Views on the News
Views on the News*
The head honchos in the hardened bunkered war rooms of MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, NPR, PBS, the NYT, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, etc, are not uniformed, nor do they wear military eagles or stars on their jackets, yet they are the orchestrators of the battle plan and the campaigners to defeat and bring down the administration of President Trump. Sadly, these members of the media, the Fourth Estate, who are still guaranteed their freedom of speech, to write their opinions without fear of being shut down by the government, are committing suicide by joining with the likes of the street mobs clamoring to destroy the Constitution. Apparently, unbeknownst to them, they are supporting the demagogues like George Soros and Barack Obama, who are now invisibly leading the forces of chaos and revolt throughout the land. If this revolution is successful, their voices will be silenced, just like in Germany, Cuba, and Venezuela. Once Black Lives Matter, the Occupy Movement, the Islamists, and the Constitution-bashing Marxists take over, do they think they'll be permitted to speak out with the freedoms they have now? Juan Williams, the Fox News pundit, was tossed out of his job by NPR for speaking honestly about Muslims. Yet he is at the forefront of shutting down free speech for others by referring to Republicans as "fascists." Is he aware that the Democrats, in which he proudly claims membership, is the "Hate Black" party that enslaves black Americans with food stamps, abortions, and handouts? We are headed for the slippery slope to fascism, totalitarianism, and one-party rule, and those who would suffer the most are sadly in the lead.
(“Do the media know what horrors they have wrought?” by Alan Bergstein dated August 20, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/08/do_the_media_know_what_horrors_they_have_wrought.html )
Rather than reflecting the realities of a complex and dynamic nation, the national news media seems to treat real events as little more than a Rorschach test for measuring what the political activists think is going on. Then the television presenters pass on the absurd interpretations that become a national narrative. In TV-Newsland, America is presented as a hopelessly divided nation where hate-filled people battle over how they can get the government to give them what they want. Extremists of all political persuasions are presented as reflecting the real views of everyday Americans. It's a scary world in which every symbolic event can be used to demonstrate that most Americans are stupid, racist, socialist or whatever other condescending view the elites wish to project. There's nothing wrong with entertainment executives putting on shows that draw good ratings, but it is a great disservice to the nation to equate what happens on the nightly news to what is happening in America. More than 90% of Americans don't watch the evening news and experience an entirely different America. It's an America where most people want to work hard, play hard, take care of their families, help their neighbors and do what they can to make their corner of the world a little bit better. When someone falls on hard times, others look for ways to help out. In this real version of America, there are 63 million community volunteers, 27 million entrepreneurs and tens of millions of others who serve their community in different ways. Rather than begging for a dysfunctional political system to bail them out, the vast majority of Americans recognize that these community servants are the people who can actually get things done and solve the problems before us. These Americans are more pragmatic than ideological and instinctively committed to our founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance. They are united by a belief that all of us have the right to live our lives as we see fit so long as we don't interfere with the rights of others to do the same. This America is not obsessed with extremists and their battles, or the petty partisan political battles than consume official Washington. Many might see those phrases as redundant, since politics in DC often seems like little more than a platform for extremists to fight their battles. In pointing out the differences between America and the TV-Newsland version of America, I am not suggesting that the national evening news programs need to change their ways, since this formula serves their niche audience. We need to look elsewhere if we want to understand what's going on in America.
(“By Obsessing About Extremes, Media Loses Touch With America” by Scott Rasmussen dated August 24, 2017 published by Real Clear Politics at https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/08/24/by_obsessing_about_extremes_media_loses_touch_with_america_134823.html )
Trust in the mass media is at an all-time low. Two-thirds of Americans believe the mainstream press publishes fake news. There’s still much good journalism to be found, if you know where to look. Yet, ask reporters who’ve been around a while, and many will tell you that a lot of good journalism is being left unpublished. Firewalls that once strictly separated news from opinion have been replaced by hopelessly blurred lines. Once-forbidden practices such as editorializing within straight news reports, and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated; they’re encouraged. Well-respected news organizations and experienced national journalists are making the sorts of mistakes that aren’t tolerated in journalism schools. When their mistakes are corrected at all, it’s with little seeming regret. Special interests understand this, as they peddle tasty bites of scandalous, dubious information, hoping one major news organization or popular blog will bite. When fact errors are exposed, there are rarely any visible consequences for the offender. Colleagues cheer on the editorializing and misreporting, and management rewards it. As journalists, we’re supposed to sort through press releases, talking points and propaganda, using them only to the extent they enlighten us as to what special interests want to believe: Is it true? Is it the whole story? Who wants you to think it and why? Are they trying to deflect attention from other facts or a more important story? Finding these answers is a basic part of the job. Instead, we’re willing repositories for all kinds of narratives. Many Americans are eagerly watching the devolution of traditional news with relish because they agree with the prevailing narratives, whether based on true facts or imagined fiction. Others are growing skeptical of nearly every news item they see or read, while some have stopped consuming news altogether.
(“Americans don’t trust the media, and for good reason” by Sharyl Attkisson dated August 18, 2017 published by The Hill at http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/347091-americans-dont-trust-the-media-and-for-good-reason )
A funny thing happened on the way to the Trump impeachment, the Russia story has vanished. Despite months of hyperventilating about the President being involved in nefarious “Russian collusion,” no evidence was actually produced. Despite a biased media, a biased special counsel and a legal team selected from the donor roll of the Democrat Party, Donald Trump is still President and still claiming that the whole campaign is a “witch hunt.” With the Russian story going nowhere, the anti-Trump media, along with their deep state and political establishment colleagues, have found a new “cause celebre,” the President’s response to the Charlottesville, Virginia riots. Twice the President specifically denounced the violence, bigotry and hatred of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were involved in the “Unite the Right” rally. He condemned the loathsome behavior of “both sides” who were involved in the riot. Not surprisingly, this balanced approach has been greeted with intense criticism as his many detractors are looking for any opportunity to denounce him. On CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other media outlets, the President’s comments were labeled racist, with some commentators opining that he was a virtual white supremacist. Such criticism is total nonsense, but it is the type of commentary masquerading as journalism that is presented on a daily basis by the national news media. Democrats are joining the media is focusing their rhetorical fire on the President. One Democrat Missouri State Senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, went way too far by commenting on social media that she hoped “Trump is assassinated.” In previous years, such comments would have warranted a visit by the Secret Service or an arrest, but Chappelle-Nadal, is receiving support from fellow Democrats. While some Democrat Party leaders have called for her resignation, Chappelle-Nadal refuses to apologize. With leaders in the Democrat Party and overrated Hollywood stars calling for the President’s assassination, it is shocking that almost no one in the Republican Party has come to the defense of Donald Trump. Numerous GOP Senators, such as Marco Rubio, John McCain, Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham, have joined Democrats in condemning the President’s post-Charlottesville comments. In Charlottesville, there were neo-Nazis, white supremacists and KKK members among the “Unite the Right” rally. All of these hate groups were rightly denounced by President Trump for they are despicable and hold views which are antithetical to American values. The leftist protesters included members of the notorious hate group Black Lives Matter, Antifa (anti-fascist) thugs and members of organizations affiliated with the Communist Party. As numerous photographs document, the left-wing protesters used bats and pepper spray to attack the “Unite the Right” rally-goers. In addition, these “angels” also hurled bags of urine and feces at them. With police nowhere to be found, there was significant violence on both sides. President Trump was right to condemn violent participants on both sides of this riot. The fact that his opponents are attacking his reasonable response shows that there is an organized movement underway to not only undermine his agenda, but also to remove him from office. The problem with this obviously deceitful and nefarious campaign is that Donald Trump legitimately won the 2016 presidential election and he has not committed any crimes or misdeeds that would in any way warrant his removal. These anti-Trump forces are trying to negate an election result and destroy a President that they despise. They hate his agenda, his temperament and his 63 million supporters; however, they are not being honest about their true motivations. If this confederacy of cowards is successful in removing a duly elected President from office, there will be a response from his supporters that will make the events of the past week look like child’s play. Instead of such madness, let’s hope sanity prevails. In the meantime, all Americans should pray for the success of our President and, most importantly, the well-being of our countrymen and our beloved country.
(“Trump’s Enemies are a Confederacy of Cowards” by Jeff Crouere dated August 19, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/trumps-enemies-are-a-confederacy-of-cowards )
The First Amendment assumes that the proper sphere of government is policies, not values, and so it protects the right of political participation and prohibits a state church that would define values. The government had the right to decide to go to war with France. It did not have a right to decide what you should believe. Politics extended into the realm of policies, not beliefs. As religious belief declined, politics replaced it as the repository of moral and ethical values. This transformation began on the left. The left was the least religious in the traditional sense, and the most likely to build up an ideology of secular values with which to displace traditional religious values. The last century witnessed an extensive effort to scrub religious values out of government, but this effort was matched by an equally comprehensive project to replace them with the left’s own values. Unlike the wall between church and state, there were few legal safeguards against writing values into legislation if they were irreligious ones. The church was deemed to be the true threat, not the state, but the end result looks very much like an establishment of religion. The values written into the legislation reflect those of certain churches, but not others. When nuns are forced to pay for birth control and Christian photographers with traditional beliefs are compelled to participate in gay weddings, the government is picking religious establishment “winners and losers”. The winners are roughly on the religious left and the losers on the religious right. We take the truth of our values on faith. They are a matter of subjective conviction, not objective fact. To those who believe in them, they appear to be the absolute truths of the enlightened, but they cannot be proven to be true in any meaningful way. The protection of minority participation is at the heart of the left’s bid for equality, but this has never truly been a matter of law, but of values. The law mandates the elimination of obstacles. It does not demand that values winners and losers be chosen to achieve equality, since that is a leftist bias. The left defends imposing its values by force through outrage at selective “suffering” on the one hand and abstractions about the empowerment of participatory equality on the other. Ultimately though it cannot defend its values without reference to those values. The left’s secular religion functions as a theocracy. It promises salvation through Socialism, warns that human sin will destroy the world through global warming and is engaged in a perpetual struggle against those who do not share its values. It wages war on religious freedom because it is a kind of religion. There can be no political freedom where there is no religious freedom. Religion is more encompassing than politics can ever be. Politics addresses which policy best accomplishes a particular goal. Religion tackles the question of what the goal should be. Leftist systems seek to create “democratic” arenas in which we are free to disagree on policies, but not goals. They do this by writing values into the system so that only one sort of goal is deemed acceptable. Deviations from the goal are not acceptable, and questioning the goal is heresy which leads to sanctions. Politics is far more likely to turn violent over values rather than policy. That is why the Founders wanted politics to be confined to policy rather than values. We can argue over what we feel to be true, but the revelations of our deepest selves cannot be proven, and when they are challenged, anger, hostility and even violence quickly follow. The First Amendment helped build a system where our representatives debated what we should do, rather than what we should think. The culture war we are in is less about what we should do than what we should think. The violent confrontations and clashes are not really about campus safe spaces or Confederate memorials, but how we should see ourselves. The confrontations are meant to be both polarizing and clarifying. They’re a religious war, and the left has established its religion, and violence against heretics swiftly follows. America is in the midst of an ugly conflict because our political system was hijacked by the Church of the Left. The legislative and judicial hijacking of our system has turned our politics into a culture war. To end the conflict we must return to a true understanding of the First Amendment. It is not the role of government to tell us what to think or what to believe, and any government that embarks on such a totalitarian enterprise will tear apart our society and destroy our way of life. Restoring the Constitution and ending the violence will require unwriting the left’s values from our laws.
(“The Church of the Left” by Daniel Greenfield dated August 25, 2017 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/267684/church-left-daniel-greenfield )
Democrats are following the Republican game plan in whittling away their middle. Instead of making their tent bigger to take in those disenfranchised Republicans and disillusioned independents, the Democrats are downsizing, pushing out their own moderates to make more room for ideological purists. The GOP has been doing the same thing for the past eight years. Right-wing activists seized the party in 2010 and went on the attack against what they saw as an establishment too willing to compromise on conservative values. Those who refused to endorse every plank in the rigid right platform were out the door. Politicians who dared moving to the middle to make a deal with Democrats were punished with primary challenges and the epithet Republican in Name Only (RINO) was hung around their necks. Democrats have come to the same place. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the party’s putative leader, served notice on those Democrats urging the party to move to the middle, telling them the liberals have taken charge. Earlier, the party’s other heavyweight lefty, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, laid down a litmus test for those Democrats who don’t support his Medicare-for-all proposal: Get on board or face a challenge in the primaries. Those who deviate from the far left platform in any way are branded Democrats in Name Only, or DINOs, and like their Republican counterparts, they have nowhere to go. A January Gallup Poll found that 35% of the country identifies as moderates, compared to 36% who are conservative and 25% who are liberal. Yet in the last Congress, according to rankings by the American Conservative Union, there were fewer than 50 moderates out of 535 congress members (most were Republicans). The Democrat and Republican parties are now so under the thumb of their intolerant fanatics that moderates must either shut up and go along or get out. They need a new home. The nation is ripe for a centrist party that supports proven measures to build a strong economy while allowing plenty of room for those who have varying views on social issues. If Donald Trump is the face of Republicans, and Warren / Sanders the faces of Democrats, a lot of voters will be looking for something better in 2020.
(“RINOs and DINOs need a new home” by Nolan Finley dated August 19, 2017 published by The Detroit News at http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/nolan-finley/2017/08/19/finley-rinos-dinos-democrats-republicans-middle-new-home/104764884/ )
As President Trump’s troubles mount, the long-standing expectation that Democrats will gain several House and Senate seats in 2018 has only intensified. At this point, many observers are expecting a bloodbath, but for structural, historical, and intangible reasons, expect the bloodbath to be for Democrats as the GOP further expands its dominance in both houses of Congress. There are five reasons Democrats on Capitol Hill should stock up on life preservers:
(“2018 Will Be A Bloodbath for Democrats” by David Benkof dated August 22, 2017 published by Daily Caller at http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/22/2018-will-be-a-bloodbath-for-democrats/ )
President Trump came out and decried racism, violence and bigotry on all sides in the wake of the violence of Charlottesville. Somehow, that was bad. Reporters act as though the extreme far left group “Antifa" must never be mentioned at all. That's because they wouldn't want the public to learn who they are. When President Trump specifically said that the KKK and Neo-Nazis were terrible, it still wasn’t good enough for a lot of the reporters. Problem is, they're going to go after him no matter what he says or does. He throws them what they want and it just doesn't matter. The issue of course was the taking down of the Robert E. Lee statue and Trump clearly was stating that there were good people on both sides of that issue. Polls show that a majority of Americans, including Blacks and Latinos, support keeping the statues up. These people who favor keeping the statues up are not all racists who support the KKK and Neo-Nazis. This is the view of Trump and it matches the sentiment of the majority of the American people. Antifa and other far left, violent extremist groups travel around the U.S and the world protesting capitalism and the Western way of life. As with Obama, they want to remake America. The fact that most of the media give them free rein shows that they support their message. Trump has continually been targeted by the media and protest groups as long as he has been running. It really doesn’t matter what he says or does. It fits into Saul Alinsky’s rules for Radicals #13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” And: "Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions." The target today is Trump but no one should be so naïve to believe that if he goes down, that they won't just double down on whoever else is against their agenda. Left-wing reporters throughout the United States are calling on Republicans to censure and run away from Trump. One has to be extremely stupid or naïve if they believe that these reporters will ever support the Republicans that run away from Trump. The reporters are against Trump and his agenda and it is actually the agenda that is the target. Democrats are trying to target Trump and the more Republicans they can get to also target Trump their easier their job is. It is amazing how many Republicans there are that believe if they bend over that they will get adulation. It would be easier to take one of the scathing editorials on Trump if they were ever 20% as hard on Obama or Hillary. Maybe the press should condemn Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for clearly lying to gin up anger and fear when he said there were weapons stashed throughout Charlottesville, when the police actually found none. This has been labeled a misunderstanding instead of a lie by the Richmond newspapers. It shows that Democrats are allowed to lie with impunity as long as their agenda is O.K.
(“The media attack Trump no matter what he says or does” by Jack Hellner dated August 19, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/08/the_media_attack_trump_no_matter_what_he_says_or_does.html )
As Americans we tend to look at things from a rather slanted view, that is, from our vantage point as a Constitutional republic. There’s nothing wrong in being what we are, but the problem comes into play when we try, and have tried, to export our political way of life to other countries. The United States came into being because the colonists were tired of being considered as something like a pet…you do what the master says regardless of what you might think of the action. The British king had the notion that he could continue to mistreat the colonies and it would just continue on as it had been. Our heroes were the men who took part in the famous Boston Tea Party, which eventually led to war and our defeating the-then finest military in the world. Let’s jump to the present and see what we’re facing now. The United Nations has a stealth plan, Agenda 21, to make the United States to the United Nations. Here’s a quick rundown on Agenda 21: it wants to “redistribute” people from open rural areas into the city, and the city would become even more crowded then it is now; this document would “gather” people together in a put-together environment, not for their own good, but rather so that the government would be able to control them easier; A-21 would, by virtue of these “sardine-can” cities be able to levy taxes easier and with less resistance from the massed population; one of the goals of this work is to work on the environment by manipulating laws and regulations to improve air quality, which sounds good, but unworkable because every country will not cooperate; the various economies of the world are “uneven” and mass-globalization and “one world order” would level the playing field and probably destroy any country’s freedoms in the process; the UN would be the governing body and all nation’s governments would be under that banner, if they continued to exist at all; Europe is where the plan has been partially implemented and you can see what’s happening there. A short time back, a “major Muslim Imam” made a rash statement, “In two years America will be a land of Muslims and all Christians will be our slaves.” There’s no way of knowing who is, or isn’t, a true believer so none of them get my trust. The Imam went on to say that Islam provided step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish their goal, which is world domination. The Islamic idea of “peace” can ONLY be achieved when Islam is the only religion on earth. I have problems with that thought for a couple of reasons: the first one is that Islam is not a religion, it’s a cult of fanatics, following the writings of a Seventh Century warlord and pedophile; second, in order to attain their peace, the people of the world have three choices: convert, live as a slave paying jizya, or be killed, and third is that they use “taqiyya”, which is lying to infidels, in order to gain their objective, whatever it might be at the moment. Every little concession that is made to Muslims is a step in the right direction as far as they’re concerned. Muslims, if they are true believers, cherish death as Westerners cherish life, and that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate with them. You will hear the word “Islamaphobia” tossed about frequently…and that’s BS because it’s not a phobia when they REALLY are trying to kill you! Useful idiots see Donald Trump as a threat to their way of life, which is ironic because their way of life is guaranteed by the very things for which Trump stands!
(“The Useful Idiots and the Democratic Socialists” by Larry Usoff dated August 22, 2017 published by iPatriot at http://ipatriot.com/useful-idiots-democratic-socialists/ )
For the last seven-plus years, Republicans ran on repealing and replacing ObamaCare. It was a winning platform, demonstrated by their gaining seats in Congress in almost every election since Obama was elected in 2008, achieving a majority in the House in 2010, a majority in the Senate in 2014, and finally the White House in 2016, but so far the Senate has failed to pass a bill. The legislative priorities of the new administration started with repealing ObamaCare because of the need to eliminate the complexity and burden of its 20-odd new taxes on business, families and small businesses, a total of some $500 billion-plus in additional taxes, and to abolish and reduce costly regulations on small businesses. Meaningful tax reform that includes major simplification and reduction in rates is the key to spurring new economic growth and the repatriation of $2 trillion-plus of corporate cash held overseas. Comprehensive tax reform is nearly impossible with ObamaCare in place, like trying to build a new structure on a fundamentally flawed foundation. Additionally, we can't get to a key area of regulatory reform, those rules that apply to small business, which generate 70% of the new jobs in America, with ObamaCare's regulatory burdens that kick in at 50 or more employees. A successful strategy has to include tactics that deliver votes on the margin. Donald Trump has the bully pulpit and the pen to sign executive orders to deliver those critical votes in the Senate. He has already stated that neither Republicans nor Democrats should contemplate bailing out the insurance companies, which without repeal, remain part of the ObamaCare law. In point of fact, the ObamaCare law was so onerous upon implementation that President Obama had to respond to complaints for relief from Congress, directing his Office of Personnel Management to exempt congressional staffers from ObamaCare mandates and to provide taxpayer reimbursement for up to 75% of the cost of their premiums, subsidies not available to the American people forced to live under the ObamaCare law. If President Trump reminds people of these facts through Twitter and the bully pulpit, and then signs an executive order rescinding the Office of Personnel Management's provisional loopholes and taxpayer subsidization, thus forcing every member of Congress and every staffer into the failing ObamaCare exchanges and forcing them to pay the full price of insurance under ObamaCare, just like the people stuck with it are forced to do, he would likely win additional votes. Finally and most important, President Trump needs to address the subject of the financial health of the United States. Six years ago this month,Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating, specifically citing at the time that "reforming and preserving U.S. entitlement programs is the key to long-term fiscal sustainability." During the following years under Obama, the financial health of America deteriorated dramatically, a story the press ignored. Since that warning from S&P, U.S. Treasury debt increased 47%, while the economy grew only 21%. Total U.S. federal government indebtedness grew to 105% of GDP. But a more accurate picture of the nation's true financial health is found in the ratio of government debt to the actual tax revenue collected, as this provides a clearer picture of the country's debt burden and the capacity to pay. On that basis the U.S. is now the second-weakest among the OECD nations, even ranking below Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, and exceeded by only Japan. Given the resistance to entitlement reform, the path of least political resistance to avoid insolvency is to dramatically revitalize growth in the U.S. economy. That is why the Trump administration's tax and regulatory relief are so desperately needed. Hastening business formation and creating new jobs, which expand the tax base, is the key to eliminating the deficit and stabilizing the level of U.S. debt. What is first required is the repeal of ObamaCare. To get the necessary votes in the Senate, President Trump needs to pull out all the stops. Only then can we get on with tax reform, accelerated economic growth and increased tax revenues that will follow, enabling the achievement of a balanced budget in Washington. In fact everything we hold dear as a people and nation depends on restoring the nation's financial health, which is after all the foundation for making America great again.
(“Repealing ObamaCare is the Key to Restoring Economic Growth” by Scott S. Powell dated August 18, 2017 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/repealing-obamacare-is-the-key-to-restoring-economic-growth/ )
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.