Is Jeb Losing the Primary to Win the General?

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Is Jeb Losing the Primary to Win the General?

By: Jen Kuznicki | November 25th, 2015

It was a puzzling statement for sure when Jeb Bush said early on in his run for president that Republicans need to stop trying to win the argument, and that he would rather lose the primary in order to win the general.

Many, including me, asked just how it is possible to lose the primary but go on to win in the general, a race determined by who wins the Republican primary.

But now that Jeb has thoroughly botched the debates, and fallen far short of getting enough momentum before Iowa to be considered in contention for winning the primary, shouldn’t we ask whether he is simply following through with his stated goal?

In an article at The Hill, a seemingly unimportant endorsement for president came from Michigan first-term Republican Congressman Mike Bishop.  With Bush being out of the general news cycle, and establishment operatives publicly claiming they are actively engaging in demolishing Donald Trump’s run, perhaps a silent campaign to try to throw a wrench in the works is being fought on behalf of Jeb, while he sits in wait to secure the nomination at the convention.

It seems as though most establishment loyalists have soured on Jeb Bush, and have jumped onto the cause of first-term Senator Marco Rubio.  As of this writing, Rubio has secured nine congressional endorsements, while Jeb Bush has a total of 29 congressional endorsements, Bishop being the latest.

For many years, the endorsement of a Republican from Congress gave the candidate meaningful gravitas, but this year is by all measures very different.

But the difference is not necessarily recognized by the, as Sarah Palin would call it, “good ol’ boys club.”

As the polling continues to favor Donald Trump, and certain factors have increased or decreased other candidates’ numbers, it has become routine to accept that Jeb Bush is out of the running.  But I would caution every liberty-loving American watching this process that this is not necessarily the case.

As the days pass, I don’t think it will be surprising to see more and more congressional representatives back Bush.  As the primaries draw near, it is conceivable that Bush will use his large amounts of money to make his case for the loyal GOP voters who populate the Republican Parties in the states. Primaries have notoriously low turnout, so those who are involved in the party system and loyally take orders from the establishment are Bush’s base.

These folks detest chaos, detest conservatives, and though their own rules bar them from backing a candidate in the primary, in the end, the practice will be widespread as usual, so you can be sure that the familiar name of Bush will draw most, and through that cronyism, have a formidable ground force.

Perhaps some would say that there is no catching Trump, but again I would caution that Trump’s voters are not necessarily Republicans, or at least connected in meaningful ways with the Republican Parties in the states.  Many are disaffected Democrats, completely bewildered tea partiers out to destroy the current state of the GOP, and others just seem to want to vote for a guy who they see not as politician but a very successful household name.  But Trump will have to convince these folks to go out in the spring, pick up a Republican ballot, and vote for him, and it seems to me, without an effective primary ground game populated by people who know how the GOP operates, Trump might find that his big numbers now might not be reflected at primary time.

At this time, Republican machines in each state are gearing up once again to promote a moderate squish.  Kasich, the epitome of a moderate squish, is the governor of the state where the convention is held.  The latest Trump showing in Ohio is probably consuming Kasich’s every thought.  He obviously will stop at nothing to impede an outsider candidate, and I would caution not to underestimate the influence of the governor, the Ohio machine which includes an ousted Speaker of the House, nor the “brothers in arms” of big government.

One of those brothers is Karl Rove.  His famous meltdown in 2012 over the results in Ohio has every beltway cog convinced that a Republican cannot win the nomination without that state.  Rove has been said to personally dislike Jeb, but when push comes to shove, Rove will always be there to perpetuate the cronyism, amnesty, and debt of the previous Bush administration.

Jeb went down in flames after the last debate.   His burn rate was astronomical, prompting him to cut back on staff.  His strange comments about killing baby Hitler, his inability to make a statement with fluidity, and his silly “fix it” campaign dropped his numbers.  He was ridiculed by those you would think would stand by him, but the fact that he is still out there, asking for and receiving endorsements from congressmen, and staying quite under the radar, make me wonder if his strange strategy is still underway.

On the other hand, if Jeb’s “losing the primary to win the general” just means that he would be mollified if another moderate squish with the same intentions on immigration won the nomination, we should all keep a close eye on Rubio, who simply parrots Bush’s stances on immigration in a different package.

Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, blue collar, wife, mom, political writer, humorist, conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.  

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Veterans Keep America’s Hope Alive

From the beginning of this nation the men and women who answered the call for freedom wove the steel structure of the beautiful and humbling promise of America.  They did not push away the feelings of responsibility that gnawed at their conscience, they did not put off the urgency of action, and it is only because of their courage and righteousness, that America continues.


We are once again at a defining time when our nation is tested by enemies within and without who would gladly see a weak and indecisive America pulling away from its clear and decisive past; a stagnant and strait-jacketed nation instead of a proud and prosperous one; a godless and self-immolating nation instead of the one nation, under God and indivisible, that our short history has proven is our natural position.


There is no better time than today to recall the trials and tests our nation has overcome, so that the promise of America can live on.  We should think of the courage, the heart and soul of these men and women who did more for this nation than any mere politician or celebrity.  Yet so many are bewildered, forgotten, and treated poorly by a government with screwed-up priorities and a too-spoiled citizenry that knows nothing of the hell that was paid for their safety.


Today and everyday, Americans should remember that they are Americans, first and foremost, and that it means something.  We are the only nation in the history of the world that was founded on the belief that man’s freedom is a right given by God Almighty.  We are the only nation in world history that turned history upside down by acknowledging the laws of nature and of nature’s God are the basis of our governance and that a righteous citizenry can and would govern themselves.  In the history of the world, philosopher kings decided everything for “the masses” and “the masses” were dullards incapable of self-governance.  Monarchies arose and named their favorable classes, and the rest, the peasants were left with no choices in their lives, and no way to get out of poverty.


This nation threw off all of it.  This nation, through precarious strategy, horrible battles, but with the banner of righteousness, said, “No dammit!  We will be free!”


And we owe that to our veterans over hundreds of years.  We who have not served owe immeasurable gratitude to them and their steel spines and their golden hearts.  And we also owe it to them to be resolute in the years to come to make sure their efforts will not be wasted.


Happy Veterans Day to the veterans of all of the United States Military.  America thanks you from the bottom of our heart.

This article first appeared at CNS News

The CNBC ‘Joke’ Everyone Should be Talking About

The Republican debate on Wednesday night was a national joke on the media.  In order to prove my simple point, I went back and boiled down the questions and admonitions from the CNBC “journalists.”  Taken altogether, it is impossible not to see the bias against, ignorance of, and even disdain for the men and woman on the stage by the media representatives.

What’s your weakness?  Are you a comic book character?  Your tax plans are stupid, and we are smarter than you.

We want the one who disparaged two of these guys yesterday to say it again here to their faces, so we can have a chuckle.  No seriously, could you just say what you did yesterday about the extremists in your party?

How are you going to pare down the tax code to a few pages? Are you going to use really small type?

You missed a bunch of votes. Why don’t you resign?  Do you hate your job?  We’re not sure the standard we set for you should be the standard we need to set for others.  Please admit that the people in your party are know-nothings.

We think corporations are evil and that you are a terrible CEO. Why should we hire you?  Your friend is a kook. Why should we believe you?  Did you dare disagree with Mark Zuckerberg?

The government is raising the debt ceiling and you are against it. Why are you so dumb?  Is everything your way or the highway?  Aren’t you supposed to agree with leaders that the media fawns over?

Your entitlement reform plan will put the elderly in the street. Are you going to break America’s social compact?  Businessmen are never supposed to fail. What’s your excuse?  Don’t you agree business should be controlled by government?  Shouldn’t manufacturing executives go to jail even after recalling their product and paying incredible criminal fines?

We have read the opposition research on you, so why don’t you just admit you are a failure at life and stop running for president?  You can’t stand women, isn’t that true?  You hate gays, isn’t that right?

Someone took your picture and put it on their website without your permission. Doesn’t that mean you are guilty of something?  Won’t you denounce your colleague in the Senate?  When the media accuses you of something, shouldn’t you just accept what we said you’ve done rather than make us look stupid?  Once again, just because the media has their information wrong, we are obligated to accuse you of wrongdoing and gloss over our incompetence.

What is it with you people, why do you insist on telling us about your tax plans?  We are working on our own agenda, why muck it up?

Businessmen are hated by their employees. Do you think it’s wise for them to show up to work armed?  We are going to point at one of you and ask another of you whether or not he’s fit to be president. Can’t you just play along?  Corporations are heartless. Shouldn’t our loving government take control of them?

Why don’t you stop talking when we tell you to?  How can we get it through to you, all your issues would be better addressed by more regulation and more government?

Oh, and you had all better admit Ronald Reagan was an extremist.

This article originally appeared at CNS News.

Legislating Liberal Catholicism

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Though I detest breaking down the electorate into groups and subgroups, it remains a chore that the political establishment forces through their abominable pandering to certain voters.

Before plowing forward, I feel the need to include a disclaimer: I am far from being anti-Catholic (I am a conservative Catholic, and therefore on the outs with the current leadership at the Vatican), and this post is certainly not a call for discord between Protestants and Catholics, but it is wrong to believe that all Catholics think like Ryan and Gutierrez.

In a recent post at Breitbart, Julia Hahn reminded us that Paul Ryan and Luis Gutierrez worked together to promote the passage of the Rubio/Schumer Amnesty bill in a video Breitbart pulled from 2013.  In the video, Gutierrez explained that Ryan told him, “‘Well, Luis, I don’t want to do it because it’s the political thing to do, I want to do it cause it’s the right thing to do.’ And he said, ‘You know, you and I are Catholics and our Catholic values do not allow us to create a permanent underclass.’”

Creating a permanent underclass, though, was exactly what they were trying to do.

It’s not Catholic values that are espoused by Gutierrez—since he and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both Catholic and yet far out of the mainstream on abortion advocacy—but a cynical corrupt play for those Hispanic, largely Catholic, future voters under the flourishing Marxist Liberation Theology within the Catholic faith. That is why many Catholics bristle when regarded as communist in their views; it is not that they are communists, it is that they are being led through faith to incorporate Marxism/communism into their country’s political body.

According to Pew Research, Catholic whites have been voting for both the Democratic and Republican nominee evenly.  The advantage among Hispanics, however, goes to the Democratic nominee for president.  It doesn’t take a degree in advanced calculus to surmise that the massive influx of Hispanic Catholics will join moderate and liberal Catholics to advantage Democrats for decades to come.

So, why would Paul Ryan work with Democrats to bring in more Democrat voters?  Is it because he believes simply issuing legal papers to illegal immigrants will magically imbue them with founding principles and the free market economic knowledge necessary to pull them out of poverty?  Waving a magic wand and calling someone an American who remains loyal to the opposite of American values, and has no intention of assimilation, does not magically make America prosper, even though that lie is perpetually told by supporters of amnesty. Yet conservative Catholics show there is a way for Catholicism and Americanism to work together to keep America from sliding into the abyss of mediocrity.  It is not the job of the government to legislate anyone’s faith; that is, God asks us to welcome people into our homes, he doesn’t call on us to ignore laws and force the nation to welcome millions of immigrants when they haven’t done the right thing in the first place.  God asks us to give to the needy, he does not force us under penalty of jail to fork over our own money to government so they can redistribute it to key constituencies to keep their phony baloney jobs.  God asks us to reject the love of the dollar, but he does not ask us to destroy the means by which our economy survives.  God asks us to protect the innocent, not kill them before they are born. It’s as frustrating to be a conservative Catholic witnessing the distortion of Catholic values as I suppose it is for conservative Jews watching their fellow Jews vote over 75 percent of the time for liberals, given the outright anti-Semitism of this administration and the Democratic Party.  But it is also frustrating to listen to Democrats and Republicans use their faith as the reason they have to disadvantage American citizens in order to retain their “Catholic values.” The modern creeping of Liberation Theology into the Catholic faith is yet another power grab by the ever-gluttonous Satan.  It is nuanced in its attack, yet its consuming darkness casts a shadow over this nation.  In searching to find common ground with the destroyers of human freedom on the Left, rather than searching for common ground with the conservative liberty-lovers on the Right, Catholics like Paul Ryan ought to take into account why the Left is so eager to embrace him.  It’s not because liberals are super-Catholic, it’s because they regard him as a means to an end.

This article originally appeared at Conservative Review.


OOPS! Establishment Drops ‘We Need a Governor’ Mantra

When Donald Trump nailed the immigration issue and exposed the inanity of Jeb Bush’s immigration policies, the country started to realize the folly in those pesky beltway voices insisting that only a governor of a state would do for the GOP nominee.

Since then (gosh, was it really back in July?) two Republican governors have left the race and the establishment is beginning to coalesce around a one-term senator. A one-term senator who is Hispanic.  A one-term Hispanic senator outspoken about the need for change.

Wait, there are two one-term Republican senators running for president who are Cuban and outspoken, aren’t there?

Well before anyone formally jumped into the presidential race for 2016, the familiar voices from inside the beltway made it clear that only a governor would have the necessary skills and experience to be president. They based their logic on the fact that President Obama had been a “one-term senator,” and his disastrous policies had more to do with his lack of experience in government than his ideological (read: communistic) bend. These insiders tried to kneecap Rubio on behalf of Bush, and Cruz on behalf of the Bush family business—big government.

But Mr. Bush may no longer be the “inevitable” candidate.

Now that Bush’s campaign is quickly bleeding out, both from being shot through the heart by Trump and from self-inflicted wounds like being a dud who fails to make sense at a debate, and bleeding serious cash, the corporate cronies with tunnel vision fixated on wildly increasing immigration are winking at Rubio. But back to the fore comes Rubio’s Achilles heel: The Gang of Eight.

Rubio used to hold superstar status with the grassroots until he threw in with the Gang of Eight, vociferously denounced thoughtful conservative criticisms, and allowed himself to be the Hispanic face for a pandering political stunt aimed at the Hispanic community.

The obvious ethnic stereotyping coming from the Republican establishment didn’t matter all that much to them, they just thought they needed someone who the Spanish-speaking world would perceive as “one of their own.” Rubio was smart, according to the beltway voices, and Cruz, who opposed the effort, was called a racist.

It was after all, the Republican autopsy report that declared ethnicity a high priority. “America looks different,” said the report, brought to you by none other than the Barbours from Mississippi who used racial tensions to scare ineligible voters into backing the quasi-lucid Cochran.

Even after the Republican leadership in Congress backed Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, it was just not quite enough in the way of transforming the party; and the beltway regulars will be ready to praise Rubio as the only one-term senator who can make it, because he showed he can tow the line on amnesty, and well, they are running out of Spanish-speaking governors.

The Republican establishment is becoming more and more transparent every day.  It’s not hard to see the shallowness of thought largely influenced by what is perceived to be a winning strategy on the Left—of breaking voters all into groups and pandering to us based on assumptions that are stereotypical. The thing about the Right is that it is comprised of thinking, rational beings who are self-reliant, prioritize life and pay attention, and you can’t treat us as if we are a bunch of dumb sheep waiting to be told what to do.

Treating everyone as an individual, regardless of ethnicity, joined by a common love of freedom, liberty, opportunity, and prosperity, is the way Republicans can, and should, advance their cause.

Too many Republican candidates rely on big government, which squelches individual liberty—neither big government nor individual liberty can thrive while the other survives.

Luckily, based on the appeal of “outsider” candidates, the Republican establishment doesn’t seem to be in charge right now.

But even though it has lost ground, more difficulties lie ahead for our dreams of individual freedom once the state Republican machines rev up and begin to clear the path for their chosen candidate.

Governor, Senator, or whomever will strive to make amnesty a reality.

This article first appeared at Conservative Review


We got Annie from a friend of mine.  She was a barn dog. Her mother was a Blue Merle Collie, and her father was a Black Lab. She was special. She was beautiful. photo (13)I gave her to my eleven year-old daughter Veronica.  Though she was a family dog, Veronica took responsibility for her and loved her like a child.

My husband spent the majority of time with her, she was an outdoor dog, and he spent most of his time outdoors.  Annie was his companion.

She was the dog I always dreamed of. I liked to read outside with a puppy at my feet, and Ann was always a buddy.  I work from home, and she was a terrific guard dog, surprising people with her deep bark and menacing looks.  She looked tough, but was sweet and kind.

She was a hunter, and one of our greatest memories of her hunting prowess was during my son’s graduation party.  We were all outside, some playing horseshoes, some visiting, playing croquet, when Annie walked from the back part of the property, carrying a woodchuck in her mouth.  It was like she was offering us something for the great party!  She was so cool.

photo (12)Veronica walked her every day.  She fed her through the ages of 11 to 18.  Annie posed for thousands of photos for Veronica, and it seemed to me that she learned to pose every time an iPhone was pointed at her.

Her left eye was blue, and her right eye was brown and blue, and her heart was true blue.

Veronica went off to college this fall. Ann hung out with the folks for a few months, and hunted now and then, but mostly slept. She was feeling older, we guessed, she was slowing down.

Ann had something going wrong in her abdomen, it may have been cancer, we think it was. She stopped eating and would not recover, but she was a sweetheart to the end. photo (7)

She walked out to a pine tree and dropped beneath it, and died. We buried her there. It’s a nice place.

My husband and children, Veronica especially, had a tough time dealing with her loss, and well, I guess it took me some time to deal with all the emotions, as it has been a month since she has passed, and I’m just now finding the strength to write about her.

I uploaded some videos to YouTube so you can see some of her antics, and some pictures of her just being a very interesting-looking dog who was a terrific part of our lives.

Rest in peace, Annie baby, you were the best.

On the hunt
On the hunt
Waiting for the bus that brought Veronica home.
Waiting for the bus that brought Veronica home.
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Mmmmm, pistachios!

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Tonight: Cyborg Granny and Her Flying Monkeys

CNN is so sad they won’t be able to promote Joe Biden tonight at the Democrat debate, it has been confirmed that he will not participate, but they have a podium all ready to go if he changes his mind at the last minute.  If he is a no-show, they’ll have to settle for Cyborg Granny and her Flying Monkeys: Hillary Clinton, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

Hillary Clinton, who has a reintroduction every Thursday or so, said lately that she’s a robot, adding to the list of crazy she’s already staked her reputation on.  The former Secretary of State has had a hand in everything we are seeing foreign-policy wise, and if you haven’t noticed, we are looking at WWIII.  Besides starting all this mess, her inability to tell the truth, her secrecy and her instability might cost her some votes.

But that doesn’t phase Cyborg Granny, she is here to save us from ourselves, by all means necessary.

PLEASE_DO_NOT_FEED_THE_FLYING_MONKEYS_1_500Her flying monkeys include Martin O’Malley, who, like Joe Biden, is a Roman Catholic who loves him some abortion! He was the Mayor of Baltimore, a city that is still under seige by race haters, and he was the Governor of Maryland, who left a budget shortfall of $1.2 billion last year, and is still in arrears for personal college loans to the tune of $340,000.  This man has no business running for president.

Jim Webb, before he ran for Senate wrote fictional novels about war and sexual perversion, pedophilia, and other things Democrats often support.  He defended one excerpt that described a man putting his own son’s privates in his mouth as, “illuminative, not sexual.”  (Sorry, I’m just the reporter here.)  He kinda looks like a creep, actually, and he has no prayer of becoming anything other than an also-ran.

Interestingly, flying monkey number three, Lincoln Chaffee, was the guy who famously picked a fight with Christians declaring, “That’s not a Christmas Tree, it’s a holiday tree.”

But the biggest, greediest flying monkey is Bernie Sanders.  He tells crowds of struggling people that they all work hard, but there is never enough money, so he’s going to make college tuition free, he’s going to give them free insurance, healthcare, everything is going to be free, and not once do any of these Democrats tell people that the United States is broke.  There is no money, we are in debt beyond their wildest imaginations, there is nothing out there that is free, and they are being duped, because their lives are hard, and they seek relief.

Not once will any of these Democrats seek out the strength of individual freedom.  Not once will they suggest that it is the size and scope of government that is keeping the people in their hovels and unable to “put bread on the table.”  The working poor can rise out of poverty if government didn’t fashion their welfare system around keeping them on the dole.  You are penalized for making too much money when you are poor, all the way up till you are rich, and then you are expected to keep the whole corrupt system afloat.

Every Democrat has and will continue to promote government as the only savior.  And they give their names as the “leaders” of this benevolent government that can do everything and give you everything, and be everything to you.

The Democratic Party has replaced God with government.  But God is more merciful than a government who wishes to rule over you, because through government, they have force on their side, and the point of a gun.

There are Republicans who completely agree with the charade that government should be everything to everyone.  I despise them, along with the Democrats who continue to claim they are for the little guy, yet keep them locked in the cage of government, under their thumb, and under their control.

People from both sides should be rising up against this too-powerful government, not seeking to expand it, and not seeking a new ruler.


Unparalleled Presidency: Biographer Recalls Reagan’s Conviction

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by Jen Kuznicki

Craig Shirley, Reagan biographer and author of Reagan’s Revolution and Rendezvous with Destiny, has offered a new book, Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan.

Last Act reminds us of the years after the presidency of Ronald Reagan, his battle with Alzheimer’s, his death on June 5, 2004, and the state funeral whose massive attendance of and attention given by the American people shocked the political establishment.  But far from being a solemn book about death, it instead demonstrates the wisdom and depth of the American people and their affection for the Great Communicator.

Shirley makes meticulous notation of the duty-driven world upon the death of Ronald Reagan, yet all the information is not overwhelming.  You just feel like Craig is telling you everything he knows.  You listen, tear up a little, remembering Reagan, and then you look at the world now and, using his optimism, believe we can again experience the unparalleled strength of conviction that turned our upside-down world, right side up.

Americans knew Reagan was right and just, and as Shirley points out, his key to unlocking the hearts of the American people was simply that he believed man was generally good, that good will always triumph over evil, and that all life has purpose.  His belief system was simply the opposite of the coercive nature of would-be rulers.  He believed America was blessed, and that God set this nation aside as a promised land, and so set his policies to achieve more freedom for the individual.

In stark contrast lies the arguments of today coming from the current president, that man is suspect, hatred consumes all, the black-hearts of man must be controlled, God has no business in the realm of government, and nature rejects the inclusion of man.

We ought to be reminded of Ronald Reagan’s mindset often, and that is why I so highly recommend this book.  Additionally, sprinkled throughout the book are cute quips from Reagan that I hadn’t heard before, and you will love relating them to friends and family.

The era of Reagan is not over.  He is gone from the earth, but his memory lives on and that memory would be abused if we did not take up the torch he handed off.  His supreme example reminded mature Americans that, “It can be done,” in politics and in everyday life.

Now, when Republicans take up the old baton of detente with this president, surrendering to the Left when they should know better, we who understood and admired Reagan cannot hold back our denunciation, because we know we cannot exist under this scheme, a free people cannot last beneath the weight of this growing tyranny, and we know it can be rolled back because there was a Ronald Reagan.

Last Act is set to hit the shelves Tuesday, October 13th.

This article first appeared at Conservative Review 

Cecile Richards Can’t Hear the Silent Screams of the Unborn

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by Jen Kuznicki

Three House members issued a letter to Speaker Boehner demanding an apology for the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood, and their cross-examination of that company’s president, Cecile Richards.

“( – Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) released a letter Tuesday evening to House Speaker John Boehner, saying that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should “extend an apology” to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards for ‘ideologically based personal attacks’ in the committee’s hearing investigating the organization last week.”

They want pro-lifers to apologize for speaking on behalf of the souls Planned Parenthood has wiped out.

Those children aren’t supposed to be given identity, even as human, according to Planned Parenthood.  Yet each one of the more than 300,000 aborted unborn children per year by the money-hungry company had the potential for greatness for all humankind.

Planned Parenthood defenders continue to say that the videos that exposedtheir house of horrors were “highly edited,” and yet, I still saw hundreds of children’s arms and legs and bodies and faces when I forced myself to watch them.  If they were “highly edited,” in other words, cut down, I really don’t need to see more evidence of a twisted and sick industry.

Planned Parenthood should seek forgiveness, not an apology.

Quite fitting, isn’t it, when representatives of government demand atonement upon their authority to, in essence, continue to dehumanize the souls of children?  They suffer from a lack of empathy few have, and they are placing themselves in competition with ISIS for cold indifference toward human life.

In their defense, Planned Parenthood made their own video about a woman who found out that her child would not live long outside the womb.  “April,” was told her child wouldn’t last. So she made the decision to abort at 21 weeks. She couldn’t deal with the thought of having a baby in her arms that might die there, so everything was taken care of so she couldn’t see.  During abortions, women are told the procedure will be carefully done so that she feels little discomfort and pain, but the child’s death isn’t treated as kindly.

At 21 weeks, children are forming eyebrows and have fingerprints, and soon will be kicking inside the womb.  Research also shows that the child can hear your voice, and by this time you will know if you are having a boy or girl, if you choose to find out.  April was having a boy, and she was told his lungs wouldn’t develop properly.

You’d have to be a monster to not empathize with April’s story.  What heartbreak to find that your child will die shortly after you give birth.  Yet this example shows the difference between those of us who believe life begins at conception and ends at natural death, and those who do not.

The choice to nurture that child within the womb is a choice too, and exposes the lie that “pro-choice” means anything.  At 21 weeks, you have a child who is alive and soon-to-be kicking, knows your voice and hears you sing and talk. He is a part of your life, but he has his own life too.

What if the choice was made to carry the child to term, and hold him as his soul leaves his body and ascends to Heaven?  He is innocent; he surely is a saint.  Why instead should his last moments be trying to move away from the suction of a vacuum that will tear him limb from limb, and the pain from the crush of forceps?

The emotional toll for women who undergo heartbreak when their child dies is terrible.  But why can’t Cecile Richards see that ending the child’s life is worse, especially in such a brutal tortuous way, than any emotional turmoil Mom is feeling.  Emotional pain is a part of life, but death is death.

So, on behalf of the millions of aborted babies Planned Parenthood has committed and will continue to commit with our tax dollars, I demand an apology for their brutal treatment of the unborn, their inhumane handling of these little one’s remains and their reluctance to heed to the silent screams of God’s children.


This article appeared at CNS News October 9th, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Policies are So Very European

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by Jen Kuznicki

It has been said that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is gaining ground in the presidential race as the result of the concessions of Rick Perry and Scott Walker. He has also been doing well in the debates thus far, is well liked by his colleagues and widely praised for his speeches.

His recent remarks, given at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C., contained what he called a “policy initiative that matches our values.” In the midst of economic extremes, droves of people searching for work, rising entitlement costs, rampant under-employment and some of the most challenging and uncertain years for business owners, Rubio’s new policy initiatives aren’t part of a new and modern generational shift, but a lurch toward the infamous mandatory policies from the past that have made Europe the best example of what not to do.

The part of Rubio’s speech that really got the crowd rolling was promising, stayed focused on policy, and was peppered with the philosophy of self-determination. “And yet while our economy is transforming, our policies are not,” Rubio said. “We have unfortunately a political class in this country that refuses to toss out its old and outdated ways of thinking when it comes to our economy. The way of thinking that says we need guardians in government to protect us from ourselves; that to help someone climb up the economic ladder, we have to pull someone else down; and that government, not the family, is the most important institution in society.”

He went on to denounce the political class, the ineffective Republican majority in Congress, and then he announced that Speaker Boehner was resigning, and for that, he got a standing ovation.

The speech, as it progressed, garnered more and more enthusiasm from the crowd, as Rubio claimed that as president, he would follow the Constitution and empower the people instead of government, and work to strengthen families.

With that he introduced his new policy initiative, a plan that would enable families to thrive in the modern economy.  No, not de-regulation or a plan to slash a percentage of government budgets.  No, not a repeal of Obamacare or a promise to unleash the caged entrepreneur, nor even a play for domestic drilling.  Rubio’s initiative that supposedly matches our values is major reforms to family leave policy.

Wanna get paid for watching Bobbie’s soccer game? Marco Rubio is here to help.

“It pains me, every time that I have to miss a volleyball game or a football game, or a field trip, even though I know I’m doing this for them, and this struggle is not unique to me.” Rubio said, adding that the most important times in a child’s life is time spent with their parent.

Rubio wants to offer businesses a tax break for giving employees a four to 12-week paid leave, worth up to $4,000 per employee. He claims it is using free-market principles to help families rather than mandating it through government as is Hillary Clinton’s approach to the policy.

The United States right now has no mandated policies on family leave, while most European countries mandate around 30 days of paid leave, and though Rubio suggests he is using free-market principles to address a problem, no polling data whatsoever supports the claim that there is a great clamor for family leave. It is however, a priority of the Left, as Bernie Sanders thinks everybody should be paid by their bosses while they are on vacation and producing nothing.  So, once again, another Republican takes pointers from the Left’s playbook and opens a door through which progressives will undoubtedly drive a freight train.

As has happened with entitlement spending, debt accumulation and other “compassionate conservative” initiatives of George W. Bush, a policy that is introduced by the Right as incentive-based, as one that uses our values against us, will be mandated by the Left in short order.

Rubio’s policy shows that he has not learned how Republicans can be their own worst enemies, yet the lesson is right there for all to see. Obama twice demolished Republican candidates for president by sweetening the pie baked by other government-centric Republicans.

The real free-market way for the government to handle business is to get its filthy little fingers off the scales and out of the way.

When a senator who is our salaried employee frequently misses votes and begins complaining that he’s missing his kids, perhaps he should utilize what’s left of our free market system and find a different line of work, instead of introducing the greatest nation on earth to European mediocrity.

This article appeared at Conservative Review on October 9, 2015.