Democracy versus Democratic

1-14-2020

Democracy versus Democratic

 

Is it just me or does anyone else question democracy and in particular the Democratic Party? To the die-hard Democrat symbolism is everything. Don’t believe me? Look at the hammer and sickle being revived from the Soviet Union or the raised fist of European fascists or the Nazi symbol being reinvented in modern day America. Their rhetoric is aimed at central control by a government “of the people” without dissention or input from those to be governed. Also it must be noted that the inability of self-defense is a necessity in a democratically governed state.

 

We’ve all grown up knowing that people in China are governed by a Communist government keeping a tight rule on the everyday life of its citizens. What is broadcast on television and radio; how many children are allowed and even which gender is expendable or unacceptable; the internet is tightly controlled and dissention is met with force leading to death or imprisonment. The people of Taiwan have maintained independence from China, often at great expense and we see flare-ups happening as the Chinese government attempts to reign them in.

 

This scenario is replicated in places like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) who insured the Communist government was instituted by hand picking the “Dear Leader” at the end of the hostilities of the Korean War. Venezuela is another example where the people suffer at the expense of government leadership and we’ve recently seen how that is playing out. Cuba has been that way since the days of President Eisenhower (after WWII) through today.

 

I wondered about how many types of democracies are there and on Google I find information this:

 

“The main forms of democracy are: Direct democracy, Representative democracy, Presidential democracy, Parliamentary democracy, Authoritarian democracy, Participatory democracy, Islamic democracy and social democracy.” https://www.scienceabc.com/social-science/different-types-democracy-direct-representative-presidential-parliamentary.html

 

Here is this definition of democracy found on Google:

 

The term “democracy” first appeared in ancient Greek political and philosophical thought in the city-state of Athens during classical antiquity. The word comes from demos, “common people” and kratos, “strength”. Led by Cleisthenes, Athenians established what is generally held as the first democracy in 508–507 BC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy

 

Democracy

Noun: democracy

A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives

“Capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world”

 

 

Similar:

Representative government

Elective government

Constitutional government

Popular government

Self-government

Government by the people

Autonomy

Republic

Commonwealth

 

Opposite:

Tyranny

Dictatorship

A state governed by a democracy?

 

Plural noun: democracies

“A multiparty democracy”

Control of an organization or group by the majority of its members

“The intended extension of industrial democracy”

 

Here’s a definition of Democratic

 

dem·o·crat·ic

/ˌdeməˈkradik/

 

Adjective: democratic;

Adjective: Democratic

Relating to or supporting democracy or its principles.

“Democratic reforms”

 

For all practical appearances the root word for democracy and democratic is demon and maybe that explains it all in a nutshell. It seems that there is no difference between democracy, democratic, mob rule or Muslim extremism. They all claim there is no peace without them, or they are the only way to peace. The road to peace in the Middle East and across the globe is paved with the blood of those who have gotten in the way of these waves called democracy, religion or Islamic fundamentalism. Without God there can be no peace.

 

Jesus said, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” – Matthew 24:6

 

I don’t understand what’s with the word “Democracy” or “Democratic”? How can anybody think they are a good thing? Look at what has happened in American politics. What have recent democratic policies or ideas done for the average American citizen? Has progressive liberal-democraticism enhanced your life one iota? I think not.

 

Have the public display of insane antics by liberal progressive congressional democrats over the past 3 years given one shred of hope to democratic voters or driven them by the droves into the open arms of conservative republicans? Are your personal finances going further? Is your community safer? Do you see the US economy booming?  Is there hope at the end of your tunnel, or is that just another train approaching? – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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When You Take “The Oath”

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1-10-2020

 

When You Take “The Oath”

 

I like what someone once said about suiting up or shutting up because unless you’ve committed yourself to a job, organization or someone else you really don’t know how important and binding “The Oath” is whether it’s running for the political office of dog catcher (assuming there is still such an office), or strapping on the uniform of a first responder or the military requires a conscious decision on the part of the individual and the usually comes after taking the oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic. The part about obeying the orders of the President of the United States and those appointed over you is not debatable.

 

If you become a public servant your loyalty is to the office and in the best interests of the people (city, county, state or nation) you represent and not to any political party or foreign power. Dishonesty in office should never be tolerated. Public humiliation of another is just not acceptable.

