Thoughts on Cliven Bundy’s Speech

I’m sure most of you have heard and seen the The NY Times edited video of Cliven Bundy’s controversial speech. I’m sure you’ve heard racist/racism being thrown about. But, how many have seen the entire, unedited version? Probably, most have not. Here it is:


Some interesting comments on Cliven Bundy:



My comments here may not be popular, but they need to be said. I understand what Cliven Bundy was trying to say in his controversial speech. I don’t believe he is a racist, but I do believe his choice of words was unfortunate.

For years I have been saying that the liberal left has enslaved the black community.  While they are wont to call anyone, and everyone, on the right a racist, my thoughts are they are the true racists in our country. Most don’t realize it, but what would you call people who are holding another group of people under their thumb? Using them for votes? Using them to push an agenda that really does nothing but harm to the very people they are using?

How has the liberal agenda helped the black community? How have their lives improved over the last eight years, twenty years, thirty years? It seems like the civil rights movement was the last good thing to happen for them, and that was a joint effort between white Republicans and blacks, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. How I wish Mr. King had been allowed to live and lead his people into the future he had dreamed of.

Instead, the liberals highjacked the movement and now refuse to admit that their decades long agenda has not, and does not work. Quit throwing good money after bad by continuing with failed programs. They need to accept some suggestions from the right that would help to raise the black community out of the poverty so many of them are mired in. Give African Americans a reason to have pride in their accomplishments, instead of continuing to hand them just enough money so that there’s no incentive to get a job. All of us can get stuck in the proverbial rut, if we don’t have an incentive to better ourselves. We have to be given the opportunity to stand or fall on our own. And, we should give young people a reason to stay in school and get an education by creating jobs.

Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t help someone, no matter their race, who needs it. I know Nancy Pelosi and the liberals like to espouse on how the heartless right wants to deprive poor people, but that’s just stupid speak.

Liberals have not come up with a new idea in a long time, but they just keep making promises that desperate people believe. I hope that African Americans will soon learn the truth of this.


What Republicans Stand For

Declaration of IndependenceI’m a Conservative/Republican. I know what is important to me–primarily, freedom from government intrusion in my life, freedom to choose for myself how to live my life, freedom to my own beliefs, freedom over my medical care and decisions. In other words–freedom!

In my opinion, Democrats are so ideology driven, it’s like they have blinders on to any other point of view. Many of them fail to recognize how their momentary cause will effect all of us in the long run. The party caters to special interest groups. They know that by giving the members of these groups what they want, regardless of how it effects the country as a whole, they gain votes for their Progressive agenda.

My heart hurts for our great country. I don’t like the direction we are headed. The Progressives have been gaining momentum for years, but under Obama, we are moving at break- neck speed. It’s frightening what our nation will be for our children and grandchildren. There seems to no longer be a moral compass. Political correctness has taken its toll on parenting. I don’t think a lot of children are being raised; they get pleasure out of hurting others, out of causing chaos. They don’t respect authority in the schools, in the streets, in the home.

Earlier today, I read a great article by Aaron Gardner on Here is an excerpt:

This morning a group that I am a member of was asked an interesting question. What do we as Republicans/Libertarians/Conservatives believe in and actually stand FOR? Now, I obviously don’t speak for the entire right of center coalition that exists today. I am more socially conservative than some of my libertarian friends, I am more libertarian than some of my socially conservative friends, and I am more fiscally conservative than nearly all of our elected representatives.

Despite these divisions and nuanced differences on certain policy aspects, I still believe that the center right coalition stands for a few simple things that don’t just bind us together as Republicans, but also have made up the basis for our civil society since our founding.

So what is it that Republicans stand for?

We stand for many things, to list them all out would be quite the task. But it all springs forth from our founding. We stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We stand for life, in that we stand for the dignity of the individual. We stand for life by acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, embracing them for who they are, rather than what purpose they might suit for the collective. We stand for life in the defense of our nation through the sacrifice of a volunteer military.

We stand for life when we demand that patients and doctors make medical decisions rather than government bureaus and boards.

We stand for life with the recognition that far too many have been extinguished due to license and convenience.

We stand for liberty. We stand for liberty of the individual within the state, the state within the nation, and our nation within the world. We believe that choices that affect the individual do not need to be decided by the collective.

