We ask ourselves why?

16 12 2012

The problem? It’s humanism. The thought that we don’t need God, don’t want God, and shouldn’t even hear about God. That Godly things interfere with our personal wishes and dreams and we shouldn’t be constrained by the limits morality places upon us. That individualism trumps the Golden Rule and you shouldn’t have to do anything for others if there is no personal gain for ones self.

With humanism there is no arbitrator of what is good or bad except what one finds is good for ones self. There is no “higher authority” to answer to. No ultimate judge of what is good and evil.    

A number of years ago we chose a path that led us away from long held beliefs and traditions with the thought that we had no right to interject our own views of truth with the beliefs of others. Surely, we said, they had the right and ability to choose for themselves their own path. That when left to its own devices good would override evil and right would always trump wrong. After all, the good guy always wins in the end… doesn’t he?

We sat back and watched as people told us that it was for the public good that prayer didn’t have a place in the schoolhouse. That the Ten Commandments were some form of ‘establishment’ of religious doctrine that had no place in the public square. And we turned the other cheek with a live and let live attitude and as Christians we shouldn’t force our beliefs on others. We viewed ourselves as upright citizens and obeyed the laws of the land like we were told. After all, we were taught, our constitution forbids the mixing of church and state, and that there were other religions and groups that had different beliefs and traditions and that these things conflicted. It was all good… nothing to worry about.

Now we wonder why there is so much evil around us… why all the misery and hate. Hadn’t been there all along… or had it. Surly evil has existed since the Garden of Eden (yes, I believe) and we have always know men to do evil nasty things to his fellow man… but has it always been so blatant? So out in the open? Is the darkness now creeping further out into the light?

I believe we reap what we sow, and what we’ve sowed for the last number of years is that morality isn’t absolute and that the line between right and wrong is a faded shade of grey. That if it feels good do it. That in the end there is no one to answer to but yourself, so to thine own self be true… and morality is an out of date concept that limits personal gratification. Humanism.

We assigned blame to every act, but not the blame one would think. It’s a reasoning. A mitigating factor, if you will. That whatever we do has a root excuse that takes at the very least a very large amount of the personal responsibility away from what we do. Be it our upbringing, our educational level, of our personal life experience, we always seem to have a cause we can fall back on and say, “Don’t blame me, I did it because…”.

Sure, personal tragedy befalls us all. We all have something negative out there in our personal ‘closet’ where we store up our life experience. But part of being human is overcoming those things.

Sadly, because of what we did over the last many years so many have lost the tools that helped fight off those demons that haunt us. We don’t know how to win the personal battle between good and evil. There is no foundation for the fight. It’s too easy to strike out and give in.

If you want to know what caused Columbine, or what happened in that theater in Colorado, or that elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, you don’t have to look much farther than what we’ve taught to each other… or better what we haven’t taught.

They said we aren’t a Christian nation even though our history, our forefathers, and the basic facts of how our laws were formed and our institutions built speak otherwise. When they took prayer out of the schools we didn’t put our foot down. When they started taking down those commandments from those courthouse walls we grumbled and fussed, but never rose our voices into the chorus they should have become. When we saw the very morals of our communities crumbling around us we barely lifted a finger to even point out the obvious consequence.

We stood aside and watched this happen. We allowed it to happen. We let the genie out of the bottle. We are victims of a monster we ourselves created…

-Al





14 12 2012

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Nobody fears going to hell anymore.

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One forgetful generation…

22 09 2012

I came along at a time when the fight was on to allow 18 year olds the right to vote. The War in Vietnam had been raging for years but looked to be settling down. Nixon was President. With all the turmoil that had occurred over the last several years the forces seemed to be colliding at the right time to make it happen. It did.

I was in that first group of young Americans to have the privilege of voting at age 18. I was proud. I knew it had been a long hard fight and voting wasn’t something that should be taken lightly. I cast my ballot and held my head high.

As an 18 year old I couldn’t see what the fuss had been about, not to allow 18 year olds the right to vote. After all, you could get married, own a business, property, and above all serve our country. Actually, the draft was ending around the same time, but that didn’t matter. 18 year olds were adults and that’s all there was to it and we deserved every right anyone else enjoyed. Period.

Over the years I didn’t think too much about that issue, 18 year olds voting, but when I did it was to acknowledge that I was among the first and I wore it as some sort of badge of honor.

Somewhere, probably in my late thirties and surely in my forties I started to notice that there seemed to be a huge disparity between how young people voted and how older people vote. Youth seemed to be far more liberal than the older more settled crowd, but as that youth aged and became more a part of the ‘settled crowd’ their voting habits changed… well, a large part of them did.

Was it inexperience with life? Were they being somehow influenced by the campus crowd? Was it a peer thing? Naivety? What?

I suspect it’s a little bit of it all. Seems they easily buy into theories and doctrine that in a lot of cases has already been proven false, or at best, unworkable. A lot of this doctrine is still spoken fondly of on our college campuses. Well, what ever it was for many it wore off with age, thankfully.

I suspect that a lot of people believe that old saw about if it feels good do it, and with politics if it sounds good do it. Trouble is both of those philosophies can set you up for a lot of heartbreak and misery down the road.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, while a part of the mantra of my youth, came with the flip side of rampant STD’s and the death and destruction of an out of control drug culture. (RIP Jimi & Janice & too many others to name)

With politics it Socialism.

One of the biggest problems we are facing right now is the fact that there is a new generation of voters that’s come along over the last 5 years or so that don’t remember what the world was like before the Iron Curtain fell. They missed seeing the absolute joy on the faces of those that had been trapped by socialism and were finally able to embrace freedom. Just how big a deal that was.

To this new group of voter socialism can sound wonderful. After all, they have recently left home where they were taken care of by their parents and had most of their needs provided. To them the state taking over that roll seems very legitimate.

They fail to realize just how hard somebody had to work to provide for those needs, wants, and desires of their youth, and at the same time don‘t realize where the vast majority of tax dollars come from that would provide for them now. They haven’t yet learned that for every give there is a take. There is no free lunch.

Many are now confronted with the bill that comes with their education. Confronted with the cost of providing themselves healthcare. A slim job market and skyrocketing cost of energy. They had no idea that the world was like this. They awake to the real world, and sure, it’s a scary place. I woke up there myself once upon a time.

They thought they would step out into a world full of promise with a bright future smiling down upon them. The world was supposed to be their oyster, wasn’t it?

At the same time that the forces of reality collide with the dreams of their youth, and are perhaps more confused about the world they find around themselves then they’ve ever been before, they are handed one of the most powerful things a person can have – the ability to vote.

While I’m not sitting here advocating taking away the hard won voting rights of 18, 19, and 20 year olds, I don’t think we’ve been nearly vigilant enough about what influences them.

Maybe it’s the schools. Maybe it’s the evening news… I don’t have the answer to that. But what I do know is that they are a dangerous force in the world of politics and what can happen to our country. There are forces out there that sing a sweet song of promise to this group, and they can easily buy into what those people are selling.

When your young you see the world through rose colored glasses. Right and wrong collide into a world of wishes and dreams. Concepts of what the world should be… flowers and puppies and all men brothers. Everybody is a winner and there are no problems that can’t be overcome if we just put our mind to it. Reality teaches otherwise.

The history of the world is that there are forces out there at don’t want those problems solved… at least not in the manner you might wish them to be. Freedom is something that many oppose. There are people out there that don’t want to be your brother, they’d rather have your stuff. Or at least control of it.

We spent years and years fighting socialism around the world. It’s practice and philosophy runs contrary to freedom and liberty. While it sounds good to release responsibility for some of the harder things in life to the state what you get in return is a net loss.

Loss of the ability to control what is personally best for you and yours. Loss of the ability to excel and be rewarded for that excellence. Loss of control of how you interact with your government and your fellow man.

Nowadays some of the things we find ourselves protesting the most in our everyday life comes from giving up just tiny bits of that control to the state. What you have to go through just to board an airplane is an example of that. We’ve always complained about the long lines and the inane things we have to do when dealing with government bureaucracy. Yet when you embrace socialism you give yourself over to more and more of the same.

Be it ‘Obamacare’ and it’s promise of a better healthcare system, or determining how much a persons “fair share” of what they earn should go to ‘redistribution’ is, we need to be careful of who is the master and who is the servant when it come to our government.

Bureaucracy is a intolerant taskmaster. It has no heart or soul and will always desire more. That’s the nature of the beast. You’ll never find any bureaucracy that isn’t seeking to grow and gobble more power and funding. It loves the collective for it thrives on rules and regulations, not humanity. Individualism is the bureaucrats enemy.

Will we really see a better healthcare system when the incentive to work in that field is gone and there are few or no doctors to serve the need? And just what kind of hoops will it decide we must jump through for that care?

Who gets to decide if you can even get that care? You? Your doctor? The lady behind the desk that’s ready to get to the house cause it’s Friday and her feet hurt?

Is it better that we take from those that have and give to those that have not, or should we provide a way for those that have not to get to be among the haves? Doesn’t growth happen via success? Isn’t a hand up still better than a hand out?

Is it better for a rich man to give his money to the government or to a new factory that will hire more people? A new factory that will earn that rich man more money to be able to build more factories to hire more people.

Socialism is a siren song that can sound so good. Oh, to be taken care of from cradle to grave… your every worry provided by the good graces of the government.

The reality is that under socialism the Russian’s couldn’t even produce enough toilet paper for the masses. Long lines formed for most ever staple. They had the raw ingredients, the factories, the people to run them, yet they couldn’t produce what was necessary, much less any extra.

Why? Because under socialism it isn’t ’your’ problem’ but somebody else’s. Without the freedom to excel, and be rewarded for excellence and success, there is no incentive. No desire to do more. To go the extra mile. Put in the late hours. Take the risk. When the fruits of your labor become someone else’s fruit, well…

Without incentive most will fall to the lowest common denominator. Most will do only what it takes to get by. There is no point to do more. Mediocre is built into the socialist system.

I remember when the walls came down. I remember the joy that people had when they tasted freedom and liberty for the first time. Those same people look at us today with bewilderment. They ask us if we know what we are getting ourselves into. The lived it. They understand.

Like Reagan said, we are just one generation away from losing our freedom. One forgetful generation.

-Al





We built this…

31 08 2012

When Obama said to the businessman about his business “You didn’t build that.” he was also saying to the construction worker “You didn’t build it either.” To the painter he’s saying “You didn’t paint that.” To the farmer “You didn’t grow that.” To the mechanic “You didn’t fix that”, and to the college graduate proudly holding a diploma. “You didn’t earn that.”

Certainly no man is an island, but what Mr. Obama fails to realize is that it isn’t “Government” that helps us along the way, it’s people. We the people. Government is We The People. It designed to serve us so our will be done.

Government can take no credit for government does nothing. People do. It seems we’ve forgotten who is the master and who is the servant when it comes to how our government is supposed to operate nowadays. We seem to forget that government is just a place for people to come together to help each other. To build that common road, that bridge, join together to fight common enemies, and insure a fairness in actions and transactions among the people.

It’s that businessperson, or miner, or farmer that creates the wealth that pays the taxes to build those roads. Government doesn’t. Government creates nothing. It’s the inventor that brings forth the innovations that cause progress. Government creates nothing. It’s that mind, willing to learn and expand that overcomes the challenges of our future. Government can only facilitate, it creates nothing. Only people do.

Can you imagine Barack Obama telling Albert Einstein “You didn’t invent that.” Well, he just did. Can you imagine Barack Obama telling Thomas Edison “You didn’t create that.” Well, he just did. And when he tells the person that scrapped and saved and worked and overcame great challenges that his accomplishments aren’t his own, well, that’s a damn shame. But shamefully he just did.

Sure, roads are great things to have. But without people willing to move about those roads and use them to further the common good, they are of little use. It’s the people and their creativity and willingness to face challenge and overcome whatever obstacle that creates the common good. The products. The jobs. The future.

The best way to create a great future is to CREATE it. You can’t mandate it. You can’t take it away from one and give it to another. The government’s job is to facilitate a means for people to achieve great things, overcome great obstacles, and build that great future.

It’s the people stupid. Quit putting obstacles in their way.

Al





A good read…

2 07 2012

Normally I don’t post other’s posts on my blog, however, this is a very well thoughtout and written piece on a current issue. It expands that thought into the current ‘state of affairs’ happening within our country and is something that I think we ALL need read and think seriously about.

Katherine writes:

I’m normally a super positive person, but today I feel really sad for the Country that I love – and frankly I’m mad.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi almost called Obamacare’s individual mandate a tax, stopping mid-word to call it a “penalty”. (Oops!) White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew echoed it. Did you know that last week’s Supreme Court ruling deemed the mandate UNconstitutional under both the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause, but ruled that it could stand as part of Congress’s authority to “lay and collect TAXES.” (Did you know that??)

Here’s what someone I know found in this bill, and it makes me realize I need to read it & understand it as much as possible. This bill has been in place for how long now? We’ve had plenty of time to analyze it – so why haven’t we? Why don’t we know the details? Here are a few points that will impact every single one of us:

“If you haven’t read the bill, you need to. There are TWENTY new TAXES in Obamacare. (Remember how he repeatedly said it wasn’t a tax?) Some are in-direct taxes, passed on to the consumer, rich or poor and everyone in between. Others affect the the middle class. Take the long term Reinvestment tax as an example. It kicks in at the start of 2014. Have a 401K? How about a house with some equity that which is part of your retirement package? BOTH are considered long term investment. Long term investments will be taxed, when you add up the percentages, 40% when cashed in. That is stealing the retirement funds of hard working American families. Quite a few of the taxes will simply be passed on to the consumer, resulting in higher prices. If you want the product, you will pay the price which includes the higher taxes. It will not matter how much money you make, or don’t make.
There also are many provisions in Obamacare that do not even pertain to health care. Remember what Pelosi said? We need to pass the bill to see what is in it…”

I, Katherine Saunders, am totally for helping people that need it, and more importantly helping them get back on their feet and independent again. I realize people need medical insurance – and that even just one hospital visit without it can wipe out a person/family financially. I am not immune to that need! I’m a green, organic-loving, caring woman who is very much a mix between these two parties. I also believe in positive thinking – but – I don’t live in “la la” land.

Blindly allowing a healthcare tax w/o knowing what’s in it is insanity, and it is not the answer.

Bob Wiedemer is likely spot-on with his projections relative to the US out-of-control spending and consequences by 2013. We can close our eyes and believe what we’re being told by our government, just like the Germans did the Nazi’s, or we can open our eyes and READ the facts and numbers for ourselves and truly understand what it means – because we don’t have the money to pay for this. Did you hear that? We don’t have the money to pay for this. What does that mean? What happens when America can’t pay her bills? When most American’s can’t afford food or housing because they are taxed way beyond reasonable standards on THEIR OWN money and the goods they need to survive, which is exactly what will happen if we sit back like medicated zombies and just accept it. We’ll be bankrupt – not just as individuals – but our country will be, as well. (Can you see the downward spiral?)

I want to be very clear. For me, this is not about Democrat vs Republican. The fighting and ridiculousness that is taking place between the majority of people in these parties and against the ‘other party’ is stereotyping, polarizing, discriminatory and… stupid. Calling each other names, and trying to make it look like everyone in these parties has the same agenda is silly. There’s a wide-range of political beliefs in both parties ranging from conservative to moderate to liberal. That’s America – the land I love. I’m a registered Democrat and switching to Independent because I don’t want to be associated with either party at this point.

As an American, I actually have the right to expect my President, Congress and Senate to uphold MY rights under the Constitution of the United States. I know, seems like a given, right? Wrong.

I’m cool with the fact that you may not agree with me. It’s your right because you live in this amazing, free country.

BUT when you try to change my Free Republic to a Socialist one, I have a problem with that because that is NOT what this country was founded on or is based in today. My ancestors came here from England to escape a socialist country where they were unfairly taxed & their religious freedoms restricted. There are a LOT of socialist countries to choose from if that’s the way you want to live – please, PLEASE go live there. Denmark is actually one of the few socialist countries that is doing well, so that’s a great option for you.

I just wish the current administration would be transparent about their objectives because it doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to read his books and know that he is self-admittedly a Marxist and socialist. He absolutely has the right to be that.

But I draw the line with him trying to make my country, the USA, a socialist country while couching it in lies and double-speak that are SO blatant I do not understand how people ignore it…unless they want it.

Well, I don’t. I don’t want it, and I think I am fairly safe in saying that the vast majority of US CITIZENS do not want America to be socialist either. So where’s the disconnect, Congress – Senate?

Do you know how much the Obamas or Nancy Pelosi make? Look it up – they are millionaires. Oh but they talk like they are one of the middle class, don’t they? Well, they’re not, and they don’t live like the rest of us. So what IS their motivation? (I won’t answer that because I don’t think it’s healthy or even possible to know another’s intention or motivation.) So let’s work with what we do know.

They (Obama, Pelosi, our Congress & Senate, etc.) ALL of them are EXEMPT from this OBAMACARE bill! Why? Oh – it’s altruistic. Sure it is. Wake UP.

To me it smacks of socialism. It’s good for the ‘common folk’, but not the government elite. Seriously? How can people not see this?

Whether you agree with me or not, please write your representatives in the Congress & Senate, and ask them if they’ve read the bill. Get a copy and read it yourself. Understand the impact, then let them know what you want. But don’t just sit there like a bump on a log or a medicated zombie and watch your individual freedoms die – unless you’re prepared to accept it when they are gone. Because if this keeps up it won’t be long.

I’m sure someone out there will try to spin this as racist, but anyone who knows me knows this – I’m not, and I don’t think in terms of color or gender. I wasn’t brought up that way, and I won’t tolerate or associate with anyone who is/does. I simply want the best PERSON to lead our great Country, and from my perspective, it’s definitely not the person currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I no longer wish to pay his salary or for his exorbitant lifestyle – while in public, he talks like he’s one of the middle class.

I’m not sure Romney is a great choice either, but I’m pretty sure he’ll at least show up for work. At least TRY to enact a balanced budget. I’m pretty sure there’s no controversy around whether or not he was born in America, and I don’t think he has tried to repeatedly block access to his college records. I’m relatively certain he’s not a socialist, and he has a PROVEN track record with leading successful companies. With what we have to work with at this point – that works for me. I hope America won’t settle for less.

I’ve always been the independent sort. I don’t follow the crowd, and my personal integrity matters way more than what others think of me. I embrace the fact that others think differently, feel differently, and believe differently. It would be very boring otherwise. Our Constitution is what protects all of this – we should protect and uphold it, too. I will always stand up for what I believe. — Katherine Pickard Saunders





NASCAR. What have you done to yourself?

7 06 2012

You can look at the stands at the races now, half full. You can’t blame that entirely on the economy because other sports haven’t been as badly effected. No, the problem goes deeper than that.

Kurt Busch gets suspended for a race because he said something unbecoming to a reporter… after his car had just blown up and he’d had a terrible run. Luck hasn’t smiled on Kurt this season, on or off the track. Well, love him or hate him, at least he has some passion. Perhaps a word to the wise should be interjected here – don’t stick a mic in a passionate man’s face just after he suffers yet another in a long line of failures not necessarily his fault.

Could just be that’s what NASCAR needs right now. Passion.

There’s no brand passion anymore like it used to be, all the cars are the same. I think the way the chase is structured has hurt more than helps, because it’s become all about “the chase”. If your guy doesn’t “make the chase” well, football season is starting, so…

Dale Earnhart Sr. was a very passionate man. Would they be fining and suspending him for the things he used to do, now to? You didn’t want to find yourself holding him up if you didn’t want to find yourself getting towed off the track. People forget that one of the main things that set NASCAR off as a nationally interesting sport was two drivers coming to blows live on camera back in the seventies. People loved the passion. People loved that they cared.

Junior Johnson. Cale Yarbrough. Passionate men. The only polish you’d probably find around them would have been on the hood of their cars.

NASCAR was built by bold, badmouthed, and carefree individuals, not cookie cutter prettyboys all saying the right thing, while sipping a Pepsi or Coke for a $1000 every time they are on the TV screen. I miss the days when if you weren’t cheat’n you weren’t winning, and if you weren’t wreck’n you weren’t race’n… and people got pissed off when they didn’t win. That is, after all, how it got to be in the first place.

Today, what’s the visible difference between Nationwide and Sprint Cup? Well, from the perspective of sitting behind your television set, nothing. What’s the difference between Indy racing and NASCAR? Soon, nothing.

The Nationwide Series might even be becoming even a bit more interesting than the Sprint Cup. The young drivers there still have the drive and ambition, the passion, to win.

Unless we get some passion, and some reason to care, back into the sport I think NASCAR has seen it’s peak.

