The arts community is outraged because Trump's budget defunds the National Endowment for the Arts and the Endowment for the Humanities. The amounts involved--hundreds of millions of dollars are considered trivial by these opponents and by the standards of our multi-trillion dollar budget that has superficial merit. Those who protest these cuts not only argue how important "culture" is for our nation, but they all are mounting threats. A columnist in the LA Times points out how effective protests by the literati can be. One example given is the opposition to the Viet Nam War for which liberal activists take credit. There is some truth to this, but it ignores the effects of the withdrawal of the United States on the Vietnamese people and the Cambodians. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese died in trying to escape the communists (the "Boat People" and even more suffered in "re-education camps" and other brutalities. When we left we promised to provide air cover for the south Vietnamese army and also whatever munitions would be needed for them to defend themselves. We broke our promises, and the Vietnamese suffered terribly as we abandoned an ally. Among the reasons given for our failures were the fraudulent reports of men like Colonel Van who claimed the Vietnamese were too cowardly to defend themselves. He was lying. He, himself, had sent Vietnamese troops in suicidal attacks against superior Northern forces. The South Vietnamese followed his orders and attacked again and again, eventually being slaughtered. There is more to the story and I'll add it in another post.
Democrats simply cannot accept the fact that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. Their anguish is mixed with anger and they have decided to oppose everything and anything Trump and the Republicans propose. Trump has picked a cabinet of top drawer people, but the Democrats are doing everything possible to delay and if possible derail these nominees. In so doing, they are preventing the president and the Congress from acting effectively.
On another front, the president has proposed an executive order limiting for a period of time immigration from certain middle eastern countries based on security considerations. The Democrats have found patsys like the Attorney General of Hawaii to file actions in Federal Courts opposing the president's orders, using carefully selected judges to attempt to stymie the president's actions. They succeeded once before and got the pathetic 9th Circuit Court of appeals to rubberstamp these decisions and they are winning again as toadies like Judge Watson in Hawaii issue restraining orders. Judge Watson's actions are outrageous, illegal, and unconstitutional. In part, he based his order on statements attributed to Trump during the presidential campaign. This is not only absurd it borders on insanity. There is no law or precedent that allows a judge to cite the reports of a candidate's statements in a political campaign as evidence supporting a judicial order. The judge also wrote his order without citing a federal law that explicitly authorizes the president to issue orders precisely like the one Trump issued. The decision must not only be reversed, this judge must be removed from the bench.
But Watson is not the only toady who has ruled this way. A judge in Maryland, and probably others will follow his despicable lead.
At this moment in time, rogue judges and rogue Democrat legislators are undermining American politics, American culture and western civilization. Notwithstanding his sometimes coarse and vulgar commentary, Donald John Trump is the duly elected president of the United States. Those arrayed against him are not patriots, they are terrorists and possibly traitors. We are in a time of crisis, and foolish Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not representatives of the people they are America's enemies. Joined by a feckless press and a contaminated judiciary they pose a clear and present danger to all of us.
This post is a further development of the previous Trump post.
Trump is a jerk and a genius. Can this be?
Last year, months before the national election I posted my personal evaluation of Donald Trump. It was, to say the least, disapproving. It never even occurred to me that there was any real chance he would be the Republican nominee, let alone that he would be elected. I have never been more wrong about anything.
In the event, I voted for him. I could not vote for Hillary Clinton, an unindicted felon—a miserable, mean-spirited, mendacious miscreant. Nevertheless, I knew my vote was wasted because I live in California, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, for reasons mysterious to me. Of the 2,900,000 votes by which Clinton’s total popular votes exceeded Trump’s, 4,200,000 came from California. In other words, Trump won the popular vote by 2,300,000 votes in 49 states.
What now? Trump has begun his term by selecting a superior band of nominees for his cabinet—despite the fact that the Democratic party is determined to make his administration a disaster. General Flynn, a rather strange figure, is gone, and the reasons are not yet fully courts available. Puzder’s nomination as labor secretary was derailed, not because he was dishonest or incompetent, but because he was (is) both honest and competent.
The Democratic party is working assiduously to delay and if possible destroy Trump’s nominations. This dishonest program will assuredly delay implementation of many of Trump’s goals, and in so doing will damage his administration and the well-being of the country. It will limit his overall achievements in an as yet undefinable degree.
Trump has issued a number of executive orders. His order about immigration from 7 middle-eastern countries was beaten down by courts carefully selected by liberal/progressive Trump enemies. As an attorney for over 60 years, it is my opinion that the order was constitutional and legal—there is a specific law on the federal books that authorizes his actions, which are, in any case, fully within his authority as president. The judges who voted otherwise are left-wing ideologues and they are 100% wrong, but this is only part of the decline of the U.S. judiciary, which is now virtually an arm of the Democratic party.
It is far from clear what the result will be of Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. This was always a wretched and disastrous piece of legislation which nevertheless provided access to INSURANCE for millions of uninsured Americans. Most of these Americans were (are) enrolled in Medicaid, a very poor, profoundly flawed program wherever it exists. Overall, Obamacare is a disaster, with shrinking coverage, increasing premiums, and lower quality care. But now the healthcare system is “owned” by the president and the Republican party. The Ryan plan, whatever its merits, is under attack in both House and Senate. Some opponents, like Senator Rand Paul, are merely egomaniacs, and their sole purpose is to gain publicity and perhaps authority.
Others may be sincere, but Ryan and Trump and their supporters are going to have to wield their magic to accomplish meaningful reform.
Thus far, Trump has been energetic, inventive and open-minded. We’ll soon learn if the Republican party (despite its qualms) is willing to help him improve the American econpomy, our healthcare, our defenses and our foreign status. I hope he does far better than I ever expected.
bNutcases in California (by far the majority) are fraudulently claiming that world temperatures are rising "dangerously" They claim that each of the last 3 years the earth's temperatures have set new all-time highs. This is of course absurd. In 2016, for example they assert that the temperature has risen 4 one-hundredths of a degree. 4 ONE HUNDREDTHS OF A DEGREE?? That is well within the margin of error. As are all of the last 3 alleged annual readings. Based on this nonsense, we are to change our way of life, inflict new taxes, cease doing many activities which are beneficial. How can it be that Americans believe this trash? But it is just one more nail in the coffin of our civilization.
At the same time, the Democrat ruled legislature is debating laws that would make California a "sanctuary state" protecting illegal aliens, INCLUDING CRIMINALS from the Federal Immigration Service
Also on the "docket" is an initiative that would have California secede from the union. Have these ninnies forgotten the American Civil War? 600,000 men and women died in battle to end slavery and to crush rebels who believed they could secede from the Union by the stroke of a pen.
Which brings me to the recent decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Trump's immigration order. The court held the presidential order regarding potential immigrants from 7 terror-ridden middle-eastern states was illegal, affirming a lower court decision imposing a temporary restraining order preventing the US government from limiting and/or preventing travelers from these areas from entering the country. THE COURT'S ACTION IS RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE. There is no doubt that the order is both legal and constitutional, and the judges know that, but they are part of the California progressive polity that is intent on destroying every vestige of democracy and justice in the U.S. Historically, 80% of the 9th Circuit's rulings have been overturned when appealed to the US Supreme Court. But, so what? This court resides in San Francisco, the feel-good city in the feel-goo state. This court is legally, philosophically and intellectually corrupt. The USA will suffer dire consequences if this wretched institution is left unchecked. Stop them before they kill more (to adopt the phraseology of a long-ago serial killer.
During his campaign, Trump told us that he knew more than the generals. Now, in his choices for his cabinet, he has chosen several generals, and there are more military men (mostly generals) than in any cabinet of any president in American history. The U.S. is renowned in the world for maintaining strict civilian control over our military forces. George Washington set the precedent at the end of the Revolutionary War by voluntarily, and publicly surrendering his sword and his commission to the Continental Congress. At the time, King George III of England, said that if Washington doesn't make himself king, he is the greatest man in the world-and Washington rejected the very idea -- as some men including John Adams--thought that he should be king. Thank God for George Washington.
Should we be concerned? Is it likely that Trump will push the U.S. into war? I sincerely doubt it. While Trump's wisdom and judgment have yet to be tested, I believe he has no desire to be a wartime president. On the other hand, I also believe that if the situation clearly called for military action, Trump would act expeditiously and aggressively. President Trump will undoubtedly be tested, and probably early in his term, when America's enemies realize the uncertainties that surround any change of "regime" in any country, and especially in a republic such as ours. Russia is at war with us, China is at war with us, and no-one seems to acknowledge the dangers of this situation. The war may not be one of planes, tanks and troops, or even of missiles and bombs. It may be cyberwarfare, and Russia, China and North Korea have already tested our systems and grids, and we have not responded with the vigor required by these assaults. In fact, I'm not sure that Barack Obama would respond properly even if a nuclear device exploded in NY or SF or LA. We must hope that Trump and his advisers are made of sterner stuff.
My last posting on Donald Trump was an allout attack. I guess I'm lucky nobody noticed or at least they didn't bother to post a response. So what now? Well, the voters bailed me out (a little) by electing a Republican House, a Republican Senate and adding hundreds of state offices across the country. We really are a country split between Dems on the coasts and Repubs inland. Not exactly. Trump carried Florida and other coastal states. We're also split between urban areas voting Democratic, and non-urban areas (primarily) voting Republican. What does that mean for the country? I haven't a clue. Trump has a license to govern, but does he know how? Stay tuned -- if you can stand it.
. It is no longer possible to evaluate Donald Trump as a spoiled brat who is also a clever media manipulator. Time and again he makes flamboyant, outrageous statements that are not merely rude or insensitive, they are irrational and against his own best interest, let alone the best interests of the country. Donald Trump is deranged. Whether he suffers from a brain tumor, a lifestyle that has impaired his intellect because he sleeps only 3-4 hour per night, or he suffers from some other ailment, he is clearly psychotic. His rantings and ravings are symptomatic of serious mental illness. If he were to be evaluated by a panel of qualified, non-partisan psychiatrists, I have no doubt that they would prescribe commitment. If any set of parents saw their children behaving in this manner, they would immediately realize their child was ill. Donald Trump is dangerously demented. It is impossible to consider him as a potential president of the United States.
Republicans must dump Trump and pick another candidate, regardless of Trump's insane response to this action. The welfare of the nation is far more important than complaisantly accepting this madman. Changing the party rules at the convention is a small price to pay compared to endorsing a crazed egomaniac
For many decades Liberals have controlled the national dialogue -- and there it is already. Clever left-wingers co-opted the word "Liberal" to describe their politics. Of course, they're not liberal--they stole the name from liberal economic theory, which is based on capitalism, especially democratic capitalism. But now, when we think of Democrats, we often think simultaneously that they are liberal democrats--or just plain liberals. When that seems to be a problem, Democrats may call themselves "progressives," another name stolen from Republicans because the source of it is Theodore Roosevelt, who called himself a progressive. But whatever Dems claim as their description, Republicans are left with the feeble term, "Conservative." Whatever philosophy goes with conservative, it sure doesn't sound forward-looking. This is ironic in the case of President Obama, who is neither liberal nor progressive. He is a reactionary. His ideas and programs are retreads from the 1960s. Obama's philosophy comes from the Bill Ayers--Bernadine Dohrn school of radicalism, totally failed in its own era, but resurrected by a president who hasn't had an original thought in his life.
Another example of the verbal acuity of the left, is the term "gay." Folks who were previously referred to as homosexuals, not a particularly pleasant designation, were suddenly and mysteriously transformed into gays. Now that is a light and cheerful designation, and I have to believe it was instrumental in changing the nation's views of human sexuality. Mark up another one for the left.
But let's go back to Obama and the nation's current status. Many commentators, left, right and middle, casually refer to Washington "gridlock." This is supposed to be a terrible situation, primarily caused by the Republican Congress. That description has worked spectacularly well. I have heard supposedly conservative talk show hosts say, "They asked us for the House and we gave them the House. They said they couldn't do anything without the Senate, so we gave them the Senate. What have they done with the House and Senate? Nothing. Now they want the presidency. Why should we believe that will work?" Remember, these are alleged conservatives talking. The fact is that the House and Senate have done all they could--except for the fact that the despicable Harry Reid has used the filibuster rule to save Obama from having to exercise his veto power. And the president has been no help at all--determined to do nothing except diminish and damage the nation. Harry Reid and the president have been the obstructionists--not the Republicans. BUT, I blame the Senate Majority Leader McConnell for protecting "traditional" Senate rules like the filibuster at the cost of possibly irreparable damage to the nation. Even worse, he has made it possible for Democrats to call out the Republicans as being responsible for gridlock. Now we are faced with possibility of that ignorant buffoon, Donald Trump being the Republican candidate for president. This wretched human being has made certain that, once again, the Democrats control the conversation. If he is the candidate, Hillary will be president. If someone else is the candidate, the party has been so damaged that Hillary will win anyway.
We face the ultimate victory of the left, ensuring the descent of the nation into economic, political and international disarray. And how was it done? With a few words, some simple and silly ideas, and a disaffected party that has lost its way.
Donald Trump is a whiner, a schoolyard bully and a dope. He is presently wimping around because he didn't win any delegates in Colorado. Ted Cruz out-witted and out-maneuvered him. But Donald screams about the Republican National Committee having rigged the election of delegates. But they didn't. It's just the Donald being the Donald -- a spoiled brat. I've posted before my fears that Trump in his stumblebum ways will fumble us into World War III. Furthermore, pundits say we have to support him because if Hilary wins she will appoint 1, 2 even 3 Supreme Court Justices. Why should we think the Donald would appoint conservatives? He's been a lefty liberal all his life, and he's only running as a Republican because the Democrats don't have room for him. He is such a jackass, no one could possibly predict who he would appoint--maybe his hairdresser. The risk of having this ignoramus as president outweighs the risk of Hillary doing leftish stuff. The important thing for Republicans is to control the Senate, so they can block the appointments of anyone proposed by either of these disgusting people.
Donald Trump must be the most insecure person in public life in the world today. If anyone disagrees with him, or says anything negative about him, he responds with insults or name-calling or both. He tints his hair gold, not blonde, and combs it in a unique style designed for a comedian, not a president. He glowers, pushing his lips forward so he looks like Mussolini. He graduated from prestigious Wharton School of Business (I've been there, my son graduated from Wharton), but he doesn't seem to understand the most basic economic issues of our time. How much did he cost his father to get Donald enrolled?
He is certainly sexist. He couldn't stand Megyn Kelly (much better educated than he is) asking him tough questions. He made stupid "menstrual" comments about her, later refused to appear in a debate if she was on the panel. It was intolerable for him to have his ideas questioned by a WOMAN. No wonder as of now, over 70% of American women are opposed to him.
I personally detest Hillary Clinton, whom I consider to be a miserable, mean-spirited, mendacious miscreant. But I don't think she'd get us into World War III. But Donald is so ignorant, short-tempered and just plain dumb, he could get us into war without even understanding what he has done. Imagine Donald chatting with that other egomaniac, Vladimir Putin. Remember, Putin is short, balding, and so image-driven, he poses bare-chested, engaged in hand-to-hand, catching enormous fish, etc. etc.. Donald, always oblivious, says something Putin thinks is insulting, and Putin returns the favor. It's impossible to know what Donald would do because he doesn't know what he would do, and he has neither common sense nor the gift of diplomacy. How can we put a buffoon like this in the White House? It's unthinkable.
.I just heard Liz Wiehl, Fox News legal correspondent, stating that even though Hillary had over 2000 classified e-mails on her private server, of which she sent 200 herself, she's not responsible because she didn't know they were classified at the time. I call this the moron defense. Here we have someone who lived 8 years in the White House while her husband was president, was a United States Senator for 8 years (working on intelligence committees) and was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and she was so stupid she couldn't detect a classified document when she saw one. This ignoramus now wants to be President of the United States. Nuff said.
Never before in American history has there been a candidate less qualified and more mean-spirited than Donald Trump. He may have some business skills, but that is not self-evident. He started rich and he’s still rich, but along the way he acted despicably many times. The fact that he has used the bankruptcy laws 4 times to rid himself of legitimate debt should disqualify him immediately. Once? Maybe. Twice? Maybe. 4 times—you’re out!!! No respectable person aspiring to be president can act in this manner and still believe he is “entitled” to be running for the highest office in the land.
I’m pretty sure I know why he hasn’t released his tax returns: They will show that he has paid little if any taxes for many years. Between the charge-offs for depreciation and net operating losses for all of the disastrous ventures he has create, most if not all of his income is eaten up by deductions and credits. This may well be totally legal, but it doesn’t suit the image he has attempted to portray as a tremendously successful, taxpaying citizen. He may get away with this in the primaries, but if, God forbid, he is the Republican nominee, the Democrats will chew him up and spit him out.
There is nothing presidential about this bully. Many of those who support him are (sad to say), the losers in our current economy—those who are out of work, under-employed, feel they are unappreciated, want to get even! The even sadder part is that the Donald won’t help them—he’s only in it for himself, and doesn’t give a damn for anybody else. He will also be unable to deal constructively with the rest of the world: First, because he’s an ignoramus, second because he has already insulted them, third because his policies of high walls and high tariffs will destroy not only the American but the world economy. He’s not just a jerk—he is that—he’s a mean-spirited, self-aggrandizing bully, and easily the worst candidate in U.S. history,
In the Burns video the issue of segregation in the US inilitary was raised, but not clearly defined. In fact, Truman ordered that all units be integrated for the first time since George Washington integrated his army during the Revolutionary War. This tale is told in both the stage play and the novel version of "The Ballad of Billy Lee." At first, the Continental Congress had ordered that "No Negroes, old men or boys unable to carry guns," shall be enlisted. But Washington changed his tune when militias left the army after short term enlistments and the problems of pathetic pay made recruitment difficult. He opened enlistment to freedmen, and eventually thousands of African-Americans fought in the American army -- but never any slaves.
There is an ongoing argument among Americans about whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides an individual right to bear arms or only to a duly constituted and enrolled State militia. The key concept is the meaning of "militia" in the late 18th century when this amendment was enacted. At that time, the militia referred to the total population of persons who were qualified to own and use firearms in that state. Thus, it meant all able-bodied males (and perhaps females), including youngsters who might have been in their early teens. It probably also included old men, many of whom would have owned firearms for hunting or even self-protection. The actual enlisted or enrolled state militia would be the ones who had been self-selected and/or designated by their local governments for actual service. Thus the purpose of the Second Amendment was to make certain that the largest possible number of persons would be available for service, and therefore that every person would have the individual right to bear arms and be trained in the use thereof--and that this right could not be taken away by the Federal government.The idea that the militia is limited to the number of persons actual serving, rather than the entire population available, is an obvious absurdity. It amounts to stating the persons who have the right to bear arms is defined as the persons who have right to bear arms. The founders were not this foolish, although many modern commentators are.
This blog is currently in development while the author prepares his first post which will expound on the literary and historical relevance of his most recent novel, The Ballad of Billy Lee, The Story of George Washingtonʻs Favorite Slave. We hope to spark a dialogue between the author and you, the reader, that will delve deeper into this unique story in American History.