Views on the News
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Perhaps the worst thing about having an exclusively leftist media is that it makes all of us, right and left, stupider. Take for example that media's reaction to the latest Islamist terror attack in Manhattan: evil loser Sayfullo Saipov follows the ISIS playbook by driving a rented van over innocent civilians, killing eight, then jumps out of the van shouting "Allahu Akbar!" and later tells police he's glad about what he did and requests an ISIS flag in his hospital room. In reporting the event, CNN Crime and Justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz refused to share the police description of the killer after he was caught. CNN's Jake Tapper responded to news of the loser's Arabic shout by remarking inanely that Allahu Akbar is "sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances, and too often we hear it being said in moments like this." He later clarified that he was referring to beautiful circumstances like weddings and births. The New York Times ran two separate articles trying to justify the triumphalist Islamic battle cry, one headline reading, "Allahu Akbar: An Everyday Phrase Tarnished by Attacks." The leftist press reduces every issue to a binary choice: their way or hatred. Ignore the worldwide connection between Islam and terror or you're a bigot. Support gay marriage or you're a homophobe. Buy into government health care or you want people to die. Buy into affirmative action or you're racist. In each of these cases, there are rational arguments to be made on both sides and, as President Trump pointed out when discussing iconoclasm, "some very fine people" who support those arguments. The left has abandoned rational argument altogether, not because leftism is always wrong about everything but because it is wrong and has been proven wrong on its central premise. It is now irrefutable that socialism destroys every nation it touches. Small homogenous nations that are essentially protected by American might can fool around with confiscatory taxes and massive social programs, but even they will have to privatize industry sooner or later to stay solvent. Otherwise socialism gets you Venezuela, and that's only if you're lucky enough not to wind up with the Soviet Union or Red China, with over 100 million human beings exterminated in the name of paradise. Since each of the left's arguments is being made not in support of Islam or blacks or women or anyone else, but in support of a bigger government with an eye toward ultimately achieving socialism, leftists can't afford to accept or even hear the arguments from the other side. Thus we end up with a press corps full of idiots: leftists too stupid to deliver the straight news about an act of Islamist terror. Life is complex. Criticizing a religion is a dangerous thing. Religious bigotry and oppression are real and can get very ugly very fast. At the same time, ideas and philosophies are what shape societies more than anything else. In a nation based on a creed like this one, that is especially so. We have the right to question if a certain set of ideas, like Islam, is so inherently antithetical to our creed that the influx of believers needs to be carefully watched and even regulated. It's a discussion that must be had by intelligent adults, but our leftist media is turning us all into stupid children.
(“How Leftism Makes Us Stupid” by Andrew Klavan dated November 5, 2017 published by Media at https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/how-leftism-makes-us-stupid/ )
If you want to know what liberals are up to, all you have to do is listen to what they’re accusing conservatives of doing. You’ve heard the news that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the election and steal it from Hillary Clinton, its rightful owner, but in reality, it was the Democrats who did all of that, not that you’d know it from watching the news. In the last month that media narrative has been flipping on its head, which means it’s been fading from the news. Not only did the Clinton campaign pay millions of dollars to a foreign agent to collect information from the Russian government on Trump, it hid that fact and the money for as long as it could. If it was just “routine opposition research,” as the campaign claims, why launder the payments through a third party? The story of the “dossier” suddenly became of no interest to the media once the Clinton campaign was outed as its sugar mama. Then Donna Brazile, former interim chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee, fessed up that, in fact, the election was rigged, not the general election, but the Democrat primary election, to favor Hillary. At the DNC, Brazile replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to resign after emails leaked showing she had conspired with the Clinton campaign to ensure Hillary secured the party’s nomination. Now, she has admitted what anyone paying attention already knew that the Democrat Party leadership was doing all it could to make sure Clinton would win the party’s nomination. Bernie Sanders may have had the passion of the voters, but the party big-wigs made sure he never had a chance. Brazile was, herself, disgraced when more leaked emails showed she had fed Clinton questions in advance of a candidate’s town hall put on by her then-employer, CNN. Yet Donna told Sanders she’d look into it and find the “truth.” In other words, Donna Brazile was doing pretty much the same thing she was outraged to discover the Democrat Party doing. She was, after all, a party officer at the time she was cheating for Hillary. According to Brazile, the Clinton campaign signed a contract with the party that gave the campaign complete control over the party’s money and most of its personnel. In essence, the DNC was a shell corporation through which the Clinton machine laundered money to skirt campaign finance laws. While Hillary was whining about “big money in politics,” she and her team cooked up a scheme to Hoover-up more money than a drug cartel. People can give only $2,700 to a candidate, but the Clinton Cartel negotiated a deal where they got rich donors to give up to $353,400 to the campaign through this scheme. Liberal oligarchs, for lack of a more accurate term, could give $10,000 to each of the 32 state party organizations who were part of the Victory Fund agreement, $320,000, and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, then transferred to the DNC shortly after. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to the Clinton campaign. According to Brazile, “states kept less than half of 1 percent of the $82 million they had amassed from the extravagant fund-raisers Hillary’s campaign was holding.” If you did this, you’d be in jail, because it’s money laundering, unless your last name is Clinton. So the Democrat Party, under control of the Hillary Clinton campaign, collaborated with Russian officials in an attempt to smear Donald Trump and conspired to rig the election to choose their nominee. Brazile was silent about all this even though she discovered this corruption in September, two full months before the general election. The reason she kept her mouth shut is because liberals will do anything to win, and decency and laws be damned. Why did Brazile decide to unburden her conscience and expose this fraud to the American people more than a year after she discovered this “heartbreaking” truth? Donna Brazile has a book coming out soon, and the more copies she sells the bigger the check she gets. Liberals will tell you the truth, once they’ve exhausted every other option or found a way to monetize it.
(“Liberals are Everything They Say We Are” by Derek Hunter dated November 5, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/11/05/liberals-are-everything-they-say-we-are-n2404962 )
I am disillusioned and disheartened by the damage done by absurd social policies, by the damage done to our economy, by the damage done to our military, and by successive Congresses and presidents. The damage did not happen overnight, but has been ongoing for decades. Specifically, it began on 22 November 1963, when Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president after the assassination of JFK. The difference could not be starker. The nation went from "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," to the "Great Society," the alleged goal of which was the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. Johnson's war on poverty created the foundation for the excessive welfare state (and associated entitlement attitude and culture) permeating many communities today, concurrently draining our national treasure and removing the incentive to work. Johnson and his White House staff also micromanaged the Vietnam War, a precedent for wholly inappropriate military oversight, such as undertaken by the Obama administration as described by former secretary of defense Robert Gates. Beginning with Johnson, successive presidents and Congresses have increasingly abdicated their constitutional responsibilities in favor of perpetual re-election mania in pursuit of personal power and enrichment, damaging the democracy in which we live. The beginnings can be traced back to 1963, a dark period with assassinations, political upheaval, protests (both peaceful and violent), Vietnam, and the rising counter-culture. Many of those from the '60s have been and continue to be the individuals directly responsible for the ills of the nation. While many were serving in Vietnam, other teenagers and young adults of the '60s were marching against them, with all too many seeking and receiving draft deferments (due to unequal management of the draft), ultimately becoming permanent activists, cleaving a sharp divide in the nation. They graduated college and have since wrought havoc across the country, with far too many entering politics. Others entered business and went on to infamy in organizations like Enron and Lehman Brothers. Coming from the same liberal colleges and universities, which were rare at the time, the business and political forces eventually intertwined so that Wall Street pursuits and national-level politics are virtually indistinguishable. Some of the less ambitious university activists from the '60s, those not possessing a strong work ethic, never left academia, becoming perpetual students, obtaining advanced degrees, becoming instructors, gaining tenure, and going on to spew their views of the world to generation after generation of students. Many of those from the '60s entering politics infested local, state, and federal bodies with a cancer that may never be cured. At the federal level, Congress created a new form of slavery, forcing entitlement after entitlement onto the nation, aiming at minorities (initially the black community, but now almost any minority community). Successive Congresses conditioned citizens to believe they cannot succeed without government assistance, that they are incapable of making their own way in life. Consequently, successive generations of voters have been conditioned not to work, but to be welfare queens and kings. Multiple Congresses produced and perpetuated failed policies that fractured families, tearing apart the nuclear family structure essential for the raising of children. So now we have the perfect storm, created by lackluster to criminally negligent Congresses passing laws to ingratiate voters and enslave them to government benefits. Congresses and presidents enacted and changed laws to remove personal responsibility and accountability from daily lives and society. All along, these liberals were facilitated by academia as well as state houses gerrymandering voting districts. Not only has the "great society" failed the nation, but the military has suffered at the hands of the same individuals. Congresses and presidents have wrongly sent our men and women off to war, contributing to a society unwilling to fully support the military. Those who say many of the wars since 1950 have been illegal may have standing. The misstated and misused Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is not a substitute for a declaration of war, as a reading of the Constitution would have one believe is required for committing the nation to combat. By pretense and obfuscation, employing our military in combat operations has been cloaked in soft-sounding verbiage, ignoring the harsh reality and costs of warfare. Further, the reasons for the AUMF have been inexact and open to wildly different interpretations. Contributing to the problem is the declining number of military veterans in Congress, removing the voices of those who have been willing to place their lives on the line. Also influential was the elimination of the draft, imperfect as it was. Subsequently, less than one half of one percent of the population even serves on active duty, meaning that fewer and fewer families are invested in protecting the nation. This manifests in politicians willing to send the sons and daughters of others into harm's way. Congresses, academia, and social activists have also looked at the military as a social science laboratory, forcing onto the military countless programs having little to nothing to do with either combat readiness or combat effectiveness, ripping badly needed resources from operational readiness. Congresses now spend money we do not have, not on military readiness, but on the large welfare and other entitlement systems Johnson began. With the primary incentive being to remain in office, the GOP goes along, even if making noises to the contrary from time to time. The multiple successive terms in office corrupt the system and the individuals, so even when handed the White House, Senate and House, the GOP is as ineffectual as can be. At the federal level, polices and laws fragmented and weakened families and the military. Funding for failed policies was spent, even when revenues did not meet expenditures. Values once considered commonplace have been set aside. Congress after Congress failed in its constitutional responsibilities. Members of Congress who have never been willing to put their lives on the line for anything have made disastrous decisions time after time, with an eye only to re-election, not truly serving the nation. Military misadventures have become common as presidents and Congresses fail to act in accordance with constitutional mandates. Social programs and entitlements expanded at exponential rates. Instead of good decisions for education, the economy, health care, and national defense, policies and laws promoting entitlement took root, creating generations of welfare recipients rather than generations of wage- and salary-earners. The beginnings of this damage can be traced back to November 22, 1963, a monumental shift in thinking and acting, away from honor, hard work, family, patriotism, integrity, and sacrifice. That shift instigated a tidal wave on college campuses, producing graduates who entered and damaged critical sectors of society, and all of that is what leads to my being disillusioned and disheartened.
(“Disillusioned and Disheartened” by J.S. Anderson dated November 4, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/disillusioned_and_disheartened.html )
Despite being waterlogged by scandal and disagreement, the Democrat Party is far from headed for a shipwreck. Waves of destruction may threaten, but Democrats cling fast to what they regard as their righteous, life-saving superiority. They have always believed their salvation lies in having faith in their own intrinsic goodness. Despite the irony of terms, those on the left view themselves as those in the right, and they take it one leap further to presume that right makes might. The party may well be floundering, but their diehards recognize the distinction between being at sea and being all washed up, and it keeps them treading water. Surely, some of them have some sense of fear and loathing, since they routinely employ these very elements in attacking their enemies. They also understand how important it is for the party to hold it all together, because they have seen how potent their own attempts have been to divide their opposition. So let us not rejoice prematurely at the party’s inevitable collapse. Democrats still persist in being as defiant as hell in answering to the charges against them. Certain tactics have in the past worked well for the Democrats in deflecting attention and giving their wounds time to heal. To begin with, there is rarely an outright denial of charges. Few liberal leaders, talking heads or partisan journalists pass comment on the validity of whatever criticism is leveled at Democrats. They would not, for example, insist that Hillary Clinton knew “nothing” about the Uranium One deal. Such a claim would be going too far, considering her position at the time and her preferred image as a woman in charge. Nor would they deny that the Clinton Foundation got $145 million from the Russians, because that bit of information is on the books. Instead presenting almost by rote the following talking points to temper or even nullify accusations:
· Excuse #1: It’s old news. When asked in her interview with the BBC about the criminal accusations of sexual impropriety against her own husband, Hillary Clinton blithely dismissed them as something in the past that had long since been resolved.
· Excuse #2: Others do the same thing in both parties. This defense is not even presented in the shameless spirit of “two wrongs make a right.” Instead, it is couched in a sort of ho-hum insider understanding of how people routinely operate in the world of politics. So her impropriety becomes nothing out of the ordinary, little more than a quid pro quo.
· Excuse #3: Whatever our guys did, yours did worse. As a diversionary tactic, they run roughshod over any Republicans in the news. Every GOP-related scandal, real or imagined, is trotted out as a means of insinuating that thieves cannot complain about theft. Paul Manafort is routinely referred to as “campaign manager,” even though his tenure in that role lasted no more than three months, and the current charges against him have nothing to do with the Trump campaign. What is sloughed off as “opposition research” by Democrats is scarred as traitorous when attempted by Republicans.
· Excuse #4: Compared to the “disarray” in the GOP, the Democrat Party is strong. Democrats are generally better than Republicans at keeping their squabbles and dirty laundry out of public view. Despite their claim of “diversity” within the party, Democrats actually prefer to speak in one raucous voice and with a single set of party line talking points, just as their favorite form of resistance is marching, screaming and acting up in unison. Democrats often remind us that the Republicans majority in Congress has done nothing, failing to repeal or replace ObamaCare, scrambling in attempts at tax reform, and taking repeated potshots at one another. Meanwhile, the election ground game of the Democrats remains as brutally mean-spirited as ever. If the brand has been battered by scandal or rocked by hypocrisy, you wouldn’t know it from the consistent use of the usual below-the-belt tactics. A much-discussed campaign ad against Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race hit a new, disgraceful low in negative political advertising. It showed a Gillespie supporter in his truck, Confederate flag flying, trying to run down and kill alien children. The most discouraging thing is that plenty of Democrats believe these charges, and their leaders encourage them to do so. In their sea of lies, fear is the flotsam and hate the jetsam, the key elements on which they rely to save them from death by drowning. There is another “commercial spot” airing on some channels, in which a billionaire proposes to lead the charge for Trump’s impeachment. Though the claims in this ad are false, it serves the purpose of working gullible viewers into a sweat of hate for the president and fear for what will happen if Republicans remain in power.
Democrats are counting on powerful negative emotions to keep their battered, leaky ship afloat, and in the meantime, the rats are still frantically scuttling along the deck and gnawing away at everything this Republican administration puts forward.
(“Rats Haven’t Deserted Democrats’ Sinking Ship” by Doris O’Brien dated November 6, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/rats_havent_deserted_democrats_sinking_ship.html )
Paul Manafort has nothing to do with the collusion case against President Trump. He may be a backdoor of sorts to investigating Hillary Clinton; which may be just a distraction. Paul Manafort is a pawn in this dirty game of politics. Three stories have popped up about what any sane person would recognize as collusion. These stories would deal a certain death blow to the Hillary Clinton campaign if more attention was given to them. This is why the Trump-Russian collusion story is being hyped by both the politicians and the media: to distract. These stories all show how Mueller is connected to Hillary. The one worth looking at is Hillary’s connection with the Democrat power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group. It has been revealed that Hillary hired the Podesta Group in order to influence Russian President Putin. It is worthy to note that Tony Podesta just so happens to be the brother of John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign manager. Before Paul Manafort had any dealings with Trump, he had organized a public relations campaign the NGO the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). The The Podesta Group played a central role in the lobbying efforts and was paid handsomely by Manafort, and this is the connection between Manafort and Hillary. Robert Mueller is [trying] to cover his tracks by putting the focus back on Hillary and John Podesta. This attempt is used in order to keep the public’s attention as well as lawmaker’s attention away from the Uranium One scandal. What makes the Uranium One deal scandalous is that Mueller was the FBI director at the time. What makes it even more scandalous is that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was the attorney general at that time. Both Mueller and Rosenstein along with Obama approved the Uranium One deal. It is this deal which gives Putin and Russia a 20% stake in America’s uranium. Russia sells its uranium to America’s enemies such as North Korea and Iran.
