Shake Down Politics – Chicago Style

The behavior of many on the Left has reached new lows.  The President has led by example with how he’s conducted his campaign.  It was always apparent to some, and now apparent to many, he was paying attention to his radical preacher for all those years.  We deserve better than to be subjected to this nonsense – especially our kids deserve better.

We’ve got a fringe group out there who did a “shock video” using old people swearing and threatening violence – nice.  We’ve got a union organization that sent out an intimidating mailer saying in essence,

“WARNING:  We Know How You Vote!”

It reminds me of a first-hand experience of Chicago thuggery that happened to me.

Years ago I was setting up for a trade show at an Expo Center in Chicago (I won’t name them here).  My booth was small, self-supporting and had panels that joined together with twist-lock connectors. There were three spotlights that each squeeze-clamped onto the top of every other panel.  I was just attaching the last one of the three lights, when a guy with a clip-board approached me. He said, “What are you doing?” “Setting up my booth,” I said, as I clipped on the last light.  He glanced at his clipboard and said, “You know you have to hire an electrician for that.”  I said, “What do you mean? They just plug in,” as I held up a plug from one of the lights.  He said slowly and firmly, “You need an electrician.”  I asked, “How much is that?” He said, “The minimum charge is $35.” I said, “To plug in 3 cords? I’m NOT paying that!” He got right in my face, starred me down and said, “You know, it’s an awful deep lake out there,” turning in the direction of Lake Michigan.  I said, “What do you mean by that?” Regaining his glare on me, he replied, “I think you know what I mean.”

I paid the $35.  The guy with the booth next to me didn’t.

He had a larger booth but the electrical complexity was the same – to plug in a few cords. The next morning I arrived early to see him very upset.  It seems a forklift had been driven through and damaged his wooden transportation crate.  I walked around the crate with him to see a nice size hole in the side of the crate about five feet up.  He said he inquired about the damage but it was “a mystery” how it happened.  What wasn’t a mystery was why, over the next few years, more and more people pulled out of that show – until the show was no more.

People don’t like being shaken down but most pay the $35 like I did. Today though the cost is much more and people are lucky if “the value they get” amounts to the plugging in of three extension cords.  Many are tired of it, and the tide is changing.  Look at what happened in Wisconsin.

Listening to some, you would have thought, the world was going to end.

Wisconsin elected Democrats fled the State to Illinois in order to prevent a quorum for a vote.  All kinds of boorish people camped out and trashed the area in and around the Capital.  It looked ugly and it must have smelled pretty bad since many hadn’t showered in weeks.  So that’s the state of our discourse today.  What happened to the days where we could debate an issue civilly? Now, when good points are raised and the other side doesn’t have a rebuttal, they go on the attack, a personal attack – that’s crazy.

Question:  Is it too much to ask government workers to pay a small percentage of the cost for their own health care insurance or pension benefits, yet the share of what they pay is still much less than what private workers pay?

Look at the behavior around the Wisconsin Governor’s private residence during the Capitol chaos; or look at recently with Hurricane Sandy, while some were still stranded and others just starting to recover, the Occupy Wall Street folks were celebrating the destruction.  The rebuilding will proceed in spite of the Occupiers.  The Common Sense reforms will be put in place but only when the people are ready.  In Wisconsin, the people were ready, as evidenced by the recall vote – where more people voted for Walker than in his original election.

What has been the outcome of the reforms in Wisconsin?  You can research it for yourself to see that they have succeeded and they make so much sense.  Having an employee be responsible for at least a small portion of their benefit costs means they are “invested in the cost” of those benefits.  Absent that, premiums and/or other costs could skyrocket and what does the employee care? They still pay zero.

With the reforms however, if the cost of benefits goes up, even a small amount, basic free market principles go to work to bring the costs down – workers put pressure is put on the benefit company and/or they look for alternatives.  Insulating workers, public or private, from the free-market has significant consequences.

Competition goes away.  The incentive to improve goes away.  Costs necessarily go up and quality goes down.  Rewards separated or disconnected from outcomes (the results or the lack thereof) causes resentment (on both sides).  Good performers are lumped in with the bad.  Greatness is under-rewarded and the bad actions of a few continue to be tolerated.  Good workers are dis-incentivized because it makes the average worker look bad.

