Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

February 18, 2017


History – “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana.

Law – The Declaration of Independence specifically acknowledges that rights are endowed by our Creator, not our government, and the only government role is to protect these rights.

Congress – Congress should reform itself streamlining the oversight of federal agencies, ensuring each agency is overseen by a single House and a single Senate committee.

Politics – Four years ago, when Barack Obama was re-elected President, conservatives were just as depressed as liberals are now that Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won.

Politics – Fifty years ago Americans protested civil rights and feminist causes and today the War on Inequality has been won as the culture and laws changed, but political ideologues and extremists have again taken to the streets this time to protest a political election loss!

Politics – Democrats are orchestrating “astroturf” protests against everything Trump and offering no workable alternatives, since only common theme is that they lost the election.

Politics – Calls for President Trump’s impeachment, removal from office by the Senate or by military coup, and assassination are growing on the Left as it comes to grips with the fact that the Chief Executive is deadly serious about protecting America and rolling back President Obama’s poisonous legacy.

Politics – Democrats boycotting the President’s daughter’s product line with a boycott does nothing to promote leftist issues, but exposes them as a gang of vapid and petty bullies.

Politics – Republicans in Congress need to understand Democrats are in lockstep opposition, so the only response must be to set minor differences aside to unite to fulfill election promises.

Media – The administration has no intention of pulling back in their criticism of the mainstream media, until the media begins taking responsibility for the trash they report.

Media – A new Rasmussen poll found Trump’s approval significantly higher than Gallup’s recent poll, which begs the question of which is real sentiment and which is “fake polling?”

Media – President Trump is well within his rights to call on any member of the White House press corps that he chooses, so calling on conservative outlets is totally fair game. 

Media – The White House press corps is complaining about lack of access, but they are suffering from selective memory ignoring conservative press being excluded for 8 years.

Media The American people are taking a cynical view of the mainstream media, questioning veracity and completeness of anything reported by the discredited source.

Education – “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” George Santayana.

Economy – Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom dropped every year but one under Obama and is now at the lowest score since the index was first recorded 25 years ago.

Energy – After a painful, Obama-induced decline, worsened by a sustained slump in oil prices, the U.S. oil and gas industry is finally staging a comeback attracting new investments. 

Environment – A new report by Carbon Market Watch concluded that large companies are making billions from emissions certificates while CO2 emissions aren’t improving at all.

Environment – The so-called “free market carbon tax” which is actually a punishing new tax that will saddle Americans with higher energy costs, manly on the use of fossil fuels.

Education – The problem with the faculty isn't only the lack of diversity, but outright hostility to their conservative beliefs in the campus life to which conservative students are exposed.

War – “To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.” George Santayana.

Middle East – The Middle East is a victim of Islamic expansion that requires religious submission, with the degree of unrest driven by the percentage of Islamic fundamentalists.

Europe – Only five of NATO’s 28 countries meet the alliance’s target of spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense, and the U.S. spends nearly 3 times as the rest of NATO combined.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY