The Royals Win and My Message for Nebraska in October
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)
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.
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.
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.
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