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The Third Rule

     There is an ancient Chinese proverb says that even the longest journey begins with a first step. Liberals and their allies have been taking steps, big and small, for the last fifty years. The conservative response, for the most part, has been to complain about it. The time to complain about things is long since passed. It is time now time for we conservatives to take our first steps.
     The great civil rights leader Dr. King fought a system that, while promoting separate but equal, was actually a racist system. He showed us that all evil required to progress was the silence of good people. He also taught us the three steps needed to defeat evil. The first was allowing evil to show itself for what it is. The second was not being afraid to call evil for what it is. The third was that evil must be responded to. And yes, I am equating liberalism with evil.
     When Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, she unwittingly showed conservatives what we must do to regain our country. While few people have the courage of a Rosa Parks, we must find it within ourselves to do something. While we are not at the point yet where one needs to risk jail time in their defense of their country, it is clear that that time is coming.
     If one carefully observes the news it is obvious that there have been multiple, consistent, aggressive and insidious attempts by liberals and their supporters to criminalize simply being a conservative, a Christian or a heterosexual. If one carefully looks into recent history you can see that these attempts have been going on for the last forty years. The fact that liberals feel it is now time to demonize (not criticize) conservative thoughts (and the fact that demonization is acceptable to many liberals) should give everyone pause.
     The third rule is simply that one must act. The nature of your action is entirely up to you but there is no question that it is now time for conservatives to act. The most diligent will act once a day, in some way, to reclaim liberty. Some will only act as they feel their action is needed and some will only act on the issues they feel are important. The important thing is that all conservatives must act and must act now.
This does not mean that we must do the silly, sometimes stupid things liberals do when they “protest” something. We must not throw tampons at legislators, that is the liberal response. We can be creative and effective at the same time.
     In Utah, where I live, our legislature recently passed a constitutional open carry law. Currently citizens can only carry concealed weapons legally with a permit or carry openly if the gun is essentially unloaded. The governor promised to veto the bill even though the bill had wide support. Using the liberal argument of “public safety” the so-called conservative governor vetoed the bill.  At the end of the day, in Governor Herbert’s mind, it was really only about preserving the money that came in from the issuance of CC permits and maintaining the database of who potentially has guns.
     Allow us to use Governor Herbert as an example. What could conservatives have done to remind the elitist governor of Utah that he works for them?  There are the obvious things like writing letters and making phone calls and these should and must be done. However if this is all we do the message is soon ignored or conveniently lost.
     Some gun owners went to the next level and sent letters to the editor in support of the bill and warning the governor not to veto it. Again well and good (and should be done) but the fact is most people do not read those letters. It is a fact that newspaper circulation numbers are at all time lows.
     Visiting lawmakers is a powerful option if your visit is factual, reasoned and you have the ability to “remain on message.” Remember, politicians by their very nature, are adept at steering discussions away from your point of view and have long ago mastered the fine art of distraction. This is why so many companies hire lobbyists.
     On a wider scale, we must also attract the attention of and educated those who are not “paying attention” or “don’t understand the issue.” Rallies are good but honestly, most conservatives have jobs and lives so a rally must take that into consideration. What if instead of a rally there had been an “empty holster day” where everyone who supported the law wore an empty gun holster? I have several I could have loaned out. Talk about a great conversation starter.
     Advertising can be very effective but tends to be expensive. Joining like-minded organizations provides the power of numbers. Some residents in the state of Colorado have used the recall process to make their displeasure known. Petition drives can be effective. The main point here is that there are always options.
     Finally there is the mothers milk of politics, cash. Simply stop donating to those politicians and companies that do not support you or your beliefs. That’s why I will never buy Progressive insurance. Sorry Flo, I love you but your company funds to many vile concepts to deserve any of my dollars. That is also why I stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts. Make donations to the principled opposition where it exists and let the politicians currently in office know both that you have done so and why you did it. Nothing puts the fear into a politician so deeply as a lack of campaign contributions.
     The liberals have been relentless in their efforts to turn this once great nation into a third world socialist failure. We must also be relentless in our efforts to combat such lunacy. Every day we must do something in the defense of liberty. A letter, a phone call, a visit, a donation or a conversation with friends, relatives or co-workers, all of these things are good. Use social media, although use it sparingly as it tends to come across as “preachy” if your message isn’t humorous in some obvious way.
     Remember the first two rules, then do these things at all times in good faith, with joy in your heart and a smile on your face. There will always be those who disparage you for your actions or convictions. Understand that their level of angst with you is often just a measure of your effectiveness.  Despite all the damage liberals have done to the America my family has fought for over the last sixty years, this is still the best place on earth to live. It now falls to this generation to reclaim the legacy of America as the shining city on the hill. I know, with your help, we can do it. 


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Rule Number Two, What Can You Do?

     The recent Zimmerman trial and reactions to the verdict illustrate to near perfection what lies at the core of the second rule. That is, there is no point in trying to curry the favor of those who will never like/tolerate you or your beliefs simply because you are who you are, ie white or conservative or republican, “rich” or god forbid, a gun owner.
     An extension of this is the much-ballyhooed concept of compromise. While it may be necessary on rare occasions in the political arena to compromise, that compromise must be a fair one. Today compromise is defined as conservatives surrendering their core values to forward a liberal agenda. That is not true compromise.
     Over the last twenty years our country has gone from the shining city on the hill, the once proud beacon of hope, freedom and opportunity to become the attempted suicide patient on life support. It is entirely reasonable and I would even say, imperative, that we conservatives make the attempt to illustrate the insanity of the liberal perspective.
     As conservatives we are oftentimes faced with a seemingly impossible dilemma. There is a deeply internal desire by most people to be liked. I don’t mean desired and adored, that’s the purview of the Kenyan little Barry. I mean that no one wants to be thought of by others as being mean or offensive. At the same time we have a strong desire to maintain our independence. We do not appreciate anyone who attempts to “lord” over us.
     These two traits often bring conservatives into direct and often unpleasant confrontations with the liberal ideology. Liberals will deny this to their last breath but the goal of liberalism is the control and domination of nearly everyone and everything. They cloak this desire in the flowery phrases of economic justice, ending discrimination, environmental protection and, in my opinion the worst one of all, fairness. If you ignore what liberals say and think about what they have done in the past, are doing now or proposing to do, that conclusion is inescapable.
     A prime example of this is the government requiring a magician to create a federally approved “disaster plan” for his one rabbit.  Really? I like rabbits as much as the next guy but in a natural disaster the rabbit is not exactly going to be my first priority. Nor should it be.
     No one, liberal, conservative or independent likes being told what to do, let alone what to think. That is why liberal politicians have had to obscure their intentions with the aforementioned flowery phrases.
     It is often difficult and far to many times virtually impossible to affect any kind of change in the mindset of your average liberal. After fifty years of domination in the public education system and years of fawning admiration of liberal politicians, policies and perspectives by the media and hollywood your average liberal is completely, often emotionally and sometimes blindly invested in their beliefs. In this context sadly, reason does not apply. So, what is a conservative to do?
     First and foremost we should continue being who we are. We get up every day and go to work on time, pay our bills on time, love our family, support charity, pay our taxes, volunteer in our communities and rear our children as best as we can. This illustrates a concept many liberals do not understand, responsibility. This reflects another concept you might have heard of, leading by example.  In this one thing alone, living your life as a conservative, you will have more impact than you will ever know.
     This doesn’t mean that conservatives abandon the arena of ideas. It does mean we must educate ourselves. It means we must teach our kids, our friends, neighbors and coworkers more effectively. It also means we adopt the one liberal tenant worthy of consideration, persistence. We must take every opportunity to educated and enlighten those we come in contact with. We must teach constantly, consistently and concisely without preaching, condemning or belittling, for those last three are the tools of liberals. We must be patient in our efforts, polite in our disagreements and absolute in our resolve. We must learn to not accept false premises and not be intimidated by, or accepting of, offensive liberal behavior. We must understand that in the liberal ideology the “truth” is always relative because in their world the end often justifies the means. We must be alert in our homes, schools, social groups and communities for those ideas that are detrimental to liberty. Finally, we must identify, promote and vote for candidates at every level of government that understand and support these concepts.
     Given the often militant nature of ideologically rigid liberals it is seldom possible to reason with them. They generally lack either the desire to understand your argument or the ability to understand your argument. We must understand then that our “job” is not to force people to our way of thinking. Force and coercion is the liberal response to those who disagree with or question them. We are simply providing a frame of reference that well intentioned, non-militant liberals cannot get anywhere else. We must be the example that puts the lie to the liberal/media stereotype of conservatives.
     Liberals have long known that their agenda is deeply resented by the majority of Americans. To survive as an ideology they did the only thing they could, they broke their agenda into tiny, bite size parts, candy coated it then never, ever gave up pursuing it. As a strategy this is outstanding. We should do essentially the same. Advance our ideas one small part at a time and never give up pursuing them. The only caveat is we need to sugar coat nothing. There are no conservative tenets that fear sunshine.
     The conservative agenda is a simple concept to promote. The US Constitution is the blueprint we follow. The bill of rights is where the “rubber meets the road.” Understanding these two founding documents is crucial. Frankly, if one will simply apply the plain meaning of the words, understanding these documents is intuitive.
     We conservatives have much unjust animus to overcome. Exactly why liberals feel the need to demand higher and higher levels of taxation, government spending, endlessly expanding regulations, extensive spying on Americans and increasing amounts of welfare dependency eludes conservatives. The fact that we speak out so plainly against these government intrusions annoys liberals to no end.
     We must never forget that the liberal tendency to “feel” about things rather than think things through is a self-perpetuating form of slavery.

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Rule One, Understand What You Are Up Against

Americans don’t like to think ill of fellow Americans. As a general rule we tend to apply the “best of intents” to most peoples actions. Nowhere is this more true than in the arena of political ideas and many times this is the correct course of action. Sometimes though, it is not. Sometimes applying the best of intentions to the actions of someone is downright dangerous. The trick as the old saying goes, is to know when to go along to get along and when to stand and fight.

For many of us conservatives the time for going along to get along has passed. We no longer feel the need to sit quietly on the sidelines because we understand that course of action has led our country to one dramatic failure after another. Frankly, a strong argument can be made that many times during the last few years strong inroads have been made in the “criminalization” of being conservative, being Christian and supporting the Constitution. (IRS scandal anyone? See last weeks column)
One of the first things conservatives must understand is who are we dealing with? It is absolutely necessary that you know who your opponent in the arena of ideas is. As Glen Beck always says, you must do your homework. In the political arena this requirement has been dramatically simplified by the Democratic Party.

Over the last ten to fifteen years the party of “tolerance” has become so ideologically rigid that it simply will not tolerate any political disagreement within its ranks. Anyone remember Senator and vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman? Despite voting in lockstep with his party for years he crossed the line once. For that single transgression his party both deserted him and financed his primary opponent in the following election. Lieberman ran as an independent and won easily.

To confirm my point, after being elected, Lieberman still sided with the democrats. Talk about blind loyalty. Sadly this is standard DNC operating procedure. It also set the precedent for all democratic candidates since. If you want our help you simply cannot have any “unapproved” ideas. The message was heard loud and clear. Aside from a few nibbles around the edges there have been no significant voices of opposition to the liberal democratic parties destructive agenda by elected liberal democrats since.

Today’s liberal democrats are completely governed by the “ends justifies the means” idea of politics. There has been since the Clinton years a gradual but determined effort to move away from the “old school” idea of winning elections with better ideas to winning elections because you have successfully portrayed your opponent as evil incarnate. I for one am tired of being the focus of evil in the modern world.

If you question my conclusion, great! Now let me illustrate while you do your homework.

The so-called “abortion ban” bill in Texas is a prime example.  Protesters have littered the state Capitol building with orange papers in the shape footprints that say, “Maternal death from illegal abortion.” Pro-abortion activists were seen stuffing bags with tampons, fecal matter and urine. The bags were intended to be thrown at lawmakers. According to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director protesters also threatened to “flash their lady parts” at lawmakers. Surely these actions require no elaboration on my part.

So, who were the protesters? Citizens of the great state of Texas upset at their legislature? Well not so fast partner. Many of the pro-choice protesters came from other states. Referred to as “Orange shirts,” they arrived on buses at the West gate entrance of the Texas Capitol. Texas resident and pro-life activist Morgan McComb said she’s met hundreds of protesters who are from “other states.”

It seems not only were the protesters bussed in but some of them had to be paid for their support. A ad sought full-time activists to earn $1,300-$2,200 a month to “educate the public and identify new supporters to protect reproductive rights.”

All of this is disturbing enough on its own but it gets worse.

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland has received thousands of tweets with death wishes. One especially horrific tweet expressed the desire for his family to be “raped.”

In a press interview Stickland reported that he was constantly being followed by the protesters. “Everywhere I went, they were tweeting pictures, ‘Stickland’s in the elevator or ‘Stickland’s on the move. It was horrendous. I continue to be very concerned about it.”

State Sen. Donna Campbell received Facebook messages telling her, “I hope you’re raped” and “I hope your daughter’s raped.”

Another protester tweeted: “A woman in Texas could shoot @DavidHDewhurst and use ‘stand your ground’ as a defense. Cause that guy is threatening all women in Texas.”

As terrible as all this may sound to the average reader, I can assure you this is not uncommon. Having seen this all before I am no longer shocked by it.

One of the things that really makes me sick though is how these alleged protesters use children. Very young children were seen carrying signs such as “Every child a wanted child”, “Stay out of my mommy’s vagina”, “Jesus isn’t a d–k, so keep him out of my vagina” and the graphic “If I wanted the government in my womb, I would f*** a senator!”

That these “activities” pass for reasoned debate in the liberal mindset of today is both telling and sad. To show that this sort of behavior continues virtually unchecked consider this.

“Everyone who signed a recall petition has received multiple phone calls, mailers and face- to-face visits in an attempt to get them to remove their name,” said Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo. “Our small town is now facing Chicago thug tactics by [those] attempting to prevent us from exercising our rights to hold our elected officials accountable for their votes.”

Head is the chief of Pueblo Freedom and Rights. The group is one of three sponsors of a recall petition against Democratic State Sen. Angela Giron for her recent gun control votes. Despite widespread opposition from state residents and law enforcement officials Democrats who control both chambers pushed through a series of radical gun control measures.

Included in the recall effort is state Senate President John Morse.

Colorado Recall Watch, a group dedicated to fighting the recall against Morse, placed a series of robocalls to Colorado Springs residents making the false claim that the recall effort was being spearheaded by outside groups. Another robocall by Colorado Recall Watch made the suggestion that signature gatherers were criminals and encouraged residents to demand they leave their property if they come to the door. “Criminals, convicted of forgery, fraud and even sexual assault – if they are not already, these workers will be in your neighborhood soon,” the call said. The message even suggested residents call the police on the signature gatherers.

Victor Head says the claim that the recall is being spearheaded by out of state interests is a complete fabrication. “No one is out-of-state. I’m sitting in my house. … I was born and raised in this town. All of us on the petition grew up in the area, and everyone involved in this process are long-term residents. Of a total of $25,000 in support we have raised, maybe $1,000 has come from out of state.”

On the other side of this recall it is a much different story. The Washington, D.C.- based Sixteen Thirty Fund has given $35,000 to help Giron fight the recall. Citizens for Integrity and Mainstream Colorado, both Denver-based organizations, donated $20,000 and $15,000 respectively. Also, the American Federation of State, Federal and Municipal Employees union, based in Washington, has contributed $3,500.

After the recall petitions were turned into Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office, petition signers found themselves the subject of a series of intimidating tactics to get them to recant their signatures for recalling Giron and Morse.

“People who signed the petition received a phone call from a live person asking them if they wanted to remove their signatures from the petition,” Head told reporters. “This was followed up by two different mailers which contained a postcard that people could send back asking for the removal of their signatures from the petition and then after that they sent people to go door-to-door to visit the people who signed the petition.”

