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Monday
Apr022018

President Trump's Greatest Asset

The past couple of years have been very entertaining for political spectators like myself. I’ve watched politicos from the left and right genuflecting in harmony in the opposite direction of (now) President Trump. Politicians from both parties are beside themselves trying to deal with a President who doesn’t conform to Washington “norms”. For example, democrats have been screaming about DACA and the plight of the poor dreamers for months until Donald Trump offers 1.8 million DACA recipients a path to legal citizenship (far more than the some 800,000 originally requested by the dimms). Within minutes of him doing so, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer rejected the proposal flat. WTF? President Trump (going against leaders of his own party) offers dimms everything they wanted and more with regards to DACA and their compulsion to “resist” (obstruct) outweighed their own stated political ideology. They poo-pooed the idea without so much as a counter-proposal. This speaks volumes about their commitment to their own ideals.
RINOs like John McCain who have campaigned for years on ending ObamaCare, sneak into the Senate chambers in the middle of the night and torpedo a consensus agreement that would have de-funded (effectively repealed) the country’s first step toward socialized medicine. It seems Senator McCain is more interested in obstructing President Trump than achieving his long-stated objectives. Like the dimms, Senator McCain seems to have no ideology, despite what he says. John Kasich, the republican governor of Ohio and failed candidate for the republican presidential nomination, is such a small, petty person, he didn’t even show up at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to recognize Donald Trump as the party nominee for president.  This, after just a few weeks earlier, he refused to concede the race and drop out, long after being mathematically eliminated. This tiny man’s hubris knows no bounds. His vitriol towards Trump prevented him from acknowledging the will of his own party at the RNC in the state where he is the duly elected governor. Ridiculous, but at least he’s sticking by his ideological guns.
This has become all too typical in today’s political climate. “Never Trump” has become the mantra for this country’s political class, the “deep state”. This behavior has revealed the nasty underbelly of both parties and the life-long bureaucrats who run the myriad “alphabet soup” federal agencies. The fact that a populist non-politician was elected to this nation’s highest office has put them all on the offensive, using every dirty trick they can imagine to impeach, indict or otherwise discredit President Trump.
The negative consequences to our country’s security or prosperity doesn’t seem to matter. This deep state machine has revealed itself as a globalist tool intent on accumulating wealth, power and control at the expense of the well-being of the American people. Political debate between Republicans and Democrats is just a guise. Both parties have overseen a bloating federal bureaucracy no matter how much they appear to disagree. A perennial grip on power and control is their only real objective and their never-ending, petty bickering masquerades as political discourse. It is all just a distraction.
No matter how they promote President Trump as “unfit” for office, they surely realize he is on to them and has sworn an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. Unlike his predecessors and the current party leaders, Donald Trump fully intends to uphold his oath. They know this, and it scares the shit out of them. Tools they previously used as leverage to bend politicians to their will, like huge campaign donations, knowledge of previous political underhandedness and personal indiscretions simply don’t apply to Donald Trump. He is truly an outsider to their political “swamp”. While outspoken for years, Donald Trump never held political office prior to being elected president. He didn’t need, nor did he accept donations from wealthy PACs, corporations or individuals seeking political influence. This independence is one of the main reasons I voted for him. Obviously, I was not alone.
For far too many years, Americans have repeatedly voted republican or democrat, believing one or the other’s rhetoric and expecting things to change and improve. Since the 1970s, we’ve watched as our country has lost its manufacturing base, welfare and food stamp programs ballooned and our middle-class shrunk dramatically under constant wage stagnation and decreasing job availability. Our inner cities have turned into third-world war zones while the voices of millions of “fly over” voters went unheeded.
On November 8, 2016 those same fly-overs came out by the millions and said, “We’ve had enough!”  We’d had enough of “apology tours” from our "community organizer-in-chief". We’d had enough of globalist trade deals sucking the economic life from our shores. We’d had enough of politically correct “safe zones” stifling free speech and labeling our founders as racists and our Constitution as a “has-been” document. We’d had enough of presidential executive orders unconstitutionally directing law enforcement to ignore duly legislated laws while giving illegal aliens more protection than our own citizens. We’d had enough of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars being shipped by the pallet-load to terrorist-sponsoring dictators in Iran. We’d had enough of watching ISIS thugs beheading and drowning Christians in cages while shouting "Death to America". We’d had enough of our embassy staff and ambassador in Bengazi being brutally murdered while their repeated pleas to our State Department for help were ignored. We’d had enough of watching China’s massive illegal military and economic expansion while maintaining their “favored nation” trading status within the World Trade Organization. We’d had enough of a tin-pot dictator in North Korea threatening us and our allies with rogue missile launches and thermonuclear weapon development. And we quickly got REALLY TIRED of being called “deplorable”, “racist”, "Nazi" and “bigot” for daring to think it was time to change the political status quo of D.C. It was time for “business as usual” to end. It was time for the D.C. swamp to be drained. We’d become sick and tired of whiny, beta-male politicians bowing down to globalist agendas. It was time for a REAL change. It was time for America to stop apologizing and stand up for itself once again. It was time for a true “alpha” in the White House. It was time for Donald Trump!
And what a good decision the American people made!
In just 14 months since taking office:
  • The stock market’s value has increased over 30%
  • Over 3 million new jobs have been created
  • Companies are moving or expanding to the US in record numbers 
  • More federal regulations have been eliminated than by any previous administration
  • Unemployment is at a 29-year low
  • Black unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded
  • Hispanic unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded
  • The largest tax cut in history has been signed into law
  • Over $4 trillion have been re-patriated from foreign holdings by American companies
  • Economic optimism is at the highest rate ever recorded
  • The military sequester has been ended and replenishing has begun
  • ICE agents are rounding up and jailing/deporting MS-13 gang members by the hundreds
  • ISIS territory has been reduced to just 2% of their pre-election geographic holdings
  • Kim Jong Un has agreed to a missile moratorium and de-nuclearization talks
  • President Trump has decided not to re-authorize the Iran nuclear treaty
…and these are just the items that immediately come to mind. I’m sure there’s lots more that I’m not listing here.
In spite of all this, the deep state and the complicit mainstream media continue to denigrate President Trump and dismiss his long list of achievements. Some dimms have gone so far as to credit Obama for the record-setting economic gains of the past 14 months. What a pile of horse shit. Compared to Donald Trump, Obama can't even spell “economy”, and has even less clue how to manage it. Let’s face it. Obama has never held a real job in his life. From the day he graduated college, he has sucked off the taxpayer tit. He has no clue what makes business tick in America, or if he does, he just doesn’t care. He ran for president under the mantra of “Hope & Change”. By the time his terms ran out all the American people could “hope” is that they had enough “change” in their pocket to buy something to eat. The man epitomized the left’s whiney, beta-male apologist attitude. Americans were made to feel apologetic for being successful, for being ambitious, for being heterosexual…the list goes on and on. Hell, the Obama ilk even want us to apologize for being white! What could be more racist than that? “Me thinks thou doest protest too much!” Whatever happened to the idea that people should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character? In the 60s, that was a truly noble progressive sentiment. How far the left has fallen.
While President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his empathy for minorities and stated how proud he was for record low unemployment for blacks, Hispanics and women, the left continues to pit one segment of America against another under the pretense that America’s success is a zero-sum game. In other words, lefties believe that for blacks to progress, whites must sacrifice. Or, women’s progress can only come at the expense of men. Healthcare for all means that those with adequate healthcare must pay additionally for care they do not need so that others can have coverage. Any way you slice it, the left stands for nothing but wealth redistribution administered by Washington D.C. (after D.C. gets its cut, of course!) In short, they want power over every aspect of our lives and are willing to economically and socially destroy our country to get it. Tyranny.
President Trump, conversely, understands that rising economic tides lift all boats. Every American prospers when America prospers. He understands how wealth is created and that this creation is how to improve the lot of all Americans, not by forced confiscation (taxes) and redistribution through federal social engineering programs. He also understands the need for many federal regulations like those that protect our clean air and water but realizes the federal bureaucracy has ballooned over the past seven decades and that many existing regulations do more to justify a profligate bureaucracy than protect our country. He also understands that the quickest path to good health insurance is a good job and government’s role in healthcare will be greatly reduced by employee benefits the private sector has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to provide.
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised voters to make America a winner again. He jokingly said we’d get sick and tired of winning so much. He repeatedly stated that the fixes were simple and that our economy was being managed by people who “don’t know what the Hell they’re doing”. Based on the above list, I’d say he knew what he was talking about and that he’s well on his way to fulfilling that winning promise.
I will be the first to admit, Donald Trump’s actions often don’t conform to what we’ve all come to recognize as “presidential” behavior. In fact, some of his tweets make me cringe and wonder why the hell he’d say something like that. What you can’t dispute is President Trump’s transparentness. His speeches and tweets often seem like a flow of consciousness versus the well-scripted, massaged and teleprompted communications we got from past presidents. While some give me pause, mostly I love them. I rarely have to question what President Trump believes about most any subject and I find that very refreshing. Again, he isn’t a “bought and paid for” politician. He owes nothing to lobbyists, wealthy donors or even his own political party. This is President Trump’s greatest virtue. For once, Americans have a president whose only debts are to the oath of office he took and the promises he made to the American people. Every day he demonstrates his love for our country and his unwavering determination to service those debts.
 
  

 

Wednesday
Feb282018

Thank God for Our Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

            United States Constitution, Amendment II

 

The founders quite obviously felt very strongly about this subject. The only amendment given higher stance was our individual right to free speech. They felt that our right to bear arms is more important than a right to a speedy trial, protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, double jeopardy and self-incrimination.

More importantly, notice the second amendment says nothing about self-protection, hunting or any other prescribed use of arms. No, it specifically talks about the necessity of Militias to maintain our freedom and states in unambiguous terms that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Not “should not” or “may not”, but “shall not”. They obviously wanted to leave no room for interpretation. They had witnessed the tyranny of states whose populations had been disarmed and wanted no part of it for the United States. They understood it would be virtually impossible for a tyrannical government to oppress an armed populous. If you feel this amendment is vague or otherwise worded ambiguously, you don’t have to look far to get more insight into what the authors were thinking when they wrote it…

 

"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

 

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

 

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
- George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

 

"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
- Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

 

These are but a few examples of publications and personal communications penned by the architects of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In particular, Thomas Jefferson, generally acknowledged as the original author, speaks unambiguously about every citizen’s right to self-protection not only from common criminals and assailants but from a tyrannical government as well. For me, reading these excerpts only serves to reinforce my belief in the exceptional prescience of our founding fathers. Thank God for their wisdom. They believed so strongly in the necessity of an armed citizenry, they codified it in a document that requires extraordinary effort to modify. The people of the United States have to be very unified and motivated for ⅔  (38) of the states to agree via referendum to change our Constitution. Given today’s political reality, it would be nearly impossible to get ⅔ of the states to agree the sky is blue! So, to all you gun-grabbing social warriors out there, I say, “Good luck trying to change our beloved Second Amendment!” The founders saw you coming and erected a barrier right in your path.

To those of you who believe our government is benevolent and that civil unrest could never escalate to the point of armed resistance, I ask you to Google “Antifa protests”. Take a gander at these hooded and masked goons as they rioted on President Trump’s inauguration day or when Milo Yiannopoulos tried to hold an event at Berkeley. They burned cars, hurled barricades through plate glass windows, set fires and physically assaulted innocent people for daring to have a differing political opinion. These goons are modern-day “brownshirts” physically assaulting those who don’t hold to their leftist ideology. By labeling everyone who disagrees with them as Nazi, racist or bigot, they take license to violently attack populists, conservatives and libertarians. They cloak themselves with some sort of twisted moral superiority and believe that justifies their violent behavior. They revel in their twisted ideology on social media and start memes like #PunchANazi and post videos of conservatives being sucker-punched.  Watching their riotous antics makes me sick and makes it hard to dispute the idea that a civil war has already broken out. Were they ever to bring that behavior to me and mine, I will give them a lesson on the errors of assaulting an armed citizen. I PROMISE. Protection from these sorts is what the Second Amendment is all about.

I've been hearing lots of arguments lately about banning "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazines", neither of which are defined terms. What makes a rifle an assault weapon? Is it a black rifle? Is it a semi-automatic? Or is it just something that looks scary to skinny-jean wearing left coast beta-males? How many rounds can a magazine contain before it earns the designation "high capacity"? 30? 20? 5? Nobody is saying because nobody knows. It’s just another example of leftist talking point buzzwords. What the left does know is that they want to ban as much as they possibly can in an effort to achieve their ultimate goal of banning all gun ownership for all American citizens. They know they have no hope of repealing the Second Amendment in one fell swoop, so they want to nibble away at it until it is effectively moot. We're already banned from owning fully automatic firearms. That happened in the days of the Tommy-gun in the early 20th century. I believe that is an illegal ban, but there has never been enough public outcry to mount an effective court challenge. Even the NRA won't touch that debate. Does my belief make me crazy? Maybe in the eyes of the left. You see, I believe in freedom. I believe that while I may not like something, I have no right to tell others they can’t have it. I can’t stomach looking at a person with tattoos all over their face, but I do believe they have every right to disfigure themselves any way they wish and would never propose a law to forbid them doing so. I understand that a machine gun never killed anyone. It is an inanimate object. It requires a human to buy the ammunition, load the weapon, aim and pull the trigger. It's the same for an AR-15. Free, law-abiding citizens have every right to own one (or 2, 3, or any number they want). In fact, some estimates place the number of privately owned AR-15s in the US between 900,000 and 1.2 million. Of that number, only a handful have ever been used in a violent crime of any type. I own lots of guns of all types. I enjoy shooting. I used to be an avid hunter. I am a law-abiding, free American citizen. Why should my right to own and use firearms lawfully be taken away because some sick kid in Florida one day decides it would be a good idea to shoot a bunch of innocent kids in a high school? If you follow that logic, there should be a cry to take away all automobiles after a sicko jihadist purposely runs over a couple dozen New Yorkers out for a jog in the park. That will never be suggested BECAUSE IT IS A STUPID, NON-SEQUITUR ARGUMENT. Rich leftists manipulate uninformed people who don’t like guns to take advantage of every tragic incident involving a firearm. Whenever some sicko decides to play Call of Duty for real, they make the sentimental argument that no one should be able to own the kind of guns that look scary to them. Yes, these well-orchestrated “March for Our Lives” protests are financed by the likes of George Soros, rich Hollywood types and other leftist organizations like the NEA. Does anyone really believe a bunch of high school kids organized these marches, replete with huge stages, jumbo-trons and leftist Hollywood performers (mimics)? Of course not. High school kids organize things like fund-raising car washes or maybe a bake sale. These kids are little more than puppets, schooled by the globalist left to parrot their socialist agenda. Several kids from the same high school wanting to express differing opinions have been totally muted by the media. There is no room for intelligent discussion, only the left’s talking points are allowed. Nobody gets to ask why this disturbed teen was allowed to get a gun. Nobody gets to ask why the school, local law enforcement and the FBI ignored warnings from other students and concerned parents. Nobody gets to ask why no action was taken when the kid expressed his desire to shoot up the school on social media. And, alas, nobody gets to ask how this obviously sick young person slipped through society’s cracks despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent on social programs every year. No, those are difficult questions no one wants to tackle. It’s just easier to blame the gun.

Throughout history, dictators flourish only after they disarm their citizens. Stalin, Hitler Mao…the list goes on. When leftists call President Trump a Nazi or dictator, I can only laugh at their stupidity. These brainwashed socialists have no idea what a true dictator is. That’s not surprising. After all, they are products of our public education system. Educators have long since stopped teaching history, civics or government in lieu of courses like “sexual preference studies” or “ecology”. I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with those subjects, but why should our kids know more about LGBTQ issues than facts about our founding fathers and the Constitution?

