To Those Influenced by Secular Humanism: The World IS in a Religious War

Secular Humanism: Offshoot of the Enlightenment

Secular humanism, the greatest of the silent killers, has become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. since the 1960’s. It unwittingly became the modern version of the Enlightenment (1685-1815) which “questioned traditional authority and embraced the notion that humanity could be improved through rational change.”1

John Locke, the “Father of Classic Liberalism” and one of the early writers of the Enlightenment, influenced leaders beyond his time, including Thomas Jefferson the author of the Declaration of Independence.2

While many good things resulted from this awakening, it appears to be doomed to being a net loss for society as a whole by going too far in its primary belief “that everything in the universe could be rationally demystified and cataloged.” Locke believed that all knowledge was obtained by our senses and experiences.2 Unfortunately, his successors have used this to rule out any vestige of pre-programming such as our innate morality possessed before our knowing of the Ten Commandments. We United States citizens have benefitted from the victory in the Revolutionary War inspired by this era. However, an overbearing amount of harm has been caused by the expansion of the Enlightenment from its original philosophy, the first example being the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon.1

How could there be so much trouble from something so innocently called the “Age of Reason”? The destruction it caused has gained momentum as “Christians sought to reposition their faith along rational lines and deists and materialists argued that the universe seemed to determine its own course without God’s intervention.”1 Just ask CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who said recently,” “Our rights do not come from God, your honor and you know that. They come from man.” He was conveniently forgetting President Kennedy’s inaugural address where he said on January 20, 1961,“ the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God”3 as well as the “inalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

In the process of going it alone in a manner of speaking, the predecessors of today’s secular humanists discarded George Washington’s warning in his farewell address:

“Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”4

Many current “Christians” have joined the deists and materialists without realizing it.

From the Age of Reason to Today’s Version

The new Enlightenment isn’t being heralded by its followers with the same public fanfare as the previous one. It is like weeds gradually, but decisively, taking over what could have been the Garden of Eden in a fallen earth. And, unlike Locke who believed “the denial of God’s existence would undermine the social order and lead to chaos,”5 the actions of today’s advocates proclaim that belief in God and a judgment day are quaint sentiments which should not interfere with their view of what a progressive society should be.

For example, we have the subtle but potentially devastating change going from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship” as espoused by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. In other words, one may worship all he wants, just confine all practice to church structures. Followers of this aspect of secular humanism work to keep church’s influence behind the scenes.

Resulting Political Philosophy Mislabels “Islamic Terrorists” as Merely “Insurgents”

The diminished respect for timeless morality is swiftly eroding the foundation of a responsible society. The debate on how this impacts sexual morality and business ethics, while very important, is for another time.

The concern for this article centers on the embarrassing lack of response by our U.S. government to the multiplying atrocities committed by the numerous Islamic movements worldwide. This unwillingness to offend any Muslim has prevented our President from publically recognizing that religion is the inspiration for these inhumane acts of violence. It is a belief that religion no longer inspires the “enlightened” and results in political correctness defeating truth.

It is expressed in other ways such as during the most recent National Prayer Breakfast. Our President chastised those who criticize terrorists acting in the name of Islam. He pointed out that many evil deeds had been done by Christians over the centuries in the name of Christ. For starters, he promoted the popular mistaken notion that the Crusades were evil from the start. Those of us who are of the pre-Common Core generation know that the Crusades were not a land-grabbing exercise by the Church, but a response to the Islamic invasions determined to form a worldwide caliphate.6,7,8 The year 1492 is very dear to Spaniards for a reason beyond Columbus’ discovery. That was the year centuries of Moorish (Islamic) occupation of their country were put to an end. Killing to advance Muslim faith has been their trademark since its seventh century origins.9

True, many misdeeds have been done under the umbrella of Christianity during the Crusades and even later with slavery, etc. The difference is that these actions were contrary to Jesus’ message.

