Things Not To Be Thankful For

Amid the tumultuous political climate the United States finds itself in, due largely to Democrats trying to steal the election and subsequently imposing their unconstitutional agenda on the rest of us, there are many things to be thankful for, to be sure, namely family, faith and our great nation which allows us freedoms and liberties, well for now anyway. However, there are plenty of things not to be thankful for. Below are just some of them.

The US Supreme Court, well, mostly just Chief Justice John Roberts and the liberal justices who seem to feel that their duty on the highest court in the land is to write law instead of interpret it and properly rule on issues that affect American citizens. For example, in 2012, after the passing of the disastrous and improperly named “Affordable Care Act,” also known as Obamacare, Republican lawmakers took it to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate falling under the Commerce Clause. The liberal justices and fake conservative Chief Justice Roberts, determined Obamacare to be constitutional due to the individual mandate being a tax, not a penalty. This should have negated the whole thing since the argument of the case was that the individual mandate was a penalty. Since it was ruled that it was a tax, it should have been dismissed.

Tyrannical governors. Certain governors abuse their responsibility as state leaders by dictating how the citizens of their respective states will act. From mandating wearing masks to setting curfews to shutting down schools to any number of things they want, these governors overstep the boundaries of morality and civil rights. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has enacted not guidelines but rules for celebrating Thanksgiving. These include having no more than six guests who must social distance and wear masks at all times. He did make a provision, however, in that people are allowed to pull their masks down to take bites of food, but promptly cover their mouths while chewing. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also set strict rules for celebrating the holiday season, but thankfully the US Supreme Court ruled against his stupid mandates.

Election Fraud. This election season has been a disaster for many reasons. Just when we all thought President Trump was on his way toward being re-elected, Democrat fraudsters pulled a fast one. Attempts at election fraud were blatantly obvious in Democratic-controlled districts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and others. Moreover, vote-counting stopped in several states on election eve but the next morning Biden somehow was ahead in votes, which is what needed to happen in order to manufacture votes for the former vice-president. Also, mail-in voting proved to be fraudulent, as anyone, whether a legal citizen or not, could simply mail in a ballot without a way it could be verified. It just gets accepted. Democrats even went to court months in advance to change the rules of the election process in order to make it easier for Democrats to cheat and steal the election. The integrity of the election has been undermined.

The dishonest and biased media. It’s no secret the media is on the side of Democrats. They are the publicity firm of the DNC. They’ve mastered the technique of getting away with lying, indoctrinating and omitting facts and stories. It’s utterly disgraceful that the institution of journalism, which was once somewhat transparent, is ominously shady. Most media outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, the AP, the New York Times, the Washington Post and others are in the tank for whatever Democrat is running against a Republican. Even Fox News now has its assortment of news anchors and correspondents that lean left, although most of its commentators like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are solidly on the right. What the mainstream media do is tell a story that is so devoid of reality, omitting facts and keeping people from the truth. And they hide under a shroud of journalistic privilege. It’s malfeasance and high time to change the laws protecting these media crooks.

Certain Social Media Platforms. Like the mainstream media, certain social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter use their platforms to keep their users from learning the truth. With social media, however, it’s more devious. They’ve used algorithms to silence the right and allow leftist messages to prevail. It’s common to see a post on Twitter by a right-leaning source with a tag that says something like “This post is in dispute due to its non-factual content.” What gives them the right to deem the content non-factual? Interesting that I never see anything from a left-leaning source with the same tag. Twitter brazenly banned the Hunter Biden laptop story and had to admit and apologize for it, post-election. A study came out recently that showed a significant percentage of Biden voters would not have voted for him had they known about that. This is the threat to our democracy social media poses. It’s also time that these biased social media platforms are punished.

Well, time to reflect on the good things in life. Happy Thanksgiving.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for common sense viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Congress Should Avoid Making Same Mistakes Made With Obamacare

Back in 2013 I wrote an article called “Let the People Decide,” which you can read here, wherein I argued that the people, you know, those who elected politicians to pass laws on our behalf, ought to have a say in what laws are passed. Specifically, I discussed legislation concerning Obamacare, Illegal Immigration and the definition of marriage. On Comprehensive Immigration Reform I noted:

We are, for some reason, entrusting our elected leaders to handle this very sensitive potential piece of legislation, one that will affect America and what she becomes in a most profound way, without a proper discussion about the horrendous effects on a massive scale it will have. On such a monumental issue with monumental consequences, shouldn’t we have an open debate, one that is not controlled by the media, so that every side is allowed to be heard fairly?

