THE TEA PARTY
I consider myself a member of the Tea Party. I believe in small government, less spending, and accountability. I've never wanted to be labeled, but I guess if I have to be, this is as good as any. What really bothers me about the left's portrayal of the Tea Party isn't the racist tag, because I'm not that. To give evidence here of my non-racism is crap, so I'll let that go. What bothers me is the accusation that the Tea Party is anti-government. This I will refute. I'm pro-government. The form of government I've pledged my life to defend twice, is federalism, embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Federalism ensures that there will be a strong central government, but the states and local government will retain their power.
When the U.S. was governed by the Articles of Confederation, the states ruled the country. This handcuffed the federal government and made it unable to effectively govern. The Constitution was written to strengthen the federal government, but it gave a great measure of power to the states. But it limited the federal government by enumerating its powers. It seems at times in history that the Executive branch at time forgets this. Consequently, the Constitution binds the Executive's power. After all, the founders feared an unfettered Executive more than any other situation.
Obama has exceeded his power like few other presidents. Please don't tell me that he has issued less Executive Orders than other presidents. That's a specious argument. For example, the E.O. that resulted in the internment of Japanese citizens was #9066. That was an insidious violation of civil rights that was unbelievable. The president can issue an E.O. in reference to some mundane office matter and that has the same power, but not the same effect. Numbers don't matter. Bad argument.
OBAMA AS THE PRESIDENT
Let's make this very short. I don't like Obama as president. Not because he's black, but because he's a terrible president. He had no experience running anything, he was an empty suit who made good speeches (always on the teleprompter), and he was the epitome of a guy who people hoped would be something that he isn't capable of being. But, boy, did it make some people feel good about voting for him. Jesus, what a mistake.
This one hits close to home. I'm not currently using the VA, but I think eventually I will. That scares the hell out of me. I don't look at veterans as privileged citizens, I look at them as those who took on a task that a lot of other people didn't want to and served with honor risking their lives along the way. I don't feel badly about those who didn't serve, but I do feel that those who did deserve to be taken care of. After all, I remember being promised that my family would be take care of if I didn't make it back. I thought that was a fair deal and I signed on. When it comes time to cash in the deal, how can the government renege on that deal?