The 24 -Hour News Cycle in America Contributes to Division and Hysteria.

By: Richard H. Frank

The competitive nature of the News Media in America today has created an atmosphere of mistrust and skepticism of almost everything being reported by journalists in their quest to be first. The hell with accuracy, verification of sources and the truth. Thus we now have the term “Fake News” attached to anything having to do with politics. The latest examples include reports of children being torn from the arms of their mothers as they seek asylum at our southern border. Where are the report about these alleged asylum seekers having uprooted their children and exposed them to the riggers and dangers of the journey from their country of origin to our border? Where are the stories of how these illegal aliens are schooled in the words to recite in order to be allowed to remain in the United States pending a judicial review of their claim for asylum? The big lie is that Zero Tolerance is to blame and that Trump is some sort of monster intent on punishing the innocent and not that the Obama policy of Catch and Release is paramount to open borders for anyone accompanied by a child.

Yet the Media is content to blame Trump instead of placing the responsibility on Congress to pass legislation to clean up the mess that they created in the first place. The truth is that reporting the truth does not increase ratings as does showing demonstrations across the country for the abolishment of ICE by ill-informed activists. For the Media further division of the citizenry and creating hysteria among activists and anarchists is just good for business.

Then there are the reports that North Korea is not living up to their promise to de-nuclearize as they promised in the June 12th summit with President Trump. It has been less than 30 days since the meeting took place and the Media is intent on diminishing any accomplishment that Trump may have achieved. Without any proof or evidence they are reporting how the North Koreans are increasing their facilities to further their nuclear research. Somehow they have forgotten that for the past 60+ years there has been virtually no dialogue between the North Koreans and the U.S. and that which did occur resulted in the American government bribing the North Korean regime, only to have them abandon their promises.

Somehow they forget to report that Donald Trump has given the North Korean regime nothing in return for their promise to de-nuclearize and has stated he will walk away and impose greater sanctions on them should they fail to live up to their commitment. But since all of the actions have not occurred in less than 30 days the Trump haters in the leftist media will seize upon anything to show Trump policy has failed.

And now there is the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy and the pending announcement for his replacement. The Democrats in Congress are in meltdown mode claiming that no replacement should be announced pending completion of the mid-term elections. Additionally they are claiming that any candidate currently on the list made public by Trump prior to his election in 2016 should be disqualified since they are all pro-life. Somehow they and the media are so invested in the Court decision on Roe vs Wade that they forget that Trump is looking for a Constitutionalist to fill the vacancy. An individual who represents someone Progressive Democrats will never vote to confirm. Abortion is a stain on this Nation and the Constitution. It is indeed “The Great American Holocaust” with thousands of unborn lives torn from the womb without any regard to their “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Instead the liberals in Washington care more about the right to due process for illegal aliens’ invasion of our country. These persons are not refugees fleeing from civil unrest in their country of origin but are trying to subvert the law and avoid the process for legal immigration and citizenship in America.

Somehow the Media, both print and electronic, prefer to avoid telling the truth and instead continue to incite division and hysteria among the people in America.

Corruption By Any Other Name

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians and the Washington spin doctors are very creative at turning a phrase to avoid calling a particular act by one of their associates exactly what it truly is. For instance the President never tells a lie. He may have misspoken or his words may have been taken out of context or twisted to achieve some particular agenda in support of his ideology. Corruption, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, bribery and outright graft are all ignored and classified under the heading of “crony capitalism” or “it’s the right thing to do” in the case of such perceived social injustices as illegal immigration, gay marriage and abortion. When something goes wrong or takes an unexpected turn for the worse as the result of Government action “unintended consequences are always to blame and not the ideology behind the action. Take Obamacare for example. The law was to provide health care for over thirty million uninsured Americans at reduced costs for every family. Instead after five years of confusion in the medical industry accounting for 1/6th of the economy we find premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and real care diminished with over thirty million Americans still uninsured. Obama has ignored the provisions of the law and by fiat altered the language without congressional action to meet his political initiatives. All of his actions are in direct violation of the Constitution. The same is true for Obama’s executive actions with regard to immigration and if not for the action of one Federal Judge we would be on the verge of amnesty for every illegal immigrant presently in the United States and establishment of an open border policy for the country. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The nuclear negotiations underway with Iran for the past two and one-half years are the perfect example of this foregoing quotation. We have a President obsessed with creating his legacy having failed to do so in his Presidency for the past six years. His statement that “Iran would never possess a Nuclear weapon on his watch” did not include any provision against his providing them with the path to acquiring that weapon after he left office. When pressured by Congress to give them final approval of any agreement (treaty) reached during the negotiations the talks are suddenly characterized as being a non-binding agreement not subject to Congressional approval as required by the Constitution. Additionally, Obama seems to think he can unilaterally remove sanctions imposed by act of Congress without their legislating that action. Now we have Hillary Clinton’s in-your-face violation of State Department rules and law regarding disclosure of her emails while serving as Secretary of State. She arrogantly contends that she was entitled to use a non-governmental controlled server to archive her emails and she alone had the authority to determine which of those communications were private and those that belonged to “we the people”. She holds herself above the law and takes refuge behind the Clinton Foundation on matters having the appearance of corruption. The Justice Department turns a blind eye to her actions contending that others in prior administrations disregarded the rules and protocols in place and thus it is no big deal. The latest revelations about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation involved in influence peddling while she held the position of Secretary of State have all the earmarks of corruption and enhancing the financial rewards to the Foundation and of the Clintons personally. Coincidence, I think not but without any evidence to the contrary the Clinton’s will just hunker down and wait for this storm to pass just as they have before on other scandals. Unfortunately, corruption is not the sole provence of the Democrats in office but can be found on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the massive Federal bureaucracy consisting of agencies within our government. As long as the electorate in America remains apathetic and does not insist that our laws are to be enforced we open ourselves and this country up to corruption for which we must bear the expense. An expense not only in the form of dollars but in the loss of our very liberty. Corruption by any other name still stinks.

Scandals, Lies and Tyranny!

by Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama is on record stating that the “Constitution of the United States of America” is a fundamentally flawed document.  This is the very document that has set the course for the nation’s government for over 230 years and in fact is the document which Barack Obama has sworn to protect and defend when taking the oath for the Office of President.  Time and again over the past five years President Obama  has publicly stated that we are a nation of laws yet by his own actions has thwarted the law and our Constitution wherever and whenever it suited his political agenda.

The recent scandals involving the IRS and now the NSA spying upon American citizens is further evidence of the Administration’s contempt for our Constitution and the rule of law.  Never over the past half century has there been an Executive Branch of Government so corrupt as is the Obama Administration.

Congress and the Supreme Court fail to exercise their legitimate authority as the checks and balance against an Executive Branch totally out of control.  Political ideology has interfered with them asserting their Constitutional duty to hold the Obama Administration accountable to the enumerated powers specified in the Constitution.

This Administration, under the guise of “fairness or national security” has carried out a relentless attack upon the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution commonly known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Every day some new issue or scandal is discovered that shows the true colors of an administration whose ideology runs contrary to that of our Founders when they conceived our Constitution.  The very mention of “God” in the public arena is under assault within the military and by the Pentagon, by the IRS attempting to deny tax exempt status for religious organizations and by the Department of Health & Human Services attempting to punish businesses and religious organizations for refusing to participate in Obamacare in support of abortions and contraceptives.

Today the average citizen is forced to go to court in order to obtain what could be life-saving treatment for their loved ones that is prohibited by some bureaucratic fiat.  Just where will this all end under Obamacare when regulations yet to be written deprive a patient of treatment because of their age or socio-economic status?  Kathleen Sebelius contends that “some people will live and some will die” under these arbitrary regulations.  Since when has she or any Bureaucrat or Panel been elevated to assuming the position of God?  The Administration claims that there are no death panels contained in Obamacare.  I beg to differ and Sebelius has as much as said so.  Recent news about Medicare patients being turned away at some cancer clinics for cancer treatment also is a testament to where this is going.

Today we have a government that has no compulsion about lying to us over and over again as evidenced by the President’s statements about the “Affordable Care Act,” the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, the “Fast and Furious” scandal and his assertion that he knew nothing about the IRS targeting conservative groups or the Justice Department’s secret investigation of AP and Fox News reporters.  And Congress appears impotent to do anything about those individuals responsible for these transgressions and those that have committed perjury in their testimony before various Congressional oversight committees.

Where will it all end?  Lacking the action b y Congress and the Supreme Court to act and remove those accountable from Government “We the People” will pay the price by relinquishing our freedoms to the oppression of Government pursuing the ultimate power over the citizens of this nation.

It is time to stand up and take action as indicated in our “Declaration of Independence” where it states “That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,  it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

We must remind our elected Representatives of their duty to take such action now and should they fail to do so replace them with those that cherish our Founding Documents in the 2014 mid-term elections.

