The Republican Party has abandoned Capitalism

After a bit of analysis and review, I have concluded the majority of the Republican Party has abandoned the idea of capitalism, free markets, and limited government. This is a damn shame and the only to fix this situation is to either resurrect capitalism within the GOP or start a new political party that make into national elections.

 

Why I think the GOP has abandoned capitalism:

  • Many are unwilling to repeal Obamacare and let free markets handle healthcare services and insurance.
  • Members are supporting maintaining or increasing Medicaid spending even though it is a welfare program supported by taxpayer dollars.
  • They have not voted to eliminate all subsidies and government support of private businesses.
  • They have not focused on passing a flat tax or consumption tax reform system that would make taxes truly equitable and likely increase revenues.
  • Almost no one in the party has introduced bills and voted on cutting spending massively and privatizing government assets to pay off debt.
  • The GOP has not repealed job crushing regulation such as Dodd-Frank, the Clean Power Plan, and ObamaCare.
  • They haven’t eliminated ridiculous government departments like Education, Energy , HUD, Commerce, EPA, etc.
  • They have not been for eliminating almost all general regulations and legislation introduced without cost and benefits analysis.

The GOP is now the party of socially conservative, fiscally liberal politicians. Let that sink in for a moment. Something needs to be done, this is no longer the party of Reagan.

 

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Can President Trump lead?

This question has been going around my head for a while and I’m really starting to worry about it. Whatever he is, President Donald Trump is a preferable alternative to President Hillary Clinton. But can he be an effective leader as he claimed during the campaign and as many of his ardent supporters claimed? I have not seen any evidence to suggest that Donald Trump has been an effective leader or will become one in the future.

 

He contradicts members of his staff and cabinet publicly and embarrasses them, he makes vague and sometimes inaccurate statements, he makes claims that are ostensibly true but doesn’t provide evidence, and he blames everybody in the world but himself for his travails. Additionally, just like every other politician he has started to renege or loosen his campaign promises.

To my knowledge he has done, or rather not done the following:

  • Not yet moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
  • Has not confirmed that the full border wall he promised will actually get built or be paid for by Mexico
  • Repeal Dodd-Frank
  • “Tear up” the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • Repeal Obamacare (this is the GOP Congresses fault but they should’ve received hands-on leadership from him)
  • Reform taxes for everyone by August (doubt this will get done by then)
  • Lean out the size of government by much
  • Cut a lot of spending as he suggested

 

He has been nothing but a storm of tweets. The left hates him and the right dislikes him, how is this guy supposed to get anything done? He did not lead his party to victory as Barack Obama did during the push for Obamacare. President Trump didn’t ensure victory for himself and the country. He is very light on policy details and is ready to sign anything without looking at the fine print first and he is not able to coerce or persuade members of his party to go along with his policies. This man leading by tweets strategy must go, he should tweet materially important things in an official tone rather than blasting out like an angry 15 year old every time he is frustrated. Donald Trump may be an important culture warrior in the fight against political correctness and the pussification of America but thus far he has been a useless political leader and may go down as one of the worst Presidents in history if he doesn’t get his act together. Hiring Marine General John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff was probably a good idea to foster a professional and collegial operating environment and to put the White House on a path to order and success, but this is all contingent on President Trump heeding General Kelly’s advice and growing up. For the sake of the country, I hope he grows up and starts getting through some of his pro-growth campaign promises such reforming the tax code and eliminating Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

 

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New White House Tax Policy?

In interviews with The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets President Trump has been insinuating that he is changing his views on personal tax policy. He is apparently looking at “cutting taxes on the middle class” and “raising taxes on the rich”. Is that Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, or Bernie Sanders talking? Nope, it is Donald Trump (“Republican”). Apparently his Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon: former head honcho at Breitbart News seems to have similar ideas. They call this “economic nationalism”, I don’t agree with it and I think it is a joke. This is nothing but wealth redistribution under a Republican umbrella and it sounds horrible. It looks as if they want to raise the top tax rate to around 44% from the current 39.6% so that they can cut taxes for the “middle class”. You, me, or Donald Trump do not have the right to confiscate someone else’s money to satisfy constituents or compensate those who have not financially succeeded in life. A fantastic quote comes to mind “I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money. – Thomas Sowell” The financially successful people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, Walton Family, etc. are not greedy so much as they are successful financially. You do not have the right to take their money because you are a loser. Lets say you are “middle class” and are earning $150k and have a decent house a nice little nest egg. That is a lot of money for someone making $25k and living paycheck to paycheck, why don’t they vote for a policy that confiscates the majority of your income and takes away your accumulated wealth and everything you have built? Don’t like that idea much do you? That is not equality at play, that is theft. Taxation is another word for theft. But the hard truth is some form of government revenues are necessary to fund a strong military, emergency services, and enforce the rule of law and contracts. If Carl Icahn grew up as a poor boy in Queens and made it to the top with a net worth of $17B, you do not have a right to steal his income and redistribute to those who are too lazy or do not have the will to support themselves.

This tax policy is immoral as is the majority of all current policy and President Trump will hurt the nation economically if he continues on this path of politically popular trash. He should reform the tax code and cut taxes across the board for everyone. I am in favor of eliminating all income taxes and transitioning to a system of pure consumption taxes so the system is pretty much as equitable as it can be. But that is not likely to happen any time soon so the next best option is a flat income tax with no deductions and is a page or two long to fill out for taxpayers. All taxes are repealed on a federal, state, and local level. We would have something like a flat 17% income tax and it would be as simple as that. There are many studies that show this idea would work quite well and would be very pro economic growth.

Some further reading to check out:

 

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The Republican Capitulation

I’ve talked a little bit in my posts about my political evolution. I generally consider myself a person with mixed political views that doesn’t fit into the standard left and right political spectrum, nor am I a centrist. I am out of the these chains with my own sets of ideas and views. If I had to use a label it might be Classically Liberal with a Hawkish Military view. Think of people like Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Ronald Reagan, etc. While, I greatly admire many Republicans, I dislike the state of the party and its members today.

The Republican party attempted to repeal the monstrosity that is the “Affordable Care” Act (Obamacare) and they failed due to betrayal from members of their own party. The majority of the betrayals came from those you would expect: the “moderates/centrists” of the GOP such as Senators John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), and Lisa Murkowksi (AK). This just proves that the Republicans are a joke of a party with feckless leadership and a mostly useless President. President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cannot even lead their party to concrete legislative victory after 7 years of repeal promises and getting all the power they requested from voters. They asked for the House of Representatives, they got it in 2010. They asked for the Senate, they got it in 2014. They asked for the White House, they got it in 2016. This time people thought they would actually get something done, big mistake!

The Republican party is filled with members who are “moderate” and do not have the political will to do what is necessary and what is right for the country. They know that Obamacare was the first step on the process to the abomination of socialized/single-payer healthcare that will ruin America. Free markets and free enterprise work, which is why America is the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have the most billionaires because free enterprise without government involvement generates brilliant results and lower costs, higher quality, innovation, and enhanced services and goods for consumers. The government does not have an obligation to provide the American people with anything other than: military defense of the nation, its allies, and its interests, safety and security, the rule of law and contractual enforcement, and limiting government involvement in the economy and society so as to create a situation conducive to personal success. The government does not guarantee happiness, our constitutional rights give you the right to do what you need to do (within legal limits) in order to achieve your dreams. The Republicans at one point believed in these principles and ideas and now they claim to still believe in those ideas but refuse to take the political action that is necessary to prove it.

 