(“The Russia Script Has Flipped” by James Baxley dated November 3, 2017 published by iPatriot at http://ipatriot.com/russia-script-flipped/ )
Americans cannot continue their foolhardy abandonment of all reason and common sense, in favor of the sick, delusional, anti-American and dangerous politically correct doctrines of the Leftists and apologists for Islam. Americans place concerns for Muslims’ hurt feelings over America’s safety and national security at their own peril, since Islam’s false peace is a covert tactic for war, and many thousands more of our countrymen will die in our streets, just as we witnessed on October 31st, 2017 and many other days of terror. America absolutely cannot “coexist” with Muslims, who seek our deaths. Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbekistan national in America on a Diversity Visa Lottery green card, entered the bicycle path on Houston St. in Lower Manhattan, and he proceeded to run over innocent people, in his rented pick-up truck, for nearly one mile. Saipov, who entered the United States in 2010, began planning his attack approximately one year ago. He appears to have followed the instructions that ISIS has put on its social media channels, on how to carry out such an attack. Along with Saipov’s truck attack, Americans suffered the November 2016 car attack by Abdul Artan, from Somalia, at Ohio State and the March 2006 car attack by Mohammed Taheri, from Iran, at the University of North Carolina, and America has suffered scores of other horrific terrorist attacks and plots against our people, from the murderous attacks in Ft. Hood, the deadly Boston bombing and the Orlando massacre to the San Bernadino slaughter and the Chattanooga ambush. Whether it’s Ft. Hood or New York City, these homicidal, monstrous sons of Allah maim and murder Christians, Jews, Westerners and non-Muslims, in keeping with the directives of the Koran, just like their brethren who beheaded American Nick Berg, and their screams of “Allahu Akbar” send a clear message to “kill all infidels”. Muslims are motivated by the doctrine of Islamic supremacy, the Koran and the words of Mohammed and their desire to recreate the Caliphate, much along the lines of the old Ottoman Empire. The last thing America needs is to allow more Muslims into Her lands, on a “merit based” program or any other program, but it seems we must not alienate our local Muslim terrorists. Before they can destroy the foolish apologists, and any unfortunate innocents, they must blind America, so the Muslims say, “Let us coexist in peace.” Through the myth of coexistence, Islam makes use of taqiyya and every lie and deceit to conquer a people. Muslims use “coexistence” to stall for time, until they see the time is right to strike. The principles of peaceful relations that exist between free and loving people, in Western societies, who believe in real peace and justice, cannot be applied to Muslims anywhere, who believe that peace and justice is only achieved once the world is dominated by Islam. At the very least, America must immediately commit to an intense surveillance of the Muslim community and the mosques, and America must commit to President Trump’s ban on Muslims and any “refugees” from terror prone regions with active terror groups, and activist judges be damned. It’s better to be politically incorrect and make a few Americans feel “uncomfortable”, than to see any more Americans murdered in the future by Muslims. Any logical people do not wish to see their final day’s arrival hastened by a Muslim terrorist, who loves death more; and as such, any delay and obstruction, in efforts to halt all Muslim immigration to the U.S., puts the murders of Americans squarely on the weak backs of those Democrats, RINOs, activist judges and failed Christian pastors, who preach “coexist” and “Islam is a religion of peace”. The grave stones of thousands of Americans murdered by Islamic terrorists demand the lives of America’s children be safeguarded, and these grave stones prove that coexistence is a sham and delusion.
(“Coexistence with Radical Islam is Impossible” by Justin O. Smith dated November 3, 2017 published by iPatriot at http://ipatriot.com/coexistence-radical-islam-impossible/ )
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