Oct 27, 2021

What Biden's Unrealized Capital Gains Tax Really Means to America


If you haven't heard about the proposed "Unrealized Capital Gains Tax," then get ready for a new concept from the old "Tax and Spend" Democrats.  The idea is simple.  Billionaires would now pay a tax on what they might earn.  In perhaps the simplest forms, the tax would be on what you might earn if you decided to sell or liquidate a business, property, stock, etc.   They currently talk about applying this plan to billionaires, but at least one Senator has already stated it could be floated to millionaires as well.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if Democrats take it to billionaires and eventually millionaires, someone will yell discrimination.  When Democrats realize they are discriminating by targeting billionaires (class discrimination - go on and look that up), they are going to discover the only answer they can...the Unrealized Capital Gains Tax must be applied to everyone.  Surprise!   

Now, you may be wondering what that means to you, and the answer can get complicated, so let's take a theoretical look: 

Unrealized Capital Gains tax would be implemented based on what you might earn, so if you bought stock worth $100 today, but next week, that same stock skyrocketed to $1000, you would stand to make $900 off your investment.  Sounds good, right?  Well, let's say you decide to keep the stock and not sell.  Now you don't make the $900 off the stock.  In the meantime, in comes the government, and they say, "Ah, you could have made $900 off that stock, but you did not, so it's 'Unrealized,' and now you owe taxes."  

Now there are various capital gains tax rates, and most depend on the amount made, how long the asset was held, etc., but since they range from 10% to about 37%, we'll just go with 25% for our little demonstration here.  

The government is now taxing your $900- remember you don't have it; you did not realize it (it's unrealized).   You will have 25% of that $900, and that will now be your tax owed of $225.  In the meantime, that stock drops back to $100 - yes, stocks can drop and don't even get started on cryptocurrency and how much it can climb and drop.  You now have a stock worth $100, for which you owe $225 in taxes for having it in your name or business name.  What are you going to do?  Simple, you're going to pay $225 regardless of the stock's current status.  You now have to sell your stock for $100, add $125 to that money and send a check to the IRS for $225.  You have to do this all because the stock had 'Unrealized Gains' on your $100 investment, even if it only went up for a day or a few hours.  Take that concept and apply it to everything - your 401K, your stock, cryptocurrency, land investments, rental properties, farms, small business, large business, inherited business or farms and land...get the picture yet?

So, in the end, the billionaire takes their money, leaves the country for a tax-friendly country, and lives the rest of their lives on a beach somewhere sipping soft drinks.  No longer do they invest in a business, start more business or build on current business because the last thing that billionaire is going to do is give up large sums of money on something they never realized.  The same will happen to the millionaire.  Finally, those in the middle class perhaps investing in small portfolios, will find their Domino's pizza stock throws them into a forced liquidation or bankrupt case with the IRS.  Many Americans will go bankrupt as many businesses simply fold.  This will then have a cascading outcome on the United States.  Business will close, goods and services will be hard to obtain, American unemployment will be unbelievable, and perhaps at higher rates than even the Great Depression and people will starve.  The small and large farms alike collapse and fold while trying desperately to sell grandpa's farm just to pay taxes.  

One final thought - you don't think this can happen?  You think they will only "stick it to" the rich...When the 16th Amendment was put in place, only 1% of the U.S. population paid income taxes.  Everyone believed the focus was,  surprise, the rich. So the rich began paying taxes.  The design was to focus on a certain income level in each state to support America.  Today, very few Americans pay 0 income tax.  Somehow that "rich only" view just worked its way right on down to...well, everyone.  Do you really think Unrealized Capital Gains Tax will only affect billionaires?  You may want to really think long and hard about that. 

Aug 21, 2021

Biden's Afghanistan 2021

Fall of Saigon and Afghanistan
They say those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it, and perhaps that is the problem Joe Biden now faces in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, for all the memes, jokes, cartoons, and political discussions about Biden's mental status, it appears his forgetfulness is in full swing when it comes to American history.  According to his own assessments, Biden has been in service to the United States for more than 120 years (https://heavy.com/news/joe-biden-senate-120-years-ago-video/), but he now appears to be on the verge of a full-blown Dementia attack.  It's no joke that he sometimes appears to be suffering from some stage of Dementia, but with all the history surrounding his staff, it is unclear why someone would not remind him about the fall of Saigon in 1975.  

We are now repeating history.  The Vietnam of 2021 is Afghanistan.   Much like those shocking images from 1975, we are now seeing shocking images in 2021 as a United States President pulls out.  Like Vietnam, there is no "formal" surrender being written or completed, but we are running out of Afghanistan like we did Vietnam.  As we run, the Viet Cong of today -the Taliban -is sweeping across the country, taking control, changing government, and ultimately preparing to be in command of all U.S. weapons, resources, and supplies left behind as we abandon the country.  

Let me be clear...like Vietnam, Afghanistan does not represent the loss of the war by the American military.  No, Afghanistan today represents the loss of the war by one, and that one is Joe Biden.  As Biden rushes to cover himself by blaming a previous President, even Congressional Democrats and Republicans are keenly aware that Biden is doing this all by himself.  For twenty years, the American military has followed orders, served, lost lives, and fought the war on terrorism that started that September 11 morning.  

Like many, I can remember September 11.  I remember the cries for revenge, retribution, and war.  I remember one interview with some military members just hours after the attacks.  They said, "Give us the target, and we will take them out."  These men and women were not making political statements; they knew the power of the American military.  They knew the power of their friends in uniform, and they knew the power of those who would sign up, train, and go to war.  They knew they could win, and they did.  

Make no mistake.  What will go down in history most likely as a defeat in Afghanistan is not a defeat of the American military.  It is not a defeat of those who died, those who suffered and are still suffering.  It is not a defeat of those who came home.  It is not a defeat of the United States.  No, this defeat sits squarely on President Joe Biden's shoulders.  He has tried to blame Trump for setting a deadline. Still, that statement only shows that Biden thinks the American public is stupid...after all, Biden has changed just about everything else Trump did, so why would he not change a deadline or withdrawal plan?  No, Joe, this is all yours. 

We, the American people, our military, our veterans, know.  We know where the defeat of Afghanistan is, and it is not with us.  No, President Joe Biden, this is all your defeat.  Further, when the next election rolls around, we will not forget.  You and your administration have betrayed our veterans, military, and country with this surrender in Afghanistan.  The Biden Administration and all those associated with it will be remembered in Afghanistan by the people you abandon there.   Further, you will be remembered in America by the people who vote.  

Jul 18, 2021

Miller County Republican Committee to Host 2A Fun Shoot in Texarkana on August 14

2A Fun Shoot
The Miller County Republican Committee (MCRC) will host its first 2A Fun Shoot at Rocky Creek Outdoors in Texarkana, Arkansas, on Saturday, August 14. Those interested can obtain additional information online. The event will include several contests throughout the day and starts at 8 a.m. Participants may join one or all events. Events will consist of a 100 Sporting Clay event, 5-Stand event, 50 Target 16 Yard Trap event, and more. 

Registration is online, and participants are not required to pay until arrival at Rocky Creek Outdoors. There will be a raffle and door prizes as well. In addition, a lunch vendor will be onsite during the event. Those wishing to obtain more information or participate may get information online or email for additional information.

Online registration and email contact information may be found online at 2A Fun Shoot. Additional information about the Miller County Republican Committee may also be obtained online at the MCRC Website or Facebook. Information about Rocky Creek Outdoors may also be obtained online at their website.   

Jun 8, 2021

The Trump Assault and What it Means for You

 It has now been over four months since President Trump left office and the assault on his free speech continues.  Saturday, the President returned to the stage to make a political speech in North Carolina. The news shared it, and for the most part, it was a standard, post-Presidency type of speech made to the party.  It is not unusual for a former president to speak to state parties, national parties, or national conventions.  These speeches are recorded, kept for historical purposes, shared for the party, and almost always placed on YouTube.  

If you doubt a former president's speech is on YouTube, you know because it may violate their content rules, do your own search.  A quick search for Bill Clinton found the former President's speech to the Democrat National Convention (speech here) easily accessible.  Apparently, the same rules do not apply to President Clinton as they are applied to President Trump.  Trump's speech was on YouTube until recently.  In fact, you can attempt to find Trump's speech (speech was here), and all you will find is "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines." 

You may not like Trump, and that's okay.  You may not like Clinton, and that's okay.  The wonderful thing about the United States and our freedom of speech is that we can all decide if we want to listen or not to any person.  We can decide if we want to be a Republican or Democrat.  Part of that decision-making process comes from being exposed, learning, and making informed decisions based on different ideas and views.  We learn and make those decisions about politics by hearing, reading, and agreeing with a person or party on issues.  If the views presented agree with our own views, we may become Democrats or become Republicans.  However, when that information is not available, it becomes a problem. 

