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Stupid vs. Ignorant

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
~ Milton Friedman

By Alden L. Benton

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge while stupid is dull, foolish, or senseless.  Solid, factual information can cure ignorance, but you cannot fix stupid.

In regards to healthcare, Congress is stupid.  They are not listening to the majority of their constituents or exhibiting any semblance, any trace, of common economic, fiscal, or political sense.

Congress is diddling around trying to figure out how to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, when they should be eliminating it.

Gary Varvel Angry Voters

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They simply do not understand why we do not need to replace it with another expensive, ineffective government behemoth.

Eliminate the ACA and replace it with nothing.

Why shouldn’t we replace Obamacare? 

The answer is simple.  Can you honestly think of any government program that actually works as intended?  Unless you are a socialist, the answer is no.

That is the simple answer.  However, there are compelling arguments that support dismantling Obamacare.  The arguments against the ACA rest on two principles: the role of government and cost/benefit.  These two videos from Prager University clearly explain why the government needs to get out of healthcare, as well as myriad other things government expects us to pay for.

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Government Can’t Fix Healthcare

It is time Congress listens to the wisdom of the vast majority of Americans who are tired of all the machinations and horse manure in the process showcased so clearly in programs like Obamacare.

It is simple.  

Stop being stupid.  Get government out of our lives and restore the free market of products, services, and ideas.  Eliminating Obamacare is the first step towards that goal.

“I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.”
~ Will Rogers


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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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Last Word

“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

By Alden Benton

Each morning I open my email, scan the day’s news, and read columns from conservative authors I respect.

Since Donald Trump entered the race to become president, he has faced a profusion of criticism from the political Left and Right.  This is an appropriate part of the political process, especially in the primary elections where the voters select their candidates.

Now that the two major political parties have chosen their respective candidates, the battle is now between two contrasting and competing ideologies.  It is now “us” versus “them,” no matter which side you support.

Almost every day I see columns from conservative writers who have become virtually unhinged at the notion of a Trump candidacy, let alone the prospect of him actually becoming president.

Trump is flawed.  Trump is not the best candidate.  If that is the way one feels, then don’t vote for him.

Conservative writers and commentators need to stop denigrating Trump.  Trump is more than capable of making a fool of himself, he doesn’t need any help.  The constant harangue against Trump damages the down ticket, the Republican candidates running for election to the House, the Senate, and myriad state offices.

These nattering nabobs of negativism (Thank you Spiro T Agnew), inadvertently encourage voters to stay home.  This negativity affects down-ticket conservatives.

It is time these so-called bastions of conservatism stop worrying about Trump, and start worrying about Clinton.                                                                                                    .

If Clinton wins the presidency, the only hope of fending off the Democrat party’s destructive agenda is to win solid conservative majorities in both houses of Congress.  To do otherwise will ensure the continuation of the Progressive “transformation,” what Bernie Sanders calls a revolution, for decades to come; a transformation from which we may never recover.

It is past time that everyone stop obsessing about Trump.  If your conscience will not allow you to vote for Trump, don’t, but vote. 

There are alternatives to Trump.  The Libertarian party has candidates running for president and vice president.  Voters may cast a write-in vote, or simply leave the box for president and vice president blank.

Voting is a right and a privilege.  It is also the duty of every adult citizen to make an informed choice.  However you envision the future of the United States, make your voice heard: Vote.

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“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”  ~Benjamin Franklin


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News Bites and Other Thoughts for May 10

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism.  A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”  ~George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

By Alden L. Benton

Call to Action

In March 2013, I wrote two posts here describing the Constitutional violations contained in the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) (Taking Back America — One Small Step in California Part 1: The Problem) and about California’s attempt to protect its citizens from the extra-Constitutional sections of the NDAA (Taking Back America — One Small Step in California Part 2: The Rightful Remedy and a Call to Action).

The “remedy,” Assembly Bill 351, passed its first committee hurdle on April 4.  However, the bill is mired in the legislative swamp of another committee.  On April 10, the bill went to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration with amendments.  The text of the amended bill is here: AB-351.

Please contact the chair of the Appropriations Committee (Mike Gatto) and the committee members (Committee Members and Contact Information) and politely urge their swift approval of AB 351.

Why the Second Amendment is Important

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.  The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”  ~Noah Webster

Expectations

When we elect people to public office, we expect them to have the basic ability to read, write, and think with some degree of clarity and common sense — unless they are Democrats, in which case none of the above applies. 

Many of our representatives are lawyers so one would think that when considering a piece of legislation that they would gather evidence regarding what the proposed law would accomplish and that they would actually read the text of what they will be voting upon.

We know how well that worked in the frenetic push to pass the more than 2,000 page ObamaCare bill.  Opps, I’m sorry, I mean the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  By the way, if you can’t sleep or have nothing better to do, you can find a copy of the PPACA here.

Well, despite public uproar, Congress appears to be both deaf and dumb.  According to a story in the Washington Times, 64 of 100 Senators who will be voting on a border security bill have never visited the southern border of the United States. 

These are the same people who spend thousands of your dollars on “fact-finding missions” (read vacations at our expense) to faraway places like Tahiti or Monaco.  

Unfortunately, they can’t bother with a quick flight down to El Paso, Texas, Tucson, Arizona, or San Diego, California to take a look and actually see what is happening through their own eyes, not the rosy glasses of Homeland Security Secretary Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano who believes the border is secure. 

Note to Secretary Napolitano: The fact there are an estimated 12 million (and growing) people in the United States illegally suggests the border is not secure!  Doh! 

Anyway, by visiting the southern border, the Senators might actually learn something.  Who knows, maybe they’ll even read the bill.  On the other hand, the chances of that happening is slim and none — and slim has already left town.

How Stupid Can They Get?

Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a baby.  An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”  Put bluntly, money goes in and expensive manure comes out. 

Enter the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

Ever since their creation, the TSA has failed in their mission.  From groping grannies and 3-year-olds, to allowing the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber to board flights unmolested, the TSA is the model for government inefficiency. 

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2012 budget, the TSA budget was $8.1 billion, consuming 14 per cent of the $56.9 billion DHS budget.

According to The Hill, Congress is now demanding the TSA reduce or eliminate $800,000 a year it spends on warehouse fees to store outdated and useless equipment.

Warehouse rental consumes 9.9 per cent of the TSA budget storing junk, but they cry that they can’t find 2 per cent in savings to meet sequester demands.  Forrest Gump had it right, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.”  ~Benjamin Rush, letter to David Ramsay, 1788


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Happy New Year?

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
~James Madison

By Alden L. Benton

The dawn of a new year usually brings newfound hopes and aspirations, not to mention a plethora of resolutions to better ourselves, or our lives.

However, this year the new year brings bad news.

On January 1, five of 20 scheduled Obamacare-related tax increases go into effect.  Whether Congress and the president push us off the fiscal cliff or not, Americans will face a net tax increase over the next 10 years of $1,000,000,000,000.00.

Last September, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that at noon on Constitution Day (September 17), the population of the United States reached 314,395,013.  For comparison, the first U.S. census in 1790 counted 3,929,214 residents.

The cost of just the first five Obamacare taxes will be $3,180.71 for every man, woman, child alive on September 17, 2012 — $8,110.82 in additional taxes for every household in the United States.

I’d like to extend a greeting to all the people who voted for Barack Obama and all the dunderheaded Democrats, RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), and so-called independents in Congress.  If you love them now, you’ll love them even more when 15 more Obamacare taxes take effect.

Happy New Year — NOT!

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”  ~Winston Churchill


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The Train Wreck Congress Wouldn’t Stop

By Alden L. Benton

Since the election, the media has been busy spreading fear and lies regarding the so-called fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff is a media moniker, a sound-bite friendly name for a set of circumstances Congress set in motion. 

One part of the equation is that the reduced tax rates from the Bush administration will expire.  If Congress and the president fail to act, the tax rates of every American will automatically increase.  Included will be a retroactive (to the 2012 tax year) reinstatement of the alternative minimum tax. 

Part two of the saga of the fiscal cliff involves last summer’s debt ceiling deal.  As part of that deal, Congress set up a panel that came up with a laundry list of arbitrary cuts to the federal budget.  The largest of these cuts will affect defense spending.

Democrats refuse to learn from the past.  Their ideas for a government-controlled economy, predicated on massive spending and taxation, has failed where, and whenever it has been tried. 

When an economy is struggling (another reality they fail to grasp), it is counterproductive to take money out of the hands of investors (not all of whom are wealthy) and consumers by raising taxes.  Reducing taxes on all levels of income stimulates investment and increases consumption, driving the economy out of the doldrums. Reducing taxes actually increases tax revenues.

Congress and the president can avoid the fiscal cliff.  However, there is a train wreck about to happen that Congress has failed to stop.

On January 1, 2013, five new Obamacare taxes take effect, increasing taxes $268 billion.

Americans for Tax Reform reports that beginning next year the following taxes will be imposed:

The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – $20 billion tax increase
Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country.  Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year.  In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to prosthetics more expensive.

The Obamacare “Special Needs Kids Tax” –  $13 billion tax increase
The 30-35 million Americans who use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2,500 (currently the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap).

There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are several million families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year.  Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.  This Obamacare tax provision will limit the options available to these families.

The Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income –  $123 billion tax increase
This is a new, 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single).  This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income:

  Capital Gains Dividends Other*
2012 15% 15% 35%

2013+ (current law)

23.8% 43.4% 43.4%

The table above also incorporates the scheduled hike in the capital gains rate from 15 to 20 percent, and the scheduled hike in dividends rate from 15 to 39.6 percent.

The Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions – $15.2 billion tax increase
Currently, those Americans facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  This tax increase imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI.  By limiting this deduction, Obamacare widens the net of taxable income for the sickest Americans.  This tax provision will most harm near retirees and those with modest incomes but high medical bills.

The Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike —  $86.8 billion tax increase
The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits.  Under this tax hike, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 in the case of married couples) will face a 3.8 percent rate instead.  This is a direct marginal income tax hike on small business owners, who are liable for self-employment tax in most cases.  The table below compares current law vs. the Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike:

  First $200,000
($250,000 Married)
Employer/Employee
All Remaining Wages
Employer/Employee
Current Law 1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed
1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed
Obamacare Tax Hike 1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed
1.45%/2.35%
3.8% self-employed

 To the 59 million voters who voted for Obama and the Democrats I ask, “How are those tax increases going to work for you?”

This is just the beginning.

Can you spell deluded?  I knew you could.


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Obama and the Kobayashi Maru Scenario

By Alden L. Benton

The 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan featured a computerized training simulation called the Kobayashi Maru scenario.  The scenario tested cadets’ command capabilities in a no-win situation.  No cadet ever beat the simulator — except James T. Kirk.  However, the only way Kirk was able to defeat the scenario was to redefine the problem and change the rules, in this case, the programming.

However, in real-life, one cannot change the rules and facts eventually prevail. For the past 50 years, the Left has been trying to change the rules. 

The Left demands that our speech be constrained by the oppressive, ever changing freedom-killing rules of political correctness. 

They have hijacked certain words and redefined them to mean what they want them to mean and, since the denizens of the Left live in a world of total relativism where what is right or wrong depends upon how they feel at the time, they are constantly trying to redefine and manage how the rest of us think.

In my lifetime, I have never seen more evidence of this than in the current campaign and recent regulation scams.  First, the Obama hoax.

President Obama has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in modern times.  At every turn, the myth his spinmeisters created in 2008 is unraveling. 

The Left’s favorite tool for redefinition and distraction is the lie.  The president has told so many lies he cannot keep them straight.

Was the Benghazi attack a terrorist attack or a demonstration fueled by an obscure video? 

Is Obamacare a tax or not?

Mr. President, as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) said in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!”  Or, as my father would have said, “You wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and bit you in the a**.”

The most recent redefinition of words is the definition of a full-time workweek.  Throughout my adult life, full-time work was defined as 40 hours per week.  However, not bothered by the reality of the world outside of Washington, D.C., and the leftist fantasylands like California and New York, the Left continues its quest to obfuscate and redefine the truth. 

CNSNews reports that an obscure section of the Obamacare legislation redefines full time work as an average of 30 hours per week.  Section 1513, paragraph 4(a) states “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.”

According to CNSNews,

That section, known as the employer mandate, requires any business with 50 or more full-time employees to provide at least the minimum level of government-defined health coverage to those employees.

In other words, a business must provide insurance if it has 50 or more employees working an average of just 30 hours per week, which is 10 hours per week fewer than the traditional 40-hour workweek.

If an employer meets the requirements and does not offer health insurance, it must pay a penalty per employee for each month it does not offer coverage – not exceeding $750 per employee over the course of a year.

To cope with the cost of complying with these onerous regulations, many companies like Darden Restaurants — the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse — have already decided to convert their workforce to part-time; a job-killing, income-reducing consequence the Left refuses to consider.

To confuse things further, the IRS has issued 18 pages of regulations to enforce just this 26-word paragraph of the draconian Obamacare beast.

The Obamacare bill is thousands of pages long.  Because of the massive redefinition of terms it mandates, it will force numerous agencies to issue millions of pages of regulations to enforce its provisions.  The IRS alone will hire an additional 80,000 agents.

However, the president and his minions on the Left continue to sing the same old tune: You can keep your doctor; Obamacare will keep costs down; there are no death panels; and Medicare and Medicaid are solvent.

Informed and rational people recognize these statements as lies.  However, the president, and the Left, clings to his re-defined vision, his alternate reality.

For the president, his clinging to the hope of a false reality will prove to be his Kobayashi Maru — and Captain Kirk cannot bail him out by changing the rules of the game.

“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, Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, December 1770


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“What the F— Could Go Wrong?”

By Alden L. Benton

Yesterday (October 10), I found a great video of an Illinois doctor describing ObamaCare in one sentence. 

According to Andrew Malcom at Investors.com, Dr. Barbara Bellar is:

…a motor-scooter-riding animal lover, Army veteran and Republican attorney who’s taking on a massive challenge of the Chicago political machine for a state Senate seat to combat the fiscal insanity in Barack Obama’s adopted home state, which isn’t an easy job, as you might imagine, so she made this hilarious homemade video that captures the colossal stupidity of ObamaCare in one (very long) sentence, like this one.

Here is the link to Dr. Bellar’s video summing up ObamaCare.  Watch it soon before the Lefties at Google/YouTube censor it because it might embarrass the president by telling the truth about his “signature” accomplishment.


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Obscene

By Alden L. Benton

“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.”
Amendment 1 to the United States Constitution
Ratified December 15, 1791

Obscene.

That is the only word to describe the Obama administration’s latest attack on the rights guaranteed in the first amendment.

The amendment is clear and straightforward.  When it comes to matters of speech, press, religion, and assembly the government must stay away.  Period.

Our duplicitous “law professor” president and his cadre of obtuse dolts and sycophants in the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services just don’t get it.  Obviously, they are not smarter than a fifth grader.

LifeSiteNews.com reports that owners of a Colorado business has been given a choice — abandon their faith, or abandon their business.

Last July, Hercules Industries, a Catholic family-owned business in Denver, Colorado, won an injunction against the Health and Human Services (HSS) ObamaCare rule requiring employers to cover contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.  The Newland family sued HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying the mandate violated their mutual Catholic faith.

LifeSiteNews.com says Senior Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District of Colorado, a Carter appointee, ruled this summer that the administration’s claims that government has an interest in promoting access to birth control “are countered, and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion.”

However, on September 26, the Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed the ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“On the same day President Obama spoke of religious freedom at United Nations, his Justice Department acted to deny that freedom to small business owners,” said Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com.

“The cost of religious freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that would cripple their business and potentially destroy jobs if the administration ultimately has its way,” said Matt Bowman, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom.  “In filing its appeal today, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living.  That’s the opposite of religious freedom.”

The rule of law is what makes America a free and prosperous nation.  Laws are made to maintain what the Founders called ordered liberty.  Ordered liberty assures the maximum freedom and the least amount of government to protect that liberty. 

Ordered liberty is the basis of the U.S. Constitution.  The Constitution is the nuts-and-bolts blueprint for establishing a government that would ensure ordered liberty based on the concepts set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

Contrary to what President Obama and the radical Left wants you to believe, the First Amendment does not protect government from religion — it protects religion from government. 

Beginning with the bogus 1947 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that etched a misinterpretation of a comment in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, the radical secular Left has waged war on religion, especially Christianity and Judaism, in the public realm.

“In 1947, in the case Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared, ‘The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.  That wall must be kept high and impregnable.  We could not approve the slightest breach.’”  (Wallbuilders.com)

Had the “learned” justices who penned this decision studied Jefferson more closely, they would have discovered his true intent, and their error.  In at least four instances, Jefferson spoke clearly regarding the sanctity of religious freedom.

 [N]o power over the freedom of religion . . . [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution.
~Thomas Jefferson
Kentucky Resolution, 1798

In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general [federal] government.
~Thomas Jefferson
Second Inaugural Address, 1805

[O]ur excellent Constitution . . . has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary.
~Thomas Jefferson
Letter to the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1808

I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions . . . or exercises.
~Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Samuel Millar, 1808

Hector LaMarque, once a business mentor of mine, put it succinctly when he said, “Your priorities should be God, family, country, and then business.”

He is right.  The business of running one’s life is personal and unique.  The government has no business, no precedent, to make those decisions for us.  In fact, the founding documents guarantee the opposite.

The First Amendment says leave us alone.

However, Obama and his gang of secular statists want to run your life.  They want take away your right to practice your faith and to decide your own fate.

To Obama and his Marxists cronies, the Constitution, and its guarantees, are simply a nuisance, an encumbrance to their quest for total control.

The choice in November is clear — freedom or servitude.

The choice is yours to make.

It is time to derail the Obama express to oblivion and put liberty and justice for all back on America’s main line.


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Law Flawed, Not Constitution

By Alden L. Benton

ObamaCare is being challenged in court once again.  This time, however, the argument is different.

Last summer the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the ObamaCare individual mandate was not a penalty, but a tax and as such was constitutional under Congressional authority to tax.  ObamaCare is a tax, according to SCOTUS, because it requires a payment to the federal government from people who decide not to buy health insurance.

The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has filed an amendment to their existing suit against ObamaCare stating that, “this purported tax is illegal because it was introduced in the Senate rather than the House, as required by the Constitution’s Origination Clause for new revenue-raising bills.”

Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 of the Constitution clearly states:

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”

Thanks to the treachery and deceit of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), that is not how things happened.

According to the PLF, ObamaCare, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),

“…was introduced in the upper chamber by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  In a so-called “shelf bill” maneuver, Reid took a House-passed measure to help veterans buy homes, struck out all its language, and inserted the federal health care legislation that became known as the ACA, with its health insurance mandate and charge for people who choose not to comply.  In fact, the ACA, as it was created in the Senate, included a dozen new taxes estimated to increase federal revenue by $486 billion by 2019.”

Harry Reid’s bait-and-switch power grab was a blatant violation of both the letter and the intent of the constitution.

“When we focus on the Origination Clause, we’re not talking about dry formalities, and this isn’t an academic issue,” said Paul J. Beard II, Pacific Legal Foundation principal attorney.

“The Founders understood that the power to tax, if misused, involves the power to destroy, as Chief Justice John Marshall put it.  Therefore, they viewed the Origination Clause as a vital safeguard for liberty,” Beard said.

The PLF says that because the tax on non-participation is central to the structure of ObamaCare, the entire law should be declared unconstitutional.

According to the PLF:

“In addition to its Origination Clause argument, PLF’s amended complaint asks the courts to recognize that the NFIB decision [National Federation of Independent Business v  Sebelius, 567 U.S. ___ (2012)] set a clear limit to federal regulatory power under the Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8).  Specifically, PLF seeks to clarify that a binding precedent was created by the five justices who held that Congress lacked Commerce Clause authority to order people to engage in commerce by purchasing health insurance.”

The PLF challenge to ObamaCare (Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) is pending before Judge Beryl A. Howell, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

If the PLF suit makes it onto the Supreme Court calendar, the Court will have a second chance to uphold the Constitution and its limitations on government power by eliminating the abomination of ObamaCare.


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Healthcare Bait and Switch

By Alden L. Benton

Like many Americans, I woke up early this morning and turned on the television to listen to the news.  However, today proved to be anything but ordinary.

Today, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced their decision on whether Obamacare is constitutional.  From what I could glean from the fog and confusion surrounding the live reporting of a breaking news event, SCOTUS has, with some restraints, let Obamacare stand.

In the coming days I will analyze the 150-plus page ruling and attempt to make sense of it and what it means to the average citizen.

The decision, however, has made one thing perfectly clear: President Obama and the Democrat Party are deceivers and liars.

True to the stereotypical image of a sleazy salesman, President Obama and his minions in the Democrat Party concocted this gargantuan piece of unworkable, unaffordable legislation and then couched it in the sugar-coated rhetoric of hope and change to try and sell it to the American public.

All through the 16-month presidential sales campaign, the president repeated the same mantra again, and again: Obamacare will reduce the deficit; your premiums will not increase; you can keep your plan; you can keep your doctor; and, it is NOT a tax.

Since the passage of Obamacare, ALL of these claims have been proven to be false — in fact, they are bald-faced lies purposefully put forth as part of a massive bait-and-switch scam perpetrated on the American people.

In fact, based on the reports I heard this morning, the only thing that saved Obamacare is the government’s claim that it IS a tax and thus constitution under the authority granted to Congress to levy and collect taxes.

However, the fact SCOTUS held Obamacare constitutional does not legitimize it or set it in stone.

America must wake up and recognize that it has been manipulated by a skilled liar who gamed the legitimate constitutional process from the start.

For the president and the Democrats, Obamacare has never been about healthcare — it has been about power and control over one-eighth of the economy and more than 300 million lives.

The healthcare system in the United States needs adjustment.  However, to fix it we do not need to destroy the parts that have given us the best healthcare system in the world.  Fix what is broken and leave the rest alone.

Come November we must remember who perpetrated this scam and remove them from power.  No Democrat running for office should remain standing.  In addition to the presidency, the entire House of Representative and one-third of the Senate are up for election.

If a candidate has a (D) behind their name, vote for someone else. If they claim an (I) or an (R), beware of charlatans and frauds.  However, in the end, remember who lied, maneuvered, and spent us to the edge of insolvency.  More than 95 per cent of the culprits have one thing in common — a (D) behind their name.

The only way to repair and restore our great nation is to rid ourselves of the divisive and destructive influence of the politics of the Left as embodied and promulgated by the Democrat Party.

Only then will we have a strong and healthy America that is poised to reclaim its rightful place as a beacon of hope among the nations of the world.

Without America there is no free world.  Our freedom, future, and our country depend upon how Americans vote in November.  I pray to God that they are not tricked again by pretty words and make the right choice.


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All Christians Must Support Catholics in Their Fight against Obama’s War on Religion

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
~Thomas Paine

By Alden L. Benton

Thomas Paine was not known for his love of religion.  However, his words set forth a moral principle that transcends his personal animosity towards religion.

With the issuance of the so-called Obamacare contraceptive rules, President Obama blatantly and openly declared all-out war on religion, especially Christianity. 

Yes, the Statists and other useful idiots on the political Left have been waging a bush war for a long time, and Christians, for the most part, have retreated, but now is the time to stand up and fight back.

The Catholics are fighting back.

The Catholic Bishops have called for two weeks of public protest this summer from June 21 to July 4. 

The protests, called a Fortnight for Freedom, “will be an “unprecedented, aggressive attack against policies that church leaders see as an assault on religious freedom,” said Catholic Advocate chairman Deal Hudson in a Newsmax article yesterday. 

“[The Catholic Bishops] is not the type of body that goes out of its way to pick a fight,” Hudson said. 

However, according to The Hill, the Bishops are ready to fight.  “… the [Catholic Bishops] conference could go beyond protests — it has also discussed working with evangelical Christian groups on a broader public relations campaign that could include television and radio ads.”

Obama has been hostile to Christians from the start of his administration.  He has bowed and spewed apologies to the Muslim world for our Christian ideals.  He has ordered the Department of Justice not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, but instead to defend gay marriage.

Obama continues to support universal contraception and the murder of babies through abortion.  As an Illinois state Senator, he supported legislation that would have denied medical care those babies who miraculously survived an abortion attempt.  Obama supports the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion.

The first fundamental human right is the right to life.  That is why it is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence with these words:

“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.” 

The president does not believe in the principles, the moral message, set down in these words.  He, and his ilk, do not respect life.  To them, life is all about them and their personal convenience.  If a child is inconvenient, it is murdered and thrown away with yesterday’s pizza box.  

Obama is the enemy of life and liberty.

To Christians, life is a gift from God.  As Christians, we must protect life, especially the lives of the most vulnerable whether they are young, old, infirm, or yet to be born.

However, if Obama and the God-haters get their way we are also in peril of losing our freedom; of being told what we can, or cannot, do, say, or worship.

“What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it,” the Bishops said in their statement.

If you are a Christian, you must stand and be counted. All Christians, no matter their denomination, must stand with the Catholics in this fight. It is a fight for freedom to follow one’s conscience, to believe in God, follow His teachings, and worship Him in the manner that we choose.

Contact your local Catholic parish and get details on any protests in your area.  Get involved in the fight to preserve religious liberty.  It is a fight that Christians, and America, cannot afford to lose.

“…  Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1791


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Final Answer to ObamaCare is Not with Federal Government

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”  ~Samuel Adams

 By Alden L. Benton

In my March 29 post, Don’t Wait for SCOTUS — Kill ObamaCare Now, I talked about whether the most onerous part of ObamaCare, the individual mandate, could be severed from the rest of the legislation if the U.S. Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional.  I also suggested that Congress take the decision away from SCOTUS and scuttle the entire thing.

Eliminating ObamaCare is the only thing to do.  However, Congress is not likely to act so boldly in an election year and their courage always falters under pressure from the special interest lobbies.  The best we could possibly hope for is some kind of hybrid re-engineering of ObamaCare that would eliminate some of the most obvious flaws, but leave the guts of the beast untouched.

 If SCOTUS succumbs to a severe case of dumb-ass and rules the individual mandate and ObamaCare constitutional, is that the end of the road?  No.  The states can, and must, act.

 Most of what Congress and the Federal government have done in the last 112 years is far beyond the powers granted in the Constitution — the enumerated powers.

 In Federalist 45, James Madison wrote about the constitutional limits of government power,

 The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite…The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) extends federal power far beyond the limits written into the Constitution, but the Statists discarded the rule of Constitutional law long ago.

The remedy, however, is in the Constitution — the 10th amendment.

The operative word in the Constitution is NO.  The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, were put in place to quell the fears of the anti-federalists that the Constitution did not adequately protect the rights of the people or the sovereignty of the states.

The 10th amendment clearly states,

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This is the basis of what Thomas Jefferson called “the rightful remedy.”  That remedy is nullification: the right of the states not to follow or enforce federal laws they deem unjust or unconstitutional.  The Virginia Resolution of 1798, and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798, authored by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively, illuminate the nullification concept.

 The race-baiting Statist on the Left will scream that nullification is evil, that it was used to prolong slavery.  However, as explained in Thomas Woods’ book Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century (buy here or here), this is no more than the usual ignorant, revisionist lies and distortions spewed by the Left when their goal — total control — is threatened.

We cannot depend on Congress to rein in the powers they have created for themselves.  We certainly cannot, and should not, trust the fox to guard the hen house in accepting the Supreme Court as the final word on what is, or is not, Constitutional.

That power resides in the states, and it is through the states that we can more easily control the power of the federal behemoth.  However, to do this the states, like the Cowardly Lion, must find the courage to stand up and just say NO to the federal government. 

And therein lies the problem for somehow we must remind government, whether it is federal, state, or local, of one basic principle of government illuminated by the Declaration of Independence,

“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.” 


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Don’t Wait for SCOTUS — Kill ObamaCare Now!

By Alden L. Benton

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is argued before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), one thing is clear: unless SCOTUS kills the entire PPACA legislation, all 2,000 plus pages of it, ObamaCare must be scuttled by Congress.

The primary focus of the published questioning by the SCOTUS justices is whether the individual mandate, the PPACA section requiring Americans to buy health insurance, is constitutional.

However, there is a secondary question embedded in the constitutional question, and the answer to it is almost as important as the answer to the constitutional issue. 

That question is severability. 

In other words, if SCOTUS rules the individual mandate unconstitutional, can the offending segment be severed from the PPACA, leaving the rest of the law intact; or if the mandate is indeed unconstitutional, does that invalidate the entire PPACA?

The only acceptable answer is to kill the entire PPACA.

If SCOTUS severs the individual mandate from the rest of the PPACA, we will be rid of one onerous section, but the rest of the law would remain intact.

The only solution is for Congress to stand up and unequivocally kill ObamaCare in its entirety — before the election in November.  Yes, the president would no doubt veto any such legislation, but in an election year, would Congress flex its political muscle and override that veto? 

Perhaps.

Even if the Senate could not muster the majority necessary to override a presidential veto, a solid Republican Party front, coupled with support from independents and “moderate” Democrats would draw very clear battle lines for the November election — with a clear advantage to the Republican Party nominee.

The PPACA is nothing more than an unpopular, unwanted, unwieldy, patient-killing, job-killing, tax-swallowing, debt-expanding, freedom-busting government power grab. 

The final answer, in fact the only answer, is to scrap it and scuttle the careers of the useful idiots who corrupted the process and forced this unreadable and unintelligible special interest boondoggle down our collective throats.

It is time to stand and fight.  One-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives is up for election.  We the people, must send a crystal clear message right now — dump ObamaCare into the trash heap of bad ideas, or else ….

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”
~Samuel Adams,
Speech at the State House, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776


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Comments on Current Events

By Alden L. Benton

Requiem for a Heavyweight

Conservative blogger and crusader Andrew Breitbart died Thursday.  He was 43 years old.  Known for his tireless fight against the corruption of the Left in big government and elsewhere, Breitbart showed no fear in challenging both the status quo and those in power.  If conservatives showed only half of Breitbart’s courage and dedication, we could marginalize the Left to the point of being superfluous.  We need to pick up the fight where Andrew Breitbart left off and finish it once and for all.

Corruption

The president seems willing to do anything, including violating the law, to repay his union backers.  According to a story in the Washington Free Beacon, “The Obama administration has awarded $341 million in loans to the Freelancers Union—a small organization with deep progressive ties whose board members have donated more than $11,000 to Democrats—despite a law suggesting the union should not be eligible for such a loan.” 

The “loan” to the Freelancers Union amounts to nearly three times the size of their $120 million annual budget.  Even a blind man could see such obvious deceit and corruption.

The loans, the largest of which went to the Freelancers Union, are intended to assist healthcare cooperatives become viable alternatives to private insurance companies.  The law limits who may receive loans and “…forbids organizations that issued health insurance before July 2009 and for-profit organizations from receiving loans.”

According to the story, “Membership in the union is free.  The organization covers costs through commissions on benefits bought by members.  But members of the union own the Freelancers Insurance Company, a for-profit organization—and have since 2008.”

So much for the rule of law.  Everyone in the Obama administration swore to uphold the law and the Constitution.  I wouldn’t buy a used car from Obama and his team of crooks, cronies, and communists, and I certainly hope Americans come to their senses and put him out to pasture in November

Not the Time to Repeal Obamacare

The Hill reported yesterday that “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told his colleagues this week that he does not want to vote again on repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform law until after the November elections.”

McConnell reportedly said this last Tuesday before the Senate turned down an amendment striking down the mandate that all insurance provide coverage for abortion services and contraceptives.  As I wrote in yesterday’s post (Time to Turn Down the Rhetoric), the amendment failed along party lines with four Democrats and one Republican voting against their party’s stance.

In order to ensure the elimination of the Obamacare abomination, Republicans must gain control of the Senate, keep control of the House, and win the White House in November.  Anything less, a Supreme Court decision notwithstanding, will ensure the survival of the Obamacare beast.

Republicans have strong campaign issues: The economy, unemployment, rising gasoline prices, creeping inflation, and overt corruption in everything the Democrats touch.  Trust the voters.  They understand that even if Congress managed to pass legislation repealing Obamacare, the president would veto it and there are not enough votes in the Senate at this time to override his veto.

Message to Republicans: Keep your eyes on the prize, and that is winning control of Congress and the White House.  Then we can eliminate the program and repair the damage Obama and his minions have brought upon us.

Still a Long Road

The race for the Republican Party nomination is far from over.  Don’t let the talking heads, party insiders, and beltway elites tell you what to think.  There is no clear winner at this stage of the campaign and primary season.

Here are the current delegate totals as of March 1, 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.  It takes at least 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.

  • Mitt Romney: 168 delegates (14.7 per cent of the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.)
  • Rick Santorum: 86 delegates (7.5 per cent of the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.)
  • Newt Gingrich: 32 delegates (2.8 per cent of the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.)
  • Ron Paul: 19 delegates (1.7 per cent of the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.)
  • Jon Huntsman: 2 delegates (0.18 per cent of the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.) Note: Jon Huntsman has withdrawn from the race.

The next contest is March 3 when Washington Republicans caucus.  There are 43 delegates available there.  

Tuesday, March 6 is Super Tuesday when caucuses in three states (Arkansas, North Dakota, and Idaho) and primaries in seven states (Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Vermont) will select 437 delegates.

Open Border

Federal law makes it a crime to come into the United States without some sort of visa or other official permission.  Contrary to what the Left would like you to believe, that is the right of any sovereign nation.

The U.S. Department of Justice enforces those laws through various agencies such as the Border Patrol, and Customs and Border Protection.  Everyone in the DOJ is sworn to uphold the law, at least that is the theory.  It seems no one told Attorney General Holder that.

CNS News reports that “About 77 percent of the 327,577 illegal aliens caught along the Mexican border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during fiscal 2011 were not prosecuted, according to government data analyzed by the office of [Texas] Rep. John Culberson.”  Moreover, when an illegal immigrant is prosecuted, the average time served in the busiest sectors along the southern border is, according to the Border Patrol Chief, “… generally two to three days.”

This is not the way to secure our borders from criminals and would-be terrorists.  Agents along the border risk their lives everyday facing violent criminals smuggling drugs and/or humans across the border.  Considering how cozy Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has become with Iran, some of those attempting to cross the border could be Iranians disguised as Mexicans.

With a 77 per cent release rate (“home before dinner”), a 23 per cent prosecution rate, and an average sentence upon conviction of two to three days, why do we bother?  The men and women on the border are doing their jobs; it is time the rest of the DOJ does their job as well.

Individual Mandate Overwhelmingly Unpopular

According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll reported in The Volokh Conspiracy via the Washington Times, “…that nearly three quarters of Americans, including 56% of Democrats and 54% of those who think “the healthcare law is a good thing,” believe the individual mandate to be unconstitutional.”

The question now is whether the justices on the Supreme Court will strike down only this provision of the Obamacare legislation or “sever” the mandate, leaving the rest of the law stand.  One can only hope the justices have all thoroughly read the Constitution and understand the intent of the Framers while having their ears and minds open to the overwhelming will of the people.  To do otherwise risks a severe backlash from the people.


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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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Lipstick on a Pig

By Alden L. Benton

 “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.”

First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Ratified December 15, 1791

The five freedoms of the First Amendment are the foundation of personal liberty in the United States.  These 45 words set strict and clear limits on what the government can, and cannot, do in plain language.

According to the grammar checker in my word processor, the language of the First Amendment is written at a ninth grade reading level.  The question is what part of no in the First Amendment does our beloved leader not understand?  Apparently, the president is not smarter than a ninth grader.

Nowhere are the president’s disdain of the Constitution and the rule of law more clear than in his recent attack on religious freedom.  I am not a Catholic, but I am in complete agreement with their doctrine that holds life as sacred and that life begins at conception.  To force anyone to pay for “services” that run contrary to their personal convictions is the ultimate in insolence and arrogance.

Oh, by the way, Mr. President, you took an oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States.”
 Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States

Since you, Mr. President, are sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, perhaps you should have one of your daughters explain the Constitution, especially the First Amendment, to you.

The president’s attack, through an Obamacare rule, on religious liberty drew a hail of criticism from both sides of the political aisle.  So much criticism, in fact, that the president was forced to announce a “compromise.”

Do not be fooled. 

Compromise in the jargon of the Left does not mean what it means to the rest of us.  Compromise in Obama-speak means nothing more than dressing up and obfuscating something his adversaries find odious and obscene in pretty words.  Put simply, his “compromise” merely puts lipstick on a pig.  However, a pig is still a pig.

Nearly 6,000 years ago, verse 81 of the ancient Chinese text Tao Te Ching said it best:

“True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise….”

No matter how the Obamanistas want to spin their “compromise,” the effect is the same — the religion clause of the First Amendment is null and void.

If America does not stand and fight this blatant act of war on our civil liberty, we will become slaves and our master will be not the government of We, the people, but of the would-be king and his cadre of crooks and cronies.

Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter.  The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance.  Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom,” it is a very serious consideration … that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.  ~ Samuel Adams


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By the Numbers

By Alden L. Benton

When things are reduced to their most simple form, they are easier to understand.  In politics, one must look beyond the hysterics, hype, and lies, to what effects you.  In turn, the things that affect you, affect us all. 

The best way to keep things simple is with numbers.  So let’s look at some  important numbers.

Business Insider released “the final, pathetic growth number for 2011.”  The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States grew only 1.7 per cent in 2011. 

Investor’s Business Daily reports:

  • “The amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments to individuals steadily increased over the past four decades, but shot up under Obama, climbing by almost $600 billion — a 32% increase — in his first three years.”
  • “According to the Census Bureau 49% now live in homes where at least one person gets a federal benefit — Social Security, workers comp, unemployment, subsidized housing, and the like.  That’s up from 44% the year before Obama took office.”
  • “This year, more than 46 million (15% of all Americans) will get food stamps.  That’s 45% higher than when Obama took office, and twice as high as the average for the previous 40 years.”
  • “ObamaCare will add 16 million people to Medicaid, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and another 24 million will be getting coverage through heavily subsidized government-run insurance exchanges, with the cost of those subsidies running $130 billion a year.
  • In just nine years, entitlement spending is on track to eat up 61% of the federal budget, according to the CBO.  And unless these programs are cut back, they will soon consume all federal taxes, one CBO budget scenario predicts.”

Numbers don’t lie, but politicians do.  Despite the obfuscation, vitriol, and bloviation, the issues are clear.  The question all Americans must ask themselves is “Can we afford four more years of Obama?”

The choices are clear: life, liberty, or Obama.


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Wall of Separation Crumbling

By Alden L. Benton

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.
~First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Ratified December15, 1791

 The First Amendment is the foundation of the liberties outlined in the Declaration of Independence.  This, and the next nine amendments that make up the Bill of Rights, profoundly limits the power of the federal government wields over its citizens.

These rights have been challenged constantly through the years, but, however, remain intact.

Now, language buried deep in sweeping legislation, and in rules developed by unaccountable super‑governmental agencies, is threatening one of the four fundamental rights specified in the First Amendment: Freedom of Religion.

The challenge is based upon the most misinterpreted phrase in American history: Thomas Jefferson’s comment about the separation of church and state.  In contemporary society, Jefferson’s words have been ripped entirely from their context and twisted to serve the quest of the political left to destroy religious freedom in the United States.

In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, Jefferson wrote:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, [the people, in the 1st Amendment,] declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.

Put simply, the words of the First Amendment protect religion from government, not the opposite.  However, in their quest to turn the United States into a godless state the political left, through judicial fiat,  has rewritten the First Amendment so that it protects the government from religion.  This concept exposes religion, and its adherents, to the discrimination and persecution the First Amendment was designed to prevent. 

Contrary to uninformed popular belief, Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists supported the principles specified in the First Amendment.

Today, the principles of the First Amendment face a new challenge from the political left.

According to a September 26 News Max story, the department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has issued an Obamacare rule requiring that most insurance plans pay for contraception and sterilization as preventive measures for women.  (Bishops: Obamacare Rule Targets Catholics, Threatens Religious Freedom)

In response, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops distributed a parish bulletin which states:

…  The mandate even forces individuals and groups with religious or moral objections to purchase and provide such coverage if they are to receive or provide health coverage at all.  This poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.  Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate

There is, according to the News Max article, a religious exemption, but citing the Bishops’ response states:

“Under such inexplicably narrow criteria — criteria bearing no reasonable relation to any legitimate [let alone compelling] government purpose — even the ministry of Jesus and the early Christian Church would not qualify as ‘religious,’ because they did not confine their ministry to their co-religionists or engage only in a preaching ministry.  …  In effect, the exemption is directly at odds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, in which Jesus teaches concern and assistance for those in need, regardless of faith differences.”

 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”

Neither the president nor his minions can justify this intrusive rule with the First Amendment.  This rule is clear in its attack on Catholic tenants and beliefs.  This doesn’t sound like a law that allows the free exercise of religion.  It is an attack on the religious principles of the Catholic faith.

This rule establishes a precedent for the establishment of a government secular religion since Obamacare forces everyone to buy insurance.  It makes one wonder what part of “Congress shall make no law . . .” do they not understand.

CNS News reports today that President Obama is “proud of this new regulation.”  (‘Darn Tooting!’ Obama Brags About HHS Reg Catholic Bishops Call Attack on Liberty)

In an all too typical obfuscating side step, the president pandered to a St. Louis crowd touting the benefits of Obamacare, stating “They have to cover things like mammograms and contraception as preventive care, no more out-of-pocket costs.” 

However, according to the Bishops, “Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase.”

A religious person should not be required to violate their faith in order to acquire health insurance, and no law should violate the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

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