What is Independence?

When I was 13 I yearned to be away from my parents.  I thought I was smarter, wiser, and that I knew more than they did about the world.    As a result I wanted to get as far away from their limiting point of view.  I yearned for the freedom to do what I wanted,  where I wanted, and when I wanted.  Thus started the battle that has lasted to this day. The quest for true freedom.

It was 20 years before I started to understand that their wisdom and guidance, had I bothered to pay attention would have been extremely helpful.   Instead of my being smarter, wiser and more knowledgeable, I had been foolish, dumber, and ignorant. The thing I did not understand, the thing that remains even a significant mystery to me today is that once you interact with others, all the stuff that works in theory may have to be thrown away.  Human nature and the way people interact will always determine the final outcome of any endeavor.

The quest for freedom is elusive.  It is the quest for the unobstructed availability to chose your own destiny.    I have the ability to say anything that I want on social media.  Yet if I make a threat or try to be too dramatic bad things happen.  Things that might wind me up in jail or worse.  If I want to take a year long’s safari, my freedom is obstructed by my capability to fund the venture.   If Ann Coulter is asked to give a speech or contribute to a discussion on free speech, she is shouted down.  Her freedom of speech is obstructed.  Limits to freedom in the US, one of the countries most known for its freedoms are everywhere.

Those limits, the ones that I as a child never understood include government controls, financial constraints, social constraints, family constraints and ethical constraints.  The challenge each of us faces how to exercise our freedoms in order to achieve our goals.  If that goal is spreading the word of Christ, there are a multitude of constraints that will seek to prevent others from hearing the truth.  Even in America the right to tell others of his good news is often curtailed.

As an adult, I now understand the limits to freedom that plagued my choices as a younger man.  Yet, even as then,  it is incumbent to push against those limits when it is right to do so.  Whatever your goal, there will be obstacles.  Those limit your ability to achieve the destiny you have planned for yourself.  Sometimes that means challenging those that would shout you down, stand in your way, or condemn you for your beliefs.

I would urge each person to recognized the limits put on them and to push past those limits toward their goals.

 

 

 

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Journalist Defend Their Own Bias

The Washington Post just had an article explaining how their coverage of Donald Trump was appropriate.  HOGWASH!!!    The real story, and the one that none of the media will pursue is the deliberate effort by Democrats and Anti-Trumper’s to first thwart the President’s agenda and then if possible to bring his Presidency to an end.  They have failed both in pursuing the truth and in stopping the President.   Now they are left with anger at their own impotence and a loss of credibility from which they will never recover.

Just so you know here are the facts behind the real story.

During the campaign the Obama administration authorized spying and illegal unmasking of the conversations held by Trump’s staff and associates.  This was subsequently used to target Jeff Sessions, General Flynn and Jared Kushner. Yet, no evidence of wrong doing as pertains to Russia was discovered.

The Russians have been trying to hack us for years so what was different this time other than it was someone’s idea to tie the President to the hacks.   Whose idea was it?  Why is that not investigated?

There is no evidence presented in the last 9 months as to collusion or Trump’s people being involved in any attempt to manipulate the election,  yet Jim Comey would not publicly say Trump was not under investigation.

Jim Comey let Loretta Lynch tell him what to call the investigation into Hillary’s emails, (A matter, not an investigation)  Trump’s hoping the investigation into Flynn would stop, not an order or even a strong suggestion, results in an obstruction of justice possibility.  He admits being compromised with Loretta Lynch.  In fact, by relabeling what he called that investigation he did obstruct justice.  He laid the groundwork for her exoneration.

Hundreds of stories have run based on leaks and anonymous sources making a range of accusations.  None proven, most with zero evidence.  Few with substantiation of any kind.  Yet these are reported as fact.

Look who calls for investigations.  Look who in both the media and the government continually keep this story alive and there is a pattern.  The media gains in ratings and in promoting an agenda. The politicians are protecting their monied base.   The pattern is obvious.

Trump is a threat to the status quo.  The regulations that protect big money are being torn down.  The lobbyist are in a panic.  Why is this not reported on?

The Obama administration used the IRS to target enemies, Hillary clearly violated the secrecy act,  the Democratic National Committee clearly sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ campaign,  illegal spying on American citizens was carried out and then used to create a Russian story that would cripple Donald Trump.  The corruption has infested every level of government and the media is a willing participant in its maintenance.

A majority of the American people see this.  The backlash was in the 2016 election, but it will be even more pronounced against the media itself as long as they no longer report in the public interest.  Their advertisers will drop away as more an more people blame the media for promoting the destruction of the President.   Ultimately the advertisers will be blamed for supporting that corruption.

The real story is the attempt to bring down the President with hype, hate, innuendo, and stories that lack any basis in fact.    Everyone can be accused of something and made to look bad.  Unfortunately, the media has made baseless accusation appear to be news.  IT IS NOT!!!

 

 

 

Destroying a President

The Republican’s control the house and the senate and their main activity seems to be finding ways to discredit and depose their President.  It is a behavior that is despicable. All these investigations have amounted to little more than conjecture.  Yet more are announced every day as our elected representatives fail to complete the replacement of Obamacare, fail to lower taxes, fail to fund the wall, and fail to do what they were elected to do.

Instead of standing up to the media and each new speculation they launch investigations instead of doing real work.  They consistently enable the media’s assault on the President.   If not actively helping the media they are silent while protecting their own cowardly hides.

Real crimes with clear evidence were committed by the democrats including IRS targeting of conservatives, the unmasking of names in surveillance of US citizen’s, Hillary’s email which by the statues did not require intent, the sale of favors through the Clinton foundation and the sabotage of the Sanders campaign.  Why are these not pursued?  Instead those we elected are either silent or actively trying to bring down our President.

If you are a Trump supporter, call or write your congressman and tell them to support the President and to pursue justice against the real crimes that have been committed.  If you are a believer in Democracy, call or write your congressman since the effort currently underway is nothing less than the formal attempted overthrow of the legitimately elected President.

If we as citizens do not stand up now, there will be nothing to stand up for.  Our democracy will fall if the media is powerful enough to destroy a Presidency.   They will not stop at that.   They will attempt to control the government.  If you watch Congress, this is already happening.

Let your congressmen know what you expect and that you are willing to vote that expectation.  Please do so now as the very foundation of our country is at risk.  Tell others to do the same.

Women’s Health — Planned Parenthood

The chance of getting breast cancer in the overall US population is 12.5% over the course of a woman’s lifetime.  Whether abortion increases the risk of breast cancer is something that is medically disputed. However the impact of abortion on cervical cancer is less so.  Each year 7.5 women per 100,000 will contract cervical cancer.  Cervical-Cancer

Among women who have had one abortion that risk is 2.3 times higher than the risk in the general population.   For those women 17.25 out of every 100,000 will get cervical cancer. Based on the fact that Planned Parenthood performed 300,000 abortions last year 45 women more per year will contract cervical cancer.  Roughly a quarter of those women will not survive.  Some studies suggest an 5 fold increase of cervical cancer among post abortive women which would mean an extra 90 cases per year.  Roughly 20 of those cases will be fatal.

Do you think this information is given to Planned Parenthood’s often young and vulnerable clients?    Beyond the immediate medical risks associated with abortion there are a host of long term life risks.  I would think that this information should be widely distributed and given to clients seeking abortion services.  Even if you believe it is a women’s right to chose, they need to know what they are choosing.  It may well not be what they think.

For many the immediate convenience of not having to try and raise a child outweighs the effort to carry to term and either attempt to raise the child or have it adopted.  The long term consequences to the physical and mental health of the client have long been ignored in this space.   For many those consequences are far worse than having a child that they ultimately love and who loves them.  For some the consequence is an early grave.  There is tremendous research to support this.

For me I would do everything in my power to make abortion unnecessary and undesirable. Learn more at Sav-a-Life Shelby.  Or sponsor me for the walk dedicated to changing women’s minds and helping them succeed in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planned Parenthoods Legacy

I was reminded the other day how some people believe that abortion is a woman’s right.

“We should apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that

grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that

objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

Margaret Sanger

The quote above by the matriarch of Planned Parenthood and the years of forced sterilization that occurred in the 20’s were a direct result of her views put into practice.  Over time that philosophy has become one that values a mother’s potential opportunity over the life of the fetus even a day before that baby is born.  The application of that statement, though no longer referred to as eugenics has a hugely disparate impact on poor and minority communities.  Across the country for example the abortion of minority babies is significantly higher  as percent than the abortion of non-minority babies.

This impact would have fit in with Ms. Sanger’s vision.    The placement of Planned Parenthood abortion centers in poor areas also fits that design.  The message that women are incapable of succeeding if they have a child is one that is marketed in order to further the business of abortion.  Furthering that business also impacts the view of those minorities of themselves and their view of life.

If women are told they can’t succeed, they will have a much harder time doing so.  With many neighborhoods having been inundated with that message through government programs that create generational dependency, the cheapening of life through the killing of babies, often late term,  projects a message that killing after birth is permissible.    The one thing every mass murderer in this country has had in common, they did not value the life of others.   Those such as the Nazi’s that formalized killing undesirables justified their actions based on the same eugenics theories Margaret Sanger promoted.

The fact is women, men, and couples all have the ability to succeed even with the added burden of raising an unplanned life.  Taking on the challenges involved in having that responsibility has spurred many women to raise both themselves and their children to much more affluent circumstances.

I have seen numerous women who once considered abortion an option become very successful despite humble beginnings and lacking, at first, a helpful support system. These women did not accept the doomsday, me first route, that unless they had an abortion they could not live a successful life.

There is no doubt in my mind that the deterioration of family support systems and the violence in  poor neighborhoods has been the result of the promotion of abortion as a viable alternative.   The more abortions that happen, the more life overall is seen as valueless. Although to me life begins at inception, there can be no argument that at 5 or 6 months a fetus is a viable living human life.

I have heard people argue that the world needs abortion for population control  The fact is population growth has slowed dramatically in most industrialized countries to the extent that abortion would never be needed for population control.  Education and the development of a modern economy is the best break on population growth.  Yet is is these same countries that exchange the value of life for the hope of future economic prosperity.

The result is an organization that Margaret Sanger would have been proud of, one that continues to this day to cheapen the value of life and diminish the potential of women.

The amazing thing is that Margaret Sanger is on the list of successful single moms. 

 

 

Democratic Coup Attempt

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While anti-Trump protesters, some violent,  fill the streets in primarily democratically voting cities and Trump supporters complain that these protesters are just whiners and bad losers, there is something far more insidious going on.   Behind the protests, the violence, and the chaos is a conspiracy, an brazen attempt to overthrow the election results and retake the government from the Republican elect.  Is this even possible?

Beyond, the protests there are written petitions aimed as getting electors to change their vote.  The protests and petitions are the visible signs of  a plan. The death threats are the hidden and most dangerous part of this.

Simply put, it is an effort to intimidate the state electors into switching their votes. Although technically pledged to Donald Trump these electors could switch their votes. This would be a violation of their pledge and in many cases state law, but it is possible.

Wikipedia calls them “Faithless” electors.  Historically this has not been tried en mass before, although one elector abstained in favor or Gore in 2000.  Given the history of the Clinton machine whose manipulations have amazingly deflected criminal after criminal investigation, an attempt at a coup is not far-fetched. There were numerous theories surrounding the deaths that occurred in the White Water investigation 20 years ago.  That is old history, but much more recently as information about the DNC hack became public several more mysterious deaths occurred.  This is to point out that there may be no limits on what they are willing to do.

From the outside these protesters just look like a bunch of malcontents.  Given time, just like with Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street,  it will be proven that they are not just random unhappy voters, but paid demonstrators, with a purpose.    They are part of a well formulated plan to intimidate state electors.  They want the electors to feel threatened and their families to feel threatened.  There is no boundary the Clintons won’t cross in order to attain power.

Think about the individuals who voted for Trump now seen, on camera, being beaten up How can a state elector see that and not feel like it was directed at himself or herself. Behind the scenes I would not doubt that these same electors pledged to Mr. Trump are receiving calls mixed with offers of cash and promises of retribution.   Not only do the democrats not want to lose power, but many fear that a new, principled attorney general would pursue them mercilessly.  These people are cornered beasts.

Obama had nice press conference with Donald Trump, discussing the transition.  That was all window dressing,  a smoke screen to hide what is really occurring behind the scenes. The stakes in this game are high, the survival of our American republic.  While Obama gives the appearance of helping with the process, the Anti-Trump forces lead by George Soros and the Clinton machine are trying to bring down the election.  It is a globalist play for power to enable the Democrats to stay in power and to continue to destroy America.

I hope the Trump people recognize what is happening and are reminding the electors in no uncertain terms of their pledge and legal obligation.  I hope the electors have such integrity that reminding is unnecessary.  It would be awesome to say this is over,  but given what is occurring, this won’t be over until Dec. 19th when the electoral college casts their formal vote for Donald Trump.  Until then there is opportunity for the democrats to manipulate the system.  There is a real chance that this is occurring.

Advice For President Trump

The United States of America first.  That is the attitude President Trump needs to have and the one that he ran on.  Special interests that don’t benefit the majority of Americans should be ignored.  Congressmen and Senators beholden to those interests should be vilified and purposely targeted for defeat.  If you are not on board with us as the priority, you should leave.  You should not be in government.

I am being so bold as to write a piece advising the President on what he should do as President.   On one hand, he will never read this so it has the impact of a Mt. Everest pebble being relocated from one cliff to another.  Unless a climber slips and falls on that pebble, no one will ever know.   So much for the disclaimer!!!

First and foremost President Trump promised to drain the swamp.  Given that the federal government has been out of control for the last 8 years this is a huge task.  He needs to start with a new attorney general and FBI director.  They need to be committed to prosecuting the crimes of the last 8 years starting with Lois Lerner and continuing up the tree until Hillary,  her foundation, her husband and all those in the machine that broke election laws are in jail.  That sends a strong message for anyone considering the destruction or sale of our democracy.

He then needs to address the jobs and prosperity elements of his platform  Getting rid of Obamacare and the last 8 years of regulations will go a long way toward jump starting the economy.   He has to go further by wiping out all entitlements for those who are able bodied and can work.  It’s amazing that when people have to find jobs, they almost always do.  That will boost our GDP in a huge way.  Cutting taxes to attract manufacturing and reinvestment in this country will also generate opportunity.  Although I am for free trade, if a company here want to move its labor force to another country but sell their goods back here, the worlds biggest market, then they should pay a huge tariff.  That is not protectionism,  they are American companies that have chosen not to benefit Americans.  It should be expensive for them as it was expensive for US employees when they were terminated.

As part of getting us back on track economically, the size of government needs to shrink dramatically. Cutting the national debt is also necessary if we are to prosper.  There is also something to be said for the government to stop injecting money (printing) into the system to prop up the system artificially.  That is a time bomb that has to be addressed.  It is also such a complex mess to unravel that I hope he as really smart capable people that can manage it.

On immigration the solution is as simple as he made it.  Build a wall. Give the border control back its authority to deport.   Then, make it impossible for non documented workers to get jobs here.  Cut off their benefits.  They will flood back to Mexico.  Once that is done, if a business wants to hire foreign workers here because there truly are not enough Americans to do the work, then that is open for discussion. First, we need to have some huge portion of the 94 Million not in the workforce back on the job.  Taking away the cheap, illegal competition will make that far easier.   AMERICANS FIRST!!!!

That is the philosophy the President needs to have,  American’s first in all things.  In trade deals we benefit as much or more than the partner country.  Iran is not a deal. That should be nullified.  Iran is 150 billion dollars richer as they work for a nuke thanks to Obama. Foreign aid needs to benefit us.  If we give the Palestinians 10 million and they blow up an American tourist or don’t stop teaching hate in their schools, they should get zero dollars ever again.

Yes, Americans and American prosperity first.  That is the job of the President.  Obama was more worried about everyone else, how they thought about us.  Were were nice or did we contribute to their prosperity.  So much so that Americans suffered.  President Trump has a huge job.  It starts by setting the tone, getting the right people in place, getting rid of the Obama cadre now infecting every department of the government and focusing on prosperity here and leadership around the world.  I pray that as an outsider, not beholden to any one interest, he can be the President we expected when we voted for him.

The job is huge,  as he would say ..HUGE!.  I hope he is up for it.

He, will be happy to know that I am not charging him for this advice.  For the good of the country. 🙂