Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The immigration debate

There is an easy solution to the immigration problem. Some of our more prominent Left wing politicians, media elites, and Hollywood activists just need to travel to the Mexican border to explain to the thousands of would-be immigrants what a terrible, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, imperialistic, oppressive country this is. Then the immigrants would realize how misguided they are in wanting to enter such a horrible place and go home. Then if all our America-hating Leftists would just go with them—problem solved!

But seriously, if our country is even half as terrible as most Leftists seem to think, why are so many thousands of people clamoring to get in?

Monday, November 05, 2018

"It's the economy, stupid!"

In 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for President, there was a sign on campaign headquarters that said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” This became the Democrat mantra as if to say, “It’s the economy, stupid—nothing else matters!” Fast forward to eight years of Barak Obama, most of which was spent blaming President Bush for the sluggish Obama economy. Eventually Democrats tried to argue that the poor economy was just the way things were in this modern age. Then Trump was elected. He cut regulations and taxes, and—just as Republicans had always predicted—the economy took off! Individuals and businesses got tax cuts. Businesses grew, gave bonuses and hired more people—lots more people! Unemployment plunged and people got off welfare! The GDP went up. You would think Democrats would be thrilled! After all, it was all about the economy, right? Naw. They’ve moved on to issues they think are more important than jobs and bonuses—like global warming, or forcing taxpayers and Christian companies to fund abortions, or running Christians out of business if they don’t support same-sex marriage, or allowing biological males to compete in sports with females, and enforcing regulations allowing biological males into female restrooms and locker rooms. That’s the modern Democrat party—it’s not the same as the party of JFK, LBJ or FDR. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Democrats really weren’t all that interested in the economy after all. They apparently just wanted a catchy slogan to regain power. Contrary to the 1992 Democrats, the economy is not everything—far from it! But it is not nothing either. When you vote tomorrow, a vote for a Democrat—any Democrat—is a vote to throw a monkey wrench in the economy.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Democrats and freedom

Would you want the government to have the power to force an African-American caterer to cater a KKK event? Would you want the government to have the power to force the Muslim owner of a sign company to make a sign promoting a church evangelistic event? Would you want the government to have the power to force a gay bakery owner to bake a cake saying “Homosexuality is evil.”

Why then should various government agencies be able to force Christian bakers, florists, artists, adoption agencies etc. to promote something—gay marriage—that they believe is a serious violation of their religious convictions? There are, after all, many other bakeries, florists, etc. that would love to have their business!

Gay rights advocates (both gay and straight) like to frame this as a civil rights issue (it is the only way they can win). This is deliberate deception. The Christians under attack do not refuse to serve gay people. They just cannot in good conscience support the institution of gay marriage. So for example, a Christian baker had been serving gay clients for years. It was only when a gay couple asked her to bake a wedding cake for their gay marriage that she respectfully declined, citing her religious convictions against gay marriage.

Whether you agree with her convictions or not is beside the point. The issue is that various government entities are trying to force people, through threat of huge fines, loss of their business, and even jail time, to support a political cause that would violate their religious convictions. Forced speech is not free speech. Not only that, but the government is attempting to prohibit the free exercise of their religion in violation of the Constitution.

The Constitution does not just guarantee “freedom of worship,” as Hillary Clinton so strategically wanted to put it. The Constitution guarantees that the government cannot prohibit the “free exercise” of religion. 

To force someone to support causes in violation of their deepest convictions is not only a violation of the First Amendment, it is tyranny!  This tyranny is fully and officially supported by the Democrat party which wants to re-define the First Amendment. The Democrat Party Platform reads, “We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.” This is Orwellian double-speak. While standing against discrimination, they discriminate against Christians! Their “progressive vision of religious freedom” is one that would put private Christian businesses out of business, bankrupting and jailing their owners!

The Democrat Platform is clear that this tyranny would extent to employment and education as well. They would force Christian ministries like Christian schools and colleges (and even churches) to hire openly practicing homosexuals in violation of their core beliefs on morality—or go out of business. 
That’s the Democrat vision of religious freedom.

This is not just a position held by a fringe group of Democrat extremists. This is one of the core principles of the Democrat Party—in their official party platform! And that is what you are voting for when you vote Democrat.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

School shootings and gun control

IMHO, we often get bogged down in the details of  the school shootings/gun control debate and miss the bigger picture. Here is my take on the gun issue. Very generally speaking, conservatives have a more negative view of human nature than progressives. Many conservatives believe that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” “there are none righteous, no not one,” and “there heart is desperately wicked….” Even those conservatives who do not have a Judeo-Christian base tend to agree that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That being the case, we (following our founding fathers) are afraid of big government which can so easily be corrupted and become tyrannical. Conservatives tend to think that a well-armed citizenry is a hindrance to potential government tyranny. 

Progressives, on the other hand, seem to think that people are basically good. Many seem to think that there are no bad people, just people who do bad things. And when they do bad things there is always a reason—poverty, or not enough education, etc. We don’t need punishment—just more education, more welfare, or rehabilitation. And since people are basically good, government can be trusted to provide our needs and regulate our lives for our own good. The idea that people should be armed as a hindrance to government tyranny is just outdated paranoia. 

Unfortunately for progressives, we have a Second Amendment—and when progressives failed in their attempts to re-define it to limit the right to bear arms to the military, they now use any and all tactics to limit that right as much as the courts will allow (and they pack the courts with those who think the Constitution is a “living, breathing document” so they can make it mean what they want it to mean)—until such time as they can get the Second Amendment repealed entirely.

The tricky part is that not even the NRA thinks the Second Amendment is absolute. For example, last I heard, the NRA is not fighting for the right of the average Joe to carry fully automatic weapons or bazookas. And that’s where the conflict is. Generally speaking, Progressives would like to limit our right to bear arms as much as they possibly can. Conservatives are afraid that any additional limitations lead to a slippery slope—knowing full that Progressives stand fully ready to push us down that slope, and also knowing that absolutely no concessions conservatives make will ever be good enough for progressives.

IMHO, because Progressives’ use school shootings and other gun violence as tools toward increasingly disarming us (and use school kids as pawns), they neglect other very important factors in the gun violence. Take, for example, mental illness. It was the progressives who shut down the mental hospitals in the 70’s and made it practically impossible to have someone committed! 

Progressives neglect the role of godlessness in our society. But it was the progressives who took religion out of the schools! 

Progressives generally neglect the role of Hollywood’s promotion of gun violence in movies and video games. But rather than shaming Hollywood for this, progressives control Hollywood and celebrate Hollywood for pushing all the boundaries. 

Progressives are also the ones who tend to argue for more lenient sentences, making it possible for violent criminals to go through the revolving door of “justice. 

Finally, much of the gun violence is drug related, and yet progressives have opposed all efforts to control illegal immigration across our southern border...traffic that includes drug running and violent gangs.

Neglecting bigger issues like these and focusing primarily on guns is like trying to treat measles with makeup or band aids!