Why Romney Lost the 2012 Election

by Richard H. Frank

Five months following the 2012 Presidential election and the defeat of Mitt Romney by Barack Obama the pundits  from both parties have attempted to spin their message and place the blame on everything from one candidate having no message to the other having a superior ground game for getting out the vote.  There is an element of truth in every theory presented but I believe the real reason resides in the changing demographics in America experienced over the past 50 years.  The demographics not so much in terms of ethnic origin, race or economic status but the demographic of an individual’s collective life experience.

As our nation prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976, I had the occasion to view a video entitled “What You Are is Where You Were When” created by  and featuring Dr. Morris Massey, then an Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

My first impression as I viewed the video was that I was watching a fast-talking used car salesman that resembled a flim-flam man or carnival Barker.  As I listened however, it become apparent that he had a lot of valuable information to convey in a relatively short span of time limited by the video itself.

His message was all about values  The values every human being possesses, where they were first introduced, what life forces imprinted them upon us and how they became part of our belief system.

According to Dr. Massey there are three major periods in each person’s life during which values are developed:

  1. The Imprint Period, up to age seven, when we are like sponges absorbing everything around us, accepting much as true, especially when it comes from our parents.
  2. The Modeling Period, between the ages of eight and thirteen where we tend to copy others, often our parents.  We may be impressed by religion or teachers.  Often times outside influences may take precedent over the values of our parents.
  3. The Socialization Period, between 13 and 21 when peer pressures largely influence our behavior and often are in conflict with values previously introduced by parents and teachers.  Other influences include media, and in today’s rapidly changing technology the largely uninformed social media.

If Dr. Massey’s theories are correct the country has been bombarded with secular-based values over the past 50 years, many of which are in direct opposition to those of people born in the first half of the 20th Century.  For example:

  • The distortion of our Constitution with regard to the separation of church and state (words which cannot be found in the document as written by the Founding Fathers.)
  • The role of the Federal Government taking precedent and usurping the power of the state – disregard of the Enumerated Powers within the Constitution.
  • Expansion of the welfare state to include redistribution of wealth, not through voluntary, charitable institutions or individuals, but by the fiat of Government.
  • A disregard for human life by advocates of abortion and a practice in this Country that makes the Holocaust pale due to the wanton disregard for the life of the unborn through millions of abortions performed in this Country.

Take a look at what has occurred in our public institutions of learning beginning in the 1960s.  Religion has been removed from the classroom and the very mention of God is no longer tolerated.  Music celebrating any form of religion is no longer included in the secular curriculum taught in our schools and holidays acknowledged for centuries under the law are now renamed for political correctness.

So how have we as a nation allowed all this change in our values to occur since the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776?  According to Dr. Massey any change in values must be preceded by a “Significant Emotional Event.”

Looking back over the past 100 years it is easy to mark the most “significant emotion events” and see how they impacted the value system of Americans living at that moment in time.

  • 1914 World War I and a call to America to protect and defend the principles upon which this Country was founded.  The significant event came with the sinking of the Lusitania Passenger Liner by the German “U” boats and the loss of American life.
  • 1929’s Black Friday crash of the stock market leading to the Great Depression.  Millions of Americans were out of work and lost their homes.  This significant event imprinted the value for  hard work and property on millions of Americans living through the Depression.
  • December 7, 1941 and the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor once again awakened the patriotic values of America to return to its core values and defend the world against Imperial Japan and facism in Europe.
  • November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and shook the nation to its very foundation.  Politically, our Government leaders embarked upon social justice programs such as the  Great Society,  the War on Poverty and others that nurtured a growing segment of society addicted to entitlements which cannot be sustained.
  • September 11, 2001, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon shook America awake and focused the threat of Muslim extremists directly on our security here in the homeland.
  • November, 2008 the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President in this nation’s history that campaigned against many of the values that made our Country the most free, most prosperous nation in the history of the world.  His promise was to “fundamentally change America” through his actions for social justice to correct in his words “a fundamentally flawed U. S. Constitution.”  The significant emotion to elect a black man regardless of his lack of credentials and experience to hold the office, and the fear of being judged as being racist, overrode logic and common sense of the electorate.
  • November, 2012 Barack Obama is reelected with a campaign based solely upon the premise that he could not fix all the economic problems created by  George Bush in a mere 4 years and that General Motors was alive and Bin Laden was dead.

Therefore, if one is to believe that Dr. Massey is correct, and I do, what will the next “significant emotional event” be that awakes America and returns us to our senses?

Possibly without real fiscal reform the collapse of the dollar which would throw this Country into the worst depression ever witnessed in modern history.  Continued deficient spending and growth of the Federal Government to support social justice at the expense of the free market and eventually individual freedom. Or perhaps another event might be millions of people protesting in the street in America because their handouts no longer can be sustained.   Simply put “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”  When the Government runs out of other people’s money to spend we will become Greece and that’s when the real revolution will begin.  God Help the United States of America should we ever reach that time.

