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! 

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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! 

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.

One teen’s take on our economy

This was not written by me*. It was originally a Facebook post and the author agreed to let me post it.
*note links were added to enhance reader experience

“Status Quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in”
By Hannah Kavelak

So… information was released stating the economy contracted by 1%, but apparently it’s “no big deal.” Ridiculous.

If our economy is so weak that bad weather can make it spiral down, then there’s a big problem. However, severe winter is not all to blame.
I found it notable to add that with the implementation of the healthcare law, ObamaCare, the economy shrank. Of course it would. When people’s insurance bills become higher and more expensive than they were before to pay for those who don’t have to pay, less money is going to be spent on consumer goods.

This is (as monthly reports have come in stating consumer spending is down) catastrophic to the economy, since 2/3 of the economy is supported by consumer spending.

The continuation and further redistribution of wealth also prohibits growth. A lack of an incentive to work lingers, because people can choose to live off of welfare rather than work.

I’ve probably said this before**, but it’s worth saying again:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Daniel J. Mitchell**

So how to fix it?

Of course, the big thing is to cut spending drastically. However, that can’t be done overnight; a quick reduction of trillions of dollars swiftly would be so shocking to the fragile economy, there would probably be another recession. Like with someone addicted to some drug or medication, it has to be reduced gradually, less they experience withdraw or shock.
Repeal the Healthcare law. It benefits the minority by hurting the majority. Also, the continuing centralization of government control over many things in our lives is incredibly dangerous.

All it takes is a corrupt leader (not exactly a tyrant, or dictator, but someone corrupted) to make one move, and in the blink of an eye, affect all 320 million of us negatively. Rights can be reduced, bills can be hiked, freedoms can be taken away with the manipulative words of one person.
Reduction in taxes for all (A dream!). If government spending ever gets under control, reducing taxes for every class would be beneficial. If citizens have more money in their pockets instead of giving it to government, it can be spent on consumer goods and boost consumer spending, thus bringing up the economy greatly. (As stated before, those 2/3!)

Bring back jobs here. Re-shore. Make it more attractive to businessmen to keep their companies here rather than in poorer countries overseas.
Energy independence. Why not have the Keystone Pipeline? Fracking is booming currently; keep it up. Using our own resources means we won’t have to buy it from other countries.

Complete overhaul of the welfare system. An outstanding number of people living off of food stamps and taxpayer money is never good for any country. It creates dependency and reduces revenue. Make it more difficult to get on welfare.

Barack Obama’s Rose Garden Speech Analyzed

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Did you watch the President’s announcement?

He started out addressing the public’s shocking reaction of the Chemical weapons attack in Syria, as if somehow he forgot about the Americans killed in Benghazi…

Then he refers to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, laying out, what the Washington Post has called a “Forceful Case” that the Assad Regime is undeniably responsible for attacking its own people with Chemcal Weapons.

“After a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility…. history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings.”

~ Secretary of State, John Kerry

The President then goes on to mention “horrible images of the dead.”

I hate to be a brute, but does anyone remember Ambassador Stevens?

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Let me skip a few more insensitive comments to the meat and bones of his statements.

He then makes a somewhat strong statement, somewhat is the key word here..

“the United States Military should take action.”
President Obama

Not “the United States Military WILL take action.”
He gives us this wimpy “should”..
This is so indecisive.

Now here is where Rand Paul gets all jumpy to attack the President.

Mr. Paul clams the President wants to go to war.

No where in his speech does he declare war or does he mention sending troops, in fact… He specifically states he will NOT be sending troops into combat.

This doesn’t let the President off the hook though. Not one bit.

Over a year ago he said this

“We have been very clear to the (Bashar Assad) regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

And to deter this kind of behavior we have ships armed with missiles ready to attack.

“We are prepared to strike, whenever we choose.”
~ Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to President Obama

So why didn’t we do it the moment we had that capacity?

The world needs to know when the President speaks on behalf of the People, he means business and he’s a man of his word.

The fact he’s waited so long shows how unimportant this is to him. And we wouldn’t be in this position if he hasn’t said the two magic words, “Red Line.”

But he did, and he must act upon his word or what does it mean?

Not only can we strike whenever we want, but apparently we can wait as long as we want too!

“our capacity to execute this mission is not time sensitive.”

Really? I’d argue otherwise…

Lets back up a little, shall we?

A leader is using chemical weapons on his citizens killing over 1,000 people and he has the capacity to do it again and somehow this isn’t time sensitive?

But you’re gonna love this

“I will seek authorization.. from congress.”

They don’t return from their vacation for a less than a week! He’s willing to wait this long to take action when he understands the severity of this situation?

Not only that but he wants them to debate and take a vote!

Did he forget he’s talking about congress? I think he did..

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I hate forcing hypotheticals on you (but I’m going to do it anyway)

Since we know the Syrian probably have their weapons on the move, away from the bases to secret locations, what if they fall into the wrong hands such as the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Qaeda? This could seriously threaten our national security as the 12 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks nears.

Now I understand he wants this decision to be one that is widely supported and that when we make decisions as a nation it makes our resolve stronger. But he doesn’t have to campaign anymore! He was re-elected! He knew when he was reelected he would be faced with tough decisions and he’d have to act. No one ever said it would be easy or popular. And people will always disagree with the President on both sides of the isle. Because since he has been democratically re-elected his decisions are a general reflection of the People’s will.

I’m not saying he shouldn’t have to go to congress. I’m just suggesting that it won’t make his case stronger by waiting a ridiculous amount of time to let congress battle it out.

Then he has the audacity to basically say “ehhh I don’t really need congresses’ approval at the moment, but you know if it makes everyone feel good and takes some heat off of me then it’s a good day in America.”

Ok here’s what he really said

“While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger … and our actions will be even more effective”

That’s NOT how you persuade 535 hardheaded politicians to agree with you.

Especially when many face reelection next year and they’ll have to answer to their constituents why they wanted to intervene in a foreign country’s war when we have:

– Massive Poverty
– Massive Government Dependency
– Failing Education
– Massive Debt
And a recession that shows few signs of ending.

He’s putting over 400 politicians in a very tight spot..

He then says that taking action on such a “Unspeakable Outrage” is “up for debate.”

I feel like he knows this could either lead to war or fail and he doesn’t want to go it alone. He needs to drag congress down with him if it back fires.

Because if he felt that this was so pressing to our interests and to the security of our allies, he would have struck the Syrian Regime in the dead of the night by surprise. He would have sent the message to all our enemies “Neither America or our allies will stand for such unethical behavior. We won’t tolerate it.”
As the old saying goes

“Drastic times call for drastic measures.”

And when the President says there are going to be serious consequences if you do not heed my warning and you defy me, then we have no choice but to give them hell.

I’m 6 minutes into his 10 minute speech and I can’t go on. Really, I think he’s said enough.

He’s not prepared to take the action necessary to fight tyrants who wish to harm people who wish to be free. He’s not willing to take these core American values to heart. He isn’t ready to lead the free world. He’s scared. He’s indecisive. He’s cowering from the course of action that needs to be taken.

And the world has taken that into account.

Did you know in Israel there are hundreds of people lined up to receive gas masks?

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They are literally preparing for the worst if America doesn’t pull through.

The President of the United States of America is a coward. Unwilling to act. Unwilling to do what is necessary. Unwilling to keep his word. He lacks the spine and the integrity.

And that’s the memo.

As always feel free to comment below and you can email me at thebiquefactor@gmail.com

Why Syria Matters

As of August 31st, 2013 President Obama wants to take action in Syria.

Why?

They crossed the redline.

What’s this red line?

The use of chemical weapons.

What started this Syrian Civil War?

BBC reports:

The trouble began in 2011 in the Syrian city of Deraa.

Locals took to the streets to protest after 15 schoolchildren had been arrested – and reportedly tortured – for writing anti-government graffiti on a wall.

The protests were peaceful to begin with, calling for the kids’ release, democracy and greater freedom for people in the country.

The government responded angrily, and on 18 March, the army opened fire on protesters, killing four people.

The following day, they shot at mourners at the victims’ funerals, killing another person.

People were shocked and angry at what had happened and soon the unrest had spread to other parts of the country.

Who’s fighting?
Officially:
The Major players in the Opposition as follows
Free Syrian Army
Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (aka the Muslim Brotherhood)

But as you go in depth it doesn’t look to promising..

What’s America’s interest in Syria?
The Deccan Herald reports:

“Still, other analysts point to a positive effect of the unrest: it could deprive Iran of a reliable ally in extending its influence over Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. That is not a small thing, they said, given that Iran is likely to benefit from the fall of Mubarak in Egypt, the upheaval in Bahrain, and the resulting chill between the United States and Saudi Arabia. “There’s much more upside than downside for the US,” said Martin S Indyk, the vice president for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. “We have an interest in counterbalancing the advantages Iran has gained in the rest of the region. That makes it an unusual confluence of our values and interests.””

Down Side?
Russia has a been a big critic on the President, with our strained relationship with the former Communist nation where things haven’t changed that much.
Not to mention China and Iran on the side of the Syrian Government.

Then lets say Assad steps down. Who takes over? Most likely the Muslim Brotherhood. And didn’t that go swimmingly in Egypt?

What if our Congress says “No Mr. President, we aren’t risking war, we learned our lesson.”

Lets not forget the elephant in the room, our ally Israel

They’re frightened.. New reports show them passing out gas masks. And allies are slowly pulling away. Will they be left on their own?

What’s the hold back?
The British Parliament voted against taking action in Syria 272-285.

“It is clear to me the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action,” Prime Minister David Cameron says.

France is ready to take action but now they are waiting for America to call the shots.

What do two Senators Say at home?

Washington Post reports

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged President Obama late Thursday against getting involved militarily in Syria, suggesting that it would be a “big mistake.”
“There are potential repercussions,” Paul said on Fox News Channel. “If he launches this little piddly attack with a few cruise missiles, it won’t stop chemical weapons, but it may well insight a gas attack on Israelis. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Paul said that if military action is undertaken, it should only happen after Congress signs off.
“… We are not excited to get involved in a new war right now,” he said. “And so, I would do everything I can to stop the president. We should not engage in a war, and we certainly shouldn’t engage in it in an unconstitutional fashion.”

Fox News:

“The United States Armed Forces doesn’t exist to be a policeman for the world and I certainly hope the reaction isn’t lobbing some cruise missiles in to disagree with Assad’s murderous actions,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Fox News.

What’s Bique got to say?

I admire the President wanting to get congresses approval but he’s got to be prepared for this to fail in the Congress. And then what?

But who are we to standby and allow this to happen to a people who wish to be free. Us too, a long ago the British were shooting and silencing those who crave freedom (Boston Massacre for you American History People)?

Many say America shouldn’t be the “Police Man of the World.”

I ask then who will stand up for Liberty? The UN can’t because of Russia and China. They don’t share our ideas and interests. And Britain has no intentions of stepping up to the plate.

We must Act Now.
The Lives of innocent people and our credibility depend on it.

A Lost Dream?

On August 28th, it is the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr’s “I have a Dream” Speech. This is such a momentous occasion. I’d say its almost as famous and as well known as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

What’s the Dream?

Lets refresh ourselves with the enlightening words of Dr. King.

“I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

He dreamed that there would be an equal playing field for all people of color.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

Not that we’d have a “War on Poverty” that would amount in Billions in Government Aid but give African Americans the opportunities to be prosperous. What we should seek is an equality in opportunity, NOT in result. It’s simply not how liberty works.

Define these “Opprotunites”

Education.

Remember George Wallace?

“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!”
~George Wallace

During this time schools where segregated by race. And we know the “Black or Colored” Schools were not equal next to their racial counterparts.

The comparative quality of education among rich and poor districts is still often the subject of dispute. While middle class African-American children have made good progress; poor minorities have struggled. With school systems based on property taxes, there are wide disparities in funding between wealthy suburbs or districts, and often poor, inner-city areas or small towns. “De facto segregation” has been difficult to overcome as residential neighborhoods have remained more segregated than workplaces or public facilities.

Now in this age of technology, every American, white or black, can obtain great amounts of knowledge. There is a world of knowledge in the palm of your hands. Never more in our country’s history has there been such an equal playing field of knowledge to build on and get ahead.

So what’s the hold up.

Our politically correct society, we have held back the wheels of progress by not looking any further than our brothers’ skin color… Depending which side of the political spectrum you’re on.

The Content of Character?

Who’s got more character?

Jay-Z?

“Uh, yo don’t get mad at me
I don’t love ’em I f**k ’em
I don’t chase ’em I duck ’em
I replace ’em with another one
You had to see she keep calling me BIG
And my name is Jay-Z
She be all on my d**k
Gradually I’m taking over your b***h
Coming over your s**t”
– Song “Is that yo b***h?

Or Congressman Tim Scott?

“I just dove into the Scriptures and started memorizing different scriptures and started becoming as much as possible a part of the scripture. I wanted it to be grafted into my heart.”

President Obama “weighs in”

“Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks,”
says Obama
Rolling Stones 2008

“Nuff Said”

We have a long way to go for Dr. King’s Dream to become a reality.
But it’s gotta start in our hearts. We’ve got to forgive the past and look forward to a bright future full of opportunities and prosperity, but were holding ourselves back when we discuss race relations in America like Birmingham happened yesterday. It starts today. Let it begin with you and me.

Comment your thoughts below and you can always email me at thebiquefactor@gmail.com