Let me begin by saying I want Killary as President as much as I want cancer. And I fully intend to vote for Trump to make sure that doesn’t happen……but I’ve been desperately looking for a reason to not to need sedation to vote for Trump.

I looked hopefully to the Convention for validation that I could feel good about voting for Trump. I REALLY want to believe he is what all you Trumpeters believe he is.

The first day of the Convention I loved. I loved Melania Trump’s speech and Sheriff Clarke, Marcus Lutrell and the Benghazi heroes. Later, I loved Don Jr’s speech and Ben Carson’s and Rudy’s. The first few days I was feeling hopeful. Today I’m exhausted, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, ideologically and every other way I can think of. Last night Ivanka Trump came out. She is beautiful, intelligent, accomplished, poised…. a truly lovely young woman. She spoke lovingly about her Dad and then she said she wasn’t a Republican or a Democrat, that she voted her conscience (Isn’t that what Cruz got booed for saying?). She then went on to say how she’d fight for affordable childcare and pay equality. I thought I was at the Democrat Convention. Then Trump gave his acceptance speech and said everything every “strong man” has said in history…..and that has never ended well. I have said all my life, when you hear someone say they are the only one who has the answers….RUN!!

History has shown us when people are afraid they want a strong man to take over and fix things but history has also shown us those strong men have led to tyranny. There was no mention of the Constitution or limited government last night. In fact Trump said he’d give student loan relief (with what money? And why should we pay for someone’s irresponsible decision?). Recently he said he didn’t care if the GOP kept the majority in Congress. How does he think he can “fix” anything if Congress stands in his way?

But what really concerns me is his very obvious vindictiveness and need to retaliate. I thought Obama’s vindictiveness was scary but it was mostly hidden. Trump’s is right out there. Regardless of how you feel about Ted Cruz, Trump’s interview this morning on CNN was vindictive and childish. He won, he’s the candidate, why is he trashing Cruz and his father AGAIN instead of talking about his plans or Clinton? And please, don’t anyone tell me Cruz should have taken the “high ground” and endorsed Trump. Or that Cruz didn’t honor his pledge. He pledged to “support” the candidate, NOT to “endorse” and Trump said he wouldn’t honor his pledge either if he wasn’t treated fairly. Trump doesn’t have a high ground. Trump slandered Cruz’s father. I’ve met Ted’s father several times and spent time with him. I spent three days in Mississippi with him and he is a kind, gentle man. What’s happened to us that we don’t find that despicable?

But what I’m most heartbroken about is what I’ve learned about what I thought was “my side”. People I’ve trusted and fought side by side with for the last 8 years now call me names. People I thought believed in constitutionally limited government don’t seem to care if Trump uses a pen and a phone as long as their guy is doing it. I can’t listen to Hannity or Laura Ingram or Ann Coulter anymore and not because they support Trump, but because they are so happily dancing on the graves of those who were not Trump supporters.

Believe me I hope and PRAY I’m wrong and if I am, I’ll be the first to admit it. Unlike people who say, better the evil you know than the evil you don’t know, I’ll take my chances with the evil I don’t know because I could be wrong. We KNOW Killary will take our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights and pack the courts with Liberal judges who will rubber stamp every Liberal idea….the Constitution be damned. We know she will sign every UN treaty that relinquishes our sovereignty.

I will vote for Trump but please don’t ask me to be happy about it.

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I expected no less from the Soviet Socialist Republic of Santa Monica. Knowing no opposing opinions would be allowed, I drove to Santa Monica for a talk on the current status of global warming and climate disruption given by the “Climate Reality Project”. I came prepared but I admit I had butterflies in my stomach. In the past I would never have spoken to an unfriendly audience. Now I do it all the time but it still makes me nervous.

It’s interesting that the group sponsoring this talk was named, “Climate Reality Project” considering reality was absent from the presentation. The audience was sparse, I’d say under a hundred and consisted of mostly elderly, birkenstock wearing hippies. A sweet white haired, grandmotherly woman named Sharon Markenson gave the prepared program. She used a glossily produced slide show that went through all the claims we’ve heard from Alarmists for the last 20 years starting with the claim that 97% of scientists say man is causing global warming. It covered the entire litany of claims, melting polar caps, droughts, flooding (apparently, the ocean is rising in some places but not others), extreme storms, extreme forest fires (ignoring that the government shut down logging and won’t allow the clearing of dead wood, not to mention tearing up roads fire trucks need to get into the forests, but I digress). She even showed Gore’s graph of CO2 and temperature following the same trajectory (again neglecting to mention CO2 HAS increased while temperature hasn’t). She repeated the claim that this year was the hottest year ever.

I was amused that several times the presentation included quotes from Republican politicians (taken out of context and not referring to global warming) and
for the only video of an actual scientist, Ms Markenson, made a point of describing the scientist as an evangelical, Republican. The scientist only said there was more humidity now than in the past. I’ve not heard that claim before so I don’t know if it’s true or not but she didn’t say man was causing it. Apparently, Ms. Markenson believes if an evangelical, Republican gives them a quote they can use, it’s compelling evidence.

Ms. Markenson went on to explain how solar and wind were so much better than fossil fuels (once again, neglecting to mention they are only affordable now because they are subsidized). She said we might wonder why America should be restricting it’s use of fossil fuels when China wasn’t, so she explained how they are using more and more solar power (ignoring that between China and India they are building one coal plant a day). She said of course America should set the example (example of what? How to destroy an economy?). She then explained how carbon taxes would give families carbon credits and they might not even use them all, so it would make energy cheaper (like Obamacare made health insurance cheaper). One of the funniest quotes from a Republican politician she used was, “is it a tax if the government doesn’t keep it”? I actually laughed out loud. What tax does the government keep? Our government has run up a nearly $20 Trillion deficit. I’m not aware of the government socking away any of our taxes. She was trying to make the point that if the government collected carbon taxes and gave families carbon credits it would be a zero sum game. Maybe she doesn’t realize there would be a huge, highly paid bureaucracy, that doesn’t exist now, to service this lovely scheme.
She then told the audience they should contact their representatives to support a carbon tax. She also said the “Climate Reality Project” had trained her to give these informative talks and if anyone wanted to get that training to contact the people at the table outside. She ended the slide show with a picture of her three grandsons and one granddaughter and said she was doing this for them. She finished and asked for questions or comments. I raised my hand and was given the microphone.

I started by saying I was a mother and grandmother too and I loved the planet as much as anyone in the room. I said I was sure she had the best of intentions but she was mistaken. I said I could go through her presentation and argue against each claim but I doubted they would give me equal time so I’d address the most easily disproved. I said the claim made by an Australian blogger that 97% of scientists agree man is causing global warming was debunked almost as soon as it was made, but it is repeated nevertheless. I held up a list of the scientists just in California that disagree. I fanned out the 28 pages and showed the audience. I then showed them a printout from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works website on the 650 current and former IPCC scientists who Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims.

I quoted from Noble Prize winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever, “I am a skeptic….Global warming has become a new religion”. And IPCC scientist Dr. Kimminori Itoh, award winning PhD in environmental physical chemist, “Warming fears are the worst scientific scandal in history…..When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists”. At this point people were shouting at me. They said, “What is your question?”. I said, “Science is based on skepticism, many things that were considered “settled science” have been proven wrong because skeptics kept asking questions. Why won’t you listen to skeptics?

