I Have Some Concerns About Trump As A Candidate for President

trump1I have not yet decided for whom I will vote in the upcoming Republican presidential primary.  But I am conducting my research and trying to get a handle on what each of the candidates have to say on the various issues that compose my core values.

So, I went to Donald Trump’s website to find out where he stands on various issues.  I am dismayed to see that he has only ONE issue on his website – immigration.

America is NOT a single issue country!  There are many, many issues on which any serious candidate MUST have strong positions.  I am positive Mr. Trump has positions on other issues, but voters need to know about those positions.

Until Donald Trump updates his official campaign website with a comprehensive list of key issues along with his positions on those issues, I can not support him.  I think it would be irresponsible to support any candidate without adequate information on where the candidate stands on key issues.


Remembering 9-11

9-11 memorialFourteen years ago today, America was attacked.  This wasn’t a declaration of war from a recognized nation, nonetheless, this was an attack.  3,000 Americans – our neighbors, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers – lost their lives on that terrible day.  It is only proper and fitting that we take a moment out of our busy lives to remember what America suffered.

Wise men say that those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.  So stand with me today as “We The People” stand united in remembrance of the horrific tragedy that was 9-11.

Also, I believe it is fitting that we express gratitude to this nation’s first responders.  Everyday, police, firefighters, and soldiers place their lives in harm’s way to keep us safe and to rescue us from danger.  So, if you see a police officer or a firefighter or a soldier, take a moment to say thank-you.  If not for them, your life would be just a little less secure.



Obama’s Legacy

Every president wants to leave a permanent and lasting impression.  Something that will be remembered for generations and be taught in history class.

Most presidents have succeeded in creating a positive legacy.  Reagan will be remembered for ending the Cold War.  Kennedy for space exploration.  Lincoln for keeping a nation united through great trial.

Others have a somewhat less than positive legacy.  Carter will be remembered for the hostage crisis. Nixon will forever be the “crook.” Clinton will always be the guy that lied to Congress and got articles of impeachment brought against him.

But what will Obama’s legacy be?

I came cross this image that sums up, in a nut shell, the Obama Legacy.


The phrase, “I brought a once great nation to its knees,” when used to describe what this President has done to America is genuinely sad.

American voters need to wake up!  Stop taking life in the United States for grated.  Pay attention to what you representatives are doing and don’t just accept their lies as “business as usual.”

It’s time to put an end to “business as usual” and get back to the business of making this once great nation great once again.

Stunning Photo of International Space Station Crossing In Front of the Sun

This composite image made from five frames shows the International Space Station, with a crew of nine onboard, in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, VA. Onboard are; NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren: Russian Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, Sergey Volkov, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Kazakhstan Cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
This composite image made from five frames shows the International Space Station, with a crew of nine onboard, in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, VA. Onboard are; NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren: Russian Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, Sergey Volkov, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Kazakhstan Cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)



Fair Ballot Access?

Let’s talk about a topic that really cooks my noodle.  I hear people clamoring about changing the way candidates can get onto the ballot.  These people claim that it is “unfair” for Democrats and Republicans to need, for example, 5,000 signatures to get on the primary ballot, but an unestablished party or an independent may need 25,000 signatures to get on the general ballot.

Let me make it very simple… Democrats, Republicans, and established parties are required to hold primaries.  In the primary a candidate must face-off against members of his (or her) same party to get the nomination to be on the ballot for the general election.  This is a hard-fought and expensive process that ends up with one name from each established party for the general election.  Participation in a partisan primary in no way whatsoever guarantees a candidate a spot on the general election ballot.

Unestablished parties and independents have NO requirement to primary.  They by-pass all the primary campaigning and are guaranteed a slot on the general election ballot.

So when you hear someone ranting about how unfair it is for independents and third-parties to be required so many more signatures, just point out to them that the requirement for additional signatures is exactly what makes the whole process fair.

Victory for Religious Liberty – Davis Ordered Released from Jail

Kim Davis, Kentucky clerk jailed after defying Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, ordered released from jail.

It appears the court has decided that people without religious objection are able to validate homosexual marriage certificates.

This is a victory for religious liberty.


Why I Support Kim Davis

Over the past few days there has been quite a lot of controversy surrounding Rowan, KY County Clerk Kim Davis.

For those who haven’t been following the story, KY law requires the county clerk’s signature on a marriage certificate for it to be valid. However, Ms. Davis has refused to issue marriage certificates because she refuses, on religious grounds, to use her name to validate marriage certificates for homosexual couples. She is now in jail on contempt of court because she has refused a judge’s order to violate her religious objection.

I, personally, feel connected to this issue because ran for country clerk twice in Illinois. This news story could have very easily been me. I share Ms. Davis’ conviction on this subject and would have been equally opposed to putting my name on a certificate that validates a homosexual union.

John Calvin once stated that when we render obedience to the government, we must be, “particularly careful that it is not incompatible with obedience to Him to whose will the wishes of all kings should be subject.” It’s time for America’s Christians to choose this day whom they will serve. Christians need to support Kim Davis, pray for her, and encourage all Christians to prepare to stand for the truth of God, whatever sanctions may come from a hostile and unbelieving world.

