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Time to Stop Being Stupid

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.”  ~George Washington (1795)

By Alden L. Benton

Radio commentator Dennis Prager once said, “There are two parties: the dangerous party and the stupid party.  I belong to the stupid party.”  So do I.

The stupid party is, painfully, the Republican Party.

Republicans won control of Congress and the White House on a campaign pledging to lower taxes, repeal Obamacare, reduce the regulatory burden, and get the economy moving.

So now, 7 ½ do-nothing months after the election, the Republican Congress is locked and loaded and ready to shoot themselves in their collective head.

Congress is consumed with diddly, meaningless mule fritters.  Forget all the manufactured Boogeymen and unsourced “news.”  You have strength in numbers, forget making nice with the dangerous party.

Stick to business.  Forge ahead and keep your promises or the same angry electorate will kick your collective backsides to the curb where, heaven forbid, you will actually have to work 40 hour per week instead of 21 days in seven months.

Now it appears that the Republican Party is not going to trash Obamacare after all.  After all the rhetoric and promises, now the plan is to replace Obamacare with Obamacare on steroids.

So much for integrity.  How pathetic.

The electorate spoke loud and clear last November.  Congressional Republicans must be deaf corrupt, or just fantastically stupid.  The movie character Forest Gump said it best, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

What we want is so simple, a fifth-grader can understand.  People cannot buy the health insurance they want, they cannot see the doctors they want, and they cannot afford their premiums and deductibles.

Simple, so get off your collective derrieres and fix the problem.  However, the real question is why did this happen.

This problem is a direct result of the ill-conceived experiment in socialized medicine outrageously titled the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA was foist upon us by corrupt Congressional leadership who illegally manipulated the legislative process to create and pass a bill no one ever read.  In practice, the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable, has significantly degraded care, and is crashing burning before our very eyes.

Let me be crystal-clear.  Obamacare by any other name is still a massive, unaffordable government fiasco that will fail and leave everyone, especially the elderly and poor, dangerously vulnerable.

Like the original, the replacement bill will give us no choices and drive prices into the stratosphere.  Once prices become out of control, the only solution will be yet another massive government program that will eventually destroy our economy.

Stop the one-size-fits-all fantasy.  It will never work.  There is no free ride.  When something is free, it was taken from someone else.  Socialized anything does not work for long for, as Margaret Thatcher said, “The only trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

Do not replace Obamacare.  Eliminate it.  Kill it and bury it in an unmarked grave with all the other estimated 200 million victims of socialist/communist violence.

It is time the people who elected them to hold the collective feet of Congress to the fire.  Call, write, fax, tweet them relentlessly and tell them to put Obamacare, or any reiteration of it, in the trash.

We do not need government run healthcare.  We do not need more government.  We do not need government telling us when and how we shall treat our maladies.

Enough!

We need to remove the barriers that inhibit the free market.  Only the free market will bring innovative new solutions to healthcare.  The free market spurs competition, provides more choices, and drives prices down.

Act now and stop Congress and the Stupid Party from doing what comes naturally.  Maybe we actually can fix stupid.

“The alternate triumphs of different parties … make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels.”
~ George Washington, Farewell Address (1796)


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We the People — Part 1

“The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”
~Alexander Hamilton

By Alden Benton

There are less than 30 days until the national election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 

While most of our attention is focused on the race for the presidency, the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the United States Senate will also be selected.  In addition, there are myriad state and local elections to select those who would govern and to settle numerous policy decisions.

In California, where I reside and vote, voters have two important tools to keep their government in check: initiative and referendum.  The California State Constitution allows Californians, with a specified number of qualified signatures, to recall any state elected official.  The last time this happened was in 2003, when voters recalled then Governor Gray Davis and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California also allows its citizens to enact new laws, force laws passed by the legislature onto the ballot for a public vote, or amend the state’s Constitution through the initiative process.  In the November 8 election, voters will decide the fate of 17 initiatives on a variety of issues facing the state.

This article is the first in a series to explain what each measure proposes to do, without the partisan noise and bias muddling the issues. 

As a disclaimer, I am a registered Republican in the deep blue state of California.  Those of you who know me, or have read my articles, know I have a conservative worldview. 

However, in my analysis of these measures, I will endeavor to stick to the letter of each measure in determining its potential effects.  Whether or not those outcomes are acceptable to my readers is their choice.

I fully subscribe to the motto of the old Scripps‑Howard newspapers, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”  That light is the truth, unbiased by personal feelings or political ideology.

Here are nine rules I follow during election season.  These rules help save my sanity, keep my friends, and cut through all the nonsense propagated on television, radio, and the internet.  These rules ensure that I reach reasoned conclusions about the candidates and proposals put before me.

  • Rule 1: Politicians and political commercials lie.
  • Rule 2: Throw away all political mailings (See Rule 1)
  • Rule 3: Stop listening to, or reading, the news (See Rule 1)
  • Rule 4: Forget the debates and forums.  They are all pre-planned, staged circuses (See Rule 1)
  • Rule 5: If you want to keep them, do not talk politics with your friends and family
  • Rule 6: The official titles of the initiative proposals are misleading or deceptive (See Rule 1)
  • Rule 7: Never read the arguments for or against a proposition (See Rule 1)
  • Rule 8: Always read the background and summary of the Legislative Analyst
  • Rule 9: If you want to know exactly what you are voting for, always read the text of the proposal (See Rule 1).

In Part 2, I will begin my analysis of the California ballot propositions.

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”  ~Samuel Adams


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A Moral Change of Mind

“For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.”
~Benjamin Franklin

By Alden L. Benton

Now that the circus of the party conventions is over, it is time to take a serious look at the candidates they’ve presented to us who want to become the next president of the United States.

A fundamental question arises that all voters must answer: Which candidate represents the vision of America I would like to see?  This question transcends politics, personality, and party.  Both candidates have flaws.  So how should we vote, or should we even vote?

First, yes we must vote.  Voting is a right all adult citizens possess.  It is also a privilege.  We must take extreme care in deciding whom to select as the next president.

The individual voter owes it to the nation to make an informed decision.  The greatest danger to our republic and our liberty is the low-information voter, for as John Adams said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

In recent columns, I wrote about the lack of principles of the leading candidates and suggested following the recommendation of Charles Spurgeon who said, “Of two evils, choose neither.”  My most recent column suggested an alternative solution, a solution that I no longer feel is viable.

After some research and thought, I have decided to go in another direction.

The future of America is at stake in this election and that future is far more important than party or personality.

My vision is to rebuild America, to restore the rule of law, to restore its founding principles, to restore its strength and vitality, to make us secure, and to return control of our lives to the people.

Finally, this election provides Americans the opportunity, perhaps our last, to marginalize those who would enslave us.  The so-called Progressives and their programs will do just that for, as John Adams also said,

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country.  One is by the sword.  The other is by debt.”

We all have been misinformed and, at worst, lied to, and manipulated by, the Progressive propaganda machine that masquerades as the mass media.  Conservative and religious thinking, coupled with principled behavior, are enemies of a cause that demands conformity. 

Progressives demand conformity through political correctness and silence enforced by shouting down those who disagree.  If that fails, they call you a racist or some other form of politically contrived phobia.  Finally, if you don’t sit down and shut up, Progressives, like schoolyard bullies when they don’t get their way, resort to violence.

Intimidation, fear, and political violence have no place in a Republic or in any civilized society.

If preserving my vision for the future of America and crippling the Progressive movement means voting for a flawed candidate, then morally, that is what I must do.

Therefore, the only viable choice to make this vision of America possible is to cast my vote for Donald Trump.

I encourage you to read this article by Wayne Grudem: Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice.  Gruden, a professor of theology and biblical studies, presents a reasoned, detailed, and eloquent argument for this position.

 Finally, to underscore the importance of this election, Dennis Prager wrote,

“… it is vital to understand what will happen if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.  This country will be so far from what the Founding Fathers wanted, so different from what the #NeverTrumpers have always fought for, that it is almost impossible to see how America could recover from her — or any Democrat’s — victory.”

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  ~James 4:17 NASB

“Always stand on principle … even if you stand alone.”  ~John Adams


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Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” 

~John Adams

By Alden L. Benton

The hoopla of the primaries is all but over. 

The upcoming party conventions are an expensive waste of time and effort as the two leading candidates have been assured the nomination of their party.

We have been presented with two very distasteful candidates.  To participate in the process, we are now forced to choose between a treasonous liar and an arrogant, pompous gasbag.  Dumb versus dumber: Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Clinton is a socialist masquerading as a Democrat.  Trump is a Democrat masquerading as a Republican.

Both candidates are disingenuous hypocrites unworthy, politically or morally, of even visiting the White House, let alone occupying it as president.

Neither candidate has offered any tangible or detailed solutions to the myriad ailments and issues facing the United States now and into the future.

Neither candidate will take us forward, indeed, they most likely will, at best, maintain the status quo of massive debt, irresponsible spending, burdensome regulations, ever- higher taxes on the 100 per cent, and the ever-creeping loss of personal freedom under the guise of security, safety, and “free” stuff for all.  At worst, either candidate will accelerate our descent into the hell of socialism.

We have been forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.  This is not acceptable.  Charles Spurgeon, a 19th century Baptist preacher and author, advises us:
“Of two evils, choose neither.”

For those of you reading my blog for the first time, I am conservative and a Christian.  I believe that, to the best of our abilities, you work hard and take care of your family, honor God, and work hard at living a principled, ethical, and moral life.  In this context, Spurgeon’s advice is sound.

Advance the calendar from the mid-1800s of Spurgeon’s time to 2016.  The United States is fast becoming a godless, socialistic state transformed from a nation based on the rule of law and ordered liberty to a liberty-killing governmental leviathan that seeks to control every aspect of human behavior.  Spurgeon’s advice remains sound.

Which do we choose?  Who do we choose? 

Do we choose dumb or dumber?

Do we choose a liar and criminal or a gasbag pretender?

Do we choose democracy and a republic based upon ordered liberty, the rule of law, and opportunity, or socialism and government sanctioned equality of outcome resulting in poverty and misery?

Unfortunately, the only choices presented in the upcoming election are not between opposing principles, but between two unprincipled individuals.

Heads they win, tails you lose.

“Of two evils, choose neither.”

“Evil things are easy things: for they are natural to our fallen nature.  Right things are rare flowers that need cultivation.”  ~Charles Spurgeon


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Democrats Launch Attack on First Amendment Freedoms

By Alden L. Benton

The political Left and the Democratic Party will not rest until they gain absolute control over every aspect of our lives, both public and private. 

The political Left is a malignant cancer spreading throughout the American system, choking and sickening it until it dies a painful death.

The political Left seeks to establish a fantasy land where all are equal — equally poor and controlled by a mastermind or a group of “experts” who will tell you what is best for you.  This is Statism.  Statism is a political philosophy where the individual’s rights are granted by, and subject to the whims of, the central government.

Not only must B. Hussein Obama be purged from office, but all of his crooks, cronies, and communists, and the rest of the useful idiots that populate the political Left.  They are all dangerous to our lives and liberty as free citizens under the Constitution of the United States.

The Left has tried to marginalize Congress and the Supreme Court by concentrating and abusing power in the Executive Branch.  They ignore or subvert the Constitution through reams of executive orders, millions of pages of regulations, and Czars accountable only to the king, I mean president.

Now the Democrats have mounted a direct assault on the Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment by proposing a “People’s Rights Amendment” to the Constitution.

The Democrats, led by the increasingly sickening House Minority Leader Nancy “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Pelosi (D-CA), claim they want to take the money out of politics.

According to CNS News,

“The constitutional amendment the Democrats seek would reverse the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  In that decision the court said that the First Amendment protects a right of free speech for corporations as well as for individuals, and that corporations (including those that produce newspapers, films, and books) have a right to speak about politicians and their records just as individuals do.”

