MSNBC Host Asks: What Is Conservatism?

February 7, 2016 AD

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Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb)

An MSNBC host asked Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) to define conservatism.

His answer:

Transcript:

“America is the most successful nation in the history of the world, because the U.S. Constitution is the best political document that’s ever been written, because it says something different than almost any people and any government has believed in human history.

Most governments in the past said might makes right and the king has all the power and the people are dependent subjects. And, the American founders said, “No.”

God gives us rights by nature and government is just our shared project to secure those rights. Government is not the author or source of rights and you don’t make America great again by giving more power to one guy in Washington, D.C.

You make America great again by recovering a Constitutional Republic where Washington is populated by people who are servant leaders who want to return power to the people and to the communities. Because what’s great in America is the Rotary Club, its small businesses, its churches, its schools, its fire departments and its Little Leagues across this country.

What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, “If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally. That’s not the American tradition.”

Senator Sasse precisely aligns his answer to what our Founding Fathers envisioned on July 4, 1776. The simplicity of American Conservatism was defined in the second paragraph of our Unanimous Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

The above principle simplified: Government is to serve the people; people are not to serve the government. It applies across the board, from homeowner associations to city councils, to county commissioner courts, to school districts, to law enforcement departments – right on down the line to Congres, still further down the line to presidents and Supreme Court justices.

Yes, the first duty of all governments is to secure your rights.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Rockwall.Conservative@gmail.com

That Revolving Door on Our Northern Border

February 7, 2016 AD/7 Shevat 5776

Headlines now daily trumpet a mass exodus of disgruntled Americans who choose to make Canada their new home. If Paul Harvey were alive today, he would tell you “the rest of the story”.

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What’s happening now, in 2016, is something that happens every four years when we elect presidents. It’s nothing new. Nothing new at all.

As mandated by law, quarterly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes the names of American citizens who renounce citizenship. (Federal Register, Section 6039G) They do so for a range of reasons. In some cases, there are marriages to foreigners. In others, there are hard-working Americans who risk losing 20% of their capital gains, if they sell their business as a U.S. Citizen. Still others renounce citizenship when political tides turn against them. In the latter case, these are generally Democrats, leftists (socialists) all. For the leftist ex-pats, Canada is a natural haven.

On average, for each American who moves to Canada, two Canadians move to our country.

One American ex-patriot stated in a recent interview how he loves the Canadian healthcare system. All ex-patriots love that socialist system until they actually need it.

An insurance executive who spoke here in Rockwall some time back explained how it took fifteen years for him to fully realize the differences between Canada and the USA. In Canada, he related, to get an x-ray, patients are placed on waiting lists that can at times take months. The solution? He told how Canadians can go to a veterinarian for an x-ray anytime they wish and, as I understand, this is the doggone truth.

On a personal note, I met a fellow, a homeless man, who moved to Canada back in the late 1960’s as a protest against the Vietnam War. After earning his degree, he became a public school teacher. When he moved to Canada, he took his LSD habit with him. Deep regrets over his expatriation, emotionally exacerbated by his drug use, left him a very unstable man. Sometime in the late 1980’s he returned. I met him through the homeless ministry of my church. He was a giant of a man, towering over my six-foot frame. He wore a tattered faux leather jacket and his hair and beard were unkempt.

Bottom Line: Canada gets our socialists. We get their conservatives. In fact, our dividend is 200% return on investment.

All the above reminds me of the saga of fictional ex-patriot Phillip Nolan, the Man Without a Country. Nolan’s story was based on the real-life story of U.S. Representative of Ohio and a Confederate States sympathizer, Clement Vallandigham who called America “one of the worst despotisms on Earth”. As a consequence of his transgression, Vallandigham was tried, convicted and ultimately expelled from the United States of America by President Abraham Lincoln.

Would I renounce my citizenship to satisfy my political dissatisfaction or to save on taxes? Consider these mournful words of fictional character Phillip Nolan:

“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said”, –
“This is my own, my native land!”

No. This is my own, my native land. This is where God planted me.

Ours is not a political battle, but a spiritual war we must win. Alignment of homosexuals, avoid atheists and socialists with the democrat party face off with people of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Republican Party. Yes, Republicans are imperfect. But that’s the point of the redemptive work of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, Jesus Christ, our Messiah. God created us and he can fix us. The task of perfecting people is not a political process, but a divine work of Gods grace.

Soli Deo Gloria

John White
Rockwall, Texas

CARGO Rockwall Gun Club meets Thursday, 2-11-16

February 6, 2016

Where: Soulman’s Bar-B-Que next to Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Directions: Google Map to 690 I-30, Rockwall, Texas

Go through the serving line, then join us in the private dining room. We have several topics to cover, including more on Open-Carry.Bring your featured firearm for show-and-tell. Remember: all firearms for display must be unloaded and cased before bringing them into the meeting place. Our designated Safety Officer will check all weapons for safe condition.

Bring your featured firearm for show-and-tell. Remember: all firearms for display must be unloaded and cased before bringing them into the meeting place. Our designated Safety Officer will check all weapons for safe condition.

If you have elected Open-Carry, what holster(s) have you selected and how well does it work for you?

Our meetings are always open to the public and children are welcome to our family-friendly atmosphere. There is never a charge to either members or guests. We are a group of citizens serving our fellow citizens.

IMPORTANT: If you have on your person either a loaded concealed-carry handgun or a loaded open-carry handgun, do not at any time remove it from its stowed position as this would be a violation of the law.

We will be introducing our new liaison officer from Rockwall PD, Lt. Joseph Florance. We very much appreciate the services of our former liaison, Lt. David Valliant.

Come hungry. Come prepared and eager to learn.

Send your questions to CARGO.Rockwall@gmail.com 

Also, upon request, we can add your email address to our monthly email announcements.
Thanks,

John White

Obama Abuses NASA as Pseudoscience Propaganda Ministry

February 5, 2016 AD

Honorable John Ratcliffe
325 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Subject: Obama Abuses and Distorts Mission of NASA

John,

Day in, day out, NASA publishes stories about its redirection as global-warming/climate-change ministry of propaganda of the Obama administration. Here below are but a few examples of the many pertinent articles published by NASA having nothing to do with its original mission.

Back on July 29, 1958, Congress passed legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. The creation of NASA was a response to the successful launch of Sputnik-1 into earth orbit by the now defunct Soviet Union (USSR).

Following that day in 1958, NASA launched a series of extraordinary manned space ventures starting with Mercury capsules, then Apollo missions, lunar landings, Space Shuttle routine flights, solar observatory satellites, Hubble telescope projects and even landing a spaceship on an asteroid. On this last item, I refer you to Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous – Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker). NEAR Shoemaker, like E.T., made its last call  home on February 28, 2001All the above happened in my lifetime. Through my friendship with Congressman Ralph Hall, I have and visited with several of our astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, the first human visitors to walk the surface of the moon.

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NEAR Shoemaker animated image of asteroid Eros 3/15/2000

This sitting president squanders public money as he misuses NASA for purposes for which the agency was not created: weather studies. Even more egregiously, President Obama uses this agency to support his unscientific theories of climate change and global warming.

I ask you to call for an investigation, an assessment of the wasteful spending on NASA programs applied to further the president’s climate-change agenda. Funds appropriated for NASA must be used efficiently to assure our superiority in space.

Thank you,

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Cliff Sevier – Best Choice for Rockwall County Commissioner

February 5, 2015 AD

A former County Judge says Cliff Sevier has “no vision as to the future of Rockwall County“. I suppose this odd statement gives rise to the question: What are the duties of County Commissioners?

Constitution of the State of Texas, Article 5, Section 18

Question: What are the constitutional (limited) duties of a County Commissioner?

The County Commissioners so chosen, with the County Judge as presiding officer, shall compose the County Commissioners Court, which shall exercise such powers and jurisdiction over all county business, as is conferred by this Constitution and the laws of the State, or as may be hereafter prescribed.

Answer: Administrator. It’s really a very simple job. They don’t collect taxes. They don’t try criminal cases. They don’t arrest wrongdoers. They don’t chase stray dogs. They administrate. Just to further clarify this duty of administration, here is the definition of the verb to administrate – to manage or direct (the affairs of a business, institution, etc.

Administrative duties include:

  • Elections
  • Buildings and property
  • Roads and Bridges
  • Manage the Budget

Progressives are forever pushing an agenda that advances some liberal idea of how we

Cliff Sevier
Rockwall County Commissioner – Precinct One

ought to live our daily lives. When you hear a progressive say he or she has a vision, the progressive is actually saying he or she has an agenda. The last thing I want is a progressive politician with a “vision” for Rockwall County.

We the People of Rockwall County decide our future. We do not want and we do not need a progressive county commissioner who would squander the county treasury or override the will of the people. We’ve already had that happen to us and we want it never again.

We want our County Commissioners to ADMINISTRATE county business as prescribed by our state Constitution and our state laws.

While Cliff Sevier administered multi-million-dollar energy conservation and retrofit projects for the Siemens Corp., my company provided technical systems as a subcontractor to Siemens. I and my associates had a front-row seat where we personally observed Cliff managing highly complex, highly technical construction projects that performed as planned and were delivered on time to the satisfaction of government clients, federal and county.

John White
President
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.

La Voy Finicum Executed by the FBI

January 29, 2016 AD

An Open Letter to Congressman John Ratcliffe

Honorable John Ratcliffe
6531 Horizon Road
Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75032

Subject: The Proper Role of Government

Congressman,

No doubt you are aware of the Oregon standoff that ended with the slaughter of citizen La Voy Finicum.

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The Moment the FBI Executed La Voy Finicum

The standoff in Oregon ended with an unarmed man shot to death by FBI. To me, this is “Ruby Ridge Deux”.

This is an opportunity to refocus on the first duty of all government. For this, let’s look again at a foundational principle found in the second paragraph of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Review the video for yourself. See heavily armed FBI agents execute La Voy Finicum. FBI personnel claim only a few shots fired; witnesses claim as many as 120.

The Point

As I point out above, the chief duty of all government, federal state and local, is to secure the rights of citizens. What I see, and surely you, too, is this did not happen for Mr. Finicum.

This is an all too familiar replay of tyrannical government abuse. Earlier examples include the heavily-armed assault on a home in Miami to forcibly repatriate Elain Gonzales to his noncustodial parent, the father. It was the custodial parent, Elian’s mother, who risked her life and losing it to get her son to our shores.

Still earlier, the heavily-armed assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco where children, as well as adults, perished in a government-started fire. Seventy to eighty persons, all U.S. citizens, perished at the heavy hands of federal employees – none of them were punished.

For the last example, I remind you of the Ruby Ridge incident where FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot an unarmed mother to death, she with her child in her arms.

My Appeal

Apparently, federal law enforcement personnel are unaware of the principle stated above. This in mind, I ask you to prepare and promote legislation that would require annual refresher training for all federal government employees, whether armed or not.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

2006-2016: The Decade of Duplicity

January 27, 2016 ADIT'S ALIVE ALGORE

Former Democrat VP, self-certified climate expert, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore awoke this morning to a startling surprise: The Earth is still very much alive.
 
24 years ago, Mr.Gore wrote a book titled “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit” in which he decried the perils of global warming, ozone depletion, air and water pollution, deforestation, depletion of top soil, waste disposal and loss of biodiversity. [Fact check: for what it’s worth, today we have more trees than at the time of Columbus’ landing in the Americas.]
 
On the matter of “biodiversity”, this has been a consequence of the Second Law of Thermodynamics: the universe continuously and irreversibly loses energy, thereby affecting all life on earth. As one scientist elegantly stated, “As usable energy is irretrievably lost, disorganization, randomness, and chaos increase.” Yes, Algore, we have been continually losing animal and plant species since the creation of the world. This is why we have no T-Rex and Brontosaur running about our neighborhoods today.
 
Moving right along, Gore published a second book on his favorite subject in 2006 called, “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It”. In this book of false prophecy, he predicted the earth as we know it would come to a miserable end within 10 years. Well, here we are 10 years later on and now I can say, “It’s alive, Algore! It’s alive!!”
 
From the very beginning of the well-engineered hysteria over our imminent demise as a species, governance has been on a long march from statehood to global governance. Yes, the end game of the false prophets like Mr. Gore is a one-world government.
 
Obama pushes decision making into the hands of the UN. The Trans-Pacific trade agreement is Obama’s biggest deal to date. Under the terms of this agreement, We the People of the United States of America surrender our sovereignty without so much as a whimper from Congress.
 
Leftists never sleep. We on the right just want to get on with our lives, raise great children, serve our fellow man, then retire in ease. It’s time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country.
 
Inform yourselves. Get involved. Communicate within your community and with your lawmakers, local, state and federal. While the earth is not coming to an end this year, America, the last best hope of the world is heading toward totalitarian tyranny. We the INFORMED People are the only defense.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas