Trying to Understand why Obama was never Impeached?

Irrational “Useful Idiots” (with no clue about the electoral process AND NO MORAL COMPASS) are trying to get Trump Impeached.

which-wayI didn’t write this but it puts this insane “impeachment” effort into perspective.

So you think Trump needs impeached?

1. You said nothing when Obama used drone strikes to execute people abroad.
2. You said nothing about Russia for 50 years until Trump was inaugurated.
3. You said nothing about Hillary’s campaign manager’s brother being paid $175,000 to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia.
4. You said nothing when Obama engaged in military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval.
5. You said nothing Obama greatly expanded presidential power through the use of Executive Orders.
6. You said nothing when Obama filled his White House with lobbyists after he said he wouldn’t.
7. You said nothing when Obama gave 47 of his fundraisers Administration jobs.
8. You said nothing about the murders and rapes at the hands of illegal immigrants.
9. You said nothing when Hillary’s net worth rose over $100 million as Secretary of State, in part, because her husband took money from foreign governments.
10. You said nothing after Obama’s net worth rose over $10 million as President.
11. You said nothing when Obama’s Justice Dept. wiretapped/surveilled reporters such as James Rosen and the AP.
12. You said nothing when Obama restricted immigration 6 times with Executive Orders.
13. You said nothing when Obama set a record for deportations.
14. You said nothing when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac during the Clinton investigation.
15. You said nothing when Hillary was fed debate questions.
16. You said nothing when Obama and Hillary lied about a video and Benghazi.
17. You said nothing when Obama’s IRS abused the rights of taxpayers.
18. You said nothing when Obama’s White House held meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near White House to avoid disclosure requirements.
19. You said nothing when Eric Holder sold the guns you hate to criminals and some were used to kill Americans.
20. You said nothing when the Clinton’s took White House property.
21. You said nothing when Hillary laughed off defending a child-rapist.
22. You said nothing when Hillary lied about her private use of a private email server as Secretary of State.
23. You said nothing when Janet Reno, under Bill Clinton, used a tank to kill the Branch Dividians.
24. You said nothing when, on May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia to uproot the black liberation group known as Move, resulting in a fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) and injured dozens.
25. You said nothing was Elian Gonzales was forcibly deported using guns.
26. You said nothing when George Soros paid protesters to burn parts of Ferguson.
27. You said nothing about states’ rights until Trump’s Executive orders on immigration.
28. You said nothing about Obama’s smoking.
29. You said nothing about the record numbers of people on government assistance.
30. You said nothing about the number of part time and low paying jobs under the Obama recovery.
31. You said nothing when Obama had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed.
32. You said nothing when Obama claimed that the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.
33. You said nothing about when Obama ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.
34. You said nothing when the national debt doubled under Obama.
35. You said nothing when 9 times the Supreme Court unanimously overturned Obama’s expansive use of Executive Power.
36. You said nothing when Obama dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.
37. You said nothing when Obama released Guantanamo detainees were released and went back to kill Americans.
38. You said nothing when Obama unilaterally changed Congressional law by Executive Order.
39. You said nothing when Obama fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson.
40. You said nothing about the 36 Obama’s executive office staffers that owed $833,970 in back taxes
41. You said nothing when Obama Killed four Americans overseas in counter-terrorism operations without a judicial process.

So if you are voicing your objections about three months of Trump, I’m sorry if we can’t hear you because you said nothing before.

Some of us have been fighting gov’t abuse of power for decades.

The rest of you have been wallowing in welfare, and losing that, is that what is your real concern?

We messed up. We are complicit. We failed to take action and bring this evil man to justice.  Is there still time?

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Understanding Healthcare

Why is it so hard to repeal and replace ObamaCare?

big-pharma-profitsWhen we talk of making a law, this is the ideal: One transparent source, one subject, one bill, enough time for politicians to read the bill, enough time for the electorate to weigh in on the bill, a simple up/down vote ON THAT ONE SUBJECT and a two thirds majority where applicable. Could it be simpler? Simple is good.

Sadly this is not how it works in Washington.

LOL. Not so long ago the Senate voted in favor of a continuing resolution, a funding bill that funded the government through the end of 2016. The only problem is that there was NO BILL. They were voting on a nothing.  Of course they approved it. Go figure?

Come the next funding omnibus and they folded again. Many Trump supporters saw this as betrayal after trust.

Why is this happening over and over?

Willing to bet my bottom dollar that the spending omnibus was not crafted by legislators.  They were once again given far too little time to study and debate a bill THAT HAD MORE WORDS IN IT THAN A BIBLE. Takes time behind the scenes to put something like that together.  This is a problem in organization. Re-organization of how our lawmakers do business is long overdue.

Legislative shenanigans are acutely relevant to healthcare bills.

Maybe time for the Senate to revisit the history of Obama’s deeply flawed HealthCare bill: ObamaCare was quite simply BAD LEGISLATION and as so, it was unsustainable.

As a law, ObamaCare was never crafted with legislative integrity. It was passed by Democrats with not a single Republican voting for it. It could not have become the law of the land had there not been many legislative shenanigans used by Harry Reid to force it through.

We call ObamaCare a coercive law. There were people being forced to buy HealthCare Insurance they neither needed nor wanted.  Coercive laws and coercive (big brother) government is the biggest threat to our Republic (and to the world) at this time. 

In 2009 Harry Reid  was confident he “just” had the 60 votes to get ObamaCare passed; however according to congressional rules such a bill could not originate in the Senate; it was a revenue bill. So Reid went ahead and found an old (passed) Senate bill HR3590 (a military housing bill) and stripped the bill of its original language, thereby creating ObamaCare. Huh? Duh? You get it? That’s right. ObamaCare began with a confused identity.

The whole ObamaCare process violated the fundamental principles of good legislating. 

There were other problems to making this law: Way back then the house wanted to make some changes to the bill and the house-amended version was scheduled to go back to the Senate for final approval.  Unfortunately in the interim democratic Senator Teddy Kennedy died, and was replaced by a Republican. Hello! Reid no longer had the 60 votes to get ObamaCare passed so once again he had to resort to underhand dealings.

This is what happened: The House would pass the Senate’s original bill (with no changes). Then they would table all the changes they wanted AND THIS THEY CALLED RECONCILIATION. Then they would pass the reconciliation bill. Hello! This was legislating? Excuse me? Of course it was all illegal but you see it was all so complicated that they got away with it.

Do you wonder ObamaCare is difficult to undo? It was a bill crafted from the FAR LEFT with no support from the RIGHT. So do you wonder the Freedom Caucus recently reacted by trying to craft a bill from the FAR RIGHT. That is how it goes: Action and Reaction. There has to be BALANCE TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE LEGISLATION. Trump understands this.

We all knew that ObamaCare was in no way created by politicians; but instead by Big Pharma for Big Pharma. Did not Big Pharma even bribe a judge when this patently illegal bill was challenged in court?  Sadly the bill included Saul Allinsky benefits and so with some (unethical Americans) it became popular. Always some eager to ride the gravy train.

The old Harry Reid/Obama WAY OF DOING BUSINESS (which is not good for America) has to change.

One bill, one subject

Enough time for legislators to read the bill

Time for we the people to study and discuss the bill.

An up & down vote (60 majority as necessary)

Could anything be more simple?

NOTE WELL: there is a long, long history of the wily Obama (with the help of Boehner) socking it to Congress. There is also a long history of the effete GOP establishment going along to get along, pocketing bribes from corporate America. Can we put that all in the past? Let’s all move forward in integrity. There is a new sheriff in town.  The enemy NOW is Obama/SOROS – for those Senators who have opposed Trump there is room on the Trump Train BUT THEY HAVE TO FIX THEIR MORAL COMPASS.

McConnell and the Senate should pass healthcare AND AT THE SAME TIME address the major CORRECTION OF PROCEDURE creating new habits of good legislating. The first Ryan/Trump Healthcare bill ran aground because the Freedom Caucus who had become tired of legislative shenanigans. When Price (McConnell?) and Ryan had the bill written IN SECRET and kept behind doors under lock & key, the bill was already doomed.

With Obama’s legacy on the line now and the House having passed TrumpCare, the global forces arraigned against McConnell and the Republican Senators will be escalating.  Add into the mix that good conservative men, Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee want a full repeal and Trump’s debating & dealing skills will be put to the test as he gets TrumpCare through the Senate.

For those uncommitted to supporting Trump on HealthCare, consider this: It is possible to put a man (unrestrained) in a pot with a comfortable temperature. He is sitting there comfortable so of course he doesn’t jump out. Then they increase the temperature 5 degrees every half hour and, guess what? Eventually they are able to boil the man alive.  I don’t know how true this story is but I do know by observation that this universe works in GRADIENTS.

Trump seems to understand that his first job as president is to keep America safe, his second job is to bring back order. The Senate (composed mainly of men of good will)  would be wise to have Trump’s back for these are good goals, much needed by America right now. Trump is struggling to bring back order to America in the face of insurrection and insurgency from the SOROS/OBAMA camp as assisted by useful idiots from the Left.

After TrumpCare squeaked through the house, what was the worst that happened?  We had movie star Cher (worth millions) lamenting that she canno longer get free asthma care. The new Trump bill is brilliant. It is also kind and compassionate, not taking away care from those who desperately need healthcare. Trump & Price & Pence have crafted a healthcare bill that will dumb down the protests, yet over time still get to the the promised land. What is the promised land? Getting Healthcare out of Government. 

The new Trump HealthCare bill rolls back ObamaCare on a gradient. That it still keeps some parts of the HealthCare organization (not the bill itself) is a plus, not a negative.  I talk here of the parts of the organization running smoothly.  Over the last eight years it is not just the the bill made changes, Medicine itself was changing, with new systems, new protocols, new HMOs and many, many new staff who have been trained.  We want to keep America employed. There has (by observation) been much re-organization over the last eight years.  These are concrete things not to be sacrificed to an ideology.

This is the main thing has to be addressed: The way Congress has been operating HAS TO CHANGE.

Senators should also GIVE TRUMP HIS DUE.  He is the right man for his time. He fully understands his first job is to keep America safe. He also knows he has to bring back ORDER. He is very deserving of GOP support. Trump is tasked to save the world from global corruption, from a global BIG BROTHER who wants to destroy America. For Trump to succeed he desperately needs the support of a principled GOP Senate, GOP Congressmen, Tea Party volunteers, Trump Train social media supporters and we the people.

He doesn’t have all that many clean hands around him to help him DRAIN THE SWAMP.

Quote for the Week

When you open your heart to patriotism there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us” How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” Donald Trump 

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Understanding the Flynn Debacle

Can we get our Republic back? 

Where Obama agents in the Deep State are able to turn on the New Administration, the structure of our the system has been compromised.

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It seems Flynn was targeted by an Obama appointee fighting to keep the Iran accord.

There are about 2.6 million permanent in the Civil Service and many are engaged in sabotaging President Trump’s agenda. They are protected by the Pendleton Act, an Act that Trump and the GOP should at some time repeal and replace. According to founding principles a president has the right to hire and fire.  Trump can remove them from office (send them to the basement) or to Afghanistan. Hopefully they will then resign.

Trump inherited 4,000 political appointees which can and should be fired by the President.

The Obama/ Soros insurrection has become an even greater threat to America’s safety than radical Islam. The swamp grows bigger.

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7. 

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7.

Obama administration was infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and also International Socialism. After the election the unamerican Obama has taken on the color of an enemy.

Emerging evidence that he has set up a shadow government with George Soros, with a stated intent to effect regime change in America. LOL the LEFT accuses Russia of meddling in our election.

This shadow government has become an even greater danger to  the security of America with Radical Islam running a strong second. The New World Order has embraced socialism which they want to foist on America. Shadow government as set up by George SOROS, is a standard enemy action as he attempts regime change for the New World Order. Under Obama’s watch he & Soros effected  imperial regime change in Ukraine and attempted it in Syria; under Bush, we had Iraq & Afghanistan. These International Elites are not nice people.

Troubled times, caused partly by the SOROS, partly by Obama and largely by the corrupt middle men in the new digital age as they fight to protect their unfair advantage. Of course they blame it on Trump, because they are in the swamp and it is he who aims to drain the swamp.

On the Flynn situation I would like to point out two BIG outpoints

  1. When the Intelligence and civil community is permitted to turn on the President, this is a direct attack on the American people.
  2. Our enemies should not be defined by CABAL & RUMOR. There is (at this time) no Congressional declaration of war with Russia. I remind you it was he who saved us from WW3 in the face of irresponsible aggression by lame-duck Obama.  The IC say they have the data on how Russia made Hillary lose the  election. Is teh LEFT so wimpy thast they can be manipulated by a foreign power? When challenged on this false narrative they hide behind classified data. They need to give us the facts. Till then it makes more sense that Mr. Putin is being demonized as is Trump.

#Russophobia is silly and I think the people know this.

Trump wants to bring back our strength and our exceptionalism. Weak and wimpy and traitorous and ugly and violent has become the new LEFT.

Restore a healthy Balance of Power

Restore a Healthy Balance of Power

Here are the progressive and MSM false narratives.

What makes Progressives different from Republicans is that they favor “Might is Right”

Thank you.
Lynn Verhoeff
Grandma Thunder
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cc Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, cc Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus

Understanding False Narratives (updated April 15, 2017)

Don’t believe blindly what you hear on TV; we are blessed with computers to help us find the truth . . .

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to falsify perception, or to create a false reality to justify a criminal act.

“derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

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False Narrative #One: America is a Democracy – False
True- America is a Constitutional Republic

Yes it is true that our constitution at the time of its inception, was muddied by corrupt slave owners, yet contrary to partisan politics we have actually come beyond this.  The reason America became a Super Power is because our system of government IS UNIQUE; it is a brilliant system that rejects the “Might is Right” of the kings of old and is different from any other political constitution in the world. We allow our elected representative to govern ONLY with the consent of the governed. We are a nation rich in the heritage of LIBERTY.

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America in 2016 rejected  “Might is Right” in favor of rule of law, balance of power, consent of the governed and a rich history of freedom.

The MSM and some Liberals falsely equate Trump to Hitler. This could not happen in America UNLESS (as the Left sometimes wants) we trash the Constitution and a wimpy congress fails to do their job.  It was only when “king” Obama began going rogue that he lost his mandate. Sadly. Congress stood by and let it happen.

In a Constitutional Republic the Executive is equal but not greater than Congress, equal but not greater than the Courts and in the final analysis all three are policed by the people.

We support the system because that is who we are, Americans.

 

False Narrative # Two
Hillary and the Democrats lost Election 2016 because of Russian 
Interference – False 

Democratic leadership and the Main Stream Media are still having hissy-fits about Russia. They screamed for the better part of half a year about how they hated the FBI Director Comey.  Then when Trump finally fired him, they protest and call foul.  They are all over the band waves, reaffirming that Trump is bad, and Putin has horns. Their ugly, phobic emotionalism is truly ugly to watch. Could we please have just a little bit of reason?

So let us analyze #Russophobia and see what is REALLY going on?

On-going multiple investigations have shown no electoral collusion between Donald Trump & Putin. It is true that the everyday Russians favored Trump over Hillary and were dancing in the streets when Trump won in 2016. In this modern day where we have television and the Internet it would be impossible for the peoples of another country not to express an interest and choose a favorite in elections beyond their borders. Merkel’s Germany showed strong favoritism for Macron in the recent French election. A group of Germans even set up a social media strategy & a bucket of social media trolls in Germany ACROSS THE BORDER from France where the election was taking place. This group had full intent to influence the outcome of the French election. In addition Obama came out strongly in favor of Macron. No big deal. This is their right. In this digital day and age we can expect these things to happen. In America we allow people the POWER OF CHOICE even when they pass an opinion on OUR ELECTIONS. Foreign meddling in an election is a murky area and the question is where do we draw the line?

America and Russia (and China and to a lesser degree Japan) are trade opponents. They have been hacking each other for years for that is what spies do. No evidence has been presented to the public that proves in any way that this Russian hacking influenced the 2016 election. The election may have been influenced by the Wikileaks dump of DNC corruption yet Julian Assange has stated emphatically that this data did not come from Russia. (Even if it did, the importance here is the corruption, not the leak)

Take all the emotional rhetoric about Russia aside and we are left with #Russophobia rather than any true assessment that Russia, although not yet a free country, IS ANY KIND OF DANGER TO THE USA.

The LEFT lost the election in 2016 because America decided to keep its liberty and heritage and because Trump worked harder and ran the better campaign. That Hillary won the popular vote is even false. See below.

In this digital age where countries compete one against the other for trade advantage, to try to police hacking will be a lost cause. It is all part of the modern game.  The technically adept put in controls and NOT GET HACKED. The DNC, SOROS and Hillary were grossly negligent with their digital data, with their emails and even with classified data.

America like its sister England operates under law. In these times of change Congress needs to revisit this area and craft a clear and simple bundle of relevant laws:

  • Protecting the right of Americans and their allies to freely choose whatever party they want to support in their own or neighboring countries.
  • Making insurrection a crime – orchestrating mass resistance to a duly elected government should be seen as legally unacceptable and a crime.
  • Using foreign OR GLOBAL money to influence an election should be legally unacceptable and a crime.

As to the rest, this silly Russophobia is a lot of noise signifying nothing.

Ignore.

We draw the line when it comes to coercion. Force, and violence used to change the results of honest elections SHOULD BE A CRIME.
It should be a crime for anybody, foreign or national to organize and pay agitators to create anarchy? SOROS is the democratic puppet-master.  George Soros has in fact crossed this legal line and is guilty of both these crimes, organizing to overthrow governments of sovereign nations, and using violence to create anarchy.  Why is he still at large? He needs to be brought to justice.

My research does not show Russia (under Putin) being a danger to or in any way harming America. The research does, however, show that Putin has had the courage to declare GEORGE SOROS an International (financial) terrorist. Draw your own conclusions.

Does this perhaps explain the strange, ugly phobic behavior on the LEFT and in the Main Stream Media? In part It does explain the Media bias as this is a media monopoly controlled by the New World Order where George Soros is a kingpin player.

This still does not explain the Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Feinstein, and Kamala Harris’s toxic tantrums. It also does not explain Schumer’s Machiavellian efforts to control the Senate, leading out from a very feeble minority but mis-using the system to buy more freebies for his following; this why we have such an appalling debt.  Schumer still seems to think government is here to coerce people who fail to see things his way. This is unamerican and persons of goodwill should speak out strongly against it.

This brings us to the last but one piece of the puzzle:
When Hilary lost, Democrats were given A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THEIR BASE  . They had promised them they could have all sorts of freebies and then she lost and they failed to deliver. Is it any wonder the “useful idiots” are angry and ripe for anarchy and ready to turn on their leaders? From the democratic leadership point of view they have to have a scapegoat, be it Comey or Trump or even the far-fetched Russia.

Their target audience and actually what is dangerous to them is their own base.

And here is the last piece of the puzzle from election 2016: The truth is that Trump is the very best thing that ever happened to Main Stream Media. We are right now slap-bang  in the middle of a Digital Revolution. Main Stream Media was losing revenue and influence AND TRUST hand over fist as more and more Americans going to smart-phones and computers to follow the news. No it wasn’t Trump undoing them, it was the new technology. Trump, came along as their savior.  He injected a whole new level of propaganda-conflict into their narrative. MSM thrives on the political circus of conflict. Do you wonder they cling to their bias? TRUE or not true, this IS THEIR NEW NARRATIVE; Trump with the help of Russia, stole the election from Hillary.

They see it as their survival and if they say the mantra often enough I think they may even have begun to believe it. But it is false and you, astute reader, or you would not be following here, know that  it is all about their whole new audience of useful idiots. They are paid to bash Trump by heavy investors like Soros and also by rich swamp-dweller advertisers. The democratic base of useful idiots, has become MSM’s new target audience at a time when their audience was dwindling. Because what they are doing is false and immoral this is just going to hasten their demise.

Let it play out. Seek your news on your computer and smart-phone. Like all coercive monopolies, MSM is trying to forcefully (using government) kill off competitors with their coercive Fake News narrative – also false.  MSM has itself, become Fake News.

(Suggest www.censorednews.com  to go to find your truth)

We are the last free people in the world and we nearly lost it in 2016?
Does it not place on each of us a unique responsibility to actually get it right.

 

False Narrative #Three

President Trump can go to war without consulting with Congress
True  
but also not true.

Per the constitution, it is only Congress can declare war.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. Once declared it is the job of the President as Commander in Chief to direct the military.

There is good reason for this law: Only Congress has the resources to inspect, investigate.deliberate to find just cause.

Trump has clarified where he stands on foreign wars, he is NOT going to start any long-term war with Syria. However, he promises to always act quickly and decisively to prevent, deter and/or control weapons of mass destruction.  After all if not he, who? Is this not the definition of responsibility?

Here is the law that covers Trump’s recent war acts.

Presidents are permitted (legally) to strike quickly & decisively when deemed necessary. Under the provisions of the War Powers Resolution (WPR), however, presidents are required to notify Congress within 48 hours of the onset of US military involvement. Then they have 60 days to get formal authorization from Congress. If they fail to do so, they must cease operations within 30 days. Without this authorization Congress has no business funding the war. This Federal Law was passed with a two thirds majority at a time (1973) when Congress still had balls overriding a presidential veto. (Nixon)

There is a lot of conflicting data on Syria; Assad has denied he engaged in chemical warfare;  as he was winning his war in Syria and gaining International support for the sovereignty of his nation, any reasonable person is left with questions.  What we do know is that one of his planes was sent to bomb the rebel camp. We do also know the White Helmets (reporting the attack) were not wearing chemical protective gear which begs the question, was the harmful agent the deadly Sarin as claimed? We also know that a bunch of children were kidnapped by rebels (sick) from a nearby school.  What we do not know is if these were the children seen by Ivanka & Trump on TV. Were these poor chilren but pawns in an international propaganda game, another justification for another ongoing regime change war in the Middle East?

In this digital age disinformation has been elevated to a satanic art.

The contrary data aside, this Syrian catastrophe is happening on Assad’s watch. If he truly cares, as he claims he does, he will bring his country back to order. Maybe the International community should try to help him, rather than engage or push for regime change?

Note:  The first first job of a president is to keep the citizens safe. The second job is to bring order.

And so we we come back full circle to the definition of responsibility – in Syria, if not Assad, who? Wise for us to remember Libya where Obama illegally engaged in a war of regime change; here there is still chaos and the horrific human slave trade is starting up again.

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The Tragedy of War

 


False Narrative #Four
Planned Parenthood – False

This is confused thinking.

Many of the rights demanded by the Liberals like free healthcare, free education through college and a woman’s right to an abortion have been given them by globalists like Obama or suggested by socialists like Bernie Sanders.  In 2016 America rejected both agendas. The global effort to reduce the world population underlies their funding of Planned Parenthood.

At a recent town hall meeting Jeff Flate wasted a perfect opportunity to put matters into perspective. He was assaulted by a pretty sixteen year old demanding her “woman’s rights”  This should have been his answer:

“I do understand how you feel and I can agree that it is your body and your life; the uncomfortable truth, however is that you have no right to indiscriminate sex.  If you make a baby out of wedlock, there are consequences and you cannot foist these consequences on the state or the nation. It is immoral to ask the taxpayers of America to be complicit or to fund your promiscuous sexual habits.”

The Senator did not handle her well, nor did he bring the bellicose meeting to order or understanding; Flate has always been a bit wobbly on his conservative values.

 

 

False Narrative # Five

Trump and his team are Racists – False 

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make our world safe for diversity.”  – John F. Kennedy

Trump has employed persons of every race, pays women as much or more than men,  He is in no way a bigot.  Where he clashes with the  LEFT is that he expects all Americans to learn a trade, get a job, support their families and contribute to the nation. He expects Americans to follow the law. He sees all men as equal, provided they are legal and no man is more equal than others.

We have serious situation in America and it is a situation that was not of Trump’s making. There is much lawlessness South of the Border and we do not want it spilling into America. Crime from unvetted immigrants and refugees has become a problem to the safety of America.  We are a nation of immigrants but we reserve the right to choose our immigrants, with a view to having them learn to love and absorb our culture, learn our laws and language and to assimilate.

We have eleven million plus immigrants living illegally in America and until the wall is built more are pouring in every day. More than half of these people came here to escape poverty or crime in Mexico (or more recently are coming from other Latin American countries) The real problem is in Mexico.  Beautiful country, same continent ask yourself why is Mexico poor and America rich? They don’t have and honor our constitution.

The solution is not for us to accept these people in our country for they threaten our safety and are a welfare burden.  The sane and the compassionate solution is for America to teach Mexico how to control their drugs and crime and to show them how to put in a workable system of government with a balance of power and rule of law. The real solution is to help Latinos from across the border recover a true work ethic. The best solution is to teach them gratitude and how to learn.

Trump did not create the illegal problem, yet he has been willing to face it and handle it.  Congress makes the laws, the judges interpret the laws, and the President exists to enforce the laws. Trump may be the first president in a long time doing his job.

Illegal Latinos will have to go home, and they can come back, but legally. They will have to prove no criminal intent, learn our language and be prepared to go to work to support self, family and the nation. They must be willing to get themselves re-educated on the American constitution OR leave.

They have bypassed our laws, and if they choose to come back they will have to be willing to follow our laws and be happy to live in a law abiding country. One flag, one language.

Regarding the Inner Cities where many Black Americans struggle: The black-white race conflict was actually won when the first black president of the USA was elected; could never have happened without many, many whites casting their votes for OBAMA.  Sadly Obama betrayed the trust, went rogue and set out to bypass Congress. This was when the nation rejected him. Unfortunately the LEFT prodded on by race-baiter SOROS, has begun to exploit inverse racism. Inverse racism is the more you are a victim the better you are and you have rights. It is a narrative which comes straight out of Psychiatry and it is false. Man adjusts his environment to him, he doesn’t adjust to his environment. Such is the voice of socialism which was also rejected by America in 2016.

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False Narrative # Six
Hillary won the Popular Vote – False.

This is propaganda.

True data: Trump won the Electoral College by a Landslide. It is questionable even that he lost the popular vote for when you take into account results from third party candidates it is clear that America was leaning right.

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First because America is a constitutional Republic and not a Democracy Donald Trump is our president elect, and the popular vote is irrelevant. Where it becomes important is when half of the population don’t see this, and buy into “the injustice of it all”. This is Obama’s failure in education. The last generation were never taught our heritage. Obama was confused, he thought himself a globalist with Islamic sympathies so that is what our young people were taught.

It is even questionable if Donald Trump lost the Popular Vote. Click on the link to see the final tallies which include the results for third party candidates and you will see that in 2016 America was leaning RIGHT.

There is also much circumstantial evidence that in 2012 there was voter fraud. Judicial Watch is now doing a thorough investigation to establish the truth here. They have uncovered massive voter fraud in South Carolina and are now investigating Nevada.  Judicial Truth uses Freedom of Information and legal suits to establish the truth.

Conclusion: That Hillary won the popular vote is PROPAGANDA

Let’s hope Trump is able to also manage the country as honestly, transparently and astutely as he managed his campaign. He needs both Kushner to help him handle the financial crises coming just over the hill, and Bannon to help him handle his patriotic base. He needs to police his team and bring the Deep State to heel, to keep his government honest AND TRANSPARENT – only then does he deserve and ONLY THEN will he keep the support of the nation.

Quote for the Week

Seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Religion without sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Business without Ethics

&
Politics without Principle 

 

lynn

 

 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. More at www.grandmathunder.com.  She writes about the conflict of our times: The Digital Revolution and its relation to the American Constitution.  You can follow at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice

Understanding War and Peace

By Griping Grandpa

Here is what I wrote to President-elect Donald Trump on his greatagain.gov website and which may be of interest to our readers as well..

Dear Mr. President-elect,

I agree with most of your statements and I have voted for you, because I too want to see America become great again. While I agree that we need a strong military, we should not become hawkish. During its history as a nation, there have been very few years when America was not involved in some military conflict. Many of these conflicts were started as a result of false flag events or by provoking conflict with other nations.

Currently, our Congress wants to impose a no-fly zone in Syria. Apparently they don’t care if they start World War 3. Russia is fighting ISIS in Syria. Is that not what we want also? Is that not more important than deposing that country’s government? I don’t see any benefit in provoking Russia. And then there is China, which might be willing to waste a billion men!

I understand who benefits from war. The banking elite loves war – they profit from financing both sides of the conflict (at interest and with money created from thin air) and afterwards from loans to repair the damage. The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about also profits handsomely. Politicians also like war because it hides their incompetence, raises morale among the people, has them agree to draconian measures and stimulates the economy with the production of war materials.

Personally, I don’t like war and I don’t think any sane person does either. It causes great human suffering and destruction of property. I lived through World War 2 in a Nazi-occupied country and it wasn’t pretty. It is not an experience I would like to repeat. Mr. President-elect, I trust that with your negotiating skills, you will be able to end our current military conflicts and prevent new ones from occurring during your presidency.

Of course, it would be naive to believe that a well-trained and well-equipped military would be sitting idle for long, so I would propose that in addition to their destructive skills, they should also be tasked with constructive work. The military would be of great service in providing disaster relief following natural (or man-made) disasters and with one-time large projects. For instance, they could be put to work building that wall on our Southern border. Foreign governments could request such assistance as well, if prepared to pay for it, in which case our men would tackle the project, get it done and then get out fast.

Understanding “FAKE NEWS” & “Useful Idiots”

Are these UGLY protests orchestrated?

And are we all like sheep, being lead to the slaughter?

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What lies behind it? Could it be MONOPOLY?. Jimmy Carter recently said that we are ruled by global oligarchies and during election 2016 we discovered the press was also owned.

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““In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. “An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”- Oscar Callaway, U.S. Congressman, 1917 

We have a relatively free Social Media. There have been attempts to police it, but the glory and the truth is that Social Media has evolved beyond where the rich and powerful can bend it to their will.

Sadly (like fleas on a dog), the liberal Super Pacs  are now even paying “Useful idiot trolls” to make less of Trump supporters or constitutional conservatives on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Instagram. The best way to handle them is to delete and ignore. They create a lot of noise signifying nothing and thrive on attention.

NOTE: King Obama gave away USA control of the Internet? This was unsuccessfully challenged in a court in Texas. We hope the new administration will fill the high court with a conservative judge, and bring our Internet control back home again, where it properly exists under the first amendment.

(Not many understand our constitutional checks and balances and why it is important to keep the Internet, American. The importance is that it belongs here, where the first amendment protects against censorship)

FAKE NEWS is false news. The danger lies in having somebody decide for us what is true and what is false.  You take away our power of choice, our ability to see and decide, and we begin to hit the long slide down.

Lest you forget, it was ‘FAKE” Main Stream Media that brought us the following lies.

  • Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor
  • Lied us into multiple bogus wars and are still hell bent on getting us into WW3.
  • Told us Assad is the bad guy and it was Russia who broke the Cease Fire. Not true. It was USA.
  • Told us Hillary had 98% chance of winning the election
  • Told us the economy is in great shape
  • Told us that according to the polls Hillary was leading by a wide margin (this when Trump had thousands at his rallies yet Hillary and Kaine but a sprinkling. They only fooled the useful idiots. Informed Americans knew Trump would win.)
  • Told us Trump is dark & EVIL, that America is already great, that he sees it all wrong. America doesn’t need any fixing (all while our infrastructure falls apart, our inner cities collapse and American citizens murder each other, and immigrants mow down American school children and rape American women.)
  • Told us that Trump is causing the riots, Yet investigation shows those rioting are from MoveON and few of these paid agitators even voted. (Paid for by globalist SOROS)
  • Told us Donald Trump is a bigot, a racist, and a tyrant who beats up on the weak. None of this is true.
  • LOL. A progressive professor even had the arrogance to compile a list of sources of FAKE NEWS including InfoWars, Drudge, Breitbart, the Tea Party and she even listed the American Constitution as propaganda. Go figure.

The Hillary campaign was well funded and ugly, with lots of slander.  Now in 2017, even after the election it seems the insurrection is still with us propagated primarily by MSM especially CNN (false narratives)
Is this an attempted coup? Right out of the playbook of Lenin, the continuing demonization of Trump, sure makes it seem like that.  These Marxist instigators need to be traced, prosecuted and locked up.

Is this an assault not just on Trump but also on our American Way of Life and our Liberty? 

This is America folks: We can agree to freely disagree, or dare we? Are we still free to see things our way and to say what we see? When we lose our power of choice, when those in power use coercion to restrict  our liberty, we begin the long slide down a slippery soap. When some of the people get the idea that it is OK to use force on other Americans to make themselves right and the others wrong, we have already begun the long slide down the slippery slope. It is a sad day when a corrupt cabal is unwilling to let go of power.  We can definitely say THIS IS NOT the American way. Dating back to our founding fathers when George Washington left office after two terms, he went back to being a citizen-farmer. Obama seems to be having a rough time with this, or is it his puppet master, GEORGE SOROS? Obama’s last month in power has been a flurry of rogue “nuisance” executive orders. They will be undone but will cause upset on the LEFT and will be blamed on Trump. Obama knows this.

It is said that Soros has targeted America (like the Ukraine) for regime change. When he does this his first act is to set up a shadow government. Is this why Obama is still in town? For the first time in half a century, the global elites including SOROS, now no longer HAVE A PUPPET IN PLACE in the biggest and strongest country in the world, USA. Worse than that Trump has said nice things about Russia.  Russia has seen through the N.W.O, cut Russia’s currency adrift from the central banking system of the world, backed it by gold and expelled SOROS & his FOUNDATIONS from Russia, unwilling to put up with his meddling in a sovereign nation.

The ALT Left 
Marxist by ideology, the Alternative LEFT can be identified by its adherence to “Might is Right” rather than the Republican rule of law, or consent of the governed. The movement has its roots in Rockefeller’s Global Fabian Marxism been subverting our schools and colleges with false socialist ideas.

The Berkeley Riots
Both the RIGHT & the LEFT are being played by the Alt LEFT as was evidenced by men in black masks inciting to violence at the college.

The Woman’s March
Although presented as for “women’s rights” the fact that pro-lifers are being excluded from the march shows this is not so much about a woman’s free choice with her body, BUT RATHER ABOUT HAVING ABORTION, STATE FUNDED. They are fighting for Planned Parenthood, about to go away. (One out of ten services at PP is for abortions) In some states with ObamaCare, abortions are also funded by the Affordable Health Care.

The Hillary N.W.O. agenda was about open borders and one-world government and population control hence the free abortions  (ironically it is mainly persons of color that have been targeted) These global elites are not nice people.  The global enemy has amassed an enormous amount of “funny” money.

Thanks to this election, more Americans are researching, reading books, going to the Twitter feeds of our leaders, and attending rallies. Many have assumed a responsibility to find out the truth FOR THEMSELVES, and many more share their realizations with others in social media. Informed Americans forswear the ugly protest/riots and know that the Russo-phobia is FAKE. Like Donald Trump, Putin is no golden boy, but he is different from those who came before him in Russia. He has seen through communism, knows it doesn’t work, he now supports orthodox Christianity and sovereign nations. That said there has always been bad blood between us and Russia has to be dealt with fairly, but from a position of strength. Trump understands this. He is no pawn in Putin’s chess game.

Have to ask, is this FAKE NEWS narrative and the exaggerated Russo-phobia a ruse to make sure Putin & Trump NEVER reach detente?  For I tell you, if they do, the global game is OVER.

What of the rest of us, we the people who Lenin used to call “Useful Idiots”?

Alinsky’s radical rules are a simplification of Lenin’s plan for conquest of the world. In Lenin’s writings “we the people” are called “Useful Idiots” to be scammed, manipulated and used. Here is Alinsky’s advice to the elite oligarchies and crooked politicians TO HELP THEM KEEP THEIR DIRTY AND UNFAIR PRIVILEGE.

  1. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is at best awkward for the crooked elite, and at worst dangerous. Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education – take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define our future.
  4. Welfare – take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control – you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt – in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty – Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control
  8. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people
  9. In the war of political PR, pick a target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it. Spot the lies by the LABELS, the obvious slander AND THE GENERALITIES. Look around you. Things don’t happen just by chance. Does any of this sound familiar?

Legend: Man = Int Oligarchies (one world government, dictatorship)
Dog = MSM
Trevor = Truth Media

And then here we all are, the sheep. More and more of us are out there looking, researching, pulling on strings and becoming more and more like Trevor.

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How to respond to FAKE NEWS? Demand respect from all who come on your lines, and demand a fair objectivity. Go on line and pull strings. When you know the truth you cannot be duped. Become more like “Trevor”

For the rest, FAKE NEWS is a lot of ugly noise, signifying nothing.  Ignore.

In America we have a long history of liberty, but we nearly lost our freedom in 2016. Those who wish to enslave us, continue to try so hard to get us to tarnish our Constitution, for they KNOW THIS IS WHAT KEEPS THEM OUT. We have to resist all efforts to TAKE DOWN our Constitution.

All that America needs to do to become great again, is for a healthy majority, to gain the ability to take the bucket off their heads.

Useful Idiot

Quote for the Week

Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.

Ismail Haniyeh

 About the Author
bluelynnSLynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

 

 

 

Understanding”Useful Idiots” and “Saul Allinsky”

Now is time to come together as patriots and to rebuild.

Power is only lasting within a framework of balance. It was the American Constitution that gave our country a chance to be great and prosperous. This is because there was a natural balance between the Executive, Judiciary and a Legislature AND free and fair elections. It was the Constitution that gave America a chance to vote out crime and corruption.

America (up until now) has been a land governed WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED but in 2016 we nearly lost it. Luckily the majority came through. The people in America have not been happy with the last fifty to eighty years. Watch this short video. We sense, but do not actually know, how badly we have been scammed.

Useful Idiot

Sadly, in the last eight years thanks to shady legislators (like Reid & Boxer) representative government became an endangered species.  One wonders if they werre ever honestly elected, what with illegals voting and crooked voting machines (Project Veritas)  America rejects sleight of hand legislation and ultra, heavy handed EPA regulations stifling progress. What a problem our good constitution is to those who want to keep an unfair privilege. We have been taken into a precarious range of debt, endangering our future and the future of our children and even our grandchildren.

Ask yourself why is America richer than Mexico, why did America become a super power while the beautiful Mexico, same continent, good natural resources,struggles with poverty & crime & corruption? The reason is Mexico does not have “Balance of Power” it does not have our constitution. Mexico and much of the rest of the world have a problem of CRIME AND CORRUPTION but then most of the rest of the world does not YET operate under true balance of power; the brilliant pattern of the American Constitution. We are poor in America in exact degree that we let go of our heritage. Income inequality is a major problem in America and worse in Mexico and the rest of the world. It is the Constitutional form of Government that puts in the checks and balances to open the door to the American Dream and to distribute the wealth fairly.

We did something right when we become prosperous and a super power and our responsibility is to share our successful actions with other sovereign nations through education. 

Useful Idiots:

  • Get most or all data from TV, filtered as it is by a bought Main Stream Media
  • Fail to fact check the ideas they accept and operate on and use as stable data.
  • Fail to take the effort to learn a trade and work to support self, family and the nation.
  • Are influenced in their voting by welfare, and the largesse of the state.
  • Tend to believe authority and that might is right, however irrational.
  • Believe slander and cabal & rumor

Saul Allinsky refers to “we the people” as “Useful Idiots”.

So let’s take a hard and critical look at America as it has evolved over the last eight years. Do you recognize these points in the “new” fabric of our culture? Here is Alinsky’s advice to the elite oligarchies and crooked politicians to help them hold on to an elite and unfair privilege.

  1. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is at best awkward for the crooked elite, and at worst dangerous. Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education – take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define our future.
  4. Welfare – take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control – you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt – in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty – Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control
  8. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people

We know that Hillary has studied Allinsky when at University. We also know that Obama has referred to Allinsky quite fondly from time to time. We also know that these rules are from Lenin when he was aiming at world control. (An America that sees itself as a soveriegn nation WILL RESPECT other soveriegn nations.  A constitutional America does not engage in imperialistic wars.

In electing Donald Trump, America rejected globalism and THE directed history of global elites. We also rejected imperialism.

We chose America First

Will you, too?

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Quote for the Week

When more Americans prefer freebies to freedom, these great United States will become a fertile ground for tyranny.

Allen West

Understanding Bad Legislation

Dirty Tricks have been used to pass Bad Laws

We have a sound system given us by the founders. And it works but if we don’t find & INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE the enemies within, we could be losing America to global oppression.

When we talk of making a law, this is the ideal: One transparent source, one subject, one bill, enough time for politicians to read the bill, enough time for the electorate to weigh in on the bill, a simple up/down vote ON THAT ONE SUBJECT and a two thirds majority where applicable. Could it be simpler? Simple is good.

Sadly this is not how it works in Washington. Do you wonder why Congress has such a low approval rating?

LOL. The Senate has just voted in favor of a continuing resolution, a funding bill for the Federal Government’s spending until Dec. 9.

The only problem is that there was no bill. They were voting on a nothing. 

There was no text for this bill, yet the Senate voted 89-7 to proceed to this nonexistent bill. This is a 2016 government spending bill that should have been written and discussed and negotiated and published long before Congress went on vacation.

Congress has the job to make laws but it also has the power to set budgets and thereby control spending. This gives them the means to curb excesses or corruption in the Executive or the Judiciary. The three functions of government should be balanced one against the other. No more.

In Sept 2016 there are two federal excesses Republicans should have been controlling, the Internet handover and secondly the the high cost & ethics of the “Refugee Invasion” Neither was addressed in this the latest McConnell sellout.

If voting on a bill that doesn’t even exist were not so potentially tragic, it would be laughable. 

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The Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid era has witnessed a Senate that is less transparent, where individual members are less aware of their rights, and where there is a growing centralization of power in the leader’s office.

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McConnell finally produced the bill giving Senators only four days to study it before voting (two of these were weekend days)  Was it planned to slide this through while everybody’s attention was on the first Debate?

Sadly, this is not the first time this irresponsibility has happened.

The Story of Glass-Steagall 

Glass Steagall (1933 -1999) was legislation that curbed income inequality. The biggest challenge we face to day is income inequality.

Glass Steagall was repealed right at the end of Bill Clinton’s watch and it has been said that this and the irresponsible deregulation that occurred during the Clinton second term, sewed the seeds for the BIG CRASH of 2008. Robert E. Rubin and Mr. Summers, also culpable for our current economic woes, still maintain strong influence in the Hilary campaign. Neither has been investigated nor prosecuted.

TBTF

Glass- Steagall was designed to limit conflicts of interest and the creation of over bloated banks with questionable assets that in 2016 are again getting too-big-to-fail.

Banks would never have needed the bail-outs, while still being banned by Glass Steagall from underwriting securities. Glass Steagall is a simple law and it forces banks to choose between being a simple lender or an underwriter (brokerage). It is a good law and it worked for half a century.  It could work again today. Derivatives (which were banned by the Glass Steagall) are fast creating the next financial crisis. We have a dangerous situation with even more banks that are too big to fail.

Along with this forming bubble, is the unsustainable debt the quality needed most in the next president of 2016 is a clean slate with regards to finances. Even more than that we need a STRONG president to help us handle any fallout that may occur from what is still a condition laid in by Bill Clinton, his economic advisers and the big banks.

The story of the Federal Reserve

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The Federal Reserve Act was enacted on December 23rd 1913 to create the Federal Reserve and the Central Banking System.  It was slipped through Congress while most of the delegates were away on holiday!

How effective has the Federal Reserve been in managing our money?  Statistics show they did turn the economy around in 2008, but that the recovery for main stream has been tepid at best. Small business is still struggling and too many people are living paycheck to paycheck. They can’t blow thier horn on having had much success. Of most concern is this is the USA debt that they have created for our children.

At this point in time, the Fed is an established part of the fabric of our system of money but there should be more oversight.  Significant efforts to get a complete audit of the FED have so far failed. There has been no complete audit of this establishment in the over 100 years of its existence.

They have allowed the market to turn into one giant casino and should be audited and held accountable.

ObamaCare

cost of obamacareIt is still too early to evaluate this expensive Act; so far there have been some good and some bad consequences. We do know though that it is costing the country money. So be it. What we can say with an absolute certainty is that ObamaCare is not a law crafted with legislative integrity.

ObamaCare was passed by democrats; not a single Republican voting for it and there were some legislative shenanigans used to force it through; making it a coercive law.  Is it any wonder that the GOP rage about healthcare is still escalating?

Harry Reid in 2009 was confident he “just” had the 60 votes to get OmbamaCare passed; however according to congressional rules, (like now) such a bill could not originate in the Senate as it is a revenue bill. So Reid went ahead and found an old Senate bill HR3590 (a military housing bill) and stripped the bill of its original language, thereby creating ObamaCare. Huh? You get it. That’s right. ObamaCare began with a confused identity.

There were other problems: The house wanted to make some changes to the bill and the house-amended version was scheduled to go back to the Senate for approval.  Unfortunately in the interim Senator Teddy Kennedy died getting himself replaced by a Republican. Hello! Reid no longer had the votes to get the amended Act approved.

He cut a deal; the House would pass the Senate’s original bill (no changes) and in addition the House would create a new bill that tabled all the desired changes calling it a reconciliation bill. After all who cared about the changes? The bill is so long and complex that nobody was going to read it anyway.

ObamaCare was not created by politicians; it was created by Big Pharma and their lawyers, nothing representative here.  Nothing simple here.

Of course with a Reconciliation Act tagged on, this only further complicated the complex bill.  Note: Such a use of a reconciliation bill is also contrary to congressional rules.

Twice now the Supreme Court has rubber-stamped ObamaCare raising the question, given its blatant illegality, are there any other dirty tricks here in play like blackmail?

None of these above laws could have been passed or been forced on us had there been a true integrity in the legislative process and an ethics body to investigate and make sure our politicians play by the rules.

What the corrupt Senate does not know is that it is a new day and the American citizen is coming to take his country back. This kind of legislating is totally unacceptable. We are expected to follow these bad laws.  So we are going to expect our elected officials to shape up. Minimally they should be carefully studying and understanding all bills before they vote on them. And they need a moral compass when voting.

Let them all be put on notice: We are recording their votes and holding them accountable.

2016 should also be the year when we have the courage to hold our banks accountable, demanding that those who manage our money and our healthcare, do so in the interest of the greater good.

Quote for the Week

“We are making up the rules as we go along.”

Alcee Hastings of the House Rules Committee during the ObamaCare bill process.

About the Author

bluelynnSLynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has been writing for twenty years.  She has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.

You can read more posts at www.grandmathunder.com
“Politics IOU” is posted at www.granmawriting.com and is a FREE download (but only until the election) 

 

Understanding the Internet

By Griping Grandpa

Who Owns The Internet?

The short answer is, nobody, but there is more to it than that.

President Obama has proposed certain changes that have received opposition; notably from Senator Ted Cruz.

Under the heading, “Don’t Let Obama Give Away the Internet”, Mr. Cruz states, “The Obama administration is pushing through a radical proposal to take control of Internet domains and instead give it to an international organization, ICANN, that includes 162 foreign countries. If that proposal goes through, countries like Russia, China, and Iran could be able to censor speech on the Internet, including here in the U.S. by blocking access to sites they don’t like.”

The Washington Times went as far as comparing Obama’s proposal, to the Panama Canal now being under Chinese control after the US relinquished ownership during the Carter administration.

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Dire warnings, indeed, but in politics things seldom are as they appear. To understand what is really going on, we need to understand, in broad terms, how the Internet works and how it is administered. Let’s dig a little further.

What Is ICANN And What Does It Do?

To clear up the acronym, ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is a California based non-profit corporation.

The way it works is explained on ICANN’s own website:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. Similar to letters in the mail that have “TO” and “FROM” addresses. ICANN could be compared roughly with an organization that assigns Zip Codes. It cannot, like Santa Claus, decide “who has been good or bad”. That’s not what they do.

So What’s The Big Deal?

Even though the Internet is not owned by anyone, there has to be a control point somewhere, to make sure that no duplicate addresses assigned to the computers on the Internet. That’s what ICANN does and it is doing a fine job.

Currently, the US Department of Commerce oversees ICANN’s operations and President Obama’s proposal is to relinquish that oversight and to let ICANN stand on its own. At first sight that sounds reasonable, because the Internet is international in nature and why not remove American involvement?

Not so fast, though. There are other things to consider.
1. The first caveat is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Internet is working just fine – all countries have access to it and anyone can start a website (even if some governments restrict access to their people). If you start changing something that works well, the result usually is something that works not-so-well.

2. The Internet was conceived and implemented in America by Americans and, even though it is international and not owned by anyone, it is appropriate to have American oversight to ensure ICANN continues to do its job well and that the Internet stays free and unbiased.

3. ICANN is represented by members of different countries. Without oversight that organization might devolve into a bickering group that does not operate by consensus and does not get any constructive work done.

4. With ICANN on its own, a power vacuum may be created, where a less democratic entity steps in and makes a mess of the Internet.

5. Removing oversight would turn ICANN into a monopoly and, like Big Pharma, start charging exorbitant prices so that only the wealthy can afford their own websites.

6. Most important of all is Mr. X’s influence. As explained in an earlier post, Mr. X is not a single person, but a symbol representing individuals who ruthlessly pursue a goal of increasing their own great wealth and power, without regard for the welfare of others. At this time Mr. X pretty well has the traditional media under control – the newspapers, magazines, television and radio. The one big obstacle that stands in the way of total media control is the Internet. You can bet your bottom dollar that Mr. X is working to control the Internet as well.

Conclusion

My advice to Mr. Obama and the Congress is, “Don’t mess with the Internet! Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken!” Please pass on this message to your Congressmen and your friends.

Quote for the Week

“Oh, Wikipedia, with your tension between those who would share knowledge and those who would destroy it.”  – John Green

They try so hard to block Trump’s message

Helping you make sense out of the efforts to “slime Donald J. Trump 

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CRC senior vice president Matthew Vadum has an interesting take in FrontPageMag about the mainstream media’s all-out war to destroy GOP nominee Donald Trump. It’s not really about countering Trump’s message. It’s about preventing him from reaching the voters.

As he writes, “The leftist narrative being deployed against Trump is based on lies, half-truths, and nothing-burgers. They don’t even have to make sense. All they have to accomplish is to hold Trump up to ridicule.”

Now that Donald Trump is safely ensconced as the official Republican nominee for president, the mainstream media is running an intense around-the-clock operation to deprive him of the relatively unfiltered media exposure he needs to seal the deal with the American people.

Trump being silly and playful in front of TV cameras or utilizing his sense of humor is cast as evidence of a disordered, antisocial mind. The media is focusing on minor benign details and marketing them as the evil deeds of an evil man. This is by design.

Preventing Trump from communicating effectively with Americans didn’t work so well during the primaries. We will see what happens now.  With Trump, the master communicator whose outreach skills arguably mirror President Obama’s, the message is everything. Squelch his voice and he’s finished.

So Americans are subjected to a buffet of stupid “news” stories that happen to help journalists make their case against Trump. Meeting the Donald head-on wouldn’t work at  all so instead it’s death by a thousand cuts from a thousand mosquito directions.

For example: the fact that a veteran admired Trump so much that he gave a copy of his Purple Heart medal to the candidate who made a lighthearted joke about always wanting to receive the medal (an obvious absurdity since you have to be injured during military service to get it) was twisted to make the case Trump was a draft dodger who hates military families that have lost loved ones in wars.  Trump is at the same time a war monger and a cowards war dodger. Of course, there’s  Barack Obama, the Left’s anti-war president of all time. After being elected Obama didn’t bother to consult Congress before launching an illegal, ill-advised war against Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi. Now LIbya is an unholy mess, and the American people are getting refugees they do not want.

At the DNC according to the wrathful Khizr Khan Trump has sacrificed nothing, so he needs to shut up.

That is what it is all about, shutting up Trump.

Trump’s run-in with the sleazy immigration lawyer is still receiving media attention. The lie that Trump attacked Khan’s hero son who died in Iraq won’t die. It’s taken on a life of its own and hardened into fact in the minds of many.

Yet the media ignores the fact that Hillary Clinton let four men die in Benghazi, Libya, when U.S. facilities came under terrorist attack, and then lied to the surviving family members’ faces, blaming an anti-Islam YouTube video nobody saw. The media also avoids providing a body count for the Arab Spring that Clinton inflicted on North Africa and the Middle East. Trump gets creamed by the media no matter what he says or does.

After playfully tolerating an infant’s crying from the podium at a rally, Trump eventually asked the mother to remove the baby from an event. That’s what decent people do. It’s called politeness. At CNN’s website MoveOn mom Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner berates Trump, claiming he was mocking the mother. Trump doesn’t realize “that when he throws a baby out, the metaphorical bathwater can’t be ignored.” This garden-variety humorless left-wing feminist used the opportunity to blather on about equal pay, how women outnumber men in this country, and the need for crazy-expensive big government programs like paid family parental leave.

To the Left what Trump did is a grievous offense against civility and social norms, yet Clinton’s communistic blueprint It Takes A Village, calls for the state “to teach, train and raise children,” adding that “[p]arents have a secondary role.” Put Hillary in the White House and she’ll solve the problem of crying babies by terminating parental rights. After all, that’s what she says in her book.

Trump & Manafort are attacked for being pro Russia yet Clinton is much closer to Russia than Trump . She even cut bad deals with that country to hand over a big chunk of American uranium to the Kremlin.

Journalists are engaging in all this mischief because they are acutely aware that if Trump can somehow penetrate the massive propaganda force-field the mainstream media has erected around his campaign, the party is over. The thinking among the media and the Left – but I repeat myself – is that if they can keep strategically placing nasty little booby-traps in the undisciplined candidate’s path they can keep him off-message and floundering long enough to get would-be federal inmate Hillary Clinton across the finish line on Nov. 8.

trump promiseOn the other hand if Trump can reach voters with his tremendously popular message of law and order, immigration enforcement and border security, and mostly pro-growth economic policies, he wins – convincingly – in a year of political populism and anti-establishment anger.

Quote for the Week.

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.  Donald Trump

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 About the Author Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You caxn read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Posted August 5 at CRC but I was unable to share this  on Facebook.  So note well I didn’t write it – I edited it to make it shorter and fit the post guidelines I follow in this blog.  YOu can read the actual content at https://capitalresearch.org/2016/08/sliming-trump/

I was unable to share the original content on Facebook although the article gave valuable insights into the election; so I copied the content to my blog Grandma Thunder – Independent Voice and as a supreme influencer on the net I will get out the message, any suppression of free speech that exists here notwithstanding.

 

Has the Media lost its Way?

Once upon a time the Press was seen as the Fourth Estate (objectivity) 

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Am I unique in that I expect the press to inform me honestly? Am I unique in that I expect the press to be champions of the first amendment?

Their propitiation to the SOROS/OBAMA/CLINTON camp reminds me of a rotten apple coated in treacle, distasteful.

If that were all but it is not, but now it is getting even worse. COERCION HAS ENTERED IN. Have we just survived a SOROS orchestrated coup? Lots of evidence that the Inauguration protests were orchestrated. Hello, riots on the border, and all around the world? That the tentacles of evil penetrate so far and so deep is of concern.

What has also concerned voters (but not the Press) is that if we don’t agree with the LIBERAL mindset, we can lose a job, be roughed up, (especially on college campuses) or even dead. Strong circumstantial evidence that alt-right investigative journalist & author, Roger Stone was poisoned. Celebs thinking of performing at Trump’s Inauguration are also getting death threats. Far too many death threats against our new President & VP. This is a president elected by the people.

Is this the old free America?

And saddest of all is that the PRESS IS FAILING TO CALL THEM OUT ON THIS.
And sadder even, Justice (CIA, FBI, DOJ) has been aboard, forwarding false political narratives.  What Americans found out in 2016 is that there was a  deliberate effort to divide. What Trump taught us is that we are all Americans. The MSM reporters need to wake up and see that the people have won America’s third crisis and that the Progressive Age is done.

Hello fellow Americans, we have far more in common one with another, than we are different. This is the message the Press should put out.  Then the Press should speak out LOUD & CLEAR to the rich and powerful telling them that it is a new age in America and the world, and henceforth, there will be no government without the consent of the people. 

If MSM wants to survive they should be getting all reporters to study the American Constitution.

For as the people discover Trump’s positive attributes, the Press slander is boomeranging back on them.

The LEFT has created a new moral code; they think if you hold a different viewpoint you are bad. This is un-american.

Before you were good if you worked hard, went to Church, raised a good family and got ahead. NO more. Now you are seen as bad  if you stand for something that challenges the status quo and/or the corrupt elites. The LEFT is trying to thrust a new moral code on America and no performer and no reporter and no student dare like or help the outsider. Like the kings of old “Might is Right.” and oppression has entered in.

This is America folks. We can agree to freely disagree, or dare we?

It is called MONOPOLY. Jimmy Carter recently said that we are ruled by global oligarchies and now the press is also owned.

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““In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. “An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”- Oscar Callaway, U.S. Congressman, 1917

We still have a relatively free Social Media but for how long? King Obama gave away USA control of the Internet? I think Social Media has evolved too far for it to become monopolized by the global elite.

About Bad Banking
The seeds for the crash of 2008 were sown at the end of Bill Clinton’s watch and this was a turning point. An inept president, corrupt banks a corrupt narrative and corrupt authorities. Hillary denies this. What cannot be denied is that she is in bed with the big banks. 

The country is still reeling from the consequences of the 2008 banking crisis when the American taxpayer money was used to not only bail out inept and inefficient and corrupt American banks & investment houses, but also insult to injury, the American taxpayer even paid out the foreign, European banks. Did you know about this illegal stealing, American taxpayer? The news has been strangely silent.  The consequences are yet to hit us in inflation.

Politics should be about electing good leaders to represent us. Now a corrupt press works with bad political consultant’s to try to “smear” the candidates rather than to present an honest track record and/or ability.

