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VOTER SUPPRESSION VS. ELECTION INTEGRITY

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 22, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Another polarizing element between Left and Right.

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Arguably the two biggest issues facing the American people today deals with illegal immigration and voting. Interestingly, I believe the two are related. However, there are sharp differences in interpretation between liberals and conservatives and reflects a deep divide between the two groups.

As to illegal immigration, liberals do not believe in national borders thereby causing the current influx of illegal immigration. It is their hope illegals will be granted citizenship and voting rights, thereby enabling Democrats to remain in power.

On the other hand, conservatives want tighter control at the border, thereby thwarting illegal voting, illegal distribution of benefits, and curb human trafficking and drug importation.

Voting also has two differing perspectives. Liberals claim the new election laws enacted by Republican-led states represent “voter suppression.” They insist the laws are being enacted to prevent minorities from voting. As such, they label these laws as “racist” and akin to “Jim Crow laws.” They use the “Jim Crow” moniker knowing the public has no sense of history and have forgotten it was created by the Democrats, the same people who gave us “Jim Crow” and advocated slavery.

Conservatives, instead, are promoting “election integrity” as a means to promote lawful voting. This can hardly be construed as “voter suppression,” but this is what the Democrats would have us believe. Republicans thereby are creating state laws to promote proper Voter ID, reasonable hours to vote early, and honest absentee voting. To illustrate, there is nothing in the recent Texas state election bills (HB3 and SR1) that could possibly be construed as “voter suppression,” yet this is what Texas Democrats insist it is. Interestingly, the bills begin by claiming they are, “enacted solely to prevent fraud in the electoral process and ensure that all legally cast ballots are counted.” Having read the legislation, I have to agree.

Knowing Republicans have the votes to pass the legislation, Texas Democrats fled the state, and flew to Washington, DC to seek comfort from the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As part of this, they want to federalize voting as per House Resolution 1 (H.R.1), the “For the People” Act which is aimed at encouraging more votes, not validating them. As I wrote in March on this subject, “There is nothing in the bill about validating voter identity, verification of signatures, or checking rolls in a uniform manner. This is all about harvesting votes for the Democrats in an unscrupulous manner.”

Let’s be clear about something from the onset, H.R.1 is un-Constitutional as the right to determine voting is a state issue, not federal (see Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution, whereby, “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof;” Aside from the Electoral College, this is also true for the Executive Branch.

I also find it interesting the role the News Media plays in all of this. Most outlets claim this is about “voter suppression,” not “election integrity.” This is obviously being orchestrated by someone behind the scenes. To illustrate, I found two columns with almost identical content:

Techbondhu – by Serilda – July 9th
The bills – House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1 – were filed during the special legislative session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, which started Thursday. Republican leaders vowed to take another pass at approving voting legislation after Texas House Democrats blocked a previous effort in May to pass more voting restrictions.

NPR – by Ashley Lopez – July 12th
The bills – House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1 – were filed during the special legislative session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, which started last week. Republican leaders vowed to take another pass at approving voting legislation after Texas House Democrats blocked a previous effort in May to pass more voting restrictions.

It is as if someone from the left wrote the article first, distributed it to the news media, and allowed them to fine tune it to suit their needs. Not only is this plagiarism, and shows to what length the Left will go, but it demonstrates how the news media works. As an aside, I have also seen this done with “Letters to the Editor,” where the same comments are posted in different newspapers across the USA.

The truth is, this is about manipulating and controlling the vote in order to maintain a tyrannical grasp of power. It has absolutely nothing to do with racism and “Jim Crow,” which is nothing more than a clever subterfuge. What we are witnessing is another test of the U.S. Constitution, to wit, do we accept illegal immigration and voting, or do we not? This will inevitably end up in the Supreme Court.

P.S. – As one friend said to me recently, “You notice Democrats are fine with vaccine cards, but not Voter IDs?” Just saying.

Keep the Faith!

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“HOW TO BECOME A TYRANT” – MUST SEE TV

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 20, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It provides invaluable lessons for today.

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I recently watched the new documentary, “How to Become a Tyrant,” on Netflix. It is a six episode series, each running 25-30 minutes in length. The intent is to examine past tyrannical dictators, note their personal attributes and tactics used, and make some conclusions as to becoming a tyrant, thereby providing a text book explanation for such madness.

In the film, they examine Germany’s Adolph Hitler, Russia’s Joseph Stalin, Uganda’s Idi Amin, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, North Korea’s Kim family, as well as other tyrants from around the world; e.g., Fidel Castro, Mao Tse-tung, and others.

Not only is it an excellent history lesson, but it provides insight as to what is happening today in this country.

Their “Tyrant’s Playbook” makes some rather astute observations with six key points:

1. How to seize power – here, the producers describe how tyrants ascend to power. Most come from obscurity, such as Adolf Hitler who was but a corporal in the German Army during World War I. Key to their rise was portraying themselves as one of the people. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were particularly good at this. Interestingly though, the tyrants had no respect for human life, which is why they were so effective in snuffing it out.

To become a tyrant, one must possess an inflated ego whereby you, alone, can solve your country’s problems. It thereby becomes important to develop a catchy message the public understands and can embrace. With Hitler, it was his book, “Mein Kampf.” In China, Mao’s “Little Red Book,” contained quotations from his speeches and writings. Likewise, Muammar Gaddafi had his “The Green Book.”

It also helps to rise to power during a difficult time, such as a financial calamity, like The Great Depression, war, poverty and disease. People are looking to be saved and will be receptive to anyone with a proposed solution, thus greasing the rails for rising to power.

Most of the tyrants also possessed a military background, thereby using soldiers to achieve domination. Such training also came in handy in terms of tactical warfare within their own country.

2. Crush your rivals – either through legal or illegal means, it doesn’t matter. Rivals would suddenly disappear or be falsely accused of traitorous activity.

3. Reign through terror – this requires the person to be totally ruthless. To implement this, public executions send a clear message to the populace that the tyrant is not to be trifled with. Joseph Stalin’s purges of the government and military was also effective, whereby hundreds of thousands of people were executed and another million sent to prisons and labor camps.

Key to the tyrant here is controlling the law, that the only interpretation that matters is the dictator’s.

4. Control the truth – this is very important to developing a culture of confusion. If you can control the source, content and distribution of information, you control the actions and decisions of the people.

Not only is it necessary for the state to control communications, such as publishing, TV, movies and the Internet, but the news as well. This is why the masses are prohibited from accessing the press in other countries.

Another key point in this area is altering history to suit your agenda. Most, if not all, of the tyrants in the film understood the necessity of this. And, Yes, propaganda was of strategic importance. To illustrate, North Korea’s Kim Jong-il (father of Kim Jong-un), came to power not through military means, but as Propaganda Minister.

5. Reinventing the country into the utopia you always wanted – this section was particularly interesting as we saw tyrants implement several tactics aimed at changing the culture of the land. For example:

* Supplant religion with something else, such as Stalinism.

* Replace the flag.

* Suppress civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, religion, and access to firearms.

* Crush protests, but let your supporters run amok.

* Reorient people (change their values).

* Indoctrinate the youth.

In this area, tyrants also tend to think big and implement massive and expensive construction projects, such as Hitler’s rebuilding of Berlin and the Autobahn, Stalin’s subways and dam projects, and Gaddafi’s massive irrigation system for the desert.

6. Seek immortality – to do so, you need a succession plan, something few tyrants actually prepare. The best example of this is in North Korea, with the Kims ruling for over 70 years (Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un).

One of the key points to maintaining power is requiring isolation. North Koreans are taught to take pride in being self-sufficient. By doing so, traveling outside of the country and communicating with the outside world is simply not necessary and, therefore, is prohibited.

Another trick is to export your revolution, such as Germany, Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, and Libya, who assisted other countries and political factions with weapons and funding.

Aside from North Korea, most tyrants do not hold on to power. Even Russia fell and was opened to the West, but outsiders still look at Russian President Vladimir Putin suspiciously. As an aside, to-date Putin has served for 22 years (Stalin was 25 years); if he has his way, Putin will be able to serve until 2036, marking 37 years as leader).

This documentary provides invaluable lessons. We see many elements from the list in America today, such as:

– Crush your rivals – either through legal or illegal means, it doesn’t matter.
– Controlling the law, that the only interpretation that matters is the dictator’s.
– Controlling the truth, particularly through the media.
– Altering history.
– Supplant religion with something else, such as Socialism.
– Replace the flag.
– Suppress civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, religion, and access to firearms.
– Crush protests, but let your supporters run amok; e.g., Antifa and BLM.
– Reorient people (change their values). Enforce Political Correctness.
– Indoctrination of youth.

The big question here is who is the tyrant in this country? The film suggests it is only one person, but today this could very well be an organized and determined political party who wants total control and create a new Utopia.

Yes, this film was very much an eye opener and worth a look. I highly recommend it for everybody, particularly youth.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance 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 timb1557@gmail.com

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THE 1776 PLEDGE TO SAVE OUR SCHOOLS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 15, 2021

BRYCE ON EDUCATION

– Are you willing to sign it?

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During the recent CPAC meeting held last weekend in Texas, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) was one of the conservative speakers (7/11/21). During her talk, she made a passing reference to “The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.” Being unaware of the pledge, I decided to look it up. It was developed by a group called, “1776 Action,” an organization dedicated to “Stopping the Anti-American Indoctrination of our Children and Grandchildren.”

I am told, this is a by-product of the “1776 Commission” as established by President Trump to support “Patriotic Education.” The Commission was quickly dissolved following the inauguration of President Biden.

There are actually two pledges listed in the “1776 Action” web site; one for citizens and one for candidates, such as school board members.

CITIZEN PLEDGE

As a citizen, I believe that:

* The United States of America is an exceptional nation whose people have always strived to form a more perfect union based upon our founding principles.