First Amendment to the Constitution or Corinthians 6:19-20 – Take Your Pick and Defend Freedom!

by Jayne D. Frank

The secular agenda of some Americans, supported and encouraged by President Obama’s vision of his America, has brought about the latest affront to the Constitution of the United States and to God’s own word’s in the Bible.  I am speaking of the attack on institutions and churches whose religious and moral beliefs do not support either providing contraceptives or abortive medications.  The Catholic Church is dead center in the middle of this controversy but it is not alone in its attack from the Obama Administration.  Every Christian and God-loving individual in America should be incensed and outraged by this assault on their religious beliefs and should be motivated to defend either the Constitution and/or the Bible, especially as is set forth in Corinthians 6:19-20 “…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

The Constitution, written by our Founders, to be adhered to by all Governments and individuals, specifically states in the First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Obviously, this First Amendment has been distorted and confused by the ongoing judicial activism of the courts over the years which has ruled illegitimately that this matter belongs to the states and should be governed and administered by each individual state.  The courts have routinely ruled since 1925 on religious issues, in direct violation of the original meaning of the First Amendment, thus becoming the “law of the land” as encouraged by this President.  

After loud protests from Cardinals and Bishops in the church, President Obama indicates that he has made a “compromise” with the Catholic Church which says that the Church and the institutions affiliated with it, do not have to provide contraception and abortion medications or procedures to its followers and university students.  However, this compromise is empty and ineffectual as the Catholic Church and other religious organizations that do not condone contraceptive and abortion medications and procedures still have to pay their insurance carriers to provide such services.  

Once again, President Obama has pitted another group of Americans against another.  This time, it is those with a profound religious belief, often described as Conservatives, against the secular Progressive Left in this Country.

We cannot stand by as Americans and permit this atrocity to happen to our Churches and religious educational institutions.  Whether you believe as the Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, provided by God, or you understand that this Country was founded on the principle that Government should not prohibit the free exercise of religion by all Americans, we must stand united as a Country and fight along with the Catholic Church to defend our rights not to have the Federal Government force us to violate our beliefs and have these insurance provisions once again stuffed down our throats.   

Obama’s Anti-Life Policies and Generation Y’s Admiration

by Jayne D. Frank

Recently after debates and speeches from the GOP candidates focusing on President Obama’s efforts to impose his pro-abortion policies on churches and religious-based organizations, I saw many tweets and other comments from younger voters saying “What’s this all about?” or “He did not.”  What they were referring to are the candidates’ reminders that then Senator Barack Obama voted for “Infanticide” – the Bill which would not sustain life for babies born alive after an abortion attempt.  So these young voters need to be reminded of this man’s lack of a morality by reading the article below:

AUGUST 22, 2008 7:30 A.M.

Why Obama Really Voted For Infanticide
More important to protect abortion doctors than “that fetus, or child — however way you want to describe it.”By Andrew C. McCarthy

‘ There wasn’t any question about what was happening. The abortions were going wrong. The babies weren’t cooperating. They wouldn’t die as planned. Or, as Illinois state senator Barack Obama so touchingly put it, there was “movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead.”

No, Senator. They wouldn’t go along with the program. They wouldn’t just come out limp and dead.

They were coming out alive. Born alive. Babies. Vulnerable human beings Obama, in his detached pomposity, might otherwise include among “the least of my brothers.” But of course, an abortion extremist can’t very well be invoking Saint Matthew, can he? So, for Obama, the shunning of these least of our brothers and sisters — millions of them — is somehow not among America’s greatest moral failings.

No. In Obama’s hardball, hard-Left world, these least become “that fetus, or child — however you want to describe it.”

Most of us, of course, opt for “child,” particularly when the “it” is born and living and breathing and in need of our help. Particularly when the “it” is clinging not to guns or religion but to life.

But not Barack Obama. As an Illinois state senator, he voted to permit infanticide. And now, running for president, he banks on media adulation to insulate him from his past.

The record, however, doesn’t lie.

Infanticide is a bracing word. But in this context, it’s the only word that fits. Obama heard the testimony of a nurse, Jill Stanek. She recounted how she’d spent 45 minutes holding a living baby left to die.

The child had lacked the good grace to expire as planned in an induced-labor abortion — one in which an abortionist artificially induces labor with the expectation that the underdeveloped “fetus, or child — however you want to describe it” will not survive the delivery.

