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Aren’t We Done Yet?!

I can recall earlier Presidential campaigns that were contemptuous to say the least and how I really, really could hardly bear the wait till the first Tuesday of November. This year is the worst I could ever have imagined. Although, recent postings on social media show us there is nothing new in this world and […]

4Oct2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Government Intrusion Into Our Lives – Not What It Used to Be

The headline for this post is a little misleading.  Our government has not changed so much as our attitude toward our government.  I am a senior citizen and for as long as I can remember the mailman always read Dagwood Bumstead’s mail – well, the postcards anyway.  The mailman often had some snide remark about […]

16Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Government Intrusion Into Our Lives – Not What It Used to Be | Continued
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Father’s Day – 2013 – Notes on My Father

  My father was a tough guy – a product of both nature and nurture. His formal education consisted of six grades in elementary school. He landed on Omaha Beach at age 21, marched across France and Germany, earned six battle ribbons, a purple heart, and four bronze stars for valor. He worked thirty-six years […]

16Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Father’s Day – 2013 – Notes on My Father | Continued
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The Gun Control Debate is no Longer About Guns

The vitriolic language from the far right over Second Amendment rights tells a story beyond the fear of losing the right to a thirty round clip in the favorite 9mm semi-automatic hand gun.  This debate is not about guns – this debate is about fear of government.  That is one way to say it – […]

14Feb2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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When The State Fails To Protect The Citizens

Long ago, in a less complicated time, my family lived in a quiet neighborhood.  The homes were close together in that old neighborhood.  This was not suburbia.  The lots of the Harris Addition were fifty feet wide and one hundred and fifty feet deep.  The depth was measured from the street to the alley.  Our […]

4Aug2012 | | Comments Off on When The State Fails To Protect The Citizens | Continued
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Finding Meaning in the National Debate About Debt

We have had a major crisis in our house recently that started with a heated conversation about our budget, and I thought that I would share the events that led to our household meltdown so that we might learn from my mistakes and apply those lessons to our national debate about money. It was budget […]

18Feb2011 | | Comments Off on Finding Meaning in the National Debate About Debt | Continued
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Americans For Big Government

Ohg Rea Tone has been tapped as the new President and CEO of Americans for Larger Government.  We are building our mailing list and support network. Please subscribe to this issues of thefiresidepost.com by clicking above on “what is a subscription,”  then enter your email address in the space provided.  You will receive any updates […]

6Sep2010 | | 5 comments | Continued
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The Short End of The Regulation Stick

The hard earned emotions of our life influence our thoughts.  They distract us from our initial purpose.   I often begin a post and when finished I have to change the title to reflect the actual post – the burr under my saddle led me off course.  Many of us have burrs under our saddles that […]

5Jul2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Ron and Rand Paul are Dead Wrong

Son, Ron Paul brings an interesting perspective to the political conversation.  He is wrong, Dead Wrong.  Ron Paul does not understand the process of government. He does understand that there are serious problems with the manner in which our present Federal Government is being run.  But that alone does not make him correct. I think […]

2Jun2010 | | 9 comments | Continued
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The Federal Government is BIG Because Locals Are Not Responsible

The big toot in the news today (and for the past forty year) has been anti-Big Government.  Ronald Reagan swept the electorate on his charge that ‘Government is the problem.’  We have to ask why.  Why has our Federal Government grown to such a behemoth?  The answer is really quite simple – it is because […]

19Apr2010 | | Comments Off on The Federal Government is BIG Because Locals Are Not Responsible | Continued
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Personal Experience With Tea Bag Mentality

This is a sad post for me to write.  I live in northwest Missouri – in the isolated world of simple people relishing ignorance.  The reverse discrimination against education and professionalism permeates the culture.  My sadness surrounds my family – a people proud of being in the lower economic class.  Most of them are adamant […]

12Apr2010 | | 32 comments | Continued
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“…Anger Can Blind Human Vision…” – Malcolm X

The Elijah Muhammad’s of 21st Century America are found in the right wing radio personalities and in the fringe of the Republican Party. People like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter, and the entire FOX media system. These are people who use distortion of reality to ferment, distill, and bottle the anger of misguided masses. They sell their potions of angry snake oil from the backs of their wagons every day. They have but one target – any form of civil progress as debated and negotiated by our representative Government.

7Aug2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Real ID’s: Why Are We Frustrated With Government

Modern government is a real enigma.  We all agree that we need government, but we all want “the gov’ment” to leave us alone.  In many ways conservative and liberals are alike – no one wants big brother government – but everyone wants equality and protection.  Everyone hates bureaucracy – but everyone also has their pet […]

20May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Health Care Distortions by Conservatives

The Conservatives For Patients Rights (CPR) proudly defines four ‘pillars of patient’s rights.’   These rights are: Choice, Competition, Accountability, and Personal Responsibility.  This group defines the basic application of these rights in the following video.  We do not disagree with the four principles, but we take exception to the interpretation. Watch the video and we […]

17May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Abortion and Common Sense

Abortion is not black or white, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican.  Abortion is a problem of humanity – and this era of Abortion in American will be studied by future historians.  The folks looking back will recognize the futile and selfish partisan bickering that prolonged the agony of a health care disaster.  Both fanatical […]

6May2009 | | 8 comments | Continued
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The NRA Supports Mexican Drug Cartels

It is the law of unintended consequences at its most maddening extreme.  In their asinine attempt to keep all forms of arms available, with the least regulation or restriction, the Nation Rifle Association has made heavy weapons available to the Mexican Drug Cartels. We don’t have enough James Bonds around to control the bad guys. […]

16Apr2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Sunday Is For Religion, Tuesday Is For Politics

We obviously have a system that promotes a separation of Church and State. The week begins with Sunday at Church – then we take a day to cool off and return to a mentality of sanity, so we can go vote. Most elections are held on the first Tuesday of November or April. Church is always on Sunday, no matter which month. And that is how America works – faithfully keeping religion separate from politics.

5Apr2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Trust God, But Lock Your Car

The finger pointing has only just begun, and there is reason this is so.  People across this country have been devastated by the collapse of our economy.  The natural stages of grief have kicked in.  The initial stage is denial (John McCain said the fundamentals of the economy are sound).  Denial is followed quickly by […]

16Mar2009 | | Comments Off on Trust God, But Lock Your Car | Continued
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Republican Peanut Butter

Have you bought any peanut butter lately? If so, perhaps you should check the label for signs of the GOP. The current wide spread salmonella poisoning of peanut butter is a great metaphor for the leadership of the GOP for the past eight years. The Bush administration, supported by the same congressmen who now oppose Obama, had one simple philosophy in domestic affairs: Leave Business Alone!

29Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Politics of Racism, 1903, 1968, 1988, 2009

I collect political memorabilia. As I looked through my junk last night I realized how much we have changed.

I have a George Wallace neck tie from his 1968 run at the Presidency. It is a thin white tie with bold red letters horizontally positioned that reads Wallace ’68. Twenty years ago I attached a campaign button to the Wallace tie – it reads Jesse Jackson ’88.

19Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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WalMart Sweat Labor – The Case for Tariffs

My son and I agree on just about everything philosophically – but we differ in problem solution.  He and his friends are on a big toot to boycott WalMart in protest of Chinese sweat labor.  There is no argument from me on the atrocities of the Chinese labor market.  But the idea of boycotting WalMart […]

2Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Is Bailling Out the Big Three Like Bailing Out Your Neighbor?

The Senate yesterday failed to reach an agreement on the bailout package for the auto industry, meaning that it will probably be January before the industry can get any help.  This is something that is being “cussed and discussed,” as my grandfather would have said, in many circles.  Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is […]

12Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Why Government Management of Auto Companies Will Not Work

The advocates of government intervention in our lives are having a great time.  They are advocating the regulation of banking, which seems to be smart in light of recent revelations about banking management.  And they are advocating dictates of management for the auto industry, this is not nearly as smart as they think. History for […]

10Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Detroit Bailout – an Ethical Conundrum

This writer has often defined self as being an economic conservative and a social liberal.  Normally there is not much conflict in that ideology.  I will help my neighbor as long as I don’t have to borrow money in the endeavor.  I will not enable my neighbor to continue poor behavior by bailing him out […]

19Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Utility of Socialism

Slow down big shooter.  This writer is not a fan of socialism.  Capitalism, moderated by honest Christianity, and regulated by mature government, works best.  In 2008 the United States, the best example of marriage of capitalism, faith, and government, is taking great leaps toward socialism.  Why – because the government recognizes some business functions as […]

16Nov2008 | | Comments Off on The Utility of Socialism | Continued
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Trust God, But Lock Your Car

The Federal Government of the past eight years reminded this writer of an old computer axiom – we can now make a million mistakes a minute. In 1972 I worked in the world of finance with an IBM 370, Model 145 – one of those mainframe computers with a front panel of flashing white, yellow, […]

7Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Trust God, But Lock Your Car | Continued
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Obama a terrorist? Pfft

Some argue that terrorism has been going on since the start of the Civil War, with setting trains on fire to shooting prisoners. The American Heritage Dictionary describes terrorism as “the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of […]

18Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Obama a terrorist? Pfft | Continued
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Democrats are Complicit in Economic Collapse

Democrats and Republicans mixed the Perfect Economic Storm.  A big part of the collapse of Wall Street should rightly be put at the feet of the Wall Street Bankers.  These are the ‘experts’ who were charged with managing the bank’s resources.  Our government sanctioned lunacy in the banking industry – but that does not excuse […]

7Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Democrats are Complicit in Economic Collapse | Continued
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Hypocrisy is a Bridge to Nowhere

Local hypocrites beg Feds for money.  That might have been a better headline in a local newspaper.  The actual headline is, “Local Officials rallying for funds.”  This small Missouri community is very conservative – the joke around town is that we have too many churches and not enough strip joints (127 Churches, one strip joint).  […]

29Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Hypocrisy is a Bridge to Nowhere | Continued
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McCain’s Problematic Use of ‘Naive’

John McCain likes to refer to Barack Obama as being naive, always in the context of foreign policy.  McCain says Obama is naive about Iraq, about Russia, about terrorists.  But McCain should be careful with this word.  John McCain has championed deregulation for rich bankers and Big Oil – with the belief that these folks […]

27Sep2008 | | Comments Off on McCain’s Problematic Use of ‘Naive’ | Continued
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Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul on Government

These are the oversimplified ideas of orators hoping to get elected. Ronald Reagan on Big Government: Ron Paul on Big Government:

23Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul on Government | Continued
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The Real McCain – The Keating Five

John McCain has desperately floundered this week to adopt a meaningful policy to deal with the economy.  He changes his position two or three times every day.  As if this were not enough to violate our trust, his entire history is one of catering to exactly the sort of people who have crashed Wall Street.  […]

20Sep2008 | | Comments Off on The Real McCain – The Keating Five | Continued
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Wall Street – Thunder Road

Do you remember Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road. He reminds us of the CEO’s of Exxon, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, etc. “The Law they never got him cause the devil got him first,” sort of thing. The Thunder Road movie was about moonshiners of the early 1950’s. Their daring driving gave birth to […]

19Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Wall Street – Thunder Road | Continued
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Tony Soprano is Running Wall Street

The Bush Administration has made Wall Street an offer they can’t refuse.  Suck the life out of the company, siphoning money from the investing middle class, then we will tax the middle class to bail you out. The movies have had great material with organized crime.  The rage began with The Godfather, continued with Goodfellas, […]

17Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Tony Soprano is Running Wall Street | Continued
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States Rights – a Feudal System

Bear with me – sometimes the answers to current problems have historical roots – and the answers to complex problems have already been worked out.  Over time people have tried varieties of government and economic systems.  Our Founding Fathers studied the history of government and molded the bold liberal experiment that we now call the […]

17Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Eroding Deliberative Democracy

The United States of America is a Republic.  From Wikipedia: The word originates from the Latin term res publica, which literally translates as “public thing” or “public matter”.  The idea resides in a representative form of government.  The people elect one of their own to represent them in the government.  Deliberative Democracy is a form […]

15Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Eroding Deliberative Democracy | Continued
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Nasty Campaigns by Angry Old Men

Nasty wins in short term political elections – but nasty does not serve well as a way of life – or as a way of domestic or foreign policy. But that is what the country has experienced. So now we have a new election. The election of 2008 will be studied closely by historians. This […]

11Sep2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Mortgage Crisis – the Case For Regulations

This writer is a fiscal conservative who believes THE GOVERNMENT should simply do their job.  Partisan politics shake out like this – The Democrats act like the Government is the mission – and the Republicans think the Government has no mission.  They are both frustratingly wrong.  The Bush Administration’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is leading […]

8Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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My Stimulus Check Stimulates Me

Here is what I am going to do.  Plain and simple.  I am going to spend my gov’ment stimulus check to help the economy.  I have a whole list of things that I am gonna do.  Here it is. Right off, I am going to pay my car insurance for a year – then I […]

27Apr2008 | | Comments Off on My Stimulus Check Stimulates Me | Continued
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Jon Stewart gives pointers to Ron Paul

Son, Ron Paul did the now required appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Jon Stewart was not only gracious but offered some sage advice on managing the other candidates during the debates. They had a civil conversation. Mr. Paul presented well – to my surprise. Mr. Paul noted that the other candidates are not very […]

30Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Jon Stewart gives pointers to Ron Paul | Continued
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Ron Paul, Marijuana, Government

Son, Ron Paul takes huge leaps of logic. There is a fundamental problem with his libertarian philosophy. That philosophy ignores the inter-dependence of modern society. Centralized government must take a larger role in a world where individuals States can no longer stand alone – Marijuana crosses the State borders like the wind. No one State […]

24Jan2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Moral Economics

Son, We in this country are on the verge of a recession. I see two realities in this prediction – one is an academic understanding of economics – the other is the real human disaster of poverty and despair. I’ll speak first to economics – it is important to understand some basic principles. A recession […]

24Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Moral Economics | Continued
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Stimulating economy, stimulating hope

Son, We in this country are on the verge of a recession.  I see two realities in this prediction – one is an academic understanding of economics – the other is the real human disaster of poverty and despair.  I’ll speak first to economics – it is important to understand some basic principles. A recession […]

24Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy

Son, I am suffering the stock market drop. My portfolio for retirement has been devastated. The emotion is gripping. As I pondered my own reaction I realized that I am suffering a grief response. This is not an academic discussion – people across America are suffering the grief of real loss. So what is Grief? […]

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy | Continued
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Romney first, Paul Third – a message is sent

Son, Mitt Romney has won in Nevaadaa.  But Ron Paul was Third.  What does this say?  Does this mean anything going into the future? Romney will toot his horn as winning another Gold Medal – a boring an overused metaphor.  This win does tell us that the Mormons will support this man – even though […]

20Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Romney first, Paul Third – a message is sent | Continued
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MIke Huckabee and Tom Cruise – kindred spirits

Son, Thankfully, you and I do not always agree. You are a Christian man, I live in Missouri. We are similar in that each of us is passionate about our beliefs. Having beliefs and being passionate about them is something that I admire in people. The simple boundary is this, if I want you to […]

19Jan2008 | | Comments Off on MIke Huckabee and Tom Cruise – kindred spirits | Continued
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Violations of our Constitution – Revolution

Son, We have written a number of times about our Founding Fathers, and their intent for this great country. Today finds our country again at the threshold of revolution. But American Revolution has come to mean that we have an election and the people decide in a peaceful manner what direction the country should take. […]

18Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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immigration, hate crime, gun control —

Son, The conservatives have lost their bearing.  And I must say that if not for the craziness I would be enjoying myself watching the circus. Here is the conservative philosophy – one which I cannot dispute: Less Government, fewer laws – generally better.  The philosophy goes to a level of foolishness.  Hate crime you say […]

16Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Blunt Immigration – No Drivers Licenses

Son, Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri has taken a pro-bureaucracy, anti-immigration, big Government, do-the-wrong-thing, position to get reelected. This is typical politics. Solving problems means solving the political problem – not making life better for citizens. This mentality is exactly what is wrong with government. And we the people are to blame. We are to […]

16Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Blunt Immigration – No Drivers Licenses | Continued
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The value of political polls

Son, I have had my own telephone for about forty years. I all that time I have been contacted about two times by political pollsters. I either live in the wrong neighborhood or they don’t care about my demographic. Either way, they have not created many problems for me personally – except when they miscalled […]

12Jan2008 | | Comments Off on The value of political polls | Continued