Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Democratic Party Has Not Lived Up To Its Name

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I've been amused on a near daily basis by liberals complaining about the unfairness of their party. The underhanded tricks they instituted to keep outsiders from becoming candidates is just the latest example. Bernie Sanders has run a good campaign; one in which he's built a movement and has brought in people who were not involved in politics until now. Just as Trump has awoken something in the center, Sanders' message is resonating with people who do not identify with their party anymore.

This is nothing new. The Democratic party has been anything but Democratic. We could go all the way back to their inception but instead will focus on the last 50 years or so.

Back in the 1950's and 1960's, the Democrats were split into two groups: the more liberal whites in the northeast and Midwest--generally unionized, middle class and prospering. They had visions of a utopia that was started by FDR and was again being realized in JFK.

In the South you had the Dixiecrats: very white, very racist and unflinching in their goal to stop integration. They used their churches to spread hate and dominated those who disagreed with threats and violence. They were the party of the KKK and they were led by Al Gore, Sr. William Fullbright (Bill Clinton's mentor) and state and local rulers like George Wallace and Bull Connor. No Republican ever stood a shot at victory in the South.

In 1964 and 1965, LBJ (brought in by Kennedy to win the South) proposed legislation to give Blacks rights they should have had according to the Constitution but were denied by the local and state Democrat elected officials. The Dixiecrats mobilized and vehemently fought against both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act again, led by Al Gore, Sr. and the Dixiecrats. Hell, Robert Byrd was a Kleagle in the KKK and maintained his seat in the Democratic party for decades.

The party controlled all voting until that point and managed to keep the Democratic party very un-democratic.

Fast forward to the last decade or two. In the interim, there was numerous cases of voter fraud perpetrated by the Democrats in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit all aimed at maintaining their power. Dead people voted like it was the zombie apocalypse and they stole elections repeatedly. But every winner was anointed by the party bosses. The Daley's in Chicago being a prime example and more recently Rahm Emanuel. They wanted no outsiders, only those who were vetted and known to be men and women who would share the spoils.

Democrats cheated in every election they could and the media covered for them because they themselves are part of the Democratic establishment. Going back to Walter Cronkite and others, they constantly pushed the Democratic agenda and usurped authority over what people were told.

They designed their rules to stop outsiders from winning. They created super delegates that are anything but democratic. These are people who are bought off with vacations, dinners and money. They wield more power than elected delegates and they were designed to stop people like Bernie Sanders from winning.

Today we see the planning and conniving paying off for the party bosses. While a lesser attempt was made in the GOP, it was stunningly unsuccessful because supporters of the GOP know how the game is played--hell, it's been played against us for decades. So, when our party tried, we quickly showed them who was boss and they saw where their power comes from--the people.

Not so in the Democratic party. They are not about to give the reins of the party to a self-described socialist from Vermont. They've been actively working to undercut a member of their party whose popularity is enormous to prop up a party stalwart who is anything but popular or even likable. The party hierarchy is actively fighting against the one man who can change the party and if successful, eliminate their livelihood of machine politics that pays lobbyists and union bosses well.

There's going to be a schism and it will tear the party apart. Bernie supporters will not support Hillary in the general after they were robbed of the nomination by her and her cronies. They will not turn out on election day and they will make the convention a living hell to behold. The latest example of this premise is the Nevada convention where the rules of democracy were blatantly tossed aside. Or the words of party leaders like the vile Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

To those who #feelthebern don't feel bad, we've been dealing with this for 50 years. We know all the tricks because they were played on us repeatedly and not a single one of you said anything about it. You can't blame us for savoring the schadenfreude as you suffer at the hands of the very same filth that has been doing it to others forever. Perhaps if you had listened to us instead of blindly following your party, you'd have seen this coming.

Friday, May 06, 2016

An Open Letter to the Republican Party

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To the RNC, Congressional and Senate Republicans and other establishment cronies,

You've really done it this time. We've stuck by you and voted straight Republican time and time again. You've put up horrible candidates such as Mitt Romney going all the way back to that stiff Bob Dole. These were guys who were selected by you in back room deals with winks and nods.

