Cruz Control?

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or a President of the United States being a uniter instead of a divider?

There are many things like this that freshman Senator Barack Obama said that the overwhelming majority of Americans — whether liberal or conservative — would agree with. The only problem is that what he has actually done as President has repeatedly turned out to be the direct opposite of what he said as a candidate.

Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.

Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation — and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

ObamaCare is not just an issue about money or even an issue about something as important as medical care. ObamaCare represents a quantum leap in the power of the federal government over the private lives of individual Americans.

Chief Justice Roberts’ decision declaring ObamaCare constitutional essentially repeals the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which declares that powers not given to the federal government belong to the states “or to the people.”

That central support of personal freedom has now been removed. The rest of the structure may not last very long, now that the Obama administration is busy quietly dismantling other bulwarks against the unbridled power of the government in general, and the unbridled power of the presidency in particular.

The Federal Communications Commission, for example, is already floating the idea of placing observers in newspaper editorial offices to “study” how decisions are made there.

Nothing in the Constitution grants the FCC this dangerous power, nor is there any legislation authorizing any such activity.

But what the federal government can do is not dependent on what the Constitution authorizes it to do or what Congressional legislation gives them the power to do.

The basic, brutal reality is that the federal government can do whatever it wants to do, if nobody stops them. The Supreme Court’s ObamaCare decision shows that we cannot depend on them to protect our freedom. Nor will Congress, as long as the Democrats control the Senate.

The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.

Like many political ideas, this one is not new. It represents a political strategy that was tried long ago — and failed long ago.

In the German elections of 1932, the Nazi party received 37 percent of the vote. They became part of a democratically elected coalition government, in which Hitler became chancellor. Only step by step did the Nazis dismantle democratic freedoms and turn the country into a complete dictatorship.

The political majority could have united to stop Hitler from becoming a dictator. But they did not unite. They fought each other over their differences. Some figured that they would take over after the Nazis were discredited and defeated.

Many who plotted this clever strategy died in Nazi concentration camps. Unfortunately, so did millions of others.

What such clever strategies overlook is that there can be a point of no return. We may be close to that point of no return, not only with ObamaCare, but also with the larger erosion of personal freedom, of which ObamaCare is just the most visible part.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

Thoughts On The Super Bowl And Sports In General

Men’s Obsession With Sports Indicates A Dangerous Decline In Our Country

I have always enjoyed sports. As a youngster, I played organized sports–even into college. Over the years, I played football, basketball, and baseball. I ran track. And I was on the high school wrestling team. Football and wrestling were my two favorite sports.

 As an adult, I have always enjoyed watching college and professional sports on television. And on occasion, I enjoyed attending professional sporting events. Though I must admit that over the past several years, I have just about stopped watching sports on television–except I still enjoy watching NFL football and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament when I can (which isn’t too often, as I’m always working).

 As a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, I always root for the NFC champion in the Super Bowl. Accordingly, I was rooting for the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game last Sunday evening. I predicted Seattle would win, because it has always been my observation that a great defense usually beats a great offense in a championship game–especially in pro football. Although, along with everyone else, I was surprised at how badly the Seahawks beat the Broncos.

 Because I played sports growing up, I came to appreciate the positive attributes of organized athletics. Obviously, the physical conditioning and discipline required in athletics is an important element in the overall health of young people. I’m not sure how it is in public schools today, but when I was going to public school, one did not have to join the school’s sports team to receive physical conditioning. We had an organized physical regimen each and every semester–from grade school all the way up. It was called PE (Physical Education) class in those days, and it wasn’t play time. We had to work.

 Running, jump-rope, sit-ups, push-ups, rope-climbing, jumping-jacks, peg-board climbing, gymnastics, and more, were all part of PE. And when I was in high school, PE class actually included boxing, complete with intramural tournaments. When a fight broke out on the playground, the PE teacher would take the fellows to the gym, and both guys would put on the gloves and go at it. Some of my best friends were made that way. But, of course, the physical exertion and stamina required in organized team sports was much more demanding.

 I can honestly say overweight youngsters were a rare sight when I was growing up. Oh, there were a few kids who suffered from this handicap, but they were few and far between. On the whole, the vast majority of kids I went to school with were in good physical condition.

 I do believe the problem of concussion that college, and especially professional, football players are experiencing today is very real. Football players have become so strong and fast over the years that the hits these guys are taking is horrific. Of course, the way to resolve this problem is to take off the space-age crash helmets and go back to the old leather helmets–with no face guard. When football players wore those things, you never heard about concussions. And we don’t hear too much about concussions from Rugby players today. Broken noses, yes, but no concussions. But, obviously, the old leather helmets have about as much chance of returning as the Edsel.

 Be that as it may, the physical conditioning required in athletics is very beneficial thing. One only needs to look at the current generation of youngsters to see that, overall, there is a serious lack of physical conditioning going on. Kids don’t play outside like we used to. We didn’t live in a virtual electronic world back then. Believe it or not, some of us (like me) didn’t even have television growing up. Just about everything we did for fun back then required going outside and being active. In today’s high-tech age, if a youngster doesn’t play organized sports, he or she will get almost zero physical activity. The physical demands of organized sports are meeting a vital need in the lives of many young people today.

 Another benefit of sports is learning the importance of teamwork and self-control. I saw more than one “punk” turn into a young man after a few years of being subjected to the rigors and discipline of team sports. Granted, with the way talented athletes are given special treatment these days, this part of the benefit of team sports can be negated, but, still, the benefit of team sports upon most youngsters is more beneficial than not.

 Being able to work well with others, being able to rely on others, being able to recognize the contributions others make to the success of a program, and being able to learn how to receive (and give) commands are all vitally helpful character traits that will assist a person throughout his or her entire life. Organized sports teach all of that and more.

 I say all of the above so that readers will understand that I am not one of these anti-sports guys who thinks sports is all bad and that everyone who participates in them is bad. I don’t believe that for one second. My two sons and my son-in-law all played organized sports growing up (football and baseball mostly), and I believe each one of them is better for it.

 Furthermore, there are a lot of quality people playing in collegiate and professional sports. For example, don’t think for one minute that there are only a handful of Christians in the NFL. Every team in the NFL has several devout Christians among them. I urge folks to read this story about several Christians on the Seahawks football team:

Super Bowl 2014 Is Great, But Jesus Is Better

 However, with all of the above said, I also believe that the obsession of so many men with sports (especially football) is an indication that our country is in a very serious and dangerous decline. In fact, the obsession we see with sports today is comparable to the obsession that the citizens of Rome had with the gladiator “games” in the waning years of that empire’s existence. They were so distracted with the “games” that they didn’t even notice that their country was collapsing. The same thing is happening in America now.

 The average American man today couldn’t list the Bill of Rights to save his life, but he knows the minutest details of his favorite sports team and players. Listen to the lunch conversations at almost any restaurant or the foyer conversations at almost any church and all you will hear are men talking about sports. It is quite disgusting! It’s almost as if men are trying to live out their masculinity vicariously through their favorite sports heroes. In a bygone era, when a man painted his face, he was going to war. Now, he is going to a sporting event. If the men of America were as passionate about preserving liberty as they are cheering for their favorite football team, our country would not be in the sinkhole it is in today.

 Furthermore, as much as I love football, I am personally chagrined at how liberal and globalistic the corporate office of the NFL has become. Of all professional sports, the NFL corporate office is the worst. They wage war against people who try to hold up John 3:16 signs in the stadiums. Virtually any other sign or banner is completely welcome in NFL stadiums, but try to hold up a John 3:16 banner, and you will be escorted out of the building. They allow Bob Costas to use the public platform granted him by the NFL and NBC to wax long and loud for additional gun control, while at the same time refusing to allow Daniels Defense to purchase a wholesome, family-friendly commercial–even though the commercial contained no reference whatsoever to firearms. The NFL corporate office denies prohibiting the Daniels Defense commercial and accuses FOX network of doing it. Of course, FOX denies prohibiting the commercial and says it was only abiding by NFL policy. Bottom line: the commercial was denied.

 However, many of us remember that during last year’s Super Bowl, the NFL allowed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun-control organization, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” to air a pro-gun-control commercial. And, of course, it didn’t offend NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to air Coca Cola’s globalist commercial in this year’s Super Bowl that featured the song, “America, The Beautiful,” being sung in foreign languages.

 The Coke commercial might not have offended Goodell, but it sure offended the majority of the American people who saw it. The reaction to Coke’s commercial has been nothing short of a total bomb. Coca Cola has been inundated with loud and angry responses to the commercial–and rightfully so. America was founded and built by English-speaking people. We shouldn’t have to “push one for English” or listen to “America, The Beautiful” being sung in foreign tongues. America is an English-speaking country. Get over it!

 I continue to believe that organized sports can be a very healthy and helpful tool for young people. And I continue to enjoy what little sports I have time to watch these days. But, at the same time, I am absolutely convinced that the way so many American males have allowed themselves to become addicted to sports–or maybe even worshippers of sports–is one of the biggest reasons why our freedoms are being stripped from us. Too many of America’s men are more concerned about who wins the Super Bowl than whether their children will grow up in a land of liberty.

Yes, I was rooting for the Seahawks last Sunday evening, but on Monday morning I was talking about the deterioration of our liberties–not the deterioration of the Broncos gridiron performance. Come on, fellas. Don’t let your love of sports distract you from your love of liberty. The collapse of Denver’s offense last Sunday is nothing compared to the collapse of our country’s freedoms tomorrow.

Sincere, Well Meaning Conservatives Are Killing Us

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

How many times do we hear or read: Americans are so stupid! Dozens, thousands? No one likes to be called stupid. There is a big difference between ignorance and stupidity. We’ve all done stupid things in our lives like sticking your finger in boiling water and wonder why you did it when you knew the water was scalding. Ignorance means lack of knowledge or education.

In January 2013, I wrote a column titled: Voters Educate the Elected. Unless you know your member of the Outlaw Congress, getting any kind of sit down with them is nearly impossible, even in the district offices. Not all, but I feel confident in saying most based on my experiences over the past two decades. You are handed over to some staffer bobble head who is as clueless as your congress critter. That’s why it’s so important to get to town hall meetings in your district. Cowards in the Outlaw Congress are more and more doing town hall ‘meetings’ by telephone so they don’t have to be confronted by the great unwashed: Angry Resident Confronting McCain on Immigration During Town Hall

Pretty much the same goes on at the state level as far as getting past the gate keepers in your state capitol. Not all; it depends on what state you’re in and who represents you. Some state legislators sincerely do try to meet with constituents. Numbers matter when getting their attention because they look at you as a vote. But, you can get an opportunity to speak at town hall meetings and that’s when you bring up why haven’t you abolished the unconstitutional “FED”? Or gotten the US out of the UN and so on. I’ve done it; people come up to me later and want to know more. Your golden opportunity to begin the teaching process.

I’m sorry to say here in Texas, our state legislature, based on their refusal to address four very serious issues, are killing us with their ignorance. While at the state capitol last year with a couple of patriots, we stopped to speak to three legislators about a constitutional sound money bill. One of them, about 6’7″ looked down at me (5’3″) and arrogantly told me the State of Texas is doing just grand and are prepared for any future severe financial down turns. What horse crap. Here are the four bills many of us tried to get introduced and passed; nothing was done.

Our legislature went out of session in April last year and doesn’t go back until January 2015; just like Montana, North Dakota and Nevada. Shortly after going out of session, one of the individuals I was at the capitol with said he spoke with several of the newly elected tea party legislators. They expressed an interest in the bills, but didn’t know anything about the subject matter or our efforts despite me personally sending them the information. It’s getting time for Texans to crank up efforts to get to our legislators and demand those bills get passed in the next session, although it’s close to being too late. For those who don’t know, bills for the next session are done and in the hopper by Thanksgiving. Of course, we’re all at a disadvantage this year because it’s an election year….one has to hope the legislator they’ve been working with gets reelected.

As I’m only one person, I don’t have a staff so I can’t track bills in all 50 state legislatures for this session. But, I would bet there are very few addressing a constitutional sound money bill, the critical importance of reconstituting the constitutional militia, Agenda 21 and other critical issues. Why? Because there’s not enough heat from constituents because they have no idea what I’m talking about and neither do their state reps and senators or party leadership. Walking the halls of the capitol last year, every office [R] we stopped in had FOX news on the boob tube. That’s one of the reasons they’re so uninformed. FOX does not touch issues like the economy in the right way by going after the “FED” and those job killing “free” trade treaties. It’s the same old thing every night on their gab fest shows. During the day it’s news and junk to fill the time until prime time.

I’ve been in the trenches full time for the past 23 years. I’ve seen, heard and read ignorance by very highly educated people every day of the week. Now, that might sound like a complete juxtaposition, but it’s not. Let me give you this example because it’s not just educated, elected members of the Outlaw Congress and your state legislature, it’s sincere, well meaning conservatives who simply do not understand the issues. Their ignorance is killing us and this is how.

Last week I received a beautiful color mailing encouraging you to vote early by mail; it is a sample ballot from the Conservative Republicans of Texas. While I ‘m registered no party, I always receive a Republican ballot on election day when I vote; the nice ladies just hand it to me. I blocked out the name of the MD who gave a statement and signed his name representing that organization. I’m not out to embarass anyone. According to his statement, he’s been part of that group since 1992 “…to present voters a listing of the best qualified, conservative candidates. This is the original endorsement slate of conservative Republican candidates.” I was absolutely appalled when I looked at the sample ballot.

U.S. Senator. The incumbent, John Cornyn has seven challengers. The Conservative Republicans of Texas want Texans to reelect an individual who has defecated on the Bill of Rights at every opportunity. He voted for the misnamed “Patriot Act”. Voted to extend that monster. Voted yes on the NDAA. Cornyn has voted consistently to kill American jobs and sovereignty. Voted yes on promoting free trade with Peru. Voted yes on free trade agreement with Oman. Voted yes on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. Voted yes on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. Voted yes on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. He has done nothing to get us out of NAFTA or GATT/WTO. He’s nothing more than a pimp for supranational corporations.

Fiscal conservative? Cornyn Voted to Let Harry Reid Fund ObamaCare. Cornyn Voted for the Wall Street Bailout (T.A.R.P.) A grotesque, unconstitutional theft of your wallet. Unconstitutional: Cornyn Voted to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage. Cornyn Has Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling Eight Times; rest of short list here. That rotten slug hasn’t focused on the unconstitutional “FED” and the debauched currency we are forced to use, getting us out of the communist UN, eliminating unconstitutional cabinets and agencies bleeding we the people dry and into poverty. Now, doctor, I’m supposed to reward such a snake by reelecting him?

Ballot checked for incumbent Rep. Randy Neugebauer. Are you kidding me? Another free trade traitor who also votes for every bill that kills the Bill of Rights; his voting record. I’ve lived in Texas almost 8 years and have never voted for good old boy, Randy. I vote every time for a challenger, but the party and their big money always backs the incumbent.

Greg Abbot for governor. He is currently Texas’ Attorney General who has always done a very fine job. Until, that is, when it comes to those dangerous ‘smart’ meters. Hundreds of us sent letters to him asking he open a criminal investigation into the energy companies for their criminal behavior regarding installation of those dangerous meters. We all received the same form letter from one of his flunkies saying he couldn’t do that when on his official state web site it says he can. Why the slap in the face? Because over the past 10 years, Abbot has taken over $23 MILLION bux in campaign donations from just energy companies – the same ones we’ve been going after for the past few years. Big money behind Abbott. The hell with Texans.

The doctor from the Conservative Republicans of Texas wants me to reelect State Senator Kel Seliger. I wrote that idiot when Obamacare became a big issue. His response: Golly, gee, that’s a federal matter, go away. Another ignorant career politician. While an ‘opt out’ regarding ‘smart’ meters is a Band Aid, it was important we get the bill passed in our state legislature last year. One vote was needed – Seliger’s. We didn’t get it. I called Seliger’s office asking he vote for it. Know what I got – as did several in this district? “You people quit calling. Smart meters are not a priority”. I’m supposed to reward another state legislator who cares nothing about the health or privacy of his constituents? I don’t think so.

On the sample ballot it has a comparison of conservative Republicans vs liberals. Sounds good, but in reality, Republicans took control of Congress in January 1995 and began outspending 40 years of Democratic/Communist Party USA looting. ‘For cutting government spending and regulations’. Sure. The Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives, they’ve had control again since 2010. They have done NOTHING to return to a limited form of republican government. They continue to pass budgets for unconstitutional cabinets, agencies; the unconstitutional waste of taxpayers dollars is simply putrid. (USAID Wasted $1 BILLION (borrowed debt) Propping Up Afghan Ministries…and That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg).

Where does the good doctor think the new 40,000 regulations coming out of the District of Criminals originate? The House, the Senate and unconstitutional cabinets and agencies. Instead of abolishing them and cutting off funding, the gutless poltroons do nothing but whine and blame it on Harry Reid or the impostor in the White House.

When are conservatives going to get out of denial? All of the incumbents listed on that sample ballot are moral conservatives as I am. But, when it comes to curing the cancer, all they do is treat the symptoms and blame Democrats while America goes to hell. We must work to get ‘conservatives’ to understand what they’re conserving when they support bad incumbents is conserving the road to destruction.

The doctor from the Conservative Republicans of Texas is in a leadership position, but what is he leading voters to? The same incumbents in the Outlaw Congress who have destroyed this republic. At the state level, the same incumbents who refuse to address the most serious issues that are hurting their citizens. It is ‘the blind leading the blind’.

 How can you be a leader if you’re ignorant about our what caused such massive unemployment in this country the past 20 years (Congress’ refusal to get us out of NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT/WTO and others), why the disabilities of our monetary system will, not if, collapse thanks to the privately owned “Federal” Reserve (booms, busts, recessions and depressions), why the US must get out of the UN, why every state must do as Alabama did last year and pass the same bill to kick Agenda 21 out of our states?

 The truth is you can’t be a leader if you are ignorant about the U.S. Constitution, life threatening issues like the security of a free state and what the Second Amendment actually mandates, fiat currency and the list goes on.

 I’m not trying to gang up on that particular gentleman because I believe he is sincere and well meaning, he just doesn’t have the facts. Neither did I until 1991 when the subject of the “Federal” Reserve was dropped in my lap and began my journey of learning and re-educating myself about so many things. That doctor isn’t stupid, he just needs the facts about the issues I’ve listed and more. Once he understands them, I believe as so many other good, decent Americans have, he would work to see destroyers like Cornyn booted out of office.

 How do we help people like him? By making contact at the LOCAL level because the party machines rule committees, party business and conventions. Without feed back or participation, the machine’s agenda and candidates dominate. I know because when I ran for Congress, I attended every breakfast party meeting, dinners, you name it. I saw how corrupt it was at the local level while the party faithful went along with what their “leadership” fed them. One of the reasons I left the Republican Party in April 1996 after being a member for 29 years.

 Incumbents in the state houses and the Outlaw Congress usually start at the local level. They run party committees, win local offices and move up the political ladder. The State Capitol, then Congress or State Attorney General or Governor. That’s why all politics are local. But, if the ‘local’ are ignorant on the issues or misinformed, it spreads like a malignant cancer and breeds exactly the class of incumbents that continue to get reelected every two years (six for the senate). It’s up to you and me to get to those local chapters of the Republican Party. Polls indicate 42% of Americans now identify themselves as independents, BUT the party machine is the body that shoves their choice down your ‘independent’ throat. The money and those two party machines is enormous. The power plays and back room dealing with we the people as the designated losers.

 Yes, there are ‘third’ parties like the Constitution Party who I believe should concentrate on getting as many local offices filled as possible to help build their numbers and their platform. In the real world right now, it’s still the Republican and Democratic/Communist Party USA who rule at the state and federal level. I think based on polls and the rage across this country that if the Republicans pass ANY form of amnesty, they can fold up their tent and go home.

 John Kerry was endorsed by the Communist Party USA. The impostor in the White House was endorsed twice by the Communist Party USA. Anyone who belongs to the Democratic Party supports communism, period. Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party? Yes, because as I said in that column for WND, their political ideology are one and the same. Ignorant, foolish Americans who have allowed themselves to be herded in the desired direction as they cheer on their own destruction. Freedom and liberty mean nothing to tens of millions of Americans, only what mommy government can “give” them.

 We cannot stop the destruction of our republic if influential leaders at the local and state level continue promoting the same incumbents who are destroying us. Even if you are not a member of the Republican Party, call your local chapter and ask if you can attend their meetings. Begin the dialogue about the most pressing issues right now. All of the above and in these columns:

Re-electing the Band Aid Brigade
Herman Cain’s 9-9-9: Another poison band aid for bankers
Electing New Band Aid Pushers
Sequestration: Another Band Aid while U.S. economy exsanguinates

 I know everyone is pressed for time; how well I know. My last two columns were about stopping ANY form of amnesty; adults or minors (the myth of ‘anchor babies’) and two more destructive “free” trade treaties. The good news on that front is last week Dirty Harry Reid put the skids on the TPP for ‘fast track’. However, don’t let them fool you – Boehner is hell bent on giving Barry Soetoro aka Obama everything he wants to destroy more American jobs and sovereignty.

 I think you’re probably like me – friends and family are like minded. What we have to do is get to those like the doctor above who put out the voter’s guide to reelect “conservatives” to the Outlaw Congress and our state house. That has to be done on the local level. If we keep talking to the choir, what do we accomplish? We all end up knowing the words to the same song. Sure, I’d love to go fishing and have a life again. I’ve given up the things I love over two decades ago because what I found out through research scared me. Sure, I’d like to have a paycheck; in 23 years I’ve given up more than a million dollars in earnings. What good is money without freedom? What good is money if the General Government tracks every move you make and tries to force you to obey thousands of unconstitutional laws?

 Democratic/Communist Party USA members are effective because of what’s called ‘community organizing’. Very effective at getting the herds of cattle to the ballot box. Very effective at brainwashing their members to accept socialism and communism as the utopian form of government while they demand your paycheck to fund all their social issue and causes.

We need to help conservatives become constitutionalists so they stop buying the party machine’s lies and promoting their Band Aids. If we are to be ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’ – all Americans – then we have to take the time to put country first, recreation and fun times on hold and party loyalty at the bottom of the list. If we do nothing, nothing will get done and those in leadership positions at the local and state levels will continue with ‘the blind leading the blind’.

What can I use to get the truth to ‘busy’ people who think they know the solutions? On the front page of my web site I have now permanently posted the tools to help everyone get the facts to our fellow Americans who do want to save our country. They are by no means the only ones, but I believe are the most effective. Boots on the ground. Network because it works. Knowledge is power but only if we use it to help others. Diplomacy and the facts will win the day.

 Links:

 1- Pelosi & her Brassiere Brigade
2- Don’t Vote in November – An Irresponsible Message
3- 2014 Primary Voting Schedule

 Find out the voting record of your Congressional incumbent, governor
and other offices. Just put the name in a search engine then type on the issues

 If anything, it’s gotten worse since I wrote this column back in 2006:
Uninformed, Disinterested, Brainwashed & Special Interest Voters