Not My President

I’ve seen this expression on signs and all over social media.  Various people, upset at the election of Donald Trump, have taken to stating that he is not their President.  I may touch on the obvious fallacy in this statement, but that is not my purpose in writing this morning.  This Monday after the Inauguration my purpose is to discuss the distinct differences between the right and the left.

First, the most obvious.  I do not think that in my entire lifetime there has ever been a riot started by or participated in by White Republicans.  If someone out there can document one, I will stand corrected.  But it is my belief that at no point in time have white Republicans decided that the method by which they should express their dissatisfaction assaulting police officers, and destroying property.

Second, I am fairly certain that no right wing organization has banned or punished members for holding different views.  Meanwhile Hollywood, the media, and various left leaning organizations are disparaging, threatening, and boycotting people like Steve Harvey for engaging with Donald Trump or performing at the inauguration.

Trump and Republicans are routinely criticized for dividing the nation by race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  But it is clearly the left that practices identity politics.  Take for example the “Women’s March”.  Self described feminists who hold a pro-life position were specifically told they were not welcome to participate.  As if believing in the preservation of life strips one of their identity as a woman.

In reality, since it is the left that pushes the notion that there is no such thing as gender to begin with, and that a person is whatever they identify as, it strikes me as odd that they would even have a “Women’s March”.

The simple, demonstrable, inarguable fact is that it is the Democrats and their supporters who practice intolerance, bigotry, and racism.

The actual definition of tolerance is putting up with things you don’t like.  Republicans do that every day.  We are by and large, and as a matter of policy, generally content to let people live their lives.  And we genuinely believe in, and practice, freedom of speech.  The left does not.

As a member of the left you are not free to speak your mind, or deviate in any way from the party line.  If you do you will be shouted down, ostracized, and in some instances physically assaulted.  These things simply do not happen at right wing events, rallies, protests, etc.  As an example, it has now been documented that the violence at Trump rallies during the campaign was instigated, and orchestrated, by organized left wing groups.

The simple fact is that the left is actually guilty of all the things they claim the right is guilty of.  This can be proven through their own statements in writing and on video.

It is my hope that our new President will transcend all of the pettiness and BS, and actually move forward in a manner that will benefit all of us.  In fact, I am certain that whatever he does will be intended to benefit all of us.  Why?  Because Republicans see people as Americans, it is Democrats that see people as hyphenated Americans.

Bottom line snowflake…he is YOUR President, and he will be for at least the next 4 years.  So put your clothes back on, put the signs away, stop littering, rioting, and making fools of yourself in public…and let’s get about the business that should be at the top of EVERY American’s priority list.

Making America Great Again!

 

Snakes Eating Their Tails

This is an interesting time to be alive.  It can be a frustrating time as well, but it’s interesting to be sure.

This morning I pulled up Yahoo! to look at my email and saw a story about a new Disney movie featuring a male Polynesian that is depicted as a “plus-sized” individual.  Needless to say, the internet is in an uproar.  But, what is funny to me about this situation is that the maniac liberals are busily eating their own.

We have received conflicting messages for years now.  We’ve been told that obesity and its’ attendant complications (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) are an epidemic.  We’ve also been told that “fat shaming” is abhorrent, and that “plus-sized” people should be celebrated, accepted, and welcomed.  So now a “plus-sized” Disney character comes along and Polynesians are upset at the depiction of their culture…while other people are upset that they find fat people upsetting.

We have gone so far down the road of political correctness that even the proponents of political correctness are no longer able to identify the rules.  Such was the case when gay people were killed by a Muslim in Orlando.

All I can do at this point is sit back and laugh.  Or cry…

We are blasting down the road to ruin at warp speed.  The ease of interaction that the internet affords is hastening our demise.  Mr. Orwell looks more and more like a prophet with each passing day, as our world transforms into a caricature of 1984.

The only consolation I have as I watch this process is that those who initiated it will be its’ first victims.  But the rest of us will follow…

An Answer for EmmaLeigh

Some time ago my daughter asked me what the difference was between liberals and conservatives.  At the time I didn’t really feel like I had an answer I could verbalize, though I certainly felt like I knew the difference.  In the wake of the death of Justice Scalia I have been thinking a lot about the direction of this nation, and it’s possible direction if the current President manages to get a liberal loon on the court.  So EmmaLeigh, here is your answer.

Let me start by saying that sarcasm is my manner of speech.  This post will be no different.  If that offends anyone who reads it, let me say up front…I don’t care.  I’m 45 not 25.  I don’t give a shit about your feelings.

Let me add that everything I will write here is from direct observation, direct contact, and personal conversations.  I am not quoting Rush Limbaugh, or Fox News, or any of the other things people might say.  Liberals actually are crazy, so many of the points of view expressed will not make sense to a normal person.  But, people with working brains are becoming a smaller and smaller segment of our population anyway…so what the hell.

So Em, let me first start by helping you to identify a liberal.  Meet Obama Girl.  She believed that the election of Obama meant she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.  This is the first sign that you are speaking to a liberal.  They believe that the United States Government exists to give them money.

The term “liberal” is generally regarded as meaning “Democrat”.  But the actual truth is that while “liberal” does cover all Democrats it also covers somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the Republican Party as well.  At least in terms of social programs, which is pretty much the defining issue that separates the two.

You see, conservatives believe in equal opportunity.  Level the playing field and let the chips fall where they may.  We believe in a safety net for those who have fallen into desperate circumstances.  We believe in a hand up.  We believe it is best to teach a man to fish rather than give him one.

Liberals on the other hand, believe in equality of outcome.  They believe that if I have $10 and you have $0, then I owe you $5.  They believe that the playing field is not, never has been, and never will be, level.  They believe the “safety net” should be about 3 inches below your feet.  They believe in hand outs, welfare, and the “give a man a fish” method, which leads to generational dependence.  Why?  Because when you provide everything a group of people needs, those people will continue to vote for you.  This is the actual reason for the Democrats insisting on amnesty for illegals, because it opens “a path to citizenship”, which allows for voting…which adds more Democrats to the voter registration rolls.

Liberals will frequently refer to conservatives as racists.  Interestingly, I am 45 years old…and I have been white most (if not all) of my life.  I’m what you might call a redneck, biker type of guy.  I shoot guns, drink beer, ride Harleys, and occasionally raise hell.  Yet the most racist people I know…are all black.  Every single one of them in fact.  And statistically speaking, if you are talking to a black person you are talking to a Democrat.

Liberals believe that conservatives are waging a “war on women”.  Primarily due to the generally accepted conservative position on abortion.  Interestingly, these people do not care about the “war on children” which has resulted in 50,000,000+ children being aborted since Roe v Wade.  And the deluded black person that votes Democrat, doesn’t seem to get that the highest percentage of those abortions is taking place in their community.  Which is in keeping with the mission statement of Planned Parenthood, as it was founded by Margaret Sanger for the purpose of controlling the black population.  But hey…I’m the racist… lol

Liberals believe that if you would like the border of your nation to be secure; if you would like only people who are eligible to vote, to vote; and if you don’t believe America should be invaded by third world countries and eventually turned into one; then you are a racist and a xenophobe that hates people from other countries.

Liberals believe that personal failure is someone else’s fault, and that the government should step in to save you.  Generally speaking this is done with money confiscated at gun point from productive people.  Liberals do not believe in personal responsibility, parental guidance, discipline, or basically any other commonly accepted manner of achieving success.  In fact, liberals hate success.

The light of one person’s success shines on another person’s failure.  This is unfair.  However, rather than seek to make the unsuccessful person successful, liberals seek to punish the success of the person who succeeded, confiscate his wealth, and give it to the person who failed.  Of course that person failed because they are not equipped to succeed, and so they fail again.  Which perpetuates the cycle.  Which is exactly what the liberals want to have happen.

Find someone you know who is “on the system”.  Welfare, food stamps, Section 8, etc.  Ask that person what programs are in place to get them off the system.  You may be surprised to learn that the answer is…none.  If they make a dollar, attend a class, take on a room mate, or do anything else in an effort to rise up from their position, their benefits will be cut.  Because the purpose and design is not to elevate people, it is to perpetuate the misery.  Because after all…if no one was on welfare, where would welfare workers work?

Essentially it boils down to this.  If you hear someone saying something completely stupid, the more stupid the statement the more likely a liberal is speaking.  If you hear someone railing against the rich, from the tarmac while standing beside their private jet…that’s a liberal.  If you hear a Congressman ask whether stationing more troops on Guam is a good idea as the island might tip over…that’s a liberal.  If you hear someone rant against any activity while simultaneously engaging in said activity…that’s a liberal.

Bottom line answer…

Conservatives believe in a Representative Republic; self determination; the rule of law; the sovereignty of the citizen; limited government.  Liberals believe in European Socialism.  Whether it’s Eastern European or Western European depends on the liberal.

So basically, conservatives want to conserve the things that made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.  Liberals want to right all the wrongs, and create equality by implementing Socialism.  Which, of course, has never worked in the history of the world.  But, they have destroyed the education system (intentionally) and thus the public has no knowledge of any of this.

If for some reason you believe I am exaggerating, ask yourself this question:  College isn’t free.  Someone has to pay the teachers, keep the lights on, cut the grass, etc.  So where is the money coming from to pay for the “free college” that Bernie Sanders is promoting as we speak?  (Hint: your pocket)  They call it a “tax on Wall Street”.  And when they say “Wall Street” you think of various movies you’ve seen with fat cats in limos and stuff.  But let me turn “Wall Street” into what it actually is.  Your 401k plan.  Your IRA.  Your pension.  Your investments.  Your 403B.  In other words…ALL the money the middle class has saved or invested…that’s “Wall Street”.

You’ll have to decide how you feel about that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Davis and Kay Hooper

Late last week an old friend of mine either liked or linked to a post by some woman named Kay Hooper on Facebook.  The subject was Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in violation of a court order demanding that she do so.  I engaged on the topic because I have serious issues with the thought process that went in to this woman being jailed.  Which, of course, put me at odds with one Kay Hooper.

It turns out, as my friend excitedly explained, that Kay Hooper is a NY Times best selling author of more than 60 novels.  I googled her this morning.  It appears that she writes fiction.  Which is wholly consistent with her Facebook posts on political matters.  After a day or two of appealing to authority, pigeonholing, and arguing about legal matters from a “fairness” perspective, she ran out of talking point memos.  She resorted to the tactic every liberal I have ever debated eventually reverts to, which is impugning the character and motives of their opponent, name calling, and jumping to the conclusion that they are right because someone else agrees with them.

Ms. Hooper apparently does not understand that truth is not decided by committee.

I walked away from the conversation because in the end it is fruitless.  Liberals want their religion promoted from the highest levels of government, backed by the force of law, and enforced without exception.  Liberalism being a liberal’s religion.  And so the people who cry out for tolerance, display none.  Those who champion mercy for illegal immigrants can find none for a county court clerk.  The same people who think that giving a child a failing grade in school is horrible because it can negatively impact their self-esteem, and abhor bullying, publicly squeal with delight at the suffering of any individual that does not share their core beliefs.  And they believe themselves consistent, reasoned, and rational.  Amazing…

But enough about some author I’ve never heard of.  Let’s move on to the crux of the issue shall we?  I will attempt to highlight here several key points about this case.  Hopefully my readers will be smarter than Mrs. Hooper and her readers, and able to understand some basic facts.

  1.  If we are going to jail a county court clerk for violating federal “law”, why are we not jailing the mayors and town councils of “Sanctuary Cities” for violating federal law?  Why have we not jailed Hillary Clinton for violating federal law?  Why have we not jailed Obama for violating a federal judge’s orders?
  2. The Supreme Court does not make laws, it interprets the constitutionality of laws.  Mrs. Davis is in fact in contempt of court.  Outside of that, she has broken no laws.  Because there is no law in her state allowing the marriage of gay couples.  As a consistent person who believes in the rule of law I believe that people held in contempt of court should be punished according to the law.  But then let us ask ourselves how it is that Bill Clinton perjured himself and faced no jail time, as the law demands.  How is it that liberals were not howling for that law to be enforced?
  3. Mrs. Davis asked for, and was denied, a “reasonable accommodation”.  She simply asked that her name be removed from the marriage licenses.  She was perfectly willing to allow her office to issue the licenses in question so long as her name was not on them.  Thus, the agenda here is not to fairly apply the law to all, and allow gay couples to marry.  It is to beat a dissenter into submission with threats and intimidation, and force compliance with the imperial federal government and their “Men in Black”.
  4. Would the people who are shouting that the Supreme Court has ruled and therefore that settles the issue be saying the same thing if the court had ruled 5-4 against same sex marriage?  Honestly?  I think we all know the answer to that question.
  5. Marriage is not a civil right.  It is a civil union.  It is a contract between two individuals, and it is governed by the laws of the locality, or municipality, and in the end the State in which it takes place.  No activity for which you must be licensed is a civil right.  You do not have a civil right to a hunting license, a fishing license, a drivers license, or a marriage license.  All of these things have qualifiers and standards you must meet prior to being issued the license.  Those standards are set by the State.  Marriage is not the purview of the federal government.  No ceremony in recorded history has ever concluded with the words, “By the power vested in me by the federal government, I now pronounce you…”
  6. For the love of god…you have a right to keep and bear arms that is guaranteed by a Constitutional Amendment, and states and municipalities have been restricting that right in numerous ways for decades.  How can you be consistent in applying the Constitution and say that states cannot set standards for issuing marriage licenses, but they can set standards for issuing firearms licenses?

I am not at all concerned with gay people getting married.  I couldn’t care less what they do.  I am not approaching this issue from a moral position or a religious one.  I do not subscribe to any particular set of religious values, and I do not think gay people getting married negatively impacts heterosexual marriage in any way.  That said…

I do think that the citizens of a society have the right to determine what that society recognizes as a “marriage”.  As Ms. Hooper pointed out (and then blindly failed to see) 38 states have wrangled with this issue.  State constitutions have been amended, state laws have been passed, state Supreme Courts have weighed in.  This is the process as it should be.  The circumvention of this process by the federal government is an assault on our system of government, our way of life, and a threat to the future of this nation.

Ask yourself this question.  What exactly is the point of having State constitutions, or even states for that matter?  If the federal government can come along and demand that every state in the union do exactly the same thing, exactly the same way, what’s the point in having individual states and state governments?  What is the difference between living in Georgia and living in Maine, if the people of those states are not free to set the policies, practices, traditions and standards of their respective states?

People make a comparison to the civil rights movement of the 60’s.  They compare the struggle for “marriage equality” with the struggle of black Americans for simple equality.  This is a false comparison, put forward by mental midgets, attempting to hijack an argument and shame people who disagree with them.  Rather than being a proponent of state’s rights and limited government, you are framed as a bigot out to deny basic human rights to a segment of the population.  It’s cheap, poorly thought out, and utterly predictable (as are most liberal positions).

The simple fact is that our Declaration of Independence states that as a living human being you have certain inalienable rights.  Our Constitution exists to further codify those rights and protect them.  In the period prior to and leading up to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s black people were being denied basic human rights.  Food, shelter, access to public accommodations, transportation, employment, etc.  These were clear violations of both the spirit and the letter of the original intent of the Founders.  Nevertheless it took the passage of a number of laws, including the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, to formally reverse these things as a matter of policy.

In the case before us now there has been no law passed by the people’s duly elected representatives.  There has been no denial of a fundamental, inalienable right.  (Please note that you can be denied a marriage license for a number of reasons, all based on the state law governing the issuance of said license.)  What there has been instead is a political agenda, pushed by what is supposed to be an apolitical body (SCOTUS) in the absence of a spine on the part of the legislature.  And so what we wind up with is judicial activism, legislation from the bench, and the imposition of the will of 5 people on the culture of a nation of over 300 million.

Those willing and eager to see this sort of governance when the ruling is in favor of a view they hold had best take care.  Pendulums swing both ways.  What you will countenance with regard to overreach and judicial activism sets a precedent for future courts and governments to follow.  What you may not have considered is that people who agree with you may not always be in power.

Sadly, I believe we have already reached the point of no return in this nation.  We have a permanent ruling class that is accountable to no one.  We have a corrupt court attempting to make law rather than adjudicate it.  We have an overreaching executive whose precedent will be expanded upon by future leaders.  We have a corrupt legislature, for sale to the highest bidder.  And worst of all, we have a lazy, self-serving populace, content to see their personal views imposed on their neighbors by any means necessary.

When your children and grandchildren ask you what happened to the America they read about in history books (assuming future government even allow history books that contain actual history) you need only look in the mirror to find the answer you must provide.  If you sat here grinning while your neighbor was carted off to jail for what they believe…don’t be surprised, or expect any tears shed on your behalf, when the powers that be arrive at your door one day.

Orwell was a prophet.  He just got the year wrong…

The Minimum Wage and Other Liberal Lunacy

Recently a person I have known since high school posted a liberal talking point type meme to her Facebook page.  As has become standard for me these days, I draw inspiration from what people post on Facebook and delve a bit deeper in to it here.  As we have become something of a bumper-sticker society, with people saying (or rather regurgitating) things they have given little or no practical thought to.  Facebook is for quick, attention gathering, snippets.  Blogs are for more lengthy, well reasoned, thoughts.

So let me start with some basics.

The intention, I think, of most liberals is an honest one.  They see people suffering and they want to help.  The problem is that their brains stop working as soon as their hearts take over, and they are unable to calculate actual answers to the problems they see.  They are in fact unable to apply the things they do in their own lives to the society as a whole.

My friend, for example, just posted pictures of her own child solving the problem of minimum wage not being a living wage.  They were pictures of her dropping her kid off at college.  You see, education is one of the solutions to low wages.  But when it comes to society as a whole, my friend would prefer to rally for raising the minimum wage, rather than accepting the fact that minimum wage is an entry level wage for uneducated kids, and not a living wage for adults.

So what actually happens when you raise the minimum wage?  That’s simple actually.  It produces upward pressure on the economy and drives prices up.  Let’s take a couple of simple examples to highlight what I am talking about.

The burger flipper gets their dream of a minimum wage set at $15/hr.  (This was pushed by unions btw).  So what happens next?  Well…the bricklayer’s apprentice who is making $14/hr says to his boss, “I’m not going to stand out here busting my ass all day when I can go down to McDonald’s and make a dollar an hour more to stand around in the AC asking people if they want fries with that!”  If the bricklayer wishes to keep his apprentice, he must offer him a higher wage.  This scenario plays out all over the trades.  Electricians, plumbers, masons, carpenters…all must raise their wages (which is what the unions want).  So now what?  A $150,000 house becomes a $225,000 house, and the McDonald’s worker still can’t afford it.

7-11 workers start making $15/hr, and cab drivers start thinking about how nice it would be to work in one location.  Cops start figuring, “Hell, I spend half my time standing around 7-11 anyway and I only make $18/hr.  Why not?”  So what happens next?  Cab companies and police departments must raise wages in order to keep good employees.  So your cab rides become more expensive and your taxes go up…and the McDonald’s worker still can’t afford shit.

In North Dakota in recent years there has been an oil boom.  It has recently tapered off due to a precipitous drop in oil prices.  Unfortunately, if you don’t understand wages there is little to no hope of me explaining commodities.  Nevertheless, in areas where good paying oil field jobs were available, Walmart was paying greeters $20/hr.  Yes, greeters.  The men and women whose sole job is to say “Welcome to Walmart”.  Why were they paying them $20/hr?  Because they had to pay that wage to keep people working at Walmart rather than the oil fields.

So the solution to increasing wages, as we can see from a real life example, is to generate wealth and thereby raise the wages of skilled labor.  This is what liberals derisively call “trickle down economics”.  They call it that in a snotty tone of voice, because in reality they have absolutely no idea how the economy works.  They believe the rich are hoarding money and intentionally keeping the poor down. But the actual fact is that there is not a single job anywhere in the United States that was created by a person on welfare.  It is the creation and pursuit of wealth that creates jobs.  An abundance of jobs creates upward pressure on wages.  A rising tide lifts all boats, as the saying goes.

The other factor that liberals seem completely oblivious to is the fact that if historically low-wage positions are forced by federal or state mandate to become middle-income jobs, employers will start hiring college graduates and experienced people.  Those “entry-level” people typically hired for those positions will find themselves unemployed rather than employed at a lower wage than they would like.  And so, as is often the case with liberal programs, the intended effect will never actually be realized, and the unintended consequences will be counter-productive.

Add in the liberal ideal that illegal aliens should be allowed to flow freely across our borders, be given amnesty and eventually citizenship, and allowed to flood our schools, hospitals, and social welfare programs.  These illegals you are rooting for are escaping countries that are circling the drain because of policies that are in many ways identical to the policies that democrats support.  By and large, these people vote democrat.  So guess what?  They are slowly transforming this nation in to the nations that they were trying to escape to begin with.

You see this same dynamic as people from the north flee high taxes and regulation by moving south.  Then they elect representatives that institute the same policies they were fleeing, and turn their new state or city in to the same environment they just left.  This makes sense to someone?

So now what?  A bunch of low-skill, low-wage workers flood the market.  Your special snowflake cannot find a job without a degree.  So college degrees become mandatory for anyone seeking something better than a minimum wage job.  The government guarantees loans, the entire populace is seeking a degree, and what happens…supply and demand baby.  College costs go up.  A LOT!  And then, everyone and their brother has a bachelor’s degree, so now your snowflake must seek a Master’s Degree or PhD. to stand out.

Now your kid graduates college with $100,000 in loans, awash in a sea of similarly inexperienced but recently graduated individuals, and struggles to find a job.  Why?  Because rather than push the economy forward with policies that expand wealth creation, and therefor expand the job market, we are pushing policies that make misery slightly more bearable.

We need to expand the manufacturing base, energy production, technology, etc.  Create more jobs at higher wages and you create a vacuum at the bottom end, thus raising wages organically rather than artificially.

At the core of all these issues where liberals and conservatives clash is a fairly simple concept that seems to escape liberals completely.  If we continue to tear down the top in an effort to raise the bottom, eventually we all reside in the middle.  In this regard, economics works much like physics.  We must exploit the difference in heat/energy in order to produce work.  This is exemplified in the concept of the heat death of the universe.  When everything is a uniform temperature you cannot exploit the difference (because there isn’t one) in heat between two objects to produce anything.  (Think of heating up a kettle to make tea.  You cannot do this if you cannot raise the temperature of the burner above the temperature of the water.)

So too the heat death of the economy.  If you try to reduce the gap between rich and poor by bringing down the rich instead of elevating the poor, you eventually wind up (in theory) at a place where there is no capital (outside of government) to exploit in creating new jobs, new technology, innovation, efficiencies, etc.

This is demonstrable in current circumstance.  Choose any communist/socialist nation on the face of the planet.  Then Google “medical advances in <insert communist nation here>”.  Or simply see if you can answer this question.  There are numerous space probes, satellites, and other high tech gadgets floating through space studying our universe.  How many of them were designed, built, launched and maintained by Paraguay?  How about Peru, Nicaragua, Argentina…Canada?

How has the socialism that democrats like Bernie Sanders promotes worked out over the years?  Anyone remember the USSR?  What’s the most prosperous place in China, with the highest standard of living?  Hong Kong, right?  Why is that?

The bottom line is simple.  Liberals intentionally suspend their perception of reality and understanding of history.  Socialism has never worked anywhere.  Government price and wage controls result in stagnation, a lack of innovation, massive inefficiency, waste, fraud and abuse.  This is a simple fact and clearly demonstrable by taking even a cursory glance at our own government as it exists.

There is not a single thing our government does which could not be done more quickly, more efficiently, cheaper, and at higher quality if it were done by private industry.  We have anti-trust laws to prevent monopolies because they stifle competition.  We recognize that competition drives wages, innovation, etc.  Yet the biggest monopoly in our country is the federal government, and our fellow citizens turn to this monopoly to solve their problems.  This makes no sense.

If you want your snowflake to have a better life at higher wages, let me offer you two tips.

  1. Teach them to be something other than a burger flipper
  2. Stop supporting the influx of millions of unskilled illegals that directly compete with your snowflake and keep wages suppressed.

And stop posting memes about shit you don’t understand…