jules rensch

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  • commented on Next Road Trip... 2016-04-29 00:04:00 -0400
    face to face, always the best way to iron out problems,,,,

  • commented on Donation Webpage 2016-04-08 11:35:32 -0400
    I found it easy and quick…thanks

    Observer Jules

  • commented on Proposals for the Future of Public Health from a Modern Kansan Whig's Perspective. 2016-04-07 22:29:50 -0400
    Thank you for this most informative and enlightening take on Health concerns. Of course there are many facets to the challege before us.
    Interestungly, the recent and very serious incident of contaminated water in Michigan comes to mind.
    The poisoning of Americans as a direct result of poor government should be of paramount concern to the Modern Whig Party.
    America first, Americans foremost, could be our newly found mantra.

    Observer Jules

  • commented on The Growth of Modern Executive Power in the U.S. 2016-04-07 00:28:42 -0400
    Simply, the increasing use of Executive Power, takes us back to our roots, that being a strict Monarchy!
    I ask, is that desirable?

    Observer Jules

  • tagged Douglas Harvey's Is this the end of civilization as we know it? From my daily read, 12/1/2015 with important 2016-04-07 00:25:38 -0400

    Is this the end of civilization as we know it? From my daily read, 12/1/2015

    Sometimes, as I go through my daily ritual of scanning the news feeds, I get that deep feeling of unease that I imagine the last Roman Centurian standing atop Hadrian's Wall had, as he looked back over his shoulder toward Rome and saw.... nothing but chaos and anarchy. I spent decades in the military defending the Nation. I've spent nearly 20 years working in the Department of Corrections. I'm just going to tell you that there is a plague running rampant through society which is destroying our educational system and threatening the very roots of democracy in this country. When people think that they can resort to legal action just because someone else's religion or opinion offends them, when popularity becomes more important than truth or fact, when "entitlement" displaces responsibility, duty, or rationality, it's all over folks. Life isn't intrinsically fair. Some people will do better than others. The Whig Philosophy is one of meritocracy. If you are willing to work harder, longer, smarter, study more, apply yourself more diligently, then you do deserve to reap the benefits of your efforts. This is what is meant when we refer to the United States as a land of opportunity. In my reading today, I came across this article on the NBC News website, wherein Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper makes these points quite eloquently. Since when have we turned our institutions of higher learning into daycare facilities? How do we reverse this trend? If we don't immediately take corrective action in our schools and society I fear we are rapidly approaching the Brave New World that Aldous Huxley predicted. The United States has been eclipsed industrially. We have been passed by educationally. There isn't much left to lose before it is all gone. Rome rotted from within and collapsed. I believe we still have time to reverse the trend, but the signs are there. Read the article at the following link and give me your ideas and suggestions: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oklahoma-wesleyan-university-president-dr-everett-piper-not-daycare-n472066

  • commented on Necessary Amendments to the Constitution? My Daily Read 2/23/2016 2016-04-07 00:02:56 -0400
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  • commented on How do we as a nation, actually make health care affordable? 2016-04-03 20:29:22 -0400
    great topic…the ever rising cost of health care…very much the problem in America…
    The answers are complicated when one factors in Big Pharma, and dozens of Insurance companies …all attempting to maximize profits….so that shareholders can become richer, feasting on the plate of human misery.
    All that aside, the fastest, if not immediate, solution would be one advocated by Vice President Cheney…Tort Reform. Limiting the liability for Physcians, Clinics and Providers to a more realistic monetary settlement.
    The sooner that this is established…the better!

    respectfully, Observer Jules

  • commented on Bernie Sanders and taxing our way to social medicine... 2016-04-07 00:40:35 -0400
    One of my favs among the founding fathers is Thomas Paine….
    Today, the catch phrase in many political discussions is
    “entitlements” yay or nay ?
    Gleaning Paines works does surely reveal that this man combined his great wisdom with good measures of compassion for his fellowman.
    He suggested a plan to care for the infimed, the elderly, the helpless, orphans and the disadvantaged.
    Little by little, some of what he advocated has come to fruition…even with the enormous amount of resistance that still continues to this day.
    MWP = America First, Americans Foremost

    respectfully, Observer Jules

  • tagged Brandon Zicha's Should allowing discussion on this forum be a Whig concern? with good 2016-04-01 20:49:24 -0400

    Should allowing discussion on this forum be a Whig concern?

    As a policy researcher for the New York State MWP I would like to know whether this forum is broken or being so aggressively censored as to render discussion impossible. When I first joined the Whigs one of my first conversations with he NYS party chair was about why this forum is so underutilized and why there aren't more fora for discussion of the whig movement. If my experience in the last weeks is any indication, I am not surprised. Nearly every post to a thread not started by Douglas has subsequent posts deleted. I don't know if this is automatic, or if it is the result of overactive censoring. However, I do know that whatever the cause it can't be good for the party. I have seen no rules violations in the posts deleted (though it might be good to discuss these rules as well). The current picture of our party discourse is "people comment on Douglas Harvey reading the paper".... That is great (love you Doug) but it isn't the total picture this forum should communicate.

  • commented on Presidential Candidates Without Military Service: 2016-05-13 14:07:39 -0400
    Modern Whigs have the right idea…in seeing that Moderates are far more likely to get things done….experience has proven that fringes of the Left or the Right seem to contribute to a more divided, polarized society…
    America is now finding ourselves at a junction….Here is a bit of logic that most thinking folks will find very hard to ignore:

    Yesterday Steven Yaccino wrote an article for Bloomberg politics that reported on the independent movement that is growing exponentially across the country. At the top of the story: our official endorsement of Independent candidate Margaret Stock in her race to win a U.S Senate seat in Alaska.
    We are excited to endorse Margaret for two reasons. First, she is an incredibly impressive individual that served her country for 28 years in the U.S Army Military Police Corps, earned three degrees from Harvard, and won the 2013 MacArthur “genius grant” for her legal work on immigration and national security. And second, since over 50% of Alaskan voters are not registered with either of the major parties Stock’s candidacy presents an opportunity for independent voters to support a qualified candidate without a ‘D’ or ‘R’ next to their name (Click here to read more about Stock and our endorsement)
    To us, Stock’s campaign is about more than just a Senate seat or a state. It is about the growing number of Americans who are looking at our current political landscape and realize that we need something different. Our colleagues in the Oregon, Minnesota, and Massachusetts independence parties are witnessing the results of this anti-partisan sentiment firsthand as they watch their membership skyrocket and successfully field independent candidates to run for positions up and down the ballot.
    Here at Centrist we like to say that the cracks have been forming in the dam that the parties built to keep themselves in power. I think we are starting to see the water come through.
    Help us keep building the momentum and click here to become a monthly donor. With your help, this can be the year we breakthrough politics.

    Stay Centered,
    Pam Peak
    Executive Director

  • commented on Veterans Initiative 2016-03-31 11:47:55 -0400
    great…truly an effort that will be rewarded….

  • commented on Trump's solution to the VA problem.... what do you think? 2016-04-03 19:55:06 -0400
    Interestingly, while I’m now retired, I did spend 25 years in the field of Audiology (private practice)
    Through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s….my services were declared “off limits” to Veterans in need of help with their hearing and hearing aids. This mandate put in place by the Vetereans Administration.
    As a result, Veterans were treated poorly…often experiencing long wait times for Audiological Work-ups, consultation and the actual fitting of Hearing Instruments. True too, was, in most cases, the distance traveled to obtain services, often required an overnight journey.
    Perhaps the most disturbing element of all, was the actual cost involved for the American taxpayers…whereas a typical VA fitting ran 50% more than what could have been accomplished through a local practitioner.
    Please understand, that the experieces related are dated and perhaps circumstances have changed… yet we do know that Government does not always choose to be economical or diligent in the way it spends our tax dollars.
    Respectfully, Observer Jules

  • commented on Whig Party Goals 2016-10-25 18:08:17 -0400
    Certainly I agree with you Shawn…relative to recruiting members from the two major parties…
    Of note, is the fact that the early forefathers of our Republic…thought that the election of President and Vice President be established as follows:
    The Candidate with the most votes becomes President, the Candidate coming in second, becomes Vice President..
    …in reality this could be a Democrat and a Republican..
    perhaps contributing to less division, more progress etc

    Thank you for your ideas, as ever, Observer Jules

  • commented on Understanding the Electoral College 2016-04-07 12:17:13 -0400
    Interesting too, is how completely connected our forefathers were to the establishment of a good and just Monarchy….after the revolution…there was a concerted effort to name Gen. George Washington, King for life.
    General Washington declined, the rest is history.

    Observer Jules

  • commented on Dues or no dues, that is the question... 2016-05-12 18:32:16 -0400
    …in America, nothing happens without the “greenbacks”