Presidential Election of 2016 - Socialism (really Communism) or Freedom?
On 01/05/2014 I wrote a very short blog on the importance of the November 2014 mid-term elections for Congress – 2014 Year of Reclamation (www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/2014-year-of-reclamation) to underscore the importance of conservatives winning the majority of both houses of Congress to prevent the loss of our Country to socialism.
Just over one year ago I wrote the following words to begin my book, “Today our Country is faced with collapsing internally, with external forces also working against who we are.” Since that time, there has been enough scandal, fraud and danger to write another.
How do we correct the course and direction of our Country? We must begin at home, with our children. Indoctrination begins in the schools – federally funded and regulated public schools. The 2014 elections are the most important of our lifetime. This is where we can prevent the collapse that will continue with the 2016 elections – between the current socialist agenda and the Getting Obviously Progressive (GOP) capitulation, we are well on our way to fulfilling the goals of the Progressives only 100 years ago. How important is 2014 in defeating Socialism?
Why is 2014 the most pivotal year in our history and future? Download this treatise at www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/uploads/8/7/3/8/8738199/2014_year_of_reclamation_01032014.pdf
It’s an 8-page treatise I honestly forgot about – I write my thoughts prolifically. Please download it and read it, its that important to you.
We won, but we lost with pathetic leadership. The 2016 elections are for our president, 1/3 of the Senate and all of the House of Representatives. Your state congressional elections are the most important, but this commentary is about our presidential elections. Use the same criteria locally for all of your elections. Failing to elect the right leadership and holding them accountable is tantamount to surrendering to socialism and surrendering our freedoms – all of our freedoms.
It seems many of the current Republican candidates are less Getting Obviously Progressive (GOP) and more conservative; some certainly more than others. Marco Rubio simply is not one of them…he burned that bridge when he became part of the Gang of 8 and the likes of Schumer, McCain and Graham (the Three Stooges). Ted Cruz is also in the top three – but like Marco Rubio, he is also a sitting Senator – as is former candidate Rand Paul; and other current or former Senators and Representatives that have dropped. My first rule, as noted in my book, is to not vote for a currently (or recently) sitting Senator or Representative. Why? Simply – they are or were in a position to at least introduce legislation to accomplish what they now promise to do if elected. Empty promises – all of them. The president does not have the power to cut agencies, eliminate the IRS, cut the budget, and so on; unless you contravene our Constitution, which has been done by our current president. Most importantly, Congress holds the power of the purse – they can cut agencies, cut spending, cut the budget, cut the budget of agencies, and so on. Sure, there have been a few that have introduced some legislation, but their records – especially their voting records – simply does not support their statements. It is important to note this after the Republicans have gained a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives (Congress) nothing changed – in fact, much got worse. You should look at current and former governors the very same way in how they lead their state.
I have always supported Ben Carson – I sent him a copy of my book asking him to run. In fairness, I also personally left a copy for Ted Cruz and Rand Paul at their Senate offices (all in 2013, immediately after my book was released). Dr. Carson has the intelligence and leadership - and he is not party of the system.
Endorsements mean absolutely nothing to me – for or against, agree or disagree. Each person should do their own research of candidates and platforms, fact or fiction. Perhaps its my lifelong investigative nature that keeps me unbiased and only interested in the facts I find. Its voting intellectually and not emotionally.
Being perpetually uninformed, because you choose to be, is something I will never understand. Don't rely on what others say (or post in print or in social media). Agree or disagree on an issue...do your own independent research. I would say this is my investigative instincts, but it is not. It is how I was raised and taught...back to grabbing a dictionary to learn how to spell, pronounce or use a word properly.
As an example...if you disagree with a 'fact' presented by someone, why trust them to provide proof? How about proving or disproving it yourself.
In civil and criminal cases we never take the 'facts' as given to us to be so...we set out to make that determination ourselves. Otherwise, we are a disservice to our clients.
Don't be a disservice to yourself.
Let’s talk about socialism at this point. Socialism is a form of control through economics. It's not freedom, it's indentured servitude. Socialism is our enemy. You cannot support both socialism and freedom...it's oxymoronic. I 110% unequivocally feel this way. It is simply UN-American in every way. Go to where it is already a failure and let us return to our principles of historical success. Here is a real-life example that just happened in my home town…a capitalist test turned socialist solution.
In northern Colorado a fast food restaurant franchise announced a franchise test on wages. When they first announced its test to raise the entry-level minimum wage, I knew it would be a success - its the basic principles we were all taught growing up in my generation of the 70s and 80s. Something that has been lost in the last two decades and continues to reverberate in this election season. The test was about responsibility and accountability – not missing days, not being late, finding a replacement for days off, etc.
However, when the restaurant announced that with the success of the program would come raises for all employees in all the franchise stores in Colorado, I was lost. Those pilot test employees earned their raise - and, if as reported, apparently earned it for everyone else who did nothing for it. Perhaps the full intent of the restaurant and their revised policy was not fully reported.
The program, as published, was about responsibility and accountability - earning the raise; much like respect is mutually earned and given. Those employees should be very proud.
All businesses would do well to return to what the restaurant proved: giving employees accountability and responsibility will earn them the respect of their employers in the form of a raise. This used to be the standard: entry-level wage, an evaluation of accountability and responsibility in regular intervals (90 days, six months, one year, etc.) and a raise to go with it. Society has now turned to giving annual merit raises across the board - formerly cost of living raises - and nothing else; perhaps a gratuitous evaluation - but no raise to go with a positive evaluation.
My high school job was as a sacker at a small family run grocer. High school students wanted the job because it paid more than minimum wage ($3.50 vs $3.35) and after each 90 days we could get a .25 raise - up to $4.25! Not much in today's standards, but when someone sat at $3.50 and others passed them at $4.25 and then promotions, it meant something. With hard work came the rewards of raises and promotions that could become careers or stepping stones to higher education and careers; perhaps, like myself - business ownership.
Isn't it time we took what the restaurant PROVED and return to that very example? Hopefully there is some misreporting and the restaurant will require all employees to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for their own raises. If not, its simply a program of a few working hard so that everyone can get a raise.
What are my criteria for the right candidate for president? Its simple – a Constitutional Conservative. From an earlier blog post, Freedom Party - Advice from a Patriot (originally posted 06/30/2013 at www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/freedom-party-advice-from-a-patriot). Our president is meant to lead and present to Congress what is necessary to do so. Each branch of government being mutually beneficial in doing so, while adhering to the checks and balances required of them.
The progressive-socialist-democrats are experts at divide and conquer. If race baiting doesn't work, its a war on women or some other social issue that is simply a distraction - but a dividing distraction.
If we all set aside personal agendas, and get only a slate of candidates that will support and defend the Constitution, while furthering a conservative free market capitalist agenda (fiscal conservative) - we will have a Constitutional Conservative.
This whole 'compromise' thing is simply giving in. The progressive-socialist-democrats are also experts at digging in their heels and not budging - so the GOP believes the progressive-socialist-democrats when they say 'if you want the [pick a minority or group] vote, you need to 'compromise' with us' and, sure enough, the progressive-socialist-democrats get what they always wanted - progress towards their goal and distancing conservatives from theirs.
The standard response of every Constitutional conservative, when asked about a personal and social issue, should be 'That is a personal social issue. With the individual being the largest minority, our position is for the individual to address their personal needs and beliefs and for us to prosper by the fiscal conservative values of free market capitalism while supporting and defending our Constitution.' I will guarantee success - continuing the path of the GOP (Getting Obviously Progressive) is failure.
1. Candidates need only to keep two key issues: a) Constitutional Freedoms; and b) Fiscal Freedom.
-- Constitutional Freedoms: If it is not defined in our Freedom Documents, it is essentially irrelevant and up to the sovereign states and sovereign People. Social issues are divisive and the GOP fails to accept that the Democrats will continue to use these issues against the GOP. More important, internally they are destructive to the party.
-- Fiscal Freedom: If it is not a free market capitalist issue and solution, it is essentially irrelevant. The economy is not a ‘trickle down’ – it is a continuous circle, emanating from the center and rippling out. It is socialism that breaks this continuum.
2. Return to the core principles that founded this Country. The new party – Freedom Party – should truly be founded on the principles of our Declaration of Independence and supported by our Constitution. The Anti-Federalists, such as Thomas Jefferson, warned of issues and events that have slowly emerged in the 19th & 20th centuries, coming to fruition in the current century.
The socialist candidates, and those pandering to be on the ticket or in the cabinet, are calling for the interest rates of student loans to be reduced. If Wall Street can borrow money at 2%, so can college students. Well, Congress took Wall Street (banks) out of the picture. The government borrows from Wall Street (and China, but that’s yet another analysis). What happened? Under ObamaCare the feds took student loans from banks (formerly government guaranteed loans) and made them government loans only - and set the interest rate at 7%. Its the only for-profit program the government openly has, for now. It was one of those things (then House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass to see what was in it. What was in it?
The federal government borrows the funds for the student loan program at 2.8 percent and then lends it to the students at 6.8 percent, a markup of 4 percent.
When the health-care law was passed in 2010, Democrats slipped in massive changes to student-loan programs, essentially cutting banks out of the business. In the official analysis of the health-care bill by the Congressional Budget Office, ending federal guarantees for federal loans and replacing them with direct loans made by the Education Department would yield $58 billion between 2010 and 2019.
All federal money is fungible, but with such a large pot of money suddenly (theoretically) available, Congress wanted to spend it on other things. Here’s the breakdown of where the money went:
- $36 billion on increases in Pell college grants for low-income students.
- $10.3 billion for deficit reduction.
- $8.7 billion to support the health care law.
- $3 billion for historically black colleges and minority-serving institutions.
What else was in it for taxes? In 2013 the following tax increases, all introduced and voted for in ObamaCare by the socialists. As I mentioned in my book and book blog commentaries on healthcare reform (www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/nationalized-healthcare-nobamacare-a-better-solution and http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/blog---author-thoughts/the-affordable-care-act-is-bad-medicine, ObamaCare is about economic control and a new source of revenue – it has never been about healthcare. Here is some of the revenue as of 2013:
- Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
- Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
- Capital Gains Tax went from 15% to 28%
- Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
- Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%
The list is too long, but here is a link - http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes. Never vote for a democrat – it is voting for a socialist. The GOP continues in its efforts at Getting Obviously Progressive, but We the People can fix that – it is our right, our duty and our responsibility.
From this book Facebook page, started in November 29, 2012:
Today our Country is faced with collapsing internally, with external forces also working against who we are. It is not about political party, race, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal identification and social agenda used to prejudice others and create class warfare. It is about self-destruction. Very simply, it is Capitalism vs. Socialism; and Judeo-Christianity vs. Radicals.
Seeing the history of our Country and Constitution ignored is to ignore and destroy the future of our Children and Grandchildren. We have begun to see the decline of what was conceived by our Founding Fathers and all that fought, perished and even lost their personal fortunes to birth this greatest nation, freedoms and concept of government.
Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to be in the Cold War (figuratively). During that time we knew our enemy, feared mutually assured destruction, knew and fought socialism and communism, we were an economic and military super power, had a much lower debt and stronger economy, and never condoned the level of corruption and tyranny we have this century.
Its not that all was good - and I truly would not want to revisit that time - just the elements I described. Perhaps we are now facing unintended consequences - we now have selfish pigs excited about supporting socialism for their selfish greed at the cost of so much beyond money.
It sickens me a great deal that we fought and overcame one of the greatest military superpowers, using economics – communism – that so many fought and also died to prevent spreading...to have so many want such selfishness and to lose their rights. Now we have the economic terrorism of communism taking root with socialism, and also islamic jihadist terrorism firmly planted and growing. Simply sickening and disgusting. I would have never thought, while growing up, we would witness such self-destruction.
Obama has been a puppet - as would be Bernie, but Clinton would be the stroke of evil we could not recover from.
Our enemy has always been socialism - dating back to the days of empires and serfs.
The latest buzzword, because of the socialist Sanders running, is 'democratic socialist'. For all those confused about 'democratic socialism' and 'socialism'...its socialism. You can chop it up and put it back together any way you want...its socialism. Socialism is communism. Why? Because the government owns production. EU is a democratic socialist block of socialist countries - just as the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was. They are both 'socialist democrat' in government/economics. We aren't the EU or the USSR...we are the USA, a democratic republic. That's not subject to change under our Constitution. Get over it and move on.Socialism (communism) - government holds the power and economy.
Republic - the people hold the power and economy.
We are losing our republic and its time We the People stood up for what we are and believe in. That includes standing firmly against socialism - there is no compromise.
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Please vote, vote informed and vote to defeat socialism! As they say, it may take an act of Congress, but it begins and ends with We the People!
Dean A. Beers
American Patriot and Author
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