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  August 13, 2016


Common sense was once at the center of public life in America.  The Founders believed we the people are capable of political self-rule by virtue of our common sense and our common prudence.  Placing their reliance on the fact that we govern our own individual lives by common sense, the Founders put you and me in charge of the government.  Common sense seems to have gone missing from American public life.  It is more than overlooked; it is under attack.  For example, public discourse was recently focused on the governing elite's rejection of the commonsense understanding that there is a difference between males and females with respect to access to public bathrooms and showers and on the governing elite's rejection of the commonsense understanding of the difference between the rights of American citizens and the rights of illegal aliens.  Congress passes legislation and courts make rulings all the time that violate the letter and the spirit of the Constitution.  The efforts to undermine the American idea have put us on the road not just to a post-constitutional America, but to a post-American America.  Those who attack the Founders' vision have gained so much ground that they are now attacking the foundation of the American Founding itself: common sense.  When Tom Paine wrote Common Sense, he relied on common sense to make the case for American independence.  If the challenge to common sense succeeds, who replaces the citizen as the sovereign, and what replaces common sense?  The sovereignty of the citizen is being replaced by rule by the gargantuan administrative state, and the common sense of the citizen is being replaced by the expertise of the bureaucrats who populate the administrative state.  The bureaucrats of the administrative state decide what we must do and what we cannot do.  When their mandates go against common sense, as when they force schools to allow students to use the bathrooms and showers of the opposite gender, common sense must yield.  As sovereignty passes from the citizen relying on common sense to the bureaucrat relying on their supposed expertise, a new understanding of the role of the citizen as voter is required.  The acceptable role for the voter is now as a new kind of consumer – a consumer of the political "narrative."  The administrative state and the members of the governing elite together shape and promote a narrative designed to provide the voters with a rationale for supporting what the bureaucrats and the elite have already decided on.  Not by coincidence, that narrative often seems designed mainly to overcome common sense.  Everyone knows that government is always and everywhere inefficient.  It's just common sense, and the result of everyone's experience of government.  The one thing government is really good at is wasting money.  Yet "the narrative" from the political elite and the bureaucratic experts about ObamaCare was that it was going to save money.  Estimates about how much lower insurance premiums would be were surprisingly precise, especially considering the fact that we commonly say "it was close enough for government work" when government estimates of costs go wide of the mark.  It is simple common sense that the governing elite's policy of importing huge numbers of refugees from the Middle East amounts to importing trouble and terrorism.  The only question before us is whether the common sense nation is only on the ropes or already down for the count.  We have an opportunity to decide the answer to that question this year.  We have a candidate for President, Donald Trump, who offers commonsense solutions and who calls himself a "common sense conservative."  His opponent, Hillary Clinton, perfectly represents cronyism and political corruption as well as the weird "nuanced globalist” upside-down thinking about boys and girls and bathrooms, about the need to import even more trouble from the Islamic world, about how even more taxes and government spending will solve our economic problems.  Maybe we can turn the country around, if enough people vote the right way.

(“America: The Common Sense Nation No More” by Robert Curry dated August 6, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/america_the_common_sense_nation_no_more.html )

Over half the country, even many who will have voted for Hillary Clinton, do not believe she is remotely honest.  Almost as many believe criminal charges should have been brought against her for her email scandal.  They are convinced, quite arguably, that were her name not Clinton, she would be in jail.  Many do not think Clinton is even a moral human being.  Any person who could lie to the parents of the dead over the fresh caskets of their sons, as Clinton has apparently done with the Benghazi victims, if you believe the testimony of the parents themselves as many of us do, has lost contact with basic human values.  So Hillary Clinton would be beginning her incumbency with an unprecedented level of distrust, even disgust, for an incoming President and it is hard to conceive how she could regain the public confidence necessary to govern.  She would undoubtedly do her best to ignore everything while a Damoclean sword in the form of the +/- 33,000 emails, depending on what transpires between now and November, hung over her head.  According to FBI Director Comey, her lawyers don't know what was in the emails either, even though they supposedly supervised their deletion.  It's also obvious from the mass releases so far from all sides that her server could have been permeated by who knows how many parties, state and non-state.  The Clinton Foundation may reveal information definitively tying the Clintons to treasonous activities with foreign companies, potential "high crimes and misdemeanors" of the kind we are beginning to learn about in the uranium business. An impeachment trial would follow that dwarfs in implications any such trials before.  People aren't going to stop looking for the truth if Hillary is elected, nor should they.  I desperately hope that Donald Trump will prevail, as unproven, erratic and self-destructive as he often is.  As Trump himself has said, it's not about him, it's about us.  So we must remember that our country is in trouble as never before, so we must vote for Donald Trump.

