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On healthcare, voters know actions speak louder than words

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There is a well-known meme one can find with a simple Internet search: “What if I told you that the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird?” At first it seems like this should not be possible. Comparing the platforms of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, the DNC refuses to acknowledge God and considers abortion to be a right; on the other hand, the RNC acknowledges God and supports a pro-life stance. So how is it that I can accuse the GOP of being the conservative arm of the Democratic Party? Quite simply, actions speak louder than words.

A lens can help us improve our observation of matter, people and objects – e.g., microscopes, telescopes, magnifying glasses, etc. When we want intimate understanding of something, we use a lens to gain otherwise difficult to observe information, or to clarify the details. Imagine Obamacare as a metaphorical lens, a tool with which we can observe the actions of one party and conclude with my hypothesis.

Republicans have repeatedly told the American people that they would repeal Obamacare. There were GOP Senators and Congressmen who ran in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 on the message that they would repeal (and replace) Obamacare. So, anyone voting Republican should have been able to count on some action. Given all the energy (and money) spent campaigning with the primary message to repeal Obamacare, how come nothing has been done? Well, back in 2015, Senate Republicans drafted a bill to repeal Obamacare, the [not-so] Affordable Care Act. There were then 48 current Senators that voted for the repeal measure.
The most obvious problem for Republicans had been that, from 2010 through 2016, had they crafted anything that mentioned repeal of the A.C.A., President Obama would have vetoed without so much as a glance. They knew this so essentially masqueraded as tough, Constitution-minded representatives of the People. You know, like that guy that has his friends hold him back from a fight so he can look fearless and macho in the eyes of some fair dame he wants to impress. Well, come November 8, 2016, we gave the Republicans everything they said they needed.

Republicans finished the elections with the House, the Senate and the Presidency. We were ready. We were told that within 100 days Obamacare would be repealed and replaced. There were no more excuses. The Democrats should be all but powerless to stop the inevitable – the best they could do was practice being speed bumps. The Senate has the power of the purse. The House has the opportunity to show real Constitutional leadership. I expected a version of the 2015 Repeal and Replace Bill to hit President Trump’s desk within 2 weeks of him taking his oath of office. They already had 48 votes. So what happened?

It is well documented that Democrats believe federal government can solve our problems. I had always thought Republicans favored limited government. However, given what I have observed over the last couple of years, when the GOP refers to small government, I think they mean, smaller than the Democrat’s big government. What we begin to observe is that today’s GOP is much more left of, say, Ronald Reagan’s GOP. And that GOP was further left than a decade prior. And, if the prospects of the GOP’s healthcare bill are any indication, they are still pushing a big government agenda that is even further left.

As if it isn’t bad enough that the GOP has lied to us for 7 years and proposed something diametrically opposed to small government, Congress seems to have misplaced their spines. The nicest way of putting it is that they are displaying a hysterical fear of carrying out the mandate voters laid upon their shoulders. For a party that soundly defeated the Democrats in 2016, they are acting like the biggest losers. Either that or they’re feigning fear while willfully obstructing the People’s mandate. Two Senators, Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), seem to be willing to fight for a full repeal of Obamacare. How is it that these are the only two who get it? What about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)? Well, he was close but decided to capitulate and try a compromise. There should be no compromise (since healthcare and health insurance are not rights) and I expected Cruz to stand strong alongside Lee and Paul – they could have been called the Three Musketeers. Oh well.

So, here we are, late July, 2017 and we have nothing. While the GOP-owned, do-nothing Congress led by do-nothing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cannot seem to figure out how to repeal the bill, no one, including President Trump, seems to be able to provide real leadership on the matter. Between the campaign lies, the Obamacare repackaging scheme and the massive government encroachment on our rights, I would have thought Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were running Capitol Hill.

I am not a great political mind with an intimate understanding of the inner workings of the halls of Congress, but I bet, against more than 2300 pages of A.C.A. regulations, they could have already figured out how to prioritize and repeal the majority of it using the good ‘ol divide and conquer method. At least it would be better than 6 months of obstruction, deceit and general buffoonery. My guess is that, come Nov, 2018, the GOP better get it right or expect to be replaced not by Democrats, but by Constitution-minded statesmen and women who understand the role and scope of the federal government.

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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

[Our Emphasis]

As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

As the United States military prepares for a full withdrawal from Syria, some are concerned that Islamic State fighters currently being held by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will be released or others be allowed to rejoin ISIS. Four Republican stalwarts in the Senate are calling on President Trump transfer the worst of these prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.

Senators Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio all signed the letter to the President requesting this action.

The President announced the move to pull out of Syria on Twitter last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This prompted the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and drew condemnation from people on the left and right who felt the President was abandoning our allies in the war against ISIS.

Turkey has long wanted the United States out of Syria so they could deal with the Kurdish forces that they consider to be terrorists.

My Take

This is a smart move to do before the withdrawal, but this letter was also a not-so-subtle reminder to the President that pulling out of Syria quickly will have repercussions. Both National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have tempered the President’s remarks by saying the United States will pull out just as soon as ISIS is fully defeated.

One thing is certain: if these terrorists and militants are not moved to Guantanamo Bay, many if not all of them will eventually return to the Islamic State to continue their mission against the the rest of the world.


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