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Politically Manipulative and Incorrect

Freedom. Of. Speech.

Everyone throws that phrase around like it means saying whatever you please, without thought or rationale, never checking for any connection or relationship to the truth however distant and disregarding any and all consequences resulting therefrom. There is the Constitutional protection that American citizens have from government censorship. In addition, our privacy laws guarantee us the freedom to say what is on our minds to friends and family when we are not in public. (We hope) Otherwise, we all have to watch what we say!

It is a controversial subject these days. The mainstream media (MSM) along with the liberals are trying to shut down conservative commentators, talk show hosts and other prominent conservative political pundits. (I will make an exception of Fox News as it is the only place you will see a clip of Donald Trump condemning David Duke in 1991). Republicans, Libertarians and conservatives have been successfully rolled up into one group for ease of branding. The branding from the left has been constant, vitriolic and specific. Most of the allegations have been of a racial nature or being accused of corruption like the establishment Republicans. Nothing shuts down civil discourse between two ideologically opposed groups of people faster than a racial accusation or slur! The MSM has been very helpful in this cause. There are many places now where conservative thought and speech is considered offensive and unacceptable (read Silicon Valley, Hollywood and most major universities). One’s job can easily be lost if it becomes known that company politics and attitudes are not followed. It does seem as though freedom of speech is becoming more restricted.

I hate to sound like an old hippie, but I do not know how else to say this. My generation called for free speech, demonstrations, protests and sit-ins. We did get our say by utilizing those tools and by working around and through the system. I admit that there were rough spots, but the vast majority took Gandhi and Martin Luther King to heart. Flower power was not for running our cars! Peace was more than a slogan that sounded cool and no one ever thought that sitting down somewhere and refusing to move could fail to bring out administration for “a chat”. It usually worked. 

What the kids are doing now is self-defeating. It brings no one to the table. Nobody is inclined to listen to a violent mob, if anything one would be much less so. Suddenly, speaking out against the rioting and the violence brings accusations of racism, white supremacy and prejudice, etc. This is the left using language and political correctness to manage society and public opinion. It is not First Amendment. It is not even honest or truthful. It closes the discussion and the two sides hate each other because of name calling. We were better than this ten to fifteen years ago! We are regressing!!

I am making these points because more people complain to me every day about the loss of their First Amendment rights. What they are really complaining about is the control over politically correct language that the left exercises mercilessly. Part of that control is our fault because we give in and abide by their rules, we stop speaking out because we are afraid. 

If we want to remain free and if we want to stop the long slow progression towards allowing the left to write and pass these politically correct but Constitutionally offensive ideas into law…then we had better support our President, vote conservative in 2018, check voting records and become more aware. The establishment Republicans are every bit as guilty and bad as the Democrats. We need Representatives who want to do the right thing, work with our President to lower taxes, straighten out health care, kick out the lobbyists, strengthen the military and audit the pentagon not make themselves rich!

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More Vacations than People Who REALLY Work!

Congress is off on vacation again! It would not be so objectionable if they had met a few of their obligations, kept even one of their most frequently repeated promises to their voters or done anything productive. All summer both parties have allegedly been working their smooth manicured fingers to the bone trying to fix our health care. Most of their time has been taken up posing in front of cameras either in hearings, press conferences or TV interviews focused on Russia, rumors and politics.

We the People who pay their rediculous salaries and overlook their outrageous perks, put up with their elitist attitude of superiority and are getting really tired of the serial lying, we work hard for our money. Our taxes are entirely too high, our health insurance is too expensive and the deductibles are unbelievably high as are the co-pays. These two items have been high on the promise list of every candidate running for a seat on Capitol Hill. Repeal Obamacare and lower taxes. Usually said in a raised voice with an upheld clenched fist and a fierce grin to overwhelming applause, whistles, hoots and other various crowdly indications of strong approval. We remember!

So why do we now have a fist full of excuses but no repeal of Obamacare? Oh, I have heard all of the stuttered “reasons” that merely sound like they wanted to work something out with the Democrats all along. We all have heard over and over how willing the Dems are to “come to the table and compromise”. The only problem is that it isn’t compromise at all when there is a condition…….we have to KEEP Obamacare. Mitch wants to give up on repeal now. Give up? Did George Washington give up? Did Benjamin Banneker give up? You never ever get to the goal if you give up!! 

And they went on vacation. They could not make any personal sacrifice of time to accomplish what they had been sent there to do. They went on vacation. It wasn’t to stay in touch with their constituents, they don’t care about their constituents. Those were the same constituents hooting and clapping in that crowd while they were making their famous heartfelt promises about REPEALING OBAMACARE AND LOWERING TAXES! Furthermore, we now have a whole range of improvements on the Pony Express, even snail mail works eventually. They should have stayed in Washington and at least Repealed Obamacare. Going on vacation was inexcusable!

We have a horrible bunch on Capitol Hill and we really need to do something about it! We need to research voting records and pay attention. We need to look for who is paying for the advertising and not believe what any candidate says about himself or any other candidate! We need to be careful who we elect because part of this problem is our fault, we became apathetic and complacent.

We got exactly who we elected – wimpy, lazy, greedy, lying, establishment crony capitalists, willing to sell the country out to make a buck or to stay in power.

Drying Up the Swamp II

It has always seemed a trifle wonky to me that Congress can decide on its own salary and perks. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Congress gets a very healthy salary, great perks and seriously wonderful benefits. Being somewhat insulated from the results of some of the social legislation that they pass, they tend to disregard some of the harsher consequences or they forget that ordinary Americans struggle to pay more taxes in whatever form.

I have said before that I believe we should all support the Article 5 Convention of States. I say this logically and because it is the remedy set forth in the Constitution for us, instead of marching out into the street pumping my arthritic fist while yelling, “POWER TO THE PEOPLE!” Neither the Senate or the House is going to reduce its access to the candy jar, shouldn’t we (as their employers) slap the lid on it??

The entire Federal Government has its own health care. However, if the House and the Senate are going to negotiate with lobbyists and then plan out our health care then I think they should be required to live under the plans and the laws that they pass. 


Drying up the Swamp

In thinking about all of the controversy roiling around the repeal and replace of “Obamacare”, it all seems to develop problems when lobbyists and special interests get involved. Furthermore, doesn’t that seem to be the case with every piece of legislation that hits Capitol Hill?

What part of the Constitution says that setting up people in Washington to try to manipulate our elected representatives to churn out bills which will profit them and negatively affect us is permissible? Why is lobbying even allowed? It is nothing more than the legalization of an unethical principal by which every single Congressman gets rich. They have put up a framework of rules around it to make it seem acceptable and, probably to make themselves feel better. However, the absolute truth is that those senators and congressmen were not elected by, and are not accountable to those lobbyists! When “we, the people” elect a representative, that person is bound by oath and responsibility to first and foremost do their very best for those who sent them to Washington (and pay their outrageous salary) and the citizens of the United States. 

So…..what happens? The culture of Washington which seems to revolve around lobbyists and making deals. Other than the Freedom Caucus none of the representatives are very interested in doing what is right. They are mostly interested in power and keeping people happy back home ( by hook or crook) and making whatever deal is most profitable. They want to look good to the very liberal press so that those in their district will see how hard they are working, etc.

Lobbying firms and businesses should be outlawed. There is no excuse for allowing them. It should be unethical for any representative to consider the interests of any corporate profit over citizens. Yes, I do understand that business affects citizens, but most of the time that excuse is stretched to fantastical proportions. 

Our Constitutional Founders never intended for there to be a ruling political class (who just happens to get rich in the process). Senators and Congressmen were to be citizens who served for one or two terms and then got back to life, stepping aside for someone else. Imagine lobbying firms succeeding with one or two term citizens (I don’t think so)!

Lobbying firms should be banned.

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