Now there are many critics of Ms.
Davis’ actions who say she has a responsibility to follow the law and if she cannot perform the required duties because of her objections, then she should not work in that office. One such critic said it was akin to a follower of Islam getting a job in a restaurant and then refusing to serve pork.

That metaphor is completely inaccurate because the person would have known the “rules” before taking the restaurant job. A more accurate metaphor would be a Muslim man who has owned a restaurant for years and has never served pork who is suddenly mandated by the government to start serving pork. The man would find the new mandate objectionable and contrary to his religion. He would not comply.

Ms. Davis did not accept a job with requirements that violated her moral standards. When she took office there was no such thing as homosexual marriage in Kentucy. In fact, the voters of Kentucy had already passed an ammendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth for just the purpose of defining marriage as the union of one man with one woman. The mandate the she validate marriage certificates for homosexual couples was thrust upon her after the fact by five unelected people who, without regard to the Constitution, changed the rules.

This is not a matter of interfering with the individual liberty of homosexual couples. They have always had the freedom, as Americans, to live their life in any way they see fit. Whether or not they choose to obey the God of the universe is totally their personal choice and a decision that is between them and God.

As far as legal protection goes, homosexual couples have had many options available to them. Wills, living wills, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, and beneficiary statements all afford them every legal protection they claim to seek. Nonetheless, they continue a relentless assult of hate and discrimination against Christians.

So, I applaud Ms. Davis for taking a stand and saying, “Enough.”

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

As a Conservative I believe…

As a Conservative I believe…

… in LIFE. Life for all. Not just the healthy and wealthy. I believe in life for everyone. Young, old, sick, healthy, wealthy, poor, unborn, or aged we are all human beings and we all have the right to Life. Human life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death. Protection for the unborn and elderly, and compassion for the sick and infirm, are essential elements of a culture of life; and necessary for the health of civil society.

… in INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. Liberty to live my life in the manner I choose to live. So long as my life choices do not interfere with the liberty of another no one, including the government, has the right to dictate how I should live. Laws restrict free exercise of liberty and property. Consequently, no law should be passed unless there is a compelling reason to do so. The proponents of any law should have the burden of proof that passage is necessary.

… in the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Every individual is more important than the state and, thus, every individual is endowed with the inalienable right to pursue happiness. This is not a guarantee of success. Conversely, these rights do not negate the responsibility of the individual’s obligation to conduct himself as a responsible and productive member of society.

… in FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. Waste, fraud and duplication in government must be eliminated. Public debt, except for infrastructure, should be avoided. Government budgets should fit within existing revenues. Spending reductions, not tax increases, are the preferred solutions to revenue shortfalls.

… in LIMITED TAXATION. Taxation should be restricted to the most minimal levels, and the burden of taxation should be spread as equally as possible among all citizens. Taxation should never be employed for the purposes of redistributing wealth or restrict productivity, economic growth, or savings.

… in being SELF-SUFFICIENT. Government policy should encourage self-sufficiency and promote the work ethic among everyone. Public funds should not be used to support persons who are CAPABLE, albeit unwilling, to provide for their own needs. Government programs for the needy and disabled should strive to enforce the dignity of the individual, strengthen the family unit, and encourage the individual’s potential for self-sufficiency.

… in LAW AND ORDER. All citizens are entitled to security of their persons and property. Government’s primary task is the maintenance of law and order to ensure these rights are protected. Accordingly, the system of justice must afford each person access to competent representation and a level playing field to ensure the imperatives of justice can be met.

… in FREE ENTERPRISE. Through free markets, individuals and groups form relationships and exercise selfgovernment. The state should only intervene to establish MINIMUM health and safety standards, and encourage competition. When the government does choose to use its power to regulate free people, it should be EXCEEDINGLY CAUTIOUS to use the least burdensome method possible.

… in FREEDOM TO UNIONIZE. As individuals have the right to choose in free market systems, they are vested with the responsibility to inform themselves and make choices that best suit their needs. While government should actively enforce fraud statutes, it should not attempt to protect the public from what it perceives as poor choices by eliminating those possibilities from the market. People must be free to demand, FOR THEMSELVES, better conditions, better pay, etc… However, people must also be free to choose their association or no association at all.

… in PRIVATE PROPERTY. Private property is the cornerstone of a free nation. Therefore, communal needs should override private property rights only in the MOST CONVINCING circumstances – not merely for the sake of convenience. In those instances when a compelling need does exist, property owners should be justly compensated for their whole loss.

… in the SECOND AMMENDMENT. The problem is not the gun. The problem is the person behind the gun. As long as there are people there will be violence. Taking and regulating guns will not change this sad fact. The only long-term solution to the problem of violence is to cultivate a culture of Life that holds all life to be sacred from conception to natural death.

… in LEGAL IMMIGRATION. I believe we, as a nation, should be open to new people coming to America. I believe anyone who is willing to follow the rules of immigration, pay taxes, participate as productive members of society, and obey the law should be welcomed as neighbors. Those who can not follow the rules should be made to leave the country so more LEGAL immigrants can find their piece of the American dream.