Sunday, January 15, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017
There will be many discussions about the 2016 presidential election when time passes and we look at it less emotionally. Among them will be the horrible campaign run by Hillary, the cheating on the part of the DNC and the complete upheaval of the electorate and pre-conceived notions of how they would vote.
But the biggest discussion has got to be about Russia. The very same Russia that the Obama administration attempted to "reset" relations with and then botched it big time.
Or this memorable moment when Obama sounded like a lapdog to Medvedev:
Obama wanted nothing in the world more than to have good relations with Putin and Russia. He pulled missile defense out from Poland--a NATO ally--simply to placate the Russians and essentially turned a blind eye when Russia invaded the Crimea.
His own lack of negotiating skills and his chief foreign policy advisor, Hillary, made a mess of the situation.
And then things went south when Putin realized that Obama was a feckless leader who believed his very presence was enough to make the world bend to his ideas. The final straw was his inaction in Syria after drawing a red line (and then blamed our top ally for it). When Putin saw that he saw an advantage to go into assist Bashar Assad and also, and more importantly, give his military real-life experiences.
He also said the infamous words to Mitt Romney who saw exactly what Putin was doing. Oh how the media laughed over that pithy comment:
So here we are. The Democrats got smoked in the last election, they now have the least amount of power in decades nationally and they need to blame someone because liberals can never blame themselves or their ideology. So they blamed Russia and the media made them the new bad guy. They alleged that Trump colluded with the Russians and the highly politicized intelligence apparatus assisted as well.
Trump said he wants to work with Russia for the greater good and if the roles were reversed we'd see endless front page stories about what a good thing this is. But since it's Trump, they are using it to delegitimize him and his yet-to-begin presidency.
We need to work with Russia and we need to check their intentions, trump knows this since he's a deal maker. The U.S. having Russia as an enemy is a bad idea since they will be needed to maintain peace in the western Pacific and Asia. China is the real threat and the last thing we want is the outgoing president driving Russia to become friendlier toward their southern neighbor.
I don't trust Putin at all and never have but we need to work with him to solve the problems that exist between two super powers.
The actions of Obama recently with regard to Russia are as damaging as any lame duck president has ever left for his successor. By muddying the waters he has hurt our chances of finding a diplomatic settlement to the problems we face with Putin. These are real-world problems and the simple fact that Russia did not effect a single vote does not change anything. The problems exist and will continue to if we treat the as an adversary.
If Obama wants to hand Trump an impending NATO war in Europe, he's doing exactly that. It's important to note that Putin was actually the adult the last few weeks when he opted to not expel diplomats like Obama did. Putin is a businessman as well and he knows that Trump will do what he has to to protect his nation but also do what he needs to make the world (and Europe) safer. We have a common enemy in global jihadism and I for one would rather have the Russians fighting it with us versus against us.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Mara Liasson is practical--more so than most liberal Democrats--and has a pretty good idea of why the Democrats lost and have been losing with such frequency. She states some reasons
Not only are they in the minority in every branch of government in Washington, but beyond the beltway Democrats have a "trifecta" — control of both state houses and the governor's mansion — in only 6 states. Republicans have total control of state government in 25 states.That is a key. Democrats have been focused on big policies at the federal level and have neglected the state and local elections. No one really mentioned recent statements about the party leadership. They re-elected Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader and are pushing divisive candidates for head of the DNC. They ignore attractive candidates like Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard simply because she backed Bernie and are pushing far -left ideas in a centrist world.
That was an enormous oversight. Hillary and her team just assumed that the unions would support her because they always had. She never spoke to the real pain people were feeling. Her blind support for Obama and the baggage of her husband having signed NAFTA were difficult to overcome but she didn't even try. While the big union leaders like Richard Trumka were blowing smoke about delivering their votes, the rank and file workers had other ideas. Globalism killed the good blue collar jobs and no one cared...except Trump and to an extent Bernie. The Hillary campaign never adequately addressed the fears of the working man and woman. They saw wages fall, jobs diminish and health insurance costs soar while hours were cut. They never one addressed the fact that a record number of people are not even working and those who are are under employed. By not having a clear and concise message Hillary lost the rust belt to Trump.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York have a choice — they can take a page out of Mitch McConnell's playbook and commit themselves to total obstruction. (The Senate Republicans' leader famously said in a 2010 National Journal interview, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.")Or they can pick and choose their fights, working with Trump where he supports their long-held goals — on a big infrastructure program, for instance.What Liasson misses here is that both Obama and Harry Reid changed the rules. Obama expanded presidential power to levels not seen in a half century while Harry Reid invoked the "nuclear option" with regard to filibusters. Those two things have made this congress and this president the most powerful in decades. Democrats who wish to fight Trump will find their arsenals depleted thanks to the lack of foresight and self control of senate leadership.
One of the consequences of losing big in the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014 is that the Democratic bench is decimated.Midterm elections are the time when the majority of elected offices in the country are filled. While Republicans are able to turn out their voters every two years, Democrats seem only able to turn out their voters every four. That needs to change.
One of the big consequences of Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election is that the Democratic Party has no natural national leaders after Obama leaves office next month.But that's OK.Right now, the party needs a message and a permanent infrastructure that can turn out its voters every two years — more than it needs a field of ready candidates to take on Trump in 2020.
Friday, December 23, 2016
By far the biggest dream for American leftists is the dream of open borders and multiculturalism. Hillary even said those words to a group of bankers in a private setting, the text of which was discovered among the Wikileaks trove. Literally dissolving the southern border was the goal thus establishing a dominant Democratic party for decades to come. That dream died on November 8, 2016 (and several times thereafter).
But the aforementioned Europe is a different story. They jumped head first into multiculturalism decades ago and are seeing the results of that experiment in real time. While multiculturalism in concept works, it will only be successful when the incoming immigrants assimilate. A great example of this working is the Indian population within the UK. They've settled and become part of the fabric of British life. There are some other successful stories and they should be appreciated.
However, that's not been the case for all immigrants. Adherents of Islam have not assimilated in many cases and have actively worked to turn the nations where they reside into enclaves of the nations they left. While every city has a charming China Town or Italian Market area the citizens in those areas follow the laws of the host country and thus blend in nicely. Not so with many Muslims.
The late, great writer Christopher Hitchens wrote of the city he grew up in and the changes that occurred. He was mournful that the city of his youth had morphed into "Londonistan" in a just a generation:
Returning to the old place after a long absence, I found that it was the scent of Algeria that now predominated along the main thoroughfare of Blackstock Road. This had had a good effect on the quality of the coffee and the spiciness of the grocery stores. But it felt odd, under the gray skies of London, to see women wearing the veil, and even swathed in the chador or the all-enveloping burka. Many of these Algerians, Bangladeshis, and others are also refugees from conflict in their own country. Indeed, they have often been the losers in battles against Middle Eastern and Asian regimes which they regard as insufficiently Islamic. Quite unlike the Irish and the Cypriots, they bring these far-off quarrels along with them. And they also bring a religion which is not ashamed to speak of conquest and violence.
I implore you to read the entire piece as Hitchens was on his game toward the end of his life. Note: I ask you to go back and read all of Hitchens works.
This is just one example of what has occurred throughout Europe. Denmark, Holland, Sweden and Belgium have all had their share of misery from their policies. But no where have these policies been as damaging as France and Germany. The French have welcomed Algerians, Moroccans and others that had an historic connection from colonial days. Hundreds of thousands have been offered asylum from the horrors of their home countries. But they did not assimilate as hoped and become French, they've instead retained the hard core Islamic mindset of their religion. And all during the subsequent upheavals the media has called them "youths" instead of saying exactly who they are and what they believe. To label an entire religion as worrisome would be gauche. They are paying deeply for their failure to take action a decade ago with attacks such as those in Nice tearing the country apart at its seams.
Yet no country has preached at the multicultural altar more than Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the longest-tenured and most powerful European leader by far. When Muslim immigrants fleeing the Syrian civil war or Libyan migrants crossed the Mediterranean seeking asylum, she lead the effort to bring them in thus increasing the influx as desperate people saw a means to enter a more secure part of the world. And many came to Europe with good intentions and the hope of a new life in a new land. But a smaller portion did not. When those of us paying attention pointed out that ISIS said publicly that they were using the migrant crisis to get supporters into Europe we were branded racists or xenophobes. When we mentioned that Saudi Arabia is not taking refugees in sufficient amounts to matter and in fact said they did not want them because of security concerns we were scoffed at and the tide of people kept coming.
Germany's actions have led to a mass migration throughout Europe with the refugees moving through the Baltic states and landing in areas not fully capable of absorbing them. Instead of Merkel negotiating with the Gulf states to address the issues, she opened the doors wide. The backlash was impressive. The European Union has grown to behemoth size and its many unelected leaders saw themselves as the heads of one Europe versus individual sovereign nations. They were the vanguard of multiculturalism and would be remembered as the ones who molded the future of the continent.
But underneath and unseen by these zealots were the toll that the unassimilated were taking on the individual countries. Adding tens of thousands onto the already stretched government dole had wide-ranging effects that hit people on an individual level. The concept of multiculturalism requires that people not only assimilate but become productive citizens. That did not happen. The jobs weren't available or those whom migrated did not wish to work. Meanwhile a generation of educated and uneducated people were stuck with nothing to do. That's turned out to be a bad mix as those without hope turned to the local mosque. Some of these mosques turned out to have a decidedly anti-west, pro-Wahhabist bent to them. The most famous is the Finsbury Mosque in London:
The mosque was "freed" later but was not the only one in Europe. Some of the 9/11hijackers including the leader Mohammed Atta were educated and based in Germany. They attended sermons at mosques in Hamburg before coming to the United States.
Soon the attacks started coming. Al-Qaeda attacked in London and Madrid and, in fact, changed the course of an election in the former nation. The London attacks were perpetrated by those who came to the country as immigrants. Still no action was taken.
During the recent refugee crisis, large groups of unveiled immigrants have been taken in and in some cases forced into town and cities that had no desire to take them or lacked the means to support them.
The media didn't help the situation either. They actively worked to downplay any incidents in which the refugees were involved. Among the most infamous were the sexual assaults committed in Cologne that were hidden from the populace.
The refugees kept on coming but the welcome they encountered was not the warm one offered previously. Nations built walls to keep them out and riots occurred in places that accepted them. While there was a strong impetus for the UK to leave the EU previous to this, the crisis contributed considerably ultimately leading to Brexit. Leader after leader in Europe was forced to step down due to the events of this year. Liberal hero Hillary Clinton felt the effect on this side of the Atlantic.
Except Angela Merkel. She became the focus of the entire issue as she was the strongest proponent for allowing refugees in. With events this week in Berlin, she just may end up the latest casualty to die at the altar of multicultarism.
This is by no means a call to stop the immigration of all Muslims but is a warning that the current path we are on is the one that will lead to doom. In America, Many Muslims have assimilated well and have contributed to American society. But letting waves of unvetted or under-vetted refugees into the nation is not a good policy. Europe has already shown that to be the case.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
In the next two years or so we will see a lot written about this election. Much of it will be written about Hillary with people in her campaign writing tell-alls and Robbie Mook and Jennifer Palmieri writing books to make them look better after a disastrous campaign. They will blame (in no particular order) Comey, Russia, Bernie Sanders, the media, Obama, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (TM), fake news, voter fraud and a plethora of other BS. What they will not blame is the thing that they can never admit--it was their ideology thrust on the country over the last 8 years that was the real reason they have been shunted to the hinterlands. To admit that would mean to admit their entire paradigm is false and a lie.
During the Obama years we've seen the following:
Obamacare: an ill-conceived scheme that gave government control over 1/6 of the economy and had no chance of succeeding. Instead of working with the GOP, they rammed it down the countries throat to the point we actually had the Speaker of the House say this:
Does anyone outside of DC or NYC actually think that's the right way to handle such critical legislation? No, evidently not. Americans wanted a discussion and Democrats just wanted to pass anything. The GOP did not cast a single vote for the bill and then we watched as the exchanges were botched, we lost our doctors, paid way more for worse coverage and the very people needed to prop it up ran away from it.
The Apology Tour: This was one event liberals really never comprehended. To everyone but the most ideologically left zealots America is unique and special. We are the greatest country on the planet and that's as ingrained in the American psyche as anything. To watch a sitting president bow to every despot and apologize for past actions was just too much to handle. Yes, Obama was re-elected after but there were other factors at work as well including a bad GOP candidate and the fear of being labeled racist. But very few actions by Obama were as detested as his groveling on the world stage. America doesn't do that. Liberals believe very deeply that American actions over the last 50 years have been bad for the world versus good. They do not believe in American exceptionalism but believe the exact opposite.
Race Relations: Liberals at their very core believe America to be racist. It's not even a question to them. From the very beginning of his first term Obama made it clear that he was African-American first and American second. It started with the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry gates--an African-American who couldn't get the door to his house open and when he appeared to be breaking in, police were called. The responding officer allegedly had an altercation and the professor was arrested on disorderly conduct charges. Without all the facts, Obama jumped into the fray:
"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
His commenting on the event was a clear sign that racial healing was not going to be a strong part of his administration. It just expanded from there eventually hitting a tipping point with Ferguson and the false claim of "hands up, don't shoot". The fact that the words were never spoken was immaterial, it was a rallying cry. The hoax was perpetrated by CNN and others:
The Culture Wars: Americans in the aggregate have ceded the culture wars to the left. Gay unions became acceptable, abortion is not nearly the issue it once was except to strong supporters on either side and other issues that conservative fought against for decades became normalized. But liberals couldn't just accept victory and had to keep pushing. It all came to a head when they demanded that bathroom being open to all based on what they identified themselves as that day. When sane people pointed out that this is a major safety concern to us they screamed us down as bigots and homophobes.
Immigration: Americans have had enough of unchecked immigration. The left kept pushing for more and more rights for those who have none in this country. The right to vote, sanctuary cities where those who were already criminals were protected from the federal government and the high instances of crime perpetrated by illegals was too much. Kate Steinle being murdered by an illegal who had been arrested before and should never had even been in the country was enough. When we debated the point we were labeled xenophobic or racist. When we pointed out that ISIS or al-Qaeda can easily traverse the border, we were called Islamophobic and we should just shut the hell up.
Terrorism: This was an enormous part of the equation that ultimately led to Hillary losing and the rise of Trump. The Fort Hood jihadi attack was labeled "workplace violence". A car bomb in NYC, the Boston Marathon bombing and numerous other instances of blatant Islamic terrorism were labeled as "shootings" or "bombings" but never labeled as terrorism. And worse yet, every time an attack occurred, the media and liberals all hoped it was a white man killing minorities but once it became clear it was jihadism, they immediately called for calm and urged that not all Muslims be blamed. The exact opposite happened when a truly deranged white kid attacked a black church and it was blamed on every white person in America. San Bernardino, Orlando and Dallas were treated as normal crimes, not terrorism. When those of us said that this is a concern and something needs to be done, we were scoffed at and called Islamophobes.
Global Warming: This is a bigger repudiation of leftist ideology than anything else. Since the 1990's, the media and left have been pushing global warming as a major issue. Hell, as recently as last June John Kerry labeled it a more dangerous concern than terrorism. Whenever those of us who are skeptical want to debate it we get slammed with the popular "it's settled science" or the erroneous "97% of scientists agree..." bullshit. If you want to spend billions of dollars on a "problem" we at least want the problem identified and the actions expected to be taken.
These things singularly are not that big. These things taken in their entirety is the reason we now have President-Elect Trump. Large sectors of this country have been shoved aside and left out of the American Dream. Obamacare forced their hours from full-time to part-time. Trade agreements have left them jobless when the factories closed. An entire industry that was provided work for generations was wiped out in the war on coal. The standard of living for millions was reduced and for the first time people had less hope their children would do better than they did. When these very people spoke out and asked why they were ridiculed and called every "ist" in the liberal lexicon.
The entire leftist ideology was put on trial in this election and it lost. Not by much as the country was essentially split but things that liberal hold very dear were repudiated on November 8. They will either do some soul-searching and realize that they have no appeal to half the nation or they will continue with their usual arrogant, elitist attitudes and lose again. I'm betting on the latter.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
It's cold in the northeast and most of the country. Good snow-making weather though.
Anyway, here's what's new:
-The EPA was created partly because Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring about DDT being used to kill mosquitoes was harming bald eagle eggs and potentially wiping them out. Ironically, global warmingists have come full circle and have requested a permit to kill eagles to create clean energy:
CHEYENNE — One of the biggest wind energy projects under development in the U.S. got closer Thursday to securing a federal permit to kill a limited number of eagles without penalty.A final plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would help ensure the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind farm in south-central Wyoming doesn’t kill too many bald and golden eagles with its hundreds of spinning turbine blades.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Back when the GOP was filibustering Obama nominees, the vile Harry Reid went there and invoked the "nuclear option" essentially kneecapping the filibuster. me and many other conservatives said that the Democrats should be very, very careful in their actions since they wouldn't hold power forever and we were laughed at because we were too stupid to realize that Hillary was a shoe in.
And here we are. The GOP owns it all and the very worst fears of the donkeys have come to pass, Trump is the man calling the shots and he's about to seat a cabinet that gives them the vapors. Mattis, Sessions, Flynn and the others are freaking them out--much like we had reservations about many of Obama's picks.
Unfortunately for them but fortunately for the country they can't do a damn thing about it. They crossed the line of the nuclear option and thus cut their own legs out from under them. The filibuster was put in place because of situations like this but they were too impetuous and immature to play by the rules. Just as Obama expanded presidential power to unseen lengths, the Dems are stuck with the bed they made.
And this also applies to the Supreme Court nominee Trump will announce in a couple of months. He can pick anyone and the donks are stuck with it.
I wish I could muster up at least one bad feeling for them but they made the new rules and will have to live with them. I anticipate many tears and strongly worded editorials from the MSM but Trump has made clear they can go screw themselves so as an avid follower of politics, I'll greatly enjoy this show. The only thing that would make it better would be if Harry Reid was still around to have to live this fun.