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Allen West Voices My Concern On the Iran Deal

I’ve posted enough opinions on Iran. I thought I would let a great speech carry the latest opinion.

I took to pen 2 weeks before Senator Cotton wrote his ‘Controversial’ letter (February WatsonforSenate Blog) and months before movements like these created steam. Allen West articulates my latest emotion on this deal. It is amazing this guy was voted out by his people because he is not “Main Stream”.

Thank God for those who served like Allen West. Only courageous lions like Allen go into liberal NYC and speak their mind in Times Square. He is not one afraid to share his faith as well.

May Nebraskans grow in comfort in living their faith and speaking truth. Enjoy!

Allen West Speaks His Mind in Times Square on Iran

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Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Deb Fischer, Iran, War and GOP Immigration

This Week…..

Senator Sasse and Senator Fischer YouTube Videos

Iran, Middle East, War and Constitution

Failure of GOP on Border Security (Bottom of the Page with Video)

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This weekend’s blog (posted on Monday for readership) is on war and the progress of our two Senators from Nebraska.  I wanted to post Senator Sasse’s video on this topic with Iran.  Senator Sasse put together a very eloquent piece that summarizes why we should care about what the President is doing with Iran (spoiler alert on President’s actions—it is horrible).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN3mUGzvUZM

Senator Sasse (R-NE) puts it best, “This is getting your lunch money taken in the alley” (referring to Obama’s negotiation skills with Iran).  “I don’t even think Jimmy Carter would make a deal this bad.”  Well put….

This stance is not really a minority position (not that the Senator is saying it is) as many people would like to believe.  I think many conservatives think ‘they’ are only on the side of supporting Israel.  This “Us Against Them” mentality can take on a life of its own, but the ‘them’ element is a minority position across the political spectrum in America.   The reality is a strong majority of this country is behind Israel with a rogue President pushing a foreign policy agenda that does not speak for the will of the people or even concur with national stated policy positions.   The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs has a stated jurisdictional goal that should be followed: “Export control, including nonproliferation of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.”  Any agreement with Iran should be dead on arrival to Congress.  Allowing nuclear advancement should not be debated by the President with Iran in the first place.

The Arab news, the Israelis, many Democrats (Domina stands in support of Israel), the GOP and myself stand against this foreign policy by our President.  We need to stand strongly with Senator Sasse, Senator Fischer or anyone else properly aligned on this issue to send the message loud and clear to the world that our President does not represent our collective will (the majority) in his foreign policy decisions and actions.

Worse yet in the category of diplomatic failure is the President refusing to make time with our largest ally in the Middle East (Israel) during the Prime Minister’s visit to the US.  However, he remains in correspondence with secret letters to the Iranians on a deal.

This is more than appalling!  However, these actions are not surprising considering who he promotes, his language and tone that varies based on the religious followers he is addressing (see Offensive National Day of Prayer Speech), and his private correspondence with the leader of the largest country of State Sponsored Terror!!!

It is time the Senate step up and OWN the foreign policy the Senate will approve.  We cannot trust our President to lead in this area.  Ben is out front on this topic and I commend him for his leadership on Iran because so many of these other leaders play the old game of “React” to the President.  Its time Americans open their eyes to what is going on in Iran.  It is time for outside groups to lead the affirmative dialogue with Israel again until we have a new President that understands the proper relationship the majority of Americans do and do not want to have with Iran and Israel.  This video helps promote that awakening and stance.

Senator Fischer will actually have far more influence on the Middle East then Senator Sasse in the short term based on her committee assignment.  Thank you KETV for focusing on the more pertinent Senator on this issue (due to committee assignment) during your weekend morning show (by far the best journalistic institution in Omaha).

http://www.ketv.com/politics/ketv-chronicle-deb-fischer/31386658

Senator Fischer wants a large debate for the public.  God bless her.  That is exactly what we need.  Jim Jenkins (the other Independent in the race in 2014) and I have been calling for more debates and they are starting to happen this year.  Our Independent brethren across the country leading these 2014 debates worked at pushing these parties to action.  For the sake of America, I hope it works.  We are off to a better start (low bar) but the parties have a long way to go to function properly for America.  The American people deserve an honest, respectable, and vigorous debate on this conflict. This conflict has the ability to make or break this country.  This decision needs significant ‘buy in or buy out’ from the American people.

The action I’m not happy with by Senator Fischer is the continued tone of reacting to the President.  She is clear she wants to see the President’s strategy.  I definitely respect that position with regards to waging the war (as opposed to how to fund it).  Waging the war is his job and we need her to evaluate the strategy of those plans.  However, we need the Senate to lead the discussion if America should engage this war.  ‘How many Countries’, ‘Boots on the Ground’, ‘How Long’, and ‘How Much is America Willing to Spend on This War’, ‘How Much is America Willing to Add to the Debt Load and the Next Generation to Pay For Another War’ are questions the Senate should be debating.

I would like the Senate to push to lead the foreign policy and war (conflict) decision process.

The Congress controls the purse.  Instead of waiting for the strategy from the President, the Senate should debate how much they are willing to fund for the war campaign.  Congress will dictate how much can be appropriated and they can send a clear signal of “How Much” they will back this war.  I understand we don’t want to fund a bad strategy but the roles of each branch need some guidance from the other side.  The President needs to understand the appropriations of the purse he will have to work with (is a balanced budget still a goal in war GOP?–please debate) and receive the will for war by the people through approval through Congress.  Both branches need to communicate.  Both sides should be leading.  Waiting on the President to take the first step is getting old.  Congress needs to lead in their constitutionally assigned roles.

Second, I’m a proponent of Founding Father Constitutional thinking.  As a Constitutionalist, I need to remind the Republicans what the original Constitution called for in war (the area they often overlook because the Democrats don’t address this area).  Our original Constitution stated, “The Congress shall have power to…raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer term of two years.” Our Founding Fathers desired a short review of any given conflict and understood the dangers to the economy in prolonged fighting.

Republicans want to give the President (and all future Presidents) “flexibility” and are debating an unlisted or a 3 year time table.   The Republicans need to stop fighting for an undefined duration.   Observe the Constitution and advocate for a limited 2 year authorization if they want an engagement.  Congress can always reauthorize the war as you approach a 2 year landmark.  A progress report and a reauthorization of funds should be a welcome part of the process.  Merely citing this Constitutional philosophy will yet again reinforce the Original Constitution as our guiding framework that this country needs.  There is wisdom in the founder’s guidance.

Furthermore, the Constitution gives the authority to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal to the Senate.  What this essentially means is that if we are going to support and provide Non-Americans or Nations with guns to fight on behalf of America’s interest– this needs approval by Congress (see the Hastings debate where this was debated by the Democrat and 2 Independents).  With ISIS now spanning so many countries (some with rebel control of a signficant portion of land in a country), the time is now to debate who you want to grant letters of marque and financial aid to fight.  There are a lot of groups that will take our arms but the debates on which groups to support need to be robust (North Africa just added fuel to the fire of potential groups that need debate).

(Briefly—my heart goes out to my Egyptian Christian brothers and their families for being martyred for their beliefs.  My stomach turned and Americans better wake up to the ultimate world mission the jihadists are on, how they are funded (oil–still a free trade proponent?–56% of our largest import comes from the Middle East and funds groups like ISIS), how they organize, and their strategy based on current population levels.  I’m thankful for a secular Egyptian government that retaliated against these barbarians against their own people.)

The Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate has a very clear history of what can be done in the Senate on the situation.   I have tremendous confidence in Senator Corker (R-TN) and Senator Menendez (D-NJ) to lead this Committee as both are calling out the President and know our stated policy goals.   Both have a strong record in working across party lines to find consensus.

Many conservatives will question whether you can support a Democrat (member/not President) on Foreign Policy. Let me give you this quote of the Ranking Democrat of that Committee that should reestablish your faith in at least one member.

Senator Menendez (D-NJ), “I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin.”

I have confidence in both men to get the job done.

The history of the Senate’s leading role is not just in our Constitution but is woven into our actual history.

The Senate amended President Wilsons Treaty of Versailles to protect our national sovereignty.  The Chairman of the 20’s kept us out of International organizations the President wanted us to join.  In the 30’s, the Committee drafted isolationist language to keep us out of European conflict.  In the 40’s, the Committee withdrew isolationist language after Pearl Harbor and enabled us to engage in war.  In 1973, the Congress passed the War Powers Resolution to end commitment of more than 60 day engagements without their approval.   Our history is filled with Senate leading foreign policy and dictating what the President can and cannot do.  Let’s set the tone in the Halls and quit looking to the President to always take the first step.

Finally, if the Republicans want to stop Obama and his continuous overreach and really lead– follow the historical actions of Vice President Biden (Then a Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee).  He led the charge to shut down the United States Information Agency, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and merged their functions into the Department of State.  In addition, he led the charge to bring the United States Agency for International Development under the direct control of the Secretary of State.  That is changing the power structure. The Senate has options.  The Senate should lead.

There are 19 core jobs called for in the Foreign Relations Senate Committee.  The key functions in this debate:

#4 Foreign Military Assistance

#7 International aspects of nuclear energy (Iran anyone?)

#11 Intervention abroad and declarations of war (notice the word Intervention)

#16 Relations of the United States with foreign nationals generally

There are many opportunities for the Senate to lead.  However, the Senate’s most powerful tool remains the purse.  Debate it, use it, and allocate it.  You can easily control how much war you want by how much you will allocate.  That is a statement the Congress needs to own.

My Independent colleague Jim Jenkins advocated an idea of a “War Tax” (see Kearney Debate on the campus of UNK between Jim and I not covered by the Media on my You Tube channel) if we wanted to declare war in the future as a form of fiscal responsibility.  America had a natural check on war spending before the XVII amendment (a topic for another day), but in today’s world we have taken out the safeguards of fiscal discipline by how we structure the Federal Reserve to create money and by changing the checks once provided by the States over the purse before Constitutional amendments took their power.

I’m against a “War Tax” on a “Defensive” basis but I believe the topic has merit on an “Offensive” war.  A War Tax is a worthy debate as war and welfare are the causes of this out of control national debt situation these national parties built.  Republicans rarely showing restraint for war and Democrats rarely showing restraint in welfare being primary culprits.

We have a nation that engages conflict but no longer thinks of how to pay for the battles.   Responsibility for our behavior must be rebuilt.   A tax directly to support a conflict would really create buy in or buy out.   I’m in favor of eliminating our enemies that preach and conduct death to our people.  I also know we have a large risk with these debt levels.  The competing interests of fighting global terror (abroad) and fiscal responsibility is a debate worthy of the floor.

If you want a tough subject to take on Senator Sasse or Senator Fischer—try a war tax, or immigration quotas taking place in the EU and are they right for America, or take a defined position on boots on the ground.  That is sticking your neck out there to create real discussion.  Supporting Israel and speaking out against Iran is more of a slam dunk.

