2016 Elections: The Silver Lining

What if I told you that the 2016 elections could go down as a seminal moment in our country? That this election could be recorded  in the history books as a turning point in modern day American politics? It is my contention that if more people were true to themselves and voted their conscience then some good could come out of this election cycle. We the people can start to turn the needle back toward the path of liberty and prosperity. Some have realized this path but many deny the truth before their very eyes.

The two party monopoly we witness in this country is the largest impediment we face as a nation. Breaking this monopoly is one of the ways to stop the lawlessness we have witnessed issuing from Washington DC (District of Corruption). The democrats and republicans are very much like Coke and Pepsi. They are self avowed “competitors”. They offer different products that are almost the same with just a little difference of taste and packaging.  They may “oppose” each other but each supports the other so they both can remain on top. Look at supermarket soft drink rotation and placement. Neither wants to eliminate the other because they both recognize that they can prosper and continue to prosper by eliminating unvetted competition and keeping both their products prominent. A new major player could upset the balance. The same theory is applicable to the republicans and democrats.

This is what we have been witnessing in our national politics.

Democrats have moved so far toward socialism that describing them as liberals is disingenuous. Limited constitutional government? Pelosi would burst into flames if she was made to utter these words. Democrats have aligned themselves with Alinsky and Marx. They follow a playbook that has been described to us over a century ago. It includes racial division, economic division, gun control, creating debt, creating government dependence, control of education, attacks on religion, and controlling healthcare. Sounds like they have been busy and pretty successful. This plan has been implemented for over a century now and we are seeing the endgame emerge. The big problem is no one politically is opposing these unconstitutional changes.

It is my contention that the republicans are the water carriers for the democrats these days. They have capitulated and supported leftist policy openly and brazenly as of late. Obamacare. Sanctuary cities. Common Core. The budget. We get promises. We hear excuses. Society continues to move away from prosperity and freedom and move toward poverty and dependence.

Why do we still have Obamacare? The latest news is very damning. Some people’s premiums are going to go up over 100%. Most are expected to rise by at least 20%. This is anything but “Affordable”. The republicans have had control of the House for 5 years now and could have defunded it at any time. It would have been a political fight but they have every constitutional right to present any budget they want. Understand what the power of the purse is. Any previous bill passed by Congress that becomes law is susceptible to future Congresses. If the present Congress does not fund something, then it disappears. It is that simple. It is that powerful. Now there is always political fallout but this defunding is easily accomplished. The reason that we still have Obamacare is because republicans like it. It is an easy way to “differentiate” themselves from democrats. Their lack of action shows their lack of integrity and what I suggest- their collusion with democrats.

Ask yourself how did we double the national debt when we had a republican Congress for the last 5 budgets? Along those same lines why did republicans pass a continuing resolution this year which ends after the elections and is subject to a lame duck session of Congress to handle? A logical reason would be to take the responsibility for passing a budget off of the current Congress so neither side can be criticized for their decisions. A December vote can be manipulated so both sides can claim victor, not that anyone pays attention to politics right before Christmas. Especially after an election year such as we have seen.

Along the same lines as above, why do we still have an illegal immigration problem and why are sanctuary cities still getting federal funding? Why is common Core still funded and the Department of Education still in existence? Is that collusion I smell or has a donkey and elephant been murdered, left to rot and replaced with a rat and a tapeworm? Neither party at this point even pretends to uphold and support the Constitution. Their oath to office is a mere formality to pick up a check. Americans used to care. Real Americans still do.

Democrats have splits among many in their base. It seems that Hillary’s corruption in this primary season, the constant unfurling of revelations about her attitudes towards many of her voting demographics and the support by the highest levels of the democratic party to fix the primary has further aggravated those divisions.  The constant anti-gun, anti-Constitution, and pro big government stance the democrats have adopted has led many  good, true liberals to question their support of the democratic party.  The revelations being exposed by wikileaks when it comes to Hillary and her circle of corruption is not helping democrats either. These revelations may not swing the election, but if she is elected they will be like a little sprout that will grow into a large redwood that will be used as fuel to make her presidency even less effective than her history in public office would suggest. Scandal will follow her like stink a skunk. And rightfully so. Hillary is the most corrupt person to ever run for the office of the presidency.

The republicans have had problems for a while as they have turned their backs on the Constitution and conservatives. Boehner and McConnell were the epitome of what conservatives considered wrong with the party. Eric Cantor, majority leader was primaried. Boehner resigned but not before passing a very pro-Obama budget. Now we have the Ryan paradigm. He is no better that what was in place previously. Republicans elected a republican House and Senate in 2014 in a landmark election yet STILL nothing significant was addressed. Then came the Trump fiasco.

Trump has come out against the Constitution on many occasions. In the first debate Trump agreed with Hillary that people on a no fly list should not be able to purchase guns. That is against the 2nd and 5th Amendments. Trump has repeatedly said that state boundaries are “imaginary lines” when talking about healthcare. That is against the very fabric of the Constitution and its status as a compact. Speaking of Healthcare, Donald has stated his opposition to Obamacare but not because it is unconstitutional. He wants a true government run single payer healthcare system. Go to youtube and you too can see where in a 60 Minutes interview Donald says “The governments going to pay for it but we are going to save so much money on the other side” Trump only opposes Obamacare because it didn’t go far enough. Trump is another in a long line of big government progressives who thinks if he is in control then he can make government work for the people. He has no interest in abiding by his oath to office. No real American can vote for him either.

So now the silver lining part.

Breaking the two party monopoly we are witnessing is one of the most effective ways to get our government under control again. The monopoly must be broken for our republic to survive. Donald Trump and Hillary are the exclamations points to that statement. They exemplify what happens as we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils. But there are other choices. Do not let fear or charlatans tell you anything else.

Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party is a viable choice. The Party’s stance is simple- -uphold and defend the Constitution. They have a solid constitutional base for their beliefs. Any American who support their party can sleep well at night knowing the vote they cast was righteous and moving America in the direction of freedom and independence once again.

The Libertarians are also a viable choice. Yes, I understand that Gary Johnson is not a good candidate and definitely not a good representative of the Libertarian Party. If you were to look into the principles of the Libertarians, you would find a deeply rooted belief in the Constitution espousing principles written about and supported by men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It is my belief that Gary is there to sabotage the Libertarian movement this election by doing exactly what he is doing. It is not some great conspiracy. It is just Gary. He is not a Libertarian yet he got the nomination because of his popularity and celebrity among the libertarian elite. A true libertarian who understands and can articulate the non-aggression principle that the Libertarian Party is built upon would be enjoying phenomenal success this cycle. Unfortunately, we have Gary instead.

There is one more person I wish to speak about. Evan McMullin. Do not be fooled by his slick performance. Evan is an establishment shill. His stated purpose is to throw the election to the House of Representatives. Last time I checked the House of Representatives was populated by republicans and democrats. How is he anybody but a person supporting the status quo, namely the republican and democrat monopoly? He represents no party. He promotes no one but himself which means any support he garners cannot carry past the man who started it. His true purpose is to blunt the rightful third party response this election cycle. Do not be fooled and do not be a fool.

Bottom line: The problems we face as a nation are over a century in the making. Their origins can be traced to Theodore Roosevelt and his successor Woodrow Wilson. Problems of this magnitude are not solved in a single election. They are probably not solved in a generation. The unlawful actions of our federal government must be stopped. Law must restored. Forget the idea that Washington DC is going to fix itself. That will not happen until their unsanctioned and unlawful implementation of power is reversed. That is for another article. Just realize that a vote for a third party this year is a vote to start making life better here in the United States. A vote for Castle or Johnson is a move back toward liberty and prosperity. Do not let fear of a candidate make you vote for someone just to oppose another. If you cannot support someone just don’t vote for anyone in that race.That is a much more honorable use of the vote than to support the lesser of two evils. It is time for Americans to be Americans. The ” land of the free and home of the brave” used to be more than just the ending to a song. Stand up for the Constitution. Stand up for America.

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The Constitution IS America

THE reason that we have had the most prosperous and free country to ever grace the face of the earth is because of our Constitution. It was a revolutionary document which allowed the people to rule themselves by creating a federal government of specific enumerated powers. It formalized a way for government to be replaced regularly without the use of violence. Many others living outside of America when the Constitution was ratified had running bets as to how long the republic would last. We beat the odds and became the beacon of freedom for the world. The Constitution created America.

When we turn our backs on the Constitution we turn our backs on our country. If we allow the Constitution to be attacked we allow America to be degraded. We have a wildly out of control federal government that ignores the laws with impunity and tells us everything is all right. We the people have become complacent and through ignorance have allowed our creation to be our ruler. Government is a force. It needs to be constrained. It is much like fire. It can do many good things but left unattended it can harm and kill. Washington DC is out of control and unless we shackle the beast we will witness the dissolution of our country. Yes, it can happen here. We are not immune from the ravages of historical fact.

The ignorance about the “Law of the Land” is agonizing to witness. The Constitution is a relatively short document and can easily be read in under an hour. Most have not done so. It becomes apparent when interacting with them. Understand this: The Constitution is indeed the law of the land. NO local ordinance, federal regulation, executive order, treaty, state law, federal law, opinion or any other utterance by elected officials has superiority to what is written in the Constitution. If anything coming out of any government is in defiance of the clear and precise language of the Constitution of the United States it is by definition unconstitutional and void of relevance. That includes any branch of the federal government including the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court does not make law. They issue opinions. They also are humans and make mistakes and have human failings which make them fallible. They were created by the Constitution and to think they are the final arbiters of what is constitutional is another fallacy that needs to be dispelled if we are to remain a free nation. If you think that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is constitutional then you give the federal government unlimited power to do what it wants which is exactly what we have been witnessing. It must end.

Realize that there are enemies to our country who live among us. They are working toward a socialist form of government which is diametrically opposed to freedom and what this country was founded upon. They continually push for bigger and more intrusive government in out lives. They dismiss the Constitution as an outdated document that needs to be rewritten, replaced or just ignored. What is unfortunate is that through patriot’s inaction we have allowed a whole generation of Americans to be taught of the faults of this country and none of the grandeur we have accomplished. Our country had been reduced to slavery and oppression in the eyes of many. We have to date lost the battle of education. That must also change for us to survive as a free nation.

George Washington said it best :

A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country? ”

No truer words have been spoken and the enemies of our country HAVE learned this lesson. We need to support the truth and educate our children in this truth. We cannot rely on the schools to do this. We need to take this task to heart and act accordingly.

It is up to YOU to do something. No one else is going to do your job for you. I realize the teachings of history. The majority is not who makes changes. Changes come when a minority of the people with a majority of the will demands and makes the change. The rest of the people just follow along. It is unfortunate but it is the truth. I am talking to a small minority of people, probably in the 5% range. We must make the changes needed for our country to survive. Make no mistake, I am talking about our survival here. We are moving toward a precipice that will engulf us in tyranny and end our nation as we know it.

So what can you do? First get educated. Do not rely on others to tell you what is in the Constitution. Read and study it yourself. There are many resources to get this knowledge. Reject the idea that the Constitution is a “living” document or it is irrelevant in our modern times. Those two arguments are easily dispelled by the educated person.

The Constitution is a compact between sovereign states to create a federal government. Compact means contract. This “contract” is still in force and is still as relevant as when it was written. It has a specific meaning and its interpretation is not subject to modern day ideals.”

Use as much original documentation as you can find for this education. The Federalist Papers, historical writings between our founders and the actual document are all you need to be way ahead of most people when it comes to understanding the meaning and relevance of the Constitution. Read about the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, Jay. Martin, Henry, Adams, Washington, and others of the era depict exactly what our Constitution is all about. I say use original documents because there is plenty out there which is written on the subject and is not accurate of the true meaning of the Constitution. Most Americans have been lied to about what is contained in our founding document. Education is the cornerstone of liberty.

When you do get educated spread the truth far and wide. Liberty lives in the hearts of man and can be rekindled by support of the idea. Speak boldly. Speak the truth. Inspire others to do the same. As things get worse in our country more people start questioning the status quo and want answers. Be able to give them the correct answers. This will lead to a better understanding of the principles this country was founded upon and lead to better results in all things. With a proper education we can identify the true problems in this country and take effective action to combat those problems. Candidates who understand the Constitution will gain more support and we can start to populate our local and state governments with patriots and statesmen once again. The conversation of the day will once more turn to politics and through this dialogue we will find liberty.

Understand what is at stake. We have been left the precious present of liberty that was  gained by the blood and suffering of many before us and are obligated to pass that down to future generations. Our country was a true miracle in its birth. So many things were against us yet we pushed through them and became a nation. Miracles do not happen with regularity. That is why they are a miracle. Do not forsake that miracle because you depended on someone else to do the work. YOU are part of the solution. Not anyone else. Do not doom our children and countless millions of others to follow to have to fight and die once again for something that we let slip away.

I will leave you with this thought from Thomas Jefferson:

“In matters of style swim with the current. In matters of principle stand like a rock.”

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

An Open Letter to Mayor Jacobs

Honorable Mayor Jacobs,

I appreciate the position you are in as Mayor of a county when a natural disaster is about to occur. There are many people who are going to be hurting and in need. Your instinct is to protect as many people as possible and take whatever measures you deem necessary to save lives and protect property. I get it.

With that being said, my constitutionally protected rights are not subject to an executive order from the Mayor. The curfew you imposed is unlawful and never needs to be invoked again. You are the Mayor, not Queen, and do not decree when I can and cannot leave my house. Because of rain and wind you feel the need to circumscribe my constitutionally protected rights? You took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of Florida and the Constitution of the United States of America. Abiding by that oath is the most important thing you do. Making an executive decision which affects the lives of many law abiding citizens and the police who have to enforce this unconstitutional behavior is wrong on many levels:

You violate my inalienable rights because of water and wind.
You put police officers in the position of having to arrest people who are simply outside of their homes.
You make criminals out of usually law abiding people who have things they need to do even if a hurricane is coming.
You violate your oath to office by taking a stand against the Constitution.
You condemn people to suffer with no lawful alternative.

Our rights are inalienable. They come from our creator. Government does not give us our rights., nor can they restrict them. That duty is left to the people thru the jury system and due process. An executive order is not a lawful command for the public. It is a directive to others in government on how they should act. It is a direction given within the confines of the law so our government acts in unity.  To portray an executive order as a lawful entity which is enforceable on the people of this county is wrong. This line of reasoning is un-American.

Curfews have been struck down many times for their violations of the 1st Amendment. Your application of a curfew also has 1st Amendment implications. The right of the people to peaceably assemble is a right protected by the 1st Amendment and one that your decree violates. It is never in the best interest of the people to have their rights violated. Governments are instituted among men to secure our rights, not to circumscribe them.

I am hoping you had the best of intentions when it came to the curfew. Other counties do it. It is not unheard of. What I am asking you is that you never do it again. That you come out publicly and renounce the act and promise never to do it again. You see, I and many others will not stand for this precedent to be set in this county. We will not accept executive orders as law. We will never accept any infringements of our rights no matter the situation. I hope you understand that this is being done to make our county as free and prosperous as we can. You may have good intentions but others after you can use this precedence to further erode our rights. It will not be tolerated.

Other municipalities have been sued for cases similar to this and have lost. Let’s make this easy and say it will never happen again.

A Concerned Orange County Citizen,

Frank Caprio