Monthly Archives: December 2016

THOUGHTS ON THE BIRTHER ISSUE

When I was in my twenties, I accepted a job that didn’t require a college, but within months, I was promoted into a job where a degree was required. HR or Personnel, as it was called back then, had my records indicating that I was a college graduate, though no solid proof such as a transcript or copy of my diploma was on file. The first week on my new job, my Vice President stopped by my cubicle and asked about my prior experience and my education. I didn’t think anything about it, but found out from my manager later that day that a VP in another department questioned my qualifications because I looked young. Personnel wanted proof that I had a college degree. My diploma would do as proof, if I had it. While I didn’t have my actual diploma with me, I had a wallet-size replica in my wallet, which I pulled out and gave to my manager. He promptly took it to Personnel where they made a copy of it and place in my file and notified the doubting VP. That issue was put to rest almost as quick as it arose.

When Barak Obama’s natural born citizenship came into question, my first thoughts were, doesn’t that get checked somewhere along the line. Being a natural-born citizen is a constitutional requirement for being president. Silly me, I was sure that somewhere along the way, there was a bureaucrat behind a desk that check the birth certificate of everyone who was running for president to make sure that he or she was indeed a natural-born American citizen. Thus, the birther issues was born and liberals had a new unflattering name to call conservatives, birthers.

Instead of doing like I did and make sure the issue involving my higher education status was put to bed and never questioned again, Barak Obama and the Democrats fought back with the Democrats/liberals/progressives or whatever they want to call themselves hurling accusations of racism and all other types of epithets at those who requested proof of Obama’s citizenship. Months after the question arose, Barak Obama, in a speech, pulled out a paper he said was his birth certificate and flashed it in a snarky manner at his audience and said here it is. Some folks did question its authenticity and questioned is citizenship status till this day.

Do I think Barak Obama is a natural-born citizen? I’m not sure. There have been questions and documents indicating that he may not be. Queue the liberals, queue the liberals, it’s time to start attacking me and calling me a racist and every other unflattering or derogatory term you can think of.

This issue of Barak Obama’s citizenship should have been put to bed immediately at the request of the president. He should have instructed one of his advisors to “handle the situation and get it resolved.” But no, the liberals had to hurl insults and accusations at those who were questioning his birth. By hurling such insults and accusations, the conservatives became angry and forced the issue even further. Both sides were angry, needlessly.

By handling this issue in such a classless way, much angst was created. It’s frustrating when such a simple issue could have been solved, but because liberals have no respect for the constitution of the United States of America and the rule of law, the birther issue has drug out to the present. It will always be questioned and liberals will always hurl accusations at those who have doubts about BHO’s citizenship. But what else is new, liberals are going to hurl accusations and trash anyone who doesn’t tow their line. The birther issue is just going to be one of many things that the liberals use against those who disagree with them. They will hurl insults and accusations to the top of their lungs from the mountaintops. Will it do them any good in future elections? Don’t know, but it sure didn’t do them any good in the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans control the House, the Senate, the presidency, and a majority of state governorships and state legislatures. And wouldn’t it be great if President Trump gets to nominate at least three Supreme Court Justices?

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TRUMP WIN, NOW WHAT?

“The Fox News Decision Desk has called Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. This means that Donald Trump will be the forty-fifth President of the United States.”

Those were the words of Fox News Anchor, Bret Baier, in the wee hours of the morning on November 9, 2016 telling Fox News viewers of the Trump win.

As a reserved person, I didn’t jump up and down, I didn’t scream. Instead, I smiled and prayed a short prayer to God, thanking him for putting Donald Trump as the next leader of our country. God is in control and he puts kings in power and he strips kings of power. Those are the words that were used in Biblical times, but of course today, the leaders of the many countries on the planet have different names for their leaders. Here in the United States, we call our leader, President.

I continued to listen to the commentary and flipped to different channels, laughing to myself at the commentators of CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS. They were all so solemn, wondering how a Trump win could possibly have taken place.

