Bipartisan Statism

Our country is fractured and so are the political parties. We can combat these problems by fighting for liberty and justice for all.

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As a country, we have made the same mistake we made eight years ago. We allowed cult of personality to trump reason. We have voted for platitudes over sound legislation. Rather than promoting bipartisan solutions, we have legitimized partisan collectivism. In our rejection of global socialism, we have promoted a weak form of national socialism.The parties both desire to control the lives of the citizens of America, albeit in different ways. Along with being completely statist, neither party seems able to compromise among themselves and promote a unite front. Because of this, both parties lack any grace in public discourse and further promote divisions among the people.

George Washington once said,

“However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reign of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

For too long we have ignored Washington’s warnings on the perils of partisanship. Partisanship has created large bureaucracies in which our nations foundation on individual liberty and property rights have been ignored and forgotten. Even the Libertarian Party has factional problems. However, our system has parties, therefore we must use them, and yet always be skeptical. Educating the public on personal responsibility should be the priority, promoting political alternatives, or alternatives to politics itself should also be a priority.

Our society would do well to experience extreme liberty for all. Once it is experienced, it will become desired. We must start now by defending the freedoms we currently have and expanding them. In this writer’s opinion, the best way to expand liberty is to promote self-ownership and independence across the board. We must promote voluntary associations and actions above coerced collectivism. Seeing all humans as individuals who are owned by themselves and make decisions for themselves should be the goal, and we must take everything we can get on the side of liberty. As promoters of liberty, we cannot advocate using force to coerce the public into involuntary states of “liberty”. We must oppose all abuses by the government and encourage those who are being taken advantage of to avail themselves of forms of protection and self-defense.

The task at hand is a daunting one, and we must not cower at the sight of it. The bipartisan statism in the American Government must be curtailed by all of the means our republican Constitution avails us of. Liberty must be protected at all costs. It will require patience, however, it can be done.

Up Like Donald Trump

The Donald is on the rise.

Donald Trump is an interesting phenomenon in politics. No matter what he says, people still like him. He undoubtedly loves America, almost as much as he loves himself. He has been on both sides of many issues, however, he has stirred up the political debate in the GOP.

He is not hurting the GOP, he is making it stronger. He is bringing attention to the political system in a culture that cares more about reality television than the future of the nation. In so doing he has exposed men like Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others, to millions of people.

Even if he becomes the nominee, he will surround himself with great minds. However, as proven by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Barack Obama, that is no guarantee of good governing. If he comes through on ten percent of what he is campaigning on, however, he will have accomplished more than anyone since Reagan.

Trump is definitely up, and he may stay up throughout the whole race. He also may not. He is not controlled by lobbyists or special interests, and that is appealing to many Americans. We the people are sick of being ignored and overlooked. We are sick of having laws shoved down our throat despite our vehement protest.

If Trump proves anything, He proves that the American people are dissatisfied with the career politicians in America and want real change. We will find out if Trump will bring that change. It could be him, or it could be someone else.

Common Sense Ignored

Too often we have ignored wise counsel in this society. By now it may be too late to fully appreciate these men while they are alive, however, a young group of men is rising up. They are unafraid and tell the truth. American culture needs this to balance out the rhetoric spewed by the left about victimhood and race.

Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter E. Williams are well-known in conservative circles, yet it seems the world ignores everything they say. Even the conservatives in the past, like George Bush and others, seem to ignore the economic warnings they give out. One explanation of this is that good economics often is seen as bad politics, while bad economics may help in the short run, but only can get you elected. Bad economics cannot sustain success.

These men consistently expose the racism in, whether inadvertent or purposeful, in the “progressive” policies of the left. In actuality, these policies can be more accurately called “regressive”, as they only hamper the success of the individual and grow the government. The liberal media loves to write them off, and promote Keynesian economics, which encourages more spending.

They also show how race has been mishandled in America, however folks would rather listen to cultural Marxists and socialist idealism than actual realism. The realism of these men is as follows, that culture matters, and affects results. Thomas Sowell wrote about this extensively in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals. 

This happens to be one of my favorite books on culture in America. Sowell breaks down the history of culture in America and other areas in the world. In so doing, he demonstrates over and over that culture matters more than race. When a culture is bad, the people suffer, and when it encourages hard work and thrift, the people thrive.

A simple concept really, yet so hard for the masses to accept. The main issue is responsibility to create a winning culture, and in an American society where everyone blames everyone else, that does not fly. Saying that the effects of the minimum wage hurt black people is sacrilege. Explaining that a welfare state is never good for anyone is taboo.

Common sense is ignored. Yet as these men age, a new group of young people are rising up. Men like Jason Riley, Allen West, Lenny McAllister and others are speaking out. Others are in the legislature, like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, and Will Hurd. The idea that freedom is what is best for all people is common sense, yet it is all too often ignored.

With these men, and the young libertarian movement, there is hope that all common sense is not lost. There is hope that conversations about issues that may offend, but ultimately lead to solutions, will occur. Let us not be discouraged by what the media shows, but be encouraged but what is actually out in the world. There is hope, but the agents of that hope need to succeed for it to be realized.

Why I Have Never Been A Democrat

Growing up, I have always loved history. My mother taught me until sixth grade, and fed my love for history. Both of my parents are Christian conservatives, and that influenced me as I grew up. However, I did not learn much about the history of the Republicans and Democrats until I read a book by David Barton. It was called Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White. 

Barton explains the history of Black Americans in the history of America. He pointed to a book by William Cooper Nell entitled The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution. That book opened my eyes to a history of America often overlooked, or skimmed over. It goes through different states in America and talks about the black veterans in each state, and also the progress of blacks and Americans in the 1800s.

This book simply reinforced my American pride. I was already proud to be an American, but finding out there was more to the American Revolution than simply James Armistead Lafayette and Crispus Attucks was amazing. Then, David Barton went on to talk about Reconstruction and the issues surrounding it. In high school history, the textbook usually mentions Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. However, Barton talked about these men who were in Congress, all Republicans, and all self-educated men who made something of themselves after being freed from slavery.

The first black congressmen in the United States.
The first black congressmen in the United States.

These men are talked about more in-depth in the book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Lives of the First Black Congressmen. When looking at the policies of the Republicans and Democrats then and now, my Republicanism was reinforced. Why should I vote for the party that didn’t think I was fully human back then, and currently would rather have had me aborted than adopted? Why would I vote for the party who was scared to let people who look like me vote back then, and now thinks I am too stupid to get an ID to vote?

One party treats me like an American man, and the other party treats me like a child in need of parenting. I already have my parents, and they have done a good job. I do not need the government to help me based on my skin color. I don’t need affirmative action, I don’t need special treatment. All I need from the government is to be left alone. I have never been a Democrat, and never will be.

That being said, my allegiance is to my God and not to any party. While I may be a Republican now, I am a Christian, a sinner who is saved by grace, and I will not carry the party line when my conscience tells me not to. Right now, America needs to get back to the small government we were built on. We need to return to freedom. Hopefully one of the presidential candidates will bring that about.

We’ve Been Sold Out

Obama got his deal. This deal, to many, borders on treason. If it is not treason against America, it certainly is a stab in the back of our greatest ally, Israel. Obama needed 34 votes to pass the treaty through the Senate. This is a blow to the stability in the Middle East.

How we can ignore the threat of a nation, who vows to destroy Israel, and vows to break the agreement in said treaty, is beyond me. The Senate should treat the deal as a treaty. They still can according to Andrew McCarthy. However, they have allowed themselves to push this dangerous deal through. The main issue with this deal is that we cannot trust Iran to comply.

Also, there are apparently some incredibly bad concessions in the deal. Iran is allegedly allowed to inspect themselves, which makes it easier for them to hide nuclear weapons. If this allegation is true, the American leadership has let down the world. Iran with nuclear capability makes the world a more dangerous place.

All of this aside, since when, in America, are government officials allowed to hide important information from voters and not heed their concerns? Since when do we bypass our legislature and appeal to the United Nations? We the people of America should be the priority of our diplomats, not some personal goal or feel good mission.

American patriots have been promoting a Convention of States to reel in our government. This action needs to be taken sooner than later, so that we can retain our rights, and have the government work for us. We need major reform in our government, and the people should stand up and demand it. Hopefully Republicans in the Senate fight in the next week, but i doubt that they will.

The GOP loves to promise action, but always seems to fail. The GOP is just as responsible as the Democrats. If we use our majority we could actually challenge the establishment. However, too many of the Republicans are part of the establishment. The Republican Majority in the Senate would surprise me greatly if they took a stand. Hopefully they will.

War on Police

The police in America are under attack. Instead of simply condemning the bad officers, we are now collectively condemning the whole profession. Irresponsible leaders have called for the killing of police officers. This action holds in contempt not only police officers, but all of the law-abiding citizens.

When officers are threatened with their lives in this way, it hinders them from performing their jobs to the best of their ability. In turn, this leaves law-abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals. the idea that all police officers are terrible humans simply because of a few bad officers, is just as idiotic as the idea that all black people are thugs. There needs to be a condemnation of lawless people who murder police officers in cold blood.

For the most part, if one is a law-abiding citizen, one will not have problems with officers. There are cases where this is not true, however, that is not the norm. The issue we have now in America is the idea that people can do whatever they want without consequences. That is wrongheaded thinking. Anarchy inevitably leads to tyranny.

The people of the United States of America need to stand up for police officers. We also need to stand up for just laws. America cannot afford to be destroyed from within by empty rhetoric and violent outbreaks. We, as a people, need to unite and stand for true justice. Murdering police officers is not justice.

The hatred perpetuated by certain groups of people should not be tolerated. Free speech should be allowed, but hate speech is not free for anyone. The hatred of police will not change laws. The killing of police will only incur worse laws. The men and women who think violence is the answer are wrong. Violence only hurts the cause unless it is in defense. These murders are not in defense, they are offensive, and thus they are unjust.

Americans should stand for truth and justice, and rise up together, and speak loudly about the issues. We need to speak louder than those who spew hate, and make love the lasting cry of our generation. We need to speak loudly about the evils of murder, and show with love that it is never the answer. Together we must save our nation from destroying itself. The division cannot be tolerated. It must be condemned.

Opinion: Israel and America 

When crisis and danger infringes on a nations’ freedom, even its existence, it is only natural for that nation, no matter how strong it may be, to seek out and alliance. Israel, strong as it is, sought out the United States of America. However the United States does not wish to be in any more wars. This is understandable and noble. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses the United States

Even so, when an ally is in dire need of protection, one should not turn its back and negotiate with a treacherous common enemy. This enemy has lied about its intentions with Nuclear weapons and stated many times that Israel must be wiped off the earth. How the United States could even conceive of a “deal” with them is beyond comprehension. 

This deal which would allow the nation of Iran the means to develop and arm Nuclear weapons not only endangers Israel, but it also endangers the United States and the rest of the world. Putting dangerous weapons in the hands of leaders who have been treacherous and irresponsible in the past is dangerous and foolhardy. 

If the United States does not want to go to war, she will not make a deal with Iran. She will instead look at the past and consider the future. She will understand the danger involved with her foolish politics. America must be wise and carefully consider where her actions are taking her. 

If the President of the United States does make a bad deal with Iran, the world will be in more danger. The prayer of many is that he will have wisdom in his decisions in the near future. Mr. President, consider your country and put it above personal ambitions. In many cases our goals are not aligned with yours. Yet, you are our leader and you represent us, so represent us well.