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December 23, 2017

 

Today's cold civil war has seen a series of strikes by the left on the presidency of Donald Trump.  The overwhelming wave of negativity toward him, as reported constantly by the old media, and the onslaught of wailing by the leftist Democrat Party, et al. have been a major part of life in the United States since November 9, 2016.  The strikes have been intensified by what is called "the Deep State," meaning the D.C. bureaucracy and the powerful government agencies of the DOJ and the FBI.  Seeming chaos has reigned as leak after leak came out trying to damage the Trump administration.  What appeared to be damaging strikes were launched by the Democrat-media-Deep State complex.  The whole of Washington, D.C., along with the media, has never relented, going on a binge of hate-filled rhetoric and actions.  They are trying to convince an unwitting public that Trump is nothing but horrible news.  Thank goodness for the center-right new media.  Much of the truth about the Trump presidency has been getting out over the heads of the well organized leftist intent to cause chaos.  The counter-strikes from Trump have been less than obvious.  This brings us to that first precept: deception.  Many things are being hidden, some hidden in plain sight.  In plain sight, Trump is working to do what he said he would do during the campaign.  He and his administration have been persistent in pressing forward with this agenda.  There are even a few stray leftists who realize his accomplishments and are coming to the recognition that he's winning.  While these folks have been busy dehumanizing Trump and swearing allegiance to the dumbest political narratives ever: Trump-Russia; Trump-inhuman; Trump-stupid; Trump-incompetent; he's been working at undoing the damage done by the Obama - Clinton cabal at a speed that has surprised even them.  Trump knows his enemy, and the left thinks he's stupid.  Leftists have no clue he sees them for what they are.  Blockbuster revelations are now seeping up through the ooze of the swamp.  There is a set of facts and circumstances that show us that Trump now holds the high ground, that he has dug into strong positions, and that bombshell after bombshell is about to go off against the left.  This began with Trump's tweet about being "wiretapped" which was not literal, but it got the point across.  Look what has come out since: Drip by drip, the horrifying truth of what the Obama-Clinton cabal did to our DOJ, our FBI, and virtually everything they touched has been coming out.  They unmasked citizens unlawfully; they colluded with the FBI and DOJ to work against the campaign of the opposition party; and they politicized intel.  Now we know there was an organized, political cabal at the FBI that worked against Trump not only during the campaign, but ever since.  It's been known that the Mueller team was filled with Democrat partisans since they were appointed.  There is an ongoing report by the inspector general about to come out concerning the politicization of the Justice Department in the next weeks, which is supposed to be thorough, damning, and a shocker.  Other revelations: Hillary's campaign paid for the "Russian dossier;"  the FBI appears to have helped; and then the FBI appears to have used it with the FISA court to start their "Trump-Russia" investigation and as a means to spy on Trump's campaign.  We are seeing the picture come together – an unprecedented and ugly one.  Look at how many of these have been outed as wrongdoers in the past months:  McCabe, Strzok, Yates, Lynch, Comey, and Ohrs.  The drips are on the verge of becoming a torrent.  Suddenly, the Democrats are complaining about the text messages of Strzok being leaked.  Suddenly, they are getting worried about the I.G. report.  With the FBI flatly refusing to release records to the House Oversight Committee, the I.G. office is now saying it has them and will release them.  The Flynn plea deal has nothing to do with Trump-Russia.  We have little to go on, because the mainstream media want it so badly to be about Trump-Russia, but it isn't.  The scenario is of a horribly politicized, lawless operation within the FBI and DOJ, tied to the Obama-Clinton cabal.  It's bad actors doing unthinkable, unprecedented, and horrid things.  This is far beyond Watergate.  It's the worst political scandal ever seen, and it's about to blow.  So much is leaking out, there must be a plan to make the public aware how big the scandal will be since we all hear it coming now.

(“a Time for War: Deep State’s Strike and Trump’s Counter-Strike” by David Prentice dated December 18, 2017 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/a_time_for_war_strike_and_counterstrike.html )

We conservatives need to get our heads right about the mid-terms or if we fail to get on course for victory then we’re going to see Nancy Pelosi and the Gropeocrats back in charge and trying to make America into California.  We do not want to live in the United States of California.  The first step toward victory is some real talk about us normals – conservatives who are more concerned with our country than with muttering about principles.  We need to talk about how we’ve screwed up and how we need to change what we’re doing wrong.  We got lazy after we vanquished Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit and installed what has turned out to be the most conservative president since St. Ronald.  We had the House, and we had the Senate, so we relaxed.  Sure, we’ve gotten some great things done, but every step has been a battle thanks to the enraged Dems, their lying media pals, and that cheesy bunch of Never Trump weasels who are motivated by rage at how we dissed them and their Conservative, Inc., cronies.  The enemy is creating a sense of permanent chaos, and they intend to present themselves as a return to normality.  We have to stop them, but stopping them starts with us fixing what we’re doing wrong. We can only change ourselves, so we need to do that.  The liberal media is composed of lying creeps who used to serve as Chuck Schumer’s steno pool.  Meanwhile, the Trumpaphobic True Conservatives™ are desperately trying to regain their power and prestige after we rejected them along with the rest of the Jeb!-loving Establishment Fredocons who never managed to conserve anything except the cash they raked in falsely promising to fight fight fight.  But we’re not talking about them now.  We’re talking about us now.  Let’s talk about what we did wrong.  Let’s talk about what we need to change, because if we don’t change The Swamp is going to swamp us.  Our opponents are motivated, organizing, and targeting the weakest Republicans, and in Virginia and Alabama they snatched seats we should have kept or taken.  Here’s a news flash – the most conservative candidate won’t win every time.  We need to figure out who is the most conservative candidate who can win, and back him/her – that’s the old Buckley rule.  The purge of the squishes must come later.  We need raw numbers, and if that means accepting the occasional Susan Collins, fine. She’s the closest thing to a win in Maine, so accept that and move on.  In Virginia, the Democrats nearly took the legislature by identifying vulnerable seats, sneaking in with money, tech, and logistics, and pushing turn-out of motivated pinkos.  They caught us napping.  We need to identify our vulnerabilities and start building our defenses, and we can also to identify their vulnerabilities so we can snatch some Democrat seats in Trump country.  We’ll never get 100% of what we want; never, so deal with it.  We worry too much about purging our ranks and not enough about making sure we still have ranks to purge.  Oh, the accounting shall come, and we will have our revenge.  But today we need to keep control of Capitol Hill so Donald Trump can keep packing the courts, gutting the bureaucracy, and winning the war against jihadi dirtbags.  We can wait to get even.  Exhibit A is Roy Moore, where we screwed that up bad.  He was a terrible candidate, and terrible candidates lose.  Maybe there was some voter fraud, but all that’s irrelevant.  Roy Moore was a terrible candidate from the beginning, and when it became clear he was wounded we should have rebuffed his selfish determination to stay in the race.  I don’t care if he was innocent.  That’s not the point.  I don’t care about Roy Moore, because he, like every politician, is expendable.  He should have dropped out right away when he became a liability.  We owed Roy Moore nothing, while he owed us loyalty, which he failed to show when he refused to drop out and defer to a undamaged candidate.  Moore was still better than that baby-killing advocate Doug Jones, but Luther Strange or Mo Brooks would have won.  Moore lost, so we need to stop nominating losers.  We have a lot of Senate races coming up.  If candidates, fairly or not, allow themselves to be marginalized such as they are less likely win the general than their GOP primary opponents, I’ll toss them over.  It’s their job to win, and we don’t owe any politicians loyalty to back them if they can’t complete that basic task. This is a performance-based endeavor and even though we like them, if they aren’t the ones most likely to win then they need to go. This is about winning, period.  The lessons are clear.  We need to understand that our enemy is serious, motivated and intent on finding and exploiting the weaknesses in our candidates.  We need to be ruthless deciding who is most likely to win, even if it means backing someone who is 80% with us instead of 90%.  It means being coldly rational instead of over-heatedly emotional.  We need to win the midterms next year.  We need to get our heads right to do it. Yeah, our enemies are horrible and politics is unfair.  We can’t change that. The only thing we can change is ourselves, and we need to or we’ll get crushed.

