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Obama’s DHS: Drones, Hollow Points, and Secrecy

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What has our Department of Homeland Security metamorphosed into? Our third largest government agency has been stockpiling weapons and ammunition at a very alarming rate. Since early 2012, DHS and its 200,000 employees have purchased so much ammunition that many of the top weapon and bullet manufacturers have had trouble keeping up with the increased demand.

So why is our government buying hundreds of thousands of tactical weapons and millions upon millions of bullets? Do they think that the Russians are going to invade us? Do they think the North Koreans are going to show up in Washington State and take over like in the remake of Red Dawn? Do they think hygienically challenged Iranians are going to power chute into the country holding dull bladed swords and wearing dirty night shirts yelling, “Allah Akbar”?

Hardly.

Our government would never loose a wink of sleep thinking about any one of those scenarios unfolding. Our government’s enemies are not foreign, they are domestic. They are the 60 million Americans who rejected this sorry excuse for a President and are completely against his entire agenda to remake America.

When assessing the Department of Homeland Security’s actions, there is no other logical explanation or reason other than to say they are preparing for civil unrest at the very least and all out civil war at the very best.

What is so alarming and has many Americans on edge is the type of weaponry and ammunition they have purchased; in particular 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets.

Hollow point bullets for those who are not familiar with them are very different than regular bullets, or what are called full metal jackets. Hollow point bullets are designed to fray or fragment upon impact. Regular bullets when they hit their target make a smaller hole but for the most part stay in one piece. Hollow points do the exact opposite. When they hit their target they create substantially more damage by fragmenting on impact.

When questioned by members of Congress as to their motivations for such ammunition purchases a DHS spokesperson said they were purchased for “training exercises” at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.

According to retired Marine Richard Mason’s interview with WHPTV in Pennsylvania, hollow point bullets are rarely used for training purposes. In fact, in the interview Mr. Mason said, “Never in my entire military career did I know of any Marines training with hollow point bullets.”

When pressed further on why DHS has purchased and continues to purchase massive quantities of weapons and ammunition there answer was also one to be desired. The best they could come up with is buying so many in bulk allows for them to get better pricing.

Once again, this is a suspicious and ridiculous answer. First of all, hollow point bullets are almost twice as expensive as regular bullets. So why would DHS buy the most expensive, most dangerous bullets possible to save money? Furthermore, if hollow point bullets are typically not used for training purposes than why did DHS feel compelled to purchase 450 million rounds of hollow points rather than full metal jackets?

It doesn’t stop there.

They have also purchased 2,700 armored tanks that are designed to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, and improvised explosive devices. These tanks were not ordered to be used on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan. These tanks were ordered to be used on our city streets and in quiet towns all across America. In fact, many Americans have already spotted them in their neighborhoods.

So why does DHS need 2,700 ballistic arm and mine resistant military tanks patrolling our neighborhoods and towns? What do they plan on using them for? Who do they plan on using them on? These are the questions that every single American should be demanding their elected representatives in Congress ask the Department of Homeland Security.

Here is a partial list of their purchases since 2012:

450 million rounds of 40 caliber hollow point bullets, 175 million rifle ammunition rounds .233 caliber (the same ones used by NATO forces), 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, (you know, the same ones Dianne Feinstein and the Obama Administration are trying to ban), and so far over 2 billion with a capital B in total rounds of ammunition.

So now that we have the facts let’s discuss the possible reasons for all this provocative behavior by our government. You don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to know that Barack Obama is a big government liberal. In fact, he is so far to the left he makes Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan. Never in our nation’s history have we seen a more radical President.

The first thing any good leftist leader does when they come to power is try to get their military to go along with their agenda. If they find any major resistance to what type of change they are trying to implement they will usually resort to minimizing their strength or neutralizing it by creating a more loyal parallel force. Barack Obama’s goal has always been to create a loyal civilian army to help implement his type of transformational change.

In July of 2008 Barack Obama said, “We cannot continue to rely on our military to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We have got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well funded.”

We already have a civilian force Mr. President; it’s called the National Guard.

Zombie-like salivating yes we can sheeple will have you believe that the President wants to create a civilian army to help fight terrorism. The non kool-aid drinking folks on the right and many in the middle understand this is not the President’s true intent.

First off, the American military is the most powerful, most tactical, and well trained fighting force in the world. Our military is more than capable of fighting terrorism and doesn’t need a bunch of Communist radicals with Billy clubs and switchblades running around the country pretending to be patriotic freedom fighters. The only thing this coalition of Obama supporters would be terrorizing are the people that didn’t follow the President’s orders, mainly Conservatives.

Many fear that this may have been this administration’s goal all along. History has shown that during periods of major civil unrest and forcible revolutionary change many governments prepare themselves by insulating and arming their leaders while simultaneously depleting the resources of their adversaries.

So how do you make your resisters less resistant?

By purposely buying up as much ammunition as you can. Then you make sure law abiding citizens do not have access to ammunition they will need to defend themselves. Additionally, you make sure that local police departments sworn to protect and to serve their citizens suddenly do not have the tools needed to do so. Last but not least you strategically exploit a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting to pass draconian legislation that restricts the Second Amendment under the guise of public safety.

If millions of ammunition purchases and thousands of tactical weapons don’t keep you up at night maybe unmanned aircraft capable of eliminating United State citizens will.

Drones have been typically used in the war on terror to eliminate potential terrorist threats in other countries. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have used these unmanned aircraft to kill many high profile targets such as former Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in Iraq; and American born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. This type of aircraft is highly effective at eliminating specific targets while creating very little in collateral damage.

Our government would never use these types of weapons on American soil to eliminate American citizens would they?

On March 5, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder actually said this, “Drone strikes against American citizens on US soil are legal.” He actually uttered these exact words from his lips. This should make every single American very nervous, especially the ones who vehemently disagree with this administration.

After Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster, Eric Holder sent him a letter backtracking from his statement. The fact that he said it at all is what is so scary. This administration could and would still use drones against Americans citizens regardless of what the attorney general says.

After more questioning and pressure from some members of Congress to clarify his prior statement Eric Holder than went on to say, “Using lethal force against American citizens on US soil is highly unlikely. We hope no president will ever be faced with that decision. However if there was an imminent threat such as a domestic terror attack on the country similar to a Pearl Harbor or 9-11 it is conceivable that the use of an unmanned aircraft could be used as a viable option.” That sounds like a whole lot of wiggle room to me.

Suppose the President is walking from his motorcade one day to the White House. He is surrounded by his security detail and the Secret Service. There is a sniper within range ready, willing, and able to take him out. The sniper is spotted and a drone is dispatched to eliminate the threat. How is this legal? How does this even constitute as an imminent threat to the nation?

The answer is it’s not legal and it doesn’t qualify as a threat to the nation. It qualifies as a threat to the President. Luckily for him he has the Secret Service and his personal security detail to protect him.

Whether or not we as Americans wake up one day and find out that the President is no longer with us doesn’t constitute as a national emergency or an imminent threat. Did the world stop when John F. Kennedy was assassinated? Did time stand still when Ronald Reagan was shot? None of these events stopped the country’s everyday routines and if these events should transpire once again in the future nothing will change how we live our daily lives.

Our Constitution was set up this way. We have a line of succession when it comes to events such as assassinations. The American people will go on with their lives and the Vice President will take over.

So let’s recap.

Our Attorney General says it is legal to kill American citizens on American soil. Barack Obama has cut the military and wants to reduce our nuclear weapons capability even though many rogue nations want to destroy us. Barack Obama wants to create a 1 million member strong civilian security force to “help defeat terrorism”. DHS has refused to answer questions under oath in judiciary hearings as to the intent of their purchases, only giving lame excuses such as training and bulk pricing discounts. And finally the Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration are trying to strip law abiding citizens of their right to protect themselves by undermining the Second Amendment. Even Stevie Wonder can see what is happening.

So what do we do?

If our government is going to make provocative purchases over and over without reason or explanation I suggest we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I would implore all Americans if they haven’t done so already to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

I think it is time for all Americans to purchase as many firearms as they can get their hands on. Handguns, rifles, assault rifles, M-16’s, hunting rifles, shotguns, carbon rifles, AK 47’s, Mac 10’s, etc.

If most Americans decided to “arm up” than maybe our government will see that as a deterrent. We need to neutralize the potential threat from this administration by showing them we are not going to go quietly into that good night. We need to make sure that our government knows that if they decided to travel down this road that we the people will guarantee it will be a very bumpy ride.

