A Toast from Lenin and Stalin

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Lenin and Stalin

     The Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off with the resignation of their chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Apparently she worked unethically, if not illegally, to undermine Bernie Sanders and support Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders supporters protested the rigged primary for good reason and were not quick to fall in line behind Hillary.  There was little new substance in the convention speeches.  They loved abortion, climate change, a $15 an hour minimum wage, gun control, and surely I’m forgetting something, but “At this point what difference does it make?”  I was surprised to learn that they did not entirely love free trade.  You may recall that President Obama negotiated the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and demanded that congress fast track approval without reading it.  So why are Democrats signaling a lack of enthusiasm?  Could it be they are channeling their inner Donald?

     Donald Trump has been outspoken on trade agreements and has said they were poorly negotiated and should be renegotiated. Trump feels that Americans are being taken advantage of through free trade. Free trade supporters counter that the good outweighs the bad.  But, does it?  What is the truth of the matter?

     To be fair, it should be noted that there are two kinds of free trade.  There is free trade among individuals and businesses, and there is free trade among nations.  Free trade among individuals and businesses is a right that should not be interfered with through government action.  Individuals are capable of looking out for their own interests and the interests of their family, without oversight, and will negotiate for their interests accordingly.

     Free trade among nations is quite another matter.  Nations have other interests to consider, for example, the economy, the national defense, the environment, and natural resources to name a few.  When you take into consideration national issues, it easy to see that unrestricted free trade may not be in the best interest of the nation.  Would a free trade agreement that requires an adversarial nation to supply critical military equipment be in the best interest of the receiving nation?  Such may be the case with regards to China.  Shouldn’t nations put their strategic needs ahead of the needs for trade?

     It may surprise some to realize the United States has not been a free trade nation historically.  Our forefathers thought it wise to nurture and protect our national resources.  It is through this nurturing that our resources matured and developed into the strongest economic force on earth.  It has only been in recent years that free trade has been a consideration.  But it is already obvious that free trade has a weakening effect on the nation.  The loss of jobs, the lowering of wages, the disparity in wealth distribution, all provide an indication that free trade is not in our collective best interest.  However, nothing points to our weakness more poignantly than the requirement that our astronauts hitch a ride with the Russians to the space station.  It has not been that long since we were in a space race with the Russians – a race we won when we landed on the moon.  Now after these many years, we find our victory was traded away like some useless swap-meet bauble, and we are left begging outside the Kremlin, while a winking Lenin and Stalin are toasting a vodka to our health.

     Perhaps the quote credited by many to Vladimir Lenin says it best:  “The capitalist will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

Until next time…

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Only the Shadow Knows

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     It is now many years since the Shadow asked, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Perhaps to update the question a bit, it would be fair to ask, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of politicians?” Certainly, those paying attention to events of the last several years have observed the results of that evil. A good example might be the Middle Eastern wars where the United States supplied both sides, lost countless U.S. soldiers, created a Muslim migration unlike anything seen in modern history, and spent billions of dollars borrowed from the Chinese. Yet another example would be the current election cycle, where elite politicians, both Democrat and Republican, would like to completely disenfranchise the voters and establish the candidate of their choice.

     Among the Republican Party elite, the hostility toward Donald Trump is immense, well-funded, and vicious. It is also noteworthy that they despise Ted Cruz, and even though they despise him, they are providing tentative support in the hopes of derailing Trump. Cruz is not a real threat because he cannot gain enough delegates to win the nomination outright, so he is being played by the elite. Cruz has to know this, so I wonder, what evil may lurk in his heart?

     But, the issue is bigger than the Republican Party. Our election, in many ways, is being played out on the world stage. This was duly noted by Ted Nugent in a recent Facebook post on March 29, 2016. Ted said the following, “At this time I do not endorse Donald Trump any more than I endorse Ted Cruz as I admire both gentlemen. But these points are SO damn special!”

  • “Obama is against Trump
  • The Media is against Trump
  • The establishment Democrats are against Trump
  • The establishment Republicans are against Trump
  • The Pope is against Trump
  • The UN is against Trump
  • The EU is against Trump
  • China is against Trump
  • Mexico is against Trump
  • Soros is against Trump
  • Black Lives Matter is against Trump
  • MoveOn.Org is against Trump
  • Koch Bro’s are against Trump
  • Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump

Bonus points

  • Cher says she will leave the country
  • Mylie Cyrus says she will leave the country
  • Whoopi says she will leave the country
  • Rosie says she will leave the country
  • Al Sharpton says he will leave the country
  • Gov. Brown says California will build a wall
  • “Sounds like the kind of president the US needs!”

     Nugent showed a great deal of insight in noting that it is the entire world that is against Trump, so why would that be? Some would say that it is his gruff, New York persona, his crude manner, his go-for-the-throat attitude, his lack of political correctness, or even his lovely wife. If that is so, why then would they ignore the witches’ warts, the lies and the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton? I would suggest that it is none of these. His persona, his manner, his attitude are mere reasons to justify the attack. His real sin is putting America first and wanting to make America great again because he is a nationalist, and nationalism is now politically incorrect. His opponents are all internationalists. This truth should be obvious to those paying attention for the last few years if not the last century. The erosion of freedom, the disdain for Christianity, jobs transferred to foreign countries, the failure to secure our border and a manipulated economy to name a few, all serve the internationalist interest. They certainly do not serve the interest of the honest, hard-working American. It is no accident that this has happened, and incidentally, it happens regardless of which party is leading Washington because both parties are made up of internationalists. Neither party wants to secure our borders; neither party wants to bring jobs back from foreign countries; and neither party wants to protect our freedoms. The political conflicts that play out on the evening news are artful theatrics that remind me a bit of wrestling. They are presented to make the voters think there is a difference in the parties when philosophically they are two heads of the same snake.

     So again I ask, “What evil lurks in the hearts of politicians?” The answer is internationalism.

     As always, I would encourage you to take time to inform yourself and remember the words of Paul Newman, “A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”

Until next time…

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Anyone but Trump

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Trump and Romney

 

     By the time anyone reads this, the fate of our nation may have been decided by the same establishment political hacks that have brought this nation to the brink. I refer to none other than the Trump-bashing elites, who believe they know better than the American people what is best for the citizens of this great nation.  They are the politicians that have promoted internationalism at the great expense of sovereignty, at the loss of jobs, loss of borders, and loss of dignity.  Not to be a name dropper, but I refer to the Clintons, the Romneys, the McCains, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS, most members of The House of Representatives, and the Senate.  For those of you who are asking yourselves, “Why did he leave out the President?”I can only answer that this was my short list, and I did not want to taint it.

 

     It has certainly been interesting watching the antics of the media, whose imaginations are without bounds. You would think that “The Donald” must have been sleeping on duty when the Benghazi attacks led to the death of American soldiers and diplomats, or perhaps he jeopardized national security by putting top secret communications on an unprotected email server.  Oh, I don’t know, maybe he was so cruel as to lie to family members of deceased soldiers.  Certainly, you would expect the media to be stirred up about such disgusting behavior, but he did not do these things; that was Hillary.

 

     What then has he done? He has suggested that he would secure our border and deport illegal immigrants.  He has suggested that he would stop the migration of Muslims until such time as they can be properly vetted to protect the United States citizens from further radical Islamic terrorist attacks.  He has indicated that he would work to bring jobs back to this country and keep this country out of political wars.  He has said he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a competitive free enterprise system.  I know these are revolutionary words to our elitist rulers, but really, should that qualify him to be compared to Adolph Hitler?

 

     No, I don’t think so. The real problem is that he is threatening the status of the political elite.  They sense that they are losing control, and they will not stand for it.  They will spend tens of millions in attack ads in hopes of defeating Donald Trump.  No price is too high, no tactic is too crude, and no opportunity must be lost.  Therefore, you see the two-time loser Romney come out and do his song and dance routine, but was anybody really listening?  Did anybody really care?  Who would care what Romney thinks? After all, he refused to attack President Obama when he ran against him, and now he wants to attack the most popular candidate in his own party.

 

     But really Trump is bigger than that. We now have foreign dignitaries and the Pope putting in their two-cent’s worth.  The Papal hypocrisy is unseemly.  The Pope lives in a walled City but believes we should not have borders?  I fully understand Mexico’s position.  Their citizens come to this country, and in so doing relieve the burden on the Mexican government to provide for them.  Once in this country, they send remittance payments back to Mexico boosting the Mexican economy, further reducing the burden on the Mexican government to provide for their remaining citizens.  Open borders is a win-win for Mexico, but if it is a win-win for Mexico, isn’t it a lose-lose for us? Better than $25 billion dollars was taken from our economy and sent to Mexico through remittance payments in 2015, and that is just the beginning of the cost to this country.  Additional cost include housing, welfare, medical, education, and of course, the cost no one likes to mention, the crime that is committed by illegal aliens in this country.  Oh, I forget Trump has mentioned the crime wave a time or two.

 

     As I said in the beginning, the fate of our great nation may have been decided long before anyone reads this, but just in case it has not, consider whether you would like to continue to be dictated to by the political elite of both parties, or whether you are capable of examining the facts and deciding for yourself. And remember this, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell.

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

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“Give Old Don a Holler!”

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     “When you get the s*** kicked out of you for long enough, and long enough, and long enough – you have a tendency to say what you really mean. In other words, you have all the pretense beat out of you.” – Charles Bukowski

     Don Trump has done it again. Chicago has decided that he’s no daisy, and they are correct. No matter the time, place, or context, Old Don has inspired action, both salty and sweet. I’m not sure if such a unique campaign has ever been run in the history of America (certainly not in my lifetime). I’m also not sure whether it’s good or bad. I am sure, however, that Mr. Trump has turned the feel of this young campaign into the equivalent of a heavily touted UFC fight. Tonight, the fight came to a head when ten-thousand protesters, wailing like banshees, broke out in (mild) violence during an otherwise counter-productive left-winged effort. If the goal was to prevent Trump from speaking, they were about as effective as The Bay of Pigs. Within the current state of affairs, Trump has found a way to be as loud when his mouth is closed as he is when it is open. Meanwhile, CNN (the so-called unbiased network) is on a savage search for any piece of minutia they can find that might serve to spill the blood on Donald’s hands. Unfortunately, the proverbial glove does not fit. Trump responded in sound political accord by cancelling the rally, claiming that he didn’t “want to see anyone get hurt.” From the perspective of political spin (which is the dominant whole of a presidential election), these protesters have done to Donald Trump what a home-run derby pitcher would do for “The Sultan of Swat,” and Old Don was gifted with nothing shy of a walk-off home-run. Cruz and Rubio, meanwhile, are left picking at the media scraps, each choosing to respond in predictable fashion, claiming that the antics of these scorned protesters should be attributed to the candidate for whom their mob mentality is directed.

     Trump, in spite of a bout of unusually graceful politicking, remains steadfast as not only the leader of the GOP race, but also as the most highly touted prospective economic savior. “People are tired of losing jobs to Mexico, and China, and Japan…” I suppose he must be correct in his remarks, but I have recently decided that there is cause for concern when considering the ostensible strength of Mr. Trump’s economic proposals for solution. As much as one can agree with his take about the hard-working Americans who are fed up with jobs being sent over seas or being filled domestically by illegal immigrants, questions must be asked: Who will fill the domestic jobs that are currently being done in large part by Mexican illegals? How much will it cost to cover the domestic wage standards to cover the production of goods that are currently being manufactured over seas? Will the owners of these companies simply pay higher wages to American workers without raising the price of their products? How will consumers really be affected by such a seemingly pro-American attitude toward improving the domestic state of economic affairs?

     In the words of Mark Twain, “There is nothing sadder than a young pessimist,” and taken a step further, nothing more hopeful than an old optimist. Donald Trump fits neither bill, but somehow, he has shaken in titanic fashion the political grounds upon which the American government prefers to walk. For that, I appreciate his efforts. After all, when you are walking in the wrong direction, a step backward is a step in the direction of progress.

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