Restoring the Heart of America

This past week, throughout our long history, has seen a great deal of bloodshed, frustration, confusion, fear, anger, and turmoil. Law Enforcement vs. the People and visa versa. So many lives have been take on both sides. There is no question both sides need to answer for these grivences, and our justice system needs many reforms

One of the major disconnects we face is the lower socioeconomic status of many minorities. This creates a negative stereotype that suddenly connects the color of one’s skin to their pocketbook, their zip code—to their worth. 

We can change this. Jack Kemp gave us the solution many years ago. Economic Development Zones for our most disadvantaged communities. In lifting every American’s quality of work, education, and life can we take America forward and truly realize the dreams of our forefathers. 

Turning our poorest cities into our brightest can solve a plethora of issues we face: minority unemployment, home ownership among minorities, quality of schools—quality of life will rise. Dignity for every American.

This police brutality must end and so must the anti-police sentiments. We must not give heed to the voices that wish to divide us. We must work to raise the quality of life for every American. In doing so, I think we’ll see the out-of-wedlock births fall and the incarceration rate fall among minority communities. But that can only happen when we lift them up instead of tearing them down. Giving them a hand, not giving them the finger.

And maybe one day, #BlackLivesMatter won’t just refer to the young men and women taken from us by police brutality and gang violence but the black lives that never make it out of the mother alive. What about those lives? In an edition of The Atlantic: “An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” It doesn’t have to be that way. As a nation we can provide the moral foundation and support to change the tide, give every life meaning, and every woman respect and dignity. 

Back to this belief in growing the middle class through economic freedom, Conservatism, has the potential to cure these ills. Conservatism can save the American family. Fiscal prudence and financial literacy will take us out of debt, personal and national.  Giving millions of Americans a chance at achieving the American Dream.

Because no American should have to doubt the validity of their hopes, dreams, or asperations because of the color of their skin or the uniform they wear. We can overcome the odds and stack the deck in the favor of justice and personal freedom. There are millions of stories, stories that shine upon the triumphs of human spirit. 

This crisis we face is one of the heart. Are we, the American people, capable of delivering on the promise we made to one another on July 4th, 1776? That everyone has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Of ensuring that a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not parish from this earth.” We can deliver on that promise and secure the blessings of liberty, but it must be for all. Not just some. 

What do you think? Am I off base? Share your perspective with me in the comments below! 

Independence Day, Everyday

240 years ago, our founders changed the way peoples looked at and interacted with their governments. By declaring that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursiut of Happiness.” Never before had a government been founded upon such principles. No government had ever admitted its own need for change. The brilliance of our founders is that they set up a government that could be bettered and perfected. Our Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times! In which we reaffirmed that all mankind is created equal, regardless race or gender, and their freedoms are not dispensation of government. 

But relating to the founders today, being able to truly appreciate the gravity of our freedom seems distant to grasp. Let’s meditate on the things, 240 years later, that still set us apart from many places in the world! 

In many parts of Asia and Africa, many young girls around the world are denied the basic right to pursue an education.

In America, while we may not like the out comes, our more recent elections (save 1960, 1968, and 2000) have gone unquestioned and undisputed. The same cannot be said for Austira, its Constitutional Court has ordered a new Presidential Election beheld because of voter fraud, “77,926 of the 4.5 million votes cast were affected by improprieties in how mail-in ballots were processed.” 

  • Equal Rights

While this conversation continues today about the treatment and employment practices concerning African-Americans, Women, and the LGBT community, America is still by far the most progressive (and humane) country on these issues. 

Everyday, right here in America, we get to decide our future and how we wish to pursue our American Dream and pursue our happiness because we have education for all, because we have fair elections, and we, generally speaking, have made strides to ensure the protections of our inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator. And while America is far from perfect, we can continue to perfect it. That is what makes having an engaged and informed citizenry so important to the endurance of this country. That is what makes your voice so important. One vote won’t change an election, but 300 Million informed votes, cannot only transform America, but effectively, the world. 

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

When was the last time you picked up the phone to talk to a family member about this upcoming election? And not just the presidential election; the school board, city council, state legislature, courts, congress? Each one, believe it or not, is equally important and affects our lives in such minute, and not so minute, ways that greater investment and involvement would truly transform our country. 

So get out there, get in formed, and inform your friends and family; then make them do the same!

Happy Independence Day! 

A President’s Folly

I took issue with some of the President’s remarks last night. Well first I will mark my support with his last phase,”Freedom is more powerful than Fear.” Channeling a little FDR on the eve of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

My first question: Why was he not sitting behind his desk? Every President before him has shown their seriousness by sitting behind the Resolute Desk. Note: Resolute. 

Second Question: Why will he not call ISIS/ISIL for what it is? Radical Islamic Terrorism. We can all agree that this is a perversion of Islam that all decent Muslims reject. But we must call it for what it is. The time for political correctness ended a long time ago. And with the bloodshed in France and California, it’s past time to get serious about defeating ISIS/ISIL or as the President previously referred to it: the JV Team. 

Last question: Why must he politicize every death with Gun Control? Most gun violence is committed by those who have no criminal background—nothing a background check would’ve picked up. Instead, we must encourage every citizen to protect themselves, become educated on how to properly handle arms, how to prevent crimes, to inform the proper authorities if someone shows distressing mental issues or showing signs of radicalization. 

I want to add I agree with his remarks about Muslim-Americans. We are not at war with Islam, just as President Bush made clear days after the Attacks on September 11th, 2001. We are at war with Radical Islamic Jihadist, those who wish to kill nonbelievers. But we are not out to start targeting Muslims the way FDR and the Democrats dehumanized Asian-Americans after Pearl Harbor. Although we must not be afraid to speak out when we see any suspicious activity of any kind as the neighbor of the San Bernardino terrorist had failed to do. We must not be silent in the pursuit of keeping the public safe.  

We must reject this notion that the Middle East is to be a dumping ground for violence, that there is no hope for peace in the Middle East. There can be peace.  But it must be peace on our terms. Peace means every child, every girl, gets an education. Peace means Christians, Jews, and Muslims can worship in harmony. Peace means the People can choose the type of government they have. It will take a statesman of the highest degree to achieve this. 

We need another Eisenhower, another Kennedy, or another Reagan. Someone who will clearly identify the enemy and who will have a firm resolve to confront it head on. President Reagan did this, even when the media and democrats where aghast when he called Russia “the Evil Empire.” He understood how we must preserve freedom. At any cost, at any expense, and by any means. 

And as we remember Pearl Harbor, we must remember our resolve after that horrible attack. We must defeat this enemy that abhors everything we stand for. Now just as then, there are those who wish to take away the freedoms we know are given to us by our Creator. Yet when our security is at risk, we cannot jump to limit liberty or else the enemy has won. Those who wish to harm us would rather see us self-destruct rather than send their people to die, although they’ll do it without hesitation. 

The next President will be tasked with putting the nail in the coffin of ISIS/ISIL. We will not win this war with ISIS/ISIL if we do not declare it and treat it as a war. In the wake of Paris, the fear grew that it would come here. It’s here. It’s been here. The Next Preisdent must prepare for a fight that we cannot afford to lose.

 Because we will not survive this appeasement. Appeasement is not peace. Appeasement is a form of surrender and surrender is no form of peace.

Why I support Dr. Carson for President

The Presidential Election of 2016 is close and the Presidential Primaries are even closer. As a nation, a myriad of problems face our future generations: the debt, the stability of society, the integrity of our military, regaining the trust of our nation’s allies, placing fear back into the hearts of our adversaries, and eradicating Racial Islamic Terrorism. 

Choosing the right candidate will be the responsibility of every dutiful, engaged, and patriotic American. I’ve made my choice. I believe that not only can Dr. Benjamin Carson secure the Republican Nomination, but the Presidency as well.

I’d like to ask you, the reader, some questions:

Do you trust politicians?

(Naturally, no)

Do you trust your doctor?

(Sure)

What’s the difference between a lawyer and a doctor?

A lawyer’s primary goal is winning over the jury, even if their client murderd a dozen women and children in cold blood. 

A doctor, brain surgeon in Dr. Carson’s case, is given a situation in which the primary objective is solving the problem. Saving the patient. Any monetary gain or social acclaim is merely a bonus for saving a life. 

Dr. Carson has been a servant to his fellow man in one of the most remarkable capacities. 

A President is just as much a moral leader as he or she is a military leader. During the 1970’s, the American people were told they were in a malaise—our best years were behind us. The Generation that stormed the beaches of Normandy and revived the hope of freedom for free people all around the world were to believe they could not over come a “crisis of confidence.”

And along came a former movie star from the West. A poor boy from Dixon, Illinois who rose above the strife of the Great Depression as a sports caster. 

Today, a former neurosurgeon from the ruins of Detriot, Michigan who, in a single parent household, took charge of his education and overcame the certainty of poverty to become the utmost authority on pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

We need more than just experience in the Oval Office, General Washington did not spend his whole career in the House of Burgesses nor did Abraham Lincoln in Congress. Life experience matters. Life experience builds character. This White House desperately needs a man or woman with character. We need a President who say what he means and means what he says. 

That is why we now have a Syrian refuge crisis on our hands. 

Dr. Carson has a wealth of life experience that has made him a levelheaded, calm, clear, reserved, and precise leader. As a surgeon, every decision he makes on the operating table is imperative to the success of the operation. The same holds true to executive work. When it comes time for military action, Dr. Carson will have the most experienced voices in Defense, Security, and Intelligence to brief him and allow him to make a well thought out decision. If there’s anyone who can process information and act on an educated understanding of a subject it’s Dr. Ben Carson. 

My Next Step

On Thursday, March 12th, the Junior Class at Harrison School for the Arts will be voting for a representative to go to Washington, D.C. for week as a part of a program called, ‘Congressional Classroom.’ This is sponsored by The Randy Roberts Foundation.

“This program allows a representative from our school to go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive a first-hand look at internal workings of the United States government. Students will participate in tours, meet with members of the Cabinet, House of Representatives, Senate and other policy makers, participate in a mock Congress and be hosted by local Congressmen.”

I am to proud to offer myself a candidate for this prestigious trip. I’d like to outline why my peers in the class of 2016 should vote for me:

Since the tender age of five, I’ve had a deep love of politics and government. This love has blossomed and matured as I’ve gotten older. My dad exposed me to the process when he volunteered on President George W. Bush’s Re-Election Campaign in 2004 and then Congressman, Adam Putnam’s campaign and again by taking me to McCain-Palin Rallies in 2008.

By the time 2012 came around, I was ready to get my first whiff of action, volunteering the duration of my summer going into Freshman Year of HS at the Lake Wales Republican Headquarters; where I made phone calls, talked to perspective voters, made rally signs, put together yard signs, made more phone calls, and waved signs on Hwy 60 for the duration of summer on to the election. It was election night 2012 I went to my first “Victory Dinner” yet by 10pm we had left optimistic. Then as me and my old Marine buddy from church, Jerry, drove home, state after state fell to Barack Obama and by the time he dropped me off at home, I was a broken man.

Fast forward 3 months.

Then Polk County Republican Party Chairman, Jimmy Nelson, gave me the opportunity of a life time, to serve as a messenger (delivering mail, notes, and other things) in the Florida House of Representatives 2013 spring session for a week. And when that time came, I was over whelmed with joy and responsibility. Waking up every morning getting the morning paper, a cup of coffee and walking two blocks to the capital was probably the most thrilling experience.

Fast forward to Election Night 2014.

As the evening went on, more people left and just those of us who had put hours of sweat and tears into Governor Rick Scott’s Re-Election Campaign crowded around the computer, listening to Fox News Live stream and keeping tabs on the election statistics. I had dedicated over 250 hours to this campaign – primarily going door to door, talking to voters, giving the them the tools they needed to participate in our great Representative Democracy, getting out the vote aka promoting political efficacy. – Again, just as two years ago, it is 10pm with Governor Scott titer-tottering for 48% against Charlie Crist. But when AP called the election in our favor, a sense of relief and pride overcame me. To know my work made a difference. 

Friends, I’ve dedicated most of my life to politics. The study and participation of politics. Many of you know I intend to make public policy and public service my life’s work. Because I believe in this American Experiment. I believe in man’s ability to self-government. I believe in liberty and free-trade. I believe in our countrymen and their resilience to pull themselves up by the bootstraps when things get tough. And I believe in our volunteer military, one of the most noble professions in protecting thy brother. Being your brothers keeper. These things are what make our Republic 238 years strong.

Send me to Washington, D.C.
Let Mr. Bique go to Washington.

The Case for America

We are told that our country is too strong. We are told that our freedoms are indispensable and subjective to the whims of the loud minority. We tell ourselves that this is the way it is. That’s it. Theres no way to turn back the clocks and undo the wrongs. The mistakes.

We forget we are a Representative Democracy. We forget that if we are educated and proactive in the well being of our nation, that we can bring about meaningful change.

I’m one of the few teenagers who gave their volunteer time to state and local political campaigns. 256 volunteer hours confirmed and logged, probably leaving out a few minutes here and there.

Why did I spend my summer going door to door, talking to voters, hearing what the people had to say, getting out the vote, and getting them the tools they needed to participate in our democracy?

Although it wasn’t as exciting as it seems on paper, I gave my time and efforts to this cause of representative democracy because I was raised with a deep sense of pride in my country and engrained with a deeper sense of civic duty from my father and his father, both having served respectively in the Air Force and Navy.

So, I’ve got a stake in the game. In politics. It hits me at home because my father has stage four synovial sarcoma that developed in his foot and then metastasized into his lung. Furthermore, he goes to the VA and Moffit to receive medical treatments.

Floridan Governor Rick Scott is a champion of Cancer Research and honors our Veterans who served our nation and deserve utmost thanks and gratitude from those of us who have not served our countrymen in such a capacity.

When we vote, it must not be based on this week’s fad, but based upon our goals for the next ten years. We don’t save money in order to spend it away tomorrow. We save today for our needs next week; next month; next year.

It is with such diligence and stewardship that our countrymen should vote and participate. For it is often said, “Those who chose not to vote, choose not to have a voice.” No words could be more true.

In the age of partisan media, if you can say there wasn’t partisan before now – In the culture of partisan media that has endured as long as the republic itself, we are told that our only choice is simple. Left or Right.

Friends, I would suggest too, like then actor Ronald Reagan in 1964, we we have a different choice. Up or down. Liberty or death. Economic freedom or slavery to the welfare state. It’s that simple.

We can find the remedies to our social problems without the hand of big government and we can do it even more effectively. We need to be our own brother’s keeper, like the members of my family, my church, and my community have been to my father and our family. 

Our country is waiting—no, thirsting for a revival but we must act on this now. We must open up our hearts and look to our fellow countrymen instead of big government.

I believe in America and I believe in the resilience of her people. When we set our minds to great causes there’s simply no stopping us because there is no cause greater than our cause: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

War of 2016

With the recent announc…facebook post from Jeb Bush, many are wondering just how intense this GOP Primary will get. Nothing will ever be as ridiculous as 2012 and nothing as heated as 1976. But with much speculation that Former. Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee, is reinventing himself and is planning third run (much like a certain Ronald Reagan in 68, 76, 80) and second nomination (like then Vice President Nixon in 60 and 68), a primary between candidates who align across the conservative spectrum will be one historians and news commentators will talk about for years to come.

The GO(TEA)P

Members of the Tea Party make the case that Republican “moderates” can’t win the Presidency, using Fmr. Sen. Bob Dole in 1996, Sen. John McCain in 2008, and Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012 as their proof.

More so, conservatives have had a difficult time earning respect among “establishment” republicans. The Party has often had two distinctive sects, as of now it is know as the “Establishment” and the “Tea Party” but in the times of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Governor Ronald Reagan, Senator Barry Goldwater, and Vice President Richard Nixon, it was known as the “Conservative” (Traditionalist) and “Liberal” Wings (Rockefeller Republicans) of the party. Men like Michigan Governor and Father to 2012 nominee and 2016 likely, George Romney were apart of the Liberal Wing and men like the actor turned citizen politician and then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan was a rising warrior for the Conservative Wing’s crusade to take back the party.

Presidential hopefuls like Senators Rand Paul, son of former Congressman Ron Paul, and Ted Cruz are the product of a strong libertarian/fiscal conservative movement within the party in 2010 aka the “Taxed Enough Already” Party – TEA Party. Libertarians have been making their voices known and have hurt Republican and Democrats alike in elections that cane down to just a few points. the section of the party, or third head if you will, will only grow stronger as 2016 grows nearer.

The War To Come

note: as of January 18th, 2015 there are no major official candidates for either party nomination

The Republican Primary for the 2016 Presidential Nomination will most likely spill blood because these party divide will be stronger than ever, with the likes of Governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush going up against Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Mike Pence (Indiana), Scott Walker (Wisconsin) and the lone Doctor Ben Carson.

2016 will be the year where Moderate Republicans and Conservative Republicans will clash in a way the Party hasn’t seen since 1976 when California Governor Ronald Reagan primaried then sitting President Gerald Ford.

So many Americans are ready for fresh leadership, and both parties seem to only have old dogs to run. Sarah Palin recently beckoned the question “Is Hillary a new Democrat, or an old one?” A good question. Is Jeb Bush a Conservative Republican or a Rockefeller Republican?

Is there anyone else out there? Who can win? Can we win?

In the upcoming weeks you will see profiles on the men mentioned and the issues at hand building up to the first Presidential Primary as a part of the “War of 2016” series