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Dismantling Washington
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Dismantling Washington

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Washington, D.C. (which the DC part now stands for dirty cesspool) should become a thing of the past. Society has outgrown the need for a centralized government full of power hungry aristocrats, greedy lobbyists, and corrupt white collar criminals.

When I say criminals I am not just talking in the abstract; I am referring to real criminals.

According to a study from the online publication Capitol Hill Blue, the American people have elected a bunch of politicians that are better at breaking laws than making laws. America’s low information voters have chosen some real class acts to represent them.

Just how bad are some of our members of Congress?

29 members have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have bankrupted at least 2 businesses, 3 have been arrested for physical assault, 71 have such bad credit that they can’t even qualify for a credit card, (yet with their special clearance as a member of Congress they get an Amex card without having a credit check.) 14 have been arrested on drug related charges, 8 have been arresting for shoplifting, and at least 84 members of Congress have been stopped for drunk driving but subsequently let go once they showed they were members of Congress.

If all that hasn’t made you lose your lunch this sure will.

According to the 2013 Congressional schedule, Congress will take 239 days off! That means they will only “work” 126 days of the year. If that wasn’t bad enough these hardly working, drunk driving, womanizing, bad credit, criminals get paid a minimum of $175,000 a year. Not bad for 126 days of so called work. They have worked themselves so hard that they don’t even have the strength to create a budget. The last time our dedicated public servants passed a budget was April 29, 2009. That is an unbelievable mind boggling 1,415 days without a budget, and counting.

This article’s intent is not to highlight the ineptness and unprincipled actions of our corrupt Congress; instead its purpose is to illustrate just how incidental and unnecessary Washington, DC has become. Former Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry may not have been able to talk his way out of a paper bag; however he had the political will and courage to tell the American people that if he were to be elected President he would make Congress a part time job.

I couldn’t agree with him more. In fact, I’d like to take his suggestion a little further and dismantle Washington, DC altogether; and here is how we can do it.

We live in a virtual and digital society in which nothing seems impossible. The constant advancements in technology have created a very mobile society. We live in a world where you can start your car, turn the lights on and off in your house, and check your blood pressure, all by using your I-phone. There is no reason why Congress can’t conduct official government business from their respective state Capitols. Think about how much money they could save in travel expenses and housing alone?

With email, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, video conferencing, and websites such as gotomeeting.com; there is no shortage of technology that could be utilized to perform the everyday functions of Congress from outside of Washington, DC.

According to census.gov, 1 out of 10 workers over the age of 65 works from home. This is a growing trend that is only going to continue as more businesses look for ways to cut operating expenses and increase productivity. With so many older workers still in the workforce due to the Obama economy; many of these workers work from home.

Companies that employ workers who telecommute save on expenses such as office space, equipment, furniture, and supplies. Employees who work from home are able to save money on such expenditures as clothing, childcare, parking, and gasoline. Also, some studies have shown that workers who telecommute are more effective and efficient at their jobs than those who work in the office. Why not extend that same invitation to members of Congress?

According to statistics from the 112th Congress, the average age of a member of the House of Representatives is 57 years and the average age of a member of the Senate is 63 years. These folks should be required to work remotely from their respective states and only come into Washington a few times a month to cast votes.

Washington, DC is 68.3 square miles of influence, corruption, and centralized power. The only way to change Washington is to remove the influence, corruption, and power from it; and that starts with Congress. The only way to do this is by forcing members of Congress to not congregate permanently in Washington, DC.

A suggestion would be to pass a law in which no member of Congress is allowed to have permanent residence within 100 miles of Washington, DC. By doing this you automatically decentralize the influence and power, and make it harder for lobbyists and power brokers to influence fiscal policy. This is how you change Washington, DC.

To some who are reading this I understand it may sound a bit Orwellian. Telling free people where they can and cannot live may seem a little extreme. What is more extreme is having career politicians drunk with power spending future generation’s money on programs they can’t pay for. We are at a time in our nation’s history in which the only real solutions require real drastic measures.

The truth is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. If we take away Congress’s power we can return it to its rightful owners; we the people. Most Democrats who read this will think I’m crazy. Even some Republicans will think this is a bad idea; however most limited government Conservatives will love it. My only hope is that those members of Congress who believe in freedom, liberty, and limited government read my article and introduce legislation based on this idea. A good idea can only become a great idea when it is acted upon.

As a political strategist, commentator, and radio talk show host my job is to give solutions, not talking points. I may not always be right, but I am always thinking outside the box about different ways to make America a better, stronger, and freer country. If we are serious about saving this country and truly believe in a limited government it is time we put our money where our mouth is and dismantle Washington, once and for all.

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Apologize For What?

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“Apologize for what?”

These three words have inspired and motivated millions of patriotic Americans. They have become a calling card to Conservatives everywhere who are sick and tired of out of control liberalism destroying this great country. On the anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death I’m sure he is looking down on us from that special reserved spot in heaven where the heroes lay and is smiling. In the post Andrew Breitbart Conservative era, his legacy lives on and his influence continues to grow.

From Twitter to Facebook and everything in-between, Andrew is alive and well in spirit. His death to most Conservatives, including myself is one you will always remember and not soon forget. Like a great fallen warrior his disciples have picked up where he has left off. Their very simple and loyal battle cry is, “I Am Breitbart.”

Andrew Breitbart was someone who was comfortable swimming in the belly of the beast and always relished the hatred and vitriol that he received from the left. He wore it like a badge of honor; never backing down or shying away. Andrew said things out loud that most of us would only think and that is what made him so effective yet controversial. He was the type of guy who would take ten to the chin just to deliver the one knockout punch.

Breitbart was unapologetic and his “apologize for what?” has posthumously become his trademark. He never let the left get away with anything which is why he was so demonized by them. His undercover investigative work was a major contributing factor to exposing the radical group ACORN. His work is the reason they were forced to change their name and are now thankfully defunded by Congress.

When the liberal media started to run stories about how the Tea Party was racist he called them out on it. Andrew knew that playing the race card was a Saul Alinsky tactic used by the left whenever they were losing the argument. Brilliantly, he offered a 100,000 dollar grant payable to the United Negro College Fund if they could find even one shred of evidence of racism at Tea Party rallies. Needless to say, the UNCF is still 100,000 dollars poorer.

His untimely death has always struck me as a little peculiar. Although I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories I do find the timing of his death remarkably odd. At the 2012 CPAC event, Andrew spoke about releasing “something big” on March 1st that apparently was going to be very damaging to Barack Obama. He spoke passionately about finally “vetting” Barack Obama and doing the job the liberal media has not done and refuses to do. Then coincidentally, the day he was to release this damaging information he allegedly dies of a heart attack?

More importantly, the media was very quick to point out that Andrew had a history of heart problems. The Los Angeles Police Department’s full investigation into Andrew’s death did not find any foul play and the Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy and full toxicology report which also turned up nothing.

Andrew Breitbart may be gone but his legacy still lives on. Like in war, when one soldier goes down the next soldier picks up the fallen soldier’s weapon and keeps on firing. Let’s just hope our aim is as good as his was. In this ideological war we find ourselves in we must master the strategies and tactics that Andrew perfected.

The silent majority in this country can no longer afford to be silent, or silenced. We can no longer be made to feel guilty or ashamed for our beliefs. We must be forceful in our convictions and be unapologetic for having them. This war is not about left versus right, it is about right versus wrong. This is about two very different visions for America. It is one of freedom and opportunity or slavery and bondage. As another great patriot Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not passed down through the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down to our children and their children to do the same.”

Andrew knew this all too well and he lived his life on the frontlines of this battle. So the next time a liberal asks you to apologize for your beliefs, you tell them “apologize for what”?

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Dreams from my surrogate father

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There have been numerous stories on the peculiar relationship between Frank Marshall Davis and President Barack Obama. There have even been reports that Frank Marshall Davis is in fact Barack Obama’s real biological father. I am not one to subscribe to conspiratorial theories. Whether or not Frank Marshall Davis is Barack Obama’s real father is not the point of this article. What is the point is there is no doubt that Frank Marshall Davis was the only father figure that Barack Obama truly had.

We have all heard the heart warming leftist propaganda story of how a Black Kenyan student and a White Kansas girl met in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii. The two fell in love and had a baby boy who later would grow up to become the most powerful man on the planet. We heard the stories of sacrifice and hardship and how Ann’s selflessness was paramount; allowing her husband to continue his education at Harvard University. How a young mixed race child made it the top with hard work and perseverance. This was the narrative the media told the masses and they believed it.

Even if Barack Obama Sr. was Barack Obama’s biological father he was not an influence on his life. He did not shape his ideological world view. He did not fill young Barack Obama’s impressionable mind with anti-American rhetoric and Communist sympathizing thoughts.

That job was given to Frank Marshall Davis.

Frank Marshall Davis was born on December 31, 1905 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was a journalist, political activist, community organizer, poet, photographer, and pornographer. He was a writer and editor for numerous underground and Communist sympathizing newspapers including The Chicago Star and later The Honolulu Herald.

Frank Marshall Davis was also a Communist. This is not opinion. This is a fact. His Communist Party Id# was 47544. He was a radically militant Black Communist. He blamed the start of World War II on American Capitalism. He denounced the Marshall Plan calling it, “White Imperialism” and “Colonial Slavery”. He preached wealth redistribution and nationalization of industry as well as government run and controlled healthcare.

Some of his articles were titled, “Free Enterprise or Socialism?” or “Yankee Imperialism”. He was also a hypocrite. For all his inflammatory language and writings aimed at the oppressive White people most of his closest friends were indeed White; including his pot smoking buddy and Barack Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham. But perhaps his ultimate act of hypocrisy was the fact that his second wife was actually a White woman.

Frank Marshall Davis was such a threat to America’s interests and its security that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had a 601 page file on him and even classified him as an “Index A”. This meant that if in fact a military crisis should occur that he was to be immediately targeted for detainment.

This poor excuse for an American citizen was also the current leader of the free world’s biggest influence and mentor, our President Barack Obama.

Frank Marshall Davis was more than a mentor; he was like a father to a young Barack and helped shape his world views. He mentored Barack Obama in a child’s most formative years from age 11 to 18. It is in this period of Barack Obama’s life that he became less and less Barack Obama and more and more Frank Marshall Davis.

Those were the years under the sun drenched skies of Hawaii where Frank Marshall Davis taught Barack Obama about the things that would later shape and define who he is and what he believes. This is where he first learned about Black Liberation Theology and Militant Black Power. This is where he was taught to always be skeptical of Whites and to see himself as a victim of White America. This is where he embraced the theory of redistribution of wealth and class warfare. This is where Frank Marshall Davis instilled his Communistic ideology into his young pupil.

Barack Obama’s 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father really should have been called Communist Teachings that Frank Marshall Davis taught me. That would have been a more appropriate title. It is no secret that “Frank” was mentioned in his book 22 times, and the “Frank” in the book is in reference to Frank Marshall Davis.

Here are some of those excerpts:

Obama’s grandmother, (Toot) and grandfather, (Gramps) were having an argument over whether Gramps should give Toot a ride to work after being threatened at a bus stop by a panhandler. He looks to Frank for a solution. (p. 89-91)

When Toot is having difficulty convincing a drug abusing Obama to apply for college, it is Frank who convinces Barack that college is necessary. (p. 96-98)

Frank Marshall Davis tells Barack that “Black people have a right to hate Whites. (p. 91) He advises a young Barack to “keep his eyes open” and “stay awake” otherwise you could be “trained” against your own interests. (p. 97)

Obviously Barack Obama took his mentor’s advice to heart. In Dreams from My Father Barack Obama writes, “I chose my friends carefully. I chose the more politically active Black students, the foreign students, the Chicanos, the Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk rock performance poets.” (p. 100)

The leftist media never did their due diligence in exposing the relationship between an admitted Marxist Communist and Barack Obama. They never bothered to even ask Barack Obama any tough questions, while vilifying his Republican challengers and humiliating them for their Conservative beliefs. If the leftist media even had a shred of objectivity Barack Obama would have never even been a Senator much less the President.

So now it is plain to see why he refuses to put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance. Or why instead of trying to fix the country’s economic problems he instead has opted to make them worse by forcing government run healthcare down our throats.

Whether or not Frank Marshall Davis is Barack Obama’s biological father at this point is somewhat irrelevant. What is relevant however is the undeniable fact that Barack Obama undoubtedly sympathizes with Communistic ideology. The truth is the only real father figure Barack Obama has had was Frank Marshall Davis. It is for this reason that he is Barack Obama’s father.
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Now that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned who should replace him?

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Pope Benedict XVI sudden resignation brings with it history, health, and heroics. He is the first Pope to resign in almost 600 years. His age, declining health, and strength were all reasons for his resignation.

The 85 year old head of the Catholic Church stated, “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.”

He continues, “However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

The words The Pope chose were very revealing. At one point he talks about the physical strength it takes to lead the Catholic Church. On the other hand he reveals the emotional toll it has taken on him as well. When one feels as though they are fighting a battle that doesn’t seem to be getting any easier it has a profound affect on them; especially the elderly.

When The Pope talks about questions in deep relevance he is referring to America turning their backs on God as a society. The rapidly changing world he is referring to is the speed at which more Americans than ever are denouncing the Church by switching from the Catholic faith to the religion of Social Justice.

The practice of Social Justice by the Catholic Left has been gaining in political power in America and around the world for years. From embracing Gay Marriage and homosexuality to the acceptance by many Catholics of the practice of abortion the Catholic Left has been gaining in influence. The sanctity of life has devolved into the rejection of capital punishment while simultaneously negating the value and rights of the unborn. The dignity of every human life has been distorted by the practice of euthanasia for unwanted babies and the elderly infirm.

Fighting for your values is not an easy task. It can be draining both psychically and emotionally. It is also not a young man’s game either. Pope Benedict XVI realized this and understood that in order to help the Catholic Church move forward that he would need to take a step back.

So who should replace him?

Given the factors that lead to Pope Benedict XVI decision to step down the next Pope should be younger, healthier, and stronger both psychically and emotionally. He should be more charismatic and possess more passion. He should be able to fight to preserve the Catholic Church and its teachings worldwide and never back down from an ideological challenge.

There has never been an American Pope in the entire history of the Papacy, but maybe that could change. Although history and long odds are stacked against him, the perfect replacement for Pope Benedict XVI would be the current Arch Bishop of New York Timothy M. Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan is relatively young at age 63, he is in seemingly good health, and he has already proven to be a much needed and reliable conservative voice for not only the Catholic Church but more importantly for our Judeo-Christian nation as a whole.

Cardinal Dolan has been on the frontlines in the battle for religious freedom. He was a leading voice against the Obama Administration’s far reaching mandate on contraception. In a CBS interview, Cardinal Dolan condemned the interference of the government in what he viewed as the outright dismissal of the right to religious conscience and freedom. His position lead to the Obama Administration slightly changing their policy in regards to the contraception mandate.

Cardinal Dolan is also staunchly pro-life. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Cardinal Dolan strongly rebuked then Senator Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for misrepresenting timeless Church doctrine on the issue of abortion. He also criticized the University of Notre Dame for allowing the most radical pro abortion President in the history of the United States to give the graduating class its commencement speech, calling it a “big mistake.”

Cardinal Dolan is also a big supporter of traditional marriage. He understands the dangers of changing the definition of traditional marriage and the far reaching consequences it can have on society. In a 2009 New York Post interview he said, “There is an in-built code of right and wrong that is imbedded in the human DNA that defines marriage between one man and one woman for life. If we go tampering with the definition of marriage than we will be in big trouble.” For more on the importance of preserving traditional marriage see http://www.examiner.com/article/why-the-defense-of-marriage-act-should-never-be-repealed

There are a host of other great reasons why Cardinal Dolan would be the best choice as the new Pope but the main reason is he has been a proven fighter against the left and particularly the Obama Administration. He has been that constant thorn in the side of Barack Obama and the rest of the leftist ideologues in America. He will not back down in the battle between traditionalism and secularism. He understands the threat the Catholic Church is facing from Socialism, Communism, Marxism and Islamofascism here in America and around the world.

America and the rest of the world need a new spiritual leader with the capability, charisma, and intellect to change disbelieving hearts and minds. Our religious freedoms and long standing traditions are under constant threat from an enemies both foreign and domestic. Having someone like Cardinal Dolan in our corner will give us the strength and determination to endure these battles and emerge victorious.
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The Puppets of Pyongyang

bbc.co.ukOne of the most isolated, longest surviving, and brutal dictatorship the world has ever known is at it again. North Korea recently put out a very disturbing video that showed a nuclear bomb hitting New York City and the subsequent aftermath. The propaganda film depicts what the world might look like if the United States were no longer a part of it. For a country whose rulers supposedly hate everything about America they sure seem to admire American culture which I will revisit later on in this article.

The video’s background music was set to the 1985 hit song “We Are The World” sung by a collection of popular American singers including the King of Pop himself, the late Michael Jackson. It is ironic that in a country where hundreds of thousands of people die every year from starvation and poor nutrition the North Korean government chose a song about the United States feeding starving people in Africa?

According to a 2012 report on human rights from Freedom House, North Korea had the dubious honor of being the world’s number one offender in regards to human rights. The destitute people of North Korea have virtually no rights at all.

There is no justice system, no appeals process, no political opposition, no freedom of expression, no dissenting voices, and no freedom of the press.

Many brutal dictators throughout history have controlled their people; but very few have been as effective as the North Korean’s are at controlling their people’s thoughts too. Every single bit of news and information is controlled by the government. The people are fed story after story about how great their government is and how loving and caring they act towards their fellow citizens. The propagandists in the state controlled media tell stories that depict their leader as a magical and mystical person. There are the stories of how the late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il once shot 4 holes in one while playing golf, or how the Dear Leader had the ability to change the weather just by changing his mood.

The North Korean people walk around in a catatonic zombie like state in which everything they do and say revolves around the Great Successor. In fact, you could be executed in North Korea for not prepositioning the phrase, “Our Great Successor before speaking to an official of the North Korean Government.

Everything inside the capitol city of Pyongyang is a facade. The city itself is very beautiful. It has big buildings and beautiful skyscrapers. The streets are impeccably clean and nothing is out of place. However there is one problem. Most of buildings are all empty. They were built to impress foreign dignitaries and fool others into thinking that Pyongyang is a vibrant city. It is far from it. When darkness falls, the city and the rest of the country is pitch black. The only lights that can be seen from satellite images are mostly from the very select few who live in luxury and work for the government.

North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship. It can also be described as an absolute monarchy or a hereditary dictatorship. It is ruled by the Kim family. The Kim family is a ruthless, barbaric lot. They have tortured, mutilated, and murdered millions of North Koreans. They have imprisoned hundreds of thousands of their citizens in internment camps and starved to death an estimated 3.5 million more in the Great Famine from 1994 to 1998. For more on life inside a North Korean prison camp read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan if you have the stomach.

The first Kim to rule North Korea was Kim Il Sung. He ruled from 1948 until his death in 1994. There are over 400 statues of Kim Il Sung all over North Korea. There are many buildings, a few schools, a library, and a town square named in his honor. He is the most revered figure in North Korea to this day. He is known as “The Great Leader” or “The Eternal Leader” to the North Korean people.

After the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994, his son Kim Jong Il took over as “The Dear Leader.” He was just as brutal, barbaric, and eccentric as his father. Like his father he was also afraid of flying and traveled everywhere by armored trains.

Kim Jong Il loved everything about the American culture except America. He loved our movies, he loved our food, and he loved our sports. His favorite movie was said to be Rambo, his favorite food was said to be lobsters, and the 5 foot 2 potbellied dictator’s favorite sport was basketball. He loved lobsters so much that he had live ones air-lifted into the country on a daily basis. Imagine that, in a country where more than three quarters of the population are starving to death the “Dear Leader” is eating fresh lobster, watching Rambo and cheering for his favorite NBA team.

Kim Jong Il died on December 17, 2011. His youngest son, Kim Jong Un is now the ruler of North Korea. The “Great Successor” as he is known by is reportedly only 30 years old. He is reported to be the youngest Head of State in the world. Not much is known about the youngest son other than his striking resemblance to his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. It has been reported that Kim Jong Un was educated in Switzerland and may even speak English. Like his father, he is also known to be a huge basketball fan. It is reported he smokes cigarettes, drinks Johnny Walker whiskey, and drives a Mercedes Benz.

It is not known whether or not young Kim will rule exactly like his father and grandfather before him but if history is any indication chances are he will. There have been reports that because Kim Jong Un has spent time living abroad he has been exposed to different cultures outside of North Korea. It is possible that some of what he learned could influence how he will rule. However the reality is he is surrounded by relatives of the Kim family who want things to remain the same.

The North Korean military style government continues to stick their thumb in the eye of the International Community. They have broken numerous agreements with the United States in regards to their nuclear program. They have conducted numerous missile launches over the years and show no signs of stopping. In fact, it has been reported that they are getting ready to launch yet another missile in the very near future.

North Korea is a puppet regime. Their threats are empty and their rhetoric is as weak as their leader; a school boy whose only military experience was probably shooting down an airplane in a video game. They are the equivalent of having an army of soldiers that carry empty guns. They are like a small dog with a loud bark, harmless and annoying. If they ever tried to attack the United States they would never be successful. They barely have enough resources to equip their military let alone launch a successful missile attack.

With that being said it may be possible to thwart their aggression towards us by possibly eliminating their perceived threat.

The Korean War started but technically has never officially ended. It started on June 25th 1950 and it ceased on July 27th 1953 with a signed armistice agreement. After 60 years the United States and North Korea have never actually signed a peace treaty to end the Korean War.

What if we were to offer an olive branch to the North Korean government? What if we were to kill them with kindness? You may be reading this and thinking is this guy turning into the modern day version of Neville Chamberlain?

Not quite.

The North Korean people are starving. Even the select privileged few are worse off due to international sanctions, long term droughts, and not enough food. In fact, the only time the North Korean government complies with the International Community is when they need assistance. That is when they sign some agreement they have no intention of keeping in return for food and supplies.

We could offer the North Koreans a conditional peace treaty along with a food for human rights assistance program. The Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission has been monitoring the DMZ for years. There is no reason they couldn’t also monitor for human rights violations too. We could offer the North Koreans our assistance in exchange for verifiable improvements in human rights and the complete dismantling of their nuclear weapons program.

By potentially eliminating one nuclear threat it would allow us to focus our attention on the more dangerous threat in Iran. Additionally, it may also bring much needed stability to the Asian Peninsula while simultaneously securing the backing of the International Community.

If the North Koreans should breach any portion of this new peace treaty it should be considered an act of war. They need to know that the United States could be an ally or an adversary depending on their actions. I believe the only way you can secure peace is through superior strength. You can not be weak in the face of evil.

Some on the left might think my suggestion is nothing more than cowboy politics. They may be right. It is no secret that the American people are tired of fighting and supporting foreign wars, I get that. But in the end our country will be safer if we show strength rather than weakness in the eyes of our enemies.

How the left uses identity politics and fear tactics to influence voters

sodahead.comAlthough Barack Obama’s inauguration was a few weeks ago this article will still touch on some of the language he spoke as well as the meaning behind his words. I will also explain in great detail how the left uses identity politics to influence certain voters and alienate others.

Language can be a great indicator of future behavior. Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech revealed many clues that not only showed how this man thinks, but more importantly how he will likely continue to govern.

What many Americans heard in his speech was something very unfamiliar and foreign to most of our listening ears. What we heard was a heavy dose of identity politics. We heard words like fair play, central authority, and collective action. He spoke about the government as if it was the solution to every one of America’s problems. In fact, Barack Obama did not even utter the words private sector once in his entire speech!

The words he chose were carefully selected and designed to influence certain voters. They were divisive and dismissive. They were meant to divide an already divided nation instead of trying to bring us together. His words were alienating, meandering, and apoplectic in nature. Barack Obama tried to walk the political tightrope between policy and ideology and failed miserably at doing both. Almost his entire speech was narrowly directed towards his base of supporters instead of the nation as a whole. His weapon of choice: using identity politics as a weapon of mass distortion.

For the first time in our nation’s history a president mentioned his support for Gay Marriage in an inaugural speech. This shows that discussing Gay Marriage is no longer the politically dangerous subject it used to be; and shows just how far to the left our country has moved on most social issues.

Identity politics has become the Democratic Party’s number one weapon in their arsenal of political warfare. The left has mastered the art of message manipulation and cultural relativism in such a way that it has become the biggest obstacle for the right to overcome.

Barack Obama deliberately spoke about issues that divide us rather than unite us. He spoke of Gay Marriage, Women’s Suffrage, and Illegal Immigration; all wedge issues. When something repeatedly works in politics it becomes a political weapon. Barack Obama was able to win reelection using identity politics to perfection so why would he stop now?

What was so striking about his speech was not only his tone and demeanor, but his confrontational style and in your face liberalism as well. He spoke as if he was daring anyone on the right to challenge his authority while confidently playing the role of the transformational figure with an arrogance and smugness reserved only for a king.

Let’s breakdown some examples of identity politics used in his speech.

In the 16th minute Barack Obama said this, “Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. We don’t define liberty all in the same way.”

Translation: We can interpret the Constitution however we see fit. My Administration will redefine what liberty means so it fits my agenda.

In the 20th minute Barack Obama goes on to say this, “Progress does not compel us to settle century’s long role of government for all time. But it does require us to act in our time.”

Translation: The United States Constitution is not settled law. It is a living, breathing, document that is inherently racist and therefore needs to be changed; and I will change it. Besides, who could possibly be better at finding ways to misinterpret and circumvent the Constitution than a Constitutional scholar?

History has shown us that all great leftist leaders have an incredible ability to capture the hearts and minds of their people. They use their lofty speeches and idealistic platforms to mesmerize voters into thinking that they and only they are the key to a brighter future and a better tomorrow. It is for this simple reason that the language of the left sounds better to most voters than the language of the right.

Most Americans who are not paying attention would rather listen to a speech on the possibilities of a better future rather than someone who is only promising the opportunity and means for that individual to better their own future. That is why a speech on preserving America’s traditions is not as appealing to most uninformed voters as a speech about reshaping America’s future.

Let’s break it down even further.

Identity Politics works because it feeds off of emotion. One of the most powerful emotions is fear. People can be driven to make decisions based on two motivating factors; a hope for gain or a fear of loss. The left understands this and uses that fear of loss against Republicans to perfection. Taking away a woman’s right to choose, or an illegal alien worried about deportation are all examples of how the left uses fear of loss tactics. This is why more women and minorities vote for the Democratic Party.

The left has perfected the fear of loss strategy and has been able to successfully alienate these voters away from the Republican Party while simultaneously solidifying their base of support. The truth is that political warfare and psychological warfare go hand in hand and the left understands this completely.

When it comes to fighting back against identity politics the Republican Party is at a huge disadvantage. The Democratic Party has 90% of the media and almost 100% of Hollywood at their disposal ready to smear and besmirch conservatives at any given moment. From ABC, CBS, and NBC on regular television, to HBO, SHOWTIME, and CINEMAX on cable, the left is never without a platform to ingratiate their ideology into the subconscious minds of millions of unsuspecting viewers. The left uses the media and Hollywood to portray conservatives as the party of the past, out of touch, and obstructionists to a brighter future.

The truth is in order to show the potentialities of a brighter future we must first resuscitate the visions of a better past. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is not just a fancy cliché. It is a god given right and a blueprint for everlasting freedom.

The left does not believe in liberty for all; the left believes in justice for a select few. We are on an unsustainable path filled with uncertainty and doubt. For the first time in a long time the next generation in America is projected to be less successful than previous generations and we have Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, and identity politics to thank.
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URGENT: How to beat Barack Obama’s executive order gun control

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It is often said that the Second Amendment is the First Amendment. Without it there can be no others. The Obama Administration just announced plans to use as many as 23 new executive orders to weaken our Second Amendment. These new orders will chip away at our Constitutional right to possess and bear arms. From limiting the amount of ammunition we can buy to an outright reinstatement of the assault weapons ban; the government is coming hard after our firearms.

The Democratic Party are very adept at using horrifying events to force their will on the American people. Never one to let a good crisis go to waste they are masters at capitalizing politically on major events they see fit to further their agenda. So whenever there is a tragic and catastrophic occurrence that brings our nation to its knees they are ready to take advantage.

First it starts with their cohorts in the media sensationalizing the story. Next it is usually followed by the anti gun lobby pressuring Congress to act. Finally after the major pushback from the NRA and pro gun lobby it usually just ends with a whimper, some sharp rhetoric, and empty speeches.

Not this time. Something is different. Barack Obama feels politically indestructible after winning reelection under the weight of the worst economy since the Great Depression. He feels emboldened by his victory and unstoppable in the face of his adversaries. The fact is he should feel that way. The Republicans in Congress have already capitulated on the fiscal cliff so why would they stop him on anything else?

The answer is they won’t but the American people can and here is how we can do it.

The Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was ratified as part of the Bill of Rights, codifies the right to a jury trial in certain civil cases, and asserts that cases may not be re-examined by another court.

The key here is civil cases. The Seventh Amendment actually could be used effectively to thwart any attempts by Barack Obama to restrict our Second Amendment rights through the use of executive orders. Anyone who has ever needed to retain legal counsel knows just how expensive it can be to litigate as well as defend from litigation. Why not put that same expense and burden on the Obama Administration instead?

According to recent figures from the Department of Health and Human Services there are approximately 80 million gun owners in America. Gun owners in this country are a very diverse group. Contrary to what the liberals want you to believe they are not all hillbilly, bible thumping, Southerners. They are as varied as the avid hunter to the single mother and everyone in-between.

According to The American Bar Association there are approximately 1.2 million attorneys practicing law here in America. Imagine if we could get at least five million of the 80 million gun owners to file separate and individual civil rights lawsuits simultaneously against our government? Think about what kind of impact that would have on our Justice Department? The Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder would be so overwhelmed with trying to answer all those lawsuits they would probably just give up and here are the reasons why.

In order to make these lawsuits more impactful on our government it is vitally important to file these lawsuits in such a way where the risk for the government is greater than the reward. In filing these lawsuits the petitioners must demand a jury trial of their peers.

Additionally, they must also request that the respondent, in this case the government, pays their attorney fees. By adding these two caveats into the language of the lawsuits it would make the government think twice in regards to fighting them.

Furthermore, the cost associated with defending the executive orders would be so astronomical that it would literally bankrupt our already bankrupt nation; and stall Barack Obama’s draconian remake of America in the process. Our government is already 16 trillion dollars in debt so there is no extra money to fight back with. With the economy already on the constant brink of collapse the political risk would be too damaging to survive. It is for these reasons that the government would rescind any and all executive orders in regards to gun control.

For those of you who are reading this let me save you the suspense. I am not an attorney nor do I play one on television. What I am is an expert in politics and strategy.

The Republicans in Congress have already shown us that they are not up to the challenge. Their actions on the fiscal cliff deal were nothing short of inept. If we are to count on them to protect us we will never survive as a nation.

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party know they can run roughshod over the Republicans in Congress. They also know that they can execute their leftist agenda on America with little to no resistance. It will be up to us Americans to stop them. We need to outsmart, outfox, and out think the left in order to halt their oppressive agenda for America. We must think outside the box and be more creative in how we attack them.

We can throw around words like treason and impeachment all we want but lets be honest we don’t have the votes right now to see that through. If we win back the Senate and keep the House that’s a different story. But for now we must remain steadfast and vigilant.

Our Founding Fathers were true visionaries. They were the best and brightest men of their time. They created the Constitution in order to protect us from enemies both foreign and domestic. It is time we use what they gave us to defend ourselves and our nation from our government.

My goal is for this article to get passed around more times than a peace pipe at an Occupy Wall Street Rally. So please email, repost, and retweet this to as many people as you know, especially gun owners and attorneys. Time is of the essence here and we must fight now to preserve our rights later. A good idea can only become a great idea when it is acted upon.
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Exposing the tactics and language of the left

nation of sheep3The Democratic Party are masters of deception and illusion. When something sounds too good to be true it usually is. That is how the modern day Democratic Party operates. The left is very adept at hiding their true intentions by misnaming legislation. They can take an unpopular bill and soften its image by giving it a more appealing and inviting name. It is the equivalent of wrapping a piece of coal in a fancy box and putting a bow on top of it.

Here are a few examples of deceptive pieces of legislation:

The American Tax Payer’s Relief Act, also known as the Fiscal Cliff bill does not provide any real tax relief. The way this bill is named one would think it provides tax relief to all Americans. It does not. This bill actually raises taxes on the middle class and adds four trillion dollars to our already 16 trillion dollar deficit. Moreover, it is filled with pet projects and paybacks to people who helped Barack Obama get reelected. This bill does not address the nation’s biggest problem which is spending.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare makes you think that health care will become more affordable. Unfortunately for the American people that is not the case. In fact, most experts agree that not only does it raise health care costs but it strips away competition and will ultimately lead to a one payer system which was always its original intent. If that wasn’t enough it has had a negative effect on the economy by making it harder for small businesses to succeed due to the mandates, regulations, and new taxes.

The Employee Free Choice Act, also known as Card Check leads one to believe that employees will be given more choices. Once again, the devil is in the details. This bill actually would restrict a worker’s right to choose whether or not they want to join a union. Right now if a company and its employees want to unionize it is voted on by secret ballot. This bill would eliminate a worker’s right to vote in secrecy. By removing the secret ballot process you invite undue pressure from outside groups and union representatives. A more appropriate name for this piece of legislation would be the forced unionization act.

The Respect for Marriage Act once again sounds like it would be respectful to traditional marriage however it is anything but. This bill would completely repeal The Defense of Marriage Act in its entirety. The Defense of Marriage Act states in no uncertain terms the definition of marriage as a “union between one man and one woman.” The Respect for Marriage Act not only changes the definition of marriage, but it also voids other states legislative actions in regards to protecting traditional marriage. It should be named the disrespect for traditional marriage act instead.

These are just a few examples of how the left uses deceptive bill naming to trick the American people. We need to expose this trickery and make sure people are aware of how they operate.

The Democratic Party has remained in power not because of their good ideas or that they are the better choice for America; they have remained in power because they present bad ideas in a good light. They are also much better than Republicans when it comes to political warfare. They are masters at vilifying Republicans as evil, out of touch, and uncaring. They have sucessfully launched a disinformation campaign and convinced enough Americans that they are the party of the working class. The left goes around telling Americans that Republicans want to restrict individual freedoms while they force you to pay for health insurance and restrict your health care choices. They sold Americans on taxing the rich while simultaneously raising taxes on the middle class.

The Democratic Party survives and retains their power by using scare tactics and made up crises. They are not concerned with the middle class; they are only concerned with winning their votes. They want an uninformed electorate full of yes we can zombies. The more we allow the left to operate in this capacity the harder it will become to defeat them and save the country. They have become harder to expose due to a blatant and dangerously biased media at their side. It is up to us the freedom loving people of this great nation to find a way around the biased media and launch a successful counter attack.

Sometimes if you try to reason with a bully you just get punched in the nose. It is time we start hitting back. The time for the moral high ground is over. We have been trying that approach for years and look where it has gotten us. You can’t go to a gunfight with a switchblade and expect to win. We need to become more verbally brave and aggressive and never apologize for our beliefs.

When we allow the Democratic Party to paint Republicans as racist because we disagree with Barack Obama than we lose. When we allow the Democratic Party to paint us as extremists because we care about every human life and they don’t than we lose. When we allow the Democratic Party to paint us as uncaring because we would rather create jobs than dependents than we lose. It’s as though we allow the left to hit us over the head with a sledgehammer and instead of making them stop we ask for a rubber mallet so it doesn’t hurt as much?

Politics is a contact sport. If we are to defeat the left’s disinformation campaign we need to change our tactics. We have got to lose the label of compassionate conservatives and start acting like combative warriors. How do you stop a bully from hitting you? You punch him back harder.

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House Republicans cave on spending, embrace higher taxes

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is exactly what just happened once again in Washington. The people that created the country’s economic problems are somehow going to fix them with our tax dollars that we can’t account for and without cutting spending? Even the great Harry Houdini couldn’t make that one happen.

America’s solution to fixing the economy rests in cutting spending not raising taxes. The fiscal cliff bill not only fails to cut spending it actually increases it. According to the Congressional Budget Office this new bill will increase our ever growing deficit by another 4 trillion dollars. But what’s another 4 trillion more when you already owe 16 trillion that you can’t pay for.

The new fiscal bill is a fiscal failure. It fails to cut spending instead it increases it. It fails to lower taxes for middle income Americans instead it raises them by $1,000 a year for incomes $50,000 and up and $2,000 a year for incomes of $100,000 and up. Based on this income bracket the middle class will be the group most affected by this legislation. The ironic element to this bill is it will hit the group the hardest it was designed to help the most. Not only are middle class Americans going to have their taxes increase but also their health insurance premiums due to the Affordable Care Act. Like the old game show Press Your Luck that is like getting hit with a double whammy.

Here’s how tax and spend Liberals and country club Republicans plan on fixing the economy:

First off they will raise taxes on higher income earners. You know the people that already pay the most in taxes. This means that a large percentage of small business owners will be affected by this bill. The fact is a lot of higher income earners are also small business owners. These are the people that hire the majority of workers in this country. And who are these people they mostly employ? Yup, you guessed it, middle and lower income Americans.

Business owners faced with shrinking profit margins, more intrusive government regulations, and higher operating costs will be forced to lay off more workers and close down their shops. Couple that with new taxes and health insurance mandates and small businesses will find it much harder to stay in business in the coming years. For more on this see this article:http://www.examiner.com/article/obamacare-is-bad-for-business-and-bad-for-your-health

Contrary to what Barack Obama may think he can not tax his way out of this mess that he created. The problem is not that our taxes are too low. The problem is that our spending is too high. By not holding firm to major spending cuts the Republicans allowed Congress and Barack Obama to kick the can down the road once again. The truth is the Democratic Party has never had any intention of stopping the out of control spending. That would be like trying to get a leopard to change its spots.

The Democratic Party is either morally insolvent or completely ignorant, or both. They would rather spend the next few generations of our children’s future earnings now in order to consolidate their power in Washington and protect their own self interests.

If both parties were serious about fixing the economy they would have cut all non military discretionary spending programs immediately. If they were serious about energizing the markets they would have set the capitol gains tax at zero for at least the next 90 days in order to spur more investment. If they were serious about allowing more Americans and their families to keep more of their money they would have abolished the inheritance tax completely and forever. If they were serious about avoiding future fiscal cliffs they would have adopted a balanced budget amendment as a requirement of these negotiations.

Instead they raised taxes on capitol gains and increased the inheritance tax from 35% to 40% without addressing the number one problem; reducing spending. If that wasn’t bad enough they actually had the audacity to sneak into this bill some outrageous earmarks too.

Here are your hard earned tax dollars at work:

Included in the final version of the bill was $222 million for rum producers, $59 million for algae growers, $248 million for Hollywood, $78 million for NASCAR and $7 million for electric motorcycles. The last one is particularly interesting as we already have wasted tax payer money on electric cars so we might as well waste it on electric motorcycles too. Maybe the next bill we can fund electric scooters for everyone over 75.

Talking about the fiscal cliff deal Barack Obama said this, “Last year we started reducing the deficit by cutting spending a trillion dollars. In the agreement we reached this week we’ve reduced the deficit even more by asking the wealthiest to pay two percent more.”

Let’s stop right there. None of what Barack Obama said is true. In fact it is the exact opposite. According to the Congressional Budget Office spending last year actually increased by $147 billion dollars. Furthermore, the CBO has stated this new legislation will add an additional 4 trillion more to the deficit.

“We’ve reduced the deficit even more by asking the wealthiest to pay two percent more.”

It is a fact that the wealthiest Americans pay the largest share of the taxes. So if that’s the case then when in a liberal’s mind is enough? How much more should the government take? Is it 50% of your income? Is it 75% of your income like in France? Why not a 100% of your income? Mr. President, when will you learn that confiscating wealth does not create more of it?

The Republican Party is just as guilty. They folded up like a cheap suit and went along just to get along instead of standing by their principles. If they rolled over and played dead on the fiscal cliff how on earth are they going to stand firm against Amnesty and Gun Control?

The answer is they won’t.

The sad part is I predicted this very scenario would unfold the way it did. I knew the Republicans didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the Democratic Party and their leaders. http://www.examiner.com/article/amnesty-and-the-employees-free-choice-act-on-obama-s-wishlist-second-term

So if the Republicans in Congress will not stop the Democratic Party and Barack Obama then who will?

I’m afraid that task will fall on the shoulders of the 60,932,152 freedom loving Americans that voted to save the republic and the country from the 65,899,660 that are trying to destroy it.

In the end there is a powerful lesson all Americans must learn. If you take from the rich you give the rich less incentive. If you give what you have taken from the rich to the poor you make the poor more dependent. Nobody wins.

