What is at Stake in the 2016 Election

The 2016 presidential election is much more than just Republican vs Democrat or conservative vs liberal.

It is about liberty.  It is about freedom.  It is about our rights as individuals here in America.

It is about who is for “The People,” as in “We the People.”  It is about whom we can trust.

Hillary has made it abundantly clear where she stands on many issues and why she cannot be trusted.

On NBC’s Meet the Press (April 3, 2016), she said “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”  Interesting, though, Bill of Rightsthat if a pregnant woman is killed that the murderer can be charged with a double-homicide.  That unborn appears to have rights.

On October 1, 2015, Hillary slammed the Supreme Court as “wrong on the Second Amendment,” presumably over D.C. v Heller where, in 2008, the SCOTUS affirmed that the Second Amendment granted gun rights to individuals regardless of whether or not they were members of an organized government militia.  That very decision overturned D.C.’s total ban on handgun ownership, as well as other strict forms of gun control.

In Brazil, May 2013, she stated “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”  America does not need open borders.  We need proper immigration and control.  We need to know who wants to live here.

To make matters worse, she has advocated for the US to take 65,000 unvetted refugees from Syria.  Who foots the bill for these people?  US taxpayers.  Meanwhile, thousands of US Veterans wait weeks or months or longer for help, yet they became injured fighting for, and protecting, our very right to be free.

Prior to September 11, 2012, when Hillary was Secretary of State (and responsible for the security of our ambassadors and overseas personnel), she refused to send additional military aid or assistance to the US Embassy in Benghazi.  Then, when it was attacked she sent no help, despite the pleas from our men stationed there and having knowledge that there were troops within range who could make a difference.  They were not deployed.  Four men died.  She has proven, time and again, that she is not a trusted leader and cannot be Commander in Chief.  Remember, there is an ages-old saying in the military, “You don’t leave men behind,” which is exactly what she did.

The lies she has stated to the American people, and especially while testifying about her email scandal, are despicable.  She sent and received classified material on a non-secure server.  That much is clear, yet she does not receive any penalty, or even a formal reprimand.  Instead, she is allowed to run for the nation’s highest office.  That is truly being above the law.  Then, during the third debate, she literally tried to pin the whole possible hacking charge on the Russians and Donald J. Trump.  This is a woman who simply cannot be trusted with State secrets.

US Flag MapAnd none of the above, of course, covers her infamous cover-up of her husband’s many bedroom and Oval Office sexual escapades and what she did and said to the women who accused her husband of his infidelities.  He was, after all, impeached for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Nor does the above cover her blatant disregard and horrible behavior (and ultra-foul mouth) towards Secret Service personnel.

And, should the Clinton Foundation money-machine be examined for all of the pay-for-play political favors granted by her highness while adding millions to her net worth?

The woman honestly feels that she is entitled to be our president.

What she is entitled to is a trial by jury for the many charges that should have been brought against her.

And, while you may not agree with some of the things that Trump says, his actions speak volumes.

He is a doer, he gets things done.

He will shake up a political system that has become complacent and corrupt.

He has had women and minorities around him in several key positions throughout his entire career and, most importantly, for his campaign to be our president.

America needs Donald J. Trump at this time.

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Benjamin Franklin Synonymous With Freedom and Liberty

There were 56 individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence.  There were thousands of others who put their lives on the line to ensure that the United States of America became established through the Revolutionary War and the adoption of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Benjamin FranklinHowever, there is only one Benjamin Franklin.

As one of the key Founding Fathers, Franklin did, indeed, sign both the Declaration and the US Constitution, but he did so much more.  He was one of the earliest proponents of colonial unity and earned the title of “The First American.”

He was a true renaissance man, with vast knowledge in many subject areas, and one who mastered several professions.  He was an author, a printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.

Born in Boston as one of 17 children, his thoughts about freedom began early in life.  At the age of 15, one of his brothers was jailed for publishing words against the governor.  Young Benjamin, who had been writing for the paper as Silence Dogood, a middle-aged widow, took over his brother’s newspaper and had Dogood proclaim,  “Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”

Never one to be silent or mince words on the subject, Franklin said, on November 17, 1737,  “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”

He also knew that government, in any form, is not perfect, but that a republic, set up as our Founding Fathers had done, could stand for a long length of time – depending on the people.  On April 17, 1787, Franklin wrote about the quality that the people must have for a republic to endure,  “…only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

He is one who lived his life true to his God and to the Republic of which he helped create.

He is one who is synonymous with freedom and liberty.

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Donald J Trump on the 2nd Amendment

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, the second item addressed in OUR Bill of Rights, states:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In this short video, Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is very clear and quite precise on his stand regarding Americans and their right to own guns.

He is in good company.

There was, and there still are, very good reasons for citizens to bear arms.

Our Founding Fathers wrote the 2nd because they knew that an armed populace would not (easily) fall to tyrannical leaders.

Founding Fathers Patrick Henry and George Mason of Virginia both lobbied and fought for a bill of rights, as the Constitution gave too much power to the centralized government.  They battled long and hard to convince their fellow Patriots to arm the people with Rights, Rights which would help define freedom and liberty as never before.

Regarding arms, Mason said,  “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”

Henry, ever the orator, said,  “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed.  Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

US Flag - pistolMeanwhile, Alexander Hamilton said, “The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”

And Thomas Jefferson stated, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”

Perhaps our first President, George Washington, said it best, “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”

Let us not dwell on the fact that the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights are over 240 years old.  Let us, instead, marvel at the foresight our Founding Fathers had in preparing foundational writings that can stand, and have stood, the test of time when they are followed by a moral and ethical people.

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Obama and the US Constitution – Not Compatible

For too many years the American public has turned a blind eye, or has been simply bamboozled, as politicians have slowly but surely been stealing our rights and freedoms away. Yes, those very ones that are guaranteed to us via the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the additional Amendments.

As well, our Executive Branch has been side-stepping the Law of the Land via items such as Signing Statements. These “statements” have been used for years by most of our presidents, but Obama has been very blatant using them to get around Constitutional Law.

The funny thing, if it weren’t so serious, is that Obama nailed Bush over the use of them. On May 18, 2008 during his first campaign, made the following promise: I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution, and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.

Barack Obama - ConstitutionTo date, he has used 33 of them.

Earlier, on March 31, 2008, he said, I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with [the president] trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America. Not.

Obama has done more to consolidate power in the Oval Office than anyone before him – in several areas.

One example: he has issued a series of Executive Orders that contradict the United States’ immigration laws. Illegal immigrants will, because of Obama’s total disregard towards the separation of powers as laid out in the US Constitution, reap billions in benefits, again through Executive Orders. All paid courtesy of the US taxpayer.

On October 20, 2010, Obama said, I do have an obligation to make sure that I am following some of the rules. I can’t simply ignore laws that are out there. I’ve got to work to make sure that they are changed. The total audacity! “Some of the rules?” Who is he that he thinks he can circumvent any of the laws of the land?

Well, in 2011, he did bypass Congress by invading Libya, which was an act of war. He overthrew their government and was basically responsible for the assassination of their leader.

And, although we should have suspected this, Obama did not veto the National Defense Authorization Act, as he had promised. That act contains articles that violate the Bill of Rights. The 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments are all at risk due to this one piece of legislation.

Thomas Paine - DutyThe primary offending area is §§ 1021-1022, which affirm provisions authorizing the indefinite military detention of civilians, including U.S. citizens, without habeas corpus or due process, contained in the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Yes, if you offend the wrong person with your opinion, you could find yourself deemed a “national security threat” and your due process is lost, you are simply taken away.

Finally, although the Supreme Court upheld the legislation, the (Un)Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is known, is absolutely unconstitutional. Our government can now dictate that you MUST purchase health insurance and then enforce this by taxing you if you do not purchase it. Yet, those illegals and refugees he is letting in get health care for free (courtesy of your friendly US taxpayer).

What happens next? The door has been propped completely wide open for further abuse.

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Kris Paronto, Benghazi Hero, Is A True Patriot

In an attempt to bring truth to some of the political chicanery that is flying around today, Benghazi survivor, hero and an ultimate Patriot Kris Paronto says, “We need to destroy terrorism, not each other.”  Paronto, known as Tanto in security contracting circles, is a former US Army Ranger who was one of six men tasked with security in Benghazi at the CIA outpost, known as the Annex.

Kris Paronto portraitTanto spent over 10 years in hostile environments but he left about a year after the September 11, 2012, attack on the US Embassy and then the Annex that saw the US Ambassador and three others killed during the onslaught of terrorists.  Following that harrowing experience, the father of three has made it his mission to raise awareness of terrorism here at home and not listen to the watered-down versions, and often lies, that come from political leaders.

Along with his returning Benghazi soldiers and Mitchell Zuckoff, they published a book titled 13 Hours The Inside Account of what really happened in Benghazi.  That was followed by a Michael Bay movie, based on the book, 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.  Paronto has been a major part of the promotion for both, refusing to back down when people from Capitol Hill lie, or twist the truth, regarding events that occurred on that date.

He started the Leading From The Front Foundation in order to help spread the word. He says, “Radical Islam is at war with America, and we are slowly losing. From Benghazi to Orlando, we are seeing the deadly consequences of President Obama and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s ‘leading from behind’ and their willful blindness towards the threat of radical Islam.”

The former Ranger has been relentless in his attacks on Hillary Clinton for her role in the inadequate initial military coverage of the US Embassy and lack of rescue efforts after the attack began.  “I don’t think she has a soul,” he has said, adding “I hope it haunts her, I don’t think it will.”

13 Hours CoverThere are those who accuse Paronto and his fellow surviving heroes of lying when they have said they were told to Stand Down.  But, he stands his ground.  Knowing his military background and work on security details it is hard to imagine he and his group making that up.  They would have wanted to assist at all costs.  That is what they do.  They are Patriots.

By way of contrast, we have a president who refuses to openly name the Islamic terrorists that continue to attack us for fear of offending Muslims in general, or whatever his politically correct response might be.

The world needs more men like Paronto.  Men who are willing to say what needs to be said, to go against the grain of political leaders who, as he puts it, Lead From Behind.

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Ronald Reagan on the Constitution, Freedom, Liberty

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981-1989.  Prior to that he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967-1975.  Although earlier in his life, he lived as a registered Democrat, he became a Conservative and switched to the Republican party in 1962.

His landslide re-election over Walter Mondale in 1984 still stands as the largest electoral college victory in history, 525 out of a possible 538, while also carrying 58.8% of the popular vote.  When he left the presidency he held a high approval rating of 68 percent.

President Ronald ReaganPresented here are selected quotes from speeches and writings by Reagan on the Constitution, freedom and liberty, dating from before his first term as governor to after he left the nation’s highest office.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Mar 30, 1961

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.” Oct 27, 1964

“You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man’s age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” Oct 27, 1964

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” Jan 5, 1967

“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power.” Sept 1, 1975

Ronald Reagan on horseback

“I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings.” Jul 6, 1976

“Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.” Jan 20, 1981

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Mar 30, 1981

“It’s reported that John Adams’ last words were, Thomas Jefferson survives. History tells us, however, that Jefferson had died shortly before John Adams passed away. But Adams was right. All of us stand in tribute to the truth of those words. We proclaim it again and again with our dedication to keeping this a land of liberty and justice for all, and through our deeds and actions, to ensure that this country remains a bastion of freedom, the last best hope for mankind. As long as a love of liberty is emblazoned on our hearts, Jefferson lives.” Jul 3, 1987

We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. We the people are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which We the people tell the government what it is allowed to do. We the people are free.” Jan 11, 1989

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