What difference does it make?
The quote, of course, was in reference to the tragedy of Benghazi.
It is applicable here for the difference the 2016 election made for America.
1.1 Surpass (something) by saying or doing something better….
‘if the fetus is human life, that trumps any argument about the freedom of the mother’
informal (of a person or situation) have a better performance or outcome than expected.
trump something/somebody to beat something that somebody says or does by saying or doing something even better
This email message went viral in 2012, undoubtedly due to the provocative and false headline that it was written by a 21 yr. old female. The actual author was Alfred W. Evans, a 56-year-old resident of Gatesville, Texas, who wrote the letter to the local newspaper hoping to get others incensed about welfare abuse. When the letter unexpectedly was mailed across the country and became a phenomenon, he fessed up to his real identity.
Put me in charge of food stamps no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your ‘home’ will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a ‘government’ job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the ‘common good.’ Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be ‘demeaning’ and ruin their self-esteem,’ consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices….
AND while you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
Isn’t it weird that in AMERICA our flag and our culture offend so many people……
but our benefits don’t?
Along the same lines:
1. America is capitalist and greedy … yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized … yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims … yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government … yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer … yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about, yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it. And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. It makes you wonder who is doing the math.
By the way …
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL MUSLIMS by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL GUN OWNERS by the actions of a few lunatics.
It’s funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering.
2. It seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money… What’s interesting is the first group ‘worked for’ their money, but the second didn’t. [Emphasis added.]
DOES ANYONE DOUBT THAT, HAD HILLARY BEEN ELECTED, THESE PROBLEMS WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE?
In Hillary’s 2016 campaign, she made explicit her plans for religious liberties:
Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. [Emphasis added.]
People whose religious principles forbid such conduct would have been forced to fund abortions and to sanction same sex marriages. If they did not, they would have been subject to civil and criminal penalties, with their churches/synagogues losing their tax exempt status.
Make no mistake about it. Hillary believes in an all powerful government – one which can demand that parents must accept men entering their daughters’ locker rooms.
Thank you, President Trump. You saved the country from Hillary! That alone makes your Administration a success.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwQEqOWDNGA [What difference does it make]
contain reflections on some of Hillary’s misdeeds. They are musical parodies which are both hilarious and frightening. Enjoy the short videos.
TRUMPING THE LEFT
FINALLY – RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION RETURNS!
The mass media did not print this picture
With the appointment of Justice Gorsuch, President Trump gave us back the Supreme Court – if he did nothing else, his presidency is successful!
…Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court…. The Senate ultimately confirmed Gorsuch on a vote of 54–45, even though the GOP was forced to initiate the nuclear option and lowering the vote threshold to overturn a filibuster for Supreme Court nominees due to Democrat obstructionism. … a major achievement for Trump. Notable Supreme Court cases included a ruling that … states could not exclude churches from public aid for secular purposes…President Trump had nominated more judicial nominees by that point in his presidency than Obama and Bush II had done
The President has given the country a chance going forward; his first appointment was excellent and he has nominated other excellent people who are in the pipeline now. His nominees are marked by an “adherence to originalism …defined by interpreting the US Constitution as the Framers would have intended.” When former President Obama entered upon his office, only one of 11 federal appeals courts had a Democratic majority; when when he left nine of them did.
Several Supreme Court cases in 2017 advanced conservative ideals. These cases included a ruling that states could not exclude churches from public aid for secular purposes and affirmed that naturalized citizens could lose their citizenship if they gained it through lying. The Court partially reinstated President Trump’s travel ban.
The Democrats have obstructed at every opportunity,
Insisting on 30 hours of debate for candidates who normally would have been confirmed by voice votes. As of August, 2017, only 4 nominees had been approved.
To give you some idea of the quality of the criticism, consider California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris who tweeted:
Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued legalisms over real lives. I won’t support his nomination.
Imagine – a judge who believes in “legalisms”, who thinks his job is to apply the law! Senator Harris claims that should disqualify him.
Sadly, she is not alone. Democrat Senators Feinstein and Franken revealed their bias when they questioned nominee Gorsuch as to a judge’s duty to fight for the “little guy ” or to prejudge certain issues. A judge’s duty is decide a case based on the Constitution and the pertinent statutes.
An egregious recent example of dishonesty in the nomination process was the American Bar Association [ABA] announcing that nominee Steve Grasz was “not qualified” to be a Federal judge, citing his criticism of abortion and other social issues. The ABA did not did not reveal its own conflict of interest. The ABA has supported those issues for decades. During the course of the interview of the nominee, the ABA committee members made reference to “you people”. When the nominee asked them what that meant, they explained “you people” were “conservatives or Republicans.”
The Left’s tactics are apparent. They hope to delay as many nominations as possible into 2018 they will claim no nominees should be confirmed in an election year. Their reasoning is faulty. That claim has been made in presidential election years, when the president’s appointments to the Court are at issue. That is will not occur until 2020. And, thanks to the earlier votes eliminating the judicial filibuster, a simple majority rules.
LEGISLATORS NOT JUDGES
Rule of thumb
When you read of a judicial decision that seems unreasonable, google the judge. Nine times out of ten, the judge will be an Obama or Clinton appointee. those appointees are there to advance the Left agenda, not to reason to a legal decision.
The Democrat appointees to the US Supreme Court operate the same way. Where the GOP appointees occasionally differ from one another on conservative issues, not so the Democrats if a liberal agenda issue is involved. They vote as a bloc. They really need not show up for the argument; the outcome is foreordained. To prevail, the Republicans must secure five out of five, emphasizing the importance of the President’s future appointments.
A STRONG AMERICA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY
In the Trump years, we will not see this
In a stunning display of chutzpah, the Obama Administration claimed:
President Obama laid a stronger foundation for American leadership in the world.
President Trump has turned this around dramatically. From the first moments of his presidency on Inauguration Day, he unapologeticaly declared his policy of America First.
And he has carried through.
President Trump refused to play Obama’s politically correct game. He accurately and forcefully described the threat facing the United States as ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’
That set the stage for the selection of the right person to lead the fight. President Trump chose wisely – to head the Defense Department General James N. Mattis.
Mattis has long been recognized as both a strategic thinker with an encyclopedic knowledge of history, and an incredible leader.
It is hard to imagine a better advisor for the President as he interrelates with foreign nations.
The General also has a penchant for the quotable:
I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.
The most important 6 inches on the battlefield is between your ears.
With the General in place, a myriad of actions to make America strong again followed.
The Middle East
The mess inherited from the Obama years
Recall what President Trump inherited. Iraq had been made stable. Obama himself said so, calling it ‘sovereign, stable and self-reliant’.
Biden claimed Iraq as one of the Obama’s administration’s ‘greatest achievements.‘ How’s that for hijacking a Bush accomplishment?
So what did they do? Obama ordered the complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops in December 2011 and turned Iraq into turmoil. I
And in Libya, Hillary Clinton bragged of the 2011 airstrikes with the eventual death of Gadhafi:
‘We came, we saw, he died.’
But destroying Gadhafi’s forces from the air and then abandoning Libya to terrorists and criminals created an Islamic recruiting ground. Among the results was the tragedy of Benghazi where 4 American heroes lost their lives as Hillary did nothing but plan a cover up.
Trump began his interactions with the countries of the Middle East.
It did not take long for Syria to test President Trump. His response:
April 6, 2017– After the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its people, President Trump ordered a one-time airstrike against a Syrian air base, firing 60 cruise missiles at it. The U.S. destroyed about 20 Syrian jet planes and caused extremely heavy damage on the base. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated the attacks destroyed 20% of Syria’s operational aircraft. As even the New York Times reported, Trump’s action was a show of U.S. strength, and it was in stark contrast to Obama, as Trump used surprise and speed in the attacks.
World leaders supported the strong action. This was the first direct military action the U.S. took against the Assad regime.
On April 23, 2017, sanctions were imposed on 270 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which supported the nation’s chemical weapons program.
On June 18, 2017, the United States shot down a Syrian aircraft for the first time, and in response to Russia’s warnings, stated that it would do whatever in its national and military interests.
BAGHDAD – Hundreds of ISIS fighters had just been chased out of a northern Syrian city and were fleeing through the desert in long convoys, presenting an easy target to U.S. A-10 “warthogs.” But the orders to bomb the black-clad jihadists never came, and the terrorists melted into their caliphate — living to fight another day.
The events came in August 2016, even as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was vowing on the campaign trail to let generals in his administration crush the organization that, under President Obama, had grown from the “jayvee team” to the world’s most feared terrorist organization.
Trump, “We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism.”
Just over a year later, the promise has been kept: ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria. President Trump scrapped Obama’s rules of engagement; battlefield decisions would be made by generals on the ground not bureaucrats in Washington.
At its peak, ISIS held land in Iraq and Syria that equaled the size of West Virginia, ruled over as many as 8 million people, controlled oilfields and refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes and vast arsenals. It now controls just 3 percent of Iraq and less than 5 percent of Syria. ISIS is still a threat. President Trump gave a free hand to Mattis, who in May stressed military commanders were no longer being slowed by Washington “decision cycles,” or by the White House micromanaging that existed President Obama. The success is ignored by the mass media but Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, acknowledges: “I was not optimistic when Trump first came to the office, “But after a while… I saw how the coalition forces were all moving faster to help the Iraq side more than before…. under Obama we did not get this….”
Saudi Arabia was the first country Trump visited abroad as U.S. President. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomed Trump at the tarmac… [BTW, the President did not bow to the Saudi king nor embark on an ‘apology tour’].
Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, with another $350 billion of arms for the following 10 years. American and Saudi businesses signed similar agreements on the same day, with billions of dollars to be invested in the U.S.
The President addressed 50 Islamic world leaders challenging them to fight Islamic terror, speaking about “good vs. evil,” rather than preaching democracy and human rights.
He negotiated the release of US citizens held captive in Egypt.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreed to donate $100 million to a women entrepreneurs fund.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia strengthened counterterrorism ties by enacting joint sanctions on two “global terrorists,” and Saudi Arabia opened a center to combat Islamic terrorism. Several Arab nations cut ties with Qatar due to its support of Islamic terrorism.
Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia was followed by Arab nations acting to shut down Qatar’s support of terrorism.
In an attempt to solve a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and several other Persian Gulf nations, the U.S. and Qatar signed an agreement for Qatar to increase its counterterrorism measures and to end funding for terrorist groups.
In addition to the United Nations actions described above, the UNITED STATES took other actions. After Iran tested a ballistic missile in apparent violation of a UN Security Council resolution, the Trump Administration instituted unilateral economic sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and 12 companies. It imposed additional sanctions on an Iranian national, an Iranian company, a Chinese national, and three Chinese companies dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.
In October, the Trump Administration announced a tougher comprehensive strategy against Iran, with the Treasury Department enacting terrorism-related sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The President’s trip to Israel, during which he visited the Western Wall, repaired the US/Israel relationship, shattered by Obama.
President Trump made good on the unfulfilled promises of past US presidents by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
November, 2017, President Trump traveled to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. He emphasized his America First philosophy during and after this trip.
ACTIONS TAKEN VIS a VIS ASIAN NATIONS
President Trump stated that he did not blame China for understandably taking advantage of the U.S. in helping create America’s massive trade deficit with China, as U.S. leaders should not have allowed themselves to have been taken advantage of in the first place.
China announced it would reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea to two million barrels per year. Crude oil is the driver of North Korea’s nuclear program. U.S. sanctions have helped to disrupt 90 percent of North Korean trade and 30 percent of oil imports.
Ambassaror Haley noted that North Korea came to the negotiating table shortly after China briefly cut off oil shipments in 2003. “We need China to do more…That would be a pivotal step in the world’s effort to stop this international pariah.”
Recently, China released three UCLA basketball players from custody for alleged shoplifting at the request of President Trump.
Through sanctions we have cut off 90 percent of North Korean trade and 30 percent of its oil. But the crude oil remains. The major supplier of that oil is China….We are once again at a time of reckoning…North Korea’s behavior has become more intolerable.”
The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war… If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday. …And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
President Trump signed an executive order giving the Treasury Department additional authority to sanction entities doing business and “significant trade” with North Korea, including foreign banks.
In Japan, President Trump voiced support for tough, America First trade policies and criticized the previous administration’s policy. [Just so you know, when meeting Japan’s emperor, President Trump did not bow.]
President Trump spoke at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] summit being held there. He voiced strong support for tough America First trade policies as well as for national sovereignty in general, and he criticized unfair trade practices, previous U.S. trade policy…
President Trump set about remedying an unfair situation: other NATO nations not paying their fair share, leaving the lion’s share to the United States. He bluntly said so.
He got results.
In late-June 2017, it was reported that Europe’s NATO countries would increase their defense spending at the fastest pace in three years
The President also asserted the United States interests in refusing to yield control over America’s interests to other nations. He withdrew the US from Paris Accord on Climate Control.
and withdrew the US from the Transpacific Partnership Trade Deal
Both the Paris Accord and the TPT were Obama dictates. There was no congressional ratification and both undermined US sovereignty.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris…our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty”
At the 2017 G7 conference, President Trump correctly focused on terrorism not climate change, as the other European leaders wished.
Significantly, President Trump wore an American flag pin, the only world leader not to wear the G20 pin which had globalist symbolism.
Central and Eastern Europe
Trump attended the Three Seas Initiative, an alliance of 12 nations in Central and Eastern Europe, and promoted the U.S. as an energy export.
Poland was the first European nation to receive an official visit by President Trump – a sign of support for its conservative and Euroskeptic government. Trump met with Polish President Andrzej Duda: “We’ve never been closer to Poland than we are right now.”
In front of 15,000 supporters at the Warsaw Uprising Monument, Trump praised Western values: “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
He affirmed American NATO duties and military support for Poland, and criticized government bureaucracy and regulations: “The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies….we put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives…the people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out ‘We want God’”
Trump met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The United States and Ukraine agreed to have the U.S. export coal to Uraine, so the latter could gain energy independence from Russia.
President Trump was not cowed by Putin.
In April, the Trump Administration announced the implementation of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which blacklisted certain Russian citizens and refused to issue waivers to any companies which wanted to do business with Russia, which was under economic sanctions, including ExxonMobil, which had applied for a waiver.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and entities involved in the conflict with Ukraine.
In July, Trump met with Putin and the US and Russia announced a ceasefire in Syria’s war.
CONCLUSION OF EUROPEAN TRIP
President Trump, rather than hold a press conference, spoke to our troops!
CHECKING THE UNITED NATIONS
For decades, the United States has spent billions supporting the United Nations, without which the UN would not exist. In return, the UN has treated the US with contempt.
Ramirez sums it up.
The Trump Administration made clear that it there would be a new approach to the UN. He criticized letting governments that commit human rights abuses sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the UN, criticizing the institution, citing specifics. The Trump Administration announced the U.S. would withdraw from UNESCO because of its anti-Israel bias.
President Trump, as with General Mattis, commendably selected the best person for the job, even though she had been critical of him during the campaign – Nikki Haley to be UN Ambassador. She quickly established that she would contest that group’s unfairness, as no other ambassador since Jeanne Kirkpatrick has done.
The President set the tone
I have never taken kindly to bullies and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time and we are not going to let that happen anymore.
And Ambassador Haley affirmed it.
After the election, before President Trump took office, in a stunning betrayal, Obama and Kerry, abstained from a vote on a UN resolution condemning Israel.
On January 5, 2017, the U.S. House passed a motion condemning Obama’s allowing a leftist anti-Israel resolution to pass in the UN. President Trump voiced his strong support for Israel during his transition.
On April 27, 2017, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres demanding an end to the anti-Israel bias in the UN. The letter was ignored.
Ambassador Haley has spoken out with candor with impressive results.
… Haley described the U.N.’s animus toward Israel as ‘ridiculous’ and confirmed that ‘the days of Israel-bashing are over,’ …’you’re not going to take our No. 1 democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them. …she got the U.N. to refrain from placing a former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority into a top-level position: ‘What it means is, until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table, until the U.N. responds the way they’re supposed to, there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority anymore.’ She also demanded that the U.N. withdraw a report from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia that labeled Israel an apartheid state — and withdraw it they did: … ‘the Falk Report, …compares Israel to an apartheid state. .. absolutely ridiculous. … The secretary general … And then the director has now resigned.’ . She also expressed a commitment to reverse the Obama-era trend of playing softball with Iran and Russia in the Middle East: … While she cannot reverse it now, Haley did criticize the Obama administration’s abstention allowing Resolution 2334 to pass. … its adoption ‘showed the United States at its weakest point ever.. .in the U.N.’ … renewed American leadership … ‘Leading is saying and doing things when it’s not comfortable.’ …reassertion of U.S. leadership in the U.N. is a welcome change from the Obama administration. [Emphasis added.]
Prior Presidents have given lip service to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The Trump Administration acted!
WITHDRAWING FROM UN PROGRAMS
The United Nations’ New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was recognized by the Obama administration last year. It sought to impose guidelines on the acceptance of various ”migrants’ and ‘refugees’ by member nations.
Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter the country.
Refreshing is it not ? The UN was told in no uncertain terms the new management was not going to be bound by agreements entered into by the Obama administration which carry the force of treaties but are not approved by Congress.
The Trump administration has pulled the United States out of several international agreements reached under President Barack Obama, including the Paris climate accord and UNESCO.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley cheered cuts to the UN’s peacekeeping budget Wednesday, adding “Just 5 months into our time here, we’ve cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only getting started.” [Emphasis added.]
The United Nations General Asssembly voted 191 to 2 condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba.
The Nikki Haley spoke out [no surprise]:
[This]… annual debate is ‘political theater’ and a waste of time meant ‘to deflect attention from the regime that is actually responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people. Let’s be honest about what we really see going on here,…This assembly does not have the power to end the US embargo. It is based in US law, which only the United States Congress can change.’ Noting that Washington under then-President Barack Obama abstained on last year’s vote, she explained, ‘To those who are confused as to where the United States stands, let me be clear: As is their right under our Constitution, the American people have spoken.That is, they have chosen a new president, and he has chosen a new ambassador to the United Nations. [Emphasis added.]
There will be no relaxation of the Embargo as long as the proceeds from trade with Cuba go to prop up the dictatorial regime responsible for denying human rights.
What a wonderful change from Obama days!
Humberto Fontana, a Cuban-American author and commentator, exposes Castro’s atrocities which are “overlooked” by the Left. He added this comment:
Ritually only Israel votes with us during this charade—and last year Obama instructed his UN ambassador to ‘abstain’ (a polite way of joining in the condemnation) from voting…. On orders of the former president of the United States Barack Obama, the United States (essentially) voted against itself at the UN! … [The] U.S. refusal to let its taxpayers be burglarized by the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate is better known as “The Cuba Embargo.‘ [Emphasis added.]
Ambassador Haley’s courage in expressing her convictions is inspiring. Equally impressive is President Trump’s ability to listen to differing opinions from his advisers and make his own decision and, in doing so, to take the advice of someone who had been critical of him. That is an action of a good leader.
From published reports, it was Haley who paved the way for decertification of compliance under the Iran agreeement.
Other Cabinet members urged caution. Trump had grudgingly declared Tehran in compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal earlier in the month, at the urging of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Trump hated the deal. But the two men pushed him to certify it, arguing in part that he lacked a strong case for declaring Iran in violation….Haley, in that July meeting, which also included national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Vice President Mike Pence, asked the president to let her make the case for decertification. …Haley flew to the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Association, where she pressed officials about Iranian compliance with the deal…
[Afterwards she spoke] airing her ‘doubts and concerns’ about the agreement. [Emphasis added.]
OTHER ACTIONS WITH THE UN
Haley revealed during a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York City that President Donald Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday morning to tell him the time has come for China to cut off crude oil supplies to North Korea.’We now turn to President Xi to also take that stand. We believe he has an opportunity to do the right thing for the benefit of all countries.’ ….China announced in September it would reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea to 2 million barrels per year. …’We need China to do more…’ That would be a pivotal step in the world’s effort to stop this international pariah.’ [Emphasis added.]
September -The United States successfully and unanimously passed another UN Security Council resolution that established new sanctions against North Korea.
In sum, it is quite an improvement to have a strong and consistent policy after two terms of Obama’s shifting red lines and vacillations.
AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Ramirez on the money.
TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO LAW BREAKERS
We give BILLIONS of US citizens’ tax dollars to pay to people we know are breaking the law! Is that not NUTS? And we allow lawbreakers to jump the queue of all those people waiting to enter legally? I heard one talking head actually use the words “law-abiding illegals” – with no recognition that his utterance was oxymoronic [and moronic.]. [Emphasis added.]
Would we not love to hear a State of the Union address where the President says:
All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace …
We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it. [Emphasis added.]
Guess what? We already have heard these words. Bill Clinton said them in his 1995 State of the Union address!
Think about that. In 1995, the Left regarded those words as desirable policy; two decades later, they label them “radical,” “racist,” “xenophobic!”
ENFORCING OUR BORDERS
A nation that does not enforce its borders is not a nation. Common sense dictates that a country does not give benefits to illegal immigrants. We can learn from Mexico.
The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset ‘the equilibrium of the national demographics.’ If outsiders do not enhance the country’s ‘economic or national interests or are not found to be physically or mentally healthy,’ they are not welcome. … ‘They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories.’ Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care…Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. … Illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. …. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. [Emphasis added.]
Contrast that with United States policy under President Obama and the Holder/Lynch Department of Justice.
Across the U.S., there are over 300 cities, counties, and states that are considered ‘sanctuary cities’. These jurisdictions protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with ICE detainers or otherwise impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents….these policies have resulted in the release of more than 10,000 criminal aliens that ICE was trying to deport, allowing these offenders to remain in the community and commit more crimes. [Emphasis added.]
The most notorious example is the murder of Kate Steinle. This month a San Francisco jury refused to find her killer guilty of murder.
Ramirez always seems to get it.
The Obama administration promoted other policies protecting illegal immigrants from the law. These included Catch and Release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)Advising Illegals On Avoiding Arrest, Encouraging more illegals and more benefits for them, family-reunification-refugee-program with ‘free’ transportation from Central American countries with resettlement assistance and permanent residency,
Sanctuary means that the cities and states will not enforce our laws but will shield illgals from prosecution and deportation. Why – only one guess is needed? Because the Left will turn the illegals into votes.
Glen McCoy’s classic:
THE PRESIDENT’S EFFORTS
The Left has fought him tooth and nail but he has reversed Obama policies encouraging illegal immigrants.
Bids for the border wall are underway. While the wall has not yet been built, the President’s actions and words have led to a dramatic decrease of illegals.
Defunding sanctuary cities has begun.
Kate’s Law [increases penalties for illegal immigrants who illegally crossed our border after already being deported] and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act – The House has passed these two common sense bills despite the opposition of most democrats.
Recouping federal monies used by sanctuary cities.
Targeting of MS-13 gangs
Under “chain migration,” new immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to bring an unlimited number of poorly-screened foreign relatives with them, creating a never-ending flow of immigration from some terror-ridden countries.
Other actions include Deporting violent illegal immigrants, Creating an office for illegal immigrant crime victims, and Efforts to end DAPA program
VOTER FRAUD PREVENTION
The Left continue to deny that there is substantial voter fraud. No evidence supports their claim. Overwhelming evidence refutes it.
Voter identification laws
Perhaps the most vicious lie was Bill Clinton’s repeated assertion that that Voter ID laws are racist. The claim was and is made that that the poor and minorities do not have IDs. But the Voter ID laws provide a simple way for anyone to obtain one from the local governments without charge. The elites, combining arrogance with ignorance, reject that as beyond the capabilities of those voters.
Cal Thomas noted:
“…poor and minority people are so inept that they can’t apply for an identification card? If that is their position, how are they able to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program) benefits, which require a photo ID? Why is voting the one category in which you don’t have to prove your citizenship and legal residence?… Ashe Schow of The Washington Examiner compiled a list of 24 things that require a photo ID. You must have a photo ID if you are 25 or under and wish to purchase alcohol or cigarettes. Store signs say so. Want to open a bank account? Photo ID required. Here are the rest of the categories: applying for welfare, Medicaid and Social Security (presumably poor people take advantage of one or more of these programs); unemployment benefits (ditto); rent/buy a house, or apply for a mortgage; drive/buy/rent a car; get on an airplane; get married; buy a gun; adopt a pet; rent a hotel room; apply for a hunting or fishing license; buy a cellphone; visit a casino; pick up a prescription (or buy restricted over-the-counter medications); donate blood; apply for a license to hold a demonstration; buy an “M”-rated video game; purchase nail polish at CVS.
Again, why is voting placed in a separate category? Why are liberal groups determined to repeal laws requiring proof of citizenship and residence? The answer is found in a definition of the word fraud: ‘deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.’ [Emphasis dded.]
One picture is worth a thousand words: here is Nelson Mandela advocating voter ID.
South Africa, under a constitution signed by Mandela in 1996, has a rigorous election integrity system. Voters are required to have valid government-issued IDs to register to vote and then cast a ballot. [Emphasis added.]
There is only one reason not to require voter ID – it makes fraudulent voting more difficult.
NUMEROUS WAYS TO COMMIT VOTER FRAUD
This Link summarizes the multitude of fraudulent practices.
Remember the old joke: My dad lived in Chicago his whole life and voted Republican until the day he died. Since then, he‘s always voted Democrat.
It is no joke – dead people are on the voting rolls.
Felons are not eligible to vote, yet they vote in the thousands. That was one of the frauds that elected Al Franken in 2008 and thus gave the 60th vote to Obamacare. Think on that – without the fraud, there would be no Obamacare and all of its attendant problems.
The day after the November election, Republican Senator Norm Coleman had won his re-election to the U.S. Senate, beating challenger Al Franken by 725 votes. Then one heavily Democratic town miraculously discovered 100 missing ballots. In another marvel, they were all for Al Franken! It was like a completely evil version of a Christmas miracle. As strange as it was that all 100 post-election, “discovered” ballots would be for one candidate, it was even stranger that the official time stamp for the miracle ballots printed out by the voting machine on the miracle ballots showed that the votes had been cast on Nov. 2 — two days before the election. Democratic election officials in the miracle-ballot county simply announced that the date stamp on their voting machine must have been broken. Don’t worry about it — they were sure those 100 votes for Franken were legit. Next, another 400-odd statistically improbable ‘corrections’ were made in other Democratic strongholds until — by the end of election week — Coleman’s lead had been whittled down to a mere 215 votes. Since then, highly irregular counting methods have added to Franken’s total bit by bit, to the point that Coleman is now ahead by only 188 votes. [Emphasis added.]
They kept recounting until Franken came out ahead by 325 votes, including votes from 1700 felons.
Should you have a doubt that the overwhelming majority of felons vote Democrat, this link should eliminate that doubt. Loretta Lynch, Obama’s Attorney General, wants all felons to vote in all states!
Then there are votes cast by non citizens. Democrat states have facilitated this fraud, issuing drivers licences to illegal immigrants which are used to obtain ballots. Again, the overwhelming majority of those votes will go Democrat.
Courtesy of A. F. Branco of Legal Insurrection
The Obama administration weighed in on the side of illegal voters once again.
Several well-funded organizations … are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them.
Want more? It used to be that one had to vote in person and absentee ballots were allowed only on an affidavit showing good cause. Now the absentee ballots are available for anyone to use.
Fictitious voter registrations – SOP for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now [ACORN]. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/10/what-is-acorn
There is a claim:
In Broward County, Florida, which has the highest number of Democratic voters in the state, there are thousands of people over the age of 100 on its roll, and some as old as 130. [Emphasis added.]
Early voting. People can now vote before election day, often as much as month earlier. That allows organizations to pressure people to cast their vote without being fully informed. Often, material facts come to light in the closing days. The early vote does not promote an informed electorate.
Electronic voting, the process lends itself to manipulation. In many states, the electronic voting is in the care of the Service Employee International Union [SEIU] which gives millions of dollars to Democrats. The machines have been been found to turn votes pressed for a Republican ticket into votes for Democrats. It factored in Harry Reid’s eleventh hour turn-around in the 2014 senate election.
What raises a cloud of suspicion over Harry Reid’s victory by nearly six percentage points is that he actually had been the underdog. Four separate Rasmussen polls prior to the election had Angle ahead. Two weeks before the big day, she was up 50% to 47%. A week later, she’d extended her lead to 49%-45%. In other words, the pendulum had swung in Reid’s favor by at least 10 points in the final week. That’s a rather odd turn of events amid a Republican landslide. [Emphasis added.]
In sum, fraud is rampant and the Left is glad for it.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMISSION
Early on in his administration, President Trump took steps to expose the fraud and return integrity to the election process.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PEIC or PACEI), also called the Voter Fraud Commission, is a temporary commission established in May 2017 by United States President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13799, to review claims of voter fraud, improper registration, and voter suppression. [Emphasis added.]
The reaction of the Left to the Commission was like that of Dracula to daylight. The Heritage Foundation pointed out:
…almost all of the media stories …repeated the progressive left’s mantra that the Commission is a ‘sham.’
Almost no one covered the substantive … testimony of 10 expert witnesses on the problems that exist in our voter registration and election system….
[the Commission] included academics, election lawyers, state election officials, data analysts, software experts, and computer scientists…
the provisions of the National Voter Registration Act that require states to maintain the accuracy of their voter lists….a ‘pervasive failure by state and county officials’ to comply with the Act…the under-enforcement of state laws against voter fraud…difficult and expensive it was to get voter data from many states—data that is supposed to be freely available to the public. [Emphasis added.]
Twenty-six Secretaries of State have refused to cooperate.
The mess can be remedied with the following steps, most of which are required for voting in Mexico.
1. Adopt the tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram;
2. Set election for Saturday or Sunday to convenience most working voters;
3. Require the vote to be cast in the voter’s precinct;
4. Ban early voting;
5. Allow absentee voting only on affidavit demonstrating good cause;
6. Count all ballots by hand.;
As to counting the ballots by hand, fraud investigator Richard Hayes Phillips put it this way:
In my judgment, the solution is this: paper ballots, counted by hand, in full public view, at the polling place, on Election Night, no matter how long it takes. [Emphasis added.]
Implement e-Verify nationwide.
E-Verify is the only free, fast, online service of its kind that verifies employees’ data against millions of government records and provides results within as little as three to five seconds.
All these are doable if we bring pressure on the politicians to remove the unconstitutional 60 vote filibuster on legislative measures, as was done for judicial appointments.
In Obama’s eight years, economic growth averaged less than 2% a year, closing at 1.9%!
These are the people who, in ten years after they took control in 2007, doubled the debt.
In Trump’s America, economic growth is already over 3%!
In less than a year into the Trump Administration, consumer confidence is highest since 2000;
the Stock Market is at the highest in its history; unemployment is lowest since May 2007; more than 600,000 jobs have been created; manufacturing is in highest surge in 3 years; mortgage applications for new homes have risen to a 7 year high; $89 Billion has been saved in regulation rollbacks; and $78 Billion has been promised in re-investment from major businesses as Exxon, Bayer, Apple, Soft Bank, and Toyota.
And President Trump has signed an Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth
NO MORE BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACHING with EXCESSIVE REGULATION
Courtesy of A. F. Branco of Legal Insurrection
The federal bureaucracies burden the economy in two ways: taxes exacted to fund their ever increasing payrolls and expansive and expensive regulations curbing private enterprise. The risk that regulators pose to business is up 79% from 2010—a heavy burden for industry.
“Midnight regulations” refer to new administrative rules enacted after Election Day.
The Obama administration introduced a last-minute barrage of costly environmental regulations, adding to the more than 600 major regulations, those costing more than $600 million each.
So much for Obama’s promise of cooperation for a “smooth transition” – that goes the way of “shovel ready jobs” and “you can keep your plan, your doctor.”
The House passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act, to allow multiple regulations to be considered together so as to expedite the process of undoing Obama’s burdensome regulations.
Remove 2 regulations for every new one
Trump exceeded his campaign promise and has removed many more than two times the new. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/01/trumps-regulation-eo/
Obama’s misuse for partisan purposes
Trump dismantled Obama’s profligate use of presidential powers for partisan purposes.
Trump from day one
He set to work immediately on taking office. On his first day in office, he ordered a regulatory freeze on all federal governmental agencies. By July 2017, the Trump Administration had withdrawn or effectively killed 860 proposed Obama era regulations, including 179 that were on a secret list of proposed regulations by Obama, a rate of killed regulations of sixteen [16!] to or every new one. The President’s actions to have saved $3.7 billion in regulatory costs and up to $36.2 billion in compliance costs.
In February, President Trump announced that he did not plan on filling numerous government positions he considered unnecessary. According to one source, about 2,000 positions were vacant.,
The sites below provide full details.,
Here are certain important areas on which President Trump focused.
January, 2017 Trump signed two orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which Obama halted due to supposed environmental concerns. In March, the Keystone XL Pipelines was approved and the Dakota Access Pipeline went into service by June.
In addition, Trump signed three other orders, one requiring the United States Secretary of Commerce make a plan within six months mandating all new or improved pipelines be made with American steel, another order requiring every federal agency to streamline manufacturing regulations, and the third allowing fast-track approval for important infrastructure projects.
Trump’s White House 2017 payroll was $5.1 million lower than the Obama’s 2015 payroll, employed 110 fewer employees than Obama, and did not employ any policy “czars.” Melania Trump employed four people in 2017 with a combined annual salary of $486,700, compared to Michelle Obama’s 16 employees [her press secretary stated in 2009 that she actually employed a record-breaking 24 people] and a combined annual salary of $1.24 million in 2009.
The Environmental Protection Agency ended a $1 million program where it gave gym memberships to its employees, ending the program due to an abuse of taxpayer money.
Red tape regulations
Executive orders to loosen federal regulations for job-training programs to encourage apprenticeships and vocational learning; order facilitating legal immigration of STEM students here on visas to obtain advanced degrees from our universities. [STEM is a curriculum in 4 specific disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics]; disbanded the federal labor-management council, which was created by President Obama, as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars; directed Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to look at the U.S. tax code and recommend the removal of unnecessary regulations and directed him to conduct a review of portions of the Dodd-Frank law; facilitated the removal of Federal employees.
The Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era directive that had allowed states to request a waiver to ignore work requirements for the poor in order to receive welfare; President Trump repealed an Obama-era regulation, permitting the states to expand drug testing for unemployment benefit applicants. Another order expanded access to plans that reach across state lines and which do not have to comply with ObamaCare rules. The Trump Administration stopped paying Obamacare subsidies, which were ruled unconstitutional.
Veterans and Police
High priority for President Trump was support for and protection of Veterans and Police.
These sites are replete with orders to those ends, including priority in the hiring of veterans in law enforcement and providing survivor benefits to family members of public safety officers are killed in the line of duty; preference for federal grants to “federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans“.
Measures for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act allowed easier process for firing, suspending, and demoting employees and ending bonuses to convicted employees; provided $1.8 billion for medical facilities and a hiring program; expanded GI benefits with additional payments for science, engineering, and technology courses at universities; permitted veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system; facilitated appeals of disability benefit claims. The unemployment rate of U.S. military veterans in October 2017 had fallen to a record low of 2.7%. Orders were issued allowing the Veterans Administration to terminate bad employees and allow private healthcare choices for veterans. President Trump donated salary to to veterans’ causes.
Measures for Police
President Trump targeted violence directed at police, ordered reduction of backlog for families of fallen police officers waiting to receive benefits; Reversed: Obama’s agreements with local police departments with a view to give back local control to police departments; Obama and Eric Holder’s policy of pursuing light sentences for criminals and ordered prosecution of “the most serious and readily provable offense”; the Obama-era practice of issuing “guidance memos” to enact new regulations and effectively change existing federal laws; a ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments “We will not put superficial concerns above public safety”; a DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services program, from reforming police departments to helping departments fight violent crime.
Expanded ability for state and local law enforcement departments to seize property using federal law; cracked down on illegal leaks of classified information.
The Department of Health and Human Services rolled back the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate which required employers to provide birth control and sterilization procedures to employees even if the employers disagreed with the services for religious and moral reasons.; The Department of Agriculture issued a guidance ensuring that Christians who opposed homosexual “marriage” would not be discriminated against for their beliefs; discontinued Obama’s transgender policies; The Department of Justice dropped Obama’s discrimination lawsuit against North Carolina for its “bathroom bill”; began undoing Section 1557 of ObamaCare, which would have helped liberals gain transexual “rights” through the courts; did not proclaim June LGBT Pride Month[Obama and Clinton had]; the DOJ reversed an Obama-era policy interpreting the scope of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to extend to “gender identity.”
President Trump repealed several Obama-era environmental regulations unfavorable to coal and ordered an immediate review of Obama’s Clean Power Plan; created American energy jobs, stimulating domestic energy production, to bring American energy independence by giving authority back to the states. ordered a speed up of environmental reviews for infrastructure project approvals.
The coal industry experienced a rebound at the beginning of Trump’s presidency, after “the historic lows reached during the Obama era. U.S. coal exports rose about 60% in the first part of 2017 and production and profits also increased for coal and for all fossil fuels. The American Petroleum Institute reported a 62% increase in the number of drilled and completed oil and natural gas wells in the second quarter of 2017.
President Trump sent a surprise video message for the opening of a new coal mine: “I want you to know each and every day, I’m fighting for you and all the forgotten men and women of America.”
Use of Federal lands
Repeal Obama’s ban of offshore drilling; opened up more land in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska to energy production; did not renew the charter for the federal advisory panel for climate change, ordered expanded access for hunters and fishers to lands maintained by the Interior Department
President Trump actually referred to “radical Islam terrorism” and wished people “Merry Christmas”; he opposed taking down statues of historic figures and donated to restore the Antietam National Battlefield; pardoned 85 year old Sheriff Joe..
A classic Bogart film is Key Largo, with an all-star case including Lionel Barrymore as James Temple, owner of a small hotel, Lauren Bacall as his daughter, Bogart as Frank McCloud, a WWII veteran visiting the Temples, father and widow of a comrade who died in battle. Edward G. Robinson is Johnny Rocco, a mobster who, with a number of hoods invades the hotel, holding all captive while he plans to escape to Cuba.
Temple is trying to understand what drives Rocco. This dialog occurs:
Frank McCloud: He wants more, don’t you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Yeah. That’s it. More. That’s right! I want more!
James Temple: Will you ever get enough?
Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won’t.
That last line pretty much sums up the attitude of most of our politicians.
The United States has collected more tax revenues that at any time in our history.
And still it is not enough.
Politicians conveniently forget: There is no such thing as Government money. It is our money.
Government can only ‘give’ what it has taken from taxpayers. ‘Take’ is what Government does through the IRS Tax Code. Want to check that out? Good luck. It runs 74,608 pages!
Much of what follows is taken from plans suggested by Donald Trump during the campaign.
Lower Tax Rates
Taxes must be reduced. Two iconic presidents, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, both recognized the paradoxical truth that cutting taxes raises revenue. Lower taxes spur economic growth and result in more tax revenue.
No income tax for single people who earn less than $25,000, or married couples who jointly earn less than $50,000, collapse the income tax code from seven brackets to four,taxpayers will pay 0 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent in taxes; business and corporate taxes will be lowered with no business of any size paying more than 15 percent of its income on taxes; death tax will be eliminated;certain deductions and loopholes reduced or eliminated, a one-time 10 percent tax imposed on the profits of American corporations earned abroad,to motivate companies to bring business and jobs back home.
No alternative minimum tax;mortgage and charity deductions to remain.
Analyses predict GDP growth from the corporate income tax reductions and reforms in an amount substantially higher than we have been experiencing – 4 to 6% rather than the approximate 1.5% seen over the last 8 years.
Ramirez always on point
CURB INSIDER DEALING
For years, we have heard lamentations from both the Left and conservatives, depending on whose ox is being gored, about the unhealthy situation where government officials, turned out by an election, wind up as lobbyists approaching their former colleagues on behalf of special interests. We heard talk, but nothing changed.
Until President Trump imposed a Five Year Ban On Lobbying The Government By Former White House Officials and a Lifetime Ban On Lobbying For Foreign Governments By Former White House Officials
The Trump administration sponsored a bill prohibiting government officials from entering into or enforcing a settlement agreement resolving a civil action on behalf of the United States that provides for a payment to any person or entity other than the United States. The bill provides exceptions to allow payments that remedy actual harm or that constitute payment for services rendered. in connection with the case.
PRO LIFE ACTIONS
In keeping his campaign promises, President Trump made clear his support of life and his opposition to abortion. He endorsed the annual March for Life March in Washington D.C. Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the event and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway spoke as well.
The President recognized the disgraceful treatment at the Supreme Court hearings on Judge Robert Bork, the most respected constitutional scholar of all the possible nominees at the time. The Left defeated Judge Bork 58-42 after an unprecedented campaign of slander, resulting in “the verb ‘bork’ to enter our lexicon as a synonym for calumniate.’” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/336096/judge-robert-h-bork-rip-editors
The Left realized that is was easier by far to use the courts to accomplish their agenda rather than try to persuade legislators to vote for it. At the heart of that agenda,was the promotion of abortion.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACTIONS followed his words.
President Trump rescinded the Obama anti pro-life mandate that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood; and he signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which defunded International Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote foreign abortions. He expanded the policy to include all global health assistance funding, reducing the amount of money previously given from nearly $9 billion to $600,000.
United States stopped the millions going to the United Nations Population Fund with its links to abortion programs including brutal China’s one-child policy. The $32.5 million was shifted to the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Department of Health and Human Services.
The President appointed pro life people to key positions:
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, a former president of Americans United for Life, to assistant secretary of public affairs replacing a Planned Parenthood supporter;
Shannon Royce, who formerly served in the Family Research Council and the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships;
Teresa Manning, who worked for the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life, to HHS deputy assistant secretary for population affairs.
Congressional Review bill annulling an Obama Administration regulation that would have prohibited states from discriminating in awarding Title X family planning funds based on whether the local clinic also performs abortions (some states adopted rules which distribute federal family planning funds on the condition that the organizations do not perform abortions). It was “the first major national pro-life bill in more than a decade.”
Trump’s Department of Justice
After California prosecuted David Daleiden, not Planned Parenthood, for exposing abortion atrocities, the Department of Justice got it right.
UP AGAINST MEDIA BIAS
What has changed most in my lifetime is the radicalization of the mass media. In the Fifties, we knew the Washington Post was liberal, the Chicago Tribune was conservative, and the New York Times was right down the middle. Nowadays, all three of those sources are ‘liberal” but not in the sense of the word as used in the Fifties. No, ‘radical’ is what they would have been termed then. It has intensified to crazed proportions since Trump’s unexpected triumph in 2016.
But bias has been present for decades. Take a look at this picture,
The map of the United States represents the results of Ronald Reagan’s landslide in 1980.
Notice anything strange? Yes, the Republican states are shown in in blue.
Partisan media changed it to show Democrats as blue. They did not want the Democrats associated with the color red, as in Communists referred to as Reds. But it sure fit the Democrats given their Left-ish positions.
The story goes that the change was made by TV reporter Tim Russert, who had worked for Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. No surprise, it was embraced by the liberal media.
“This unofficial system of political colors used in the United States is the reverse of that in most other long-established democracies, where blue represents right-wing and conservative parties, and red represents left-wing and social democratic parties.” [Emphasis added.]
Naive as always, Republicans went along; there is even a Republican-leaning opinion site called RedState.com. ‘Naive’ doesn’t do it; how about dumb.
So this is how the votes of US Counties were depicted in Trump’s 2016 victory.
HITS AND MISSES
Far more hits than misses.
But miss he did. Usually the misses occurred as a result of his efforts to ‘work with’ the LEFT and/or the Never Trumpers.
He campaigned on straight repeal of Obamacare but fell for pursuing an Obamacare-Lite. That is a no-win strategy. It gets the Left off the hook for the mess they created and results in the Republicans taking ownership of the problems. Fortunately,it did not pass and he has a chance to make right on his campaign promise.
The President aligned himself with the Never Trumpers to support an ill-conceived health reform bill and attacked the conservative GOP CongressionFreedom Cacus which had helped him get elected.
A serious mistake.
Fortunately, he had the good grace to reverse himself and praise the Freedom Caucus which helped him going forward with his agenda.
Trump’s basic tax reform plan was sound.
However, although he promoted a 15% corporate tax, he did not insist upon it after his election. Rather he attempted to cooperate with the GOP establishment and we wound up with the current competing and confusing complex tax reform “packages,” which have sparked unneeded controversy damaging to his agenda. He should have taken the 15% separately, and had it passed as a revenue measure. It would have sparked the economy, funding other measures, and allowed for careful considerations of reforms step by step.
Perhaps added to misses are sometimes backing less than stellar GOP candidates. I am inclined to chalk that up to a duty as the head of the party.
His “tweets” are often outrageous. But I wonder if they are really a mistake.
They take him a minute and he moves on. Consider: they send the Left into a frenzy. The Left spend hours, days, weeks, attacking him for the tweets rather than focusing on real issues. Their obsession brings the President’s tweets to the attention of the people and arouses curiosity so they to go to the tweets to see what all the fuss was about. There they see the other entries and learn about the President’s substantive agenda. In sum, they enable Trump to get past the mass media barrier!
When I conceived of this blog, I knew the Left disparaged everything the President did, so I was sure they had ignored some real accomplishments which I intended to list.
As I researched the subject, I was astounded at what Trump had achieved and how dishonest [even more than usual,] the mass media has been.
I think you will agree, having read the foregoing, President Trump has done nothing less than turned America around. He has reversed the downslide, the “fundamental change”, crafted by Obama et al.
I hope he continues to reach more and more Americans and they realize what he has done and who he has become. God, or if you prefer, Fate has given us the right man at the right time. There are many challenges ahead. The Left needs to give him a fair shot but we know they will not. They are bent on having the government control us all.
So far, President Trump has “Made America Great Again!”
He chose those quoted words because they were Ronald Reagan’s words. Trump is not another Reagan. No one is or could be. However, more than any president since RR, President Trump has consistently reminded us of America’s heritage:
“…since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away.” …”the most important truth our Founders understood was this: Freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God,” ..”, we reaffirm our shared customs, traditions and values. We love our country. We celebrate our troops. We embrace our freedom. We respect our flag. We are proud of our history. We cherish our Constitution, including, by the way, the Second Amendment. We fully protect religious liberty. We believe in law and order. And we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. And we pledge our allegiance to one nation under God.”
And recall these words from his speech in Poland:
The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies….we put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives…the people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out ‘We want God.’
There can be no better conclusion to this discussion than President Trump’s words, which echo Ronald Reagan:
In America we don’t worship government, we worship God!
NEVER GIVE IN – NEVER GIVE UP
TWO CLASSIC STATEMENTS ON THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty –never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
– Winston Churchill
Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant
Peter Cary Grant, Reggie Audrey Hepburn:
Peter: …We don’t know each other, do we?
Reggie: Why? Do you think we’re going to?
Peter: I don’t know — how would I know?
Reggie: Because I already know an awful lot of people; until one of them dies, I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.
Peter [smiling]: Mmm. Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know. [he starts off]
Peter [turning]: How’s that? What? What?
Reggie: You give up awfully easy, don’t you? [Emphasis added.]
Six game changers
We will not give in or give up on 6 key game changing issues.
15% corporate tax rate
Pass this first and separately. It is a revenue measure and so takes only 51 votes. It is popular, guaranteed to pass, and will spark economic growth.
Repeal first and replace later. It keeps a major campaign promise. Obamacare is in a ‘death spiral,’ and will collapse of its own weight. Then replace using free market solutions.
Rescind the filibuster as to legislative measures
Unless it is rescinded, the Democrats will use this unconstitutional procedure to block the President from fulfilling his campaign promises. 52 Republican Senators lose if the requirement is 60 votes but they win if 51 is the measure.
Fire Mueller, Sessions, and Rosenstein
Let the Left rant and rave. Better that than spend millions of tax dollars for a biased Left ordained “Get Trump”result. Through September 30. the special counsel has cost the taxpayer $3,213,695. An additional $3.5 million was paid out by the Justice Department to support the investigation.
And go after the real crimes. Hillary’s approval of the Uranium sale to Russia and the resulting $1.35 contribution to the Clinton Foundation and the $500,000 speaking fee to Bill. For starters, subpoena Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch and John Podesta.
It is unconstitutional. ‘Anchor baby’ is a magnet and a myth. The 14th Amendment does not confer citizenship on a baby born to an illegal immigrant. The Left’s whine, that families tragically will be separated, is phony. No separation is necessary; the parents can take the children back with them.
https://www.ireallymissreagan.com/single-post/2016/08/31/ILLEGAL-IMMIGRATION-SENSE-AND-NON-SENSE—PART-2 section 5
Eliminate tax subsdies to Planned Parenthood. It can be done and will deal a death blow to abortion on demand, and to the Left’s phony claim they are ‘compassionate.’ This one minute video is brutal. No one with a heart can watch this and be pro-abortion.
When the reality of abortion is shown to ‘pro choice’ young people, they are stunned, and abandon ‘pro choice’ in this 3 minute video.
Put the brutal video of what an abortion actually is on TV
If the media refuse to show the images, hold press conferences exposing that refusal. One way or the other, the truth soon will go viral. The RNC alone could fund it, the Catholic Church alone could fund it, the Evangelicals alone could fund it, a coalition of churches and pro-life organizations could fund it. Just do it!
During the 2016 campaign, I authored two blogs emphatically stating the Donald Trump should not be the candidate. I was wrong. President Trump made me a convert. The foregoing sets forth abundant reasons for that.
The Left, through the mass media, will never recognize the President’s accomplishments. Undeterred by principles of truth, logic or decency, they will either ignore or misrepresent any fact which does not fit their agenda. They are willfully dishonest.
The fact is our President has done an unbelievably terrific job of TRUMPING THE LEFT.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HANUKKAH!
Alexander Hamilton said, ‘A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.’… there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender…History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap…Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong…
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.,,,The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’.
– Ronald Reagan