Musings on the Week
October 12, 2019
Patriotism - “Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." Calvin Coolidge.
Politics – What do the Kavanaugh hearings, Jussie Smollett, the Covington kids, the Mueller investigation, and now the Trump Ukraine phone call have in common: staged melodrama, media collusion hysteria, progressive demands that justice be served immediately, promises of walls-are-closing-in blockbuster revelations from witnesses, supposed surprise revelatory documents, fusions between Democratic politicians and Washington bureaucrats, and then bust, nada, and teeth-gnashing as the truth catches up to various rumor-mongers.
Politics – Our founders were wise to build a system of checks and balances to counter political intrigue, but they didn’t make it easy, but Democrats have enough political intrigue to impress even Machiavelli.
Politics – A Caddell & Associates poll found 85% of Americans believe “the country is run by an alliance of incumbent politicians, media pundits, lobbyists and other powerful money interest groups for their own gain at the expense of the American people.”
Politics – Democrats do not want a formal impeachment vote because anyone who doesn’t vote in lockstep will be pilloried and challenged in a primary by far left Justice Democrats.
Politics – The Democrat political strategy is to redefine the legal definition of impeachment to include being a Republican, as “treason, bribery, or other high crime and misdemeanor.”
Politics – Elizabeth Warren may be the “last candidate standing” as Joe Biden is revealed as a corrupt politician, Bernie Sanders is revealed as an old Marxist, and the other Democrat candidates are revealed as inconsequential.
Media – The mass media continue to fail to investigate serious abuses of power alleged against former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, whilst devoting their substantial resources to pursuing President Trump for the same alleged offence.
Media – Google controls roughly 90% of searches, while the next largest search engine is Bing, which controls about 2% of search, so I recommend using Bing as default search engine for less biased search.
Media – Fox News Channel has over-invested in “fair and balanced” people to the point where they are , with rare exception, indistinguishable from their liberal counterparts.
Media – Fact checkers, such as PolitiFact, now define a Republican lie as anything more than a statement that is damaging to Democrats.
Optimism – "The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. " John F. Kennedy.
Taxes – Overall federal revenues were up 4% in 2019, with individual tax revenues up 2%, payroll tax revenues up 6.2% and corporate income taxes up 12.4%.
Debt – Democrats don’t understand that deficits are caused by spending exceeding revenues, and increasing spending faster than increasing revenues guarantees deficits and increased national debt.
Pensions – Many companies are trying to transition their pension programs from defined-benefit to defined-contribution plans giving ownership and portability to their employees.
Immigration – Studies have found that, despite social justice goal to improve immigration assimilation, higher levels of ethnic diversity has eroded social trust as diversity levels increase.
Environment – The Green New Deal is the direct descendant of Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 and if implemented will transform America from the land of the free to the home of the impoverished and enslaved, redistributing our wealth and surrendering our sovereignty.
Civil Rights – Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination, although created with noble intentions, are institutionalized discrimination, only changing the victim classes affected.
Religion – The Roman Catholic Church used to offer clear strict moral values and principles, but softening of these definitions has driven people like me from the church and embracing social justice principles and left wing propaganda has just accelerated this erosion.
Liberty – "The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people’s hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice." John Adams.
Defense – The new Army Combat Fitness Test has only been passed by 70% of men and only a stunning 16% of women who took the test.
Great Britain – The United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union ends on October 31st, with or without a mutually agreeable exit deal, and no deal extension will be requested.