Category: Politics

Healthcare

I’m so tired of the GOP being incapable of doing something productive while they have complete control

Healthcare can be completely fixed in three steps:

  1. Expand medicare to cover all “uninsurable” Americans. If private insurance rejects you, you automatically go on Medicare. Obviously guidelines have to be set as to what can make you uninsurable (to prevent Insurance from rejecting everyone).
  2. Allow private insurance companies to compete across state lines to increase competition and choice for consumers.
  3. Put reforms in place on malpractice suits so that damages cannot exceed the expected loss in income. So if someone making 30k per year is rendered unable to work forever, you take 30k x the rest of their life expectancy, plus the cost of their care. That should be the maximum someone is entitled to under medical malpractice, and it would go a long way towards lowering healthcare costs across the board.

So what if you have to raise taxes a couple percent to cover the medicare expansion? The cost savings the average American would experience in healthcare would more than offset the tax difference. Ultimately, what Americans want is the most value for the least amount of money. Most Americans also don’t want 30 million other Americans suffering and dying.

Easy as pie.

Both parties should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

Making America Great Again

And so it is finished. America is doomed. By this time next year, we’ll be killing gays in the streets, subjugating women, and reinstating slavery.

OR

By this time next year, we will have replaced Obamacare, started enforcing our borders, renegotiated NAFTA, fixed the tax system to encourage businesses to, like, keep making stuff here, and maybe even start fixing our law enforcement issues.

It really depends who you ask as to which of those scenarios will take place.

I get it, I really do. Donald Trump says a lot of mean things. He even says perverted things (or at least “a” thing). He’s made questionable business decisions. He’s bullied other companies into doing things the way he wanted at the price he wanted.

The thing that’s puzzling about the left’s complete and utter meltdown has been that Trump spent most of his life as a Democrat, and is by far the most progressive candidate ever put up by the Republicans. He is much closer to Bill Clinton (both in policy and in his dealings with women) than to Bush or Reagan.

The meltdown is because Hillary was a woman. It was her time to smash the glass ceiling. And us uneducated redneck racist sexist homophobic morons in the red states stole it from her because she was a woman and obviously we all hate women.

Except that in addition to being a woman, she was an ULTRA left wing, abortion-loving, tax-loving, small business crushing likely criminal and possible traitor who thought she deserved to win. So much that she and the DNC literally rigged the primaries with vote flipping and all sorts of nefarious shenanigans, which actually stole the election from ANOTHER WHITE MALE, Bernie Sanders.

I will never defend Trump joking about grabbing women. I won’t defend him making fun of a disabled reporter (who incidentally was being a jerk to Trump). I don’t BELIEVE that he said Mexicans ARE rapists. I heard the speech, and he said “They’re sending their criminals, their rapists.” We can agree to disagree on that.

But Trump understands what almost everyone in the middle part of the country understands – WE MUST STOP SINGING THE FALSE SONG OF GLOBALISM. Soros has been pulling our strings long enough. We don’t need to bow to other countries to our own detriment. Trump is right that NAFTA has been a disaster for the working class of America. Trump is right that we need jobs HERE, not bombs to drop on Syria.

The reason 60M people voted for Donald Trump is twofold: Hillary is an evil war hawk who hates the unborn. And two, Donald Trump wants to put America first… all citizens of America. I reject the notion that people here who didn’t go through legal channels should have consideration.

Time will tell how he governs, but we can be certain of one thing – it will not be the status quo.

Revolutionaries

Our gun rights are as fundamental to Americans as our right to free speech, our right to due process, and our right to practice our religion.

Over the weekend, a crazed Muslim who also may have been a deeply repressed gay man unleashed his anger by killing 49 innocent people in a gay nightclub in Florida. He was an American citizen, although he reportedly told hostages he was doing it because he wanted America to “stop bombing his country” which certainly sounds like he felt that he was really not an American at heart. All of that is beside the point. He walked in and shot people who had done nothing to him.

I cringed for two reasons. First, it’s a national tragedy. I am a Christian and very staunchly pro life. Over the years I’ve even changed my position and now oppose the death penalty. I think all Americans should have the same rights and privileges, regardless their color, what they believe or who they love. The fact this appears to be both a homegrown terrorist attack AND a hate crime is particularly disturbing. Secondly, though, I cringed because I knew what was coming – the gun control hand wringing and politicizing.

Of course, it took two seconds for everyone on the left to say “see, guns are bad” and everyone on the right to say “hey, get your hands off our guns you commies.”

In order to understand America’s obsession with guns, you have to go all the way back to the beginning. You can’t understand the 2nd amendment without understanding that America’s roots were revolutionary. America was founded to escape government tyranny and set up a system where that could never happen. If you look at the founder’s own writings, it’s incredibly apparent they wanted an armed populace for this very reason.

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.” – George Mason, co-author of the 2nd Amendment.

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” – George Washington

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison.

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

I end with that last quote for a reason. Necessity. That’s what we are hearing now. We MUST act on gun control because bad, crazy people keep doing bad crazy stuff with them. No discussion at all about the uncomfortable fact that nearly all of the mass shootings of the past 20 years have happened in “gun free” zones where good people aren’t allowed to carry.

I’m going to say this as clearly as I can: To disarm the American people is to fundamentally destroy the roots of our founding. It is not just an insult to the 100,000,000 responsible gun owners in America, it is an insult to our own heritage as a country.

The left will say the right to bear arms was only for the “militia” referenced in the 2nd Amendment. In order to believe this, you have to completely ignore everything that the writers of the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment actually said about it. And this has been upheld time after time by the Supreme Court. Hillary has said that the Supreme Court is wrong on this Audio. But they weren’t, and she is.

The slippery slope effect is strong with us, too. We need to ban “assault rifles.” Politicians who say this are only demonstrating they don’t know the first thing about guns. I will go on the record here. I have multiple AR-15s. I have a dozen handguns. If the government suddenly decided that I have to turn in my AR-15s, I could still very easily kill 50 people in a nightclub.

An AR-15 holds between 10 and 30 rounds. My 1911 handguns hold 10 rounds, and my Glocks hold 19 rounds. But, 45 magazines are much smaller and easy to carry than AR Magpul magazines. And guess what. A .45 round is GIANT compared with an AR .223 round (I circled the actual bullet, which is the part that shoots out of the gun). See the picture:

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If I loaded up a dozen magazines for my Glock with hollow points, I could inflict just as much damage as this guy did with his “assault rifle” and it would be much lighter for me to carry, and much easier to hide on my person. It takes less than 2 seconds to change magazines in any gun, “assault” or not. Even revolvers can be reloaded with a speedloader. Watch this if you don’t believe me, watch the first 10 seconds of this video: Speed Loader.

NO ONE has “automatic weapons.” They’ve been illegal since the 1980s. Every AR-15 and every handgun works by pulling the trigger once for each shot. You can’t just go in and hold down the AR-15 trigger and go nuts like a war movie. The term “semi-automatic” means that when you fire a shot, the next round gets loaded into the chamber. Guess what, folks. That’s no different than a revolver, which has been around since 1835.

All this argument trying to differentiate guns based on how scary they look is moronic. In this picture, we have two rifles:

Assault Rifles

They are EXACTLY the same except one is black and has a collapsible stock, and the other is wood and doesn’t have a collapsible stock. The black one would be considered an assault rifle (and was banned under the 94 ban), because, well, it looks scary.

The left talks about common sense, but what they seem to fail to recognize is that unless every single type of gun is outlawed, mass shootings will still happen, because some people are fricking crazy. People killed 3,000 people with airplanes and box cutters on 9/11. The Boston bombers used COOKWARE. Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer to kill 186 people. Bad people will always find a way to do bad things, and even if guns ceased to exist, it would still be incredibly easy for a crazy person to kill a bunch of people. Guys who lose it and shoot their wife and kids will just grab a knife and do the same thing – except it will be a much slower, much more agonizing death.

Imagine if you will, though, the government figures out how to do a real, nationwide gun ban/buyback like they did in Australia. There are about 350 million guns currently in circulation. Because it has always been a constitutional right, very few of those are actually registered and documented anywhere, unless you happen to live in a fascist state like Illinois, California, New York, or Massachusetts. That means the government to really effectively find most of the guns, they’d have to search house to house and seize privately owned property that Americans paid for with their hard-earned money.

Let’s assume, however, that the government comes up with the 250 BILLION dollars it would roughly cost to do a buyback at cost. (Pete’s very rough estimate.) At least 20% of the population would hide their guns. That would leave about 70 MILLION guns still out there, and the only thing that would increase would be black market gun sales and black market violence. Instead of just drugs getting smuggled in from Mexico, it would be guns. The genie is already out of the bottle, and it can’t be put back.

It worked in Australia because Australia wasn’t founded by revolutionaries. Our gun rights are as fundamental to Americans as our right to free speech, our right to due process, and our right to practice our religion.

Can both sides of the aisle agree that people on the no-fly list shouldn’t be able to buy guns? Of course, we should be able to agree. Felons already can’t buy guns. People who have been adjudicated cuckoo also already can’t buy guns. Selling guns to suspected terrorists seems like a really bad idea. Of course, these people should have the right to a process of getting taken off of the no-fly list, because this isn’t communist China.

I will always choose a little bit of risk to keep my freedom, and you should too, proud American. So go buy a gun. Not because you need one today, but because it’s your right, and someday, if things keep progressing the way they are, you may just need it.

Supporting Trump Isn’t Racist or Sexist

Today it seems that if you support Donald Trump (for whatever reason), you are automatically deemed a racist, sexist, xenophobic redneck idiot. As someone who supports Trump and DOESN’T hate minorities or women, I find this disturbing. I also don’t care for the label of “idiot” but at least with that one, you can consider the source.

Hillary Clinton represents everything that is wrong with American politics. She is beholden to special interests, particularly foreign ones, and also seems to be a pretty mean-spirited, war-mongering hack.

Here are some of the things the current political system has gotten us (regardless who had power):

  1. Endless “police actions” (read: WARS) throughout the world wherever we have financial interests, but not where we don’t
  2. An elite class of people/corporations who can buy whatever power or influence they want, by legally bribing candidates
  3. A completely retarded healthcare/insurance system that is even more screwed up than when it was run by greedy corporations
  4. Literally anyone can cross the borders into the US without so much as a glance. I accidentally crossed into Canada from Maine and probably would not have even been noticed until I reached Montreal
  5. Political correctness has devolved into “you can have free speech unless it hurts my feelings”

These are just a smattering of the things that are wrong with the system, and they are the tip of the iceberg. The country is going to hell in a handbasket, and we just keep on bringing back the same asshats who give themselves raises and better insurance while passing laws that restrict and bankrupt the rest of us.

God help you if you’re in the middle class. You get to pay for all of the social programs AND you get to pay to prop up the corporations taking advantage of every loophole that 60 years of lobbying can get you.

Donald Trump is a blowhard. He speaks many times without thinking. I think we can all agree on that.

Here’s what Donald Trump isn’t: He’s not a racist or a sexist. He has married, promoted, hired, and supported more people of color, people from other countries, and women than any other major executive you could name. AND if you look at wage disparity, Trump kicks Hillary’s ever-lovin’ rear end all over town. She’s not even paying her own campaign staff equitably between male and female. He famously said that women should make what men make if they do the same job as a man at the same level. Hillary tried to turn that into a sexist comment. Really??

Trump famously wants to close the borders. For that, he’s called a xenophobe and a racist. But if you ask any family that immigrated here legally, they are with Trump. There’s a right way to do it. We can argue about how easy it should be, but there shouldn’t just be a “come on in whoever you are” sign at the border. We need to know who is here. That’s not racist. That’s what it means to be a sovereign nation.

He famously said “they aren’t sending their best, they’re sending their criminals, their rapists.” The media immediately changed “their” to “they’re” in their reports so they could claim Trump thinks all illegal immigrants are rapists. Asinine.

Trump wants us to return to American exceptionalism. He wants us to bring the jobs back here. He wants to protect the borders and get out of the phony-baloney wars that we’ve inserted ourselves into all over the world – a practice which has directly resulted in 100’s of thousands of deaths, a fair amount of which were civilians and children. Trump says what he thinks. No focus groups, no lying, no special interests.

If we get Hillary, we get 4 more years of the same stuff – except this time with an untrustworthy, warmongering, Wall Street and Saudi beholden shill. We conservatives will be longing for Obama by the time she’s done.

If you want to say I’m an idiot for supporting Trump, feel free. But don’t you dare tell me I’m a racist or a sexist or throw your ridiculous social justice politically correct BS at me. Ad Hominem arguments are a pointless waste of time.

The Republican Bill of Goods

Something went wrong somewhere along the way, post Reagan. I’m not sure what it was, and I’m not smart enough to analyze it. We were sold the American dream. We were told that anyone and everyone, no matter their circumstances, can become one of “them.” Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, they said. And if you don’t succeed, clearly there’s something wrong with you.

After many years of voting against my own self interests, I’ve finally caught on.

Listen to me carefully. The billionaires… the oligarchy… the elite… the powerful…. YOU are not one of them. YOU are NEVER gonna be one of them. You just aren’t. Period. End of story. If you’re incredibly lucky and have a genius idea at exactly the right time and place, you might make a few million dollars. That is a rounding error for the people who actually run things.

You are never gonna be the powerful elite. Back in the late 2000’s, General Electric had a year when they earned over 10 billion in net profits. They paid zero dollars in taxes. To put that into perspective, that same year I earned $60,000 working two jobs. I paid $10,000 in taxes. I personally paid more in taxes than GE. The game is rigged, and those who are at the top have rigged it so that no matter what, they will always win. Wall Street, the big banks, the powerful multi-national corporations. The Koch’s and the George Soros’s of the world.

These are the people who have convinced us that if we just keep voting for people who will “incentivize” corporations, the money will flow like water. We, my friends, are idiots.

If you read my blog for the past 10 years, you know I’m very staunchly pro-life. We had 12 years of Bushes, we’ve had both houses of congress. We’ve had a pretty strong majority on the “supreme” court. Guess how much progress we’ve made on our pro-life promises? I’ll give you a hint: it’s zero.

It does not matter who you vote for, because the Supreme Court has taken that issue out of our hands.

We conservative do a really good job of focusing on all the wrong things. We are so upset about “sanctity of marriage” (as if God can’t tell the difference between a legal contract and a Christian marriage), guns, and calling global warming a hoax that we’ve completely lost sight of the fact that we are being horribly screwed by the very people we are electing. We love to interfere in other countries. Saddam is a bad guy who is killing Kurds and invading Kuwait. That’s terrible, but we didn’t go in because he was hurting Kurds. We went in because he was jeopardizing our cheap oil. Do you remember the Rwandan genocide? We didn’t do squat because they don’t have anything we want. Every single war we’ve been involved in during the last 30 years has been financially driven. And let me tell you who loves it. Lockheed. Northrop Grumman. GE. Raytheon.

We are a country that is so delusional that we believe “God is on our side” and “We are constantly helping all of these helpless other countries.” Bull. We are doing whatever benefits us financially, nothing more. Neither party has any desire to change anything, because elections are expensive and corporations have deep pockets.

If we want to have the slightest chance of making our country great again, the first thing we have to do is level the playing field. We have to get money out of politics. We have to get out of our incessant policing of the rest of the world and start worrying about our own problems. We have homeless, we have hungry kids, we have sick people going bankrupt, we have a true jobless rate that is much higher than official unemployment. We have a broken system.

The American Dream is dead. You cannot be anything you want to be. You cannot pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You can only be part of a revolution. Not a revolution of violence. A revolution of ideas. Stop believing what these lying crooks on both sides of the political aisle are feeding you. It’s all about the money.