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“Benjamin Franklin, an American Life”

By Ed Wood, staff writer

Sometimes the rigors of daily life just get too overwhelming, causing me to turn to other less stressful items of interest. So I am now reading, “Benjamin Franklin — An American Life,” by famed biographer, Walter Isaacson.   Ben Franklin

It is already an amazing story about an amazing man, and I am not half way through its 586 pages — small type, no pictures!

Benjamin Franklin: author, inventor, scientist, politician, raconteur. But he considered himself, first and foremost, to be a printer. And would generally sign his name, “Benjamin Franklin, printer.”

For in that Colonial period, a printer was a person of great esteem and influence. There were no newspapers, as such, so the local printer controlled most what the people read and therefore much of what they thought. It was through many of his printing ventures that he became highly regarded as an authority on most everything.

“Poor Richard’s Almanac,” although probably the best known, was only one of his many publications. He had a habit of writing an article, then, under an assumed name, writing a response to his own article and on occasion, using a third name to write a rebuttal to his previous comment. Such was Franklin’s way of exposing many sides to a given topic or question.   Franklin statue

So I suppose it only natural that eventually he turned his thoughts to what was then termed “the fairer sex.” One such article, suppressed by his grandson and others throughout much of the nineteenth century as being too indecent to print, was entitled, “Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress.” In it he advised that “in all your amours you should prefer old women to young ones,” and then proceeded to provide eight reasons to back up his reasoning:

1. They have more knowledge.
2. They make better conversation.
3. As they lose their looks, they learn a thousand useful services to “maintain their influence over men.”
4. There is no hazard of children.
5. They are more discreet.
6. They age from the head down, so even after their face grows wrinkled, their lower bodies stay firm, “so that covering all above with a blanket, and regarding only that which is below the girdle, it is impossible of two women, to know an old one from a young one.”
7. It is less sinful to debauch an older woman than a virgin; there is less guilt, because the older woman will be made happy, whereas the younger one will be made miserable.
8. Lastly, they are so grateful!

Please understand I take no credit for, nor do I offer any comment on, the above. They are the words of a far wiser man than I!

Charleston –the Pain and the Glory

By Ed Wood, staff writer

I believe it was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who expressed the opinion that true racial harmony would come to the South before it comes to the North. The reaction of the people of CHARLESTON CHURCHCharleston, SC, and more specifically, the bereaved family members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where such a heinous crime was committed, may give credence to Dr. King’s assessment.

If we compare the recent Baltimore circumstance to the tragedy in Charleston and forget, for the moment, that the Baltimore incident was triggered by the arrest of a suspected drug dealer while in Charleston, the victims were attending a prayer seRIOT BALTIMORE PICrvice in their church—if we do these things and consider only the number of victims, the Charleston incident was at least 9 times worse.

But look at the difference in community reaction. In the northern city of Baltimore, Maryland there was looting, burning, and pillaging. In Charleston, South Carolina there was an outpouring of Christian forgiveness. Or as was stated by one of the bereaved family members, “We are handling it with grace and love, not hatred.”

And their word to the world was:

“Hey Ferguson. Hey Baltimore. This is South Carolina. This is how we do it. We are family. No riots. No looting. Nobody acting like A Sharptonanimals. What do you see here? Multi-racial. Multi-ethnic. All colors. All races. Banding together to defeat evil. No Obama. No  Sharpton. We don’t need Obama’s patronizing, politicizing attitude. We don’t need Sharpton’s divisive presence. Both of you, STAY AWAY!”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it this way: “Evil knows no color. My grandmother, Alberta King, was shot down & killed by a crazed black man while playing the organ in Church.”

But that wasn’t enough for the race hustlers and politicians. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) wanted to use the incident to promote his favorite issue, gun control, “I do not know how much longer we can thwart the views of the American public on taking reasonable gun safety measures.”

Others, remembering the words of Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first Chief of Staff, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Since the bereaved families, specifically and the Charleston community, in general, have demanded that opportunistic carpet-baggers stay out, it has become necessary that professional race-baiters invent some other way to take advantage of this heinous crime.

So they selected a Confederate flag, flying from a Confederate monument on the grounds of the South Carolina state capital, 114 miles away.   Confed Flag So Caro

You know the story. Or at least part of it. The end is not yet in sight.

Politicians are taking over for the race hustlers as all Confederate memorabilia are being banned, from Virginia license tags to Wal-Mart to the emblem on the Dodge Charger toy cars like Jefferson Memthe real one used in the TV series Dukes of Hazard. Next to be    targeted will be the likenesses of historic figures, such as Generals Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with the names of highways, buildings and the like. Even the Jefferson Memorial and   the Washington Monument are being questioned, since both Washington and Jefferson are reported to have owned slaves.   robert e lee

The objective, sadly, has nothing to do with erasing the memory of the tragedy that occurred in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. But it has everything to do with dismantling the healing legacy of the postwar South and the current, Conservative political influence that goes with it.

It seems the reaction in Charleston was far too grown up and cordial to suit the tastes of our “post-racial” president.

The view — 18 months out

By Ed Wood, staff writer

Well, here we are. A year and a half away from the presidential election and we are sick of it already. So I will just go ahead and tell you the outcome and spare you all the upcoming misery.

First of all it is unbelievable that with a population of over 330 million, we can’t find one or two “natural born” citizens to adequately represent us. But if recent history is an indication of things to come, apparently we can’t.

Republicans: Pretty simple. They are fielding a whole gaggle of has-beens, never-wases, and wannabes. I read somewhere that every member of Congress feels he/she is qualified to be president, an assumption clearly confirmed by the current occupant of the Oval Office.

So let’s cut to the chase. Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee. Why? Establishment RINOS like him, since he is one of them. The mainstream media and their Democrat friends like him because a moderate Republican is simply not electable. (Can you say “Mitt Romney,” “John McCain,” or “Bob Dole”?) So that’s it. Jeb Bush will be the Republican candidate and he will lose. But the Democrats don’t know that yet.

Democrats: They had no choice but to put all their eggs in Hillary’s basket, since she had already intimidated any possible competition. But at 18 months out, there is a perceived problem. Hillary, as the lone Democrat presidential candidate, has not one redeeming feature. Not one! And as allegations of corruption and malfeasance in office continue to mount, it is quite possible that the Democrat establishment may feel they will have to make       Ass and Hillaryanother choice.

Former Maryland governor O’Malley? Nah. Looks good without his shirt on, but no record, no name recognition, and too late to build one.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders? He is the only openly admitted member of the American Socialist Party currently serving in Congress, but is running as a Democrat — naturally. Yes, he is making a surprising splash on the primary scene, but I do hope, and sometimes pray, that the American public is not quite ready to elect a professed Socialist to the office of the presidency. Apparently, we would rather have our Socialism slipped to us in    BERNIE SANDERSsmaller doses. . . such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Besides, Bernie may not be any older than Hillary, but he has not had the benefit of her Botox injections, face lifts, hair dyes, etc. so he looks like her grandfather.

But there is a White Knight waiting in the wings, and his name is Bill. Bill Clinton!

We all know that if the election were to be held today, Bill would win by a landslide! And if in the meantime he isn’t jailed for extortion or money laundering, the same will be true come November, 2016. He is a scoundrel, of course, but he is our scoundrel, and we like him!

What about Amendment 22 which limits a president to two terms? No problem. Obviously, the writers of this amendment meant two “consecutive” terms. The Supremes can easily correct any misinterpretation this wording may have caused, or just ignore it, as they have the “natural born citizen” requirement.

So there you have it. Go ahead, enjoy your summer. The only question remaining is whether the Clintons will bring back the silverware and other items they took with them when they left the White House the first time.

Of course, as the storied income of the Clinton Foundation has enabled Bill and Hillary to develop more expensive tastes, perhaps they will require all new furnishings. I guess we’ll find out.

Only 1 week until Supreme Court ruling on the future of ObamaCare

By Doug Book, Editor

Coach is Right has written extensively about the Affordable Care Act—ObamaCare—from its initial, unconstitutional passage by a Democrat controlled congress, through the disgraceful 2012 Supreme Court ruling which featured the inexplicable treachery of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Sometime during the next week the Court will decide King v Burwell, a case which will determine whether the United States and the American people may still depend upon the Constitution to defend their liberty and rights from the unlawful schemes of a tyrant.

On June 17th, CiR asked whether the Supreme Court would deliver one last ruling in defense of the illegal and unconstitutional workings of the Obama Regime.

Today, Coach is Right will publish in its entirety the commentary of Twila Brase, president of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. A longtime expert on healthcare in America, Brase asks the key question:

Will the Supreme Court Set 37 States Free from Obamacare?

by Twila Brase

The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the King v. Burwell Obamacare subsidy case by June 29. But pro-Obamacare forces are busy pressuring Republicans to let 6.5 million people keep their illegal subsidies (expand Obamacare) if the administration loses. Here is one example from Politico Pro:

“Inside the Beltway, we’re all on eggshells waiting on the Supreme Court’s King ruling. Outside the Beltway, not so much. The new Kaiser poll finds seven in 10 Americans have heard either nothing at all or only a little about the Obamacare case. Just 13 percent said they had heard “a lot” about it.

“Still, most people in the nearly three dozen states that could lose their subsidies said lawmakers should act to keep those flowing. About 63 percent of people overall said Congress should step in if the plaintiffs win, compared with about 55 percent of people in the states that would be affected, which are mostly controlled by Republicans….”

So the 70% who know little to nothing about the lawsuit are competent to advise Congress? I wonder what they’d say if they actually understood the law. For instance, before the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll team asked them if Congress should continue the illegal subsidies, did they ask these individuals:

· Is it OK for the President to expand Obamacare even if it’s against the law?
· Is it OK that subsidies are paid for by taxes and higher premiums on many people who can no longer
work fulltime due to Obamacare?
· Should people in 37 states be free from Obamacare’s mandates and penalties or be forced to buy health
insurance so 6.5 million people in those states can receive subsidies?
· Would you rather be able to work more hours and have more job opportunities or let the 6.5 million people
keep their illegal subsidies?

The Affordable Care Act ties mandates and penalties directly to the availability of Obamacare subsidies. Without subsidies, employers and most individuals would be free from the law’s mandates and penalties. This means employers and individuals in the 37 states without a state exchange would be free because subsidies can only be issued by an exchange “established by the state.”

Every member of Congress took an oath to defend the Constitution. In 2010, Obama and Congressional Democrats violated that oath by enacting Obamacare. But every Republican voted no.

If the justices rule against the administration (Burwell), Republicans have an opportunity to:

· Deprive the ACA of subsidy and enrollment funding it needs to stay viable.
· Implode Obamacare’s exchange and its IRS enforcement system.
· Obstruct 2,700 pages of law and more than 20,000 pages of regulations.
· Restore health care choices and decrease health care costs.
· Undo government controls over doctors and patients.

If the administration wins, freedom-restoring options include defunding and repealing Obamacare. There must be no extension of the illegal taxpayer-funded subsidies.

If the administration loses, Republicans must refuse to help Obama save his national health care legacy. The only health care legacy worth saving is health freedom — and that will take an act (or perhaps in this case, an inaction) of Congress.

In freedom,
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder

If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?

By Peggy Ryan, guest writer

Shhh! Listen and you’ll hear the refrains of Obamacare echoing through the halls of Congress. It’s a trade bill instead of healthcare, backed by Republicans as well as Democrats, but at its core the bills are remarkably similar. Like Obamacare, the Trade bill is obscure (113 pages filled with caveats and reservations), it is secret and being hustled through Congress at breakneck speed to avoid scrutiny.

The 2014 election provided a mandate that Congress is choosing to ignore. It’s clear the American people reject the Obama agenda yet McConnell and Boehner are tripping over themselves to pass every bill Obama puts forth. They fought conservatives to fund Obamacare, fund illegal immigration and amnesty, increase the debt ceiling and help Obama obtain everything he wants.

Now its Obama’s fast track trade bill. The Republican leadership pushed hard for this bill and thought they had the votes. But on Friday, June 12th it was the Democrats who voted down the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. Without that bill, the package can’t go to the President so the trade bill is dead. For now.

I say for now because Obama forces never stop just because they have experienced a loss. Pelosi has already said those brave Democrats who voted against their President can be bought with a highway bill. And the Republican leadership is working overtime to convince rogue members to change their votes. Obama supporters argue in favor of the “good” parts of this bill just as they did with Obamacare. But the ObamaCare fiasco taught us to be terrified of those bad parts we have yet to see.

But whatever the reasons of Obamatrade supporters to pass this bill, they don’t outweigh the reasons to defeat it. And among those reasons are the following:

1) It’s a secret. Didn’t we learn anything from Obamacare, from the millions who got pink slips and from the infringements on Constitutional protections that only surfaced once the law passed?
2) Like Obamacare, there are those working to alert the American people as to what’s actually in this bill. And, like Obamacare, Obamatrade backers are trying to push the bill through before those nasty facts leak out.
3) That the bill originated with Barack Obama should be enough to make it DOA. Passage is like giving a pedophile keys to the school yard. You don’t have to know the details of their plan to know their intent.
4) The “act now” mentality on Capitol Hill is disturbing. Congress is behaving like a used-car salesman who won’t let you leave the lot without a deal. This isn’t the end of all trade bills, it isn’t the end of free trade so why the hysteria?
5) This bill provides Obama with dramatically increased trade powers. In 2014, the American people voted to stop Obama, to end the Obama agenda, not support it.

Yet congressional leaders barter, trade, threaten and blackmail their members to pass this bill. They’ve won this fight in the Senate but that’s not the end. The Framers of the Constitution created a bicameral Congress, two houses so one can block the excesses of the other. The Constitution requires approval of both chambers to pass legislation so one would think America would be safe from tyranny. One would be wrong.

The Senate is already lost. Whether its majority leader is Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell, the results are the same–they support Obama at every turn. And there are enough bought-and-paid-for Republicans to give this travesty an air of legitimacy. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Mitch McConnell are just a few of those who consistently fight on the side of Obama and the Democrats.

So we turn to the House, the chamber designed to more closely reflect the will of the people. Yes, there are political prostitutes in the House as well, (see Kevin McCarthy), but there are also people who care, who want to do the right thing. It’s to those individuals that I appeal. Take a stand, don’t let them steal your vote. There are approximately 700,000 people in your district who picked you to represent them, who chose you to do the right thing.

The American people don’t want this bill, don’t want another Obamacare indelibly signed into law. Take a chance on the people; they are far more knowledgeable about these issues than you think. Trust them, they’re your people. Reject Boehner, block Obamatrade and do it now. In the words of Hillel the Elder:

“If not now, when? If not you, who?”