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THE POLITICAL EPIPHANY OF #WalkAway

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 19, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democrats start to worry as their members #WalkAway .

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I recently discovered there is only one thing Democrats hate worse than Republicans, specifically Democrats who have become fed up with the party and decided to #WalkAway. This is a movement consisting of former liberal Democrats who have deserted their party as they feel betrayed and lied to. How big is the movement? Nobody knows for sure, it’s too soon to tell as it is still in its embryonic stage, but the fact it even exists speaks volumes about how some Democrats are changing. Basically, #WalkAway is a hashtag campaign where former Dems post videos explaining why they left the party.

The movement appears to have been started by Brandon Straka of the Unsilent Minority in May 2018 who produced the first VIDEO explaining why he left the Democrats, which has since gone viral. The web site for the Unsilent Majority explains what they are all about:

“The Unsilent Majority’s goal is to expose the ongoing global attack on the truth. Using fact driven think pieces as a way to enlighten the uninformed, speak for those who cannot and spark rational debate.

We are not affiliated with anything, but facts, science, logic, trends and what is truly best for our country, world and humanity as a whole.”

While the movement is certainly welcomed by Republicans, it has drawn the ire of Democrats. For example, after visiting a camera shop, Mr. Straka posted a message expressing the anger he faced; “I’m shaking right now. I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt right’ purposes. That literally just happened.”

In addition to Brandon’s contribution, several videos have surfaced recently where former liberals express their rational for leaving the Democrats. Here is a small sampling:

Brandon Tatum – Democrats Hate Black People

Bree – Classic Liberal

Candidate Roxanne Beckford (CA)

There are many more available ON-LINE. Such videos though present a problem to Youtube! who appears to have liberal inclinations. As such, they have been closely monitoring the postings. In one, a woman told a story of how Eric Trump, the President’s son, made a generous donation to help her own son at a St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. When she tweeted a message thanking him for his support, she was bombarded by several hate messages. So much so, she made a video explaining what happened along with her shock and disbelief by the reaction of the Democrats. I happened to watch the video in its entirety in the morning, but by the afternoon Youtube! had removed it claiming, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.” This is simply not true.

The Washington Post is skeptical about the popularity of the #WalkAway movement (naturally). Whether it is in the hundreds, thousands or millions is immaterial. The fact it exists at all reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the Democrats internally and compounds the party’s problems.

Minority groups, such as Hispanics, blacks, even gays, who are lawful citizens and believe in the rule of law are leaving. They claim to be tired of the violence, the nasty rhetoric, and the labeling of victimization, calling it a lie. Frankly, they are tired of being manipulated by fear, and the incessant programming. To illustrate, here are some typical comments found in #WalkAway:

Fluttergirl
@luckslastmatch
I decided to break down and say this. Violence is not what I signed up for. Seeing others attacked with bricks, bats, locks.. etc, for thinking “different”. I did my research I won’t be manipulated and lied to anymore. I’m not a victim because of my color or gender. #WalkAway

Dr. Carol M. Swain
@carolmswain
I left the Democratic Party because It no longer shared my values & principles. Its leaders used fear tactics to frighten & manipulate the electorate. It promised a lot & only delivered for the elites. It is now the party of Saul Alinsky. #WalkAway

CJ Pearson
@thecjpearson
Sorta wild that one party can simultaneously be the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and internment camps – all at once! The entire history of the Democratic Party is riddle with hate. If you’re a person of color and you think they care about us, think again!

Many of the writers and speakers have done their homework and are re-examining history and the merits of socialism versus capitalism. They have suddenly come to the realization of the untruthfulness of the main stream media, and the weaknesses of our education system which does a poor job in teaching government and history.

This may not be a massive movement, at least not yet, but it does suggest Democrats are growing dissatisfied with the message and tactics of the party. We began to see a movement away from the Democrats in the 2016 election. I personally met several people who transferred out simply because they felt like the party abandoned them. Now, with the #WalkAway program, it appears people have grown tired of the manipulation.

All of this means, the Democrats are on shaky ground going into the midterm elections. It’s bad enough the party is fighting internally for control, but if they now lose the bedrock foundation of their members, their story grows much worse other than losing in November. It may even mean the breakup of an old party that has either lost its way or was torn apart internally. Either way, the times are changing for the Democrats as we know them today. People are simply not buying it anymore.

Keep the Faith!

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HELSINKI HYSTERIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What is really behind this panic created by the press?

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Ever since the Helsinki Summit last Monday (July 16th), people on-line, in person, and on the radio, have been asking me about the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin. Specifically, what I thought about Mr. Trump’s comments at the press conference afterwards, and was Mr. Trump a puppet of Mr. Putin. In a nutshell, it was all a huge media spectacle designed to distract the American public.

First, I do not consider Russia our friend or enemy, someone we are about to engage in war. I believe Mr. Trump was correct in labeling them our “competitors.” He also noted how the relations between the two countries have soured to the lowest point in several years, which is why calling for a summit made a lot of sense at this point in our history. It’s like two large dogs meeting each other for the first time to determine who will be the Alpha male; they have two choices, either attack each other viciously or sit side-by-side tending to their own territory. We obviously do not know the specifics of what was said in the summit itself, but it appears the two dogs are willing to sit side-by-side.

Prior to the meeting, the Democrats didn’t want Mr. Trump to meet with Mr. Putin, claiming he wasn’t qualified to negotiate with someone as intimidating as the Russian President. Of course, they also said this about the Singapore Summit, the G7 in Canada, and the NATO meeting in Brussels. Plain and simple, the talking heads of the main stream media do not like Mr. Trump and it is not in their vernacular to say something complimentary about him. In other words, they were all prepared to attack Mr. Trump regardless of what he said at the press conference.

I listened carefully to the questions asked and the one in particular that touched off the firestorm regarded who Mr. Trump believed was telling the truth about Russia’s involvement with our 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence or Mr. Putin. After going through hours of in-depth discussions in forging a new relationship with the other big dog, the last thing Mr. Trump wanted to do was to provoke a fight in front of the cameras, which is why he answered the way he did.

This, of course, did not satisfy the press, the Democrats and the RINOS in Congress who accused him of being unpatriotic, a dupe, even “treasonous.” One talking head even compared this to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, something I do not believe the speaker actually lived through. Interestingly, I do not remember the same outrage in 2012 when a hot microphone picked up President Obama telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev he would have more flexibility to negotiate on issues like missile defense after the election.

The outrage by the liberals today was Pavlovian in nature, causing their supporters to drool and cast doubt with voters. Is this nothing more than an example of the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)? Maybe, but I tend to believe it is more insidious than this. The real intent here is to create a much needed smokescreen to divert attention away from America’s booming economy as created by Mr. Trump. This is the Achilles Heel of the Democrats. To cover it up, the media is using the Helsinki Hysteria to cloud the issue so the American public is deliberately kept in the dark about the economy.

Think about it, the Gross Domestic Product is up, unemployment is down, wages are up, even Mr. Trump’s tariffs appear to be working on countries like China, where their stock market has dropped 23%. The President’s insistence on fair trade, and for NATO partners to pay their fair share, may seem callous at the time, but is beginning to work to America’s benefit. Unfortunately, because of the poor press coverage, most Americans are unaware of the progress we have made, which is how the Left wants it.

This frontal attack on Mr. Trump by the media, the Democrats, and RINO’s is intended to create fear thereby inhibiting how Mr. Trump conducts himself. This will continue unabated until the midterm election in November and probably beyond until he has been hounded out of office. So, the question becomes, should Mr. Trump change his style of management and curtail all other meetings until the election? Absolutely not; that would be worse than worrying what the opposition personally thinks of him. The nation must move forward, whether the opposition likes it or not.

This diversionary tactic reminds me of the scene towards the end of “The Wizard of Oz” where Toto pulls back the curtain revealing the true wizard. Dorothy and her companions are admonished to, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” Today, the desperate Left admonishes us to, “Pay no attention to the economy!”

The hysteria was not unexpected. In fact, it was all rather predictable.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TAKING PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR GRANTED

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 17, 2018

BRYCE ON EDUCATION

– People today do not appreciate the value of a high school diploma.

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I want to talk a little on education. Some things have been bothering me. Today, we hear a lot of young people demanding a right to free higher education, or at the very least paying off their college debt. As I’ve said before, higher education should be treated as a privilege in this country, certainly not a right. So much is the push for college education, I believe the institution of America’s public education system is under-appreciated. As I would remind everyone, we should be proud of our public education system. Could it stand improvement? Certainly, but that is only natural. You have to remember this institution ultimately represents our national personality and is the key to our future. As such, it should be prized and definitely not taken for granted.

First, a little history. In planning for the future, when additional states would inevitably join the union, the first Congress devised the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 which, among other things, included Article 3 stating, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

This led to the public school system which was provided to all citizens. For the first time, parents were required to send their children to school, which was enforced by town magistrates. This was based on the premise education would lead to a spirit of community, national patriotism, and prosperity. It was founded on the belief education would develop better citizens and make them more productive.

In 1835, noted historian and political commentator Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman, published his famous book, “Democracy in America,” which was an analysis of our young country as compared to those in Europe. This was based on his travels through America in 1831 and 1832. The book, which is frequently referenced even to this day, contains his observations on the young country, everything from its geographical layout, to its culture, and particularly its new political system as a democratically elected republic, as opposed to a monarchy.

Tocqueville was particularly taken by the American public education system. He was amazed to see children as young as second grade be completely literate, something normally reserved for the aristocracy in Europe. He was also taken by how knowledgeable children were in the workings of the government as defined by the U.S. Constitution. He wrote, “It cannot be doubted that, in the United States, the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of a democratic republic;”

Tocqueville was so impressed, he wrote the following, “But it is in mandates relating to public education that, from the outset, the original character of American civilization is revealed in the clearest light.”

I believe we have forgotten the purpose of public education, which is to learn lessons, not just memorization for the purpose of testing. One key component missing is to teach young people to “learn to learn,” which leads to a lifetime of inquiry. Instead, we have developed a generation who do nothing more than “learn to test.” This is one reason why I am not a proponent of Common Core. It is more important to teach the student to think and endeavor to find an answer as opposed to simply programming the person.

There was a time when we used to prize a high school diploma, that it meant something important. During the Great Depression of the 20th century many people had to drop out of school to go to work to help support the family. To them, a high school diploma was a prized possession, as was a junior high school diploma. The idea of attending college was simply out of the question.

Today, college has been sold to us as the natural next step in our development, that we cannot succeed without it. This explains why young people believe they have a right to it and should be free. However, I believe high school guidance counselors have put too much emphasis on attending college. For example, trade schools are sorely needed today to teach fundamental skills such as plumbing, electrical work, manufacturing, tool and die, automotive, programming, etc. Not only are these skills very much in demand, they pay well too. However, counselors tend to pooh-pooh them, as well as a hitch in the military. Due to declining socialization skills, as well as morality and the family unit, the military provides the structure and sense of purpose many young people need, as well as basic skills. They also open the door to higher education at a later date.

