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Random Thoughts

“On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.”
~ Jose Rizal

By Alden L. Benton

I profoundly resent the antics of privileged multi-millionaire sports figures protesting their “difficulties” in life.

These fools, blessed with talent most of us only dream about, are paid handsomely to play what amount to children’s playground games.

Get over it.

However, it is their right under the Constitution to say and do what they want, as long as there is no imminent threat of or incitement of violence or lawlessness.  This right, is stated clearly in Amendment I of the Constitution, the first of 10 amendments commonly known as the Bill of Rights.

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.

Conversely, those of us who think these “protests” are pure horse manure also have the right not to listen, to change the channel, or, heaven forbid, delete their inane tweets.

The way to hurt any leftist corporate enterprise is simple.  If you don’t buy into their stupid protests or philosophy, then don’t buy their products.

Professional sports are products.

You decide whether to subsidize whining, privileged, often racist, idiots, or not, by buying tickets, overpriced clothing and shoes, or watching their games.

I choose not to watch.  My life will continue without professional sports.  In fact, the quality of my life will improve.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
~ John Adams

Activists along the entire right-left political spectrum are impatient and frustrated.

The left is frustrated because they are not in complete control of the reigns of power.  Division and lack of decisive action frustrate those on the right.  In addition, the perception of the right that the democrats and courts obstruct their goals further frustrates the right.

Many on the right want the president to issue more mandates through executive orders, the same practice of which they continuously complained during the Obama administration.

The practice where the left is most successful in obstructing the president, and the right, is through the legal system.  In and of itself this is not a problem.  In fact, it is the Constitutional system of checks and balances working.  There are three distinct branches of our government designed to separate power and to check any overreach of another branch.  That is the Constitution.

However, the problem arises from the fact the three branches of government, executive, judicial, and legislative, have become unequal.  The courts, from years of progressive/leftist nominations, have moved markedly left from the founding principles, and have usurped much of the executive and legislative powers and made them their own.

At the same time, the executive has assumed more power than was given in the structure of the Constitution.  This ceding of legislative power to the executive has been a slow, but steady process resulting in a weakened legislative branch, which has relinquished much of its remaining authority to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.

These faceless bureaucrats threaten our nation and our liberty as individuals.  Collectively, they are the Dark State or Administrative State, what the president has calls “The Swamp.”

The Dark State is the progressive dream.

The Dark State consists of faceless “experts” charged with manipulating and controlling all aspects of our daily lives to force conformity to the progressive/leftist goal of some refashioned notion of a perfect society filled with perfected robotic citizens marching in step to their Dear Leader’s commands.

If you think that is merely the ranting of a disgruntled conservative, think again.  Ask any western rancher or farmer about their struggles with the brutal tyranny that is the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ask the coal miners of Kentucky and West Virginia that lost their jobs because of punitive regulations written by unaccountable, faceless, bureaucrats acting extra-Constitutionally while entrenched in their cozy lifetime jobs in Washington, D.C.

I don’t know how to solve this.  However, I do know where we must go.

We must return to the rule of law, the original meaning of the Constitution, and to the idea of natural law where everyone is free to form an ordered society wherein commerce, social compacts, and property rights are encouraged and respected, and where the fact that our rights come from God, not the government, is the law of the land.

Additionally, we must return to a more normal, moral society where we protect the rights of the minority, but not at the expense of the majority by forcing the entire population to embrace lifestyles and ideas that they do not condone.  We must return to a civil society where individuals and groups have the freedom to discuss their differences in a calm and reasoned atmosphere free of threats and intimidation.

As a Christian, all I will pray for our leaders to have wisdom and courage and I trust God to resolve our problems.

In the meantime, we must arm ourselves with knowledge in order to find the answers that will save our Republic.

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
~ Ronald Reagan


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Just the Facts

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  ~John Adams

By Alden L. Benton

In the 1950’s television police drama Dragnet, when interviewing witnesses the stoic Sergeant Joe Friday tersely advised, “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”  It is because of this admonition that I call myself a Joe Friday journalist.

I believe, unlike my contemporaries, that facts matter.  No one can make a rational, reasoned decision about anything without valid, verifiable facts, aka, the truth.  Truth is not a moveable object.  Truth is not personal or relative.  It is immutable.  It simply is what it is.

Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has issued 22 proclamations, executive orders, and presidential memoranda.  While his supporters cheer, his opponents are apoplectic.  There is, however, a common denominator among Trump’s supporters, opponents, and many in the so-called mainstream media: Ignorance.

John Adams once said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”  I am not implying anyone is stupid.  Ignorance is the lack of knowledge and knowledge is obtainable.  Stupid, on the other hand, is the lack of knowledge combined with the inability, or unwillingness, to seek or understand.

In the United States, there is an alarming degree of ignorance and misinformation regarding the founding documents and the operations of government.  The roots of this ignorance are myriad, but whatever its source the public needs honest, truthful information to guide its decisions.

The president’s supporters are confused and his enemies are enraged, while the public scratches their collective heads.  The real questions that the media outlets either refuse to answer, or choose to obfuscate, are what did the president’s order actually say and on what Constitutional and legal foundation are they based?

I understand that the average person in this country does not have the time or resources to find and read every executive action.  We rely on third parties, in most cases media outlets like television, radio, and cable news programming.

This system no longer disperses, “. . . a general knowledge among the people.”  Rather, for the bulk of the media outlets on both sides of the political spectrum, the information imparted is often naive and simplistic, or tainted and manipulated by personal or organizational political beliefs to produce agenda-driven propaganda.

The problem is not the lack of facts and truth.  The problem is the dearth of moral and ethical standards that compel one to tell the truth in any situation.

These principles come from the shared values of Judeo-Christian principles.  Christianity and Judaism teach us principles for living life and respecting others.  These principles are broader, and extend beyond the theological canons of organized religions.  Without these principles, our society will not function as our legal system supports the idea that the law is the minimum acceptable level of ethical and moral behavior.

The abyss of moral and ethical relativism in which we are suffering, is a result of more than a century of tacit acquiescence to the anti-principles of the secular progressives, individuals collectively bent on demonizing and marginalizing anyone of principle who dares to adhere to Judeo-Christian principles.

Many of my fellow citizens are ignorant of government, its structure, and operation.  As an individual, I cannot solve the underlying causes of that ignorance.  However, through this blog and the power of the internet, I can bring knowledge by presenting the facts in clear and concise language without bias or undisclosed agenda.

To fulfill this self-imposed mandate, I will attempt to analyze executive actions, and as many other issues as I can, in order to raise the level of understanding of those who read this blog.  After all, knowledge is power.

“Give light and the people will find their own way.”  ~Scripps Newspapers motto


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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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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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