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.

Choose a Nominee on Substance Over Style!

by Richard H. Frank

Observing the Republican Presidential nominee debates over the past few months has solidified the notion that voters are swayed by the 60-second sound bite or the passionate, sometimes angry response to a question posed by the Debate Moderator.  The closer to the election, the more influence such events have upon the election outcome.  Undoubtedly, some of these “spontaneous” responses or outbursts are orchestrated to create the desired effect to cause voters to switch their preference to some other candidate in the race.  Likewise, depending upon the organization and network sponsoring the debate, the focus of questioning shifts from “real issues” that are of substance, to personal attacks upon one another by the participants.

The advent of super-PACS has raised the art of misinformation to a new level and distortion of facts hinging on outright lies to a level never before seen during the election cycle.  Unfortunately, the average voters accepts as truth much of what these negative attack ads allege.

The undisputed fact is that people remember the latest impression made by a candidate and their rhetoric as opposed to studying the record and positions taken on issues of substance.  Typically, voters only remember three things about a candidate when they make a selection upon entering the voting booth.

In South Carolina, Newt’s performance attacking the news media overshadowed any previous consideration given to issues of substance and propelled him to a victory overcoming a 10-point deficit just days prior to the election.  Undoubtedly, this was the “red meat” rhetoric directed against the mainstream media having little to do with defeating Barack Obama in November.

Primary voters in Florida and the coming battleground states must be cautious and not allow a single “flash in the pan” during a debate be the emotional reason to vote for a particular candidate.  After all, looking back to 2008 and the Democrat’s Primary that is how Obama secured the nomination.  Three years following his election we are witness to what all his soaring rhetoric has wrought upon our country.

No one individual can alter the course of this nation.  A President must have the support of the House of Representatives and the Senate if his agenda is to be implemented.

The substantive issues upon which a Presidential candidate must be selected are:

  1. Upholding the principles stated in our Declaration of Independence and enumerated in the Constitution.
  2. Protecting the nation against all threats both foreign and domestic to sustain our freedom through strength.
  3. Provide support for policies that foster free enterprise in America and energy independence for the nation.
  4. Restoring fiscal responsibility in the form of a balanced budget and eliminating the national debt.
  5. Returning Government to the States as enumerated in the 10th Amendment thus assuring we remain a nation “governed for and of the People.”

Listen carefully to the candidates and if their policies support these five principles that have made this country great and prosperous in the past.

Regardless of what any of these candidates say relative to creating jobs, remember only a free market creates jobs; Government regulation deters and destroys job creation.

Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich did not create 16 million jobs in the 1980s, nor did Bill Clinton and Newt create 11 million jobs in the 1950s.  The free market and the American entrepeneur created those jobs.  Government can only serve to provide an environment for growth or depression.  We are living the result of Obama’s environment.  Listen carefully to the policies of substance  each candidate  embraces and how they differ from Barack Obama’s.  It must be those policies and not debates or speeches that drive our selection of the Republican candidate for President.

Three years of speeches from Obama have resulted in a country poisoned through his promotion of class warfare, a disregard for our Constitution and a disdain for capitalism.

Make your selection based upon substance and not style as you participate in the primary election process!