Progressives, is this what you call “Progress”?

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When watching, hearing or reading the news, the things that make me feel good are usually the things that drive Liberal-Progressive Democrats nuts.

Liberals recently have been calling themselves, for some logic defying reason, “Progressives.” Interestingly, since they began calling themselves Progressives they seem to have lost most elections, on state and local levels, have focused on maintaining the status quo rather then finding and fixing what’s wrong with our country and have rejected almost anything and everything proposed, not only by Conservative thinkers but by ‘plain vanilla’ Republicans. Hello Progressives, is that what you call “progress”?

Some of you might be beginning to realize that the mainstream of America has not joined your ‘parade’. The mainstream of America seems to feel that: living in this country is a privilege earned by those who were born here and by those who entered the country legally; that the country has run very well and efficiently with bathrooms and locker rooms labeled and designated for males and females and that if a male or female wants to change his or her sex (or locker room) it takes more than a desire or a belief, it takes a series of operations and a lot of pain as price of admission; that almost anyone can find work if they seriously want work; yes that may, in most cases, mean a drastic change of lifestyle and an acceptance of personal responsibility, but that’s what it takes if you want to live with dignity as a free person in a free country; that if you want a better life for your children you had better start now by encouraging them to work hard, respect the law, respect the rights of others and never pass up an opportunity to enhance their skill and knowledge.

Not to gloss over “personal responsibility”, it is the key to a civilized, fair and productive society.

I know that the Hillary Clinton loss in the last presidential election was a terrible blow to the hopes and dreams of Democrats, Liberals and Progressives but that really doesn’t excuse your rebellion against the legitimate presidency of Donald Trump. As much as you may want to deny it, he IS the duly elected President of the United States, a majority of the people in the majority of county’s across the United States selected him over Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders). That, by the way, is how we do it in the United States and how we have always done it since the beginning. We are NOT a pure democracy, we are a Representative Republic ruled by the states. Under Obama we moved away from that position but under Trump, with or without your obstructionist tactics and mindless hate, we will continue to try and reduce the power and scope of the Federal Government and return the decision making to the people.

. . . and to the Republic for which it stands . . .

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After decades of muddled thinking, we finally have a president who understands that the United States is Republic: 50 co-equal states which have the responsibility for the day-to-day business of American life and the welfare of their citizens. No! President Trump isn’t perfect by a long shot, but he’s the best chance we’ve had for decades to rid the Federal Government of a whole lot of freedom-choking redundancy and useless bureaucracy.

Although it’s hardly a consensus opinion, I firmly believe that the Federal Government’s most important job is to keep the United States and all American citizens safe from foreign interference and intervention. There are other important functions, of course, enumerated in the Constitution, but, like the nearly forgotten 10th Amendment says: “all prerogatives not explicitly given to the Federal Government, nor prohibited of the states, are reserved to the states or to the people (i.e. Individual Americans).

Utilize the Free Market

Take health care! Right now the Federal government is spending millions of hours and dollars working out a health care plan for the entire country. While that is going on, enterprising doctors and hospitals around the country are creating free market healthcare systems that are actually working and serving citizens. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get these two powerful forces, the free market and the Federal bureaucracy to work together.

As I see it, that is exactly what President Trump intends to do but to do it, he has to fight the forces of anal-retentive Conservatives; Liberals who refuse to see the error of their ways and the damage those ‘ways’ have done to the United States (especially over the last 8 years); and entrenched bureaucrats who are more worried about being re-elected next time around than they are about the condition of America or Americans.

It’s one hell of a tough ‘row to hoe’ but he seems to be getting it done.

We all need to help in any way we can!

Suggested Reading: 

The Constitutional Role of the Federal Government, an essay by Zbigniew Mazurak at: http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/the-constitutional-role-of-the-federal-government.html

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The Muslim Question

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A Washington Post opinion piece: “Donald Trump’s sharp contrast from Obama and Bush on Islam has serious implications” written by William McCants, currently appears on the Washington Post website under the subheading: “Acts of Faith.”

This article correctly points out that the essential moral rules of Islam, as proclaimed in the Sharia, are closely and literally followed by some Muslims and, are treated less seriously, more as guidelines rather than commandments, by most other Muslims. This is not news! I think that, by now, most intelligent non-Muslim Amerians understand that not every Muslim is a radical jihadist. We work with Muslims, socialize with Muslims and welcome Muslims to hold important roles in our lives based on their character and behavior, not based on their religion.

The primary point of this article however, implies that proposals such as President-elect Trump’s extreme vetting are not only unnecessary but will lead to more jihadist recruitment. In other words, the implication is: ‘if you fight it, it will only grow larger, so don’t fight it.’ These are not exactly words to live by!

We have, since 9/11/2001, allowed approx. 2 million virtually unvetted Muslims to immigrate to or visit the United States on visas and that has resulted in approximately 50 terrorist acts that are directly credited to radical Islamic teachings, resulting in many hundreds of innocent lives lost (not even counting the thousands lost on 9/11/2001 itself).

Those who oppose Donald Trump have used his positions on border security and on immigration from the Arab world as reasons to label him a ‘racist, an islamophobe, a bigot and even a monster; for the safety of all American citizens, these people and their labels must be ignored! Donald Trump and the people he is naming to his cabinet are dedicated to protecting American citizens from enormous and growing International threats, radical Islam is only one of them.

Note: The author: William McCants, is a fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and is the director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.

Post-Election Angst on the Left

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Some level of sadness and even depression are expected when a person who has hoped for and worked for an objective for an extended period and, in the end, is unable to attain that objective. The last week taught us that this is especially true if the ‘objective’ in question is either political or social in nature.

I believe that people who are not heavily invested in Liberal or Progressive thought are gawking with amazement, as I am, at the extremes those on the Left have gone to, to corrupt the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution into a justification for illegal assembly, lies,vandalism, social unrest and criminal assault.

 

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Make no mistake about it! Our children need to be taught from an early age that it’s OK to loose if you have given your best toward a win.

Resource: Huffington Post: “When everyone gets a trophy –      no one wins.”

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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What this Election needs is Clarity!

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I concede that, before he became the nominee of the Republican party, Donald Trump was a bit of a playboy; acording to those who oppose him, he was not only a playboy, he was a womanizer. He loved woman and he may have sometimes made some unwanted advances toward them.

That was when Donald Trump was a multimillionaire real estate tycoon and he was free to say whatever he liked.

Today, years later, Donald trump is the overwhelming choice of Republican voters to be the next president of the United States. As president he won’t be perfect in his personal life, no president ever has been or will be. We all know that at least two modern era presidents, JFK and Bill Clinton, were widely known to aggressively pursue women, while in office. Did that make them bad presidents? Did that damage the country? I say no to both questions.

Is that what this election should be about? Again NO!

That is, however, what the Democratic party want’s it to be about because they are running on 8 years of failure in almost every category and, one has to believe that they see these last 8 years as a success.

We have an economy that has not seen the leadership necessary to dig its way out of the hole it went into because of 9-11, both Desert Storms, and bad decision making in the pre-Obama years. Not only did Obama not address our economic problems, he made them worse by creating an environment that led to the United States National Debt being the largest in our country’s history and by driving many companies out of the U.S. over taxes and regulations.

We have lost the respect of the world’s super powers; even that kid that runs North Korea ignores us.

We have the weakest military in decades at a time when it should be the strongest ever, to face the challenges of foreign aggression (i.e., Iran, Russia, and China.),

We have an unbelievable number of illegal immigrants in our country (estimated at 11.1 million for the 6th year in a row).

These are just some of our major challenges. Our next president will be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Which one of them can best address and fix these important problems? THAT is what this election should be about.

Both candidates have personal flaws. They both have said things in the past, as well as during their election campaigns, that are considered by some to be repulsive. They probably have both committed acts in the past that most would find repulsive. We know, for certain, that one of them has jeopardized national security and, if that candidate were not running for president with the full support of the current president and the Justice Department, that candidate would probably be in a Federal Prison. That is not political bias, that is a fact.

So which one of these admittedly flawed candidates will be able to fix the important problems being faced by our nation?

I am admittedly biased toward a Trump presidency! Here’s why:

Donald Trump is a successful businessman and therefore it follows, a successful problem solver. There is no reason to believe that he will not be able to appoint the right people to address the country’s problems, he’s hired thousands of the best problem solvers. There is no reason to believe that he will not successfully interface with world leaders; some say he’s too brash and he will start wars but that is nonsense. Look at it logically, as weak and disrespected as this country has become under Barack Obama’s leadership we are still the most powerful military force on earth; there is no country that would be willing to face the complete destruction that would result from going to war with us.

According to her own proposals, a Hillary Clinton presidency: would be damaging to our economy; would do nothing to erase the National Debt; would only make illegal immigration more of a social and economic problem, would enhance Obama Care; and would probably create more dangerous international deals like the Iran deal. Hillary Clinton would, no doubt, be Obama v2.

When you vote in November, focus on the big, important picture, not on personality quirks

The Pejoritive “Racist” Is Intentionally Being Misused

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I dislike hip-hop music, hearing the English Language mangled, abused and cheapened by hip-hop artists is painful. Artists?  If artist is defined as someone who can create something ugly, yes than I guess they are artists. (Personal preferences are still legal!)

These few outspoken and honest personal preferences will, I’m sure, quickly get me labeled as a racist — but only by people who are too illiterate to understand the definition of racist, just as these same illiterate people quickly branded Donald Trump as a racist because he called Justice Gonzalo Curiel a Mexican and insinuated that, because of his Mexican heritage he will not adjudicate the Trump University lawsuit fairly.

I’m not saying that Donald Trump does not have Foot-In-Mouth disease; he does! What I’m saying is, it is ignorant to brand someone a racist for a single comment that has nothing to do with race and everything to do with ethnicity and politics. (Go HERE to be reminded of the difference between ethnicity and race.)

A “racist” in particular is defined as a person who believes that one race should control all others or that a particular race is inferior to his or her own (Merriam-Webster).

Obviously “racist” does not apply to Donald Trump and, as obvious, is the fact that individuals and media figures who use this pejorative about Donald Trump are creating their own definitions for their own benefit.

It’s obvious that Trump, before the foot went in the mouth, should have not only mentioned but highlighted Judge Curiel’s membership in the “California La Raza Lawyers Association” and this Associations ties to the National Council de La Raza (the Council of “The Race”). LaRaza is infamous for its opposition to existing immigration laws and gets absolutely rabid at the mention of a wall on the Mexican border; a wall like the one Donald Trump has promised to build, to stop the constant influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. LaRaza is also a supporter of sanctuary cities (Trump is an opponent of the sanctuary city model), where illegal aliens are protected from immigration laws.

Yes, the United States is a country that was, at least in a sense, “built” by immigrants, but the vast majority of them were here in the United States legally and later became citizens. Now, however, there are so many immigrants here illegally that there is no way to account for them and increasingly no way to continue paying for their education, housing, health care, etc. without great sacrifices on the part of American citizens and on the part of those immigrants who are here legally.legally. Now, however, there are so many immigrants here illegally that there is no way to account for them and increasingly no way to continue paying for their education, housing, health care, etc. without great sacrifices on the part of American citizens and on the part of those immigrants who are here legally.legally and later became citizens. Now, however, there are so many immigrants here illegally that there is no way to account for them and increasingly no way to continue paying for their education, housing, health care, etc. without great sacrifices on the part of American citizens and on the part of those immigrants who are here legally.

The obvious problem then is not any good or evil Trump University might have fostered, the problem is a judge who is very likely to rule against Trump University, not based on the facts but based on the Trump University founder’s political stances.