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 September 9, 2017

 

Almost a year after America sent The Donald to the White House, homes and businesses all over this county continue to declare their allegiance to the Republican outsider.  Trump is facing serious challenges right now: hemorrhaging staff, the Russia investigation, North Korea’s aggression, a failure to initially condemn neo-Nazis for a woman’s death at a protest and an inability to fix ObamaCare have all led to heightened criticism.  He is yet to move the needle on meaningful tax reform or infrastructure spending , his two key platforms.  He continues to shoot himself in the foot with insulting tweets aimed at members of his own party.  A new NBC News/Marist poll showed that Trump’s job-approval rating in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, the three key states that helped propel him to the White House, is below 40%.  Not approving of everything the president does doesn’t mean his voters don’t support him.  It is important to note that nearly 100,000 voters in this state switched their party registration from Democrat to Republican in 2016.  The Republican Party has gained 100,000 new registered voters in Pennsylvania, knocking the Democrats’ lead of 913,017 down to 808,974, and that number includes 31,000 new registered Republicans in Philadelphia.  Last year, pollsters were convinced Pennsylvania would swing blue.  Evidence of Trump signs was dismissed as anecdotal, but Trump’s victory upended that narrative.  This switch in party affiliation was another sign missed in the polls.  Voter sentiments have not shifted, but the resentment towards each other has, and the misunderstandings have deepened.  In the past few months, a CNN producer and a “Scandal” star have called people who voted for Trump “stupid.”  Their contempt has registered with voters in this part of the country, and it has only served to escalate their commitment to the president.  Despite his flaws, Trump voters are waving the flag for their underdog candidate in a show of defiance.  Many don’t think he is on the ropes, and they believe he will eventually get results.  The establishment may hate the president, but his voters have got his back.  At times he doesn’t express himself as properly and powerfully as he should, but the story of 2016 has always been about the people, not him.  The same is true of 2017. Trump voters aren’t just changing their party allegiance, they’re crystallizing a new identity: as common-sense Americans bound together against seemingly hostile liberals who appear to disdain their way of life.  

(“In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever” by Salena Zito dated September 2, 2017 published by New York Post at http://nypost.com/2017/09/02/in-this-part-of-the-us-people-are-rooting-for-trump-more-than-ever/ )

For well over 75 years, Americans have naively trusted that the people who bring them the news every night, and today, 24/7, are highly informed, deeply sincere, remarkably unbiased public servants.  In 1983 there were 50 media companies, but today only six organizations are now responsible for 90% of all the “news” we read, watch and listen to:

·    GE (Comcast, NBC, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, et al).

·    NewsCorp (Fox, Wall St. Journal, NY Post, et al).

·    Disney (ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramax, Marvel Studios, et al)

·    Viacom (MTV, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Paramount Pictures, et al)

·    Time Warner (CNN, HBO, TIME, Warner Bros., et al)

·    CBS (Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.com, Jeopardy, 60 Minutes, et al)

Make no mistake, the CEOs of these multibillion-dollar businesses are all leftist globalists, not a conservative among them, except perhaps for Rupert Murdoch (Fox, Wall St. Journal, NY Post, et al) who recently gave control of his empire to his leftist sons Lachlan and James, hence the distinctly leftward tilt of Fox and the WSJ.  Over the years, these globalist business titans have all made massive investments in the global economy, thanks largely to the leftist con men and women: the Clintons and Obamas; the communists, tin-pot dictators and America-haters of the United Nations; the leftist billionaires who thrive on and denounce capitalism at the same time, who wined and dined and charmed them into believing that America was on the decline and that the open-borders, one-world-government crowd was in imminent ascendance.  But big ideas, like the notion of a diminishing America, are never successful without the full-time help of a media that is run by the globalists themselves!  These wannabe journalists are thrilled to be on their way, until it dawns on them that their bosses don’t give a damn about anything they think or believe or want to convey to a hungry public.  For most media employees, it soon becomes clear that they are expected, even mandated, to reflect and convey the belief systems of their employers.  And unless they do that, they are completely DISPENSABLE!  There is a remarkable absence of originality in today’s political reportage; it’s all an echo chamber of talking points and leftist propaganda that the anchors and reporters have received beforehand and literally been commanded to utilize at risk of their job.  The question still remains: Why the ferocity against President Trump?  Why the fanatical mission to depose him from office, to bring him down?  The answer is quite simple: in every single case of what used to pass for politics as usual, he has single-handedly destroyed and brought down the prevailing powers-that-be: the Democrat Party, the Republican Party, the globalist agenda, treaties that were bad for America, the open-borders fetish, and the monolith known as the American media.  By giving voice to what the American people have known and been angry about for decades, i.e., that they are all corrupt, permeated with bribes and payoffs, self-serving, and in too many cases anti-American, anti the U.S. Constitution, and anti the Judeo-Christian ethics upon which our exceptional nation was founded.  What we’ve been witnessing since June of 2015, when billionaire real-estate mogul and TV celebrity Donald Trump announced for the presidency is a three-part phenomenon.  The first gear was based on the arrogance of the establishment media poohbahs, the globalists, who spent over a year believing that the directives they gave to their [dispensable] media whores to deride, insult, sneer at, defame, vilify and laugh at candidate Trump would destroy him, but they failed!  As candidate Trump succeeded in vanquishing not five or 10 or 14 but 17 formidable opponents and gaining the nomination, the globalists shifted into second gear.  Second gear involved the vast expenditures the globalists were willing to make to stop Trump’s presidential campaign in its tracks, the kind of money, including, I suspect, huge payoffs, to polling firms to literally lie about the numbers.  Every poll showed the worst candidate in American history, Hillary Clinton, ahead of the charismatic Trump. And every poll in every state that historically has been a reliable slam-dunk for Democrats (Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, etc.) showed Hillary far ahead.  Let’s not forget that every lying poll was reported earnestly as the gospel truth by the globalists’ reliable but [dispensable] media whores.  It is noteworthy that George Soros has also funded every major protest since the November 2016 election, including the Women’s March on Washington, the protests in front of Trump Tower in NY City, the thug-fests at Berkeley College and elsewhere, and of course the fascists-on-display demonstrations of the anti-American, anti-Semitic Black Lives Matter and Antifa, where bought-and-paid for miscreants, dressed up like and imitating ISIS terrorists and Hitler’s Brown Shirts, proceeded to smash windows, light cars on fire, and brutally attack supporters of President Trump.  All the while, the media honchos have kept up the negative drumbeat to defeat the president to find something criminal to pin on him, to impeach him, even exhorting their [dispensable] media whores to ramp up the attacks.  In fact, a Harvard study revealed that in the president’s first 100 days in office, 10 major TV and print outlets reported negatively 98% of the time!  Third gear is what we’ve been witnessing since the election on November 8, 2016, when the globalists and moneybags who control both the media and the politicians realized that all of their efforts to stop the Trump Triumph had failed miserably.  First the media whores created the colossal fiction that the Trump camp had colluded with Russia to rig the election.  For days and weeks and months on end, these [dispensable] prostitutes studiously eschewed actual news, instead robotically intoning their anesthetizing talking points: Russia-Trump, Trump-Russia, Russia-Trump, Trump-Russia.  No evidence, no first-person testimony, just the feeble attempts by their supposedly intelligent bosses to accomplish what they had failed at in the first place, getting rid of Donald Trump.  After that huge fizzle, the now-desperate get-Trump cabal trotted out the über-corrupt head of the FBI, James Comey, who astonishingly admitted that he used a Columbia professor to plant an article in The New York Times so that President Trump would be forced to appoint a Special Counsel.  Sure enough, it was Comey’s close pal, former FBI director Robert Mueller, who got the job and has now appointed 17 attorneys, seven of them contributors to Hillary’s Presidential campaign and/or the Clinton foundation.  But again, this witch hunt went nowhere, and so the [dispensable] media whores launched into their next mantra.  While both domestic and international news demanded coverage, the American media’s globalist bosses ordered their lackeys to keep up their anti-Trump mantras in the preposterous form of Breaking News: “obstruction of justice,” Jared Kushner’s ‘illegal’ business dealings with Russian companies, the supposedly nefarious goings-on of POTUS advisors Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, Charlottesville and their bogus claims of “racism, racism, racism,” and now Melania’s stilettos!  Adding it all up, we have a president who is zooming along at warp speed, amassing unprecedented accomplishments for the American people.  The [dispensable] media whores have had zero effect on President Trump’s performance or his continuing popularity with the American public, as attested to by the huge and enthusiastic audiences he attracts wherever he goes.  Zero impact  on his mood, which is clearly and consistently ebullient, upbeat, enthusiastic, and optimistic about America’s future.  In addition, the mass gatherings of thugs, malcontents, anarchists, and basement dwellers have had zero effect on convincing our citizens that the left’s fairy-tale vision of America, a free lunch (and breakfast, dinner, education, housing, cell phones, etc.), socialized medicine, open borders, sanctuary cities, high taxes, a nanny government, et al., is even palatable, much less preferable. N Still, President Trump, an upright citizen his entire life, an incredibly successful businessman, the bestselling author of over a dozen books, a philanthropist, the father of five respectful and loving children the eldest of whom are also impressively contributory members of society, the representative and now enactor of every value Republicans and conservatives traditionally stand for (low taxes, fewer regulations, secure borders, a strong military, strict conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, et al)continues to be the target of a “system” that clearly prefers their longtime habit of cozy corruption.  The fact that he CANNOT BE BOUGHT drives them crazy.  The fact that the entire media establishment, for all their blitz-like attacks, has not dented his energy, resolve, or the respect of our nation’s citizens, is clearly too much for them to take… hence the continued onslaught of lies, defamation, and attack.  

(“Media Whores” by Joan Swirsky dated September 4, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/media-whores )

Several decades ago, black people were regularly terrorized by an organized group of violent racists who used terrorist tactics, including fear, intimidation, physical assault, and even murder against groups or individuals they opposed.  These virulent gangs of masked marauders began their treacherous campaign of bigotry soon after the end of the Civil War and became known as the Ku Klux Klan.  The derivation of the name is vague, but the terror it symbolized to millions of defenseless blacks was frighteningly clear.  The first known Klan was organized in the Southern States in the late 1860s, and its goal was to overthrow the Republican state governments during Reconstruction.  Members of the brutal gangs wore masks and cone-shaped hats, giving them a fearsome image while hiding their identities.  In many cases, the local police authorities refused to take action to stop the violence or to investigate those who engaged in it.  The foregoing description is pretty close to what we know today as Antifa, a violent mob of masked terrorists who appear suddenly at peaceful demonstrations and mercilessly beat the participants, who may be guilty only of wearing a shirt supporting President Trump or carrying the flag that represents our country.  Once again, it seems as though these thugs have a goal to overthrow the duly elected Republican government in several states and in Washington, D.C.  In many instances, they are also being protected by local authorities who instruct police to stand down during the vicious mêlées that leave a bloody trail of bodies on our streets.  When the Klan began their sadistic crusade, blacks were their only target, however, as they became larger and more feared, they added Jews and Catholics to their hate-filled rampages.  The Klan took countless lives and created an image of Southerners that lingers to this day.  The era of Alabama governor George Wallace, Birmingham, Alabama commissioner of "public safety" Bull Connor, and other racists of their ilk ended when good people of all colors risked their lives to fight the cancer that was eating away at the foundation of our country.  The gruesome stories of lives lost are part of the shocking history that must forever remain in our rearview mirror.  Antifa is the latest example of Gestapo tactics, and it is growing rapidly before our eyes.  Today, they're engaged in violence against displays of support for our president.  Tomorrow, they may turn to vicious attacks on religions they disagree with, or the style of clothing they find distasteful.  Did you ever imagine that Americans would be too intimidated to wear a hat or shirt in public that pledges support for our commander in chief?  Furthermore, could we have even thought it possible that we'd see organized attacks on our citizens for carrying the U.S. flag?  All the evidence indicates that we're under attack from within by an organized army of trained revolutionaries who will use any means necessary to collapse our government and replace it with some form of dictatorship that will rule by fiat rather than by the electoral process.  They've learned that they can't win by ballots, so they're turning toward violence.  In this age of social media, there's a myriad of photos and videos illustrating stone-cold beatings of unarmed people by armed thugs who wear helmets and padded body gear while covering their faces to avoid identification.  The most important job of the government is to keep us safe.  With that in mind, one wonders why Antifa has not been declared a terrorist organization.  Unless wearing a mask become the new normal, our legislators should act quickly to ban such behavior.  Whether it's Antifa or the KKK, unmasking these cowardly malefactors will expose them for the cockroaches they are!  

(“Antifa: The 21st Century’s KKK” by Bob Weir dated September 2, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/09/antifa_the_21st_centurys_kkk.html )

 

The administration has taken some well-deserved criticism at the State Department for its slowness in appointing key political personnel, but that doesn’t explain the media’s sustained assault on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is pounded by pundits and battered by bad press on a near daily basis. In part, it is due to today’s hyper-partisan political environment as a reaction to Tillerson’s unconventional “take” on the role of the nation’s chief diplomat, but Tillerson’s biggest problem appears to be his “aberrant” desire to shake-up Foggy Bottom.  Nothing more upsets D.C.’s glitterati (career politicians, the upper-echelon bureaucrats, and the reporters and commentators who rub shoulders with them for a living) than someone bent on roiling the status quo.  Tillerson is serious about making deep, institutional reforms at the State Department, the most glamorous department in all of Washington.  It’s also one of the most politicized, feather-bedded and incoherently organized departments in the nation’s capital.  Tillerson is working hard to change all that.  He should be getting cheers, not jeers.  Consider, for example, the “special envoys” strewn throughout the agency. These appointed officials don’t work within the national or regional desk system typical of the department.  Rather, they each have a “mission-oriented portfolio,” or special diplomatic mission, with the entire world as their playground, with their own staffs and their own budgets. During the Obama administration, special envoys multiplied like rabbits.  There are nearly 70 “special envoys” or “special representatives” peppered throughout the diplomatic service.  Eliminating or consolidating many of these posts can streamline the department significantly, reducing waste and improving the coherence of agency functions.  The State Department still houses a special envoy for the North Korea Six-Party Talks and the last such “talk” took place nearly a decade ago.  The title of “special envoy for conflict diamonds” can be removed.  There are the positions such as “transparency coordinator,” “special advisor for global youth,” and the “personal representative for Northern Ireland issues.”  The Good Friday Agreement stopped large-scale violence between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland nearly 20 years ago.  Tillerson noted that the reforms will do more than save money and streamline operations.  Tillerson’s shakeup is long overdue. His attackers are stuck in a wasteful world of dysfunctional diplomacy.  

(“Tillerson deserves cheers for fixing State’s dysfunctional diplomacy” by James Carafano and Mike Gonzalez dated August 29, 2017 published by The Hill at http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/348471-tillerson-deserves-cheers-for-fixing-states )

On this Labor Day, the American middle class survives and it is even expanding.  It’s the judgment of Americans themselves, though it hasn’t received much attention from politicians or the media.  Most Americans have moved beyond the fears bred by the Great Recession.  This middle-class comeback may be the year’s most underreported story.  Public opinion polls depict the change.  In its surveys, Gallup regularly asks people to report their social class, with five choices: upper class; upper middle; middle; working; and lower class.  In 2006, before the recession, 60% of Americans identified themselves as either middle or upper middle class, while 38% chose working class and lower class. Only 1% put themselves in the upper class.  The 2008-09 financial crisis and the Great Recession demolished these long-standing class patterns. The middle class shrunk dramatically amid high unemployment, home foreclosures and heavy debts.  As late as 2015, the country was almost evenly split between those in the middle and upper middle classes (51%) and those in the working and lower classes (48%), according to Gallup.  However in its latest poll on class identity, done in June, Gallup found that 62% put themselves in the broadly defined middle class, while only 36% classified themselves as working class or lower class.  The shifts, said Gallup, began in 2016 and demonstrated “that subjective social class identification has stabilized close to the prevailing pattern observed before 2009.”  The poll is not a fluke, since countless polls tell a similar story.  People are more optimistic.  Consider trends from three polls:

·    Jobs are more plentiful.  A Gallup poll found that 59% of respondents thought it was a “good time to find a quality job.”  In 2009 and 2010, this rating hovered around 10%.

·    More people feel they’re getting ahead.  In July, 42% of respondents to a Fox News poll reported personal gains, up from only 23% in 2008 and beating the previous peak of 41%.

·    Most workers do not believe their jobs will be outsourced abroad, contrary to the media narrative.  Gallup reported that nine of 10 workers feel unthreatened by outsourcing.

Job growth, up by 17 million since the recession-low point, and wage gains have reduced anxieties.  Indeed, wages for many middle-class workers may be understated.  Median weekly earnings grew almost 2% annually from 2012 to 2016, but these numbers are depressed by the retirement of well-paid baby boomers and their replacement by lower-paid, younger workers.  When the San Francisco Federal Reserve eliminated these effects, median wages grew nearly 4% annually for continuously employed full-time workers.  Middle-class values of order, predictability and personal responsibility have not entirely vanished.  People could repay debts or add to savings.  Just how this new middle-class confidence fares in the next (inevitable) recession is unknowable.  As for an uplifting effect on other American institutions, there isn’t much yet.  Gallup asks respondents whether they have “quite a lot” or “a great deal” of confidence in 14 institutions.  The average level was 35 in June; the highest rated institution was the military at 72, followed by small business at 70, big business at 21, internet news at 16, and Congress at 12!  A successful America requires a large, and largely successful, middle class.  The middle-class revival is evidence of optimism.  The lingering question on this Labor Day is whether the revival has staying power, or will memories of the Great Recession come back to haunt us?

(“America’s middle class making a major comeback under Donald Trump” by Robert Samuelson dated September 2, 2017 published by Las Vegas Review-Journal at https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/commentary-americas-middle-class-making-a-major-comeback-under-donald-trump/ )

When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for over a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal.  That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined "Even with Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges than 35 years ago."  In 2015 as in 1980, when these statistics were first gathered, blacks and Hispanics are, in the words of the Times' headline, "underrepresented."  This assumes: that in a fair society, the ethnic balance in every institution should resemble that of the larger society.  This assumption underlies the affirmative action policies that college and university admissions offices have been following with something resembling religious devotion since well before 1980.  That inevitably means violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act's ban on racial discrimination. Unchallengeable data make it clear that schools regularly admit blacks and Hispanics with much lower test scores than those classified as whites and especially Asians.  The Supreme Court left an opening for such discrimination in its 1978 Bakke and 2003 Grutter decisions, to encourage "diversity."  This discrimination is harmful, not least to university administrators who feel obliged to lie systematically about what they are doing.  It casts a pall of illegitimacy over the intended beneficiaries’ legitimate achievements.  They are dismissed as affirmative action hires.  Black and Hispanic students graduate and pass professional exams on average at lower rates than their better-prepared schoolmates.  Another result is that these students tend to cordon themselves off into separate enclaves.  It's an understandable defensive response and one encouraged by administrators who create separate orientations, dormitories and graduation ceremonies for "underrepresented" students.  Universities' shameful speech codes and ridiculous "safe spaces" are justified as needed to protect their feelings.  There is less personal interaction between black and white students on today's "diverse" campuses.  No one decries the "underrepresentation" of most groups from National Basketball Association teams or Nobel Prize recipients, both drawn from the extremes of particular skills and studies.  Selective institutions like the U.S. Army and New York Police Department have "overrepresentation" of blacks and Hispanics.  Excellence should be celebrated wherever it is found, and attention and respect should be paid to those who work and contribute conscientiously to society. You don't have to be elite to find even heroic success.  Talents and interests aren't necessarily proportionately distributed in a fair society and it's time to drop colleges and universities' racial quotas and preferences.  

(“Time to drop college and universities’ quotas and preferences” by Michael Barone dated August 31, 2017 published by Washington Examiner at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/michael-barone-time-to-drop-college-and-universities-racial-quotas-and-preferences/article/2633009 )

 

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/

 

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