Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Sacrifice of Donald J. Trump

Though I’m not his greatest fan, one of the reasons that I don’t doubt the sincerity of Donald Trump’s dedication to this country is the extent to which he has incurred personal sacrifice in order to fulfill his mission to restore America’s strength and prosperity.  Though I doubt that Trump foresaw the degree to which he would be villainized by the Left and he and his family become targets of their incredible viciousness, he surely knew that in addition to risking his life he would potentially be risking a hit to his personal fortune, his business enterprises, the popularity he enjoyed as a celebrity and his health. 

In addition to passing up the salary that he’s entitled to as POTUS, Trump put aside the option to personally oversee his financial empire and risked the brand value of the Trump name for the chance to lead the country.   Contrast that with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton who came to D.C. with almost nothing and are now millionaires many times over (and still on the taxpayers’ dole, not doubt).  Clinton, who said himself that he came to the White House with “…the lowest net worth of any American president in the 20th century,” was estimated to be worth $80 million in 2016, and Obama is quickly following in his footsteps according to sources like Newsweek.  Business Insider says “The Obamas are worth 30 times more than when they entered the White House in 2008.”  I guess those guys were just kidding when they denounced all that filthy money on Wall Street.  Now look at what’s happened with Trump.  In May of this year publications like Fortune magazine (“Donald Trump's Net Worth Keeps Dropping. How the Presidency Is Making Him Poorer”) and Bloomberg (“Trump’s Net Worth Slides to $2.8 Billion, Lowest Since Campaign”), among others, reported on the financial hit Trump is taking as POTUS.  The reality of how Obama and Clinton benefitted relative to what the Trump family has thus far lost makes laughable the claims by the deranged Left that Trump wanted to be POTUS for financial gain. 

But the sacrifice extends far beyond money.  Trump traded a lifestyle in which, as a wealthy, independent businessman, going to work each day was a choice, not a necessity.  Unlike his predecessors Trump didn’t need the presidency to achieve the height of celebrity status.  His celebrity was well established and, by and large, a positive thing.  But as they did with Sarah Palin and George W. Bush before him, the leftists have made it their life’s mission to destroy Trump in the most personal way possible because, after all, he must be punished for exposing them and putting the brakes on their plans to take over and destroy the country.  Trump dishes it back with gusto, that’s true, but that doesn’t change the fact that for the sake of rescuing this country from the clutches of the Left he volunteered for a barrage of scorn, ridicule and hatred the likes of which most people will thankfully never know, and it will follow him throughout his lifetime.  Furthermore, with nearly all of the leftist-owned “mainstream” media taking aim at him as well as the big mouthpieces in Hollywood, he is one man up against an army of hate.  The hardest thing of all, no doubt, is that he’s had to watch his family take the hits as well.  Now, he’s made the mistake of unnecessarily involving family members in his presidency for which he deserves criticism in my opinion; nevertheless nothing can be more painful than to watch your family being viciously targeted and maligned as a way of getting to you.

Some will say, “But CW, the Obamas and the Clintons have been subject to the same treatment from the Right.  What about their sacrifices?”

My answer to that is there is no comparison between the way the Obamas and Clintons are treated relative to Trump.  When was the last time you heard about Obama, the Clintons, or one of their staff or supporters being refused service in a restaurant or being harassed out of public spaces?  Who violently rioted at their inaugurations?  When were their physical appearances the subject of cruel “comedy” at the White House Correspondents Dinner?   The greatest threat Democrats face is to be shouted at with a tough question now and then, because by and large those of us on the Right accept the outcome of democracy while those on the Left do not. 

Again, as a non-politician who previously did business with people of all political stripes, I don’t believe Trump fully appreciated the nature of what he was up against and what savages the Left can be when threatened.  In any case, he’s living it now and for the remainder of his life.  That’s the sacrifice of Donald Trump.


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Universal Basic Income: Theft by any Other Name is Still Theft

“A leftist is person with the mind of a criminal whose ambition is to harness the power of the government in the commission of his crimes.”

~CW, conservative patriot, July 20, 2018

You’ve got to hand it to the Left for their entrepreneurial spirit.  The busy little bees never stop working to think of new ways to transfer wealth (read:  steal) from one person so that it can be placed into the pocket of another, because the ability to do so is what ensures the Left’s ability to amass power, and power is their ultimate drug.  If only there was a way to harness all that energy for good, such as for making license plates or picking up trash on the sides of the highways.

The latest wealth transfer scheme of the busy bees is innocently referred to as “universal basic income.”  No doubt is sounds non-threatening to those who haven’t yet come to terms with who the Left really is. The idea of using the government as a tool for taking money from one set of citizens to give to another is hardly new.  It’s come up over the years in one form or another as the criminal minds on the Left test the sheeple’s appetite for participating in their scheme of theft.  When they can’t get much traction (because sometimes the people with consciences outnumber those without), they quietly retreat until the opportunity seems ripe to try it once again.  Apparently they believe that opportunity is now, so the busy bees are waging a mass campaign to introduce the concept here, there and everywhere so as to warm the sheeple to this idea.  While I typically avoid reading leftist-run news media (probably a big mistake on my part but in my defense confronting the dishonesty and ignorance is just too depressing), I would bet my last dollar that the propaganda campaign has been long underway, with the seeds being sowed for ways by which the sheeple can justify becoming part of the scheme.  I encountered one of the sheeple in a comment section of a Fox News article the other day who, in response to my comment expressing disgust with the scheme, informed me that it will be necessary because people are going to lose their jobs with the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  I reminded him that the nature of the work world is that it’s always changing, and somehow people have managed to adapt….until now, and isn’t it funny how we need wealth transfer to save us from AI just like we need wealth transfer to save us from climate change when the climate has always been changing?  It was too late.  He has his justification and he is intent on using it.

So now many of the Left’s busy bees are coming out publicly in support of the scheme called universal basic income, Mark Zuckerberg being one of the more notable figures to do so when he gave the commencement speech to the latest batch of indoctrinated robots emerging from Harvard.  Most recently the king busy bee, Barack Obama, decided it was time to let the world see a bit more of his true colors when he gave a Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg (Mandela was affiliated with the communists, btw) in which he said, “…we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level.”  Wasn’t that sly, the way he just slipped that in there?  It all sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  There’s no one slicker than Obama.  Here’s a leftist who’s always working to increase the power and stranglehold of the unions talking about making “everybody an entrepreneur.”  The man must laugh himself to sleep every night thinking about the joke that he’s playing on the world, all at our expense, but I digress.

This is not going to be a post about why the concept of universal basic income “won’t work” because to do so is to fall into the trap of legitimizing the very idea, which is precisely what the leftists want us to do.  Think about this:  When was the last time you heard someone argue that murder “doesn’t work” or rape “doesn’t work” or grand larceny “doesn’t work?”  It’s absurd, right?  We wouldn’t entertain such arguments because we don’t accept that there is ever a legitimate case to be made in favor of murder, rape or robbery.  The same should be true for Universal basic income a.k.a. theft.  It won’t work because we won’t allow it, and we won’t allow it because it’s theft.  That’s the only type of “argument” that should be made when rejecting the scheme the Left smilingly calls “universal basic income.”

Those of you who scoff and say it could never happen should remember that Obamacare is still around, beaten up but not dead.  If I were in congress I would introduce a bill that declares the concept of universal basic income, or anything like it (because they’ll just keep changing the name) to be not in keeping with the Constitution or the American promise of liberty, and that anyone who attempts to sell it in public is suborning theft, and this should be declared a crime so that thieves like Zuckerberg, Obama and others can shut up or go to jail.

I’ll close by suggesting what seems obvious to me, which is that we already have universal basic income, except we’ve always called it by it’s old fashioned name:  WORK.  You lose one job, you go get another one, and for this you get paid.  If that means you have to be re-trained, so be it.  People have dealt with advances in industrialization and technology for a century without resorting to mass theft.  Let us hope we can remain that sort of people.


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Monday, May 7, 2018

KG in Oregon recently visited my alternate blog site, The Pesky Truth, to leave his or her canned rant about Donald Trump.  Curious, I peeked in on his or her website, where the following questions are posted on the homepage:

In the interests of helping to educate my fellow citizens on the Left whose precious prejudices have blinded them to the truth of what’s happening to our once great nation, I’d like to answer KG’s questions for him or her.  Here goes:

  “When did ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ turn into dead children, overflowing jails and student loans?”

I’m not sure what dead children you’re talking about, but the jails are overflowing because of the Left’s misguided and failed “war on poverty,” which turned the U.S. into a welfare state when we started rewarding unwed motherhood.  66% of black children and 42% of Hispanic children grow up in single-parent households, usually in poverty and without a steady father in the home.  85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home, because without the role-model, income and discipline of a dad these kids get involved in drugs, gangs and crime.  THAT’s what happened.  Thanks for asking.

And you’re wondering about student loans and why so many young adults are deeply in debt nowadays?  Follow the money!   Ask yourself who benefits from the student loan industry.  Teachers and university administrators (mostly Democrats) that’s who.  “At the end of 2008, right before Obama was inaugurated, the total student loan debt was $640 billion. By March 2015, student loan debt was $1.19 trillion.” By 2016 it was $1.3 trillion.  You think that’s a coincidence?  You think Obama and the other leftists don’t know exactly what they’re doing?  They’ve been using student loans as another form of welfare (just watch a few episodes of Judge Judy and see how many so-called “students” are attending college “on-line,” just as a means to get money to live on and spend as they please).  Now comes the kicker to the scheme:  student loan forgiveness.  The money went into the pockets of the professors and administrators running the leftwing universities, and now the taxpayers are being pressed to pay it back for the “poor students.”  It’s a giant theft scheme, orchestrated by your friends on the Left.  And if the young folks end up having to repay their loans (which they should), the Left doesn’t care.  They know they can blame the mean old Republicans for holding people accountable to pay their own debts.  That’s what happened.  Thanks for asking.

 “When did “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” turn into the Muslim ban, the end of DACA and the wall?”  

First let’s dispel the lie of the “Muslim ban.”  This is a lie the Left resorts to because it sounds much worse than the truth, which is that any bans or enhanced restrictions are aimed at countries that are known for their incidents of terrorism and their inability to adequately background check their citizens.  It just so happens that these countries have large Muslim populations.  That’s a black mark on Muslims, not on us.  If you’re sincerely worried about dead American children maybe you’d like to join us in preventing the immigration of terrorists.

The impetus for all of these things – the focus on Muslims, the end of DACA and the wall – can be traced directly to the bad behavior and bad citizenship of liberal Democrats like yourself.  Immigrants who assimilated were welcomed and embraced in this nation for many decades – and it was a win-win for all – until the Left saw an opportunity to grow its voter base by catering to the illegals at the expense of American taxpayers (because the leftists ALWAYS find a way to make someone else pay for their agenda).  Free school, free healthcare, welfare benefits, and we provide the businesses, customers and infrastructure so they can earn money here and send billions back home to Mexico.  That’s how resentment was created, and since we know the Left will ALWAYS be on the opposite side of what’s good for this nation a wall is the only option left to us.  You leftists are 100% responsible for that.  And DACA?  The so-called “Dreamers” are here because their parents did the wrong thing and brought them here illegally.  Barack Obama doubled the problem by using an unconstitutional act to correct a problem that the Left and the illegals created.  Trump is the only one who stood up for the law, at least I hope that’s what he does.  That’s what happened.  Thanks for asking. 

“When did amber skies, amber waves of grain and purple mountains turn into desolate slums, glyphosate and global warming?

Do you drive a car or use appliances?  These things are created in factories.  Industrialization provides us all (yes, even you leftists) with modern conveniences but slums are a by-product of that and it happens everywhere, not just in the U.S.  But I will refer you back to my answer to your first question.  Poverty, which leads to slums, is greatly exacerbated by unwed motherhood, and unwed motherhood has been on the rise due to the policies and practices of the Left that discourage the traditional family structure.

As for glyphosate, life expectancies in the modern world have increased as a consequence of modern science that finds ways to improve crop production, resulting in significantly less starvation.  Starvation.  Yes, it’s imperfect and sometimes there are trade-offs but only a leftist would think it better for people to starve than to consume food that isn’t perfectly organic.

Barack Obama was so worried about global warming that he and Michelle took Air Force I on date night from D.C. to New York.  All of the Hollywood leftist elites and politicians like Obama are so worried about global warming that they buy multiple homes (which they heat and cool and travel between) where they can relax while worrying about this serious problem.  The lies and manipulations on global warming are well-documented, but even those scientists who believe that man is responsible for “climate change” (because the cold weather was causing a problem with the warming rhetoric) say that spending trillions will make no perceptible difference in the climate.  So why is this a pet issue of the Left?  Because (a) it divides us politically and division always helps the Left; and (b) he who controls energy production controls the world.  That’s what happened.  Thanks for asking. 

“When did Our righteous, hopeful, generous pride turn into ugly, greedy, fearful stupidity?”

If you’re talking about the support for Donald Trump, since when is it “greedy” or “ugly” to want to return to the days when America had an abundance of jobs and the American Dream was within reach of the average citizen who worked for it?  Some of us would say that those who demand to be given what they didn’t earn (never-ending welfare, free healthcare, free school…) are the ones who are truly greedy.

“Fearful stupidity.”  What does this even mean?  The thing I fear most in this world is people like you, because your ignorance and willful blindness knows no bounds.  You give our hard-earned treasury away to freeloaders and trespassers, appease hostile nations who’ve sworn to pursue our destruction, opened our doors to people who hate us, destroy the traditions and values that always made our children strong, productive and independent and turned this nation over to leftwing politicians whose only goal is to secure their own power no matter what it takes.  That’s the answer.  Thanks for asking. 

“Is this the beginning of the new dark ages, with Putin controlling the world?”

Why don’t you ask Barack Obama, who whispered slyly into the ear of Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev and asked him to tell “Vlad,” “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”  What was your response to that, pray tell?  Give us the link to the post where you voiced your fears back then, please.  Also, since you’re so concerned about Putin, did you vote for Mitt Romney when Obama ridiculed him for saying that Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat?  How come you are only just now concerned about Russia, you old fool? 

“Will the planet go on without us, and rightly so?”

If you want to see the perfect example of a nation destroying itself, look at what the socialists have done in Venezuela.  This is a country rich in natural resources that was once thriving, but socialists like yourself have turned it into Hell on Earth.  You vote for a socialist like Bernie Sanders, or the ultra-corrupt Hillary Clinton (enabler to Bill the groper and rapist), and you have the nerve to fret and shiver over Donald Trump.  Trump wasn’t my first choice and he’s far from perfect, but he loves this country.  This country, as opposed to the “transformation” away from the Founders’ vision that leftists like Obama, Clinton and Sanders salivate about.  Will the planet go on without us?  Who cares?  I only hope the people of the world can survive the foolishness of leftists like you.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Surveillance Cameras, Privacy, Freedom and Crime

Last week I was reading the comments following a Fox News Online article about the murder rate in London now exceeding the murder rate in New York City (“London Mayor Sadiq Khan targets knives as murder rate spikes:‘There is never a reason to carry a knife’”) when I saw and responded to this comment from buzzkill63:

“Obviously the 5 million cameras around London aren’t helping.”

In responding I merely commented that nothing in the article could justify such a conclusion, but then other self-styled libertarians decided to join in and immediately the discussion branched into fears about the government watching us, curfews, martial law, loss of freedom, ‘1984’ and accusations about what a weak government slave I am because I don’t take umbrage with the cameras.  On this and other posts I see a lot of what I believe to be misguided notions with respect to the concept of liberty and individual rights these days, so I thought the debate would make for interesting discussion at PT.

I’ll start by asking what’s wrong with this statement?:

“Obviously the 5 million cameras around London aren’t helping [prevent murder and other crime].”

Putting aside questions about the claim that there are “5 million” cameras in London, my problem with Buzzkill’s comment is that the article provided no basis whatsoever for concluding that security cameras have no impact on crime, and certainly such a conclusion isn’t “obvious” from reading the article.  That might have been a reasonable conclusion if we knew with certainty that every other relevant variable remained constant in London over the time period in question, but the article says no such thing and my ten seconds of research disproved that possibility.  An article on the online site, Quartz, declared:

“London is now home to more than 8.6 million people, the highest the city’s population has been since 1939. What’s more, 44% of London now consists of black and ethnic minorities, compared to only 28.9% in 2001. That’s according to the Greater London Authority, which serves the London mayor’s office [via the BBC].”

That was written in February, 2015, thus the increase in black and ethnic minorities represents a 52% increase in just 14 years.  What do you suppose would happen to the crime rate in any major American city if the minority population were to increase more than 50% in just 14 years?  Well since certain minorities tend to commit crime at a much higher rate than non-minorities, the crime rate would likely surge with that population, and without security cameras the crime rate in London might be considerably higher than it is.  We just don’t know.  That’s the point, and that’s why no “obvious” conclusion could be drawn.  Buzzkill63 clearly had a pre-existing bias against security cameras and despite the absence of evidence supporting his claim was attempting to use the article to spread that bias.

Now please allow me to make a few points:

  • Yes it’s true that in this modern age you’re likely to be on camera a good portion of any time that you’re away from your home; however, the vast majority of security cameras are owned by private citizens who are protecting their homes and property and private businesses that want to provide security for their employees, their customers and their property. Wouldn’t you agree that these private individuals and businesses have the right to monitor and protect their own property, and that any attempt to restrict it is an infringement of that right?
  • As the guardian/manager of assets that belong to the public (i.e. you and me), the government has the right and the duty, on our behalf, to ensure the security of that property, and one of the best ways of doing so is with surveillance cameras. I am as wary as anyone of Big Brother and creeping totalitarianism, but I believe it’s unwise to attempt to mitigate that concern by depriving ourselves of the critical right to protect our public property.
  • Regardless of how widespread the use of security cameras is or will be, the government still has no right to install cameras in our homes or private businesses without a warrant. The growing use of cameras for security elsewhere doesn’t change that reality one iota.
  • No one has the right to an expectation of privacy once they leave their home and enter the public domain or go onto private property. Sorry if that reality bothers you but that’s how it is and always has been.  People are not going to avert their eyes or sacrifice their own security for the sake of your unreasonable demand for privacy beyond the borders of your own property, and to ask them to do so would yet again be an infringement upon their rights.
  • Video footage from security cameras has become an increasingly crucial tool in identifying and convicting scores of criminals who actually do pose a real threat to your rights. I see this all the time in my ongoing, unofficial research on crime and punishment (which consists of me watching every other true crime show that’s produced).  A 2009 article in The Telegraph states that:

“The first study of its kind into the effectiveness of surveillance cameras revealed that almost every Scotland Yard murder inquiry uses their footage as evidence.  In 90 murder cases over a one year period, CCTV was used in 86 investigations, and senior officers said it helped to solve 65 cases by capturing the murder itself on film, or tracking the movements of the suspects before or after an attack.”

My DVR schedule includes a program called “See No Evil,” a true-crime show that is entirely devoted to murder cases that were solved with the use of security cameras.  Each time I watch I marvel at how amazing it is that these invaluable tools for crime prevention are providing the added gift of helping to identify predators in our society who might otherwise never have been caught and convicted and might have gone on to hurt others.  We will never know how many lives have been saved or crimes prevented.  That’s the irony that allows people like the “libertarians” at Fox or the ACLU to profess that “video surveillance has notbeen proven effective,” an argument which is eerily reminiscent to the claims that there’s no evidence that gun ownership deters crime.  You can’t document something that doesn’t happen, right?

The “libertarians” accused me of being willing to trade my rights for security.

“What right of yours is being infringed by security cameras?” I asked.

“The right to privacy,” someone responded.

That’s an absurd interpretation of that constitutional protection.  The right to privacy does not mean you have the right to be invisible to others.  This is why I lose patience with “libertarians.”  Making absurd demands for “rights” that don’t exist and that can’t possibly be enforced does not further the cause of freedom, and the first clue to that ought to be when you find yourself on the same side as the Left’s best friend, the ACLU (who, incidentally, never seems to be offended by videos that show cops doing things they shouldn’t).

Finally I’d like to point out that just like DNA evidence, evidence from security cameras can be crucial for exonerating innocent people who are wrongfully accused because unlike people, the cameras don’t lie.  I get that it’s discomfiting to know that you’re on camera so much of the time, but when I asked one of the “libertarians” what they were afraid the cameras might see he cheekily replied, “I might be picking a wedgie.”  What silly people would we be to undermine our real rights to protect ourselves, our families and our property all to ensure that no stranger with a camera ever catches you “picking a wedgie?”

I’d love to know your thoughts.


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Sunday, February 25, 2018

In Loving Memory of my Brother

Dale with yours truly (far right) and our sister, back in happy times

A week ago today my dear brother, Dale, passed away at the much-too-young age of 59.  He was a kind and gentle soul who suffered from mental illness and the mental and physical ravages of the dozen-plus daily medications required to keep his illness under control.  Dale was robbed of a normal life so there will be no lengthy obituary extolling his accomplishments or recounting his life and career.  I can just tell you that although he never had much he would share his last dollar with a hungry stranger or give away his only winter coat to someone else who was cold.  I should be so lucky as to have the heart and character that Dale possessed. 

Rest in peace at last, big brother.  You will be sorely missed.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

Dedicated to danielwalldammit, who knows so much that isn’t true.

I remember my surprise the first and only time my second son told me he’d gotten in trouble with the principal at school.  I asked what happened and he sheepishly confessed:  “I called Adam ‘gay.’”

“Do you even know what that means?” I asked my little third-grader, to which he sadly replied, “No, but it must be something really bad because the principal was mad and talked to us for a long time about it.”

Me:  “Well if you don’t know what it means, why did you call him that?”

My son:  “He wouldn’t stop bothering us and the other kids started calling him ‘gay’ so I did too.”

(FYI and in my son’s defense, Adam could be a very insistent pest.  He was the type of kid who, if he saw two kids building a sand castle, would have to run over and smash it.  He could try the patience of a saint).

That memory is what comes to mind whenever I hear those on the Left (like danielwalldammit) yelling “fascist” like a bunch of school children at Donald Trump.  Few of them actually understands what the word means, and those who do understand the meaning could not care less that it is makes no sense to apply it to Trump.  Truth is not the goal (it never is with the Left).  Justifying a self-serving “resistance” movement, and ultimately nullifying an election, is the goal.

From Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, here’s the actual definition of fascism:

1: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

Let’s take those pieces one by one.

“Exalts nation above the individual.”

It’s easy to see why this part of the definition of fascism is so confusing to the child-like minds of the Left.  Patriotism, which Merriam Webster’s defines as “love for or devotion to one’s country,” is inarguably a necessary element to the prosperity and endurance of a nation, the U.S. being the living proof of this fact.  Normal people, the Left excepted of course, feel a certain sense of loyalty to their home countries.  Donald Trump understands this as well as anyone, and to his credit he has tried to restore the patriotism that was repressed by the Obama Administration in its efforts to “transform” this country to Obama’s liking.  But patriotism shouldn’t be confused with nationalism, which Merriam Webster’s defines as:

“loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness; exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.  Intense nationalism was one of the causes of the war.”

Donald Trump asks Americans and their elected representatives to be put America first, which ought to be our natural inclination, but he made a point of encouraging other world leaders to put their own countries first as well, as they naturally should.  His quest is not to force American culture or interests on other nations beyond the normal drive that any nation has to assert its influence, and I defy the leftists to demonstrate otherwise with facts.

“Exalts race above the individual.”

There is zero evidence that Donald Trump is attempting to advance policies that elevate one race above any other, and anyone who says otherwise should come prepared with their facts.  I’m not going to waste my time or readers’ time trying to disprove a negative.  If you’ve got evidence, bring it.  If not, then have the decency to shut up.

“Stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader.”

This part is really a head-scratcher coming from the party of Barack ‘I’ve got a Pen and Phone’ Obama and Big-Government Bernie.  Trump has led the charge to free Americans from the Democrat shackles of overregulation and from the unconstitutional dictates of Barack Obama, who repeatedly admitted that he had no authority to impose DACA on this nation (while Democrats like danielwalldammit urged him to ignore the Constitution) before he decided that he would do it anyway.  It is Democrats, not Trump or Republicans, that favor anything resembling centralized autocratic government and dictatorship.

“Severe economic and social regimentation.”

Once again this is a head-scratcher.  Between Democrats and Republicans, which one can more likely be said to favor “severe economic regimentation?”  It is Democrats, not Trump or Republicans, that insist on giving the government the power to micromanage everything in the economy, from where you can purchase insurance and what your policy must include to what wages an employer must pay an employee who works at will.  It is Democrats, not Republicans, that have taken over the operation of our schools such that they micromanage every policy right down to the theme of the “holiday” cookies parents are allowed to bring.  It is Democrats, not Trump or Republicans, that try to criminalize speech and even thought.  So please, stop making me laugh.

“Forcible suppression of opposition.”

In what way has Donald Trump forcibly suppressed opposition?  I’ll be waiting for your list, danielwalldammit, but I won’t be holding my breath.

The careless use of words like “fascist” can be dangerous to a society.  The truth should matter to people of good conscience, and to people whose intentions are noble.  Therein lays the problem with danielwalldammit and his like-minded friends on the Left.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why Democrats Want DACA NOW

Donald Trump and Republicans had already signaled a willingness to negotiate with Democrats on DACA when suddenly it became the Democrats’ hill to die on in the government funding battle.  Everything is being gambled for the sake of less than a million people who can’t even legally vote.  If you think Democrats care so much about the so-called “Dreamers,” then you are exceptionally na├»ve.  We’re talking about people who would sell their own mothers for a handful of votes, so clearly there’s a calculation being made here, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. 

It could be that Democrats are putting all their chips on DACA and risking the blame for a shutdown because they believe so strongly in the rule that Republicans are always held responsible for shutdowns, but I don’t think that’s it.  This is a cunning group, and I think they’re taking the shutdown gamble because it would take DACA out of the equation when immigration negotiations resume.  Without that precious bargaining chip the Republican position will be significantly weakened.  On top of that Democrats will get bonus points for bringing Republicans to their knees on the funding fight.  They have little to lose and much to gain.

Trump and Republicans would be giant fools to fall for this (it appears Lindsey Graham already has but doesn’t that just prove my point?).  If Republicans cave on DACA or anything else in exchange for funding the government, they may as well throw their hands up in the air and wear dresses the rest of the year. 


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