Republicans and the entire country would have been better off not doing anything rather than signing this bill. This bill does nothing except increase spending and the deficit. It does not solve the nation’s fiscal issues. The only thing this bill is guaranteed to do is lead to the next fiscal cliff.
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Why I support Barack Obama as Time’s Person of the Year

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Barack Obama was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012. An honor bestowed upon almost every president since 1927. Our 44th President is a remarkable president. No president in our nation’s history has accomplished so little in such a short time. No president has ever been elected to the highest office in the land with less experience. No president has ever been reelected with a record as remarkable as this president’s record.

Here are the top 10 reasons why I support Barack Obama as Time’s Person of the Year.

1. For the first time in our nation’s history we had our credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA+. (In terms of baseball that would be the equivalent of being sent back down to the Minor leagues.)

2. The Benghazi Cover Up. Four Americans died in Libya on Sept 11, 2012 while the President watched and did nothing. After the attack the President lied and said it was not a terrorist attack. To make matters worse initially the attack was blamed on a video. (Three months later the American People are still waiting for the truth and an apology.)

3. The President has presided over the worst economy since The Great Depression. His policies, not the ones of his predecessor are the main reason the economy will not recover. The main culprit is his signature achievement. The Affordable Care Act has kept small businesses from hiring, thus exacerbating the problems in regard to the economy. (If we repeal and replace AFA the economy will turn around a lot sooner.)

4. There are 47 million Americans on food stamps right now. (The President has certainly earned his nickname as the Food Stamp President.)

5. It has taken 219 years and 43 former presidents to spend less money than Barack Obama has spent in only his first four years. (As a result of this accomplishment according to U.S. Debt Clock.org that is approximately $52,000 per person.) http://www.usdebtclock.org/

6. With 23 million Americans out of work and the unemployment rate over 8% Barack Obama has not met with his jobs council in over six months. If that wasn’t enough he also removed the work requirement for Welfare. (Mr. President, the greatest social program is a job.)

7. With the threat of a nuclear Iran, the Assad regime in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a Middle East on the verge of eruption, an unstable North Korea, a belligerent Russia, and a power hungry China, the President wants to cut our national defense as well as reduce our nuclear arsenal to pre Cold War levels. (Just for extra fun he also has skipped the majority of his intelligence briefings.)

8. Gas prices when George W. Bush left office were $1.78 a gallon. Gas Prices have routinely been over $3.50 per gallon and continue to grow even higher. (Good call Mr. President on turning down that Keystone Pipeline.)

9. Telling business owners that they are not responsible for building their own businesses. Eluding to the fact that somehow the government had a hand in building their businesses, not the blood, sweat, tears, sacrifice, risk, and money of the entrepreneurs themselves. (Mr. President, why do small businesses fear you again?)

10. Solyndra, Fisker Automotive, General Motors, Fast and Furious, Cash for Clunkers, Spectra Watt, Sun Power, First Solar, Bright Source, the list goes on and on and on.

The folks at Time Magazine sure know how to pick them. They made an excellent choice for their Person of the Year. Barack Obama has accomplished so much in so little time. With his stellar record of achievements what else could he possibly do to better his already stellar record? I know at least half the country right now is waiting on pins and needles to find out. Maybe he will be so successful that he becomes President for life? I’m sure the President’s next four years will be just as successful as his first four years.
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What happened last week in Newtown, CT was an absolute tragedy. A deranged gunman killed 26 people including 20 children before cowardly turning the gun on himself. Twenty children’s lives filled with promise and opportunity came to a violent end. When we send our children off to school we never think to ourselves is this the last time I will see my son or daughter alive? No parent ever thinks about that scenario. However it does happen and it did happen once again. It is every parent’s worst nightmare and one that needs to stop.

So while the friends and families of the victims are grieving, they and almost everybody else is asking the 64,000 dollar question. Why did this happen again? Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened; but it could be the last time if we take the right measures.

From the Jonesboro boys to the Columbine duo to the Virginia Tech Massacre our schools and universities have become favorite targets of deranged gunman. Like fishing in a barrel with dynamite these killers know that elementary schools, high schools, and universities all have one thing in common. They are easy targets. These gunman know that these locations are typically located in gun free zones that present a minimal chance of an armed resistance.

Instead of us focusing on why these things happen we should instead focus on how to prevent them. We may never know the reasons why these lunatics do what they do. We can speculate, we can argue, we can debate. The only people that truly know why are the perpetrators themselves. The problem is most of the time these folks kill themselves and with them their motives for doing what they did.

So let’s focus on the how.

Every time a tragic event such as the Sandy Hook school shooting occurs, the media, the politicians, and the anti gun lobbyists turn on the second amendment. They say guns are the problem and we need to enforce strict gun control laws. The truth is, guns in the hands of law abiding citizens is what has and will continue to keep this nation free and safe. There has been countless stories of armed citizens preventing and even stopping crimes from taking place. If you take away the guns from the good guys than the only ones who will have them are the bad guys, and that doesn’t make much sense.

One only needs to study history to see that gun control leads to tyranny, murder, and control of the people. Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong all took guns away from their people and as a result murdered and slaughtered millions of unarmed civilians. For more on this read this article: http://www.examiner.com/article/an-armed-society-is-a-polite-society-1

So how do we prevent these school shootings from happening?

The answer is controversial, but necessary. The solution to preventing gun violence in schools is to allow the teachers and school administrators to be armed. If more teachers, professors, and administrators were armed on school grounds it would create an environment of fear rather than opportunity in the minds of these school shooters. They would think twice before trying such a brazen act like storming a school to shoot innocent students.

Some might be reading this and thinking guns in school? Is this guy crazy? Well which is worse a deranged lunatic shooting up an unarmed school or a trained and skilled teacher preventing the deranged gunman from killing their students?

We all heard about the stories of the many heroes from last weeks shooting. There was the story of the teacher who hid her students in the closet before she was killed. There was the principle who tried to stop the gunman, and the person who announced over the loud speaker that there was a gunman on the loose in the school.

Imagine if all three of those heroes were armed. The headlines might have been very different and the outcome far less tragic. Hero teacher saves countless lives by killing gunman. Principle of elementary school shoots and kills armed assailant, prevents another school tragedy. Those headlines sound a lot better than armed gunman kills 26 unarmed people, including twenty children.

Arming teachers alone will not stop school shootings entirely. There will have to be additional measures taken as well. Having surveillance cameras inside the classrooms that show every single possible entry point into the school is also a necessity. Another suggestion would be a requirement for plainclothes officers to be on school grounds during school hours. Yet another suggestion would be to have a silent alarm button like tellers have at the bank that alerts the authorities immediately when there is such a threat.

What happened last week in Connecticut is just another example of why gun free zones are a bad idea. If more people were armed there would be less gun violence, not more. There are numerous other steps we can take to make our schools safer and less prone to random acts of violence. Arming our teachers and school administrators is the first step in that process.
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Obamacare is bad for business and your health

Obamacare: Bad for business and your health

One of the main reasons the economy is not recovering is because of the healthcare law. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare is not what the doctor ordered or what the people wanted. Every single poll ever conducted since its inception has shown more Americans in favor of its repeal than against it. The bill is a staggering 2,074 pages of hidden fees, oppressive taxes, and job killing regulations. To give you an idea of just how large this bill is keep in mind that Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace is only 1,440 pages.

According to a recent study from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Obamacare will make it harder to recruit and pay highly qualified workers. Businesses will have to weigh the risk/reward ratio on whether or not they can afford to expand their businesses past 49 employees. Imagine that. A government law that actually punishes a business from growing? Once a business has 50 or more total employees the Obamacare mandate provisions kick in. Many small businesses will be forced to make critical decisions. Should they continue to offer health insurance for their employees or should they pay the fine instead?

The businesses that decide not to expand and remain under 49 employees do not have to offer health insurance. Dropping the insurance for their employees won’t change the fact that those employees will still get fined for not having insurance. Obamacare has already been proven to be bad for business and will continue to cost small businesses more in production, labor, and manufacturing expenditures. Roughly74% of small businesses have said the main reason they are not hiring is because of the law. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the healthcare law will lead to 800,000 fewer jobs by the end of this decade alone.