In my mind, I was thinking about all the things that worried me when Obama and the Democrats had hold of this nation. I worried about being able to own firearms, I worried about how the Obama administration had treated Israel, I worried about the Iran nuclear deal, and how the Iranians were violating the stipulations and pursuing nuclear weapons. I also worried what a continuation of the Obama administration would have on businesses, our job creators. In the liberal quest to inflict pain upon those who sign our paychecks, would more people lose their jobs and would the prices of their goods and services increase. The Middle East is in ruins and ISIS has vowed to destroy the United States of America with Obama and the Democrats not seeming to care. During the eight years of Obama, I worried about my own personal situation. My health insurance premiums had sky-rocketed to the point that they were within a few dollars of my house payment. If we were to go to a single-payer healthcare system where the government had total control over our bodies, would I be able to get the health care I needed or would they give me pills and let me die. Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad. If a continuation of the Obama administration implemented major distribution of wealth programs, would I even had money to live? As a small business owner who is trying to “make it,” would I also be subjected to the many punishments a Hillary Clinton administration would certainly inflict on private businesses. As a result of not having to worry about the items I mentioned above, a burden was lifted off of me.

As I continued watching the election results, I remembered something Rush Limbaugh said a long time ago. Rush said that liberals are at their craziest when they are out of power. And as of the election results, they are certainly out of power.

Liberals/Democrats/progressives, or whatever they want to call themselves, accuse conservatives of being haters, racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes, etc. If you disagreed with Obama’s policies, you were a hater, a racist, and many other things. If you were against illegal immigration, you were a xenophobe and a racist, if you believed that marriage should be between one man and one woman, you were a homophobe.

I’ve expressed in writing many times that it’s the liberals/Democrats/progressives who are the real haters, the real racists, the real bigots, etc. And if you ever want to enrage a liberal, just turn it around on them. They can’t take it.

We all know about the riots, the whining, the threats, etc. made by liberals after the Trump win. We’ve experienced nothing but hatred from the “tolerant” left. I’ve been on many liberal threads and I can tell you that these people are crazy, they’re delusional, and they’re demented. Some of the posts I’ve read are scary beyond the pale.

Yes, there was expressions of concern and maybe even some comments and statements that weren’t in the best of taste when Obama was elected in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012. But nothing any conservatives could say during the Obama years can compare with the vitriolic hate that the left has expressed, not only for Donald Trump, but for conservatives, white people, straight people, and Christians. Even white liberals are going after their white conservative counterparts. There was not one liberal friend or acquaintance of mine who would denounce the “Rape Melania” sign that was displayed by protestors outside of Trump Tower in New York after I denounced an improper comment that was made by a conservative.

Monday and Tuesday of this week, I spend several hours monitoring some liberal threads. In one, I chose to comment. Because of that comment, I was called the usual and was attacked because of my skin color (my skin color is white and so was the person who attacked me because of it), my sexual orientation, my religious beliefs, my views on the issues, and of all things, where I live and have lived all my life. Talk about tolerance!

On another thread, President Elect Trump was called unspeakable names and what was said about God took my breath away. It was horrible.

Folks, we’re going to have to get used to this. We’re going to have to brush it off and continue to push policies that will make America great again. Because I am a political writer, I have to explore these areas and I have to see this stuff, even though at times, it does upset me. Disagreements on the issues are expected and welcomed by most of us. Yes, let’s have a discussion on Obamacare. Let’s discuss the fine points of the Iran nuclear agreement. Let’s have a discussion on the pros and cons of gun control and our foreign policy. This is what we Americans are all about, This is what made this country great.

What we have become, though, is not good. The left refuses to discuss pertinent issues while focusing on how horrible America and conservatives are. All they want to talk about is racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, bigotry, etc. Maybe if we were able to discuss the issues I cited in the previous paragraph on an adult level, racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry would greatly diminish. But as long as we have the left doing little else but hurling those accusations at anyone who dares not tow their line, we’re facing an uphill battle in making this country great again. Uphill battle or not, I believe that we can do it.

