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More Dollars than Sense

October 12, 2014

“More Dollars than Sense”
by John Alexander Madison
October 12, 2014

Have you contributed to the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Mark Udall? The United States Senator who voted with Barrack Obama 99% of the time…the Senator who does not support your 2nd Amendment rights…the Senator who is running a dishonest social-issues campaign…the Senator who supports Majority Leader Harry Reid’s radical agenda which has brought the U.S. government to a standstill…the Senator who the Denver Post* described as “not a leader…(someone) who is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them.”

My conclusion: You are supporting a failed agenda and you’ve got more dollars than sense. Support Cory Gardner for the United States Senate.

Have you contributed to the re-election campaign of one-term Governor John Hickenlooper? The Governor who tried to foist a $1 billion annual tax increase on the citizens of Colorado…a Governor whose failed leadership and reprieve of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap alone make him unfit for this high office…a Governor who is factually challenged time after time when making false statements (in a recent debate the Governor said “violent crimes are down in the last four years” although the Colorado Bureau of Investigation annual report revealed that crime rose last year by 2.1% and property crime rose 1.3%)…a Governor who has failed to support significant legislation to deter criminal behavior in Colorado…thus putting the personal safety of every citizen in jeopardy.

My conclusion: You are supporting a failed agenda and you’ve got more dollars than sense. Support Bob Beauprez for Colorado Governor.

Have you contributed to the campaign of cyclist** Mike Merrifield for State Senator? The former Manitou city council member… the former four-term state legislator…the candidate who then ran for County Commissioner and LOST…the candidate who then ran for Colorado Springs city council and LOST…the representative who wrote a hate-filled e-mail about charter schools: “There must be a special place in Hell for these Privitizers, Charterizers, [sic] and Voucherizers! They deserve it.”

My conclusion: You are supporting a “re-cycled” candidate and his outdated agenda. You’ve got more dollars than sense. Support Senator Bernie Herpin, the common sense leader for Colorado Senate. He won the 2013 recall election for a reason.

We have three politicians who have advanced an agenda that is out of touch with a majority of Colorado. A radical agenda which has cost Coloradans precious jobs; an agenda which inhibits efforts to seek energy independence; an agenda which continues to grow government; an agenda which seeks to divide our citizens, not unite them.
There is solid reasoning behind the Denver Post endorsement of Representative Cory Gardner for the United States Senate. And there is equally sound reasoning for the endorsements of Cory Gardner, Bob Beauprez and Bernie Herpin by Colorado Springs’ Gazette editorial Board.

Do you want to support Mr. Udall, Mr. Hickenlooper and Mr. Merrifield?
My suggestion: Buy them a one-way ticket home to Colorado, a beer, and a bicycle tire pump, respectively. #128

*Denver Post Editorial Board (endorsement), October 10, 2014
**Regular exercise, like bicycling, is good for you.


“I am an American First!”

September 2, 2014

by John Alexander Madison
August 31, 2014

The history of America is undeniable…we are a nation of immigrants. And it is also undeniable that America became a great nation because we are a nation of immigrants. During the colonial period, the mid-19th century, the start of the 20th century and since 1965 there have been distinct groups of nationalities, races and ethnic groups who have entered America. Initially, almost a half-million English immigrants came to America. For almost two hundred years more than half arrived as indentured servants. This period was followed by immigrants from Northern Europe, and later from Southern and Eastern Europe. During the last fifty years most “new Americans” came from Asia and Latin America. Much has been written about the history of immigration in America and the greatness of America can only be attributed to great diversity of those who came here, the talents they brought, and the generations who followed them and shared their values.

As undeniable it is that we are a nation of immigrants and our greatness is a byproduct of that, it is also true that we are a nation of laws. And when our government displays careless disregard for those laws it is easy to conclude that we have a problem. Regarding immigration, the United States has for some time now been reckless in its enforecment of immigration laws which demand an orderly process. Without order we have chaos. It is clear to me that nothing good can come from a careless disregard of border enforcement in America.

As the son of an immigrant I understood from an early age why so many have come to America and why so many more continue to come to our shores. America is the land of opportunity where individual freedoms are protected, where personal responsibility expected, where a good work ethic is rewarded, and where a strong national defense is essential to our survival. It has become quite clear, especially in the last few years, that some people want to change that. They see a more global society and they do not believe in American exceptionalism…but I do believe in American exceptionalism and I always will!

So, what are your expectations for immigrants? I find myself in total agreement with President Theodore Roosevelt when he presented the following message more that one hundred and seven years ago…

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon that man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1907)

As an American I am very proud of my heritage and the values and work ethic of my parents and grandparents…but I am, and always will be, an American first!

Empty Suit, Hollow Rhetoric, a Wasted Presidency

January 30, 2014

Empty Suit, Hollow Rhetoric, a Wasted Presidency

by John Alexander Madison

January 31, 2013

The great 18th century political philosopher Montesquieu observed “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person.” Barrack Obama (January 28, 2014)“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” How profound.  Every kid in America has a pen and probably an iPhone as well. Is the president threatening to preside as a dictator, ruling over his minions by executive fiat, due to his inability to work with the Legislative branch of government, as required by the United States Constitution? Ah, that’s it, isn’t it!

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness.” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) 

On Tuesday evening the networks and numerous other television outlets dominated the airways by broadcasting the president’s State of the Union address. I could not watch. Desperate for an alternative I came upon three much more palatable options: the movie “Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon, Desert Cars Kings, and Duck Dynasty.  Thank you Phil, Willie, Si, Jace, Sadie and Kay!

Eric Bolling summed up the State of the Union address in five words.  Have you seen the meter used to detect crowd noise in NFL football stadiums? The needle starts to the left at “0.”  When noise is the loudest the needle crashes into the far right end of the meter. Well, on January 29, 2014 one day after the president’s speech, Eric Bolling co-host of “The Five” on Fox News said, “My B.S. meter broke.”  He explained that the needle went so quickly and so far to the right it became inoperable.

Mr. Bolling, where did you get your B.S. meter?  My B.S. meter broke five years ago on February 24, 2009 when the president gave his first speech to a joint session of the 111th Congress, an unofficial State of the Union address. Ever since then, the president’s hollow rhetoric has continued to flow and “empty suit” has been an accurate description of this president…the most divisive in American history.

The WSJ reported the speech was to position the president as the champion of struggling families fed up with the bickering in Washington.  But the truth is Americans are fed up with the president’s failure of leadership, his socialist agenda, and the fact that he is the most unqualified person to occupy the White House…ever.  He is all talk and no action. He is feckless, he is an empty suit.  His has been a wasted presidency.

Over the last five, painful years we’ve learned the president has compared himself to Nelson Mandella, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and, are you ready for this, Jesus. What more can I say, except he owes each of these gentlemen an apology.


If comparisons are in order, I’d suggest Mr. Obama should more accurately be placed in the company of Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Woodrow Wilson, John Tyler, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, Warren G. Harding and James Earl Carter. They are on everyone’s list of “worst U.S. President’s ever.”

Why couldn’t Barack Hussein Obama have been more like William Henry Harrison?  His presidency lasted a mere 30 days. The November 2014 and November 2016 elections cannot come soon enough.

“I go for all sharing the privileges of government who assist in bearing its burdens.” Abraham Lincoln #126

Some New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2013

Some New Year’s Resolutions
by John Alexander Madison
December 31, 2013

Resolution #1 I resolve that I will not believe anything our President has to say. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. “How to you know when the President is lying?” Answer: “When his lips are moving.” Winston Churchill called it terminological inexactitude (lying).

Resolution #2 I resolve to constantly use the term “Obamacare” rather than the “Affordable Care Act” because it annoys the President and the President doesn’t care about America and this act is not affordable.

Resolution #3 I resolve not to believe one word of blather (talk long-windedly without making very much sense) spewing from anyone who supported Obamacare (mostly Democrats). Fair warning: Democrat candidates will be in a “messaging mode” for the next nine months (it’s called damaged control and revisionist history). Study their records, not their rhetoric, and we will again return a Republican majority in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Resolution #4 I resolve to fight back all efforts by the mainstream media in 2014 and beyond to “anoint” another President of the United States. Hillary “what difference does it make” Clinton (and Barrack Obama) make Jimmy Carter look like a genius. Hillary “I’m not going to stand by my man and stay home and bake cookies” Clinton has absolutely no record to stand on. None. Saying she has “been a N.Y. Yankee fan all of my life” while running for the Senate in New York (she’s from Chicago) was a lie. She cannot help herself. Liar, liar, pants suit on fire.

Resolution #5 I resolve to support the agenda of a large and growing herd (get it, elephants) of well-qualified and articulate Republican candidates for national and statewide offices, such as Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who said on November 13, 2013 “I’d like to believe that the leader of the free world would not say something he knows not to be true just to win a reelection…but I am not naïve enough to believe that.”

Resolution #6 I resolve to encourage everyone to eat better (more fruits and veggies), to get more exercise, to be kind to everyone you know and meet, and show respect for others…even those who do not share your political beliefs of less government, personal responsibility, protecting the freedoms granted to us under the U.S. Constitution, respect for life, and a strong national defense. We can disagree and not be “enemies.” Respect others & spread more kindness, especially to our military, military veterans, and others in areas of public safety & service.

Resolution #7 I resolve to spread the word about the good work being done by The John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law at The John Jay Institute’s mission is to prepare principled leaders for faith-informed public service. The John Jay Institute provides exceptional emerging leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and professional training for transformational cultural leadership.

Resolution #8 I resolve to support those seeking elected office that see it as a public service rather than a career.

EPILOGUE (closing thoughts)
Pure genius. “We don’t have a spending problem; we have a budget deficit problem we have to address.” (Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, February 2013. Think about it…if we spend more than we take in we have a budget deficit problem. Democrat’s solution: raise taxes. Republican solution: spend less. Where do you stand?

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson said it best: “When people fear government you have tyranny; when government fears the people, we have liberty.”

Many theories of causality of the Fall of the Roman Empire have been explored and most concern the disintegration of political, economic, military, and other social institutions, in tandem with barbarian invasions and usurpers (of power) from within the empire. There is a lesson to be learned here.

What more can I say, except…I hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year in 2014. Wake up America and do you part in 2014. We can only control the future, not the past. And don’t let our political adversaries rewrite the past. (see Resolution #3) #125

The President’s Speech…truth or fiction?

November 12, 2013

The President’s Speech…truth or fiction?

by John Alexander Madison

November 12, 2013

On August 04, 2013, the president gave this speech before Congress.

“In America live like Americans. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in America, to work and eat in America, should speak English, and should respect the American laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. America does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need America, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our American culture.  We better learn from the suicides of England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over America. American customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws; it should have in mind American national interests first, observing that the Muslims Minorities are not Americans”.

The internet is replete with stories which, when forwarded to others, should carry a disclaimer as to the veracity of the report and include, in the very least, a disclaimer “as reported on the internet.” Thereafter, the reader is cautioned that that which has been forwarded may be a work of fiction…or, alarmingly, the truth!

 The above report is actually a speech given by the president in August 2013, as reported on the internet, with some minor corrections.  Where this article says “America,” replace it with “Russia.”  Where is says “American,” replace it with “Russian.” Where it says “English,” replace it with “Russian.” And where it says “Congress,” replace it with “Dumas.” Yes, it seems Russian President Vladimir Putin gave this speech about tensions with minorities in Russia.

 Is this one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin?  That’s a frightening thought. While some may fully agree with the edited report (above) about our President giving such a speech there is certainly a warning here…not necessarily an anti-Muslim message…but rather one which goes to the heart of why Americans believe “this is the greatest nation on Earth.”

That greatness is based upon the leadership America has brought to the world stage by promoting individual freedoms, personal responsibility, respect for life, and the limited role of government.  The fact is America’s greatness is due to the fact that we are a nation of immigrants who came to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families. These immigrants came here not to change America but to embrace American values and what America represents…including freedom from government oppression.  For generations immigrants came to America because they wanted to become American citizens first while still acknowledging the heritage of their forefathers and their neighbors. 


It is uncertain how many people would prefer life in Mr. Putin’s Russia, but it is rather clear that many Americans are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with “bringing fundamental change to America.” Those folks are the Americans who strongly support the Constitution of the United States of America…the fundamental law of the land. #124

“He’s Officially Out of Control”

October 7, 2013

The President is now weighing in on the NAME Washington Redskins, in yet another diversionary tactic.

He’s been an inept foreign policy leader, he’s not effective in resolving the government shutdown and he sure has no interest in addressing the nation’s debt crisis.

But he does want to tell us that the name “Washington Redskins” offends a sizable group of people. “People have real legitimate concerns about these things,” he opined.

For consistency sake, should we avoid any similar references “that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage?”

One who agrees with the President (Susan Shown Harjo) said “it still has negative ramifications for our people.”

Lanny Davis, attorney for the NFL’s Redskins noted fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” at every game…a form of praise. Fans love the Redskins.

Does it follow that all references to Blacks shall now be banned- for fear of offending some? Let me just say there are many, many African-Americans throughout history who have made historically significant contributions in their times on to this day , the Rev. Martin Luther King, Justice Thurgood Marshall, President Nelson Mandella, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. DuBois, Copndoleeza Rice, Arthur Ashe to name just a few.

No negative connotations there.

I do not see this President as a black President, just a totally ineffective one.

It seems the President’s wants to continue his ‘divide and conquer’ strategy for another 40 painful months. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise.


A short footnote regarding “He’s Officially Out of Control….and he has been since Day 1, in January 2009.” Any honest person, when asked to describe this President in one word would have no difficulty chooosing from clueless, deceitful, dishonest, fraud, incompetent, narcissist, socialist, destructive, corrupt, or arrogant. What does that say for those who voted for him (TWICE!)?

-John Alexander Madison
October 6, 2013

“In His Own Words”

September 22, 2013

In His Own Words

by John Alexnader Madison

September 22, 2013


“But with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop. (Applause.) This needs to stop.” 

President Barack Obama, Speech on the Economy and ‘Phony Scandals,’ Galesburg, IL, July 24, 2013 #122