As the room erupted in shouts at me, the microphone was taken (grabbed) from me and I sat down. Ms. Markenson said she had a scientist who could answer me. A white haired man in jeans and a plaid shirt stood next to her. I was expecting him to argue with me but all he did was ask me if I could give him the sources of my claims. I said I certainly could and would. A man behind me asked if he could see the list of California scientists. I showed it to him. He carefully looked at the first few pages and handed it back. The questions that followed from the audience were all from believers and I doubted they’d give me the microphone again, so I got up to leave. The “scientist” quickly came over to me and asked for my email address so he could get my sources. As we were talking another man came up and asked for a copy of the “list”. I told him he could google it. I said it was the “Petition Project”. He said, “Oh, they put anyone who took a class in science on it. I said, “Not true. I’ve met the scientists who circulated the petition and every name was vetted. All you have to do is click on a name and it tells what degrees they have.” He hurumphed his way back to his seat and I was asked to leave because I was being disruptive. I considered that high praise. There is nothing more entertaining than the tolerant Left.

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People, people, people, you need to do a better job of training your guns. Do you know they are sneaking out of your house and shooting people?

Why are we blaming guns when it was an Islamist terrorist, who happened to use guns, who killed 49 people in Orlando. He could have just as easily used a bomb. The 9/11 terrorists used planes. The Boston terrorists used pressure cookers. It’s terrorists who are killing people, not guns, pressure cookers or planes. But we’re not talking about keeping terrorists out of the country, we’re talking about taking law abiding people’s 2nd Amendment rights. In fact, if Congress passes a bill that prevents anyone on the “No Fly” list from buying guns, we’ll be losing our 2nd, 4th, 5th , and 6th Amendment rights.

I understand people thinking there is no good reason for anyone on the “No Fly” list to have a gun. OK. Do you know what criteria is used to put someone on the list? Neither do I and they won’t tell us. People are assuming everyone on the list deserves to be on it, but do they? Let me point out Teddy Kennedy was on the list. And as a very high profile Senator and the brother of both a President and an Attorney General, it took him six months to get off the list. He could afford to take private planes in the meantime but most of us can’t. If you find yourself erroneously listed do you know what procedure there is to get off the list? No? Neither does anyone else because there isn’t one.

I want you to think long and hard about this. If Congress passes a law to prevent anyone on the “No Fly” list from owing a gun, what prevents the government from expanding that list to include anyone it wants to? There is nothing in any of the recent bills that would prevent that. Let me point out that the DOJ and DHS have a list of groups they consider potential “terrorist threats”. That list includes the Tea Party, Pro-Lifers, Returning military, anti-amnesty groups, among other Constitution supporting groups.
You can bet if Congress passes such a law, these groups will be on the list. This would be a twofer for government globalists. They take our guns AND prevent us from traveling.

But let’s also look at that list objectively. Is it not taking people’s rights without due process? We have always passionately defended due process. We have released murderers for being denied their due process. We’ve let them go for not reading them their Miranda Rights. The people on this list haven’t been charged with a crime, or been found guilty, they haven’t faced their accuser, they haven’t had a speedy trial. They are guilty until they can prove they are innocent. They can’t even know who put them on the list or why. Call me crazy, but wasn’t the complaint from the Left about Guantanamo that the prisoners were being denied due process?

Can you explain to me what an “assault weapon” is? If you switch out the scary black stock for a wood one, you’d call it a rifle. Those who are determined to take our guns use terms designed to mislead and misinform. They call AR-15’s “assault weapons” or “Weapons of war”. The AR-15 isn’t used by the military. It shoots one bullet per trigger pull just like every hand gun. I love how people who have never shot a gun or gone hunting want to tell us what we “need”. Limiting the number of bullets you can have in a clip is an inconvenience not a determent. The Orlando shooter changed clips numerous times during his siege. It takes less than a second.
These laws simply turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. There is no law you can pass to prevent criminals from getting and using guns.

The gun grabbers also claim we need better background checks. Really? Besides seeing if you have committed any felonies? What would that look like? Are we also going to have doctors and psychiatrists break their patient/doctor privilege? Are we going to interview your friends, neighbors and family? And what if they don’t want you to have a gun because they don’t believe anyone should have one? Or you are estranged? Or someone has a grudge against you? These are things our Constitution was designed to protect us from.

I also want you to think about this. We have had guns in this country since the pilgrims arrived. Nearly every citizen, but certainly every household, owned a gun. A kid could go into a gun store and buy a gun. Teenagers had gun racks in the backs of their pick-ups filled with guns in high school parking lots. People didn’t go around shooting people when they knew others were very likely to have guns too.

The next time you are out for dinner, look around the room and ask yourself, if a terrorist came in right now, how many people would be killed? I’d guess, pretty much everyone in the room. If you were dining in Texas the likelihood would be that at least four or five people would be carrying a gun. Under those circumstances, how many do you think would die? Not so many, right? Or would the terrorist have even gone there knowing people were armed?

So what has changed? It isn’t guns. They’ve changed very little. They may look scarier because gun owners think it’s cool (and so do movie goers) but they still shoot one bullet at a time. Machine guns/automatic weapons have been illegal for decades. Mass shootings haven’t increased because of an increase in the number of guns, they’ve increased with the increase in the number of Muslim migrants. Why is the outrage directed at guns and not at Islamic terrorists? We had very few Muslims living in America until very recently. The number has grown geometrically and so have terrorist attacks. I know, I know, most Muslims are not terrorists, but how do you tell which ones are and which ones aren’t? Even though the FBI investigated the Orlando terrorist three times for making terrorist threats, they didn’t believe he was dangerous. The co-workers of the San Bernardino terrorist didn’t think he was dangerous either. We may not be at war with Islam, but Islam IS at war with us.

Our FBI and CIA have told us there is no way to vet the Syrian “refugees” being brought into our country. ISIS has said they will infiltrate our country through the refugees. Why can’t we have a rational conversation of the wisdom of bringing in people whose culture is the antithesis of ours? The solution certainly isn’t throwing out our Constitution or turning law-abiding citizens into criminals.

As long as we are living in these perilous times, I’m keeping my gun.

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You remember the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, don’t you? Did you know he has had a trial, been found guilty and sentenced? Did the media cover the trial? Do you know as much about him as you know about Jodi Arias? I didn’t think so. Why do you think that is?

What struck me about the Richard Reid case were Judge William Young’s comments to that evil waste of humanity. Please indulge me and read the following and share it with everyone you know. The Judge’s words were profound and what we want to hear from every American leader.

“Now, let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.
You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it, or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not—–, you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.
So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You’re no warrior. I’ve known warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said:
‘You’re no big deal. ‘

You are no big deal.
What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have, as honestly as I know how, tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?
I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty, and admit you are guilty, of doing? And, I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me, you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice, is in fact being done. The very President of the United States through his officers, will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.
See that flag, Mr. Reid? That’s the flag of the United States of America . That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.
Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.”

Reading this makes me weep. “Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom”. That was true from our founding……..but it no longer is. As I write this Congress is debating taking our 2nd Amendment rights from us, not by amending the Constitution as it is required by law, but by fiat.

The blame for terrorism is being placed on guns, not on the terrorists. No one is talking about Islam, jihad, the caliphate, that homosexuality is not allowed in Muslim countries, that Sharia can’t be separated from Islam, or how incompatible their culture is to ours. Our President, Congress and the media are only focused on guns.
No mention that the worst terrorist attack, causing 2996 deaths, was committed with planes.

At the same time, Democrat Senator, Joe Manchin is saying the problem is “due Process”. These are words I NEVER believed I’d hear in this country. “Due process” is what has set us above other countries. Judge Young’s words explained the value of due process and how important it is to our country. It has never been a partisan issue. We have defended this idea since our founding. Better a guilty man go free than an innocent man be deprived of his Liberty. The most egregious error the justice system could commit was the denial of “due process”.

