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 November 5, 2016

 

Trump is almost singlehandedly restoring pride: pride in America, pride in work, pride in ourselves.  Not the false twisted “pride” of professional victimhood, nor the bloated self-importance of narcissistic vanity, but the inner glow of healthy self-love, self-worth, and self-respect.  For much too long “we the people” have allowed ourselves to be cowed and cornered by the insidious poison of political correctness and its attendant evils of guilt and shame.  No more!  The wretched effects of political correctness are much more widespread and pernicious than many of us realize.  Simply by being, simply by existing, Trump is anathema to the legions of SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) and their narrative of twisted truths and tawdry lies.  We the people” have found our spokesman in Donald J. Trump, and he has found his sounding board in “we the people.”  We feed off of, encourage, and lift one another.  Trump is no Don Quixote tilting at windmills, but a lion-hearted warrior who cuts through thorny tangles and gets things done.  Thank God someone of national stature is finally showing some sanity and guts.  It is way past time for American males, especially white American males to take pride in their gender, reclaim their manhood and grow a pair.  It was John Newton, William Wilborforce and other white European males who put an end to the African slave trade, even while Muslim slave traders and black Africans continued the practice.  I am a child of God; on this earth for an indeterminate and strictly limited period, and I refuse to waste my time mollycoddling SJWs and their absurd inanities regarding race and gender.  I have no time for SJW guilt, shame, and dismal disheartening tales of woe.  We are children of God and the only us this universe and eternity will ever know.  We are saved from pompous ego inflation by the sure knowledge that all of our gifts and splendor are “on loan” from the Creator, and the humble recognition that “all men are created equal,” so that our glory is their glory and visa versa, if only more of us fully realized this simple yet profound truth.  America is currently lost at sea, rudderless, with a deluded and dithering captain at its wheel.  God willing, on November 8th we the people” will transfer control of our ship-of-state to a fearless helmsman worthy of the honor; who will at long last steer America back on course. Vote Trump! 

(“Trump Restores Pride: No Bull” by Jim O’Neill dated November 1, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/trump-restores-pride-no-bull# )

When the campaign smoke clears after Election Day, and Americans see the President they elected, the reputation of the media will lie among the ruins.  The art of journalism has taken a pasting as a source of credible information.  Masters of the press can blame only themselves, but they won’t do that.  The losers are the innocent and naive who think the media preserves the distinction between fact and fiction.  The notion that the press should give light and let the people find their own way has evaporated in the newsrooms.  Only the purposely uninformed could miss the intensity of the rancor of the campaign that mercifully ends Tuesday with the election of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The Donald has absorbed most of the anger of a major media hell-bent on magnifying his negatives and shortcomings and minimizing Hillary‘s.  An AP/Gfk poll finds that nearly 60% of likely voters say that coverage has been tilted against the Donald, fewer than 1 in 10 think it favors him and only 40% think the coverage is fair and balanced.  Media Research Center confirms this conclusion, finding that 91% of the Trump coverage over the past 12 weeks has been hostile, concentrating on accusations of his shabby treatment of women, and sparing Hillary of a close examination of her sins and shortcomings.  This holds even after the FBI reopened its investigation of her playing fast and loose with classified information, which the director of the FBI called “extremely careless” of national-security concerns while she was secretary of State.  Standards for social media, which are low to nonexistent with few editors to enforce them, has further soured the public taste for responsible political conversation.  Pew Research Center found that while adults regard politics as a fact of life on social media, a majority “expresses annoyance and aggravation at the tone and content of the political interactions they witness on these platforms.”  People don’t like what they read, hear and see.  37% of social media users complain they are “worn out” by the barrage of political content, a far greater number than the 20% who say they enjoy the heavy political cannonading.  Most telling is that 59% say the dialogue with those of opposing political views is “stressful and frustrating.”  Only 35% say they find it “interesting and informative.”  News coverage, particularly in newspapers, has traditionally been divided into news and opinion, enforced by a barrier rivaling the Great Wall of China.  Working reporters learned early which side of the wall they worked on, and editors made sure of it. Donating money to a politician was not forbidden, but it meant that a donor couldn’t cover the campaign.  The Center for Public Integrity reports that federal campaign finance filings show that reporters, news editors and television news anchors have contributed nearly $400,000 to Hillary’s campaign, and only $14,000 has gone to the Donald.  Only 32% of Americans, according to Gallup polling, say they have “a fair amount or a great deal of trust” in the accounts of the news they read and hear.  It’s clear the media, or what in its glory days was called “the press,” deserves a failing grade for coverage of the 2016 campaign, and voters deserve better. 

(“Requiem for responsible journalism” dated November 2, 2016 published by The Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/requiem-for-responsible-journalism/ )

For all the interest group pandering that shapes modern American politics, the group that will decide the election has come down to the demographic of “The Angry Man.”  The Angry Man is difficult to stereotype: He comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich; He represents all geographic areas in America, from sophisticated urbanite to rural redneck; Deep South to Yankee North, Left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.  No matter where he’s from, Angry Men share many common traits; they aren’t asking for anything from anyone other than the promise to be able to make their own way on a level playing field.  In many cases, they are independent businessmen and employ several people.  They pay more than their share of taxes and they work hard.  He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the Christmas party for the employees at his company, three sets of braces, college educations or a beautiful wedding or two.  Not because he was forced to, but because it’s the right thing to do.  The Angry Man believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written.  The Angry Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun and use it in defense of his home, his country and his family.  He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone if necessary to achieve those goals gives him only momentary pause.  The Angry Man is not, and never will be, a victim.  He got his people together and got the hell out. Then, he went back in to rescue those who needed help or were too stupid to help themselves in the first place.  He was selfless in this, just as often a civilian as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.  His last name, his race and his religion don’t matter.  His ancestry might be Italian, English, African, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, Russian, Hispanic or any of a hundred others.  What does matter is that he considers himself in every way to be an American. He is proud of this country and thinks that if you aren’t, you are whole-heartedly encouraged to find one that suits you and move there.  The Angry Man is usually a man’s man.  The kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, go hunting, play golf, maintain his own vehicles and build things.  He coaches kid’s baseball, soccer and football and doesn’t ask for a penny.  He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, design a factory or work the land.  He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant so that you can keep the lights on while never knowing everything it took to do that. The Angry Man is the backbone of this country.  Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man and not a dishrag.  He stands up straight, opens doors for others and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”  He’s not being chauvinistic; he’s being courteous and respectful. He acts that way toward everyone.  He knows that his wife is sometimes more emotional than rational, and he is the opposite.  He also realizes that the best course is to balance the two.  Each spouse then relies on the other for the qualities lacking in themselves.  He’s not racist, but is truly disappointed and annoyed, when people exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity.  He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they’re willing to work hard and play by the rules.  He expects other people to do the same.  Above all, he has integrity in everything he does.  The Angry Man votes, and he loathes the dysfunction now rampant in government.  Because of very real consequences, he must stay within a budget but the government, for some obscure reason, he finances doesn’t.  Mostly, it’s the blatantly arrogant attitude implying that we are too stupid to run our own lives and only people in government are smart enough to do that.  Most importantly, the Angry Man has reached his limit.  When factories become flooded with illegal workers who don’t pay taxes and wages drop like a stone, he gets righteously angry.  When jobs get shipped overseas, and he must speak to some incomprehensible idiot in another country for tech support, he simmers.  When a social justice agitator go on TV, leading some rally for Black Lives Matter, safe spaces or other such nonsense, he may bite his tongue but, he remembers.  When government officials are caught red-handed breaking the law and getting off scot-free, the Angry Man balls-up his fists and readies himself for the coming fight.  He knows that this fight will be a live or die situation, so he prepares fully.  Make no mistake, this is a fight in which he is not willing to lose and he will never give up. 

(“The Angry Man Election” by John Krawczyk dated October 28, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/10/the_angry_man_election.html )

 

Can anyone doubt Donald J. Trump may well become our first Independent POTUS? Conservatives disdain him and all that he stands for, and Progressives of all stripes deplore him and the basket of his supporters. The establishment disavows him. So who will elect him?

·    The Blue Dog Coalition - represents conservative Democrats who have tired of identity politics, empty promises to working people, destruction of their mores, and the rampant corruption amongst top Dems.

