Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

June 16, 2018


Greatness – “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.” Theodore Roosevelt. 

Politics – At two years into his term the base of support President Trump grew to support his candidacy stands almost unmoved from his inauguration at 87%, and proving people wrong has been one of his most endearing features since gaining office.

Politics – Republicans must embrace a pro-America party platform that building on their successful policies that worked: Continue to Grow the Economy, Expand Tax Reform, Control Immigration, and Be True to the Constitution.

Politics – Trump is being successful because he has certain New Yorker traits in abundance: not accepting BS, not caring what other people think, and not being afraid to fight.

Politics – Democrats have embraced a losing anti-American party platform for 2018 (and probably 2020): Impeach Trump, Open Borders and Amnesty, Guaranteed Make-Work Jobs, Raise Taxes (Redistribute Wealth), Confiscate Guns, and Provide Abortion Anytime.

Politics – The American Left has accused the Republican Party, and the Right as a whole, of being bigoted, sexist, racist, and the like, while completely ignoring the Democrat’s history as supporters of slavery, against women’s suffrage, and in favor of segregation and Jim Crow.

Politics – Democrats deny it when asked, but leftists actively pray for: America to fail, the economy to crash, the nation to be attacked, and for someone to assassinate Trump.

Politics – Democrat political power depends on indispensable voting blocs: blacks, Hispanic immigrants, feminists, gay activists, campus millennials, Muslims and even anti-Semites.

Culture – Liberals define “social justice” as the “concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity and social privileges.

Media – According to the latest FOX News poll President Trump has a better approval rating than Presidents Obama and Reagan at the same point in their presidencies, even after receiving 90% negative coverage from the far left mainstream media.

Media – I feel sorry for people who get their news from the liberal mainstream media or the sanitized social media, since they have condemned themselves to be “victims of their sources indoctrinated by the echo chamber of left-wing political propaganda

Media – Fake News manufacturers and distributors are not motivated by the desire to inform the public of the truth, but rather driven first and foremost by their aching desire to destroy their political opponents while simultaneously running cover for their political allies.

Religion – “Basic to our democratic civilization are the principles and convictions that have bound us together as a nation.  Among these are personal liberty, human rights, and the dignity of man.  All these have their roots in a deeply held religious faith – in a belief in God."  Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Economy - Capitalism is the only economic system that ever produced expansive growth that lifts people out of poverty, raises their standard of living, and reduces income inequality.

Economy – President Trump deserves credit for the economy’s improvement because he reversed nearly every Obama rule, edict and law that he could legally overturn: the tax increases, the regulatory blitz on business, the welfare expansions, the war on fossil fuels.

Economy – The left has run out of excuses for why Trump’s policies have caused a boom, rather than the bust that economists predicted with such certainty during the election cycle.

Jobs – Roughly 10% of American workers in 2017 were employed in some form of what the government calls “alternative work arrangements (“gig” economy), essentially anyone whose main source of work comes outside a traditional employment relationship.

Entitlements – Social Security and Medicare insolvency have been predicted for decades, but Congress has done nothing to address the problems for decades as well, guaranteeing that the eventual solutions will be as painful as possible.

Entitlements – The number of households on food stamps has dipped below 20 million for the first time in eight years, according to the latest data released by the USDA.

Social Security – Social Security’s race toward insolvency should have us all worried the resources we've counted on to carry us through retirement will peter out before we do.

Insurance – Federal “insurance” programs (Crop. Property, Flood, Windstorm, Terrorism Risk) function more as subsidies than a safety net with premiums subsidized by taxpayer funds.

Healthcare – The war on tobacco, waged by liberals who try to control everything, even vaping, tells us smoking kills, even tho smoking increases chance of cancer by only 4% and a study found “no statistically significant relationship between lung cancer & passive smoke.”

Healthcare – Democrats are now complaining about massive double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes after ignoring these annual increases during the Obama years.

Immigration – Democrats are on the wrong side of public opinion on the immigration issue, as they suggest that any distinction between citizens and noncitizens is somehow racist.

Elections - A study of the voter registration records in just 21 states showed that almost 8,500 individuals voted illegally in more than one state in the 2016 presidential election.

Marriage – Asian-Americans have the lowest out-of-wedlock birth rate, followed by whites, Hispanics, and blacks which correlates to child poverty rates.

Abortion – Gallup revealed only 29% of Americans believe abortion should be legal under all circumstances, with more than 68% favoring legal restrictions on the practice.

Education – Identity politics has already taken over the humanities and social sciences and is now plotting a similar takeover of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, threatening how science is taught and evaluated, innovation, and competitiveness.

Education – Student loan debt now stands at $1.5 trillion, but many college graduates are not finding jobs with high salaries so this huge debt can be career and life crushing.

Education – College enrollments peaked at 21 million in 2011 and are down to 18.8 million in fall 2017, and will drop again this fall as many conclude the college is not worth the cost.

Education – Trump signed an executive order to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials.

Crime – False rape charges undermine credibility, as a study of all rape allegations in a midwestern city over nine years found 41% were false and a study of more than a thousand rape allegations on Air Force bases over four years concluded that 46% were false.

Drugs – Legalizing marijuana is first step on slippery slope to legalizing all drugs, which can be state choice as long as government does not subsidize choice with government safety net.

Strength – “We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression." Ronald Reagan. 

Foreign Policy – The difference between Obama and Trump is that Obama’s approach was to surrender without preconditions, while Trump seeks to negotiate and seek agreement.

Trade – President Trump believes the era of complacency is over in the international marketplace and free trade must be fair and reciprocal, and the president reserves the right to defend those industries critical to our national security.

Trade – Trump refused to sign the G7 “communiqué because it was an empty, far-left political document embracing leftist social justice objectives such as “sustainable development, “gender equality,” women’s empowerment,” “progressive tax systems,” “affordable healthcare,” a “healthy planet,” and “quality work environments.”

GWOT – The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) no longer applies, so it is time for Congress to formally declare war on the ideology of Islamic extremism, wherever it exists!

Austria – Austria plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams as it begins a push against Islamist ideology and foreign funding of religious groups.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY