A Short Word: Coming to America

America is just as much about what you bring to her as what she brings to you.

The damp chill of the long and rainy night had worked its way deep into the ship. Young children clung to their parents for warmth, who in turn slept on bags filled with their family’s earthly belongings. Outside, the thick fog that clung to the ocean waves all night loosened its icy grip in the morning hours in the last of the drizzling rain. Escaping the cramped and dark spaces below deck, three figures walked onto the deck wrapped in layers of worn clothes and long coats.

The father stooped and picked up his young daughter in his arms then fell into step beside his elderly father. They picked their way along the length of the ship, talking quietly about home, their journey, and what’s to become of them. At the bow of the ship, the three joined the growing press of people peering westward through the misty distance toward a hazy and irregular horizon. The city skyline rose out of the sea, a dark and ominous shape.

The young girl pointed at the glint of gold in the middle of the harbor and watched in thoughtful silence as the statue of a crowned woman holding a golden torch high in the air grew steadily on the horizon. She looked up at her grandfather and the tears streaming down his cheeks. She whispered to her father, “Pa-pa, who is that lady?”

He smiled and replied, “She is America, my angel.”

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.
This is the last stand on earth.”

-Ronald Reagan-

America’s relationship with the rest of the world will always be as much a product of our often tumultuous political climate as it is the practical realities of the chaotic world beyond our borders. The Founding Fathers understood that the forms and customs of their young nation were changing, even as they were being founded, and hoped the future generations would keep the virtues (liberalism, rationalism, and faith) of the old world while abandoning its vices (tyranny, prejudice, and superstition).

While our track record in this regard has been spotty, especially recently, the experiment and evolution of Americanism continues. The fundamental truth of our national identity is as true today as it was one and two hundred years ago: America is just as much about what you bring to her as what she brings to you. As Americans, we must embrace this even as we try to maintain a cultural homeostasis that continues to pursue a better more liberal, rational, and faithful society.

Tyranny, whether it pretend to be benevolent welfare state or openly malevolent dictatorship, remains the greatest threat to our experiment in self government. Prejudice, whether it be in the name of nationalism or openly ethnocentric nativism, is the greatest threat to our experiment in rationalism. And superstition, whether it ape a justified defensiveness or devolves into open religious bigotry, is the greatest threat to our experiment in philosophical pluralism.

America must remain free.

Liberty is For The Win!


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A Short Word: Why I am NeverTrump

For the sake of posterity, here are seventeen reasons that I proudly remain #NeverTrump.

After an emotionally taxing two years, with new reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s presidency coming on an almost daily basis, it’s sometimes hard to remember why it is I personally oppose the man and everything that he stands for. For the sake of posterity, here are seventeen reasons that I proudly remain #NeverTrump.

  1. He has used the advantage of his political connections to transgress against the natural rights of people around the world.
  2. He willfully provided material support to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, among many others, even while they worked to undermine the personal liberties of his fellow Americans.
  3. He willfully misrepresented the nature and extent of the many and conspicuous failures of most of his business ventures, as well as overstated the nature and value of his “hundreds of businesses” for the sole purpose of exaggerating his net worth.
  4. He regularly says and writes things he knows to be false, about himself, about his colleagues, and, especially, about his critics.
  5. He has never openly and forcefully rejected the putrid thread of White Nationalism that infests his political base and embraces many of their nativist political agendas.
  6. He has instigated hatred and provoked violence among his supporters against both immigrants and other Americans.
  7. He has a history of vulgarity and general impropriety with women, married and otherwise, famously bragging about sexually harassing and assaulting women.
  8. He is a fantastically bad judge of character, surrounding himself with who have later been forced to resign over embarrassing scandals, including physical assault of a female reporter, undisclosed contacts with a hostile foreign power, gross vulgarity unbefitting their office, and general incompetence.
  9. He has an unseemly and inexhaustible infatuation with himself, causing him to constantly talking about himself at the least appropriate times and feeding his fundamental disrespect for the office.
  10. He has repeatedly acted with duplicity toward men and women in his service, publicly praising them, before just as publicly cowardly naming and shaming these Americans from behind his Twitter account.
  11. He has failed to deliver on core promises to the American people, such as naming China a currency  manipulator and building a wall between the US and Mexico.
  12. He has failed to release his tax returns after promising to do so repeatedly in the two years since announcing his intent to run for the office that he now holds.
  13. He abuses the power and privilege of the Office of President, using executive orders to fake achieving agenda items he has failed to negotiate with Congress.
  14. He publicly attacked institutions of our Constitutional Republic, undermining both the credibility and coequality of the Legislative and Judiciary branches.
  15. He habitually puts politics before professionalism, posturing himself as a victim of the very system of laws and justice that he is sworn to uphold.
  16. He has appointed his family and life long friends to high office in direct violation of federal anti-nepotism laws and common decency.
  17. Finally, he conspicuously and repeatedly disregards the rule of law and seeks to undermine the independence of our justice system, in direct contradiction of his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

It is the sacred duty of every man and woman who loves Liberty to stand against such an demonstrably unworthy politician. We cannot claim to deserve better when we do not reject worse.

