This, is a Suicide Note

It is time to kill the Republican party.

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This is being written before the election, however, I am not releasing it until after the election.

This, is a suicide note.

The Republican party, as it does every two years, in every election, fractures. The party as a whole, is an inclusive party at its base. We are, in general, kind, accepting, and tolerant of everyone. We don’t care what color you are, what your faith is, what your orientation is, or what your gender is. We don’t.


We have a Christian right, Libertarian right, Pro Life right, Low Tax right, Conservation right, and NRA right. We have Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Atheists. We have straight, gay, trans and bi.


We are inclusive. Everyone who believes in this nation is welcome. No matter where they fall in the previous groups. If you fall under the Republican banner, you ended up here, because of some sort of smaller government, or lower taxes thoughts. We don’t have to like all of the groups that are under our banner, but we accept them, because ultimately, we are fighting for the same thing.

What we CANNOT have, is fracture and divides.

Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” -Gaylord Parkinson, 1966

Trump has been attacked by the left, as we knew would happen. They threw everything at him. Video’s of him talking like a man does, (usually in his youth) women accusing him of assault and sexual misconduct, (all unproven, unlike Bill Clinton) and even his wealth.

After all of these things have been leveled against him, he stood strong.

If this were his only obstacle, he would have won this election by 15 points. (Please remember, I’m writing this before election day. I have no idea what the final tally is. I’ll be very happy if it’s a 15 point win)

Because of the left’s constant smearing of Mr Trump, some of our own have turned against him. Appalled at behavior, that they have found ‘reprehensible.’

The left has done such a good job telling people that Trump is hated across the board, these spineless Republican ‘leaders’ have abandoned ship to try and save themselves. Trying to distance themselves from the people’s candidate. The one that had to beat 16 primary candidates. Many of whom threw massive amounts of money at the problem, hoping to buy their candidacy.

None of it has stopped the Trump train.

Here is the suicide portion.

It is time to kill the Republican party.

Too many of our ‘leaders’ have left our presidential candidate to his own devices. Considering him a poison. Too many of our ‘leaders’ have withheld money. Thinking it has better uses at the local level. Too many of our ‘leaders’ jumped to the other side! Thinking they will have a chance to do something should the Democrats get the White House.

Thankfully, Mr. Trump has poured in millions of his own money. With many big donor also holding back on funds that are usually a lock, Mr Trump has taken it on himself to win. In an interview I heard yesterday with him, he was willing to pour in millions more, to “Make America great again.”

George W Bush, who won two elections under the Republican flag, decided to vote with the DNC. Forgetting, obviously, his promises of smaller government, and lower taxes.

Glenn Beck, a crusader for Ted Cruz and smaller government, has sworn to not vote for Trump. He, apparently, feels that allowing the Clinton’s in, makes more sense for his failing small business. I bought many of his books. The conservatives made him rich, and now we’ve been abandoned by him. The fact that he was going crazy before did push most of us away from him in the first place, but the fact that he will not close his eyes, and vote for the Republican will send him back into anonymity.

Paul Ryan, National Review, Koch brothers. I could make a list of 100 names who have tried to get away from Trump.

However, the support for Trump seems to not wane. In fact, the closer we get to the election, the tighter the polls get.

The Republican party needs to die. We need to put it out of its misery. We cannot fight the fight we are supposed to. We cannot seem to unite against a common enemy, because we don’t agree with our candidate, 100%.

We need to come together, as a group, and tell the ‘leaders’ that have not stood up for what we want, to (frankly) ‘Piss off.’

We, as the population of the Republican party, know what we want. We want this country to operate as it was founded. We want the government out of our lives. We want to take care of ourselves, and not give half the money we make to the government. We know what to do with our money, what is in the best interest of ourselves, our families, and our community.

This country was won with a revolution. This party has won in the past because we were a party of ideas. This party has won, because (in the past) we stuck together. Good or bad. We fought as a family for what was right.

The Republican party has lost its luster. It has lost the life that it once had. It has a cancer in it that cannot be cured by the ones who caused it. The ‘leaders’ that it has, are only feeding it.

It is time to be put down.

Like the Phoenix, rising from the ashes, we will emerge stronger, brighter, with more support than we ever had before.


We need to have a party for one thing. Limited government. Everything else is secondary. Everything outside the purview of that, leave it to the states. We can call it whatever we want, but it cannot be “Republican.”

We need to stand up, as a country, as a party, and be unified. This can no longer happen under the Republican banner. It is time to revolt against the elite, and the establishment. Knock down the ones who are holding us back. Become the party of the founding fathers who built this country with an idea.

It’s time to make the decision to end the life of the Republican party. It’s time to revolt. It’s time to take our country back.

I Will Not Ask You To Register

I’m curious about just about everything. I’m skeptical of just about everything. It’s easy to see the politics in everything, if you’re looking at it at the right angle. Even things that are not supposed to be, ie. Google, Facebook, sports, charities.

When Google gives you suggestions, or sites to visit per a query that you typed in, you should get an unbiased view of what you’re looking for. Over and over, we’ve seen that not be the case regarding this election cycle. Trump not being listed as a candidate, Hillary’s scandals not showing up in searches, ect. Facebook was showing only what they wanted to in the ‘trending now’ section of the news feed, and disregarding things that go against what they want their readers to believe.

What brings this up today, actually has to do with WordPress. I haven’t seen any bias here from WordPress. Everything I read, is from other users. Not WordPress itself, so I cannot call bias here. But, something that was suggested to me, brought this to mind again.

I was encouraged to put a ‘Register to Vote’ link on my page. I’m political here. Those of you that are reading this, know that I am.  There is something that keyed you to check my site out. Trending topic, you followed me from other posts, whatever. If you’re reading this, you’re already politically involved.

What drives me crazy, is the fact that Google, Facebook and others are forcing this. When you turn 18, you have a choice to register to vote. It’s not a requirement, but a right. If you choose not to be involved, that’s up to you, and you can change your mind at any time.

You cannot miss this year’s election cycle. It’s everywhere. From comedy to music, sports and general pop culture. If you still haven’t decided to register to vote at this point, you don’t care. You’ve decided to disengage yourself from politics, and not know what is going on with it.

That’s fine. That is your purgative, and choice. Why should I encourage people, who have no idea of what’s going on, to vote? We have enough uneducated people voting already.

This next point is going to be very unpopular.

Voting is a right. Your duty as an American. It’s also your duty to make yourself informed to make a wise decision. Far too many people cannot tell you the views and positions of their selected candidate. They simply going to vote because there is an R or D next to the name.

While there are many times that I end up voting party line, it’s not because I blindly choose them, it’s because I believe in what that candidate stands for, in relation to what I believe.

I’m going to propose something that was eliminated many years ago, for being racist. It was then, but is not now.

When blacks were first given the right to vote, in the South, they were given a test, to prove that they were smart enough to vote. Completely wrong! At the time, in the segregated south, most blacks were not given the opportunity to learn in school. Most could not read or write. Given the opportunity, if the whites were given the same test at the time, they would have not been able to pass either. Blatantly racist, and absolutely wrong!

In 2016, I wish there were a similar test. Not excluding anyone. In order to vote, you have to take a test. Not of general knowledge of course, but of what the candidates stand for. 4 questions for each candidate. Answer 80% or better on their positions, and you can vote. Anything less than that, you should be deemed an uneducated voter, and not allowed to vote.

Study for this test! Have it via computer at the voting site. Make it available via phone while you’re at the voting site. Can’t read? No problem. Have it available audibly. Make people truly understand what they are voting for. Not the garbage that is being spewed by both candidates, trying to make the other look bad. Make your arguments based on policy. Let people understand what they are voting for. Then make the population prove it.

Of course this won’t happen. It’ll be deemed racist, sexist, homophobic or some other –ist somehow. The establishment doesn’t want an informed delegate anyhow. They’ll end up being called out for their corruption.

So, in conclusion, if you’re educated on the issues, you’re already registered to vote. If you’re not informed on them, who cares? You’re not going to vote anyhow, or at least shouldn’t.  I will not be asking anyone if they have, or if they would register.

Media Bias

Thanks for checking in, and reading my posts. Generally speaking, it’s about things I’m concerned about, or am thinking about on any particular day. Hopefully you find it interesting, and thought provoking. Thanks to my wife for proofing my writings. She’s pretty fantastic.

I touched on yesterday, about media bias, slanting heavily towards Clinton. In my eyes, as someone who watches no news, can see it. I wake up every morning, scan through a few websites, listen to the news on my local radio station, get to my office, turn on national news radio, and read up on some things that caught my attention when I woke up. It’s the same thing, every day.

There was a story last week, talking about whether there is a bias in the media, on my local radio station. This isn’t a station that talks about national issues, without getting it from ABC. It was the lead story, and they had interviews throughout the morning about the subject. Web poll, message line, ect.

The interview that caught my attention, was with a ‘journalist’ from ABC, who was insistent that there was no media bias, and everything that was reported on from ABC, was neutral, with no opinion added.

The news anchor (news reader) on my local station, made a statement that there was no way that there was a bias in media, because he would have seen it. He, of course, has been part of the media for the last 45 years.

Here is the kicker I got from this conversation. Immediately after the interview was over, the news reader who just claimed his unbiased nature, read a story, slamming Trump for something, and applauding Hillary for not doing it. I don’t remember what the situation was.

What I do remember, is that, Hillary had some more damning evidence come out, THAT DAY, regarding her email scandal. What was reported about this, is that there was no reason for her to be concerned about this, because it is old news.

A quick search on Google, you can find a whole list of issues with the Democrat’s nominee. Here is a quick list, if you need to get caught up. 22 biggest Hillary scandals. Do your research, of course. No one source should be trusted.

Moving away from strictly politics here, we need to look at the media as a whole, and their bias, and pushing stories the way they want them to go.

Michael Brown, who was shot by a uniformed police officer, was immediately shown as “The gentle giant.” His parents had told the media how much of a great kid he was, and how he was so great to everyone. It was the white police officer who screwed up.  He was out looking to kill a black guy. Brown had his hands in the air, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Shot for no reason.

Never mind the fact that he had just knocked over a convenience store, shoved the employee to the ground, was being sought for that robbery, and went after the cop when confronted. That part doesn’t matter.

More recently, Keith Scott, was shot and killed by an officer, serving a warrant. There is video of officers telling him to put down the gun. His friends went to the nearest camera, and told everyone how great he was, and that he was just reading a book, peacefully, in his car. Shot for no reason.

Never mind the fact that he had a gun, was told repeatedly to put it down. Don’t worry about the past felony convictions, the fact that he had used a firearm in the past for crimes, or that he was on parole. That part doesn’t matter.

Both instances resulted in riots. This is not uncommon anymore in this country. The media shows it as out of control cops, looking to kill. Black men are being persecuted for being black. Executed for being black.

But the truth is rarely reported. Weeks, even months later, after all the violence after the fact, it may be touched on. They pushed a narrative that they wanted to push, let the repercussions happen, then walk away.

Of course, anyone who wants to actually know what happened, can go find it. There are enough sources out there, that can be found. However, there are too many people, who don’t care what else there is.

Freddie Gray was killed by police in Baltimore for being black. Riots ensued. The prosecutor in Baltimore, charged all 6 officers involved with murder or manslaughter. Not one was convicted. Every single charge was thrown out, because there was zero evidence to show any intent to kill, or indifference to his conditions.

All of these stories, were headline news for weeks. It started every newscast. Print, radio, and video. When the false story had produced what it was supposed to, the media slipped away, briefly mentioning the truth that they couldn’t wait for, weeks or months later.

I’m biased. I know I am. I tell everyone. My thoughts and opinions clearly show how I think. I don’t mind if people are biased. I really don’t. It’s what makes us unique. However, when I’m gathering information, I want to know who is biased, and in which direction.

When I read the news in the morning, I read a story that interests me. Then, as I should, I read the opposing view. Or the same story from a site that confirms, or refutes the story I just read.

My father told me when I was young. Don’t believe anything you hear, and only believe half of what you see. That’s stuck with me for 25 years. Take that advice the next time the news comes on, and tells you what is going on around you.

Taxes and Tax Avoidance

Because this country encourages, or at least used to, entrepreneurism. As a person who wants to make more money, more often, I have ambitions.

This election season has brought this idea to the forefront. It happens to be on my mind often. As an individual who makes a decent living, I think about taxes more than most people.  Looking at a post I wrote last week (Here), you can see that taxes drive my thinking.

Over the weekend, the New York Times decided to print Donald Trump’s taxes from the 1990’s, show almost a Billion dollar loss. Thus, he not paying taxes for 16 years.

What drives me crazy this morning, is that, that’s all I see this morning on my Facebook feed. Every other person has posted this, like it’s some terrible crime, and he’s an awful person.

The problem with this, of course, is that everything he did was perfectly legal, and justified. Not only did he have a horrendous year, losing almost a billion dollars, but was public about it! He told the government what he did, and used the tax code to make sure he was covered.

I have a small farm on the side. Its brand new, and I’m hoping to make something out of it. I hope to make a lot of money, selling apples and hops. (Odd combination, I know, but they are both fun and profitable) In my first year, as is common, I took a loss. I had purchased a tractor, planting equipment, trees and plants. I bought fertilizer, weed control, and deer repellent. As with any perennial crop, it takes a bit to get going. The first year is never a success. And for apples, I’m looking at 5 years before I really am able to see any return.

Because this country encourages, or at least used to, entrepreneurism. As a person who wants to make more money, more often, I have ambitions. The government has written these in to encourage business building.

The fact that Mr. Trump’s tax returns were (illegally) released, is an attempt to show how much he has absconded the taxes he is supposed to pay.

Too many people in this country do not know enough about politics, the candidates, or the law that they are trying to pin to Trump. And this is why the New York Times can get away with this.

Make no mistake. This is a hit piece, from a newspaper who contends that they are neutral, giving only the news you need to know. Zero Hedge and others have reported that Hillary Clinton has used the same tax avoidance as Trump did. LEGALLY!

Breitbart has reported the New York Times hasn’t paid taxes either. Why? Because they are losing money. And when you lose money, you don’t pay taxes. That’s the law. Millions take advantage of this every year.

But, the New York Times hasn’t told their readers about themselves not paying. They haven’t told their readers about Hillary using the same tax code. They simply put out one side, and expect it to be passed on as gospel. Which it has been in a lot of circles.

So, why doesn’t the New York Times feel it’s necessary to tell people what others are doing? Why do they feel the need to break the law (or at least bend it very close to breaking) to try and discredit someone?

I can understand if you don’t like a specific candidate. I can understand if you want to promote someone, or discredit someone. You’re a citizen, with opinions. Makes complete sense. I do it every day.

As a news organization, don’t give me the story you want to push, unless you’re clean on the other side. If you, as the New York Times, had paid “your share” of taxes, then I wouldn’t be writing today. But you didn’t. Keep losing money, and not paying into the tax pool. Until then, I’m not sure you’ve got the right to jump on Trump, for using the laws that are written.

Finally, when piling onto Trump for all the evil he has done to this world, perhaps you should look at how you treated him before. Even after he had filed bankruptcy, and built himself back up, you were there for him, New York Times, to laud him. You called him ‘The Comeback King.’

Don’t worry about that part. It’s just now, that he’s evil for doing the business that he’s done. You can read that here, and see for yourself.

Trickle. Down.

Trickle. Down. It’s how water works, in order to keep plants alive. Its how I’m able to have water every day. It’s a ton easier to work with water, than with electric, because electric can go anywhere, at any time. Water has one way to go. Down.

Once rain falls onto the ground, the runoff begins, and it helps everything that it passes through, or lands on. Pretty simple concept.

With that in mind, it’s time to learn about trickle-down economics, which of course, doesn’t work, if you listen to certain people.

I make 1 million dollars a year. I’m doing pretty well. I’m comfortable with where I am. But, take into account the taxes I have to pay. Living in New York, I have to pay $68500 to the state, plus another $432,368 in federal taxes. Over $500,000 in taxes! (New York is 6.85%, and Federal taxes $119,996 plus 39.6%. $500,861…in one year)

Now, it doesn’t matter what the government does with your money. You don’t need to know. Or, read the hundreds of thousands of pages of legislation to see where your money goes. Good luck with that.

So, now I’m left with $499,139. Still pretty great, considering I’m above what most of this country, as far as income goes.

With that much money, I’m now in a position to have things done for me. Addition to the house, cleaning service, pool maintenance, or new blacktop for the driveway.

I’ve also been looking into a boat lately, and my wife needs a new car. She’s had her eye on the new Chevy Silverado. Can’t scrimp there. And don’t forget the boy, who wants a new gun, and bow and arrow.

I don’t have a problem with spending that money. It keeps everyone comfortable. We get what we want or need. And we do it comfortably. What the biggest advantage to all this spending is all the people I’m going to benefit.

The carpenter that I’ve hired can hire a couple guys to put my addition on. I can get the cleaning service to come in once a week, instead of once a month, keeping money going to the employees. The pool company down the street can keep their employees on longer, because I’m one more customer that they have to close a pool on. They get paid too.

My wife gets her new truck, getting her salesman 1 sale closer to his bonus for the month, and another business has income coming in. The local sporting goods store now has two new sales, plus service customers until it’s time for a replacement gun or bow.

Now, with all the money that I’ve just spent, I’ve paid for at least 15 employees, kept the lights on in multiple businesses, and let them keep passing the money around. The trickle down has begun. And everyone that has been paid from my business, gets to do things like I have just done, and keep the money moving.

If the government were to allow me to keep more of the money I make, less than 50%, I would be able to do even more with my money. Spreading it around to more businesses and companies.

Poor people don’t hire people. I know. I’ve done manual labor most of my life. I was given opportunities by a lot of people who hired me, to pull my way up the economic ladder. People with money, hired me to do work for them, when I didn’t have much.

Lower taxes means more money in your pocket. More money in your pocket, means you’re going to spend more. When you spend more, other people make more money. When those people make more money, they can spend more. And on and on it goes.

Trickle-down economics works. It worked in the mid-80s, and it will work today. It just needs to be implemented again.

Disagree with me. It’s fine!

Disagreements are ok. There is no reason to make you hate someone else

It’s easy to get into arguments, this time of year. I’m only 36. I was born with Jimmy Carter in office, with Reagan on his way to easily taking the White House. He took the election, in November 1980, with what can only be described as a sweep. By 8pm EST, he had the office wrapped up.

Since then, every four years, there has been vigorous debate and disagreements for every presidential election. George Bush vs Michael Dukakis. George Bush vs Bill Clinton vs Ross Perot. Bill Clinton vs. Bob Dole. George W. Bush vs. Al Gore. George W. Bush vs John Kerry.  All of these elections were incredibly tense. Taxes, trade, and our involvement around the world, were main reasons for disagreement for the candidates.

This year, I believe it’s even more so. Neither of the candidates are liked by the other side. I, of course, like everyone else, land on one side. I have friends, who are polar opposite of me. It makes for great conversation, either if neither of us convinces the other to change.

It’s easy to disagree. The world around you shapes what you think. The people you surround yourself with help you believe what you do. A lot of it has to do with group-think.

The friend I think of, when thinking about the disagreements I have with people, is a very close, dear friend of mine. We have known each other since we were about 12. We had similar friends growing up. We lost touch for a few years. We reconnected on a rugby field, and now see each other a few times a month. I am always greeted with a hug, and “It’s so great to see you.” We share beer, love of women, and rugby.

She is diametrically opposed when it comes to politics. We grew up in the same neighborhood, with the same teachers, same type of family. The only difference is the people we surrounded ourselves with over the time that we were apart.

I played sports after work. Worked 60-70 hours a week, and spent a healthy amount of time at the bar. I worked as hard as I could, as much as I could, so that I made more money, to do more things.

She went to college. She spent 4 years in higher education, with people who had never worked a day in their lives. Learned from professors who taught on the basis of theory, not reality.

While I saw my son come into the world, I couldn’t imagine how anyone could even consider abortion. Her views are the opposite.

I paid taxes on the income I made, built businesses with the rest of my money, and wondered how anyone could still be living off the system, while I’m out here, with every opportunity to make as much as I want.

She thinks we need to help anyone who says they need it, regardless of their ability to do anything. If one claims poverty, give them money.

We will be voting opposite of each other this November. While we disagree on politics, we agree on so many other things. I look forward to meeting her again in the next few days, and hear her tell me, honestly, “It’s so good to see you!”

Disagreements are ok. There is no reason to make you hate someone else. All this vitriol right now, with people deciding to be militant in their views, take the time to find the good in the person who is being that way. Live the way you want to live. Respect the people around you.

In these days, where hatred is everywhere, be the love, the shining light to the people around you. You’ll be amazed at how much it can turn someone around.

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Be Offended

Be Offended

I’ve never been offended in my life. Ever. I know its hard to believe, especially in this current culture, where everyone needs to be offended by everything. I’ve been called some of the worst things that can be spoken to someone, and yet, never offended. I have friends who disagree with me 100% of the time on most topics. However, somehow, we remain friends. Because we can respect each others opinions, and find common ground in the things we know each other for

I played golf with a group last week, and had a similar discussion. He was a friend of a friend, who embraces the hipster mentality. Which is fine. Not my thing, but it seems to work for him. We were talking about how easily people are offended. I asked him what the last thing he was offended about. Of all things, it was a bumper sticker.

I looked at him, and told him I’ve never been offended. This shocked him. He couldn’t understand why. The argument to not be offended is simple. Why let someone get to you so easily? What do they have that is so great, that you need their acceptance? He said, ‘That’s a great way to look at life. I think I’m going to take that to heart. What a great way to live.’

As the day wore on, and we played awful golf, we talked and joked about this and that. After our round, we went for drinks and lunch. The conversation went to politics, hunting, guns, and any number of things.

I’ve been called faggot, retard, crazy, gay…mostly anything you can think of, I’ve been called it. Again, never being offended.

In the conversation, pertaining to politics in this instance, his beliefs and thoughts he had made it clear to what he was. Very on point, spewing things that he has read. Very well I might add. All the points that would sway a suggestible mind.

So, of course, being who I am, I called him out. ‘So, you’re a socialist.’

I’ve never seen someone go from 0-100 so quickly. He assured me that he wasn’t, and told me he took personal offense to it.

‘How can that be? We talked earlier about you not taking offense to anything anymore, because what you value should have no bearing on what I think about it.’

He was so upset by what I had said, he couldn’t speak. Of course I was right, and he knew it. But that’s not the point.

The point is, there is no reason, at all, to be offended by what others say to you. Nothing you see should offend you. Harambe has been banned by colleges, for being ‘rape culture’. Sombrero’s are no longer allowed for Cinco de Mayo. Christmas nativity scenes are offensive to see in public. Men acting like men is egregious.  Why?!

Because we now live in a culture of ME. Forget everything else, my emotions need to be addressed now. You are a poison, and I don’t like it. I need to speak to a counselor, because you hurt my feelings. I was offended by you stating your opinion.

Read this part closely. Your feelings don’t matter to anyone else, nor should they. What you are complaining about today, will not affect your tomorrow. The world doesn’t agree with you. You are not a special little snowflake. You are insignificant to anyone more than 5 feet from you. You being offended isn’t changing anything. No one cares. Get over yourself.

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” –Tyler Durden