DONALD J. TRUMP
A REPUBLICAN NEVERTRUMP
SENATOR REVEALS MORE THAN HE MEANT
By James Mullin, January 19, 2022
I recently wrote to my United States senator, a Republican
NeverTrump, respectfully asking why the January 6 detainees are still in jail,
with many still in solitary and not arraigned for what was essentially
trespassing on public property (forgetting for the moment the role of FBI
instigators). (Incidentally, we should all be writing.) His reply saddened me
profoundly. I received back a two-page harangue of how horrible January 6 was
and how it imperiled our democracy. Buried within that harangue were unexpected
admissions about the unconstitutional conditions in which far more prisoners are
held than most people realize. Surprisingly enough, these admissions gave me
For anyone who lived through Election Night 2020, and watched Trump winning comfortably at 11:00 P.M. EST, only to lose that massive lead by the following morning, skepticism about the election will always remain intense. (And it seems more people are getting skeptical by the day.) That skepticism is hardened by stories of municipalities that actually stopped counting during the night and reopened with large Biden pluralities.
This sense of wrongdoing doesn't justify trespassing and certainly doesn't justify vandalism. But what happened on January 6 still pales in comparison to the carnage that BLM and Antifa wreaked on many American cities and towns the previous summer — and without cost to its perpetrators in most cases. So a white-hot rage remains in many Americans.
But back to my senator's curious reply. After a lengthy harangue about Jan. 6, the depraved perpetrators, and the evil Donald Trump, he provided two very odd statements. First, he informed me that 570 people are still held in D.C.'s jails.
Five hundred seventy! I had no idea that so many were incarcerated for so long, without trial.
Second, and unexpectedly, he revealed that these 570 were mostly kept in "restricted housing," which translates to solitary confinement or other extreme denials of privileges normally granted to the general prison population. I knew that was the case, but to have a senatorial office confirm it was curious.
Image: Cover of Marjorie Taylor Greene's report about conditions in the D.C. Jail (cropped). Only three other congressmen (Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert) joined her in the report.
So here was an admission in writing that a large number of Americans are being held without trial under conditions that the Geneva Conventions would object to. Moreover, they violate the Constitution's promise of both a speedy trial and the right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment (especially before a trial is carried out with the proper due process and an actual conviction).
Land of the Free? Really? This reminds me more of the CCP's China than the America I grew up in.
My truly scary surmise is that these two reveals — following after the harangue — were no accident. The harangue, seemingly, was what was to be expected from a Democrat senator, so some staffer dutifully complied. But the two reveals were perhaps an admission — stealth or subconscious — that things aren't all fine and dandy in our nation's capital. They were an admission from a D.C. insider!
This reply was perhaps a dutiful staffer serving notice that, in addition to the harangue he was supposed to churn out, there are two more items that the establishment would rather the office not ratify. The whole thing suggests that our country is pretty far gone but that there are glimmers of resistance in surprising places.
I'm deeply saddened that people — and families — are being punished way beyond what their crime justifies. It is mercilessly un-American at its core. It is grossly mean-spirited, no matter what your politics. It is chilling to the rest of us that this is what central government in America has regressed to. Maybe that is its purpose: fear. If it is, God help us.
So here's a warning to the swamp (within and outside D.C.): inequity always causes a backlash. The inequitable treatment of Black Americans from 1865 to 1965 unleashed the Civil Rights era. Something similar is smoldering now, but this time, it involves an entire country, not just a segment. The backlash will be proportional, meaning that it will likely be (no pun intended) huge. (We've already seen a staggering shift in party alliance just in the past year.)
The harder the left tightens the spring, the greater the eventual recoil. That spring has been being tightened for over 70 years. The spring back promises to be legendary.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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WHY ISN'T MICHAEL BYRD
By Donald Surber, December 27, 2021 https://donsurber.blogspot.com/
I ask an uncomfortable question. Why isn't
Michael Byrd on trial? He shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during a mostly peaceful
protest inside the Capitol on January 6.
Three trials this year beg this question.
The most recent trial ended last week when a jury convicted Kim Potter, who while a police officer shot and killed a driver who was trying to leave the scene after he was pulled over by the cops. Potter said she mistook her gun for a taser. While that may be true, nevertheless the jury found her guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter.
The first of the three trials was of Derek Chauvin who was convicted of killing George Floyd. A drug user with a record of crimes, Floyd was higher than a kite. Chauvin, then a police officer, held him down awaiting putting him in jail. He blocked medical treatment. Floyd died later in custody. A jury convicted Chauvin of murder.
The third was the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse who shot and killed two rioters who
attacked him, and wounded a rioter who pulled a gun on him. The jury found him
innocent of all charges.
As a casual observer, I think jurors got all three verdicts right.
Which brings me to Byrd. Why should he not face a jury of his peers to determine
whether his killing of Babbitt was murder?
NBC reported in August, "In the chaotic minutes before he shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Lt. Michael Byrd focused his attention on the glass doors leading into the lobby of the House of Representatives chamber.
"About 60 to 80 House members and staffers were holed up inside, and it was Byrd’s job to protect them.
"As rioters rampaged through the Capitol, Byrd and a few other officers of the U.S. Capitol Police set up a wall of furniture outside the doors.
"'Once we barricaded the doors, we were essentially trapped where we were,' Byrd said in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, speaking publicly for the first time since the riot. 'There was no way to retreat. No other way to get out.
"'If they get through that door, they’re into the House chamber and upon the members of Congress,' added Byrd, who gave NBC News permission to use his name after authorities had declined to release it."
He told a harrowing tale. As did Potter. As did Rittenhouse.
But there also is video, the same thing that brought Chauvin and Potter down, but video exonerated Rittenhouse. Let's go to the tape. Let's let a jury decide whether shooting an unarmed woman who seemed to pose no physical threat to anyone was a justifiable homicide.
We all know why Byrd won't stand trial. It's the same reason Hillary didn't and Hunter won't. They are part of the protected class. They are above the law. A Washington that blew millions on an investigation into a conspiracy theory about Russia that everyone knew was a lie won't spend 10 cents on real justice in these three cases.
I am not saying convict Byrd. I am saying try him, if only for the peace of mind of a nation that no longer can trust its federal government.
Reprinted with the permission of Donald Surber https://donsurber.blogspot.com/
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IT IS TRUMP'S PARTY. GET
By Don Surber, September 17, 2021 https://donsurber.blogspot.com/
Congressman Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced he won't seek a third term
because of Donald Trump. Gonzalez won't be missed, He voted to impeach Trump.
I do not get the congressman's problem. Water is wet, the media is biased, and Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.
It is no contest.
McLaughlin and Associates polled Republicans nationally and asked if Trump won the nomination in 2024, would you vote for him in the general election?
86% of Republicans said they would.
There are your Republican values and principles. Donald Trump
proved his worthiness as a Republican, as a conservative, and as an American in
his 4 years as president. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
Gonzalez, well, that's a different story.
Instead of fighting Donald Trump year after year after year, Republicans in Washington should embrace him because Americans do.
McLaughlin found 56% prefer Trump's style over Biden's. Only 40% prefer Biden's style.
The issues are there for Republicans. Biden has botched and politicized our efforts to contain covid. Biden's spend-it-all mentality is stoking inflation. And Biden's surrender of Afghanistan is unacceptable.
Never let a crisis go to waste. There's 3 of them. It is time for goons like Gonzalez to go home and let real conservatives run the party again.
The Republicans are Trump's party because he -- at great personal sacrifice -- did in 4 years what the RINOs promised to do for 40 years.
I mean, how hard is it to move an embassy to Jerusalem? You buy
some land, build an embassy, and move in.
The future of our country is either a slow slide to socialism or a restoration of our constitutional republic. Only one man can lead the restoration.
Bruce Abramson laid it out in a column in Real Clear Politics.
He wrote, "Trump turned counterrevolutionary restorationism into a true force on the right, in uneasy partnership with prudent conservatism. Many heavyweights who resented the transition chose to lay low, hoping to ride it out. Others—Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, and the Never Trumpers—preferred to lean woke while waggling a schoolmarmish finger in all directions.
"Will the restorationism that Trump pioneered become a lasting political force? Or will it remain tied to his unique personality and disappear when he leaves the scene? The answer will define the future of the GOP—and the future of America.
"Many of today’s rising conservative stars promise to build a far bolder GOP. Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, Rand Paul, and Jim Jordan may be less extreme personalities than Donald Trump, but they share his willingness to reject corrupt authority, challenge prevailing narratives, and promote strategic noncompliance.
"If Trump can forge this younger generation into a sustainable restorationist movement, he will emerge as one of the most consequential figures in American history. If not, he will be remembered as a controversial speedbump on America’s glidepath into wokeness."
To tell the truth, I prefer someone younger.
But I need someone I can trust and right now, Trump is the only one who meets the criteria.
So let Gonzalez take his ball and go home. It's a soccer ball. We're playing football.
UPDATE: Via Pro Trump News, the president said, "RINO Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting President of the United States, me. This is no loss for Ohio or our Country and, most importantly, we have a great candidate who was substantially leading Gonzalez in the polls, Max Miller, who I have given my Complete and Total Endorsement. Max is a tremendous person who will represent Ohio well. Good riddance to Anthony, he can now get himself a job at ratings-dead CNN or MSDNC!"
Reprinted with permission from Don Surber https://donsurber.blogspot.com/
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NO MORE MR. NICE TRUMP
By Don Surber, July 05, 2021 https://donsurber.blogspot.com/
President Donald John Trump seems
determined to get re-elected for a second time in 2024. I am not going to tell
him how to campaign, because I am confident in his political abilities. My
concern is about governance. He must learn from the mistakes of the first term.
He was too nice.
He was too trusting.
He was too dependent upon Republicans in Washington, who are too interested in enriching themselves than in serving the public. Republican Senators Richard Burr, James Inhofe, and Kelly Loeffler cashed in on the stock crash after the intelligence committee (which Burr headed) was told about covid 19.
In Term II, Trump needs to clean house and fire every political appointee, because they are unreliable lifers. Tony Fauci is the best example of these builders of bureaucracies that are insulated from accountability.
He must rid the government of all of them, even the ones he originally appointed, because they have all been in Washington for too long. U.S. attorneys and regional directors also should be shown the door.
Only loyalists need apply. Ric Grenell and Mike Pompeo proved themselves in the first term. Grenell would make a good chief of staff and Pompeo should go back to State.
In Term II. Trump must bring in outsiders. There are 27 Republican governors. Surely a dozen or so of them could be brought to Washington to run things. They would bring staff members to serve as deputies.
Likewise, his next attorney general should be a state attorney general. States have plenty of Republican treasurers, agriculture commissioners, and the like to provide loyal and experienced management of the federal government.
In Term II, Trump must forget the media entirely. They just lie. He must write them off completely.
Press briefings should replace press conferences with no questions asked of him or his press secretary.
Trump should limit his interviews to the Fox Four: Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham, and Bartiromo. If he wants to break news of a scandal, he should get the word out through Kane at Citizen Free Press. Drudge made his bones with the Lewinsky scandal -- and sold out 20 years later. I want Trump to give Kane a shot because he won't sell out.
And oh, yes, there should be scandal. Donald Trump should invest in and maintain the Mother of All Opposition Research. He needs to know the name of every mistress, drug dealer, and Chinese contact of every congressman, lobbyist, and media executive in Washington.
This will help him in negotiations. When he meets with Congressman Blowhard to discuss the budget, he should do so over dinner with both their wives. Then he should casually drop the name of the congressman's girlfriend (or boyfriend).
But legislation is not where the action is. Promulgation is. The bureaucracy's interpretation of the law is where the fat cats lobby. All these new rules must be published in the Federal Register.
The president should stop the presses.
As the chief executive of the federal government, President Trump will have the authority to approve any and all promulgations. The last-minute rule-changing by Biden must be stopped. President Trump can call them all in for review saying he is checking them for their environmental impact, for their diversity, for their impact on the budget, and for their effect on sacred tribal lands.
He can halt them for 90 days of review. And then another 90 days. And for all the 90-day periods until the end of his term.
If the courts call on him to act, he should remind them that these really are legislative matters the administration should have nothing to do with. It is not enough to repeal regulations. We must stop creating new regulation by bureaucracy entirely.
The special counsel act should be ignored. Obama never allowed Holder or Lynch to appoint one. If an AG does, can him.
In Term II, riots should be met with force under the Insurrection Act. Biden set the precedent in making DC a military camp. Do it again with Regular Army troop. And any military officer who publicly complains should be court martialed, as he is at the top of their chain of command.
Finally, in Term II, there must be paybacks. Red China must pay for covid 19.
So should Fauci and all his friends in Washington.
There also must be investigations of Hunter, Hillary, and Obama.
No more Mister Nice Trump.
Reprinted with permission from Don Surber
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PRESIDENT TRUMP'S 2021 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
was just so surreal watching a humbled Donald Trump take the stage at CPAC,
visibly shaken by his election loss, bend the knee to Romney-Cheney
Republicanism, and express his hope that the attack dogs in the press would
leave him alone during his twilight years away from the public eye.
Er...nope. That doesn't even sound believable. The only place where that establishment fantasy played out was the online fan fiction board of the Hillary Clinton–John Kasich–Ben Sasse mutual support and suffering group. Most presidents leave office looking worse for wear; six weeks after being deplatformed by the swamp, Donald Trump looks more like a wrestler getting ready to rumble.
If Washington thought it could weaken President Trump's appeal by making him an "enemy of the state" and trashing his supporters as seditionists, it miscalculated. If anything, the D.C. mafia cemented his status as the quintessential outsider against whom all future outsiders will be compared, and it has only made the president's in-your-face, take-no-prisoners style of political pugilism more cutting.
In his first public speech since being "Myanmared," Trump used his opportunity at CPAC to batter Biden's incompetence, rally conservatives to his banner, and dispose of those members in his party who still prefer electing Democrats. As he read through the list of Republicans who helped instigate a second fake impeachment with a personal promise to destroy them one by one, that unique Trump swagger was in overdrive. He sounded like a mix of Johnny Cash's "man goin' 'round takin' names," putting together a list nobody should ever want on, and Mark Wahlberg's menacingly polite choir boy telling whiny RINOs unwelcome at CPAC to "say 'hi' to your mother for me" as he smiled for the cameras. If swiping his election through mail-in balloting and painting him as the leader of a terrorist group was meant to make him disappear, then there's no doubt that removing him from office was a government-run operation. Only the government could screw up this badly. At CPAC, the Boss was back, and he didn't look to be going anywhere.
While President Trump wove in and out of scripted points he wanted to hammer home (Ol' Touchy-Smelly's administration is endangering Americans by encouraging endless illegal immigration, failing to get kids back into school, appeasing China and Iran, and senselessly destroying American energy independence.) and delighted his base with the impromptu comedic flourishes that make him compelling, his ninety-minute speech at CPAC was also a conspicuous reminder that Joe Biden is nowhere to be seen, hidden away from the public, kept on ice. How is it that the former president has managed to deliver a detailed State of the Union Address — spoiler alert: the Union's gone a little gamy since President Popsicle arrived — before the new sitting president? Does anyone enjoying the perks and privileges of power in D.C. find this strange? Because to normal folks, Trump sure looks like a president not yet finished, while Biden looks so finished that he's not sure he's president.
Free advice, Deep State: If you're going to take down a sitting president who has more energy than Tom Cruise dancing on Oprah Winfrey's sofa, then at least install a body in the Oval Office more lively than a medical cadaver. Otherwise, people start wondering how the naptime president could possibly have scored more votes than anyone else in American history, while his predecessor is still doing two hours of cardio live and onstage in Orlando before sold-out crowds.
That's something else Washington's bloated bureaucracy never understood about Donald Trump's appeal to his voters: he actually enjoys having fun with ordinary people. He can tell a joke, and he can take a joke, and most of D.C.'s ruling class can't do either. While Washington has become a militarized zone complete with barbed wire fencing and shock troops to scare the masses, there's former president Trump laughing it up in Orlando with his friends and giving generous shout-outs to everyone in attendance. (Jim Jordan, where are you? Great wrestler, that guy!) Pelosi's capital is a prison; DeSantis's and Trump's Florida is a party. Those are optics that even overpriced political operatives from the swamp can understand.
What they cannot understand is how Donald Trump is still standing and politically viable after everything D.C. has done to crush him. Framing him as a Russian asset didn't work. Using the criminal justice system as a form of political persecution against his supporters had no effect. Not one, but two farce impeachments turned into nothing more than badges of honor. And tarring the sitting president as an insurrectionist intent on toppling Congress seems to have only made him more popular. (Go figure!) The more D.C. demonizes Trump, the more it turns him into just the kind of folk hero who is going to rattle establishment cages for generations.
CPAC made that clear. Donald Trump, the man, still looms over everything just as before, but more importantly, Donald Trump's issues loom over everything, too. Establishment Republicans might not care about border security, but Republican voters most certainly do. Establishment Republicans might still prefer Wall Street bankers in wingtips, but there's no doubt that the Republican Party's future belongs to working-class voters in Red Wings. And while too many Establishment Republicans would still rather send American troops abroad than bring American manufacturing back home, it is certain that Trump's new Republican Party has become a home for Main Street patriots with Main Street concerns.
How is it that D.C. can't succeed in destroying Donald Trump's influence? Partially, it's because the president actually listened to the concerns of ordinary Americans and made their problems his problems. Before government officials became nothing more than paid beneficiaries of lobbyists and foreign interests, this was considered normal politicking. Because the ruling class has abandoned and betrayed ordinary Americans for so many decades, though, Donald Trump made it look revolutionary. And now the next wave of Republicans, including Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem, is following in his footsteps. Listening to the people — what a concept!
Establishment Republicans refused to understand why ordinary voters overwhelmingly chose "outsider" candidates such as Trump. They refused to understand President Trump's popularity as anything other than a "cult of personality" that would wither away with his presidency. If the president put one thing to bed at CPAC, though, it was this: Old Guard Republicans can either become part of the change that is transforming the Republican Party or get steamrolled on their way to irrelevancy. Either way, it's Trump's party from here on out.
Hat tip to Seneca the Elder.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF
THE D.C. RALLY ON 1/6/2021
By Ann from Ohio
Barry Goldwater is the politician most often credited with having sparked the resurgence of the American Conservative political movement in the 1960’s. I was living in Phoenix at the time and had the privilege of meeting, seeing and hearing his speeches during his campaign. Being so moved I wrote a paper on a Patriotic America and won the national writing contest. Fast forward to 2021 and hearing of a Patriotic Rally to be held January 6th, there was no question I was going to attend.
I drove close to seven hours on January 5th to find there were only two bridges into the city and all the others were closed. I arrived at a plywood boarded-up hotel with closed restaurants and no kitchen. Carry out was not even an option. It seems this DC mayor had made sure things were locked up tight. There was a Sub-Way two blocks away, but, I got there just as it was closing at 5pm. No food tonight.
The next day the events started at
9 a.m., so I walked in a sea of Red, White and Blue to the Ellipse
Park. I chose a spot with
the Washington Monument behind me and the White House in front of me. This was a very suitable place to listen to our
President who had promised to put my beloved America First.
I met fellow Americans from Tennessee, Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, California, Virginia, Illinois, Texas and New York. We shared our stories, but, found out that all social media was knocked out, so we had to resort to other means to try to keep in touch. We walked together to the front of our Capital building where we sang our National Anthem, said our Pledge of Allegiance, and said a prayer. Someone had brought a huge flag that we had sail overhead as those on the perimeter passed it along.
We were in our Patriotic Glory. A man with a blowhorn was encouraging us to climb onto the bleachers, balcony, and patio to take a picture to record our part in history. With nothing more than a snow fence and no more crowd containing barriers many were wanting to participate. Under the chants of “Whose House,” ”Our House,” we got our selfies to show the children and grandchildren.
I also thought I overheard someone mention a breach to our Capital but once I got to the balcony there were no windows broken and a door only ajar with not enough room to possibly go inside. My reaction, "MSM at it again," and never gave it any further thought.
By 3 p.m. many were starting to return to their buses, airplanes, and cars. Remember, we had been there on our feet since 9 a.m. At the point when I left, at 4 p.m., I would say 98% of the people had left. There were no more speakers to listen to and pictures of the monumental event were taken by those who wanted one. There were a few food trucks, and everyone left was just milling around. I, however, was on a mission to get back to SubWay. I was not missing dinner again.
I made it to my destination by 4:30 to find that the mayor, because of some “breach” of the Capital, had declared a State Of Emergency. No one had told us to leave, no mention of the now new curfews and no mention of her closing the restaurants. I later learned that even flights were cancelled, though there was no severe weather. What is going on? How could anyone have not known we were coming? Why did they not communicate to us? Why are they restricting us from leaving now?
Back at the hotel I finally had access to the internet. To my horror, I saw videos with people walking into the Capital, claiming to be press. I saw a video of police moving the barrier and then leading a group into the side of the building I was not on. Another video out in front of the Capital, when it was darker, and police were having conflict with them. Could it have been that, just like me, they also did not know of the curfews? With no social media or internet, no one bothered to communicate to us in any way.
By the time I left even blow-horn man was gone. Is my beautiful Patriotic moment now being tarnished by the MSM, and if so, why would they do that? It seemed that it was a well-orchestrated attempt to tarnish the day.
I refuse to allow my memory be changed by any overreaching mayor or whoever was in charge. I, again, had an experience that will be shared with generations to come. I was again part of another pivotal moment in history that few get to experience. I made new friends, with a common love for our country. God bless my fellow Patriotic Americans from sea to shining sea.
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DONALD TRUMP, THE
LONELIEST MAN ON THE PLANET
By Brian C. Joondeph, November 16, 2020
President Donald Trump left the glamorous
world of celebrity, fame, and fortune in June 2015 on a mission, not for
himself, but for the American people.
Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People. There is nothing the political establishment will not do, and no lie they will not tell, to hold on to their prestige and power at your expense.
He knew the path ahead would be lonely. Before his famous escalator ride at Trump Tower in 2015 to announce his candidacy, he prophetically warned his son Don Jr. The day of the announcement my father told me something that I would remember, again and again in the coming weeks and months. It would be one of the most accurate observations I would hear since my own immersion into politics. We got on the elevator and he turned to look at me and he said, “Now we find out who our real friends are.”
Trump has few real friends these days
within the Washington D.C. ruling class, aside from his inner circle. After as
corrupt an election as one can imagine, many of his so-called friends are eager
to stick a shiv in his ribs rather than defend him against a coup that makes
Spygate looks like child’s play.
Trump led in the crucial swing states on election night to a degree that if it were any other candidate or election, the media would have called it before midnight. Instead, the voting stopped at midnight and votes were either fabricated for Joe Biden or magically switched from the Trump to Biden column, in only the states and in only the amounts to put Biden over the top so the DNC media could declare Biden the winner.
How convenient that just before Trump hit
the magic number of 270, Fox News called Arizona for Biden, with other states on
cue, stopping their vote counts, allowing the vote rigging to begin, avoiding
having to declare Trump the winner. It almost seems like a coordinated plan. Was
We are learning more by the day about corrupt voting machines and software, and a scheme, as Trump attorney Sidney Powell describes, “organized and conducted with the help of Silicon Valley people, the big tech companies, the social media and even the media companies.”
It was less than a year ago that Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden were concerned about these voting machines, yet today this is all “conspiracy theory.” Was there foreign interference in the election via corrupted voting machines? Were U.S. votes routed through servers in Spain and Germany? Election interference was of great interest to congressional Democrats during Trump’s first term, yet they seem to have no interest in such interference today.
Where are the Republicans? Where are so-called conservatives? Where is the outrage? Where are Trump’s friends? Does he have any these days? How ironic that George W. Bush was quick to congratulate “president-elect” Joe Biden. Bush barely 'won" his election in 2000, while his opponent Al Gore fought for 37 days before the U.S. Supreme Court forced his concession. But Bush felt it reasonable to fight dimpled and hanging chads in one single state, yet scoffs at Trump fighting multi-state fraud?
Failed former Republican primary candidate Chris Christie suggests it may soon be time for Trump to “move on.” What a show of support. No wonder his candidacy failed.
Another loser, Mitt Romney, joined the chorus. I would not be a bit surprised if Romney had the 2012 election stolen from him in the same way as is happening to Trump today. Yet like most establishment Republicans, Romney prefers to give a “statesman-like” concession speech rather than soil his wingtips in a street fight to claim what is legitimately his. Interestingly, the Romney family has financial ties to voting machines.
World leaders have been quick to call and congratulate the assumed president-elect, the café-au-lait crowd happy to see the America-first president sent packing in exchange for another sap in the White House willing to pay the credit card bills of their freeloading nations. Trump is learning who is friends are.
There are a few exceptions. Leaders from
Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, and North Korea have not offered Biden their
congratulations, prudently waiting to see how this plays out. Perhaps they know
more about a recent U.S. raid on a voting machine server facility in Frankfurt,
Germany that might reveal an international conspiracy to switch votes in our
recent election. Perhaps, as in the case of Mexico's leader, they know the smell
of a stolen election when they see it.
Most congressional Republicans lost their voices after the election, even those fair-weather friends who happily rode Trump’s coattails to election or re-election. They see nothing suspicious or sinister in Republicans maintaining control of the Senate and gaining ten-plus seats in the House while the leader of their party supposedly lost reelection.
Members of Congress eager to investigate bogus claims of Trump colluding with Russia have no interest in probing electoral irregularity that defies statistics and common sense. How did states where Trump drew 50,000 to his rallies and Biden could not draw 50 to his events, chose the unpopular dullard to lead the country? Trump has 89 million Twitter followers compared to 19 million for Biden. But more people voted for Biden?
Then there is voter turnout higher than
the number of registered voters, and in some areas, a slew of 120 year old
voters in some cities.
Where have Trump’s friends been on spygate? This was a fraudulent and illegal attempt to disrupt an election, transition, and presidency and to date there has only been a single plea deal for some mid-level no-name while the ringleaders are writing books and securing lucrative cable news gigs. The GOP establishment wants to “move on” from this scandal as well.
NeverTrumpers, once apparently conservative Republicans, have made themselves irrelevant by becoming liberal Democrats. Fox News, once a “fair and balanced” alternative to the left-wing drumbeat of the remaining big media, is following the NeverTrump path into irrelevancy.
Trump thought he had friends at Fox News, giving frequent interviews and shout-outs, only to have them stick the first election night shiv between his ribs. Who will watch Fox now as they are no different than any of the other far left news outlets?
Trump may appear alone, but 70-plus million Americans supported and voted for him. This group isn’t going away. They watch television, shop, travel, vote, and otherwise control much commerce in America.
They will observe who Trump’s friends are
and who are not. He may appear lonely, but he has 70 million close friends out
there. No one knows how this show will play out. Will it be a biblical takedown
of the deep state or has Trump
finally met his match? Although he appears alone, he has the thoughts and prayers of millions of Americans as the wind beneath his wings. As Margaret Thatcher told former President George H.W. Bush, now is not the time for Trump’s friends to go wobbly.
Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., is a Denver-based physician and freelance writer for American Thinker, Rasmussen Reports, and other publications. Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Parler, and QuodVerum.
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56% SAY WE ARE BETTER OFF THAN 4 YEARS AGO
By Don Surber, October 08, 2020 https://donsurber.blogspot.com
In 1976, Jimmy Carter won a
presidential debate by asking the audience, "Are you better off today than you
were four years ago?" That Jerry Ford had been president for only 2 years did
not matter. Carter won.
4 years later, Ronald Reagan asked the same question. He won.
I suggest President Donald John Trump ask the same question of the American people in the next debate because the answer will be a resounding yes.
I know this because Gallup asked this question of the American people. 56% said yes, only 32% said worse.
That's 12 points better than Reagan did in 1984 -- and he took 49 states. However, Gallup asked the question in July. By November, the economy was in full swing.
In 2012, only 46% said they were better off -- and we foolishly re-elected Obama.
In 2004, only 47% said yes -- and we wisely re-elected President George Walker Bush. He may not have been Rushmore-worthy, but the alternative was a ne'er-do-well gigolo who twice married into money, and later sold us out to Iran as secretary of state.
In 1992, 38% said yes -- and Bill Clinton ousted President George H.W,. Bush.
The answer to this question this time is particularly relevant because Biden is Obama's surrogate. The choice is between Obamanism and capitalism.
And an overwhelming majority know they are better off under capitalism.
Gallup is not bothering with political preference polls as it has learned that polling voters no longer works for one reason or other. I suspect people no longer trust pollsters with a private decision like this.
Being wrong on presidential races hurts Gallup's credibility on other polls for business, which are its main source of revenue.
But Gallup is asking questions that are less intrusive, and tantalizing. Ask who is more presidential, and President Trump is down by 3 points.
Ask who you agree with on the issues that matter most, and President Trump is up by 5.
The better off question, though, is through the roof: 56%.
My 37 state prediction does not mean a landslide. Far from that. But my forecast shows Democrats will be unable to cheat their way back into the White House.
Reprinted with permission from Don Surber: https://donsurber.blogspot.com
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From the Internet
That moment when someone says, "I can't believe you would vote for Trump."
I simply reply “I'm not voting for Trump.”
I'm voting for the First Amendment and freedom of speech.
I'm voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defend my life and my family.
I'm voting for the next Supreme Court Justice to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
I’m voting for the continued growth of my retirement 401K and the stock market.
I’m voting for a return of our troops from foreign countries and the end to America’s involvement in foreign conflicts.
I'm voting for the Electoral College & the Republic in which we live.
I'm voting for the Police to be respected and to ensure Law & Order.
I’m voting for the continued appointment of Federal Judges who respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
I’m voting for our jobs to remain in America and not be outsourced all over again to China, Mexico and other foreign countries.
I’m voting for secure borders and legal immigration.
I'm voting for the Military & the Veterans who fought for this Country who gave the American people their freedoms.
I'm voting for the unborn babies that have a right to live.
I’m voting for continued peace progress in the middle east and in support of Israel.
I’m voting to fight against human/child trafficking.
I’m voting for Freedom of Religion.
I'm voting for the American Flag that is disrespected by the Democratic Party.
I'm voting for the right to speak my opinion & not be censored.
I'm not just voting for one person, I'm voting for the future of my Country.
I'm voting for my children and my grandchildren to ensure their freedoms and their future.
What are you voting for?
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TRUMP: EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO NEW WORLD ORDER
By James D Veltmeyer, MD
The ongoing attacks by the
political establishment on President Donald Trump – which began even before he
was elected – are without parallel in history. The savagery, frenzy, and
outright hysteria displayed by the President’s enemies within the Democrat
Party, the media, and the various power centers of the globalist elites have no
This President has been spied on, lied about, made the subject of phony foreign dossiers, insulted, ridiculed, scorned, mocked and threatened. We have witnessed Hollywood celebrities advocate for blowing up the White House, demand the President be beaten, jailed or even assassinated, and his children tortured and sexually abused. We have seen politicians in Washington try to convict the President of non-existent crimes, investigate him and his family members for everything from tax returns to guests at his hotels, project on to him crimes that they themselves have committed, and seed his Administration with leakers and double-agents.
No other President in American history has been treated in such a shameful manner. Not Lincoln. Not FDR. Not Nixon. Not Reagan. What is it about this President that has roused such demons in his political foes? What is it about this President that drives his opponents to the brink of insanity? What is it about this President that so terrifies and terrorizes the Pelosis, Schiffs, Schumers and the George Soroses? Is it simply that he is not part of the club, a brash outsider with a different style???
Is it merely because he’s outspoken and tramples on political correctness??? Is it because he’s sometimes unpresidential in his demeanor (at least in their minds)?? Not at all. After all, aren’t these the same folks who loved Bill Clinton whose extracurricular activities involved cigars and staining blue dresses in the Oval Office??
Of course, Clinton was beloved by the globalist elites who pull the strings on world governments. He gave them NAFTA, after all. He gave them the WTO. He made tens of billions of dollars for them and their stockholders through these unfair trade deals that cost America five million manufacturing jobs and closed 70,000 factories. He also gave the military-industrial complex plenty of profit-making military interventions, from Haiti to Bosnia to Serbia and Iraq. Bill Clinton, for all his corruption, delivered the goods for the New World Order.
Donald Trump, of course, never played ball with these globalists. He was elected explicitly on an anti-globalist platform that put America first. From day one, he started to implement that America-first agenda, earning him the undying enmity of all those whose profits are secured by selling out American workers, American jobs, and America’s national sovereignty. President Trump pulled us out of the TPP. Billions in lost profits for the globalists. President Trump pulled us out of the job-destroying Paris Climate Accords. Billions in lost profits for foreign nations like Communist China, at our expense. Read NASA's Report. President Trump began the process of securing the U.S. border. Billions in lost cheap illegal immigrant labor for the Business Roundtable.
President Trump imposed tariffs on China, becoming the first President ever to address Beijing’s annual $500 billion rape of our economy. Billions in lost profits for corporations who ship our jobs to one of
the worst tyrannies on the planet. President Trump renegotiated NAFTA. Again, billions in lost profits for the cheap labor crowd. President Trump launched the process of extricating the U.S. from endless foreign wars and avoiding new wars with nations like Iran and North Korea. Billions – perhaps trillions – in lost profits for the globalist war machine.
Is the picture becoming a little clearer? In each instance, the President’s policies have represented a dramatic upending of the globalist agenda of both parties, the Carter-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama agendas of continuous war and the continuous looting of America’s wealth and hollowing out of the American middle class. With both parties and their representatives in Congress beholden to campaign donors whose profits are threatened by Trump’s America-first initiatives, is it no wonder that both Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans, all Globalist-Socialist, are determined to bring this President down? Most of the mass media is controlled by these same global corporations. After all, doesn’t Amazon’s Jeff Bezos - the richest man in the world – own the Washington Post? As was said in Watergate, just follow the money. And while you’re following the money, see if it leads to a $500 million left-wing slush fund run by a shadowy George Soros and Clinton-linked group called Arabella Advisors which is funding the anti-Trump political agenda through dozens of high-sounding front groups.
Folks, the New World Order gang is in full retreat all over the globe. From Brexit in the UK to the populist governments of Hungary and Poland to the Yellow Vest movement in France and Salvini in Italy, the middle and working classes are demanding the overthrow of their nation-destroying overlords. The overlords who have flooded their countries with unassailable immigrants from North Africa and surrendered their sovereignty to the European Union and its unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels. They have lived the unfulfilled promises of the globalists, that giving up national sovereignty and relocating jobs abroad would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. The exact opposite has happened. The globalist vision has resulted in $7 trillion of pointless wars in the Middle East, an immigration crisis, the loss of jobs, and declining standards of living.
In the United States, Donald J. Trump has emerged as the New World Order’s most tenacious and determined foe as he fights the good fight for the American people, our constitutional rights and liberties and the sovereignty of our nation. He is an existential threat to the New World Order. Unlike other Republican presidents of the recent past, he can’t be bought and has no price. Unlike them, he doesn’t give in and he doesn’t give up.
Go ahead, globalists. Try your impeachment games. Try your Senate trials. It won’t work. In fact, it will backfire on all of you as – after three years of trying to prevent the Electoral College from voting for Trump, stopping the inauguration, unleashing Jim Comey and the FBI, CIA spying, Robert Mueller and his phony Russiagate probe, tax returns, emoluments, Kavanaugh, and all the rest -- the patience of the American public is wearing thin. We aren’t as stupid as you think. Something you will recognize clearly come November 3, 2020.
“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” ― Thomas Jefferson
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TRUMP EFFECT: VAST
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THEIR LIVES WILL BE BETTER IN 2020
Remember in November that no Democrat can or would match Trump's success
By Jon Dougherty, January 2, 2020 https://thenationalsentinel.com
(TNS) While 2020 Democratic
presidential contenders try to talk down the economy and the overall state of
our country and future while lying their way to the nomination, the fact is most
Americans by far aren’t buying into that doom-and-gloom scenario.
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In fact, according to a new survey from USA Today (right??), eight of 10 Americans are extremely optimistic about their 2020:
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll this month asked Americans if they thought things would get better or worse in their own lives in 2020. By an overwhelming 80% to 11%, they predicted their lives would be better. That optimism stretched across demographic lines, although men had a more positive outlook than women (83% vs. 76%) and Southerners a more positive outlook than Midwesterners (84% vs. 74%).
In follow-up interviews, those surveyed often mentioned the strong economy when asked what’s ahead for them.
“My life’s going pretty well,” said Alex Foss, 28, a construction inspector from Lakeland, Florida. “I’m under 30, and I’m making more money each year.” He sees fellow millennials in his neighborhood buying homes and starting families.
By about a 3-to-1 ratio (63% vs. 22%), those surveyed also predicted things would get better next year for their communities.
Okay, but who’s getting the credit for all of this optimism? Democrats…right?
Not hardly. USA Today adds:
Asked about the country’s prospects, respondents tended to mention President Donald Trump.
Amy Locklear, 45, a retired teacher and Army veteran from Maxton, North Carolina, said she’s optimistic as long as Trump stays in office. “He gets things done,” she said. “I just want someone who does what they’ve promised.”
That’s a great point because it doesn’t get mentioned enough: As often as the Garbage Party and their Commie-sycophant supporters claim Trump lies all the time, he’s the one president in most of our lifetimes who has a really great habit of keeping the promises he made on the campaign trail.
As Rush Limbaugh has said in the past, in Trump Americans may have actually elected the most honest president in our history.
The Washington Times adds:
President Trump’s economy is a resounding success — so far.
Economic growth has averaged 2.6 percent — the Bush and Obama presidencies together posted less than 2 percent. Historically low unemployment is promoting greater racial and gender equality.
Wages are advancing at about a 3.7 percent annual pace after falling to 2.5 percent during the final years of the Obama presidency. Gains are increasingly flowing to lower income Americans and minorities, as blue collar industries like construction and maintenance face shortages of workers. The president’s apprenticeship program is opening new high-paying opportunities across the economy for non-college bound youth.
Last week, White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro predicted that 2020 will be phenomenally successful for the United States and the American people, based on several factors.
USA Features News reported:
Narraro predicted near 3 percent GDP growth, Dow 32,000, and historic job and wage growth in one of the “greatest years in U.S. history economically.”
“This economy under President Donald J. Trump is setting up beautifully for a economic boom and a bull market,” Navarro, the White House trade and manufacturing policy director, told “The Cats Roundtable” on 970 AM-N.Y.
Navarro noted that there are four economic pillars that will allow the president to build further on his successes: Continued cheap energy, deregulation, tax cuts, and trade deals that are more fair to the U.S.
Thanks to President Trump and (most) Republicans, we have the best economic and opportunity outlook in decades. We need to remember that when we go to the polls in 11 months.
Reprinted with permission from The National Sentinel: https://thenationalsentinel.com
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DOJ WATCHDOG PUTS FINAL NAIL IN STEELE DOSSIER'S COFFIN
CHUCK ROSS, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
December 09, 2019
A Justice Department watchdog’s
report released Monday definitively debunked one of the Steele dossier’s most
pervasive allegations of collusion, while severely undermining other
hair-raising claims about Donald Trump and former Trump campaign adviser Carter
The report is unsparing of both Christopher Steele, the dossier author, and the FBI’s handling of the salacious document.
It paints a picture of Steele, a former British spy, as an eager gun-for-hire encumbered with a poor sense of judgment. The FBI, while absolved of a top-down, politically-motivated conspiracy to take down Trump, failed to verify any of Steele’s allegations, and also omitted key pieces of information that contradicted the dossier.
“Our review revealed instances in which factual assertions relied upon in the first [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application targeting Carter Page were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed,” reads the report.
The report details how Steele collected information in the dossier, as well as the limited steps that the FBI took to verify the document.
The dossier’s most specific allegation of Trump-Russia collusion — that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to pay off Russian hackers — was “not true,” FBI officials determined, according to the IG report.
When FBI investigators did obtain
valuable insight into Steele’s work, the bureau largely failed to include it in
applications to continue surveillance against Carter Page.
According to the IG report, Steele’s dossier played a “central and essential” decision in the FBI’s decision to apply for FISA warrants against Page. FBI investigators considered seeking a FISA warrant against the Trump adviser in August 2016, but were rejected by bureau lawyers who did not believe there was enough probable cause to establish that Page was a Russian agent.
Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
That changed on Sept. 19, 2016, when six of Steele’s dossier memos arrived in the inboxes of the FBI’s core Trump-Russia investigative team. The IG report says that the FBI immediately sought to obtain FISAs. They were approved on Oct. 21, 2016.
The IG report quotes Steele’s primary source for the dossier, who told the FBI in a series of interviews in 2017 that Steele misreported several of the most troubling allegations of potential Trump blackmail and Trump campaign collusion.
The source told the FBI in interviews in early 2017 that the dossier’s steamiest allegation — that the Kremlin had blackmail video of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes — was based on “rumor and speculation.”
Steele said in the dossier that his source had confirmed the incident, which allegedly occurred in 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow. But according to the IG report, Steele’s source told the FBI that they had been unable to confirm that the incident occurred.
The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information to assert to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that Page was acting as an agent of Russia. The dossier alleged that Page was part of the Trump campaign’s “well-developed conspiracy of coordination” with the Kremlin and that he had worked under the direction of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Steele also alleged that it was Page’s idea to release hacked DNC emails through WikiLeaks.
Steele also cited sources who claimed that Page met in July 2016 with Kremlin insiders Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin. Page allegedly spoke to Sechin about relaxing U.S. sanctions against Russia in exchange for a stake in the upcoming sale of oil giant Rosneft, which Sechin controlled. According to Steele, Page allegedly spoke with Diveykin about compromising materials on both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Page has vehemently denied meeting Sechin or Diveykin. The IG report said that investigators were unable to determine whether Page met either Russian.
According to the IG report, investigators reviewed text messages from Steele’s source regarding the alleged Page-Sechin meeting, which showed that there was no mention of a bribe.
The FBI also withheld information that was favorable to Page, but derogatory for Steele, according to the IG.
The report cites one example of the FBI failing to tell the FISC that Page was also an “operational contact” for five years for the CIA. A CIA employee had informed FBI agents in August 2016 that Page was given a “positive assessment” after providing information about a Russian intelligence operative with whom he had interacted.
The FBI also failed to include Page’s statement to a confidential FBI source named Stefan Halper in August 2016 that he had never met Manafort. That statement was significant because Steele asserted in the dossier that Page was working under Manafort’s direction to conspire with the Kremlin.
Investigators also withheld information provided by people who knew Steele that would have raised questions about the quality of his work. Steele associates who spoke to the FBI described the London-based spook as “smart” and a “person of integrity.” But others said that he demonstrated a “lack of self-awareness” and “poor judgment.” Another person said that Steele’s work was “underpinned by poor judgment.”
The FBI also failed to disclose Steele’s statements to the bureau’s investigative team that an individual who unwittingly provided information to Steele’s primary source for the dossier was a “boaster” and “embellisher.”
The IG report also quotes FBI agents who met with Steele before the 2016 election who believed that he misled the bureau about his contacts with the media.
“[C]learly he wasn’t truthful with us,” an FBI special agent who met with Steele in Rome on Oct. 3, 2016 told the IG.
Weeks before that meeting, Steele and his colleague at Fusion GPS briefed a handful of reporters in Washington, D.C. about the dossier. One of those reporters, Michael Isikoff, published a story on Sept. 23, 2016 that detailed Steele’s allegations about Carter Page. According to the IG, FBI agents who worked on the Trump-Russia investigation did not initially believe that Steele was a source for Isikoff.
According to the IG, Steele did not acknowledge meeting with reporters, and expressed frustration that news reports at the time threatened to expose his sources.
Steele’s main FBI handler told the FBI that the former spy’s contacts with the press “blew his mind.”
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TRUMP IS 100% ON HIS
By Lloyd Marcus, November 19, 2019
I thank God that President Trump is not like other Republicans.
It truly amazes me that many high-profile conservatives and Republicans still wish Trump would dial it back, not be so confrontational, and behave more presidentially. I feel like saying, “Are you guys nuts? Have you not been paying attention?” Desperate times require desperate measures. Donald Trump isGod's perfect man in the White House for such a time as this.
Do these people who are supposedly on our side not understand what is at stake? If Trump is not reelected in 2020, Democrats will kill healthy babies even after they are born.
Sixteen-year-old girls will have double mastectomies without parental consent or knowledge in absurd attempts to become men.
Democrats will roll out the red carpet to drug dealing, murderous illegals along with illegal alien children carrying strange diseases being admitted into our schools. The Democrats' Green New Deal promises to stop air travel, kill the fossil fuel industry, and implement a long list of insane job-killing and economy crushing initiatives. You cannot imagine the huge number of jobs Democrats will kill or force overseas. Trump has our economy booming. Black unemployment has hit a new historic low. All of Trump's unprecedented remarkable successes for America will be flushed down the toilet if Democrats take the White House.
Therefore, I do not care if Trump is what some would describe as rude to Democrats and fake news media. These people are arrogant, nasty, and view everyday Americans as their inferiors. Every time Trump fearlessly gets into their snooty faces, a huge smile appears on my face and I say, “Thank you, God!”
It has been revealed that a few days after Trump was elected in 2016, Democrats, the deep state, and fake news media launched their coup to remove him from office. In essence they said, “Screw idiot American voters. We will not allow this guy to interrupt our plans for America's decline and transformation.”
This is why Washington swamp dwellers are infuriated by Trump's slogan, “Make America Great Again.” They are obsessed with removing Trump from office by any, I repeat any, means necessary.
Frustrated that every play in their Destroy-the-Republican-Playbook has failed against Trump, Democrats' and fake news medias' hatred for Trump and his supporters has grown to pure foaming-at-the-mouth rabid insanity.
For you folks on our side who still wish Trump was kinder and gentler, the truth is that no other Republican could have survived. Trump has the perfect instincts to fight and emerge victorious in this openly treasonous and extremely corrupt political climate.
With all due respect, Republicans like Ken Starr still do not comprehend the levels of evil and corruption that are threatening our constitutional freedoms and rights. Starr said Trump made a mistake “attacking” Yovanovitch in a tweet while she testified in Democrats' outrageous kangaroo court impeachment hearings. Starr said presidents usually rely on others to defend their position. Again, I say that these are not usual times.
Democrats and fake news media portrayed former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as a saintly human being, slightly lower than the angels.
Democrats and fake news medias' heads exploded when Trump dared to tweet the truth about Yovanovitch. She is an Obama loyalist who sought to undermine the new Ukrainian president and Trump's policy. Acting within his presidential authority, Trump wisely fired Yovanovitch.
If Trump did not use his bully pulpit to expose the real Yovanovitch, the public would be deceived. Democrats and fake news media would have sold the American people their lie that Yovanvitch is an innocent sweet woman, unjustly fired by our mean misogynist president.
Starr is an old-school Washington guy who believes the president must always behave presidentially. The standard rule for Republican presidential behavior is to remain passive and dignified while Democrats and fake news media lies, and implements, every disgusting trick that their sick minds can conceive to destroy a Republican.
God knew what He was doing when He made a Washington outsider leader of the free world. It drives Washington elites insane that Trump refuses to be intimidated into allowing them to dictate his behavior, surrendering to Washington elites' one-sided rules of engagement.
But folks, what is truly amazing to watch is every time Trump exposes Democrats and deep-state traitors caught with their hands in the corruption cookie jar, Democrats and their fake news media minions try to turn it around on Trump; portraying him as the one breaking the law. The insidious evil and arrogance of these people is off the chain.
Rest assured folks, Trump is 100% on his game. Let's make sure to have his back in 2020.
Remember the lyric in the Billy Joel song, “I love you just the way you are”? Please Mr. President, don't go changin'. We love you just the way you are.
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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IMPEACHMENT IS NOT
WHY DEMOCRATS WILL LOSE
By Don Surber, November 09, 2019 https://donsurber.blogspot.com
Impeachment alone does not
doom Democrats in 2020. Their ideas also doom them. Their candidates espouse
ideas that not only are contrary to the American experience, but contrary to the
The primary anti-American idea Democrats espouse is the confiscation of guns. Both Beto O'Rourke and Eric Swalwell made this a major part of their campaign, with the latter flashing our nuclear capabilities as a warning to anyone who would dare defy such an order.
The Second Amendment enforces the First.
Democrats plan to neutralize the First with a ban on hate speech and Beto's call to tax churches.
Next up is reparations to African-Americans for a slavery that ended 154 years ago. Reparations are a repudiation of Martin Luther King's vision of a colorblind society in which all men are equal.
The purpose of Democrats is to divide our nation based on pigmentation and other superficial genetic differences.
This is followed by the promotion of transgendering elementary school-aged children to the opposite sex. This is part of the Democrat Party's promotion of sexualizing children. Too many powerful Democrats boarded Jeff Epstein's Lolita Express to Pedo Island for it not to reflect on the party itself.
Elizabeth Warren meanwhile wants to confiscate the wealth of "billionaires," which she defines as anyone worth $50 million -- or 1/20th of a billion.
Don't worry. Over time that number will drop to whatever your savings have.
With every candidate supporting the elimination of private health insurance in favor of government control of health care, Bernie Sanders find himself out-flanked on his left and separated from his base.
However, he was able to move even further left.