Something else, I’m told a lot of teachers today hold a degree in education, and not a specific field of study, such as history, English, or a branch of science or math, etc. As such they rely on videos to explain a lesson, followed by a quiz. It seems to me, without give-and-take between the teacher and the students, this is watering down the learning process.

One last note, as I believe our children are not properly learning American government anymore, I would like to see the Constitution taught in the classroom again, not as a quiz but as a dialog in order to engage the students. Sounds like a suitable question to ask politicians in the upcoming elections, doesn’t it?

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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DEALING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 12, 2018

BRYCE ON COPS

– Should you be adversarial or respectful?

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I recently found myself embroiled in a passionate argument about law enforcement. Someone had posted a video on social media showing a man in his car eluding police allegedly after a road rage incident. He refused to stop until he pulled into his driveway at home. The fact he failed to acknowledge police commands and argued loudly when he was caught agitated the police who forced him to the ground and put him in handcuffs. A few of the viewers commented how outrageous the police acted and they would have done likewise in resisting arrest. In contrast, I made the remark the suspect only had himself to blame; had he done as he was instructed, I doubt it would have turned into an ugly episode.

This resulted in a firestorm of comments against me for taking the side of the police. Frankly, I was surprised by the push back. In my defense, I described how I was taught to drive years ago by my father, who said if the police pulled me over, to keep my hands on the steering wheel, do not argue, and treat the officer with respect saying, “Yes Sir” and “No sir.” As the police see a lot of people during the day, they know nothing about me and will naturally approach cautiously. As such, it wouldn’t pay for me to pose a threat to them by being a smart ass.

I found this advice to be invaluable over the years. By acting this way, I was able to talk my way out of a ticket on more than one occasion. Each time, as the officer saw I wasn’t a threat and was heeding his instructions respectfully, I was let go with a simple warning.

After explaining this on the posting, I was accused of being a wimp and should have stood my ground and taken the officers to task. One gentleman claimed it is necessary to resist the police, simply because they are looking for an excuse to impound your vehicle. I have never heard of this before, so I have no way of knowing if this is true or not.

The way I see it, law enforcement has a difficult job, and they meet a lot of strange people in their daily routine, some not exactly playing with a full deck of cards. My philosophy in dealing with the law is to demonstrate that I am not some kook who poses a threat to them. When this is established, I find it is relatively easy to have a rational conversation with them where I can explain my side of the story. Regardless of how I tried to rationalize it, others in the group thought I had behaved cowardly. The only thing I know, I probably get fewer tickets than they do.

In a way, I am reminded of the classic comedy routine by Chris Rock titled, “How To Not Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police.”

What bothered me about this little incident was the total disregard for law enforcement, portraying them as disreputable ogres who are to be fought with, not respected. I recognize not all law enforcement officers are perfect, but to have people openly provoke a confrontation doesn’t make sense to me. Frankly, this adversarial relationship is disturbing as I believe law enforcement serves a vital function for the community and should be appreciated for their efforts. Then again, maybe this is just another sign of our changing times. I grew up in an era when we were taught the police were our friends, but I have a feeling this is a lesson no longer taught. It disturbs me when I hear 29 officers were killed in the line of duty thus far this year (compared to 44 for all of 2017). Frankly, I’m surprised how patient and professional most officers conduct themselves in light of the animosity against them.

Next time you are stopped by law enforcement, keep your cool and act respectful, they are only trying to do their job and not get killed in the process.

P.S. – Perhaps the most imaginative way I’ve heard of someone talking their way out of a traffic ticket was the father of a friend of mine in Chicago years ago. The father, named Al, was a baker and typically worked the late shift. One night, as he was driving home in the wee hours of the morning, he was tired and anxious to get to bed. Consequently, he was driving a bit too fast.

As he passed a billboard, he spied a patrol car hidden behind it, undoubtedly running radar. Seeing the car pull out from behind the billboard, he knew he was going to be ticketed. Thinking fast, he pulled his car over to the side of the road, popped his hood open, jumped out and began jiggling his carburetor (Yes, this was before electronic ignitions). As expected, the patrol car pulled up behind Al’s car and the officer stepped out. Al looked up at him and said, “Oh, thank God you’re here. Something’s wrong with the carburetor and the car was running away on me. Boy, did it scare the heck out of me.”

The officer looked at Al, then the carburetor, and gave him a warning to get the car fixed before he got into an accident. Yes, he let him go. Brilliant, just brilliant, and a great story he told for many years thereafter.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS TURNING TO SOCIALISM?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 10, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Most people do not understand the differences between Capitalism and Socialism.

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The news lately is filled with expressions of anger from leftist Democrats. They are angry about the country’s immigration policies, believing our borders should be open to anyone wanting to enter regardless if they have a criminal background or not; they try to portray President Trump as a lying and immoral tyrant; they are demanding the elimination of ICE, as well as the general suppression of law enforcement, and; they are particularly angry the president will replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with a conservative jurist, someone who will adhere to a strict interpretation of the Constitution rather than enacting law from the bench.

The Left has taken to the streets in protest and adopted a policy of harassment towards Republicans. This will only increase as we approach the 2018 midterm elections, and it goes well beyond the protests of 1968 as it is more akin to the visceral rhetoric preceding the Civil War. In particular, young people have become willing pawns of the Left in advocating anarchy and socialism.

It is disturbing young people do not truly grasp the nature of socialism or capitalism, probably because they were never taught these concepts in school, other than teachers and professors advocating the socialist agenda. As such, students are being brainwashed into believing socialism is good and capitalism is evil. While capitalism is commonly portrayed as another form of greed by the “10%” controlling the wealth, socialism is sold as a more “fair and equitable” solution.

In reality, capitalism is a celebration of the individual’s right to try and succeed, requiring a sense of risk. In contrast, socialism concentrates on the rights of the group overall, controlled by government, thereby suppressing individual ambition and risk. Unlike capitalism which allows for failure, there is no such sense of loss in socialism, nor sense of victory. Essentially, everyone receives a trophy, win or lose. The two socioeconomic programs are as different as night and day, and are simply incompatible.

Socialism’s group dynamics may sound appealing to the uneducated, but it has a horrible track record over the years. Whenever it has been tried, and failed, life eventually returns to capitalism which is more natural to the human spirit. Whereas socialism is revolutionary, capitalism is more evolutionary as described by Darwin’s Natural Selection. Under capitalism, the strongest company survives, and if a company fails, another will replace it learning from its failures, thereby promoting innovation, invention, and strength. In other words, capitalism naturally lends itself to higher production, not so under Socialism.

Under capitalism, the individual is entitled to enjoy the fruits of his/her labor, such as financial rewards. This is an important benefit derived from risk. Under socialism, there is no such concept, and instead of the individual benefiting, the wealth is evenly distributed to the work force, regardless if they earned it or not. In other words, a weak worker benefits at the same rate as a strong worker.

Today’s American socialists believe in free entitlements for everyone, such as college education, food and housing, transportation, and jobs. This may sound enticing, but they have no clue as to how to pay for all of this.

John Stossel provides a fine video further describing the differences between “Capitalism vs Socialism.”

To encourage entrepreneurship, our founding fathers took steps to safeguard the intellectual property of the individual. This specifically includes Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, wherein the powers of Congress are defined. It states, in part, “The Congress shall have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”. This led to such institutions as the Patent and Copyright offices which were specifically designed to safeguard an individual’s intellectual property. As early as 1790, the first patent and copyright were approved. At the time, safeguarding intellectual property in this manner was rare to the rest of the world. By promoting the entrepreneurial rights of the individual, our forefathers were embracing capitalism.

Interestingly, to clarify the ideological differences in this country, while the Democrats have embraced socialism, the Republicans have embraced capitalism. This also explains why Democrats want to do away with the Constitution, and why the Republicans embrace it. Taking it a step further, this provides the rationale as to why patriotism has hit a new low in the United States, according to GALLUP. Whereas Republicans are still proud of their country, there was a “sharp declines since 2017 among liberals, Democrats.”

Another area of confusion is the fundamental nature of our government, is it a Democracy or a Republic? Under a Democracy, the people vote on everything which is unworkable to just about any size country. Instead, we elect people to represent our interests, specifically Congress and the White House. These are people whose job it is to study our problems, debate issues, and formulate policies and courses of action. Make no mistake, America is a Republic. As another key ideological difference in this country, whereas Democrats refer to America as a Democracy, Republicans refer to it as a Republic. This also explains why Democrats revile the Electoral College as prescribed by the Constitution, believing a popular vote should be the sole criteria for electing a president, not a representative based solution.

So, why are the Democrats so loud in their protests? First, as they have lost control over the Congress and Presidency they have become more desperate to regain control. More importantly, they do not want a country as defined by the Constitution as it interferes with socialism. This is why they want open borders, suppress the power of law enforcement, and do not want a Constitutional jurist as appointed by Mr. Trump. All of this gets in the way of their agenda.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHY THE ESCALATION IN SUICIDES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 5, 2018

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Is there a connection to the decline of religion?

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A couple of months ago, I produced a presentation titled, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” which noted the changes in our culture and what can be done about them. Among the subjects discussed, I reviewed a recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding how youth suicides have skyrocketed 70% over the last decade. “According to the CDC, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016, making it the 10th leading cause of death.” It is also the 2nd leading cause of death among young people, ages 15-24.

According to Tom Simon, one of the authors of the CDC report, the increase in suicides is not limited to just our youth, “We know that overall in the US, we’re seeing increases in suicide rates across all age groups.”

This was amplified by the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Although it is unclear as to precisely why they decided to take their own lives, it was reported they suffered from depression. Despite their success, they simply couldn’t find happiness and contentment.

From their deaths, the public is slowly becoming aware of the growing trend in suicide, particularly among our youth. So what is causing this, failure? This certainly was not the case with Spade and Bourdain. Perhaps it was triggered by the influx of drugs and technology. Maybe it is simple depression, which has also been growing over the years. A recent REPORT claims “15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.” Of that, “nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.”

Again, we can look at the influences of drug and technology addiction, but I believe it goes deeper than this, specifically a loss of meaning in life which particularly affects our youth. To this end, let us consider the slow erosion of our MORAL VALUES as reported annually by the Gallup organization.

I have been following this since 2012 and in just the past six years alone, there has been a noticeable decline; when asked, “HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE OVERALL STATE OF MORAL VALUES IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY?”

2012 2018  
20% 14% EXCELLENT/GOOD
36% 37% ONLY FAIR
43% 49% POOR

We can blame this erosion on the media’s distorted views of morality, the failure of the family unit to properly teach their youth, and the decline of organized religion. As to the latter, both Gallup and Harris have produced polls showing the belief in a Supreme Being is slowly declining. Further, attendance at religious institutions is also dwindling; “65 percent of churches are declining or plateaued.”

Even more disturbing is fewer younger people are going to church which, of course, affects membership. Consequently, “for every new church that opens, four close.” For many years, churches and temples preached the lessons of right and wrong, but with fewer attendees, these lessons now go unheeded. It has become glaringly obvious to churches they must change in order to survive, be it the venue or how to disseminate their message.

More importantly, STUDIES make a direct connection between the rise of youth suicides on a loss of sense of purpose as derived from the decline of religion. In other words, as religion declines, youth suicides skyrocket. It is not a coincidence.

We would like to believe money, fame, and success leads to happiness. As evidenced by celebrities such as Spade and Bourdain, this is not the case. It’s a matter of how we see ourselves, our role in society, and learning to live a meaningful life, which are all lessons we should learn from our family, our schools, and our places of worship. However, if we do not support such institutions, we are doomed to watch our suicide rate continue to escalate unabated.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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HOW ABOUT A LITTLE PATRIOTISM FOR THE 4TH?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 3, 2018

BRYCE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

– The virtues of a home town parade.

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I have always enjoyed the charm of a local Independence Day parade. In my old hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, the streets would come alive in the morning with the sounds of fire truck sirens, the High School marching band, and numerous neighborhoods dressed in red, white and blue and marching in the parade. Local politicians would ride in the parade and wave to the crowd. A friend of mine used to live at the start of the parade route and would have coffee and donuts available for the fire and police departments as well as parade organizers. People lined the streets, waved flags, and had a great time. Some of the neighbors along the parade route would roast hot dogs. It wasn’t about politics, it was simply a great way for the community to pull together in honor of the country. I am pleased to say they continue this tradition to this day.

Unfortunately, it is not the same in my current hometown of Palm Harbor, Florida who has yet to discover the benefits of this community event. I would have thought the American Legion, the VFW, the Masons, or the local Chamber of Commerce would have pushed for such an event, but not yet. Maybe they think it is too hot for such a parade or that not enough people would show any interest. I hate to say it, but Cincinnati gets every bit as hot as Florida during the summer, perhaps more so. And there should be sufficient interest as neighboring Safety Harbor hosts such a parade. I wonder what they know that we don’t? It would be nice to see the local community pull together and demonstrate a little unity on America’s birthday.

No, this is not about taking a knee and protesting. It’s about community spirit, pride, and teaching patriotism to our youth, plus having a little fun while we’re at it. Are we so polarized that we cannot simply enjoy our community and country? I’m not there to represent a political party or ideology as that is not the point. Instead, I attend such functions as a proud American.

As we all know, the Declaration of Independence was signed on Thursday, July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia. A copy was then taken by courier to General Washington who was currently stationed in New York City with his troops preparing to engage the British. It took some time for the document to reach Washington as it was delivered by horse rider, not by text messaging, e-mail, or Morse code for that matter. Consequently, Washington received it two days later on Saturday, July 6th, along with a letter from John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress.

After studying the DOCUMENT, Washington ordered his troops to assemble in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:00pm, where Washington’s officers read the Declaration to all of his troops. Local citizens were allowed to attend as well. For the general, the document was very timely as it provided the rationale for breaking away from Britain and creating a new nation, thereby motivating his troops.

The words in the Declaration were so inspirational, New Yorkers raced down Broadway where they toppled and decapitated a statue of King George III. This was later melted down and used for ammunition against the British. It must have been quite a sight.

Since then, America has celebrated the 4th of July as an important event in our history. I do not believe the founding fathers would be overly impressed by some of today’s home town parades, but I am sure they would appreciate the love and affection we still hold for our country.

Happy Independence Day!

Keep the Faith!

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DAY 2 OF GOP SUMMIT FEATURES CANDIDATES AND CHEERLEADERS

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 29, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Wrapping up the Florida Republican Love-in.

KISSIMMEE, FL (June 29, 2018) – Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingolia welcomed +2,500 attendees to Day 2 of the Florida GOP’s Summit sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida (RPF) and held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee.  On Day 1, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam squared off in a nationally televised debate as candidates for Governor of Florida.  Day 2 consisted of a fast paced list of notable Republican speakers, including candidates for office and cheerleaders.

In terms of candidates, the Summit was an excellent venue for evaluating the Republican candidates for office, particularly for Governor, Agriculture Commissioner, and Attorney General.  The Governor’s race was primarily between Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam, both of whom also spoke on Day 2.  However, the dark horse candidate was Bob White who lacked the financial muscle the other two enjoyed.

Four candidates were running for Agriculture Commissioner:  Col. Mike McAllister, FL Rep. Matt Caldwell, Baxter Troutman, and FL Sen. Denise Grimsley.  All had agriculture backgrounds, but I was particularly impressed by Sen. Grimsley experience, both on the farm and within the Florida Senate.  She was also a polished speaker.

As to the state Attorney General, two candidates were present, FL Rep. Frank White and Ashley Moody.  I was particularly taken by Ms. Moody’s extensive experience, both as a former prosecutor and judge.  She also earned the endorsement of outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi.

As to the cheerleader speakers, their goal was to stir the Republican base and motivate them to action.  Their pep rallies were nice, but I think it would have been more worthwhile to discuss what the Democrats are  doing, such as generating “Fake Votes” through such avenues as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact aimed at negating the power of the Electoral College; Chicago ID cards allowing illegal aliens to vote, and; lowering the voting age to 16.  Their policies of harassment towards Republicans were mentioned, but should have been discussed in greater depth as to what to do about it.  Also, handling the Main Stream Media should have been examined as well.