 

Just as a doctor or paramedic take the Hippocratic oath to save lives; a firefighter pledges to save lives and property; a law enforcement is to protect and serve; the armed forces pledges to protect and defend the Constitution, while we are each responsible to Almighty God to serve him with our whole heart, mind, body and spirit and to worship him and him alone.

 

When you suit up and put on the work uniform of your chosen profession, whether it is flipping burgers at the local burger joint or climbing into the space shuttle you are the defacto representation of that organization and your conduct matters. Your words and actions say more about you and the company name on your uniform than anything else. The first impression (good or bad) is a lasting one and is impossible to change. It’s been said a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and it only takes one tiny nail to flatten a tire.

 

When you take “The Oath”, remember you have pledged your life and one day you may be required to give that last full measure for freedom. There is no shame in being loyal or patriotic just know which country you stand for but stand for what is right so you don’t fall for just anything.

 

Your word is your bond. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of “The Oath” I suggest that you resign or terminate your obligation and choose a different line of work. If you are unhappy living in the United States of America, don’t hold up a sign “protesting” or displaying your unhappiness – move to another country where you are free to be yourself and maybe live a better life. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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My take on the Elimination of an Iranian Terrorist Leader

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1-7-2020

 

My Take on the Elimination of an Iranian Terrorist Leader

 

The attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad was the latest of a quarter century of Iranian sponsored terrorist activity directed by General Qasem Soleimani so it would be televised and online for all to see. It was only fitting that within a few days the general would also be on television so the world could see his untimely demise outside the airport in Baghdad. It was a blast heard round the world and terrorists took notice. In the US many others took notice as well. Iranian and Syrian exiles were relieved and ecstatic over the news.

 

When the White House press release announced it was done by the order of President Trump it didn’t take long before Hollywood entertainers were quick to distance themselves even further from the President (nothing new here), with public cries out for Iran not to attack the US over this incident.

 

House Democrats began denouncing President Trump saying he was pushing the US into a war with Iran and alienating our “allies” in the region. Some even began parroting “Trump – war crimes violation” and even calling for a national day of mourning in the United States for the general. How ludicrous!

 

What many Americans fail to see is the media pushing their agenda rather than uniting behind the President and standing firm as a nation fighting a long-standing Global War on Terrorism?

 

I do not question the legality of this action taken by the Commander In Chief against a terrorist leader actively engaged in planning future attacks on US military personnel or American assets around the world. I do not celebrate or mourn Soleimani’s death, but he died as he lived – a terrorist.

 

I do question the patriotism and loyalty of Americans who choose to side with the enemy instead of backing up the President of the United States. Shame on you! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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My Take On The Official Response To Benghazi

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1/3/2020

 

My Take On The Official Response To Benghazi

 

I recently began reading a portion of the December 7, 2016 House Calendar No. 163 titled the “Final Report of the Select Committee on The Events Surrounding The 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi“.

 

In the roughly 150 pages I read I get the sense that Obama knew about the Benghazi attack within an hour of it happening. He had already spoke with his national security team about the Arab Spring and the anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attack on the Twin Towers.

 

Obama told Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, to do what it takes to save American lives. Panetta issued the order to deploy assets ASAP. I did not read about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response anywhere in this section of the report.

 

What I did read was bureaucratic bungling which transmitted down to the troops on the ground who were chomping at the bit. There was a clear message from Secretary of Defense – Go Get Them, but that had to wait while a White House “committee” discussed what the implications of sending troops into Libya would look like. Whether they should be in uniform or civilian clothing (4 times the “rescue team” was told to change clothing).

 

Nobody bothered to listen to the Secretary of Defense’s order to “Charge”. Therefore no aircraft were deployed, not teams were brought to bear on the situation. The only team to respond was a DOD team in Tripoli, who had to secure their own air transport to Benghazi, then barter for 4 ½ hours for ground transport to the Annex.

 

Military resource leaders had to watch Fox News reports on television about the action at the Annex in Benghazi. They were attempting to self-mobilize, but had everything except air transport to Libya.

