Why We March: Standing in Solidarity for Life

On January 27, hundreds of thousands of people converged on the nation’s capital to stand for the most valuable human right — the right to life. I was lucky enough to be one of those people.

The group I was travelling with arrived on Tuesday, and we did some sightseeing throughout the week. Washington Monument. Check. Lincoln Memorial. Check. Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam War Memorial, World War II Memorial. Check, check, check.

It didn’t take me long to realize that this was much more than a trip to knock a few items off my very short bucket-list. The following day, at noon, our group went to a Planned Parenthood facility to pray. The gravity of the week hit me as I stepped off the bus and saw the “clinic.” The building was grey with modern architecture, located in the middle of a neighborhood, quite unironically, right next to a preschool being dismissed for the day. With the knowledge of what goes on behind those dark grey walls right next to the vibrant life of young children, I could not help but avert my eyes and stare into the rich, clear blue sky and feel the crisp, January air. I finally scrounged up enough courage to look at the intimidating building.

The glass was tinted just enough so I couldn’t see inside, not that I wanted to. It was as though I was looking at the face of Satan himself. We began our prayer. A short time later, a young woman, no more than 14, and her mother walked out of the clinic, escorted by a nurse who would have fit in better at a morgue. The girl carried a vomit bag, and while the mother seemed fine, this poor girl’s face told a much more sinister story. You could see the fear, humiliation, despair, and depression eating away at her heart. The tears immediately started to fall at the spectacle, mostly because I knew that there was nothing I could do. I knew, at that moment, that she had a hard road ahead, a road of regret, judgement, and depression. There was nothing I could do to change her future. There was nothing I could have done to save her from the procedure itself. This poor soul had lost her innocence at such a young age, and in such a gruesome, brutal, dehumanizing way. That experience ate away at my thoughts for next 48 hours.

I was blown away by the cogent case the Vice President made on Friday. After what we had experienced that week, it was the perfect tone setter for the march.

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We began our two-mile walk at 1:00, and, as a group, we were not only marching for babies exterminated by abortion, but also for families, mothers, daughters, even fathers that have been hurt by this grave crime against humanity. My mind flashed back to the girl walking out of the Planned Parenthood two days before.

Not only do we march to save the babies, but also to alleviate the pain endured by so many every single day. The solution cannot be a court decision or an executive order. It must be a change of heart. And that only comes through prayer and sacrifice. With those two things, every American can stand in solidarity for the right to life.

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Slaughtering Small Business: Eight Years of Hell Coming to an End

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. That was the day when President Barack Obama, along with a Democrat-controlled Congress, declared war on the cornerstone of America—small business. A combination of increased taxes, expanded regulations, and the President’s namesake law, Obamacare, have crippled small business like never before. But now, for the first time in eight years, small business owners can breathe a sigh of relief with Donald Trump’s election as President. The President-elect has stated that he will decrease taxes, repeal and replace Obamacare, and decrease regulation. And, in doing so, small business will get the chance to recover and thrive under the incoming administration.

Barack Obama being sworn in as president

Small businesses are legal corporate entities with 100 employees or less. These are businesses that often are run by their founder, and only operate as corporations for tax purposes. If they are not formed as corporations, than the individual who owns the business must pay personal income taxes on every revenue dollar, as opposed to only their take-home pay. Don’t you just love all the ways the government concocts to milk people dry?

One of Donald Trump’s major goals as President will be to decrease taxes. It is important to note that small business are taxed in three main ways: the corporate income tax, capital gains tax, and the alternative minimum tax. The corporate income tax can range anywhere from 15-39 percent, depending on how much a business makes in a given year from day-to-day operations. Also remember that taxes are paid before the business can calculate its net profit, or what is left after it pays for operating expenses and employees’ salaries.

The capital gains tax is a tax on any asset of a small business that sells for more than its original value. Short-term assets (assets held for under 1 calendar year) are taxed anywhere from 10-35%, while long-term assets (assets held for 1 year or longer) are taxed at 15%.

The alternative minimum tax, which replaced the federal corporate income tax, imposed a 20% tax rate, regardless of income. Unfortunately, it does not allow business owners most of the exemptions they are entitled to. Because of this, many business owners wind up with a larger tax burden which leaves many of them strapped for cash. In the business world, cash is king, and without it, owners can’t buy new equipment or make other improvements which would help make more money or run more efficiently.

In addition to decreasing taxes, Mr. Trump plans on repealing and replacing Obamacare. In the law is a provision stating that the owners of businesses with 50 or more employees must buy and provide insurance for their employees. If the businesses refuse to comply, they will have to face the full force of the federal government. More and more businesses are looking like this because of the law:

going out of business sign due to high taxes and regulations

Many businesses operate with 49 employees to circumvent the law, which, in turn, decreases their efficiency, and they lose customers in the process. This begins the downward spiral of laying off workers, losing more money, and eventually closing the doors for good.

Considering that Barack Obama has become so successful at writing unnecessary regulation, I believe that we should crown him the “King of Regulation,” with Joker Joe egging him on.

Barack Obama king of regulation

Each decree from the Oval Office has done absolutely nothing positive for small business owners except handcuff them. Each regulation he has pushed has crippled our economy, society, and country. Some of the regulations that come to mind concern nutritional labels, health code requirements, retirement advice, and higher energy efficiency standards for computers, dishwashers, and, ceiling fans. Yes, many business owners suffer because of these ridiculous regulations. My favorite one? One small shop had to repaint a wall in its supply room because the local health inspector wouldn’t give it its permit if it didn’t. And, of course, this was a day before it opened!

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Due to high taxes and regulation, many business owners can not hire an attorney to interpret the regulations and give them a heads up. They are forced to learned regulations on the fly due to government officials “fix this by tomorrow or we’ll have an issue” mentality. If a business has a lot of code violations, then they will have to pay for it. Each violation adds up quickly, especially for small businesses.

Lower taxes, less regulation, and a government that promotes capitalism is the answer.

Mr. Trump plans to do all three things in order to grow small business in America. I know small business owners are thrilled. Small business owners just need to “stay strong!” Obama’s eight-year war on small business will be over soon.

Many thanks to Think Right Politics editor, Ben Circeo, owner of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise in California, for his invaluable thoughts and insight.

Globalism is the “New Imperialism”

Recently I had a friend ask, “Is imperialism back, but in a new form?” Usually, I can answer my friends’ political questions right away; however, this one was different. After everything we’ve heard in the media, is it?

It never ceases to amaze me how hypocritical the Left truly is. As I was watching the news the other day, a commentator said, “[Trump’s] an imperialist!” He couldn’t have been more incorrect. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines imperialism as “the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas.” Oxford dictionary adds that it is usually “through colonization, use of military force, or other means.” In other words, imperialism is when a country invades another land to make it a colony.

If anything, Mr. Trump is an isolationist, not an imperialist, considering his views on whether the U.S. should continue to be in the U.N. But I wouldn’t even go so far as to call him an “isolationist” because of his “peace through strength” military mentality.

Globalism and globalization are part of the “new imperialism.”

Globalization is a fantasy

Globalization and globalism go together like two peas in a pod. They are the “international integration” of countries around the world. What many people across the globe don’t recognize is that this “international integration” is disguised as humanitarian efforts like the United Nations. For example, consider how the United Nations voted against Israel last week. It is not one nation taking over or ganging up on another as the traditional definition of imperialism makes it seem. Rather, it is a group of countries ganging up on one sovereign nation. Ten countries voted against Israel to block its settlement policy. Honestly, I’d love to see the United Nations peacekeepers versus the Israeli Defense Force, especially if the U.N. wants to prevent Israel from establishing settlements in the West Bank.

United Nations peacekeeper with Hatian children

Consider how the U.N. goes into countries (like African nations) to “protect human rights” and “deliver humanitarian aid.” Notice how many of these countries have defunct governments and the United Nations goes into them to bring stability. Stability brings calm. The people’s calmness makes them willing to listen. Their willingness to listen gives the U.N. power over them. And with power comes money. And, as trite as it is, money is the root of all evil. This is the precise reason “Lord Acton did not say ‘power tends to purify.’”

Nelson Mandela describing Globalization

Whew! Now that that is out the way, I turn to the allegations that Mr. Trump is Hitler reincarnated. Hitler was an imperialist. Stalin was an imperialist. Both sent millions of people to their deaths in the most cruel and harshest ways. Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece were both imperialist societies. Donald Trump is not a “traditional” imperialist, nor is he part of the “new imperialism” because he is not a globalist. Furthermore, Trump will not gas people to death or burn people alive by sending them back to the country from which they came, if he does. In the words of General Patton, they “may get shot and [they] may get killed” but they cannot stay here if they are here illegally. For my Democratic friends and readers, don’t get in a tizzy; the key word is “illegally.” People are not nomads anymore; we can’t just roam around wherever we wish because there are countries with borders.

Democrats would love to have a massive Kumbaya moment with the Mexicans and Canadians in order to erase our national borders and allow people to roam around wherever they wish. It is simply nonsensical with regards to national security and can’t be done. They want us to be like Europe, but I’ve got news for the Democrats:  We aren’t Europe; we are America. There can’t be a North American currency system nor can there be one government for three different countries. Canada, America, and Mexico have different geographies, which means they have different economies. These three countries have different peoples with different ideologies, political or otherwise.

Democrats, quit making us like Europe! We aren’t like them and can’t be! Take a lesson from Great Britain last summer. They “brexited.” Global government didn’t work for Britain, which is one of our closest allies, so what gives you the magnificent awareness that it should work for us?

Brexit European Union

Trump isn’t Hitler, nor is he an “imperialist.” The United Nations is sheer perversion. Democrats need to quit forcing European Union-like institutions for North America down our throats. And globalization simply does not work. Make of this what you will, but globalism is a threat to our American society and way of life.

Gauntanamo and Obama’s Legacy: A More Dangerous World

The Obama administration is on track to “transfer” 18 Guantanamo detainees to other countries including Oman and Saudi Arabia. The President is trying to elbow his way into the history books by attempting to salvage his “legacy” or what legacy he has. In all actuality, the word “transfer” is the liberal word for “release.” This, coupled with yet another terrorist attack in Berlin and a full takeover of Aleppo by the Syrian government, has spawned another conversation about the President’s foreign policy. That is, his feeble foreign policy.

Ever since 9/11, the military prison has served as a detention facility for terrorists and enemy combatants. As a matter of fact, the 20th hijacker of 9/11 and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind 9/11, are imprisoned there. Are these people you want to be released from captivity? They aren’t cute, little, fuzzy bunny rabbits. Rather, they are the massive boa constrictors in the terror world, who want to tighten the noose of terrorism around our necks. I think I can speak for the majority of Americans; they don’t want to be choked to death because we let the snakes out of captivity.

A major duty of our government is to protect its citizens, as the Constitution proclaims that the government must “provide for the common defense.” Gitmo is defense from these terrorist leaders. They are being sequestered from the battlefield and American society. The United States does not allow these threats to roam free as France and Germany do. The President hasn’t a clue about what he is doing as evidenced by his shrinking of Gitmo from 250 in 2008 to 59 now (soon to be 37).

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Mr. President, with all due respect, you really don’t have any idea about foreign policy and today’s world. You withdrew our boys and girls in uniform from the Middle East, giving birth to ISIS, which you say “wasn’t on [your] intelligence radar.” I’m certain the “J.V. team” is now.

Another feckless foreign policy blunder of yours is that you had the brilliant idea to make a deal with Iranians concerning their nuclear weapons supply. You gave them millions allowing them to build up their arsenal of nuclear weapons. While they haven’t yet, they are well on their way because of you, Mr. President. Did I mention that Iran is run by a gang of terrorist-sympathizing thugs!? I guess Iran “wasn’t on [your] intelligence radar.” Sorry to catch you by surprise.

