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December 10, 2016
There is at least one unpleasant trait that seems to reside almost exclusively in the hearts of leftists: a puling hysterical weakness in the face of setbacks and defeat. I think President Barack Obama is the worst president of my lifetime: an incompetent ideologue who made the world and the country worse. The economy is not as bad as it was directly after the crash, but it is much, much worse than it would have been had it not been weighted down with Dodd-Frank regulation and the anvil of ObamaCare. Racial tension is worse, the national spirit is worse, the wars in the Middle East are worse, our nation's place in the world is worse, our federal institutions are more politicized and corrupt, all because Obama simply did not know how reality worked and would not change his mind. I did not become a sniveling, whiny, self-obsessed pansy. I did not, that is to say, behave like leftists are behaving now. When Obama was reelected in 2012, I did not cry. I did not protest. I did not demand a recount. I did not urge electors to betray the voters. I did not say Obama was not my President. I respected the will of the people, even though I found it hard to respect the people whose will it was. On the other hand, the left, the college snowflakes, can't even hear an idea they disagree with without retreating to a safe space. The New York Times, a former newspaper, now reads like a 12-year-old girls' sleepover after a mouse got in. It's embarrassing. "How to Cope With Trump?" "Trump's Threat to the Constitution?" "Trump's Agents of Idiocracy!" The guy hasn't even done anything yet! Everything Trump does, every move he makes, is greeted with cries of despair or panic. A right-winger turns on his favorite television show and has his favorite character tell him his favorite candidate is demonic. He turns on the news and hears "journalists" edit out stories of Democrat malfeasance while emphasizing Republican corruption. He goes to the movies and has his political beliefs insulted and derided. His favorite singer hates him. His professor excoriates him. His employer would fire him if he knew what he thought. It makes you tough; it makes you smart; it makes you educate yourself as to why you believe what you believe and what the arguments for and against it are. Meanwhile leftists float in a candy-cane cloud of self-congratulating self-reinforcement. Hollywood, the news media, academia, they all tell him: "You're smart. You're good. You're right. You're nice. You're going to win the election. Anyone can see that. How could you lose? Anyone who disagrees with you is bad, stupid, mean, wicked." No wonder these people whine and cry when things don't go their way. I have no problem with there being two sides to an argument. I have no problem with the left making its case. The whining, the weakness, the hysteria is like being stuck on an airplane with a crying baby, so grow up or at least stick your thumb in your mouth and keep it down because you're making so much noise it's hard for me to enjoy your suffering.
(“Why Are Leftists Such Pansies?” by Andrew Klaven dated December 6, 2016 published by PJ Media at https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2016/12/06/why-are-leftists-such-pansies/ )
It is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department because, if true, she belongs in prison. However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her, because this is not a sign of a healthy American electorate. It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her. Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking. They are less informed and thoughtful citizens than idolaters. In the recent election, tens of millions of Americans cast their ballots for that criminal woman with no record of accomplishment as a senator, and a record as secretary of state of one foreign policy calamity after another; she who had been recklessly irresponsible in using a private, secret email server that surely exposed the entirety of State Department communications to hostile foreign powers; this influence peddler who stuffed her payoffs into a charitable foundation, then billed her daughter’s wedding to it. One can only puzzle over the possible reasons that tens of millions of Americans voted as they did when all this was public knowledge. Some of her supporters, the poorest, likely voted for her in the belief that she would continue the food stamps and disability payments and any other government handouts to them. Others, though, seemed to have voted for an image of Hillary Clinton completely divorced from who she really is. They voted for what she represented. They voted for an idol, because Americans have become a nation of idol worshippers. Hillary Clinton likewise is an icon of a kind of hermaphrodite who like Bruce Jenner mixes up in her person a female appearance with a male persona. As a campaigner, she was judged “unsympathetic” by many, which likely resulted from her attempt, when addressing a crowd, to sound like a tough guy, a football coach giving a pep talk before the Big Game. Hillary Clinton waved the banner of “enlightened,” “progressive” people who smile upon homosexuality as just fine. Like her camp followers, who do approve of male-to-male sodomy and fellatio vs. the objects of their hatred, the “deplorable” homophobe. Homosexuality likewise is about mixed, confused sexuality. When she lost, her followers broke down in tearful recriminations about the “glass ceiling” in the belief that those who voted for Trump did so because they couldn’t stand the thought of a woman being President. For such voters, the real Hillary, the crook, the felon, the chronic liar, the apparent accomplice to rape after the fact; the botched leader of men in battle at Benghazi – played no role in their decision. They voted for an idol who represented attitudes toward the relationships between men and women, men and men, women and women, the virtues of the welfare state. She represents “bleeding hearts” who are obsessed with seeing themselves as “sisters of mercy” and everyone else a heartless brute, e.g. the defenders of the poor and downtrodden illegal immigrants who need “sanctuary cities” to shield them from the heartless federal government. These were Hillary’s voters. One hopes President Trump takes cognizance of this looming disaster. If current trends continue, future elections will find ever-growing numbers of American blockheads incapable of critical thought and intelligent self-rule, just as European intellectuals feared three centuries ago.
(“The Election’s Ominous Results” by Sha’I ben-Tekoa dated December 7, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/the_elections_ominous_results.html )
In America, the Democratic Party is now the institutional face of political learning disabilities. We say "democrat" because the American left has lost touch with most things "democratic." The fix was in for Hillary's coronation, the fix was in with "super delegates," and then the fix was again in, with near universal media collaboration, for the general election. Cooked or "crooked" books are now perennial dishes on the au gauche buffet. Experience is the best teacher, or so says the conventional wisdom. In practice, the most common lesson is that too many folks never learn, especially those encumbered by ideology, call it political autism. The wisdom of crowds foiled the fixers and elected an outsider in 2016. The American left seems oblivious to evidence and recent events, a cluelessness that can be measured in political deficits. Recent losses include state governors, state legislatures, and the entire federal three-branch apparat. Trump ran as a pragmatic brigand, against the establishment, against the right and left. The smart money inside the Beltway might want to remember that. The big losers are the utopian urban American left, those socialist plantations where votes are bought and sold by hucksters pedaling entitlements, false hopes, and empty promises. The entitlement left has painted itself into a corner with a constituency of mostly urban barnacles. The great divide in America is not between socialism and capitalism, male and female, black and white, or upper and lower classes anymore. Demographic schism is a choice: choice between free man and slave, choice between producer and consumer, choice between maker and taker. For the moment, urban America, those Democrat sinecures, are mired in a swamp of red ink, race-gender pandering, and hostile dependencies, a toxic mix, indeed. Political intelligence has little to do with education or experience and everything to do with introspection, the ability to recognize personal and political pathologies. Reflection is not just the key to personal success; it is also the Pony Express for civic improvement. Unfortunately, reflection and realism seldom register with perennial adolescents or "adult" liberals these days. The European and American left suffer from acute political autism, or maybe chronic obsessive compulsive behavior. Take Nancy Pelosi of California as a symptom, again re-elected to House leadership, and Chuck Schumer of New York, replacing Harry Reid, the shrill bishop of Las Vegas, in the Senate. Democrat Party leadership is now officially bicoastal. The Clinton-Obama message was "more of the same"; the new DNC message seems to be "off the cliff" with Karl Marx and Mohammed. Democrats are doubling down on the secular socialist left. Bernie Sanders and fembot Elizabeth Warren have been elevated to leadership positions. The Democrat politburo is about to make Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota chairman of the Democrat National Committee. Ellison is the first black and the first Muslim to represent Minnesota in Congress. He was the first congressman to insist he be sworn in on a Koran. The Nation of Islam is the premier American forum for racial separation or re-segregation, bogus theories of black racial superiority, anti-LGBT hate-mongering, conspicuous anti-Semitism, and all manner of cult theopolitics. Ellison, by his own admission, seems to believe that whites, Jews, and Republicans are equivalent to Nazis. Congressman Ellison is another two-trick donkey: race and religion. Liberal rhetoric often pays lip service to inclusion and diversity. In 2017, the left will be torn by paranoid extremes, a secular socialist left, and a toxic Muslim religious right. The secular left confuses the passage of time with progress, while Islam is simply frozen in time. Too much of ersatz Islam is rooted in a theosophy where the clock stopped in the 7th century. Liberals lost the American political middle in 2016 and now appear to be in a foot race to the ideological fringes. Collusion between American liberals and Islamic zealots is surely popular with campus sophomores and aging academic tokers, but not necessarily the choice of a nation seeking civilized futures. If leadership matters, recent liberal doyen choices look more like political suicide, or, as with too much of Islam, hypnotic death wishes.
(“The DNC Has a Political Death Wish” by G. Murphy Donovan dated December 5, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/dnc_death_wishes.html )
We hear about the alt-right and the alt-left, but the real issue is the alt-reality. Most Americans' perceptions of the world are shaped by information they get from primarily liberal sources such as the media, academia, and government. That's why many Americans live in an alternate reality where Hillary did nothing wrong at Benghazi, abortions occur only due to rape, global warming is supported by 97% of scientists, the economy is doing great, emotions are good and reasoning is bad, Republicans are racists, Castro was a kind and caring man, and Trump is an insane tyrant. The reason liberals have been able to get away with lying for so long is that most of these issues don't affect the average voter. The average voter doesn't care about Cuba, is not planning on having an abortion herself, and didn't lose anyone at Benghazi. Many people don't bother to see if what they hear is in fact true. In addition, most people aren't exposed to any information sources that contradict the liberal narrative. The average person who's working hard to support their family and raise their children never has any reason to question liberal propaganda. Finally, the liberal alt-reality machine constantly acts as though virtually all Americans agree with liberal values, that anyone who doesn't accept liberal views is a deplorable or an idiot. That tends to keep people from expressing their conservative views, or the fact that they were going to vote for Trump, because no one wants to be labeled a fool by others. This helps limit the spread by word of mouth of news sources the liberals don't control. What led to the Trump win is that the liberals have become so out of step with reality that many Americans decided to completely distrust them. When people saw how tough their economic situation was and how many of their friends couldn't find a job, but the liberal establishment said how much Obama had improved the economy, most people began to realize that maybe they were being lied to. When people saw cops who acted in self-defense having their lives destroyed and other cops being hunted down and assassinated, all while they were hearing that saying "all lives matter" is racist, they began to understand that the establishment voices were on the side of the crooks, not the cops; on the side of blacks but not whites. That's why most Americans distrust the media, academia, and the government. This long delayed realization by so many Americans that the cultural elites are lying to them is what has triggered the liberals' sudden fascination with "fake" news. Liberals know that the great unwashed masses who cling to their guns and religion won't accept liberalism. That's why the liberals constantly have to lie about their vision for America. After all, who'd sign up for a world where your liberal "betters" control every aspect of your life, including how much soda you can drink? Liberals know that their only hope to get and retain the power they are so addicted to is to have a monopoly on information. For decades, anyone who has disagreed with liberals was automatically labeled a racist. This worked to delegitimize conservatives precisely because neither conservatives nor America in general is racist. It's time we fought back and made sure that Americans don't return to trusting the liberal "h8rs." The best antidote to liberalism is truth, here is some sand to throw in the left's media machine:
· Mention that liberals must be pretty stupid not to be able to recognize the difference between The Onion and real news sites.
· Ask why we should believe attacks on conservatives by the NYT after it said it should be biased in its coverage against Trump.
· Point out that the liberals are the racists, given that the only time they care about a black being shot is when a white, a "white Latino," or a cop does it. Thousands of blacks are murdered in Democrat run cities every year, and the liberal chattering heads say nothing.
· Ask why, if the economy is so great, household income has been stagnant, and so many people have only part-time jobs.
· Wonder why the media was totally wrong about Trump winning.
· Ask if it isn't fascist of universities to suppress speech they don't like.
All of us have an amazing opportunity to delegitimize the establishment information sources. While the Trump revolution has returned control of the Congress and Presidency to the people we still need to overthrow the modern Goebbelses, whose propaganda conceals the racist and fascist nature of modern liberalism. People of all political stripes are beginning to question whether or not they're being fed a pack of lies. We need to get them to take a good hard look at the gaping chasm between what they've been told is true and what they see with their own eyes. We don't want to silence liberal voices, but we do want to make sure everyone knows that liberals are liars, not trusted family friends who have our best interests in mind. We need to ensure that the vast majority of Americans know that ABC, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the rest of the liberal voices are even more biased and less reliable than Fox News. When the vast majority of Americans realize they can't just watch the evening news or pick up their local paper in order to find out what's real and what isn't, America will be ready to return to being a representative republic.
(“The Problem Isn’t the Alt-Right – It’s the Alt-Reality” by Tom Trinko dated December 6, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/the_problem_isnt_the_alt_right__its_the_alt_reality.html )
As their time in office winds down, U.S. Presidents and their supporters tend to focus on legacy. Unfortunately, on the economy, the Obama crowd has a lot of work to do in the hopes that political spin will cloud or even overrule economic reality. It's not like this hasn't happened before. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Dealers successfully spun the idea that Herbert Hoover was a laissez-faire President, unwilling to use the tools of government to fight off the Great Depression, and it took FDR and his government programs to elongate the depression. Hoover was anything but a free-market advocate. Instead, he signed the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, jacked up government spending and intrusiveness in unprecedented ways, and hiked taxes dramatically. FDR built and drastically expanded on such measures, including ramping up federal regulation like never before. Hoover and FDR were alike in imposing burdensome costs and uncertainties on the private sector, causing the Great Depression. Like FDR, Obama was dealt a very bad hand on the economy. He largely followed the Roosevelt prescription of government activism. Obama imposed more spending, hyper-regulation, and tax increases, while also threatening throughout his two terms to inflict even more tax hikes, regulations and spending. The results of increased costs and uncertainty on the private sector were predictable, fewer resources and diminished incentives for starting up, expanding and investing in businesses. It's unmistakable that Obama is handing over a badly under-performing economy to his successor. Consider economic growth and employment. Real annual GDP growth since the end of the recession in mid-2009 has grown at less than half the rate it should during periods of recovery and expansion (averaging a mere 2.1% during this recovery compared to the historic average of 4.3%). If growth during this recovery had matched the historical average, GDP this year would approximately $2.5 trillion larger. As for the recent drop in the unemployment rate, from 5.0% in September to 4.6% in November, it turns out that 78% of that reduction was due to people leaving the labor force altogether, rather than new jobs being created. Labor force participation and job creation have been woeful. Employment as a share of the population in November registered 59.7%. If this employment-population ratio registered a more typical level prevailing before the recession (for example, 63%), we'd have 8.3 million more people working today. In the end, the additional costs and uncertainties courtesy of government policies under Obama have discouraged private investment and entrepreneurship (both also down markedly from where they should be), and resulted in less growth and diminished job creation. Through costly, wrongheaded policymaking, Hoover in effect created a recession, and both he and FDR turned it into the Great Depression. Similarly, President Obama took a bad economy, turned it into the Great Recession, one of the worst recoveries on record. Given his dismal performance in office, in order to polish up his legacy, President Obama will have to rely on his own delusional declarations, the work of his political spin-meisters, and the complicity or ignorance of some in the media, so let's hope that historians look at the actual record.
(“Political Spin in Full Spin on the Obama Economy” by Ray Keating dated December 6, 2016 published by Real Clear Markets at http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/12/06/political_spin_in_full_spin_on_the_obama_economy_102450.html )
Governing in the Divided Era is no easy task. For Donald Trump, however, there are three core reasons his presidency should be relative easy.
· Politics versus Governance. The Barack Obama presidency, especially in the last six years, has been more about politics than governing. The first two years of his Presidency, when the Democrats held the House, the Senate and the White House, the Democrats governed. They passed legislation, it was signed by the President and it looked like government was doing things. The last six years, on the other hand, has featured very little governing. President Obama has never in his career been an executive. He hired a record low number of people with business experience. He is ideological and had an ideological agenda. Obama ruled by executive order instead of governed by consensus. Over the last six years, he made more use of the Justice Department than the Congress and the Supreme Court actually made more major laws than Congress. In short, he pushed a political agenda not legislative agenda. All of that has frustrated Americans. Like the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Trump will be able to govern. Indeed, Republicans have a full agenda of tax reform, banking reform, health care reform, immigration reform and more. That robust agenda, and the likely reduced gridlock, will not only stimulate the economy and therefore public opinion, it will look like government is being rather productive compared to the last 6 years. In other words, it will be easier for Trump to govern and therefore his presidency will be easier than the last six years.
· Economic Growth Versus Stagnation. The most important economic statistic is the rate of economic growth. That is the main factor in job growth, wage growth and even tax revenue growth. Unfortunately, we have had precious little growth over the last decade. The long term cause of that weak growth has been the sixty-year growth in government spending and the cost of regulations. Our governments now spend the equivalent of 37% of the economy and the combined costs of all regulations likely exceeds 15% of the economy as the Obama term ends. As government saps the private sector, our growth has fallen from an average of 4% growth to less than 2% growth. The only cure for too much government is less government, not more. That is Trump’s agenda and everyone knows it. The continued rise in the stock market reflects that as does the OECD’s increased growth estimates for the United States. Trump's policies will foster economic growth and that will make it easier for him to govern.
· Foreign Policy Versus Reactions. Obama proved to be a domestic-focused President for whom foreign policy was a distraction. Obama, by leading from behind, oxymoron that that is, had hoped that reduced U.S. presence abroad would lead to better times. He was wrong. A multi-polar world requires more attention to detail and persistence in foreign policy not less, there are more balls to juggle, more languages to understand and more leaders to assess.
The less of those troubles, the easier it will be for Trump to govern. Large governments are far harder to lead and to manage than smaller governments. Our governments are far too large and Trump’s proposed policies will be a welcome antidote to the last six years.
(“3 Reasons It Will Be Easy for Trump to be President” by Thomas Del Beccaro dated November 30, 2016 published by Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasdelbeccaro/2016/11/30/3-reasons-it-will-be-easy-for-trump-to-be-president/#7cbf5b0c2136 )
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