Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson



What We All Believe

Recently one of my left of center frends shared out an article on Daily KOS highlighting a list from the Charlet Observer answering the question "why do you support such a liberal agenda".

I tracked down the original article since Daily KOS picked only a handful of the list for their reprint, you can read it in full HERE.

I'd like to share some of that list with my own comments.

We believe that everyone is created equal.

Why then would you support a party that believes in treating people differently based on the color of their skin in things like college admissions or job considerations?

We believe that children should not bear responsibility for the sins of their parents.

So the answer is to murder them before they are born so they don't ever have a chance at life?

We believe people should not be treated as lesser citizens, with fewer rights, because of whom they love.

Let me preface by saying I support same sex marriage.

That said, same sex couples are not denied rights.  They have the same rights as everyone else.  They can marry someone as defined by laws (man and woman) so technically they have the same number of rights.  What they want are different rights, or they want the laws changed.  That's far different then claiming you have fewer rights.

We believe a thriving city, state and nation rests to a great degree in the quality of its public schools, and that every child deserves a dedicated, dynamic teacher, regardless of what ZIP code that child lives in.

Then why not support school choice?

Not ever child learns the same but yet we force all children into the same school systems that teach one single learning style.  And if kids live in an area with a failing school, unless that children's parents can afford the option of a private school they are denied the chance at a dedicated, dynamic teacher.

We believe discrimination is wrong in every instance.

I will believe that when the left wing begin to reject the race-baiters like Sharpton who look to divide us at every chance they can.

We believe in consistency, so if you are going to drug-test recipients of public assistance, drug-test them all, including the corporate chieftains who are the biggest beneficiaries.

Consistency?  Sort of like requiring IDs to cash checks, drive, or purchase weapons then you should also show an ID when you vote?  Or do they only support consistency when it supports their views.

And while we are at it, let's say we did begin drug testing the chieftains who's companies receive government money in any way and let's assume one of the biggest beneficiaries tested positive.  Liberals are ok with the funding being cut to a company even if it results the loss of thousands of jobs while the Chieftain keeps his or her job?  Sorry but pushing an individual vs punishing a corporation which translates to innocent people being punished instead of the guilty party is not a form of consistency, it's a form of idiocy.

We believe that police officers should act professionally, under incredibly difficult circumstances, regardless of a suspect’s race.

Fair statement.  Shouldn't reporters also be expected to act professionally reporting the fact about the news instead of spreading rumors like the "hands up don't shoot" which turned out to be a complete lie?

We believe taxes should be kept as low as possible while still providing a sound safety net for the neediest, a robust education for all, decent health care for the elderly and the destitute, and other basics.

Keep taxes as low as possible?

After falling out of my chair in laughter it took me a minute to compose myself enough to respond to this one.

Part of keeping taxes low is keeping spending to a responsible level.

Also there is a major difference between providing a safety net and providing handouts for the lazy who are unwilling to do for themselves.

We believe politicians of any party should keep their promises, avoid the appearance of personal gain from the public trust, and look out for the general welfare, not that of any one special interest.

When the left begins to hold their own to this standard then I will believe it but when you have a president who ran on being the most open administration in history who has been everything but and the left doesn't say boo about it... sorry, not buying this.

We believe offenders have paid their price when their sentence is up and should be helped to assimilate back into society. And that that’s better for the community than neglecting them and watching them commit another crime.

This is coming from the same party that punishes the innocent by stripping away rights from everyone because of a few examples of those doing wrong.

We believe there are peace-loving Muslims.

As do most people, however most people can also acknowledge that while not every Muslim is a terrorist, every terrorist so far has been a Muslim.

We believe in the separation of church and state.

Yes but do you believe in freedom OF religion as granted by the first amendment.

We believe if you’re a fan of a politician solely because he has a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after his name, then you’re not paying attention.

I agree.

We believe we have only one planet, and we should protect it for our grandchildren.

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Again I doubt you will find anyone who disagrees with this statement.  That said, just because something feels like your doing good doesn't mean you actually are.

Now let me come back with my own list of why I lean to the right.

I believe we should follow all of the Constitution, not just the parts we agree with, and I believe we should follow it as it was written and intended, not how we can twist the words to fit our current definitions.

I believe that all life matters.

I believe that there is nothing wrong in showing pride in our country or our flag.

I believe a government that takes 30% or more of anyone's income is taking too much and needs to re-evaluate where it is spending money.

I believe that American people are good people who will help each other and those in need and that charity does not need to be forced for us to give those who are most destitute a hand up.

I believe that Americans know what's best for themselves and do not need government to make choices for them or to tell them what they can and cannot do.

I believe in personal responsibility.

I believe that most police officers are good people who do act professionally.

I believe that there is evil in the world and that our country does need to protect itself from those evils.   And there is evil on a local level and while we'd love our police officers to be super people who can stop all crime before it happens, I realize they can't and therefore good people need the ability to protect themselves.

I believe that politicians who lie and show they have no integrity should be removed from office and replaced.

I believe the media has an obligation to uncover the truth about political scandals regardless of which party the politician is a member of and to report that truth so people are informed.

I believe educated voters are better voters and our country would be better off if people knew who and what they were actually voting for instead of basing their opinions on 30 second sound bytes.

I believe the founding fathers were right to set limits on the powers of the federal government (Article I Section 8 of the Constitution) and we'd be far better off if our federal government stuck to those limits and left the rest to state and local governments.

I believe that any time you take from those who produce and give to those who don't you are creating a formula for failure.

I believe the success of a country should be how many of its citizens do not need anything from its government, not the other way around.

I believe nothing the government gives out is truly "free".

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Why Is America Falling Behind

We continue to hear how America is failing because we aren't educating our youth.  Our schools and colleges aren't producing the top notch students needed to compete in the global market.

Perhaps the story found HERE explains why.

The NFL scandal known as "Deflategate" will be the subject of an undergraduate course at the University of New Hampshire.

Unless you plan to work for the Patriots football team or perhaps ESPN please tell me what companies in America are going out of their way trying to hire new talent who can show they've taken a class in studying Tom's deflated balls.

We have spent more time as a country discussing the amount of air in footballs then any bill being discussed at Capital Hill.  And more time interviewing members of a football team and looking at who knew what and when then of any of the scandals surrounding any of the candidates from either party running for president.

We need to get our priorities straight.


Hassan And Dangerous Gun Bills

I came across a link on Facebook about Governor Hassan's pledge to veto the "Dangerous gun bill".  In the link, that you can read HERE, it states the following:

Governor Maggie Hassan pledged today to veto a dangerous gun bill that would let people carry hidden, loaded handguns in public across our state, without any permit whatsoever.

Sure sounds scary.  Just anyone can walk around with a hidden gun.

Of course once you consider facts and use logic, this "dangerous gun bill" no long seems so scary.

Consider the following:

1) You can open carry right now without a permit so the same scary people who they are worried about can still walk around, only they will have those same scary guns exposed so they can see them.

2) SB 116 does not change any laws regarding the purchase of weapons.  Think hard about this point.  SB 116 does NOT change who can purchase a weapon.  So if the fear is that someone is going to purchase a gun and use it in a crime, this bill does not change that if they are legally eligible to purchase a weapon in the first place.

3) If the scary person with the gun was going to use it in a crime, what makes you think they would follow the law preventing them from hiding the weapon?

I fail to see in any way how preventing a legal gun owner, who passed all requirements of purchasing a weapon, from being able to conceal carry is in any way endangering anyone.  It isn't preventing the person from purchasing the weapon in the first place.  It doesn't even prevent them from carrying it in public if they do so openly, which can be done without any kind of permit.

Where is the danger?  As I already pointed out, if the person was someone you needed to worry about because they intended to commit a crime, do you honestly think they would hesitate to break another law by hiding the weapon they were going to use in the crime?


Death Penalty In Boston

With the surviving Boston bomber being found guilty on all 30 counts the question now turns to how he should be punished for his crime.

Personally I believe there are states where the death penalty is given out far too easily, as evident by those who years later end up being cleared by evidence that wasn't available during their trials.  As a result I believe it should be reserved for cases where there is no doubt to the person's guilt.

In the case of the surviving member of the two Boston bombers, there is no doubt he was behind the crime with his brother.  Even the defense of the living bomber admits his guilt but pled that his brother made him do it.

That brings me to the article found HERE in the Boston Globe.

For jurors who believe execution should be reserved for the worst criminals, the lawyers laid out a clear path to conclude Dzhokhar wasn’t even the worst of the Tsarnaevs.


Tsarnaev was 19 at the time of the bombing; he was apparently a heavy drug user; he had no prior criminal record. By themselves, none of these would seem like a particularly good reason to spare him, but taken as a whole, and alongside evidence of his brother’s dominant role, they should plant seeds of doubt.

So the defense from the Boston Globe is that he was young and stoned and that his brother was worse then he was?

Look at the faces of those who suffered because of this fool, you can see the complete list of victims HERE.

Did he not know murdering children was wrong?  Did he not understand the building bombs to harm people was a crime?

Sorry but if there is ever a case for the death penalty, this is it.



Ignoring the Cause of Problems

Over the past few weeks I've step back, which is why you haven't seen any new columns written by me, and observed life.  I've been watching local political races in Merrimack, national politics leading into the 2016 elections and just general debates online.  One thing I've observed is that while everyone is quick to offer up solutions, and I'm talking about both sides of the political spectrum, very few if any ever stop to ask what is the cause of the problems in the first place.

Case in point, I was following a discussion about college tuition.  The argument was college tuition is too high.  Instead of discussing the problem and what was causing it, they jump right away to a "solution" supporting Obama's plan to pass the college bill from the college students to the tax payers.

This doesn't fix the problem, it only shifts it from one group to another.  Intead of driving students into debt, it drives the country and tax payers into debt.

Worse yet, the article found HERE, debating the need for "free" college education ignores basic economics of supply and demand.

Making college free would have one additional benefit: it would drive the for-profit schools out of business. They now enroll 13 percent of those currently attending American colleges, or 2 million students. A Senate Education Committee report in 2012 released by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin provided “overwhelming documentation of exorbitant tuition, aggressive recruiting practices, abysmal student outcomes, taxpayer dollars spent on marketing and pocketed as profit, and regulatory evasion and manipulation.” For-profit colleges represent predatory capitalism at its worst.

Look close at the part I put in bold. 

Aggressive recruiting practices.  You mean like the concept that everyone needs a college education?  That's the problem.  Our public schools are judged by how many kids go on to college (which most fail to ever look at how many actually graduate) but let's face it, not everyone should go to college.  There are some very good careers for non college educated people.

It has more to do with the types of classes and degrees being offered then it does with private schools.  What exactly would you with a degree in Women's Studies other then perhaps teach Women's Studies?

But the problem is ignored, only the symptoms of higher education costs are looked at and addressed by passing the buck onto the tax payers.

College costs is just one example, when you begin to look at problem after problem you begin to see a pattern of people ignoring the difficult question of what is causing it and instead looking for what solution would make the most people happy.  Who wouldn't be happy with "free" college right?