Musings on the Week
April 22, 2017
Liberty – “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan.
Politics – The American people do not want to be ruled by elites, but rather to be represented by people who feel their pain, not people who refer to them as “deplorable.”
Politics – Neo-liberalism is a political movement that views the creation of markets as necessary for the existence of individual liberty, with a goal to rollback state, privatize public services, or engineer forms of consumer choice and market discipline in the public sector
Politics – The 2016 election pitted an establishment Democrat winning over an ideologue socialist vs. a Populist beating out an establishment Republican and ideologue conservative.
Politics – The new chair of the Democrat National Committee, Tom Perez, was met with boos on his cross-country “unity tour” because they remember damage done to Bernie Sanders.
Politics – Maxine Waters is the unofficial leader of the “impeach Trump” campaign endorsed by “cry-baby, sore-losers” with delusions that whining will overturn legitimate electoral results.
Politics – It is time for police to protect pro-Trump demonstrators from anti-Trump anti-fa agitators and anarchist useful idiots who seek to smear any pro-Trump supporters.
Politics – The Democrat attempt to smear President Trump with political espionage backfired when the one who colluded with foreign powers to tip the election was HIllary Clinton.
Politics – Anti-Trump “black bloc” of anti-fascist (Antifa) rioters is made up of self-described anarchists, left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs.
Politics – It is time for justice to be served: Eric Holder for Fast and Furious, Lois Lerner for IRS abuse, Hillary Clinton for perjury and security violations, and Susan Rice for security violations.
Politics – Now we have Andrew Cuomo, who as HUD chief helped precipitate the 2008 financial market crash and as Governor has sunk New York to be the worst state for business investment and a net loss of high income citizens, to explore a run for President in 2020.
Media – In his first 100 days, Trump received the most hostile press treatment of any incoming President, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that was 89% negative.
Media – Even after the firing of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News remains the only news source that approaches “fair and balanced” since the mainstream media is “all partisan all the time.”
Media – Bill O’Reilly is the latest conservative to be hounded out of a job, so the question is what does Rush Limbaugh do right that allows him to stay on air despite multiple assaults?
Media – Remember prior to the election when the mainstream media spoke with an air of authority about the Democrat majority, and now they assert the President is unpopular?
Liberty – “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson.
Finance – If President Trump truly wants to be like Andrew Jackson, he should dismantle the third “Central Bank of the United States” – The Federal Reserve system as federal over-reach.
Finance – The Dodd-Frank Act did little to address the root causes of the 2008 financial crisis an simply expanded the federal safety net, essentially institutionalizing “Too Big To Fail.”
Healthcare – Republicans must KISS: 1) repeal ObamaCare effective 2018; 2) pass short bills defining each key attribute; and 3) unleash free market to provide patient-centered care.
Energy – President Trump is focused on increasing energy independence and revitalizing the American coal industry as the most cost effective energy generation capability.
Energy – The federal renewable fuel standard mandates mixing ethanol with U.S. gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil causing roughly half of entire corn crop winding up in biofuel.
Environment – Scott Pruitt is trying to return to “EPA originalism”, returning the agency to the work it was founded to do, full attainment of clean air and clean water standards.
Environment – The Paris Climate Agreement is “all pain, with no gain” masquerading the redistribution of wealth from the energy rich to the energy poor with no environmental gain.
Education – Campus suppression of divergent opinions is an example of intellectual intolerance and a violation of the Freedom of Speech.
Civil Rights – There are large numbers of very successful white, black, Asian and people of all races who share a common denominator and that is hard work and dedication.
Crime – Experts in education and corrections have observed a correlation between reading proficiency in the 3rd grade and incarceration: 459 per 100,000 for white men, 3,074 for blacks, and 1,258 for Latinos which mirros the the disparities in academic achievement.
Crime – California has adopted a policy of increased leniency toward criminals, and unsurprisingly, violent crime in that state has significantly increased.
Liberty – “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” John Adams.
Foreign Policy – The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s global legacy is the most inconsistent, dysfunctional, schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy, that couldn’t decide if he was a humanitarian interventionist or a pacifist non-interventionist.
Middle East – It is not in America’s national interest to help the Middle East fighting to redraw national boundaries into religious ones: Sunni-stan (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain), Shiite-stan (Tran, Iraq), Kurdi-stan (Syria, Turkey), Alewite-stan (Syria, Lebanon), and Israel, of course!
GWOT – Islamic apologists dismiss religious violence and terrorism as present in all major religions, but cannot explain the absence of present day Christian and Jewish terrorists.
GWOT – Kori Ali Muhammad, Muslim convert in prison, killed three white men in Fresno, CA. but jihad whitewashers refuse to label as terrorism and would rather label as a hate crime.
Sweden – Ultra-liberal Sweden is becoming a shell of its former self because liberalism has turned this peaceful country into a chaotic, multicultural cesspool of violence and unrest.