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The strong man cracked

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It is difficult for this writer to admit, but he voted for Donald Trump for President. Not because he thought Mr. Trump the best man (that role was reserved for Ted Cruz), but because he could not stand the idea of listening to Hillary Clinton screeching into every available microphone every damn day. It was a selfish and foolish vote and it has turned your faithful correspondent completely against politics.

Donald Trump was elected partially on the idea that he was a strong man. A man who takes a position and doesn’t back down. The Left would have had the voter believe that he was a modern Mussolini with odd colored hair and his supporters portrayed him as a modern Theodore Roosevelt or Andrew Jackson who had never been to war, been to a hunt, or had hardly gotten out of the New York/Florida circuit.

There was a brief moment when it looked as if Mr. Trump may have been a man of principle, and that moment was when he talked to the president of the Republic of China, aka Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen before he talked to the leader of the Peoples Republic of China, President Xi. Of course Chinese Communists threw a fit over the matter stating that President Trump was violating the One China Policy that was established by Richard Nixon and insisting that the One China Policy was United States law when, in fact, it is a casual policy established by Nixon and maintained by later presidents. It is a presidential policy and not a law.

And for that brief moment it looked like President Trump was a strong man. He looked as if he was willing to stand up to the greatest threat in the Pacific and establish a close and favorable relationship with Taiwan and put an end to the nonsensical One China Policy. It looked that President Trump would stand up to the encroachments and bullying of Communist China, and it was a beautiful thing to watch the pronouncements from Peking (Beijing, Peiping) as the sputtered in helpless rage and frustration at the fact that they had been ignored in favor of a nation (as corrupt as it may be) with a democratically elected government that is actually pretty entertaining with fist-fights on the floor of the parliament a not unusual occurrence.

But that moment was deigned not to last very long and The President and his spokespeople soon got with the normal program and announced that the One China Policy was still in effect. Probably due to the occupiers of the China desk in the State Department (a questionable bunch, to say the least; almost all influenced by Edgar Snow), President Trump cracked. The strong man, the man with strong opinions and answers, started to crumble and show himself that he is the very type of politician that many of the people who voted for him is the very person they would have voted against if he had shown the weakness that he has shown regarding Taiwan.

Taiwan was the first crack in the armor for the President’s strong man image. Others have followed on a regular basis. Soon the man will show himself as a man of no principle because he talent is “making a deal.”

It should be interesting to see what happens when Mr. Trump meets President Xi. Don’t be surprised if it results in a singing of The East Is Red.

I have been a a machinist in the aerospace/defense industry for over forty years. I have been married to the same wonderful woman for over forty years. I was a sailor in the U.S. Naval Reserve in the 1970s. I have little education beyond high school except trade school and an apprenticeship. I am a conservative Christian in both faith and practice. I'm am mostly interested in cultural issues as opposed to politics. And I like dogs and pigeons no matter the breed.

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Electoral Dysfunction: Leftist lawyers argue votes count only when they win

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Some leftist lawyers, including some high profile ones who ought to know better, are arguing against four states’ practice of allocating their electoral votes in a winner take all fashion.

A lawyers’ coalition including the pretty far left League of United Latin American Citizens filed four federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging the allocation, charging the winner take all practice “distorts presidential campaigns, facilitates outside interference in our elections, and ensures that a substantial number of citizen voters are disenfranchised when their votes are tallied in early November, only to be discarded when it really counts in mid-December.”

The lawsuits do not challenge the Electoral College, and they also do not propose a clear alternative which would ensure a satisfactory, proportionate count. No surprise there; outside of North Korea, it’s kind of hard to ensure the outcome you want in advance.

The premise of the lawsuit, however, lays bare a shocking misunderstanding of the nature of our system of government. Consider this quote: “The promise of democracy is that all votes count equally,” says Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lussig.

There’s just one problem with that.

America is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.

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Andrew Pollack: Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it.

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Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, during Cruz’s rampage. He gives a speech in front of Trump with his three sons standing next to him. In his speech he calls on Trump to work with him on ending school shootings. We credit Daily Caller with the transcript. Note: CNN’s blatantly misleading headline on the video.

I’m here because my daughter has no voice.

She was murdered last week, and she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.

And we need come together as a country and work on what’s important.

And that is protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Everyone has to come together and not think about different laws. We need to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It is simple.

It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened because it keeps happening.

9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.

And my boys need to live with this. I want to see everyone — you guys look at this. Me, I’m — I’m a man, but to see your children go through this, bury their sister. That’s what I keep saying because I want to sink in. Not forget about this. We can’t forget about it.

All these school shootings, it doesn’t make sense. Fix it.

Should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale at … King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now.

And if we all work together and come up with the right idea — school safety. It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe. Monday, tomorrow, whatever day it is, your kids are going to go to school. You think everyone’s kids are safe?

I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. If I knew that, I would have been at the school every day if I knew it was that dangerous. It’s enough. Let’s get together, work with the president and fix the schools. That’s it. No other discussions. … I’m never going to see my kid again. … Never, ever will I see my kid. I want it to sink in. It’s eternity. My beautiful daughter I’m never going to see again. And it’s simple. It’s not — we can fix it.

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In a violent world, it’s time to do the right thing “for the children”

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In the never-ending assault on liberty, Progressive Democrats and Republicans often resort to using children as a type of political cover for their otherwise unpopular agenda. We are witnessing this right now as they work to dismantle the Second Amendment following the Florida high school shooting.

But let’s face it; who can say “no” to an agenda when it’s “for the children?”

Clearly, this ploy has paid huge dividends for big-government Progressives. One need look no further than the recent budget negotiations where the obsolete Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was renewed for 6 years. Or the recent suggestion to use Social Security to finance big-government’s newest entitlement—Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave.

Quite honestly “for the children” has been so successful that I’ve decided to adopt it myself. While Progressives use it to destroy freedom, I will use it to defend the Constitution.

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Progressives are using the Florida tragedy to void the Second Amendment to keep children safe. But I will defend gun rights because it’s the only way we can keep them safe. Unarmed Americans in gun-free zones will only lead to more tragedies like Florida, not fewer.

Additionally, I will defend the First Amendment “for the children.” What future awaits the next generation if liberty is destroyed due to being raised on political correctness and spending their time in safe-spaces?

In fact, I will defend the entire Constitution “for the children.” What future will the next generation have if tyranny replaces freedom?

I will also fight for the Convention of States‘ goal for a balanced budget amendment “for the children.” What kind of future will they have if they are forced to pay for our fiscal irresponsibility? And I will fight to end abortion “for the (unborn) children,” because they are deprived of even having a future when they are deprived their right to life.

While there will certainly be more issues to fight for, it’s time to get ready America. The Strident Conservative is going to be more strident than ever because, after all, it’s “for the children.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are featured on RedState.com, NOQReport.com, and TheResurgent.com.

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