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October 6, 2018

 

During recent weeks President Trump seemed to be “more comfortable” in the Presidential spotlight and to be accomplishing much more of his agenda at an increasing rate.  All this is good for America and the world and is getting done in spite of the Washington Cesspool’s obsession with destroying his Presidency.  Trump was very visible and open to questions from the press when he met with foreign leaders at the White House, chaired a meeting at the U.N. and was part of other meetings at the U.N.  He has also been very visible as he held campaign rallies around the country.  His campaign rallies are always held in large venues with people standing in line for hours to get in while the Obama’s and Biden’s speeches are in much smaller venues.  Some of President Trump’s recent accomplishments were:

·    Poland has asked the U.S. to establish a permanent military base in Poland and agreed to pay the U.S. two billion dollars to do it. 

·    The U.S. and Mexico have reached a new trade agreement that was much more fair to the U.S. than NAFTA was. 

·    South Korea and the U.S. agreed on a new Free Trade agreement. 

·    Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, has asked for another meeting with President Trump.  

·    President Trump held a very open and wide-ranging “solo” press conference where no subject was off limits and it was very obvious that he was in control of that press conference, not the media.

While all this was happening all the Democrats and RINO Republicans could accomplish, with the eager assistance of the MSM, was to destroy at least two families’ lives in their desperate and disgusting attempt to prevent President Trump from appointing a Supreme Court Justice!  Those of us who want America to be “great again” must not be silent.  We must stand up and support President Trump’s tireless efforts to “make America great again”, especially at the ballot box!  When you consider the open dishonesty that is displayed in politics in America, I am firmly convinced that the November 6 mid-term elections are tied with the November 2016 Presidential election as the most important election in my lifetime.

(“As President Trump Gets More Firmly in Control of Washington the Democrats Become More Irrational” by Hardworking1 dated September 28, 2018 published by iPatriot at https://ipatriot.com/as-president-trump-gets-more-firmly-in-control-of-washington-the-democrats-become-more-irrational/ )

Are you better off than you were two years ago?” is the question you should ask yourself before deciding who to vote for on Election Day.  If the answer is yes, you should ignore the political sideshows consuming the legacy media and vote for the party responsible for your heavier pocketbooks.  Since Election Day 2016, Americans are significantly better off by every major economic measure.  The unemployment rate has fallen by 20% to 3.9% and has remained below 4% for the longest stretch in 50 years.  Black and Hispanic unemployment rates are at their lowest level on record.  This means that virtually any American who wants a job can get one.  This sizzling job market is drawing people who had dropped out of the workforce entirely back to work.  The prime-age workforce has grown by half a million more than the long-run trend suggested.  This is providing opportunity to the least employable jobseekers on the margin of the labor market.  Unemployment insurance claims are at a 50 year low.  Even with this influx of lower-skilled people into jobs, wages are growing at their fastest pace in a decade.  Household incomes are up and the poverty rate is down.  Hispanic median income grew by nearly 4% last year.  After tax incomes are rising even faster thanks to the tax cuts that took effect this year.  Business creation and business investment are booming.  New business applications have surged since Election Day 2016, growing about 10% faster than the long-run trend suggested.  Business investment reversed its downward trend on Election Day 2016 and has surged in its aftermath.  This increased economic activity has increased economic growth, which is currently above 4% and is on pace to exceed 3% annually for the first time since 2005.  If the Atlanta Federal Reserve GDP predictor is any indication, economic growth may come in closer to 4% for the year.  What does this mean for ordinary Americans?  Better jobs at better wages and a higher quality of life.  Blue collar jobs have grown at 3.3% so far this year, the fastest pace in 35 years, after many years of decline.  Full-time jobs are replacing part-time ones, allowing those with service jobs to work the hours they need to enter the middle-class.  The stock market has grown by an incredible 40% since Election Day 2016, boosting 401(k)s and college savings accounts for the middle-class.  No wonder consumer sentiment is near a record high.  Obama has come out of hibernation to try to take credit for this economy, claiming the good news is just a continuation of a trend, but a closer look at these economic indicators show a clear inflection point on Election Day 2016 and a new, more positive trend-line in its aftermath.  That's because Republicans have pursued pro-growth policies.  Exhibit A is the tax cuts that took effect this year, allowing people to keep more of their hard-earned money, with a new 20% small business tax deduction, which allows small business job creators to protect one-fifth of their earnings.  Voters face a big choice this election: they can either vote with their pocketbooks and continue the economic progress they've enjoyed over the past two years, or they can vote for Democrats, who promise to raise taxes and pass a slew of job-killing regulations that will return us to the Obama economy.

(“Let the economy decide your vote” by Alfredo Ortiz dated September 28, 2018 published by The Hill at https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/408913-let-the-economy-decide-your-vote )

Republicans have long been both exasperated and baffled by the general spinelessness of our elected representatives in the House and the Senate.  The Democrats have always fought to win, without principles; ethics be damned.  They don't ever care who they use, abuse or destroy: Bork, Clarence Thomas, Miguel Estrada, Brett Kavanaugh to name just a few of their victims.  The Republicans, most of them, operate differently.  They are generally polite, even to their opponents.  They make the effort to negotiate and compromise.  The Democrats rarely compromise.  They fight dirty; always have, always will.  Republicans confirm the SCOTUS nominees of Democrat presidents’ choosing in the belief that the POTUS has the right to pick qualified persons of his choosing.  Republicans would never, as Lindsey Graham said to the Democrats on the judiciary committee, never treat a nominee the way the Democrats have treated Judge Kavanaugh.  Those of us out here who see right through this smear without regard for a decent man, have never been so angry, so disgusted at our elected representatives.  We are enraged at the democrats who are so gleefully doing everything in their power to ruin Brett Kavanaugh and we are almost equally enraged at the Republicans who are letting this travesty take place.  Granted, Senators Lee, Sasse, Kennedy and Tillis did their due diligence, albeit in a quieter manner than Graham but those of us watching were rooting for every one of them to fight back loud and hard.  How do they listen to Booker, Harris, Whitehouse, Durbin, Hirono, Coons, Feinstein, Leahy, Klobuchar and Blumenthal verbally, abusively and disrespectfully attack Kavanaugh, a better man than any of them, assume his guilt on the incredibly weak allegations of Ford without a shred of evidence and not want to jump over their table and grab them by their necks?   Democrats count on Republican passivity because it is the general rule.  Senator Graham momentarily broke the rule and it was a glorious thing to behold.  Then there is Jeff Flake, a traitor to his party in the John McCain vein.  He is worse than meek, he is a shameless coward, a traitor to his voters, a despicable RINO, willing to betray his party and Kavanaugh on a whim.  No one is surprised by his treachery but we hoped that he had developed a conscience and a spine.   Those on the right need to man-up and remember why they were sent to DC:  to uphold the Constitution because the Democrats only seek to render it null and void.

(“The Democrats are vicious; the Republicans are meek” by Patricia McCarthy dated September 30, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/the_democrats_are_vicious_the_republicans_are_meek.html )

 

The moderate to conservative Democrats, the so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats (“Trumpocrats”), are leaving the Democrat Party in droves.  The Democrat Party has traveled further and further left and they have done real damage to American workers and they have lost all affection from average folk. Trump speaks their language and he’s telling them that if they vote for him, he will solve those specific problems.  We won’t know until November how many of these Blue Dog Republicans actually exist, but if they exist in enough numbers to elect Donald Trump President of these United States, then it really is a whole new ballgame.  In addition to the “Blue Dog Republicans” there are many people leaving the Democrat Party because they are sickened by the non-stop bullying, violence, censorship, and crudity displayed by so many on the Left.  They are hip to the fact that the left-wing so-called anti-fascists, are in truth the very fascists that they claim to detest.  I had no choice but to leave the Left.  At the end of the day conservatives are trying to hold on to the values that made us great and kept us free and trying to keep the individual as the basic unit of civilization.  Progressives are trying to force us into a massive collective that they will control through the power of government.  The #WalkAway movement is holding a big rally, a march, during the upcoming weekend of October 26-28, a few days before the November elections.  It would be more than a nice gesture if “Bikers for Trump,” “Oath Keepers,” and others of their ilk would “ride shotgun” for these folks.  I imagine that, given the violent propensities of the Left, the #WalkAway folks could use the moral support if nothing else.  Democrats are busy erasing any and all positive aspects of America’s great history. The Democrats have indeed become unhinged, and I strongly suggest that any sane members that may be left in that political party, run, not walk, away from the Democrats’ vicious, bullying, hateful insanity.  Many former Democrats are waking from their slumber and discovering that the party that they once belonged to no longer represents what they believe in.  To all of them I say “Welcome aboard,” you will find that Republicans are not the monsters you have been propagandized into believing they are.  Republicans are now the hip, cool, purveyors of truth, justice, free speech, patriotism, compassion, and racial equality.

