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! 

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.

It’s Time to #DumpTrump

Dear Donald Trump,

You’re no Ronald Reagan. 

Since June, your divisive rhetoric has only hurt our party and has turned off prospective members. Your crude and rude demeanor is not “tough.” It is unbecoming of anyone, not just public servents. Anyone. Period. 

You are not God’s gift to mankind. That would be Jesus Christ. To paraphrase Llyod Benstein: I know Jesus Christ, he’s my personal Lord and savior. He died for my sins. You sir are not Jesus Christ. 

So don’t compare yourself to President Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a man with a big heart and a warm vision of America. Our America. Your America is cold, cynical and cruel. 

The GOP Establishment does not hate you because you upset their status quo. They hate you because you “do not speak for the rest of us,” as Then-Actor Ronald Reagan said in his 1964 Time for Choosing Speech. The issues that confront us require the temper Theodore Roosevelt described, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” 

You sir, have a boastful and fiery tongue which Proverbs tells us: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

As for this refugee crisis, which to the fault of the President for not standing with the Syrian people and letting his word be but dust in the wind, we must open our arms to those we can vet and verify. The anti-Semites of The Franklin Roosevelt administration turned their backs to the Jewish people when they sought refuge. Our government stood on the wrong side of history—we must not make the same mistake now. 

 We as Americans have an obligation to stand with those huddled masses who yearn to breathe free. For we were once “strangers in a strange new place,” for we were once “poor wayfaring strangers.” We must never forget those freedom men who battled oceans to get here for religious liberty and those who waited days and days to catch a glimpse of that woman standing in the distance, lifting her torch; lighting their way to freedom, to peace, and to new life. We must open our hearts to all willing to work and contribute to this experiment.

We are Americans. There will never be any issue nor any person so divisive that this union cannot stand. To take inspiration from President Jefferson, we are all Republicans, we are all Democrats. We share the same principles that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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 pursuit of Happiness.”

And it’s safe to say, our effort to dump you is a bipartisan effort. Your campaign’s days are numbered until your poll numbers tank. You can drop out in disgrace and then the Republican Party can nominate someone we all can respect. 

In short: We’re breaking up with you. And it’s not us, it’s you.  

Sincerely,

Nicholas Bique

P.S. (added 10/08/2016)

 Mr. Trump you have received the Nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States. You have ruined almost all of your chances at becoming the next President. Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United Statesbecause  you lack a moral spine and clearly have no qualms with saying what ever you please because of your socioeconomic status. When you’re own wife and running mate refuse to defend your comments, you truly have a problem. But that’s not you’re only problem: senior members of your party have recinded their endorsement of you. Let that sink in, members who the public respect and admire want nothing to do with you. 

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. 

The Case for Rubio

A big thank you to my dear friend, Ryan Quintero for submitting this piece to me.

Marco Rubio, the “American son,” is considered by many to be the party’s most electable conservative, and here is why. Rubio’s background separates him from the rest of the rumored GOP candidates. Being the son of a bartender and maid allows Rubio to understand the struggle and also the opportunity that America has to offer. Upon arriving here from Cuba in 1957, his parents took whatever jobs they could find. As a young boy, Rubio lived through seeing his parents lack the opportunity that he was fortunate enough to have just by being born in this country. In retrospect, it isn’t hard see how a boy from Miami was able to rise through the political echelons in the Republic. It is, simply, the American Dream- rooted in persistence and diligence.

And with that respect, the Republican base will need to adapt to the changing make up of our countrymen, especially the Hispanic community. In 2000 and 2004, George W. Bush was elected president for two terms, receiving an impressive 40% of the Hispanic vote. Unfortunately for Republicans, Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney failed to reach such a mark. 

There’s no doubt that from 2004 to 2016 the Hispanic number of voters have risen tremendously. If the Republicans want to win back the White House in 2016, they will have to win a greater percentage of the Hispanic vote and Senator Rubio could potentially tap into that. If the GOP further embraces cultural diversity, our country will be able to realize the ideals of Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City Upon a Hill” once again.

If Rubio becomes the nominee, he will be able to connect with the Spanish-speaking population of the U.S. via his Spanish linguistic background. During the presidential debate on Univision, the democrat will be asked a question in Spanish by the audience and will need a translator while Rubio would answer the question directly himself.

Senator Rubio’s greatest asset is his articulation and as the Republican debates near, showcasing this talent will help him stand out from the crowded republican line up. This election, like every election, is imperative to the survival of the republic; this election is imperative to the endurance of the founders’ ideals; this election is imperative so that we may abide by the Constitution and never abandon her wisdom. 

If Not Mitt, Then Who?

Recently, Former Mass. Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate, Willard Mitt Romney made his intentions clear that after deep consideration he would not be seeking the Presidency for a third time in a private conference call to supporters.

ROMNEY: Your loyalty and friendship and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership does warm the heart. After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it’s best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.

Let me give you some of my thinking. First, I’m convinced that with the help of the people on this call, we could win the nomination. Our finance calls made it clear we would have enough funding to be more than competitive and with few exceptions our field political leadership is ready and enthusiastic about a new race. The reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening.

I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during the campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by two to one and also leading in all of the four early states. So, I’m convinced that we could win the nomination.

But I fully realize it would have been a difficult task and a hard fight. I also believe with the message of making the world safer, providing opportunity for every American regardless of the neighborhood they live in, and working to break the grip of poverty, I would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democrat nominee, but that’s before the other contenders have had the opportunity to take their message to the voters.

I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case. I feel that it’s critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.

You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. We believe it’s for the best of the party and the nation.

I’ve been asked and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations. I’m not hiring a campaign team. I encourage all of you on this call to stay engaged in the critical process of selecting a Republican candidate for president. So you should feel free to sign up on a campaign for a person who you believe may become our best nominee.

This is the mark of a great leader. Someone who knows him or herself well enough to understand that they are more than capable of leading yet understanding that they aren’t the right person to lead at this time.

It takes a big man to step aside from seeking the highest office in the land after coming within arms reach. Supporters and opponents alike have recognized the type of man Mitt Romney is and I, your humble correspondent , would argue that he is probably the most-well-respected politician in our country in the age of sleazy politicians.

Now, you’ll note that he mentioned the possibilities of changing his mind were “Very unlikely.” But, he didn’t say “out of the question.” Naturally, this is a tough decision for anyone to make- running for President. It takes a great deal of humility to say there’s someone better when just four short years ago, he was ‘The Man,’ ‘The One,’ and ‘The Next President of the United States.’ Does this mean Mitt might make one more comeback? Probably not.

Alas, as Mitt Romney exits stage left, who will be entering on stage right?

This is the task of the Republican Party now.

Last Week, we discussed what the 2016 Republican Primaries might entail, but with Romney bowing out what will this mean for the Cast of Politicians auditioning for the role of Presidential Nominee?

Bique’s (Top 3 of) 10 for President

1. Ben Carson

In the 7th grade, I was exposed to Doctor Carson’s Story through my Critical Thinking Class in his book, “Think BIG” and since then, I’v e had an immense respect for the Doctor and his service to his fellow man. Since his Keynote Speech at the 2013 Prayer Breakfast, I’ve had a yearning to see him take on a similar role to Ronald Reagan in 1966 – Citizen Politician. I think Ben Carson can have an equally profound affect on our Nation as he did in the Medical Field.

As a neurosurgeon, he brings immense experience in making critical decisions with critical timing. He knows how to take the information given to him and make the best educated decision. Just because he doesn’t have extensive foreign policy experience doesn’t mean he can’t bring the greatest and authoritative minds in military and foreign policy together to help make a thought out and logical decision.

This is why Dr. Ben Carson is my #1 for President at this Point.

2. Sarah Palin
I have loved Alaska’s Frm. Governor since she came to Central Florida as Senator John McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick in 2008. Her straight talk and sense of humor is something I appreciate. I admire the work she sought out to do as Governor and how she bucked the GOP establishment of her State. Many call Ron Paul the Grandfather of the Tea Party Movement and I consider her the Mother of the Movement. One day she might be able to say , “I can see the Capitol Building from my backyard.”

I think Sarah Palin’s patriotism, faith, courage makes her the perfect counter to Hillary Clinton should they both receive their respective Party’s nomination for President.

3. Scott Walker

Wisconsin’s Governor is battle tested and ready for the Presidency. Soon after being elected in 2010, his efforts to balance the state budget would receive major blowback because of the huge cuts and restrictions in collective bargaining that would be in place in order to avoid layoffs. State Democrats and Unions called for Walker to be removed from office and almost 1 one million signatures were acquired, well above the reqired minimum. Yet, Walker won the 2012 recall at the ballots garnering almost 200 thousand votes than before. Walker then won re-election in 2014 by a slightly lower margin than 2012 but higher than in 2010.

Walker has the conservative credentials and a strong record as Governor which makes him a serious contender for the Presidency.

Next week on top of my commentary, you’ll see the last 7 on Bique’s Top 10 for President.