The simple fact is, they shouldn’t. The left has run this country’s education systems for decades. We now find ourselves with two or three generations of people who are completely oblivious to the principals our founders believed in and codified in the Constitution. The only amendment these ignoramuses are vaguely aware of is the first. The only reason they know about it is because it's the section of the Bill of Rights that guarantees their right to shoot off their stupid mouths no matter how ill-informed or ignorant they are. They speak of abolishing the Second Amendment as if it were as meaningless as a jaywalking law. Thank God for organizations like the NRA fighting to protect our rights. On the other hand, it is truly sad that the NRA even needs to exist at all. 

Tuesday
Aug292017

America, Watch Texas and Learn

When we retired, my wife and I moved to Sedona, Arizona last November. Sixty-one years ago, I was born in Baytown, Texas, about 30 miles east of downtown Houston. My two daughters and their families still live in Houston. Both have been displaced from their flooded homes. The home I sold last November has 7 feet of water in it right now. Thankfully, my daughters, their families and all my former neighbors are safe.

Since Saturday I’ve been glued to the TV watching the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and doing my best to lend moral support to my daughters who have lost virtually all their material belongings. I try to remind them that everything truly important is safe and that anything that can be built can be re-built. I’m not sure my words help as they watch their homes fill with multiple feet of water.

Watching the news coverage does give me reason for hope. Unlike with hurricane Katrina, I’m not seeing a lot of victims standing around waiting for the government to help. I’m seeing every Texan with a boat or tall vehicle rescuing and helping their neighbors and other fellow Texans. Private citizens taking it upon themselves to give their time and resources to do everything they can to keep loss of life in Houston to a minimum. There is no talk of race or political affiliation. Just Texans, black, white and brown all doing everything they can to mitigate the suffering caused by Harvey.

Take a look, America. This is who we Texans truly are. When the chips are down, we don’t waste time and energy pointing fingers and blaming others for our plight. Our first instinct is to ask ourselves what we can do to help, then doing it. As always, my fellow Texans are making me proud to count myself among them. The rest of this country would do well to watch…

 

 

 

…and LEARN!  

Monday
Aug282017

Free Speech Isn't Free

Were you required to read George Orwell’s 1984 in high school or college like I was? How about Animal Farm? I’m getting the feeling that many (if not all) of the “Antifa” protesters gathering to counter the numerous free speech and Trump rallies across the country never experienced these two works by Orwell. In fact, I’ve seen newscasts featuring on-the-scene reporters interviewing these Antifa troops and I came away questioning whether some of these protesters could read, period. If they do grasp the concepts behind these Orwellian works, then they would realize that by suppressing anyone’s ideals, they have become what they profess to have beheld. Like in 1984, the term “free speech” has been twisted to mean “you are free to say anything as long as you adhere to the accepted verbiage of the left”. In other words, the pigs have become the farmers. Antifa, which is supposedly a condensation of “anti-fascism”, consists mostly of left-wing anarchists who (for the most part) can’t even define “fascism”. If they could, they would know just how far-removed the Trump administration is from anything remotely resembling fascism. In fact, when these lefties protest, shout down, physically assault or otherwise attempt to prohibit the free expression of ideas at these legal rallies, they appear to embrace fascism. A bit ironic, don’t you think? Hitler, fascism’s poster-boy and the person Antifa regularly equates to president Trump, employed the same tactics when dealing with those who expressed anti-Nazi ideals. When then newly-appointed Chancellor Hitler began his rise to power, his “brown shirts” routinely used violence and intimidation to squelch opposition voices. More irony. Today, Antifa protesters routinely gather en masse to bully, intimidate and even physically assault legally assembled rally-goers attempting to freely express opposing views. I submit, Antifa groups are the brownshirts of the left.

 

White supremacists are sickening, deplorable human beings. Flag-burners embody everything I detest. Both have equal protection to express themselves freely, guaranteed by our Constitution. As much as these people sicken me, I will aggressively defend their right to speak their piece. You see, I believe our Constitution is the best framework for governing ever written and there is a reason our right to free speech is codified in the first amendment. Not the second. Not the third or fourth, the FIRST. The founding fathers obviously understood the importance of assuring every citizen’s right to speak their mind without fear of reprimand or reprisal. They knew our republic could not function if the free flow of ideas and opinions was restricted or otherwise repressed in any way.

So, to all you flag-burners out there: Even though I find your method of protesting reprehensible, I believe with all my heart that you have every right to do so. If it doesn’t bother you to spit in the eye of every person who cherishes our flag as a lasting symbol of freedom and national pride, then you go right ahead and behave that way. Just know that hundreds of thousands of Americans have shed their blood to keep our flag flying so that you can perform your imbecilic, childish temper-tantrum of defiance. You have every right to burn our flag in protest. The Supreme Court has upheld that right. But, I have the right to tell you that you make me want to vomit and that whatever your cause, I will forever be against it because of your sick, moronic methods.

As I witness these Antifa “protesters” at event after event, one of their common practices has me curious. I thought it was illegal to demonstrate in public while masked in anonymity. I may be wrong, but didn’t the courts rule that KKK members could not march with their faces covered? If so, I think it a very wise decision. If a person wants to demonstrate for a cause, that person should show their face, not hide behind a mask like a coward. The Antifa “protests” are increasingly manned by persons dressed in all black with black ski masks. They look almost exactly like the murdering ISIS fanatics parading through the middle-east. Does the law only apply to southern racist cowards dressed in white? Just wondering.

From what I’ve observed, the non-descript black clothing and ski masks do serve a practical purpose. The anonymity these get-ups provide helps these anarchists avoid arrest and/or prosecution when they are caught on camera vandalizing property or physically assaulting free speech rally attendees. If a KKK member shows up at a rally wearing a “spook hat” that covers his face, he gets arrested immediately. I think the same should apply to Antifa thugs who show up in ski masks. They are equally low-life scum.

What Antifa does by staging organized, violent “protests” at free speech and Trump rallies fits the definition of repression. They go even further by staging violent events on college campuses whenever a conservative speaker is scheduled. A good example happened at Berkeley when Milo Yiannopolous was invited to speak a few months back. Antifa radicals showed up and proceeded to smash barricades and windows, set fires and physically assault students attempting to attend the event. Make no mistake, this was no “protest”. It was a riot! For the few of you who don’t know about Milo, he is a very popular Breitbart editor whose campus lecture tour is wildly popular among the new populist right. Milo rails against militant feminism, identity politics and the radically politically correct “thought police” of the left. For his views, Milo has been labelled (among other things) a “Nazi”, “bigot”, “misogynist” and “racist”. This is particularly ironic since Milo is gay with a stated preference for black men! Ironic, but not surprising. The left and their Antifa brownshirts have proven again and again that facts are irrelevant when it comes to identity politics. When they disagree with a person politically, then they feel completely justified labeling them falsely, maliciously, hurtfully. Case in point: James Damore was recently fired from Google for simply citing scientific gender studies that drew conclusions contrary to Google’s politically correct diversity policy. Certainly, Google has every right to fire any employee they choose, but this vividly illustrates the left’s willingness to damage someone’s life for the sake of political correctness. All James Damore did was state his opinion on the faults of his company’s gender policies and cite the science behind what formed that opinion. For that, Google labeled him a “sexist” and crucified him.

The same thing is happening to some extent to all of us who have the unmitigated gall to support President Trump. The leftist mainstream media routinely label us racist, homophobic, misogynist, bigot…the list goes on and on. Then, the idiots act surprised when half the country is offended and tunes them out. Consequently, their ratings have gone into the crapper and the imbeciles are too blinded by their bias to see the cause and effect. They continue to ostracize people like Milo and James Damore for simply stating an opinion that differs from their left-wing mindset of identity politics when they should give these people an equal platform. That is what would happen were they a truly objective news organization.

The left in this country, including the complicit mainstream media used to be champions of differing opinions and free expression. Now, their radical political correctness, name-calling and vilification of the right has established a political tone that has given rise to anarchists like Antifa. The free speech movement began at Berkely in the ‘60s, but alas, it seems once again that the pigs have become the farmers.

