Hi I'm Todd Watson, an Independent candidate running for United States Senate.

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Holding Ben Sasse Accountable

“I am urging conservatives to hold every candidate accountable to keeping their word so that we uphold the Constitution’s system of checks and balances,” – Senator Ben Sasse’s statement on holding Donald Trump Accountable.
No problem Senator Sasse.
I completely agree with Ben’s leadership on this key topic. Let’s start with keeping Ben who decided to throw the first stone at Trump and demand answers to HIS questions on Trump’s character and civil positions.
Should a Senator who refused to answer fair civil questions before his election have the moral grounds to demand answers to his questions from another candidate? (See “Fair Questions for Sasse” July 28, 2014 blog)
Should a Senator who missed the final TEN debates in the Nebraska general election be leading a mission ‘To Revive Debate’ in the US Senate?
Should a candidate who worked for the President, Homeland Security, the DoJ, and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill self declare that he is the “Anti-Establishment Washington Outsider” candidate?
Should a Senator who made a 100 day pledge to sponsor key pro-life bills (a singular act in his control) and fail to follow through on his ‘pledge’ be held accountable?
Should a Senator serving on the Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that fails to lead consensus with Republicans on a border security bill be held accountable after adamantly declaring the border must be secured?
Benjamin Franklin – “Well done is better than Well Said”
It is a shame we have more talkers then doers on both sides of the aisle.
I hate “going there”…but people leading the charge on holding people accountable need to be held accountable themselves.
Lets dig deeper into the subject in the video! Let’s realize every candidate is running into Constitutional problems in their statements. (I would love to hear Sasse’s Constitutional argument on the TPP bill).
Let’s determine who is responsible for checking Unconstitutional behavior and which side of the “Establishment” ledger has the larger Constitutional problem. Let’s be proactive and help Conservatives in a frenzy on who is going to be King (I mean POTUS) realize their is a team of imperfect people that have stepped forward that should work together to build America.

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Nebraska’s Growing Budget Problem

 

Nebraska’s 20 Year Spending Record

Nebraska’s Growing Budget Problem

It was great to see the Huskers turn back the clock 20 years in Santa Clara and feature an interesting football concept….the run.  The game spawned a question in my mind.

What if our ‘Husker’ government decided to create a spending plan similar to the ’95 legislature?  How would our government function? 

Two weeks ago, LIBA leadership (Lincon Independent Business Association) invited Nebraska’s Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley (Kearney-Buffalo County) to address our membership on this very topic.  The State budget was the primary conversation.  Full video coverage of his speech can be found on LIBA.org!

The ‘Mile High’ View – Accomplishments & Problems in the Budget

Over the last 20 years our state revenues have risen on average 4.4% a year ($1.8 billion to $4.3 billion).  That is a healthy clip.   Unfortunately, our State Legislature and Governors the past 20 years have presided over the same spending mistakes our national government began to make in greater significance in the 1930’s:  Increasing welfare to individuals.  This dangerous “Living” Constitutional view of Promote the General Welfare has taken root.  ‘Promote’ is yet another word that has been redefined by the Progressive movement.  ‘Promote’ now equals ‘Provide’.  What progress has been made in these areas with our citizens the last 20 years with substantial spending?  That is the question they do not want to answer.  We must transform our belief system.  We must internalize the fact that spending more money AND the institution of government will not be the primary solution to solve our social ills.

The Founders (who I feel wrote the best ‘Bible’ on the topic of civil legislation) knew the definition of “Provide”.  They chose to couple the word “Provide” with the purpose of “Defense” and not “General Welfare”.  This is a monumental difference that goes unnoticed by our elected leaders who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

I will define the word “Defense” and “General” for the Republicans in a future blog.  (Hint: Think “Less Offense” and forget “Corporate” as the adjective to welfare).

If our government learned the definition of “Promote” vs. “Provide” we would improve this country’s financial situation.  Contrary to progressive beliefs, we would be improving many able bodied lives by freeing them from dependence on the state.  It is like exercise.  Short term pain for long term gain.

This subtle but massive change in our definition of “Promote” has created a staggering national liability that our nation will have trouble repaying.  The same “Provide” fact pattern is threatening our state if we don’t take action today.

Examining the “Husker” Budget

From strictly an accounting point of view, if spending rose less than 4.4% a year in any given category we would be growing our budget in a sustainable fashion.  If we spend less than our rate of revenue growth, we have the ability to do a tax cut.  If we spend less than our rate of revenue growth, we have the ability to fund priority areas in state government that present opportunity/risk to the state.  There are three major categories of state spending; Agency Operations, Aid to Local Governments, and Aid to Individuals.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘Agency Operations’ have grown by 3.8% a year.  This is lower than the 4.4% growth in revenue.  This category stays in balance.  However, correctional services and the court system are showing cracks at the State level.

Nebraska could still increase spending in Agency Operations and be as efficient as revenue growth.  Less crime, speedier trials (especially out West with increased drug traffic), more state patrol, or cutting taxes are viable priorities in my mind.  I’ll let the citizens be the final judge.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘State Aid to Local Governments’ have grown by 3.8% a year.  This is more efficient than the 4.4% growth of our treasury.  This category stays in balance.  Local education, homestead exemptions, and aid to local governments are in this area.

Unfunded mandates from state to local government are a large problem. Unfunded mandates from our national government to our state government are a large problem.  Addressing unfunded mandates could be a viable use of redirected funds at BOTH LEVELS!  However, it will probably take a partisan revolt to change this behavior as ‘passing’ the buck is as partisan as it gets.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘State Aid to Individuals’ have grown by 6.1% a year!  Excessive and perpetual acceleration of individual aid spending is of grave concern.  You can make a difference in this area at home by becoming LOCALLY engaged and taking action.  Please redirect some of your attention focused on the Presidential race (of which your vote will have little consequence) to our state!  Call your Senator.  I know firsthand many are frustrated by the apathy of citizens with state government.  They would welcome your voice and involvement!

Further Analysis of the Macro Budget

‘Agency Operation’ share of the budget has shrunk by 11.2% the last 20 years.  ‘State Aid to Local Government’ share of the budget has shrunk by 10.8% the last 20 years.  However, ‘State Aid to Individuals’ share of the budget has accelerated at 39.2% the last 20 years!  Let that fact sink in. 

Does this spending behavior appear to be a balanced and responsible approach by our state government?  Is this the trend in service we want to see from a state government?

No!

A 20 year perspective will help you understand where our government is trending. Slippery slopes happen each passing year with little fanfare.  The kettle on the range is turned up another degree each passing year to create more government dependence.

Understanding  the primary role of government as framed by our Constitution (both National and State) would help frame a direction for government.  Mercy should be primarily addressed by outside institutions who are exponentially more effective in dealing with societal problems.  George Washington served on a Vestry Board and worked on the Constitution.  He was smart not to combine both efforts in one institution.

If Nebraska continues down this path another 20 years with the same growth rates in revenues and category spending, State Aid to Individuals will be 41.9% of our budgeted expenditures.  Compare this to 22.7% of our expenditures in 1995!

Furthermore, these growth rates do not balance!  Despite our balanced growth in Agency Operations and Aid to Local Governments, we will be running an additional $342 million annual deficit due to accelerated growth in Individual Aid spending if this trend continues!  If we were to control State Aid to Individual spending at a 3.8% growth rate and maintain a 4.4% growth of revenue we would have a surplus of $1.1 billion in 20 years.  That is a $1.44 billion budget difference by controlling spending in aid to individuals at a 3.8% growth rate (compared to the 20 year 6.1% growth rate).  We could address infrastructure, cut taxes, invest in schools, empower local governments, or improve the state Patrol with this money.  However, what do I know?  I’m just an Independent with an unequal vote and voice at the primary ballot box.  I’m way behind in my line of thinking.

We need to set a responsible example to our children and our national government by being a beacon of light with responsible government spending.  Progressive politicians on both sides of the aisle need to wake up and exercise some fiscal constraint and responsibility.  They should not be afraid at challenging the endless empathetic arguments around state aid.  They should be more fearful in the lack of progress in the general welfare of our people due to this misguided approach to government spending.  They let short term cries around “Security” tump action that would provide that same individual long term prosperity.

Nebraska has time on our side to solve spending problems if we act now.  We should not kick the can down the road by talking tough and doing nothing like our national politicians do (seen a plan yet to tackle those unfunded liabilities as promised?)

I’m proud to be the only member to have run with a detailed plan to solve our social security problem with details.  I have solutions in this blog for our state as well.

Speaker Hadley and His Budget Speech

Unfortunately, I didn’t hear the conviction from Speaker Hadley to solve our budget problem during his speech. Below are some of Speaker Hadley’s quotes.  I have referenced the approximate time in the LIBA video for your reference.

Speaker Hadley Video (Will expire soon)

Opening Minute: “Nebraska is a high tax state.”  I agree.  What are your plans for change Speaker? Less rhetoric and substantive plans are needed from all levels of leadership to solve problems and start a conversation in constructive legislation.  Less talk and more walk please.

(5:30) “As a Senator those are hard things to deal with….Anytime you are working with aid to individuals”

A proper perspective in growth of spending and Constitutional intent should make this an easy area to bring to the table.  In my opinion, we need new legislators if cutting spending “Is too hard to deal with”.   He has his PHD in Accounting.  He should know where 6.1% growth trends in spending will take us.  

(11:20) “It is difficult to cut spending…it really is!  You get a lot of special interest groups, rightly so, telling you why their area is important to fund.”

Herein lies the biggest problem with partisan politicians today.  Democrats in general believe in more welfare spending.  Gadley is typical for the GOP…they can’t stand up to lobbyists.  They often take the campaign money and pass the spending bills for special interest.  It is time for change.  

I’ve attached a memorable PSA for advice if you have a hard time acknowledgin an Independent political figure.  It was produced by a moderate Republican.  This PSA will help Republicans and any sensible Democrats in learning how to actually cut spending and deal with those “TOUGH” special interest groups when they offer you a new spending bill.

Just Say No!

(14:00 and 16:25) Credit Speaker Hadley.  He is a very funny guy.  I like him.  This letter is about principled governmental differences and is not personal. He is hilarious!  I’d have lunch with the guy anytime.

Balancing the Budget

In summary, Speaker Hadley’s mile high view to balance the budget doesn’t add up. He wants lower taxes while simultaneously saying it is very hard to make a spending cut. Those positions do not go together to create a balanced budget.  Unfortunately, they garner votes from the simpleton citizen who can’t solve 1 minus 2 and like what they hear.  Independent conservatives like me prefer to do the math.  Like most Republicans, he is preaching more employment and growth in the economy to “Grow” out of this situation.

Friends, have you looked at recent financial statements from the farm?  They are not strong.  I’m very familiar with our farm in Wayne County.  It is not a banner year. Cattle Markets are struggling as well.  Income tax (a big driver of state revenues) from Ag will be down.

Hadley expresses the unemployment RATE is a key stat he watches for income tax growth.  Friends, the unemployment RATE will not get much stronger than present levels. However, net positive migration for jobs and wage growth should aid income tax revenues.

At the end of the day, if you add it all up, you see a headwind coming in revenue. Revenue challenges and lower taxes will not bode well for a balanced budget when it is “Too Hard” to make cuts in spending.  We already have a $100+ million shortfall on our hands.  It is time for action!

In summary, growth is not a be-all end-all answer.  We do need to grow.  However, we must also cut spending!  We must demand a plan by our representatives to make wise decisions for the benefit of both sides of the ledger.  One sided ledger arguments appear to be the primary challenge with both Republicans and Democrats. Both hasten the goal of a balanced budget.  We must balance considerations to create inflow (not raising rates) and stop wasteful outflow.

“What About the Poor Todd? Don’t you care!”

I’m very passionate about ending oppression of the poor.  I’m very passionate about ending endless welfare for the able bodied non working poor. They coexist nicely.  Addressing the Federal Reserve, taking on the financial institution lobby, and reducing endless welfare for the able bodied would be my goals.

The Fed. Our financial system needs to be based on money earned in hard work.  Our financial instruments need to be backed by equity created by labor…not a printing press.  Investment equity needs to primarily come from people, not Wall Street. Change percentage of bank debt to private bonds and watch our economy grow for all.  This will shrink inequality and allow Americans to thrive (albeit at different levels) together by reducing the monetary float from the printing press that works against labor.

Abraham Lincoln knew labor was the superior to capital.  Both parties are slaves to the banking system and will not make necessary changes.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 5.  Learn it.  Understand why we no longer follow the original Constitution.  Income Inequality is a problem.  Structurally designed inequality can be addressed when we tackle the banking system.  Controlling money for the people will enable the poor to get a leg up on purchasing power and savings/investment options.

It doesn’t stop there.  I want even tougher limits placed on the financial institutions.  We should wipe out usury interest from our books.  Payday loans, 18% interest, etc. just prey on our poor.  Rates should not exceed a percentage over prime.  Those businesses usually extend problems for the poor.  They do not solve the problem.  Short term pain for long term gain.  Remember?

Our current financial system is set up to prey on the poor and inflate producing assets to a value that make them unattainable to those offering hard work to produce livelihood out of capital.  Ask yourself how new young farmers who took a mortgage out for land at record prices (no interest printed money inflates prices) are doing?  Do young farmers even exist or have viable options to start a farm?

Second, we need to fight for our poorest workers first before we can fight for these clauses with a straight face.  Count me in with Trump on fighting for work at home.  We need our manufacturing jobs here. It is time the establishment of both parties learn business.  Stop getting schooled in trade.  We need to control our borders from Democrats allowing additional unskilled workers to come into our country.  We need to control our borders from Republicans letting good jobs leave this nation with poor economic policy.  Control the borders should work for business and people.  Adjust national policy accordingly.

Finally, Nebraska (and America) needs to stop “Providing” the General Welfare. People need to be Independent again.  Providing is not the Constitutional perscription and it doesn’t create vibrant citizens that contribute. It is time to relearn the ENTIRE pre 1913 Constitution for the benefit of all citizens.

My Solutions to the Nebraska Budget

As a blogger that offers solutions and not just criticism…here is what I would do differently.

  1.  Stand up to lobbyists. Lobbyists should not be bullying around a Speaker.  Just say NO Speaker Hadley.  Do what needs to be done for the people.
  2. We need to move spending allocations back to historical levels.  Capping all spending at 3.1% growth is not strong enough.  Let’s put a 10/20 year plan in motion to move total percentages in the “Big 3” categories back to 1995 allocation levels.  Aid to Individuals should be reduced as a percentage of budget by .5% a year until the category reaches 22.7% (1995 level).  A return to the Constitution would be a better option.  However, I’m offering a pragmatic approach that is more likely to pass with Democrats and Republicans who find it “Hard” to cut spending and operate in a “What is everyone else doing” progressive environment.
  3. Invest in our young people.  Want growth in income tax?  Train them for good jobs. Leave them less debt to create a business or run a healthier life at home. In-state tuition should drop by offsets in state spending.  Funding of Universities and State Colleges should move up .25% of the total budget for the next 20 years as long as our schools invest in principled education and not elaborate buildings/social engineering/or more overhead administrative jobs.  Hank Bounds/Regents – Are you listening?  Higher Educational Achievement = Higher pay = Higher tax base. Furthermore, make sure our community colleges get their fair share.  We have unfilled high paying jobs that would generate income tax.  We need to help our community colleges “Get the word out” on the opportunities they can create for Nebraskans TOMMOROW.  I’ve spent hours at community colleges from Metro, Milford, Hastings, etc.  We are missing HUGE opportunities for our people!
  4. Address Unfunded Mandates.  At a minimum, unfunded mandates must be capped (Preferably eliminated).  Passing the buck maybe American.  It shouldn’t be Nebraskan.  Don’t cramp our localities ability to make needed local decisions/investments.  Local decisions make a bigger difference.

Nebraska is unfortunately trending the progressive way of National government.  Even Republicans are adopting liberal initiatives at home (See recent votes on Death Penalty, Higher Taxes, More gambling measures that hurt our poor, etc).  Proud conservatives in this state should recognize they have let the welfare state (as a percentage of the total budget) grow by 39% the last 20 years while our spending in our 2 main areas have declined 10%. Is that conservative legislation from a conservative state?

Our state legislature has made a poor statement about our future by dropping our total spend on our University/College system from 19% to 14% of our budget!  This would not be my message to the next generation and Nebraska to grow a brighter future.  My suggestion would be to gradually return to 1995 levels in education in the form of tuition reduction.  Our University system is a governmental charge to address in our charter.

Unfortunately, our state budget is a reflection of the growing belief in progressive philosophy within both parties.  It is time for common sense and fiscal discipline!

We have the brainpower to get this done.  We just need to witness more courage from our delegation.  Leadership starts at the top!

I hope you benefited from my “State” blog for the week.  I will return to National issues soon. I wanted to make a contribution to the dialogue at the state level for the New Year.  I’m grateful for the service of our Nebraska State Representatives for their hard work and little pay to make Nebraska a better place.  I’m happy to say that many of you have become trusted peers the past two years!  I value your relationship.  Thanks for what you do.  I believe in and am counting on you to make this right for my four kids and many other Nebraskans this year.  Let’s ensure the Good Life for the next 20 years!

God Bless! Have a Great 2016 Session! …And Believe in the Run!

Todd

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Senator Fischer…Troubling (In)Action on National Security

Does it bother you when elected officials play the ‘blame game’ but are participatory in the cause of the problem?  Does it bother you when Senators are silent when platform issues are being debated on the floor of the US Senate?  It bothers me.

In recent weeks, Senator Fischer’s criticisms of POTUS (President of the United States) have grown in frequency and intensity.  It is time to set the record straight and hold Nebraska’s elected officials accountable for their role in foreign policy failure.

Senator Fischer continues to badger Obama on his failed Syrian rebel strategy.  I will avoid the severity of personal attacks she employs.  I will keep my criticism to the facts of foreign policy failure and silence.

Senator Fischer is responsible for poor decisions on national security.  She APPROVED the failed Syrian Rebel strategy she is currently mocking.  She is not alone.  Every Republican in Nebraska authorized Obama’s Syrian strategy except one.  Former Representative Terry and I were the only conservatives to go on the record and say “No” to Obama’s Syrian strategy.

To make it worse, Senator Fischer and other Republicans are passive in taking legislative action to stop the Iranian treaty after MATERIAL “Side Deals” have emerged and remain undisclosed by the President.  This is not the courage we sorely need in 2015.

Furthermore, “Self-Imposed Moratoriums of Silence” on the floor of the US Senate in the face of evil is self-evident.

King, Lincoln, Kennedy, Netanyahu, and my personal favorite Bonhoeffer warned us against silence we are now witnessing.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’

Let’s examine the votes and multiple instances of silence-

The Factual Record on Syria

During the 2014 US Senate debates, the three debating Senate candidates (Domina, Jenkins, and I) answered fair, honest, and tough questions.

There were two questions we were consistently asked in September 2014.

Do you support the President’s air strikes?

Do you support arming the Syrian rebels?

All three debating candidates supported the air strikes. However, candidate Domina and I were the only candidates who went on the record and objected to arming the Syrian rebels.

Speaking for myself, I objected because my contextual historical knowledge understood that arming third party rebels was a dangerous and ineffective strategy.

Senator Sasse did not debate the question.  Silence.

Senator Fischer voted “Yes” to Obama’s Syrian strategy to arm, fund, and train Syrian rebels to fight this growing conflict.

Unfortunately, the popular and winning ‘Yes’ position would turn tragic for America and the Syrian people.  We must learn from and correct the lessons of history if we are going to move America forward.

OWH – Story on Unilateral Approval of Arming Syrian Rebels (Except Lee Terry)

The “Great Debate” in Hastings. Minutes 44 thru 52 Highlight the Syrian Rebel Position

What Has Been the Result of a “Yes” Vote For Syrian Rebel Support?

  • Many Syrians have been slaughtered or have fled their homeland
  • There are now an estimated 9 million displaced Syrian refugees
  • The number of refugees is at a crisis level across Europe and the Middle East
  • Washington must now address immigration/refugee status on displaced Syrians
  • ISIS has maintained their funding by continued control of oil wells
  • The Russian aggression into Syria is filling a vacuum of leadership
  • Putin is now the lead “Alpha Dog” in Syria

Senator Fischer would like you to believe this is entirely Obama’s fault.  However, the record is very clear.  Senator Fischer authorized and blessed this disastrous Presidential strategy on the floor of the US Senate to deal with the problems in Syria.  The authorization and choice of an inadequate strategy has lead to an epic crisis America must confront.

This is a massive failure in discernment and strategy by our current delegation. Obama’s perpetual failure of plans in the Middle East should have brought skepticism into authorizing an additional “Obama” strategy. Even Dave Domina, the most liberal candidate from Nebraska, knew this was a bad strategy from the President. Although I seldom agreed with Domina during the debates, you can see my visual affirmation of his position in Hastings at the time of our initial disclosures.  This was an important decision of magnitude.  Unity for National Security was displayed.

My “NO” to the Syrian rebel decision is a very different on the record position between me and other conservatives like Senator Fischer.

Senator Sasse did not debate or take a position.  His silence was a foreshadowing of his conduct his first year.  Key issues to his platform (abortion, border security, Obamacare) went unaddressed as well with a “self-imposed moratorium” of silence. Monumental debates on the floor of the US Senate came and went without a peep.  Pledges of 100 day legislation went idle.  Nebraska observed this conduct of silence first hand and overwhelming approved of this behavior in their vote.

Senator Sasse and Silence – LJS 10/07/2015

Culpability belongs to the media who filled the silence with endless stories of adoration.  They “swoon” to those receiving national media coverage.   Journalistic action for policy disclosure should have been the aim.  To make it worse, the media proactively silenced the bold and vocal voice put on the ballot by the Nebraska people because I continually mentioned a profane 3 letter word in the media “G-O-D.”  The mere fact spiritual people can have intelligent opinions on civil issues is still a concept that is hard to comprehend in the secular media driven world.

Moving on, Senator Fischer stated the consensus opinion after the vote. “Doing nothing in the face of a growing threat is simply not an option. It’s important for Congress and the president to show the world that the United States will stand up and lead.”

‘Leading’ is the last word to describe American action in Syria.  America’s ‘shoot from the hip’ conflict strategy authorized by the US Senate was a horrendous approach.

The wisdom and consequences of that first monumental decision to have LARGE and immediate ramifications are now on the record for America and Nebraska to examine.   The astronomical consequences of these actions are visible throughout the world.   

America currently supports 4 to 5 armed rebels!  What a strategy!  How about the Huskers play defense with 4 players? How about the Huskers give Pierson-El to the Gophers to play against us this weekend?

Senator Fischer’s Formal Statement on Arming Rebels

This specific recruitment of rebels only garnered 60 recruits.  Of the 60 recruits garnered by this strategy, only 4 or 5 rebels remain as expressed by our military leaders.  5 Syrian rebels…ISIS must be trembling!  Is this the “Peace through Strength” strategy authorized by Republicans?  Let the “5 Rebel Strength Fact” (or 60 if you want to give full credit) sink in to understand how poor of a strategy this was.

Unfortunately, the situation has grown worse.  Ben Swann and other respected journalists cite that our equipment, training, etc. from this authorization is now being utilized by ISIS against our interests.  This was my ultimate fear of what would happen!

Lives are now dying over this decision.

If Democrats could spell responsibility they would turn on Obama.  If Republicans really acted with accountability, they would hold Senator Fischer and every other Republican responsible for their authorization of a horrendous Syrian rebel strategy.

Instead, we will be stuck with two failing parties whose strategy is to point at each other and assign failure for the Middle East to gain a “Default” vote for their party.  Problem solvers remain missing.

Senator Fischer’s Statement on “4 to 5” Rebels

The Truth of the Middle East – 2 Videos to Educate the Average Voter

This is the truth of the Middle East Story (WARNING: GRAPHIC ISIS VIOLENCE — BLURRED OUT – NOT TOO EXCESSIVE)

The above link is the best narrative from a REAL journalist on what is going on in the Middle East.  (Warning: It is not what the media normally spins).

The link below is probably the best “Top Level View” of what is currently going on in Syria.  Most Americans are confused (understandable) with all the different groups, names, and allies in the region.  I think this piece will help you better understand the situation and different parties at play.

Furthermore, most of the American people are conditioned to think about wars within the context of nations.  America must relearn sectarian vocabulary. Understanding the Shia and Suni difference is more relevant to understanding Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and IS.

The video below was created by “VOX”. Despite many of VOX’s beliefs, I still believe it narrates the basic story accurately for the average viewer.

I hope these two stories help clarify the situation for those that are confused.

The Modern Day Story of Syria (Read Daniel for one of the Ancient Stories)

What Americans Need to Learn.  My Proactive Recommendations to Our Problems.

1.  America started the problems in the Middle East by drifting from our defined Constitution.  Stop drifting!

America has lost focus of DOMESTIC Tranquility and Providing the Common DEFENSE.  America should have stayed out of Iraq.  Our Constitution was designed to save our blood, money, and toil for the betterment of Americans.  America needs to practice self-control.  America needs to ignore the wishes of large military complex donors that profit from engagements.  The American people should focus on Providing the Common Defense and Not Providing the Common Offense.

Observe the Constitution!

2.  America’s problem is compounded by our foreign policy being dictated by ‘Big Oil’.   Foreign oil resources need to be formally removed as a ‘national interest’ motive in foreign policy.  There is a reason the media will broadcast endless propaganda on Iraq and downplay massive genocide in Rwanda.  We need to ignore oil interests who benefit from overseas wells.  We need 100% North American sourced oil and remove ourselves from blood money that is stained in Mid-East oil.   We need to ignore Republican donors’ large interests in Mid-East oil.  We need to overcome Democratic attempts to stop domestic production.  Let’s start drilling and stop importing!

3.  The Military Complex profits from “Double Sales” with the confiscation of our weapons by third party fighting forces.  The follow up sale is reselling more goods to our government to defeat third party forces armed with our weapons.  This “Double Sale” cycle is a habitual pattern for the US government.  We give weapons to Bin Laden, Saddam, Contras, and the list goes on through covert government action.  This policy often requires us to fund larger military machines to destroy opponents who possess arms WE SUPPLIED!  We must recognize the military complex (donors) create conflict of interest in our elected members decision making process.  We need our representatives to think Constitutional defense before donor base!

Furthermore, a costly mega war is brewing.  This potential war will be more costly in needs because our government has now enabled a well funded Iran through horrendous diplomatic action.  I’m convinced Iran will be using the $100 billion+ of additional inflows for research and the purchase of strategic weapons.

Ask yourself, would America need a larger or smaller defense budget if ISIS didn’t have the equipment/training America provided the Rebels through the Syrian authorization?  Would we need a larger military force if American diplomatic action did not free $100 billion+ to flow to the Iranian government?  We need to stop allowing our enemies access to large scale resources to purchase weapons! Senator Fischer needs a larger defense budget because she is enacting or failing to act diplomatically in foreign policy.  More on this later…

4.  Our legislative branch has to debate what wars we engage in.  We have a soft legislative branch that defers to the President to dictate military engagements.   The Constitution authorizes our legislative branch to declare a war.  1941 was the last time Congress had the guts to own a declaration.  We have lacked Congressional leadership with regards to military engagements for over 70 years.  We need to demand Congress authorize our engagements….not the President!

