Happy Independence Day!


She’s a bit tired and has been attacked from all sides especially lately, but the good ol’ US of A is looking pretty darn good for 239 years old.

It’s easy to take potshots at a country so strong after so long.  It’s easy to claim it was all ill-begotten and horrible.  It’s easy to pretend it’s not the best, brightest star in a galaxy of hundreds of nations — most of which envy our way of life.

We have a society that was built on the idea that the Creator intended for all men to be free and liberated.  It was an experiment that put into action the idea that through drive, desire, ambition and entrepreneurship we all could truly have a chance at success.  It was imperfect for sure — but, we’ve shed a ton of blood and tears making this a more perfect nation.  It must be working because those who don’t live here and weren’t privileged enough to be born here, can’t wait to get here.

This is a country where you’re not only allowed to be exceptional, it’s actually recommended and supported.  Another sign this experiment is a successful one?  The big government, high tax, I’m-smarter-than-you crowd is doing all it can to promote apathy, hate and division.

Here’s hoping you enjoyed family, friends, great eats and drinks today.  And, here’s also hoping you feel the love down deep in your heart and soul for this nation as my family and I do.  We are truly blessed and we owe it to the sacrifices made by so many who came before us and, equally, to those who still fight for out life, liberty and pursuit of happiness every day.  I’ll leave you with the words of a man so steeped in his love of country that today, 26 years after he left office, is still heralded as one of the best presidents in our history:

Address to the Nation on Independence Day

July 4, 1986

President Ronald Reagan

My fellow Americans:

In a few moments the celebration will begin here in New York Harbor. It’s going to be quite a show. I was just looking over the preparations and thinking about a saying that we had back in Hollywood about never doing a scene with kids or animals because they’d steal the scene every time. So, you can rest assured I wouldn’t even think about trying to compete with a fireworks display, especially on the Fourth of July.

My remarks tonight will be brief, but it’s worth remembering that all the celebration of this day is rooted in history. It’s recorded that shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia celebrations took place throughout the land, and many of the former Colonists — they were just starting to call themselves Americans — set off cannons and marched in fife and drum parades.

What a contrast with the sober scene that had taken place a short time earlier in Independence Hall. Fifty-six men came forward to sign the parchment. It was noted at the time that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. And that was more than rhetoric; each of those men knew the penalty for high treason to the Crown. “We must all hang together,” Benjamin Franklin said, “or, assuredly, we will all hang separately.” And John Hancock, it is said, wrote his signature in large script so King George could see it without his spectacles. They were brave. They stayed brave through all the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on a universal claim to human dignity, on the proposition that every man, woman, and child had a right to a future of freedom.

For just a moment, let us listen to the words again: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Last night when we rededicated Miss Liberty and relit her torch, we reflected on all the millions who came here in search of the dream of freedom inaugurated in Independence Hall. We reflected, too, on their courage in coming great distances and settling in a foreign land and then passing on to their children and their children’s children the hope symbolized in this statue here just behind us: the hope that is America. It is a hope that someday every people and every nation of the world will know the blessings of liberty.”


Happy Independence Day!


Stop Being Led Around By Your Noses!

Listen, if you’re stopping by social media and lighting up Donald Trump for what he said about those coming across the border illegally, at least do yourself and the rest of us a favor and actually know what he said and in what context.  He was decrying the fact that the United States of America is being beaten by China and Japan and the Middle East.  He spoke of building a wall and making Mexico pay for it.  He said nothing about all Mexicans nor Latinos nor people of color.  Although many believe you have to walk on eggs in this day and age when confronting a very serious issue our country is facing, Trump is not one of them.  Here are the actual words that came out of his mouth.  Don’t listen to me or America Ferrera or Univision nor NBC… judge him by his actual words, IN CONTEXT:

“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time.


AUDIENCE MEMBER: We want Trump. We want Trump.

TRUMP: When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.


Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them.

They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don’t have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should’ve taken.