·    Mainstream Republicans - are all over the map in their beliefs about religion, sexual identity, abortion, gun rights, and immigration, but they are fed up with the take-no-prisoners approach by extremists in their party.  They cross social, wealth, and educational boundaries.

·    Indies - comprise the great middle who, like ordinary Republicans, eschew the extreme positions, are willing to compromise, even on sensitive and personal issues, but want something done about immigration and the gaps in job opportunities, education, and wealth.  They hate corruption more than bad social behavior.

These groups are angry about the banana republic culture of progressive Democrats.  For all his personal foibles, Donald Trump is right: the system is rigged against an outlier.  The system of two major party establishments is built on the principles of their in-house philosophical tyrants.  It’s a society in which progressives infest our educational system, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and the grossly mis-named mainstream media crowd.  It’s a federal government no longer a traffic cop protecting our rights, but rather, just another tool corrupted for the progressive political agenda.  Trump’s constituencies know that anyone running outside permitted boundaries has had no chance of success.  Donald J. Trump is the outlier.  Trump has beat all the odds, unless, the election itself is stolen by Democrats so desperate to keep hidden their secrets.  Unless there’s a massive number of people moving a massive amount of votes in exactly the right locales, the national election should remain relatively immune from voter fraud shenanigans.  Defective voting machines have always been with us, so it’s up to each citizen to pay close attention to what happens before pulling the lever.  What we can’t see is the invisible third party electronically camped between county election offices and their respective state capitols flipping votes a few thousand at a time.  If Hillary Clinton is “elected,” her administration will be dogged by journalistic and other investigators digging deeper into the pile of political offal that represents the mass of Clinton pay-to-play activities.  If Trump, surviving every barrage, pushes through to electoral victory, November 8th is one hurdle, but there remain others before Inauguration Day.  Despite Hillary’s oh-so-pious promises to the contrary, progressives will challenge the vote everywhere they can.  Assuming those challenges come to naught, the next hurdle is the vote by the Electoral College itself.  Electors are usually chosen by each political party, and most often, they are true to the pledge they have given.  Yet, in this year, Trump is not a Republican’s Republican, and Democrats will not be shy about dirty tricks, it’s the issue of faithfulness that matters.  Trump’s last hurdle will be to disabuse the fears of many Americans so heavily stoked by those arrayed against him, and then bring together all but die-hard progressives in rebuilding America as the last best hope of humanity on this planet. It’s a daunting task, but Donald Trump is the only candidate with the political cojones to get it done! 

(“See Trump Run – And Win” By John P. Warren dated October 29, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnpwarren/2016/10/29/see-trump-runand-win-n2238429 )

 

I’ve been trying to figure out what common trait binds Clinton supporters together.  As far as I can tell, the most unifying characteristic is a willingness to bully in all its forms.

·    If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it.

·    If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car.

·    if you speak of Trump at work you could get fired.

On social media, almost every message I get from a Clinton supporter is a bullying type of message.  They insult; they try to shame; they label; and obviously they threaten my livelihood.  We know from Project Veritas that Clinton supporters tried to incite violence at Trump rallies.  The media downplays it.  We also know Clinton’s side hired paid trolls to bully online.  You don’t hear much about that.  Joe Biden said he wanted to take Trump behind the bleachers and beat him up.  No one on Clinton’s side disavowed that call to violence because, I assume, they consider it justified hyperbole.  Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime branding Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words.  Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion, but facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person.  Some Trump supporters online have suggested that people who intend to vote for Trump should wear their Trump hats on election day.  That is a dangerous idea, because there would be riots in the streets because we already know the bullies would attack.  I realize Trump supporters say bad things about Clinton supporters too, but I don’t defend the bad apples on either side.  I’ll just point out that Trump’s message is about uniting all Americans under one flag.  The Clinton message is that some Americans are good people and the other 40% are some form of deplorables, deserving of shame, vandalism, punishing taxation, and violence.  She has literally turned Americans on each other.  As far as I can tell, the worst thing a presidential candidate can do is turn Americans against each other.  Clinton is doing that, intentionally.  I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms.  I don’t defend Trump’s personal life, but neither Trump nor Clinton are role models for our children.  The bullies are welcome to drown in their own bile while those of us who want a better world do what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years: Work to make it better while others complain about how we’re doing it.  Today I put Trump’s odds of winning in a landslide back to 98%.  

