Do Black Lives Matter?

I don’t watch shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park, etc.  They’re usually full of trash and (mostly) liberal propaganda.  However, even a blind squirrel can find a nut every once in a while.  A clip from an episode of Family Guy went viral last month.

Peter Griffin: Everyone! Everyone! Listen, I have something to say. Cleveland Jr. Doesn’t deserve any of this. All those things you heard about Cleveland Jr. were lies. He didn’t do anything to me. He’s a good kid, from a good family. I just got scared, and I did something stupid. I swear, it had nothing to do with the color of his skin, but I did shoot him. I deserve to be held responsible for my actions. Even if that means going to jail.

Swanson: You heard him, other cops. Let’s take him in.

Officer 1: He doesn’t know our names, does he?

Officer 2: I don’t think he does.

Brown: Wait a minute. Peter didn’t shoot my son. I did. Peter was just taking the blame for me. He’s a good friend.

Takanawa: Eh, Mr. Brown, what exactly are you saying?

Brown: I’m saying that I, Cleveland Brown, a black man, shot Cleveland Brown, Jr., another black man.

Peter Griffin: Wait, wh-where did everybody go?

Brown: You want to make the media go away? Just mention black-on-black crime.

Brian Griffin: Boy, the world we live in, huh?

The writers nailed it this time.  Every time a police officer or a white person injures or kills a black person, national media jumps all over it.  There are rants on social media, speeches by civil rights leaders, and protests riots in the streets.  But only about 1% of black murders are by police and 10% of black murders are by non-blacks.  For the last six years, at least 90% of black murders were committed by…BLACK PEOPLE!

These murders are just a blip on the radar for the media.  For most blacks, these murders are mostly fathers, sons, uncles, cousins, and nephews being killed.  That’s right, there is a wholesale of black murders daily, most of which goes ignored.  Only a few are reported by local media.  The only ones that go national involve a child being killed.  But how many of these names do we remember after a week?

The #BlackLivesMatter movement is so concerned about what police and non-blacks do to black people, yet they are as guilty as the media for ignoring the war zones the streets have become.  Those streets are so dangerous that kids can’t play outside, people feel unsafe outside and inside their own homes, and businesses are afraid to open; whatever businesses that did exist are now closed..  The only way some of these neighborhoods have gotten better has been the result of gentrification, but then black people can’t afford to live in those neighborhoods anymore.  Any neighborhood that hasn’t been gentrified is exactly the same as it was 15-20 years ago, if not worse.

Do you want to know why things haven’t gotten better?  It’s because people are committing the same mistakes.  I’ve covered this many times hereherehere, and here.  You can polish a turd all you want; it’s still a turd.  If you remodel the outside of the house, but the foundation is still messed up, the house is still going to crumble.  In other words, if you clean up the exterior of the community, but you keep harboring the same crap that messed it up in the first, it’s only going to get messed up all over again.

Don’t allow drug dealers, gang members, criminals, and murders into your neighborhoods.  Report these people to the police and have them locked up.  If you see something, say something.  Start snitchin’!  Stop glorifying the lifestyle.  A wound cannot heal until the object which caused the wound is removed.  If you wait too long, the wound will become infected and may kill you.

If black lives really matter, then we should protect black lives from the biggest thing that threatens them:  other black lives!  You want other people to care about you and help you?  Starting caring about and helping each other first.


Mega Jackpot, Mega Problems

powerball

In case you’ve missed the news, the Powerball jackpot is now up to $1.5 billion.  That’s BILLION with a B.

$1,500,000,000.

Yowzer!!!  That’s a lot money.  Life altering money.  And yet, it won’t change a thing.  Every single one of you reading this who decide to play won’t win.  I can safely say that given that the odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.  For whoever does win, problems will come with it.  There will be random relatives and friends who you have never met or haven’t see in ages asking you for money.  Your name and images will most likely be all over the media.  You’ll be tempted to buy whatever you want and invest in ill-fated business and schemes because you can.

That’s you.  Not me.

I won’t be playing.  I don’t win anything anyways so there’s no point in trying.  However, I have others reasons for not playing.  There’s a reason why I call the lottery “The Poor Person’s Sweepstakes”.  Lotteries, in general, prey on the poor and elderly who are so down on their luck that they’ll use their last dollar just for an opportunity to make more money.  In fact, The Consumerist suggests that those who make under $13,000 per year spend up to 9% of their income on the lottery.  That’s about $1,170/year or $3.21/day.  Having grown up poor and seeing poor people play the lottery just about every single day, this isn’t hard to believe.  They would have been better off saving that money for food, utilities, emergencies, or putting it into an index fund and using it to move themselves from poverty.

Playing the lottery for some people is a habit, a thrill, an addiction.  People watch the lottery drawings like they’re watching a game show.  When the jackpot get this big, a lot of normal, middle class people are tempted to play as well.  This is one temptation I’ll have no part in.  I’ve spent an adulthood trying to do the opposite of what my parents have done to avoid some of the pitfalls that they’ve fell into in fear that I may be tempted by the same things which have tempted them.  Knowing that I may be more prone to addiction, I need to be constantly vigilant to anything which can potentially trap me.

Naturally, the Bible always has something to say on matters like these:

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

1 Timothy 6:6-10

Isn’t it strange how God’s word actually predicts exactly what’s going to happen?  Here’s what happened to some winners.  And some more. And some more after that.  Think about it.  Nothing good happens to those who chase riches for their own desires.  Playing the lottery is the same thing as gambling.  Chasing money instead of God never ends well.  After all, we cannot serve two masters.

I want to touch on a previous point in regards to poor people spending money on the lottery.  A lot of people recklessly spend their precious few dollars on the lottery instead of saving it for a rainy day.  We are talking about millions of people who have proven to be untrustworthy with a little money.  Yet we think that these same people can be trusted with life altering money.  I wish someone noteworthy and famous said that.  Oh wait…

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

Jesus (Luke 16:10)

In the end, the only ones who will win from this is the federal, state, and local governments.  Since most state and local governments rely on the lottery to bring in revenue, it’s already a tax on those who play it.  If you are giving money to a government, willingly or unwillingly, it’s a tax.  If you win, the federal, state, and local governments all get a cut of the money.  Some of them double dip depending whether you take a lump sum or the annuity payments.  Then you have to rely on the state governments to actually give you the money.  As per the state of Illinois, there’s no guarantee on that.

So should I waste my money playing something I have no chance of winning in the first place while risking the chance of becoming addicted knowing that even if I do win, the government takes over half of the money and more troubles will follow yet ignoring God’s word stating that this is evil?

Yeah… I’m not playing.

P.S.:  $1.5 billion isn’t going to cure poverty.  I think I’ve proven it’ll only lead to more of it.  After all, the poor will always be with us.  We’ve already spent over $22 trillion fighting poverty in America.  That’s TRILLION.  With a T.  $22,000,000,000,000.  Which is almost as large as the U.S. federal debt, now at almost $19 trillion.  I wonder if there’s a connection…
P.S.S:  If you are going to post something to social media, CHECK YOUR MATH!!!


Flat Tax vs. Fair Tax

Republican Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is proposing a 14.9% flat income tax and throwing out the current tax code.  The primary arguments made for going to a flat tax is simple:  there will be no loopholes for anyone to jump through and take advantage of, no one will be taxed twice on capital gains, interest and dividends, and most citizens will have some skin in the game.  That’s fine except there are two major problems:

  1.  People are still being taxed on how much they make.  Anyone who gets a paycheck is getting taxed based on doing WORK!  Why should the government benefit from my labor?  In addition, those who refuse to work and live off the system aren’t contributing either.  People making money under the table and on the underground economy aren’t participating either.  They aren’t reporting to the IRS, which leads to…
  2.  The IRS still exists.  In order for the government to collect the money, employers still need to take money out of everyone’s paycheck.  The tax cheats still need to be chased down.  People will still need to fill out (simplified) forms every year.  We’re still paying for a big government entity to take our money.

This isn’t to say I’m against all taxes–I’m not.  I do agree that the system we use to collect taxes is fundamentally flawed and morally broken.  Or maybe that should be morally flawed and fundamentally broken.  However we want to call it, these two problems have to be resolved to have any permanent form of tax reform.  A revolutionary idea has come up called the FairTax.  A more detailed summary can be found here, but here’s the gist of the plan.

  1.  All payroll taxes including income, Medicare, and Social Security along with capital gains, gift, estate, alternative minimum, and self-employment taxes are abolished and are placed with a single, simple, visible sales tax, now proposed at 23% inclusive in the display price.  No sticker shock surprises.  This comes out to be a roughly 30% sales tax on the original value.  This would only apply to used items, not used ones.
  2. Every qualified citizen, regardless of income, will receive a monthly prebate check based on the monthly consumption allowance as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services for a family at the poverty level, dependent on family size, multiplied by the FairTax rate.  Essentially, citizens living at or below the poverty line will be receiving extra money from the government to use for what they want.  Everyone gets a refund on the tax for necessities.

This plan will completely radicalize how we think about taxes.  We’ll only pay taxes on what we buy.  If we buy something expensive, it’ll be accompanied by a larger tax bill; if we don’t buy anything, we won’t pay a tax on it.  Who’s better at deciding how we spend our money but us?  Fewer people can cheat the system because more work would be required by multiple parties to defraud it which leads to an increased likelihood of tax cheats getting caught.  No one is double- or triple-taxed.  As the plan is laid out now, no government spending is touched as FairTax is affecting the collection of taxes.  Since all taxes are collected at the registered and are forwarded to the government, there’s no need for an IRS.  The result of this plan however will lead to increased revenue to the government because more people are paying in via the streams which make the most money and less time and money will be spent trying to collect money.

In order to really make this plan effective, there needs to be some MAJOR changes on how the federal government spends money.  Since everyone will be getting back all the money that would have been taken away and used for Medicare and Social Security later in their lives, is there a reason for those programs to exist?  Keep the disability payments, but get rid of the rest.  The burden of retirement plan shifts from the government to the person.  For people who have already paid into these systems, they should be entitled to a lump sum for every penny they have paid into these systems plus interest.  Plus, we don’t have to worry about the federal government stealing from these systems anymore.  In addition, the federal government needs to live within its means like every person who is subjected to the government.  We need to go line by line to remove waste, overspending, unconstitutional laws, and government overreach.

Maybe I am being a bit too radical.  Blowing up how the government collects AND spends money?  We can’t “fundamentally transform” that, right?  Then again, isn’t a $18 trillion debt with an inefficient government enough?

U.S. Debt Clock as of November 2014

Or maybe not.  Maybe enough is enough and it’s time for a change.


Left vs. Right

Prager University recently did a five video series on the different perspectives of the left and right on some key fundamental issues.  I encourage everyone to watch the videos posted below but I’ll provide a quick take on each one.

1.  The Size of Government

The best place to start is with this one.  What is the role of government in our lives?  I think the U.S. federal government has only a few rights and responsibilities.  It was understood by the founders that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  The bigger the government is, the bigger the corruption.  The consequences of big government is being felt around the globe with massive deficits and government takeovers of people’s lives.  Do you really want to government sticking their nose into every single bit of your business?

 

2.  Feeling Good vs. Doing Good

Is it more important to make everyone feel good by doing something popular or to do something which is going to produce positive, measurable results?  Doing something which may make someone feel good initially could put them in a situation that’s set up to screw them over.  One example is the government forcing banks to give mortgages to sub-prime borrowers.  It may feel good to the borrow that they are able to get a mortgage and own a house with help from the government, but what happens when the borrower can’t afford to make the payments required to pay the mortgage on that house?  Now multiply that by a few million.  People vote for what feels good because that’s what they know, but they don’t know what does good.  Results matter, not feelings.

 

3.  The View of America

People on the left see all the bad that they perceive America has done and thinks that we are no better than any other country.  In fact, they think most modern countries overseas, particularly in Europe, has it right and America has it wrong.  People on the right believe that America is indeed the best hope the world has and that this country holds a very unique place in history.  It’s something we like to call American Exceptional-ism.  This country has given more people from more backgrounds more opportunities and more freedoms than any place in the world at any point in history.  Not only have we fought for the freedom of people in American, we have fought, and still are fighting, for the freedom of people around the globe from tyrannical governments.  In places where America has left a presence, prosperity has followed.  Some prime examples include South Korea, Japan, and Germany.

 

4.  Painful Truths and How to Handle It

Life hurts.  Numbers don’t lie.  Facts don’t change.  To ignore these realities is absolutely foolish.  There is evil in the world; mankind is inherently bad because we are born into a world of sin.  Men and women are different, physically, psychologically, and emotionally; these differences are built in because men and women have different roles.  Young black males commit a larger proportion of violent crime.  War is sometimes a necessity against dictators and people who desire to cause as much destruction as possible; those people don’t listen to reason or anything else.  Yet leftists and college students want to avoid opposing views that may hurt them.  Political incorrectness, trigger warnings, safe spaces, etc.  The sooner we acknowledge these painful truths, the sooner we’ll be set free.

 

5.  Transforming Society vs. Self-Improvement

People like Barack Obama and those who voted for him voted for America to be “fundamentally transformed” forever.  They see that there is a moral failing within the country with various phobias and isms and that it’s the government’s job to fix various “social issues”.  Conservatives believe that change must come from within each person by taking the time to look within ourselves and discover each of our own moral flaws, a process that doesn’t happen overnight.  Instead of being concerned about blaming groups of people or starting social causes, we need to be focused on fixing individuals.  America survives when the people are morally strong because the country is dependent upon moral people to run it and protect it.  To “fundamentally transform” a moral society means to eventually take away it’s morals.  How much of that have we seen in the last 50 years?

Hopefully everyone will take the time to think deeply about these base values.  My conservatism is based on these values.  Also, please take the time to look at some additional videos from Prager University.  One of my personal favorites is the commencement address everyone needs to hear:


The Corruption of the DNC

Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders…three people who will never be president

Disclaimer:  I am NOT a Democrat.  I am not endorsing any Democrats at all.  I am not supporting Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley and I hope the Democratic nominee gets destroyed in the general election.  None of them are capable of fixing this country.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way…

Bernie Sanders is getting screwed.  When I say screwed, I mean that Bernie Sanders is Bret Hart, Hillary Clinton is Shawn Michaels, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is Vince McMahon, the DNC is the WWE, and we’re at Survivor Series in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1997.

The Montreal Screwjob

Yeah.  It’s that bad.  It’s so bad that even MSNBC is calling out the DNC.  The folks on “Morning Joe” had quite a bit to say.

Martin O’Malley had issues with the debate schedule in August.  In September, supporters of both O’Malley and Sanders protested at the DNC headquarters because they felt their candidates weren’t getting a fair shake.  Here’s a look at the debate schedule:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 hosted by CNN

*Saturday, November 14, 2015 hosted by CBS

*Saturday, December 19, 2015 hosted by ABC

*Sunday, January 17, 2016 hosted by NBC

*Thursday, February 11, 2016 hosted by PBS

*Wednesday, March 9, 2016 hosted by Univision

There are some major problems with the timing of some of these debates.  Two of them are happening on Saturday evening, the least watched television viewing night of the week.  In particular, the most recent debate happened on the last Saturday before Christmas opposite an NFL game and a college football bowl.  Coincidentally, it was also the same weekend that the most recent Star Wars movie came out.  It doesn’t get any better; the next debate is on a Sunday night during the NFL playoffs.  I know all the games will probably be over before the debate, but don’t expect a larger audience.  The PBS debate on 2/11/16 will be after the Iowa caucus on 2/1/16 and the New Hampshire primary 2/9/16.  Finally, the Univision debate on 3/6/16 will be after Super Tuesday and way past the point where O’Malley will drop out of the race.  That debate may not even happen; Sanders might be gone too.  Maybe O’Malley had a point…

“Are you listening to me now?”

It’s almost as though DWS and the DNC has already coronated Hillary Clinton as the nominee.  I get that most of us assumed that was the case years ago, but can we at least give everyone else a fair chance.  Are they trying to hide Hillary Clinton from people who would vote against her because of her message and the scandals she has been involved in?  She still needs to answer some questions in regards to those emails and on Benghazi and may still be indicted.

Or perhaps they are afraid of Bernie Sanders.  Many Democrats have had enough of Hillary Clinton and most of the ones that I have talked to are “feeling the Bern.”  He’s building up his campaign from the grassroots level and his message is resonating.  Is the establishment trying to smother his message by limiting the number of people who hear it?  After the recent allegations of a data breech by the Sanders campaign, I’m not quite sure the DNC isn’t trying to run him out of the race via a smear campaign.  It wouldn’t be the first time she’s been involved in a data breech.

If this does turn out to be complete corruption by Clinton, DWS, and the DNC, I wouldn’t be surprised.  After all, it’s far from the first time that Hillary Clinton has been involved in a scandal and she still hasn’t been held accountable for a few of them.

I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders.  His tax the rich and give to everyone schemes won’t work.  Socialism will never work in America.  The country is too big with too many diverse people with different needs based on the location of the population.  We’re not homogeneous like a lot of countries overseas.  Besides, America became great because people were willing to start from the bottom and work their way up.  A lot of immigrants came here for that opportunity.  To forcibly take away from someone’s hard work because they have money and other people don’t is absolutely criminal.  America is about equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.

Given that I have no desire for any of these candidate (O’Malley is irrelevant anyways), I think I can consider myself an independent, mutual party.  As someone removed from the situation, I’m in the best position to say this:

BERNIE SANDERS IS GETTING SCREWED!

If you agree, disagree, or just don’t care, feel free to comment.


Diverging Roads

Most of us have friends we went to elementary, middle, and/or high school with that we haven’t seen in a long, long time.  We sometimes ask ourselves where they are and what have they done with their lives.  Where would we likely stumble upon them?  In the middle of downtown?  On a bus?  At a restaurant?  A reunion?

How about on opposite sides of a courtroom?

Judge Mindy Glazer came across Arthur Booth, an old middle school friend at a bail hearing in Florida.  They haven’t seen each other in thirty years.  The article paints a much bigger picture.  In the late 1970s, both Glazer and Booth were high achievers at Nautilus Middle School, both destined to do great things.  Booth wanted to be a neurosurgeon while Glazer initially wanted to be a veterinarian before later deciding to become a lawyer.  These were two students who had unlimited potential and had the means and work ethic to do so.  Unfortunately, only one would…

Arthur Booth became addicted to gambling and later drugs.  After dropping out of high school in 11th grade, he started a life a petty crime to help support his addictions.  As a result, he has spent half of his adult life in jail.  A life full of dreams was erased because of bad choices after bad choices.  Sadly, this reunion had to occur under these circumstances.  Judge Glazer is right; I pray that this encounter might be what he needs to turn his life around.

There are many people who I went to school with, some who might be reading this right now, that I knew had the potential for greatness.  Many of them failed to live up to that billing, not because of an education system that failed theme or because of a family who didn’t support that, but because of bad decisions that alter ones life.  I’m talking about people like this man who got caught up in drug and gambling addictions.  I’m talking about people who got caught up in a gang and ended up in jail or dead because of it.  I’m talking about people who had babies while still in high school or who caught an STD.  I’m talking about people who just lacked the motivation to learn or to work hard.

Our parents, teachers, and professors can only guide us so far.  At some point, each of us will have to make our own decisions and we are going to be held accountable for our decisions.

“Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

-Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)

As long was we are still alive on Earth, it’s not too late to make a change.  However, bad choices will rob us of the time that we do have to make a change.  Hopefully the next time these two meet, it’ll be because he turned his life around.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The End of “No Child Left Behind”

So a few days ago, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” was signed into law after passing the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support, a rarity in recent times.  This law does away with most of the regulations that were put into place with “No Child Left Behind” and returns a lot of the power in regards to education policy back to the states.  As a result, the strict pressures in testing students to receive federal funding is removed.  Just as “No Child Left Behind” received bipartisan support when President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2002, the same thing has occurred 13 years later.

When NCLB was signed, everyone was in agreement that education standards were uneven across the board and that something needed to be done.  However, the plan turned out to be a major failure.  There were pressures placed on school district to test students left and right.  As a result, some students ended up spending up to three months out of an entire school year on standardized testing or preparing for such a test.  Even students in kindergarten and 1st grade weren’t exempt.  The results of these tests determined the fates of teachers, schools, and even school districts.  Curricula were overhauled so that students were test-ready.  However, American test scores as compared to other nations were still just as poor.

The end result is that we have a generation of students who are well-prepared to take tests like robots instead of being able to actually learn for the sake of learning, apply what they are learning to real-world situations, or think critically.  Students today, more than ever before, are ill-prepared to enter college, trade schools, the military, and the workplace, unable to compete because they don’t have the required skills.  College students are wasting time and money taking courses on material they should have already learned by high school graduation.  Is this what we really want for our next generation?  And we wonder why charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling are becoming so popular.

The education of each student is the ultimate responsibility of their parents and the teachers who teach them.  The best ones to decide the course of a student’s education belongs to the parents and teachers who are interacting with the student each day, not bureaucrats in Washington D.C. who haven’t spent a single day teaching in a classroom.  The needs of a student in Massachusetts is completely different than a student in Georgia, California, Kansas, or Alaska.  I’ll go even one step further and say that education needs to be decided on a local level, not a state level.  Students in a major metropolitan area have different needs than a student in a rural area; Pennsylvania has plenty of both.  I do agree that a minimum standard is needed.  However, it doesn’t need to be as burdensome to the teacher.  A proper teacher should have the flexibility to teach what they feel is important for their students.  A good teacher would have no problem getting their students to perform far and above the minimum standards which preparing their students for what lies ahead.  A great teacher would give the students the ability to think and reason instead of regurgitating answers and forgetting everything once the test was over.

The power has now been stripped away from the federal government, conceding defeat in a situation where the government abused their power.  This country was built on an idea that each individual state knows what’s best for their citizens and should govern as they see fit with very little involvement from the federal government.  Now, it’s time for the states to show what they can do without Uncle Sam breathing down their necks.


Creating Black Conservatives

Barack Obama won over 90% of the black vote in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.  In addition, Democrats routinely win at least 80% of the black vote in every election on every level.  Yet black people have struggled for generations to get ahead while every other group has.  This leads to an obvious question:

Why don’t blacks vote conservative?

Or perhaps the real question is why do blacks not consider any republican, independent, or any third part but vote for Democrats in droves?  Is there something wrong with the conservative outreach?  Have Republicans tried speaking to black people and failed or just concede the loss every time?

Maybe there is this perception that blacks and Republicans don’t share common political values regardless of the race of the candidate.  While not well courted at all in recent elections, efforts are being made to change that.

However, to properly educate voters and to get them to listen to Republicans, long-held myths must dispelled.  It’s routinely paraded in the media that Republicans are full of rich, old, white people.   However, looking at the Republican Presidential race, there are far more minorities and people of color than for the Democrats.  Nothing but old, rich white people there.  There is also a long lingering myth that the parties “switched sides” all of a sudden.    However, history shows a much more complicated story which shows how conservative values spread throughout the country and how Democrats kept trying to impede progress.  Was either side perfect?  No; they never have been nor will ever be perfect.  The Democratic Party has a reputation going back to the 1800s of trying to “keep the black man down”.

They even try to do that today.  Most major cities have been under Democratic rule for over half a century.  Most of them are dumpster holes, especially for black people.  Black people have higher unemployment rates, poverty rates, abortion rates, single parenthood rates, crime rates and incarceration rates coupled with lower graduation rates, test scores, and possibilities for success.  There are too many regulations stifling people from creating businesses and jobs.  Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American engine, people starting from nothing and working their way up.  Yet the government takes money that could be used building people up is taken away and used for keeping people down.

Most blacks I know, the level-headed ones anyways, have the same concerns that most of America have.  To be able to start businesses, work hard, and create a decent living for themselves and their families.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing, the Democratic party has done to help build this.  From an economic standpoint, blacks have done better under Jim Crow than they do now.  87% of black homes were married, two-parent homes and 40% of blacks owned businesses when the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Again, this was at a time where black people were really being held down by the man.

Maybe it’s time to consider the words of Stephen A. Smith and vote Republican.  Whenever I say these words, blacks tend to mob me.  Black conservatives can’t get in a word otherwise.  They say to us “remember where we came from” and “we ‘struggle’ just like the rest of them. ” “What are you going to do for black people?” #BlackLivesMatter and all that jazz.  They ignore anyone who says that we are concerned about everyone because #AllLivesMatter.  However, it looks like #MyLifeDoesntMatter to them.

If blacks are going to tell myself and other black conservatives where we come from, it’s time to remind them where they come from.  Over 70% of black people claim they are Christian yet represent a party that denied God THREE TIMES!

In addition, over 60% of blacks are against gay marriage.  That’s not surprising for a mostly Christian population.  Democrats are busy trying to bribe women, homosexuals, and Hispanics, knowing they don’t need to bribe black people.  Talking about Hispanics, illegal immigrants are coming in and taking up valuable resources and are getting paid under the table below minimum wage or are taking up other low skill, low wage positions that black people use to support families.

Black people, stop handing over your power to people who invest in seeing you fail and have done so for over 200 years.  Conservatives want everybody to have the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  The Democratic party gives you none of this.  Do some of your research instead of listening to the lies the left-wing media and liberal teachers tell you; the education system is failing you as it is now.

Since Democrats like to bribe people, allow me to bribe blacks on the values of conservatism.  Conservatives believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We believe everyone deserves an opportunity based on their ability, education, and work ethic alone, not because of the color of their skin.  We believe in small government because the bigger the government is, the more hands they get in stuff, the more likely they are screw something up and/or become corrupt.  We believe governments should not involved in issues such as healthcare and marriage, but are to protect and defend.

We believe that although the government has the responsibility of protecting and defending, we are obliged to protect and defend ourselves and our families in whatever means is appropriate against enemies both foreign and domestic.  We also should easily name and identify threats as we see them.  We don’t believe in political correctness because there is no such thing as politically correct.

We believe in school choice and parents being able to choose which schools are best for their children and how to educate their children, not the government.  We believe that broad educational policy determined at the federal level doesn’t help teachers who are actually teaching on the local level.  We believe in equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.

We believe in personal accountability and responsibility.  We believe that robbing Peter to pay Paul is wrong and that everyone should live within their means.  We believe that the tax system is far too complicated for most people to understand and that a simplified the tax code will lead to less being paid by everyone.  Conservatives believe the government should curtail spending and that $18 trillion debt is insane, unsustainable and unethical.  We believe that we should teach a man how to fish and he’ll be set for life, a hand up not a hand out.  We believe that the best person to decide how to use our money is us, not someone else.

We believe in sound legislation that help uphold the principles this country is found on.  We also believe in a sound process for passing legislation; it can’t be decided by a pen or phone or from a bench.  Conservatives believe legislation must be something everyone has had time to read, understand, and comment on; the legislation must be short and easy to read.  We believe judges should make sound judgments from the bench based on Constitutional principles and life experiences, not influenced by the media or other elected officials, nor restricted by minimum sentencing guidelines.  We believe we should have legislators who come from the people and represent the people; creating and signing legislation is not a life-long job.  We believe that EVERY CITIZEN can be involved in the political process and that the common-man can hold political office.  We believe good government is transparent to everyone and the media should properly and honestly report on what goes on within the walls of our government with no spin and no fluff.

 

We believe in freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion  We believe that all faiths can coexist as long as they respect each other’s rights. We believe that our faith isn’t just reserved to churches, synagogues, temples, or our own homes but should drive our lives, if we have a religion; we’re free to not associate with one.  We believe that killing people because their religion, or lack thereof, differs from another is wrong.

We believe in the traditional roles that God and nature has designed and that all of us existing isn’t because of some sort of accident.  We believe that men and women are created differently because they are complentary parts, compatible with each other.  We believe that ignoring these roles in both the creation and raising of families is against God and nature and is considered foolish.

We believe that our rights start where someone’s else’s rights begin and visa versa and that we only coexist when citizens respects everyone else’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and these rights can’t be infringed upon by anybody.  We believe that these rights aren’t given to us by a human but by a higher power who created and guides us all, even if we choose to ignore it.

I think these are simple, basic, common sense principles that everyone can get behind and would be well received if people took the time to listen.  It’s time for conservatives to reach out to black people looking for an alternative; it’s time for black people to seek an alternative option if they want change.


The Three F’s

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone here in America.  And for another year, this great holiday where we are to be thankful for what God has provided us with has once again fallen into commercialization.  Thanksgiving has devolved into the three F’s:

Food, Family, and Football

People flocked to places near and far to gather together with family members (along with a few friends) to prepare and enjoy a scrumptious feast consisting of one plate (or two, three, or sometimes four) plates of food.  All of these food was enjoyed around a table with discussion of past times and catching up on everyone’s lives or around a television with a discussion on how crappy the Lions and Cowboys are.  Everyone spent the day preparing the meal, traveling, or playing football before coming to eat.  Some of these people had the misfortune of cutting their meals early so that they could work that evening or early the next day.  Soon, everyone departed back to where they came from and life resumes.  Rinse, lather, repeat

Very little time is spent on actually giving thanks, perhaps on a brief time of prayer before the food is served.  Yet, we should be giving thanks to God EVERY DAY!

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

-Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

The reality is that it is because of God’s will that we are alive and it is because of God’s will that we ever have the capability of giving thanks.    I’ve taken the time to compile a brief list of things I am thankful for.  This is not even close to a full and complete list nor is this list in any particular order.

  1. I’m thankful for being alive for over 27 years.
  2. I’m thankful for being alive with Jesus Christ for over 2 years.
  3. I’m thankful for God’s word which enables me to connect with Him everyday.
  4. I’m thankful for having a job that enables me to pay my bills.
  5. I’m thankful that I have bills that pay for services such as rent, electricity, gas, water and sewage, communications, student loans, etc.
  6. I’m thankful for having a family that loves me and cares about me, regardless of how often, or how little I keep in touch.
  7. I’m thankful for having a family of disciples who are willing to lift each other up and support each other in our times of weakness, strength, and everything in between.
  8. I’m thankful for having people come into my life over the years who were able to guide me in the right direction and support me in my times of need.
  9. I’m thankful for being able to live in the United States of America where we enjoy more freedom, peace, and tranquility and face far less hardship, turmoil, and persecution than in other places around the world, at least for now. And for being able to use the word ‘and’ three times in a sentence.
  10. I’m thankful for living in Pittsburgh.  Because it’s not Cleveland.
  11. I’m thankful for having a platform to express my opinions and views.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.  If you have anything special you are thankful for, let God know and feel free to comment below.


More Radical Islamic Terrorism

Over two years ago, I wrote a post after an attack in London in regards to radical Islam.  I called out President Obama for not calling out radical Islam.  He refuses to use those words.  In fact, he referred to ISIS as a JV team in 2014. Even after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, President Obama refused to acknowledge that the real problem isn’t the people, but the religion.

The City of Light suffered for the second time with at least 127 dead and over 300 injured.  By a JV team.  Weeks after a JV team took down a Russian plane.

The worst part is that the previous day, Obama stated that he didn’t think ISIS was growing stronger and that they were contained.  Earlier today at the G-20 summit in Turkey, the media started to push for answers:

Naturally, none were provided.  Of course, he’s never going to get to the answer until he acknowledges what the problem is.  At the Democratic presidential debate, none of the candidates would refer to this attack as radical Islamic terrorism.  Furthermore, none of them would acknowledge that we are at war against them.  That’s all fine and dandy except for one problem…

THEY ARE AT WAR AGAINST US!

They do not believe in our right to exist.  They are against freedom.  They are against liberty.  There are against free will.  They are against women, children, homosexuals, Westerners, Christians, Atheist, Buddhists, Jews, and even other Muslims.  In order to deal with an enemy, we MUST acknowledge what it is first.  Pure evil.

After acknowledging it, we must be able to out it and find it if necessary.  Here’s a simple idea:  Check every mosque for them.  Go to the “peaceful” Muslims and force them to actually turn these homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying (I’m so getting hit with copyright infringement charges) despicable people in.  Storm into all of these Muslim no-go zones and take back control of these places where Sharia law is followed to the letter.  Secure our borders.  Do not let in these Syrian refugees without closely scrutinizing each and every single one of them, if you let them in at all.  At least one of the people involved in the Paris attacks got in that way. That whole Trojan horse, learning for history thing.  Most importantly, let’s get our troops back on the ground in the Middle East where these sickos have free reign.

It’s obviously clear that the real problem is the Religion of Pieces.  Islam itself is clearly incompatible with modern day Western beliefs everything.  There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.  Let’s take a conservative estimate that 10% of them are radicalized Muslims; the number is probably higher.  As a result, there are at least 150 million people who will do what it takes to enforce Sharia law and who aren’t hesitant to kill us all.  These are people who refuse to listen to anyone but a long deceased pedophile and rapist.

It’s time we had leadership who had a little bit of common sense.  Get them before they get us all.  As for the “peaceful” Muslims, I demand at least 300 million of you (20% of all Muslims) to take a stand against the people who would love to see you dead.  Until then, I don’t want anyone commenting about not judging an entire religion; they’re killing us all.