2nd Amendment and Guns / Abortion / Economics / etc.

Can Republicans Put Country First? Part 2: Compromise

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Let’s get down to business. You’re not going to like what I say, based on reactions to Part 1 and Part 1.5, but I’m fed up with the endless accusations from both sides of the “conservative” divide.  A Hillary Clinton win is not inevitable, unless we choose to keep fighting.  If you choose to believe the only way to beat her is through Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, despite the truth in both cases, it’s over and we’ve lost.  All of us have lost. I’ve heard if both sides in a divorce are unhappy with the settlement, it’s probably

Election 2016 / Media Bias / Politics

Can Republicans Put Country First? Part 1.5: Election Fatigue

SW Moving to Canada

*UPDATE:  I’m in Facebook Jail until September 6 and therefore, unable to post to Facebook.  Please share my articles to support open exchange of dialogue. ~ Larry Johnson, a moderator for the FB group, The Liberty Conservative posted, “Bye Julie. Glad to see you being kicked out by me ! Traitor !!” I gather he didn’t like Part 1.  Larry appears to be middle-aged or older — old enough to know better than to call names at someone he’s never met. It’s a shame I’m not welcome, Larry, but I’m only interested in open minds and polite dialogue —

Election 2016 / Intolerance / Liberal vs. Conservative / etc.

Can Republicans Put Country First? Part I: The Problem

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Many Republicans and conservatives are trying to graciously succumb to defeat, reluctantly joining with Donald Trump because they are out of options. One man’s comment on Facebook was (paraphrasing) “voting for a little hope, vs. none at all.” They’re not happy about it. They’re desperate. We are all desperate. Unfortunately for our country, Trump enthusiasts chose not to look at Mr. Trump objectively. You behaved exactly as did the Obama minions in 2008 — see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. You didn’t want to know. You were “angry, and didn’t care anymore.” You chose a nominee

Economics / Election 2016 / Immigration / etc.

Where Has the High Road Taken Conservatives?

CPC Highway

What do Conservatives do best? Take the high road.  Let’s take stock of where the high road has taken us. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.  Need I really say more?  He lied and smeared Ted Cruz and others, and the ignorant populace ran to him, moths to a flame.  We were proud of Senator Cruz, proud that he didn’t get down in the mud with Trump, proud that he stuck to the facts.  But facts be damned!  The sheep flocked to the vulgar rants of a self-styled Republican in sheep’s clothing.  The media propped him up and shoved

Election 2016 / Intolerance / Madison's CPC / etc.

Military Transitions Transgender Policy

CPC Ash Carter

Today, Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, in continuation of his goal to transition the United States Military from a traditional fighting force to an all-inclusive, no holds barred, social experiment, dropped the ban on trans-gendered people serving in the American Military.  The change, effective immediately, completes the trend that began in 2011, when gays and lesbians were permitted to serve openly, abandoning the former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  The LGBT community celebrates the victory today, after years of intense lobbying. This policy change makes the United States the twentieth military force in the world to accept openly transgendered

Election 2016 / Madison's CPC / Media Bias / etc.

What You Need to Know about Vote Your Conscience and RNC Convention Rules

CPC Orange Trump

The supposed “controversy” over Vote Your Conscience rules is a fabricated and blatant lie. The questionable practices here are those of the news media, who continue to distort and mislead our country’s voters on the purposes and rules of the state primaries and their role in the nominating process. In fact, the election of the Republican Nominee for the upcoming general election is wholly separate from the state’s primary results, and this process has been in effect since the first Republican Party Convention in 1860, which nominated Abraham Lincoln on the fourth ballot. The only exception occurred when the Rules

Election 2016 / Liberal vs. Conservative / Madison's CPC / etc.

The Delegate Dilemna

CPC Chicago Convention

I’m struggling to wrap my head around the political chaos reigning in our country on all sides of the equation.  I know where I fit in as a staunch #NeverTrumpNeverHillary, but truthfully, I occasionally waver. I abhor Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and yet, every now and again I feel a twinge of doubt, because Hillary is evil personified, in my estimation. Trump has stood right beside her, a benefactor and patron all the way.  Once you scratch the surface, his whole campaign is built on lies. There’s just no way around this — neither nominee is a good person,

Caught Red Handed / Intolerance / Law Enforcement and First Responders / etc.

Caught Red-Handed…Volume I: Love in the Aftermath of Hate

SW Make Kindness Go Viral

Caught Red-Handed… Hatred and division among the masses in America and the world over wear us down; try as we may to be a positive force for good, the continuing stream of bad news keeps coming, and inevitably, we may believe there’s too much darkness to overcome. Please join me for a slice of light and truth, as I “catch” true accounts of selflessness, bravery, and kindness in a world gone mad… Love in the Aftermath of Hate Just hours after a terrorist killed 49 people and wounded 53 in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, employees from three

2nd Amendment and Guns / Politics / Terrorism

Name Game Meets Blame Game: The Legend of the “Assault Rifle”

CPC Woman with AR-15

The blame game is in full swing after the carnage of this past weekend’s terror in Orlando.  Everyone is sad and angry at the senseless violence.  Folks are grieving and looking for answers.  When facing this kind of evil, there are no logical reasons, which is problematic.  We cannot fathom this level of depravity, but our minds search for and require an explanation nonetheless.   We don’t all see the world the same way, so my feelings may not align with yours and that’s fine.  Trotting out a litany of lies to obfuscate the facts every time we’re faced with

Election 2016 / Intolerance / Liberal vs. Conservative / etc.

Media Bias Catches Up with the Left

CPC Bernie Followers

Do you ever feel that you’re getting the news of the day?  I am speaking of just news, no spin, no bias, no corporate agendas; the way it used to be.  I remember Walter Cronkite; it would be many years until I realized he was so far to the left, that he was practically a communist. Mr. Cronkite was trusted by the people of this nation; nobody felt lied to, or bamboozled.  He was there for us, in our living rooms, through the Kennedy Assassinations, the Moon Landing, the Vietnam War, and countless other events, without making himself the

Election 2016 / Politics

Liberal In the House

SW Cheech Sleeping

Today I have my writing partner with me.   We had a disagreement about the byline.  He insists that, though he does no writing, he is an important and necessary worker, and it would be appropriate to acknowledge him.  He’s also demanding $15/hour.  His name is Chi Chi but he prefers Cheech, like in Cheech n’ Chong.  Often he complains that his name is emasculating.  To us, he’s Little Man most of the time. Cheech previously lived with an elderly couple.  We brought him to live here with us six years ago when they had to move to an

Economics / Madison's CPC / Politics

Spending Accounts for Representatives Are Out of Control

CPC 100 Dollar Bills

Imagine our political hierarchy as foreseen by our Founding Fathers. In their vision, men and women sacrifice their strict focus on career for a short while to serve in public office. They continued to work in their home towns among their constituents, coming to the capital only once or twice a year to do the people’s business, and then returned home straightaway. Imagine, no “ruling class,” no “pork,” no “career politicians”; corruption would be far less prevalent, if not, nonexistent. The wheeling and dealing of lobbyists would be, in effect, silenced by making never-ending campaigning obsolete. Think what our

Election 2016 / Liberal vs. Conservative / Madison's CPC / etc.

A Plea to My Liberal Friends

CPC Frustration

For my liberal friends, you know who you are, please stop lecturing Republicans on the “shame” we should feel over our presumptive nominee. Yes, I think he is a disgrace, as do many of us – we firmly believe, once a lying loud mouth liberal, always a lying loud mouth liberal. We’re working as hard as we can to send him back to you, where he belongs. In the meantime, clean up your own house! You’ve seriously got big brass baseballs to suggest that we have a corner on embarrassing candidates. Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Enough said

Election 2016 / Madison's CPC / Politics

Forget the History of Socialism At Your Peril

CPC Socialist Icons

Having studied socialism in its various configurations, I know how it works. It sounds great. It looks good on paper. It’s an interesting and tempting theory at an opportune time. So I understand why it’s rearing its ugly head again. But once you start down that road, it evolves. And all of those sweet sounding promises fall to the wayside, one by one. The economics of Socialism may work in theory, but in practice, as history clearly shows, it is unsustainable. And it doesn’t take very long for things to go very badly. Soon someone stages a coup, the

Politics

Can You Help This Severely Burned Officer’s Family?

Explorer to Officer

  “I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me,” Jack Kruse said. “I don’t know what was going on in Joshua Graham’s life that inspired him to write that quote, but it should be every burn survivor’s rallying cry.” Jack’s Facebook post of February 8 reads: Please pray for my son Kris Kruse, the best child any parent could hope for.  He’s in Orlando Regional Medical Center’s ICU with severe burns over 65% of his body. He was airlifted there last night following a fuel container explosion that covered him with burning gasoline. He needs to