(“The Bully Party” by Scott Adams dated October 25, 2016 published by Dilbert at http://blog.dilbert.com/post/152293480726/the-bully-party )

 

Ordinary Americans are for the most part commonsense realists.  For most Americans, especially those who have not had the privilege of being steeped in sophisticated Ivy League thinking, it is still self-evident that a boy in a tutu and a tiara is a boy even if he claims he is a female.   According to our ruling elite in and out of government, what the boy says must now determine which bathroom and shower room he has access to.  I suppose you already know that all this does not stop with boys who claim to be female.  For example, in 2016, New York City released a list of 31 genders approved by the city's Commission on Human Rights.  Businesses can now be fined as much as $250,000 for refusing to address someone by his preferred pronoun.  In addition, New Yorkers may use the bathroom or locker room of their choice, based on their "gender identity," without having to show any kind of documentation or proof.  The ruling class has declared war on common sense.  Our ruling elite is now trying to replace commonsense realism with what can only be called "linguistic realism" – if I say I am female or "gender gifted," then that is what I am.  Linguistic realism takes us far beyond the war on common sense that is political correctness.  According to the dictates of political correctness, the commonsense claim that importing huge numbers of Muslims from the Middle East amounts to importing trouble and terrorism is disallowed.  Anyone who makes that commonsense claim is denounced as a racist or an Islamophobe.  According to linguistic realism, you can't say the boy is a boy.  There is a whole lot of "you can't say that" going on in the war on common sense.  The split between the commonsense realism of regular Americans and the linguistic realism and political correctness championed by the sophisticated members of the elite goes a long way toward explaining the current divide between regular Americans and America's elite.  America has always had an elite, but America has not always had this divide.  During the American Founding and for quite some time thereafter, elite Americans and ordinary Americans alike were commonsense realists.  The Founders were skillful masters of the formal philosophic logic of commonsense realism, and for generations, the education of elite Americans was grounded in commonsense realism.  I often hear it said that common sense has become uncommon.   There is a relentless and escalating campaign against common sense in America, and it is coming from the political left.  People cannot abandon common sense in the conduct of their daily lives without putting their survival at risk.  No matter how vehemently sophisticated people reject common sense, they can be counted on not to let their infant children play with sharp knives.  The abandonment of commonsense realism is necessarily restricted to areas of life in which nonsense can run unchecked by contact with reality; areas such as movies; fiction; philosophy; and, too often for too long, political discourse. 

(“Imposing the new ‘realism’” by Robert Curry dated November 1, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/10/imposing_the_new_realism.html )

When President Obama assumed office, he inherited an economy in crisis. Unfortunately, eight years later, the U.S. economy continues at a slow pace.  The President's approach should serve as a cautionary lesson for the next Commander in Chief: more government doesn't grow the economy.  The Obama administration has issued no fewer than 600 major regulations costing $100 million or more, or about one every three days.  Then there were huge tax hikes imposed via ObamaCare, and at the start of 2013.  The heavy hand of government, via both more regulation and higher taxes, has taken a significant toll on the economy.  Real GDP growth has averaged 2.1% during this recovery/expansion.  That's far short of the 1956-2016 average of 3.1%, and less than half of the 4.3% real rate prevailing during periods of recovery and expansion.  Congress has worked to hold off the imposition of even more growth-killing tax and regulatory burdens.  In response, the administration has worked to force through regulation via executive fiat-a privilege the President once strongly criticized.  If President Obama once disavowed executive powers, his attitudes have changed during his tenure in office.  Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, he has sought to single out industries and businesses that don't closely align with his political priorities.  Those efforts threaten some of the country's strongest growth sectors.  President Obama has targeted traditional energy producers with increased tax and regulatory burdens.  Each of the administration's budget plans has sought to raise taxes on oil and natural gas developers.  Like clockwork, the President and his advisors have spun such selective taxation as a means of ensuring "big oil" atones for its profits.  That sales pitch ignores the fact oil and gas producers pay some of the highest tax rates in the country (an average rate of 37% versus 25.8% for S&P companies between 2011 and 2015).  It ignores that energy producers are among the nation's biggest job creators (supporting 9.8 million jobs and 8% of U.S. GDP).  It ignores that "big oil" is actually pretty small, with 90.7% of employer firms among oil and gas extraction businesses, 78.1% of drilling oil and gas wells businesses, 81.5% of firms among support activities for oil and gas operations businesses, 60.5% of oil and gas pipeline and related structures construction businesses, and 54.7% of firms among oil and gas field machinery and equipment manufacturing businesses having less than 20 workers.  Politics has clouded the difference between legitimate deductions for the cost of doing business, and subsidies whereby businesses get handouts from the government courtesy of other taxpayers.  The Obama administration endorses actual handouts for politically favored groups, such as wind and solar energy.  It's time Washington get out of the business of using policy as an instrument to pick winners and losers in private markets.  Good policy should establish a level playing field for all industries, and allow free-market competition, and ultimately consumers, to determine who succeeds.  Lawmakers would be wise to start with comprehensive tax reform that dramatically lowers tax rates across the board and simplifies the tax code.  The Obama administration already has one foot out the door, but perhaps whoever takes office next will learn from the past eight years. 

(“Washington Needs to Get Out of the Business of Picking Winners and Losers” by Raymond Keating dated October 31, 2016 published by Real Clear Markets at http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/10/31/washington_needs_to_get_out_of_the_business_of_picking_winners_and_losers_102407.html )

By now everyone knows that ObamaCare is officially the public policy flop of this generation.  With the latest news of premium increases of 22%, insurance companies dropping out, dwindling competition, and rising costs to taxpayers, this is truly the Hindenburg of health plans.  There is another part of the story that needs to be told.  This wasn’t just a liberal screw up, it was a financial swindle of taxpayers.  President Obama’s team and the liberal echo chamber lied about ObamaCare from the start and covered up the financial time bomb that would soon detonate in Americans’ laps.  Anyone remember how the White House said ObamaCare would pay for itself by using 10 years of revenue to pay for eight years of spending?  The only thing that has caught the left by surprise is that ObamaCare has burst into flames so much faster than even severe critics ever thought possible. The left was praying the bad news wouldn’t be exposed until after the election. Now at least Americans will go to the polls with the ugly facts right in front of them.  President Obama’s boasted that he would put 30 million more Americans on ObamaCare subsidies and Medicaid, and this would reduce the deficit.  The reality is that it hasn’t bent the cost curve down, it has been a major driver of higher budget costs for health care; it hasn’t given consumers more choices, and it certainly has not saved the average family $2,500 a year.  Meanwhile, the ObamaCare insurance companies now want a taxpayer bailout in the billions of dollars because the exchanges are in a cost death spiral.  Healthy people aren’t signing up and sick people are enrolling at a record pace.  This will add billions more to the program’s cost, so there goes Obama’s claim this wasn’t going to cost taxpayers a penny.  In 2017 about one in five ObamaCare enrollees will have only one insurance plan to choose from.  One third of counties have only one insurer.  This contraction of the market is going to get worse in a hurry, which is why Hillary Clinton wants a “public option,” which will soon be your only option.  The few remaining ObamaCare defenders meekly say that most people are not facing 22% premium hikes because most Americans are in employer plans, but those employer plans are starting to see the same rising price pressures.  Cato’s health care expert reports that “not only are Americans going to pay more, they’re going to get less. Deductibles have risen steadily since the ACA began.  Even the one goal of ObamaCare that should have been easy to achieve given the massive cost of the program is way underperforming.  Instead of 24 million covered as promised, the number is half that, or 11.4 million.  The vast majority of Americans who have gotten health insurance under the new law were dumped into Medicaid. This is a welfare program for people with very low incomes.  Is there any sane person who doesn’t recognize the law “as a costly and obvious failure?

(“Obamacare Implosion” by Stephen Moore dated November 1, 2016 published by The Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/30/obamacares-implosion/ )

 

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:

·  Politics at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/politics.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/