* Our Founding Fathers – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – as well as leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were among the greatest Americans to ever live, and they deserve to be honored as heroes.

* Our children and grandchildren should be taught to take pride in their country, to respect our founding principles of liberty and equality, and to have a sense of American history that is both truthful and inspiring.

* Civics education should focus on the serious study of our founding documents and principles – not coerce students into engaging in extracurricular political action on behalf of contemporary policy positions.

* Our young people should be taught to view one another not according to race or gender, but as individuals made in the image of God.

* Teaching children to hate their country and each other is immoral and deeply harmful to our society and must be stopped.

THEREFORE, I PLEDGE to help replace elected officials, school board members, education commissioners, principals, deans, and university presidents who promote a false, divisive, and radical view of America and our fellow citizens with new leaders who respect our history, our values, our rights, and the God-given dignity of every person.

CANDIDATE PLEDGE

THEREFORE, I PLEDGE to the voters of (enter District/location name) that I will take concrete steps to do the following in our K-12 public schools:

1. Restore honest, patriotic education that cultivates in our children a profound love for our country.

2. Promote a curriculum that teaches that all children are created equal, have equal moral value under God, our Constitution, and the law, and are members of a national community united by our founding principles.

3. Prohibit any curriculum that pits students against one another on the basis of race or sex.

4. Prevent schools from politicizing education by prohibiting any curriculum that requires students to protest and lobby during or after school.

Frankly, I see nothing wrong with either pledge as this is how things worked years ago when I went to school. In essence, it is a throwback to another era.

As I interpret the pledges, this is obviously a reaction to today’s perception of academia which appears to be more interested in indoctrination as opposed to education. Case in point: a Virginia school district who recently came under fire for allegedly teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) and promoting transgender policies. Other school boards are also coming under fire for similar policies. Not surprising, attendance at school board meetings by concerned parents are increasing dramatically across the country, thereby denoting the politics involved.

If all citizens and School Board members signed these simple pledges, it might very well quell the uproar at such meetings. Then again, if they do not, the intensity may increase. It is simply a matter of whether you agree with the pledges or not. As for me, I agree.

CLICK HERE to visit the 1776 Action site to take the pledge.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance 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 timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY WE EAT

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 13, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Please, do not tell us it’s “good for you.”

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When they have commercials on television for food, you often hear about its nutritional value. In a way, it is like when you were a youngster and your mother admonished you to eat your lima beans because it was “good for you.” I realize our taste buds change over the years, but I never acquired a hankering for lima beans, even to this day.

To my way of thinking, this “good for you” argument is nothing but a clever subterfuge to get you to eat some rather nasty tasting food. In all likelihood, it was invented by unscrupulous farmers, advertisers, nutritionists, and mothers to induce us to eat through this form of brainwashing. It’s a dirty trick and they should just stop it. I would much rather eat something based on its appearance, smell and taste.

Let me illustrate, over the years I have consumed thousands of gallons of citrus drinks, be it juice, the fruit itself, or in some other form, such as a soda. Since I was a kid, I was told it was loaded with Vitamin C, which is good for our immune system and fighting a cold. In the many years I have ingested Vitamin C I have never had a problem contracting the common cold. The point is, if I didn’t enjoy the taste of such products, I certainly wouldn’t be drinking it just to prevent colds. It’s an old wives’ tale.

Then we have spinach which, among other things, is said to contain enough iron to make you as strong as Popeye. Sorry, I have seen nothing to this effect. Liver is also supposed to have a lot of iron, but I cannot bring myself to eat it simply due to the horrid smell, which they try to mask using onions and bacon. This does nothing more than ruin some perfectly good bacon.

Then you hear mothers pushing a variety of products containing “antioxidants,” which is a fancy name designed to frighten children. There are also vegetables like broccoli and kale which are sources of Vitamin A, C, calcium and manganese, etc. Try selling that to an eight year old.

As to lima beans, they are supposed to be a fat-free source of protein. What they don’t tell you is, many beans, including lima, are toxic if they are not boiled for 10-15 minutes. If prepared improperly beans can easily result in food poisoning. It’s like the pharmaceutical warnings you hear on television, “May cause nausea, vomiting, strokes, or death;” otherwise it’s great for you. So, as a kid, you’ve got to wonder if your mother was really trying to feed you something nutritious or if she had ulterior motives.

They should forget the nutritional sales job and simply concentrate on preparing something delicious and smells heavenly. Look, if we like it, we will eat it. Why not just give us the nutritional mumbo jumbo in pill form and let us enjoy our meal.

It’s all about filling the hole, nothing more, nothing less. Somehow I feel duped after all these years.

And when you still do not want to touch your meal, mothers try to lay the guilt-trip on you of, “Do you realize there are thousands of children dying from hunger in Africa.” They are not amused when you answer, “Well then, why don’t we send them my plate?”

First published: March 4, 2016

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance 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 timb1557@gmail.com

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WHAT MAKES US HAPPY?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 8, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Is it how we act or how we perceive life?

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The Gallup organization recently published a study on “The Happiest People in the World?” This was a global analysis as to who are the happiest people. Interestingly, they had to define happiness as either how you live life versus how you perceive life. If you believe in the former, Latin Americans are considered the happiest people as they are often laughing and smiling regardless of their economic situation. It you believe in the latter, Europeans are considered the happiest as they are more content with their station in life.

Personally, I look upon happiness as how you perceive life. If everything is going your way, you are happy, but if you seem to be at odds with everything, you’re unhappy. This is why I believe the United States is generally unhappy; nobody has faith in the government anymore and are constantly complaining about social injustice, and this goes for both sides of the political spectrum.

It seems we rarely laugh anymore, particularly in the workplace. Jokes are no longer told as they are now considered politically incorrect. Even common courtesy is uncommon. For example, when I say “good morning” to a stranger at the post office, I typically receive a glare in return. Kind of like saying suspiciously, “Yea, what do you want?”

What makes me particularly happy is to see a job well done, be it menial labor or a specially skilled craft. It occurs whenever a person takes on a professional attitude. In other words, someone who commands confidence in what they are doing and successfully produces quality work products on time and within budget. I very much appreciate it when someone is straight with me (no BS) and creates “win-win” scenarios where both parties benefit, not just one.

Unfortunately, instead of working cooperatively, we tend to operate more as self-centered narcissists, be it in the workplace, the highway, in neighborhoods, or even in stores and restaurants. Some of my happiest moments in life were team related, be it on the football field, coaching kids, or working on a major project charged with complexity. By everyone pitching in and doing what they are supposed to, it always seemed the sky was the limit. Or is this just me?

Maybe happiness is nothing more than how content we are with our lives, like the proverbial expression, “life is what we make of it.” If you are consumed by such weaknesses as jealousy and greed, you will likely be socially dysfunctional and consumed by unhappiness.

By the way, one of the key takeaways in the report, Gallup claimed that despite all the things we see in the news, the world isn’t doing too badly. We just need to learn to laugh and smile more regularly. Perhaps the key is to simply turn off our televisions, computers, and smart phones, and learn to socialize again. It’s that simple.

First published: April 13, 2016

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance 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 timb1557@gmail.com

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BRYCE AMERICAN HISTORY QUIZ

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 6, 2021

BRYCE ON HISTORY

– Just how well do we know our own country?

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Sometime ago, I asked my blog readers to take a simple quiz regarding American government and history. I wanted to see just how well we knew some of the basics, such as our governing docs and some historical events. Nothing elaborate, I just wanted to take a pulse of our knowledge in general. 134 brave souls took the quiz for which I give my thanks. I didn’t want the quiz to be complicated which is why I tried to keep it as simple as possible. I could have asked for such things as age and political party affiliation, but I didn’t want to muddy the waters and turn people off.

Out of those who took the test, probably 25 people got a perfect score. I was not surprised by this as I didn’t try to invent a complicated quiz, just something that could give us some fundamental idea of what we know and what we don’t.

The quiz was far from scientific, yet I believe I can draw some conclusions from it based on the input. But first, let’s review the responses to each question. I’ll show both the number of responses and the percentage of the total, followed by my comments.

PLEASE ANSWER ALL 10 QUESTIONS – AMERICAN CITIZENS ONLY

1. Signed in 1620, it is the first governing document of Plymouth Colony as written by the colonists, later known to history as the Pilgrims. It was in essence a social contract in which the settlers consented to follow the document’s rules and regulations for the sake of survival.

22 – 17% – Magna Carta
92 – 69% – Mayflower Compact (CORRECT)
06 – 04% – Pilgrim Declaration
12 – 09% – Plymouth Compact
02 – 01% – Standish Consent and Decree

Comment: I considered this a tricky question as most people are unaware of any American history prior to 1776. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people got it right. Those that answered “Magna Carta” disappointed me; even though it is an important document that influenced others, it was still developed in England, not America. I consider it significant that people recognized its name though. By the way, the last three, Pilgrim Declaration, Plymouth Compact, and Standish Consent and Degree were figments of my imagination.

2. How many “separate but equal” branches are there in the U.S. Federal Government?

000 – 00% – 1
002 – 01% – 2
131 – 98% – 3 (CORRECT)
001 – 01% – 4
000 – 00% – 50

Comment: People may have gotten other parts of the quiz wrong, but somehow the concept of “three separate but equal branches of government” representing the checks and balances of government has been successfully stamped into our brains. Only three people missed this.

3. What is the following quote from? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

27 – 20% – Bill of Rights
94 – 70% – Declaration of Independence (CORRECT)
06 – 05% – Gettysburg Address
00 – 00% – Oath of Office
07 – 05% – US Constitution

Comment: The lion’s share of answers went correctly to the Declaration of Independence, but I was surprised to see how many people picked the Bill of Rights. As an aside, many of us had to memorize this section of the Declaration in elementary school.

4. Which U.S. President was NOT impeached?

34 – 25% – Bill Clinton
20 – 15% – Andrew Johnson
80 – 60% – Richard Nixon (CORRECT)

Comment: I expected this kind of response to the question. Richard Nixon resigned before impeachment proceedings could begin. The other two were impeached, meaning to hold trial in the Senate, yet were found not guilty. No U.S. President has ever been forcibly removed from office through peaceful means (assassination is another matter altogether).

5. What is the following quote from? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…”

04 – 03% – Bill of Rights
32 – 24% – Declaration of Independence
02 – 01% – Gettysburg Address
00 – 00% – Oath of Office
96 – 72% – US Constitution (CORRECT)

Comment: Most people got this correct, but notice how many confused it for the Declaration of Independence. This particular quote is from the Preamble of the Constitution. Like the Declaration, many of us had to memorize this in grade school, but I don’t think they do so anymore.

6. What U.S. President served as commander-in-chief during World War I?

11 – 08% – Calvin Coolidge
07 – 05% – Warren Harding
18 – 13% – Theodore Roosevelt
03 – 03% – William Howard Taft
95 – 71% – Woodrow Wilson (CORRECT)

Comment: I expected this question to be a little tougher as a lot of us have forgotten the events of nearly 100 years ago. Baby boomers may still be familiar with World War II, but I thought they would surely have problems with the first war, “The War to end all Wars.” I wasn’t surprised that Teddy Roosevelt captured the number of responses that he did simply because of his strong name recognition. By the way, William Howard Taft was the only President who also became Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (and the first to throw out a baseball on opening day).

7. What is the following quote from? “…and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

001 – 01% – Bill of Rights
000 – 00% – Declaration of Independence
000 – 00% – Gettysburg Address
127 – 95% – Oath of Office (CORRECT)
006 – 04% – US Constitution

Comment: I was flabbergasted that anyone got this wrong. The six who answered “US Constitution” should have read the question more carefully.

8. What is the following quote from? “…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

005 – 04% – Bill of Rights
002 – 01% – Declaration of Independence
122 – 91% – Gettysburg Address (CORRECT)
000 – 00% – Oath of Office
005 – 04% – US Constitution

Comment: I was pleased to see most people remembered Lincoln’s speech. Interestingly, Lincoln was not the keynote speaker that day and, because of this, his words were almost overlooked by reporters in attendance. Thank God somebody was paying attention.

9. It stated that further efforts by European countries to colonize land or interfere with states in the Americas would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. It asserted that the Western Hemisphere was not to be further colonized by European countries but that the United States would neither interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries.

009 – 07% – Emancipation Proclamation
002 – 01% – Kansas-Nebraska Act
000 – 00% – Kennedy Doctrine
116 – 87% – Monroe Doctrine (CORRECT)
007 – 05% – NATO Accord2

Comment: I was pleasantly surprised by this one as I had assumed many people had forgotten about the Monroe doctrine, an important document which, to this day, is still in effect. I wonder if those who answered “Emancipation Proclamation” really understood the significance of that document. Probably not.

10. Which U.S. President was NOT directly involved with the Vietnam War?

81 – 60% – Dwight Eisenhower (CORRECT)
49 – 27% – Gerald Ford
01 – 01% – Lyndon Johnson
03 – 02% – John Kennedy
00 – 00% – Richard Nixon

Comment: This was perhaps my most controversial question as some of you argued that Eisenhower sent advisers to Viet Nam. True, but we send advisors to a lot of places. Viet Nam was Kennedy’s “line in the sand” to stop the proliferation of Communism. As to Ford, he inherited the Paris Peace talks from Nixon following his resignation and was in charge when we finally pulled out in 1975. Interestingly, I find younger people have no clue about this war whatsoever.

Conclusion

A few things occurred to me as I was compiling the results. First, the Gettysburg Address is better known than the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The Gettysburg Address is a moving speech but it certainly doesn’t bear the significance of our governing documents.

Second, it seemed to me that a lot of people cannot distinguish between the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. They view them as synonymous documents. For what it’s worth, the Declaration was used to sever Britain’s authority over its American colonies. The U.S. Constitution specifies how the government is to operate. The Bill of Rights is an attachment to the Constitution and specifies the basic rights of the citizens, specifically the first ten amendments. It was greatly influenced by such documents as the “Magna Carta.” All three documents, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, are important reads that all citizens should be familiar with, not just students in grade school.

Finally, here are the number of correct answers versus incorrect answers submitted on the quiz:

1034 – 77% – Correct Answers
0306 – 23% – Incorrect Answers

In most schools, a 77% would represent a “C” which is probably not as bad as we think. Actually, this number is probably higher than the national average as I like to believe my readers are smarter than most.

First published: February 11, 2011

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IN PRAISE OF THE STARS AND STRIPES

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 1, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Don’t tread on the country’s flag.

