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Time to Stop Being Stupid

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

By Alden L. Benton

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

The stupid party is, painfully, the Republican Party.

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

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

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

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

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

So much for integrity.  How pathetic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough!

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

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

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


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We the People — Part 1

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

By Alden Benton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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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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Deal or No Deal: Time to Reform the Republican Party

“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

I am disgusted with the GOP.  

They silenced Ron Paul at the Republican Party Convention and conveniently decertified his delegates, taking away their voice — a very conservative voice.

Now, in apparent retaliation, party figureheads (House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell) have eliminated conservatives from key committees and replaced them with lap dog RINOs (Republicans in Name Only).

Today it has become clear that the two faux leaders are caving to Obama’s demands for raising taxes.  The only disagreement seems to be on how they will screw us, not if they will screw us.

Boehner and McConnell are turncoats — traitors to conservatives and their hopes to rebuild America.  I have suspected this for quite some time and now they have proclaimed their lack of fealty for all to hear.

There is no longer any point in voting for the GOP or its candidates until it returns to its founding principles.  All GOP officials seem to be interested in is covering their asses — maintaining their personal power and securing their own reelection, no matter what principles they sacrifice or what lies and treachery they must perpetrate to do so.

I have changed my voter registration to reflect this reality.  I am now registered as “Declined to state,” California’s version of independent. 

The GOP is self-destructing and this implosion does not bode well for the future of America. 

America must not fall victim to one-party rule.  One party rule is tyranny.  With the current configuration of the Republican Party, we already have one party rule.  The labels of (D) or (R) have become meaningless.  Democrats are still the dangerous party and the Republican Party is not just the stupid party, but are now no more than servile sycophants.

However, if the GOP becomes irrelevant, and is not replaced by a viable conservative party, America will become a nation of serfs and vassals.  We will be a nation of slaves serving the Leftist leaders of the undemocratic party and its government — a government where our God–given rights are no longer relevant, let alone protected; a government whose just powers are not derived from the people.  

That is an America I do not want to see.

I can see two ways to prevent the hostile takeover of the United States by the Marxist Left: reestablish the GOP as a conservative party by aligning with little “l” libertarians (not the Libertarian Party) or form a new conservative party.

Over the last few weeks, Erick Erickson (Red State) has been advocating the first option — purging the GOP of the old guard establishment and replacing them with true conservatives.  I think this is the most viable option as third parties have never been successful.  This is why Ron Paul, an ardent Libertarian, ran as a Republican.  He knew his ideas had a better chance of being heard as a candidate of a major party. 

Another problem with the GOP is, as Thomas Sowell details in his column Nice Losers, with one exception, the GOP candidate for president has always been a RINO.  For 100 years, we have only been given a choice between a progressive/leftist Democrat and a not quite so progressive leftist Republican.  The one exception was Ronald Reagan.

It is time for a revolution within the Republican Party.  It is time for conservatives who care about the future of the United States to wrest control of the GOP from the hacks and traitors who control it. 

In 2014, there are 33 Senate seats up for election.  Of those 33, 20 are Democrats and 13 are Republicans.  Conservatives must unite and eliminate as many Democrats as possible and replace any Republican who is not a conservative.

In 2016, the fight must continue.  Thirty-four Senate seats are up for election with 10 Democratic and 24 Republican Senators expected to seek reelection.  In both 2014 and 2012, the entire House of Representatives will be elected.

These elections, along with the off-year state and local elections, give conservatives an extraordinary opportunity to reclaim their party and begin the rescue of a nation that has been held hostage by progressives of both parties for more than 100 years.

We must seize this opportunity.  If we fail, America will fail.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  ~Ronald Reagan


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Democrats Launch Attack on First Amendment Freedoms

By Alden L. Benton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to CNS News,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Fight On Rick, Newt and Ron: Mitt Isn’t the One

“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

Over the past few days, I have posted several columns urging Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum to withdraw from the Republican Party primaries in favor of presenting a unified front against Obama behind the current front-runner, Mitt Romney.

After reading a column by Thomas Sowell titled The ‘Inevitability’ Vote, I decided to rethink my position. 

To put it bluntly, I was wrong!

I don’t like Mitt Romney. 

He is a smarmy shape-shifter who can be trusted only to say what we want to hear.  He flips and flops on everything from justifying RomneyCare, Massachusetts’ ObamaCare nightmare, to his alleged conservative bona fides.

Romney has bought elections through massive spending and wholesale personal attacks on his Republican rivals.  Never has he given us anything but double-talk, and smoke and mirrors about how he will lead us out of the Obama Nation back to the freedom of a minimalist government. 

As Thomas Sowell points out, the smarmy tactics Romney has used against his primary rivals will not work against the president.  As for any presidential debates, Obama will eat him for lunch and dinner, without a teleprompter.

Despite the numbers, despite the pundits and the Left-Media accolades, the Mittster is not my guy, nor should he be anyone’s guy.  Just because he looks good in a suit and was a successful vulture capitalist, doesn’t make him presidential fodder.  Business and government are polar opposites; success in one pretty much guarantees failure in the other.

No candidate is without warts.  However, the 2012 election will determine the course of our nation for years to come. 

It is clear to me that the nation will not survive, as we know it, under the onslaught of four more years of Obama.  However, do we want to risk defeat by putting up a candidate who is not up to the challenge?  I think not. And Romney is not up to that challenge.

My message to Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum, is stay in the fight until the last polling place closes.  Step up the fight, not against Romney, but against the Left and the president. 

We need leaders with heart, fire, passion, and vision.  Show us what you’ve got.  Show us the way, and we will follow.

Attack the president and his policies and offer sound, workable solutions to the problems we face, problems created primarily by Obama.  Stand against the seething tide of Statist vomit and moral relativism.  Fight on and fight hard to restore the greatness that is America.

As you continue the fight, take strength from these words of a Revolutionary War patriot,

“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”  ~ John Paul Jones

“I have not yet begun to fight!”  ~John Paul Jones


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And Then There Was One

By Alden L. Benton

In one of cinema’s most famous lines, Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) advised a bad guy on the receiving end of “the most powerful handgun in the world” that “a man has got to know his limitations.”

As of March28, according to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney now has 565 of the 1,114 delegates needed to secure the Republican Party presidential nomination.  His only real rival, former Senator Rick Santorum is in second place with 256 delegates.

In my March 22 post, I showed the futility of continuing the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.  Now it is time for Rick Santorum to acknowledge his limitations and throw in the towel.

There are 1,151 delegates remaining in 23 elections and caucuses in 22 states and the District of Columbia.  Rick Santorum needs 858, 76 per cent, of the remaining delegates.  If Mitt Romney wins 48 per cent of the remaining delegates (549 delegates), he will be the nominee.

The Real Clear Politics average of all the major polls shows Mitt Romney averaging 37.1 per cent to Santorum’s 29.0 per cent.  Newt Gingrich at 14.6 per cent, and Ron Paul with 11.9 per cent, are distant also-rans.

However, seven of the remaining primary contests (456 delegates) are winner-take-all contests which favor Romney.  Of the remaining 16 contests, nine (484 delegates) are proportional, which dilutes the delegates any one candidates earns, a disadvantage to Santorum as long as Paul and Gingrich are still in the race.

As Mary Chapin Carpenter once sang, “The stars may lie, but the numbers never do.”  The numbers are stacked against Rick Santorum and prolonging the fight weakens the ultimate nominee in his fight against the Left and their poster child, B. Hussein Obama.

We can’t afford four more years of Obama and his crooks, communists and cronies.  It is time, Mr. Santorum, for you to throw in the towel and get behind Mitt in the quest to defeat Obama and the Left.

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
~Matthew 12:25, New King James Version


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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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Newt Gaining Momentum

By Alden L. Benton

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is gaining momentum in his campaign for the Republican Party nomination for president.

Today (Sunday, November 27) the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News, New Hampshire’s only state-wide newspaper, endorsed Newt Gingrich in a front-page editorial.

The editorial, penned by the paper’s publisher Joseph W. McQuaid, says:

“America is at a crucial crossroads.  It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year.  We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing.”

“He did so with the Contract with America.  He did it in bringing in the first Republican House in 40 years and by forging balanced budgets and even a surplus despite the political challenge of dealing with a Democratic President.  A lot of candidates say they’re going to improve Washington.  Newt Gingrich has actually done that, and in this race he offers the best shot of doing it again.” 

If Gingrich can parlay his current lead in the polls, coupled with the Union Leader’s endorsement, into a victory in the New Hampshire primary, he will be in an excellent position to win in both Nevada and South Carolina.  Wins in these three states will eliminate the remaining Republican Party candidates, except Mitt Romney, from serious contention for the nomination.

Barring any serious faux pas, momentum seems to favor Newt.  However, we all know how fickle fate can be.


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A Message for Rick Perry

By Alden L. Benton

By all accounts and polls, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is in serious trouble.  This is unfortunate. He will be an excellent president.

Governor Perry’s chief rival at this stage of the campaign is Mitt Romney.  I have serious reservations about both Romney’s record and philosophy on the role of government.  Put simply, Romney is a big government Republican and, based on his support of the failing Romneycare, he is what is known as a R.I.N.O. — Republican in Name Only. 

Romney is cut from the same cloth as Senator John McCain.  If the Republican Party truly wants to oust President Obama in 2012, Romney will fare no better than McCain did in 2008. 

However, I digress.

The problem I see with Governor Perry, and all of the Republican candidates, is if they have a plan, they are not articulating it clearly.  In addition, they all have failed to acknowledge that the enemy is Barack Obama and his policies, not the policies of their Republican adversaries.

So how can Governor Perry salvage his faltering campaign?  It is easier than one might imagine.

Perry must tell us what he will do when we elect him president.  Give us a simple, straight forward plan.  In plain, clear Texan, give us the facts.

Here is the plan I recommend to restore the health and wealth of the United States of America:

  1. Eliminate the current tax code and replace it with a flat tax (Read The Flat Tax by Robert E. Hall and Alvin Rabushka available in PDF here: Hoover Institution).
  2. Push for the adoption of a sound Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  3. Eliminate and/or rein in excessive regulations and regulatory agencies that kill the economy like the EPA and NLRB, and hundreds more.
  4. Eliminate, by Executive Order if necessary, entire government departments, starting with the Department of Education, and drastically reduce others (Go to www.downsizinggovernment.org for information on cutting the federal behemoth down to size).
  5. Repeal Obamacare in its entirety as well as onerous legislation like Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX Summary), Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank Act Summary), and a plethora of others.
  6. Leave the necessary discussions about entitlement reform until the Republican Party controls the Congress and the White House.  Any discussion before then is pointless and distracting.

For decades, with a few exceptions, the United States has spent more than it collects.  The Democratic Party and its allies believe this is because taxes are too low.  It’s a revenue problem, they say.  In reality, a place most Democrats refuse to visit, we have a spending problem.

Ronald Reagan once said:

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.  Government programs, once launched, never disappear.  Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on
this earth!”

Job one of the next president is to profoundly reduce the size, cost, and scope of the federal government. The plan outlined above accomplishes this and alters the Washington reality of which President Reagan spoke.

Implementation of this plan will create an environment where entrepreneurs can create jobs. 

When the economy is good, everyone, from top to bottom, prospers. 

When the economy is sound and government is small, we have little or no need to borrow money. 

When the economy is strong spending on necessary costs, such as defense, consumes a smaller percentage of the gross domestic product.

When the economy is strong, and tax rates low, more revenue is generated. 

Finally, we must take heed of, and implement, the wisdom in these words of Thomas Jefferson:

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

This platform will rebuild America. 

This platform will defeat Barack Obama. 

This platform will usher in a new era for America, one led by those who promote and follow it.

Will that be you, Governor Perry?

If you want to learn more about Governor Perry than the media or the debates are telling you, read his book: “Fed Up!  Our Fight to Save America from Washington.”  This book is available in most public libraries or from Amazon.


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