(“#WalkAway Becomes #MarchAwayby Jim O’Neill dated September 30, 2018 published by Canada Free Press at https://canadafreepress.com/article/walkaway-becomes-marchaway )

 

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial argues that recent events support the view that justice in America has been turned on its head.  In the early 70s, old time liberalism stood for the common law tradition of due process, that is, one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  In the case of a criminal complaint or charge, the onus is on the state to prove the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, not on a balance of probabilities.  Civil rights lawyers fought against the notion that one’s race and color undermined one’s credibility as a witness.  In other words, because of their color, African-Americans should not be believed.  Contrast that with American liberal thought today, that because of one’s gender- the allegations of females should always be believed.  These same civil rights lawyers fought for a fair, independent and impartial judicial system in which every accused was entitled to a fair trial which required the accused to face his complainant, hear the complainant’s allegations and through his counsel’s right to cross-examine, the accused had the right to test the credibility of the complainant’s allegations and the facts that supported that complainant.  This adversarial judicial system works best when all the key players are permitted to play their roles.  The defense counsel is professionally obligated to fight fiercely on behalf of his/her client which includes vigorously testing the credibility of the testimony.  The prosecutor is obligated to perform his/her role by presenting the facts fairly and being forced to prove the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt.  However in Ford vs. Kavanaugh, we have a new liberal judicial system where Kavanaugh is presumed guilty on the basis of unsupported and unsubstantiated allegations.  The onus is on Kavanaugh to prove his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.  We have a new liberal judicial system where the complainant denies the right of the accused to be in the same room as the complainant and where the complainant wants the accused to testify first.  We have a new liberal judicial system where the complainant sets the rules on what can be asked of her and what cannot and even who can ask the questions.  Hence, we have a new liberal judicial system, where the accused has been denied his constitutional right to challenge the credibility and veracity of his complainant, through cross examination.  In other words, the complainant Ford and her liberal supporters want this Senate Judicial hearing and criminal trials in general, to resemble a liberal college campus kangaroo court.  This new liberal judicial system seems to work for many liberals when the complainant is a female and the accused is a white privileged male.  I doubt this new liberal judicial system will work for these same liberals, when they themselves are the accused, or when the accused are African-Americans, Latinos, illegal aliens, or for any American citizen facing the awesome power of the state.  I was an old school liberal of the 70s, a supporter of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of the 70s, but I did not leave liberalism, the liberalism of the 70s left me.

(“Modern Day Liberalism Has Perverted Justice” by Mitch Wolfe dated September 29, 2018 published by Canada Free Press at https://canadafreepress.com/article/modern-day-liberalism-has-perverted-justice )

Conventional wisdom tells us the party not in control of the White House is set to lose seats in Congress in an administration’s first mid-term election.  Conventional wisdom assured us Hillary Clinton would be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not wearing old drapes from the '70s and whining about how the country is full of monsters who voted for Donald Trump.  After witnessing how disgusting the political left have become in their attempted character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, I would crawl over flaming broken glass into a salt and lemon juice pit to vote against every Democrat I can, and I’m not alone.  I don’t know if Democrats realize what they’ve done, what they’ve awoken in their crusade against Kavanaugh, but I can assure you that conservatives are awake now, ready and enthusiastic to register their disgust at the ballot box.  Even never-Trump Republicans have come home, outraged over what our politics have devolved into in the name of “progress.”  Democrats are the party of rage for the sake of emotional manipulation.  They have nothing else to offer because they can’t talk openly about their policy prescriptions because the American people would reject them.  Their only option is to try to scare the Hell out of their voters.  Keeping people angry and afraid is a powerful motivating force for anyone, especially liberals. They tend to start sentences with “I feel” rather than “I think.”  A person in the midst of an emotional frenzy rarely acts rationally.  That’s what the left has been counting on.  What they didn’t count on is the resolve of Brett Kavanaugh to stand up to their gestapo tactics.  Thank God for his resolve.  You don’t get as far as he has in life without it.  His children are benefiting from seeing their father stand up to bullies and fraud, liars and scumbags.  An overwhelming sense of revulsion against these politicians and journalist cowards perpetrating this con has created a sense of loathing for each and every one of them.  The people who elected Donald Trump, and the Republican voters who swore they’d never support him, are being mobilized by the very people who have the most to lose by kicking this sleeping giant.  To paraphrase Nathan Hale, I only regret that I have but one vote to cast for my country, and I’m going to cast it against every Democrat on the ballot.  Millions of others who may not have otherwise done so will cast their votes also, thanks to what we’ve watched in horror these past few weeks.  So thank you, Judge Kavanaugh, for your character and courage, and thank you, Democrats, for reminding us who you’ve become, who you really are, and just how far you’ll sink to obtain power.

(“The R ighteous Rage of the Right” by Derek Hunter dated October 4, 2018 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2018/10/04/the-righteous-rage-of-the-right-n2525069 )

 

At the U.N., President Donald Trump mounted one of the most coherent and timely defenses of U.S. sovereignty ever given.   Trump's previous inspiring and unexpected remarks about sovereignty were made in the Rose Garden, when he announced we were withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.  In June 2017, he said, "As president, I have one obligation, and that obligation is to the American people.  The Paris Accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risks, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world."  By inserting concerns about U.S. sovereignty, President Trump implied American exceptionalism, emphasized by Ronald Reagan in his famous election eve 1980 speech, where he quoted from John Winthrop's reference to creating a "city on a hill" that would be a beacon of Godly living for the entire world.  However, Trump has chosen to emphasize the term "sovereignty" because of its implications not mainly for culture or the providential founding of America by God, but for the institutional-constitutional-legal framework of our country.  The concern about our sovereignty is longstanding.  Henry Cabot Lodge in 1919 led the Republican Senate to reject the Treaty of Versailles because it would have allowed us to be members of the League of Nations.  Lodge had fourteen objections to the League of Nations, but his main concern was that we could be impressed into foreign wars without our following the constitutional requirements for declaring war.  The treaty died in the Senate, but the idea of U.S. participation in a world body lived on.  That idea was brought back to life by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at their Atlantic Conference meeting in August 1941 and implemented with the founding of the U.N. in San Francisco at the end of WWII.  The U.S. veto power in the U.N. Security Council was to allay fears of being drawn into an unwanted war, but the role of the U.S. in "peacekeeping" was still vague in many respects.  Issues like U.S. servicemen serving under non-American nationals who are officers continues to be a sticking point.  The issue of U.S. sovereignty remained a concern as multilateralism in economics picked up steam during the past 30 years.  The U.N. morphed gradually from international peacekeeping and cooperation to ameliorating some of the undue sufferings of the people in less developed countries to a globalist vision of world government touching every sphere of life.  The U.N. Declaration of Rights would define the new world order.  Its principles, while based in some respects on the U.S. Declaration of Independence or some ideas from our Constitution, are also at variance from those documents.  Our Senate continued to show concern about this internationalist trend in 2012.  At that time, the Senate rejected the U.N. Treaty on Disabilities, which fell five votes short of the number needed for two-thirds ratification, although eight Republicans voted for the treaty.  Since 2012, the U.N. has stepped up its game of moving toward global governance.  Under its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Government, the U.N. lists and waxes ecstatic about seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs).  Among the 17 SDGs are "Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure" and "Responsible Consumption and Production."  The 17 SDGs are in turn supplemented with 33 Program Themes that embrace "intellectual property"; "international financial systems"; and "education, culture, and science."  The U.N. has morphed from an organization for greater world cooperation to a body strategizing for world governance and steps to implement that government.  Shockingly, too many Americans are unwittingly embracing those strategies.  President Trump at the U.N. stated upfront, "The U.S. won't tell you how to live, work, or worship.  We ask you to honor our sovereignty in return."  Here he presented a simple restatement of the Golden Rule as a principle of ethical engagement for the world community.  “We are not trying to impress our values or goals on you; you should likewise respect and do the same for us."  He went on to explain that our engagement with the world is not to impose our values, but to protect ourselves and the world from economic tyranny and aggressions by bloodthirsty countries such as Iran.  He was explaining that our proactive stance in various areas of the world is not to impose U.S. values or culture on other parts of the world, but to use our position of wealth and military strength to protect ourselves and others who are vulnerable to predatory states.  He called this defense of sovereignty "principled realism."  It conveys our interest in being high-minded and ethical ("principled") in a world where self-interest is a reality, but where excessive self-interest in the form of brutal aggression, economically or militarily, is too often a reality.  Trump's realism was powerfully stated.  He castigated OPEC for ripping off the rest of the world, which is especially egregious for the USA, since we are protecting many of those countries militarily.  Yes, make your own countries great again, but not by bullying and exploiting other countries.  He ended by asserting in a concise way deep truths that are not typically understood according to power-mad mindsets in our own country, let alone by the sinister hearts and minds of many in the body of the U.N.  "To unleash the potential of our people, sovereignty and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom succeeds.  We must protect sovereignty and independence above all, because when we do we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us, new ways of peace making, new purpose, [and] new spirit flourishing[.]"

(“Defense of Sovereignty Must Be Our National Goal” by E. Jeffrey Ludwig dated September 29, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/09/defense_of_sovereignty_must_be_our_national_goal.html )

 

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:

·    Elections at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/elections.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

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