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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

The Left has an interesting relationship with the truth. Sometimes, they deny there is any truth whatsoever (usually when it’s something that makes them look bad). Other times, they cloak themselves in the truth (usually when it’s something that makes the Right look bad).

Lately, they’ve found themselves trying to do both, thanks to a new book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff. Leftists have been salivating over the book like Oprah salivates over an all-you-can-eat buffet. Upon further review, however, the book is riddled with factual, editing, and other errors that would cause most rational people to disregard the book as trash. Wolff, and many Leftists, disagree. Wolff himself said if you feel something is true, then it is.

Tell that to my bank account when I feel like a million bucks, but only have around $5 in it.

Prepare the aspirin, because this one’s gonna be painful.

truth

What the Left thinks it means – whatever you want it to be

What it really means – what is

You would think something so simple wouldn’t be so difficult for the Left to grasp. Ah, but the Left has to complicate everything so they can say things are “nuanced” and, thus, puff up their egos without doing anything to earn it.

The Left further complicates the idea of truth because of their belief truth is subjective. They believe everybody sees the same things differently, which is true to an extent, but they say personal experiences, life struggles, and the ever-present oppression creates a new framework through which truth is seen. Although those elements can add to a person’s perspective on truth, they don’t change truth itself. Just because an albino crossdressing little person who walks with a limp says the Earth is flat doesn’t make it so. There is such a thing as observable truth, no matter how much the Left wants to pretend it’s not a thing. For example, an observable truth is Carrot Top is an odd-looking dude. Try arguing against that, Leftists.

There is an underlying reason the Left treats the truth like Ike treated Tina: the truth makes it harder for them to lie. Once people know the facts, Leftists have to work that much harder to get people to disbelieve the truth and believe the lie. This can be done through a number of means, but usually it’s done by denying it until the story is “too old” to be discussed (at least in the Left’s view). Along the way, people who focus on the truth get called a litany of names, from the tried and true chestnuts of racist/sexist/homophobic/right wing nut job to the more popular crazy, obsessed, and bigot.

But nowhere during this process do Leftists acknowledge the truth. That would not only ruin their narrative, but it would damage their egos.

Ahhhh…methinks we’ve stumbled onto a deeper reason for the Left’s contempt for truth. If you are committed to the truth, you have to be committed to all of it, not just the good parts. I may think I’m good enough to be a starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls, but if I don’t have the skill set to be successful, I won’t even be good enough to ride the pine. The Left doesn’t let the negative aspects of truth get to them. They pick and choose what they want and ignore the rest. That’s how Rachel Dolezal and Shawn King can claim to be black when they’re make Edgar Winter look like George Hamilton. Heck, compared to them, I’m James Brown. (And for the record, I got soul and I’m super bad.)

It’s this kind of thinking that makes Leftists believe Wolff’s telling the truth. They want (or in some cases, need) it all to be true so they can justify their beliefs about Trump being an emotional toddler with access to the nuclear codes. If they can “prove” this, it opens up all sorts of other delusions, like being able to prove Trump is mentally unfit to be President, Trump getting impeached, even Hillary being named President (and, yes, they actually believe this will happen). And when none of it happens, the Left will find some other reason to deny the truth.

Which is good, since it gives me more to mock.

Although Leftists aren’t on speaking terms with the truth, it’s important we don’t follow suit. Whether you think the President is the next Hitler or better than two scoops of ice cream, the truth must always be defended against those who would seek to subvert it. If we lose the truth, everything else falls after it.

And no amount of feeling the truth will bring it back.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

You might not know it yet, but we’re totally going to die unless we change our energy sources. Don’t believe me? Ask former Vice President Al “I’m as Much of a Scientist as Bill Nye” Gore and current House Minority Leader Nancy “I Make Pennywise Look Like a Teddy Bear” Pelosi, both of whom came out against President Donald Trump’s decision to allow more offshore drilling. And we know just how much intellectual firepower they both have…

When asked for specifics on how to get the oil monkey off our country’s back, the Left always bring up green energy. Wind, solar, and other energy sources are the future! Oil is the past! We need to embrace the future or else we’re DOOMED, DOOMED I SAY!

Sorry. I channeled my former Leftist self there for a second.

Let’s take a closer look at the green energy phenomenon, shall we?

green energy

What the Left believes it means –  energy sources that are cleaner and better for our environment

What it really means – a source of money for Leftists under the illusion of protecting the environment

The self-professed “Party of Science” has a habit of using science to make it easier for them to line their pockets through a steady stream of misinformation, loaded language, and, oh yeah, ginning up more fear than Vincent Price. This toxic concoction has made actual discussion on the scientific merits (or lack thereof) of green energy hard to come by. Let me start the conversation.

Green energy is great in theory, but sucks in execution.

Your turn, Leftists.

Seriously, green energy has good intentions. When put in the simplest of terms, only the truly mad would want our natural resources to be depleted and our environment destroyed. Yes, my Leftist readers, that includes those allegedly evil corporations because if the environment gets destroyed, it tends to kill people. No people, no customers. Economics 101.

And that’s one element that the Left doesn’t consider when coming up with its green energy approaches. One of the problems with green energy so far is it’s not economical on a large enough scale. Leftists can point to large solar farms and wind farms as evidence to the contrary, but as awesome as they are, they run into a problem: storage. On days when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, your need for power doesn’t go away. Unless you have a way to store energy from sunny or windy days, you’ll be more in the dark than Paris Hilton spelunking.

That’s where batteries come into the picture. Granted, battery technology has come a long way in the past decade or so, but it’s still a process that requires the use of chemicals that can be damaging to the environment. Hmmm…so in order for green energy to be effective, we have to use things that are…not green? Maybe it’s me, but I think that defeats the purpose of green energy. But I’m sure it’s just me. I mean, who would be dumb enough to support something so ignorant?

Oh, wait…

Until the battery technology catches up to the wishful thinking of the green energy movement, the Left will have to address the reality of the situation. And they do that by utterly ignoring reality. They have a lot invested in green energy, mainly because Leftists tend to be the ones running green energy companies. But since green energy isn’t taking off the way the Left thinks it should, green energy companies often request (and get) federal funds to keep afloat. Then, in order to keep the funds coming in, green energy companies have to keep sucking up to Leftist politicians, which might just involve financial donations, and the cycle continues as long as Leftists keep getting into office and have access to federal funds.

Good thing that never backfires. Say, how is Solyndra doing these days?

As with global climate change, the Left is operating from a position of scientific ignorance with green energy. They keep saying oil is obsolete, but they’re wrong. Biofuels, converting coal into oil, and as yet fully untapped oil reserves exist, and until we exhaust those sources, oil will have a place in the energy conversation. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to find alternatives, but to say green energy is the only source worth exploring is short-sighted. Besides, with people like Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi pushing for green energy, I think it’s a safe bet it’s not nearly as good as they make it out to be.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

It’s been a while since Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced he would be resigning from the Senate in the light of multiple allegations of sexual assault. At this point, Cher’s farewell tour might wind up being shorter than Franken’s. Of course, Franken’s supporters are upset to see him leave because they feel he didn’t get a chance to address the allegations against him. In legal and Constitutional terms, this is called due process, and as you might expect, the Left sees it a little differently than the rest of us do.

due process

What the Left thinks it means – the steps necessary to obtain a fair and just ruling

What it really means – the steps necessary to obtain a fair and just ruling regardless of who is being accused

Although the Left and the rest of us see due process similarly, there is a vital difference: the Left demands due process for their side, but not for anyone else. I know this is shocking to think about, but Leftists are hypocrites in this area, among many others.

Remember the University of Virginia date rape case? I’m sure Rolling Stone does, considering they paid out for their bad reporting. But the Left used the case as proof of a rape culture on American campuses well before the first allegations were researched. In that particular situation, the narrative was more important than the facts, and they ran with it.

This came to a head again when Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos changed Title IX regulations to allow for more due process with college date rape investigations. The Left were angrier than Rosie O’Donnell on any day ending in a Y during the Trump Administration. How dare DeVos make it harder for the accused to be disregarded! How dare she try to make the investigation process fair for everyone involved instead of just the victim! Women are to be believed because they simply don’t lie about sexual assault!