Liberals are doing everything they can to disrupt what has always been a peaceful transition of power after presidential elections. They’re currently in the process of recounting votes in certain states where they were certain Hillary Clinton would take. They’ve also promised to protest at Trump’s inauguration. They’re going to make life in American as miserable as possible for every man, woman, and child in this country. White folks will be vehemently attacked, conservatives will be vehemently attacked, heterosexuals will be vehemently attacked, Christians will be vehemently attacked, gun owners will be attacked. If you’re a white deplorable uneducated redneck, you’re going to be attacked. It’s going to be a rough ride.

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DOUBLE STANDARD MAYBE?

According to the Huffington Post, in an article dated December 2, 2017, Chip and Joanna Gaines, the realty TV couple who are the starts of HGTV’s popular home renovation series, “Fixer Upper,” attend an anti-gay church. Furthermore, HuffPo feels that this matters with respect to the Gaines’ hosting of the TV show and it matters for anyone attending a church that uses the Bible to justify discrimination. On a similar, but not identical note, President Barak Obama, for twenty years attended the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side where the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was the ministered. Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife, Michelle, and baptized their two daughters. Reverend Wright has said that blacks should not sing “God Bless America,” but “God damn America.” Obama gets a pass on attending a church where controversial messages are common, but Chip and Joanna Gaines are demonized for attending a church that teaches the Word of God.  Sounds like a double standard to me. How about you?

According to ABC News, a review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

ABC News in an article dated March 13, 2008, quotes Rev. Wright saying the following. “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after 9/11/2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Reverend Wright said in his 9/16/2011 sermon. Obama, who claimed he didn’t attend Trinity on 9/16/2011 brushed off Rev. Wright’s comments saying he was probably trying to be provocative.

Rev. Wright retired from the Trinity Church in 2008 had a large following with one congregation member indicating that his sermons weren’t really radical, as many have proclaimed, but were simply about being black in America.

While the Huffington Post admits that the Gaines’ have not used their show as a “platform for spreading hateful messages about queer people,” believes that it does matter. In other words, while Obama was free to attend the church of his choice without repercussions, even though he was a candidate for President of the United States, a country besmirched by Rev. Wright, Chip and Joanna Gaines, TV stars are not free to attend the church of their choice and should be punished for it. Sounds like a double standard to me.

The controversy about the Gaines’ began after a Buzzfeed reporter tried and failed to get a definitive answer from the couple regarding their personal stance on same-sex relations. Instead, the publication made claims based on old sermons and statements from the couple’s church, Antioch Community Church, and its pastor, Jimmy Seibert. The Texas-based church promotes the view that same-sex marriage is un-Biblical and that people can choose to walk away from the “homosexual lifestyle.”

The “tolerant” left has always insisted that anyone who believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman is a homophobe and should be destroyed. That, of course, isn’t true, as are most proclamations from the left. True Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin against God and that same-sex marriage is further a sin against God. However, Christians do not hate homosexuals. God tells us that we should love our fellow man, and that we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. In my church, we have often prayed for homosexuals.

During the presidential campaign of 2008, I asked a liberal friend about Rev. Wright. She immediately responded that she didn’t always agree with her minister, hinting that someone as wonderful as Barak Obama probably did not agree with Rev. Wright’s statements. That would be a reasonable response, except that BHO had been attending Trinity Church for approximately twenty years.

My connection of the Gaines’ attending a church where homosexuality is considered a sin against God, and Obama, as State and U.S. Senator and eventually President of the United States, attending a church where the minister has often said things that a reasonable prudent person would interpret as un-American is a valid one, though not a straight connection of the dots, in my opinion.

As I indicated above, liberals brushed off Obama’s attending the Rev. Wright’s church, but are hollering to the tops of their lungs about TV stars on a cable channel attending a church that espouses issues with which they don’t agree. Double standard? I think so.

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