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Is what we’re witnessing in the US a slow-motion downhill slide into a coup?

 

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other … “ John Adams.

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This article is in response to comments I made to a Facebook post referencing the article just below, and several responses to my comments (emphasis mine).

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http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/is-the-us-in-the-middle-of-a-coup/news-story/ab0ece5c5b27b004b0b203fcce435a92

Me: Interesting that many of us thought the same of Barack Hussein Obama during the past 8 years

Response 1: The difference here, Don, is that President Obama was not mentally unstable and incapable of controlling his irresponsible impulses. Trump behaves like a petulant child and makes rash decisions without using the checks and balance resources in place to vet his decisions before acting on them. I have ideological differences with both political parties but I currently find myself leaning more to the left; however, my biggest issues with Trump are based on my serious belief that the man is a narcissistic bully and does not have the mental wherewithal and self control to not put this nation in extreme jeopardy on many fronts.

Response 2: Don, recognizing that a significant number of Americans were dissatisfied with the leadership of the Obama administration, I would be very interested in hearing how those feelings were the “same” as the feeling expressed in this particular article.

Me: I’d rather not get into a back and forth with family. Experience tells me that will most probably lead to unpleasant results.
However, I have written much on many topics — probably including this topic — over the years on my blog and I invite you to take a look at my thinking — the good, the bad and the ugly.
Go to
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/ and click starting with “WHY I WRITE” on the top menu, and then shop around using the CATEGORIES drop down.
Love you guys.

Response 3: We love you too Don.

Response 4: I think I may need more direction to find the blog articles that express concern about Obama having the desire and opportunity to bypass the democratic system and fundamentally change America’s system of government

Response 5: I see a lot of interesting topics. And read several, but they aren’t answering my question. And I am genuinely curious. The support for Trump is unfathomable to me, and yet I see that several people I care for (including you) seem to be not only unconcerned but actually excited about his administration. I would like to have a better understanding of it, without the inflammatory rhetoric that infects every news outlet and social media venue I’ve seen recently

Me: Thanks … you’ll forgive me I hope for being a bit gun shy. I’ve been called just about every name in the book over the years emanating fundamentally from my motivations in WHY I WRITE on my blog.
You’ve given me opportunity to review and reflect. I’ve written much, and I’ll try to put together a response, but it may not be “hot of the press” so relax and put your feet up. Perhaps you’ll see another essay trying to answer such a question as yours.
Thanks again

Response 6: That would be fantastic. Thank you!

And I completely understand gun shy. There are a lot more assumptions than questions going around these days.

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My comments to the questions

Is what we’re witnessing in the US a slow-motion downhill slide into a coup?
This question posed at the link above is aimed at President Donald Trump. But from what I’ve seen since the election, and especially noticeable since the inauguration, if anything, would point that question directly back to the progressive left.

The failed electoral recount effort – the denouncement of the Constitutional Electoral College voting method – riots in the streets of Washington on inauguration day – demonstrations around the country – Congressional (Democrat) boycott of the inauguration – immediate congressional (Democrat) announcement of total resistance to Trump in the Congress – Soros funded(?) spontaneous demonstrations at airports –Soros manipulation(?) of some 56 abortion advocacy groups promoting the Women’s March – riots and shutdown of free speech at UC Berkley – the immediate calls for impeachment – assertions that the new President is mentally ill – accusations and insinuations that Trump is planning a coup – visual insinuation of assassination as on the cover of a recent Irish magazine … and more it seems daily.

I’ve lived through the 60s and remember the chaos then. I remember the hatred hurled against Ronald Reagan. I remember the hatred hurled against George W. Bush. Today’s chaos has the feeling of being much more sinister, and potentially more dangerous than those in the past, and gets me to the quote from John Adams, our second president.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other … “ John Adams.

What we have now, in addition to political chaos, is a frightening moral decline which I have witnessed over my lifetime. Prior to the 2016 election, and with both candidates, I felt we had indeed arrived at that time of which Adams (and others of his contemporaries) wrote – a time of an immoral and irreligious people. Are we as a people at such a place? I recently wrote of scraping the bottom of the barrel with both candidates and lamented the prospect of, for the first time in my electoral life, truly having to vote for the lesser of two evils.  I’m convinced had Hillary Clinton been elected, we would indeed have accelerated further down that path and the nation would suffer from her deep corruption. But Donald Trump is now President. Have we received a reprieve and course correction with his election? I hope so, and judging from the people he has surrounded himself with I have hope. But that hope is tempered, not only by the flaws of this man now our President, but by a nation and its people who, for example, have allowed our federal government to dictate and enforce a so called “gender fluidity” which obliterates known and obvious genetic, anatomical, biological and cultural differences between boys and girls – men and women. This cannot end well with this and future generations. It is this sort of law making and regulation dictates that renders our Constitution “wholly inadequate.”

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I’ve written and posted some 550+ articles over the past decade, and it would be quite a daunting task to search through them in order to summarize and condense these thoughts in some meaningful and readable form. Thus what I have done below is to cherry pick some which might have bearing on the questions posed above. I ask the reader to read articles of interest and judge for yourself as to the applicability and validity of what I wrote at the time. In most cases you will probably find areas of agreement and disagreement, and areas where I’ve flat out got it wrong.  But don’t expect responses – I wrote what I wrote at the time, and I wrote what I believed at the time.

So here are some of those posts … have fun.

But before you go on, let me address the issue of mental health along with two of the serious problems that Barack Obama has left for this and future generations.

The first problem is the apparent green light given to Iran to develop deliverable nuclear weapons. This may not happen in the immediate future, but according to it’s many critics, the nuclear deal  will end some years out – 8 to 10 as I recall, at which time Iran is freed up to continue its now supposedly suspended  nuclear development. Iran as you may have noticed is busy right now in developing ballistic missiles on which at some point in the future will house nuclear weapons.

So let’s connect a few dots here – some very big dots,on the order of a full moon on a dark night.

First dot … Iran’s long standing threat to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth along with it’s millions of Jews. An attempted completion of Hitler’s “Final Solution.”

Second dot … Iran has been (an most probably still is) actively developing its nuclear weapons production capability.

Third dot … Iran is currently developing and testing its ballistic missile capability – as recently as a few days ago from when I wrote these words.

Dot connection (a logical conclusion) …  Nuclear armed missiles headed for the cities of Israel. 

Does allowing this to come to fruition on the part of the US and other Western nations  seem like a sane thing to do? I would rather describe it as insanity – and Donald Trump was not even involved in this, so who has the mental problems here?

The second problem is the so called “gender fluidity” that is the latest and last of Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”  Under the bully pulpit advocacy of Obama, and actual legal actions requiring “gender fluid” sharing of restrooms and locker rooms, our federal government is attempting to rewrite biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics and human culture from one end to the other – from children to marriage. This is called “science denial” and is at the expense of children, teenagers,  families and the very fabric of American cultural life.

In the context of the mental health of Presidents, this is insanity. 

As for being excited about the Trump administration, I would rather phrase it as hopeful. Yes the man is loud, insulting, crude and boisterous, even narcissistic (as is Barack Obama).

But from what I’ve seen recently of the man,  the picture I’m hopefully beginning to see that perhaps best illustrates my hope is the story of Image result for the thieves on the cross with jesus

the two thieves hanging on crosses along with Jesus.

Both began their time on the cross by mocking and blaspheming Him, as did many of the spectators, and both were guilty. One of the thieves responded in faith to the message of salvation and was taken to paradise that very day. He is the one usually referred to as the thief on the cross, while the other man did not respond in faith and is now suffering from a deadly and eternal mistake.

In the context of the transgressions of Donald Trump in this 2016 presidential election, and the continual bombardment of those transgressions, I am reminded that Donald Trump is the one on his cross who has acknowledged his transgressions and has apologized for them.  His enemies on their crosses continue with no repentance of their transgressions, and hypocritical mocking of the one on the other cross.

I haven’t seen any direct evidence, but I won’t be surprised if I later find out that the very flawed Donald Trump turns out to be a Born Again Christian. Many Biblical examples here such as David.

How high is your moral bar?

A good place to learn and reflect is at the Ten Commandments.

And speaking of excitement … yes I was excited when I saw Mike Spence being sworn in with his hand on the Bible at 2 Chronicles 7:14 —

”if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

This was a cause for hope.

 

So now finally I will turn you loose on my thinking.

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https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/election-2016-the-possibilities-are-bizarre-and-frightening/
Donald Trump
, along with Bernie Sanders, is a direct backlash against what many see as the massive corruption and failures of the Federal Government, and in particular President Barack Hussein Obama.  Trump has masterfully capitalized on this backlash and his popularity and poll numbers have dominated for many months.

However, in my view, Trump is much the same as Obama but expressed in a very much contrasting fashion. Obama is smooth cool and collected in his demeanor and public persona whereas Trump is bombastic and confrontational.

Even with these outward personality differences, both come across as narcissistic, self-centered and egotistical. Both prefer the one-man-rule mode of governance at the expense of the long successful limited form of government, i.e the Constitutional federalist model —  “We the People … “

As to Hillary and National Security
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/loose-lips-sink-ships/

My warning of the possibility of dictatorship on the horizon.
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/preparing-for-dictatorship-questions-for-the-younger-generations/#comments

Presidential honesty and integrity.
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/famous-presidential-lies-contest/

The following is a response I made to reader comment on the above post.

o Dear Lie,
There are a couple of ’emotions’ towards President Obama that I would plead guilty to, but hate is not one of them.

Very early in his presidency, I was talking with an old friend (a lifelong Democrat) about Obama and I told her that I fear him. I feared him at the time because I feared the harm and damage he might bring to the country and to future generations. I feared him because of his almost complete lack of experience in anything of consequence. I feared him because of his radical associations with such as Bill Ayers, a unrepentant radical member/founder of the group WEATHER UNDERGROUND who actually set off bombs in various places. Bill Ayers, that man who recently told a group of Marxist Wall Street Occupiers yesterday: “I Get Up Every Morning And Think… Today I’m Going To End Capitalism” I feared him because of his radical very close 20 year association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and then when questioned about Wright’s radical teachings, Obama abandoned him and claimed no knowledge of what Wright was teaching. There’s more … such as his upbringing by his very leftist mother and grandparents (perhaps Communists), and his association with Frank Marshall Davis, a no-kidding card carrying Communist. I don’t take such associations with Communists lightly – Communism is responsible for on the order of 100 million people in the 20th century, and the enslavement of many more. Little of this was reported by the main stream media, but was known by those who dug deeper – people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. So we elected a President with very little vetting by the media who instead largely fawned over the man.

These years later I see the actual harm and damage that I feared just 6 years prior. A very damaged economy with record numbers of capable people unable to find work (especially the young people) … record numbers of people on government dependency of some sort. I see a health care ‘reform’ law that is severely damaging the health care system as well as undermining the health care insurance industry. I see 6+ million insurance policy holders who were promised the ” … if you like your plan you can keep it. PERIOD.” ” … if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. PERIOD.” Some 6,000,000+ cancelation later we see that is not the case at all. We were promised an average $2,500 per capita reduction in health care costs and are now hearing of more and more cases of rates and deductible going up … some dramatically.

I see a nation divided along class and racial lines that I’ve not seen since the 1960s and 1970s and the days of Bill Ayers … and I see this division as a key element in a successful re-election campaign.

I see our status and influence in the world shrinking in what appears to be a collapse of our foreign policy … the region from Northwestern Africa to Pakistan is more explosive and dangerous than I can ever remember, and I see an alarming array of military (nuclear) power filling the vacuum left behind as America retreats from the region.

I still fear the man, but now these 6 years later that fear has also taken on the color of disgust … disgust at his record as president and disgust at his lack of character and integrity.

A few years back Glenn Beck published a book “Being George Washington” In this book, Beck emphasized the character and integrity of our first president, and implored us to find ways to emulate that character and integrity – ways that each of us can “be George Washington.” Is that to much to ask of one who seeks or holds that very same office?

So I plead “not guilty” to hate, but “guilty” to fear and disgust.

But I do thank you for your comments.

On why Presidential trust is vital.
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/presidential-trust/

On immigration and assimilation
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/immigration-assimilation-a-hungarian-model-2/

Of related note:
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/islamjihad-and-the-ten-commandments/

Regarding Israel:
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/cry-havoc-and-let-slip-the-dogs-of-war/

People and books that have influenced my thinking – an example (of many)
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/two-book-reports-part-1-exceptional-by-dick-and-liz-cheney/

My views on American Exceptionalism – references yet another influential book
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/american-exceptionalism-part-2-so-what-why-does-it-matter/

And here is that book.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miracle-of-freedom-chris-stewart/1101126471#productInfoTabs

My only comment (I think) about Bernie Sanders.
https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/the-irony-of-bernie-and-seattle/

Best regards, and I do wish us all well.

Don Johnson – February 2017

How can taking the life of an innocent human being be Constitutional?

For years I have asked the question “How can taking the life of an innocent human being be Constitutional?”

Consider:
— the target of the abortion is alive, as a distinct entity, from conception and has never been anything but alive.

— the target of the abortion is a human being and has never been anything else. He or she has never been a worm, a bird, a cabbage, a monkey, a fish or any other life form other than a human being.

— the target of the abortion, never having entered into the human society, is as innocent as can be imagined.

— the abortion does indeed take this life.

Constitutionally:

— this life has been taken without “due process of law” as required by the US Constitution.

— the presumption of innocence, Constitutionally granted in criminal cases, is denied to the object of abortion.

— legal representation is denied to the object of abortion as is the right to confront the accuser.

— presentation of legal charges and a jury trial of peers is denied to the object of abortion.

Again I ask “How can the taking the life of an innocent human being be Constitutional?”

 

Don Johnson – January 2017

I’m Voting With a Hope to “Keep the Republic”

“ … At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787,  Franklin was queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. In the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention,  a lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy.”  Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.”

I have just received my absentee ballot and will mark it for Donald Trump and Mike Spence.
You may ask how I could do that after what Trump was caught saying.
This comment below from a FB commenter echoes my thoughts accurately, and in reading this I can completely remove Trump from my rational and look exclusively and only at Hillary Clinton and the entire ruling and completely corrupt Democratic Party — you might want to do the same.
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” … I am still voting for Trump! …..I was asked tonight how I could ever support Trump after the comments he made over 11 years ago about women and if I would still support him if he made those comments to my daughter? My response was this….If he had put our nations security at risk, I would not vote for him. If his organization received large donations from countries that killed women and gays, I would not vote for him. If he boasted 30 Years of government experience, but still could not discern if an email was classified or not, without someone letting him know if it was or not, I would not vote for him. If he boasted about how he has defended children his entire life, but is for abortion, (even late term, when the child can feel pain) I would not vote for him. If he wanted my 3 year old Granddaughter to go to restrooms with men dressed as women, I would not vote for him. I have taught my daughter and will teach my granddaughter to disregard sexist remarks and move on, especially when they were made so many years ago and, also to forgive those who say they are sorry. If he caused lives to be destroyed in Benghazi and then lied to the faces of the parents as they stood at their child’s casket, I would not vote for him. If people who came against him mysteriously turned up dead, I would not vote for him. If he suddenly developed a southern accent when he was in the South, campaigning, I would not vote for him. If he continually broke the law and that was ignored, I would not vote for him, but right now, the only person who does all these things is Hillary. Right now, the fact that Donald made these remarks over 12 years ago, does not move me. I’m bigger than those remarks and we all have said stupid things throughout our lives. To me, the fact that Hillary lies continuously, is a much bigger problem. … Rant over… Still voting for Trump. … “

I’m Don Johnson and I approve this message! 

I will not be a party to the continual corruption and destruction of this great nation!

 

Don Johnson – October 2016

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams – 2nd US President.

Official Presidential portrait of John Adams (by John Trumbull, circa 1792).jpg

I would add to Adam’s observation that our Constitution not only was made for, but indeed requires a moral and religious people

Sad to say, but we are now living in the day and the culture of which Adams was warning about. The era of Barack Hussein Obama has greatly accelerated this slide into an immoral and irreligious nation.

Being in such a state, it is becoming ever more apparent that the Constitution Adams talked about is indeed wholly inadequate in the governance of this nation. Our leaders and potential leaders, in the persons of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are neither moral nor religious in the sense of the Judaea/Christian Biblical world view which spawned the then new nation and its constitution. Donald Trump seems to fall into that category as well, but such attributes have not (yet) been tested in the crucible of national leadership.

Could it be that George W. Bush will be the last moral and good President, as well as a good man?

 

Don Johnson – August 2016 

 

Hillary Clinton:” I Will Stand Up Against The Gun Lobby”

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http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/switzerland.asp

Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world, with 45.7 guns per 100 residents (ranking below only the United States, Serbia, and Yemen in this measurement).
A list of countries by
firearm-related death rate shows Switzerland as having 6.4 firearm deaths per 100,000 population per year, a figure considerably lower than in the United States (10.27) but higher than a number of other countries. As for gun-related crime in general, a 2001 BBC article reported that in Switzerland “the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) Statistics

Total number of members of the NRA
4.3 million

Total number of Firearms owned by U.S. civilians (2010)
300 million

Total number of U.S. Firearms owned by civilians that are Handguns
100 million

Gun Ownership Demographics

A 2005 nationwide Gallup poll of 1,012 adults found the following levels of firearm ownership

Total Percentage of Households owning a Firearm
42%

Total Percentage of Individuals owning a Firearm
30%

Total Percentage of Males owning a Firearm
47%

Total Percentage of Females owning a Firearm
13%

Total Percentage of Whites owning a Firearm
33%

Total Percentage of Non-whites
18%

Total Percentage of Republicans owning a Firearm
41%

Total Percentage of Independents owning a Firearm
27%

Total Percentage of Democrats owning a Firearm
23%

In the same poll, gun owners stated they own firearms for the following reasons

Total Percentage who own Firearms for Protection Against Crime
67%

Total Percent who own Firearms for Target Shooting
66%

Total Percent who own Firearms for Hunting
41%

The following are estimates of private firearm ownership in the U.S. as of 2010

Households With A Gun
40-45%  47-53 million

Adults Owning a Gun
30-34% 70-80 million

Adults Owning a Handgun
17-19% 40-45 million

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The following are some very unofficial estimates on NRA members committing murders:

The homicide rate in the US in 2010 was 4.8:100,000
There are 4.3 million members of the NRA.
On average, this would mean that there were 206.4 murders for the total 4.3 million NRA members (4.8 * 43) : (43 * 100,000).
Which counts down to 0.0000048 murders per NRA member.

So the so-called “gun lobby”  of 4.3 million NRA members is not a group of Americans that needs to be “stood up to” by a pandering politician —  especially by such profoundly dishonest people such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Consider this:

The Swiss army has long been a militia trained and structured to rapidly respond against foreign aggression.

The US Constitution’s second amendment was added primarily as an individual citizen’s protection against a future federal government  that would at some point turn against its own citizens. It was not added to protect sportsmen, hunters, target shooters and such.

Don Johnson – August 2016

 

Is there still a Constitutional/Conservative Republican Party? A Follow Up IMPORTANT

Further to my recent post Am I still a Republican? Is there still a Constitutional/Conservative Republican Party? I’ve read a couple of articles this morning in the Wall Street Journal that greatly encourages me:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Photo: Reuters

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Photo: Reuters

House Republicans Have a Better Idea

Meanwhile, Trump fires his campaign manager—a wise move but very late.

By Karl Rove  June 22, 2016 6:39 p.m. ET  

WSJ | 2016-06-22T22:39:00.000Z

(My emphasis added)

Donald Trump has already squandered six weeks by insulting a “Mexican” judge born in Indiana, offering conspiracy theories, and needlessly attacking defeated rivals. His fundraising is dismal and his staffing inadequate. All this comes at the expense of focused attention on his Democratic opponent. Now the presumptive Republican nominee has fired his campaign manager—a wise decision, but very late.

Meanwhile, the Republican House is methodically laying out a comprehensive agenda to spread prosperity, protect the nation, uphold the Constitution, reform health care, and—with its presentation Friday of a comprehensive tax-reform plan—create jobs, grow paychecks and boost the economy.

This agenda, dubbed “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America,” is Speaker Paul Ryan’s brainchild, but the work of the entire Republican conference.

Mr. Ryan rolled out its first plank June 7 with an audacious reimagining of policies to help Americans rise out of poverty. The initiative would require those on welfare to seek work while providing them better access to job training and assistance. It would reform poverty-fighting programs to help people move from dependency on government to lives of independence and personal responsibility.

Republicans followed the next day with a robust economic package, based on the premise that increasing prosperity requires expanding free enterprise and rewarding hard work. The plan aims to relieve the enormous regulatory burden on businesses; expand affordable, reliable energy; curb lawsuit abuse and crony capitalism; limit Washington’s micromanagement of community banks and the financial decisions of ordinary Americans; and block government bailouts.

On June 9, Republicans issued a new national-security plan to protect the homeland, defeat radical Islamic extremism, and restore confidence among our allies and respect among our adversaries.

A plan followed to rein in executive overreach and strengthen accountability and transparency in Washington. Republicans would restore constitutional checks on spending and the budget—including by halting illegal executive-branch spending and overturning expensive new regulations pushed through by lame-duck presidents.

Last week, the House GOP also released a detailed proposal to replace ObamaCare with a package of reforms centered on the patient and doctor. These include making health insurance portable so workers can take it from job to job, increasing the use of health savings accounts, permitting insurance sales across state lines, allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to get lower prices, expanding wellness programs and reforming medical liability.

On Friday, Republicans will add to their agenda a bold and provocative tax-reform package aimed at a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that encourages jobs and growth while restoring the competitiveness of American companies.

The way that the tax reform package was drafted illustrates how the whole agenda came together. Building on the work of his two predecessors, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas held six meetings with the GOP conference over a number of months to hash out ideas. A task force solicited proposals from dozens of congressmen; reached out to job creators, free-market think tanks and center-right economists; and canvassed Republican lawmakers to ensure consensus.

If “A Better Way” has a shortcoming, it’s that it is large and sprawling, consisting of dozens of proposals. But each plank of the agenda draws on principles congressional Republicans can use to tell Americans what they will do next year, regardless of who is president.

If Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office, Washington’s center of gravity will shift toward Congress, as industrious House and Senate Republicans drive the legislative agenda. If Hillary Clinton is president, “A Better Way” will give Republicans the intellectual ammunition to offer a competing vision that—if they retain majorities in Congress—may drive her toward cooperation.

Apart from its merits as policy, “A Better Way” demonstrates that there is much more to the modern Republican Party than Donald Trump. He casts a large, ominous shadow, but light can break through the pall. House Republicans are working hard to distinguish themselves and their party’s principles by presenting an agenda for the 21st century.

Their efforts are vital to the GOP’s success in November and may determine Mr. Trump’s political fortunes. The shame is that he’s making their work harder.

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Some links:

http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?platform=hootsuite

http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/better-way-do-people-s-business

As a Constitutional Conservative I like what I am seeing here. I hope Trump buys into what the House has laid out because Lord knows, he himself brings little but a loud and narcissistic mouth.

Further, this plan would seem to provide an American Agenda that hopefully would do much to cripple partisanship and get to a place where a President, Senators and Representatives represent the best interests of Americans and not Republican-Americans or Democrat-Americans. 

If the House is sincere in this effort, and can pull this off, I see it as going a long way toward restoring an almost dead Constitutional Republic. Remember the exchange between Benjamin Franklin and Mrs. Palmer in 1778:

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

And what is a “Constitutional Conservative?”

A Constitutional Conservative can be viewed as one who whishes to preserve those elements of the Constitution that give governance to “We The People … “ Meaning limited government and separation of powers among the three branches of federal government; Executive-Legislative- Judicial, as well as separation of powers among the Federal Government and the Various States, as well as between the Federal Government and the Individual citizen. . 

Don Johnson – June 2016

Am I still a Republican? Is there still a Constitutional/Conservative Republican Party?

From Governor Bobby Jindal:

“ … I do not pretend Donald Trump is the Reaganesque leader we so desperately need, but he is certainly the better of two bad choices. Hardly an inspiring slogan, I know. It would be better to vote for a candidate rather than simply against one. If current trends hold, I will be among the many complaining this fall about my choices. … “

I have voted Republican for many years.
I was too young to vote for John F. Kennedy although I probably would have. And I certainly would have voted for Robert Kennedy.
Likewise for Lyndon Johnson – too young – and he declined to run again for the next election. I don’t know if I would have voted for him, but I think I voted for Richard Nixon, then Gerry Ford, then Ronald Reagan twice, then George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush.

It’s not that I’ve been a hard core, died in the wool Republican – but  rather because of Democratic policies dating back to Slavery and the KKK, I’ve been anti-Democrat and will remain so.

But now with a man such as Donald Trump taking over the Republican party, I feel the need to take a sabbatical from Presidential politics – a long sabbatical perhaps extending beyond the November 2016 election.  A lot can happen between now and November, but in the meantime I will not entertain the idea of my vote going to “ the better of two bad choices.” Or as I would prefer to phrase it  — “picking one from scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

See you later in the year.

 
Don Johnson – May 201

Questions About Hillary’s E-Mails

Read: Intelligence Community IG: Top Secret Emails on Hillary’s Server

  • Has Hillary’s security clearance been suspended pending completion of the FBI Criminal Investigation?
    • If not — why not?
  • Can Hillary’s security clearance be revoked pending completion of the FBI Criminal Investigation?
    • If not — why not?
  • Can a president elect be inaugurated while his/her security clearance is suspended or revoked?
    • If so, what protection does the nation have against future such security abuse by a President who presumably is the final authority on security matters?

Don Johnson – August 2015

A Glutton for Punishment –- Revisiting The National Center For Science Education (NCSE)

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Yes … I have once more jumped into the shark tank known as NCSE. After more than a year of reading and commenting at the NCSE Blog site, I was finally kicked off after responding rather forcefully to a militant Atheist commenter called CdnMacAthiest, who over the course of a year has accused me of all manner of evil such as treason, sedition, pedophilia, child abuse and more …

So dummy me jumps once more into that shark tank, this time at their Facebook page where it seems I haven’t been banned.

And again, after offering up a good science article from Discovery Institute, the blow back came quickly and in abundance from commenters there.

So once more, I will be leaving NCSE, but not without a parting comment as you can read here.

Why do I do this you ask?

I do this because NCSE is one of the most influential and effective advocates for “evolution only” teaching in schools. This may sound fine to you since it is well known that evolution is “fact” and there is no controversy over it, and those like me who wish to point out the weaknesses and failures of Darwinian Evolution are considered to be and labeled as IDiots, “science deniers” and worse.

But this so called fact of evolution is far from fact, and there is indeed significant controversy centered around evolution, and that is what I attempt to address in my contributions at NCSE, and what I once more will attempt to do in this essay.

I have grandchildren in the public schools, and have had children in the public schools, and know and have known a number of teachers over the years, and it irks me that Atheism is pushed down the throats and into the minds of students.  And NCSE is for the most part pushing an Atheist world view in the guise of science  — at least in their evolution stance though I do not make the same charge in their ‘global warming’ stance. .

Yes, teach evolution by all means as the Discovery Institute advocates,  but teach the whole truth including the warts and failures of the Darwinian theory of Evolution and its successors such as Neo-Darwinism.

In this essay I will present strong evidences of design in nature – Intelligent Design — and follow with a series of serious questions and gaps in the main stream world view of evolution. The evidences for design are compelling because they have very close correlation to designs we commonly see and use in our everyday life of designed things and systems. Modern science and technology can actually look into the cells of nature, including the several trillion that are in each of our own human bodies, so in many cases we can actually see the evidences. Other evidences are what we experience on a daily basis in our own bodies.

My hope and vision for presenting this is as follows:

  • To provide information to the reader.
  • To cause a reader to pause and reconsider a world view — to reexamine the evolution/Intelligent Design/Creation controversy and puzzle over evidence both pro and con.
  • To open minds that may be closed due to long term educational and cultural influences that may have been in error.
  • To counter the bullying, shaming, name calling and career ending persecution that is all to prevalent when a contrary point of view is pursued or presented.
  • To recover the art and decency of civil conversation.

 As a lead in to this discussion I present a somewhat typical article describing research into micro biology – in this case, the human genome.

In modern molecular biology and genetics, the genome is the genetic material of an organism. It consists of DNA (or RNA in RNA viruses). The genome includes both the genes and the non-coding sequences of the DNA/RNA.

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The article is at this link:
http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/key-prediction-of-darwinian-evolution-falsified/#comment-573890

Excerpt:
Biological life requires thousands of different protein families, about 70% of which are ‘globular’ proteins, each with a 3-dimensional shape that is unique to each family of proteins. An example is shown in the picture at the top of this post. This 3D shape is necessary for a particular biological function and is determined by the sequence of the different amino acids that make up that protein. In other words, it is not biology that determines the shape, but physics. Sequences that produce stable, functional 3D structures are so rare that scientists today do not attempt to find them using random sequence libraries. Instead, they use information they have obtained from reverse-engineering biological proteins to intelligently design artificial proteins.

Indeed, our 21st century supercomputers are not powerful enough to crunch the variables and locate novel 3D structures. Nonetheless, a foundational prediction of neo-Darwinian theory is that a ploddingly slow evolutionary process consisting of genetic drift, mutations, insertions and deletions must be able to ‘find’ not just one, but thousands of sequences pre-determined by physics that will have different stable, functional 3D structures. So how does this falsifiable prediction hold up when tested against real data? As ought to be the case in science, I have made available my program so that you can run your own data and verify for yourself the kinds of probabilities these protein families represent. More.

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Before continuing  let me make a few remarks about the comments that have been generated on the NCSE Facebook page from my posting:

  • The referenced article is a fascinating and informative look into the proteins in our cells – all several trillion of them.  The article also shows the science and technology that allow a look at these proteins and how they function and how they are constructed. This particular article describes the 4 dimensional character of proteins … 3-dimensional folding and a 4th dimension of time. 
  • As fascinating as this is, none of the comments (and I emphasize none)  spend any time with the article itself. They don’t rebut or take issue with it, they don’t ask questions, they don’t seem to show any interest in the scientific study or reporting. Most likely the article hasn’t been read. And this is the pattern when I offered up similar articles at the NCSE Blog … little or no discussion on the articles presented, but much gnashing of teeth over where the information came from.
  • They spend all their time and energy attacking the Discovery Institute where this study was reported. And they spend a considerable amount of time and energy towards me and my views.
  • There seems to be very little sense of wonder at peering into life at the smallest detail … little indication of curiosity or wanting to know more.
  • The NCSE site itself seldom if ever reports on these kinds of ‘machines’ we see at the cellular level – plenty of articles on fossils, the Grand Canyon  and Scopes and Dover legal cases … but none on the machines of life itself. Sad from a site holding themselves up as an educational advocacy organization.
  • I recently met a professor from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University o0f Pennsylvania. I was able to ask the professor about the animations I have seen  such as the Kinesis Motor, and the one I reference above in this article.  The professor was able to answer my layman level questions because that is his area of research. He recommended I search on “systems biology” and “computational biology” in order to learn more.
    I wonder why NCSE has little or no interest in these two fields of biology, and why they don’t present these growing fields of study to their members and readers, and thus to the schools and students.

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And now to continue the contrast between ID and Neo-Darin Evolution…


In a comment to this article reported on at http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/key-prediction-of-darwinian-evolution-falsified/#comment-573890, reader ‘tjguy”  gathers together a list of life characteristics and systems that present A strong case for design in nature. I will use and enhance his list for purposes of this article.


Things we see in life:

  • Nano molecular machines, such as the Kinesin Motor and the Flagellum Motor.
    These machines are among the many that have been discovered in the cells of life in recent years.
  • The 3D genome.
  • Biological codes, some of which can be read backwards and forwards.
  • Information, as contained in DNA. From a Harvard study we read that” … One gram of DNA can store 700 terabytes of data. That’s 14,000 50-gigabyte Blu-ray discs… in a droplet of DNA that would fit on the tip of your pinky. … “
  • Self-correcting biological software.
  • irreducibly complex systems and machines.
  • A 4D world coordinated by internal clocks … see the article referenced above.
  • GPS like biological systems as in the navigational systems found in many animals.
  • Sonar capabilities as found in whales and dolphins.
  • Fantastically complicated and effective information processing, storage, and retrieval systems.
  • Magnets.
  • Amazing and purposeful designs accomplishing a wide variety of useful tasks.
  • Transportation systems, as in the Kinesin Motor.
  • Quality control systems.
  • Flight.
  • Computer like biological systems.
  • Temperature control systems,
  • And more …

This partial list presents a compelling case for a purposeful and deliberate design contained throughout nature from the cellular level to the complete body plan such as the human plan.

In the case of our human bodies, one example (of many) of the culmination of such design is the double play in baseball.

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Serious questions showing Dawkins’ ‘Mount Improbable’ really is improbable in the extreme – a case against Darwinian Evolution.

“… tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged” ... Stephen Hawking

Since Darwinian Evolution is asserted as indisputable fact and without controversy, I would like to offer up a serious list of questions … questions that unanswered would seem to shake that confident assertion. I would say that until these questions are definitively answered, or at least the strong majority, the Evolutionary Biologist and Materialistic Atheist can make no such claim of absolute irrefutable fact of evolution,. 

  • We don’t know how the laws of nature evolved.
  • We don’t know how the 240+ physical and natural constants evolved.
  • We don’t know how the first cell evolved.
  • We don’t know how the DNA code evolved.
  • We don’t know how replication evolved.
  • We don’t know how RNA polymerase evolved.
  • We don’t know how transcription evolved.
  • We don’t know how genes evolved.
  • We don’t know how translation evolved.
  • We don’t know how hemoglobin evolved.
  • We don’t know how the electron transport chain evolved.
  • We don’t know how ATPase evolved.
  • We don’t know how eukaryotes evolved.
  • We don’t know how multicellular organisms evolved.
  • We don’t know how the vision cascade evolved.
  • We don’t know how visual pattern recognition evolved.
  • We don’t know how hearing evolved.
  • We don’t know how audio pattern recognition evolved.
  • We don’t know how the kidney evolved.
  • We don’t know how the liver evolved,
  • We don’t know how the circularity system evolved.
  • We don’t know how mammals evolved.
  • We don’t know how male/female anatomical sexuality evolved,
  • We don’t know how bio sonar evolved,
  • We don’t know how the hummingbird tongue evolved.
  • We don’t know how the whale evolved.
  • We don’t know how photosynthesis evolved.
  • We don’t know how the butterfly evolved.
  • We don’t know how turtles evolved.
  • We don’t know how consciousness evolved.
  • We don’t know how biological information (i.e. DNA) evolved.
  • We don’t know how the various machines within the cell evolved.
  • We don’t know how altruism evolved.
  • We don’t know how bees evolved.
  • We don’t know how all of the body organs, including skin co-evolved to their present form.
  • We don’t know how human intellect evolved (i.e. music, art, literature etc.)
  • … and more I’m sure.

So we have a mountain of questions … do we have a mountain of evidence?

I know the principles at NCSE will reject what I have presented here, as well as the most vocal commenters. My hope is that there are  many other readers at NCSE that will consider what I have presented,  seek the truth, investigate the ID alternative  and present their students with honest science.

I know such teachers, administrators and school board members are out there, and I hope I have in some way compelled you to dig a little deeper and ask more probing questions.

 

Regards,

Don Johnson — August 2015

A Nation Turns–Same Sex Marriage

Further to Hal Lindsey’s analysis of profound and important current events, I offer up this …  image

Many years ago in 1981 I came out of a long marriage with Atheism. I’ve told of that story elsewhere and if you are interested, contact me here and I will tell you the story.

A major part of that story is the man pictured above – Hal Lindsey.  His books on Biblical Prophesy were the 2×4 that hit me upside the head and changed my life … indeed changed the lives of my family as well since had that not happened in my life, in all likelihood I would be looking at that family as a stranger looking in rather than being surrounded by them. Or drunk or dead — not looking at all.

Hal Lindsey is a man with credibility – credibility for what he has done in my life …  a man I respect and admire.

So I wondered about his reading on the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.

Here it is …

Click on the link below …

A Nation Turns–Same Sex Marriage

Perhaps it’s time to pay more attention to the Bible.

Don Johnson – July 2015