Framing the Dialogue

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A REAL President

I, unfortunately, did not really follow politics back in the eighties and missed most of this man’s message.  YouTube allows us to hear what he had to say.  What better way to learn than to hear him in his own words.  The first video contains excerpts from Ronald Reagan’s debates with then President Carter.  I was stunned at how much of Reagan’s message and criticisms of Carter apply to Obama.  Here we are over thirty years later still fighting the Progressives over the same issues…

…What it means to be an American…

…his humor…

Return to Prosperity

I often wonder how political “leaders” can look at a problem and see such divergent paths to remedy the situation. In my adult life, this period is the worst that I have encountered. I don’t care that pundits say that the “recession is over” because it doesn’t feel that way to me or my wallet. Author Arthur Laffer provides an in-depth look at the state of the economy and gives a pretty detailed prescription for bringing America out of the blackness (redness if you are an accountant). Return to Prosperity should have used this quote from one of our presidents very early in the book,

Liberty Quotes

What better way to celebrate the Independence of the United States than a collection of quotes from some of the great minds that contributed to our country’s history…

“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.”

The Case For Democracy

In his book, Decision Points, President George W. Bush mentioned the impact of a book authored by a former Soviet dissident.  Natan Sharansky spent years in Soviet prisons simple because he was Jewish, wanted to leave the USSR, and was vocal about it.  Sharansky shares his experiences first as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union then as an Israeli official.  The Case For Democracy is his story and history as it relates to his experiences in perhaps the two most threatening periods of our time; The Cold War, and The Global War On Terror.  Sharansky provides a compelling case showing “the power of freedom to overcome tyranny & terror.”

Has Anybody Seen…

Has anybody here seen our old friend Harry?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He screwed a lot of people,
But it seems the pols. they hide now.
You know, I just looked around and he’s gone.



Anybody here seen our old friend Nancy?
Can you tell me where she’s gone?
She ticked off the CIA,
But it seems she just up and left town.
I just looked around and she’s gone.



A Fair Tax

“Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.”

                                                                       Ronald Reagan

Happy “Tax Day” which actually refers to the day our income tax returns are due to be postmarked to the IRS.  There is actually a “Tax Freedom Day” as estimated by The Tax Foundation.  This is the day through which all of your earnings are taken by government (if they took it all first).  The 2009 Tax Freedom day was actually two days ago (April 13) which is the earliest it has been in some time.  After April 13, you theoretically work for yourself.

I Plead The Tenth

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution 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.”

These 28 words say so much, but are regarded so little these days.  When you look back to what our fledgling country encountered as a colony of England you should be able to understand their trepidation towards the creation of a powerful United States (Federal) government. 

Divided We Fail

I had an epiphany this morning.  Well maybe it was not a true epiphany, but something struck me.  I am a fairly conservative guy working in a field dominated by left-leaning individuals.  On many issues, we do not see eye-to-eye.  In fact, I do not even feel completely comfortable when they know about my conservative beliefs.  There are not many of us there.  We do not have a secret handshake, but it is nice when you are around someone with beliefs like your beliefs.

ReWriting History

Berliners woke up on a summer day in 1961 to find that soldiers from communist controlled East Berlin had constructed a barrier between themselves and West Berlin.  Comprising mostly of barbed wire, and armed guards, the wall was soon constructed to be a more permanent barrier.

This escalation of the Cold War sent a chill throughout the western nations.  President Kennedy visited in 1963 and his famous words are still celebrated to this day.  This is a portion that I feel expressed the sentiments of many: