DESTROYING OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM TO “GET TRUMP”

Gavel, Auction, Law, Hammer, Symbol

It is interesting how leftists are now rejoicing in Cohen’s plea of guilty to lying to congress about when the proposed business deal to put a Trump tower in Moscow was shelved. Instead of January 2016 it was shelved in June of 2016. So what?
There is nothing illegal about a candidate conducting business while running for office. At any point before the November 2016 election, it was perfectly legal and appropriate to run his business while running for office. Further, there is no law on the books that says a person cannot do business with Russia. In fact, American companies at that point in time regularly did business with Russia. Russia is an antagonist to us, but we are not at war with them.
I can only guess that the hope is on the left that something, virtually anything may be dug up on our President to somehow taint him before the 2020 election cycle. Russian collusion is dead, so maybe, just maybe Mueller might find something else in Trumps past to hang over his head. He certainly has tried his worst to find anything. He has hired partisan “pit bull” lawyers, ones that will stop at nothing to convict. So partisan are these lawyers that some even represented the Clintons, their foundation, and other leftist causes. They are working hard. They have ruined many lives, manufactured crimes to extract any type of damaging information, while hanging long sentences over the heads of those they target.
The shameful part of this whole process is that it is a sham. Instead of running a legitimate investigation, Mueller and his team are simply building a gallows, and manufacturing crimes that they hope will eventually give them the cover to put their noose around the Presidents neck. This is not how justice is supposed to work in this country. Justice in this country always presupposes innocence, and investigations are never conducted as a fishing exercise when no reasonable evidence of wrongdoing is evident. That is patently against our system of justice, and it is a travesty that all of us should take notice of. This is a kangaroo court, much like those found in current day China and Cuba.
The investigation was started on the premise that the dossier that was paid for by the Clinton election campaign had verified and damning information in it. That was patently false, and by now anyone with half a brain knows that. This is simply an effort to get Trump at any cost, including the destruction of our very own criminal justice system. This is a very sad time for our country, watching one of the most sacred tenants of our government perverted to serve the ends of partisan hatred. Every American should be concerned about this growing cancer, as it will eventually have an effect on all of us, and not in a positive way!

ONE WORLD GOVERNANCE AND THE PROGRESSIVE’S WAR AGAINST NATIONALISM

In the last few weeks we have seen CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, New Republic and many other left leaning media groups all coming out with the same narrative.  We have also seen the Progressive left embrace the media’s narrative.  That narrative is that President Trump is a “White Nationalist”.  President Trump recently stated with great pride that he was a “Nationalist”.  He meant it by the actual definition of the word, which is “A person that advocates political independence for a country.  Having loyalty and devotion to his nation.”  Simply, this is why he was elected, to promote Americanism versus Globalism.  So where did the label “White Nationalist” come from?  Why are they using it when the President did not intend to place that particular label on himself?

The fantasy of “White Nationalism” espouses the belief that white people are a separate race, and that a person with this viewpoint seeks to maintain a white nationalist identity.  In a country as diverse as ours, this would be very unpopular for the many people here that are not considered white.  The Leftist Progressive narrative that the President is a “White Nationalist” is an attempt to halt and reverse his popularity with the minority population in this country.  The accusation is deliberate and intrinsically racist in nature, and intellectually bankrupt. They see a threat to their power not only in our nation, but a threat that is global in nature. 

This weekend, our President is in France celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.  He is with President Macron, who is an advocate of Globalism.  He, along with others worldwide have a goal of eventual one world governance.  Our Presidents nationalist stance is a major roadblock to this ultimate goal.  President Macron just yesterday made a major speech, with President Trump at his side, indicating that “Nationalism” is the greatest threat to world security. That “Nationalism” is often times confused with “Patriotism” which unlike “Nationalism” is a very good attribute.  He stated that world peace would only be achieved if all peoples of the world disavow nationalism and embrace patriotism instead.  In short, he was making an argument that “One World Governance” should be our Globalist goal, and that nationalism only leads to wars like WWI, and is an outdated dangerous concept.

With the media, the EU, China, Liberal Progressives here, and other governments around the world promoting “One World Governance”, they all understand that the richest and most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America, is the key to achieving their goal.  With our President standing resolutely in their way, they will never succeed.  In order to shift opinion and have a chance of getting rid of Trump, their major obstacle, they have to use a false narrative, and hope that the American people are gullible enough to believe them.  If that is true, and as a nation we are that gullible, we will soon dissolve into history as another great nation that fell due to our own ignorance and corruption.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”


― Abraham Lincoln

Hating the man, loving the results: Method to madness

President Trump is irritating.  He is loud, uncouth, and totally unconventional. He is an unfaithful husband. He aggrandizes his achievements, when his claims sometimes are easily disproved.  He constantly tweets whatever comes to his mind, and sometimes seems to contradict himself.  He holds rallies for his base that many citizens find embarrassing.  He is completely and unabashedly politically incorrect.  93% of press about him is negative.  He is unlike any other President in my memory.  In spite of all of these failings, he delivers, and delivers big!

He counters negative bias with his tweets.  In effect, his tweets get his messaging out, even if most mainstream media outlets refuse to honestly report his message.  He tweets on average 8.45X per day, and has 55+million followers. (twittercounter.com) He covers news he is focused on, highlights successes in his administration, and shows the direction of his thought process for governance in real-time.  Twitter activity effectively counteracts much of the negative press that he receives on a daily basis.  In fact, many of his tweets are embedded in the mainstream media’s story line, even though it is mostly twisted to a negative narrative. (Political.Law)  This seems to mostly backfire on the mainstream media.  Trump effectively forces the media to focus on subjects he wants.  In spite of their 93% negative reporting (Harvard Study), the President now has a 47% approval rating, which is 3 points higher than Obama had at the same time in his Presidency.(Newshub)  This in spite of the love affair that mainstream media had for President Obama during his first 2 years in office.

He counters negative bias with his tweets.  In effect, his tweets get his messaging out, even if most mainstream media outlets refuse to honestly report his message.  He tweets on average 8.45X per day, and has 55+million followers. (twittercounter.com) He covers news he is focused on, highlights successes in his administration, and shows the direction of his thought process for governance in real-time.  Twitter activity effectively counteracts much of the negative press that he receives on a daily basis.  In fact, many of his tweets are embedded in the mainstream media’s story line, even though it is mostly twisted to a negative narrative. (Political.Law)  This seems to mostly backfire on the mainstream media.  Trump effectively forces the media to focus on subjects he wants.  In spite of their 93% negative reporting (Harvard Study), the President now has a 47% approval rating, which is 3 points higher than Obama had at the same time in his Presidency.(Newshub)  This in spite of the love affair that mainstream media had for President Obama during his first 2 years in office.

And then there are the rallies.  President Trump has made 10 general rallies since the start of his Presidency, and will have conducted 44 mid-term rallies by November 5th, giving a grand total of 54 rallies by that date.  These rallies do a great job of ginning up his base, which is important, especially in the light of the upcoming election. (en.wikpedia.org) His rallies are generally aired live on Fox News, which gives him a larger audience than just the sold-out stadiums where he holds these events.  With the amount of rallies he does, and with the co-operation of Fox News, these events are highly effective not only with his base, but with others that do not attend rallies but watch the #1 cable news network.  He has mastered the art of overcoming the negative news coverage of all the other media outlets very successfully.  He is also the only President ever to hold arena sized mid-term rallies, and its his gamble to make the mid-terms about him, rather than about local issues.  He takes this gamble on the wave of economic successes he has had in order to stem the tide of history that dictates the President’s party will lose congressional seats in the mid-term election.  (Forbes)

In spite of roadblocks put up by Democrats in congress, the #resist movement, and the mainstream media, President Trump has an impressive list of accomplishments in his first 600 days in office.  Some of the more notable and impressive successes are:

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6% over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion dollars poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR & Approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs–saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try Legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion dollars in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16% during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60%; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion dollars in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the armed forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch; Nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued executive order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded an historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the EU to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign Steel & Aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $5
  • 9 billion dollars this year.
  • Improved vetting & screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.(Washington Examiner)

This is quite an impressive list for being in office for less than 2 years!  Lessening taxes

and regulations has supercharged the economy.   Getting rid of bad trade deals, and renegotiating

them to our advantage will pay off in the future.  Getting out of lopsided international agree-

ments was also a positive move.  His energy policy is leading us to energy independence, an

elusive goal that we have not achieved since the 1950’s!  He may go down in history as one of

the most prolific and successful Presidents in our history.

MAGA DAY RALLY AT THE TRUMP STAR 10/3/2018

We have reported on many rallies in the past, but this one was really unique.  Unlike rallies we have previously covered, this one was very positive, with only one dissenter.  It was a fun afternoon with people of all races and creeds getting together to celebrate our country, and also to get people involved in the voting process.  It was a highly successful event, and with some luck, it will get more people to the polls.


Johnny Nalbandian was there talking to everyone that would listen.  He is a good man, a dark horse candidate that is running as a conservative in one of the most liberal districts in the country.  I wish him luck, and you cannot find a better candidate to replace Adam Schiff!

Johnny Nalbandian waving to some of his supporters!

There was only one protester.  He added his comment to the proceeding, and then ran away!  No one else had anything negative to say about this gathering.  In fact, many people were interested enough to talk to those there, and bought Trump gear at the exhibit table!

The only one that decided to protest!




Table selling Trump paraphernalia.




The gas tax is giving California the highest gas prices in the nation!

Gays for Trump!

More Trump supporters!

Rally with interesting characters!
Media capturing opinions!

TURNING POINT USA CALIFORNIA STATE LONG BEACH “CAMPUS CLASH” 10/23/2018

This event was held in the Beach Auditorium on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.  Charlie Kirk is the founder of this group, which now is active on over 1300 college campuses nationwide.  Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens are prominent conservative activists that devote their time to promoting Conservative principles with college students.  Colleges today are bastions of Liberal Progressive thought, and they see themselves as the counter-balance to the indoctrination imposed upon college students.

The event itself was well attended.  Over 700 people had requested tickets, but only 280 seats were in the venue.  Needless to say, there was great interest in the event, and many people were disappointed that they could not attend.  There were also protesters that shouted at those waiting in line to get in. They had signs promoting Socialism, eliminating Capitalism, and vilifying Conservatism. They hurled invective’s at those attending the event, creating quite a scene!  Police were there in force, and there was noise, but violence was not tolerated:

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Inside, Charlie Kirk and Candice Owens put on a 45 minute presentation.  Their first topic was explaining the left’s “War on Men”.  Then there was a conversation about Kanye West, and how the media misrepresents his patriotism, instead painting him as an “Uncle Tom”.  The conversation shifted to pointing to the Democrats as a “Party of Division”, expounding on identity politics and its toxic effect on our society.

Some time then was spent on the “Lie of the Switch”.  This was identified as the marketing program that Democrats have had for years, espousing that Republicans are racist today, and that the parties actually switched identities from civil war times and that Democrats are now the party that fights to end racism.  Countless examples, including the fact that the Democrats founded the KKK, and that the 1964 civil rights acts were passed in congress primarily by Republicans, with stiff Democrat resistance.  The case was made that there was no party switch, just a marketing effort to convince minorities to vote Democrat that had nothing to do with reality.

There was a discussion about how the Democrats continually lose in the marketplace of ideas.  Right now all they really have is #resist, and that is a loser.  They have no ideas that will actually improve society, just resistance to ideas that they have had no participation in creation.  They want the past  policies and regulations of the Obama Administration back in place, even after there is definitive proof that they were failures.

A discussion on “victim-hood” was presented, with evidence that no one needs to be a victim.  The idea that the best entitlement is a job was powerful.  That the free market is the best economic justice hit home.  Limited government was presented as the best kind of government possible, and that too much centralized power in Washington was detrimental to the health of our nation.

The last topic was on racial diversity.  It was graphically pointed out that although the Democrats promote racial diversity as a societal benefit, they have no intention of having that diversity also stray with critical thought.  They impose ideological uniformity on their followers, so that it does not matter your color, your religion or lack of one, that you must believe in lockstep exactly what they require in order for you to be in “good standing”.  Sort of “mind control”.

The last 45 minutes was set aside for Q&A.  Charlie and Candice asked that those that did not agree with the presentation be given the microphone first.  This part of the show was disappointing.  Those participating in the Q&A did not have any dissent to share with the speakers.  Those in disagreement were only those outside protesting the event.  No one actually inside engaged the speakers with argument, mostly just thanked them for coming and asked for some clarification on points made in the presentation itself. 

It was apparent that the left had no intention of actively participating with this event.  They were invited to come in to the venue and debate their positions with the guest speakers.  Instead, they waved pre-printed signs and screamed at those in line waiting to get in.  They were living proof that the left is losing in the “marketplace of ideas”.  They can scream invective’s, but they cannot debate their positions with those that have truth and history on their side.  Their protest unintentionally solidified the conservative argument presented by the guest speakers.

The war on poverty and the Great Society: Where it made sense and where it needs to be revisited


In 1964, President Lindon Baines Johnson introduced a new plan for our society in his “State of the Union” address.  He put together a plan that on the surface would end poverty, and would also end most of the discriminatory issues of our time.  It was called the “Great Society” and it was one of the most comprehensive plans ever to be put before congress and the American people.  As a society we embraced the plan, and we endeavored to make our country a fairer and more accommodating place for all Americans.  Most Americans were hopeful that this plan would be the panacea to end poverty and discrimination, and the majority of Americans were hopeful that this would do the trick.  Every good deed has a downside, and so did the “Great Society”.  Unintended consequences became evident as the plan was rolled out, and the plan aimed at the black community, and made them slaves to entitlements.  “Many of the liberal social policies instituted as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” inadvertently hurt African American families.”(Ohio State News, Feb. 29, 2004)

The plan was very comprehensive:

Banned poll taxes in federal elections.

