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 May 27, 2017

 

Donald Trump has done a truly outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton.  His not being Hillary Clinton was and remains my sole expectation of Donald Trump’s presidency.  Nothing else matters in the end; it is enough that Trump foiled Felonia von Pantsuit’s creepy scheme to subjugate forever the deplorable mass of normal people she despises.  The ObamaCare repeal, tax reform, plus appointees of the quality of Gorsuch, Mattis and McMaster, and his lower court appointments are merely icing on the red velvet cake of Trump’s not-being-Hillaryhood.  We must be careful not to confuse the lies of the media and their Democrat masters, repeated by the Never Trumper geek chorus, with problems Trump himself caused.  No matter what Trump does, he will always be portrayed as evil, awful, criminal, and/or treasonous.  It doesn’t matter if he does something good.  It’s doesn’t matter if Obama famously did the same thing, or worse.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an outright and obvious lie.  It will never stop. The soft coup plotters’ plan is to generate a constant barrage of bullSchumer designed to eventually browbeat the weak-hearted among the GOP into going along with their impeachment scheme as the first step on the road to the left retaking power and consolidating it so that we normals can never again have our voices heard.  No evidence of actual wrong doing has leaked out after nearly a year of investigations, and none has, as that wizened crone Diane Feinstein and that gold standard of stupidity Maxine Waters have been forced to admit.  If Trump did collude with the Russians, we’d see a zillion leaks about the damning evidence from the intelligence community, and currently unemployed nut job James Comey would have been pressing for indictments, but nothing has happened.  The facts are perfectly in synch with these allegations not being true, and utterly at odds with the allegations being true.  Just watch how Robert Mueller becomes part of the conspiracy when he comes back with nothing on the President.  The left will flip against him even faster than it did toward Comey when that towering dork got canned.  Trump needs to start rewarding loyalty while punishing disloyalty, do some housecleaning, and get himself a competent Chief of Staff who is focused on running the staff instead of running his mouth to the enemy.  Every day Trump is in office is another day Hillary is not in office, and that’s a win.

(“Donald Trump Has Done An Amazing Job At His Most Important Job” by Kurt Schlichter dated May 22, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/05/22/donald-trump-has-done-an-amazing-job-at-his-most-important-job-n2330044 )

What has happened since his election is the equivalent of an attempted media coup d’état.  According to the Media Research Center (MRC), 89% of the coverage of President Trump by the network news programs of CBS, NBC and ABC has been negative.  According to the MRC’s Rich Noyes, “the elite liberal media do not think that Donald Trump is worthy of being president.  They don’t like his policies.  They don’t like his character.”  The media smell blood in the Potomac River.  They sense the President they hate could be removed from office.  Never mind that he won a landslide, winning electoral votes in 31 states.  The media hate the President’s agenda and they hate that he defied their wishes and expectations by winning last November.  In the last few days, liberal media outlets, Washington Post and New York Times, have released supposedly damaging information regarding the President.  The first story, by the Washington Post, alleged that the President divulged classified information with the Russian Foreign Minister in a White House meeting.  This has been denied by General H.R. McMaster, the National Security Adviser, and by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  In addition, the President can release any information he deems necessary and is not violating any laws.  The second story was that fired FBI Director James Comey kept detailed records of his meetings with President Trump.  Reportedly, in one meeting, the President said to Comey that he “hoped” that the FBI would drop their investigation into fired National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.  Congressional Democrats and even some Republicans are now claiming “obstruction of justice,” discussing Watergate, the need for special prosecutors and even impeachment, despite Comey not seeing this as obstruction of justice.  This type of fantasy talk is being fueled by the leftist media, who desperately want to drive President Trump from office.  The media succeeded in forcing President Richard Nixon from office and they hate Donald Trump much more.  While Barack Obama was treated like a king, Donald Trump is treated like a criminal.  While this diversion is happening, the President’s accomplishments are being ignored as the mainstream news media are working overtime to take down a legitimately elected President. In the process, objective journalism is now officially dead.  In response to this media feeding frenzy, the President needs to eliminate the press briefings.  It is time to treat the media as the enemy they are.  The media do not care about the President’s domestic or foreign policy achievements.  All they care to do is to perpetuate the so-called Russian collusion story.  At this point, the American people must realize that the media have lost any semblance of balance.  It could be why recent polls show that members of the media are not trusted and rank just above used car salesmen among all professions.  The only media giving the President any semblance of fair treatment is Fox News, talk radio and certain Internet sites.  From now on, the President needs to stop giving interviews to the mainstream news outlets.  The members of the Trump administration should boycott those shows as well and only give interviews to fair and balanced programs, which are few and far between.  The President needs his communication staff to be more aggressive and respond quickly and vigorously to false media stories.  During this media firestorm, it is a battle for the survival of the Trump administration and his reform agenda.  The media, political establishment, and bureaucratic deep state will stop at nothing to derail the President.  President Trump must battle back against the media and overhaul his team for there are many pitched battles looming on the horizon.

(“President Must Declare War on Media, the True Enemy” by Jeff Crouere dated May 20, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffcrouere/2017/05/20/president-must-declare-war-on-media-the-true-enemy-n2329578 )

 

The presidential election of 2016, aside from the overwhelming and devastating affect it inflicted on Democrats and their supporters, reminded the political class, media and celebrity culture that there is still a powerful force out there.  Some refer to them as the silent majority, others, the sleeping giant, and also the forgotten Americans.  Patriots who have been watching and waiting, and at long last reached their limit of patience and frustration, and in defiance of the political party they inherited from their parents, finally made a history-making decision for change and did so with their vote for Donald Trump.  The White Working Class (WWC) American has over the last several decades, but especially the last eight years of the Obama administration, bore the brunt of insults and innuendo of the cultural elite, and have often been accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and lest we forget are nothing more than a basket of “Deplorables”.  These Americans have endured the slings and arrows of the outrageous liberal establishment, who thinks of themselves as guardians of truth and tolerance, but in reality are nothing more than self-righteous hypocrites with illusions of grandeur.  During the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton preferred to concentrate her efforts in blue state communities where the democrat base waited with bated breath on her every word.  She apparently had no use for the WWC.  Donald Trump felt compassion or some hidden affinity with the WWC, made a brilliant strategic campaign move and stood before large crowds of cheering and energetic people yearning for freedom from want and recognition as Americans.  Trump was able to connect with this segment of the population; he spoke to their needs and aspirations, and did so with bravado and boldness, using gesture and language that they accepted with roars of approval.  The White Working Class American has suffered from economic stagnation, loss of jobs and in many cases their dignity.  The Democrat party of their forefathers didn’t notice or perhaps care about their situation, and added to their misery by supporting the Obama administration’s policies that in some cases had negative effects on their lives, and also their support for NAFTA which increased immigration and imposed strict environmental regulations, leading to lower wages and the disruption of the carbon industry.  Unlike the inhabitants of the coastal states, in many respects, the WWC prefers to stay anchored to their hometowns.  Most are church going Christians, and hold God, family, and the traditional values they share with the people they know, as vital elements in maintaining structure and stability in their lives.  It is not a desire for wealth and riches that the WWC endeavors to achieve, but fairness and the opportunity to acquire what we all strive for, the American dream; life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.  In a recent survey conducted by the Atlantic and Public Religion Research Institute, the results revealed it was more than just economic frustration, jobs and anxiety that motivated the WWC to vote for Donald Trump.  Cultural uncertainty, apprehension, threat to religious liberty, and fear that their country is devolving into a corrupt and morally bankrupt nation, was on the top of their list of issues. The survey found that 68% of WWC and 55% of the general public believed the country is “in danger of losing its cultural identity”.

(“Working Class America and the Collapse of America’s Traditional Values” by Bob Pascarella dated May 19, 2017 published by iPatriot at http://ipatriot.com/working-class-america-collapse-americas-traditional-values/ )

The Democrat Party such a cesspit of hypocrisy because of "disconfirmatory reality,” meaning the failure of reality to conform to their beliefs. This leads to all sorts of mischief and worse.  Left wing thinker Noam Chomsky said that President Trump and the Republican Party represent a worse threat to humanity than ISIS; NBC news reader Lester Holt interrupted the President of the United States nine times in three minutes; some art professor announced that Republicans in Congress should be lined up and shot; and exactly none of the media players, from the New York Times to CBS and the Huffington Post, all of which had spent weeks enthusiastically berating Sarah Palin for suggesting the Republicans target a few House districts for election purposes protested repeated calls for Trump's assassination or saw anything wrong with any of the rest of it.  This behavior stands in stark contrast to what Republicans do when they lose elections: no serious conservative, for example, advocated that Obama be shot; tea party gatherings never turned into riots; and even fringe right wing sites generally talk more about issues than personalities.  Democrats are the party of liberal progressivism: the party that inveighs endlessly against racism but embraces eugenics, spawned the KKK, and rewards people like Al Sharpton; the party that accuses its enemies of Nazism but embraces the Moslem Brotherhood and accepts both funding and direction from the only self confessed and unrepentant Nazi in American politics; the party that sees working Americans as deplorable embarrassments to their own enlightened community for their imagined illiteracy, homophobia and misogyny but reflexively defends Islam's right to enslave a billion women and stone deviants in the public square; and the party that fervently believes all forms of socialism morally better than the Christian ethos built into the American Constitution despite socialism's unbroken record of devolution to mass murder, social stagnation, and the effective enslavement of more than 99% of the people by less than 1%.  When events disprove a cult's major belief is that some adherents drop out; a majority first reshape their vision of reality to accommodate both their belief and an edited version of reality and then either gradually fade out of the cult or double down on their efforts to find confirmatory opinion by compromising others; and, a few set out to force others to act as if the belief stands unchallenged.  Among the last group, the nature and duration of the disproof process matters: the more abrupt and final the disproof, the more violent the reaction, leading, in the extreme, to Jonestown events in which mothers murder their own children rather than face reality.  Where that disproof is gradual and cumulative, however, the extreme group both grows as some majority members find social support by edging into the extremist camp, and loses its inhibitions against the organizational use of dishonesty, crime, and violence at roughly the rate at which the belief loses market share in the society they either belong or aspire to, a classic slippery slope political and media players are particularly susceptible to because the pre-existing professional community amplifies their ability to provide their own social support while shutting out contrary voices.  The key elements that have to be in place for the true believers to slide toward dishonesty and violence are personal commitment to the belief, undeniable disproof, and enough rationality for the person to know that the belief has been disproven.  That two of these are in place with the Trump victory deniers is obvious: most of the journalists and others attacking Trump in particular and Republicans in general have overwhelming, long term commitments to the progressive cause.  This despite the fact that every major attempt to act on those beliefs, whether by Uncle Joe, Chairman Mao, the Kim Dynasty in North Korea, or that great hero and champion of the poor, Hugo Chavez, has turned into a murderous regime corrupting everyone and everything it touched.  Whether most of these people are rational enough to comprehend the truth that they can't acknowledge is a much more difficult question, in part of course because they can't be rational on the subject.  So far, the number of dedicated leftists in politics and the media who have voluntarily gone to Cuba, Canada, or a V.A. hospital for superior health care remains, like the number voluntarily paying higher total taxes or offering lands and beaches they own for windfarm development, as close to zero as it is possible to get.  Thus the behavioral explanation for the fact that conservatives will generally accept electoral defeat gracefully whereas Democrats eagerly embrace hypocrisy, corruption, dishonesty and even violence to continue the fight by any means necessary is simply this: reality supports conservative belief, but pushes leftists down the slippery slope to the insanity of Trump derangement syndrome.  Reality forces Democrats to continually choose between recognizing the emptiness and historical absurdity of their core beliefs or holding themselves hostage to those beliefs by escalating their commitment, no matter what foul means may be required to make reality conform to their fantasy.

(“Democrats in the Cesspits of Despair” by Paul Murphy dated May 21, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/democrats_in_the_cesspits_of_despair.html )

 

Partisanship certainly works well for the Democrats when it comes to shaping public opinion and influencing policy. It’s a discipline the Democrats have developed into an art form.  Despite all the talk about reaching “across the aisle,” the Democrats never do. They never yield; they almost never vote for a Republican nominee unless they have safe political cover, they virtually never support a Republican initiative.  They hold together with amazing public unanimity when it comes to opposing Republican proposals and bills.  Republicans, on the other hand, are far weaker as a party, nowhere near as steeled and uncompromising with regards to doing battle with the opposition as the Democrats.  The other side is never going to give you credit for being so-called “reasonable” and adopting their position.  The point is, one almost never sees a high-profile Democrat breaking ranks in this way with public comments damaging to their own party.  Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Elijah Cumming all spout a perfectly in-tune Democrat line, every time, every day, no cracks, no exceptions.  Their partisanship is perfect, faultless, and pure on every issue.  There is never the slightest give or compromise or movement towards common ground.  This intentional inflexibility yields them huge benefits: by striking a harder, unblinking posture, when there is any give to be given, it’s the Republicans who always give in first.  Once a policy is proposed or a nominee presented, the Democrats unfailingly take a uniform position: all their talking points are coordinated, there is no public dissention among them or in-house squabbles that inadvertently leak out.  Above all, their positions are presented as being unarguably superior, more beneficial to the country and more morally evenhanded and compassionate for the populace. There may have been debates and arguments about ObamaCare amongst Democrats behind closed doors, but the Democrats’ public face was one of complete support for the plan. Contrast that to the Republicans’ well-publicized bickering and inability to agree on an ObamaCare replacement bill of their own, a public disagreement that gave the Democrats and the liberal media ample ammunition with which to criticize what they saw as the Republicans’ inexcusable lack of preparedness and forethought on the matter.  Democrat Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer never gives an inch to the other side.  The liberal media support Democrats when they hold the process hostage in support of a party position, but the mainstream media would never do that do for the Republicans.  The Democrats see bipartisanship as nothing more than misguided weakness and any legislation that results from it as being bad for the country and bad for their electoral fortunes.  They are justifiably secure in the knowledge that the liberal mainstream media will cast their down-the-line partisan positions as being unified around a solid core of laudable values, while characterizing Republicans who differ from their conservative orthodoxy as proof of the questionable merits of their party’s positions.  Partisanship works for the Democrats.  It makes them tougher to defeat as political opponents, because there is no weak entry point.  It strengthens their advantage with a sympathetic liberal media, who cite their uniformity of publicly-stated opinion as proof of the correctness of their views.  The Democrats pay no penalty for their intransigence on policy compromise.  The liberal media criticize the Republicans’ failure to compromise with Democrats, when in reality, if any compromise takes place at all, it’s virtually always the result of Republicans giving in, as the recent budget negotiations have shown.  There is no incentive for the Democrats to be bipartisan, in either getting favored legislation passed or improving their public image.  They can hold tight to their positions knowing that any give will come from the Republicans and being confident that the influence of the mainstream media will always redound to their benefit by casting the Democrats in a favorable light.  The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, late night TV (Kimmel, Colbert et al.) never even pretend to be balanced and objective.  As an example, CNN is 96% anti-Trump and has no qualms about it because it serves their larger purpose, getting Trump out of office by any means possible.  They feel that Republicans in general and Trump in particular are equal parts evil and incompetent and it is now the self-appointed duty of the liberal mainstream media to favor the Democrats.  The news reporting/editorial opinion line has been permanently and intentionally erased by the liberal media and Democrat politicians know this, which is why their extreme partisanship will never be cited as a negative by the media.  Partisanship is a winning strategy for the Democrats and there’s absolutely no reason to believe it will change in the foreseeable future.

(“Partisanship Works – for the Democrats” by Steve Feinstein dated May 20, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/partisanship_works__for_the_democrats.html  )

If society understood the reality of collectivism instead of the promise of collectivism then their support for collectivism would vanish.  The elite globalist leaders selling collectivism know this to be true and so they have had to rebrand collectivism as Globalism.  The successful marketing of collectivism requires the names to change from already rejected Communism and faltering Socialism (Venezuela) to the promise of a New World Order renamed Globalism that disingenuously pledges social justice and income equality.  It is the new word for the old lie about collectivism, that surrendering individual rights and national sovereignty will deliver social justice and income equality.  The Islamization of Europe and the West demonstrates how mass social indoctrination toward collectivism leads to cultural suicide and the death of the individual.  Europe’s surrender of its national sovereignty began after WWII with the 1957 Treaty of Rome that created the European Economic Committee (EEC) which eventually became the European Union (EU) of today.  Internationalizing Europe’s sovereign nation states into the EU left the United States as the single greatest obstacle to one-world government.  The left-wing liberal agenda seeks to destroy the socio-political capitalist infrastructure of America and transform it into a dependent European-style socialist state with cradle to grave control by the government.  Their strategy is to destroy American democracy by dismantling the supporting American institutions of family, religion, and education that promote independence, adulthood, individualism, and ego strength - the same qualities that made America great.  Ayn Rand warns us: “Socialism is not a movement of the people. It is a movement of the intellectuals, originated, led and controlled by the intellectuals, carried by them out of their stuffy ivory towers into those bloody fields of practice where they unite with their allies and executors: the thugs.”  American education, our elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities, are a specific target and field of practice.  The anarchists, socialists, and hippies of the 60s have become the teachers and professors now indoctrinating their students toward collectivism.  The problem, of course, is that these narcissistic intellectuals have never lived under collectivist tyranny - they are armchair pundits living in subjective reality. Anyone interested in the objective reality of collectivism should be listening to those who have escaped from its tyrannical rule.  The entire narrative of the Left is designed to induce regression through educational indoctrination and the media - as Hillary Clinton famously remarked they need “an unaware compliant public.”  Unaware and compliant are the hallmarks of childhood.  The pitch might sound good to a childish mind who is seduced by candy from a stranger but the adult mind understands the sinister end-game.  Once the public is entirely dependent on the government they lose all individual rights and national sovereignty as the socialized state becomes part of the internationalized one-world government.  One-world government is the big lie of the 21st century.  It promises redistribution of wealth and social justice.  The left-wing liberal lemmings are the useful idiots who are too arrogant to understand that they are participating in their own destruction.  They have been indoctrinated to believe they are fighting for “social justice” when in fact they are helping to establish the dystopian nightmare of one-world government where there is no middle class, no upward mobility, no national sovereignty, and no individual freedoms.  There is only the ruling elite and the enslaved population who service them.  Education and the media, particularly television, are the greatest vehicle for mass social engineering ever invented.  The Hollywood glitterati and the protesting hoards should take a pause and understand there is no place for them in the New World Order.  The Left and the Islamists have common cause in trying to destroy America from within, but it is the globalist elites who finance and disingenuously facilitate both groups because the social chaos they each engender is a prerequisite for imposing globalist one-world government.  For the globalist elite, whether in Europe or in America, the Left and the Islamists are both useful idiots.  Socialism will never provide social justice, it will only provide the pathway to one-world government where no individual rights or self-determination exist.  Socialism strips the individual of his selfness and transforms that individual into property of the state.  The individual who willingly forfeits his selfness for socialism has been successfully persuaded to stop being an individual, because socialism is not a free ride, it is slavery.

(“Globalism: Persuading the Individual to Stop Being an Individual” by Linda Goudsmit dated May 22, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/globalism-persuading-the-individual-to-stop-being-an-individual )

What is so inflammatory about calling the abstractly dubbed "war on terror" a war of civilizations?   The aggressors are clearly claiming to represent an identifiable civilization in their attempts to annihilate another identifiable civilization.   The only way to avoid the obvious conclusion is to deny that those aggressors are "really" representing their civilization. One civilization, the one in which we find nations governed (to varying degrees) under the tenets of Islamic law, has somehow managed to foster and perpetuate a subculture of murderous hatred for all resistance to the genuine Islamic ideal of a global caliphate.  This civilization has coughed up generations of venomous phlegm in the form of ever more radical terrorist factions, alliances, and loose affiliations, which have wrought havoc on almost every continent on the globe, killing, maiming, and raping untold thousands of victims, while severely disrupting life, liberty, and peace of mind for millions more.  The general citizenry of this civilization, though not themselves participating in such violence, have shown remarkably high levels of acceptance of, and sympathy with, the terrorists and their alleged cause, which is a legitimate Islamic cause, the global caliphate.  The other civilization is the prime target of the violence and hatred spewed forth by the first, for the obvious reason that they are perceived as an obstacle, the primary obstacle, to the establishment of the global caliphate.  The first civilization has a well documented past of violent fanaticism.  The fanaticism currently dubbed "Islamic terrorism," "radical Islam," or what have you has a long and unbroken history.  It is connected to the religion's holy book, but perhaps even more so to the specific biography of its figurehead, and even to its traditional language, Arabic.  The second civilization has its own accusers and critics, its own history of fanatical behavior and violence, but therein lies a significant difference.  The fanaticisms of the Judeo-Christian world, or at least the ones that might lead to widespread death cults equivalent to ISIS, are a thing of the distant past.  Modernity moderated those urges, as men in this second civilization found the boons of peaceful coexistence to outweigh the compulsion to enforce God's will with the earthly sword of righteousness.  To put this in a way that some Christians may dislike, the modern West arrived at the point of realizing that as much as one may adhere to one's faith, there are other goods to which one may also adhere, which require a softening of religious extremism in any area where such extremes might compel one to oppression and violence.  This is a war of civilizations, not just "Muslim vs. Christian," but medieval vs. modern, fanatical vs. moderate, dogmatic vs. rationalist.  There are Muslims who wish to modernize their lives and live in peace with the other civilization, even in many cases to embrace it.  Likewise, there are Jews and Christians who refuse to accept the moderation of faith in the name of political pluralism and tolerance.  This would be true of any fundamental clash of civilizations.  There will be many on both sides who sympathize with the sensibility of the other or even side with the other.  This does not contradict the claim that civilizations are in conflict, but rather, it helps to draw attention to the fact.  When one civilization is under attack by the most radical elements within another civilization, it would seem that the only thing that could come of not identifying the problem openly would be a further brewing of radicalism under the protective cover of the victim civilization's "diplomatic language."  That has certainly been the case in this particular unacknowledged war of civilizations.  The West as a civilization has transcended the religious fanaticism that stymies societal development and favors dogmatic purity enforced with the sword over the growth of practical knowledge, productivity, and peace.  Nevertheless, the temptation to such fanatical devotion, with its tendencies toward intolerance of infidels and coercive dreams of world domination, remains within us, even in our so-called secular modern age.  The West's own manifestation of this fanatical hatred of everything the modern West represents has risen to such prominence that we have given it a name: progressivism.  Progressives, both the overt and the indoctrinated, find something inherently agreeable and charming in an Islamic civilization that inclines toward hatred of the West with its moderating inclinations, tolerance, and individual liberty.  Progressives are the ones who insist that this is not a civilizational war and that we must not call it one.  In their hearts, they sympathize with the other side and would hate to see it lose.  They would simply like to incorporate the other side into their own paradigm of anti-West destructiveness and their own form of world domination.  Progressives are learning the hard way that fanaticism doesn't work that way.  No accommodation, from arming Islamic rebels against secular Arab leaders to burying police reports of mass sexual assault in Western cities, will ever be enough.  The violence will not abate until the victim civilization has the courage to shuck off its progressive identification with the enemy and face the nature of the conflict openly.  This does not mean "hating Muslims," nor does it mean disrespecting the power of human belief that leads to fanatical devotion to one's cause.  It means refusing to accept fanaticism as a social norm.  It means demanding the moderation of such passions from anyone who wishes to live in, or work alongside, a modern, rationalist, liberty-loving civilization.  If Islam is found somehow incapable of achieving this general "modernizing" effect, so be it, then the necessary and rational conclusion would be that devout Muslims as devout Muslims cannot be assimilated into modern civilization.  Of course this is a civilizational war, whether our own neo-religious fanatics, the progressives, choose to acknowledge the fact or not.

(“The Non-War of Civilizations Erupts Again” by Daren Jonescu dated May 25, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/the_nonwar_of_civilizations_erupts_again.html )

 

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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/