During the Summit, it struck me that women seemed to have found their voice in the Republican party.  Some very solid female candidates emerged, as well as some great thinkers and advocates.  Anyone who thinks the Republicans cannot address the interests of women is taking it in the arm.

Bottom-line, the Summit was useful in terms of promoting enthusiasm and disseminating information about candidates in advance of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.  Two things became clear at the conference:  they unabashedly support President Trump, and are certainly not afraid of the Democrats.

Here is a synopsis of the various speakers during Day 2:

Following the Chairman’s welcome, the invocation was delivered by Pastor Paul White, the Pledge of Allegiance by Jack Wiseman, and the National Anthem by Sonya Bryson-Kirksey.

Col. Mike McAlister – candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  Opened by energizing the attendees about the party.  Explained his qualifications as candidate, and goals:  protect resources and grow business.  2nd Amendment proponent, against Sanctuary Cities.  Fine speaker, but commissioner?

Rep. Byron Donalds – Florida House of Representatives.  Proud of both candidates running for Florida governor.  He went on to push for the election of Gov. Scott as U.S. Senator from Florida, replacing Sen. Bill Nelson (D).  On the Florida Supreme Court, three justices are nearing retirement, which is why it is necessary for a Republican to win the governor’s race.

Ashley Moody – candidate for Florida Attorney General.  Former prosecutor and judge.  Has the support of outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi.  She mentioned Florida was rated #1 in the country for fiscal responsibility.  She is very much concerned with the harassment by members of the Left, and believe they should be locked up.  She firmly believes in the unbiased prosecution of the law.  She claims to be the only candidate in the race to have actually defended the 2nd Amendment.

Tom Borelli – Contributor, Conservative Review.  He began by praising the job of President Trump.  He cited statistics that the news media is no longer trusted by the public.  He finds the recent harassment of Republicans to be disturbing.  He also contends there is a covert push to suppress conservative speech, radio, and television programming.

Baxter Troutman – candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  His wife Becky spoke on the candidate’s behalf who was at another event in Miami.  Baxter has served in the Florida House of Representatives.  She claimed her husband has extensive background in Agriculture.  This was followed by a brief video explaining Baxter’s beliefs.

Future of Florida Panel – Bill Galvano – President designate, Florida Senate; Jose Oliva – Speaker designate, Florida House of Representatives; Moderator Tom Feeney.  Unfortunately, the audio was terrible and difficult to hear.

Rep. Matt Caldwell – candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  Discussed the need for free speech.  Believes in the need for secured borders and the need to follow the law.

Puerto Rico Rising Panel – FL Rep. Robert “Bob” Cortes; former PR AG Jose Fuentes; PR Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon; Speaker of the PR House Carlos “Johnny” Mendez, and; RPOF PR Outreach Director Gary Berrios as Moderator.  The panel was asked about last year’s hurricane disaster.  Actually, it was a problem of bad planning.  There were insufficient resources on hand locally thereby making for poor logistics.  All things considered, the response from the Federal government was good when you consider the massive amount of supplies and equipment delivered.  The group also praised Governor Scott for his assistance during the crisis.

Lauren Cooley – Free Speech Advocate, Washington Examiner.  Discussed the free speech problems on college campuses.  She encouraged the attendees to educate young people regarding the principles of American government and conservative values.

FL Sen. Denise Grimsley – candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.  She began by reviewing her conservative values.  She grew up on the family farm, became a nurse, became active in the Florida Republican party, and elected a Florida state senator.  She warned of a strong Democratic opponent.

Dick Morris – author, political pundit.  Claimed Trump won because he was able to connect with blue collar workers.  He tried to explain the president’s persona.  “As a builder, he gets things done, that’s his job.  This is why we is having success with foreign countries.”

Bob White – candidate for Florida Governor.  As the Dark Horse candidate, he described his conservative principles.  He claimed he was not supported by special interest groups.

Rep. Matt Gaetz – U.S. House of Representatives.  Led a Republican cheer-leading session.  Frequently praised President Trump.  Along with Ron DeSantis, he has produced legislation recommending the censure of Rep. Maxine Waters.

Grover Norquist – President, American for Tax Reform.  Discussed the Republican Tax Cuts.  He contended 200M people are paying lower utility bills as a result of the tax cuts.  By cutting the corporate tax rates, we are seeing the economy expand.  Whereas we used to be higher than Communist China, now we are less, and our country is booming.  Despite all this, the Democrats voted against the Tax Cuts and want to raise taxes and expand the size of government.

Nick Adams – CEO, Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness.  Nick is a transplanted Englishmen who loves America.

Matt Schlapp – Chairman, American Conservative Union.  Discussed the deteriorating values at the college level.  He felt President Trump was right in firing James Comey as head of the FBI.

FL Rep. Frank White – candidate for FL AG.  Described his conservative beliefs.   He has 15 years of experience practicing law.

David Webb – Host, David Webb Show on Sirius XM, Fox News Contributor.  Described the problems of class warfare in politics as practiced by the Democrats.  He also warned the audience of the Democrats’ ardent commitment to Socialism which explains their obnoxious behavior.

Anne Defries – Chair, Florida Realtor PAC Trustees.  Wants us to vote Yes on Amendment #2, a 10% cap on property taxes.  If defeated, the taxes will rise and drive companies and people away from Florida.