So now ISIS has the oil, and what they don’t have, Iran has. And in 19 — and I will tell you this, and I said it very strongly, years ago, I said — and I love the military, and I want to have the strongest military that we’ve ever had, and we need it more now than ever. But I said, “Don’t hit Iraq,” because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East. Iran is going to take over the Middle East, Iran and somebody else will get the oil, and it turned out that Iran is now taking over Iraq. Think of it. Iran is taking over Iraq, and they’re taking it over big league.”

(source: Wall Street Journal)

Now, if you see hatred for anyone or bigotry here, you’re not paying attention. Stop letting people lie to you.  Stop taking the America Ferreras of the world’s word for it and do a little leg work.  You don’t have to like Trump.. but, have a problem with someone based on fact.  Don’t allow others to use you as a tool to advance their own agendas.




Brian Williams: What’s The Big Deal?

 That’s the question I’m asked a lot on my radio show or on social media.  Why the freak out?  He’s just a person like the rest of us.  Is he not allowed to make a mistake?  Should his entire career be over because his recollection changed?  Simple answer?  Yes.

     Brian Williams is the Managing Editor and Main Anchor of the NBC Nightly News.  In other words, he’s the head journalist in charge at NBC News.  Is he a flawed person like us all?  Yes.  Is he imperfect like you and me?  Absolutely.   But, he makes a mint to be perfect in his reporting of the news.

     The best I can tell, NEWS is an acronym for “North, East, West, and South,” The job is complicated and simple, difficult, yet reasonably straight-forward.  You go to all ends of the geographical area you’re charged with covering and report what you see.  A journalist keeps a journal of what he or she sees, hears, smells, feels and learns then delivers the findings to the listeners, viewers or readers.  The job changes a little for radio as one needs a voice that grabs attention when delivering the news.  On television, it changes even more in that the person delivering the information has to, along with all of the other necessities of a journalist, present him or herself in such a way that viewers will feel comfortable welcoming the journalist into their homes every night.

     You might wonder why I think I’m an authority on what it is Brian Williams did or didn’t do.  I was a journalist for a very long time before jumping to the commentary/opinion side of broadcasting.  I’ll list my accomplishments at the end.  The reason why Brian Williams’ misgivings are important is because the only thing a journalist has when doing the job is integrity.  Brian Williams could have chosen any of a number of lines or work in which he could embellish, dramatize and/or make up stories.  He could have written for or starred in a Sit-Com or Sci-Fi piece or made-for-TV drama.  He could have written, produced and starred in movies on the big screen.  Instead, he chose to be a non-fiction, truth-telling storyteller.  With it comes great responsibility.  A responsibility he shirked.

     Williams can lie to his family, embellish that story about the fish he caught to his uncle, make up a story to get out of a speeding ticket but, when he puts on that microphone and peers out to 13 million viewers, he MUST tell us the truth or he may not keep that job.  If a person in his position on any level “misremembers” one thing, he can never be trusted to do that job again.

     It wasn’t a simple mistake of recollection if one simply examines the information available.  In examining the original report from 2003, it’s now been revealed by those who were there that not only did the helicopter in which Williams was riding not take on fire much less and RPG, he wasn’t even in that convoy.  He was, according to the military members there, in a convoy about an hour behind.  So, this story was flawed from the beginning.  Then in 2005 in the aftermath to Hurricane Katrina, Williams claimed he’d witnessed a man’s body, face down, floating past his hotel.  Problem is, those who run the hotel — the Four Seasons — say there was minimal flooding there and no dead bodies floated by.  In recent days, questions have been raised about whether Williams, as he claims, had really met the Pope in the late 70s or whether he’d been held up at gunpoint in New Jersey as a young man selling Christmas trees.  Those stories are less important than another story he tells during his time as a journalist.  He has often claimed he was at the Berlin Wall as it came down.  Information has since come out that he got to Berlin after the wall came down and that it was, in fact, Tom Brokaw who was there as it met its demise.

     These are not simple mistakes — or misrememberings.  These, if true, are egregious acts of deception for the sole purpose of self-aggrandizement.  Brian Williams is an amazing communicator.  I have always loved his ability to be self-deprecating while “slow-jamming the news,” or deadpanning while being interviewed on late-night TV.  He was able to pull those appearances off so well because, to us, he was the authority behind the anchor desk who was above reproach.  For him to let his hair down and show that he was a real person like us, was a treat.  It turns out, if all of these allegations are true, he was never the authority presented to us.  And, that’s a real shame.  Fact is, we must now question every Brian Williams ever read or reported to us on the Nightly News.  And, sadly, his career is surely over.

[1] I have won or have been a part of winning for my stations, 28 Michigan and/or New York AP awards for excellence in Journalism, a Michigan Association of Broadcasting award for Best Feature and rated the best local news product by the Columbia School of Journalism while serving as reporter, Main Anchor, Managing Editor and/or News Director.

We as American Brothers and Sisters Are Better Than This. Much

I have always had an affinity for civil servants.  Growing up, I wanted to be a fire fighter like my father and uncles and grandfather.  To help people while wearing a cool uniform and riding in cool vehicles was very attractive to me.  Although I took the fire fighter test (to see if I could do it), I never actual did the job.  Broadcasting came a calling.  But, my level of respect for those who put on police and fire uniforms, no matter their race or ethnicity, has only grown.  To make the decision to fight crime or fight fires is potentially heroic.  From case to case, fire to fire, these brave souls don’t know if they’ll make it home at the end of their shifts.  It’s something most of us will never face in our work.

Do my feelings on the job they do affect my ability to see when someone in uniform does wrong?  Not even a little.  Was there a history of unequal treatment of minorities, especially Black Americans, in our country?  Yes.  Has that practice been absolutely, 100 percent eradicated?  No.  Is it world’s apart from the way it used to be?  Without doubt.  What I don’t understand is the outcry for revenge coming from some in our country.  I squarely blame this on race-agitators like Al Sharpton, AG Eric Holder and even our president.

Before I continue, it’s important you know (and you already do if you listen to my show) that I believe George Zimmerman should have stayed in his truck that night.  Had Trayvon Martin NOT circled back to the truck and attacked Zimmerman he would be alive today.   Michael Brown should have made the decision NOT to strong-armed rob a store then pick a fight with a cop INSIDE of his police SUV.  Had he done that, he would be alive today.  And, I think the way Eric Garner was taken down was unnecessary and crossed the line.  Had that hold not been used, I believe he would be alive today.  The races of those involved nor my race play a role in my feelings on these cases.  Sadly, I can’t say the same for the men I mentioned above.

On Trayvon Martin, the president said if he’d had a son, he would look like Trayvon.  He never said that if he had a neighbor, he would look like George.  On Michael Brown, the president sent three representatives to his funeral and talked about the distrust communities of color have of the police.  The top cop — chief law enforcement officer in the USA, Eric Holder, actually echoed that.  He said that he too in his life has had a distrust of law enforcement.  He never said he understood what officers like Darren Wilson faced everyday nor that he was waiting until all of the evidence was in to decide his opinion on the case.

Al Sharpton has shown up and race-agitated every situation where he felt he’d get his face on television.  He’s offered no solutions and, in fact, has been extremely one-sided in his desire to rile up those in communities affected by these stories.  I have yet to hear any of these “leaders” talk about how we’re ALL American brothers and sisters or how we need to work together to make this a better land for all.  Their focus, sadly, is always only on making up for past ills or pushing the flawed idea that we’re still in the 1960s and that all authority and Whites in America somehow feel superior.

Fast forward to today.  Two NYPD officers were ambushed and executed in Bed-Sty/Brooklyn.  It is being reported that the shooter, a Black man, had posted on his Instagram account that he was going to put some “pigs in a blanket.”  He also added hashtags #RIPEricGarner and #RIPMikeBrown obviously to give a reason for the “pigs” comment.  After the killing of the two officers, both Americans — one of Asian the other of Latino descent, it’s reported the murderer took his own life.

