Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

January 20, 2018


Change – “Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask, act!  Action will delineate and define you.”  Thomas Jefferson.

Politics – Considering all the damage done to the U.S. over the last 100 years, Donald Trump can only expect to deliver a down payment on repair to Make America Great Again!

Politics – Republicans feel that market-based, individually oriented solutions work, while Democrats focus on winning political battles first and governing effectively second.

Politics – Liiberalism claims to liberate us, but it ends up confining us, weakening local government and strengthening the hand of a national and inaccessible leviathan.

Politics – Democrats still haven’t figured Trump out as his rhetoric is a just a distraction from policies that are more orthodox than his opponents feared and his supporters expected.

Politics – The Right is using outrage-mobs to force the Left to live by their own rules (Saul Alinsky Rule #4) and using ridicule as a weapon on the Left (Saul Alinsky Rule #5).

Politics – The deepest truth about Obama is that there is no depth. He’s smart without being wise. He’s glib without being eloquent. He’s a celebrity without being interesting. He’s callow.

Politics – The first time that Obama was in a job long enough to be graded on results was the presidency, and Congress passed many bad liberal ideas that under-delivered results.

Politics – The Democrat “#Resistance” are unable to stop the Trump administration but rather erected speed bumps to slow everything down to make the administration look impotent.

Politics – Democrats claim to have a deep bench of strong talent, but their latest is Chelsea Manning joining the clown cavalcade filing to run for a seat in the Maryland Senate.

Politics – The Russian-collusion allegation based on the spurious Steele dossier commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and then cited by Democrats as objective evidence of Trump’s treason may well be the greatest political dirty trick in American history.

Politics – Until Hillary Clinton is indicted and convicted on her multiple felonies, the American people will doubt whether the swamp can ever be drained of the effete ruling class.

Politics – Polls tell us that Trump has the worst ratings of any President, but they still sample the same polling audience they used to predict the 2016 election results, despite the actual voters who elected Trump being very happy with progress to date and look forward to more.

Media – American belief in the credibility of their news media is now at about 32%, the lowest ever polled, and an 8% drop from the lowest point of the 2008-2015 period.

Media – Donald Trump “owns” the mainstream media distracting them time and time again chasing “shiny pennies,” while he calmly moves his political agenda forward.

Media – It is ironic that the mainstream media is so upset by Trump’s coarse language that CNN felt the need to say the offending word 200 separate times while reporting the story. 

Media – Liberal anti-Trump controversy is faux rage, faux anger, faux outrage made up purely for the cameras, for the microphones, for its audience of low information voters.

Media – The press's constant description of Trump as a racist, a white supremacist, a fascist and an anti-Semite has been a Big Lie, meant to hurt the president, but it mostly damages the country and the media.

Media – Trump released his First Annual FAKE NEWS Awards: CNN was the clear “winner” with four of the ten top awards followed by New York Times with two awards.

Change – If you want to make enemies, try to change something." Woodrow Wilson.

Economy – California is the home to the Hollywood entertainment complex and the Silicon Valley innovation hub, meanwhile liberal policies created the poverty capital of America.

Budget – Congress has not successfully passed 12 spending bills and a budget since 1994 and must be held accountable - no recesses or pay until budget and spending bills passed?

Finance – The Trump administration must abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not reform it, as a failure especially for small and midsize banks and payday lenders.

Energy – Ethanol fuel standards began with good intentions to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon gases, but ethanol produces higher greenhouse gas emissions.

Healthcare – So far, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin are planning to impose work-related conditions on Medicaid, as part of a national movement to dignify work, not dependence.

Immigration Immigration without assimilation is another word for invasion, as new arrivals seek to import the failed conditions they left behind: culture, governance, and morality.

Immigration – The average age of DACA participants is now 24; most are not in school; fewer than 5% have graduated from college; those employed earn a median hourly wage of $15.34; and only a tenth of 1% of DACA youth serve in the military, fewer than 900 total.

Immigration – Democrats in Congress have been so busy wordsmithing Trump’s choice of words on immigration that they will be unable to focus on resolving DACA.

Immigration – Both political parties demand a “clean” immigration bill, which both define as without concessions on any of the underlying issues, so no compromises – no bill!

Labor – If monopolies are bad because they cooperate to restrict competition, then why are government monopolies that eliminate competition such as public sector unions, good?

Judiciary – How many times must a judge be over-turned by higher courts before their partisanship is proven and grounds for impeachment and/or disbarment are accumulated?

Judiciary – If we are serious about term limits for Congress, we should also consider term limits for federal judges – 12 year appointments are long enough for any judge.

Energy – Germany has rediscovered that engineering excellence and green totalitarianism are incompatible as reality has shown that wind and solar cannot meet their current needs.

Environment – Conservationists view man as a natural, invested partner to preserve the environment, but environmentalists view man as destructive interloper and nature's enemy.

Feminism – The unintended consequence of the feminist “War on Men is that women are unhappy about the state of romance and sex, feeling pressured and disrespected as they punish awkward and clumsy men in social interactions as they misinterpret mixed signals.

Abortion – About 92% of Republicans, 78% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats said they want significant restrictions on abortion, according to a new Marist poll.

Security – “If you want total security, go to prison.  There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on.  The only thing lacking… is freedom.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Defense- Trump has made progress reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, firing 1,298 employees, suspending another 425, and demoting another 73 – finally accountability!

Korea – The Korean conflict of the 1950s never formally ended, but rather concluded with an armistice that saw six decades of relative calm with sporadic outbreaks of violence.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY