Miller County Republican Party

The Miller County Republican Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at the New Haven Golf Club. A social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with a meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Feb 17, 2016

Republicans Jump to Attack......Someone?

News of Justice Scalia's death had barely reached the world when Republicans in Congress began voicing their plans to block the President's nomination to the court.    Remember, at this point President Obama had not even commented on who, when, or if he might nominate someone before leaving office next year.  Instead of waiting to see what the President said, or who he nominated, Republicans forced the cart out onto the road without the donkey, so to speak, in what is becoming a more routine and dangerous practice by both parties.

Here are the facts:  Justice Scalia was nominated by President Reagan.  Most people feel that he was a conservative judge who protected the second amendment and first amendment.  He was 79 years old and could have easily passed away at anytime - any of us could.  We have no way of knowing for sure who the next President will be and a nomination from a new, unknown and untested, President could be more dangerous than a nomination from Obama.  Obama faces a battle with Congress in that Republicans control it.  Obama also has the advantage of having several Democrat allies in Congress; however, those Democrat allies are very much aware that Obama will leave office and leave them to fight their own reelection campaigns within the next year.  Finally, it is the responsibility of the President to nominate a replacement and it is the responsibility of the Congress to review that nomination.

With the above facts in mind, it seems a little hypocritical for the Republicans to be doing two things.  First, they are screaming about a nomination that has not even been made yet.   Second, they are screaming that a President who they have hounded for overstepping the Constitution will in all likelihood follow the Constitution on this matter.  Republicans and Democrats are constantly doing something that many people in this nation have grown extremely tired of and that is put the party ahead of the country.

To be blunt, if the President said that milk is good for you, Republicans would say that it's not good for people who are lactose intolerant.  If Republicans said we should eat beef, Democrats would say that beef is bad for you and you should only eat chicken.  We live in a country where the loyalty has been drawn away from the country and to specific parties instead, and that is a very dangerous path to go down.  In Germany during the 1930s, the people were encouraged to put their loyalty into a party.  The people did and the result was Nazi Germany rose.  The party replaced the flag with their party flag, symbols were replaced with party symbols, and views were only allowed which coincided with the party views.  We can not allow the United States to go down that path.

Republicans need to sit back and wait.  Watch and see what nominee the President puts forward.  Once the nominee comes on the floor, then they can question, review previous rulings, and determine what is the best avenue of action.  By screaming that they would block the President's nomination before he even made it, they essentially made themselves look like a bunch of crying babies in a playpen screaming they do not want what is lunch before even being told what is for lunch.  But more importantly than that, they showed the nation that the party comes before the good of the nation, and that is something that should raise a red flag to all of us, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike.

Jan 13, 2016

Obama Misses the Opportunity....Again.

There is an old saying, "When opportunity knocks, answer the door."  Unfortunately, our friends in Iran had a golden opportunity knock on their door,  but instead of answering the door, they complained of the noise.   Specifically ten U.S. sailors had their disabled boat drift into Iranian waters (at least that's the story we get).  Iran could have taken this opportunity to show the world a compassionate Iran by making the incident a rescue and assist mission.  Instead, they filmed U.S. sailors with their hands over their heads as the Iranian Guard boarded the boat.  Later they would show this film along with a U.S. sailor explaining how they "drifted" into Iranian waters on the state television shows.  In other words, they showed how bad the U.S. is to their people and how the Iranian Guard captured the intruders.

While the Pentagon scrambled to get the story out and take appropriate actions to get the sailors back, President Obama stuck to his planned State of the Union address.  In this address he talked about how the Iranian agreement has halted Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  He also talked about how we have prevented another war - although nobody is really sure what war he is talking about- and how the world worked together to develop the deal with Iran.  The President made no mention that the Iranian Guard took U.S. sailors at gun point, posted their pictures as captives on the state-run news station, and filmed one of them basically confessing to crossing into Iranian waters.  Those listening to the President's speech after watching the news must have been left wondering if Obama missed the latest briefing.

In truth, it's highly unlikely the President missed a briefing.  It's more likely that he knows even more than we do in the general public about the incident.  The fact is, the incident did not fit neatly into Obama's view of the world.  The President views the world as a place where Iran will never get the bomb because of the treaty, and a world where some unknown war has been prevented because of the Administration's fabulous work in Iran.  The facts just don't fit into his ideology.

The point is Iran has been hostile against the United States since the Carter Administration.  It is likely no coincidence that the hostages held in Iran were released shortly after President Reagan was sworn into office.  Each President since Carter has had to deal with Iran, and not in a positive way.  Iran has burned U.S. flags in the streets, taken our citizens captive, sworn to destroy our ally Israel, allowed and promoted "Death to America" chants, worked toward a nuclear capability, and now taken ten U.S. sailors on a small disabled boat hostage before releasing them.  These are not the actions of a country that deserves to be praised for a Nuclear Treaty - well, unless we are wanting to praise the treaty just to praise the Obama Administration.  The fact is, Obama has missed the point of his job as President.  He is to protect Americans and uphold the U.S. Constitution (we won't even go there) and he has continued to fail time-and-time again.  It's fine if he wants to talk positively about his treaty - a treaty that many in the U.S. and around the world feels is a failure- but to give a State of the Union address without even mentioning the ten sailors was a huge missed opportunity.  At the least, the President could have mentioned them and asked for prayers for their safe return as the military worked to bring them back, but he did not.  Once again, the President misses a key point.  Instead of building up Americans and supporting the country that elected him, he allowed our enemies to look good.  Both the Iranians and the President had an opportunity knocking on the door and they both ignored it.

Dec 10, 2015

Tired of Being Told "Who We Are"?

Americans are independent, free-spirited, and strongly opposed to being told what to do or who they are by anyone.  A few years ago this became apparent to the world when President Obama stated that "We are not a Christian nation."  Within minutes of his statement, Christian Americans flooded social media with statements like "This country was founded by Christians,"  "We are too a Christian nation," and "What does he mean telling the world that?  He doesn't know us."  It did not matter that we are a nation of nations, who happens to have been dominated by Christian views-the President told us and the world we are not Christian and received immediate backlash from Christians.

A few years later when the President announced that we had killed Osama bin Laden he again told the nation "who we are".  The President, his cabinet, Seal Team Six - whose name should never have been revealed to the world - and a handful of others had watched the action live.  They had the confirmation, allegedly in hand.  While they celebrated, the President once again told us who we are when he stated, "We do not spike the football.  That is not who we are," in reference to his reasoning for not allowing pictures of bin Laden to be released.   Sorry, Mr. President, as you again tell us "who we are" you seem to forget that we invented spiking the football and yes, we most certainly do that.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the President again reminded us of who we are when he told us that we take people from around the world as refuges.  His reference was to cries to not take Syrian refuges after an apparent terrorist attack in France by refuges.  Again, the President seems to forget that we know very well who we are.  Anytime the country has been concerned about a group of people entering, then we have almost always taken special precautions to stop them.  If this is not the case, then why do we even have a Border Patrol Agency?  Once again, we have done this so many times in the past, but the President seems to forget the history as he tells us this is not who we are once more.

Finally, just a few days ago headlines blew up around the world about Trump.  Donald Trump, the leading presidential candidate for the Republican Party said that he suggest we stop all Muslims from entering the country.  Immediately President Obama again pointed out that is not "who we are," many of the current presidential candidates did the same, and some in the Republican party even called for Trump to drop out of the race.  Everyone did it because that is not "who we are."  The first thing that should be noted is that Mr. Trump's full statement included the following "until we can figure out what is going on."  In other words, he said we should halt Muslims from entering the country until we can figure out what is happening - for example how did two radical Muslims slip into the country, obtain firearms (from a friend we learned now) and conduct a terrorist attack with all the current measures in place to stop them from doing just that.  In other words, regardless of where you stand on people entering the country and firearms, the fact is the government failed to keep these two out.  Trump is saying what many Americans have been saying.  He is saying, let's stop a minute and look over the process to see how we can fix it.  He is saying the same thing that President Carter said when he stopped anyone from Iran from entering the country without special approval!  Trump is saying the same thing that many Governors were saying when they said to stop the refuges from coming to their states just within the last month.  He is saying very similar words to what Republicans in Congress were saying when they introduced stronger security measures to screen refuges-a measure rejected by the President.  So what exactly is wrong with what Trump said?  This time everyone from Republicans to Democrats are telling us that the statement that Trump made is "not who we are" yet we have a long history of doing exactly what Mr. Trump is suggesting and just a fews before they were all suggesting almost the same measures!   

The bottom line is our government (Republicans and Democrats) seem very good at telling us "who we are".  It's impossible for them to tell us "who we are" because we are simply a nation too big and too diverse to be any one type of design.  We are gun owners and gun haters.  We are Christians and we are Muslims.  We are Republicans and we are Democrats.  We are pro-abortion and we are anti-abortion.  We are simply put "many".  This is what has made us strong for years.  We have been strong because we are many - imagine how confused the Japanese were in World War II when they could not figure out what the Navajo code Talkers were saying - not everyone was Navajo, but because Navajo is part of who we are, just as Cherokee and all other American Indians are part of who we are, we had a code that the Japanese never understood or translated.  We are many, period.  

It should be interesting to note that despite the Democrats and Republicans bashing Mr. Trump for his statement and telling him that is not who we are-even though it has been many, many times before-Trump rose in the polls again.  Maybe Democrats and Republicans need to stop and figure out that WE are tired of being told "who we are."  At least for now Trump has continued to rise in the polls despite his  refusal to allow political correctness, media bias with partial truths, and those in power to dictate to him how to act.  Trump is not only in the forefront of polls, but has been given standing ovations, growing support, and allowed to capture headlines around the world more than any other Democrat or Republican candidate.  Right now, "who we are" appears to be a nation who wants someone to stop political correctness and stand up to government for us, and Trump seems to have his corner in that group.