Politics

I tend to stay out of politics; they tend to get me in trouble.  But when I have something to say, I’ll say it here.

Jun 10 2014

LIAR!…….. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, LIAR!

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

After another senseless shooting of children in a public school, the current resident of the White House was asked what his chief frustration was.  He responded

“My biggest frustration is that this society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage.”

“We’re the only developed country where this happens. And it happens weekly,” he continued. “Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.”

“You know, the United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has psychosis. And yet, we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else,”

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To which I cry “BS!”  This putz had better start screwing his head on straight in the morning and do some research.  In just one Internet search for “gun deaths per capita worldwide” the top two links dispel this man’s arrogance and misinformation.  It has become so habitual he can only be taken as disingenuous at best for anything he even opens his mouth about.  It’s becoming tiring.

First a very accessible public Wiki article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

Next an article from theguardian’s DATABLOG:
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list

How about some recent research on the subject that shows responsible armed people help deter mass murder at schools:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/26/meet-the-guy-who-could-once-and-for-all-destroy-the-lefts-argument-against-putting-more-guns-in-schools/

 

He and his ilk are simply trying to change the conversation; get more people to drink the Kool-aid and disarm the rest of the United States of America to make it easier to enslave everyone to the criminal element.

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.  Don’t try to tell me they won’t.

When civilians no longer have guns, it makes for ripe oppression.  Don’t believe me, look for yourself.

It can never happen here.  No, it can’t, IF we maintain the tenants of the Constitution of the United States of America; but if not…. oh… it WILL happen here and when it does you’ll act shocked and surprised.. Meanwhile those of us who knew it would happen will only be able to stand next to you and utter the meaningless words “I told you so” as we’re both led off in the shackles of an oppressor, unable to to fight for our own rights, much less yours.

Support the Constitution, it’s the -only- defense you have left.

Asa  Jay

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Mar 22 2014

If I were President: Make No Promises Congress Can’t Keep

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge to not make promises that Congress can’t keep.

This really goes back to the entire premise of not making promises in the first place.  Promises are too often broken.  If I pledge to do something, and then become unable to do it, at least I’ve not broken a promise.  The President can influence Congress but in the end it’s the members of Congress who propose the bills on behalf of the American public.  I may pledge to lobby Congress, but will not make promises to do things the President has no direct control over.  Breaking promises betrays a trust and defaces a person’s integrity.

Too many times in recent years we’ve seen Presidential candidates debate on their promises.  In most all cases the promises are things the public would like to see fixed and they see that candidate as the one to fix it.  Unfortunately the public is not voting for a “king” who can make these changes at the stroke of a pen without Congress.  The President must rely on Congress to pass any laws to uphold the promises he or she makes.  When C0ngress doesn’t take up the issues which the candidate promised, it makes that President lose integrity.

I’d rather not lose that integrity.  As a President I would remind the public that Congress is the lawmaking body and the President is the last signatory on any proposed law.  If they wish for change, they must lobby their representatives in Congress, and I will do the same.  I will, in as much as it’s within my power to do so and I have the time, I will sit with the Senate and the House of Representatives at least once a month to observe and critique the legislative process on behalf of the people.   Have you taken the time to see what happens on Capital Hill? more »

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Mar 20 2014

The Arrogance of Entitlement

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

It’s March 2014.  The First Lady, her daughters and her mother have just landed in China, basically for vacation.  Oh some will say it was for “soft diplomatic relations” but we all know it’s Spring Break for the kids and the First Lady had to get away from the resident in the White House.  Just how many vacations does this family need?  Just how much is this costing the taxpayer?  As Mel Brooks so aptly put it years ago:  “It’s good to be the king!”

The first black President to ever be elected to the highest position in the executive branch of the United States of America government.  It was a grand time in which barriers would be broken down, races would be equalized and bi-partisanship would rule.  Now one year into a second term this resident of the White House continues to illustrate the cultural background which defines him and those like him, and those -who- like him.  It’s all about the Entitlements.

This shameful President has spent more tax dollars gallivanting about on vacations than any other President in the past.  Sure, inflation might account for that, but to this degree?  How many vacations does this family need in a year?  Well, as of February 2012, Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner listed 16 vacations taken by the First Family, whether together or separately, using taxpayer money to fly to exotic and domestic locations:

— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
— August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
— August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
— August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

For those who failed to graduate elementary school, that’s an average of four vacations per year up to that point.  But just look at the list, eight alone were in 2010.  Did this resident of the White House even -work- that year?  And how often does he really have to go to Hawaii?  Most families would be happy with just -one- trip in a -lifetime-.  He takes one every year.   Not only that, he sends his wife and kids away on overseas vacations without himself.  A vacation for mom and the daughters in Spain; 2010.  June 2011, just the girls to South Africa, and again in 2011 just the women to Vail.  Wow, the President of the United States of America sending his wife and daughters on several vacations on their own.  Just how does that illustrate good family values?

Doesn’t this action by the sitting resident only support the stereotypical culture from which he comes?  It’s like he doesn’t really want to be a father, or even a husband, send the wife and daughters away regularly, and at our expense.  Women are only something for his own personal satisfaction and they get in the way when he’s trying to do his “man” thing.  I’m sure he loves his wife and daughters, err… maybe I’m not -that- sure.  How about his trip to go golfing with Tiger Woods in February of 2013?  Maybe he was consoling his buddy for getting caught in adultery and reminding him how it’s supposed to be done.  Hey, it’s all just another entitlement, right?

Being President is not a right, it’s a privilege.  It takes willing personal sacrifice and if you are married with kids, they need to understand the sacrifice and live through it with you, not be traipsing off to exotic locations because they think it’s an entitlement of your job or you think they are getting in the way.  Vacations of the nature this sitting resident is taking should come out of his own pocket, not ours, especially if he doesn’t even take them with his wife and daughters.  Just what does it cost to take all those vacations anyway?

How about over seven million dollars in 2013 alone, just for three trips?  Yes, that’s what Judicial Watch found out via a lawsuit.  Honestly, that’s money that could have been better spent, period.  Imagine seven million just for three trips in one year, no multiply that by the five years he’s been in.  That’s $35,000,000 of taxpayer money.  Well, I guess that’s only a drop in the bucket when you consider he’s nearly tripled the national deficit. What does this really show us though?

This shows how much this resident really believes in “Entitlements.”  By his actions, he sincerely believes he is king, that he is “entitled” to take as many vacations as he wants; to use our government and military assets as he pleases to enjoy his elected “mandate.”  By his actions he illustrates the problematic mentality of the culture he purports to represent; the culture of entitlement.  He shows us a culture of “me,” it’s all about “me.”  It doesn’t matter how hard anyone else has worked to make a living, this resident shows the nation his view of how “money belongs to other people;” it’s his way of “equalizing” the playing field; of taking from the rich, but not giving to the poor.

I’ve said it here before, this is a simple abuse of power, abuse of taxpayer money and abuse of executive privilege.  This President should be fired.

Save the taxpayers money, reduce the deficit.
Asa Jay for President

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Mar 20 2014

If I were President: No Teleprompter or Horde of People Behind Me During Speeches

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge that during speeches I will not use a teleprompter, nor will I give speeches with a horde of people behind me.

If I can’t speak from the heart or my notes, I have a problem.  Yes, I may write out my speech, massage it, edit it and make it as perfect as I can.  But if I’m reading it verbatim, I won’t do so from a monitor that gives people a false sense that I’m paying attention to them directly at that moment; I’d rather be genuine and a teleprompter doesn’t help.  If I find some kind soul in my administration has thought better of it, and placed teleprompters so I might use them “just in case,” I will not begin speaking to the people until the teleprompters are removed and that invisible barrier no longer exists between me and the people I am trying to reach.  There is nothing more distracting as a viewer than to watch a speaker look in only two directions and never at the audience in general.  Connecting with an audience is imperative.

If I’m going to give respectful words of potential wisdom to constituents or those I’d like to be my constituents, it makes no sense to have them standing or sitting behind me.  I don’t think it lends any more or less credibility to the speaker, but as a listener, it’s downright distracting.  I don’t care if they are military, firemen, policemen or other working citizens… they don’t need to be behind me, they need to be in front of me, so I can see them, so I can connect with them, so they can connect with me.  Putting bleachers full of people behind me gives a false and disingenuous appearance that those people support what I’m talking about, when in reality they may not and would rather engage in intelligent discourse; I’m certain if they don’t agree with me they don’t want to have the “appearance” that they do.  And if some “handler” tells me it’s better to have a bunch of people behind me… they’re fired on the spot.

Honesty, integrity, Truth.Asa Jay for President

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Mar 20 2014

If I were President: Eat with the Troops

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge I will, when able and available, eat some meals with the troops.

Respect for the men and women in uniform needs to be a visible part of a President’s commitment to the nation.  They are the protectors, pledged to uphold the Constitution and by extension of the authority granted to me as Commander in Chief, they are my direct reports.  By sharing a meal with them I hope to speak with them directly about the issues they face both in the military and civilian life; to gain insight to their concerns.  I would try to do this at least once a month if not more often.

These young men and women have been facing a new kind of persecution that to a retired military member like myself is unconscionable.  The victims of the Fort Hood massacre have not been treated like combatants when it has been made clear the murderer in this case was acting on behalf of the enemy.  Veterans and their families struggle with everyday living due to both mental and physical limitations prolonged war has put upon them, but many don’t receive suitable support when they come home.  The current resident of the White House has appeared to poo-poo the notion these veterans deserve anything because “they volunteered.”  As President, I would recognize they deserve better even though it was voluntary service, because there was great sacrifice that accompanied that service.

Today there are several civilian charities focused on supporting military veterans but we have to ask why it has become incumbent upon them to provide for their needs?  On the one hand it allows those who most appreciate the sacrifice of our veterans to give freely as they wish.  On the other hand, if the government as a whole doesn’t support our military members both when serving and when they come back, it will reduce the number of interested volunteers, possibly lead to decreased morale and by that reduce the overall effectiveness of our military.  That is a position that only endangers the defense of the United States of America overall.  It’s time to change that.

I don’t of course have all the solutions.  I would however concentrate on working with those in the military and those in the civilian sector who are most qualified to develop better support systems.  We need to recognize the contribution of these men and women, treat them with respect and help them as needed to reintegrate into our civilian sector when they are finished with their volunteer service.  One way to help that process along is to understand how the troops feel; what they are hearing and what they need.  The best way for a President to understand that, is to sit down and have a meal with them.

Respect for those who respect the Constitution.
Asa Jay for President

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Mar 20 2014

If I were President: Respecting Dead Soldiers

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge to be there when our dead soldiers arrive back in the United States of America.

There is no greater sacrifice than our countries sons and daughters who volunteered for the military and gave their life in defense of the Constitution, our freedoms and our liberties.  I can’t promise to be there for every arrival due to other obligations of the office, but I pledge to do my best to be there and will -not- for any reason miss one due to vacation, unlike our current sitting resident of the White House.  In the most recent news, Russia has exercised it’s might in the Crimea region of the Ukraine; people are worried this might lead to another cold war, and our President is making plans for -another- vacation.  Really?  I guess it’s cool to let the country go to hell while you trot off to play even more golf.  Nevermind the number of soldiers killed in overseas actions has doubled on your watch and you conveniently hide the facts.  Do you ever go to Dover to meet the dead soldiers?

These members of our volunteer military deserve our respect and the right kind of President shouldn’t be ashamed of shedding a tear if necessary on behalf of the families in the U.S.A who are thankful for their sacrifice.  I pledge to be that President, the one who understands the strength of our military is what keeps us free; the kind of President who understands the sacrifice; doesn’t relish the idea of putting our sons and daughters into harms way but knows it’s importance and one who is willing to thank them for their sacrifice in meaningful ways.  I pledge to refrain from patronizing the military; to refrain from firing generals who don’t necessarily see things “my” way as long as they fulfilled the obligation of upholding the Constitution.