There is also no mention of the fact that the FBI had investigated this man (I refuse to use his name) three times. I don’t believe, for a minute, the FBI is that incompetent. And now we learn Disney ALSO reported him to the FBI. Disney believed he was surveying the area. I would think part of any FBI investigation into a suspected terrorist would be to check their social media. OBVIOUSLY, they didn’t.
This man had cheered when 9/11 happened. Being born in the United States does NOT make someone an American. He was a US citizen by law but he was never an American.

The FBI agents aren’t at fault. This is coming from the top. The “Countering Violent Extremism” Act prevents them from doing any investigation into mosques or Muslim communities unless someone alerts them to suspicious activity. Even then, they are to give the benefit of a doubt to the Muslim and assume the complainant is Islamaphobic. This administration has deemed Islam the “peaceful religion”, and therefore, not to be investigated. Our law enforcement and investigative agencies are hamstrung by the “Countering Violent Extremism” Act, so called to make you think it was to investigate all terrorism wherever it comes from. It is to investigate you and me, we’re the ones who have been labeled “violent extremists”. It only allows investigation of an Islamist through members of the Muslim community.

The FBI agents aren’t at fault, this is coming from the top. We are under assault, not just by Islam Extremists, but by our own government. Guns didn’t cause the massacre in Orlando, or San Bernardino, or Fort Hood or any of the other terrorist attacks. Richard Reid used a shoe bomb, 9/11 terrorists used planes. These attacks were caused by Islamists who hate the very freedom Judge Young spoke of and the failure of this administration to combat it.

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As the world becomes more and more dangerous, this administration is doing everything they can to take away our guns and leave us vulnerable. They have the support of the media and Hollywood. I spent a good part of yesterday on social media and Cher, Rosie O’Donnell, Will Weaton, Kim Kardashian and numerous other celebrity types, as well as Hillary Clinton and many of the Liberal commentators were demanding more gun control. None spoke of the threat of Islam extremists.

Let’s be clear about something, the worst terrorist attack on our soil, that killed 2996 people was carried out using passenger planes filled with jet fuel. Most of the casualties in the wars in the Middle East are caused by IED’s. Terrorists don’t give a rip about gun laws. Nor are guns their only means of terror. They are very creative. They like to burn people alive, behead Christians or drown them in cages……and they love blowing people up.

These gun control laws take guns from law-abiding people not criminals or terrorists. As long as there are guns in the world, and don’t delude yourself, there will ALWAYS be guns, the bad guys will get them. There is no putting that genie back in the bottle. We don’t need to ban guns, we need to ban Gun Free Zones.

This administration has been hell bent on taking our 2nd amendment rights away from their first days in office. They started with Fast and Furious and when that didn’t work, they have exploited every terrorist attack as a gun control problem, not a terrorist problem. They are doubling down now, with the help of the bleeding heart Liberals.

We need to look at how vulnerable this country has become over the last seven years. Our military has been shrunk to pre-World War II levels.
As our military has been demilitarized, it’s been turned into a social experiment. God has been removed and all branches open to women, gays and transgenders. While our veterans are dying waiting months, if not years, for treatment, the military will now pay for gender reassignment surgery. At the same time we’ve abandoned our allies and made agreements with our enemies that allow them to develop nuclear weapons.

Guantanamo inmates have been being released without trial over the last seven years even though we know a good number of them have returned to the battlefield. We know the few that remain are the most dangerous and, yet, Obama is determined to close Guantanamo before he leaves office. Feeling safe?

Obama has commuted the sentences of more Federal felons than the last seven Presidents. If these men were in Federal prison, they are bad dudes. He has also ordered the release of thousands of illegal alien criminals. Even though the law calls for deporting them, they are released onto our streets to commit more crimes. Sanctuary cities protect criminal illegal aliens against Federal law, and our Attorney General, whose job it is to uphold the law, has made it abundantly clear that she will stand in the way of any attempts to end sanctuary cities.

We had great success infiltrating Mosques that were radicalizing young people and preventing numerous terror attacks, but Obama has shut down surveillance and undercover operations. Mosques are hands off. A former FBI agent said he was instructed to purge all information on various investigations into suspected terrorists from the system. So if one of these suspects goes on to commit a terrorist act, there is no background information on previous investigations. And no way to connect the dots to others they may be working with. Why would any responsible investigative bureau do that? How safe do you feel?

Our police departments have been being nationalized. They are also being demonized. They are called racist even though a large percentage of most police departments are minorities. They are being told to stand down and allow people to destroy property and beat up anyone who objects. They are demoralized and afraid if they do their job, they may be charged with a crime. They have PLENTY of examples of that to keep them in line. The Baltimore officers being tried right now are a case in point.

Europe is being overrun with Syrian refugees (mostly military aged men) that are assaulting women and causing riots. But instead of the refugees being restrained, the citizens are being told not to provoke them. No Go Zones, where citizens who enter do so at their own risk, are spread across Europe. Demands are being made for European citizens to assimilate to the Muslim culture, not them to Europe’s.

The world is more dangerous and unstable than I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime. And yet, this administration is hell bent on confiscating our guns. Operation Choke Point is having banks deny services to gun dealers to put them out of business. These are legal businesses. But that isn’t a concern of this administration.

I want you to think about this. If we are disarmed, who will protect us? Police and EMT’s come AFTER the fact. They can’t protect us. If the evil in the world learns America is disarmed, every terrorist, every cartel, every criminal on the planet will descend on us. With our military and police emasculated and private citizens stripped of their guns, we will be helpless. This is a very dangerous world, we need to protect our 2nd amendment rights.

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Let’s be clear about something. Transgenders have been using the bathroom of their choice for as long as I can remember. No one wants transgenders discriminated against. I’m not aware of anyone dressing and living as a member of the opposite sex being denied access to any bathroom. There has never been a reason to pass legislation to mandate their access and there is no reason now. Except……except as the excuse to remove gender identity from everything.

This issue is not about transgenders. As with every Progressive issue, they claim some “oppressed minority” is being discriminated against to push a much larger agenda. The goal is genderless EVERYTHING. Are we really going to continue this charade that men and women are interchangeable? Are we going to pretend men and women have the same interests and goals in life; aptitudes and abilities? Girl scouts and boy scouts are more “inclusive” now to the detriment of both. Schools have co-ed dorms, locker rooms and bathrooms but demand written consent for sex and claim one in five college women are raped. If the one in five statistic is correct, are we going to pretend genderless accommodations play no part?

I’m very concerned that this is being framed as discrimination against transgenders in the media, even by many Conservative pundits. The media doesn’t mention that in many places and institutions gender is being removed from all bathrooms. There is no mention of how uncomfortable, embarrassing, or dangerous this might be.

It’s, apparently, discrimination to recognize the differences between men and women or to recognize the differences between any two people, positions, or religions for that matter. Apparently, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, a Catholic University, recognizing two genders is a “hate crime”.

In the name of “anti-discrimination” are we going to throw common sense, biology and truth out the window? Are we going to pretend recognizing the difference between men and women is discrimination? When men can deliver a baby and breast feed it, when a woman can tackle a 300 pound linebacker, we can talk about them being interchangeable. I can’t even believe we’re having this conversation.

There is no need to legislate this issue. Men and women prefer using bathrooms designated to their gender. I have no issue with transgenders, who live and dress as their chosen gender, using the bathroom of their choice, nor do I believe most of us do. But I don’t want encounter a strange man when I enter a bathroom.

Courts Need their Power Checked on Bathroom Issue

Men and women ARE different and they are different for good and valid reasons. Ask any parent who has raised both. Their differences should be acknowledged and celebrated. Both are beautiful.

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For all the Bernie Sanders supporters who think socialism sounds great, I’d like you to answer this question, name a socialist country where the citizens have a standard of living that even comes close to America’s. In fact, name one whose citizens live with as many creature comforts as America’s poor. I’ll wait……………………………………

How about Venezuela or Cuba? How’s that going? Socialism always sounds better than it is. Socialists promise people they will be taken care of by the government and to start, it seems to work. Socialism is like a Ponzi scheme. Initially it succeeds but eventually it collapses because, As Margaret Thatcher said, “….eventually you run out of other people’s money”. When governments take away the ability to make a profit, it takes away initiative and stops growth. When property is publically owned there is no incentive for it to be wisely used. Our pilgrims learned the hard way when they formed a community farm and starved because too many expected others were doing the work. When each family grew their own food they flourished. Public ownership encourages neglect and mismanagement.

I have another question to ask those of you who think socialism is sexy. If it is so wonderful why do people risk their lives, cross mountain ranges, deserts, and oceans to come to the horrible, unfair, racist country of America? Why have Cubans and Haitians gotten on rafts and leaky boats to come to America? In fact, Haitians had to sail right by the beautiful, socialist country of Cuba to get to racist America. In Cuba the average monthly salary is $20.00. The government supplies people with a place to live, an education, healthcare and coupon books that ration food. Unfortunately, the government never gets around to repairing the homes and the people can’t afford to. The only cars there are from the 1950’s and parts for repairs are impossible to find.

Right now in Venezuela people are waiting in line for hours for basic needs that may run out before they get to the head of the line. Of course, they can always go to McDonalds if they have the equivalent of $150.00 for a hamburger. As Ronald Reagan said, “socialism only works in two places, in heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”

Remember the Berlin wall and Check Point Charlie? That wall wasn’t to keep people out, it was to keep people in. If socialism is so great, why would they need a wall to keep people from leaving?

Over the last decade as I’ve worked to defend Liberty and help educate people, the most passionate activists I’ve met have been legal immigrants from socialist and communist countries. They say they were lucky because they had a place to flee to. If America becomes a socialist country, there will be nowhere to flee.

The reason socialism keeps failing is that it completely ignores the nature of man and, as Reagan alluded to, angels aren’t those running it. Man needs incentive to excel. Those of us who are parents know that rewards work better than punishments. If someone’s hard work isn’t going to improve their life there is no reason for them to work hard. Not rewarding excellence sucks the life out of innovation. When businesses aren’t allowed to make profits they can’t expand or reward those who are more talented or hard working. And if a company is run by the government there is no incentive for it to be successful.

Another question for those who think free college is a good thing. You are aware that we are nearly $20 TRILLION in debt, aren’t you? That’s more money than America has and close to all the money available in the world. Where are we going to get the money to pay for free college for everyone? And why do you think everyone wants to go to college…..or should? Many would go, simply because it’s “free” and to avoid actually getting a job and taking care of themselves. Many have skills and talents that don’t require a college education. There are many “self-made” millionaires in America who didn’t go to college. They were able to become millionaires because they were free to pursue their best interests. And if the government gives you a “free” college education, what would prevent them from telling you what field of study they have decided you should take? They might not do that now, but what would prevent them from doing it in the future. After all, if they are providing it, they can make up the rules. Socialists want government to provide housing and jobs for all too. Again, you may not want or like the housing or job they offer. Then what?

The argument for socialism has always been that the wrong people were overseeing it. But even if the best, kindest, most tolerant, most generous, most moral, ethical leader on earth were to take charge and design the fairest socialist system on the planet, there will be another leader to follow, who won’t be. And to stay in power, they will promise more and more “stuff”. It’s free college, paid family leave, free housing, guaranteed jobs and wages, huge pensions, earlier retirement, then more vacation time, shorter work days……fewer work days……and on, and on until it all collapses because not enough people are working enough time to pay enough taxes to pay for all the free stuff.

Individual Liberty is what our founders designed for us. It has been the freedom of the individual to pursue their own best interests, farm and ranch their own lands, build their own businesses, explore new lands, invent new things, dream bigger and reach farther, that made this country the most successful in the world. Why would any of you want to give that up?

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