Your mentality of “appease and they will leave us alone” is flawed entirely. As Winston Churchill said, we are “feeding a crocodile in the hopes that he eats us last.” Look at the course of history. Neville Chamberlain, the prime minister of Britain (pre-Churchill that is), tried to appease Hitler by giving him the Sudetenland. What ensued? World War II. I can assure you, dear reader, that is the last thing the pacifist left wants. It is the last thing America wants. It is the last thing the world wants. Let me be clear: the President’s appeasement mentality is irresponsible and insignificant and will result in the deaths of many people if something is not done about it. Quite frankly, it is nonsensical.

President Obama is on his way out. All he wants us to do now is

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I can assure him: we have and we will deal with it. But we will deal with it in ways that he will not like as he races to the golf course after his term ends. The people have elected Donald Trump to be his successor. He will clean up this foreign policy mess the current administration has handed to us. He will build up our military, support our allies, and promote a safer, more peaceful world through military strength. Considering that Syria has taken full control of Aleppo, I’m pretty sure that he’ll enforce any “red lines” that he draws. I hope he does only one thing: keep Gitmo open because we are about to catch a lot of snakes and put them back in their cage!

Dear Milliennials, It’s Time to Grow Up!

Donald J. Trump is a candidate like no other. He is not a Barry Goldwater, a Richard Nixon, and certainly not a Ronald Reagan. He is not a “traditional conservative” who won this election in a “traditional” way. Certainly, Mr. Trump is a traditional conservative; he is intelligent, savvy, and tenacious in his beliefs. However, his strong-willed, plain-speaking, flamboyant style strengthened his appeal to many unlikely voters. So, what does that make Donald Trump? It makes him just that — Donald Trump. After what has been a extremely colorful campaign, Mr. Trump will now assume the highest office in the land.

So how exactly did this happen? After all, no one thought that Donald J. Trump would become the 45th President of the United States, especially you, the “disgruntled millennial.”

First and foremost, it is important to realize that Trump not only used the Democratic playbook against them, he threw the entire book at them and hit them in the face. He played dirty, used condescending language, and told the people what they wanted to hear — the truth. As Democrats do, Trump gave these people terrific lip-service, but it was truthful lip-service about the state of the country, and the future of our world. Too bad if that offended you and hurt your feelings. I am afraid that you are outnumbered by blue-collar Americans who only proclaim to be intellectuals of common sense.

Like Democrats, Trump was greedy, but he was greedy in a good way. He wanted to steal every state he could from the Democrats as evidenced by his vigorous campaigning in states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Indeed, he did; he pulled out “YUGE” wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. Like a horse chasing a carrot in front of its face, the Democratic party abandoned these blue-collar workers because of money and power. Well, I guess the blue-collar workers just abandoned you as well.

And, for all the millennials who say Trump is stupid and uncreative, this is for you! He used Hillary Clinton’s greatest ally against her — the American, leftist media. Trump made the friend of his enemy his friend. And just to show you the sheer stupidity of the American media, the same media that you watch, the more they harped about him and about how he would make such a terrible President, the more media attention and coverage he got. After all, any press is good press, right?

It is, and Mr. Trump exploited it beautifully. Now that a month has passed since the election, it is time that you move on. Grow up! Newsflash: the real world is not your aspiration of fairies, cupcakes, rainbows, and unicorns. Unfortunately, we don’t live in Utopia. In the real world, you will not always get your way; there will be people that you disagree with, and you must get over it. And there will be people that you do not want to work with, but you will have to. Mr. Trump is one of those people because this is the real world.

What scares me is this:

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Liberal millennials have crawled into a corner by the fireplace with their blankie, cup of hot chocolate, and coloring book (aka safe spaces). My generation is supposed to be leading the world in the coming years and this is how they are acting!? It is an embarrassment, not only to my generation, but also to our constitutional republic! My oh my, you sure are “adulting” quite well. You might as well stay there because you are obviously not ready to enter the real world.