How to Destroy a Nation

I am hardly the epitome of a great person.  I have made countless bad decisions, some, oddly, on purpose.  I thought that I could circumvent the consequences.

However, I’m hardly an ogre.  To the best of my knowledge, I murdered not one.  I try to be honest.  I try not to hurt people.  I neither drink nor smoke and never did.

Enough already.  It’s not my point to brag, but I’m sure you get my point.  The fact is, I do love this country.  I spent nine years in the Marines doing my little part to keep us free.  I even spent one year in Vietnam,  pretty much terrified.

However, if I decided I wanted to destroy this country, the first thing I would do is to destroy the family structure.  Well, I guess someone beat me to it.  The concept of one father, one mother and children is about gone.  Satan, through the communists Soviets, has been very busy.  Something tells me he does not like this country or what it stands for.

First, the idea of marriage has been completely redefined.  Second, children are being reprogrammed by the public education system.  They have forced God out of our schools so that they can put things into our children’s minds that are completely foreign to the principles that this country was founded on.

Third, they have made the state the main provider of sustenance, not the father.  Hence, there is no more need for the father to remain in the home.  He serves no purpose other than, possibly abusing the wife and children, which profits Satan and the communists.  After all, children are the future of any country.

The state has made marriage and divorce fast and easy, even to the point of the “No fault” divorces.  Believe it or not, there was a time when people actually had to present a valid reason to a judge in order to get a divorce.  Indeed there are some couples who get divorces for no other reason than for tax purposes.

Then, of course there are those who don’t even bother with the marriage at all.  Who wants to make a real commitment?   It is just paper, right?

…and so it is that the true concept of the family continues to fade off into obscurity.  Most assuredly,  if it is not soon reversed, our nation will follow.  I’m not a prophet.  It doesn’t take a prophet to see the future in this case.

Then, as Nikita  Khrushchev said, the Russians will just march in and take over without firing a shot.  However, they might have to hurry.  Mexico might beat them to it.

Back to Bible Days

Maybe it is time for us to return to the days we taught the Bible and Biblical principles in schools.  Maybe it is time to put prayer back in school.  It certainly hasn’t helped us much by taking Christianity out of our classrooms.

Some might want to convince the world that the one thing has nothing to do with the other.  Yet, the Bible does teach us not to murder.  It is Christian to love one another.  What wonderful principles does atheism have to offer.

It would appear to me that, as a nation, we have made a big mistake by taking God out of our schools and now we are suffering the unintended consequences: death, pain and suffering.

I Learned One More Thing

In the last couple of weeks, I learned something very important.  A multi-billionaire is subject to being illegally spied on.  If the government was able to spy on candidate Trump, they can spy on any person for any reason.

Forget the 4th amendment.  If you want something kept private, maybe you need to bury it.  If you want to have a private conversation, forget using any kind of phone.  It would be best to go out in the middle of a cow pasture to carry on a private conversation.  Then you might want something that generates white noise.  If you must use email and you don’t want the FBI or NSA to read it, you will likely want to double encrypt it.

Indeed, it is starting to look like money can be made by people selling:

1. Sound proof rooms.

2. E-mail encoders.

3. Audio encryption devices for phones and so forth.

Maybe I missed a few suggestions.  Feel free to add a few.

By the way, I don’t have a whole lot to hide, but if I should decide to encrypt something, no one will ever figure it out.  It is actually a surprisingly simple thing to do.  Maybe I should start doing it just to confuse a few folks.  It would serve them right for abusing their positions.

My Name is Ben Rhodes

My Name is Ben Rhodes (Benjamin F Rhodes).  The name has been mine for seventy years.  Before me, it was my grandfather’s name.  Please do not confuse me with Benjamin J Rhodes, who was a former member of Obama’s staff.

When I started seeing the Obama staffer drag my name through the swamps of DC, I considered altering the way I sign my name.  I considered my cousin’s approach.  Though he had the same name as me, Benjamin Franklin Rhodes, he went by Frankie.  I didn’t even know we shared names until I was in my forties.

I also considered simply adding my middle initial.  (Ben F Rhodes)  That would differentiate me from the man, but the way I figure it, it was my name first.  If anyone should have to make any changes, he should.  Indeed, I believe he owes me an apology, ruining my name as he has.

Sometimes, I wonder if people attribute my books to him when they see my name on my books.  By the way, I started writing books back in 1990 or there abouts.  I don’t think he was writing almost thirty years ago.

I will admit that he has had a little more success than I have, but that doesn’t mean his books are any better.  I must admit, I have not read any of his books, but given his political views, how can they be anywhere near as good as mine?  He just has the inside track with his liberal friends.

If I were to write the man and register my complaint, I doubt he would read it.  If he did, he’d likely do more than laugh, if that.  So I guess I’m just stuck.  But I assure you, I’ll not change my name I put on my books.  However, I just might start putting some kind of disclaimer (if that’s what it is called) to let the reader know that I am not that left winger who has no idea of reality.

By the way, lest we forget, the communists are responsible for far more deaths than the Nazis and WWII Japanese.

  1.  The Vietnamese communists alone, in spite of the small size of the country, murdered over a million of their own citizens.  Had it not been for those that escaped, the number would have likely been close to twice that.
  2. The North Korean’s, even now, are trying to hold the world at hostage.  Might I add, with the help of the Chinese and Russians.
  3. The Red Chinese murdered, likely, as many or more than Hitler.
  4. There is no telling how many the Russian communists slayed, not to mention the vast number of those improperly imprisoned or driven from the country.

Do I mean to imply that Ben J Rhodes is a communist?  I don’t know the man’s mind, only what he does and his friends. From that, I must conclude that his ideas are very close to Carl Marx, who, by the way, was the first communist.

By the way, at least I have the only website, BenRhodes.blog.  I got it first and Ben J. Rhodes can’t have it, even if he is better known.

 

It is Casual to the Most Obvious Observer

I really don’t think this post is needed.  Some things simply should not require explanation.  However, I suspect there are some things that are overlooked, even by PhD’s.  ….or should I say, especially by PhD’s.  In spite of all the news I watch, no one, but no one has pointed out any of the following.  Sometimes, I wonder if even the Republicans are aware of it.

States such as New York, New Jersey and California will collect a great deal more in income taxes.  It is unavoidable.  If the wages increase, revenue from the state income taxes increase.  If the number of people earning wages increase, then the revenues will increase.

If the GDP grows from 2% to 4%, it only stands to reason that revenues will drastically increase, even though the tax rates have decreased.  This is especially true for states.  They didn’t decrease their rates.

Sales have increased.  That means revenue from sales tax have increased.  This has helped states, counties and cities, this without lifting a finger.

This, of course assumes that the people within those states don’t go running to other states.  I know I did.  Up until 1973, I lived mostly in California.  Then I got smart and left.  (I liked the state, just not the people running it)

There is, of course, one more obvious thing.  For every dollar that comes into the state treasuries, they will spend two.  It’s just the way those politicians think.  They love to tax and spend.  It is from where they draw all their power.  …and if there’s one thing politicians like, it’s power.  That should be casual to the most obvious observer.

Just a Little Lie

The Dems would like you to believe that the Republicans control the Senate.  Not true, that is, unless they decide to change the rules.  Right now, in order to pass a bill, it takes 60 votes.  The Republicans only have fifty-one.  Unless the rule is changed, the 49 senators can stop anything and everything.  …and they have been doing a lot of that lately.  So far, they have stopped over 100 in 2017.

One bill they were not able to stop was the tax reduction and that is because they used one rule to get around the other.  The Republicans passed the bill with 51 votes.  (As a result of having to resort to this method, they were not able to make all the tax reductions permanent.  After a time, some individual taxes will return to what they were in 2017.  Hopefully, between now and then, the changes will be made permanent, or at least extended.  It sort of depends on if the Dems block the effort.)

I guess this is the sort of thing that happens when we let lawyers run our government.

Unintended Consequences

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the trip from California to Arkansas to see my brother, a Republican.  During my stay with him, he and his wife were going to vote in the Democrat primary.  At that time, it served no purpose to vote in the Republican primary.  There was but one Republican running and he wasn’t likely the win the general election.
I suggested that he vote for the worst of those running among the Democrats.  It seemed to me a good way to give the Republican an advantage.  He told me he was going to vote for the best Democrat.  That confused me until he told me why.  “What if the worst Democrat wins?”

To be sure, during the recent presidential primaries, Donald Trump was not my favorite.  Although I did like his promises, he was an unknown.  I didn’t know if he would follow through on the promises.  Moreover, he had no government experience.  My favorite was Senator Cruz.  Not only did he think as I did, but he had already proved himself several times.
I did find it interesting that one by one dropped out, seemingly determined on the way they felt about illegal immigration.  Those that liked the idea of just opening the borders were taken out in the first round.  Some of those didn’t even last until the first debate.

What I didn’t understand at the time was the way the media backed Trump.  Anyone who has a memory knows this to be true.  Despite this, Senator Cruz almost overtook Trump.
Then, after the primary was settled, the media turned against Candidate Trump.  One day, he was their darling.  The next day they spoke of him as if he were a monster.
Then it became apparent to me what the media was doing.  They were using the trick I suggested to my brother and helped the worst candidate in order to help Hillary win.  What they didn’t know was that their decision had unintended consequences.  Not only did Candidate Trump beat her soundly, but he has turned out to be a very good president.

Certainly, as a Christian, I don’t like his language, especially in front of small kids.  Nonetheless, he is keeping his promises far better than I expected.  If we had a few more good Republican senators, I am sure he would keep his promises far better.  Just maybe, I would not be spending a thousand dollars a month for my wife’s health insurance.
More than this, he has become the Dems worst nightmare, a success.  As he has decreased regulations and lowered taxes, the economy has taken off, the unemployment has dropped and the Dems are beside themselves.  There has been a drop in those streaming across our border and there are even some rinos angered.  Their source of low wage employees is drying up.

Now I realize the Dems had one thing in common with me, their underestimate of President Trump.  Now they will have unintended consequences.  If we have 4% growth (likely more) the Dems will realize a significant drop in their number of fans, especially among those living in the rust belt.  This will be true in spite of how strongly the press beats up on President Trump and how much they try to help the Dems.  It will be obvious to one and all that the Dems were wrong all the time.

One thing I still don’t understand.  Why do the African Americans like the Dems?  They haven’t done anything for them.  Indeed, many of the things they have done have hurt them.  They worst thing they have done is to insist on backing an organization that had its foundation in trying to eradicate the Black race.  Margaret Sanger founded Family Planning for that express purpose.  I suspect, though they won’t admit to it, it is likely still one of their purposes.  Please don’t take my word for it.  Look it up.

Now, the Dems want to stand in the way of building a wall.  I can’t understand that.  I lock my door.  It helps keep the bad guys out.  A wall helps keep the bad guys out.  It helps keep the drugs out.  This is true no matter who the next president is.  On the other hand, if all we have is a virtual wall, that can go away as a matter of policy.  It went away while President Obama was in office and, to a lesser degree while President Bush was in office.
It is important to realize that building the wall even helps the illegal immigrants.  Many die sneaking into our country.  Many young women are raped.  Countless numbers of them end up working in sweatshops or brothels.  Of course, as payment for their passage, many are forced to carry drugs.  That’s not good for them or us.
I’m tired of hearing about comprehensive immigration.  We were promised a wall twice.  They were empty promises.  The way I figure it, they owe us the wall, not promises.  The way I figure it, the time for talk is over.  It is time to start building.

One more small note:  If we don’t have a good strong defense, eventually, we will not have a good economy.  For sure, we won’t even have a country.  We will be overrun by any one of a dozen of other countries.  We might not be an aggressive country, but others are.  The instant they realize we are weak, they will take advantage of it.