We believe all are born into the liberty our nation offers, regardless of race or creed.

We believe that liberty does not equal license, as license would no doubt curtail the liberty of others. We stand for this liberty in the church pew, in the corporate office, and in the public square.

We stand for the pursuit of happiness.

Please go to to read the rest of the article.




We Are Not Subjects

I received the following in my email this morning and, after researching it for verification, I decided to share it here on “Are They Kidding?”  I hope you find it as riveting as I did.

We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations about Obamacare)

The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

1. The President is not a king
Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! (In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! — is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)

2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy
People are marveling that was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) — IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good for ‘the people.’

And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?

But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)

3. Obama is deceitful
Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.”

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.

4. The media is responsible
And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.

The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact which even the Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, the New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin.
The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.

Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)

6. We are not SUBJECTS (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away) We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.

The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”


Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.

Thoughts on the Current State of Affairs of the USA

45547_10151519316964548_444927422_aThis morning I saw the following post by one of my Facebook friends, Frederick A Lang (pictured), and thought it deserved to be shared.  It says so much of what my own feelings are, but sometimes it’s just good to hear it in someone else’s words.

My take on the last few days and weeks:

Next time the modern day liberal progressives like Schumer, Cuomo, Reid and Obama make the argument, that we must move forward and improve our government’s response to the so called “needs of her people”…ask them why the pilgrims left European totalitarian rule in the first place. It was that kind of dictatorial elitist ideology that was strangling religious freedom and economic enterprise, liberty and private property rights.

They are as much our adversary as the terrorists are in the world today. Both are meant to destroy and tear down our unique place in the world. They are subjecting us with IRS and NSA like tactics and preventing us from enjoying the freedoms our forefathers gave their lives to secure. They are the ones who are holding us up and taking us back to tyranny and the subjective statist governments of the past…they are the reasons freedom loving people like the pilgrims left the tyrannical governments of Europe in the first place.

We seem to be in a second [revolutionary war] but this time of ideology and a [civil war] to remain a free people and yet seek to break away from this current effort to enslave us again to big government. The Tea Party to me is the modern patriotic freedom fighter who’s weapons are truth, who’s shield is freedom, who’s breast plate is our faith and with our helmet firmly in place…placed there as a conscious choice, not under compulsion…to protect our constitution and Bill of Rights, which are written upon our hearts and imbedded in our minds.

I personally will not let the Schumer’s and Cuomo’s out there change what freedom really means, nor allow them to define what the Tea Party and the conservative movement is all about! I’m sick and tired of their liberal/progressive rhetoric, telling us all what we need and a lame stream news media that are all too often sitting by, waiting and ready, to give them free press to spread their venom at a moments notice!

Yours truly…Fred

Do These Comments Apply to the US in the 21st Century

Just some interesting thoughts that have been attributed to Lenin — how many seem applicable in the 21st century?


The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into small states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them.
The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Destroy the family, you destroy the country.
…the concentration of capital and the growth of their turnover is radically challenging the significance of the banks. Scattered capitalists are transformed into a single collective capitalist. When carrying the current accounts of a few capitalists, the banks, as it were, transact a purely technical and exclusively auxiliary operation. When, however, these operations grow to enormous dimensions we find that a handful of monopolists control all the operations, both commercial and industrial, of capitalist society. They can, by means of their banking connections.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin quotes (Questionable): 
A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.
Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.
All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.
It would be the greatest mistake, certainly, to think that concessions mean peace. Nothing of the kind. Concessions are nothing but a new form of war.
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.
One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers (Communist) and the disarming of the bourgeoisie (the middle class).
…first ascertain exactly the position of the various capitalists, then control them, influence them by restricting or enlarging, facilitating or hindering their credits, and finally they can entirely determine their fate.
Ideological talk and phrase mongering about political liberties should be disposed with; all that is just mere chatter and phrase mongering. We should get away from those phrases.
We do not have time to play at “oppositions” at “conferences.” We will keep our political opponents… whether open or disguised as “nonparty,” in prison.
The bourgeoisie is many times stronger than we. To give it the weapon of freedom of the press is to ease the enemy’s cause, to help the class enemy. We do not desire to end in suicide, so we will not do this.