Furthermore, the power of the purse (the true power of Congress) can dictate the size and scope of how our President will fight.  Instead, we have numerous puppies in Congress led by horrendous leaders laying down their Constitutionally assigned roles.  They habitually defer to the President on issues the Constitution says are germane to the legislative branch.  Both parties have deferred to Republican and Democrat Presidents on engagement/war declarations.  They have been followers and not leaders.  We need our elected legislative leaders to follow the Constitution.

5.  I cited a different mindset that needs to be incorporated in my blog on September 7, 2015 featuring an insightful TED talk on the mentality of insurgents. Check it out. We are going to have to work together with different mindsets and skills to improve the situation in the Middle East. Defeating the enemy is not enough.  Filling the vacuum must be solved to bring a stronger sense of stability in the Middle East.

6. Look for leaders not afraid to debate.  Lindsey Graham (not my candidate for the record) is the only leader to offer a specific war strategy with specific details in the GOP Presidential debates.

Most of the other candidates are ducking the details of their war strategy.   One of the most important questions in a Presidential debate is how they would organize and win a war.  If you are unable to show leadership in debate on this topic….you will not show decisive leadership as Commander In Chief.

We need leaders.  Inept leadership is exactly what we are witnessing when a Presidential candidate has no strategy to lead an engagement/war.  We must demand our next President outlay their strategy before they are elected.

Understanding the Presidential candidate conflict strategy will give voters a “Yes” or “No” option.  Subsequently, their Congressional candidates will have a black/white option on if they will declare the war AND fund the strategy outlined by their preferred Presidential candidate.  The voter should have the choice in picking a strategy to WAGE a WAR.  The voter should have a choice with their Congressional representatives to DECLARE AND FUND THE WAR.  This is how we will achieve representative government.

7.  We need to elect decisive and strong leaders.  Period.

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This is the crux of the accountability report.  I have written more for your benefit to maximize the money I’ve been given to spend on Facebook to educate Nebraska.  If you wish to read further (I realize this is not brief),  I am blogging on these additional related topics:

1. President Trump cites caution in future offensive engagements

2. Senator Fischer’s Passivity in Budget Compromise.

3.  Is Senator Fischer Conservative?

4. Iran Tests Precision Missile. The Similar Fact Pattern to Nazi Germany

5. Russian Aggression.  Putin is Providing the Leadership Lacking From Our President and Congress

6. The Consequences of Being Afraid to debate

7. Funding Defense

8. Closing thoughts as a Civil Independent

Presidential Candidate Trump Now Cites Caution in Future Engagements

It is great to hear Presidential Candidate Trump echo an approach Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and I advocate for.  We need more defense and less offense.

America’s “Proneness to Offense” lies in our sensitivity to evil dictators portrayed by the media.  Americans love to pin their anger on one face (cue Media Evil Dictator Picture) and engage an offensive war.  Americans need to evolve and focus on defense.  In my personal opinion, foreign policy needs to return to focusing on a balance of power in a region.  I believe we need to do a better job in understanding the chaos America creates when we disrupt existing power by going on offense in an area that does not enhance worthy national interests (please exempt International Oil as an ‘Interest’).

We need to be more sensitive to the greater evil waiting in the wings of an evil dictator.  Our removal of “Organized Evil” creates an environment of chaos where “Non Organized Evil” can thrive and inflict greater damage.  Pick your poison.  “Organized Evil” with a more stable/non-imperialistic history is often the wiser choice in foreign policy when two evil options are at play.

Senator Fischer’s Passivity in Budget Compromise

Senator Fischer is compounding the problem in the Middle East.  SHE WOULD NOT SUPPORT Senator Cruz’s amendment to defund the implementation of the Iranian deal from the continuing operations vote.  Since the originally understood Iran treaty failed to be blocked, NEW AND SUBSTANTIAL CONTRACT LANGUAGE has surfaced that fundamentally changed the agreement as understood by the Senate.

Why has Senator Fischer not taken bold substantive action with the revelations of new self inspection knowledge?  She mistakenly stated “Self-Inspect” was not true at a Chadron town hall in August.  Unfortunately, we have learned the self inspect citations are true as the first samples were turned over by Iranian officials late last month.  Should we not reconsider the ACTUAL treaty being offered with “Self Inspect” language?

President Obama was caught in another lie.  At the passage of the ORIGINAL deal he stated in BOLD fashion, “Iran has agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regimes……This deal is not based on trust, it is based on unprecedented verification.”

I trust these self inspections as much as I trust a “Change in Behavior” proclamation from our 2 political parties.

This deal could not be trusted from the start.  However, based on new “Self-Inspection” language it would be hard for any rational official to back the actual treaty (Not the one they originally voted for based on lies from the administration).

The ACTUAL treaty is clearly not based on, “Robust, intrusive, and transparent inspections.” as promised by the President. We need a new vote based on a fully disclosed treaty to honor the Constitution.

In the wake of this new information, Senator Fischer remained silent in supporting a new amendment to strip enforcing the Iran Deal from the continuing resolution.  In addition, the establishment failed at bringing the NEW TREATY WITH SUBSTANTIAL SIDE DEALS to a vote.  Passivity at its worse.  Our National security interests will suffer as a result.

Based on this passivity in the face of new unprecedented danger and her authorization of a failing Syrian strategy, our national security has been placed in danger.

National Security Aside….Is Senator Fischer Even An Advocate for Conservatism?

Putting National Security aside, is she even an advocate for conservatism by voting for a continuing resolution to run up the debt WITHOUT A SINGLE CUT AND 100% FUNDING of Planned Parenthood?

What proclaimed conservative can support a singular bill that fails national security, social conservatism, and fiscal conservatism at the same time?

I’m entirely fed up with the National Republican Party and their false claims to be advocates of conservatism.

When will Senator Fischer say “No”?  When will she say “Enough”?

We have watched Senator Fischer authorize and fund the Rebels in 2014 that enabled a world crisis.  We watch Senator Fischer vote “Yes” and continue to fund an out of control government and Planned Parenthood in 2015.   We watch Senator Fischer fail to take up the amendment that will withhold funds from a “Self Inspect” Iranian treaty.  We watch as our Senator’s passivity allows $100+ Billion to flow to Iran to fund their initiatives.  I could keep going…..

What will be the travesty in the December continuing resolution?  What will her passivity bring to America’s land in 2016?  What is her lasting contribution to America her first three years that jumps to mind?  What will it take for a continuing resolution to be stopped by Senator Fischer and her Republican Allies?  What is it going to take for her to get tough and stand for principles?  Can she win ONE concession from Democrats in a continuing resolution “Compromise?”

(PS–The Democrats may have the worst “Compromising” behavior in the history of American politics)

Senator Fischer…I will pay you a few compliments to keep this balanced.  You are great taking pictures with the kids.  You are great taking pictures with the Nebraska industry groups that fund your campaign.  Your social graces are much stronger than mine.  You read the scripts crafted by party leadership forcefully on the floor. You articulate accurate frustrations with Obama.  You make the casual Republican comfortable.  You are very friendly and approachable to the public.

However, we are in an era that needs bolder leadership.  The educated conservative knows these actions do not ‘cut it’ in serving our national interest.

I’m encouraging you to put down the passivity and act with convicted and courageous leadership.  One statement against Iran, Planned Parenthood, and overspending is not strong enough.  We need you to fight and bring these critical issues to the floor.  We need  you to put up a strong fight for a REAL compromise with some basic conservative influence in a continuing resolution.

I’m encouraging you to embrace independent wisdom to navigate this country into a stronger future.  We need courageous conviction to stop the measures that fund ideas, philosophies, and positions you were elected to change/fight/reverse.

The evidence clearly demonstrates you only fight for principles when the media is quiet and/or the stakes for the party are low.  Compromising principles for popularity and perceived future power needs to stop!

Nebraskans you need to call your Senator and demand grit.  These continuing resolutions have dire consequences for our nation.  We have a baby dying every 90 seconds, dangerous threats advancing in Iran, American hostages remaining unaddressed in Tehran, and an additional growing $2 billion of debt a day passing to our kids, etc. etc. etc.

We cannot allow this behavior of our government to continue.

The Latest IRANIAN Test Missile and How it Relates to Nazi Germany

If you study the history of Nazi’s testing the “V-2 Rocket”, the situation is eerily similar to the fact pattern happening in IRAN.  Hitler sold his victims a lie.  He was buying time to develop weapons like the V-2 rocket and strengthen his war machine. He would violate his promises and conquer them later after his power was consolidated and his war machine was mature.

90% of the people who knew better remained silent in the face of Hitler’s evil…sound familiar? Knowledge without courage is dead.

With this ‘context’ in mind, Iran continues to chant Death to America and test longer ranged precision missiles AFTER the agreement.  America, don’t be stupid with formal Iranian promises.  Don’t believe their lies and ignore the popular rhetoric behind the scenes (or in the ‘open’ on Twitter). Don’t ignore the testing of new precision missiles.

Unfortunately, Senator Fischer is laying down her gun.  She lays Nebraska’s vote and America’s purse on the table.  To compound the problem, Senator Sasse remains quiet on the floor of the US Senate until November in a self imposed moratorium of silence.

They both should know better.  We need bold action now.

Iran Tests Missile

Putin and Russian Aggression.  His Leadership.  Our Passivity.

In addition to trumpeting Syrian rebel failures, Senator Fischer is sounding the alarm on Putin and Russian Aggression. However, take note America.  Putin is showing 100 times the leadership and gumption then both our legislative branch and POTUS COMBINED.  He is leading the action in Syria.  He is fighting “Our Funded 4 Rebels” as well as those that defected to ISIS leadership.  We would be in massive conflict and trouble with Russia if their aggression with our “Funded Rebels” was against a legitimate opposing force America actually believed in.

Meanwhile, our President continues to execute a disastrous policy in the Middle East.  To our President’s credit, our legislative branch doesn’t even have a plan.  Their plan is to blame POTUS for his.  This is a broken theme by the GOP in healthcare, border control, Syria, healthcare, and on and on.

I know Obama is failing.  I knew that before the 855th Facebook post of the year pointing to this fact.  My concern is and has always been…What are the Republicans going to do about it?  The answer has been nothing.

Republican power in 2016 at the cost of leadership in 2015 for the GOP is the perpetual answer.

Compromising principle for power is and always will be embarrassing.  Historical ‘context’ tells us that control of all 3 branches does not translate into proper use of power (see turn of the century).  Demand action today.

The Consequence of Being Afraid to Debate

To make it worse, the Republican voters continue to elect people that are afraid to debate.  What do Nebraskans expect to happen on the floor of the US Senate when they elect people that will not DEBATE Pre-Election to an audience of Nebraskans asking tough and fair questions?  The voters perpetuate a lack of courage in Congress with their complicit voting record.  They vote for those practicing ‘silence’ they witnessed firsthand.

We need a new POTUS.  We need a new legislative branch that will lead. America’s future hangs in the balance.  Principled platforms of border security, pro-life, and national security cannot endure silence when the subject matter presents itself for vote on the floor of the Senate.

Unfortunately, these (in)actions have now extended another year after the 2014 election where my volunteers and I offered principled change to the status quo.  We’ve continued to move backwards in 2015 with a vacuum of no leadership in the Senate.

Courage…not knowledge…not connections…not campaign war chests… is what we need in Washington at this very hour to save our Country and Constitutional way of life.  Unfortunately, our best hope AT THIS VERY HOUR is Senator Fischer and Senator Sasse.  Despite my warranted frustration, I encourage you to join me in their encouragement.  America needs their action today for a better tomorrow for our children.  Call them to take action.  They need encouragement to avoid the passivity of their party and the misguided intentions of their leaders.  However, hold them accountable for their (in)action in 2018/2020.  This country can no longer afford poor and passive leadership from individuals with conservative and constitutional knowledge.

Funding the Military

Senator Fischer now is harping on the President/Democrats for their inability to adequately fund the military.  Senator Fischer is right. We do need a strong defense.

However, our defense budget would not have to be that large if Senator Fischer and friends made the right decisions from the start.

Would we need as much money in defense if we didn’t have to battle ISIS ARMED WITH OUR EQUIPMENT that Senator Fischer’s authorization to the Rebels provided?  Would we have to stock a larger force to deal with the potential threats Iran poses with weapons purchased with billions from an evolving Iran treaty Senator Fischer will not readdress?

Finally (the part that is not Senator Fischer’s fault), we would not need this level of defensive funds if our country learned to keep our eyes on our own business. We need Americans to trust the Constitution and ignore the media narrative for more world police engagements against “Bad Guys” in a country with even “More Bad Guys” waiting in the wings.

A change in discernment to arm the correct third parties, prohibit the releasing of funds to arm our enemies, and controlling our desire for future world conflict is needed to reestablish Constitutional wisdom for our Republic.

My Closing Thoughts as a Civil Independent

As an Independent, I have a minority opinion both parties could learn from.

Democrats need to stop importing the world to America. Republicans need to stoop trying to export America to the world.  We need to focus on America FOR America. 

How do we solve these problems created by entrenched parties and their donors?  We need a full understanding of the Constitution.  We need voters to value courage and principles over connections to greed, knowledge, and media approval.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid change is not coming as rapid as it needs to (although public pressure on our representatives is starting to change civil behavior).  The study by KU is right.  41% of people will vote for “Their Party” even if they believe their ideas or candidates are not worthy of support.  The conclusion of the study?  Winning is more important than right.

In my opinion, “Not Losing” is more important than winning to the voter.  I find too many conservative Nebraskans are motivated by fear of failure.  Fear of losing trumps advocating for a candidate with an ACTIVE, CLEAR, and VOCAL Constitutional vision. Fear never accomplished anything.  Fear is failing us now.

We will reap what we sew as Caleb and Joshua taught us when we vote for ‘winning’ over ‘right’.  America is unable to stop evil advancing from either side of the aisle when we vote “Not to Lose”, enable passivity, and empower leaders that demonstrate silence.

It is time this losing streak ends.  Please call our representatives and demand they get tough.  THEY HAVE TO CHANGE TO IMPROVE AMERICA!

What is on the line?

A baby will be terminated every 90 seconds.  Our kids debt will rise by $2 billion each day.  Iran will gain time to deploy $100 billion to fund their reign of terror.

We cannot afford another day of passivity and silence from our Representatives. Demand action now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Is Time! An Establishment Steward Retires!

Red State Article on Speaker Boehner Resignings

It is time! One establishment steward (Speaker Boehner) is retiring!

The following is my favorite quote conservatives (especially Republican Conservatives) in Nebraska need to digest from this article.

“Boehner lost the ability to bully conservatives because outside conservative groups started making those guys heroes and household names for standing up to Boehner. Conservatives built themselves infrastructure to fundraise for themselves when Boehner shut off K Street spigots.”

Two observations –

1. This article written by a “Die-Hard” Republican site claimed Boehner was not conservative.

2. Speaker Boehner turned off K-Street Spigots (Large Lobbying Money Funding Campaigns) from conservatives.

What does observation #2 made by a GOP loyalist tell you about Nebraskan Republican candidates with K-Street spigot money still turned on? If Speaker Boehner (and Senator McConnell) turned off the K-Street money from “Conservatives” … what are the identities of our candidates with a continued flow of these funds?

How conservative is their actual agenda to be able to receive these funds? FYI, the K-Street agenda is not conservative (Planned Parenthood funding is nice!)

Is this the reason for Nebraska candidates failing to introduce conservative legislation to match their pledges they made to the Nebraska people?

How loyal are Nebraska candidates to the agenda of the money? (Show me actual conservative legislation pledged and less “Yea” votes on donor interests)

There is a reason “No Comment” is the consistent answer when asked about their large amounts of “K-Street” money in their campaigns!

Why are TRUE Nebraska conservative citizens, who are Republican, unable to put 2 & 2 together? The sources/agenda of the K-Street donors leads to a lack of conservative change.

True conservative Republicans like Bobby Jindal called the Congress out for their failure to pass bills in 2015 on important conservative issues after winning a majority in 2014. (PS–Don’t blame Obama for failing to send him a bill).

I’m thankful a similar message is now being spoken by true conservatives (who are Republicans) who have better access to non greed money to spread the message WITHOUT COMPROMISE. Well done Carson, Jindal, and Trump!

Moving on…today is a day to celebrate! One more K-Street loyalist is leaving power. I’d likely still be a Republican if the K-Street crew did not control the party by holding their leadership hostage.

Maybe this “Control” is changing? I wish K-Street control would leave Nebraska. This achievement will take Nebraska wising up to the money and ignoring the rhetoric and ads K-Street pays for to promote candidates that have pledged loyalty.

K-street promotes anti-conservative values and unconstitutional policies through their candidates.

Nebraska should be the last place pushing for “Establishment” candidates that are bought and paid for. Most Republicans (especially Social Conservative Evangelicals) are blind to the world system and world causes K-Street pays for. An awakening needs to occur. True conservative politicians need to quit fighting for donors on the wrong side of important issues.

At the end of the day, I don’t want to be another social media troll. The disagreements with Speaker Boehner or Senator McConnell are not personal…it is about principle. The simple fact is these GOP “leaders” frequently compromise principle and seldom compromise donors.

A conservative revolution needs to compromise “Greed” donors and not compromise on principle. Furthermore, conservatives need to learn to compromise for progress WHEN PRINCIPLES ARE NOT AT PLAY.

(Let’s not compromise on spending cuts but be ok when EVERY cut doesn’t go our way).

This is a big day for non establishment conservatives like me. Furthermore, we finally have a non establishment conservative in the Republican base open to talking about God. I never thought I would see the day when a GOP (Carson) candidate would not be afraid to openly talk about God. Overcoming the funding gaps the “World System Establishment” can buy is an amzing accomplishment by Ben.

Furthermore, I never thought I’d see the day when a GOP politician takes on political correctness (Trump is single handedly destroying “PC”) and the supression of free speech.

Both candidates are believable because they are not paid for puppets by the largest entities of greed. It is a good to witness measured progress.

Finally, I don’t want to demonize Speaker Boehner. Deep down…I think he cares for the American people and children. His unabashed emotion shows he cares. “Why” these politicians serve is not in question. “How” they go about serving is the problem. They will not achieve the “Why” with compromised principle to the entities of greed.

This is why IT IS time to move on from K-Street candidates.

Let’s continue this revolution! It is time to take our government back to the principles of the Constitution! It is time to give “Control” back to the American people. It is time for “PC” to be kicked to the back seat! It is time to recognize our spiritual heritage is critical to the welfare of this country!

Progress is being made…..let’s keep it going!

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Independent Thought on ISIS

Benedetta Berti : How Groups Like ISIS Stay in Power

Independent Thought On ISIS (A Commentary Around the Insights of Benedetta Berti)

The conflict with the Islamic State (IS) is yet another problem that needs a fresh look from an Independent angle.  Benedetta Berti offers insights in this Ted Talk that I believe will aid in building a “Complete” approach that will keep the enemy from (re)gaining steam.

Clarification #1: My Formal Approach for FUTURE International Engagements 

For those newly exposed to my train of thought, I’m a Constitutionalist.  I believe we are charged by our Founders to focus on providing the common DEFENSE and insuring the DOMESTIC tranquility.  My emphasis is securing this land and not the world.  That said, I realize there is SOME interplay in providing our defense through International involvement.  If I was in charge, I would aim to keep that international exposure limited.

George Washington (Independent) did not try to settle the differences between the French and English.  This foreign policy worked well for our founding and would work well today.

That said, I believe in a very strong DEFENSE.

You CAN be for a “Limited Focus” and a “Strong Defense” in the same sentence.

Clarification #2: The Logical Argument for Keeping a Domestic Focus

The vacuum we leave behind after we remove an “Evil Dictator” overseas is ripe for more evil then what existed before. Saddam was one bad man.  However, is he worse than the IS terrorists that were created by the absence of a strong dictator? Are we better off without a strong check on Iran that Iraq historically provided?

Khadaffi was one bad man. Is he worse than the Islamic terrorists organizing in North Africa that are executing Christians on North Africa beaches?

The government seems hell bent to use that military machine whenever possible to show who is boss to “Evil Dictators”.  However, the questions we ask must change.

A question we need to answer is, ‘Who will likely control the situation when the dictator is removed?’ We need to ask, ‘Will common defense and domestic tranquility be enhanced by our actions?’  We need to determine, ‘What will the balance of power be in the region after the decrease of political power from the removal of the existing regime?’

We need more depth from our political leaders (especially Senators) in approaching international conflict.

I find most conservatives put our style of Democracy as beneficial to the rest of the world. (Clarification: We are a Republic and not a Democracy for the vast majority who are confused).

This is a very prideful approach that fails to account for what works for different cultures and people.  What works for Sweeden works for Sweeden. What works for Saudi Arabia works for Saudi Arabia. What works for the USA works for the USA. Do I agree with their approaches? No.  However, is their approach to their domestic issues any of my business?  No.

I realize for the strength of my own country, I need to leave them alone if they don’t pose a threat to the GENERAL WELFARE of WE THE PEOPLE.

Democrats need to quit trying to make a Swedish approach work for America.  Republicans should quit trying to make an American approach work for the Middle East.  Let’s focus on a CONSTITUTIONAL American way for America.

The Mentality of Citizens from Authoritarian Regimes

Citizens in authoritarian regimes are oftentimes accustomed to being provided for. They often have a hard time transitioning to a Capitalistic/Western approach.  Benedetta picks up this point well.  She cites the lack of “providing” as key fuel/opportunities for regimes.

Most conservatives approach problems with a Founding Father mentality (A very good thing for America). To paraphrase the mentality: “Take out the bad guys, and let the people fill in the needs.”  This works for those who possess character AND love Liberty/Democracy.  Surprisingly, this “Take out the bad guys and leave” has been Obama’s approach as well.

Unfortunately, when you are raised under dictatorship, communism, socialism, etc., the assumptions are different on what one should be providing for themselves.  More times than not, subjects formerly underneath these regimes don’t step up and fill needs.  They think these needs should be provided by those in power.  This is a product of human conditioning.

The reality today is terrorists are filling the needs of people “Left Behind”.  They are used to being provided for by former regimes.

If a terrorist is providing vital healthcare for your child and the other half of power provides nothing for your child—who are you going to be loyal to when you do not/cannot solve a problem yourself?

Parties Claims Against Each Other

Both parties’ claims against the other party are correct.

America should not have intervened in Iraq in the first place.  A valid claim by Democrats (even though the vast majority voted FOR it) against the Republicans.

America should not have vacated the region in the second place.  A valid claim by the Republicans against the Democrats.

Both parties fumbled the ball in Iraq.  It is time to move on from the blame game and solve the problem.  Unfortunately, bipartisan solutions are not a Democrat or Republican thing.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Party in Foreign Conflict – My Opinion

The Democrats are soft in my opinion in leading the military. They tend to be more prone to mercy then justice. I strongly desire a justice oriented person to lead a force and execute. Our Congress needs to step up and declare a war.  We have political cowards in our Legislative Branch.  They continue to defer to our weak President instead of owning the direction of engagements around the world.

Furthermore, we need a Commander-In-Chief to see through the mission Congress authorizes (when that day comes). We do not get this decisive leadership with Obama or Hillary.  They get manhandled at the negotiating table (take your pick from hostage negotiation to Iran).  They cannot accurately define the enemy.  They do not lead with decisiveness, strength, or responsibility.

Yet, when the fighting is done, the needs of citizens under authoritarian regimes surface and are left unresolved.  Republicans are horrible in answering “needs” of base level citizens familiar with life under authoritarian regimes. Obama, unlike most Democrats, couldn’t solve a legitimate human need if he wanted to.  In general, I’m usually looking to Democrats and not Republicans when mercy is on the line at an International level.

America seldom has sufficient plans to meet individual needs affected by war.  This comes back to bite us when we have not provided the infrastructure for people prone to a “King”.

Answering those needs often determines whether we will experience regional progress or a vacuum that will create the next world problem.

Ultimately, International conflict is a problem Democrats and Republicans could solve if they worked together.  This takes coordination of efforts between people more prone to either justice or mercy.  This would take a maturity that different people offer different strengths.  Unfortunately, we have both parties that think they are good at everything.  Rebuilding an entire society where leadership is removed of people who are used to being controlled takes all talents and mentalities.

Todd—You advocate meeting important needs in Iraq.  Why not America?

Let’s be clear.  We should never have been in Iraq in the first place.  Unfortunately, America created instability. America is going to have to be a part of the solution.

Second, America has a better way to solve domestic problems with a population well versed in “Filling the Gap.”  This is where the thinking of what works in Sweden/Saudi Arabia does not work for America.  More importantly, this violates the Constitutional charge of “Promoting” (not providing) the General Welfare.  This “Providing” the General Welfare has created the biggest financial disaster at the government level that should not have occurred in the first place.

The societal problems at home are what Democrats pound the table to solve.  They have identified big problems, but offer poor solutions.  Republicans have unfortunately turned their back on problems for the sake of donors and continually fail at drafting a solution (seen a “Replace” plan for Obamacare yet?).

Furthermore, one of the biggest reasons I’m an Independent Conservative and not a Republican is that we need to tackle healthcare, income inequality, and economic progress in a flat, non partial, Constitutional approach designed by our founders.   People expressed fear when I ran because I’m a “Populist”.  Business professionals like Greenspan (Chief Representative of the Establishment) always matched “Redistribution” with populism.  The reality is there is a Constitutional design that does not redistribute but tackles healthcare, income inequality, etc. with a Constitutional approach.  This takes adjustments in our monetary approach of which the majority of the GOP base will not tackle due to their donors who provide hoards of cash to the party based on the benefits of drifting from Constitutional design.  We can solve these issues for the benefit of all the people in a Constitutional and conservative approach.  Favoritism for donors cannot be a part of the process.

We will solve the problem when government AND business elites do not set law over the people.   Corporate fascism and Socialism are both inferior outcomes to a liberty oriented Republic crafted by citizens with character.  This is why we spiral down with either party in control.  This is why we spiral down as an American society without a backbone of conviction.  Our government needs to return to creating frameworks and not playing favorites.  Our people need to rebuild their moral fiber.

Read James 2 if you think Partiality is “Just the Way it Is” and what America should settle for in legislation dependent on lobbyists who get their way with paid for candidates.  Partiality is a sin if you read the “Good” book.

Developing the “Final Plan” for IS

The next Commander In Chief needs to have a frame of reference of what is being asked if Congress wants to engage in conflict.  The next Congress needs to fund a “Complete Plan WITH Societal Rebuild” if we want to undertake another war in a land conditioned to an authoritarian/socialistic/communistic bend.  I DO NOT recommend this course of action.

Destroying the Islamic State is not a FULL answer.  I want to hear a “Complete” plan that understands what has to be built to avoid the next “Vacuum” IS will fill.  Until the mission is clearly defined….we are wasting our time, money, and worse yet……blood.  It is time to define the mission and enemy.

(Side note: I want Lyndsey Graham on the stage for the next GOP debate.  I’m not for Senator Graham but he adds to the debate.  His tone is bland but his positions on the Middle East are bold. He takes a strong position for a ground war with ISIS.  I want the opinions on the subject drawn out from the other candidates.  He offers a decisive position.  The other candidates are too indecisive and need a more evolved on the record strategy as Commander-In-Chief.)

Thanks for your time.  I hope you enjoy this TED talk.  I think she has great material and insights to add to the discussion of a complete strategy.

PS—Here is another helpful TED talk in understanding how organizations of crime/terror support themselves.  I think some of the great “Western” insights into these groups come from Italy with stronger historical ties to organized crime.

Insights on Terrorism

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