Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not ObamaCare, Not TrumpCare, But AmeriCare

"We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."
Benjamin Franklin

I’ve seen it in the news, but it was a social media discussion that caused me to reflect, once again, upon what the American experience is supposed to be. There are many who worry about what the Trump administration, and those who support him, means by repeal and replace of ObamaCare. Already we have seen the phrase coined, TrumpCare to reflect what that could mean. ObamaCare is a disaster based on government control, which many people dislike and disagree with. But what happens when the government attempts to fix an ill thought through socialist program that people have come to depend on and expect to take care of them? You might rename it with the opposing parties’ idea of that government repair and it might possibly improve. But a wound inflicted by team aggression is not effectively tended to by the other team, no matter the good intentions, while still playing the game.

So what do I mean by AmeriCare? It’s a philosophical concept based on the foundations that America was originally built on. It shouldn’t take a lot to explain but the concept has been distorted, displaced and damaged by ignorance, ill will (often based in ignorance) and path detours devised by those who don’t agree with the American experiment. It’s probable that Donald Trump has become president because of this AmeriCare attitude. We can hope it’s not only by Trumps strong character. This AmeriCare thinking can be found in the study of our founding fathers.

Everyone should start with getting a grasp of GeorgeWashington’s Farewell Address of 1796. This is the first of many presidential speeches but most accurately reflects the intentions and original path for America. Washington was the first to apply all that the new republic had set up, only nine years earlier.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."
George Washington

Our republic (not to be confused with a democracy) works best when executed under the faith our country was built on. This does not mean you need to be a Christian to live here (there was a very diverse degree of faith in our founders). But all our laws, declarations, cultural standards, relationships and civil discourse are guided by principals of Christianity. This alone makes it possible for people of all faiths, belief systems or viewpoints to succeed if its basic moral principles are followed.

Thus, AmeriCare. We have many issues to resolve in our nation, healthcare being just one. Government instituted Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was destined to fail because it didn’t follow the republic model, as Abraham Lincoln warned.

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln

Under our republic it takes a while for the will of the people to settle out in accordance with the ethics of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. It takes longer when an uninformed people of a republic begins to realize that it’s loosing freedoms only achieved and maintained by its principles.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Ronald Reagan

Our stumble, to this point in time, is the result of lost focus, incorrect understanding and lack of training about what America is. Maybe people are waking up; learning what is needed to keep our country on course and turn to our foundation. We can hope Thomas Jefferson’s wisdom is ours.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never can be.”
Thomas Jefferson

ObamaCare cannot work, TrumpCare (if you wish to call it that) will not, alone, fix it. But AmeriCare, using our founding ideologies along with the many who have great ideas for healthcare, unyoked from an aggressive government, can move us in the right direction, if given time and the focus to apply our nation’s philosophy.

A great resource to learn about our republic is Hillsdale College

“Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths … A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”
James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 10.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Who’s the Winner; David or Goliath?

“We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all our heart.”
James Madison

Matt Walsh has it right. Read his piece, “Dear Trump Fan, So You Want Someone To ‘Tell It Like It Is’? OK, Here You Go.” He has effectively put his finger on the pulse of Americans and their politics. Trump fans, read his piece carefully, fully and with an open mind. Americans are great because we have grown great based of our values and principles. Understand what these are. The question of the hour in this political season is this: Who’s the winner, David or Goliath and why? We the People need to make this choice.

Mr. Walsh has effectually painted a picture of Donald Trump that I will tag as Goliath in this analogy. Bigger than life, loud, inconsequential boaster, but the only voice noted because of this. Donald is not afraid, sees he has everyone’s attention and tells them the truth as he sees it even when he has to lie to do it. He has the goals in sight, screams them vociferously over the valley to all challengers asking to prove him wrong, even though he gives no directions how to achieve anything.  Goliath is not afraid but that does not mean he is right.

Now I will insert the David in this correlation. In most ways he is the opposite of Trump. Not the vision, only the honest way to accomplish it. Dr. Ben Carson lives the values that Donald pretends, stands strong and fearless without bulling and bragging. Now David and Goliath are face to face. One will fall. We The People are Ben Carson’s sling and stone. Trump fans are Goliath’s watching minions. Or they could be We the People if they accurately believe the true outsider stands fearless, sling in hand, against forces leading our nation astray.  Support Ben Carson, the real outsider with answers to Heal, Inspire and Revive.

“For my part, I sincerely esteem the Constitution, a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity
of interests.”
Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obama’s America is not American.

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” - John Adams

It cannot be said enough: America is not, should not be, a democracy. This needs to be realized before citizens can determine the goals and ambitions of those they vote into office. A case in point is Barack Obama who dwells on a democracy, fights for one and the sad point is that the majority of voters realize too late what he means as he promotes it. When he was campaigning in 2008 he did not hide his intentions.

“… we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama October 30, 2008 campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri

And six plus years later he has veered little from his vision as stated in the final words of his 2015 state of the union address.

“Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking America. We have laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama State of the Union Jan 20th 2015

America has a foundation. We don’t need a new one. We don’t need to remake America, we need to restore it. Again, we are not a democracy but that is what Obama and the secular progressive left is driving for, even if they don’t or won’t recognize it. Our founding fathers were dead set against this avenue of government as John Adams said in the quote above. All his partners agreed.

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” - Thomas Jefferson

“The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” - John Quincy Adams

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” - Benjamin Franklin (maybe)

“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” - John Marshall

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin

Those who abhor a republic realize a democracy is the path to another form of government.

“Democracy is the road to socialism.”  - Karl Marx

Obama has a vision, but it’s the wrong vision for America. I hope the majority of Americans have come to learn the difference and in our next voting cycle choose a president who will use the sense our founders instilled within our republic. Not that change is bad, it is not. But change by a way that supports and enhances the principles this nation was formed upon and has served us so well for so long. We should seek to change when our principles lead us to understand we are at odds with them. Slavery is wrong and though it took too long, our values helped us recognize and change that. The same thing goes for women’s rights. Our foundational values and principles directed us to do the right thing and it always will when we don’t abandon them.

But we need to put in office people, who understand our republic, our founding moralities, the original vision so well established in the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights. There are many people who understand this and we need to focus on these people to take offices for us. Just one great example is Dr. Ben Carson and I hope we might elect him as president in 2016.

“Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

“We the People” need to learn, spread the knowledge and then elect people who will restore this nation, not remake it, to the republic it was intended to be.

“Perhaps instead of screaming at each other, it is time to engage in intelligent conversation about our desire to preserve the rights granted by our Constitution.” -  Dr. Ben Carson

I leave you with James Madison’s definition of a republic.

“We may define a republic to be - a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it: otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”
James Madison

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Free Speech Includes Christian Expressions

"The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable." 
James Madison1

Political correctness that conceals controversial opinions is nothing other than dictatorial cowardice and completely contrary to American free speech. How the general populace of the USA has allowed such a concept to take root in our culture is only a pure socialist draconian success story that most Americans should be ashamed to sanction. Our founding fathers would be aghast about the current state of the first amendment and how easily free loving people cowered to intellectual ignorance over common sense and resign ourselves to the concept of political correctness.

This angst surfaced over a story Todd Starnes published about a fire chief in Atlanta (Kelvin J. Cochran) who was fired for simply publishing his opinion, his Christian view, on marriage; the key word here being, Christian. This poison (political correctness) to American based free speech is well defined by Dr. Ben Carson’s view and similar patriots of our constitutional rights. This is not to say there are some things that should not be proclaimed when it violates safety or contributes to vicious damaging slander. Screaming “FIRE” falsely in a building or lying about a rape is not an inviolable or an inalienable right. But an opinion based on refutable information only contributes to constructive discourse for truth, knowledge and respect for the common wellbeing of everyone. Political correctness is merely an ill used weapon for those who know not, or cannot defend an idea with an acceptable, valid or truthful premise.

