October 5, 2015


Weekly Forum: What Changes Would You Make To Our Electoral/Political Process?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What changes Would You Make To Our Electoral/Political Process?

Maggie’s Notebook : My opinions take the dim view that many voters do not know the issues and don’t want to take the time to learn. Not much to say about those who vote but haven’t the capacity to make a common sense decision.

Constitutional/Constitutional Issues:
1) Term Limits for House – 6 two-year terms (12 years total) and Senate 2 six-year terms (12 years total) – then bye bye.
2) President: One six year term.
3) Keep the Electoral College

The election process: Avoiding the issue of states’ rights. In theory, I believe the following will better our election process, and what afters after:

1) Photo voter I.D. with signature that is checked at the polls with a pollster placing his/her initials next to the voter’s signature.

2) Voter must sign an oath that he/she has not voted in another state for the same election

3) Voting is a privilege and a duty: No slackers registering same day for a 6-pack of beer or a pint, and a carton of cigarettes. At least 60 days registration, prior to election day, to vet the voter and add him/her to the polls. No votes cast or counted if not already on the official voter registration records. We are better off without an honest vote due to time restrictions, than with the fraudulent votes cast every election cycle. It should be our privilege and our duty to cooperate with a system that control fraud.

4) Only defined, controlled places to register. No more hippies, modern day hippies, those looking for drug money, or those on welfare, with a clipboard on a corner.

5) Complete transparency with absentee ballots. The ballots should be counted and recorded, with a great deal of security, as they come in. Every vote counts whether it changes anything or not.

6) Do away with “early” voting. We have absentee ballots. What’s the difference, other than making your Tuesday easier to manage?

7) Gerrymandering needs a common-sense overhaul, sometime to protect us from our own party. Example: Former Congressman Allan West.

8) Some “rules” made by the House and the Senate should be considered dishonorable, and abolished, and unchangeable. From session-to-session we need fairness and consistency –– not partisan privilege.

9) The Speaker of the House should be required to vote. To think the Speaker’s position is non-partisan is ludicrous.

10) The vote for Speaker of the House must be by secret ballot. There should be no threat of losing committee assignments because your loyalty is seen as questionable. If you lose your committee after the election, it can’t be blamed on the way you voted. What we have now is close to blackmail.

The Independent Sentinel : I’m not sure what should be done but it probably has to be done soon while Republicans still have some power. The assault on the Electoral College won’t be cured by the National Popular Vote but there must be something that can be done. We certainly need to look at the illegal immigration and refugee policies and the way we count for the census.

We are on a track to be a one-party system.

 JoshuaPundit ; I think we’ve got problems in two areas, foundation and process. Foundation issues include the Left’s control of public education (including the major journalism schools) and I see a direct correlation between this and the declining quality of many of our public office holders. Issues like racial gerrymandering,  the problem of people with no stake in the game voting taxpayer funded benefits for themselves at the expense of others and a general disrespect for what out Founders achieved by the educational establishment are among them.   These can be fixed but are a long term battle.

Process, I think, could be vastly improved much easier and would likely make the foundation issues easier to solve given time.

The first problem is our constant campaign season. The electorate’s limited attention span is challenged by the constant drumbeat of ads, media ‘analysis’ and talking points and the real issues get lost in the shuffle as many Americans simply turn off and vote by sheer instinct.

This leads to the second major problem, the sheer amount of money involved. Imagine hiring someone to paint your house who spent most of his time on the phone or knocking on doors to get more work rather than doing what you hired him for and you begin to see the problem we have. And that’s not  even mentioning the temptation of making an easy score by pushing legislation or special arrangement for corporations, unions and pressure groups with cash to dole out to hungry legislators.

We could solve this not by taking money out of politics but by making it of very limited use.

Our elections come  in November. Pass a law forbidding any political advertising for a candidate, any formation of ‘exploratory committees’ or any overt campaigning prior to February 1st of the election year for both incumbents and challengers.  Politicians always make speeches, but no fees, honorariums, donations or ‘expenses’ could be solicited or received, and doing so would be a felony.   Television advertising would be severely limited even after February, and largely limited to debates.

Such debates would be Lincoln-Douglas style only, presented only on radio, C-Span or PBS and would have no moderators, only a timekeeper.

Statutory legal limits would be set by individual state legislators and by a neutral national committee  on the maximum amount allowed to be spent for the presidential race and for state offices. No individual candidate would be allowed to fund raise for him or herself. Instead, any campaign donations would have to be donated to the FEC who would then forward it to the candidate’s party. For instance, if presidential campaign funding in a given year is limited to, say,  $5 million, it wouldn’t matter if a billion dollars poured in – only $5 million would be of any use. Violations of this would be class A felonies.

A two week moratorium on all ads, campaigning and electioneering prior to election day would be strictly enforced, And no media outlet would be allowed to run the usual election night shows – no ‘calling’ of elections, no nonsense exit polls, no weighty analysis by the usual talking heads trying to fill time. Nothing until all national polls had closed. Along these lines, a federal voter ID law and the elimination of electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots would be positive changes.

What we’d have here is a much shorter, much more substantive  campaign season, far less attack ads, much more voter engagement, meaningful debate on the issues  and elected officials who could actually go to Washington to do the people’s business rather than working like rats in heat from the moment they’re elected to raise funds for another term.

 Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : One of the major changes I would make would be to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified on April 8, 1913, Senators began to be elected by the people. Prior to this amendment, as per Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six years…” The Seventeenth Amendment amassed more power to the federal government and away from the States. Senators no longer serve the people of the State they represent, and the federal grasp for power has continued to grow since this amendment was passed.

Term limits should be imposed, and no one serving should receive a pension of any kind after leaving office. All elected officials should return to private life and live under the laws they created. We need to end this class of political elites running our country.

As far as the presidential elections, it is difficult to say how the process could be improved. Ideally, there would be a shorter election season and televised debates between the candidates on the real issues hosted by unbiased moderators, so we would know each candidate’s position and how they would address the challenges facing our country.

In addition, every candidate for public office should be subject to an extensive background check. Anyone with affiliations to un-American organizations should be disqualified. It is incredible the people who serve on high level security committees who would not qualify to get security clearances for a job in the military or our intelligence agencies.

The Glittering Eye : Since I think that just about every change from the Founders’ original structure has been an error, it’s hard to know where to begin.  I’ll just hit a few high points.

I think the popular election of the Senate has upset the balance of our federal system–we should repeal the 17th amendment.  We should greatly increase the size of the House.  We should enact an anti-gerrymandering amendment.  I think there’s merit to limiting the census enumeration to citizens.  We should establish term limits.  We should have mandatory retirement ages for legislators.  No elected office should be eligible for a pension.  We should have the power of recall.  We should establish uniform residency requirements for legislators and they should be deemed to reside wherever they sleep most frequently in the course of a year.

That’s a start.

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September 28, 2015


Forum: What Is Your Reaction To John Boehner’s Resignation?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Is Your Reaction To John Boehner’s Resignation?

Virginia Right!: I won’t shed a tear.

The Noisy Room : Yipee! And good riddance. I’m partying and doing a snoopy dance. The only thing I cringe over, is who will take his place? They will try and shove Kevin McCarthy on us.

 The Razor : It takes a big man to cry.It takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

JoshuaPundit : Oh dear, why now? Why not five or six years ago?

I think what’s going on here is pretty obvious to me at least. Boehner didn’t actually ‘resign,’  but with elections not far away, the GOP establishment is finally getting a clue about how deeply angry GOP voters are at them for their betrayal of what they were elected to do,  And Boehner was an easy sacrifice, especially since the votes were there to oust him. The fact that there’s a well paid position working on Jeb Bush’s campaign greased and ready for him tells the rest of the story.

McConnell may be next to get the axe.

The GOP establishment will try to put one of their own in charge who lacks Boehner’s baggage, and Kevin McCarthy is said to have the inside track. I doubt he will make it unless he makes some solid commitments to House conservatives. We’ll see…

 Don Surber : I met him around 2005 when he was Education chairman. He was smooth and in command. Future speaker. He was part of teh Gang of Seven as a rookie congressman, and co-authored the Contract With America.

This is a sad end. It was time.

The Independent Sentinel : He ran the House like a dictator so all I have to say is Hasta La Vista baby!

Maggie’s Notebook : Interesting to think that the Speaker doesn’t have to be a Congressman. It ca be a civilian. Never has been, but it could be. I can’t wait for Boehner to be gone, but if ANY part of this leadership is elected, I don’t think much will change.The entire leadership needs to go.

Nice Deb: Somebody mentioned Tom Coburn, the former Senator from Oklahoma who recently retired as a possible candidate. He was the most conservative member of the Senate, but not a bomb-thrower and was widely respected. Not that it will happen, but it’s nice to dream (while Kevin McCarthy is shoved down our throats.)

 Bookworm Room : Let me begin with the fact that Progressives on my Facebook thread are shattered that the man they view as the least awful Republican has left the House and are already having nightmares about the inevitable Tea Party fanatic who will replace him. Here are slightly edited quotes (to preserve the author’s privacy) highlighting their horror:

Progressive #1: “The Tea Party is made up of hate-filled ultra conservative religious fanatics and domestic terrorists. They were a Trojan Horse the GOP thought it could control in the fight against Democrats, but they simply split the GOP. It serves the GOP right but damages America.”

Progressive #2: “The most fanatic right wingers kicked him out, and I can’t imagine who will be the next Speaker, so it’s scary. This is very bad for the Republican Party.”

When it comes to Progressives, with a few exceptions, I operate on the Groucho Marx principle: Whatever you’re for, I’m against it. Their shock and fear over Boehner’s departure is a strong indication that his departure is a good thing. Reviewing Republican responses doesn’t change my mind.

Among Republicans, there are pragmatists who say that, given Obama’s refusal to work with a Republican Congress, there was little Boehner could do, so he shouldn’t be the scapegoat for the GOP’s weakness and Obama’s strength. More ideologically committed people say that the least that Boehner could have done was to be a spokesman for conservative ideas — such as pointing out that it is Obama who is flouting the majority of Americans through his refusal to accommodate any legislation that doesn’t match his minority political view.

I happen to agree with the latter view. I therefore believe that Boehner’s right to leave. The only people whom he made happy were those on the Left who gloried in his failure either to carry through legislation or to be a spokesman for conservative ideas.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Recent polls show that a sizable majority of Republican voters are extremely unhappy with Speaker Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell for not being strong voices for conservative principles. Despite being delivered majorities in the House and Senate they have been weak and ineffective in their ability to rein in a lawless President Obama.

Riding the wave of a Tea Party success in getting out the vote in 2010 and winning a Republican majority in the House, John Boehner convinced conservatives he would work to undo Obamacare and champion conservative policies. His promises were successful in winning the Speaker position. Since then, he has done nothing to keep his promises to undo the damage our country has suffered under the Obama presidency.

The question is, has he removed himself from the office to protect the establishment GOP in the upcoming 2016 elections, or has he come to the realization… perhaps after meeting the pope… that he is on the wrong side of what is right for America? One thing is certain; he did not have the fortitude or conviction to do what needs to be done to correct the disastrous course we are on as a country. Hopefully the new speaker will be a true conservative and not one of the establishment GOP the party continues to push on the American people.

The Glittering Eye :I think that Speaker Boehner did about as well as could have been expected under the circumstances and the opprobrium heaped upon him by Tea Party conservatives has been largely undeserved.

I also think that the odds are about 3:2 that a long string of disappointments is continuing for the Freedom Caucus and their supporters. Boehner’s successor won’t be a Freedom Caucus member. It’s more likely to be Kevin McCarthy of the California 23rd district and he will prove very similar to Boehner. There will continue to be compromises they despise in the name of continuing to govern.

The eventual Republican presidential candidate whoever he or she may be will not be nearly confrontational enough to suit them. They’ll object strenuously to some of the positions he or she takes.

The key problem is as it has always been. You can’t take the White House with Tea Party voters alone. There is no hidden groundswell of support just waiting for a candidate conservative enough.

Well, there you have it.

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September 21, 2015


The Weekly Forum Is Up! Can America Recover From Barack Obama?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Can America Recover from Barack Obama?

Don Surber : Yes. I have full faith in America, the Greatest Land Of All. We survived Ca’ta’

Greg,  Rhymes With Right: I’m not sure. Ask me after the election in November of 2016. If we have President Clinton, President Sanders, or President Trump taking office in 2017, then America is truly in decline. A strong leader on the right (or at least the center-right) might allow us the chance to recover from the damage done by Obama, just as Reagan undid the damage left in the wake of Jimmy Carter and his immediate predecessors.

Maggie’s Notebook:Yes, if we elect a president brave enough to undo the lawlessness. To do this, every Cabinet member must be willing to clean house, and take care of the business of undoing the lawlessness. A president can’t do it by himself/herself. Until we see the results of the 2016 elections, we cannot say we trust the voters to demand the Republic we inherited.

JoshuaPundit :  Most people whom know me consider me an optimist. But on this question, I’d have to say that it’s up in the air. Two quotes come to mind. Rush Limbaugh famously said in March of 2012 that “I think that the country could survive four more years of Obama, but I don’t believe the country can survive in a country full of people who would re-elect him.”

That’s a key point. Barack Hussein Obama is merely the embodiment, the steroid if you will of our current predicament.

At this point, not only the attitudes but the very electorate is being changed to accept the corruption of our every institution – the military,  our schools, our judiciary, our morals and of course, our Constitution.

Our children today aren’t taught about the awesome greatness of our nation, its heroes and heroines and the amazing men and women whom built it, but that America is a racist, hateful,  ‘downright mean country’  that must pay sin offerings in perpetuity.And the country is being swamped by those whom consider themselves entitled to those offerings, just because.

The American people, whom once demanded at least a show of honesty and propriety from officeholders now simply shrug at the widespread dishonesty and lawlessness. Having been lied to again and again by those promising reform, seeing the well connected caught in wrongdoing get off free again and again, many of them have adopted an almost Soviet mindset and now simply try to keep the bureaucratzia at arms length and  scrounge what they can from the system.

America has changed. I can feel it.

Will we recover? Here’s that second quote, from that student of American character, Sir Winston Churchill: “You can always depend on the American people to do the right thing – eventually.”

Will we? And will the ‘right thing’ be a return to the principles of our Republic? We’ll see. But I feel it in my bones that a reckoning is in store for America along the way.

The Right Planet: I suppose anything is possible. My concern is we have a couple of “lost generations” that seem to have forgotten, or choose not to learn, from the very bitter lessons of the past. I really hate making predictions. But I don’t think this is going to end well. I just know too many people who are completely disengaged. And some of them are fine people. They’re just disengaged. Comfort and ease trumps all. I’m afraid this just can’t end well. I think it’s going to get worse, much worse, before it gets better. Just my $.02. And on that cheery note, I’ll yield the rest of my time.

The Glittering Eye : Of course. In the total scheme of things Barack Obama is small potatoes. America can survive him easily.

I’m not so sure we can survive the abandoning of traditional American values and beliefs. If we abandon teaching the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin, Parson Weems, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural, and Walt Whitman because they’re old dead white guys we may also lose the values of honesty, honor, decency, hard work, self-sufficiency, and self-determination that they advocated.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : While President Obama has absolutely fast tracked the decline of America as we knew it, it would be foolish to blame everything that has happened on him alone, or that is has happened only since he became president. We must recall the events behind the rise of the Tea Party. Perhaps the average American was not aware at the time, but many people in the business knew of the imminent housing collapse due to continued lowering of underwriting guidelines which permitted people to qualify to purchase houses knowing full well they could not afford them. The wake-up call and what spurred the American people to rise up was TARP, the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which was passed in October 2008 under President George W. Bush. Although he and other Republicans said they warned of the problems with such lending practices they did not take any actions which might have stopped it.

That seven hundred billion dollar bank and auto industry bailout was what spurred everyday Americans to form grassroots groups to protest the confiscatory theft of our tax money and borrow on our future earnings to bail out banks, which in a true capitalist society should have gone bankrupt.

We have researched, studied, educated ourselves and shared information through the internet and social media with people all over the nation and across the globe. We have gone back to our founding fathers and sought to understand the ideas upon which our country was formed and determined to take America back from the progressives, socialists and Marxists in our government and in our country.

Many were awakened before he assumed office, and many more have realized we are losing our republic since he took office. We must realize when he is gone there will still be people and powers behind the scenes continuing the destruction, and not just those with a D after their name. America is exceptional and freedom is in our blood. America can and will recover from Barack Obama.

 Well, there you have it!

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September 20, 2015


Did Angela Merkel just “read out Germany’s suicide note?”

A must see video, Hat Tip Rebel Media. As we hear President Obama seeking refugee status for thousands of Syrians to come to America, we better take heed of what is happening in Europe as these “migrants” flee Syria (or wherever else they are coming from) and disrupt Western civilization.

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August 16, 2015


The Great Unlearning: How Our Society Became So Stupid

The public school system has been dumbing down our children for decades. They no longer have the ability to be critical thinkers. They have become lazy and accept being told what to think, not how to think. Through this Great Unlearning society is falling into the hands of progressives; socialists, Marxists, communists.

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August 9, 2015


Paul Weston : Left–Liberals Are Evil — LibertyGB

Originally posted on JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group:
laura997:Excellent explanation of the progressive agenda and how they have been destroying Western civilization. Originally posted on JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group: View original

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August 3, 2015


The Weekly Forum Is Up: What Are The 5 Most Important Issues To You In The Coming Election?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are The 5 Most Important Issues To You In The Coming Election? Don Surber : 1. Electing a Republican […]

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July 20, 2015


The Weekly Forum: What Was Your Reaction To The Chattanooga Attack?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Was Your Reaction To The Chattanooga Attack? Don Surber : C-in-C should order every officer (commissioned and non-com) to […]

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July 16, 2015


Is Iran Treaty In Accordance With Shari’ah?

I am by no means a scholar of Islam, but I have read much on the life of Muhammad and the history surrounding his life. Hearing about the treaty, or “agreement”, with Iran that Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama negotiated with Iran, along with the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, plus China and Russia, […]

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