 

It seems that at every command level they only heard prepare to deploy, but no command of execution “Deploy” was ever received, although Secretary of Defense said “Deploy” and assumed it was taking place.

 

The fact that neither President Obama, Secretary Panetta or even Secretary Clinton became personally involved or followed up on the status of what was happening on the ground, coupled with the fact that everybody seemed to feel it’s just too late, so why bother.

 

Those on the ground at the Annex in Benghazi had a much different thought process – they wondered if they would survive? Was help coming?

 

I read that “rescue” had been redesignated as “beef up Tripoli” in case something really bad happens there, while Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans lay dead in Benghazi. There was no situational awareness outside of the crisis taking place.

 

This report is more than 900 pages long and I’m too steamed at the moment to continue reading. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

It is coincidental that as I prepared to write this article we have an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq and the subsequent targeting of Iran’s top terrorist General Soleimani who was actively involved in several terror attacks against the US, including Benghazi in 2012.

 

Benghazi ain’t going away!

 

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My Take on Speaker Pelosi

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12-28-2019

 

My Take on Speaker Pelosi

 

Coming from a political family, she began as a volunteer and rose in the party ranks, serving as a California representative to the Democratic National Committee from 1976 to 1996. She won a special election for California’s Eighth District in 1987.

 

Historically and as a Democratic Party politician Pelosi began breaking ground becoming the first female Democratic leader of the House and the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 and again in 2018. She is currently Speaker of the House, making her the most powerful female American politician.

 

Pelosi opposed George W. Bush, aligned herself with Barack Obama and prided herself as fighting for the people, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption to make Washington work for all. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American woman’s rights movement.

 

Pelosi spent 31 years representing San Francisco’s 12th District in Congress. She led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. Under her leadership the 111th Congress was called “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Norman Ornstein. Obama called her “an extraordinary leader for the American people”. The Christian Science Monitor wrote: “….make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics…”

 

Under Obama, Pelosi led the House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. She continued to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.

 

She was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act which guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.

 

She lead Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars.

 

Additionally key legislation passed into law like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

 

As Speaker, Pelosi made energy security her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making an historic commitment to American home grown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat climate change, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate, but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis.

 

A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park.

 

In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure.

 

Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.

 

As House Democratic Leader, Pelosi wrested critical legislative victories out of the GOP majority. In the 114th Congress, she spearheaded a historic bipartisan agreement to strengthen Medicare, ending the cycle of expensive “Doc Fix” patches and transitioning away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care. Following the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Leader Pelosi orchestrated the effort that secured the votes to uphold a possible Presidential veto of Republicans’ effort to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

 

Pelosi’s strength at the negotiating table has consistently delivered significant funding increases for key Democratic priorities. In the FY 2016 omnibus, Pelosi won the permanent authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and a massive five-year extension of expiring wind and solar renewable energy tax credits. In the FY 2018 omnibus, Pelosi won significant increases in vital domestic investments, including a $3.2 billion increase in opioid epidemic funding, a $3 billion increase for NIH medical research, and the largest single year funding increase for Child Care Development Block Grants in the initiative’s history.

 

In the face of the all out-Republican onslaught against Americans’ health care, Leader Pelosi held House Democrats united through dozens of votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – mobilizing a massive nationwide campaign to block House Republicans’ monstrous “Trumpcare” legislation. Under her leadership, House Democrats also unanimously opposed the GOP tax scam for the rich.

 

What I don’t understand is how someone so politically savvy obtaining a tremendous amount of political power could drift so far outside the realm of reality? In her quest to demonstrate her power against President Donald Trump, she has tolerated and violated the very ethics she was instrumental in establishing within the House.

 

During the Obama presidency (2008 – 2016) Speaker Pelosi did not object the unconstitutional executive order establishing Delayed Entry of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), yet has fought vigorously President Trump who suggested Congress fix DACA and make it constitutionally viable.

 

Pelosi did not initiate action, nor seek solutions to the illegal immigration issue that caused Obama era Border Patrol to setup the cages to detain illegal border crossers, yet has fought President Trump’s efforts to stop the flow of illegal entry by pushing for comprehensive immigration reform and constructing a more effective barrier wall.