We have to quit thinking “What We Want” all the time and think discipline in all areas for the future.  With that said, we may need to take this conflict on now for the sake of our future.  This is a very real threat to many generations to come who want freedom.  These are very tough choices and I will not be critical of a candidate that preaches from the heart on their opinion.  I will remain critical of those with no position and no debate.  Cowards who will not take thorough positions on the war for political popularity are not leaders.  This topic needs a thorough, rigorous, and respectful debate.  We need leaders and not popularity politicians in Washington for decisions like these.

Let’s also not forget God’s guidance.  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Our own American history tells us that big weapons and big spending does not always guarantee victory.  I believe looking to God is a lost art in national guidance.  When you have an administration at war with those who observe God in our military, you bring risk to these camps by suppressing their religious conscious that is so vital to face battles that require bravery and courage.

Religious liberty and their right to free exercise (someone please fight for this in Washington) are supposed to be constitutionally protected.   Our military should not be forced to turn their back on their spiritual heritage or spiritual exercise.  Our soliders who profess God need their open expression so their souls are full and they can “Be All They Can Be” before the fight.

There are a lot of Republicans and Democrats that just look to the size of purse and guns to win in the modern world.  That is good and necessary preparation, but we can be in a weak spiritual position for battle when we force out spiritual behavior before the fight.  We ask them to defend the Constituion but we tell them they do not have rights to free exercise? Hypocrisy.

The Jews defeated the greatest army in the world at that time with no arms (at least minimal) during the Egyptian empire.  Money and the latest and greatest equipment mean nothing if God is against you.  We are too prideful to think we do not need God in our camps.

I know many of you remain uncomfortable with my religious tones in civil discussion.  Let’s at least agree to celebrate and conduct a robust debate on the topic of war for America’s sake.

To close, Israel is our ally and Iran is not.  Corresponding with the Supreme Leader in Iran and refusing to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel could not be a poorer choice.  It is time for debate on war to occur and our historical allies to be reaffirmed.

A Great Generalist Video By Ben Sasse

I’ve complemented Sasse and made my differences known based on merit.  I wanted to make sure I complimented him on Iran.  I also wanted to praise this speech in this video above.  A few points I’d like to highlight.

One.  “We will disagree but don’t need to be disagreeable. Focus on building relationships.”  See my speech in the last debate in North Platte where Sasse and I were together and I made the exact same comments to the state on PBS.  This was the message I pushed hard in 2014.  This was not the tone from their camp to ours or the other competitors by refusing to debate in 2014 for the final 6 plus debates.  I fully support this change of tone and I hope it is genuine.  Creating cordial relationships and being willing to allow all sides to debate and speak will work.

Two.  I really liked his point on “Generational Threats” –  Amen.  We have to get this topic right.  I give Ben my 100% support in attacking Generational Threats.  We don’t always have the same details on how to address the large problem.  However, I’m ok in losing a battle and winning a war.  We need something significant in unfunded liabilities to move the country forward.  I will hold Fischer and Sasse accountable if they do not fight and propose unfunded liability reform they were committed to in their campaigns.  Reform is a must and a proposal is the first step to discover who will blockade financial solvency proposals.  It will be the citizens’ job to vote out those that blockade reform to ensure financial solvency for the next generation of freedom seekers.

Three.  Great comments on correcting the reporter on “Who” creates jobs.  We have to reframe the discussion for America. Ben does a brilliant job of that to the media.  We have to keep correcting the national dialogue on who creates jobs (private sector) and who does not (government).

Four.  You may not like all his words Republicans.  In this speech he adopted more of my line on taxes.  During the campaign he was adamant we needed no new tax revenue.  I took a position of no higher rates and lower spending to pay off debt.  Ben is still advocating for lower taxes to be clear.

However,  I believed we need to close the loopholes and create an equal and fair tax base (closing loopholes would create more tax revenue).  I believe in a simpler code that forces entities to pay their fair share of taxes regardless of political donation level.

He cites in his comments on tax reform, “Stop trying to pick winners and losers among the politically connected.”  I believe that is more of the tune we had in our campaign.  We called it “Closing Loopholes”.  That thread has some promise.  However, I’m highly doubtful he can execute being supported by banks and oil companies who are some of the worst offenders in an unequal tax code (I know–they used to be my clients at KPMG).  We need a system that is fair but we don’t need higher rates (with the exception of offensive wars that have the propensity to break the bank).  We both agree in cutting spending.

Finally, I applaud his desire to make change happen sooner rather than later.  I understand he is trying to be respectful as a freshman.  However, we have had a full generation of DC “Lifers” fail to make a tough choice for the long term well-being of the Republic and future generations.   I don’t know if they have the guts that are worthy to be followed (why I left the party).  They have spent 3 generations of money for the “needs” of their generation. They lecture the young to work harder despite spending their kids and their grandkids future financial resources (debt) into the system for the benefit of today (much of it for themselves).  They continue to create a system where capital is superior to labor and runs in direct contrast the words of wisdom by the GOP founder Abraham Lincoln who emphasized that labor is the superior to capital.

Civic, religious, and family neglect have occurred in the last generation for the sake of “me”.  Much of this neglect is due to chasing the Federal Reserve Note and a lifestyle they feel entitled to while ingoring the civic, religious, and family time needed to strengthen the fabric of this country (of course our spiritual and family leaders often ignore the government as well).  I don’t look for the DC “Lifers” to make hard sacrificial choices for the sake of their love of the Federal Reserve Note and the dependence on the lifestyle they desire.  They have not had the guts to make a tough call.  I would not worry about “fitting in” Senator Sasse.  Be Bold!

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”  I Timothy 4:12.  Don’t let them look down on you because you are a young freshman Ben.  We need change.

Ok.  Now that it looks like I’m kissing up to the Republicans let me put the video out that warrants some complaints on Ben. 

I agree with Ben’s points against Obama on the funding of newly arrived illegal immigrants.  However, this political complaining of the same tag lines gets old.  The GOP needs to face the facts they can’t even agree to secure the border in their own party!  Does any GOP member watching the Republican channel (Fox News) realize their party is the hold up right now? They campaigned on securing the border as the only and singular place to start on immigration.  Now the Republicans can’t pass the bill.  This is identical to the 20 week abortion bill you thought was a slam dunk with Republicans at election time.  Surprise electorate!  Action is not happening because they cannot agree on these stances as a party come voting time.

They need to get consensus in party to secure the border in whole and get past some of the minor details holding up the bigger problem.  Their squabbles are like two sailors in the middle of the ocean arguing about what process to use to repair the hole in the boat.

Moving on….A “Bipartisan Border Learning Tour?”  Really???  Newsflash Summary of the Learning Tour: The border is broken.   Hopping on Fox News (who gladly tees up questions to the GOP) to highlight a bad border is old and redundant.

Does anyone really doubt the border is not secured?  How many times do we need to blow wind on the broken border flame?  We don’t need any more research, fact finding tours, or “Bi-Partisan Border Learning Tours” to know the border is broken.

It is time to debate “How to Fix the Border”.  We need problem solvers in the room.

How about a complete plan on paper from the GOP?  What are we doing with “Visas”?  How many agents?  Are we using drones?  How much fence? Are we going to use fewer fences and more technology?  What do we do with law enforcement rights within our own border?  The election is over.  Taglines can stop.  Securing the border was a winning stance.  It is time to deliver on the promise and stop the tag lines.  

We established this border broke 30 years ago.  Let’s move the debate to “How” from “Problem Identification” that frankly started with Reagan and not Obama.  These types of interviews just promote tired old divisive political points that move us nowhere except keep the older GOP base tuned in to the Republican channel and riled up with Obama over a problem that is three decades old, well known, and established.  What the continued airing of tired news stories do is allow Fox News to turn their loyal watchers onto the latest pharmaceutical drugs during commercial breaks to keep funding profits that support the GOP party and coughers of Fox News.  Bottom-line: We know the border is broken—solve it!

If I was Ben I would not contribute to the tired GOP sound bites of Obama failure on securing the border.  I’d show leadership in solving the problem with concrete proposals that Republicans cannot agree on.  Bring a proposal forward to the main stream press.  We want to hear a plan.  Our Senators should have the ability to move this debate to problem solving from problem identification.  That is what America needs.

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The Royals Win and My Message for Nebraska in October

Summary Outline

Royals are awesome

People have a need to be popular

We need people to care about ‘right’

Why I’m Not a Republican but “Conservative” (a label you may relate to)

God’s danger story of “One Nation UNDER God” – voting for popular over right (Caleb and Joshua)

 

Full Story

The Need for Success

Be honest…how many of you counted out the Royals in the 8th, the 9th, the 12th?  Down four late–many gave up.

Not us … not the Royals.

Furthermore, who put their faith in March in the money?  How about $200 million with the Yankees, $180 million in Philly, $163 million in Boston?  Where are they now?  Money doesn’t buy camaraderie, values, or championships.  It does buy votes from people whose faith is in money and the propaganda (media) it impresses.

Money should be a tool.  Unfortunately, it has become an object to control votes and our Democracy.   Both sides get this wrong.  People are between government and property.  We should not let government dictate political control of property.  At the same time, we should not let property dictate the actions of government.  Both government and property should belong to and be directed by the people.  Government should not instill obligated beliefs into individually owned property.  Property should not instill beliefs into the government.  People are the “Go Between” of both entities.  Another reason I’m Independent as both parties do not see people as a “Go Between” that separate each entity. Keep government out of corporate policy and keep corporate policy out of government.  Both belong to the people.

Many people emotionally need to be part of a winner, belong to a group of popularity, etc.  This is why the top selling jerseys are those of “World Winners”.  I cringe seeing our kids in jerseys of those doing wrong in society.  Conversely, I am happy when they wear jerseys of players we respect and do ‘good’ off the field (Go Bengals and Rex).  Like adults, many kids wear the jerseys of winners and ignore if they do right or wrong off the field.  It’s about being identified as a winner on the big stage.

Adults are no different than kids.  They need to be part of success, popularity, and money to “feel good”.  They are willing to overlook lies, corrupted money, etc. to win. They want to be associated with winners at all costs.  This is why many don’t stand with right…they stand with big and popular.  They look to the wrong people for acceptance to win.  This needs to change.

Money

The fact that ‘poor’ payroll is now in the final 8 in baseball is awesome.  Many did not think the Royals would get this far because they didn’t have the money to compete.  Many didn’t think ‘we’ would get this far without Big Money.  Surprise!   Although the Royals are still there, so are the Big Money/Big Media Dodgers. We are still here but so is the big money from NYC, Washington, Houston, and LA.  We have an uphill battle and we need your help so you will be served.

Let’s push to be the final ‘one’ to rock the world of baseball and politics.  Let’s not forget we will be content if we don’t win.  Unlike the belief of many in the majority, we know God is in control….not the Republicans or Democrats.  Contentment will be our reward.  Nervous apprehension will be the gift of those who compromise right.  I believe a ‘believer’s’ job is to industriously work and declare what we believe is truth.  God actually determines the outcome.  Most believers don’t believe that anymore.  That is why they focus on winning.  I’m all about winning but let’s get “right” prioritized first.

Ditch the money and join the team united in a cause for victory.  We must overcome this money that doesn’t speak for Nebraska.  Donors control politicians for more money in their coffers and offer popularity and perceived power in return to the politician.  More importantly, the money steals representation from the Nebraska citizen and their voice in the republic.  This is unacceptable.

You have the ability to vote for New York, Houston, LA, and Boston.  You also have the ability to vote for someone not bought by the money to work for Nebraskans WITH conservative values.  Have all heard about me…no.  Is the word out about me…yes.  Are they talking about my ideas…a few.  Are more talking about splitting the vote because they are obsessed with winning…yes.

‘Right’ is off the radar, ‘Winning’ is on, of most in the discussion.  My coffers struggle because of this perception of winning.  The volume of people don’t commit to giving to a capital campaign until it is close to the finish line.  They like to win.  The key givers are principled people early who have a vision for right.  Maybe it’s my fault I didn’t inspire the principled people from the start.  My problem was that I couldn’t overcome their fear of the Democrat early perpetuated by the propaganda and the media preaching primary candidates in the Spring.  I don’t have a media outlet preaching fear of the liberal to drive people into my net.  They do.

Many think I’m right but don’t believe “I can win”.  This hinders many to support.  However, I also know they are wresting with their conscious.  However, I’ve been blessed with what I need.  I wanted an army of 30,000.  However, I was given an army of 300.  I’m thankful for who God did give me.  I think I have found the true difference makers across Nebraska ready to fight for “right” in the long term.  I’m finding out who floats in the wind for ‘popular’ at the same time.

The missed contributions do come from those obsessed with winning.  This traces back to the belief “We” are in control and therefore winning is paramount.  “We” are in control to the degree of how we express our beliefs through voting or expression of the heart.  However, our exercise of free will (voting is part of that) is what I believe determines our outcome that I believe God orchestrates.  To be fair to the electorate most of this belief from the electorate was established before the sell out to the Big Banks and the change of heart to support McConnell as oppose to call for stronger leadership.  The facts have changed.

I’m interested in changing more people then judging or condemning their beliefs.  Changed hearts will be key before results.  My lack of yelling doesn’t mean I’m agreeing.  It just means I believe yelling isn’t going to convert anyone new to the cause.

Media and Spreading of Knowledge

The focus by the large media is unfortunate.  We have and will continue to add new and real ideas to the debate.  The irony was Tom Becka did absolutely what I knew he would do before the interview last night.  I declared on Facebook BEFORE the live interview the likely agenda he would lead.  Most of the media does the same.  He followed the script to a “T”.  He is not prepared on all the candidates.  He is focused on candidates in the parties.  I’m just filler for the show.  The media in Nebraska by in large is no-where to listen to find new ideas.  Sensationalized journalism before discussion of ideas is the norm of the day.  Read my post and listen to the interview and you would have thought I wrote the piece before the live interview happened.  Dig on the net to find pioneering thought.  Listen to Fox News, CNN, or read the Washington Post or New York times if you want to hear the agenda of the local airwaves.  You can discover their agenda before they do.

Credit to Tom though…he, KETV, KLIN are the only media outlets in Omaha/Lincoln have the guts to cover an Independent with any substantive coverage.  I do love him.  He is more courageous because he allows freedom of thought of all people.  I admire that.  Credit to Tom….he is open to all persuasions and lets them speak.  Credit to Tom…he does better than most to move the debate forward.  I’m thankful for his inclusion on his show.  I would just like to spend more time on ideas that will change Nebraskan lives than the traditional mantra of “Here comes the God guy” or “What do you think about Dave legalizing pot?” discussion.  Ideas to solve big problems is a lost art in a world concerned with 20 second sound bites that drive attention.  Maybe this is why our country struggles.  We have popularity contests based on a game that believes in sound bites and not principled leaders ready to solve problems.  We have politicians that move to sound bites over solving problems.  The problem of unresolved health care, immigration, ISIS strategy lies in the wake as we move from media crisis to media crisis without resolving the previous problems.

Personal Responsibility

Are you spreading the word or keeping it to yourself?  My guess it is the later.  This is not just a problem in American Democracy, it is the problem in American Ministry.  It is easier to fly around the world in the name of ministry then look over their fence like “Wilson” and say the word “God” much less “Jesus” (hurry duck for cover).   We should be doing both.  Of course it doesn’t help when people in ministry are mute on politics.  When we perpetuate singular focused behavior we encourage citizens to narrowly focus on what their interest is.  This is no different for spiritual leaders as it is for an 80 hour a week businessmen.

The reality is WE ARE ALL citizens of a Republic.  We are all going to have our areas of focus and expertise.  However, singular focus must become extinct.  We are Americans and are called to steward more than just our specialty.  This applies to business professionals, teachers, stay at home parents, and yes…spiritual leaders.  Americans are called to steward families, money, government, jobs, etc.  One hat is not good enough.  The Bible talks about all subjects and so should our spiritual leaders.  We should not be teaching ignorance by refusing to discuss government in church.  This doesn’t mean preaching candidates and parties.  It does mean we need to start preaching about principles being exercised in government.  I have news to the church.  Cesar is now “We the People”.  The government is sitting in your pews and not Washington if you read the Constitution.   There is currently no separation between the two by definition or appearance.

What is it that keeps the silence on the people on things like politics and religion that is central to our way of life?  This is a land of freedom of speech…is it not?  Republics need vibrant discussion in all disciplines.  America has always moved forward in disagreement.  This needs to continue.

Constitutional Revival

We need a complete revival of the Constitution.  Not a half way revival of the document that will continue to protect donors from banking clauses.  Money does control our lives as much as government.  Unfortunately, the voter continues to ignore the history of what happens when this same historical money is in play in the race.  In fact, I think the candidate is blind to this fact or openly accepting this as a means to an end (I don’t know which it is).  He should observe history of those who believed this means to an end thinking as well.  Woodrow Wilson, the last college President to lead in office, highly regretted the legislation he passed for banks (Morgan) and oil (Rockefeller).   However, their money was a means to an end for his power.  He was the first to give capitalism the largest black eye that would stain its functioning from 1913 forward (both Federal Reserve and the Income Tax passed).  Let’s not repeat history and live with regrets like Woodrow Wilson did.  Ditch the big banks and oil companies.

The money from these entities are not supporting fiscal cuts, free markets, or the Constitution.  I pray I’m wrong, but history proves I’m right when someone is motivated by power and the belief in the logic of gathering more donor money from those who historically push for contrary principles to free markets and the Constitution.  Supporting the degradation of the Constitution should be an embarassment to every class A shareholder of the Federal Reserve.  Their money in politics is filthy.

I’m not fooled anymore.  Many Nebraskans are not either.

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R” if they are conservative.  It is time we question both parties if they will defend their oath of the Constitution from threats foreign and domestic.  We need a full Constitutional revival.

We need free/fair/just domestic markets, financial cuts, border security, and a spiritual backbone that guided firm values of this country.

With no reduction in federal outlays since 1965—why are Republicans fiscally conservative and Democrats are not?  They are both massive failures.  I like the description of Democrat-Lite for Republican fiscal policy.

When Republicans allow banks to set their own interest rates as opposed to the market, big oil to price fix alternative fuel at the pump, drug companies to fix prices in Medicare, bail out failing companies who donate to the party on the backs of taxpayers, and on and on…does any of this scream Republicans believe in Free Markets???  They would embrace and fight for free domestic markets for their donors if a solid belief in “free markets” was the case.

When all three House Republicans on the Presidential Budget Commission (Paul Ryan being the leader of the three and aligned with Ben in this election) vote against Simpson-Bowles that would have reduced our national debt from 65% to 25% of GDP by 2040, but agree with Patty Murray on a disastrous budget…I’m to believe they will lead us to fiscal balance?

Border security was passed in 1986 under Republican leadership.  Yet the border was not secured the next 6 Republican Presidential years.  28 years later we have an unsecured border by both parties!!!  I’m to now trust it is going to be different this time?  Is executing the law suddenly going to start to happen with the parties now?

When my last Republican president tells me I pray to the same God as a Muslim (My Muslim peers don’t even believe this), I’m to support and follow GOP leadership?  Spare me.  I know of men who did not deny their God and were thrown to the lions or in a fiery furnace.  These are courageous leaders.  Thomas Jefferson knew a man with courage was a majority.  I’m ready to follow these guys.

Next, I have to buy a line from the next Presidential candidate that was Pro-Choice his whole life is now magically a Pro-Life guy at the election.  Am I sucker for this change for political purposes?  Is this the leadership God wants me to follow?  Maybe this is the way it is, not for me.  I’m only following leaders worthy of following.  Obama, Romney, Bush, Clinton…no thanks.  This is why I like being Independent.  I pray for all of them out of obedience.  I’ll be honest it sometimes is hard to make that prayer.  However, I trust God’s wisdom in praying for these people.

When we conservatives cry about Harry Reid not allowing debate but give free passes to Republicans not willing to debate the other candidates in this state (my apologies to Lee Terry and Pete Ricketts…well done guys)…..how do conservatives not see unjust hypocrisy in a call against Democrats to bring debate and legislation to the floor?   We want ‘afraid to debate’ from Nebraska to represent us?  Or worse yet…maybe he is taking cues from Washington leadership to not debate anymore and shows we have lost our candidate already.  Could it be any more obvious Nebraskans have already lost control of their representative!  When you personally call for more debates…you better follow thru.  Your word is important and I can’t think of any better statement of caution to the Nebraska voter.  I personally believe Ben wants to debate but his entourage and party is calling the shots.

We need conservative in Washington but we are yearning for better leadership first.   Nebraskans you pick, which option is a worse statement in ducking two debates?  Fear or party control?  PS- the organizer of the Hastings debate is a staunch Republican.  He offered to move that debate well in advance to accomodate Sasse.  I was not asked if this would fit into my schedule.  I missed my kids game that day.  We moved camping to the following weekend to serve the people of Hastings.   This is part of what I signed up for.

Both sides should know better.  People need debate, public service, and representation.  Frankly, our electorate should know.  However, this squinting to see what they want to see is an electorate problem.   God forbid an “I” could be the right solution to stand up against unconstituional “D’s” in Washington.  However, the fear od “D” to build “R” reigns.  You can block Washington but beware of the blind side hit from New York.  The good news to the Nebraska people… there is still time to change.

It’s time for no party.  It is time for a 100% Nebraskan voice.  Hello Independent Conservative.

Do these honest criticisms of Republicans make me a Democrat?  Absolutely not.  It makes me a conservative that believes in practicing what I preach.  It makes me a conservative that realizes the National Republican Party is as lost as the National Democratic Party.  It makes me a believer that understands I will only vote for leadership worthy to be followed and will continue to pray for whoever does lead this country as a matter of obedience over desire.

Does this “Conservative” title mean I hate Democrats?  Absolutely not.  I actually hate titles.  “Conservative” is just a word people relate to that gives people a reference point.  That has been the biggest problem with the label “Independent”.  I like to think I’m more about Common Sense, God’s word, and the Constitution.

I realize God loves all people as much as “I”.  “I” should treat all people accordingly and “I” will.  Chalk up non demonization of the other side as a distinguishing trait from a Republican Conservative to me as an Independent Conservative.  Demonizing other people has done absolutely zero in converting individuals to ‘their’ side.  Unfortunately they both do it.  It is ironic in a land obsessed with “bullying” of kids that adults demonstrate the same values in public (just go on the twitter feed from supporters).  This is the problem with Democrats and Republicans. This leadership thru demonization of the other side is toxic to our country.  Most every day citizens of which I’m one are sick of this behavior and want to see some unity and results to move America forward.

The glaring ‘continuation of power’ problem for a Republican is if you go to a GOP function it is usually full of older people.  Few young people are showing up.  This is recipe for death.  The young are not being won over by the party.  When you go to a Democrat function you see a lot of young people.  Why?  They are preached an “I believe” message.  The Republicans preach an “I don’t believe” message that reminds the young they have lost their work ethic, values and ‘they’ are doomed.  If you ever stop and listen to an educated youngster like I have they are upset with the old for spending all their money.  There is half-truth in all of these statements and this is why we need forgiveness and reconciliation.   I need to mend these fences between young and old and re-instill an American belief and relationship between the generations as well as the parties.  I have a two-fold challenge if elected.  I think my age in the middle of these generations is a large asset to a body so disconnected with the young.

On a positive note, I’m excited at the young people involved from both sides of the aisle in our race.  We have had an awesome time around UNL, UNK, UNO, Concordia, etc. this year.  We preach a positive belief in our kids and demonstrate self-determination.  I’ve enjoyed visits to the nursing home.  I was given a big smile in Bassett Nebraska and an “Atta Boy” from one still full of life and optimism in their old age.

Conservative can win when we instill faith in our kids and demonstrate and teach hard work.  We need more adults mentoring kids with these beliefs.  This requires balance and a prioritizing the future over working late for the next buck.  Add mentoring kids to the list of needed duties to be performed in a Republic.  Add caring for our elders as a Biblical responsibility that we have unfortunately delegated to government.

Do I think Democrats are right on the majority of issues?  No.  Do I think they are right on a few issues because they have better gifts in certain areas?  Yes.  Do I have faith in Republicans that get conservative principles right?  Absolutely.  I will stand 100% with Republicans when they are right on the issues and 100% against them when they are passing unconstitutional favors and protectionism to pay off their donors.  The first role of government is to establish justice or “Equality before the law”.  This is the first Constitutional duty these parties break for their donors and elected officials in the party.

Where Should We Go

I still believe if you combined Democrat compassion with Republican logic you would obtain a better outcome.  I know I’ll get push back on that comment…so be it.

Conservatives, please stop drinking the Republican Kool-Aid.  Separate until this party gets a clue and lives out their values.  Look for growth in the young before you hop back on.  This has been a party on the decline for good reason.  Instilling fear in your followers to win is a long term recipe for disaster.  People cannot operate in fear that long before they collapse.

Ben is half right.  He proclaims the party of no ideas loses to a party of bad ideas every time.  This line of thinking helps.  Although I think this is a true statement, I’d suggest as an ex-Republican the main problem is they don’t practice what they preach.  Their Achilles heel is always compromising principles for power.  In particular, the free market and the constitutional are overlooked for large donors to obtain temporary power.  Our budget and people have suffered for it.

Cut a budget, empower the free market for all people, follow the Constitution and focus on defense instead of offense every administration.  That is what I’m doing and believe in.

Lebron returned to Cleveland.  I could return to the GOP (I will not the first 6 years if elected—you have my word).  However, I need to see a commitment to principles and championships again.  I need to see, hear, and feel belief in the future again.  This living for today needs to stop.  I need to see long term tough decisions to ensure our elderly do not experience a bankrupt social security and medicare system.  I need to see long term tough decisions so our kids have a bright future they can go achieve for themselves.

I hope I’m wrong but I’m convinced they will not do what they say.  Read the Contract with America and Pledge to America and review the results.  The optimism was just as high when these words were declared.  Follow through was a different story.  Compromising for power is, continues to be, and will always be the culprit.   Avoiding the money, and staying free from the power is the best way I can demonstrate I will not sell out.  There is nothing to sell out to.

Like healthcare, they are destroying the free market and a belief in capitalism for the people by allowing banks to operate under an unconstitutional charter and exempting free markets for their donors.  They are causing the counter response as people suffer from unjust laws created in a manipulated market.  This manipulation is what liberals scream at as if this is the product of “Capitalism”.  The problems are not capitalism.  The problems come from unconstitutional practices and manipulated markets that distort capitalism and give it an unfair black eye.  Yes, perfect capitalism has not been perfect.  That is why we need labor laws.  However, it is the best system we have had to improve the most lives in America in a fallen world.  Both parties have abandoned their beliefs in “Free” domestic markets.  Preaching and enacting are two very different things.

Caleb and Joshua

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R’s” if they are Conservative.  “RHINOS” are more of a problem then myself.  You know what you get with me.

