Why was the universal healthcare plan named the Affordable Care Act? It was so termed to lure people in to believe that it was indeed affordable. After all, we were told that it would be better than what we currently had. Even talk of "free" healthcare for everyone was being sold. But there is nothing free about healthcare! Oh, excuse me, it is free for prisoners, people on welfare, and in some states, illegal aliens. But for taxpayers, it is far from free. Actually, the taxpayers are funding it all! In Illinois, premiums have increased nearly 50% from last year! In Tennessee it's 63%, 69% in Oklahoma, and over 100% in Arizona! Instead of affordable it has become vastly unaffordable! The Democrat Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, said, "The reality is, the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable", and called it, "a total disaster." In October, Bill Clinton said that many people "wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world!"
Since it is far from affordable, I will refer to it as most do... Obamacare. Many insurance carriers opted out of Obamacare. UnitedHealthcare left Illinois and Aetna followed soon thereafter. Land of Lincoln Health went bankrupt last year. In many states people have one or two choices... that's it! 20% of Americans have only one choice. If that wasn't bad enough, many hospitals and doctors are refusing Obamacare plans. So, what happened? How were we sold this "disaster"?
Jonathan Gruber, economist and Obama's main architect of this healthcare debacle, said that the bill was written intentionally in a tortured way to deceive the taxpayers. Gruber said, "If you had a law that healthy people are going to pay in so sick people can get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage... call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever" and added, "a very clever exploitation of the lack of understanding of the American voter."
But to get taxpayers to go along with this awful plan, a great salesman was needed. Enter Barack Obama. He deliberately deceived the voters when he declared, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan, period." He tried to put everyone at ease, you know... trust me, trust me. Even well known liberal, Bill Maher, said afterwards, "He (Obama) shouldn't have lied."
Gruber also reiterated, "That bill passed because the American voter is too stupid to understand what really is going on." But it sounds like he was talking about the Democrats in Congress who passed this big turkey! California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, also attempting to deceive taxpayers, said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." What?! That is nuts! Do you know how many pages the bill was? 2,700 pages! Gruber admitted that it was designed to be so huge and cumbersome to get past Congress and "to make sure CBO (Congressional Budget Office) would pass it." It passed through the House even though 34 Democrats voted against it. No Republicans in Congress voted for the bill. Every Democratic senator voted for it and Obama signed it into law. Since then, other pages of rules and regulations have been added to it. Do you want to guess how much? About 20,000 pages! And I'm not kidding... I wish I was.
Obamacare was doomed to fail from the beginning. It was based on healthy people paying for everyone else. How is that going to work? People realized soon that this was not insurance but rather an enormous mandatory tax. The taxpayer was forced to join... or else! It is not right to force young people to give money to other people. It also isn't right for people who try to live healthy to pay for those who don't. People who eat right, exercise, and live right were put in a pool of junk-food eaters, couch potatoes, alcohol abusers, drug users, ones living in sexually immorality, etc. Unhealthy people are of course more apt to be sick and in need of hospitals than healthy people.
Obamacare was not flexible. Most young people and healthy Americans did not want full coverage but a limited coverage instead. It was cheaper to pay the penalty than to sign up. Most of the time, people had to pay out-of-pocket because the deductibles were so high. More choices were needed.
Many businesses helped with their employees' insurance needs before Obamacare. Once Obamacare went into effect, the government forced companies to provide full health insurance for all employees working 30 hours or more. This is where the government is plain stupid! Businesses can't afford that. They would go bankrupt! All this did was force businesses to hire only part-time employees. Workers who were working 40 hours are now working under 30. Even some managers were limited to under 30 hours. Obamacare proved to be a hardship for millions of working taxpayers.
Since the government was involved in Obamacare, it was inefficient and a big money-waster. Do you know how much was spent on the website alone? $10,000? No. $100,000? No. $1,000,000?! Still no. Over two billion dollars was spent just on the website!! That's our money!
All together we're talking about billions of dollars that we will never see again. Because of government involvement, insurance companies were starting to lose money and had to get out before they went bankrupt.
Obamacare has been a disaster. It should never have been crammed down our throats. With Obamacare we were headed toward a single-payer system. Do you know what that is? Total-government-takeover healthcare, "medicare for all", or socialized medicine. In other words... socialism or communism!
Now the Republicans have inherited this mess created by the Democrats. If we stayed on the same Obamacare path the whole country would have crashed and gone bankrupt. Let's hope that President Trump and Congress can take care of this massive failure. I think they can and I think they will. But the next time you hear "hope and change" from a candidate like we did eight years ago, remember one thing: Obamacare!
What should have been a routine veto at the United Nations on December 23, wasn't. For the first time in nearly 40 years, the United States has failed to exercise its veto power in stopping a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel. In the resolution, which passed 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining, it states that Israel is illegally living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and must leave their land and give up their homes. Do you know how many people that would affect? Over 575,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, dating back to 1967.
David Keyes, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that this "is an abandonment of Israel and an abandonment of a long-standing American policy. This resolution posits (sets in motion) that the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites to Judaism, a place where the Jewish Temple was built, a place where Jews have lived and prayed for literally, thousands of years, is illegally occupied territory. That's absurd! That's delusional! That's immoral!" He's absolutely right! PM Netanyahu said, "Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms." They shouldn't! He further said, "The Obama Administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes."
The Obama Administration denies that, but it is very obvious that they are lying. Ambassador John Bolton said that this was a deliberate "stab in the back against the Israelis." Netanyahu said that he has proof that "the Obama Administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded it be passed." It appears that Obama, Kerry, and company orchestrated the whole deal. A noted liberal, Alan Dershowitz, said that Obama "is acting undemocratically." He said that 88 of 100 senators, the vast majority of Congress, and the American people are against what Obama did... that's including a lot of Democrats.
The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, pleading with Obama to veto the resolution, stated that it was "extremely frustrating, disappointing and confounding." Mike Huckabee said it best, saying, "This is an insult not just to Israel but to every person who loves freedom. Judea and Samaria belong to Israel. This is insane! This is so beyond anything we've seen in 40 years! This doesn't make sense! It is an outrage!" Yes, it is an outrage!
What President Obama and John Kerry have done is despicable! Any respect that I had for Obama and Kerry is completely gone! Talk about sticking it to Israel and Donald Trump at the same time! And just before he leaves office! I'm sorry, but that is cowardice! Obama put his own petty feelings ahead of the country's best interests... that is shameful! How could he do this to Israel, our one true friend and only democracy in the Middle East, when months before he sat back and did nothing, while thousands of innocent women and children were slaughtered in Aleppo, Syria! It's just baffling!
Now that the damage is already done, it looks like this resolution will be hard to reverse. I sincerely hope that President-elect Trump will be able to do something to thwart the plans of these cowards and enemies of Israel. With God's help, he will. The Bible talks about all the nations coming against Israel in the last days. I have always wondered how the U.S. could come against Israel... now I know! All it takes is a progressive globalist to take power of the presidency in the name of change, then side with all the other nations against Israel. Let's hope that will be many years away!
Most people do not experience a "historical miracle" in their lifetime, so to experience two such "miracles" in a span of one week is almost unbelievable, and to some it was. One of these miracles was the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series on November 2. Some will say that the Cubs winning the championship is short of a miracle, and I might agree, but to many Cubs fans who knew about "the curse", it certainly felt like a miracle. The Cubs owned the longest championship drought in sports... 108 years!
The last time they were even in the Series was 71 years ago! As the story goes, there was an actual curse put on the Cubs by Billy Sianis as he was ejected from game 4 of the 1945 World Series by none other than Cubs owner, Philip Knight Wrigley. As he was leaving, Sianis said that the Cubs would never win another pennant or play in a World Series at Wrigley Field again. They went on to lose that Series to Detroit in seven games.
Their best hope of winning came in 2003 when it looked like they were destined to go to the World Series, going up 3-1 against the Florida Marlins. All they had to do was win one of the next three games. Ahead 3-0, in the 8th inning of game 6, it looked certain Moisés Alou would catch a foul ball, only to be foiled by a Cubs fan named Steve Bartman. The Cubs ended up losing that game badly which had appeared to be a sure win just moments before. After losing game 7 at home, a lot of fans pointed to "the curse". They were swept 3-0 in post-season play in 2007 and 2008. How was this curse going to be broken? Many wondered if it could be broken.
In 2009, Thomas Ricketts became chairman, with the Ricketts family becoming principal owner of the Cubs organization. The Cubs struggled the next three seasons, ending with a 71-91 record in 2011. Ricketts was determined to break the curse and get the team back to the World Series. But to break the curse, you need a curse-breaker! So Ricketts sought after the best curse-breaker he could find... Theo Epstein! He is the one who broke the "Curse of the Bambino" when the Boston Red Sox ended their 86-year drought by winning the 2004 World Series. He helped the Red Sox win another championship in 2007. Ricketts lured Epstein away for over $3 million a year for a 5-year contract and a title of President of Baseball Operations.
Theo Epstein, 42, was in charge, and could do anything he wanted to rebuild the Cubs, but he had only 5 years to do it! He hired Jed Hoyer right away to be the new general manager. He started to put the pieces together little by little. Epstein acquired new players and traded others, looking for more youth and potential rather than experience. It showed, with the Cubs going 61-101 in 2012, 66-96 in 2013, and 73-89 in 2014. Don't worry, some said; that was part of the plan. Even though they sometimes played like a minor league team, a lot of young promising ball players emerged. All they needed was the right manager, and Epstein found his man in Joe Maddon, who joined the team in 2015.
Maddon gelled with the players and started winning right away. The Cubs showed promise, finishing 97-65 in 2015, and flirted with the post-season. Many said that 2016 would be the Cubs' year, which would be Epstein's 5th season. They had the best record in the league at 103-58; no one was close. The Cubs beat the Giants 3 games to one in the first series of the post season. Next they beat the Dodgers 4 games to 2 and captured the pennant. One curse down, one more to go.
The Cubs entered the World Series with high hopes of defeating the Cleveland Indians, only to go down 3 games to 1. If they wanted to eliminate the curse, they would have to win three games in a row! They won the next two games, sending the Series to a game 7. The Cubs went up 6-3 in the 6th inning. Could it be?! But in the 8th inning, the Indians tied the score at 6-6, which stayed unchanged through the 9th. Extra innings! Then it started to rain. Oh no! Talk of continuing the next day was rumored. Was this part of the curse?! But the game continued and the Cubs went up 8-6. The Indians scored a run to make it 8-7 with the go-ahead run at the plate. No, no, no! The Indians hadn't won the championship since 1948, but it was the Cubs' year. Kris Bryant, while slipping and smiling, threw to Anthony Rizzo for the final out. Cubs win! Cubs win! Many fans had tears streaming down their faces. Others were jumping up and down, not able to control themselves. And some stared in awesome wonder as they witnessed a miracle. It had really happened! The curse was no more! And sure enough, Theo Epstein did as expected; he brought a championship to the Cubs and their fans in five years!
The second historic "miracle" happened 6 days later and was an even bigger event since there were so many millions who were in disbelief. It all started on June 16, 2015 when billionaire and businessman Donald J. Trump announced that he was running for president in the 2016 election. At the time, many scoffed or laughed at the thought of Trump being president. Still some, especially those in the media, welcomed the idea of Trump joining the Republicans to add to the "circus" environment - and because they felt that Trump had 0% chance of actually winning.
Trump came in second in the Iowa primary and then went on to win 7 out of the next 8 primaries, even with his "over-the-top" and insulting comments. As candidates started to drop out of the race, Trump kept winning most of the primaries until he reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination in May. The GOP was stunned! They had never thought that Trump would actually win the nomination, and now they were stuck with him as their candidate.
On the other side, Clinton was taking hit after hit from Bernie Sanders, the DNC's thorn. Since he was not the party's pick, he was supposed to go away rather quietly, but refused. In the end, the DNC and the mainstream media got their candidate in Clinton. Both Trump and Clinton endured twists and turns in the debates and dirty politics. Trump for the most part did not have a ground game and spent only a fraction of the money on advertising as Clinton did, who spent many millions. Trump instead visited cities in the battleground states, with thousands coming out to support him and to hear what he had to say in his rallies. Many skeptics said that he could not win this way.
When it got to the morning of November 8 (Election Day), nearly all news networks had written off Trump. Why not! It seemed that all the polls favored Clinton and all the prognosticators and pundits were picking Clinton to win overwhelmingly. No one on TV was giving Trump a chance, including Fox News. The networks just wanted to see how badly Trump would lose and celebrate a Clinton win. Clinton's campaign and supporters were already celebrating.
It was projected that Clinton had an 80% chance of winning. Some had it at 90% or higher. But as time ticked away, nothing was certain. Then around 10 p.m., Charlie Rose of CBS said, "What's going on?" Michael Gerson (Washington Post) answered, "This is a populist wave, a reaction against globalism." Mark Leiborich (NY Times) added that the media and polls were wrong. Bob Schieffer (CBS) said, referring to the voters, "They are sick of Washington! They are sick of the establishment! They are sick of nothing happening!"
By midnight, many now saw "the writing on the wall". Frank Luntz said that this was inconceivable 5 hours ago. Peggy Noonan said that this was a rebuking of a decayed establishment. Everyone on CBS agreed that this was the largest political upset in American history. Nancy Cordes, reporting from the Clinton campaign headquarters, said, "They are all shell-shocked. They were not just confident; they were sure of it. All of the data showed that she would win."
Juan Williams of Fox News said, "How does this make sense?! It's just out of the blue! It is revolutionary!" Moments later, he added, "I still think that people do not think this is real. Is this a movie?!" They all agreed at Fox, "We have never seen anything like this. It is the biggest upset in political history!" Some called it a miracle. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is our next president... unbelievable.
Why vote? You might say that it's a person's duty. But how do people decide whom to vote for? Would you want anyone elected with a flip of a coin? Of course not. And this is my point. I think a voter should be informed. I think it's a person's duty to acquire the information necessary to make an informed decision on whom to vote for. I also think that all uninformed voters should stay home and not vote. Many voters do not even know what candidates believe or stand for!
So, how do people decide whom to vote for, anyway? Many people vote for a candidate because of how they look or sound. It could be racially motivated, such as voting for someone solely because they are black or white. Or gender-motivated, voting for someone because they happen to be female or male. Still others will vote for the best- looking or nicest-sounding candidate. Vain, vain, vain!
Others vote a certain way because they were "born into it" or raised that way. You know... once a Republican, always a Republican, or once a Democrat, always a Democrat. A friend of mine who happens to be black said that he was voting for a Democrat in a past election. I asked him if he knew what the candidate stood for. He didn't, but said that he would probably still vote for the Democrat. "Why?" I asked him. He told me that is what blacks do. "We just vote for Democrats," he continued. "Wow," I thought, "how narrow-minded." That is not how it was some years ago. Informed and prominent black men and women like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas were staunch Republicans.
Like I said before, I think that voters should acquire the necessary information to make informed decisions on what candidates and their parties stand for. But that is easier said than done! What if the information is slanted, one-sided, or erroneous? Many young people fill their minds with leftist propaganda from their liberal professors. These young voters are informed, but with biased information. Most people get their information from the news media. That seems to be a fair way to be informed, doesn't it? Hardly! If the majority of the media want a certain candidate or party to win, they will do whatever they can to influence the election!
Lester Holt, whom I respected as a professional, moderated the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I was amazed at some of the "gotcha" questions aimed at Trump, with some being quite trivial. I was even more amazed that Holt never asked Clinton about serious matters concerning her vanishing emails, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, Wikileaks, "pay for play" scandals, and billions of dollars that went missing when she was Secretary of State. The CNN/ABC debate wasn't much better.
One typical night of news on ABC, NBC, and CBS, saw over 23 minutes of negative coverage about Trump, compared to only one minute concerning Clinton. The Washington Post and New York Times are just as biased or more. The NY Times had 11 negative articles about Trump on one random day. Guess how many on Clinton? Zero! The Washington Post has over a dozen investigative reporters working around the clock, devoting their time to try to find "dirt" on Trump. Other media sources such as the Chicago Tribune and Time magazine are the same or not much better. All of these media outlets are focusing on Trump's personal mistakes and not on Clinton's long list of scandals and corruption against the United States! It's alarming!
