Which Candidates will Downsize Government?

Very worthwhile piece by one of my favorite people…

Pitching Liberty

I spent a few hours this morning reviewing the specific policy proposals on the candidate websites of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ted Cruz. It was a valuable experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you have been following closely, as I have, you might be surprised at what some candidates have in their plans. You might be more surprised at what is missing.

As a liberty-minded conservative, my primary issue is the promotion of individual liberty, which can only be brought about by drastic reductions in not only the size (headcount and dollars spent), but in the scope (breadth of issues upon which control is asserted), of the federal government.

Every single remaining candidate has specific plans to secure the border, reduce taxes, and streamline regulations and entitlements. Additionally, every remaining candidate with the exception of Donald Trump, vows in writing to repeal Obamacare. These issues…

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Someone has to be there. Let it be your privilege and your honor.

ImageIn my 17th year, I remember striding through 18 inches of fresh powder in the 304th Signal Bn HQ & HQ company motor pool in Seoul, Korea. It had been snowing all day. It was about 0200 hrs. on Christmas Morning, 1963. I was midway through a lonely 3-hour tour of guard duty. Mickey-mouse boots, arctic parka, mittens, M14. Big, fresh flakes drifting lazily down to settle on everything; pink sky; dark, silhouettes of brutish, angular army vehicles looming in endless rows. It was quiet enough to hear the snowflakes whispering as they landed. Thinking of my Mom, Dad and sisters back home, many thousands of miles away, my reverie was broken when I heard soft whistling and saw a dark shape lumbering toward me through the snow. Silent Night; someone was walking toward me whistling Silent Night. Heart pounding. Brought my slung M14 to port arms. Commanded “Halt!” The shape stopped moving. Then “Who goes there?” (I know it sounds ridiculous , but it wasn’t, in that time and place.) Came the answering voice “It’s just the Chaplain, son. Come to wish you a Merry Christmas.” Me, then, more ridiculous-sounding army talk “Advance and be recognized.” He closed the remaining distance between us, and said “You’re probably homesick and melancholy tonight, son; but you’re doing good works. Someone has to be here. Look at it as your privilege and honor to be the one. You’ll never forget this night. Merry Christmas to you and God bless you.” With that, he clapped me on the shoulder, and immediately headed off toward the next guard post.

He was right. I’ve never forgotten that night. And I never will.

Tonight and tomorrow, I’ll be thinking, as I often do, of our finest young American men and women slogging through snow, or sand, up and down bare mountains, vigilant in walled fortresses, breaking through big rollers on mighty men-of-war or slipping invisible beneath them, streaking through the clouds and the clear night skies above them in sleek warplanes or lumbering watchers. I’ll be thinking of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coasties and Marines doing their duty as it has been laid before them. If I could, I’d say to them all:

“Someone has to be there.
Let it be your privilege and your honor.
May you come home safe and whole.
Bless you, and Merry Christmas; you’ll never forget this time.” 

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Time to say goodbye?

Millennials William F. Buckley observed that progs claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. One of the most aggravating attributes displayed by them is their desperation to avoid responsibility for anything bad that happens to them as a result of their own actions. Millennial progs are particularly adept at offloading all types of responsibility to others. It’s instinctive for them, and they can never be made to see that they’re doing it. It’s autonomic, like breathing or blinking.  It’s how they’ve been raised. It’s just who they are. 

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Over the past two days I squandered an hour or two (that I would love to have back) defending some simple advice I offered on someone else’s Facebook timeline regarding the ubiquitous narcissistic practice of making and accumulating selfies, and more particularly, nude or partially nude selfies.

The outraged mother of a victimized 24-year-old daughter had written a blog piece about “revenge porn”, which describes someone getting hold of “innocent” but private photos and giving them widespread distribution. Start turning over rocks and you won’t be surprised at the capacity for depravity you find. It was pretty straightforward advice, but some pop-eyed Don Quixote almost immediately took issue with my advice (which was simply “Don’t”), characterizing it as an attack on the victims. Nonplussed, I tried my level best to disabuse him of this notion, reiterating that my advice was offered to all people as the most effective means of limiting exposure to predators. The issue of blame was never assigned in my original post. But these people can’t really focus, even for a few minutes.

Libtard herd instinct is irresistible; I call it the Prog Centipede, and I give credit for that to actor Nick Searcy who made a Tweet where I first saw it as “Democrat Centipede.” Soon a howling, outraged chorus developed that can be synopsized thus: “Women should be able to do what they want, go where they want, commit any act of stupidity, and be completely excused from blame for the resulting misery, and advising them on how to avoid the problem is just more of the ‘war on women’ focusing blame on them while excusing the perverts.” Sound familiar?

You can probably guess where it went from there. Soon gay people were dragged in along with prostitutes, johns and gays, and probably Ford trucks. (I know; WTF?) Inevitably, gadflies hauled out the typical (and expected) labels. Racist. Bigot. Bully. Homophobe. Misogynist. Sexist. Contextually, most of these labels made absolutely no sense, but progs don’t see that as relevant. It’s not like they actually think about or understand the terms. They are reactive. Predictable. Dismembered frog’s legs that still twitch when touched. This is how you know they’ve bottomed out, reached the limits of their intellectual capacity and their ability to reason, and it usually happens in short order. They simply repeat their mantra several times with increasing shrillness, then the labels come out. Pavlov would have loved these people. More proof of concept.

Ultimately, the timeline owner asked us to go elsewhere, a blessing. Her thread had been hijacked. What had been offered as simple common-sense advice on the original subject had been transformed into a mean and contentious (and dreary) War of the Words. And I had most of the weapons, which really pissed them off. By then, I was ready to stick an ice pick into my brain for relief anyway, and so happily took my leave. You’ve all been there. Being who I am, I’ll never respond to that person’s stuff again. A lesson I learned early in life is that you can’t have it both ways. It’s either/or. You’re in or you’re out. If you’re “on the fence” and you’re not a bird. a squirrel or some other little creature with a brain smaller than a pecan, you need to get the information you require for a decision, then jump. If you stay on the fence, people will soon see you as a retarded grope. If you have a mind, you can make it up.

This was a useful exercise in one way; it served to remind me of my own contemporary themes: Progs and Americans. I’m not using these two words to describe citizenship, or legal status. It must be obvious how I mean the terms. We are parting like the Red Sea in Biblical lore. We are two (or more) dis-united nations squabbling over territory and political power, and these are irreconcilable differences, don’t doubt that. We can’t go home again. Humpty Dumpty can’t be made whole. We really aren’t “all in this together”, and we haven’t been since the end of WWII. Far from it. We’re as removed from that once-happy place as we can be before the fists and the bullets start flying. We’re right on the cusp. We share neighborhoods, and we work together, because we currently must. We dread what’s coming, but we sense that it is coming. At bottom, we despise one another, and it’s fervent. As a nation, we are in a posture much like we were in immediately preceding the Civil War. America is up for grabs. It could perish from the earth, and maybe it should.

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Just as the USSR was a forced agglomeration of disparate cultures with no basis for national unity, the ties that bound us when we were a young nation with common goals and visions have been broken. This isn’t a new idea, or one that I lay claim to. I’ve seen it written and heard it said a lot lately. As for me, progs as persons are unlikable, and as groups intolerable. I don’t care what happens to them any more than I care what happens to Wahhabi Muslims. This is one time when I can generalize without hazard. I see them as smarmy, self-righteous assholes. Loud, intolerant and bigoted, they immediately label others with personality defects that are oozing from their own pores. There’s probably a neat psychological term for it, but I don’t know it. I subscribe to P.J. O’Rourke’s wonderfully pithy observation because it can’t be better said; “At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child—miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”

Consequently, I’ve sworn off any attempt to reach out, to educate, to convince, to convert. In fact, I’m writing progs off. One and all. Each and every one. I won’t spend another second in discourse with them, though I reserve the option to ridicule and disparage them when I’m in that mood. Immediate family members who are libtards have a conditional and limited exemption from my policy; amnesty of a sort. If I ever loved you, I’ll obviously continue to do so. Can’t help it. I’ll always care about you and help you as and when I can. Let’s just talk about the weather, and enjoy holiday visits (How about those Seahawks?). But please don’t ever (ever) engage me in an examination of ideas, and I promise that I won’t do that to you. If you disregard this boundary, all bets are off, amnesty is revoked, and it’s ON. Let the chips fall where they may.

Finally, if you think you may be a libtard by my reckoning, just ask. I’ll give you an honest answer. Then it might be time to say

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Watchdog Dads: A Proposal for the Meaningful Protection of Children and Staff from Extraordinary Violence at Public Schools

GoodGuysIntroduction: In addition to being intellectually vacant, I find the current arguments for additional gun controls to be cynical and worse, destructive to the goal of providing meaningful protection for our children at school. The common sense solution is immediately evident. It is reasonable. It is doable. It will not require significant additional public resources, which are becoming increasingly scarce. Most important: It will work.

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has been roundly criticized (vilified, actually) for suggesting armed guards in schools. Some politicians have called his solution “paranoid” and “delusional.” Governor Chris Christie has stated flatly that “arming schools will not make them safer”, but he has declined to explain how this is so. He did not attempt to make that case because the case cannot be convincingly made. Christie is an example of the worst sort of politician; a panderer, finger ever in the air, waiting to board the first populist train to higher office. A.B. Stoddard derisively pronounced LaPierre’s solution to be lunatic, with a price tag of six billion dollars. Even Charles Krauthammer, usually the smartest man in any room, (and a personal favorite) pooh-poohed the idea. But I digress. In my view, LaPierre did not go far enough, did not extend his idea to its most workable and effective iteration.

I am moved—no compelled—by the tragedy in Newtown and its horrible, shrill, futile aftermath to offer an outline for an effective program that would truly protect our children while preserving our constitution and our liberty. No other solution being offered can do this, and the specious arguments for gun control are actually destructive to the desired objective. This proposal is a simple outline, intended to be improved and perfected, so far as that is possible. It is not the sum of everything that can be done; certainly, new schools built with security in mind will be a vital contributor to staff and student safety. Retrofitting older schools with security in mind must also be considered. Comment on it if you can offer ideas, criticize it if you must. Any comments will be moderated because this is not intended to indulge rabid Progressives who have been tweeting that NRA members and officials should be assassinated. There are plenty of other places for these lunatics to massage one another and to put their ignorance on stage. Not here.

LittleThingsWatchdog Dads: A Proposal for the Meaningful Protection from Extraordinary Violence of Children and Staff at Public Schools

Aim: To increase safety and security of vulnerable populations in Public Schools through an effective and cost-efficient program that will have minimal impact on school environment and public budgets. Proposed is a volunteer program centered on local civic responsibility and local community values.

Overview: Study of active shooters in mass shooting incidents points to selection of targets based, in part, upon where large numbers of people are most defenseless, and where likelihood of opposition is low. Malls, theaters, schools and restaurants fit this profile. Proposed is a protective program based upon armed unpaid volunteer over-watchers assigned to each public school.

Scope of service: Watchers would be volunteers willing to commit to at least one full school-day of service per month at a school location in their own communities.
At least two (2) watchers would be required for each school location for each day of school. Watchers would never work alone. Scope of service would be limited to prevention and/or containment of active shooters or terrorist intrusion into a school with an exclusive goal of limiting danger and/or injury to students and staff. In other words, watchers would observe and report in any and all other circumstances with no further involvement.

Liability: Hopefully, school districts would include volunteer participants under their general liability coverage, or would be willing to purchase riders that would cover volunteer participants. Additionally, volunteers would be encouraged to enhance personal insurance coverage through homeowner’s or other personal policies.

Recruiting: Citizens serving in the military on active duty, citizens with prior military experience and citizens with current or prior law enforcement experience would be encouraged to volunteer. Stable retirees with comprehensive firearms experience and training would be encouraged to participate.

Qualifications: Volunteers accepted into the program would be required to commit to a minimum of one full school day of service per month. Volunteers would be drawn from citizens who have trained with firearms and can demonstrate proficiency with them. Utah Concealed Firearms Permit would be required for all volunteers accepted into the program.

Training: County sheriffs and/or local police chiefs would be encouraged to establish a continuing training program for volunteers around an approved syllabus including range qualification, best practices and law relevant to the scope of duty. An ops manual for each facility would be produced and maintained. Assigned watchers would thoroughly tour their schools for familiarity on days or at times when no students are present. School liaison would conduct these tours, assuring that watchers would know how and where to access different areas of each school should an event occur and intervention be requested by school administrators or liaison.

Liaison with School: One primary and one or more alternate school administrators or teachers would be designated for liaison with watchers. School policies, concerns, directives, etc. would be presented at regular meetings with watchers to enhance comfort and familiarity. These meetings would ideally be held off-site to minimize impact on school facility environment. School administrative authorities would drive the program within its simple parameters. Watchers would check in with school liaison at the beginning of each tour and as needed throughout the day. Further: see COMMUNICATIONS.

Liaison with Law Enforcement: Police chiefs or their delegates and county sheriffs or their delegates could pass on the suitability of program participants through oral interviews. Participants would be required to qualify for and maintain valid Utah Concealed Firearms Permits which include basic background checks prior to issue. Police chiefs or county sheriffs could, at discretion, perform or require additional checks, including letters of reference, interviews with neighbors and friends, etc. Watchers would be available for contact with peace officers within each jurisdiction by one of several possible means and procedures. Further: see COMMUNICATIONS

Liaison with Parents: As requested by school administrators, available for group familiarity and comfort meetings in each quarter.

Contact with children: No contact should occur between watchers and children except in extremis, as a result of an incident or ongoing event requiring intervention. These watchers are not “school resource officers” or crossing guards, or field-trip monitors. Their purpose is narrow, highly defined, and extremely limited. Watchers are present to intervene immediately to halt aggressive violence, and for nothing else. (What is hoped for is the most boring duty imaginable.)

Communications – several possibilities – one, more or all:

  • Cell phones
  • Inexpensive GRMS/FRS radios, frequency selected for each day for each school.
  • Law enforcement agencies might provide for each school portable radios providing access to dispatchers.
  • A simple report would be submitted to school administrators and/or law enforcement liaison for each tour by each watcher. Reports would detail identification of watcher, start and end times, and any notable observations made during each tour.

***Postscript: Obviously, this proposal is intended to start a discussion for the formation of a protective program for UTAH communities. Some references to Utah laws and permits are thus explained. Some things to consider when thinking about the viability of this program: 

  • There are approximately 320,000 valid Utah Concealed Firearms Permits issued
  • There are approximately 899 public schools in the State of Utah
  • There are approximately 491,206 students enrolled in Utah public schools (primary education.)
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ObaMao is (among other things) a Plastic Banana

I’ve always said it. Always. Explain this, then:

OBAMA’S RING: ‘THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH’

One more thing hanging out there with no earthly explanation that makes sense (other than the simplest one of all.)

As WND reported in July, previously published photos have shown Obama wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger continuously from 1981 at Occidental, through graduation at Columbia in 1983, in a visit to Africa in 1988 and during his time at Harvard from 1988 to 1991. But none, until now, have displayed the ring with enough detail to identify it as the one he currently is wearing.

I’m just saying…offer your explanation. If you have one. Anything. ANYTHING?

Because I’m just not getting this, and I’ve never heard him asked about it by anyone in the media. Think what you like about the source of this story; shoot the messenger, maybe. That’s what ObamaZombies often do. Bust ask the simplest questions: Does he, in fact, wear this ring? What part of the WND story is false? Will no one require an explanation?

See more photos and read the entire WND article.

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The OTHER debate

Did you miss THIS one?

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ObaMao Supporters: Vandals and Thieves

This is who they are.

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