Thursday, January 28, 2010

The State of the Union

President Obama addressed the Nation last night. He confirmed to everyone that it does not matter what the citizens are clearly saying (through tea parties, town halls, polls and elections.) He is going to push ahead the anti-Constitution projects of government run healthcare and anti-business taxes under the guise of global warming relief. He even went so far as to chastise the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold our Constitutional right of Free Speech, and to declare that he would use an Executive Order to implement a law that the people's Congress voted against (a Congress with a clear majority of his own party.)

Mixed signals? You bet. Only the Great Orator Barack Obama can call for an insignificant "spending freeze" that does not start until next year in order to reduce the deficit, while at the same time announce that he IS going to push forward a "jobs bill" that will cost more this year than his freeze is expected to save in the years to come. Why can't we just reduce spending and taxes and let the free enterprise system work us out of this recession?

Our President is a threat to our liberty, and the United States. His policies, projects, appointees and cronies are all radically different from what the framers of our Constitution would have ever envisioned to be associated with a President. Obama is openly trying to disregard and undermine the Constitution that he has sworn to uphold. The People must speak loudly this November in order to insure that this President does not have the political power to neuter our Constitution. For make no mistake, and let me make this perfectly clear, if the Citizens of the United States do not rise up and vote out of office all of those who disregard our Constitution and follow the path of socialism espoused by Obama and his Chicago-land thugs, we WILL lose our prosperity, our freedom, and our Country!

Monday, January 18, 2010


I think I am a committed person. I have had the same wonderful bride for almost 35 years. I have had only two real jobs in my 30 plus years of working life (US Army and Delivery Service.) I have been a Christian since I was 12 years old. There are other things to which I am committed.

But . . .

I have been trying to play the guitar for about 40 years, and I still play badly. I have been trying to lose weight for about 20 years, and I only seem to find more. I exercise, but only sporadically. There are other things I want to do, but do not do.

What is the problem? Why can't I commit to all the things I think are important? Maybe the answer is that I really do not think many of them are important. Or, maybe I know which ones are really important, and which ones are just "wants".

Maybe I should re-read my New Year's Resolutions blog. If I set my goals and properly schedule my time, I should be able to accomplish both the "have to's" and "want to's. I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Dad

My father's name is Henry Leslie Taylor. We celebrated his 90th birthday last night (his actual birthday is January 23, 1920.) My siblings and I, along with in-laws, grand-children and great-children participated in the event held at the church he has attended in Hanceville, Alabama, since the late 1950s, Bethlehem East Baptist Church. Dad was the song leader/choir director at the church for about 30 years.

Because of dad's love for music, especially country music, we presented our very own live Hee Haw show. We had skits, jokes and of course a lot of music. About 25 decendents (and in-laws) of dad made up the cast. I think it was a great show. I know dad really enjoyed it. I know I really enjoyed it. Those who decorated the stage and made props did a wonderful job. Even the outhouse looked real! Special thanks go to sister Joyce and brother Garry for planning and directing the show. If we were to give an award for best costume/character, I think it would have to go to sister Linda as Cousin Minnie Pearl, although nephew-in-law Chuck as Elvis would run a close second.

Because the weather was yucky, I was concerned about turn-out. We had invited about 100 guest, but many of them were elderly (dad's friends), and I was afraid the rain and cold might keep them away. Boy, was I wrong. I am not sure how many were in attendance, but the church auditorium was the fullest I have ever seen it. In addition to church members and local friends and family, many of our relatives from dad's side of the family, most of whom I had not seen in many, many years, came from all over Alabama (Dad is the last survivor of his six siblings.) I know that dad loved seeing all of his friends and relatives.

After the show, we gathered for dessert and birthday cake in the church's fellowship hall. Although crowded, I know that everyone had plenty of sweets to eat, and plenty of "talk" to listen to. My wife Kim, along with sisters-in-law Linda and Jan, coordinated the food and deserve a special thanks for the wonderful job they did in preparation and planning for what turned out to be a huge crowd. Thanks and Yum, Yum!

I think my dad is a great man. He married a 19-year old girl right after returning from WWII. They started having kids right away, and kept on having them for 19 years (seven in all.) For much of his life, my dad had two jobs, working as an aircraft mechanic in Birmingham, and farming. He also found time to lead the church choir and build guitars. With the help of my wonderful mother, they still managed to keep all us kids in line. I am grateful for the example he set for me. Although I know that I will never be the man my dad is, I know that all I am is because of who he is.

Thanks, Dad.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hidden Taxes

I just received my home telephone bill from AT&T. I have a very basic home telephone service, consisting of their "2 Pack" which has a flat rate of $25 per month. I do have long-distance service, but it is billed separately from my basic service. The added fees and taxes on my $25 basic phone service is $12.28, or 49%. That's right, I pay 49% in added fees and taxes for my telephone service. The Federal portion is 33%, while the State portion is 16%.

Taxes are what caused the first American Revolution. It may be what causes the second.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Constitution and Healthcare

Because of the importance of the message below, I am including the text of this blog by Michael Connelly here on my blog. You can find this message and others defending our Constitution at: 

Michael Connelly
Personal website and Blog

Going on the Offensive

           There is still time to make one final push to defeat the healthcare legislation in the House and Senate before a final bill is passed and signed by the President. Here are some key points everyone should make when contacting their representatives:
            1. There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that authorizes Congress or any other branch of the Federal government to force anyone living in the United States to buy anything by virtue of their citizenship or residence. There are no U.S. Supreme Court decisions that allow this under either the “Commerce Clause” or the “General Welfare Clause” of the Constitution. Yet that is exactly what both the House and Senate versions of the Bills contain, a mandate requiring everyone to buy health insurance.
            2. The requirement to have automobile insurance is not the same thing. First, it is a requirement imposed by the individual states, not the federal government, and you can’t be forced to have it if you don’t own a car or you choose not to drive.
            3.  Thus the passage of any health care bill containing such a provision is a violation of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the 9th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
            4. The regulation of the health care industry and the health insurance industry has always been left in the hands of the individual state legislatures. To now transfer all of this power to the hands of federal bureaucrats is a clear violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
            5. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill provide for massive tax increases for most Americans. However, the Senate version also imposes a “tax penalty” on anyone who fails to purchase the health care insurance the Federal bureaucracy deems that person or family needs. This is not in fact, a tax, but a “fine” and failure to pay it can lead to imprisonment. This is therefore an attempt to bypass the provisions of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution and take away property and liberty without “due process of law”.
            6.  By the very nature of this legislation there will have to be rationing of health care. The Senate Bill lays the ground work for this on page 1,000 in section 3403 by establishing an “independent” Medicare advisory board to make decisions about everything from Medicare payments to what type of medical devices can be paid for. The bill calls for specific reductions in Medicare benefits and prohibits seniors from using their own money to get the health care they desire. This is another massive violation of the due process clause and is aimed at older Americans.
            7. What makes this and other portions of the bill even worse are the provisions throughout the legislation to limit the right of Americans to seek administrative or court review of the decisions made under the law. There are also new rules established to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible for a future Congress to repeal sections of the law or even modify them. This includes the rationing provisions which ultimately allow federal bureaucrats to make life and death decisions for people. The Congress is again ignoring the 5th Amendment.
            8.  When you further consider the fact that a large number of people will be allowed access to the personal financial and medical information of individual Americans who are enforced to enroll in the health care plans you are also inevitably looking at violations of the right to privacy and the prohibitions against illegal searches contained in the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.
            9. Last, members of the Senate should be asked to point out the specific language in the bill that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions, protects the right of conscience of those members of the medical community that don’t want to participate in abortions, and finally provides any enforcement mechanism to keep illegal aliens from participating in the programs set up in the bill. They won’t be able to cite any of these provisions because they don’t exist.
            This is not just a bad law; it is a direct assault on the Constitution of the United States and the rights of individual Americans. If it passes my next blog on this subject will detail the legal and political steps that we can take to stop the implementation of this power grab. Hopefully, I won’t have to write that article.
Call and write your elected officials and let them know you expect them to uphold our Constitution!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Resolution

I am going to slow down and better manage my time. I will start obeying the speed limit. I will put my fork down between bites. I will really listen when people speak to me. I will take the time to exercise regularly  (you cannot make time, you must take it). Although I will enjoy the freedom of being retired, I will use my time wisely. Even though retired, I will be a productive member of society. I will not waste away into nothingness. I will set goals, and march down the field one first down at a time until my goals are reached. Even if I have to punt, I will regroup and start again.