Some Christmas Pros & Cons

Christmas isn’t really about some fat guy sliding down the chimney.  The significance of it should represent a spirit of “Peace on earth and goodwill toward man,” but it’s Christ’s birth foremost. Yet ... it's not appropriate to say, “Merry Christmas” because you might offend someone; it's best to say, “Happy Holidays.”  It's not Kosher to display a nativity scene in public anymore either - someone might not like it, so it's best not to display one at all.  And it’s surely not right to mention the name Jesus. However, President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870.  The law, in part, said: “The twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas, a day appointed or recommended by the President of the United...

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Parallels Within Those Scores Ago

November marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and the 50th of the Kennedy assassination - with those observances come some parallels we’ll explore. Eleven score and 17 years ago, in 1776, the founding fathers of America sought to break those fetters of oppression exerted upon them by the King of England.  Their social experiment was an ingenious one; never an undertaking of such had been dreamed of before. At the heart of it all was the premise that all men are created equal and given a right of freedom and liberty by a Creator, not an overlord. In essence, the founding fathers sought to rid themselves of those proverbial shackles enslaving all those who lived in the colonies under the thumb of King George. Seven...

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The Thoughts Of A Tea Party Campaign Manager

Since 2009, I’ve been writing this column - since the dawn of the Obama “Fundamentally Transforming America” era. At the pry of a local newspaper editor, my opinion pieces began to surface in her publication back then and not long after the column went national - for that I’m blessed and thankful for my readers across the country. Recently, a reader in New York state emailed to say: “A big amen to your content!” The Managing Editor of a large newspaper in Arizona recently picked up the column and asked me to view the hundreds of comments the article drew on their online addition. His quote was: “Intrigue sure sells papers.”  Although I don’t normally read comments like that, I did take note of their reading community and the things they...

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Uncloaking A Closet Monarch

Americans still think alike on most things, even if our politicians don't. An Associated Press Survey in May of 2013 found that nearly all Americans, 9 out of 10, believe in God and are very patriotic.  They admire those who get rich by working hard and think society should ensure everyone has equal opportunity to succeed.  They’re also interested in keeping up with national affairs and believe it's their duty to always vote. History has defined us, and will continue to do so, for things usually repeat themselves. Barack Obama, in many ways, is doing the same type of things King George did - read the Declaration of Independence for enlightenment.  The Declaration consists of five parts:  The Introduction, The Preamble, The Indictment of...

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The Times Ring Of Nursery Rhymes

It’s a safe bet to say the citizenry of America has grown tired of the shenanigans coming out of Washington, DC.  If it isn’t poor news of a lousy economy, growing numbers of those out of work, a takeover of our healthcare system, or scandals that plague our lives and bolster the news, it’s frustrating and maddening at best. The lackluster poll numbers that gauge America’s approval rating of Congress has been in the tank for quite some time, but the President’s approval rating numbers have dwindled so much they’re not even being shared with us anymore. I’m not one to sit back and be a bystander in the process of the great American way, and I do give my Congressman and Senators an earful when I get the chance, but many feel helpless in the...

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Redefining An American Holiday

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.  It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Railroad Car Strike. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York.  Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the strike ended.  The September date was...

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When Political Correctness Becomes Fatal

Recently, I saw a bold display of political correctness at work.  At a high-traffic outlet mall, in southern Indiana, I noticed all the handicapped parking signs had been replaced with new ones.  The new signs no longer said, “Handicapped Parking,” they were cleverly worded to say: “Physically Challenged Parking.” Obviously, the local jurisdiction didn’t want to offend anyone by calling a patron handicapped.  After all, “Invalid parking,” “The diseased park up front,” or “Those with missing limbs park here,” would be just too offensive and perception is nine/tenths the rule anymore. In April, the Associated Press dropped the phrase "Illegal Immigrant" from its stylebook, a move welcomed by immigrant advocates who argue the term is a...

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Slipping In And Out Of The Shadows

Immigration reform is a hot topic nowadays.  The United States Senate has passed their version of immigration reform legislation and now it’s up to the House of Representatives to draft their own version or let the measure die. A few United States Senators, “The pack of eight,” as they’re called, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans introduced the legislation in the Senate.  When those politicians were asked to comment about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens residing in America, they cleverly coined the phrase: “We need to bring them out of the shadows.” With the exception of Native American heritage, we’re all immigrants or descendants of those who migrated to America. Many in the past embarked upon a journey of a...

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The Fulcrum Used To Leverage Public Opinion

I don’t know about you, but hearing about all these government scandals just makes my head wanna explode. Polls overwhelmingly show Americans are distrustful of their government.  The two-party political system in America has become corrupt.  It would appear that politicians, be they Democrat or Republican, can be moved for a price - special interest groups see to that.  The general disdain for taxpayers in Washington DC is on full parade for all to see. I’m of the opinion it wouldn’t take much for the tea party to become disenfranchised with the Republican establishment and venture out on their own. Then there’s the Libertarian Party.  Many don’t take them seriously at all, but they believe in maximum freedom and minimum Government. ...

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Mastering The Art Of Plausible Deniability

Solomon said there’s nothing new under the sun - He had a point - abuse of power isn’t anything really new. Americans are becoming outraged by the scandals surrounding the Obama administration, whether it’s the IRS targeting conservatives, the DOJ’s probe of AP reporters, or the Benghazi cover-up that left four Americans and our ambassador dead in its wake. The Obama campaign was successful in delaying any leak of the scandals until after his reelection, but the floodgates have now been flung open. Polls show that the American public has a less than 20% approval rating of Congress, don’t approve of the Obama administration’s policies, feel like America is overwhelmingly headed in the wrong direction, but Barack Obama’s personal approval...

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