Tomorrow (August 8, 2016) is a day of Reality Politics

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Tomorrow the votes can finally be counted and, in spite of the spin the shameful news media has been giving this election, we will be able to proclaim a new United States President. My gut tells me that the election results will not be nearly as close as we are being told now.

Aside from my gut feeling there is this:

The Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP Tracking poll today, widely acclaimed as the most accurate presidential poll in the country over the last several years, shows that Donald Trump has a 2 point lead over Clinton. That’s nice to know — at least it is for those of us who have nightmares over the possibility of a Hillary Clinton win tomorrow.

Even without polling it is obvious that Donald Trump is hosting massive (20,000 to 30,000 attendees) crowds at his rallies while Hillary Clinton, by comparison, is drawing 2,000 to 3,000 attendees at her rallies (see the You Tube report here).

If you haven’t voted yet, tomorrow is your last chance. DON’T stay at home. Remember that the American public was gullible enough to give President Obama two terms to try and destroy our Republic — not voting will give Liberals, Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters a chance to finish the job!

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Colorado GOP Debate: Winners and Whiners

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The Republican National Committee is being criticized by Conservatives competing for the presidential nomination because they allow obviously anti-Republican media organizations (CNBC and CNN) to organize and moderate their debates.

Yes, the questions were full of Liberal bias; and Yes, they were at times rude as well as stupid; and Yes, most of the questions, as asked, never really touched on most of the major issues facing the country. This perhaps should not have been expected from a professional media organization, but it was what it was!

The candidates debate and post-debate reactions, however, should not have been to whine and complain like school children after a difficult test. These guys, and this lady, are competing for the what was, before Obama, the most prestigious political office in the world. If any one of them can’t handle the kind of highly-biased, outrageously unprofessional questions supplied by CNBC, that person should seriously consider dropping out of the race before they waste any more of their, or their contributor’s, money.

The RNC, perhaps unwittingly, did the potential voters (and the candidates themselves) a favor by allowing us to see how they react to uncomfortable and hostile questioning. The winners are the candidates who made the best of a bad thing; those who were able to turn bad questions into quality policy statements.

The biggest losers are the one’s who complained the loudest, primarily Ted Cruz and Chris Christie. To me, personally, the fact that Ted Cruz chose to spend any debate time whining, rather than making the best of his opportunity to elaborate on his approach to an important issue, is most disappointing. Cruz, IMO, is one of the three candidates who would make the best, most successful president in 2016 and beyond.

Nothing wrong with voicing your displeasure over the situation, but doing that too obtrusively just gives ammunition to the opposition; and they will use it just like I did at the beginning of this post when I likened the candidates’ reactions to the whining and complaining of “school children after a difficult test.”

Truth is, ANY of the candidates on that stage in Colorado this week would undoubtedly be 300 % better for America than the man who currently works every day from the oval office to tear away another piece from the fabric of our society and from the Constitution itself.

South Caroline Church Bloodshed Could Have Ended Sooner

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From the June 19th, New York Times Political News NOW section: “Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, called for a new national assault weapons ban and other gun control measures in an email sent to supporters after the shooting deaths at a South Carolina church this week.

An assault weapons ban, which has nothing to do with the massacre at the South Carolina Church, is an idea that has seen plenty of ‘daylight’ in the past but, thanks to the NRA, it has virtually disappeared from the news. Banning assault weapons is not an altogether bad idea; except that it probably violates the Constitution, But before Mr. O’Malley begins to open his mouth and spew forth the phrase “other gun control measures” he needs to take his head out of the sand and understand the FACT that if one or two members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church had hand-guns on their persons and had the guts to use them, lives would have been saved.

Insanity seems to reign in the world of Liberals as it does in the world of Religion. When you consider the “forgiveness” that rained down on that wothless piece of crap who not only shot and killed 9 people but shot them repeatedly, reportedly having to reload several times, you have to wonder about the sanity of the survivors, I cannot forgive those who forgave Dylann Roof for their blatent disregard for the safety of their fellow parishioners. They apparently believe in heaven so much they are willing to allow a murderer to continue the bloodshed without raising a hand (or other weapon) against him. There were most likely worshipers on every side of Roof and apparently not one of them had the guts to “cold-cock’ him with a fist or hymnal or brass candlestick.

Mr O’Mally and others of his mindset refuse to understand the power for good of a gun in the hands of a good person. Killing someone is not a bad thing if it is done with the proper motive and saves the lives of future victims; even most “believers” will tell you that. But unfortunately, Liberals like O’Malley do not believe that the average citizen is intelligent enough to be trusted with that kind of decision.

Hate Crime?

Right now Obama’s lap-dog U.S. Attorney General is supposedly deciding whether or not to charge Roof with a hate crime. Just another publicity stunt! A man who is witnessed shooting 9 people to death must certainly qualify for the death penalty regardless of what is “in his heart” but under the Obama Administration “racial equality and justice” are far more important than common sense or even common law.

REFERENCES:

New York Times: “An Angry O’Malley Calls for an Assault Weapons Ban” 

New York Times:In Charleston, Raw Emotion at Hearing for Suspect in Church Shooting

Come on America, “Grow a Pair”

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I’m sure that millions of Americans are as pleased, as I am, to see Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American POW, released from Taliban custody after 5 years of what must have been pure pain and misery.

The swap of Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 pieces of uncivilized trash does not bother me that much, it just gives us five more Taliban targets; and I sincerely hope we have snipers in position, ready at the first opportunity to blow the tops of the heads off of the released prisoners AND their Taliban escorts. These people, the Taliban and their sympathizers, are truly sub-human and need to be hunted like any other uncaged predator would be. That however is just a fantasy as long as we have eunuchs in the White House administration.

If the White House was staffed with real American patriots and not left leaning quasi-Americans, Sgt. Bergdahl’s rescue (or at least an attempt at a rescue leaving behind hundreds of Taliban bodies) would have taken place over 4-1/2 years ago.

Yes, Bergdahl may have been killed in an attempted rescue but, like every soldier in the past 40 years who volunteered to serve in the military (in July it will be 41 years since the draft ended) he must have realized (as I did in my day) that death is a very real possibility during an armed conflict with the many enemies of the United States. I hope every kid who is contemplating military service is MADE to be aware of that fact!

Quoting the Huffington Post : Since late 2001, “at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.”

It is interesting to note that in the world outside the military, during a shorter period of time (2000 – 2010)  there were over 165,000 murders in the U.S.. Based on these facts, it may be suggested that it’s safer to be in Afghanistan, in the military, than in many places in the U.S.. (Perhaps that is because, in the military, you are encouraged to carry a weapon! You think?) . . . but that irreverent supposition begs the question.

Is there a better way to face our enemy than putting “boots on the ground”? You bet there is. I know that with the technology available today, we could send a missile smack dab in the middle of any Taliban (or Al Qaeda) tent, cave, stronghold or training camp. That kind of approach, however, at least in the last couple decades, has it’s drawbacks. Mainly it encourages the powerful friends of our enemies to return the favor, and right now, due to the intentional erosion of our self-defense capabilities, put in place by those aforementioned eunuchs, it may be a very dangerous strategy that we are not prepared for.  We need to get prepared!

In the future, IF the U.S. military’s defense capabilities were to be restored by the American public and some real Patriots were put in place in the legislature, the White House and the Supreme Court, and if we could actually stand behind a firmly stated self-defense policy without the spokesperson’s knees knocking (a policy something like my personal “I Have No Other Cheek” Policy (see below)), we may be able, in just a few years, to instill an understand in our enemies that messing with the United States of America and our allies would be dangerous to the health of their nations.

I Have No Other Cheek, is such a simple and straight-forward self-defense policy, I reduced it to a Haiku (nonstandard):

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I Have No Other Cheek

I’m a simple man
With a simple belief
Do onto others
As they’ve done to you.
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Note that this is not a threatening policy that would encourage a “pissing contest” (excuse my language), it is simply a statement of personal intent and warning to those who would attempt to do harm to me or my circle of friends and family.

I repeat: Come on America, “grow a pair”

On a related note: every country in the world (not just the U.S.) needs to be rid of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. I don’t have any idea how that might happen but it MUST happen if the human race is to survive outside of remote caves and urban shelters. I’m too old to worry about the personal consequences of that NOT happening but those of us who have extended families with younger family members should, in the words of a Hollywood script writer for the movie “The Fly, “Be afraid! Be very afraid.”

Pessimism on the National and International Fronts

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The national and world “News” during this past two weeks can be summed up in a couple compound sentences:

The Republicans lost and are trying to justify it while the Obama administration sees their win as a mandate to complete the economic devastation they began during their first four years.

The Israelis are defending themselves against an Arab world that continues to deny their right to defend themselves (or even their right to exist) and Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons while the world is distracted by this Israel/Palestine conflict.

I’m not a prophet but I don’t have to be to see that the United States and the world are in very bad shape today and it will get much worse.

Obama may find a way to ‘bridge’ the “fiscal cliff” for a year or two but it eventually must be dealt with and the most expedient way to do that is to drastically reduce the reach and size of the Federal Government. Can you see that happening during a second Obama administration? I certainly can’t!

On the international front, I’ve implied here that the war Palestine started with Israel is just a planned distraction that is being financed by Iran to take the world’s attention away from their nuclear ambitions. That is admittedly just an assumption but it seems to be working that way. Of course, on a positive note, the Israelis are smart and they still may be keeping a close eye on Iran; the negative aspect however can’t be dismissed by sheer optimism. This ever escalating border conflict is certainly sapping Israeli resources and in the end all they can hope to depend on is aide and support from their ally but . . . since that ally is the ‘United States of Obama’, they might be out of luck.

My parents never taught me the rule about not saying anything if you don’t have anything good to say — I think I learned that from a Salvation Army Major at a bus stop. I do, however, like to be optimistic when there is justification (or at least room for wishful thinking) so let me end with some hopeful optimism on the domestic front.

The Republican party is engaged in a post-election civil war of sorts right now and I hope that by the 2014 midterms they will have arrived at several basic understandings:

1) The truth, when spoken by an unlikable person, might as well not be spoken.

2) The Bible is a religious document and not a set of societal rules in a Democracy. A “Christian” legislator is not only working for other Christians, he/she is working for ALL his/her constituents; which leads to understandings 3 and 4:

3) Republicans appeared (and, in fact were) hypocritical by denouncing Obamacare for allowing the government to get between a person and his/her doctor while advocating interference between a pregnant woman and her doctor.

4) The LGBT community has as many rights under the Constitution as the Catholic Church.

I have been preaching this common sense stuff since 2006 when I began this blog and still, 323 posts later, I haven’t found any reason to significantly change my views.

Perception defeats reality

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This post is from a Herman Cain Newsletter and it delivers a unique take on why Obama won the election — the insight is derived from a conversation between Herman Cain and his driver while on vacation in the Bahamas:

Perception defeats reality

By HERMAN CAIN – Ask a Bahamian driver if you don’t believe me.

Perception won on Election Day. We get that.

But I did not realize how effective the Obama and Democrat talking points were until my wife and I were riding to the airport in the Bahamas last Saturday after a much needed week of vacation.

Alfred, our driver, struck up a conversation about the recent presidential election, and recited the Obama talking points almost verbatim as to why he thought Obama won. And he was not even eligible to vote.

Alfred’s observations were the following:

● Obama inherited a bigger economic crisis than most people thought.

● The U.S. economy is recovering, but Obama needs more time.

● Obama cares more for the common man than Romney.

Those are the sound bites that Obama and the Democrats repeated over and over whether they were true are not, and people who can’t even vote believed it.

Alfred did not bring up the Benghazi coverup, the high unemployment rate, the anemic GDP growth rate, much higher gasoline prices, the Fast and Furious debacle or the coming job losses that will be the consequences of Obamacare.

Alfred was another example of how perception beat out reality. Now, the impact of the aforementioned issues will painfully unfold in the eyes of those who did not want to open their eyes to the facts. And yes, the mainstream media was an overt part of this historic presidential perception campaign.

What troubles me most about the Obama re-election is the unnecessary economic suffering and job loss that will happen over the next four years, due to ineffective tax policy and new regulatory burdens on businesses and families.

I did not try to argue Alfred’s perceptions, because I was relaxed from vacation and I wanted to stay that way for at least a few days more. But I did make one important observation that he acknowledged.

He asked if the Republicans would continue to stop Obama from doing what he wants to do. I said that if it is the wrong thing to do they should and they will.

Alfred said that makes sense. So he was not ready to blame accept Obama’s claim that Republican obstructionism is to blame for all of Obama’s failures.

As we arrived at the airport, Alfred commented that he respected me for, so to speak, calling a spade a spade. Alfred is a proud Bahamian Black man, so his comment wasn’t taken as being about skin color. And then we agreed, it is about “green” – economics.

Despite the growing la-la land of perception here in the USA, reality will eventually prevail – very painfully. Watch the facts unfold.

Paul Ryan on Abortion: ‘I believe this to be true and it doesn’t matter what YOU believe’

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“I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life.”

That was Congressman Paul Ryan beginning to answer the question: ‘What role has your religion played in your own personal views on Abortion?’

Ryan was obviously answering a different (unasked) question: ‘How do you justify your public position on abortion?’ That is the more interesting and relevant question but I find it revealing as well as disturbing that a Congressman who is elected to serve a diverse constituency, is unable to separate his personal religious beliefs from his sworn oath to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.” One of the duties of the office of Congressman is clearly NOT to serve your own personal needs by forcing your religious beliefs on others with different beliefs.

That’s religious arrogance, and it is the hallmark of most religions: “I believe this to be true and it doesn’t matter what YOU believe.” That is also a personal arrogance that is not appropriate for a public servant, especially one who is elected to a Federal office.

The Conservative ‘talkers’ on the radio this morning unanimously agree that Ryan’s “it doesn’t matter what YOU believe” position is the absolutely correct position for a Federally elected official. Just like Ryan, and the vast majority of those who call themselves Conservative, they want their religion front and center — ‘in your face those of you who have different beliefs, like it or not, my church is your church.’

How they can feel that this is an appropriate position in a ‘free country’ is baffling and unbelievable. It’s obvious that Conservatives believe that a Theocratic form of government is perfectly appropriate as long as Christian doctrine is the theology being pushed.

Congressman Ryan, if you don’t believe in abortion fight against it at home, in your family, among your circle of friends and when the subject is brought up in public meetings fight against it there; but don’t tell the American voter that they HAVE TO agree with you because that is the “policy of the Romney administration.”

It’s not your choice to separate your public life from your private life Paul, it’s your DUTY as a Federally elected official.

By contrast, Vice President Biden gave the perfect answer to the abortion question:

“with regard to abortion. I accept my church’s position on abortion as a == what we call a (unknown Latin word) doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the — the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I’m not going to interfere with that.”

In spite of how much I agree with Obama/Biden on this one issue, I see them as inadequate on almost every other issue when compared to Romney/Ryan. Vote Republican, I certainly will!

Reference: For the full debate transcript one of the many places you can go is:

documentcloud.org