A Response to Facebook Question

A longtime friend saw the following graphic on my personal Facebook page a couple of days ago –

People vs Govt

– and asked me the following question:

“Not meaning to pick a fight — I promise to listen and not to rebut — but what areas of government don’t work for you, at any level, federal, state or local? Thanks in advance.”

Here’s how I responded:

“Hey R. – Sorry for taking so long to respond to your question.  You asked a serious question, and I wanted to take the time to answer seriously instead of a flip, half-assed answer.

“The biggest negative impact that government has had on my family and I is in the healthcare regulations brought on by the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka ObamaCare.

“Every year, I get a physical.  Being the same age that I am, you understand that monitoring the state of our health is extremely important.  But every year, it costs me more out of pocket to get that physical.  While the physical itself is covered 100%, the lab work that go along with that physical are only partially covered.  But it wasn’t always that way.

“Like you, I get my healthcare subsidized by my company, and every year we go through the sign-up process.  Each year, we are presented with different plans to choose from.  And each year, the number of plans are reduced, the deductibles rise, and coverage is often (for lack of a better word) tweaked from last year.  And each year, the HR Benefits person states that these changes are in response to the regulations of ObamaCare, and these changes are to bring our coverage into compliance.

“Before ObamaCare, my physicals including labs were covered 100%.  My deductible was minimal for the coverage selected.  The fees for routine doctor visits (for colds, aches, immunizations, etc.) were also minimal.  Now, doctors visit fees are twice what I used to pay, and the labs are several hundred dollars (more if I need to wear a heart monitor to check a condition that I have).

“But that’s just me.  Since my wife had cataract surgery, any eye examination is now a medical exam, which was not the case before.  And those visits are barely discounted through the insurance, leaving a huge fee that gets applied to a large deductible.  And that stings – a lot.

“But I’m not the only person affected by this.  I know for a fact that a person that I used to work with has had her family’s health care premiums triple in the past 7 years.

“My savings per year is not the $2,500 that was promised, but quite the opposite.  I’m paying more that I ever have for routine health care.

“When the government passes a law that it is not Constitutionally allowed to, which was against public opinion (remember the multiple townhalls that were held and the attendee’s told the Congresscritters “NO!”?), passing the law without a full-reading of the text, and fails on each and every promise that was given to gain public support, then yes, there is a problem with the government going against the wishes and best interests of the citizens of this country.

“Just remember – Every law or regulation that is passed must be funded by the taxpayer in one way or another.  Also, to rely on the government for anything long-term is stupidity at best and insanity at worst.  ObamaCare hasn’t lasted 7 years and it’s failing, and it was touted to be a long-term cost-saving solution to the supposed health crisis.

“Sorry for the long-winded answer, but I hope this answers your question.”

With the ObamaCare fiasco hitting before the election, and the FBI reopening the email investigation, I hope that the voters wake up and see that a career political operative like the Hildebeast is not the right person to right the ship, but a political outsider.

We’ll see…

Reading Material

This past week has been fairly stressful and busy, so I haven’t had time to write posts that make any sense.  Fortunately, there are several columnists that have written on the topics that were on the subject list.

In the third and final debate, the Hildebeast got it absolutely wrong on both the Supreme Court’s decisions on Citizen’s United and Heller.  Citizen’s United wasn’t about campaign financing, and Heller certainly wasn’t about protecting toddlers from guns.  Read Steve Chapman’s article “Clinton Is a Threat to the 2nd Amendment – and the 1st” for more.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board agrees in their article “Hillary’s New Constitution” (summarized by Townhall’s Matt Vespa).  The Hildebeast’s Supreme Court would ignore the Constitution and render decisions of political and social justice.  Which means that any rights of the People in the Constitution and the Amendments are now subject to the whims of the political party in charge.  Make no mistake – whoever is elected as President will nominate the next Supreme Court Justice for life, and this will make or break the civil rights of this country.

How or why people are still voting for the Hildebeast after the many scandals, past and present, bewilders me.  We should be electing the best qualified person to the highest office in the land, not one that dodges and weaves around political and personal minefields.  Bruce Blalosky’s “I Don’t Recall, I Am Not Responsible, But Vote for Me for President” shows perfectly why a person with a supposedly stellar resume is ultimately disqualified for any political office, whether it be President or Dogcatcher.

Which now leads into trustworthiness.  The Hildebeast doesn’t have it.  She has been caught lying about lies that she told to cover up other lies. (which begs the question – do two wrongs make a right?  She seems to think so.).  I don’t trust her, and neither does Paul Jacob in his article, “The Once and Futures Queen”, Derek Hunter in his article “Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump”, or Howard Hyde’s article “Hillary’s Bright Shining Lies”.

If the Hildebeast isn’t trustworthy, then neither is the media nor the Justice Department.

The media is supposed to be the gatekeepers of truth, exposing government and political malfeasance no matter which political party is involved.  This is apparent in the disparity of coverage between the very real scandals of the Hildebeast, her Foundation, the DNC, and those supposed scandals involving Trump.  An eye-opening article by Calrice Feldman “The Incestuous Left and Those Who Provide Cover for Them” shows that the media and others ignore what the Progressive Left (led by the Hildebeast) is doing to the American People.

The Justice Department, once looked upon as a non-political entity within the Government, has had that image shattered.  I remember watching FBI Director Comey lay out a perfect case for the Hildebeast’s Federal violations with using a private server with classified emails only to state that no charges would be filed.  Only a few days earlier, Attorney General Lynch privately met with the Hildebeast’s husband Slick Willie, and we can only speculate what deal or deals were made.  The willful, shameful behavior is continuing with the revelations by WikiLeaks and the Project Veritas videos.  Thomas Lifson has a short article (“FBI and DoJ are ignoring evidence of crimes in Project Veritas Action videos”) which is a quick read on the DOJ’s apparent bias.

Invariably, in the course of discussion, Trump’s recorded words, crass beyond belief, will be brought up as proof that he is sexist, misogynic, and a sexual predator in waiting, totally unfit for the office of President.  Considering that the Hildebeast’s husband did far worse (actions, not words) before, during, and after his two terms in office tears up the moral card that the Hildebeast’s campaign wants to play.  A. Castellitto had this to say:

Trump’s misbehavior is trivial compared to the Clintons’ record of criminality. No amount of extortion, assault, manipulation or deception is beyond the pale for those with the entitled ambition and self anointed superiority of the ruling class regardless of political affiliation. Political Correctness is just a cheap, smarmy and almost religious attempt to make the sin of straight talk as bad if not worse than the sin of nonconformity.  It’s merely the Marxists’ attempt to make all evils relative, so they may be rid of their guilt and culpability. Should sexual impropriety be judged in the same vein as violent rape? Maybe Bill Clinton could answer that.

Yesterday, Trump gave a speech at Gettysburg, PA, in which he laid out his plans for his first 100 days in office.  Timothy P. Farrell’s “20 reasons to vote for Donald Trump” is a perfect article to read as to why to vote for Trump.  Take both of these in context and compare to what the Hildebeast has in store for us, and there is no comparison.  The Hildebeast cannot become our Felon in Chief.

Besides, if the Cubs can make it to the World Series, Trump can make it to the White House.

Go Cubs!

A Facebook Rant

This came across my wife’s Facebook feed – don’t know if it’s true or not, but it states exactly how I feel about the Republican’s squishiness in the face of the Democrat’s crap.


From the time I was able to vote I voted Republican. I am now 69 years old.

Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question, as I have since Obama was elected.

Unfortunately the one question that was missing is: What have the Republicans done for the American people?

We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never listened to us. Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money.

You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets.

Well guess what? It‘s not going to happen.

TRUMP hasn‘t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course, but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York.

Here‘s why I want Trump. Yes, he‘s a bit of an ass; yes, he ‘s an egomaniac; but I don‘t care.

The country is a mess because politicians suck.

The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere.

I want it all fixed!

I don‘t care that Trump is crude. I don‘t care that he insults people. I don‘t care that he has changed positions. I don‘t care that he‘s been married 3 times. I don‘t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell. I don‘t care that he doesn‘t know the name of some Muslin terrorist.

Our country has become weak, bankrupt. Our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded by illegals. We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hassid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don‘t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, “AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED.” And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

I‘m sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and sick of illegals. I just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn‘t have lobbyist money controlling him; he doesn‘t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has been very successful; a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and, he ‘s also not a politician. And, he says he‘ll fix it. And, I believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

I don‘t care if the guy has bad hair.

You are welcome to pass this on, or not.

Thought for the Day – ”No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive!”

Don R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD

P.S. No Borders, No Language, No Culture = No Country

The Same Dance, Only Worse

Eleven years ago this month, I started writing in a personal blog.  Looking back at one of the first posts, I ran across this statement:

How a President and his wife (now a Senator) were able to avoid jail while they committed perjury is beyond me except for “connections.”

How things haven’t changed…

It’s also interesting that eleven years ago, Trump had a reality show, he made some pretty bad statements that were recorded, and he was a Democrat, and this was all after a President was impeached for lying about having inappropriate sexual relationships with an intern.

I cannot and will not defend Donald Trump for his foul mouth – he is the one that owns that particular chunk of bad manners.  He has made public apologies, and that should be the end of it…except it wont be.

The Media, always drawn to any sleaze involving Conservative or Republicans while ignoring the Democrats or Progressive/Liberals for similar or worse actions, will milk this for all its worth while looking for anything else to smear Trump.  It won’t matter how much the Hildebeast is exposed for the shady dealings, lies, and outright treason that she has committed, the Media will continue to shield her as much as possible.

And I cannot for the life of me understand why.  I can speculate, but I do not understand why the Media would support a person that does not respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the laws of this land.  For instance –

During the second debate, both candidates were asked “What would you prioritize as the most important aspect of selecting a Supreme Court justice?”  The answer (in part) from the Hildebeast was telling where her priorities and loyalties lie:

“This is one of the most important issues in this election. I want to appoint Supreme Court justices who understand the way the world really works, who have real-life experience, who have not just been in a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge and then gotten on the bench, but, you know, maybe they tried some more cases, they actually understand what people are up against.

“Because I think the current court has gone in the wrong direction. And so I would want to see the Supreme Court reverse Citizens United and get dark, unaccountable money out of our politics. Donald doesn’t agree with that.

“I would like the Supreme Court to understand that voting rights are still a big problem in many parts of our country, that we don’t always do everything we can to make it possible for people of color and older people and young people to be able to exercise their franchise. I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose, and I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality.

“I want a Supreme Court that doesn’t always side with corporate interests. I want a Supreme Court that understands because you’re wealthy and you can give more money to something doesn’t mean you have any more rights or should have any more rights than anybody else.

“So I have very clear views about what I want to see to kind of change the balance on the Supreme Court. And I regret deeply that the Senate has not done its job and they have not permitted a vote on the person that President Obama, a highly qualified person, they’ve not given him a vote to be able to be have the full complement of nine Supreme Court justices. I think that was a dereliction of duty.”

I would like to point out as many other people have is that the Constitution or the Bill of Rights did not figure in the Hildebeast’s answer to this question.  If anything, her answer – when carefully read – reveals that she wants to appoint Justices that will support a Progressive/Liberal viewpoint which is actually counter to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, despite what her follow-up response to the Second Amendment:

“And I just want to quickly say, I respect the Second Amendment. But I believe there should be comprehensive background checks, and we should close the gun show loophole, and close the online loophole.”

Her statement about the Second Amendment is absolutely false – she does not respect the Second Amendment, and has stated as much in earlier speeches and policy conferences.  She would, in essence, appoint Justices to overturn the Heller and McDonald rulings, and sign legislation such as H.R.4269.  What doesn’t get legislated away and supported by a Leftist Supreme Court, she will ban and confiscate by Executive Order.  These would gut the Second Amendment rights of the People without touching the Amendment itself.  These statements and strategies are all in the public domain should you search for them.

Back to the original response – Overturning the Citizen’s United ruling is a blow against the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and press.  Stop and think about that – the Media is for a candidate that is against corporations, unions (!), and other organizations stating their opinions by running ads against or for candidates.  If overturned, then could censorship of the Media be far behind?  Giving the Liberal/Progressive penchant for government control of everything, it’s not a stretch, and the media should be very aware of the company they are keeping.

A good example of this is the recent Obamacare fiasco.  Insurance companies are losing money hand over fist, and have petitioned the Government for assistance per legislation.  The Government is refusing, so the insurance companies are withdrawing from the exchanges, leaving many people scrambling for insurance.  There are several examples of the Government reneging on promises, legislation, or treaties throughout history.  Just ask the Indians…the Veterans…or Michelle Malkin (who just had her third insurance carrier bail on her).

To rely on the government for anything long-term is stupidity at best and insanity at worst. – Tom Roland, Equal Diversity

My friends, I am beyond concerned – I’m genuinely frightened at a Hildebeast presidency.  With the polls as they are against Trump and Republicans running for the hills trying for self preservation, a Felon in Chief is more than just possible.  We cannot depend on the Republicans to hold the line in the House and Senate against a Hildebeast presidency – they have overturned only one Presidential veto in the almost 8 years of an Obama presidency, and that was for a no-brainer.  The Republicans have been squishy at best, absent at worst, and ineffective most of the time.  But they’re still better than the Democrats being in charge.

In closing, there’s this from Mark Davis at Townhall.com:

There is plenty of fair criticism of Trump on the right. Some of his conservatism seems recently cultivated, and he has only fitful fluency in its language. Doubt is not unreasonable. And some of his pronouncements, from trade policies to the minimum wage, are soundly unconservative.

But his priority list offers a shot at conservative results more satisfying than we might have seen from perhaps half the field he defeated. Immigration, Obamacare repeal, a serious war against global jihad, a Reaganesque tax plan, job creation—if he bats only .500 on these, we will see a far better America than under her malicious stewardship.

And that’s before we get to the issue that will give the next president an imprint on America lasting until the grandchildren are grown: the Supreme Court. It is an unpardonable disconnect for any constitutional conservative to show nonchalance or outright approval as Hillary Clinton plots a savaging of the Bill of Rights.

So Trump is coarse. So he has said some offensive things. So he won’t mix well at George Will’s patrician cocktail parties. So he causes the elites to clutch their pearls and get the vapors. So what? We have a country to save.

And there are two kinds of conservatives right now: those who will take up the fight to save this nation from Hillary Clinton, and those who won’t. From the halls of Congress to the cubicles of punditry, many will be judged for years to come by their choices in the coming days.

And let’s be clear. Taking up the fight means taking up the fight. It does not include mere restraint from savaging the nominee. It does not mean playing Paul Ryan head games containing tepid good wishes wrapped in a refusal to endorse.

Taking up the fight means making it abundantly clear to all who listen that every voter should pull the lever for Donald Trump. Anything less leaves America’s door unlocked for the home invasion that will accompany the Hillary Clinton inauguration.

Folks, I don’t know what it will take for you to get through this election – clothespins on the nose, an ice-cream binge, Jack Daniels, or what ever else – we do need to vote for the one chance that this country has, no matter how uncouth or unpalatable their actions have been in the past.  And that person is Donald Trump, (and yes, vote for any and all Republicans running for Congress, state, and local offices).

Why People Will Vote for the Hildebeast

My wife and I were talking politics the other day, and she asked me why on Earth anyone  would vote for the Hildebeast.  I responded by listing the following (in no particular order):

  • Has a “D” for party affiliation
  • Is a Female
  • Has been in the public eye for 30-years
  • Was a First Lady
  • Was a Senator
  • Was Secretary of State
  • States that she is for “the little guy”
  • Conveniently ignore the many scandals, past and present

And went on with the following explanations and comments for each bullet point:

Has a “D” for party affiliation:  There are people in this country that will never, under any circumstance, vote for a Republican candidate.  To some of them, the Republican Party is akin to the spawn of Satan.  Others believe that if a Republican is elected, nationally or locally, their benefits will dry up and they would be forced to find work.  And yet others believe that the Democrats are the Party of Compassion (more on this later).  Regardless, these are the hard-core people that would never vote for a Republican candidate, no matter what Hell the Democrats unleashed upon the population.  All we have to do is take a look at cities that have had long-term Democratic rule, watched these cities implode, and Democrat candidates still being elected to know that this is a failing, insane strategy.

Is a Female:  Some people will vote for the Hildebeast just because she is a woman.  They believe that she would stand up for women’s rights (equal pay, sexual harassment, etc.).  Others want to be in on electing the very first woman President.  Still others identify with the Hildebeast believing that a “woman’s touch” is needed to right the country.  If this is their idea of the ideal woman candidate, I can think of the Queen from Snow White being a better candidate, poisoned apple and all…

Has been in the public eye for 30-years:  The Hildebeast has been around for a long time, mostly playing second fiddle to Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton.  Now it’s her time to shine, especially after…

Was a First Lady:  Starting off as the First Lady of Arkansas, then moving on up to the East Coast as First Lady of the United States, she moved through the halls of power, being the power behind the throne upon which Bill sat.  Of course, through it all, she covered for him and ran interference for his many “misdeeds” with female personnel.  So now it’s her turn as the hurt wife.

Was a Senator:  After leaving the White House (with the china), she immediate landed in New York and became a Senator for that state until becoming the Secretary of State under Obummer as the consolation prize after a failed bid for the Presidency.  Just another bullet point on the resume…

Was Secretary of State:  For the first four years of the Obummer Presidency, the Hildebeast jetted all over the globe meeting and dealing with world leaders.  This at least gives the illusion of competency even though every “deal” that she had a hand in has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East while lining her pockets through “donations” to the Clinton Foundation.  But it’s the illusion that matters, and another bullet point on the resume.

States that she is for “the little guy”:  The Democrats have always portrayed themselves as for “the little guy” and the Hildebeast is no different.  She speaks on the campaign trail that she will stick up for women’s rights like equal pay (while paying female Clinton Foundation employees 18% less than their male counter parts), and preventing or protecting against sexual assault (unless they’re in bed with or attacked by Bill, or if self-defense involves a firearm).  She supposedly sympathizes with small businesses, citing the example of her father’s drapery business.  She has adopted the Bernie platform of free stuff, and admits that she will have to raise taxes to pay for it all (after all, the money has to come from somewhere, and the rich’s “fair share” in taxes (except for herself and her cronies) won’t be enough to cover the bill).  She constantly portrays herself as a civil justice warrior, fighting the good fight against police racism and siding with the “oppressed” Black Lives Matter group.  This is despite that many of her political platforms will, upon further inspection, will destroy the very people that she purports herself to be protecting.

Conveniently ignore the many scandals, past and present:  This is probably the most extreme example of blind ignorance that I have ever seen.  The scandals, blood, bodies, and money that the Hildebeast has been able to avoid responsibility for is almost beyond belief.  There are thirty some years of public records showing ethical and moral bankruptcy, of destroying lives and careers, of doing anything it would take to advance herself, her agenda, and increase her bank account.  And yet these records are being ignored by voters who want to elect a corrupt, vengeful, hateful woman to the highest office in this land.

Postscript:  As I’m writing this post, news reports of Trump’s 11-year old lewd conversation are being widely condemned by the media and various leaders in both political parties.  Trump has apologized, and his wife has stated publically that she has forgiven him for his statements. 

In closing, I would like to add this excerpt from Robert Charles from his article at Townhall.com:

…If we are imperfect humans, we still have a right to expect more from our candidates for high office.  We must – in the end – vote our conscience, vote to preserve the US Supreme Court and our security, avoid ingrained public corruption and degradation both, to the greatest extent possible. 

I cannot vote for what seems to me, on overwhelming public evidence, a massive criminal enterprise, one that boggles the mind with each new email release.  To me, one candidate’s brazen criminal intent, bold disrespect for rule of law, arrogance and indifference to our Nation’s core principles disqualifies her from future public service.  But I cannot easily vote for what seems a candidate who makes a mockery of human respect, civility, decency and seriousness of purpose without degradation and disgust. 

I would also invite the readers of this post to read Jack Hellner’s post at American Thinker for the media’s focus on providing the public a squirrel to chase.

No, it isn’t easy to vote for an imperfect person.  But that is the choice that we have before us.

God Help Us and the United States.