We've defended you when the media would not because you did something, stupid, something illegal or something that was both.

You promised us that if we gave you the House you would stop Obama, You promised us if we gave you the Senate you would stop Obamacare. We gave you both and you gave us a Speaker who cried for no reason and would rather make bad deals than have to fight. You gave us a Senate Majority Leader who is the epitome of establishment politics and cronyism. He spent more time fighting fellow Republicans who happened to be conservative than he did fighting the vile Harry Reid.

We've had enough. Enough of the lies and deceit. Enough of your acting like you stand for conservative stances while approving every single dollar Obama asks for and allowing illegal immigrants to charge across the border. You are the lawmakers of this country and you allow the law to be broken daily.

You care more about what Politico or Morning Joe (both very liberal) say about you than you do what your constituents say (except every two years when you need our vote). You don't want to make waves because you just might not get invited to that big party in Georgetown.

You drag your feet on all substantive issues. Yes, some want to investigate corruption but the overall party does not. Four people including the ambassador killed in Benghazi? You investigate and then use the Democrats intransigence stall it. A Border Patrol Agent gets killed in an operation that allowed guns to flow to drug cartels and you do nothing. An American citizen gets killed by an illegal alien in San Francisco (an illegal "sanctuary city") and you do nothing because you don't want to upset the Democrats or the apple cart.

Obama says he wants to spend more and you not only allow it but give him more than he wants. Heavens no!, we can't shut down the government you said--even though we gave you the Senate after doing so. Obama welcomes in thousands of unverified Syrian refugees and you avert your eyes and do nothing or, worse yet, agree with him.

You allowed America to be a place where free speech is banned. I've not heard a single Republican stand up for free speech in the last several years. You've also allowed the police to fry and have not said a damn word. Just the very chance that standing up for the police will make you seem racist is enough to shut you up. In my book, that makes you a pussy.

Most shamefully, you've allowed our vets to die because of a the VA and have done nothing. You give lip service to veterans but in reality you despise them. If you didn't, you would have shut down Congress to get some results.

So here comes this brash and crass business man who says things that anyone else would have suffered for and you ignored him. Then he started winning so you actively worked against him. He kept winning so you sent out your last presidential nominee to bash him. He won more and you actually started to support Ted Cruz whom every single establishment type abhors.

Now he's the nominee and people are saying that they will not support him or will even vote for Hillary. The Speaker of the House will not support the Republican nominee. But that's fine because he was a very incapable candidate when he ran.

The National Review did an entire issue stating the case against Trump and he still won. Pundits who wrote him off were proven to be idiots.

But the scariest thing to you--the establishment--is that you were proven irrelevant. No one gives a shit what you say or do because you are meaningless. Your spineless nature and actions have given rise to the man you hate. Allowing your fellow Republicans to be called racist, xenophobic and misogynistic when we weren't was unforgivable. Except you didn't say anything because you actually believe that securing the borders, checking Islamic immigration and telling off-color jokes is racist, xenophobic and misogynistic. You've morphed in to liberals and there's zero difference. How do you think we feel when we defend the constitution and the military and you call us zealots?

The media too is feeling the crushing truth hitting them. They are even more irrelevant than Congress. Trump owns them and then bypasses them to say what he wants on Twitter. They are an even bigger embarrassment than Lindsey Graham.

So I say to the GOP; there's change in the wind. People are so sick of your bullshit that they've voted for Trump. He's no conservative but he stands for the core values of America. He's attracting blue collar workers, pissed off middle class workers, disaffected tradesmen and people who believe in the American ideal Reagan did. And please, keep Reagan's name out of your mouth, Trump is more like Reagan than this party has been in 8 years.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Will Happen When the Middle Class Says "Enough!"

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The war on the middle class is in it's seventh year and the middle class is losing. Obama rode a wave of change and helping the middle class but has done nothing but burden them with higher taxes and a stagnant economy. While the poor are still poor (but with infinitely more benefits) and the rich are still rich, the middle class voter is shouldering the burden.

If you want to know why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have risen, all one needs to do is look at middle class. Trump is an opportunist and knows that there's a huge swath of this country that is mad as hell about what America has become. The shining city on the hill looks like Detroit in the summer.  These people are mostly white, have a combined family income between $100,000-$200,000 and pay their bills. They follow the law, recycle their bottles and cans and take a vacation every summer. They scrimp to save for over-priced college for their kids and just want to provide for their families.

But the world is changing around them. As a nation we elected a black man, twice, yet race relations are the lowest they've been since the 60's. They are called racists for even questioning the decisions of the president when they know they are not racist. They've abided by the laws and yet see illegal aliens breaking the law daily and "sanctuary cities" protecting them. They read about Kate Steinle getting murdered by an illegal and the media cover it up.

They see our freedoms being challenged on all sides. We can't say what we want, buy a weapon if we want, eat what we want or choose the doctors we want. Every single day our freedoms are being eroded and it's at the breaking point.

The middle class raise their children right, teach them that if they work hard, they will get ahead and then send them to colleges and universities that are overwhelmingly left-wing. To espouse any opinion to the right of Hillary is to be shunned. Their sons are accused of sexual assault for merely having sex with a coed and they are given no ability to defend themselves from the false accusations.

They watch as the president puts down America while praising murderous dictators and making deals with state sponsors of terrorism. They see said president alienating our allies on all fronts while ignoring real threats occurring daily.

All this pressure can only lead to one logical conclusion. The silent middle class will be called racist, greedy, xenophobic or islamophobic one too many times and they will explode. The explosion will make Occupy whatever and whatever lives matter look like a Sunday pot luck dinner at the local church. You will see 100-million people rise up and shake their fists and it will shake the nation. It's not the corporations whom they will rise up against but the government and the government will be taken back for the people. The cocoon that is DC will be busted open and the people will have their say. And it will not just be in the South, the Midwest or the Plains states. It will be South Jersey, Western Massachussetts, interior California and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

It will get ugly as the media will portray it as a race uprising when in fact it will not be that at all. It will be people who still believe in the concept of America. All of those things that liberals like to laugh at us for. Honoring the flag, supporting our military and veterans, the rule of law and God-given rights.

There's a huge rift in America and I'm not sure that it is reparable. I guess if the RNC or DNC play silly games and rob the people of their candidate, we just may see an explosion unlike anything since 1775.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Saturday Morning News & Notes

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It was snowing a few minutes ago, in mid April...Can't wait for that global warming to kick in.

Here's what's new in the world:

-Over the years, the US military has assisted Muslim people in their time of need. An earthquake in Pakistan? We helped immediately along with the UK. A famine in Somalia? We sent troops (and lost some) helping the food get through. The break up in the Baltic states? We fought for the Muslim side.  And on and on...So I get particularly incensed when I see headlines on CBS News such as this one:

What role does Islamophobia play in terror attacks?

Essentially they are saying the terrorism equivalent that woman would not have been raped is she didn't dress so provocatively. It's a chicken and egg thing here. Muslim terrorists attack us repeatedly, they kill thousands and we get a little uncomfortable with their actions and lack of assimilation. They keep attacking, according to CBS News it has to be our fault for being bigoted.

-20 years of improvements in New York City have been destroyed in just two years. de Blasio is a corrupt kleptocrat and he will bring only bad things to the City that Giuliani brought back from the brink of destruction.

-I think we need to mass produce these and put them in the hands of every soldier and Marine immediately:

According to its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, the U.S. Army will produce 105 so-called XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) weapons, a precision-guided grenade launcher, and distribute them among specially trained soldiers. “Accordingly, the army has requested $9.764 million in FY 2017 for the program and hopes for $14.852 million in FY 2018, $24.930 million in FY 2019, $32.158 million in FY 2020, and $25.798 million in FY 2021
-Actor gives anti-Semitic Pink Floyd lyricist the finger.

-I would love to see this. Marine Corps General (Ret) James Mattis is being pushed for the GOP nomination. This guy is a friggin' legend and would have Bernie crying in the corner within minutes. Plus he's a veteran in an election lacking them. Some excellent quotes from the good general:

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are, if you cannot create harmony—even vicious harmony—on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.”

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

Friday, January 01, 2016

Out With The Old & In With The New...Thank God

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2015 was a strange year in the world.

Looking back, some weird shit happened:

  • A former Olympic gold medal decathlete identified as a woman, got a show for doing so, acknowledged that he was also a republican, said he wants to adopt a baby and then got into a verbal war with another self-identified tranny who gave away some of the most damaging secrets ever disclosed. Essentially; two dudes fighting over who is more woman. Amazingly, one was named Woman of the Year for his "bravery". This, of course, left out true women heroes such as Kurdish women fighting for their homeland, a young Pashtun woman who was shot in the head for advocating education for other women continuing her fight and numerous other woman in countless other hellholes fighting for the right to breathe and not the right to chose their gender. 
  • The whitest woman in America was exposed by her parents as, well, the whitest woman in America. This was problematic for her because she was a leader in the NAACP and a teacher of African Studies at a college. Liberals lined up to take the side of the white woman against black people who were offended of having their racial identity stolen for financial gain. 
  • A former spokesman for a major fast food chain was found to be a pedophile and sentenced to prison. Jared Fogel was intertwined with Subway for a decade and somehow, they didn't suffer when their public face was convicted of sex crimes with children. 
  • Bill Cosby was identified as a serial rapist and was subsequently arrested for sexual assault. Rarely has a public figure gone from being so beloved to being rejected so fast. 
  • Another major terror attack occurred on US soil and was actually called a terror attack despite the best efforts of the media. While Fort Hood and others were definitive terror attacks--called "work place violence" by Obamatons-- it was much harder to mislabel an attack on a mall that the media followed intensely. We also saw the President of the US make a speech (standing up) from the Oval Office in which he pretended to take action but instead said nothing new. 
  • Terrorism also remained a major issue around the world with an attack in Paris that led to millions of people overlaying their Facebook avi with the French flag in solidarity. Alas, not so many did it when America was attacked but I digress. So 2015 became the year that the French looked stronger and more decisive on the world stage than did America.
  • The void left by American leadership led to Russia becoming a super power wannabe again. Hard core Americans actually wished we had a leader who led as well as a former Soviet KGB member. 
  • Obama and John Kerry pushed a disastrous treaty that will allow Iran to have nukes in a little more than a decade, released $150 billion to them to continue their proxy wars and was backed up by threats and snooping on allies...
  • Well, former allies. 2015 was the year that Obama went to war against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel. He demeaned the leader, sent operatives to agitate against him in an election and essentially shunned them from in front of the world all so he could say he made a deal with Iran and cement his "legacy". 
  • 2015 was the year of "trigger warnings", "safe spaces" and the year America learned exactly what we've produced by handing out participation trophies. We now have a country full of gender studies majors getting offended by "micro aggressions" and historic flags and a nation and media that played along further enabling them. 
  • 2015 will be remembered as the year that political correctness jumped the shark. Being called a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, war mongering, hater became a badge of honor. Men and women who were sick of the breakdown in the US decided to stand up and start taking it back. They did so with humor and sarcasm because straight discourse is dead (or on life support). By belittling every new case we saw and laughing and pointing at the perpetrators, we've seen the pendulum start to swing back. 
  • Which brings me to this: The leader for the Democratic party is the wife of a man accused of rape and sexual assault who had sex with his (much) subordinate intern and she is running on a platform of feminism. She broke myriad laws by mishandling secret information that would have landed the average person in a federal prison for years. Her opponent is a self-declared socialist whom has not the slightest clue about the economy but promises the world to the aforementioned participation trophy winning students. He also has some extreme, non-feminist views on women. So, we currently have two old white people on the Democratic ticket and they're both carrying heavy baggage. 
  • And finally, 2015 was the year of Trump. He resonates with people no matter how inelegantly he says things--which is probably increasing the resonance. The man is vicious and immediate when attacked. Within minutes of being called out, he goes on the offensive and does not sugar coat what he says. The media try to take him down and he ridicules them. His own party leadership try to attack him and he goes right back at them ten-fold. The man wields the hashtag like it's a sword. Others rise and fall while Trump remains at the top. Any baggage on him has likely been printed already and he's flummoxed both parties. People may not agree on everything or even most of what he says but they will vote for him when the time comes. If it's him versus Hillary, he will win. He's not afraid to get down in the gutter Clintonistas live in and , in fact, seems comfortable going there. 
Well, that's a recap of 2015. I'm guessing 2016 will hold just as much and to a person who follows politics, we can only hope that to be the case.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On Trump, History and Carter

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Personally I think Donald Trump went too far--or better yet, spoke wrongly about what his plans are for Muslims entering the US. I'm a strong advocate of stopping all immigration for a period of 3-6 months except those cases that are pending for people emigrating from friendly nations. I mean cut it off until we have a detailed investigation into how the system works and fix the parts that don't.

Trump went full bellicose in saying he'd ban all Muslims all his staff didn't help the situation when she said that he meant even Americans--which he did not. He's doubled down on this several times.

So, of course the media is going out of their collective minds reporting it and thinking that this is the one thing that will sink Trump...finally. Alleged media icon and good liberal Tom Brokaw went so far as to go full Nazi:

He went on to cite historical evidence of the human costs of allowing fear and prejudice to dictate policy, while images of the events he described appeared on screen. His examples included the “herding” of Japanese-Americans into internment camps, the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II and its consequences for Germany, the "anti-communist witch hunt" instigated by Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) in the early 1950s and the persistence of institutionalized discrimination against African Americans through the 1960s.
Okay, so he cited the "herding of Japanese-Americans" into camps (authorized by a Democrat and liberal icon FDR), Nazi genocide (perpetrated by national socialists) and McCarthyism--the go-to example of oppression but they always leave out the fact that McCarthy was right, the government was riddled with communists as the Venona Cables showed. So, in essence, every example Brokaw cited was either by a socialist or was proven, in fact, to be true; but liberals live in their own little cocoon where FDR was a god, Hitler a right winger and McCarthy destroyed people with no facts.

But back to Trump. He's getting excoriated because he is recommending checking immigration and stopping those we are at war with from entering the US. This is madness they say, he's a racist and a xenophobe, etc. But wait, there's precedent that the good Mr. Brokaw neglected to mention in the piece linked above:
Fourth, the Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.
That is President Jimmy Carter discussing banning Muslims we should have been at war with--but Carter didn't have the balls to declare it--from Iran. And to top it off,  Trump is well within US law to propose and enact such a ban. Hell, Carter used the law to ban Iranians.

So, do I agree with Trump on this? Partially. As noted above, a halt to all immigration is not a horrible idea. But Europe has been extremely open with their immigration policies and we have to ensure they do some work on this as well. Nearly all of the attackers in Paris were Belgian, French or other European.

Trump is a showman and he's feeling his oats. He's saying outrageous shit and his polls keep going up. Yet, eventually, people are not going to want to see Trump the circus barker but Trump the statesman. He has to start toning it down and present real policies and vision.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Trump Calls For Stopping All Muslim Immigration

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Okay, I get it bro, you want to be the guy who's strong on immigration and in the wake of an attack, you jump all over this issue. But you really have to get your organization together:
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump wants to bar all Muslims from entering the United States. 
 In a statement from his campaign, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States until elected leaders can "figure out what is going on."
 When asked by The Hill whether that would include Muslim-American citizens currently abroad, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks replied over email: "Mr. Trump says, 'everyone'
No dude, you can't do that.  They are American and the only people who ban Americans or lock them up for years are Democrats like FDR.

When The Hill calls you better have you person answering the phone say: "Of course Mr. Trump didn't mean American citizens, he meant non-Americans trying to travel here or immigrate".

But Trump is a CEO and an egomaniacal guy so he didn't even comprehend that he should let his office know what he said and how they should respond to it.

I get it, Trump is a spokespersons worse nightmare but he needs to tighten things up. He's going to be the nominee and he needs to act like it. Hire a political guy and listen to him on issues like these. Trust him to act in your best interest and let him smooth these things out.

Hat tip to Ace.