A usual, the Democrats cloak their true intent with warm and fuzzy, feel-good language.  By claiming to take money out of the process and stating the Citizens United decision has unleashed a slime, Pelosi is obfuscating the truth.  The proposed amendment has dangerous and far-reaching effects.

A National Review editorial says, “…Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats, frustrated by the fact that the Bill of Rights interferes with their desire to muzzle their political opponents, have proposed to repeal the First Amendment … The amendment would hold that the rights protected by the Constitution are enjoyed only by individuals acting individually; individuals acting in collaboration with others would be stripped of those rights.”

That is the goal of the Statist: Eliminate the rights of individuals or groups so they cannot challenge the “Divine Rights” of the masterminds, the anointed ones.  This is nothing new, as Chief Justice John Roberts noted in his opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:

“The government urges us in this case to uphold a direct prohibition on political speech,” wrote Roberts.  “It asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concerns.”

Under the proposed amendment, the foundation of personal liberty established in the first amendment would be gutted.  Instead of stating, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the First Amendment would read more like “Congress shall make laws regulating all the people’s behavior concerning religion, speech, the press, and of assembly, and everything else.”

“The so-called People’s Rights Amendment would have some strange consequences: Newspapers, television networks, magazines, and online journalism operations typically are incorporated.  So are political parties and campaign committees, to say nothing of nonprofits, business associations, and the like.  Under the People’s Rights Amendment, Thomas Friedman would still enjoy putative First Amendment protection, but it would not do him much good inasmuch as the New York Times Company, being a corporation, would no longer be protected by the First Amendment.  In short, any political speech more complex than standing on a soapbox at an intersection would be subject to the whims of Nancy Pelosi,” according to the National Review.

This is not a distraction or diversion.  This is Statism rearing its ugly head and trying to flex its muscles.  As this proposal moves forward, the Left will use the same tired and divisive racial, economic, and sexual class warfare rhetoric to beat us into submission and acceptance of this Trojan horse. 

We must not allow ourselves to be fooled or distracted.  Even the thought of amending the linchpin of the Bill of Rights is cause for grave concern for our future as a free people.  It must stop now.

Fortunately, amending the Constitution is a very difficult process.  There are two ways amendments proposed and passed.  Article 5 of the Constitution states:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress….”

If the stupid party (Republicans) doesn’t drink the Koolade, the dangerous party (Democrats) cannot muster a two-thirds majority to advance this obscene amendment to the States.

We cannot let the Statists destroy the First Amendment.  It is one of our primary defenses against governmental abuse of power and the destruction of personal liberty. 

Without the protections of the First Amendment, the entire Bill of Rights is in jeopardy.  Without the Bill of Rights, we become a nation of slaves; slaves to the government that was designed to be our servant, not our master. 

“…Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty once lost is lost forever.  When the People once surrendered their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.” ~John Adams 


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Time to Turn Down the Rhetoric

By Alden L. Benton

An article in today’s The Hill reports that the Senate blocked an amendment offered by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) that would allow “any employers opt out of healthcare coverage mandates that violate their religious or moral beliefs.” 

The amendment failed 51-48 with three Democrats (Joe Manchin –W.VA, Bob Casey –PA, and Bob Nelson-NE) voting with Republicans and one Republican (Olympia Snowe –Maine) voting with the Democrats.

The amendment was in response to Health and Human Services’ assault on the First Amendment through requiring everyone to buy insurance that covers the cost of contraception and abortion services.

The Democrats have ratcheted up the hype and lies, as only they can do.  The current mantra is that without this draconian, anti-religious mandate, women will be denied their “right” to access these drugs and services.

Hogwash!  Thanks to tax-supported organizations like Planned Parenthood, we virtually have abortion on demand for any woman of any economic status at very little, if any, cost.  Contraceptives are inexpensive and available at any drug store in the country.  If a prescription is required, no problem as there are thousands of tax-supported clinics to provide them.

So just how is not forcing everyone to buy insurance to pay for this denying anyone’s ability to obtain an abortion or contraceptives? 

It does not.  It is nothing more than lies and distortion by the left to legitimize an ever expanding government and its control over the lives of individual Americans.  It is also an overt attempt to marginalize the influence of religion in American society.

