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SPECIAL: Netanyahu’s Speech: A Churchill Warning

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a special joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, March 3rd. Prior to his address, he was presented a special bust of Winston Churchill, the legendary PM of Great Britain and only other person to address Congress three times. During his address, Netanyahu capably played the role of Churchill, warning America about Iran and the pending nuclear negotiation deal. This was similar to Churchill warning America of the Nazi threat and the difficulties Britain faced.

During his speech, Netanyahu stressed the Iranian problem was not just a Jewish problem, but a world problem. He encouraged Congress not to consider the nuclear deal until such time as Iran ceases aggression against its neighbors, stop supporting terrorism around the world, and to stop threatening to annihilate the state of Israel. The only path to peace is if Iran changes its intentions and becomes a proper member of the world community.

Netanyahu’s speech was brutally frank and factual. He told us what the president will not. For several minutes during his 40 minute speech, he held the Congressmen spellbound as he lectured them about the realities of Iran. So much so, you could hear a pin drop in the chamber. Such a speech was refreshing to hear as opposed to listening to politicians dance around a problem. This resulted in both Democrats and Republicans applauding Netanyahu zealously. Again, the parallel to Churchill was uncanny.

This speech was not about the relationship between the Israeli PM and the President. It was about finding peace in a practical manner, not by hoping Iran will change its ways.

Netanyahu’s address was so powerful, he just established a template for politicians to follow as we enter the 2016 presidential contest. People want more facts and honesty, not more sound bites with superficial rhetoric.

Keep the Faith!

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POLITICAL PERSONALITIES

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 25, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- What causes someone to become a member of the walking dead?

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It is not much of a secret that politicians are experiencing low approval ratings. Whether it is at the municipal, county, state or federal level, people generally do not trust politicians. So much so, it makes you wonder why someone would want to become involved in this kind of work.

I feel sorry for people who become politicians. Frankly, I don’t know how they live with themselves. I have known several people who were decent people, spoke their minds, and were standup citizens. Yet, when they become a politician, regardless of the rank, they undergo a metamorphosis and become milk toast people who you can no longer trust. I’ve seen this occur in members of both parties and it is all rather discouraging.

I wonder why this happens. Maybe as part of their indoctrination they are locked in a room where they are made privy to the true secrets of the Kennedy assassination, UFO’s, and Hitler’s true resting place in Argentina. Here they are overwhelmed by truth but warned if they divulge any of it, they will be quietly eliminated.

Suddenly, they seem to lose their passion and conviction on various issues, they become politically correct to the point of being obnoxious, and become too “touchy/feely” (they also smile too much). Instead of acting human, they’ve turned into another species altogether, “politicians.”

Very few seem to possess the resiliency to resist temptation and inevitably turn to “the dark side.” Most people go into politics with the best intentions, but then transform into another being altogether. One cannot help but ask, Why? It is money? Control? Recognition? Protecting their job? What? In this day and age of micromanagement, I tend to believe it is a little of everything. Maybe there is some socio-psychological desire to entertain or sway people. The same desire can be found in salesmen after experiencing a sale; It’s the same “rush” entertainers experience after delivering an excellent performance.

Some cannot resist the temptation to become a career politician, regardless of the level in government. After all, being in politics is better than working for a living. The pay and benefits can be very attractive.

Back during the days of the founding of our country, men would serve one or two terms in Congress, before acquiescing control in favor of returning home and tending to their farms or plantations. In other words, it was someone else’s turn to tend to the business of government. The idea of remaining in government was considered loathsome.

I suspect there is a sleaze factor associated with anyone who spends too much time in government, which is why the country supports the concept of term limits. I think we owe it to politicians who finally step aside, to put them through a detox program, teach them how to communicate with the average person, as well as teaching them morality, and build a whole new personality for them. Maybe they should be placed in a witness protection program or the Betty Ford Clinic until they are ready to mingle with society again.

I believe the reason people no longer trust politicians is because they do not perceive them as human anymore, but as zombies aimlessly walking the corridors of government asking for “Change?…Change?…”

Keep the Faith!

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THE REAL WAR ON WOMEN

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 18, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- Real or facade for political purposes? You decide.

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The alleged “War on Women” is an expression used by Democrats accusing Republicans of practicing discrimination against women. It has been around for a long time, but it is only within the last ten years that it has been vigorously pushed into the American conscious, presumably to coincide with Hillary Clinton’s pending run for the presidency.

In the United States, there really is no “War on Women,” unless you count such things as women walking in high heels and other tight shoes which torture their feet. Then there is the matter of dyeing and burning their hair over and over again, wearing layers of makeup and lipstick to conceal a deformity, or eating like a squirrel thereby starving themselves to death. This all may be part of the mating ritual, but it is heinous nevertheless. I have watched women do this routinely over the years and I’m really not sure why they subject themselves to such hazing.

The only true “War on Women” is that associated with Islam where the actions of women are tightly regulated. Everything must be approved by the man, be it a woman’s husband or father. They are not allowed to drive, are instructed what to wear, what type of education they are allowed to pursue, not allowed to marry anyone outside the Muslim faith, and basically told what they are allowed to say, do or think. In other words, women have no identity of their own, and are subservient to men, which is an odd concept to the western world in the 21st century.

Before Democrats cast aspersions against Republicans of any wrong doing, I think they should visit the Middle East where they will quickly come to the realization this isn’t remotely possible in the United States.

Some time ago I was sent on assignment to Saudi Arabia for some consulting. During my leisure time, I was escorted around town by a fine young man who introduced me to Saudi culture. I quickly learned about the customs pertaining to women, particularly how many a man can marry and what function each wife serves. I quickly realized I was no longer in Kansas.

During my stay there, my escort, who was in his mid-twenties, took me to some Saudi souqs (“suuks”), which are basically markets, stores, and malls. There were a lot of people there, including women dressed in black burkas covering everything but their eyes. When a group of ladies went by, of which I couldn’t tell whether they were young or old, my escort exclaimed, “Wow, did you see that!?”

“See what?” I asked.

“The women of course.”

“I’m sorry, but I couldn’t see anything but their eyes; What was the big deal?” I replied.

“Oh Tim, you do not understand. After awhile you can tell which are the pretty ones simply by looking at their eyes,” he said.

“You’re kidding, right?”

“No, I’m serious, the eyes tell it all.”

I guess I need my eyes checked, as I couldn’t see much between the burka’s tiny window allowing women to see where they are going.

Following my trip to Saudi Arabia, I sent my young friend several optometrist magazines as it was the next best thing to “Playboy” over there.

The idea there is a “War on Women” in America is totally fallacious, it is nothing more than a simple ploy to drive a political wedge between voters.

If you really want to find the true War on Women, visit the Middle East. And if you’re a woman, see how long you can walk around without a burka.

Keep the Faith!

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A PLEDGE TO DENOUNCE TERRORISM

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 4, 2015

BRYCE ON TERRORISM

- Who is ready to sign the pledge? I know I am.

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently announced the Obama administration will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on February 18th. The summit will highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremist activities and terrorism. This will likely be used to discuss cooperation between countries regarding sharing intelligence and responsive action. However, it will probably not deal with the matter of detecting terrorist sympathies or creating a movement to quell such activity.

On January 11th, the French held their Solidarity Rally in Paris to protest the bloody attack of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by Islamic extremists. The rally was a symbolic gesture which highlighted the growing disgust and anger by the people of the world regarding terrorism. Smaller rallies were held elsewhere, including Germany where Muslims rallied to show solidarity with Paris. To capitalize on this sentiment, perhaps we can do more.

Up to now, the Muslim community has been reluctant to criticize Islamic terrorism, partly due to fear and partly due to sharing the sentiments of the extremists. I have always believed the Muslim problem is a Muslim problem, meaning it is ultimately up to the Islamic faithful to get their extremists under control. This can begin by publicly denouncing terrorism as in the German rally. Following Paris, Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, recently raised eyebrows in an interview where he was quoted as saying to Dutch Muslims, “If you can’t find your place in the Netherlands, in the way we want to build a society together, leave.”

Actually we need more calls to refute terrorism, be it from Muslims, Christians, Jews, or whatever your faith happens to be, or even if you do not believe. As a Christian, I readily denounce any terrorist activity related to my faith, as should Muslims, Jews, etc. Frankly, I have had enough and it’s time to soundly denounce such behavior. To this end, imagine if Americans were all asked to sign a pledge publicly denouncing terrorism. Such public condemnation can only have positive effects. However, if people refused to sign it, they would be admitting their sympathies to terrorists and, as the Rotterdam Mayor said, they should just “leave.” Either way, this would be a powerful way to condemn terrorism and detect those with sympathies for extremists.

The pledge would be something like this:
“As a U.S. citizen or undocumented alien residing in the United States, I hereby freely and publicly denounce and condemn all violence and terrorism resulting from extremist activity, particularly from my own Religious Faith (duly noted). I further pledge to protect and defend the United States by reporting to the proper authorities, such as local law enforcement officials, or the Department of Homeland Security:

* Any suspicious behavior related to violence or terrorism.
* Any activities pertaining to recruiting, radicalizing, or inspiring others to commit acts of violence. This includes meetings, literature, broadcasting, and information on the Internet.”

I see this as something administered by the Department of Homeland Security. For those who believe the government already knows too much about us, there would essentially be nothing new here other than a new form of pledge of allegiance.

This is not so much a legal referendum, but a social movement to raise the consciousness of the public to help eradicate terrorism. Certainly some people will make this pledge under false pretenses, just as terrorist sympathizers undoubtedly marched in the Paris rally to study the feelings of the people, but we would have their name for the record.

Such a public declaration would put people on the spot and force them to chose their allegiance. A refutation of terrorism can only have beneficial effects. It shapes public opinion, improves intelligence through tips, keeps control in the hands of trained counter terrorist experts, and identifies those who do not want to properly adapt to American culture and rule of law. This all ultimately depends on the American public and if they are sincerely tired of extremist behavior.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF FEAR AND ANGER

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 9, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- The tactics of the left.

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It is not much of a secret American liberals are not proponents of Capitalism; they do not see it as fair and, instead, there should be a redistribution of the wealth, from the rich to the poor. It is also not much of a secret they abhor American exceptionalism; that we owe certain minorities of our country and the world an apology for our sense of Manifest Destiny. They also seem bent on eliminating God from our culture, steadfastly banning it from schools, government institutions, removing the Bible wherever possible, and censoring the clergy (see Houston). It is also no secret liberals want to replace the U.S. Constitution with something more modern and less restrictive in terms of rights. And finally, the latest twist is to undermine our jurisprudence system in order to allow thuggery to flourish and undermine the safety of the public. By doing so, they wish to radically change the American way of life and make it more dependent on government.

To get their way, the left’s tactics are simple: create a culture of fear and anger in the populace by falsifying facts, spreading innuendo, and establishing false perceptions in the minds of the public. For example, global warming was presented as a legitimate problem, but has since been debunked. The alleged “War on Women” was designed to raise the ire of female voters; this is simply not true but many people fell for it. Also vilified is energy, the rich, big business, and the CIA. Even our history is being challenged and distorted to suit the liberal agenda through such college text books as Howard Zinn’s, “A People’s History of the United States.” It is also becoming more common for college professors to undermine American values, such as asking students to recite an anti-American pledge of allegiance.

The question thereby becomes, are the people being maligned truly perfect, both those in the past and the present? Of course not, as humans we make mistakes but we must persevere and move forward. Yes, some of our mistakes are embarrassing but we should learn from them. In hindsight, would we have done things differently if we were in their shoes? As someone who studies history, there are many events from yesteryear we are not fit to judge, such as Columbus’ landing on the continent, the American Revolution, Stephen Austin’s colonization of Texas, President Polk’s war with Mexico, Harry Truman’s decision to drop the Atomic bomb on Japan, to mention but a few. These people considered all of the variables of the day, made what they considered to be the best decision, and put their best foot forward. This country would likely not be here if we tried to consider every trifling variable before making a decision. Time would not permit it.

Now we are engaged in a racial debate resulting from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. In both incidents, there was nothing to indicate racism had anything to do with their deaths. Yet, the media, the President and others are using this to fan the flames of racism and create a “War on Whites.” White Americans are being asked again to be ashamed of the color of their skin and made to feel guilty for the slavery of the 18th and 19th centuries. There has even been rumblings to ban Irving Berlin’s classic holiday song, “White Christmas,” from the airwaves as it may be construed as racist. Nuts.

Why has this suddenly emerged at the forefront of the news? Let us not forget the President lost badly in the mid-term elections; thereby refuting his policies. He now desperately needs something to rally his base and make him relevant again. What better than racism? Despite the Grand Jury decisions, the President has instructed his Attorney General to pursue investigations for the violation of Civil Rights. In other words, he does not accept the Grand Jury system.

The real victim here is the disregard for law and order. The President and Mayor de Blasio of New York would have us believe the police regularly practice racist tactics and are not to be trusted. In reality, the money earmarked for retraining the police would be more wisely spent helping to promote the family unit and moral values of the black community. Instead of promoting racism, the President should be promoting family values and respect for the laws he is sworn to uphold.

Reason no longer has a bearing in today’s world, the truth must be sacrificed. No lie is considered too big or too small to alter the perceptions of the people. Even political correctness is intended to train the populace accordingly. However, the culture of fear and anger cultivated by the left is dangerous. Now, through social media, protesters and rioters are better organized and can communicate more effectively. It also provides the means to trigger a revolt on no less a scale as the Arab Spring of 2012. This would make the 1965 riots of Watts seem miniscule by comparison, as with other protests of the late 1960’s. And with law enforcement falsely maligned as the bad guys, the attacks against them will be vicious.

So, here we reside in a land of lies, a country consisting of willing pawns who no longer trust the rule of law, the rights of others, and respect for authority. The reason for this culture of fear and anger is simple; divide and conquer. The intent is to create doubt and make us feel ashamed of ourselves and our country. At the very least, new allegiances are being formed as well as a new sense of right and wrong. It is also an ideal formula for anarchy.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Keep the Faith!

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WELCOMING A NEW CONGRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 5, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- What to expect over the next two years.

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As is customary, on the third day of January we installed a new Congress, the 114th to be exact. Now, for the first time since 2007, the Republicans control both chambers:

The Senate – 54 GOP – 46 Dems
The House of Representatives – 244 GOP – 188 Dems

The 2014 mid-term elections were generally considered a rebuff of President Obama’s policies which cost several Democratic Congressmen their seats. As Gallup reported, the Democratic Party has lost its luster and people today feel more aligned with Republicans, at least for the moment.

Somehow though I am reminded of the expression, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” There is a lot on our plate and a lot of wrongs to be righted, for example:

The Economy
Immigration
Obamacare
The Budget and Debt
Defense and the War on Terror
Energy

Basically, Americans are not satisfied with the course our country is headed and the Republicans are presently looked upon as the voice of reason. However, they cannot afford to make any mistakes and will have to walk a tight rope with the 2016 presidential election in mind. To compound their problems, they will be placed under intense scrutiny by the main street media who will criticize the slightest hangnail. The Democrats will also dutifully try to derail the Republicans. It will all make for some rather interesting political theater.

To make this work, the Republicans must display a sense of solidarity and professionalism. It is imperative they demonstrate they possess the country’s overall best interests. Will they have all of the answers? Certainly not, but they must exhibit leadership and common sense which the public is yearning for. This is the key for winning in 2016.

Results will be the order of the day, something the public is starving for after four years of gridlock. Harry Reid may no longer be able to delay legislation in the Senate, but the president will likely veto anything that comes before him and will use any excuse to close the government. Although this has hurt the Republicans in the past, if the Congressional leaders play their cards right, it will now backfire on the president and likely assure a Republican president in the next election.

Although the economy is slowly coming around, our Gross Domestic Product is still at a paltry 3.9%, a far cry from what we are capable of doing, and business is impeded by a stifling high corporate tax rate (40%). We are also no closer to energy independence than we were six years ago which keeps us embroiled in military conflict in the Middle East. And I cannot think of anything more divisive to public opinion than our immigration policies. It would also be nice to see us manage within our means and balance the budget, thereby helping to reduce the debt.

These problems are so massive and complicated, the Congress will probably not be able to scratch the surface, particularly facing opposition from the White House. The fact remains though, we have to start somewhere and it will be a difficult journey, but we have to start.

As always, Congressmen will be asked to take the oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

To me, it is comforting to note the importance of the Constitution and God in the oath. If our Congressmen can ever be mindful of it, we might just be able to get a few things done.

Now let’s get to work.

Keep the Faith!

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A SUGGESTION TO SOLVE THE “GULF OF MISTRUST”

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 15, 2014

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- My solution is considerably simpler than the President’s (and less expensive)

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In the wake of the Mike Brown shooting and resulting riots in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama claims to be looking for ways to heal the country. In a speech before the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner on November 29th, the President claimed “a gulf of mistrust” exists between residents and police in too many communities. The question thereby becomes, is he telling the truth or is this nothing but more rhetoric to stir up the country?

Obama has since proposed spending millions of dollars on body cameras and retraining the police to become more restrained when dealing with black crime. Frankly, the money would be more wisely spent on retraining the thugs in the community, or better yet, work on ways to improve the family unit in the black community. Let us not forget, Michael Brown, was a product of a broken home. This may have added to his taking drugs, robbing the convenient store, and his rage against the police.

The President has also called for meetings at the White House to consider ways to overcome the alleged problem that “people distrust the cops.” Attending the meeting were civil rights leaders, representatives of law enforcement, and politicians. Also participating was Al Sharpton, the IRS deadbeat, Media Pig, MSNBC dunderhead, and poster child for racial unrest who is still warmly welcomed at the White House for some strange reason. Nothing was immediately forthcoming from these meetings other than to reenforce the perception the cops are not to be trusted.

As I mentioned in my book, “Liberal Kryptonite,” the liberal playbook calls for instilling a sense of fear in the populace. Whereas law enforcement was generally considered the good guys prior to Ferguson, now the president and the left want you to believe they are bad and not to be trusted. This is an interesting sleight of hand that is aided by the main street media. What the President, Eric Holder and Al Sharpton are suggesting is the Ferguson Grand Jury decision was meaningless, and they will not be satisfied until Darren Wilson is put away for Brown’s death. Even if Wilson is prosecuted and found innocent, this will not satisfy the Left. They will continue to protest and play upon the white sense of guilt over slavery (again).

We will likely hear the mantra of “a gulf of mistrust” for quite some time. It’s like running a television commercial over and over again until you know, “15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.” The idea is to intentionally create a barrier between blacks and whites which, in turn, perpetuates racial discord thereby causing blacks to form ranks under the Democratic party.

If the President, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, et al, were seriously concerned about black/white relations, why is it they failed to comment on the Mobile, Alabama case where an 18 year old unarmed white male, Gilbert Collar, was shot by a black police officer, Trevis Austin. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander, right? Wrong. Liberals are fully cognizant that disharmony is caused by portraying the minority as the innocent victim. It does not work when a person from the majority is the victim.

Mr. President, here is a suggestion for you; I believe I have the answer for solving your problem; if you really want to overcome the “gulf of mistrust” between the people and law enforcement, have the communities commit fewer crimes. Eliminate the drugs, promote morality and family values, and condemn thuggery. The police will then have less to do and tensions will relax. Simple, isn’t it?

Keep the Faith!

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FERGUSON EXPOSES RACISM

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 12, 2014

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- History repeats itself.

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Last month Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I listened patiently to the prosecutor’s explanation of the decision. As someone living several hundred miles away, I had no reason to doubt the Grand Jury discharged their responsibilities with due diligence. They digested considerable physical evidence and sat through many hours of witness testimonies before rendering their decision. It all seemed rather cut-and-dry to me. Evidently, it wasn’t to many others in Ferguson who went on a rampage of destruction. What we witnessed was a wilding where the buildings of innocent merchants were ransacked and destroyed. One can only assume the rabble believed themselves to be above the law and turned to vigilantism.

We saw this same type of reaction in the Treyvon Martin case. In the rabble’s mind, George Zimmerman was guilty until proven innocent. Even then, there was still unrest.

Actually, the upheaval in Ferguson is reminiscent of the Watts riots of 1965 whereby a black motorist was arrested for reckless driving by a white motorcycle cop. Word got out about the incident, a crowd formed, and escalated into six days of riots and violence. As in Ferguson, the National Guard was called in to help maintain order. Regardless, hundreds of businesses were looted and burned, thousands were arrested, and 34 people killed. The parallel between Ferguson and Watts is simply too uncanny to overlook, even if the two events were separated by a half a century.

In 1965, Democrat Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. The era was marked by Civil Rights and race relations. Prior to the Watts Riots, Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and in 1965 the Congress passed the rest of his “Great Society” legislation which lives on in the form of programs for welfare, Medicare, education reform, consumer protection, and the War on Poverty. In other words, great changes were in the offing for America, until Watts erupted thus igniting a series of race riots throughout the country.

As in Ferguson, the rioters of Watts showed little respect for the law. The ensuing violence had less to do with race relations as it did about simple thuggery. The same is true in Ferguson. The rioters only wanted an excuse to steal and destroy. Michael Brown was just the excuse to unleash their fury. In reality, those that rioted in Ferguson had no true regard for the tragedy of Michael Brown.

So here we are, nearly 50 years after Watts with another Democratic president who is perhaps the most racially divisive in history. Exit polls from the recent 2014 mid-term elections reveals both blacks and whites believe race relations have gotten worse, not better. Among blacks, unemployment has risen, as well as poverty under Mr. Obama. Many are simply giving up and becoming wards of the state, thereby stoking racial unrest.

So, were the Ferguson riots triggered by racism, or was it simply disrespect for the law? Actually, it was a little of both. As in Watts, Ferguson was a tinder box ready to explode due to the discord in the black community. The rioters simply wanted to vent their frustrations, not so much about Martin but about their lives in general. Whether the Grand Jury indicted Officer Wilson was immaterial, they were going to riot regardless of the verdict.

Keep the Faith!

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THE ARROGANCE OF THE LEFT

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 10, 2014

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- Are Americans stupid?

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MIT Professor of Economics and architect of Obamacare, Dr. Jonathan Gruber, put his foot squarely in his mouth when a video recently surfaced where he was quoted as saying about the Affordable Care Act, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” In other words, the American voter was taken for granted and assumed to be incompetent to manage his own affairs. More importantly, Gruber’s comments signifies the arrogance of the left and to what lengths they will go to pursue their hidden agenda.

Interestingly, the major television networks gave the story little, if any, air time. This is strange as Gruber basically suggested the Obama administration had misled the Congress and the country over his signature legislation. The lack of reporting of such a story smacks of a conspiracy and confirms the left’s manipulation of the mainstream media.

We also saw evidence of this when TV reporter Sharyl Attkisson was pushed out of CBS News. According to Politico, Attkisson, “who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting.” The lesson is clear, the left owns the main street media and there is no room for anyone who doesn’t play ball with them. The same is true in Hollywood as well.

As I wrote in my book, “Liberal Kryptonite,” to get their way, lying and deception is an integral part of the liberal playbook. We have witnessed this in such things as Global Warming, the War on Women, and now Obamacare. The intention is to create fear and outrage, thereby spinning public opinion. Normally, these claims cannot be substantiated, but in Gruber’s case, he accidentally let the cat out of the bag.

As another example, just prior to Thanksgiving, the White House quietly released plans for a whopping 3,415 new regulations, with several aimed at assisting the EPA. This, of course, was not picked up by the main street media and the public is unaware of the story. This is a back door maneuver engineered at a time when the American public is distracted by a major holiday. As an aside, this is certainly not the first time (or the last) the Obama administration has tried such a maneuver. It has been my experience, attorneys want to regulate everything; our actions, our perspectives and our way of life. This is just another way to promote social engineering. Such programming of the American people is unnatural and inhibits freedom and business. We need less regulations, not more.

It is this elitist mindset, as typified by Gruber and others, that should upset Americans. Basically, they are saying to the people, “You are stupid, but not to worry, we’ll do the thinking for you.”

So, are Americans stupid? Well, they voted Obama into office twice, so we know they can be easily fooled and manipulated. However, I would like to believe Americans are not as stupid as they are portrayed by liberals, if given the facts. I still believe in the sanctity of the human spirit. It is our respect for the rights of the individual and our ability to work as a team in times of crisis which makes America great. In contrast, the left sees the people as nothing more than cattle which have to be prodded accordingly.

The truth is, we ought to thank Gruber for teaching us this important lesson.

Keep the Faith!

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LIBERAL KRYPTONITE

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 5, 2014

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- One of four new books from Tim; this book includes my political writings warning America about the liberal agenda.

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The following are excerpts from the Introduction of my new book, “LIBERAL KRYPTONITE,” one of four new books I recently introduced, available in paper and Kindle eBook formats from Amazon.

In the Aesop fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” the ant represents industry and the grasshopper portrays the fool who would rather fiddle as opposed to store supplies for the winter. It is a lesson of capitalism versus socialism. Whereas the ant works earnestly during the summer, the grasshopper pleads for help from the ant during the winter, who only rebukes him for his idleness during the summer.

If Aesop were to write the story by today’s standards, I think it would go something like this:

“As the ant struggled and worked to eek out a living, he would be forced to pay the grasshopper a handsome entertainment fee for listening to his fiddle. Even though the grasshopper refused to seek honest employment, the government took half of the ant’s food supplies and gave it to the grasshopper who claimed he was entitled to it. The more industrious the ant became to compensate for his declining food supplies, the more the government took. By wintertime, the ant and his family faced exhaustion and famine. In contrast, the grasshopper now lived comfortably in the biggest ant hill with an abundance of food. In desperation, the ant knocked on the grasshopper’s door to beg for some food. The grasshopper laughed and slammed the door in the ant’s face whereupon he perished in the snow.”

As a footnote, the grasshopper perished shortly thereafter as there were no other ants remaining to farm the food.

I, for one, have no intention of going the way of the ant in this latter version.

Years ago, when I was still in college, I came upon the following quote by Laurence M. Gould, President Emeritus of Carleton College in Minnesota:

“I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles. I don’t think our civilization will die that way. I think it will die when we no longer care. Arnold Toynbee has pointed out that 19 of 21 civilizations have died from within and not from without. There were no bands playing and flags waving when these civilizations decayed. It happened slowly, in the quiet and the dark when no one was aware.”

Gould’s message had a profound effect on me. I too believe America will be destroyed from within, not by external forces. Indeed, history will inevitably repeat itself.

In our case, it will be caused by liberals who want to overturn the American way of life; who want to redistribute the wealth, eliminate God from our culture, reject American exceptionalism, subvert the United States constitution, and replace it with autocratic rule. In so doing, government will become bloated, bureaucratic and control every aspect of our lives, thereby realizing George Orwell’s prophetic “Big Brother.” Make no mistake, liberals do not support the middle class, they want to destroy it as they know this is where the real power resides in our country. Without a middle class, Socialism blooms.

Behind this is a deep-seated belief the people are not smart enough to do what is best for themselves and the world overall, that they must be controlled and coerced like cattle. Liberals believe the world should be led by the selected few who know what is best and control others accordingly, thereby creating a slave state; people who will do their master’s bidding as long as they are taken care of. Under this approach, you are to allow others to do the thinking for you, share everything, own no property, you are expected to behave a certain way, and you will be rewarded accordingly with food, housing, freebies and drugs. More than anything, liberalism is about social engineering and control.

For centuries, immigrants had to adapt to the American culture. They were asked to learn the English language and conform to the country’s laws, rules and regulations. Today it is just the reverse; the American public is being asked to learn immigrant languages and customs, and adapt to their laws, and rules. One could even suggest that illegal immigrants today have more rights and privileges than American citizens. This is unnatural; the individual should adapt to the culture, not the other way around.

Obviously, this dictatorial form of government is in sharp contrast to our current form which provides certain unalienable rights for the individual. The supposition here is that a monarchy can rule better than a democratically elected republic. Interestingly, this was the reason we fought the Revolutionary War, to eliminate monarchies and provide a government for and by the people.

The left consists of attorneys, government bureaucrats, and pseudo-intellectuals such as teachers and college professors who have trouble surviving in a capitalist world and, as such, are determined to undermine it. They are self-righteous do-gooders who believe they possess exclusive knowledge of what is best for society. Their immoral tactics include undermining our current form of government and way of life, create doubt and suspicion among our youth and the poor, brainwash the public, and control the media. They operate covertly behind the scenes and will go to any extreme to get their way, legally or illegally.

They are not interested in honest debate but rather visceral attacks aimed at character assassination, anything to cloud the issue and distract the audience. Their tactics include lying, cheating, creating false rumors, or any other method to get their way. They are gorilla fighters as opposed to people of honor. Their weapon of choice is fear. Because they have the ear of the media, it is easy for them to spread cataclysmic fear and innuendo about such things as global warming, gun control, the wars on women and energy, racial and economic inequality, the greedy rich, the evils of big business, and the separation of church and state. This is enforced through carefully crafted sound bites that are easy to memorize and recite. They are not interested in protecting our borders as they are counting on the votes of millions of illegal immigrants, nor are they interested in having an accurate voting system so they can illegally manipulate it. They want to take the country by hook or by crook. Their efforts would be laughable if it wasn’t true. They are masters of perception manipulation.

The lifestyle promoted by liberals is not a natural one. Under a socialist approach, there are no losers (or winners for that matter). Work is no longer considered a natural extension of the human spirit, nor is risk. Consequently, liberals are promoting a program that will ultimately kill ambition, exploration, invention, and entrepreneurship. More importantly, it kills our sense of craftsmanship and productivity and turns us into a second class country. Basically, it will be turning the clock backwards 250 years.

Liberals are the true enemies of the country, not outsiders. The point of this book, therefore, is to familiarize yourself with the enemy. To do so, I am enclosing essays which may seem innocent on the surface yet are despised by the left, which is why I refer to it as “Liberal Kryptonite.”

Bottom-line: The Liberal agenda is moving slowly and silently, but they are moving nevertheless. As Gould said, “It happened slowly, in the quiet and the dark when no one was aware.”

Our very way of life is at stake.

There are eight sections in the book:

1. PRELUDE – Introductory comments to understand the American character.

2. PROBLEMS – Problems in economics and culture.

3. LIBERALS – Describes their character.

4. THE MEDIA – How the press is spinning the news to brainwash people.

5. CAPITALISM – Arguments in favor of.

6. HISTORY – Important historical stories supporting the American way of life.

7. POTPOURRI – Various other articles pertaining to government.

8. EPILOGUE – Concluding comments.

“But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little child said.

“Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?” said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, “He hasn’t anything on. A child says he hasn’t anything on.”

“But he hasn’t got anything on!” the whole town cried out at last.

The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.
– The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson

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Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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