"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams

Monday, June 26, 2017

National Interest equals conservative ideology

We have all heard many times that Trump is not an ideologue, that he doesn't think in terms of ideology. Rush in particular says this a lot. In contrast, Trump is practical and thinks only in terms of what, in his judgment, would be in the best interests of our country. This caused a lot of my conservative friends to be quite negative about electing Trump. I confess that I too was nervous about it; but I always figured that rolling the dice with Trump was far better than getting a sure thing with corrupt Hillary. Well, it seems to me that we have increasing evidence that what a smart, successful businessman thinks is in the best interests of America is very similar to conservative ideology. Duh... Either that, or Trump is in fact an ideological conservative.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

An insight

"A job is the best social program of all." Anthony Pratt

Friday, March 10, 2017

Has Big Brother arrived?

I am a patriotic American and I am all for our intelligence services protecting us, but this story really bothers me. What have we become?

Spies among us...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trump's replacement for Obamacare

From President Trump's State of the Union speech on February 28, 2017...

"So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster. Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:
     "First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.
     "Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts –- but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the Government.
     "Thirdly, we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.
     "Fourthly, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance – and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately.
     "Finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across State lines –- creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care.
     "Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed.  Every problem can be solved.  And every hurting family can find healing, and hope."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Insane leftist ideology

Leftists are more committed to protecting the “right” of an adult to enter America illegally through an unsecured gap in the border than the right of a baby to enter America legally through the birth canal.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

You won't hear this on the evening news...

In an interview Sunday, President Trump was asked how he could respect Vladimir Putin, being that he’s a killer. He answered, in part, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” A couple of points.

First, the interviewer never explained what he meant when he said Putin is a killer. Did he mean that Putin has actually placed a gun to someone’s head and pulled the trigger? Did he mean he had ordered the killing of certain people, particularly political opponents? Or did he mean that he has no problem with the concept of killing political opponents, regardless of whether or not he has actually done it himself or ordered a hit on a particular person? We can make assumptions here, but I’m not sure we have any direct evidence.

Second, would it be wise for the new president to condemn as a killer a leader of Putin’s stature right out of the box. That’s a pretty serious accusation. Trump has said he wants to try to form alliances with the Russians. Calling their leader a killer may not be a very wise diplomatic move. I suspect that if Putin proves to be a back-stabber, the president will not be shy about calling him whatever epithet pops into his head.

Back to Trump’s answer: “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” In response I call a few names to your attention: Patrice Lumumba, Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (16-year-old son of Anwar). Each of these people was assassinated by order of the President of the United States without due process because it was deemed to in the interest of national security. There are probably many others, and there are certainly many others who have been killed by the CIA or military, not because they were enemy soldiers in a declared war, but because their deaths were deemed to in the interest of national security. There is reason to believe the CIA attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro numerous times.

According to WikiSpooks.com, “The CIA has long had a policy of assassinating individuals for a mixture of reasons. Formerly, these attacks were covert, but increasingly, the US government is open about assassinating anyone whom it pleases. The official narrative, however, avoids the word assassination, preferring instead the euphemism “targeted killing.” Attacks are being made on individuals or leaders of quite small groups who are post hoc designated “terrorists.” Since 2011 there have been killings of nuclear technicians in Iran. Drones are proving increasingly effective at killing targets, and are even being programmed to make autonomous decisions about whom to kill.”

I am not necessarily objecting to this practice, but to be fair, there is substance to Donald Trump’s assertion that America is not so innocent. What one leader may see as a national interest may not be seen that way by others. I’m sure there are plenty of people in Yemen who consider Barrack Obama a killer. I’m sure there were plenty of Congolese in the early 60s who considered Eisenhower a killer. I’m sure plenty of Cubans wished they could have consider Kennedy a killer. Unfortunately for the people of Cuba, his CIA never succeeded.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

No conflict...

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Excerpt from article on CNN Online: NFL legend Jim Brown stopped by Trump Tower Tuesday for a meeting pegged as a discussion about issues facing the African-American community, and he came away from the gathering with the President-elect having his admiration. "When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration," Brown said. "No one gave him a chance."

A 1971 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and eight-time NFL rushing leader, Brown is well known for his work in the African-American community. However, as the subject turned to race on Tuesday, he revealed some lesser-known details. "The three greatest people in my life were white, OK. My high school coach, my high school superintendent, and my mentor in Manhasset, Long Island," he said.

So, in vocally supporting Trump, Brown sees no conflict of ideology. He maintains that his work focuses on the human race above all. "When I come out of the box, I don't come out of the box as racial," he said. "I look for good people and people that will be like-minded and help me try to do good for other human beings."

Though Brown voted for Hillary Clinton in November, he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin later Tuesday he left the meeting which also included Pastor Darrell Scott with a heart-warming sense of positivity.

Monday, November 21, 2016

A real anomaly

"Conservative but intelligent." This was Wolf Blitzer's description yesterday of Mike Pompeo, soon-to-be-head of the CIA.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Beware the code language

After meeting with President-elect Trump last Thursday morning, President Obama told reporters, "I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face." 

This is code language for: "We lost the election, so now we have to convince Republicans that they should give us an equal say in all decisions over the next four years. Those idiots have fallen for this ploy in the past, so we may as well try it again." 
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