Category: Personal


Election 2012

In the course of this post I will be laying out my opinions, and while I believe everyone I know knows who I am voting for in this election I want to lay out the case for Mitt Romney as being more then simply the better of two evils without announcing my support for the candidate as a whole on the basis of his philosophy.

The first thing you must think about is the question; What is the first constitutional responsibility of the President of the United States? The primary constitutional responsibility of the President is to ensure the security of both our borders and personal safety as well as our interests and allies abroad.

I believe honestly that the Barack Obama that is on the campaign trail both in 2008 and 2012 states a foreign policy that actually conflicts with what President Obama has done, and I am glad that is the case. George W. Bush in an interview right when Obama was taking office said it best in an interview that “once he sits in that chair and it all becomes available to him he will change his mind” on foreign policy. From the immense difficulties of closing Guantanamo bay, to not moving up the scheduled end of the Iraq war (and not thoroughly stopping it then, we just handed over security in the country to american contractors), to executing surge-like tactics in Afghanistan before ever even starting to draw down forces. This leads to a less than stark contrast between the two previous administrations on foreign policy.

Now, after spending all that time saying that Obama’s foreign policy is similar to Bush’s why would this all important category be so important to me in this election? Because both administrations have failed on it in certain respects, and Obama while changing his tactics to be similar has made simple yet important changes that have hurt our long term security.

The first issue is that until now, no president or candidate for president has ever correctly assigned energy independence as a national security issue. Mitt Romney has made that case. We are dependent on foreign oil that largely comes from dictators and unstable middle eastern countries. Why is (outside of Israel) Iran such a huge national interest? Oil, gas, plastic, pharmaceuticals, and any number of other things come from oil and these products have HUGE implications on the cost to those making under 250k a year (to borrow Obama’s terminology). Why is that? Because we, as the #1 country in oil and gas reserves in the world, have decided not to pursue our natural resources. We have, for decades, chosen to rely on the international market while making a minimal contribution to the market.

Why is it that we have done it? I can only speak of recently, but it is the false science known as Global Warming, no wait, Climate change, no….Climate disruption. This hoax of anthropomorphic global warming that was built by frauds, and perpetuated by fraud and deceit on government payroll. But lets say you disagree with me on that. The money profited from new oil reserves could be used by companies to develop the replacement to traditional fuel and oil products. Remember, its not just gas, but all manner of personal products that use carbon based oil and fuels. If, down the road, government wanted to invest even further into green technology, the taxes from the profit would put us in a position to possibly be able to, tho we are in no place to do it now yet we do when the technology is clearly not ready for prime time.

The next reason is clearly the fact that Obama has made nice with those who stand against us and abandoned our allies, in particular Israel, but also many numbers of other allies. He has taken Neville Chamberlayne’s foreign policy of appeasement and applied it on a grand scale. This has made us appear weak in the international community. The international community tends to like a weakened America, so of course they prefer Obama. It gives them at least a perceived opportunity of taking our mantle.

It must be made clear that under the constitution the President has little power over the economy. Bills under taxing and budgets must originate in the house of representatives and of course be passed by the senate. The best a president can do is to veto a misplaced bill that ends up on his desk. He can recommend, even draft a bill (although any person in the country has the power to draft a bill) but he cannot pass any bill single-handedly. He does have the power to overturn any executive order without any legislation, and in recent years presidents have used executive orders in counter-constitutional ways creating a legislative initiative said to only work within the bounds of another bill but in reality has no  bearing on the previous bearings of the bill.

Mitt Romney has shown one thing consistently in his life to my estimation. That consistency is that whatever solutions he believes are best he does believe that the crux of the solutions must come from the state and local governments and that that is where the power belongs. I contend that the reason that Bill Clinton governed more conservatively then Hillary would have is because he was a governor, as was Romney, both in states where the other party is more traditionally a power in the state. They both had experience with working through differences and working with the other party, which in certain situations can be seen as a flaw, and in others it could be seen as a strength.
When you have the backdrop of the divide happening in this country this should be a welcome change to most.

Just two of a great number of examples of how he holds people that disagree with him in contempt. I know, there could be a reference to a misguided comment where Mitt Romney confuses the 47% argument (being unfair that 53% of the US public pays 100% of the taxes in federal income taxes) with the truth that there are a great many people that rely on government for their sustenance and will never vote for anyone who would reduce that because they have been lulled into a false security of being taken care of by government, and I contend that is the reason for the breadth being added to any number of safety net programs.

But lets talk about those in the 47% that pay no income taxes. Is it true they pay no taxes? Some do not pay any, this is true, however there is a hidden tax that every human being in this country pays either through price of products on the shelf, price at the pump, or electric bills even for those who are subsidized for that rarely covers the entire cost of those bills.

Unemployment today is 7.9%, up by .1% from when he took office. By standards that we had during the great depression it is approx 23%. That takes into account people who have given up or run out of benefits and those working part time when they need a full time job.

We have spent an unprecedented amount of money that is borrowed on stimulative measures in order to “keep unemployment under 8% and by november 2012 be at 5.2%” And that is just one more  broken promise.

This is the one thing that if followed through on that really would have garnered some respect out of even me. Even a conservative who believes counter to everything the man stands for, could have garnered some respect. Unfortunately, it never happened. Transparency of government should happen in all matters not of sensitive nature.

And for those of you out there that are Christians, this is a general overview that surmises why I believe as I do and why my vote will be for Mitt Romney tomorrow.

I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17).

I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who blesses Israel & curses those who don’t (Genesis 12:3).

I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man not work , let him not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate ,because God is for marriage as defined in Genesis 2:24 .

I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good & punish the evil (Romans 13).
I will vote based as close as I can on God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16).
Whoever gets elected, God is the one who sets those in authority and takes them out (Daniel 2:21).
If we are ever to grow as a country and get back to what our country is founded on we absolutely must get away from the policies of Barack Obama and what he has shaped the democratic party to become. If you believe differently and believe in a more liberal government, then we must get away from the policies of Barack Obama and the new democratic way in order to be able to afford the policies you would like to have. If you believe in libertarian philosophy and politics, we must get away from Barack Obama and the new democratic way in order to ever have a chance to beat back government in any area. If you, like I, am a federalist and believe that issues are best dealt with the closer to the individual as possible we must get away from the policies of Barack Obama and the new democratic way. If we are to survive as the shining city on the hill that we have been for the past 200+ years we must get away from the policies of Barack Obama and the new democratic way. If you believe, as I do that a two party system is insufficient to represent the whole of the United States we must get away from the policies of Barack Obama and the new democratic way.
There is only one person to vote for to get away from these policies and to get back to sound government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that candidate is Mitt Romney.
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U.S.S. Missouri

Admiral Nimitz signing the peace treaty on the Missouri

Sight from where Japan surrendered

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-uss-missouri-20120311,0,6134093.story

While this is most definitely a sight, and a wonderful event to be sure it creates a personal connection to my life that I did not realize the full extent of it. I was born 42 years to the day from the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese dragging us into the pacific part of the war. My Grandfather would graduate from the Naval Academy and get deployed. His first deployment? Was to be the CO in charge of these very guns upon the U.S.S. Missouri. That deployment ended on the Deck of the Missouri with Admiral Nimitz signing the peace treaty ending the pacific part of World War II. My grandfathers name is Walter Earnest Saunders. He retired as a commander on the base at Boca Chica (southern Florida Keys almost to Key West). I love you Granddad and you deserve every bit of respect and honor and thanks given to you.

My Grandfather Walter E. Saunders in an SNJ Carrier Training Plane

Remember to thank a Veteran, and in this climate go out of your way to thank a currently serving military person. I'm sure they need all the reassurance that they can get in this environment. Without them, we have no chance to fight for our freedom with words.

One of the problems that has been one of existential importance in the life of the United States and its history is what can be determined to be a right, and what things we must pursue, but can never guarantee as a right to anyone. One of the largest divisive points in this country right now is whether or not there can be both a right of free speech alongside a right to not be offended.

Those who want this to be a right often use the words tolerance and acceptance in describing what is necessary to get to a world where this right is recognized. It is nearly always ironic in its application but I will explain what I say when I say that these two rights cannot coexist.

My name is Joshua Saunders, and as you will gather I am new here to Aleksandreia.com and I am glad to be here. My family is unapologetic Christians that believe the Bible is the Word of God. This is not merely some religion I choose to follow. My faith defines me and without it I am not myself. My faith tells me that Jesus Christ is “The Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father (in heaven) but through me”. This means that I believe in a part of myself that is existential to my identity that if you do not agree with me on this point that you are doomed to eternal damnation. Most realize this about my faith, and will not hold that in and of itself against me in claiming to be offended. But this existential identity has consequences for my actions and words.

If I truly believe that this is the truth then I cannot sit idly by with this information. Think of it this way: You are pulled over to the side of the road trying to figure out a way to get around a sinkhole that has formed on a 65 MPH highway that is very deep. Its late at night, visibility is unclear and you see headlights. For me not to share my faith and tell you of the consequences I see for you if you do not share in the unbelievable grace of God who gave His only Son to us so we can not die but have everlasting life is like me standing on the side of the road staring at a car for five minutes taking no action to warn them of the sinkhole that I believe could kill the passengers in the car traveling at the rate of speed they would be traveling. It is almost spiritual criminal manslaughter.

But see to anyone not open to the sharing of the Gospel it is inherently very offensive. So therefore, there is no way to convince me with promises of tolerance and acceptance to not offend someone in this area of life. Thus in order to stop me from doing so you would have to compel me on pang of death, and if I am compelled to do so I still will not subsist in this ordeal you must not only deny me my right to free speech, but also to deny me my right to existence for exercising what is established as right of speech and religion. My very existence offends some that do not have tolerance for my viewpoint.

This principle can and will be extended to many subjects in life that are controversial. This is why I say that the purpose of the 1st amendment is not to protect just any speech. It is there to protect the most offensive of speech. If you know me in person, people by and large see me as a very tolerant guy. Just because I am tolerant does not mean that I do not speak out against lifestyles and choices I find dangerous or wrong in others.

I believe it is time for society as a whole to accept the reality of how life works. Accept that you will be offended. Accept that not everyone who offends you means you ill will. Accept that even those who offend you can also accept you for who you are as a whole and does not diminish their brotherly love for you. In fact, I would challenge that if a Christian does not offend a non-Christian at least one time in their life they cannot possibly love you.

Sleepless

A million sleepless nights hold a million broken dreams
Nights I spend where I can hardly breathe from all the sorrow reflected on my soul
Nights I spend when all seems lost

Chorus*
It all ends here, it all ends now, your the only one that could ever show me
It all ends here it all ends now, your the only one who would let me
Hold on to you, and in you I feel relief
Hold on to you, for the light to me is clear now

One more sleepless night, but no more broken dreams to dream
The night I spend with you seeps deep within me invading my very soul
Nights I spend when all seems right

Chorus*

Let the light so shine with this; let it shine let it shine
Let the light so shine with this; one dream I complete tonight
In my sleeplessness I realize, I could never dream of this

Invariably I get it. The question that I loathe more then anything for multiple reasons. Usually its started by the statement “Jesus was a democrat” or “Jesus was a socialist”. And you know, I can understand the statement when made by someone who has not really read the Bible itself and only hears opaque generalities of what Jesus taught on.

There are two things that I can say that can refute it on its face. The first is that Jesus only mentioned the then current roman government one time in the entire gospel. “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” That’s not much of a statement. Just means that God does not necessarily look at money as the only way of tithes, and that if not against Biblical principles causing you to go against God’s will by force of government that you are to follow the rule of law. The other is the Parable of the Talent’s.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

So, one guy was given 5 talents, and he created 5 more. The guy given two created two more. The guy given one did not create any wealth from the seed money he was given. He was either lazy, or timid, or more likely both. His got taken away from him and he was harshly punished. You should use your money, and your talent for the glory of God, and not waste it by not using it. This applies to everything in life. Does this not run in contradiction to the whole thought process of unending charity with no thought to personal responsibility? Its definitely not a democratic or socialistic way of dealing with that situation that allows for individual responsibility. Neither allow for individual responsibility and treat all as the same. Which is why Jamestown colony almost failed.

So, give me a reason, give me something that proves this wrong. How is Jesus a socialist when he is able to say that this is how he would treat those he gave money to? He invested in these people, and expected a profit from them and rewarded them for their work to make him money. Sounds awfully capitalistic to me.

Waiting for Noah

Nothing could prepare me for this month. My birthday, anniversary, and every night barely sleeping because every time Lori gets up I wake fully up expecting to hear its time to go to the hospital. Everything else pales in comparison. Hope your doing well but if you don’t see me much. This is why.

Josh

Who I am, and what I want.

Good evening,

I’m surprised that I got this far without this post being made public. If keeping your thoughts private are good for politics, then I’m guessing I’m probably not made to be a politician. Course, with me if I ever did run you’d be able to know exactly what and why I believe nearly everything that I believe.

My name is Joshua Saunders. I was born in Tampa, Florida and reside now in the state of Virginia. My representative in congress (unfortunately) is Bobby Scott for now. We have a hard time even getting people to run against him and if they do they may get 30% of the vote with the most gerrymandered district I have ever heard of (if anyone’s seen worse let me know) but usually less then 15%.

My wife, Lori, is pregnant with our first child. Noah Ross. I am a devout Christian, but do not consider myself religious. Saved by grace through faith. I am not worthy of His love yet somehow, He does through it all. I’m recently unemployed and looking for a good job. It would be absolutely awesome to be able to get a job in my intended major, but hard to do so being that financially I was never able to finish that degree. Try being a conservative getting a Political Science degree with people who are to the left of Barack Obama “teaching” the class.

In future posts I will go over more, and different issues that I believe in in detail. For now I want a president who will illustrate a conservative alternative to the current disaster of an administration. A clear alternative that I can trust to not be a double agent that I believe George W. Bush was for progressivism in our country. A candidate that is able to clearly articulate his positions in a way that leads me to trust him not just to hold to conservative ideals, but also to be able to competently show the differences between the administration’s policies and his/her own and why their solutions are beneficial for all Americans.

We also must be very careful in our trust of even the best representatives. Too much trust in government leads to larger and more powerful government by default. Its what happened in GW Bush’s administration and his father’s as well. There is alot of temptations inside of the beltway. Easy money, corrupting agents of power, and it ends with what I would consider an addiction to lead a candidate to care more about their reelection than the welfare of their district or the country. This is why I believe so much was written by our founders illustrating the need for representatives to be grounded, and preferred them to have a day job. Something tying them back to the people in a real way.

We have to eliminate crony capitalism. This is one of the largest temptations in congress or the white house to abuse power. Picking winners and losers and profiting from actions you take regardless of whether the action is correct or not. By eliminating this we get away from the false left/right paradigm that exists in Europe that just goes back and forth between socialism and fascism and never any resemblance of true Republic and free market capitalism.

We must restore the constitution to force it to mean something again. We must cut spending and its automatic taxation that comes along with it. Whether it be by taxes or by artificial inflation of our monetary system. We must reduce the power of the Federal Reserve and restore more power over monetary policy to congress.

We must secure our borders, and deal with illegal immigration the only way that will work. By enforcing it on employers consistently, and moving towards an e-verify system that works. One way to fix the “jobs people will not do” is to highlight these jobs for those that are physically able to do them, and have that as part of unemployment benefits. I learned a lot from my physical labor and would not be objective to it again if it were beneficial to me financially. One of the problems with this is that illegal immigration makes it near impossible for it to be beneficial financially.

On education, the best prescription may never take hold. Privatization of our entire system would cause the system not to bleed money. If you looked at how much each individual contributes to the system and compared it to a private school you may be surprised in what you find. But in the mean time, charter schools, vouchers if we can get them, and decentralizing the enforcement to the state and local level.

On social security and medicare the problem is existential to the purpose of the systems originally even if you are fully behind them. They were supposed to be a hedge against living significantly longer than expected. Not a retirement account. So we want a retirement account and something to have for medical insurance when we retire. Most conservatives running have the right ideas for phasing out the system and replacing it with personal type savings accounts a la galvestone or chile’. I for one am not counting on it to be there for me, and the original intent was not for it to be there for most people if you read the purpose for it.

Does any one candidate embody all of the things I am looking for? I don’t believe so, and I am still in the process of vetting them all to find one that I will be able to get fully behind. I will vote for every last one of them against Obama, although there are three I solemnly hope never see that possibility. I voted for McCain, but I hated every second of thinking of having to do so. I want to be able to vocally support our nominee for reasons other then he is anything outside of Obama.

My next post will be primarily on my view of foreign policy, and from there who knows. I don’t think that a person can read my thoughts on anything unless they understand where I am coming from when I say them. So here’s hoping you find this at least interesting contribution to political discourse and I hope you’ll continue to follow my blog. I absolutely enjoy debate, so don’t feel like you can’t comment and disagree with things, but know that I am very stubborn, and strive every day to become more knowledgeable on all of these subjects.

Good afternoon those who care to check out my blog. I haven’t been updating well, because I’ve been working on trying to secure a new job. If anyone is hiring and likes me..hey contact me. If any of you are Christian that check this out if you could say a prayer for me and my family I would appreciate it. I have a big job interview today, but nothing lined up for after today.

If your in virginia like I am, go out there and get your vote in. Its an incredibly low turnout at least in my district so it makes your voice that much more powerful.