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November 7, 2015

When I arrived in New York City 28 years ago to begin my national radio program, my objective was to have the most-listened-to show in the country.  At that time, the national broadcast media included three television networks and CNN.  There were 125 radio stations doing talk radio, and I started on 56 of them. No one had ever succeeded in syndicating a national daytime radio show, and I was predicted to fail, too.  What was different about my show was that I was the only conservative voice in national broadcast media.  National Review was the only major conservative magazine being published and read.  I traveled 45 weekends each year for the first two years to solidify my radio-affiliate relationships.  In 1991, my substitute hosts were offered their own national shows as other syndicators got in on the action.  Today, there are more than 2,500 stations doing talk radio, the vast majority of which lean conservative.  There is Fox News, which debuted in 1997.  There is the conservative blogosphere, and there are more conservative websites than you can count.  This has been a conservative-media revolution.  Its greatest consequence has been the destruction of the Left’s national-media monopoly.  I firmly believe that the conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf.  This has led in turn to the hyper-partisan nature of our politics today.  When Republicans were perennial losers and happy about it, the media could stay hidden behind their wall of phony objectivity, but they were called out.  Now there is a fierce competition for the hearts and minds of the American people, which the Left used to believe it owned.  So it is not I, nor anyone else in conservatism, who is to blame for the partisanship in Washington.  That is on the Democrats and the Left, for trying to destroy the traditions and institutions that have defined this country.  We stand in defense of this great nation, and we look forward to the Republican Party’s someday joining us.

(“The Conservative-Media Revolution Has Forced the Liberal Media to Abandon Any Pretense of Objectivity” by Rush Limbaugh dated November 19, 2015 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426529/rush-limbaugh-national-review-conservative-media-revolution )

 

The libertine left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social conservatism.  Election Day 2015 was a terrible day for these revolutionaries, as so often it is when it's the American people, not liberal elites, making the decisions.  Let's assess the damage:

·    In Kentucky, incoming Republican governor Matt Bevin won despite proudly embracing the cause of country clerk Kim Davis, a clear rebuke to the cultural let's agenda to impose gay "marriage" on every conservative Christian jurisdiction.

·    In Virginia, two GOP state senate candidates were targeted for gun control, but one won and one lost, leaving the state senate in Republican hands.

·    The city of Houston thumped outgoing lesbian leftist mayor Annise Parker by voting overwhelmingly (61% to 39%) to refuse the "HERO" -- Houston Equal Rights Ordinance -- a 31-page packet of mumbo-jumbo that included allowing men who "identify" as women to use the women's restrooms.

·    Ohio rejected marijuana legalization by a 2-1 margin.

·    Even in ultraliberal San Francisco, the sheriff who steadfastly defended the city's outrageous "sanctuary city" policy went down to defeat.

The left can attempt to diminish the results by saying this was an off-off-year election with dismally low voter turnout, waged in just a handful of locales, but liberals who cite this as an explanation often fail to take the next step and ask why liberal social positions don't mobilize infrequent voters.  There is clearly a "passion gap" between the secular left and the religious right.  The conservatives are mobilizing, spurred by an increasing liberal authoritarianism since the last presidential election, as the left puts "religious liberty" in scare quotes.  The liberal media's conventional "wisdom" that the Republican Party is fractured between the religious right determined to commit political suicide and a country-club establishment that doesn’t understand it's time to surrender.  The reality is that GOP divisions show an ideologically flexible big-tent party, while Democrats are in lockstep around an agenda whose popularity they too often fail to question.  Democrats want to believe Americans share with their radical vision of social change, but end up losing elections.  There's a reason liberals always think they're winning, because in both "news" reporting and entertainment propaganda, they incessantly evangelize for gun safety, marriage equality, legalized marijuana, transgender civil rights protections and untrammeled amnesty for illegal immigrants as if only the leftist position is acceptable.  The only days the Left gets a reality check are election days.

