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MY THOUGHTS ON COLIN KAEPERNICK

Sometimes issues arise that I just don’t want to talk about, nor write about, and this is one. The story has grown legs, perhaps even tentacles, plus liberals and conservatives are taking opposing points of view. One thing good about it, though, is that as of this writing, the current president of the United States has not said a word.

I think it’s very disappointing that someone who has lived the American dream, someone who has the potential to be one of this country’s icons, is too stupid to realize that he’s throwing his life away.

Of course, Colin Kaepernick has the free speech right to remain seated during while the national anthem is played before NFL games. But so does everyone else have the right to voice their opinions on Kaepernick’s actions.

As Colin’s employer, the San Francisco 49ers franchise could nip this one in the bud. The head coach and/ or the “higher ups” could have said to Mr. Kaepernick, “Oh yes, you will stand up.” If Colin Kaepernick still refuses to stand up, fines and other disciplinary actions can be taken, including the ultimate disciplinary action, dismissal from the team. Since I haven’t heard of anyone voicing the above, I wonder if I’m the first or the one and only.

My thoughts when I initially learned about Kaepernick’s actions were, how is the United States currently oppressing black people or all people of color, for that matter. Affirmative action programs are still in place which allow blacks to get “bumped up” ahead of whites with respect to employment, promotions, college acceptance, etc. Along that line, Jimmy Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act paved the way for many people to qualify for loans to purchase homes when those same people were not capable of making the house payments. A lot of those folks were black. Furthermore, being able to collect welfare for having a child out of wedlock, a part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, was directed toward blacks in order to keep them voting Democrat.

Now, a number of us, including myself, feel that the above government programs have actually done more to hurt and denigrate blacks. So, I guess you could agree that the United States of America is oppressing blacks and all people of color. Maybe we should all remain seated when the National Anthem is played.

I don’t think this is what Colin Kaepernick meant when he stated that America was oppressing blacks and other people of color. Since the media and the liberals are going with it, we’ll say that America oppresses blacks and other people of color because of the whites, particularly the conservative white folks who cling to their guns and to their Bibles. Don’t say I’m not flexible!

First of all, I don’t believe that blacks and other people of color are oppressed by the United States of America. The government programs that I highlighted above were put in place to assist blacks in assimilating to the American way of life. (We know those programs have not worked, but try to think like a liberal for a moment, at least.) We also have laws forbidding discrimination in place. I’d say on paper, blacks and other people of color have definite advantages over us typical white folks.

Colin, tell me the ways that America oppresses blacks. The first step in solving a problem is to define the problem, including facts supporting the existence of the problem. So, lay it out there. Simply sitting for the National Anthem is not going to solve what you see as a problem.

While I stand by my statement that the United States of America does not oppress blacks or other people of color, I’m not saying that there is no racism and/or bigotry in individual Americans. That racism/bigotry will never end until Christ returns and sets up his 1000 reign here on earth. Does that mean that we shouldn’t try to do something about it? Of course not! We have to teach our children right from wrong and as Christians, we have to follow Jesus and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Will we slip up? Absolutely! We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and will continue to do so.

While it has always appeared to me that liberals continue to make a consistent effort to establish “Heaven here on earth,” that will never happen. Thus, in their failures, they will forever continue to blame white people, conservatives, Christians, gun owners, southerners, etc.

Is there hope for any of us? More importantly, is there hope for blacks and other people of color who have been oppressed and continue to be oppressed by liberal policies including those outlined above? Those policies that liberals consider “sacred cows,” and conservatives are not allowed to whisper about, much less take steps to change? Those policies that were sustained during the Obama administration and will be continued should there be a Clinton administration? You think about it and then tell me.

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WORDS MEAN THINGS – GUN CONTROL

According to rt.com, President Obama is expected to take executive action on gun control, possibly as soon as next week, according to gun control advocates.

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The specifics of Obama’s executive order are still unknown as the plan is still not finished, CNN reported. However, gun control advocates are prepared for the actions to be unveiled sometime next week. The plan is said to be a unilateral action that will close background check loopholes.

Federal law currently requires that all licensed gun dealers conduct background checks. However, this rule does not apply to firearms sold online or at gun shows.

The president has frequently expressed frustration over the mass shootings occurring in the United States and has attempted to pass legislation restricting the sale of guns. However, his attempt to require universal background checks was rebuffed by Congress in early 2013, following the Sandy Hood Elementary School massacre that left 26 people dead, 20 of whom were children.

Following the October 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Obama said, “We are the only advanced country on earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. Obama is expected to announce the plans prior to his January 12 State of the Union Address.

While the National Rifle Association, which has fought hard against Obama’s gun control efforts, currently has no comment, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker was previously quoted as saying, “The fact is, the President’s gun control agenda will only make it harder for law abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense.

According to other sources, the current president has admitted that his additional gun control measures would not have prevented the mass shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook and San Bernadino. If his recommended measures are not going to prevent the kind of gun violence we have witnessed in the last few years, then why are we putting in these measures?

I think we conservatives know the answer to that. It’s not about diminishing incidents of gun violence, it’s about gradually disarming the American people. Once that is done, along with universal health care, the left is in total control of this country and can do anything it desires, including the setting up of a dictatorship, signaling the end of the United States of America.

Whenever additional gun control measures are proposed, conservatives usually call the additional measure, “gun confiscation.” Over the last couple of months, I have notice more and more liberals responding, indicating that it is not their desire to take our guns away from us. The simply want to take more preventative measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

While I certainly am in the opinion that additional gun control measures will not minimize acts of gun violence and will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their second amendment rights, I do believe that grass roots liberals probably don’t want to completely disarm the American people. Furthermore, some liberals seem to be very defensive about this, claiming conservatives are exaggerating their motives. So, are we conservatives embellishing when we say that the lift wants to disarm the American people? I would say yes, we are.

HOWEVER, liberals have been known to call tax cuts where everyone who pays income tax gets a cut, “tax cuts for the rich.” I’ve heard that phrase from liberals so many times that I’m sick of it. Because there are so many American that do not pay income tax, liberals aren’t satisfied with a tax cut that everyone who pays taxes receives. Instead, they want some kind of entitlement program where those who don’t pay income tax get something for nothing.

Also, liberals love to accuse conservatives of racism if they don’t agree with the policies of the current president. I even read an article sometime back where liberals were saying that conservatives were proponents of Bill Clinton’s policies in the nineties, but were against those same policies when proposed by the Obama administration. Now that’s a flat-out lie. Conservatives fought Clinton’s policies with the same vigor they have fought Obama’s policies. To accuse anyone who doesn’t agree politically with the Obama administration of racism is labelling and stereotyping, and bigotry. Three things of which liberals accuse conservatives.

Thirdly, liberals often accuse conservatives of hating the poor because conservatives are mostly against certain entitlement programs that purport to help the poor. We already know that the poverty rate has increased dramatically since President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” initiative in the 1960s. Only a small portion of each tax dollar paid by the American people actually gets to the cause. I don’t know of any conservative that “hates the poor.” In fact, most conservatives I know give willingly to help the poor. Churches and civic organizations spend time and money to help those less fortunate. Many individuals spend a portion of the Christmas gift budget to buy presents for those who otherwise wouldn’t receive any Christmas presents. There are food drives, clothing drives, private shelters, auxiliaries, etc. designed to assist those less fortunate. Many people give their time and talents on a regular basis to assist the poor. Do those who are less fortunate not benefit more when they receive assistance from someone’s hand to theirs?

You will never convince liberals that a government entitlement program helps no one and generally propagates poverty rather than diminishes it. But could we possibly get liberals to stop saying that conservatives hate the poor?

In other words, I would be willing to stop saying that liberal gun control initiatives are confiscation of guns if liberals would quite hollering “tax cuts for the rich,” quit accusing those who don’t agree with Obama’s policies of racism, and quit accusing conservatives of hating the poor.

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LIBERALS GONE WILD – PART TWO

Everyone knows by now that the current President has accused Fox Cable News of continually disparaging the poor of this nation. Furthermore, he has said that we need to change the way we report the news. This comment is chilling in and of itself because it appears that the current President doesn’t realize that we have freedom of the press in this nation and that a free and independent media is necessary to the survival of our Republic.

The current President went on to indicate that Fox Cable News continuously disparages the poor of this nation, calling them lazy, sponges, and leeches. I watch Fox News extensively and I’ve never heard anyone on Fox News calling poor people lazy, sponges, and leeches. The current president used the word, “continuously,” also. Yes, there are discussions about this country’s entitlement programs and their lack of effectiveness. And yes, there are people, including myself, who feel that these programs are ineffective and have trapped less fortunate Americans into a life of poverty of which they will never be able to free themselves. That’s not exactly disparaging or shaming the poor.

On Thursday, May 14, a liberal Facebook friend of mine posted a video of Stuart Varney, Fox Business Personality on the John Stewart show. Also in the video were a couple of clips from Fox Cable News. John Stewart was slamming Fox News for berating poor people. Most of the posters were liberal and I got into the fray.

The following is my first response to the post: “I’m a conservative blogger and watch Fox News at least six hours a day and have been doing so since the late nineties. I have never, and I mean never heard anyone on Fox News refer to poor people as lazy, sponges, leeches, etc. AGAIN, NEVER HAVE I HEARD THIS! What I have heard indicated on Fox News and I’ve indicated the same on my own blog is that the liberal policies of the current President and many of his Democrat predecessors have created an entitlement or nanny state where people have come to expect the government to be their caretaker. Furthermore, if any of you liberals can produce a video where someone on Fox News has continually called poor people lazy, sponges, leeches, etc., please forward it to me.”

Another poster responded to my comment, asking me if I had watched the video and the following is what I posted back to her: “The first time I listened to it (I need some sort of update on my computer, so I couldn’t view it) I only got about half way through it because it was so imbecilic, so I clicked off of it. I did, however force myself to listen to it a second time. Except for the very last segment of the video where things got a little confusing, nowhere did I hear Stu Varney calling poor people leeches, sponges, lazy. What I did understand and truly believe is that because of liberal policies, we have become an entitlement or nanny state. Stu Varney also said during the video that he was talking about programs, particularly the food stamp program and not the recipients of those programs. At the end, I heard the term sponging used as in the fact that so many liberal programs have created a class of people that do sponge off the government. I then heard to term leeches and it appeared to be again in reference to the liberal policies that have created so much dependence on the government and actually do have poor people trapped. So much of this was taken out of context that it’s hard to determine the extent of the comments. I’m going to get picky and say that most of this video was not of Fox News. A little bit at the end may have been extracted from Fox News. It is my observation that parts of this video were taken out of context. Mr. Stewart is alleging that much of the broadcasting on Fox News is that of calling poor people lazy, leeches, sponges. IT IS NOT! Rather it’s the liberal policies that are discussed and it is indicated that these policies are creating groups of people that are dependent on the government. You and most of the posters may totally disagree with me and that’s fine. My purpose here is not to discuss the merits of more or less entitlement spending. But the fact that Fox News consistently puts down poor people is just false.”

The following are replies to me:

  • The videos are pretty clear. If you haven’t heard these things, you must have had you fingers in your ears while yelling “LALALA” while it was going on.
  • So Dumb

On Friday, May 14, I was able to view the video instead of just listening to is and here was my response after viewing it: “This morning, I was able to watch instead of just listening to the video that is the subject of this post. After having watched it, I found it even more imbecilic than I did when I was only able to listen to it. Everything was taken out of context. We were given words, phrases, and the occasional sentence and had no idea what was being said before or after. In addition, we had to deal with John Stewart’s profanity throughout the video. Furthermore, the audience was laughing. If the number one cable news network is continually disparaging the poor, it shouldn’t be a laughing matter. Once again, this video is a joke with everything in it having been taken out of context. While all but a few of you have disparaged me, I now have fodder for several blog posts.”

