Saturday, August 1, 2009

Why We Need Term Limits

During FDR's (Franklin Delano Roosevelt's) administration 1933 - 1945, America was transformed radically from how it used to operate into the "New Deal". The President and a Democratically controlled Congress changed America by introducing:
  • Federal projects
  • Created government administrative agencies and bureaucracies
  • New taxes
  • More entitlements
  • New regulations
All of these things increased government control over economic activities and unfortunately, over our individual liberties. This is exactly what our Founding Fathers feared could happen. The government set prices, set production limits, established pension and unemployment programs (including the Social Security Act, which by today's standards, is nothing more than a giant PONZIE scheme!). FDR expanded and created alliances with unions, senior citizens, farmers, and ethnic groups. In essence, he radically altered the nature of American society. Does this sound familiar?

It is argued that the new form of government helped prolong the depression because unemployment was much worse in 1936-38 (starting three years after the New Deal began). It wasn't until the beginning of World War II, that the United States began to reach full employment and climb out of the Depression. In other words, his programs didn't help stop the Depression. They may have made it worse!

Early in the Depression, our federal system of checks and balances worked well. The Supreme Court rightly challenged several of the New Deal policies and implementations as unconstitutional, much to FRD's disapproval.

Finally, because of his long tenure in office (elected for four (4) terms), FRD was able to replace several Supreme Court Justices with those who favored and supported his new policies. Then he bullied the Supreme Court, thus neutralizing any challenges provided by the Court against his administration. He continued to ignore the Constitution and went on with his programs.

The significance of the New Deal was in the fact that it broke away from our tradition set by the Founding Fathers and the principles and limitations set in the Constitution.

Congress Wakes Up
Congress realized that without setting term limits, the office of the Presidency could become a dictatorship!

On March 21, 1947, our Congress wisely passed Presidential term limit legislation to amend the Constitution. This was a result of having FDR serve a unprecedented four terms as President during the Great Depression and into World War II. The legislation was later ratified by two thirds of the states on February 2, 1951.

Ironically, Congress escaped passing term limit legislation on themselves, because they were the good guys, trying to protect America from another such disaster.

Unfortunately, today they are part of the continuing problem of an out of control government. They now insult us by passing "emergency" legislation in order to save our economy without reading it. They pass bills written by special interest groups to gain favor and funding to help their re-election to office. Six (6) months after passing this legislation, our unemployment rate is much worse than it was at the onset. Our deficit spending has reached unsustainable highs at the expense of the next several generations of Americans.

How To Change
We need to change the rules for Congress. Propose a limit of no more than two consecutive terms for Congressmen and Senators. It eliminates the checks and balances! No more Career politicians. AND, no more life - long free pensions and medical insurance for serving!

Demand Term Limits!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekly Polls

Presidential Tracking Poll
  • Strongly Approve - 28%

  • Strongly Disapprove - 39%

Presidential Approval Index

Obama Healthcare
  • Favor - 44%

  • Oppose - 53%

Right Direction or Wrong Direction
Is America headed in the right direction under Obama's leadership?

  • Right Direction - 34%

  • Wrong Track - 61%

Audit the Fed
Americans in favor of auditing the Federal Reserve Bank headed by Chairman Ben Berbake (who totally rejects this idea).

  • In Favor of Auditing - 75%

  • Against Auditing - 9%

  • Not Sure - 15%

Gallop Poll
Just to show that other polls agree with Rasmussen, here is the latest Gallop poll on the Presidential Approval Rating:
Presidential Approval Rating

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Who's Going to Pay?

Current polls indicate that senior citizens are up in arms because they realize they will take a big Medicare hit to help pay for the new government healthcare system. Hey, someone has to pay for it - right?

Besides them, the top individuals earning over $250,000 a year will also help pay for it. That's fair, they can afford it!

We Need More $$$
But that's still not enough. Hummm.... Where else can we get some "easy" tax dollars?

Hey, how about taxing soft drinks? Any beverage that contains sugar is bad for you, including fruit juices. We can teach our kids to have a healthier life style by imposing this tax. Yeah, these drinks are bad for you and surely we can pass that tax to help.

But because the government healthcare "reconstruction" (my word) costs so much, we still don't have enough to pay for it.

What else can we consider? Hey, I know, we can tax people who are overweight. Not them directly, that would be blatantly discriminatory, but rather tax the "unhealthy" foods they eat. That bag of Fritos and Hagen Das ice cream are the perfect items to help raise money. If we need to raise more money, we could expand it to all foods that have no nutritional value.

But, we're still short of dough.

And the latest "idea" from Congress is to put a tax on Botox or any other so called plastic surgery. We all know that this is elected surgery and really unnecessary. Let's "punish" anyone who takes elective surgery. It would cover breast enlargements, nose jobs, liposuction, or any other such "improvement". Let's charge them an extra 10% on their bill.

But that still won't pay for the government healthcare program. What next? Let your imagination go wild!! Our illustrious Congress thinks it can tax ANYTHING. Watch them!!!

Granted, these are just proposals, but Congress is seriously considering these and other unannounced items.

Say no to government healthcare. We cannot afford it!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What the Hell Are They Thinking?

Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi likes COMMUNISTS! On the Echoing Green web site (founded by Van Jones), they quote her as follows:

"Van Jones has a unique ability to inspire people of all colors, classes and generations to uplift vulnerable people, while protecting our vulnerable planet. His sparkling intelligence, powerful vision and deep empathy are all on full display in The Green-Collar Economy." -- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

This man is admittedly an member of the COMMUNIST PARTY for at least ten years!! So who is he? He is Obama's newly "appointed" Green Jobs Czar, that's who.

This guy has served jail time for his "activist" activities with these radical individuals. He became a Communist after the Rodney King riots in 1992. His main occupation was as a radical agitator waging war against police and capitalism. Jones recalls he recalls, "I met these radical people of color, I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.' I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary."

Van Jones founded the Ella Baker Center which was affiliated with STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a Communist Marxist organization. These groups fronted for several subversive groups in the Bay Area.

America, where's the outrage? Why does our Speaker of the House of Representatives hold this guy in such high esteem? Is Nancy Pelosi a COMMUNIST TOO?

Sound Judgement?
Our President just HIRED HIM to be another government Czar! The President really has "invented" new cabinet positions that are not listed in the Constitution. He chooses anyone he likes for any position he wants to create. They do not require any scrutinizing by a vetting process. He just hires them whenever and wherever he wants. Then he gives them the "authority" to delve into privately held companies to create new jobs and determine policies. IS THIS LEGAL America?

Why hasn't the media reported that we have a radical COMMUNIST appointed to a questionable new position of authority in the Obama administration? Does anyone care?

What the hell is going on in the Obama administration? Does anyone have any concerns? Isn't this getting out of control? Can the President legally do this? Can't we stop this?

Can't Americans realize that their White House is being run by a guy with really questionable motives AND really poor judgement. What exactly is Obama trying to do to our country?

Let Your Voices Be Heard!
Start protesting America! Let your voices be heard. We can't tolerate this behavior of our President and Speaker (third in line for the Presidency).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Time to Leave Office

News Flash
Congressman John Conyers (D) of Michigan, sees no point in members reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill.

I quote Mr. Conyers at his National Press Club luncheon on Monday: “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

Yeah Congressman, why read a 1,000 page bill that's going to radically change our entire health care system, the government power structure, our economy, and our quality of life? Just let the people who wrote it, pass it so they can please their special interests. Isn't a salary of $175,000 per year enough to get you to read a few pages? Why, it will take two days just to read it (maybe more) - let alone try and understand it. Besides all that, it sounds like a lot of work doesn't it? That's shoddy and just plain pitiful behavior!!

That's a the verbal "finger flip-off" to us!

It's your job Congressman! It's your frigging job! It's what you signed-up for so long ago. You're expected to represent the people who put you in office! You're supposed to work for us! Apparently you forgot the job description for a legislator, because you've been there way too long! Dementia is setting in and you cannot make any rational decisions for your constituents any longer. You can't even perform the compulsory tasks of your assignment. You have become incompetent. This is a classic example of the "Peter Principle."

Record Tenure
As Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee Conyers unfortunately has a lot of political influence (and he loves the power). He was re-elected to a record breaking 21st term in office in 2006 by Michigan voters. He originally entered Congress in 1964. That's 45 years in office! Yes, 45 @#$%$#@@ (expletives) years.

Blatant Arrogance
Shame on you Congressman! You're a disgrace to our system and to fellow Americans! You dishonor the position and title of United States Congressman! You're an insult to those of us who care. You're lazy and incompetent. You abuse your position with your arrogance. You do not fulfill your obligation by "reading" of bills and legislation. How Dare you! How Dare you! It really is time to leave...

Voters Careless Attitude
What are Michigan voters thinking? They must be cretins as well!! Talk about time for a change. This is a classic example of the arrogance that we allow to continue in Washington and the stupidity or lack of empathy of voters.

Shame on Michigan voters. But believe me, you're not alone. Your care-less attitudes are not exclusive. Voters in Massachusetts also get what they deserve with Senator John Kerry (D), 27 years in office, AND Senator Chappaquiddick (Kennedy) (D), 47 years in office! This list could go on and may become a future topic for this forum.

Out of Control
Congressman Conyers, you are another pitiful example of how Washington is out of control. Your arrogance defies logic. How your voters tolerate being treated like fools is beyond reason. Those of us who care despise you and others like you.

Hopefully, the mid-term elections will help us fix this problem and get rid of you once and for all! If not, DEMAND TERM LIMITS!

Another deadbeat: Senator Carl Levin (D) MI with 31 years in office! You're next! Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. WAKE UP MICHIGAN!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Our Bill of Rights

It is time to revisit what the Founders gave to us. This is nothing new, but often forgotten. Please take the time to read about your rights and privileges as set in the Constitution.

Think back and remember how the government has violated these laws in recent times. It should disgust you!

For Example: Ruby Ridge, the Patriot Act, Elliot Gonzolas, Hurricane Katrina survivors (searched houses and seized guns), Waco Texas and the Branch Dividians, Government Czars, bank seizures, automobile company takeovers, insurance company power grabs, and many, many, more...

Bill of Rights
In 1789 Congress passed ten proposed amendments to the Constitution as one of its first orders of business on December 15, 1791. This was viewed by many as unnecessary. Others thought it a diversion.

However, after writing the Constitution, the Founders realized that they should put in writing several privileges in order to protect them. These ten amendments became known as the Bill of Rights. They are the bedrock of individual rights and liberties, an envy of peoples around the world!

Read them. Remember them. Honor them. Cherish them. Defend them with your life, if necessary.

1st Amendment
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.

2nd Amendment
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

3rd Amendment
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

4th Amendment
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue , but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5th Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

6th Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

7th Amendment
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

8th Amendment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9th Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

10th Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Founders made it mandatory to teach these to all children as part of their public education. Our children were the best educated in the world at that time in history.

Actions to Take
We are loosing our God given freedoms! Slowly and surely. Come on America!

When you see or hear that any of these Rights are being violated. DO NOT TOLERATE IT. Voice your opinion loudly and make it clear that you object. Do not be silent any longer! Stand up for them and don't let politicians try and whitewash their reasons for obliterating them. Protest peacefully, but don't let it keep happening!

If you don't, the consequences are dire!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Comments to Obama's Latest Gaff

Because of space limitations, I am forced to reply here (as a new post) to the comments as posted in a prior posting called "Latest Obama Gaff" on Saturday, July 25, 2009. The comments are as follows:

Contrary Opinion
It must hard for an atheist to understand the principles as outlined in the Constitution because the Founders believed in God. They believed that their new form of government would only work if men were virtuous and had a sense of morality that came from belief in Natural Law as given by the Creator, whoever, or whatever he/she/it was. Most of the basic principles of America are based on this belief. References to God appear on our coinage and paper money and many other places indicating His importance.

Facts Without Evidence
You find it difficult to accept that there are other points of view in the world that differ from yours. Rather than have meaningful discussions it's better to attack and ignore facts and consider them to be inaccurate or unsupported. Why can't someone else have an opposing opinion? Are you always right? Facts are indisputable.

This blog isn't like a term paper where I footnote every thing in it. I think you already know that. Your's isn't! Instead, I may have touched on a nerve by stating I have my opinion about President Obama and you don't like it. So be it. Please don't insult it and be nasty just because you don't like it.

Foreign Leaders
You actually helped promote my opinion by illustrating that there are other international leaders who have low esteem for President Obama. You named two more!) Where did you get your facts Nick? You forgot to document your sources. You also left out the G20 nations and our Nato "ally" countries. They all ignored President Obama's request for help in the Gitmo deal. Yeah, there are a lot of others who don't respect President Obama, including Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Prime Minister Francis Fellon. Sorry, I have no footnotes for these. I hope they are common knowledge.

Move to Russia
No matter if we disagree on anything, I will never tell you to move to Russia! I personally believe that country is a "shit hole". We both know that in spite of its flaws, America is still a better place.

This blog is about freedom and how to preserve it. It states opinions on a regular basis, facts too. AND only one rumor in these comments that I'm aware of. It's not directed to overthrow Obama. Out of the 21 posts so far, only 3 are aimed at your "Leader". Three more are directed at his polling numbers. The rest of the posts cover various topics including nominations, new legislation, links, and so on. That's hardly a web site that ATTACKS the President with the intent to "bring him down". Don't be so sensitive to criticisms for the guy you probably voted for.

Don't Publish This Blog
Let's be clear. This was a real subjective statement. If you don't like this blog and you get upset from reading it, stop reading it! Duh? I'm not spitting out the poison you can get from the Huffington Post or That's offensive material and I don't bother reading it!!

You have your opinion about the usefulness of political polls and so do I. We disagree. So the ones I like, we should all use as toilet paper and the ones you like should be held in high repute. Also very objective of you!

You are absolutely right about solutions. If I had some, I'd be running for President.

Like you, I am one guy, who believes that America was (and still is) a good country. America is changing - now rapidly. I believe these changes are for the worse. Hence this blog. I get to say what I believe and how I feel. I hope I can help get others to truly WAKE UP and start to care before it is too late. Changes were needed in America, but these are not what a lot of us expected or signed up for!

We can help it change. How? We all need to care and get ourselves into some sort of task to help it get better. Blogging is one start.

You voted for change. Is this what you wanted? God, I hope not! The definition of fascism parallels where we are going now! Not the militaristic fascism of Germany, but a new "soft" fascism that we don't perceive as bad. But it is still fascism! Don't be fooled. (Try reading: "Liberal Fascism" by Johna Goldberg). How's that for a footnote? By the way, I recommend reading it.

My solutions are rather general, as follows:
Take action. Be outraged. Become politically active. Please don't start a militia! That's NOT the solution.

Use common sense. Support a political candidate who protects the Constitution regardless of their political party. Pay attention to your Representatives and how they vote. Don't keep re-electing the same politicians over and over again. THAT's NOT CHANGE! Offer your time, and money to promote those who you feel understand and protect the Constitution.

Like I said, if this isn't what you are looking for, don't read it. It is what it is.

Created Equal?

We all know we are not born equally otherwise we would be clones. However, our Founding Fathers believed there are three ways in which we can be equal:
  • In the protection of our rights
  • In the sight of God
  • In the sight of the law (W. Cleon Skousen, "The 5000 Year Leap")
They believed that a society needs to accept these individual differences and allow people the freedom to prosper. The Founding Fathers saw no reason to punish the rich because they were rich.

Today's Popular Fallacy
Our modern day government tries to provide "equal justice for all" - going against the principles outlined in the Constitution. Now in 2009, the government "decides" who has rights and who does not. This cancels-out the principle of equal rights as stated (and once guaranteed) in the Bill of Rights. AND it's NOT LEGAL!

Their principle is to take from the "haves" and give to the "have nots" like Robin Hood did.

For Example: Tax the rich who make over $250,000 an additional 5% to help pay for Government Heathcare.

C A U T I O N: Wake up Americans! If the government can take away "rights" and privileges from the rich, they can also take them away from you too!! The sword is double edged. The fact remains that the government "cancels-out" the principle of Equal Rights in this proposed legislation.

Good Bye Bill of Rights !
A little for freedom disappears and you haven't noticed!!

Don't you get it? Use YOUR common sense and be outraged!

Now obviously some will prosper and some will not. Most (not all) prosper from hard work.

Granted some wealth is inherited, some wealth comes from talent, some from devious activities, and some from just plain good luck. The Founders believed in providing protection for equal rights, not for equal things.

Samuel Adams stated clearly that the ideas of welfare were unconstitutional. He wrote:

"The Utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of wealth], and a community of goods [central ownership of all the means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in or government unconstitutional." (Quoted from "The 5000 Year Leap" by w. Cleon Skousen.)

The Founders believed that providing welfare would corrupt the government as well as, the poor. They did however, provide a formula for this. They believed that you should help the needy to help themselves to become self-sufficient. They wanted to let the needy earn self confidence through their own achievements. They believed that you could help them achieve advancement in education and prosperity without permanent charity and welfare.

Where are we today? How many people are on the dole? How many more after the Stimulus Bill? Too many! Is this fair! Is it in the Constitution? Emphatically NO.

How could we allow our country (our government) go this far in the wrong direction? What will it take us to wake up? When will it be too late?