Even if you hate Trump, you should be worried when a corporation that promotes videos with all sorts of opinions and views decides to cut out a political video it does not agree with and say it violates "community guidelines."  You should be concerned because corporations change, and boards of directors change.  Anytime leadership changes, views may also change.   When you limit or refuse to allow a political view in a public forum, you walk a dangerous line that comes close to what we see in other countries.   One view may easily be discarded or deleted today, then a view you support may be just as easily discarded tomorrow.  When anyone's political views are discarded in public, then freedom is threatened for all of us.  

Apr 2, 2021

HB 1435 - Misinformation and Lies

There is an old saying I heard someone use the other day, and it goes, "Lies go around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on."  A recent event in the House Judiciary Committee in Little Rock highlights the truth about this old saying.  A vote on HB1435 within the committee was called, voted on, and the bill did not advance.  In simple terms, it failed to pass the committee.  The bill was intended to help prevent Federal enforcement of unconstitutional laws in the state of Arkansas.   It should have ended there, or it should have been rewritten and tried again, or any number of other avenues if the sponsors of the bill wanted it to proceed, and this may still happen.  The problem was not the failure to pass the bill out of the committee. The problem is the rapid and almost immediate spread of misinformation and lies about who voted and did not vote on the bill.  

Representative Carl Dalby of Texarkana, the Judiciary Committee chair, came under fire on social media for a video of the vote and a lie stating she did not vote.  In the video, the Judiciary Committee called for the vote.  Each name was called out except for Dalby's.  From this video, the misinformation concerning how the vote was handled was spread across social media.  This misinformation took life as the lie that Dalby did not vote.  People began to say that the vote was 8 in favor of the bill moving forward, 9 against, and 2 abstaining.  In truth, Dalby is the committee chair and therefore would have given her vote directly from the chair's position-this is not uncommon, and it is not uncommon to not call the chair's name.  Dalby's "Yes" vote was recorded in the state's record. 

As soon as the misinformation and lie were spread, Dalby went online, addressed it, and posted a final tally vote copy.  Dalby voted "Yes," according to this document.  The resulting vote was a 9 for, 9 against, and 2 abstaining.  A tie is called a failed vote, and therefore the bill did not move forward.  

You would think Dalby presenting this would be the end of the discussion; however, as noted, "Lies go around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on."  Well, as the lie spread, more people began to contact Dalby.  While some were naturally polite, many others were not.  There have been threats against Dalby's life, against her home, and outright rude calls.  She has been called names and threatened as the lie continues to spread.  Unfortunately, some of those calling Dalby even claim to be Republicans.  

It is time to stop.  

The threats, the attacks, the misinformation, and the lies need to stop now.  It is not only the right thing to do; it may very well be the legally correct thing to do.  Dalby, an attorney, will be much more familiar with the laws concerning threats than I am.  I can only assume that she is considering all avenues of legal responses to the people who spread the misinformation, lies, and threats.   As for those threatening Representative Dalby, you need to consider crawling back under whatever rock-covered infestation you came out of and be thankful if there are no legal repercussions.  

Dalby has worked diligently for the Texarkana area and Arkansas since being elected as a Representative.  She has spoken with people freely, she has answered questions, and she has kept an open line of communication with anyone, even people outside her district, wishing to talk with her.  She has proven time and time again to be an honorable representative, and perhaps more important than that, she has proven to be a loyal and honorable person.   I dare say some of those calling Representative Dalby would not wish to compare records and history with this woman.  Hopefully, the calls will stop, the lies will stop, this spread of misinformation will be stopped.   Dalby deserves better than this, and in fact, Arkansas deserves better respect for all of our elected officials. 

Mar 9, 2021

Don't Ever Count Me Out

Leslie Rutledge
Rutledge, a Republican woman running what some would consider an uphill battle for Arkansas Governor, should never be counted out.  At an introduction meeting to the Miller County Republican Committee, Leslie Rutledge informed the committee she is used to tough battles, and she should not be counted out early. 

During her presentation, Rutledge informed the committee that in her first run for Attorney General of Arkansas, there was a three-way Republican Primary race.  Recent polling showed Rutledge at 9% or dead last behind the other two candidates.  Never one to give up, Rutledge continued to campaign door-to-door and across the state.   She continued to push her message out to the people of the state.  On election night, that "Never Give Up" spirit propelled her to the number one position with 47% of the vote.  Although she had a runoff, she won the race and went on to win the general election as well.  Since that time, Leslie Rutledge has served as Arkansas's first Republican female Attorney General.  

Now Rutledge has turned her attention to the Governor's office of Arkansas.  She will be in a tight primary with a well-known national figure and friend of hers, Huckabee-Sanders.  During the committee meeting, one member asked her if she thought the race would be a good one, and with a straightforward, no-nonsense answer, Rutledge replied, "Well, that's the plan.  I don't plan to lose."  

Perhaps Leslie Rutledge's entire campaign can be summed up in words she used when addressing the committee.  Rutledge said, "Don't ever count me out."  The words were direct and honest.  If Arkansas has learned one thing from the years of Rutledge as Attorney General, it is that she is a fighter that will fight until the last bell has run.  Rutledge has a plan, a desire to serve Arkansas, and a campaign pushing to see a bright and positive future for the state.  If she goes down in the primaries, it certainly will not be for lack of fight and Arkansas spirit. 

Jan 29, 2021

The King of Executive Orders!

Biden Executive Order stack
President Joe Biden had promised to write executive orders starting on his first day in office.  Well, you have to admit whether you like him or not, he has kept that promise.  As of this writing, Biden has signed forty-two Executive Orders in his first ten days.    January 30 will mark Biden's tenth day in office, so he technically has a little more time to expand on that record should he wish. 

In the age of social media and quick contempt, remarks, and criticism, it has taken little time for the world to notice the huge amount of executive orders coming out of the White House.  Biden is actually signing orders so fast that a website (https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders) which keeps up with the executive orders of Presidents only had twenty-two listed as of this afternoon.  

To give a clear comparison and understanding of why Biden is taking criticism, you must look at the last few presidents and their executive orders.  Trump signed seven executive orders in his first ten days which was an expansion on Obama's six signed in his first ten days.  Bush only signed two in his first ten days.  For the most part, these other Presidents relied more on sending measures to Congress for review and consideration.  Biden seems to be flying to executive orders as if it might be his last day. 

Critics have noticed that Biden's orders have killed over 11,000 pipeline jobs, and angered our friends in Canada.  Biden stopped the border wall which also killed current jobs and left materials sitting on the round in New Mexico.  Those materials are already paid for by the government, and so they will likely sit there.  Consequently, New Mexico has reported the wall was working and helping to slow illegal entry into our country.  New Mexico also reported that Biden's order kills the project when it was almost complete.  Executive orders have also sent us back into the Paris Climate group, a questionable deal at best that will cost the American taxpayers more money.  The overriding common factor appears to be an effort to undo everything President Trump had set in motion.  Biden seems intent on stopping anything that had a "Trump" seal on it from pipelines to walls.  For a President who boasted of wanting unity in his inaugural address to the nation, Biden has spent his first ten days slapping the seventy-four million voters who voted for Trump and his policies.  Ironically, by slapping the pipeline down, Biden also hit some of his own supporters in the unions. 

Jim Moore wrote a book during the Clinton Presidential years called Clinton, Young Man in a Hurray.  Well, Clinton's actions of being in a hurry pale compared to Biden's.  Perhaps someone needs to write a new book regarding the Biden Administration.  A good title for the book might be Biden, Old Man in a Hurray because he seems to be on a mission to complete his presidency with executive orders only.  Saldy, Biden seems to take these actions as if he is taking revenge on Trump.  So far, the Biden revenge seems to know no bounds and he seems to care little if his executive orders hurt American workers, taxpayers, or the states which Biden promised to unify and represent as a President for everyone.  

So far on unifying the country, Biden has shut down two major job streams, put the safety of people in New Mexico at risk, opened the door for mass illegal immigration during a worldwide pandemic, and angered our neighbors to the north in Canada.  The only thing clear so far is that Biden, signing forty-two executive orders without Congressional oversight or approval, seems to be acting like a dictator who unifies everyone by simply saying, "My way or the highway," although you may end up walking on the highway since he is also shutting down oil and gas production on federal lands.  

Jan 26, 2021

Impeaching Trump 2.0

Regardless of how you feel about President Trump, there is a looming question that must be considered - Can Congress impeach a private citizen?  Only being a layperson reading the Constitution, I can not give a legal opinion; however, I certainly can give an opinion, and that opinion is...No.  

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states: 

"The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for , and Conviction of , Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors"

Again, stressing this is my opinion, but looking at Donald J. Trump on February 9 in the Senate raises one major problem for all Senators....Trump is not the President, Vice President, or a civil office holder of the United States.  Simply put, Trump is a private citizen.  The Constitution did not and does not at any point provide a legal avenue to "Impeach" a private citizen.  

The fact that impeachment proceedings started while Trump was in office also has to be reviewed.  There might be a slim chance that someone could argue that the impeachment did start while Trump was President; however, the Articles of Impeachment were not sent to the Senate from the House until January 25...five days after Trump was a private citizen.  That effectively means the House did not deliver impeachment proceedings per the Constitution within the timeframe of his service as President.  

The new question becomes why impeach Trump at all?  Or perhaps more specifically, why spend millions of the taxpayer's dollars to impeach a private citizen who lost the election?  The answer is easy...2024.  Democrats in Washington fear the Trump political machine.  They know that if he returns in 2024, especially if they have a failed Democrat President, the election could suddenly go Trump's way for a second term as President.   From the very start with Trump's election victory in 2016 to now, Democrats have hated Trump with such a passion that they will do anything to "Get Trump."  Impeachment 2.0 is just the last-ditch effort to ensure Trump is never able to return to the office.  

Ultimately Democrats will waste millions of your tax dollars on the impeachment of a private citizen.  Trump's history is clear...he will fight the impeachment all the way to the SCOTUS.  If I was placing bets, simply based on the language of impeachment, I would put my money on Trump winning.  

Democrats on the hunt have failed to consider two important things.  First, if the impeachment is allowed to go through and becomes an accepted interpretation of the Constitution, then that opens the door to impeach Obama, Clinton, Carter, Bush, and anyone who has ever served in the capacity of a civil office of the United States.   Consequently, this would also include former Congressional members.  The House and Senate could simply impeach people based entirely on political views and based on which party has control, which is a hazardous prospect and akin to something you find in third world countries or in the past with such places as Nazi Germany.   

The second thing Democrats have failed to consider is a wise old saying.  When you grow up going into the woods and spending time in nature, you will sometimes hear neat little folk-type sayings.  One of those sayings is, "Never poke a bear."  The implication is that poking a bear will provoke it to strike back, and a bear's strike can be deadly.  Instead of letting Trump go into the sunset and plan his future, Democrats have decided to "Poke the bear."  Trump is a big bear with a huge following of supporters, and you can rest assured that since they have decided to poke him...he will be free to focus all his efforts on striking back politically. 

Jan 25, 2021

Part Three - Now What?

 (Note: Part One and Part Two are already published on this blog) 

elephant and flag
Now we have looked at ways to slow down the Democrats in Washington by sharing our ideas, views, and providing input in a neutral way on the issues.  We have also looked at ways we can challenge the Democrat machine.  Now, we will look at education.  

It may surprise you to find out that a lot of people know little to nothing about the Republican Party.  For example, I was listening to one Republican telling a story about a discussion where he found highly educated men thought Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat.  He was shocked since all the men he was talking to were educated, politically involved, and overall intelligent people.  Not surprisingly, the men were astounded to learn that Lincoln was a Republican.  Stories like this are repeated over and over and it becomes shocking how little the public knows about the Republican Party.  

So, what does the public know about the party?  Well, here's a few things we have been told, heard, or seen promoted about the party: 

  1.   Republicans are against women's rights
  2.   Republicans are against labor and labor unions
  3.   Republicans want to remove healthcare benefits from people
  4.   Republicans only want tax breaks for the rich
  5.   Republicans do not support African-American initiatives 
  6.   Republicans are a bunch of old white, racist men

Should I go on?  I can, but I think you get the idea.  What a lot of people know about the party comes from...to be honest here...the lies of the Democrat Party, mainstream media, and many in the education system.  Want to know the truth regarding the above list?  Here it is:

  1. Republicans have promoted women's rights since the right to vote, the right to advance in college and obtain law degrees, the right to own businesses and property, the right to run for office, and in fact more Republican women are running for office today more than ever in history. 
  2. Republicans are found in labor unions, and labor groups across the country.  Republicans promote jobs such as the pipeline which was recently signed away by President Joe Biden (A Democrat in case you're confused here). 
  3. Republicans want healthcare to benefit all, to be affordable, and to provide free choice in the market for your physician and the decisions you and your physician make.  
  4. Tax breaks have been seen, especially in recent administrations, to have positive outcomes for poor, middle class, and upper-class Americans.  It's not about giving special tax breaks to the rich, it's about cutting taxes everywhere and using what tax dollars are needed in a responsible way. 
  5. The NAACP was founded by Republican women, Republicans pushed for the right of African-Americans to vote, Republicans pushed for equality, and when that equality was challenged by Democrats as was the case in Little Rock, a Republican President sent the United States Marshalls and the Army to ensure desegregation happened whether Democrats wanted it or not.  Today more African-American businesses are supported by Republican initiatives than ever before and it's growing. 
  6. You need to visit a Republican meeting.  You will see young women, young men, African-American men and women, Hispanic men and women, and in fact, you'll see people from all walks of life.  These Republican men and women represent today and will continue to represent the wave of Republicans to come tomorrow.  
Now, it's all well and good for us to share the lies and then clarify the truth in an article meant for Republicans, but how do you go beyond that?  It is really simple.  Here's a formula to use:

Fund Education + Present Education = Educated Public

You can do this on your own, or with the support of your local committee or party.  You need to have a Public Relations campaign in your area.  It does not have to be big, but it will take a little money.  How much you will spend will vary.  You will need to have your facts lined up from either the party platform, history, or some other source.  There are hundreds of sources out there with Republican information.  The Texarkana GOP (Texarkanagop.blogspot.com) has some information at the bottom of the main page.  Take that information, with the funding needed, and find an avenue to present it locally.  

Here are a few avenues for presenting your education - Facebook advertising, banners at sports event stadiums, advertising in yearbooks, advertising in-game brochures for local high school or college teams, advertising signs for yards, host special events such as "Meet the candidate" and provide brochures on the party.  Advertising or promoting can be simple.  A banner for example may say something like this:

Miller County Republican Committee

More women elected to office in your county than ever before!


Get on the Public Relationsions committee, talk about ideas, take the one above and take it apart and develop your own.  Make it short, make it long.  Give the information to force the people to ask, "Wait, Democrats told me Republicans are against women...why are Republicans electing women to office?" and other questions.   Once people start asking questions, they will question what they have been told, what they have learned, and what they believe.  At that point, they will seek the truth and you need to provide that truth about the party. 

Education is the final key to working through the next few years in the "Now What?" aspect of our current political climate.  As a party, on the national level, we've been knocked down...but we have been down before and guess what?  We have always gotten back up....So, as the saying goes in a fight, "Get up because I ain't heard no bell yet and it ain't over."  

Jan 23, 2021

Part Two -Now What?

(Note: if you have not read Part One-Now What? you may access it just before this article by going to the main page (Texarkanagop.blogspot.com) and scrolling down to January 21, 2021.)

The next thing in our three-step process discussed previously in Part One-Now What? is to start challenging the Democrats in Washington.  Since we are currently two years away from mid-terms, this brings us to the question "How can we challenge Democrats in Washington?" 

The process will not be easy, but as you know the foundation of the Republican Party is not in Washington DC.  The foundation is not even in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The foundation of the Republican Party is simple...it is people.  The foundation of our Republican Party is you, me, your neighbor, your friends, your family members, and people you meet on the street.  Any party in the history of political movements has started with one person, one idea, and one movement.  The Republican Party, as you know, started when a group of Anti-Slavery people decided it was time to slow the growth of slavery in the United States and eventually stop slavery altogether.  These early Republicans were known as "Abolitionists" because of their desire to abolish slavery.   From a few people, a movement grew.  That movement grew not in Washington, but in the towns, cities, and counties across America.  Small groups, became county groups, county groups then contributed to state organizations, and state organizations, as well as county organizations, eventually pushed for a national candidate.  The push back against the Democrat machine in Washington starts with you. 

Your first step is going to be to learn about the party.  Look up information on the Republican Party, read the platform, read the rules, read the history.  Increase your knowledge not only so you can share it with others, but also so you will be prepared to discuss it if needed. 

After you have an idea or an improved idea of the party, reach out and find a local party or committee.  Almost every county or parish in the United States has a Republican group of some sort.  You may find a few people in the group, or you may find hundreds.  You may find a group with little direction, or you may find a group with webpages, Facebook pages, meetings, events, and so much more.  Whatever is in your area, find it and get involved.  

The final step after you have become involved in a committee or local party is to stay active and promote and push Republican candidates.  No, you will not be voting on a Washington candidate for two years, but you will be voting on other candidates.  Regardless of whether the race is a non-partisan race or not, you must seek out conservative and Republican-minded candidates.  From the local dog catcher to the city board, to the county governing body, to state representatives and Senators, up to Governor, you must find, promote, and support Republican candidates.  

Once elected, officials like state representatives or state senators will often have the ears of the people in Washington.   Those same elected officials will share their Republican views with school boards, county officials, city officials, and others.  

A few years ago a friend of mine ran for mayor of a small town.  He is a registered Republican and in fact a former chairman of a county committee.  When he ran for the office of mayor, he was running for a non-partisan position.  Because he was a Republican, Republicans in the area supported him.  Despite the fact that the position was non-partisan, one of the major questions he received during his campaign was "What party do you represent?"  He answered honestly, "Well, this is a non-partisan race; however, I am a Republican."  For many voters, that is all they needed to hear.  Some voted for him because he is Republican, and I am sure some voted against him because he is Republican...the bottom line, he won the election and served as mayor.  He was not a Republican mayor because the position was non-partisan...but the city had a Republican for mayor.  

Find, promote, and push your candidates to be Republican from dog catcher to Governor across your state.  The more Republicans we have in the office, even in non-partisan positions, the more our views, ideas, and beliefs will be promoted at the county, city, state, and ultimately federal level.  Remember, many of those representatives in Washington started out in state and local politics first. 

(In part three we will discuss teaching or educating the public about the party)

Jan 21, 2021

Part One - Now What?

After four years of controlling the White House and the Senate, Republicans are now left with little to no control in Washington...so now what?  Regardless of whether you believe the election was stolen, you believe President Trump hurt himself with comments, or you believe that McConnell sunk two Georgia races by not backing the $2000 stimulus, the fact is Republicans are on the out in Washington.  Across the country, Republicans are scratching their heads and wondering why.  Well, I could spend an entire article, possibly an entire thesis telling you why - at least my opinion as to why - but that does us little good now.  Now the party must consider what to do next. 

To simplify things, the party needs to enact a three-part plan.  If a plan is put in place, the party will have a chance of slowing down the Democrat machine, challenging it, and teaching the public about the Republican party.    

First, those Republicans in all states must maintain contact with federal representatives.  Even if your representative is a Democrat, you must let them know how you feel about issues, potential laws, changes, and especially the plans of President Biden.  This means you have to call, mail, and email your representative.  This is not the time to be running around going "Not my representative" or "Not my president."  Forget that- it looks great on a bumper sticker or as a campaign slogan, but sorry, no matter how much you chant it, say it, or show it, the bottom line is your representative may be a Democrat and your president certainly is a Democrat...get over it and get to work.  

When you call, email or mail your representatives, do not say such things as "I'm a Republican and I don't like 'XYZ'."   You need to stay completely out of party issues with your Democrat representatives.  If you start out with how you're such a "Fantastic Republican," your input will be regulated to the disgruntled constitute pile.  In other words, they will figure you're already set in your voting mindset, so why should they help you?  

Now, once you're past the "Proud Republican" moment, you need to be respectful and express your opinion or view on the matter.  Perhaps you can start out with something like, "Representative or Senator John, thank you for your service and dedication to our country.  I would like to discuss my views as your constitute on the issue..." By setting a respectful tone, you move your communication up the chain a bit - everyone likes to have their egos elevated and representatives and senators are no different.  

In the core of your communication, be direct and clear.   Let us say that the issue is gun control and they are considering a bill to raise taxes on ammunition from a federal point-of-view.  For this purpose, you need sound logic.  In your address, point out your concerns and make them the concerns of several people.  You might do something like this following the word "issue":

As you know bill 'XYZ' would raise taxes on ammunition across the board.  This increase in tax would be in addition to state and local taxes already in place.  By raising this tax, it will hurt local business leaders in pawn shops, sporting goods store, and even the local chain retailers.  While I understand the need to work and ensure these ammunitions do not fall into the hands of those intending to do illegal actions, this tax will ultimately hurt hunters, sportsmen, target ranges, high school shooting teams, and business owners all located in your district.  This issue certainly goes beyond the concepts of ensuring safe schools and public places.  If enacted, it will hurt your district from business, down to the regular consumer.  I would ask that you encourage debate, discussion, and if this bill goes through in its current form, then I would ask that you cast a vote on behalf of your district, your constituents and say "No".  

 While the letter above is just an example, please keep in mind that old saying - "You get more with sugar than you do spice."  At no point did I say, "You're hurting Republicans."  I kept it non-partisan in my approach and I was respectful.  Most importantly, I showed the representative that if he votes for this bill, he is not just hurting me, he is hurting a lot of other people.  Finally, I clearly showed him exactly who he will be hurting...his or her voters.  

Contact and active involvement, regardless of party, is the first step of the "Now What?" concept we are facing.  Look for Part Two coming soon and I will discuss "Challenging" the Democrat machine in Washington.  

Jan 12, 2021

The Final Days


As of this writing, President Trump has eight days of his presidency left.  Regardless of whether you believe the election was stolen or not, President Trump will walk out of the White House as an Ex-President, and Biden will become President of the United States.  All the "Not my President" stickers and chants in the world will not change the fact that Biden will be President.  But it seems a President who has been the Democrat Political machine's target since before he could even take the oath of office will not get out the door without one last battle to be fought. 

Democrats are now determined to ensure two things.  First, they want to squarely lay the blame for last week's Capitol intrusion and riot on Trump's shoulders.  They want to make him pay with the last few days of his presidency by removing him from office for inciting riots. Personally, I wish they had been this geared up to remove some mayors across the country when they encouraged riots, but hey, I guess that's not as important as having the riot at your own front door...whatever.  At any rate, they want to blame Trump 100%, remove him, and thereby add one final shame to his office.  The second thing they wish to do is ensure that he can not run again in four years.  Democrats are so afraid of the Trump political machine that they want to destroy it at its base and ensure that there is no chance Trump could return and sweep the nation like he once did.   After four years of spending our tax dollars chasing Trump, they want to ensure they never have to waste another tax dollar on him - you know, they have other things to waste your tax dollars on in mind.  

It's a sad day in American history.  Whether you support the President, think his actions were wrong, or outright dislike the man, he only has eight days left in office.  Most presidents slide out the door quietly, retire, write books about the great things they feel like they did, and build libraries so future generations can study and learn about the presidency.  Trump will likely settle in Florida, and let's face it, Florida has no presidential library and depending on what city he selects, it could be a boom for Florida's economy.  It only takes a drive down Clinton Avenue in Little Rock to realize that the Clinton Library helped revive a dying downtown Little Rock and make a boom - it's a fact that much like Trump, it doesn't matter whether you like Clinton or not, his library has helped tourism and business.  But, if Democrats pursue Trump, he will not simply go off quietly and build a library...no, he will become something the Democrat party should be fear more than an ex-president.  If they pursue him and get him out of office before he finishes his term, he will become an American Martyr.

By one definition, a Martyr is someone who "suffers greatly for an idea or a belief."  You can bet that if the Democrats succeed, Trump will have an entirely new set of cards to play in his post-presidency.   He will not only be just the President that helped Make America Great Again, but he will also be the President that had an election stolen from him and then was impeached to ensure he could never run again, all based on partisan politics.   The consequences for such actions and the martyr and political machine it could spawn might end up being one of the most powerful movements in recent American history.  

The bottom line...the Democrats should think long and hard about the next few days.  They must decide if upsetting roughly 74 million voters and making their chosen candidate a martyr is really what they want to face in two years at mid-terms in Congress.  The political battles they open may very well spawn an entirely new generation of "Trump-like" candidates running with the backing and support of not only an ex-president but an ex-president with a cause. 

Jan 11, 2021

When Does a Protest Become a Riot?

Most people would be hard-pressed to find anyone saying the riot, invasion, or illegal entry into the capitol last week was anything but wrong.  Even the most die-hard Trump supporters sat back in shock as people stormed through the halls of the capitol, took over offices, and went into the chambers where our laws are made. Local county committees, state parties, and the national party on both sides denounced the entry into the capitol as wrong.  Soon Governors, Congressional leaders, and President Trump denounced the illegal entry.  This is all well and good, and as it should be in our nation of laws, but it also presents a unique question that needs to be answered.  Exactly when does a "Protest" turn into a "Riot?"

During the last year, the country has seen its share of protest, as Democrat Congressional leaders often called them.  These protests resulted in businesses being burned to the ground, homes destroyed, people hurt or even killed, cars vandalized, and cities damaged.  During one of these protests, AOC of Congress commented that the people in New York were breaking into places because they were "hungry."  These protests took place in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DesMoines, Memphis, Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, and many other places.  Democrat Pelosi stated she did not know why there were not more uprisings across the country.  Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris stated, "Protesters should not let up."  

As citizens tried for the most part to avoid areas where the protest was taking place, most Democrats in Congress continued to shrug them off.  From Congressional Democrats down to city leaders, everyone acted like it was simply okay to burn police cars, destroy homes, and terrorize citizens.   But something happened last week.  A "Protest" came to the halls of Congress.  Protestors invaded those Congressional leaders' home space, and their safe zone was suddenly no longer safe.  

As many of the Congressional leaders were in hiding, ushered out of harm's way, protestor stole property, broke items, made threats, and even took up sitting at the head of the Senate chambers.  The result, as you might expect, was swift.  Congressional leaders on both sides condemned the rioters, complained about stolen property, and pushed for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.  

After last week, citizens of the United States should now know when a "protest becomes a riot."  It becomes a riot when it directly affects Congressional leaders in their home court.