I have been “stewing” on this article for numerous months, as I read, hear, and investigate events so much more the angst I feel concerning the status quo in Washington increases exponentially. So finally I have forced myself to sit down and put these thoughts and feelings in print. Perhaps the tipping point was a statement made by a Bernie Sanders supporter who posted on social media that they were still proud of him for “standing up to the system” in DC. Well, ok, if you say so, he’s been there 40 years what’s he done all the while?? But that’s another whole argument. If the miracle happened that would allow this author to be “king” for a day and be able to make a monarchal decree that would make changes in the constitution of these great United States [yes, I do believe they are great!!] -- then the following policies, law changes, and amendments would be my platform. I only wish that “We the People…” had some influence on the representatives of our respective governments these days. The corruption, deal making, and general chicanery starts as low as the local dog catcher and only proliferates as you climb up the ladder. So here goes… these are not in any order of importance, I will leave that determination up to the reader. TERM LIMITS All political positions will have term limits. City/county/states will have a max of two year terms and re-election will be based on a graduated scale of percentages. This way if you should happen to get a great statesman in office there is a way to see them remain for some time, but not indefinitely. First term election candidate must carry a 55% (two parties running) or 35% should there be a three party ticket. Each term thereafter the incumbent must carry by a percentage of 10% more…i.e. 2nd term 65%/45% -- 3rd term 75%/55% -- 4th term 85%/65% -- see the pattern? Of course the chances of one person carrying those percentages would be very difficult to progress much beyond two terms. All candidates will have been established in residence for a minimum of 5 years within the district. Meaning their primary place of living and working [tax returns], not just a “vacation” home. SALARY CAPS/BENEFIT LIMITS Each government representative to State or Federal legislature will be bound by all the laws pertaining to the common man. No exclusive banks, perks, exclusions, waivers, etc. to ANY regulation. Salary will be the same as the average mean wage of those persons whom they represent within their respective districts. They will be required to return to their districts upon leaving office and receive 6 months of “unemployment” just like everyone else, pay into Social Security and income taxes. All securities trading will be scrutinized and no trading of any stocks allowed for/of companies doing business with the government while seated in office. Each district will provide a residence and vehicle in the capital where the lawmaker must work. Public transportation will be used to travel to/from on long commutes I.E. to Washington DC from distant states. State legislature’s should be able to travel by car or local air services. LOBBYING PROHIBITED All lobbyists will be on un-employment lines!! Anyone buying influence with a legislature member will go to federal prison!! No exceptions!! Lawmakers/council members of any govt. caught receiving “lobbyists’ favors”, or influence monies, bribes, gifts, etc. are banned from public employment FOR LIFE!! [even dog catcher, road crew, any govt. job] END CORPORATE WELFARE The idea that taxpayers should subsidize any for-profit organization is simply preposterous!! End it all, NOW! Walmart receives $30 million in “tax breaks” annually?? Not one red cent should be reduced for any corporation or company. If the company is mismanaged and faces failure, then let it be sold on the bankruptcy courts steps. The funding for “research” so a drug company can rake in millions on a new pill should not ever be paid for by the taxpayers. We have health organizations and universities that can perform needed research and then make it “public domain” for all to benefit from. Cities and counties giving free periods of property taxes are over!! Let them pay their share like everyone else. TAX SYSTEM REFORM Abolish the antiquated, convoluted, tax code we now have, like several candidates have said, make it so simple that a 5th grader can take care of it! Close the loopholes for the elite and the large corporate/banks/insurance firms. Make it a sales tax that not one person or corporation is exempt from. Everything that is purchased, regardless where from, has a sales tax added. These taxes are distributed to Counties/States/ Federal budgets as they are collected and each entity is required by law to “live within their means” In essence there will be NO DEFICIT SPENDING!! The only caveat will be during a time of a war [declared by Congress]. This provides a level playing field for all parties who reside within the country, if you make $100 a week and spend it, then you pay your share. If you make $1 million, and spend it, you pay your share. If you save it or invest it in mutual funds etc you do not get taxed, this will drive the economy and promote healthy “savings” habits. MILITARY COMES HOME Our constitution allowed ofr the establishment of a military for defense. That’s for the defense of our country, not the police force for the entire planet!! Bring our troops/ equipment/planes etc home to US soil. Why do we have 25K troops in Korea, are we being paid to provide security for South Korea?? Europe?? When has Germany ever repaid the war debts from the Hitler days??? There is no reason for us to jump into every little squabble around the world, [except that big corporations make money doing it, and they buy the Congressional votes!!!] A strong defense of our own borders and territories is of course adamant, but that is all we need to concern ourselves with as a nation. CONSOLIDATE LAW ENFORCEMENT Combine all city police departments into one county wide agency, with an elected Sherriff that answers to the voters, not a city manager or mayor. The facilities, assets, and taxes required will be reduced. In all, it will streamline law enforcement, and make accountability the responsibility of the people. BOOT THE UNITED NATIONS Time to take out the trash!! The UN was just like any other union, it had its place at the time, but the world has evolved and there is no longer a viable reason for it as it exists today. UN has turned into a cabal of third world dictators and useful idiots to the elitists of the world. The US pays for the majority of the bloated budget for these leeches on the governments of the world. Turn them out, end the lease in New York, we have a World Court in The Hague, any squabbles between nations can be brought before this Court, and every country can assign one of its “Supreme magistrates” to participate in this court when needed. The savings to not only our taxpayers, but those of many nations would be astronomical. REFORM IMMIGRATION POLICIES Immigration is the life blood of this country in the 200 plus years we have prided ourselves on the welcome arms open to the oppressed peoples of the world. That should not end of course, but it should be controlled. The process of legal immigration needs to streamlined, just like any federal program the bureaucrats have made the red tape so monstrous that most just come in and take their chances in getting caught. This is not new, there were reforms and bills/laws passed in 1986 to curtail the practice of employment of illegals, but almost never has the law been enforced. First , close the borders!! Time to demand that the laws be enforced and all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, etc. [no discrimination] who are found in country without proper “papers” be given a one way flight to the country of origin. We can use all those military planes and military pilots / security forces as part of their training. Military intelligence can also do “background” checks on all visa applicants [again, training programs] Immigrant applicants will be required: 1. To have an “in country” sponsor/employer who is a citizen, in good standing, no felons. 2. Have a gainful employment skill/experience that allows them to be employed upon entry. 3. All applicants within military age and ability will enlist in and serve minimum 2 years in service. 4. Will pledge solemn oath of allegiance to the US, its flag, and laws. Failure to maintain this oath will result in life long expulsion. 5. Political asylum claims will be investigated, verified, and all avenues to relief other than immigration must be exhausted prior to visa issue. 6. “Student visas” will be tracked, monitored, and verified like a probation office. Each school will be set up with such an agency for this purpose. End of school? Go home, apply for “work” visa before graduation if wanted, must have a sponsor/employer. JUDGES GET ELECTED, TERM LIMITS Just like lawmakers, judges will be elected representatives of the people. Same term limits as legislatures will apply. No more political favors and lifelong appointments to the bench. Society has progressed in education enough to know when our best interests are being served, the law abiding citizens deserve to see that those who do not are summarily punished. It is time that judges uphold the laws we as a people pass, not deny them. When a law referendum passes an election, it is not the purpose of a “sitting judge” to nullify that duly passed legislation. If a judge is too lax on the perpetrators of crimes within the community it is only fair that the community has the right to relieve that judge of the position. Any judge caught in “unlawful” activities is banned from practicing law for life. STATES RIGHTS / DUTIES It is beyond time to return the sovereignty of the States to their respective houses. The Federal government has overstepped its bounds in so many ways it’s not possible to list. The proliferation of bureaucratic agencies that stuff thousands of regulations an requirements down our throats every year to, in effect keep themselves in position [employment/power] simply is a waste. We have departments of health, education, environment, etc. etc. etc in each state, funded by State monies and the duplication is redundant. Not to mention the misuse of said govt. agencies by successive administration after administration in DC. Bring the control of these things back to the States where they have belonged. END FEDERAL LAND OWNERSHIP Other than a military base, or an office building [where needed] there should be zero ownership of properties by the federal government. The National Parks system should of course be maintained, but all wildlife/wilderness areas should be turned over to the State in which it rests. These agencies know far better how to manage the resources in their boundaries than some plutocrats in Washington that has never spent a day in the “wilderness”. The very idea of a Bureau of Land Management in DC is ludicrous. The people who live amongst these lands should not be forced to take on Washington, DC lawyers to see their fair and equitable use. Well, the list was lengthy, but the unconstitutional abuses of powers by the overgrown, bloated, corrupted, and generally just plain useless Federal government would take reams and reams of paper [like most of their regulations] and, quite frankly, down deep, we and they know it. I’ve had my rant, its been a long time coming, but I certainly feel better having had my "say".
With all the yap about plagiarism lately I am going to preface by stating this is blatantly copied from an email I received. The author is unknown to me but his message was poignant and timely so I thought to share with you, my readers.
This was from a pastor, that’s all I know of the origins.
Is Trump good for America? I mentioned Sunday that I would speak on this next week. Unfortunately, I felt I was shoehorning this topic into my planned message. To properly present what I want to speak on Sunday, I may have to leave the Donald out of it! Let me take a minute for those that wonder and give some thoughts.
When I first heard that DT was entering the race last year, I told my wife that I felt that it was a good thing for the party and America. I knew that he was not a “saint,” but I knew that he would be like a bull in a china shop. He is a disrupter and I believe America could use a fresh thinker especially in the political arena. I didn’t think he would get the nomination, but felt it would shake up politics as usual. I was correct on the shaking up part.
Lance Wallnau likens him to a biblical Cyrus. Someone who is dynamically used of God even though not perceived by many as a God follower. God has used many people in history that I would probably not like or agree with. I’m not sure I would have liked the disciples, or David, or Moses. Somehow, God did not seem compelled to consult with me!
I have always liked Winston Churchill. He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century. Last year, I had the privilege of going through the War Museum in London. Winston is a key feature. His life is controversial. He was not always celebrated as a great leader. He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude, even misogynistic leader. It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime! A woman once told him he was disgustingly drunk. His response was “My dear, you are disgustingly ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly!”
There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader. He had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe. You wouldn’t want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in England’s history. Such a brazen man that would go up to the roof of his quarters in central London and smoke cigars as Hitler’s airforce bombed all around him. I’m not sure I would have voted for him….but he was the right man.
I think it would be awesome to have a righteous leader, that understood the intricacies of the economy, health care, defense, immigration, with great sensitivity to religious institutions, a heart for the poor, a vision for the future. If that leader was a praying person, formidable in the word of God and loved the local church, I would rejoice! I do not think that is the choice we will have in November.
Instead….we will look for someone who is imperfect, yet will fit the times we are living in. Particularly, that ‘whoever’ we vote for, it will be someone who might possibly have the opportunity to appoint up to three supreme court justices. That could shape our culture in America for the next 30 years…radically. The America of our grandchildren could be very different….and that may not be good. We cannot stay still. A non-vote is a passive vote for a direction we may regret.
So….is DT good for America? I honestly believe that he has been already. He has shaken the political system. Do his comments offend me? At times. Do I agree with all he says? Not at all. Is he a “Cyrus” that is being raised up by God to preserve America? Time will tell.
This I know. I will vote for the best chance for America. I will pray for our leaders as I have already. In the end….God will continue to be my source and my hope. I do believe that God has had a hand in America’s history. I hope He also will have a hand in its future.
Interesting take on Trump.
William J. Bennett, Host of Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Show, is one of America’s most important, influential, and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. He has one of the strongest Christian world views of any writer in modern times.
What I See Happening In a Trump Presidency
By Bill Bennett
“They will kill him before they let him be president. It could be a Republican or a Democrat that instigates the shutting up of Trump.
Don’t be surprised if Trump has an accident. Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few.
It’s about the unholy dynamics between big government, big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich, everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies. But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media, and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened.
Donald Trump can self-fund. No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business, and political elite understand that Trump is no joke. He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.
It’s no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy The Donald. It’s because most of the other politicians are part of the a good old boys club. They talk big, but they won’t change a thing. They are all beholden to big-money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, and multinational corporations – like Big Pharmacy or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by foreigners like George Soros owns Obama or foreign governments own Hillary and their Clinton Foundation donations.
These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But there’s one man who isn’t beholden to anyone. There’s one man who doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teacher’s union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.
Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat to those people. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.
Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talked a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet has never tried to de-fund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?
First, I’d guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs, or secretly gay, or stealing taxpayer money, the National Security Agency knows everything.
Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money from his own bank account. The NSA, the SEC, the IRS, and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They surveil everything. Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called racists, so they are scared to ever criticize Obama or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment. Fourth , why rock the boat? After defeat or retirement, if you’re a good old boy, you’ve got a $5 million-per-year lobbying job waiting. The big-money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose, they win.
But Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media, and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the Presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides but not Trump. Remember: Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama’s birth certificate. He questioned Obama’s college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university. Now, he’s doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do. He’s questioning our relationship with Mexico; he’s questioning why the border is wide open; he’s questioning why no wall has been built across the border; he’s questioning if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; he’s questioning why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes, yet are not deported; and he’s questioning why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.
Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick. Good question! I’m certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michelle Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare website. By the way, that tab is now up to $5 billion. Trump will ask if Obamacare’s architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying. Trump will investigate Obama’s widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama’s college records. Trump will prosecute Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover up Benghazi before the election. How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election?
Obama, the multinational corporations and the media need to stop Trump. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked, telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Trump could wake a sleeping giant. Trump’s election would be a nightmare. Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Trump would dare to prosecute. He will not hesitate. Once Trump gets in and gets a look at the cooked books and Obama’s records, the game is over. The goose is cooked. Holder could wind up in prison. Jarrett could wind up in prison. Obama bundler Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money. Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails or for accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State, or for misplacing $6 billion as the head of the State Department, or for lying about Benghazi. The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison.
Obamacare will be de-funded and dismantled. Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters. Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved. That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.
Yes, it’s become open season on Donald Trump. The left and the right are determined to attack his policies, harm his businesses, and, if possible, even keep him out of the coming debates. But they can’t silence him. And they sure can’t intimidate him. The more they try, the more the public will realize that he’s the one telling the truth”.
THE FIX IS REAL !!!
20 years ago James Comey as an attorney on the Senate Whitewater Investigation was looking into the conduct of President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton.The investigation was to determine whether Bill Clinton used his political position as governor of Arkansas (in the 1980s) to push through an illegal loan to benefit Bill and Hillary’s business partner in Whitewater. Several people involved in Whitewater went to jail, but no criminal prosecution was in the cards for Bill and Hillary. Remember James Comey was the Deputy Special Counsel for the Whitewater investigation….In Christopher Anderson’s book, American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Rise to Power, Anderson gives details of the New Square offenders pardon by Bill Clinton (who had been convicted of bilking the government of $30 million dollars). Christopher Anderson relates that at Hillary’s urging Bill gave clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists who took the lives of 16 Americans and wounded many others.Anderson tells us that Hillary admired the Marxist Carl Oglesby and Saul Alinsky. It is from her admiration for Saul Alinsky that she formed her belief that “the only way to make a real difference is to acquire power.” The pardon of billionaire Marc Rich (who traded illegally with America’s enemies including Iran) by President Bill Clinton was something that everyone knew reeked of impropriety after learning that Rich’s wife donated $450,000 to the Clinton Library. Again James Comey oversaw investigations of the pardon matters as well. Unbelievably James Comey did not recommend charging the Clinton in any of these matters. Wouldn’t it be fair and balanced to give news coverage to these facts?”
‘m 73 and I’m Tired
This should be required reading for every man, woman
and child in the UK , in the U.S.A, Canada ,
Australia and New Zealand
By Robert A. Hall
Except for one
semester in college when jobs were scarce and a
six-month period when I was between jobs, but
job-hunting every day, I’ve worked,
hard, since I was 18.
Despite some health challenges, I still put in
50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in
seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but
I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I
worked to get where I am. Given the economy,
there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired.
I’m tired of being told
that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who
don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being
told the government will take the money I
earned, by force if necessary, and give it to
people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told
that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every
day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men
killing their sisters, wives and daughters for
their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over
some slight offense; of Muslims murdering
Christian and Jews because they aren’t
“believers;” of Muslims burning schools for
girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims
to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating
the genitals of little girls; all in the name of
Allah, because the Qur’an and Sharia??? law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told
that, out of “tolerance for other cultures,” we
must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund
mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach
hate in America and Canada, while no American
nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church,
synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to
teach love and tolerance..
I’m tired of being told I
must lower my living standard to fight global
warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told
That drug addicts have a disease, and I must
help support and treat them, and pay for the
damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a
dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up
their noses while they tried to fight it off?
I’m tired of hearing
wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians
of all parties talking about innocent mistakes,
stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we
All know they think their only mistake was
getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense
Of entitlement, rich or poor.
I’m real tired of people who
don’t take responsibility for their lives and
actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the
government, or discrimination or big-whatever
for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to
be 73.. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have
to see the world these people are making. I’m
just sorry for my granddaughters and grandsons.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served
five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless
each of us sends it on!
This is your chance to make a difference.
“I’m 73 and I’m tired.” If you don’t forward this you
are part of the problem.