Issue #5: Secure our national borders


ISSUE #5: SECURING OUR BORDERS
Do you lock your doors at night? Why?  Because it’s your home and you want to protect your home and your family from those who would do you harm or steal your property.  Are you being racist or anti-social?   Of course not.  Donald Trump is not being Anti-Mexican, he is calling for securing our border in the same way that you would lock your house at night or when you leave, because you want to keep people out that shouldn’t be in there.  The left media wants to twist this into a racist argument. Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  Of course Mexico is not sending rapists and murderers here, but unless we have a process for entering the country legally and people are following that process, there is a danger of criminals entering.  It took only NINETEEN people to bring down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The left media wants to twist this into a racist argument. Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  We need to enforce our border security, the law doesn’t say that illegal immigration is okay just because you feel good about it.  The law is the law.  Just because you want something, even if that is a genuinely good thing, does not automatically make it a right.
People like Donald Trump who want to seal the border are racist.
This is the biggest falsehood placed upon people who feel that our illegal immigration system has gotten under control.  When someone says that we need to stop illegal immigration, there is something in the leftist brain that conveniently omits the word “illegal.”  This is called a straw man argument.  Leftists cannot seem to draw that distinction.  Legal immigration SHOULD be easier, but that is not the same thing as having open borders.
Now Presidential candidate Donald Trump is called a racist because of the following quote*:
You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.  When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
Note I’m not defending Trump here, but what he’s saying about immigration is correct.  He did say “not just saying Mexicans” What he’s saying is that if we just open the borders and not vet who’s entering our country, we do run the risks of people sneaking in who ARE criminals, who are rapists, who are terrorists, and who are smuggling illegal drugs.  Trump’s wording in these speeches is poor, but his ideas are correct.  Mexico has no such policy.  If a foreigner breaks into Mexico they get instantly deported or jailed.  Terrorists posing as refugees are going to take advantage of our generosity and political correctness and are putting our lives and safety at risk!
*NOTE: If you’re going to rag on someone for saying something you don’t like, then at least stop being lazy and actually look up the quote before getting your news from late night TV.
“But they’re already here”
So?  That’s how it works?  A 9-month pregnant woman comes across the river, drops off her baby and now POOF, that child is now the responsibility of the American taxpayer?  If someone commits a murder, then is the fact that they haven’t been arrested an excuse not to arrest them.  You cannot sneak in under the shadows, then after 5 years when you finally get caught, claim that you’ve been here for 5 years we now HAVE to accept you.  
What about DACA?  I mean after all it’s not the children’s fault.
If I rob a bank because you’re short of money, and then I give the money to you, is it then yours to keep?  You don’t get to keep the proceeds of a crime.  You don’t get to benefit from the criminal actions of others.  
But we can’t just deport 11 million people
For what crime do we simply give up trying to catch suspects just because we can’t catch everyone?  Murders happen every day.  Do you hear the police say, “Well we can’t catch them all, so we may as well not try to find this guy.” No!  Just because you can’t deport 11 million people immediately, does not mean we just give up on getting any of them.
Tearing families apart
Some of the leftist open border types try to play the pity card and accuse us of “breaking families apart.” Let’s go back to the bank robber example.  An out-of-work man robs a bank to get money for his family and people are seriously hurt.  Does the fact that he “did it for his family” make it ok?  Are you going to take this man away from his family just because he broke the law?  Hell yes!  If you cared about your family so much, then why didn’t you think about that before you broke the law?  It’s not our responsibility to excuse your actions just because you have a sick orphaned 7 year old with no arms.
They just want a better life.  We are a compassionate country.
Americans are a compassionate people.  That does not mean that the entire country has an obligation to accept everyone from every country just because they want to be here?
If you break into the country illegally, you are breaking the law.  You don’t deserve protection, amnesty, or a “level playing field.”  You deserve a one-way plane ticket back to where you came from.  I’m all for legal immigration. But you can’t come in here against the law and then blame US for putting you in the shadows.  I’m sick of this “feel-good, play on the heartstrings” policy, declaring someone racist because they want to defend their own border.  If someone comes into our country under false pretense then you are by definition a criminal and need to leave.  To all the people saying, “oh but those poor people they just want to make a better life.” So if someone broke into your home and stole your food because they’re out of money, does that make it okay for them to stay in your house, share a bed with your children because they have unilaterally declared sanctuary in your house?  No?  We do not have a history of open borders, and foreigners are not entitled to simply break in and stay here just because they want to.
We are selling the security of our nation away out of political correctness.  I’m sick and tired of Democrats playing the pity card, that it’s our business to take in everyone from a foreign country who comes here looking for handouts.  Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  Mitt Romney lost in 2012 because he told us what we needed to hear, and Obama told us what we wanted to hear. 

Issue #4: Stop spending so much


ISSUE 4#: GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL

If you listen to the Democrats, our financial problems are the fault of Republicans, Fox News, the Koch Brothers, George W. Bush and the Tea Party.  They make the argument that health care and education and health care is a right, hat the taxpayers have to pay for it, and all this can be solved if the rich “just pay a little more.”  For some reason, they feel that simply because some people have more money and wealth than others, that the have-nots have some right or entitlement to the money of the “super rich” simply because they have it. 

I. Morally: It’s wrong to assume that we’re simply entitled to other people’s money. Except for a rare exception of a large inheritance or powerball win, the millionaires and billionaires have earned that money because they have an in-demand or highly valued skill.  Who do Democrats think they think they are to decide who is allowed to keep their hard earned money and who isn’t?  Further, why do they think that they can simply dictate what “fair” is?  By global standards, most Americans are in the “global 1 percent.”  Do you have a TV with cable?  Do you have high speed Internet?  A computer?  A phone or two?  Suppose some government official came into your house one day, declared you “rich” and said that you had to give up your possessions for people in third world countries because “you don’t need those things.”  “Oh but that’s different, the super-rich don’t need all that money.”  $400,000 is roughly the 1% threshold and if you’re living in certain areas of the country, have 3 kids, 2 in college, and student loans, those expenses pile up pretty quick.  In addition, the rich don’t just “sit on” their money.  They put it to work, investing and creating more wealth (yes some of it for themselves, that’s not a crime), creating jobs, putting money in circulation.  Even if a person buys 2 more houses and a yacht, someone has to build these things, maintain them, repair them, clean them, if they buy a new limo someone has to maintain and drive it.  This is called job creation

II. Logistically: The notion that soaking the one percent will pay for our programs is a myth.  The far left apparently thinks that the wealthiest Americans have some money hoard somewhere and are just “greedy.” They use the “pity” card, making arguments based on pure emotion and completely devoid of logic.  You can’t just “attack the 1%” without having a snowball effect.  If you tax the corporations the more, regulate them more, jack up the minimum wage, they have less money to spend on expanding the business and hiring workers. 


 
BUDGET

This next section is boring but very important!   It’s easy to talk about spreading the wealth when it’s someone else’s wealth.  It’s easy to throw around terms like “rich” “fair share” and “one percent” but I want you to really have an understanding about how our budget really works, and why even if it was morally right to soak the rich, it just isn’t feasible or effective. 
Let’s start with a look at our annual budget: 2015 actual and estimates from 2016, 2017:

FY2017                                   FY15 act    FY16 est    FY17 est
TOTAL SPENDING             $3688        $3951        $4147
TOTAL REVENUE              $3249        $3335        $3643
Fed Deficit                              $-439        $-616         $-503

As we can see the Federal government over the past few years has spent roughly just under $4 trillion per year.  So we are overspending by roughly a half trillion per year.  Of course this dds up over time…  In FY2015 the United States had an accumulated debt of $18.1 trillion: $18,100,000,000,000.  Let that sink in for a moment.  That comes to $60,000 per citizen and $162,000 each for every single taxpayer.  Due to reckless government spending that number is estimated to be $19.4 trillion at the end of 2016.  Don’t take my word for it, you can find all this data at www.usdebtclock.org.