Geraldo Rivera, who is not a big Trump fan, said that the mainstream media bias against Trump "is out of control" and "like nothing I've ever seen." Even MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said that the media has been biased and one-sided. He went on to say that "the coverage of the presidential candidates has been deplorable," referring not only to Trump and Clinton, but also Bernie Sanders. He said that, "the fix is in for Hillary Clinton."
So what do we do?! Even the information that is fed to us cannot be trusted. If you want to know the truth, you'll have to dig deeper on your own. Stop listening to blatant media bias. Don't let the bully media tell you how to vote! Vote the issues and make an informed decision.
On September 19, Lee Francis, a high school history teacher from North Carolina, wanted to "make a point" concerning the First Amendment. He had this grand idea of a demonstration for his students about the right of freedom of speech. What did he do? Francis took an American flag and asked his students if anyone had some scissors or a lighter. Seriously?! Then he threw the flag on the ground and proceeded to step on it multiple times, saying that this was an example of freedom of speech. What was he thinking?!
One of the students, Alex Dunn, said that he couldn't believe what he was seeing and that he was heartbroken. Alex took a picture with his cell phone of Francis stepping on the flag, then walked up to where the flag was, picked it up and walked out of class with another student. Alex went straight to the principal's office and told Pamela Adams (the principal) what had just happened. Francis tried to justify the incident, saying, "It was really a simple demonstration to show what my First Amendment rights entail," citing a 1989 Supreme Court decision, Texas v. Johnson, which ruled that flag desecration is protected by the First Amendment.
This case was about Gregory Johnson, a former member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, who set an American flag on fire at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision, sided with Johnson, saying that he had a right to desecrate the flag as part of his freedom of speech. Freedom of speech?! How is that speech?! The court said that it was "symbolic speech". This is the same Johnson who was behind the burning of the flag at this year's Republican Convention in Ohio. I say that the slim majority of the Court made a stupid and wrong decision. If you do not want to display the flag, okay. If you do not want to honor the flag in any way, okay. But it is NOT okay to dishonor it! This is just a matter of common decency and common sense! In the U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Chapter 33, Section 700, it states, "Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the ground, or tramples upon any flag of the U.S. shall be fined under this title or imprisoned... or both."
The same principle applies to what this teacher did. Superintendent Frank Till said that Francis' actions were inappropriate, and added, "There are other ways to teach First Amendment rights without desecrating a flag." Francis agreed but said, "The way that I taught it can't necessarily be wrong." So is it 100% wrong what he did? Yes! As one parent said, "It's inappropriate to teach that in school," adding that he can do that personally, "but it doesn't have to be taught to our kids." That parent is exactly correct. Parents and fellow taxpayers fund the schools - and the teachers! The other point is that these students are NOT any teacher's kids! They are the parents' kids! The schools and teachers should respect the parents above all!
Francis, who was suspended, said that the student (Alex) is the one who should be punished. For what? No doubt for standing up and exposing him! Alex said, "We all understand why he did it. We just don't think he should have taught it that way." When asked by an interviewer, "Is it cool now to not like America?" Alex replied, "It's becoming a 'norm' to not be patriotic, something that I honestly fear."
"Why do you fear that?" pressed the interviewer.
Alex responded, "A country that is not patriotic about itself is ultimately doomed." He's right!
It all started with a simple traffic stop in the city of Milwaukee, on August 13. A police car pulled over a suspicious-looking vehicle. The car came to a stop and two young men bolted and fled on foot. One of the men, Sylville Smith, 23, was carrying a semi-automatic handgun. Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown told Smith to drop it. He didn't. Officer Brown told him again to drop the gun, but he wouldn't. Fearing for his life and the lives of others, Officer Brown shot at Smith, hitting him twice. Smith died shortly thereafter. Later that night, a large group of black protesters (about 100) assembled near the scene of the killing, demanding justice. More police arrived, but they were no match for the hostile crowd. Several cars were destroyed, along with businesses, which were also looted. Some cars (including squad cars) and a gas station were set on fire. Many officers were treated for injuries and 17 people were arrested. Some reporters on the scene were beaten just because they were white. More riots and clashes with the police resulted in more arrests August 14 and 15.
Was this uprising justified? Was Sylville Smith innocent? Officer Brown was wearing a body camera at the time. Was this another instance of a white cop killing a black man out of spite? What would the video show? It was clear. The video indeed showed Smith pointing the semi-automatic gun, which had 23 rounds of ammunition, directly at the officer. A background check revealed that Smith had a lengthy arrest record. And his father, spending most of his time in jail, never spent time with him. It's a very sad scenario but very typical for a lot of young men. Smith's mother said, "My son is gone due to the police killing him." But that is simply not true.
Her son is dead because he did not stay in the car. He's dead because he pointed a loaded gun at the police. He's dead because he never had a dad in his life to raise him up. He's dead because of his criminal lifestyle. He's dead because he didn't see any other way to live. Many young men in urban areas are facing similar circumstances. So was the action of the white cop totally justified? Well, ironically, he wasn't white at all. Officer Brown is black!
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark, a pillar in the community, said in response to the riots, that this neighborhood had "a volatile mix of urban pathologies (gang and drug involvement, unemployment, and bad lifestyle choices), failed urban policy (resulting in severe poverty), failed public schools, inadequate parenting, and father-absent homes. When fathers are not around to shape the behavior of young boys, they often grow up to be unmanageable... that the police have to deal with in an aggressive fashion." Sheriff Clark disagrees with letting bad behavior go unchecked, like a spoiled kid receiving no discipline after being caught in wrong-doing. "If you punish unwanted behavior you'll see less of it. If you do nothing about unwanted behavior you're going to see a repeat and more of it!" Letting bad behavior continue will only encourage more bad behavior... it's pretty simple.
I noticed that the Chicago Tribune wrote several articles in August concerning the police, evaluating their efforts. One article pointed to how many deaths were caused by Chicago police. They wrote that Chicago police had 435 shootings from 2010-2015, resulting in 92 deaths and that they have shot 702 citizens (215 fatally) in the past 15 years. But they failed to mention that during 2010-2015, there were a total of 2,748 killings and 7,467 total killings in the past 15 years, most by blacks killing other blacks. Another article was titled, "Strides in policy, stumbles in policing." The Tribune has stumbled by being very irresponsible! Are there some less-than-stellar cops out there? Of course, but that is not the problem! Cops with guns are not the problem! Criminals and thugs with guns are the problem!
Montrell Jackson, a black cop from Baton Rouge, wrote a Facebook post in July, saying he was treated with contempt by the people in his own community. He wrote, "When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don't really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR." In that same post, written just days before he was murdered, he says... "Don't let hate infect your heart."
Shetamia Taylor, 37, is a black mother who tried to protect her four sons from the deranged Dallas killer who fired dozens of rounds at police and into the crowd. She was shot in the leg and when a policeman saw her in need, he covered her and her sons with his own body, keeping them out of harm's way. The cop was white. Shetamia later broke down in tears at how a cop, let alone a white cop, would protect her without question. She was, is, and will always be very thankful for the police.
Darryl Glenn, a GOP Senate nominee from Colorado, said, "We must realize that our heroes in blue are part of the solution and not part of the problem!" If the police were removed, there would be many more people dying every day, and extreme chaos! Chicago, Milwaukee and other major cities do NOT have a police problem! They have a problem with citizens killing other citizens! Sheriff Clark says to "stop trying to fix the police; fix the ghetto!"
Donald Trump said, "The violence, riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee are an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and to live in peace. Law and order must be restored. There's no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. The problem in our poorest communities is not that there are too many police. The problem is that there are not enough police."
Trump states that the Democratic party has failed the black community, saying, "Democratic crime policies, education policies and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty."
Trump said that African American communities have suffered under Democratic control. He's got a valid point! He's imploring black voters, saying, "I'm asking for the vote of every African American struggling in our country today, who wants a different and much better future. You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, and you have no jobs! What have you got to lose?!" He's right. What have people got to lose who have nothing? The answer? Nothing!
It's true that love trumps hate, but I see nothing of the sort in the Democratic platform. I see only divisive words and rewarding of bad behavior. I see hate trying to trump hate, but I don't see love! They need to show some love. They can start by loving law and order! Trump has said publicly that he loves the police and all law-abiding citizens. How much? I don't know, but if the Democrats do not wise up soon, there will be a new slogan... Trump trumps Clinton.
Byrone Cowan, 43, of Racine, was charged July 11 with threatening police and making terrorist threats - both hate crimes. Cowan specifically posted threats on July 7 against white police officers and their families. Concerned citizens and law enforcement organizations from around the country, including the FBI, informed the Racine Police Department of the posts as soon as they went online. Cowan was taken into custody the same day. The hate-filled post said, "I encourage every black man in America to strap up it is clear. I encourage every white officer to kiss their love(d) ones good-bye. Every time you leave the house tell them you love them, because you may not make it home." He also stated in his post, "This is war... it's time to start going into their homes and killing their families... be first to shoot first." This is alarming, racist and shameful! Are we really at war?!
Earlier in July, after the Dallas tragedy, where five police officers were murdered, Detroit police arrested 4 black men over hate-filled threatening Facebook posts. One post praised the Dallas killer as a "hero" and said he was "inspired" by him. Another post stated that "It's time to wage war and shoot the police first." This is appalling and inexcusable! It sounds like we're at war! And it's not only coming from black males, but also from black women.
Ebony Dickens, 34, from Georgia, posted, "All black people should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW." She continued, "I condone black-on-white killings" and "Death to all white cops nationwide." She not only thought that she was justified, but also that this was within her 1st amendment rights! Delusional! Once the FBI and Homeland Security got involved, she realized she might have been mistaken.
Latausha Nedd, also from Georgia, posted racist threats against police on her Facebook page. She thought she would get off easy because Wanda Dallas, a black female judge, was hearing the case. But she was wrong. Judge Dallas confronted her in court saying, "You said that 'It's open season on killing "cracker" cops.' Does that fix the problems that we have in this country or does that add to the problems we have in this country?!" Judge Dallas is right. All these racist, hateful threats only add to the nation's problems.
We had better wake up - fast - and realize that we are at war! Not a war between blacks and whites. And not a war between blacks and cops. Not even a war between blacks and white cops. Most black people do not agree or condone such criminal actions! This is a war between police and black thugs. And not just white cops... all cops! And if this hateful behavior is not quenched, it will grow to "hate" killings against white people in general.
Black Lives Matter, which started out as a civil protest group, has turned, for the most part, into a racially motivated hate group. Clips on YouTube reveal some disturbing videos. There are clips showing groups of black people with a message of hate chanting, "Pigs in a blanket, fry em' like bacon," walking down the street! Another clip shows black people marching while one asks, "What do we want?" and the rest declare, "Dead cops!" Then, "When do we want it?" The group yells, "Now!" Many videos of this nature are viewable online.
Why aren't politicians vigorously voicing their disapproval of such hate-mongering?! Why is President Obama not vehemently lashing out against such racist bigotry?! I believe God has raised him up for such a time as this, yet he stays relatively quiet and offers meaningless jargon! Martin Luther King would've denounced this hate!
Where is the outrage?!! Why aren't these people arrested and prosecuted! Our passive and morally warped society just allows it to go on, like it's okay! Well, it's not okay!! It's criminal behavior!! As long as this behavior is tolerated in the name of political correctness and free speech, demonstrations like these will only increase in number and in violence. This is not a matter of free speech. This is a matter of hate speech!
Some people in prominent positions are saying something and are even angry about it, like Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke. Clarke, who is black, spoke at the Republican Convention. He started out his speech by declaring, "I would like to make something very clear. BLUE LIVES MATTER!" He's right! Police are not part of the problem! Police are part of the solution! What happened in Baton Rouge and Dallas is horrendous! And it's not about gun laws! Criminals will always have plenty of guns because they do not obey laws, especially gun laws!
Hours before his speech, Sheriff Clarke looked visibly upset upset when CNN host Don Lemon started an interview by asking him if he had a "message of peace." Sheriff Clarke couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it either. Peace?! How could there be peace?! Sheriff Clarke calmly but boldly said, "This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology, called Black Lives Matter, has fueled this rage against the American police officer!" He also said that these "purveyors of hate preach vile and virtue in the name of hate!"
Sheriff Clarke is right! Blue lives matter. All lives matter. Black lives certainly matter too, but the group Black Lives Matter is about something different. This group, movement, or ideology (whatever you want to call it) is only furthering hate, anger and fear. This violent movement is against anyone - including black people - who is not on their side. The majority of the black population do not agree with the Black Lives Matter tactics. This hate speech and hate crime needs to stop, ASAP! Like I said before... the police are not part of the problem. In fact, thank God for the police and thank God for their sacrifice and service!
Do you know what happened on June 23? Something so astounding, so astonishing, so unbelievably surprising, that it shocked the world! That is when a tsunami named Brexit struck England and you could feel the waves of democracy and liberty throughout Europe and the United States, even throughout the world. Left in its wake were many progressives, socialists and globalists gasping for air. They couldn't believe what had just happened. It was impossible! They had expected some ripples and waves, but many people never saw the tsunami coming at all. In no way could this have happened... but it did.
Do you know what Brexit is? Do you know how significant this is? You need to, because something similar is about to strike the U.S. very soon. Brexit (British exit) stands for Britain's leaving the European Union. Britain has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973 (43 years). Two years after being accepted into the EU, British voters overwhelmingly approved the decision with 67% of the vote. They joined the Union because England thought this was the way to stay most relevant, and because politically and economically, it was supposed to be the best thing for the country and its citizens. But in the past 43 years, England has seen its economy worsen. Trade deals have favored other countries in the EU. Many businesses have closed up due to laws and regulations. Workers have suffered with less opportunities and lower wages, while the cost of living has continued to rise. England, through the past few decades, has become a lesser economic power in the world. In short, the EU has become an economic disaster for Britain.
Politically, England hasn't fared any better. Being in the EU has been a huge disappointment and frustration. England has been putting $20 billion annually into the Union and only getting $10 billion back. The monies are all put in a "pool" and divided up according to EU law. England has little say in it. In the past 20 years, Britain has voted against 72 measures in the EU council but has been defeated all 72 times. One hundred percent of the time! It wasn't about what was good for Britain, but rather what was good for everybody else. Britain became less of a world power, while their sovereignty diminished in the name of internationalism and the "common good". The promise of England being a major player in the world was only a mirage. England did not gain power but instead lost it. The EU was only suffocating England's individuality and freedom.
The thought of England actually leaving the EU was frightening for some. Many Britons thought that it was best to stay with the EU and not risk the unknown. England's prime minister, David Cameron, promised to renegotiate the EU membership and urged the voters to stay in the EU. Most politicians and organizations (who received donations from the EU pool) urged the voters to stay. But it was just a formality. It was estimated that 3/4 of the voters would vote to stay. But as the night went on the vote remained tight; in fact, Brexit was gaining steam. Videos showed people holding signs with, "WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!" When all was said and done, Britons had voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU! There was an amazing 73% voter turnout. It was a victory for democracy and economic liberty. But it was a major blow to globalism, socialism, multiculturalism and all who support those ideologies.
Rudy Giuliani said, "Brexit is a major blow to Obama and Hillary's internationalist worldview." Many in the media and Washington D.C. voiced their disapproval or concern. But Donald Trump spoke otherwise, "They have taken their independence back! They have taken their country back!"
And that brings me to my next topic... Trump. When he put his name into the political hat for the Republican nomination, not many gave him a chance, including me. Every time he said something controversial, I thought that Trump would soon be done for. But he wasn't. The GOP establishment made the way for Jeb Bush to be the nominee, but he was out February 20. Ben Carson, who showed much promise in the beginning, ended his campaign a week later. That left three who had a chance at the nomination: Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Even though Trump was in the lead, many still thought he would not last. I knew that Rubio and Cruz would have to take on Trump collectively and then duke it out at the end, but they didn't. They both thought that this storm called Donald would just blow away, so they attacked each other instead. Rubio was first to exit. That left only Cruz. At first, it looked like Cruz had a viable chance to make a go of it, but once Cruz teamed up with Kasich, that was it! Enough voters were tired of the same old political jargon and games. It was time for an anti-establishment guy to take charge. Enter Donald Trump. It wasn't a matter of whether he could do better, but rather that he couldn't do any worse! Now that Trump has the GOP nomination wrapped up, he is taking on Hillary Clinton. And just like Brexit, the establishment cannot fathom that enough voters will propel Trump into the White House. The Democrats are writing off the idea of Trump as a worthy opponent, just as the Republican establishment did only months ago. But I "see the writing on the wall." Trump was still standing, even after all the hits through the Republican debates, and he's still standing now.
Voters have four choices: 1) vote for Trump, 2) vote for Clinton, 3) vote for someone else who will have 0% chance of winning, or 4) don't vote at all. Many say that they do not want to vote for Trump or Clinton. I understand that, but our next president is going to be one of the two. I, for one, will not vote for Clinton. What she did in Benghazi was terrible and inexcusable! I could never trust her as commander-in-chief. I've also researched some of her past and uncovered too much corruption. I, in good conscience, could never vote for her. I believe that she would only continue bringing America down the globalist road Obama has set us on. You know, "we are just the same as any other country... no better or worse." Many Americans don't believe that and don't want that! They want a president that will stand up for them and their country. They want a government that doesn't continue to waste their money and give our money to questionable countries and organizations.
Many Americans want to take their country back like voters did in England. They want America strong again... economically and politically. They want us, as a nation, to stand up to terrorists, ISIS, Iran and any other thugs. They want America to stand up to China, Russia, Mexico and any other country that tries to take advantage of us. Many Americans are rejecting socialism and globalism. Instead of a united world government, they want the United States of America independent, free and stronger than ever! Who can blame them?!
Many voters are tired of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Many are tired of politicians across the board. They want a real change! And just like in England, the voters might turn out in droves to cast an anti-establishment vote. They'll either vote for the Republicrat or Democan called Trump. Could he do worse than Clinton? I say no. Continuing down the road we're on, will only bring trouble and hardship to America and Americans. We do need a different course, a real change. So stay tuned and watch out for the storm called Donald. It could turn out to be a hurricane or tsunami, come November.
Megan Howerton, 18, finished her studies at McHenry West High School earlier than usual so she could start her career as a Marine. She still wanted to attend her class graduation with her friends this past May, and being active-duty as a Marine Corps Private, Megan wanted to wear her uniform to honor the Marines and her country. The school refused to let her participate with her uniform on. What is so wrong with her wearing it?! Is the school so offended by our own country's uniforms? The school said that they couldn't allow one student to be dressed differently than the others. Of course they could have! They just wanted to forbid wearing U.S. military uniforms in the name of political correctness. So, what did Megan do? Rather than compromise her principles, she chose to wear her uniform, and so was not allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Alex Stone, 16, a student at Summerville High School, was arrested because of what he wrote in a creative writing assignment. The boy wrote a fictional story about killing a dinosaur. After seeing words like "gun" and "take care of business" in his writing, the teacher reported it to school officials. The school then notified police, who questioned Alex about his story and what it meant. He told them that it was just a made-up story and that there was nothing to it. Not satisfied with his answer, the police arrested Alex and searched his book bag and locker. Do you know what they found? Absolutely nothing. Now to save face, the school suspended Alex for a week! They never contacted his mother when all this was going on. The boy's lawyer, David Aylor, said that arresting Alex because of a writing assignment about killing a dinosaur was completely absurd. Aylor went on to say, "This is a perfect example of political correctness that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense." Well said.
Now, are you ready for this story? A 5-year-old girl was suspended from kindergarten at an elementary school in Colorado on May 16. Why? She had brought to school a plastic princess bubble gun. The girl didn't think anything about it, since it's only a toy. I would see no problem with the school confiscating the toy, telling her that she couldn't bring items like that to school, and then giving it back to her when she went home. But suspending the kindergartner for a day... no way! The girl's mother was upset because of the suspension and because no one at the school had contacted her first. "Could we have a warning?" she asked, stating that this could've been handled in a more appropriate way - "It blows bubbles!" This is political correctness gone nuts!
What's next in this politically correct madness?! I'll tell you... transgender bathrooms. It has become a big deal in the past couple of months. Target has come under a lot of heat lately, by siding with the less than 1% - transgender people - stating that customers and employees can use restrooms and fitting rooms that correspond to a person's "gender identity". Many others say that people should use facilities according to the gender stated on their birth certificates. So how should it be?
I agree that laws and rules should not be catered to less than 1% of the population, forgetting about the 99%. That is not right. And a lot of people do not agree with the whole transgender idea. Of course, transgenders and ones who accept that lifestyle agree with the transgender movement, but many other people do not. Transgenders say that they were born with the wrong identity. Still, many others say the opposite. People have a right to believe how they believe. It is not right to force people to accept something that goes contrary to their belief or conscience.
Many transgenders say that they were that way when they were born. But there is no conclusive scientific evidence for that. Some scientists stand behind that theory while others say it is a choice. One cannot say with absolute certainty that they were born that way; one can believe that but it is still not a fact. Neither I, nor anyone else, can remember what we felt when we were one day old.
Now getting back to the Target controversy... how should it be? By gender identity or by birth certificate? Look, I don't agree with Target catering to less than 1% of the population because of political correctness, but their policy is right! I don't want to see someone who looks like a woman in the men's room! Do you?! And likewise, you don't want someone who looks like a man entering the women's bathroom, just because it says they were born a female on their birth certificate!
Let's use some common sense and not base our decisions on being politically correct. Likewise, we need to consider the rights of all, not just a few. You cannot force someone to believe your way or hold to your ideals. That's life! Some people agree with you and others don't. Deal with it!
Sears Holdings Corp. announced in April that it is closing another 78 stores (68 Kmarts and 10 Sears stores), resulting in 6 Kmarts closing in Illinois compared to one in Wisconsin. Even though no closings are scheduled in Lake County or Kenosha County, over 1,000 layoffs are forecasted in the next two months across the Chicagoland area. Assembled Products of Buffalo Grove will be laying off 80+ workers, starting in May. Abbott laid off about 150 workers in April and replaced them with contractors from Wipro, a foreign company based in India. Abbott will be saving over a million dollars in just a few years. Senator Dick Durbin criticized Abbott for doing so, but what does he expect?! His liberal practices with rules, regulations and over-taxation have contributed to Abbott's woes. And not just them, but hundreds of companies across Illinois! Liberal policies are sending jobs and whole companies out of the state. Can we expect companies to stay in Illinois when they are getting beaten up time and time again with more taxes and regulations?! No!
Now Chicago aldermen are trying to force companies to cough up five sick days a year to their employees. Alderman Ameya Pawar called it "a baseline of decency". So it's not decent enough for a company to pay workers a decent wage plus benefits; the government wants to legally force their hand. And how are the businesses going to pay for this decency?! They are already taxed to the max and regulations are cutting into any profits they might have. The result? More and more companies will close up or move out, leaving workers stranded. And whose fault will that be?The businesses'? No! It will be the state's fault!
Illinois is currently at the top of the list nationwide in unemployment with 6.5%! Compare that to Wisconsin at 4.5%, Indiana at 5%, Missouri at 4.2% or Iowa at 3.8%. Even Michigan (4.8%), New York (4.8%), and California (5.4%) are much lower! If liberals continue to cripple companies and taxpayers while lining their own selfish pockets, Chicago could end up like Detroit. Make no mistake about it... that's exactly what happened in Detroit! Chicago is at a whopping 11.2% unemployment rate and getting worse seemingly every month. Chicago is worse than Washing-ton D.C. (9.4%) and New York City (9.5%). Any city with predominantly liberal practices is, and has been, struggling.
In Wisconsin, the economy is improving too well! What do I mean? Wisconsin state workers are quitting their jobs in droves. About 1 out of 8 state workers left their jobs or retired in 2015. Why? The Wisconsin economy is doing so well, companies are courting these state workers to work for them for better pay and the same or better benefits. Say what you want about Scott Walker, but Wisconsin's economy is improving under his leadership; there's no doubt. It was reported in April that Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. has had a 16.1% increase in net earnings from last year. That's fantastic. Other companies are experiencing similar results.
So what about Milwaukee? Even though the city is feeling some ripple effects, it is at a dismal 11.9% unemployment rate. Can you guess why? Liberal policies, which benefit government, ultimately hurt taxpayers and suffocate businesses with over-taxation and regulations. Other states experiencing economic growth are struggling in their cities that are governed by heavily liberal politics. That is the truth. Unemployment rates for Indianapolis (10.6%), Cleveland (10.8%), Atlanta (11.3%), Los Angeles (13.2%), and Las Vegas (14.3%-3rd highest) are extremely high. Fresno, California is very high with the second highest rate at 18%. But nothing comes close to the city with the worst unemployment rate in the country... Detroit with nearly 25%! That is one quarter of its population! That's crazy! If you research this as I have, you come to one conclusion. Liberal politicians and thugs they partnered with, through the years, sucked what money they could for themselves and left the once mighty city of Detroit broken, collapsed, and bleeding to death. It was and is a shame and a travesty!
Almost every major business has pulled out and moved on. Fiat Chrysler announced in April that they are closing up and laying off 1,300 employees. It could get even uglier. All this could have been avoided. And that's my point. What happened in Detroit could happen in Chicago as well. And not just Chicago, but other major cities. Illinois Governor Rauner is trying to help Illinois, but is getting stonewalled by liberal politicians. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to help Chicago, but liberal powers that be are obstructing him. Michael Madigan, who has done some good for Illinois in the past, is now shown to be just a liberal fixture and an established bully. Madigan's "my way or the highway" attitude is not helping Illinois but hurting it! He could do a lot of good for this state but isn't. Why not?! I can only gather that he is in it for himself and those who are aligned with him. I'm sorry, but that is pathetic.
Here is the conclusion of the matter: The state of Illinois has to stop crippling and suffocating its workers and the businesses they work for! Instead of hurting them, the state needs to help businesses, especially small businesses. Local governments are trying to help but are receiving little to no help from the state. They are left to fend for themselves and do whatever they can. We need relief, not more burdens! Who can or will step up and deliver? If things don't change for the better, there will be more businesses closing and/or leaving, and working taxpayers will be not too far behind! You know... Texas is sounding pretty good.