Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Gerhardt Family

This is my entire family at the Hall of Heroes Dinner in 2010

(Brigitte, Lisa, me, David, Lori (Keri), Jackie)

THINK before you vote; otherwise we all get screwed

How did a man with so few credentials and no significant accomplishments become the president of our country? I’ll admit that I was pleased to see a bright young black man with a likeable personality say we needed a change. While I liked Bush, he approved too much money to be spent by a Democratic controlled Congress. It was time for change.

Then I started listening closely to what the young candidate wanted to do. It became obvious that he was anti-capitalism, anti-military, and anti-American exceptionalism. I had to vote against him. I now know what got him elected – affirmative action. Too many people were mesmerized by this young mans oratory and likeability. More importantly, he was black. In my opinion, he was swept into office by affirmative action; which is just another way of sugar-coating racism.

I believe what Martin Luther, Jr., believed. People should “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This President took an oath to abide by the Constitution, yet time and time again, he has taken actions not permitted him in the Constitution.

If we simply look at his closest associates, we find an America hating preacher, a convicted terrorist, 34+ Czars (ultra-liberals, socialists, communists, and statists) performing the jobs that should be done by his Cabinet. Look at what he did to our nations economy. He created more divisiveness and class warfare then any of his predecessors. Please don’t damage this country any more. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Conservatives Pledge to the Citizens of the country.

If I were king, the following pledge would become the cry of the conservatives in America.

We pledge to bring the changes listed
below up for a vote in our first 90 days of service

The list of pledges outlined below help define what the Republican Party stands for. Each pledge represents an action to rebuild our democracy. We will work swiftly and diligently to achieve each and every pledge. These pledges are designed to make our country stronger and regain the paths to freedom that our Constitution guaranteed all of our citizens.  
If we are initially unable to implement any pledge due to congressional or Presidential opposition, it will be our intent to bring that pledge before Congress or the Senate as many times as necessary until the opposition fully understands the positive impact of that pledge.

PLEDGE 1:     The English language will be the language of America.
a.     English to be the official language of America.
b.     All Government documents for U.S. use inside the country will be published in English only.
c.      English classes for non-English speaking people will be provided with cost sharing by both Federal and State Governments.
d.     Citizenship will require that non-citizens applying for Citizenship be conversant in English.
PLEDGE 2:     The Northern and Southern borders of this county will be secured.
a.     Entrance to this country will require a passport, visa, or work permit.
b.     All immigrants will be processed for health and criminal background.
c.      Immigrants must have a U.S. sponsor to insure their livelihood.
d.     States will be reimbursed by the Federal Government for the cost of having to provide border security.
PLEDGE 3:     The current IRS system will be replaced by the FAIR TAX system as quickly as possible.
a.     No taxes on income of any kind.
b.     The IRS becomes the Federal Tax Service (FTS) The FTS oversees FAIR TAX accountability requirements (substantially reduced manning, scope & structure).
c.      Tax on sales of final products and merchandize replaces the current system.
d.     Overseas Corporate accounts may return to the US without being taxed.
e.     Fair Tax system reimburses all citizens for cost of essential items.
PLEDGE 4:     A new and simpler State and Federal health care system will be implemented to replace the current system.
a.     All Insurance companies providing health care programs in one State shall allow for cross-border implementation.
b.     Health panels will no longer establish costs for medical procedures or specify the level of care to be given to any patient.
c.      States shall oversee the Health Care Programs within their States.
d.     The Doctor/Patient relationship is sacrosanct and will not be managed by any external agency.
e.     The patient, a State Medical board, and the Federal Health Care system shall address long term medical care and extremely expensive procedures.
PLEDGE 5:     The Welfare Program will be limited to 12 months.
a.     A revised jobs program will be implemented to insure that Welfare personnel can find a job within 12 months.
b.     Federal and State agencies can establish work programs to accomplish specific tasks for the unemployed (limited to two years).
c.      No Employee shall be required to join a Labor Union or provide money to a Labor Union unless they choose to do so.
PLEDGE 6:     All programs and regulations implemented by Congress shall apply to all members of the legislative and executive branches as well as the citizenry.
a.     Review the status of earlier regulations passed by congress for possible applicability.
b.     The names of key Congressional and Senatorial sponsors for legislation will be attached to all legislation along with the numbers in members in the House and Senate voting for and against.
c.      No Congressman or Senator will accept gifts of any kind from lobbyists to include employment for himself/herself and members or his/her family for five years after leaving office.
PLEDGE 7:     Limit the number of years that a Congressman or Senator can hold office (Senators: two terms - 12 years; Congressmen: four terms – 8 years).
a.     Amend the Constitution regarding term limits.
b.     Resolve the issue of members moving between the two houses of Congress.
c.      Change the date that the newly elected Federal officials assume office to December 10th.
PLEDGE 8:     Insure that the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard have adequate manning and equipment/facilities to accomplish their missions in defending our country. This may include operations within foreign countries after Congressional approval.
a.     A clear statement of the missions and operations to be executed by the military branches of our country.
b.     Emphasize the development and use of many smaller highly trained and skilled operational units (e.g.: special forces, seals, rapid transport and intelligence gathering teams).
c.      Consideration be given to requiring high school graduates to enter the active military or spend at least two years in a military reserve unit within their home states.
PLEDGE 9:     No proposed legislation shall be considered valid unless it provides adequate time for all congressmen or senators to review and evaluate the effect of the legislation.
a.     Before any vote on legislation, there will be a delay of one day for every five pages of legislation.
b.     Funding bills will be separate bills and not contain any other legislation (add-ons, pay-backs, pork, etc.).
c.      Draft legislation will be in non-legalistic terms so that it can be read and understood by the average citizen
PLEDGE 10:   Modify the Federal Reserve System to make it more responsive to country's requirements.  
a.     Elect the members of the Board of Directors. Make them accountable to the Speaker of the House.
b.     Reducing the control that the FED has on our economy.
c.      Reducing the printing of money to give more value to our currency.
d.     Reducing the bailing out of banks (depositors already have a guarantee of coverage by the U.S. Government for up to $100,000.00).
e.     Activities at the FED to be more transparent.