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THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT

When I was very young, much too young to understand the workings of government, I know my country, the United States of America, had a President. I can’t remember how this conversation got started, but Mama, Daddy, and I had a talk about the President of the United States and the powers he has as President.

Mama and Daddy were quick to point out to me that the president was not all powerful and could not do anything he wanted as president. To get something done, he had to go through Congress (the Senate and the House of Representatives). Congress had to vote on and approve bills that the president wanted passed. From this long ago conversation, I gleaned that the president didn’t have much power at all, instead, he was charged with the responsibility of enforcing the laws that Congress passes.

I later, in school, learned about the separation of powers, the three branches of government, and the principle of checks and balances. The above were put in place by our founding fathers in order to preserve our republic and not allow us to evolve into a totalitarian state.

Being a baby boomer, I readily admit that I have taken our freedoms in the United States of America for granted. I grew up with the following:

  • Free, open elections of our political officials.
  • Freedom of speech to criticize our elected and appointed officials through different mediums.
  • Freedom to travel anywhere in this country and abroad.
  • A free and independent press to hold our government officials accountable.
  • Freedom of religion to worship as we saw fit or not to worship at all.
  • The freedom to pursue happiness and success.

We enjoyed these freedoms for so many years because no one particular person was in charge. The president was deemed the most important person in our governmental structure, but there were limits in what he could do fostered by a three-branched government and the system of checks and balances. Plus, there was that document called the U.S. Constitution that gives powers to the states that are not specifically outlined in the Constitution.

Sure, presidents have always had the power to implement their desires through executive orders. Some have used them more than others, but presidents in the past seemed to use them for more mundane things and the executive orders have not affected our day to day lives. Fast forward to today where we have a president who has indicated that he would go around Congress to put into place anything he wanted to implement. He says he’s doing things that he feels are right for this country, but he knows that Congress won’t pass these things.

This is not the way this country was set up to function. But this president’s followers seem to be mesmerized by him and think anything he does is wonderful. Plus, the press is on his side, not free and independent. Of course, the press has been in the tank for the left for decades.

According to teaparty.org in an article dated March 5, 2015, Obama publicly announced his supreme authoritative dictatorship. Confirming what I said above, our Founding Fathers purposely established a three branch government so that no one person or group of people would end up with absolute power. To pass a new law, it would take both the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the same bill and then it has to be signed into law by the President.

The current president has repeatedly taken it upon himself to declare law, eliminate law, and change law without going through Congress as required by the U.S. Constitution. He took it upon himself to instruct the Department of Justice to stop enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act and what immigration laws he wanted ignored and which ones to obey, among others.

Obama has also bypassed Congress and decided to change the federal welfare laws in an obvious attempt to buy votes among America’s poor. In a move that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich refers to as illegal, the current president has taken action to completely gut the work requirement from the Welfare Reform Act that was passed in 1996 and signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.

Obama has continued to act without the consent of Congress. Congress froze all federal aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government because of their terrorist activities and inhumane treat of the Egyptian people. Without any congressional approval or court order, Obama took it upon himself to release millions of dollars in money and weapons, including a number of fighter jets to the terrorist regime. Remember, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called the United States an enemy like Israel that needs to be destroyed. That constitutes treason according to the U.S. Constitution.

Obama has also used a number of executive orders that would allow him to take over every form of communication, banking, and commerce in the declaration of an alleged national emergency. Furthermore, Internet regulations were established that would also give Obama complete control of the Internet if he wanted it.

Notice that Obama did not say that what he is doing is legal, but just the right thing to do according to him. He defies Congress to try and stop him from doing anything they believe is illegal.

By all of the above, he has established himself as a dictator, a king, a monarch. How could this have happened in a country where all precautions were taken to insure that something like this wouldn’t happen? President Ronald Reagan, in one of him most famous quotes once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spending our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

I wake up every morning wondering what Barack Obama is going to do today to further destroy the United States of America. With zombie-like low information followers who literally worship him and have ceded to him the power to control their lives because they view him as some sort of messiah, plus a main stream media who will not hold him accountable, we have not protected the freedoms our Founding Fathers established for us.

At this point, what can we do to preserve and protect our country? We’ve allowed an evil man to take control of our country. That evil man promised us hope and change. That evil man said he wanted to fundamentally transform the United States of America. Because folks were dissatisfied with the current administration, without stopping to think, they bought into this silver-tongued charlatan’s vile message and elected him not once, but twice.

What do we do now? What do we do now? When you think you have nowhere to go, think again. You do have somewhere to go; go to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray to him every night and every morning, and many times during the day to have mercy on the United States of America. Take everything to God in prayer. God is our refuge in perilous times. He will take care of his children.

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LIBERAL RHETORIC STRIKES AGAIN

On Monday evening, April 14, 2014, Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox Cable News, interviewed the head basketball coach of the University of Kentucky, John Calipari. When the interview began, I wasn’t paying much attention, and then I started paying attention. Mr. O’Reilly was asking Coach Lapari about how he handled players that were into hip-hop and other related stuff. Also, I believe he asked the coach if the players ever called him bad names. Bill also hinted that the players might not be interested in getting an education.

During the interview, I’m sure I bit my lip and probably frowned, thinking, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t know much about the culture of college sports, does he? I thought about sending him an email telling him that.

The fact is, all college athletes respect and fear their coaches. This respect and fear lasts for a lifetime. Right after President Reagan was elected, he had his aging college football coach over to the White House for lunch. President Reagan admitted that he was scared and still addressed him as “Sir.” Imagine, the leader of the free world being scared of an everyday American. Well, this was President Reagan’s coach. Then there is the story about Kenny Stabler being in Tuscaloosa after the Super Bowl in 1977, in which he quarterbacked the Oakland Raiders to victory. He ran into Coach Bryant and Coach Bryant said to him, “Boy, you need a haircut.” Well, Kenny Stabler went and got that haircut. Kenny Stabler and all of the boys who had the privilege of suiting up for Coach Bryant respected and feared him until the day Coach Bryant passed away. And I think most still do fear him.

On Tuesday, there was a scathing article on the liberal/progress website, salon.com, stating that Bill O’Reilly peppered Coach Calipari with questions that were rather unsubtle in their unstated racist premises. Because I’m a conservative rube from Alabama and not very “enlightened,” I do have a hard time deciphering some of the rhetoric on salon.com. So, I’m just going to guess that Salon was accusing Bill O’Reilly of racism. Again, this is just a guess coming from a southern conservative blob of protoplasm.

While the article itself wasn’t the most inflammatory article that I have ever read on liberal/progressive media, the comments were pretty bad. A liberal facebook friend of mine posted the article and the comments to her post were even worse than the direct comments on the Salon article. Of course, Bill was called a racist and called other things. Conservatives and republicans were attacked and even Sarah Palin was brought into it. And you can’t have any of the above without Fox News being trashed.

This is the point that I’m trying to make, and I know some of you are going to miss it entirely. When I watched the segment, my thoughts were: Bill just doesn’t understand the culture of college sports. I do. I eat and sleep Alabama football. Kentucky is to basketball what Alabama is to football. If you smart-off at your coaches or misbehave, breaking team rules, you are out the door. The type of behavior that Bill was asking Coach Calipari about doesn’t exist in college sports. It just doesn’t exist. Those of us that know the culture know it doesn’t exist.

This was not racism, it was Bill O’Reilly, a died in the wool northeasterner, just not knowing about something. Should he have done further study? Probably. But being uninformed about the culture of college sports and asking “dumb” questions, does not make him a racist.

As I already said, I didn’t see it as racism. However, liberals/progressives seem to always look for some sort of “ism” in everything. Do they push the envelope or what? They will call something racism when it’s nowhere near relating to race. How they somehow manage to connect the dots, I’ll never know. But again, I’m just a southern, conservative Christian, dumb as a post and too stupid to live. But again, to you liberals, I wouldn’t be so anxious to rid the world of my kind. I’m not part of a protected group. You can still make fun of me and call me anything you please. There’s no other group on the planet that you can do that to.

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LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE HATE

According to numerous sources, a college textbook at the University of South Carolina entitled “Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives” portrays former President Ronald Reagan and conservatives in a very negative light.

The book portrays President Reagan as a sexist who was also insensitive to minorities. The book also indicates that conservatives view people as lazy and corrupt. Furthermore, it states that conservatives like Reagan “take a pessimistic view of human nature.”

In its continued dressing down of President Reagan, the book further indicates that he failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency. Well that’s a downright lie unless you consider Sandra Day O’Connor, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, and Elizabeth Dole insignificant. In fact approximately 1,400 women were appointed to policy making positions by President Reagan.

I do remember the Reagan presidency and I remember President Reagan as being a very upbeat positive president and one that really cared about people and had faith in people. He wanted all Americans to succeed, and worked to give all Americans opportunity to succeed. He realized that as a nation, we had to power to do that. But he also realized that equal outcome could never be guaranteed. And it can’t.

Since the book paints conservatives negatively, does it paint liberals/progressives positively? Of course! According to Fox News, the book says that liberals believe in people and have a positive attitude about people. If liberals are so positive and think so highly of people, why are they attempting to get more people on the government dole? Why do they think they need to tell us what kind of health insurance to buy? Why do they think they need to tell us what to eat? It’s because they think we’re too stupid to make these decisions for ourselves.

Conservatives on the other hand do believe in people and believe that the American dream still exists. We love a good success story and want as many folks as possible to become successful. But we live in an imperfect world, and this world will never be perfect until Christ Jesus returns to earth and establishes his thousand year kingdom.

There will be people among us who just can’t seem to make it or can’t seem to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes you just have to keep trying. And there’s the chance it might never happen. The Bible tells us that the poor will always be with us and that it is our Christian duty to help the poor; and that is certainly true. Belonging to a couple of organizations whose purpose is to help others, I’ve been lucky to be around good people, people that open their wallets and give their time freely to help those in need.

Back to this book again, it’s just wrong, it’s lies. And if this small section of the book is full of lies, what kind of garbage is in the other sections?

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