The Republican Party has framed the issue as an attack on the religious freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

While I agree with this argument, fighting Obamacare mandates and regulations one by one will fail, even if the Republicans gain control of the Senate.

The only way to kill the myriad evils of Obamacare is to repeal it.  Even if the U.S. Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional, repeal every remaining vestige of it.

The only way this will happen is for the Republican Party to keep control of the House, gain control of the Senate, and elect a Republican president.


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Occupy Movement Post Mortem

By Alden L. Benton

“If you want total security, go to prison.  There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care, and so on.  The only thing lacking… is freedom.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I offer President Eisenhower’s statement as a eulogy to the passing of the Occupy movement.

The press spoke and penned many words about the Occupy movement.  No matter how the bias of the pres tried to spin it, the Occupy movement was an orchestrated, desperate, attempt by anarchists, communists, Muslim radicals, the Democratic Party, labor unions, and other unsavory groups, to create chaos. Their goal: to disrupt, distract, and destroy the United States of America and replace it with a Marxist socialist-communist state. 

To say this rabble represented any American’s interest is both a lie and an egregious insult to a vast majority of Americans of every economic or social status.  Occupy protestors represented no one except themselves in pursuit of their own selfish demands for a free ride.  They are no more than spoiled children, no matter their age, pitching temper tantrums.  They are amoral, violent, filthy, hedonistic narcissists.  As Newt Gingrich said, they should all take a bath and get a job.

The cities they have occupied have grown weary and thrown their sorry backsides and their putrid mess out.  Good riddance.  This is what your tax dollars have purchased: an illiterate generation that cannot articulate a coherent thought or get a job, even in a good economy. 

My hope, as I relegate the ashes of the Occupy movement to the garage dump of history, is that the 99 per cent these fools claimed to represent wake up and reclaim this great nation; starting on November 6, 2012.

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”  ~Douglas MacArthur


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Occupy Wall Street Only Represents Themselves

By Alden L. Benton

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.  If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”  ~John Adams, 1787

Growing up in the 1950s there was a word we used when referring to people who refused to work and lived off the generosity of others: freeloader. 

Today the same type of person occupies public places and private property, refuses to work, and demands that the political and economic systems be changed so that they can have everything they want — at other’s expense.  They call themselves Occupy Wall Street; in reality they are anarchists.

Occupy Wall Street is nothing but a bunch of thugs and revolutionaries who want to destroy the American system, and thus America.

In their self-absorbed arrogance, they claim to represent 99 per cent of America.  Well, they don’t represent me and they do not represent anyone who actually works for a living, pays their bills, and expects nothing but a fair chance to succeed in the life they have chosen.

These destroyers want only to create chaos.  Just look at the chaos they caused by blocking the Brooklyn bridge.  Just look at the economic hardships they are causing by their blockade of the port of Oakland, California, the fourth busiest port in the nation.

They, like their radical union supporters (SEIU, NEA, and Teamsters) and the delusional thugs of the Democratic Party, are violent.  Remember the riots, violence, and destruction in Seattle, Washington, during meetings of the International Monetary Fund or during the teachers’ union protests in Wisconsin?

We face myriad problems in this country, but destroying the economic system and replacing our constitutional republic with a communistic dictatorship to install their utopian fantasy is not the answer.

Occupy Wall Street, and their derivatives around the country, is a dangerous fraud.  It is time Americans stop listening to their warped drum beats and grade school chants.  It is time Americans stop listening to the enablers of Occupy Wall Street in the press, the Democratic Party, and the White House.

The clueless lemmings of the Occupy movement are a dangerous distraction from the real problems that plague us.  They have no viable solutions.  They do not represent anyone but themselves.

If you still think Occupy Wall Street is just a harmless, Flea Party of unwashed, recycled radicals from the 1960s, look at the list of communist, Islamist, racist, and other assorted America-hating Occupy Wall Street supporters who all seek to overthrow and fundamentally remake America. (List of OWS Official Supporters).

Enough!


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