The Attack On Republicans: I really hate being right…

I’m a bit sick to my stomach as I write this.  When I heard that the shooter was a home inspector from Belleville while driving to work this morning, I was going to predict that this was a middle-aged white man who is committed to the Left.  Thing is, that is really not a hard prediction.  If you live in the Metro East (i.e. Illinois side of the St. Louis area) as I do, that description is practically a given.

It’s disgusting to hear how pundits are talking about not making this political.  The terrorist – and that’s what this guy was – made it political from the outset.  He was explicit about that in both the effort he went to to find and target a large group of Republicans as well as his online postings.

But the truth is that this was made political months ago. Continue reading

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First Thoughts on Comey Hearing Opening Statements

Hi folks!  I know I’ve been away for some time.  There have been a series of life crises that have kept me from  writing for some time.  I’ll explain later.  For the moment I just wanted to put out my first thoughts on the Senate hearings going on just now.

I’ve just heard all the opening statements.  There are three takeaways that come shining plainly through.

  1. After Sen. Warner’s statement there is no doubt at all that this has absolutely nothing to do with the investigation.  These hearings are about – at least for the Democrats – overthrowing the sitting President.  No more.  No less.  It will be nothing more than a circus.  For all practical purposes, he called President Trump a threat to the nation.  Not by name, but only a fool could miss the intent and he made clear his goal to remove the threat.
  2. Special Counsel Mueller is not going to find any collusion or illegal activities on Trump.  If the opening statements are any clue, by the time the public testimony is over Comey will be at best a compromised witness.  If there was even a remote chance that he would have anything material in the “real” investigation, what I just heard Comey say would never have been allowed.  Particularly so, since his statement was reviewed and vetted by the Special Counsel office.
  3. Comey is absolutely going to use this as an opportunity for payback.  That is hardly a surprise, though.  I don’t care which side you’re on – Trump’s, Democrats’, or the truth – that is to be expected.  What I didn’t expect was for it to be so blatant.  From a legal perspective I wouldn’t have thought he’d want to undermine his credibility, though from a political perspective it could be calculated to do as much damage as possible.  If I’m right about #2, then I suppose this doesn’t matter.

One side note, though.  Sen. Burr did say something that is interesting in his statement.  He has re-opened the door for this investigation to lead to Hillary and/or Obama.  I’m not sure whether this should be taken as an actual threat to the Democrats, but it should at least be a warning to be careful of what you wish for.

To close, I have no doubt that this is going to weaken the public faith in our government, but probably not in a way that the press and Democrats anticipate.  If Trump support – which is very different from approval – hasn’t been shaken yet, then this circus is unlikely to do so.  I simply don’t see this leading to an impeachment or a resignation.  More likely, I believe, is that this will even further compromise the public confidence in Congress.  At best, it will validate the “swamp drainers” leading to more electoral bloodletting of incumbents.  At worst it could lead to – with the already deteriorating confidence in the courts – a presidency with authoritarian powers that far outstrip the worst of Obama’s abuses.  That takes us to a very bad place.

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Healthcare Reform. 25 Years Has Not Changed Reality

Ok, I’m speaking here as someone with over 35 years in the healthcare industry.  I started as a tech and research assistent as a college sophomore and have been involved in much of the major cardiac advances over that period.

There is a fundamental mistake happening in all of this.  The focus is on having insurance.  Whether or not you have insurance is not the real issue.  The real point is having affordable access to actual care. Continue reading

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How will it end?

Patrice Lewis had a wonderful editorial over at WND.  It’s certainly worth the read.

I think it was probably 2012, shortly after the election, when I noted that we had passed the point where things will be resolved without bloodshed. It’s just the form that bloodshed will take. Would it be bloodshed due to millions of well armed, well equipped people who say “No more!” or would it be bloodshed due to thousands of Progressives rioting because they were cut off when the electoral process worked and declare “No more!”

How it will end isn’t as hard to see as one might expect. Regardless what Leftists might say, America is a center-right nation that would best be called Classical Liberal; placing individual liberty above social security. Even with their control of public education, it’s will still take about two generations unopposed to change that.

They are not longer unopposed.

Perhaps the best thing Obama did was take the Left out of the shadows and into the open. That more than anything has helped marginalized the Democratic Party into what is rapidly becoming a regional party. Democrats focused on the mob and forgot that we are 50 separate States and the combined will of those States outweighs the mob of a few high population cities.

The bloodshed of their riots cannot be avoided. They have made clear that violence will be their response to anything other than a hard shift Left. Whether it is legislatively, a repositioning of the judiciary towards Constitutional lines, or an Article V convention, the Left really has no other response except the threat of blood. There is not room for compromise simply because their definition of compromise is a matter of how fast America embraces socialism, not if it embraces it.

My one fear is not whether we will win, but that in winning we allow our righteous anger to turn us into the monsters some of the Left accuse us of being. There, though, I remind myself that in spite of what the press may tell us, America is still a nation of Faith.

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Yes, NYT. You are the enemy of the American people.

There is nothing over the top about what the President said over the weekend.  You are convicted by your own behavior.

With all due respect, after the last 20 years and especially the last 18 months, “The Press” has the burden of regaining our respect.  Our distrust is not without cause and their actions have, in many ways, been consistent with enemies of America and its values.  Progressive socialism is the antithesis of what America stands for and your embrace of that makes you our enemy.

It is also a hubris to assume you are necessary as the press.  You are not.  A free press is necessary, but it does not have to be the NYT/WaPo/ABC/CBS/NBC/LAT monstrosities.  You are not entitled to the role.  The vacuum created by your abdication will be filled and it will be filled by whom the people decide they most trust.  You are not your own judge.  We are.

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In Favor of Eliminating the SCOTUS Filibuster

One thing that has not been considered yet is that the Democrats had no need to end the filibuster for SCOTUS. All they needed to do was remove it for the lesser courts and then populate it with their surrogates. This group of “respectable judges beyond repute” then becomes their pool for SCOTUS nominees. They knew they could count on Republicans not “denying” the President his choice. The truth is that a SCOTUS filibuster under this model will only ever be used against Republican nominees.

Now that the precedent is set, I do think that the Senate needs to finish the job and eliminate the filibuster for SCOTUS. It is largely irrelevant simply based on the argument above. There are too many reasons not to keep it.

  1. Trump will be nominating at least one and potentially three more justices. If Trump continues with Constructionist nominees as this one is sure to be, you can be certain the filibuster will eventually be eliminated. Progressives will have no choice but to try and stop an immense shift in judicial power away from their control for decades to come.
  2. Right now we are still in the “amnesia window” for political election cycles. Do it now rather than in a year when Trump makes his next nomination. Voters won’t hold it as relevant in the 2016 election other than those who are purely agenda driven. I.e. it won’t change outcomes.
  3. As I said, this will be a tool that will only ever be used against Constitutionalists.
  4. Political reality for a very long time to come is going to preclude selection of justices from outside the judicial branch regardless, the fact that there is no constitutional requirement.
  5. The media will come at you just as viciously regardless of when you do this.  That is a given.  At this time, it is still possible to argue and defend from principle.  In a year or two, when it’s a political necessity, you won’t have that.  This won’t matter to the press or the political class, but it will carry weight with the voters.

So please, Republican Senate, do this now while you can take the high road rather than the necessary road.  It will work out better in the end.

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Here’s One Poll The Press Doesn’t Want You To See | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

The short of this is that Obama’s approval over the span of his tenure has less approval than Richard Nixon.  On the plus side, he was more popular than either Ford or Carter.  Welcome to your legacy.

As President Obama left the White House, the mainstream press was falling over itself proclaiming how popular he was.”Obama leaving office on a very high note,” was a typical headline.

Source: Here’s One Poll The Press Doesn’t Want You To See | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

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Arcan Cetin Voted Illegally: Other Non-Citizens Do Too | National Review

Arcan Cetin might be the tip of the iceberg: There’s an active effort to hide the significant voting activity of non-citizens in swing states.

Source: Arcan Cetin Voted Illegally: Other Non-Citizens Do Too | National Review

Trump’s claims are not being made in a vacuum.  John Fund wrote on this last year.  It’s been a twenty year adage of mine that for a Republican to win a national level office, he has to win the vote outside the margin of error.  I do think it might have been better for Trump to refer to the votes being illegal, not just illegals voting.  No matter; most reasonable people know what he means.

What’s funny, though, is while the entire mainstream media is focusing on Trump’s side comments, they are largely ignoring the breakneck pace as which he is implementing his campaign agenda.  I’d much rather have all this vitriol aimed in a direction that further discredits the media rather than a direction that could hinder Trump.

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Trump and the PWNing of the Press

Frankly, one of the most amusing parts of the Trump presidency at this point is watching him completely PWN the mainstream media.  With 140 characters or a tiny ad lib in a speech he has complete control of “the story.”  Critics of his approach may make accusations of a lack of discipline or hot temper.  That may or may not be true, but regardless that it is also much, much more.

People – by which I mean the Press – seem to forget that Donald Trump is not a politician.  He is not going to act like a politician.  They are not considering what he is.  He is a high profile developer who has spent decades having his projects and personal life under media knives scrutiny.  He is owner of Miss USA and all the media scrutiny that has gotten.  Most important, he is the man that helped define the genre of reality TV.

In short, Donald Trump is a media mastermind. Continue reading

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Advice for Democrats; Invoking JFK

I’ve been seeing the stories about the soul searching of Democrats.  This is expected considering the current state of the Party.  Actually, the Democratic leadership, not the rank and file Democrats.   I’ve seen there is a huge difference between the two.  So I’m going to do something I haven’t in a long time and give some advice for their success.

This is spurred by a comment I saw elsewhere by someone who referred to himself as a JFK Democrat.  He was writing specifically toward the comments about party leadership (Steyer, in this case) wanting too change their messaging.  This commenter refers to how Kennedy’s message resonated and how to get back to that.

He’s actually on the right track. But one has to remember that JFK was a Liberal, not a Progressive and certainly not a Socialist.  Anyone remember missles in Cuba?

The problem I see is that Steyer is talking about changing the wrapper and not the content. It’s the content that is being rejected and it’s his arrogance to assume otherwise. When you strip away all the hype, there is a lot of similarity in the end point of Kennedy, Reagan, and Trump’s direction. There are VAST differences in how to get to the goal, however.  At one time in America that is what was called the Great Debate. 

The Progressives running the Democratic Party no longer seem to share that common goal of American excellence and individual success. Instead, the society takes the preeminent position. Yet, paradoxically, they foster division that undermine both the society they serve and the individual excellence that both Liberals and Conservatives treasure.

Whether it’s asking “Not what your country can do for you,” or creating that “Shining city on a hill,” or remembering that “We all bleed the same red blood,” If Democrats want to have any success over the next several generations, they have to return to the content and goals of JFK; not simply wrap themselves in his cloak.   

I’ve got a lot of friends who are Democrats.  Many others who profess to be “liberals.”  Most are – in the modern sense – as “conservative” as I.  Hopefully, they will be able to use this as their opportunity to take back their Party.  America needs to be able to return to the unique and noble work of that Great Debate.

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