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The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so. – Ronald Reagan

Category: Liberty

Why You Should Support Mitt Romney For President


I have not until recently supported Mitt Romney for President; I felt there were others who might have had a better chance of defeating Barack Obama, or make a better President, which are my primary desires in this election. In all honesty, I hadn’t done as much research on Romney, as I had for the others that I supported along the way. One by one those others have dropped out, for a myriad of reasons, some valid, some just dirty politics, until now the Republican nominee has been picked. Although I may disagree with some of the Republican parties underhanded dealings in regard to these candidates along the way, the bottom line is Romney is the candidate. If we want to overthrow the failed Obama regime, we must come together behind our best hope to do that.

I self-identify as a Conservative-Libertarian, now the Libertarian Candidate for President is a gentleman named, Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, and his VP running mate is Jim Gray, a former Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California. These men share most of my political beliefs and would carry those values to the highest office in the land, so why am I not going to vote for them, and why will I try to convince my friends, of all political stripes to follow my lead? Well I’ll tell you and hopefully convince you to follow my advise.

My answer to that question is two-fold, first I’ve learned a valuable lesson during a couple of past elections. In 1992 I was unhappy with the administration of Gorge H.W. Bush over the previous four years, and I disliked the proposition of the lecherous Bill Clinton even less, so I threw my support to Ross Perot. Fast forward to 2008, convinced of the extreme leftist, no socialist, leanings of Barack Obama and not being thrilled with the choice of John McCain, I followed my Libertarian conscience, and voted for Bob Barr, the former Georgia Congressman and Libertarian Presidential candidate.

The problem in both cases was that liberals are rarely swayed from the Democratic party line, I used to say that Democrats would vote for Bozo the Clown if he ran on the Democratic ticket. Most conservatives, and independents on the other hand are not so mindlessly loyal to a party line. The result is that the liberal vote will rarely be split, but the conservative/independent vote will. While I don’t believe that my vote for Barr in ’08 was part of an overall national trend, my vote for Perot in ’92 certainly was. The proof is that Clinton won that election by the smallest percentage of the vote in 80 years, and the fourth lowest in history.

The moral of this story is that this election is far too important to do anything but vote for the only man who has a shot at dethroning Emperor Obama. I’ll touch more on that title in a minute, but those of us who despise the policies, abuses of power, and corrupt cabinet members these past four years, must unite in a strong front to drive the tyrant from the White House.

The second reason I want to encourage my friends and colleagues to support Mitt Romney is because of what I have learned about the man since I began to really look at the presumptive nominee when virtually all other contenders had fallen by the wayside. Ron Paul’s fall from contention was not so much a choice, but rather he was pushed off a cliff by his party, in a disgraceful act of back stabbing. While I do not condone the dirty tricks employed by the Republican leadership, and believe it could signal the end of the “Grand Old Party” just as the GOP replaced the Whig party in the 1860’s, due to the corruption and pro-slavery faction in the party. The Tea Party may gain even more supporters now, from more Republicans who are equally disgusted by the antics of a party that is rapidly losing sight of the values it was founded upon, and leadership self-interest.

However, despite my unhappiness with the party leadership, the fact remains that Obama must go! Mitt Romney is our last best hope to accomplish that goal. I understand why many are unhappy with Obama, but don’t like Romney or the Republican party either, so they are thinking of throwing their vote elsewhere. Before you do, consider this. Unlike BHO who came to power with absolutely no experience in the private sector, he never ran a business, or never held an administrative position in any city, county or state government. He was a lawyer, university lecturer (NOT a professor), and a community organizer. Finally he was a two term Senator who spent most of that time running for President. Does all that tremendous experience show in the terrific leadership and accomplishments of the last four years? (Sarcasm intended)

By contrast, Mitt Romney is a successful businessman, who created jobs, was recruited to help save the Salt Lake Winter Olympics when the organization was suffering from corruption and losing corporate sponsors, and running in the red. He stepped in, made management changes, reduced budgets, stepped up fundraising, and ultimately closed the Olympics with a $100 million profit. From there Mitt went on to run for and win election in 2002 as governor of the extremely liberal state of Massachusetts. In a state with a large Democratic majority in both houses, he was successful in turning around a bad economy, and enjoying a budget surplus the last two years of his term. To his credit, he even declined a salary as governor. He’s shown a proven track record in business and political leadership roles. Something sorely lacking in the White House these past several years.

Now, I didn’t vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, I had heard my dad complain about him as governor of California, and knew that Carter was a miserable failure as President, so I wrote in for another former governor who wasn’t even on the ballot. A wasted vote, because I didn’t want to vote for people I wouldn’t want in office. I corrected my mistake with Reagan four years later and I still greatly admire the man. I wish we had politicians of his caliber today. One of my favorite Reagan quotes was…

Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

Obama has done nothing but appeal to people’s worst fears, and raised doubts about our collective future, not to mention trampling on our liberty. I was wrong about Reagan in the first election, and I pray that I will be proven right about Mitt Romney for the faith I am placing in him to live up to those words from the Gipper, whether he claims to or not. Obama is running a negative campaign against Romney, not because Romney is an evil man, but rather because he has no record to run on. Romney has a record of success in business, and politics. Experience Obama didn’t have before taking office, and still doesn’t four years later. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, Obama has done has earned him a second term.

Finally back to my earlier comment about “dethroning Emperor Obama”. I call him this for numerous reasons, first as I have written about before in this blog, was his “extrajudicial killing” of two men, both U.S. citizens, as well as the 16-year-old son of one of the men, by a drone attack in Yemen. The explanation given by the White House was the men were Al Qaeda operatives who promoted terrorist attacks against Americans. While I find the evidence compelling, as citizens of this country they had certain constitutionally protected rights, not the least of which were a trial before being executed. What possible ego could make anyone in government can place himself above the constitution and kill another citizen without trial? For anyone but this emperor, that’s called murder. While I feel this is the gravest example, there are some others.

After failing to get his way with congress on many occasions, last fall Obama said “We can’t wait.” and vowed to bypass congress and rule by executive order. Between November 1, 2011 and August 10, 2012, Obama has signed 35 executive orders and has at least two others in the planning stages now. Many of them contradict the will of congress. The founders set up a system of checks & balances for a reason, but the emperor doth protest. Thomas Jefferson said “In matters of power let no more be heard of the confidence in man but bind them down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Obama will have nothing of it, he has an agenda and the congress and constitution be damned!

I’m sure I do not need to go on any further as these examples alone more than show why Obama is a tyrant, who is not to be trusted with the limited power of the presidency, because he refuses to be bound by the constitutional limits of the office. George W. Bush while in his lame duck second term, made many of us who supported him for reelection disappointed with his wild spending and power plays. However, if you think GW was bad, just imagine a second term of Barack Obama unbridled. The republic will be gone and we will indeed live under an Emperor rather than a Constitutional Republic.

Please, no matter how the Obama campaign and their palace guards in the media try to scare you about Romney and Ryan, stop and think back to Obama circa 2009, when he stated that his presidency would be a “one-term proposition” if the economy did not turn around on his watch in “three years.” Well folks, are you better off today than you were three years ago? The bogus, but “Official” unemployment rate has hovered at over 8% these past three years, for blacks it’s over 11%. In 2000 the U.S. was ranked #1 in individual wealth in the world, in 2009 we were down to #7, a 5 point drop from 2008. Median household income in the U.S. declined from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009. 

When Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million. According to Reuters, nearly 24 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now. Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million. No wonder Newt Gingrich called Obama the “Food Stamp President”. When Obama took office, an ounce of gold was selling for about $850.  Today that ounce of gold costs more than $1700. The number of Americans that are not paying federal incomes taxes is at an all-time high. And finally, but not all-inclusive, during the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

Who do you want to lead us through this crisis, a man whose a proven failure, or a man whose a proven success?

I rest my case.

Why don’t liberals ever learn?


While liberals claim to be the guardians of tolerance; and are always quick to put up their battle cry of “Intolerance” when anyone speaks their mind about things with which liberals disagree. The reality is that their tolerance is only for those who agree with their point of view, for these liberal hypocrites, tolerance is a one-way street. Two recent examples are the recent hoopla over the comments of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A who committed the sin of stating his belief in the traditional, no “Biblical”, definition of marriage. Oh the liberals began screaming that this man was a hate monger and of course began a push to boycott Chick-Fil-A restaurants.

Let’s not forget that there was also a controversy stirred up over comments made by Rush Limbaugh a few months ago, when he called a female college student a whore and a slut. This was after she gave some self-serving statements to a group of congressional Democrats, gathered up by Nancy Pelosi, into a pseudo-committee hearing, with the expressed purpose of getting the young woman’s comments in the congressional record, as well as in front of the news media. This was Pelosi’s end run after a real congressional committee declined to allow the student to testify on behalf of taxpayer-funded birth control, because she was not an expert witness. Liberals, even those who had publically called Conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman those same names with complete impunity, screamed for Limbaugh’s head.

So what do these two seemingly different events have in common? Simple, in both cases the (in)tolerant left attempted to organize boycotts. With Limbaugh, the left pressured advertisers to drop their advertising on Limbaugh’s number one rated radio program or be boycotted. With Chick-Fil-A they called for people not to patronize the fast food chain. The result in both cases was not only a complete failure to get their way, but the attempted boycotts backfired and the outcomes were the opposite of what the liberals had wanted.

In the Limbaugh case, some advertisers bowed to the pressure applied by the left, and those advertisers ultimately paid a heavy price for their actions. One example is Carbonite, an online data backup service provider, whose CEO now admits that dropping advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show hurt their bottom line much more than expected, and many other advertisers who dropped their ads have indicated similar negative results. At the same time, the number of advertisers wanting to get on the Limbaugh show actually grew as a result of the controversy, with Limbaugh turning many away, and refusing to take back those who quickly saw the error of their ways.

Now, when the leftist media twisted the words of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, from an endorsement of traditional marriage, into a make-believe gay-bashing story, they only succeeded in putting their feet in their collective mouths. These talking heads and their mindless followers still haven’t learned that they are the minority in this country. That their ideas are not those of the majority of Americans and that this otherwise “silent” majority will drown out the screaming liberals with their money, supporting those with whom they agree, and starving out those who don’t share their values or try to coerce them.

When the media and the LGBT crowd screamed for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A, the backlash was swift and I’m sure surprising to these nit-wits who just won’t learn from history. When the media firestorm erupted, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, started a campaign to support the beleaguered chain with a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day” to be held on August 1st. The result was staggering; with the chain seeing  record-breaking sales on Wednesday, including many locations actually running out of food.  Read about it here  & here.  Not surprisingly, the mainstream media has been all but silent about this incredible show of support.

What I do find surprising is that other corporations are stupid enough to get in on the wrong side of the issue. A Wendy’s franchise owner with 86 locations in North and South Carolina had a number of their stores put up “”We stand with Chick-fil-A” signs. But when word got out, Wendy’s corporate officials put pressure on the franchisee to remove the signs, and later those same officials sent an email to WBTV, in Charlotte, North Carolina saying…  

“This is one independent franchisee’s personal opinion. We are proud to serve customers of varied races, backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientation, with different beliefs and values, bearing that in mind, this franchisee has decided to remove the messages from his restaurant signs.”

What these corporate dorks fail to understand is that Chick-Fil-A is likewise proud to serve all their customers without regard to any of those stated differences. The franchisee that showed support for Chick-Fil-A is far more in step with public sentiment, and a truly inclusive mind-set, than the corporate dorks who sent that email.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


The Declaration of Independence

Today in honor of the 236 anniversary of the above document, I am parting from my usual political opining, and posting this as a reminder of what it is we’re celebrating today. What follows is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence. I will add a few thoughts at the end, but please read this today of all days and make it a point to do so every year on this day. Without further delay…

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
Delaware:
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
Massachusetts:
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
Connecticut:
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton

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Some final thoughts…   Read those last couple of lines again, they pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor. I think Walter Lippmann, said it best when he said “He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” Those signers pledged their “Sacred Honor” knowing that doing so made them traitors to the crown of England. Do you have honor as defined above? Would you be willing to sign the Declaration today? I know I would, and the day may soon come when it will be necessary for people of honor to once more stand shoulder to shoulder and remind the tyrants you tread on our liberties who’s the  boss.

This is flying below my stars & stripes today.