Discrimination or What?

I have been and continue to be discriminated against as well as been harassed, called names, and otherwise maligned.  For instance:

  • I have been denied entrance to various places of business.
  • I cannot enter various government buildings unhindered & without scrutiny.
  • I cannot step onto the property of the Post Office without committing a Federal crime.
  • I do not have a criminal record, but am often portrayed by the media as a criminal.
  • Various public figures have indirectly called for my incarceration or worse.
  • I have been called “a nut” and other names by the media.

Can you guess why?

It is because I hold a Michigan CPL (Concealed Pistol Permit), and believe in our Second Amendment.

As to the first three items in the list:  Yes, I can go to these places, but only if I disarm myself & leave the safety of my family and myself to others (why would I want to do that?).  For the next three, various media outlets and celebrities call for my forcible disarmament and/or incarceration and/or bodily harm for simply exercising my Second Amendment rights.

Now my reaction to a lot of the above is to simply avoid these establishments except when absolutely necessary.  It’s not to run and scream to the media or hire attorneys to sue these various entities into compliance.  Quite unlike another group…

The reaction by the militant arm of the LGBT lobby to my home state of Indiana’s passage of their version Religious Freedom Restoration Act has, in my opinion, been way over the top.  Considering that there has been a Federal law signed by their hero Bill Clinton and 19 other states, my question would be:  Why now?

Their vocal objections to the law has nothing to do with a baker or pizzeria denying catering a homosexual wedding based on a religious point of view.  If it did, then why only target a Christian-based business?  Why not a Muslim-based business offering the same services?  Here’s my humble opinion why…

The LGBT lobby is wanting to force religious organizations to remove bans against homosexual behavior in not only their policies, but scriptures as well.   They want to do this by having judicial decisions and laws passed banning discrimination based upon any religious practices to the contrary, and to ban scriptures describing homosexual behavior as a sin as hate speech.  This way, their lifestyle is then legitimatized from both legal and religious standpoints. 

Since the dominant religion in the United States is Christian-based, then this will be the religion that will be targeted.  It also does not help that the Christian religion is tolerant (hate the sin, love the sinner), and several denominations have reversed their stances on homosexual practices within their church. 

Thus, this is more about forcing acceptance and tolerance over the rights of others rather than respecting those differing opinions and rights.  The militant LGBT would rather ignore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to further their agenda.  Otherwise, those same people who were supposedly denied service by a baker on religious grounds would do exactly what I would have done – find another bakery to fill their requirements.  Surely, there must be LGBT friendly bakers somewhere in that city…

Dr. Brian Joondeph has the following to say about the Indiana law on AmericanThinker.com (excerpts from article):

What exactly is so controversial about this Indiana law? It “Provides that a state or local government action may not substantially burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion,” unless there is a “compelling governmental interest.”

Maybe this is why the left is in a lather, as their worldview is that most of what we do in our mundane daily lives is a “compelling interest” of the government. What light bulbs we buy, how warm or cool we keep our homes, what size soft drinks we order, whether we sprinkle salt on our food, and so on.

One man’s compelling government interest is another man’s liberty or pursuit of happiness. As I wrote last year, what is the compelling government interest in whether a Christian baker chooses to not bake a cake for a same sex wedding? Or whether a kosher Jewish deli refuses to serve a ham and cheese sandwich? Or whether a Muslim printer declines to print copies of a Mohammed cartoon?

These are the freedoms enshrined by the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” If a Muslim female wears a hijab to school, this is a constitutionally protected right. Why are bakers and photographers not afforded the same constitutional protections?

Indiana, along with 19 other states, enacted a law allowing its residents to practice their religion free from government scrutiny. It took the 20th such state law to garner the attention of the left.

Yes indeed…it took them this long to figure out that many people, including their beloved Democrats, actually believe that the right of People to follow their religious convictions rather than the demands of a few.

The First and Second Amendments of the Constitution reinforce the Rights of the People that no government or organization can legally or morally subvert.  These are the Rights of the People to be respected by all, not excepted by a few.

(In the interests of full disclosure, I have friends and a cousin who are homosexuals.  While they want legalization of their partnerships, they also respect the rights of others.)

