Mark Caserta: Huntington, WV. – One of the most dangerous cities in the nation?

18 Feb

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Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and managing editor for Free State Patriot

February 18, 2019


 

Is Huntington, West Virginia one of the most dangerous cities in the nation?

You decide.  But the facts are undeniable.

Per Neighborhood Scout, an online service which does a deep-dive analysis into the crime rates in cities across the nation, our fair city is certainly not providing any incentive for families to stay or relocate to our area.

Neighborhood Scout serves numerous entities which impact the growth and prosperity of a city, such as investors, lenders, brokers/agents and property managers, by providing them with the most current crime index information available utilizing analytical builds from “Location, Inc”.

This information, which was released from the FBI in September, 2018 (latest available), is troubling, to say the least.

The website and the corresponding information may be viewed at: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wv/huntington/crime

On a Crime Data scale, with “100” being the score of the safest cities in the U.S., Huntington is at a “3”!

All things being equal, this means that Huntington is only safer than 3% of all U.S. cities!

Additionally, the data reported shows, on average, our city incurs nearly 10 violent crimes per 1000 residents annually and more than 50 property crimes per 1000 each year.

For comparison, the state of West Virginia has just over 3.5 violent crimes per 1000 residents. Our city nearly “triples” even that of our entire state!

Your chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Huntington are 1 in 102, versus 1 in 285 on a state level. It’s worth noting, the website has Huntington’s current population at 47, 079. I believe it’s considerably lower than that, which would make the math even worse!

Your chances of being the victim of a property crime in Huntington are not any more promising. You stand a 1 in 20 chance of being on the receiving end of a property crime in our city as compared to 1 in 50 for the state of WV.

Certainly, sounds like a good case for reducing the level of police and fire protection in Huntington – doesn’t it?

Some of the safer neighborhoods in the Huntington area include:

  • Lesage, Martha / Hodges
  • Buffalo Creek / Shoals
  • Pea Ridge
  • Goodwill Rd / Spring Valley Drive
  • Melissa / West Pea Ridge
  • Locust Terrace / Locust Drive
  • 16th St. Road / Washington Blvd
  • Harveytown
  • Westmoreland.

Folks, you’re not going to hear this from our local city leaders or even our local media, who clearly have the responsibility to protect our citizens by informing and preparing them with this information.

It’s truly the epitome of political apathy toward our citizens and their well-being.

Amid this peril, it’s disconcerting that we have city leaders exhibiting such a dereliction of duty by allowing our city to not only operate with an understaffed and overworked police force, but to allow the decay of our infrastructure to continue.

There are those who simply don’t think it’s healthy to be transparent with this information.

But how can any problem be addressed without first, acknowledging it?

Our city is desperate for leadership who will stand up against the deep state cowering in the shadows, content to propagate their progressive agenda of inclusiveness and sanctuary ideology, while Huntington dies a slow death.

The satellite view is this. Within these United States, among the 35,000 cities recognized by U.S. Geological Survey, lies the city of Huntington, WV. A city, once widely recognized for being a great town to work and raise a family, now declining in population and on the verge of destitution.

We find ourselves riddled with drugs, crime and questionable leadership with no apparent plan to return business and manufacturing to our area.

What will it take to make Huntington great again? Is it even possible?

Yes. But it will require a lot savvier business acumen and a lot less self-centeredness.

And it will be up to the voters to find that person.

Yes, we need a hero.

 

 

Mark Caserta: Grace Food Pantry: Ministering to Huntington, WV. and our children.

16 Feb

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(Grace Food Pantry has been ministering to Huntington’s children for 7 years)


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Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and managing editor for Free State Patriot

February 16, 2019


It’s time for God’s people to realize that simply “talking the talk”, versus “walking the walk”, makes us no more valuable to the Kingdom of God, than the very worst among us.

And frankly, God must be getting very annoyed. For there are those among us who not only refuse to get involved in prospering the Kingdom, but engage in attacking it under the guise of care and compassion.

It’s called progressivism.

Too many people refuse to engage in problem resolution, until a problem begins to impact them or a family member directly.

It’s important to understand, simply because a problem doesn’t appear to impacting you directly, doesn’t mean it isn’t impacting you indirectly.

A perfect example would be forgetting the most innocent among us – our children.

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

GRACE KIDS PIX

(Smiling children embrace the love from Connie and her team, who freely provide their time and efforts)

Jesus was very compassionate when it came to children. He always made time for them.

Oh, what a joy it must have been to sit at Jesus’ feet as He shared the gospel in a manner even a child could understand!

But do you really think Jesus would stop this ministry to children just because He ascended to His Father? He absolutely would not!

Jesus told his disciples in John, “…Whoever believes in me will do works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

I’m convinced God has placed earthly Angels among us, with the clear assignment of ministering unto His little children.

I believe Connie Miller, of Grace Food Pantry and Community Outreach Ministries, is one of those Angels.

I recently visited Connie at her facility where she shared they minister to 147 children each week with food and a good Word.

As we spoke, her tears authenticated her heart-felt compassion for these children. It both, broke and strengthened my heart as I listened to her story.

Connie, a cancer-survivor, herself, has certainly not been overwhelmed with the financial means to fulfill her calling in this benevolent ministry. The struggles have been many as she’s molded a niche in which she and her team can provide a cupboard of sustenance for those in our Tri-State area whose bellies would moan from hunger, if it were not for Grace Food Pantry.

GRACE FOOD SHELVES

(Shelves at Grace Food Pantry, with food for our city’s hungry children)

Ever wonder why it seems children, beginning in the womb, are perpetually under attack from the enemy?

Praise God, more than once in history, the enemy has been blind-sided by the entry of a “deliverer” and warrior for the Kingdom. John the Baptist, Moses, Joseph, and ultimately the Son of God escaped demise at the hands of Lucifer.

A direct attack on the unborn and our children, by liberals, has been a long-term strategy to eliminate another “champion” with a mission of building the Kingdom of God here on earth.

The citizens of Huntington, WV. know better than most what can happen if someone is without hope or purpose in life. Survival is an inescapable instinct and brings about desperate measures.

And there is no greater need among us than the need of food and hope. And that’s exactly what you will find on the shelves and in the halls of Grace Food Pantry – food and hope.

Connie and her team are feeding our city’s children both physically and spiritually. As their website states, they are “Changing one child, one family, one community at a time.”

And they desperately need our help to continue feeding God’s children.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.” Matthew 25:35.

Jesus was speaking metamorphically about ministering to His people. But He was speaking directly to you and to me.

GRACE KIDS CLUB

(Connie’s ministry provides spiritual sustenance as well)

It’s time. It’s time for those who truly care about returning the City of Huntington to greatness to step up and replace words with action. And we must begin the same place progressives began 50 years ago – with our children.

Join Free State Patriot in committing to regularly contributing “directly” to Connie and Grace Food Pantry financially.

Donations can be mailed to:

Grace Food Pantry

P.O. Box 3007

Huntington, WV. 25702

Or send your tax-deductible contribution to:

  www.paypal.me/gracefoodpantry

Visit their Facebook page at:

 https://www.facebook.com/gracefoodpantry/

Website: www.gracefoodpantry.org

Or simply call Connie at 304-638-1119, to arrange a tour of the facility. This is a non-profit organization and the team doesn’t take a single dime for salary. It’s simply a work of love.

Yes, they need your words of encouragement, but they need monetary assistance – now.

Our children cannot fend for themselves. They need us. We absolutely cannot let them down. They are our future.

Let the loving citizens of Huntington, WV. and surrounding cities step up for this ministry. For what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you!

Pray about what God would have you contribute. Remember, “to whom much is given, much is required”.

Don’t wait, do it now. A hungry child is waiting. Pick up the phone, pen, or your laptop.

Let’s overwhelm them with our love and financial aid!

Blessings and abundance be upon Connie, her team and Grace Food Pantry.

 

Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Caserta: Huntington, West Virginia: A city desperate for leadership

8 Feb

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Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and managing editor for Free State Patriot

February 8, 2019


 

How desperate must the situation in Huntington, WV. become before its citizens begin holding leadership accountable?

A city’s infrastructure is prerequisite to a community functioning properly. Sadly, the infrastructure of Huntington seems to be the least of our current administration’s concerns – to the point our safety is being placed at risk!

A recent post shared by social media blog, “Real Huntington”, revealed the entire compliment of Huntington’s Fire Department (HFD) Tower Trucks are completely out of service and unable to respond to calls requiring their special functions. In the event on a high-rise fire, the HFD is forced to call upon nearby fire departments in Barboursville, Green Valley or Kenova, WV. for support.

Any firefighter will tell you, that given the rampage of an intense fire, the time it would take for support to arrive from other cities places the city of Huntington and its residents at the mercy of time and could result in needless loss.

And given that time has no mercy, this loss could include the loss of life.

Managing a city’s budget and infrastructure must be more than an afterthought for this administration. Perhaps if we spent as much time managing these fiscal responsibilities as we do promoting “inclusiveness” and a “sanctuary mentality”, our city administration would be more successful in contributing to Huntington’s success and less to its demise.

What could possibly be more important in our city’s budget than the protection of its citizens?

Well, it appears, most everything.

As with liberals on Capitol Hill, it seems Huntington’s administration has such a disdain for conservative principles, it simply cannot think rationally. And the individuals, with this irrationally motivated mindset, seem intent on fundamentally changing what has historically been one of the most conservative cities I’ve known in my lifetime, Huntington, WV., into the East Coast distributor of progressive values.

Is it too much for the citizens of Huntington to ask, for the Mayor, the City Council and leaders responsible for our city’s infrastructure, to prioritize the allocation of funds for our city’s basic needs before consideration of discretional spending?

Frankly, the city of Huntington, WV. is dying a slow death. And city leadership is idly standing by allowing it to happen. While the rest of the nation is prospering under the conservative, principled leadership of President Trump, our city’s leadership appears hell-bent on heading the opposite direction in every sense of the word.

It’s appalling that our local news outlets, fail miserably at reporting the critical nature of our situation. Has anyone read anything in the Herald Dispatch or seen any viable reporting on WSAZ regarding our city’s leadership liabilities?

And you’re not going to. Can anyone say “Deep State” protection?

Per City.Data.com, Huntington, West Virginia has become one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. Per capita, Huntington’s crime index is higher than 97.2 percent of other cities in our country. That’s an incredible statistic!

And the buck stops with our city’s leadership and the poor business acumen that inundates our courthouse.

We are now less than 6 months away from the end of the 18-month period during which Mayor Steve Williams promised, “We would be managing our way out of this…”, speaking of the fiscal mess which he has allowed.

Does anyone feel more secure, living in the city limits? Do we see manufacturing jobs returning to our beloved community? Are you better off now than you were prior to the current administration?

If the answer to these questions is “no”, it’s time to take our future back with leadership that will put Huntington first, rather than a political career.

Harsh words? Absolutely! It’s time.

Make Huntington Great Again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Smith: Text of address to Cabell County GOP event

7 Feb

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Doug Smith is an historian and Associate Editor for Free State Patriot.  He recently addressed the Cabell County GOP at an event sponsored by the Cabell County Republican Executive Committee.  The following is the text from his oratory.


 

DOUG FOR FSP

I used to love football. Up until it became a political football, instead of a sport, I was crazy about the game. My 3 favorite teams were Green Bay, Marshall, and anyone playing WVU.

Vince Lombardi often said “When you continue to be defeated, go back to the basics. “So in his first practice with the Pack, after they blew a 4th quarter lead to lose the 1961 Championship game, he began with:

Gentlemen, this is a football. To which Wide Receiver Max McGee responded, “Slow down, Coach. You’re going too fast. “

I’d like to explore for a few moments the GOP penchant for losing fights they have in the bag, by taking Lombardi s advice to go back to the basics. Perhaps to start winning on conservative issues, we need to begin by understanding, and being able to defend, what we believe and who we are as conservatives. When I say defend, I do not mean to make excuses, as in GW Bush’s “compassionate Conservative.” This falsely implies 1: that to be conservative is to lack compassion, and 2: that compassion is the only worthwhile attribute.

On the 4th of July 1976, the 200th birthday of the United States, I walked down to pier 7 of the Navy Submarine Base, New London, CT, and reported aboard USS Gato, SSN 615, a 594 Class Nuclear Attack Submarine. Gato was the newest in the class of faster, silent, deep-diving Submarines, capable of operating at depths greater than 400 ft at speeds more than 25 knots. We carried 16 high speed Mk 48 anti-ship torpedoes, and up to 6 SubRoc anti-Submarine Rocket propelled Nuclear Warhead Depth Charges, with a variable yield from 1.5 to 250 Kilotons depending on the target. They had a kill radius of 5 miles. In plain terms, that means anything within 5 miles in any direction of ground zero simply ceased to exist.

By way of comparison, Little Boy, the bomb that devastated Hiroshima had a yield of 5 Kilotons.

Our mission was to hunt down and track Soviet Ballistic Missile Submarines, which had the capability to wipe out American cities. In my 5 years on the boat, I saw valves stamped “made by De Laval, of Huntington, WV”. They were cast out of K-Monel and Ni Cu produced at International Nickel, in Huntington, WV. That could account for a projected Soviet Submarine ICBM target map I saw with a circle drawn neatly around the Nickel Plant. They say that all politics is local, and regardless of the philosophical questions involved, all war in ultimately personal.

Given the nature of our weapons, and our mission, it was reasonable to ask the question: Do you have any problems firing a nuclear weapon and killing every man aboard an enemy submarine? Or perhaps an enemy task force, with hundreds of men? If the order comes, and your hand is on the switch, will you fire the weapon? And they do ask. Given that those 200 Russians 20 miles from us might be the ones launching a missile at Huntington, 1000 miles away from us; the answer was easy for me as a 20-year-old sailor. Darn right, I will. (Being a Submariner, talking to a Submarine Officer, I confess I may have phrased it a bit more colorfully at the time.)

At 63, as a somewhat faded and careworn old Chief Petty Officer, my answer is unchanged. Assuming things were so dire they would take me back on a boat again. That is because of my conviction the United States is the finest and freest country in the history of the world; that she has done more to free people and raise them out of poverty and misery than all the nations and empires that have ever existed. She is

Infinitely worth fighting for, worth killing for, worth dying for. That is why we were still out there. Despite the loss of the Thresher, the lead boat in our class, with a loss of all hands. We closed the hatch, and we submerged, and we spent months on end ready to go to war on 2 minutes notice. “A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” John Stuart Mill. But the sad reality is that going down to the sea in ships is an adventure for young men.

So.

How can I defend that conviction about America when I am no longer wearing the uniform? There are many things I can do: work hard, be honest, be a good neighbor. But to be a good citizen, part of the task is to defend and support those ideals and principles that led to the founding of the country, and subsequently to all, and it is a very great all, the good she has done.

I believe those principles are best guarded and nurtured by the collection of beliefs and ideals that is Conservatism.

Abe Lincoln was our 1st Republican President, and he considered himself a conservative. He was certainly one Republican President for whom Republican and Conservative were synonymous. That is not always the case. Lincoln was certainly the first POTUS to follow that philosophy to preserve the vision of the Founders of the United States against those who rejected it in favor of an elitist form of government. Lincoln once said:

“What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?”

I take his words to heart. While he was not the first conservative, (that distinction belongs to Edmund Burke, he certainly believed that this American ideal and experiment, 87 years in, was worth conserving, and was willing to pay a terrible price to see it endure.

I have been a Republican since the Gipper ran for POTUS while I was a young sailor and that Old Peanut Farmer was my C in C. I love and appreciate what Reagan stood for. I hate the capacity of my Grand Old Party for snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Reagan agreed to amnesty in exchange for border security for which we are still waiting. Bush 41 made a deal with Ted Kennedy (Marylin Monroe and Mary Jo Kopechne and the Bay of Pigs fighters will tell you making a deal with a Kennedy is not going to end well for you) to break his promise of no new taxes in exchange for cuts in spending, for which we are still waiting. I don’t know about you, but after a decade of We will repeal Obamacare, root and branch, if you just give us the House. And the Senate. And more of the Senate. And the White House. And more judges. And we still wait for the border security Ted Kennedy promised Reagan, the spending cuts Ted Kennedy promised George HW Bush, (as far as I can tell, the only promise Ted Kennedy ever kept was “ Mary Jo, baby, I’m going to take you for the ride of your life), and the repeal of Obamacare. The GOP is so good at losing, you have to either decide that they are indeed the Stupid Party, or that they are not serious about their principles and RINO s like McCain and Flake are more mainstream than we like to admit. Now, I for one, am about ready to stop kicking that football.

To quote Ricky Ricardo, Lucy, you got some “splaining” to do!

When the Left wins, we get, predictably, higher taxes, more regulations, more abortions, more illegals, more political correctness (which is a high-sounding way of rejecting common sense), more Congressmen with $ 90,000 dollars in cold cash in their freezers, and the 40-year cancer on our culture and body politic that is the Clintons. When we win, we get, what? A few marginal victories but lose on the big issues. We pass lots of meaningless bills to repeal Obamacare, right up till we actually have the power to do so, and then we fold like a cheap suit.) If the Left wins, even a slight majority, we go along with their Ginsberg and Kagan Justices, and their whole agenda with a somewhat apologetic “Well, elections have consequences, they did win.” When WE win, we somewhat apologetically say, well, you have to understand how politics works. After all, we only have one half of one third of government and there is only so much we can do.” Odd how such restrictions did not seem to matter to a Democrat House, or, for most of my lifetime, a Democrat WV Legislature.

It has been said that Republicans are the stupid party, Democrats are the evil party. The GOP can always be counted on to do something stupid. The Democrats can always be relied upon to do something evil. Occasionally, the GOP is stupid enough to compromise with the Democrats, and then we get something spectacularly both stupid and evil.

So, do we really continue to lose because we are stupid? Well, let us entertain a different theory.

T.S. Eliot said “the tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.”

William F Buckley said the conservative movement is an alternative to the liberal establishment that is based on principles of “freedom, individuality, the sense of community, the sanctity of the family, the supremacy of the conscience, the spiritual view of life.”

Conservatism as we know it began around the time of the French Revolution. Men like Edmund Burke saw that while there was much to criticize about Parliament and King, the barbaric fanaticism of the Mob rule in France tore at the foundations of civilized society and was not the way to go. Robespierre, the man who made the Mob, and egged them along to murder King Louie, Marie Antoinette, and 16,000 more Frenchmen in the terror, may have had a few moments to reconsider his position before the guillotine proved the problem of the Mob. We will never know, of course, because, to paraphrase the poem “A tisket a tasket a head in a basket, cannot respond to the questions we ask it.” Burke s “Reflections on the Revolution in France” influenced leaders both in England and in America to establish governments that would preserve justice and freedom.

. Our American War of Independence was not so much a revolution, as a separation from England. Adams, Hamilton, and Madison, did not desire to depose the King and tear down society in England, but to maintain and expand self-rule and freedom in American. The Constitution, written with an understanding of history and human nature, and recent bloody experience of the horrors of the French Revolution,     followed by a war of conquest by Napoleon, caused our founders to create arguably the most successful conservative device in all history.

Conservative leaders, ever since Burke and Adams, have subscribed to certain general ideas that we may set down, briefly, by way of definition. Conservatives distrust what Burke called “abstractions”—that is, absolute political dogmas divorced from practical experience and particular circumstances. They do believe, nevertheless, in the existence of certain abiding truths which govern the conduct of human society.

Perhaps the chief principles which have characterized American conservative thought are those outlined by DR Russel Kirk in his 1956 book “The Conservative Mind.”

Men and nations are governed by moral laws; and those laws have their origin in a wisdom that is more than human—in divine justice.

John Adams said “Our Constitution is made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. “At heart, political problems are moral and religious problems. The wise statesman tries to apprehend the moral law and govern his conduct accordingly. We have a moral debt to our ancestors, who bestowed upon us our civilization, and a moral obligation to the generations who will come after us. This debt is ordained of God. We have no right, therefore, to tamper impudently with human nature or with the delicate fabric of our civil social order.

Variety and diversity are the characteristics of a high civilization. Uniformity and absolute equality are the death of all real vigor and freedom in existence.

Conservatives resist with impartial strength the uniformity of a tyrant or an oligarchy, and the uniformity of what Tocqueville called “democratic despotism.” The PC mob that becomes hysterical at any thought that might differ from their own are a moribund piece of society. They can be “ safe and comfortable” in Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World, but they have no idea how to live in Adams and Madison’s society of free people.

Justice means that every man and every woman have the right to what is their own—to the things best suited to their own nature, to the rewards of their ability and integrity, to their property and their personality.

Civilized society requires that all men and women have equal rights before the law, but that equality should not extend to equality of condition: that is, society is a great partnership, in which all have equal rights—but not to equal things. The just society requires sound leadership, different rewards for different abilities, and a sense of respect and duty.

Property and freedom are inseparably connected; economic leveling is not economic progress.

Conservatives value property for its own sake, of course; but they value it even more because without it all men and women are at the mercy of an omnipotent government.

Case in point, ask Suzette Kelo In 2000, the Town of New London, Ct, acting on a promised 1000 new jobs and 1.2 mill new taxes, exercised eminent domain to take homes in the Fort Trumbull area, including Kelo s, for Urban Renewal, with the specific purpose of giving the land to a developer for $1 a year, who would, after development, bring Pfizer, who received 10 years of tax breaks on their existing facility, and other tenants. The only “public purpose” was more money for New London. She sued. The case was heard by SCOTUS in 2005, Kelo vs New London was decided 5-4 for New London, with O’Conner, Scalia, Rehnquist, Thomas dissenting this grab of power and loss of rights as a total misreading of the Constitution. The Town subsequently spent 78 million to demolish the property, (a private party bought and moved the little pink house, as a monument to the stupidity) only to have Pfizer backed out, after their 10 year tax breaks expired, instead losing 1000 jobs. As it turned out, the property was only ever used as dump for Hurricane Irene debris. As of today, had the deal gone through, and Pfizer paid the 1.2 mill a year, New London would still be down 56 mill. 42 states enacted laws restricting takings. Not, I might add, WV.

Power is full of danger; therefore, the good state is one in which power is checked and balanced, restricted by sound constitutions and customs.

So far as possible, political power ought to be kept in the hands of private persons and local institutions. Centralization is ordinarily a sign of social decadence. “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.”
John Stuart Mill

The past is a great storehouse of wisdom; as Burke said, “the individual is foolish, but the species is wise.” The conservative believes that we need to guide ourselves by the moral traditions, the social experience, and the whole complex body of knowledge bequeathed to us by our ancestors.

The conservative appeals beyond the rash opinion of the hour to what Chesterton called “the democracy of the dead”—that is, the considered opinions of the wise men and women who died before our time, the experience of the race. The conservative, in short, knows he was not born yesterday.

Modern society urgently needs true community: and true community is a world away from collectivism.

 

Real community is governed by love and charity, not by compulsion. Through churches, voluntary associations, local governments, and a variety of institutions, conservatives strive to keep community healthy. Conservatives are not selfish, but public-spirited. They know that collectivism means the end of real community, substituting uniformity for variety and force for willing cooperation.

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
― Mark Twain

In the affairs of nations, the American conservative feels that his country ought to set an example to the world but ought not to try to remake the world in its image.

It is a law of politics, as well as of biology, that every living thing loves above all else—even above its own life—its distinct identity, which sets it off from all other things. The conservative does not aspire to domination of the world, nor does he relish the prospect of a world reduced to a single pattern of government and civilization.

Men and women are not perfectible, conservatives know; and neither are political institutions.

We cannot make a heaven on earth, though we may make a hell. We all are creatures of mingled good and evil; and, good institutions neglected, and ancient moral principles ignored, the evil in us tends to predominate. Therefore, the conservative is suspicious of all utopian schemes. He does not believe that, by power of positive law, we can solve all the problems of humanity. We can hope to make our world tolerable, but we cannot make it perfect. When progress is achieved, it is through prudent recognition of the limitations of human nature. We understand that the desire for the perfect is often an impediment to the achievement of the excellent. We have seen the results of Utopian schemes played out over and over, and see the results now in the streets of Caracas. (And, parenthetically, hear them espoused in the halls of Congress.)

 

Change and reform, conservatives are convinced, are not identical: moral and political innovation can be destructive as well as beneficial; and if innovation is undertaken in a spirit of presumption and enthusiasm, probably it will be disastrous.

All human institutions alter to some extent from age to age, for slow change is the means of conserving society, just as it is the means for renewing the human body. But American conservatives endeavor to reconcile the growth and alteration essential to our life with the strength of our social and moral traditions. Lord Falkland said “When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.” They understand that men and women are best content when they can feel that they live in a stable world of enduring values.

Chesterton’s Fence

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.

 

Conservatism, then, is not simply the concern of the people who have much property and influence; it is not simply the defense of privilege and status. Most conservatives are neither rich nor powerful. But they do, even the most humble of them, derive great benefits from our established Republic. They have liberty, security of person and home, equal protection of the laws, the right to the fruits of their industry, and opportunity to do the best that is in them. They have a right to personality in life, and a right to consolation in death. Conservative principles shelter the hopes of everyone in society. And conservatism is a social concept important to everyone who desires equal justice and personal freedom and all the lovable old ways of humanity. Conservatism is not simply a defense of “capitalism.” (“Capitalism,” indeed, is a word coined by Karl Marx, intended from the beginning to imply that the only thing conservatives defend is vast accumulations of private capital.) But the true conservative does stoutly defend private property and a free economy, both for their own sake and because these are means to great ends.

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke, 1729-1797

 

Mark Caserta: The truth isn’t important to liberal Democrats. Just stop Trump.

28 Jan

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Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and editor for Free State Patriot

January 28, 2019


 

Given our current illegal immigration crisis and liberal Democrat’s vehement battle against President Trump’s border wall, how many times do you suppose President Barack Obama visited our southern border?

One time. He gave a speech. Go figure.

When was the last time you saw a story of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Chuck Schumer visiting the southern border for a fact-finding mission?

They avoid it like the plague.  And yet, they still claim there is no crisis at the border.

The truth is… the truth is not important to liberals. Just stop Trump – period.

Hypocrisy seems to be the new platform for the Democrat Party. Despite supporting border security and even voting for the Secure Fence Act of 2016, they shamefully continue to fight against yet, another win for President Trump.

And alas, the newest liberal Democrat talking points avoid the word “wall” like it was akin to saying “Islamic terrorist”.  It’s intellectually insulting.

The Democrat Party has eroded so badly, they act like small children throwing a tantrum because mommy wouldn’t buy them a toy.

I’m tired of hypocrisy.  These cockroach liberals just hate Trump more than they love their country or care about representing you!

Let’s declare a National Emergency and build this wall.

And then tell Democrats if they want back on the bus, that’s fine.

But they’ll have to ride in the back. (Quip compliments of Barack Hussein Obama “2010”)

We’ve got your back, Mr. President. Let’s double-down!  Let’s ride this donkey all the way to the 2020 election!

Just under three weeks and counting.

 

Steven J. Davis: Divine consequences for murder of the unborn

26 Jan

“Let us come together and live by the Principles of God”

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Steven J. Davis is the Founder of the League of Principled Citizens

January 26, 2019


 

In response to New York States recent passing of their new abortion law.

Everything that you see on this planet has always been here. Look around you. Everything on this planet came from this planet.

There is not anything more here than was here when our creator spoke this planet into life.

With one exception!

Your spirit.

There is only one of you and there will only ever be one of you. He knew you before you were formed and He knew you in the spirit.

When we pass from this life, our body returns to the earth and our spirit returns to that spirit realm from which we were created – another dimension if you will.

Our body is only the vessel that allows us to do our part here, whatever that is. And it has always been here.

So,  if you in New York State or any other political body think that abortion is ok and there are no consequences, you are wrong.

You are taking the very spirit of God that dwells in His most valuable creation and returning it to Him as an insult. You are removing a part of this planet specifically set for a destiny and telling God,  “No thanks.  We have no need of that at this time.”

The consequence is this. You will be held accountable to the most high court as to your endorsement of rejecting God’s most precious creation. You will find your remaining life here on this planet full of internal turmoil and strife.

There will be nothing you can do to change what you have granted the people by your simple vote in a very temporary political office.

Remember, what man removes, God will replace.

It is and has always been that way.

God will not be told how the end should be for anyone individually or collectively. He will not be mocked. To kill or endorse the killing of the most innocent, for the sake of desire and want, is the darkest action man can take.

The most special part of God’s creation is you and the Love He used to create you.
Rejection of His Love is always met with the consequence of darkness and loss.

To endorse this action is the ultimate rejection of God.

As we watch these and other politicians determine the fate, not left for them to decide, we will continue to object and speak out in disgust and pain.

We will pray for all and love all, regardless of their transgressions.

God Bless the United States of America.

 

Steven J. Davis
Founder
League of Principled Citizens

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Mark Caserta: Team Trump working to draft National Emergency Declaration

26 Jan

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(Trump legal team positioning for the legal battle ahead)


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Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and editor for Free State Patriot

January 26, 2019


 

Successful negotiating is like producing a fine wine.

If fashioned and placed on the table too quickly, you’ll likely experience something akin to a flavor-fortified Boones Farm Ripple. If allowed to develop its depth in a controlled environment, it can become a nice Cabernet Sauvignon with well-integrated tannins leaving the wine feeling silky on the palate and with a pleasing bouquet.

The most successful and enduring negotiations achieve a “win-win” for all parties involved. And remember, the more parties, the longer the process may take. Additionally, while one must always negotiate from a position of strength, it’s important to show the other party a desire for the process to benefit them in some way.

It’s critical, however, that one be willing to walk away from the table. Many acclaimed negotiations were catapulted by someone validating their position and sincerely, walking away.

For those wondering, that’s why Barack Obama failed so miserably in negotiating deals for the American people. He always seemed to be negotiating from a position of weakness and never toward a win for all parties, much less the American people.

Last week’s announcement by President Trump that he was conceding to the Democrats and allowing the government to re-open brought about a plethora of emotions and responses from those following the standoff.

Liberals and complicit media declared victory in that the president “caved” to their demands. Many conservatives were disappointed and even angry feeling their commander-in-chief “wavered” in the winds of political discontent.

Neither were correct. I believe this was a brilliant negotiating move by President Donald J. Trump.

Allow me to draw back the curtain revealing what I believe the president accomplished and his plans moving forward.

The president allowed the shutdown standoff to continue long enough to get all the Democrat cards on the table. And, indeed, they showed their full hand. He also allowed everyone to realize the full import of even a partial government shutdown.

But, Democrat leaders, Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer were simply asking for the government to be re-opened and then, and only then, would they be willing to negotiate a deal. Frankly, that was a position easily substantiated by the media.

Now, while many people feel liberals will fail in producing legislation that funds a “barrier” or a wall, Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on! Remember, they voted on The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which provided much of what Trump is asking! That will, also, be a position easily validated.

Democrat leaders didn’t even include the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) in their wish list, which is something President Trump had previously offered, proving their argument had nothing to do with compassion or benevolence.

So, last week, President Trump strategically, gave in to the Democrat’s demands.

Here ya go, Chuck and Nancy! The government is open and government employees will receive back pay. You have three weeks. Now get to work securing our border and protecting Americans.

However, here’s the “fly in the liberal’s buttermilk”, should they fail in passing legislation allocating sufficient funding for the wall along our southern border.

In his speech, President Trump confidently fortified his executive ability to declare a national emergency enabling him to gather financing from other resources to build the wall he promised during his campaign.

If Democrats fail in placing legislation on his desk at the end of three weeks, Trump will have already given them what they demanded. At that time, he will take the argument back to the American people explaining “why” he must declare a national emergency, as it is the only option left on the table. I believe the Trump legal team is already working to draft the declaration.

He won’t want to shut the government down again. He won’t need to. But there is no way liberal Democrats are going to give President Trump, yet another “huge” win by funding his border wall. Both parties already know this.

Trust me when I tell you, Democrat leaders are already shopping federal courts, such as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in preparation of filing suit against the President of the United States. They will claim his action is unconstitutional, and trust that the Ninth “circus” Court of Appeals will agree, since they are arguably the most liberal court in our nation.

Also, trust me when I tell you, the Trump administration already knows that.

Herein, my friend, lies the importance of the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court, as this will ultimately be decided at that level. It may take some time, but probably not as long as one may think considering this deals with what the president has declared a national emergency. It will, most assuredly, rise to the top of the court’s docket.

Regardless, President Trump and the American people will get a barrier along our southern wall. And it will be a wall sufficient to deter most illegal immigration, drugs, human trafficking and gang related entry.

This huge debacle is a travesty brought on by liberal Democrats.

The primary responsibility of a president is to protect our nation and its citizens. Walls are proven to work. Democrats have no other goal in this standoff than to cause President Trump to fail. His mounting number of wins are working to secure his victory in the 2020 president election.

The Democrat position does nothing but put Americans at risk. I consider that the antithesis of patriotism, bordering on treason.

Three weeks and counting. It will be an interesting series of events.

 

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