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December 9, 2017


It is indicative of how completely the left has taken over our major public organs and institutions, including the press, the entertainment industry, and Higher Ed, that many are embarrassed to admit to others the secret we carry around in our hearts like a treasure -- we absolutely love Donald Trump.  This is the reason Trump's approval numbers are almost certainly way under-reported: who wants to admit that they love an uncouth, billionaire New York braggart who made his fortune by parlaying a "small" $150 million-dollar loan from dear old dad into a business that literally changed the skyline of the world's greatest city, and the answer, apparently is: millions.  The brutal backlash against Trump and his supporters by the so-called "resistance" has caused Trump supporters to go to even greater lengths to hide their affiliation and affection for our rough, gruff chief executive.  Those of us who have been dismissed for half a century as boobs, philistines, and ignorami read such headlines, shrug, mutter, "There you go again," and move on to the latest sports scores, great recipes, and how-to videos.  When we do pay attention, we are not only perfectly content to impassively observe the implosion of the left, we relish it.  We revel in it.  We watch this slow-mo train wreck with great glee.  Donald Trump doesn't care what people think about what he says, and we're all in on the joke.  Our reaction runs to various iterations of the same theme: It's about damn time.  A prime example was the recent dustup following Trump's award to the Navajo Code Talkers at the White House.   Then he mentioned Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pochahontas.”  Far from a racial slur, "Pochahontas" is actually a compliment, because she bravely risked her life to save Captain John Smith, and later converted to Christianity.  "Pochahontas" is far too good a name for a complete phony like Elizabeth Warren.  Warren is a phony, and left is outraged that Trump has exposed her as a phony.  Warren is forever saddled with the stigma that she lied about her ethnic heritage, without a shred of evidence to back her up, in order to gain coveted faculty positions on such elite universities such as Harvard.  Trump does this sort of thing all the time.  He says things that politicians are too afraid to say, but that we are all thinking, and he makes us shout for glee.  Nothing touches him because he has spent his whole life in mortal combat as he fought to have his buildings constructed on the ultra-prime real estate of Manhattan, and his skin is about five inches thick.  The other day I watched him lumber across the White House lawn, approaching the press, a hulking, scowling snapping turtle of a man.  I knew he was about to put the kabosh on some snooty, self-important journalist who is just as clueless as to how to handle the man as he was on that day in the summer of 2015 when he announced his run for president.

(“Donald Trump’s Secret Admirers” by Dan Truitt dated December 2, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/donald_trumps_secret_admirers.html )

The cold civil war we are fighting is not just going well, but contrary to what was once expected, this war right now is in a stage of overwhelming success.  Not that we have won anything permanent, but one has to be amazed at how positively things are going.  Consumer confidence is close to an all-time high.  Our economic growth is over 3%.  After nearly a decade, our economy is clearly coming out of the doldrums, and the population is becoming optimistic about its future.  Trump is remaking the judiciary, an extraordinary achievement.  Illegal immigration is down, eventually to be controlled.  A real border for a real country.  The military is strong, confident, and doing its job.  ISIS and radical Islam are genuinely being defeated.  Our alliances overseas are strengthening, and our leadership is successfully realigning friends from the Obama-Clinton years of destruction.  Other countries respect and fear us once again.  America is becoming great again.  Domestically, embittered adversaries on the left are melting down, in multiple ways.  Their elites are being shown as irrational, immoral, hypocritical, rudderless, and foolish in an overwhelming wave of self-induced negativity.  Their illusion of cultural greatness is falling apart, from Hollywood to the media to the educrats to the Democrat Party itself.  They are failing miserably.  The Clinton crime family is going under for the third time, dragging others with it.  Yes, it's wonderful to watch the left disintegrate, but don't forget: they still own the education system and have won too many hearts and minds to their own party.  It ain't over 'til it's over.  We may be winning, but we haven't won yet.  So let's talk about really winning this thing.  In order to really win, we must remember those qualities that made us a great nation: they include the freedoms to excel and improve.  Reagan said this in 1986:

“Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakable belief in God as the foundation of our nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow.”

