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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

When Your Word Meant Something . . .

. . . And Making A Reasoned Judgement!
by Dr. Jack Sternberg, Contributing Author: I was raised during the 1950’s of the twentieth century. To say that 60 years later we live in a different United States is an enormous understatement. It was far from a perfect society but there were many aspects of life and beliefs at that time that I believe were far superior to today’s society and are missed by many.

Those beliefs all started with your parents. It was their job, their duty, to raise us with the right set of values, patriotism and morals. They were to teach us right from wrong. We also had television and movie heroes and heroines that also taught us how we should live and to show respect for others and our elders. We had Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Sky King, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Gene Autry, Wonder Woman and last but not least, Superman. Each episode of Superman began with “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” We were proud to be the greatest country in the world (for we had also just saved the world from the Nazis and were now trying to save the world from Communism).

I personally remember my Father and Mother teaching me about hard work and honesty. They also taught me, “that your word was your bond.” If a person couldn’t and wouldn’t keep their promises, they were as low a human being as was possible. These were the days when a handshake meant something. You didn’t need written contracts or a team of lawyers. Your integrity was all a person needed.

This leads me to the point of this column. I remember last year when 16 Republican candidates for the office of the President openly and verbally pledged on the first Republican primary debate stage that no matter who eventually won the primaries, they would all support the winner. They worried about Donald Trump running on a third party ticket but even Donald Trump eventually took the pledge making it 17. Maybe the 16 never imagined it could be Donald Trump who eventually would win the nomination, but a pledge is a pledge is a promise. And now many of those are breaking their word along with many other Republicans. Not just being unwilling to support Trump but actively working against him. That’s the equivalent of working against their own political party and helping the Democratic Party. Shame on them!!!

I’m literally sick over what I am seeing in the Republican Party. Or better yet, some members of the Republican Party since no political party is monolithic. But, by calling itself a political party, it is meant to have ideals, as laid out in its party platform, that gives unity. It’s not that everyone will agree 100% with the platform but should agree with the vast majority of the goals. Also, those in the party should support the choice of the voters who voted in the Republican primary Republican. It's their party; you just represent them (or maybe you forgot this simple truth).

Below is listed what Donald Trump believes and has said he wants to do as President. He may not be the choice of Constitutionally Conservative Republicans but he is far from a liberal and majority of his ideas are otherwise conservative.Don Fredrick shared on Facebook, “for all those who say Donald J. Trump is not a Conservative” Don asks …
  • Securing our borders is not conservative?
  • Tightening visa controls is not conservative?
  • Ending sanctuary cities is not conservative?
  • Keeping out refugees who may be infiltrated by jihadists willing to poison a major city’s water supply is not conservative?
  • Wanting to deport illegal immigrants who commit felonies is not conservative?
  • Wanting to eliminate the Department of Education and return control to the states and communities is not conservative?
  • Wanting to support law enforcement officers is not conservative?
  • Wanting Europe, Japan, and South Korea to pay more for the defense we provide them is not conservative?
  • Wanting Europe to pay their fair share for NATO is not conservative?
  • Wanting the United Nations to not be the Anti-Israel Nations is not conservative?
  • Wanting to reduce the U.S. share of funding for the United Nations is not conservative?

  • Wanting to move the U.S embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is not conservative?
  • Wanting to cut corporate taxes and regulations to keep businesses and jobs in the United States is not conservative?
  • Wanting to cut taxes on middle-class families is not conservative?
  • Wanting to slash or eliminate the estate tax to save family farms and businesses is not conservative?
  • Wanting to eliminate Obamacare is not conservative?
  • Wanting to allow the sale of health insurance across state lines is not conservative?
  • Wanting to improve health care for returning veterans is not conservative?
  • Wanting a tougher stance on foreign trade to help American workers is not conservative?
  • Wanting to avoid “nation-building” and wars when the United States is not being threatened is not conservative?
By the way, the aforementioned is way more conservative than anything I remember George W, McCain, or precious Mitt ever doing or proposing and did you #NeverTrump people vote for either of those tres amigos?
You may not like Donald Trump’s personality, his arrogance, his bravado and many other personality traits, but is the alternative to act against him or not even vote in the November election? That would guarantee a Hillary Clinton presidency of Liberal Progressivism, income redistribution and disastrous foreign policy plus so much more.

Some say, “I just won’t vote for the lesser of two evils.” So, is the alternative to vote for the greater of two evils? Or by not voting allowing the greater of two evils to win? I heard this argument in 2012 against Mitt Romney. Looking back at what Obama has accomplished over the last 4 years, is anyone really willing to say that having Mitt Romney, the supposed lesser of two evils, as flawed as many believe he is, that he wouldn’t have been a much better choice? Would he have pressed the Progressive agenda and allowed and encouraged so many changes to our laws, marriage, foreign policy and way of life? I can’t imagine it yet so many conservatives stayed home that he lost the election. Do we want a replay of this thereby allowing Hillary to win? What will America look like in 2020?

So, I beg you all. Let’s stop “eating our own.” If nothing else, Donald Trump at least has the potential to do good, even great things. What potential for good can you expect from Hillary? Or flip that question; do you really believe he would be a worse president than Hillary?
Jack Sternberg, MD, is a retired medical doctor and  Chairman, Garland County TEA Party Patriots in Arkansas, and a contributor to the ARRA News Service.

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