19
Mar
14

“I’ve Got a Pen, and I’ve Got a Phone.”

This is my commentary on our Imperial President’s disrespect for the sanctity of our Constitution and his absolute disregard for the Will of the People.

Pen - Phone Composite Cropped

 

Just One Man’s Opinion

08
Mar
14

What Does a Playground and Obama’s Foreign Policy have in Common?

Foreign Policy 1What does a playground and Obama’s Foreign Policy have in common? When I was in seventh grade, I was the skinny, nerdy kid. As such, kids like me were easy prey for Bruce Q., the school yard bully. Prey in the wild successfully adapt by developing techniques to avoid their predators. Out on the playground, we were no different. I had successfully adapted to my environment, and could dodge Bruce anytime I felt he was within striking distance. The less vigilant among us were not so lucky. Bruce had cornered one little kid, and was shoving him around when Richard W. came out of no-where. Richard was a quiet, farm boy bigger and stronger than the rest of us. It was rumored he could easily throw an eighty pound bale of hay. Apparently, Richard couldn’t tolerate seeing Bruce beat up little kids anymore. He latched onto Bruce and took him for a ride he would never forget.

I, and the other kids on the playground, gathered around to watch the ensuing fight. Bruce tried desperately to escape, but Richard was too strong. He handled Bruce with one hand throwing him around like a rag doll. I remember, to this day, the sound of Richard’s fist colliding with Bruce’s face. From that day on, Bruce never picked on another kid as long as Richard was on the playground.

The world’s playground is full of dangerous bullies. On January 19, 2007 the Washington Post reported: “The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week — a high-stakes test demonstrating China’s ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems.”

On December 13, 2013, The Washington Free Beacon reported: “A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.”

China continues to assert sovereignty over the South China Sea. “The South China Sea, bordered by eight nations, has long been considered international water.” In addition, “Beijing’s unilateral declaration of an air defense identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan has triggered protests from the United States and its close allies Japan and South Korea.

Communist China’s aggressive behavior poses a direct threat to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and many other sovereign nations in the region.

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, North Korea conducted one of several missile tests. This particular one came dangerously close to a Chinese plane carrying more than 200 passengers.

In 2008, “Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia. At one point Russian tanks were on the outskirts of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Russian planes dropped bombs on Tbilisi International Airport — a civilian airport.” March 1st of this year it was reported that “Russian troops took over the strategic Crimean peninsula Saturday without firing a shot. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react, and despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama for Russia to pull back its forces, Western governments had few options to counter Russia’s military moves.”

In February of this year, “A Russian spy ship…slipped into Havana for an unannounced visit, a day after the country’s defense minister announced plans to expand Russia’s worldwide military presence.” Part of that military presence is to be in our backyard—Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

November 24, 2013, John Bolton “decried the new nuclear deal with Iran as ‘abject surrender by the United States.’”

March 6, 2014 it was reported that “Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is ‘indignant’ at the United States’ deportation of Mexican migrants [illegal aliens] and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating a ‘lack of conscience’ in failing to pass immigration reform.” The hypocrisy in this statement is profound considering President Nieto has zero tolerance for illegal aliens in his own country. It’s embarrassing as an American to have the president of a corrupt third-world country wagging a condescending finger at the United States. This guy needs to be slapped—and slapped hard.

The Founders of our Nation were intimately familiar with bullies since the colonies had to deal with and ultimately free themselves through Revolution from King George III. The Founders, who later became the Framers of the Constitution, understood the desires and emotions that motivate men. Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 1, “Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question.” The Framers imbedded their understanding of human nature into the Constitution by wisely establishing a system of Checks and Balances within three branches of government.

The Wisdom of the Ages is lost on our Imperial President. He stubbornly clings to a Progressive Ideology while blindly ignoring the encroachments of the world around him. His foreign policy is based on myth. He believes that leaders and power brokers of the 21st Century are as enlightened as he is. He believes Kings, Presidents, and Dictators are no longer driven by ambition, power, and avarice. Surely they will bow to his superior intellect and benevolence and follow him into a worldwide Progressive Utopia.

In his insulated Progressive little bubble, he refuses to believe the 21st Century is no different than any other age in human history. Foreign Policy 2Men and women are driven, more than ever, by the love of power, position, and money. While the bullies of the world continue to threaten their weaker neighbors and push us around, our feckless President proposes a budget that will continue to gut our military forces. His Highness believes that bowing to tyrant kings and shaking the hands of dictators will somehow endear him to them. He doesn’t recognize their contempt, that they see him as a weak fool. Obama and his handlers don’t understand that power has to be met with decisive superior power. Without the United States quietly patrolling the world’s playground, the bullies will continue to flex their muscles making life miserable for their neighbors and making the world increasing more dangerous.

Just One Man’s Opinion

28
Feb
14

PROGRESSIVES – LIBERALS – DEMOCRATS: The IRSS is here to help!

Gadsden FlagMark Levin, in his February 27 broadcast, said he would start referring to the IRS as the IR-SS.  With that as my inspiration, I tried to depict what an ad for that organization might look like.  It would, of course, be patterned after the IRS we have come to know and love.  The new department would be used as the Imperial Regime’s pit bull clamping its locking jaws on the throats of anyone or any organization brazen enough to think the First Amendment really applies to them.

IRSS

28
Feb
14

Have You Ever Noticed the Uncanny Resemblance between Hillary Clinton and Darth Vader?

 

Just say NO in 2016!

Just say NO in 2016!

12
Feb
14

Second Testimony This Week–I’m On A Roll!!

Gadsden FlagSECOND TESTIMONY THIS WEEK–I’M ON A ROLL!

I just got done testifying before the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee in favor of passing S.B. 14-100. This Bill, if passed, will repeal the limitation on the number of rounds a gun magazine can hold. It’s the Senate version of House Bill 1151 which went down in flames two days ago.

CONTENT OF MY TESTIMONY

I had all of three minutes to voice my opinion. The following is the content of my testimony:

Two days ago I sat in this Chamber and testified on behalf of House Bill 1151.

The Old Supreme Court Chamber

The Old Supreme Court Chamber

Unfortunately, the Bill was declared Dead On Arrival days before the hearing. The pundits gave the bill little chance of passing because the committee was dominated by Democrats. In fact, there were seven Democrats and four Republicans, and, after five hours of testimony, the Bill was defeated along party lines 7 to 4. I am convinced the representatives had already made up their minds as to how they were going to vote. All of the eloquent arguments and the impassioned pleas did not persuade a single member of that committee to change their predetermined positions.

This month a Quinnipiac Poll had this to say about Coloradan’s feelings with respect to the issue before us, today, “Voters are divided on a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines with 50 percent in favor of a ban and 47 percent opposed.” That’s a scant 3 percentage point difference. Those of you who have, not just read, but studied the Constitution of the United States know that the Framers had tremendous respect for the minority, and, in this case, a significant minority of 47 percent, and they would not have wanted us to be ignored. Yet, the House Committee did just that. The Democrats exhibited profound disrespect for the Coloradans who make up the 47 percent minority by not sending the Bill to the Floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

Chairman Ulibarri, Senator Aguilar, and Senator Jones [the Democrats on the Committee]—I’m not here to talk you out of your vote. I have a high regard for your obligation to reflect the will of your constituents. I’m asking you to give the millions of Coloradans not represented here a chance to have their voices heard. The Framers established a Representative Constitutional Republic not an oligarchy. Let the rest of us be represented by our Senators. Vote yes on Senate Bill 14-100, not to make it law, but to merely pass it along to the full Chamber so we can all be represented in these proceedings.

FINAL THOUGHTS–NUMBERS DO MATTER

On Monday (2/10/14), during the House Committee debate, the Old Supreme Court Chamber was nearly full. Today (2/12/14), the showing was not nearly as impressive. Numbers do count. If Conservatives, Second Amendment advocates, and those of us who cherish the Constitution and this Great Country would have turned out in greater numbers, the message to the Democrats on the Committee would have been much more powerful. I was surprised at the anemic response on both sides.

MORE FUN THAN A MAN SHOULD BE ALLOWED!

As with so many things in my life, if I would have known how easy, and how personally gratifying it is to get more actively involved, I would have done so when I was much younger. In life we will always look back with regret on the things we should have done but didn’t. Get involved, you’ll never regret it.

Just One Man’s Opinion

11
Feb
14

Conservative Complacency will Never Defeat a Liberal Zealot!

Gadsden FlagToday was a real mixed bag.  I left work early and headed to the capitol building in downtown Denver.  In the past, I have stood on the steps with other Tea Party Patriots, but that was a long time ago.  Today, however, I was going in support of House Bill 1151, which, if passed, would repeal the radical legislation passed last year which limits gun magazine capacities to fifteen rounds.  The committee meeting was held in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.  If passed by the committee, the Bill would go to the full House for consideration.

Old Supreme Court Chamber

Old Supreme Court Chamber

Unfortunately, the Bill was declared Dead On Arrival before the doors to the chamber were opened.  The pundits gave the bill little chance of passing because the committee was dominated by Democrats.  In fact, there were seven Democrats and four Republicans, and, after five hours of testimony, the Bill was defeated along party lines 7 to 4.  After watching every minute of the proceedings, several times I got the feeling that our words were falling on deaf ears.  I am convinced the representatives had already made up their minds as to how they were going to vote.  All of the eloquent and not-so-eloquent arguments and the impassioned pleas did not persuade a single member of the committee from their predetermined position.

This became even more evident in the end when the representatives made their final remarks justifying their votes.  Those in favor of the bill cited the Constitution and the need to uphold the Second Amendment.  They also pointed out that magazine restrictions had no affect on crime nor could the law be enforced.  All of the Colorado Sheriffs, and there were several, testified powerfully substantiating both assertions, but the Democrats were not to be persuaded.

Several opposing the bill justified their votes with the following statement, “We have to start somewhere.”  Twice, now, in two years Liberals have hidden behind platitudes shielding themselves from the real issues associated with gun violence.  Restricting magazine capacities was a knee jerk reaction to Newtown and Aurora which did nothing to address the real problems of keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of the insane and providing real protection and safety for our children in their schools.  Of course, those solutions might require effort extending beyond one or more elections cycles.  There’s no immediate political capital to be had in pursuing real solutions requiring significant time and energy.

Representative Mike Foote came up with my favorite excuse for sinking this Bill.  He hid behind the assertion that no magazine capacity restriction had ever been declared unconstitutional.  Justices are far from infallible.  They are men and women made of flesh and bone just like the rest of us, and because they are learned does not make them wise.  History is replete with bad decisions coming out of the Supreme Court.  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what a handful of Supreme Court justices think about the constitutionality of a given law, because their votes, alone, will not keep Mr. Foote in office.  The real question is how do “we the people” feel about the constitutionality of a given law.  We’re the ones holding his political destiny in our hands.

Others claimed they were merely reflecting the will of their constituents, which I respect.  That’s their job.  However, there were seven Democrats and only four Republicans on the committee.  It seems unreasonable that a small number of voting districts in a committee should exercise unrighteous dominion over an entire state.  A February 5, 2014 Quinnipiac Poll had this to say about Coloradan’s feelings with respect to gun control, “In a mixed message, voters oppose 52 – 43 percent stricter new gun control laws in Colorado, but support 86 – 13 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Voters are divided on a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines with 50 percent in favor of a ban and 47 percent opposed.”  With the exception of background checks, there are no mandates.  The minorities are still large enough they should not be ignored.  Yet, the committee did just that.  With regards to the magazine stats, the Democrats should have respected the 47 percent minority by sending the Bill to the Floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

This Wednesday, February 12, the State Senate will consider S.B. 100 which is the companion Bill to H.B. 1151.  S.B. 100 would also repeal legislation passed last year which limits magazine capacities to fifteen rounds.  It is my sincere hope that the Senate Democrats will not make the same mistakes as those in the House.

Just One Man’s Opinion

04
Feb
14

YET, ANOTHER BEHEMOTH EMERGES FROM A DARK, SMOKEY BACK ROOM BURIED DEEP IN THE BOWELS OF THE CAPITAL BUILDING

Gadsden FlagRepresentative Cory Gardner sent his constituents an email encouraging them to support the Farm Bill currently making its way through the Halls of Congress.  Farm Bill–it sounds so innocuous.

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The Honorable Cory Gardner:

Thank you for your “quick note” regarding H.R.2642, The Agriculture Act of 2014.  After reading the “Summary” of the bill, I was impressed with the many good things the Act purports to accomplish.  Sadly, the”CBO estimates that enacting the conference agreement would lower budget deficits by [only] $16.6 billion over [the next] 10-year period.”  In addition, The Heritage Foundation characterized the bill as 80% Food Stamps and 20% Farm Programs.  They throw out the accusations that a loophole in the bill would allow a millionaire to qualify for food stamps, that there is no work requirement, and the bill will cost the American Taxpayers $1 trillion.

You said, “While not perfect, this bill does begin important reforms.”  As of January 10, 2014 the Obama Nation had 47,636,084 individuals on food stamps at a cost to the American Taxpayer of $79,641,880,000 in Fiscal Year 2013.  We currently suffer from a crushing national debt in excess of $17 trillion.  Compound that with irresponsible annual deficit spending, and the out of control upward velocity of the debt continues unabated.  The trustees of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid project that in the not too distant future revenues for all three programs will fall short of their financial obligations.  Some estimates put the unfunded liabilities associated with these entitlement programs somewhere between $87 trillion to a staggering $123 trillion.  Those of us living outside the Beltway in the real world would say these programs are moving inexorably toward bankruptcy unless our myopic politicians implement drastic corrective action, and soon.  If this financial picture weren’t bleak enough, now we have the mother of all entitlement programs stumbling out of the blocks—Obamacare.  Add to this the Federal Reserve’s purchase of $85 billion per month of our own debt which has served to artificially prop up a fragile and volatile stock market.  It hasn’t been until this year that the Fed started reducing the billions of dollars devoted to its ill-conceived Quantitative Easing program.

The $16.6 billion the CBO estimates will be saved over the next 10 years by the Farm Bill pales into insignificance when compared to the disastrous financial policies coming out of this Administration and Congress.  While I appreciate any effort to rein in the ubiquitous power of our corrupt government, the paltry savings from the Farm Bill will ultimately be judged by history as too little too late.

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS

I, like you, share “reservations about parts of this bill.”  I am concerned that Section 4015 – “Mandating State Immigration Verification” to establish eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) will never be enforced by the Executive Branch.  Our Imperial President and his lapdog, Attorney General Eric Holder, have effectively encouraged voter fraud by successfully suggesting a voter ID is far too onerous a requirement to vote in this country and is equivalent to a “poll tax” levied upon minorities.  I suspect Obama and his Progressive handlers will resort to the same deceptive tactic of characterizing “Immigration Verification” as racist.  Then Obama will unlawfully declare this part of the law null and void as he has with other statutes so many times before.

Section 4036 – “Testing Applicants for Unlawful Use of Controlled Substances” is a step in the right direction, but, in the end, it falls short.  This section leaves it up to the discretion of the States to implement and enforce drug testing.  Drug testing should be mandated by all states to ensure that all those applying for food stamps are law abiding citizens.

Section 4039 – “Pilot Projects To Promote Work And Increase State Accountability In The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” again, is a step in the right direction, but, ultimately, falls short.  With few exceptions, all recipients receiving benefits (my tax dollars) from any state or federal entitlement program should be required to work at some level, be actively seeking gainful employment, or, as a minimum, providing community service.  What would prevent our Lawless President and his USDA sycophant, Thomas J. Vilsack, from unilaterally stripping out any Food Stamp work requirements the same way he illegally removed the Welfare work requirements in July of 2012?

At 702 pages, this behemoth of a bill, like Obamacare (2,700 pages), will be filled with adverse unintended consequences requiring additional legislation to fix.  And like Obamacare, its complexity and impact on the American citizens are far beyond the ability of one Representative or Senator to comprehend.

We are paying attention.

Calvin A. Burris

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Email:  calvin.a.burris@gmail.com
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