Views on the News

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December 16, 2017


I am the type of American that Democrats want to go away.  I get along with cops, soldiers, preppers and country boys -- the sort of guys who know how to shoot, know how to take care of themselves and would watch your back in a fight if it came to that.  I don’t much like the government, but I do like small town government better than government in D.C.  If someone has to be in charge, better the sort of guy you can run into at the grocery store who will give you an answer when you want to know why the potholes on your street haven’t been fixed. D.C.’s different. I know the Democrats there hate me because I’m a straight, white, Christian, Southern conservative and the people that run the Republican Party today would only care what I think if I had hundreds of thousands of dollars to give them.  There are always people in D.C. who think they have a better idea of what to do with my life and my money than I do.  I don’t need any “help” from the government and I’m not okay with the government using my money to help people who should be helping themselves.  When I want to give to charity, tithe to my church or buy Christmas gifts for a poor family, I do it.  We may all have to pool our money to pay for street signs, the police and the military, but I don’t see any reason my money should go to people on welfare for years, the families of anchor babies or scammers doing Crossfit right before the government hands them a disability check for their “intolerable” pain.  Go work for a living like the rest of us.  I believe there are only two genders and they shouldn’t be sharing a bathroom.  Like all good Southern boys, I was raised to be a gentleman.  I’m not okay with bosses who demand that women sleep with them to keep a job or Hollywood weirdos who ask actresses to watch them in the shower, but that doesn’t mean every woman is telling the truth.  Go listen to Hillary Clinton for a while and tell me that we can always trust women to tell the truth.  I was raised to say “yes, sir” and “no ma’am” and I do, whether I’m talking to a CEO or an 18 year old kid making my sandwich at Subway.  It’s too bad that we live in a society where basic respect for other human beings has been tossed in the garbage. NFL players disrespect the flag of the country that made them rich. Pampered Hollywood stars lecture us about guns while they’re protected by armed security. Liberals in the mainstream media lie to our faces on a daily basis and think we’re stupid enough to believe they don’t have a bias.   Politicians who work for us talk about we’re what’s going wrong with America.  We live in a society where normal people who make America work put up with disrespect on a daily basis while we’re told that common sense is “triggering” for college students going to $40,000 a year schools. If those of us who work for a living have to listen to Lena Dunham, Barack Obama and Colin Kaepernick bloviate on, then Berkeley can endure a conservative speaking on campus once in a while.  I like church-going people. I like the NRA; I like the sort of parent who won’t tolerate her kid acting like a brat in public, the sort of person who flies a flag on his porch, works two jobs, owns his own business or who just takes responsibility for himself and his family.  I don’t much care for people who are lazy, dependent on the government or who want others to do what they should be doing for themselves.  Unfortunately, we live in a country where the government takes the first group for granted and uses it like a piggybank for the second group.  That’s not good, but it might be tolerable if our government at least did the basics well.  We live in a country run by politicians and bureaucrats who can’t do anything right and yet they think the solution to that problem is to give them even more power over our lives.  If you feel the same way I do, then you’re one of the Americans the elites in D.C. want to go away.

(“We’re the Type of Americans the Elites in D.C. Want to Go Away” by John Hawkins dated December 10, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2017/12/10/were-the-type-of-americans-the-elites-in-d-c-want-to-go-away-n2420561 )

A pattern is emerging in President Trump's foreign policy: Time after time, he's doing what he promised to do.  Last week, Trump announced that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy there, even though some of his aides warned that the move could derail peace negotiations.  Before that, Trump refused to certify that Iran is complying with its nuclear deal and renewed his threat to scrap the agreement, despite protests from Britain, France and Germany.  Before that, he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recommendation to stay in.  Trump renewed his complaint that NATO members aren't paying their fair share for defense, and he questioned whether the United States should defend them in a war with Russia.  In Washington, Trump's aides have tried to polish his rough edges.  They have implored him to stick to official texts when he talks about foreign policy.  They have assured allies that his positions aren't as disruptive as they sound.  Their message often boils down to: Watch what we do, not what he says.  From time to time, they've even succeeded in restraining the president from acting on his initial impulses.  Trump wanted to scrap the Iran deal immediately; instead, he's agreed to give Congress a chance to impose new sanctions first. (Congress has not complied.)  They persuaded him, after several tries, to reaffirm the U.S. defense commitment to NATO, even though he keeps backsliding.  They persuaded him to give sanctions a chance to nudge North Korea toward halting its nuclear weapons program, even though he says diplomacy is a waste of time.  They convinced him to sign a bill from Congress imposing sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, even though he still refuses to admit it happened.  Once the president is freed from the constraints of the White House, the old Trump returns: combative, blustery and resentful of the idea that the United States has a special obligation to lead the world.  "My job is not to be president of the world," he said in Florida. "My job is to be president of the United States of America."  They believe Trump is eroding the alliances the United States built after World War II, with a corresponding erosion of American influence.  That's not the only reason Trump's stubborn fidelity to his campaign promises is chilling.  If he sticks to the unalloyed positions he brought to the White House, we're in for a series of crises: a military showdown with North Korea, if Kim Jong-un continues his nuclear missile program; a break with allies over Iran, if Trump acts on his promise to scrap the nuclear deal; a series of trade wars, beginning with Canada and Mexico if they continue to resist new concessions in NAFTA.  Trump can claim some successes in his first year.  The war against Islamic State is coming to a close (although there's plenty of postwar work to do).  He's pushed NATO countries to increase their defense spending (just not enough to make him happy).  He's on a first-name basis with Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel.  When he ran for president, he promised, in effect, to destabilize the international order, and he's delivering. 

(“Trump is keeping his promise to destabilize the international order” by Doyle McManus dated December 13, 2017 published by Los Angeles Times at http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-foreign-policy-promises-20171213-story.html )

In his first year in office, President Trump has made it a refreshing habit to fulfill his pledges to the American people.  Whether it is removing the United States from the odious trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnerships (TPP) or bowing out of the expensive and unfair Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump has been keeping true to the vows he made as a candidate.  In the case of the Jerusalem decision, President Trump is acting with courage, while previous Presidents only made hollow campaign promises.  Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all pledged to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but none of them delivered on their promise.  Once in office, Trump’s predecessors caved to the pressure from the United Nations and the Muslim world.  This President has a refreshing ability to act alone.  He does not bow to international pressure.  Donald Trump makes decisions not based on global concerns or coercion from the international community, but on what is in the best interest of the United States of America.  Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not only in the best interest of Middle East peace, but it is also in the best interest of the United States of America.  Having a President follow through on his commitments is reassuring to all of our allies and sends a strong message to our adversaries.  Hereafter, all countries will realize that the United States is led by a President who believes that his word is his bond.  This will help promote peace abroad and end international concern about the faithfulness and tenacity of our country.  During the Obama administration, there was plenty of international concern about a country that did not follow through on its commitments.  President Obama completely abandoned Iraq in 2011 and left a void that was filled by the terrorist group ISIS.  In contrast, this President promised to “bomb the hell out of ISIS.”  The results have been stunning as ISIS is in total disarray and fleeing the onslaught of U.S. military forces. The terrorists have left behind their supposed caliphate in Iraq and Syria and are trying to remain relevant as a fighting force.  President Trump has let the military commanders make battlefield decisions and changed the oppressive Obama era rules of engagement.  When he announced his military plans of defeating the enemy during the campaign, the President was mocked by his opponents, but the American people are enjoying the benefits of those policies today.  In the aftermath of this decision, the enemies of Israel will no longer question the stance of the United States of America or the courage of our President.  They will understand that the U.S. will not abandon Israel, the only democracy and our only true ally in the region.  Once this reality is understood by all, the peace process can move forward.  Finally, we now have a President who acts with both courage and foresight.  Despite the threats from Muslim leaders and the political opposition both in the U.S. and abroad, President Trump’s bold decision will ultimately lead to a safer Middle East and a safer world.   

(“The President is Making Promises Great Again” by Jeff Crouere dated December 9, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffcrouere/2017/12/09/the-president-is-making-promises-great-again-n2420318 )

Many Democrats believe Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the perfect person to replace the aging Bernie Sanders as the party’s torch-bearer for progressive causes in 2020.  However nominating the shrillish Warren would be a massive mistake for Democrats, and making her president would be even worse for America.  There’s no question Warren could win the ivory tower left-wing academics, alt-left media and progressive enclaves in states such as Vermont, Massachusetts, California and New York.  However her desire to centralize even more power in Washington, D.C., has little appeal throughout the rest of the country, including in regions important for Democrats to win in 2020.  To beat Trump in a general election, Warren would need to convince his Democrat-leaning voters in states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to reject Trump’s mostly pro-market economic views and embrace of American exceptionalism in favor of Warren’s leftist policies.  There are a number of reasons to believe this is unlikely to occur.  First, Trump’s economic policies are working.  Over the past two quarters, GDP growth has topped 3%, something Barack Obama never achieved as president.  Further, since Trump won the election in November 2016, the unemployment rate has improved by 0.7%, and the economy has added more than 138,000 manufacturing jobs so far in 2017.  Compare that to Barack Obama’s last year in 2016, when the United States lost 16,000 manufacturing jobs.  Considering how vital manufacturing is in parts of the Midwest, these figures likely will be especially important for many of the region’s Democratic-leaning voters who backed Trump in 2016.  Trump’s economic successes are largely due to his support for the same free-market principles Warren has long denounced and fought hard to reject.  For instance, Warren wants to implement additional regulations and taxes on businesses, imposing billions of dollars in costs on job-creating corporations and investors.  Warren also views Trump’s vigorous pro energy policies an anathema.  Yet the nation’s energy sector, including the oil, natural gas, and coal industries are important to communities throughout the country, but especially in the Midwest.  Warren wants to block new pipelines and phase out cheap fossil fuels, replacing them with much more expensive forms of energy, such as solar and wind.  Solar and wind can’t survive without the huge and costly government subsidies they receive today.  Her policy banks on forcing traditional forms of energy out of business. These policies would devastate many towns and cities in the Midwest, Great Plains and Southwest areas of the nation, as they did under Obama.  Warren also routinely advocates for expanding the behemoth national government and squashing state and individual rights.  Her embrace of radical economic redistributionist policies would force hard-working taxpayers to give even more of their money to others to pay for things like solar panels and free college tuition.  That’s most clearly revealed by the actions of her brainchild, the monstrous Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  CFPB’s stated purpose is to protect consumers from misleading and fraudulent activities by banks and other financial institutions, but in reality it’s stifled businesses that are essential for economic growth by imposing unnecessary and redundant costs, which inevitably get passed on to the public.  It’s reasonable to assume that if she were to be elected president, she’d support the creation of similar reckless government institutions, agencies most middle-of-the-road Democrats don’t want.  Warren’s socialist policies are totally out of touch with voters’ views.  This is particularly true in regions such as the Midwest, where Democrats must perform better in 2020 than they did in 2016 to have any hope of beating Trump.  To win back the White House, Democrats need to nominate moderate candidates for President and Vice President, and some may emerge as we get nearer to the 2020 election, but right now a Warren-Sanders ticket appears to be the best the party can offer voters. 

(“Nominating Warren would doom Dems’ chances in 2020” by Justin Haskins dated December 9, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/nominating-warren-would-doom-dems-chances-in-2020 )


The purpose of the Mueller investigation is not now, nor was it ever, to prove collusion between Russia and the Trump Presidential Campaign.  That stated purpose was, from Day 1, a red herring.  Mueller’s investigation, based on the dissemination of a fake dossier, is a misinformation campaign designed to: (1) discredit the election of Trump, hindering his efforts to govern, and (2) distract the media’s attention  away from Uranium One, and other events where possible criminal acts were committed by the Clintons, and others.  In short, the Mueller Investigation is a misdirection-by-distraction operationThe pattern for the current DoJ operation replicates a previous “special counsel” puppet show: Plamegate designed by two key players who starred in the Plamegate investigation, Comey and Mueller. 

Here’s the blueprint for both: Rod Rosenstein, appointed Assistant Attorney General by Obama to serve under then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, has a history concerning Uranium One.  Obama administration figures involved in the 2009-15 investigation of the Uranium One deal include Robert Mueller, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe, all of whom are involved in some fashion in the current investigation of President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.  All the key players, in both past and current DoJ Blueprint investigations, are Swamp creatures and the longer it continues, the more damage is done to the Department of Justice, and, thereby, to the nation. 

(“Department of Justice Blueprint for Fake Investigations” by Lee Cary dated December 9, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/department-of-justice-blueprint-for-fake-investigations )


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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY