Same URL, New Title

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I’ve changed the title of this blog from My View From The Center to My Views on Politics and Society, partially because of criticism that my old title implied that my perspective and thoughts represented the “political center”, which they do not and never did. I guess that WAS a bit deceptive.

As I wrote in my Profile (click the little picture up on the top right of any page): “Yes, as I see it, I’m in the Center. Quasi-Conservative, quasi-Libertarian and, for flavor, add some Randian also. No I’m not confused! I’m just an independent soul with a mind of my own.”

Aside from that, the political “Center” keeps moving, as do all of our “centers” if we are true political animals who keep up on politics from day to day.

Finally, I changed this blog’s title because I also blog on social issues, as often as I do on political issues.

 

 

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Individual Free-Will Racism

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If it wasn’t for the extreme anti-Conservative bias of the Media clouding the minds of many Americans, they would be able to clearly focus on the causes of the current social unrest and violence.

One of the primary causes of social unrest, in the summer of 2017, is the absolutely false belief that “institutional racism” still exists.

Right now there are American citizens who are so confused and who hold so much irrational anger that they are attacking statues and monuments, erected to honor people who long ago died for what they truly believed were noble causes. Anger can bring about positive change when it is properly directed but irrational anger changes nothing and is offensive to everyone but the actors.

Today’s confused citizens who are smashing and defacing historical symbols can’t possibly be deranged enough to think that they can change history. The majority of these vandals don’t even understand American history. The War Between the States happened! Slavery happened! Slavery, however, was not limited to the Southern States, nor was it their invention, nor was it the sole cause of the War Between the States.

The Southern States had their own established government, had their own flag and they held those things sacred. The newly organized government in the North was viewed as a threat to their independence and to the very existence of the Confederacy.  The South also had a profitable agricultural economy that was dependent on having workers to plant, tend and harvest crops. The South was fighting to keep it’s economy going, and yes, that economy was dependent on slave labor, but it was also fighting against a government in the North that threatened its very existence; which is the same thing the Northern States would have done if the South had been powerful enough to threaten it’s existence.

Today, there is no doubt that racism still exists and individual groups of racists are still actively trying to make us believe that they are somehow relevant . . . but they are not! Institutional racism, the racism that can be controlled by laws and government edicts, has been all but eliminated; but ‘individual/free will racism’ is still alive. This is the racism that has been passed down by generations; a racism born of fear and ignorance that has morphed into modern society one individual at a time; It is fear and hatred based on tradition, not fact . . . but tradition has a longer memory than fact.

Trump Tweets (Punching Back 10 Times Harder)

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Yes, SOME OF President Trump’s tweets are somewhat annoying and certainly, as the news media on both sides have pointed out, they are, at least at times, interfering with his own objective: to address the American people directly. I emphasize “SOME” of his tweets because, obviously, in this booming age of social media, tweets are an excellent way to deliver his thoughts and his appeals directly to the American people. The annoying part is when he gets into a social media war with members of the extreme Left-Wing of the American Press, e.g., “Morning Joe” Scarborough and his wife and broadcast partner Mika Brzezinski.

From my point of view, MSNBC, CNN and the others in the extreme Left-Wing media are simply on a HATE campaign against Trump, not only because he beat the Left-Wing darling Hillary Clinton out of the presidency last year but also because he is a different kind of president than they (and us) have ever seen before. The Left-Wing will condemn everything he does and says and lie about him at the drop of a hat. It is because of this, the Left-Wing press has lost credibility with most Americans. Don’t take my word for it, here are the current cable news ratings published at “TV By The Numbers” they show that: “For the third straight week, FOX News Channel topped basic cable as the #1 network in primetime total viewers, averaging 1.9 million total viewers. This is the 5th time in the past six weeks FNC has topped all of basic cable in primetime viewers.”

Why Fox News? Not because they are more Conservative than the others but because they deal in real journalism. They report the facts, even when the facts do not favor President Trump, and they criticize his tweets on a daily basis, not because he is tweeting, because the Fox News management feels (as we all do) that some of his tweets need criticism.

Forget the media for a moment and analyze the situation. We have a president who is highly intelligent, an extremely savvy negotiator and who has proven to be an excellent communicator; but yet SOME of his daily communication to the American people, through Twitter, appears to be mean, controversial and otherwise inappropriate.

The answer to this riddle is obvious: Donald Trump not only dislikes it when someone insults him or lies about him (as the Left-Wing media does on a daily basis), he refuses to tolerate it. As Melania Trump has publically stated: “He’s a great leader, he’s fair, (but) as you may know by now, when you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder.” Does this make him a bad president? I say no! I say it makes him a strong president who will once again (since before President Obama was elected) cause America to be feared by some and respected by all.

I don’t speak so loudly for President Trump because I’m a Conservative, I’m NOT. I’m much more of a Libertarian. I don’t support everything that Conservatives stand for. Their opposition to abortion is clearly religiously motivated and punishes people for making personal decisions that have little or nothing to do with their neighbors, their state government of the Federal Government. Ditto for Conservative opposition to gay marriage and their interference with small business’ who only want to choose who they serve. (For the record, I must say that I Do agree with Conservatives on the Transgender “bathroom bill”. The transgender issue is not a matter of sexual preference,  it is a serious psychological disorder.)

I seriously doubt that Donald Trump in his heart supports all “Conservative” positions but he’s a man stuck in a political situation and if he wants to get ANYTHING done in Washington, he has to play the Washington game. Disgusting, I know, but that can also be said of politics in general.

Go with Your Gut!

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There is so much going on ‘behind the scenes’ in Washington politics; so many accusations, so much gossip, so many media outlets (on the Right as well as on the Left) spinning your news so that it fits their editorial point of view — you are probably bewildered! ‘What can I believe?’ is the question of the day — every day!

What I see is two ideologies clashing and each one pushing their own narrative (which is, in the end, a mix of truth, lies, and wishful thinking) that will support their own version of ‘the truth’. I’m determined to ignore all of this “noise” and trying to focus on what ‘I believe in my gut to be the truth and the way through this obfuscation overload.

– I know that I’m a person who loves the concept of America as a strong, independent, sovereign, and wealthy nation.

– I know, in my gut, that President Trump honestly wants what I want: for America to be strong, independent and safe for American citizens of all races, ethnicities, religions, occupations, and viewpoints who support those goals.

– I know that President Trump is attempting to move America in what he sees (and I see) as the right direction and he’s doing it against an incredible amount of pushback by those who have chosen to see him as the enemy; I can’t help but believe that these opponents of a safer, stronger America would be willing to throw America into the ‘trash heap of time’ to further their own personal positions, beliefs, and aspirations.

It’s obvious that President Trump has made some missteps but don’t think for a minute that his message has changed or his determination has wavered.

I sincerely, for the good of our Republic, want President Trump and America to succeed and, as a result, I can’t possibly wish anything but bad things and failure for those who don’t share our vision for a strong, independent, sovereign, and wealthy America. I’m sure that sounds incredibly selfish to some but if you really believe in what you believe you can’t allow the opinions of critics or naysayers to throw you off course.

I know it’s a lot to ask of you to join me in ignoring the daily deluge of negativity from the media and the opposition, but I’m asking. Each of us has to firmly believe in what WE believe to be true, just, and right.

I do, and I’m not deserting President Trump!

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.

An American Insurrection

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The colors of late fall
seem brighter this year
as a failed president departs
and American values reappear

The “hopes” and “changes” of 2009,
the lies and misdirection,
encouraged a changing of the guard,
and birthed an American Insurrection

(hg, 2016)

After President Obama’s re-election in 2008 my first thought was: ‘How can they do that?’ How can Americans re-elect a man whose entire presidency has been devoted to weakening America financially and internationally? Are they not listening to Obama himself? His often repeated mantra, even before his first term was ‘level the playing field’. That’s the rhetoric of a Socialist State; this is a Democratic Republic and Democracies don’t work like that.

And it didn’t work!

Congratulations to Donald Trump and his team on their significant defeat of rampant Liberalism in 2016.

Paul Ryan’s Conservative Arrogance

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Here’s a Washington Post headline from this afternoon:

“Paul Ryan, House GOP leadership team split on supporting Trump”

That’s not really news, it’s been going on since the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.

Politicians are arrogant by their very nature and this is Conservative arrogance at its most potent!

Paul Ryan and the GOP elite are essentially telling America’s Republican Primary voters that they voted for the wrong man, that they wasted their vote. These “never Trumpers” certainly have a right to personally dislike the man who will be leading THEIR PARTY through the election cycle after the Convention, but one would think that responsible elected Republican leaders would at least appear to rally around the people’s choice for the nomination, for the sake of the party if for no other reason.

One would think that! But when the Speaker of The House Of Representatives goes on television and announces his personal opposition to Donald Trump and essentially tells the millions of people who voted for him that they have it all wrong, he’s committing a form of political treason by giving the presumptive Democratic nominee an advantage over his own party’s nominee.

If Rep.Paul Ryan continues making public pronouncements like this last one, one can only hope that the Republican voters in his home state of Wisconsin will remember his arrogant words and actions when he’s running for reelection.

Personally, I can see no path to victory for Hillary Clinton in November . . . but then I also bet against Obama’s second term. I was blind to how it could possibly happen. I guess I need to retake the ‘Prophet 101’ home-study course.