(“Liberals Losing the Culture Wars?” by Brent Bozell dated November 6, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2015/11/06/liberals-losing-the-culture-wars-n2076658

Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars” by Molly Ball dated November 6, 2015 published by The Atlantic at http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/liberals-are-losing-the-culture-war/414175/ )

 

If you’re Social Justice Warrior, you’re a liar actively spreading absurd falsehoods about the nature of men, women, sex, and culture that can’t withstand even the slightest scrutiny.  You change history and conceal facts to fit preferred narratives, even when it costs human lives.  You claim the best of intentions yet achieve the worst of outcomes, and through it all, you hate the very nation and political system that have granted you the liberties you so grotesquely abuse.  If you’re a Social Justice Warrior, you’re intolerant.  Because your lies can’t withstand scrutiny, you wall yourself off in comfortable enclaves and then ruthlessly suppress dissent within your chosen communities.  If you’re a Social Justice Warrior, however, you’re also ultimately impotent.  While you’ve intimidated many institutions, you actually control few.  If history is any guide, then mendacious and intolerant ideological movements tend to have relatively short cultural half-lives.  The modern wave of political correctness is doomed, and it has already peaked and has nowhere to go but down.  Virtually every great moment in the first three GOP presidential debates has occurred when candidates defied the cultural Left and spoke truth to power.  If there is one thing that’s predictable in this otherwise unpredictable GOP cycle, it’s that defying the PC police is the path to prominence.  Social Justice Warriors simply have no influence on large swaths of the American electorate.  Even many of the Left’s “victories” are proving Pyrrhic, but rather than marginalizing and shaming these brave Americans, that persecution has encouraged millions to rally around their cause, and now the public, according to polls, is showing signs of respecting freedom of conscience.  Social Justice Warriors seem to win only on the turf they already control.  I know the cultural climate is toxic toward Christianity, the social-justice Left is relentless, and Christians and conservatives in liberal enclaves tend to face real threats to their liberty and livelihoods. I also know that even if the PC wave is cresting, it has a long way to fall before it becomes culturally irrelevant.  There will be more casualties of the culture war yet, but the PC Left is reaching its limit.  Intolerance is ugly, self-righteousness is unappealing to everyone but the already-converted, and lies eventually lose to reality.

(“Sorry, Social Service Warriors: Political Correctness Has Peaked” by David French dated November 2, 2015 published by National review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426452/political-correctness-peaks-social-justice-liberals )

 

In their holier-than-thou condescending style, leftists and liberals love to dictate to people about what Socialism is and isn’t moral as if their ideology is the perfect truth which all should follow.  Their default position is Socialist and liberal beliefs are more enlightened and therefore, they are automatically morally superior to everyone else. Socialists and Liberals will be shocked and offended should anyone dare to question their perfect truth and will become outraged, angry and even violent should dissenters refuse to be brow-beaten into believing Socialist dogma.  Filled with what can be described as a fantasy-driven misguided hubris at best, the left has no problem in demonizing anyone who dares to oppose them.  Their nasty little tactic is to portray opponents as immoral; as haters; as intolerant bigots; and as unbalanced individuals who are filled with prejudice and irrational fear. Socialists will also twist and distort reality by smearing opponents as “far right” Fascists or Nazis.  What’s quite astonishing is how anyone from the left is regarded as moral and actually taken seriously, because it’s as if the minds of the masses have been wiped clean of the diabolical nature and the murderous history of Socialism in the same way Hilary Clinton’s private email server has allegedly been wiped clean of incriminating emails.  There’s nothing moral about Socialism, and to prove this, here’s just a small sample of the abhorrent history of Socialism:

·    Karl Marx, the Godfather of the left, was a man who called for classes and races too weak to accept the new conditions of life to be exterminated.  Marx’s vision was for a classless, stateless society, where the working class (the proletariat) would control the means of production.  Opposition to Socialism will not be tolerated, it will be stamped out, and Marx knew this would lead to the slaughter of millions of people.

·    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the world’s first Communist state, born out of revolutionary terror.  Between 1918 and 1991, the Soviet Union slaughtered an estimated SEVENTY MILLION of its own people, including starving around seven million people to death in the Ukraine between 1932-34.  Leftists claim Nationalism was the cause of World War Two, but they forget the war was started by National Socialist Germany and the USSR who were allies and they both invaded Poland.  The invasion of Poland was an act of revolutionary terror to conquer Poland and impose Socialism.

·    Marx’s call for revolutionary terror and the diabolical mass murder of people has been committed in other Socialist states: The Peoples’ Republic of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Ethiopia, North Korea and National Socialist Germany.  In total, Socialism has slaughtered between 150-200 million people AND COUNTING. Socialist regimes have also imprisoned, tortured and enslaved at least as many in forced labor camps.

·    Nazism belongs firmly on the left: Nazism is an abbreviation for National Socialist German Workers Party.  The only way Nazism differs from Communism is that it is National Socialism whereas Communism is International Socialism.  All of the rest is the same old Socialist dogma: state control of means of production, forcibly imposed collectivism with the individual reduced to a servant of the state and obviously, the Nazis were fiercely anti-capitalism.  The Nazis also promoted promiscuity, abortion, expanded the welfare state, and Hitler himself was a vegetarian and an environmentalist.  The Nazis were pro-gun control and one of the first things they did was to outlaw gun ownership.

·    The Nazis were racial supremacists who regarded all non-Germanic, non-Aryan races as inferior.  They despised the Roma and the Jews but they also regarded white races such as Slavs and Celts as untermenschen – Sub human.

·    Socialism is a racist ideology right to its very core, and is a pejorative Marxist construct, a thought-control weapon designed to silence dissenters and brainwash people into meekly accepting the creeping colonization of their land, the dilution of their culture and the erasing of their identity.  Racism is a weapon of ethnic cleansing and it’s only deployed against one group of people: Western Europeans who are proud of their nations and who wish to preserve their culture and identities.  Racism is the Marxist term for tribalism and the word racism has no meaning to the tribal peoples of Africa and South America, the Oriental races of Asia and the Arabic peoples of the Middle East.

Trotsky was a firm believer in the application of revolutionary terror and it was he who set up the concentration camps (Gulags), compulsory labor camps and implemented state control of trades unions.  To make Socialism dominant in the USSR and eliminate opposition, Trotsky instigated many brutal practices including summary execution which would be adopted by another Socialist font of humanity, Joseph Stalin.  During the mid-twentieth century, Marxist scholars such as Herbert Marcuse realized the working class people of the West had rejected Socialism.  To solve this problem, they decided to import people into the West who would become the new oppressed proletariat who would take Socialism forwards.  With this evolution, Marxists abandoned the working class people of the West and adopted the causes of minorities: women, homosexuals and especially immigrants.  Racist was the Orwellian thought control weapon they used against those who opposed mass immigration. Their plans were boosted by events in South Africa, where the white minority was branded as racists who were cruelly oppressing the black majority through its “racist” system of apartheid.  Since the end of apartheid and the imposition of black Marxist ANC rule over 3000 Boer famers have been killed by black South Africans. This is genocide of the Boers but, unlike the outrage the International community had for apartheid, this genocide is ignored.    The word racist is used by leftists who believe they are white knights protecting ethnic minorities from evil haters. The “racism” term is a thought control weapon designed to stifle opposition to the spread of Communism, International Socialism, the dismantling of Western capitalist states and the creation of a one world stateless Socialist society.  It is a smear to demonize people who are loyal to their nation, its culture and who wish to preserve them for future generations of their people. Smug, self-righteous Socialists who deploy this thought-control weapon are nothing more than subverts who are working to destroy nations.  In other words, racism is the weapon of a traitor, and remember: This pejorative word was coined by Leon Trotsky, a Marxist revolutionary who is responsible for the murders of between 2-4 million people.  Far from having the moral high ground, the evidence of Socialism is that it is a violent, supremacist, hate-filled totalitarian ideology that is destroying Western civilization and it’s way past time for people to stop listening to pious bigoted leftists and to remind them of the abhorrent truth about Socialism and its evil, murderous history.

(“Knocking the Immoral Left Off Its High Horse” by Christopher Green dated October 30, 2015 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://intellectualconservative.com/knocking-the-immoral-left-off-its-high-horse/ )

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell expects 10 million people to be enrolled in health-care coverage through ObamaCare’s exchanges by the end of next year.  What she didn’t mention was that last year the Congressional Budget Office predicted that 21 million people would be enrolled in 2016, more than double the new estimate.  Supporters credit ObamaCare with helping nine million uninsured Americans find coverage in 2014, but nearly all of the increase came from adding nearly nine million people to the Medicaid rolls.  In other words, ObamaCare expanded coverage in 2014 to the extent that it gave people free or nearly free insurance.  That goal could have been accomplished without the Affordable Care Act. To justify its existence, ObamaCare must make affordable private insurance available to a broad cross-section of uninsured Americans who are ineligible for Medicaid.  With fewer people buying insurance through the exchanges, the economics aren’t holding up.  Ten of the 23 innovative health-insurance plans known as co-ops, established with $2.4 billion in ObamaCare loans, will be out of business by the end of 2015 because of weak balance sheets.  While rates vary widely by state, the cost for private insurance through the exchanges is also increasing dramatically.  Some of the most popular insurance plans in the ObamaCare exchanges will experience double-digit premium hikes in 2016.  Propping up ObamaCare requires this group’s subsidizing the medical costs of the aging and ill.  One problem is that nearly half of the 10.5 million uninsured people eligible for ObamaCare are between the ages of 18 and 34, and young people tend to be healthy and unwilling to pay for pricey coverage they don’t need.  It makes sense for healthy young people to pay a penalty rather than purchase the insurance.  Then there is another problem: It is easy to avoid or limit exposure to the penalty with some simple tax planning, as there are 30 different exemptions (which 12 million people claimed last year) and the IRS collects the penalty by reducing an employee’s tax refund.  The uninsured also know they can receive medical care at the emergency room.  If they fall ill, they can always purchase insurance during the next enrollment period, because ObamaCare eliminated existing conditions as a justification for denying coverage.  How have things changed under ObamaCare?  Wealthy Americans continue to have health insurance, albeit at a higher price.  Meanwhile many middle-class Americans are paying higher premiums they can hardly afford, and then millions more low-income Americans have heavily subsidized insurance or Medicaid coverage.  However, millions of other Americans who enjoyed good individual insurance before ObamaCare have found themselves forced out of affordable plans, with their new premiums rising rapidly.  Other middle- and working-class Americans who were uninsured are still uninsured and paying the penalty or claiming an exemption.  Higher premiums with the same or degraded coverage isn’t affordable care, or in many cases, it isn’t care at all.

(“The Slow-Motion Implosion of ObamaCare” by Andy Puzder dated November 1, 2015 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://www.wsj.com/article_email/the-slow-motion-implosion-of-obamacare-1446417104-lMyQjAxMTA1ODA5MjUwNDIzWj )

What’s the likelihood that the non-stop succession of contrived or dubious threats which have assaulted American society and sensibility for decades, all having the effect of weakening the West, are in large part an orchestrated effort by communists?  With no need to invoke conspiracy theories, reflect on some history:

·    By the 1920s, international Marxists had infiltrated our labor unions.

·    Our Departments of State, Treasury and Agriculture (as well as Great Britain) were well-compromised by the 1930s.

·    The 1940s saw Soviet spying inside our most secret endeavor, the Manhattan Project.

·    The House Un-American Activities Committee put the spotlight on traitors in government and industry. The top secret Venona Project corroborated this early Soviet spying.

·    By the ‘60s, the likes of Jane Fonda and student radicals were openly embracing the communists in Hanoi. Those same radicals have since permeated or undermined our schools, courts, politics, entertainment, the press, the church, the UN, the environmental movement, the family structure, social media and the arts.

·    The Naked Communist, by FBI agent Cleon Skousen, described a series of Soviet goals for incapacitating the US without firing a shot.  Reading that list makes it all but impossible to conclude that there’s not been a coordinated offensive.

To not realize that they must be in our midst, deeper than ever, is to suffer from geopolitical blindness.  What’s impossible to know is just how much of the Soviet agenda is being actively facilitated and what part is proceeding on useful idiot cruise control.  The U.N. climate chief, Christine Figueres, openly states that global communism is the best way to deal with global warming.  Many of the words, phrases and issues meant to get us worried and worked up are likely poll-tested and may have originated, directly or indirectly, with this same ideology: the war on women, the rape culture, dark money, black lives matter, the homeless crisis, second hand smoke, GMOs, and on and on.  The compromising of the White House was underway by the 1930s.  Vladimir Putin is a thug who got the better of our previous president and pulls the strings of this one.  It doesn’t matter if Obama is in on the deal or just a useful idiot in the efforts to achieve the long-held Communist goal of undermining the US. It’s all of a piece with the Red MO.  In The Art of War, written 2500 years ago, Sun Tzu said, "Fighting on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight by subverting anything of value in his country."

(“Useful Idiot Cruise Control: Subverting the West” by Barney Brenner dated November 4, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/barneybrenner/2015/11/04/useful-idiot-cruise-control-subverting-the-west-n2075310 )

 

Barack Obama's decision to send American special forces to Syria is not only hypocritical, but also a corrupt and immoral abuse of his powers as commander-in-chief.  We have a President who puts Americans in harm's way for no reason other than personal political calculations.  The insertion of fifty U.S. special-forces troops into Syrian peril to serve as "non-combatant" advisors has been undertaken without any reasonable hope of meaningful military success or of advancing American interests.  It is simply a political ploy, so obvious that no right-thinking American, on the right or the left, ought to countenance it, including the military officers charged with executing the mission.  Were this Obama's only foray into meaningless and dangerous military policy, it might be excused as a rookie mistake or a well-meaning misapplication of power.  Obama has been President for seven years, and he has consistently abused the American military in ways that violate accepted principles of war-fighting and application of power.  In Afghanistan, Obama senselessly surged American forces and sent soldiers and Marines into some of the toughest fights of the war, with haphazardly selected force levels and without any plan or commitment to stick it out or produce a victory.  Obama's recent decision to maintain a residual American force in Afghanistan, again with a randomly chosen strength suited to political calculations rather than military necessities, shows that, like an absolute monarch, he has learned nothing and forgotten nothing.  In Libya, leading from behind, Obama sent American aircrew to arbitrarily bomb that country without serious consideration for the consequences, either long-term or short.  The result was the murder of an American ambassador, those charged with protecting him, and a scandal that would have, in an honest administration, resulted in the removal, for cause, of the secretary of state.  In Iraq, Obama squandered a hard-won military victory.  With the stroke of a pen, heroic troops, including thousands of fallen, who fought in a just war, saw their efforts discounted and their accomplishments destroyed.  Military members are willing to sacrifice, but not if sacrifices are in vain.  That profound error of military and diplomatic policy in Iraq was made only to advance Obama's personal political agenda.  Backfiring, this policy has so embarrassed the President and his party, and so destabilized the Middle East, that Obama, at the urging of advisers, announced the dispatch of the special forces troops and the redeployment of aircraft to bases in Turkey.  This effort is without military justification or merit, as Obama is going through the motions to deflect political criticism of his leadership.  Special forces troops and air crew will put their lives at risk to cover for the President, with little or no chance of making any meaningful difference in the military/political disaster that is Syria.  Their dispatch, without sound military rationale, is corrupt and immoral.  Generals in World War I sent millions to their deaths in what today appear like senseless charges into no man's land, but for the most part, these men, while often befuddled, unimaginative, and callous, acted in legitimate pursuit of national goals, and in the belief that national and martial honor was at stake.  At Normandy, Dwight Eisenhower sent thousands of young men to their doom at Omaha Beach, but he did so out of military necessity, and the resolve to make good the terrible losses of the first waves, in the firm belief that what he was doing was both practically sound and morally right.  Most Americans would doubtless agree that it is better that many men die in a just cause, well, righteously and professionally pursued, than a few for nothing.  Under Obama, we have had none of the former, only the latter.  Even Obama's one righteous military undertaking, the raid the killed Osama bin Laden, is tainted by politics.  From the day the White House announced the raid, the mainstream media and Democrat operatives proclaimed that Obama, not the Navy SEALs who were actually there, killed Osama bin Laden.  Obama has a tendency to micromanage military operations, fifty commandos here, a few sorties there, because he thinks he's smarter than his own generals.  At least other such figures actually wanted to win a war, but Obama doesn't want to do even that.  He just wants to win political points.  Our military officers are sworn to defend the country and the Constitution, not the commander in chief, and when the two conflict, will they resign in protest?

(“Obama’s Corrupt and Immoral Abuse of the Military” by Jonathan Keiler dated November 2, 2015 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/11/obamas_corrupt_and_immoral_abuse_of_the_military.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:

·    Language at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/changinglanguage.php

·    Religion at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/religion.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/