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 November 19, 2016

 

There is simply no way to overstate the destruction that Election Day has wrought upon the legacy of Barack Obama.  Every single one of his ideals, everything he worked to achieve - ObamaCare, unilateral immigration actions, weird bathroom rooms, bad deals with Iran, overreaching gun control, etc. - were dealt a catastrophic blow on election night.  Hillary Clinton was to be the guarantor of the last 8 years.  What he did, she would expand and protect.  Where he stumbled, she would pick up the banner and carry on.  The entire success or failure of the previous administration came down to Clinton being Obama’s successor… and she blew it.  Barack Obama’s legacy is now the presidency of Donald Trump.  The truth of the matter is, no matter how much Obama wants to make this “all about him” there’s a much bigger loser here.  His goals, virtually all of the broader progressive agenda, relied upon Hillary Clinton appointing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement.  The odds are the next President will end up appointing two, and possibly more, Justices.  That was the real prize, and they all knew it.  So, while this is absolutely damaging to the legacy of the soon-to-be-former President, it’s also a massive blow to the progressive agenda that could last generations.  If Trump appoints the types of Justices he’s promised, we stand not only to undo the damage of the last 8 years, but to shore up the very concept of the United States as a constitutionally limited republic. 

(“Election Day’s biggest losers #1 – Barack Obama, the progressive movement” by Robert Laurie dated November 11, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/election-days-biggest-losers-1-barack-obama-the-progressive-movement# )

Barack Obama’s signature phrase, “the audacity of hope,” came from a black nationalist, Jeremiah Wright.  Obama stocked his administration with black nationalists, delivered speeches to openly separatist black colleges and associations, rolled out the red carpet for Al Sharpton, encouraged the reverse racism of “Black Lives Matter,” and rationalized the behavior of athletes who protested the American flag.  None of this qualified as “ethno-nationalism” in the eyes of the media. T hey reserve that smear for conservatives who oppose hyphenated Americanism.  Wright, at the height of his black nationalism, baptized Obama, officiated at his wedding, and Obama sat in his pews as he defamed America.  Yet a media that managed to ignore all of this endeavored to make Trump look like a regular attendee at Klan meetings.  In fact, Trump had no association with racists and earned the exhausted epithets of the Left for nothing more than opposing its open-borders ideology.  Now, having failed to stop Trump, the Left turns to a new smear campaign against his aides.  Trump’s selection of Stephen Bannon as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor has liberals gasping anew.  In their hastily assembled “five worst things he has said” lists, one doesn’t find any racism.  All one finds is robust disagreement with the assumptions of liberalism.  In the absence of any damning quotes from Bannon, they found a supposedly shocking headline from Breitbart, “Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage.”  When you click on that article, it goes to a column in which the author rejects racism and celebrates the military valor of Robert E. Lee.  The New York Times tells us Bannon is a “perplexing figure,” which is apparently its euphemism for: This person we have just been calling a racist is really just a conservative American with whom we disagree on bitterly contested political matters. CNN, pushing the same propaganda, ran a news scrawl that said Trump had made a “fringe” figure his chief strategist.  Even in defeat, the Left feels entitled to tell Americans who is and who is not on the “fringe.”  The American people can see that this is all about nothing. The Left’s trivialization of the charge of racism only made it easier for Trump to win.  While Hillary wrote off half the country as a “basket of deplorables,” Trump turned up in inner cities. Obama and other Hillary surrogates mocked him for his “Make America Great Again” slogan, but next to the “God Damn America”-style multi-culturalism of the Left, Trump’s simple nationalism looked less scary than sane. 

(“The Exhausted Epithets of the Left” by George Neumayr dated November 16, 2016 published by American Spectator at https://spectator.org/the-exhausted-epithets-of-the-left/ )

 

The Democrat Party doesn’t realize is that the repeating of “hate” and “the policies and policies of hate” that their own message is what has done them in.  Since Barack Obama’s election in 2008 the Democrat Party has steadily drifted into this “label them all haters” territory and since that time the party has been obliterated at the polls.  Democrats have lost the White House, Senate, and House. They now control just 13 state legislatures and Republicans now sleep in 33 governor’s mansions.  Yet even after the election of Donald Trump, Democrats continue to dutifully stick to the playbook of calling everyone (eceept themselves) “filled with hate.”  Hillary Clinton spent the majority of the past year speaking about, running ads about, giving campaign speeches about, and focusing during debates on “Donald Trump and the Republican’s hateful rhetoric.”  What Hillary and the Democrats cannot seem to figure out is that they are insulting massive portions of the American electorate by confusing common sense with hate and a rejection of their own dogma.  Hillary Clinton chose to share the stage at the 2016 Democrat National Convention with the mothers of people (most of whom were criminals) killed by cops, thus continuing the “guilty until proven innocent” narrative many Dems have branded cops with.  This was not a populist move.  This was Hillary and the Democrats pandering to a tiny, tiny fraction of the electorate, the cop-hate crowd, of whom there’s nowhere near enough to win an election.  The common sense of the overwhelming majority of Americans causes us to believe that, with the exception of a few bad apples, our law enforcement officers are decent, hard-working men and women doing a difficult job with honor, integrity, and a sense of duty to public service.  Americans have seen the effects of massive refugee flows into the nations of Europe from the Middle East and the problems it’s causing there.  Common sense tells us that bringing hundreds of thousands of these refugees into our nation without knowing exactly who they are carries with it some risks to national security.  To Hillary and the Democrats this level of common sense makes you an Islamophobe and means you are filled with hate toward Muslims!  Having a secure southern border is in our better national interests. We all know there are people entering our country who are involved in various criminal activities, drug-trafficking, gang-bangers, rapists, etc.  It’s just common sense for a nation to have control over its own borders.  To Hillary and the Democrats this level of common sense means you hate brown people!  Democrats believe most Americans are in favor of gay marriage but fail they recognize that it’s now the law of the land thanks to five Justices not hundreds of millions of people.  To this day the majority of Americans believe marriage ought to be between one man and one woman.  No poll has ever shown anything else, but if you are such a person, in the eyes of Democrats, it means you hate gay people!  The majority of Americans are white.  Also, the vast and overwhelming majority of Americans are not haters, bigots, racists, Islamaphobes, xenophobes, homophobes, or cop-haters.  Telling them that they are does not endear you to them.  Democrats don’t seem to understand that calling someone “a racist” or “a xenophobe”, who is not a racist or a xenophobe doesn’t drive them toward you -- it drives them away.  Through their constant name-calling of the American people, Democrats have driven all but their hyper-loyal, hyper-left base, the Black Lives Matter members of the world, farther away.  Prior to the election, Hillary made headlines by insulting tens of millions of Americans by saying, “…you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables'.”   She then poured lemon juice in that cut by adding that not only are those voters “deplorable” they’re “irredeemable”, and not a part of America, which is no way to win votes.  For all their talk about “ending hate”, an undivided America, peace, love and granola, it’s the Democrat base who are the ones out looting, fighting, burning, shooting, and being out-of-control hooligans.  The majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, don’t want to have anything to do with it, them and increasingly, Democrats.  Labeling voters, calling them names and placing your blatant disdain for them right out front for all to see is not the way to win elections.  Democrats have done this to yourselves and now are the victims of your own “politics of hate.”

(“Dems Done In by the Politics of Hate” by Derrick Wilburn dated November 18, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/11/dems_done_in_by_the_politics_of_hate.html )

Donald J. Trump is now President-elect of the United States of America, and Hillary Rodham Cinton is not.  Hillary Clinton was easily the most corrupt, personally repulsive, and genuinely dangerous candidate to win the nomination of a major American Political Party in living memory.  She was a woman who dedicated her entire life to one thing and one thing only: the naked pursuit of power for its own sake.  She was willing to pursue this goal by whatever means necessary, no matter how cynical or corrupt.  As is by now well known, even her personal relationships were merely a vehicle for her pursuit of power.  She enabled her husband’s philandering and his exploitation of powerless women whenever it suited her purposes and frequently engaged in acts of character assassination and intimidation against his numerous mistresses and victims.  When she tediously bleated rehearsed platitudes about wanting to see women “achieve their dreams,” she was referring only to one woman in particular: herself.  She was a woman who hated a large portion of the very people she wished to rule over, whom she referred to, in a public speech to her affluent sycophants as “deplorable” and “irredeemable.”  One can only imagine what she said in private.  Her obsession with secrecy is what led her to set up her own private email server, against the recommendations of nearly everyone.  A private email server with which she regularly compromised classified information, and in which she deleted over 33,000 emails after they had been subpoenaed.  A crime for which anyone else would have been immediately sent to prison for.  She was a dedicated grifter who never met a big pocketed donor she wouldn’t take from, however ethically dubious their intentions or checkered their human rights record.  She openly peddled influence and access during her time as Secretary of State in exchange for generous donations to her family’s slush fund: The Clinton Foundation.  This organization took tens of millions of dollars in “donations” from the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, countries which routinely execute homosexuals and in which women (the group Clinton claimed to be a champion of) are banned from even driving a car.  Countries that also fund the operations of the barbarous Islamic State, a fact which Clinton herself has admitted and was aware of.  She voted for the Iraq war, a war which cost the lives of almost 5,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, because it was the fashionable thing to do at the time.  She encouraged the President to attack the legitimate government of Libya, a nation which has now descended into a state of murderous anarchy, and then gloated that “We came, we saw, he died.”  She was a woman who was willing to engage in cynical, Neo-McCarthyite games of Russia-bashing and war mongering, thus tempting a Third World War, in a vain attempt to distract the public from her own transparent corruption.  She was a woman who never should have been the Democratic nominee for President, due to her own immense and well-known unpopularity.  Hillary Clinton’s entire public life was nothing more than one grand Faustian bargain, a thousand deals with a thousand devils over the span of many decades.  It is, without a doubt, immensely satisfying to see her reap her just reward: abysmal failure, and humiliation.  She will forever be known, not as the first woman President, but rather, as the candidate who lost the contest for President of the United States to Donald J Trump, a reality television star with zero previous political experience.  She, also, somehow managed to pull off this loss in spite of the fact that she vastly outspent her competitor as well as having the advantage of receiving the endorsement of almost every major newspaper in the country.  The saga of the Clinton family draws to an end.  Clinton will now live out the rest of her days in private life as a shunned or, at best, a pitied figure, with no more influence to pedal, so donations to her foundation will slow to a trickle.

(“It’s Time to Gloat Over Hillary Clinton’s Abysmal Election Failure” by P.T. Carlo dated November 14, 2016 published by The Daily Caller at http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/14/its-time-to-gloat-over-hillary-clintons-abysmal-electoral-failure/ )

The progressives are determined to get rid of the Electoral College.  Abolishing the Electoral College would complete their project of overthrowing America's unique federal system, begun about one hundred years ago.  The direct election of senators was the first and greatest victory of the progressives over the Framers of the Constitution.  Made possible by the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, it mortally wounded the Founders' system.  Abolishing the Electoral College will finish the job.  This understanding of the effect of political power on human nature explains the Framers' focus on defining and limiting federal power.  They did so by distributing power among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government; preserving the political independence of the states; and creating a zone of liberty around the individual – even by further dividing the (supreme) legislative power itself, crafting two legislative bodies with separate powers and potentially competing interests.  The Framers of the Constitution aimed to preserve your unalienable rights and mine by preventing the concentration of political power in the central government.  They began with "the Virginia Plan," the original proposal written by James Madison and presented by Edmund Randolph at the Constitutional Convention.  Self-government meant that in America, the people and their elected representatives were going to populate the government all the way to the top.  According to Madison's Virginia Plan, the voters would only directly elect the members of the first branch.  The indirect election of U.S. senators was also carried over from the Virginia Plan to the Constitution.  U.S. senators were elected by each state legislature; the state legislatures did the selecting in place of Madison's first branch.   By using the state legislatures as many different channels through which the voters populated the Senate, the Constitution's original design dispersed the process of selecting senators over the whole extent of the republic, state by state.  Making the selection process for the two chambers separate in this way put their independence of each other on a firm electoral foundation, preventing the concentration of federal legislative power that would have resulted from the Virginia Plan.  Finally, there can be little doubt that the most important benefit of the constitutional system was that it worked to preserve the political independence of the individual states.  That was the electoral system for Congress America once had.  The direct election of U.S. senators, the system we have today, bypasses the state legislatures.  Direct election began a process of putting an end to America's unique federal system.  The independence of the states and their ability to counter-balance the power of the central government has withered away.   The states no longer have a powerful standing body representing their interests within the central government, the power of the central government has rapidly grown at the expense of the states.  The states increasingly are relegated to functioning as administrative units of the gargantuan central government.  Instead of retaining many of their powers and responsibilities, and surrendering only a limited number of their powers to the central government, as the Framers intended, the states are more and more entangled in administering programs of the central government and in carrying out mandates of the central government.  As the central government metastasized and the states have lost their independence, liberty has diminished.  Getting rid of the Electoral College would complete this project.  The Electoral College was another brilliant modification by the framers of Madison's plan.  Instead of having the two branches of Congress together choose the President, once again, the voters initiated the process at the state and local levels by choosing the Presidential electors.  Though it does not function as the Founders originally intended, the Electoral College remains an essential constitutional safeguard of American liberty.  Each state is allotted as many electoral votes as it has senators and members of the House of Representatives.  To become President of the United States of America, one must even today win the national election state by state.  Eliminating the Electoral College and electing the president by the popular vote, as the progressives are determined to do, would transform the office.  Its occupant would in effect become the President of the big cities of America, and the last vestiges of political autonomy guaranteed the individual states by the Constitution's electoral system would be swept away.  We must preserve and protect the Electoral College at any cost.  Repealing the 17th Amendment instead would be a great idea, a victory for the Founders' vision, and would make possible a return to America's unique, liberty-preserving federal system.  

(“The Electoral College is Brilliant” by Robert Curry dated November 14, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/11/the_electoral_college_is_brilliant.html )

 

The American people have roundly rejected a third Obama term and legacy of deplorable policies that were too often imposed via executive edicts, with minimal attempts to work with Congress or the states.  Hard-working Americans do not want their country and its constitutional, energy and economic systems “fundamentally transformed.”  They want America to be great and exceptional again.  They want all people to live under the same laws and have the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities for making their lives, families, communities and nation better than they found them.  We the People also made it clear that we have had a bellyful of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, media moguls and intellectual elites dictating what we can read, think and say, how we may worship, what insurance and doctors can have, what rules, jobs and living standards we must live with.  With the elections over, the truly difficult tasks lie before us.  Filling Supreme Court vacancies with jurists who believe in our Constitution, repealing and replacing ObamaCare, reforming the politicized IRS, DOJ and FBI, immigration issues, and fixing the VA and incomprehensible tax code are all high on every list.  However, abundant, reliable, affordable energy remains the foundation of modern civilization, jobs, health and prosperity.  Thousands of politicians, regulators, scientists and activists are gathered for yet another “climate conference,” this time in Marrakech, Morocco.  So these suggestions for President Trump’s first years focus on critical tasks that can be accomplished by his Executive Branch alone or in conjunction with Congress and the states:

·    Suspend and defund any initiatives and orders issued under the Paris climate treaty, and send it to the Senate for Advice and Consent (and assured rejection) under Article II of the Constitution.

·    Review the assertions, models, “homogenized” data, science and research behind the multitude of climate and renewable energy mandates to see if they reflect Real World empirical evidence.  Many, most or all will be found to be biased, wildly exaggerated, faulty, falsified or fraudulent.  Every one of these EPA, Interior and other regulatory diktats assumes that CO2 has suddenly replaced the powerful natural forces that have driven climate fluctuations throughout Earth’s history – and ignores this miracle molecule’s role in making crops, forests and grasslands grow faster and better, with less water.  Grants for biased research can be terminated, agency personnel assigned to climate programs can be reassigned, and those found falsifying data or engaging in other corrupt practices should be punished.

·    Terminate biased, needless or punitive programs would go a long way toward balancing the budget and getting our nation back on track. A recent White House report lists $21.4 billion in annual spending on climate research and renewable energy programs.  That’s in addition to EPA and other federal agency regulatory budgets.. 

·    Revise Endangered Species Act provisions and regulations to require that any listings, permit denials or penalties reflect honest empirical science, not computer models or baseless assertions.

·    Approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines; end the obstructionism and finish the projects.

·    Prohibit and terminate sue-and-settle lawsuits, where activists and regulators collude to secure a sympathetic judge’s order implementing regulations that they all want.

·    Reform the 1906 Antiquities Act. Intended to protect small areas of historic or scenic value, it has been abused too often to place millions of acres off limits to energy development and other economic uses, by presidential edict.  Congress must more clearly define its purposes, limit the acreage that can be designated by presidential decree, and provide for congressional review and approval of all decisions.

·    Reform the Environmental Protection Agency, and devolve many of its powers and responsibilities back to the states, under a consortium representing all 50 state EPAs. Shrink or terminate Obama-era agenda-driven programs.  EPA needs a shorter leash, less money and a smaller staff.

·    Shrink the renewable energy programs, and jumpstart onshore and offshore leasing, drilling, fracking and mining on federally managed lands.

·    If President Obama finishes his term with a tsunami of regulations and executive orders, it should be met with similar suspend, defund and rescind reactions.  Rules imposed with the stroke of a pen, and without the support of Congress and the American people, can and should also be done with the stroke of a pen. 

Now is the time to rein in this colossal waste of time and money, with no quantifiable environmental benefit.

(“Now Comes the Hard (and fun) Part” by Paul Driessen dated November 12, 2016 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2016/11/12/now-comes-the-hard-and-fun-part-n2244708 )

When Donald Trump said that he will double the American growth rate, his skeptics scoffed.  The left doesn't think 4% growth is possible, because they never came close to that target under Barack Obama.  Trump believes that with the right policy fixes, fast growth is not just possible; it's probable.  In the 1980s, the Reagan agenda had quarterly growth rates of 6, 7% and even 8%. Over the course of his administration, the nation created about 2 million jobs per year - now, that's a recovery!  Faster growth of the economy is imperative if America is to retain our world superpower status, especially given the new rivalry of fast-growing China:

·    First, Trump will enact the biggest pro-growth tax cut since Ronald Reagan's 1981 reform.  Trump will simplify the tax code and significantly reduce marginal rates, encouraging investment and economic expansion. His proposed corporate tax rate of 15% would make it easier for American firms to repatriate earnings, bringing capital back to these shores.  The Tax Foundation says this will add about $150 billion in higher output.

·    Next, a pro-growth energy policy would develop all of America's abundant resources: oil, natural gas and coal. Trump's plan could make America the world's No. 1 energy producer within five years, producing millions of new jobs and trillions of dollars of extra output, along with new royalty payments to the government.

·    Next, ObamaCare is Obama-Gone.  It's the fastest-growing entitlement program of all, and it will be replaced with a consumer-choice health plan.  This will cut costs for families and businesses by as much as 30%.

·    On the regulatory front, Trump wants to immediately repeal dozens of President Obama's anti-business executive orders.  At the top of the stack headed for the dustbin is the Clean Power Plan that has put tens of thousands of our coal miners out of work.

·    Free trade is next on the agenda.  Trump understands that the U.S. needs trade, and he himself said: "I am not an isolationist."  Trump wants to negotiate from a position of strength with countries that steal Americans' intellectual property or compel companies to disclose trade secrets as a condition of entering their markets. Negotiating better trade deals and enforcing the current ones would increase jobs in export industries such as agriculture and technology.

·    Trump will also bring an America-first, pro-business approach to economic policy. Having someone in the White House who knows how to run a business and meet a payroll has to be a psychological lift for this battered and bruised economy.

The Democrats and their gang of pundits assure us that 4% growth cannot and will not happen under President-elect Trump, but let's not forget: These are the same geniuses who have assured us for the last year that there would never be a President Trump.

(“Yes, Trump Will Double Growth and Jobs” by Stephen Moore dated November 16, 2016 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/stephen-moore-yes-trump-will-double-growth-and-jobs/ )

 

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:

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

·  Employment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/employment.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

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