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The War on Journalists

In February President Trump referred to the mainstream media in a Tweet as the enemy of the American People. And the Left went berserk. They apparently forgot that the Leftist candidate for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton had stated that all Republicans were the enemy of the American People. Both statements were wrong.

I have seen the news outlets, what is dubbed as the mainstream media, move from reporting facts to giving opinions and pure fabrications. This has happened all in the last 50 years or so. No news outlet is immune to this fact. Take your pick on either side of the so-called aisle. FOX. CNN. All of them. Its not the news, its not the facts. It’s all opinion and story.

I don’t think that either of the new outlets due justice to the news. One has to look at all the sources. One has to look at the ideological bent of those who are reporting. One one has to find the facts for themselves instead of just regurgitating what FOX or CNN said and treating it as Truth.

In our modern world, with the technology that we all posses. We all can be “the press”. And just as the 2nd Amendment protects the lawful ownership and use of weapons. The 1st Amendment protects the lawful ownership and use of words.

I don’t have a high opinion of “FAUX” (FOX) news or of the Commie News Network (CNN). Both have led to this distrust of the media. Both need to report the news and facts and let the people make up their own minds. But the media is not the enemy of the American People any more than Republicans are the enemy of the American People.

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Your President, My President Nonsense

We are almost 2 years into the 45th President’s first term in office. And we still have Leftists parading around stating that Donald Trump in not their president. Well he is your president as long as you are an American Citizen. No matter where you reside, no matter who you voted for in the 2016 election.

During my lifetime there have been 10 Presidents of the United States. I didn’t vote for all of them. But they are all still MY president. Half of them I couldn’t vote for because I wasn’t of age to vote during their elections. But more than half of them I paid attention to as I was becoming an adult. To see their policies and what they believed.

I haven’t agreed with everything by any one of these presidents. Some I have disagreed with more than others. And others I have agreed with more often than not. But they have all been my president. Just as every elected president has been yours.

As American’s we are not required to like our president. We are not required to be in favor of our president’s administration or policies. But that doesn’t make the president not ours. The only thing is that sometimes the president is not our choice for president. And we hope for a better choice in 4 to 8 years time.

So please all the Leftists and neverTrumpers. Please stop staying that Donald Trump is not your president. Unless you follow through and renounce your Citizenship and move to another country more aligned to your belief structure and ideals.

Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all been my presidents. All of them had flaws. I only voted for 2 of them.

Our current president, Donald Trump, is my president. Because I am an American citizen. Donald Trump is flawed. Donald Trump has disappointed me a few times since he became president.

Donald Trump is your president too. Even if you voted for Hillary Clinton or some 3rd party candidate or wrote in someones name. If you didn’t vote at all in 2016 then shame on you. But he is still your president.

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Russia Influence in 2016 Election

 

18 months after the 2016 Presidential Elections and Russian influence is still being talked about across the media outlets and social media platforms. I know for a fact that my vote in 2016 was influenced by Russia. And I voted for Donald Trump.

Given the international events of the proceeding decade, the United States was not getting anywhere on the global stage. We had lost our leadership position in the world. The once proud nation of America has become a front parlor joke at international conferences. A nation to push around and to bully.

Our friends and allies across the world no longer trusted us. Our enemies no longer feared us. And terrorism was on an increasing rise and even sleeper cells and home grown terrorism was beginning to raise its vial head.

At home, our economy was on a downward spiral that was going to cause another depression if it kept going. Our capitalist ideals were being scoffed. Businesses were “too big” to fail. Jobs were hard to come by and the thought of loosing one was very frightful. It would be the end of any American family.

With all these things Russia played a role in what could happen to the United States. It played a role in what direction the United States was heading. Russia influenced my vote in the 2016 election.

I could have voted for Hillary Clinton. But her stated policies would have made the dire situation worse. We would become a 3rd world country under that Clinton banner. Today’s Liberal mindset is anti-American values of free enterprise, hard work, being the best you can be and living the American Dream. Today’s Liberal mindset is anti-Christian. They would rather see the morals of our Founders who used the Holy Bible as a guidebook in the formation of this great nation tossed to the four winds. And Christian values discarded and replaced by all the evils of the world. So Russia influenced by vote there as well. We would become more like Russia under a Clinton Administration.

Hillary Clinton also lacked her husband’s charisma and the qualities that everyone liked about Bill Clinton. They are completely absent in that self-serving evil creature that ran for president on the Democratic ticket.

Of course I could have not voted. That is always an option but I think it’s a terrible one. That never helps anyone really. And if you don’t vote you loose your right to complain about the situation. So here even Russia influenced me to vote and not stay home that November.

Voting 3rd party is better than not voting. And someday we might get a 3rd party that can move ground. But for now we don’t have that option.

So that leaves me only with casting my vote for Donald Trump in 2016. The private citizen of Donald Trump has his flaws. Just as everyone else does. But his flaws were not as bad as Hillary Clinton’s. Having seen Donald Trump in various settings, I knew that he was a man of his word. He was not a “which way the wind is blowing” politician. He is very much like our Constitution. Says what he means and means what he says.

President Trump has a great track record of keeping his promises despite the opposition from both parties in Washington. Russia did make me vote for Donald Trump and because of that, there is peace in the world and prosperity at home.

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Promises Kept, Deals to be made

Another promise has been kept. President Donald Trump continues to keep his campaign promises. The dreadful Iran Deal is no more.

This deal was just bad from the beginning. The inspection provisions were a joke and the enforcement options non-existent. Iran had it made.

We basically were letting the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic terrorists develop nuclear weapons without so much as a glance. Iran in turn would use these weapons against the United States and Israel to start with before moving on the the rest of the world. Iran has stated many times that they wished to wipe the US and Israel off the map. And with nuclear weapons it would be possible to achieve that goal.

Iran would also sale these weapons of mass destruction and terror across the globe to any terrorist group wanting to get one. Forget the stadiums full of people. You could hold a whole city hostage with a nuclear device.

So now that the US is out of this deal. This enables us to act quickly against Iran if the need arises. And we are able to impose and enforce sanctions against Iran as well. Iran will have to come back to the bargaining table.

And this time it wont be a one-sided deal.

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Life is Heartbeat to Heartbeat

On Thursday May 4th 2018 history was made in the State of Iowa. For the first time since 1973 the unborn have a fighting chance for life.

Around 3 o’clock in the afternoon that day Governor Kim Reynolds was in agreement with the Iowa Assembly when they determined that human life started with a heartbeat. Senate File 359 landed on her desk after it has passed both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. The Governor then signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

At the Governor’s desk was a large crowd of children, parents, and supporters of Life. Even before Governor Reynolds signed the bill making it part of Iowa Law, she knew it would be met with opposition and legal action, by those who seek the death of the unborn for profit and personal gain. Planned Parenthood of Iowa had already threatened the Governor that she would be sued if she signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

Two dozen protesters were outside of the Governor’s office at the time of the signing. It has yet to be determined if these people were even from Iowa or if any of them were from outside the state. Here to protest where there was little to no opposition.

Governor Kim Reynolds is a devout believer in the Word of God. She is a champion of Life. And despite the terrible odds that unelected black robed tyrants will in all likely hood prevent this law from taking effect on July 1st. She signed it anyway.

For this reason alone she has my deepest respect. And my continued support and vote for re-election this fall. This champion must remain the Governor of the great State of Iowa for the next 4 years.

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Peace in Our Time

The Korean War began in the summer of 1950. And although the fighting stopped and the guns fell silent in 1953, the war isn’t over. The only thing stopping it is a cease fire agreement between the principle parties.

President Donald Trump is poised to be the president that brings a lasting peace to the Korean peninsula and an end to the Korean War. Something the last 6 Republican and the last 6 Democratic president have failed to do over the last 65 years.

This month will be the first meeting of a US President and the Leader of North Korea. The first of several meetings yet to come between the two national leaders and others.

And by the end of 2018. There will be an end to the Korean War. And we will have President Donald Trump to thank for the peace in our time.

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It’s been a year

A year ago I lost my dad. And when I heard the news that he has passed I was devastated. He died on the morning of my 50th birthday.

My plans instantly changed and I made several trips to Fort Dodge and back. Working out the details of his obituary and planning a wake with the rest of my family in the area.

We had a great time at the wake. A lot of friends and family turned out for it. Stories circled around the room about many things dad had done in his 80+ years of life on this globe.

Dad would have loved the venue for his wake. The entire place was decorated with taxidermy mounts of all shapes and kinds. Taxidermy was one of the careers and hobbies dad had over the years of his life.

Dad was loved by many, and it showed. Siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and others. He had touched their heart with his own.

He had his quirks, but then who doesn’t. Some came from his generation of course. He grew up in a very different time and place from today. But overall he was a good man. He loved his wife Kathy as if they were two teenagers. He had a great sense of humor. He knew how to show love and forgiveness.

Now we are at the one year anniversary since dad passed. We have the heart-felt loss tugging at us from time to time. We have the memories of our times together. We have the shared memories from friends and family.

He is missed. But he is also just around the corner from us. Just a moment of time is all that separates us from him. Talk to him like you always did, use your familiar name for him.

Carry his memory with a smile.

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Why we can’t be like the others

There is always the question after a gun related tragedy on why can’t the United States have gun laws similar to fill in the blank. Generally, some nation in Europe, or all of Europe collectively. And of course now due to the Olympics, it is South Korea as the example.

The answer to this question is very simple. The United States isn’t any of these other locations. We do not share a common culture or heritage with any of these other nations.

We are far removed from our colonial roots. Our culture and heritage is unique to the United States. And the right to keep and bear arms is part of that culture and heritage. The United States is a free Republic unlike any other in the world before or sense.

That is why we cannot have gun laws that are like some other country’s. There solutions just do not work in the United States. Unless of course your goal is to transform America into some other kind of government. Otherwise the American solution will have to be uniquely American.

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Modern English 2nd Amendment

The 2nd amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This was the language used by our 18th Century Founding Fathers. So let us update the language a bit into the modern era so it can be undertood even by a 5th grader. Since apparently the majority of people are ignorant of the meaning of the Constitution.

The 2nd amendment rewritten in Moderen English:

Since we are not creating a standing army with the Constitution, we must rely on every able bodied person to insure that our nation remains free and secure against all who would attempt to take those freedoms and rights away from us, including ourselves. Therefore everyone must be able to have and keep any weapon necessary to protect such freedoms and rights. We are also preventing Congress, and the States, from makings laws against having weapons.

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It’s been 5 years

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Dawson’s passing from this earth. I still think of my son often. There are many times that something comes up and I think “Dawson would like that.”

I smile at his memory and miss him. I am far from alone in my feelings. His mom, his birth father, his sister. Jen and his grandparents. His many friends and members of his Fairemly. And his wife Meaghan.

All of us deeply miss his simile, his humor, and his physical presence with us.

To me, he was and always shall be my oldest son. But he also was a fellow gamer, a co-worker, and my friend.

My greatest hope was he would be able to get his seizures under control. And then I always to teach him the basics of driving so he could eventually get his drivers licence. It would have been a highlight of my life.

Although Dawson’s life on this earth was short. It was meaningful in the way he toucheed all of our lives.

He was a good example to follow. In his kindness, his generosity, and his love and forgiveness.

So on this day, have a Macallan in honor of Dawson. If you don’t drink, that is fine, just toast him with your beverage of choice. He’ll understand.

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