Stanek encountered another nurse carrying the child to a “soiled utility room” where it would be left to die. It wasn’t that unusual. The induced-labor method was used for late-term abortions. Many of the babies were strong enough to survive the delivery. At least for a time.

So something had to be done with them. They couldn’t be left out in the open, struggling in the presence of fellow human beings. After all, those fellow human beings — health-care providers — would then be forced to confront the inconvenient question of why they were standing idly by. That would hold a mirror up to the whole grisly business.

Better the utility room. Alone, out of sight and out of mind. Next case.

Stanek’s account enraged the public and shamed into silence most of the country’s staunchest pro-abortion activists. Most, not all. Not Barack Obama.

My friend Hadley Arkes ingeniously argued that legislatures, including Congress, should take up “Born Alive” legislation: laws making explicit what decency already made undeniable: that from the moment of birth — from the moment one is expelled or extracted alive from the birth canal — a human being is entitled to all the protections the law accords to living persons.

Such laws were enacted by overwhelming margins. In the United States Congress, even such pro-abortion activists as Sen. Barbara Boxer went along.

But not Barack Obama. In the Illinois senate, he opposed Born-Alive tooth and nail.

The shocking extremism of that position — giving infanticide the nod over compassion and life — is profoundly embarrassing to him now. So he has lied about what he did. He has offered various conflicting explanations, ranging from the assertion that he didn’t oppose the anti-infanticide legislation (he did), to the assertion that he opposed it because it didn’t contain a superfluous clause reaffirming abortion rights (it did), to the assertion that it was unnecessary because Illinois law already protected the children of botched abortions (it didn’t — and even if it arguably did, why oppose a clarification?).

What Obama hasn’t offered, however, is the rationalization he vigorously posited during the 2002 Illinois senate debate.’

The images described by these nurses should have remained in the minds of every American, but young people seemed to have forgotten.   They also say that the notion that there are “death panels” in Obamacare is a farce.  However, what is not contested, is the language in Obamacare that people will get health care under Medicare, based on the “cost justification” which takes into consideration a person’s age and condition to determine if they will receive the needed procedures to save their life.  Fetus or Elderly – you are not safe in Obama’s vision of the perfect America, because you are not productive and will not be able to participate in paying “your fair share.”

As incredulous as it is, young voters, as well as his supportive African-American base, seem to be frozen in an adulation for this man, often looking at him as a Rock Star.   In his new singing debut, you actually saw people shivering as he sang to his audience.

I know that Generation Y and the blacks in America do not keep on top of what is happening in this country to a large extent, and that is a shame, for November, 2012 will once again ask Americans:  Do you want a President that loves his country, governs and protects all Americans (both unborn and elderly), will get out of the way of private enterprise so that jobs will be created, will uphold  his oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and most of all, will not lie to the American people every time he stands before his teleprompters and cameras?  The choice is obvious – Obama must be a one-term President.

The Poison Pill within Obamacare

by Richard H. Frank

To quote the words of Nancy Pelosi “We will have to pass the Bill to find out what’s in it.”  The more we learn the more sinister and onerous the truth about the “Affordable Health Care Act” becomes.

Unfortunately, political double speak and the noise created by debating the minutia throughout this monstrous document, tend to hide the basic unconstitutional premise upon which the law is founded.  The Government cannot force individuals to purchase something they do not want.  Moreover, the latest mandate placed upon private insurance providers to pay for contraceptive and abortion services they do not cover is a direct infringement upon the freedom of every American.

If Government can mandate contraceptive and abortion services where will it all end?  Remember, what Government gives, Government can also take away as Thomas Jefferson warned.  Under any form of socialized medicine, or Obamacare, the bureaucracy decides what treatment and for whom a treatment will be provided.

In answer to a question as to “If a woman’s 80-year-old mother could receive a life-saving procedure under Obamacare,” President Obama answered that in some instances taking a pill might be the appropriate treatment.  Bureaucrats making decisions about medical treatment is just one step closer to euthanasia for the elderly and infirmed. Just what pill might they think is appropriate?

What we have already learned about Obamacare is that a premium is placed on the life of those considered “contributors.”  Individuals between 20 and 55 years of age will take preference in receiving scarce or costly procedures over the unborn, the very young and the elderly.

The moral compass of many in our state legislatures and Congress has been lost.  The value placed on human life has been diminished to a point where “The Great American Holocaust” has taken 10 times the number of lives through abortion than  did the Nazi’s attempt at genocide against the Jews during WWII.

What has this great nation become when Government defines “rights” that favor political ideology over those unalienable rights bestowed upon every human being by our Creator.

I fear for this nation should we continue along a path that places economic value upon life and diminishes and excludes the very mention of God in the public arena.