07/30/18

Who was more impressed?

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

I recently had the opportunity to visit historic sites associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  Topping the list would be the Hill Cumorah where the Angel Moroni hid the record of his people so they’d be kept safe until hundreds of years passed, long enough for the United States of America to be established with a Constitution that protected individual liberty and religious freedom along with my being able to visit the house where the Angle Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith Jr., as part of the restoration of the gospel in its fullness.

In case you’re not familiar with the history of the LDS Church and the restoration of the Fullness of the Gospel by Joseph Smith Jr., it can be found through links provided by the LDS Church.  This painting is on display on the 2nd floor of the Joseph Smith Home.

When Joseph was a young man there was great excitement regarding the topic of religion; each sect trying to show they were the one to join.  Joseph found it all a bit confusing and wanted to be sure he was joining the right church; but found each sect seemed to interpret the Bible differently, so much so that making the decision to join impossible without more information.

He read from James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”.

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07/15/18

Lighten up, Francis…

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

There’s a news item via NBC that came up when I was flipping through headlines, Georgia officers on leave after coin-toss used to decide arrest . The article, written by Farnoush Amiri, Ethan Sacks and Kerry Sanders detailed the antics of a couple of cops having fun with a citizen; but it came across as anything other than funny.

“Two Georgia police officers have been placed on leave after video showed them using a coin-toss app before determining whether to arrest a woman caught speeding in April, and the police chief said he is “appalled” by the move.”

After reading the story my first reaction was, “Lighten up, Francis”, a reference to the movie Stripes that came out back in 1981.  There’s a scene where each member of the platoon was supposed say a little bit about himself, a way to get to know each other better.

One soldier, Francis, wanted everyone to call him, Psyco, and anyone who called him Francis, “I’ll kill ya’” or if anyone touches his stuff, “I’ll kill ya’”.

Sgt. Hulka leaned forward in his chair and said, “Lighten up, Francis”, and the entire platoon laughed it off.  There’s always going to be someone who takes things way too seriously.

Years ago, while working for the Houston Police Department they sent me out to enforce a brand-new, No Left Turn, traffic sign that had been installed in the Montrose area.  The purpose of the sign was tied to a recent trend of homosexual individuals cruising the area hoping to pick up like-minded individuals which generated a sustained parade of cars through one neighborhood.  It was hoped the change in traffic patterns might alleviate some cars traveling through the neighborhoods and keep them on the main roads.

As it turned out, two vehicles turned left in front of that sign at the same time and pulled over when I signaled them to the side.

The first vehicle’s driver was a Priest in full “cloth” and the other guy was one of the local hippies, for lack of a better term.  I got their driver’s licenses and immediately let the Priest go on his way, walking back toward the hippie.  The opportunity to have some fun had presented itself.

“I only have one ticket left in my book and it’s clear I couldn’t write the Priest.”  I looked the young man in the eye while reaching into my pocket for a coin.  “Tell you what…”, showing him the quarter and flipping it in the air, “…call it!”  I placed my hand over the quarter balanced on my shirt sleeve.

“You can’t do that, it’s not fair.”  The veins in his neck were swelling and he was tripping over his frustration while trying to contain his antagonism; call it fear or respect, he knew he was close to the limit.

“Come on kid”, in my best Arlo Gurthri Alice’s Restaurant imitation, “…heads or tails?  At least this way you have half a chance of getting off without a ticket.”  I let him dangle and fume for a few moments before showing him that I had a book full of tickets that I could have written and that I was just jackin’ with him.

The job of police officers isn’t supposed to be done by robots or automatons with a blank expression etched on their masks, each officer devoid of human expression while going about the task to Protect and Serve.  The folks in the Ivory Towers would like to think everything is done precisely by the book, within the confines of the Procedure Manual which defines exactly how each and every…

I can hear Ed McMann from the old Tonight Show giving Johnny Carson the familiar lead in line…  “Every single way to encounter the public… each and every traffic stop has been included in this Operations Manual…

To which Johnny would pause, looking boyishly into the camera, flicking his eyebrows and forming a smile before continuing…  “Not so, Metamucil breath…”  Folks today are missing out on real entertainment; today’s substitutes for late-night comedy talks shows are just not that funny.

So, when I read two cops are in big trouble with their Chief for having fun on the job over a traffic violation…well, let’s hope there’s a Sgt. Hulka out there to square off with this Chief of Police, take it down a notch.

Lighten up, Folks.

06/26/18

A Modern Day Korihor?

By: Thomas A. Stern | Self-Educated American

Social media is an interesting place for friends to sort out issues… and for folks who’re not so friendly. That said, I remember reading how families fought on either side, North and South, during the Civil War. Maybe that’s the purpose of Facebook; to sort out what we’re willing to stand up for… or is it simply a distraction, something to waste time that could have been spent more productively?

This entry sparked some interesting comments, “What if, hear me out here, not every policy with which you don’t agree is morally equivalent to the policies of the worst mass murderers in history?”

The political spectrum, unlike white light separated through a prism into equal bands of visible light; …the political spectrum has become loaded left and right with almost nothing discernable in the middle. Folks are pretty sure that anyone who doesn’t agree with their particular ideology are direct descendants of Satan or consider them so dense as to have fallen off the proverbial turnip truck in the last twenty-four hours.

The image selected is from Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon, album.

One of my Friends, more adversarial in nature; but generally civil during discussions…where was I… My friend leans toward socialism as he’s the beneficiary of near total indoctrination by schools pretending to educate young minds. I on the other hand believe in our constitutional republic as originally founded and would love to see our nation return, at least incrementally, toward such a lofty goal.

While exchanging ideas my friend boasted about how much better some socialist countries in Europe treated their citizens (subjects) and how Americans should consider moving in that direction.

My response, omitting his name out of respect for his privacy, “…there is no such thing as a socialist country that respects individual God given inalienable rights. While there are some that infringe on them less than others, the constitutional republic established by our founders with Divine intervention is by far much more desirable. How about we, as individuals, how about we work at restoring that “more perfect union” rather than seeking a replacement.”

His flippant response bothered me, enough to pursue and expand on the topic, and yet I’ve considered his attitude on other important issues as, “Well, that’s just the way he expresses his sarcasm”; but I fear it’s much deeper than sarcasm, he must really feel this way.

“There is no such thing as God given inalienable rights. Those are words written by men to comfort other men. They do not necessarily comfort me. Replace divine intervention with French intervention, and you may be getting somewhere.”

My friend thinks our founding documents are nothing but fancy words intended to make simple minded folks (that would be me… and anyone else who falls for this nonsense), words intended to make us feel better.

It’s far more than a casual rewrite of history. If you don’t believe that we have a nation whose foundation started with God given inalienable rights then nothing, and I mean nothing America stands for is legitimate.

All those precious God given rights; to include freedom of speech, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom from unwarranted searches, the right to own and bear arms…these are nothing more than government entitlements which are determined by which political party happens to be in power.

Everything I believe tells me that my friend is mistaken. I’m fairly certain my point of view is lost on him; but I’ll share some of my reasons anyway.

J. Ruben Clark, a President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, stated:

“We may first observe that communism and socialism – which we shall hereafter group together and dub Statism – cannot live with Chistianity nor with any religion that postulates a Creator such as the Declaration of Independence recognizes. The slaves of Statism must know no power, no authority, no source of blessing, no God, but the State…” (Church News, September 25, 1949, pp. 2, 15.)

David O. Mckay, another President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, recorded a similar warning:

“Communism is antagonistic to the American way of life. Its avowed purpose is to destroy belief in God and free enterprise. In education for citizenship, therefore, why should we not see to it that every child in America is taught the superiority of our way of life, of our Constitution and the sacredness of the freedom of the individual. Such definite instruction is not in violation of either the federal or the state constitution. . .” (Treasures of Life, pp. 501-503.)

My friend isn’t simply disregarding my political philosophy; he’s discounting the foundations of our nation along with our inseparable ties to our Creator, the individual we know as the Word, the Son of God, our Savior and all that is associated with Christianity.

In the Book of Mormon there’s an individual named Korihor, found in Alma 30. He came to mind as I reviewed the comment thread. This is not a good thing for my friend if you’re familiar with how it played out for this particular non-believer.

Korihor was gifted in language skills and went about tearing down the foundations of society by telling folks they were ignorant fools for going along with the nonsense that was being foisted off on them. He did such a good job that a prophet of God was sent to confront him, to challenge the false teachings in order that the people would be saved from going down the path to hell.

In the end, Korihor was forced to admit that he knew all along that God did indeed exist, that everything testified of His blessing and being involved in the lives of the people. He’d been duped by Satan and had to face the consequences of his actions. I’ve provided a link if you’d like to get more then my Cliff Notes version of this important lesson.

I’ll finish with a quote by J. Edgar Hoover, yet another warning to Korihor’s followers of today:

“This nation is face to face with the greatest danger ever to confront it, a sinister and deadly conspiracy, which can be conquered only by an alert, informed citizenry. It is indeed appalling that some members of our society continue to deplore and criticize those who stress the communist danger. Public indifference to this threat is tantamount to national suicide. Lethargy leads only to disaster. Knowledge of the enemy, alertness to the danger, everyday patriotism are the brick and mortar with which we can build an impregnable fortress against communism.” (Conference Report, April 1962, p. 125.)

05/23/18

An American Monument

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

While reading the scriptures this afternoon, in the Old Testament from the Book of Joshua that were part of this past Sunday’s lesson, I wanted to highlight Joshua 4:6, regarding the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant across the River Jordan on dry land while the Lord held back the waters.  Each of the tribes of Israel were instructed to place a rock stacked in the middle of the river as a monument, a reminder of how the Lord protected Israel

“That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?”

It struck me as important to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in all our doings; but mostly I considered how this might apply in our day, a sad reminder that so many of our fellow citizens fail to recognize the Lord’s hand in establishing and maintaining this land of liberty.  It has gotten to the point where some not only don’t show gratitude for the miracle that is America; but are in outright defiance of God’s eternal laws.

Then a bit further, in Joshua 24:13 the Lord pointed out how the people of Israel were handed the promised land, not by their own efforts; but as a gift from the Lord.

“And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.”

How sad; a significant percentage of Americans don’t appreciate all that has been done by those who went on before.  Those who fought and died in various wars to protect individual liberty; even back to our founders.  All our victories, our abundance, and yes, our exceptionalism has been done with the help of the Lord.

This current generation’s ingratitude and sense of self-importance, relying on the arm of flesh, leaves me wondering what kind of citizens are left to work with as real challenges are always just beyond the horizon.  Without the help of the Lord this nation couldn’t exist.

Some fully understand the relationship of our Creator and the nation He prepared for a moral and obedient people…; which is why they want America destroyed from within, remove constraints placed on government by the constitution and transform this nation into a totalitarian socialist state, one that replaces inalienable God given rights with entitlements handed out by whomever is in power.

This past April during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, our newly sustained Prophet and President of the Church, Russel M. Nelson, made the following statement :

“In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.”

We as individuals need to turn to the Lord for strength and guidance; the same is true for our nation.  How is this to be accomplished when so many folks have lost their way, have forgotten or ignored the rich history of our country?

Our founders made it a point to establish days of Thanksgiving, fasting and prayer days and to remind everyone of Providence and Divine Intervention playing an important role in our independence and other blessings.  I find it unfortunate that we as a people don’t have a monument in our River Jordan, a means of reminding our children of the Lord’s hand in our lives.

At one time our National Flag was sufficient to act as that monument, a means of reminding us of the price of liberty while at the same time acknowledging Divine Providence; but apparently our Flag is offensive; to whom is it offensive… and should it matter to those of us who understand what that Flag stands for?

America needs a monument for future generations to gaze upon and ask, just as in Joshua’s time, “What mean ye by these stones?”  Perhaps we can once again use the American Flag as that reminder; she is, after all, a grand old flag.

05/10/18

Scouts Have Lost Their Moral Compass

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

At one time the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had my support; but that was before they lost their moral compass or sold it in order to please the politically correct leftists.  Perhaps that compass is on a back shelf at the local pawn shop next to a copy of the Boy Scout Manual, the one containing their Oath.

Scout Oath. On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. (emphasis added)

Many years ago, back when I was an assistant Scout Master, I enjoyed helping the boys learn how to use a compass and map.  There’s a merit badge for it, Orienteering.  I’d go out the day before our meeting and hide the Prize, something the boys would have to find by use of directions on a map and orienting that map to their surroundings via a compass.

These kids were sharp and figured out the basics in short order.  It taught skills that might come in handy; say, perhaps if they ever went camping in the wilderness or entered military service.

I stopped supporting the BSA quite a while back, when they caved on their moral principles and accepted homosexual adults into their ranks.  That’s when I stopped writing the BSA organization my yearly financial contribution.  I couldn’t support an organization that flagrantly violated their own Oath.  (I’ll have to write a separate article about why I quit supporting the Republican Party)

As reported in the Huffington Post …

“The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday (July 27, 2015) to lift a long-established ban on gay adults  as employees and volunteers within the organization.

The BSA’s full executive board voted 45 to 12 in favor of the change, effective immediately. The vote came after the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month stating that “no adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation.’”

I continue to support the local Troop, the one that comes by four or five times a year on specific holidays to plant the American Flag at the edge of my yard.  They even added the Texas Flag for those occasions when it’s appropriate.  This service cost me $40.00 which helps fund various activities and the money stays at the local level rather than going to the national organization.

I’ve been reprimanded, about the only way to describe it, reprimanded by some for not being accepting, holding out my arms outstretched in love and fellowshipping Christian fashion for those who’ve only wanted to be part of the Boy Scouts and contribute their skills; but because they’ve got the stigma of being a homosexual, a pervert and threat to young boys they could never be adult leaders to these young men.

My response is, No.  Christian standards instruct followers to love the sinner while avoiding the sin.  It does not include accepting the sin as if it were no different than righteous activity.  Our society has undergone an interesting adjustment that mistakenly removes distinction of unacceptable behavior from common sense discernment.  We are not all one big happy family doing what Jesus would have us do.

For this reason it is important that our young people be protected from the ways of the world, those who would have us believe there is no difference between right and wrong.  The Scouting program fell into a trap and rather than fight for the right they’ve decided it’s easier to get along.

There may have been a threat of litigation, something the left uses to persuade folks to see things their way…or else!  How long can you afford to fight for your conservative cause in the courts, a never-ending system with built in appeals to the next higher court, many of which have activist judges?

It really doesn’t matter how the BSA came to their decision; maybe they actually agree that having homosexual adults in charge of little boys, and don’t forget the little girls now, that’s a good idea. Either way, they’ve decided to follow the path of least resistance.  Little boys and girls along with homosexual adults will fill the ranks of Scouting; but at what cost?

In one of the Indiana Jones movies, the one where an ancient knight was left to guard the Holy Grail, he observed the power-hungry fool who drank from the ornate golden chalice and immediately paid the consequences.  The remark left the old knight’s lips, “He chose poorly”, stating quietly what we all knew to begin with.

There’s another line that comes to mind from the movie Shooter, where a corrupted government shadow organization tied to a U.S. Senator goes about murdering anyone who gets in their way.  One of it’s leaders was called to sit in on an investigation by the head of the Department of Justice as they discovered evidence of genocide in a small African nation, all carried out to obtain the right of way for an oil pipeline.

After exposing the shadow group for what and who they were, the arrogant shadow leader got up and began to leave telling them it was out of their legal jurisdiction and control; but prior to exiting the room the department head rebuked him, “Your moral compass is so…(altering the exact quote without offending)…your moral compass is so messed up…(substitute the more familiar crude expression)…so messed up I doubt you can find your way across the parking lot.

I’d have to say the same for the BSA, they too have chosen poorly and might have difficulty running an Orienteering Course, that is if it involved crossing a parking lot.

04/4/18

Perpetuating the Assault Weapon Lie

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

Image M-15 DEF Defensive Sporting Rifle courtesy of Armalite

For openers…the never-ending assault on the 2nd Amendment has been going on for a very long time.  It could be said that those pushing this agenda are beyond patient with their eyes open for any opportunity to move the individual’s right to own and bear arms into some dusty history book, a memory of things past.

If you haven’t been paying attention then perhaps a look at the newly revised definition of Assault Rifle as found in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary might be a bit troubling for some.

Assault Rifle: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; also a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire (bold type added for emphasis)

Does the word vague come to mind?  It should!  Keep in mind that sniper rifles used in the military are often blot action rather than fully automatic or even semi-automatic rifles.  So almost any rifle could be designated as looking like a military weapon later on down the road when the folks at Merriam-Webster alter the definition a little more to suit the communist agenda.

It wasn’t too long ago the New York Times came clean and admitted that 30 years ago the term Assault Weapon was a made-up term, created out of thin air so to speak to scare the average citizen into going along with a political movement to ban any weapon that looked scary.

Handguns were used in more than 80 percent of murders each year, but gun control advocates had failed to interest enough of the public in a handgun ban. Handguns were the weapons most likely to kill you, but they were associated by the public with self-defense. (In 2008, the Supreme Court said there was a constitutional right to keep a loaded handgun at home for self-defense.)

Banning sales of military-style weapons resonated with both legislators and the public: Civilians did not need to own guns designed for use in war zones.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, folks on the left can’t stand the 2nd Amendment and want to take away an individual’s right to own and bear arms.  They are willing to go for a piece at a time if they can’t do it all at once.

The use of trigger words (sorry for the intended pun) … trigger words that categorized look-alike weapons available to the general public as if they were the same as military grade weapons along with the alarming use of the term ‘war zones’ was enough to get the bill passed, even if it expired under the sunset clause after 10 years; the propaganda had worked.

I mentioned that the term Assault Weapon was created out of thin air; but it happened long before the 1990s.  The first recorded use came from NAZI Germany of all places.

According to Wikipedia:

“The term assault rifle is generally attributed to Adolf Hitler, who for propaganda purposes used the German word “Sturmgewehr” (which translates to “storm rifle” or “assault rifle”), as the new name for the MP43, subsequently known as the Sturmgewehr 44 or StG 44.”

For whatever reason the name stuck, perhaps because “Sturmgewehr” sounded threatening or more macho; but come to think of it, most words in German come off sounding threatening…never mind; it got signed off on and so that’s where we got the term assault rifle, at least that’s the story.

Jumping back to present day efforts to deprive average citizens from owning any assault rifle, a term which we now understand to be nothing more than a figment of the lefts very successful imagination and efforts; from the Chicago Tribune, suburban Deerfield, just north of Chicago, has given “owners of assault weapons living in north suburban Deerfield have until June 13 to remove the firearms from within village limits…”

“The new ordinance prohibits the possession, sale and manufacturing of certain types of assault weapons and large capacity magazines within the village, according to the ordinance.  One change from the law as it was originally discussed exempts retired police officers from the ban, according to Village Manager Kent Street.

Violations carry a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per day, according to Matthew Rose, the village attorney.  He said the fine is levied each day until there is compliance.”

Wasn’t it George Washington who explained that the general public should not only be armed; but be armed to the same extent as their government?  Why would a retired police officer’s 2nd Amendment rights be superior to any other citizen’s?

The 2nd Amendment is the target and once an item is placed on the communist agenda it never stops being a goal to achieve.  If it takes a year, ten years or several generations you can count on the folks on the left to seize any crisis and use that crisis to its advantage.

02/26/18

Gun Confiscation and Speedy Due Process

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

There is a concerted effort pushing the gun grabbing agenda of late.  Each time a firearm has been used in a horrific crime the so-called grass roots movement surfaces, taking pot shots (forgive the term), pot shots at our individual inalienable God given right to own and bear arms.

In case you’re unfamiliar with how inalienable rights work, these rights existed prior to the formation of government and cannot be taken away except under very limited situations.  They have been identified and are protected FROM government which means that your neighbors cannot decide to vote them away since these rights didn’t come from government; these rights come from God.

Is it any wonder the left wants to get rid of any and all reference to God?  Without God there can be no God given rights.  Let that sink in and the larger picture becomes more defined.

Our Founders fought a war to establish and preserve inalienable rights risking their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.  Near the top of that list of God given rights that needed to be protected from government… the right of individuals to own and bear arms.  It didn’t specify hunting or sporting firearms; the use of these tools was left up to the discretion of the individual.

The hotly contested issue of firearm ownership was fresh on the Founders minds since King George had attempted to confiscate any and all firearms leading up to the Revolutionary War.  Subjects of the King couldn’t be trusted to submit to his will if they had the ability to object by force.

Jumping to our day, Becky Loggia writing for the Western Journal explains how Florida might have an answer to school violence and mass murders.  After reading it I had to wonder if  Governor Rick Scott of Florida might be a direct descendent of old King George as he seems to have doubts regarding the average citizen’s inalienable right to own and bear arms.

“We must take care of our kids,” Scott said, according to CNN. “Keeping guns away from dangerous people and people with mental issues is what we need to do.”

Who in their right mind would find fault with such a grand statement?  Certainly we must take care of our kids and keep guns away from dangerous people and people with mental issues; the trick is now, and always has been how to accomplish this in a constitutional republic.

There are already laws that cover protecting children and keeping guns out of the hands of specific dangerous individuals such as convicted felons and individuals found mentally incompetent.  Is this resourcefulness an extension of existing law or is this something else?

Governor Scott’s initiative is called the “Major Action Plan” and creates a “Violent Threat Restraining Order” which would speed up securing court orders so “firearms may be confiscated if a family member complains about the gun owner”.

Is this how the 2nd Amendment works or is this a way to ‘get around ’ equal protection of the law by denying rights selectively?

The article went on, “There would be speedy due process for the accused and any fraudulent or false statements would face criminal penalties,” the plan states.  That’s a catchy phrase, Speedy Due Process, modern and with a hint of legality; that might sell to the masses, let’s give it a go.

Would someone explain the difference between speedy due process and undue haste?  It seems the State of Florida has decided that Due Process is no longer fashionable and should be upgraded, or is this downgraded?

Undue : Excessive, disproportionate, exceeding propriety, ill-advised, improper, needless, objectionable…

Shall I continue?

Undeserved, unjustified, unmerited, unreasonable or unwarranted…

I could go on; however, Governor Scott and those who support such infringements on 2nd Amendment rights must be aware that what is being proposed stands in direct conflict with long established legal precedent.

There can be No Speedy Due Process; there is Due Process or there is usurpation of power that infringes on inalienable rights.

With emotions ruling the day rather than reasoned thought, this remains a golden opportunity in time for anti-2nd Amendment folks, those who can’t stand the idea that individuals control their own destiny rather than being subjects of government.  They are coming out of the shadows with eager anticipation, “Get those Guns!  Get those Guns!”.

I wonder how this will all play out.

02/23/18

Who Should Get to Vote?

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

As a matter of civic duty, the means by which a liberty loving people determine the course their government will take, it’s natural to have this discussion come up from time to time.  It’s to be expected after a horrific event such as claimed the lives of 17 young people when a crazed gunman mowed them down with a semi-automatic rifle, a rifle which uniformed (intentionally misinformed) individuals refer to as an Assault Rifle.

Matt Walsh shared his views regarding raising or lowering the age required to vote in a recent article, Should Raise It. Here’s Why .

“In recent days, the Left has renewed its push to lower the voting age to 16.  They claim that the “civic engagement” of the kids from Parkland, Florida proves that high school students should have the right to vote.”

Walsh went on to say, and this part struck me as more important…

“There is a general misconception common among Americans on both sides of the political aisle. We believe that voting is the divine destiny of all citizens and the fewest possible restrictions should be placed on the practice.”

Rather than being overly concerned with how old an individual might be in order to vote wouldn’t it be in our country’s best interest to use some other form of qualification, a means of establishing adulthood based on something other than age?

That brings up the topic of maturity, proving the ability to act and behave as an adult.  (that just about destroys it for anyone in elected office…)

Mature individuals as a rule have figured out how to manage a budget, live within their means, avoid criminal pursuits and in general are a positive addition to the society they associate with.  They don’t go about tearing their communities down; rather they figure out ways to make it better for themselves and their neighbors.

If you consider this as a measuring stick, a litmus test of maturity, then determining some basic requirements for eligible voters can be established without worrying about age, race, gender or religious leanings.  It would; however, eliminate about 20% of the population from voter eligibility, free loaders who’ve been dependent on redistributed wealth of from others.

Here’s the point, should folks running for elected office pander for votes from those expecting handouts or entitlements or would our communities be better served if those seeking office were held responsible to those actually supporting their communities?  That sure sounds cold; but mature individuals have to make these kinds of decisions.

If some teenaged kid creates a company that rivals that of any adult then he’s contributing to the community much more than some welfare queen with six children from six different baby daddies; or am I being too blunt?  Young men serving in the military are risking their lives in defense of our nation and yet some would deny them their 2nd Amendment rights upon returning home to civilian life without Due Process.

I mentioned the intentional misrepresentation of certain weapons, those defined as “Assault Rifles/Assault Weapons” that somehow are supposed to be exactly the same as fully automatic machine guns and rifles issued by the military…gotta’ take a deep breath, in and out…that’s better…

The term Assault Rifle/Assault Weapon is a made-up term, a fabrication by anti-gun leftists created to scare low information individuals.  The New York Times admitted this after pushing the lie for over 30 years.  There’s no such thing as an Assault Rifle being sold to the general public; machine guns are illegal to purchase without spending a fortune for a special tax stamp that isn’t available without considerable effort.  In short, any responsible citizen, regardless of age, should be able to enjoy his/her 2nd Amendment right until such time as a court of law determines otherwise.

What are the qualifications we might discuss prior to letting one of our fellow citizens vote?  Voting isn’t a right; it’s earned upon becoming a mature contributor to society.  We have gone down the road to socialism by giving the vote, willy-nilly, to those who’ve been sucking our treasury dry and have given nothing in return.

How about we start with something simple, something easy to identify?  To be eligible to vote an individual must a U.S. citizen…and not be accepting Welfare, Food Stamps or in general be on the government dole.

Before anyone jumps on the “racism” horse, it might be an eye opener to find whose been accepting welfare.  Here’s an accounting taken from back in 2012; but it would be similar in most any year following.

“In 2009, 18.6% of the population was participating in at least one means-tested benefit program. That number was up to 21.3% in 2012.”  (which included those accepting SSI benefits from disability and individuals who couldn’t work.  It did not denote whether individuals who’d paid into the SSI program and become vested were considered recipients of welfare)

“Forty-three percent of people had been receiving benefits for 37 to 48 months”

“In 2012, an average of 41.6% of African Americans received means-tested benefits each month. About 18% of Asians or Pacific Islanders and 13% of whites received benefits each month. Thirty-six percent of Hispanics of any race received government assistance.”

Here’s my question, what difference in the mindset of those seeking election would be observed if they understood that only responsible voters would decide who got elected?  Wouldn’t we see a shift toward more responsible government?

Let’s set the bar; to be eligible to vote an individual can’t have been receiving welfare in the 2 years prior to election day.  Non-citizens have no say in how we run our government.

I’ll give folks on the left a chance to go by the garbage bin where they can obtain Free rotten produce, a chance to hurl their kind thoughts my way.  They certainly couldn’t be expected to pay, not for useless waste; that’s what conservatives are expected to pay for.

02/19/18

And so the battle continues…

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

I’ve posted a scan of a postcard sent to my folks many years ago when a friend was visiting Scotland.  It’s the Fraser Clan colors along with the family moto, All My Hope Is In God.  I keep this image at my desk, a reminder of where I sprang from as I bear my grandfather’s last name as my middle name.

My grandfather was something of a scrapper, in today’s terms, a piece of work.  He did a good job of sprucing up in his later years; it was either that or he wouldn’t have been permitted near any of his grandchildren from what I learned.

He joined AA and never took a drink during my lifetime; but even as a young boy I could see there was an untamed spirit held hostage somewhere in his soul.  He delighted in the idea of showing off his machismo at the drop of a hat.

One time while visiting him on my birthday weekend he decided I needed a haircut.  Never mind that my parents had taken me to the barbershop the day before traveling into town on the train; he said I needed a haircut.

We went to one of the rougher areas of New York, the same place he went to get his hair cut.  Looking around it gave every impression of being the kind of place to avoid.  It’s my guess, just a guess mind you, that my grandfather had hoped to get into some kind of ‘dust up’, a chance to show his fighting skills.  It didn’t happen; but he had a sly grin on his face as if he’d won all the same.

That’s the Fraser Clan spirit; and of course All My Hope Is In God.  You might wonder why I’ve gone down this path…

I too like a good ‘dust up’ from time to time, a chance to get up in someone’s face, back them into a corner or simply drop them to the floor.  I know; it’s something I shouldn’t be proud of, a personality trait that I’m supposed to leave behind as I learn how to become more Christ like.

I’m a work in progress and recognize my need to repent; but it sure felt good as the adrenaline poured through my veins sharpening my wits as each move landed me one step closer to victory.

The Spirit can’t abide contention and so I’m left to my own devices when I permit myself to sink back into the Fraser Clan mode of dealing with adversaries.  I do enjoy explaining my point of view in public forums like Facebook; however, as often happens, I let my old Fraser Clan personality run roughshod over others.  For this I must repent; and will do so… some other day.

02/15/18

Morality and Congress – an Oxymoron

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

While paramedics were still checking for victims of this latest school shooting, marching orders from gun grabbing leftists were being handed out.  “Get those guns, those evil guns must be rounded up for our children to be safe.”  No doubt the tragic loss of life in Parkland, Florida should affect each of us, right down to our very souls.

But that’s just the point; the soul of our nation has a festering cancer which must be treated… and it has nothing to do with individual ownership of firearms.

CNN had a  lead article, “Biden says Congress has ‘moral obligation’ to take action after Parkland”.  His exact quote, “I am at a loss for what more to say. I grieve with the families in Parkland today. I grieve with the families across the country who have suffered loss due to gun violence. Congress has a moral obligation to take action and spare more families from this violence,” Biden tweeted.

In other words, according to Joe Biden and those on the left, Congress needs to ignore the 2nd Amendment once and for all in order to get those evil guns away from stupid Americans who shouldn’t be trusted.  Doesn’t that about cover how the left sees us?

Contained within that same article, “Congress has a moral responsibility to take common sense action to prevent the daily tragedy of gun violence in communities across America,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted Wednesday.”  In my best Saturday Night Live, Church Lady voice, “Well isn’t that special.”

The leftist agenda is and always has been to disarm American citizens at any cost.  Once the government has removed all the guns, citizens become subjects of the state without near as much hassle. If that means playing on the tears of parents left childless from a crazed gunman’s senseless act of violence then so be it; just make sure to play up the part about his use of an AR-15 to make sure we get public sentiment working to complete the job.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are in mourning over this latest senseless shooting. That said…how about we talk about reality?

The brutal truth nobody wants to hear is that in a free society danger lurks around every ‘next corner’.  There is no such thing as a ‘safe space’ where you never get your feelings hurt, never run into a bully or have to defend yourself or loved ones from a crazed lunatic with a weapon. This is one of the reasons why individuals arm themselves and why it is a Natural Right (God Given Right) in a free society to offset those times when an individual runs up against situations which cannot be resolved in a peaceful manner. There is no way to guarantee safety from random acts of violence and so we remain armed as our only reasonable protection from that danger.

Exactly what is Congress going to fix?  Folks on the left are jumping up and down demanding we fix the gun problem.  Some things are not within the scope or power of Congress; but let’s not let little details like that stop them from gumming up our Constitutional Republic.  (sarcasm button engaged)

John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers, or as some refer to them, ‘old white guys’, shared these  words of caution, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

I point this out to Joe Biden, clearly the moral watchdog for our nation, a man who wants to become a presidential candidate for the Democrat Party; but only if they can ignore  Biden’s insatiable lusting after women, touching them to the point where Secret Service agents had to protect them from his groping.

Wasn’t there a platform issue during the  2012 Democrat Party Convention, they didn’t want to acknowledge God or something to the effect?

“Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte today booed, jeered and shook their fists when the chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, declared that an amendment to the party’s platform that restored a mention of God had been adopted.”

Maybe that’s important when asking Congress to do something that it’s ‘morally obligated’ to do. Bear in mind, roughly half of the Senate and Congress are card carrying Democrats.

What do Democrats use to anchor themselves to morality and/or religion if they come right out and denounce any association with God?  Isn’t that a fair question?

James Madison pointed out, “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”  Isn’t that simply another way of saying subject to God, no different than the use of the word Creator in our Declaration of Independence?

The only way to ‘fix’ the gun violence issues that plague our nation begin and end by following the laws of God.  There’s no other way to say it.  Disarming the general public is how totalitarian governments enslave their subjects; not how it works in the land of Liberty.