Sick people do sick things.  The vast majority of us will never ever understand what makes a person who would do such a dastardly thing tick.  What sickens and saddens me to my soul is the reaction of others to what happened.  Almost immediately, there was what appeared to be sarcastic joy over the deaths of these two men who were simply on the job trying to protect a neighborhood.  The social media glee and celebrations show there’s an underbelly in our great land of people who don’t want  to make things better — they simply see us as an us vs them country where one is to mourn every person racially like them and wish death on everyone else.  This is an issue in which this administration had the unique ability to affect positive change.  The choice was made not to.

Fortunately, those making celebratory posts about the executions of two law enforcement officers are on the fringe and do not represent the good people of all races in this, the greatest, land.  These fringe racists and race-baiters will never change no matter how much one tries to reason with them.  The rest of us CAN, however, make a great difference.

We MUST get to a place where we actually see individual stories and situations for what they really are.  We MUST stop making any assumptions based on race, ethnicity or gender.  We MUST get to a place in our land where we see those involved as Americans first and weigh the evidence and information presented.  Our history is just that, history.  If someone is being mistreated because of some sort of prejudice or bigotry, let’s notice it and make it part of the issue.  But, we MUST get to a place where we do NOT assume that first then hear the details later.  Our president, attorney general, this administration, Al Sharpton, the New Black Panther party and others subscribing to the same outlook have hurt this process when they were all in a great position to help.

Is it too late?  No.  The president and AG and Sharpton, et al should hit the public airwaves immediately to tell us how they mourn this loss of life.  The president should send White House representatives to their funerals.  The AG should be there in person and implore people to NOT target police and Sharpton should organize a march in NYC in outrage over the senseless killing of these men in blue.  Don’t hold your breath.

Rest in peace officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.  I pray for your souls and for your families.



Threats, Persecution and Potential Prosecution Over Religious Beliefs

It seems every day there’s another story about gay marriage.  States are being forced to allow and recognize the marriages of two men or two women.  The courts that are calling state bans on such unions unconstitutional are pointing to the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution as the reason why these state laws are out of line.  The 14th Amendment was added to the supreme law of the land to ensure freed slaves were equally protected in our country by all laws.  It has been interpreted as a protection for everyone – with which I agree.

To that end, the states wisely didn’t ban gay marriage, they simply said marriage is between one man and one woman.  This simple difference is why the claims these laws violate the Constitution are dead wrong.  Think about it.  Do these laws address the idea of love at all?  No.  Do these laws address which gender those who desire to marry are attracted to or prefer to sleep with?  Nope.  Therefore, can any man marry any woman in those states?  Yes.  Any man, no matter his preferences, can marry a woman.  And vice versa.  But, what if he didn’t want to?  Then, DON’T!  Therefore, these laws DO, in fact, offer equal protections as required by the 14th Amendment.  That doesn’t mean you must marry a woman if you’re a man or vice versa.  But, you are certainly allowed to.

This is an opinion on the clearly written 14th Amendment and the clearly written marriage laws in some states.  You might feel I’m wrong and feel gays should marry.  You’re allowed.  But, I understand English and find the 14th Amendment easy to understand.  I also understand the clearly written laws in these states.  This needs to be heard and ruled on by the Supreme Court of the United States.  If they’re ruling by the letter of the law and on what’s written clearly, the state laws should be held as legal.

Having said that, it’s en vogue for state and appellate courts to deem these state laws unconstitutional.  Gays are allowed to marry in a growing number of states.  Forgetting the cogent argument I made above as to why there’s nothing illegal about state laws defining marriage, and allowing for the fact that gay marriage is increasingly legal, is the result what we really want America to be?  Do we really want individuals in our great land to be forced into taking part in things with which they don’t religiously or morally agree?  Also, if you’re gay, why on Earth would you want people like that to be forced to take part in this, your special day?  You wouldn’t.