Of course it gets worse: We have estimated unfunded liabilities, in other words bills for social programs like Medicare and Social Security that we have absolutely no plan on how to pay back.  It’s like getting bills in the mail and not even bothering to set aside money to pay them.  FY2015 estimate is about $104 Trillion: $104,000,000,000,000.  To pay this off, every taxpayer would have to pony up $861,579, almost a million dollars… EACH! By 2027, when your grandchildren and great-grandchildren are born, this number could balloon to $127 TRILLION! (https://goo.gl/ZndTqF) 

I know that national debt and deficit and budget are considered boring terms and these are numbers we can’t conceive of, so let’s break down the 2015 budget numbers and express them pro-rated per U.S. Citizen (based on 2015 data):

Annual spending (i.e. household budget)         $-11,525
Annual revenue (i.e. annual income)                $10,153
Annual deficit  (i.e. over budget)                     $-1,372
Cumulative debt (e.g. credit card balance)       $-56,553
Unfunded liabilities (e.g. unpaid bills)             $-325,000

Can you imagine having an income of $10,153 per year, spending $1372 per year beyond your means and still have debt of almost $400,000?  Do you think any banker in their right mind would loan you more?  Yet Hillary Clinton wants to take out MORE loans and rack up MORE debt while continuing to spend like there’s no tomorrow.  I don’t care how worthy the cause – nothing is free.  Nothing.  Everything has a price. 


 SOAK THE RICH?

The Democrats would have you believe that the wealthy are not paying their “fair share” (whatever the heck “fair” means).  In actuality, the 1% as a group pay a bigger share of income taxes than their share of adjusted gross income (http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/04/pf/taxes/top-1-taxes/) As a group, the top 1% earned nearly 19% of all adjusted gross income reported in 2011 and paid 35% of all federal income taxes. Below is IRS data from 2013.  It shows the taxable income vs. tax paid for all income brackets.
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/13in12ms.xls

 Income bracket
Taxable income
Tax
paid
Effective
Rate
All returns, total
$1,562,956,295
$279,024,625
18%
$100,000 under $200,000
$243,010,087
$50,518,267
21%
$200,000 under $500,000
$118,451,146
$30,764,293
26%
$500,000 under $1,000,000
$44,422,264
$13,226,602
30%
$1,000,000 under $1,500,000
$19,389,608
$6,171,341
32%
$1,500,000 under $2,000,000
$11,240,669
$3,689,407
33%
$2,000,000 under $5,000,000
$28,645,134
$9,523,249
33%
$5,000,000 under $10,000,000
$16,606,647
$5,459,253
33%
$10,000,000 or more
$38,489,302
$12,080,894
31%



Income ($M)
% of income
% of tax
Under $100K
$1,042
67%
53%
$100K-$500K
$361
23%
29%
$500K-$1M
$44
3%
5%
$1M-$10M
$76
5%
9%
$10M+
$39
2%
4%
TOTAL
$1,562



So surely you can see that in the higher tax brackets the effective rate goes up.  We can also see that households above $100K earn 33% of the income yet pay 47% of the tax! 

The total net worth of all billionaires in 2015 was $2.2 trillion.* Even if you took every cent of all billionaires in excess of $250,000, it would (A) not cover the $3.9 trillion U.S. budget for one year, but (B) once you’ve done that, you’ve now sucked a substantial amount of capital from the entire U.S. economy, meaning there’s no one left to run the corporations, invest in American jobs, or pay those taxes you love to stiff them on.  According to money.cnn.com, the 1% as a group pay a bigger share of income taxes than their share of adjusted gross income. As a group, the top 1% earned nearly 19% of all adjusted gross income reported in 2011 and paid 35% of all federal income taxes.**  SOURCE


So let’s just completely liquidate all the evil Fortune 500 companies that the Occupy movement likes to pick on.  The total 2015 profits from the top 100 Fortune 500 companies is $682 Billion and the total adjusted gross income of every single taxpayer in excess of $250,000 is a “paltry” $1.464 Trillion. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/13in11si.xls

So even if you bankrupted all the billionaires and corporations you would end up with $2.146 Trillion, or about 55% of one year’s budget.  Of course now you’ve just put millions out of work, emptied the banks, and obliterated the tax base.  And that doesn’t even touch the unfunded liabilities mentioned earlier.  Gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period.  For the United States in 2016, the GDP is estimated to be about $16.8 trillion.  So we have more accumulated debt than the entire economic output of our entire country in 2016! 

The Committee for a Responsible Budget, using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data, put together a price tag for Clinton’s campaign promises.  $1.6-$1.8 trillion more over the next 10 years (and have you ever known a government project to come in under budget?), so there’s still a shortfall, and even that is covered by… of course, more taxes.  The CRB also states on their web page, that Clinton’s plan “would  keep debt at post-war record-high and rapidly growing levels. Under Secretary Clinton’s proposals, debt held by the public would climb from 74 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of last year to 86 percent of GDP by 2026.”  SOURCE: http://www.crfb.org/papers/adding-secretary-clintons-campaign-proposals-so-far

CONSEQUENCES

Democrat politicians throw billions around like we throw dollar bills, they are mortgaging our future and sending our country into unpayable debt, to add bloated social programs that they have no business providing in the first place.  And yet they want to expand Social Security, expand Medicare, expand Obamacare, give more students “free” college, as if the bills will never come due.  It will someday and when that happens there’s not enough money in the entire world to pay it off.  Think about that please next time you shrug your shoulders at a new social program and say, “Sure, why not.”

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was known for saying, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”  Democratic Socialism has been tried most recently in Venezuela.  Oil prices are plummeting, the currency is practically worthless, store shelves are empty, there are long lines for food, the government is imposing rolling blackouts and forcing citizens to work rural farms just so that the country has enough to eat.  Then the ultimate embarrassment:  They can’t print any more money because they can’t afford the paper and ink to do so!  As Joshua Yasmeh points out in “The Daily Wire” 6/29/16*: “Oil exports were the only thing keeping the country’s economy afloat as the government shut down all traces of successful private enterprise… Income inequality, the singular obsession of every socialist and democratic-socialist the world over, has become profoundly exacerbated as an unintended consequence of government economic engineering. The class hierarchy in Venezuela now mirrors that of a medieval feudal society.
Why did this happen?  Because of a government takeover of the economy: raising taxes, nationalizing industries (much like Obamacare is trying to do).  Most stores in the U.S. run an inventory system, keeping track of products, knowing how much is sold and when, and they use this information to know how much of a product to order and when.  When the government starts taking control of the economy, there is no way that one group can possibly determine what interest rate to charge, how much of a product should be available where, which industries to prop up and which to tamper down.  As a result, you have out of control inflation and people standing in long lines for basic goods. 
*SOURCE: http://www.dailywire.com/news/7066/socialist-paradise-venezuela-attacks-supermarkets-joshua-yasmeh

“Oh but that’s a third world country, it can never happen here!”  I’ll bet a lot of people were saying that on October 28, 1929 as well.  We are so sheltered having spent our entire lives in a first-world country.  Our nation is not somehow privileged.  Those are famous last words.  What they’re doing in Venezuela is exactly what the Socialist left is trying to do here.

Issue #3: Social Justice Warriors and the Culture of Political Correctness


ISSUE #3: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
SOURCES:
Social justice is difficult to define (especially for the social justice warriors), mainly because it has exactly the meaning that progressives want it to have.  When we feel that there’s an inequity in society (fairly or unfairly), the government can force agendas that meet that narrative by ….
If I had to sum up in one sentence why Barack Obama was able to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012, my answer would be: “Romney told us what we needed to hear.  Obama told us what we wanted to hear.”
Liberals care nothing about science, logical, legal, nor economic arguments.  They make policy arguments based on emotion, and what they feel “should be.”  Conservatives, while certainly taking personal decency into account, realize that we cannot escape the facts.  Emotion is important but it does not take the place of fact.  Democrats are only interested in the so-called “appeal to pity.”  Civil rights movements in the 19th and 20th centuries (which by the way were supported way more by Republicans than Democrats) have ended slavery & segregation, given blacks and women the opportunity to vote, and have evened the playing field in that anyone from any race, gender, or background has the equal opportunity to succeed, provided they are willing to achieve the education, experience, or hard work necessary to achieve it.  Groups like Black Lives Matter would have you falsely believe that systematic racism still exists, and that if one experiences inequalities in income and success, it has to be due to some ethereal “privilege”, rather than our own choices, culture, and actions. 

On top of this, they talk a lot about rights.  By definition, rights cannot be given or taken away by any person or government.  If the government, a person, or company can give you something or give you permission to do something, then that’s called a privilege. If you want to keep what you earn, that is defined as “greed,” as if other people have the right to your stuff just because they associate it with “social justice” and declare it a “right
Most of us not going to go and insult people or call a black person the n-word.  Why?  First, I like to think that most Americans are decent and polite people, the last thing they want to do is offend someone unnecessarily.  How about instead of trying to “educate” people on intercultural communication and diversity, we just simply be good to others and simply obey the golden rule, that would be all we need.  Anyway, the second reason is that I understand that while we have freedom of speech, that doesn’t mean we can say anything without regard to the consequences.  If I insult you or say something that you find offensive or insensitive, you can choose how to react to it.  You could yell at me, end a friendship or relationship.  What you cannot do, however, is prevent me from speaking, or trying to outlaw speech simply because you find it offensive.  Case in point:  The Washington Redskins.  Now I happen to find the name greatly offensive.  I might suggest the Maryland Redskins might be more appropriate.  This came up in a discussion I had many years ago when I had replied that these are only words and that the people arguing against it (who weren’t even Native Americans themselves) were being too sensitive.  The reply was, “You’re Jewish, how would you feel if an NFL team was named the Brooklyn Rabbis?” I admit I used to think this was a semi-decent argument even though I would never say so.  Here’s how I should have approached this back then: “Well I don’t really know, I suppose I’d find it weird, I don’t think I’d be insulted.  But even if I was, then it’s my choice not to support or follow that team.”  I have a message for people who label anything they feel uncomfortable with has hate speech:  Tough! Guess what, it’s a rough world out there, and sometimes you are going to hear things that offend you.  That’s life! More and more people in our culture operate under the assumption that they have the right to not be offended. If I’m offended by something you say, do or wear, then that’s my right but we do not have the right to shut down and label others’ speech as “hate speech” just because you don’t like it.  If you feel triggered, that’s something YOU have to deal with, not the rest of us.  It’s not up to us to indulge your fairy-tale safe space puppy dog and unicorn version of reality. The fact that you feel “triggered” by anything and everything speaks to your own lack of self-worth and thin skin that you need anti-free-speech laws because you can’t come out your safe space long enough to face the real world.  When you graduate college, you will find that the world is a rough place.  While I take care not to hurt someone on purpose or unnecessarily and I don’t set out to offend anyone, I will not walk on eggshells so that you can put yourself in bubble wrap and prevent yourself from ever hearing anything that might make you even the least bit uncomfortable.  Life’s tough.  Deal with it.

Issue #2 Return Rule of Law to our Government

ISSUE #2: RESTORE RULE OF LAW
 
The next thing that needs to be addressed is the fact that many of our problems come down to a departure from, and disrespect for the rule of law and decency in the U.S.  I list just a couple of examples here:
1. Hillary Clinton getting away with Benghazi & email scandal.
http://www.thelibertarianeducator.com/?p=48
We have a candidate for President who sells access to her office for donations to her foundation, stores classified information on a private email server, lies about it, gets caught, and then the FBI fails to prosecute.  FBI head James Comey: “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
Translation:  If an “ordinary citizen” does this they would face consequences, but yet in Hillary’s case “no reasonable” prosecutor would charge her?
Comey: “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.Ok, even if you believe that Mrs. Clinton did nothing criminal and does not deserve prison time, ask yourself this: Given that above statement, can we trust anyone who has done this with access to sensitive information as POTUS?  18 US Code 793 clearly states that someone who through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody” can be convicted of a crime resulting in up to 10 years prison time.  She did not HAVE to intent the transfer of information, ad no information actually HAS to be transferred for her to be guilty. 
I have said this several times, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump.  That being said, we have a candidate who has been exposed by the FBI for being reckless with national security data, lying about it, has had emails exposed revealing selling access to the Dept. of State for campaign contributions… and Trump is the one too dangerous to trust?  That makes no sense.
2. Obama administration ignoring immigration laws, releasing dangerous criminals.
We have a President who is the first person to attack police officers and shame Americans for so-called systemic racism when black people get shot, yet when a Muslim terrorist praises Allah before shooting up a nightclub, we’re not sure of his motives. Barack Obama has decided that he and he alone can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to not follow.  We have immigration rules that he refuses to enforce.  Although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, Barack Obama can dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back.  We have evidence that illegal immigrants who were convicted of felonies have been released in our country.  We are guilt-tripped into believing that we have an obligation to solve the world’s problems while our own veterans suffer.  The needs of illegal immigrants are more important than our own citizens and veterans, and if you don’t believe that, then you’re a racist alt-right bigot.
“We have seen tragedies like this too many times.  The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge, and the governor of Minnesota has called for an investigation there as well… these are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system…”
Our President, instead of solving the problems by trying to find a few racist cops and punish them, does a blanket attack on all cops as if racism was a “fact of life”, which not a shred of evidence supports.  The first act is to ignore the evidence, jump the gun and have a civil rights investigation, as if that’s the highest possibility, without a shred of proof.
“But America, we know that bias remains. We know it, whether you are black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or native American, or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point… No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments. We know this.” Note that he made these remarks at a funeral service for the police officers in Dallas!
Obama’s fanatics refuse to believe that tolerance of hate groups is only fueling the fire.  The only way we’re ever going to heal this problem is by going after those responsible, stop blaming the police, and not giving in to thug groups whose only message is hate and violence. 
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What do these examples have in common?  When Richard Nixon ran for President in 1968, the Vietnam War was accelerating, Lyndon Johnon’s “Great Society” was wreaking havoc on our economic system, we were seeing racial unrest, protests and violence that we hadn’t seen in a long time.  Nixon ran on a campaign of law & order (much like Donald Trump is now) and that there was a silent majority of Americans who craved a return to peace and justice.  I believe that the Black Lives Matter movement and other extreme left groups make up a very vocal, but small minority.  The overwhelming majority of citizens, including millennials, are decent hardworking people who believe that a person’s merit, education, experience, and work ethic should be a better predictor of privilege than having ancestors who were treated badly by groups of Americans who are long dead. The fact is that rule of law is no longer respected, at least at the top levels of government.  Well-connected Democrat politicians skate free while Republican hopefuls get dragged through the mud for far less.  Illegal immigrants who break our laws are given free passes, yet the veterans who fought for the freedom that immigrants come here for are pushed to the back of the line.  Merit, hard work, and moral character has taken a back seat to political correctness and lawlessness.  I believe our best days are in front of us.  Like him or not, Trump’s emergence, along with the rise of the Libertarian Party, are signs that Americans are starting to wake up to the fact that America is on the wrong track, and that the people promising us a better life (establishment politicians, frankly in BOTH major parties) are the very ones who are responsible for its ruin in the first place.  We are getting tired of the blame and excuses. Once we get past the political correctness, the next step is to stabilize our society, where respecting the law and the Constitution, and putting merit above of victimhood, is the next important step.
“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.  The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers… We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”
– Bill Clinton, 1995 State of the Union address

Issue #1 Educate the public

ISSUE #1: EDUCATING AND INFORMING OURSELVES

I’m not going to get into a full-on critique of our education system at a state and local level, but as a professional in this field, I have to weigh in on the role of the Federal government in education: which is none at all.  We can talk about No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, or other programs that pretend they can improve our education system simply by more Federal regulation and throwing money at the problem.  The fact is that the Federal Department of Education is itself unconstitutional by its very existence.  If you’re going to label something unconstitutional, you’d better be able to back that up:

Amendment X: “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.”  Simply put, the Tenth Amendment, in layman’s terms, states that if not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, an authority automatically falls to the states.  Since public education is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution or any of its twenty-seven amendments, it is officially a state issue, and only a state issue.
Yet although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, we have had several violations by the Federal Government.  They take tax money to the DOE, give pennies on the dollar back to the states where it came from, and to even get that, you need to follow the Federal government’s rules:  No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core are unconstitutional on their very face.  Common Core is by the way NOT state-led as we’ve been led to believe.  It is designed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats hired by corporations that have a vested financial interest in over-testing our students.  The Federal government also uses DOE as a strong-arm tactic to impose their will on sovereign districts and states.  Evidently Barack Obama can dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back. 

Education entails more than what happens inside the brick-and-mortar of a classroom, or online in the course’s Blackboard page.  It’s our duty as Americans to do the following every day:

  • Watch and listen to the news.  You’re not going to get the truth by ANY major media outlet.  Most mainstream media has a liberal bias, and even Fox News is not the reliable source it used to be.  We need to get the ideas from right, left, and middle.  Listen to Liberal (Young Turks, Huffington Post), Conservative (Conservative Review, Daily Wire, Daily Signal), AND Libertarian sources (PJTV, John Stossel) to get ALL the information.
  • Take a course or read a book to educate themselves on the Constitutional history of the United States and the Federalist Papers written by our Founding Fathers
  • Once and a while at least, make sure you write your President, Senators, Congressmen and State Legislators to voice your opinion if you differ with them on an issue, or want to express your support for upcoming legislation.

Although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, Barack Obama can apparently dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back.The Federal Government uses their power to force-feed leftist policies like letting people use whatever bathroom they want, instituting anti-white racism in the form of social justice and white privilege. 

I believe the main problem, the reason that government is not listening to us is because they believe we’re not paying attention to them.  Therefore a politician feels free to  say and promise anything on the campaign trail in the hope that we won’t call them out on it.  In the current election, polls show that despite the fact that more Americans take Trump’s side of most issues, they still favor Clinton.  Although the vote is, not, and should not be denied to anyone, along with rights come responsibilities to educate ourselves about our history, Constitution, basic supply-side Economics, and make sure you do your research into candidates to go beyond the soundbites.  Elected officials are put into office by us, and they work for us.  So it’s our duty to give them reviews, scrutinize their work, and fire them when they don’t do their job.

I believe that most establishment politicians (both sides of the aisle) count on ignorance.  If we are unaware of the fact that taxing the wealthiest Americans even at 100% could not cover our national budget for one year (source: http://goo.gl/XBV3Ib), then we are more likely to buy into Bernie Sanders’ argument for free college and health care, because we believe him when he says that will work.  No matter who occupies the White House or Congress, a truly educated and well-informed public is our best “inoculation” against oppressive government, because if they know that we will hold their feet to the fire, one would be surprised how much they start looking out for our interests.  Getting the money out of politics?  A nice idea, but not practical in the short term.  But not even the wealthiest campaign contributor can undo a strong, well-informed public who knows not only who to pull the lever for, but why.  News and politics are not the “in” thing, and many people avoid it because it’s a potentially controversial topic.  But if we pay more attention to who’s winning “Survivor” than who’s winning the primaries, we can not make informed decisions about who to trust with our national interest, and also in a self-feeding loop, only makes us more vulnerable to political rhetoric, making us hate politics more, and pay less attention…  So the best way to get Congress and the President to do what we want, is the threat of losing what they really want – the vote.

Here’s my “homework assignment” to you all.  Please educate yourself.  Watch the news, not just Fox News or MSNBC but an eclectic spectrum of political thought. Read a book on the Constitution, our Founding Fathers, the basic laws of Economics and History.  Below are some places to start.  In this blog in the coming weeks and months, I will pass along more sources that I have found useful.  Read them and decide for yourself.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:

  • Hillsdale College is a college in Michigan that takes no Federal funds, and have a variety of FREE courses on Constitution, government, history and economics.  Do yourself a favor and sign up, I think it will open your eyes.
  • Politifact and Factcheck, just like Joe Friday, looks at “just the facts, ma’am” and sorts the truth from the lies of all nationally prominent politicians.  Does your President or Senator make a claim or statement that seems wrong to you?  Here’s a place to get an unbiased analysis of their statements.
  • Article V Convention of States seeks to call a convention to help take our states back from government overreach.  Even if you decide not to participate, there are many good reading resources on this page.

The Top Five Problems We Face As a Nation


FIVE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE NEED TO ADDRESS
Notes: (1) The order is not so much by severity, but more like picking the first domino, a progression in which the issues must be addressed for maximum effect.

1. Reforming the educational system and creating a more informed citizenry.  This I believe is the root of the problem.  Liberal America currently has a stranglehold on the education of children in K-12, and college students, so that by the time a person reaches 21, they’ve had fifteen straight years of liberal agenda such as “rich people are bad, only the government can help you.”  As Americans, we are not asking questions, learning about history, the Constitution, looking up facts for ourselves, and being more informed.  The biggest enemy of establishment politics is a well-informed public that will hold them accountable, ask tough questions, and reliably vote out of office politicians who don’t serve the best interests of America.  That’s why this is priority #1, because if America doesn’t care, they won’t appreciate the other issues as well.

2. Return rule of law to Washington, DC.  Ok, now the “army” has been assembled, we need to take serious transformative action.  Right now there is no transparency in the Federal government.  The fed refuses to seek justice when high-level politicians break the law.  NSA spying, email scandals, IRS targeting, no-fly lists, ransoms being paid to terrorist countries.  There is no rule of law in Washington and we have a government that does not take its people seriously.  We have to take back our country, return power to the states where it belongs, and bring our massive government bureaucracy to heel.  One way of doing this is to call for an Article V Convention of States to propose well-needed changes to the Constitution to ensure more government transparency, reform, and state sovereignty.  To quote Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear the government, that’s tyranny; when the government fears the people, that’s freedom.”

3. Turning the tide of political correctness, maintaining the effectiveness of the First Amendment. The next step is to bring more conservatives and libertarians out of the woodwork.  Because three of the biggest groups in America: academia, Hollywood, and the media have a liberal bias, it’s easy for people to find themselves caught up in political correctness, for fear of being accused of racism, bigotry, or sexism.  Conservatives and Libertarians need to shake the image that the media is trying to put on us.  The American people will be our receptive to our message if we can get it out. But we have conservative speakers being banned from campuses, and we have a media that will make every excuse in the book for Hillary Clinton while picking on every single comment that Donald Trump (and other Republicans) make.  If we are informed as a people, keep banging away demanding answers, then even the mainstream media can no longer ignore it.

4. Getting our spending under control, given the massive budget deficits and unfunded liabilities, we are facing a crisis situation.  We can’t put off deficit spending forever.  If we keep spending and printing money without end, our currency will be devalued and we are headed for massive depression.  Nice as it sounds, it’s not the government’s responsibility to pay people’s rent, pay for their healthcare, or pay for their college.  Democrats would have you believe that “we” “need” to “invest” more money in schools and hope that since those are important things, we have to support their plan.  It’s real easy to talk about spreading the wealth when it’s someone else’s wealth.

5. Securing our national border.  Most of us favor immigration or have family members from another country. We are a nation of immigrants.  However we are still a nation of laws. The fact that someone from Mexico or Central America has a bad life, then that excuses the fact that they break the law entering our country.  Do you lock your house at night?  Do you allow someone who breaks in to stay and take your food because they are poor?  This goes well beyond “being nice.”  Open borders make it impossible to vet who comes in the country, creating a very real possibility of terrorists taking advantage of our “generosity” to enter our country and cause us harm.  It took only NINETEEN PEOPLE to bring down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Illegal immigrants, ISIS, Al-Qaeda… political correctness will be our downfall, and we’re too busy talking about micro-aggression and xenophobia to even notice.