Archive for September, 2012

I Am Liberal on This Topic

Most of you know me as a dedicated conservative. My church, most of my friends, my lifestyle, and my other opinions are all on the conservative side of most issues. However, there are matters on which I would side with the liberal view. One way I consider myself a liberal is on the subject of the environment.

Sympathy for Green Thinking

Due to a temporary problem I am having with posting pictures on the site, I won’t be able to upload any more pictures from End the Fed and my interviews in Dallas yet. In the mean time, depending on how long it takes to resolve the problem, I will be posting some opinion pieces. While I was driving home today, it was starting to rain in central Oklahoma, and it got me thinking about those places you always see with their sprinklers running in the rain. I’ve always thought, “What a waste of resources!” even since I was a kid.

This (if you can follow my ADD-inspired train of thought) brings me to my liberal view on the environment. I actually believe that pollution is, well, polluting our air. Before modern regulations were in place, many cities were saturated with clouds of smog. Believe it or not, but dirty river water can actually harm you! In fact, I don’t totally deny global warming, though a typical “conservative” might do so. If the math on greenhouse gases checks out on a small scale (and it does), it must also be valid on a larger scale (and it is). However, I do think the claims are much exaggerated. Just like every President since before I was born has promised to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Ha ha. Including current President Barack Obama, and former presidents Bush, Clinton, and Reagan, if I’m not mistaken. Claims always get exaggerated. That’s how you sell ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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End The Fed Protest in Dallas

Protesters in front of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, TXStandard Excellence took a little road trip to Dallas this weekend to cover what could have potentially been a large protest in front of the Dallas Frederal Reserve Bank. Unfortunately, it turned out that the larger protests took place in other cities across the nation, as on September 22 a nationwide “End the Fed” protest was organized in front of every FRB in the country.

Around 15 people were present when we arrived on the scene, and while no speakers had been scheduled this time, other locations included Chris Duane of Sons of Liberty Academy and Luke Rudkowksi of WeAreChange.org at the New York City rally. Nationwide organizer Michael Heise spoke in Philadelphia, PA, and several locations also had live music at gatherings after their local rallies.

Though the protest was small in Dallas, it highlights a still important issue that affects all Americans today. Since the Federal Reserve Bank was created in 1913, it has had control over all US currency. The bank is not a federal institution, but rather a private bank commissioned by the US government with the task of printing our paper money and coin, as well as helping to stabilize inflation and economic ups and downs. This may not seem like a problem to the average person because it is the only monetary system we have likely been exposed to in this country, but there are other systems that have been used throughout history. The United States, for example, has not always run under a monopolized banking system. The Second Bank of the United States held a federal charter from 1817-1836, and there was a period after this time in which only states chartered banks. This was not really a good situation either, because so many of these banks failed. The central banking system as we know it today is the eventual result of tightening regulations on monetary policy in the country.

If you’re bored, you can read about US banking history, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Romney Said What?!

So everyone’s feathers are getting ruffled over a recording of presidential candidate Mitt Romney stating that 47% of Americans (who don’t pay taxes) have an entitlement mentality and that he can’t change that. The spin from the Obama campaign is along the lines of, “See, we told you he doesn’t care about you!” Then the counter-spin from the Romney camp is, “Listen to the whole thing and it will be more clear.”

Well, well, well. Campaign moments. They happen in every high-profile campaign, when one of the candidates says something they later wish they had not said. But what exactly did  Mitt Romney say? Is he really writing off close to half of the nation with no hopes to change their minds? Does he hate poor people and want to exploit them? Here’s what he said:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

For the record, I don’t agree with all of those statements, but I do agree with part of them. Specifically, although it is statistically true that a percentage of Americans effectively pay no income tax, but they do pay other forms of taxes like sales or in some cases property taxes. Not all of the “47%” believe they are victims, not all of them believe they are entitled to an endless list of benefits paid for by Uncle Sam (read: you). However, the number of Americans who DO feel that way is on the increase, and sadly, some of those will automatically vote for the candidate or party that promises the most “help.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Religiously Intolerant?

Yesterday I listened to part of the Sean Hannity radio show. He had a guest on of the Islamic faith to give his perspective on the hostilities in Syria. However, much of the conversation consisted of Hannity not letting the man speak, and constantly asking him if he approved of the killing, whether he agreed with Sharia law, whether he thought virgins awaited Muslim martyrs, and so forth.

Much of my life I have thought of myself as a sort of “defender of religious liberty” because I would stand up for Christian causes. A perfect example is when a father sued to have “under God” removed from the national pledge, because he was an atheist. Christian backlash nationwide was strong, and again, I agree that just because someone wants “under God” removed from our pledge, it doesn’t mean we should have to do it. He and anyone else have the freedom to not say that pledge, or that part of it if it bothers them, just like you have the freedom to say it if you so choose.

What I want to suggest is that many of us in the USA may have a one-sided religious freedom paradigm. Whenever Christian beliefs are challenged publicly, we cry foul, but if someone else is oppressed, we are less likely to be bothered by it. In fact, since 2001, there is a strong anti-Islam wind blowing in this country. We are suspicious of Middle-Eastern looking people and think they should be screened more closely at airports. A mosque goes up near your house and you think “Oh no, what’s next, prayers over outdoor loudspeakers?”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not changing religions, nor do I think Christians should be silent about our own threats to liberty, but those of us who claim to believe in freedom of worship ought to start practicing it more consistently.

Sean Hannity would claim to defend religious liberty and tolerance, yet he became an example of the intolerance many of us have toward those of differing faiths. If you truly believe men and women should be free to worship as they choose, I challenge you to stop criticizing their beliefs. I didn’t say you should believe “all roads lead to heaven” or that any one faith is as good as another, but rather to be respectful. You might even win someone over to your side in the process.

Grace and peace to all.

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Tuesday Talk with Congressman James Lankford

ON TUESDAY, September 4, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) hosted a town hall meeting at Oklahoma City Community College.

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK)Congressman Lankford is hosting a series of “Tuesday Talks,” or town hall type question and answer sessions, within his congressional district. Last week, Lankford was at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Local residents in attendance submitted questions on paper which were drawn from a bucket during the meeting. The President of OCCC introduced Congressman Lankford who then thanked OCCC for allowing us to be here.

To start things off, Congressman Lankford gave four people to choose a topic of discussion. – the oldest veteran, farthest drive to get to the meeting, youngest in attendance, and the person with the oldest running vehicle. The first topic chosen was the national debt, which yesterday passed $16 trillion. Lankford said that government cannot go from spending like it has done for years to balanced budget instantly. He stated that the yearly deficit has been above $1 trillion since 2009, and even the most aggressive budget, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), would not balance for five years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Open Letter to All Republicans

I am, and have been a Republican since I turned 18 and registered to vote. In 2009 I began to get involved in my party at the state level, understanding that the party represents me, an American citizen, and that it is individuals who decide the direction of the party.

Oklahoma State GOP Convention

2012 Oklahoma Republican State Convention, held in Norman, OK

 

I am now 26 years old, and was honored to be a delegate to my state convention this year. I worked hard, investing time and money to do this, so that I might, alongside my fellow men and women, make my voice known and help shape the course of this nation. However, throughout this process, all the way up to the Republican National Convention, time after time I witnessed (either personally, or by watching firsthand video and reading firsthand accounts) the party leadership usurp the people and break its own rules in order to achieve its agenda.

Then at the very end, a select few committee members choose to change rules so that the vote of the people is bypassed. Every member of the party ought to be outraged and demand justice in this matter.

The very nature of the United States tells us that governments are instituted in order to protect the rights of governed. If the leadership of a political party representing nearly half of this nation is not accountable to its members, there is no end to damage that could be done. It’s not just the Ron Paul supporters who are disenfranchised; it’s the TEA Party, and any other American who would wish to exercise his or her rights.

If you, too, are concerned by all of this, I strongly encourage you to contact every Republican leader you can, from the county level up, and inform them of what has taken place if they do not already know. If they do know, ask what they have done to reverse this, or if not why not? If they do not see this as a problem, then find someone to take their place. The rule changes and blatant disregard for existing rules in multiple states and ultimately the RNC affects all of us. It affects the country our children will inherit. We must not let this slide.

Some people I know are upset to the point of leaving the party and going independent or joining another party. I have no intention to tell anyone else what to do – I believe in personal liberty – but may I submit that it is in our best interest to remain in the GOP. If we leave now, more power goes to those who would use it for their own gain. Our nominee is now officially Mitt Romney, and I do not advocate abandoning him at the ballot box in November. The consequences of doing such would be far more powerful and destructive than any message it might send. I believe our battle will be won from the ground up, not the top down.

To the Republican establishment, I have one thing to say: My name is Ryan Hill, I am a Ron Paul Republican, and I am here to stay.

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