America’s constitutional structure is built on checks and balances. The idea behind these checks and balances is simple: We want interest counteracting interest, ego counteracting ego. We don’t want any one person to gain too much power — or any one faction or any one way of thought. Gridlock, for lack of a better word, is good. President Barack Obama, however, has a different idea. He believes that America must be fundamentally transformed. That fundamental transformation cannot be effectuated without a fundamental transformation of the system of American government. The most important part of that transformation is the elevation of the presidency from a coequal branch of government to a pre-eminent branch of government. The president shouldn’t be seen as just a player in the larger government struggle for power and policy making; he should be seen as a larger-than-life figure, an almost godlike personage, the sort of fellow who can enact policy single-handedly. No wonder, then, that President Obama declared war on the Supreme Court. … Getting things done is not so important as getting the right things done. And nobody has a monopoly on what the ‘right thing’ is — no person and certainly no one branch of government.
In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any. – James Madison
One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. … Now there are different kinds of liars. If we must have lying Presidents of the United States, I prefer that they be like Richard Nixon. You could just look at him and tell that he was lying. But Obama is much smoother. On this and on many other issues, you would have to know what the facts are to know that he is lying. He is obviously counting on the fact that, in this era of dumbed-down education, many people have no clue as to what the facts are. He is also counting on something else — namely, that the pro-Obama media will not expose his lies. One of the many ways of lying smoothly is to simply redefine words. Barack Obama is a master at that as well. … It would be hard to become nostalgic about Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace. But at least you could tell when he was lying. Obama’s lies are just as big but not as visible, and the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama.
There are many activities we engage in that either cause harm to others or have the potential for doing so, but we don’t ban all of these activities. One of the least-understood functions of private property rights is that of determining who may harm whom in what ways. In a free society, it is presumed that the air in a person’s house, restaurant, hotel, car or place of business is his property. That means that if you own a restaurant and don’t want your air polluted by tobacco smoke, it is your right. Most would deem it tyranny if a bunch of smokers had the political power to get the city council to pass an ordinance forcing you to permit smoking. You’d probably deem it more respectful of liberty if those who wanted to smoke sought a restaurant owner who permitted smoking. The identical argument can be made about a restaurant owner who permits smoking in a city where nonsmokers have the political power. The issue is not whether smoking harms others. The issue is the rights associated with property ownership. The emerging tragedy is our increased willingness to use the coercive powers of government, in the name of health or some other ruse, to forcibly impose our preferences upon others. In the whole scheme of things, the tobacco issue itself is trivial. Far more important is its template for massive government disrespect for private property.
There is a hunger in this country today — a hunger for spiritual guidance. People yearn once again to be proud of their country and proud of themselves, and to have confidence in themselves. And there’s every reason why they should be proud. Some may have failed America, but America has never failed us, and there is so much to be proud of in this land.
I too, sometimes, feel there are not enough Americans left who can help make the difference, to stand up to the bias and nonobjective media, to the political establishment that wants to retain the status quo; and to fellow Americans who have fallen under the spell of those whose agenda is not in the interest of America as a republic and want to change the very core of what made America great and those that created the best government system in human history. America is in trouble not because of how it was created or constitutional law; but because we have allowed ourselves and politicians to come to the conclusion that things would be better with a changed Constitution or totally unrecognizable.
Be a better voter – a more informed voter. Choose your candidates armed with knowledge and facts, based upon factual background, evidence of good character, and their past voting record while in political office. Disregard the mainstream media, the rhetoric of the political establishment on both sides of the fence, useless and negative TV ads; and use logic instead of emotion.