Congressional Republicans now find themselves in the midst of the healthcare debate, with an opportunity to make good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, and they’re missing the point.

First of all, they’re having such a hard time repealing a piece of awful legislation because they’re also trying to replace it, and I understand why. Obama and company made such a mess out of healthcare with Obamacare that to simply and immediately repeal it could leave many Americans in a bad place and possibly feeling betrayed. That would do immense harm to the Republican party, potentially affecting the outcomes of future elections.

The point Congress is missing, though, is that government has no business involving itself in healthcare. Obamacare is free to exist but only as a private entity absent any government involvement, which means no individual mandate to purchase healthcare insurance.

At this stage, however, it’s important to have a plan, a backup plan and another backup plan. It’s also important to consult with professionals who actually know something about the issue. Why aren’t we involving doctors, medical professionals, healthcare insurance specialists, and other experts in the field? They are the ones who can really offer advice and knowledge that most who serve in Congress simply don’t have.

And what’s the real rush? I’d rather Congress take the time to get it right than to push something through just for the sake of saying they got it done. That’s usually when bad legislation gets passed.

Once they do hash out a sensible plan a passing majority of Republicans can agree on, I want to hear a discussion about the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, for and against a proposed bill. The people deserve that. The last thing they need to do is make the same mistakes made with Obamacare.

Like I suggested in my 2013 article, I want a debate and discussion publicly aired without the  mainstream media being overly involved. That means no panel of moderators playing biased political tricks and laying sneaky traps by asking “gotcha” questions. Sorry CNN, you’re fake news and have no credibility. There should be no mainstream media involved other than to air the discussion and organize commercial breaks. That’s about it.

I don’t even want to hear much from the key politicians who craft the bill. I want to hear from experts so that all can hear what needs to be heard about such an important topic. Then I want Congress to hear from American citizens. I can’t trust politicians to pass laws on issues they’re not familiar with, much less be able to understand and explain complex principles about those very specific issues? Much of Congress is comprised of lawyers and bureaucrats. Why would we leave such important tasks solely in their hands?


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Healthcare is a Commodity, Not a Right

Last Thursday Senate Republicans presented their own version of a healthcare bill as a replacement for Obamacare, as if it needs to be replaced. It doesn’t but Republicans are still feverishly trying to appeal to Democrats in offering them an alternative they could be satisfied with. Democrats, however, have been indoctrinated into believing that healthcare is a right. It is not a right, it’s a commodity.

Right off the bat Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson vowed to not vote for this bill unless it is amended. This Senate bill, as well as the House version and of course the original bill which became Obamacare, has a price tag of over a trillion dollars. A major point of repealing and replacing Obamacare is to eliminate costs, not add to them. That’s why it is important to repeal Obamacare and not replace it.

As I’ve been saying for years, the government has no place in tampering with healthcare. Capitalism already creates opportunities for the free market to work the way it’s supposed to, through competition. The only role government has as regards healthcare is to ensure that no one is taken advantage of or treated unfairly.

Individual insurance companies should be able to choose what coverage they want to offer. After all, like any other company, they exist to provide a service and make a profit. The more variety of coverage insurance companies offer, such as to patients with pre-existing conditions, the more profitable they can be. The more companies compete, through capitalism and the free market system, the less patients have to pay. That is a solution-based approach to healthcare.

It’s not the role of government in a capitalistic system to create laws that affect the relationship between patient and physician. It’s not even for the government to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions are covered. And it’s certainly not for government to mandate that Americans must purchase health insurance, as was the case with Obamacare. In this case it is the responsibility of government to ensure that no one is forced to purchase healthcare. That is tyrannical and unconstitutional, despite any U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

I’d like to see a law that makes it mandatory to publically address the nation when a controversial bill, such as this needless healthcare bill, comes before the House or the Senate. When a bill meets a certain criteria of controversy, Congressional leaders would be responsible to inform citizens of what the bill is, what it says and does, who it will affect and how. Each party would have an opportunity to voice their positions and no interruptions would be tolerated. The public would then be able to weigh in and express its approval or non-approval. Congresspersons who are smart will listen to the public and vote the right way, representing their constituents. If after passage the new law is different than described (like Obamacare was founded to be), that part of the bill must either be altered to what it was described as, or gotten rid of from the rest of the law. If that proves not to be a solution, the law should be scrapped altogether and repealed entirely.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

GOP Should Learn From Past Mistakes of Obamacare

In 2010, with control of the House, Senate and presidency, former President Barack Obama and Democrats pushed through the misnomered “Affordable Care Act” on the sly. With no support from Republicans, Americans were aghast at the dirty political game Democrats played. Little or no discussion was allowed on debatably the worst bill in American history.

To most people’s astonishment, Nancy Pelosi stated that we must pass the bill to find out what’s in it. Needless to say, this angered the right. Can you imagine if people lived their lives the way Pelosi proscribed? Can you imagine going into a restaurant, seeing an item on the menu with no description and the waiter says, “You have to order it to find out what’s in it?”

Obama himself promised that Obamacare would allow Americans to keep their doctors if they liked their doctors, keep their current plans if they liked their current plans, and that costs would drop $2,500 per year for the average family. All these promises were broken and costs actually rose.

Americans elected Donald Trump because he promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Repealing it is the right thing to do but why replace it? Government has no business in healthcare. We are not a communist or socialist society, thank God.

Healthcare should be between a doctor and his/her patients and contrary to the opinions of most on the left, healthcare is not a “right.” People should have the right to access healthcare if they can pay for it themselves, but the wealthiest Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay for the healthcare of others the way Obamacare mandated. Certainly, no one should be obligated to purchase healthcare as Obamacare also mandated.

With the new American Health Care Act bill, which is slated to be voted on today, we still don’t know what’s in it. Americans haven’t been privy to all the details of this bill and able to mull it over for themselves. The GOP would be wise not to make the same mistakes the left made in passing Obamacare. There should be a thorough analysis and open discussion about the pros and cons of this new bill and the public should be able to weigh in, after all it affects them.

Passing Obamacare in the middle of the night was deceptive, conniving and a politically rotten thing to do. We expect that from the left, but the right needs to take the higher road where this bill is concerned. Since I haven’t seen the bill or heard much about it, my gut tells me this isn’t the best we can do. This bill may be terrific, amazing and phenomenal, but let’s find out first.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A Tea Party original, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Mourning In America

Today I received an email from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announcing the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare as a victory and calling for Republicans to join with them. So I had to respond. Below is the message from the senator (thank God she is not running for another term) followed by my message back to her.

Dear Friend:

Today we shared an incredible moment in our nation’s history. The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, delivered a victory for the millions of Americans who now have affordable health care – many of them for the first time in their lives – because of Obamacare.

After all the lawsuits and more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken Obamacare, it is long past time for Republicans to end their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and join us in fulfilling the promise of quality, affordable health care for all.



Barbara Boxer

United States Senator


Be assured today’s Supreme Court decision is not a win for Americans by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I believe you are only imagining that it is a win. To be sure, Obamacare (erroneously called the Affordable Care Act) is an unmitigated disaster for millions of Americans. Covered California is also a huge disaster. I’m so sick of all the lying that President Obama has been doing when he claims that it is so successful. I understand he wants this to be his crowning achievement in office but most people with a brain understand the negative impact this “law” has and they understand even more the deception behind his rhetoric. It’s unfortunate he and your party have much of the nation fooled. It’s unfortunate he and your party get away with lying to the American people.

Make no mistake, we didn’t share an incredible moment in our nation’s history today. You shared with your party an incredible duping of American citizens, even those who voted for you. Indeed it is incredible that you and your party were able to get away with this unconstitutional act. Now the country must pay for it. Soon we’ll see doctors retiring, healthcare worsening, people’s health suffering and companies and corporations leaving the country in droves. How’s that for a crowning achievement?

This bill was unscrupulously passed into law without it being adequately debated. When Rep. Nancy Pelosi says congress has to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it, don’t you think that is a huge red flag? And you complain about Republicans opposing it. What is wrong with you, Senator? This is no cause for celebration. It is cause for mourning.

The Real Pre-Game Entertainment: O’Reilly’s Interview with Obama

I normally don’t like to watch Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, because he doesn’t always get it right, according to most of the American people. But in an interview he had with Obama, aired on the day of the 2014 Super Bowl, he did quite well.

O’Reilly quickly gets the disingenuous formalities out of the way by thanking Obama for “doing this” interview. Obama disingenuously replies “Great to be with you.” Somehow I get the sense that it’s not really great for Obama to be with O’Reilly, knowing that he’s going to be grilled for the next ten minutes.

Right out of the gate O’Reilly brings up the healthcare debacle, erroneously titled the Affordable Care Act, and better known as Obamacare, and sets up his first question. Upon the October 1st rollout of the law, there were problems with the computers. (Actually the problem he was referring to was the massive amount of confusion people had getting onto the website to enroll in the unconstitutional mandate, not the computers involved.) “When did you know there were going to be problems with those computers,” O’Reilly asks.

Obama casually responds that they anticipated that there were going to be glitches in the rollout, as there always are in any high-tech system, he just didn’t know the “degree” of the glitches. Well, that makes us all feel a lot better. For $634 million, the estimated cost paid to a Canadian tech company to put the website together, one would presume there should be no glitches. Further, intensive testing should have prevented that.

Trying to weasel his way out of the bad situation he finds himself in, Obama retorts that the “good news” is that they immediately figured out what they were going to do to fix the problem and in a month and a half’s time it’s running fine because three million people have signed up for it. Three million out of 310 million people in the United States seems like a fine proportion.

O’Reilly informs the president that an Associated Press poll shows that only 8% feel that it is working well. Oops. Why wasn’t Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius fired, since she had to have known it wasn’t going to work, O’Reilly asks.

Glibly, Obama states that his main priority is to make sure it delivers for the American people. Well, most of the American people want this entire law to go away. They don’t want to be burdened by an enormous bureaucracy telling them what they can and cannot have where their health is concerned. The federal government has no business coming between patients and their doctors. It does not belong in healthcare, period.

Refusing to answer the question and boasting of the non-accomplishments they’ve made, Obama continues with the tired theme of their objective of trying to improve the website and making sure that people can get better and more affordable healthcare. However, Obamacare is neither better nor more affordable than what we already had.

After being pressed about Sebelius not being held accountable, Obama assures O’Reilly that they’re “holding everybody up and down the line accountable.” But Sebelius has not been fired, thus, not held accountable. Why do I get the feeling that Sebelius will be held as accountable for the mess as Attorney General Eric Holder was held accountable for the Fast and Furious scandal, or as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was held accountable for the murders of four Americans at the American Embassy in Libya?

“Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over ‘if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance,’” O’Reilly asked next. I was actually really proud of him for asking that. It’s a question that anyone from ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN would never think about asking. Obama admitted that it was something he regretted (although he makes excuses for saying it) and that he tries to focus not on the fumbles but on the next play. So, following his football analogy, when a team has an inordinate amount of fumbles, interceptions, missed tackles, etc., they usually lose the game.

When asked about Libya and whether or not Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Obama the incident was an act of terror, Obama again evaded the point of the question and gave his own answer. This was a yes or no question, but instead of answering yes or no, Obama took the familiar route of skating around the real issue. Which begs another question: What is Obama trying to hide?

Why this is so important is because the White House sent then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice out on five different Sunday morning news shows to lie to the American people and tell them that this act of terror was a result of an anti-Islamic video some amateur wannabe filmmaker made and posted on Never mind no one had ever heard of him. And never mind no one in Libya even knew about such a video.

That Sunday, when this became an even bigger story, the White House and Obama knew they were busted, caught red-handed lying to the American people, and like they always do, scattered to find a way out of it. Much like the way Obama scattered to find a way out of O’Reilly’s questions by saying “when you look at the videotape of this whole thing unfolding, this is not some systematic, well-organized process.”

Um, excuse me. Heavy artillery used at an American embassy on the 11th anniversary of our nation’s most devastating terrorist attack was just an informal uprising? Are we to believe that there were troublemakers loitering outside our embassy who happened to run into some other troublemakers also loitering outside the embassy that day? And it was a coincidence that they had weapons that could blow up the embassy? Sounds like a well-organized process to me.

The final scandal O’Reilly hit Obama with was the IRS targeting TEA Party groups. The president doesn’t recall meeting with former IRS chief Douglas Shulman, although he was provided with clearance inside the White House 157 times. Obama claims his being there had to do with routine meetings about and denies that it had anything at all to do with targeting certain groups. Why, they’ve had multiple hearings on it, says Obama. Mass corruption in the White House? There’s not even a smidgeon of corruption, he asserts.

Well, there you have it. That proves it. And we’re just supposed to take his word for it. As entertaining as that interview was, I thought Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers were just a smidgeon better.

Rebutting Obama’s Obamacare Claims

On October 21, 2013 the sitting president Barack Hussein Obama gave a speech in the White House Rose Garden on how wonderful Obamacare is and that the only thing wrong with it are a few minor kinks on the website that need to be worked out. The launch of this website has been such an unmitigated disaster that the president needed to come out and implement damage control. Here is some of what he had to say:

“The essence of the law, the health insurance that’s available to people, is working just fine.”

This doesn’t make much sense to me. The essence of the law is not the availability of health insurance. It’s the fact that it’s a law that mandates people purchase health insurance. And no, it’s not working just fine.

“In some cases, actually, it’s exceeding expectations. The prices are lower than we expected, the choice is greater than we expected,” he continues.

Baloney. It is not working and he knows it. He just tells everybody it is so they’ll believe him (because that trick has worked for him in the past). The way he delivers those false words sounds convincing to his low information voting base, and that’s good enough for the mainstream media.

Additionally, prices are higher for a majority of Americans in a majority of states, regardless of their age. The only people for whom prices are lower are those subsidized in some ways, meaning taxpayers, you and I, are helping pay for their insurance.

“The problem has been that the website that’s supposed to make it easier to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody. And there’s no sugar-coating it. The website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process, and I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am,” he blathers on.

Actually, it’s not fair to say. He did not have to endure the frustration of trying to go online and purchase his own awful product, one he tries to sell as “good” and “great.”

“Precisely because the product is good, I want the cash registers to work, I want the checkout lines to be smooth, so I want people to be able to get this great product. And there’s no excuse for the problems.”

Admitting to a problem with the rollout of his signature legislation is much easier than admitting to the failures of his signature legislation. But what Obama did not say, as Dick Morris pointed out in his line-by-line analysis of Obama’s speech, is that a large number of Americans are not purchasing the new government-mandated health insurance. If they were, wouldn’t the president be boasting about it? It certainly would be easier to believe him if it were so, but it simply is not.

He also doesn’t mention that those contracted to build the website were his campaign donors. One would think that for $634 million, and three years to perfect, the website designed for the most massive entitlement program America has ever seen should be flawless and the launch should be seamless. But government is usually good at one thing and one thing only: wasting taxpayers’ money.

Lying to the American People

In just about any speech President Obama gives, he lies and speaks in opposites. By that I mean he says things that are the exact opposite of what they really are. Take, for instance, the speech he delivered from the White House South Court Auditorium on September 16, 2013, just minutes after the Navy Yard shooting in the same city.

As Republicans steadily gain traction toward defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” Obama found it necessary to counter this effort by ripping into the GOP. His objective was to refocus the attention away from the truth and toward falsehoods that his constituents, the low information voters, will easily buy into.

By framing healthcare in America as a “crisis,” the left can easily mislead people onto its side of the issue. The Clintons did this in their administration in the ‘90s by creating a “healthcare crisis.” Most Americans knew that there really was no such thing, but the left used this myth to mislead the rest of America into buying into this story so that the Clinton administration could create another massive bureaucracy they could control.

Today we actually do have a healthcare crisis, but it’s not because so many millions of Americans don’t have healthcare or healthcare insurance. It’s because Obama and the left have created one by pushing and passing Obamacare. The real crisis is that the quality of healthcare is going to suffer because of this awful piece of legislation. And costs will rise as a result.

The left has managed to convince many Americans that they have a “right” to healthcare when this is simply absurd. Certainly we have a right to purchase healthcare insurance, but the government doesn’t have a right to force us to purchase healthcare insurance, as is mandated by Obamacare. It would be nice to have it but we don’t live in a utopia the left is trying to create, nor will we ever.

But that doesn’t stop Obama from trying to push it on us, as he has done since the onset of his administration. In his address to the nation on Monday, he pulled no punches and attacked those who know better about the effect Obamacare will have on the economy. He claimed “one party” (the GOP) promises economic chaos by not funding Obamacare. Yes, Mr. President, that is exactly what it will do. In fact, it already has. Just look at all the major corporations that have decided to cut down their employees’ hours because of it.

He speaks as if Obamacare is going to cure all of America’s economic woes.

“A lot of the, uh, horror stories that were predicted about how this was gonna [sic] shoot rates way up and there were gonna [sic] be death panels, and all that stuff,” he says, “none of that stuff happened. And there’s no evidence that the law, which has helped keep costs down to their lowest figures, is holding back economic growth.”

I would advise Obama, and the rest of the country to read the law. It actually does call for a panel to determine whether a patient can receive a certain treatment, which could in fact be life-saving. I call that a death panel.

As far as the law keeping costs down, I would remind him that the bill was originally estimated to cost around $800 billion. The CBO currently estimates that it will cost $1.8 trillion, a far cry from its original figure.

He makes the claim that no “serious economist” would say that repealing Obamacare is the number one thing that must be done to boost economic growth. Serious economists think that Obamacare is a good thing for the economy? I would beg to differ. I don’t think he understands what a serious economist is or how one thinks.

Obama also says he is “more than willing to work with Republicans, where they have specific suggestions, to make our health care system work better.” Again, he is the one who has been unwilling to budge. Republicans have put out plans to do this. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have been a viable option for years, but since it is not a Democrat idea, and it doesn’t expand government, Obama and the left will hear nothing of it.

“After all the work in the past five years” that his team has “put into Obamacare,” he continues, “are some of these folks so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they’re willing to tank the entire economy just because they can’t get their way on this issue? Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points?”

For you Mr. Obama, yes they are. They, too, have been blinded and brainwashed by you and the ignorant, short-sided ideas of your party and your quest for a utopian society.

“I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States,” he chides. “This country has worked too hard for too long to dig out of a crisis just to see the Representatives here in Washington purposely cause another crisis.”

Wait a minute, Mr. President. Your pal Rahm Emmanuel welcomes crises. He suggested to not let one go to waste.

Continuing to blame Republicans, he lectures, “Let’s stop the threats, stop the political posturing, let’s keep the government open, let’s pay our bills on time, let’s pass a budget, let’s work together to do what the American people sent us here to do: create jobs, grow our economy, expand opportunity. That’s what we need to do.”

What a noble idea. If only Democrats were inclined to take his advice. Republicans want to keep the government open. They just want to shut down Obamacare, which is a good thing. Obamacare stifles the creation of jobs, the growth of our economy and the expansion of opportunity. Additionally, Republicans were sent to Congress to repeal Obamacare.

“It’s time for responsible Republicans who share these goals,” Obama continues, “and there are a number of folks out there who I think, uh, are decent folks, I’ve got some disagreements with them on some issues, but who genuinely want to see the economy grow and want what’s best for the American people, it’s time for those Republicans to stand up and they gotta [sic] decide what they want to prioritize.”

Talk about a run-on sentence. And talk about political posturing, what he earlier scolded Republicans for. This is how Obama operates. It’s important to understand this. The way he delivers a speech is designed toward demeaning his opposition and deceiving the public who don’t know better (i.e. the low information voters). By speaking to them and saying things that aren’t true, that he knows they’ll believe, he deliberately lies to the American people.

Let the people decide

I’m always amazed at how our leaders make decisions that completely go against the will of the people. Too many bills get passed without being properly debated. Our elected officials will take a bill, dress it up and make it look nice on the surface, but it will wreak havoc on the inside.

Why do bills like that even make it through Congress? Because our congressmen and women are not listening to us. If they were they would let us in on the debate. Politicians don’t want an open debate, though, because then they would be forced to hear the truth, and they’ll have no choice but to understand the opposition to these crazy bills that are passed. That is, if they’re competent enough to understand.

But when they don’t listen, we the people end up with some awful piece of legislation the majority of us didn’t want. How is that “the consent of the governed?”

The short answer always seems to be “Well, the people do have a voice…with their votes.” So how has that worked out for us? It hasn’t. The people vote in those who look good, say all the right things and promise change. And when they get to Washington, they eventually become politicians along with the rest of those who gave in. And the people end up losing.

Take Obamacare

One of the things Obama and the left wanted to achieve when he was elected was to enact a state-run healthcare plan for the entire country, whether the entire country agreed with such a plan or not. The left already had most of their plan in place from the days when Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to implement one. Thankfully, we had a Republican House and Senate that said “Oh no you don’t.”

Fast forward about 15 years and Obama enters office with a Democratic House and Senate to work with. A huge, monstrosity of a healthcare bill is compiled, some 3,000 pages of unread rules, regulations and mandates, and it gets forced through Congress with nary a debate over it.

The deceit was obvious and the arrogance blatant, but that didn’t stop the left from having their way. To them, the end was more important than the means. Now they can say they did something. Problem is, they did something really bad.

Same with immigration reform

In 1994, when Californians still had the courage to fight for their state, they passed Proposition 187 by a vote of 59-41 percent. Prop 187 was called the “Save our State” act and sought to eliminate services that illegals help themselves to. But pro-illegal alien groups, along with school districts, deemed it unconstitutional because it disabled illegal aliens from obtaining services like education and healthcare. In reality, what they essentially said is that illegal aliens should be given services that Americans pay for.

What an insult. There’s nothing unconstitutional about restricting services to those who do not belong here. And there’s nothing wrong with having the opinion that illegal aliens shouldn’t have rights that Americans worked for.

Shortly after its passage, Prop 187 was challenged with lawsuits. A federal court, unfortunately, ruled most of the new law unconstitutional. Years later when Gray Davis became Governor, he refused to appeal the federal court’s decision and that was that.

California’s leadership should have put its foot down when it had its chance. Failing to do that has only sent the message that California is an “anything goes” state. It’s exactly the kind of state special interests groups like to operate in.

With immigration, there is an eagerness among many in Congress to find a solution when a solution already exists. The solution they seek, which really equates to amnesty, goes against so much of what makes America who she is. Those who really know something about this issue are the ones who aren’t being heard. The elected leaders who get to decide the fate of this country don’t know much about illegal immigration and haven’t experienced the realities of the devastation it causes. More emphasis is placed on the plight of the foreigner than on the hardship of Americans who are affected by this illegal act.

We are, for some reason, entrusting our elected leaders to handle this very sensitive potential piece of legislation, one that will affect America and what she becomes in a most profound way, without a proper discussion about the horrendous effects on a massive scale it will have. On such a monumental issue with monumental consequences, shouldn’t we have an open debate, one that is not controlled by the media, so that every side is allowed to be heard fairly?

Another California law overturned

In November 2008, Californians passed Proposition 8, defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill passed, which means that it becomes law, correct? Well, not according to those on the losing side of the issue. They complained about it and appealed it. A decision is set for June 2013.

Why do we allow this to happen? Why do we not demand an open discussion about bills that will have a major impact on Americans? Let’s have a congressional hearing on every major piece of legislation proposed. If it has to be a dog and pony show, then so be it. This needs to be done. All sides need to be heard. The American people especially need to be heard. Objectivity needs to prevail and real experts, not supposed experts, should testify and present facts for all to see.

How is it fair to be forced by government mandate to purchase healthcare insurance? That is not the government’s role. How is it unconstitutional, on the other hand, to demand that we don’t spend taxpayer money on illegal aliens? That is something that makes total sense. How is it unconstitutional that we ensure that the definition of marriage not be tampered with? We have let the few and the loud walk all over the many and the silent. The voices of we the people don’t matter much unless they’re exercised. It’s time for the silent to exercise their voices and be heard loud and clear.