Musings on the Week


Musings on the Week

May 27, 2017


Patriotism – “A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot.” William Randolph Hearst.

Politics – I do not believe the media narrative of national depression and distrust, because like 60+ million others who voted for Trump, I am happy with the direction the nation is taking.

Politics - The Washington elite is threatened for the first time by Donald Trump who promised to curb federal regulatory power, wasteful spending, and a propensity to run up huge budget deficits and debt, and might actually, against all odds, pull it off.

Politics – There is no conspiracy theory too insane or beyond the pale for Democrats as long as it is against a Republican, but if it’s critical of the left it’s dismissed as paranoia.

Politics – The DOJ has appointed a special counsel to conduct a counter-intelligence, not criminal, investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Politics – If the intelligence community was concerned about election collusion with Russia, why were only Republicans investigated, and not Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?

Politics – Robert Mueller's investigation will be incomplete if he does not resolve the competing narratives: 1) Donald Trump and/or one or several of his entourage colluded in some manner with the Russians over election 2016; 2) Democrats and much of the media have not accepted the results of the election and are trying to drive him from office.

Politics – Democrats cannot accept that Hillary Clinton lost the election and will explode when the Russia probe finds no laws broken and no grounds for impeaching Donald Trump.

Politics – President Trump must move quickly with another major shakeup in the federal apparatus to remove partisan apparatchiks and disloyal political leakers.

Politics – President Trump should continue draining the swamp by repealing Executive Order 10988, which authorized federal workforce unionization to eliminate public sector unions 

Politics – Democrats exploded when they not win the election; be prepared for another explosion when the Russia probe finds no law broken with no grounds for impeachment.

Media – Another Harvard study has confirmed that the mainstream media displays a shocking (over 90%) level of media bias against President Trump.

Media – It took ten years after I quit smoking for my lungs to clear, and now it has been ten years since I looked at or read anything from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, New York Times or Washington Post, but I still can’t get the bad taste out of my mouth from this poisonous bilge.

Media – After Republicans being attacked, verbally and physically, ever since the election, it is about time someone, like Greg Gianforte, stood up to the arrogant, partisan media that bullied his way into an interview and had to esort to physical restraint to enforce his privacy.

Media – Fox News set the standard for “fair and balanced” to dominate the ratings for 15 years, but their attempts to change the format as the only conservative news source has cost them a decline in cable news leadership for the first time in the history of the channel.

Media – President Trump must get away from Washington to re-connect with the American people outside the partisan beltway with rallies, visits and commencement speeches.

Patriotism – “I believe a patriot stands up and holds your government's feet to the fire. Because if you do that, you will get good government.” Jesse Ventura.

Budget – Donald Trump is the first President since Bill Clinton in 2001 to aspire to balancing the budget, by cutting programs that are popular but unaffordable.

Debt - Credit card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time since 2009, student loans now amount to a total of $1.4 trillion, and auto loans are not far off at $1.2 trillion.

Population – Some of the former communist Eastern European countries are suffering from a population death spiral, with double digit population declines over the last 25 years.

Population – Of the 51 U.S. metro areas more than one million people, neighborhood density rose in 10 and fell in 41, according to census data and number of occupied housing units

Income – Median income has climbed faster in President Trump’s first three months in office than it did during 7 and a half years of Obama’s economic “recovery.”

Healthcare – California refuses to learn from other’s mistakes, seeking to implement single payer healthcare after Vermont’s failure to implement and Colorado’s rejection of proposal.

Energy – A study of Obama’s residential audit program exceeded the value of the energy savings and the environmental benefits, with realized savings of only 58% of predicted.

Energy – Despite the Paris Accord, India and Pakistan are expanding their coal-fired power generation plants as part of a huge infrastructure investment program.

Elections – The Election Integrity Project must begin with each state scrubbing their election rolls of all deceased, ineligible (duplicates, age, citizenship, residence, etc.) and fictitious names, then by checking how many of the ineligible voters cast a ballot in past elections.

Education – College campus “safe spaces” are actually incubators of victimhood, reinforcing hyper-sensitivity and segregation from normal society.

Crime – Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year, and nearly all were black.

Patriotism – “The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.” Stonewall Jackson.

GWOT – President Trump called on Middle East Muslim leaders to unite together with the U.S. to fight against the deadly ideology of Islamic terrorism.

GWOT – The children in Manchester were killed by a jihadi terrorist known to authorities, and so were 12 out of 14 Islamic terror attacks in America under Obama’s watchful eye.

GWOT – President Obama did everything he could to close Guantanamo but was unsuccessful, so there are now openings in the Global War on Terror prisoner-of-war camp.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY