Year End (2021) – An After Action Report

Bobblehead DollBetween Christmas and New Year 2019, I accepted an offer to write more frequently for a group that, at the time, was calling itself “No More BS.”  What an amazing opportunity the challenge to write more regularly became, and how much I have come to enjoy writing.  Like all things in life, the challenge came with a cost; I had exhausted myself mentally, I was spent by October.  Physically my body could not answer the call of my mind, and my mind was screaming at me to stop.  Let’s talk about drivers and BS, for the importance to American society success is found in ending the BS.

Little Joey Biden and his Afghanistan Debacle are still unfolding, and I fully admit this turn of events from August 2021 has left me numb.  When America left Hanoi (April 1975) and Vietnam fell, many Americans, especially veterans, felt defeated in ways hard to describe.  Who knew that in such a short space of time (less than 50 years), America would repeat Hanoi (August 2021) by a couple of magnitudes?  Some very cynical veterans I know suspected the politicization of Afghanistan would lead to a repeat of history; but, I can honestly say I never expected Biden to act in such a disastrous and self-defeating manner.

Leaving Americans, allies, and stakeholders on the ground, holding the bag of responsibility, remains the quintessential yellow-spine craven move of the new century.  One of the greatest insults from my time in the US Military was the corporatization of the military officer corps.  Disconnecting responsibility and accountability, honoring weak-kneed drivel to the detriment of the professional NCOs and the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines has been utterly unacceptable.  Why; because every corporatized military in history has failed!  Now, America has Afghanistan and Vietnam, and the government leaders refuse to acknowledge they are the problem, and the sitting president rewards pubescent behavior.  Sickening!Angry Grizzly Bear

The military, to be effective, must be out of sync with the society they protect.  A sacrifice principle is required from those who love country more than themselves and voluntarily wear their country’s uniform.  Yet, the politics and political leaders refuse to allow the military to act at home and abroad, so we repeat history.  May I ask, how many more Vietnam’s and Afghanistan’s does America need to relive before accepting that personal sacrifice is quintessential to a strong military?  Mr. President, Little Joey, when does the BS end, and the motivation to lead return from bureaucratic hands to professional officers and NCOs?  For I warn you, what you have right now is a mob, and you desperately need a military!

But, Afghanistan, in all its depravity, is not the only outrage from this year where BS needs to end.  Consider something with me, the power of jury trials.  High-profile trials have been occurring and continue through this holiday season and end-of-year celebrations.  How incredibly grateful I am for the rule of Constitutional Law that provides for a jury by peers.  More often than not, juries get the law right and hand down fair verdicts.  Yet, the Corporate Media refuses to accept that jury trials are the best method for handling problems in a constitutional society.  I have seen the media meltdowns repeatedly when juries hand down verdicts the media have tried and failed to influence.

Now ask yourself, dear reader, why does the media try cases before all the facts have been presented?  Power, the answer remains ever simple, the media have become what they consider as THE single greatest power in American society.  The self-delusion is a steaming hot pile of BS dished up for public consumption 24/7/365, and the media refuses to eat the BS they are serving.  Considering themselves better than common citizens, above the law, the media companies have decided they can arbitrate, decide, and deserve to be listened to and obeyed.  Well, jury trials work, and it is time more journalists are introduced to the concept through defending themselves in a court of law.

QuestionWorse than the corporatization of the US Military has been the continual erosion of the rule of law.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice is regularly abused for the benefit of the powerful and the destruction of the weak.  When the law is cheapened, joked about, and castigated, the trust in civil society is broken, and the military is but a smaller example of what is occurring in American society as a whole.  When warriors are not judged by their deeds, but upon their political connections, the society hiring warriors, training warriors, and sending them into harm’s way will quickly find the warriors are gone.  Their replacements are not worth the honor and trust.  Leading to society being taken over and destroyed.

Feel free to disagree, but Rome remains the quintessential example in history of what happens when a republic fails to accept social consequences, infects its society from within, and then picks fights with neighbors.  Rome had the greatest military in recorded history, and it fell ingloriously all because the military, a microcosm of the society as a whole, decided politics was more important than the rule of law.  Popularity became more important than law and obedience to the rule of law.  Who taught Rome to fall; who brought the Roman Legions to their knees?  Look no further than their politically elected leaders who spent their time and the people’s money in riotous living, perversions, and trying to evade responsibility for their actions.  Tell me, are we not seeing the same exact abuses in current society that is witnessed on the pages of history with Rome falling?

What is the only difference between Rome’s fall and any other government with elected political leaders?  Advanced weaponry to include nuclear weapons.  What is the only safeguard in republican and democratic societies strong enough to save those societies from repeating Rome’s example; learning history and obeying the rule of law.  Of the two, learning history is more important, which is why learning history was the second casualty in the fight to overthrow the rule of law.  The first casualty was teaching students how to read.

The abuse of children remains an utter abomination, and rightly so.  But until the political leaders can be made to accept they are facilitating abusers of children masquerading as K-12 School Districts and teachers, the abuse of children, the wasting of precious resources, and the sacrifice of innocence will continue and worsen.  In Virginia’s gubernatorial election this past November, the central theme was public education.  Virginia, as your newly elected officials come into power, are you willing to watch those elected and demand they obey the electorate’s will and change education in your commonwealth?Lemmings 1

Over the holiday, I watched heart-wrenching videos of parents who almost lost their child to suicide because the teachers groomed the child into transgenderism, all without the parent’s knowledge.  Worse, the parents were abused by the government when the teachers involved called “Child Protection Services (CPS).”  Tell me, when bureaucrats join together for the abuse of those they are duly sworn and duty-bound to protect, who is at fault; the elected leaders!  What did the elected leaders do when the parents complained; they joined forces to continue abusing the child and the parents.  The exact opposite of what they were hired to do, scrutinize the government employees and protect the electorate from abusive government operations, practices, and people.

Unfortunately, some of you think this is only happening in California, Virginia, New York, or some distant city/county/state.  No, the truth of the matter is this is occurring in your child’s school district right now.  Your children, grandchildren, cousins, and neighbors are all being abused and harmed, and the rot is at your doors.  Don’t take my word for it; investigate for yourself.  Go to local school board meetings and ask to see the curriculum your child is being exposed to, and you will find the truth, and the truth will first abhor, then anger, and then motivate you.

I hope the motivation will be sufficient to inspire action to become more informed, pay closer attention to local political races, and stop allowing incumbents a free pass to officiate in the destruction of America.  One of the frequent conversations in my home is, “What are my plans after I complete the Ph.D. degree I am chasing?”  The temptation is real to run for political office, either mayor or school board, sheriff, or judge; I want to get into this fight to defend the America I love.  Most people think the battle for America’s soul is being fought in the US Senate or House of Representatives when the reality is the fight for America’s soul is being fought and lost in local elections, and it is time to find strong candidates who are willing to run for office and fight this fight locally.

Jesus, Minion Memes Aren't Funny : terriblefacebookmemesThe biggest lesson I have learned in writing this year, a degree doesn’t represent smarts or capability; those come by working in the trenches for something more important than self.  The US Navy taught me endurance in the face of insurmountable odds and enemy shenanigans, and the US Army taught me to think and have grit and determination.  I know I am not perfect; I am not the “picture perfect politician.”  I prefer blue jeans and button-downs to suits and ties, but I know people, and I prefer real people to the fake effrontery currently holding the reigns of political power.

Writing this past year, I have faced my demons, and while I still fight those demons, I know the need to engage is real, helping others promotes healing, and teaching provides the opportunity to learn more perfectly.  I know the power of citizens motivated to protect hearth and home, and I celebrate freedom.  I would see my neighbors armed with knowledge, possessing the motivation to speak out and act according to beliefs and win the American heritage left us.  I believe in America, and I know that when Americans are left alone, they use the power of freedom to change the world; all we need is to shrink the government, and America will begin to blossom again.LinkedIn Image

Shrinking the government begins locally.  The local government protects against county and state government abuses.  The state government protects against federal violations.  The federal government protects borders and provides for the common trade of goods across state lines.  Limiting government is not a bad idea at all; in fact, it is the only good idea that can help save America.  Join me!

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NO MORE BS: Why?

Reading - A JourneySimon Sinek authored an incredible book called “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.”  The No MORE BS movement is all about inspiring everyone to take action.  We are people who have reached our maximum limit with the problems we see in the world, and we want to see people take action against the tyranny being experienced.  I agree with Mr. Sinek; we need the why.  We need to know why something is important, why something is being refused, why actions were taken that are illogical, and so much more.

Why discuss religion and politics?

Foundational principles of society revolve around how and what people believe.  As they take combined action as a society, the standards of behaviors expected then become the laws of that society.  Those laws are standards of codified behavior and restrictions for social inclusion.  Why do people abhor thieves; the 10-Commandments form the bedrock of Judaic society and include an admonition, “Thou Shalt Not Steal!”  The connection between society beliefs and laws for governing society remains unchangeable in human history.  Why was Rome so strong; their codified beliefs (religions) influenced their politics and their social inclusive behaviors (laws) written down for everyone to be held accountable to.  The Old Testament reports the same thing occurring in Judaic society post-Egyptian bondage.Apathy

I am not advocating a state religion, that is abhorrent to me.  I am advocating for the ability to openly discuss the ties between religion and politics to inspire action in people to live their religion and hold their elected representatives to a higher level of conduct publicly and privately.  Without the ability to discuss these topics, freedom, and liberty disappear in tyranny and chaos.  I do not make this claim lightly; history provides us a perfect example in Egypt post-Jewish bondage, Babylon with the death of strong kings, Rome, and many other empires, city-states, countries, societies.The Duty of Americans

As Rome began changing from various religions to Christianity/Catholicism, the ability to speak freely was one of the first rights stolen by the government to control the spread of religion.  Rome fell!  The United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) tried to police people’s beliefs, police thoughts and limit speech.  The USSR fell.  China currently restricts speech and just forced a bunch of speech limiting policies and regulations onto Hong Kong.  China will fall.  Is the pattern clear; America is a Republic (if we can keep it), and when the ability to discuss topics publicly and openly is restricted, we will join history in falling!

Why do humans create societies?

VirtueHumans create societies mainly because we are wired to connect to people who believe as we do.  Just as a magnet is attracted to ferrous metals, humans are attracted to like-minded people.  Consider the New Testament for a minute, specifically John the Baptist.  A person who taught and preached in a wilderness, people, would seek him out to listen to him; these people who heard and chose to believe formed a society of believers.  Regardless of how you believe regarding John the Baptist, the societal changes he inspired are historically apt as an example of the influence of like-minded people combining to effect change in an established society.  The same principle can be applied to Karl Marx and the growth of communism, Christopher Columbus, and the discovery launched by his adventurous spirit, Joseph Smith Jr. and Martin Luther, who inspired religious societies.  Like-minded people are wired to connect, and when they connect, they develop social behaviors, which form the basis to remain included in that society.

Angry Wet ChickenI cannot express in words how vital and straightforward this principle is to sustaining government, of the people, by the people, and for the people.  When a society is infiltrated with those who refuse to believe in a like manner, principles of assimilation, then that society is headed for trouble.  The USSR and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany under the USSR’s control) are perfect examples of positive changes to a body of believers who transformed because others infiltrated the core society, and change occurred.  Hong Kong is another excellent example. China invaded the core belief structure through legal treaty and has refused to honor treaty agreements where Hong Kong is concerned, and chaos is too small a word for Hong Kong’s problems.

Why work to inspire action?

Do you, honestly believe, you have the power to change your society?  If not, these articles are for you.  If so, then these articles should support your efforts and help make your living your ideals and beliefs easier.  There is a business principle, place the power to effect change at the lowest level where the most effect can be felt.  For example, suppose a customer is asking for a refund. In that case, you place the refund process into the hands of a customer service representative and not a VP.  Sure; your refund process will have additional hands for approval and issuing. The power to make the decision must be in the customer service representative’s hands to handle customer claims effectively.

ParadoxThe same principle applies in what we are discussing; your most critical societal actions occur inside the walls of your home with your family.  Thus, the power of America’s government is not in the capitals but inside the homes of its citizens.  When we, the citizens of democratically elected societies, believe this fact, change will occur in our communities.  The Republic of the United States of America is specifically designed to place the maximum amount of power into the lowest level of society, citizens’ homes.  Thus, the need to inspire action on a local level, and why America needs YOU!  This is also why I believe in and support the NO MORE BS movement.  When we stand together, we cannot lose!

Conclusion

Dont Tread On MeWhile only three why questions have been addressed, these three contain lessons for contemplation and should inspire to action, all because the why has been expressed.  No; I have not dived deeply into any of the topics discussed enough to make you a master of these topics; however, I hope I have piqued your interest in these topics and helped form lines of congruence between the issues to aid in improving answers to your why questions.  If you have more why questions, please use the comments to send them to me, and I promise I will help answer those why questions.  I believe in the power of the people; you are important, and your questions deserve answers.  Let’s ask questions and then commit to action.  America needs us!

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NO MORE BS:  Desires – Understanding Begets Action

Utah Supreme Court Justice Dallin H. Oaks is quoted as saying, “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.”

Tank Man - Tiananmen SquareWhat is desire?

Klondike - Home | FacebookResearchers named 16 basic desires all humans share: Acceptance, Curiosity, Food, Family, Honor, Idealism, Independence, Order, Physical Activity, Power, Romance, Saving, Social Contact, Status, Tranquility, and Vengeance.  While I have reservations about several of these listed desires and being disabled, I would also add a couple to my own list.  Regardless, these items form basic impetus towards motivation.  For example, the desire for food will move a person from sitting to walking, running, preparing, and then finally to eating food!  We all have heard the commercial for Klondike Bars and the question, “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”  (Admit it, you just sang the jingle.)

As a kid, I was regularly in charge of getting something ready to feed 8-16 people.  In a cupboard bare of essential ingredients, imagination, and hunger invented recipes that I continue to use today.  Hence, food is an intense desire that promotes actions; thus, establishing the pattern for living.

What is it about desires that are so powerful?

Niranjan Seshadri provides evocative imagery for describing desires: “Desire functions like the banks of a river, guiding mental energy along a specific path towards preset aspirations.”  One might ask, is the journey along preset aspirations a voyage of discovery, or a trip along known paths to a predetermined destination?  YES!  Discovering what our desires are, is both a journey of discovery and a journey along known paths.  The work is deciding whether to voyage and discover something new about yourself and your desires or remain in the safe, known waters and hope new desires are discovered.  Both paths can open new doors, new adventures, and new discoveries.

2012-08-13 07.37.28But, is the power of desire found in traveling the known and familiar, sometimes.  For example, I have one single burning desire.  When I compare all other desires to this one burning desire, I found the others all lacking.  My voyage of discovery to this one burning desire has had me travel paths in the unknown and the familiar.  Evaluating the banks of the river, my mental and physical energy flows, to discover change, inspire decisions, and backtrack when a poor choice has led me away from my burning desire.

Rivers always follow the path of least resistance, even if this means doubling back on itself, carving new branches, exploring new potential ways, or pushing ahead along familiar routes.  Our minds are the little boats on that river of energy, and our job individually is to inspect the banks, keeping an eye on our desires, and navigating through life to our desires.

Justice Dallin H. Oaks provides us the pattern for moving forward, “… Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. Our actions and our desires cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher or [anything else].”  What is it about desires that are so powerful, they move us along!

How do I know my desires?

Religious ThoughtFunnily enough, religion has many answers to this question, and I would encourage you to embrace a faith mechanism that inspires you to self-discovery.  However, religion is a tool in the path of self-discovery towards discovering and understanding your deepest desires.  Some desires are easy to find; for example, as I type this, I am dreaming of food!  Especially a maple-bacon cake, three layers, thick icing, bacon strips down the side.

How did I discover my deepest desire; much to my friends and acquaintances’ disbelief, my deepest desire is not food!  My voyage of discovery towards my deepest desire was launched during some terrible trials, honed in the fires of adversity, and sharpened in the daily struggle.  My deepest desire originates in two other connected desires, freedom and independence.  While my deepest desire is mine to explore, the two supporting desires, freedom and independence, find me motivated to keep the liberties and freedoms I inherited and ensure their survival to my children’s grandchildren.  Thus, I write imploring help in preserving the US Constitution and the Republic of the United States of America.

A question that helped me discover my desires, “What do I desire?”  One of the reasons I like The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints is the belief in personal revelation that everyone has the power to access the heavens and gain knowledge.  To know your personal and deepest desires is a path of individual revelation.  Now, individual revelation is also called self-discovery, individual acknowledgment, and more, but always the approach to that information is the same.  Examining the banks of our mental energy, exploring branches of possibilities, working towards a goal, and evaluating the consequences.  When you discover your burning deepest desire, it will become fixed, like the northern star, for you to navigate the rivers of life through.

What does this have to do with NO MORE BS?

Religion QuoteDo you realize how much stronger you are when surrounded by people as committed as you are towards a common goal?  To fulfill my deepest desire, I must aid America’s survival, or I cannot be satisfied.  Hence, my desire has everything to do with improving government functions, decreasing government size and injuries, and sundering, forever, the abuse of power witnessed in government at every level from the school board to the presidency!

Let us clarify our desires, band together against the tyranny for mutual support, and win the day freeing America from the bloated government’s tyranny and the bureaucratic stain that survives only in a bloated government.  Let us know ourselves, be faithful to the heritage left us, and keep that heritage bright for future generations!

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NO MORE BS: Defining a Patriot

Theres moreSome people have criticized me for not speaking like a psychologist.  By profession, choice, and a lot of work and experience, I am an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psych).  An I/O Psych collaborates with people to improve systems, organizations, and the processes that naturally occur when you put a bunch of people working together on a task in the same room.  I do not charge people $500 an hour to listen to them and offer platitudes.  By this comment, I am not dismissing, denigrating, or deriding my fellow practitioners; I am merely drawing a distinction.  My education, experiences, or talents do not make a patriot; my choices do!

The First Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Notice the stress placed upon peacefully assembling.  I do not care about your grievances, but, as long as you protest peacefully, do not block commerce, traffic, or allow emotions to cross over into violence, I will fight to the death your right to peacefully assemble.  The same is true of expressing speech; you can speak like a blathering idiot, and I will fight to the death for your right to be the blathering idiot and only expect that you respect my freedoms of speech and fight to help me maintain those rights.  I do not care what god, gods, or God you worship, even if you refuse to worship a god, gods, or God.  I will fight to the death your right to believe as you choose, provided you respect my rights to worship as I choose; this includes not waging lawfare to change religious expressions in society.  Peacefully allowing religious displays does not intrude, hurt, or even influence you, so please stop wasting community resources as you practice lawfare.

The Duty of AmericansThe Second Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

People who own weapons legally, per the codified laws of the 50-states, are not terrorists, hell-bent on capturing the world; cease criminalizing the ownership of firearms!  Emotion has overcome reason, logic, and common sense on this issue. The tools of policy (law enforcement) should not be made the bad guy because a political figure is demonizing legal gun owners.  If you want to stop crime, reduce gun-related violence, and improve society’s safety, arm the citizens, don’t demonize them!

Washington at Valley ForgeThe Third Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

Some people will erroneously think this is not that big of an amendment; I beg to differ.  America is a Country of law!  How grateful we all should be that the government cannot lodge soldiers in our homes in peace or war without law properly ascribed.  Now, I am not claiming that all laws are good or bad, merely stating that there is a law, and the laws can keep us free.

ScalesThe Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment has been beaten and bloodied but remains a crucial and vital aspect of constitutional law in protecting citizens from the government.  However, legislation continues to be passed that infringes upon this amendment.  The FISA courts are a perfect example of unconstitutional legislation being allowed to thrive, based solely upon the excuse, “National Security.”  The cogent points of the laws allowing this abuse of constitutional rights are found in Charles Reich’s (1943) writings, specifically since the early 1930s in America, the citizens have been seen as the property of the Federal Government and the bureaucratic lackey’s!  As Americans, if we are to remain safe and secure in our homes from illegal government overreach, the Fourth Amendment needs to be strengthened!  As a patriot, I will fight to the death for your right to be safe in your home from illegal government search and seizure, for if you lose your rights to safety in your home today, I will surely lose my rights tomorrow.

President AdamsThe Fifth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

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

The Fifth Amendment continues to be bloodied and badgered by the liberal leftists who seized the government, regardless of their stated political party!  Consider how the FISA Court warrants were abused to obtain support for false accusations before President Trump took office.  Yet, put the same liberal leftists on trial, and they will scream their rights under the fourth and fifth amendments are being infringed.  As a patriot, I will fight to the death for your right to be safe from illegal government overreach, for a jury trial, and to protect your rights to life, liberty, and property.  If you lose your rights today, I will surely lose my rights tomorrow.

Pride 2The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights states:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

Over the last four years, the legal-political theater has been a constant reminder of the Sixth Amendment’s importance.  How many people were arrested, charged, then waiting for a year or more while the political drama played out, and the accused were innocent of any crime; too many!  The importance of a speedy trial is understood in the phrase, “make charges appear against them.”  Too often, where politics and law merge, this phrase is being used, the law abused, and the political gamesmanship is disgusting!  Consider General Flynn; he was innocent, lost his job, and had to fight a multiple-year battle to clear his name, all because the liberal leftists “made charges appear against him.”  Due process of law is fundamentally enshrined in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Every time the government overreaches and abuses these amendments, real people suffer, and chaos in the law ensues!  Why does chaos ensue; well, there is another legal axiom at work, “Bad cases make bad case law!”  Essentially, when a judge issues an order, this creates the opportunity for another lawyer to use that case law as an example to stretch the envelope just a little bit further.

RememberFor example, eminent domain, June 2005 – Eminent Domain, Kelo v. City of New London by a 5-4 majority, affirmed the city’s right to seize private land as part of an economic development plan—a redefinition of the “Takings Clause” under the Fifth Amendment.  The U.S. Constitution clearly states that “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

    • Until this decision, the Eminent Domain and Taking Clause had been strictly and rigidly defined. Five judges who believe in judicial activism opened this “Pandora’s Box,” and the havoc has been nonstop ever since.
    • What was in this legal “Pandora’s Box;” before Kelo, eminent domain had been limited to direct government ownership, excluding property transfers to private corporations. With Kelo, the question of whether economic gain, resulting from a “taking” for corporate interests, constituted “public use” finally came under Supreme Court scrutiny, and five judges declared that if a corporation has interests, those interests are the same as government interests.
    • As proven by Eminent Domain, corporate interests change with economies. When corporate interests change, the property holder does not get their property back, and if seized under eminent domain, the government can choose what the value of the property is worth.
    • Ever want to see the power of bureaucrats in action, look at the abuses that property owners have suffered through eminent domain. Ever want to see why judicial restraint is critical, look no further than the still undeveloped land in the Kelo case!

As a patriot, I will defend your rights to a speedy trial.  A trial with due process of the law, speed, and urgency to restrain the lawyers and political operatives from “making charges appear” against you, hoping for your help in protecting my rights when the government comes to remove them from me.

PatriotismThe Seventh Amendment of the U.S.  Bill of Rights states:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The Seventh Amendment is another amendment that, unless you have been a small claims court party, does not get a lot of attention.  Yet, I am exceedingly grateful for this amendment!  But, like the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, this amendment continues to be bloodied and abused at the hands of willful people for personal gain!  As a patriot, I choose to uphold the rights enshrined in the U. S. Bill of Rights, even those deemed obscure by politicians and activist judges who would see these amendments removed.

Police and Government Lines of CongruenceThe Eighth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The courts regularly change the rules where bail is concerned, the various state legislatures also continue to meddle and change bail rules because of the term “Excessive Bail.”  More, the lawyers continue to claim particular punishments are “cruel and unusual.”  However, as a patriot, I do not see the death penalty as either cruel or unusual, as I have studied crime and punishment throughout history. There are much worse punishments that have been inflicted!  When a penalty is harsh, less crime is committed for fear of suffering the same fate.  Examples of this abound, even though many practitioners in psychology and lawyers will disagree.  To really influence crimes committed, both the sentencing needs to be a deterrent, and the nuclear family needs to be supported in society.  As a patriot, I support both the nuclear family and harsher punishments for a crime being committed.  Better still, I support freedom under the Rule of Law; the same law that applies to a poor man applies to a rich man.  The same Rule of Law that applies to the politically unconnected applies to the politically connected.  There is no reason why position, money, or influence should create a rule for thee and a different one for me, and this practice must cease forthwith!

moral-valuesThe Ninth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The Ninth Amendment is essential, as not all human rights were encapsulated in the U. S. Bill of Rights, and this is a good thing!  The government cannot proscribe rights, nor can a person claim a right in ambiguity.  For example, recently, a person declared they had a right to a driver’s license.  A driver’s license and the privilege to drive is not a right; driving is a liberty closely controlled by the government.  Just as marriage is closely regulated and guarded liberty by the government, while I agree with driving, marriage should not be governed by the government but by religion.  However, since the government has seized marriage control and regulation from religion, as a patriot, I will support the government’s assumed right to regulate marriage until this can be changed in the legislatures at the Federal and State levels of government.  Is the purpose of the Ninth Amendment clear?

Andragogy - LEARNThe Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Bill of Rights states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

My favorite amendment allows me to declare, as long as I follow the laws as rightly established in the legislatures and enforced by the executive branch of government, leave me alone!  More, as long as my actions do not infringe upon others’ rights, I can insist on being left alone by the tools of government policy.  You can insist upon being left alone to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, all because of the Tenth Amendment!  Celebrate this amendment, for, without it, the government could invent a right to pester you, and you would have no recourse.  Better still, this amendment declares something that is profoundly simple and exquisite in design; the individual states have control over the Federal Government.

Thin Blue LineLegal precedence and judicial activists would have you think otherwise, but this is not true.  The states were designed to be independent bodies, joining the Federal Government to solve conflicts between states amicably, ensure commerce between states was fair, and provide for the common defense rationally and logically.  Thus, the U.S. House of Representatives as the “People’s House,” and the U. S. Senate was the “State’s House,” where governors dictated who should represent the state.  When your governor lost control of the Senate, individual states’ rights were captured by the Federal Government, and chaos has ensued ever since.

LinkedIn ImageThe following has been written expressly for American society; however, the same dissection of your countries laws should be made to understand your rights and plot how to dissent legally while supporting your society’s good.  It remains imperative that before one launches on a dissension path, they know how to sail the waters successfully.  Hence, look at individual rights in your society, claim those rights, for if you do not claim those rights, they will be taken!

Regardless of your society, being a patriot is a choice.  You choose to stand for another person’s rights because you know if you do not stand today for others, tomorrow the government will come to take your rights, and no one will care.  Please choose to be a patriot.

Religion Quote 2A final word, faith is like freedom; when you possess freedom, and when you see freedom violated, you know.  Hope is believing in that which you cannot see, but long to keep.  Charity is the mindset of believing that all are equal and deserving of their fundamental human rights.  The fight to throw off the chains of bondage placed by the liberal leftists will require faith, hope, and charity.  Be believing, be hopeful, and be charitable and that which you send out will return!

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NO MORE BS: Thieves and Robbers Beware!

The Duty of AmericansWith all the verified fraud, the stolen Dominion voting machines that have escaped a forensic audit and investigation, and the postulating by the liberals in America, let us agree that the 2020 Elections have been a farrago, a hodgepodge, and a producer of confusion and disarray to equal no election in history.  Add in the terrorists of the liberal leftists BLM, ANTIFA, etc. and America has seen enough!

I know not the source, but there is a quote I use quite frequently that is appropriate here:

“There is nothing more dangerous than an honest man who has been betrayed!”

I am an honest man betrayed!  Biden/Harris betrayed America by accepting the Presidency when they knew they committed fraud, their minions committed fraud, and their lackeys have committed fraud.  Pelosi has constantly betrayed America, ever since her detestable grudge became public where she fought to impeach a sitting president, acted the 2-year-old having a fit as she ripped up the President’s State of the Union Address on live TV, and her continuous rebellion against the American people by refusing to pass a budget, clean up DC politics, and act like an adult Majority Speaker of the US House of Representatives!  This list of people betraying America for personal gain include Sen. Romney, Sen. McCain, Pres. Obama, the Clinton’s, and so many more, including local mayors, county boards, state legislators, and governors.

PatriotismThe excuses provided by the left are paper-thin and not even useful for toilet paper.  Alexandre Dumas, “The Three-Musketeers,” had the following to add:

“A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the same sort of tears as fall from the eyes of a man of good faith.  All falsehood is a mask, and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.”

How may a person who is unsure of the rogue and the honest man?  Well, an example may help, President Obama held a “Beer Summit” after a police officer did his job, and the President personally accused the officer of neglect and racism.  How would a person tell whether President Obama was faking the mask of kindness at the “Beer Summit,” look to his words after every other racial shooting incident America suffered after the Professor Henry Louis Gates controversy to the end of his presidential reign.  The USA Today reported how the “Beer Summit” derailed the president where race and policing crossed.  In short, the answer is to look to the person’s words and works to see whether they are true, honest, and brave, or craven, cowardly, and a hypocrite.

What is a person to do in the coming months; the answer comes from Mark Twain:

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated, and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

Stand ye patriots, stand!  Stand like a rock wall in the middle of a farmer’s field.  Unmovable, unshakable, immobile, firm, and daunting to any who would take you down.  General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson provided a word needed this season, while speaking to Captain John D. Imboden.

Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.

Let us not worry about death, let us worry about being brave in this our season of distress and grief at the hands of the enemies of America.  We the honest men and women of America must stand, bravely against the fiery darts, slings, and arrows of the liberal leftist horde until America is redeemed or America falls an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Stand; do not allow the leftists to suck you into their designs and strategies.  Stand; be counted and be counted upon to hold up those who might not be as strong physically or mentally as you.  Stand; count upon your faith, your religion, and your beliefs and the America you know, and love will not fail.  Stand; and watch the cowards try and gather, then disperse like clouds before a mighty wind.  Stand; be firm in your knowledge, keep learning, keep sharing through non-social media means, and you cannot fail, even if the devil himself decides to fight for the liberal leftists, he cannot win.  Stand; unified, overlooking the liberal lines that try to divide and separate.

Finest HourI conclude with the plea, do not allow history to be forgotten or militarized against you.  History is the ground upon which you will stand on the shoulders of giants, when you know the history.  The liberal left has dedicated a lot of energy, resources, and manpower to removing history.  Fight them without quarter, without mercy, and without regard for their “delicate sensibilities.”  If you track back far enough, you will find both criminals, sluggards, saviors, and saints in every single person’s family tree.  Know your history, share your history, include references that are reputable, and repeat historical facts that spur your impetus into motivation.

If social media continues to hinder, censor, and deny First Amendment Rights, GREAT!  If Big Tech continues to thwart and hinder, scold, and censor without due diligence and due process, GREAT!  It means we are winning; continue to stand!  Ours is not yet a war of swords and pistols, but of words and ideas.  Pray the battle does not become one of swords and pistols; but fight using truth, history, ideals that draw people to your cause, and when the liberals come toe-to-toe, look them dead in the eye with confidence, conviction, and your personal credo.

LinkedIn ImageRemember:

When you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.”
(Oprah Winfrey)

© Copyright 2021 – M. Dave Salisbury
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