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March 31, 2018

 

What does it mean to be American?  It means you love your country, you are a conservative and you understand your constitution.  You believe in rule of law and honor the consent of the governed.  You are fair to all citizens, but also proud of your roots.  It means you put your country first, but elect decisions for the greatest good.  It means you stand for faith, family, and fair intercourse with other sovereign nations.  It means you are willing to lead the civilized world by example towards liberty.  Global is made up out of a whole bunch of corrupt players who got clever at gaming the system and has made them filthy rich and for nearly a century it has been making the rest of us slowly poorer. This is not capitalism, this is crony capitalism.  Evidence points to the left being behind the school shootings as they seek to use the impressionable youth to implement a power grab.  As the LEFT plans this insurrection, it seems billionaire Soros (with his black Antifa) is right in there funding and orchestrating this unrest.  George Soros has said “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States of America.”  Bankers like George Soros fight sane banking regulations.  They treat the world economy as a casino.  In Soros’ own words he describes his tried and true system for taking down a country (“regime change”):

·    Step One: Form a shadow government using humanitarian aid as cover.

·    Step TwoControl the airwaves. Fund existing radio and TV outlets and take control over them or start your own outlets.

·    Step Three: Destabilize the state, weaken the government and build an anti-government kind of feeling in the country. You exploit an economic crisis or take advantage of an existing crisis — pressure from the top and the bottom. This will allow you to weaken the government and build anti-government public sentiment.

·    Step Four: Sow unrest.

·    Step Five: Provoke an election crisis. You wait for an election and during the election, you cry voter fraud.

·    Step Six: Take power. You stage massive demonstrations, civil disobedience, sit-ins, general strikes and you encourage activism. You promote voter fraud and tell followers what to do through your radio and television stations. Incitement and violence are conducted at this stage.

·    Step Seven: Outlast your opponent.

How far along are we down this slippery path: Sadly, we be already at Step Six!  Soros is joined by Swamp dwellers who are reluctant to give up an unfair privilege.  A little history: our nation’s story began in 1776 and by 1900 American steel production had outstripped that of all other nations.  The USA had over 200,000 miles of railroads by 1914, more than all the rest of the world put together.  An abundance of American farm products and manufactured goods were being shipped abroad in American-made ships, a healthy balance of trade, to say the least.  Sadly, the latter part of the 19th century brought a new corrupt aristocracy formed, namely “corrupt captains of industry” bankers, traders and manufacturers, called “the Robber Barons”.  Big government was invented to bring “The Robber Barons” to heel, so the progressive movement was launched.  Move forward to the twenty-first century where under Obama it culminated in an out-of control nanny-state and  an out of control crooked, coercive progressive movement.  Then along came Trump.  This is America’s third crisis, the first was when we won freedom from England and might is rightcorrupt royals.  The second was the Civil War.  The third has been the leftist systematic assault on our heritage and the fundamentals of the Constitution Republic. The fight is now out of the closet and America is waking up.  Digital (computers) have accelerated a movement towards a secret one-world government percolating for well over a century.  The New World Order is a cabal of international elites who think they know what is best for us, and for the world.  Some are sincere, some favor it so they can keep an unfair privilege.  At the top is Rothschild and Soros, but more dangerous is a second tier where we find the swamp-dwelling companies who successfully sidestepped anti-trust laws: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Montsanto and, yes Saudi Arabia.  If you Google “New World Order” you will find a list of all such oligarchies. You will also find them attending the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Bilderberg meetings.  Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely.  The New World Order would put an end to nation-states.  Global oligarchies which already control the world could begin to do so openly, now they do it in secret.  They would create obedient zones, North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, demonstrably corrupt and easy for global oligarchies to dominate.  More than any other industry, international banking has profited from global.  Today we have more investment bankers than lawyers, doctors, or those who build things.  In order to make America Great Again we are going to have to do an audit of the banking investment rules.  Dangerous to our nation is the banking mishandling of futures and derivatives.  The New World Order is being sold to us all as a world without war, with equality and fairness for the benefit of all world citizens, but when we look a little deeper we see that we are being played.  America First” stands in direct opposition to the NWO with its open borders and the arrogant right to move people around the world like pawns in a chess game, and to block reproduction.  In a global order there is no room for an American Constitution with its balance of power.  Patriots do not want war, especially a war that does not serve America.  Therefore the new Trump era is presenting a challenge to the NWO and the corrupt Military Industrial Complex and the treasonous Deep State.  The rot at the FBI reached its highest levels under the Obama Administration and FBI Director Comey.  Socialism is very attractive to the global oligarchies who hold an inordinate amount of power in the world, because it is far easier to dominate and control.  This is why “treaties” like the Paris Accord and TPP/TPA Trade deals are so dangerous for America.  Hidden in the small print are rules and regulations that have not been subjected to congressional oversight and the consent of the governed and tend to benefit corrupt global players.  The Trade deals Trump rejected set up a whole system of courts that were given more power than our American  judiciary.  When we look back in history we see that we prospered when we followed our constitution, because the constitution polices corruption.  There has been a deliberate effort for over almost a century for global players to destroy our Constitutional Republic.  Trump put the people front and foremost and promised  government only with the consent of the governed.  Thanks to this election, more Americans are researching, reading books, going to the Twitter feeds of our leaders, and attending rallies.  Many have assumed a responsibility to find out the truth for themselves, and many more share their realizations with others in social media.  They see we are under assault.  Thanks to the unchecked global corruption of the past fifty years, America and the world has entered into troubled times.  We don’t want is a global agenda where we are being played.  We don’t want a movement operating in secret designed to keep for some an unfair and corrupt advantage.  Much depends on Donald Trump and how well he and his Team-Trump understands global. 

(“What does it mean to be American?” by Lynn Verhoeff dated March 26, 2018 published by iPattriot at https://ipatriot.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-american/ )

It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump's "Drain the Swamp" rhetoric as a campaign gimmick, because it was a message never before heard from an elected politician.  Even when he was a long shot, a "could never be elected" candidate, his message struck fear in the hearts and minds of the establishment.  Oh, never mind, he didn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of winning.  As the impossible began to look possible, the corruption increased.  Imagine the horror as Trump went from impossible to the Republican nominee.  Some in the Democrat Party were delighted, believing that it made for a sure win for their candidate.  Many in this country still do not believe how corrupt their government is.  To many, Trump is merely a baboon, not intelligent enough to manage government and not proper or politically correct enough to represent them.  To the horde of thieves inside the Beltway, he is the million-in-one shot.  His tenure has already highlighted and uncovered inefficiencies and illegalities, and he is just getting started and beginning to focus on the really criminal stuff.  "Drain the swamp" was a catchy campaign phrase, but it was inaccurate in the sense that swamps do not metastasize.  They can become more dangerous over time, but generally, they do not become bigger.  Washington is more like a cancer, which does grow in size.  The election of Trump has revived the cancer called Washington and caused it to metastasize.  To be sure, if untreated, it would have killed the country.  The fact that Trump's election uncovered it and made it virulent is a positive.  It must be excised, or it will kill Trump and whatever freedom is left.  "Drain the swamp" has morphed into "remove the cancer."  Trump is a threat to the wealth accumulation of the criminals.  Members of both parties are against him, although Republicans are more cautious and sneaky in their opposition.  The wealth of many inside the Beltway is at stake.  So too is their freedom from prosecution, and ditto for very, very powerful beneficiaries outside the Beltway.  Trump is no longer viewed as a baboon, but instead an existential threat that must be stopped.  Up to this point, he has shown himself to be more clever and smarter than the criminals arrayed against him.  The cancer must kill Trump, or Trump will remove the cancer.  Trump has now entered the critical phase of his presidency.  His very presence threatens this crooked establishment in ways never before seen.  He presents risks to both Democrats and Republicans.  Trump has taken on the biggest and most powerful criminal cartel in the world, including the police at least at the federal level (FBI, CIA, NSA).  It consists of well dressed, quasi-educated types who gain office and then plunder the people they are supposed to represent.  It also consists of a Pravda-like media out to protect the existing criminal cartel.  Major businesses are at risk.  They provide both hidden and unhidden benefits to officeholders as the quid for the quo of favorable legislation.  It is never out of respect that a business contributes to a politician, because these "contributions" are investments made only because they yield profitable returns for the provider.  The Mueller investigation is supported by both parties, but it should never have begun, but it was necessary to remove Trump from office.  It also was necessary to protect the criminals in Washington who are Mueller's friends.  For those who admire the "integrity" of Mueller, check out his history which is one of bumbling investigations.  Further, Mueller was at the center of some of the shady dealings in the Obama administration.  Integrity in Washington means something different outside the Beltway.  As the Mueller investigation is increasingly viewed as a fraud, the Establishment must try to co-opt Donald Trump.  This possibility seems remote.  That means they must take him out.  If Mueller cannot do it, other means must be found, because the stakes are too high to allow Trump to continue in office. 

(“’Drain the Swamp’ Becomes ‘Remove the Cancer’” by Monty Pelerin dated March 24, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/drain_the_swamp_becomes_remove_the_cancer.html )

The election of President Trump made it clear that America is not engaged in politics as usual. We are in the midst of a political war, and these are not ordinary political times.  President Trump is the consequence of the fact that “the fault line in American politics is no longer Republican vs. Democrat nor conservative vs. liberal but establishment vs. anti-establishment.  Eight years ago, Angelo Codevilla called it the “Ruling Class,” and used deftly to explain the 2016 election and its aftermath.  Michael Anton called it the “Davoisie oligarchy” or the “Davos class” and recently coined the word the “oligogues” to describe the majority of elites in their camp that flatter and support them.  On our rulers, widely disparate thinkers agree.  Joel Kotkin called these same elites the “Clerisy,” which minister to the “Oligarchs.”  Jordon Greenhall calls it the “Blue Church.”  Curtis Yarvin, calls it “the Cathedral.”  Regardless of its name, the ruling class attempts at present to reinforce, daily, morality tales of justice and injustice surrounding a single battlefront.  The political and media establishments relentlessly promote a tale in which Donald Trump became president of the United States by colluding with a foreign government and the inappropriate use of digital media.  As Trump’s opponents will readily tell you, at stake is not a normal matter of policy but the legitimacy of the Trump presidency itself and its power to set policy.  Also at stake is the legitimacy of the administrative state itself, at the moment most prominently represented by the FBI.  Given its long time collusion with the administrative state, the legitimacy of the old media as a whole hangs in the balance on the outcome of our revolutionary cold war.  Weekly events like the McCabe firing and reports about Cambridge Analytica prompt only a doubling down on all sides.  The Trump administration is “all in,” defending its political life.  For some time, the political stage has been inexorably set for a collision course on the matter of collusion and digital media.  Make no mistake: the process is now indeed inexorable.  In this digital age of “leaks,” if the truth is that Trump colluded with the Kremlin, it is hard to imagine that it will not eventually out.  If the truth is that the political establishment and the deep state, aided and abetted by a zealous media, colluded against Trump, it is hard to imagine it will not eventually out, if it has not already.  But the truth does not always win wars, be they about rhetoric or geography.  Geographic wars are won by means of physical maneuver and violence.  Rhetorical wars are won by means of strategic communication and persuasion.  What is at stake is nothing less than the means of communication and therefore persuasion in America.  There is a tightly controlled communications technology that has profoundly and purposefully influenced and manipulated American society, behavior, cultural self-understanding, and politics without most people realizing its deeper effects for decades: it’s called television.  The medium, as Marshall McLuhan taught us, is the message: ultimately, digital rhetoric is never going to be able to be controlled the same way elite society was able to control discourse and cultural self-understanding in the era of TV.  Until figures like Mark Zuckerberg can find the courage to tell the establishment to go to hell, however, it will seek to find a way.  At first, the oligogues cheered and gloated when the co-founder of Facebook or the CEO of Google and the top minds in tech worked directly for and with President Obama and candidate Clinton.  But when the message fails, the messenger blames the medium.  Since President Trump’s win media establishmentarians have begun to turn viciously, and ungratefully, against the larger digital corporations, putting increasingly intense and grossly unfair cultural, political, and legal pressure on them to control speech and fall in line with “Blue Church” dogma and politics.  Meanwhile, almost every opportunity the mainstream media has had to moderate or qualify themselves in relation to the Russian collusion narrative has been rejected in favor of all-out attacks.  Like most American cultural and civic institutions, the old media is already distrusted by historic numbers of Americans, but has not yet been dealt a knockout blow.  If it turns out that there was no collusion, CNN has become the Ivy League version of InfoWars.  Trump has already begun to wrest the #fakenews spear, hand-forged for use against him by titans like Obama, Clinton, CNN, and the New York Times, from their hands. The question is whether he’s able to drive it right through their beating hearts over the next year on the matter of collusion.  Their hands are wrapped around his so tightly it looks as if we are witnessing a kind of old media seppuku.  It is the fact that they are waging total war against an active opponent in the White House that makes this a potential last stand: regardless of the usual obfuscation in the aftermath, if it turns out old media is wrong about Russian collusion and digital media, its collapse will be complete.  It will diminish over the next few years, to be re-processed and subsumed forever into a new digital landscape.  In the meantime, it would be wise for Silicon Valley to hedge its bets.  Thoughtful observers ought to recognize the frenzied desperation and shrieking hysteria coming from the side with the most to lose.  Blame President Trump all you want.  He didn’t actively work for decades to create a “post-truth” era; our educational and cultural leaders did.  He didn’t “weaponize” communications technology or the federal government; his predecessors did.  He didn’t destabilize democracy; that happened under the long and increasingly decadent watch of our ruling class, which is now irrationally blinded by rage that their house is on fire.  President Trump didn’t start the fire; the fire summoned him.  Let those with ears to hear and minds to comprehend begin to think longer term about new modes and orders of rhetoric, and new coalitions of power, so take some advice from Generation Z: “Let the past die.” 

(“Total Political War” by Matthew J. Peterson dated March 23, 2018 published by American Greatness at https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/23/total-political-war/ )

It’s no secret that the mainstream media loathes President Trump. The coverage of the Trump Administration has broken all records in terms of consistent, vitriolic negativity. One study found that the coverage on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts was critical 90% of the time.  This leads the media to devote ample column inches and airtime to arguably trivial smears, like the alleged Russian ties of low-level campaign aides and volunteers, the dirty laundry (real and imagined) of the president’s family members, and unverifiable allegations of past affairs  with professional strippers.  Essentially, the media has long since been weaponized in the war on Trump.  The other side of this sordid coin, however, is the media’s indifference to important, positive stories far more worthy of the public’s attention. In particular, journalists eschew any mention of President Trump’s successes and breakthroughs.  The list of these political victories is a long one, although you won’t read about them in the Washington Post or the New York Times.  Lest we forget, the economy is booming.  All indicators, including economic growth rates, unemployment rates, manufacturing growth, and stock market gains, are pointing to a level of dynamism unknown in the Obama years.  The relaxation of bureaucratic regulations and the achievement of a historic tax reform package certainly have played a role in this economic renaissance.  Whether President Trump deserves the credit for all of this good news is debatable, but the simple fact is, if he were a Democrat, the media would be crediting him much more often than they are.  Recently, thanks to President Trump’s unapologetically aggressive policy towards North Korea, including harsh rhetoric and biting sanctions, Kim Jong-un expressed a willingness to consider denuclearization, and the U.S. announced an upcoming summit between Kim and President Trump.  Had President Obama achieved a diplomatic breakthrough of this magnitude, his (second) Nobel Peace Prize surely would have arrived by priority mail the very next day.  Trump’s hard-won progress, though, is ignored and slighted.  Likewise, the administration’s successes in protecting U.S. technological and industrial preeminence, by preventing the foreign acquisition of critical American technology companies, and by shielding our steel and aluminum industries from unfair overseas competition, is ignored, or worse, undercut with wild speculation about possible retaliation.  In both cases, Trump’s actions have clear precedents in the moves of previous administrations, including that of Barack Obama, but the media always frames Trump’s actions as entirely novel and abjectly foolish.  The inconvenient truth is that real, tangible American jobs, and American workers, are safeguarded by these actions, but those stories are simply never told.  In yet another example of the media’s selective coverage, the Trump administration’s unprecedented success in reducing illegal immigration, which every administration since that of President Eisenhower has at least claimed that it wanted to achieve, is completely subsumed by the media’s focus on anecdotal accounts of allegedly virtuous illegal immigrants facing deportation.  The media could, of course, tell the story of the crimes committed by the many thousands of violent illegal immigrants who no longer prowl America’s streets, thanks to President Trump.  The list of Trumpian achievements goes on: a stronger military, improved services for veterans and the firing of many incompetent VA employees, ISIS on its last legs, reams of useless regulations obliterated, an increasing realization among our allies that they must solve their own problems and provide and pay for their own defense, dozens of sterling conservatives appointed to our nation’s courts, etc.  The media’s attitude to these triumphs is invariably the same: denial, dismissal, obfuscation.  When it comes to all things Trump, the media is hopelessly blinkered.  Unfortunately, their acidic commentary on the Trump presidency has had a cumulative effect on public attitudes, and it is almost certainly responsible for Trump’s artificially low approval numbers, which make no sense given the basic strength of America itself.  Years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared to his fellow Americans that they “had nothing to fear but fear itself.”  What he meant is that perception is critically important, and it can even create, by its own power, new political realities.  I would argue that the media, with its relentless and intentional efforts to undermine the Trump administration, is actually reducing confidence in America itself and its political institutions.  The negativity has reached such a crescendo that the stability of our democracy uuis under threat.  President Trump has his faults, yes, but the irresponsibility and lack of professionalism in our media knows no bounds.  It is time to turn off the mainstream media and start over. Alternatively, it is time to reconsider our libel laws in order to hold the worst journalists accountable for their fabrications.  Information is the lifeblood of democracy, and, sad to say, our country has never been so ill-informed. 

(“Burying the Lead: The Media Ignores Trump’s Victories” by Nicholas L. Waddy dated March 23, 2018 published by American Greatness at https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/23/burying-the-lead-the-media-ignores-trumps-victories/ )

 

The illusory ideas of socialism transcend time and appeal to people of all colors and races.  No lessons of history will dampen the magic of a socialist's divine providence.  In 2008, the U.S. elected a socialist government committed to the transformation of the American free enterprise system into an egalitarian society.  The aftermath of Obama's new role of democracy resulted in an immense transfer of power away from the democratically elected representatives of Congress to the Executive Branch, thereby increasing its authority above and beyond constitutional limits.  This power shift produced an extraordinary imbalance between power and legitimacy.  Power founded on principles was replaced by principles founded on power.  The president was reordering, "fundamentally transforming" the country in pursuit of an eminently ideological objective: a form of socialism intrinsic to the United States.  As history tells us, the building of socialism is an organized and disruptive artificial process associated with ideological polarization, cultural and political confrontations, and violation of the existing moral order.  The construction of this unnatural social organization requires a deliberate approach and enforcement.  It is therefore not surprising that the series of recent revelations of wrongdoing validate a notion that the Obama administration was subduing freedom, persecuted political opponents, spied on the American people, and disrespected the Constitution all combined within an authoritarian polity.  In a brazen display of the coalescence of tyranny and lawfulness, the Congress, controlled by the president's party, became an accessory to the presidential misconduct and blocked investigations into alleged financial, ethical, and criminal violations by the president and members of his administration.  The ideologically driven prosecutors would not bring criminal charges for the most evident and outrageous violations of the law.  The exultant desperadoes were acting like a cartel rather than a political party, consistently supporting the administration's unlawful conduct and ferociously defending the cover-ups.  By the 2016 presidential elections, the major components of the transformation: increased spending, enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, and tons of environmental and financial regulations, were in place.  The government, for the most part, had taken control of three major sectors of the economy: health care, finance, and energy and subsequently of our lives.  The ideologically aligned mainstream media offered euphoric support to the legislation and, at the same time, took pride in unmercifully attacking candidates who genuinely dissented from the Democrat views and policies.  The fix was in, and Democrats looked forward with high ambitions and unshakable confidence. A red blanket of tyranny was about to cover America.  However, dramatic events that signify the turning points of history come when they are least expected.  The election of Donald Trump was one of those events.  The process so comprehensibly designed and controlled by the Democrats yielded a political reaction that worked counter to socialists' aspirations.  For those who believed that socialism was here to stay, it produced a moment of despair.  Never before had the incumbent socialist government been repudiated at the ballot box.  Repudiated but not defeated, the enraged Democrats did not flag in their will to resist.  They have employed potent Marxist weaponry, demagoguery and lies, to unseat their viscerally hated enemy, Donald J. Trump.  No lie too big to tell, no allegation too outrageous to promote.  If mistreatment of women does not stick, try Russian collusion; if that does not work, then obstruction of justice; if that proves unsustainable, perhaps-money laundering will do; and so on and so on.  The media are recycling the smears, innuendoes, and distortions brought on by the Democrats, with no sense of proportion.  Though even the most vicious Trump opponents realize that this endless effort to downgrade the president would not be sufficient to revoke the trend, a sustained strategy is required to bring this country into conformity with the principles of egalitarianism.  Being aware of voters' discontent with socialist policies, the Democrats proceeded to dismantle the established constitutional order by offering suffrage to foreigners.  Backing up this malicious concept, California began to automatically register illegal aliens to vote when they obtain or renew a driver's license.  This massive legalized election fraud is a direct challenge to the Constitution and indeed to the future of the United States.  The epic struggle between socialism and freedom cannot end up in stalemate; the outcome of those ideologically incompatible ambitions can end up only in total victory and total defeat.  If a combination of myths, fictions, and subversion of constitutional principles overrides the truth, then Gus Hall's prophetic statement made in 1996, "socialism in America will come through the ballot box" will become the tumultuous reality. 

(“America Tried Socialism and Did Not Like It… for Now” by Alex Markovsky dated March 28, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/america_tried_socialism_and_did_not_like_itfor_now.html )

 

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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/