Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Corruption with a Capital C-linton

Corruption with a Capital C-linton
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 6, 2016

After the dog and pony show trotted out by FBI Director James Comey, Federal Bureau of Investigations can now officially be amended to Failed Basic Intelligence.

On the day after Independence Day there is no doubt the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their collective graves knowing that justice has been both perverted and subverted in the name of Clinton – both Hillary and Bill. Justice may not be blind, but it most certainly has been hoodwinked.

Once again, the rules don’t seem to apply to the Clintons. I initially began this column with the intent of calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from any continued investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s computer and e-mail peccadillos due to Lynch’s ex-parte communication with the former president on an airport tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (This was no chance meeting.)

Clearly that is merely a symptom of the bigger disease of corruption involving the Clintons. There is little question that Lynch and Bill Clinton spent their half hour conversation discussing more than grandchildren and golf. Even if the subject of Hillary’s investigation was not broached, and I have a hard time believing that it wasn’t, the mere appearance of the two speaking with one another is completely inappropriate. Lynch didn’t earn her position of AG by being a doormat, thus she could have asked Mr. Clinton to excuse himself from her government plane. Then, days later, Mrs. Clinton announces she will consider keeping Lynch on as AG should Clinton ascend to the White House. (Assuming Lynch could pass muster before the Senate, whose job it is to advise and consent regarding cabinet nominations.)

Then comes the announcement by Comey, where he spent the first 10 minutes of a roughly 15 minute monologue reading a litany of Mrs. Clinton’s wrongdoings, if not actual offenses and crimes, only to pull her head out of the noose. “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” said Comey, after a buildup where all roads seemed to have Mrs. Clinton wearing an orange jumpsuit. Instead, she is free to don an orange pantsuit as she continues laughing her way down the campaign trail. “Cannot find a case?” You don’t have to look very far or very hard, Mr. Comey.

If this is not demonstrative of the fix being in, or as presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to aver, that “the system is rigged,” there never will be such a case. This is yet another example of a corrupt system helping to drive the United States into Third World status. The people cannot have faith or put their trust in a system that has one set of rules for them, and another set of rules for the powerful – that leads to a totalitarian state – the very monarchy from which we the people declared our independence 240 years ago this week. A monarchy against which the American patriots fought a war (1775-83) and where more than 4,400 Americans died in battle for the cause of liberty and freedom. With Hillary Clinton and her career of scandals, lies, and corruption, the United States is taking a giant leap backwards.

During Comey’s speech he asserted how Mrs. Clinton’s behavior was “extremely careless” in using personal computer servers. The mere utilization of non-governmental servers lacks transparency, something on which the Obama administration claims to pride itself. “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” said Comey, also calling for transparency.

Furthermore, Comey unearthed factual data that Mrs. Clinton lied under oath and lied to the American people when she said “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. There is no classified material…” on March 10, 2015 as well as in other words on numerous additional dates.

“Seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails,” said Comey.

For those who think this e-mail situation is much ado about nothing, this is really about national security and how someone who is running for the highest office in the land, to represent the United States on the global stage, to be Commander in Chief of the American armed forces it is unconscionable, yet sadly, not surprising how blithely Mrs. Clinton has treated this investigation. Perhaps she knew all along a recommendation to not prosecute or indict was coming down the pike. Her actions and lies are reprehensible. Clinton’s opponents this fall should use her words on the television screen alongside those of Comey to prove to the American people what a dishonest, disreputable individual she has been and continues to be.

Yet, Comey continued to lambaste Clinton on her irresponsible behavior. “Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” stated Comey, making a grand assumption that Clinton is a reasonable person.

Perhaps it is Comey that lacks reasonableness. When it appeared Comey would seek indictment against the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, he concluded his remarks saying that “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1983-89), was flabbergasted by Comey’s remarks. “No reasonable prosecutor would not bring a case against” Hillary Clinton, said Giuliani, adding that Comey’s words “was almost an abdication of duty.”

Giuliani, among many others, noted that the words “extremely careless” are akin to “gross negligence,” the language used in 18 U.S.C. 793(f), which states:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
            
Indictment does not require intent, admitted Comey, which makes his statement about not prosecuting the case even more incomprehensible, barring a fix, a rigging, or a quid pro quo. (Comey, uncharacteristically, failed to answer questions following his announcement.)

Comey’s “tell” might have been in his preface by stating he had not discussed his remarks in advance with anyone, and that he had “no outside influence of any kind.” Less than three hours following Comey’s live broadcast of his remarks, Barack Obama appeared on the campaign trail for the first time with Clinton in Charlotte, NC. Obama had to know Comey was not recommending prosecution of Clinton otherwise he would not have made the trip. Imagine the visual of Obama singing Hillary’s praises just hours after it was recommended she be prosecuted for numerous violations of federal law. Which, according to the statute above, Clinton should be under indictment. But for Obama it is all about his image and his legacy.

While on the discussion of legacy, KT McFarland, a Fox News contributor who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan indicated that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 for lesser offenses. General David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA and ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, yet for worse behavior, Clinton lives to lie another day.

What should also be disconcerting to all discerning American voters, is that once Clinton becomes the official nominee of the Democrats, she (as will her GOP opponent) will be provided full deep classified information as part of a national ticket, according to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan, speaking with personal authority as the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, added that Mrs. Clinton should be denied such access for her clear and demonstrative recklessness with information related to national security.

Lack of the appropriate clearance should disqualify Clinton from serving as president, and perhaps such thoughts were on the mind of Comey. Were Comey to have called for the prosecution of Clinton it would have had a deleterious effect on the electoral process. But this investigation should be above politics and above reproach, for no candidate or elected official is above the law – just ask the ghost of Richard M. Nixon. But Comey put politics above the rule of law and for that; he should resign as director of the FBI.

Comey did say the result of this investigation is not an exoneration of Mrs. Clinton, however. But with no charges to be levied, and to borrow a phrase, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Hillary Clinton is free to continue lying to the government, and more importantly, lying to the American people. She can continue to huckster her way through the campaign smiling on the outside while having complete disregard for the American people – as was on full display in West Virginia. Clinton spoke with a coal miner who was frank with the Democratic hopeful about the dire straits he, his family, and many other coal miners are currently enmeshed. After baring his soul, Clinton’s response was so disconnected, basically telling the emotional miner that she knows earning his vote would be difficult while never addressing his concerns. She was disengaged, as though she was participating in an entirely different conversation.

Clinton, riddled with scandal and corruption for decades, both with her husband and on her own accord, will tell the people what they want to hear, a la Barack Obama, and taking a page from his playbook, Clinton has also learned at the knee of the master radical, Saul Alinsky.

Hillary Clinton is as corrupt as Eva Peron, when we need the statesman-like leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

The 2016 presidential election is perhaps the most pivotal since 1860. May G-d help us, and may G-d save the Union.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Witness for all the Victims - Rape at Stanford

Witness for all the Victims – Rape at Stanford
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
June 8, 2016

If ever there was a time to reach into the screen – either the computer where you are reading this column, or the television where you get most of your news, to grab hold of a trio of smarmy, maladjusted cretins and pound their idiotic faces into hash, this is certainly that time.

There is something afoul within the justice system of the United States – so disgraceful and repugnant that all Americans must take notice and act – if not on their own behalf, then on behalf of the decent law abiding people who may one day become victims or have their lives affected by their association with victims.

Two people’s lives have been inalterably affected by the actions of one – one person made a choice, the other a victim of that choice. Victim and perpetrator will be inexorably linked in perpetuity. In January 2015 Brock Allen Turner, then a freshman attending Stanford University, sexually assaulted an unconscious, half-naked 23 year old woman. The crime was discovered and the woman rescued by two bicycling graduate students. Both victim and attacker had been drinking – and yes, that matters.

But for now, what matters most is that on Thursday, June 2, the judge, Stanford alumnus Aaron Persky, sentenced Turner, now 20, to a mere six months in county jail followed by probation instead of a maximum of 14 years in state prison for being found guilty of three felonious counts of sexual assault. The jury was unanimous in their January 2016 verdict regarding Turner’s sexual assault and bodily violation of an unconscious woman. Even 14 years is far too minimal a sentence for the heinousness of the crime in question.

I am not going to waste time condemning the defense team for zealously defending their client – that is what they get paid handsomely for in the first place. They played it smart by going after the victim, who admitted her memory was faulty for overindulging in alcohol.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge, the not so honorable Aaron Persky, opined in his pathetic ruling that a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, a champion swimmer with Olympic aspirations. “Severe impact?” Isn’t that the purpose of punishment? Shouldn’t the reparations with which Turner is saddled have a severe impact? This isn’t swim camp after all, this is prison for violating an innocent woman. Making matters worse, is that Turner showed no remorse for his crime, and instead blamed it on the alcohol. If alcohol is to be a collaborator in Turner’s heinous act, then should not alcohol be rendered illegal?

And what about the severe impact Turner’s crime has on the victim? Not had, as in past tense, has, as she must live with the emotional and physical scars for the rest of her days. The victim’s impact statement, while lengthy, roughly 7,200 words, is absolutely worth reading. Hers is an anguish that will undoubtedly outlast the six month gift of a sentence handed to Turner. (https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.mqNnAkrvD#.rt8OgQzK3)

Adding insult to injury, Turner’s father, Dan Turner, is exhibit “A” why his son demonstrated no remorse for his crime. Dan Turner said of his son’s life, “it will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

“Action?” What a piece of work this father is. No doubt he is up for father of the year. Turner sounds like a four year old who doesn’t understand right from wrong, and is calling his son’s sexually assaulting an unconscious woman “20 minutes of action.” Should James Holmes’ shooting and murder barrage in an Aurora, CO movie theater in 2012 be called five minutes of action and summarily dismissed? Is the amount of time it took to commit the crime actually relevant when determining the sentence?

And what about the dreams of the victim? They are shattered – even if temporarily, when they should not have been at all. She is now living a life of fear, trepidation, loathing, sleepless nights, and with a lack of trust – none of which is by her own choosing. Those 20 minutes manifestly changed her life.

Dan Turner also reported that his precious, privileged, progeny hasn’t been able to eat and enjoy his rib eye steaks the way he used to. No doubt the victim is not enjoying her meals or her life as she once did, but hey, Brock Turner’s ability to enjoy his steaks is what matters. Both Dan and Brock Turner are a pair of obsequious weasels.

One might suggest were it not for the alcohol there might not be a victim or a perpetrator. That might be true. Perhaps a conscious potential victim could have fought off her attacker. Perhaps the attacker might not have sought to violate an unconscious woman had he not been under the influence. But how inebriated does one need be to sexually assault an unconscious woman and still maintain the faculties necessary to perform in such a manner? Yes, Turner was drunk. But the victim was unconscious and unable to grant consent to anything. If Turner was able to violate her person, he was capable of making a decision – he chose wrongly and for that, should spend more time in jail than a mere six months. Turner must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Perhaps one day when women refuse his requests for dates because he is a vicious sex offender will Turner understand what the words personal responsibility mean, but from the excuses offered for his actions, don’t hold your breath.

As for the dishonorable Judge Persky, he was up for reelection on Tuesday, June 7, but did not appear on the ballot for his six year term as he faced no opposition. Perhaps smugness led him to make such a disastrous ruling. Recall efforts are in effect. An on-line petition at www.change.org has garnered more than 600,000 signatures – mine will be one of them – demanding Persky’s removal from the bench. A formal printed petition requiring roughly 70,000 signatures would place Persky’s name on the November ballot for recall.

Persky’s decision is an ignominy, a mockery of the judicial system, and an insult to every victim of rape and sexual assault. Clearly the blindfold was stripped off of Lady Justice. Persky is a capricious worm who should be removed from the bench and disbarred. Hold Aaron Persky accountable for not holding Brock Allen Turner accountable.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Send VA's McDonald on Permanent Vacation

Send VA’s McDonald on Permanent Vacation
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 26, 2016

Comparing the wait time for medical services at VA facilities to that of the lengthy lines at Disneyland is both insensitive and disrespectful to those who put their lives on the line defending the freedoms of this great nation. For his derisive and dismissive remarks, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald should be dismissed and sent on a permanent vacation.

Thousands of American veterans, service men and women who signed a blank check for up to and including the ultimate sacrifice have actually died waiting for the medical services they have earned. Additionally, thousands of veterans have been declared deceased by the VA, thus costing them their benefits, and ultimately sending them on a trail of red tape in the attempts to reinstate both their status and those much needed benefits.

McDonald, who has oft-claimed his hands are tied and unable to fire personnel at the VA, is simply a symptom of a greater ill. That ill is governmental bureaucracy – a bureaucracy that has prevented veterans from obtaining the necessary care they earned that will improve their lives. Veterans are typically placed on lengthy waiting lists – sometimes months long for appointments. That would be unheard of in the private sector, and thanks to competition, patients are free to seek medical care elsewhere.

To that end, privatization of the medical aspect of the Veterans Administration, in a capitalist society will be the veterans’ salvation. Far too many veterans are chained to the VA for their medical care, treatment, and prescription medications. Were the VA forced to compete on the open market and patients given viable alternatives within their financial restraints, veterans could put the VA behind them. Offer tax incentives to doctors to add new veteran patients to their practices.

Illegal aliens seem to have better medical options than do veterans. Many veterans have limited incomes, which is another disgrace for another column. Veterans should be able to visit any doctor of their choosing. (Quite frankly, so should all Americans – thus the dire need to obliterate Obamacare.) Illegals get free medical care, paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer – including taxes extracted from veterans.

As for the non-medical aspects of the Department of Veterans Affairs, fire the dead weight, incompetents, and the malingerers. Replace them with veterans qualified to do those jobs. US Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), herself a veteran, are both calling for the dismissal of McDonald for his egregious and irresponsible Disneyland comments as well as the overall disastrous manner in which the Department is being managed.

Free the veterans from the government yoke and get them the medical care they need and deserve. They gave this country their all, it’s the very least that should be done for them.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Potty Politics Plagues Public Schools

Potty Politics Plagues Public Schools
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 13, 2016

In the United States majority rule, minority rights has typically been the unwritten rule. Not according to the Obama administration who is attempting to micromanage the lives of all Americans by inflicting minority rule, majority irrelevance; and to make matters worse, he is impinging upon the public school children of this nation.

The Obama administration is doubling down on its lawsuit against the state of North Carolina by threatening the public school systems across the entire country, and thus foisting an immoral agenda on the children of this nation allowing the feelings of one child to trump the comfort of all others. (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2016/05/his-hers-potty-politics.html)

At the risk of losing federal funding, Obama’s toilet fetish would require public schools to permit any child the use of any bathroom facility and locker room based simply on how that child identifies, not based upon the realities of biology. According to the Obama administration, which is attempting to make this a civil rights issue, the so-called rights of a self-identifying child based upon feelings and not G-d-given biology actually must supersede those of the overwhelming majority. (See the column linked above for discussion of the Constitutional issue.)

In addition to threatening to eliminate federal funding for schools that refuse to succumb to his demented notion of equality, Obama is planning to take food out of the mouths of needy children. Such fiscal losses would include federal funding for breakfast and lunch programs designed to aid at-risk students. This feckless administration is willing to deprive or hold hostage already downtrodden children the basics in nutrition simply to acquiesce to the demands of a tiny minority; a tiny minority that is endeavoring to coerce and shame multi-national corporations into falling in line with these same demands at the risk of boycotts.

This is nothing more than politically correct intimidation by an obsequious weasel who, in 2008, promised to “fundamentally transform America.” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was prophetic when he said the bathroom bill battle in his state is “no longer just a North Carolina issue.” This is now a federal mandate that undoubtedly will find both wide scale objections by parents and non-parents alike that fear for the safety of children in public schools, as well as degenerates seeking to push the envelope of public decency and morality.

A high school student, a teenager, not attempting to transcend boundaries and defy authority is as rare as a kosher ham. John wakes up one morning decides he is Jane and wants to shower in the girl’s locker room at school after gym class. By the political machinations of Obama, this biological male now will be afforded the right to do just that, despite the complaints, objections, and protestations of all those biological females who use the girl’s locker room as a matter of course.

Moms? Dads? Do you want the above scenario unfolding in your public school? The public school you support with your property taxes? Call me old fashioned, but I am concerned for the safety of my wife and daughters, as well as their ability to use a public restroom and gym locker room unimpeded by a man who may or may not be a lurking pervert intent on committing some form of harassment or a heinous sex crime.

The time is nigh for people to stand up for what is right, moral, and decent in American society. The vast majority should not have to surrender their right to attend public school or use a public restroom or locker room because a handful of people wish to defy the natural order of biology. This is not an issue of fair and equitable use of public accommodations, as no one is being denied their use. All that is being requested is that biology be adhered to and those who have successfully completed gender reassignment surgery not be discriminated against based upon their new gender. Gender identity is an entirely different notion when a person decides not to act within the confines of their biology.

And what of the precedent this will set regarding Title IX and women’s athletics? Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX never mentions transgender or transsexual individuals. If a male identifying as a female is permitted use of the girl’s bathroom and locker room, the next step is the ball field. This will become a breeding ground for all forms of shenanigans and chicanery. To deny the self-identifying female, yet biological male, a place on the girls’ soccer team, basketball team, softball team, volleyball team, track team, swim team, or any other female team sport will invite lawsuit after lawsuit. This is the United States – one of the most litigious societies on the planet. Will the United States be banned from the Olympics if the other countries don’t follow suit? (Former Bulgarian, East German and Soviet gymnasts notwithstanding.) The Title IX scenario is demonstrative of how out of control the entire premise of identity gender politics is and will ultimately become.

If ever there is a slippery slope, this is it. Granting Obama’s demands is the continuance of the demise of decent, moral, Judeo-Christian society. On the other hand, this could be the clarion call that is needed to wake up American society to the need for increased charter schools, parochial schools, religious schools, and home schooling. Perhaps the time has come for a tax revolution to stop funding public schools until they cease serving as a tool of the corrupt teachers’ unions (of which I was a one-time member), the Democrat Party, and an enslaver of the poor who have no alternative and become tools themselves of the Democrat Party and dependent on their lifelong largess.

Until that time, it is up to heroes like Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) to stand up to Obama and the federal government and protect the safety of all the children in the Lone Star State. He rightfully called it blackmail and is defying Obama. Let him set the standard that other governors will follow and stop the potty political insanity.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

His, Hers, & Potty Politics

His, Hers, & Potty Politics
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 11, 2016

The Obama administration, via Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is once again attempting to micromanage the lives of all Americans through ridiculous lawsuits pertaining to potty politics.

This need not be a lengthy screed, but as is typical of the Obama administration, they are literally making this a federal case by suing the state of North Carolina, thus forcing the Tar Heel State to countersue the federal government. Deigning to compare the current kerfuffle of alleged discriminatory practices in North Carolina pertaining to proper bathroom choices to the Civil Rights Movement and Jim Crow Laws is an insult to all who paid the ultimate price fighting for the rights and dignity of G-d given equality.

To tell biological males that they must use the men’s room; and to tell biological females they must use the women’s room is not subverting any of their civil rights. They are not being denied accommodations the way blacks were denied seats at lunch counters, lodging in hotels, housing opportunities in certain neighborhoods, jobs, equality on the ball field, battlefield, or in the classroom.

If Phil wants to jump into a dress and slap on some lipstick and call himself Phyllis, that’s his business. But when he decides to sashay into the ladies room to do his business, then it becomes all of our business. To reference a House episode where the good doctor divided two groups of potential team members into “danglers” and “non-danglers,” so too should our bathroom facilities remain divided. Just because a man isn’t feeling particularly manly today doesn’t give him the right to use the women’s room and make others feel uncomfortable and revert back to the men’s room the next day. Those men and women who complete gender reassignment surgery should be permitted use of the facilities of their new gender.

A reasonable, not necessarily simple, solution is to have a men’s room, a women’s room, and a single stall facility for those unable to figure out whether they are in Column A or Column B. Many large shopping facilities, malls and factory outlets, for example, already offer a third option called a family changing room designed for parents changing babies. This is a single stall option that can be utilized by anyone – one at a time. While this is clearly a reasonable solution, it may not be simple. Smaller businesses and service establishments such as restaurants or offices may not be spatially equipped to expand and install a third bathroom option. In those cases, danglers must use the men’s room and non-danglers must use the women’s room. This is a matter of biology, not feelings. Biology and gender are not debatable. We are as G-d created us.

The more prickly concern are the locker room and shower situations, which are larger more unwieldy spaces in businesses such as gyms and schools. A separate changing facility can be provided, but a private shower becomes infinitely challenging, thus the dangler/non-dangler proposition. There is a genuine concern about opposite genders simultaneously sharing shower facilities, especially in schools, where this has already become an issue. Shockingly there are actually people supporting the right of a student who merely identifies as the opposite sex to be permitted use of the shower of his/her choice. It is this brand of laissez-faire permissiveness lending itself to inappropriate interlopers taking advantage of a situation by committing exploitive acts against the unsuspecting and naïve. There is something extremely wrong here as it speaks to the continuing decay of the moral fabric of American society as well as the shrinking acceptance of Judeo-Christian values in this country.

The bigger picture is the legal overreach by the Obama administration as it seeks to usurp state law thus ignoring and bypassing the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Each state should have the right to determine its own policies. This should not be made a 14th Amendment case either, as this is not an equal protection issue. (“…nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.) No one is being denied bathroom facilities.

While potty politics has become Obama’s latest fascination and priority, infinitely more paramount issues such as illegal immigration, securing the border, sanctuary cities, defeating ISIS, a growing heroine epidemic, and a failing public school system are relegated to the back burner. It’s time for Obama to get off the pot and concern himself with something important, like where he put his putter.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Vote Cruz - Now More than Ever

Vote Cruz – Now More than Ever
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 3, 2016

Friends; fellow Hoosiers, Indiana is the Crossroads of America and this nation is also at a crossroad.

Can we afford to continue down the perilous path toward higher taxes and higher unemployment due in part to forced socialized medicine? A path where America’s allies can no longer count upon us and America’s enemies no longer fear us? It is bad enough the United States is not respected as a nation to the point where Americans traveling abroad are not safe. Where increased illegal immigration and sanctuary cities render our porous borders meaningless. Where political correctness is destroying the fabric of this nation, especially where the First Amendment is concerned on college campuses. Where the Second Amendment is in jeopardy and the military is weakened physically and in its morale by an administration with disdain for our troops.

The time is nigh we the people speak out and pull ourselves out of the morass into which we have fallen. While there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, I subscribe to Ronald Reagan’s 80-20 rule – don’t discard a candidate for which you disagree 20 percent of the time when you still agree with him or her the remaining 80 percent.

As was said of Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) during the 1964 campaign for president, Texas Senator Ted Cruz represents a choice, not an echo. He is oft criticized as having few friends in the Senate. There’s a reason for that – Cruz is not a go along to get along senator. (One of those friends, Utah Senator Mike Lee, who I met over the weekend, has been criss-crossing the state stumping for Cruz.) His agenda, and the reason the people from the Lone Star State sent him to Washington, was to end the status quo, make genuine change and improvements in the lives of those who sent him there and not be beholden to special interest groups.

Ted Cruz will ensure the seat held with dignity and aplomb on the Supreme Court by the late Justice Antonin Scalia will be filled by a Constitutional Conservative who will do the job of interpreting the law and not legislating from the bench. In addition to the passing of Scalia, it is quite probable that three additional justices will retire during the next administration and with Cruz’s acumen as a Constitutional expert; we the people can rest assured future selections to the High Court will fit the Scalia mold.

Senator Cruz will restore strength and dignity to the US military and put them in a position to destroy all enemies, foreign and domestic, especially the scourge that is ISIS. Sanctuary cities will be put on notice that by not cooperating with federal law enforcement and ICE will put any federal funding in jeopardy. We may not be able to deport 12 to 20 million illegal aliens, but if they are restricted from receiving any government aid and denied employment meant for US citizens and legal immigrants, many may opt to return to their countries of origin to hopefully repair those nations and improve the lots of those people demonstrating that a rising tide lifts all boats.

Ted Cruz is a steadfast conservative fervently defending our freedom of religion, the Second Amendment, and the Tenth Amendment that far too many have abandoned. Cruz is solidly pro-life and one of the strongest pro-Israel candidates calling for the move of the US embassy to its rightful place of Jerusalem.

With the repeal of Obamacare employment will rise as employers will not feel stifled by limiting the number of hours a person can work or the number of workers that can be hired in order to remain financially viable thanks to the Draconian penalties associated with Obamacare. Far too many people have lost their health insurance under this administration and it is time the concept of interstate competition be employed as with other forms of insurance.

I am confident a Ted Cruz-Carly Fiorina ticket will begin to restore America’s respectability in the world. I liked Fiorina while she was running for president – she had always been in my top five of the menagerie of GOP candidates, and having met her over the past weekend and spoken with her, she will be a strong vice president to work with a President Cruz. Her knowledge of technology and the military are impressive and her life experiences will add dimensions to the leadership.

Join me today in voting for Senator Ted Cruz here in Indiana.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Target Flushes Decency

Target Flushes Decency
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
April 28, 2016

Capitulating to one of the smallest global populations, Target Corp., headquartered in Minneapolis, will inevitably cost itself millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of customers, a drop in its share value, and safety issues for women and young children.

A growing petition already signed by greater than 980,000 people pledging to boycott the second largest discount retailer because of a disastrously moronic decision to allow transgender patrons to opt for the bathroom and changing room “corresponding with their gender identity,” as opposed to the gender gifted to them at birth by G-d.

So, in a country where it is increasingly anything goes, Target has put women and children at risk by giving a green light to any Tom, Dick, and pervert to don a dress and commit any number of heinous acts. But to the good, decent, honorable people of the United States, anything does not go, and men are men, while women are women and the two should use their assigned restrooms and dressing rooms whether in Target, another retail establishment, a restaurant, supermarket, or school.

Similar legislation passed in North Carolina and was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (R) as a preemptive strike against an ordinance from being enacted in Charlotte permitting people from choosing bathroom and locker room facilities on a whim of how they feel at the moment.

In response to the Tar Heel State standing up to indecency and supporting the majority of its population, the NCAA, American Airlines, and PayPal have decried the decision as discriminatory and are rethinking conducting business in the state.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, now a former ESPN analyst, was fired on April 20 for opining on this issue in favor of North Carolina’s HB2. Schilling noted that to want gender appropriate changing and restroom facilities garners one a label of bigot, homophobe, or worse – death threats.

On Facebook, Schilling posted: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Schilling has long been outspoken on numerous issues, taking a conservative stance, for which he remains non-apologetic. Schilling has every right to his opinions while ESPN has a right to relieve him of his duties. Schilling is a principled individual who knew his opinions were in the minority at ESPN and knew his days were probably numbered at the sports network. Schilling should be applauded.

It is vital for principled people like Schilling and those of us who write in support of decency in the United States to not allow those who live a laissez-faire lifestyle to intimidate the overwhelming majority of the people who know that it is common sense for men to use the men’s room and women to use the women’s room without putting anyone in harm’s way.

We live in dangerous times. We are hounded by terrorism both domestically and globally. We have a failing public school system in complete disrepair. We have rising crime rates due to a lack of value placed on human life – including black on black murders and the snuffing out of unborn children via the legalized murder called abortion.

But instead of ignoring what many may not think is a big deal – after all who sees what genitals a person has when they enter a toilet stall or a changing room stall? Just the opposite. I subscribe to what former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani calls the “broken window philosophy.” While replacing and repairing broken windows may not seem a priority, ignoring it makes the neighborhood worse. Ignoring the allowance of bathroom facilities, changing and locker rooms to be open to anyone’s impulse simply sets a dangerous precedence for the perverse to push against the majority of decent, moral Americans.

Call Target at 1-800-440-0680 to politely, yet firmly, express your outrage regarding this decision as well as to inform them of your decision to take your business and hard earned money elsewhere.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.