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Republicans lied to us

It’s been some time since I have written anything.  Like most of you, I’ve been busy with life.  I felt compelled to write something after the whole health care debacle that occurred last week in the House because it stirred something inside of me.  So on with it. Since the founding of our nation, the great debate has been and is the role government should play in the lives of its citizens.  This debate drove the architects of our Constitution to find a balance that would give the federal government just enough powers to secure and protect the liberties of its citizens while granting most governing powers to the states and the people.  Alexander Hamilton actually believed we should have a king, while Patrick Henry was extremely wary of government in … Read entire article »

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Senator John Hoeven must stand with the “New Blood” or risk losing my support

I’ve never been a single issue voter; but that long held position was pushed to its limit when I found out my senator (John Hoeven) voted to allow debate in the Senate on gun control.  I was so mad I went to his Facebook page and posted the following; “I will not support you again Senator. You know this vote opens the door for a Democratic majority to ram through whatever they want with a simple majority vote. You knew this and you voted for it any way. Today you stood against the constitution and the peoples’ right to bear arms. You should be ashamed of yourself. “ I meant every word at the time. Mark Levin hammered the 16 Republican Senators who voted to move forward with the debate.  He stated … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (No Opposition Edition)

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines opposition as: 1 : a configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another (as the sun) in the sky or in which the   elongation is near or equal to 180 degrees 2: the relation between two propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quantity or quality or both 3: an act of setting opposite or over against : the condition of being so set 4 : hostile or contrary action or condition 5 a : something that opposes; specifically : a body of persons opposing something b often capitalized : a political party opposing and prepared to replace the party in power This past Friday I was listening to Mark Levin on the way home from work and he was describing how destructive Obamacare is and how it will forever … Read entire article »

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Obama: “It’s the right thing to do for the country…”

Most of you already know that in the early morning hours on this 1st day of 2013 the Senate voted to increases taxes on wealthy Americans while making the current tax rates on the middle class permanent.  For every $41 dollars in revenue generated in taxes there is $1 dollar in spending cuts.  Nothing and I mean nothing with the national debt was addressed.  Out of control spending was not addressed.  Florida Senator, Marco Rubio hammered this point home when he said, “Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they’ll pay this new tax and, chances are, they’ll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make.  And to make matters … Read entire article »

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Fiscal Cliff: Republicans and the Art of Surrender…

I have been saying all along that more than likely the framework of a fiscal cliff deal was crafted months ago and that all we’re seeing now is nothing more than political theater.  The actual plan was probably hammered out by leaders from both parties and the President before the election and now they’re putting on a show for the American people.  They’re playing us.  As more of the plan leaks out you will see that real spending cuts are not even addressed.  This is about raising revenue to continue the expansion of government, further shackling the American people and both parties desire this state.  Substantial spending cuts and entitlement reforms downsize the size of government and no one in Washington really wants that. This is why entitlement reforms were taken … Read entire article »

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Warning: Conservative pundits like Bill Kristol will destroy the Republican Party

How any conservative can say with a straight face that raising taxes on anyone no matter rich or poor is a good thing is beyond me; however this is exactly what some conservative pundits are suggesting.  The below video is our video of the week.  It should act as a reminder of what is wrong with the Republican Party.  Check it out. Just because the Democrats have done a good job with their class warfare rhetoric and have managed to convince a large number of uninformed Americans that those who have achieved success and wealth in America are evil doesn’t make them right. Instead of the Republicans caving in again and shifting their party platform a little farther to the left, maybe they should stand by their principles of lower taxes … Read entire article »

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What’s more believable…the left’s claim that Republicans are waging a war on women or the real war being waged on liberty?

The truth can sometimes be an elusive thing especially during an election year.  This cycle is no different.  Opposing campaigns attempt to define the narrative or the platform of the other through a series of allegations and talking points.   The left has always been extremely successful playing to the fears of specific groups; further fractionalizing our society into pieces and parts and pitting us against each other.  Instead of discussing the main issues that impact us, we find ourselves arguing over topics that have nothing to do with our current woes.  It’s a distraction, a red herring that diverts our attention away from focusing on draconian regulations and the terrible polices that are destroying our liberties and the very fabric of our culture.  These aren’t new tactics, just effective at … Read entire article »

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Reason # 321 why John Boehner needs to go

Yesterday I read that Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a memo out to rank and file Republicans urging them not to spike the ball if key provisions in Obamacare or if the entire bill is struck down by the High Court.  “If the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law,” Boehner said in a memo sent to Republican House members Thursday, “there will be no spiking of the ball.” Are you kidding me?  How many remember the below clip of John Boehner’s closing argument against Obamacare on the House floor prior to the vote back in March 2010. My how soon we forget.  We’re talking about a bill that no one had time to read before it was voted on.  This was a bill … Read entire article »

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While we were distracted did we lose free speech? (H.R. 347)

While we were being distracted by the Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh debacle last week somehow we lost some more of our liberties; liberties that are protected by OUR constitution.  This time the target is free speech. Yes you heard right we may have lost our ability to express ourselves through the act of protesting the government and it sneaked in right under our radar.  Yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work I caught Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends talking about how last week President Obama had signed into law H.R. 347. Below is the Fox and Friends clip of this interview. How I missed this, I don’t know.  What I do know is that since the turn of the year our President has violated the constitution three times.  First … Read entire article »

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Obama’s job approval at 50%: Are you kidding me?

So let’s see if I got this right.  Since Obama became President our national debt has increased by $4.7 trillion, the realistic unemployment rate is around 11%, we have lost our AAA credit rating, gas prices are 83% higher, and the housing market is still on its back.  Scandals like Solyndra and the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun walking program have become commonplace with this administration.  We have witnessed constitutional overreach with his unconstitutional recess appointments last month and his assault on the first amendment; pushing ObamaCare’s controversial contraceptive plan down on the Catholic Church.  His economic policies have failed miserably as the value of the dollar continues to fall causing goods and services to become more expensive for the average person.  And finally we have a President that hasn’t … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: Leadership without a vision

After a series of events that included political grandstanding by both political parties, an emotional appeal with sob stories to match from the President and intense pressure from the Republican leadership in the Senate, John Boehner reversed course and decided to support the two month payroll tax holiday passed in the Senate.  It was one of the most pathetic displays of leadership I’ve ever seen.  Once again the Republicans caved in and abandoned their principles because they felt they were losing the battle of public opinion.  What they did was cut and run and in my opinion made a bad situation worse.  We now have a large number of conservatives and liberals questioning the leadership skills of the Speaker of the House.  I say to those critics…what leadership skills?  Since … Read entire article »

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Our Bill of Rights is 220 years old today!

Tonight most of us will be watching the Republican debate before the Christmas break.  This will be the last chance for the candidates to pitch their brand of conservatism on a national stage to a very skeptical audience before the Iowa caucus.  Today also marks the day that our Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 by the last state needed (Virginia) to make the first 10 amendments of our constitution the law of the land. During the ratification process of our constitution a point of contention between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist forces became apparent in regards to providing safeguards to protect individual liberties.  Many in the Anti-Federalist camp believed that the constitution as written was too powerful and did not provide enough restraints to protect these liberties.  They proposed that … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: The truth can be a painful friend

Over the last few days the Stock Market has responded negatively to the debt deal.  Yes I said the debt deal.  Don’t buy what the MSM is peddling about it being our slowing economy.  Our economy has seen anemic growth since the beginning of the year.  Unemployment has hovered around 9.2 percent for the last two years.  Each month we see an “unexpected” increase in unemployment numbers. The housing market is still in the crapper.  New construction is down.  Manufacturing jobs have been disappearing since Obama took office.  And banks are still closing their doors in unsettling numbers.  This has been the state of our economy for the last two years and the market actually grew under these conditions.  And yet the MSM would have you believe that suddenly market … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: Is anyone else tired of the games the Republicans are playing?

If you can’t guess by the title of the post I’m going to bash the Republicans again.  You see I’m getting tired of the games the Republicans are playing with the American people.  They are putting party politics ahead of what is good for the country as a whole and I’ll explain why.  Jim over at Conservatives on Fire wrote an excellent article titled “Economic Freedom In The US_ What Are The House Republicans Waiting For?”  Jim’s article highlights his own frustration with House Republicans and their inability to act.  Below is an excerpt from the article. Folks, something needs to be done to stop our economic decline and it needs to be done now. It can’t wait until 2013.  Yes, I know the Republicans control only one branch of government.  I … Read entire article »

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Searching for something real

Why does Sarah Palin drive the left so crazy? Why do they attack her academic credentials, her intelligence, and even her family? In my opinion I believe it’s because she’s real. What I mean by this is with her what you see is what you get and this drives the left absolutely bonkers. She’s grounded in strong conservative principles, unwavering in her faith, and devoted to her family; all that the far left abhors and fears. And finally she connects with the conservative base and this troubles the establishment. The base doesn’t view her as another out of touch politician who doesn’t understand their struggles. In fact they view her as one of their own. In the world of politics and the double talk that … Read entire article »

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Republicans approval numbers fall: Gee I wonder why?

Just a few weeks ago prior to the 11th hour government shutdown debacle the Republicans enjoyed an approval rating of 41%; a full 10 point margin over their Democratic colleagues in congress.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.  A Zogby poll conducted on 18 April shows some very different numbers.  The GOP has dropped 10 points to a 31% approval rating and is only one percentage point above the Democrats in congress.  So how could this have happened?  The Republicans had the wind at their backs with the backing of 41% just prior to that 11th hour deal.  Well the answer is simple in my opinion; they allowed themselves to get rolled by a party that has somehow wrestled the initiative away from them.  A Democratic Party that has managed … Read entire article »

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Games: You shouldn’t be surprised when the GOP lets you down.

This past weekend the Republicans in the House used sleight of hand and before our eyes turned their promised $100 billion in spending cuts into $61 billion.  Yes that’s right even after the Tea Party organizations reminded them about their Pledge to America where they promised a $100 million in discretionary spending cuts in year one, the establishment Republicans forced the Tea Party backed freshmen class to accept a $61 billion compromise. Yes the same establishment Republicans who back in September promoted their “Pledge to America” to sell Americans a bill of goods that they had no intentions of keeping.  If they had intended on keeping their promise the Republican leadership in the House wouldn’t have started from $31 billion in spending cuts, forcing the freshmen Republicans to come off … Read entire article »

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Finding meaning in an oath

Five times in my military career I raised my right hand and took an oath to support and defend the constitution.  Each time was a very special moment for me because I understood the meaning behind the words and the promise I was making to the American people.  You see the oath is not something that should be taken lightly.  When you raise your right hand, you pledge to support and defend a document that was crafted to limit the government’s ability to encroach on individual liberties and rights.  Many elected officials take the same oath or a close version of it when they swear into office.  From Governors to Presidents, each swears an oath to support and defend the constitution.  They are making a promise to the American people … Read entire article »

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