You truly are the ONLY Hope we have! The toxicity of this man is unparalleled in the history of this great nation! He is bent on destroying all that we represent and stand for as a nation! Barack Obama’s words truly are vile, destructive… and yes, toxic!

Bible Scripture References on Satan:
Genesis 3:1-7
Genesis 3:14-15
Job 1:6-12
Job 2:1-7
Isaiah 14:12-15
John 8:44
2 Corinthians 4:4
2 Corinthians 11:3
Ephesians 6:11-18
James 4:7
1 Peter 5:8-9 Revelation 12:9-10
Revelation 20:10