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Friday, January 19, 2018

The End of an Era

     Some of my fellow Conservative friends have recently been expressing their disappointment with the political leanings of the Courier Times, but people everywhere are very misinformed and not just the writers of the Courier Times.  It’s weird that news organizations seem to lead the charge, but maybe it’s more our fault than theirs.
     Everyone gets angry, builds an impenetrable wall and the political parties run amuck throwing parties for themselves that we pay for and aren’t invited to.  It’s actually all by design with some guy in a basement cubicle in Washington thinking up ways to get everyone riled up about nothing.
     Ill-informed commentary is nothing more than a call to action for those with functioning brains.  It’s nothing new and is the foundation to our 2-party system.  One side says something stupid and the other (hopefully) tries to set the record straight.
     Granted, we’re currently functioning under 1-party rule with both Republicans and Democrats trying to be Democrats.
     Wouldn’t it be an idea to return to the founding principles of integrity, character and honesty that most seek regardless of party?  What is it, then, that makes these traits seem so elusive today?  Why do the basic traits and principles of good leadership conflict with the goals of today’s politicos?
     Politics tends to cater to those who show up so the more we throw our hands up in despair (which is their goal) the worse it gets.
     The undeniable fact remains that most people tend to live their private lives on Conservative principles.  Free markets, low taxes and personal responsibility are what define us as a nation with Capitalism lifting more out of poverty than any government program could ever think of. 
     Seems like people get increasingly crazy when they rely on government for anything - government fails to deliver (because it’s not capable) and “solutions” arise that try to fix everything with what caused the problem in the first place.  This is probably the top argument in favor of a Conservative small government and the official definition of insanity.
     There’s probably just as many Conservative Democrats as there are Conservative Republicans (especially now with there being very little difference between the two parties).  It’s like you know you’re making a bad decision by voting for the Democrat vs. the perception that you’re not by voting Republican.  Another call to action, I’d say, for us Conservatives.
     Everyone screams for good leadership until they get it.  They continue to scream because they constantly believe the spoon-fed agendas of those who rely on our ignorance for their livelihoods.  Good leadership is not moderate - it actually stands for something, takes positions and gets things done.
     You can always blame apathy, but no one cares about that.  1/3 are always going to not care, but a group double that size is available for any good candidate to pursue.  We just have to do our part and not let the good candidates go which, sadly, is too often the case.
     A wild suggestion for Republicans would be to start being Republican.  Conservatives would finally have people to vote for and the Courier Times would have more stuff to write about. 
     Republicans would benefit tremendously from appreciating the true heritage of the GOP.  Taking moderate positions while abandoning their Conservative roots is why Republicans are losing membership in Bucks County and don’t even exist in Philly and Jersey.  In our defense we are surrounded and “All gardens will be invaded.”
     Sometimes I blame New Jerseyans and Philadelphians for fleeing their homelands and then voting the same way that created the mess they’re fleeing from, but it’s probably more our fault for not giving them choices consistent with what attracted them here in the first place. 
     So I’m giving saving-Republicans-from-themselves one more shot before switching to Independent where I can really not care.  There’s only so much one can do with two fake parties.  There is strength in numbers, though, so maybe we should all return to our Conservative roots and slowly drift back on course.  If not, there’s always the Libertarian Party; which is actually looking like a good liberating option and maybe the only place where one can be a Republican around here anymore.

Monday, October 16, 2017

And So It Goes - Bucks County Courier Times October 19, 2017

     As predicted, the usual suspects immediately respond to a terrible tragedy by attacking those who didn’t do it.  Are they aware that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t grant permission to be a violent predatory killer?  The 2nd Amendment doesn’t grant anyone anything.  It merely spells out a right of all humans that is frequently denied, but puts American lawmakers on report that possibly the most important of all civil rights isn’t negotiable.
     And such is the case for the rest of The Constitution.  It defines the natural born rights of all humans on earth before those rights are taken away.  It’s a warning of the predictable results of oppressive governance.  Just look at New Jersey, for example, or Nazi Germany.
     It was tyranny itself that spawned our own Declaration of Independence from which the end of slavery, women’s voting rights and the entire Civil Rights movement were born.  Those who really wish to demonstrate against hate, injustice and division might consider planting a Declaration of Independence lawn sign in front of their residence. 
     Taking a knee is fine, but probably defines the knee takers (in this context) as those who would do the same in celebration of dictators.  Not sure of the attraction to tyranny, but maybe that’s from my very American anti-authority complex (with the predictable results to prove it).
     My theory is that most of the problems that everyone is concerned about are a direct result of forgetting who we are as Americans (or not knowing in the first place).  We even constantly attack The Constitution whose only flaw, really, is a failure to obey it.  We disrespect our symbol of freedom, run around wearing vagina hats and worship at the altar of the golden athlete.
     What, then, is the solution?  The only thing I can think of is to try to the best of our ability to resist the constant false narratives that way too many of us view everything through the distorted prism of politics.  This, I believe, is what fuels the destructive behavior of sociopaths, more than anything, tipping them into crossing the line. 
     One of the most significant historical figures of our time, though, probably said it best when Howard Sterns’ father uttered, “Don’t be stupid you moron.”  That’s probably what needs to guide our nation for now more than any other movement, protest or grievance.
      Your anti-American behavior is creating a lot of un-American results.  Who would have thought?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

We've Forgotten Who We Are - Bucks County Courier Times August 21, 2017

     One of Hitler’s most powerful tools was ownership of the media and using it for intimidation and dishonest propaganda.  So let’s at least accurately identify who the real Nazis are/were.
     Being honest and outspoken is not the enemy yet we continue to allow others to assault independent thought and free speech as if they were.  Critical thinking was the primary enemy of Nazis so it’s very safe to say that 1920’s Germany rages on. 
     And with all of the associated nonsense of various monuments I can say with total confidence, and as a Jew no less, that one way to ensure another Holocaust is to tear down Auschwitz.  Makes one wonder why all of these monuments are at risk and why history is constantly being rewritten.
     The main problem that we have here in America, as far as I can tell, is that we’ve completely forgotten who we are.  We’re in luck, though, since we can readily refer back to our founding document.  The Declaration of Independence, some would say, is the ultimate reflection of the diversity, equality and unity that defines us so it’s no surprise that The Constitution itself is constantly under attack by tyrants, dictators and anyone else who views everything through the distorted prism of politics.
     We are the recipients of American values and not their victim even though a small vocal minority is constantly trying to make us believe otherwise.  These strategies were what defined the political turmoil and unrest of the real Nazi Germany and it’s very sad to see so many here in America falling for the same (and for the same reasons).
     Fortunately, The Constitution is what stands between us and another Nazi Germany so it’s the duty of all of us to defend it in its entirety against all enemies. 
     I think we’re good if we’re willing to (through honesty, free speech and independent thought) accept the responsibility of American citizenship.  Right now I’m not so sure, but I still think it’s worth trying.   
     Maybe that’s the whole idea.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Insanity - Bucks County Courier Times July 10, 2017

     The most shocking part of the opioid epidemic is a belief that it can be addressed with government programs and money.  Maybe look outside the box a bit like, for example, the normalization of deviant sexual behavior, a political system founded on abortion rights, the promotion of illicit drug use, applauding dishonesty and submission and Democrats running around pretending to be Republicans. 
     The insanity might end once we make the conscious decision to stop being insane.
     It’s called “dope” for a reason; one that cannot be cured with laws and money.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Step It Up - Bucks County Courier Times June 19, 2017

     Yet another Memorial Day has come and gone with each annual remembrance seemingly more meaningful than the past.  Not sure why that is.  Maybe it’s because we’re in the midst of the next “The Greatest Generation” and more and more simply understand what’s at stake and have an intense reverence of today’s men and women in uniform who are in harm’s way as we speak.  And, certainly, Bucks County has no shortage of young heroes stepping up for this critical role.
     It was impossible to miss the banners of our recent Fallen at the County Courthouse.  It was their special memorial so appropriate and so tragic.  We honor the same from past wars, but this tribute was theirs.  A special and reliable place for others to extract strength and meaning from that has now been removed.
     I can’t even imagine the character of those stepping up to today’s challenges.  Today’s recruits and candidates selflessly step forward with a clear understanding of leadership even prior to initial training.
     So the question begs to answer in that we say that we honor and support The Troops, but do we really?  Do we just thank a Vet here and there and call it a day or do we really honor them? 
     We can start by understanding their mission - a pursuit that we’ve failed so miserably that I’m not even going to explain.  A good rule of thumb is to listen to those who have been there and not those working on their next campaigns on the backs of those drenched in blood, sweat and tears.
     And we can continue by following the example of those with character so profound that a new word probably has to be invented.  They have been called to serve and do so with the ultimate calling of leadership - putting the needs of others before their own.  They set the example for the rest of us to follow.  They stand up for what’s right even when we stop supporting what they do because some politician told us so.  They’re friendly, respectful and enthusiastic.  They weigh the facts and they help those who are in trouble.  In short - they represent everything that defines our great nation; even though we’re often told otherwise. 
     Speaking of character and integrity, The Travis Manion Foundation has offered to assume financial responsibility for the memorial banners that were recently removed from the County Courthouse yard.  So far there’s no resolution.  That might be from leadership taking a back seat to politics, but what else is new.  I would have expected much better from Bucks County, but maybe I expect too much. 
     Many of you won’t get it and don’t care.  You view everything through the distorted prism of politics because you’re incapable of independent thought, are convinced that the world revolves around you and really don’t matter.  For the rest of us there are a few things to consider if you’re so inclined.
     Firstly, all three County Commissioners need to be replaced during their next election cycle.  Regardless of party affiliation you must vote for the incumbents’ opponent.  There’s no alternative and this is absolutely essential for many reasons.
     Secondly, if you’re one who thanks Vets for their service you should mean it and conduct yourself accordingly; especially when no one’s watching.  If you’re unable to do that then don’t insult them and maybe consider keeping your mouth shut in the first place.
     Lastly, it is you who are on the front lines of this war on terror.  You either support our men and women in uniform with your voting behavior or you undermine them (and everyone else, for that matter, including yourself).  You really need to step it up, educate yourself to today’s harsh realities and not continue to seek fraternity in weakness.  The chronic false narratives that do not accurately represent who we are as a nation are getting fantastically old.

     And for those who are still reading, thank you for your past, present and continued service whether you wore a uniform or not.  You’re needed now more than ever.  Thank you for stepping up when called upon and for being someone who can be counted on when needed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Repeal Replace - Bucks County Courier Times January 17, 2017

     Everyone’s talking about repealing and replacing the ultra-failure known as Obamacare, but not one person says a thing about what to replace it with.  It’s as if those criticizing it are as bad as those who support it.  Well maybe not as bad, but still not good.  Nonetheless, you simply cannot fix a problem with what caused it in the first place.
     The solution is nothing new and has been spelled out with precision by Harvard professor Regina Herzlinger in both of her books, “Market Driven Health Care” and “Who Killed Health Care”.  The author explains what went wrong and how to fix it.
     The beginning of the end was in the late 1930’s when health care started to become attached to employment.  Seemed like a good idea even though salaries were reduced by the cost of coverage, but then someone in Congress got the bright idea to give corporations a tax break for the benefits they provide.
     This naturally led to someone in a basement cubicle selecting health care plans and has morphed into every special interest and their brother getting a mandate for something or other.  These people selecting your plans for you are often pretty smart, but not necessarily smart enough to know what you want or need.
     Many speak of tort-reform, erasing state lines and different types of plans, but there’s a larger factor that drives insanity.  That would be the current mechanism where payments go directly from the payor to the provider completely bypassing the patient.  The patient often doesn’t know or care what anything costs.
     Fortunately, some of the greatest minds on earth go into medicine and do a phenomenal job regardless, but you know that there’s a big problem when a practice has a 5-story building just to manage the bureaucracy.  And nothing’s changing until the patient is in charge of their own health care.  As far as I know there’s no known case of a severely injured person screaming for a politician or a lawyer.  Sometimes lawyers scream for patients, but that’s another thing.
     The Free Market really hasn’t existed in medicine for most of our lifetimes, but that’s where the answer lay.  When pennies on the dollar of a $2 trillion annual health care expenditure actually goes to health care one can’t help but to conclude that the first step is to forbid your children from going to law school. 
     Aside from that, the real first step would be to create a mechanism where the patient shops for their own health care with money from insurance.  They would have incentive to find the best value in quality and cost in an environment that would be seamless to do so. 
     It wouldn’t be much different from buying a car where most consumers don’t know much about cars, but those who do would provide all of the necessary information to make great decisions.  Providers would compete for your health care dollars and there’d even be competition for pre-existing conditions.
     Then, with all of this money being spent a lot more wisely there’d be plenty available to truly help the poor. 
     The positive ripple effects of a Free Market are endless and far too complex to create any other way.  The current system of government setting prices would be an example of a market that’s not free.  It’s rather oppressive and is what creates the $60 aspirin. 
     I could go on, but it just occurred to me that I’m writing this for free when elected officials making 6-figures should be doing this.  So I shall hand off the baton for them to start doing something meaningful for the first time.  I used to think that elected officials were synonymous with leadership, but now know better.
     In the meantime try to avoid getting sick or injured, but if you must chances are good that a doctor or nurse will be at hand that has a greater sense of duty than those we periodically vote for.  We’d like to vote for the best person, but they rarely run (since they’re too busy doing the real work).  Maybe if we banned politicians from running for public office…

Friday, July 15, 2016

Our Sworn Duty - Bucks County Courier Times July 13, 2016

     I continue to be chronically fascinated with those who think it’s a good idea to respond to terror attacks by disarming law-abiding citizens.  The nagging question, however, rages on.  If we’re so worried about terrorists buying weapons in American gun shops then how did it become possible for terrorists to even be here?
     With the FBI declaring terrorist activity in all 50 states wouldn’t it be better to honor the 2nd Amendment in its entirety?  Even Admiral Yamamoto acknowledged in 1941 that “You cannot invade the mainland United States.  There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
     It’s weird how the so-called civilized “elite” distrust citizens more than they fear rapists and murderers.  Maybe firearm ownership is just a threat to their utopian illusion; that doesn’t even exist.  We all know that they’re more concerned with politics than fact and logic, but also that violent criminals aren’t deterred by gun regulations.  We also know that a well-armed public is vital to the security of us all. 
     If I’m wrong then I shall have no choice but to nominate the entirety of the Courier Times anti-gun readership to collect all weapons from the tens of millions of law-abiding citizens and then, once completed,  are commanded to move on to violent predatory murderers and rapists.
     World peace will be at hand and the terrorists have lost.