Stuff

I haven’t written anything for a while – between work and a death in the wife’s family, there hasn’t been much time to write.  But just listening to the news is enough for me to do a slow burn.  For instance…


The Hildebeast’s response to a Congressional inquiry to in her private email server’s contents is to wipe the server’s hard drives.  Since the Hidlebeast was using this same server for government business when she was Secretary of State, the emails were not hers to delete, but needed to be reviewed by Congress as to their relevancy to her former position.  I don’t know how many Federal laws she has broken in her 1) using a private, potentially unsecure, server for government business, 2) deleting said records and emails, 3) failing to sign her exit papers, and 4) obstructing a Congressional inquiry/investigation.  For the Democrats to keep promoting the Hildebeast as a potential Presidential candidate is disgusting given this latest action and the history of this person.  However, if she does become the next President, expect more of the same actions as the current President, only worse.


The Bergdahl case has taken another turn for the worse for the Administration.  Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and “misbehaving before the enemy”, the last being almost equivalent to treason.  This entire case has shown that this Administration has gotten the entire Bergdahl case wrong, and not only wrong, but with potentially disastrous results.

While the talking heads at the White House (Earnest, Psaki, Harf, and Carney) have all spun trading five terrorists for one soldier narrative every possible way (including calling it a “good deal”), the facts remains that this person was a suspected deserter from day one, multiple soldiers were killed or injured looking for this person, and the President illegally released said terrorists from detention.  Not a good move, Mr. President…

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Negotiating with Iran concerning their nuclear program will not bear any lasting agreements.  Iran is hell-bent on developing nuclear capabilities for both weapons and power generation, although it is for the weapons that they really want.  Iran’s stated policy is to remove Israel from the map, and to promote (dictate) their version of Islam throughout the region.  With these goals in mind, can anyone realistically expect Iran to negotiate and agree upon anything in good faith?

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Last thought on this subject – The nuclear “deal” with Iran has a deadline of Tuesday, March 31.  Too bad it’s not due until the next day because it would have been very appropriate.

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Harry Reid is stepping down from the Senate.  Good riddance…  I now wonder who will replace this most insidiously corrupt politician – Schumer, Durbin, or some other power-hungry elitist politician that is just as corrupt as Reid is…


I saw in the news that a person (who is black and has a criminal history) has been shot and killed by police.  The Boston faction of Black Lives Matter is making a big stink about this.  This shouldn’t fly too far – this person was shot after he shot a police officer in the face.  But then again, facts do not seem to matter in such cases…


One of the Left’s latest darlings is Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s “Girls”.  She has admitted in her book to committing some disgusting acts with her sister, and lied about being raped by a “Republican” student – all yawned at by the Liberal establishment.  Now she has written an article in “The New Yorker” in which she poses a quiz about who she is asking the question about – a dog or her Jewish boyfriend.

Now this is stirring up some discussion, but not by the hard-core Liberals.  Apparently, for these people, the more shocking and depraved the action is or the conversation, the better it is.  Comparing the actions of dogs and Jews is never acceptable, even in jest.

If a conservative person had written such an article, the Left would have been first in line howling for blood.  But since it is one of their own, it’s OK and she deserves a pass.  Unbelievable…or maybe not…


My home state of Indiana has passed their version of a Religious Freedom law, and the Liberals are losing their minds.  I thought Lawrence Meyers for Townhall.com states it best (excerpts from the article follow – please read to get the full effect):

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and that’s why Leftists hate it.

The law is explicit. The government cannot substantially burden anyone from exercising one’s religion. If it does so, it must “further a compelling government interest and be the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.”

This is no different than the laws in 19 other states, and the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed in 1993 – by unanimous vote in the House, 97-3 in the Senate, and signed by the ultra-Right-wing-nutjob Bill Clinton.

Anything involving a public service isn’t going to be denied to a gay person. Furthermore, if a person or a company or religious organization engages in any kind of discrimination for “religious reasons”, the courts apply the test of “strict scrutiny” (the Sherbert Test) to the claim of religious infringement.

The Ugly Truth

It is the Leftists that are bigots. To them, it doesn’t matter if the rights of other people that get trampled on in the process. It only matters when the rights of people Leftists care about get trampled on.

The Left is so very strident against discrimination – oh, but only gays, blacks, Hispanics, illegal immigrants, and Radical Islamists need apply for the victocracy.

Yet they don’t care about discriminating against Christians, and will do anything they can to align themselves against the Jews and Israel, because Leftist philosophy is anti-freedom, anti-religion, and ultimately anti-human.

The great irony is that these laws were passed because a gay couple decided to sue a bakery that wouldn’t make them a cake for their gay wedding. Instead of the couple just taking their business elsewhere, and doing everything they could to shame the business that turned them down, to put up awful reviews on Yelp, to protest in front of the store, and promote the more open-minded bakery, they chose to be vindictive.

Which forced the very governmental action they are now decrying.

Yep – when the laws don’t go their way, the Leftists cry “foul” – shameful and pitiful, actually…

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This is all I can stand to write about this time.. Hope everyone is well, and is keeping their blood pressure down in the face of the insanity that we are dealing with on a daily basis.

Who is Failing the Republic?

It never seems to end.  Government is on the warpath to enforce the 11th Commandment (“Thou Shalt Conform”) by opposing any resistance to the will of various bureaucrats up to and including our elected leader residing at 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

So what happened to our country and who’s to blame?  I’ve addressed this before, and the answer is still the same.

We have…not the Constitution, nor our politicians…we have.

Government has gotten too big to control.  Our politicians are out of control.  Various groups cite and demand “rights” which are not rights but privileges over their fellow citizens.  Taxes are no more than legalized theft to pay off the politically connected while supporting the poor by keeping the EFT cards filled.  The rule of law is now no more than a suggestion to the powerful, and a weapon to keep the masses in check.  And last, elections are a popularity contest rather than a job interview to put the most qualified people in charge.

We, The People, have let it happen, and continue to let it happen.

“If we don’t mobilize to remove politicians who are actively or passively eliminating our form of government, the republic our founders gave us is lost.” – Ben Weingarten, The Founders Didn’t Fail—We Are Failing The Founders

I’m watching the political theater in Washington, and the plotline reads like a Shakespearian tragedy – In the end, both protagonists, antagonists, and bystanders are all beat-up, bloody, or dead.  It matters not who they are, disaster is immanent.

The Senate’s letter to Iran (political stupidity more than being constructive), the Hildebeast’s private email server (a violation of both law and public trust), Congress’s cave-in on the President’s amnesty funding plan (traitorous and illegal no matter how you look at it), heightening of racial tension (anything is supposedly motivated by racial hatred, including law enforcement and defending oneself), NSA violations of privacy (metadata datamining and storage without a warrant), “hate speech” double standards (Blacks can say the “N” word, but Whites cannot), bans on ammunition (violates all common sense and the 2nd Amendment), corruption and malfeasance beyond imagination (think Solyndra for starters), mind-numbing and contradictory regulations (just ask a business owner) – All is theater, bad theater at that, that affects each and every one of us in some way.

“What you want is irrelevant, what you have chosen is at hand.” – Spock, “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country”

Indeed, what have we chosen?  Perhaps this…

“The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.” – Grand Moff Tarkin to Princess Leia, Star Wars IV

Indeed, with our Constitutional scholar President constantly violating the Constitution and the laws of the United States, is it too far of a stretch that this President will deconstruct the Constitution and Congress along with it?  And would anybody take notice or protest?  Apparently, one person wouldn’t care:

“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

Yes, indeed…let’s elect a King, an Emperor, a Dictator.  Look at the various countries in South America and across the world, and see how that has worked out for the people in those countries…

As it is, Our Republic is in trouble.  We need to remove the politicians that are the problem, and put in there place people (not politicians!) that will put this country back on the path of prosperity and greatness.  You see, we really don’t have a choice, not if we wish to remain a free people.

Liberalism’s Dirty Secrets

The following was forwarded to me by my wife who found it in a comment on her Facebook feed.  I’ve thought about the following for sometime, but have never been able to write this down as clearly as this person did.

I see Obama today, saying there is serious racism across the country. Does anyone think there will ever be total racial harmony in this current mad house world? In my opinion, due to many factors,…there will never be racial harmony along our current path.

A huge number of people are kept, or more accurately- trapped in a permanent underclass I’ll call the impoverished. The dirty little secret here is that this is the way the power drunk liberals in our government want it. A huge amount of the blame for racist attitudes by persons of all colors is the result of poverty caused by decades of liberal social policy and the existence of their piddling entitlement handouts.

Liberals, Democrats and progressives…socialists, communists, Marxists… (call them what ever) have duped a large segment of society into governmental dependency just to win the vote.

Look at the Obama government for a current example. Spending on entitlements has exploded under their regime. 54 million are on food stamps or I should say EBT food entitlements.

Entitlement piled on entitlement. More than ever in our history. Employment is at a 10 month low as of yesterday. The so called economic recovery is the slowest in history, we are sinking under a mountain of federal debt with our government borrowing from foreign creditors more than half of what they spend. A Gross Domestic Product stagnant at a sickly 2.5% quarter after quarter.

Then as if its a huge priority, Obama with his pen and phone takes the unprecedented and unconstitutional action of rewriting immigration law from his administrative desk at the White House. This after he is on video tape saying over twenty times that “I have no power to do it”. Yet, he aims to legitimize over 5 million illegal border crossers and hook them into the permanent, governmentally dependent underclass of democrat voters their party has been cultivating since Lynden Johnson started the “War on Poverty – Great Society” scheme over 50 years ago.

Poverty brings out the darkest emotions of the human animal. Emotions of anger, greed, material jealousy and hate. These powerful emotions are the leading cause of crime in all it’s ugly forms of illegal behavior like drug trafficking, robbery, violence and homicides. This is a catalyst for racial division. Look at the fact that black Americans face unemployment and poverty at much higher rates than whites.

Liberals wring their hands and toss out band aid fixes like more gun control, more little perks and entitlements, Obama phones, banning bullets, harassing the police with threats of human rights law suits for arresting criminals and doing their job. They throw more and more money at it but does it ever improve? No. They lament the high rate of black incarceration.

Is there any wonder why young black men are filling up our prisons? Look what the liberal entitlement mindset has done to the future of young black men in our inner cities? Poverty, the destruction of black family structure, drugs, gangs, crime, black on black murder at unprecedented rates, dropping out of school and heading straight to prison.

Then they are well and truly screwed. More anger, more misbehavior, back to prison, less respect by their fellow citizens, more discrimination. A vicious cycle.

This is where liberal policy like Obama and his minions embrace every day has brought us in 2015.

It is the system of governmental entrapment into this permanent underclass that drives much of the misery, racial social and societal decay and crime in our country. People naturally want what they feel others have and they don’t.

The problem is not the police. The problem of racism in America is due to liberals in the democrat party making people slightly comfortable at a rank level of poverty in order to hook them on handouts, all to gain their vote. Its all about the vote. The Democrat vote.

Government is the problem here. Liberal Democrat rule, playing these people like addicts looking for their next fix but in this case, their next government check. Liberalism is not the fix, it is in fact the cause.

The only way out of this is a booming economy, job prospects for all, financial reward through hard work, education for the uneducated. Jobs, jobs and more jobs which a healthy capitalist lightly regulated free market will bring. We need to get liberal government off the back of the businessman.

We need to eliminate the permanent underclass, not make more of them. Lift up everyone so they can attain the American dream of success, and only a strong conservative government that embraces a strong free market economy with a fair system of taxation, balanced budgets and an end to deficit spending can do that.

Liberalism will never do that as it depends on growing (Obama’s amnesty proposal for example) the numbers of poor people and then demanding their votes for their so called liberal “friends” in order to continue the handouts.

Look at any communist or socialist country and tell me you would rather live there than in a successful, bountiful, economically stable country such as ours could be again soon were it not for power sucking elitist liberalism and democrat party rule.

We need to bring this country back to success by voting these power hungry self aggrandizing creeps out at every election. We did well in the last election. We must win the presidency in 2016 and keep the houses of congress.

We need to try something new. Obama said he was that, but now even the most low information voter should be able to see he is nothing but a creepy elitist power mad liberal with the same old tired socialist ideals that has failed in countries all over the world. It’s never worked out to the good of the people. Only to the wealth, power and greed of the leaders.

Vote conservative if you want this to improve. It will only fester and decline will be the result of more liberalism. America is sick under the current president. It can’t last much longer.

One additional thought is this:  Liberal social policies and politics have stripped any thoughts of personal responsibilities from self sufficiency.  Strong families have been decimated by the promise of “easy money” from the government, and policies such as gun control have been used to further the dependency upon government for safety as well as sustenance.  The vicious circle keeps getting worse and worse, and the promotion of a “victimhood” mentality only reinforces the sense of injustice and entitlement.  When the promise of hope is taken away, what else is there?  Then to add to this misery is an additional illegal legalization of illegal immigrants.

Self-destructive insanity…