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  May 14, 2016

 

The number one reason why voters will vote for Donald Trump is to stop Hillary Clinton.  The problem is that on the other side, the main reason they’re voting for Clinton is to prevent Trump from moving into the White House.  About 47% of Trump supporters said they backed him primarily because they don't want Clinton to win.  43% said their primary motivation was a liking for Trump's political positions, while 6% said they liked him personally.  Similar responses prevailed among Clinton supporters.  About 46% said they would vote for her mostly because they don’t want to see a Trump Presidency, while 40% said they agreed with her political positions, and 11% said they liked her personally.  Both campaigns probably will decide their best strategy is to work even harder to vilify each other.  A 2014 study by Pew Research Center found that Democrats and Republicans have shown increasingly negative views toward each other over the past few decades.  In 2014 more than a quarter of Democrats, and more than a third of Republicans, viewed the opposition as "a threat to the nation’s well-being."  Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders are going to be bitterly disappointed when he loses the Democrat nomination to Clinton.  About a quarter have said they won’t vote for Clinton in the general.  A Sanders supporter isn’t going to stay home to show their disgust of Clinton, only to see the country be takeover by Trump.  Anti-Trump supporters aren’t going to stay home and allow Clinton quarterback a third term of Obamaism.  While Trump is trailing Clinton by double-digits, he’s starting off with 82% of Republican voters backing him.  The Supreme Court, the Second Amendment, and a multitude of other key issues (Clean Power Plan/coal) hang in the balance with this election, so I’m hoping the pro-Second Amendment takes a hard look at the road ahead.  Both candidates are admittedly the worst of the worst this cycle, but there is one question that should give the anti-Trump wing pause.  Would you rather have a Clinton Presidency with a Democrat Congress, or a Trump administration working with a Republican one?    

(“Poll: Stopping Hillary is the Top Reason Why Voters Will Back Trump” by Matt Vespa dated May 6, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/05/06/poll-stopping-hillary-is-the-top-reason-why-voters-will-back-trump-n2159102 )

Unless something cataclysmic happens between now and November, voters will be faced with a difficult decision: How do you choose between two presidential candidates who share so much in common, including huge likability problems?  Arguably the 68-year-old New Yorker named Clinton will be more reliably liberal than the 69-year-old New Yorker named Trump, but both Clinton and Trump have a history of flip-flopping on issues, sometimes within a matter of days.  The reason Clinton has been dogged by the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders for so long is that liberal Democrats have a hard time trusting Clinton on the issues.  She supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership before she opposed it; backed the Keystone pipeline until she didn’t; and supported clean coal before bragging that she would kill coal jobs, which was before she said she never said such a thing.  She’s been on both sides on charter schools.  Clinton is so flexible that even her accent changes depending on her audience.  Trump has been all over the map on almost every issue since he’s started taking positions on issues, and even since he started his Presidential campaign, which we have detailed in this space over the course of the primaries.  Even on core issues where Trump has taken a conservative stance in the campaign, immigration and tax cuts, he has flip-flopped over the years.  On trade, entitlements and military spending, Trump and Clinton aren’t far apart.  If anything Clinton is probably more free-trade than Trump.  Both have pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare.  On foreign policy, Trump is almost as much an isolationist as Clinton and the rest of the Democrat Party, when he’s not being bombastic.  It’s a virtual certainty that Clinton will pick a liberal Supreme Court Justice.  Meanwhile, Trump said he’d nominate his liberal-leaning sister, and later said he was joking.  Both candidates also face legal trouble.  In Trump’s case, he could be dealing with a class action suit against Trump University.  Clinton could be indicted on charges that she mishandled national security secrets while Secretary of State.  Even on likability, the two are kindred spirits, in that each is overwhelmingly disliked by the public.  The latest IBD/TIPP poll found that 56% of the public has an unfavorable view of Clinton, which is only slightly better than Trump’s 62% unfavorable rating, while 30% of Republicans have a negative view of Trump and 20% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Clinton.  This Presidential election might just depend on which candidate the public despises the least come November, but either way, it’s a good bet the nation will end up regretting its choice. 

(“November Election Could Rest on Who Voters Hate Least, Trump or Clinton” dated May 6, 2016 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/november-election-could-rest-on-who-voters-hate-least-trump-or-clinton/ )

 

As the old saying goes, “where there’s smoke there’s always fire”, and in the case of Hillary Clinton it is more true now than it ever has been, seemingly with new revelations about her e-mails and corruption in the Clinton Foundation coming out almost every day.  Also like the EveryReady Bunny that just keeps “going and going”, Hillary Clinton is determined to continue her life-long quest for the White House amidst what seems to be more and more scandal.   While any ‘normal’ person might devote their efforts towards clearing their name and restoring their reputation, apparently there’s no shame in Hillary; just the ultra-ambition of winning the White House at all costs.  It’s a personal obsession that she just can’t control, like telling lies, which has always been an obsession she couldn’t control.  Piling one on top of another throughout her entire career, she has tried to cover up the corruption that has been part and parcel of the Clinton’s world.  Americans are also tired of the same old Democrat Party non-solutions to America’s problems, currently and predictably being offered up by the former Secretary of State - more taxes, bigger government, and more regulation.  It seems Americans might also be yearning for some other ‘interesting man’ to try to get the United States back onto the right path, and off of the path that Barack Obama has put our once great nation onto: a path of socialism, weakness, international ridicule, and failure.  Whether or not businessman Donald Trump can succeed in “making America great again” remains to be seen, but one has to admit it’s likely going to be much more entertaining and interesting than listening to Hillary Clinton for the next four to eight years drone on in her ‘fingernails scraping the blackboard’ voice.  Whether there will be a general house cleaning of Congress and the Senate that takes place in November is unknown, but one thing Republican voters need to keep in mind is that their standard-bearer is going to need a House and Senate under Republican control to help him achieve his agenda.  Perhaps a ‘selective’ house cleaning is in order, making sure that any Republicans tossed out on their ears are replaced with another Republican.   We simply cannot allow the Democrats to regain control of either chamber of the legislature.  Democrats cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of the United States if they are placed in control of anything.  The last time Democrats were in control of either the House or the Senate we had ObamaCare given to us by then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a piece of legislation that has turned into a disaster for America.  Even though ObamaCare is probably the worst piece of legislation every concocted by any legislature in American history, the Democrats will never admit to that or work with Republicans to replace it.  To do so would be to admit that they were a bunch of idiots to vote for it in the first place.  They would rather see Americans continue to suffer under the ObamaCare abomination than to do what’s right for the country.   If Hillary Clinton is able to avoid prosecution and succeed in November in her quest for the White House, she will do whatever she can to try to ‘enhance’ ObamaCare, furthering America’s pain for the foreseeable future.  After all, universal health care was the pet project of First Lady Hillary Clinton during her husband’s administration, and then as now it was a complete failure.  Hillary Clinton is the most “unimaginative and uninteresting woman in the world.” 

(“The Most Uninteresting Woman in the World” by D.W. Wilber dated May 9, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/dwwilber/2016/05/09/the-most-uninteresting-woman-in-the-world-n2160064 )

 

America is the greatest nation that has ever existed: we saved the world three times; we’ve helped hundreds of millions of people become free; we put a man on the moon and we stand alone with the world’s strongest economy to go along with the world’s best military.  Yet the once great military is so overburdened with restrictive rules of engagement, meddling politicians and lawyers making decisions about whom soldiers in the field can kill that our troops go into every fight with one hand tied behind their backs.  The world’s best economy is not what it once was.  Over the last ten years, our economy has grown at the slowest rate since the Great Depression.  Our labor force participation rate is at a paltry 62.8%, which is a 38 year low.  Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is printing money like it’s going out of style while our country can no longer function without enormous amounts of borrowed money that we never intend to pay back.  Eventually, the interest rates of the money we’re borrowing are going to skyrocket and we’ll soon get to the point where we can’t afford to pay for Medicare and Social Security.  Meanwhile, teachers’ unions have destroyed our public school system.  In places like Detroit where liberals hold total sway, 93% of students are not proficient in reading and 96% are not proficient in math.  The public school systems are failing so many of these kids, taking away their bright futures and leaving them with ashes.  Furthermore, the kids who do make it to college are taught by communists, terrorists like Bill Ayers, and other degenerates.  They’re taught that capitalism, the system responsible for building the greatest economy the world has ever seen, is terrible while socialism which produced nightmares like Cuba, North Korea and the Soviet Union is “nice” and “fair” and “best for everyone.”  They’re taught about “microaggressions” and “safe spaces” and are told they need written consent to have sex, something human beings have been managing without paperwork since time began.  Our culture has become so backwards and depraved that many of us have become unable to figure out what gender people are any more.  Christianity, and capitalism that made this into a great nation while they encourage drug use, hedonism and every warped idea known to man.  Even though we have it better than anyone else, it’s still not as perfect as some people say it can be.  Much of the rest of the world would gladly trade places with Americans, and many of them are here illegally.  Our politicians are mostly sociopaths and the sons of rich men who have given up on tackling America’s real problems and have become obsessed with trivia instead.  They may not know how to fix the debt or do anything else right, but they have some strong opinions on what the team name of the Redskins should be or whether a 150-year old Civil War statue should be pulled down.  This is what we’ve done with a great nation handed to us on a silver platter by our ancestors.  A beacon of light, a city on a hill, a shelter from the storm of tyranny and utter poverty that grips so much of the rest of the planet, and we’re systematically destroying, decimating and degrading everything they built.  Despite the hubris that comes from growing up in a nation where we’ve enjoyed the fruits of other people’s labor, we haven’t proven to be as wise as the Founding Fathers were.  They were interested in turning this country into a great power; now we’re interested in using that power.  They came up with a system that kept us free and well governed for hundreds of years; now we spend our time looking for loopholes in that system that we can exploit.  They pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to make this country work; and now we laugh at honor and try to figure out how to get something for nothing.  The Founding Fathers knew that the future was brighter than the past for America.  We should be ashamed of what we’ve done with this great legacy that was passed on to us by men better than ourselves. 

(“How Conservatives See America” by John Hawkins dated May 10, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2016/05/10/how-conservatives-see-america-n2160641 )

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first.  Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours, and we, while being fair to them, must do the same. We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.” Donald Trump said in a speech on foreign policy.  Trump has positioned himself as a champion of the silent middle-class majority and has differentiated himself from his likely opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton.  You’d think it would be a no-brainer for a U.S. Presidential candidate to prioritize American interests.  The middle class has long been exploited by the policies of the establishment elites who control Washington and other Western democracies.  American workers have seen their wages stagnate, or have lost their jobs, under the pretext of tolerating an influx of immigrants willing to work for less.  They’ve watched as special-interest groups have brought unwarranted attention to fringe issues.  The middle class has also seen its jobs shipped overseas.  The 50 biggest companies in the United States “have stashed more than a trillion dollars offshore and used more than 1,600 subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid billions of dollars in tax each year.”  American leadership leans hard on the middle-class worker bees who quietly and diligently pay their taxes so that the government can spend recklessly, with little to show for their spending and little accountability.  The middle class could form the most powerful political action committee in the U.S., except that the average middle-class voter is too busy trying to keep his or her head above water from day to day.  With special interests dominating American politics, it’s been years since any leader was willing to step up and champion the middle class.  The success of the Trump campaign is evidence of a reawakening of the middle-class voice in America the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Reagan years.  Of course, when the working class supports a leader who places their interests above those of the establishment elites, there’s bound to be a backlash.  Establishment elites have good reason to worry about Trump’s “America First” platform.  While they share a legitimate gripe with the middle class about tax rates, America’s wealthy have chosen to further their own interests rather than close ranks with the middle class and use their political clout to effect change for the good of all.  Globalization has its indisputable advantages, such as ease of communication and movement, but the concept has careened off the rails.  A call to order is long overdue, and Trump is intent on leading that initiative.  The silent and oppressed majority may be on the verge of getting their voice back, so it’s no wonder America’s rich and powerful are worried. 

