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Harm Reduction Voting

Harm Reduction Voting
By Lee Hemen
November 5, 2018

I recently read a short rant about voting not because you believe in a candidate but voting because you believe in “harm reduction”. At first I was a bit offended but then I realized that is exactly what I did when I held my nose and voted against Hillary Clinton. She was the perfect example of an out of touch Democrat who would say or do anything in order to get elected. In many ways worse than Barrack Obama who was the quintessential elitist. However much to my surprise the person I voted for turned out to be a pretty good choice in spite of his self. Why, because we are now enjoying one of the best economies in the history of the United States.

The liberal view of floating everyone’s boat has worked under the present administration. Every economic, racial, age group and sexual orientation has enjoyed the economic boom: Lowest unemployment for women, men, Blacks, Hispanics, and College Students. Even socialists have enjoyed the outcome of what has occurred. Labor and industry has grown leaps and bounds. More people have enrolled in governmental healthcare in the first two years of this administration, higher Social Security benefits, ability to give more to your own retirement income, and more women and minorities are working in higher positions in this administration than the past one.

If one thinks that this is a capitalist, corrupt, racist, patriarchal nation, ruled by an oligarchy then that is fine by me. But the corruption that these folks have longed to see uncovered has been only found in their ranks. In the process of trying to nail the current President we have discovered that it was the Clintons who colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats who worked to tank Bernie Sanders, and the hopes that they pinned on 30 year old sexual misconduct to thwart a Supreme Court nominee turns out to be one huge lie that has been investigated and might result in Federal charges against those who lied. If you think we’re ruled by an oligarchy look no further than Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Harry Reid, or Patty Murray; fossils who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and narrow-mindedness.

The political plantation where liberals have enslaved millions of voters is finely being seen for what it truly is. The angry mob mentality has not won the hearts and minds of most of Americans. Sure it may result in throwing out the bums in power this time, but it will not work in the long run. What happens when you win and things go south because of your inability to produce anything of substance for those you have lied to and enslaved for decades?

If one truly thinks things are so bad in this country there is always a great solution: move. Frankly I see a better America than most Socialists do; and my Daddy told me that if you keep looking to and fretting about the past that is where you will remain. Thankfully most of those I know who moved here from other countries do so because they believe wholeheartedly in the American dream that you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard enough. I would rather rely on these than the tired old failures of Socialism that has not worked wherever it has been fully tired.

This brings me back to voting for “harm reduction”, which I often do in order to make sure that the status quo doesn’t remain so for long. I always remind myself that there is always next time because those who often win now that I disagree with show their true colors, blow it big time, and are rejected later by most Americans. Harm reduction. I will remember.



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Who Are the Nazis of Today?

by Lee Hemen

Sadly there is little history being taught in public schools today; not who was the first President, Black History, or other such things but rather why certain things occurred and what differing groups believed and why and what resulted. A good example is the ignorance concerning Socialism, Planned Parenthood, or Nazism.

Nazism is National Socialism where the state controls every aspect of a citizen’s life from healthcare, education, retirement, to science. Everything is to benefit the state. Nazism gained power when radical crowds of organized, Nazi-funded, protestors known as Brown-shirts gained access to public meetings and disrupted them. They would shout down, chant, and bust heads if necessary. Public protests and riots were well orchestrated where protestors were trained, paid, and bused in.

Symbolism and slogans, placards and public protests became an important part of the Nazi Brown-shirt movement. Later music and public rallies were used to pump up crowds and indoctrinate the public. Anyone who stood in their way was branded as narrow-minded, uneducated, and worse racist against their own people. Eugenics, a thinly disguised way to do away with those deemed undesirable was promoted and certain groups were targeted as the reason for the economic failure. The Jews became the scapegoats and later anyone or any group that stood in their way. Popular movie stars and actors, singers, heroes of the day, the press, and even religious leaders supported Nazism. In fact the press became so enchanted and friendly that they fawningly supported its takeover as necessary. It wasn’t until later when anyone who dared disagree, was being re-educated, suddenly disappeared, or were utterly dismissed that the press realized that what they had supported was evil. Nazism was in fact an extreme minority until they gained the public square and began to control public opinion through their protests and the media.

Now if any of this sounds familiar it should. Recently we have seen well organized bused in groups of protestors, local public meetings disrupted admittedly done so by outside agitators, and the orchestration of blaming others for the failure of government. Symbolism and placards, well organized protests and the media’s culpability are seen as these groups dupe others into thinking they are the answer. The blame game is rampant and they have selected their scapegoat. They will do whatever it takes, shout down reasonable discussion, and use the media to promote their brand of National Socialism. Those who disagree will be dismissed as racist, haters, and phobic.

So, who are the Nazis of today?


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The Wonderful World of Socialism

The Wonderful World of Socialism
By Lee Hemen
March 10, 2016

When millennials were asked what the definition of socialist was, they often thought it was something like Sweden; they are wrong. Sweden actually enjoys more freedoms than we do in some areas. They are a democratic society. Socialism is the precursor of communism. Socialist views, such as Bernie Sanders espouses, are not only dangerous, they will end up restricting many of the freedoms millennials now enjoy.

Socialism is an economic concept that advocates public ownership of all resources. The production and distribution of resources within a society are then controlled by members of that society collectively or by the government that represents that society. Goods are produced and distributed based on need rather than on market forces such as profitability, price and consumers’ purchasing power. In a socialist economy, workers contribute to society based on their ability and receive according to their needs, rather than being paid wages and using that money to purchase what they want. Private possessions are limited to personal-use items such as clothes, and there is no need or ability for individuals to accumulate wealth, so there is equality among the people.

Therefore, socialism wants big government to run everything from your birth to your death. It cries, “Power to the people!” But in reality it evolves into power to big government which dictates every aspect of your life. It takes from the hard working individual who desires a better life for themselves and their families and gives to those who leech off the governmental teat. The individual does not matter and is forced to share whatever they have garnered for themselves with others whether they like it or not.

It sounds altruistic to the young and politically innocent ears of the millennial but what is hidden behind those the likes of Bernie are horrendous. It takes away any personal initiative because why should anyone strive to do better if what they earn is taken away from them anyway? Why should one go into professional fields or gain a higher education if they know they will be taken care of by the government? Why should I save for my own retirement when the government will take care of me? The ultimate answer is that inherently lazy people won’t. This is why under Obama we now have the highest number of unemployed, underemployed, and welfare recipients in the history of this nation. (For those of you who forgot he did away with welfare reform within the first year of his administration whereby one had to find a job within a given time and get off the governmental dole. It was working and we had the lowest percentage of people on welfare and the lowest actual unemployment in history under those laws.) Your college education means little under socialism.

Socialism also takes away the rights of the individual to go and do what they want when they want to. No more rock climbing, base jumping, or unnecessary activities for you! Under the guise of such slogans as “recycle, reuse, reduce” one begins to discover that they cannot buy certain items anymore, they cannot drive their vehicles the way they used to, nor can they light or heat their homes the same way that is cost effective. In fact, one discovers that in the name of “earth first” socialism one is forced onto mass transit, restricted where they can vacation, and monitored according to the miles they drive. If you think I am wrong, think again. In fact, the individual is so stupid they cannot feed themselves or their families the way they want to because the governmental nannies will restrict what you drink or eat at school, work, or at home. (Those of you who value the new found freedoms of pot smoking are in for a shock when these folks not only come after you with egregious taxation, but how, when, and where you can smoke it. Secondhand marijuana smoke will be regulated and restricted just as tobacco is.)

But the truly scary thing is the restriction of freedom of speech socialism touts. Liberals love to be able to chant their “hey, hey, ho, ho” drivel, flaunt their proclivities, and drop any curse word at the drop of a hat, but woe be it if anyone who disagrees with their mindlessness. If you want to expose their naked dictatorial notions or their sycophantic worship to senseless made-up science they go ballistic. Freedom of expression is only for the politically correct under socialism. They will use terms as “hate”, “fear”, “afraid”, or add “phobic” to any idea they dislike; such as “His hate speech made me fearful and afraid and it sounded homophobic to me” in order to silence any opposition.

Yes the wonderful world of socialism will dictate for you what to think, what to eat, what to wear, and where to go because it will all be based on what big brother thinks is best for the whole community.


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Lesbianmen and Gaygals Unite!

Lesbianmen and Gaygals Unite!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
April 24, 2014

If there are men who think they are women and women who think they are guys, couldn’t there be men who love women because they think they are lesbians? You know men who dress like men because they believe they were born to love women as a woman. In fact, couldn’t we then have them then demand the right to use the same bathrooms as straight men, be able to marry the opposite sex, and have equal rights recognition under the Constitution? And, what if there are women who think they are gay men who love women? I think we should have education in this area and demand the rights of the lesbianman or gaygal. Haven’t these folks been persecuted enough? I can sense the Democratic Party shivering with excitement at the prospect. Perhaps we could get Senator Patty Murray to slug across the stage and mutter something into the TV cameras on their behalf. Maria Cantwell could then readily agree that she has all along supported the oppressed lesbianman and gaygal. Oh, and think of the Federal monies available to help this newly found oppression! Wow, the prospects are mind-boggling, after all they were definitely born that way…

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:9-12 NIV)

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Why My Neighbor hates the Democrats…

Why My Neighbor hates the Democrats…
by Lee Hemen
September 16, 2010

Growing up we had a young man who came and worked on the farm next to us, he was from the Soviet Union. It was an exchange program, but we soon learned that they only let certain young men and women come — only those who touted Communism and who were Party Members. At first, he was braggadocios about everything. “In the USSR we already have TVs in every house, provided by the government.” “In the USSR we have bigger combines and our fruit trees grow more fruit.” “Everyone has free healthcare!” Stuff like that. However, as he lived and worked with us, things changed. He was amazed at our stores, the farm machinery, and the cars we owned. He was amazed that how most of our homes had running water, heat, and lights and indoor bathrooms. You have to remember this was in the early 60s or late 50s. My own family did not own a TV yet, but we had an old used Oldsmobile. When we got our old used black and white Sears TV, we invited him over. He was amazed. When he had to leave, he begged us to hide him. He did not want to go back. When we asked him why, he related it was horrible. He told us about the bread lines and the rationing of everything. How they had no heat in winter, no lights and no indoor plumbing, even in the huge apartment high rises in Moscow. He related how everyone hated being told what to do and think. He related how they listened to Radio Free Europe in order to find out what was really going on in the world. All the newspapers were government controlled. I was only 5 or 6 years-old at the time, but it made a huge impression on me. When he left, he hid money in compartments he made in his luggage and wrapped Pall Mall cigarettes for “bribes” for the guards when we went back through Moscow Airport so he could smuggle in what he was taking back.

My next-door neighbor came from Romania. His name is Eli. He was a Christian lay pastor there. He had to hide his Bible in sections at several of his congregation’s homes. They would tear out separate books and hide them under the floorboards. They would meet in different houses on different days. He would tape the sheets to the inside of his body to walk to another home, where he would share and then hide it so that it could not be in the same home for very long. You could not go out after a certain time at night. You never worshiped on Sundays because then the Secret Police would know. People got money for turning in their friends, neighbors and relatives to the government. Children were taught that the government was what you lived for, that there was no God, and to inform on their parents if they cheated the government. It was their patriotic duty.

He related how he worked in a factory there. One person would sweep the floor, one would carry the dustpan, and another would dump it. And still others would carry the trash while a different person would clean out the trash bin. Everyone got the same pay except those who were Party Members and higher up. Everyone had “make work” jobs because everyone was “unionized” under the government and had to pay dues and taxes back to the State. People would be sleeping, the secret police would break down your door, and your father, mother, or siblings would be taken away and never be seen again. If they were, they would be completely different people — inward, silent, and frightened all the time. Hundreds of thousands were secretly murdered by the Government. He and his wife finally got out.

They could not believe what America had to offer. He told me how he just stood in the middle of the aisle of the first grocery store he went into here and wept. He thought he had died and had gone to heaven. He could not believe that Americans actually threw out food and clothing that they would have been excited to get in Romania. He saved every extra penny he earned here to get the rest of his immediate family out and he succeeded. Now, that Romania is free he has gone back to visit. I asked him if would ever return, and he said, “NO, the Communists might come back.” He absolutely hates, and I mean hates, the Democratic Party. He asked me just last week, “Lee, don’t people realize that the Democrats are just Communists? Don’t they realize that Obama is a Communist and he will harm our freedom here? Are they that stupid? What are you taught in school?” He is a US citizen now and proud of it and so glad his children and grandchildren are as well.

As a footnote, he also related to me how shocked everyone in Romania was when America did not come to the aide of Czechoslovakia when the Soviet Union went in with tanks. Everyone had thought that the USA would stand up to Russia and then Romania would all be free after the Czechs. He related how the Russians, because Romania was an occupied country, were frightened that the USA would strike back. They knew they could not have stopped America and that the populations of the territories they had taken over, like Romania, would have revolted. The Russian Army was ready to revolt as well, having been under paid and fed for decades. They wept for weeks when we did nothing.

By the way, they had “free health care,” but no one wanted to use it because you only got sicker or died in the hospital waiting for medicine or a doctor. You had to constantly bribe governmental officials in order to get to the front of the line or better treatment.

You may naively think, “It can’t happen here.” But it is already beginning. Our children are taught to think the “party line” in schools concerning unions, what makes up a family, or concerning the environment. Obamacare is one step removed from the Soviet-style rationing. The government has shut down much of the oil industry, watches what your children eat, think, and do at school and home, has installed over 30 Presidential “Czars” that are paid huge salaries who are only accountable to him, and is quick to brand anyone who disagrees with them as phobic, stupid, or enemies. Your bank and much of the American auto industry is now owned by the Government. It was recently revealed that upwards of 45% of all households in America are getting some kind of Governmental assistance through meal or food stamps, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, unemployment benefits, home mortgages or college loans — which, by the way record numbers have defaulted on paying back. Add to this the number of public employees hired by all governments – Federal, State, and local – and what we have here is a failure of our system.

What can change this? You can by voting, by not getting on the governmental dole, and by not thinking someone else “owes” you something for nothing. There is never a “free lunch.” I had to laugh when my neighbor Eli asked, “Whatever happened to people being skeptical of their government? It is a good thing to never trust those in power, whoever they are — but especially Democrats.” He is right and that is why my neighbor hates the Democrats.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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CBO: Eight Years of Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus Act

CBO: Eight Years of Iraq War Cost Less Than Stimulus Act

Published August 30, 2010

| FoxNews.com

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

In 2007 and 2008, the deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product was 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.

“Relative to the size of the economy, this year’s deficit is expected to be the second largest shortfall in the past 65 years; 9.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), exceeded only by last year’s deficit of 9.9 percent of GDP,” CBO wrote.

The CBO figures show that the most expensive year of the Iraq war was in 2008, the year when the surge proposed by Gen. David Petraeus and approved by President Bush was in full swing and the turning point in the war. The total cost of Iraq operations in 2008 was $140 billion. In 2007, the cost of Iraq operations was $124 billion.

According to an analysis by the American Thinker’s Randall Hoven, the cost of the Iraq war from 2003-2008 — when Bush was in office — was $20 billion less than the cost of education spending and less than a quarter of the cost of Medicare spending during that same period.

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

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Why I am disgusted with Obama as President…

Why I am disgusted with Obama as President…
By Lee Hemen
July 18, 2010

I am disgusted with Obama because of his self-perceived moral superiority. He lied to the voters when he said he would not raise taxes, he has and will even on the “middle class,” in order to pay for healthcare, SEIU payoffs, and all of the billions in bailouts. He lied when he said unemployment would not ever go over 8% during his Administration. He lied when he said he would end the war(s) in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lied about healthcare paying for itself within a short period of time. (If you believe that whopper, I have some swampland for sale…) He lied about his religious views and church attendance. He continually lied to the American public concerning his status with his friends Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, and such. He lied about his support for public schools and then sent his daughters to the most prestigious and costly private school in the Nation, but he did away with Washington DC parent’s right to choose to send their kids to alternative schools or to use public funds for private schooling. What a Prez!

I am tired of the liberal mainstream media that treated everything Bush did as horrible, who can’t seem to move on, and attacked Bush on every possible thing he did. Even when he played golf, and yet not one word when Obama has played golf 39 times since taking office and gone on at least nine vacations! He even had the audacity to play golf three times before meeting with BP’s CEO, which took him 57 days! (Can you imagine what the media would have done to Bush if he waited 57 days to speak to the CEO of the oil company that is trashing the Gulf Coast? By the way, Bush played golf only 28 times, total, while eight years in office.)

I am disgusted that the same mainstream media who screamed about Bush’s Air National Guard Service is deaf, mute, and blind to Obama not turning over public school records, or those of his years at Harvard, his personal writings, nor have they answered why his Social Security Card was issued from a State he never lived or worked in. While I do believe Obama is an American citizen, I am not a “Birther,” I am troubled that this Administration works so hard and pays literally millions of dollars to lawyers in order to keep Obama’s past secret. It does not make any sense nor does it look good. It only gives credence to wackos. (Even Bush released all of his records.)

And, I am really extremely tired of all Obama all the time on every TV channel, including Fox. Every time you turn on the television, you have to put up with the media talking heads hyperventilating all over him. (I’m not sorry that I have never felt any tingle go up my leg because of the big “O” — only nausea.) Obama has to have an opinion on everything! The man cannot shut up! He needs to just be quiet sometimes and be Presidential. I have never heard him encourage America — only lecture the public, big business, or those who do not see the world through his red-colored glasses.

I am tired of the same old liberal talking points being used, over and over, yet when Obama does something incredibly stupid, no one holds him accountable. Jimmy Carter must be doing a little dance now that he is no longer seen as the most inept and moronic President in modern times. (Gee, I guess there is something good that Obama has done after all!)

I am a proud and vocal outspoken conservative, and I believe that people who claim to be moderates, as Obama did, are lying. I am disgusted with Obama as my President.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…


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