Views on the News
Views on the News*
September 21, 2019
It is clear that the strategy for the media is to scare the public instead of telling the truth as they collude with other Democrats in the 2020 election. It's the same as their strategy for the past several decades to elect Democrats and destroy Republicans. It will include:
· Playing the race card to gin up racial division and hate, as they pretend they are the party trying to unite the country.
· Running fictional stories to destroy the Republicans, like the years-long fake Russian collusion story and the stories to destroy Kavanaugh. The media and other Democrats are willing to destroy anyone who gets in their way in their quest for power. The truth hasn't mattered for a long time.
· Running endless stories predicting a coming recession to instill fear in the public and downplaying the good current good results from Republican policies.
· Seeking to scare the public, as they have for almost 100 years, that the world, humans, and animal and plant species are threatened soon to extinction if the government doesn't get control of the climate and every aspect of our lives. The coastal cities and ice caps were going to be gone soon after 1922 and they are still there and thriving.
· Telling that Trump's trade policies are greatly harming the economy and consumers and that they have harmed our relationship with foreign countries, but trade data show that exports and imports have continuously risen throughout Trump's term.
· Telling that tariffs are raising prices, but government statistics show that prices are dropping year over year.
There are several existential threats to the U.S. survival as a great country, and continuing the use of fossil fuels and a little warming are not included. Medicare for all is a threat. Stopping the use of fossil fuels is a threat. Substantially higher taxes and moving toward socialism are a threat. Not enforcing the rule of law and having a Justice Department that believes that it is its job to determine who is president are great threats. One of the greatest threats is that we have sycophant media that believe that it is their job to support one party and destroy the other based on their beliefs instead of reporting the truth.
(“The scare strategy” by Jack Hellner dated September 17, 2019 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/09/the_scare_strategy.html )
Democrats running president can’t be honest about their agendas. That’s made clear by a recent Harvard/Harris Poll, the results of which got far too little attention. Medicare for All will cost at least $3.2 trillion a year, which is a completely unrealistic lowball estimate. Doubling everyone’s income tax, and doubling corporate income taxes to pay for it would still be a trillion dollars short, and that’s just Medicare for All. Most of the candidates have also embraced the even more radical Green New Deal, along with free college, free preschool, free housing, with each pretending that only “millionaires and billionaires” will have to pick up the tab. If you took every penny earned by every taxpayer who makes more than $200,000, you would cover only half the costs of all this largesse. Biden’s agenda is a slightly watered-down version of those proposed by Warren, Bernie Sanders, and the rest and would also require enormous tax hikes - a fact they never seem to mention. A recent Harvard / Harris Poll of registered voters uncovered why they do that. This poll attempted to gauge support for Trump and a Democrat opponents without using any names. The question just described their agendas: “Which candidate are you more likely to vote for:
· “A presidential candidate who stands for the green new deal on climate change, Medicare for all, free college tuition, opening our borders to many more immigrants and raising taxes to pay for these programs.” …Or,
· “A presidential candidate who stands for lower taxes and reduced government regulations, strengthening our military, strengthening our border to reduce illegal immigrants, standing up more to China and Iran and seeking better trade deals for the US.”
You’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more concise description of what President Donald Trump and any of the leading Democrat candidates stand for. The result: A stunning 61% say they’d vote for Trump’s agenda. Among independents, 65% chose the Trump agenda, as did every age group except those 18-34, who split 50-50. Even among Democrats, more than a third said they’d vote against the candidate pushing the current Democratic agenda. The poll went further and broke out specific policy issues. There wasn’t one item on the Democrat agenda that came in the top six. Only 38% say they were likely to vote for a candidate who promised to “raise taxes to pay for these programs.” On the other hand, 83% said they’d likely support a candidate who promised to lower taxes. The only was the eventual Democrat nominee can overcome this huge gap is by lying about Trump’s agenda, deceiving voters about the Democrat agenda, or some combination of the two!
(“Dems Will Have To Lie About Their Agenda To Win, Poll Shows” by John Merline dated September 19, 2019 published by Issues & Insights at https://issuesinsights.com/2019/09/19/dems-will-have-to-lie-about-their-agenda-to-win-poll-shows/ )
Rather than unifying Americans, each 2020 Democrat presidential candidate is campaigning on dividing us into bogus victimized voting blocs. They seek to convince every American that they are a victim in one way or another; a victim of racism, sexism, white privilege, environmental racism, income inequality, and so on. The tag team of Democrats and fake news media are promoting the insane lie that the earth will be inhabitable in 12 years unless we elect a Democrat president. Delusional Democrats and fake news media actually believe they can win the White House by dividing Americans, encouraging blacks to hate whites, women to hate men, and homosexuals to hate heterosexuals. Democrats believe it is immoral to refer to America as “our” country. We have allowed old hippies to teach our children the lie that America ravaged the world for our prosperity. Therefore, it is only fair that we abandon borders, sharing our ill-gotten wealth with the world. Democrats also believe allowing needy unskilled people to freely invade our country will increase Democrat voter registration. Democrats and fake news media say displays of patriotism are insensitive, racist, and hateful. Shockingly, the U.S. flag was not seen on stage during the televised ABC Democrat presidential debate. Democrat-controlled schools divide Americans by teaching black students to resent white students, absurdly claiming that whites are “born racist.” Students are taught to hate their country. In their ongoing evil mission to demonize America and divide Americans, Democrats and fake news media say the election of President Trump proves that widespread racism is alive and well, particularly in rural America. America has come a long way, baby in regard to race relations. Americans elected Obama two times to prove our nation has moved beyond widespread racism. Democrats and fake news media still persist in selling their insidious lie that everyone who voted for Trump and supports his Make America Great Again agenda are white supremacists. Democrats' and fake news medias' evil mission is to keep Americans divided, in fear and at war with each other.
(“Democrats and the Media Seek to Divide Americans” by Lloyd Marcus dated September 17, 2019 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/09/democrats_and_the_media_seek_to_divide_americans.html )
The slowly diminishing circus of Democrat presidential hopefuls is engaged in a black cat–seeking exercise on a grand scale with regard to the highly emotional climate hoax, seeking to frighten the populace with what is not there. The clear and present danger is not weather-related disaster, but rather the assured calamity that will result from the outlandish proposals offered as solutions to a nonexistent problem. The vacuity of the whole concept of climate change has been demonstrated in provable detail by many learned papers by credible authors. Civilization as we know it will absolutely not end in ten or twelve or any number of years because of weather changes induced by mankind, as the alarmists so shrilly contend. What is happening is that rabid socialists have found a fertile audience in the emotionally driven shallow thinkers of our society. This group can be easily manipulated by appeals to emotion without having to resort to facts. The political Left, the socialists and Marxists best defined by the current Democratic Party, have adapted the climate, made it an issue, and weaponized it as a tool in their long-term quest for total consolidation of power in the government and total control over our lives. The Democrat presidential candidates are climbing all over each other trying to out-left the next one in their platform proposals, but let's stick to their recent climate proposals as illustrative of how absurd they have become. To bring the insanity together, CNN felt compelled to host a Climate Change Town Hall so all the socialists could showcase their delusions in one place.
· Joe Biden will eliminate fossil fuel and certainly ban fracking. He opposes nuclear energy. He blames climate change for cancer.
· Bernie Sanders proposed abortions, especially for women in poor countries, to control population growth. He would nationalize energy production and ban fracking. He opposes nuclear energy.
· Fauxcahontas Warren would stop building nuclear energy plants and ban fracking.
· Kamala Harris would ban plastic straws, ban fracking, and opposes nuclear energy.
· Cory Booker cast the issue as environmental racism and would ban fracking.
· Andrew Yang proposed that the government confiscate gas-fueled vehicles. Everyone will have to drive electric cars. He would also ban fracking.
· Beto O'Rourke, a representative from Texas, no less, vowed to get rid of all fossil fuels and ban fracking. Also opposes nuclear energy.
· Pete Buttigieg would tax fossil fuel and give the money to the poor. He would also ban fracking and opposes nuclear energy. Says God thinks greenhouse gases are a sin: CO2 is a greenhouse gas and necessary for plant life, so, by extension, God says supporting plant life is a sin.
All of the candidates want to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement that Obama committed the U.S. to by executive order and President Trump wisely withdrew from. The agreement amounted to a resource redistribution plan for the benefit of third-world nations, particularly since there is no climate change to solve. None of the candidates seems to understand that the United States is the only nation in the world that has reduced its emissions over the past 15 years while growing its economy, nor do they understand that a major reason for that is the increase in the use of natural gas made possible by hydro-fracking technology. They all want to ban the cleanest energy of all: nuclear energy. None seems to have contemplated how greatly increased electrical demand will be satisfied with no fossil fuel or nuclear generation. Wind and solar are too intermittent to satisfy a large percentage of demand anytime soon, and, without huge government subsidies, no alternative energy source is close to being affordable, not that any of these clowns cares. The "Green Proposals" would destroy the economy of our nation, costing tens of trillions of dollars and returning nothing even if any of them were viable. Worse, none solves any climate problems because there are no climate problems to solve. The real irony is that less than 50 years ago, the previous generation of self-proclaimed climate experts were assuring us that the planet was on the verge of the next ice age. One must wonder what changed so dramatically in 50 years that our demise has gone from freezing to incinerating in a geological flash; the answer is political narrative, certainly not the geophysics of weather.
(“CNN Climate Town Hall showed once and for all how crazy climate alarmism is” by Dave Ball dated September 14, 2019 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/09/cnn_climate_town_hall_showed_once_and_for_all_how_crazy_climate_alarmism_is.html )
Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf. As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked. In 2016 and early 2017, Barack Obama appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and abort his presidency. Now, congressional Democrats promise impeachment before the 2020 election. The usual reason for such hatred is said to be Trump's unorthodox and combative take-no-prisoners style. Critics detest his crude and unfettered assertions, his lack of prior military or political experience, his attacks on the so-called bipartisan administrative state, and his intent to roll back the entire Obama-era effort of "fundamentally transforming" the country leftward. Certainly, Trump's agenda of closing the border, using tariffs to overturn a half-century of Chinese mercantilism, and pulling back from optional overseas military interventions variously offends both Democrats and establishment Republicans. Trump periodically and mercurially fires his top officials. He apparently does not care whether the departed write damning memoirs or join his opposition. To make things worse for his critics, Trump's economy is booming as never before in the new 21st century: near-record-low unemployment, a record number of Americans working, increases in workers' wages and family incomes, low interest rates, low inflation, steady GDP growth and a strong stock market. Yet the real source of Trump derangement syndrome is his desire to wage a multifront pushback: politically, socially, economically and culturally, against what might be called the elite postmodern progressive world. Contemporary elites increasingly see nationalism and patriotism as passe. Borders are 19th-century holdovers. The European Union, not the U.S. Constitution, is seen as the preferable model to run a nation. Transnational and global organizations are wiser on environmental and diplomatic matters than is the U.S. government. The media can no longer afford to be nonpartisan and impartial in its effort to rid America of a reactionary such as Trump, given his danger to the progressive future. America's ancient sins can never really be forgiven. In a new spirit of iconoclasm, thousands of buildings, monuments and statues dedicated to American sinners of the past must be destroyed, removed or renamed. A new America supposedly is marching forward under the banner of ending fossil fuels, curbing the Second Amendment, redistributing income, promoting identity politics and open borders, and providing free college, free health care and abortion on demand. An insomniac Trump fights all of the above nonstop and everywhere. In the past, Republican presidents sought to slow the progressive transformation of America but despaired of ever stopping it. No slugfest is too off-topic or trivial for Trump. Trump variously goes after antifa, political correctness on campus, the NATO hierarchy, the radical green movement, Planned Parenthood, American universities and, above all, the media -- especially CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times. For all the acrimony and chaos, and prognostications of Trump's certain failure, a bloodied Trump wins more than he loses. NATO members may hate Trump, but more are finally paying their promised defense contributions. In retrospect, many Americans concede that the Iran Deal was flawed and that the Paris climate accord mere virtue signaling, and China was long due for a reckoning. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation proved fruitless and was further diminished by Mueller's bizarrely incoherent congressional testimony. Some of the most prominent Trump haters: Michael Avenatti, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Antony Scaramucci and Adam Schiff either have been discredited or have become increasingly irrelevant. Trump has so enraged his Democrat adversaries that the candidates to replace him have moved further to the left than any primary field in memory. They loathe Trump, but in their abject hatred he has goaded the various Democrat candidates into revealing their support for the crazy Green New Deal, reparations for slavery, relaxed immigration policies and trillions of dollars in new free stuff. In a way, the left-wing Democratic presidential candidates understand Trump best: If he wins his one-man crusade to stop the progressive project, they are finished, and their own party will make the necessary adjustments and then sheepishly drift back toward the center.
(“Trump’s Total Culture War” by Victor Davis Hanson dated September 19, 2019 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2019/09/19/trumps-total-culture-war-n2553314 )
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:
· Environment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/environment.php