I had just moved to the Norfolk area in 2008, and managed to get my TV antenna working on inauguration day. I sat down with my wife and we watched President Obama mess up the oath, but otherwise get sworn in as President of the United States. I hadn’t voted for him, but it didn’t matter: he was now my President, and I figured the least I could do is watch history be made.
While he was President, I didn’t personally approve of many of the foreign policy and military decisions he made. I carried them out just the same, and I certainly tried my hardest to make them work. I had my chance to express displeasure at the voting box. Dissent ended there.
Flash forward to 2017, and we had boycotting and violent protests at the inauguration.
To which I say, grow the hell up.
Don’t tell me your boycott is a private choice, because if you simply didn’t want to watch, you wouldn’t broadcast it on social media. I certainly don’t remember people openly boycotting Obama’s inauguration, and had they done so, I’m sure they would have been labeled as racists.
Saying President Trump is “not your President” just makes you look like a whiny little kid. In fact, it turns off those who were on the fence in the first place and it confirms every bad thought they had about liberals. Want to impress people? Get off your soap box and prove your ideas work. I and others are more convinced by missionary stories than when a 20-something whines to me about poverty.
Get up, stop rioting, and get out in your local community and make it better. Do enough of that, and you might have enough influence to change elections in the future.
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New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan appeared to be unaware during a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that a Washington Post story about Russian hacking into the Vermont power grid has been completely debunked and retracted.
“Two weeks ago The Washington Post reported that a hacking group connected with the Russian government managed to infiltrate the Burlington Electric power company in Vermont,” Hassan said to retired Marine Gen. John Kelley during his confirmation hearing to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Hassan, who took office this month after serving as governor of New Hampshire, showed no indication during the questioning that she was aware that The Post’s story has been found to be “fake news.”
The retractions on that story were rather epic and it’s quite an embarrassment for Senator Hassan and her staff.
Then again did anyone familiar with Senator Hassan’s record as NH governor or her campaign against Senator Ayotte really expect her to know or care about the difference between the truth and falsehood?
Gondorff: There ain’t a fix in the world gonna cool him out if he blows on ya.
Hooker: I’ll take him anyway.
Hooker: ‘Cause I don’t know enough about killin’ to kill him.
Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting
“Sincerity? I could fake that.”
Alan Alda as Hawkey Pierce, M*A*S*H,
“Foreign Affairs” Season 11, Episode 3
Christopher Harper did a great job of explaining liberalism in a recent post. I’d like to share a slightly different perspective.
I have long subscribed to Charles Krauthammer’s rule fundamental law of American politics that conservatives think liberals are stupid while liberals think conservatives are evil. Let’s face it, some of the policies that liberals promote are pretty stupid. But to ascribe many of the things liberals do to simple stupidity requires an underlying concession that they are good-hearted souls trying to do what they think is best for the country but, as Ronald Reagan said, “they know so much that isn’t so.”
However, seeing the behavior of the democrats since losing the election in November, and considering their behavior going back to Teddy Kennedy’s original “borking” of Judge Robert Bork in 1987, and his original immigration reform back in 1965, it’s obvious that, like in The Sting, they have been playing the “big con” for more than 50 years. In the space of a few hours, an entire party and their stenographers in the Press went from being “horrified” at the “direct threat to our democracy” that anyone might not accept the results of an election to not accepting the results of an election because John Podesta was too stupid to sniff out a phishing scam (hmmm… more evidence to support Dr. Krauthammer?). Even on what should be a decorous occasion for the “peaceful transfer of power” in the House of Representatives last week, Nancy Pelosi was ungracious enough to allege, with no evidence, that the election was “subverted by the dark operations of a foreign regime.” Everything they’ve done for the last two months has been to deligitimize the new administration, and for one very good reason. They are scared to death that Trump might actually Make America Great Again.
Having painted Trump and his cabinet nominees as hateful-corrupt-xenophobic-racist-homophobic-bigots who will be dedicated to accommodating their Russian masters to whom they owe their positions, the democrats have taken the only possible path out of the corner into which they’ve painted themselves. If Trump crashes and burns, they can say “we told you so” and if he succeeds, their only option is to try to claim credit for having chastened or otherwise boxed him in to prevent what would surely have been a disaster had it not been for their courageous stand against all they’re pretending he claimed to stand for.
How can anyone take seriously this group who, after painting Mitt Romney (Mitt Romney!) as the second coming of Satan four years ago, then urged the republicans to save themselves from the Trumpacolypse by screwing the rules and nominating Romney? Just like Hawkeye in MAS*H, they have become very good at faking sincerity, and I continue to be stunned how so much of our country can be so uninformed as not to notice. I submit that rather than thinking liberals are stupid, we conservatives would do better to recognize that liberals are power-craving weasels who will do anything to accumulate power for themselves regardless of whether it is good for the country as a whole or for the people in it. It will make it even more enjoyable to watch Trump’s cabinet get approved with a simple majority in the Senate after the Reid-weasels abolished the filibuster.
Today’s report is, as noted, remarkably brief. The longest portion of the report, at seven pages, is Annex 1, titled “Russia — Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US.” Annex 1 is devoted entirely to RT America TV, which the agencies deem a propaganda outlet of the Russian government. Given that this annex comprises the largest portion of the report, it is stunning to see this footnote:
This annex was originally published on 11 December 2012 by the Open Source Center, now the Open Source Enterprise.
So the CIA, FBI and NSA are so lacking in relevant, probative intelligence that the largest portion of today’s report is a recycling of four-year-old, public domain information on Russia Today.
In short, it is possible that the Russian government gained access to the DNC’s and Podesta’s email accounts by spearfishing, downloaded emails from those accounts, and provided them to Wikileaks. But we have to take the bureaucrats’ word for it.
I have no problem believing that the Russians did in fact get Podesta’s emails, and the DNC ones, and probably whatever was on Hillary Clinton’s server. The security of all of them seems to have been sufficiently lax that I expect multiple groups got in.
That laxness should itself be a major news story because it’s been apparent to anyone who actually pays attention to these things that state (sponsored) actors have been looking for vulnerable systems for the whole of the Obama administration, if not before.
But more interesting is that the report actually supported what we’ve said for decades, that if you cut open groups like Occupy wall street
Now let’s get specific. Occupy Wall Street was, evidently, a Russian front operation:
Russia has supported environmental groups to try to suppress fracking, which strikes at the heart of Russian economic strength:
RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health. This is likely reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability.
It’s quite apparent that the tactic here was not so much to produce evidence of Russia hacking the election, but to help maintain the “Trump is illegitimate” meme that the MSM keeps running with by the very existence of a “report” regardless of what’s actually in it.
Consider, four years ago on an open mic Barack Obama told the Russians he’d have more “flexibility” after his re-election
And the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev replied at the time:
“I understand your message,” Medvedev told Obama in Seoul. “I will transmit this information to” — no question of who was in control — “Vladimir.”
That “flexibility” cost not only cost tens of thousands of lives in Syria and Ukraine but made Russia the alpha dog internationally for the last few years
But Democrats in general and Obama in particular are now so neutered in power that they’re reduced to objecting to electoral college counts while the speaker laughs at them:
In short their flexibility is gone so in their last two weeks of power they are reduced to exposing both their allies of the occupy movement and the greens as Russian dupes in the vain hope that throwing them under the wheels of the Trump train will slow it down.
I suspect it will not.
Closing thought : This also answers the question that White House Spokesman Josh Earnest could not. Namely why the 2015 hack of 21 million confidential records of US government employees, a hack that actually mattered…
…didn’t produce the pubic retaliation that Russian access to John Podesta’s emails did
You see the 2015 Chinese hack merely hurt the United States, it’s people and the security of the nation, the exposure of Podesta’s and the DNC emails were a direct threat to the power and influence of the Democrat party. There’s the rub.
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Evan McMullin’s independent never-Trump-never-Hillary presidential campaign earned him 700,000 votes along with footnote status in future accounts of the 2016 presidential election. One bewildered supporter tweeted to him afterward, basically asking “what now?” McMullin responded on December 4 with a series of tweets that add up to two things: he’s still not a Trump fan, and he is a great believer in the power of civics.
The president-elect and McMullin seem to have no use for each other. A few of McMullin’s tweeted recommendations, though, apply to every voter vis-a-vis every elected official. They’re about civics and about being a citizen instead of a client. I doubt President-elect Trump would take issue with these three, for example.
“Read and learn the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Know that our basic rights are inalienable.”
“Identify and follow many credible sources of news. Be very well informed and learn to discern truth from untruth.”
“Support journalists, artists, academics, clergy and others who speak truth and who inform.”
McMullin also advised “Hold members of Congress accountable…” I’m partial to that one, coming as I do from a state that just sent a pro-abortion all-Dem delegation to Washington (while electing GOP majorities in our State House; go figure).
Even where McMullin’s December 4 tweets took Trump to task by name, they were grounded in civics: watch every word, decision and action of this Administration….Write, speak, and act when we observe violations of our rights and democracy.
Call me old-fashioned, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s all essential no matter who’s in the White House or the State House or even the town hall. Maybe the prospect of Donald Trump’s presidency is prompting people to take a fresh look at the things they ought to be doing anyway.
Like so many of you, at 2:41 am election night I let out the most tremendous sigh of relief. As a libertarian, I am greatly relieved that Hillary Clinton lost the election. Coming after eight years of the radical and fundamental transformation instituted by President Obama there would have been very little left of our Constitutional Republic. President Hillary would have continued governing by imperial edict, just like President Obama, and the spineless Republicans in both houses of congress would have continued to nothing except whine. Like everyone else that understands and respects the Constitution, what scared me the most was the fact President Clinton would have had the opportunity to nominate two or three Supreme Court Justices, I don’t want to freak you out too much but it was rumored that Hillary Clinton was considering appointing President Obama. It is abundantly clear that whoever she would have appointed it would have been a radical leftist like herself. Religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and free speech would have been severely curtailed.
I did not celebrate President Donald Trump’s victory. I am cautiously optimistic that he might possibly be an OK president. He is a big government type. A lot of his positions are more closely aligned with those of Democrats, although not radical socialist Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton. During the campaign he promised to govern more like a conservative and promised to nominate strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court. Even if he does not carry through on all of his promises he still will be infinitely better than President Clinton would have been.
Both the Republican and Democrat parties were major losers during this election. They both nominated such abysmal candidates. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson warned about the dangers of a two party system. We should have listened. We the people need to scrap the two major parties. They have a complete stranglehold and the entire political process and both are corrupt to the core. It will be a long difficult process but it is necessary. Unfortunately the Libertarian Party also produced an abysmal nominee this election.
The mainstream media really out did themselves this election when it comes to liberal media bias. They actively became an extension of the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately far too many people rely on them exclusively for their news. That locker room chat video came way too close to being the deciding factor for this election. This problem needs solution before the next presidential election.
We also need to break the liberal stranglehold on higher education. Colleges are training a generation of social justice warriors who believe socialism is superior to free market capitalism. They also believe that the Constitution and our founding principles are garbage because the founding fathers were nothing but while, slave holding racists.
Defeating Hillary Clinton was an emergency stop gap measure to prevent the destruction of our Constitutional Republic. Restoring our Constitutional Republic will take decades of hard work. More on that in future articles.
But out of sight of most media reports, religious concerns also seem to have played an important role in Trump’s win. Whether religious voters were embracing Trump or blocking Clinton, there seems to be a clear political message in the result, which is that people of faith cannot be ignored, disparaged or taken for granted.
Coming on the heels of an administration known for court battles with faith-based businesses, the U.S. bishops and other religious leaders over policies such as the HHS contraception mandate, which includes sterilization procedures and drugs critics regard as abortion-inducing, revelations seen as indicative of team Clinton’s hostility to aspects of evangelical Protestantism and the Catholic faith certainly didn’t help.
Nor did a Catholic on the bottom half of her ticket who took public policy positions at odds with the teaching of his Church on issues including abortion, the death penalty and marriage.
Nor, of course, did leaked emails from her campaign manager discussing using political operatives to change Catholic doctrine from within the Church.
But for my money the thing that made the difference for the non cafeteria Catholic was the third debate and this question
One of the things I’ve seen over the last 30 years are a group of elderly catholics Democrats who cut their teeth on JFK who seemed totally oblivious to the party rejecting faithful Catholics.
Even as the party became more and more hostile to the faith they remained in blissful ignorance, never getting the image out of their head of Democrats as the party of JFK and confident that all the talk by people like me who had left the party over their hostility to my faith were mistaken or misguided.
Then they saw, for the very first time ever in a presidential debate, a question on abortion that actually illustrated the extreme position of the Democrats. When they saw Chris Wallace question Hillary Clinton on late term abortion (2:20), heard Hillary defend it, and then listened as Donald Trump said:
Well I think it’s terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the 9th month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother, just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s Ok and Hillary can say that’s ok but it’s not OK with me.
At that moment the mask was torn off and while that kind of thing wasn’t going to move “cultural” catholic whose faith is a coat that is put on or off depending on their comfort level I suspect that many of those older faithful Catholics, the type of folks that “Catholic” colleges which have no trace of faith on campus but send letters quoting scripture soliciting funds to, finally saw the Democrat party in general and Hillary Clinton in particular, for what they are.
And when they did I suspect many of them in rush belt states decided that a vote for Hillary was a bridge too far.
SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high. Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.
A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.
There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.
My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind. Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.
We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy. Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative. Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win. He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there. Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.
That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.
As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.
Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.
There are thousands–maybe hundreds of thousands–of explanations about why Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last week that you can find online and in print, as well as why the Republicans maintained control of Congress and gained governorships.
Here’s another one, although this discussion confronts one angle, what I call “inevitable leftism.” Barack Obama was the “Hope and Change” candidate for president in 2008; four years later, “Forward” was his rallying cry. Some conservative pundits noticed that “Forward” has a long history as a communist and socialist slogan.
Leftists, Obama is one, firmly believe that their cause is one of inevitable success, that humanity is headed towards–choose your term–a collectivist, socialist, or communist utopia. They view popular leaders such as Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan, as atavistic aberrations, mere potholes that can be paved over when the time is right, sooner, as opposed to later.
Except when they are wrong.
The French Revolution, still idealized by the Left, deposed a king and disestablished the Roman Catholic church, and replaced the Ancien Régime with an atheist republic that executed thousands, which was quickly transformed into a dictatorship led by an Italian. Along the way the days and months were renamed in a new decimal calendar–hours and minutes were divided by ten too, as were weights and measures. A couple of decades later there was a king again in France, the Catholic church was the state religion–but the metric system survived, yet strangely enough, it still hasn’t completely caught on in the United States.
Maximilien Robespierre, the guiding force of the French Revolution, and his inner circle were certain they were guiding the world on the right path. He may have even held on to that belief as he walked up to the guillotine, two years after Louis XVI after made the same, final stroll.
The Russian Revolution’s state, the Soviet Union, was similarly hailed by the Left as a societal inevitably, it also led to regicide, and tens of millions were killed. Because the USSR survived much longer than the French Republic, it succeeded in shattering Russian culture. But the surviving Russian nation is a South American-style sham democracy run by a thug, not a nation consisting of a populace that lives “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
Barack Obama is not a psychopath or a murderer. But he’s a leftist, albeit one along the lines of French President François Hollande. Obama decided that America needs government-run health care in 2009 but he knew that what the Democrats euphemistically call single-payer would be unpopular, so a hybrid program, quickly dubbed ObamaCare, was developed as a bridge to that health care utopia. ObamaCare is deeply unpopular, and it was one reason for Trump’s win. The president-elect says he will repeal most of ObamaCare. The Democrats’ push for gay marriage is another page from the book of Dem inevitability, but only 21 nations allow same-sex marriages, none of them are in Asia, and South Africa is the only country in Africa that allows it.
It was the Democrats who, through their many friends in the judiciary, that created the so-called crisis surrounding the minuscule segment of the population who feel compelled to use the washrooms and the locker rooms–even in high school–of the opposite gender. They view choose-your-own-bathroom as their next social inevitability. The Democrats are the party of the confused horny teenage boy who wants to shower with girls.
Next year France will hold a presidential election. Marine Le Pen, a far-right politician with a fierce anti-immigrant stance, whose election as president last year ago seemed as likely as Trump moving in to the White House was, is confident of her chances. Hollande hasn’t declared himself as a candidate. Is Le Pen, another atavistic aberration, the inevitability of France?
France is ten percent Muslim. With the higher birth rates of its Muslim citizens a majority Muslim France could be possible by the end of the century. Gay marriage has been legal in France since 2013. Will it be in 2113?
The policy of open borders is also viewed as the next level of human achievement by the Left. It has worked well for the European Union, but there’s a big difference between thousands Germans buying homes in Italy and thousands of Middle Eastern migrants arriving in ramshackle boats there. Democrats, and even some Republicans, have been ignoring calls from ordinary citizens, now dubbed “the Forgotten Man,” to secure the southern border for decades. Opposition to open borders was the main reason why British voters voted to leave the EU.
Of course no one can predict the future. Not even leftists, even though they never tire in telling you how smart they are.
In the United States the hubris of inevitability led to the defeat of the Left last week.
I’m typing this at 9:27 PM Tuesday as I have to leave for work in 30 min, as of this moment I think it looks REALLY good for Donald Trump and if he did in fact win (and the lack of CNN projections in key states tells me he will) this is the reason why.
My friend Jim, a 60 something Irishman, asked me to take him to vote. He is a two-time cancer survivor, has problems with his spine, fractured both feet two weeks ago, s waiting for six operations to help him walk properly and is in constant pain. I got to his place at 8:45 AM. It took him an hour to get dressed, a solid 10-12 minutes to hobble on his crutches to my car, over 30 minutes to go into the polling place and vote and another 10 minutes to hobble up the stairs back to his apartment and practically throw himself back onto his bed at 10:45 (after a bank trip too) in incredible pain.
He did so to vote for Donald Trump in Massachusetts a state where the presidential race was not even remotely in doubt.
I have a feeling this kind of thing has been repeated all over the country.
If I’m right and Trump has won this election he owes people like my friend Jim a lot of thanks and also an obligation to deliver for his sake.
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