Where Do We Go From Here?

Over a week has now passed since the election results poured out on our television screens, as the reality we so desperately sought came crashing down. Across the nation, we sat silently, beginning to again brace ourselves for what another four years will hold. The thought of what America will look like in 2016 has become an inescapable fear.

So where do we go from here?

Yesterday, I was blessed to read a post-election letter from a father to his son. It is poignant, eloquent, and a perfect example of how we must lead our lives from here forward. The flag of surrender must never be raised. If you long for the America that we love, keep fighting. Defend it.

Share this message with those who feel helpless and alone, for we are not alone.

We are never alone.

Dear Son,

I’m sorry for this nation that took the easy way out. We must stand firm in our convictions. This passage is something I found years ago and kept, it’s titled “The Doomed Resistance” from an In Touch article: “What is a King to do then when he knows the worst is coming and there is no way out? Fight anyway!” Respected Christian writer J.R.R. Tolkien refers to this as “faith in the value of the doomed resistance, on the worth of defeated valor”. The idea is that honor lies in fighting the battle even if the outcome will be certain defeat.

Josiah saw this as his duty: Destruction was coming, but he must stay faithful to the Lord anyway. He must not turn against God as many do when bad things happen to them, but rather endeavor to do more, to fight harder not because God would reconsider, but because the fight alone is worth it.

On Election Day you stood firm. You cast your vote for life against death in abortion. God’s law against man’s in gay marriage. Hard work versus theft from hard working people. Keep standing firm.

Love,

Dad

P.S. From Proverbs 21 Verse 31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord

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The Coming Consequences

Elections have consequences. I made that exceedingly clear when we started this journey months ago. The nation, more concerned with relying on the government for their every want and need, voted for another four years. The terrifying fact is this: suffering is coming. Half of the nation voted to bring that suffering on the 100%, and we’ll all pay the price in the end. Look at the turnout of this election. Look at the demographics and exit poll responses. Looks like Mitt Romney hit it right on the head with his 47% comment. The takers now outnumber the providers. We’ve reached the tipping point, and it may be too late to recover.

This is not meant to be an extreme gloom-and-doom piece written just to scare the audience. It also is not the ramblings of a sore loser, intent on badmouthing the other side. This is the truth of what’s coming, based on the decision 50% of this country made Tuesday. If you’ve taken the time to read each topic of this blog, you understood what was at stake in this election. You now also understand what’s on the horizon. When I point out that suffering is coming, you know all too well that it’s the truth.

After watching the debt jump nearly six trillion dollars in less than four years, do you expect that to change in a second term? At this rate, we will be above twenty trillion dollars in debt by 2016. Each American under eighteen now owes over $200,000 in debt. There have been no promises to lower spending and balance the budget. This is not an administration worried about debt. After all, it’s not their money.

Obamacare will now be fully implemented, with the opportunity to repeal and replace now out the window. Taxes will rise. Healthcare costs have and will continue to rise. Doctors will leave the medical field in droves. Don’t believe me? All it takes is a Google search to see how many doctors across the country planned to close their doors if Obamacare stood. That process has now begun. The Supreme Court maintained its Constitutionality and the reelection of Barack Obama permanently cements the law. It will destroy our economy. It will destroy many businesses. It will destroy the quality of our available healthcare. Look at any nation with socialized medicine. Nothing is different here. We will suffer.

Speaking of the Supreme Court, the opportunity to appoint multiple new justices will most likely arise over the next four years. With the Obamacare decision, it became obvious that Chief Justice Roberts cannot be counted upon to uphold conservative principles. It also became clear that he is easily swayed. After originally siding 5-4 with the conservative justices, he was pressured for weeks until he changed his decision and sided with the liberals, upholding the legality of Obamacare. In the next four years, there will be many essential cases which will essentially determine the moral fabric of our nation. Religious freedom, state’s rights, the definition of marriage and immigration laws will all come before the court. Barack Obama now has the power to swing the court over to a group of progressive liberals, intent on altering the U.S. Constitution and making their own mark on the laws of our land. This holds colossal implications that will reach far into the future.

What else is coming?

The massive defunding of our military and our weapons arsenal. Having a president who envisions a utopian world free from nuclear weapons instantly endangers the safety of this nation. On Tuesday, that president was reelected. In the last four years, we were less safe than at any previous time in recent history. That trend will continue. The media and so many of the American people turned a blind-eye to the murders in Libya, the failures of the administration to prepare and the immediate and continuing cover-up. However, they saw a four-hour photo-op with Governor Chris Christie following Hurricane Sandy as presidential and helped sway voters. There are so many words that come to mind when comparing the reaction to Libya compared to Sandy, but none are worth including here.

Combine a skyrocketing debt with a weak military, and unthinkable consequences are moving quickly in our direction. Eventually, the fight will be brought to us.

Energy and gas prices will continue to rise. Mitt Romney promised to open up drilling on our own lands, where we have massive amounts of oil and natural gas that could have made us independent from foreign oil and energy. Now, the mass bans purposely imposed by the Obama Administration will remain. In the next four years, there will be an even larger push for “green” energy and electric cars. Prices for gas and electricity will be resolutely forced higher and higher to shove us to other forms against our will. The farce that is global warming will be preached as creed, bashing it over our head and guilting us into Chevy Volts and a coal-less America. Countless jobs in the energy field will be lost. The outright attack on the oil and coal businesses started early in the first term. Now we’ll never see the Keystone Pipeline. Now the burden to fill up our gas tanks will be higher than ever. We will suffer.

Religious liberty will continue to be challenged in the very nation that our Founding Fathers escaped to after living in homelands where the freedom of religion was not theirs. America is now a nation free FROM religion, where Christians are often made out to be pariahs and our faith expelled from the public’s view. While artists can put a crucifix in urine and display it in the halls of our nation’s museums, the Ten Commandments are removed from courthouses and nativity sets are banned from the town square. We are forced to fund abortions and religious institutions are mandatorily required to provide birth control, whether or not it is against their faith. In 2008, so many of these religious institutions welcomed then-candidate Barack Obama with open arms. Three years later, those same groups are suing him. How blindly so many have followed. Their suffering has already begun, and it will worsen over time.

This election proves that this nation, built on hard work and a pull-yourself-up-from-your-bootstraps mentality, now looks for the easiest, sweat-less route. A Pew Research poll recently showed that a majority of Americans 18-29 years old view Socialism positively. The masses have drastically transformed and the things that propelled our country from obscurity to the most powerful and free nation in the history of mankind have been flung by the wayside. There is no longer a drive for success now that the status quo is viewed as adequate. Success and wealth are demonized. Look no further than the devious campaign that painted Mitt Romney as a bad person and incapable leader based on his hard-earned wealth and success in the capitalist system. To so many of us, we celebrate such a man, who we see as living the American dream. The truth is, the American dream is dying.

The suffering is on its way. By 2016, America will look much different than it does today. Look back to 2008. Are we the same country? Are we the same people?

Will you fight through the suffering and try to turn the tide back to the America we once knew, or will you be content with sitting back and watching our nation deteriorate economically, socially and morally? Pick up our flag and continue sprinting forward. Half the nation still believes in our principles, but we don’t have time to wait. The 2012 election proved that we have reached the tipping point. The fight for freedom is here. It has come knocking on our front doors.

What are you prepared to do?

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Remember…

Tomorrow, when you vote, remember what you’ve seen. Remember what you know. We have two paths to choose. Which America do you want to see in 2016? Remember what we’ve been through over the last four years. Remember what our nation was and what it is today. Understand that the next four years will be much worse than the previous four if Barack Obama is elected to a second term.

Remember Libya.

Remember Obamacare.

Remember $16,000,000,000,000+ debt.

Remember $1,000,000,000,000+ deficits.

Remember skyrocketing gas prices.

Remember strangling regulations on businesses.

Remember the unemployment rate.

Remember four years of media cover ups.

Remember devastating military and weapons cuts.

Remember the promise of flexibility to the President of Russia after the election.

Remember isolating our most essential ally, Israel.

Remember hundreds of billions of dollars on wasted stimulus.

Remember the forced government takeover of the auto industry.

Remember the extravagant family vacations on our money.

Remember the bowing and apologizing.

Remember the countless hours spent on the golf course.

Remember failing to attend security briefings more than half the time.

Remember years of gridlock in Congress.

Remember the failed promises.

Remember who we are.

We are America.
Save our nation.
Vote.

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The Top 30 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama

At times, it has been a long four years, but we’ve managed to survive and are now ready to make the change. We all know very well that four more years of this could destroy our nation beyond repair, and this is why the polls will be flooded across this nation next Tuesday. I’ve already said it before – we are going to win.

The excitement has reached a fever pitch. Take pride in your vote. It’s the most important one you’ve ever cast.

Without further ado, I give you the top 30 reasons to vote against Barack Obama on November 6th:

30. Joe Biden. Enough said.

29. His Administration has been one of the least transparent, doing most major acts behind closed doors.

28. He has never managed anything in his life. After four years on the job, it is still evident he is in over his head.

27. He and his family spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on extravagant vacations and White House parties while the rest of the nation suffered mass unemployment, rising prices and decreasing wages.

26. He spent a large portion of his presidency traveling the world and apologizing for the “wrongs” of the United States and bowing to foreign leaders. This shows exactly how he views the United States and our place on the planet.

25. He forcefully took over GM, making the government the owner, and poured billions of dollars into the company. He forced the closure of individually-owned dealerships across the country and hand-picked the new head of the company. Since then, the company’s stock has plunged, they have stuck with the same business model that caused them to fail in the first place, they still owe tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and are very close to filing for bankruptcy anyways.

24. Solyndra, Fisker, and all other failed “green energy” ventures that lost billions of taxpayer dollars.

23. The unemployment rate has not dropped below what it was the day Obama took office. The real unemployment rate is still in double digits. Four years and nothing to show for it.

22. He has never had a budget. This year, his proposed budget got zero votes in Congress. ZERO.

21. While Republicans are placed with the blame, he has refused to work with Congress or come to any compromises on issues. It is only his way or the highway.

20. His stimulus bill sent tens of billions of dollars to donors and cronies. Billions more were lost and unaccounted for. The stimulus failed, but he has discussed rolling out another stimulus in the future.

19. Record numbers of American’s are on food stamps and other government assistance.

18. He and his Administration labeled the shooting at Fort Hood as “workplace violence”.

17. This Administration has set out to divide us based on race, wealth, religion, etc. It has succeeded. America has become more divided than before his presidency.

16. Instead of working toward immigration reform, he has provided “backdoor amnesty” to millions of illegal immigrants. His Attorney General’s office has gone after any state attempting to secure its borders and fix the massive immigration dangers that exist. Another four years would bring permanent amnesty for all.

15. His entire social agenda has no moral compass. He believes in abortion at any point during the pregnancy and delivery and that it should be funded through taxpayer dollars. He fully supports gay marriage and instructed his Administration to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Imagine what happens when the President of the United States refuses to defend the laws of our nation.

14. He envisions a world without nuclear weapons and has begun the process of severely cutting our weapons arsenal, making us more vulnerable. He has also drastically cut our troop levels – 20,000 less marines and 80,000 less army troopers.

13. His Administration is anti-energy. Gas prices have doubled, electricity costs have risen for the first time in two decades and the coal industry is purposefully being destroyed – all while banning nearly all offshore drilling and the creation of the Keystone Pipeline, which would allow us to take advantage of our massive supply of natural resources.

12. He used Executive Privilege to block documents and emails proving the “Fast and Furious” cover up.

11. He still intends to close Guantanamo Bay and release detainees. Many detainees who have already been released by this Administration have gone on to kill American soldiers abroad.

10. He believes that, no matter how hard you’ve worked and how smart you are, “you didn’t build that”.

9. He chose to fund radical Islamic groups in the takeovers of Egypt and Libya, but offers no support to civilian uprisings in Iran, the mass slaughter of women and children in Syria or our most important ally, Israel.

8. He believes in the pillar of Socialism – the redistribution of wealth.

7. He has added over a trillion dollars to the debt each year he’s been in office. Before he became president, there had never been a trillion dollar deficit in one year. He’s had four.

6. After saying he would never raise taxes on the middle class, he did. Massive tax hikes are coming in 2013 if a new president and Senate are not elected.

5. The next four years will bring the opportunity to choose multiple new Supreme Court Justices.

4. He and his Administration covered up the Libya attacks and lied to the American people. He cannot be trusted as Commander-in-Chief.

3. He has, and will continue to, force religious groups to perform duties against their faith – against the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

2. He made a promise to the President of Russia that he’d have “more flexibility” after the election.

1. Obamacare. Unless stopped, it will single-handedly destroy our economy.

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Unstoppable Momentum – The Final Countdown

Years have turned to months, months to weeks and weeks to days. Soon it will be a matter of hours until the polls open for the most important election of our lifetime. Nearly four years ago, I sat and watched newly-elected Barack Obama give his victory speech in front of 240,000 people in Chicago’s Grant Park while tens of millions watched around the world. The pit-in-my-stomach feeling I had that night never truly ceased. At that time, I knew who Barack Obama was when most did not. Now, in 2012, so much more of America has woken up, yet so many still bury their heads in the sand, content to live in ignorance. In many ways, ignorance can be bliss, until the realities of endless debt, skyrocketing prices, massive tax hikes and the true consequences of socialized medicine finally hit home. In other words, what the America of 2016 will look like if this administration is not defeated.

Here’s the good news: we are going to win. This is not some wild guess or naive conservative conjecturing. Take all the information and facts at hand, and you have a Mitt Romney victory on November 6th. The airwaves are inundated with the constant barrage of news attempting to discourage and prevent you from voting. The narrative has always been that Barack Obama is unbeatable, that his reign is guaranteed for eight years. That all changed October 3rd in Denver. It was the political equivalent of Rocky IV, when the thought-to-be-invincible Soviet Drago is cut open by a big hook from Rocky Balboa. No one saw it coming – not conservatives, not liberals and especially not Obama. That night, he went down hard, and the final five weeks of the election instantly became an epic battle. The momentum shifted, continued to build and is now an unstoppable force one week from decision day.

Even before the massive swing of momentum, there were signs that this election would not be a cake walk for the President. The economy had remained stagnant for his entire term. Each year, growth was slower than the previous year. The jobless rate dropped to 7.8%, albeit through accounting tricks and shady counting. Regardless, this was the same unemployment rate that Obama started with when he took the presidency. In other words – no change.

Secondly, a majority of the nation still abhors Obamacare. After the Supreme Court upheld it, a new outcry sprung from the masses, building from where it was the first time the albatross was shoved down our throats. The 2010 midterm elections, which brought sweeping change and a Republican landslide from top to bottom, was a referendum on Barack Obama and Obamacare. Two years later, with the opportunity to remove the ultimate target from office, do you think that sentiment has changed?

The final major nail in the coffin was the Libya attack on September 11. Though the administration, with an assist from the mainstream media, has continued to cover-up all the facts, even as they become readily available, enough information and doubt permeated through the shield into the public’s view. Foreign policy had somehow been considered the feather in Obama’s cap. If it wasn’t for the death of Osama Bin Laden, this would never have been the case. He had spent his years bowing, apologizing and failing to improve relations world-wide, yet public opinion rated him highly in this category. Not anymore. His numbers of foreign policy have tanked, all due to Libya. If the Commander in Chief can’t be trusted to do his primary duty, it spells trouble at the polls.

Speaking of polls – trusted ones with a track record of success and accuracy – Mitt Romney has soared past Barack Obama, using the momentum to improve in every category. Rasmussen and Gallup are considered the most consistently accurate in their data-tracking. If you haven’t seen these, it should be a real morale booster:

Gallup National Poll of Likely Voters – October 29
Romney 51% Obama 46%

Rasmussen National Poll of Likely Voters – October 30
Romney 49% Obama 47%
• 51% see Romney favorably. 48% see Obama favorably.
• 51% trust Romney with economy. 45% trust Obama.

Rasmussen Ohio Poll of Likely Voters – October 29
Romney 50% Obama 48%
• 53% trust Romney with economy. 41% trust Obama.

Gallup National Poll of Early Voters – October 29
Romney 52% Obama 45%

Rasmussen Swing State Tracking Poll – October 29
Romney 50% Obama 46%
• Romney has led this poll for nearly two weeks.

Rasmussen Electoral Vote Prediction (based on state polls) – October 29
Romney 279 votes Obama 259 votes
• 270 needed to win the presidency.
• If Romney wins Wisconsin and Iowa (which are currently tied), he will be at 295 electoral votes.

Combine these polls with the fact that Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by double-digits with Independents and nearly splits the women’s vote with him (so much for the “War on Women”), and you can see the path to victory.

Days turn to hours, hours to minutes and minutes to seconds.

The presidency of Barack Obama is coming to a close.

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The Obama Family Vacations – On Your Dime

The Presidency is a job. It is a 24/7 challenge that most human beings could not handle. The proof of this is readily displayed by every president ever photographed. Look at the before and after. Countless gray hairs, wrinkles, dark circles – those are all the remnants of four to eight years spent in the Oval Office. Everyone accepting the role understands what they are taking on. However, during the four years of the Obama presidency, it has seemed as though there is always a good reason to take vacation after vacation, putting it on the tab of the U.S. taxpayer. Holding the most essential job on the planet does not come with extended leisure time.

Apparently, the Obama’s never got the memo.

It began just months after Barack Obama was inaugurated. During the campaign, Obama had promised Michelle that, if he won, he would take her on a date. Well, this may have turned into the most expensive date in world history. First, they climbed aboard a Gulfstream jet in Washington, while two other planes followed with an entourage of media, staff and security. Once landed in New York City, they were flown in helicopters to a helipad in downtown Manhattan, followed by transportation to a chic NYC restaurant and a Broadway show. The play, interestingly enough, was called “Come and Gone”, about black migration from the South to the North in the early 20th century. Afterward, they returned to Washington exactly the way they arrived. Estimated total cost: $24,000 per aircraft and over $11,000 for secret service. However, the White House made it clear the Obama’s paid for dinner and the Broadway tickets with their own money.

Well then, that makes it all better!

At a time when we were in a deep recession, plummeting toward a depression, the president spent tens of thousands of dollars on a date. This was, and still remains, inconceivable.

In August 2010, Michelle Obama loaded her youngest daughter onto the family jet, again on our dime, for a glamorous family trip to Spain. However, there were some other guests enjoying the free vacation as well – two of Michelle’s friends and four of their daughters. Ultimately, the trip cost us $467,585. The flights alone accounted for nearly half that total. It took two years and a lawsuit for the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, to uncover the costs from this trip. The Obama Administration, as it so often has, did its best to prohibit access to documents proving their wrongful actions. Again, the vision of Michelle Obama walking the streets of Spain while so much struggling was occurring back at home was a damaging one.

In June of 2011, Michelle Obama took a trip to Africa, where her purpose was to encourage young Africans to be active in their governments and also to push her wellness agenda. Valiant effort, but the price tag and details of this trip are maddening. According to Judicial Watch, the seven-day trip to Africa cost the U.S. taxpayers more than $424,142, which doesn’t even include meals, lodging or ground transportation in Africa. This trip was much more than a show of goodwill – it was a family safari. Included on the list of 21 trip members were the Obama’s two daughters, Michelle’s mother, her niece and nephew and both her makeup and hairstylist. The list itself identified the Obama’s daughters as “senior staff”. Questionable, at best.

In August of 2011, when the nation had just had its first credit rating downgrade in U.S. history and with unemployment staying steadily above 9%, the Obama’s decided to get away on a 10-day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Not wanting to wait, Michelle and their daughters left at 2:00 PM instead of waiting until the evening when President Obama could leave himself. In order to do it, she took a specially designed military aircraft and left Air Force One behind for her husband, which added over $100,000 extra dollars to the vacation cost. President Obama arrived just hours later, where they laid their heads at a $50,000 per week estate. Though no official bill was released, the cost to taxpayers was estimated to be in the millions.

In December, 2011, the Obama family decided to take 17-day vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. At the time, President Obama was in the midst of a payroll tax battle with Congress. Because of this, Michelle and the girls AGAIN refused to wait for him to finish his work. They left separately, adding an extra $100,000+ to the trip. The Hawaii Reporter showed that the cost of a similar Hawaii trip the Obama’s had taken in 2010 rung up a taxpayer bill of over $1,500,000. That was child’s play compared to the 2011 trip. The Obama’s did pick up the tab for their beach-front rental, at $3,500 per night. According to the Hawaii Reporter in 2011, the total cost exceeded $4,000,000 to the taxpayers. Cue the steam flying out of every reader’s ears.

In February of 2012, Michelle Obama took their daughters on an Aspen, Colorado weekend skiing trip, making it the 16th vacation the family had taken in just over three years. There, they stayed at the home of the Aspen Skiing Company owner, but that didn’t do much to minimize the cost. The final tab for trip #16 landed at $83,183, which included secret service, air transportation and car rentals. They managed to also add $235 for in-flight food and magazines. The names of other people in attendance were redacted from the list, aside from Michelle’s personal assistant and her “style advisor”.

At the same time as these vacations were occurring, President Obama was telling the public things like “If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation” and “Just like every family in America, the federal government has to …live within its means.” Along with all the four-letter words flowing through your head (and possibly out of your mouth), the obvious term that comes to mind is “hypocrite.”

In the grand scheme of things, vacations, golf and shooting the (fill in the blank) with talk show hosts instead of meeting with world leaders may seem minimal. Add it all to the big picture, and you see why. This is a failure in leadership. This is a failure in respecting the citizens of this country, particularly the ones who provide the taxes to pay for the extravagance. This is a blatant example of the complete disregard for anything but selfishness. In essence, this is the failure of upholding the very esteem of the office itself.

Actions speak much louder than words.

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Living The Message – The Real Mitt Romney

If you were able to watch any of the Republican National Convention, aside from the major keynote speeches, you saw the first-hand accounts of friends, neighbors and acquaintances of the Romney’s. These stories were not some contrived, made-for-TV moments reserved only for campaign time. The genuine nature of each story stood out, as we are so accustomed to the staged and forced accounts of politicians and those around them. Mitt Romney is a good man, who has spent his life helping others, all while acting when the cameras aren’t watching. No doubt there are countless other stories that no one in the public will ever hear, but it cannot be denied that there is a clear difference between how Mitt Romney and Barack Obama lead their lives. Mitt Romney lives his message.

One story that hasn’t gotten much press, and one I feel deserves to be brought to light, happened in the swing state of Ohio earlier this month. While on a campaign stop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the final cost for the host city came to $7,050. In advance of the event, the Romney campaign contacted the city to request an invoice. If, after the event, there were additional costs on top of the original invoice, they would make the adjustment and pay the additional cost as well.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal? Here’s the comparison.

Earlier this summer, President Obama made a campaign stop in Fairlawn, Ohio. With rally expenses, police overtime and other incurred expenses, the bill totaled over $34,000 owed to the city. This, in turn, translates to additional taxes to the townspeople if not paid in full.

You can probably guess what happened.

After issuing a bill to the Obama campaign, not one penny has been paid back to the city.

Rewind to the 2008 campaign, when Joe Biden made a rally appearance in Copley Township, Ohio. Total cost: $10,549. Four years later, the city has yet to receive compensation. In August of this year, Obama again made a campaign stop in Ohio – this time in Akron – for a 25-minute rally. Try $852.16 per minute, for a grand total of $21,304. The Democrat mayor called it an honor to host the president and did not charge the campaign, instead passing on that burden to the people of Akron. Hard not to wonder if he knew it would be a lost cause, anyways.

So what can we take from this? At a minimum, this is about character. What do they do when the cameras are not zoomed in on their actions? Not many people will ever hear about these stories, and both candidates know it. That’s what makes the actions of Romney and those of Obama so much more significant. They could very easily get away with passing the bill off to others and never be held accountable, but ultimately, it reflects on every other decision they will make.

What has the message now been for so long? Pay your fair share.

How can we listen to a man who won’t even pay his bills?

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According To Him – The Words of Barack Obama

Are your ears open now, America? The first time around, too many failed to hear the words spoken by Barack Obama, looking instead to become a part of history. This time around, the words cannot be ignored. There is an entire term worth of quotes available for public consumption, and it is not hard to see that Obama’s words have translated into real, tangible policy as well. Take a look at this compilation and finally understand how the writing was on the wall – these words became action.

“The Cambridge police acted stupidly…what I think we know – separate and apart from this incident – is that there is a long history in our country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.”

“My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

• Both the Cambridge Police and Trayvon Martin quotes were an instant reaction to two incidences before any facts were released. The Cambridge police were white, arresting a black professor. Facts proved them in the right. The Trayvon Martin case is still ongoing. There is a good chance that George Zimmerman will be acquitted as a self-defense ruling. The main link between these two quotes – race.

“We’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everyone.”

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
• Obama discussing why he was having a difficult time winning over working-class voters

“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation.”

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

“The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person…”
• Referring to his grandmother feeling uneasy walking by African-Americans on the street.

“I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world.”

“I’ve got two daughters. Nine-years-old and six-years-old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

“You know, the truth is that right after 9/11. I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”
• Obama does not wear an American flag pin on his lapel, as most politicians do.

“Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics.”
• Basically saying that voting against him based on his politics is the same as voting against him due to race.

“The private sector is doing fine.”
• At a time when unemployment remained stagnant between 8% and 9%, while businesses continued to freeze hiring and economic growth was the slowest it had been in the last three years.

“Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.”
• After being asked by Pastor Rick Warren when he personally feels a baby should receive human rights.

“…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.”
• Some of the most soaring, extreme and unattainable rhetoric in acceptance speech history.

“We can’t drive our SUV’s and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees all the time…and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

“It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.”

“…I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R. and Lincoln.”

“I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.”
• Obama’s own words directly from his autobiography.

“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there…If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
• The quote that began the derailment of his campaign.

Four years later, we won’t be fooled again.

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War on Women: The Great Myth

Not too long ago, a narrative appeared out of nowhere that turned 2012 back into the days of the women’s suffrage movement. Women began protesting the newly-discovered “War on Women” that, apparently, was being waged by the Republican Party and all its supporters. This time, it wasn’t about the right to vote or drive. It was about birth control. The narrative itself said that Republicans sought to take away access to contraception and enforce an ultra-religious agenda upon them. Next trickled in the topic of abortion. Roe v. Wade has maintained the separation of government from the choice of a woman to do with her body what she wishes. The new fear is that this separation would be removed. The last portion is equal pay for women, as so many believe they are intentionally being paid less than their male counterparts. The problem with this “war” is that it doesn’t exist. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

So how did the narrative begin? I don’t believe anyone would be surprised to learn that it began with one single shilling media member in the form of a debate moderator – George Stephanopoulos. During the Republican primary presidential debate in January, Stephanopoulos posed this random question to Mitt Romney:

“Do you believe states have the right to ban contraception or is that trumped by a Constitutional right to privacy?”

Romney, obviously thrown by the off-the-wall nature of the question, especially considering there was no present existence of anything of the sort, responded.

“Uh, George, this is an unusual topic that you’re raising. States have a right to ban contraception? I can’t imagine a state banning contraception. I can’t imagine the circumstances where a state would want to do so and if I were a governor of a state or a legislator of a state, I would totally and completely oppose any effort to ban contraception. So you’re asking…given the fact that there’s no state that wants to do so and I don’t know of any candidate that wants to do so…you’re asking, could it Constitutionally be done?”

Stephanopoulos pressed further.

“I’m asking you, do you believe that states have that right or not?”

Agitated and confused, Romney again responded along the same lines.

“George, I don’t know whether a state has the right to ban contraception, no state wants to! I mean the idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do that no state wants to do and asking me whether they can do it or not is kind of a silly thing, I think.”

With this came a roar of laughter from the audience. George wasn’t laughing. He continued to push. There were then several more back-and-forths between Romney and Stephanopoulos, making it blatantly obvious that there was an agenda behind the question. Romney finished by making the point that he believed those decisions should be left to individual states using the amendment process – leaving it in the hands of each state’s voters. He also voiced his support for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. (Watch to see the full clip here: youtube.com/watch?v=jKWij_v4Twk). Not surprisingly, George Stephanopoulos was the communications director for Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992 and was Senior Policy Advisor in the Clinton White House. His question set the narrative. This question was intentionally planted.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the false premise behind the “War on Women”. Firstly, contraception. With the Republican’s enthusiastic plans for a Romney presidency, the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare is on the agenda from day one. In the law itself, there is a regulation that requires all insurance plans to cover it. The narrative began to evolve with these plans, with women saying that by repealing Obamacare, they would no longer have access to birth control, which they feel should be fully paid for through tax-payer dollars. This contrived notion is beyond ludicrous. Nothing would change with the repeal of the law, as prescription insurance would still be available, as always, to cover the majority of those costs. However, the main point is this, making any other argument obsolete: women’s birth control is available for under $10 per month. As 30-year-old career student Sandra Fluke testified that costs could be $3000 over three years, three miles down the road from her was a Target selling birth control pills for $9 – without insurance. The Obamacare regulation even forces religious institutions to cover contraception, even if it’s against their faith. There are now dozens of lawsuits against the federal government by these organizations. Sounds much more like a War on Religion instead.

Next is the subject of abortion. Here is where there is a difference between the Democrats and Republicans regarding belief systems. On the Democratic platform, they believe that abortion should be available in any form, at any time, no strings attached. Oh, and also be funded by tax-payer money. In Obamacare, there is a mandatory $1 abortion surcharge for every single policyholder. How many of you actually knew that? Most Republicans, on the other hand, believe abortion should be limited to the cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother. Both Democrats and Republicans individually differ on their own personal beliefs, but the parties themselves set basic guidelines. There is nothing new here. This has continued to be the platform and policy structure of the party for years. In 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law a ban on partial birth abortion. I won’t go into the nauseating description of what that involves, but if you are unaware of what occurs during a partial birth abortion, I strongly urge you to look it up. The Democratic platform supports it. Could you?

The last point in the mythical “war” is fair pay for women. Again, this is where it feels like we are back in the suffrage era. President Obama passed the “Lilly Ledbetter Act” which pushes for equal pay. It was a lovely attempt to gain votes, but equal-pay laws have been on the books for decades. Facts are facts, and the real truth about equal pay for women is being suppressed by those who gain power through individual belief on falsities. First of all, the U.S. Labor Department says that the current cap between male and female workers is five cents on every dollar. But the truth lies in the differences between the life span of a man and a woman, which clearly removes any auspices of discrimination. In another Labor Department report, where a full-time job is defined as 35 hours per week and above, where 55% of the workers who work above that 35 hour minimum are men. The pay differentiation doesn’t take into account the hours above 35 that are worked. In other words, 10% more men work above this defined time than women, causing the overall differential in pay. Due to childbirth, men tend to work the lion’s share of the hours in the child-rearing age bracket, when women either choose to remain at home full-time or only work part-time. Another truth is that women without children in their 20s are making more on average than men. Combine these facts and you can see why today, even with those variables, there is very little daylight between the genders. Yes, there are specific incidences in companies where the owner chooses to pay workers a different pay based on gender, but it is pure incompetence to jump to conclusions without first looking at the background information in each case. (More info here: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303592404577361883019414296.html)

So we have President Obama running on a false narrative, bringing onboard famous female actresses to peddle the “war” to anyone who will listen. Obama may try and come off like a staunch supporter of women, but all it takes is a look at his own personal handlings of those working for him. At the White House, according to their 2011 annual report, female employees earned an average salary of $60,000 compared to $71,000 for males. Even during his 2008 campaign, he paid his female staff less than his male staff. Hypocrisy at its finest.

How have American women done overall during the Obama presidency? Since January 2009, 451,000 women have lost their jobs, bringing the current national total to over 5,000,000 unemployed women in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Remember, this does not even include the number of women who have given up looking for work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25,700,000 women live in poverty, which is the highest it has ever been. Women on food stamps are also at an all-time high. The Obama Administration has not been good for women. This is why the female vote is now evenly split between President Obama and Mitt Romney this fall in all major polls. There are the 50% who see the reality of the last four years and see the “War on Women” as nothing more than extreme rhetoric. The other 50% have submersed themselves into this mantra and have become single-issue voters. Their votes will be based on the emotions evoked by the talk of returning to the early 1900s and keeping everything they deserve from them. We all know this is untrue.

Finally, let’s talk about a real War on Women.

• Malala Yousafzai, a fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot in the head at point-blank range on her way home from school last week after being sought-out by members of the Taliban. Her crime? Being a staunch advocate for the right of girls to get an education. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts and is currently recovering in a UK hospital.

• Mumtaz, a teenager from Afghanistan, was attacked with acid, permanently disfiguring her. Her crime? Turning down a marriage proposal. Four gunmen entered her family’s home, not only throwing acid on Mumtaz, but her sisters and mother as well. She now speaks out for women’s rights.

• In Egypt, a teacher forcefully cut the hair of two girls in class for not wearing a head veil.

• Also in Afghanistan, a 12-year old girl and 15-year-old boy were killed in an acid attack because they were friends of the opposite sex. Acid attacks are commonly used on girls as they walk to school in Middle Eastern nations opposed to women receiving an education.

These are real examples of what a War on Women really looks like. Does this look like America?

It’s time for the myth to die.

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The Broken Promises of Barack Obama

With exactly three weeks to go until Election Day, there is more than enough evidence to decide who should be elected President on November 6th. The last four years have been choc-full of controversy, decisions and rhetoric like this nation has never seen before. With the new addition of the Libya cover-up, the fact that the race remains as close as it has is a great mystery. However, one key factor regarding whether or not to re-elect an incumbent often comes down to this: what did they say they would do as President and did they accomplish it? Well…this list speaks for itself.

The Obama Promise
Close Guantanamo Bay

The Result
Guantanamo Bay is still open for business. In 2008, President Obama ran against the War on Terror and its techniques, shilling directly to his anti-war base. As president, he has sent in drones to kill suspected terrorists without question. He argued that he would end waterboarding, calling it inhumane, yet he now has a “kill list” and uses deadly force instead. He and Eric Holder sought to bring top-level terrorists, including the mastermind of the September 11th attacks, to New York City for civilian trials, receiving the same rights as American citizens. After massive public outcry spread across the nation, those plans were scrapped. Senator and candidate Obama did not understand the world of terrorism, and still does not (see Libya, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Syria, etc), but when he put on his President pants, he realized all that he argued against is a necessary part of our national security.

The Obama Promise
Be The Most Transparent Administration In History

The Result
This administration has been the opposite of what was promised. Starting with the healthcare debate, President Obama said the Congressional hearings on the bill would be televised for all to see. That never happened. He promised that the bill would be available online at least five days before it was to be voted on. Again, that didn’t happen. Not even the Democrats voting on Obamacare knew what the bill contained, but passed it anyways. President Obama used executive privilege to prevent documents regarding the Fast & Furious gun-running program from being available for investigation. Now the events in Libya are being covered up, with facts being withheld from the public and blame laid upon an obvious lie. Not even the mother of Sean Smith, one of the American’s killed in the Libya attack, can get answers from the Administration (nationalreview.com/corner/330050/mother-american-killed-libya-wants-answers-katrina-trinko). The most transparent part of the Obama administration has been the lack of transparency.

The Obama Promise
Cut The Deficit In Half

The Result
Obama said President George W. Bush was unpatriotic for adding $4 trillion to the national debt over his eight-year presidency, which included September 11th and two wars. President Obama has added nearly $6 trillion to the national debt in less than four years – the most rapid increase in debt in U.S. history. Since President Obama’s plan for the next four years is the same as the first four years, it is easy to see that another $6 trillion-plus would be added during a second term.

The Obama Promise
Would Fix The Economy

The Result
Nearly half a million jobs have been lost since President Obama was inaugurated in January 2009. Unemployment remained over 8% until last month (read the real truth about the unemployment numbers here: theruminatingconservative.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/the-real-unemployment-numbers/ ). Also take into account that over 20,000,000 workers are either underemployed or have given up looking altogether. Things have not improved. Over 46,000,000 Americans are now on food stamps – an all-time record – and up from 31,000,000 in 2008. Early on, President Obama said if the economy was not turned around during his first four years in office, it would be a “one-term proposition.”

The Obama Promise
Would Not Raise Taxes On The Middle Class

The Result
“I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” That was a promise from President Obama, directly affirming that no taxes would be raised on his watch. Well, guess what, another broken promise. On September 19, the Congressional Budget Office released a report showing that 6,000,000 people would be subjected to the Obamacare Tax. The majority of those 6,000,000 individuals are members of the middle class. One additional fact to remember about Obamacare is that 30,000,000 will still be left uninsured even after the law goes into full effect. Taxes on the middle class will continue to rise as Obamacare continues to be implemented piece by piece.

The Obama Promise
Obamacare Would Bring Down Insurance Premiums $2500

The Result
Insurance premiums have increased an average of $2500 per family – and Obamacare hasn’t even been fully implemented yet. Employers across the country are informing their employees of the rising costs they’ll be met with at the start of 2013. Not only will employees be paying more; so will the businesses that employ them. This will cause the loss of jobs, as businesses will not be able to afford the rapid increases of providing benefits. If they choose not to cut jobs, they will instead drop coverage for the employees, leaving it to the individuals to take on the cost of their own personal insurance and that of their families. As Obamacare is implemented over the coming years, the prices will continue to rise. This will cause the desired result: create additional dependency on the government.

The Obama Promise
Would Create 5,000,000 New Energy Jobs

The Result
Instead of creating energy jobs, President Obama decided to throw $535 million taxpayer dollars at failed energy company Solyndra, who went bankrupt, and with it, lost every last penny of our money. They are one of several known green-energy companies who have filed for bankruptcy after receiving tax-funded loans. Many of these companies were also run by major donors to the Obama campaign. GM put millions of tax-payer dollars into producing the electric-powered Chevy Volts, which cost more to build than they are able to sell them for. Obama sent millions of dollars to Brazil for their own oil exploration, but continues to ban oil drilling on all U.S. coastlines and refused the Keystone Pipeline. This has been an anti-energy administration, refusing to use our own natural resources at-hand and instead fund failed attempts at green energy. Gas prices have doubled since Obama took office and will continue to rise if we do not take advantage of the plethora of resources on our own soil.

Add to the list his promises to lift 2,000,000 Americans out of poverty and that the nearly one trillion-dollar stimulus would keep unemployment under 8%.

Put all of them together and what do you get?

A one-term proposition.

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