Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Collegiate Forum at the Nixon Library – Is political correctness on college campuses an enemy of free speech?

US Vigilance in conjunction with the Nixon Foundation is looking to rekindle political debate; to have a forum where we can once again embrace disagreement.

Political discourse was what founded the nation and created the Constitution.  That which was so pertinent to the birth and early years of our nation has ceased to exist today – at least in the same capacity.  The American public has become so divided by political parties and the media that dialogue has been stifled and is in danger of being completely silenced.

On the Right, the dialogue is brought to a halt before it has even begun because of the assumed disagreement.  The Left is no different other than in the means in which they defeat debate; they label you as a sexist, bigot, racist, etc. – you must conform or be silenced.

Let’s not allow honest debate to die with us.  The first Collegiate Forum, held on April 14th at 7pm PT at the Nixon Library is a step in encouraging open debate.  The Forum brings together five outstanding college students from five top colleges across California to discuss political correctness on college campuses and how this affects free speech.

The event is moderated by Elisha Krauss, co-host with Ben Shapiro, on the nationally syndicated radio show “The Morning Answer”.  Come join us and the students from Stanford, Chapman University, Pomona College, Occidental College, and UC Berkley.  Just click the link below to learn more and register for this free event.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Revolution Has Begun – Viva La Revolution

Voters are far more than angry . . . they are oppressed!  They are in revolt!  And the manifestation is Mr. Trump.  The oppression is the iron boot of political correctness that is on their throats, and the revolt is against the “Compassionate Slavery” of the welfare state that confiscates too much of the tax payers’ earnings.

Too many don’t want Obamacare.  Too many don’t believe in the politics of global warming.  Too many see government as a punisher, not a protector.  Too many have witnessed failed policies with no repercussion to those that have failed us.  Too many don’t trust the government.  And too many see the media as biased brokers of the politicians they serve.

Unfortunately, in this election cycle, more so than any other in modern time, too many people are disgusted with the choices of either party – with liars, loons and loud mouths.  I asked a man who he would vote for if he had to choose between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.  He lamented that it was a choice between a liar and a bigot, but he would vote for the liar because he said he could not bring himself to vote for a bigot.

As we write in Vigilance The Price of Liberty, “Government has become too large to sustain, and too opaque to be accountable, which diminishes its ability to do the public good.” This is the state we find ourselves in, and the only way to make government responsive and well managed is for us to get involved and demand better.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Recipe for Prosperity

Free men, free markets, with a dash of government produces prosperity.  This recipe has been proven throughout history.  We have written about this very subject in our book, Vigilance The Price of Liberty, by analyzing the presidencies of Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama to compare the state of the union, their policies and the economic outcome of each.  When government has a light hand then free people can and will do amazing things to advance our nation and the world.

In light of Mrs. Reagan’s passing this past week, it seems fitting to remind ourselves of the words of her husband delivered at his first Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1981:

We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. 
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government. 
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it’s not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work—work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. 
If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price. 
It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government [emphasis added]. It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The State of the Union and Presidential Race

Parts of Warren Buffet’s annual letter to shareholders, published in the March 7, 2016 edition of Barron’s, speaks to his rosy outlook that the next generation of Americans will do better than the previous.  He says “The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.”  For proof he offers projected growth in GDP, life expectancy and concludes that “America’s golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs.  America’s kids will live far better than their parents did.”  However Mr. Buffet ignores the state of the national government. 

The Constitution has been shredded over the past 80 years and the debt and liabilities of the government are over $120 trillion and growing at over a half trillion dollars annually – and this does not include the debt of the States.  If Greece is a financial basket-case with debt at some $40,000 per capita then what does that make America with debt at over $54,000 per capita.  Entitlements are unsustainable with no political will to rein them in.  Regulations cost the economy over $1.8 trillion annually, which is chocking investment and growing larger every year.  Taxes must double to even start to approach what the true cost of government is. 

For a man who knows well the danger of debt, taxes and over regulation, Mr. Buffet’s optimism seems out of place, as financial reality will crush the golden goose that Mr. Buffet relies on.
The question for America is not whether the next generation will do better than the prior, but will the American dream even be available for the next generation.  This brings us to the state of the presidential race – abysmal! 

The Democrats have fielded candidates that are almost dead and red.  Hillary Clinton at 68 and Bernie Sanders at 73 were born in the 1940s.  Their far left policies date back to the failed central control communism that brought the collapse of the Soviet Union and are seen in the mass misery in Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea.  Free stuff for all is not free.  Someone pays and eventually those that pay get tired of paying for those that do not pay. 

Then there is the Republican field.  The presidential debates that have turned into the old Saturday Night Live skit of Point-Counter-Point where Dan Aykroyd’s first response to Jane Curtin is “Jane you ignorant slut”.  Political discourse has been reduced to making comments of Trump’s hands or Rubio’s height.  Each of the front runners call the other a liar.  Policy is not even a serious discussion as the media goads the other candidates to attack Trump about this or that.

After, what would be 16 years of arguably the worst back-to-back presidencies in history, of Bush and Obama, the state of the union is in doubt.  Together these presidents have quadrupled the debt to $19 trillion, recklessly expanded entitlements, gave private companies bailouts, spent nearly a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus, produced an economy of anemic growth of barely 2%, stabbed job creation to leave real unemployment (U-6) still at 9.8%, encouraged welfare rather than employment so that there is the lowest workforce participation since the 1980s, and took us into two wars, enabled the rise of Islamic terrorists, set the Middle East in turmoil, put Europe at threat from Russian aggression, rewarded Iran’s disregard to U.N. resolutions with permission to continue nuclear and ballistic missile programs, allowed China to build a military base in international waters, and saw North Korea develop long range ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

A clear-eyed, non-partisan analysis of the country is that it is in a serious state.  Few give a hoot about the Constitution and limited government by the people.  Government is promoted as the source of solutions but the problems it creates are ignored.  Most think government decides what rights people have instead of the other way around.  Waste, fraud and abuse easily claims a half trillion dollars annually but remains only a campaign slogan and not a serious policy issue.

We need to rise and demand better, for if there is truly a responsible citizenry then it does not matter who we elect.  Join the dialogue, get informed with facts – not media blather, and reason a judgement toward your vote.  Our nation and the light of liberty are in the balance this very important election cycle.