Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

October 14, 2017


Government – "The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves - in their separate, and individual capacities."  Abraham Lincoln.

Politics – The Senate Republicans were elected to effect change, but they have failed to act so they may go because Americans did not elect them to serve as high-priced decorations..

Politics - Conservatives and economic nationalist leaders are promoting a group of new and exciting young Republican candidates to break the gridlock with midterm election victories.

Politics – Any time something “bad” happens, Democrats feel obligated to “do something” to address the problem, but sometimes the “solution” only makes the problem “worse.”

Politics – Obama scandals prosecutions have been successfully avoided, with guilty parties escaping punishment for: Fast and Furious, Solyndrainvestment”, Benghazi, IRS targeting, political “unmasking’, Clinton email server, Clinton-Lynch runway “deal”, and VA corruption.

Politics – Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a lifetime of political privilege as a First Lady, a United States Senator, a Secretary of State and a presidential nominee, all of these prestigious positions were awarded to her because of her husband, not due to her own merit.

Culture – Leftist strategy for culture change has matured from ‘please tolerate us,’ to an intolerant ‘celebrate us or else,’ and are confused why they are losing support.

Media – Trump’s approval rating is not a true reflection of how Americans view the President underestimating the public support for many of the actions [he] is undertaking,

Media – It is time to BOYCOTT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: cancel subscriptions to the New York Times and Washington Post and stop watching all ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN news shows.

Race – “Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal.” Abraham Lincoln.

Economy – Economists aren't always rational, and don't always act in their own best interests, sometimes lacking self-control, being inconsistent in how they value things, having an outsized fear of losses, and overreacting to bad news.

Economy – Americans are increasingly optimistic as reflected in the National Association of Manufacturers, Gallup’s investor optimism, Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment, Small Business Optimism Index, and the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index.

Finance – It is time to de-commission the unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) as Federal Reserve overreach and economic insensitivity.

Budget – Let’s hold Congress accountable for doing their job: no more recesses until they pass a budget bill for the President’s signature – a balanced budget would be even better!

Healthcare – Single-payer health care systems are a government controlled monopoly with a government bureaucracy superimposed on top of patient based health care delivery.

Government – From 1917 until its collapse, communism in the Soviet Union caused the death of 61 million people, mostly its own citizens, and from 1949 to 1976, Communist China's Mao Zedong regime caused the death of as many as 78 million of its own citizens.

Immigration – Now that California has declared itself a sanctuary state, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is prompting a higher number of raids that targets illegal aliens.

Homeland Security – Homeland Security prevented terror attacks including an attack on New York City’s Time Square and subways, but receives very little media recognition.

Energy – The Audubon Society said, “Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy.”

Environment – The EPA will repeal President Obama's Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce greenhouse emissions that supposedly caused global warming.

Crime – In 2016, blacks (12.6% of population) committed 4,935 murders and non-negligent manslaughters, 52.6% of these crimes, and are overrepresented in all thirty crime categories.

Drugs – Statistics show that legalization of cannabis in Colorado has been followed with an increase in traffic fatalities, emergency room stays, and crime

Civil Rights – The FBI Counterterrorism Division warned about the potential violence that could come from members of “Black Identity Extremists” (BIE). 

Civil Rights – Liberals suffer from “predictable extreme self-obsession” which is characterized by hypersensitivity (racialism, sexism) and imagined slights (micro-aggressions) causing a perpetual state of unhappiness and desire to inflict this state on others (political correctness).

Liberty – "Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.” Abraham Lincoln.

United Nations – The United States has withdrawn from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for anti-Israel bias, with hopefully more UN withdrawals to come!

GWOT – The War on Terror is Global with terrorist active in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa, thus necessitating investments in intelligence gathering and military preparedness in many countries active, but not yet a threat.

GWOT – The civilized world has won this battle against the Islamic State, but it is part of a much larger, multi-generational war, and until radical Islam is eradicated in the Middle East and beyond, all celebrations of victory are temporary, and all advances subject to reversal.

Iran - Whatever the President decides to do with the unsigned, un-ratified, un-agreed-upon text of the un-treaty, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it should be clear that the agreement did not moderate Iran’s ambitions and pretending will not make it so.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY