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An Open Letter to Congress Part 2

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

In my last post, I began an open letter to Congress criticizing their self-serving cowardice and lack of integrity.  I issued a warning that we are watching and we will judge them harshly if they fail to deliver as promised.

Today I lay out a basic plan, an agenda, for Congress to fulfill the mandate delivered in the last election.  In doing this, I am making a leap of faith.  I am assuming that the majority of Congress will grow a spine and have the courage and integrity to look beyond the next election, and beyond the demands of the donor and lobbying class, to solve the festering long-term problems that face the nation.

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

When your loyalty returns to the people, and to the nation, the solutions to our problems become amazingly clear and simple.  Here is a simple agenda that this Congress can easily complete and send to the president’s desk.

Repeal Obamacare and its myriad regulations in its entirety.  Do not replace it with another form of big government boondoggle.

If necessary, pass simple clear legislation, under the true meaning of the commerce clause, to ensure individuals are able to participate fully in a free and open market to purchase a health insurance policy from another state.

Make any adjustments, such as protecting individuals with preexisting condition, simply and directly in separately deliberated legislation.

Tax reform is even simpler.

Eliminate the entire labyrinth of the U.S. tax code.

Replace the tax code with a flat tax.  Everyone will pay a truly fair share.  If the rate is 10 per cent, then both the rich and the poor will pay their proportionate share.  No games.  No deductions.  No withholding.  No Internal Revenue Service.

Balancing the budget is not rocket science.

As any responsible head of household would do, cut up the credit cards, stop borrowing, and stop spending more than is earned.

This is a simple, rational concept that even Congress should understand and they could easily apply it to the federal budget process if they can put aside their selfish partisan wrangling and gets down to the business of putting the long-term well-being of country ahead of themselves.

Additionally, if spending and revenue are balanced, there will be no need, except in extreme emergencies, to borrow money.  As the old saying goes, never a borrower or lender be.

By balancing the budget and eliminating borrowing, the national debt will decline over time.  By balancing the budget, and funding only the projects deemed absolutely necessary and within the limitations of the enumerated powers in the Constitution, the need for large, ineffective, and costly federal bureaucracies becomes unnecessary, effectively downsizing the government.  In effect, this drains the swamp.

As spending contracts, the government contracts, and the less the government has to spend creates a smaller pie for the lobbyists and big donors to carve, thereby lessening their influence, and minimizing government interference in our lives.

We must make hard choices in order to achieve these goals.  Attitudes, both inside and outside of our government, must change.

The decades long tax and spend mentality must die.

The “gimme” mentality must die.  There can be no more free rides.

We must restructure the major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) to maintain their continued viability and their ability to continue to serve their recipients.

It all starts with Congress.  Congress must grow a spine.  Congress must muster the courage and integrity to deal with these long-term issues now.  The country cannot wait.

The time to act is now.  We cannot wait until sometime far in the future in a galaxy far, far away, when all the stars and planets are in perfect alignment.

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”  ~Barry Goldwater


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An Open Letter to Congress Part 1

“Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes — and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?”  ~Barry Goldwater

By Alden L. Benton

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

We, the people, spoke last November and swept the majority of into office because of your campaign promises.

You all have made similar promises, promises to repeal Obamacare, restructure the tax code, and balance the budget.

We also want you to take steps to eliminate the national debt, return to the rule of law, and to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C.

Words are cheap.

We are closely watching what you do, and so far, you have failed.

We have a warning for all of you from any political party: Do what we ask.  Period.  As my father would say, we want no ifs ands or buts.

It is called integrity.

If you fail us, if you break our trust, the only way you will ever see Washington, D.C., again will be through the windows of a tour bus.

Since most of you are career politicians who spend your days wheeling and dealing, peddling lies, corruption, influence, while pursuing obstructive self-interest and party political gain, it is clear that none of you have a clue what integrity means.

Integrity is defined as an adherence to moral and ethical principles; having a soundness of moral character; honesty, the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.

Your constituents demand integrity, the alignment of your words and your deeds.

To act without integrity makes you undependable, corrupt, a liar, and unfit to clean the toilets in your respective legislative chambers, let alone the privilege of representing the people of your respective states.

We are weary of your ineffectiveness, your sloth, your blatant, self-serving submission to the lobbying class, and your cowardice.

In fear, you retreat from your responsibilities to us.  You refuse to effectively and boldly, face the issues that plague our nation out of fear you will lose the next election, or fear that you may offend a big donor, whether they are the likes of George Soros or the Koch brothers.

You serve us.  You have sworn to uphold the Constitution.  To do less is malfeasance of office and blatant cowardice.

The nation is in trouble.  We can no longer kick the proverbial can down the road.  The time is NOW.

I am the son of a working man and a stay-at-home mom.  My father and my brother served our nation with honor through military service.

It is your sacred duty to all veterans, living and dead, and to every citizen of the United States of America, to save this great country from its pending destruction, both financial and social.

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  ~Ronald Reagan


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Cut Up the Credit Card and Downsize

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”  ~Barry Goldwater

By Alden L. Benton

There are many reasons to reduce the size of government.  The freedom to work, live, and create, are the foundations of ordered liberty.  The continuation, indeed, the enhancement, of liberty demands reining in the power of government at all levels of society from the national behemoth down to the tyranny of homeowner’s associations.

Another issue associated with the size and scope of government is the cost of government.  We have a government that is running on credit with an ever-increasing burden of debt.  The cradle-to-grave social policies of the secular progressives threaten the nation with bankruptcy.

The secular progressive answer to this issue is always the same: tax the rich.  They forget the wise words of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

The secular progressive argument is fallacious and delusional.  The scope of government and its cost continues to grow.  Contrary to the secular progressive mantra, the government cannot, and should not, solve all the issues that plague society. 

We have fought a “War on Poverty” for more than 5o years at cost of more than $22 trillion, and that does not include Medicare and Social Security (The War on Poverty After 50 Years: Heritage Foundation 2014).  The result of this “war” is absolute failure for as a result we now have an entrenched underclass of “gimme” people living off our money.

Another fallacy perpetrated by the secular progressives is that the money one earns by their own labor is not one’s own, but the government’s.  A vast majority of individuals, families, and business know how to budget their resources and don’t need the government to “help.”  Again, ordered liberty is in fundamental opposition to the secular progressive command and control scheme

The secular progressives also insist that there is never enough money, thus their constant demands for higher taxes.  According to CNS News, “The U.S. Treasury hauled in a record of approximately $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first four months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017),” according to the Monthly Treasury Statement .

Despite this record-breaking tax take, in the same four months the federal government spent $1.2 trillion, $156.9 billion more than it collected. 

There are only two ways to sustain this type of runaway spending: raise taxes or borrow.  The secular progressives want both. The problem is our government, unlike the average American taxpayer, has no credit limit.  As the size and scope of our government grows, the amount of debt also grows.

Currently, the national debt of the United States stands at $20 trillion and growing.  To put this in perspective, according to the U.S. Debt Clock every man, woman, and child owes $61,550.  More pertinent, each taxpayer owes $166,766.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the health of a nation’s economy.  GDP is the total of goods and services produced.  Debt, as a percentage of GDP, reflects the tax and spending policies of a nation.  The United States owes approximately $3 trillion dollars more than the entire value of its GDP.  (Current GDP $16.9 trillion)

Public debt determines, in part, the amount of liberty we enjoy as public debt directly reflects the size and scope of government.

We have a new president who brings to the table the idea of a more streamlined, efficient, and more limited government.  However, Congress approved his nomination of a new Secretary of Education.  If the president truly seeks to minimize government’s impact on its citizens, he must begin the process of downsizing the government.

President Trump has missed an opportunity to strike a blow against the government leviathan.  Instead of nominating a new secretary of Education, the president needs to eliminate the more than $270 billion boondoggle that does not educate one single child: the Department of Education.

Education is a local concern.  The only role of government in education is to set minimum curriculum requirements and teacher credentialing guidelines.  At a minimum, governing schools is the responsibility of the individual states; at best, it is the purview of local school boards.

It is time to slay the leviathan and reclaim our God-given liberty before the leviathan, and the swamp rats that operate it, enslaves us, and the generations that follow.  Dismantling the Department of Education is a good place to start.

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.  I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.  My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them.  It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution … or have failed their purpose … or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.  I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible.  And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”  ~Barry Goldwater


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Politics & Insanity: Other Voices

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”  ~Samuel Adams

By Alden L. Benton

In today’s blog I thought I’d give everyone a listicle of things I’ve run across on the internet (including the word listicle) in the past few days.

The first item is a link to an article from Town Hall about who really is less qualified to be POTUS.  200 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Not Be President  Second is a tale of how Miss Hillary has been bullied and oppressed.  No, I’m not kidding because the thought is almost as stupid as Colin Kaepernick.  Hillary — Interrupted

The third item offers some revealing food for thought regarding the politicization of the rule of law.  Tale of Two Cities   Item four, is a gem on narrative building by the one and only Jonah Goldberg.  This article, and the one which precedes it, help to explain how the so-called progressives work to bastardize the political and judicial systems to further their corrupt and perverted agenda.  Narrative Building Has Become a Political Obsession

Number five on the hit parade is a call to action for all Christians in the United States and exposes the progressive left’s attempts to destroy the church, ruin the elemental family, and usurp parental control.  LGBT Activists Are Coming For Your Children

The last word about Trump in this column is item six.  This column illustrates that the narrative of the media and reality are not in the same universe.  I’m With You

I am getting pooped out, so item seven is my final entry in my listicle.

Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most frightening words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” 

California’s current governor, Governor Moonbeam, aka Jerry Brown, Jr., and a majority of the California legislature, have fallen completely off of the sanity wagon and into the Pacific Ocean in a Quixotic attempt to eliminate the alleged effects of California Cow Farts

On a lighter side, here are three editorial cartoons from the pages of Town Hall.com

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Copyright Robert Ariail via TownHall.com

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Copyright Glenn McCoy via TownHall.com

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Copyright Glenn McCoy via TownHall.com


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Evil at your Door

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”  ~Matthew 7:15 (NASB)

By Alden Benton

For those of you who are still interested in what I have to say — Welcome!

It has been a while since I have posted to this blog.  I felt I had to take a break from the onslaught of negative information assaulting me through my email inbox and the internet.  It took both a physical and spiritual toll on my life.

However, after some serious reflection, I have reconnected myself to God and He has given me renewed strength to return to the fight.  And, if you believe as I do, that the politics and pronouncements of the far left, whether you call them Communists, Socialists, Bolsheviks, or Statists, are a huge heap of rotting donkey manure, you know that we are only one small misstep away from a real, hot, deadly war no matter where on the earth you may live.

Human dignity and human liberty are in danger.  Anyone with a conscience must fight to preserve both human dignity and liberty, for we cannot have one without the other.  The far left seeks to destroy both for one purpose — power.  The far left hates anything that they cannot control and they will not stop until the entire human race is subjugated under their control in some kind of Utopian fantasy that does not include liberty or human dignity.

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence clearly states the source of our liberties and to whom we all answer — a set of universal truths.

 “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.”

Powerful words. Written more than 237 years ago, they are as meaningful today as they were on July 4, 1776.  Simply put, our rights, our liberty, our lives, all came from one place — GOD.  They are His gifts to us to use as we choose and, as the Founders recognized, the government answers to us, to “We, the People.” 

It is a system that produced the most free and prosperous nation ever seen.  The people answer to God, and the government answers to the people.  That is the essence of liberty and liberty spawns human dignity.

However, early in the last century, a new breed arose in the United States and around the world.  They called themselves Progressives.  A nice, cozy sounding name, but upon close examination, their ideas are far from what most of us would consider progressive. 

To take from the producers and give to the lazy is not progressive it is theft.  To reduce human life and individuality to involuntary servitude to an all-powerful state is not progressive it is slavery.  To give everyone an equal outcome is in reality a scheme to make everyone poor.  Governments around the world have become brutal, oppressive caricatures of the fairy tale of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving it to the poor.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, “Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”

The world has endured more than a century of the relentless, sinister march of godless, dehumanizing, enslaving ideas and subversion of the so-called progressives.  They have been clever and effective. 

In the United States, the progressives control the media (newspapers, television, music, and film) and they control the tax-supported, union-mismanaged un-education system as well as the Executive and Judicial branches of the Federal government, and one house of Congress.

It is time for Americans and the world to stand in complete and total opposition to the anti-human, anti-God, anti-Liberty forces of progressivism. 

The progressives deny God and want to enslave all who oppose their evil mantra. We must stand and fight.  We must win the hearts and minds of the young people and those who are “undecided.”  We must expose their true intentions.

We must act now before it is too late, especially in America, for if America falls, the world will slip into an age of darkness from which only the grace of God will save us.

I will close this post by leaving you with the words of Patrick Henry,

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.  I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it.  It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.  Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace.  The war is actually begun!  Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”


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A Week as a “Low Information” Voter

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge
among the people.” ~John Adams

By Alden L. Benton

I have not been on the internet for a week. 

In the age of 24/7 information overload, I found that I could actually survive and function with a massive reduction in my information intake. 

I don’t mean to minimize the need to be an informed citizen or the need to be aware of what is happening in one’s surroundings.  In fact, I mean quite the contrary, as information is a vital part of modern society.

However, it is not the quantity of information consumed that is important, but the quality of that information.  Having spent most of my day catching up with the onslaught of a week’s worth of email, I have made some observations.

Most of the so-called mainstream media have failed in the last week. First, they failed in their silence on the trial of a doctor accused of murdering babies who survived abortion.  Second, the failed in their sloppiness, in using too many words that were not checked for accuracy in their coverage of the Boston bombings and the search for suspects.  Perhaps they should heed the words of Abraham Lincoln when he said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, are useful tools.  However, they became dangerous weapons of false and misleading information during the investigation of the bombings in Boston.  Thousands of people armed with Smart phones with photo and video capabilities were far more useful.

Our nation faces threats as dangerous as North Korean missiles and al Qaeda — hackers.  They steal, destroy, and disrupt from their shadowy lairs.  If this sounds farfetched to you, it was a false story reporting that the White House had been bombed that sent the stock market plummeting.  Hackers planted the story on the Associated Press Twitter account. 

The term “low-information voter” is really an epithet hurled at everyday Americans by the so-called political and intellectual elite that inhabit government and the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.  These people don’t have a clue.  They live in relative wealth and privilege and refuse to acknowledge their nearsightedness.  Real people have jobs and families that occupy most of their waking hours and cannot spend hours on end following the event de jour.  They struggle to find answers with little or bad information because most of the mainstream media is biased and unreliable.  They have little time to search for the truth.

In dealing with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.”  Today, we all must operate on the principle of verify, and then question — especially when dealing with our own government and media.

“…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 Stand Up and say, ‘Enough!

“A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government.”
~Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

By Alden L. Benton

I am angry.

I am angry that no one is standing up to the insanity that is being perpetrated by the progressive-socialist Democrats (PSD) through the government, the mass media, and the schools.

Have Americans become too stupid and out of touch to care or has their spirit been crushed by the constant proselytizing of the PSD establishment?  Have we become a nation of zombies controlled by the state or do we still have the courage to stand and fight for what is right and good?

It is time for everyone who cares about what this nation used to stand for to stand up and say Enough!

It is time to take America back.

Do we want an America where a second grader is suspended from school for eating a pop-tart into the shape, the shape, of a gun?

Yes, this actually happened.  Glenn Beck reports on The Blaze,

When you’re a kid you do a lot of stuff that might get you into trouble, but do you believe that making a “pop-tart gun” is one of them?

Don’t know what a Pop-Tart gun is?  Well, it’s when you eat a Pop-Tart until it’s in an “L” shape and then you hold the short end.  So if you really, really use your imagination it looks like a small, fruity gun.

“We have a second grader, another student has been suspended for something that represents a gun but isn’t anything like a gun.  Josh Welch, second grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped the strawberry prebaked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun,” Beck said.

If the kid hadn’t been suspended for the “lethal pop tart,” his parents would probably been arrested by the food police for not providing an “approved” nutritional meal.

The insanity continues.  According to WFTX-TV Fox 4 in Tampa, Florida,

A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished.

The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him.

The student says he wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 Revolver away from the suspect, a football player, who witnesses say threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.

“No doubt,” the student said, “he was going to shoot him point blank.”

As if this kind of thing wasn’t bad enough, CNS News reports that the Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need — and have no right to — mothers.

Yes, you read that correctly. 

Arguments are being presented before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that will determine the constitutionality of California Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.

So far, in the history of the human race, no child has ever been born without a biological father and mother.  Now, in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Executive Branch of the federal government is arguing that, regardless of the biological facts of parenthood, states have no legitimate and defenisble interest in ensuring that children conceived by a mother and a father are in fact raised by mothers and fathers.

The brief that the Justice Department presented to the Supreme Court discussed children only as items controlled by others, not as individual human beings who have God-given rights of their own.  It simply assumes that a child has no inherent right to a mother or father and that the only right truly in question is whether two people of the same-sex have a right to marry one another and that that right encompasses a right to adopt and foster-raise children.

To take this view and be consistent with the principles of the Declaration of Independence — which recognizes the ultimate authority of the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” and says that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” — the Obama Justice Department must advance the assumption that natural law and Nature’s God give children no right to a mother and father and no right not to be legally handed over by the government to be raised by same-sex couples.

Finally, proof has been unearthed that in order to achieve total control over the population, the Obama Department of Justice doesn’t want to ban guns, it wants to confiscate them.

According to Red Flag News,

The National Rifle Association has obtained a Department of Justice memo calling for national gun registration and confiscation. The nine page “cursory summary” on current gun control initiatives was not officially released by the Obama administration.

The DOJ memo (downloadable here as a PDF) states the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation,” according to the NRA, and thinks universal background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration.”

Add this to the fact that Vision to America reports

“According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

DHS also purchased 2,717 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP).”

This should concern all law-abiding Americans.  However, before you dismiss this, read my blog post Is Obama Readying for War on Americans? (April 2, 2012) and DHS Source Warns of Government-Incited Violence Against Citizens in United States (May 16, 2012).

It is time to take back America and restore sanity while we can.

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  ~George Washington


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Food Gestapo Wants Your Burger

By Alden Benton

According to an article from CNS News (Read Complete Article Here), United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association last Monday (September 19) that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat.

Enough already!

This is Statist arrogance at its worst.

Since when did the people of the United States give up their right to choose what food they will eat?  Since when did the scope of the USDA expand to the role of national food Gestapo?

The only legitimate role for the USDA is to encourage maximum efficient crop yields and to ensure that our food is not contaminated.  No more.  To do more, treads on the individual’s right to choose.

This is about more than food.

The bottom line is that Secretary Vilsack, and the First Lady, think we are too stupid to make what THEY think are good choices.  In their leftist-statist mindset, they look upon average Americans like they are unruly children that need discipline and constant guidance so that they will conform to the government’s view of what is correct behavior.  

Sounds like George Orwell’s big brother scenario in 1984.

We are not children, Mr. Secretary.

Oh, I can hear the liberals howl about obese children, an epidemic of coronary disease, and the pandemic of diabetes because of the junk we eat.  Well, a majority of these problems arise from two sources: bad personal decisions and bad parenting or both.  The government cannot, and should not, attempt to fix or control either.

If our great fathers and mothers in Washington don’t like the way we eat, they should just sit down, and shut up.

Liberty is the freedom to make your own choices.  If those choices turnout to be bad or harmful, liberty also gives us the opportunity for do-over’s.  As the old adage goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again.”

However, the fact remains that those choices are ours to make, ours alone.

 OURS! 

My parents were the last people who told me what to eat.  It was their responsibility as parents. 

Secretary Vilsack, Mrs. Obama — you are not my parents!  Keep your nanny-state notions to yourself and stay out of my kitchen and away from my meals!


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Ron Paul: Wrong for America

By Alden L. Benton

Earlier this year I read Ron Paul’s book Liberty Defined.  I found some of his ideas interesting, many odd, and some outright dangerous.  My conclusion is Ron Paul is not the man to lead the United States of America.

Congressman Paul’s libertarian foreign policy views are, frankly, delusional and dangerous.  He thinks the United States should simply ignore Iran and its threat to Israel and the entire region.  

Paul thinks we should just try to get along with China, and its insane sycophant state North Korea, all while they threaten not only the stability of Asia, but, in the case of the People’s Republic of China, the entire planet.

This alone disqualifies Ron Paul from any serious consideration as a potential president.  The oath of office states that the president swears to protect the Constitution and the United States from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.  Congressman Paul’s personal philosophy prevents him from fulfilling that oath.

Ron Paul is just as dangerous as Barack Obama.

We live in the 21st century in a truly dangerous world.  America stands virtually alone as the last best hope of freedom and liberty on the planet.  Even our so-called allies (England and France) are failing, and their resolve to stand against tyranny is faltering.

Paul’s philosophy calls for isolationism in a time of globalism.  If the United States succumbs to this, two things will happen, both bad:

  1. We will be vulnerable to attack not just from terrorists and rogue states like North Korea, Venezuela, or Iran, but also from emboldened super-power wannabes like China and Russia, and,
  2. Our economy, without international trade and the ability to secure stable energy supplies, will fail.

These policies didn’t work in the era of our founding, and certainly will not work in today’s complex world.

Now, in the aftermath of the riots of the welfare class in England, Congressman Paul, in a Fox News interview with Lou Dobbs, is predicting riots in the United States if we enact necessary fiscal measures, like those implemented in Wisconsin, nationwide.  (See interview here: Fox News Interview with Ron Paul)

Ron Paul’s Nostradamus doomsayer routine is not leadership.  A president needs to inspire and encourage us, especially when it comes down to making tough choices.  Yes, the president needs to speak honestly of the dire consequences of action or inaction.  However, the president must not, indeed cannot, give up on the character of the American people.

Ron Paul is simply wrong.

In the Fox News interview, Congressman Paul used Wisconsin as an example of the potential for unrest.

However, the only people who took to the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, were the spoiled and privileged union class, many brought in from all over the country to join the protests.  

These selfish leeches put themselves above the people, and the children, they were supposed to serve because the governor asked them to pay a small part of the cost of their extravagant pensions and medical coverage; an increase that still left them paying far less for far more than most of Americans receive.

Governor Walker and Republican legislators won the fight by standing firm, while the Democrats ran away and hid, holding the democratic process hostage to their demands.

After the legislature approved the governor’s proposals, the unions mounted a recall election against a number of Wisconsin state senators who voted against the union, but lost as the “offending” legislators kept their seats.  

The people of Wisconsin won.  Wisconsin has been quiet ever since.

Governor Walker’s plan is working.  In just a few short months, Wisconsin is saving millions of dollars, yet Ron Paul says people are angry and impatient, and may riot if they don’t get what they want.

Ron Paul needs to look at life beyond the Washington, D.C. beltway.  Every time there are violent protests, the Leftists are behind it, not the ordinary American who goes to work every day to support his or her family.  Lumping the radical Left mob and its violence with the vast majority of law abiding Americans is, at best, insulting and unworthy of a presidential candidate.

Most Americans are indeed angry.  However, the anger is not about potential reductions in entitlement programs; it is over the ever-expanding reach and scope of government, its cost, and its effect on our personal liberty.  One would think that a card carrying libertarian would understand that.

To put things in perspective, the English welfare class riots were a direct result of decades of a permissive, godless, nanny state.

The English cradle-to-grave entitlement system represents the same mentality that drives the statists in the United States; the same people, mostly with (D) behind their names, who have been pushing the same socialistic balderdash down our throats for years.

These so-called “working class youths” never worked a day in their lives, live nicely with their color televisions and I-phones, all at the expense of those who do work.

Those “working class youths” suffer from the chronic liberal mental illness of “it is all about me” and “you owe me.”  The result is resentment towards anyone who dares to work and strive for success.  This resentment turned to violence against the very people who make the lifestyle of these socio-economic parasites possible.

There is an old, but appropriate cliché: “Idol hands are the devil’s workshop.”

The United States also has a welfare class, a class enabled by alleged do-gooders whose primary mission is, through economic justice (read redistribution of wealth), to ensure equal outcomes for all.  In the United States, the only way to accomplish this is to make us all equally poor.

As Ronal Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”  It is this compulsion, the need to control every minute detail of our lives, which drives Americans to anger, to say “Enough!  Leave me alone!” not, as Congressman Paul suggests, the promise of a government spending the people’s money wisely.

Nineteenth century French economist and statesman Frédéric Bastiat said, “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state.  They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.”  Unfortunately, England, and the rest of Europe, has forgotten this, but the idea is not dead in America, yet.

There is a lesson in the cause of these riots that Congressman Paul cannot, or will not, see.  That lesson rests, in part, in the basic character of America, and the fundamental differences between that character and that of the British and the rest of Europe.

America is in crisis.  However, with proper leadership and resolve we can work our way back to prosperity and to the values that made this country great.

Ron Paul, however, is not the man for the job.