Musings on the Week
January 12, 2019
Politics – “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams.
Politics – Ex-Nobel secretary, Geir Lundestad, admitted that awarding the committee’s esteemed Peace Prize to Barack Obama in 2009 was a mistake, since it was based entirely on his media popularity, not based on anything he actually did.
Politics – The Democrat party has been captured by cultural Marxists who are radically hostile to America's founding principles, its history, and its people.
Politics – The Democrat Party is not articulating any policies for advancement of our country, but instead substituting ideology for policy and slogans as a means of stifling discussion.
Politics – The Democrat Party remains infected by fatal strains of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), utopian socialist fantasies, and terminal identity politics.
Politics – There is an obvious parallel between the emergence of Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) since both emerged from obscurity with no achievements other than being photogenic and able to give “good speech,” but AOC hurts her image everytime she talks because it reveals her lack of any policy understanding.
Politics – The Democrat lesson learned from the Obama presidency was that incremental change does not work, so Democrats are now embracing radical changes to the culture, the economy, and foreign policy, totally ignoring that these ideas only make things worse.
Politics – Two lessons learned from the 2018 Midterm elections were: First, the Democrats will do anything to win an election, legal or not, and not care how open they are about it; and second, Democrats will do anything to undo the 2016 presidential election.
Politics – The Left says the Right are the haters even as they take to the streets to rampage, riot, destroy, loot, burn, and assault the good people of America, which apparently is permitted in blue states where governors tell the police to stand back and allow their crimes.
Politics – Congressional Democrats have become openly anti-Semitic as they embrace anti-Israel propaganda and boycotts of Jewish-made goods to wage economic warfare.
Politics – Politico and Harvard conducted a poll on the public’s top priorities for the next Congress and of the 21 possible priorities, impeaching the president was tied for last.
Politics – Democrats cannot stand that the Republicans are growing the economy, so they are campaigning to end prosperity to replace with an expanded welfare state.
Politics – Democrats have no sense of humor, because the party of tolerance cannot tolerate anything that does not support their liberal narrative and especially ridicule.
Politics – The FBI and the Justice Department have succeeded in the most significant abuse of power and coverup in American political history, perpetrated by employees of the government, under color of law, with the intention of affecting the outcome of an election.
Politics – The Republicans lost their grip on power for a variety of reasons including their refusal to enact the agenda endorsed by the American people in the 2016 election.
Media – President Trump has maintained steadfast approval by his supporters, second only to George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks.
Media – Donald Trump spoke directly to the American people using the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case on immigration.
Politics – “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” Thomas Jefferson.
Government – Most Americans regard “idle” and “bureaucrat” as synonyms because, for those of us who have spent our lives toiling in the private sector where employees are expected to produce things, “nonessential worker” is a concept that has no meaning.
Economy – It is now clear that neither major political party is fiscally responsible: the Republicans focus primarily on tax cuts, the Democrats focus primarily on spending increases and neither party focuses on the “bottom line” and longer-term.
Economy – Democratic Socialists want to embrace big-government socialism, while the “socialist paradise” countries to be emulated are moving in the opposite direction – cutting taxes, reining in government benefits, and freeing up their economies.
Jobs – Since Trump took office, some 4.8 million new jobs have been created and the labor participation rate rose to 63.1% while there are more jobs than unemployed people.
Immigration – According to the U.S. Border Patrol, walls work: illegal crossings dropped 92% since the San Diego wall went up; dropped 95% since the El Paso wall went up; dropped 90% since the Tucson sector wall went up; and dropped 95% since the Yuma sector wall went up.
Energy – The federal government is interfering with the energy marketplace by over-subsidizing renewable energy producers to cover-up the vast differences in energy costs.
Environment – The “Green New Deal” features three main goals: decarbonize the economy (transition to 100% renewable by 2030), provide a federal jobs guarantee with large scale public investments and with protections for those hardest hit by historical discrimination.
Environment – The only guarantee in the “Green New Deal” is that federal tax revenue will increase, but every other promise is notional with no chance achieving its political goals.
Elections – California's electoral officials are admitting that they have no idea how many illegals and other non-citizens voted in the last primary, based on the state's motor-voter registration, which has been shown to have registered thousands of non-citizen voters..
Education – U.S. medical and business schools, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs in math, science, and engineering, are the world’s best; but liberal arts and social sciences courses have lost their reputations and have not prepared graduates to write persuasively and elegantly, to read critically and to think inductively while drawing on a wide body of literary, linguistic, historical, artistic, and philosophical knowledge.
Drugs – New York and New Jersey are racing to join the 10 states that already allow recreational use of cannabis, despite large studies in peer-reviewed journals showing that marijuana increases the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia (higher the use; greater the risk).
Sexuality – The American Psychological Association has “jumped the shark” by redefining a scientific condition into a political mental disorder, now attacking traditional masculinity.
Crime – Hate Speech attacks, threatens, or insults a person or group on the basis of some identity, so Democrat calls for “impeachment” with no crime, just politics is Hate Speech!
Politics – “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.” Theodore Roosevelt.
Trade – After all the apocryphal trade predictions, Trump’s policies have produced a steady increase in exports in every quarter in 2018 over 2017, and in 2017 up substantially over 2016.
GWOT – The underpinnings of the two Islamic sects, Sunni and Shiite, are different and their strategies may differ in some respects, but their objective to dominate the world is the same.
Israel – “Palestine” was created by the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and finalized by the League of Nations’ Palestine Mandate in 1922, which resulted in a “two state solution” Transjordan being split into the two states of Jordan and Israel; the Hashemite kingdom for the Arab populations and a Jewish state that included all residents, Jewish and Arab.
Brazil – Jair Bolsonaro, the new president, won a landslide election on a platform that’s pro-business, pro-gun, pro-United States, and pro-Israel, and also anti-crime, anti-political-correctness, anti-Cuba, and anti-Venezuela and now has a 75% approval rating!