In a cruel and ironic twist, Obamacare will also disproportionately affect the people it was designed to help the most; the poor. According to a recent joint study by Harvard and the University of Chicago, the workers most affected by Obamacare will be younger workers, minorities, and entry level or labor heavy workers. This is the exact group of people who can least afford to pay anymore for their health insurance. Instead of hiring and training new cashiers, receptionists, and customer service representatives small businesses will be forced to cut costs. They will develop new techniques such as automated kiosks and scanning machines instead of live workers. The end result will be fewer jobs for the people that need them the most. So when the poor get sick and suffer health problems from the added stress of not being able to find a job they can take comfort in the fact that they will be taken care of with government run healthcare.

Here are a few examples of what type of decisions job creators are now asking themselves.

John Schnatter, CEO of Papa Johns Pizza said Obamacare will force him to raise his prices between 11 and 14 cents per slice. Under the law, the company which is the third largest pizza chain in the United States will have to offer healthcare coverage to its more than 16,500 total employees or be subjected to a fine. In order to offset the additional costs associated with the law many businesses like Papa Johns are passing the costs on to their customers by increasing their prices.

Here is a quote from Judy Nichols, a small business owner, “I have two options. The cost for providing health insurance per-worker per-year is approximately $4,000. I can stop offering coverage and pay the $2,000 fine, or I could not expand my business and keep my number of employees under 50 so the mandate does not apply. It unfortunately is a no win situation for me. Obamacare will cost me between 20,000 and 30,000 dollars per year in new taxes. Many businesses owners, including myself are leaning towards dropping the coverage and paying the fine.”

Even a committed liberal like Jim Cramer of CNBC admitted that Obamacare will hurt most businesses. On his Mad Money show he said this, “What I’m telling you is that most of the business leaders that I have spoken with have a real fear of Obamacare. They don’t want to hire, this is part of the underground economy that is going to develop, because nobody wants to put people on the books. People have to recognize that this issue is front and center to every CEO I speak to. They tell me it is less expensive and less burdensome to hire and place workers in other countries. As a result of the law a lot more businesses will set up operations in China, India, or even Mexico.”

On July 16th, 2009 at a rally in Holmdel, New Jersey President Obama said something that we now know is not entirely true. In an attempt to solidify more support for his healthcare bill the President said this. “Let me be clear. If you have health insurance that you like, a doctor that you trust, you can keep your current plan.”

First off, we have learned these last four years that when the President starts a sentence with let me be clear it usually means he is not. His proclamation that you can keep the insurance you have is in many ways the political equivalent of former President Bill Clinton’s ambiguous statement ‘it depends on what the definition of is is.”

The Affordable Care Act, which is the epitome of an oxymoron, was never intended to be anything but a single payer system. The President and the Democrats knew if they could just get their foot through the healthcare door that over time it would become a single payer system through attrition. The law was purposely designed to be so cumbersome, so complicated, and so expensive for businesses that they would get frustrated and just stop offering insurance and pay the fine. Most independent studies have concluded that nearly 70% of privately insured carriers will eventually end up on the government plan.

Another potentionally dangerous stipulation included in Obamacare is known as the Independent Panel Advisory Board. This controversial provision of the bill creates a 15 member panel of unelected bureaucrats in charge of controlling costs. These officials are appointed by the President, the Senate Majority Leader, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader.

Once the board members have been chosen they must be confirmed by the Senate and are appointed for a term of six years. Perhaps what is most chilling about these appointees is the fact that they do not even have to have a medical background! And if this wasn’t enough, they will also be paid a salary of $165,300 per year.

The President and the Democrats insist this panel is not allowed to ration care. There is language in the bill that specifically forbids it. But lets be honest here, they are paid to control costs.

Suppose you have two equally infirm patients. One patient is 25 years younger than the other. Both patients need a life saving operation that would immediately improve their long term health and quality of life. The board realizes that if they authorize both operations it will put them over their proposed budget. Do you really think they’re going to authorize the older patient for the operation? Not a chance. They would instead more likely try to justify their decision by saying to patient A that he/she has had a longer life than patient B. It is time to discuss other means of treatment such as end of life practices and pain management for patient A instead of authorizing a budget busting life saving operation.

Since when is it ever acceptable for the government to play the role of God? What if that was your mother or father? How would you feel?

This is the insidious part of Obamacare that many Americans have a major problem with. Healthcare decisions should only be between the patient, the family, and the doctor. Healthcare decisions should never be between the patient, the family, the doctor, and some unqualified, unelected, government bean counter.

If Obamacare is fully implemented in America our country and our healthcare will never be the same. If you think healthcare is expensive now just wait until it is free and run by the government. Our premiums will sky rocket because there will be less competition. The overall quality of the healthcare we come to expect will also diminish over time. There will also be a shortage of good doctors and specialists as many will leave the profession. What is the best way to ruin the greatest healthcare system in the world? Hand it over to the government to run.
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The fiscal cliff could be the country’s cure

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According to Wikipedia’s definition of the fiscal cliff Americans could suffer a little more short term pain for a lot more long term gain. Americans are used to suffering these last four years so what’s another few more?

The fiscal cliff by their definition is a number of different laws which if left unchanged could lead to tax increases, spending cuts, and a deficit reduction. Two out of the three are just what the doctor ordered. It is only the first one that could create a problem.

According to the United States Treasury Department the George W. Bush Tax Cuts are a major part of the solution not the problem. These tax cuts have become the political football for the Democrats to play with. They rail against them because they don’t fit their narrative however when push comes to shove they always vote to renew them. The Democrats never seem to suffer politically because the propagandist’s in the media always provide cover for them.

The Democrats treat the middle class like their red headed stepchildren. They use scare tactics like the fiscal cliff in order to keep voters on edge and loyal to their party. Then when the time is right they trash Republicans as being obstructionists and play the role of savior by saving the middle class from inevitable ruin by renewing the tax cuts. The best actors and actresses are not in Hollywood. They are in the Democratic Party.

The Bush Tax Cuts are not just a political football for Republicans to kick around; they are sound fiscal policy. They are proven job creators and have been tremendously beneficial to the middle class by shifting a larger share of the individual income taxes paid from lower income earners to higher income earners. These tax cuts have actually helped and in some cases even eliminated the tax burden on lower and middle income Americans. It is for this reason that these tax cuts need to be made permanent and a mandatory part of the negotiations. For more on this see this article. http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-end-the-class-warfare-argument?cid=db_articles

The second part of the fiscal cliff is spending cuts. Do you hear the crickets? Of course spending cuts! The last time I check our deficit was almost 17 trillion with a capital T. Our government has been spending more than it has been taking in for years and it needs to stop. We need to cut all the wasteful programs out of our government and the ones we keep should be returned to the states where they could be run more efficiently.

Another thing we can do is to immediately restore the work requirement for welfare. Ronald Reagan once famously said, “Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. He then goes on to say, “The best and most effective social program the government can help create is a job.” Reagan left no ambiguity as to how he felt towards big government when he famously quipped, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Being on welfare should never be a permanent financial solution for anyone. Removing the work requirement just adds to more government dependency which is exactly what most in the Democratic Party want. This policy is bad for the economy because it dramatically increases spending and allows recipients to become more complacent and ultimately makes it that much harder for people to get off of welfare. When government can’t solve a problem, they throw taxpayer’s money at it. Unfortunately for us it doesn’t provide solutions; it only exacerbates the problem.

The third part is deficit reduction. A constitutional amendment for a balanced budget would be a great start. If the Republicans were smart they would be bringing this up as a mandatory part of the negotiations. This is a winning issue and right now the Democrats are winning the fiscal cliff argument.

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution will make future battles over fiscal policy much more transparent and opaque. The Democrats will not be able to move the goal posts like they do now and Republicans will be able to restore some resemblance of fiscal sanity. In addition, Republicans ought to be exposing all the horrible taxes that are just around the corner from the health care bill. If the Republican Party uses what little left they have in political capitol correctly than they can bypass the media and get the public on their side. A minority in Congress and a majority in America can create a majority in Congress.

Rather than raising taxes on job creators Republicans would be better off just letting the Democrats drive us over the fiscal cliff. By allowing this to happen maybe the American people will finally wake up and realize that liberal policies do not work. Republicans could than be in a stronger position to win in 2014 and beyond. The Republican Party and more importantly the country would benefit in the long run.

Republicans need to stand firm and call the Democrat’s bluff on the fiscal cliff. The Democrats will not allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. They know that if that happened the economy would go into an immediate recession. For political reasons if nothing else they won’t let that happen. However if it did happen along with spending cuts and a deficit reduction you would have the makings of a real recovery. And as the famous Meat Loaf song goes two out of three ain’t bad.
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