Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Should America move rapidly toward socialism?

"I am inclined to welcome a matchup between Sanders and Trump, not because I’m enamored of either of them but because the campaign would be fought over an important issue: Should America move rapidly toward socialism? That’s an important debate to have, and in between the name-calling, perhaps the country would render a useful and definitive answer." -John Fund


The appeal of Bernie Sanders
"24 years old, African-American, college degree, drowning in student loan debt, living at home with his mom and working like mad to pay off the debt so he can start life. He is a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer. I listened to him talk about why he’s for Sanders. All the usual woke language we hear from the Left never once came up. For him, it was entirely about a system that appears to him to have locked his generation out of what he said, “the things your generation took for granted that you would have, sir”: the possibility of a stable middle class life, including home ownership." - Rod Dreher

"Bernie's Wrong: We Are Better Off Today Than We Were 45 Years Ago"
By David Harsanyi

Friday, February 21, 2020

Panhandlers or Freeloaders?

Watch what happens when these panhandlers were followed home. By John Stossel.

By John Stossel.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Trump: the good, the bad and the ugly

Update 2020-04-12

Posted as a comment on several of my friend's posts
There is way more to life than who will be the next President. I want the President to have so little power that it matters _way_ less who it is.

I think I will vote for Trump. While I do not like the way he talks, I do like the results of his policies for the most part.


A good friend of mine posted an article by David French called "Will Somebody Please Hate My Enemies for Me?" I agree with much of the article, This was my reply to her
"I fully recognize that refusing to hire a hater and refusing to hire a liar carries costs. If we see politics through worldly eyes, it makes no sense at all. Why would you adopt moral standards that put you at a disadvantage in an existential political struggle? If we don’t stand by Trump we will lose, and losing is unacceptable." 
Losing is unacceptable. There is no reasonable way to nominate someone other than Trump for the Republicans. 
He has done some good, some bad and definitely some ugly.  
At this point, the reduction in regulations that allows business to prosper is better than the bad and the ugly I have seen from Trump. 
It is not a pleasant decision. I think it is the best of the options I have.  
I did not vote for Trump in 2106 in the primary nor in the general election. I chose an unknown 3rd party candidate.  
The difference this time is the track record of judges chosen and other positive results that I have seen.  This weighs out to more good than bad at this point. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

One Of The Best Events In A Generation

Electing Bernie Sanders as the Democrat nominee would be one of the best events in a generation.

He will be defeated and socialism is given a trouncing.

Perhaps even better is if he wins the Presidency. He then will implement some fraction of what he wants and everyone will see the failure of the results.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

It is a phrase that makes you think.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal from his Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–348). It is literally translated as "Who will guard the guards themselves?", though it is also known by variant translations, such as "Who watches the watchers?" and "Who will watch the watchmen?". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quis_custodiet_ipsos_custodes%3F)

Contrasting Two Political Approaches

With the recent news of Mitt Romney voting to convict Donald Trump on one count in the impeachment, I have noticed some differences Romney and Rand Paul.

Rand Paul is not shy about his opposition to quite a few of Trump's policies. He seems to have figured out a way to dance with Trump such that he can get the best he can from Trump. He works with him where they agree. Rand is often outspoken when he disagrees.

Mitt Romney seems to have a different approach.