A weekend in my life … exactly the way it should be

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

Well, what do you know? I just went an entire weekend focused on my life. Well, not my life, but rather the huge part of my life that involves me doing what I love the most: being a dad. More specifically, being a dance dad to my two daughters at their competition in Los Angeles.

I used to think taking care of just my oldest was an exhausting day for competition. Now it isn’t just multiplied by two because both my girls are involved competitively, it’s actually squared, I think, when you have two kiddos doing five different performances along with trying to root for an entire team of cheer and dance athletes.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s the good kind of exhaustion and worth every penny and minute spent seeing the young athletes of Express All Stars grow and develop in their craft while becoming absolutely wonderful young ladies. I thank God daily for just how enjoyable life can be when one can forget about who’s running for president or what the government is doing and focus on family and what’s really important.

Depressingly, in the lives of many Americans, the ability to focus on what’s important has to include politics, politicians and the bureaucracy of a government gone wild. I know, I could avoid more of it. But when it comes down to life in our country, we really can’t anymore because somewhere, someone in government is doing something to make our lives more difficult at this very moment, if not actually making all of us criminals.

I’ve been told several times recently I simply HAVE to be involved politically to be part of the solution. Otherwise, I’m just a whiner who should shut up. It’s just like the folks who say if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

To that I say bullpucky.

It’s as if the founders didn’t write into the Constitution that every citizen has the right to petition our government for redress of grievances. Here’s a note to those who tell me the things above. Our founders wrote exactly that into the document, and they put no stipulations or limitations on the subject. So whether one votes or doesn’t vote, is involved or not or just approaches their government from the only property they’re soon to be left with — the rock they crawled out from under — United States citizens have that unquestioned right.

I’m becoming more and more convinced the biggest mistake the founding fathers made was to put into writing just what our unalienable rights are. I say this because once politicians and their embedded bureaucracies began taking apart the limits put on them in our Constitution via Congress, executive actions and the courts, it was only a matter of time before they came for our rights. Honestly, they’ve been doing it for over two centuries. We just happen to live in a time where we’re over the cliff and gaining maximum speed as we head toward the bottom.

The question to me is simple: Are there any pads left on the brakes, or have they been so burned up, like our Constitution, they no longer function properly?

That brings back to the reality check I had after a wonderful weekend of family and friends and great kids. Two avowed socialists and a human exit hole are still running for president. We still have the same Congress that will be re-elected at a near 100 percent rate. And the corrupt bureaucracy and courts that ignore our founding documents remain in place.

As a perfect case as to why we are as we are as a country, just look at the Fifth and 16th amendments. The Fifth Amendment clearly makes the 16th Amendment unconstitutional. But that doesn’t matter because politicians put the 16th in place through the “proper process” and the courts allowed it. And from its acceptance has grown a corrupt, crony bureaucracy that’s become a tool for politicians to destroy enemies, enrich insiders and make every taxpaying citizen of this country a criminal — should the IRS choose to make them so.

But what if there were no power in a federal tax system as the founders intended? What if there was no dictatorial power in the office of president or overreaching power in the halls of Congress as the founders intended? Do you think we’d have the caliber of the candidates we have in office or running for office today? We wouldn’t because there’d be no bad, evil or ruling over others as reasons to run. But there is power and about 4 trillion reasons these folks run. And not one of them is good for the freedoms of the people.

So the next time someone tells you you have to be involved, ask them why they are. Chances are it’s for what they want from government. Whether that something is in favors or punishment of others is immaterial.

And those are the reasons I’m not “involved” in that way. The federal government should have zero power over my life. And yes, I’ll keep saying it, as it is still my right, even as the unalienable is chipped away.