Donald Trump did not defend neo-Nazis or the Ku Klux Klan in his rebuke of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of course, you wouldn't know that from the incredibly disingenuous coverage of the event and the ensuing ideologically motivated blathering from the over-paid and increasingly irrelevant chattering class.
The truth of the matter is this. Trump denounce the violence in total that occurred in Charlottesville and that is, indeed, enough. He denounced violence, bigotry and racism as it was perpetrated by each and every person -- regardless of color, religion and/or ideology -- attending the event. That is the correct thing to do.
The victimhood class -- opportunistic ideologues, one and all, are blind to the absolute fact that one cannot view history through the lens of the modern era. The real-time situations of times gone by are impossible to fathom from a modern day vantage point. So too, we, today, are not privileged to the societal conversations of eras past.
To wit, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and, later, even Robert E. Lee were all abolitionists; they wanted to end slavery understanding it to be a abomination. Jefferson even wrote abolition into the Declaration of Independence only to have to remove the measure lest the whole of independence be relegated to the trash can. Nevertheless, it was something that was sought after for these men until the days they died.
This reality -- this truth -- is lost on the activist masses, even while it is obscured by those fanning the flames of division. The only reason these people can be led down this untruthful path is because Progressives have expunged the need for US History education in our schools.
Another truth not being exposed is the disingenuous duplicity of the mainstream media. As they condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who attended the rally in Charlottesville (they had a legal permit to march and assemble), they refuse to condemn -- equally and with the same gusto -- the non-permitted Antifa, Black Lives Matter and anarchist groups who descended on the rally in full battle gear. The very fact that they were wearing battle gear indicates they meant to do violence.
As I wrote in a recent syndicated column:
"Disagreement is going to happen in a free society. It’s how members of that society engage in disagreements that define whether they are an advanced society or an adolescent society. Sadly...we are devolving from an emotional and intellectually advanced society (circa the Civil Rights movement) to an adolescent society where violence and censorship are deemed acceptable tools to employ in disagreements."
There have always been ignoramuses in society. They are the fringe but a by-product of freedom itself. I classify the neo-Nazi and white supremacist activists in this category. But Antifa is a special kind of dangerous. They are tools of the hardcore ideological Left, employed to bring about the chaos and anarchy that has successfully brought about violent revolutions in lesser nations. They are, rightfully, classified as a domestic terror group.
We can argue about commemorating history, and I, personally, believe that any erasure of history -- offensive to some or not -- is abhorrent. But violent censorship and coercion, the likes of what Antifa and the Left are executing, must be met forcefully by law enforcement and the rule of law.
It is time to make examples of those who piss on our laws and those who risk their lives to enforce it. Then we need to return to educating our children on accurate US History, not the bullsh*t Progressives are shopping to us.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), was given enough rope to hang himself, and he did. His statement at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky proved him to be a chief culprit in what every single American - Republican, Democrat and Independent - hates about Washington, DC.
McConnell, laboring through his speech style, which for the leader of the greatest debate floor on the planet is embarrassing, suggested that President Trump was too inexperienced in politics to understand how slow the Legislative Branch works. He went on to say Trump suffers from “excessive expectations” about what both chambers of Congress can get done.
This is the most pathetic excuse for sustaining political bureaucracy that has ever been muttered, and that's what McConnell does, mutter. His excuse justifies the inefficient processes of government; processes that today exist to the immediate financial detriment to the taxpayers of the United States.
Trump is correct on this point beyond any argument. After 7 years of pontificating about immediate repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Republicans, under McConnell's leadership in the Senate, have not only failed miserably, they have proven that they expected the law to remain in effect long after the 2016 General Election. How else can they explain not having a replacement bill crafted and agreed upon in advance for this very moment?
This failure is either the biggest legislative delinquency in the history of the United States, or it was the biggest con ever perpetrated against the American people, and that's saying a lot when you consider how Obamacare was brought to law.
Now this political reptile insists the fault of expectation lays exclusively with Donald Trump (forgetting the American people expect swift action on this an other issue as well), even as he prepares to ignore the repeal of Obamacare by "moving on" to other things.
The last time we heard "move on" was when Bill Clinton was caught violating Monica Lewinski with a cigar in the oval office. That, too, was meant to cover-up a deficiency.
Note to Mitch McConnell...get Obamacare repealed or preside over the end of Republican majorities in Congress for decades to come. That will be your legacy and it will be solely your making.
North Korea's child tyrant is claiming that he has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on top of his "balsa wood" ICBM missiles. President Trump has, necessarily, responded with his war face. And while many are talking about the possibility of a confrontation between the US and North Korea, there are options that would change the game.
Part of executing a potent and respected foreign policy is to not only be steadfast in your alliances, but to be unpredictable to you foes. In this instance, regarding North Korea, being unpredictable is the way to go.
Conventional thinking embraces the thought that the United States should leverage its relationship with China to quell the aspiration of Kim Jong-un. But short of a Chinese invasion of that despotic nation, there really is little the Chinese can do. Kim doesn't think twice about letting his people starve to death in deference to the elites and the military.
What President Trump should do is exercise a move from an outside the box thought process.
Why not enter into a strategic military alliance with Japan giving them what they have sought for years: military autonomy? Let Japan lead the way, figuratively and strategically, against North Korea. Japan has as much if not more to lose as the United States if North Korea lights the nuclear candle.
An aggressive Japan would strike a great deal of fear into the hearts of the entire Asian continent, with memories of their totalitarian conquest circa World War II still fresh in many minds.
A strategic military relationship with Japan leading the way would both strengthen our relationship with Japan and send a clear and potent message to North Korea, as well as China and Russia.
Now comes word that vegan activists have bullied a mom and pop butcher shop in Berkeley, California, into putting an animal rights poster in their shop window. This is literally forcing a business owner to put up a sign saying "don't do business with us."
Liberal and Progressive activists have complete abandoned the very nature of what liberal activism is supposed to be. Activism and advocacy is meant to educate; to coax people into realizing the facts that are presented in an effort to persuade the people they are talking to to come to their side. These fascists are forcing people to harm themselves and damage their livelihoods. That's not activism. It's fascism; Nazism.
There is a gigantic difference between peaceful protest, advocacy and activism, and intolerant coercion. These tyrants are strong-arming people who do not hold their points of view to kow-tow to their way of thinking or be persecuted. That's fascism.
The incredulous thing here is that the "activists" are promoting vegan-ism. These historically peaceful people have moved to forced coercion and fascism? If they respect all living things then they have to respect people, and if they respect people they must allow people to live and let live.
Individual rights -- liberty -- allows people to live their lives in the way they see fit, up to the point of encroaching upon someone else's rights. This pinheads are encroaching on the rights of these business owners.
So, they aren't "activists," they are despotic tyrants practicing fascism...Think I'll go have a steak to flip them off ideologically.
It seems that the smiling tyrant of the Iranian revolution, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is going to face some of his own style of punishment. It appears the leisure suit wearing Islamofascist is starring at sentences on seven convictions of misusing billions of dollars in government funds while in office.
While the penalties for these convictions are not immediately known, we are talking about the justice of the Iranian mullahs. That said, the punishment could be anything from a lengthy (maybe life) prison sentence in a location such as the notorious Evin prison, where political prisoners are many times literally tortured to death, or, more mercifully, death.
Interesting is how the Iranian darlings of the moment are so easily brought to corruption and then delivered to the status of criminal pariah. Once one of the most powerful despots in the world, now relegated to chains, incarceration and possibly death.
Thus is the Islamofascist culture. Do you still believe that culture is equal in stature with the West?
It can be argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 General Election. Meeting with a Russian ambassador in a social capacity as a sitting US Senator is not improper. That said, Mr. Sessions' foot-dragging on all things Clinton is eyebrow-raising.
While some would spin it that Sessions should refrain from going after the Clintons and the DNC in an effort to avoid an onslaught of Democrat and Progressive charges of political persecution, it is clear to even the deaf, dumb and blind that the Clintons and the DNC have done things worthy of investigation.
Chief among the acts that should be investigated are the many instances of foreign governments -- and entities acting on behalf of foreign government -- donating to The Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's time as US Secretary of State. The "coincidences" of favorable determinations by the State Dept. that occurred in proximity to "donations" to The Clinton Foundation are more than worthy of investigation.
Almost as important -- and perhaps even more so -- is the issue of Hillary Clinton having housed, received and transmitted classified information on an unauthorized private email server. Since we now know that the DNC and Clinton Campaign email servers were hacked (via Wikileaks disclosures), we simply must assume that Clintons unsecured, unauthorized, private email server was also compromised. This is -- and always was -- a very big deal. That's why the country gasped in horror when James Comey let Clinton off the hook.
Another item worthy of investigation are the meetings between the Clinton Campaign and the embassy staff from Ukraine; meetings confirmed to have been about colluding to influence the 2016 General Election.
There are so many questionable actions that have been executed by the Clintons over the years one would have trouble tallying them up. So, many of us commiserate with President Trump on this issue. When, Mr. Sessions, will we see serious and honest -- non-political -- investigations into these most serious of questionable acts at the hands of the Clintons?
The biggest lie being told about Obamacare is that it provides healthcare to people. It does not. It mandates health insurance coverage for all, but it doesn't have anything to do with healthcare. In fact, Obamacare makes it harder to even see a physician.
So, because this is the case, what opposition to the repeal of Obamacare really achieves is protection for the health insurance companies; companies that made significant profits because of Obamacare.
Not only is everyone in the country mandated to purchase health insurance in one form or another, the federal government is subsidizing the insurance companies' costs as well. You really would have to be employing a spendthrift business model not to glean profits from such a model.
Additionally, with more people having health insurance -- and no influx of new doctors -- the wait to see a physician because of the influx of patients to the doctor to patient ratio increases dramatically. In some instances, people are waiting up to 24 days to see a doctor after making an appointment.
So, while health insurance costs go up for everyone who actually pays for his or her own insurance, and the "newly insured" get their premiums paid by the Federal government, access to healthcare has diminished. The only winner in all of this is the health insurance companies, who are seeing massive profits from the citizenry being forces -- under penalty of law -- to purchase a private sector product.
There is a reason Democrats and Progressives like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Chuckie Schumer held the creation of Obamacare so close to the vest. They were colluding with their big donor health insurance companies to create windfall profits for their corporations.
Now how do you feel about your Senator or Representative opposing the repeal of Obamacare?
This is where common sense meets special interest politics. A proposed bill in the State of Massachusetts that would outlaw sex between teachers and students has yet to be endorsed by the state teachers’ union six months on. The language is clear and concise, yet the Massachusetts Teachers Association, 110,000 members strong, said it was still reviewing the measure.
The chief question that should come up in everyone's mind, especially the minds of parents of students in Massachusetts, is what is there to review?
The bill, outlaws teacher-student sex, sexual relations between a student and other adults employed by a school district -- salaried, volunteer or contract basis, and covers independent schools and youth organizations. Adults found guilty of violating the law would face a maximum jail term of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
So, again, what is to "review" for six months? The union -- and their reviewing lawyers -- either have put the review on the "not so important" pile, or are attempting to find a way to massage the bill's language to protect teachers who do prey on their students. Both are incredibly unacceptable.
While good teachers should have close relationships with their students, crossing the line into sexual relationships is the definition of what it means to be a sexual predator. Those in positions of authority have an obligation protect their charges, not prey on them. Honestly, it is sad a law even needs to be on the books outlawing this activity.
Needless to say, next time a teachers' union gets behind a political candidate, we should all remember this point in time, especially in Massachusetts.
The idea that Democrats and Progressives will ever cooperate to rectify the mess they created in Obamacare is laughable. Truth is, they have no reason to do anything as long as Republicans remain impotent on coalescing to affect a change. That doesn't seem likely at this point.
The only way to force Democrats to the negotiating table on healthcare -- and on any other matter -- is by abandoning the "omnibus" approach and doing first things first. Republicans in the House and the Senate have to repeal Obamacare as a piece of stand-alone legislation with the political promise that they will negotiate a parachute for those adversely affected.
With Obamacare repealed - and the promise to negotiate a no-hurt parachute for those affected on the table -- inaction by the Democrats and Progressives becomes a death-knell come the mid-terms.
If Republicans keep their original promise to repeal Obamacare, then there is a track record of keeping promises that will allow the politically spineless in the Republican Party and the Democrats to believe their will be a negotiated parachute out of the Obamacare wasteland for those who already face a crushing exit, one way or another.
Congressional Republicans must act on a stand-alone repeal of Obamacare immediately. Any Republican -- from any state -- who does not go along with this is in two-faced defiance to what they ran for election on, and in defiance of the primary GOP platform plank in the 2016 General Election. They should be recalled immediately!
Contact your Reps and Senators now and demand they repeal Obamacare as a stand alone piece of legislation. If you live in Maine or West Virginia this contact is vital!
The Republican Party begged for the chance to take power so that they could "repeal Obamacare." They asked for both houses of Congress and the Oval Office and the American voters delivered each. Now they are failing the American people by reneging on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the chief promise that brought them to power.
Let's all remember that the campaign promises, made by each and every Republican, were to "repeal" Obamacare. Only when it became politically opportune did those promises morph into "repeal and replace," rhetoric meant to cater to the wobbly middle during a General Election cycle.
And just like that, Republicans, as they always do, fell into the Democrat/Progressive trap of a behemoth legislation. They fall into it all the time, be it legislation about immigration (the marriage of border security and immigration reform) or taxes (the marriage of tax reform to entitlement spending). They have created the illusion that the repeal of Obamacare must be in tandem with a replacement to the government entitlement program, and chicken sh*t Republicans -- like Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) -- are buying it.
Democrats will never -- never -- come to the negotiating table on the issue of healthcare if they don't have a reason. They will allow Republicans to spin their wheels with a replacement bill only to watch them end in failure.
The only way to force Democrats to the table is to repeal Obamacare as a stand alone measure. That done, Republicans must win the messaging war to force the narrative that it is Democrats who refuse to come to the table to help those disenfranchised by the failed Obamacare experience. Then -- and only then -- will Democrats enjoin in ingenuous negotiations and debate.
Make no mistake. The only avenue here is to repeal Obamacare as a stand alone move. Then the issue of what to do can be addressed sand the political bullsh*t. If Republicans -- are you hearing me Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan -- do not simply repeal this law, the GOP is going to get crushed in the mid-terms and the American people will be stuck with socialized medicine for all time.