Friday, May 06, 2016

On A Personal Note...All Good Things Must Come To An End

I was going to tag this at the end of my last post about the 2016 primary, but it seemed that this was more deserving of its own, stand-alone post. I want to address a decision I've made in the last few days that has been on my mind the last couple of years, and even more so the last few months. I've been blogging for the last 10 1/2 years and I feel like I've taken this project as far as I can take it.

I've had a lot of fun doing this, met a lot of people I would have otherwise never met, and made a number of friends along the way. But in the last couple of years, I've undergone various personal challenges, including separation/divorce, the near death and miraculous recovery of my father, and professional upheavals that have taken an emotional toll, as well as sapping the energy, passion and desire I had to blog. The clown show that was this year's primary was the final straw. Though I still plan on using my Twitter and Facebook accounts linked with this blog (I'm not going away entirely), it's time for me to suspend blogging to recover, do the things I find fun to restore my soul, be a co-parent and role model to my son, and seek God's will in finding out what my next move should be.

But I have some people to thank and times to recall.

Melanie Morgan (now at KSRO in Santa Rosa) gave me my first exposure in my early days as a blogger when I was going up against the liberal loons in the Bay Area when she was on KSFO with the late, great Lee Rodgers. They were both an inspiration to me to get involved in activism back in 2000. I'm eternally grateful and indebted to her for her support and friendship over the years, even after leaving the Bay Area.

Michelle Malkin was an inspiration to read as a blogger, and I don't think I would have started this blog had it not been for reading her work. I've never had the chance to meet her, but when she's given me some link exposure over the years, I was wow'ed be noticed by someone who was an influence on me as a writer and thinker.

So many bloggers and activists have been great support over the years. Kristinn Taylor at, Alana Burke who interviewed me when she was on the radio up in Redding, CA, Donald Douglas at American PowerJonn Lilyea at This Ain't HellTania Gail (aka Skye, the former blog host of Midnight Blue) Sister Toldjah, John Ruberry at Marathon PunditAaron WorthingRobert Stacy McCain, Dana (and Chris) LoeschJosh PainterErica at Conservative JunkieszombietimeWilliam Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, Larry O'Connor (formerly of now on WMAL in Washington, DC), Bookroom Worm, Brandon Darby, Lee Stranahan, and I'm probably going to leave out so many so please forgive me, but you know who you are!

If I were to be asked what was my proudest moment in blogging, it was the accidental moment I took a nine-second video on March 20, 2010, as well as a follow up video about an hour later, both on Capitol Hill. Those videos were among a few which showed that the "Tea Party called us the n-word" accusation pushed by Andre Carson and the Congressional Black Caucus (with a little help from the liberal media) was nothing but a flat out, blatant lie in an attempt to tar and feather opponents of Obamacare. It was due to the first video I took that I came in contact with the late Andrew Breitbart. If you haven't yet, go to Netflix and watch Hating Breitbart. Thanks also to Andrew Marcus for using the video in the movie and for including the time Breitbart and I met in Washington DC at a Tea Party rally.

Most of all, to all of you (especially you, Mom! my biggest fan), who took the time to read my writings, e-mail, like my FB page or Twitter account, I cannot thank you enough. I am a Blessed man.

Please feel free to e-mail me, send a Facebook message or Tweet and I'll get back with you.

Until we meet or talk again, maybe some future time?

Thoughts On The 2016 GOP Primary And Its Aftermath

The 2016 GOP Primary for the party's Presidential nominee ended Wednesday, when Ohio Governor John Kaisch pulled out of the primary, clearing the path for "Sideshow Bob", aka Donald Trump, to be the party's nominee.

Kaisch's move came the day after the Indiana primary that Trump won, and caused contender Ted Cruz to suspend his campaign.

So we know what Kaisch's role in running for President was, to do the bidding of the GOP establishment, who hate conservatives more than they do liberal progressives and put self-interest instead of the best interests of the nation.

From the time he became the first to announce he was running for President, Cruz was relentlessly under attack from not just the libs, but the GOP establishment. In preparing for the 2016 primary, RNC Chair Rinse Prewash (Reince Priebus) and the party "leadership" (I use that term loosely) showed themselves as so woefully inept they couldn't produce a fart at chili and bean cookoff, much less a winning Presidential campaign.

The party allowed so many conservative/Tea Party candidates in the race in an effort to split the conservative vote so their handpicked guy, Jeb Bush, the hapless Fredo Corelone of the Bush family, would be the nominee.

But along came Sideshow Bob (Trump), who stole Bush's thunder and upset the establishment. Trump hit on the right points (illegal immigration, voter discontent). I wasn't a big fan of the way how he first went about doing it, but kept an open mind to him because of the way he took on the establishment. So many people, including many who claimed the conservative mantle, liked his blunt talk, his politically incorrect way of saying things, that to them, Trump could do no wrong.

My mind closed to Trump when he decided to employ personal attacks against his opponents, using vile language, threats, birtherism (remember when that was once considered "racist?"), attacking spouses, and in the end, conspiracy theories against the father of his main rival. Trump also signaled a willingness to work with the "establishment." While claiming to oppose him, the establishment made it clear (in the words of George W. Bush, the sobbing drunk John Boehner, and the IRA terrorist sympathizer Peter King), that they viewed Ted Cruz as a bigger threat to the party. When Dirty Donald used Birtherism against Ted Cruz, the US Senate and Rinse Preewash did nothing to defend Cruz.

Principles Before Personalities

My endorsement and support for Ted Cruz had nothing to do with him as a person or a personality. I supported Cruz because he was the one candidate I felt who best articulated and defended not just in words, but deeds, the Constitution and the conservative principles we last saw in Ronald Reagan. In fact, Cruz was the most conservative candidate since The Gipper.

Far too many who have made a living or have billed themselves as "conservatives" sold the movement out, however, and cast their lot in with Donald Trump, a man who had no record of conservatism. Sarah Palin, Phyllis Schlaffly, Sean Hannity and the Faux News Network, Laura Ingraham are a few of the names. I could never trust them again after the way they betrayed conservative principles.

What Would Breitbart Say?

The same goes for many conservative forums and websites I've long patronized, even linked too, which became outlets for Trump and were willing to carry his Kool-Aid for him. I quit reading so many of them because of the Trump lovefests, and regurgitation of his rants and wacky conspiracy theories.

In 2008, a decade after the Cult of Clinton, we saw another Cult of Personality when Obama rose to prominence with the help of an adoring press who refused to vet or question his background. I expected more of conservatives and Republicans to make cult-like figures of leaders, but that's what happened with Trump. Everything we didn't like about Obama, many "conservatives" were willing to do and make this narcissistic bully their Obama, their Cult of Personality, and they'd attack you with the most vile language if you dared attack their new god.

More at this link.

Too many abandoned rational thought because of their anger (much of it justified) at the GOP establishment, and now we are stuck with a nominee who was not only a good friend of the Clinton's, but is now going back on so much of what he sold himself on.

I hate believing in conspiracy theories, but you couldn't think of a better one to help the Hildebeast. Have your good friend mount a third-party run as a Republican, and deeply divide the party, which would guarantee you, a deeply flawed candidate no one trusts or likes, the election.

If the stakes weren't serious, it would be a joke. But it is angering. This isn't the "lesser of two evils" we had to choose in 2008 or 2012. This is a choice between a socialist progressive and a populist progressive who are both equally as destructive to the future of this nation. In other words, we as conservatives have no choice in this election, we are just told by Rinse Preewash to get in line and goosestep behind someone whom most GOP primary voters voted against.

Do you feel disenfranchised yet?

This is the last election that can make or break whether or not this nation will return to its founding principles of liberty, or if the Constitution will be finally shredded by a liberal Supreme Court which will erode individual liberty for the "common good," and we will "spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." And if you think Donald Trump will prevent a liberal takeover of the court, what proof do you have to rest that on?

In a time when we have been devoid of leaders, our nation is breathing it's final gasps of air, killed by the self-interests of a narcissistic billionaire who saw the party's nomination as his own personal prize, and the once Grand Old Party whose "leaders" are more interested in preserving what power they can hold onto, instead of preserving liberty for our children and their children.

What's Next?

So where do we go from here? With the exception of down-ticket races, I don't feel like I can vote for a person who does not hold my values. It may be a third-party vote or a write in, but I cannot justify voting for Trump just because "he's not Hillary."

I think it is time for conservatives to start a third-party. The GOP, as seen this election, as well as in Mississippi in 2014 and Virginia in 2013, is hostile to real conservatives and only talks the talk in order to get us to vote for them. But not a party for the sake of a party. Conservatives need to educate the American voter and explain why conservatism is in the best interests of all voters, how the nation will be more prosperous and free under our philosophy. The Republican Party has not educated the voting public on conservatism (save for Reagan and the 1994 Contract with America), and too many times has seemed ashamed and apologetic toward conservatism, letting liberals label us as "racist" or any number of slurs.

The Article V Project (read Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments) is probably one of the last tools humanly possible for us to save what is left of this nation, should as I fear we see another liberal win in 2016.

But in the end, what will save this nation is not a new political party, or man or woman. Our nation has turned its back on God. Our leaders have followed self-interest instead of what the best interests of the nation are. Our society has become obsessed with celebrity and pop-culture, hypnotized by "reality TV". We've become worshippers of the Golden Calf and our own finite intelligence, so is it no wonder we've fallen for cultish leaders like the Clinton's, Obama, and now Trump?

Erick Erickson Is Right About The GOP's Hypocrisy On Bill Clinton With Trump As Nominee

Well, the most pathetic GOP Primary is over, and Erick Erickson, one of the voices who warned America about Donald Trump, as well as a leader in the #NeverTrump movement, thinks Slick Willie Clinton is owed an apology (The Resurgent).
Seventeen years after Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for covering up an affair, they are handing their party over to a man who has openly bragged about his affairs. On the day the Republicans first meet in Cleveland, Donald Trump will be taken to court for allegedly defrauding hard working Americans through Trump University.
What voters have already learned about Donald Trump during the primaries should give them pause. Many of his business dealings have left others worse off while he has played the bankruptcy courts to keep going. While investors in various Trump enterprises lost money, Trump made fortunes.
On the campaign trail, Trump was more a pathological liar than Bill Clinton ever was. He smeared his opponents, their wives, and their families. He embraced 9/11 trutherisms that George Bush was to blame for the attacks, he peddled malignant, false stories about Ted Cruz’s father, and few Republicans ever called on him to account. Many gave him passes on the lies they would never give to Bill Clinton.
Republicans owe Bill Clinton an apology for impeaching him over lies and affairs while now embracing a pathological liar and womanizer. That apology will not be forthcoming. In fact, for years Republicans have accused the Democrats of gutter politics and shamelessness. Now the Republicans themselves have lost their sense of shame.
As Marco Rubio withdrew from the Republican primary in Florida, Trump supporters showed up to heckle him as he was giving his withdrawal speech. In South Carolina, a Trump supporter refused to help a disabled woman who had been in a car wreck because the woman had a Bernie Sanders sticker on her car. The man actually said he thought the Lord came to him. But these people have learned this behavior from their party’s new political leader.
If so much were not on the line, it would be somewhat humorous to watch. But the Supreme Court hangs in the balance; the relationship between the states and federal government hangs in the balance; and our relationship with our allies hangs in the balance. All of these things are at stake and the party that fancies itself as the grown up party has handed itself over to a huckster with a cult of ill behaved children.
Many conservatives and people of common decency will support neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. They will hope for a third party. But even if all the Republicans voted for Donald Trump, he would make no more gains than Mitt Romney on the electoral map and is putting in play states that would otherwise be solidly Republican.
Angry voters made a terrible miscalculation in the Republican primary. They presumed that the rest of the nation shared their anger. They were wrong and now, with so much on the line, the Republicans will field as their Presidential nominee the least popular Presidential candidate in American history. God save the republic.
I've seen quite a few people attacking Erickson for making this commentary. I've disagreed with Erick a few times but agreed with him for the most part. Here, I'm in full agreement with what some GOPers would label as Erick's "heresy."

Why?  In the effort to defeat the Butcher of Benghazi, Hillary Rotten Clinton, in the effort of voters to express anger at the GOP establishment for surrendering to Richard Milhous Hussein-Obama time and time again, why did the Republican Party (specially so-called "conservative" leaders) not only abandon the "family values" torch it has carried, as well as any semblance of the conservative values of Ronald Reagan, by nominating Donald Trump?

The endless conspiracy theories, bragging without any shame of extramarital affairs, implying he'd like to date his daughter. That's who is the GOP standard bearer is, and Bill Clinton was impeached over lying under oath and obstructing justice to cover up an affair?

Now, you might tell me, "Wait a minute. No one is perfect." I'm not saying that. All of us are broken people. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's grace. But there's a difference in recognizing that and outright being proud of it. Donald Trump has said he doesn't feel any need to ask God for forgiveness. I thought that would be enough to finish him. Nevertheless, so many evangelical Christians and their leaders cast their lot behind him, a guy who thinks the book of 2 Corinthians is "Two Corinthians" and thought a communion plate is where you put the offering.

Not to say that the anger the American voter feels isn't justified. I'm just as angry. But Trump wasn't the person to lead the charge, and I think we're on the verge of losing what's left of America because of it.