(“Some Real Talk for Conservatives About 2018” by Kurt Schlichter dated December 18, 2017 published by Town Hall at https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/12/18/some-real-talk-for-conservatives-about-2018-n2423833 )

The United States, as the leader of the free world, has come to the end of an epoch. We are witnessing the collapse of a long-ensconced cultural elite that has been exposed as bankrupt of either moral or intellectual virtue.  Free-market capitalism requires creative destruction. Failed businesses go away and new ones start.  So too with failed visions. That is happening now.  The time is ripe for a resurgence of freedom, and a return from moral relativism and endless self-flagellation over the supposed shamefulness of America  past and present, to a renewed appreciation of traditional values, including individual responsibility, hard work, and frugality (not just living within one’s means, but saving for and investing in the future).  Don’t look now, but the national economy is actually GROWING again.  In each of the past two quarters of 2017, U.S. GDP grew at a rate of slightly in excess of 3%.  If GDP continues to grow at the same pace or faster, it will mark an enormous turnaround for the economy as a whole.  Compare the economic legacies of two very different presidencies, both beginning with severe recessions lasting about two years.  During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, the recession was followed by six years of rapid growth.  GDP expanded by more than a third.  During Barack Obama’s presidency, the recession was followed by six years of anemic growth.  GDP expanded by less than a sixth.  Above all, the Great Recession was an investment recession.  In the first two years of the Obama administration, there was an astounding (and catastrophic) decline in net domestic private investment of more than 90%.  Two reasons stand out: First, there was a massive shift in resources from the private to the public sector , where scarce resources are much more likely to go to waste.  Scorning “mindless austerity,” Obama promised to “spend our way out of the recession.”  In the course of doubling the national debt in eight years, his administration “invested” billions of dollars of taxpayer money in renewable energy, electric cars, bullet trains, and other “new industries.”  At the same time, there was a huge expansion of the regulatory state, slowing growth in most existing industries, and deliberately killing growth in some, such as coal and petrochemicals.  The Trump administration has steered a much different course.  In its first year in office, the new administration delivered on its promise of sweeping regulatory relief.  Rather than continuing to expand in leaps and bounds, the regulatory state actually contracted in 2017, thanks to the appointment of strong, reform-minded leaders at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Labor Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other arms of government.  The appointments marked a true paradigm shift, and a great change for the better in clearing a path for faster growth.  At the end of the year, it also appeared likely that Congress would pass, and the president would sign into law, the first pro-growth tax cuts and reform since the George W. Bush tax cuts in 2001.  In mid-December, U.S. House and Senate negotiators appeared to be close to final agreement on a bill that would cut the corporate-tax rate to 21% from 35% while lowering the top individual income-tax rate to 37% from 39.6% on federal tax returns. These changes would take effect as of January 1, 2018.  The portents seem to be in place for faster growth in coming years, including a surge in confidence among small business owners.  The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported that small business optimism now stands at its highest level since the roaring Reagan economy of 1983.  Small business owners are exuberant about the economy, and they are ready to lead the U.S. economy in a period of robust growth.  Remember the talk in recent years of the U.S. entering “a new normal” of annual GDP growth of no more than 2% per annum?  Rather than plunging into the abyss, it seems that the U.S. economy has pulled back from the brink of long-term economic stagnation, and is ready to return the kind of growth last seen in the 1980s and 1990s.

(“America at Yearend 2017 – Back from the Brink, Not Into the Abyss” by Andrew B. Wilson and Rex Sinquefield dated December 16, 2017 published by The American Spectator at https://spectator.org/america-at-yearend-2017-back-from-the-brink-not-into-the-abyss/ )

Now that we are a full year into President Trump’s increasingly consequential first term, it is long past time to give him complete ownership of the American economy.  If it seems odd to do so after only a year, that is due to former President Barack Obama, who never stopped blaming his predecessor for a recovery that never arrived because Obama could not stop sabotaging it with his anti-growth policies and anti-free market rhetoric.  Even the lying media and Democrat Party backed by a special prosecutor, even the gale force wind of hate and lies, have not stopped Trump from keeping his eye on the economic ball.  Here are seven amazing facts about Trump’s economy the media do not want you to know:

·    Real Economic Growth - After an unexpectedly high growth rate of 3.3% in third quarter of 2017, projections for the fourth quarter may approach the magic number of 4%.

·    Manufacturing Jobs Boom - In the final year of the Obama presidency, America lost a net of 16,000 manufacturing jobs.  So far in 2017, a full 171,000 manufacturing jobs have been created.  The manufacturing unemployment rate is just 2.6%, the lowest ever recorded.

·    Unemployment Rate Hits 17-Year Low - America now enjoys an unemployment rate of just 4.1%, the lowest since 2000.

·    Latino Unemployment Hits Record Low - The unemployment rate for Latinos is the lowest ever in the 45-year history of government tracking, a measly 4.7%.

·    Black Unemployment Rate Hits 17-Year Low - At 7.3%, the black unemployment rate still needs to improve, but not since hitting 7% in 2000 have things looked this good, most especially after nearly two decades of double-digit unemployment.

·    Soaring Economic Optimism - Optimism in the American economy breeds investor confidence and consumer spending, which, in turn, drives all the creation and manufacturing and shipping of products needed to fill those needs, which, in turn, gives us Boom Times. For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Americans see our economy as “good or excellent.” A near record of 41% believe 2018 will see an even better economy and their home values rise; 42% believe their wages will increase.  Perception is reality.

·    Booming Stock Market - With millions of working and middle-class Americans invested in the stock market through various retirement accounts, every announcement of a new record rings like a cash register ringing in their hardworking ears.  While pushing long overdue corporate (and income) taxes through Congress, using whatever authority he can to unilaterally cut red tape, and the power of the bully pulpit to sell America and the American worker to the world, Trump’s tide is lifting all boats in ways the “experts” warned us was not possible.

Massive tax cuts should make for a very bright 2018 and relieve fears of the stock market gains becoming a bubble.  Additionally, these tax cuts will also finally kill off the ObamaCare mandate, a massive tax increase that brutalizes those making less than $50,000 a year.  Other goodies include incentives for corporations to repatriate trillions stashed overseas to avoid America’s unnecessarily high tax rates.  Finally, after decades of being blocked for no good reason, this tax bill ends the dumb ban on oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which will create solid manufacturing jobs in an area in desperate of them.  A jobs boom could not come at a better time for the American worker because, with unemployment at something close to full employment, wage increases will surely follow.

(“7 Amazing Facts About Trump’s Economy Media Don’t Want You to Know” by John Nolte dated December 19, 2017 published by Breitbart at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/19/nolte-7-facts-trumps-economy-media-dont-want-know/ )

 

We all know the real definition of abuse, yet the number of females that have stepped up to the plate have exploded to accuse males of untold behavior that happened twenty to forty years ago.  Claims that range from: he touched me on the plane, to he tried to kiss me, or he dared asked me for a date, are showing their true colors.  We have really gotten so petty and angry over our political differences that we are willing to lynch any male for any reason simply because there is a political axe to grind.  Those of us who actually endured real sexual harassment are slowly but surely losing our voices to the screaming hordes of women who have decided to cry wolf in order to set a precedence for the real prize to destroy Donald Trump.  I have listened for weeks now to women coming out of the woodwork, not only accusing coworkers and past bosses of abuse, but demanding retribution for any male that might have asked for a date that was refused, a kiss that was unwanted or even a smile or a wink that was tossed across a crowded room.  Enough!  The fact that accusers are automatically given credence regardless how silly their claims might be have now pushed the situation to serious insanity.  I was under the impression that you are innocent until proven guilty.  Accusations are not facts and the media is not a court of law.  Professional women across this country are tired of the few dragging us back to the dark ages.  The “lynch’em” mentality has got to stop.  If you truly believe that women are not capable of sexual harassment in the work place, think again.  Hell hath no fury like a man who has been falsely accused and has nothing left to lose.  If you are a real victim of sexual abuse or harassment, go to the police, file a complaint, hire a real lawyer and head to court.  If you want to be taken seriously, then follow the proper legal path, or fall into the pile of nasty women crying wolf, never to be taken seriously again.  This is the U.S. and we must adhere to the rule of law, common sense and reason or be prepared to be eaten alive, because believe me your turn is coming down the pike!

(“Real Harassment or a Cry for Vengeance?” by Leigh Bravo dated December 16, 2017 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/print_friendly/real-harassment-of-a-cry-for-vengeance )

 

President Trump calls his new national security strategy "principled realism."  We call it a welcome return to a foreign policy premised first and foremost on U.S. interests, not globalist sloganeering.  There was nothing wild or radical about this new national security strategy. Trump's normalcy is undeniable. It rests on what he calls "four pillars," which include:

·         Protect the homeland, the American people, and the American way of life

·         Promote American prosperity

·         Preserve peace through strength

·         Advance American influence

Could anyone really object to those, but it goes beyond mere generalities.  He repeated that he would focus on fighting terrorism and controlling U.S. borders.  The threats from radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the region's problems.  Iran and North Korea were singled out as "rogue regimes," and recognized fundamentalist Islam as the threat it is.  He criticized "actors such as Russia (that) are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies."  He noted that China and Russia "challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity."  To meet these and other emerging challenges, he strongly emphasized rebuilding the military, including advancing our missile capabilities, cyber-defense, and artificial intelligence capabilities.  He called for a border wall, saying he would close loopholes in immigration law and end "chain migration" of extended families from other nations.  Perhaps most importantly to many, he focused on the importance of rule of law and individual rights, and argued about the need to between what diplomats call hard power (military might) and soft power  (diplomatic persuasion).  But that's really as far as the "normal" goes, because Trump's message wasn't mostly about arms and troops and diplomacy at all, but more about economics.  "We will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before," Trump said, sounding a clear note of economic nationalism.  He also said he'll take "firm action against unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft," a clear swipe at China, with whom the U.S. is embroiled in several trade spats currently.  Trump has already responded to President Obama's declaration in 2015 that climate change posed a "threat" to our national security by pulling out of the Paris Climate accords.  He took it a step further, promising the U.S. would become an "energy-dominant" nation.  Trump has already withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific trade deal, which he believes would have hurt U.S. workers.  Instead, he favors bilateral deals with like-minded nations.  Make no mistake, Trump has put the economy and trade relations with other nations front-and-center in this nation's newest national security strategy.  It's a refreshing change, and we hope it bears fruit.  You would not be wrong in thinking that the GOP tax cuts, which Trump has pushed strongly for, are part of this strategy.  For America to be strong in the world, it must have a strong economy.  We'll hear the usual shrill criticisms from the usual critics.  Critics claim Trump's a two-bit nationalist, he doesn't understand economics (especially funny coming from socialist professors directed at a billionaire), and his foreign and trade policies lack nuance and finesse.  Whether you agree with him or not, Trump has brought the idea that "a strong U.S. is good" back into the national discussion, and that's a good thing because it's been missing for too long.

(“Trump’s New ‘Principled Realism’; Economics = Security” dated December 19, 2017 published by Investor’s Business Daily at https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-new-principled-realism-economics-security/ )

 

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:

·  Politics at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/politics.php

·  Links at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/welcome/links.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/

 

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