President Trump. Stealth Conservative?

I am a constitutional conservative. I was a vociferous anti-Trumper during his campaign for President. I attacked him on most of what he said because of its opposition to the Constitution. His rhetoric indicated that he didn’t care about the Bill of Rights and had made  statements against every one of the ten amendments other than the 3rd. Trump on numerous occasions reminded us that he was in no way a conservative. Based on his stances on numerous issues I did not doubt the sincerity of his words.

Then came the time he actually became President.

The very first thing Trump did in office was sign an executive order which gave federal agencies the power to roll back some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. This included the individual mandate that most opposed. I applauded the move but I still had my doubts.This occurred on Friday after he took the oath to office.

The next Monday he took his pen and withdrew us from the TPP. Many criticized this plan when Obama was supporting it and I agreed that the process and result involved with this treaty was flawed. Trump had indicated during the campaign that he could and would make better deals for America and on this I did believe him. On Monday he also stated that NAFTA would be looked at and some changes made to help support America and Americans. I supported this effort but still had my doubts.

On Tuesday he got my attention. Trump signed an order reinstating the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ehh. He then signed an order reinstating a Reagan era ban on any foreign monetary support of abortion. More interested. But the BIG thing he addressed this day was federal hiring. He put a freeze on all federal hiring except for public safety and the military. This was done to support his “long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition.” Now I was starting to perk up to the Donald., actually taking steps to reduce the size of government. It doesn’t get much more conservative than that.

On Wednesday, the 25th, Trump really got my full attention. He signed an executive order which restarted the construction of a wall along our southern border. He further ordered the hiring of 10,000 more I.C. E. agents and 5000 more border patrols. He rescinded the order known as “catch and release” which was making efforts to combat illegal entry into the country much harder.In conjunction with his firing of Daniel Ragsdale as head of I.C.E. and his appointment of Thomas Homan, Trump began to fulfill a promise made to the American people over 3 decades old. Trump was acting on the illegal alien issue that most Americans recognize as a problem. He has actually fulfilled a campaign promise that some had criticized him for because they believed it was an empty promise.

On the eve of his first week in office, Trump put a hold on all refugee immigration, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and a 120 day ban on immigration from 7 countries. Liberals at this point threw a hypocritical hissy fit and a district judge blocked the order. Another campaign promise kept. I was hooked at this point.

On Monday, the 30th, Trump again performs one of the most conservative actions I have ever seen in my lifetime. He wrote an executive order stating that for every new regulation to be instituted, 2 other regulations must be rescinded. He did this to “help small business”. Trump had made previous statements saying that he wanted to “cut 75% of federal regulations”. I was a full blown supporter at this stage. Then he really sealed the deal. Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a recognized conservative and originalist, to the Supreme Court. Mr. Gorsuch is the perfect replacement to Scalia. This move is one that will be paying dividends for many years to come.

Recently. on Wednesday the 22nd, Trump lifted the highly controversial Obama backed transgender bathroom regulation. Another blow to liberals and their strange and destructive ideology. Another feather in his conservative cap.

What Trump is doing has made this conservative very happy. I support principles, not men, and when a man or woman supports the ideas I do then they will get my backing. When they deviate from what I think is right then I will criticize them. I am no Trumper nor am I riding on the Trump Train. What I am doing is supporting a man who has entered office, made good on his campaign promises and supported the conservative cause in the process. I still do not believe that Trump is in any way a conservative. I do think that he is just another American who sees big problems with the direction this country has taken and is trying to move us back toward prosperity. His initial acts have been conservative because that is what this country needs. I remain cautiously optimistic  about President Trump and his wish to “Make America Great Again”. If he slips I will be there to point it out but for the meantime I support President Trump from the attacks of the left and those on the right who remain anti-Trump to the point of refusing reality.

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Charter Amendment 2 : Just say NO Orange County

We are about to do a bad thing here in Orange County. We have those that have proposed that we the people begin to give up control over the Sheriff of our County by allowing his free constitutional status to be abrogated by making them a charter officer.

The proposed Charter Amendment

Changing County Constitutional Officers to Charter
Officers and Providing for Nonpartisan Elections and
Term Limits Amending the Orange County Charter to make the
Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of
Elections, Clerk of Circuit Court, and Comptroller into
nonpartisan, elected charter officers subject to term limits
of four consecutive 4-year terms, abolishing their status
as constitutional officers, and specifying they are not
subject to county commission or mayoral authority and
shall have all rights and privileges of corresponding
constitutional officers, except as expressly provided by
charter. No financial impact.

No financial impact. Plenty of impact as to the direction of government here in Orange County. I will discuss the position of Sheriff and why it is bad to take away his constitutional status. As you read, you can see how bringing the Tax collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Clerk of the County Court and especially Comptroller who dispenses all of the monies for county activities under one big umbrella consolidates power which is not good for the citizens of Orange County. I will focus on the Sheriff because that position is the most important to protecting our rights here in Orange County.

Please understand that the idea of a Sheriff is a very old idea. Once is was a tool of oppression but when it came under the control of the people it became a force for good. The direction that is being advocated with this charter amendment is detrimental to the long term security and freedom we enjoy as Floridians living in Orange County. The Sheriff is elected and works directly for the people. He is the highest law of the county. He answers directly to the people. We need to keep it that way.

The history of the Sheriff is many centuries old. The first written record of the Sheriff dates back to the reign of King Alfred in the 9th century. The King restructured the kingdom into “shires” and appointed “reeves” to administer his will on his subjects. These shire reeves eventually became to be known as the Sheriff.

It is interesting to note that when King John of England was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, the document which introduced many concepts that were incorporated into the United States Constitution over 500 years later, that the “Sheriff” is mentioned 27 times (out of 63 clauses) in the document, and the powers of the crown to use him against the people was curtailed and defined.

When the idea of the Sheriff was brought to our shores in America, it was a lot closer to today’s idea of the Sheriff. Gone was the allegiance to the power of the state (or monarchy) but instead the allegiance was to the people who elected them. Thomas Jefferson described a Sheriff as ” the most important executive offices of the country”. High praise from a respected man.

The Sheriff in no uncertain terms is the highest law enforcement authority in his/her county. The Sheriff is elected by the people and charged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and that of their own state. That is their duty and they are responsible directly to the people to perform that duty. The are the law of the county.

The Sheriff’s responsibility is to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens from wherever that encroachment occurs. Most people rightly attribute crime fighting to the Sheriff. That is a major responsibility. But the Sheriff’s responsibility does not end there. If ever a citizen of a county has their constitutional rights violated by any representative of the government, the first line of defense to this intrusion if the Sheriff. If an arrest is to be made in a county, the Sheriff has the right to be informed before the arrest is made in his/her county. The Sheriff should determine that the arrest is proper, and was properly adjudicated through the courts. Our federal government is having a much higher tendency to skip due process and render judgements which are unconstitutional.

In New Mexico, Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County notified the IRS that the sale of county resident Kent Carter’s property was canceled until he received due process of law and his appeal was heard. Yes, he successfully told the IRS “no”! Sheriff Richard Mack of  Graham County Arizona was instrumental in the ruling Printz vs. United States in which parts of the Brady Bill were ruled unconstitutional. In Indiana, a farmer who produced raw milk was harassed by the FDA. They conducted warrantless searches of his property and even subpoenaed him to produce production records until Sheriff Brad Rogers interposed after inspecting the farm. He wrote the FDA a letter that stated they needed a signed court order and to get his permission before they visited the farm again. After that, a court date was cancelled and the farmer received no more inspections by the FDA. These are just a few cases that the Sheriff was involved in upholding their constituent’s rights.

The proposal to the Charter will be represented as a term limits amendment. The idea that moving the officers under a charter will be downplayed. “Nothing will change” they will say. “This will make the offices more accountable” they will say. It is true not much would change initially. But this move has a purpose. The charter can be changed and the roles of these officers circumscribed however the charter dictates. This is a move for future mischief. We the people directly control these offices. That is a check and balance built into our system. Don’t destroy another protection of the people by allowing this to pass.

Think of it like this. Do we want to move toward a Sheriff of Nottingham which performed the wishes of the Crown and oppressed the people or Sheriff Mack who successfully fought the government to protect the rights of his constituents? We can stop it easily by voting no on Charter Amendment 2.

Don’t fall for the gimmicks. Vote NO on Charter Amendment 2. Say no to big government control now and for the future.

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.

Voting for Tyranny

In the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump one thing became clear- neither is right for occupying the White House.How can either be the right choice when both oppose the Constitution? How can they take the oath to office without the Bible bursting into flames?

Hillary made a remark supporting the idea that people on no fly lists should not be able to purchase a gun. She attacked and repudiated the 2nd Amendment and the 5th Amendment to our Constitution with that simple statement. Then Trump agreed with her.

Understand what is at stake. They both agree that a secret list compiled by someone in government is enough to eliminate your right to keep and bear arms. We have this ideal in America that due process is important. That to circumscribe someone’s rights there is a process in place that must be followed to insure that our rights are protected.The 5th Amendment covers this explicitly.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

How can the government legally determine that a person’s rights are negated without due process? It is the law of the land! How can they ignore that?

The government was NEVER tasked with determining if someone is guilty of a crime. That is why we have juries. Article 2 of the Constitution, the 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments all describe rights which we as Americans have that the government cannot ignore or infringe upon. A trial by jury is an inherent right under Common law and our Constitution. It is very simple. Government was never trusted to convict a citizen. That right was reserved for fellow Americans.

The 2nd Amendment is equally as clear. It states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It doesn’t give us that right. Our rights come from our creator and our government was instituted to protect our rights. It merely states one of our inalienable rights which the government cannot infringe.

I don’t know about you but to me the Bill of Rights is very important. Taking a position against anything contained in them is a deal breaker. If you feel the need to vote for Trump or Clinton, realize that you vote against the 2nd Amendment. You also encourage and support the ever increasing police state in which we live. This is not the path toward liberty. It is the status quo which is an ever increasingly large government whose unconstitutional interference into our daily lives escalates everyday. Say no to this insanity. Do not vote for either of these two charlatans. You nation depends on you to make the right decision.

Constitutional Cappuccino- The 2016 Elections Part 1

Here is my latest podcast. I discuss the 2016 election process from a constitutional view. I talk about the continuing fear campaigns being waged by Trump and Clinton and how emerging parties like the Libertarians and the Constitution Party are important to the long term viability of our republic.

Cruz Brilliance

Tonight Cruz gave his speech in front of the Republican National Convention. It went very well with some moderate to spirited applause until the end. Then he had the gall to say that he advises everyone to vote for a candidate that supporter freedom or the Constitution. He got booed as he walked off the stage after making that remark. I guarantee you that Cruz’ defense will be that it is too bad that so many Trump supporters don’t think Trump supports either freedom or the Constitution. Otherwise, how could they say that Cruz didn’t endorse Trump? This was brilliant on Cruz’ part. I think it will play out well. Their will be criticism and laughter about the criticism.

The Race to the Bottom- The 2016 Presidential Election

What we are seeing is a race to the bottom in the 2016 presidential election. All sides are using fear of their opponents to motivate people to vote for them. I have previously written about this and the theory is standing the test of time.

There is a reason for this. None of the candidates- Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, nor Harry Brown are the best nor brightest of their parties. Just the opposite is the case. What we will see is a continuing program of smearing the candidates because there is little to say in actual support of these nominees.

Donald Trump. He is a serial liar. That is easy to prove. He was a self proclaimed New York liberal for the majority of his life and suddenly saw the light and became a Republican. He has no record to run on that supports his current stances. Sure, he SAYS some good things but contradictions can be found on all of his positions- illegal immigration and the wall, taxes, the 2nd Amendment, support for Hillary, Obamacare and single payer health care. The list is extensive. He cannot be trusted by anyone who does even a modicum of research. What is becoming apparent and will really be expanded on is his shady past. He has to win the nomination before the torrent is turned on,  but after that the 100’s of reporters doing their work will report on his history. His previous life will be laid bare and it will not be a pretty picture. Remember, all the media has to do is paint a picture that this greedy capitalist homophobic racist warmonger will destroy the country. They have only to make Bernie  and Hillary supporters believe that. That is the winning path for Hillary.

Hillary Clinton. 40+ years of lying and corruption surround her. There are people voting who weren’t even conceived while Hillary was perfecting her craft of lying and corruption. From her initial participation in the Watergate investigation in the early 70’s and subsequent expulsion for unethical behavior to her most recent dodging of an indictment in her handling of sensitive materials on an unsecured e-mail server- her record as an elected official and public servant is abysmal. She has accomplished nothing of significance in her time in office. She sponsored some inconsequential legislation as a Senator in New York and had a horrible record in the State Department. Her involvement in Benghazi and the deaths there, 6 Billion dollars missing, the sale of Uranium to Russia, the Iran Nuke Deal, and her support of the Arab “Spring” which have all had horrible repercussions. She also has little to give supporters as a reason to support her. Sure she is a woman. So was Lizzy Borden. So was Typhoid Mary.

Harry Brown. He is the best in the crowd and does have some actual success in an executive position as Governor of New Mexico. Yet he too has slipped into the “A vote for Johnson is a vote against Hillary and Trump. How can it get any better?” He is not a good example of a Libertarian. The principled supporter finds it hard to support him in some of his positions. His stance on government intrusion into business affairs is astounding to see. He stated that the intentions of a baker in withholding their services matters to as whether the government comes in and forces the baking of the cake. I cannot believe a Libertarian said that. He calls for the force of government being used to make a baker bake a cake under certain politically correct circumstances. Pretty disturbing to the principled libertarian. His stance on immigration is NOT the mainstream view in the Libertarian Party. That is the Libertopian stance that is a minority with a loud voice that is being amplified by the media. One thing the media downplays or simply does not report on is the elimination of all government subsidies to immigrants in most of these “open border” scenarios. Lastly, his recent support of Hillary concerning her e-mail scandal made no sense. Listen to his comments on the matter. He doesn’t want to be a ‘stone thrower” and thinks it wasn’t her “intent” to commit a crime. Johnson has some good ideas on limiting government and instead of espousing in explicit terms what needs to be done he descends into the media dialogue and the story they want to tell. He gives little for the principled conservative or libertarian to support.

Bottom line: What we are going to continue to see is a tearing down of the candidates by their opponents and little for supporters to actually support. These attacks will continue with the opponents painted to look like a nation threatening despot. In the case of Johnson, the idea of a wasted vote or the idea that voting for him is actually a vote for Hillary/Trump will be pushed.. Just more fear tactics. This fear will be supported on all sides by the continuous castigation of the candidates. Please realize that fear of an opponent is not a reason to vote for a candidate. You are not voting FOR someone, you are voting AGAINST someone else. That is why we are at the crossroads we are. Support someone. If you cannot find someone to support then write in someone. Your vote is only wasted if you don’t vote your conscience.

The Fear Campaign(s)

Originally this was going to be a prediction about the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. After thinking about the topic and seeing a specific story on my FB feed, I decided my topic was too narrow and didn’t reflect the truth of the matter. Let me explain.

My original idea for this article was that the 2016 election cycle’s theme is fear. We already see it. The right is telling their followers that if you don’t vote for Trump then it is a vote for Hillary and another 8 years of Obama’s policies. On the left, you see the fear card being played and the dialogue of vote for Hillary or you get an out of his mind racist demagogue which will be the destroyer of the United States.

This cycle can go no other way. Hillary has NO accomplishments to tout when it comes to her time in office. Her tenure as a Senator and Secretary of State is inconsequential at best and tainted at worst. Her constant trail of lies and hypocrisy follows her everywhere she goes.

Trump also has a lot of skeletons in his closet. During the primaries the research into Trump’s past was limited. Now we are seeing that scrutiny ramping up. Expect after he gets the nomination (a lot of republicans are trying to block this but that is another story) that this news will be strategically released to  damage his reputation and his campaign.

There is no way to support either of these candidates. Hillary the Incompetent. Trump the Untrustworthy. Hillary the Liar. Trump the Hater. Hillary the Hypocrite. Trump the Hypocrite. You must attack the opponent and pull them down thus raising your candidate up in comparison. There is NO touting your own candidate this year if you are a Republican or Democrat. Welcome to the status quo and the consequences of idiocy.

Then I was exposed to an article that stated that the FDA recommends that eating raw cookie dough is dangerous because of e.coli contamination possibilities and should not be performed. The article was fairly dramatic and highly repulsive on many levels.

Escherichia coli is not the end all be all of death. Far from it. Humans have e.coli living in their intestine and it allows humans to metabolize vitamin K. Without it humans would be in trouble. Realize that bacteria are ubiquitous. 99.9% of bacteria killed means millions of bacteria left behind. People are exposed to bacteria every day of their lives. It is a natural thing. But what we hear is how people die when they ingest e. coli when in fact everyone you know has already been infected with e.coli and they are fine.

The article is just a symptom of a bigger campaign. A campaign of fear. We the people are being manipulated by a huge campaign of fear. The failing hoax of man made global climate warming change. Fear of a future catastrophe due to man’s evil prosperity. Preserve the Parks (an advertisement I just listened to on the radio) which states we have to save the parks before we don’t have any “natural” places to visit. The fear of man destroying his planet.The push for gun control after any shooting. Fear of gun violence. Ebola which fizzled but now we have Zika to the rescue to keep us scared about a virus that is “dangerous”. Fear of the unseen. “Stormcenter” Storm tracking of “severe” weather. Fear of nature. The “war on terrorism” is based entirely on fear. The “war on drugs” is also. Think about your life and what the media is telling you about it. What isn’t dangerous to you or your family nowadays?

George Carlin made a joke about this which exemplifies this phenomena. He stated that doctors have determined that saliva causes cancer. But only when swallowed in small amounts over very long periods of time. He was a very insightful man on many accounts.

Don’t let fear rule your life. Don’t let fear determine your vote. If the reason that you are voting for your candidate is our of a fear of the opponent then rethink your vote. No matter how you define this action it represents fear not support. Find a candidate you can support. Two popular third party candidates are Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party. Take a look at their candidacies here https://johnsonweld.com/ and http://castle2016.com/.

Voting your conscience IS the right way to proceed. The two party is stifling representation of the people and needs to be broken. Voting a third party candidate this cycle is needed and has been needed for a while. The problems in the United States are not new nor are they a new creation. Our modern day problem of an out of control federal government began over a century ago. There is no quick fix. Their is a move back toward constitutional limited government and liberty. Our Founding Fathers were not a fan of “parties” but realized they were inevitable. What would have appalled them seeing what is happening today is there are only two parties. In there opinion and in truth 300+ million people cannot be represented by just 2 parties. Fear is keeping the 3rd party movement down. Fear of a wasted vote. Fear of continued failure. Fear of letting the opponent win. This fear is self fulfilling. Do not succumb.

Bottom line: We the people have allowed fear to drive us for too long. Wherever you see fear tactics, the solution is inevitably more government created to “help” us. If you cannot be “for” something then don’t support it. Do not succumb to fear and allow that fear to cloud your judgement and make further bad choices. There are always options. Educate yourself and make good choices based on knowledge. Come back to the home of the free and land of the brave. God Bless America.

The Sheriff:The First Line in Defense of Liberty

I know that with election time coming up many races are filling the screen of your TV and computer. The Presidential election coming up looks to be one of the more interesting in recent times. But I am here to tell you why I believe that one race that a lot of people overlook is the most important to get involved in- Sheriff of your county.

The history of the Sheriff is many centuries old. The first written record of the Sheriff dates back to the reign of King Alfred in the 9th century. The King restructured the kingdom into “shires” and appointed “reeves” to administer his will on his subjects. These shire reeves eventually became to be known as the Sheriff.

It is interesting to note that when King John of England was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, the document which introduced many concepts that were incorporated into the United States Constitution over 500 years later, that the “Sheriff” is mentioned 27 times (out of 63 clauses) in the document, and the powers of the crown to use him against the people was curtailed and defined.

When the idea of the Sheriff was brought to our shores in America, it was a lot closer to today’s idea of the Sheriff. Gone was the allegiance to the power of the state (or monarchy) but instead the allegiance was to the people who elected them. Thomas Jefferson described a Sheriff as ” the most important executive offices of the country”. High praise from a respected man.

The Sheriff in no uncertain terms is the highest law enforcement authority in his/her county. The Sheriff is elected by the people and charged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and that of their own state. That is their duty and they are responsible directly to the people to perform that duty. The are the law of the county.

The Sheriff’s responsibility is to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens from wherever that encroachment occurs. Most people rightly attribute crime fighting to the Sheriff. That is a major responsibility. But the Sheriff’s responsibility does not end there. If ever a citizen of a county has their constitutional rights violated by any representative of the government, the first line of defense to this intrusion if the Sheriff. If an arrest is to be made in a county, the Sheriff has the right to be informed before the arrest is made in his/her county. The Sheriff should determine that the arrest is proper, and was properly adjudicated through the courts. Our federal government is having a much higher tendency to skip due process and render judgements which are unconstitutional.

In New Mexico, Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County notified the IRS that the sale of county resident Kent Carter’s property was canceled until he received due process of law and his appeal was heard. Yes, he successfully told the IRS “no”! Sheriff Richard Mack of  Graham County Arizona was instrumental in the ruling Printz vs. United States in which parts of the Brady Bill were ruled unconstitutional. In Indiana, a farmer who produced raw milk was harassed by the FDA. They conducted warrantless searches of his property and even subpoenaed him to produce production records until Sheriff Brad Rogers interposed after inspecting the farm. He wrote the FDA a letter that stated they needed a signed court order and to get his permission before they visited the farm again. After that, a court date was cancelled and the farmer received no more inspections by the FDA. These are just a few cases that the Sheriff was involved in upholding their constituent’s rights.

Looking to the future some in Congress, the judiciary and even in the executive branch would like to get their hands on your guns or curtail your ability to carry them as seen recently in the 9th Circuit judgement that ruled concealed carry is not a constitutional right. A constitutional Sheriff would NOT allow this blatant violation of our right to keep and bear arms. That is within their power. Another flagrant violation of our rights are gun free zones. These criminal hunting grounds are unconstitutional and need to be eliminated. A constitutional Sheriff would simply ignore anyone who was caught exercising their right to carry in those zones and refuse to prosecute. The Sheriff cannot change laws, but they can protect the rights of their citizens from any encroachment from unconstitutional laws in their county. Think of recent actions by the BLM, FDA, IRS and EPA and what they could do to you if you appear on their radar.

We are lucky here in Orange County Florida for we have such a candidate running for office. His name is Spike Hopkins. He has had a long career as a law enforcement officer and has some great plans to make the Orange County Sheriff’s department more effective once again. He is well respected by his co-workers and others I have talked to. He is a congenial man yet is serious about the work of the Sheriff’s office. More importantly, he is a man who would take his constitutional oath seriously and protect the rights of Orange County citizens from encroachment. He is a member of the CSPOA (Constitutional Sheriff and Police Officers of America)  and Spike is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.He has made the pledge to me personally that he would never confiscate guns nor allow it to happen in his county. For those of you who say this could never happen then his actions will not be needed. For the rest of us living in reality having this protection would give each of us a confidence knowing that the Sheriff has our backs when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.

I urge you to take a look and support Spike Hopkins. A person who supports the Constitution is a very good thing these days. When they are qualified and do run for Sheriff, they need our support, money and vote. A good man who the residents of Orange County deserve as their next Sheriff is Spike Hopkins. http://www.spikeforsheriff.net/

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Thank-You Ted Cruz

I was drafting an article asking Ted  Cruz to consider dropping out, but he beat me to the punch. Kudos to you sir. You have made a wise and great long-term decision. It was the right and upstanding thing to do.

I was going to point out that even if there was a contested convention and Cruz had the numbers to take the nomination in the 4th or 5th round, the resulting tumult would be horrendous. No matter how a contested or a brokered convention played out, Cruz would have been the scapegoat for any ills experienced by Trump later on if he lost or would have too much bad will to win the general election himself. Cruz’ decision to drop out after a loss in Indiana is huge for his long term success.

I was going to point out that dropping out early enough so Trump could get the 1237 number would absolve Cruz of any culpability concerning establishment tricks during the convention. This, in my opinion, was crucial to the long term viability of Cruz as a presidential candidate. The establishment has been coming to the Cruz camp as of late and it is nice to see that he would rather abandon his run then get cozy with them.

I was going to further point out that Ted Cruz has a job in Texas for as long as he wants. His support has only grown since he made this run.  Cruz has run a fine race against the odds and did very well. 2020 will be a great year for conservatism and the Constitution. Four more years of people actually seeing Cruz in action on the Senate floor will consolidate many who were doubters.  Getting out now also avoids any ambiguity as to his involvement in a Trump loss.

And this brings me to the Dark Side of the equation. The inevitable Trump loss. A Hillary presidency is virtually guaranteed at this point.  If she can dodge indictment and actually close the deal against Sanders (which mathematically seems inevitable) there will be another Clinton in the White House. Trumpsters were warned. Hillary has a base of supporters who do not care that she is a liar and political hack. They do not care about her long list of scandals and lack of accomplishments. She is a democrat, she is a woman, she is their pick. End of story.

Unfortunately for Trump the republican side does have some principled people. They do care about their candidate’s character. Many will not vote for Trump. They are done with the lesser of two evils. At best Trump is another big government progressive. At worst he is there to give Hillary the nomination. Either way he will get only lukewarm support from the conservative base which will mean a huge loss for him. HUGE!

The hit pieces against Trump will start slowly but ramp up in intensity and frequency as we get closer to election time. People will be brought forward who have personal stories of how Trump and his actions harmed them. The democratic support Trump has been enjoying will evaporate as he is attacked. Not that some of them were true Trump supporters anyway. Many were just there to support the weakest of the republican candidates to get their candidate Hillary into office. They did some fine work.

Bottom line: it is past time that Americans understood the Constitution and how it has been perverted. I supported Ted Cruz because he supported my ideals- a limited constitutional government. We could have done it the easier way with a Cruz presidency. We have chosen to do it the hard way. It is time that people realize that government are formed among men to protect their rights, and that government gets their power from the consent of the governed. It is time people realize how outside of the constitutional box Washington DC has forayed and demand changes. Their is ONE reason that this country has been as prosperous and free as it has- it is called the Constitution and Bill of Rights.As we move away from those ideals we see the results.

Washington is not going to voluntarily give up its power. President’s do NOT make law. The Supreme Court issues OPINIONS, not law. The ONLY body allowed to make law is Congress. And they have severe restrictions as to what they can deal with. The administrative bureaucracy we have created where legislative, executive and judicial power is vested in individual organizations needs to be dismantled. A separation of powers must be adhered to. States rights and a proper relationship between the federal and state governments needs to be re-established. This is on the People of the United States of America. It is time we hold our officials feet to the fire and demand constitutional accountability. Washington is not going to fix itself. It will take local and state officials, working in their official capacities to protect the rights of the citizens of their states from Washington, DC, to make the changes needed to continue this country’s unparalleled ascent into freedom and prosperity. God bless America.