(“’America First’ is a battle cry for the oppressed middle class” by Rachel Marsden dated May 11, 2016 published by Right Wing News at http://rightwingnews.com/column-2/america-first-battle-cry-oppressed-middle-class/ )

In meetings at all levels of government, representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), planning groups, and federal agents surround elected representatives and insist that their policies have nothing to do with international agendas.  They regularly publish reports and rail against anyone even mentioning the names Agenda 21 or the new Agenda 2030.  Here are six issues that are rarely connected to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development (especially when we are assured that Agenda 21 has nothing to do with local, state or federal government policy).  However, these seemingly unrelated policies, once implemented, help enforce the stated Agenda 21 goal of “reorganizing human society.”

·    Global Warming/Climate Change - It has been so discredited in the true scientific community that proponents have become almost hysterical in their continued attempts to enforce Climate Change policy.  Agenda 21 policy is built on the premise that man is destroying the Earth and Climate Change is their “proof.”  To eliminate that premise is to remove all credibility and purpose for their entire agenda.  They are willing to go to any length, even lies, to keep the climate change foot on our throats.  On the local level this translates into planning policy that controls energy use and the efforts to cut down on the use of cars, enforcement of the building of expensive light rail train systems and bike paths and installation of smart meters, etc. In their own words:

o   “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”Christine Stewart (Former Canadian Minister of the Environment)

o   “We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” Timothy Wirth (President, UN Foundation)

o   “It doesn’t matter what is true. It only matters what people believe is true.” Paul Watson (Co-Founder of Green Peace.)

·    Fear of over population - Fear is the central driving force behind every Sustainable policy initiative.  It’s the real force behind Stack and Pack Smart Growth cities.  The only real growth in the US population in recent years has been from immigration, legal or otherwise.  Open border immigration policy is actually implementation of Agenda 21 as part of the drive to destroy national sovereignty and “nation states.”  Studies have shown that there is no worldwide over population crisis.  Over population, and its accompanying environmental degradation, is a problem primarily in countries where the poor are deprived by government to improve their conditions.  Nations that refuse to legalize private property ownership for the masses are a primary reason for growing poverty.  Sustainablists work to keep these nations from developing or increasing energy use, thereby keeping them poor.  Green regulations stop the building of infrastructure.  They panic at the idea of increased energy use in developing nations.  Instead of working to solve the real problems, the root of poverty, they exploit the excuse of over population and advocate enforcing polices to drastically reduce populations.  China’s one child policy of forced abortions and sterilization has become their model.  In their own words:

o   “Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.” David Brower (Sierra Club)

o   “A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At a more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.”UN Global Biodiversity Assessment.

·    The destruction of the free market system - We have heard statement after statement from the UN; from members of Congress; the news media; and from Hollywood, all deriding the free market system as evil, corrupt and a tool of the rich to hold down the poor.  Redistribution of wealth is behind every policy that comes out of the UN, and now the Obama Administration as well.  The EPA is the attack dog to shut down entire industries like coal.  Environmental protection is always the excuse, even when Obama’s own State Department said the Keystone Pipeline was not an environmental threat.  At the UN’s Rio + 20 Summit held in 2012, the idea of “Zero Economic Growth” was advocated - just to keep things fair.  It was stated that even the building of new roads upsets the status quo and disrupts a well ordered society.  Such idiotic ideas are the driving force behind Sustainable Development.  Yet, consider “local” planning programs that cut off access roads, and again, discourage cars.  Pretty hard to have economic growth without industry. The timber industry is killed and communities die. Dams are torn down and farmers disappear.  In their own words:

o   “We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, (Earth First).

o   “Global sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control” Professor Maurice King (Population Control Advocate)

o   “We believe planning should be a tool for allocating resources…and eliminating the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society… because the free market has proven itself incapable of doing this.”Plannersnetwork.org Statement of Principles. the American Planning Association is a member and supporter of these principles. 

·    Cheap Energy is the enemy of the Earth - To the average person the drive to stop any ability to obtain cheap energy makes no sense because: jobs are lost; people are hurting economically; and energy costs are skyrocketing.  Any attempt to drill oil, fracking of shale gas, and mining coal are all vigorously blocked by government and green policy.  Yet the government spends billions of dollars on “alternative energy” such as wind and solar, which provides less than 3% of our energy needs.  The motivation is to put such shackles on the US economic engine which drives up CO2 emissions and accelerates global warming - the excuse necessary to “harmonize” the US into the socialist, Sustainable global noose.  Many current state and local policies now are moving to increase taxes at the gas pump to keep energy costs high.  Obama just issued an Executive Order to ban any off shore drilling of oil.  So, just as the consumer started to get a break at the pump, higher taxes and Obama’s action will force prices back up.  As the prices rise the “planners” will insist that the only solution is to enforce the building of expensive public transportation.  The fear of cheap energy goes beyond environmental protection, energy availability helps build wealth for individuals and removes them from the rolls of the dependent, the opposite goal of sustainable policy.  In their own words:

o   “Giving society cheap, abundant energy is the worst thing that could ever happen to the planet.” Prof. Paul Ehrlich (Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University).

o   “Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.” Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute). 

o   “The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.” Jeremy Rifkin (Greenhouse Crisis Foundation). 

·    Common Core - Those who are promoting what they call the Agenda for the 21st Century understand that it is going to be a long drawn out process.  To “reform” a nation created on the ideals of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty into one that unquestioningly accepts government top down control will take time and a determined effort.  There’s no room in a Sustainablist society for those who believe that we were born with our rights and that government’s job is to protect those rights.  The sustainable system says government will grant us our rights.  To enforce such a radical turn around of our society requires that the children be indoctrinated to accept it.  The original American education system effectively provided an overall academic education from which students could choose their own futures.  Today, the new curriculum has morphed into what is called Common Core, a State run central curriculum that revamps schools into little more than job training and indoctrination centers.  Today’s public education system is also designed to strip the children of their attitudes, values and beliefs that parents may have instilled, and indoctrinate them into accepting global values - global citizenship and a global economy based on the sustainable agenda.  Little of American civics and history are taught in today’s classroom, but text books contain whole chapters on the Five Pillars of Islam, while ignoring the 10 Commandments of Christianity.  The children are fed an unending diet of the evils of capitalism; the selfishness of individualism, and the social justice of redistribution of wealth.  It punishes students for possessing individuality and is designed to eliminate such natural human tendencies.  That is the “common” in Common Core. Common values, common goals, common future.  Common Core is the nationally dictated curriculum necessary for the acceptance and implementation of Agenda 21.  Of course, we still elect local school boards pretending they have some say over the curriculum.  It makes us all feel safer for our children.  Today nearly every adult up to the age of 40 has gone through this indoctrination, trained to accept a future chosen for them by someone else.  In their own words:

o   “First, a vision of the kind of national—not federal—human resources development system the nation could have. This is interwoven with a new approach to governing that should inform that vision. What is essential is that we create a seamless web of opportunities to develop one’s skills that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone…” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state, and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”   Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy in November, 1992.

·    Healthcare - Google “Sustainable Medicine” and you will find more than 5,850,000 English language references to the subject. Read through the ideas expressed there and you will find nearly every provision of ObamaCare.  An expert on Sustainable Medicine, the late Dr. Madeleine Cosman, put it this way: “Sustainable Medicine + Sustainable Development = Duty to Die.”  Sustainable medicine makes decisions through visioning councils that determine what shall be done or not done to each body in its group in its native habitat.  Sustainable medicine is the pivot around which all other Sustainable Development revolves.  Principle #1 of the Rio Declaration that introduced Agenda 21 is that all humans must live in harmony with nature. The translation means rationing healthcare, low technology for health care treatment and emphasis on medical care not cure.  That will lead to population reduction, as called for in Agenda 21.

These are the issues that are not usually discussed or connected to Agenda 21.  Yet they are being implemented, step by step, by local planners in policies that are approved by befuddled elected representatives.  It’s all driven through pressure from private NGO groups and funded by federal grants.  That’s how it’s done, constantly driven a little bit with each innocent sounding idea.  Americans must understand and connect these dots to everyday issues so they can clearly see the root and long term goals of these policies that are affecting our personal lives.  Elected representatives at every level of government must come to understand that legislative actions have consequences far beyond their understanding.  Agenda 21 is the “common core” and it has already invaded every level of our society, and our battle cry must be to stop this monster or watch freedom perish. 

(“Six Issues That Are Agenda 21” by Tom Deweese dated May 10, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/six-issues-that-are-agenda-21 )

 

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.  No updates have been made this week to the issue sections.

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/