Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Millennial USSA?





"By depriving our kids of true knowledge, driving God out of every part of their lives, and then filling their heads with the crap that some of our so called educators are spewing, the future looks dim indeed."



Yesterday, my wife and I met a friend for lunch at a local faith based college he teaches at. It was the first time I had set foot on that campus for years, and I was impressed with the growth, the attitude, and the reputation this place has. It even allows (gasp!) prayer. Well, it should - since it also contains a seminary on campus.

It was (as the Mayor Garage Logic would say), a "ray of hope". The kids we saw looked like the solid citizens we need to take over this world once our generation departs. But then I started to think about the tremendous challenges we also have. Like a great many of the millennial generation today are not ready for prime time - not at all.

My friend yesterday said the same thing my wife's brother (who taught at U of W) would also say. Many kids coming out of high school are in no way prepared for college. Some were barely prepared for high school. Then how in the world could these kids get this far? Two reasons really - dumbed down curriculum, and social promotion. What you get upon graduation is an semi-educated, un-prepared, often immature, child.

But here is what worries me the most. And I have penned and railed about this many times in the past. History and civics have all but disappeared from the landscape. The result? Kids today not only do not understand our founding documents, they also are starting to, in shocking numbers, eschew and reject our system of government. That is right. Many are following the Pied Piper of Vermont - the Socialist Bernie Sanders.

I have heard that an astonishing number of our millennial crowd think it would be cool to live under socialism. Capitalism is so yesterday, so unfair. Socialism on the other hand, provides equal outcomes to all. They don't give a tinker's dam that our present system is set up to give equal opportunity to all - it is the outcome which matters. And socialism seems to fill that bill nicely. 

The United States of America, our great American experiment, might soon be headed for extinction if this millennial craze gains momentum. By depriving our kids of true knowledge, driving God out of every part of their lives, and then filling their heads with the crap that some of our so called educators are spewing, the future looks dim indeed. 

The United Socialist States of America, USSA? To many of us baby boomers that is a very, very scary sound to utter. To millennials however, they might just be saying, "bring it on!"   

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What about Option "C"?





"Not a RINO, not a statist, just a game changer. A true friend of the Minnesota taxpayer. Gosh, would that not be nice for a change?"  


Funny story. I received a forwarded e-mail from an organization who is going to do a mock debate. For our next Governor. Were they going to put a favorite candidate forward? Not really. But it was going to be interesting non the same. What I am going to do now, is cut and paste part of what I received for this article. I hope you find this as interesting as I did.

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING THAT A LEOPARD doesn’t change its spots. Likewise, don’t hold your breath waiting for a RINO to change its political "stripes"! Twice, conservative voters sent Tim Pawlenty to the governor’s office, and twice, he let them down, increasing both government spending and government control over their lives, and rolling over and playing dead rather than standing strong in the path of charging liberal legislation.

Ethanol, mass transit, publicly financed stadiums, minimum wage increases, importation of price-controlled Canadian drugs, a "health impact" cigarette fee/tax, and a smoking ban – did he ever meet an expansion of government that he did not like? We must not get fooled again. The candidate may coo conservatively, but as governor he will hiss, "You knew I was a RINO when you voted me in."

Sounds a bit like a hit piece on our former Governor, right? Well, it was of sorts, but then the invite to this debate took a bizarre twist:

ON THE OTHER HAND, a hypothetical governor – no matter how perfectly conservative – cannot sign (nor veto) any bills. It is imperative that someone – anyone – who is not a liberal Democrat be elected governor of Minnesota in 2018. And Pawlenty has shown the ability to defeat the Dems. He may be a RINO, but doggonit, he’s our RINO. This year, it may just come down to a case of the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.

Wow! Hey Minnesota! Here is your choice! Option "A" is lets vote in a Purple Barney type of RINO. Options "B is get stuck with another Democrat progressive statist. To bad we do not have an Option "C". What? We do? We have someone who is NOT a RINO and NOT a progressive and can still win? Who? Jeff Johnson. Please note that his team will NEVER put forth a flimsily endorsement like this group did - "Well, he should be better than a Democrat". No, Jeff Johnson will not be a little better than a Democrat - rather, he will be a game changer. 

Folks, we don't need to settle for four to eight more years of disappointment once again from a RINO. Nor do we need to suffer through another four to eight years of a job killing Democrat. How about Option "C" this year? A true conservative. One who will change the trajectory of this state. One who will go toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball with the DFL elite and say "NO!" to BS! 

Jeff Johnson is a man who will kill the Met Council as much as he can as Governor. He will NEVER let our Second Amendment rights be diluted. He will "right size" our state taxes and throw out hundreds of obsolete and/or useless regulations. As much as he can, he will protect the lives of our most innocent (the unborn). He will give law enforcement the support they need to fight the growing crime in our state.

Bottom line - Jeff Johnson will help this state do more with less. He will make it a tax friendly place for higher income job creators to live and work as well as the seniors who already have given so much. Then any excess - will go back to the owners (the taxpayers). 

For the purposes of this article, I will call Jeff's election Option "C". However, what it should be for those who have heard his message, is Option "A". Not a RINO, not a statist, just a game changer. A true friend of the Minnesota taxpayer. Gosh, would that not be nice for a change?  

A train too far...





"Take the existing assets, and sell them to California. They don't seem to mind losers. Then take the money from the sale, and put it towards adding more lanes onto Highway 10."



Dang it! Okay - here is a secret. I usually start crafting my next day's article in the afternoon. Sometimes in the evening, or early morn. I had a whopper ready to go for today - until I read the paper. I could not resist this one. At first I thought it was a joke, or something out of the Onion. Nope - it is for real. And being backed by a (drum roll please) - a Republican!

I have railed against the North Star many times now. Some think picking on the North Star is unfair - kind of like a bully picking on a weakling. I make no excuses for my rants on this worthless piece of train trash. This train was supposed to be the best thing since canned beer. Take the traffic on Highway 10, which has been horrible since I started to drive, and tame it down. This bright new and shiny yellow, blue and white train would buzz people from as far away as St. Cloud, into downtown Minneapolis to work very high paying jobs. It all sounded good except for one thing - it was not true.

Yes, it was built and went into service with a Democrat controlled House and a Republican Governor (Pawlenty). My wife and I were even invited to take a sample ride before normal service started (pictured above). The legislature and the Governor did not quite have enough juice to get the thing built up to St. Cloud, but maybe later they said. So service started from Big Lake with some stops down to Target Field.

So how is it going? First off, traffic on Highway 10 sucks even worse than before. The cost to run this thing? Lets ask an independent source like WCCO. On a Reality Check segment in 2017, they disclosed the cost TO THE TAXPAYERS for each round trip on the North Star is $18.31. A mistake? A typo? Nope. Fact. 

Never let it be said that our government does not know how to pour good money after bad. And also how to tell the taxpayers a whopper from time to time. Representative Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud), is pushing a bill to have the line extended up to St. Cloud. And it would cost practically nothing to build(huh?). Our current Democrat Governor is taking after the Republican Governor who built the first part of the North Star - he is all in. In fact (hold on), Dayton wants almost a million more tax dollars to study to death this proposed expansion!

I wish this were tongue in cheek, but it is not. The best thing we could do for the taxpayers of Minnesota is to just park this thing. We tried it, and it did not work out well. Take the existing assets, and sell them to California. They don't seem to mind losers. Then take the money from the sale, and put it towards adding more lanes onto Highway 10. 




Monday, April 23, 2018

Knowing what to vote for...





"Seeing these kids take to the streets acting as tools of the Left reminds me of days gone by. Which days? Abbie Hoffman and 'Revolution for the hell of it'. Welcome back Abbie..."



Heaven help us. We have a bunch of millennials ready to turn 18, and for the first time in their life - vote. And vote for what you might ask? No clue. Oh yes - gun control. Abolish that neo-Nazi organization (so they have been taught) the NRA. Taxes? Tax the socks off the rich. And while we are at it, lets change out system of government to socialism. That is pretty cool, cause one of their teachers told them so. It is more "fair". Get the picture? These kids don't have a clue on what to vote for. But their uniformed vote will count just as much as one of our informed votes.

Every now and again, someone will take to the street (usually around Spring Break time), and question some of our youth about some very basic knowledge topics. Topics like our country and our government. If it is cool to look stupid, most of these kids looked very cool indeed. Of course, the vast majority of these kids did not even know we live in a Republic. Many just gave a blank stare when asked what kind of government we had. A surprising number did not know who we gained our independence from, and why.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron is meeting with President Trump this week. Yesterday he was asked on a news show why he and our President, being so unlike, have forged this close friendship. He seemed a bit taken aback by that question. Like it was a "duh!" He replied (and I will paraphrase a bit), "We are close because our histories are so close. Our revolutions. We both understand freedom and liberty". BINGO! And how many of our half naked youngins in Florida on Spring Break know that fact? I would hazard not too many!

What our kids today do not understand, is the complexity and debate which went on by these very, very insightful Founders as they constructed our Constitution. Many think our DOI and Constitution were signed on the same date, whatever that date was. To me (and no, I did not have an education like this when I was young), I would like to see American History taught IN DEPTH when kids are in high school. Not just glossing over some facts, really, really peeling back the onion.

Like what? Know by heart the DOI. Who wrote it. Who were the 56 very brave patriots who signed it, and the risks they took by doing so. What happened in our country between the signing of the DOI in 1776 and the Constitutional Convention in 1787? Hint - those were critical years in the shaping of this most important document. The Federalist Papers are a must to read to really get a better understanding of the why and what in crafting our Constitution. 

But that was so yesterday. Who cares? All those guys are all dead, and these are different times. Welcome to 1984, only a few years late. Our Group Think is not an informed or cogent think - it is a brainwashed think. Seeing these kids take to the streets acting as tools of the Left reminds me of days gone by. Which days? Abbie Hoffman and "Revolution for the hell of it". Welcome back Abbie...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Our NEW, four party system!




"Sorry to be this blunt folks. I have been talking to Jeff Johnson about this run long before he announced. He is the right man, at the right time, for the right job. It has been eons since we have had a REAL conservative as Governor. As the old saying goes, 'Try it - you might like it.'"  



I am sorry if I am smarting a bit this afternoon. I have been on the receiving end of a major "smack down" by some who believe differently than I - and in the same party! First off - two points of clarity. First, I am a purist. A rule follower. Been that way for a long time. Second - I am on Jeff Johnson's team. I am in charge of "Vets for Jeff". That being said, it is time to vent.

This is my third time of being selected to be a state delegate. It is an honor to do so. Why? I have seen the impassioned speeches by many at the BPOU endorsing convention to represent the BPOU at the district and state conventions. I never take it for granted that I will be selected. Like I say - it is an honor. 

The way I was taught the system worked made perfectly good sense to me. Go to caucus, try to be a delegate to the BPOU convention (easy), then go to the BPOU convention, ENDORSE your rep(s) and if it is the right year, your senator. Then you can run as a delegate to represent your BPOU at the district and/or state convention (not as easy). Once the state convention is over, the endorsed candidates are set (unless the convention is brokered), and it is on to battle the Dems.

Not so fast cowboy. There might be an "Arnie Carlson" Republican lurking in the shadows, or someone who lost the endorsement yet has a bucket full of money. Rather than honoring the endorsement of their party, this outsider will try to upset the apple cart by trying to win the primary. Meanwhile, all the faithful who have supported the endorsed candidate since the get-go, are scratching their heads, wondering what just happened.

Here is what I have been told as of late. Minnesota has changed. A true conservative, like Jeff Johnson does not have a prayer. We need an Arnie Carlson Republican who can appeal to the purple middle. Or maybe TPaw. We all know Pawlenty will grow state government like he did before, but not as fast as Watz. With TPaw, it is all good. We are ready to go. Status quo - full steam ahead!

So here is my final and most vital point. Minnesota is no longer a two party system. No sir re bob. We are now a four party state. Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, and progressives. All three candidates on the blue ticket are progressives (in my book). On our side, the conservatives are Jeff, Phil and maybe Mary. Tim Pawlenty is not a conservative. He knows it - we know it. Plus, he did not govern as such before.

Sorry to be this blunt folks. I have been talking to Jeff Johnson now about this run before he announced. He is the right man, at the right time, for the right job. It has been eons since we have had a REAL conservative as Governor. As the old saying goes, "Try it - you might like it."  


The North Korea shuffle...






"But the history of dealing with these guys is not good. From Kim to his daddy to his grand-dad. Not good. But then again, they are dealing with Donald Trump right now. He ain't no Jimmy Carter - that is all I will say."


There are many times I wish I were a fly on the wall. A fly? Why? To ease-drop. I would have loved to hear the conversation between Mike Pompeo and Little Kim. It was like, all of a sudden, Little Kim went from a life of total debauchery to finding the Lord. Yes, the turn around in North Korea is that amazing. Or is it?

I am reminded of that old saying, "If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably isn't." After the Pompeo visit, North Korea suddenly has dropped all its conditions to disarm. Huh? Those were cast in stone for years! What you mean "dropped"? First, they will stop testing of all ICBM rockets and nukes. Without asking anything in return - including their biggest bug-a-boo - our troops being stationed in the South. 

Now, as we all know, North Korea has a long and distinguished history of making us look like fools. They are accomplished liars and cheats. Either Pompeo threw the fear of Almighty into Little Kim, or North Korea is playing us (again). But that is why I wanted to be a fly on the wall. Did we promise Kim the Moon and back if he behaves? Did we threaten him with destruction if he does not? Both, or neither?

The glass half full in me hopes the following to happen this year:

  • North and South Korea sign an agreement to end this ancient war.
  • A process to re-unify the two Korea's is put in place.
  • The United States starts to pull troops out of South Korea.
  • The people in North Korea finally start to see more freedoms. 
The glass half empty in me believes the following will happen this year:
  • North and South Korea sign an agreement to end this ancient war.
  • North Korea continues its nefarious WMD programs in the dark of night.
  • The United States finds out and the "ship really hits the sand".
Time will tell. I really am hoping that we will end up with the glass half full, or at least something close. But the history of dealing with these guys is not good. From Kim to his daddy to his grand-dad. Not good. But then again, they are dealing with Donald Trump right now. He ain't no Jimmy Carter - that is all I will say.
  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Main Street or Wall Street?





"If you lose the endorsement and decide to go to primary, get ready. It will get ugly early. Oh, not by Jeff or his team - by the base."



It is starting to feel like we are being carpet bombed with money from Wall Street. That is good, right? Sure, if it were going in our pockets. But here is a dirty little secret. Raising money for a statewide campaign is hard. It is mile by mile, handshake by handshake, dollar by dollar. Most campaigns are tighter than a tightwad with donations. Every possible dollar is used to get the message out.  

A week ago, the worst kept secret in Minnesota was no longer a secret. Our own former Governor, Tim Pawlenty had returned from the hallowed grounds of Wall Street to save us from the neophytes we had running to replace Marx Dayton. Then by the miracle of all miracles, money which is so very tough to come by for normal candidates, suddenly became like low fruit on the tree for the TPaw team. What the what? A million dollars right out of the get-go?

Jeff Johnson has been cleaning up in the straw polls. He is doing well getting his message out. Unlike TPaw, he has been working on his campaign since at least February of last year. His message is vital to the interests of the residents of Main Street. But even though Jeff has worked his rear end off for the past 14+ months, he has promised each district convention (and he will again at the state), that he will abide by the endorsement. Translation = he will not go to primary. What say you, former Governor Pawlenty? Are you a team player? Will you make the same promise? Listening...

Lets cut to the chase. Did TPaw win two times? Yes, he did. Did Jeff lose last time? Yes, he did. And if you ask Jeff about his lose, he is not proud of it, but said it was one of the best things that could have happened to shape this campaign. A lessons learned was conducted, and the soft areas from four years ago, fixed. The message is basically the same, only stronger. 

I am going to make this plea one more time. Governor Pawlenty - please be a team player. Please help us beat Tim Walz. Don't fight us - help us. I really don't want to break Reagan's 11th commandment with you sir. I want us all to be on the same team. But this race is Jeff's. Give him a chance to govern to see how good he can be. Help us win. Help us find a SOS who can win.

However, here is the stick. If you lose the endorsement and decide to go to primary, get ready. It will get ugly early. Oh, not by Jeff or his team - by the base. To quote a friend of mine who recently moved to another state - "We are tougher on our traitors than we are on the other side". Remember that Tim - that is not coming from me. It is coming from many.