By now many of our readers have heard that a U. S. District Court Judge in Nevada has dismissed the federal government’s case against Cliven Bundy and his two sons for an April 2014 armed standoff at the Bundy Nevada ranch between a heavy contingent of armed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and hundreds of private citizens (some of them armed). But most Americans are not aware of the details behind the case and why the BLM lost and why it was so important that the BLM lose this case. The case reeks of federal government overreach and abuse by the BLM, and egregious prosecutorial misconduct. The government was out to bury Cliven Bundy and his sons for daring to challenge the all-powerful federal government. They almost succeeded. Continue reading
Many states are in a tizzy because U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the United States is going to finally enforce the Controlled Substance Act (21 USC P. 811), (CSA) with regard to medical and recreational marijuana use ….. well sort of. Sessions left it up to the individual U. S. Attorney’s offices to prosecute, or not prosecute. That’s all America needs right now is another “sort of” law. After all, Hillary Clinton was only “sort of” guilty.
The cannabis smokers (mostly millennials) are up in arms for fear they might lose their marijuana pacifier high. The money-hungry states that have legalized recreational marijuana are apoplectic over the potential loss of the marijuana tax revenue and have threatened to sue the FEDS if the Controlled Substance Act is enforced. Continue reading
It is difficult to describe how we felt when we learned that Kate Steinle’s killer would only be charged with a “felon in possession of a firearm,” a low level beef at best, considering the severity of the crime he committed in snuffing out Kate’s life on a San Francisco pier, at the dawn of her adulthood. We suddenly grew red faced with the raw emotions of anger, incredulity and disbelief. In short, we were mad as Hell! Continue reading
After writing a weekly conservative column for 12 years, one thing has become crystal clear. Only older Americans are reading and responding to what we write. When we say older Americans, we mean those over 70 years of age, with many of our responses coming from individuals well over 80.
Is it any wonder that big legislation is almost impossible to pass when so many constituency groups have been bought off? The only reason Obama Care past is because the Democrats were doing it and because government was increasing benefits, not taking them away. Any proposed legislation or law that takes away a benefit from some constituency group, like repealing Obama Care, or a Tax Cut, the hue and cry can be heard on the moon. You can’t repeal Obama Care because over 20,000,000 low-income people piled onto Medicaid with subsidized health care and they might lose those benefits. The high taxed states like New York, New Jersey and California won’t budge because the new Tax Cut bill removes the state tax deduction. Some seniors might lose their itemized deductions for health care costs, so they don’t like the proposed Tax Cut bill. Continue reading
History has shown us that people don’t behave well when crammed together in big cities. Big cities have given us the “Blue” states. Big cities are hot beds of socialism and government control. Big cities, with their voting majorities, control the legislative process and give us big-city legislators that support socialism, more laws, higher taxes and environmental extremism, while leaving rural landowners disenfranchised and unrepresented in the political process. Big cities cram down the throats of rural landowners whatever big cities want, including very costly social and radical environmental policies.
The people who inhabit big cities are more apt to believe whatever the government tells them, whether factual or not. Their big-city schools pump out social and environmental propaganda into the next crop of big-city occupants. The current propaganda and mass hysteria of man-caused global warming is a prime example. Yes, big cities are large markets of consumers and bring us commerce that helps to fund the country and pay for big-city problems. But it comes at a steep price and the price is the loss of liberty for rural landowners. Continue reading
Property Rights: “Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.“ ~ Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders
Almost 81% of Americans live in cities, usually in a home on a relatively small lot. Millions upon millions of Americans live in apartments in those cities. (they don’t build apartments in the country) The restrictions placed upon people living in homes on small city lots, or in apartments, are relatively few, except for the imposition of property taxes and utility expenses. Other people that choose to live in gated communities have more restrictions but that is by choice. Not so the rural landowner. Continue reading
No, man certainly cannot control the Heavens and he can’t alter the laws of the Universe. But you would think he would be able to control his own behavior and activities, given how smart he claims to be. It would appear that, throughout history, the opposite has been and continues to be true. An obvious character flaw in the species, manifested in political arguments that have more to do with getting votes than seeking the truth, fixing problems, or passing sound, common sense legislation.
In our frequent articles we have made a concerted effort to bring simplicity to all of the issues we face as American citizens and landowners. There are root causes for everything and if we understand the root causes, we might just be able to fix “it”, when things go wrong. Continue reading
“If you fired 50% of the employees of the American government bureaucracy, federal, state, or local, you would still have a Progressive – Liberal infested, fetid, smelly swamp of Progressive brainwashed workers who graduated from one or more of the liberal American colleges and have no concept of individual freedom or unalienable rights.” ~ Ron Ewart
“TC – We Ain’t NEVER Going to Drain this damned Swamp!”
Millions of people watched last Sunday’s 60 Minute double segment expose’ of the opioid epidemic and the efforts by U. S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) to stem the tide of illicit opioid prescriptions flooding the market from three major drug distributors and sending thousands upon thousands of opioid addicts to their deaths. But Drug Enforcement efforts were thwarted by Pharmaceutical lobbyists who managed to get a bill passed that severely limited DEA efforts to put the bad guys away. Continue reading
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen and that is the basic building block of the universe.” ~ Frank Zappa
On November 8, 2016 the American people assessed the damage inflicted on the nation by years of collectivist mis-government and delivered a thundering verdict at the polls. The election of Donald Trump signaled the culmination of one process in our politics and the beginning of another. What culminated was the growing disenchantment of the American public with shopworn practices generally called “liberal” but which in their devotion to big government and hostility to individual freedom are in fact illiberal and reactionary.
What began was a painstaking effort to restore America to the path of greatness from which it had been derailed by more than a generation of excessive government. By creating an opportunity for such restoration, the election of Donald Trump was a marvelous beginning. But it is crucial to stress that it WAS a beginning and that years of work and struggle remain before our liberties are once again secure. Continue reading
“The only reason that Democrats care for the poor, the downtrodden, the sick, the infirmed, the disabled, the Blacks, the Latinos, the LGBT crowd and other minority groups is for the votes they hope to garner by pandering to them, because political power is their only objective. The only reason they lobby for and pass unconstitutional socialist legislation is to buy these groups off for their votes. In their politically driven hearts they care not one whit for these groups. Sadly, they cannot help themselves because after five generations of liberal indoctrination, this Progressive genetic disease is firmly embedded in their gene pool.” ~ Ron Ewart
A few days ago, a columnist in the Washington Post wrote this:
“When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful bid, that question is moot. The Democrats have become socialists.”
“This became official, more or less, Wednesday afternoon, when Sanders rolled out his socialized health-care plan, Medicare for All, and he was supported by 16 of his Senate Democratic colleagues who signed on as co-sponsors, including the party’s rising stars and potential presidential candidates in 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand.”
The Democrats have now finally come out of the closet and admitted that they are avowed socialists. For those of us with any intellect at all, who have been watching the Democrats for the last 60 years, have known for at least that time that Democrats were and are socialists. Continue reading
Ever since President Wilson’s failed League of Nations, to the United Nations (UN) created in 1945 after World War 2, an international movement has been underway to merge all nations into one-world-government under the umbrella of the United Nations and the iron fist of the world’s central bankers. Although the original intent of a United Nations organization was to promote international cooperation, maintain world order and prevent war, the UN has assumed powers and has instituted international policies that virtually strip the sovereignty of member states, including the United States, but has not stopped wars.
Most of the policies the UN promotes and attempts to implement internationally, are based on socialist and Karl Marx principles. Its alleged objectives are to promote human rights, foster social and economic development, protect the environment and provide humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disasters, or armed conflict. The UN, for all intent and purposes, has become an international body that tries to enforce those socialist policies on all member states across the globe. America capitulates to the policies of the UN, while the rest of the countries, like Russia and China, thumb their noses at them. We “pay,” while the two other super powers get off scot-free and then get in our way when we try to use the UN to perform its stated objectives. Continue reading
“Your individual, natural, God-given rights, are only as good as the depth of your willingness and courage to defend them.“ ~ Ron Ewart
Last week in our article entitled “The Distorted Window Through Which Americans Perceive Reality” we talked about the great goodness in the American people. The American people ARE good and generous, as donations of food, clothing, money and volunteers to the Hurricane Harvey victims attest. The outpouring of neighbor helping neighbor during this national calamity is inspiring. And yes, local, state and the federal government are stepping up to the plate as well with leadership, equipment and money. Nevertheless, we wonder why Americans cannot see how tyrannical government has become and how many freedoms we have lost since we drifted away from self-reliance, individual responsibility and constitutional liberties. Continue reading
In a book we wrote a number of years ago entitled “Our Cosmic Connection“, we opened one of the chapters with the following observation: “In spite of all of our individual and collective faults, there is a ‘great good’ that exists in a very large number of us. That good is personified in a wide range of human traits and behavior including private and public achievements, bravery, courage, sacrifice, industry, creativity, empathy, generosity, spontaneous volunteerism and spirit, either as individuals, or as a society. Unfortunately, due to the ‘distorted window’ through which we view our information, that ‘great good’ in us seems to be eclipsed by an over-zealous emphasis on that which appears to be ‘bad’ within us.”
“You struggle, kick and scream, but alas, it is no use, you are trapped in the web of an evil monster. In the distance across the web, a black shape with multiple legs is headed straight for you but you cannot break free from the strands that bind you. Within seconds the monster, 4 times your size, pierces you with its sharp fangs and injects a poison into your blood stream. You can feel the poison work on your muscles and nerves almost immediately and try as you might, the strength is ebbing rapidly from your body.”
“You think back and wonder how you got here. You briefly remember while you were flying free, a voice in the distance said: “come into my home and I will take care of you.” You had many troubles and the thought that someone else would sooth your savage breast and stroke your fevered brow was so enticing you thought it foolhardy not to enter their house ….. especially since the help would be free.”
What begins with the trappings of good will, respect and love, can often disintegrate into petty differences, resentment and rising anger. What starts out as mutual common ground in the building of a marriage, or the foundation for a country, can unravel if the common ground or the foundation is disturbed, distorted, or loses its meaning and significance. When the spirit of love, or the spirit of freedom, that binds two people or a nation together, is fractured by forces that tear it asunder, marriages and nations begin to crumble. And so it is, as the divide between Americans grows wider, as the principles of our freedom are eroded by the actions of those who seek more power over the masses and those who seek to live off the sweat of others, America is beginning to come apart at the seams, as the resentment towards opposing views becomes even more acrimonious. Continue reading
I keep running, but the dogs are gaining. I’ve been running for two days now and I’m hungry, tired and exhausted. I hear the hounds behind me but I must find the strength to stay ahead, always ahead. If they catch me, I might as well be dead.
It all started one Sunday when I was working one of my fields with a tractor, preparing the field for the next round of hay for the season. The exhaust pipe of the tractor was belching black smoke, as it usually did. The old diesel engine kept on chugging in a low staccato, as it always did, old reliable as it was.
I looked up and saw three official-looking black SUV’s in the distance down in the draw, coming up the gravel road that led into my isolated ranch. I knew by their speed and the dust streaming behind the trucks, that something was a foot. What I didn’t know at the time, was that I, working my land with my tractor, was that “something“. Continue reading
The environmental obsession to wean the planet off of fossil fuels has blown up into an insanity all its own. Next to man-caused global warming (climate change) the deadly game that governments have played to convince people to disconnect themselves from the wonders of efficient crude oil using the force of government, is the biggest ruse every perpetrated on the masses since the dawn of civilization.
From climate change, to ethanol made out of corn, to wind and solar energy and now to electric cars, these con games have escalated into a full-blown racketeering enterprise where the rich and politicians get richer and the people get poorer …. from a bald-faced lie. Americans especially have been played for suckers because most of these “games” that government and the environmentalists are playing have a second purpose ….. wealth re-distribution to the rest of the world. That was and is what the Paris Climate Accord was all about. Why do you suppose Europe was all for it and moaned and groaned when Trump pulled the plug on the Accord? Europe and the other 192 UN countries want American dollars ….. for free. Trump’s action is probably one of the most sane things an American president has done in decades. Continue reading
A while back we attended an evening meeting of over 30 rural landowners, in which a couple of auditors of a land use department were there to collect stories of government abuse, for the purposes of an audit. They got an un-expected ear full. As the two auditors were leaving the meeting, one of them was overheard to say, “I had no idea it was this bad.” One might ask how they could be so blind when the rural landowners of this county had been yelling from the rooftops for years, about the egregious injustices that are being foisted on them by an over-bloated, CITY-RUN, county council. Continue reading
“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Our guilty conscience is working overtime these days. It seems, according to many politicians and pundits, that we and the rest of productive humanity, are somehow responsible for the inequities and social injustices being perpetrated on the poor, who are trapped in “poor-dom”, by those of us who are a little better well off. The pundits and politicians want to rectify this tragic injustice (and have) by doing what the socialist Karl Marx advanced, and that is to “take from those with the greatest capability (those of us who are a little better well off) and turn our sweat, blood, tears, effort and money over to those with the greatest need”, you know, those poor folks who are forever trapped in “poor-dom.” Who gets the job of turning our tax money over to those hapless victims, the government of course, the great champion of the poor, the aged and the downtrodden, or the Blacks, Latinos and the LGBT crowd ….. in exchange for votes. Continue reading