You can vote for a lesser evil if you believe in winning.  I’ll stick to voting for what is right.  The story of Caleb and Joshua in Numbers is too powerful to do anything but vote for ‘right’ if a person believes this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Unfortunately, we are a dying breed even amongst believers.  Granted we are no Israel, but we are no Iran either.  This is a special place given to us by our creator.

Republicans voting a majority–beware if you still believe this is “One Nation UNDER God” and vote for what you think wins over what you think is right.  Dying in the desert was the victory trophy of God followers who made the more popular but incorrect vote.  Congratulations on winning the vote Majority!

It will be too late to correct later once the vote is made.  Trying to correct the mistake after it was too late brought sudden failure—see Caleb and Joshua, Jeremiah, etc.  That is why it is imperative to get our actions right, the first time.  We have the warning shots from 9/11, the Wall Street meltdown in 2007, and now this monstrosity of federal debt created by violating the Constitution and believing in “Providing” the General Welfare.   All three have serious ramifications.  Ditch the short term memory and singular focus.  We have a decade that screams for complete recovery, and 35 years of a growing national debt that is the result of excessive warfare and welfare that need to be addressed.

I’m looking for Wall Street to bring that pain with Republicans or Big Government to bring that pain with Democrats.  It is time to stand against both and return to Constitutional principles and obedience to avoid the pain.  Individuals need to start reacting with a belief and follow through that this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.  Focus on yourself.  We have plenty of room for spiritual growth for individuals on or willing to come on the boat.

It is time believers who truly ‘believe’ demonstrate a conviction that God is in control.  Winning or losing a vote has very little to do with your personal final outcome if you trust in his word.  God has that in his hands. You just get to express the will in your heart before he acts.

I believe you have a monumental choice and opportunity this November.  Please like, share, and e-mail to your friends—or be silent.  Silence has been the centuries old problem of people alike.  Bonhoeffer, Lincoln, King, have all warned you throughout time on silence.

It is your choice.  My team worked hard under God to give you the option this year to free your conscious with your vote.  People will be accountable this year for the outcome.  Blaming maybe heard, but the heart will instinctively know the truth after 2014 if we do not change.  Let’s begin to get this right in November or accept the consequences when our liberties and way of life are destroyed by Wall Street and/or Big Government.  November will be the start.  This is a long, arduous, but worthy path to take. I need your contributions to help get the word out before November.  Please consider giving.  God bless each of you—believers and unbelievers alike.  Have a good day – Todd

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Arming Syrian Rebels

The Senate is not a place for the weak.  A Senator has to debate and answer the very toughest of questions.  Nebraska deserves to know how their leader will lead on the floor and address the tough issues.

The question on Sunday night at the Hastings debate was, “Do you support arming the Syrian rebels?”  A tough question that deserved an honest answer.

I cited that I was happy that this support was debated in Congress.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 is the part of the Constitution that talks about Congress granting letters of marque and reprisal.  These clauses are designed to empower other bodies to carry the fight in war.  I was happy to see that Congress was debating this approval.  This is the proper course of action and should be applauded as proper engagement rules designed by the Constitution.  These rules have historically been ignored by our Presidents and delegated by a passive Congress unable to lead a tough call.  Well done on engaging the Constitutional debate!

However, I strongly disagreed with arming the Syrian rebels.  I agree with Lee Terry’s dissent with his party on supporting this bill. Nebraskans, these rebels are out of control and we should not be arming these individuals.  We should stick to aligning or funding offensive efforts of organized governments against IS in the region.  We have too many examples of arming rebels backfiring on our country and killing our own citizens.  I do not support arming rebels.

At least you know where I stand on the question.  I’m not afraid to answer or debate the tough questions in Hastings or D.C.  Do you know where your candidate stands?  I’m ready to serve Nebraska.

 

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Islamic State – One Influential Pastor Speaking Up

As many of you know, one of my favorite pastors I listen to is Dr. Michael Youssef.  I sighted his work in my blog back on January 4, 2014 as being influential to me personally.  I have made and will continue to make the argument that knowing the subject matter expert is often more important then possessing the most knowledge on any given subject (there is no way to know it all).  We are well prepared to call upon the right individual for the right task.

We need to call on experts from around the country with life experience like Dr. Youssef.  Leaders often lack discernment and I think this is my strongest attribute.  I’ve discerned Dr. Youssef is the right expert to approach relationship wtih the various factions of the Muslim and Arab world.  As an Egyptian by birth, he has a strong platform to speak to the Arab world as he grew up in a strong Egyptian culture.  I hope all people, regardless of faith, will spend sometime with Dr. Youssef’s teachings like I have.  I’m far better off for discovering his work.  You may not agree with everything Dr. Youssef discusses but it is anarguable he has a firm grasp of the culture, the history of Muhammad, and the different political factions.

His education, his uprbinging, and his knowledge on the topic is second to none.  I encourage you to take a few hours and listen to his videos on this topic below.  Our country needs to become more famliar with the Muslim world, the different factions, and the childhood and maturing of their founder, etc.

Please take 90 minutes and listen to these videos on the Islamic state.  He is a Christian and has that world view.  However, I believe those who do not agree with his religious views will appreciate his formal education on Islam and the Middle East culture and situation.  He does an excellent job at uncovering a more peaceful historical state of the Muslim nation that once and still exists.  At the same time he traces the rising group motivated by terror and the roots of these actions.

We need to develop a consensus AND conviction in America of how we will address the problem of Islamic extremists.

http://www.leadingtheway.org/web/guest/world

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