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2016: Eyes Wide Open

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry

Last year ended with honest experts are admitting that they don’t understand the electorate (and vowing to do better).

This year begins with insiders realizing that President Ted Cruz could be a real thing and trying to convince themselves that Trump is incontrovertible evidence that Americans are bigots. The former 2016 realization is true, the latter is a willful misread of America.

As a great orator who changed careers several times said: “different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.”

So here are my thoughts on 2016.

This is the year America decides, eyes wide open, if they want more government or more freedom.

President Barak Obama’s first electoral victory can be blamed on people wanting to permanently bury America’s shameful racial past and being deceived by a mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. He made a lot of promises and, with an assist from the media, people believed him.

The second was a combination of general voter disenchantment and a lack of convincing alternative (Romneycare) causing a significant portion of the electorate to stay home. President Obama did worse in 2012 than in 2008 and Romney did better than McCain, but not better enough to win.

Now I’m famously NOT an expert at predicting Presidential races and my preferred candidate usually loses. But I am determined to continue to speak (and vote) my conscience regardless of what the “experts” say. My 2016 resolution is to set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men by making the best argument I can for the one person I think has the right combination of character and talent to turn America around: Sen. Ted Cruz.

I’m not saying he’s perfect, but in the coming days I intend to share why I think he’s the right person for this time. If we fail to give him a mandate for restoring the Constitution, all is lost. America will not disappear, but the fundamental transformation will set like concrete and the rejoinder to the test Lincoln referenced in that field in Gettysburg will be “about 230 years”.

If I get to choose, make mine Liberty.

P.S. If you missed my Christmas Eve show, I explained why I’m no longer heard daily on 94.3 FM The Talker.

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