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Singer Macy Gray was in the news recently, not for her music but for an Op-Ed she penned calling for a change in the design of our flag, “Old Glory.” She claimed, “The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate (flag), it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect… It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”

This has charged liberal progressives to seek a new flag, as well as changing the national anthem. All of this seems particularly strange as we approach our July 4th Independence Day, where both will be on proud display.

Ms. Gray is obviously ashamed of our flag, and in doing so, she expresses her contempt for the country which allowed her to make money, attain stardom, and accept the accolades of her industry. Like many on the left, she wants to change the basic tenets of the country, replace its icons, re-write history and subvert the U.S. Constitution. No, she is not a believer in this form of government as it was originally designed and, like so many Democrats, believe it is time to re-write it. Then again, it seems rather obvious she doesn’t know the difference between a democracy and a constitutional republic.

I’m also not convinced Ms. Gray understands how the American flag came into being. I even wonder if she knows who Betsy Ross was. As most of us know the thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen colonies (CT, DE, GA, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, and VA). These were the first to lay it on the line and break away from Great Britain, a very bold and bloody experience. The blue rectangular canton represents the “Union” of states, as depicted by five point stars for each state. (Yes, there is currently 50 states for those of you who didn’t take Civics; not 51 nor 57). As states were added to the original thirteen states, stars were added to the flag accordingly. (Gee, I cannot believe I have to explain this).

Other than this, there is no other hidden meaning in the flag. No, it doesn’t represent racism, capitalism, socialism, or any other “ism.” If anything, it represents the Republic we live in, liberty, and the U.S. Constitution. American men and women have followed it into all of our military conflicts, and have died for it. So, for Ms. Gray to say our flag is “dated, divisive, and incorrect,” is an insult to everyone who fought and died for it, honored it in parades, schools, and countless public events.

I have been to numerous parades over the years, both as a participator and a side-liner, and I have always been inspired by the people who stand, salute, cheer, and even cry as the flag passes them. If anything, we need a little more flag waving, not less.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of Independence Day is the playing of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” For years, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops made this their signature music as they played it annually on the 4th of July, much to the delight of those in attendance as well as those watching on television.

Sousa wrote the piece on Christmas Day in 1896 and first performed it the following year. In 1987, by act of Congress, it became the official National March of our country.

The music is particularly stirring. So much so, few realize words accompany it. Below are the lyrics. If you read them carefully, you will not see racism or any form of oppression between the lines. Instead, you will see how much Sousa loved our flag and the country it represents. His credentials were impeccable, and he was highly decorated and achieved acclaim around the world.

The Stars and Stripes Forever!
by John Philip Sousa

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.

Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.

Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Phrases like, “The emblem of the brave and true,” “the flag of Freedom’s nation,” and “Sing out for Union and its might,” describes how Sousa and patriots feel about the flag and our country. The song, like the flag, should put a smile on the face of all red-blooded Americans as it represents the true spirit of the American people. It is not based on the dogma of a political party, but for our country as a whole. Nonetheless, Democrats like Ms. Gray would have us believe the flag reflects the values of the Republican Party and, therefore, should be abolished. Forget that it was used in battle to free the slaves, forget it was followed by soldiers, sailors, and Marines in two World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, etc. Forget that it is a recognized symbol of freedom around the world. Forget all that.

The reason the left hates the flag is not because of racism or oppression, but because true Americans love it. They hate America that much and want a different country instead.

To those who want to change the flag, it’s music, and other national icons, you are not kidding anyone. You are simply trying to usurp the spirit of America, a spirit which has helped so many people, both foreign and domestic for well over 200 years, for which I say to you, “Go to Hell!”

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WHO IS THE DOMESTIC TERRORISM BILL AIMED AT?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 29, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Here comes “Big Brother.”

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On June 8th, Attorney General Merrick Garland rolled out President Biden’s strategy to counter domestic terrorism. It is based on a new report produced by the administration titled, the “National Strategy For Countering Domestic Terrorism” (NSFCDT). According to AG Garland, the number of domestic violence cases have increased significantly, yet offered little in the way of details.

When you study the report, it becomes rather obvious what the administration intends to do. For starters, white supremacists are mentioned twice in the report, the Ku Klux Klan three times, and the January 6th DC protest once. Okay fine, but there was no mention of the riots and destruction caused by Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM). Zero, Zip, Nada. It’s as if they didn’t exist and have nothing to do with the 2020 “Summer of Hate.” Instead, it depicts white Americans as the cause of the country’s problems. Talk about racist. This alone taints the report. It would have had more credibility in the eyes of the country had they added these two parties, but they did not. So, it is natural to assume the report is slanted towards the Democrat ideology, and not for the country overall.

The 32 page report lists the “four pillars” of the president’s agenda, along with strategic goals:

PILLAR ONE – Understand and share domestic terrorism-related information.

Strategic Goal 1.1: Enhance domestic terrorism related research and analysis.
Strategic Goal 1.2: Improve information sharing across all levels within, as well as outside, the Federal Government.
Strategic Goal 1.3: Illuminate transnational aspects of domestic terrorism.

Ordinarily, this is performed by the FBI and Homeland Security, “with support from the National Counterterrorism Center and others as appropriate.” This will now be “augmented” to beef up investigations. Translation: grow the government and increase taxes.

PILLAR TWO – Prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and mobilization to violence.

Strategic Goal 2.1: Strengthen domestic terrorism prevention resources and services.
Strategic Goal 2.2: Address online terrorist recruitment and mobilization to violence by domestic terrorists.

This translates into more monitoring of social media and computer games, along with swift censorship.

PILLAR THREE – Disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity.

Strategic Goal 3.1: Enable appropriate enhanced investigation and prosecution of domestic terrorism crimes.
Strategic Goal 3.2: Assess potential legislative reforms.
Strategic Goal 3.3: Ensure that screening and vetting processes consider the full range of terrorism threats.

This represents a much more vigorous prosecution of perceived offenders.

PILLAR FOUR – Confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism.

As stated in the report, “That means tackling racism in America. It means protecting Americans from gun violence and mass murders. It means ensuring that we provide early intervention and appropriate care for those who pose a danger to themselves or others. It means ensuring that Americans receive the type of civics education that promotes tolerance and respect for all and investing in policies and programs that foster civic engagement and inspire a shared commitment to American democracy, all the while acknowledging when racism and bigotry have meant that the country fell short of living up to its founding principles. It means setting a tone from the highest ranks of government that every American deserves the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that our Declaration of Independence recognizes as unalienable rights. And it means ensuring that there is simply no governmental tolerance – and instead denunciation and rejection – of violence as an acceptable mode of seeking political or social change.”

If you read this carefully, you conclude the government wants to promote Critical Race Theory (CRT) both in the classroom and workplace (through Human Resource management presumably); gun control legislation is in the offing, thereby threatening the Second Amendment and the NRA; and the government will be spying on Americans, more so than ever. Again, where is Antifa and BLM in all of this? Is it because they represent branches of the Democrat party?

All of this adds up to a “Big Brother” scenario a la George Orwell. It means government will expand to monitor, censor and prosecute our citizens. The government will become more invasive in our lives; every word posted on social media, e-mail and text message will be scrutinized, as will every word and image in the media, blogs and podcasts will be monitored, “fact checked,” and censored. It is truly aimed at political adversaries, not true terrorists.

This program is a genuine threat to the First Amendment, specifically the right of free speech. Think about it, correspondence will be analyzed, news, editorials, music, humor, even pornography. If you are caught, you will be black-listed or serve time, regardless if your postings were prepared innocently. It would be one thing if this was designed to be fair and equitable, but the reality is, it is not.

Make no mistake, our freedom is on the line. Welcome to China.

Keep the Faith!

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CAN THEY STOP GOV. RON DESANTIS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 24, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Keep an eye on the press.

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Over the last few months, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of national news, even eclipsing President Biden and his old friend and confidant President Donald Trump. This came about through sweeping Florida legislation, some of which may seem rather insignificant on the surface, but of importance to his constituents.

To illustrate, consider some of the initiatives he signed into law within the last few months:

* He beefed up anti-riot laws, collectively known as the Combating Public Disorder Act (HB1). Florida may not have suffered the riots and destruction as other states experienced last year, but the Governor made it clear he would not tolerate it in Florida.

* He outlawed vaccination passports which came into being due to the Covid-19 epidemic and was perceived as a threat to personal freedom. Florida was one of the first to pass the law, which was followed by other states. Interestingly, the World Health Organization advised against the use of such passports for travel, citing ethics concerns.

* He banned transgender women from participating in women’s school sports.

* He also banned teaching Critical Race Theory, a highly controversial subject as taught in Democrat-led states. DeSantis is also promoting teaching the U.S. Constitution in the classroom.

* He signed into law a moment of silence in the classroom at the start of the school day, thereby giving students a moment to meditate and pray if they so desire.

* The Governor signed a $101.5B budget for the state after vetoing $1.5B in perceived pork from it. he budget adequately supports education, workers, and other internal programs. Even Democrats supported it.

There is also legislation in the wings to take on Big Tech to protect privacy and freedom of speech issues for Floridians.

It is true a lot of this was driven by a GOP controlled state house, but DeSantis is perceived as its guiding light. Frankly, the people love him and applaud his efforts. Issues like the anti-transgender bill in women’s sports and “a moment of silence” may seem irrelevant, but they are subjects that have been gnawing away at people in recent times and want this instituted as part of Florida’s culture.

As a result, Governor DeSantis now overshadows his Democrat counterparts in other states, particularly New York, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey and California. As the governor’s popularity rises, so does the cause for alarm among Democrats. The governor is up for re-election in 2022, but the Democrats cannot seem to find a legitimate contender to unseat DeSantis, particularly former Governor (and former Republican) Charlie Crist. All of this means Governor DeSantis will soon come under attack by the news media as he is perceived as too large a threat. It will be interesting to see how they come after him. Undoubtedly, he will be misquoted and misrepresented by the press. However, DeSantis appears to be unflappable and is willing to push back when he is wronged by the media.

DeSantis is also not afraid to take on President Biden in an argument, as exemplified by the Covid-19 rollout shortly after Biden’s inauguration in January.

Because of his popularity, people are hoping he will run in the 2024 national election, either as a presidential candidate or as the running mate for Donald Trump. Frankly, it is unlikely he will run against the former president as DeSantis regards Trump as his mentor who has likely offered advice to him as Governor.

In the CPAC straw vote for president held last February, Donald Trump was the top vote getter with Governor DeSantis in a solid number two position. Therefore, a Trump/DeSantis ticket would make sense and would probably be unstoppable. The only problem is, the Governor is loved in Florida and people will miss him, but if it is good for the country Floridians know it will be worth it, particularly in 2028 as Trump’s successor.

Either way, there is no stopping Governor Ron DeSantis now. Get ready for the ride.

Keep the Faith!

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BREAKING IN A NEW DOCTOR

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 22, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– It is more difficult these days.

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Recently I had to choose a new primary care physician. I’m at the age now where the doctors I have used in the past are either retiring or passing away. Over time, we develop a bond with our doctors, particularly our primary care physicians, but this seems to be getting more difficult these days.

Through the years, my old physicians and I got to know each other well. We spoke on a first name basis, knew about our families, and enjoyed pleasantries. For example, it wasn’t unusual for me to share a joke or to discuss politics (as they knew of my writing background). I would also offer advice on systems and technology subjects from time to time, and listen to them patiently gripe about the flaws in their systems, particularly the bureaucracy as mandated by the government. The point is, we knew each other. I recently met an old doctor friend who gave me an eye test; we ended up talking about her days as a Girl Scout leader, and mine as a baseball/softball coach. We were both proud of our kids in these groups, particularly now they are grown up and doing well.

If you had a medical problem or question, you would pick up the phone and talk with your doctor, not his/her assistant or nurse. Not so anymore. Now you have to use their Internet portals to pose a question, which usually goes unanswered unless a canned answer will suffice. Nor do I want an “app” to do the same. Sorry, but No. These technical devices are killing personal medicine. I would much rather have a physician who knows enough about me to make an accurate diagnosis, not a machine.

There is no doubt, today’s young doctors know a lot about medicine, but unfortunately less about their patients, making them seem more jaded and insensitive, and less trustworthy. Maybe younger patients today can accept these technology driven doctors, but the older patients want more personalized attention.

It’s actually quite simple, “it takes two to Tango.” Both the doctor and the patient have to try and understand each other; one to listen and diagnose symptoms, and the other to be able to articulate their symptoms in a way the doctor can understand. Knowing each other makes the visit easy on each other, and produces a mutually satisfactory solution, what is known as a “Win-Win” situation. Having a good rapport between both parties builds confidence and trust, which is perhaps the hardest thing to achieve in a doctor/patient relationship.

Another item that is a bit unnerving with new doctors, is the reams of paperwork required before the physician will even talk to you. First, the staff starts with a strip search of all of your cards for ID, insurance, and credit. After making multiple copies, you’re still not sure who is using them as they ask to see them on every visit. As to the forms, I actually don’t mind the clipboard and paperwork but I take exception to the new computer tablets they use to “expedite” the process. In reality, this is a joke as it is written by idiot programmers who have no concept of “user friendly.” In fact, “user nasty” is perhaps a more apt description. Not only are the forms harder to follow, they make it next to impossible to correct a mistake. Unfortunately, this is typical for today, be it in the doctor’s office or elsewhere.

Then there is the matter of the endless number of e-mails and text messages from the doctor’s office reminding me of my appointment. Talk about nagging! In the old days, you made an appointment and you updated your calendar. What’s the big deal? Okay, they might send you a post card a week before your appointment to remind you. I can accept this, but I cannot accept the dozens of obnoxious electronic reminders. I’m to the point now I simply don’t pay attention to them and block as many as I can.

As as aside, in a recent text message on my phone, the doctor’s office asked me to respond if I was coming to the appointment, Y (Yes) or N (No). I drove the program crazy by entering the Greek Pi symbol (π) instead. Two can play this game.

I have also found I am visiting more and more doctors these days, not because I have any serious medical conditions, but to do nothing more than to take tests, e.g.; blood, hearing, heart, dermatology, urology, vision, etc. Frankly, it sounds like a scam whereby the primary care physician prescribes tests with other doctors and perhaps gets a kickback in return. It is also somewhat embarrassing when your social calendar is filled with nothing but medical tests.

My doctor will probably say I am being paranoid. I guess this means I’ll have to suffer through even more tests to check my mental acuity. See, it never stops! God how I hate the 21st century.

Keep the Faith!

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