Then came Al Franken. All of the sudden, the Left cared about the process and making sure the allegations were valid. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact Franken is a proud Leftist in a position of power, would it? Nahhhhhhh!

The thing about the Franken situation is he wasn’t denied due process. He chose not to go to court to address the matter and instead tried to weasel out of it by asking for an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. (Senate Ethics? Isn’t that a paradox?) The Senate Ethics Committee is not known for dishing out tough punishments for ethics violations. In recent history, there have been a number of violations brought before them, and only one has resulted in any significant form of punishment (that is, if you consider a light slap on the wrist to be significant).

If the Left were truly concerned about due process, they would have demanded Franken face his accusers in court. Very few did. The majority of them decided the Senate Ethics Committee was the end all and be all of due process when it’s not even close to it.

Due process is vital for two reasons. First, it gives both sides equal footing to make their cases. Second, it allows for an appropriate punishment or lack of punishment depending on what is found. As shocking as this may sound, the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn’t act in the same way as a court of law and has completely different standards. As such, it’s more of a diversion or perversion of due process for Franken to accept that route in lieu of having a day in court.

And it certainly doesn’t make it easier for the Left to demand due process be ignored on college campuses.

Look, if you want due process, you have to want it for everyone across the board, not just for the people you agree with. That ensures everyone has a chance to get it.

Think of it this way. What if Ted Cruz accused you of violently beating an elderly nun in a Whole Foods in Austin? Due process gives you the chance to refute those allegations with a jury of your peers. Partisan due process gives Cruz the chance to railroad you to jail without so much as a peep out of you.

Or if you prefer, talk to Rolling Stone about the importance of due process.

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Time to Go

It is high time that the United States withdraws its membership, funding, support, and manpower from the socialist-leaning United Nations. And remove them from US soil.

This does come up for a vote every couple of years or so in Congress. Someone drafts the bill but it either doesn’t get voted on or it doesn’t get enough votes to pass. This time it needs to pass and come to the President’s desk to become law.

The recent UN attacks against the sovereignty of the United States is that organizations 1st step before sending in “peace-keeping” troops. And when that happens our Rights that come from God and spelled out in the first 10 Amendments in the Constitution will become void. And our Rights will come from the UN, where they are privileges that can be taken away at a whim. And we will no longer be a free people.

This is no conspiracy. The UN is UN-American, a pro one-world government sponsor that promotes Leftist ideals, discrimination against Christians and true freedom. And these people need to be sent packing.

American servicemen did not shed their blood and die to have America controlled by other men and nations who do not believe in the freedoms that our nation was built upon. Our membership is this corrupt organization needs to end now. And the blessed memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will not be in vain.

Vote US out of the UN.

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A Good First Year

President Trump has made good on his promises to the American people. With almost the first year of his first term in the books, he’s a keeper.

Of course the Liberals are still up in arms because the President is keeping his promises. We know of course had the Left won the 2016 election, promises would not be kept. Campaign promises after all are the currency to get votes by the Left. They never intend on really keeping them.

But Donald Trump is a man of integrety and he has kept his word. Our Senators and Congressmen on the otherhand have not kept their word. They lied to us, just as the Left has done. Just to get the votes so they can stay in office, stay in power and enrich themselves on our money.

In order to fulfill the President’s agenda, he needs the majority of supporters in Congress. President Trump doesn’t have this currently and fights even with his own party to acomplish the goals that will benifit all Americans.

Those who oppose the President come even from his own party. But they are the RINO establishment. And part of the vast and deep Washington DC swamp. The draining continues.

Other enemies of the President are the Liberal Left and the mainstream media which they control. It is hard to get your message out to the people when the media is in the hands of the Liberal Left and you don’t champion the Liberal agenda. So keep Tweeting Mr. President. Keep us informed.

But our President marches on anyway. As his is a higher calling. He could have stayed a private citizen. Donating to both parties on issues that directly impacted his bottom line as a buisnessman. But he wanted a better future for his children and grand children, and the next generation of Americans.

And I salute you Mr. President. Keep up the good work, as we have 7 more years to go. And after that I pray we have another 8 years of a President Pence to follow your lead.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Leftists are hoping for a major Christmas present thanks to their new Santa Claus, Robert Mueller in the form of an obstruction of justice indictment against President Donald Trump. When you consider the multiple problems with the Mueller investigation make it more useless than a corner sofa set in a round building, the Left might be getting a piece of coal in their stockings.

Since the “Trump colluded with Russia” line has run its course (and uncovered actual collusion between Russia and Hillary Clinton/DNC), the Left is pivoting to obstruction of justice using President Trump’s firing of James Comey as proof he was trying to delay or disrupt the investigation into his ties with Russia. Whether these charges have any legal weight to them is questionable, but what isn’t questionable is the Left may not have that great a grasp on what obstruction of justice actually is.

Fortunately, I do, or this would be a really short blog post.

obstruction of justice

What the Left thinks it means – preventing an investigation into a crime, such as Donald Trump has committed

What it really means – hindering an investigation into a crime, not unlike what the Clintons/DNC have done

First off, obstruction of justice isn’t a partisan matter. Neither major party has a monopoly of criminal activity and attempts to cover it up through various means, such as misdirection, lying to investigators, or generally being a smug assbag with good lawyers. Having said that, I have seen more attempts to obstruct justice coming from the Left than I have from the Right in recent years.

But before we jump too much further into the matter, we need to understand what the obstruction of justice charge entails. And that requires a bit more than a sassy definition from a justly underpaid blogger.

The Legal Information Institute states obstruction of justice:

is defined in the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. § 1503, which provides that “whoever . . . . corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense).” Persons are charged under this statute based on allegations that a defendant intended to interfere with an official proceeding, by doing things such as destroying evidence, or interfering with the duties of jurors or court officers.

A person obstructs justice when they have a specific intent to obstruct or interfere with a judicial proceeding. For a person to be convicted of obstructing justice, they must not only have the specific intent to obstruct the proceeding, but the person must know (1) that a proceeding was actually pending at the time; and (2) there must be a nexus between the defendant’s endeavor to obstruct justice and the proceeding, and the defendant must have knowledge of this nexus.

  • 1503 applies only to federal judicial proceedings. Under § 1505, however, a defendant can be convicted of obstruction of justice by obstructing a pending proceeding before Congress or a federal agency. A pending proceeding could include an informal investigation by an executive agency.

    To put it another way, obstruction requires intent, knowledge, and a clear connection between the action to obstruct and the investigation or judicial proceeding.Here’s where the Left gets it wrong with Trump: his actions don’t meet the legal threshold, no matter what their anti-Trump hysteria tells them. FBI Director James Comey was not all that effective, as evidenced by his mishandling of the case against Hillary Clinton. It was so bad even Democrats were calling for him to resign. Then…Trump happened. Overnight, Comey went from Joe Biden level incompetence to Solomon reincarnated, in spite of the fact he didn’t really lose his incompetence. Trump fired Comey, which he had every right to do because, well, he’s the freaking President, and the Left came up with the obstruction of justice story. After all, the only reason Trump got rid of Comey was because he was closing in on proof of Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign right?

    Oooooh, sor-ray. Seems Comey was fired for the aforementioned incompetence, and the investigation into the alleged collusion continued on unabated. There is even some question as to whether Trump knew he was under investigation based on what Comey has said. So, let’s see…the President had the power to fire Comey and would have known the firing would not have stopped the investigation…and it’s up in the air whether Trump knew he was being investigated…and the investigation didn’t stop as a result of the firing. Kinda puts a damper on the Obstruction-A-Palooza the Left has been dreaming of.

    Collusion is off the table, and now obstruction of justice is off the table, or should be under normal circumstances. Ah, but the Left isn’t on speaking terms with normal, so they’ll continue to make the case for obstruction of justice in spite of the facts. And remember, kids, the Left is fact-based (just ask them). But to those of us outside of the Leftist bubble, it’s hard to see where there is a legal case to be made.

    But there is another element: the political. Even if the legal case is on shakier ground than a sinkhole on the San Andreas Fault, the fact the allegations continue becomes a political cudgel for the Left to use whenever mentioning President Trump. And since the Left preys upon the ignorant, it will continue to pump out stories to make it seem like Trump is hiding something. All it takes is a momentary lapse of common sense to believe it.

    And all it takes to burst the Leftist bubble is to point out the facts. Unfortunately for the Left, I’m kinda partial to facts, which makes me a porcupine. Hey, I’ve been called worse!

 

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With Allies Like These

Our relationship with the United Nations is, to put it mildly, complicated (to use the Facebook term). We go from being their whipping boy to being the ones to bail them out of situations they get into. In short, they’re our little brothers.

For years, people from across the right side of the aisle (including your humble correspondent) have asked why we’re still in the UN. The Left, of course, disagrees, saying our involvement in the UN is necessary for world peace. (Actual results may vary.) Frankly, I think the Left wants us to stay in the UN because their approach to American diplomacy is always having to say we’re sorry.

Enter President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. It started with President Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. You would think he put a puppy through a chipper shredder the way the Left reacted. The UN, being the masters of leading from behind, then had its Security Council vote on a resolution reversing the President’s decision.

Okay, take a moment to let that sink in. The United Nations, an international group with only the power we allow it to have and with zero power in our government, thought it could pass a resolution and reverse a US President’s decision, one that has been previously supported by our legislative body as late as last year. Yeah, that’s not how it works. Pass all the resolutions you want. You may convince the Leftist muttonheads, but you’ll turn off those of us who bother to pay attention.

Trump and Haley doubled down on their decision, stating they would be taking names of those who came out against us on this issue. As you might expect, there are already countries lining up to be first on the list because they think we’re being disrespectful. Then, there was the recent vote by the UN General Assembly approving a resolution declaring President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol. It wasn’t even close. The vote in favor of the resolution was 128 in favor, 9 against, and 35 abstentions. And the Left and the majority of the world cheered in victory, having put America and Donald Trump in their places (at least in their minds).

Yeah, you might want to rethink that vote.

First of all, we pay 22% of the UN’s budget through our dues and 28% of the UN budget to keep the peace around the world, as of 2015. And as we see in the Middle East, the UN is doing a bang-up job of peacekeeping. If we withdraw from the UN, that money goes away, and the other UN countries will have to make up the difference. That means you have to decide between having hurt fee-fees and having less in your government coffers. Let’s just say the prospect of losing a significant chunk of money might just buy these countries a thicker skin.

Along with the financial burden that will face the UN if we leave, there will also be a military burden. After all, we supply a lot of military personnel and hardware so the UN can fail worse than the Cleveland Browns. If the US leaves the UN, that would leave the peacekeeping efforts to the military power that is France.

I’ll give you the next hour or so to stop laughing before you continue reading.

Perhaps the best reason for the US to leave the UN is the fact one of these parties has a lousy track record with human rights, sexual assault, hatred and racism, and rampant corruption. And the other is the United States. Granted, we can do better, but the UN is the platinum standard of cruddiness, and they have no intention of getting better. The Left says our world reputation will be ruined if we leave the UN, but I would argue it would be worse if we stay.

Trump and Haley’s position may not be the most popular with some Americans, but it is ultimately the right decision. We need to get out of the UN because they don’t appreciate what we bring to the table. In this case, our absence will make the UN’s heart grow fonder.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Christmas is right around the corner, but there will be an unwelcome surprise in some people’s stockings: a sharp increase in their annual health insurance premiums due to Obamacare.

Ah, Obamacare, the controversial legislation that got the federal government into the health insurance game, and there is no possible down side to that, right? That depends on who you ask. If you talk to people who have benefitted from Obamacare, it’s been a godsend. If you talk to people who have actually had to pay for Obamacare, it’s a tool of the Devil.

And if you talk to me, it’s another in a long list of things the federal government couldn’t get right even with the instruction manual. Oh, and it’s this weeks Leftist Lexicon entry.

Obamacare

What the Left thinks it means – an attempt to insure all Americas through government-run and privately-run insurance programs that have been sabotaged by Republicans

What it really means – a program that turns a trip to the doctor into a trip to the DMV

As you might have guessed, I’m not a fan of Obamacare for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a massive federal overreach for something that should rightly be determined by those affected most by it: the potential patients. Barry Goldwater once said, “You can’t legislate morality,” but Leftists who push Obamacare seem to think you can tax it. Then again, they think they can tax anything, so that’s not exactly surprising news.

What is surprising is how many people don’t think about Obamacare’s implications. At its core, Obamacare forces people to buy a particular product or service based solely on the whims of bureaucrats who don’t know you or your situation. I know our culture has grown lazy, but do we really want government to make all of our decisions for us? (If you’re a Leftist, don’t bother responding. I already know you’re bobbing your heads like a metalhead at a Metallica concert.) If you’re like me, the answer to my question is a resounding “no,” and not by accident. We’ve seen how the federal government could screw up a one-person parade, but if you’re unconvinced, let’s take a trip out to the Golden State.

California is a Leftist paradise. Filled to the borders with affluent Leftists who think the same way. A Governor who’s nickname is “Governor Moonbeam.” More Priuses (Priusi?) per square foot than anywhere outside of a Toyota factory. These are the smart ones (just ask them). If Obamacare was going to work, it would work in California.

And it wouldn’t. Seems health insurance providers saw the law of diminishing returns and got out, putting more pressure on the state exchanges to pick up the slack. And when they couldn’t, it made the existing problem even worse. Who knew that would happen? I mean, aside from everyone who was against Obamacare.

A common argument among Obamacare supporters is that Republicans threw up roadblocks that presented it from being successful. Explain California. You can’t. Republicans didn’t cause problems in California that prevented Obamacare from being implemented lock, stock, and barrel. Republicans didn’t withhold funding for the state exchanges. Republicans had zero to do with how California tried to make Obamacare work. That failure is all on you, Leftists.

Not that you’ll admit it, mind you. Admitting Obamacare was a bigger failure than “The Emoji Movie” would be blasphemy. As with the Left’s view of communism, socialism, or the designated hitter rule, it’s not that the idea was bad; it was just not done right. Listen kids, if California can’t get it to work right when you control the vast majority of the power and resources, it’s never going to be done right, and Obamacare is no exception.

The main problem with Obamacare is the fact it requires the purchase of a product without the benefit of comparison shopping. And when it’s the government dictating what you must buy and where you have to buy it, quality is job none. We saw this in the former Soviet Union where citizens had one choice and that was it because the government said so. This approach treats everyone the same, but we’re not the same.

I wear a size 12 wide shoe. Even in our capitalist society, finding a comfortable pair of shoes can be like trying to find the plot in a Michael Bay movie, but it can be done. In the Soviet Union, I could only get a size 12 wide shoe if the government determined there was a need for it, and even then there would be no guarantee I would get one. If the government’s quota was 14 pairs of size 9s, you were stuck with the size 9s no matter how poorly the shoes fit.

Now, imagine this same “one size fits all” approach to health insurance. Considering Obamacare gave us the wonderful “option” for men to buy female birth control pills, it’s not that hard. In fact, that’s one of the features of Obamacare that no one really talked about: everyone would be required to participate. Whether it be getting health insurance or paying the tax…I mean “fine” associated with not having insurance, we all had skin in the game, and if we danced to the government’s tune, we were seen as cookie-cutter copies of one another, regardless of individual issues. You have a family history of heart issues? Sit over there with the lady with a hang nail and we’ll be with you eventually.

Which brings us to another Obamacare feature: wait times! I know I like sitting in waiting rooms as much as I like listening to Lena Dunham talk about anything, but it is the price I pay for the service I get, which is exceptional. With Obamacare, you may be put on either a waiting list where they’ll get around to you as soon as the wooly mammoths start taking all the spaces in the parking lot, or on another waiting list where they’ll get around to you, oh, never. When the government mandates what type of care you get and when you can get it, there is no real urgency to see you. Once they see you, they’re on the clock, but if they never get around to seeing you and you shuffle off this mortal coil, that clock never starts.

Although Obamacare was started with what could argue was noble intentions, the execution of it has been lackluster at best. And all because Leftists wanted to create another way for people to become dependent upon government bureaucracy for something we can take care of ourselves.

I know I’ve said a lot of bad things about Obamacare, but I do see one major upside. It reminds me of just how good I have it by not being on it.

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Not Neutrality

I woke up this morning and something was wrong. I didn’t feel any different, but I knew something was wrong. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then, I tried logging onto the Internet…and it was just fine. No delays, no demands for money. Just an easy logon. Then, I figured out what was wrong.

The proponents of Net Neutrality had brought Y2K back.

Seriously, was there any doubt the pro-Net Neutrality side were going to wind up with a hatchery’s worth of eggs on their faces? Anyone with a lick of common sense could have figured out the “Net Neutrality will save the Internet” line was bogus from the get go. Then again, common sense in today’s society is like finding a unicorn in your Lucky Charms.

I have a series of immutable laws that have been developed over years of observation and repetition. One of these laws is the more one side has to rely on fear to make a point, the less likely that point is valid. And Net Neutrality is pretty much all fearmongering. As it plays out, the pro-NN side wants you to believe each ISP owner is only concerned about making money and doesn’t give a tenth of a damn about the little guy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Basic economics says if you price something out of people’s ability to pay it, you lose customers and, get this, revenue. For the Net Neutrality advocates to be right, ISPs would have to literally go against their best interests.

If that wasn’t insane enough, Net Neutrality doesn’t even address the problem it seeks to solve. Granted, one of the NN provisions is transparency, but if you’re dishonest, you can find ways to hide bad behavior in plain sight and no one will be the wiser. Case in point: Harvey Weinstein. It gets even harder to be transparent when the entity controlling the Internet is the federal government. You shouldn’t need a Freedom of Information Act filing to find out if you’re getting the fastest speed for your area, but with Net Neutrality, it’s only a step or two away from that bureaucratic nightmare.

You know who has solved the problem? Cell phone providers. Thanks to technological advances, we can now stay connected to the Internet almost anywhere around the world using our cell phones. And if we need Internet access, our phones can turn into WiFi hotspots or we can buy gadgets that can do the same thing. And you thought having the Internet at your fingertips was only good for winning bar bets!

Cell phone providers have rendered the problems Net Neutrality sought to address obsolete. And if you think it merely shifts the power from ISPs to Verizon, et al, remember cell phone providers also are bound by the laws of economics.

Above all else, Net Neutrality fails to take into account the concept of competition. Back in the day, I would take my laptop with me to visit my parents and I had to deal with the slow and spotty Internet of being in a small town in northeast Iowa. Although this might seem to be an example of how Net Neutrality could be good, it’s actually not. Satellite technology has made Internet access available to people in rural areas as well as urban areas, and it can be bundled with existing satellite TV providers like Dish and DirectTV for only a marginal monthly fee.

Wow! It’s almost as if the free market has an answer for the problems Net Neutrality proponents find, because, well, it has! And it will continue to do so for long after we’ve gotten past the point where the Internet is the go-to for information, entertainment, directions, gaming, and great blog posts like this one. Okay, so that last one may be a bit sketchy, but you get the idea.

Now if only the Net Neutrality supporters would.

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Alabama Vote not a Victory for America

The Democratic victory in Alabama sends a dire message to the GOP. Lies and scandal will cost votes due to the Leftist hatred of the President and his party. And anyone on the Right is a target. Evidence is not required as one is always guilty without need of proof or verification of any allegations. And the low-information voters do exactly what the Democratic controlled media tells them to do and how to vote.

There is a big fight coming in 2018 and the Left will not hesitate to lie, cheat, or steal its way to a complete victory in Congress. And if you can see the opposition to the President’s agenda in Congress now that it is Republican controlled. It will be far worse with Democratic control. The President doesn’t even have a full staff yet due to Democratic and Republican feet dragging. And Republican control is the only thing that stands between 4 to 8 years of President Trump and a President Trump impeachment on false accusations and lies. If the Leftist control the Congress in 2018, they will impeach the President.

And I can see a day where they would be foaming at the mouth and impeach both President Trump and Vice President Pence. Thus giving the last 2 years of the Trump Administration to Nancy Pelosi. In a Democratic controlled House, she becomes Speaker of the House and next inline of Presidential succession in the event both President Trump and Vice President Pence are unable to serve. Being impeached and removed from office would make this reality.

This nightmare can happen. And We the People will let it happen with our apathy to the political process. And the Democratic leadership is counting on it.

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