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I don’t care, and I doubt few Americans do care, what Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ethnicity is

Oct 17, 2018 — Guest Column

I don’t care, and I doubt few Americans do care, what Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ethnicity is. But I do care and am troubled by her
rabid need to be Native American. Why is this so important to her that she would make the outrageous claims she has made? It has been
often noted that probably most Americans have a drop or two of American Indian blood. Even a cursory knowledge of American history would
lend credibility to that claim.

Tribal registration requires proof that one has at least 25% blood of that tribe. No less. So while Ms. Warren may have a drop of Native American
blood, big deal. Is that all she has on which to hang her political future?

Being a true member of an native tribe holds special significance that should not be belittled or diminished. We have taken everything they had.
Do we really need to steal their heritage? That feels to me like the final insult.

Cast your vote accordingly. It will have a long term effect.

Oct 16, 2018 — Guest Column

Typically, midterm elections are low turn out and give an edge to the party that is out of power. Presidential elections draw many more people.
This November that may not be true. The deep philosophical differences and the success of the Trump administration coupled with the rancor over the Kavanaugh decision seems to have fired up voters on both sides. In Florida, the voting is also spurred by ecological and natural disasters. Participation is good. Ill informed, party line participation is not.

In our Governor’s race, look at who has a record of accomplishment, who has demonstrated an ability to work well with others, who has a plan of how to solve problems going forward, and who has an understanding of the challenges facing the people of Florida. Ron DeSantis doesn’t believe that socialism solves problem, Gillum does. Cast your vote accordingly. It will have a long term effect.

CNN Claims Mob Harassment is First Amendment Right

Oct 11, 2018 — Guest Column

Re today’s GOPSUSA article “CNN Claims Mob Harassment is First Amendment Right”, check this out from the Daily Signal’s J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer, asserting that the threats and interruptions of Senate business amount to a federal crime.

“These are not protesters. It’s a crime to disrupt the U.S. Senate,” Adams told The Daily Signal. “The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, needs to start enforcing criminal law.”

“If the law isn’t enforced, it’s going to keep happening and get worse. It won’t stop at the Senate; they’ll disrupt the Supreme Court, too,” Adams said.

Such behavior is punishable upon conviction by a maximum of six months in prison, he said.

Adams referred to U.S. Code 4, Section 5104, which says in part:

Violent entry and disorderly conduct.—An individual or group of individuals may not willfully and knowingly … enter or remain in the gallery of either House of Congress in violation of rules governing admission to the gallery adopted by that House or pursuant to an authorization given by that House … with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business … utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress[.]

“Civility can start again when Democrats take control of the House and/or Senate”—Hillary Clinton

Oct 11, 2018 — Guest Column

“Civility can start again when Democrats take control of the House and/or Senate”  says Hillary Clinton .That leaves me wondering what sort of a party the Dems have become. I guess a party that will be civil only if the get their way, like a petulant 3 year old.  In the meantime, they can disrupt Senate hearings, storm the steps of the Supreme Court, lay down in the street with tape over their mouths, accost government members or employees when they are in public, suggest violence, and the list goes on.

Civility is one of the foundations of our nation. It should not and must not be a tool to only be used to gain something. It should be used routinely, as a matter of common conduct and courtesy.  To suggest that one will only be civil if one has power is very troubling. It sounds like blackmail. I’ll be nice if you let me win? Is this what Democrats really believe? If not, maybe it is time to speak out against the behavior of some of your leaders.

I am troubled by the way we, as a country, are viewing Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski

Oct 8, 2018 — Guest Column

I am troubled by the way we, as a country, are viewing Sens. Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski. Democrats decry Manchin and applaud Murkowski while Republicans do just the opposite. I’m a conservative who was very pleased that Joe Manchin voted yes on the Kavanaugh nomination. I was also disappointed with Murkowski. But in all fairness, they both were doing the same thing, voting their conscience. It will be up to the voters of West Virginia and Alaska to decide the political futures of these two individuals.

What I hate seeing is the chest pounding and bloviations of some high profile Conservatives threatening to cost Murkowski her career. I don’t think she is a good Republican. I doubt her vote represented her constituents. I think she relishes the attention that being the deciding vote affords her. But, she doesn’t represent me. She represents the people of Alaska. Her reelection rests on them. Will I support her opponent? It depends on who it is. Sometimes the devil you know is better that the one you do not.

I am an advocate of taking the high road. I hope Conservative leaders and pundits will not abandon the high road in this instance. We have too much more to accomplish.

It is time to collectively take a deep breath and calm down.

Oct 8, 2018 — Guest Column

It is time to collectively take a deep breath and calm down. It is over. The seat on the Supreme Court is filled. Time to move on to other pressing issues. If there was ever an example of a tempest in a teapot this confirmation process was it.

It really stinks to lose. And Democrats are still licking their wounds from the loss of Merrick Garland as a Justice. Republicans are celebrating the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. Frankly, filling that seat was a driving issue in the 2016 election.

We will probably never know and never agree on the Blasey- Ford allegations. That is all they were.

But guess what, when these two men served together on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, they joined together on opinions 93% of the time. 93%. So, can we look at this rationally and realize things will be OK? And can we acknowledge that some behaviors were really silly? Whipped up frenzy without a solid basis. We should learn from this ugly mess.

The battle for the soul of a once great nation

Oct 3, 2018 — Guest Column

If you have been following the Brett Kavanaugh saga you get the feeling there is more to this than just a “he said - she said” thing. You get the feeling you are witnessing the struggle for the soul of a nation. For America it is the both the best and worst of times. The blessing of a booming economy and a nation presently at peace around the globe is offset by a deadly threat to the cherished values of a free nation and even democracy itself.

The Brett Kavanaugh story is a symptom of a sad disease that is infecting our country

Sep 25, 2018 — Guest Column

The Brett Kavanaugh story is a symptom of a sad disease that is infecting our country.  The emasculation and disrespect of our men - our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons and even military and law enforcement.  We have allowed them to be put in the untenable position that all allegations of sexual impropriety are believed.  We have done this as a reaction to the horrible treatment of women victims in the past.

Cool heads will always prevail

Sep 11, 2018 — Guest Column

Growing up, and later in the workforce, it was impressed on me that raising my voice gave the other guy the upper hand. It was an indication that I had lost control of the situation. Cool heads will always prevail.

Judging for the behavior of protesters in the Kavanaugh hearings they either weren’t taught this life lesson, they were out of control, or they subscribe to the Alinsky rules for radicals-or all three. It was an embarrassment to watch important hearings to select someone who will have a serious and major impact on our country for years to come turn into a media circus.

If there was evidence that this sort of disruptive protesting yielded results it would be easier to understand. If the cameras were to ignore anything but the exchange between the questioner and the person being interviewed, I’ll bet the incidences of protest would drop. These are people who don’t have a clue as to how to effect change without behaving badly. Don’t give them there 15 seconds of fame.

Motivation to support Maxime Bernier goes far beyond Liberals vs Conservatives

Aug 27, 2018 — Guest Column

My motivation to support Maxime Bernier goes far beyond Liberals versus Conservatives and a desire to unseat Justin Trudeau. Our political parties have all been in multicultural lockstep since the immigration floodgates were opened some 50 years ago, and hate crime laws and human rights commissions have been put in place to punish and deter any criticism. By expressing his concern that excessive multiculturalism will divide Canadians into squabbling “tribes,” Bernier offers hope that those who created this country will once again have a say in their future. But with Andrew Scheer or Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, both firmly committed to ongoing, massive immigration, our fate will be sealed. I believe there is a very real possibility that a Bernier-led party could easily hold the balance of power after the 2019 elections, the important thing being for Bernier to distinguish his movement from the established parties in terms of “multiculturalism” and our future. I am expecting massive support to materialize for the new party.

Andrew Scheer deserves to be our next Prime Minister

Aug 26, 2018 — Guest Column

Andrew Scheer delivered what was undoubtedly his most important Speech as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada to a crowd of 3000 very enthusiastic delegates in Halifax on Friday and they have every reason to be enthusiastic. He showed himself to be bright, articulate, genuine and humble, all excellent qualities for any aspiring leader. For fifty-five minutes he was able to keep the interest of the crowd with a well thought out speech covering key issues of concern to Canadians such as the infamous carbon tax, immigration, the endless degradation of our rich Canadian heritage and tax relief for the working Canadian. At the same time we got a little better insight into the man himself, his roots and his vision for the country. It was a brilliant, well focused address.

He was able to clearly contrast himself from Justin Trudeau as someone better able to relate to the daily pressures of the ordinary working Canadian by sharing his humble roots growing up in a large family. This is not a man with an “entitlement” mentality. Justin Trudeau has done nothing to distinguish himself from the diminished view most Canadians have of the Senate and their “entitlement” mentality. The Dawson report revealed that Trudeau broke federal ethics law in at lest four different ways in his famous holiday at the Aga Khan’s Bahamian retreat.
The recent election of Doug Ford in Ontario, expected election this Spring of Jason Kenny in Alberta, Conservative governments already in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, successful Conservative by-elections in Quebec and expected gains in Atlantic Canada have to be giving Liberals a few sleepless nights. In 2019 Canadians will have the opportunity to remove a Liberal government that has chosen a highly ideological path at the expense of ordinary Canadians and our economy. Look no further than the total rejection of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals in Ontario The “real change” JustinTrudeau promised never happened.

An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven

Aug 22, 2018 — Guest Column

Dear Admiral McRaven:

Your recent OPED, which was picked up by every liberal media outlet in the country, was sadly indicative of the current state of mind of many of our nation’s recently retired and active duty senior military leaders.

You stated that former CIA director John Brennan, “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”

Open Letter to Ontario, Canada’s Premier Doug Ford

Aug 1, 2018 — Guest Column

Hydro One buying Avista
Dear Premier Ford,

I am one of the many Americans who wish you well in your new charge as Premier of Ontario. I must say your outspokenness and the challenges you are undertaking in ‘Liberaldom’ Ontario seems very Trumpian, so a slogan like Make Ontario Great Again (MOGA) seems in order.

My point in writing this is to open your eyes to what has been going on with this Hydro One debacle that intends to spend nearly $7 billion dollars of Ontario’s borrowed money to venture into another sovereign nation’s affairs to buy Avista, a perfectly healthy electric utility company that doesn’t need any help nor extra money that does business in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska.

We must stop suffering fools

Jul 17, 2018 — Guest Column

We must stop suffering fools
An old adage says we should “gladly suffer fools.” The opposing view is that we should “stop doing stupid.” Either way, the key concern is the direct impact that not confronting stupid or shortsighted actions has on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making/leadership process.

Whether it is managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically.

Discourse around minor children who either accompany parents who enter our country illegally

Jun 19, 2018 — Guest Column

The discourse around minor children who either accompany parents who enter our country illegally, or worse, are sent here unaccompanied,  has gotten out of hand. Democrats are playing the sympathy card while totally ignoring some important facts. They are not here legally. There is a prescribed procedure for asylum seekers. The decisions that caused them to be where they are was made by their parents.

What is happening to our south is tragic. No question. But as European countries have learned the hard way, we can’t take everyone in. One way to eliminate the problem is to prevent their entry in the first place. Once the smugglers and cartels get that message the problem would be solved, much like issuing speeding tickets in troublesome areas, it is proven to deter speeding. But as long as we don’t have a clear policy and enforce it, the problem will continue.

Please, Congress, do the hard work. Please citizens, be open to compromise. We have avoided fixing this for too long and the results of that procrastination is tearing us apart.

I guess I’m one of those mindless, Trump loving conservatives

Jun 14, 2018 — Guest Column

I guess I’m one of those mindless, Trump loving conservatives who needs it spelled out for me because I’m truly not getting it. What is wrong with renegotiating or cancelling deals that aren’t in our country’s best interest? And what is wrong with seeking peace on the Korean Peninsula? Times have changed, a fact that liberals point out regularly on things like the relevance of our Constitution or confederate statues or immigration policies. There are some things one would think we could agree on, eliminating or containing the threat of nuclear war ought to be such an issue. It has got to be difficult to build trust when the other sides sees such distrust

within our own borders. Like him or hate him, our President is a great negotiator. I wish the media would go silent on the Korean issue and let the 2 men try to work thing out.

Unable to find it in their hearts to give President Trump any credit whatsoever

Jun 14, 2018 — Guest Column

Unable to find it in their hearts to give President Trump any credit whatsoever, the Trump haters are obsessing about the one thing that they think wasn’t covered adequately in the negotiation with North Korea, that being their human rights violations which are many and horrendous. The first point is that those detractors weren’t there.

But more importantly, an open and freer No. Korea will automatically prevent much of those violations while at the same time making the entire world safer. Building trust and causing the change of decades old practices requires trust, respect, and hard work. Isn’t it worth trying. Isn’t this bigger than partisan politics. So, please, focus on what our President is doing not on what you think he is not.

As John Lennon wrote in 1969, “Give peace a chance”.

Bernie Sanders was robbed of a fair shot at the nomination in the 2016 Presidential race

Jun 10, 2018 — Guest Column

There isn’t much doubt that Bernie Sanders was robbed of a fair shot at the nomination in the 2016 Presidential race. Had the system worked without Democratic Party manipulation, it is a good bet Sanders could have been the nominee. Many people recognized a flaw in the system early on-Sanders was not a Democrat, he was an Independent. But, for years, in order to put his vote in their column in the Senate, Dems had embraced Sanders, allowing him to caucus with them. This led to allowing him into the tent during the primaries. The results made the party rethink its position. Now they have passed a rules change that says a Democratic candidate must affirm that they are a member of the party, will accept the party nomination and run and serve as a member of the party. The rule change makes sense. Voters need to know which party a candidate aligns with or they need to know that they truly are independent. This all with either tighten the messaging from both parties or it will lead to an actual third party with all the party perks of the 2 existing parties. Time will tell if the Sanders supporters can be that organized
and can garner financial support.

The United States spends, on average $13,000 per year on student education

Jun 9, 2018 — Guest Column

The United States spends, on average $13,000 per year on student education and according to Rasmussen, a rising number of Americans feel that we don’t spend enough. What that is based on is unclear but probably it is based on our standing in the world, graduation rates, and standardized tests. It may be true that the $13,000 isn’t doing enough. That is because the money doesn’t go to the most important aspect of education, the teacher. If you assume a class size of 20 students, which is likely far below the average classroom size, $260,000 ought to be enough to pay the teacher well and cover a proportionate share of facility and support personnel. If it is not enough, there is a management problem not an education problem.

Letter to the editor Ontario hydro users could not have afforded another Liberal government

Jun 9, 2018 — Guest Column

Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to remain in power at all cost’s and the provincial debt didn’t matter to her one would think it was was more ego related when Wynne announced her pre-election plan and fair hydro plan, by 2020-2021 our provincial debt was expected to hit $370 billion we already pay over a billion a month in interest .

Premier Wynne stated our hydro rates would’ve been tied to inflation for four to five years, but a secret Liberal document leaked showed our hydro rates would’ve increased to seven per cent for five years, through years six to 10; then 12 per cent annually afterwards which the liberal’s denied.