Saturday, November 17, 2018

Fiscally conservative, socially liberal







"But here is the rub. We are probably not going to change the way a millennial or a gen X person thinks. Trust me - I have tried it. They are very fragile in their politics. It would be easy to drive them into the arms of the Democrats if we are not careful. If that happens in high enough numbers, the Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, will die of old age."



"I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal!" a young millennial shouted out to me. Yeah, I have heard that before - dozens, upon dozens, of times. What does that really mean? For many younger females it has meant only one thing - they would like to be a Republican, but they are committed to the concept of "choice". Translation = abortion on demand. Very few think like a cisgender, and believe in the simple concept of "love is love". Translation = if you want to marry your dog, go for it. Or whomever ever else you want to marry (or just "partner with").

Why bring this nonsense up on a Saturday morning? Why not talk about Big 10 football instead? For one thing, talking about Big 10 football is very painful for long suffering Gopher fans. More importantly, many have said recently, we need to expand the "tent" of our party. We need more folks of color. We need many, many more young people. What I am trying to say then is simply this - this ain't your parents party anymore. Many young people feel very differently than our Republican parents did. And - very few of our parents generation were as "socially liberal" as our kids are.

Anyone looking for simple answers to how to grow our party, is reading the wrong post this morning. I am as confused as anyone. I do know this however - our social mores have made a sharp left turn in our country during this past generation. The offspring of many of the 60's generation think differently - differently than those of us not contaminated by the 60's. To many in this new generation, us older folk are troglodytes in the way we think. However, to many curmudgeons, some young folk seem to be one french fry short of a happy meal.

But here is the rub. We are probably not going to change the way a millennial or a gen X person thinks. Trust me - I have tried it. Plus, they are very fragile in their politics. It would be easy to drive them into the arms of the Democrats if we are not careful. Then if that happens in high enough numbers, the Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, will die of old age.

Or we can try to adapt our platform to be more (please - don't throw tomatoes) - "progressive". Or we can stick to our principles, and platform, and try to win the day with convincing them our ideas might just be better.

During our conventions, we spend hours at a time with the Parliamentarian trying to figure out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It bores most of us to tears. Meanwhile, the Democrats try to figure out how to get as many people possible to the polls - and then vote blue. The Democrats have figured something out which Republicans still struggle with.

It is all about numbers, baby! Screw principle, Screw the truth! The highest number wins, and then you can govern. Anyone who did not see that in play during the last election was not paying attention. The Democrats chewed up our candidates with salacious lies and viscous falsehoods during the last part of October. Our candidates just took it and did not return the same kind of nasty fire. Why? They were too principled to do so. And then - we lost.  

Just some food for thought as we head towards the 2020 general election. What? We are still recovering from the last one! And by the way, it was not pretty! Well guess what? The other side is already off and running. Statewide, their first priority is twofold. Get Tina Smith a six year term, and flip our State Senate. Time to get busy folks.  


Friday, November 16, 2018

Healing...

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"Healing will really come in two stages. First, we need to heal ourselves and our relationships with others - especially others on our side of the political divide. Next - we need to heal our land." 



In the past, I have addressed what the losing side should do in elections. By the way - this year, the losing side is us. Just to recap, the three things we (as the losing side) can do is 1) move to another state, 2) Cocoon, and wait for the "blue fog" to assimilate us, or 3) stay and fight. Here is the rub. Staying to fight another day, involves a whole bunch of healing. Some of that healing is gentle, some is not.

Some of that healing can be brutal. Few of us are immune from the painful part of the healing process. For example, one person (at a minimum) believes I am the personification of evil for what I said (or wrote) during the campaign. For any hurtful words I spoke or wrote, I am truly sorry. That includes what I wrote going back to before the primary. What I want to do now, is look forward. To heal. To find out what and where the path ahead is, if any.

Taking a butt whipping like we did is never easy. It is hard on everyone, especially our candidates who did not win. There will be months of analysis coming in the near future. I get it. Some of the analysis will be valid, most will not. The one thing however, we all need to do first - is heal. Some of that healing will be introspection. Some will be forgiving where we think we were wronged, especially by those on our own side. Some will be asking for forgiveness where they might have wronged others. But most importantly, we all need to show grace. With 2020 right around the corner, a fragmented Red Team will soon be road kill for the Democrats, once again.

Healing will really come in two stages. First, we need to heal ourselves and our relationships with others - especially others on our side of the political divide. Next - we need to heal our land. One of my very good and faith based friends, when the room was at the darkest during the election, put a Bible verse forward to help, comfort, and give strength:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and heal their land

2 Chronicles 7:14  

Folks, there will be no healing of ourselves, or our land, without God in the picture. With our land becoming more and more secular, with God being kicked out of schools and other more traditional places, with abortion becoming almost a party platform of the Democrats - we need God Almighty now, more than ever. 

Our Founders were for the most part, deeply religious men. Some were members of the clergy. God was a cornerstone in how this country was set up. "In God we trust" was not just a paper machete motto - it was the creed we all lived by. And should still be today. 

God will heal us, and He will heal our land. That is His promise. But in return, we do all of us, need get back to more Godly ways. To keep God at the center of our country. The real battle which is raging across our land right now is spiritual. It is as old as time itself. God will win this battle. We just need to make sure we all are on His side. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

On a dime...





"I know. We all have an alpha and an omega. It is just that the omegas are tough. The older we get, the list of loved ones and friends who have gone on before us gets longer and longer."



It has often been said that life turns on a dime. In other words, the vicissitudes of life can change in an instant. For example, I have not told this story before, as it still shakes me up. About three weeks ago, we were taking my grandson back to his house. He was all buckled up in his car seat, and my wife was in the back seat with him reading him a book.

We were on a 55 mph county road, when up ahead we saw a car going slowly on the shoulder with his hazard lights on. As we came up to pass him, there was a semi-truck coming the other way. Just as we were passing the car on the shoulder, that car (without looking), decided to join our lane. He missed us by inches, and we missed the oncoming truck by a foot or two. Needless to say, in an instant, the day could have turned out very badly for many people.

A good friend of ours about my age, who is very active in her retired life, recently had some gastrointestinal problems. She went to see her doctor, as she thought it might be her gal bladder. It was, and then some. She had cancer in her gal bladder and her liver. Her abdomen was full of blood clots. The blood clots had started making their way up to her heart. Long story short - she was on her way out. Just like that, her life changed. Now she is undergoing chemo and has started taking very strong blood thinners to reduce the chance of any more clotting.

Most of us have similar stories to tell. Close calls, friends with life changing illnesses, and so forth. So why bring up such a dour subject on a nice November day? Perspective. Every time we get caught up in the minutia of life, were we worry about the small stuff, a life changing event happens to us, a loved one, or a friend. It can get us re-calibrated, real fast. We are reminded of the fragility, and the temporary condition of life. How fast life goes, and how quickly things can turn on a dime. 

The pettiness we feel at times, is just that - pettiness. Hatred and hard feelings take up valuable space in our hearts which should be reserved for love and forgiveness. Why is that? As relational people, we need each other. To know and care for each other. Every day we have is a gift - a gift to know our friends better, to help others more, to care on a deeper level. I am so, so very guilty of not doing this. I really am.

Sometimes, I think God needs to tap us on the shoulder to remind us of something very important. Do not sweat the small stuff. And by the way - most of what we are concerned about on a daily basis, is small stuff.

We went to the hospital to visit our sick friend yesterday. It seemed odd to see this vivacious woman, who always is full of energy and fun, laying in a hospital bed with IV ports coming out of her arm. Instead of talking about pickle ball or wintering in Florida, we talked cancer instead. 

I know. We all have an alpha and an omega. It is just that the omegas are tough. The older we get, the list of loved ones and friends who have gone on before us gets longer and longer. So, what then, is the take away? The lessons learned? 

Our time here is not limitless. There is an end coming. Until that end comes, there is stuff to do. Love, help, serve, forgive, live. As my former boss would say, "This is that thing called life." Yes Bob, it certainly is. And may we never - ever - take it for granted. 





Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Where is Moon Base Alpha?






"It is kind of funny. While the US is all tied up in knots trying to figure out whom to investigate next, Elon Musk is already trying to figure out how to build a rocket ship capable of transporting a hundred people (and supplies) to Mars."



Does anyone have a reason why, after numerous Apollo missions landed on the Moon, one after another, all of a sudden - we quit? By the way, Apollo 17 landed on the Moon in December of 1972. I was still serving on active duty at the time. Most people still had black and white TV sets. A standard transmission was still standard on many cars sold. Bell bottoms were in style and the long haired British groups were still performing. Yes, next month will mark the 46th year since man has set foot on our Moon.

Forward thinkers like Elon Musk think this is crazy - nuts, that we do not have at least one large Moon base right now. I agree. Why in the world do we have a flimsy and unsustainable ISS, when we could have a much more permanent base on the Moon?

For example, we have finally figured out that putting telescopes and research platforms in space, such as Hubble, Chandra, and Kepler, sure make a lot of sense. The upside? No Earth atmosphere to worry about. The downside? If there is a problem (as there is right now with both Chandra and Kepler), house calls to fix them are very, very hard to do. 

With gravity of only 16.6% of Earth's gravity, common sense dictates to launch spacecraft capable of exploring our Solar System, or interstellar space for that matter, the Moon would be the place to start. And please - don't tell me how hard it would be to get to the Moon. Been there, done it, more that once, almost 50 years ago. 

Magellan, Marco Polo, James Cook and so forth, are looked upon as some of the world's greatest explorers. We owe quite a bit to their acumen and bravery. Today, we are anything but explorers. With only 5% of the ocean explored, there are also over a dozen places on Earth which have never been explored. Many, many mysteries and discoveries remain to be found. In fact, some scientists believe  2/3 of all marine life in our oceans remain undiscovered. 

Right now we should not only have Moon Base Alpha, but also Brave and maybe Charlie. We should be mining, exploring and launching from the Moon. We should know the dark side of the Moon like the back of our hands. In the next five to ten years, private concerns from China, maybe India, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and others, are going to be like cheetahs sprinting towards the vast mysteries and rewards of outer space. Meanwhile, NASA will continue to move forward like a sloth, going nowhere.

It is kind of funny. While the US is all tied up in knots trying to figure out whom to investigate next, Elon Musk is already trying to figure out how to build a rocket ship capable of transporting a hundred people (and supplies) to Mars. Nobody on this planet will ever accuse Musk on NOT thinking big. Nutty, maybe. But big, no way.

In any event, by the time our age of enlightenment starts in 2025, I believe this column will be obsolete. Why? The Moon should be very busy by that time. Very busy indeed. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sanctuary for conservatives





"I have said this before. This is an all hands on deck issue. No freeloaders, no duffers, no scofflaws needed. The time is now and the place is here. Tomorrow is too late. The struggle to take back our country starts today."  



This election should be a wake up call for all of us. Why? The "creeping blue fog" is escaping its previous boundaries. Areas which at one time were considered safe, all of sudden have a tinge of purple. States like Texas. Florida. Arizona. And why is that? Is there no bastion anymore for patriots and conservatives? Is no state safe anymore? 

What the Democrats have done to this country reminds me of a cop movie I saw years ago. A cop, who was very good at catching the bad guys, was captured by the bad guys he was chasing. Did they kill him? Nope. They injected him for the time they had him with addicting drugs. By the time they released him, he was harmless to the bad guys. All the cop could think about was getting his next fix. And that is what the Democrats have done to many in our country. They have sheeple so dependent on what they have been given, or what they have been promised, they have lost the will to be red blooded Americans.

The specifics on how people voted this last election were particularly disturbing. They really were. The number of women who voted Blue Team far outstripped the number of men who voted Red Team. Huh? This one I don't understand at all. The number of seniors in Minnesota who voted Blue Team was higher than in the last election. Huh? Jeff Johnson was their one best chance to get the unfair tax on Social Security fixed. By voting Blue Team, it will cost married seniors who are collecting SS about $1,000 more a year. And of course, young people. Young heads full of mush continue to vote for the pied pipers in waves. Why? Everything is free. In fact, many think changing our country to socialism would be real cool.

So where do normal people go these days? The people who would fight for this country, its freedoms, its liberties, our way of life. What I am seeing now, is only willing sheeple. Sheeple who like in World War II, who would  be rounded up, and put in box cars. In other words, instead of Rosie the Riveter types today, we have a whole bunch of Rosie O'Donnell clones instead. Sad.

Bottom line - the front lines for the fight to take back out country might not lie in another state. It might lie in all states. How do we wake people up to let them know our country is slipping away? That is the question today - and a very important one at that. 

It seems many of the Monday morning quarterbacks are decrying the lack of messaging we had during the last election. That lack of messaging might have been part of the problem. Maybe so. But it should not take a Madison Avenue type message to get through to people. To let them know what is happening to our country. For conservatives and patriots, this is as clear as a bell. How to get that clarity to the rest of the country, is the front line where the battle will be fought.

I have said this before. This is an all hands on deck issue. No freeloaders, no duffers, no scofflaws needed. The time is now, and the place is here. Tomorrow is too late. The struggle to take back our country starts today.  



  

Monday, November 12, 2018

Once again, the nation laughs at us...





"Save your money and hide your guns folks. The statists are after you, your money, and your guns."



I still get teased every now and again about Jessie Ventura. "How in the world could you guys elect a professional wrestler to be your Governor? Are you all nuts?" I know I am not the only one who has heard that. Also, after Reagan's historic win, when Minnesota was the ONLY state to vote blue, the taunting came then also. "What the hey is wrong with you guys? Mondale? Are you nuts?" Well, ladies and gentlemen of the United States, as the saying goes, "you ain't seen nuttin' yet!"

Our new Attorney General has not even laid his hand on a (get ready for it...) Quran yet to be sworn in, and already the nation is laughing. Why? In the past few years, the Republicans have run some very good people to be Attorney General. None have been better than Doug Wardlow. He was hands down the most accomplished, the most qualified person to EVER run for this position. 

Keith Ellison on the other hand, is the most flawed candidate, ever, to run for Attorney General. By a long shot. His background is beyond checkered. Some think it is beyond inappropriate. Some say criminal. His views on immigration and our borders go beyond shocking. His views on the Second Amendment are jaw dropping. Also the idea of making Minnesota sanctuary is a show stopper. Some think he, as a devout Muslim, will introduce some parts of Sharia law into our state Constitution. Get the picture? This new Attorney General, who does not even have a valid law license, should not even be a dog catcher. 

I have pointed this out before. Statewide, Doug Wardlow smoked Ellison. He really did. Won over 70 counties in Minnesota. But the deep, deep blue and socialist dominated Twin Cities, voted for Ellison. Why? He has the "D" by his name. "Yellow Dog" Democrats will vote for a yellow dog, only if that dog was a Democrat. So once again, the Twin Cities "queered the deal". Nothing good ever comes out of the Twin Cities, especially during elections. The Twin Cities this year gave us "Walz the Taxer" for Governor, Ellison for Attorney General, Blaha (or is it "Ha Ha") for Auditor, and so forth. 

Be proud Minnesota. Once again we stick out like a bright blue sore thumb. Now we are stuck with this bunch of losers for four long and expensive years. Voter fraud will continue to be rampant. Immigration will continue to be out of control. Antifa will continue to roam the streets causing all sorts of mayhem, without any fear of recrimination. This is our "New Minnesota". It is the government we have. Some say it is the government we deserve.

Buckle up. The road ahead is going to be very, very rocky. Whose fault is this? Many avenues for that question to go down. But the bulk of the blame rests on the shoulders of Red Team members who sat this one out.

Save your money and hide your guns folks. The statists are after you, your money, and your guns.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A new day has dawned...






"The Democrats of old, the ones we could have a respectful conversations with, are dead. They have been replaced with Antifa. With hate. With destruction."



For many of us, this past week was tough. Disappointing. But that week is over, and the past is in the past. Now it is time to look forward. And since Sunday really is the start of the week, and this Sunday is also Veteran's Day, I would like to offer some thoughts about the road ahead. About the days ahead.

Election Integrity - If is really ironical that for the last (almost) two years, we have been chasing ghosts with the Mueller probe. Yet, the real problem exists right under our noses. The Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, or whomever may be trying to mess up our elections. They don't care who wins, they just want to cause chaos. But the real enemy is among us. It is fraud, which is rampant. It is laziness in ballot custody, which Broward County is now demonstrating, live and in color. It is people in authority like Brenda Snipes of Broward County, who has no business being in charge of something this important. Right now, with what we are hearing is happening in Florida, Arizona, Georgia and other points, have caused many of us to have NO faith in the integrity of our system. Just like when we elected Al Franken based solely on voter fraud, we might be doing the same today.

The Church - I have said this many times before. When is the church going to start being the church again? When are pastors going to start acting like pastors again? What do I mean? I seems like every week, there is another article about some clergy member who is advocating for safe abortions at abortion clinics. Pastors! Every pastor, every follower of Christ for that matter, should be leading the charge against abortions. Period. We have lost over 60,000,000 innocent babies, over 8,000,000 just to Planned Parenthood, since the Roe v Wade decision. THIS HAS BEEN A BLIGHT ON OUR LAND!! Yet, for the most part, the church, the clergy, are quiet as mice on this subject. RISE UP PEOPLE!

Immigration - The past few years, our side has failed to successfully sound the alarm on immigration. We need to change that. We are in favor of legal immigration with logical and controlled refugee resettlement. However, Democrats have conflated our views to mean we are against (and maybe hate) ALL type of immigration. Not true. But illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and states, out of control chain migration, and refugee resettlement, is ruining the country. And Democrats during the campaign, have all vowed to double down on the crappy system we have now.

FIGHT! - We may have lost the election, but we have not lost the fight. The other side may have the Resist! movement against our President, but we have the FIGHT! against them. We will NOT go quietly into the night, while the forces of evil rip this country apart. All the patriots, especially the veterans who took an oath to protect this country from internal and external enemies, are ready to fight the forces of evil which have permeated our country. This evil has driven God out of much we hold dear. We want God restored on our communities, in our country, We want liberty and freedom restored in our country, and we will fight to ensure it happens.

Antifa - This epidemic is not just in Florida, Arizona, California and Minnesota. It is nationwide. There is no "safe place" to move. If we don't defeat this evil, soon it will visit itself upon every state, city and community in this great nation. The Democrats of old, the ones we could have a respectful conversations with, are dead. They have been replaced with Antifa. With hate. With destruction. With Mayhem. 

This is not the time to cower. Not a time to give up. To run. THIS IS THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. A new day has dawned. Hope WILL spring eternal. Stay strong brothers and sisters. This fight has only just begun.