Ben Carson admits politics is a dirty game, and that Trump, himself, is guilty. However, when Trump goes for an opponent, he has the ability to ferret out a genuine (often personal) weakness.  Trump will ONLY attack after he himself is first attacked; there is some honor there. Nor does he lie; he does not slide down into the rotten treacle of black propaganda.

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to destroy another’s reputation.  Dr Ben has faulty memory, Trump is anti-women, Trump is racialist, Trump is anti-Muslim, these slurs are just not true; but being made true by being repeated over and over in an unworthy press-political attack.

Crooked people are drawn to a crooked leader and it seems the press is happy to go along.

The Clinton Cabal Campaign was about Power, not about improving conditions for ALL THE PEOPLE.  The Obama years was about using the idle poor to enrich the idle rich. That stops right now. No more benefits for the idle poor benefiting the idle rich as they continue to steal from the hardworking man in the middle. This is what the press should be investigating and reporting on. The press should be investigating and pulling this scam apart. If all the people in the one percent were truly productive it would be a great world. But that is not the way it is. More than half have earned their wealth by corruption and keep their wealth by corruption; i.e. by political favor. That stops with a Trump presidency.

It is good to differentiate between the idle rich and the productive rich. The productive rich make a true contribution to the greater good. The idle rich prey on the people. Into what class idle or productive, can we place Hillary?  She (with poor production record) fits the classic definition of “idle rich” Is she a freeloader? She left the White House poor (stealing the furniture) but is now worth 31.3 million dollars.

The connection between Obama, Hillary and Saul Alinsky should also be noted:  (Hillary’s thesis at University was done on the work of Saul Alinsky) .

Alinsky’s radical rules are a simplification of Lenin’s plan for conquest of the world. In Lenin’s writings “we the people” are seen as “Useful Idiots” to be scammed, manipulated and used.

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Here is Alinsky’s advice to the elite oligarchies and crooked politicians TO HELP THEM KEEP THEIR DIRTY AND UNFAIR PRIVILEGE.

  1. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is at best awkward for the crooked elite, and at worst dangerous. Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education – take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define our future.
  4. Welfare – take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control – you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt – in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty – Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control
  8. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people
  9. In the war of political PR, pick a target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it. This is what they succeeded in doing to Romney in 2012, and what the Hillary consultants are now trying to do to Donald Trump.

All past efforts to mis-define Trump have failed. It is a new day for Main Stream Media and I am not sure if all will survive the new presidency. They tried every which way to STOP him and failed, and now it is curving back in on them.

The Trump movement is too good, too big and too strong AND THE PEOPLE HAVE HIS BACK.

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Don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be anybody’s “useful idiot”

So wise up and get your political data from trusted sources, not the cowering media or crooked Hillary or phony Obama, both in love with Alinsky.

Let us agree to turn off our TVs until the media wises up, SET UP BETTER INTERNAL QUALITY CONTROLS, and the Press goes searching for the truth.

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Quote for the Week

“You know the funny thing; I don’t get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people“
Donald Trump

 

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

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The International Bankers–famous quotes about international bankers

The high cost of illegal immigration

This problem has yet to be solved. 

900 teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The following by an English teacher helps to explain one area that looms large over California’s educational crisis.

FROM A CALIFORNIA SCHOOL TEACHER – – –
“As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

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I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large Southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels. Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and a roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make the Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!)

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America

I have had to intervene several times for young substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less than 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them putas (whores ) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Americans, We need to wake up!

The problem here is a all about culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15, and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about “political correctness” that we don’t have the will to put in proper control.

BUSINESS DOESN’T WANT TO PAY A DECENT WAGE.

CONSUMERS DON’T WANT EXPENSIVE PRODUCE.

GOVERNMENT WILL TELL YOU, “AMERICANS DON’T WANT THE JOBS.”

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.” Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or $6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.

HE QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 8 HOUSING AND SUBSIDIZED RENT.

HE QUALIFIES FOR FOOD STAMPS.

HE QUALIFIES FOR FREE (NO DEDUCTIBLE), NO CO-PAY) HEALTH CARE.

HIS CHILDREN GET FREE BREAKFASTS AND LUNCHES AT SCHOOL.

HE REQUIRES BILINGUAL TEACHERS AND BOOKS.

HE QUALIFIES FOR RELIEF FROM HIGH ENERGY BILLS.

IF THEY ARE OR BECOME AGED, BLIND OR DISABLED, THEY QUALIFY FOR SSI.

ONCE QUALIFIED FOR SSI THEY CAN QUALIFY FOR MEDICARE.

TAXPAYERS PROVIDE SPANISH LANGUAGE SIGNS, BULLETINS AND PRINTED MATERIAL.

THEN ALSO WE NEED TO PAY FOR CLEAN-UP OF THE GRAFFITI AND THE TRASH CLEANUP.

HE AND HIS FAMILY RECEIVE THE EQUIVALENT OF $20.00 TO $30.00/HOUR IN BENEFITS.

WORKING AMERICANS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE $5.00 OR $6.00/HOUR LEFT AFTER PAYING ALL OF THEIR BILLS AND HIS.

CHEAP LABOR?  YEAH RIGHT!  WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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                   Quote for the Week

Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we’re taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them.

 

 

Understanding Election 2016

Did the FBI Director just pull off a dirty-double justice BLUFF? 

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Thanks to Wikileaks the evidence of unethical Clinton behavior has been mounting.

Here is the short story: Clintons are guilty of working with Quatar and Saudi Arabia to arm ISIS in order to unstabilize Syria. This is an oil grab, and it has nothing whatever to do with democracy or the welfare of the Syrian people. There have been unbelievable atrocities and I predict bad consequences for America. NOTE WELL: The war in Syria like several wars before, WAS NEVER DECLARED BY CONGRESS.

What does Wiki tell us about this game playing out in Syria which illegal war Obama started and Hillary Clinton oversaw as Secretary of State. Somewhere in the middle of all of this and begging for an honest investigation is what appears to be a giant money laundering operation: the Clinton Foundation. Bribe money? Pay-to-Play? Fraud? NOTE: Quatar just gave Bill Clinton a Million Dollars for his birthday. What did SOS Hillary Clinton, give Quatar?

The Clinton Foundation doesn’t seem to be a real charity? Much money raised by the Foundation for Haiti after their disaster, yet none of the money reached the people.

Furthermore thanks to Wikileaks what we now know is:

  • Saudi Arabia was a prime mover in 9/11
  • The Obama/Clinton cabal are complicit in arming ISIS?

Go back to 2012: Apparently Ambassador Stevens didn’t like the shenanigans and had to go. Was the attack on and the failure to protect the ambassador a premeditated and planned event; a setup? (Wikileaks) It is also suspicious that Petraeus was gotten out of the  picture just before Obama’s election in 2012. Petraeus may not have been as compliant and political as Lynch & Comey?

My dear Americans this is not JUSTICE functioning as it should. Don’t understate the level of transgression: The alleged crimes are lying to FBI and the mishandling classified information. But  “Good Justice” would dig deeper. What we have is AN OMITTED INVESTIGATION INTO THE ILLEGAL WAR IN SYRIA.  At the bottom of this we may well find a Sherman Tank.

So the pertinent questions are:

  • WHY IS JUSTICE NOT DOING ITS JOB?
  • WHY IS THE PRESIDENT OFF-HAT REGARDING WARS?
  • WHY IS CONGRESS NOT DOING ITS JOB?
  • WHY IS THE ELECTORATE NOT HOLDING THE BELTWAY ACCOUNTABLE?

Donald Trump is running on a platform of DRAIN THE SWAMP (clean up the Beltway) and Wikileaks has been showing us that both Clinton, Comey and Loretta Lynch are deep in that stinky swamp. As Trump’s message begins to resonate with the electorate, our good friend PoliticalComey strikes.

Comey finds Clinton not guilty of any wrongdoing, finds her as innocent as virgin snow. 

Should Justice be Above Politics? We all know this to be true, so Democrat or Repulbicans how can we make this happen?

This flaw in Justice does not exist as it was designed in the constitution; but as it exists here and now where it is corruptly abused.

Power Corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

Executive, Justice and Legislature

In an ideal world the AG should be an elected office and the Department of Justice would be FULLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. 

Americans pay lip service to the idea of a separation of powers between the Executive, Justice and the Legislature, but I don’t think many understand it.

What we have is an Intelligence Department created by a President, reporting directly to the President. This is a collapse of Justice and the Executive.

What we now have is loyalist Power Czars hired and fired by the President; not ratified by the Senate. This is a collapse of Executive and Legislature. 

What we now have is a president bombing a sovereign nation without congressional authorization.  This is a collapse of the Executive and the Legislature. 

What we now have is a Secretary of State playing foot and loose and getting paid by foreign governments. This payola is specifically banned by the Constitution of the U.S.A.

What we have is a presidentail candidate lying to the FBI; no consequences; collusion between the candidate’s husband and the AG. This is a collapse of justice

What we have is an AG threatening to prosecute American citizens for doubting climate-change and for their anti-Islamic rhetoric; an extreme abuse of judicial power.  This is unconstitutional. 

What we have is an AG threatening to prosecute ‘right wing extremists’; LOL defined as someone owning a gun, who target practices. This is unconstitutional.

Then there is the subject of voter integrity. Several high court rulings have come down abolishing the demand for Voter ID at the polling booth called by the LEFT you won’t believe it, unconstitutional. Now the LEFT is suing the RIGHT for manning Exit Polls to ENSURE VOTING INTEGRITY; this they call (sic) voter intimidation,  I guess the illegals voting illegally are terified that they will be picked up at the polling booths and deported. This is an altered importance in justice. 

Sadly this is the form of government we now have. The good news is that there is nothing that cannot be fixed BY SIMPLY GETTING BACK IN THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS. We would need to make just one small change and this is to have the post of AG be an elected post, government in its all three branches would begin to operate for the greatest good and be accountable to the people; a trickle down effect. 

For the last eight years we have had a President autocratically imposing his view of life, his idea of what is right and wrong on the American Citizen supported by a mandate from a past election that was questionable at best. (With these new autocratic dictatorial powers that he has assumed how long will it be before we are forced to agree that any President has the right to tell us how we have to think, and feel and act; not too far from bringing the inquistion and thought police to the U.S.A. An Executive has no right to establish our moral code, or what is considered RIGHT and WRONG, UNDER LAW. This is why we have elected representatives so that our values filter up through a democratic process to become the law of the land.

And now hear this: As set up by TPP & TPIP (Trans Pacific Partnership)  this egregious Trade Deal fully gives away our right to constitutional justice. This legislation appoints justice tribunals to have the power to override our judges. If TPIP is passed during the lame duck session, finally JUSTICE will be dead in our land.

An unjust society is in no way a safe society. An unjust society is in no way an orderly society and an unjust society is never a prosperous society. To make America Great Again we have to restore constitutional justice.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

Some states have a far better system where the Attorney General is an elected office. Having an Attorney General elected by the people WOULD BRING  back the balance of power.

As people power filters down through the justice department to fix the FBI, CIA, DHS anti-trust laws and on &  on, could this not bring back TRUE justice in America? 
To eliminate strife clean up justice.

Quote for the Week

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, JUSTICE, honor, duty, mercy, hope
Winston Churchill

Getting Out the Vote

Excerpt from “Politics IOU”

(Norman is the candidate for the Constitution Party
Ginger is his wife
Rith is his Campaign Manager. (Prior to joining the campaign she had been a Volunteer     Manager in a large hospital.)
Spider is the campaign’s volunteer coordinator)

Volunteer Calling Out

“Elections are won in many ways and a large factor is the ability to get out the vote,” said Norman, “I need a clever plan.”

Rith had her brilliant ideas in the early hours of the morning when she was lying in bed. As soon as it was light she called Ginger who promised to fund the plan, and then the candidates wife began to laugh. She was still laughing when they all met around the kitchen table to share the idea. “With more than a third of the electorate over sixty, Rith, I think this is a brilliant idea,” said Norman.

So Rith went ahead and called her favorite volunteer who was now living in a Senior Center together with Spider’s mother-in-law, the diminutive 60 year old Pearl. Listening to Rith explain the project, the little lady began to jump up and down in excitement. She asked Rith to hold on while she talked with Jay and Marjorie. Yes, they would do it, they were all gung-ho, boy were they gung-ho!

Volunteers calling

Spider had discovered that the voters had been bombarded with election messages and that most were blocking their calls. He was hoping this new plan would change when the word began to get around that cute little seniors were calling out for Norman. So he flew out to corral his mother-in-law and their friends and to get them started.   “Not an outing,” said Jay, President of the Auxiliary, to his fellow volunteers, coming into the lobby with two suitcases. “This is serious, political stuff.” He did a little jig. Are you in? Are you coming with me. “  Of course they were. They had been bored out of their mind.

Spider quickly turned them into a working team. He put them calling out. He was considerate and didn’t overtax them, they worked in comfortable shifts. If a volunteer failed to reach a voter he would have them leave this message. “Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the national debt!”

Pearl on the phone

Voters were charmed by the novel messages and the phones began to ring and ring.  Spider was into creating games for them: If a senior could stay on the phone talking for half an hour, he would reward the volunteer with a chocolate ice cream cone! The volunteer who had most promises to go to the polling booths in a day would be rewarded with a special volunteer pin. The volunteer with the most pledges got to choose from a selection of kiddy-gifts on a table, and have Ginger send the gift out to a grandchild with a glorious card.

Jay loved chocolate ice cream and so he was their best “stay on the line” caller.

“Why am I calling you?” he would say, “I am calling because I have five grandchildren and they mean a lot to me. Do you have grandkids? Seven, now ain’t that something?” He would then share family anecdotes and precious kid moments. He was so interested that he bonded with every voter that he called. His four hairs would flop into his face as he warmed to his subject and as he moved into the home stretch he would ask, “Now Mrs. Bumble what do you think is the worst thing, I mean the very worst thing that we are leaving our grandkids?” The voter would answer up, “That’s right, that’s right, you are quite right, it is the national debt!” The voter would lament the bad politics, and say that nothing could be done about it. “There is something you can do, Mrs. Bumble,” he would say, “Are you planning to vote in the primaries?”

Occasionally, Pearl would beat him with the number of pledges, but not too often. Her specialty was getting return calls. “I have called you three times; sweet Maryanne and you haven’t returned my call. I am really, really worried about your grandkids!” “Thank you for calling back, Maryanne.” “How old am I? Oh I forget. I am not trying to be funny. Does this happen to you sometimes? The answer is in here somewhere, I just have to find it.” Spider knew his sweet mother-in-law knew her exact age to the very last minute, but she had reached a dodderer and she wanted to bond.

“Why do I do this calling out?” Comment from the voter. “Yes it is very important to me, very important. I don’t like the state of the world.” Long talk from the voter. “Sorry to interrupt you, I have it now; I am all of 73 years old.” Admiration from the voter. “Aren’t you also worried about your grandkids?” Answer from the voter. “You are quite right, it’s way out of control. Plug for Norman (following Spider’s script) and another voter was taking the pledge! “

old twoMost seniors in Shadow State went to the polling booths come polling day and they also took their dogs and their cats and their friends and families with them.

 Quote for the Week

 Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.  John Quincy

 

About Internet Freedom

(Do we really know what is in the FCC rules?
LIke ObamaCare it was drafted in secret.
Public Knowledge has the best overview.
Grandma is somewhat optimistic that this FCC is a move to create a more equitable playing field.That said, we negotiate frothy rapids as our society changes from the industrial model to the new digital model, founded on connecting to each other over the Internet.

We must be ever vigilant to keep the Internet (our new foundation) free and to keep America free. )

Net-Neutrality Changes the Game Plan. 

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“I have the Cyber Law all written for you Mr. President; it just wants your executive signature,” said Rat-face.

The last honest politician was puzzled.  It sounded like Rat-face, a lobbyist, had just written legislation.

“Not at this time,” said the wannabe Oligarch

“You have signed all my other bills into law, without bothering with Congress, why not this one,” muttered Rat-face sullenly.

“You put a man in a hot tub, and you increase the temperature by ten degrees every half hour and did you know Ratty, that you can boil that man alive?”

“You don’t have to tie him down?”

“Not if the gradient is right.”

“He won’t jump out?” asked Rat-face, astounded.

“No, he won’t jump” said the king-president.

“Why not?”

“Because he doesn’t notice the small changes.”

“So we have to let this one  heat up?” asked Rat-face, finally getting it.

“Yes this is only warm now,” said Crabben, “Yet, Mr. President this is the perfect example of the one factor besides gradient, that is relevant in these PR wars.”

“And that is?’ The President looked at the international corporate leader with some interest.

“You have to make that soaking man, sitting there in a tub that is too hot for him; you have to make him think it was his idea in the first place!”

“Touche,” said the President smiling broadly.

“Are you perhaps both talking about ‘Net Neutrality’?” asked Rat-face. He cracked a stupid smile.

Crabben raised an eyebrow, “No other internet laws have yet been successful to curb the freedom of the Internet, have they Mr. President?”

“I don’t have to use my executive powers to pass ‘Net-neutrality’ “ said the President. “Congress is going to do that for me.”

“My point exactly.”

“So what exactly does ‘Net Neutrality’ give us?” asked Rat-face. “My Cyber Security bill takes the issue much further.”

“What it achieves is it gets the little man willing to stay in a boiling pot,” laughed the President

“It gives us that,  but ‘net neutrality’ also gives us global taxes,” said Crabben with a wicked smile.

“And that is why Congress has to be the one to pass this one.” Crabben nodded.

“Why would Congress want to pass it?” asked Rat-face.

“Because they think it is a good law and this time the people want it.” Crabben winked at the President.

“Yes, you sure have put a good spin on the PR.,” said the President.

“Thank you Sir.”

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The lights flickered as a helicopter was heard overhead. The little group fell silent, then moved to take their seats.

A military man moved briskly to the podium. As he stood ramrod straight they could see how well he had been decorated. With all that brass on his front chest, the last good politician now sitting on the other side of the room, was afraid he would pitch forward.  He listened carefully for name, rank and serial number and when none was forthcoming, he wondered why the uniform was being so secretive?

Medals began his address to the global elites. “I am here to talk to you about getting control of the Internet.” He was going straight to the point. This Internet was the hot topic.

“I’ll begin with a short history; we were caught napping when the Internet went together. We thought the creators of the Internet a bunch of students in Academia playing with computers; they weren’t into money, so they operated beneath our radar.”

“Not good,” said the President.

Crabben remembered how long it had taken him to get the newspapers under his thumb; easily thirty years. Then another twenty until the powers of the Big Screen stood up to salute him.

Medals continued, “Geeks created the Net and with it a new culture of freedom; free speech and free search to be followed by free applications and free content. As long as it all remained free, we let them be; big mistake. When we woke up, everybody was in on the act.

Crabben remembered how the masses had migrated to the Web; searching, and starting blogs, and creating a whole new spider web of social media, sharing with friends and families and even mere acquaintances. How was a body, ever to get control of that?

“Pornography was ramping up.” Medals continued. “We decided that if we could police the porn, we could police the Net.”

“But that didn’t happen,” said Crabben icily.

“No it didn’t happen.”

Techie-geeks had written programs to put Internet viewing under parental control and the Elites had lost another skirmish in the Internet war.

“What is the goal here?”

The uniform answered quickly, “Now that everybody has a website or a blog, what we are after is a rule from a Federal Body of Control; we need the DOJ to give us the power to turn sites on or off.”

The last good politician gagged. He had a vision of individual sites popping on and off, not because the creators wanted them to go away, and certainly not because there was no interest from a Web audience; they would be turned off because the owner of the site or the programmer had fallen foul of the military or the elites. He felt a bad headache coming on.

“Doesn’t “net neutrality” make that impossible?” he asked tentatively. He was outnumbered in this elite gathering.

“Yes and no. This law gives us a foothold. It establishes the right for us to interfere. Before it was all “hands-off”.”

“And this DOJ power that you want, could it eventually loosen the technical and structural control of the web?” The last good politician was computer savvy and he was genuinely concerned.

There was a pregnant silence before the military man answered his question in the affirmative.

“I don’t get it?” said Rat-face breathlessly. “What difference is all this going to make?”

“You are not supposed to get it,” said the President, “It is meant to be confusing.”

“ ‘Net-neutrality’ is game-changing,” said Crabben. “It points us in a new direction.”

“But?” asked Ratty.

“It could change the world; “ said the Uniform flatly, “Now it is still itsy, bitsy tiny, one bit at a time kind of control,  but we have not had that before. One day we could be given a new global power to take the techies out, web site by website and then none will dare oppose us.”

“And then the global elites will rule the world,” thought the President, who was near the end of his term and so badly badly wanted to become a global oligarch.

Crabben rubbed his hands together greedily,  imagining the potential for a brand-new, global tax.

(Excerpt from Politics IOU)

 

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Quote for the Week

Freedom of connection with any application to any party is the fundamental social basis of the internet. And now, is the basis of the society built on the internet.

Tim Berners-Lee

 

 

 

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How to tell a good Politician

I commend Senator Feinstein for her fine letters to her constituents.

I contrast these with the letters I get back from Kevin McCarthy which are a typical brush-off.  I did not vote for either in the last election but I shall be voting for Senator Feinstein in the future. If I now support her it is because of her quality communication and because I see from her answers that she truly understand the process. I also see from her answers that she is devoted to the greatest good.

Rumors are she is soon to retire and if true she is leaving a power position. I wish her well and thank her for her service to the nation.

May her successor demonstrate the same in depth leadership and the same integrity.

Lynn Verhoeff
Grandma Thunder

Dear Ms. Verhoeff:

Thank you for contacting my office to express your concerns with the process by which Congress drafts legislation. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

My staff and I carefully draft each piece of legislation that I introduce in the Senate. As you may know, Members of Congress may consult with the Office of the Legislative Counsel when writing bills. The Legislative Counsel of the Senate is appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate and is required to remain impartial on issues of legislative policy. The office serves to provide advice on constitutional, legal, and technical problems in statues, proposed legislation, and explanatory statements accompanying proposed legislation.

I take a number of factors into consideration before drafting legislation, including the best interest of our State and the Nation as a whole, constituent input, and recommendations from my staff. You can be assured that I perform my due diligence before introducing a bill.

Again, thank you for writing. If you have further questions or comments, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.


Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

The Digital Revolution

Two things drive change: the ideas of man and tech breakthroughs.

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In living memory there have been three civilizing waves: the Agricultural, the Industrial and now the Digital-Electronic Wave. The changes we now experience are fast and furious and are akin to a gigantic wave that is descending on us.  It is because of this that we need new leaders, men of vision who can help us to see where we are going.  It takes men of courage to stand firm and hold a true course as we let go of the old corrupt order. We need new honest leaders to provide the balance that is essential while we negotiate what are profound changes.

Imagine a powerful sea, with large waves breaking. The force of each new wave is met by the force of the prior wave receding. At the place where the two waves meet, their force is broken into a thousand swirling eddies. Is this not what our society is experiencing right now?.
It is not the first time two powerful civilizing waves have met and wreaked havoc on society. It was the force of the Industrial Revolution that undid the old agricultural order of Kings and the Aristocrats. The difference was that in those days it was easy to see unfair advantage and inevitable that justice and fair play would go in. The world was smaller but even then the changes brought by the new industrial wave fighting an entrenched corrupt agricultural order wreaked havoc on the world.

The French Revolution was ugly.

DIGITAL WAVEAs the Industrial wave now meets the Digital Wave, the conflict is both bigger and more subtle. This is because in the industrial order it is easy for bad men to hide because of the split between the consumer and the producer. Those taking advantage have learned to steal from both producer and consumer and they have perfected the art of hiding in the middle.

When men do not act to serve the greatest good, their activities MUST be conducted in secrecy.

How do we track corruption – we go looking for the secrets.

The New World Wide Web was created free. Information is now widely available to everybody on almost every subject. The web empowers the individual, connects people and groups, but most of all it mandates transparency. Those who have bad secrets are running scared and we can know them by their efforts to curb the Freedom of Information Act and the freedom of the World Wide Web.

On a scale of one to ten any politician messing with the freedom of the Internet is INTO MONKEY BUSINESS and is a risk of ten or higher.  They will seek to hide their evil behind a screen of smoke and mirrors but keep it simple: know them by their efforts to curb the Internet. Such politicians are not to be trusted and if an audit is done of their actions and policies you will FIND BETRAYAL AFTER TRUST.

In 1913 a financial cabal persuaded Congress that they did not know enough about money, and nor did we the people. They suggested they would be better at the helm. Our economy is in confusion and disarray with too much debt and too much unemployment with the Federal Reserve to this day, still operating in an unacceptable secrecy. 

As the corrupt industrial and financial model crumbles, it is actually possible to replace the corrupt industrial order with a better culture, maybe even a golden age. This may be hard to see as the water swirls around us and the banking and corporate and military and political powers fight to maintain what has been an unfair and CORRUPT privilege. Yet we still have a chance to fix the world, a chance to keep our freedom and to get back our prosperity. This will only happen if we rise to the challenge of this election and choose good leaders. Judge your leaders by their transparency.

For those who have looked to the gravy train as a solution to survival in the digital age, they will have to find a job.  And Government will have to discover that their main function is putting America back to work.

Know that the Industrial Order could well be replaced by something far worse than what we now have, the signs of decline are out there. What we are doing is riding the digital wave on the cusp, and it is almost ready to tip over.  We can ride and command this new electronic wave, keep it free and use it to create a far better system – or we can let it crash and engulf us.

We can fail to take action, fail to elect the right new leaders and we can let the electronics that drives this new wave be used by those still in charge to spy on us, to force and control us and to trap us and knock us back into a new dark age.

Mr. X at WorkHow do we fight back? Collectively we DEMAND transparency.   Only then can we trace the puppet masters. George Soros is being exposed as Clinton’s secret handler and we will find more bad manipulators for there is not only one.

Exposing the corruption was never before considered politically correct, some of what we are discovering in Wikileaks was previously called “WHACKO” or “CONSPIRACY” Now we are finding out the truth, and it is being shown to us all in writing as we peal away the email secrets.

The truth is that we dare not fail to bring in positive reform, for if we do how will our world look?

  • The elites will continue to enjoy more and more opulence. There will be scarcity by design – all in our best interests, of course.
  • In a new super-regulated society we will find a high ratio of cops (AKA Security Officers) to every working man. They are there to protect us, of course.
  • We will begin to pay a Local Tax, a City Tax, a State Tax, a National Tax, a Federal Tax and a World Tax. This new tax is going to be introduced gradually but it will grow and grow. There will be no representation, of course.
  • The idle rich and the idle poor, both parasitic on society, will continue to collaborate to steal the fruits of the labor of the producers. There will be no fair exchange with producers of course.
  • There will be the appearance of democracy but the election process will be manipulated. There will be no freedom of course
  • The elites will be there by divine right and it will behoove us to support them, of course.
  • The one percent rich will grow richer and the ninety nine percent will grow poorer of course.

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I want to be part of things that are tangible, beautiful, and soulful, rather than just give in to the digital age. But when I talk to people about this they say, “Yeah, I know what you mean” and stare at their mobiles – Jack White
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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Independence Day


Grandpa asks, “What is independence?”

There is something very wrong with the modern form of government. Demonstrating this is government’s inability to prevent wars, take effective steps in reducing unemployment, maintaining a stable currency, protecting individual liberties, or providing equal justice for all. In fact, there is hardly any area in which government succeeds, except in its own expansion and the oppression of its people. That is not how it is supposed to go. Government is supposed to serve the people, not the other way round.

How could things go so far wrong? Of course we can say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is also the weakness of democracy that people tend to vote for their own benefit, rather than the greatest good. Very true, but there is something more fundamental underlying the way things are structured.

 

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America – In Loving Memory

Modern government consists of three main branches: legislative (law-making), judicial (law-interpreting) and executive (law-enforcing). What’s wrong with this system? It’s the accent on laws!

Laws are basically rules that tell you what to do and what not to do. They are rules that limit your independence. A preponderance of laws, too many laws limit freedom, and that is what has gone wrong. In the days of Moses there were just ten laws, instead of the thousands we have today, and people had trouble obeying even them!

There is the maxim that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law, but even lawyers don’t know all the laws and courts are needed to interpret the laws. What chances do individuals have of not inadvertently breaking any laws?

Why this concentration on laws?  It must be that the purpose of government is not to serve the people, but to control them. And so it is. This is sad, but true. That’s not to say that all politicians are crooked, but that well-meaning politicians will have a hard time protecting our freedoms, because the system is rigged against them.

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 Set Us Free Again

For a society to function properly, some ground rules are of course necessary, but the vast majority of people are basically decent folks who will do the right thing if encouraged to do so. And the society will continue to function well if the few anti-social and criminal persons are locked up, so they can’t continue to do damage.

How to fix this faulty system? In America we have a federal government, a state government in each of the fifty states, as well as county and city governments. Instead of having all these governments trying to have us all march to the same tune, it would be a good idea if the federal government just concerned itself with having good relations with the rest of the world and that the 50 states “play nice together.” That is, to settle disputes between the states and to ensure that people can travel freely from state to state, and that each state obeys the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Within these constraints, each state should be free to make its own rules, which, in turn, should deal mainly with how to interact with the federal government and with its county governments. There should be no duplication of function between the various levels of government

Only the lowest level of government should deal directly with the individuals in its area. That way, if people don’t like the officials who represent them, they can replace them quite easily. Having governments based on these principles will greatly reduce their size and cost. In fact, there would be no need for professional politicians. Congress could be made up of volunteers who meet a few times a year to scrap outdated laws and to tweak a few laws that need to be revised.

What are the chances of replacing the current broken system with a new, more effective one? Not great, but then, the pen is mightier than the sword and if enough people start thinking in the right direction, the world can become a better place.

 Happy Independence Day!

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Quote of the Week

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas J Watson 

Is America the Greatest Country in the World?

The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one.

Why did Forbes Magazine put Stockton at the top of its “most miserable cities” for two years in a row?

The Broken City of Stockton

The Broken City of Stockton

Stockton is home to the University of the Pacific, where jazz artist Dave Brubeck once studied; it is situated in the Central California Valley, with a strong agricultural economy in what has been called the nation’s most productive agricultural region; Stockton even has a thriving port built on a channel that comes inland from San Francisco Bay. It has locally owned banks that didn’t give out loans to people who couldn’t pay them back, and these banks even remained solvent all through the downturn. With all that is positive going for it, why is Stockton a broken city and why is it on the verge of bankruptcy?

There are those in the city trying to declare bankruptcy. In the Private Sector when a company goes bankrupt it can wriggle out of not only its its debt, but its pension obligations and perhaps this looks like an attractive option. Up until now municipalities have not been able to o this but Stockton spends $30 million a year to pay its pension liabilities, money going to workers who are now long gone.

What concerns Grandma is that it is the Taxpayers that are expected to fund this liability.

Here is a true story:

In late 2008 Grandma & Grandpa were visiting Stockton for a mobile gallery staying overnight at a motel. In the new morning Grandpa returned to the motel room with his eyes as big as saucers.  “The van is there,” he said, “but the trailer has gone.”  Criminals had cut the trailer from the van and stolen it in the early hours of the morning.

Grandma asks you to look at  Stockton as the microcosm that represents the macrocosm that is America today.  Is what is ruining America a strange kind of mindset that demands something for nothing?

The Picture Lady Home Products in the trailer were unique and couldn’t be found in Stockton. This had been established by survey.  Then, too, all the products had been photographed there was a full (in color) photographic record of the inventory in the stolen trailer. It should have been easy for the police (if they were doing their job) to locate the stolen goods. Grandma with the help of a friendly clerk had these photos put on the police Intranet.

Then she called the supervisor in charge of the case (theft of the trailer)

The supervisor didn’t bother to call back.  After several failed efforts to reach him, she finally got him on the phone. . Explaining the situation, she told him all he had to do was  go to the swap meets on the weekend where it would be easy to identify the stolen product – it was after all different.   This would lead him to the stolen trailer and the criminal.

“Can’t be done,” said the supervisor.

Grandma’s eyes narrowed “and why not?”

“I don’t work on the weekend.”

“Excuse me!”

Grandma was flabbergasted.  She was in the private sector working 24/7 which she had done for twenty years. She was also over seventy years old.

“I work only Monday through Thursday,” he said smugly.

So Grandma contacted the Stockton chief of police hoping that he would get his junior to do his job.

“I am so sorry I can’t help you,” said the chief. His tone indicated he was not sorry.

“You don’t have anybody handling stolen goods.”

“Not any more, Mam., they had to close the department,” he said. “Taxes are down.” It was a make wrong.

She was close to tears. Losing all that inventory was likely to close her business down.

She asked just one last question,” “As a matter of interest, what are your hours Sir? I have been trying to reach you also for a couple of weeks.”  (Not much luck, for she knew that after all this delay the inventory would be long gone)

“You can always reach me but only on a Tuesday to Friday,” he said smugly.  “I also don’t work on the weekend.”

City employees have a cushy job that is funded by the taxpayers contributions and they have this while they are working, but it gets even better after they retire. Municipal pensions are typically 50% or more of the salary they were earning when working. The average pension paid out per ex city worker per year (including those working for much less than a full career) is a generous $31,653; and then they also get Social Security after age 65.

Grandma tells this story because she wants you to see the similarity to the nation. With a lot still so much that is positive going for it, why is America on the verge of bankruptcy?  Is it the free-loaders that are taking America down? It seems to Grandma that the rich and the idle poor now both live off the efforts of the middle class producers.  Of even bigger concern is how long we and our children will enjoy freedom if too many of us have lost the will to work?

Take three minutes out of your busy life and watch this video: 

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 Quote of the Week

“The first challenge to solving a problem is recognizing there is one.” Carla Sequist

 

Rhetoric

Grandpa on How to Filter Out the Noise

“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” – Plato 

 My dictionary defines rhetoric as, “Language with a persuasive or impressive effect, but often lacking sincerity or meaningful content.” This is something to be mindful of during this time of election fever.

Some decades ago, I read a small paperback book that had a profound influence on how I saw things in life and my response to rhetoric. Entitled, Straight and Crooked Thinking, by Robert H. Thouless, this book put forward the concept that people are often swayed more by the emotional content of speech than its logical content.

Straight and Crooked thinking Book CoverFor example, someone who does not change his mind might be called steadfast by his friends, or pigheaded by his opponents. Someone who does change his mind easily could be called unbiased by some and fickle by others.

While speech without emotional content is boring, we should not be fooled by emotionally charged words, but instead extract the essence of what is being said. Add to that an alertness for generalities and distortion of facts and many times you will conclude that very little of substance has been said.

Had the Germans followed this advice in the 1930s, when listening to Adolf Hitler, there probably would not have been a World War II.

I highly recommend this little book. It is a good antidote against mob mentality. It has been out of print for some time, but is now again available. You can order it from Amazon here: Straight & Crooked Thinking