 

Of the many attempts by deep state operatives to take down the sitting President of the United States, it would appear that Speaker Pelosi has become obsessed with the illusion that removing the President by impeachment, and possibly the Vice President would lead to her breaking ground as the first female President of the United States. A goal Hillary Clinton failed to achieve in 2016.

 

I don’t begrudge Speaker Pelosi for her groundbreaking accomplishments in politics, but it is my personal opinion that career politicians such as her, should never remain in political office as lifetime politicians. It has been said that “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and biblically speaking power and money are never enough. The love of money IS the root of all evil and the Ten Commandments were written as a lifetime guide for everyone to follow.

 

There is a right way and a wrong way to achieve fame, fortune and political power, but now we know there is also the Pelosi way! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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My Thoughts On Men Who Built America

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12-27-2019

 

My Thoughts On Men Who Built America

 

The past few days I caught a series called “Men Who Built America”. The program chronicled the way America grew into the Industrial and Technological Giant during a 50 year period in US history. What I saw was not a bunch of sissies hoping to strike it rich or to become famous. These were men of vision, looking at a world of possibilities and believing they could make a difference.

 

These were Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Hersey, Heinz, Ford, and a host of men stretching out beyond themselves and weathering defeat, criticism, and ridicule by those who were simply jealous or wanting what they themselves had not worked to achieve.

 

I couldn’t help but notice that the same thing has been happening in recent years and the introduction had a clip from President Donald J. Trump applauding these men of vision who built not only America, but the world in just 50 short years.

 

The world has a history of world wars where entire continents have been all but wiped out and American ingenuity has spurs the rebuilding and growth of our fiercest enemies. American technology has paved the way for others.

 

From the very foundation of our nation divine guidance is the light leads the way. The United States is far from a perfect nation, yet it maintains a form of government that is far better than any other on the face of the earth.

 

What we are seeing today is what our forefathers fought against back in their day – greed, hatred and jealousy. Biblically it is the love of money that is the root of all evil and greed and hatred feed on jealousy until it destroys the hater as well as the hated.

 

Today’s Information Age of Technology has enabled the instantaneous transmitting of political or personal bias and misinformation that turns brother against brother, child against parent and neighbor against neighbor.

 

For those who read my blogs and habitually turn every article into an argument or diatribe against President Trump you are a perfect example of someone expressing hatred without substance. I encourage you to go back and re-read your reply before you post to insure you have balanced the entire argument with logic and fact. I challenge you to weigh your response before pressing send. There are always 2 sides to an argument. The person who chooses not to hear the other side of an argument will never know right from wrong and will in fact be seen as unstable.

 

It seems to me that Will Rogers had a saying, “Never argue with an idiot. He will beat you with experience and others will soon not be able to tell the difference.” – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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President Trump Has Been Impeached

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12-18-2019

 

President Trump Has Been Impeached

 

As reported a short time ago the House of Representatives voted to Impeach President Donald J. Trump for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. This is a historic action taken by the Democratic Majority in the House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I’m sure glad it wasn’t something serious like High Crimes and Misdemeanors or Treason?

 

In fact it seems like the past 3 years were just a fact finding mission which in the end found no facts at all, so a president who refused to play ball and let members of his administration or staff go before the House Committee clearly abused the power of his office without violating the Constitution. It was the obstruction of Congress portion that was rather laughable because the only obstruction was that done BY CONGRESS while the House and the Senate have sought to prevent the President from administering his office.

 

So while the House Democrats celebrate that they have taken down the sitting president, it now goes to the Senate where the facts in this case will be reviewed and in case of a trial where the Senate becomes the jury and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court becomes the Judge.

 

Yes Trump is the 3rd President to be impeached, and even though William Jefferson Clinton actually committed crimes while in the White House he was not removed from office.

 

I don’t see this impeachment ending well for members of Congress who voted to impeach a president who wouldn’t play ball the Democratic Party way (no rules unless you are Trump). The backlash in the coming 2020 election will insure that many congressional seats will see new members coming to Washington in the 117th Congress in 2021.

 

As for President Trump, he will be reelected in 2020 and many of those who perpetuated this impeachment fiasco will learn that what is good for the gander is also good for the geese. There are many irregularities that have surfaced during the past several months and as one former president once said, “Elections have consequences”. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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