Unlike the Muslims inspired by, “And when ye meet those who misbelieve – then striking off heads until you have massacred them, and bind fast the bonds!”10

It IS a War of Religion

Back to the refusal to acknowledge that we’re in a religious war, even as the enemy proclaims it to be. It stems from a clear lack of knowledge of history. An example of this surrounds the date of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Going back a few years and from a book originally written in 1938:

“The last effort they [Muslims] made to destroy Christendom was contemporary with the end of the reign of Charles II in England and of his brother James and of the usurper William III. It failed during the last years of the seventeenth century…Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history – September 11, 1683.”11

This well-known historian wrote later in that same chapter, 77 years ago:

“The final fruit of this tenacity, the second period of Islamic power, may be delayed: – but I doubt whether it can be permanently postponed… Now it is probable enough along these lines – unity under a leader – the return of Islam may arrive. There is no leader as yet, but enthusiasm might bring one and there signs enough in the political heavens today of what we may have to expect from the revolt of Islam at some future date – perhaps not far distant.”12

Mr. President, your dismissal of history is dangerous. Unlike times of economic depression when socialism and communism tend to resurface when it’s all about jobs, we’re in a religious war where the enemy doesn’t care how long it takes. One thousand three hundred ninety-one years and counting.13

1 – from “Enlightenment,” http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment

2 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

3 – from “Chris Cuomo: ‘Our Rights do not come from God,” by Cal Thomas, http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/557987/Chris-Cuomo—Our-rights-do-not-come-from-God-.html?nav=5097, 2/26/2015

4 – quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address, posted in https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/happy-birthday-u-s-a-with-a-word-of-caution/, 7/4/2013

5 — Waldron, Jeremy (2002), God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke’s Political Thought, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-89057-1, as quoted in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

6 – “Pope Urban II called the first Crusade in 1095. A mission to convert, kill, or subdue non-Christians does not seem to have formed any part of his conscious intentions… (quoting the pope) ‘…For as most f you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont… They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire… On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry id promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends.’” From page 119 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003, taken from “Gesta Dei per Francos,” trans. In Oliver J. Thatcher and Edgar Holmes McNeal, editors, A Source Book for Medieval History, New York: Scribners 1905.

7 – “The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Attaturk in 1924.” From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/caliphate

8 – A caliphate is “the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 CE) of the Prophet Muhammad.” From http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/89739/Caliphate

9 – “Muslims rapidly swept through Christian North Africa, home of St. Cyprian of Carthage and St. Augustine of Hippo, and by 711 were in a position to invade Spain. Thus, Christian Europe was beset from both the East and the West. The campaign went well – so well, in fact, that the Muslim commander, Tarik, exceeded his orders and pressed his victorious army forward. When he was upbraided by the North African emir Musa and asked why he had gone so far into Christian Spain in defiance of orders, Tarik replied simply, “To serve Islam.” From page 114 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.

10 – Sura XLVII:4 as translated in page 460 of “The Koran, the Holy Book of Islam with Introduction and Notes, translated by E. H. Palmer; Watkins Publishing, London; first published in 1900, reprinted 2008 and distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York City

11 – from pages 70-71 of “The Great Heresies,” by Hilaire Belloc, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.; Rockford, Illinois; 1991.

12 – from pages 76-77, Ibid.

13 – “In 624, he [Muhammad] began a series of raids on the surrounding tribes and defeated a large force from his own tribe, the Quraysh, at Mecca. Other victorious battles followed…” From pages 43-44 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.

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Emperor’s Disciples are Offended by Giuliani’s Remarks

What’s all the fuss about? All former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said this week was that the emperor doesn’t have any clothes. This has been evident for any reasonable person during the last six years.

Actually, what he said was:

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”1

Benghazi

Where shall we begin? Regarding the President’s childhood and mentors, much has been written. It has taken an Indian immigrant, Dinesh D’Souza, to understand the key aspects of his upbringing and education leading to the President’s decision-making. I leave that research to the reader.

As with most attempts to reason with die-hard followers, we turn to history first for similar examples. In 1974, President Nixon resigned from office because of his cover-up of the Watergate break-in which others engineered. In addition to being illegal, his actions were unbelievably senseless as he was protecting an election victory which was assured. However, as the head of the executive branch of our government and as a protector of the Constitution, it was necessary that he give up his position.

The current occupant of the White House (since not naming one’s adversaries is in vogue) tried to deflect responsibility from his administration’s inactions which led to the murder of four members of our embassy in Benghazi. Unlike Nixon, he was in the latter stages of a close re-election bid where the tragedy exposed the fallacy of his campaign comments that such enemies were on the run. Were his actions illegal? I don’t know. But it is obvious that his response indicated a greater love of his aspirations over the lives of fellow countrymen.

Nixon, too, exhibited greater concern for his desire to be re-elected over what was moral. Although no one died from his actions, he had to go. It would be in the best interests of our nation if history were to repeat itself. Score one for the former mayor.

IRS

Nixon had his “enemies list” and Obama has (his) IRS target opponents of his vision for America. The former “had these enemies targeted for tax audits or trailed by private detectives, and hired the “plumbers” to stop leaks.”2 For President Obama, we have “Despite the government’s refusal to release over 800 pages of Lerner communications, some documents that have been released show that she was discussing the targeting of conservative groups with members of the DOJ two years before the IRS even admitted that its actions were improper.”3

I’ll admit, there could be a difference in these situations. Obama may not have been quite as directly involved as Nixon.4 However, this makes him innocent as crime bosses are because they don’t carry out most crimes themselves.

Almost forgot about Nixon’s famous eighteen minutes of missing tapes from the Oval Office. Sort of pales when compared to thousands of IRS emails and documents either lost, some perhaps recovered and other documents not released for proper investigations. Truly a man who loves his country.

Obamacare

Yes, the American public is very tired of this issue by now — and so are our checkbooks. After all, the President only “grubered” the citizenry with the well-known lies about being able to keep your insurance and that it would cost less. Forget the fact that to stop the flow of red ink to their bottom lines, employers have had to cut workers or reduce their hours. Ignore the reality that the President joined forces with a mortal enemy of his, the insurance companies (that is, big business) to promise them that they would have to cover only ¼ of their losses. He dumped ¾ of the shortfall on the duped public.5

One more thing. The misleadingly named “Affordable Health Care Act” was trumpeted from its beginning as not being a tax on the American public.6 But presto! When the Act was pleading for its life before the Supreme Court, the Court accepted the government’s argument that it was a tax.7 You only lie to the ones you love?

Federal Deficit

While campaigning in 2008, candidate Obama declared President George W. Bush to be unpatriotic because the federal deficit has increased from $5 trillion to $9 trillion during his watch.8 Our debt has doubled to $18 trillion during Obama’s administration. If Bush was unpatriotic, what does that make Obama?

“Miscellaneous”

There are many other examples proving Mr. Giuliani’s assessment of our President’s attitude toward the United States. We have seen executive orders to make changes to Obamacare when the only legal way to do this is through Congress. His way, not the constitutional way.

There’s the Court overruling his attempt to bypass Congress with appointments to the NLRB with when Congress was officially in session. Papa Barack knows best.

With racial tensions as they are, we don’t need Al Sharpton or Rev. Jeremiah Wright to stir things up. We can rely on our chief executive to suggest “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago”9 or his failure to truly calm the explosive situation in Ferguson, Missouri.10 Keep this turmoil going everywhere. A frazzled citizenry can’t constantly focus on all of the attacks within our country, a la Saul Alinsky.11

Conclusions

Is President Obama the Anti-Christ? Not likely, but the real one would marvel at his ability to have lies accepted as truth and his masterful embellishing of half-truths.

Is President Obama a Muslim? No, even though he doesn’t follow basic Christian precepts in his governing and seems to favor Islamic political goals. Even though he ignores Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visits as well as his warnings about Iran and generally acts in a way to allow terrorism to do it wants against Israel and the western world? The President doesn’t take any religion seriously (see his references to “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion”12). More importantly, it’s likely he believes the Israelis are occupying land which is not rightfully theirs, so whatever accomplishes the goal of dispersing them is OK with him.13

Does Obama love our country? Well, this week, his administration revealed to the whole world how the U.S. plans to retake Mosul… Don’t just stand there, Democrats, contact Health and Human Services for some clothes to give to our emperor before he freezes to death. Yes, Mr. Giuliani speaks the truth.

1 – “’He’s More of a Critic’: Giuliani Says Obama Doesn’t Love America’,” as seen on Fox and Friends, http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/02/19/watch-giuliani-elaborates-fox-and-friends-about-obama-doesnt-love-america-remark, 2/19/2015

2 – from “Nixon’s Enemies List,” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/bonus-video/presidents-power-nixon/

3 – “Report: Lois Lerner’s Emails Show Obama’s Justice Department Assisted IRS To Target Conservative Groups,” by Warner Todd Huston, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/12/11/report-lois-lerner-emails-show-obama-s-justice-department-assisted-irs-to-target-conservative-groups/, 12/11/2014

4 – “Embattled IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram made 155 visits to the White House to meet with a top Obama White House official with whom she exchanged confidential taxpayer information over email…Of Ingram’s 165 White House meetings with White House staff, a staggering 155 of them were hosted by deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, according to a June Watchdog.Org analysis of White House visitor records…The White House recently took down visitor logs recording details of these meetings, citing the government shutdown.” From”IRS, White House officials that shared confidential taxpayer info had 155 White House meetings,” by Patrick Howley, http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/10/irs-white-house-officials-that-shared-confidential-taxpayer-info-had-155-white-house-meetings/, 10/10/2013

5 — From ”Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare,” Jeffrey H. Anderson, http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bailing-out-health-insurers-and-helping-obamacare_774167.html, 1/13/2014 as posted on https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/fiorina-turns-dems-claim-that-the-gop-is-the-party-of-business-on-them/

6 – “But in our most spirited exchange, the President refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy health insurance is equivalent to a tax.” From “Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax,” by Jacqueline Klingebiel, http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/obama-mandate-is-not-a-tax/, 9/20/2009

7 – “The basic idea of the ruling was that ObamaCare was declared a tax and not a mandate and was therefore declared constitutional.” Posted on http://obamacarefacts.com/supreme-court-obamacare/

8 — On July 3, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said this:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents — #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” From ”Obama in ‘o8: Bush’s debt ‘unpatriotic,’” by Peter Wehner, https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/08/24/obama-2008-bush-debt-unpatriotic/, 8/24/2011

9 – from “Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin,” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/19/remarks-president-trayvon-martin, 7/19/2013

10 – “According to Obama, the frustrations about what happened in Ferguson “have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. That may not be true everywhere…but that’s an impression that folks have and it’s not just made up. It’s rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time.” [Emphasis added.]” … “President Obama had a grand opportunity to talk about the fairness of our criminal justice system, which despite its faults, is an equitable system that ensures the due process rights of those accused of breaking the law. It was an ideal time to discuss the deeper cultural, behavioral problems that exist in the black community.” From “What Obama and Holder Should Have Said About Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict,” by Hans von Spakovsky, http://dailysignal.com/2014/12/06/what-obama-and-holder-should-have-said-about-ferguson-grand-jury-verdict/, 12/6/2014

11 – from Rule #8 in “Rules for Radicals,” by Saul Alinsky, “Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.” Found in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals

12 — “Why ‘Freedom of Worship’ is Not Enough,” by Ashley E. Samelson,http://www.firstthings.com, 2/22/2010

13 – “Dinesh D’Souza on Obama’s Views of Israel, http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/952722593001/dinesh-dsouza-on-obamas-views-of-israel/?#sp=show-clips, 5/20/2011

Music From the Greatest Generation: Count Basie and WMKV-FM

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Music enthusiasts were recipients of an energizing performance by the Count Basie Orchestra in the ballroom of Cincinnati’s Music Hall on Thursday, February 5. The uplifting experience was another in the series of concerts brought to the city by Big Band station WMKV-FM, typically three bands per calendar year.

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The evening’s three hours included Basie’s signature “One O’Clock Jump”, the cheery “Freckle Face”, the contemplative “In the Wee Hours of the Morning”, the late night sound of “Soft as Velvet” and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.”

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Topping off the evening were several numbers sung by Melba Joyce throughout the concert. Her rendition of “You’ve Changed”, took the listener back to an era when vocals were truly a classy art form. Lynn Richardson of the New York Times described it perfectly when she once said, 1

“Melba Joyce, jazz singer hushed the room with a big soprano voice that was like a soft, string wind.”

That feeling was certainly repeated in the Cincinnati performance!

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(from http://melbajoyce.net/biography.html)

The Count Basie Orchestra and Ms. Joyce remind us that despite the overbearing weight of the Depression and World War II which followed, musicians of that time continued to fuel the optimistic spirit of their determined fellow citizens… Something we can use today!

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COMING TO CINCINNATI’S MUSIC HALL on THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
WMKV 89.3 FM WILL PRESENT:

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(the Glenn Miller Orchestra as it appeared in Cincinnati’s Music Hall, May 2014)

1 — http://www.melbajoyce.net/reviews.html

Instead of Undeserved Comments About Romney, Let’s Promote the Leadership That Walker, Carson and Fiorina Offer

Maybe it’s the lingering disappointment over how the Romney campaign was run in 2012. Or, perhaps, it’s a result of minimal ability on the part of political satirists, but the time has come to stop criticizing Mitt Romney’s irrelevant perception that he lacks pizzazz as a national figure. A recent example was a jab which claimed his decision not to run again brought his greatest response of enthusiasm from Republicans. It was particularly aggravating because it came from a site which normally focuses on the very real incompetence we are being subjected to by the current Administration on a daily basis.

Good Leaders Don’t Have to be Great Cheerleaders

Sure it can be invigorating to have a sparkling leader who can ignite a fire in the spirit of the people. But for every youthfully exuberant Kennedy, Great Communicator Reagan or even an overzealous Teddy Roosevelt, we’ve been fortunate to have a stately Washington, a practical if somewhat distant Jefferson and a sincerely wise, but definitely un-Hollywood Lincoln.

Which is More Beneficial to Our Nation, Substance or Misleading Rhetoric?

If compared to our current resident of the White House (who, for purposes of this article, shall remain as nameless as the true characterization of “Islamic insurgents”), Romney has no reason to apologize. He ran a state government successfully. Meanwhile, his opponent skated through a period of time as an undistinguished community organizer. Among his unaccomplishments as senator, he didn’t have the moral fortitude to vote against partial-birth abortion. Romney’s gravest faults included not sending some comments through a politically correct filter beforehand or challenging the Democratic candidate on his overseas investments or his litany of half-truths.

With Romney, protection of our Constitution would have taken priority over protecting the public image of party members in the Senate. We wouldn’t have had a Majority Leader submissive to the President who was willing to fiddle while the economy burned, by not bringing crucial House bills to vote in his chamber of Congress.

We Citizens Bear Some Responsibility to Rally Ourselves, Too

There are extraordinary times when the head of state must lead the charge for his people. Franklin Roosevelt confronted Depression despair with programs to steady the ship while waiting for the strong-willed economy to respond to a stimulus such as World War II. Winston Churchill was instrumental in leading his countrymen against daunting odds as the bombs fell all around the British.

But we adult citizens must display some initiative, too. As management experts will attest, ultimately the employee must motivate himself. The supervisor can only create the best environment for it to have a chance. The same holds true for leaders and citizens.

Republican Talent for 2016

What does this mean for the next presidential election? Candidates for the Republican nomination are beginning to surface as they normally do more than a year before the party’s convention. My hope is that those who participate in the primary process will take intelligent looks at those who may not have the big names yet, but who have excellent ideas toward improving our nation.

It would behoove everyone to recognize the tremendous leadership qualities of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, neurosurgeon emeritus Dr. Benjamin Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Among them, they have guided those entrusted to them through forbidding challenges in government and business in addition to matters of life and death. They have many achievements in the things which matter, more than just “activities”1 as a Secretary of State or endorsements from a press which may be blindly enamored.

From the former CEO, the retired surgeon and acting governor, we will receive the real story regarding solutions to our nation’s problems, free from the camouflage of politically correctness. As a result of her extensive business travels overseas, Fiorina has a better sense of the worldwide political pulse than those in the Administration.2 Dr. Carson’s firsthand knowledge of the medical field has helped him envision a simple, yet effective way to change Obamacare through HSA’s (health savings accounts).3 Walker has proven abilities to achieve the difficult balance between management and labor in a governmental setting. Their credibility is enhanced in that they have accomplished much despite experiencing an impoverished childhood (Carson), starting from the corporate bottom as secretary (Fiorina) or not having a college degree (Walker).

These are real leaders for the major challenges we must address now. They have a penchant for facts over hearsay, yet they are personable. More importantly, they also have ability to bring the moral change so desperately needed in our federal government. This counts more than anything else.

1 – from Fiorina’s speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on 1/24/2015, “We must understand our role in the world – which is to lead – and the nature of our allies and especially, our adversaries. Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment, it’s an activity [emphasis added].” on http://time.com/3681536/carly-fiorina-hillary-clinton/, by Zeke J. Miller, updated 1/24/2015

2 — “I have have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red ‘Reset’ button. Having done business in over 80 countries and having served as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board at the CIA for several years, I know that China and Russia are state-sponsors of cyberwarfare and have a strategy to steal our intellectual property. I know Bibi Netanyahu and know that when he warns us that Iran is a danger to this nation as well as to his own, that we must listen.” Ibid.

3 – “Health Savings Accounts Far Better Than Obamacare,” by Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., http://realbencarson.com/health-savings-accounts-far-better-than-obamacare/, 7/10/2014

Fiorina Turns Dems’ Claim, that the GOP is the “Party of Business”, on Them!

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Carly Fiorina on Fox News, 2/4/2015

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and possible Republican candidate for president, pointed out the contradiction in one of the Democrats’ traditional criticisms of the Republican party. In a recent speech in Iowa she said:

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“Liberals call us the party of big business, but then, they continue to increase the burden and the complexity of taxes and regulations until only the big and the powerful and the wealthy and the well-connected can survive.”

In an interview by Martha MacCallum on Fox News yesterday, she continued describing the plight of small businesses:

“Seventy per cent of small business owners describe government as ‘hostile’ to them. We are now destroying more businesses than we are creating for the first time in U.S. history.” She reminded the viewers how detrimental this is to our economy as “small businesses create 2/3 of new jobs.”

… But wasn’t the Obama Era, now in its seventh year, supposed to reverse the severe recession caused by the supposedly insensitive Republicans and their greedy comrades?

This Administration is Making a Habit of Catering to Big Business

In addition to creating an environment which is toxic to small businesses, we must also recall the President pulling a 180-degree on his party’s anti-big business philosophy when it came to Obamacare. He guaranteed the insurance companies that the American public would bear the brunt of ¾ of their losses as a result of the new health care law.1 Remember, these are big companies. These are the same ones which are viewed by the Democrats’ as their enemies when it comes to social policy.

And let’s not forget Common Core. While not officially an Obama project, it is being pushed along through Race to the Top money, etc. courtesy of the Department of Education.2 In this social engineering experiment, millions stand to be made by textbook and other producers of educational material and tests. Of course, there’s additional money to be made as “Dozens of the nation’s top CEOs will meet to set the plans for a national advertising blitz that may include TV, radio, and print.”3 Don’t expect any “Mom-and-Pop” companies to receive a significant piece of this.

CONCLUSION

Looks like the only hope for the little guy in 2016 is that the Republicans defeat the Democrats, the real Party of Big Business.

1 – Not only that, but “As Laszewski explains, Obamacare contains a “Reinsurance Program that caps big claim costs for insurers (individual plans only).” He writes that “in 2014, 80% of individual costs between $45,000 and $250,000 are paid by the government [read: by taxpayers], for example.”

“In other words, insurance purchased through Obamacare’s government-run exchanges isn’t even full-fledged private insurance; rather, it’s a sort of private-public hybrid. Private insurance companies pay for costs below $45,000, then taxpayers generously pick up the tab—a tab that their president hasn’t ever bothered to tell them he has opened up on their behalf—for four-fifths of the next $200,000-plus worth of costs.” From ”Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare,” by Jeffrey H. Anderson, http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bailing-out-health-insurers-and-helping-obamacare_774167.html, 1/13/2014

2 – A 5-part analysis of Common Core, its deceptions and pitfalls will be posted later this month on http://www.ohioconservativereview.com

3 – “The Problems with the Common Core, by Stan Karp, http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/28_02/28_02_karp.shtml, winter 2013/14