24th Amendment

Banned discrimination and segregation in schools, the workplace, and public accommodations based on race, color, sex, religion, and national origin.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Provided financial aid for urban mass transit systems.

Urban Mass Transportation Act

Authorized Head Start, Job Corps, Work-Study programs, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Neighborhood Youth Corps, and Community Action Programs (CAPS).

Economic Opportunity Act

Strengthened the agricultural economy and provided an improved level of nutrition to low income families.

Food Stamp Act

Banned commercial use in over nine million acres of national forest.

Wilderness Preservation Act

Established Medicare, a health insurance plan for people 65 and older, and Medicaid, a health insurance plan for the poor.

Social Security Acts

Enacted to guarantee enforcement of the 14th and 15th Amendments by eliminating voter literacy tests and discriminatory practices that kept minority populations from voting.

Voting Rights Act

Abolished the National Origins Formula that gave preferential status to immigrants from Northern Europe. Allowed equal immigration status, yet continued to restrict the number of immigrants per year.

Immigration and Nationality Act

Provided federal scholarships, low-interest loans, and financial aid.

Higher Education Act

Provided equal access, high standards, and accountability for primary and secondary education.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Administered federal housing programs, commonly referred to as “HUD.”

Department of Housing and Urban Development Act

Enacted the “Model Cities” program to rehabilitate urban areas facing increased violence and poverty through the funding of improvement projects.

Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act

Truth in Packaging Act

Set standards for labeling consumer products( Evaluating The Success of The Great Society, Washington Post, 2014)

     We are going to concentrate on the elimination of poverty in this essay, but the plan was one

of the greatest that were ever considered in the history of the country, and it did pass with bi-

partisan support. 

       Poverty was addressed in a very aggressive manner.  Welfare was increased exponentially. 

No longer did most underprivileged people go hungry in our country.  Food stamps and food

banks took care of that.   Health care was afforded to people through the Medicare and

Medicaid.  Public housing was afforded for people that would otherwise be homeless.  Financial

Aid was afforded for both education and housing.  In effect, poverty was eradicated in the USA,

and no one that wanted to have a place to live, food to eat, or in need of healthcare needed to

worry in our country. (The Great Society at 50, Tim Worstall) In effect, the “Great Society” did

 what it was designed to do. 

     It eliminated poverty, and the poverty level, when considering both monetary dispersions and

non-monetary benefits, today our poverty level has gone down from 25% to 12%.( Evaluating

 the Success of the Great Society, The Washington Post, 2014)

Our poor, with government benefits, were going to the movies, living in housing with

furniture, heat and air conditioning, had adequate diets, even owning cars.  They were in effect,

more prosperous than many in other countries were that were productive members of those

societies.  There is the problem in a nutshell.  Our people that we have taken out of poverty,

were taken out without any requirement for them to be productive.  They did not have to work

another day in their lives, and their basic needs were guaranteed.  “Welfare dependence is at an

 all-time high and by all indications set to climb in the years ahead.”( The Great Society at 50,

 Nicholas Eberstandt) We missed the mark! 

     We solved poverty, but we did not consider productivity!  We also put into place a system 

that systematically destroyed the black family, making it impossible for an intact family to

collect benefits if a man was part of the process.  Our plan to eliminate poverty, created a social

rather than an economic poverty that to this day is one of the biggest social issues of our time.

“We still live in the shadow of the Great Society”.  (A Not So Great Society, James Pierson 2016)

We have spent a lot of money on the Great Society.  In fact, more money than most people

understand:

“It has been estimated the the War on Poverty has cost $22

trillion since its inception. That’s three times the combined

 cost of every war this country has ever fought – from the

Revolutionary War until the present day – according to

 Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

 Roughly another $1 trillion dollars is added to that amount

each year and the cost will continue to increase unless we

 address welfare reform in a serious manner.”

                        (A Not So Great Society, Jame Pierson, 2016)

     To get people off the welfare rolls, and to get them prepared for the job market today is most

important.  We need to train our people for the present and the future job markets.  It is                                                                                                                                                                                           

imperative that welfare programs are modified in order to ensure that minority families can stay

in-tact.  A father figure for minority boys is most important, and that needs to be addressed.

