Senator Ted Cruz Campaigns On Term Limits Amendment

by Oletta Branstiter Senator Cruz seeks reelection while proposing term limits. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently sent out a donation request to help fund his 2018 campaign, touting his Constitutional amendment for mandatory term limits co-sponsored by Florida Representative Ron DeSantis early this year. According to a January 3, 2017, press release, “The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.” The statement continued: “D.C. is broken. The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald…

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Why Bernie Sanders Should Have Been a Professor at a Liberal Arts College

By Janice Barlow Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont, ran as an Independent, because, as an admitted Socialist, it is not likely he would have gleaned enough support to make it as far as he did in the last presidential election, nearly defeating his opponent, Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In light of last Wednesday’s tax plan debate with Ted Cruz, R-TX on CNN, where Bernie Sanders kept repeating mantras about the Koch brothers, (he himself was backed by George Soros), and the top 1% getting the biggest tax breaks,…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise Capitalism

Store front mural of "Mr Money Bags" - the iconic character of the Monopoly Game

by Oletta Branstiter Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise By now, if you’ve been “building” a wall graphic or virtual computer graphic representing Our Nation’s Foundations, your picture includes the bottom layer of “Bedrock” – The Natural Law of Unalienable Rights, “Bricks” – The Rule of Law in a Republic, the first Four “Pillars” of Principle: Limited Government, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and National Security. Our final Pillar of Principle is Free Enterprise. Add another pillar and let students place summary notes on the graphic. Let’s Make a…

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A Violent Circle: Where Socialism Meets Nationalism and the Two Become One

By Janice Barlow  It’s well established that Hitler’s Germany was a socialist Germany. For those who did not study that era, the term socialism means to: surrender ownership and control of private capitalism (such as factories and industry, enterprise and commercial ventures), and land, as well as some personal privacy and wealth, in order to benefit the common good. This is mostly done through taxation and redistribution of wealth. The difference between socialism and communism is that communism reverts control of ALL ownership of all properties to the State. The citizens have no rights, including no right to religious…

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Single-Payer Health Care Is The Goal For Both Democrats And Republicans

by Oletta Branstiter Both California and New York are moving rapidly toward legislating a state-run single-payer health care system. The plans would be costly – about $400 billion to cover every Californian, legal or not, and between $91 billion and $225 billion for New Yorkers. The plans would necessarily raise taxes substantially. Economists estimate a 15% rise in payroll taxes for the Golden State. Reason.com reports that “Vermont experimented with single-payer health care, but ultimately abandoned the project in 2014 because it was too costly.”  State-run single-payer health care is…

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Enemy at the Gates – A Second Look At A Movie That Has Current Resonance

by Oletta Branstiter You may have missed this 2001 war movie, as I had until last night. I admit I chose this movie based on the cast of characters. Could Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman be associated with a failure? Enemy at the Gates, written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was not a big hit at the box office. For a British movie produced at a cost of about $68 million, it grossed under $100 million worldwide. But timing is everything. Audiences…

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Social Justice – The Latest Impossible Dream

by Oletta Branstiter To dream … the impossible dream … To fight … the unbeatable foe … To bear … with unbearable sorrow … To run … where the brave dare not go … To right … the unrightable wrong … To love … pure and chaste from afar … To try … when your arms are too weary … To reach … the unreachable star … This is my quest, to follow that star … No matter how hopeless, no matter how far … To fight for the right,…

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May Day! May Day! Get Your Loyalty Token! President Trump Declares “Loyalty” Day

by Oletta Branstiter On April 28, President Trump declared a new national observance. In a proclamation released by the White House on Friday, the President, celebrating his first 100 days in the highest office of the land, announced that, in order to express our country’s loyalty to “individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being,” May 1 will be known as ‘Loyalty Day.‘ In observation of Loyalty Day, President Trump encouraged schools and other public places to celebrate by displaying the United States flag and reciting…

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When Push Comes to Shove – America’s Divided, But Bernie’s Back On Tour

by Oletta Branstiter When push comes to shove, a fight often breaks out and we realize that Bernie Sanders is still in the ring. “More than a dozen Democrats interviewed by The Hill say the Vermont Independent has become a powerful and welcome voice for the party struggling to find its identity after a devastating defeat in 2016.” Democratic strategist Jim Manley called Bernie “a good Democrat”. Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez recently appeared at seven state rallies for unity in a period of six days. The…

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