Fox News reported, "Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Thursday released a sweeping immigration plan that would impose a moratorium on deportations, 'break up' existing immigration enforcement agencies, grant full welfare access to illegal immigrants and welcome a minimum of 50,000 'climate migrants' in the first year of a Sanders administration.
"The plan effectively establishes Sanders at the far left of the immigration debate, as he aims to energize a base that helped drive his 2016 primary campaign amid competition from other liberal candidates in the field this time around."
That phrase combines the Democrat call for open borders with the voodoo science of global warming.
And how stupid.
Americans are not going for this.
In 1972, Democrats ran a more likeable candidate than President Nixon -- and they lost 49 states to 1 because their socialist ideas were too foul.
In 2016, Republicans managed to find the one man in America less liked than the Wicked Witch of the west -- and they won because his ideas appealed to Americans: America first foreign affairs, closing and walling off the Mexican border, re-negotiating bad trade deals, liberating us from bureaucrats, tax cuts, and draining the swamp.
That was a huge order. He is delivering.
The press covers the horse race of polls and primaries spiced with what are laughingly called debates. The media ignore the policy debate.
But voters listen. Ideas matter. They are voting for an American president. They expect him to be American.
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FIGHT ON, TRUMP -- "YOU
He Fights. By Evan Sayet
A description of politics in the US since the mid-sixties.
Evan Douglas Sayet is a comedian and conservative speaker. He
is the nation's leading conservative speaker, an in-demand Master of Ceremony
for Republican events. Sayet is the author of The Kinder Garden Of Eden: How The
Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He's Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #Never Trumpers) constantly ask me if I'm not bothered by Donald Trump's lack of decorum.
They ask if I don't think his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office." Here's my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.
We tried propriety: has there been a nicer human being ever than
Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.
This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
I don't find anything "dignified," "collegial" or "proper" about Barack Hussain Obama's lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
I don't see anything "dignified" in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don't see anything "statesman-like" in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was "articulate" and "polished" but in no way was he in the least bit "dignified," "collegial" or "proper."
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the '60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they've fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one and the violent take-over of the universities till today.
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America 's first wartime president in the Culture War.
During wartime, things like "dignity" and "collegiality" simply aren't the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.
Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, "I cannot spare this man.He fights. . ."
General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
Trump is fighting. And what's particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel's, he's shouting, "You magnificent bastard, I read your book!" That is just the icing on the cake, but it's wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, but he's defeating the Left using their own tactics and that's what they really hate.
That book is Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals a book so essential
to the Liberals' war against America that it is and was the playbook for the
entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton's senior thesis.
It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our
book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted.
Trump's tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after "the fake media"-- and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.
Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as "the most powerful weapon of all"... Most importantly, Trump's tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either "go high" (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.
It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama's close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright's church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration's weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration's cover-up.
So, to my friends on the Left and the #Never Trumpers as well do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be "collegial" and "dignified" and "proper"? Of course, I do. These aren't those times. This is war. And it's a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president -- I get it -- he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don't care. I can't spare this warrior. He fights for America! Fight on, you magnificent bastard!
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TWUMP HURTS CNN'S
By Don Surber, July 26, 2019 DonSurber@gmail.com
A half-hour before the
release of the GDP numbers that showed our economy is well ahead of Obama's
miserable 1.5% economic growth, CNN posted a column, "Trump makes people feel
lousy. That could spell his political doom."
Frida Ghitis wrote, "Democrats are wrong to fear that a strong economy could doom their prospects. That's because it turns out that voters actually care about other things besides money.
"Sure, money matters a lot. But a growing body of research suggests that other things may count more. In particular, it appears that we care greatly about our well-being, which includes income and retirement accounts but also a wide variety of other factors."
Money isn't everything, eh?
Before the election, CNN ominously warned us, "If Donald Trump wins the election, U.S. stocks (and likely many other markets overseas) will almost certainly tank.
"How big of a drop? Forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisors predicts an 8% fall in the U.S. A new paper out Friday from the Brookings Institute projects a 10% to 15% nosedive. You get the idea."
Now that President Donald John Trump is delivering the best economy in 50 years, CNN is saying, meh, money isn't everything.
Ghitis wrote, "One of the features of the Trump era is exhaustion with the acrimony that has engulfed America. How many times have we heard people plead that they need a break -- from the shocking news, from the unceasing attacks, from the bitterness that has ended friendships, sparked social media ruthlessness and toxicity, and generally produced a permanent state of medium-grade national anxiety. That is true among Democrats, but many independents and Republicans share the distress."
All of that acrimony, bitterness and division comes from Ghitis and CNN. They are the ones reporting only bad and often manufactured news.
The attacks come from the left. Who shot a congressman? Who ambushed a senator? Who beats people up for wearing a MAGA hat?
The only people who feel lousy are the people who did not vote for him. They lost.
Supporters of President Donald John Trump are happy. We won.
But the With Her crowd is still miserable because for the first time in their lives they were told no. She will not be the first woman president.
Meanwhile, the best economy since we first put a man on the Moon chugs along.
CNBC reported, "Growth decelerated in the second quarter, but not by as much as Wall Street thought, as tariffs and a global slowdown weighed on the U.S. economy, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
"GDP increased 2.1%, down from 3.1% from the first quarter, the weakest increase since the first quarter of 2017 as President Donald Trump took office. Dow Jones estimates were for 2% growth.
"However, the underlying numbers in the report seemed to take steam out of the recession fears that have been much of the talk among economists and policymakers at the Federal Reserve."
All that success makes Ghitis and her whiny friends feel bad because it shows the wisdom of electing Donald Trump president.
Which is their latest justification for opposing President Trump. They feel bad therefore he cannot be re-elected because for some reason it is America's job to make liberals feel good about themselves.
This makes no sense because the disloyal opposition is based on emotions not ideas.
2016 was a referendum on Donald Trump. He passed, 30 states to 20.
Next year's election will be another referendum on Donald Trump. He does not need Hillary voters. Democrats, though, need a few of his.
The good news for him is the opposition feels terrible.
The bad news for Democrats is all their lying, spying, and denying, and all their investigations have not converted one Trump supporter. Not one.
We elected him. It looks like we will elect him again.
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THINGS THE NEVER
TRUMPERS MUST BELIEVE (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
By Thomas Lifson, May 25, 2019
An online friend who must remain anonymous has been musing about what those ostensible conservatives who despise President Trump must now approve of, if they seek to defeat his re-election bid, and thereby hand the presidency to the Democrats’ nominee.
This is the implicit set of values and goals that they must now embrace:
1) Abortion on demand is a good thing;
2) Infanticide is a good thing;
3) Letting Iran get a nuclear bomb is a good thing
4) Higher tax rates are a good thing;
5) More regulation on businesses, big and small, is a good thing;
6) Restricting gas, oil and coal exploration and extraction is a good thing;
7) Open borders is a good thing;
8) China stealing our intellectual property is a good thing;
9) Turning over a significant amount of our uranium supply to Russia is a good thing;
10) Turning our back on Israel is a good thing;
11) Socialization of our health care is a good thing;
12) Requiring the religious protections of the First Amendment is a good thing;
13) Repealing the speech protections of the First Amendment is a good thing; and
14) Repealing the assembly protections of the First Amendment.
My friend asks:
So, Bill Kristol, have I left anything out?
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA
MADE FUN OF TRUMP'S 'MAGIC WAND' TO FIX THE ECONOMY?
By Ethel C. Fenig, May 4, 2019
Three years ago, then-president Barack Hussein Obama (D) mocked the plans of his sure-not-to-be-successor, Donald J. Trump (R), for the country, comparing them to his oh, so successful eight-year "scandal free," high unemployment, high food stamp use, successful administration.
"He just says, 'I'm gonna negotiate a better deal.' Well how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that?" Obama said during the town hall portion of the event. "What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn't have an answer."
Well, that was then. And this is now.
To Obama's shock and dismay, Trump is president. For the past two and a half years, Trump has been waving his magic wand, banishing burdensome regulations; lowering taxes; appointing savvy people to top government posts; and yes, negotiating.
Friday's Drudge Report's banner headline sums up the pervasive success of Trump's magic negotiating wand, successfully sprinkling economic free-market magic dust equally on everyone.
ENVY OF THE WORLD
UNEMPLOYMENT 49-YEAR LOW
WAGE HITS $27.77/HOUR
STOCK MARKET ENDLESS RALLY
TRUMP APPROVAL 50%
Hispanic Unemployment Lowest Ever...
Best for women since 1953...
Record jobs even for high school dropouts!
Obama undoubtedly learned his negotiating skills for failed "shovel ready" multi-billion-dollar infrastructure and energy conservation scams from loser George Costanza of the brilliant Seinfeld television show.
And apparently, Obama learned his economic lessons from fellow Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman, who famously predicted on election night:
It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? A first-pass answer is never[.] ... So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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TRUMP, THE BEWILDERING BLACK SWAN
By Fritz Pettyjohn,March 26, 2019
They shot at the king, but
they didn't kill him. And because they didn't destroy him, they only made him
stronger. If, a year from now, the economy is robust, Trump will be re-elected
in an historic landslide. His enemies have played right into his hands.
This is all because of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), an especially virulent form of the psychiatric disorder known as cognitive dissonance. If you know, for absolutely certain — as an article of faith — that something is true, and evidence in contradiction of this truth emerges, the psychic toll can be severe. Experts say it stems from the use of degenerate meta-probability.
So it is with Donald Trump and his critics. At one time, I was one of those critics myself, and I suffered severely when he won the Republican nomination. I knew that Donald Trump could never win a presidential election for all kinds of reasons. Even though his opponent was one of the worst political candidates in our history, I knew he still couldn't win. What kind of a guy is associated with Trump University, for God's sake?
All the smart people, liberal and conservative, agreed, from National Review to the Wall Street Journal, from the New York Times to the Washington Post. And then he won. What happened? How was this possible? How could we explain to our friends, colleagues, and families that we were wrong?
Hillary suffered a virtual nervous breakdown and concocted the Russia collusion theory. The media flocked to this fantasy, and the Mueller fiasco began. After two years, this long national nightmare is over.
As it turns out, Donald Trump is an authentic political genius, unique, one of a kind, never to be seen again, a political phenomenon.
God bless America, and God bless President Trump.
Fritz Pettyjohn blogs at ReaganProject.com.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com
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DON'T PANIC ABOUT
By Don Surber, March 09, 2019 DonSurber@gmail.com
“If a cat sits on a hot stove, that
cat won't sit on a hot stove again. That cat won't sit on a cold stove either.
That cat just don't like stoves.”
-- Mark Twain
And so it goes with some supporters of President Trump. Politicians have burned them so many times in the past that they believe Donald John Trump eventually will.
But he is the cold stove. He is not a politician. He did not run for fortune or for fame because he had both.
He ran to save the country.
The latest to panic was Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs, who is upset because President Trump wants to boost legal immigration above 1.2 million people a year.
Breitbart News quoted the president as saying, "We want a lot of people coming in … We want to have the companies grow and the only way they’re going to grow is if we give them the workers and the only way we’re going to have the workers is to do exactly what we’re doing."
President Trump said that at the White House while meeting with business leaders including Apple's CEO and the Chamber of Commerce's Tom Donahue.
Well, Dobbs flipped out on that.
On his show on Thursday night, Lou Dobbs said, "If this White House thinks that listening to the beguiling prattle of Tim Cook, Tom Donahue, RINO Senators like Susan Collins is helpful to this president, then the battle for the forgotten man and woman in this country will be decided by the very establishment this president ran against — an establishment that spends vast sums of money and energy every single day trying to destroy him and his policies and his historic presidency.
"That Mr. Trump would advance the interests of the globalist elites ahead of our citizens would be a tragic reversal on any day. But today … that southern border is being overrun by a record number of illegal immigrants, it all means that the White House has simply lost its way."
I hate the smell of panic in the morning.
But this is what some supporters do. In September 2017, cries of amnesty rose because Nancy and Chuck met with President Trump at the White House and said he had caved on the wall and was going to grant amnesty to millions.
Anyone dumb enough to believe that should seriously consider buying this beachfront property I own along the Pocatalico River here in Poca, West Virginia.
Last month, there was the budget resolution, which some readers insisted included some sort of ban on building a wall. The wall is moving forward, albeit and the speed of the federal bureaucracy.
We have been burnt -- several times. The Republican-led West Virginia Legislature burnt me so badly, I likely will vote only for federal offices next year. I cannot vote Democrat but the caving to two illegal teacher strikes and raising of taxes are just too much for me to support.
But President Trump is cold as ice. He is negotiating. He is wheeling and dealing -- for us, not the special interests.
I would like to see legal immigration halved but that was not the deal. Ending illegal immigration was. And despite lobbying and bribes from the multi-billion-dollar industries of sex, drugs, and cheap labor, President Trump is standing tall on the wall and on ending illegal immigration.
Lou Dobbs knows better than this.
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MANLINESS VS. ROMNEYISM
By Don Sucher, January 15, 2019
It is, at least to some (especially those who rely on the mass media for the information), rather surprising that President Trump's poll numbers are going up, and that the public at large is increasingly of the opinion that the attacks on the president – especially those of the so-called "Mueller investigation" – are totally concocted and artificial scam.
Thinking more about this, one realizes an essential truth – really, one of the great lessons for our time: that having the brass to stick out hard times is crucial. It is this as much as anything that is allowing President Donald Trump to actually do many things that other presidents have promised to do and then failed to do.
Such strength and sticktoitiveness is almost unique to our current president. Strength today is put forth as weakness, masculinity as a flaw.
This "war" on boys and men is part and parcel of what those who hate America are doing to, yes, "unman" it.
Before the attacks that manhood has been receiving of late, there was a more gentle approach, often with a similar goal: weakening manliness by calling it incivility. "Romneyism," if you will – a willingness to fold up one's tent and to withdraw from battle at the first sign of resistance, and then calling this a strength: "Mannerliness." "Politeness." "Civility."
Thus, true men in our society today are, apart from in the sports arena, looked upon askance. Yes, even those that saved their nation, saved the world. Men such as Winston Churchill.
In their place, we see equally weakness and weasels. Weak boys paraded as men. Applauded for their civility, but in fact mere compromisers. And, sadly, elections that provide only such as a choice. (Obama vs. Romney was the perfect example.)
But all it takes is one man to stand up, bold and brave, and the boys will flee. This we are seeing. The men are back in charge. Without the media, this would be happening even more quickly than it is, for people – both men and women – do see and do understand. Add a voice loud enough to be heard above the media din, and true manhood stands apart – applauded and vindicated. We are seeing this to a growing degree with our president, Donald J. Trump.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com
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BEING PRESIDENT ALREADY COST
PRESIDENT TRUMP $1.4 BILLION
By Don Surber, October 03, 2018 DonSurber@gmail.com
Being president already cost President Trump $1.4 billion, Forbes gleefully reported.
The past two Democratic presidents made out like bandits accumulating post-presidential net worths of $40 million or more, which was about $40 million more than they were worth when they entered the White House.
Running for president not only cost President Trump $66 million in donations to his own campaign but the value of his companies shrank.
"Trump’s net worth has dropped from $4.5 billion in 2015 to hold steady at $3.1 billion for the past two years. As a result, the president has fallen 138 spots on the latest The Forbes 400 list, which will be released Wednesday," The Hill reported.
He is now No. 248.
So much for that emoluments case.
The Constitution does not ban losing money as president. In fact, it does not ban making money. It just requires the approval of Congress before accepting foreign titles and gifts.
Eric Trump told Forbes: "My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics.
"Everything he does is for the good of the American people — he has zero involvement in the Trump Organization and quite frankly to suggest otherwise is outrageous."
Donald John Trump did not seek high office for power or money. He sought the office to Make America Great Again after 28 years of a White House run by the modern equivalents of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan.
Lincoln followed the originals.
That cost Lincoln his life.
So far, it has only cost President Trump money.
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BACKING A MAN WHO RENOUNCED HIS CITIZENSHIP, DENOUNCING TRUMP
By Don Surber, July 17, 2018, DonSurber@gmail.com
Politics used to end at
the nation's shores. No more. Globalists slammed the president before, after,
and while our duly elected president met with the leader of Russia.
Just as they did when he met the prime minister of England.
Just as they did when he met the heads of NATO.
Just as they did when he met the head of North Korea.
Just as they do any time President Trump does anything. They fear and oppose his America First policy, which raises the question: if not America, who do they put first?
London-based Russian hedge fund magnate Bill Browder?
Jay Nordlinger of the Never Trump National Review wrote, "Sergei Magnitsky was Bill Browder’s lawyer — and a whistleblower. Magnitsky was tortured to death, real slow, by Russian authorities. Since that time, Browder has dedicated his life to human rights and justice. He has campaigned all over the world for 'Magnitsky acts,' which place sanctions on Russian officials who abuse human rights. His activism has made him a prime target of Putin and the Kremlin. Bill (he is a friend of mine) has to watch his step at every turn. He has stuck his neck out, for truth and justice."
Nordlinger left out of his piece that his friend, Browder, renounced his American citizenship more than 20 years ago. Real patriots do not befriend those who renounce their citizenship.
Unlike Nordlinger, Mathew Cooper of Newsweek confronted Browder.
Cooper: "You renounced your American citizenship in the ’90s and moved to London. Tell me about that decision?"
Browder: "My grandfather was an American Communist, and he married my grandmother, who was a Russian Communist. During the 1950s, the McCarthy era, my family was viciously persecuted. [When] my grandmother was dying of cancer…the U.S....wanted to deport her back to Russia. It just left a legacy of bad feeling about the rule of law. Things can swing wildly in the wrong direction from time to time. And in a certain way, we’re sort of seeing that right now."
Cooper: "Would you ever move back?"
Browder: "I’ve been [in London] 28 years. I’ve made my choice."
By friend, I think Nordlinger means donor to the magazine and whatever Counterfeit Conservative think tank has him on the payroll.
Browder's story does not add up. He said his family was persecuted in the 1950s but his grandmother was not facing deportation until the 1990s.
But he is against President Trump, and anyone who is against President Trump now has the support of all these unpatriotic souls.
Nordlinger should follow the lead of his friend, Bill Browder. All of them should. Renounce their citizenship and go live someplace else.
We really don't need them.
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MAKING SENSE OF PRESIDENT
By Don Sucher, June 16, 2018
A headline based on a Gallup poll tells us that "Donald Trump is
more popular with Republicans than almost any president since WWII with an
approval rating of 87 per cent." That, we are informed, is even higher than the
numbers among Democrats for JFK.
How can this be when the president's overall approval rating among voters is below 50%?
In fact, those numbers make perfect sense. They fit what we could expect in a politically (and otherwise) divided nation for a president who is, some say, like none before him when it comes to doing what he promised voters he would do.
President Trump's theme, both as he campaigned for the office and daily since he won the position, is to "Make America Great Again." Now, one would think that such a goal would itself be universally popular, with, perhaps, just some question about how that was to be accomplished, or specifically on what basis that "greatness" was to be evaluated
But is restoring the nation's economic footing a partisan thing, or something we'd expect all to see as great? Is greatly rising employment being experienced by every group – educated and less educated, skilled and less skilled, black, white, Hispanic and Asian, male and female? Is that of only partisan interest?
The answer seems to be, rather shockingly, yes.
This past week, a once popular TV personality, Bill Maher, said that he was hoping for a major recession – this despite knowing the pain and suffering it would cause many, many people. To him – a man of significant wealth – such loss of what one would think everyone judged as "greatness" is desirable if it hurts the president's popularity and support.
That is how divided our nation is. Some see improved life and security for all as "great." Others do not.
For that reason, President Trump, who has done even more than he promised in more than a few areas – things that are benefiting almost all Americans – is loved and supported by some and loathed and unsupported by others.
The distinction seems simply to be how one feels about America and the daily joy and satisfaction, plus the future hopes and dreams, of the American people.
Bottom line: Are you for them or against them?
That 87% of Republicans have come to support President Trump – even those to whom his "N.Y. ways" are foreign and, perhaps, even off-putting – says a lot about the man, the party, and America as a whole.
That so many Democrats do not – well, that speaks just as loudly.
The good that President Trump is doing goes beyond numbers, or even people's hopes and dreams. For along with all that, it is opening eyes to the truth of where the various political entities stand regarding the welfare of the American people. That some are for us, and others simply don't seem to care. For that eye-opening, all of our Republic should be glad.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06
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By Don Surber, April 24, 2018 DonSurber@gmail.com
Boy, does President Trump suck.
He sucks at being Hitler. (Trump's daughter is Jewish.)
He sucks at being Mussolini. (The trains don't run on time.)
He sucks at censorship. (The press berates him constantly.)
He sucks at racism. (Jesse Jackson gave him an award.)
He sucks at xenophobia. (He twice married foreigners.)
And now we discover, he sucks at being a war monger.
"On Friday, North Korea announced it would immediately halt its nuclear and missile testing ahead of the summit, but Trump insisted Tuesday that total denuclearization is the ultimate goal of a meeting with Kim. 'It means they get rid of their nukes,' Trump said when asked what he means by denuclearization. 'It’s very simple,'" Politico reported.
But lefties told me Trump was going to ignite a world war. They raised my hopes in January.
"Fears over wars this year on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East and around the world have increased dramatically due to President Donald Trump’s ongoing nuclear feud with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as well as threats of extreme weather events, natural disasters and cyber attacks, according to the World Economic Forum," Newsweek reported on January 17.
"Seventy-nine percent of the experts tasked saw an increased risk in military conflicts in 2018, while 93 percent expected political and economic rows to ratchet up."
They raised our hopes. Trump called Kim "Rocket Man." Kim called Trump a dotard, and we all had to look that word up.
But instead of a nuclear war, it looks like we will have peace.
The sobbing at the Weekly Standard, National Review, and New York Times must be deafening. Maybe they can GoFundMe to pay for all that Kleenex they are going through right now.
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DONALD TRUMP'S TRUE NATURE
By Jim Dicks, October 14, 2017
It's fairly amusing discussing the
"true" nature of Donald Trump.
He's the golden warrior fighting for the little guy and gal.
He's a brilliant strategist and tactician.
He's a bumbling, shoot-from-the-hip fool.
He inspires the greatest hope.
He engenders the deepest fear.
We've never seen anyone quite like him before, and will probably never see anyone like him again.
So who is the real Donald Trump?
Most of us who count ourselves among the Trump Nation feel about him this way.
He has a deep and abiding love for this country and the people it comprises.
He's extraordinarily self-confidant.
He trusts his instincts and acts upon them, and he's mostly correct when doing so.
He authentically projects his political pronouncements directly from his core beliefs.
He says one thing – and does that one thing.
He is a fighter and, as he himself says, a counterpuncher. If you attack him, he will hit you back twice as hard.
He is often confrontational, sometimes vulgar and unapologetically so.
He's forthright and direct.
He easily and naturally relates to the average person.
If you scratch below the surface of a typical Trump supporter, you'll see a roiling resentment. Many on the left see this as an indicator of "white rage," of impotence or envy of a fading ruling group in an increasingly ethnically diverse culture of color.
These pejorative beliefs buttress the intolerant self-righteousness of the virtue-signaling left. But if you ask Trump supporters what's driving their anger, you'll get a different story.
Trump supporters feel deep betrayal by a number of our institutions, and chief among them is the Republican Party. In times past, many, if not most, Trumpeters were in agreement with, or at least indifferent to, the concept of free trade. It is, after all, free – and that word is a cornerstone in the edifice of beliefs of Trump supporters. Live and let live, self-reliance, self-responsibility, inward-looking – all hallmarks of the mental framework of self-determination for answers to one's lot in life.
This stands in stark contrast to the Obamaphiles – where a repressive "society" is the default explanation for any perceived lack of personal actualization. It's no surprise that Trumpeters hold The Donald in such extraordinary esteem (and the left in such utter revulsion), for he is the ultimate self-actualizer.
Over the years, the belief has grown among the Trump Nation and has now baked into certainty that there is no longer any such thing as free trade, but rather manipulated trade controlled by an unholy collusion between multi-national corporations and both political parties, bought and paid for. This perceived collusion, through cynical, cleverly crafted "free trade" agreements, offshores American jobs to low-wage third-world countries, with finished goods and services imported back into the U.S. at first-world prices. (Search for NAFTA at The Last Refuge.)
Trumpeters believe that this collusion is the reason the now reviled Republican Party has clearly refused to end the despised Obamacare. The Republicans want Obamacare in place in order to keep their paymasters' spiraling corporate health care costs offloaded from their books to the ledger sheets of the government. So of course there's no real attempt to end this collapsing monstrosity that many believe will eventually wind up as government-run single-payer.
The Trump Nation is also outraged at the refusal of the Republican Party to end massive illegal immigration that is driving down labor wages as well as respect for the law. The influx of hordes of Central and South Americans (along with ISIS bragging about sending "warriors" across our borders to take us out) over the last eight years of the Obama administration has already created significant voter dilution, making it all the more difficult to remove and replace corrupt RINOs.
Unable to control the immigration process through an orderly, legal system to welcome in those who love our values and want to share in our prosperity for their families, we're now seeing the unbearable suffering of American families who've lost loved ones to the murderous evil of invading gangs, the desperate destruction of lives by incessant illegal drug traffic, and the unspeakable misery and suffering of human trafficking – all callously ignored by a recalcitrant Republican Party. It's easy to see the basis of the anger and resentment felt by the Trump Nation.
To put it in a nutshell – we've had enough.
Trump has not only galvanized the Trumpeters by his outsized, dramatic, in-your-face assault and conquest of the boring, corrupt, contemptible, and compromised Republican Party. Moreover, he is the driving force, the unifying voice, the alpha male, the personification of all this pent up outrage. And we believe, as a group of sixty million or so, that Trump's not an opportunist or an interloper. Rather, he is one of us.
He is us – just exponentially more successful.
His beliefs are our beliefs, his outrage is our outrage, his battles are our battles, and the fates have brought him to us at this moment.
Once it is understood that Trump's political positions are authentic and spring from the core beliefs of our country established at its founding, that he is the tip of the spear and his intentions are trustworthy, then one can sense the awesome power he wields.
The Trump Nation, with few exceptions, could not care less about skin color or ethnic identification. Black America, after all, has suffered more grievously than any group under the yoke of the fetid, dismal Obama economy. The new normal? Give us a break!
The Trump Nation would love to lock arms with all ethnic groups to destroy the hold of the globalist politicians who've betrayed us and the American Dream so an economic boom along with a vibrant, competitive health insurance marketplace will spring up, bringing massive employment gains and wealth to all Americans.
That's the real view of Trump by his vast legions of supporters. In him we see a fighter, fighting our fight to break the backs of the colluding cabal bringing economic suffering to our great and unique country and to shut down the drug cartels bringing death, misery, and destruction across our borders. If, in this epic fight, he uses some rough language and throws some precise arrows of insults at the corrupt political class along the way, if he offends the Peggy Noonans of the world with his "coarseness" or "vulgarity", then so be it!
He's got our backs. We've got his.
Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com
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MY POLITICO TOLD ME
By Don Surber, Monday, November 14, 2016 http://donsurber.blogspot.com
feeding the story line for the last two years that Trump was not a serious
candidate, Politico is now pretending that he spent eighteen months of his life
and $100 million to win an office he did not want.
From Glenn Thrush:
Donald Trump is compulsively improvisational, and ran the most successful back-of-the-napkin operation in American political history, but the challenge confronting him is, by his own admission, nothing like anything anybody has ever faced. Like practically everybody else in the country, Trump (despite his statements to the contrary) really didn’t think he’d be spending this weekend trying to staff the upper management of the world’s sole remaining superpower.
His transition process was practically non-existent — and was thrown into chaos by the ouster of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by allies of Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump Tower staffers, including Steve Bannon, who feared that Christie's Bridgegate scandal would overshadow their efforts.
Yes, just like there was chaos that would cost Trump the nomination when Paul Manafort replaced Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager, and just how there was chaos that would cost Trump the general election when Kellyanne Conway replaced Manafort.
Thrush should give it a rest for a few weeks and rebuild his credibility. Outside of Washington, Politico is considered low-rent Pravda among the few of us who know its existence. But D.C. is where the power and the fools are, so Thrush continues to wage his battle against reality:
It’s been five days since the reality TV star became the reality president and judging from his public pronouncements and a slightly dizzy 60 Minutes appearance, he still seems to be grappling with the vast implications of his stunning and unexpected victory. But in the past few days — amid protests in several major cities and a massive case of the national frights about his fitness to govern — Trump has made a handful of moves that offer the first hints of what kind of president he will be.
So what do we know? He’s basically the same brash invader who sacked the establishment citadel on Election Day — but seems a lot more flexible than the sloganeering populist who vowed, in an oath of iron and blood, to build that wall, trash Obamacare and overcome the “rigged system.”
In the space of the last 48 hours, a mellower, more presidential Trump seems a bit more comfortable with the system he will soon lord over: His selection of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has already sparked a mini-rebellion among some supporters who were hoping Trump would, for real, detonate the establishment.
"Priebus would not have been my choice," longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone told me. "It's going to upset people ... but one appointment does not an administration make."
Interesting that Thrush
keeps calling Stone a longtime adviser when every story Thrush writes has Stone
saying Trump did not take his advice.
Thrush thrashed about to find a way to trash Trump, which if Trump were half as bad as Washington claimed would be easy money. But Thrush struggles before lamely reporting:
One senior Trump aide likened Priebus to one of Trump’s property managers, “Trump's attitude is just get the job done, and do anything you need to do.”
That's how a CEO gets things done. Hire good people, give them the opportunity to succeed, and if they fall short, part company with them.
Obama had Rahm Emanuel, and later Valerie Jarrett.
Thrush is a slower learner than Nate Pewter.
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