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Post November 2014: The Era of Unconstitutinality

Politics, politics politics…

Here we are again, nudging up to the upcoming election cycle for the Congress, and yet again, we are noticing that the President is putting politics before policy. He has threatened promised that he will act on his own using executive action to handle the immigration crisis in his own way and the way he thinks “is best for the American people” and best for the immigrants, and yet he has put politics before policy and has decided to postpone his action until after the November elections.

How can anyone possibly not see right through this?

Mr. President, if you think you are doing what is right, why wait until after the elections to do it? A crisis needs action right away, so postponing it seems like a very poor decision. What reason do you have to postpone it, except that you know that it would be a very unpopular action and that the Democratic party which you represent would suffer in the elections for the unfavorable new policy.

Whether you support the President or not, whether you are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, etc., you should not be too blind to see that politics are more important than policy to this administration. Even if you support the President’s proposed executive action, you should be outraged that he has decided to wait instead of act on it. For those who would oppose it, you should be even more concerned now that this executive order will be unfavorable to the American people.

What you really need to be concerned about is this:

After the November 2014 elections, the President will have nearly two full years of no-consequence executive orders that he will be signing out as quickly as he swings his driver. The November elections matter because Congress matters, believe it or not, and whether the President believes it or not. Sometimes the only way to balance power is to counterbalance it.

Your vote matters. You need to make sure you are getting to the polls in November and voting along the lines of what matters to you. Do not be a sheep and vote the same way your parents do, or your neighbor, or your girlfriend, etc. Stop voting with a certain party. They are not all the same. Listen to them, but realize that anyone can manipulate words. Look at their track records. Make sure the candidate you support supports you back!

We are not yet finished as a nation. Even these November elections won’t have the effect of ending our great nation if things go wrong at the polls. However, laws, policies and life in general in this great nation of ours will be dictated by the results of these November elections.

Listen, I was not a fan of President Obama going into his reelection campaign, but I also wasn’t a big fan of Romney. I found him to be very generic as a candidate, and somewhat boring, but then, is a president supposed to not be boring? Maybe boring is a good thing when it comes to the man at the wheel of an entire nation.

The bottom line is this:

You may have thought President Obama did better in the debates (save for the first one of course) than Romney did, using catchy phrases (by the way Mr. President, the 90’s called and asked if they could have their “the 80’s called” reference joke back) and somewhat snarky grins and one liners to zing the “old man” Romney, but you know what, go back and listen to what Romney was really saying at that time; How right has he been proven so far?

Who knows what kind of position we would all be in today if Romney had won, well, no one knows. The only thing we do know is it does seem like he may have been a bit more prepared for some of the current events lately, since he was all but predicting them during the debates and throughout his campaign. Are we prepared to be saying “what if” a year after the November elections this year? I can’t say Romney would be any better or any worse, but can you? He did seem to be more correct about a lot of things even though he was made fun of them at the time. Maybe a boring wise old man who likes to read and keep up on current events would have been a better choice in the white house than a youthful young man who finds out most happenings around the world from watching the “same news you do”.

Let’s make our votes count in November. Have a voice. Stop making excuses. Vote.

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The Republicans Aren’t Getting the Message…Across

I received a phone call from the Republican National Committee today asking me to make a “small donation” to the committee to help support the Republicans’ push to take back the Senate, help assure that the Governorships up for grabs are given to Republicans instead of independents or “Liberals” [sic]. I decided to take that opportunity to voice my opinion on the matter at hand.

I quickly informed the caller, a very well-spoken, enthusiastic and obviously well rehearsed and limited in time young man who seems very intent on collecting every snatch-able penny for his cause, that I am disenfranchised by the current message of the Republican party, and I do not feel that I am alone. I informed the very committed committee caller that I feel that the current message of the Republicans seems to be very simply and very arrogantly: “Things are going badly, get us in there and then we will figure out a way to make things go not so badly!”

Without missing a beat the caller simply said, “well I sure can appreciate how you feel, but let me assure you, any amount you donate today will be directly used to….blah blah blah..followed by rhetoric…followed by well rehearsed talking points…followed by “let’s just reduce your donation to a more manageable figure, how about…blah blah”.

I sighed, realizing that this was a waste of his time as well as mine, and realizing that I want my voice to be heard, recognized and relevant and this was not the correct venue. In essence of trying to prove my own gut wrong, I did follow-up by asking a question, a simple question that I expected no truthful response, and in that was not at all disappointed: “Can you please summarize for me what the current plan is that the Republican party has gotten behind with regards to a viable replacement for the current Obamacare Law?”

I suppose part of me expected crickets but instead this very well-trained young man immediately responded with a very off-the-shelf comment about how the Republicans are very eager to work with the Democrats (this time not Liberals) on coming up with solutions for not just this {Obamacare} but all of the most major issues the nation is facing at this moment, including healthcare, immigration reform, as well as coming together to find a way to balance the budget..blah blah blah.

I suppose the talking points memo and pre-packaged responses irked me a bit because I responded by saying:

“Listen, this nation is in trouble. Obamacare was good in theory, but is not viable and should be replaced. The Democrats in power have seen their share of political scandals and abuse of power, and the attitudes of both parties towards one another is like watching a high school cheerleading competition: each group performs essentially the same well rehearsed routine trying to make it look like it is a completely original and unique idea while smiling at the people wearing the same uniforms they are and sneering at those whose uniforms are different. But the Republicans have found a way to continue to paint themselves as the obstructionists. The anti-obamas whose primary focus is dedicated to erasing the legacy on the nation’s 44th president.”

…Silence (I’m not sure he was aware I was finished with my rant yet…)

“Well I would like to thank you graciously for your time…” the caller politely brushed me off and then told me of the website and the Washington address where I can contact the RNC if I have any questions. Deaf ears. A young man passionate about what he believes in, but unable to tell me exactly what they in turn have as a plan. It isn’t his fault. And he is doing a good thing. The problem is I’m not so sure these days that the party he is representing is, well, any longer valid representative of the true feeling of the people.

The nation is headed in the wrong direction, and every day it does appear that the majority of the populi is feeling that way as well, however all the Republicans seem to keep shouting is that they are not going to go in that same direction. The Republicans seem so focused on telling us what the Democrats are doing wrong that they have forgotten that they need to tell us how they would do it right and WHY their way would work better.

The bottom line is: We the people, the actual people of this nation may agree with the Republicans in the polls that the nation is struggling and we want the nation to be brought back up to success and to being the land of plenty, but telling us ‘Just elect us, the Republicans, and when we get in there, we can start coming up with a plan’ is a sure way to ensure that the Democrats retain at least some of the power they currently have. We the people are starting to see both parties for what they really are, nothing more than idealistic braggarts who like to blame the one another for the problems they are both guilty of causing. Republicans, the majority of them anyway, may not have voted in Obamacare, but you sure did not say ‘Hey that’s a great concept guys, let’s build it together’, no you stood firmly on your crumbling foundations (most of you are in complete denial that your foundation is in fact crumbling) and you griped and moaned and pointed your fingers telling us, the people how we were being abused by the powerful Democrats but you took no responsibility for at least being a limb or two of the man behind the curtain.  Well we have been paying attention to the man behind the curtain this time, Scarecrow, and we see all of the smoke and the flashing lights, but we also realize that you keeping telling us we can go home anytime we want, but you aren’t telling us how.

If the Republicans want to be the party that will provide true constructive reform for this nation, then they had better start being very detailed about their plans. We are tired of you telling us “just elect us, we’ll fix it!” Give us your plan. Lay it out for us. We aren’t all as ignorant as you might believe. Try us. Let us know what you intend to really do. Otherwise, we have no enthusiasm to take our time to go to the polls just so the same blame game can be played next year, the only difference would be the Republicans would have the majority, but the rhetoric would remain the same. If you don’t change your approach and soon, you will be the only ones who share the November Blame.

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Wasteful and wanting?

We have all been told that the government wastes our tax dollars with irresponsible spending, right? I mean, no matter which wing of the political eagle you tend to side with (if for some reason you still choose to side with one over the other) there are things in the federal budget you feel passionately about and you deem to be wasteful and you think the funds could be better “invested” elsewhere.

Well, my educated friends, I can promise you there are things our government has spent money on, I mean real money on, which no matter which wing your feather rests on you will be shocked and appalled to find out about.

For example:

1) In 2012 $325,000 was spent on a robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel.” This National Science Foundation grant was used to create a realistic-looking robotic squirrel for the purpose of studying how a rattlesnake would react to it.

2) As part of a four-year, $27 million plan by the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve the economic competitiveness of Morocco involved training Moroccans to design and make pottery to sell, both locally and in international markets, Coburn’s report says.

But the translator hired was not fluent in English, and some of the materials used in the sessions were not regularly available in Morocco. Oops.

3) Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, a company with $140 million in revenue, received a Community Development Block Grant ($505,000) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for capital improvements, with which the company wanted to buy machinery to make pet toothpaste and shampoo.

4) According to the Daily Treasury Statementand first reported by CNS News, the administration dished out $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the first day of the government spending “slimdown,” which means funds for the likes of PBS Newshour, NPR and “Sesame Street” are being spent before cancer research.

A high ranking official for PBS has gone on the record dating that PBS would exist fine without any government grants, so why are they still taking them? Remember Mitt Romney’s ridicule for saying her would “stop funding Big Bird”? $445 million would help out quite a few people who “can’t afford insurance” wouldn’t it?

Obviously there are lot of examples of wasteful spending by the government. After all, that’s what the government does.

But when your healthcare bill goes up by over $600 a month so that they can “afford” to put people with existing conditions on a plan (again, a very good thing that I agree with just not the way it is being done), and you find out Big Bird got $445 million and Robosquirrel got $325,000, at some point don’t you stop to think “you know, if they had instead put those same funds towards the funding of plans for people with existing conditions, maybe It wouldn’t have been necessary to take from my family the $600 a month that I was hoping to try to save up to put my child in a private school to ensure they have a bright future”.

“If it doesn’t make sense, then you probably shouldn’t subsidize it with dollars”- Vox Populi Clarus

Resources:

1) http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/16/top-10-examples-of-wasteful-federal-spending-in-2012/

2) http://money.msn.com/investing/12-examples-of-government-waste

4) http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/10/08/government-gives-445-million-to-corporation-for-public-broadcasting-on-first/

If you would like to read more about this, check out these links:

http://reed.house.gov/waste-fraud-and-abuse

http://www.dw.de/wasted-taxpayers-money/g-17165286

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/10/17/the-10-dumbest-ways-the-government-wasted-taxpayer.aspx

Investing in bad science.(wasteful government spending and research funding)(Essay): An article from: Policy Review

The bottom line is the government does not spend money on anything without having first taken the money from something, or usually someone else. When our government is spending money without logic on “investments” which aren’t of the utmost importance for the nation, then the money is being misappropriated. There needs to be more accountability (and preferably more public control) of the federal spending. Imagine having the ability to vote, even if it is just once or twice a year, to fund or de-fund programs we the people find to be wasteful. This is the drawback of having a republic instead of a democracy.

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Democare? The unfortunate truth about the call to fix it

confused“The democrats have joined many GOP representatives in demanding that the Obama administration does something about the millions of Americans losing their current health plans,” has been slung on the front pages of the news in rapid succession recently.

We aren’t blind. And we aren’t deaf.

We haven’t forgotten that a democrat power play is the only reason that Obamacare exists today. We haven’t forgotten that this thing was shoved down the throat of the American populace by an over-zealous Democratic Party willing to “pass it to find out what’s in it”. It is as much Democare as it is Obamacare.

This is why you don’t rush these kind of things. This is why you take the time to READ a bill, decipher it, dissect it and rework it so that it makes sense for everyone.

When egos outweigh due diligence, we, the American people lose.

Anyone who has been following me and my posts knows by now that I believe out healthcare system is flawed and is in need of a fix. You also know that I feel this plan in effect is a total travesty and will have an extremely negative effect on nearly every person in its longevity if it is allowed to continue to exist.

I truly hope that the democrats don’t think we the people in the middle without affiliation with either party are so ignorant that we will be fooled by this sudden “change of heart”.

In truth, I hope everyone, even the leaning and right leaning populous see right through this.

People, if we let our government rule without consequence, we are doomed. Whether it is a republican government or a democrat government or a party that does not yet exist, the representatives must be recalled when they grab for too much power. Remember, even if it is the party you support doing it now, one day it won’t be. Keep them all from turning this nation on its head.

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Keeping racism alive: the unintended consequences of the “Redskins” name change

How do you feel when someone says “Go Redskins Go!”? Does it make you feel red with hatred? Does it induce feelings of devaluation of a human being?

If you answered “Yes!” to the questions above with an excited enthusiasm, then my friend, perhaps you haven’t thought it through from a post racial standpoint.

First, understand that I am not an insensitive person. In fact, much to the contrary, I am a very passionate promoter of equality in our society. I also believe that the historic treatment of the indigenous people of America, often referred to as “Native Americans” and “American Indians” is a horrific example of the darkest of sides of humanity which ranks equally on the level with the introduction and perpetuation of slavery in this nation’s history. The historical record of the manipulation, trickery, abuse and murder of the indigenous people is clear as day. What happened to them is a travesty and is unforgivable.

That being said, we as a nation have come light years beyond that sort of de-humanization of another race of people. We have built our society around the constantly evolving principles that “all men are created equal” and have transitioned generation after generation into a much more diverse melting pot of a collective community. There is no longer a great fear of being ostracized and mistreated because of the color of your skin or the nature of your culture in this great nation of ours.

Yes, let me stop you now before that vein in your forehead bursts. I understand and will not debate with you the existence in the shadows of our society of those ignorant few whom still believe in a “better race” and who still believe in “inferior” human beings. I hereby acknowledge their unwelcome and inevitable existence within our society and will not make the unrealistic statement that they will ever truly dissolve into extinction. I will, however, point to the fact that their numbers and social presence has dwindled and shrunk generation after generation and they are now little more than a small pea-sized stain on the king-sized bed sheet that is our complete society. In other words, they make up a small enough portion of our society that they can no longer make an impact on our lives or the lives of our community unless we allow them to do so. We can now effectively ignore them and dismiss them as ignorant and ineffective.

So, how was it you felt about the NFL team name the “Redskins” again? Oh yea, uncomfortable and offended. Well let’s look at it from a more updated and logical perspective and see if this makes a little sense to you:

If you ask your children, sitting there on the couch this Sunday watching the game next to daddy and munching on popcorn and nachos and enjoying their favorite bottle of root beer, “kids, who are the ‘Redskins’?” What do you think there answer would be? Do you think their answer will be “they is ingins who is red skinned and savages who we’s should shoot and takes their land”? If that is their answer, you have not only failed as a parent, you have somehow traveled through time hundreds of years to a much different culture of our society.

The point is, racism and thoughts of inequality are taught, and not a part of natural thought. Your children in their natural and uncorrupted state are going to answer simply “a footsball team”. Why is that? Because that is what they are! That is what the “Redskins” now means unless “we” make the word mean something else.

My friends, don’t you understand that sometimes by creating controversy like the recent Redskins name controversy we are actually perpetuating racism and inequality? Logically, doesn’t it make sense that if we no longer remind people of the perhaps ignorant and bigoted connotations that were associated with a word or nickname hundreds of years ago then the word, like ourselves, is given the opportunity to evolve?

Think about this: if anyone had come up to you on the street before this new controversy was water cooler talk and asked you “hey, did you see those redskins last weekend?” there is absolutely zero chance you would have automatically thought they were using a racial nickname to describe a group of people from the past weekend. You would have immediately responded with whether or not you watched the NFL broadcast of the team from D.C. (Or you know nothing of football but still would have made an assumption that they were referencing a sports team of some sort).

Here is the bottom line: sometimes pointing out the historic negativity associated with something only keeps that negativity from ever going away. Sometimes, my friends, by getting so focused on looking for resolution to something that isn’t truly in need of one, you’ve come part of the problem.

If you don’t believe me, then maybe you’d rather hear it from the Southpark boys:

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s04e08-chef-goes-nanners

It’s funny how the fourth graders sometimes have a way of seeing things more logically than the average adult.

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What is the value of a veteran?

What have we become, my friends?  When a peaceful march on D.C. is met with barricades and policemen in riot gear? When a peaceful protest is blockaded on our capital?


This weekend, men and women holding a peaceful protest in our nation’s capitol to highlight the inequality that is being broadcast throughout our country. In protest of the fact that certain people are being held back, unjustly and unfairly, and all due to the politicians who see one man as more valuable than the next. Citizens robbed of their rights, their freedoms seized and shackles placed upon the wrists of the men and women who wish only to have their voices heard. Men and women who ask only that our government work to ensure the rights of all men and women are treated equally and freedoms and liberties are ensured and guaranteed for all regardless of one’s social class, status or voting potentials.
The Million March was simply a protest against policies. A protest against politics. A protest by the people and for the people. Rights that have been earned through the blood spilled on our soil and afar. The chants rang out, calling for JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, EQUALITY, and FREEDOM. How dare our government decide that our people all of sudden do not have the right to protest!
It appears I left out a word in the title of this march, sorry. It is the Million VET March. Not to be confused with the Million Man March. No the “Man” March was granted all rights of passage and was not obstructed in the slightest. The “VET” march was, in bold contrast, obstructed, violated, and outright unconstitutionally interrupted.
What does it say about a nation that supports a march which is solely based in race and the ever expanding racial divides but turns its backs on the men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifices and risks actual life and limb to sustain a nation which grants the inalienable freedom to those same persons to have that march?
In fact, the Million Man March, though absolutely relevant in its original inception, has since gained the rights and equality of all citizens and graduated all races of this nation onto an actual equal plane of existence. With the exception of certain laws, clubs, organizations and financial grants, all American Citizens are born into a nation with the same potentials. A young boy, born to a man and woman of any race, color, creed or background can grow to one day hold the office of the President. There is no longer a unified revolt against the success of a certain sex nor race. One could actually make the argument now that the fact that organizations are still in existence which single out one race or another, or which exist merely to push for the success of one race over another are actually more perpetuating racism and keeping the idea of segregation alive rather than allowing their people to take their god given, nation-supported place on an equal plane as all other races. {This is another argument for another day, but reason and logic prevailing without “home field” biases, will be proven correct.}
So why is it that when our nation’s veterans get together in protest, mentioning not a word about “racial inequality” (again, in stark contrast of the Million Man March), they are shunned, turned away, barricaded off, battled and called “racists” and “tea partiers” (apparently synonymous with racists so redundant to mention)? Why do hold our veterans in such low regards? I myself did not ever enlist in any military arm. Does that mean I am unable to thank those of my fellow citizens who did? Am I supposed to think lowly of them? What is my default position supposed to be?
Why, my friends, are we not sickened by these articles? Why are we not maddened by this type of action against the citizens of our nation? Whether you support any of our wars, past or present, how could you not be in support of your fellow citizens having every single right to have their voices heard in peaceful protest? Where is the line drawn? Where is the line which says people in support of these things are allowed a peaceful protest, but in support of those things are not?
There there is NO LINE. My friends, you do not have to support what someone is protesting against in order to support their right to protest. But hear me now and hear me loud: If you allow our government to shut down ANY peaceful protest, regardless of the subject, you are giving the government the power to shut down EVERY protest, regardless of the subject. The actual subject of this protest I am in support of: reopening the veterans memorials for the friends and families of our veterans; but that is not what this article is about.
This is about our constitutional right to protest. This is about keeping the voice of the people supplied with a megaphone that fits in the palm of each citizens’ hands, no matter what size, color, sex, or creed they are, and no matter what it is that they want to talk about. When we start siding with subjects rather than citizens, we have taken our first steps towards our own demise. Let not these words fall upon deaf ears and blind eyes.
Write your representatives today telling them they have no right to step on the citizens of this nation. Remind them that our peaceful protests are constitutionally protected, and their offices are not.
Closing on a Positive Note:
Congratulations and much respect and admiration are granted to the Vets and citizens who gathered together and successfully had their voices heard on these matters. YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD. You matter. You are being acknowledged, and you can expect the barricades to be lifted. Keep up the good work and remember to gurgle with saltwater to ease your sore throats. Your voice is beautiful when spoken in unison and we greatly appreciate all of your services.

Today’s Constitutional:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
 –First Amendment
Check for yourself:
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