Corruption of Our Fundamental Constitutional Institutions

By: Richard H. Frank

Six months ago I wrote in a blog entitled “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie!”, that “We the People are about to witness the demise of a nation governed under the law to a nation governed by the will of the political establishment.” There is no argument that can be made that Hillary Clinton is not guilty of committing numerous felonies in conjunction with her illegal activities when handling classified information while serving as Secretary of State. Barack Obama set the stage for his Justice Department to stonewall investigation and road block any attempt to impanel a Grand Jury to hear the growing mountain of evidence that would indict any individual other than a Clinton for committing the same offense.

Not only has Obama stated on numerous occasions that Hillary did nothing to place our national security in jeopardy but that she was the most qualified person ever to seek the office of the Presidency. Now he has taken his disdain for the rule of law one step further when he has stated undocumented voters, (illegal aliens), would not be pursued for breaking the law and voting in the 2016 election. Just another law that Obama doesn’t like that will just be ignored. How many times can a sitting President be allowed to violate his oath to uphold the Constitution and enforce the rule of law in our country?

Over the past eight years we have seen the results of Obama’s “Hope and Change.” Every metric used to measure the impact of government’s actions have been distorted and manipulated to reflect positively on the policies of our first black President and his political congressional supporters. Unemployment numbers, economic growth, job creation, and health care all have been distorted to cover the lies of Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress. Scandals within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the IRS, the FBI, the State Department and the Justice Department have all been infected by the corrupt influences brought to government by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

It is long past the time when we need to “Drain the Swamp” within the hallowed halls of Washington D.C. The days of political expediency being substituted for our Constitution is the real issue being decided on November 8, 2016. Unless “We the People” stand up and put a swift end to corruption within our Government institutions there will be no return to the Representative Republic envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Hillary Clinton cannot be allowed to assume the Presidency if this nation is to survive.

The moment is at hand when we may retain our national anthem or substitute the theme from Bye, Bye Miss American Pie to mark the day our nation died.

The Most Important Question Asked in Sunday’s Debate!

By: Richard H. Frank

The entire media, mainstream and others, seemed to miss the candidate’s answer to the question that will have the most long-lasting impact on every American, our children and grandchildren. At least they are neglecting to talk about it and prefer to focus on the personal attacks and scandals that occupy the headlines.

The question was, “What sort of people would each candidate appoint to open positions on the Supreme Court?”

Hillery Clinton droned on in her usual fashion about how the Republican controlled Senate refused to give Obama’s latest nominee a hearing before embarking upon a diatribe of issues including how Trump would appoint Judges that would overturn “Roe vs Wade” and Gay marriage and how her selections would overturn the “Citizens United” decision on campaign finance. She was quick to add that the Second Amendment would be tampered with to make mandatory background checks the law of the land.

Her priority was to appoint Justices having the same view as she holds with regard to “social justice” issues. She implied that her nominations would represent the diversity in America and not necessarily be confined to Federal Judges. Could this be she is referring to people like Obama or Elizabeth Warren?

Never once in her answer did she mention upholding the “Bill of Rights” nor did she use the word “Constitution”.

Donald Trump, on the other hand stated that he had put forth a list of 20 candidates all of which held beliefs in the vein of the late Justice Antonin Scalia that would faithfully discharge their oath to uphold the Constitution and not legislate from the bench.

Hillery Clinton has publicly stated her intention to continue the policies of Barack Obama. His strategy and policies were revealed in a book entitled “Obama’s Blueprint for America” and specifically pointed to his intention to make appointments to the Supreme Court with Judges holding “secular progressive” leanings. He stated in his run for the Presidency in 2008 that the Constitution was a “basically flawed document.” Thank God that the court has seen differently and reversed many of his executive orders as being unconstitutional.

Without the checks and balances enumerated in our Constitution this nation will wake one day to find we have achieved the status of becoming a “Banana Republic” under the thumb of a corrupt and oppressive dictator. Only “WE the People” can stop this from happening by exercising our “Constitutional” right to vote and elect representatives that believe in our “Constitution” as written.

Power is an Aphrodisiac and That Is Why Trump Tops the Polls

by Jayne D. Frank

The media is befuddled about the soaring numbers for Donald Trump but as a woman who worked in a corporate world dominated by men, I am not.  Consider first the fact that for almost 8 years now, we have had a President who is devoid of leadership skills, and has done everything in his power to avoid making decisions about the future of this country’s economic future and our security.  We started seeing him bow to foreign leaders early on in his Presidency and this appeasement mentality has continued to this day.  Americans have stayed quiet but have continued to build up the rage in their hearts over someone who would bring this country to the point of deterioration that it is today.

We have also seen this President ridicule our military might and our military leaders.  He doesn’t ask for advice on foreign affairs from the most distinguished powerful military men that this country has but if given advice, he completely disregards it.  The cuts to the Military have decimated our forces to the point that we could not now fight two wars at once should that ever become necessary.

The point to be made here is that Obama’s administration has become the most effeminate administration that I have ever seen in my lifetime; soft to the point of being totally useless.

In my 20s, in my early career, I was surrounded by powerful men who were not afraid to make hard and sometimes not too popular decisions to benefit their company and their shareholders.  This was such an aphrodisiac to women around these men and many people aspired to go on and have careers where they too could take risks and make career advances.

I believe right now that Donald Trump is tapping into two main emotions:  Women who want their men to be strong and make us safe, something none of us are now under Obama.  The second emotion is the underlying rage that American conservatives have felt and have been powerless to do anything about for the last two terms of Obama.  We also sent conservatives to Congress to do the work that we sent them there to do, and under Boehner and McConnell’s leadership, that has failed as well.  Americans have also had it up to their eyeballs with dynasties such as Clinton and Bush, and we certainly don’t want to see anyone elected with such a past and present climate of corruption around them.

So, despite Trump’s crassness, his abrasiveness, and seeming unwillingness to “go along to get along”, I think you will see a continued willingness on the part of Americans to overlook the substance of what he says right now and feed off his aura of power and our disgust at what Obama has done to America.  Whether that translates to a GOP nominee win for Trump, that is probably going to be decided by the far right conservatives in this country who will vote to sacrifice this country once again to another far left Progressive who will continue down the course set by Obama.

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.

Parasites and Politicians

By: Richard H. Frank

Just over one week remains until the American electorate goes to the polls to cast their votes in the 2014 midterm elections. For many of us that ascribe to the principles enumerated in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence this may be the last bastion for turning the tide of big government from the path of tyranny that has been pursued by the Obama administration over the past six years.

Over the past six years we have witnessed the Federal Government imposing the socialist Progressive ideology of Barack Obama and his abject followers. Congress, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, used every parliamentary maneuver at its disposal to thwart the opposition to their policies by the conservatives in Congress including bribery and collusion with members of Congress to pass their agenda. When faced with the prospect of filibuster by the opposition to stop the relentless march toward establishing “statism” to replace our “Representative Republic” Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option in the Senate to move Obama’s agenda forward. That coupled with executive actions taken by the President has forced private institutions to seek status and bring legal action to thwart the unconstitutional grab for power by the Executive Branch of Government.

Given the lack of interest and apathetic nature of the electorate in America today, more interested in social media and satisfaction of their perceived entitlements, I fear the die may be cast for the eventual dissolution of this once great Republic. Should history prove to predict the outcome of the midterm elections less than 30% of the eligible legal voters determine the fate of the nation. The uninformed, uneducated voter will once again cast his vote simply by name recognition, party affiliation or the candidate that promises to deliver the biggest entitlement. Unfortunately, this amounts to parasites voting for parasites to suck the life blood from this country in the name of fairness.

Before you decide whether you need to go to the polls on November 4th take a few minutes and reflect upon what has occurred over the past six years in America. We have reelected a President that repeatedly and systematically lied to us about virtually every issue that has plagued the nation. When he has been caught in a lie he fanes surprise and shock with a promise to investigate and hold those responsible and accountable for their actions. Weather it is Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, the VA, Fast and Furious or the cooked numbers for jobs created and unemployment the message from Obama and the Democrats is always the same. Never admit they were wrong and never accept responsibility so long as they can blame George Bush for their having inherited the crisis in the first place.

Now is the time for real change. Not Hope and Change as promised by Barack Obama, but real change to return to limited central government of, by and for the people based upon free-market principles with limited regulation by the Washington bureaucrats. A government where the 10th amendment is held sacred and the States determine their own destiny and not the Federal Government. A government whose first responsibility is to protect its citizens from threats foreign and domestic and not to dominate and control the very existence if its people. And lastly a government having the maturity to impose term limits on its elected members to purge itself once and forever of the professional political parasites that make a career out of sustaining themselves by sucking on the teat of office in the pretense of service to the country.

So if you are among the 30% or less that will venture to the voting booth on November 4th ask yourself if you want to continue along the path to becoming a European Socialist Nation trapped in never-ending decline or returning to a vibrant America with a future of economic growth, prosperity and freedom for generations yet to come. The Choice is yours to make. Choose wisely.

Americans Deserve The Government They Vote Into Power.

Following the re-election of Barack Obama as President in 2012, I decided that the Country deserved what they voted for and that many would spend the next four years experiencing buyer’s remorse. As a result my posts to this blog have become more infrequent as I observed the media and the public in general turn a deaf ear to the scandals being perpetuated by the Obama Administration.

How ignorant or apathetic have the citizens of this great nation become when they ignore the lies perpetuated by this President and his Administration? Every prediction related to Obamacare and the devastating impact it would have on the nation when the government controls one sixth of the economy are all coming to fruition. Domestically the Veterans Administration scandal along with the IRS targeting of organizations in opposition to Obama’s policies seem to have struck a nerve with the public but are characterized by Obama as phony scandals. Not withstanding the media’s ignoring the mounting evidence of criminal activity on the part of officials in the IRS and possible complicity of the Justice Department and the White House, Eric Holder refuses to appoint a Special Prosecutor to take charge of the investigation. Obama’s answer to every crisis or scandal is to appoint a team to study the situation and make recommendations as to how they can be avoided in the future. He is always caught by surprise and his lame excuse that he was not aware of the issue has worn thin to the point of his making a fool of himself with every speech he makes when attempting to show leadership to the public. 

Having been struck down by the Supreme Court numerous times for overstepping his authority when issuing Executive Orders, his response is to double down and side step the Constitution and the Congress whenever he thinks he can get away with it. Thus far he has rewritten the immigration law to allow minor children of illegals to avoid deportation sparking thousands of illegal children to cross our southern border believing they will be admitted to the United States without fear of being returned to their home country. He now threatens to take action on comprehensive immigration reform as Congress refused to take action pending securing of the border.  These actions along with rewriting of the Health care Law more than thirty times and selective enforcement of other existing laws would result in impeachment of any other President.  No where in any of his speeches deriding the Republicans does he say that his own Democrat party in the Senate, aided and abetted by Harry Reid, has stopped every single piece of legislation sent from the House by not allowing those votes to come to the Senate floor.

Obama’s foreign policy and his pension for leading from behind  have resulted in reconstituting fanatic elements of Al Qaeda  and the formation of ISAS in Syria and Iraq to the extent that the blood and treasure of this Nation over the past Decade have been wasted. Today his dithering as Commander-in-Chief has resulted in the loss of respect by our allies around the world. He can never admit that it is his policies and decisions that have led us to the turmoil we must face in the Mideast.   It is no longer a matter of if but when the next attack upon America will happen; but rest assured it will come as a complete surprise to Barack Obama and his Administration.

The only thing that has kept Barack Obama from being impeached is the historic nature of his being the first black man elected to the Presidency. His performance in office has proven that he was never qualified or equipped to be President of the United States. That said his position in history insulates him from impeachment and scrutiny for commission of high crimes and misdemeanors. As a result there is only one way “We the People” can restrain Obama from doing further damage to this nation in his quest to “Fundamentally Change America.” We must exercise our right to vote in the 2014 mid-term election and assure that Republicans retain the House of Representatives and gain sufficient seats in the Senate to control both houses in Congress.  Americans who are disgusted at the course our Country is taking cannot afford to stay home again rather than get out and vote! The balance of power must be restored in government and the Executive branch restrained in their march toward socialism if the Republic is to be preserved as intended by the Founding Fathers.

Barack Obama has succeeded in bringing the nation’s economy from the strongest producer in the world to that of a dependent  society resembling France. More people have left the work force and given up as contributors than jobs have been created in the private sector due directly to Obama’s policies on energy independence and his war against the Coal Industry in America. As energy costs continue to rise and income shrinks or remain stagnant this Administration doubles down on regulatory rules from the EPA and other agencies that are strangling investment and growth in this nations GDP.  The rising prices in food and energy are taking a terrible toll on the senior citizens and poor in the country. How long under Obama’s policies will it be before we run out of other people’s money to borrow to pay for his idea of Utopia? As we approach $20 trillion in the national debt it won’t take much before our creditors decide to foreclose on the United States of America.

Our last chance to change course for the nation rests in the decisions we make in the voting booth this coming November. Keep in mind we have no one to blame but ourselves for the government and representatives we elect. We deserve what we get.

50 Years After Smoking Warning – Where are We?

by Jayne D. Frank

50 Years after the Surgeon General’s report on the adverse effects of smoking we hear reports of how that report saved 8 million people from premature deaths who since have quit. These reports obscure and ignore the real facts and problems with smoking in 2014:

1) Because of population increase in the U.S., smokers have actually increased and the number of young people smoking has not decreased.

2) Only a handful of states actually have any “meaningful” laws protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke in public places (workplace, restaurants, bars, etc.);

3) The propaganda on E-cigarettes is misleading inasmuch as they contain carcinogens which can lead to cancer, hardly an improvement over regular cigarettes;

4) Insurance companies do NOTHING to penalize smokers by way of higher premiums. Health care costs in this Country have spiraled out of control and one of the most prominent reasons is the cost of care for chronically ill people with sicknesses directly attributable to smoking has increased dramatically. You will hear arguments from smokers that the cost of treatment for non-smokers exceeds that of smokers, and the argument cannot be made truthfully. NON-SMOKERS JUST LIVE LONGER so they could require longer medical care! This smokescreen is most apparent when you look at what Obamacare does and doesn’t do with potential enrollees. The enrollment form asks you “whether” you smoke, but does nothing to increase smoker’s premiums, and in fact, many if not most smokers will be off the hook for paying anything and will be thrown in Medicaid or subsidized, both on the backs of others.

5) Entitlements in this country have soared over the last 50 years and especially during the Obama Administration and we taxpayers continue to “give” welfare checks and unemployment checks to smokers who run out and pay hundreds of dollars a month for cigarettes.

6) The cost of treating asthma in this Country is dramatically increasing every year, and how many of these asthma cases came about by children having to be around and live with people who smoked every day?

The rhetoric is all well and good about possibly saving 8 million people from premature deaths by having them quit, but nothing substantial has happened in this war on smoking over the past several years. Smokers have rights, but they have NO right to take taxpayer money for their habit, they have NO right to drain the healthcare system in this country, they have NO right to cause everyone’s insurance costs to go up because of them, and they still have NO right to interfere with my rights not to breathe this stuff.

This is not just an opinionated blog without any basis or knowledge. I personally went through years and years taking care of 2 parents whose diseases from smoking literally took their life’s breath away and deteriorated every organ in their body. Their quality of life during the last ten years was deplorable and the way their bodies were ravaged was ugly. I got really disgusted at having to endure the countless doctors showing me photos of my dad’s lung cancer as it progressed and x-rays of lungs that had no air sacs left to breathe. They were both on expensive continuous oxygen and couldn’t get around at the end without wheelchairs. My sister who was in the prime of her life but acquired the life-long habit of smoking 3 packs a day from my parents, died of an aneurysm and strokes, but only 5 years after being completely paralyzed from those events. I am deeply disappointed in the recent court decision that did not mandate that these graphic pictures be shown on cigarette packages. I guess “reality shows” are just relegated to the television now.

More importantly I saw the bills that came in from Medicare and my sister’s insurance companies for her long-term care. A typical 3-day hospital visit for one of my parents in 1997 ran over $80,000. Who paid for that? We all did.

The personal side of this for me is that I was subjected to second-hand smoke my entire life as a child and because both my son and I took care of my parents, we were subjected even further to the effects of being around my parents, and guess what? They continued to smoke up until their death because they said “we have rights.”