Friday
Apr142017

Finally, a President with BALLS!

So, a few days ago we found out Syria’s President Assad killed a few thousand of his own people with nerve gas. Yep, he crossed President Obama’s “red line” for the umpteenth time and decided the expedient way to deal with his opposition was to short-circuit the central nervous systems of everyone in proximity of fighters resisting his dictatorship. With the Russian’s help, he dropped a couple of tons of sarin gas in the middle of the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun Tuesday.

Thursday, after much careful deliberation with his national security team and a phone call informing the Russians of our plans, President Trump instructs two US Navy destroyers to loose 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles toward the Syrian air base where the nerve gas attack originated. 58 missiles precisely find their targets, carefully avoiding areas suspected of housing any remaining chemical weapons. One errant Tomahawk falls harmlessly into the Mediterranean. From all reports, the air base was pretty devastated.

President Trump gave the go-ahead while attending a dinner with the Premier of China, Xi Jinping and his wife who the President and First Lady were hosting at their Mar-a-Lago estate. Talk about multi-tasking! I would have given anything to see the look on the Chinese Premier’s face when he learned of the attack. The poor man had to recalculate his entire strategy of dealing with President Trump between dinner courses. For the past eight years, Premiere Xi (and all world leaders) have dealt with an America lead by a President whose eloquent prose and calm demeanor often projected quiet resolve but was rarely backed by action. Consequently, almost everyone we struck deals with ignored terms and treated America like their doormat. Who could blame them? Why would a country go to the trouble and expense of adhering to treaties, trade or defense deals when there are no consequences for breaking agreements? Indeed, China is a prime example. Despite agreements to the contrary, they continue to make military advances in the South China Sea and monetarily support North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un. So now, going against long-held treaties, China claims sovereignty over islands they’ve built in international waters and North Korea continually tests nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. What does the United States do about it? Dick. Well, so far.

World leaders must be starting to realize there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald. If they aren’t, they’re dopes. Speaking of dopes, what about the afore-mentioned Kim Jung-un? Sheriff Donald just directed over one hundred thousand tons of diplomacy in the form of a U.S. Navy carrier group toward North Korea. What do you imagine is going through the dictator’s crazy little brain right now? I think he’s having nightmares about a Tomahawk cruise missile finding its way through his bedroom window.

This is something Donald Trump brings to the table that the Presidency hasn’t seen since Reagan. Balls and unpredictability. President Trump understands the best way to get what you want from an adversary is to give them no clue about the consequences of their actions. That’s why this Syrian strike is so important. President Trump had to establish his willingness to bitch-slap a leader if that leader misbehaves. His predecessor did the exact opposite. His unwillingness to enforce his own “red line” turned him into a sniveling coward in the eyes of our adversaries. We’re all living with the results. ISIS is flourishing. North Korea is testing nukes and shooting off ballistic missiles like bottle rockets. China is laying claim to the South China Sea and funding Kim Jung-un’s antics. Russia is propping up Assad in Syria and assisting his genocidal attacks on his political enemies. Not to mention their aggressive military actions in the Ukraine. Iran is arguably the most blatant aggressor during Obama’s tenure. The “deal” Obama and Kerry struck was one-sided to begin with, giving Iran billions of dollars, some of it as pallets of cash. Since then, Iran’s nuclear program proceeds unchecked, they threaten our navy vessels in the Persian Gulf and even kidnap our sailors and humiliate them on camera. All the while the executive branch of our government shrugs. No more.

President Trump’s detractors point to his campaign criticism of previous administrations’ spending trillions of dollars on foreign adventures with nothing to show for it. They view this Tomahawk attack in Syria as some sort of about face. They seem to forget his promise to “bomb the hell out of ISIS”. Not that this was an attack on ISIS, but I just want to point out that candidate Trump never portrayed himself as an isolationist. I think this just happened to be the first event of his presidency that gave him the opportunity to send a message to the world that the feckless sniveling of the previous eight years was over…

…with an exclamation point!