America’s Real Oligarchy

The greatest assault on our liberties isn’t necessarily coming from the Executive or the Legislative branch. The U.S. Constitution doesn’t truly provide for ‘lifetime appointment’ of federal judges, but rather, as stated in Article 3, Section 1: “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”

It is coming instead from the U.S. supreme Court. And yes, I did leave the word ‘supreme’ uncapitalized as ‘Supreme Court,’ is not a proper noun according to the U.S. Constitution; while ‘Court’ is the true proper noun, ‘supreme’ is merely an adjective.

Also, a judge can and should be removed from office if he or she fails to act with ‘good behavior,’ and this includes our supreme Court. Regardless of whether those who wrote the Constitution expected the supreme Court to attain the degree of authority it now holds, the Framers would be horrified by broad, autonomous power vested in lordship-like individuals for decades on end and their so-called ‘good behavior.’

In March of 2016, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg heard an abortion suit stemming from a Texas law that she was openly critical of soon after it passed. In the 1980s and 1990s Justice Anthony Kennedy along with six of his colleagues accepted dozens of paid trips from West Publishing, a regular high court litigant whose arguments the justices often favored.

In 2011 the court handed down a 5-4 decision in a major class action suit, Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority that sided with the retail giant – even though earlier that year, three companies where Roberts owned as much as $450,000 worth of shares in filed pro-Wal-Mart “friend of the court,” or amicus, briefs. This amicus issue is not covered by the federal recusal statute, so Roberts was not required to sit out Wal-Mart.

In 2010, Justice Clarence Thomas voted in favor a striking down certain campaign finance laws around the time he attended a meeting organized by the Koch brothers, who are known for their vociferous opposition to such laws. In 2012 and 2015 Justice Elena Kagan did not step aside from cases related to the Affordable Care Act, though she helped craft its legal defense when working in the Obama White House.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito, along with Chief Justice Roberts have heard more than two dozen cases in the last few years, like Wal-Mart v. Dukes. Not surprisingly, the three have collectively sided with those companies nearly 70 percent of the time.

This is not ‘good behavior.’

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1804, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Shutting Out the Nevada Voter

Nevada’s Senate Bill 499, signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval, took effect on October 1, 2015. Lawmakers behind the bill claim the goal was to increase ballot access for minor party candidates.

Unfortunately – and this was a known fact at the time – the opposite is true.

Here’s how the new law works: Voters in Washoe County’s District 4 — which includes Spanish Springs, Sparks and Wadsworth — have only two candidates running for the county commission seat, incumbent Vaughn Hartung and former state Senator Maurice Washington, both Republicans.

Nevada holds a primary on June 14, where candidates for state, county and local offices are cull ahead of the run-up to the general election in the November. This primary is in addition to the February caucuses where Republicans and Democrats picked who they want to represent them for president.

Democrats, independents and those registered with third parties will have no vote in the primary, yet the winner will be the only choice in the fall when those voters get a chance to take part. Under the old system, the two would have skipped the primary and been placed on the fall ballot where all registered voters would have a chance to pick between them.

Under the new system, the two will face off in the primary. The top vote-getter will be the only candidate listed on the fall ballot for WC-4 voters. In other words, Washington or Hartung will win and will represent all residents in District 4, even though non-Republicans were initially unable to vote.

Such action on the part of both parties within the Nevada legislature is not only disgraceful, but it’s empirical evidence that they are nothing more than mirror reflections of one another as they usurp power from the people and fail to represent them.

So Much for ‘Helpless and Harmless’

“At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to A. Coray, October 31, 1823

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled law enforcement doesn’t need to show probable cause or get a warrant before obtaining cell phone records that show a person’s general whereabouts and phone usage. The opinion by a three-judge panel upheld the murder convictions of Donald Taylor for the 2010 killing of Michael Pearson during a marijuana drug deal in Las Vegas.

Taylor appealed his conviction, arguing that his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure were violated when law enforcement obtained cell phone location and use records from the cell phone provider. It was that information led to Taylor’s arrest.

Justice Nancy Saitta claims the warrantless access of Taylor’s historical cell phone location data didn’t violate his Fourth Amendment rights. She adds that the data didn’t provide content of Taylor’s calls or text message, only numbers, duration and the location of the cell towers routing the calls.

Such information interprets Saitta, are ‘business records’ and that Taylor has no reasonable expectation of privacy.

So much for the Section 18 of Nevada’s State Constitution which reads: “Unreasonable seizure and search; issuance of warrants. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable seizures and searches shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue but on probable cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation, particularly describing the place or places to be searched, and the person or persons, and thing or things to be seized.”

Her interpretation also goes against the U.S. Constitution and the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] 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.”

It is time for the citizen’s of Nevada to stand up and force the state legislature to hold the Nevada’s judiciary accountable for its obvious disregard of our God-given liberties as expressed in both the U.S. Constitution and the state’s Constitution.

Righteous or Simply Right

America is angry. And a lot of people like to prove-up their anger by calling it ‘righteous,’ and pointing to Jesus, who flipped over tables and used a whip “fashioned from cords” to chase the money-changers from the Temple (John 2:16.) While many of us use this story to legitimize our actions, we’ve  little understanding about what this word, ‘righteous’ actually means.

The word ‘righteous,’ is defined simply as being morally correct. But what does it mean when used in conjunction with ‘anger,’ and ‘violence?’

The Holy Spirit commands us (II Timothy 3:16-17) as believers to put on the “new self” and “be angry” with a different kind of anger (Ephesians 4:24-26.) If you study, you’ll find that Jesus shows us what it looks like to be angry in a way that is pleasing to God.

There are at least 15 times in the Gospel where Jesus displays righteous anger outwardly. Here are but a few:

Jesus railed against the Pharisees’ hypocrisy in Matthew 23. Jesus overturned the tables when the sellers and money-changers turned God’s house of prayer into a “den of robbers” (Jeremiah 7:11.)

It was Jesus, who looked at around “with anger” when the Pharisees cared nothing whatsoever about a man with a “withered hand” who was there in the synagogue with them (Mark 3:1-5.) Furthermore, Jesus raged at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:33, 38,) while he “snorted like a horse.”

He even rebuked Peter saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:23.)

It’s interesting to note that Jesus didn’t fight to prevent his own arrest and he didn’t allow others to fight on his behalf; but he did fight in reaction to what he saw as morally unlawful and in the interests of others. For those of us with confrontational personalities, we might want to ask ourselves, “Is my motive to be right or to be righteous?” before ripping into an offending party.

If it’s simply to be right, we’ve got it all wrong. Of course, if you have to ask yourself the above question – it’s a near-guarantee you’re on the evil side of the equation as I’ve learned through some personal and painful experiences.

Another way to check ourselves is by examining our actions before they occur, after all Godly anger and violence is not vigilante justice, it is legal justice. Throwing an elbow into a man’s face for simply disagreeing with your opinion, is un-Godly, yet defending yourself from an act of overt violence is Godly.

In the end, the surprise of Jesus’ anger is that it sets us free, delivering us from evil. It enables us to let go of “the sin which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1) and compels us to hate our own sin, and to “Abhor what is evil,” which is a New Testament commandment that is all too often ignored and disobeyed (Romans 12:9.)

Prince in the Lede

Seven-time Grammy winner Prince,  known for “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain,” has died at the age of 57. He was found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Thursday.

But this isn’t what this article is about. Rather, it’s about why his death was important enough to be the first story in the majority of the national news media’s programming that evening.

There is a real science behind how the national news is presented and why. It’s ingenuous and rather simple, but very nefarious, especially when used as a propaganda tool.

It comes at us simultaneously in the form of agenda-setting and framing.

Agenda-setting describes the media’s ability to influence public opinion by telling us the news they want us to know and telling us what to think about the news that’s being presented. This stimulates the audiences into believing a particular issues importance, while framing, which is extremely subtle, causes the unsuspecting viewer to have a particular response.

Human interest stories, which appeal to emotion (a particular response,) are an excellent example of the media’s use of agenda-setting and framing. Most every night the final segment to a national newscast is the ever-popular human interest story.

This happens every time we sit-down and watch a national newscast — we’re manipulated into believing that certain news items like the passing of a famous musician has greater relevance to our lives than all the new regulations the federal government is imposing on our God-given liberties. And so you’ll know, the Federal Registry issued 142 pages of new regulations, rules and other notices on the day of Prince’s death.

What Can I Do for You?

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I’ve spent a lot of time hurting and feeling like I’ve been gypped or something.

Like usual, I started out whining and complaining before I realized where I should have started – on my knees. When I finally did, I came with resentment and blame and little else, pissed at Him and pissed at myself.

After two-weeks of self-imposed ‘anger and finger-pointing,’ here is my take away: Many people come to Jesus thinking it’s enough to believe, to stand on the sidelines and cheer.

Of, this, I am guilty and it is the number one reason I am not a preacher today as I had planned years ago. Jesus isn’t looking for cheerleaders, nor is He simply looking for converts.

Nope, He’s seeking those who will follow Him whatever the cost. He’s looking for radical devotion, unreasonable commitment and undivided dedication.

We may share the ‘good news’, but it’s not always the same message Jesus shared. Our version is softer.

Many take this message and omit the more ‘bad’ parts because they’ll scare people away. Instead, we make it sound comfortable and easy: You don’t have to do anything but believe.

Reducing Jesus from wanting a radical relationship of self-sacrificing love and humility to something more like an eternal ‘life insurance agent,’ has made Him made ‘safe,’ something He’s not!

By watering down the Gospel we have taken that which is all about Jesus and made it all about us, which it is not. Instead we’ve made Jesus a part of our lives when He is our life!

We all have our favorite causes, but Jesus didn’t come to take sides. Well, here’s a radical thought: Jesus came to take over and He’s poised do so again.

And instead of coming to Jesus with expectations of what He can do for us, we need to ask, “What can I do for you, Jesus?”

Autograph

As Louis Baker stepped from the stage, he knew he had hit the big-time. The cheering, standing ovation, the slaps on the back from other performers and stage hands, all told him so.

Out back of the theater, Louis Baker discovered even greater adulation as a crowd of several dozen flocked around him screaming, yelling his name and begging for his autograph. Women even slip their names in his jacket pocket hoping to be his paramour in the near future.

It was all very heady for the young actor as he headed up the block to his single room flat. Once there, he lay in bed dreaming of what his new-found fame-and-fortune would bring, including a luxury suite along Fifth Avenue.

The following morning Louis Baker rose and quickly dressed. The broad sheets would be out and he wanted to know what the critics thought of his performance.

He hurriedly walked down the sidewalk to the corner where the newspaper stand held his future. Yet, before he could get there, he had a small mishap, a misstep in all actuality.

The up and coming sensation stepped in a pile of dog droppings. Immediately, he sought to find something to wipe it from his Oxford’s.

He reached down and picked up a solitary piece of paper and used to clean-off his shoe. That’s when he noticed the handwriting on the fragment of parchment – it read: “All the best, Louis Baker.”

The Truth Behind ‘Stealing Delegates’

We keep hearing about that this candidate or that candidate is “stealing delegates.” There is no such thing. First of all, it implies something illegal, or at best, nefarious. Secondly, there is no way you can “steal” delegates.

Here’s how the delegate system works. In most states, delegates are selected by the campaign of a candidate.

For example, in some states some people have been selected to be a delegate for candidate ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C.’ Should candidate ‘A’ wins a majority of votes in the state then the selected delegate will go to the convention to vote for ‘A.’

In many cases, that delegate is committed to vote for the candidate for the first two ballots. After that they’re “unbound.”

There are some states where the delegates are only committed to vote for their candidate for the first ballot. Then there are some states where the delegates go to the convention “unbound,” and can vote for any candidate on the first ballot.

By the third ballot – it’s a certainty that all delegates are unbound and can vote for any candidate they wish. This is a practice that has gone on since the formation of the GOP in March 1854, but the compliant media continues to call this long-time political process “stealing” delegates.

Candidates who know the system will try to get delegates to vote for them after the first or second ballots. If their candidate isn’t selected on the first ballot, or the second ballot, they will vote for candidate on subsequent ballots.

The same media also keeps repeating that the ‘establishment’ is rigging the convention so that one candidate or another can’t win – which isn’t true. The way it works is that the candidate is not nominated by a vote of the people.

The people elect the delegates and the delegates nominate the candidate. If no candidate receives a majority of votes on the first ballot it will go to a second ballot, and to successive ballots until one candidate emerges with a majority.

This is why it is incorrect for anyone to claim the U.S. is a Democracy. Instead, the U.S. operates as a Constitutional Republic, but rarely if ever do you hear this in the compliant media.

In this case, a little education (both historic and civic) and some understanding of language (namely the misuse of words) can make all the difference to how convention activity and a Constitutional Republic operate.

Fair Share

We keep hearing this term “fair share” nearly every day from Progressives believe businesses and the rich must pay their fair share of taxes. So what is the fair share for the wealthy?

According to Progressives, it’s simply more — more than the 42.6 percent in federal taxes being paid by those in upper income brackets. It’s apparently entirely ‘fair’ that 50 percent of Americans now pay zero federal income tax, and some even enjoy what’s called a ‘negative tax rate.’

As it stands now in the U.S, the top one percent of wage earners, those who are continually disparaged by the left in America, bring home nearly 18 percent of the nation’s income. But they pay 35 percent of all federal income taxes.

Study after study has shown that when taxes are lowered, it stimulates the economy and brings in more revenue. For example, during the Roaring Twenties, tax rates were slashed dramatically, dropping from over 70 percent to less than 25 percent.

Personal income tax revenues increased from $719 million in 1921 to $1,164,000,000 in 1928, an increase of more than 61 percent. Increasing taxes also hurts the tax base, as oftentimes people and businesses flee higher tax states for lower tax states.

In 2012, French President Francois Hollande, proposed a massive 75 percent income tax on the wealthiest citizens. The tax revenue from the super tax was down significantly from the first year to the next, while the deficit skyrocketed another $97 billion.

In January 2015, the French government quietly killed the tax. It seems that unfortunately, historic lessons once learned are being willfully ignored.

If You See Something, Say Something

Our so-called Department of Homeland Security is constantly advising American’s, “If you see something, say something.” But what if it’s the government that’s acting suspicious?

Questions remain about the origin of a mysterious box on a utility pole near 21st and Glendale Avenues in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) finally came forward, admitting that a box spotted and removed from a Salt River Power (SRP) pole belonged to them and was part of an ongoing investigation.

Witnesses say that the crew who installed the box came in a truck marked “Field Pros.”  A Google search of that name does not return any utility or surveillance company.

ATFE officials refused to elaborate on the investigation, if any and would not say if they were conducting surveillance in the area. At first, SRP claimed they had no idea the box was installed on their power pole – later stating there “were indications that law enforcement was connected to the box.”

What those indications were – the company hasn’t said.

They said ATFE has to let know them or work with them if they have an object on their property. The ATFE, on the other hand, claims that depending on the investigation and security priorities, they can put such equipment in place without permission.

Meanwhile, the agency didn’t hesitate to claim that in this case they “acted within their bounds.”

There are homes, a high school, an apartment complex and a strip mall in the area. The strip mall has a salon, pet grooming store, alterations business, a barber shop and an ammunition store.

Note that last one: an ammunition store. It is self-evident that the ATFE is spying on people and activities surrounding this business, which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] 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.”

It’s obvious that the U.S. Constitution isn’t within the ATFE’s boundaries and this folks, is how tyranny starts!

Air Force Commander Violates the First Amendment

The Air Force is supposedly conducting an investigation after a video surfaced of retired Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez being forcibly removed from a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, near Sacramento in California. The incident took place on April 3 during, the retirement ceremony of Master Sergeant Chuck Roberson.

A spokesman from the base said that the confrontation stemmed from “an unplanned participation” at the event.

“Rodriguez ignored numerous requests to respect the Air Force prescribed ceremony and unfortunately was forcibly removed,” a Travis official said. “We will continue to investigate the situation fully.”

As the American flag is unfurled next to Rodriguez on stage he begins is statement: “Our flag is known as the stars and stripes. A union consists of white stars and a blue field above it.

“Each star represents one individual state,” Rodriguez continued. “Together they stand united in the visible.”

But as he does, the two men push him off stage and eventually out of the room.

An Air Force Reserve statement release following the incident took the insult to a higher level by openly claiming it “respects and defends the right to free speech and religious expression.”

However, the incident is actually a result of “bad blood” between Rodriguez and the current commanding officer of the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. That commander is said to have barred Rodriguez from the ceremony, and ordered that he be removed after showing up anyway.

As of September 2013, Colonel Jeffrey Pickard is commander of the 349th Maintenance Group at Travis. As group commander, it is his duty to oversee the activities of the squadron commander of the 749th.

According to Air Force tradition a retiree can invite and have anyone speak at his or her own retirement. If the commanding officer does not like someone’s ceremony, he doesn’t have to attend.

I think the commanding officer in this case needs to be relieved of his duties and issued an official written reprimand.

This is What Tyranny Looks Like

At first Joe Hornick of West Long Branch, New Jersey, was pleased to see police when they came to his home. He’d been complaining of vandalism to his flag.

“Here I am looking for the cops to capture these people and instead, here they come and give me a ticket for my freedom of expression,” Hornick said of the officers standing on his front porch.

He now faces a $2,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail for flying a flag reading “Trump Make America Great Again” in front of his home. He flies his flags 24 hours a day.

Acting borough administrator Lori Cole said a local law bans political signs until 30 days prior to an election. New Jersey’s presidential primary is June 7.

Hornick, who has a court date April 20, is not taking the flag down.

“I feel my constitutional right has been violated. I have the right to express myself,” he stated.

But this battle isn’t over a political candidate or a flag. It’s about free speech and the First Amendment which states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech,” thus the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the Fourteenth Amendment states in Section 1, that, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

It’s too bad we’ve been rendered near-ignorant of our God-given liberties as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

My Faith in God and the Constitution

Please allow me to share with you my belief in God…

While pray nightly and have my favorite Bible verses, I am not by any means a religious man – instead I walk by faith, which to try and simply explain means my God is with me at all times and though I am a fallen man, I do my best to keep my eyes (remaining mindful of and) on Him at all times. For me faith doesn’t come with a set of hard and fast rules like religion.

My belief system is by no means one in which I insist you follow, to the contrary – I want you to explore your beliefs in a manner consistent with your personal values. For myself, my belief in God means an adherence to the broad concept of Judeo-Christian faith, which includes justice, virtue, fairness, charity, community, and duty.

Each of these concepts means different things to different people. For instance, under duty – my personal belief includes defending the U.S. Constitution up to an including my death. I hold that document as close to my heart as any member of my family or my friends, for whom I would gladly trade my life – and it is okay that you might not see ‘duty’ in the same light.

The reality of a ‘supreme transcendent authority,’ higher than any Earthly authority, naturally limits the legitimate authority of the State. No government can demand absolute obedience or legitimately attempt to control every aspect of our lives.

Thus, while I strongly disagree with such actions as abortion, I find it repulsive to limit a woman’s right to seek such a procedure through the force of law. Rather, I prefer to leave that between the medical professional, the patient and their God, reducing the State’s ability not only to interfere but to publicly fund.

Nor should the State be in the business of marriage, from enforced blood-testing to licenses and all the financial rewards the agencies benefit from. And while I may not be in favor of same-sex marriage, that again should remain between those getting married, their faith, their church, the venue and their God.

Again my belief in God does not conflate faith and politics, and it does not mean that religious disputes are necessarily political disputes, or vice versa. Nor does it mean you must believe in God, or that I have a monopoly on faith.

It does mean that there is a moral order that lies behind political order, and that order establishes the natural limits of all human authority. Finally, man is fallible and because this is so we must be a nation of virtues and values over rules and regulations, work over welfare, law over litigation, morals over money and liberty over security.

The Meaning of ‘Rule of Law’

Many times throughout our lives we’ve heard the term ‘rule of law.’ It sounds simple enough but what does it really mean?

But first, we should correct our vernacular – it isn’t jus’ ‘rule of law,’ rather we should always say it correctly, ‘Constitutional rule of law,’ as the U.S. Constitution is a contract between the citizens and the State. Over the years, whether on purpose or out of laziness, ‘Constitution,’ has been redacted from the phrase.

Constitutional rule of law of insists that a predictable and consistent legal system is necessary for an ordered liberty. A lawful society consists of a government of laws, not men, in which people know what the rules are, and in which rules are enforced uniformly for all citizens.

It also means that the government itself, along with the governed, is subject to those laws. For Constitutional law to function, by contrast, even the administrators of the law must be subject to its provisions. That also means that ALL people are to be equally protected by the law.

When such a condition exists then the rule of law is present. Placing Constitutional law on a firm and decisive basis is a necessary step for assuring such a situation and in the end a Constitutional rule of law promotes prosperity and protects our liberties.

How and When We Became Factionalized

In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that praying in school was unconstitutional, setting the stage that began the assault on America’s religious freedom. Interestingly, children saying prayers in school does not and cannot qualify as Congress making a law to establish religion.

But it certainly could be interpreted as prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Yet, that somehow was not the determination made by the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court.

How the SCOTUS drew this conclusion is still beyond my understanding. Did none of them read The Federalist #10, in which James Madison writes, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

No wonder we are so divided — we are each part of a faction that developed from this 1962 ruling. But is it really unconstitutional or simply an ‘impulse of passion,’ as Madison describes?

The Friendless Kid on the Playground

It’s as if our president is simply looking for a friend anywhere in the world. It’s like a child on the playground looking to find someone, anyone who’ll pay attention to them…

“I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels that we’re falling short, because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.” — President Obama

I’d feel bad for Obama if it wasn’t so calculated.

My Trump Explanation

Okay, okay, okay…time and again I’ve been asked to explain what I find wrong with Donald Trump’s candidacy. To be candid – absolutely nothing – as he has every right to run for the presidency of this country.

But what he says – well, that’s a whole other thing – but you have to really listen and get beyond his ‘rough-and-tumble’ ad-libs and rhetoric. Yes, he has people stirred up throughout the political spectrum, especially those of us who’ve endured these nearly-eight years of astutely-executed Progressive ideologies.

But jus’ because he appears to be saying the ‘right’ thing – doesn’t mean he isn’t couching his actual policies in amongst those bombastic words. Take for instance his comments on January 21, where he literally stated:

“And you know what, there’s a point at which, let’s get to be a little bit establishment, because we gotta get things done, folks, okay? Believe me, don’t worry, we’re gonna get such great deals, but at a certain point, you can’t be so strident, you can’t not get along, we gotta get along with people.”

A ‘little bit’ of establishment,’ is too much establishment. What is need is less government, less professional, life-time politicians and less lobbyists — not more establishment.

Then there are these little gems from February 2016, “We’re going to repeal and replace the horror known as Obamacare, it is a horror,” and, “I want to get rid of Obamacare and get you something great.”

It worries me that a man who’s made so much money wouldn’t want us to return to the free market system of healthcare. Instead he wants to continue the pattern the Obama Administration began of forcing so-called ‘free’ health care down our throats.

And no, I am not telling you who to support or how to vote. All I’m doing is pointing out some glaring inconsistencies within Trump’s campaign speeches – the rest is up to you.

Tyranny Doesn’t Always Come at the End of a Gun Barrel

Nevada Senator Harry Reid wants the Obama’s administration to grab a stretch of land in Southern Nevada near the Bundy Ranch, now that many in the Bundy group are in federal custody. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and several supporters, are facing federal charges stemming from two standoffs with the federal government.

Emboldened by this, Reid took to the Senate floor Thursday to renew his push to preserve the scenic Gold Butte area northeast of Las Vegas by attacking the Bundy’s and the 2014 Bunkerville showdown.

“Because of this legislation and now the fact that the Bundys’ are all in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House, no guarantee we’ll get it done, that’s for sure, to see if President Obama will protect this area,” Reid said in a speech from the Senate floor.

Reid argued protections are needed to preserve Gold Butte’s tribal sites and its “stunning” Joshua trees. He displayed photos of petroglyphs he said had been drawn over, shot at and stolen.

Obama “has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now,” Reid said. “Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our culture, our historic and natural resources when and where Congress cannot or will not.”

Obama has used the act 22 times to set aside 265 million acres of federally administered lands and waters, more than any other president and has confiscated nearly four million acres of Western land, more than all other presidents except Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, et. al., and all the national talk shows are mesmerized by the circus-jerk-us of presidential politics, and while we are being deceived by the ‘DNC verses the GOP’ false paradigm, a rogue federal government is targeting our liberties.

The Making of a Political Prisoner

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will remain in custody without bail in advance of his federal trial. A judge made the ruling Thursday after Bundy’s attorney asked for, and was granted a review of his previous detention hearing in Oregon.

In my humble opinion, this is tantamount to “cruel and unusual punishment.” You must remember he’s being held in custody because he verbally threatened federal law enforcement officers – not physically mind you, but verbally. This proves that the federal government is coming at our 2nd Amendment right through the 1st Amendment.

If you speak out, you shall be declared a threat and dealt with accordingly. After all, a man was gunned down along U.S. 395 in Oregon for no more than having holstered weapon on his hip and his hands in the air.

Let’s Talk About Liberty

Do you believe that people possess the right to life, liberty, property, and freedom from the restrictions of arbitrary force? Do you believe you have the right to exercise these rights through the use of your natural free will?

That means the ability to follow your own dreams, to do what you want to do — so long as you don’t harm others — and to reap the rewards. Above all, it means freedom from oppression by government and the protection by government against oppression.

It means political liberty, the freedom to speak your mind and advocate any political position that suits your fancy. It means religious liberty to worship as you please. It also means the liberty not to have to do any of those things.

Liberty also means economic liberty, the freedom to allocate resources by the free play of supply and demand and the free market system that follows from it; it means the freedom to own property and to use it accordingly.

Do you believe in the notion that the pursuit of virtue is central to human existence, and that liberty is an essential component of the pursuit of virtue? After all virtue is a necessary element in the pursuit of freedom — it ensures that freedom will be pursued for the common good — and when freedom is abused and must be controlled, virtue provides a standard for restraint.

Our Founding Fathers realized that the greatest threats to liberty are the impositions of government, whether monarchical, democratic, or otherwise. On the other hand, they also realized that there are some things the government must control like borrowing money, regulating commerce with foreign nations and between States, immigration, bankruptcy law, coin money, post offices, patents, punish piracy on the high seas, declare war, raise an army, and maintain a navy.

Tradition and Order

Do you believe in tradition and order?

Tradition speaks first to the idea of conserving the values that have been established over centuries, resulting in an orderly society. Secondly, it believes that human nature has the capacity to build a social order that respects human rights and is able to repel evil.

On the other hand order is a systematic and harmonious arrangement, both within your own character and in the State. It entails the performance of certain duties and the enjoyment of certain rights in your life. It’s absolutely necessary for life and the pursuit of our dreams.

Order is an achievement that is easily taken for granted; it is perhaps more easily understood by looking at its opposite — disorder which is confusing and miserable. And if a society falls into general disorder, many of its members will cease to have a voice in their daily lives.

Disorder also helps to explain why order depends upon virtue — if you are I are disordered in our spirit, the outward order of society will not endure.

For the Record

Let’s be clear historically: The American Revolutionary War was not a battle between the British And Americans. It was a battle between British Colonists and their government.

It was a battle to win independence from government intrusion, denial of liberty, and government control. It was a civil war, not a foreign war.