This is the response I received: “This moron is so clueless!”

This post turned into the gift that keeps on giving. One responder gave me a link to an article on mediamatters.org, one of the most egregious left wing smear merchants. This article showcased examples of what the author felt was Fox News shaming the poor. Skimming the article, I discovered that I could pick it apart easily. Here are a few, but not all of the examples in the article.

  •  Fox Hosts: Our coverage is “Honest” And Those Who Don’t Wish to be Poor Should get a Job: I watched this video in its entirety. The Fox and Friends hosts and Stuart Varney expressed frustration at the increase in the number of recipients of food stamps and other entitlement programs. Fox and Friends’ Host, Steve Docey said at the end of the segment that to not be poor, you should have a job. This is exactly right. This was not disparaging the poor, this was telling us what our parents probably told us as we were growing up and making the transition from childhood to adulthood. As long as one relies on government handouts, they’re going to be poor. No one ever got rich off of handouts. The only way to get out of poverty is to get a job and work your way out of it. That’s the reason we conservatives want to get as many people off of handouts that we can because we want everyone to be prosperous.
  • Obama called out Fox News for Showcasing folks who are Scamming the System on his Watch: Fox News Reporter, Phil Rosen, discussed this and verified that at one time the current President attempted to get Fox News kicked out of the network pool. There was a bit of disconnect here because Phil went on to indicated that the current president had to back-peddle and apologize for the disastrous roll-out of the Obamacare website. Phil went on to state the fact that Fox News is number one and is far ahead of many other news outlets. He gave two reasons for this: (1) People think Fox News is a slanted arm of the Republican party and the folks still prefer to get their news from Fox anyway. (2) The people of Fox News are stupid and unenlightened according to the “tolerant left.” Also, in the last 50 years since the implementation of Lyndon Johnson’s great society, American taxpayers have paid approximately $15 trillion dollars into the system. Yet the poverty rate among Americans as dropped 19% to 14.5%, not particularly significant. Furthermore, children in poverty has gone unchanged.
  • Obama said that Fox News has called the poor lazy, sponges, leeches, etc.: He ways that if we continually watch Fox News that we’re going to hear this. This is not true. Either the current president is lying or folks who report to him are lying.
    There are other examples cited in the Media Matters article and I’ll pick them apart in my next post.

Why am I spending so much time on this, you may ask? I believe in a free press. It’s essential to the survival of our democratic republic. We must hold government accountable and ask as many questions as necessary, even though the questions may not be popular with our elected officials.BHO said that we needed to change the way we report the news. Well, Mr. President, you’re not in charge of reporting the news, neither is your administration. That attitude or perspective is anti-American.

Criticizing a news outlet publicly should be beneath the President of the United States. He says these things that are lies, these lies get picked up and reported in the mainstream media where low-information voters get their news. Low information voters accept these lies as facts and vote accordingly.

Thus, I think what has happened in the last few days is important and I intend to post at least one more time on this.

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LIBERAL TRAVESTIES

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law major civil rights legislation. This piece of legislation ended segregation in public places and ended employment discrimination on basis of race, religion, color, sex, or national origin. This piece of legislation lifted the barriers for minorities, particularly blacks, and gave them the right to apply for college admission, housing, employment, etc. They could no longer be denied the right to pursue such things.

In 1970, the women’s movement began and the term, “women’s liberation,” became a household phrase. I’ll be the first to admit that I probably wouldn’t be sitting her at this computer trying to make my business profitable if it hadn’t been for the women’s movement which lifted the barriers and allowed women to compete for jobs that were traditionally held by men and that’s a good thing. I have been accused of taking advantage of the women’s movement and then being a traitor to my gender.

Working to open the doors for those who had been traditionally is a good and noble cause. However, liberals can’t seem to stop and enjoy their victories, they insist on pushing the envelope, and that pushing of the envelope is the reason that we’re in the mess we’re in today. Instead of, after getting the barriers lifted, saying, okay brothers and sisters, the world is your oyster, go out there and get that education, get those jobs, get that house in an upscale subdivision; they continued on, to this day, with their rhetoric. Racism, sexism, you would think that no progress had been made since the barriers were lifted.

I once attended a meeting for a women’s group hoping to get some pointers on how to succeed in the workplace. However, all the women did was trash men and talk about how horrible men were. Sadly, I think this is what it’s all about. It’s not about succeeding, it’s about declaring war on men, war on whites, war on heterosexuals.

After signing civil rights legislation into law, President Lyndon Johnson, instead of encouraging blacks to mix it up, apply for that college, apply for that job, etc., showed his disdain by insisting that blacks weren’t good enough to prosper in the white man’s world and therefore needed extra help. Supposedly, he said, “We’ll have all of these n*****s voting Democrat.” What a disgusting racist statement! Victory should have been his, but he had to push the envelope. While blacks are certainly prominent in our world today, far too many are on the welfare rolls and in prisons. Instead of letting the blacks get out there and compete, then succeed, Lyndon Johnson relegated them to another type of oppression that some may argue is much worse than segregation.

And then there’s the women’s movement. Women have jumped in and done very well. At first, a woman had to be just like a man to be accepted. Baking cookies and taking them to the office was a “no-no.” Now, that’s perfectly okay to do. I enjoy making my Christmas fudge and taking it to the office. Also, after the women’s movement, women were discouraged from accepting traditional women’s jobs such as teacher, secretary, and nurse. It seemed that you were considered second class if you pursued these occupations. I’ve had what were previously considered men’s jobs for a while and frankly I’m ready to do something feminine for a change. So, I’ve started writing romance novels and I enjoy doing that.

So, liberals have screwed over blacks and women. We’d all be much better off today if they had disappeared off the face of this earth after lifting the barriers for blacks and women.

Thanks to liberals, our healthcare system is messed up. Most of us who don’t have health insurance through an employer have had to procure insurance through “the marketplace.” My premiums have increased by 50% and I’m getting less and paying more.

Thanks to liberals, we no longer have free speech in this country. Half the time, I’m scared of what to say. Liberals change the definition of racism and sexism, sometimes as often as hourly, to suit their whims. Screwing up because of ignorance is no excuse. If you don’t tow the liberal line, they’ll do whatever they can to destroy you. You might not be hauled off to a gulag, but you can be destroyed in other ways.

When it comes to foreign policy, we’ve turned our back on our allies, especially our main ally in the Middle East, Israel. Now we’re negotiating with Iran, a country that sponsors terrorism, with regard to their quest to possess nuclear weapons. So, we promise to lift the sanctions and they guarantee that they will halt the building of nuclear weapons. Also, Iran is supposedly going to allow regular inspections. Due to my limited vocabulary, I cannot express the egregiousness of this.

Of course, the liberals have a goal to take away our right to bear arms and protect ourselves. I guess we’re supposed to let the perpetrator(s) attack us. If we’re fortunate enough to be able to call 911, then we have wait on the police.

Our borders are porous and the liberals want to take from American citizens and give to the illegal aliens. Of course, we have to pay for all of this. The goal is to make all of them citizens. Of course, they’ll vote Democrat.

We have a President who implements executive orders when he knows that Congress won’t give him what he wants. In other words, we’ve turned into a dictatorship. For those liberals who love this President and think the means justifies the end, you are wrong, dead wrong. When this country was founded, three branches of government were established with no branch being superior to the other branches. A system of checks and balances was established. This President has made a mockery of that.

As I write this, I’m watching Baltimore burn. The current President is responsible for this. I agree with Kevin Jackson of blacksphere.com, he created the conditions for violence. His goal, the destruction of American, whether from within or without remains on schedule and it gets worse every day.

Our country is a mess and as I watch and read the news, I sometimes can’t believe that this is the United States of America.

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