Important stuff today. Read on....
We are in the midst of a critical time in our country. This next election could mean either that our country survives and thrives, or that it follows the path of every failed attempt at Socialism* in the history of civilization.
But first, the basics. Conservatism is good.
Click the start arrowhead below to find out briefly why that is:
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on MSNBC Defining Conservatism. Source
As he says, “What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, ‘If I had more power, I could fix it all....'”
A lot of those guys in Washington want more power and they want to take away our freedoms while they do it, mostly through more oppressive government rules, regulations, and bureaucracy.
The declining score is closely related to rapidly rising government spending, subsidies, and bailouts.
And higher taxes on us. Our country was built on conservative values, not on the government taxing us and giving our money away for anything they choose. Most of the places they choose are not the places we would choose.
There has also become a dependency on government that cannot be sustained. Right now, at least 30% of our population gets some kind of payment from the government paid for those of us who work hard for our money. 30 percent! And that was in 2013, the last year the data is available.
Look here to see the alarming trend:
Dependence on government has gone up 67% in the time period shown.
Anyway, even if you just want to have more money in your own pocket, small government and conservative leaders are the way to do it.
[So, where does this take us, Bucky?]
I'm glad you asked.
We need to elect the most conservative President we can find, and we need to persuade our Senators and Representatives to reduce the size of government and give our freedoms back to us where they belong. If they won't be persuaded, then they must be replaced by those who really are conservative.
So, who is the best presidential candidate?
On one side, we have a lot to choose from. The Republicans have sixteen or seventeen candidates that have been running, though a few have dropped out. The candidates are of many races and are from many backgrounds. Most of them want us to have as much freedom as the United States Constitution* allows.
On the Democrat side, there are only two old, worn out, white people to choose from, one dishonest -- likely treasonous* -- and the other an avowed Socialist*. Both of them want to take away most of the freedom we have, tax all of us more heavily, and spend our money they way they want to. Neither one is in touch with us, and especially not in touch with young people, except to act as Santa Claus to them, giving things away on the backs of the taxpayer.
Here's where the candidates stand, both Democrat and Republican. (Further to the right in the graphic is more conservative):
|Source: Daily Signal|
This graphic was generated by researchers at Stanford University on a website called Crowdpac. They analyze each candidate’s voting record and statements, but also their history of political donations to them and by them.
That last part is important. The candidates can say anything, but their donations and the money they receive tell where their real alliances are.
Some candidates such as Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have never held office and thus have no voting record to judge. That is where the money changing hands helps us understand where they really stand.
Donald Trump is not shown because he has not held public office, and his campaign is mostly funded by his own money. Trump is what is called a Populist -- appealing to us with generalities that we like to hear, but without any specific action plans to speak of. That could be a problem if we don't know what he will actually do if he becomes president. One thing we do know is that he is not very conservative, ranking nearer the center of the graphic than near the conservative (right) end.
Here is an updated graphic that includes Trump, and excludes those who have dropped out as of February 4, 2016:
Cruz being an outsider and his standing up to his own party career politicians appeals to me. He has the right values and is likely to lead based on his values, not on what it means to his political future or power. He won't sway with the political winds.
Here are some major points about Cruz:
- Strong, principled conservative
- Constitutionalist*, especially religious liberty and 2nd Amendment rights (the right of the people to keep and bear arms)
- Wants smaller government
- Wants to again balance the federal budget. The national debt is now $19,012,827,698,418, $58,000 for each person in the U.S.A.
- Demonstrates good leadership
- Clear communicator
- Is anti-Washington establishment
- Is in tune with the grassroots* and the current political climate
- Is pro-life
- Has Hispanic background, his father legally immigrating to the United States
- Is strong on the family and marriage
- Understands that Obamacare is expensive and provides less care than private health plans
- Stands for Israel, our only ally in the Middle East
- Advocates a fair, single-rate income tax instead of the present complex income tax system
- Wants to enforce current immigration laws
- Is a strong evangelical Christian, Southern Baptist, attends church and realizes there is a Sovereign God
We need conservatism desperately, and we need it right now.
You have a chance now to change the course of history.
Vote conservative to save our great nation from those who would subvert it for their own benefit.
- United States Constitution -- the document that contains the fundamental laws governing the United States of America. The only powers granted to the federal government in the constitution are as follows:
- To collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.
- To borrow money.
- To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states.
- To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States.
- To coin money.
- To establish post offices and post roads.
- To provide patent protection for inventors.
- To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
- To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas.
- To declare war.
- To raise and support armies.
- To provide and maintain a navy.
- To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution.
- and, importantly, 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.
- Constitutionalist -- an adherent or advocate of using the United States Constitution as the basis of all law, as it was designed to be by the founders of our country.
- Grassroots -- the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file. In this case, the individual voter.
- Socialism -- a political and economic theory
of social organization that advocates that the means of production,
distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the government. This system has been tried repeatedly and always results in poorer people, huge inefficiency, and eventual failure. Commonality with Marxism and Communism -- all systems of government that take freedom away from us.
synonyms: leftism, welfarism, radicalism, progressivism
- Treason -- the high crime of betraying one's country.
synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, sedition