Musings on the Week
November 16, 2019
Freedom – "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.“ Ronald Reagan.
Politics – All of the Democrat presidential candidates view America as morally bankrupt, socially dysfunctional, economically oppressive, and has racial bigotry weaved into the very fabric of its national soul, and must be transformed into a new socialist utopian “America.”
Politics – One of the downsides of suppressing “hate speech” is never hearing opposing views and becoming deaf to dissent, and being surprised when confronted with reality.
Politics – Democrats mocked the idea of a “deep state” as a right wing conspiracy theory, but now they not only admit the deep state does exist and they think it’s a good thing!
Politics – The Deep State exists both domestically and internationally and has been populated with patronage appointments as well as partisan hires over the last 50 years, so draining the swamp will take much longer than Trump hoped.
Politics – TEA Party Movement was grassroots activism for positive change, so the Democrat “resistance” now wants to become permanent community activists for socialist change.
Politics – Elizabeth Warren will never be president, because she is another terrible candidate, incorporating most of Hillary Clinton’s flaws and none of her modest virtues.
Politics – As the current Democrat clown car of presidential candidates empties, new clowns may join: Hillary Clinton, Michal Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, Eric Holder, or Deval Patrick.
Politics – The impeachment “inquiry” is simply the most recent in a long series of “coups” that seek to overturn the 2016 election and preclude a 2020 reelection bid, each characterized by about a month of media-driven hysteria: the voting machines fraud hoax, the initial 2017 impeachment effort, the attempt to warp the Electoral College voting, the Logan Act, the Emoluments Clause, the 25th Amendment, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux coup, various Michael Avenatti / Stormy Daniels / Michael Cohen psychodramas, and finally the failed two-year long Mueller Russia-collusion investigation.
Politics – The American public has yet to hear anything that could be packaged as Articles for Impeachment since style, attitude, and process are not illegal thus no crime committed, no “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” no impeachment!
Politics – Nancy Pelosi has consistently promised that she would not pursue impeachment absent clear and overwhelming bipartisan support, which thus far is notoriously absent!
Government – When God is acknowledged, then natural rights are unalienable; when government is god, then rights are the property of the government, to be dispensed, or not!
Government – The First Amendment protects free speech, but progressives criminalize any speech that threatens their political agenda as “hate speech.”
Government – The president is “draining the swamp” with decentralization, moving whole departments close to the people they serve – too bad we can’t enable Representatives and Senators to govern from their home districts enabled by electronic conferences and voting.
Media – Few doubt that the major U.S. media outlets, under the guise of journalism, function as political activists, filling the airwaves and internet with the Democrat talking points.
Media – Fully 96% of impeachment-related coverage was hostile to the president, but during this same period, despite incredible economic news in America, those same CBS, NBC, and ABC broadcasts dedicated less than 1% of total news coverage to the booming economy.
Media – The Mainstream Media is better named the Democrat Media Industrial Complex since its Democrat Party driven cabal of liberal newspapers, news media, cable news outlets combined with entertainment giants and social media elites to produce a partisan narrative.
Media – With less than a year until the 2020 election, a majority of registered voters say they think it’s likely that President Donald Trump will win a second term in the White House.
Economy – "Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” Ronald Regan.
Economy - Many forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail: Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism; Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos; Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea and Venezuela are unfree, poor and failed states; and Baathism, a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism ruined the postwar Middle East.
Finance – The Federal Reserve has been acting like it has only one tool in its toolbox, the hammer of monetary policy, to pound down and pry up interest rates.
Finance – It may be time to finally stop funding and supporting the Export-Import Bank, the poster child for corporate welfare, by removing it from the upcoming spending bill.
Immigration – Besides closing the border, the immigration system needs work: enforce existing laws, define English as national language, close the “birthright” citizenship loophole.
Taxes – A good next step for tax reform is to index capital gains taxes to inflation, to encourage investors to make long term investments.
Taxes – Wealth taxes are unconstitutional, since confiscation (stealing) wealth (personal property) is illegal, even if the purpose is for federal government redistribution.
Environment – Climate Change is an observation proven by historical data, while climate change causes are hypotheses with mixed results data, and at this point only an assertion.
Environment – BioScience Journal issued a “consensus” statement on climate science by 11,224 “scientists” who turned out to be true-believers with opinions, but little expertise.
Education – In over 40 years of American education, a slight increase in student enrollment has brought with it a drastic increase in budgets, an almost doubling of staff, and little to no effect on learning outcomes, with much of that increase has come from support staff.
Feminism – There is a strange war going on between identity groups in which feminists and their “allies” are arrayed against transgenders and their allies.
Abortion – With the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, all the Democrat presidential candidates favor “safe, legal, and unrestricted abortion,“ a significant change from years past.
Communism – "Communism works only in heaven, where they don’t need it, and in hell, where they’ve already got it." Ronald Reagan.
Israel – The State of Israel was formally created by Persia 2,500 years ago, 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ and 1,100 years before the birth of Muhammad bin Abdullah.
Turkey – Turkey is an enigma with its feet in two worlds: one is the NATO democracy embracing free market capitalism and the other the Islamic Ottoman Sharia theocracy.
Bolivia – Bolivia, ruled by embattled far left Hugo-Chavez-trained dictator Evo Morales, is the latest socialist regime to be failing with widespread protests calling for regime change.