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Why We Need Less Government

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

By Alden L. Benton

The freedom to create and innovate is the foundation of a thriving and free economy.  Basic rules to ensure public health and safety are also fundamental.  However, when rules interfere with the functioning of the economy, and worse, when they intrude on how individuals and families live their lives, it is time to say no.

In the last 50 years, the so-called administrative state has grown into an unruly, unaccountable behemoth that is sucking the life out of our country, even attacking the political institutions that spawned it.

While the current uproar in the media is about dark state “leaks” attempting to bring down a duly elected president, for many the rules spewed out almost daily reach out to interfere with the daily life of the average citizen.  Worse, they can also interfere with people and organizations that attempt to solve vexing social issues for which a leviathan government and its administrative state have no clue and no solution.

On May 19, the Daily Signal released a video showing how the administrative state forced a non-profit group in Vista, California, to choose between their drug-free policies and federal funding.

This group, Solutions for Change, proves that private, local groups are effective in solving problems that big government cannot, and at a far lower cost.  Moreover, yes, they are now doing it without taxpayer money.

I have included the video below.  Please watch it and become a vocal advocate of this group and others like them, who suffer under the heel of the boot of the administrative state.

 

 

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
~Ronald Reagan


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An Open Letter to Congress Part 2

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

By Alden L. Benton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax reform is even simpler.

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

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

Balancing the budget is not rocket science.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The decades long tax and spend mentality must die.

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

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

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

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

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


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An Open Letter to Congress Part 1

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

By Alden L. Benton

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

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

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

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

Words are cheap.

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

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

It is called integrity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Can They Even Read?

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant.  It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

Here is a simple description of the modern American political Left:

  1. To be a part of the political Left you have to be arrogant.
  2. You must believe that you are the smartest human being ever.
  3. You must think you have the answer to all of life’s pressing problems.
  4. You must not answer to any moral authority other than your own constantly shifting needs and wants, i.e. what feels good.
  5. You must make certain that no one is ever offended by anything.
  6. You must ensure that everyone is completely safe from harm
  7. You must force your ideas upon everyone else, whether they agree with you or not.
  8. You must ignore the lessons of the past because you are smarter than anyone who came before you.

Arrogance is a given.  We all like to think we’re smart and can come with some rational answers to things.  However, the political Left doesn’t acknowledge that they are really no smarter, and I would say in reality dumber, than the rest of us.

Just look at the president.  He offers no new or original political thinking.  His policies and views are just bad re-runs of things that have been tried before—and resulted in failure.  They think it’s smart — NOT!

Trying the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Real life is not perfect and carefree.  It is full of trials and troubles that test our resolve, our fortitude, our morals, and our faith.  Life is dangerous.  No government can keep us completely free of harm.  It is our personal responsibility.

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

And as far as not wanting anyone to suffer from some offense, real or imagined, I say hogwash.  The entire principle of free speech is based upon saying what is on your mind and in your heart.  If that offends you — Deal with it! 

The whole idea of political correctness (PC) is power through censorship.  This power of social censorship prevents any meaningful discussion about anything.  It promotes fear. 

It leads me to wonder when they are going to rename the card suit of spades in a world where the radical gays think the Christmas food fruitcake is homophobic.

The old rock and roll singer Frank Zappa summed up PC the best when he said, “Political correctness is the language of cowardice.”

The last two points in my list are obvious flaws that people in power suffer from on both sides of the political aisle.  It is worth mentioning because for the Left, it is not just a malady, but also an entire way of life both in and out of politics.

Now the question of whether or not the American political Left can read.  To be honest the evidence leaves me wondering. 

It is clear they do not read the U.S. Constitution, they do not read the Bible, and they can’t be bothered reading history books or the legislation they vote on.  If they do, they either don’t understand what they have read or misinterpret or manipulate its meaning.

What has drawn me to this question is an article published on Breitbart.com with this headline: Veterans Affairs Bans Christmas Cards to Troops Over Religious Content.

What on earth are these fools thinking about?

Whatever one’s opinion on our current wars, the government, or anyone else, has absolutely no right to deny any wounded warrior a Christmas card.  These men and women gave us their service in the most ugly of circumstances — war.  Censoring their mail for religious content is not the way to repay them. They did not fight to preserve censorship or an anti-Christian attack government.

Christmas, despite the fact it has morphed into a commercial holiday, is still a fundamentally religious, Christian religious holiday that is officially recognized by the U.S. Government.

The actions of the Veterans Administration over the past few years is just one battle in a war being waged by the political Left against both the U.S. Constitution and Christianity.  If you defeat one, you defeat the other and gain total control.

First, it is clear that the political Left, even those who profess religious, simply cannot accept that there is a higher power greater than them or their idea of an all-powerful government.  Those of us who call ourselves Christians answer only to God.

The second front in this attack is on Amendment 1 of the United States Constitution.  Amendment 1 states,

“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.”

This amendment frightens the political Left the most.  It is the foundation of our liberty and a fundamental protection against the power of government.  It is clear and concise.  

Without the First Amendment, we will be forced to worship at the altar of an all-powerful government led by a self-proclaimed Messiah; without it, we will not be allowed to say what is on our minds or question the government; without it, we cannot meet in peaceful protest to give voice to our concerns.  We will become enslaved, in body and in soul.

This is not the world in which I choose to live my earthly life.

This is not the world I want to leave to my children and the generations that follow me.

I will never bend my knee, or my will, to anyone but God and will teach my children to do the same.

Yes, the political left can read, but they only read what would help them take control of the rest of us.

We must stand and fight before it is too late.

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.  We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.  If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here.  We did all that could be done.”  ~Ronald Reagan


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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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A Week as a “Low Information” Voter

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

By Alden L. Benton

I have not been on the internet for a week. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Unsustainable

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”  ~Ronald Reagan, Address to National Association of Realtors, March 28, 1982

By Alden L. Benton

Sustainable.

Sustainable is the new buzzword everyone carelessly throws about in conversations on myriad topics. 

The dictionary definition, however, is clear.  To be sustainable means a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse or a process that can be maintained, or kept going, indefinitely.

For at least the past six months, politicians and talking heads of every denomination and persuasion have been bemoaning the alleged draconian impact of cutting a mere $85 billion (they originally promised to cut $109 billion) from the $3.796 trillion 2012 federal budget, you would think, as my Dad used to say, money simply grew on trees. 

If money did actually grow on trees, then the tax-and-spend politicians on both sides of the aisle could fully fund all of their hair-brained Utopian schemes because the supply of money would then be a sustainable resource. 

Unfortunately, there is no golden goose, magic beans, or a Genie in a bottle to produce an infinite supply of money to individuals, or to the government.

Our political leaders have failed.  The leadership of both parties colludes to maintain their personal power at our expense.  At best, they have been misguided and deluded.  At worst, they have perpetrated agendas designed to weaken and diminish us as a nation.  You know who they are, just read the news.

Yesterday (February 19), CNS News reported President Obama’s fiscal delusions.  The president, according to CNS News, has added a record $5.9 trillion to the debt while claiming to have cut the federal deficit by $2.5 trillion. According to CNS News,

“In fiscal 2008, the federal deficit was $454.8 billion.  In fiscal 2012, it was $1.2967 trillion.  By this measure, President Obama did not reduce federal deficits by $2.5 trillion.  He increased the annual deficit by $841.9 billion.”

The numbers don’t add up and the smoke and mirror illusions of fiscal responsibility and solvency continue.

As part of the 2011 Debt Ceiling deal, Congress gave the president authority to borrow and additional $2.4 trillion in exchange for $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years.  There have been no cuts, and Obama has run the federal credit card to its limit, reaching the debt ceiling again on December 31, 2012.

The farther we go, the behinder we get.

The so-called sequester amounts to lip service when the federal budget deficit in fiscal year 2012 was $1.327 trillion, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Table S-1 — Budget Totals. 

In fact, the president’s own budget projections show deficit spending every year through 2022 despite projecting increased revenue every year.  The total federal deficit by 2022 will be $6.684 trillion and will represent 3.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).  The same projections show the national debt increasing every year.

Today (February 20), Breitbart.com reports that a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in January concludes that President Obama’s policies are not sustainable.  According to the article,

“For two months, reporters and lawmakers have ignored a devastating report from the federal government itself, which warns that the nation’s current fiscal policy will lead to economic collapse.

“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) — the personal auditor of President Obama and the federal government — released its assessment of the federal government on January 17, 2013.  The report’s findings illuminate just how dire America’s spending problem is and, therefore, how little the current cuts debated by Congress do to fix it.”

The GAO is the auditor for the president and the government.  Yet, the president doesn’t believe we have a spending problem and Congress rides the same bus — a bus that is headed off the proverbial fiscal cliff. With deficits surpassing $6 trillion over the next 10 years, we will need to borrow more money to pay for that spending.  In addition, we must continue paying interest on the money we have already borrowed. The CNS News article continues saying,

“The most devastating part of the report is the fact that the federal government must run surpluses over the next century to keep the same debt-to-GDP ratio it has today.  Meanwhile, Congress and President Obama are throwing a fit over the looming sequester — which will cut a mere 1.2 per cent of total deficits (not total debt) over the next ten years — and the Senate has not produced a budget for close to 1,400 days.

“A balanced budget will not be enough to cover the rapid growth of interest payments owed on U.S. national debt in the future.  The federal government currently pays $223 billion — roughly $3,000 per taxpayer — in annual interest payments.  This number is expected to increase to $857 billion by the end of the decade, a 290 per cent increase.”

For more than 80 years, Congress and presidents from both political parties have been kicking the ticking time bomb down the road to future generations.  That is the political definition of sustainability.  The reality is that we have reached the end of the road, and the bomb is about to explode.

“We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down.  Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free.  Trust the people.  This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.”  ~Ronald Reagan, September 29, 1981


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The Ostrich, Debt, and Inspiration from the Past

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man.  The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

There is an old folk tale about the ostrich.  The story says that when confronted with danger, the ostrich sticks its head in the sand. 

I don’t know if this is true or not.  However, the ostrich is a very large bird and if it does exhibit this behavior, it suffers from two problems: 1) by hiding its head, the ostrich leaves its rather sizeable posterior exposed; and 2) the ostrich is delusional in thinking that if it cannot see the danger, it is not really there, and therefore, does not exist. 

I have published this blog for 18 months and throughout my posts, I have struggled to put an appropriate label on those who would destroy our liberty and our country by any means available.  Now, thanks to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), I have coined a new term to describe her and her ilk: ostrich-statist.

Anyone with a basic understanding of simple arithmetic and a reasonable grip on reality realizes that one cannot spend more than what one earns without borrowing and that one cannot keep borrowing to pay for your borrowing.  My father used to call this borrowing from Peter to pay Paul

However, there is a very large segment of the ruling class in the United States, whether it is federal, state, or local, that seems to have no clue regarding this stark and dangerous reality.

Enter Representative Pelosi.

Godfather Politics reported today that Representative Pelosi says we need more revenue (read higher taxes) not spending cuts.  In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Pelosi said:

“We have to recognize that, which cuts really help us and which cuts hurt our future?  And cuts in education, scientific research and the rest are harmful, and they are what are affected by the sequestration.  So, it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.  We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.”

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, but Pelosi is only half right — we do have a deficit problem.  However, like the fabled ostrich, she is blind to the greater problems of unchecked spending, underfunded programs, and massive debt.

Nancy Pelosi, the progressive-statist-Democrats, and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) are like the ostrich; they hide their heads in the sand and think the problem will go away. 

According to US Government Spending.com, the federal deficit, the difference between income and payments, grew from $500 billion in FY 2008 (fiscal year) to $1.5 trillion in FY 2009 and has remained at an average of $1.3 trillion through FY 2012.

To sustain this spending spree, the nation has gone deeper into debt.  In FY 2008, the gross federal debt (the total amount owed), was $10 trillion and has increased every year since then.  In FY 2009, the year with the largest deficit, the gross debt grew to $11.9 trillion.  The gross national debt reached $16.4 trillion in FY 2012, exceeding the value of the entire economic output of the United States economy (GDP).

The ostriches among us would like you to believe we can tax this problem away.  This idea is nothing but wishful, delusional fantasy.  If the government confiscated the entire wealth of the nation, it couldn’t pay off the debt.  If the government took everything the so-called rich earn, it would not completely fund one year of government spending.

Whom are you going to believe — the deluded ostriches like Nancy Pelosi or President Ronald Reagan when he said, “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

It is time that we stop listening to the dangerous, destructive, self-serving horse hockey spewed by the ostriches led by President Obama and his flock of crooks and cronies.  Instead, listen to, and follow, the words spoken by President John F. Kennedy as he concluded his inaugural address on January 20, 1962.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. 

“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.  With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

Consider JFK’s words tonight as you listen to the dreck spewed by the ostrich-in-chief’s State of the Union address.


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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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Déjà Vu

By Alden L. Benton

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”  ~ Yogi Berra

On November 4, 1979, Iranian protestors stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and took 53 Americans hostage for 444 days.  President Jimmy Carter was clueless and ineffective. 

Six months after the embassy was seized, Carter launched an ill-fated rescue raid that resulted in the death of eight American servicemen and one Iranian civilian.  Iran released the American hostages January 20, 1981, the moment Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president.

Fast-forward to September 11, 2012.  As America is remembering the heinous attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93, “protestors” storm the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, tear down the U. S. flag, and replace it with an Islamic battle flag. 

At the same time, an assault with rockets and other military-grade weapons was launched against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The official response to these atrocities?  An apology!

The official response of the United States of America to attacks on sovereign soil and the murder of four Americans is an apology for upsetting the barbarians who have hijacked Islam over some obscure YouTube video that is allegedly unkind or disrespectful to their faith.

The United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, released this statement:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.  Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy.”  (From Business Insider)

Two incidents, 33 years apart, with two common elements: radical Islam and incompetent presidents.

President Obama actually had a chance to act presidential, but failed dismally. 

The president said, “Make no mistake, justice will be done,” according to the Washington Post.  After the remark, the president hastily departed for a political fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Apparently, funding his campaign is obviously a higher priority than an attack against or country.

The president said what he thinks we wanted to hear in a time of crisis: a cold, callous, calculated political campaign-style response.

However, the president’s words are hollow words, words from a man who callously disregards national security for political gain.  His words are hollow words from a man who spent his first year in office bowing before, and apologizing to, world leaders for our supposed sins. 

Obama’s words are hollow words from a man who demeans Christians and Jews, while idolizing Muslims.  They are meaningless words from a man who sees victory in the weakening and eventual destruction of America.

At best, Obama is a weak, incompetent, America-hating ideologue.  At worst, Obama is a traitorous demagogue who gives aid and comfort, indeed encourages, those who attack and murder those who serve us.

In 1980, America replaced a weak and ineffective leader with a man of integrity and courage, a man who possessed a patriotic drive to keep America great. 

It is time for déjà vu one more time in 2012.


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What Have They Been Smoking?

By Alden L. Benton

“Ask yourself, ‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?  Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago?  Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago?  Is America as respected throughout the world as it was?’”
~Ronald Reagan, October 28, 1980, presidential debate

In 2008, Barack Obama asked us the same question.  The answer then was not really.  Now, after three and a half years of failure, corruption, and deceit, Obama has the audacity to ask us to rehire him.  What has he been smoking?

Today, Congressman Paul Ryan asks us the same question Ronald Reagan asked 32 years ago.  The answer today is the same as it was then — a resounding hell no!

According to The Hill, Ryan told supporters in Greenville, North Carolina,

“Every president since the great depression could run on a record saying you are better off than you were four years ago,” Ryan said.  “Except for Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.”

Ryan said in 1980, under the Carter administration, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy, compared to 1.4 million in 2011 “under President Obama’s failed leadership,” and that mortgage delinquencies have ballooned from 77,000 to 3 million over the same time period.

“Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are now,” Ryan said.

Ryan is on target.  Under Carter, a combination of failed economic policies and failed energy policies, forced the trucking company may father worked for out of business.  Until my father was eligible for early retirement, we struggled mightily to survive and keep our home.  No one wanted a 57-year-old truck driver.

Today, the news is rife with reports of people losing jobs, and like my father, unable to find another.  Students, even the ones with useful skills, cannot find jobs and are moving back home.  And they are the lucky ones — their parents have managed to hold on to their homes. 

Ask the 2 million unemployed if they are better off, and that doesn’t count the millions of people that the government doesn’t even bother to count anymore.

In defense of their beloved anointed one, highly placed Democratic Polyannas are attempting to pull the wool over our eyes.  According to The Hill,

“…Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse hit the airwaves Monday to answer the question affirmatively and without caveat.”

However, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said

“Yes, this morning Democrats were in desperate damage control.  Interestingly and bizarrely, that we now are better off after four years of Barack Obama.…that must mean that millions of Americans had suddenly found jobs, and that deficits, poverty and gas prices had all fallen.”

What have the Democrats been smoking?

Today, the thrill and pixie dust of Barack Obama’s presidency is gone,” Priebus said.  “Americans feel no hope and have seen change for the worse.”

Doing the same things over, and over again and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.  The Democrats have no new ideas, they just keep recycling the same programs and ideas that have always failed — and expect things to be different.  What have they been smoking?

Now, with all the chips on the table, the Democrats have gone all-in with the hope that if they tell enough lies about how things “really” are, we will believe them and re-elect the president.

What have they been smoking?


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Meet the Obamacrats

By Alden L. Benton

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me.”  ~Ronald Reagan

When Ronald Reagan was an actor, he quickly realized that the Democratic Party and the Hollywood motion picture industry was run by the left; many of whom were communists.  

In his 1964 GOP convention speech, A Time for Choosing, Reagan said,

“Back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his party was taking the part of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin.  And he walked away from his party, and he never returned to the day he died, because to this day, the leadership of that party has been taking that party, that honorable party, down the road in the image of the labor socialist party of England.”

That violent, godless, soulless, degrading anti-human devolution that began with the Russian Revolution in 1917 continues in today’s Democratic Party.

Examples are legion. 

  • The violent protests at the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago;
  • The 1999 World Trade Organization destructive protests and riots in Seattle;
  • The 2011 destructive and obstructive public employee union demonstrations against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; and
  • The anarchist and union backed Occupy Oakland violence last January. 

The tactics of delegitimization, terror, violence, chaos, and destruction are still in place. 

The Democrats, and their far-left enablers, have defiled, demeaned, and attempted to deligitimize the principles of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, and the passivity of Gandhi’s civil disobedience. 

In the place of these elements of ordered liberty and civil behavior, they seek only anarchy and destruction.

In a column in Monday’s Red State, Moe Lane reports that the Occupy movement is seeking to disrupt the Republican Party National Convention in Tampa, Florida, by forming a subgroup to attack and disable emergency communication systems used by Tampa law enforcement and emergency medical response (EMS) teams. 

According to Lane, “…they [the Occupy movement] have a coms (sic) group that is trying to shut down the EMS communications structure for the city….  They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.”

“Let’s leave aside for the moment the question of ‘What kind of malignant idiots target emergency services for a city about to be hit with a hurricane?’  A more interesting question is, ‘What kind of purblind fool supports this kind of malignant idiots?’”

This is what the Democratic Party of Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their ilk support.  These are the Obamacrats.

Backed by the shadowy billionaire George Soros and his puppet organizations like moveon.org, millions of dollars of union dues, and misinformed rich, celebrity dupes like Bill Gates and George Clooney, and the blessings of the president, the Occupy movement, and the hard-core revolutionaries who control it, seek to endanger the lives of every citizen and visitor to the city of Tampa.

This is fits right in with the long-established tenets of the radical left: murder of the old or weak (euthanasia), murder of the unborn (abortion), and murder all who oppose their godless reign of terror.  Anything to advance their cause.  Anything!

Communism is directly responsible for the murder of at least 100 million people since 1917. That does not count the millions of unborn babies murdered through abortion world wide.

Say hello to the new Democratic Party: the party of Obama.

Is this what you want for America?  Are these the type of people we can trust with the reins of power in a free society?

Absolutely not!  

If you are a Democrat and do not condone these nefarious antics, it is time you follow the lead of President Reagan and defect from the party and the evil it now represents.

We must defeat the Obamacrats at every level of government on November 6.  The fate of our liberty and of our civil society depend upon it.


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No Law Against Stupidity — Yet

By Alden L. Benton

I love quotations, especially those from truly notable people such as the Founders of America. 

Some quotes are no more than vapid utterances which serve no use save to break the silence or pollute the adjacent air.  In my experience, most of these come from the mouths of vacuous dolts like Nancy “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Pelosi to the ubiquitous inanities of Joe “We have to spend our way out of debt” Biden.

Then there are the truisms that take complicated issues and simplify them.  Former president Ronald Reagan was a master of taking a serious problem, breaking down into its basic components, and then making a joke to drive home his point.

Two of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes are relevant to the remainder of this discussion.

“Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”  ~ Ronald Reagan

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

A few days ago, the financial behemoth JP Morgan Chase lost $2 billion because of bad trading decisions.  Of course, in typical knee-jerk fashion, top Democrats all jumped up in unison to shout their answer to all problems: we need more regulations.

This episode exposes the fundamental raison d’être of the political Left — to regulate and control every aspect of human behavior in order to achieve their vision of a flawless, perfect society.

As hard as the warped little minds of the Left may try, normal people do not fit inside the restrictive little boxes and labels they try to pigeonhole and control us with.  That is reality.  That is the spirit God imbued within us.

In a clear, concise response to the Democrats’ call for more financial regulations, Speaker of the House John Boehner said simply, “There is no law against stupidity.”

Speaker Boehner is correct.  Give me a society where each individual is free to choose his or her own path, make mistakes, and be accountable for one’s actions anytime over the total top-down control of every aspect of our personal lives the Left seeks. 

Give me the America President Reagan envisioned when he said,

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”


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America’s Great Uncivil War of the 21st Century

“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.  But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
~Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

By Alden L. Benton

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln spoke these now famous words as he dedicated the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure….we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863

That “great civil war” ended, but we are now engaged in another civil war.  This war is not between states, but between those who want to live free and those who would enslave them.

This war is between conservatives and statists. 

Conservatives, simply stated, believe in the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the limited government established by the United States Constitution.  This assures our personal liberty and prosperity.  It is the foundation of ordered liberty.  It is a system that allows us, as individuals, the right to live, work, speak, and worship as we choose without interference from any power below God.

The statists are the polar opposite.  They deny God and the rights of man.  They have anointed themselves as our keepers, and as our betters.  They do not seek liberty, they seek control.  They dream of a Utopia where everyone is equal, but are ruled by a sovereign, a sovereign group, or a mastermind.  They seek to “improve” mankind by controlling us.  They strive to make everyone equal.  However, the only way we can become equal is to become equally poor, so they control, regulate, and destroy until people become helpless and dependent upon them. 

 This schism is best illustrated through three quotes: The first from the Declaration of Independence, and the second two from Karl Marx.

“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.”
~United States Declaration of Independence, 1776

“For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” ~Karl Marx
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” ~Karl Marx

This is why this year’s election is critical.  The statists, whether they call themselves liberals, progressives, or Democrats, have been in power for 100 years.  Because of their failed and corrupt policies, we are burdened with massive debt, ever-increasing taxes, ever-expanding government, and diminishing personal freedom.

The current president, and his cadre of cronies, crooks, and communists, is hell-bent on destroying the America we know.  It is time we reverse America’s decline and throw all of the bums out.

America cannot move forward as long as the statists are in the driver’s seat.  They regulate, spend, and spend some more while they divide us through the façade of class warfare, whether it is by race, economics, or education.  In the name of economic, social, or environmental “justice,” they seek to force equal outcomes/results while destroying equal opportunity. We cannot survive any more of their lies, falsifications, fabrications, revisionism, and arrogance.

In this election, from the local school boards and state legislatures, to Congress and the president, we must rid ourselves of their influence and relegate them, and their treasonous disregard for the founding principles, to history’s compost heap to rot into something more useful — manure. That is environmental justice.

We must ask ourselves two monumentally important questions.  Our future, the future of our children and grandchildren, and the future of America rests upon our answers, and our actions.

Which side are you on in this, our second civil war?  Do you want to live in a society governed by the principles of the Declaration of Independence or one governed by those of Marx?

The answers are as clear as they were 150 years ago: freedom or slavery.

“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, 40th President of the United States


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Deficit, Congress, and Shadow Government

By Alden L. Benton

In yesterday’s post, I reported on recommendations by The Cato Institute and Downsizing Government that would trim $772.8 billion dollars a year from the federal budget.  Over a decade, this totals more than $7.2 trillion in savings.

The Office of Management and Budget projects a $1.3 trillion budget deficit for fiscal year 2012.  In this scenario, the cuts recommended by Downsizing Government would cut the deficit to approximately $404 billion, 4.4 per cent of the estimated 2012 gross domestic product (GDP)

However, according to a Wall Street Journal article last February, “The deficit would decline in fiscal year 2012 to $1.1 trillion, or 7% of gross domestic product, under Mr. Obama’s plan, as a year-long payroll tax holiday and an extension of federal jobless benefits expired, administration officials said.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 per cent in November.  Despite this decrease, millions of Americans will start losing their unemployment benefits beginning next year as the extension expires.  Those fortunate enough to be working will pay higher payroll taxes as their “holiday” ends.

Congress is discussing whether to continue to extend unemployment benefits and whether to continue the payroll tax “holiday,” key elements in the presidents’ deficit plan that will increase the cost of government and increase taxes during an economic train wreck.

It should be painfully obvious by now, to all but the most deluded sycophantic idolater, that the president’s policies are not working.  It is time to stop rehashing the same tired, unworkable economic theories (Keynes), and return to what works: Less tax, less regulation.  The policies of Ronald Reagan (with a Democratic Congress) and continued by Bill Clinton (with a Republican Congress), ushered in an unprecedented era of posterity.

We must cut more from federal spending to avoid the stifling effects tax increases will have on economic recovery for it is economic recovery, not tax increases, that will bring more revenues to the federal coffer.

The best place to begin additional cuts is the thousands of agencies that micromanage the lives of every citizen.  These agencies represent a shadow government that operates by its own rules, not by the rule of law, and are unaccountable to Congress or the public.

Message to Congress: Stop spending.  Take a wrecking ball to government.  Butcher your pet pork.  Burn the tax code and federal regulations.  Slash the budget to the bone. 

There are only 337 days until Election Day.  We are watching.


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Not Dead Yet!

By Alden L. Benton

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
~Mark Twain

In an effort to provide quality posts, I read hundreds of emails and follow dozens of websites every day.  In my research, I keep coming across what former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew once called nattering nabobs of negativism.

What the Vice President referred to is the constant negative reports emanating from the mass media, which now includes the internet.  It is the same thing, day in, and day out: the United States is declining and is in imminent danger of collapse.

There is an old adage that says if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes true.  This is one of the fundamental principles of propaganda, a principle taught by the father of all community organizers, Saul Alinsky.

This tactic has done the most damage to the fabric of the United States in the last 80 years.  In those 80 years, the Left has controlled Congress and the presidency, the majority of the time.  At the same time, they began to infiltrate the tax-supported education system, dramatically expand the size and scope of government, and control the mainstream media outlets.

Through all of these events, they began to constantly iterate and repeat their revisionist, negativism regarding the United States and American Exceptionalism.  Now they are using the same tactics to brainwash everyone about the evils of capitalism and the joys of the Marxist way, i.e. communism.

The United States has been a work in-progress since its founding.  As a nation, we have stumbled and fallen; we have seen fantastic booms and the depth of the economic abyss.  We have fought many wars, most with just cause.  We have brought true hope and prosperity, and freedom, to ourselves and large portions of the earth’s population.

America is facing serious problems that must be resolved.  That is reality.  However, these problems will not, indeed cannot, be solved by whining and sniffling about how we are doomed to failure.

Cow pies!  Failure is NOT an option.

Wailing and bemoaning our imminent demise is counterproductive.  Did we hold up our collective hands in surrender in 1941when Pearl Harbor was attacked or in 2001 when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked?  No!  We got up, dusted ourselves off, rolled up our collective sleeves, and set about putting things right.

Do not let the naysayers of doom depress you.  They are wrong.  The nation that both President Lincoln and Reagan referred to as a shining example to the world is not dead.

An old cliché says “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  We are a nation forged by the fires of tribulation and tumult.  We can solve our problems and return to greatness if we stand together and face our problems head on as one unified people.

I will not let America go down without a fight.  How about you?


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On Choosing a Candidate

By Alden L. Benton

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”
~John Adams

In my October 19 post (Thoughts on the Candidates’ Debate), I narrowed my choices for the Republican nominee to four candidates: Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Michelle Bachman.

In the intervening days, I have been thinking less about the candidates’ stands on issues, and more about their character.

These four candidates are all intelligent, capable conservatives.  Their views on the primary issues vary mostly in the details.  So how do we select the individual who will face down the president next year?

Character.

Character gives the individual the strength to pursue what is right and good.

Character gives the individual the strength to maintain his or her integrity.

Character gives the individual courage; courage to face both adversity and one’s adversaries.

When I think of character, I think of men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and Ronald Reagan.

In a 1962 speech to the cadets of the U.S. Military Academy, General Douglas MacArthur said:

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.  They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn….They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.”

(Full text here: General MacArthur’s Thayer Award Speech — Duty, Honor, Country (1962).  Audio of original speech here: Duty, Honor, Country Audio)

This is what I seek in a candidate, in a president.

I find these attributes in only two of the current candidates: Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman.

These two individuals embody sound moral and ethical principles based in their faith.  They both have served their country in various capacities.  They both have integrity, strength, and character.  They have the strength to say what needs to be said, even if it is unpleasant.  Their principles don’t change with each shift of the political wind.

I have had enough of a narcissistic, megalomaniac president who is totally lacking in principles, integrity, and character.  His failings, coupled with a similar failure of character pandemic in the political system, have brought our great nation to its knees.

Enough!

The principles and character exhibited by Gingrich and Bachman are the elixir our nation needs.

They are positive, uplifting, forward-looking, and hopeful.  Their policies are based on the conservative pillars of personal liberty, personal responsibility, national sovereignty, strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, and small government.

Obama and his crooks, cronies, and communists, have weakened us and enslaved us. 

It is time for real, substantive change. 

Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman offer us the future and true hope Ronald Reagan spoke of when he announced his candidacy in 1979:

A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.


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A Message for the Candidates; A Question for the People

By Alden L. Benton

Upon his inauguration in 1961, John F. Kennedy asked us to “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

Kennedy posed this question to the American people, but in 2011, it is a question we must ask of every man and woman running for the Republican nomination for president.

So far, in this campaign, and in the televised debates, answers to this question have been glaringly absent.  All we are hearing is eight people throwing bottles and bricks at one another, accusing each other of bad decisions, bad policies, and misspeaks.

A friend of mine says the Republican candidates are campaigning like Democrats; attacking each other personally, speaking lies and half-truths, and smearing their opponent(s).

Enough!

Here is my message to all the Republican candidates vying for the nomination: Stop fighting with each other and tell me why you are the best person for the job. You are all on the same side — Obama is the enemy!

What do YOU stand for?

What will YOU do to save America?

Where do YOU stand on the key issues facing us in the second decade of the 21st century?

This is the information we need in order to choose the candidate to defeat Obama and set the country back on course to greatness.

Fighting among yourselves and sniping at each other only serves to weaken you, and the conservative crusade to rid the nation of the curse of Obama.

Only in unity can we prevail. 

To unseat a president, even an unpopular one, is a formidable task.  Because of the gravity of that task, we must carefully choose the opponent to face Obama in next year’s elections.

We cannot make an informed choice without good information and that information cannot be had if all the candidates do is point their fingers at each other, scold each other, and call each other names.

Grow up and give us what we need: a solid conservative candidate with fundamentally sound ideas to rebuild America and exile Obama and his cronies from power.

In the 1980 presidential debate, candidate Ronald Reagan closed by asking Americans a question we must ask ourselves once again in 2012:

“Next Tuesday is Election Day.  Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision.  I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?  Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago?  Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago?  Is America as respected throughout the world as it was?  Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago?  And if you answer all of those questions yes, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for.  If you don’t agree, if you don’t think that this course that we’ve been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.”


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