Pave way for better choices in the future by voting third party for president now

The presidential election comes down to this: On one side a vulgar old man and the other a criminal with a third-party candidate who thinks the Middle East is Pennsylvania. All that said, this year for the first time, I feel I must speak out and make an endorsement.
While a case can be made that either major party candidate is so egregious and dangerous that you must vote for the other, I am not recommending you vote against anyone. I admit we do not have a single qualified candidate for president running in any party, but there is one clear choice. My endorsement is not a vote against a person but the opportunity to vote for someone or something.
As the electorate, we should be tired of the argument of the lesser of two evils. Election cycles have become more and more polarized and for far too long everyone seems to be voting against someone else. This year is no exception and few people can take an honest assessment of their options and say they really like their candidate, but it is that they just hate the opponent.
And the two major parties know this, pitting one side against the other and motivating their constituents in voting out of fear instead of support. No matter whose side you think is here to save you, one thing is for certain, neither party is about ideology or principle but instead maintaining its own power.
It is a worn out saying but unfortunately all too true — the system is broken. We are just cogs in the two-party machine and it is so big now, it believes it can afford a few loose screws and still keep running. Elections no longer reflect a majority of our morals and principles. We are at a point where the most organized majority of the minority gets elected.
This is why we need strong third parties to create stronger minorities that may align to your principles and values. And more than a few people are beginning to agree with this sentiment.
The Founding Fathers were vehemently against a national party system, especially a two-party model. The first three presidents — George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — delivered strong cautionary words against the threat of political parties.
People agree, and unlike what some in the media make the politicians’ message out to be, this is the true populist message. Just last year a 2015 Gallup poll cited 60 percent of the respondents said they wanted new political parties. Recently over 40 percent self-identify as independents and not strongly aligned with either party. After this year’s gutter politics and the horrible immoral choices, these numbers are sure to be even higher.
So how is that we have progressed to a society that can choose from more than 24 different brands of toilet paper but only two candidates for president? Because we continue to buy into the narrative of fear, and when we continue to vote for the establishment parties it guarantees we keep the current system. This is why this year we have the perfect opportunity that a few loose screws together may derail the entire apparatus.
Sorry, spoiler alert, but we have a representative republic and in Kentucky our eight electoral votes are almost guaranteed to go for the Republican nominee. No matter whom you support, Kentucky will go red in the presidential election, with or without your vote. But your vote does count and you can make a difference.
This is why I am urging you not to vote against any candidate or for any politician, but that you break the system and cast your vote for a third party for president.
Locally everyone has a responsibility and honor to vote and must elect local and state candidates you do believe in and are excited about. For president we also have a principle and duty to make a difference and vote for opportunity and change.
One or 2 percent in the presidential election in Kentucky will not change the Electoral College vote but it can have a huge impact back here at home. One or two percent for a third-party candidate can create easier ballot access for future elections, help elevate issues into the mainstream political dialogue, provide more choices and make public more opinions.
Instead of a choice between the lesser of two evils, my endorsement is a vote for a stronger, more relevant third party today so hopefully we can have the opportunity to vote for the lesser of three or four evils in the future.

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2016’s resemblance to 1937

We have begun to hear the drumbeat that we may be on the verge of another 2008. Truth is, if you really want to better understand where we may be heading, you might want to look back even earlier: It’s time to party likes it’s 1937.
Illustration on the reset cycle of intersecting government overreach and societal apathy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington TimesThe stock market has started 2016 with its worst performance ever. This has provoked a bandwagon of prognosticators to come out to foretell why this is the next recession. My question is, what took them so long? Looking at cycles, it was predicted, and I wrote about this downturn for 2016 more than three years ago. What you should be asking — and even more frightening — is what the cycles predict is coming next.
Donald Trump is correct that our country is disappearing — he just misses the mark on why and understanding that it cannot be fixed by his ego. Pundits and politicians add fuel to the problems, and benefit from the chaos and instability. People like George Soros and Andrew Roberts from the Royal Bank of Scotland feed the narrative to feed their wallets but don’t see past the next collapse.
Looking at economic indicators and current conditions confirms a recession is inevitable. It is not that the experts are entirely wrong about 2016; it is just that they fail to see a larger cycle that may exist and the bigger problem that may be looming. If you want to understand what may be coming and learn from history, we need to go further back than 2008 and first look at 1937.
We can begin with not a recession but the Great Depression, which engulfed our economy until the early 1930s. The recovery in the four years after Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933 was incredibly rapid. Annual real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaged more than 9 percent. Unemployment fell from 25 percent to 14 percent. By 1937, production and wages had regained their pre-1929 Great Depression levels.
The economy faltered in the spring of 1937 and tanked in the autumn. Unemployment jumped from 14.3 percent to 19.0 percent. Manufacturing output fell by 37 percent. Real GDP fell 11 percent, and industrial production fell 32 percent. Producers reduced their expenditures on durable goods and inventories declined, making it one of the worst U.S. recessions in the 20th century.
At the time of that recession, there were large imbalances of power and indifference was rampant. Liberties deteriorated not because of FDR but because a culture that accepted it. The period started with a major economic collapse; the disaster elicited a mix of apathy and anger kept at bay by paralysis. There began the general feeling that the culture was heading into peril and things built to an ultimate climax in 1941.
The actual lessons of Roosevelt’s recession are much different than many of the history books. The 1937 dip was not the product of tight fiscal and monetary policy but of excessive government regulation and loose monetary policy; but more importantly a reflection of the culture, people and attitudes of that time.
Perhaps the experts could have looked 80 years earlier to the Panic of 1857, a time that the nation was in uncertainty and government was driving policies that led to the apex of disaster in the 1861 Civil War — a war that was the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history, claiming more than 2 percent of the population.
Perhaps they would have seen similarities another 85 years prior with the credit crisis of 1772. The majority was not taking up arms against the crown but instead was uninterested, angry or paralyzed with fear and subordinate to power. Ultimately, the times saw a foreign government that overregulated, and drove social and economic conditions that exploded in 1775 with the shot heard around the world and the Revolutionary War.
The prognosticators could have even learned looking just 82 years before at the seven ill years and crisis of the 1690s that led to the War of the Spanish Succession. Eighty years before that was the downturn of economies of the 1610s that ultimately begot the English civil war, which claimed 3 percent of the population.
We can go back over 400 years and see this same pattern play out every 80-85 years. In 1937, the culture in the United States and the world was primed for social, economic and geopolitical problems. Not because it would be a repeat of eight years prior but because liberties continued shrinking and centralized power and apathy were growing. In those days of 1937, Americans saw unprecedented overreach of government, increased taxes and stagnant growth, unrest and instability abroad, and an underestimation of potential problems. The climax was not the recession of 1937 but the years that followed that enveloped us in World War II, which claimed more than 400,000 U.S. casualties.
Almost exactly 82 years later, we wake up now to a shift in culture and attitudes that are repeating history. It’s not because it is a repeat of 2008 but because we not only do not learn from the past, but through the generations we relive it. Many of the same phenomena and sentiments of 1937 are playing out today and we are heading full-steam toward similar consequences.
Unfortunately, we have already paved the “road to serfdom,” and as many fight to change policies and institutions to preserve liberty, one fears — and facts are beginning to support — that the cycle has progressed past the point of no return.

History is repeating itself, and I am less worried about the recession of 2016 than I am the reset of 2020.

Common Core Hammers the Final Death Nail in Education

Many of the most recent (and worst) “improvements” to our national education process have come under the misguided banner of reforms such as Common Core.  Its stated objective is to set forth a national K-12 content standard to be adopted by all states to drive education to become more standardized across the country.  Its supposed purpose is to impose more rigorous standards now so that our students will be prepared for competing in the global economy of the future.
 Taking a closer look, the true progressive objective here is the development of a more disposable workforce.  Common Core proponents seek to replace the previous American education system with a more standardized, “predictable” approach.  This approach prepares the next generation to become easily assignable cogs in a national or even global industrial system.
 As far as the rigorous standards, the current Common Core curriculum will make students less college-ready and force school systems to lower the bar of already deplorable expectations.  Many states actually had more rigorous criteria in place prior to adopting Common Core, and signing on to these new standards is more of a “Race to the Middle” (as frankly admitted by one drafter of the Common Core math standards).  Early adopters of this program – such as Kentucky – have shown no improvement over the past two years and have even gone backwards with 30 to 40-point drops in proficiency tests.

 Common Core impacts educators as well forcing good teachers to go from challenging students and truly educating to simply reciting and lecturing.  This is not something that inspires able people to become teachers or makes children eager to learn.  The pressure placed on both teachers and students to meet the standards imposed creates an environment that forces teachers to begin "teaching to the test” rather than focusing on fostering critical thinking skills.
 With these new “reforms” in place, teachers will focus even more time toward standardized test subject matter and classrooms will be filled with “dumbed-down” curriculum.  Worse yet, it holds good students hostage to the performance of the least-talented, and those eager children that entered school wanting to learn are relentlessly pounded into the submission of mediocrity.
 Ultimately, the result of such education is reduced national innovation, initiative, ingenuity and entrepreneurialism – the very skills and habits which made America the world’s economic leader and which are needed to keep the American economy on track.
 For the American public education system, Common Core is the proverbial nail in the coffin.  Everything it is publically billed to accomplish, it will not only fail at achieving, but it will destroy any remaining remnants of learning left in today’s classrooms.
 What would be the outcome if all education was instead liberal arts education with lessons of classical literature and religious texts permeating the curriculum?  Imagine the young inquisitive mind reading the great works of the past and expanding their culture and knowledge.  What would it look like if there were no national standards and American education was an extension of the home, church, and local community to not only help instill moral teachings but to challenge critical thinking and cultivate self-governing leaders?
 The answer is it would look like the first 250 years America’s founding.  It would foster well-rounded graduates and a self-governing, self-thinking society like the one that brought us the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  It would bring great innovation and a 5000-year leap from the societies that preceded it, and a moral and well-rounded culture.
 While methods changed – the structure of the school classroom certainly changed – a liberal arts education was always at the foundation of American schooling.  As a matter of fact, it was into the very late 1800’s that the use of classical literature was the only method for learning any subject. 
 It was not until the past century where government has tinkered, messed with, and manipulated the public school system – all the while creating more centralized control, becoming more specialized and skill-focused, and building a “conveyor belt” system that produced mind-numb robots.
 Self-afflicted, but after 100 years of government intervention there is a problem with education system today. The solution though is not more money, more training, more tests, and definitely not Common Core.  Instead of a single “common core” standard and centralization of our education, we need to de-centralize it.  Education is a family and a community issue, and we need to reclaim local control of educating our children.
 Secondly, one size does not fit all, and our exceptional students are not common.  Instead of a conveyor belt system to train our children, we need to free the education system and free the minds of the students.  We must again begin to “teach to learn” instead of “lecturing to recite.”  Teachers left to their own abilities will teach and inspire as they did for generations past.

 For a 250-year span that brought innovation and enlightenment, our foundation was a classical liberal arts education.  A nationalized Common Core standard in education will close the door on innovation and not only set us back but throw us forward into educational bondage.  If efforts do not occur to turn back the advancement of Common Core and nationalization of our education system, our children may not learn or ever again realize the liberties this country once offered its citizenry.

Happy Anniversary

Better late than never:  Happy 6 year anniversary Kentucky 9/12 Project

Six years ago my wife and I were full of despair, thinking we were alone, and throwing shoes at our TV in frustration.  Honestly while we have no faith in the system or politicians - we have grown and our hope is no longer in them but in ourselves and family and people we are close to in our community. Although we know that 97% are ignorant to what is happening – we know now more than ever that we are not alone and that through this journey we have new friends and people we love and trust.  While there is still frustration in the drive by media on both sides – as far as throwing shoes at the TV, we just finally turned the TV off!

It is important to take a moment to celebrate anniversaries and who we have become and reflect on where we have come from. The pomp and celebration are important, what is more important is our lives today.  I was speaking to a close friend I have found thanks to 9/12 this morning.  It was he who encouraged me to send out this email.  He is a perfect example of so many involved in the 9/12 Project. Like so many he is working and making a difference.  To change the system from within, he now holds an elected office and serves locally.  I know others that stepped up and ran for state and local offices as well or have helped other good candidates.  There are 9/12 friends that opened up small business to serve a need and their communities. Still others are busy and actively working on issues or campaigns.  Finally I know families including ours that are becoming more prepared, and people that are continuing to educate themselves and now have eyes wide open to the facts.

Six years ago I would say “That our power may be limited as individuals, but it’s limitless when we bond together”.  While there is still truth to that, I must in many ways rethink it.  There has been, is, and will be power in the 9/12 Project and what we accomplish when we bond together.  What I have learned as well is that there has been, is, and will be power that is unlimited in an empowered individual and you continue to demonstrate that every day.

Thank you all for a wonderful 6 years.  A whole lot has happened individually and as a group we have and continue to make a difference:    
to fighting and our ongoing lawsuit against the IRS
to monthly meetings,
to candle light vigils against Obamacare,
to trips to DC to helping out tornado victims in Kentucky and Indiana,
to Vacation Liberty School,
to freedom liberty conferences,
to standing up for family values,
to national recognition with the Constitutional Champion award,
to educating our children of the principles of liberty,
to bringing neighborhoods together with local block parties,
to bringing likeminded people together,
to volunteer days supporting local charities and food pantries,
to filling backpacks for children to filling care packages for soldiers and to filling pod containers for tornado victims in Missouri,  
to hosting a national US Senatorial debate,
to individually changing  the way we think and look at issues,
to making a difference in my life, I personally will never be able to thank you enough…

Thank you again. Take a moment and celebrate our accomplishments and take pride in who you have become.

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