We’ve all lost friends, neighbors, family, but the loss of someone you know who served in the military takes on greater meaning for those who truly understand the sacrifice and reasons for service.  Yes, there are those people who think every soldiers life taken has been a waste, but those people don’t truly understand the freedom for which they fight; the reason that person joined the military.  The loss of a military member is painful not only for their family and friends but to us as a nation as well.  The President should be the first to acknowledge that and should be there when our dead soldiers come home from any overseas mission.

Respect for those who respect the Constitution.
Asa Jay for President

 

 

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Mar 11 2014

If I were President: Sign no Bill I Can’t Read

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge to sign no bill I couldn’t read.

Send me a 1,000 page bill and I’ll veto it on the spot.  I’m not going to waste taxpayer’s time reading a pork-stuffed bill that should be meant for one thing and one thing only.  Send me a 300 page bill and you might have my sympathy if I can get through it in a few days, but it will need to be read before I sign it.  Simplicity is key here, the fewer words the better.  Don’t try to sneak through your pet project inside another bill that has nothing to do with the essence of what the people want; I won’t sign it, period.

After being presented with such an onerous bill, I’m torn on my next actions.  Should I admonish the Congressional leaders in private, or shame them in public?  The better leader would of course admonish them in private, pointing out the malfeasance present and asking them to do a better job on behalf of the individuals they represent.  But I also look at the situation we have today where it’s one party against the other, each blaming the other for the failures of them both.  Perhaps it’s better to hold them both accountable in a public shaming.

Perhaps it’s better to hold a press conference on why I didn’t sign the bill.  If that’s the path I believe pertinent, I will invite both the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to stand with me while speaking to the press.  I will explain to the people how Congress sent a 1,000 page bill for me to read when those same congress people possibly haven’t read it.  I would point out how this is malfeasance on the part of Congress.  I would heap shame upon them for not being sensitive to transparency; for not informing the public properly and for trying to railroad legislation.  I would give each Leader three minutes to respond and then  I would encourage the voter base, the individuals, to contact their Congress people and ask for an accounting of their actions.

I’m of course terribly afraid this would alienate me from Congress, but I firmly believe we as a nation have tried our best to remove shame from the public consciousness.  It’s time for shame to return.

Save the taxpayers money, reduce the deficit.
Asa Jay for President

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Mar 11 2014

If I were President: Dealing with Executive Orders

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge to:

  • review and eliminate (repeal) all prior Executive Orders that are no longer necessary
  • not create any Executive Order that increases the tax burden, raises the deficit or increases the budget
  • refrain from use of Executive Orders to create law

First, I don’t believe all Executive Orders are still valid and enforceable.  There are probably many that are extremely outdated and serve no purpose.  One of my biggest pet peeves with regard to laws, are those laws still on the books which are either null or no longer enforced and should be removed.  Being President, I would start with the elimination of Executive Orders no longer needed.  Without getting into deep research on the subject right now, I believe there are Executive Orders still in affect which should be repealed.  Some might argue those Executive Orders are necessary from prior administrations; orders that have established certain agencies within government to serve the people or some such purpose.  If that were the case, then Congress should have acted by now to establish laws behind the intent of the President who initiated the Executive Order in the first place.

I want to get back to basics; good easy to understand Constitutional values, not end-runs around Congress that impose one man’s (or woman’s) will on a country by trying to make law.  It is not the job of the President to micro-manage legislation or change agenda’s mid-stream by use of executive action that undermines the legislative or judicial process.  Even so, I think there may be times when executive action might be needed, but it also needs to be tempered properly with some consensus and a press for legislation that backs it.

Next, there is no reason to create Executive Orders that increase the tax burden, or by its execution raise the deficit or budget.  This is taxpayer money we are talking about here, not some magic currency created by fairy tale characters.  The House of Representatives should be the entity that proposes any kind of monetary burden increases on the people; it should -never- be done through Executive Order.  I couldn’t readily say if any other President has signed Executive Orders that increase the taxpayer burden, but this is certainly a position the President should take, to -not- increase the burden on the individual. more »

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Mar 11 2014

If I were President: Dealing with Presidential Appointments

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

If I were elected President of the United States of America, I pledge that all Presidential appointments made during Congressional breaks shall be temporary pending the return of Congress and their approval.

This maintains the system of checks and balances outlined in our Constitution.  Even in my best judgment, I still could have made a mistake in an appointment.  A man (or woman) who is President is not omniscient, they can’t know everything.  We all make bad decisions sometimes.  The decisions I make will be in my best judgment with the recognition there may be other more qualified people to do the job and I will rely on Congress to make that more-informed decision.  If an appointment can wait until Congress is back in session, then it will wait; I have no desire to create an image of making self-serving appointments taking advantage of a Congressional recess.  Therefore, if Congress doesn’t approve of an appointment I made during a Congressional recess, the person I appointed will be relieved of those duties and Congress must fill the position according to law.

It may be unfortunate a person who was appointed during recess loses the job I appointed them to; however, it’s in the best interest of the country.  I shall make no promise that any job is permanent.  Each job filled via a Presidential Appointment should be considered temporary pending the approval of Congress.  I will not make an effort to advance a political agenda through the appointment of unqualified individuals or people of little integrity or loyalty to the tenants of the Constitution.  I will not make appointments as favors in return for working on my campaign or being a significant donor unless that person can prove to me (and my advisers) they are fully qualified and have a background of loyalty and integrity toward upholding the Constitution as it protects the individuals of the country.  Part of that qualification shall be a willingness to work -not- for power or pay, but for advancing the liberty of the people.

Having worked in the real world, not being a politician, I would lean toward making appointments or recommending people who had already been working within the organization the appointment was being made for.  I realize the best qualified person for a job may be the person who is already training for that job; working under the person leaving.  I pledge my recommendations and appointments would not be arbitrary in as much as it is possible to discern the qualifications of a person both within and outside an organization.

Above all, I intend to uphold the Constitutional system of checks and balances by not presenting an air of king-like Presidential power.

Save the taxpayers money, reduce the deficit.
Asa Jay for President

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Mar 11 2014

The War on Women

Posted by Asa Jay Laughton in Politics

This dissertation is going to sound disjointed.  There are some statements that will be taken out of context, mostly because I don’t want to spend the time building context for each of them as they may be tangential to the argument I’m making here and distract me.  My apologies.  Perhaps I can expound upon those things later.  For now, this is simply how the ramblings are pouring out of my head.

I am so tired of generally being a Constitutional conservative and “labeled” as waging a war on women.  Really?  I’m being told by those liberal fascists on the left that my political views include believing every woman should be in the home, happily married and bearing children while running around barefoot and constantly pregnant; that no woman should work and heaven forbid they shouldn’t be paid the same as men.  I’m told my views includes wanting women out of the military, out of Congress, and that only men should have a say if a woman can have an abortion or not.  I’m labeled as believing women are only to be subservient to men.

When those same “labelers” hear a man say they “love women,” those “labelers” hear “I love women, I think every man should own one.”  I just want to scream SHUT THE HELL UP, because they seem to have an irrational concept of reality on this subject, being taken in by repeated lies and propaganda that would paint me as a devil.  Perhaps it’s time I clarified myself for my own sake and the women I happily work with, work for, live with and believe in.

There are forces in society that would work to reshape the world in their own vision given the opportunity to change the dialogue even if that dialogue were untrue.  This includes people who wish to suppress my voice simply because they don’t agree with me.  It’s an interesting paradigm where one person believes everyone should have the right to speak out… unless the view doesn’t align with their own.  That is nearly the exact thing I perceive the greater “feminist” movement to have stirred.

Do I believe a women’s movement was necessary?  In some ways yes, I believe the voice of women was suppressed and needing to be heard.  But what feminism has grown into is not what many women need and in many ways may be hurting the entire equalization of the sexes.  Today, a feminist can be verbally abusive to another woman who has more desire to stay at home and raise children rather than work a 50 hour week and be the primary bread winner.  Is that really necessary? more »

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