Wrestling didn’t get popular because everybody plays nice and says the right thing. Football is full of rivalry’s and full of players that are larger than life with reputations you either love or hate. Even Basketball has it’s share of controversial characters. They get out there and knock heads and talk trash and the fan’s eat it up. Jimmy Johnson smiles and Jeff Gordon talks about how good that DuPont Chevrolet ran today and how he’ll get’em next week…, Jr. say’s “aw shucks” and signs a hat…

Meanwhile Kurt Busch, past champion and one of the better drivers, sits on the sidelines. It’s said that past owners he drove for got tired of having to make excuses for his behavior and apologizing for his actions. Sad, because no excuse should have been necessary nor apology needed for a driver displaying passion and disappointment. Sad, because NASCAR could probably use a villain right now. Someone to interject some life, a bit of passion, back into the sport.

Kurt Busch, your my hero.

-Al





Down on the farm, growing votes…

3 06 2012

Recently Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill) pointed our some simple truths at a Town Hall meeting about how the democrats want to keep blacks and Hispanics dependent on government and toeing the party line. He also called out Jessie Jackson by name saying that “Jesse Jackson would be out of work if (blacks) weren’t dependent on government.”

He also re-enforced that the next day by saying Jackson was in effect trying to keep blacks, “down on some plantation.” By keeping them dependant on the government dole. Democrats cried foul and, as they typically do, called Walsh racist for saying it.

Truth hurts. Walsh is spot on. Racism is an industry and a vital part of the democrat platform.

 It should be noted that it was a republican that sent troops to Little Rock. It was republican support that passed the Civil Rights Act. It was a republican president (Reagan) that ushered in an economy that moved more blacks out of poverty either before or since. It was a republican President that expanded the Civil Rights Act to cover ALL of America. It was a republican president that put blacks into higher positions in the administration than ever (Sec of State, Sec of Defense).

It was the DEMOCRATS that attacked and tried to block a black nominee for the Supreme Court. It was DEMOCRATS that used the term “House Ni**er” in reference to black conservatives and it’s the democrats that quickly criticize blacks when they become successful.

It’s been republican policy that has created jobs for the people, while democrat policies are for the large part job killers – especially for minorities and low income groups. Go ahead – try to tell me that raising energy prices is sound policy where blacks, Hispanics, or any other minority is concerned. Yet it’s a part of the democrats platform.

 It was a republican President that brought The No Child Left Behind Act, which was designed to lift the educational level of black children in America up to equal levels, and the democrats fought it tooth and nail, and in the end refused to fund vital parts of it – why? The democrats depend on keeping blacks under educated and under control, that’s why.

The democrats love to point out that there are more whites on welfare and foodstamps than blacks. Yes, of course there are more whites on welfare and food stamps than blacks BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE WHITE PEOPLE. But there are far more blacks on welfare than whites by percentage, and that’s what counts in that statement.

Telling people that there are “more whites on welfare and foodstamp’s” is just misdirection, and covering up a problem that needs correcting. Toeing the democrats party line does NOTHING for blacks or Hispanics but give them more of the same ol same ol. And every time a republican points it out the cries of racism go flying.

Real racism is saying that welfare and foodstamps are ‘good enough’ for black people. Real racism is not worrying about providing jobs for the poor, only how much rich pay in taxes. Real racism is saying blacks aren’t capable of acquiring an ID to vote. Real racism is saying a black person can’t make up his own mind about the world around him, only the government can. As long as that government is in the hands of the democrats that is.

They call republicans bigots for wanting job creation instead of welfare programs. They call them bigots for thinking a paycheck is a better alternative than foodstamps. They call them bigots for wanting to pull poor people up, instead of knocking “rich” people down.

Democrats seem to think that corporations and jobs are somehow unrelated, and that taxes somehow don’t get passed on down to consumers. They seem to think that “taxing the rich” will somehow benefit the poor, when in reality those taxes take money out of everybody’s pockets in the form of higher costs, fewer jobs, and less growth in the marketplace. And it’s that growth in the marketplace that really brings money into our nations treasury. It’s growth in the marketplace that puts money in peoples pocket and food on their table. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.

See, bigoted men really are incapable of comprehending reality today. They’d rather keep you with a hand out in need, down on the plantation, where they can count on your support. They somehow think they are doing you a favor. Thankfully nowadays, more and more people are finding out who the real bigots are.

-Al