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A Short Word: Paranoia vs Patriotism

It does not matter if you are tired of the Left’s accusations of racism and bigotry, if those accusations turn out to be true.

If you pay almost any attention to the rhetoric coming from the rank and file within the pro-Trump camp, it won’t be long before you’ll hear the unmistakable reactionary chords of ethnocentric angst that runs deep in the psychology of their movement. Even disregarding the open bigotry of the alt-right movement’s totally unhinged agitators, there is still so much paranoid xenophobia couched in the MAGA movement.

Just listen to the rank and file talk about the “assault on western civilization” or whine about the “white genocide” of European nations “overrun by immigrants“. They are pro “Muslim ban“, anti “foreign trade“, and loudly “America First“, using buzzwords, such as “globalism” and “anti-establishment“, that can mean literally anything depending on the context. They’ll viciously attack anyone that dares call their political posturing what it very clearly is: bigotry.

Make no mistake, when some MAGA supporter on whatever social media platform says “globalist“, there’s a better than 50% chance they mean “Jew“. When they say “immigrant“, they very often really mean “non-white“. This isn’t some paranoid Leftist conspiracy, either, because even when these people are unmasked, other “innocent” MAGA supporters will do less than nothing to condemn this behavior. This fact alone convicts the entire Trump movement.

It does not matter if you are tired of the Left’s accusations of racism and bigotry, if those accusations turn out to be true.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-

This isn’t to say that the underlying fears and anxiety that have engendered MAGA’s lunacy are completely unfounded. One need only look at the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, the Boston Marathon bombing, the murder of police officers by radicalized Black militants, the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by an Mexican national illegally in the country, or, more recently, the radicalized Leftist gunman that open fired on unarmed Congressmen in Alexandria, VA to see that there are very real threats all around us.

Unfortunately, while the rank and file MAGA voter will say they are merely interested in the “defense of western civilization“, “protecting American jobs“, and enforcing the “rule of law“, the Nationalist policy that results always seems to end up being the persecution of “the other“. They criminalize the desperation of men and women seeking only an honest day’s work. They subject millions of Muslim Americans to prejudice and suspicion. They attack business men and women for simply trying to do what is necessary to stay competitive in a global marketplace.

All the while, Trump’s supporters have missed one fundamental fact. The necessary and proper role of American government has never been to defend any civilization, or to protect anyone’s jobs, or even to enforce the rule of law (keep breathing and keep reading). In America, “governments are instituted among Men” in order “to secure these rights (Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness)“, and while rule of law is absolutely necessary to secure public Liberty, the creation and enforcement of unjust laws that transgress on the Liberties of others is tyranny!

Never forget, the solemn duty of all Patriots is to defend the Liberties of all people.

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A Short Word: Restoring Order

It has become abundantly clear that instead of trying to restore constitutional rule of law in government, the GOP is content to join the Democrats in redefining it.

“I’ve got a pen to take executive actions where
Congress won’t, and I’ve got a telephone to
rally folks around the country on this mission.”
-President Barack Obama-

By the time ObamaCare was passed in March 2010, there was little room for doubt that the the Democratic Party was no longer interested in a pluralistic power sharing government, representing all of the people. Despite intense opposition from across the aisle, when given the opportunity, the Democrats unilaterally passed ObamaCare, a constitutionally questionable law that forced millions of Americans to participate in the health insurance industry, whether they wanted to or not.

Under Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate leadership continued to dismantle rules that had been established for generations to effectively force the majority party to work with the minority party to find common ground. This caustic political climate reflected the shrill radicalization of mainstream American Leftism lead by Michael Moore, Kieth Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow, who mistook Barack Obama’s political ascendancy as the final crumbling of the Conservative movement.

In November 2010, after bitter midterm campaigning, the Republican Party retook the House of Representatives, armed with a mandate from American voters to dig in against the tyrannical Democratic Party. Without the House, then President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate suddenly had no legislative path to push forward their radical agenda, of which the “Affordable Care Act” promised to be just the tip of the iceberg.

Instead of meeting the GOP Congress halfway, Barack Obama and Harry Reid pursued 6 years of unprecedented executive and legislative overreach, setting the stage for the very backlash that would lead to Donald Trump’s 2016 election win.

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste.
And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity
to do things you think you could not do before.”
-Rahm Emmanuel-

Incredibly, the same GOP voters, pundits, and politicians that once clutched their pearls over Democratic majority tyranny a few years ago are now defending Donald Trump as he and the GOP do exactly the same unconstitutional nonsense? That phone and pen so exercised under the Obama administration find themselves just as exercised now, as Trump signs executive orders infringing on the Liberty of the people and violating his oath to faithfully uphold the laws of the United States by ordering the government to not enforce the admittedly onerous ObamaCare law without congressional action.

It has become abundantly clear that instead of trying to restore constitutional rule of law in government, the GOP is content to join the Democrats in redefining it. Conservatives must demand a restoration of constitutional order, including the reassertion of States Rights, allowing states to control which insurers may contract within their jurisdictions and which, because of poor performance or complaints, may not. Instead, the GOP and Donald Trump prove they are enemies of the 9th and 10th Amendments by continuing the federal infringement of political authority into powers “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people“.

Congress must fully repeal ObamaCare without any unconstitutional replacement.

Liberty is For The Win!


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A Short Word: Guilty As Charged

So I am evil, apparently.

I’m told by the Left that I’m evil, because I don’t believe in failed political and economic fantasies that have provably destroyed the lives of millions of the poor and minorities in the United States alone who have been sold a lie for over a century. I’m told by the Right that I’m evil, because I don’t believe in a tyrannical autocrat who justifies his personal attacks and vile bigotry with flag waving and nationalistic jingoism harking back to the same fascist European imperialism that our grandfathers fought and died to defeat less than a century ago.

I’m evil because I believe that the proper role of government should be leaving you, me, and everyone else alone, and that their hands should be more than full with building roads and securing borders, neither of which they seem interested in doing anymore. I’m evil, because I believe that the government should no more write a check to Goldman Sachs than it should to Solyndra. I’m evil because I don’t believe it should cost $15,000 and 15 years to become a US citizen, limiting the “land of the free” to the world’s elite, while turning our backs on the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free“.

I’m evil, because I believe that who I contract, congregate, contemplate, or copulate with is none of the government’s business, so long as both parties are legally consenting, and no one is harmed. I’m evil, because I believe that the Founding Fathers understood that most people, push come to shove, will abandon rule of law and liberty for autocracy and tyranny, just to feel safe.

I’m not suggesting I’m absolutely good. God knows that I’ve done plenty of actual evil in my lifetime. I’ve done and said things that are both evil and wrong, and that cross I must bear, while I try to give it all to Jesus one splinter at a time. But as far as people saying I’m evil, because I demand to be free?

All I can say to them is molon labe.

Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis!

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A Short Word: The Trump Inauguration

By making an issue of how many people did or didn’t attend his political Quinceañera, Donald Trump manages to undermine not only his own credibility but now also the credibility and dignity of the Office of President.

Last Friday, Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States of America. Eager to get right to the crucial business of the people, his first official press release was whining about the media’s reporting on how many people attended his inauguration. Apparently, members of the media had compared photos of the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, where 1.8 million Americans were in attendance, to a photo of a more sparsely filled National Mall last Friday, with fewer than 600,000 people.

President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, despite all visual evidence to the contrary, issued a statement that “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe.” Trump’s many supporters of course now believe that the media is lying (they aren’t), Trump’s many critics believe the media is obviously telling the truth (because, in this case, they are), and many others are wondering why this is even something a 70 year old man, let alone the president of the United States, should care about.

While this fight between the biased media and the new President’s infamously fragile ego rages in the American media, many Republicans, including those that only reluctantly supported Donald after the primaries, are insisting that conservative critics “give him a chance“. What, exactly, are we supposed to give him a chance about? To prove the last 70 years of his life are not indicative of who he is or who he will be as president? To prove that he really isn’t a petty, hysterically thin skinned, narcissistic thug, who gets what he wants through lies, slander, intimidation, and gross propaganda?

No, Donald Trump has already had countless chances to demonstrate that he can conduct himself like a well adjusted adult, and he’s blown each and every one. From citing actual tabloid crony lies about his political opponents, to telling bold faced lies to his constituents, and, finally, to demonstrably gross exaggerations about his popularity, Donald Trump has proven that he is more qualified to be bridezilla-in-chief than the commander-in-chief. Give Donald a chance? Pass.

“For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.”
-2 Corinthians 11:19-

Just 8 years ago, President Obama took office armed with a sophomoric political agenda shielded from legitimate criticism by his soaring personal popularity. As his general popularity waned, however, an increasingly flustered Obama flailed at political critics and opposition press, genuinely shocked that he and his bankrupt policies weren’t universally adored. This combination of nonexistent self-criticism coupled with a world class fragile ego resulted in a legacy of economic flaccidity, repeated limp wristed foreign policy, shuttered factories, puzzled allies, and emboldened foreign foes.

If the first 72 hours of Donald Trump’s administration are any indication, though, we’re in for a brutal few years of cyclical preening indignation, political grand standing, and escalating adolescence from the White House that will make Obama’s clownish “Beer Summit” seem to have the gravity of “The Last Supper“. Unfortunately for Americans, this reality TV circus promises to be the norm for a Trump administration still in its infancy and in no danger of ever growing up.

By making an issue of how many people did or didn’t attend his political Quinceañera, Donald Trump manages to undermine not only his own credibility but now also the credibility and dignity of the Office of President. We’ll soon find out if there is a limit to how much adolescent drama the world will tolerate from the United States before it simply loses all faith and credit in us as a country.

Please forgive us conservatives if we demand President Eggshell to standards above sea level.

Liberty is For The Win!


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A Short Word: Who Do You Love

The Establishment won, and it cost them a few lies, a little arm twisting, and a long swan song.

So there have been several high profile cabinet picks that strongly indicate the direction of the incoming Trump administration, confirming what I’ve said about Donald Trump from the very beginning. The Establishment won this election, not the People, not those who want to see real change in Washington, and certainly not those who want to cure the cancer that is destroying our Republic. The Establishment won, and it cost them a few lies, a little arm twisting, and a long swan song.

Donald picked Nikki Haley as his Ambassador to the United Nations. As governor of relatively red state (except for 2008), the Nikki has been right of center politically, though her political instincts have been to support Republican Party players. While it is almost unfair to call her Establishment, it’s not inaccurate. She has always been a party player and will cling to the railing of the Republican Party even as it sinks beneath the waves. Though politically conservative, there’s no way to paint Nikki as a political outsider.

Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald’s pick for Attorney General last week, began, his political career in the 1980’s as a Ronald Reagan appointment. His political inclinations have been fairly conservative, as he has a passing rating with Conservative Review. Unfortunately, by every available definition provided by Trump and his supporters, as a fourth term Senator, Sessions is as Establishment as a Republican can be, taking a considerable amount of money from lobbyists across the board, including the defense industry and commercial banks from his home districts, on top of “failing to defeat the Leftists” for the last 20 years.

Next is a more dated but obviously insider pick, Steven Mnuchin, who is presently poised to be tagged for the Treasury Secretary post. Picked earlier this year as Trump’s finance chair, Mnuchin made his fortune at Goldman Sachs, the embodiment of Establishment insider institutions, and even had a stint at Soros Fund Management working for the socialist kingpin, George Soros, himself. With a zesty dash of Hollywood thrown in, there’s no way to pressure wash the stink of Establishment from Mnuchin.

Finally, there is the pick of Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, arguably the most politically powerful positions in the world, after only the Oval Office. Reince has been a life long Republican, whose only interest has been extending the political power of the Republican Party. He’s had some notable political successes, most notably Scott Walker in Wisconsin, but only the most delusional of Trump supporters could deny that Reince has always been and will always be a political party insider. If there were a face of the Republican Establishment, it’d be in Priebus family holiday photos, smiling right along side Reince.

It’s impossible to look at Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and see any serious indication of a changing of the guard. His cabinet isn’t breaking the order of things in Washington, and is even elevating many people with dubious ties to positions in his cabinet. While some, like Nikki Haley and Jeff Sessions have fairly good track records politically, neither are going to rock the boat within the Republican power structure. Others, like Mnuchin and Reince, are so deeply ingrained within the Establishment hierarchy, the chances of any serious shake ups among the ranks of insiders is exactly zero.

There will not be any draining of the swamp. They may move some lily pads around, but anyone that still believes that the waters will be any less treacherous is deluding themselves. Donald Trump is putting people who might oppose him out of his way, while stacking the benches with career insiders who have been playing the game for a very long time. If any real change is going to occur, it’s going to have to originate with us at the grass roots in the form of a new conservative political party.

No more compromises.

Liberty is For The Win!


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