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The most foreshadowed scandal in American history: What does that foreshadow for America?

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It’s interesting that everyone who dislikes President Trump does so on the basis of him being a bald face liar whose word is worth exactly nothing. But on the other hand, this has been the most known fact in America since sometime in the 1980s.

Trump has been nothing if not true-to-form. Therefore, this thing with his campaign/family and Russia has to be the most foreshadowed scandal in American history.

We knew it was coming, for all the benefit of the doubt many conservatives have yielded to Trump in office.

The main reason Trump was elected is because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. I think just about everyone in America can agree on that fact, except Hillary Clinton. Ironically, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did everything they could to ensure Trump would be the man she would run against in the general election. Their stupid mistake (among many).

What does this mean for America? Colbert King, in his WaPo op-ed, focused on all the things we knew about Trump and yet he won. But he didn’t focus on all the things we knew about Hillary Clinton.

Of all the candidates the Democrats could have run, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had to be the worst possible slate they could offer after eight years of President Obama. The left thought they’d achieved national consensus on their policies and therefore they could press for a caretaker, or a socialist.

Obviously, they were wrong.

On the Republican side, so much rabid frothing caused a fractured race where a legitimate Black Swan like Trump, who had unmatched name recognition and cojones the size of his buildings, could bust in on a faux-populist platform, and convince just 70,000 voters in key swing states to hand him the Oval Office.

What does that really foreshadow about America?

We’re broken at a deeper level than mere politics.

In February 2016, I concluded, after conversations with otherwise-sane drinkers of Trump’s potion, “Actually, I’d say we’re screwed.” We knew we were going to get a Trump/Clinton race.

In April 2016, Grover Norquist was prophetic when he said:

Try winning 270 electoral votes while threatening to damage the nearly 186,000 energy jobs in Ohio, almost 73,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and more than 100,000 jobs in Colorado.

Trump won Ohio and Pennsylvania, but lost Colorado. He lost Colorado because of Gary Johnson and his Libertarian 5 percent, Jill Stein’s batty Green Party’s 1.3 percent and independent Evan McMullen’s 1 percent (mostly from the Mormon population).

American voters knew exactly what the choice was: a liar versus a liar. We chose the liar that wouldn’t lecture us with his lies.

The biggest lesson about the 2016 election, and now 2017’s very predictable scandals, is that Americans want to be left alone, free from “shaming,” lectures, and being told how terrible we are.

Half the country likes to lecture the other half about the things they value, and the other half isn’t listening. This works both ways on the “political correctness” spectrum.

Maybe actual politicians will learn something. Either you can feed the dysfunction by shouting to your friends and ignoring your opponents, or you can pursue principle and get government to leave Americans alone.

It’s obvious the Democrats and Republicans haven’t learned this lesson. It’s unclear that they ever can.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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  1. Dennis Bonnette

    July 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I was a NeverTrumper all the way to the Cleveland convention, but made the binary choice with Ted Cruz to vote for Trump. To my great pleasure, I have seen him govern in a far more conservative fashion than I expected. He has supported religious and family rights where it matters most — in his appointment to SCOTUS. Another such appointment alone would mark his presidency as a constitutional victory. In foreign and defense policy, he is effectively making America stronger. Were the feckless RINO’s in the House and Senate to get on board, his domestic agenda would also be a success. Let us rejoice that Trump’s accomplishments far exceed the critical task of removing Hillary Clinton from the presidency. I do not ignore the bungling errors of Trump and those around him. But let us not despair of the future of the Union before the story is fully written.

  2. esotericwy

    July 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Americans have been dumbed down. Education has become INDOCTRINATION and learning a figment of the imagination. Very few voters understand and can apply Economics and Civics. The Family is and has been under attack since the 1960s. There no longer is an objective or at least up front Media which can better be described as the Praetorian Guard Media (Mark Levin) of the Democrat Party. Entitlement is the new word for individualism. “Free” stuff is never free but the majority of Americans believe that the rich steal from the poor and, therefore, do not deserve to keep their wealth. Sovereignty is a foreign word. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are ancient documents that no longer have relevancy in the 21st Century.

    On the battlefield for America is the Progressive Movement and their anti-American IDEOLOGY that believes that their Utopian vision of creating Paradise on Earth will be a Reality. The “true believers” and fellow travelers are daily given their marching orders equipped with their proven weapons of choice: Lies, Deception and Misinformation. They see themselves as the “enlightened” believing that through the State that the Individual can reach his/her potential. It is the wisdom of the Collective like Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land that they in control and with all the power can make all the necessary decisions and choices for everyone else.

    This climate has been building for over 100 years and can find its roots even in ancient times.

    Mark Levin in his bestseller REDISCOVERING AMERICANISM and the TYRANNY of the PROGRESSIVES lays out a clear and precise case using the exact words of the Progressive thinkers what their GOALS are and how they will be accomplished.

    “Throughout ‘Rediscovering Americanism,’ you’ll see these dichotomies. You’ll see these opposites,” he explained.
    “Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity.”
    Levin continued: “It’s about private property versus collectivism. Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering. Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan.”

    This is the landscape that the battle is taking place. There is very little opposition. The RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Republicans are proving daily that they are in the Progressive camp but pretend Conservatism.

    Since the election of Donald Trump, the Left has been on a Jihad called the “Resistance” to destroy and remove Mr. Trump regardless of the consequences both intended and unintended to the country. There is no LIE to bold to not tell. The more deceptive the tacit the more alarming the result. Misinformation is the breath of life for the propagandist.

    Russia RUSSIA Russia is the only flavor of the moment. Impeachment, treason and collusion hammered out daily by the Media and their Lords, the Democrats. A $20,000,000,000,000 (TRILLION) National Debt and climbing out of control, Social Security to go bankrupt in 17 years and Medicaid in 12 1/2 years, American Sovereignty disappearing, an economy that cannot get away from 1 to 1/2-2% growth, a tax system that does not work and help the economy, Obamacare morphing into RINOWHIGcare, a world on fire, anti-Capitalism” and the best goes on.

    Ronald Reagan left a successful Legacy that should of been followed regardless of the Party in power. Unfortunately, that never happened. We got 1) GW Bush, “Read my Lips NO NEW TAXES 2) Bill Clinton expanding on the definition of the word “is” 3) GW Bush who was going to be the Compassionate Conservative 4) Barak Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” and, finally, Donald Trump fighting against the “Resistance”.

    Do Americans really want to be left alone? Could they now be more interested in what’s good for me. John Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

    It is obvious that most Americans regardless of political Party loyalty have lost sight of their roots and what AMERICANISM really is all about.

    The divide is growing and Donald Trump is not responsible for it. It makes no difference to the Progressive Democrat Party which Republican was elected. They would still be illegitimate and stole the election from their Chosen One, Hillary Clinton.

    David Horowitz has written extensively about the Left’s on going WAR against the Right. The Right is asleep or just doesn’t care. They seem more focused on destroying the Conservative wing of their Party and would rather just get along to belong.

    Abraham Lincoln stated that we have a government “of the people. by the people and for the people”. How many Americans truly understand those important and clarifying words.

    Ben Franklin was asked ate end of the Constitutional Convention, what type of government do we have, a Monarch or a Republic?. He answered back, a Republic if we fight for it.

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Trump takes on fictional celebrity, LaVar Ball

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Three UCLA basketball players got themselves in trouble in China for shoplifting. Their stupid actions embarrassed themselves, UCLA, and to some extent America. Many celebrities have come out to scold these basketball players including Whoopi Goldberg. While Donald Trump hasn’t championed this move as much as the right wing, he apparently had the basic expectation of a thank you from LaVar Ball, father of the thieving LiAngelo Ball. Trump did not receive a thank you as LaVar Ball would rather channel his Trump-hatred than acknowledge that the President did what he didn’t have to do for his son. Trump’s used to that but still he fired back letting the world know he didn’t have to pull strings while on his trip to China.

Perspectives

LaVar Ball dismisses idea of Donald Trump helping his son

https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/lavar-ball-dismisses-idea-of-donald-trump-helping-his-son/amp/LaVar Ball didn’t have much time for the idea that the President of the United States helped his son, LiAngelo, out of a potentially crippling situation for his basketball career.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall were all caught shoplifting during UCLA’s trip to China to play a game against Georgia Tech. All three players returned to the States this week and are indefinitely suspended by the program.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” Ball told ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

Donald Trump’s retort guarantees LaVar Ball exactly what he wants: More attention

https://sports.yahoo.com/donald-trumps-retort-guarantees-lavar-ball-exactly-wants-attention-182243192.htmlMost world leaders would surely have ignored LaVar’s graceless barbs or resisted the temptation to respond to basketball’s biggest loudmouth dad. Trump, of course, played right into LaVar’s hands by doing exactly the opposite. For better or worse, Trump is never one to let an insult roll off his back. The result is the most 2017 feud imaginable, one nobody wanted but perhaps everybody deserved. It pits two polarizing figures and shameless attention seekers who have risen in stature and prominence in similar ways over the past couple years.Some of LaVar’s marketing strategy seems like a pick and roll out of the Trump playbook. He floods the airwaves with outrageous comments sure to generate strong opinions in order to guarantee that he remains at the forefront of the news cycle.

One of LaVar’s most effective tactics has been to increase his own stature by trying to pick a ridiculous fight with someone more famous. He did it by insisting that the Warriors would be better off with his son, Lonzo, at point guard than Stephen Curry. He did it by saying he’d have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one in his heyday. And he did it by saying his three sons were better set up for basketball success than LeBron James’ because the four-time NBA MVP’s pedigree will tougher to live up to.

Trump may have landed a blow with his tweet Sunday morning, but LaVar is winning this fight.

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Final Thoughts

Trump’s frustration, though immature, is understandable. We are all human. Therefore when we do something that helps someone else out, we have a certain expectation for gratitude. These athlete-students could have spent a long time in a Chinese jail missing out on March Madness and possibly a quality education. All for what, being too arrogant to pay for something? Trump pulled some strings and got them freed. Lavar Ball should be grateful he got his son back when he otherwise could have ended up like Otto Warmbier or as some sort of  political piece in a geopolitical Chinese checkers match. This is a rare moment where we can’t blame Trump for his tweets seeing as he’s simply lamenting his frustration.

But I’m disagreeing with the perspective above, Trump has won this fight and argument. As far as fathers go, Trump has managed to expose his children to wealth and fame without them becoming delinquents. In downplaying the seriousness of the situation, LaVar Ball sees little issue in shoplifting, and comes off as having a boys will be boys mentality with the situation. Stealing is wrong. We need to instill in our children a respect for people and their property. And we also should say thank you when someone bails our children out of a mess they created. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should acknowledge those who helped us and not belittle their role.

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Trump regrets letting UCLA basketball players go

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He should have regrets, or at least say that he does.  The father of one of these players is not grateful for what President Trump did for his son.  Now, Whoopi Goldberg is no supporter of Trump, but she gave him credit when he deserved it.  Could this father do the same thing?  The answer is no.

Would Hillary do the same thing for these punks that Trump did?  If she did the same thing, would the father be grateful?  We shall never know, but if he did; it shows the hard work we need to do in pushing back against this cult called the Democratic Party (and the do-nothing good-ole Republican party).

Trump: I should have left UCLA basketball players in jail

http://thehill.com/homenews/361110-trump-i-should-have-left-ucla-basketball-players-in-jailLaVar Ball’s son LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested and accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store while the UCLA basketball team was on a trip to China for its season-opening game.

The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

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LaVar Ball, Donald Trump spar over credit for getting students released in China

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Last week, President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help out as three UCLA players were arrested for shoplifting. One of those boys was son of LaVar Ball who doesn’t believe the President influenced the outcome of his son’s arrest.

Ball also defended his son’s actions as “making a big deal out of nothing.”

LaVar Ball downplays U.S. President Donald Trump’s role in LiAngelo Ball’s release from China

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21452594/lavar-ball-downplays-us-president-donald-trump-role-liangelo-ball-release-china“Who?” LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Multiple sources told ESPN that UCLA officials are debating how long to sideline the three suspended freshmen players who admitted to shoplifting during the basketball team’s trip to China last week.

The President, as expected, took offense to Ball’s remarks. He “took the bait” and replied on Twitter.

My Take

This was a crystal clear opportunity for the President to take the high road and allow Ball to continue to make a fool of himself and his family. Instead, Trump replied in a way that brought him just as low as Ball. This seems to be the unspoken strategy for liberals: go when hitting Trump knowing he’s foolish enough to take himself down to their depths.

Further Reading

President Trump to LaVar Ball: I Should Have Left Your Kid in Jail

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/11/19/trump-on-three-college-basketball-players-i-should-have-left-them-in-jail-n2411599“The three freshmen players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, had been detained for a week in their hotel rooms in Hangzhou after they were accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton boutique. UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The three did not play.”

After hearing reports of the situation, President Trump told members of the press that he would intercede on the three Americans behalf.

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