The President spoke about Charlottesville, VA . . . now it’s my turn

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In Charlottesville, VA this past weekend, intolerance took control of the hearts and minds of the participants on ALL sides. It’s always been there and the white separatists are partially at blame in this case, but NOT, as the media wants you to believe, totally to blame. These KKK, Neo-Nazi and etc. organizations are indeed “hate” groups but they came to stage a Constitutionally protected and state sanctioned legal protest, as is their right to do. The protest was purportedly against the planned removal of a Confederate War Memorial statue but possibly they came just to stir up the hate groups on the Left they knew would come to challenge them and start trouble. They received permission from the city of Charlotteville to hold their protest . . . but then, sure enough, the troublemakers, the instigators of violence on the Left showed up uninvited.

Granted, this country should have very little tolerance for ANY organizations or groups that promote hatred, but that includes groups not only from the far Right but also from the far Left. The media, of course, makes very little mention of the fact that this was a legal and sanctioned peaceful protest on the part of the white separatist organizations, and it could have been just that, a peaceful protest; but it appears that there are many Americans on the Left who feel that the Constitutional Rights granted under the First Amendment, the right of “freedom of speech” and the “right of the people peaceably to assemble” should not apply to these organizations.

Many ‘counter-protest’ groups arrived (notably, because they are “Lefties” they remain unnamed in the media) apparently for the sole purpose of denying the free speech of the protesters. One ‘black separatist’ organization, BLM, named itself by carrying it’s banner. They had no legal right to be there protesting on that day, they arrived only to stir up trouble.

The lack of tolerance among Americans (and others) is a disease with no real cure. It seems that a basic tenant of humanity is believing you are right, defending that belief, and never admitting you are wrong; even if you are proven wrong and know it . . . all in the name of an ignorant, misplaced pride.

You might have noticed that the Left continues to blame hatred, violence, prejudice, poverty, and even North Korea on President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump was not elected president to champion political correctness, to kiss the posteriors of those on he Left, or to make nice with the media. He was elected president because he spoke clearly and told American citizens what is wrong with: this country’s economy; it’s infrastructure; it’s lack of security; it’s deteriorating cities, and it’s weakened military. By doing this, he clearly defined the damage that Liberalism has caused and continues to cause this country, especially during the rein of President Obama, who clearly hated the United States and what it traditionally stood for. The American people heard Donald Trump speak and clearly agreed with him. In spite of the many misstatements and outright lies you read in the Washington Post and New York Times, I firmly believe that the American people still do agree with Donald Trump.

The glaring fact that the Democratic Party is attempting to block everything that Donald Trump tries to do to keep his promises is not lost to the American people, and if there is any justice left in our political system, the Democratic Party will begin to pay for their lies, dirty deeds, and intransigence during the next midterm elections.

 

Russian Election Meddling

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After President Trump met with met with Russian President Putin for two hours at the G20 summit in Germany, he received the “expected” answers (according to Secretary of State Tillerson) when he asked Putin if the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election: Putin denied any hacking or other meddling.

As Nikki Haley, our UN Ambassador, correctly put it: “Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections; this is Russia trying to save face.”

Another thing ‘everybody knows’ or at least should realize, is that America, in it’s own best interest, will readily interfere in the day-to-day operations of the Russian government or the operations of any foreign government; ally or enemy. There is nothing shady or unexpected about this, it’s expected and fought against by every government, including the U.S. government.

If we are surprised by a foreign government’s actions, or it’s aggression, shame on us; we should have seen it coming. In fact, while we can’t (and don’t, under penalty of treason) publically talk about the spies we have at work in every friendly, neutral or enemy country, it’s not a secret to any government’s security agency because every one of them has spies over here.

After he was back home in the U.S., President Trump made the statement that “it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia.” Some news outlets, organizations have already begun to criticize him and say that Trump ‘swallowed Putin’s lie’ or that he is being naïve, but as UN Ambassador Hailey wisely argues: working with Russia on cybersecurity “doesn’t mean we trust Russia; we can’t trust Russia and we won’t ever trust Russia. Then she paraphrased the Chinese General and military strategist Sun-Tzu*, ‘you keep those that you don’t trust closer so you can keep an eye on ’em and keep them in check.

(“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is usually attributed to either Sun-tzu, Machiavelli (“The Prince”) or Michael Corleone (“The Godfather”).

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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