Views on the News
Views on the News*
April 29, 2017
Today, almost 100 days after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, many Americans still remain suspended at the stroke of midnight, Nov. 8, 2016. On that day, those who voted for him were giddy and optimistic, and those who never saw it coming felt disbelief and repulsion, refusing to concede that he won. Trump’s supporters are unfazed that a new health-care law is not in place (yet), thrilled with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, weary of the constant accusations of his ties to Russia, supportive of his strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people and dismayed that House Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to compromise. To them, the President remains disruptive, unconventional, defiant and willing to change his mind, appealing attributes to his supporters, but not so to the press. Most supporters are more optimistic about the future than they have been in a long time. Trump’s unconventional approach to politics, his dismissal of political games and his willingness to compromise to get things done is well received. They are also positive about his open dialogue with China, not just on foreign affairs but on trade issues as well, and how he responded to the atrocities in Syria. They excuse his uneven performance, but think he is doing exactly what they wanted and expected him to do. There have been setbacks, but anyone intelligent would understand that was to be expected. He is not a politician, and there is no expectation of him to be anything but non-conventional. The belief is that he has made some mistakes, but they are so minor that they are insignificant. The President has us heading in the right direction. Voters’ sentiments eluded most reporters in the last election cycle, and many of them warn that coming to their towns to take their political temperatures isn’t going to fix the problem if the people themselves remain misunderstood. Media generated approval ratings for Trump have been abysmally low. These polls don’t tell the whole story. Among those living in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that make up great big swaths of rural America, the President gets a job approval rating close to 60%. Trump has taken the country in a completely different direction from his predecessor. It is still unclear whether his break towards a new philosophy of governing will be successful, but, if you listen to his supporters, they have his back.
(“How Trump voters feel about his first 100 days” by Salena Zito dated April 22, 2017 published by New York Post at http://nypost.com/2017/04/22/how-trump-voters-feel-about-his-first-100-days/ )
Western Europeans have been watching the vitriolic opposition to President Trump with great personal interest, wondering if Americans have lost their minds. Being the inveterate leftists that they are, even in the face of demographic suicide, they were rooting for a like-minded female socialist who vowed to turn the U.S. into the European basket case model of failed multiculturalism and diversity, flooding their countries with more and more Islamists in order to forever change the western culture into a Caliphate. Eastern Europeans thought Americans have lost their minds, afflicted by the progressivist, anti-American malaise, having mounted ever-escalating mob violence and anarchic opposition to the Trump presidency, funded, flamed, and organized by rich billionaires, Hollywood stars, crony capitalists, academia, and the main stream media. The black-clad and masked rioters have been beating up anybody who does not share their twisted view of the world, silencing any opposition on America’s campuses, especially at Berkeley. Sane Americans and Europeans do not understand why Cultural Marxists engage in cultural and historical vandalism in all countries in which they advocate for suicidal diversity and multiculturalism. The Democrat Party Marxists are still looking for ways to invalidate the Presidential election even though Trump had much more electoral votes than his opponent who allegedly had more popular votes coming from illegal alien voters. It will be interesting to watch what will happen with the vote in France, a vote that will decide if France is determined to survive as a western civilized nation or to continue on the path of multiculturalist self-destruction. Marie Le Pen promises to end Islamist refugee migration. The EU bureaucrats joined the protest chorus over President Trump’s “inhumane and xenophobic” fence on the border with Mexico. I suppose the fences erected between EU nations and other countries around the globe, including Mexico’s wall with its borders, Belize and Guatemala, are more “humane?” The elite globalists are exporting “democracy” around the third world through wars and forced U.N. policies disguised as Sustainable Development to allegedly save the planet from anthropogenic global warming/climate change. The climate change industry and its sycophant lobby have become very powerful since it is worth now trillions of dollars of easy money. It is nothing but exploitation of the poor and of the middle class using environmentalism as a weapon. As Hans-Hermann Hoppe said, “Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.” Multinationals and non-government organizations (NGOs) have so much money at stake; they are more powerful and wealthier than most countries. They are at the forefront of the fight against President Trump’s administration and his nationalist policies. They are instrumental in passing treaties like TPP, NAFTA, and laws that are anti-American, do not benefit the American taxpayers, and represent solely the interests of the elite billionaires around the globe. Multinational corporations and their interests had and still have an important role in the evolution of the economic, social, and political climate around the globe. United Nations, technocrats, and corrupt politicians are the instruments of implementation of all globalist policies and treaties that will eventually eliminate all borders and create a global hodge-podge of billions of people without any national identity, migrating around the globe, and controlled by the globalist elites through settlements, food or lack thereof, water, land, and medical help. The fight of a potential WWIII will be the fight to install the new world order through the following:
· Uniform culture
· Uniform law
· Mixing nationalities and races
· Destruction of national pride
· Destruction of borders
· Weakening of states until they are no longer relevant
· Destruction of the family
· Destruction of religion
· One world authority under U.N.
· Total control and supervision of the individual through technology
· One single currency
· One single army
If we consider the percentage of Americans who have bought into this globalist agenda and are trying to replace Americanism with Cultural Marxism and Islamo-fascism, we can answer my question with a definitive Yes, Americans have lost their collective minds.
(“Have Americans Lost Their Minds?” by Ileana Johnson Paugh dated April 21, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/have-americans-lost-their-minds )
Since the election, the Black Bloc has become a major disrupter in our country yet it is barely written or spoken about. The group traces its roots back to Europe during the 1980s, and had its most pronounced debut in the United States during the 1999 Seattle riots during the World Trade Organization meeting, but really traces back to 1991 protests at the World Bank building during the Persian War. Reading accounts in the beacons of the MSM, the New York Times and the Washington Post, did not really address the lawlessness of the group and tended to romanticize the group because of their anti-Trump strains. It is fascinating how, when covering Republican activities, the MSM almost always injects colorful adjectives or adverbs to characterize the subject. When addressing the Black Bloc, they seem to revert to being reporters. The group is characterized by showing up to events dressed head-to-toe in black. The only thing you might see are their eyes. The idea is that the players retain anonymity. They typically meet near a planned protest like the one that occurred in Berkeley to protest Milo Yiannopoulos' speech. They were the ones responsible for the violence there and the violence at the Trump Inauguration. Though the police were near useless in stopping the violence in Berkeley, over 200 people were arrested in D.C. A recurrent theme that the press repeats is that the group is not an organization, but kind of an ad hoc spontaneous activity. The black bloc is not a group but an anarchist tactic, marching as a confrontational united force, uniformed in black and anonymized for security. Once deployed, the tactic has an alchemic quality, turning into a temporary object, the black bloc. If we may, let us go over some concepts regarding the Black Bloc:
· It is not a tactic; it is an organized group. Someone is getting the news out regarding where and when to meet. Those people are called ring leaders.
· There is no justification for the violence they perpetrate.
· The group purports to fight against fascism. Somehow, they miss the irony of the comparison to the Nazi Black Shirts.
· The fact that they hide their faces is reminiscent of another group on the scene today – ISIS. The fact that they do not have the guts to show themselves in public would allow some of their antagonists to call them cowards.
The police need to get serious about apprehending and imprisoning these criminals. If there is a protest planned, the Black Bloc will piggyback onto that protest and the police need to plan accordingly. The FBI should also be tracking the activities of the ring leaders. If some of these anonymous people are tried and imprisoned, it could deter the others from diverting their lives into this organized hooliganism. The police and the MSM need to start some hysteria about these people before the violence escalates even further.
(“While MSM Focuses on Insignificant Alt-Right, They Should Be All Over the Black Bloc” by Bruce Bialosky dated April 23, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2017/04/23/while-msm-focuses-on-insignificant-altright-they-should-be-all-over-the-black-bloc-n2315783 )
Our kids are no longer taught about patriotism, morality, honor or self-reliance; They’re not taught economics; They’re not taught about the Constitution; and the boys aren’t taught to be men and the girls aren’t taught to be women. In fact, if you find kids who know anything about these subjects, it is almost certainly because their parents bent over backwards to jam that knowledge into their heads. Our society used to inculcate these values in schools, church and via our entertainment. It was a different and, in many ways, better world. Liberals try to portray everything that happened in America’s past as evil and backward, but try and tell me that this country hasn’t gone downhill in the values we’re teaching our kids. Starting in 1970, marriage took a nosedive that lasted for nearly twenty years. Among all whites, ages 30-49, only 13% were not living with spouses as of 1970. Twenty years later, that proportion had more than doubled, to 27%, a change in a core social institution that has few precedents for magnitude and speed. Is it a shocker that millennials lean to the Left when they constantly have liberalism shoved down their throats by their schools, their favorite musicians, and Hollywood? Is it a big surprise that 51% of millennials do not support capitalism when we allow honest-to-goodness communists to teach them in college and liberals are publicly extolling the virtues of socialist hellholes like Cuba and Venezuela? Kids today grow up being told that morality is wrong because morality demands judgment. Most faith based systems depend upon an absolute moral order. The declaration of things as absolutely evil or absolutely good, as sin or virtue, puts liberalism into a horrible position because it’s founded on no judgment on anything. Any faith that is seriously practiced or understood is a challenge to the politics that depend on constituencies that would rather not be told that their choices are bad and their lives are not virtuous. Justice demands that the good and hard-working be rewarded and the evil and the lazy be punished (if only by the withholding of the rewards of doing the right things). Modern Liberalism demands that the good and hardworking be punished as the recipients of an unfair advantage and the evil and the lazy be rewarded, their acts of evil and their failure all the proof the Modern Liberal needs that somehow they have been victimized by forces out of their control. In the sixties, American kids were dreaming of building rocket ships and going to the moon. Today, they’re trying to figure out what gender they are and which bathroom they should be using. It’s where the victimhood mentality comes from. It’s why so many kids think they’re entitled to have whatever they want based on what we can only assume is the sheer gratitude the rest of us should have for their very existence. We have to teach young Americans about the values that have made this the most successful, prosperous nation on earth. To start with, we need to begin challenging the victim mentality liberals push on millennials. Don’t ever feel sorry for yourself. Don’t ever seek pity from other people. Don’t ever play the victim, even if you are one. If you wait for someone else to solve your problems, you’re usually in for a long wait. Even if you do get help, you probably won’t like the help you get. Let’s cut off the funding of state run colleges which discriminate against conservatives. We’ve also got to teach our kids about capitalism, Christianity, and love of country, because that is what this nation was built on. Snowflakes may melt when the going gets tough, but kids who are taught good, conservative values will stand tall even when it’s not easy.
(“How Liberals are Poisoning the Minds of Young Americans” by John Hawkins dated April 23, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2017/04/23/how-liberals-are-poisoning-the-minds-of-young-americans-n2316700 )
President Trump is required to certify compliance with the Iranian nuclear agreement every 90 days, and the president is deliberating on whether or not to certify. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear regulatory agency, has already certified that Iran has been out of compliance with the deal. The most recent IAEA report specifies that Iran has already exceeded its limit of heavy water under the agreement. Heavy water can use unrefined uranium as a fuel, shortcutting the expensive process of enriching uranium to rapidly produce a nuclear bomb. Beyond that, since the deal was struck in July of 2015, Iran has conducted as many as 14 missile tests, in brazen defiance of UN Resolution 2231. Then there is the process of verification, which is inherently flawed. Anything that Iran deems as a “military site” is, according to Iranian leadership, off limits to inspectors. These include those “military sites” which we don’t even know about. That means that the IAEA’s means of obtaining critically important information is via a letter certifying compliance written by the government of Iran. The Iranians gave their own soil samples from Parchin, where explosive nuclear tests took place. We now know of the existence of multiple secret side deals made with the Iranian regime. We know that the deal was not even allowed to be voted upon as a treaty because Obama made an end-run around the U.S. Constitution, as well as around the Congress, by going first to the UN, and then presenting it to Congress as a fait accompli. We also know that the deal that the Majlis, the Iranian Parliament, voted on, wasmore than 1000 pages long, while the agreement that we saw in the United States was only 159 pages long. The reason the agreement is so utterly flawed is that President Obama was hell-bent on securing this deal as his foreign policy legacy. He basically refused to acknowledge the Iranian government for what it is: an apocalyptic, messianic regime that believes that destroying Israel and America will bring about the coming of the 12th Imam, (the Shia Messiah). Equipping this sort of regime with nuclear weapons presents a clear and present danger to the survival of the United States, Israel, and to the Sunni Arab nations, as well as much of Europe. Even until his last day in office, Obama vehemently refused to articulate that radical Islamic terrorism exists. Obama sees all the world’s actors as morally equal, WITH no distinction between those who would obliterate entire innocent populations so that their theology or political entity would reign supreme, and those who would never even entertain such a thought. Such a world view makes one incapable of acknowledging that certain nations, such as the United States, Israel, Britain, etc., are morally capable of possessing a nuclear bomb, because they are responsible enough to use it only for morally correct reasons, and other nations, like Iran, are not. Since the deal was negotiated, the Iranians have received more than 100 billion dollars in unfrozen assets, and the regime has been further enriched by corpulent, lucrative deals since the sanctions have been lifted. This has been used, in good part, to enrich and empower Iran, and to help the Islamic Republic destabilize the globe in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and in Saudi Arabia. We have long known that Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of global terrorism through its support of Hizb’allah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and at times, even Al Qaeda. We are now witnessing how North Korea’s possession of a nuclear bomb is allowing them to threaten its neighbors, Japan and South Korea, with almost total impunity. We now have a tiny window of opportunity to prevent this from happening with Iran. President Trump should seize this opportunity and refuse to certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal.
(“The Iranian Nuclear Agreement Should Not be Extended” by Sarah N. Stern dated April 22, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/the_iranian_nuclear_agreement_should_not_be_extended.html )
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