Agriculture Comm. Adam Putnam – candidate for Florida Governor.  Claimed to enjoy last night’s debate.  He went on to praise Governor Scott’s ability to rebuild the state’s economy.  He is critical of school’s overemphasis on college educations; that we need trade schools as well.  Claims to have the endorsement of 45 of the state’s 66 Sheriffs.  He is not a proponent of Sanctuary Cities or higher taxation.  Claimed support for President Trump.  Insists he wants to put “Florida First.”

Deneen Borelli – CRTV.com Host and Fox News Contributor.  Another pep rally touting the need to support President Trump.  She warned the audience of getting taken in by race-baiting.  President Trump has helped African-Americans find jobs.

Jason Chaffetz – Fox News Contributor, Former Congressman.  Warned the audience of violent politics.  The Democrats are going to attack you, but remember, they have nothing else.  “Nancy Pelosi believes we are one tax increase from prosperity.”  “Remember this, Republicans are on the right side of the issues.”  Of all the speakers, Mr. Chaffetz was the most down to earth and sincere.  He is in the process of writing a book, “Deep State.”

Kayleigh McEnany – National Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.  Another pep rally praising President Trump.  She believes the main stream media is getting the midterm elections wrong, saying there is no “Blue Wave” but a “Red Tsunami” instead.

Rep. Ron DeSantis – candidate for Florida Governor.  Came on stage with his family.  He is proud he helped expose the anti-Trump campaign at the Department of Justice and FBI.  He said he was someone with conservative values, a veteran, and endorsed by President Trump.  Claimed Putnam said Trump was “vile and obscene” during the 2016 election.  He also attacked Mr. Putnam’s record on immigration.  He supports eVerify, but his opponent does not.  He is opposed to Common Core, and claims Mr. Putnam supports it.  He says he wants to see the Constitution taught in the classroom.  Complimented Gov. Scott as a good fiduciary steward for the state.  He also believes in term limits; claims Mr. Putnam is against it.  He closed by describing his good relationship
with President Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul – U.S. Senator (KY).  The Democrats lost in 2016 simply because they are out of touch with the common worker.  He cited the positive effect the Republican Tax Cuts are having on the middle class.  Claimed President Trump, “has exceeded all of my expectations.”  He reviewed the benefits of the “checks and balances” in the Constitution, and described the problems encountered in the recent FBI investigation (Peter Strzok and Lisa Page).  He made a plea for the attendees to tell their Congressmen to repeal Obamacare.  His speech was very well received.

Charlie Kirk – Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA.  A young man originally from Chicago.  His company, which promotes conservative principles, is now on 1,300 college campuses.  He gave a strong endorsement to Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor.  He discussed how Liberals try to stop him from coming on campuses.  “They are the most intolerant people in the world.”  He went on to describe the dangers of Marxism.  Mr. Kirk was both interesting and a polished speaker.

Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingolia – thanked everyone for coming and thanked the organizers and volunteers, as well as the hotel.  He then admonished the attendees to act more morally and professionally, offering ten simple lessons to live by.

Sen. Marco Rubio (by video) – U.S. Senator (FL).  Urged attendees to get Gov. Scott elected to the Senate, replacing Bill Nelson.

Dan Bongino – Host of the Dan Bongino Show podcast.  Believes the Russian collusion investigation is a travesty of justice.  Contends candidate Trump was spied on by the Obama administration.  Claims the country is going bankrupt; we have to either put the brakes on our spending or face a critical change on our government.  The good news though is that Donald Trump won the presidency.  The president is not intimidated by the news media, and it is driving them crazy.  Should the Republicans lose the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, the Democrats will assuredly impeach the president.  He closed by reminding the attendees that the Liberals will never give up, therefore they have to remain vigilant.

Dinesh D’Souza – Best Selling Author and Filmmaker; keynote speaker.  Producing new film, “Death of a Nation.”  He finds President Trump to be interesting; that he is not afraid to fight with anyone.  His new movie addresses “Fake History” and draws a comparison between today and the period prior to the Civil War.  He then went on to give a history lesson on the rise of the Nazi party as patterned after the Democrats of the 1800s.  His dissertation was most illuminating.

And thus ended a long and fruitful day.

Keep the Faith!

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FLORIDA GOP SUMMIT FEATURES GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE BETWEEN RON DESANTIS AND ADAM PUTNAM

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 29, 2018

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Republicans for Florida Governor get national exposure.

KISSIMMEE, FL (June 27, 2018) – House Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam squared off in a nationally televised debate to become the Republican candidate for governor of Florida.  The debate was held at the annual Sunshine Summit at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee and sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida (RPF).  The Summit is a two day event featuring the debate on Day 1 (Thursday) and a star studded list of Republican speakers for Day 2 (Friday).

A capacity crowd of over +2,500 people attended the debate televised live by Fox News and moderated by Fox’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Normally, such a debate would begin with some opening remarks by the candidates, but not this night.  Instead, the moderators began with a pointed question regarding would they like to see the Roe vs. Wade decision regarding abortion be overturned.  Both candidates evaded the question clumsily, implying Yes, they would support the decision being overturned.  Rather than answer the question directly, they both said they supported the appointment of a Constitutional jurist to the Supreme Court.

They were then asked a series of questions regarding Russia interference in the 2016 election, immigration, gun control reform, and their support for President Trump.  As to the latter, the President has publicly endorsed Mr. DeSantis.  The Congressman also contended Mr. Putnam did not embrace or campaign with Mr. Trump during the 2016 election.  When asked by the moderators if he had called Mr. Trump’s discourse vile and obscene, Mr. Putnam denied the allegation.