Case in point, an Oregon bakery whose owners decided not to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple has been ordered to bake the cake.  I believe the owners have every right to refuse to take part in a ceremony they deem a sin according to their religion.  The 1st Amendment would seem to agree with me.  A court ruling saying one must bake a cake in such a circumstance is a clear infringement of their ability to worship as they see fit without government persecution or prosecution.   The bakery has been forced to close its store front and the owners have moved the operation into their home.  (http://reason.com/blog/2013/09/03/bakery-that-refused-to-make-gay-wedding)  The overriding question I have in cases like this, why on Earth would gays desire to have this bakery make the cake for their happy day?  It’s not about the quality of the cake or that this baker does something no one else does.  When I got married, had there been a bakery that made it clear they hated or didn’t want to make cakes for those of Italian heritage.  I would never have considered suing them in an attempt to for them to make my cake.  I would tell them, “you just lost a lot of money,” before going down the street to give my money to someone else.  This is about forcing ones beliefs on others.  This is about trying to force this country, which is overwhelmingly filled with people whose religious beliefs see homosexuality as a sin, to accept gay marriage as somehow normal and exactly the same as traditional marriage.  No matter what the courts decide, that’s not going to happen.

Court orders, threats, fines and forcing people out of business are horrendous.  But, now we’re seeing the next level of lunacy.  How about this: you’re a Christian minister who performs marriages.  You have chosen to only marry Christian men and women.  For some reason, a gay couple are insisting you marry them as well.  And when you refuse, you’re fined and threated with arrest.  You heard me right, do it or go to jail!  (http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-who-refuse-to-perform-same-sex-weddings.html)  Is this the America you know and love?  Why wouldn’t a gay couple want to be married by a minister who accepts their union?  They would, of course.  Unless they’re just activists trying to make a point by forcing their own beliefs on others.

Before you agree or disagree with me, consider this.  Would it be okay to force a Jewish baker to make an, “I love Hitler” cake?  Would it be okay to force a Muslim caterer to serve food at your next pig roast?  Would it be okay to force a Christian baker to bake a cake which had “If You Don’t Love Satan You Should Be Killed!” written on it?  Would it be okay to force a Black photographer to shoot pictures and video at the next KKK gathering?  In this country, our freedom and liberties are protected FROM the government.  We are allowed to disagree.  We are allowed to believe in and follow whatever God or gods we’d like as long as that doesn’t cause physical or tangible harm to others.  Thus, we can’t scream “Fire!!” in a crowded theater.  That could cause panic and potentially injury as people run out.  Remember, this is not about having the right to not serve gays.  That would be wrong.  Your sexual preference or orientation should never stop you from getting some food, or watching a movie, or getting a job.  The reason why these rulings are wrong is because of the forced participation of business owners in a ceremony or event their religion tells them is a sin.  There’s a huge difference.

There is no harm in allowing the Muslim or Jewish caterers to only serve foods specific to their religions.  You want different foods?  Go to a business who can cater to your needs.  You want someone to photograph or bake a cake for your wedding and you’re gay?  There are plenty who would love to.  Get one of them.  You want someone to memorialize your Klan rally?  I’ll bet there are some idiots out there who would jump at the chance.  Stop this ridiculous pattern of forcing what you believe on me while telling me my beliefs don’t matter.  Enough now.


This Is Why Being “Moderate” and “Middle-of-the-Road” Is A Position Doomed To Failure — Reagan Quotes — Part 2


Pastel Reagan

It’s an interesting complaint from the, so-called, “moderate” Republicans.  It’s why I’m not a Republican, rather a Conservative.  “Democrat” and “Republican” are parties.  Liberal and Conservative are ways of life.  I’m often faced with the notion that the GOP should be more accepting – more open – more middle-of-the-road.  It’s perplexing to me really.

This quote from Ronald Reagan is direct and clear.  Pick a side.  Stand firm.  Don’t waiver — but, do it with a smile and a welcoming nature.  Here’s a classic example of what I mean.

I don’t generally do the topic of abortion on my shows unless the news of the day dictates it.  I think it’s a cop-out topic utilized by lazy hosts.  “Abortion, for or against?  Call 1-800-Blah Blah.”  What I learned is, for the most part, I’m never going to change your mind and you’re not gonna change mine.  I am vehemently against abortion as a form of birth control.  The only time I’m okay with the idea of aborting a child is when the mother’s life is truly at risk.  I think if someone told me I had the choice between living or dying or my child living or dying — I would choose to let my child live.  But, when there’s a risk of me dying — I should get to make the choice.  Otherwise, no abortion.  When this topic needs to be broached, I’ll always get a call from someone who says something to the effect of, “Pags, you and I agree on 99 percent of the issues, BUT — I am completely against abortion but FOR the woman having the right to choose.”  Huh?  Say what?  That’s actually not possible.  

Think about it, as a conservative guy, I’m firm in my beliefs.  I’m completely against gay marriage, period.  I’m completely for the death penalty, period.  I’m completely for lower taxes, period.  I’m completely against large, over-controlling-over-powering government — and I’m against abortion.  Those are bold, solid, bright positions.  There’s no “but, ifs” there.  To say you’re against abortion but, for the right for a woman to choose — you’re saying you’re for abortion.  That usually leads to an exclamation, “No way!  Not true! Don’t put words in my mouth!”  Think about it.  What are the choices involved in the right to choose?  You can choose to NOT abort or to ABORT.  For you to say you think a woman should have that right, you’re saying you support those who choose to kill the baby.  That’s a bold statement — but, at least you know where I stand.  You cannot have it both ways.

Similarly, if you say, “I’m completely against higher taxes, unless it goes to pay for more food for the hungry.”  Umm, what?  That means you’re not completely against higher taxes.  I am completely against higher taxes.  As I write this, I’m actively railing against a nearly half-billion dollar bond issue in my local school district.  I’m a firm believer that if there’s a need, a community will rise up and find a way to fulfill it.  I don’t trust nor want government to administer to all of our needs.  I think it takes our incentive away to go out and get it ourselves.  If there’s a shortfall in how much food is available for the hungry, donate to the food bank.  If there aren’t enough beds for the homeless, donate money or a bed to the local shelter.  If there isn’t enough money at the local school to house the children, ask the parents to step up and foot the bill for a portable or two.  This is how it used to be.  Today, we sit back and watch the government siphon more and more of our money in the form of taxes and watch them build palaces to education and give every child a laptop or iPad.  I’m against that.  And, am not afraid to say it.  Even in the face of the chants, “it’s for the children.”  

Case and point: recently Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke for nearly 22 hours on the Senate floor to raise awareness of the problems with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  It was a way for him to fulfill a promise he’d made to the voters of Texas should he win the election.  He did, and followed through.  He took a stand.  Whether you agree with him or not – that’s what he did.  He boldly stood there in the face of the majority in that house who called him “radical, extreme, extremist,” and more.  But, he didn’t waiver.  Some did, however.

It was expected that those from the opposing party and even the media would excoriate Cruz for this brash act.  How dare he?  He’s grandstanding!  He’s doing it for attention.  He let that all roll off of his back.  But, what may have not been expected is how his colleagues — fellow Republicans would flock to the other side with the opposing view.  Long-seated Arizona Senator John McCain even went as far as to call what Cruz did “insulting.”  He took Cruz out of context and let him have it.  What McCain and others did in not only NOT supporting Cruz but, coming out against him, is set the party — and the values we thought it held —  back generations.  We need a return to real beliefs, real backbone, and less compromise.

Before you walk away from this thinking I’m intolerant or insensitive, I’m not.  I don’t want people to be persecuted nor prosecuted for having a different value system than I.  I just don’t want them setting policy.  The Conservative sensibility is the most like our value system.  And, it’s incredibly welcoming, tolerant, accepting and firm.  If you don’t get how all of that can coexist — then you need to reexamine why you’re so wishy washy on your own beliefs.




I Will Be In Again Tomorrow On WHAS/Louisville

Looking forward to sitting in again tomorrow on WHAS in Louisville tomorrow.  We will certainly talk about the move the Obama administration is expected to do — bring in tech experts to try to fix the brand new — yet antiquated — Obamacare servers.  Some reports say the site is based on 10 year old technology.  It would be crazy to do the right thing.. I don’t know, maybe what the House suggested in its compromise?  Delay the launch for a year?  Naaa — that’s silly.  Plenty of other stories to cover including whether Creationism should be taught in schools.

Be there!  Pags

Reagan Quotes And How They Still Apply Today In The USA — First In A Series

Reagan Quotes Pags 1

It dawned on me that my four children aged 4, 13, 21 and 22 — as wonderful as they are and as much as they know how I feel about freedom and liberty and as much as they get the concept of smaller government = a freer people — they don’t know much about former president Ronald Reagan.  Frankly, they hear the power brokers on both sides of the aisle constantly comparing themselves to him more than any other president this nation has ever had.  Think about it, when’s the last time you heard some politician say, “I’m going to do what Grover Cleveland did if you vote for me?”  There’s good reason why they choose to (usually ridiculously) compare themselves to Reagan.  He was a great president with a simple, “Government is a necessary evil, but is certainly not your friend,” sensibility.

This outlook, along with his incredible ability to restore nationalism after one of the weakest American presidents ever (Jimmy Carter), proved desirous and very attractive to most Americans no matter what they’re usual preferred political leanings.  The term “Reagan Democrat” was coined as he saw great success no matter who the voter was.  President Reagan was smooth, quick, witty and, most importantly, hard not to like.  He was a calming figure no matter whether he was facing down the threat of global nuclear war or recovering from the gunshot wound of a would-be assassin.

The things he said were wonderfully appropriate in the mindset of the role government should and shouldn’t play in the lives of a free people.  With that in mind, I decided to present some of these quotes here — as part of a series.  I’m doing it for a couple of reasons:

  • to refresh you and me of what we lived through and what helped us to figure out how we felt about this country and how it’s run.
  • and, more importantly, to give us a resource we can use as a reason to sit down with our kids and talk about the greatest president in our lifetimes and certainly in the last 100 years.

The first quote I chose really fits into the times we’re in.  It’s simple:

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

First thing that jumps out is how he was railing against a “trillion-dollar debt.”  One has to wonder how he would feel about a federal debt approaching 17 trillion.  The meaning really is direct and simple.  The Federal Government doesn’t have a money confiscation problem, it has a spending problem.  You’ve heard many politicians say something to the effect of “Washington is broken.”  I disagree.  I say, “Washington is making the people broke.”

Imagine if you will, you are getting paid at work.  You make $500 a week.  However, you consistently spend $600 a week.  So, you put the other hundred over on a credit card until you max the card out.  You don’t change your spending.  In fact, you decide to start spending $1000 a week.  Now, you owe interest on the debt you were accruing every week and instead of doing what would actually work — stop spending so much — you’ve increased your spending to the point that the money you’re making barely covers the interest on the built up debt.  Then, you tell — you don’t ask — your credit card company to increase your limit there because all of this spending and paying of interest has you maxed out.  Simple question: what do you think your boss would say if you went to him with your debt and spending portfolio and requested a raise?  Mine would say, I didn’t make you spend that way.  You know how much you make.  YOU spend less.  Instead, Washington automatically increases its spending every year through what’s called “baseline budgeting.”  It’s a monetary shell-game that lets politicians claim they’re cutting the budget when it actually auto-increases yearly.

How do you solve the problem?  You stop the game of, “raising the debt ceiling is just to pay for the stuff we’ve already bought.”  That might have worked the first time.  Problem is, Washington refuses to stop buying stuff after getting the increase.  If the spending stopped or — God Forbid — were decreased, we wouldn’t have the dog-and-pony show ever two years over raising or not raising the debt limit.

The eight years Ronald Reagan was the president encompassed one of the best recoveries from recession we’ve seen in our history.  How did he make that happen?  He lowered taxes for Americans across the board and limited the government’s reach in our lives.  The blueprint exists and should be followed today.