I love this country, and like millions of others, I am devastated at where we are. Compounding the problem is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Our elected “leaders” have completely abandoned us in their endless search for power. Ask yourself, has there been a more divisive administration in modern American history?
The president was given the opportunity to help repair a broken economy, then chose to blame the “rich” for not paying their “fair-share”, then quietly catered to the same rich (who have ironically become richer during his tenure).
He was given the opportunity to lead the “most transparent administration” in history (his words, not mine) and has run a White House so buried in scandal that Americans are losing sight of yesterday’s scandals in the fog of today’s scandal. All happening while blaming Republicans for investigating “phony scandals”, despite him apologizing for them. Hard to believe isn’t it?
He was given the opportunity to reform healthcare, then his signature achievement, Obamacare, led to double-digit premium hikes, shrinking doctor networks, overwhelming and continued unpopularity. He then blamed the “greedy insurance companies”. Then he built in conditions ordering you to buy the same insurance company’s products against your will. Then he sold you out again and built in guaranteed profits for insurance companies through a bailout program, which he continues to try and mislead you about (the risk-corridor program).
In conclusion, it does us no good getting angry anymore. Many of us who saw the writing on the wall have been frustrated for a long time and it grows worse by the day.
Don’t accept it, change it. It will take a while but we can fix this. November is our chance to guarantee a series of better tomorrows, and relegate those who diminished this great country to yesterday’s dustbin of history.
God bless America and all those who defend her.
You’re not alone.
I monitor the news because of the potential that they may actually begin to cover our congressional race, and I see the hyper-partisan slant of their coverage. And, despite knowing otherwise, it feels like we are alone, staring into the mouth of the lion that our government has created, and yelling “Stop!” Gauging simply by their coverage you would think we have just hit a few speed bumps and everything is just rosy for the country.
This slant is part of a larger, ongoing battle, not between ideas, but between ideologies. We won the battle of results a long time ago, yet due to the media praetorian guard, the battle of intentions is sadly being lost.
Proof-positive was a piece published today by a left-leaning columnist, named Barry Rascovar, on a local media aggregator site about the Republican Party (I apologize, but I refuse to link to the piece and drive traffic to hit-pieces).
Here’s just one quote from this hate-filled piece, which ruthlessly disparages Republicans on the immigration issue:
“It seems they don’t want anyone entering this country unless the immigrants are Anglo-Saxon Christians who believe the “G” in GOP stands for God.
Hostility toward immigrants is in the Grand Old Party’s DNA.”
Reporting on media bias, and me sharing this story, will do nothing to dissuade ignorant people like Rascovar from writing this garbage, so I implore you to take action and to join the fight. These people are not your friends and Republican Party leaders better wake up to this sad fact. If I had a dime every time some political insider told me to “just be nice to them and they’ll come around”, I could pay off the national debt they continue to ignore. I urge you to take these steps today:
-if you have an online or hard-copy subscription to a news outlet, that refuses to play it straight, cancel it as soon as you can
-before you donate to your college, if you choose to do so, ask them about their commitment to ideological diversity in their schools of journalism and their humanities programs, and if they can’t answer, tell them you can’t donate
-spend your entertainment dollars wisely and do not subsidize movies, television or any other medium that mocks, and diminishes, principles you have selflessly committed your life to
-and, finally, fight back by using your social media accounts (if you don’t have one, get one, don’t cede the forum) to constantly call attention to the deceptive, divide-and-conquer campaigns permeating the media ecosystem, and embarrass them into listening.
Stop subsidizing this war on Conservatives, Libertarians, Republicans and Constitutionalists with your hard-earned money.
You are not alone. We are nearly half of this great country, and our numbers would be far higher if people were told the truth. Fight for the truth and commit to taking these small steps towards a better tomorrow today. Our collective voice is their collective demise, but only if we use it.
Years ago, on a trip with the President to a conference in the Caribbean, I ran into a member of Congress in a hotel. I was responsible for the security planning for the hotel, which had a slightly confusing layout. The lobby was on the top floor so, in order to go “up” a floor in the elevator, you had to hit the “down” button. Everyone I explained the layout to quickly adapted to it but I remember this particular member of Congress having a very difficult time.
I write this, not to carelessly lob insults, but to point out to you that the Washington DC insider-crowd is not populated with the kind of brain power that the “government-knows-best” crowd wants you to think it is.
They have empowered themselves, at our expense, over our economy through the Fed, and burdensome tax and regulatory policy. Over our healthcare system through its command-and-control, “government will tell you what plan is good for you”, approach. And over our education policy through a bureaucratic, “take your money and your freedom to choose your child’s school as well”, approach.
Think about that. Think about the incredible influence these people have over your life. People possessing intellectual abilities no greater than yours, and many times, far inferior to yours. My goal is to slowly unwind the unwarranted power I will sadly inherit if I get elected and return it to you, where it belongs. I have no special powers to tell you how to build your business, pick your healthcare options, or your child’s educational future.
As I’ve said many times before, if government can put you out of business, take ever-increasing amounts of your hard-earned money, and force you to comply with burdensome rules designed to ensure control over who says “yes”, then are you really free?
Remember, government understands better than anyone that there is no power in “yes”, there’s only power and influence in being able to stand in the way of Americans and tell them NO.
Fight back on Election Day. This is your time to say NO to them.
Yes, you’ve been sold-out.
Here’s another, in a series of posts on this forum, about the Washington DC that exists behind the curtain. And it is not pretty.
Recently, the President’s intense fundraising schedule has been in the news. Given that his time is limited, Americans, and a surprisingly interested media, have begun to ask questions as to why he needs to attend so many fundraisers at the expense of nearly everything else?
Despite the White House claims, this is how it really works. The administration wants you to believe that the President’s travel itinerary is guided by a need to see Americans, up close and personal, all across the country, and that the fundraisers are just additional add-ons to these “I’m here for you” trips.
Here’s the reality. The fundraisers ARE THE REASONS for the trips. In order to ensure that we, the tax-payers, pay for these trips, the White House travel office will find a factory or college for the President to visit (near the fundraiser site), when the real purpose of the trip is only the fundraiser. If the “factory visit” wasn’t added to the schedule then the political group holding the fundraiser would have to pick up the expensive tab for the President’s travel.
The “factory visit” and subsequent photo-op is a ruse to bill the tax-payers for an “official-visit” when the real purpose is to fill political-party coffers.
Here’s the bottom-line, your hard earned tax-dollars are being used to subsidize wealthy political groups who may, or may not, share your political leanings. And, to be clear, (for the “blame Bush” crowd), this has been happening for decades, regardless of the political party in power.
Sunshine is the best disinfectant and the Washington DC cesspool will never be drained until the American people are informed about what’s really going on. As Clint Eastwood’s character William Munny said in the movie “Unforgiven”, “We all got it coming, kid.” And, he was right. All of us have let this go on for too long, but it’s never too late to turn the car around. Today is your day to grab the steering wheel and take your country back.
If you ever decide to become a candidate for public office, you will be sent a number of surveys from interest groups asking your opinion on their particular area of interest.
I think we should mimic their strategy and demand answers from the President and his congressional supporters before the coming election. So, in that same vein, I prepared some questions:
1. If we continue to elect Democrats, such as yourself, how many more tax hikes can we expect?
2. What percentage of my income can I keep, and how exactly do you know what every working American’s “fair-share” is?
3. If Obamacare was such a great idea why did you feel the need to exempt yourselves from it and ignore the Grassley Amendment to Obamacare?
4. Do you believe parents, whose hard-earned tax dollars pay for public schools, should be “allowed” to send their kids to the school of their choice or yours?
5. Do you believe that firearms cause people to be violent? If yes, will you forgo your security detail, to avoid the danger of being surrounded by men with firearms, and spare us the tax dollars?
Thank you for your prompt response,
Are there areas of your life where speeches about results are more important than results themselves? Coaching, Parenting, your job, anything?
If you were paid to coach a team and gave the most eloquent speeches about winning, yet continued to lose, would you consider yourself a success?
How about your job? If you managed a project that failed, yet waxed philosophic about how terrific earnings would have been if it succeeded, would you consider yourself a success?
I’m writing this to hopefully reach moderate Democrats ready for a change. We’ve tried the tax-hike and spend-more approach and were still mired in the worst “recovery” in modern American history.
Government is spending nearly one trillion more of your tax dollars than it did just over a decade ago. It has hiked income taxes, investment taxes, healthcare taxes, and others, and has nothing but speeches and historically negative results to show for it.
On healthcare, the speeches about healthcare costs coming down, and the bold promises about being able to keep the insurance plan and the doctor you preferred, were all lies. This isn’t a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of easily-verifiable fact. Again, do the results matter, or just the speeches?
In short, if we cannot trust that their speeches and proclamations are true, what are you electing them for, their speeches or the results their policies will produce?
If we are setting the standard that great speeches are all that matter then why not just search on Broadway or in the speaker’s bureaus for our next president or member of Congress?
Unlike the connected-insider crowd which immunize themselves from their dreadful policy prescriptions, I’ve experienced the damage first-hand. My insurance-plan was “terminated” against my wishes, my family went through employment turmoil due to the down economy and my food and gas bills are stratospheric.
Don’t vote for me or support me because I talk a good game but because I actually get on the field and play it. The pain of losing the game is one I feel, not one I’ve “heard about.”
Thanks again for all of your amazing comments and continued support on this page, it makes the pain of a couple of years of losses all the more bearable knowing that there’s a bench of all-stars getting ready for next year’s winning season.
What’s wrong with politics? Maybe this short story will provide some clarity:
A few years ago, at a prominent, outdoor political event in Maryland, I was mistakenly guided by a staff-member into the tent of a prominent Maryland lobbyist through a side-entrance.
Watching candidates and elected officials from both parties line up to pay homage, and kiss the ring of this well-known lobbyist, as he sternly lectured my volunteer on “etiquette” was a sickening sight, given the staff-member’s honest mistake.
I never forgot that moment and it frequently reminds me of just how badly we’ve all been sold out.
I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with elected politicians and bureaucrats more concerned with looking important, and with their proximity to “power”, rather than honest representation and dignified leadership.
The lobbyist in this short story gets paid to disingenuously cozy-up to elected officials and monopolize their time at your expense; in the process, crowding your voice out. Those elected “leaders” eager to sell their souls, in this Faustian bargain, are quick to take a knee before the Golden Calf of faux-power, and turn their backs on you.
I call attention to this because grassroots candidates looking to challenge the status quo are frequently drowned out by this legal, yet undignified and corrupting process. I have been enormously blessed by your support on this page, and through your kind words, donations and heartfelt expressions of support, but there are thousands of grassroots candidates out there who, sadly, have not been as blessed.
We can take this country back. Government serves us, we should not live our lives in service to them and their cronies. Seek these grassroots game-changers out and hear them out. You just may find a diamond rather than the costume jewelry we have now.