Power To The People


Religion Becoming Irrelevant

My latest column is up at AND Society!

Here is an excerpt:


On April 8, 1966, the cover of Time Magazine asked, “Is God Dead?”

In the intervening 50 years since then, Western society seems intent on making the answer a resounding “YES!”

A 2015 survey by the Pew Research Centershowed that America is continuing a decline that has been ongoing for years: Americans are becoming less religious. The study shows that not only are the numbers of people who consider themselves religious on the decline, but the number of religious people involved in organized religion is on the decline, as well. This is not surprising.

Organized religion took quite a hit with the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal, and the subsequent cover-ups. Add to this a culture that is intent on moving away from all traditional ideas about morality, and it should be no surprise that religion is losing its influence. Basic morality is losing its place in American society – this is evident in nearly every aspect of our culture: popular music, movies, television, and politics. One of the major tenants of Christianity is that “all have sinned,” but we want to be able to hold religious leaders to a higher standard.

In some of the most well-attended mega-churches in America, sermons are more on par with a motivational speech than an actual sermon. This appeals to a lot of people – going to church means getting some warm fuzzies. Sin becomes irrelevant to the religious experience…after all, no one likes being judged. But this makes religion watered down and inauthentic, and for a lot of people, especially Millennials, who are tired of this kind of inauthentic crap, it can turn them off of organized religion in general.

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The Drama Of Betrayal

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

1451230779Another year, another manufactured drama over federal spending.

Meet the new boss.
Same as the old boss.

According to the narrative pushed by the news media, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats heroically stood up to those evil Republicans, blocking the continuing resolution that would fund the government for another couple of months, because the Republicans’ CR did not include funding for the water situation in Flint, Michigan.

Never mind the fact that a funding bill for Flint is already working its way through Congress.

Maybe Reid just wanted to feel relevant again – after all, there are plenty of egos in Washington that need stroking, and with all of the focus on the presidential race, it should surprise no one that some of D.C.’s more familiar figures might be feeling a bit neglected.

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Johnson Envy

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, though I will admit that Johnson makes it a difficult decision for my conservative self to make.  I like the Libertarian Party’s platform, and I strongly identify with Libertarian principles, but as a candidate, Johnson leaves much to be desired.

But let’s face it: it’s 2016, and every party’s candidates suck.  Let’s look at the scope of what we’re dealing with this year.


On the Left, we have quite possibly the most corrupt candidate in the history of American politics.  She has been mired in scandals throughout her entire political career, yet somehow she has escaped prosecution for her various misdeeds and crimes.  She can most accurately be described as an ‘unindicted felon.’  She lies about all things, great or small, relevant or not.  Her campaign is driven primarily by fear – fear on the Left of what Donald Trump will do if he wins the White House.

On the Right, we have another horrible candidate – a loudmouthed, lying bully of a business mogul, with a long history of taking advantage of people for his own enrichment and aggrandizement.  He bullied and lied his way into the Republican nomination, and he’s bullied much of the current GOP establishment (and others) into backing him.  His campaign is driven primarily by fear – fear on the Right of what Hillary Clinton will do if she wins the White House.

They have both lied their way to the top, misused their own charitable foundations, and used & abused others to fuel their own successes.  They are more similar than they are different.

Given that these two are the major-party candidates, it’s no big surprise that a lot of people are looking (wishing, yearning) for other options, which is why Gary Johnson has had such a prominent place in this year’s election.  The “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” platform has something for people on either side, and the time is ripe for the rise of third-parties.

Under these two candidates, the debate over the “issues” (if you can really call them issues) has devolved into juvenile mudslinging.  Trump hasn’t released his tax returns…and hasn’t paid taxes in over a decade  Hillary might be having serious health issues.
nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runnersBut the headlines for the past several days take the cake: Trump once called a woman fat.

That’s right, the big meany once said something mean.

To a woman. *GASP*



Actually, I’m fairly certain at this point that a Trump vs. Clinton presidential race might just be one of the signs of the Apocalypse…and the fact that so many Americans are squaring off, becoming so vitriolic in defense of two extremely indefensible candidates just turns the whole shit-show into an even bigger joke than it already was.

But there is an interesting trend that I’ve noticed over the past few weeks.  Media outlets on both sides have largely ignored third-party candidates.  Gary Johnson was eliminated from the presidential debate based on results of polls that were designed to marginalize him (if his name was included in the poll at all).

And that’s really an honest way to conduct the business of an election: offer to include third-party candidates if they get to a certain threshold in the polls.

Poll question: “Who do you prefer: Trump, or Clinton?”

But on top of all of this, the media ignores Gary Johnson when he says things that make sense (which is most of the time), but if he commits the slightest misstep, you can bet that his name will fill headlines across the Internet, as the attack dogs come after him.  We saw it with “Aleppo.”  It happened another time, when he stuck his tongue out during an interview, and it’s happened yet again, this time when asked by Chris Matthews to name his ‘favorite world leader.’


Given the scope of this election, these gaffes are fairly minor, especially when contrasted to Hillary’s numerous crimes & constant lying, and Trump’s anti-freedom policies & semi-regular Twitter rants, yet they are treated as massively disqualifying by the Right- and Left-wing media.  Why?

Personally, I think there may be some Johnson envy going on.

This year, everyone is dealing with the fallout of massively unqualified, extremely unlikable candidates…and corrupt scumbags like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually end up making Gary Johnson look like a pretty good option, all things considered.  And this, I believe, is why the media on both sides are so quick to point and laugh at the Libertarian candidate’s every minor misstep: refusing to take the only serious candidate seriously makes them feel better about their own sorry choice in candidates.

Imagine, if you will, the same question being asked of Hillary or Trump that was asked of Gary Johnson: “Who is your favorite foreign leader?”

Now, Hillary will just lie.  She’ll make something up meant to sound grand and positive, but it will be total BS.  We can tell who her favorite foreign leader is, because she dresses for the job she wants…and she dresses like Kim Jong Un…and her policies are more in line with Castro or Stalin than anyone worth emulating.

Put the question to Trump, and you’ll likely end up with some long, rambling diatribe, at the end of which all we’ll have learned is that The Donald got a great deal on some golf course or building, where he once played golf with Vladimir Putin.  And we already know who Donald Trump’s favorite foreign leaders are: he favors the strong-arm dictators, like Putin or Chairman Mao.

But, rather inexplicably, many conservatives have convinced themselves that Donald J. Trump will be the Great Savior of the Constitution, and if you point out that that theory is absolute bullshit, well, you’re a traitor and a Liberal and just want Hillary to be the next President.

From the Left, you get lies.  From the Right, you get bluster.

Gary Johnson isn’t a good candidate, but he certainly seems like a good candidate when compared to the jokers the major parties expect us to vote for.  At least he’s honest.  We’re certainly not getting that from anywhere else in this election.

It would help, of course, if Bill Weld would take a hike, but in the words of the unindicted felon, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Debate 2016?

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

1474958086This election has had a strange effect on me. I’m feeling things that I’ve never felt before, and no, it’s no “thrill up my leg” a la Chris Matthews.

I think the actual medical term for it is Dontgiveashititis, or something along those lines.

For the first time in my political lifetime, I really just don’t care. It’s a weird feeling.

Things I’d rather do than watch the debate:
#3674 – Slap myself in the face for 90 minutes.

Everyone’s running around prattling on about how this is “THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME!!!!!”

Meanwhile, I’m over here thinking “Meh. Anyone who could’ve saved our Republic was out of the running long ago…so I’m gonna go have a few beers.”

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Move, Change, Or Delete – Hillary’s Email Cover-Up

An interesting story about Hillary’s continuing email scandal broke on Reddit this morning.

According to the screenshots on Reddit, Hillary’s IT guy, Paul Combetta – you know, the guy who refused to testify before Congress even AFTER the DOJ had granted him immunity…yeah, that guy.

Well, it looks like back in 2014, while Hillary’s emails were being investigated, he was posting on Reddit looking for advice on how to strip someone’s email address out of PST or MSG files…someone VERY VIP, according to the Reddit post.

You see, he posted under a username that led back to him – never a smart idea when you’re looking for advice on how to obstruct a Congressional investigation.  This was, after all, back when the Benghazi Committee was trying to get Hillary’s emails from the State Department.




Reddit removed the original thread, but you can see an archive of it here.

Basically, Combetta states that he has an Exchange (email) server, and a PST (email archive) file, and he wants to remove the email address of a certain “VERY VIP” individual from the To: and From: fields on the server and in the archive file.  This isn’t something that’s very easy to do, for the very obvious reason that, as one user notes in the thread, “having that functionality would create the ability to screw with discovery.”  Another user points out that “it could result in major legal issues.”

But when you’re engaging in a cover-up for the former Secretary of State to screw with discovery for emails that are being requested by a Congressional committee, I guess the potential legal issues are a goal more than a concern.

The Reddit thread doesn’t make it clear whether Combetta was able to scrub any addresses from the server or the PST file, but the fact that he later used software to scrub the server, preventing Congressional and DOJ investigators from getting their hands on evidence that hadn’t been turned over to the State Dept, it’s likely that he was unsuccessful, and became desperate.


Culture of Corruption

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

A lot of hay has been made of Hillary’s email scandal, and as time goes on, the scandals surrounding the Democrat presidential nominee continue to deepen. But one thing that strikes me as I watch the latest Clinton scandal news is just how little so many in government and the media understand about the basic principles behind the ins-and-outs of just what it was that Hillary did.

After all, if we, as a nation, are going to examine the corruption that is Hillary Clinton, it is important to know the relevant details, so we aren’t getting swept up in the latest headlines, which all too often get colored by political biases.

Not that I’m coming at this as an unbiased observer…my biases are pretty obvious, and they don’t favor Hillary Clinton in any way, shape, matter or form. But in terms of practical experience, I have a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, and I am a Certified Records Manager. For the past 8+ years, I have worked in Information Technology and Records Management, particularly as it pertains to digital records and data. I know more than a little bit about digital records management, digital security best practices, and e-discovery. While I have no love for Hillary Clinton, I cringe whenever I hear some politician’s ignorant commentary, as they dissect the latest scandal with hardly any knowledge of what in the heck is really going on.

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It’s Time To Party!

A vote for anyone but Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

A vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump.

A vote for a third party is a wasted vote.

So much bullshit has been thrown around during this election cycle, all of it on the assumption that all Americans MUST vote for one of the major parties’ candidates, or they are committing some sort of treason.


A couple of weeks ago, when Meg Whitman announced that she was endorsing Hillary Clinton, Rush Limbaugh took to Facebook and said just that:


Now, I don’t agree in the slightest with Whitman’s decision to endorse Hillary, but this is ridiculous.

What it basically comes down to is this: if you have traditionally voted Republican, if you believe in the Constitution, if you care about liberty, you have a duty to vote for the GOP candidate, no matter how little regard the GOP candidate has for the Constitution or liberty.  It’s reached such ridiculous levels that Laura Ingraham went on FOX News and alleged that it’s immoral for conservatives to NOT to vote for Donald Trump.

The assumption seems to be that, since I originally planned to vote Republican, I owe my vote to the GOP, no matter how unpalatable the candidate is.  I guess that explains how enough people thought it would be a good idea to run the corrupt, lying business mogul against the corrupt, lying career politician.  Since there’s basically a 99.9% chance that either the Republican or the Democrat will be elected in November, most people end up flocking to those parties, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But let’s face it: in modern America, we don’t “swear allegiance” to political parties.  The very idea is really rather ridiculous.  The fact that I once checked a box marked “Republican” on a voter registration form doesn’t mean that the party owns my soul, or my vote.

And the more people tell me that my vote is wasted unless I cast it for Trump, or that I’m supporting Hillary by not jumping on board the Trump Train, or that I’m immoral, or a closet liberal, the more it makes me want to leave the GOP behind, and NEVER vote for Trump.

Over the course of President Obama’s two terms, the Republican leadership has failed to put up any significant resistance to Obama’s agenda.  They get in front of the cameras and spout conservative talking points, but when the rubber meets the road, they cave, and the Democrats’ agenda gets implemented anyway.

Perhaps the best example of this is the federal budget.  When Democrats controlled the House and the Senate during President Obama’s first years in office, they abandoned the budget process, choosing instead to pass “continuing resolutions,” massive spending bills that authorize funding for the federal government.  The practice was highly criticized by Republicans…until they took control of Congress in 2011.  Since then, the practice has continued under Republican leadership, though they’ve been sure to throw in some symbolic measures, like the symbolic ‘budget’ they passed last year.

When they passed yet another continuing resolution last December, the excuse given by the Paul Ryan, who had just become Speaker of the House, was that the omnibus bill had been in the works for some time before he became Speaker, and he couldn’t possibly stop it.  Fast forward to this year, and Congress hasn’t passed a budget yet again.  I guess for Christmas this year, we can expect yet another continuing resolution.

Or, when they tried to stop President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, they included a provision denying funding for the amnesty program in a DHS funding bill.  Stopping the executive amnesty was one of their top agenda items for 2015, but as soon as the Democrats called their bluff, the Republicans folded.  They claimed that the courts would take care of it for them, which ended up being true – just barely.  Executive amnesty ended up dying in the Supreme Court on a 4-4 decision.  The courts have been anything but reliable when it comes to upholding the Constitution, so Republicans got lucky that time, while conservatives got played.

It’s been like this for years.  The Republican Party has made themselves experts at being a minority party – it gives them the opportunity to complain about the other side, but doesn’t require them to take any risks, like actually standing up for what they say they believe in.  In fact, over the years that they have held the majority, they have taken every opportunity to criticize any Republican who actually took a stand for reducing the size of the federal government.  Just look at how they criticized Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for standing up in the Senate.  Taking stands for conservative values just isn’t allowed in the GOP.

While it’s true that Donald Trump has changed the dynamic of this election cycle, he hasn’t changed much of anything where it really counts.  The only consistent thing about his policy positions is his inconsistency: he will consistently come down on every side of nearly every issue…and while there have been all sorts of wildly optimistic predictions about what will happen once Trump takes office, none of them are supported by any real evidence.  And after the Trump campaign’s second major shake-up, cementing the alliance between the Trump campaign and Breitbart News, which has functioned as a pro-Trump propaganda machine since the primaries.

For the conservative movement to move forward in any real and meaningful way, we have to look at the big picture.  I don’t want to disparage anyone who has chosen to vote for Trump in the hopes of preventing Hillary from re-shaping the Supreme Court.  While I understand the sentiment, I personally don’t trust that Donald Trump will follow through with his promises regarding the Supreme Court.  Like so many other issues, Trump has talked a big game, but throwing out a list of potential SCOTUS nominees that his campaign got from the Heritage Foundation doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, especially when there has been little basis for trust built up by the Trump camp.

And while the Supreme Court is an important issue, conservatives need to face reality: in the presidential field today, none of the candidates are reaching out to conservatives for votes.  Donald Trump abandoned conservatives as soon as it became clear that he would win the primary.  His main outreach has been to disaffected Bernie Sanders voters.

The same is true of Gary Johnson – while there has been a huge opportunity for the Libertarian Party to pick up votes from Cruz and Rubio supporters after a particularly down-and-dirty primary fight, Johnson has shown that he, too, would rather reach out to Sanders voters than to court conservatives.  He wants the government to force Christians to violate their religious beliefs, he advocates for instituting a carbon tax, and has come out in favor of TPP and gun control.

There are no good options for conservatives this time around.  We have become the marginalized minority, with the GOP assuming that we will flock back to them in order to stop the Progressive bogeyman.


But why should I rush back to the very same GOP that keeps stabbing me in the back over and over and over again?  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me for the last 16 years, and I’m taking my vote elsewhere.

For the current election, I’m not going to tell anyone how they should vote.  Personally, the best advice I can give is the advice that Ted Cruz gave in his speech at the Republican convention:


If that means voting for Donald Trump to stop Hillary, then vote for Donald Trump to stop Hillary.

If that means voting for a third-party or a write-in, then vote third-party or write someone in.

If that means not voting for anyone for President, then leave that one blank.

For me, that means I’ll likely end up voting for the Libertarian candidate.  I disagree with Gary Johnson on a lot of issues, but I agree with a lot of Libertarian principles, and I would like to see the Liberty movement gain some ground…and some maturity.

But regardless of who you vote for for President, make sure you get out and vote.  Don’t let the idiocy of this election season drive you away from the voting booth on election day.

Just remember this:

The Democrats don’t care about you, they just care about money and power.

The Republicans don’t care about you, they just care about money and power.


If you want to change the corrupt system, you have to stop voting for the corrupt system.  It’s time to free our minds from the trap of the Rs and the Ds, and choose another option.  The corrupt politicians only keep gaining power because we keep on giving it to them.