Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
September 15, 2018
Optimism – "The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly." John F. Kennedy.
Politics – Donald Trump ran for office against both parties and the status quo, and continues to battle the deep state of entrenched elites, from both parties, into the midterms.
Politics – Trump’s vision of a strong America: fair markets, free markets, lower taxes, better deals for our workers, greater religious freedoms, and a safer world, has accomplished more “fundamental transformation” of America in 600 days than Obama did in 8 years.
Politics – Since Trump’s election, the Orthodox Jewish vote has been walking away in droves from the Democrat Party in its rush to the Left, and abandoning Israel in the process.
Politics – Obama’s legacy has been all but erased, so now he is trying to claim credit for the economy that in his four years he was unable to restart, and he also is trying to project “Who he is, What he is, and What he did” as Trump shortcomings to blame him for his results.
Politics – Obama’s vision of a progressive America with government controlling everything from home temperature to your car tire’s air pressure, forcing you to support sexual practices you find offensive, and making you pay for all of it with increased taxes, is still alive.
Politics – After more than two years of digging, the Mueller probe was preceded by investigations by the Obama Justice Department and FBI, we still do not have an answer to that simple question: precisely what federal crimes is the President of the U.S. accused of?
Politics – It is clear that, although neither Barack Obama nor Donald Trump will be on the November ballot, this midterm election will be a referendum on competing policies.
Politics – As America ends the second year in office, Trump Derangement Syndrome seems to be reaching epidemic levels across the country, consumed by Democrat hatred of the president that they feel driven to attack him or anyone they deem to be in support of him.
Politics – There is no satisfying the Left: they hate Trump because he’s vile, vulgar, “trashy,” undignified, un-presidential, and piggish; and at the same time they hate Pence because he is polite, softspoken, dignified, religious, and presidential – it’s all about politics!
Politics – If you thought the Left’s reaction to the 2016 election was comical, wait until this November for “Meltdown II” when Democrats again under-achieve their predictions, and the American voters again keep Republicans in charge of both Houses of Congress.
Culture – in the 1950s, public drunkenness, drug addiction, using vulgar language in public, getting a divorce, hitting a woman, looting stores, filing for bankruptcy, being on the public dole were considered shameful, and reflected concerns about individual behavior.
Media – Trump is like Mohammad Ali playing rope-a-dope while George Foreman (the MSM) is flailing away and punching himself out, and the only people who pay attention to the anti-Trump screeds are already frothing at the mouth with Trump hatred
Media – Most people outside the beltway swamp either know what the media is up to or just don’t care anymore, long ago dismissing the MSM narrative as false and misleading.
Leadership - "A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right."Lyndon B. Johnson.
Government – Trump’s vision is to slowly return the Founder’s checks and balances to the federal government by Executive Order, legislation, and even Constitutional Amendment.
Debt – Total world debt load is now over $169 Trillion, with U.S. debt over $21 Trillion, which is two and a half times the size of the total global economy, and eventually bills will be due.
Demographics – Since the recovery in 2010, Democrat bellwether state, California, has experienced a net domestic out-migration of almost 140,000 annually, primarily middle class.
Immigration – There is a big black market in stolen Social Security Numbers (SSN), and from 2012 to 2016, there were 39 million instances on W-2s where names and SSNs did not match.
Education – The university as a cultural institution is a slow-motion train wreck picking up speed: equity hiring, affirmative action, anti-conservative and overt leftist politics, the "diversity and inclusion" myth, groupthink, speech codes, snitch lines, trigger warnings, safe spaces, micro-aggressions, attacks on academic freedom are all undermining perception.
Civil Rights – “Diversity” is a thinly disguised term to implement a skin color-based quota system in the workplace, since diversity of heritage, age, or thought is discouraged.
Smoking – Now that recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in many states, when will the healthcare attacks begin on smoking and second-hand smoke begin?
Terrorism – "We will bring the terrorists to justice; or we will bring justice to the terrorists. Either way, justice will be done." George W. Bush.
Sweden – Sweden is the latest country to discover that its political elites have lost touch with their voters, and rewarded a once obscure populist party, Sweden Democrats, with power.