How to Drain the Swamp

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Few of those who have gravitated to serve in congress actually have their constituents in mind.  Most have their largest campaign contributors in mind.  In other words, special interest.  Their foremost goal is to keep their job in congress and maybe even venture to a higher level job.

We at the C. A. Morris Institute have an objective to get term limits for congress.  It is a top priority.  The examples of party politics and special interest control we are seeing at play throughout Washington right now among both Democrats and Republicans make it fully visible and it is enraging voters.

We voters are mostly to blame for the DC swamp.  We don’t take elections seriously enough.  In 2012 after the Obamacare debacle in congress, Republicans still didn’t take the presidential election seriously enough.

It is correct to say in many cases that all those running are the same.  So what is a voter to do when their party only offers up candidates who will be just like the majority of the DC Swamp?    VOTE OUT THE INCUMBENT.

We need to especially pay attention to the primary elections.  This is where your preferred party will be sent a message.  If your congressional representative is from your party, and is just another DC Swamp dweller, vote him or her out in the PRIMARY election.  Hopefully it will send the message to the state party officials that we are not going to take their “business as usual” anymore.

By voting out the incumbent, we will send the message to the parties, that we- the voters- will not accept their “career politicians”, their “business as usual”, their party control or their disregard for the constituents.

Both democrats and republicans can use this method to get the political parties’ attention, and ultimately send the message that we – the voters – are draining the swamp.  We can remove from office the career senators and career representatives who have wielded power for too long.  Remove those who have done the bidding of the party for too long. Remove those who vote to satisfy their special interest campaign contributors rather than their constituents.  We don’t have to listen to polls.  We don’t have to listen to how big the incumbent’s campaign “war chest” is. We don’t have to listen to the incumbents’ empty promises.  We vote out the incumbent, and drain the swamp.  We can create term limits with our vote until we have incumbents who will vote for term limits.

We can drain the swamp, and enforce term limits, and we do not have to wait for congress to decide on a constitutional amendment.  We show up at the Polling Places for the Primary elections and vote out the incumbent.  If your preferred party is not the party of the incumbent, that’s ok, vote against your party’s-backed candidate if he or she a career politician.  Also, depending on you state’s election laws, you may want to change your voter registration party affiliation to have the opportunity to have a say in whether an incumbent stays or goes.  That is your right.  You indeed can and should switch your party affiliation to best serve your needs and objectives.  You can switch back and forth with each primary election depending on the candidates.

We all need to stay informed and participate in the primary and general elections (even though it may seem to be a bother), and together we can “drain the swamp”.

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Immigration Then and Now

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Dems say, as a country, we’ve changed from embracing immigrants to shunning immigrants – but here’s why…

Immigration has evolved significantly over many decades.  In the more distant past where immigrants fully embraced the laws of the United States, they were willing to immigrate legally at great cost and sacrifice to themselves.  Since the days of immigrants crowding to Ellis Island to now, remarkable changes have occurred.

Many of the conditions in Europe such as war, depressed economies and repression that drove citizens from their homelands to the land of opportunity have improved and changed resulting in far less urgency to escape their homeland.  However, conditions in Mexico have also changed.  Mexican citizens want to escape their conditions, unemployment, drug violence, poor economies, political corruption and few prospects of change.  Refugees of the South American countries are also coming to the U.S. through Mexico.  When people become driven to change their conditions they will take whatever course of action is needed to accomplish that.

Executive Order SignedPresident Trump signs the Immigration Travel Executive Order  (Google Images)

The liberals tell whatever story they can spin to fill their needs.

The biased liberal media will provide the liberal story spin to attack the conservatives and republicans, and most especially, the president.  Now in the main stream media we are hearing that conservatives are Islamophobic or xenophobic simply because they take the threats of radical Islamic terrorists seriously and want to take steps to protect our U.S. citizens.

During the Obama administration, at our Southern border there had been a total disregard for the law.  Border Patrol Officers had been told to back off from border enforcement and deportations by their administrators.  We don’t know how many illegal immigrants there are in the U.S. right now but the last figures were upward of 11 million but according to Pew Research Center the number is declining.

Terrorist Threats

We need only look at Europe to understand the difficulties of open borders.  Terrorism in the UK and France are getting more and more frequent.  Sadly we hear the same refrain from European countries as we heard after terrorist incidents here, the perpetrators were known to law enforcement and investigated, but no action was taken.

Terrorist Threat

Police on London Bridge after a terror attack.  (Photo courtesy of NY Times)

So why are liberals embracing Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees?  Because they are inviting terrorism.  Liberals are the ultimate elitists.  They are so elite, they feel no terrorist threat to themselves.  The only people exposed to terrorism will be the working class, middle class and poor.  They will be safe because they will not be inhabiting any space where they would be exposed to terrorism.  They’re safe.

Deportation and Re-entry

So what gives with the habitual deportations and re-entries of criminals?  Five or six times in some cases.  President Obama just loved these guys.  When they were flown back into Mexico, did the Mexican authorities refuse to let them off the plane?

They come back into the U.S., who knows how.  Then they commit more crimes. But somehow they never get put into U.S. prison.  I don’t know if they are ever in the U.S. criminal justice system.  How does that happen?

Sanctuary Cities

How can you explain the phenomenon of sanctuary cities?  It’s actually driven by greed.  The democrats and liberal elitists know, that to keep themselves in power requires votes.  Always needing more and more votes, they have a plan to accommodate the illegal immigrants by not cooperating with the federal government and thereby winning favor with the illegals.

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MAP showing Sanctuary localities in the U.S.  (Courtesy of Fox News)

“Across the U.S., there are over 300 cities, counties, and states that are considered ‘sanctuary cities.’ These jurisdictions protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement detainers or otherwise impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents,” said the analysis from experts. – The Washington Examiner

However, you ask, how can that mean more votes for the liberal elites?  Illegal immigrants can’t vote.  Oh yes they can and do in our democratic controlled big cities where voter fraud is rampant.  What a happy day when illegals have the protection of the local governments, who also control the local election commissions, and you’ll find that no ID’s are needed for illegals, and they are recruited to go vote on election day in the sanctuary cities.

Sadly, the voters who are legally voting, are having their votes cancelled out by illegal voters who are voting as directed by their liberal elitist friends in the local government.  Talk about a happy day!   How could this work any better than that?  Well it gets even better for the liberal elitists.  They will lead the campaign for amnesty when the next liberal elitist comes to be president.  Amnesty, followed by citizenship equals a legal voter.  This is sort of what president Trump was talking about when he said there was voter fraud in the 2016 election.  He spoke of 5 million fraudulent votes.

States have widely reported little evidence of voter fraud. While President Trump appointed a commission to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 election, now the states are resisting commission efforts to collect data.  Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to have voter fraud discovered in democratic districts in many of the big cities?  Likely a cover-up.  Just like the excuse that the liberal elites use to resist the voter ID laws saying that would impose difficulties for the poor and disenfranchised.  I’m not buying that for a minute.  Wouldn’t it be equally important to know that each legal voters’ vote has been correctly counted and not been cancelled out by a fraudulent vote. Or a hundred, Or a thousand?

Illegal Immigrant Rights Trump U.S. Citizens’ Rights

How can it be justified to capture and arrest an illegal immigrant for a felony but because he is an “immigrant”, not only will he not be reported to ICE, he will not even be charged.  He will walk away free, rather than be reported to ICE, rather than be charged, tried, convicted and imprisoned, as would be the case with any U.S. citizen.  So to help you get this straight…

Legal U.S. Citizen: Captured, arrested, charged, tried, convicted, imprisoned.

Illegal immigrant: Captured, illegal status verified, let go.

This of course is not in every case, but is happening throughout our country right now in sanctuary cities.

Immigrants of Decades Past Wanted to Assimilate

Legal immigrants of decades past wanted to assimilate, make their own way and succeed on their own with the help of family.  Our illegal immigrants of today have been corrupted into taking handouts.  They get schooling for their children, they get housing, medical care, driver’s licenses etc.  Pretty much society looks the other way for illegals, allowing them to continue as normal a life as possible.

Driven by Elite Liberals and Elite Democrat Politicians

All this is being driven by our democrat and liberal politicians and we tax payers get to pay for it.  Let me repeat that for emphasis.  WE TAXPAYERS MUST PAY FOR ALL THE PERKS AND PROGRAMS PROVIDED TO ILLEGAL ALIENS BY LIBERAL DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS JUST SO THEY CAN KEEP THEIR OFFICE OR RUN FOR AN EVEN HIGHER OFFICE.

So to summarize briefly, illegal immigrants are in some cases, stealing your vote, in some cases getting away with crimes, in some cases benefiting from programs that you pay for with tax dollars and more.

We all know that our undocumented immigrant neighbors are by and large good hard working people who only mean well.  They are not the villains of this story by any means.  The vast majority of them are victims of the democrat liberal elitists who are manipulating them to gain power.  So above, when I noted about your vote being stolen, the root cause is actually the greedy power hungry democrat liberal elitist politicians.

I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.  God Bless America!

 

Are Universities Hoarding Government Money?

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Looking at the myriad of ways that universities are getting money from the government and therefore the taxpayers, I believe something needs to be done.

We know that universities get grant money for research work.  In most cases this is legitimate and justified.  There are the not so useful research grants too however, such as research on barbecue cooking in residential areas in Africa, or studies monitoring how much water hotel guests use.

We know universities receive operational funding from the federal government as well as money to fund tuition subsidies.  Many universities have direct ties to government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Defense (DOD) and on and on.

It appears the federal government has never seen a grant request from a university that it didn’t like.  Add to that other “awards and subsidies” bestowed on universities simply for having the right ear of the right congressman or senator at the right time.

In 2014, just the NIH awarded over $30.1 billion in grants to universities and medical schools around the world.  Broken down in a study from 2013 by the American Institute of Research, taxpayer subsidies for most colleges and universities average between $8,000 to more than $100,000 for each bachelor’s degree.  Put this into context with the tuition paid by the student, plus state and private grant money awarded to students for tuition, universities are pocketing enormous sums of taxpayer money and leave the students with enormous debt while they rake in the cash.

We can only hope that president Trump will look closely enough at the spending of his various departments to realize the enormous waste that just continues year after year without check driving our country further and further into  debt.  We taxpayers really need some help here.

Fear and Guilt – Tools of the Liberals

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Fear and guilt have long been tools of the left, the liberals and the democrats.  But now in their war on Trump, it has reached epic proportions.  You cannot look at the mainstream newspapers without seeing anti-Trump spin on everything.  All the liberal pundits just can’t spin the fear fast enough.  They want everyone to fear everything about Trump.

Of course there is also the “guilt” card.  They use this to advance their liberal agenda.  They don’t want you mad enough to vote someone out of office.  They want you overwhelmed with guilt to vote someone into office.  They want you afraid the earth is going to be poisoned by mankind and somehow kill everyone and destroy the planet.  They want you to own that guilt.  They want YOU to feel responsible for the destruction of the planet.  “It’s all YOUR fault”!

Burdened with that guilt you are directed to go to the polls and vote for their candidate who will take the needed steps to pass laws to fine polluters, shut-down refineries, coal mines, chemical companies, steel mills, etc.  Worry no more about polluters, they will all be shut down.

Insurance companies have profited forever on fear.  Fear of catastrophes, fire, hurricanes, floods, death.  In today’s world, you just have to have the basics.  But now they have turned to “warranties” to sell you “just in case” what they’ve sold you – breaks.  They survive on people’s fears.  So do the liberals.  The world will come to an end and it will be YOUR fault!

Now the mainstream media has sunk to using comic strips to bash Trump.  Where will it end?  It won’t!  Not even in our countries classrooms, liberal teachers are filling the minds of our children with guilt and fear.  Getting enough of the population filled with guilt and fear, the liberals can control the country.  They’ll have the population convinced, everything bad is THEIR fault, not the politicians, and their consorts.

We have to recognize this manipulation perpetrated by the left for what is – the use of guilt and fear as tools to control the population, so THEY can be in control!  If they can whip up enough frenzy and fear of Trump, they will mold their guilt ridden, fearful followers to help THEM get rid of him. They also will want everyone who voted for Trump to feel guilty for doing so.

Trump Should Continue to Confront the Liberal Biased Media

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I have been so pleased to hear Donald Trump and his administration fight back against the liberal biased mainstream media.  While the mainstream media cannot find enough newspaper to print their assaults, or enough network news hours to invent and spin Trump attacks, they ignore real news, and most importantly, they ignore the Trump voters, whose numbers are growing.

The mainstream media are so hysterical over Trump and everything he does, they print and broadcast conjured and contrived stories that offend even the moderate democrats.  Let’s look at reality for a moment.  If all these individuals showing up for the town hall meetings held by republican legislators to protest against Trump, were actually voters in those districts, the republican candidates would never even have been elected!

It serves no useful purpose but to show hysteria just for the cameras.  The result is more and more people are learning what the liberal biased mainstream media is all about.  Maybe they laughed at Steven Colbert jokes about Trump but now the all-out assault from all sides is telling.   People who otherwise never noticed the bias have now sat up to take notice.  While the press is consumed with calling Trump “Hitler” and a “Fascist” people are getting angrier with the press.  But the press is too busy bashing Trump to even notice.  If the liberal biased mainstream media hasn’t noticed their readers and watchers slipping away, they’ll get the message at election time in the same surprising manner as they did in the past presidential election.  Not a surprise to us who see how they only hear their liberal biased Hollywood, academia, and union supporters.

Trump Needs to Unify the Country

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After his election, Donald Trump said he would unify the country.  At this point he has done anything but unify the country.  Of course what we are seeing is the democratic outrage from losing the election, and their attempt sabotage everything President Trump tries to do.

Twitter Storms

First, before President Trump can hope to begin to unify the country, he needs to cease the Twitter storms.  His raging on Twitter, is divisive and childish. His advisers really need to put the pressure on to get that to stop.  He also needs to tone down the bravado too.  He is bringing on more criticism when boasting about himself, and what HE has done.  He really needs to understand the power is in WE and US, rather than I and ME.

Does He Even Know How to Unite the Country?

He doesn’t seem to know or he isn’t interested at this point.  Right now he seems occupied with everything that is not going his way.  I wish I’d seen any sign that he is ready to start unifying the country, unfortunately, no sign yet, but I’m hoping.

In case he doesn’t know where to begin, allow me to offer some suggestions.  First, he needs to sit down with his administration and advisers and cabinet to find the areas where there is common ground.  Some have already suggested infrastructure.  Every state has serious infrastructure needs.  The federal budget could be another.  No one wants to see another deadline where the government runs out of money and raises the debt ceiling, only to kick the can down the road yet again.  It’s time to fix it.  He will need to find those kinds of common ground and list them.  He will need to become the mentor to congress on how to get things done.  Once he has the list of obvious common ground projects, he will need to create an agenda for meeting congressional leadership. He’ll need to draw upon his skills as a leader to plan the agenda that will inspire all the participants..

Then he needs to call the congressional leadership from both the House and Senate, and from both parties to the White House.  He will conduct the meeting again using his skills as a leader to motivate the attendees to follow.  He’ll need to show that working cooperatively with the administration will help every state, the entire country will benefit.  He’ll need to convince them that he will do all he can to make the projects that arise out of this cooperative effort happen.  These initial projects will be the core of the initiative to build trust and motivation to act together.

The leadership team would then turn the projects over to appropriate committees, sub committees etc., to actually do the work to implement the projects with needed legislation.  The leadership team would meet periodically to get updates on the initial projects and add additional projects as they are presented, reviewed and accepted.  This will be the bipartisan effort to build on.  Successful results are imperative.   On time and under budget!

The Liberals Revealing Who They Really Are

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Since Donald Trump has taken office we’ve seen liberals reveal as never before, who they really are.  While on one hand we hear them speaking about tolerance, inclusiveness and building bridges, what they have shown and demonstrated is they are anything but tolerant, inclusive and bridge-builders.

They have shown in the main-stream media the hatred and intolerance of anything that is not part of THEIR agenda.  They have loudly affirmed their hatred and disrespect for Donald Trump.  TV networks, newspapers, the liberal cable news, have held nothing back when it comes to hatred of republicans and Donald Trump.

We’ve seen on campuses, and heard from university faculty their disgust for every campaign promise of Donald Trump.  Their rhetoric has come off the charts, and outrage permeates wherever one looks in main-stream media.  But now we see it so very clearly.  Now we can clearly see the bared teeth and hatred.  It’s been there all along but many voters were just not convinced of who the liberals really are and how they represent so completely, all those liberal ideals which are seen now as anything but desirable.  It’s been made very clear to them now.

One would think that since Obama’s election in 2008 that the steady democratic losses would be a wake-up call to the democrats and liberals.  Steady losses in the house, senate and governorship’s, even state houses.  But the democrats and liberals are in denial.  Rather than learning from their losses, they are now doubling down on their liberal agenda.

They believe that their popular vote win in the presidential election was a mandate to take a stand.  The reality is anyone who was not fully committed to the Democratic Party is now running into the arms of the republicans.  Even Donald Trump can seem level-headed by comparison with some of the unhinged speeches of the democrats, the rage in the words of the liberal newspaper columnists, the hypocritical commentary and spin of the TV journalists, the transparent spite of Hollywood elites mocking republicans and Trump in supposed “humor”.

Not to give the democrats and liberals any advice, but they really need to take a step back and look at what they’re doing!   It is shameful and the voters already see that.  The problem the democrats and liberals are facing now is that because they are so elitist, they can only see what they are surrounded by… elitists!  They therefore have no idea.  They have no idea that they have shut down speech for the other side!  They have turned a deaf ear to anyone who voted for Donald Trump, to anyone who supports any single one of his goals, and to anyone who will defend republicans, Trump, or his agenda.  So I fully believe all of you who now feel disenfranchised by the left-winged media, academia, and unionized labor officials will come out and vote in 2018 and 2020.

There are Consequences

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The liberal and democrat outrage over the immigration executive order is so thoughtless it is laughable.  First, the mainstream media has taken every opportunity to mislabel, misrepresent and outright lie about the scope of the order.  This is not the only area where the press is misrepresenting and twisting facts and yes, lying, to put fear into people and whip them into a frenzy. It’s sad.

However, the bigger matter here is the Muslims who feel they are being targeted.  Targeted for their faith, targeted for their heritage and targeted as a race.  Muslims are feeling targeted for no legitimate reason.  However, it is very clear in the executive order that the extreme vetting measure is to protect the U.S. from terrorists entering our country.  The order is certainly fair to protect the citizens of the U.S., as per the constitution, a sovereign nation (although many liberals don’t agree with that).

Where do the consequences come in?  Islam and the Muslim religion have been around about 1500 years.  And throughout that history the religion has been plagued with the violence from radical extremists who take passages of the Quran and misuse them for corrupt purposes and justify their hatred, terrorism, slaughter and other extremism.  Meanwhile, mainstream Muslims have been quiet.  Mainstream Muslims over the 1500 years have not been able to rise up and take back their religion.  They have been passive.  Their religious leaders have been silent as well.  Judaism and Christianity have had their bouts with extremism too, however, there have not been outbreaks of extremism to the extent seen in Islam.

Muslims have lived among the terrorists since their religion was born.  Now while Muslims have immigrated all over the world the terrorism is following.  Yet Muslims have not been held accountable for allowing the extremists to thrive throughout the ages.  Although there have apparently been times of calm and quiet, the radical extremists have been able to exist among other Muslims throughout the ages.  We cannot say conclusively that this situation was influenced or encouraged in ways, but only that it was tolerated.

Now with the immigration order, in this very small way, Muslims are being held accountable for allowing this situation to exist over centuries.  Similar to Judaism, Islam has no singular leader.  But unlike Judaism, Islam has not been able to control their radical elements.  Catholicism does have a singular leader but whether this helped to control their radical extremists is uncertain.  But what is certain is that it is time for Muslims to decide if they love their religion.

They must not tolerate the radical extremists any longer. Islam is a religion of peace.  If that is true, why haven’t Muslims stood up to confront and combat the extremists?  In recent years I have learned of individual Muslims who indeed are fighting back to defeat radical extremism.  It is a great movement but it is not enough.  Muslims must get their religious leaders en masse to LEAD, and fight to defeat the extremists.  Until then, until that kind of movement takes hold, Muslims around the world will find they are being held accountable for the 1500 years of blissful ignorance.  Interesting that our local Mosque held a meeting to protest the immigration order, but where are the meetings and calls to defeat radical extremists!  Silence! Denial of THEIR responsibility for THEIR religion.  They now are facing consequences and will continue to face consequences while they, and the rest of the world is left threatened by the radical extremists homegrown within their religion.

Donald Trump should nominate Vice President Joe Biden as Secretary of State

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Donald Trump should nominate Vice President Joe Biden as Secretary of State.  It’s a perfect fit.  Biden would be an easy approval on both sides of the aisle.  He’s stayed out of trouble pretty much as VP, has good foreign affairs background, and had a successful career as senator.  Whether he’d take the job is a question, but I think he’d definitely consider it.   This is a good choice and Trump should give him a chance.

Inner Cities Need to Place Blame

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Inner cities across the country really do need to look at who to blame for the continued poverty and crime they have been living with for decades.  Donald Trump surely fumbled the wording in his appeal to black voters vote for him, painting all blacks as unable to overcome the crime, unemployment, poor schools etc.

However, his point that the democrats are responsible for these conditions is absolutely correct.  In all of the big cities across the country, democrats have relied on controlling elections by expecting black voters to just continue to elect them. Many of these cities now have democrat office-holder who themselves are African-American, and in many cases come from within the communities they represent. This has not changed anything for the better.  Stemming from the wrong-headed democratic policies where they just give away free stuff, they do not address the problems, but rather work only to ensure their reelection.

Unfortunately, turning a city over to republicans isn’t likely to change much either.  We know that most politicians, republican or democrat, are in it for themselves.  They won’t work for meaningful change, but rather the quid pro quo.

The republicans can at least start to make changes based on Donald Trump and the outsider image.  With the inner cities to illustrate all that’s wrong with the democratic way, republicans can gain an advantage at the local level by simply working to actually make real and meaningful change rather than working to ensure re-election. Any republican or democratic hopefuls willing to dedicate their political careers to meaningful change in politics and the community can contact the C. A. Morris Institute to learn about analytical tools and methodologies to guide them to success!