It has been several months since I blogged here. I have a case of, what can best be described as combat fatigue, as I watch the liberal socialist communists in this country (and the world) descending in a death spiral of insanity. In the past, I would blog on each new outrageous extreme of the left… The hypocrisy of their words and views… The insanity of their actions… Just too many to catalog. When I was first invited to blog here, every incident, every increasingly stupid thing would cause me to sit down at the computer and comment about it. Until at some point, it was too tiring to post, because the hammer blows of stupidity merged into a constant staccato tone that is the backdrop to America…Almost as if this constant cacophony is meant to desensitize the American people to the outright theft of their rights and the shift toward a socialist/communist dystopian American society. After all, the communist elements in our country say that they need to “start indoctrinating children in kindergarten.” I believe what we are seeing here was predicted by God through the prophet Isaiah:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. — Isaiah 5:20, (NIV)

The liberal left is steadily replacing those things that are good, such as the nuclear family, children, male and female, and freedom of speech with liberal darlings like gay marriage, abortion, transgenderism and only allowing speech that agrees with their opinion. Christians are being routinely persecuted. In 2016, 90,000 Christians were murdered worldwide, mostly in the middle east. ISIS is up to their usual shenanigans, from beheading adults to killing Christian children or using them as human shields to deter Allied bombings. But if you ask a liberal, it islamophobia is the largest problem in the world. But the liberals would rather protect Muslims from the evils of bacon sandwiches, than protecting Christians from being slaughtered in job lots. What we are seeing is spoken to in the first chapter of Romans:

 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. — Romans 1:28-32, (NIV)

For a fuller view, read Romans 1:18-32. I honestly believe that what we are seeing today is a concerted effort to distract us while people intent on destroying this country, attempting to cripple those people doing good, and furthering their agenda of evil.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

So while it appears that we are fighting a bunch of masked goons, and a liberal socialist/communist movement, and the sexual immorality and abortion attendant with the downfall of society, it is representative of an unseen enemy behind the scenes. So as you watch society circling the drain, stop and think about who’s finger is on the flush handle.

The Constitution is not optional!

I can’t help shaking my head in disgust by the liberals’ abuses or ignoring of the Constitution. During the last administration,  the federal government itself seems to have declared war on every one of the amendments that have to do with personal or states’ freedoms. I can come up with cases where the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th amendments were violated in the last 8 years.

Even today, the so-called anti-fascist movement (who are the most fascist acting group I have seen since the cold-war Soviet Union) has done their dead level best to destroy free speech. UC Berkeley, the home of the free speech movement, is now a hotbed of violent riots in protest of conservative speakers. Their claim is that because these speakers don’t agree with the protesters, their words are so-called hate speech. Liberal commentators go a step further, saying that hate speech is not covered by the 1st Amendment. First of all, yes it is. The Constitution does not stop you from making an ass of yourself, as the liberals do on an almost daily basis. (see also, Chelsea Clinton’s twitter feed.) And these same liberals who get so offended by opposing views, are more than willing to use violence to force their opinions on the populace, create paintings of a beheaded President Trump, a college professor who calls for white genocide, and says a passenger on an airplane who gave his seat (which this professor didn’t pay for) to a soldier “made him want to throw up.” But saying that all people are created equal, and that LGBT or blacks or illegal aliens are not more equal than everyone else or that they support President Trump is hate speech and worthy of a beating.

Now, a blogger on the Huffington Post website believes that shooting someone in self-defense is illegal because it deprives violent criminals the right to a fair trial. Go back and read that sentence again. Yes, he really wrote that. In his own words:

The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.

Now in my humble opinion, this is an occupational hazard of your chosen profession. Just like a lumberjack might have a body part cut off by a chainsaw, or a racecar driver could be horribly disfigured in a crash. A violent criminal has an occupational risk of choosing (poorly) an armed victim. And criminal law has proven that (except in deep blue liberal areas), that the right to self-defense is supported by law (and case law). Thus it is not illegal, and my (and my loved ones’) right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness more than trumps the rights of a violent criminal who hasn’t yet been arrested. And even if I were to be arrested for self defense, I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. However, the point of the matter is that it is not illegal to shoot someone in self-defense in most areas of the country.

The problem with the liberal left is either ignorance of what the laws and the Constitution actually say, or their selective understanding wherein they wildly misinterpret the law and twist it in their minds so only applies to their side of the argument, or they try to do away with the laws they don’t like. For instance, they try to apply the 14th amendment to illegals, while trying to steal the rights from the people to whom they actually apply.

This has got to stop.

Do they never learn?

I could go so many directions with this, but for now, I just have to ask. Are the Democrats really that far out of touch, and do they not know that things have a tendency to backfire?

I am referring to the legislation introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). This bill, which was introduced during Congress’ April recess, empowers former presidents and former vice presidents, along with the currently sitting vice president, to be able to determine the suitability of the sitting president to hold office.

First off, this is so short-sighted. Currently, there are five living presidents. Three are Democrats, two are Republicans. So apparently, their Trump Derangement Syndrome is telling them that they can use this happy state of affairs to eliminate Trump, and that it will continue. However, just like the “nuclear option,” this too will come back to bite them in the ass. They will scream like gelded pigs the first time their ill-considered legislation is used against them, just like the rhetoric that the Democrats used after the nuclear option was used to confirm Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

However, the most important question to my mind, is that We the People elected him through the due process that has been in place for 230 years. It is not your role to oppose the will of the People and “decide” for us that the President is not meeting your expectations and should be removed from office.

President Trump is doing nothing more than fulfilling the promises he made when running for the office. That it is undoing the ultra-radical, America-defeating “legacy” of his predecessor is popular with the folks who voted him in. Leave him alone and let him get on with his job. Remember, we didn’t propose such nonsensical legislation when his predecessor was in office, even though we didn’t agree with his agenda.

Curing the symptom

It seems to me that the liberal left’s solution to every problem is to try to cure the symptoms rather than the disease, and the further to the left they lean, the more kooky their solution. For instance, in the case of communists, their solution is to outlaw thoughts that don’t fit their ideals. People like Bill Nye think that others should be jailed, for example, for failing to believe in global warming. Or the so-called “antifascist” rioters, who believe they have the right to beat others because they look like they don’t agree.

So when an event happens, it appears to be the knee-jerk reaction of the left to want to eliminate not the cause of the problem, but rather the instrument.

For instance, the mass shootings that occurred during the last presidential administration. The former president would surround himself with the families of the victims of the shooting, like human shields, and demand more gun control. Hollywood liberals with their “Demand a Plan” video, while continuing to make violence (and gun violence) soaked movies. All the while, ignoring many of the root causes for the problem.

I have spoken with several police officers, and the vast majority of gun violence stems from only a few causes. One is the fact that it is politically incorrect to institutionalize those with mental issues. We have turned into a “Jetsons society,” where we are convinced that anything can be cured by a pill. Just watch television for an hour. You can get a miracle pill to cure the symptoms of obesity, ED, diabetes, whatever malady you may be suffering from. So instead of institutionalizing a mentally ill patient, they are given a handful of pills and sent on their way. It is up to them whether they take the pills or not. They can take them, then stop, which is what generally happens. This is reportedly what happened to the Sandy Hook shooter. Add to that the fact that most of these mass shootings occur in gun free zones, areas that already espouse the liberal ideal of “no guns, no how, no where.”

So instead of trying to work at fixing the underlying societal problems, the left blurs the lines, calling right wrong and wrong right, muddying the waters, trying to erase gender, race, and anything else that makes us unique. Not trying to help us get along better, but trying to say that men can identify as women and vice versa, regardless of their genes, or that a black woman can identify as a white man. A black “passing” as a white would have been lynched by these same Democrats 60 years in the past.

Meanwhile, they blame the instrument used to commit violence. First it was guns. Now, because “immigrants” are using vehicles to hurt/maim/kill innocent bystanders, a group of Swedish leftists want to ban cars in cities. They don’t want to vet immigrants coming into the country, they immediately blame the instrument that is used to perpetrate the violence. And then, almost worse than the attack itself, the liberals use the tragedy to push their leftist agenda. In the words of Chicago mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, “never let a tragedy go to waste.”

So what happens when this “ban it” mindset is carried to it’s logical conclusion? Basically, anything we can touch, grasp, hold, or use can be used as a weapon. Thus, they will have to be banned. Knives, rocks, sticks, you name it. Or we could work on the causes of the problem…A far more challenging way to go about things, but has a longer lasting effect on society than trying to band-aid the symptoms.

Just keep beating that dead horse…

Here we are, 68 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, and it seems as though the pace is moving very well. So, why then, do people try to live in the past?

I’m not talking about any specific party. I’m talking about people who continue to complain about Obama, those who post about Trump’s missteps during the campaign, the messages about the random celebrity who said this or that. All things that were reported on ad nauseam, either positively or negatively.

You still see birthers blathering on about Obama’s birth certificate. You still see meme’s about Will Smith saying that Trump supporters should leave the country. The list goes on and on. And why?

Well, since you’re still here reading this then you care what I think, so I’ll tell you what I believe. I believe that there are people who can’t handle being happy or content. There are people who love the misery of hatred. It’s these people who have no real argument or debate, so they just push their vitriol on others any chance they get.

These are the same people who tend to be uneducated, and speak in very small words while name calling in an effort to make themselves feel superior. They’re buzz words when trying to debate are “moron” and “stupid” and “idiot” and … The list goes on.

I used to waste my time trying to talk sensibly with them, only to find that it was a lesson in futility. I don’t do this any longer, which probably gives those individuals a sense of victory. A sense that they have stuck it to their enemy. It probably also reinforces their belief in whatever tired diatribe their spewing. Unfortunately, the negative effects of this aren’t enough for me to continue to put myself through the headache of trying to convey my position in an intuitive manner to someone who is incapable of logical or rational thought.

I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dying Detective

It’s all about the checks and balances…

You know, the more that I study the Constitution, the more I know that the Founding Fathers were inspired by God. The Constitution has a system of checks and balances was an inspired move on their part.

Let me give a short Civics lesson. There are three branches of government — The Legislative branch, the Judicial branch, and the Executive branch. Each of these “checks” the other two branches, and keeps one branch from getting too powerful.

The Legislative branch (Congress) introduces a law, and votes on it. If the law passes both houses, then it is sent on to the President, who is the head of the Executive branch. The President, can then either sign the bill into law or veto it, at which point it returns to Congress. They can, if they have enough votes, override the veto, or they can modify the bill, vote on it again, and send it back to the President’s desk.

Once signed into law, the Judicial branch can review the new law and compare it with the laws already on the books, up to and including the Constitution. The law can be argued against precedents of current case law, and the losing side can appeal up to, and including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Well, in waltzes senator Kamala Harris, democrat from California. She say she cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court, because he follows the law. Wait, what? She said

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights hero who argued Brown and inspired my career, once bluntly defined his judicial philosophy, saying, “You do what you think is right and let the law catch up.” In simple terms, Justice Marshall appreciated that the ultimate goal of the law was justice. By stark contrast, Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued narrow legalisms over real lives. I must do what’s right. I cannot support his nomination.

So a judge should ignore the law, and do what is “right”? What do you consider right, Senator? While I suspect that you would be fine with a judge legislating from the bench as long as he or she were legislating in the direction of your viewpoints, you and those of your ilk would howl, frothing at the mouth, your indignance, if judges started legislating with a conservative bent. Besides, are you not part of the Legislative branch? Are you so not willing to do your job that you are willing to abdicate your responsibilities to others? They why are you in the position?

I think Senator Chuck Grassley had the best analogy of the job of a judge, and specifically the gravity with which Judge Gorsuch does his job:

He’s a guy who I think comes to the court every day on the 10th circuit wearing a referee’s jersey – not trying to wear a Broncos versus a Packers jersey – and that’s what you need in a judge.

This is what we need on the Supreme Court. Not ideologues, not those who use the bench as a bully pulpit to force their agendas on the American people. We need referees, not the backup quarterback from one team, or the middle linebacker from the other. And IMHO, anyone in any member of the government who believes differently should be out of a job. Run the government the way the founding fathers intended and stop trying to get around the checks and balances.

Attention, purveyors of manufactured outrage

Over the past several years, but even moreso over the past few months, people, and so it seems to me, people on the left side of the aisle, have focused on manufacturing outrage. It seems that anything that doesn’t agree with their narrative is racist, sexist, islamophobuc, or whatever. I read an article the other day where a “transgender feminist” who said people  who are attracted to only one gender should be labeled as “transphobic.” In this person’s world view, if you are a straight male, who prefers “women without penises” then you are transphobic.

Okay, let me get this straight. First, women with penises? Last time I checked women don’t have penises. If they did, they would be called men. And if you insist on wearing women’s clothes, then you are what we called confused when I was younger… Second of all, who is this person to call me names because of my preference? We saw a similar occurrence a couple of weeks ago with the Pioneer Woman. She has a cooking show on the Food Network, and she said that her husband preferred hot wings to Asian wings, and the liberal left lost it’s mind and started calling her a racist. Because manufactured outrage.

Which is the entire point of my little missive today. The first point is something I want people to understand…You cannot give offense. Offense can only be taken. Think about it. If someone tries to offend you, and you choose not to be offended, then there is no offense. But if someone does something, regardless of how innocent (like mentioning that your husband’s tastebuds prefer heat to Asian flavors), and you feel insulted about it, then you pick up that mantle of offense. You take offense.

In other words, the choice to be offended is a choice that the recipient makes. Just like blacks will call each other n-word (I don’t want to garner offense) all the time, but they don’t take any offense to it, but if, for instance, a white police officer shoots a black perpetrator, it is clearly a case of racism. Liberal black people everywhere take offense. But then again, if it turns out that the officer was black (or if they encounter a narrative-breaking black conservative), then that person is not black enough.

Recently, a woman who has been flying a Blue Lives Matter flag for years in honor of her father, a police officer, was sent a letter by her homeowner’s association, requesting her to to take it down, because the flag was “racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter.” This is exactly what I mean by manufactured outrage. Because I am doing something that doesn’t fit the left’s narrative, they feel perfectly justified to start name calling. And what does “anti-Black Lives Matter” mean? You can’t be pro police and pro black people? Not unlike the college dean that said “all lives matter” then was forced to recant it. Because if you think that all lives matter, then you are obviously a racist.

Another recent jewel from the liberal left is that milk is racist. Something about the USDA recommended daily allowance for calcium is for white kids, who have less calcium in their bones than black or Hispanic kids so the allowance is a result of white privilege…Or something. When I first heard it, I thought it was because milk is white and that is racist…But if you prefer chocolate milk,  then that is cultural appropriation, and that’s racist too. Man, I wish you could see the epic eye roll that resulted from reading that. You can’t make this stuff up, and I feel the need to wear an Ace bandage and a motorcycle helmet to keep my head from exploding sometimes.

And why is it that the left feels the need to stomp on my rights in order to feel better about themselves? They don’t want me having guns because it makes them feel uncomfortable. They don’t want me to be able to fly a flag because they label it as racist. They want to control what you say, what you do, how you think.

There is another aspect to manufactured outrage. The Urban Dictionary defines manufactured outrage as

A falsified righteous outrage at things that are basically unimportant and meaningless, frequently employed by politicians, political activists, or the media.

The emphasis is that they use manufactured outrage as a distraction from important matters. Like the way the former president surrounded himself with victims of Sandy Hook, using them, in effect, as human shields, while he and the liberal left tried to steal our Second Amendment rights.

I urge people not to give in to manufactured outrage. Keep your sights on the important things, and don’t be distracted by inconsequentials.

I believe you’re wrong, Mr. President…

As a quick follow-up to my previous post, I just watched the president’s statements surrounding the failure. I find it ridiculous to blame the democrats for the failure of the healthcare debacle. This is a failure of the GOP, entirely. There was more than one plan put forward that would have helped greatly, but instead the establishment representatives in the GOP backed the Ryan bill.

That bill, as stated previously, was a travesty. It was known for some time it wouldn’t pass. It’s worth saying again that congress is defunct, on both sides, and has been that way for some time. If nothing changes in short order, the GOP will see the same losses in 2018 that the democrats saw after passing the ACA.

I’m also hugely disappointed in Trump. I feel that he’s rolling over. I don’t care what he says about “letting it blow up”, it’s his job to work for the people and simply placing blame and moving on is the easy way out. That is not how a leader gets things done. It’s also not a “win” for the American people. Very disappointed indeed.

This is going to be a big mistake…

So, today the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) replacement bill died.

I’m still digesting it. It wasn’t unexpected, there were a lot of clues leading up to this with all of the in-fighting, all of the disagreement of keep and amend vs repeal and replace, but I’m surprised none the less. I’m surprised that after  7 years the establishment candidates within congress were incapable of presenting intelligent legislation that not only stops the massive negative impact of the current bill, but also improves upon the positive aspects. At the very least they could have repealed it entirely to stop the bleeding. That is what the people wanted. The people spoke numerous times, through no less than 3 elections.

Instead, our government, and more pointedly the GOP, has proven that they are defunct. This has been relatively apparent for the past few years, but seems to be getting exponentially worse. They are the reason that our previous president spoke about having a phone and a pen, and they are the reason why there is quite a bit of unrest throughout the country today.

Maybe it’s by design. Maybe it’s because they want the country at odds with each other to keep from having any real focus places on their inefficacy. Distraction can be a powerful tool.

I think that they’re probably underestimating what happened during the last election, and are in for a rude awakening in 2018. As I see it, the people spoke loudly with the “tea party” movement, and started by giving the house to the GOP. The subsequent election yielded the senate. All the while, the GOP said that it was the presidents fault. What they neglected to see, or maybe they don’t care, is that the entire time more and more people started paying attention. Now they have the house, the senate, and the presidency, and the expectation is that they will “get things done”.

Healthcare was a major factor in how people voted. This isn’t a secret, the people have spoken out many times. Think about it, the first loss that came about was after the ACA was signed into law against the will of the majority of the country. It’s with this in mind that I believe their decision to not take this seriously was a big mistake. I believe they will reap what they’ve sown and will be losing seats in the upcoming election.

That is, of course, if they don’t get themselves together and start performing. There is still time. Yes, I’ve talked about the 2018 elections, but we’re only 3 months into 2017 so there’s still time. I’m not optimistic, and don’t hold out much hope. I’ve simply been burnt too many times. Nonetheless there is still time.

Inside of every problem lies an opportunity. – Robert Kiyosaki

Media matters? Not so much, methinks

Yeah, it’s time for another mainstream media rant…

Yesterday, the Washington Post put up a story by Caitlin Dewey with the headline

Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them

The headline was subsequently changed to read

Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them

Apparently, the Post thinks that the updated headline makes Trump look like a cold and heartless president. However, both of those headlines are guilty of a sin of omission, and I think their willingness to change the headline to one as negative as possible against President Trump, shows that it was an intentional omission. The word they ignored was Illegal…as in “Illegal immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them”

So, aside from the fact that the WaPo is trying their dead level best to impugn Trump’s good name, they are also ignoring the fact that illegal immigrants should not even be getting food stamps. They are not paying taxes, because they are illegal, they also should not be getting public assistance. In fact, for the SNAP program (which is what food stamps are called these days), the guidelines state,

To be eligible for SNAP benefits, households must also meet other conditions in addition to the income and resource requirements, such as everyone in your household having, or have applied for, a social security number.

So illegals should not be able to get SNAP benefits. But that fact is completely ignored by the Post. As is the fact that anyone who is here legally does not have to worry about being deported. They have paperwork stating that they are here legally. The only ones that have to worry are the ones that shouldn’t be here in the first place. But that doesn’t fit the (false) narrative that the administration is made up of monsters, completely ignoring the core facts of the problem. Illegal aliens on public assistance, taking more from our economy than they are putting back in.

The second piece of fake news is the fact that CNN is reporting that Sean Hannity, in a fit of rage, drew a pistol on Juan Williams and brandished it at him during an off-camera argument. Now according to Hannity and Williams, it didn’t happen. Hannity, a noted gun safety advocate who holds concealed carry permits in 5 states, says he was showing the pistol to Williams. It was unloaded and every precaution was taken to ensure it was safe. Even though both principals denied the claim, CNN’s Dylan Byers responded in a tweet,

I stand by my reporting, Sean. https://t.co/co72KuLxtx
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) March 17, 2017

Because to the liberals, smearing conservatives and spreading fake news (and this is my blog, CNN…Let’s see your technical difficulties take it down) is far more important than the facts of the story. Nice going, CNN.

And the final piece of fake news comes to us because a liberal activist was so desperate to smear the President that he paid $9000 for documents proving that  ExxonMobil had secretly bribed the president to nominate Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. The documents proved to be false, however, the activist was still out the money, which reminds me of the adages that a fool and his money are soon parted and P.T. Barnum’s saying that there is a sucker born every minute. Especially, apparently, a sucker with an agenda and a desperate need to validate themselves by destroying those who don’t agree with them. What happened to inclusivity?