What a contrast

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

The communist dictator of Cuba died Friday night. He came to power through a coup, promising Cubans equality. He fulfilled that promise. The average Cuban is equally poor and oppressed. When Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista regime through a coup, he eliminated free enterprise by forcing entrepreneurs into relinquishing  businesses they built, confiscated money earned from their business, and proclaimed businesses as state property in order to spread the wealth around. Castro ruled with an iron fist, sentencing countless innocent Cubans to torturous prisons and even death, simply for speaking out against his communist regime. Untold thousands fled Cuba since Castro became the unelected dictator. After his death was announced, I turned on the television around 2:00 a.m. to witness the hordes of Cuban immigrants marching in the streets in that section of Miami known as Little Havana . Then again, later in the morning, they were still celebrating the death of the man who caused so much strife. Saturday evening, I watched a man who fled Cuba as a boy be interviewed. He said some things that were striking to me. He said that his 90 year old mother died just two weeks before Castro’s death, and wished she would have lived just a little longer to celebrate the death of the man who tortured his father. He went on to say that, although he’s a Cuban national, he loves America for the freedom she represents, and the freedom Cuba once enjoyed. He was hopeful that after Raul Castro dies, Cuba can somehow begin to regain the freedoms his mother enjoyed before Castro.  Later, I started mentally contrasting the demonstrations in Miami to other protests we’ve witnessed. While thousands of Cubans marched in Miami for nearly 24 hours, there wasn’t a single report of storefront windows being broken, no reports of looting, fires, gun shots, fights, or any other form of unruly behavior. Yet, when Black Lives Matter protesters hit the streets with far fewer participants, by nightfall we heard of countless reports of vandalism, looting, fights, fires being set, and guns being fired.  Cuban immigrants truly understand what oppression looks and feels like, while BLM protesters fabricate many of their complaints. Some still complain of slavery, of which not one has ever experienced. Nor have those who they protest against ever owned a slave. While Cubans still living on the island are equally oppressed, BLM protesters have an equal opportunity to succeed if they so choose. Cuban nationals are demonstrating in the streets, truly understanding and appreciating the freedom America represents. Maybe Black Lives Matter protesters should consider what Cubans understand and appreciate. Just a thought. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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A new government !

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

The most popular phrase I’ve seen on social media since Trump’s victory is “Ding dong, the witch is dead”. For myself, there’s nothing I like better than seeing Hillary go down in defeat ( again ! ).  To be frank, I would have hated to be in the room when she started throwing ashtrays and furniture, and cussing at everyone in sight as she blamed them all for her loss. ( And I’m sure that those folks are really glad Hillary is so anti-Second Amendment, if you get my drift.) We now know for certain that she is denied nominating a far-left Justice to SCOTUS. We now know that she can’t impose anti-Second Amendment Executive Orders on the American People. There are many other good things that could be said about the election, including the fact that both bodies of congress remain in Republican hands. Enjoy the win, folks. Relish it. If you recall the email I sent a few weeks ago, I described how the Electoral College works. Thank God for the wisdom of our founders. As of this writing ( Wednesday evening), Hillary beat Trump in the popular vote by 1.2%. Without the College, she would be our next president. This is the second time in 20 years that the College benefited the republicans who live in “fly-over country”. Off the top of my head, I can’t point to a single time the College benefited the heavily populated liberal coasts. Regardless, the fact that the republicans retained control of both chamber of congress AND won the White House means that not only have the people spoken, but giving the republicans two branches of government means they better do the people’s bidding, and quit making excuses. This IS a mandate. But after the new year, we can’t forget that when Trump takes his seat in the Oval Office, the things he promised will be met with congressional and Court resistance. We have to remember that many many politicians are personally profiting from big government programs because of lobbyist money. They will not be prone to cutting themselves off from that money tree. Bureaucracies will not go away either, and those agencies will not stop trying to control society. Too many in Washington are there for power, not to protect individual Liberty or the spirit of the Constitution. While we are all waiting for a Trump administration to start changing things in Washington, we at the grass roots level can’t sit back and hope he gets everything done by himself. While we’ll do our part to hold the republican’s feet to the fire, this is the perfect opportunity to strengthen our hand at the state level. When I accepted...

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