Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

July 8, 2017


Freedom – “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” Abraham Lincoln.

Politics - The rank-and-file conservatives largely support President Trump; they aren't mortified by his every tweet; and they refuse to allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Politics – The ideal Democrat environment is perpetual discontent to justify the need for expanded government action, whether it works or not, and “never let a crisis go to waste.”

Politics – Desperate Democrats in exile are trying to remove Donald Trump from his duly won presidency on grounds that he’s crazy, but driving themselves further unhinged instead.

Politics – Democrats are divided by single-payer health care systems, with one side for it no matter what it costs and the other side warning that it doesn’t work and can’t be paid for.

Media – It is now obvious to everyone that most of the mainstream media is unable to report on issues of importance, so they focus on personalities, insults and other irrelevancies.

Media – Media bias can be proved by looking at June 29th: Trump sent out 13 tweets, 11 of which touted policy successes, but the media focused only on the 2 insulting Mika Brzezinski.

Media – President Trump has faced constant name-calling and bullying by the liberal media ever since he was elected, so it’s about time he fired back at them personally and directly.

Media – Viewers are increasingly gravitating toward outlets that basically tell them what they want to hear, reinforce their beliefs; they’re seeking affirmation, not information.

Media – After Donald Trump won the presidential election, Americans’ optimism about the economic future soared, but delaying the much needed changes erodes this euphoria.

Freedom – “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington.

Government – President Trump may want to consider paying his Inspectors General, who investigate waste, fraud and abuse, based on a percentage of monies saved in a year.

Demographics - Generation Z is a product of 9/11, global terrorism, school shootings, perpetual wars, the Great Recession, high unemployment and constant budget cuts which makes them cautious, even fearful, of an uncertain world and economy.

Jobs – The “welfare state” has seen employment of “prime-age” men working in 1967 at 95% now has over 20% of this group not working, creating a semi-permanent dependence class.

Pensions – Overall net pension liabilities increased from $0 in 2001 to $1.1 trillion in 2015, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, with just eight states with funding above 90% in 2015. 

Energy – While the MSM obsessed on the President’s tweets, Trump announced plans to make the U.S. not just energy independent, but a global energy powerhouse!

Energy Without billions upon billions of government mandates, tax credits, production subsidies, and other tax giveaways, there would be virtually no wind or solar industry in U.S.

Healthcare – Republican inability to pass their “repeal and replace” bill now must separate the two: outright ObamaCare repeal followed by a negotiated healthcare “replace” bill.

Elections - Trump’s Election Integrity Commission is trying to ensure voter rolls in each state are accurate and enforceable, but states are resisting this search to fix voting anomalies.

Education – American history is our national heritage, right and wrong, and must not be sanitized but preserved in context, to provide a base for learning and a guide for the future.

Education – Home school advocates and practitioners have succeeded despite a lack of funding, recruiting efforts, publicity, and grant money from philanthropic billionaires.

Welfare – Food stamp rolls are showing a dramatic reduction in states that have moved to restore work requirements, with reductions over 50% achieved in some states.

Civil Rights – Barack Obama’s election was the culmination of the black struggle to attain the pinnacle of political power, but he over-promised and under-delivered while in office.

Sexuality – Sex is a biological binary fact that can be scientifically determined, while gender is a social construct and a matter of choice that is individually determined.

Abortion – Planned Parenthood is a consistent national leader in carrying out elective abortions, performing more than 1.6 million abortions over the past five years.

Freedom – “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.

Poland – Trump’s enthusiastic welcome in Poland was lambasted by the left who view everything through a racial and religious prism triggered by imagined political slights.  

Middle East – It is not in America’s national interest to help the Middle East fighting to redraw national boundaries into religious onesSunni-stan (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain); Shiia-stan (Tran, Iraq); Kurdi-stan (Syria, Turkey); Alewite-stan (Syria, Lebanon); and Israel, of course!

China – China’s global debt has hit a new record of $217 trillion; 327% of GDP, with hidden debt due to shaky loans risking a market collapse disaster of unparalleled proportions.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY