Want War With Iran… They Should Say So.

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This has been President Obama’s response when challenged by the press for inconsistencies with foreign policy. His natural defensive reaction to such pressure has been to point the finger of blame or attempt to divert attention away from the topic at hand – a textbook ‘Aulinsky’ tactic. Rather than explain his own actions, or inactions in some cases, he reverts to calling out GOP Primary candidates. While America is in dire need of strength and leadership, especially with foreign policy in the Middle East, President Obama simply cannot resist the urge to politicize every single issue.

There are two significant issues to examine here. First, the United States has been weak and inconsistent when dealing with Iran. There is little question that Iran’s leaders continue to pursue a nuclear weapon, continue to publically dismiss all challenges and criticism, and most egregious of all, they continue to oppress the citizens. The evil regime of Iran has not yet faced real pressure to change their behavior.

In fact, the optimal moment to exert that pressure passed when the Revolutionary Guard bullied the people of Iran back into hiding in 2009 when they had taken to the streets in protest. They were among the first citizenry to organize and protest in an ‘Arab Spring’ type of freedom movement. President Obama didn’t even offer them a verbal expression of support! This is far and away the worst regime in power throughout the Middle East. The United States should have made regime change a high priority and should have pledged support to the citizens of Iran.

Instead of supporting the coalesced freedom movement in Iran, President Obama chose to continue implementing sanctions and economic disruption efforts. These economic disruptions harm the citizens far more than the Government Officials, slowing commerce and keeping money and resources out of the hands of those that need them.

Another point regarding these ‘sanctions’; in 2009 President Obama did comment that ‘we won’t exert sanctions forever… everything is on the table…’  Well, here we are in 2012 and he’s still insisting that he wants to use a containment strategy and sanctions, but again ‘not bluffing’ that everything is on the table. Clearly Iran feels no pressure to change their behavior. They continue to test weapons, insult America, and make dire threats to our only ally in the region, Israel.

The second major problem with President Obama’s foreign policy is the inconsistency. The mystery here is why some Middle Eastern nations are permitted to murder citizens, turning their own armies loose on the streets. The people of Iran took to the streets in protest, no differently than the people of Egypt, Libya, and others. However, the U.S. was compelled to provide drones, air support, no-fly zones, as well as verbal commitments of support for the people – only for certain countries… Why?

While Syria is murdering its citizens by the THOUSANDS, President Obama seems to sit idly by watching it happen. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, and Yemen armies killed at least dozens of citizens under the direction of totalitarian regimes. What are the criteria for getting U.S. support? Who is selecting the nations that will get our support? Americans are right to be confused and should challenge the foreign policy decisions being made by our ‘regime’. We are sending messages to the world of weakness and inconsistency at a critical moment in history when the world is in need of our leadership.


Memorial Day

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Memorial Day 2011

It occurred to me yesterday that a story about my Grandfather may never have been written. In honor and memory of him and other family members that served the country, I’ll share the short stories as I remember them being passed on.

Chris Schlensker, my maternal Grandfather, served during World War II in the Army Air Force (USAAF). He operated the main turret of a B-17 Flying Fortress, protecting the aircraft against enemy fighters during bombing missions. His bomber completed all it’s assigned missions across Europe, dropping bombs on Axis power military targets.

The most memorable story he shared was of a ‘close call’ during one mission. While flying through anti aircraft fire, Grandpa left his turret to get a replacement oxygen tank. Upon his return to the turret, he discovered a large piece of shrapnel embedded in his seat. It had exploded and broken through the turret bubble during the few minutes he wasn’t there… Turns out, had timing been different – I may not have existed!

There are a number of fond memories about Grandpa Schlensker from my childhood. He passed away when I was ten or eleven, suffering a fatal heart attack. While a young boy, he taught me how to hold and fire a rifle. We would shoot crows and targets at his small vegetable garden. He would also pass out loose change from his pockets during family parties, always a hit with my siblings and I.

Grandmother, Doris Schlensker, also did her part during the war. Upon cleaning her house after moving her into a nursing home, we discovered a cache of hand written correspondence with a number of military men. She wrote as a ‘pen pal’, reminding them of the things they are fighting for.

Thanks to all that serve the country, fighting and doing their part to preserve the freedom we enjoy every day here in the United States of America.

#!&% You Very Much

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Thought I would share that pain with you all…$65 to fill up a Toyota!

Title is for FED and POTUS. Look for some debt ceiling analysis soon!

Who Wants to ‘Punish’ the Rich?


Do we really ‘hate’ the rich? Liberals have created this aura or perception, but is it based on any public will or feeling? I don’t believe it for a minute. In fact, I believe that most Americans have an admiration and curious interest with the rich. That’s because I believe that most Americans hope to become rich!

As a teenager, I took a job as a caddy at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. It was a great job for two reasons. First, the job introduced me to golf, which is the greatest game and can be played throughout life. Secondly, I had first hand access to successful, rich people for hours at a time.

As I observed the members of the club, I began to notice a number of fascinating details about their lives. Most impressive to a teenage boy was the fact that they drove nice cars, had new golf clubs, and wore nice branded clothes. Simple envy or respect for the lifestyle made me (the teenager) want to be like these folks.

As it turns out, the more subtle characteristics of the rich are the most important aspects of their success. Most of the successful people I caddied for were in fact Entrepreneurs, that is, small business owners. There were some trust fund – family money members, there were also a handful of Corporate members and big business execs (now referred to as ‘fat cats’ or ‘fat cat bankers’), but not that many. The majority of the members were simply entrepreneurs, owning and running smaller business or working for themselves.

Another characteristic that was revealed during their rounds of golf – strong and competitive nature. Most of them hated to lose, even if it was a $10 nassau with their buddies on a Saturday morning. They were hungry, competitive people with an expectation for winning. From my view, they were winning in life.

To wrap up the story of my exposure to the ‘Rich’, it must be said that I never experienced any ill will or ‘hatred’ for the members of Broadmoor C.C. In fact, quite the opposite was true. I found myself admiring and studying these people, wanting to eventually be among them.

Perspective on ‘Punishing’ the Rich

As Liberals gear up for punishing the rich, I got to thinking about what should be done to them… What do everyday Americans think the ‘rich’ should be tasked with? What if we…:

  • Force the rich to pay DOUBLE the tax rate of average people
  • Establish deductions that are insignificant to rich, only helping middle income families significantly
  • Force extra taxes on the rich, such as employment taxes and high corporate tax rates
  • Regulate them and their businesses, making it difficult to engage in commerce
See, we ALREADY do all of these things to the alleged ‘rich’. What further action should we take to punish them? How much of their hard earned money would Liberals like the Government to take (I say STEAL).
My opinion is that anyone who wants to punish the ‘rich’ must have given up hope that they themselves will ever be ‘rich’. There’s simply no justification for further measures. Frankly, there isn’t justification for the status quo as the ‘rich’ are already treated quite differently, aren’t they?
Tomorrow, I’ve got a great addendum to this article regarding TAX RATES. Here’s the teaser question: Does the Government (both parties) want higher tax rates (percentages) or more tax revenue (dollars collected)? The two are mutually exclusive… more tomorrow.

Liberty Lands a Left Hook!

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Liberty Landed a Left Hook to the Health Care Bill yesterday, ruling it to be ‘unconstitutional’ with respect to the Commerce Clause. Many of us Conservatives have known this to be true, simply waiting for the rulings to come down the pike. Though we feel good today, basking in the victory, we should not rest easily. There is no telling what can happen with our Judicial systems.
Ultimately, it is undoubtedly now on path for a Supreme Court decision within the next year or two. The sooner the better, for a number of reasons. First, the longer we wait to strike this monstrosity down the more damage is done. Additionally, the longer the business community is paralyzed and will continue to sit on it’s cash. Secondly, as it stands we will likely enjoy a 5-4 victory in the Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of the ‘Law’. By waiting, we simply jeopardize that outcome as accidents happen. As a side note, Kagan should recuse herself due to her involvement before this appointment. I don’t expect that she will.
The Virginia decision was very well reasoned and explained in the 42 page document. Ultimately, this legislation would open the door to unlimited State power to control the populous. Though this mandate and penalty (tax) are not enormous, the precedent cannot be allowed.
What if next time the fine is $2,000 or $10,000 or more? What if the enforcement is clearly outlined that criminal punishment would fall on those that don’t comply? What if the mandate was for using certain light bulbs or not eating celery with every meal? As you see, this door simply cannot be opened. That is the
Road to Serfdom…
Again, this is a nice victory. Be clear, we have a long way to go. Even if the mandate is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, what we have left is a law remaining in effect without one of it’s ‘crutches’. This will spell the doom of the private insurance industry, forcing a public option and flocking people toward the Government for help…
My biggest fear is that this is by design… that’s right. Think about it… when the system fails (and it will unless a full repeal happens) won’t it be convenient to say, ‘well, the judicial crippled any chance for success by stripping our mandate…’
Is anything that this Administration does not part of some spooky Alinsky-esque plan? This just seemed too easy and clear cut, how could they have expected the mandate to be held up?

Technically Speaking…

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Wasn’t this a fantastic week? We all learned that the ‘Recession‘ ended during the Summer of 2009! See… technically speaking a recession ends when there are two consecutive quarters of positive growth in GDP. Well, the G (Government Spending) was heavily subsidized by stimulus spending which pushed us over the ‘zero’ mark and into positive territory – thus, recession over. Got it?

To borrow from a popular SNL Weekend Update line… ‘REALLY? REALLY?’ Whatever is technically correct, most of America is not feeling like we’ve entered any sort of recovery. Unemployment is at 9.7% and new records are reached every month for poverty and other negative indicators. What’s worse is that there is no hope for improvement. The Administration and Congressional leaders are telling us to get used to it, it’s the ‘new norm’. Should we accept this attitude, this defeatist attitude?

What we don’t hear is the usual spin from the Administration, bragging about ending the recession. Despite being ‘technically’ correct, they recognize the utter failure of the Recovery Summer campaign. See, Americans are beginning to see through the loopholes and wordsmithing of this academic conglomerate.

Let’s examine some other examples of the Administration being ‘technically correct’:

  • ‘I’ve given tax breaks to business owners…’ – Well, business owners can claim a $5,000 tax credit if they hire (not rehire) a new employee and employ them for a year. Though that sounds good on the surface, but consider the investment, costs, and implications of hiring a full time employee. To begin, a successful business owner will need to realize product demand for the addition. Second, an average salary of $40,000 will also require @$4,000 in employment taxes, $10,000 in benefits. To summarize, spend $54,000 per year and we’ll give you $5,000 this year. How’s that sound, even if there was growing demand for products and services?
  • ‘Tax breaks for working Americans…’ – Many middle class employees got something like $13 per payday for a period of time. Don’t spend it all in one place! Again, technically true. However, is it substantial help for families? 
  • ‘We’ve increased border security…’ – Again, technically true. 1,200 National Guardsmen have been deployed for technical support to Border Patrol Agencies. Side note, they cannot participate in CAPTURING BAD GUYS! Is the goal here to truly protect and defend our southern border? 
Doesn’t this sound like someone covering their bases? When asked about their positions, these have been their answers. When dealing with these academic, elite folks – we need to ask the right questions and follow up with more specific questions. This will not be accomplished by the national media, so we are going to have to do it ourselves in Town Hall meetings and letters to Congress persons. 
Here is the most disconcerting and subtle technically correct answer of them all… ‘Are you a Socialist?’ – POTUS, ‘No, I am not a Socialist.’
See, technically speaking Obama is a MARXIST. Socialist understates his agenda. We need to ask the right questions with this guy. Got it? 

Fourteenth Amendment: Context Matters


Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states the following:

‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’

Now, most will admit that ‘common knowledge’ suggests that ‘if you are born here, you are automatically a citizen of the U.S.’ Is that an accurate interpretation of the Amendment? What exactly does ‘and subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ mean? The actual text paints a much different picture on what common knowledge suggests, casting a cloud over the assumed citizenship of tens of thousands born here ‘without jurisdiction’.

Jurisdiction is defined by Webster as ‘the power, right, or authority to apply the law’ or ‘the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate’. Taken a step further, subject or the phrase ‘subject to’ is defined as; ‘living in the territory of, enjoying the protection of, and owing allegiance to a sovereign power or state’.  Do illegal immigrants subject themselves to the laws of the U.S. or pay allegiance to America? The mere fact that by stepping across the border, their first act was in defiance of the laws of the land, tells us that answer is ‘no’.

It is my opinion that those persons present within the United States without legal status, AND thus the children born here to such families, are not ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ and therefore may not be entitled to automatic citizenship. Now, this is just the meager opinion of an individual living in the Heartland. However, isn’t it fair to introduce this concept for some open debate? Is it reasonable to give the Supreme Court the chance to weigh in on this topic, since there has not been such a decision to date?

I believe it is very important, especially considering the present hotbed of immigration issues and problems, to carefully interpret and adhere to the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted in 1868. Though it’s provisions helped to protect the rights of newly freed slaves – who were now HOLDING JURISDICTION within the United States after Emancipation in 1863 – the Amendment was pointed at overruling the Dred Scott decision. Does anyone truly believe the intention was to allow ‘anchor babies’ or any ‘back-door’ trick to gaining citizenship?

United States citizenship is both valuable and desirable. Let’s clear up these issues with new debate and perhaps a modern day Supreme Court ruling on the interpretation of the Amendment. Let us also define our sovereignty by closing and protecting and defending our borders and citizens. The Constitution is clear about this singular role of the Federal Government.

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