For those wishing to keep the status quo, it is understandable that they might fear being judged by standards put in place.  In a truly free-market though, the rewards match the value brought to it.  Perform ok – get rewarded ok, perform great – get rewarded great, perform not so well, there’s the door.

I am NOT against unions but when they,

  • stop serving the people they represent,
  • resort to intimidating tactics,
  • function as a pass-through for a political party,
  • have no accountability and a “blank check” signed by their own special interest person at the expense of unrepresented taxpayers, well…

Before the 2008 election I spoke with a guy who was one of the “higher-ups” in a local union who went to a national union meeting and when he came back, I asked him how it went.  He said after the meeting he got in the car and said to his wife, “We are on our own.”  When I asked him what he meant, he said, “All the “big dogs” (I think that’s what he called them) talked about were themselves, what they wanted and their own political agenda.  Nothing was mentioned about worker benefits or how concerns, common to all the workers, were going to be addressed.  He said, “My wife and I are going to have to put money aside for ourselves and save for our own future.  We have to look out for ourselves because the union sure isn’t looking out for us.”

Thinking about that local union guy up against the big national self-interested organization, what can he do?  He “has to” continue paying his dues, put his head down and that’s just the way it is. Like me, he’ll pay his $35 and then some.  He and his wife chose to turn inward, understandably because you know, you can’t fight “the big dogs” and “it’s an awful deep lake out there.”

Note:  I should also mention that in Wisconsin the biggest reason, in my opinion, for all the fuss was not about sharing the cost of benefits – it was about giving the worker the choice to join or not join the union – how’s that for incentive to get “the big dogs” to pay attention to what really matters for the members.

Time flies and it seems like yesterday when President Reagan made the statement,

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Not long after those words were spoken, the wall was gone.  It may seem obvious but it’s easy to overlook the fact, Ronald Reagan did not personally tear down the Berlin Wall – the people did.  The conditions were right for the people to do it for themselves.  Ronald Reagan played a huge role but the people got it done.

Russia has made many course-changing decisions since the Wall came down and some would say they are working to rebuild new walls – time will tell.  As for us, we have a course-changing decision to make for ourselves.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility to decide what direction America takes. This should not be taken lightly.  I believe there are two paths, the path of Opportunity and Abundance or the path of Dependence and Debt.

Note:  Don’t misread the word “dependence” because we are ALL dependent on some things right now and throughout our life.  I’m talking about:  Do we want to depend on Government for every aspect of our life right down to the calories and type of food we eat? Do we want Government involved in all of our healthcare decisions to the point of regulating every medical procedure, right down to the cost of tongue depressors and cotton balls?  Some things Government does well, others not so well.  I think you get what I mean about dependence, so back to the two paths…

Which path will we choose?  Opportunity and Abundance – or – Dependence and Debt.

I believe Mitt Romney is the right person to lead us in a new and prosperous direction for all Americans.  His character and experience are solid. He has solved tough problems, and while in government, he has done it in a bipartisan way.  Do your own research, ignore the name-calling and spin. Together we can solve even the toughest problems and get this done.

I don’t know but maybe in the not too distant future, we might look back on this time and say, “Wow that was a close one – I’m glad we went this way.”

Now let’s go vote!

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#PNP4USA because…

 #PNP4USA b/c – Who else will be there to Rescue and Rebuild after Natural Disaster strikes?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Who else will Lead in Defending other Countries from the World’s Tyrants?

 #PNP4USA b/c – What would Our Founders say about what We did with what They Entrusted to us?  

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could Canadians and Others go to receive the very Best Health Care?  

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could we, after complete Failure and Financial Ruin, go to Start Over again and Succeed?

 #PNP4USA b/c – What Country would Haitians and Cubans, risking their lives, be able to set Sail to?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could Illegals go to Earn Money to send back to Support their Families?

 Actually Progressivism is solving our immigration problem – all illegals are going home on their own because the economy is so bad.  But wait – when they learn they get free healthcare, they’ll be back!

 #PNP4USA b/c – Why should States send ALL their Money to DC just to get a few Crumbs and a bunch of Mandates back?

#PNP4USA b/c – Why don’t Future generations deserve at least the Same Opportunity We have (or used 2have B4Dem Insanity)?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Why should we take away the American Dream for ALL just because Some (or even Many) are not living the Dream 4Themselves?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Wasn’t the Statue of Liberty sent to us 4 a Reason?  Should we send it back and turn Ellis Island into the new Gitmo?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Didn’t Ronald Reagan say, “America is too Great for small Dreams” ?

 #PNP4USA b/c – If you don’t like the System here, aren’t you FREE 2 LEAVE?

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The Simple Majority is Simply Wrong

For many Democrats in Congress, the majority of People in their District are but a remote annoyance that interrupts THEM from doing THEIR work; they forget – they are supposed to be doing the People’s work.

Most Democrats in Congress have long departed from the Will of the People. They are now manipulating the Rules in order to Force THEIR agenda on us. The Founders by design made it uneasy to pass Legislation and yet the Congress has overruled Them.

It is supposed to take a 3/5ths (60 vote) Majority in the Senate to pass Legislation.  Senators took it upon themselves to lower this number to 51 but only for the purpose of “reconciling” Budget Itemsthis is why they called it Reconciliation.

When Democrats were in the Minority and Republicans wrongly wanted to use Reconciliation for a broader purpose we heard a different tune – then it was Renamed the Nuclear Option. 

Watch this video and realize what Democrats were so upset about – was the use of the Nuclear Option for the Appointment of a Judge:  

Now Democrats want to use that same Nuclear Option for the Hostile takeover of Our Entire Healthcare System.

Democrats say Americans don’t understand Reconciliation and People are not interested in the “complex inner workings of Congress”.  Democrats again misread the American People who DO UNDERSTAND what Democrats are doing. 

What Democrats are trying to Sell us violates the Ten Amendment of the Constitution, tramples on Individual and State Rights and People just don’t want it.

Democrats are still not listening and because even they know what they’re threatening to do is misuse of the Rules, they had to come up with a new strategy.

What has emerged from their smoky back room?  Surprise – the renaming of Reconciliation again.

Now they want to Call it a… 

“Simple Majority – up or down vote”.

Rename it, repackage it, put some whipped cream and sprinkles on it. We are not going to eat it. Stop wasting time.  Throw out the dog food and lets get serious with REAL REFORM.

Trying to Force Feed us by SIMPLE MAJORITY is SIMPLY WRONG!

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Mr. President It’s NOT about C-SPAN

Mr. President, you’ve acknowledged the deficit of TRUST that exists in Washington. With regard to Healthcare Reform – there were many deductions from – the TRUST account. A previous post lists more than just a few… (click here)

 The biggest deduction of TRUST however, was not that the negotiations were not on C-SPAN.

 The biggest deduction of TRUST is the fact that the Government is attempting to take over of the American Healthcare System

 The number one thing there is NO Negotiation on is the majority of Americans do not want the Federal Government having centralized Control over their Healthcare in Washington – far from where they are, imposing Mandates that usurp Individual and State Sovereignty, adding layers of Bureaucracy between them and the ones who Deliver their Care. 

 It seems that the existing legislation has this as its Foundation and if that’s so, everything else – built upon it – is flawed. Until we can agree on this, there is no point in building anything together.  On this basis, we CAN move forward with REAL Healthcare Reform.

 You’ve said in the essence of time, it doesn’t make sense to Start Over from Scratch with Healthcare. I know you and others believe there is Good in the existing bills – yet you should also know, when it is done behind closed doors – even the GOOD becomes suspect!

 Adding ultra pure water to a stinky cistern will never produce anything drinkable. Yes it will take time to drain and disinfect the container and those reluctant to do so will say but we’ve come so far – the container is almost full (we are holding onto these Bills and we only need one more vote…) yes, this is true –yet what is being held – stinks

 You’ve indicated you want to meet with Republicans and that your Intentions are genuine and true. If this is the case, the fastest way to Produce a Quality Output is to meet with the Leaders of Congress and ask them to find a way to Vote down the existing Bills – to demonstrate to the American people that you and the Congress are on the Same Page.

 Some say you’re going to come to the Healthcare Meeting with your own ideas or a new draft of a bill.  Throughout the summer, you were distanced from the draft bills – some saying none of the drafts were yours – until you actually signed a Bill.  Riding in on a White Horse now with your own draft throws Congress under the Bus.  Mr. President, you cannot advance your Agenda around the Congress by Executive Order.

 The HHS Secretary recently testified before Congress that she could not guarantee Transparency since she was not a Principal in the Legislation. With Our Legislative Process, this Fact applies to you as well Mr. President and unless the Congress is on Board – the meetings with you, however many and however bipartisan, will just be side static and show.

 Why not meet with Leaders of Congress (yes behind closed doors) and figure out a way to move this Process Forward in the Right way. Acknowledge the mistakes that were made together, press the Reset Button – have a congruent message with the Congress that people can agree with, Vote down the Bills, Begin to Restore TRUST and Start Over.

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Happy Valentines Day President Obama

Today is Valentines Day. This day is not the same for those in a Relationship without Trust.

 Today also marks the six month anniversary of the Blog Post: Healthcare Reform is  Dead. This article speaks of Trust and concludes with:

 The TRUST to deliver the “hope and change” that was promised is eroding by the day – and as far as I’m concerned, until public TRUST is restored, it doesn’t matter what is said, health care reform is dead.

 Mr. Obama, in your State of the Union Speech you talked about the deficit of trust in Washington. An interesting way to phrase it I thought. It reminded me of something I heard long ago that…

 Relationships are like bank accounts – we make deposits and we make withdrawals. If we pay attention to our relationship ledger sheet and ask Ourselves: Is what I’m doing here a deposit or a withdrawal?  Like Budgeting 101 if we have many more deposits than we have withdrawals, chances are we will have a Great Relationship.

 Well Mr. President, in reviewing previous Blog Posts and Twitter Tweets – your Trust account, shared by the Democrats in Congress, is more than just a little bit Overdrawn.

 …and Until the Objects of Mistrust are released, a Restoration of Trust cannot Begin. What this means together with a detailed listing of Democrat and your own Trust Withdrawals over the past year please click here – be forewarned though, there are a lot of Withdrawals.

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What Our Founders Might Say

Why would We let those in Washington do what We the People should Do for Ourselves?

 Sovereignty is something that was highly valued by our Founders – which simply means the Freedom from External Control.

 With this in mind, why would we outsource solving our most important problems to those We don’t want to be controlled by? We need to solve our problems Outside of Washington. We the People, for Ourselves – independent of Politics, need to: 

  1. Select and Properly Frame the Issues/Problems We face
  2. Identify and Allow the Stakeholders to Have Seat at Our Table
  3. Establish an Open Process and set the Agenda for Moving Forward
  4. Post Independent Expert Analysis for Public Review and Comment
  5. Let Congress, Special Interests and Others Argue for What They Want
  6. Have a Fair, Balanced and Open Discourse on What Matters Most
  7. Reach Meaningful Solutions that We the People want for Ourselves
  8. Ask Congress to then write the Bills to Implement Our Solutions
  9. Review, Comment, Edit and Approve the Legislative Drafts
  10. Finally have Congress vote on and the President sign the Bill into Law 

 This is not rocket science and it can be done quickly. There are many good and great people in Washington – most are serving with the right intentions. However, Our System has been hijacked by a few and its time that System is returned to the benefit of the People and Future Generations.

 The answer is NOT to change the way Washington works. This has been the campaign promise of many – but each time, Our hopes are dashed, promises broken and it’s more of the same. 

 The reasons for failure would fill many pages. Yet suffice it to say there are many people, interests and dynamics inside “the Beltway”.  Interview any member of Congress about how they expected DC to be vs. the way it really is – you’ll find there’s a big difference.  Newcomers soon after arrival have their head spun around and dizzily ask, “What just happened?”

 No doubt, those in Washington do feel the burden of responsibility entrusted to them and the frustration and pain of not being able to solve (for whatever reason) the Nation’s biggest problems.  Most in Washington don’t wake up with the Intention to wreck this Country – although a few do have that intention – after a cup of coffee.

 Intentions aside, relying upon those <in Washington> to <change Washington> is like yelling at the guy who’s drowning, telling him to save himself – when We are holding the life ring.

 Creative ideas and solutions can come from out of nowhere and from anywhere. Why would we put boundaries around a Process that might exclude, what could be, the very Best ideas?  The Best ideas could come from a housewife, a laborer, an executive, a child – solutions that could already be part of an existing system within an organization, a company, a state or local Government or somewhere else – or the Best might simply be on a person’s pad of paper – in a drawer.  Without changing the System, how will We know?

 Changing the System starts with the realization that it’s Ours to begin with. Our System was entrusted to us by our Founders and We have a Duty to take it back and make it Work for Us.

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What Is a Usurper (You_Sir_Per)? What Did Our Founders Mean?

From the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

 One does not have to be a student of history to get a sense of what the Founders meant by those words. Webster’s Dictionary can help to shed some light on the meaning – and although the specifics have changed – the principles still apply.

 Usurpations?  Seizing and holding in possession by force or without right. Done by a usurper (you-sir-per).

What about the Other Words…

 Evinces a Design?  To reveal clear evidence of what the true intentions are.

 To Reduce Them?  To lower in condition or status; to diminish in value.

 Under Absolute Despotism?  Power with no restriction and exercised abusively, oppressively, or tyrannically.

 Tyrannically?  Absolute rule that is unrestrained by Law or Constitution.

 Tyrant?  A usurper of Sovereignty.

 Sovereignty?  Freedom from external control.

 Just a Simple Question to Ask

 Does this (what is being proposed or in place) take us in the direction of more or less Freedom from External Control?

 Ask this question regarding healthcare, global warming, business or industry support, or any other governmental involvement.

The Founders were on the lookout for abuses and usurpations – so should we.

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Mr. President – What Will You Decide?

Please Mr. President make the right decision while there is still time. Make the wrong decision and true healthcare reform will again have to wait.

 Last night in Massachusetts the People sent a clear message and many hope you received it. 

 It would be easy to gloat and say people want Republicans back, however – even most Republicans know, this is not a Republican-Democrat issue. It is about restoring the Balance of Power and bringing some sanity to Washington (maybe for the first time).

 If you remember, Republicans are very capable of heading in the wrong direction too, away from the Will of the People, which is why Democrats have the Power at this time.

 Clearly you must acknowledge that power is being abused and things are not being done as you described in your campaign – or is Glenn Beck right? This was part of your “evil plan” all along?

 In spite of those pulling at your arm or yelling in your ear, I believe you are still at the wheel of the vehicle carrying ALL Democrats and you can immediately pull over and begin to do things differently. 

 Open up the doors, end the back room politics as usual – let those who want a special deal argue for one before the American People.  Make REAL reform happen. Do what the People want. Much can get done before November. 

 Keep going in the same direction, step on the gas – crank out more of the same and for a short time, you may have what you can call a healthcare bill and more government, but it will not be what the People want, it won’t be True Reform and it will be undone – starting last night, continuing on through November and beyond.

 Mr. President, what you’re driving is no match for the train that’s a come’n, just around the bend – with tracks solidly in place and based on certain Principles as described by Our Founders.  Many egos, Republican and Democrat, have been run over by this train.

 I could continue on with more words but if you have the right Spirit in this matter, more words are not necessary – with the wrong spirit, all words won’t matter. 

 Mr. President –  What Will You Decide?

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Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

Our Hearts and Prayers are With the Haitian People Please Give to the Red Cross 

 Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

 I quit blogging about healthcare reform when I realized it’s not about healthcare reform but instead is a massive government takeover of our personal lives AND those in power are going to do what they’re going to do regardless of reasonable thought or discussion, regardless of what’s Constitutional or right for America and regardless of what “We the People” want, say or do.

 We were promised “Things will be Different”

 Back room deals and buying of votes, demonizing of individuals and industries, thousands of pages written by who knows whom and with what conflicted interest, Congress not reading or knowing what they’re voting for, the public being told there’s transparency while being locked out of the primary discourse on issues affecting them and the lives of ALL Americans, numbers and dollars being thrown around like play money, the hijacking of Individual and State rights, and on and on…

 And it’s not just about DemObamaCare

 Global warming taxes, government takeover of companies, stimulus plans that don’t stimulate and more spending and debt owed to China that our grandkids may never be able to repay, enemy combatants given Constitutional rights, letting down our guard with terrorism,  and the general attitude of WE in Washington know what’s best for every American.

 How Could This Happen?

 How could this happen in such a short period of time?  Don’t we have a system of Checks and Balances?

 Why is it the louder We the People speak, the more we’re ignored and those in Washington continue to take us in the wrong direction?  

Consider this …

 The reason why those elected continue to ignore the Will of the People is not because they have ill-intent for the Country but it’s because they themselves are trapped.  They are trapped on the Obama Bus of Hope and Change that so many boarded when much of the country was caught up in Obama-mania.  Democrats promised to suspend their own voices and even their own critical thinking process and allow those at the front of the Bus to speak for them. They agreed to act and vote as one.

 We elected Mr. Obama and the Bus began to roll.  The speed ramped up quickly:  pass this bill, pass that bill – no time to read them, no time to question – just vote yes! It’s urgent!  We must take action to save this company, that industry, our economy and the world… gotta go – gotta go – go, go, go!

 Many Have Left the Hope and Change Bus

 Although the Bus seems to be speeding out of control, there are still opportunities to safely disembark – except for members of Congress.  As most have learned, just because a bus says HOPE AND CHANGE doesn’t mean it is the hope and change that most people want or that’s best for Our Country. As people have learned this – many have chosen to exit the Bus.

 So Why Not the Democrats in Congress?

 Elected Democrats are occasionally reminded by the Speaker at the front of the Bus that they too are free to leave; but to do so now is at tremendous risk to themselves and their family.  They might be run over by a DNC chase vehicle that follows close behind, not to mention the number of union vans in pursuit and a special interest convoy that stretches back for miles. Surely their careers would be done.  Some on the Bus have persisted to be unruly and asked for and received special deals for their own states but most have decided it’s best to put the noise cancelling headphones back on and ride it out.

 Chuck Norris Alone Can’t Save Us

 How can this runaway vehicle be stopped? Reason won’t work.  Protests and marches haven’t worked.  Calls to Congress seem pointless.  Pleas from Republicans are powerless. Talk radio and TV has had limited effect. It seems that all communication into the Bus is cut off – except the rude acknowledgement of a few protester signs along the way.

 All we hear coming from the crackly Bus speaker is “this has been the most transparent and open process we have ever been a part of”, “we are working hard – fighting for what the people want”, “the language in these bills is so complex we can’t share it with you”, “this Bus has been rolling down the road for many months, so you can’t say we’re trying to rush things through“, “you will continue to receive updates on our wonderful progress in news reports and press announcements to follow”, “Thank-you for your support” – the only thing missing from the speaker is “Would you like fries with that?”

 Power is Vested in Us by Our Founders

 From the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

One does not have to be a student of history to get a sense of what the Founders meant by those words. Webster’s Dictionary can help to shed some light on the meaning – and although the specifics have changed – the principles still apply.

 Usurpations?  Seizing and holding in possession by force or without right. Done by a usurper (you-sir-per).

 Evinces a Design?   To reveal clear evidence of what the true intentions are.

 To Reduce Them?  To lower in condition or status; to diminish in value.

 Under Absolute Despotism?  Power with no restriction and exercised abusively, oppressively, or tyrannically.

 Tyrannically?  Absolute rule that is unrestrained by Law or Constitution.

Tyrant?  A usurper of Sovereignty.

 Sovereignty?  Freedom from external control.

Just a Simple Question to Ask

 Does this (what is being proposed or in place) take us in the direction of more or less Freedom from External Control?

 Ask this question regarding healthcare, global warming, business or industry support, or any other governmental involvement.

A Word on Healthcare Reform here…  

How does it reform the healthcare system to put it (1/6 of our entire economy) under government control with another huge layer of bureaucracy (people and paperwork)?

To put every citizen in a mandatory government program (unless you are part of a privileged group – government employee or union exempt), with fees and fines collected and enforced by the IRS, and having rates not based on risk alone but based on an individual’s assets and ability to pay – as determined by a new agency of the Federal Government. 

Then to make the nation’s healthcare decisions subject to Government budget constraints, controlled by a few distant Government officials – how will these decisions be made and who will be on the short end of the Care?

The Aha Question

 If our Founders felt it was so important to be free from external control – why is it that we look to and wait for solutions from that which we don’t want to be under the external control of – namely the Government? 

 It would be like the early Colonists messaging back to Britain for better farming methods and sitting around waiting for a mandated reply.  Today in this country there are many expert non-partisan groups in almost every area of life that could be called upon to solve our most important problems. Yet what do we do? We leave it up to those in Washington and we wait and watch and wait until nothing gets done again – or – something does get done, to make the situation worse or it’s against our values or whatever. 

 More time and energy is spent obstructing in Washington than trying to get things done. With each new campaign many hope things will change and yet the cycle begins again. More broken promises. Each time though, more and more people have given up on Government they don’t vote and many don’t even care. 

 We need to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for our future security which includes the security of our children and grand-children.

 Throwing Off Such Government – Today

 In previous times throwing off a Government required a Revolution – today this is done with Our Vote.

The first and foremost priority in 2010 should be to restore the Balance of Power to our Government. 

 Today that means voting out Democrats and voting in Republicans.  Tomorrow the Parties may be reversed.  If you are a Democrat, ask yourself:  Is what’s going on in Washington what the Democrat Party stands for or what’s best for Our Country? If not, help to Restore the Balance of Power to Our System that has been hijacked by a few.

 Second, we need to embrace, apart from politics, what is Best for Our Country that most Americans can agree on. The Foundation is Our Constitution and also being Guided and Sustained from Above. The Parties then can better define what they stand for and nominate those who are qualified.

 Third, we need to demand less from our leaders and more.  Demand less in that we don’t look to them to solve our most important problems.  Problems are best solved away from Washington and closer to home. Demand more in that they put Our Country first. Above the interests of personal or political gains or to benefit a privileged few. That they have a Certain Character and stand on Certain Principles, not just any character or principles but those of our Founders and of other great people.

Martin Luther King’s Dream is Getting Closer

On this Martin Luther King Day, I do believe we’re moving closer to the dream Dr. King expressed with his March on Washington where people will be judged on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. While many people have never held prejudice in their heart, others have and some have let it go.

 Some would say that in the last Presidential election,  many cast their vote based on skin color alone and ignored answers to some very important questions – if what they say is true – the question here is: Would Dr. King be pleased?  To place someone in a position just because of their race (or gender) so we can prove to ourselves we have “evolved”, demeans the person who is the “tool”.  Where we are though may be necessary to move us another step closer to the Dream.

 Regardless of how or why President Obama was elected, the fact is, he is our President for at least the next three years. After Balance is Restored the President and all in Congress will have more support and get more of the right things done.  The President’s expression and intentions while campaigning, and now ignored, still resonate today.  We must do things differently.

 The words on the Bus – HOPE and CHANGE can remain the same – the direction and speed of the Bus however is Now up to Us.

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The HOPE and CHANGE Amended Constitution

The HOPE and CHANGE people imagined when they voted for Barack Obama was different from what he and a few czars had in mind.  Their HOPE and CHANGE was:  

 I HOPE the People won’t notice when we CHANGE a few words of the Constitution…

Original Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Revisions:
We the (a few) People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect (World, behind closed doors and with the help of the) Union(s), establish (a) Justice (Choices Commission headed by a Czar), (to) ensure domestic Tranquility (Subservience), provide for the (to be defended by) common defense (Lawyers, activist Judges and the ACLU), promote the (pay out) general Welfare (to the rest of the People), and secure the Blessings of Liberty to (for) Ourselves (, a few Special Interests) and Our (Party’s) Posterity, do ordain and establish (as amended) this Constitution for the United States of America.

New Preamble:

We a few People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect World, behind closed doors and with the help of the Unions, establish a Justice Choices Commission headed by a Czar, to ensure domestic Subservience, to be defended by common defense Lawyers, activist Judges and the ACLU, pay out general Welfare to the rest of the People, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves, a few Special Interests and Our Party’s Posterity, do ordain and establish, as amended, this Constitution for the United States of America.

Get Involved – See What They’re Doing – Tell Your Friends and Neighbors – Make Some Calls – While There’s Still Time.

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