Monday, May 1, 2017

Ryan Leads Timid Republicans in Repudiation of 2016 Vote

Before we all give up and run screaming, just remember that you knew that the Republicans were a bunch of lily-livered cowards and that our leadership talks the talk but rarely walks the walk.  We KNEW that Paul Ryan was not going to repeal Obamacare, we KNEW it, but some of us still can't believe it.  Even my local representative in my state legislature has been a huge disappointment because he is easily swayed by those who band together and convince themselves to ignore principled positions and do what is more "popular."  What is more popular is to spend money.  What in God's name our representatives would do if they actually had to cut spending, I guess we will never know.

So, what to do?  Why vote when none of the items on the agenda ever change?  I don't know about voting, I will probably continue to vote, but I will support Convention of States.  I don't really care that the John Birch Society and Eagle Forum are up in arms about it and that they think we will have a run-away convention if we manage to finally approve the Convention of States; I mean, who cares?  They are already running away from our Constitution as fast as they can and there is too much money in lobbying to every change the way that bills are created and passed.  It is time for Term Limits and our representatives will NEVER vote in Term Limits for themselves.  There are other things that must be addressed, but Term Limits are my sticking point.

I used to believe that Term Limits limited someone from serving effectively because of the learning curve.  No longer.  By the time these guys get to be representatives or senators, they are well aware of how to make money from politics.  Paul Ryan used to be a constitutional conservative, and he has fallen from grace.  He is no longer a Conservative and the stridency of his voice will tell you about his level of desperation to convince his audience that he still believes in Conservative principles when that is the furthest possible thing from the truth.  "These are Conservative Policies!" says Ryan in his highest tonal whine.  That's when you know that we're doomed. 

I hope Trump figures out how to navigate these dangerous waters.  It's tough when your leaders are bought and paid for and have convinced all who are willing to listen that Conservatism is alive and well.  Well, it probably is, but not in Washington D.C.!

With the downfall of Fox News, and the cowardice of the Republican leadership, our future seems even more bleak than it did before Obama destroyed the health insurance system in this country.  There are so many demands on a shrinking upper class whose tax dollars will never be able to stretch to fund all the social goodies that the politicians have promised.  No wall, no decrease in spending, none of the promises from the campaign are coming to pass and before you wonder too long about why this is happening, go read about Convention of States.  It may be our only hope.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bark On

Written in response to a letter to the editor in the Independent just after the election of Donald Trump.

I read with building disgust the letter from an angry Liberal and the usual Conservative-bashing Mr. Brooks.  Millions of small business owners, Conservative teachers, construction-workers, administrators, etc. have spent the last 8 years suffering through Liberal economic policies and Social engineering schemes that DID NOT WORK.  Oh sure, you'll get your occasional Obamacare write-in saying how well it worked for them, but the fact of the matter is it worked for no one else.  It should alarm even the most totalitarian and obtuse that the program touted as a God-send by the political elite did not end up ruining THEIR, no.  They did not have to figure out how to pay a mortgage payment-sized premium for a policy with a $6,000 deductible.  They continued to see their Doctors and pay reasonable prices for their policies while the rest of middle-class America (what's left of it) reeled between $5,000 fines and $12,000-$15,000 premiums.  

The next item on this list of utopian Liberal ideas was an economic floor in the guise of a $15, or $14, or maybe $16 minimum wage that would, if every economic study ever done is an indicator, crush the already low employment numbers in minority and youth groups and further challenge already low-margin service businesses to survive.  

Liberals have been proven wrong in the economic arena for years, having to dream up scare tactics and utopian ideals to support economic models that don't work.  Economics professors in Liberal Elite Economics departments nationwide came up with study after study demonstrating how low tax policies kill growth and, in their most egregious act, developed the phrase "trickle-down economics" which Reagan never used and then proceeded to bash it over the heads of Conservatives, uniquely branding it as a Conservative policy that didn't work when, once and for all, this was NOT a Conservative ideal.  Instead, Reagan used the Milton Freidman reference that a, "rising tide lifts all boats."  

So successful was their branding and marketing of utopian ideals that the American people, after 8 years of Bush's middle-left economic policies and war after war, we're willing to dip their toes in the Keynsian swamp.  Never having been fans of Keynsian big-government ideas, Conservatives braced for the onslaught of taxes, government "infrastructure" spending, and the attendant low-growth policies of a Liberal administration.  And we got it, in spades. 

It started with the collapse of the biggest Liberal policy of them all that made Clinton's buddies who ran the Freddie/Fanny empire very rich ($90 million...look it up), the Clinton-sponsored Community Reinvestment Act.  Republicans, sometime stalwarts against government spending, we're guilted into voting for this monstrosity using the race card.  With very little evidence to support the need for broad-based loan relief in minority communities, just the hint that Congressional representatives could be racist if they didn't support this legislation resulted in its passage and the bank loan bubble of 2008.  That bubble and the actions earlier that year by the Federal Reserve raising interest rates 2.5 points put pressure on the variable-rate loans and those who had financed their homes with interest only variable rate loans saw their payments sky-rocket.  By the time the Fed realized that "inflationary pressures," the excuse given for increasing rates in the first place, we're non-existent, the damage was done.  Bankruptcies skyrocketed and even as interest rates started to sink, the giant bubble burst leaving all of America gasping as home after home went up for sale in a market where prices were crashing.  Life savings disappeared with a crash in the stock market and lives were ruined as family after family moved into homes with relatives or smaller, more affordable apartments.  This crash, this "crisis" was not wasted by the Frank Marshall Davis accolyte, Barrack Obama, and the rest was history.

What the Left, especially the young Left does not understand about this election is that Conservatives saw this election as the last chance before utter ruin.  Obama had consolidated the student loan market and created an economy that crawled along at 1% or less making it impossible for middle class families to send children to college.  Tack on the ruinous medical premiums and increasing medical costs despite all promises to the contrary, and little hope for more than snails-pace growth and more people than just Conservatives came out to vote on Tuesday. 

In case you missed it, this election was not about bashing gay people or force-feeding Liberals to the Lions which is what the angry Left is morosely shouting to those who might listen.  Instead, this was about small business owners fighting for survival, the middle class voting for change and the undeniable fact that Hillary Clinton did not close the case for higher taxes, a minimum wage hike, and the continuation of Obamacare. 

I'm not saying that Conservatives don't have opinions that differ with the Left about human rights, yes, human, you know, gay, straight, black, red, white and blue.  We do.  But Conservative positions are almost never as extreme as our fellow Montanan from Bozeman believes they are.  Conservatives are not filled with hatred any more than those on the Left.  We support Legal immigration, hardly an extreme position, and as for human rights, we support freedom and our Constitution.  We don't believe that minorities are due special rights under the Constitution, instead, we believe our Constitution conveys on all of us the same rights.  

I remember fighting against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 80's and my contention was that, as a woman, I believed that my Constitution protected me "as a person" in every way that mattered.  For that I was name-called and told that I was a woman-hater, so get in line with the long, long list of name-callers, Mr. Angry Guy in Bozeman.  We've just lived through 8 years of hell and your yippy little voice added to the vicious outcry from the Left will not make a dent in the armor that Conservatives have developed in the last 8 years.  Bark on, my good man, but keep it non-violent because you teetered on threats and though we're pretty sure you are harmless, Conservatives are pretty big on the 2nd Amendment and we don't take well to veiled threats or violent behavior. 

It's time to grow up and realize that you rarely get everything you want, in life, or in politics, and spare the rest of us your gasps and the, "I just can't believe you THINK that way," statements that assume everyone around you agrees with you.  In fact, instead of reading nothing but the Independent, branch out!  Listen every once in awhile to those who disagree with you.  I know it's tough, but it builds character, makes your understanding of the world more complete and lends credence to the arguments you make because when you read more than material in your comfort zone, you can build stronger arguments.  And who knows, maybe the person in power that you need to convince might not immediately shut you down as a num-nutt partisan hack.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Booker's Ballyhoo

Cory Booker is making a fool out of himself today. His audition for President is a sad, pathetic, attempt at market analysis. 

How will he test in the white middle-class market? Will he be able to engender the same support that Obama did when he lied to the American people claiming that he was a friend of the Jewish state, a middle-of-the-road, blue-dog, business-supporting, entrepreneurial, candidate? Give it up, Cory. You are a failed mayor. You don't have the same sharp crease in your khaki's and the adoration of Chris Matthews. And the fact that you would break Senate protocol to testify against a fellow Senator on the eve of his confirmation to a cabinet position with no facts to substantiate your accusation that he is a racist homophobe is all we need to know about your character. 

Fortunately, your ridiculous testimony was quickly annihilated by the testimony from a group of lawyers and lay people who have known Sen. Sessions for 20 or more years (parenthetically, they were black).  Did Cory Booker present an example of Sen. Sessions lying to the American people, disobeying the law, or discriminating against a gay, black, lesbian, or other person?  Nope.  Nothing.  There is not a single example of Sen. Sessions discriminating against anyone, and Cory Booker, listening to the siren song of the Black Caucus, made the piss-poor judgement to testify against the soon-to-be Attorney General.  Had he thought carefully, not something he is known for, he might have envisioned how his testimony would play out.  Who else would be testifying against Sen. Sessions?  Who would be testifying for him and when?  

But, he did get his headline testimony and with the collaboration of the US press corps (pronounced CORE), he will begin his attempt to fill the space left by our Whiner-in-Chief.  He'll need to spiff it up a little, though.  Those are some very sharp creases and shiny shoes to fill.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The True Colors of the Totalitarian Left

The true colors of the Left are on full display tonight as the sore losers take to the streets for their final hurah.  What these numnuts burning fires and causing headaches for the police don't see or feel around them is the pure joy of millions of entrepreneurs, unemployed oil workers, restauranteurs, and home-based business owners who now know that the wicked witch is dead!  We are joyous with the anticipation at the death of Obamacare, one of the most aggregious transfers of wealth at the hands of politicians since the New Deal. 

The scare-mongering is just beginning as the failed linguist Paul Krugman pens yet another ridiculous column, this time warning that the markets will "never recover!"  I've got only one thing to say to the leader of the Left, "Don't Sleep in the Jungle, there are Snakes!"  I would think that we could finally push Dr. Krugman from his Leftist pedestal with the penning of his obviously piss-poor analysis of market behavior.  This guy is done being of any influence in the economic arena; perhaps he should go back to his linguistic roots and work on his failed theories there.  It's time for media outlets like CRTV and PJMEDIA to take their rightful places in the forefront of political discussion. 

Most entrepreneurs and professional business people are too busy to listen to those who base their theories of everything on "models." These Americans are too busy getting their products ordered, shelved, and marketed to worry that some Leftist has-been thinks the markets might never recover and, frankly, that sounds like bunk to them because with the death of Obamacare, lower taxes, and regulatory moratoriums, they think it sounds more like Morning in America! 

I've been humming, "Nah, na, na, nah, na, na, na, nah, hey, hey, hey, Goodbye," for 12 hours, and my favorite thing to do now is to pick out the little American flags on the cars in traffic.  I don't feel like there is a guillotine hanging over my head anymore which is an entirely new experience after a solid year of believing that Americans would buy the lies that Hillary Clinton was selling in her campaign.  After listening to Obama move to the right in his campaign, using the buzzwords, "entrepreneurship," and "small business," knowing that as soon as he won the election, he asked most of America to "sit in the back of the bus," I feared that the working class would    once again believe the lies so carefully crafted by the Left to fool Mr. & Mrs. American Entrepreneur and with little or no fight in the Republican candidate in 2012, it was hard for me to believe that Donald Trump was going to convince my compatriots that we could bring free market capitalist principles to the fight.  I should have believed because he was, afterall, the only Republican candidate who bucked the establishment advisors and brought the Clinton history front and center at the debates.  It was the first time that a Republican showed some guts and threw the sexual predator charge right back in the faces of Bill and Hillary Clinton.  Do I think it made a difference in the minds of some of the voters?  Absolutely.  I would have gone further, of course.  I would have brought up the crass and devastating actions of Hillary Clinton when she fired lifetime Whitehouse travel staff with little notice to replace them with her buddies from Arkansas.  It was a classless act and one that should haunt her to her grave.  The non-partisan staffers had warmly welcomed every president from Carter forward and she packed up their belongings and threw them out on their ears, and she wasn't even the President!  I would have voted against her for that alone.

In retrospect, I think it was the fact that Trump was a fierce fighter, a characteristic I disliked intensely during the primary when he devastated my candidate with attacks on his father and wife that were beyond the pale, that brought the American people to their feet and created the movement that resulted in a Republican victory.  It may have been the Republican's year in any case, but there was something in the Trump candidacy that Americans didn't see in Romney that brought them to the polls and I admit wholeheartedly that I am grateful for it.  I am also grateful that the Never Trumper crowd was less of a crowd and more of a reactionary few who will now melt into the "movement" and be forgiven for disliking the candidate who will bring back prosperity to America.  It's OK in America to dislike your party's candidate, and it's OK to believe that we might, once again find hope in the form of free-market capitalism in our Constitutional Republic.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Horrified Hillary

That Hillary Clinton is "horrified" by Donal Trump's reticence to accept the election results in a country where hundreds of venues submit suspect election results, where we accept that the black panthers can stand 20 feet from a ballot box, and where the Demoncrats put up an absolute FIT about hanging chads in Florida is hypocrisy at its finest.  In a recent Star Talk hosted by one of my favorites, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the participants discussed alternate universes as an accepted part of string theory.  It is my contention that our parallel realities are bumping up against one another on a regular basis during this election cycle and I have landed in the universe that should not exist.  I love you Neil, even though you are a little nuts about the climate change issue, but can we find a way to control this so that I live in the universe where Liberty is the accepted order?  I want to jump out of this universe and into that one, please.  Maybe we could work on that.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Death of the Republican Party

Oh, I hope I'm proven wrong.  But when the leadership of your party is more concerned with K street than Main Street, it is on it's way to the trash-heap of history.  It is possible that the American people, stressed-out by $12,000/year medical policies, loath to hand even more power to the federal government, sick of 20 Trillion dollars in debt and growing, may stop toying with ideological pursuits, recognize that their principles might have to take a hit, again, and vote for the nominee of our party, but I doubt it.  They are far too interested in moral suicide.

I befriended many of the Never-Trump crowd in my zeal to support a true Constitutional Conservative, Ted Cruz; and I have been loath to criticize them because I also have a difficult time voting for someone who is lately come to the Republican party, cannot define even one principle of conservative philosophy or discuss Liberty though he graduated from one of the best schools in the country, and is obviously a shrewd financier!  He has never considered political philosophy much less read any of the great philosophers, or studied our history to any great extent.  This is mildly frustrating to those of us who strongly believed that a Cruz/Rubio ticket would have crushed the obviously damaged goods the Democrat Party has put forward.

But there is one thing the Democrat Party has that we Republicans do not...millions who don't care about history, liberty, philosophy, classical republicanism, economics, or freedom for that matter.  They are willing to elect a liar who they believe has been given a "bad rap" and let her grow the government, open the borders, and fully liberalize our court system without a thought that this will crush entrepreneurship and finally slam shut the door to Liberty, private property rights, religious freedom, and our Republic, in no uncertain terms.  We will have the government to care for us.  We may not receive any care, but the government is there and it will be ubiquitous.  At every turn we will have the government to "help."

Our future business plans are uncertain.  We will likely close our doors if the economy continues to falter (and yes, it continues to falter...1% growth is not "growth," folks), and try a more variable-cost friendly business model, leaving the fixed-cost brick and mortar to those with higher margins.  And though we are the only Billiard shop in Western Montana, we are selling goods bought with the most disposable of all income and there will be little of that with no energy development, no coal, no industry of any kind leaving Montanans to rely upon the entrepreneurial and the transient.  Our property values will be supported by those who must escape the southern states as they slowly morph into third world countries with the attendant violence and low property values. 

For those in similar predicaments, please support the Convention of the States Project.  The only way, and I mean ONLY way that we will save our Republic after years and years of economic malfeasance will be by using our 5th Amendment.  I, for one, will fight to limit the terms of those who practice politics as a profession, limit judges who legislate from the bench to name just a few of the important amendments that we must pass.  I will ignore those who believe that the Convention process will somehow be hijacked even though 39 states must vote to pass amendments and press forward in the name of Liberty for my kids and my country.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Warrior Stands Fast

The reaction to Ted Cruz' speech at the #RNC tonight says much more about the Trump supporters than it does about Ted Cruz' character.  When Reagan appeared at "Ford's" convention and spoke briefly of unity, he basically did the same thing that Ted Cruz did tonight.  Cruz, highly insulted by personal attacks by Trump and his surrogates, could be forgiven, in a civil society, for not endorsing Mr. Trump. In fact, I'm guessing that had he endorsed Trump, his political capital would have been hurt far worse than it has by saying, "vote your conscience," to a room full of people who may not feel entirely comfortable with their choice.  And Group Think is a powerful thing.  Those who might have given Ted a pass were surrounded by boos and cat-calls and other unbelievably rude and un-unifying behavior and probably felt compelled to join in the popular uprising.  It is, afterall, far more fun to Boo and criticize than it is to defend a warrior to a mob.  And make no mistake, Ted Cruz is one of our finest warriors. 

I sympathize wholeheartedly with those who must now defend their vote against Trump as being one of principle and not a vote to install Hillary Clinton to the executive.  Donald Trump won his party's nomination by lying about Ted Cruz' character, demeaning his wife and then attacking his father.  Not once did DJT have to match wits w Ted Cruz one on one in a debate about policy where we could take the measure of DJTs Conservatism.  Nope, Trump proved himself to be a talented politician, avoiding a one-on-one policy debate with the most talented Conservative debater in the field.  It was downright Clintonesque. 

The Trump campaign had a chance tonight to mend fences, contain the rude behavior, and manage expectations; afterall, Trump knew what was in Cruz' speech.  Instead, in true political scorched earth policy fashion, they crushed Conservative voices and, once again, attacked our Conservative warrior.  Instead of taking yet another opportunity to mend fences, they chose to foment the rage of Group-think gone wild and, led by a delegation from NY that cannot even deliver its own state come election night, they sent out the surrogates to insult and demean conservative voices. 

Ted is a Snake, a Liar, a Scumbag; all these words are flying around the blogosphere wrapped in statements like, "It's Cruz' fault we're not unified!"  Huh, it makes scratching one's head seem redundant.  How is a Conservative standing on principle, calling for unity, and telling his supporters to vote their conscience as  Constitutional Conservatives not unifying? 

In the Trump world of group think, there is no room for dissent of any kind, THAT is how it is not unifying.  They know that their candidate is not a Constitutional Conservative.  If Trump had cared to unify his party, he would have told the NY delegation to hold their fire.  But he doesnt care. 

Trump doesn't care about Conservative thought, values or beliefs; he could give a crap about our Constitution and  the importance of adhering to its principles in the face of Alinskiite attacks on our society, and he could give a hoot about 1/3 of his party because that's not how he operates.  He is a take no prisoners guy and unity is not as important as building brand, destroying perceived dissent, and "winning" at all costs. 

So, to all those Trump supporters out there who seem to value unity and accuse Cruz of creating dissent, get over it.  Our warrior didn't create the problem, YOU did.  Keep attacking Conservatives and you will go down in the flames of November with nothing, very much like the NY delegation will.  Hold your fire, get to work, and start campaigning instead of frothing at the mouth to kill Conservative dissent and you MIGHT have a chance to beat the Clinton machine because, frankly, this election shouldnt even be close.