Ramblings

When Mrs. Crucis and I took our trek last month, we expected to see a cross-section of America. We saw some of the best of our nation and some of the worse.

We love the mountains and the deserts of the South West. One of our favorite areas is the Four-Corners area where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet. It is also the location of the Navajo Nation, a third world nation, poverty stricken, and dependent on federal welfare, a reservation where the only new buildings are those built or underwritten by the feds. All else is ramshackled and dilapidated and most of the housing is either rusting mobile homes or decaying federally funded public housing.

The Navajoes have a rich culture. One that appears to be incompatible with that of the rest of the country. It seems to affect the Navajoes more than the other tribal areas we traveled through in Utah, Idaho and Montana. The Blackfoot reserivation in Montana was clean, neat and well-kept. They have the same problems with drugs and alcoholism as do many reservations, but they also have a viable community. The Blackfoot Reservation was remarkedly different from the Navajo Reservation.

The Navajoes culture is dying. When we traveled through Shiprock, NM, we stopped at a (federally underwritten) strip-mall. There was a gift shop that Mrs. Crucis wanted to visit and we needed to stock up on edibles. We usually fixed sandwiches for lunch when traveling.

Next to near the entrance of the grocery was a bulletin board. While waiting for Mrs. Crucis, I scanned the notices, sale items, people looking for rides to one destination or another, handyman flyers looking for work…and a notice from the Navajo Tribal Government looking for people to teach the Navajo language to the younger members of the tribe.

That saddened me. The loss of the language and its culture wasn’t due to assimilation, it was due to purposeful neglect. The feds refuse to allow Navajo to be spoken in schools. The younger generation, those who still remain, don’t speak it in their day-to-day life. The older generation is dying off. The language is headed for extinction.

Contrast the economy of the Navajo reservation with that of Utah, Idaho, Montana and to a lesser extent, New Mexico. In Utah, the homes were well kept and maintained. Nearly every yard had a well-kept, neatly mowed and trimmed lawn. Due to the climate, many were small, some only 15’x15′. But the care and effort to maintain the home was well evident. Mrs. Crucis loves Utah, it is one of her favorite states.

I was struck with Darby, Montana. Montana has no state sales tax; no sales tax at all. On the other hand, there appeared to be a casino around every corner with a pawn shop within walking distance. We saw more casinos and pawn shops in Montana than in any other state in our travels.

What struck me about Darby was seeing three gun-shops in a three-block stretch of town. That’s my kind of town.

On the political scene, to differences are just as obvious. The moral and political corruption of the establishment parties in Washington are becoming incompatible to the conservative core outside of the DC beltway. It matters not if that establishment is Dem or ‘Pub. Both are rotten.

The ‘Pub establishment fears Trump, Cruz, Walker and the other conservative candidates more than they do Hillary, Sanders, O’Malley and Biden. The ‘pub establishment believes they can work with the dems. We already see that in the actions of McConnell and Boehner.

Sadly, the infection is present at the state and local levels as well. The Republican Party is dying. There may be a period of remission if Cruz, or Walker, or one of the conservative insurgents win the nomination and the Presidency. But the sickness is still present in DC.

A conservative President would have to fight both the dems and the ‘pubs in Congress. I doubt that he could prevail unless he chooses to use some of the same tactics as has Obama. Using Executive Orders to bypass Congress, for instance.

Ted Cruz has declared that if he wins the nomination and the Presidency, one of his first acts would be to rescind every illegal Executive Order issued by Obama. I think he should go further and rescind all EOs issued by Obama and some from G. W. Bush, too. That act alone would reverse a corruptive trend in government started by Teddy Roosevelt.

Before TR, a President issued an Executive Order rarely. Those EOs, were issued when Congressional approval wasn’t available, when action was needed immediately. Later, the EO would be presented to Congress for approval. Some were approved, some were disapproved and the EO was rescinded.

It is time for the use of Executive Orders to end. It is time for the political establishment of both parties to end as well.

Is it time of a new party, a third party to give conservatives a choice? I’m unsure. The ‘Pubs have one last chance to survive, to end the rule of the Establishment and return government to the people instead of the Washington political elite.

I’m supporting Ted Cruz. Nearly everyone I meet and talk with does, too. Some like Trump because he says what they believe. I can understand that. I agree with much than Trump says as well but I don’t believe Trump would be a good president. He is as corrupted by power as is the Establishments in Washington.

When we were traveling through New Mexico, the news of the EPA spill in Colorado that polluted the Animas River was announced. The prevailing opinion of the region’s residents is that the EPA purposely broke the dam that caused the spill.

It was ironic that when John McCain visited the Navajo Nation a few days later, he was run off by the President of the Navajoes. The dependent children of Washington rebelled against one of the leading members of the Washington Establishment and ran him out of town.

It was a good day, when I heard that.

Trumped!

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Donald Trump, GOP candidate for President

Donald Trump, “The Donald,” declared his candidacy for President of the United States yesterday. To the dismay of many pundits and the GOP establishment. His announcement struck a cord across the county. Trump was blunt, arrogant, condescending, unhesitant in his criticism of Obama and democrats in general. He, in contrast to the GOP establishment whose darling is Jeb Bush, declared he would build a fence across our southern border and send the bill to Mexico.

The public ate it up.

The RNC is appalled. How could this bumpkin, this showman, this reality TV star, dare run against the anointed of the GOP establkishment? Easily. The leaders both parties refuse to understand a simple fact. The establishment of both parties, is equally hated across the country. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, along with their ‘leadership’ teams are seen as being no different from Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their ‘leadership’ teams.

Trump, like all the other ‘Pub candidates, appeared on Hannity’s radio show yesterday afternoon. Well, all except for Jeb who wanted his announcement to ‘seep’ twenty-four hours before he would deign appear with Hannity.

Trump was very careful of the timing of his announcement. He ended his speech just before Noon, Eastern time—just in time for the start of the Rush Limbaugh show and guess what? Trump was the leading topic. Free advertisement for Trump!

Trump may be arrogant, a showman, and a buffoon. He is no conservative with his donations to many democrat pols and his support for abortion. Given all that, he’s not stupid. He knows what topics are of interest in the country and he plucks those  interests, those sentiments, those harp strings with expertise.

Do I think Trump can win in the primaries? No.

Do I think he could win the GOP nomination? No.

I do believe, however, and it’s evident if you just watch the news reports, even those from FOX, that he’s sucked the wind from all the other GOP candidates. Trump, like Ross Perot and Ron Paul before him, is a spoiler. He’s not driven by a need to serve. He like Perot and Paul, is driven by a need to feed his ego. The media, and FOX as well, has presented Trump and his ego with an exceptional banquet.

This morning, Erick Erickson, of Red State, made this observation.

“Donald Trump is the disrespectful candidate for people who disrespect the process. He’ll be rude. He’ll be loud. He’ll be confrontational. And he won’t get the nomination. But along the way, he will speak to the fears and hopes of a lot of people who no longer connect with Washington or trust the government to get it right.” — Erick Erickson.

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Open warfare has erupted between John Boehner and conservatives in the House. Included in Boehner’s ‘enemy list’ now are three Representatives from his own leadership team.

After Democrats helped imperil President Obama’s trade agenda, conservatives are insisting they can help rescue the trade effort—if House Republican leadership will let them.

Conservative lawmakers today railed against House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team for working closely with Democrats on a failed strategy to usher Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.

“What’s most interesting to me is this is the second or third time they’ve [House leadership] negotiated with Democrats and the Democrats go back on their word and they still don’t come to the conservatives to talk,” said Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaking at a monthly House conservative lunch before reporters on Capitol Hill.

“Either they [House leadership] are not listening or they are completely unaware about what’s happening in their surroundings and they are only talking to special interest groups that go to fundraisers with them,” Labrador continued. — The Daily Signal

The rebellion is growing. Boehner had three members of his ‘leadership’ team removed from their positions after they voted, against Boehner instructions, “No,” on TPP this week. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY), Steve Pearce (NM) and Trent Franks (AZ) joined other conservatives to defeat Obama’s Transpacific Partnership (TPP) bill.

34 Republicans voted against the rule setting up floor debate for the trade package known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership last week and now three will have to pay a price.

Reps. Cynthia Lummis (WY), Steve Pearce (NM) and Trent Franks (AZ) were booted from their party leadership positions for breaking with the Grand Ole’ Party and voting against a part of the package the that gives the President the ability to negotiate trade deals known as fast track according to the National Journal. It was left to Rep. Steve Scalise (LA), House Majority Whip, to make the demotions.

…the move appears to come at the direction of House Speaker John Boehner who reportedly told rebellious GOP House members that he was fed up with their “nonsense,” a remark that evidently “sparked applause” in the room full of Republican lawmakers.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Boehner made clear that he was disappointed by Republican members who did not vote with the party on the controversial trade legislation authority, “you know, we’re a team. And we’ve worked hard to get the majority; we’ve worked hard to stay in the majority,” said Boehner. He continued, “and I expect our team to act like a team, and frankly, I made it pretty clear I wasn’t very happy.” — Salon.

All treaties must be presented to Congress for approval. Congress has a responsibility to provide the President with ‘advice and consent.’ In the case of TPP, Congress provided a lot of advice, mostly negative, and no consent.

Like Obama in the Senate, Boehner has been ‘trumped’ by members of his own party.

An alternate choice?

The primary battle between two GOP candidates for Governor has commenced. Catherine Hanaway has been broadcasting some particularly vile radio ads against Tom Schweich. Yes, those ads are supposedly from a third party but they have the consent and approval of the Hanaway campaign. In some campaigns in past years, my candidate of choice, often took a turn on who used smear tactics. Those were the ones I voted against.

I’ve met both candidates in their previous campaigns for office. Neither, in my view, are choice candidates.

Yes, Schweich has had some questionable campaign donations and has given some questionable donations to other candidates. Am I convinced of the validity of those charges? No, I’m not.

Catherine Hanaway has issues as well. Her voting record in the state legislature has a number of questionable votes. One in particular was her vote against Missouri’s Concealed Carry law. She said, in an interview last year in Joplin that she voted according to the wishes of her district. Hanaway isn’t the White Knight of Missouri politics. Her consistency record is poor.

So who do we support? There may be an alternate choice. The GOP’s state Lincoln Day celebration occurred in Kansas City this last weekend. The state Lincoln Day gathering shifts each year between the St. Louis area, the Kansas City area, and Springfield. This year, it met in the downtown KC Marriott.

Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens, from the St. Louis area, had a hospitality suite in the Marriott and met with a number of state GOP activists and politicos. If you look at his bio, he has an impressive record. A friend who spoke with Greitens told me he believes Greitens will run for Governor.

Eli Yokley’s PoliticMO newsletter had this to say about Greitens.

FOR YOUR RADAR — ‘Who is Eric Greitens?,’ asks Missouri Scout: “Bill McMorris writes a piece about Eric Greitens’ impressive resume in the Washington Free Beacon. You’ll get a sense of the dude, but I won’t bury the lede… it’s in the final paragraph: Greitens will begin travelling the state on book tour in two weeks, evangelizing his doctrine of renewal and self-reliance and meeting the constituents he hopes will put him in the governor’s mansion. The primary is August 2016.”

Greitens, a former U.S. Navy Seal, had a suite tucked away on the 19th floor of the Marriott Downtown in Kansas City over the weekend, where Republicans had gathered for their annual Lincoln Days gathering. Greitens met with activists and Republican consultants in his suite. The word is he is in, but he is staying quiet, letting Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway “shoot cruise missiles” while he flies under the radar. — PoliticMO Newsletter, February 24, 2015.

Greitens said he will travel around the state, “evangelizing his doctrine of renewal and self-reliance.” That would certainly be different from the current doctrine of crony-capitalism and voter dependency.

Catherine Hanaway won the straw poll for Governor over Tom Schweich this last weekend. There was a big controversy over the poll when the ballot box disappeared for a time and suddenly reappeared…stuffed with votes for Hanaway. Hmmm.

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National Public Radio took a look at union membership across the country and its decline. They created a map that shows the transition in membership. Missouri union members were 23% of the workforce at one time, now their membership has declined to 8%. That’s a good thing.

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This from today’s FOX Newsletter…

DEM REVOLT BEGINS ON OBAMA AMNESTY
After maintaining a weeks-long filibuster of a Republican bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security but roll back president Obama’s executive actions granting amnesty and work permits for millions of illegal immigrants, Senate Democrats are starting to splinter. Unable to break the Democratic logjam, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would instead offer a standalone bill to block Obama’s amnesty gambit before resuming the funding fight. Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would vote to “prevent the president from his executive action” and suggested that there might be the five other Democrats necessary to advance the legislation.

“Well, this bill removes those excuses. It sets up a simple political equation: Either stand in defense of extreme overreach, or stand with constituents in support of shared democratic values.” –Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell in a floor speech today. — FOX Newsletter, February 24, 2015.

The danger here is the McConnell is about to sell us out again. He has already asked the House to revise the DHS funding bill to include funding for Obama’s amnesty program. Initially, Speaker John Boehner has refused, saying the House has done their job, it’s now up to the Senate. I don’t trust Boehner to continue to stand on his statement.

Nanny State

I was listening to radio news this morning while in the shower. A local hospital, Children’s Mercy, has just declared themselves a “no hitting” zone. According to their PR flack, they equate spanking with child abuse. “If it leaves a mark, it’s abuse,” the flack said.

They seem to overlook that a proper spanking is not a beating. The flat of a hand against the posterior isn’t a beating. But, it’s their hospital and they can make the rules. What I do object to is their alternative to bad behavior by children. Instead of the parent correcting that behavior, the flack said, “distract the child. Give them some bubbles or a coloring book.”

Excuse me, that is not redirecting bad behavior, it is rewarding bad behavior. These rules prevent parents from doing what parents should be doing—correcting and preventing bad behavior while enforcing good behavior. Children’s Mercy won’t allow parent to do that. The hospital has preempted the parent’s authority. They will sic Social Services on the parent they deem ‘abusive.’

Hospitals, to just about everyone not an employee, aren’t nice places. Yes, on occasion we need to go there for multiple purposes, but no one really likes going there. Multiply that by a factor of 10 for children. To them it’s a scary place where people do strange things to you and many of those things HURT!

It’s not surprising that kids, and parents, too, often misbehave. The kids are scared, so are the parents, if they would admit it, and no one is on their best behavior. What the parents learn is that they cannot correct their children. What the children learn is that if they misbehave, they will get attention and be rewarded with something, not-scary, to do. What the hospital wants is peace and quiet and they believe they know best how to achieve that goal.

Like I said, it’s their hospital, they can make the rules. In this case, I think their alternatives are misdirected, treating the symptom, not the cause. Rewarding bad behavior creates long term issues in the family. Children’s Mercy does not concern themselves with that. It’s not within the walls of their hospital.

What Children’s Mercy is doing is exercising Nanny-state rules. A general rule that is applied universally. It is not always the best…even when it fits that rare occurance.

I’m not approving bad parental behavior nor child beating. But too often, that is the accusation when all that is being done is a swat of the hand against a child’s butt. Not allowing that is Nanny-state rules.

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Want to know a person’s character? Watch what they do.

Barack Obama’s aunt died earlier this month in a welfare nursing home of cancer. She came to this country to help Michelle with her new-born children. Instead of attending her funeral, Obama played golf.

That is the character of Barack Obama, a thoroughly despicable person.

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It hasn’t gotten much fanfare in the MSM, but liberals are in the process of removing another portion of the Constitution—the Electoral College.

EDITORIAL: Blue states try raiding Electoral College

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact tries end run around the Constitution