(“A Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Be An American Tragedy” by Roger L. Simon dated August 7, 2016 published by PJ Media at https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/08/07/hillary-clinton-american-tragedy/ )


The Politik is predicting that on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump will win a landslide election, to become the 45th President of the United States.  Obama had become the first African American ever to be elected president of the United States, winning the highest amount of votes (69.5 million) by any Presidential candidate in history.  Despite his historic nature and relative popularity, his margin of victory decreased from 2008.  The takeaway from the 2012 election, as it relates to 2016, is that Barack Obama was a once in a lifetime type of candidate: The first African-American candidate.  He was young.  He was fresh and his candidacy embodied the sort of ‘change’ that so many dissatisfied American’s felt following a long war in Iraq and the financial collapse of the U.S. housing market.  Hillary Clinton stands no chance of besting the numbers of Barack Obama from 2012.  She is far less popular.  She has far less charisma.  She does not inspire enthusiasm, and she comes with a lifetime of corrupt decisions and illegal behavior.  Trump is the most popular and captivating candidate the party has nominated since Ronald Reagan.  A successful businessman, Trump has been in the world spotlight for years and became a household name over the past decade with a successful reality TV show, ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’.  His name adorns buildings, casinos and resorts all over the world.  Everywhere he has gone, for over a year now, throngs of fans and voters stand in lines thousands deep and hours long.  Hillary inspires no confidence in voters.  Donald Trump has to turn away far more fans that Clinton can even draw at a campaign event.  One myth among the typical media narrative is that Republicans have a minority voter problem, but in reality, it’s the Democrats that do.  In 2012, when Barack Obama won only 51% of the vote, it took him winning the black vote 93-6, and it also required historically high turnout from that group.  Hillary, at minimum, needs to match Obama’s 93-6 margin with black voters, and needs every single black voter that turned out in 2012.  That isn’t going to happen.  When it comes to elections, the GOP has been faring better against Democrats over the last 7 years, than they ever have previously.  In 2010, the GOP took back the House of Representatives with a 63-seat pickup, and also grabbed control of 29 of 50 governorships and gained 690 seats in state legislatures.  Then in 2014, The Republicans won 16 seats from Democrats, while only three Republican-held seats turned Democratic. The Republicans achieved their largest majority in the House since 1928.  Combined with the Republican gains made in 2010, the total number of Democrat-held House seats lost under Barack Obama’s presidency in midterm elections rose to 77 with the 2014 midterms.  Other than Barack Obama’s unimpressive reelection against Mitt Romney in 2012, the Democrats have been losing every type of election imaginable to Republicans.  Don’t even bother looking at a poll.  We saw every single professional political pundit in the country get the entire primary season wrong, on both sides.  The media and their phony polling consultants don’t have any clue what turnout will look like.  What we do know is that Trump is attracting voters from all over the map and into the Republican fold, just to vote for him.  It’s how he will massacre Hillary Clinton in the general election.  This election is already over and Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.

(“2016 Election Analysis: Trump Will Defeat Clinton in Landslide” by A. Phillip Charles dated August 4, 2016 published by https://the-politik.com/2016/08/04/trump_will_win_landslide/ )


The Presidential race has now become Donald Trump versus the world. The outsider businessman is facing a vast array of opponents that is unprecedented in American politics.  The attacks against Trump have worked perfectly to assist Hillary Clinton, his ethically challenged opponent.  She refuses to hold news conferences or answer truthfully about her email scandal, foundation fundraising or Benghazi, but is now leading by a comfortable margin.  While he overcame unfair media treatment in the primaries and dispatched the party establishment and 16 entrenched candidates to win the nomination, the level of resistance he will face in the general election will be much greater.  Of course, Trump must deal with Hillary Clinton and her corrupt political machine.  In the general election, Clinton will attempt to derail Trump, a political newcomer, by taking advantage of her usual dirty tricks and decades of political experience.  She will also have the complete loyalty and support of the mainstream news media.  Every day, Clinton is given a steady stream of positive media coverage, while Trump is constantly savaged.  The media has been going crazy giving non-stop positive coverage to Khizr Kahn, who lost a son in the Iraq War.  While the Khans have been given tremendous attention, Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who was killed in Benghazi, has been practically ignored by the media.  This is just another indication that media bias is real and a very useful tool for Hillary Clinton in her campaign against Trump.  The Donald also has to deal with the usual array of special interest groups, from unions to Hollywood stars, who always support the Democrat Party.  However, in this election, Trump faces internal opposition that most Republican nominees never had to face. Trump is opposed by the Republican Party establishment, represented by commentators such as Bill Kristol and politicians such as the Bush family and Mitt Romney.  There are also the “Never Trump” Republicans, such as Senator Ted Cruz and his conservative purist supporters, who somehow believe that the nation can survive four years of Hillary Clinton and another GOP nominee can save the country in 2020.  Unfortunately, after several Clinton Supreme Court nominations, it will be too late for America in 2020.  The inescapable truth is that this election is our last chance to save the country.  Barack Obama labeled Trump as someone who “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”  Of course, Barack Obama was elected President after serving less than one term as U.S. Senator and had no experience on the world stage.  Obama was a community organizer for years, not an ideal training ground for the presidency.  In contrast, Trump has been an international businessman and has spent decades building a worldwide empire.  His lack of experience as a politician is exactly why so many people are attracted to his campaign.  In the remainder of the campaign, the unrelenting attacks from all sides will continue. If Trump is going to prevail, he must go over the heads of his many critics and directly adders the American people on the vital issues which are at stake in this election.  Donald Trump needs to continue to emphasize safety, jobs, law and order, secure borders and his “America First” agenda.

 (“Trump vs. The World” by Jeff Crouere dated August 5, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/trump-vs.-the-world )


One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been.  I'd like to dispute that vision, at least as it pertains to black people.  I graduated from Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954.  Franklin's predominantly black students were from the poorest North Philadelphia neighborhoods.  During those days, there were no policemen patrolling the hallways.  Today close to 400 police patrol Philadelphia schools.  There were occasional after-school fights, rumbles, as we called them, but within the school, there was order.  In contrast with today, students didn't use foul language to teachers, much less assault them.  Places such as the Richard Allen housing project, where I lived, became some of the most dangerous and dysfunctional places in Philadelphia.  Mayhem, in the form of murders, shootings and assaults, became routine.  By the 1980s, residents found that they had to have window bars and multiple locks.  The 1940s and '50s Richard Allen project, as well as other projects, bore no relation to what they became.  Many people never locked their doors; windows weren't barred.  We did not go to bed with the sound of gunshots.  Most of the residents were two-parent families with one or both parents working.  Starting in the 1960s, the values that made for civility came under attack.  Corporal punishment was banned.  This was the time when the education establishment and liberals launched their agenda that undermined lessons children learned from their parents and the church.  Sex education classes undermined family/church strictures against premarital sex.  Lessons of abstinence were ridiculed, considered passe, and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills and abortion.  Further undermining of parental authority came with legal and extralegal measures to assist teenage abortions, often with neither parental knowledge nor parental consent.  Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette are behavioral norms, transmitted mostly by example, word of mouth and religious teachings. As such, they represent a body of wisdom distilled through the ages by experience and trial and error.  The nation's liberals, along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts, have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values.  We no longer condemn or shame self-destructive and rude behavior, such as out-of-wedlock pregnancies, dependency, cheating and lying. We have replaced what worked with what sounds good.  The abandonment of traditional values has negatively affected the nation as a whole, but blacks have borne the greater burden. This is seen by the decline in the percentage of black two-parent families.  Today, a little over 30% of black children live in an intact family where as early as the late 1800s over 70% did.  Black illegitimacy in 1938 was 11%, and that for whites was 3%.  Today it's 73% and 30%.  It is the height of dishonesty, as far as blacks are concerned, to blame our problems on slavery, how white people behave and racial discrimination.  If those lies are not exposed, we will continue to look for external solutions when true solutions are internal.

(“The Decline of Civility” by Walter E. Williams dated August 10, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2016/08/10/the-decline-of-civility-n2202993 )

When it comes to unity, the Democrats talk a good game, but in the end they promote disunity because their electability depends on dividing society into groups and inciting anger, resentment and distrust.  It's what they do, from their talk of our "common humanity," to their glorification of all kinds of diversity, except diversity of thought, to their proclaimed monopoly on tolerance.  It's ironic that Democrats get away with this lie.  It is Republicans, or at least the conservatives among them, who preach that a rising tide lifts all boats, that economic growth across the board will help the most people.  Democrats simply can't be honest about economic policy.  They have to demonize the wealthy to incite class warfare.  They must perpetuate and expand government dependency programs, which mean creating incentives for people to remain out of the work force.  They must vilify the rich for not paying their fair share of taxes, despite the undeniable fact that upper-income earners pay far more taxes, actual and percentage, and that the lower half of income earners pay no income taxes at all.  I remember Obama's 2012 gamble of appealing directly to minorities and alienating other groups, apparently on the theory that disaffected groups outnumber the sum of all others, or at least that agitating them would increase their turnout and ensure his victory.  The Democrats are having a field day attacking Trump, and he's giving them way too much ammunition, but no matter whom Republicans put up, Democrats will viciously disparage them.  If only Republicans could successfully communicate their case that perpetual malaise, which is the only thing Democrats offer anymore, is unnecessary and correctable.  If only they could demonstrate that the Democrats' socialistic and regulatory policies thwart prosperity for all groups of people, except, ironically, the very wealthy.  Democrats are encouraging people not to be productive members of society.  They are deliberately undermining the nuclear family.  They are fomenting envy and disharmony.  Hillary Clinton's ballyhooed economic plan is an utter package of deceit!  She tells us she's going to create more than 10 million new jobs, by continuing the same miserably failed policies of Barack Obama.  Obamanomics has given us the worst recovery since World War II. Indeed.  Clinton would continue the ruse, expecting us to believe four more years of this insanity will produce different results.  Her five-part plan is more of the same nonsense: 1) Investing in infrastructure; 2) Make college available for all; 3) Make companies share more profits with their employees; 4) Make corporations, the wealthy and Wall Street pay their fair share; and 5) Create policies that "support 21st-century families" with equal pay, paid leave, reduced child care costs.  These ideas have nothing to do with expanding the economic pie, but only with redistribution.  Not only is Clinton's five-point plan destined for failure, she will expand the regulatory state, which is smothering small businesses.  If Democrats ever believed in economic growth, they've long since abandoned it, going with the myth that we have a finite pie and that they, as Big Sister, must control how it's allocated, the free market be damned.  The Democrats' viability requires keeping us at each other's throats.  They must divide us. Consider Clinton's recent shunning of police unions.  She is so desperate to retain 90% of the African-American vote that she told the 335,000-member National Fraternal Order of Police she won't seek their endorsement.  The chilling truth is that Hillary Clinton would give us a third Obama term, and I don't know how we can come back from it.

(“Hillary Would Give Us a Disastrous Third Obama Term” by David Limbaugh dated August 12, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2016/08/12/hillary-would-give-us-a-disastrous-third-obama-term-n2203913 )


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:

·    Immigration at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/immigration.php

·    Africa at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/africa.php


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY