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”).

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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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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.

On This Particular Super Tuesday . . . The Word is Change!

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The “Go Along/Get Along” GOP Elite are wetting their pants at the thought of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination for president.

They are spreading rumors that Trump will lose to Clinton in November but they know that will not happen. What they are really worried about is that 1) a President Trump will change the face of the Republican Party when he wins the presidency and 2) that a President Trump will change the meaning of “Conservative” when he wins the presidency.

Donald Trump represents change and that’s the one thing the “Conservative” Republicans don’t want and it’s the one thing the “Social Conservative” Republicans are loosing sleep over.

More than change, Donald Trump represents rebellion against that “Go Along/Get Along” mindset of the GOP elders.

We the voters need to fight back against that GOP Elite and their dirty tricks and lies.

We the voters need to give Donald Trump a big win in the Super Tuesday states . . . including here in Texas.

Trumps main competition on Super Tuesday, Ted Cruz and Mario Rubio are digging deep, trying to find something. . . anything that will kill off the Trump candidacy and they are resorting to dirty tricks, exaggerations, rumors, and misdirection.

Ask yourself: Are desperate, dirty tricksters Cruz and Rubio the kind of people you want leading this country?

The GOP Debate/Brawl from Houston

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I watched the GOP Debate from Houston last night; actually it was more of a hands-off bar brawl than a debate.

What is accomplished when three people are talking loudly all at once? Well, it makes them all seem more like three kids arguing over an umpire’s call in their little league game than three educated, talented adults who are contending for the nomination as president of the most powerful country in the world.

The Washington Post was quick to coronate Marco Rubio as the winner in their online article this morning ; of course! They are now, and have been, the biggest supporters of establishment politicians and, while Rubio is not exactly who they wanted as their establishment candidate, he’s all they have since Jeb dropped out of the race.

The Post’s headline reads: “Rubio won the Republican debate by putting Trump on the defensive.” Were they even watching the same debate? Yes! They were referring to the same debate as I was watching, but their spin on Rubio’s performance was simply wishful thinking. Trump stood tall next to Rubio and refuted every attack (and there was a seemingly never ending barrage of attacks). In fact, the biggest laugh line of the evening was at Rubio’s expense; when Marco was badgering Trump about some Polish workers he had hired (and he apparently got into some legal trouble for hiring them) and then accused Trump of hiring illegal aliens, Trumps rejoinder was priceless: “I’m the only one on this stage that’s hired people. I’ve hired tens of thousands of people. You haven’t hired one person in your life!”

The Post article also implied that Cruz’s performance was too weak, which is a short-sighted analysis,. Cruz was smiling and enjoying the Rubio/Trump battle, no doubt hoping that they completely destroy each other, giving him a broader highway to the nomination. I do have to say that Cruz had nothing new to offer last night, and that probably hurt him.

Other great Trump rejoinders of the evening:

To Ted Cruz: “I get along with everybody, you get along with nobody. You don’t have the endorsement of one Republican senator and you work with these people!” (good point!)

To the audience: “These are desperate politicians who are being told to say these things.” (True!)

To Rubio and Cruz: “Keep fighting. Keep swinging for the fences”.

Governor Kasich was impressive last night; he would be a good, strong president (at least as good as the other main players) but it appears that he has a very weak following; almost as weak as Dr. Ben Carson.

Speaking of Ben Carson, I’ve joked to a few friends that electing Ben Carson as president would be like putting an intern in as lead physician during a brain surgery. The intern MIGHT be able to complete the surgery successfully, but it would put the patient in jeopardy. In the worlds of Domestic and International politics, Carson MIGHT be able to save the patient (that’s us) but it’s a hell of a chance to take.

The results of Super Tuesday will be fascinating! For my part, I voted on the first day of early voting . . . and almost immediately started having second thoughts.

NEWS FLASH:

As I was about to publish this post, Chris Christie endorsed Trump for president. He says he has no intention of running for any other elective office until he is finished as governor of New Jersey in 2017. Realistically, I think a nod as a vice presidential candidate under the presumed Republican GOP Candidate (Trump) would make him give that a second thought.

 

The Wisdom of the Deal

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Back in December, on this blog , I came out strongly for Ted Cruz as my choice for the next resident at 1600 Pensylvania Ave. I’m not backing away from that position, but there are now new revelations that about his management style and his professional relationships that may be making many voters question the effectiveness of his presidency, should he be nominated and then elected.

No, I’m not buying anything negative that the mainstream media has to say about Ted Cruz nor do I believe most things that Donald Trump now has to say about Ted Cruz, especially his judgement that Cruz is “a nasty person.” Trump may, in fact, think he’s making a valid point when he implies that a politician, especially a president, has to make deals and you have to get along with those you work with. In fact, Trump is illustrating the difference between operating as a business man responsible for the bottom line of a company and operating as the nation’s chief-executive who has a direct responsibility for the physical, mental and financial well-being of the many millions of Americans who are his constituents and, at the same time, a responsibility to uphold his oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

If that is your sworn oath, there is not a lot of room for making deals and there is a great need to be very vigilant about who you are dealing with and what results a deal may bring about; there is also an absolute requirement that any deal made will preserve the United States Constitution.

Back in Kindergarten you get graded on your ability to “play well with others” (at least I was, way back then). Whoever created that learning milestone had an amazing amount of foresight into what makes a successfully “socialized” child who may grow up to be a successfully socialized adult. In that wonderful lesson, however, lies a fallacy. As an adult you also have a responsibility to make judgements about your actions and not assume that everyone in your “school yard” has a benevolent objective to their actions.

In the case of Ted Cruz,it appears that he is one of the “adults” in Congress and, as a discriminating adult, he is right not to “play well” with politicians who hold positions that go against his firmly-held beliefs or well-considered judgements. The question is: will the majority of American’s see Ted Cruz’  unwillingness to embrace the political establishment as the asset it is or will they just believe what they read in the newspapers.