Right vs Left

We always talk about the political spectrum in terms of the Right and Left. And we normally associate the far Left with Communists and the far Right with Fascists and Dictators. This puts the moderates or centrists in the middle of the spectrum. But this is not accurate at all.

More accurately the Left is total government. This includes Communism, Socialism, Nazism, Fascism, Princes, Potentates, Dictators, Kings, and host of others. And on the Right is no government at all. The further right wing you go the smaller government gets until it doesn’t exist on the far Right.

Toward the middle, but more Right than Left, is a type of government limited to it’s proper role of protecting the rights of the people.

The Republican Party is in the middle Right as is the Tea Party. Libertarians are more right wing than either of these two political groups.

The Democratic Party in the United States has moved further and further Left in the last 50 years that they truly favor government control over every day life. Praising Socialist and Communist ideas and agendas.

Differences with the Parties

When one talks about the divisions in American politics. And then begins finger pointing at President Trump’s brashness as the cause. Please remember the facts.

Before, then candidate, Trump won the Republican nomination. The poster child of the Left, Hillary Clinton Democratic party candidate, stated that the greatest enemy to the United States was the Republican party.

Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters has stated on multiple occasions for people to “get in the face” of members of the President’s cabinet. To obstruct them in their daily lives at the grocery store, the gas station, and restaurants with their family. To make a crowd and to cause a scene. To tell them that they are not wanted or welcome in these places. This is harassment and inciting a mob.

The former Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder has called on the new Democratic party to kick Republicans. And he wasn’t speaking metaphorically either. He is calling for physical violence.

Then we have the multitude of Leftist celebrity Democratic donors. The language uttered by these people is so profane it must be censored out when they speak on television.

And Hillary Clinton again speaks to everyone and states that there cannot be any civility until the Democratic party is back in power.

The whole of the Democratic party leadership call for incivility, harassment, angry mobs, and physical violence.

The Republican party has always been against these things. Yes President Trump is brash and not a polished politician. But that is needed from time to time. He is not the first President in American history to be rough and uncut. And he probably wont be the last either.

Mid-Terms

The 2018 mid-term elections are just around the corner. And a lot is at stake here. The future of our Republic and it’s communities. The future of the Presidency also hangs in the balance. And your future. My future. And the future of coming generations.

Across Social Media and news sites there is a solid theme by both of our 2 major political parties.

The Republican party talks about the future. Not just for themselves but for everyone. While the Democratic party talks about regaining power for themselves. And doing so at any cost, including violence against any opposition.

This is not your grandparents Democratic party. This is not the Democratic party of President John F. Kennedy. Today President Kennedy would be a Republican. Every time I hear his old speeches he sounds like a moderate, but very conservative leaning, Republican.

The Democratic party is a bait and switch party. Don’t fall for it. You are baited with emotions which should not be confused with facts. Emotions should not determine your voting choices.

President Trump has proven that a Republican can promise and deliver. Promises were made and those promises are being kept. This is the mark of a true leader and statesman. A politician just speaks where the wind blows. President Trump is changing the status quo for good.

So when you go to the polls. Remember who do you want to represent you?
Are you for power and violence against all opposition?
Or are you wanting the best for the future?

Should I stay or should I go?

That is the big question I have floating around right now. At both the state and national levels of government I helped to elect Republicans to every office in 2016.

At the state level they control the Iowa House, the House Senate, and we even have a sitting Republican governor as well. This is after a long period of Democratic control of our state senate.

At the national level we have a Republican majority in the House and Senate. And after 8 years a Republican President in the White House.

Yet at both of these levels the Republicans have failed time and time again on their campaign promises. They have failed to move forward on the agenda that got them elected. They have failed to pass legislation that was symbolically passed or even have voting repressed under the previous terms.

The Republican party is the dominate party currently. Placed by the Will of the People to act on our behalf. And they have failed us. They have failed We the People that elected them to office.

Was all the gesturing in the past 8 years just for show? Both the US House and US Senate passed a total repeal of Obamacare just a couple of years ago. Knowing it wouldn’t be signed by President Obama. But now they cannot pass the same legislation and get it to President Trump’s desk?

Of course they could if they really wanted to do so. But they are part of that swamp that needs drained. The Republican Party is to blame as much as the Democratic Party. The Republicans wont pass the same bills they passed before because they know President Trump will sign it. And that might impact their power, wealth, and prestige.

Even in my own state the Republican party fails to pass legislation they said would pass if they had a majority. Well the people of Iowa gave you that majority. And you have failed us again.

So as a Republican that has been betrayed by the party at every level. Why should I stay a part of it? I am certainly not suggesting joining the Democrats, as that party is far worse at betrayal than the GOP. And they are no where near or compatible with my worldview.

There are some 3rd parties that I could join. But they lack funding and aren’t taken very seriously by most. They are at best a fringe group and at worst a near cult.

I could just become an independent in name and party. Even joining a 3rd party in Iowa, I would be considered an independent on my voter registration. I would also not be part of the mainstream caucus process and be shunned by those party elitists. Not truly a bad thing really though.

These are just things to think about. I need to decide if I should stay with the GOP and hope and pray for the future of the party. Or jump from the sinking ship.

The GOOPS

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is over, and people are still talking about it, but not in a good way. From the coverage and commentary throughout the week, the Republican Party has made an already seemingly bad situation into a metaphysical certainty of bad decisions that make Kanye West look like Ben Franklin.

Okay, I’m kidding. It really wasn’t that bad. I mean, the Democrats have their chance to match the pure suckitude of the RNC soon when they will have to push a Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine candidate down the throats of the delegates, all while pandering to Black Lives Matter and the Bernie Sanders supporters. Oh, and field questions stemming from Wikileaks finding out the DNC actively tried to undercut Sanders’ campaign. And as Bill Clinton can tell you, Democrats suck best.

That’s not to say the RNC is out of the woods. Donald Trump’s campaign or the Republican National Committee or both made a number of high-profile mistakes that could come back to bite them. Ranging from Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech to the prime time Ted Cruz speech where he failed to publicly endorse Trump (depending on who you talk to in the Trump campaign) to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech that was darker than George Hamilton at the heart of a black hole while listening to a Sylvia Plath book on CD read by Crispin Glover, it was not the best way to put the GOP’s best foot forward.

At this point, it’s too late to hit the reset button and start the 2016 RNC over because, unfortunately, it’s not like an old school Nintendo. What can be done going forward, however, may erase the memories of how bad the visuals were. Here is a short list of suggestions I have.

1) Do some serious vetting of the campaign staff from top to bottom. Believe me, the Democrats have already started, so the GOP needs to find a way to respond to the worst of what the Dems have planned. Saying “you’re a loser” isn’t going to work.

2) Start figuring out how to strike Hillary where it hurts. Although the email scandal and Benghazi are red meat to voters like me, most people don’t care. What they do care about is easy-to-understand soundbites. Oh, and celebrities.

3) Figure out a way to bring back people turned off by the candidate. Hillary Clinton is beatable, but it’s not good to take a victory in November for granted. Like it or not, Trump has been shedding conservative voters like Julius Caesar shed blood on the steps of the Roman Senate. But it’s not too late to find a way to put Band Aids on the wounds, and the first step is to call a truce and stick to it.

Oh, and to any Democrats reading this, this should also be a concern for you. My best advice for helping Hillary in 2016 is simple: stop being Hillary.

4) Play up Trump’s “fuzzy side.” It’s hard to characterize a man as the second coming of Adolf Hitler (believe me, this is actually a thing right now) if the visuals coming from the campaign counteract it. Visual stimulation in today’s society is hard to overcome, and Trump’s campaign need him to start kissing babies and shaking hands. And you don’t want to get those mixed up, kids.

5) Ignore the fringe players on the Left. Trump’s Twitter war with Elizabeth Warren is entertaining to watch, but it’s counterproductive. Warren isn’t going to stop being the turd in the punch bowl. After so many times of seeing her pop up, maybe it’s time to stop entertaining her online rants and move on to other topics.

The other option would be to hire someone to respond to her with more scathing retorts than “Pocahontas” or “Loser Warren.” As someone with a track record of making scathing retorts, I’d be willing to do it. Call me, maybe?

I’m sure there are more, but these should be good for now.