       In our society today, we are going under a revolution in economics.  We are fast going to a

post-industrial economy to an economy that is leaning quickly to one that embraces artificial

intelligence.  This means that skill sets need to be centered around technology, and the

manipulation thereof.  In order to insure economic growth that will support our population

long-term, we need to educate our people for the present and the future.  With the exception

of production jobs that require a close ended distribution channel and elimination of high

transportation costs, people need to be trained for the technology of today and the future.  In

addition, others need to be trained in tradesmen jobs that are now and will be in the future

high earning professions.  Educating our people for the present and the future is a much better

outcome than simply creating a sub-class of people dependent on the government for their

basic needs.  We need to ensure that all of our citizens are given the opportunity to succeed, not

just to subsist!  Once we do that, we will truly have in our hands the “Great Society” that our

forefathers dreamed of!  A wise person in ancient China once said “Give a man a fish, and you

feed him for one day.  Teach a man to fish, and he will have food for a lifetime!”  We will never

solve the poverty issue entirely.  Even Jesus spoke on this subject.  “The poor will always be

with you”.  (NIV John 12:18)  We can, however, create an environment where everyone in our

society who wants to succeed will be given the tools to achieve that lofty goal!

Citations

NIV bible, John 12:18  “The poor will always be with us”

A Not So Great Society, James Pierson, Weekly Standard, Sept 30, 2016

The Great Society at 50; Yes, It Has Abolished Poverty, The Weekly Standard, Tim Worstall, May 22,2014

The Great Society at 50, The Weekly Standard, Nicholas Eberstandt, May 20, 2014

Federal Programs To Help African-American Families Have Ultimately Harmed Them, Ohio State News, February 29, 2004

Evaluating The Success of The Great Society, Washington Post, 2014

Readings:

“Why the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer” by Robert B. Reich

“What College Means to the Other America” • W.E.B. DuBois excerpt from

Souls of Black Folk

JUSTICE PREVAILS, BUT AT WHAT COST?

Today Judge Kavanaugh is finally appointed to the Supreme Court.  It was the longest, most fraught process that was 35% longer than any other SCOTUS nomination in the history of our country.  The process included venomous accusations of High School drinking, rape, indecent exposure, and gang rape parties.  None of these accusations could be verified as being true.  In fact, all but one seems to be total fiction for political gain, and 1 was in testimony heart wrenching but totally unverifiable, even by the accusers best friend. 

The vote was basically right down party lines, with the Republicans for and the Democrats against.  Republicans relying on due process and the concept of our Judicial system, that one is innocent until proven guilty.  Democrats were factually throwing due process out the window, relying on unverifiable accusations to sully the name of this good Judge, and to likewise ruin his good family in ways that may last a lifetime.  This cynical crudity was their last ditch attempt to eliminate a constitutionalist from the court in the hope that they can delay an appointment until another President is in office.  They lost the battle this time.

The Democrats have drawn their battle line.  They have established that they will travel to any depths of depravity to get their way.  Any accusation is fair game, and in their world, the ends justify the means.  As Chuck Schumer said the day that our President nominated Judge Kavanaugh, ” “In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block. … I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same.” He also said that with Judge Kavanaugh that “There is no presumption of innocence”.  Every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee also opposed the Judge with everything they had, which were lies and UN-provable accusations and innuendos, nothing else.

The ramifications of this toxic process will now take us to places that we have never been before.  It is apparent that our polarized nation will become more divided, with each tribal camp digging in, believing that their way is the only way.  Debates will become even more contentious, and faith in the fairness of government and our judicial system will be even more compromised.  We are truly in a unenviable place in our countries history, a place where civil discourse is  increasingly uncivil.

One thing we can point to as a positive is that a good man’s family and name has been redeemed, and we now have a court that will adhere to the written law and the constitution.  This will insure that for decades to come, Judges will find it hard, and one day impossible to “legislate on the bench”.  Constitutional order, rule of law and the notion of “balance of power” will be eventually restored.  We are in for a rocky time in the short term, but with a judiciary in order, and justice prevailing, and with the help of God, we will come out of this stronger than ever.

Another positive, at least for Republicans, is that the behavior of Senate Democrats in this process, along with the behavior of the protesters outside and inside the Senate building, has energized Republican base for the mid-terms like never before.  The RNC, candidates, their speeches, messages and their advertisements could not do this for that party.  It took something as monumental as the attempted personal “assassination”  of Kavanaugh’s name to rile them up, and organize them to go to the polls en mass.  Without the help of the Democrats, there would be no hope to counter the expected “blue wave”.  Unwittingly, the Democrats have handed their rivals a gift that just may end up being a “red tsunami”!


JEFF FLAKE JUST LIVED UP TO HIS NAME

Rex Tillerson and James Mattis testify at Senate hearing in Washington : News Photo

The Judicial committee went to a vote, and then something happened.  Jeff Flake flaked out, and predicated his floor vote on a FBI investigation.  True to form, he was hot boxed by the Democrats on the committee at the last minute and was convinced by them to insist on this as a condition for his vote.  It appears that the Democrats thought they pushed him to only vote yes in committee if this was agreed upon. Then he once again flipped and indicated that he would vote to take the issue to the floor of the Senate, but would not vote in the affirmative on the floor if a FBI investigation does not take place.

That was a lot of flaky flip flopping to take place in a few hours.  He first said he would vote to confirm, then apparently with Democrat pressure led them to believe that he would not let it get out of the committee unless there was a FBI investigation. Then with his Republican associates looking sternly at him, he flipped again and indicated he would vote the issue to the floor, but would not vote for Judge Kavanaugh on the floor unless an investigation occurred.  That is probably a world record for flip flopping!

The Democrats were smart!  They knew that the weakest link on the committee was Jeff Flake, and at the last minute they ambushed him into what they thought was an agreement to vote in the negative if a FBI investigation was not initiated.  He did disappoint on that level, but he still hurt the process.

Now Graham and McConnell are tracking down Senators Collins and Murkowski to see if they will vote in the affirmative.  If so, there will be no FBI investigation and the vote will happen early next week.  If not, we will see another delay for the FBI, and what else?

The Democrats are not done with Kavanaugh.  Most likely they have more accusers in the wings, to be sprung into the mix during any  investigation.  If so, they will get what they wanted all along, and push the confirmation to after the mid-terms.  They will also hope that this will endear them to the #me too movement, and women will abandon the Republicans and seal for them the Red Wave that they have been praying for.  If this happens, we will in effect have a lame duck Presidency, a broken Supreme Court, and the Democrats will have visions of taking over the Presidency in 2020. 

Yes, politics is a very dirty game!

THE PRACTICE OF TOTAL DESTRUCTION. THE DEMOCRATS JUDICIAL COMMITTEE TACTICS.

Except for a 45 minute meeting I had at noon, I spent the entire day watching the Senate Judicial Committee Hearing with Dr. Ford and Judge Cavanaugh.  The hearing was powerful.  Dr. Ford was for the most part credible.  Her testimony was obviously heartfelt and believable.  So too was Judge Cavanaugh’s testimony, even though his was in direct conflict with hers.  In the end, the real story was not finding out who is right and who is wrong, but to what depths Democrats will go to destroy any conservative SCOTUS candidate.

The agenda was set as giving Dr. Ford unlimited time for opening remarks.  Afterwards, each panel member was given 5 minutes to ask their questions.  The questioners rocked back and forth, with every other questioner being of the opposing party.  The same procedure was used with Judge Cavanaugh. 

Rachael Mitchell was picked to cross-examine Dr. Ford by Republican panel members waiving their time to her, mostly to eliminate the initial objection by the Democrat panel members that said it was unfair for “old white men” to be asking the questions.  The Democrats also objected to this tactic, indicating that in their minds, using a professional prosecutor was also unfair.  Ms. Mitchell was very kind in her questioning, kept the questions relatively narrow, and used most of her 5 minute sessions to ferret out the truth.  When she got close to some sore spots, Dr. Ford’s attorneys jumped in to shield her. 

The Democrats used most of their 5 minutes each to give speeches about how brave, how patriotic, and how honorable Dr. Ford has been.  They dumped countless praise on her.  The few questions that were asked by them were of the “softball” variety.  In contrast, Rachael Mitchell methodically asked her questions, eventually leading to gaps and some interesting discovery in Dr. Ford’s story. 

Rachael Mitchell found out that Dr. Ford allegedly did not know that the Judicial Committee was willing to fly out to California to depose her at her home.  According to her she knew nothing of the offer, either through contact with the committee, through her lawyers, or even through the news.  Hard to believe because every news station did cover that as an offer to her when they were told that she could not fly because of her PTSD from the alleged attempted rape.  Also, it came out that she actually flies all the time, and actually is a world traveler, going to Europe, Hawaii, Central and South America, among some of the places she has visited in the last few years.  We also found out that she had flown out to the East Coast to attend her grandmothers funeral, visiting relatives, and interviewing lawyers.  The contention that she could not fly was obviously a lie.

In discovery we also found out that she is not paying for her legal defense, or her polygraph test.  The legal firm was a recommendation by Dianne Feinstein’s office, during a period when supposedly her letter defining her account of the alleged crime was to be held as confidential.  Subsequently, the letter, or a verbal version of it was leaked, possibly by her lawyers, or Dianne Feinstein’s office, or the office of her local Congressman, who she originally gave the letter to. 

Rachael Mitchell finished her cross asking Dr. Ford a few interesting questions.  First, she had her acknowledge that cross-examining in 5 minute increments is not a reliable way to get at the truth.  Dr. Ford agreed.  She then indicated that a forensic examination one on one, face to face, is the best way to arrive at the truth, and to that Dr. Ford agreed.  Then she indicated that this professional psychologist, who knew that a forensic examination was probably the only real way to determine truth from conjecture, instead flew to the East Coast for a funeral, was given a polygraph test in her hotel, and then hired a team of lawyers instead of doing the right thing.  That was a powerful close.

When it was Judge Kavanaugh’s time, he gave a very powerful, emotional statement defining his innocence, his opinion that this process is a sham, and identified statements by Democratic Senators made in public that depicted him as evil, as a nightmare, and other disparaging descriptions. He described what is happening as a political hit job, pure and simple.  

He succinctly put it that these toxic tactics poison the well for qualified people in the future to come forth to serve our country in high positions.  He also depicted how his reputation and his family have been permanently damaged, and how Dr. Ford in his viewpoint is also an unwitting victim in this process, and that his family is praying for her and her family.  He let the Democrats know that they may vote him away, but he never, ever will consider quitting.  His statement was strong, and also very credible.

The subsequent questioning period was as anticipated.  The Democrats were all accusing him of attempted rape, and having a serious drinking problem, seldom giving him enough time for a proper rebuttal.  Senator Feinstein even opened up a pandora’s box that I’m sure the rest of the Democratic panel wished she would not do, and that was bringing up Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, both of whom are very questionable characters.  Judge Kavanaugh quickly dismissed their accusations.

Every Democrat questioner pushed the point that the Judge did not insist on an FBI investigation.  The answer was the same each time, and that was he would do anything that the Judicial Committee would ask, including that.  Senator Graham and others reminded them that all that would have been done if they did not sandbag Dr. Ford’s accusation until the 11th hour, that there could have been at least 1.5 months of investigation time.  It was made clear that this was not done to find the truth, but just to hold up the nomination.  Their hope was that they may take over the Senate and make it impossible for the President to appoint any conservative judge.  Yes, this was shown to be a political “hit job”, and at the end of the day, both witnesses were credible. But one was more so than the other.

Dr. Ford was shown to be certain in her allegation, but without a time frame, without a place, without a real explanation of how she escaped the house, and without any recollection of how she got home, which was a 20 minute drive from the party, her credibility simply revolved around her certainty that Judge Cavanaugh was the one that assaulted her.  She had no one coming forth that she named as being at the scene, even her best friend to say that this happened, or even that they remember any party.  She had no one to turn to for any collaboration.

Judge Cavanaugh was certain of his innocence.  He, along with Republican questioners, did a good job of proving that the Democrats were more interested in scuttling his appointment rather than the protection of women.  His collaborating evidence of moral responsibility and respect for women was spot on, with 65 of his former high school female acquaintances signing an affidavit that he was always a gentleman and friend was very telling.  Others that he has worked with over the years presented letters testifying to his moral center and respect for women.  He also had his day timer from that period that identified where and when hes was that summer.  At the end of the hearing, it was apparent to me that although both he and Dr. Ford were credible, he was more credible than her.

We will find out in the next few days if Judge Kavanaugh gets out of committee and out of the Senate.  If he does, the President will appoint him to the position.  Even then, the Democrats, with their cynical tactic of “total destruction” will hang their accusations like a cloud over his head for the rest of his life.  These Democrats should be ashamed of themselves, but instead they are shameless.  They have shown that they will do anything to win, even to ruin a decent man and his family.  

THE DAY THAT EVERYTHING CHANGED!

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All of us that were adults on 9/11/2001 have our own stories of that day.  Those of us that were too young or not yet born do not.  That came to me as a revelation at school this morning.  I’m recently retired and go to college for fun.  I engaged fellow classmates in conversation before class, and many did not know the significance of this day in history, and heard about it for the first time with amazement.  It made me think about how history is repeated if history is not learned.  Everyone old enough to remember has a story.  For those that do not know this history, it is important that those that do share theirs.  This story is mine.

It was a warm morning in September.  As a early riser, I decided to drive to Chicago that day instead of flying.  The drive is 5 hours, the flight 1 hour, with an hour to get to the airport and check in, and then another hour to get out of O’Hare and find a rental car.  For the extra 2 hours I got to use my own vehicle, and could leave anytime I desired.  I also saved company money driving, so it was an easy decision.

I left at 5:30 am. and was on the Ohio Turnpike minutes later.  My house in Hudson Ohio was close to the turnpike.  I would be in Chicago by 10:30 am. with plenty of time to make my first appointment at noon.  I was listening to news radio at the time and at 8:46 am. it was reported that a private plane had just crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  A dark shadow of dread came over me.  I called my boss in California, woke him up from a dead sleep and asked him to turn on his TV.  After a few choice words, he agreed to do so, just in time to see the South Tower get hit at 9:03 am.  I told him I was shutting down our Ohio operation as soon as we were off the phone, and he did the same on his end. 

Now almost in Chicago, I called my salesman to see if our meetings were still on.  He verified that we had a line review at Ace Hardware Corporation, and a dinner meeting with True Value Hardware Corporation that night.  I continued on my journey, occasionally screaming as loud as I could to release the pain I felt for those dying in New York. 

Minutes later the radio announced that US airspace is now closed down indefinitely.  The radio also barked that an unknown number of other commercial planes have disappeared from the air traffic control system, and at least one of these planes has also been hijacked.  Shortly after the Pentagon was hit, and then another plane, United Airlines flight #93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.  There was some conversation about the passengers fighting the terrorists and deliberately crashing the plane, which was headed to our nations capital, possibly to crash into the White House.  I let out a loud primordial scream, one that came from deep inside my broken heart.

As I head into Chicago, the towers fell, and at once, over 3,000 lives were lost in those moments.  Every radio station on the dial is now reporting that we are at war.  The military is now on high alert, and airports around the world are shut down for the foreseeable future.  My cellphone rings, my salesman tells me that our meetings are cancelled and I can now turn around and go home.  I’m emotionally exhausted, and cannot fathom driving another 5 hours, so I check into the O’Hare airport Marriott.

As I exit my van and capture my luggage from the back of the vehicle, I notice a strange quiet.  In this normally bustling area, no planes were taking off, the nearby freeway, usually jam packed this time of day, hardly a soul was driving.  It was if the world had come to a eerie stop.  I enter the lobby to the hotel, and people are sleeping all over the floor.  Since the airport closed, the rooms were full but the hotel let those stranded use the lobby for their lodging.  As I check in, the counter person informed me that I had the last room available, and my $145 rate was a bargain, as they were selling un-booked rooms for as much as $750 before they ran out of inventory. 

Heading to the elevator to get to my floor, I run into neighbors of mine, stranded and needing a place to sleep, shower, and transportation back to Ohio.  My room had 2 double beds and a fold-out couch bed, and I now had 4 roommates.  We spent the evening in the bar downstairs contemplating the day and what was to come. 

The next morning we all loaded up in my Chrysler Town & Country van.  We drove home barely mouthing a word.  We were done, we had enough, our emotions were shutting down.  As we drove home, caravans of firefighters from Indiana and Ohio were speeding down I-80, with their sirens blaring and their lights flashing danger.  They were headed to hell, they were speeding to destiny in Manhattan.  My friends and I cried, not just for the dead, but for those brave men that were headed into that maelstrom of destruction. 

Subsequent days after the attack air travel resumed, but with very tight security controls.  Flying now was a chore, with checkpoints and with passengers eyeing each other with suspicion.  There were “no fly” zones around our biggest cities, with fully armed fighter planes on standby to eliminate anyone entering these spaces.  It was now a paranoid new world where we were now giving up freedom for safety. 

We were now in 2 different shooting wars, now debatable but then touted to eliminate those that would do us harm.  Our boys once again were dying in far off places like Kabul and Baghdad.  Saddam Hussein was tracked down and hanged.  The Taliban and Al-Qaeda were being destroyed, and Osama Bin Laden was in hiding. 

Since then, Osama Bin Laden has met his demise at the hands of our Navy Seals.  We are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, and both countries are a big mess.  Flying is still uncomfortable due to security implemented by the Transportation Security Administration.  That one day in September changed us forever.

Now, 17 years later many in our country do not remember that day, many were too young or not yet born.  Some of our politicians are cynically using 9/11 as political props on this solemn day.  New York, the Pentagon and an empty farm field in Shanksville, PA are having ceremonies honoring the dead.  Today, I honored those dead by giving my fellow classmates a history lesson that they will never forget. 

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