Musings on the Week
August 12, 2017
Democracy – “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Abraham Lincoln.
Politics – The biggest surprise that President Trump uncovered was the sheer size and depth of the “deep state” of corruption that exists within the federal government which also explains why it is taking so long to replace so many embedded “deep state” bureaucrats.
Politics - President Trump’s goal to “drain the swamp” is taking longer than expected, and it will probably take at least two full terms for the President to purge the Executive Branch.
Politics – American voters tried unsuccessfully to “throw the bums out” in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, but were unable to rid Congress of all the deadwood so more cleanup is needed.
Politics – If President Trump is serious about plugging the leaks, then we need some high level insider firings with criminal prosecutions against the people who leaked classified info.
Politics – The Republican elite is in danger of being left behind by the Republican Party, as President Trump is remaking the disjointed party into a more principled populist organization.
Politics – The Democrat Party is in danger of imploding as its left wing intolerance is purging anyone who is not ideologically pure and extreme on abortion and single-payer healthcare.
Politics – Democrats have three choices in 2020: a white New England leftist like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to appeal to the white college leftist base; a minority progressive like Deval Patrick or Cory Booker to bring out the minority vote; or take a gamble on a general candidate to appeal to working class white voters like Joe Biden.
Media – The media offers Trump a choice: either adjust course to the ways of Washington or languish in isolation, but there is a third choice: use the alternative media exclusively.
Media – The best analogy about media behavior is from Rush Limbaugh comparing the mainstream media to a cat chasing a laser pointer being manipulated by President Trump.
Media – The liberal mainstream media continues to sell the narrative that President Trump’s approval rating is dangerously low, but huge crowds greet him once outside the beltway.
Media – A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll, found only 19% of Americans approve of the job done by Congress and only 36% of Americans approve of job done by mainstream media, so the President, by comparison, is doing very well with an approval rating of 42%.
Media – Media polls will never accurately reflect national sentiment and confidence because mainstream America no longer trusts these polls and refuses to participate in them.
Democracy – “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson.
Economy – Since the election of President Trump, most economic news has been positive despite the lack of media coverage and hyperbolic predictions of doom.
Debt – The “debt ceiling” is an artificial tool created to force Congress to consider the overall national debt when they increase budget deficits, but it has outlived its usefulness.
Demographics - More than 1 million people moved out of the New York area since 2010, a rate of 4.4%, the highest negative net migration rate among the nation’s large cities.
Jobs – The National Federation of Independent Businesses reports that a seasonally adjusted net 19% of owners planned to create new jobs in July, the best performance since 2006!
Environment – Vice President Al Gore was awarded an Academy Award and a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, but the category should be “Science Fiction.”
Immigration – When any government entity (city, county, state) makes a law contrary to Federal Law, that law is automatically in violation of the United States Constitution Article 6 Clause 2, also known as the Supremacy Clause.
Immigration – No “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform – fix the illegal immigration problem first, with laws that can be enforced, then address improvements to legal immigration.
Civil Rights – Identity politics claims to celebrate distinct cultures and distinct experiences, but rejects the national melting pot, derides assimilation, and despises cultural uniformity.
Civil Rights – A 2016 poll found that half of all Americans, 57% of all white people, and 66% of the white working-class believe that discrimination against white people is as big a problem in America as discrimination against black people.
Democracy - “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” John Adams.
Israel – Muslims celebrate victories over infidels by building mosques on top of conquered churches, so why does Israel allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to exist on the Temple Mount?
Venezuela – The people of Venezuela are the latest country to “Feel the Bern” of failed socialist economic policies and ruled by autocratic communist elites.