2020 Candidates & Issues

Featured2020 Candidates & Issues

Every week I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. This week I am taking a look at2020 Candidates & Issues.

I am proud to announce that I have published my latest book. This non-fiction book is titled 2020 Candidates & Issues. The print version is available now at https://amzn.to/2ZozmYw. In a matter of days, the Ebook version will be available.

I have spent a lot of time working on this book. One reason is the sheer number of candidates. Second is the amount of research I had to do to gather their biographies and their career highlights. Even harder was learning where they stand on important issues.

To help you understand I’ve included a page from the book:

Note from the author . . .

I’m a relic.

That’s right. I grew up when Democrats and Republicans had civil disagreements that could be discussed without personal attacks or disparagement.

I believe the current state of uncivil discussion is not healthy for our nation we love. Whether you believe it started with the Democrats during Reagan’s Presidency (as I do) or with the Republicans under President George Bush (as Democrats seem to) it affects both parties and endangers the American Representative Democracy that has served us so well.

(Quick quiz: When were we a democracy and how long did it last?

Answer: We have never been a democracy. See Chapter Thirty-One.)

We are now approaching the 2020 election with stark contrasts between Democrats and Republicans. It comes at a time when America has moved further to the right.

Which way will America turn next? This book seeks to inform you about each candidate that is running. The author is himself a conservative, but I’ve tried to present a balanced picture concerning each candidate.

I’ve also included my own analysis plus Author Notes which admittedly comes from a conservative position. But I’ve drawn information from other sources to be as honest and forthright as possible.

But it remains every American citizen’s responsibility to determine the man or woman we want to lead this nation for the next four years. It’s not only important for us but for our children, grandchildren, and the world.

R. Frederick Riddle

That explains why I wrote the book. But that only touches on the peripheral. The truth is that this book is more than just an introduction to the candidates. Their ideas need to be examined in the light of American and world history. Their words seek to define America by the slavery that once existed, but that doesn’t come close to defining us. You the reader, and potential voter, need to first understand them and then understand America.

Unfortunately, America has been in the hands of the far left for so long that we are in danger of accepting their definitions and, ultimately, their solutions. As a counterbalance I have also included President Trump who is a legitimate candidate. His accomplishments are so many that I had to trim them down. It would have been easy to write one book just on him.

It is true that this election will be a landmark for our nation. It could well determine the direction this country goes in the next 100 years! If you compare the Presidency of Barack Obama and the Presidency of Donald Trump, you get a clearer picture. I only briefly touch on this in the book, but the comparison is remarkable!

Eight years under Obama saw the “end of the recession”. I say that with tongue in cheek. The economists will tell you it ended about 2009. Did you notice the end? Probably not. They based their opinion on data, not on people. Unemployment dipped to single digits primarily because people gave up looking for jobs. Whenever the unemployment figures were given, we often heard that the real figure was in the teens.

Men and women, some with degrees, lost their highly skilled jobs and worked in the fast food industry and other low-paying jobs, and still others lost much more. But the economists were more interested in their own numbers.

Based on observation rather than sheer numbers, I believe the recession ended after Trump took office. Now we have true unemployment in the low single digits! This is just one area of difference.

But we now have men and women telling us that America is a horrible place to live. We had Obama tell us to get used to no industrial jobs. Others are using the race card to promote their own political fortunes.

As a conservative, I have tried to be fair as I’ve discussed each candidate. I’ve even identified in a few cases ideas that I considered interesting. One such idea is making Election Day a national holiday. This has merit. I’d like to hear more about it. That is why I listed their stands on the issues. Issues are greater than the candidates. Sometimes we need to look at the issue itself and forget who promoted it.

I also addressed other topics that are related in some degree to the election. These topics include The Green New Deal, Immigration, the Squad, Sanctuary Cities, and more. They represent my view and you are entitled to agree or disagree. But one thing is for sure, these topics need to be examined calmly as we consider our country’s future.

Here are book details:

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (August 19, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1686577761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1686577765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight:  12.3 ounces
  • Cost: $9.99 (paperback); $2.99 (Ebook)

As the election moves forward I will be watching closely. At the moment I am considering writing a follow-up right after Super Tuesday. In any case, I hope you find this book a valuable aid in understanding your choices, even if you aren’t a Democrat.

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How is the Government Shutdown Good for Us?

FeaturedHow is the Government Shutdown Good for Us?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at How is the Government Shutdown Good for Us?
Once again we go through a government shutdown. It appears to be an increasingly popular way of solving disputes. Only when a shutdown occurs do modern politicians get serious about issues. So who is wrong in the current dispute and does it benefit us?
The answer to that is easy. Pelosi, Schumer, and other Democrats assert that a wall is ineffective. Yet walls are built today for a variety reasons and being ineffective is never an issue. Walls work. They’ve worked throughout history and God Himself directed Nehemiah to build a wall. The Democrats are wielding an empty argument.
The greater question is Who’s Winning?
Well, if you believe the liberals and the media you might surmise that the Democrats are winning. But this would be a faulty assumption. The American people are smart enough to see through the Democratic smoke and mirrors arguments. The American people want secure borders which the Democrats, despite their rhetoric, aren’t too eager about. Illegal immigration spawns a ready market for liberal ideology, so it is too the liberal’s advantage to see it continue.
But the American people know that while there is discomfort with a government shutdown life goes on. Government workers, which are more than likely liberal in thinking, are the ones most affected by this shutdown. And this is not good for the Democrats. It looks to me like the President is winning.
How long will it last?
That’s really up to the Democrats. President Trump has told them what they must do to reopen government. As long as they remain recalcitrant the shutdown will continue. They like to belittle the President and pooh-pooh his negotiating abilities, but take a look at his successes since being elected. At every turn he has outsmarted and outplayed his opponents whether they are in Europe, Asia, South or North America.
It’s just a guess, but I think the Democrats are sinking fast. Their base is beginning to suffer the pinch, news articles normally in their favor are beginning to ask questions, and they have to use fake polls to bolster their case (for example using polling in places like California where they are sure to draw support).
Has the Blue Wave played a role?
What Blue Wave? As I’ve mentioned before Midterm elections are historically times when the party in power loses seats not only in the House but in the Senate. But the Republicans gained seats in the Senate.
The so-called Blue Wave fizzled upon the rocks of a counter Red Wave! And thanks to President Obama President Trump knows he can still rule and accomplish a lot with a divided government.
Why do the Democrats hate President Trump?
That’s an interesting question. Before he ever ran for office they liked him. He is on a first name basis with many of them. They liked him, or at least his money.
But the problem came when he ran in opposition to their darling Clinton. The fix was in; she was suppose to win the election no matter who the Republicans put up. Let’s be frank. Clinton didn’t lose the election because of some nebulous collusion between Trump and Russia. She didn’t lose the election because of FBI interference. She lost the election because she once again got caught red handed multiple times and the American people recognized that she was incompetent as well as dishonest.
But a Majority of the People Voted for Her?
That’s true. But a majority of the states voted for Trump. There’s a reason our founders established the Electoral College. They foresaw the possibility of a few states dominating simply because they had a larger population. That would be inherently unfair to all the people. So they equalized the situation with the Electoral College.
Will Trump get His Wall?
It’s not really his wall. I believe that most Americans believe it is necessary. If we could get the politicians out of the way the Wall would be financed and built. Interestingly a man from Southwest Florida has used Social Media to raise in a very short time almost 21 million dollars toward support of the Wall.
Parts of the Wall have already been built before Trump even came into office. I believe that we will eventually see a combination of Wall and electronic countermeasures securing our borders. Only time will tell, but Trump is a powerful force that the Left has yet to figure out let alone defeat.
What will happen with Immigration?
That’s a more difficult question. As long as politicians regard it as their political football it won’t get resolved. I am of the opinion that an expanded legal entrance into the United States along with a broader path for citizenship will eventually have to occur. As long as there are sharp divides and inaction there will continue to be illegal immigration with the accompanying human trafficking, crime, and possible entrance of terrorists.
If the shutdown continues, how will it affect us?
The ‘experts’ haven’t been able to answer that question as of yet. This is supposed to be the longest shutdown in American history. So we are in uncharted territory. But so far it hasn’t really hit the majority of Americans except as a discomfort.
Of course, the TV consultants, media, and analysts will try. But their tract record is not very good. So we will have to wait and see. But as I said earlier, I think the Democrats are sinking fast and pressure is building for them to compromise. And that is what President Trump is seeking, a compromise.
At the beginning I asked how it would benefit us? It really depends on the final resolution. But if the Wall is finished there are some obvious benefits to all of America. Here are a few:

  • Major reduction in Illegal Immigration
  • Reduction in drug smuggling
  • A step toward stopping the rise of health care associated with immigration
  • Less violence along our border
  • Opportunity to work on the existing illegal immigrants now in America

These are just a few ideas that come to mind. It would also allow the government to turn its attention to other important issues needing to be addressed.
Unfortunately for the liberals and media it would mean another of President Trump’s promises being fulfilled. The very idea of this happening keeps them awake at night trying to think of ways to attack him. With the continuing lack of evidence of any wrong doing by the President they need all the help they can get. Although the democrats have used Social Media often they seem to misunderstand its true nature. They continue to put lies out there that the average internet user can check out and quickly discover they are lies.
A Note About So-called Fact Checkers:
There are well known fact checkers out there that a lot of people trust. But my experience has been that it is best not to put too much confidence in them. I think it is wise to remember there is no such thing as an unbiased person. That person doesn’t exist. Everyone has a bias.
That means when making use of fact checkers we should always find out what their bias is. Then check them out. And still be cautious. Why? Because as far as I can tell there is no one who is fact checking the fact checkers!

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How can They Say a Wall is Ineffective?

FeaturedHow can They Say a Wall is Ineffective?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at How can They Say a Wall is Ineffective?
The Democrats primary argument against the building of a wall is that it is ineffective. But this defies the facts. Let’s take a look.
Wall of China – They say it is ineffective. Of course it is now, it was built centuries ago. But until it crumbled it was effective. It at least made invasion more difficult and defense easier.
Prison Walls – If walls are ineffective why do we put prisoners behind walls? It’s too keep the community safe.
City Walls – In olden times they built walls to protect the city and its inhabitants from marauding bandits and opposing armies. This method of protection worked well until modern weaponry came on the scene.
Walls around Homes – Many rich people including both Democrats and Republicans have homes surrounding their houses. If they are ineffective, why bother?
Gated Communities – My wife and I live in a socalled gated community. In our case it consists of wooden and metal fences. Supposedly this makes us more secure. While certainly not 100 percent effective they make it harder for thieves to enter and that’s a good thing.
The idea of a wall is not to stop illegal immigration entirely. That is probably impossible. But right now the rate, which changes every year, is unbearable. We cannot take care of all the world’s poor.
What about the fact they’re escaping famine, extortion, murder, etc.?
I don’t deny that this is happening. But we still can’t take them all in. When you try to do that other injustices take place. A good example was the forced separation of children from their parents and incarcerated in cages. This started under the Obama Administration and continued under the Trump Administration, which ultimately stopped it due to public pressure.
The fact remains though that more people are coming across than we can handle.
But the children are innocent.
Are they? How do you know. Are you so naive that you believe that children cannot be used? Look around you. In the Vietnam War they were used to kill American soldiers. It is well known that Americans like kids and would provide food and more to them. Until children came with bombs attached and blew themselves up.
More recently children in Africa have been used in war. It’s an atrocity!
The fact is if anyone bypasses the border stations where they are supposed to legally apply and enter America we have no way of documenting them. Or a better word is vetting. Let’s say 1000 people enter illegally and only one is a terrorist. Since you don’t know who that terrorist is you let in all 1000. That terrorist may have the potential of killings thousands of people.
If you really want to help them then help them in their own countries.
Walls are a temporary but necessary solution until Congress comes up with something better.
The Wall was never meant to be the final or only solution. Some people say modern technology is better. However, this has not been proven and until it is we need something in place to protect us. How about this idea: Combine the wall with modern technology. That would truly protect us better.
What about Trump declaring a National Emergency?’
I think it has merit. We have thousands of people on our border with many planning on entering illegally. And last I heard there were thousands more on the way. It may not be an army with guns and tanks, but it would still amount to an army. An army of people who think that by entering America all their problems will go away. That’s a false expectation, but it is what they are being told.
What about using confiscated drug money to build the wall?
I don’t know if they can or can’t but I’m sure in favor of trying it. I’d like to see more on this solution.
Conclusion
The hearts of all Americans should go out to these people. Most of them have given up everything for a better life. I think we need to do more on the international front and try to force the home countries to do more. While that may be unlikely, it should still be tried.
And instead of the Democrats making a political football out of the issue, they should work with the Republicans to find a real solution. In my opinion, they use the poor, the homeless, and others for political purposes. When they have power like they did in the first few years of Obama’s Presidency they could have done something, but it wasn’t in their interests.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Labor Day

Labor Day

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Labor Day.
What is Labor Day?
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
As a former union member in good standing I celebrate workers, both unionized and non-unionized. American industry is built upon the dedication and hard work of millions of men and women. Unfortunately the Labor Movement is not the same as it was when I was a young factory worker.
Although the politicization of unions was well underway back then they at least tried to maintain a public persona of being neutral. Today the union movement is dying because leaders have become more involved in politics and less involved in the workers themselves.
Unions came into existence because the average worker didn’t feel they were being recognized for their work. Working conditions were bad, pay was week, and abuse appeared to be rampant. And unions were able to use their leverage to accomplish much good.
But along the way they changed.
Like I said it was already underway when I was a young man, but today’s unions are a far cry from what I knew back then.
Will There Always Be a Need for Unions?
Good question. It is possible that unions will disappear altogether. But it’s also true there may be a continuing need. I believe most businesses have awakened to the fact that a happy, healthy, well paid work force is a productive workforce. I am sure there are some businessmen and women who haven’t gotten that memo yet, but they are few and far between. Only time will tell if the need continues.
One of the reasons people want to come to our country is the freedom to work, to invent, to explore the unknown, and to make their mark. Not to mention to provide for their families. Legal immigration is one of the backbones of our work force. So many people have come here from other countries and contributed to America’s well-being. Illegal immigration has yet to prove it has any such benefit to the country or to the illegal immigrant.
America Remains a Free Country.
And as long as it remains free people will want to come here. I’ll admit that I haven’t studied the issue in depth, but it seems to me that Legal Immigration should be expanded with higher numbers of immigrants allowed into the United States. I think a balance approach with the Wall as a necessary deterrent to illegal immigration plus a wider door to come through would be a fair and equitable plan. Immigrants would also need to be vetted since we live in a violent anti-American world.
I tend to think that politicians complicate matters. Especially so, since dealing with the existing illegal immigrants has become the cause célèbre of politics. But isn’t it putting the cart before the horse? Before dealing with those already in the U.S. we need to first stop the flow into the United States. Let’s plug the leak through the Wall, increased border security, and reformed Legal Immigration. Once that’s done then deal with how to treat the illegal immigrants.
Do You Favor Amnesty?”
Let’s face it. Although a strict ‘no’ sounds very responsible it isn’t. Because past administrations, especially the Obama Administration, turned a blind eye to or actively encouraged illegal immigration we now have an astronomical problem. We now have children and grandchildren of illegal immigrants living in the United States. Something has to be done. The so-called dreamers, as I understand it, have grown up with only knowing America as their home.
So I favor a slow process of integrating them into the United States. There must be a limit, a cutoff that reflects that after a certain date of entry they can no longer be integrated. And whatever plan is adopted should be administered with compassion.
I also favor legislation that is not all encompassing. If history is any teacher it tells us that omnibus bills don’t work. A good example is Obama Care, but there are others as well. Let’s do things the way our forefathers did, one step at a time.
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Immigration Compromise

Immigration Compromise

Today’s Issue: Immigration Compromise

Monday’s I try to focus on issues. Today we are taking a look at the GOP House bill that represents a compromise on immigration. To be honest, the details of this compromise have not been fully revealed or explained at the writing of this blog. However, I am a man who hearkens back to the days when conservatives and liberals could get together, be civil, and come up with a workable compromise.

Is this compromise one that is workable?

Because we don’t know all the details, we can only make guesses. On the surface at least it appears workable. To continue to not solve the problems of immigration and the so-called Dreamers is like two or more doctors agreeing you have a serious infection in your leg. But because they cannot agree on your treatment they do nothing. So the infection gets worse with the passage of time and becomes cancerous ultimately leading to amputation or worse.

You say that would never happen. But it happens all too often! We elect men and women to serve us. Yes, we lean toward certain ideals. But over and above those ideals we expect our congressmen/women to actually do something!

So, at the moment, I think this compromise is a good starting point. I particularly like the shift from family to skills emphasis. The family emphasis used to work well, but no longer meets the needs of America. On the other hand getting people into our country who can contribute to it immediately or soon should be a sought after result.

I also think a compromise on the Dreamers is desirable. There are millions of people out there hanging in limbo because nothing has been done about them. Amnesty is sometimes treated as a dirty word. The argument goes like this, to allow amnesty for these Dreamers is like rewarding them for doing wrong. The problem is they are called Dreamers because they came with their parent(s). On the other hand, we need to put a stop to future Dreamers, otherwise parents will continue to bring their children across the border and create an unending burden on our economy.

So take care of the Dreamers now within our borders but stop future Dreamers. That seems like a compassionate and responsible compromise.

Will it pass?

These days you never know. But this is an election year and voters will be watching. And both democrats and republicans better be taking notice that the American people (at least a very large minority or possibly majority) have bought into Trump’s America First. And those politicians who continue to buck or defy the President could lose their jobs.

Every day the media continues to bash President Trump and every day President Trump gets high marks from the American people. I think many of those in power, including the media, fear Trump. Not that he’ll bring disaster to America as they suggest, but that he’ll truly drain the swamp of which they are a part.

Such people will try to stop the compromise. They will make righteous speeches, thunderous accusations against Trump and his administration, and vote against any bill that attempts to cross the divide. True patriotic politicians will seek a place where they can meet and find common ground. But the problem is do we have enough true patriots?

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