Musings on the Week
August 24, 2019
Patriotism - “Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” Calvin Coolidge.
Politics – The entire Democrat primary field of candidates is scrambling to renounce all their past identities and agendas, hoping voters will either identify as nonwhite or far left, or both and thus resent deeply any who are not, or completely forget what was said in the past.
Politics – Devoid of winning issues, Democrats want a recession that would harm thousands of average Americans to win the White House, since better to stagnate in Obama's America than America healthy and vibrant with Trump's Keep America Great agenda.
Politics – The ruling elite of the Democrat Party is now dominated by supporters of BDS, anti-Israel fallacious meme–throwers, and kindlers of a civil war among American Jewish voters.
Politics – Trump’s promise of economic boom that won him the 2016 election was caused by the opposite of Democrat policies that ruined America: tax reform/cuts and deregulation.
Language – Political correctness has many definitions, but Americans increasingly see it as the art of contorting every conversation into a reason to be offended.
Media – The more abuse from the partisan liberal media, the more Trump’s base is energized to turn out on election day, as evidenced by overflowing crowds at rallies across the nation.
Media – Trump is enjoying a dramatic increase in his approval ratings among minorities, a trend showing up in surveys early this year and appears to be gaining momentum.
Media – The public sees the media for what they are: flagrant activists manipulating the democratic process and only 38% said national political coverage is accurate and reliable.
Constitution – “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” Calvin Coolidge.
Economy – Current forecasts for a recession among pundits are not based on facts or real conditions but on a belief in self-fulfilling prophecies, that by predicting a recession they can create one, and thus set the stage for Democratic victory in 2020.
Economy – Socialism is a form of government theft since the government has no money of its own, so it simply takes from Citizen A to give to Citizen B and, or course, the government.
Income – The scarier claims about wealth inequality stem from flawed data created by French economist Thomas Piketty, while more careful studies by other economists and the Federal Reserve Board reveal surprisingly modest changes in wealth inequality given the huge revolutions in globalization and technology that have occurred.
Social Security – After ignoring Social Security funding problems for decades, come 2035, this program’s trust funds will be insolvent, and by law, benefits will automatically be cut by 20% and requiring drastic program changes to return to solvency.
Immigration – The notion of public charge was first codified in 1882, and has persisted in all rewrites of America’s immigration laws including the current Immigration and Nationality Act.
Immigration – Time to force the courts to repeal “birthright citizenship” as a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, and stop granting citizenship to illegal alien children born here.
Agriculture – Foolishly burning food in our fuel tanks, ethanol mandates, while the USDA reports that 42.7 million Americans are on food stamps is cruel.
Energy – Natural gas plants cost about $20 to produce a megawatt-hour of electricity, while wind or solar plants, unsubsidized, costs about $80 a megawatt-hour to generate, so the difference between $80 and $20 is the subsidy required to use wind or solar.
Energy – Burning trees to generate electricity is probably the worst green energy stupidity, because it destroys forests, creates its own pollutants, is less efficient than coal to harvest, handle and burn and has a low heat value – why does the government still subsidize it?
Elections – The Electoral College attacks are motivated by the two electoral defeats by Democrats in 2000 and 2016, not by any desire to improve our Republic in a bipartisan way.
Education – Students have been deprived of genuine instruction in the academic disciplines such as grammar and style, writing coherently, and reading with comprehension in history, literature, philosophy and politics and have become dead letters, quite literally.
Abortion – The first step to reducing abortions is to remove the stigma associated with the responsible choice to give a child up for adoption and placing into a loving home.
Religion – Since faith without reason begets radical Islamism and reason without faith begets aggressive secularism, the key then for the Judeo-Christian West is to recover both faith and reason, properly balanced and integrated.
Defense – “No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.” Calvin Coolidge.
Israel – The boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign (BDS) is a 21st century iteration of the age-old scourge of Jew-hatred, to target, delegitimize and destroy the State of Israel.
Taiwan – President Trump continues to support an independent Taiwan, maintaining close economic, political and security ties with this island nation.