This quote was taken in the middle of the Cold War, when the winner was in doubt.  Reagan was reminding us of how to be thankful in the midst of a time of great strife and difficulty.  He wanted us to know that "winning" was not enough.  Giving thanks for what we have and have been given: to God; with our families and friends; and hoping, by faith, to achieve higher character.  We cannot truly win that war if we devolve.  We cannot win that war if we become like those we have been fighting.  Stooping to their level will not fly.  We cannot allow hate or bitterness to succeed in gaining a foothold in us.  We can be confident when we come against hate, but we must not let ourselves take on the character of those we have fought so hard against.  As much as we need to despise what the left has done and ofttimes has stood for, we cannot let ourselves become despots.  We can't exact revenge on individuals or groups that have wished us ill or even have done wrong things to us.  Instead, we need to remember the importance of forgiveness.  Please, I am not confusing forgiveness with approval, consent, or seeking justice for criminality.  We need to look forward to convincing as many as possible on the left to move toward a reconciliation and a reunification.  The Civil War was not yet over when Lincoln said it this way:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Once again, the calling onward of a citizenry to high character and not revenge.  Without this we cannot become great again.  Make America Great Again.  What an amazing slogan.  It's simple and powerful, and it calls us upward to better things.  Perfection isn't possible, but betterment is.  Humor, building families, building businesses, building friendships and communities.  So much to do, so little time.  The faith to build character for now and for future generations is the way to truly make America great again.

(“A Time for War: The Cold Civil War Continues… and Trump is Winning” by David Prentice dated December 2, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/the_cold_civil_war_continuesand_trump_is_winning.html )

Behold another banner week for the heroes of our intrepid mainstream media, that motley collection of pompous and obnoxious incompetents, perverts and liberals.  In just the last few days we’ve seen how a major media personality got his network to build him a creepy sex lair in his office and watched as a flat-out lie tanked the stock market, not really “tanked,” since the Trump Boom is still booming, though the media is loath to report that fact since prosperity wrecks the official Trumpocalypse narrative.  Next week, when the guy the liberal media tried to paint as Judge Jailbait beats the guy the liberal media tried to cover for by not reporting how he thinks abortions are cool up until a kid gets his learner’s permit, the liberal media will take yet another well-deserved failure lap.  The mainstream liberal media is primarily composed of stumblebum leftist jerks who want all the glory and respect due a caste of objective, moral truth-seekers, yet who don’t want to do the hard work of actually being objective or moral or seeking the truth.  They think we owe them respect and trust when all they’ve earned is our contempt.  Remember, to our intrepid media, news is only news if it helps the liberal narrative.  If it doesn’t, it’s not news.  It’s not anything.  It’s un-news.  Remember, half the job of the mainstream media is generating metaphorical tumbleweeds.  The mainstream liberal media hacks are not real journalists, they are transcriptionists for their progressive masters when they aren’t molesting the interns.  Then there’s the Roy Moore thing.  The people of Alabama are told by their urban betters that the media’s claims about him were “scrupulously reported” by the Washington Post, as if that conclusory assurance somehow makes it’s reporting unimpeachable.  If the people in the Beltway are impressed, then you rural rubes better abandon the West Point graduate you’ve known as kooky but upstanding for decades and elect the socialist, because, you know, it’s scrupulously reported.  No one covers the backcountry of Alabama beat better than the Washington Post, certainly not the local Alabama media that has covered Moore for 30 years and never gotten wind of this bombshell through Moore’s multiple elections!   When Roy Moore gets elected he ought to send the liberal media a dozen roses to thank it for his victory; their coverage is an in-kind campaign contribution.  The voters of Alabama have a perfectly legitimate basis to disbelieve the media’s claims: the sordid track record of the media itself.  Would the liberal media lie to hurt a conservative?  It does that every day, and the difference is that now we’re woke.  Maybe you shouldn’t Tweet out instructions to contact Senators to defeat the tax bill like the New York Times just did; maybe you should stop covering for the off-camera leering and grabbing and pinching of the talking heads who excoriate Trump for misogyny; maybe you should stop hiring journalists who are ex-Obama flunkies; maybe you shouldn’t email offers of assistance to Democrat campaigns; maybe you should stop lying to us; and then maybe voters might trust you, might respect you, and maybe you wouldn’t deserve the contempt we normals hold you in.

(“The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust” by Kurt Schlichter dated December 4, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/12/04/the-mainstream-media-doesnt-deserve-our-respect-or-our-trust-n2417565 )

The Trump Era has brought a campaign against a moral crime known as “normalization.”  The charge of “normalizing” is a guard against anyone in the Democrat Party apparatus or in the mainstream media accepting Trump’s legitimacy as president on even the smallest of issues.  The point is supposed to be that Trump is so far outside the normal bounds of politics or the presidency that he is totally anathema.  The question reminds me of a scene in “Casablanca” when a girl asks Rick, “What kind of a man is Captain Renault?” and he replies, “Just like any other man, only more so.”  So what he means by “like any other man, only more so” is: corrupt and driven by base appetites.  It shows us the deep cynicism about human nature that Rick has adopted in an attempt to drown his old idealism, which Renault derides as “sentimentalism.”  Trump embodies every vice we have grown to expect in politicians, just to a sharpened degree.  Is he vain, thin-skinned, and vindictive, convinced he doesn’t get enough credit for everything and that criticism of him is always motivated by bad faith?  Sure, but some of that has got to sound familiar to you.  Is he impulsive and undisciplined, seemingly driven by his emotions and appetites?  This definitely seems familiar.  Does he seem out of his depth, overmatched, and ill-informed on policy issues?  So are half the members of Congress, and that’s an optimistic estimate.  The silver lining of the Trump presidency is that it takes the edge off of attempts to glamorize politics or to over-exalt the office of the presidency.  Those who insist on viewing Trump as a totally unprecedented politician are trying to talk themselves into is the notion that this giant juggernaut of government power we’ve built would be just fine, would be no threat at all, would work beautifully to improve everyone’s lives, if only the right, decent, “normal” people were in charge.  They want to evade the fact that dishonesty, pandering, ambition, and vanity are built into the DNA of politics and politicians.  Yet if someone they despise so much, someone they regard as so wicked and dangerous, can get himself elected to wield the immense power they have invested in the federal government, then maybe they should reconsider giving the government so much power in the first place.  President Reagan used to say that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you’ve got.  Similarly, a presidency powerful to enough to do all the wonderful good things you imagine is also powerful enough to do all of the awful things you fear.  People who rail against “normalizing” Trump want to pretend they’re being vigilant against tyranny, but they’re not.  If they wanted to be vigilant, they would be vigilant against everyone, because Donald Trump is like every other politician, only more so.

(“What If You Can’t Normalize Donald Trump – Because He’s Already Normal?” by Robert Tracinski dated December 1, 2017 published by The Federalist at http://thefederalist.com/2017/12/01/cant-normalize-donald-trump-hes-already-normal/ )

The unprecedented FBI witch-hunt against a newly elected Donald Trump will remain in the public memory for years to come.  The FBI and DOJ will have to live with a huge loss of public credibility.  The IRS will never recover among Trump voters.  Elected governments only work as long as they enjoy basic public confidence, and when that is gone it can take many years to restore.  Even if most of our FBI people are honest patriots, a few rotten apples will ruin it for the rest.  High-level corruption sets an example for the whole country, and the Clintons and Obamas have shown us nothing but high-level corruption.  The perps may get out of jail free, but the political culture will feel the damage they have inflicted.  Mueller is a partisan hack to end all partisan hacks, and no sane observer believes otherwise.  It was Mueller who got Bill Clinton out of trouble for selling missile launching secrets to China, secrets that may now be helping North Korea to aim nuclear-armed missiles at Washington DC and Paris.  That's the trouble when the Democrats elect major corruptocrats like the Clintons and the Obamas.  Half the voters have been profoundly angered by their corrupt shenanigans for years and years.  The Clintons came out of the old Dixiecrat Machine in Little Rock, Ark, with ole Bill smokin' dope and harassing women to the max, and then came Obama.  Obama was mentored by the Godfather of the Chicago Machine, Emil Jones, and Michelle's dad was a ward boss in Chicago.  Robert Mueller was set up as the DOJ's choice for Special Prosecutor by James Comey, who twittered his own delight when he heard that General Michael Flynn has been arm-twisted into revealing confidential communications with the Republican candidate for President of the United States.  Since Swamp monsters only read their own PR, they have no idea what you and I understand.  That's the trouble with closed cults: Pretty soon they start believing their own propaganda.  Now inevitably people will be reminded about Obama's very close relationship with Walid bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire who is now under arrest in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton, accused of "corruption on earth" far beyond the ordinary level of Arabian baksheesh.  Talal was named by Percy Sutton as the Saudi money man who got Barry Soetoro-Obama into Harvard Law School, the beginning of his political career.  Talal may also be the mysterious billionaire behind the Jihad war.  We don't know for sure, but Talal always says that he will leave his fortune to "charity." Muslims understand what that means: In Islam, a percentage of charitable giving has to go to jihad.  Obama and Valerie Jarrett were involved in obviously corrupt and highly dangerous communications with the Iranian mullahs, long before Obama got elected.  Valerie Jarrett grew up in a Shi'ite (pro-Iranian) Muslim family, and Jarrett ran a back channel to the mullahs long before the first Obama election.  When the United States "negotiated" a surrender on the nuclear issue with the mullahs, a planeload of Iranian negotiators landed in Cairo, and a photographer showed them coming off the plane looking drunk and laughing their heads off.  Obama and Jarrett sold out the United States (and therefore also Iran's enemy Saudi Arabia), because both of them are jihad-symps from way back.  This is serious business, and a large number of American voters know about it, and they are the same voters who didn't answer the pollsters who called the election for Hillary.  Their silence meant trouble for Hillary, who still can't believe she lost.  In the last election the Communist Party of the USA openly backed Hillary Clinton, and Hillary never said a word against them, because she wanted their support.  So Donald Trump, who has his finger on the real pulse of the American people, ran with tens of millions of Twitter followers, against Hillary, who was supported by the much-despised media.  Trump is an international hotel owner who has to know the politics of every country where he builds a hotel.  But Trump is obviously a country hick, according to the New York Times and the sophisticates.  Using Twitter and Facebook he ran under the media radar in a classical campaign that caught the Swamp with its pants down.  Now Robert Mueller has hired more than a dozen partisan Democratic hacks, mostly Hillary contributors, who were hoping for big jobs in the Hillary regime that never was.  They are fired up for revenge against Trump, and just because Mueller fired one FBI guy for speaking out of turn, he will not get a single brownie point from conservatives.  Mueller will never, ever regain the kind of respect we used to feel for the Department of Justice and the FBI.  The IRS cannot be trusted, as taxpayers around the country know very well.  Our presidential candidates like the Clintons have sold favors for money, and the Obama White House sold our national security to the throwback mullahs of Iran.  The Three Stooges of the Swamp: Comey, Brennan, and Clapper, chose Robert Mueller in collusion with the Democrats in Congress to become Special Prosecutor against Trump.  Mueller has been part of that in-crowd all his life, but now the Swamp has finally sprung a trap on itself, and regardless of the legal outcome, the real accused in the dock will be one Robert Mueller. 

(“Mueller’s FBI Will Never Recover Its Good Name” by James Lewis dated December 5, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/muellers_fbi_will_never_recover_its_good_name.html )


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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY