Jul 22, 2014

What Republicans Must Learn to Win Presidential Elections

(Warning:  President Lyndon Johnson's words are quoted and referenced in this document.  The author does not condone Mr. Johnson's words and only quotes them here for historical reference)

For the last forty-five (45) years Republicans have failed to thrive as the party for the people.  A good number of voters view the Republican party as a "Grand Old Party of White Guys" wanting to make rules.  Democrats from LBJ forward have spent their entire careers trying to throw a picture of Republicans as a bunch of elite, rich white people trying to control the world.  The fact is, most Republicans are not the typical rich white guys that Democrats would have you believe them to be.  They are Christians, African-Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians, Asians, Jews, etc.  The Republican party still has a strong support system of multi-culture backgrounds, multi-belief backgrounds, etc.  This is not what the Democrats would have you believe.

Democrats for 45 years have worked to portray Republicans in a negative light.  In just the last eight years alone, Democrats have pounced on the idea that Republicans are all racist because they do not like Obama's policies.  Unfortunately, the Republican party continues to allow the Democrats to get away with this to a point where an overwhelming majority of African-American voters now vote Democrat (Reference).  African-American voters, Hispanic Voters, and Women Voters are being led to believe that Republicans are racist, against immigration, and against women's rights.  Far too long Republicans have allowed these lies to go unanswered in the hope that the American voter would know differently; however, propaganda machines have proven time-and-time again that people will eventually believe the propaganda machine.  The facts simply do not support the Democrat's claims.
Here's a short look at history to remind the voter:

1.  The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party.  The goal was to free African-American slaves in the United States (Reference)

2.  Democrats voted to overturn the Missouri Compromise and allow slavery to spread (Reference)

3.  Democrats voted in fugitive slave laws to punish slaves for trying to seek freedom (Reference)

4  In 1870, every Republican in Congress voted to give freed slaves the right to vote.  All Democrats in Congress opposed it and voted against it (Reference)

5.  Only 64% of Democrats supported Civil Rights in the 1960s.  80% of the Republicans supported Civil Rights (Reference)

6.  After the Civil War 23 African-Americans were elected to Congress.  All were Republicans (Reference)

7.  A Republican from California introduced the bill to support women's rights followed by strong Republican support (Reference)

8.  The first Hispanic to serve on a Presidential cabinet served for Republican(s) Reagan and Bush, Sr. (Reference)

9.  The first African-Americans (man and woman) to serve as Secretary of State, served under Republican Presidents (Reference)

10.  In 1957, a Democrat Governor in Arkansas blocked African-American children from attending school by using the Arkansas National Guard.  The President sent the United States Army and activated the Arkansas Guard to active duty (placing them under U.S. Army command).  A Republican President (Ike) took these actions on behalf of African-American children (Reference)

As any voter can see, the Democrat Party has worked to lie, steal and remove the references to the party of the people and for the people.  Republicans have always stood up for individual rights, women's rights, and the rights of minorities.  It's time to remind America and the voting public exactly who Republicans are.  The Democrats have worked 45 years off of Lyndon Johnson's famous quotes (please excuse Mr. Johnson's use of horrible language below):

I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One -

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ

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The Democratic Party has ran with the lies long enough.  Republicans must now step up and embrace the truth and embrace the future.  Republicans must learn their history and use it for the future.  If Republicans do not do this, then more elections will be lost.

The last two Presidential elections for Republicans have had something interesting in common.  They have both seen candidates for President viewed by the general public as rich, Caucasian, big government leaders running on the ticket.  McCain was viewed as the long-standing, rich Republican war hero.  Romney is the rich, former governor Republican.  Both of these men were Caucasian and both picked running mates who were viewed as rich, caucasian, long-standing government types from the north.  Although, McCain did select a woman to run which seemed to enhance his chances a little it did little for his effort since he continued to maintain his persona in the public eye.   Democrats were quick to try and make McCain's running mate look in competent.   In the meantime, the Democrats have run an African-American and a Caucasian for office.  Only one of the candidates on the Democrats ticket was viewed as "long-standing government" and that was the running mate.  The Democrats have capitalized on presenting an "everyday normal guy" for the office of President.  Bill Clinton was viewed as the everyday normal guy as has been Obama.  Voters at large have thought these two leaders (both rich by the way) were better than the Republican alternatives.  The fact is Republicans must remember who we are once again.  We have to reach out to the minority, we have to reach out to the person being persecuted by their government, and we have to reach out to average, everyday person to run for President.  We need a candidate that women, African-Americans, and Hispanics can relate to on a daily basis.  As long as we present candidates who cautiously ease out of their mansion driveways to run for the office, the Democrats will continue to promote their "everyday" man or woman all the way to the office of President.

In all honesty, Republicans need someone considered an average person, or persons, to run for office.  It's time that Republicans have someone like Condoleezza Rice, or Mike Huckabee, or Nikki Haley, or Dr. Ben Carson step up and run for the office.  Hard working, legal immigrants, former slaves, men, and women built this nation.   Democrats did not build it and in fact by their voting history they have worked to keep hard working, legal immigrants, former slaves, men and women down so that they could hold office.  When Democrats were no longer able to promote physical slavery, they resorted to economic slavery and have spent the last 45 years putting everyone into the status of economic slave.  Along the way there have been many Republicans who have stood in the Democrat's way.  It's almost 2016, and it is time again for a Republican who is one of the many and not the few to rise up, run for the office, and take back the Presidency of the United States for the people.  We must remember, this is a government for the people and by the people.  It is not a government for the Democrats and the lies they have portrayed as truths for far too long.  45 years is enough Mr. Johnson, we will take back the American Dream and put in the hands of the people again.

Jul 10, 2014

Democrats Plan to Override SCOTUS Ruling

Perhaps it should not be a surprise that Democrats are circulating a petition to override the Supreme Court's recent "Hobby Lobby" ruling regarding contraceptives.  An email circulating today from the Democratic National Committee (so it claims) indicates that the New York Times is reporting that "Democrats Draft Bill to Override Contraception Ruling".  The email offers the reader the chance to click a link and sign the petition.  So, it's clear to see a deceptive standard is still in full force with the Democratic Party.

Okay....it's time to take the gloves off!  Time-and-time again we have found that Democrats will do anything to get their agenda passed.  If you will notice, the statement above says "Democrats Draft Bill to Override Contraception Ruling".  That sounds really bad, doesn't it?  It makes it sound like the SCOTUS has ruled that contraceptives are bad, or illegal or some other deal to do strictly with contraceptives.  Let's say what it really means!  Here's the way the petition should read "Democrats Draft Bill to Override Freedom of Religion Ruling."  That's it in a nutshell.

The Hobby Lobby lawsuit was about religious beliefs.  Since the Congress, and the courts have spent years giving corporations a personhood, then by all rights that personhood should have a right to share the religious views of the board of directors overseeing the operation.  Right?  That's what the SCOTUS basically ruled.  So, if in your person, you believe that you should not provide contraceptives to others, what do you do?  You don't provide contraceptives to others.  Hobby Lobby's "personhood" decided that it did not believe in providing contraceptives to employees.  It goes against the religious beliefs of the corporation.

Before anyone goes off saying Hobby Lobby is just using Christian views to it's benefit, we need stop and look at Hobby Lobby.  The personhood of Hobby Lobby practices what it preaches.  The corporation was founded on Christian views.  They founded it so strongly on Christian views that the stores are closed on Sundays.  They pass up 52 days a year, in addition to regular holidays for the view that all employees should be able to attend church should they desire.  52 days may not seem like a lot, but Hobby Lobby has 575 stores (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby_Lobby).   According to Forbes Hobby Lobby has a revenue of 3.3 Billion (http://www.forbes.com/companies/hobby-lobby-stores/).  Look at that again 3.3 Billion a year!  There are 365 days a year.  Now take away Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter (automatic with Hobby Lobby) and take away an additional 52 Sundays.  This gives you 55 days of the store being closed each year.  This means that the store is only open 310 days each year.  A little division will show you that the corporation makes $10,645,161.29 each day (yes that's 10 Million).  Now multiple that by the 52 Sundays the store is closed and you find that Hobby Lobby loses $553,548,387.07 each year (yes 553 million) in potential Sunday sales.  Needless to say, the closing on Sunday's alone shows the corporations commitment to it's Christian views.  This practice has cost the company billions since it was formed in 1972, and all because of a commitment to a religious view.  So nobody needs to say that Hobby Lobby is "Suddenly Christian" to avoid giving contraceptives.

The bottom line, dear Democrats, is your petition is wrong.  What you want to do is squash religious freedom.  You want cut out religious freedom on a corporate level first and force everyone to accept your views on healthcare even though it does not go with their own beliefs.  I remember a whole group of Democrats saying accept Obamacare after the first SCOTUS ruling stating that "Congress has a right to tax".  Democrats ran around telling everyone to just accept because it's the "law of the land."  Suddenly, Democrats don't agree with a ruling and it's no longer an issue of being the "law of the land," but instead they draft legislation to override the ruling.   Nonetheless, tell it like it is.  Tell the truth, and that truth is that your petition should read "Democrats Draft Bill to Override Freedom of Religion Ruling." Sadly, if anyone gives an inch for the corporate personhood, it will not be long before you use this same tactic to attack the freedom of religion of individual persons as well.  For sometime now Democrats have had a problem with God (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/05/Democrats-change-platform-God-Israel).  They simply want to leave God out of the platform.  If you take time to leave God out of your platform, then it won't be long until you leave religious freedom out of your platform as well.

Republicans - we can no longer stand by while Democrats and the modern media bashes our beliefs and our freedoms.  This is no longer a sit on the sideline and watch the world roll by kind of America we live in!  Today, you have a choice, you can stand up, work for the party, fight the Democrats and those who would oppose religious freedom or you can sit by and watch.  I warn you though, if you sit by and watch, one day it will be your religious freedom that the petition and the drafted bill targets.

Jul 4, 2014

Independence Day: Sign On and Don’t Waste The Gift

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence to proclaim to the world this nation would be an independent sovereign country.  Fifty-six men signed the document to show the world that they stood by independence.  They were farmers, lawyers, businessmen, and up until that point they had been British citizens.  But, they were more.  They were husbands, friends, brothers, sons, grandsons, and grandfathers.  They were in the simplest of form people, but they were people who believed there could be something better.  They believed there could be a great nation.  They believed there could be a nation where people were free to worship as they wish, work as they wish, and govern themselves as they wish.   They believed there could be a nation where everyone signed on to the Declaration of Independence.

The signers had no way of knowing how America would turn out.  They viewed the country as thirteen small colonies.  They viewed the nation not as the military and economic power that it would become, but instead as struggling small nation facing the greatest military power known to their world.  They knew that there would be advancements, they knew there would be growth, and they knew there was a vast frontier waiting to be tamed in the future.  By signing the Declaration of Independence, each man put his name on a potential death warrant so that a future could be bought.  Had the country failed, not only would we still be under British rule today, but those men would have been hung, shot, or otherwise imprisoned and killed.  Treason was the word they would have used, and with it the sentence of death would have been imposed. 

Since that time back in 1776, men and women have stepped up to the call of the Declaration of Independence.  They have stepped up and died on the beaches, they have died in open fields, they have died at sea, they have died in foreign lands, they have died here at home all in the call of maintaining that little piece of paper called the Declaration of Independence.  But more than that they have stepped up in all walks of life.  They have stepped up as Presidents, Congressmen, state representatives, children working to bring aluminum to war efforts, doctors working to help find cures, and construction workers working to build the country. 

Every man, woman, and child who calls himself an American and steps up to help build this nation has in effect signed that Declaration of Independence.  The signers’ list is longer than any fifty-six men today.  It includes the Sam Waltons of the country, the Fords of the country, the Reagan’s of the country.  The list includes artist, workers, physicians, builders, explorers, grandparents, parents, and so many more.  Any American who has set out to make a better and brighter day for one American or for many Americans has in theory sat down at that table back in 1776 and signed their names to the list. 

Today, however, there is a growing list of people who will not sign their names to the Declaration of Independence.  They will instead decide to waste the gift.  Instead of taking the gift and signing on, they will decide it is easier to sit back and watch Television, play on the Internet, or play video games as America marches on.  These people have always been around, but now they seem to be growing in numbers.  The independent spirit seems to be dying for a dependent spirit, and the number of those signing the Declaration of Independence today is dwindling.  But the good news is it does not have to be this way!  There is still time. 

Don’t waste the gift of the Declaration of Independence.  Instead get up and make a difference for your country today.  There is so much you can do.   You can sign on and be the builder of a new business, a new building, a new street, a new home, and a new park.  You can go to trade school and become a mechanic, an electrician, a plumber, a truck driver, a train engineer, a pilot, and more.  You can go to college and become a teacher, a physician, a nurse, an engineer, and a business leader.  You could start a new business, no matter how small, or build on another business.  You could join the armed forces and serve in the ultimate position as a signer of the Declaration. 
Declaration of Independence

Today, as you eat the burgers and hot dogs and as you watch the fireworks this evening, ask yourself, “Am I a signer of the Declaration of Independence?  Have I really signed on or am I wasting that gift?”  If the answer is that you are not a signer and that you are wasting the gift, then take today to change that.  Just as fifty-six men did in 1776, take a moment to set out on a path that is different, dangerous, and at the same time wonderful.  Don’t sit by and waste the gift, become part of the gift.   Declare your independence again and by this time next year you and your nation will be a little better and freedom will mean a little more when you watch those fireworks.

Jul 2, 2014

What The Hobby Lobby Judgement Means

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby_Lobby
Most conservatives, and Christians, are excited by the news of Hobby Lobby's judgement by the Supreme Court; however, others are crying foul, including some of the Justices themselves. In the end the court made the right decision for America by basically telling the government to back off business in the area of religious freedom.

Business regulations is nothing new to America. The government has regulated some things that it should such as child labor laws, minimum wage, the Family Medical Leave Act, Social Security (not that they handle the account right), safety laws, and yes…many environmental laws do protect us from some big companies. So, there is some good to the government overseeing and regulating business practices. However, there is a down side as well. The government has also overtaxed certain areas, often used taxes as a form of punishment for certain industries, placed restrictions on operations such as oil and gas organizations, restricted drilling, lowered import taxes to a level where American corporations often can not compete with foreign corporations, NAFTA, bailouts, and strict regulations on healthcare benefits (most recent). The bottom line is we have to live with certain regulations for the good of the entire country, the workers, the people living near the industry, and future generations. We do not have to live with regulations affecting our religious beliefs though.

Courts have spent years indicating that corporations can be viewed as individuals (Corporate Personhood). Despite the fact that the corporation usually represents several people, it represents the views of those people as a collective and essentially becomes that person. They are in business to make money for the person(s) organizing them, their investors (if any), and the people working for them. Most corporations offer benefits of some kind. It could be vacation days, holidays, sick days, dental plans, health plans, and/or 401K plans, etc. The benefits they offer are decided in one or three ways. Either the employee asks for the benefit and it is granted, the corporation offers the benefit to the employee, or the government requires the benefit. For example, a person might want his or her corporation to pay for some advanced training. The corporation does this to help the person improve on his or her job. The employee has the knowledge from the training and can keep that knowledge as a benefit even if he or she leaves the corporation. From a corporate point of view, a corporation may offer a higher salary. The corporation for example might offer $10 an hour instead of the federal minimum wage, and this would be a benefit offered by the corporation. The government might require a benefit such as overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. This would be a government benefit offered by the corporation due to regulations, but an appropriate one.

Hobby Lobby offers benefits based on their corporation's collective view. As a person, the corporation takes the views of the board such as Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays. This benefit allows employees of Hobby Lobby to attend a church of their choice, or to not attend a church of their choice, but either way they have Sundays off regardless of the work week schedule. Hobby Lobby also offers other benefits that are in line with their corporation's views. The corporation does not offer something it does not believe in from a religious point-of-view as a benefit.

As stated earlier, almost immediately people, including at least one Justice, issued outcries of foul about the ruling. They yell that other corporations could use this to their benefit, and they are right. A Jewish owned corporation for example might close on Friday evenings and not open back up until Sunday-to observe the Jewish Holy Day. This same corporation might offer other benefits or holidays around the Jewish calendar. Another corporation might, as Hobby Lobby did, refuse to offer morning after pills as part of their health benefits because they do not believe in abortion. Naturally, pro-abortion groups are already yelling foul as well.

What the people who are yelling foul fail to remember, especially the Justice, is two important facts. First, nobody is making anyone work for any certain corporation. This is America and work is not a prison sentence. An employee, if he or she does not like the benefits of one corporation, is free to go find another corporation to work for with benefits they want. The worker is free to find any job he or she desires. The other thing so easily forgotten is that the government has spent the last hundred years or so through litigation and laws giving the corporations a personhood. This means that despite the all yelling about the ruling, the bottom line is a corporation represents the person or persons who administer the board. Their collective decision is the view of the personhood of the corporation. With this in mind, the government can not tell the corporation how to administer religious beliefs or benefits that violate those beliefs. If the court had ruled against Hobby Lobby, it would have set a dangerous path that would say that the corporation's personhood has no religious rights. For most Americans, that should be alarming because it is way too close to saying the "person has no religious rights."