Veterans: Your Fight Is Not Over





Vets

When talking to or about our veterans, the first thing to say is always ‘Thank you.’

But let’s not dwell on sentimentalities.  The fact is: Soldier, you’re not done.

The good news is that nobody is trying to kill you anymore, unless perhaps you are black and live in Chicago, and then your life is always at risk.  But for most of you, you can finally sleep easy at night.

The bad news is that the war for our freedoms, your freedoms, has just changed venues.  Instead of trying to kill you, the attempt now is to just steal your freedoms, one at a time, bit by bit, so that the country you thought you were defending no longer exists.

I am sure you get misty-eyed, as I do and millions of others here do, when we hear those songs about the land of the free and the home of the brave, or about how God shed His grace on thee, America.

But that America of song and lore is fast fading from view.  You are in love with an ideal, a dream, of something which day by day is vanishing from history.

Freedom is essentially synonymous with opportunity, as in “land of opportunity.”  The American Dream is related to this, every generation being able to surpass the previous generation by whatever standard you might want to use.  Freedom is also being able to speak openly and to live your life within the dictates of your conscience.

You risked your life to defend these and other freedoms, but these are slowly disappearing.

You see, when you are free to pursue your dreams, the possibility of unique outcomes in our lives is limitless.  Depending on your ability, efforts, areas of focus, and seemingly chance circumstances, there is no telling how far you can go.

Our country has (had) always been a strongly Christian one.  Many Christians today may question the nature of that Christianity, whether it was indeed a true relationship with Jesus Christ or just living by Christian principles.  But those Christian principles, however derived, promoted a basic decency and respect for life and others, a code of honesty, self-reliance, and compassion.  Those principles united citizens with their neighbors to ensure that those who needed and wanted help got it.

But our country, at least those in leadership, has thrown off those Christian roots.  Damn morals were too restricting.  Honesty was traded for expediency, honor for power, long-term value for short-term advantage, principles for pleasure, truth for preference, and God for government.

Loving your neighbor was traded for tolerating your neighbor, which is just another way of saying ignoring your neighbor.  And where equality used to mean that every life is equally valuable, it has come to mean that everybody should have equal lives.  While that may seem impossible in reality, it is seen as being preferable for everybody to have less if it means that everybody has more of the same things.

That rejection of Christian principles, of course, is not limited to those in leadership, but those in leadership were responsible for seeing that those Christian principles were not to be any part of the education of succeeding generations or any part of our public life, so that those succeeding generations grew up with a different vision of what it means to be an American.

Freedom, at least as it was understood when our country was founded, was predicated on a belief in God, the Christian God.  That belief meant that people lived their lives believing that they were accountable to God for how they lived their lives.  They believed there were rules in how this life should be lived, including loving your neighbor, honesty, integrity, hard work, and faithfulness.  They also believed in God’s providence, protection, and help.

But when God is removed from (public) life, this creates a huge vacuum, a huge sense of uncertainty, like suddenly finding yourself speeding down a hill with no seat belt, no doors on your car, and no brakes.  Where individuals used to believe in God for their help and protection, absent God, the people have to unite in ways that fundamentally change our understanding of freedom.

The government now becomes our benefactor, our protector, our enabler, our teacher, our provider.

When our Founders first began enumerating some of our freedoms, they certainly weren’t trying to name them all, but they wanted to be sure that everybody was clear on the main ones.  They all involved things that you could do or that the government couldn’t do to you.

Now the government (Perhaps we should now capitalize it, Government, like we capitalize the word God.) increasingly is defining rights as things that people are entitled to just for being here (and voting).

The latest right to be so designated is the right to affordable health care.  And, of course, the only way to provide affordable health care to everybody is to take money from everybody else to pay for it.

And the primary reason for the collapse of our economy in 2008 can be traced back to the newly recognized right to owning a house, which required banks and lending institutions to loosen lending requirements to enable as many people as possible to realize this dream.

The government, in the absence of a personal God guiding, caring, providing, and holding people accountable, expands and keeps expanding to control more and more of our lives to provide for more and more of our needs, consuming more and more of our resources, so that we become more and more dependent on it for our very lives.

You veterans fought to save our country from foreign enemies who in some way endangered our freedom from afar or to help other countries secure more freedom for themselves.  But your work isn’t done.  Losing freedom one regulation at a time, one tax at a time, or one law at a time is losing freedom nevertheless.  It’s just harder to see and harder for each generation to know how far we have changed.  But then that’s what vigilance is all about, and you should know about that.

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Why Obama Should be Impeached – Now





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This isn’t the first time that I’ve thought President Obama should be impeached. But something has changed.

I don’t expect most people, even elected ones, to understand how government debt hurts the economy, how inflation is caused by government policies (I include the Federal Reserve here), and how it cheats people out of their money. There are a lot of other common government practices where most people just don’t understand the bigger picture; they just accept the story they are told at face value.

But something has happened that everybody can understand and which, in spite of all the perceived benefits of an Obama presidency, should cause them to rise up and put an end to it.

It has now been proven that President Obama is a liar. I don’t mean just the fact that he lied at some point in the past, but that he has been shown to lie regularly.

Now I am the first to admit that not all lies are the same, and everybody at some time or other has been or is less than truthful.

“Do these pants make me look fat?” “How do you like my new outfit?” “How was the meal?”

Many of us know the feeling when a parent, spouse, or boss asked us in an angry tone of voice whether we had done such and such a thing. The fear of the possible repercussions made us afraid to be totally honest.

But President Obama has been shown to have lied over and over with regard to his health care plan. The whole story of this bill’s passage is one filled with examples of corruption, bribery, lies, and manipulation. Obama pledged before his election that every bill would be posted on the internet for three days before voting so everybody would have a chance to read and comment on it. This was a bill that had to be passed so we would know what was in it.

But I digress.

In trying to sell this bill to America, Obama lied. And lied. And lied. The same ones over and over.

The whole point is that, when a person has been found to be a liar, their credibility is destroyed. You never know anymore when they are telling the truth.

When Obama says that we need to have the NSA spy on us for national security reasons, is he telling the truth?

When he tells us that we need to arm the rebels in Syria for our own security, can we believe him? Should we?

When he says that, when Obamacare is fully implemented, we will all be happy, can we trust him?

Once you know somebody is a liar, you never know when he is telling the truth.

The problem here, of course, is that Obama is our President. If we don’t know when he is telling us the truth, he has forfeited his right to be our President.

 

If you cannot reasonably assume that the President is telling the truth, then how can he lead our country? You will never know if he is lying until the damage is done. That is no way to run a country.

There has been talk in the past about impeachment for President Obama; but this was discouraged because impeachment was considered pointless, seeing that the Senate has enough Democrats to defeat any attempts to remove Obama from office.

Well, that’s their choice. But for the House to overlook these enormous violations of the public trust is itself a violation of the public trust. The House is the branch of government closest to the people it represents. If they don’t stand for us against this bold, blatant disregard for common decency, then we are doomed.

 

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An Open Letter to Democrats, Part 1





Pro Gun Democrats SC

Dear Democrat:

From time to time, I have actually met a Democrat. Judging from many election results, you would think I would run into them everywhere. It’s like they come out of nowhere when it’s time to vote.

I have to admit I am having a real hard time understanding how you think much of the time. Some of you have not only voted once for Obama; you did it twice. Now I can understand the first time, but I certainly cannot understand why anyone would have voted for him the second time. I keep expecting to hear any day now that he is resigning from office, admitting he doesn’t really know what he is doing. Then, I think, what if he does know? And I get really scared.

Take this budget/debt crisis we have now.

We are already 17 trillion dollars in debt. Does anybody see a problem here? Do you really want to keep borrowing and printing money forever? Is there some dollar amount when you will say “That is enough. We really need to stop borrowing any more money”? 20 trillion? 30 trillion?

And I’m thinking, what are they thinking?

Is it because they can? I keep wishing that someday, I will make enough money that I don’t have to scrimp and save to make my property tax payments, or I can just write a check when the time comes without blinking an eye. I think that happened a few times.

I am guessing that when they got to Washington or Springfield, they were told that being a Congressman or a Senator is almost like being a little king or queen. People are going to be coming to them bringing gifts seeking their favor. They will have the power to grant wishes; and while they won’t be able to keep all the money they control, they will be able to spend it like there is no tomorrow. And they will be able to make a lot of money much easier than out in the real world.

I admit that can be a real heady experience.

Democrats pride themselves on being compassionate and diverse. And Republicans are criticized by them as focused on just one demographic group, which is true; but it’s just not the one the Democrats think it is.

The Republicans have tried to see our nation as one people, not different people competing for the same small shares of the pie, but an ever-expanding pie as individuals are free to pursue their dreams. They try to see us all as Americans, not Hispanics, blacks, Muslims, gays, or women.

Republicans are well aware that millions of people have come to our country to start a new life, and the way they did it was by becoming Americans. Furthermore, the way for them to succeed was to assimilate into the American identity. It was very easy for these new immigrants to start their own businesses and to work their way up to a middle class or better existence.

Our country achieved a level of productivity, wealth, education, and success unparalleled anywhere else in the world. And they did it without a massive government trying to solve every problem. In fact, it is this same massive government that makes it so hard for people to start their own businesses, which is the biggest impediment to a booming economy.

The Bill of Rights that laid the ground rules for our country laid out in principle the main things that we were free to do and everything that the government could not do to us.

The Democrats changed the idea of a right into something that people are owed, something that the government has to do for them, which essentially involves taking money from somebody else to give to those who now have a right to something for some reason.

Democrats see the government as helping people by taking money that other people have earned and spreading it around to those who have less.

That same expanding government that needs so much money to give to others is also the weight that inhibits people from starting their own businesses, which is where the American dream found its greatest fulfillment. You see, you either work for yourself, someone else, or the government.

When you work for someone else, you can only make what he/she thinks they can afford to pay you. When you work for yourself, there is virtually no limit to what you can make, except that the government keeps wanting more of that to give to other people. And when you work for the government, they are able to pay you generously because they feel free to take whatever money they want from everybody else to do it.

The Republicans are often portrayed as the party of the rich white male. More accurately, they have been the party of the people who in general have been providing the jobs. Ideally, the government wouldn’t constrain people from starting their own businesses. And government jobs just take other people’s money to pay those salaries; so Republicans in general have been trying to make it easier for the ones who will be doing the hiring, which will help the majority of the people– those who work for somebody else.

The Democrats try very hard to single out a particular demographic group and then create a government program or law to benefit that group. The groups they have identified so far for their special help have included: women, minorities, immigrants, illegals, the poor, the elderly, the unemployed, students, the obese, and now the uninsured.

I would like to suggest that there is a better way to describe the Democratic demographics.

(to be continued in Part 2)

An Open Letter to the Republicans in Congress





Cantor Boehner Republican Congress SC

Dear Republicans,

There is one thing that you need to do to do right by our country and save your butts at the same time. I will get to that in a minute.

The biggest problem facing our country right now is our federal debt. The second biggest is Obamacare.

If President Obama finishes his second term in office, our debt will be around 20 trillion dollars. The Federal Reserve is essentially printing money as fast as it can, which makes all the money we already have worth less.

As our dollar devalues, the price of imports increases since, of course, we don’t make anything here anymore.

We are dependent on several foreign countries to buy our debt; and that dependency allows them to have too much influence on our foreign policy, as we are afraid they will cash in our debt.

There is also movement among some countries to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and that will collapse our economy. That will make 2008 look good by comparison.

You are not educating the American public about what is happening here or what is at stake. The media is not helping here, but I have a proposal below.

There are two reasons why Obamacare must be stopped.

The first reason is that the government will now subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans. They don’t want to talk about how many; but within a few years, I have no doubt the number would easily reach 30 million people and keep increasing, much like how the food stamp program has mushroomed under Obama.

Obamacare involves a major expansion of our government when it is already crushing us with its debt. So with debt destroying our country, they want to spend billions more each year on a new government program.

The second reason is that it will create another huge class of people who will now be depending on the government just to get by.

So the current trend in our country is fewer people working for less money and fewer hours to support more and more people who are dependent on the government.

We have the debt ceiling crisis now; and if we default, you may get the blame because the message is not getting out. Raising the debt ceiling without funding Obamacare will certainly put Obama as being responsible for a default, but the media won’t help you.

So what do we have to do?

Three things.

At some point (now is probably too soon), you have to declare that after such and such date, there will be no more debt ceiling increases.

And then you need to declare that apart from World War 3, another Pearl Harbor, or 9/11, the only major business the House will conduct is how to shrink our budget. No immigration, no gun control, nothing. This is the most important thing you can do.

Then you need to sell to the public what is wrong with this debt. Just to say that every person owes so much means nothing. To say that our grandchildren are saddled with this debt means nothing.

You have to tell them how the government is stealing your money, making it worthless, and driving your standard of living into the toilet (unless, of course, you work for the government.) You need to tell them how paying for government sucks money out of the economy. They will tell you that government employees pay taxes too and buy things that help the economy, but they are using your money to do it. A government employee is like supporting a neighbor down the block as well as your family. Another mouth to feed. So how does that help you buy the things you want?

Without these three things, our economy will collapse; and if it doesn’t collapse before the next election, you may face a real hard time because you won’t have the media telling the whole story.

This is the only way you can get the story out. Don’t give the media any other stories, and solicit public input on where we need to cut.

You have had control of the House for 2 ½ years, and spending hasn’t really changed. This is your last chance. That was why you were elected.

Thank you.

Larry Craig

An Open Letter To The Republicans In Congress





Cantor Boehner Republican Congress SC

Dear Republicans,

There is one thing that you need to do to do right by our country and save your butts at the same time. I will get to that in a minute.

The biggest problem facing our country right now is our federal debt. The second biggest is Obamacare.

If President Obama finishes his second term in office, our debt will be around 20 trillion dollars. The Federal Reserve is essentially printing money as fast as it can, which makes all the money we already have worth less.

As our dollar devalues, the price of imports increases since, of course, we don’t make anything here anymore.

We are dependent on several foreign countries to buy our debt; and that dependency allows them to have too much influence on our foreign policy, as we are afraid they will cash in our debt.

There is also movement among some countries to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and that will collapse our economy. That will make 2008 look good by comparison.

You are not educating the American public about what is happening here or what is at stake. The media is not helping here, but I have a proposal below.

There are two reasons why Obamacare must be stopped.

The first reason is that the government will now subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans. They don’t want to talk about how many; but within a few years, I have no doubt the number would easily reach 30 million people and keep increasing, much like how the food stamp program has mushroomed under Obama.

Obamacare involves a major expansion of our government when it is already crushing us with its debt. So with debt destroying our country, they want to spend billions more each year on a new government program.

The second reason is that it will create another huge class of people who will now be depending on the government just to get by.

So the current trend in our country is fewer people working for less money and fewer hours to support more and more people who are dependent on the government.

We have the debt ceiling crisis now; and if we default, you may get the blame because the message is not getting out. Raising the debt ceiling without funding Obamacare will certainly put Obama as being responsible for a default, but the media won’t help you.

So what do we have to do?

Three things.

At some point (now is probably too soon), you have to declare that after such and such date, there will be no more debt ceiling increases.

And then you need to declare that apart from World War 3, another Pearl Harbor, or 9/11, the only major business the House will conduct is how to shrink our budget. No immigration, no gun control, nothing. This is the most important thing you can do.

Then you need to sell to the public what is wrong with this debt. Just to say that every person owes so much means nothing. To say that our grandchildren are saddled with this debt means nothing.

You have to tell them how the government is stealing your money, making it worthless, and driving your standard of living into the toilet (unless, of course, you work for the government.) You need to tell them how paying for government sucks money out of the economy. They will tell you that government employees pay taxes too and buy things that help the economy, but they are using your money to do it. A government employee is like supporting a neighbor down the block as well as your family. Another mouth to feed. So how does that help you buy the things you want?

Without these three things, our economy will collapse; and if it doesn’t collapse before the next election, you may face a real hard time because you won’t have the media telling the whole story.

This is the only way you can get the story out. Don’t give the media any other stories, and solicit public input on where we need to cut.

You have had control of the House for 2 ½ years, and spending hasn’t really changed. This is your last chance. That was why you were elected.

Thank you.

Larry Craig