Dec 16, 2015

Communicating a Conservative World View to a Liberal


With the political season in full gear as we approach the first Republican presidential primary elections nationwide as well as very important GOP State committee elections in Massachusetts, opportunities for conservatives to persuade others to their point of view occur everyday around the dinner table, on the job, and on social media sites. 

During a recent political discussion with a diehard liberal friend of mine on Facebook, I remarked that I held to a conservative world view and I could tell he had no idea what I was talking about, due probably to years of listening to MSNBC, CNN and reading the Boston Globe. In his mind I’m sure he only sees conservatives as racists, homophobes, and bigots, who are hopelessly rude and offensive.

So I replied by stating specifically what my beliefs and principles are saying:  

“That’s right my friend”, I said.

“I am a constitutional conservative. I believe in American exceptionalism. I believe in God’s providential guidance in the founding of America. I believe in limited government, life, liberty, and the right to own private property. And I believe everyone of us has the right to protect our families via our 2nd amendment rights which the constitution says can never be infringed, no matter how many gun control laws this president tries to shove down our throats. ”

“And like most conservatives, we believe all laws should be written by the appropriate branch of government designated for such duties by the Constitution i.e the U. S. Congress not by liberal judges or by the President via executive order or through a federal agency.”

I then went on to explain to him that I identify with the evangelical Christian voting block on the moral issues of our times including their revulsion at the senseless murder of developing babies in the womb for the purpose of selling body parts by federally subsidized organizations like Planned Parenthood.

And I pray daily that God will lead pastors to encourage their congregations to get involved with politics and vote.

“Furthermore”, I typed feverishly, “I am appalled at efforts in our schools to teach kids about homosexual sex and collect information regarding the political and sexual orientation of their families through Common Core. Education should be controlled locally and the focus should be on traditional methods of teaching the three R’s, not on changing our culture.”  

“And I also believe the purpose of the Military is to kill people and break things”, I stated, “not to be used for silly social experiments. Each service should be allowed to select only those people who it believes are best suited to fulfill the above stated mission (to kill people and break things)  without concern for political correctness.”

“It is also necessary at this time to secure our borders and thoroughly vet all those who enter the United States from areas of the world controlled by terrorist organizations, and if necessary implement a pause in immigration for national security reasons.”

When I finished I backed away from the battlefield (my computer), took a deep breath, and wondered if I got through to my friend, or anyone else who was watching. Time will only tell.

 

Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone



Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Although thanksgiving  has become a great American holiday replete with family traditions as well as great food and football games, we need to remember today that the key words here are “Giving Thanks” and if we understand how that applied to those who celebrated the first harvest in Plymouth, MA we know it was giving thanks to God, which seems to have been forgotten over the years and replaced by “the Indians”, who were the pagans that inhabited the land, as the apostle Paul would have referred to them, and were treated with kindness and respect by the Pilgrims who looked upon them as Gods children, despite the dastardly liberal editorials that can be seen everywhere today denouncing the often misunderstood forefathers to this great nation.

I also wonder how many people are mindful of the fact that the purpose of the treacherous mission to build a settlement in the New World was “for the Glory of God and Advancement of the Christian faith” (not the Muslim faith), to quote the document known as the Mayflower Compact signed by 41 adult male members of the group off the coast at Provincetown, MA in Novermber 1920.

The settlement was designed to set up a government referred to as “the body politic” within themselves and was written by those to be governed.

John Adams and many historians have referred to the Mayflower Compact as the foundation of the U.S. Constitution written more than 150 years later, and also, I’m sure,  took note of the fact that communism yielded terrible results in the first settlement, until the land was turned over to the settlers themselves to incentivize them to sell or trade their own crops for personal gain, as well as for the betterment of the community as a whole, which then enjoyed bountiful and fruitful harvests yearly.

So if I can add a political observation, to what should, hopefully, for me,  be a day free from politics, capitalism works and communism has failed everywhere it's been tried, even in this country before it was founded.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

 

Nov 22, 2015

Democrats Losing Refugee Debate to Common Sense





The longstanding debate on illegal immigration in this country shifted suddenly this week to an equally emotional debate concerning the Obama administration’s plans to allow up to ten thousand Syrian “refugees”from areas controlled or threatened by ISIS, following the massacre in Paris in which ISIS thugs went on a rampage that so far has resulted in 130 deaths..

Republican opposition is based on legitimate national security concerns and suspicions that the plan is part of an overall scheme to grow the Democrat party, which usually does quite well among Muslims, as it does with Hispanics, and others seeking assistance from government programs such as welfare and foodstamps, and more recently ObamaCare, atleast until the premiums went through the roof, rendering the affordable healthcare act, unaffordable.

It also does quite well with groups that have no desire to leave their own cultures behind them and become Americans in every sense of the word, as previous generations of immigrants have done.

Governor Charlie Baker, who is pretty good at reading the political tea leaves, has resisted accepting refugees in Massachusetts at a time that national polls show that the average person seems to be siding with the common sense pleas to thoroughly vet and screen the mostly male applicants that photos show look like young males in great physical shape, not widows and children, as President Obama   condescendingly stated in his remarks clearly aimed at Republican critics, during speeches from Turkey and the Philippines, in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks.  

Widows and orphans Mr President? You mean the kind that we know are being trained to wear suicide vests or pickup  a decapitated Christian’s head and proudly parade it infront of a group of adult Muslims like the kind we’ve seen in photos posted on social media sites, while shouting “Allahu  Akbar”, which btw doesn’t mean “God is Great”, but “God is Greater”, and that leads to the obvious follow up question: Greater than whom? The Lord Jehovah also known as Jesus Christ to Christians perhaps?

Obviously we are dealing with a religious conflict between those that practice radical Islamic ideology including Sharia Law and we “infidels”, who value our Christian/Judaeo heritage and the freedom and liberties historically inherent in Western culture, including the rights of women to be treated equally under the law..

While the whole world is appalled at the nature of the blatant display of barbarism on the world stage by disciples of this so called “religion of peace”, which now threatens us right here in  the United States, including New York City and Washington, D.C., Americans are confused about the behavior of the President and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, as well as the strange behavior of the leading democrat candidate for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton, none of whom will even utter the words “radical Islamic terrorists”.

Reports from anonymous Obama staffers say, the President refuses to even read intelligence briefings on certain groups he thinks are justified in their grievances.

And Kerry implied that last years’ attacks by ISIS on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, were justified.

Equally strange and unexplainable is why in the immediate aftermath of the horrendous attacks would the administration be doubling down on their efforts to allow massive numbers of questionable  refugees from Syria into the country.

 When the House of Representatives proposed legislation that would ensure various agencies would sign off on each refugee to be sure they did not pose a national security threat, the President announced his intentions to Veto the legislation, amidst plans by 43 congressmen from his own party to vote with Republicans, and after his own FBI director said there wasn’t enough documentation available to ensure we weren’t letting in ISIS militants.

Speaking from Manila, Philipines, President Obama gave the impression he considered Republicans more of a threat than radical Islamic head decapitating terrorists, which is absurd, as well as totally irrational, stating that it is not part of our history to deny immigrants entrance into the country or to require a religious test for entrance, as some Republican candidates for President and members of Congress stated.

And I’m here to tell you he is wrong on both accounts.

From time to time in our nations history, particularly in the beginning of the last century,  Immigration has slowed or come to a complete halt as it did under the Immigration Act of 1924 (Johnson – Reed Act) that shaped American Immigration policy until the 1960’s.

Did you get that Mr President? There was no immigration from 1924 – 1960.

And not only are Religious tests given every day in this country, but they are required by Federal Law under section 158 of title 8, US Code to ensure that as many people as possible who are being persecuted for religious reasons are admitted.

This week it became clear, that while the free world is crying out for strong leadership in the tradition of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan, this President, who detests the very concept of countries exhibiting strong patriotic national defense postures, only gets animated and energized when discussing whom he considers his greatest enemy…conservative republicans, which is not only silly, but dangerous,

Americans need a great statesman and a real Commander IN Chief, as President right now, and it’s painfully obvious we don’t have one at the moment. Maybe one will come bursting forth from the present crop of presidential candidates, but that hasn’t become clear to me yet. Time will only tell.
 

Aug 18, 2015

Trump is not going away


Years ago I thought if someone wanted to run for President of the United States and win all he (or she) had to do was latch on to the intense outrage on the issue of illegal immigration that I detected at the grass roots level all over the country and take a firm stand against it. But it never happened at the Presidential level of either political party and it certainly didn’t get any real support amongst the Republican establishment  and congressional leadership even after the tea party led the way in 2010 and 2014, winning unprecedented landslide victories nationwide.

But these wonderful victories which indicated that the country overwhelmingly rejected President Obama's attempt to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and take over national health care without a single Republican vote, failed to translate into a change in direction in Washington because the Republican Establishment which now leads the party and their peers in the consultant, donor, and so called conservative media at places like Fox News feared the left too much to follow the will of the vast majority of the American people.

When I heard elite conservatives at Fox News like George Will, Bret Hume, or Charles Krauthammer  explain how the American people would never tolerate mass deportations or prevent illegal immigrants from  getting driving licenses or attending our schools or how they supported policies that declared some cities to be a safe sanctuary for illegal immigrants including many who were vicious criminals that returned to America even after being deported over and over again, I thought this is not conservatism. Ronald Reagan’s conservative model included national security as one of three legs of the stool, the others being fiscal and social. If ever there was a national security issue, the massive invasion of illegal,  illiterate and criminal immigrants including terrorists across our borders with no desire to assimilate into American culture, certainly is it.

These articulate Fox News icons along with Congressional GOP leaders who have turned a deaf ear to the younger voices of dissent are clearly speaking out of sheer fear of the left and the Democrat party, refusing to be labelled a bigot or a racist for criticizing the policies of America’s first black President. And still other than a few voices in the US Congress like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee ,who were quickly lablelled kooks by the establishment leaders who failed to win the Presidency like John McCain and Mitt Romney, no one gained any traction running for President on this issue until Donald Trump came along. Ted Cruz is trying and has loyal supporters but is fighting to gain traction, despite saying the same basic image as Trump.

But Trump is a street fighter and is using the language of the common man, not the smooth, flawless rhetoric of a Harvard Law School grad like Cruz, and its resonating with the masses who speak the same language and call people stupid to their face when they deserve it, just like Trump does.

 

In fact, only one man out of 16 GOP Presidential candidates is throwing caution to the wind and speaking the language of the common man on the issue of illegal immigration and now has the establishment shaking in their boots because of his surging poll numbers. Despite trying everything under the sun to portray  him as a woman hater and an uncivil buffoon, who engages in theatrics rather than real substance in his campaign appearances, he continues to pull away from the pack.

The establishment continues to poo poo him and portray him as devoid of any gravitas and not worthy to be on the stage with professional politicians, which they believe will become clear shortly.

But what I heard on August 17, 2015, on Meet the Press, while pundits who call themselves conservatives tore him apart on Fox News Sunday, was a substantive and yes conservative message, filled with details and a point by  point analysis while looking serious and presidential at the same time.

“Real immigration reform”, Trump began,  “puts the needs of working people first---not wealthy globe trotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform: 1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border” and he went on to sell this idea enthusiastically and persuasively to NBC host Chuck Todd.

Secondly he stated in a dignified and presidential manner, “A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced, or they’re worthless.

3. “A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

As we get into the details of his plan and there are plenty of details, we have learned that he favors deportations of illegal immigrants as well as children of illegal immigrants born in this country, which Democrats and establishment republicans have wasted no time in characterizing as “radical”, but the average American, as far as I can tell doesn’t consider these ideas radical at all. In fact, if the truth be told,  what the average Joe would really like to see are guard towers along the wall with signs saying: THIS LAND BELONGS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT ON SIGHT...or something to that effect.

I have no doubt that any candidate who dared to utter such words would be carried off in a straight jacket, but because of the intense anger and frustration seething in the hearts of the vast majority of common everyday Americans who could care less about political correctness, that might only endure the candidate to them even more.

And until the GOP understands the depth of disgust and anger that exists in the hearts of the grassroots electorate, they will continue to underestimate the power that Donald Trump now has over them, as well as his ability to actually win the Presidency.

 

 

Jul 23, 2015

Something to think about


SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Jesus Christ didn’t just become the Son of God at his birth in Bethlehem but he was God the Son long before that from eternity past. It was God the Son, Jesus Christ, who spoke the earth into creation and God the Son who made several appearances as a man in the Old Testament including Melchizedek, the King of Salem (where we get Jerusalem from); the man who wrestled (in prayer) with Jacob all night; the man who visited Abraham and did not need to be born in a human body to appear on earth. His birth in Bethelem, however, was as Israel’s Messiah, and King of the entire earth, though the nation of Israel rejected Him as their king, atleast temporarily, despite  three years performing  miracles and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Nation of Israel. His role as  Savior for all following his death on the Cross (mostly the Gentiles) was kept secret, along with other mysteries of the Church age,  until the gospel of Grace was revealed to the Apostle Paul by the risen Lord , not on the road to Damascus, but probably during the time  he spent in Arabia, as implied in his letter to the Galations. (Gal 1:17)  Peter, James, and John heard the voice of God the father confirming that Jesus was indeed God the Son: “And after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them;  and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him. (Matthew 17: 1-5)

May 8, 2015

Is Brady's Snub of Obama the Real Reason the Media is Fit to be Tied?

Tom Brady attending President Bush's  State of the Union address in 2004


In the aftermath of the release of the Ted Wells report, commissioned by the NFL on “ Deflate Gate”, the hatred and vitriol expressed by the national news and sports media has raised eyebrows, particularly in New England, as well as many questions.

Some of the questions that Rush Limbaugh pondered out loud during his nationally broadcast radio program the day following the report’s release, were profound, to say the least.

Was it a conspiratorial plot launched within the offices of the NFL in conjunction with the Patriots opponent in the NFL championship game? Was it a belated reaction to the Spy Gate scandal that many in the media as well as throughout the NFL felt had never been dealt with properly, believing Bill Belechick should have been suspended? Or was it insane theories that such compulsions to cheat were so ingrained in the Patriots organization that even the latest Superbowl victory involved intercepting radio signals that led to the game winning interception at the goal line.

Even though such speculations sound as absurd as believing the Bush administration was behind the attacks on 9/11, Rush explained they are actual ideas that can be heard from fans of other teams, players and coaches in the NFL, and members of the sports media.

One of the questions that Rush pointed out that has received little attention in the media thus far is political in nature.

The unequivocal chorus of accusations of “cheating” and irrational hostility following a report that didn’t use the word cheating a single time caused Limbaugh to speculate that “something else must be going on, including retribution for having the wrong political views, due in large part to Brady’s absence from the recent field trip to the Obama White House, where the President himself shocked the team by reciting “deflate gate jokes”, probably written by White House press secretary, Josh Earnest.

Earnest had already nailed Brady with a vicious and tasteless joke at a recent press briefing. It was that joke which may have been the real reason Brady didn’t accept the invite, and not his reported commitment to a family event. The fact is he was spotted at Gillette Stadium the day the team was in Washington, so nice try Tom.

On page 228 the report concludes: “In sum, the data did not provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty whether there was or was not tampering, as the analysis of such data ultimately is dependent upon assumptions and information”

Limbaugh further expounded by saying: “That’s like an asterisk saying: “We don’t know whether anything we’ve said here is true, because the data doesn’t provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty.”

So how does that lead to the conclusion that Brady cheated? Answer: It doesn’t. So as Rush logically states and I agree: “There must be something else going on here.


Rush also believes they could be irked by Brady’s get together with renowned Obama hater, Steve Whyn in Las Vegas, following his much publicized chartered flight to the Kentucky Derby with a group of his buds.

It certainly seems plausible to this proud Rush Limbaugh ditto head and New England Patriot’s fan as he sips his coffee from one of his prize possessions, a bright red coffee mug with the New England Patriots logo on it.

Go Pats. Go Rush. Go Tom Brady.

Please don’t roll over and let these Patriot haters in the NFL office and throughout the league destroy you. Fight back.


If the league comes down harshly. Appeal and appeal and appeal. Insist that the 66 interviews that were not included in the report be made public and examined further. Use the scientific data on atmospherics obtained in the report commissioned by the Patriots when the NFL first revealed the results of their abominable sting operation that allowed the NFL championship game to be played when they were fully aware, not only that the Patriots game balls were underinflated but that three of the Indianapolis Colts balls were underinflated as well, an important piece of information that was relegated to a footnote in the report.

Have your representatives insist to Commissioner Goodall that all those in the league office, who had knowledge before hand of the accusations being made against the Patriots  be investigated, and have them take as much time as it took to determine that Tom Brady’s general awareness of an effort to keep the balls down to the legal limit of 12.5 PSI when refs were routinely pumping them up to 16 PSI was only “probable”, not conclusive.

And if after he does that, the Commissioner still wants to suspend one of the greatest quarterbacks and surefire Hall of Fame candidate in NFL history so be it. But if he does I would like to be a fly on the wall when Roger Goodall  explains to the President of NBC why the starting quarterback for the Superbowl champions on opening day in FoxBorough this year will be a kid named Jimmy Garoppolo, and not Tom Brady.

Apr 1, 2015

MARA President Speaks Out on LT Gov's Reversal on Same Sex Marriage


Mary Lou Daxland, President of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA)
According to the Boston Globe, a leading conservative voice in Massachusetts politics, Mary Lou Daxland of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, expressed her displeasure with the decision by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who once led the fight against gay marriage in Massachusetts,  to officiate at a gay wedding for Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who is marrying his long time domestic partner in NorthHampton, MA  later this month. 

Daxland, who leads an organization of dedicated conservative activists,  stated: “It is mind boggling to me…This is an issue that you can’t flip flop easily on”

“It is a principle, early in life, and  you don’t waffle on it”.

Well apparently she did after GLBT groups publicly voiced their concerns about Polito’s sincerity to support issues that have historically been opposed by those on the right who support traditional moral values, as Politio once did, but rejected when pressured by Governor Baker, who has gone out of his way to support the radical liberal agenda of the Democrat party during the short time he has been in office.

“It is one thing to say I am for gay marriage”, it’s quite another to go and officiate at one”, Daxland said. “I don’t know what is in her head”.

According to the same article: “Another assembly board member accused Polito of switching her positions for political gain by catering to socially liberal groups that could advance her public career”

“It is the politically expedient thing for Karen Polito to do” said Ron Beaty, a former GOP State Senate candidate from West Barnstable.

The news has occurred during the holiest week of the year for Christians when emotions over traditional marriage and fear that they are losing the Culture War, has been at a fever pitch among social conservatives nation wide following the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Indiana Governor Mike Pense.

Those on the left believe the RFRA is nothing more than a veiled license to discriminate against proponents of same sex marriage, while most conservatives see it as simply a needed protection for the constitutionally mandated right to the free exercise of their religious rights, which they believe come from God and are under constant and severe attack these days by intolerant and bigoted, anti-christian  homosexual activists on the left and the mainstream media.

The Jazz Patriot believes it is even worse than that with the news that the top two officials in the State of Massachusetts have now chimed in with the growing chorus of support for same sex marriage and sexual practices referred to in the Bible as “an abomination” to God and the results of God turning man over to a reprobate mind, but it is actually an effort to strike a final blow to what little influence Christianity now has over a culture that has been dominated by Christian values since our forefathers landed at Plymouth Rock and the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and put the protection of religious rights first and foremost in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. 
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Sources:
Karen Polito to Preside Over Gay Marriage

Destroying Christianity is the Real Agenda Behind the cries of discrimination