Both candidates publicly endorsed Mr. Trump’s policies and positions, but the edge has to go to Mr. DeSantis for the president’s endorsement.  To counter this, Mr. Putnam claimed he knew the state better than his opponent who spent considerable time in Washington.  He also claimed he had received the endorsement of several Sheriffs in the state.  In response, Mr. DeSantis claimed he is paid to do his job in Washington, but spends as much time as possible back in Florida.

The turning point in the debate came in the area of immigration.  Although both candidates openly opposed Sanctuary Cities (and States).  Mr. DeSantis went on to say he would help vote eVerify into law, and that Mr. Putnam helped kill eVerify in Florida because his sponsors wanted cheap labor.  In response, the Agriculture Commissioner danced around the issue, but didn’t refute the Congressman’s charges.  From this, Mr. DeSantis scored heavily.

Keeping the February Parkland school shootings in mind, and the push back to the NRA by younger voters, the moderators asked if the candidates supported the gun safety lobby.  Both candidates didn’t mention the organization by name but both claimed to be strong advocates of the 2nd Amendment.

In terms of the Parkland shooting, Mr. DeSantis claimed he would have gone after the FBI for failure to investigate the shooter when warned, and would have fired the local Sheriff for incompetence in the incident.

Both candidates supported President Trump’s recent actions regarding trade tariffs, claiming it was unfair our foreign competitors were mistreating American goods.

The candidates also agreed in principle:

*  They were not in support of recreational marijuana.
*  They supported aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of last year’s hurricane destruction.

In their closing statement, Mr. DeSantis thanked his supporters and reminded the audience of his relationship with Mr. Trump.  In his closing, Mr. Putnam claimed to know the State of Florida better than his opponent and that he would always put “Florida First,” a slogan akin to President Trump’s “America First.”

In analyzing the debate overall, both opened badly, but this should be attributed to the structure of the debate by organizers.  Mr. Putnam appeared confident and animated, but he had trouble responding to the eVerify issue which is his Achilles Heel.  Beyond having the support of President Trump, Rep. DeSantis appeared more at ease at the podium, probably due to his years as an attorney and a Navy JAG officer.

It was a close debate, and both candidates would serve well as governor, but if I had to make a decision as to winner, I would have to give the nod to Mr. DeSantis.

Keep the Faith!

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THE DEMOCRATS’ SOAP OPERA

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 28, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Instead of legislating, they are attacking.

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When asked about the recent problem of separating children from their illegal immigrant families, I burst out laughing, which didn’t go over well with some people in the room who thought I was being insensitive to their plight. Of course I am sympathetic, but I realized this was just another soap opera manufactured by the Democrats. Separating children from illegal immigrants is certainly not new as it was done for at least the last two administrations. President Trump certainly didn’t invent the law, he just enforced it. Democrat strategists are perfectly cognizant of this, but they desperately want to convince the American public the president is evil. As such, they have turned this into a huge photo op to try and demonstrate their compassion and the president’s lack thereof.

We are now just five short months away from the midterm elections, and with each day it becomes painfully obvious the Democrats have no proposals for solving any problems. So, instead of working through the legislative process, they attack the president. Their mission is simple: keep the heat on President Trump, thereby defacing him and anyone associated with him, particularly Republican candidates.

The theatrics of the Left is rather entertaining as they can now produce crocodile tears on demand, quote Jesus to justify their position (someone they abandoned years ago), and claim outrage over the slightest disagreement. Their histrionics of pseudo-sympathy is all rather amusing but not the slightest bit credible. They may impress the main stream media, but the American public is not swallowing it.

In a recent Gallup Poll, Americans who are satisfied with the direction of the country has reached a twelve year high, going back to September 2005. In the survey, all age groups and genders showed a marked improvement, but in particular, independents showed an eleven point bump, making it bad news for the Democrats.

Since the Democrats have no policy or program to offer American voters, other than increased taxation and larger government, they practice attack politics, where character assassination is commonplace and identity politics is used to ridicule their opposition. From now until the November elections, the Democrats will spend little time legislating and more time attacking the president.

This is all being choreographed rather precisely. As soon as the public has grown weary of the illegal immigration problem, another “catastrophe” will emerge with considerable fanfare. The Democrats cannot win by attacking the economy, the military or veterans, so they will go after such things as the environment and the EPA, housing and HHS, or the FCC, FDA, or Department of Transportation. In other words, a systematic attack on the various government departments affecting our lives. The brouhaha du jour is all designed to generate hate against the Republicans. Again, the people are seeing through this as evidenced by the recent Gallup poll.

Do not ask the Democrats about the growing Gross Domestic Product, the decreasing trade deficit, the shrinking unemployment rate, or the diminishing number of people on food stamps. These are all indicators of a prosperous economy improving under the Trump administration, something simply not discussed by the Left.

The main stream media plays a large role in all of this and could easily clear up misunderstandings if they wanted to. The problem is, they do not want to. As an instrument of the Left they are complicit in the shenanigans of the Democrats. It is no wonder, the American public no longer trusts the media. As one of my readers recently said to me, a lawyer from Tampa, “We’ve stopped watching the mainstream media. They are becoming irrelevant, except as a foil to show our disgust.”

The Democrat’s Soap Opera in the media reflects a desperate party resorting to desperate measures. Regardless of how they spin it though, the American public is not buying into it. The Democrats, therefore, are only burying themselves by not offering viable solutions. Although the media would have us believe a “Blue Tide” is rising, the truth is the Democrats are facing a brutal disaster in November, one which will reshape their party for years to come.

Keep the Faith!

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