Connect with us

Opinions

What we can learn from Trump’s idiotic blather

Published

on

It would be absolutely ridiculous to relitigate the entire NFL controversy regarding the National Anthem and standing versus kneeling, as l think it has been discussed to death. However, there is something to be learned from Donald Trump’s idiotic blather.

They call it the First Amendment, Mr. Trump

People in America protest things on a daily basis. Some of the protests are quite worthwhile, while others are utterly absurd. However, Americans have a Constitutional right to peacefully protest anything they want, even if their approach leaves much to be desired. Didn’t we see liberals walking down the street dressed as vagina’s this year? In other words, a person has the right to act like a disrespectful idiot if he or she so chooses. That comes with being a free American citizen. This is something Donald Trump clearly does not understand.

Observations

It is interesting that someone who has consistently allowed anything and everything to come out of his mouth, regardless of how vulgar or offensive it was, should now be criticizing and condemning others for behavior he deems unacceptable.

Apparently what we have here is an ideal example of the classic double standard. We have seen this for several years now: anything that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth is justified and therefore perfectly acceptable, and any uncouth, base, classless behavior he chooses to exhibit is also above reproach since he is, after all, him. However, anything he chooses to dub inappropriate is automatically inappropriate and should be outlawed.

Here we have a classic characteristic of a dictator. Trump seemingly fancies himself a King, but I have a hunch that if we could pry into the minds of people throughout the world, he is probably the biggest laughingstock on earth.

How much does Trump really care?

Everyone who has intelligence, and I realize that demographic is dwindling as we speak, sees this for what it is and nothing more. Donald Trump is creating a diversionary fuss over something that in reality he probably cares very little about, to attempt to boost his poll numbers by a noisy show of patriotism.

It is my humble opinion that if Donald Trump cared about this country, he never would have taken a job for which he has zero qualifications just because he decided it would be cool to be president. Lectures coming from Donald Trump on proper behavior are about as incongruous as lessons from a scorpion on how to make one feel loved and cherished. Many people are of the opinion that Trump is the most divisive person ever to sit in the Oval Office, and let’s face it, he had some stiff competition on that front.

Few have upset, angered and offended so many different people on so many different levels, yet somehow this man thinks he has moral high ground to lecture others. Amazing.

The nonsense needs to stop, and U.S. citizens need to understand that part of being a free American is having the right to act like an idiot. I do not agree with not standing for the national anthem. I think there are hundreds of better ways to protest something . I also don’t agree with presidential candidates calling women fat pigs or trading their wives in for younger models when they get too old. However, we don’t legislate manners or morality in this country, which Trump would know if he were familiar with the Constitution.

I think Mr. Trump should worry more about his collapsing presidency, the state of the country, and the consequences of his attempt to goad a maniac on the other side of the world into war, and worry less about criticizing the actions of others. Trump has absolutely no moral high ground to critique anyone’s behavior, anywhere, anytime, EVER. Therefore, he just needs to stop.

Continue Reading
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Russell Alexander

    September 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    The freedom of speech which the First Amendment protects against Congressional intrusion serves an important social function. It is not a guarantee that fools can blow off steam by acting foolishly. It is a means by which bad ideas can be confronted and bad actors can be identified.

    If there is idiocy in the matter, then it is the failure to distinguish between saying something is wrong and should not be done and making it illegal. The totalitarian or statist reflex that jumps to the apparent conclusion that a President condemning something as politically imprudent or blatantly immoral is proposing that it be made illegal.

    Free speech fosters discussion. Discussion involves saying — what you are saying is wrong because it is foolish or illogical.

    Failing to recognize the role and wholesomeness of such political discourse is evidence of the “dwindling” of intellect. But consider, if good people cannot talk bad people into being good, then legislation and the threat of force is all that is left — and free society is doomed.

  2. Russell Alexander

    September 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Please let me know if there are any replies to my former comment. Thanks.

  3. Dan Lamar

    September 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    YES, YES, YES, you are absolutely on target with everything you said here and said it perfectly! How stupid can one be to goad back and forth with a lunatic communist who wants to blow everyone up who stands for freedom! How about use every diplomatic means possible!? The president is majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors!

    Thank you Jesse for again being right on! KEEP IT COMING!

  4. Raz Schultz

    September 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Excellent article and exactly right, Jesse! Even if the kneelers were being disrespectful instead of making a point, Trump is the last one to talk. He has been nothing but disrespectful to individuals, the country and the law since he came on the scene. Most of those men are good guys with good reputations, very patriotic and know how to be team players and support a cause greater than themselves, all of which Trump will never learn.
    But if the worst among us wants to be disrespectful toward the country, burn the flag, etc., etc., they have that right.
    This is just his latest diversion to make us focus on something other than his incompetency. He didn’t know how to run a football team, either, as we know from his failed National football team disaster, LOL

    • Sharon

      September 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Well said, Schultz, well said.

  5. Sharon

    September 28, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Outstanding article. I do believe Broadt has captured the essence of Trump’s disastrous Presidency, his absurd behavior and his true agenda: Trump. It is all about him and what might make his poll numbers rise, and Broadt clearly reminds everyone that this is not what a good President does. The NFL protest left a particularly bad taste in my mouth; however, good men and women fought and died for the right to free speech and peaceful assemblage. And yes, that means we can walk down the street dressed as vaginas (that one made me laugh) or for instance, have a “run for squids day” by jamming rubber gloves over our heads while chanting, “I’m a squid! I’m a squid!”. It is legal. It is our right. Whether it is moral, reasonable, adult behavior is another matter, but as Broadt pointed out, we do not legislate morality in this country. We do not legislate silly behavior. When Trump fixates on such matters, rather than running the country (or attempting to), he is displaying the same self-absorbed behavior he claims to be against. This was an exquisite expose on the true motives of our alleged POTUS. Thank you for the contribution.

  6. Gail

    September 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Jesse….you are 110% correct! BRAVO!

  7. Violet

    September 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    SPOT ON!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Opinions

Republicans need Mia Love because she isn’t scared to call out the President

Published

on

v

There are three types of Republicans on Capitol Hill. There are the avid supporters, whether of the President himself or of his agenda. There are the haters, most of whom have decided to not run for reelection or have kept a low profile. Then, there are people like Representative Mia Love (R-UT) who supports the President’s agenda while still being willing to call him out.

She’s the type of representative Republicans need in DC if they’re going to stay credible and achieve what they set out to accomplish after President Trump won the White House.

Every President has sheep on Capitol Hill. That’s not intended to denigrate them; belief in the man or his agenda will yield an unquestioning regard towards him, as it should. Every President will have detractors. It’s the conscientious few who take everything case-by-case before deciding whether to agree or not that gives a government the stability it needs. Without them, a party can fall too closely in line with pieces of the agenda or actions by the man himself that they normally wouldn’t follow, but fear of repercussions make them do it anyway.

An example of this was the “s–thole countries” comment the President allegedly made regarding certain third-world nations. It’s the type of phrase he would use based upon his history and in context it makes sense. Multiple people claimed to have witnessed him saying it, so despite his denials, reports were almost certainly accurate.

Love called him out.

GOP Rep. Mia Love Slams Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment

http://time.com/5100217/mia-love-donald-trump-shithole-remark/“The President’ comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with,” Love said in a statement on Thursday.

“They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream,” the statement continued. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”

Some would not give her much credit for the statement since it was her heritage that was allegedly attacked by President Trump, but she could just as easily said she believes he didn’t say it. She took a stand against her own party and her own President. That type of courage deserves to be rewarded.

Currently, she’s the only black Republican woman in Congress. Losing her would serve to confirm allegations that the GOP is a racist patriarchy. The people of Salt Lake City need to give her another term.

Continue Reading

Opinions

MLK’s March on Washington would have been illegal if Trump were president at the time

Published

on

MLKs March on Washington would have been illegal if Trump were president at the time

The “I have a dream” speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. in August 1963 is considered a signature moment in the struggle for civil rights in America, and the crowning achievement to King’s mission to see freedom and equality for every American.

But if Donald Trump had been president at the time, King wouldn’t have been allowed to give his speech because protests at the National Mall where he spoke during his March on Washington would have been illegal.

Always on the lookout for ways to silence anyone who refuses to praise him as the embodiment of perfection itself, Trump is seeking new regulations to ban demonstrations and protests using the National Park Service as his muscle.

The proposed regulations would not only ban protests at the National Mall, but also Lafayette Square across from the White House, and the Pennsylvania Avenue sidewalks in front of Trump International Hotel. If enacted, the proposal would close off 80 percent of the White House sidewalks, place new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and force “approved” protestors to pay a fee to exercise their right to free speech.

Hey! Maybe charging people to exercise their rights is how Trump and the GOP plan to fix the budget.

But seriously, this is just the latest example of how Trump puts his egomaniacal narcissism ahead of the Constitutional rights of the peasants and commoners he sees as obstacles to his dictatorial ambitions.

Trump has attacked freedom of the press with his “Fake News” spiel and has called unfavorable media “the enemy of the American people;” attacked the right to bear arms by supporting Democrat anti-gun proposals and supporting efforts to seize guns without due process; attacked privacy rights by expanding NSA spying and renewing FISA702; and attacked property rights by expanding civil asset forfeiture laws.

This isn’t the first time Trump has suggested making protests illegal, but with the current state of affairs in Washington, we could see this latest effort become law now that Trumpservatives are making conservatives extinct.

The GOP has bought into Trump’s anti-free speech rhetoric. For example, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) recently proposed 15-year jail sentences for wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating someone else who is exercising their constitutional rights. While appearing to address criminal activity, the title of the bill (Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018) reveals its true intent — shutting down a specific group of political activists who happen to oppose the GOP.

George Orwell once said that ”If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” We used to believe that in America, but in the Age of Trump, we could soon see the day where the voices of those who dare to tell the President or others in Washington what they don’t want to hear are silenced by Big Brother.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

Follow the Strident Conservative on Twitter and Facebook.

Subscribe to receive podcasts of radio commentaries: iTunes | Stitcher | Tune In | RSS

Continue Reading

Media

NBC’s ‘mistake’ and the devious methodology of snippet propaganda

Published

on

NBCs mistake and the devious methodology of snippet propaganda

Truth is in the eye of the bewildered.

That is the unofficial motto of mainstream media. They’ll never admit it, not even to themselves in many cases, but every headline, opening paragraph, and bit of information packed into their reports are designed with slant in mind. It’s done on both sides, but the prevalence of leftism in the biggest media outlets creates a tremendous imbalance of bias.

All of this can be boiled down to something I like to call “snippet propaganda.” In every individual component, or snippet, of a news report or commentary, there are various attempts to spin the receiver (viewer, reader, or listener) in one direction or another.

Overtly, they tell us what to think about. Subtly, they tell us how to think about it.

Our always-connected, high-speed society is comprised of millions of individuals who rarely spend the time necessary on any one topic to gain true understanding. They see or hear the parts they want to ingest and then draw conclusions from it.

This is magnified by social media. I’ve had literally thousands of experiences where comments on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or the comment sections of my sites themselves react to a single, misunderstood element of what I post. In all of these cases it’s clear the comment was made by someone who didn’t actually read the article. They were just replying to the sentence or paragraph that was easily accessible.

That can be a huge annoyance to those of us who spend hours a day writing, all the while knowing we’re going to be judged on a headline or descriptive paragraph. Debates get started over issues that are covered in the article, but when people are only reading the snippet, they have no idea they’re arguing the wrong point altogether.

Mainstream media takes advantage of this. They know the masses will see a headline and description on social media and spread the information about it based on their worldviews with the assumption that the actual news report itself backs it up even if they don’t take the time to read it.

Let’s look at a story from left-wing ThinkProgress.

Portland police investigating far-right skirmishes with leftist protesters

https://thinkprogress.org/portland-police-investigating-far-right-violence-in-skirmishes-with-leftist-protestors-99c939cb20f7/Members of the far-right Patriot Prayer group and the white nationalist Proud Boys group clashed with Antifa demonstrators in Portland Saturday evening, resulting in several skirmishes during what has turned out to be a weekend of right-wing violence on both coasts.

The altercations began Saturday afternoon, when the far-right groups organized a “Flash March for Law and Order” under the leadership of Joey Gibson, a political activist and former Republican candidate for Senate in Washington.

Every aspect of this story, from headline to snippet to the body of the story itself, is tilted to the left with the intention of harnessing the rage leftists feel towards far-right organizations. Here’s the problem. The vast majority of protesters were Antifa. The vast majority of “skirmishes,” as the publication put it, were started by Antifa. Even most mainstream media outlets covered these stories with the fair and indisputable assertion that Antifa was the source.

News outlets post an inflammatory headline with a damning snippet as the description. The people react. In many cases the reality isn’t nearly as outrageous as the headline and snippet would suggest, but it’s enough to get comments, likes, and shares. Today’s news serves us Big Macs because we can grab them quickly, easily, and inexpensively. Yet for some reason, the people then wonder why they’re not satisfied with their news meal.

Let’s look at a different example, this time from right-wing Breitbart.

Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams: ‘Undocumented’ Immigrants Are Part of the ‘Blue Wave’

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/10/12/democratic-candidate-stacey-abrams-undocumented-immigrants-are-part-of-the-blue-wave/The “blue wave” — allegedly including illegal aliens — refers to the voters that Democratic candidates across the country are hoping will carry them to victory in the 2018 midterm elections.

Abrams’ comments are not entirely unfounded though, considering that earlier this week, an internal audit revealed that the California Department of Motor Vehicles had illegally registered roughly 1,500 individuals to vote, included non-citizens.

As much as I oppose illegal immigration and voter fraud, that was not what Abrams was suggesting. Breitbart spun her comments to tap into an anger many on the right feel towards illegal immigration, especially if it’s used as a tool by Democrats to get elected. Here’s the actual quote by Abrams:

“The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It’s white, it’s Latino, it’s Asian-Pacific Islander, it is disabled, it is differently-abled, it is LGBTQ, it is law enforcement, it is veterans,” she said. “It is made up of those who’ve been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented.”

She isn’t referring to illegal immigrants voting. Yes, as Breitbart asserts, the “blue wave” is driven by voters, but in context it’s clear that Abrams is discussing the sentiment of the people who are fueling the blue wave. She’s not saying that illegal immigrants are going to be voting her into office.

What’s good for the goose shouldn’t always be considered good for the gander. We unabashedly defend conservatism, federalism, and originalism, but we do so knowing we have the right ideas. There’s no need to use propaganda techniques. We have the truth on our side. It behooves right-leaning news outlets to tell stories accurately and honestly.

Now, onto the story that riled up the President.

Shortly after backlash from the right against NBC for misrepresenting the President of the United States, they issued a correction.

This final technique of snippet propaganda is arguably the most egregious. It’s when media outlets willfully misrepresent their political foes, then issue a “correction.” The problem is the original story has already reached the masses. How many of them will see the correction? How many people are walking around today claiming the President of the United States gave kudos to a man who fought to keep slavery.

This was blatant and intentional. It was an act likely committed by a very small number of people at NBC, but it was done with the intention of spreading a lie. Once the lie spread and the backlash began, those with more journalistic integrity issued the correction, but at that point the damage was done. The mainstream media and leftist narrative that the President is a racist was hammered home. The correction only served to justify the damage done without actually mitigating it.

The President and right-leaning media will mitigate the damage by highlighting the correction, but there will still be a large number of people who never hear the truth.

Shame on you, NBC.

This methodology may not be isolated to the left, but their skill in manipulating public sentiment is arguably the biggest reason the progressive movement continues to exist. It’s repugnant, which is why conservative media must expand.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Donate to NOQ Report
Advertisement

Facebook

Twitter

Trending

Copyright © 2018 NOQ Report