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April 21, 2018

 

Democrats are counting on a massive “blue wave” in November.  After the devastating, disastrous, defeat of Hillary Clinton, they desperately need something, anything, to prove to themselves that their ideology still has a future.  So, they’ve built their entire existence around the midterms.  If you believe the hype, they’re in good shape.  The media tells us that the House of Representatives is lost, GOP resignations are a sign of doom, and Trump will probably be impeached by the incoming Congress.  Historically, midterms favor the party out of power and Democrats certainly hate the incumbent President.  Enthusiasm should be on their side. Not so fast, says the Washington Post.  According to their most recent poll, that “blue wave” may be dissipating before it hits the shore.  As they put it mildly, “Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking.”  With the Republicans’ House majority at risk, 47% of registered voters say they prefer the Democrat candidate in their district, while 43 percent favor the Republican.  That four-point margin compares with a 12-point advantage Democrats held in January. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found the gap between support for Democratic vs. Republican House candidates dropped by more than half since the beginning of the year.  Meanwhile, there has been a slight increase in President Trump’s approval rating, although it remains low.  Prematurely anticipating victories, where have we heard that before?  Like last time, it’s way too early for these sorts of polls.  Under any presidency, anything can happen between April and November.  That’s a veritable eternity in political time.  Given how unhinged Democrats are, it’s easy to imagine them massively overplaying their hand between now and Election Day.  So, we can add the WaPo poll to a rapidly growing pile of good news, but no one should be counting their chickens just yet.

(“Uh, guys, that ‘blue wave’ seems to be disappearing…” by Robert Laurie dated April 16, 2018 published by Canada Free Press at https://canadafreepress.com/article/washington-post-uh-guys-that-blue-wave-seems-to-be-disappearing )

 

The sentinels of the conventional wisdom have been predicting the demise not just of Trump but also of the entire conservative project for more than two years now.  In fairness, it’s an easy mistake to make.  Who thought an obscure monk from Wittenberg would upend the medieval social and political order?  Like Martin Luther, Trump is an unlikely catalyst for this much-needed political reformation, because the critics focus too much on the man and not enough on the message, their basic complaint about Trump voters has been: “You sold your principles to back a grifter for short-term political gain.  For years, Republican voters were promised constitutionalist judges, fiscal probity and immigration enforcement.  Instead we got John “ObamaCare” Roberts, runaway deficits, de facto open borders and multiple tries at Gang of Eight amnesty.  If that weren’t enough, Republican believers in American primacy were led into a series of misguided wars by a small but determined foreign policy claque focused on implementing a policy of moral imperialism that runs counter to this country’s history and values.  Against this butcher’s bill of failures and broken promises, look at Trump’s first year in office: Unemployment is low, the stock market is high and wages are rising.  Ordinary Americans have more money in their pockets as a result of lower taxes. Illegal immigration has declined, regulations are being rolled back, ObamaCare’s individual mandate is dead, and a slate of constitutionalist judges has been approved, with more on the way.  With a too-timid congressional leadership, deficits remain a problem, but we’ve at least gotten major pro-growth policies.  With House Speaker Paul Ryan’s impending departure, we have a chance at a more energetic effective leadership team.  In some ways even more significant, Trump has pushed back against the stultifying political correctness that has chilled free expression and thereby undermined the foundation of free government in the United States.  Yet, a cottage industry in eulogies for the Republican Party, and “conservatism” more generally, has sprung up.  These observers miss the point, just as they missed the 2016 election.  American conservatism isn’t dead or dying; it’s thriving, but you’d have to look outside the Beltway and the legacy institutions to see it.  This once-in-a-century reformation is revitalizing a political movement that was in danger of fading into irrelevance.  What is dying, however, is the smug elitism of the old establishment and all of the gentry-class pretensions that alienated voters.  Despite some high-profile gadflies who receive more media attention than their influence with voters should justify, conservatives find themselves remarkably unified.  At the heart of this movement are the millions of people of good faith who back Trump and, more important, his agenda, because they believe that it is consistent with the best of the American political tradition and that it will do more good for more people than anything else traditional Republicans or Democrats have to offer.  This conservative renaissance is young but vigorous.  It embraces, but is also bigger than Trump.  While the American left is absorbed in a game of competitive victimhood, the American right is engaged in a serious debate about how best to develop and sustain civil society, how to foster good citizens and how to sustain U.S. peace and prosperity in the face of unprecedented challenges from an aggressive, confident China.  Central to this new political project, denigrated or just plain ignored by many anti-Trump partisans, is genuine respect for the individual and the restoration of a high view of citizenship, its rights and duties, informed by the natural “inalienable” rights political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence.  This cuts across the traditional partisan divide while allowing Americans to engage in real political debate while affirming what Jefferson said after the contentious election of 1800: We are all republicans. We are all federalists.” And that’s where the energy is on the right, you just have to know where to look.

(“The conservative renaissance has begun” by Christopher Buskirk dated April 17, 2018 published by The Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-conservative-renaissance-has-begun/2018/04/17/9a9775d2-2e18-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.73eb1db2b054 )

 

Leftists have made huge gains in stripping godly traditional principles and values from our American culture.  It is disturbing to see Christians, conservatives, and Republicans surrendering more ground, allowing leftists to achieve their evil goal.  Starting in kindergarten through college, our kids are poisoned with toxic liberalism.  Parents are poisoned with subliminal and in-your-face liberalism 24-7 via TV, fake news, churches, and movies. Suddenly, like in the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Christians, conservatives, and Republicans are stealthily transformed.  They begin spewing leftist narratives.  Has giving leftists what they want made America better?  In 1962, the United States Supreme Court gave leftists what they wanted: the removal of prayer from public schools.  So how has that worked out for us?  Since prayer was removed from schools in 1962, out-of-wedlock births for girls 15-19 years old has tripled.  Violent crimes have increased tenfold.  Single-parent female-headed households have grown from 5 million in 1962 to 12 million and growing.  Sexually transmitted diseases in kids 10-14 years old have skyrocketed, increasing 257% since 1962.  Fifteen-year-olds having sex since 1962 is up 1,000%.  For decades, divorce rates were declining.  Since 1962, divorce rates have increased 117%, making America number one in the world for divorce.  After prayer was removed in 1962, academic achievement severely declined.  SAT scores fell each year for 18 years.  Unprecedentedly, we are graduating students who academically know less than their parents.  We have allowed leftists to lower academic and behavioral standards in public schools.  An elementary school teacher friend told me she had a student who freely cursed her out, calling her an "m-f."  No matter how hard she tried, she could not get the unruly student disciplined or removed from her class.  Today, weapons (knives and guns) are so prominent in public schools that students must walk through metal-detectors.  Has lowering academic and behavioral standards helped our kids?  To a large degree, we have allowed leftists to remove "healthy shame" from our culture.  Remember when it was shameful not to know the father of your baby?  Has the removal of healthy shame made our culture better?  Today, pregnant women boldly appear on national trashy TV shows, DNA-testing 27 guys to determine the father.  Leftists deem female promiscuity feminism at its best, women freely exploring their sexuality.  Leftists are angry at God for unfairly sticking women with the possibility of getting pregnant.  Promiscuity carries health risks and emotional consequences.  Has the normalization of baby mommies and baby daddies strengthened our society?  SCOTUS complied with leftist demands to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.  This emboldened leftists to demand that LGBT lessons be required in public schools.  The mandatory curriculum includes BDSM, asphyxiation, gender-bending, anal sex, and rimming.  Exposing kids too early to porn leads to imprinting, sex addictions, and intimacy disorders.  Has robbing our children of their innocence as early as kindergarten improved their lives?  Two guys are kissing at the end of a TV drama, and the camera followed the couple as they stroll away, holding hands.  This is the new normal leftists demand we embrace.  LGBT lifestyles have severe health risks.  Next week's episode will probably feature the same-sex couple in a beautifully staged bedroom scene on national TV.  It is a simple question:  Has allowing leftists to implement their vision for America made us better?  I think not!

(“Has Giving Leftists What They Want Made America Better?” by Lloyd Marcus dated April 17, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/has_giving_leftists_what_they_want_made_america_better.html )

Haters have to hate and, like thieves who see dishonesty in honest people, Democrats see hate in Republicans who bear no one malice.  Liberals do not see Christians as being patriotic, forgiving, considerate, selfless givers of America who only lock their doors because they want to protect their families from foreign invaders and socialist fascism, but rather they see them as dictatorial racist Nazis that want to keep the brown race oppressed and steal from the poor.  This psychotic delusion was indoctrinated into their psyche in American schools by radical leftist activists.  The Left has used America’s naïveté and guilting the gullible into allowing them to infiltrate our educational system to corrupt the young.  That’s why they want the voting age lowered to 16 to enable naïve kids to tell adults how to run things when they don’t understand how the world works.  They believe the scam that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will stop the school shootings that liberalism has fostered.  If they want the age of gun ownership to be raised to 21 because the young are too immature to handle firearms then the voting age should likewise be raised to 21 because the young are too irresponsible to handle the vote.  Democrats are the party that have always been for the opposite of liberty.  They balkanize American society into conflicting dysfunctional groups all with animosity toward Christian white men.  They are the party that insisted slavery be instated in the Constitution.  They are the people who wanted a king rather than a president.  They are the party of racism, segregation, and the KKK.  They are the party that promotes welfare voter slaves to live as indigents off of working taxpayers.  They are the party that endorsed socialism in the 20th century and now champion Islam in the 21st century.  The ideology that has spent the last fourteen centuries waging war against all governments and religions of the world to establish itself by force as the one all-powerful creed through the radically violent fanaticism of Jihad.  A populace brainwashed five times a day to all behave exactly the same way is easy for an elite rulership to control which is what makes it so attractive to socialists.  If you want to know why the Spanish developed the Inquisition and the Sicilians developed the Mafia both can be traced back to their centuries of control under Moslem conquerors.  If you wonder where Marx got his ideas of how a socialist society should be operated wherein the masses are ruled by the elites he, too, learned from Muhammadism.  His flaw is that he thought he could enforce such control without religious fanaticism of a “fantasy god” by making people fanatic slaves to the state.  Keeping people ignorant and enthralled as is done in Moslem countries still works very well.  Islam, contrary to what propagandists try to teach, did not bring civilization to the West, but sucked it out of the Middle East and North Africa.  The Romans had the advanced civilization that Islamic and Arian brutality stomped out.  Not surprisingly, it is these two cultures that developed the most socialist and brutal dictatorships the world has known.  In the 21st century the only governments that have used poison chemical weapons to exterminate people have been the Communists, Nazis, and Islamists.  It is the descendants of the Romans who embraced Christianity that abhorred and refrained from the use of poison gas on innocent peoples while the Left has always embraced genocides as a means of controlling populations.  Democrats are conducting a persecution witch-hunt to destroy Trump and his supporters.  Disgraced FBI Director Comey says the American people are “duty bound” to vote Trump out of office based on his accusations, not proof, just the opinion of a deeply flawed self-righteous hypocrite, that Donald Trump is “immoral.”  When the people do not then Comey will pronounce those people to be Nazi fascists endorsing the new Hitler, and that is how Democrats will condemn the Christian Right to justify their genocide.

(“Liberals Imagine that Christian Conservatives are Neo-Nazi KKK” by Dustin Koelhoffer dated April 17, 2018 published by iPatriot at https://ipatriot.com/liberals-imagine-that-christian-conservatives-are-neo-nazi-kkk/ )

 

America’s First Civil War began on July 4, 1776 with the ratification of the Colonies’ Declaration of Independence.  An international and internecine war followed.  On the American Revolutionaries side of the battlefield stood the irregular Militia from various states and the regular Continentals, the originating nucleus of today’s United States Army.  On the British side marched the soldiers of the British Army, the most experienced and best fighting force in the world.  Their ranks were supplemented by American Colonists variously called Loyalists, Tories, and the King’s Men.  These were the Americans who fought for King George III.  The internecine fighting between the Revolutionaries and the Loyalists was among the most brutal of the Revolutionary War.  About one-in-five Colonists sided with the British.

America’s Second Civil War began on April 12, 1861 with the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter.  While the ensuing battles between Union and Confederate Armies is generally known, less attention is given to the irregular, guerilla warfare with its raids, feuds, and assassinations that occurred in border states caught between North and South.  In eastern Kentucky and western Missouri the fighting and killing was particularly close and personal.  On August 21, 1863 a Confederate guerilla group led by William Quantrill raided the Union town of Lawrence, Kansas and killed about 150 civilian males, men and boys, in what is known today as the Lawrence Massacre.  It was a retaliatory raid in response to an earlier Union raid into Missouri.  More Americans died in this war than in any other where Americans have fought.

America’s Third Civil War began on November 8, 2016 with the defeat of Hillary Clinton and the election of President Donald Trump.  The assault against Trump started the next day, and it continues to this day.  The anti-Trump forces include an array of identified entities: the biased censors of social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google; the leadership of U.S. Department of Justice; most of the Hollywood community featuring actors and talk show hosts; the legacy print media led by the New York Times and the Washington Post; the street-activist wing of the left, the rent-a-mobs; the liberal progressive TV news media led by CNN and MSNBC.  There are also those Democrat elected politicians whose avocation these days is to attack Trump on a weekly basis.  This is the above ground Resistance against Trump.  The underground, behind the scenes, Resistance is another story.  Never in the history of American Presidential politics has a President been under such a vitriolic, sustained and withering attack.  Meanwhile, the Republican Party, Trump’s partisan brand, offers only tepid support characterized by hesitation, equivocation, and hedging.  There are exceptions, but, by and large, the GOP has left Trump to fight it out on his own.  Today, Republican members of the House of Representatives fret over their possible fate in the November 2018 midterm elections, placing the highest value on their careers.  The media beats the drum of a Blue Wave coming, and they shiver in fear, or, like Paul Ryan, quit.  The GOP political class, because they live within the D.C. Beltway, seem unaware that, in the eyes of many Republican voters in fly-over country, they’ve become the real deplorable lot. They are the army that won’t fight, but then, they’ve been pacifists for a long time.  The objective of the forces arrayed against Trump is crystal clear.  They want him out of the White House.  Their means to reach that goal seem not to be hindered by truth, legality, propriety, fairness, or reason.  They are impassioned, true-believing zealots determined to execute a non-violent – to date coup d’etat of a duly elected American President, no matter what or how long it takes.  This, America’s Third Civil War shows no signs of abating.

We Deplorables aren’t heard from much these days, since protesting, marching and chanting are not our style, but you can bet we’re watching closely, and taking notes.

(“America’s Third Civil War began November 6, 2018” by Lee Cary dated April13, 2018 published by Canada Free Press at https://canadafreepress.com/article/americas-third-civil-war-began-november-8-2016 )

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, the employment rate for single mothers increased from 63% to 76%, and the overall poverty rate has declined over the last half-century.  Many able-bodied people who once relied on a government check found jobs and started earning a paycheck.  The sideshow that has attached itself to so much of the Trump administration has distracted many from things that actually affect people's lives.  President Trump signed an executive order, the purpose of which is to reduce poverty in America "by promoting opportunity and economic mobility."  Some of that is already happening with unemployment numbers the lowest they've been in 17 years.  The press release says that in 2017, "the Federal Government spent more than $700 billion on low-income assistance." It notes that since modern welfare began during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the system has become a large bureaucracy with little incentive for people to look for work.  Conservatives like to say they measure success not by how many people receive government assistance, but by how many don't.  Helping people become independent of government is real compassion.  The executive order addresses what for many has become an addiction to government: "While bipartisan welfare reform enacted in 1996 was a step toward eliminating the economic stagnation and social harm that can result from long-term Government dependence, the welfare system still traps many recipients, especially children, in poverty and is in need of further reform and modernization in order to increase self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility."  The order also stresses the need for better social networking to become more involved in helping able-bodied people to acquire the skills, education, child care and especially the motivation to work.  Churches and religious institutions that benefit from tax breaks should be encouraged to do more to help poor people find employment.  The president cites another key to reducing the welfare rolls: "Address the challenges of populations that may particularly struggle to find and maintain employment (including single parents, formerly incarcerated individuals, the homeless, substance abusers, individuals with disabilities and disconnected youth)..."  Education choice should be another component of welfare reform.  A good education for a child currently living in poverty is a ticket out of the system and into a better life.  The nation of Singapore, where unemployment hovers around 2%, has no welfare programs.  If one is capable of working and doesn't work, he gets no check from the government.  The truly needy are cared for.  Knowing that government is a last resort and not a first resource and that if you don't work, you won't have money to buy food, is a powerful incentive to find a job.  What the administration should do to help sell its welfare reform initiative is locate people who benefitted from the 1996 legislation and who are working and supporting their families and feature them at public events.  Optimism almost always overcomes pessimism and the story of people overcoming odds is America's story.

(“Welfare Reform Again” by Cal Thomas dated April 17, 2018 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2018/04/17/welfare-reform-again-n2471459 )

 

The CIA director and secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jung Un over Easter.  The foreign policy of political novice Donald Trump has been vastly more successful than that of the supposedly experienced Barack Obama.  Obama's foreign policy was a disaster, beginning with the peculiar apology tour that mystified much of its Middle Eastern audience, through the yet more peculiar (misspelled) reset button with Russia that further mystified Sergei Lavrov, on to Obama's overheard whisper to Medvedev telling Putin he would be more accommodating on missile defense after the election, to the Libyan war leading to the assassination of Qaddafi (the only Arab leader to voluntarily denuclearize) that created a failed state and a raft of refugees to Italy and elsewhere, and, of course, the rapid exit from Iraq that gave rise to ISIS.  This omits the equally egregious examples: the failure to enforce the red line on Assad's use of chemical weapons, about which he naively believed Putin, and the never-signed, never-published Iran Deal itself, which has done nothing but enrich the mullahs who wreak havoc from Venezuela to Yemen.  This duplicitous and unverifiable non-agreement prolonged the monstrous Syrian civil war, causing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II and changing the character of Europe possibly forever.  Not even Jimmy Carter had that bad a record, and this is without Obama's sickening lack of response to the freedom demonstrators in Iran.  In contrast Trump made things happen.  To begin with, there's the near-annihilation of ISIS.  Then there's the renewed alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states without, miracle of miracles, the ostracism of Israel.  Indeed, while announcing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli-Saudi alliance has flourished.  At least the decades of moribund unchanging policy since Oslo have finally been bypassed and new perspectives made possible.  He has also so far managed the Syrian gas attacks with an intelligent level of response, escalating it carefully.  Then there is the North Korea situation.  Not one American president made a dent in it.  There are no guarantees, but Trump seems to be on the brink of.... something.  It's exciting to watch because there is actually a possibility of real peace in a part of the world that has not seen it in well over half a century.   The so-called trade war is a part of foreign policy too.  Our media and some of our business people and the knee-jerk political opposition went into paroxysms when Trump threatened tariffs with China.  But how else could a rebalancing of our trade with our greatest competitor ever be effectuated?  Certainly not by the jawing of stodgy trade officials who have been at it for decades with no results and little incentive to have any.  What accounts for this great difference between Trump and Obama in foreign policy and the closely related trade negotiations?   Trump may have read a tiny bit of Marx at school, but I doubt he paid very much attention to it or even remembered it.  Obama read it and believed it, with "modern" reservations.  So the Marxism remained as part of his credo, though never mentioned, except perhaps to the most trusted friends.  For Trump, laissez-faire with all its pluses and minuses ruled.  What worked worked.  This partly explains Trump's two-tiered approach: criticizing a country's actions while seemingly being softer or even too soft on their leaders (Putin, Xi).  The president wants to get things done and realizes, from business, that is the effective way.  You might insult the leader for a while, as he did with Kim, but eventually you stop in order to get your way.  You don't alienate the boss who has to make the final decision or it won't get made, unless you want to completely annihilate him, but Trump, despite what his critics says, has not indicated that he does.  In fact, the reverse is true.  Consequently, Trump, as he has demonstrated, has little use for ideology or even consistency.  Those who are looking for some sort of Trump Doctrine may be looking for something that is actually outmoded. So far Trump is being more successful than Obama and all the neo-Marxist works of Marcuse, Gramsci, etc. combined.

(“Trump Vastly Better than Obama at Foreign Policy” by Roger Simon dated April 17, 2018 published by PJ Media at https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/trump-vastly-better-obama-foreign-policy/ )

 

There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news.  I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning.  Updates have been made this week to the following sections:

·    Employment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/employment.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

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