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Just Going By Campaign Slogans
by Rus Smith
Can we glean any insight into the U.S. Presidential candidates just by their campaign slogans?
Let's take a closer look at the slogan choices of each campaign.
Former First Lady, turned U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the campaign slogan of "Stronger Together." At first glance this seems like a simple statement of uniting the American people under a cause of freedom, but it's one of the most carefully chosen and coded slogans in the history of U.S. Presidential campaigns.
While some political candidates place their name and office on their signs and advertisements and others put a few virtues they hold dear like "transparency" or "fiscal responsibility" - democrats tend to make nebulous statements to be all inclusive - offending no one. Statements in campaigns like "transparency" and "fiscal responsibility" may imply other candidates or even potential supporters may be involved in impropriety because the current office holders lack these qualities.
Clinton chose these buzzwords carefully. Opinions and punditry aside; Clinton is a globalist. She freely admits this. What is a globalist? According to Webster's Dictionary; 'a person who advocates the interpretation or planning of economic and foreign policy in relation to events and developments throughout the world'. In other words, "united power" - but more importantly - decentralized non-representative power.
The words "Stronger Together" couldn't possibly be any more poignant to a global government.
I personally prefer as local and as personal of a government as possible. I like to know that if I alone face an issue; I could speak with someone that I consider a neighbor that has the power to address that issue and explain to me in detail whether or not they will champion me.
Hillary Clinton is a strong believer in a United Nations maxim known as "Agenda 21." While many start thinking of tin foil hats and right wing nut job conspiracies when "Agenda 21" is mentioned - it is a real piece of terminology and being strongly enforced by The United Nations on its member nations.
Agenda 21 calls for the formation of non elected government bodies specifically termed as "NGOs" (Non Governmental Organizations) to create policy and influence spending. One of the world's largest NGOs is The Clinton Foundation.
Recently, an NGO that is strong on regionalization and decentralized, non representative government by the name of "Ten At The Top" met in Greenville SC. This group, comprising of the 10 counties in Upstate South Carolina, claims to be apolitical in all aspects. If that were true, then why use the exact same campaign slogan as the Clinton campaign? (See picture)
Donald Trump's campaign slogan is "Make America Great Again". The slogan stemmed from something he said during a press conference before a debate. He began to repeat it. It resonated with Americans who know that just as recently as the four decades of the 60s through the 90s were great - with bumps - but always a recovery. It now seems like America is in a stagnant holding pattern - with no growth or prosperity in sight - mostly due to the overwhelming national debt, non-vetted immigration, and uncontrolled spending in government. Donald Trump's wealth grew because government seemed in check with the American people. Protests saw change for the better rather than protests being a business model to better the elite's purses. Radical social change has taken place of our country's moral responsibilities.
Trump decided that a baseball cap with his slogan embodied the American people. And, like him or not - he obtained more primary votes than any candidate in history.
In my lifetime, I've never witnessed a stronger political movement than Trump's. His campaign of "we can have it back" resonates with taxpayers and citizen's rights advocates. I've had many say to me, "He says what I wish I could say." And again, like it or not, you have to admit you've wanted to turn to a person and just call them "ugly", but you were too shy or too modest or your mother taught you better. Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign is aimed at everyone - let's get back to the land we knew when we seemed the most free and most prosperous.
Lastly, third party front runner for the Libertarian ticket - Gary Johnson. His campaign slogan is "Our Best America Yet."
Obviously, this is an attempt to satire Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again."
I voted in the primary. I hope you did too. Did you get a chance to vote for Gary Johnson? I didn't. I didn't even know he was running until he said he was chosen as the libertarian candidate. I was actually disappointed because I identify most with libertarianism. I wanted to choose the candidate. I personally do not want Gary Johnson's version of America if that means some secretive elite groups who think they know better than me make decisions for me.
The best America yet would be where Gary Johnson was chosen by landslide votes of the American people like Trump or Hillary. Especially in the Republican Party - a wide variety of candidates from every background and qualification was offered.
I believe the country as a whole would be best served by a libertarian, but I'm not sure we need leadership looking for the best America yet. It seems like presidents who use those words are prefacing a major conflict. Look no further than Lincoln before the Civil War or Kennedy before Vietnam. Gary Johnson's "best America yet" may be the world's worst nightmare yet.
Nothing I have seen or researched indicates that Gary Johnson could deliver on his campaign motto.
One should not be voted for simply because they are a third choice.
"Suppose you were an idiot. And, suppose you were a politician ... But I repeat myself."
~ Mark Twain
Saturday, September 24, 2016
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From Yahoo News, The Associated Press, & CBS:
The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
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The location for the event is
4502 Moorefield Memorial Hwy
Pickens, SC 29671
Bethlehem-roanoke Water District Office Building.
This is a great opportunity for you to listen to how they respond to your concerns.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
All conservatives are invited on the 8th of Sept.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Listen for "mandatory" and "taxing carbon emissions.
I don't know of a single libertarian EVER that wanted a mandatory federal program OR a tax.
When I confront libertarians about voting for him - I say WHEN AND WHERE did I or my my family or any of my friends get to vet or vote for this looney toon. He literally is loonier than Nader and that is saying a lot.
Monday, September 5, 2016
The claim by many citizens as well as some elected officials in Pickens County that the taxpayers of Pickens County do not value and pay school district employees well is untrue.
I recently requested the list of all school district employees making over $50,000 a year. Here is the link to the list that John Eby sent to me:
Twenty-two of the top brass earn more than $90,000 a year. Please understand...these employees don’t work a full year either. They are given 2 weeks off for Christmas, a week at spring break, 2 weeks of vacation, about 12 paid sick days, and Fridays off in the summer.
Principals, assistant principals, and teachers have a more generous annual calendar (less days they have to work).
The average salary for a teacher is nearly $50,000 in the SDPC. Some teachers, I can see make as much at $75,000 to $80,000 a year. Teachers work a 190 day year or less than 9 months, because they have summers off too.
There are other major benefits that people seem to ignore that school district employees have. These perks include, a premium family medical plan, unmatched job security, receiving 50% or more of their salary for life in retirement plus medical, as well as the fact they work in a new or renovated building.
It is insulting to say the citizens of Pickens County do not value school district employees, when we the citizens through our tax dollars allow them many things that we do not receive ourselves.
It is time for those people who claim we don't support our SDPC employees to quit lying to the citizens. Many of us support them to the detriment of being able to pay our property taxes in a timely manner.
By Johnnelle Raines