Kelvin J. Cochran said it well in the aforementioned article above. “The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination. But Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.” - Kelvin Cochran, former fire chief of Atlanta, GA.

Right on Kelvin! Our founding fathers agree.

“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.”
 Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 1 (1791), p. 335.

“Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

 “Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”
Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 

1 James Madison (1751–1836), U.S. president. First draft of what became the First Amendment, June 8, 1789. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 12, p. 201, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Voting – The American Voice

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781

Privilege is often the blinding barrier to realizing life’s greatest treasures. The world is jealous of the American’s right to say who speaks for us and we don’t even notice. We can easily squander that right, to not use it or worse, elect those who work to strip us of that freedom. Voting is not just a right but something that deserves our greatest attentions to detail. Ronald Reagan wisely said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”, and voting is one of the roads that leads’ us to either the American dream, or a deceased America. The choice is always ours … until we give it away or ignore it.

All voters are important but the informed voter is the republics’ asset. Samuel Adams and the other founding fathers knew this and warned often not to disregard this right. We need to heed the advice and always elect others who respect all the foundations this country was found on. It is the greatest reason why I respect and promote Dr. Ben Carson for president.

“I would love it if party labels were not allowed on ballots and people were forced to actually know who they were voting for. Blind loyalty to a party platform is tantamount to relinquishing the important duties of intelligent voting.” Ben Carson with Candy Carson, One Nation

Each one of us needs to decide that we are responsible for our country’s condition and use the vote we have to voice who we believe speaks for us. The temptation is to think, “It’s only one vote so what good does it do?” Mine alone does little but without it there is not "ours" that, collectively, is a booming sound that cannot be disregarded. And when we agree on someone who leaves no doubt that America is great because of our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other founding documents, it becomes a wave that washes over and heals our land.

Let us voice real change; change that returns us to the America that made us great, and tell people like Ben Carson he has our vote and then use it.

Check if you can vote and sign up to if not  http://bit.ly/votetrigger

Ben Carson petition to draft him for president http://bit.ly/carsondraft

Rick Coller’s Ben Carson for President https://www.facebook.com/CollerforBenCarson2016

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." 
John Quincy Adams

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Born-again American

… guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; …
 George Washington - Farewell Address September 19, 1796

The question becomes, what did George Washington mean by “pretended patriotism”? It takes no leap to understand that he meant American patriotism that is focused on the principles and values of the Constitution of the United States that culminated after years of fighting for freedom and liberty penned in the Declaration of Independence (read the rest of his farewell address). John Quincy Adams frames best what his friend Washington may have been alluding to.

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
John Quincy Adams 

I know, those on the far left read this and immediately shutdown because it triggers the separation of state and religion button programmed by their sacred principles of socialism. But it is undeniable that our nation was formed with ethical principles based in Christian morality. That does not automatically presume all involved in the building of our nation were Christians but rather they all agreed that the principles were the glue that make it work.

No, you don’t need to be a Christian to live in this great nation. No more than you need to be a Christian to attend church. You don’t even need to be a Christian to call yourself a Christian. What makes you a Christian is more than any of these things. It is as a follower of Christ, with the intent and the goal to represent Him as best as you can. Many have determined to make that distinction obvious by calling themselves born-again Christians.

Guess what. You don’t need to be an American to live in America. You don’t have to vote to be an American or even be an American to call yourself one. No, to be an American you follow the principles, as best as you can, that embodies the intentions laid out in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and Bill of rights.

So, to help others understand what I mean when I say I’m an American, I’m going to qualify it by saying I’m a born-again American. I was born here, brought up in America and taught very basic principles about being an American. But I didn’t really become one until I decided to study and understand what it means to live in America and keep it as our founding fathers intended.1 A time came when I decided to become an American and not just wear the title.

In America we have politicians who make a career out of handling the mechanics of government. It is a necessary function of our national system and it can be a noble endeavor. It has developed into a something the founders had not expected and warned about. George Washington discussed this also in the farewell address mentioned above. Their idea was a person would serve their country for a short time and then go home to their business. George Washington despised the idea of parties, one vying against the other. I think they would be upset to see what has happened. The framers saw government as a means to serve the common good not to serve individuals good. Abraham Lincoln later addressed the issue.

We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln

A politician is no more than an American serving his country, whether his original profession is a farmer, lawyer, businessman or doctor. The career politician is a dirty word only when the people neglect to make sure he serves them like Abraham Lincoln suggests. We might call them a politician but the effective ones are the born-again Americans. One doctor recently sums up well what the people expect as someone who serves them.

I will tell you that I’m not a politician, and I don’t believe in political correctness.  So I may say something that will offend someone. And I frankly never plan on becoming a politician. It doesn't mean that I won’t do something in public office, but I won’t be a politician in the process.
Dr. Ben Carson at the Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit 8/29/2014

Dr. Ben Carson is one of the best examples, in our time, of someone who embodies what an American wishing to serve our republic talks about with a sense of patriotism equal to our founding fathers. Ben Carson is someone with knowledge and integrity equal to Washington and other founding fathers who, with reluctance but same sense of calling, will step up to make sure America is and continues to be the nation the rest of the world looks to.

Every American, but especially all born-again Americans needs to step up now and let Dr. Ben Carson know that we feel his calling and back him up 100%. You can go here to sign the petition in support. http://bit.ly/carsondraft

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Thomas Jefferson

1   A small sample of readings I suggest.  The Road to Serfdom - F.A Hayek, A Patriot’s History of the United States-  Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, The Jefferson Lies - David Barton, What Works – Cal Thomas, The American Boomerang – Nick Adams, America the Beautiful – Ben Carson with Candy Carson, One Nation – Ben Carson with Candy Carson, The Five Thousand Year Leap – W. Cleon Skousen, The Federalist Papers

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Factions, Political Parties and Americans

"However combinations or associations of the above description [factions or today what we call a political party] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
George Washington, Farewell Address 1796

Read that quote by George Washington closely. Now answer me if his concerns are valid compared to today’s political environment?

With a Facebook post I shared on one of Dr. Ben Carson’s group pages dealing with Dr. Carson answering if he was a Republican, I received a very cleaver question regarding the subject. “So would you run on a Democan or Republicrat ticket, or maybe a Redemopendant one?” It led me to graciously answer the thought provoking query, which I expand upon here.

An interesting and clever question Joe. Thanks. Are Americans Engish, Indeses or Chinaxicans? Of course the answer is all of these but none these. It makes the point that we are all an odd mixture and can extend it to our philosophies rooted in our experiences.

What I love about Ben Carson is that he was once a liberal Democrat, changed to a Republican but now realizes neither party fully represents his ideas because each party has such a wide range within the platforms. That is just inherent in our party systems. Today, the two main parties have slid further away from their proverbial centers so it polarizes our politics, revealing the extremes from our foundation. The liberal progressives are the more extreme and off base, far that is from outside of the American form of republic this nation was founded on. But the far right can be as misleading if allowed driving to the excessive.   Ben Carson will say that conservative Republican come closes to his belief but he is willing to keep common sense in the formula so labels himself politically as Independent.

Our founding fathers warned against “factions”, what we call political parties, because they could be so dividing for our republic (if you want to know more about factions, click here). But they also came to comprehend that it was almost unavoidable so continually pointed back to our founding documents to anchor the process. 

This is what Dr. Carson has come to understand and strives to embrace using the common sense approach that our republic works best under; the American republic foundation with Biblical values. The founding fathers used republican thoughts (little r here, not the party) embracing the idea of the common good, which expressed itself within different “factions” (parties today). They wanted what was best for all using Christian values as the gauge. Not so in much in today's environment and actually opposing those values. That is not to mean every American has to be a Christian, but rather the republic uses that value system. That is why modern America is heading in the wrong direction and needs correction.

Dr. Ben Carson could be an ideologue who represents what America is all about and get us back on track if we were to convince to him run for President.

“On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other.”
James Madison 1788

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

John Adams

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” 
John Adams