Context

 

Context matters.

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard that President Trump told a grieving widow that her husband, Sgt LaDavid Johnson, “knew what he was getting into” when he was killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4.

On paper, of course, this sounds callous. Even heartless.

But to hear John Kelly, who himself lost a son in battle, give context to Trump’s remarks, we’re left with a much different perspective.

According to Kelly, Trump wasn’t heartlessly blaming the widow’s husband for his own death. Rather, he was honoring him.

Those who courageously volunteer to serve in the military know there are great risks. They understand those risks, and they have decided those risks are worth taking. That is incredibly admirable.

Sgt Johnson did know what he was getting into. Acknowledging that doesn’t assign blame to him; it bestows great honor upon him.

 

Low Taxes Are Necessary in a Free Society

 
 

Low taxes are necessary - although not completely sufficient - for a free society. 

We all, by divine right, own the fruit of our labor. It doesn't belong to the government. It doesn't belong to other people. It belongs to the one who was, in fact, actually productive.

Citizens with a government that acknowledges this truth live in a sort of harmony with the natural order of things. And, as a result, they get to keep that which they earn – or at least more of it.

Now, taxes are necessary on this side of heaven. But those taxes should be levied reasonably. Equitably. Logically. And within the clearly defined role of government.

A limited government has no need for unlimited revenue.

But a free people have a divine right to keep the fruit of their labor.

 

 

 

The Bureaucratic Nightmare

 

The bureaucratic nightmare that resides in Washington DC must be radically changed and systematically dismantled. We must replace this big, bureaucratic government with our Founders’ brilliantly crafted limited government.

Bureaucracy is strangling our economy. Infringing upon our liberty. Limiting our prosperity.

Bureaucracy empowers regulators and government workers over the tax payer. The business leader. The entrepreneur.

And while these bureaucrats claim they are acting in the best interests of middle class Americans, the exact opposite is quite often the case.

Bureaucrats stifle economic growth. Business investment. Job creation. Competitive market forces.

Bureaucracy leaves Americans with fewer jobs. Fewer choices. Less money. And less liberty.

Bureaucrats have overpromised and under-delivered because their promises cannot be fulfilled this side of heaven.

 

America Is Divided Because America Is Confused

 

America is divided because America is confused.

She’s tried to erroneously make synonymous the concepts of equality and sameness.

She’s confused the sound principle of personal charity with the immoral concept of wealth redistribution by taxation and government force.

She’s blurred the lines between political statements about injustice and disrespect for American symbols that represent the greatest nation in the history of the world.

She’s conflated free markets and big government. Republicans and conservatives. Freedom of religion and discrimination.

America will continue to be confused until she rediscovers her character. Her identity. Her foundational principles.

America may be confused, but she doesn’t have to be. The answers are there for those who seek to find them. And it’s our job to make sure they’re hearing these answers in a conservative, not bitter way.

 

NFL Reeling Over National Anthem

 
 

The NFL has let the National Anthem protests spiral out-of-control. The story dominates the narrative. It’s led fans to burn jerseys & season tickets. It’s negatively impacted TV ratings. And it’s damaged the NFL brand.

The League is reeling, and in an effort to slow the bleeding, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams acknowledging there is a problem. A big problem.

Goodell writes, “the current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”

Goodell is right: fans have left the NFL over the National Anthem.

The question is, are they willing to come back if the NFL puts an end to the protests

Russian Collusion Update

 
 

Find yourself wondering what happened to the Russian Collusion narrative? Here’s a quick update of where we stand as we wait to hear more from Mueller.

Trump had no chance of winning the election – and he knew it. Despite being portrayed as the most evil man ever in America, Trump was unable to find anyone in his domestic network of deviants to steal the election from Hillary.

So he turned to Putin.

Trump then jumped on his jet and flew to Moscow to meet with Putin. In the Kremlin.  In a dimly-lit backroom. Filled with smoke. And men drinking Vodka.

They decided they would steal the election by running Facebook ads. Using Democrat talking points. And, somehow, almost magically, this perfect cocktail of collusion led to a Trump victory.

I wish I could tell you I expected more from our government after 10 months of investigations, but I’d be lying.

 

Tax Cuts vs Tax Credits

 
 

Tax cuts are good for the American people.

They’re good for business.

And they’re good for liberty.

But there is something fundamentally wrong with tax credits instead of no-strings-attached tax cuts.

Tax credits are predicated on the twisted idea that in order to keep more of our hard-earned money, we must comply with behavior the government wants from us.

Some of this behavior may be desirable - but the means by which we get there (namely, government coercion) is not commendable.  

Instead of government coercion – or even government force – I believe in the individual and his or her power to choose. Voluntary cooperation – not government coercion – is the American way. 

Persuasion may be a challenging and difficult path, but for those who truly value liberty, it’s the only available option.