Republicans in Congress and President Trump promised the repeal of Obamacare and members of their own party refuse to support the bill due to worries about people losing “insurance”. The Congressional Budget Office or CBO scores legislation to predict the impact it will have on the economy, the federal budget, key metrics, etc. and they predicted that anywhere from 20-33 million Americans will lose their “insurance.” The reason I put insurance in quotations marks is that a large number of Americans who have “insurance” don’t actually have it. People on Medicaid are on welfare and they are sucking taxpayer money, that is not insurance. People who have private insurance that covers basically nothing with massive premiums and deductibles is not real insurance. Many people do not want comprehensive insurance and some people don’t want it at all, but Obamacare forces them to buy it or pay a fine if they don’t, which many people choose to do. If the individual mandate requirement of everyone being insured is repealed, many people will drop their insurance which they deem as unnecessary and many people on Medicaid who are able bodied will be taken off the welfare rolls. That is the actual effect if the CBO’s prediction is even close to correct which it rarely ever is. Republicans have constituents on Medicaid and receive lots of money from the Insurance industry which conspired with the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress to create a system which requires people buy insurance, AKA guaranteed insurance profits. It didn’t really work out for the insurance companies because people dropped their artificially expensive and mostly useless coverage and elected to just pay the fine. Medicaid is not insurance and it is immoral to suggest that people are entitled to other peoples money, ideas, or labor. Healthcare is a service not a right. Just like you aren’t guaranteed food, you will not be guaranteed healthcare. “Economics is the study of scarce resources with alternative uses” said the great Thomas Sowell. Government cannot solve problems, they can make trade offs just like any other economic decision in life. Healthcare services are scarce and cannot be just given to everyone, all other countries government run medical systems are abject failures. The U.K., Germany, and Australia are now jokes and sobering looks at nations that were once great.

 

Insurance is a mechanism to protect against a future, possible unknown event or risk. Going to the doctor for a regular check up for example, ensures that you are in good health and are taking the medications or medical decisions necessary to protect against a future event such as getting diabetes or cirrhosis of the liver. You do not deserve healthcare even though you already committed many health mistakes and ruined your body, you will have to pay the extra costs to deal with your health mistakes or general bad luck. It is not the obligation of someone else to pay for it.

 

If Republicans do not make good on their promise, they will likely lose their Congressional majorities and President Trump may not be reelected. The country is burning because politicians do not have the will to do what is right. This country is burning because the American people are lazy, soft, entitled, weak, and are not willing to do what is necessary to save their country. This Great American Republic, the last place on earth that is worth a damn is burning and it is falling. Contact your Representatives and Senators and work to get answers, many of you want Obamacare gone. Demand it.

Save our country, no one else will.

 

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Thoughts on becoming great

Some of us, if not all of us would like to become great. Right? Everyone generally wants to be successful, wealthy, and even famous. We may want to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyonce, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie, Ronald Reagan, Oprah Winfrey or whoever we admire. You know what separates us and them?

 

Work ethic, mental attitude, and the most important thing which is their value system. Maybe you want to be the greatest quarterback of all time. You know what separates you and Peyton Manning? It is those 3 things I listed earlier. Let me elaborate on those things.

  1. Work ethic: You have a system in which you accomplish the things you need to get done on a regular basis. You don’t get distracted and waste valuable time on other non-productive activities and if you make a mistake you don’t waste days dwelling on it. You persevere and continue to get things done and improve everyday. You work hard and you work smart, every single day without fail. Hard work is painful especially at first because you aren’t used to it, but you have to fight through that with your efficient work ethic, mental attitude, and determination to succeed at all costs.
  2. Mental attitude: There are periods where all of us feel depressed, discouraged, lazy, and we just don’t want to go forward. But this is the time when we must inspire ourselves again and march forward to achieve our goals. We should always try to stay positive and optimistic, even in the most adverse situations. Having this kind of attitude will deter us from giving up and providing ourselves with excuses and justifications such as “it’s too hard”, “I’m not smart enough”, “I should’ve been born rich”, “I’ve already messed up too much”, and simply “I can’t” when it actually means “I won’t”.
  3. Value system: Everybody needs to have values to guide them in life, being a nihilist and person without a code of values and morals is not a realistic or healthy life option. You need to scour all the resources (books, articles, religious material, spiritual material, parents, relative, friends, etc.) you have at your disposal and determine what your values are and stick to those. If you develop strong values and stick to them no matter what, you will be successful. But you have to be uncompromising with yourself when it comes to complying with your values, if you make a mistake you must immediately get back on track or you risk dumping your whole system for success down the drain.

 

This is not about eliminating failure, this is about developing resilience. There are times where you may fail or not stick to your values. The point is to immediately get back on track without wasting time feeling guilty or just giving up the whole thing. Every single time you fail in life and get back up you are exercising your resilience and character.

 

For example: You are trying to lose a 100 lbs after years of neglect to your body. You may fail to stick to your diet and exercise requirements multiple times. Instead of wasting time and effort feeling guilty and weak or just giving up the whole thing, you immediately mark the failure and get back on track. You make note of the trigger that caused you to cheat and you keep that in mind next time you have a similar feeling.

 

You can succeed but you must know who you are and what you are. Who are you? What is your value system? What is your work ethic? What is your mental attitude, especially in the face of adversity? Once you figure out the answers to these questions and implement your ideas, you can start your march forward to personal success.

 

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An Imperative Skill: Public Speaking

In my last post I discussed the importance of developing interpersonal and communication skills. An important part of that is developing the skill to publicly speak. Public speaking is an absolutely imperative skill that is required for success in business and life. Many of us in this generation haven’t had that many opportunities to publicly speak and have depended on technological means of communication for the majority of their lives. Public speaking is the ability to spontaneously speak at any event on demand or deliver a well prepared speech to a large audience. You may have to make a toast after a social dinner, run a meeting at work, give a speech at a friends wedding, or give the keynote speech to introduce a new company product or service. The best way to improve these abilities is to learn about the best speaking techniques, watch and learn from great speakers, and practicing speeches in an environment where you can constantly get constructive criticism.

Some great books on speech and communication are:

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
  2. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking (Dale Carnegie)
  3. Public Speaking for Success: The Complete Program (Dale Carnegie)
  4. The Art of Public Speaking (Dale Carnegie)
  5. Cicero: On the Ideal Orator (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  6. Rhetoric (Aristotle)
  7. On Speaking Well: How to Give a Speech With Style, Substance, and Clarity (Peggy Noonan)
  8. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secret of History’s Greatest Speakers (James C. Humes)

 

Helpful videos (tips of public speaking and communication, great speeches):

 

The best way to practice speeches on a regular basis is to join a club or group of people working specifically to improve their speaking skills. One great option is joining your local Toastmasters International club. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that is in 142 countries and has over 345,000 members. The group is dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skill among its members. They have a structured system to progressively improve the skills of their members.

 

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The Lost Art of Communication

Something I’ve noticed in recent years, especially among millennials is that they seem to have lost the ability to clearly and directly communicate with people, especially new people. We are surrounded with the technological means to communicate with our existing relations such as our family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances via texting, emails, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. and we don’t really talk anymore. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who are 15-30 years old have difficulty in communicating with people because they have become somewhat desensitized to direct human interaction due to the pervasiveness of technological means of communication. Don’t mistake for being anti-technology or anything like that. I appreciate technology and all it has done for economic growth and the greatly increased standard of living in America and all over the world. But it is my feeling that we need to get back to our roots of communicating with our fellow man directly through our speech. For example: I went to a conference recently and I observed that the only people in the conference that were rather shy, reserved, and unwilling to interact with new people were in the younger age category versus the older folks who were actively mingling with different people and getting to know new people. I went over and spoke to the people in my age category and they were speaking very reservedly and it was difficult to hear what they were saying. After I persisted a bit more and hit something these people were interested in, I was able to have a good conversation with them. It turns out they were very into 90’s hip-hop music and I know quite a bit about this subject because I was a huge fan back in high school. I probably know too much useless information about Hip hop but at least it helped me make some headway with this group. This isn’t an isolated incident, I’ve been noticing this type of behavior in people almost everywhere I go. People are always on their phones and don’t really make the effort to meet new people which is essential to developing new relationships, improving communication and interpersonal skills, and keeping yourself from becoming asocial and going insane.

 

My view on why this happens:

In my view it is relatively easy to make friends and develop relationships with people when you are in school or college because of the access to a very large number of people in the same age category and with some similar interests and therefore people don’t really make an effort to make new friends or strengthen those existing relationships after they graduate and/or move on. Making friends in a new city, workplace, or whatever your situation may be can be difficult and people are afraid of being rejected for who they are and simply don’t make an effort. Making friends and developing relationships in high school and college seems effortless but it seems to be a bit more difficult in the real world.

 

What is the solution?

Work to develop your skills. What I mean to say is, work on your communication and interpersonal skills. Learn how to interact and communicate with people so you can develop strong friendships and get people interested in you. This may not be exactly intuitive or automatic because sometimes we don’t really look at communication or interpersonal skills as skills in the conventional sense. We consider them “soft skills” or simply skills that are natural to us or that we will naturally develop. This is not true, just like any other skills such as boxing, Microsoft Excel, or anything else we have to develop it over time. I recommend starting off by reading How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie), it is one of the most terrific books I have read in my life and I’m still working on developing my skills and I’ve experimented by applying these skills in real life and they have worked wonders with developing new relationships and strengthening old ones. This book can help you to strengthen your skills and evolve into a person who has the ability to effectively develop and strengthen relationships.

 

Why is this important?

Communication and interpersonal skills are important because we are people. And as people we have to deal with other people for the rest of our lives. Doesn’t it make sense to become adroit in dealing with other people? Some of the great figures of history such as Abraham Lincoln, Charles M. Schwab, Lee Iacocca, Ronald Reagan, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Franklin, Sam Walton, Henry Ford, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George Patton were skilled communicators first and foremost and their ability to deal with and lead people changed the course of the world for the better.

 

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The Big Meeting: President Trump meets President Putin

Yesterday, Friday July 7, 2017 was the big day. It may not matter to you or me individually, it does not change the course of our daily life and it may not even be that big of a deal, but according to the media, the political pundits, and the policy wonks yesterday was a big deal. What happened that’s such a big deal you ask? President of the United States Donald J. Trump met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V. Putin for the first time at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. I don’t see this being as significant as suggested due to the fact that President Trump has already met with several world leaders such as Theresa May (Prime Minister of the U.K.), Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India), Xi Jinping (President of China), Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan), Moon Jae-In (President of South Korea), Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia), Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Emmanuel Macron (President of France), and many others. The big deal seems to be that America and Russia are two of the worlds leading nuclear powers and the leaders should officially meet and develop a relationship and have communication channels so we don’t end up in a potentially dangerous situation. The actual numbers aren’t known to the public but it is assumed that Russia and the United States have approximately the same number of nuclear weapons with one country occasionally having an edge on the other. I believe Russia currently has a larger nuclear arsenal compared to the United States. Another point of significance is that President Trump is being accused of colluding with the Russian President and his intelligence/spy community in order to win the U.S. Presidency. The idea is generally that Vladimir Putin wants to remotely control America and therefore he chose Donald Trump as his puppet to run the country in ways that are only beneficial to Russia, it is also suggested that he either bribed Mr. Trump or blackmailed him into this. Personally, I do not believe this line of thinking because Russia does not yet have that kind of sway in the international community due to it being a much smaller economy and global power compared to the United States. Even during the height of the cold war, the United States was generally more powerful than the Soviet Union. According to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Presidents spoke on a wide variety of issues such as alleged Russian interference in the American election process, Russia’s activities in Ukraine, the Syrian Civil War, North Korean denuclearization, and other possible areas of cooperation. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in Southwest Syria to calm down the fighting and ensure there is no military confrontation between U.S. and Russian troops. I think this is largely symbolic to ensure worried people all over the globe that the two powers can work together and keep the peace. The prospect of a U.S. and Russia military confrontation or conventional war frightens people in America, Russia, and all over the world. It could possibly turn into World War III and Nukes could be used, causing death and destruction on a scale never seen before. People just don’t have the stomach for that kind of war anymore unless it is absolutely necessary in order to protect the country and its citizens. I believe America would win the war decisively of course, but our countries sons and daughters would die in massive numbers and our debt and economy would likely explode. It simply is not worth it unless they strike our homeland or allies. We must work together, at least on a few initiatives in order to keep the peace. The Reagan doctrine of peace through strength is an important thing to remember here. The stronger America is economically, diplomatically, and militarily the worse off any potential enemy will be. If our economy starts growing at ~3% again, our international relationships are grown and strengthened, and our military readiness is back up to the level it should be, then we will be absolutely fine and will have much more leverage to negotiate and maneuver.

 

Back to the ceasefire, I think this will not hold for too long because the U.S. backed forces are not only interested in defeating ISIS, they are also interested in ridding themselves of the Assad regime which is backed by Russia and Iran. The U.S. is also uninterested in having Assad continue to lead Syria after the war is over but I doubt this administration will plunge into a war in Syria over that determination. Also, it seems that President Trump who supposedly colluded with the Russians went in swinging into the meeting and pointedly asked President Putin whether he or his subordinates interfered into the U.S. election process. President Trump asked for him to fess up if he did it and of course President Putin denied he nor his associates had done anything of the kind. Folks on the left may believe Trump was soft on Putin, folks on the right may believe it was just right or nothing special, but I believe Trump is looking to hone in on Russia’s sphere of influence. And that is energy and mineral exports, Trump wants America to become energy independent and start heavily exporting oil, natural gas, and coal to Europe and overtake Russia as the main energy supplier. Maybe this is all the Art of the Deal in practice or maybe its nothing. We’ll just have to see.

 

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My Original Political Evolution

I didn’t really have any concrete political views prior to the 2016 election, much like many of my fellow millennials. I did of course admire certain Presidents from the past such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. I didn’t really lean in any way because I didn’t know what each party’s views on the issues were, in fact I didn’t even know that there were any issues. America is such a fantastic place that a regular American kid doesn’t even have many problems to worry about. I always thought Republicans were cooler because their mascot is a strong and powerful elephant versus a braying ass (donkey) for the Democratic party. GOP (Grand ol’ party) also sounds pretty cool. I did always believe in Capitalism though, I believed that my money comes from my hard work and that taxation is mostly theft. I also believed having a strong national defense was imperative to keeping America safe and free. I was pretty socially conservative but I felt that pushing my social views on others was probably wrong. These were my simplistic views. Around August 2016, I started contemplating who I should vote for. I decided to take a couple of weeks and become an informed voter. From an objective point of view, I figured out what issues mattered to me without biased media sources telling me what to believe.

 

These were issues I cared about prior to having strong political views:

  • Eliminating the half trillion dollar budget deficits by drastically cutting government spending in all areas other than paying interest on the national debt and defense.
  • The fact that we had a $20T national debt scared the hell out of me, President Bush doubled it and President Obama doubled it again.
  • Anemic sub-3% GDP growth.
  • Lack of military readiness and defense sequesters.
  • Government control over the student loan industry.
  • 2nd amendment rights were under attack.
  • Freedom of speech was being stifled by the left, having right-wing political views almost became a sin. Whatever the view may be, we must maintain freedom of speech.
  • Government control was legislating and regulating whole industries and businesses out of existence.
  • China was getting richer and America was getting poorer due to more capital and alliance relationships going to China.
  • Wasting blood and treasure in middle-eastern wars.
  • Massive welfare and entitlement expansions.
  • The ability of Government agencies to ruin your life.
  • Financial Services were ruined by government control.
  • Obamacare made health insurance super expensive.
  • More than 11 million illegal immigrants in America.
  • We had a ~$600B trade deficit.

 

Democrat Research:

I never liked Hillary Clinton because she seemed to be speaking in a very orchestrated and somewhat “fake manner”. It seemed to me that she parroted whatever President Obama or some European establishment figure said and didn’t really have a message or any original ideas. After doing some research I found that I greatly disliked her husband former President Bill Clinton because of his personality and ridiculous foreign policy and military decisions. I also felt that Hillary Clinton felt that she was owed the Presidency simply because she built a political career for so many years and worked with her husband to build a Clinton empire so to speak, that definitely turned me off to ever voting Democrat. After doing some more research by surfing the Democratic party website, watching speeches of prominent Democrats, and reading some books and articles, I found that I greatly disliked Democratic party ideals and views, it seemed to me that they believed in pushing down the strong to pull up the weak. Some of their policy positions such as mass amnesty and implementing politically correct measures in the military didn’t make any sense to me. I finished up by researching policy decisions by Democratic Presidents, members of Congress, etc. and I found that it all seemed to be pushing towards government control of almost everything. I decided that was not what I was for and went another way.

 

Republican Research:

Now it was time to learn about the Republican party, the party that I always thought was stronger. I knew Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican, so that automatically gave the GOP points in my book. So I looked at the GOP website, watched and read speeches of the greatest Republicans, and read many books and articles including (An American Life by Ronald Reagan). I started liking these views and ideas more and more. Limited government, a strong national defense, enforcing the rule of law, fiscal responsibility, protecting constitutionally guaranteed 2nd amendment rights, free and fair trade, merit based immigration, deregulation, lower taxes, and making America freer, stronger, and richer. After reading Ronald Reagan’s autobiography, I was sold on the GOP platform. I felt like this party was allowing people to become successful on their own merit and limiting government interference in our lives. So lastly, I did some research on recent Republicans such as members of Congress, both President Bushes and I was disappointed to find that many of these politicians had not voted in accordance with GOP ideals and were weak leaders, they were simply “big Government Republicans”. This was disappointing but I decided the GOP was the better choice overall. Now, it was time to learn about Donald Trump and his campaign promises, which I realized that most politicians are unable to keep. I liked most of his campaign promises. I didn’t like the idea of trade protectionism, I didn’t think having Mexico pay for the wall was realistic, he didn’t want to cut entitlement programs, and he wanted to spend a lot of money on a variety of programs and I wanted massively decreased government spending. I thought the guy was kind of a badass for sure. He was very patriotic, he was super rich, had a gorgeous wife, and pretty much did whatever he wanted. I didn’t really like his personality much, he was a bit too bombastic for me but I realized its either him or Hillary and I chose him. He’s a vulgar guy and said some things that may be construed as highly offensive, but overall I don’t think he’s an “evil scumbag” like some on the left like to claim.

 

The fundamental difference I found between the two candidates was that one wanted to protect the status quo and continue the myth that America was a bad country and needs to be fixed by government fiat versus someone who wanted to shake up the status quo and remind everyone that America was, is, and always will be the greatest country in the world.

 

Since the election, I have been disappointed with some of President Trump’s actions and my political views have further evolved which I will discuss in a later post.

 

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Patriotism

What is Patriotism? Patriotism is generally defined as love or vigorous support for one’s country. Patriotism is not special behavior to any single country though some countries tend to have more patriotic citizens than others. America is considered to be one of the most or the most patriotic country in the world. In my view, our country is something we should take pride in and work to improve if we can. The country itself, the values it stands for, the people who protect it, and the citizens who move it forward. America is facing a period of difficulty due to differences between citizens on political and economic views between the left-wing and right-wing and unfortunately some left-wing people are equating disagreeing with right-wing politics as hating America itself. They step on the flag, they spit on the constitution, and they lead others to believe that they hate and despise their own country. Maybe they actually hate their own country, maybe they are doing it for attention, maybe they’re doing it to fit in with peers, we may never know the actual reason why some leftists behave this way. It hurts when I see someone burn the flag or step on it, but it is their right to free speech and restricting them from it is not my or anyone else’s decision to make.

What is my view on my country?

I love America from the bottom of my heart. I believe this is the greatest country in the world even though it has flaws and isn’t immune to criticism. The country itself, the values it was built on, the warriors who protect it, and the citizens who move the country forward are part of my pride and love for my country. I love America because by God’s grace I was born here, it is the bastion of liberty and freedom, it is the richest nation in the world, it is the only world superpower, it has the strongest military in the world, it has the largest economy in the world, and great Americans continue to do what was considered impossible every single day. Only in this Republic can a beggar become a Billionaire by virtue of his or her skills, talents, ideas, and savvy. Yes, America is filled with large numbers of people who I consider to be punks, freeloaders, and losers but that doesn’t mean I hate my country. I love that my country is so free that people can be losers by choice and can speak their mind even if what they are saying doesn’t make sense or is wrong. I disagree with left-wing politics and just because America is filled with leftists, does that I mean I hate my country? Of course not, I love my country from the bottom of my heart and I will do anything to protect it if it comes under attack or pressure just like many other patriots would. Man is by nature instinctively attached to his land and his family and will do what is necessary to protect them and I believe patriotism ties into that idea.

For love of God, Family, Country, and Capitalism I will do what is necessary. Will you? What is your view of patriotism?

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

 

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