Before that tactic could produce results Giron supporters began increasing the pressure to levels approaching harassment.

A voter who signed the petition against Giron, Jim Elson, told the Pueblo Chieftain he was berated by a caller from Pueblo United For Angela.

“An individual called and asked if I remembered signing a petition pertaining to Senator Angela Giron. Of course I remember signing that petition,” Elson replied. “He laughed at me and said, ‘Well, do you know you signed a petition that contained false and fictitious information?’ He then went on to say that I didn’t know what I was signing. “Why do you call me at home and berate me and tell me I’m so misinformed? It was so insulting,” Elson continued.

Voters who signed the petition to recall Morse have received similar phone calls.

Sensing that their efforts to date are failing, attorneys for Morse and Giron have now gone to court. They make the argument that voters did not realize what they were signing, claiming among other things that the wording was not sufficiently clear because voters were asked if Morse and Giron should be recalled but never told that an election would have to be held to do so.

So now, in the eyes of liberal democrats, residents of Colorado not only are not smart enough to run a recall drive but they cannot even grasp the concept that a recall petition, if successful, will call for a new election.

It is a sad truth that today the liberal democrat party will do or say anything to get and maintain power. The administration of the Kenyan little Barry has given us example after example of this tendency. To these people even the law relative. They will use it to promote their agenda or ignore it at will.

One of the hardest lessons we have to learn is that most of the time there is simply no common ground for conservatives and today’s liberals to negotiate on. Meeting in the “middle” is no longer possible. Liberals feel it is their imperative, moral right to tell me how big a soda I can have, how much of and what kind of electricity I can use, what kind of gas mileage my car must get, what kind of health insurance I need, how much I must pay my employees, how much of what I earn I get to keep and what my children must know. Not content to manage their own lives they will insert themselves into my, and your, life at every opportunity.

My grandfather had two great pearls of wisdom that can sum up this column. “No one is as blind as the man who will not see,” and “There is no point in denying the obvious.”

At the end of the day we simply must understand and accept that today’s ruling liberal elite and their RINO republican accomplices seek only the acquisition of power over us. Under the cover of flowery speeches and heartfelt smiles they will slowly but surely bind us in the chains of their compassion.

We ignore grandpa’s advice at our peril.

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The Fouth of What?

The fourth of July is a holiday that recognizes Americas independence. Well, it used to be. I think now days it is just another excuse to barbecue and drink beer. While I enjoy both of those activities the fourth means much more to me. It is a time to remember and contemplate just how we came to be. To remember how much was risked and lost in our great struggle for freedom. It is a time to honor not just our founding fathers but all those who have served this country. On this day I am both happy and humble.

What actually happened a little over two hundred years ago is not really in schools anymore. The America I grew up in, in its desperate attempts to be more “tolerant” and “compassionate” has passed into history.

In America it is now acceptable to far to many of its people to abuse and discriminate against certain classes of people. Consider these representative examples. A minister in Arizona is sent to prison for having bible studies in his own home with friends. In some restaurants in Dearborn, MI, women are not allowed in the same lines as men. A mother who renounced her brief lesbian lifestyle was ordered by a judge to give up custody of her daughter to her “partner”, even though the partner was suspected of abusing the child and had no biological relationship to the little girl. In the New York City school system kindergartners are being taught that the “gay” lifestyle is natural. Whether it is or is not, is not my concern here. My question here is why do 5-6 year olds need to know about this subject? These are the miniscule tip of an obscenely massive iceberg but they illustrate my point.

An America where clergy cannot practice in their own home, where women are relegated to second class citizens and children who are still unable to distinguish fantasy from reality are sexually indoctrinated is not the country our founders intended. It is not a country that will/can survive for long.

I come from a long line of service to my country. My grandfather served in WWII and retired after 23 years in the Air Force. My father was a combat engineer in the Army who, unlike John Kerry, actually fought in Vietnam. He served over twenty years. I spent four years in the Navy during the early eighties following Russian submarines across the Pacific Ocean. The country we willingly served no longer exists and I can prove it.

When I signed up for service it was not legal in this country for the government to take your property and give it to a private individual/organization (Kilo), for the government to force you to buy health insurance (Obamacare), for the president to kill you without due legal process (trial – drone strikes), for the president to control all means of communication at his whim (recently signed executive order), for the government to detain you and deprive you of representation without trial indefinitely (NDAA), for the IRS or any agency to actively discriminate against you, for the government to capture, store and listen to every phone call, email, text message, social media post etc that you make or that every federal agency thought of itself as SEAL Team 6.

The final nail in the coffin of the once great USA is financial. The entitlement mentality so diligently fostered by liberals in America over the last forty years has come home to roost. We are nearing (some say we have already passed) the point where it is mathematically impossible to pay our debt. When that point is inescapably reached and no one (China, Japan etc) will support our dependency any longer, America will have finally died.

The greatest experiment in human freedom will find itself bound in the chains of intolerance and economic slavery. The greatest economic engine in the world will find itself taxed and regulated out of existence. The beacon of hope and opportunity for the world will find itself poisoned to death by the vile toxins of political correctness and equality of outcome. The millions of people around the world who count on our aid during natural disasters will go without because we can no longer care for ourselves. The greatest force for good in the world will, unless much needed change is affected, descend into yet another petty third world dictatorship.

As a loyal American patriot I can no longer sit on the sidelines. There is much work to be done and that, as they say, is my next column.

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A Nations Last Heartbeat

When the press becomes an extension of the ruling class it is always we the people who suffer. Consider what has been happening in America recently. So called Senator Durbin, a democrat who never met a terrorist he didn’t want to try and understand, is now openly proposing that only legitimate journalists should be afforded the protections of the second amendment. One wonders just what part of  “shall not” confuses him.

He doesn’t really offer just who he thinks is a legitimate journalist but he has made clear who he thinks is not. Being unable to control all of us bloggers he is determined to find a way to silence critics of him and his demented political philosophy. As a devoted liberal seeking absolute control he understands that sunlight is the best disinfectant. He is now searching desperately for the blinds.

Consider his position in light of the now established fact that this administration has been listening in on nearly everyone. No one has been spared, not judges, not generals, not journalists, not even legislators. The “most open, transparent administration in history” now openly spies on everyone and the so-called media, after the obligatory outburst to maintain what little credibility they still have, goes dark. Spinning is one thing when everyone knows you are doing it but controlling what constitutes news and what doesn’t, let alone who is a journalist, is a level of control only sought by despots. 

One of the unstated purposes of controlling the press is the division of a countries people. As the great divider in chief the Kenyan little Barry has been more successful at this than even the shyster Bill Clinton. I never thought that would be possible but I have now been shown that there is no depth a liberal will not sink to in the advancement of their pathological political goals. Basking in the blood of murdered children the Kenyan little Barry took the parents of the Newtown tragedy who supported gun control on Air Force One as potent political props while the parents who did not support his agenda were shut out completely by the administration and their compliant press. Americans who do not read “right wing blogs” are probably not aware of that fact.

Liberals and democrats, and no there is no difference between the two anymore have spent the last nearly forty years dividing us. If you think objectively about the concept you will soon realize how ingrained it has become. Phrases like “the evil rich”, “soccer moms”, “gun nuts” and “right wingers” are bandied about constantly by media types like the mindless talking points they are. Their function though is not to describe people but to limit thought. After forty plus years of liberal domination in the public school system, critical thinking skills are now in desperately short supply.  

All tyrants know that a divided people are easier to control. The easiest group to control are those who have become dependent on the tyrant for their protection and well being. Fear and food are the great unifier s of the liberal ideology. Protect me from “them” and make sure “my” food stamps show up on time. 

For whatever reason the press in America remains largely silent on the abundant and readily demonstrable failures of both this administration and its failed ideology as well as its attempt to consolidate more and more power unto itself. To the so-called press the role of accomplice is easier than the duty of being a nations watchdog. I think that many “reporters” have as the old saying goes, have “started believing their own press”.

The complete failure of the press is the last heartbeat of a great nation and the death knell of the freedoms we have enjoyed for nearly two hundred years.

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