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Before I get started let me say this first….

MAGA Patriots

I truly believe that the vast majority of you who supported Trump from day one are patriots. You’ve seen the devastating effects of liberal policies of our nation, but you knew you couldn’t trust the GOP because they were no better. I didn’t vote for Trump, but have tried to be an honest broker about him. I don’t think those of you who voted for him are “dumb hicks” or “uneducated rednecks.” I get his appeal. I really do. I disagreed with you that electing him was a good idea, but that doesn’t mean I think you aren’t patriots who believe in conservative values of limited government, freedom, liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness. The fact is most of you are patriots. The few that aren’t are just lunatics, but every group has its lunatics. Of course in this case I’m speaking of the “alt-right.” True conservatives know that racism and anti-Semitism has no place in our nation or in our hearts. So, I ask that you read this whole letter, and let me say what I have to say, and please take it in the spirit in which it’s intended.

The Good

This may be tough to read for many of you who have supported Trump wholeheartedly from the beginning, but I think that many of you may now finally be receptive to it. I’ve tried to be an honest broker on Trump. I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t think he’d win. I’ve praised him when he did something I thought was good, and I’ve criticized him when he did what I thought was wrong. I’ve tried to call balls and strikes all throughout his presidency.

I haven’t cared about the Russia probe simply because I assume everyone in Washington is working for someone, and it’s never us. I don’t care about Stormy Daniels because it was years before he was President and it was consensual. He hasn’t been a moral man, but that’s not why I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for him because he’s a lifelong liberal. You’ve heard this before, but many of you are paying attention now.

He’s done better than I ever imagined. However, that’s because I had such low expectations. I honestly thought we’d end up with a SCOTUS nominee to the left of Garland. He chose Gorsuch, but in retrospect that was probably just as a bone to his base. Donald Trump had no real guiding principles. He only cares about certain things, and those things aren’t conservative for the most part.

I honestly thought we wouldn’t get any tax cuts, but we did, because he cares about that. He wanted a corporate tax cut, which we desperately needed for our economy, but he wanted it for himself. He cares about tariffs, but so did Bernie Sanders. Tariffs aren’t good for the economy. They work counter to a free market. They sound good for an “America First” policy, but they’ve never worked.

The Bad

Now those of you who have supported Trump unequivocally are starting to see the light with this massive omnibus bill. It funds Planned Parenthood. It funds sanctuary cities. It funds Obamacare. It doesn’t fund the wall, which was the centerpiece of his election promises. None of this should really come as a real surprise. He said it all during the campaign.

“Planned Parenthood does many good things.”

“We’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.” Well, if Mexico isn’t paying for it, I guess that means no wall?

“I am a deal maker.” Well, he’s made a deal alright. Not a very good one. All he’s gotten in exchange is an excess of military spending that we don’t need and can’t afford as I wrote about a couple months back.

I’m sure there are many of you screaming at the computer screen right now, maintaining that the President is “playing 14 dimensional chess.” Come on. You’re just deluding yourself at this point. I’m not saying Donald Trump is the worst President ever. But stop saying he’s the best President ever either. The fact is we really don’t know a President’s quality until they’ve been out of office for 30 years, so it’s silly to make those claims anyway.

The Ugly

I’m not here to say “I told you so,” but I did know this day would eventually come, even though I hoped I was wrong.

I’m sorry, folks, but you’ve been sold out.

Trump didn’t plan on winning, and now that he has he is ramming through the few things he cares about. Immigration isn’t on the list of things he cares about. He’s hired illegals for many years, so this shouldn’t come as a shock. He DID know that it was an issue we cared about though, and he knows marketing. He got the nomination talking about it in very simplistic terms, even though he simply co-opted the ideas of others such as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.

Further, the President is far too quick to jump to the left on issues like gun control, because that’s where his heart is. All of his properties are “gun-free,” even those that aren’t required to be by state law. This should have been a warning sign to all 2nd-Amendment advocates.

He’s also a proponent of single-payer healthcare. “Everyone is going to be covered, and the government is going to pay for it,” he said during the campaign.

The Way Forward

I am not, not, NOT advocating a return to the days of RINOs. The likes of Bill Kristol, Rick Wilson, and Tom Nichols will laugh and say “see, we told you so!!” Well, they’re in no position to do so. They were pushing Jeb and Kasich. We’d have been worse off today if we’d gone that route. We can drain the swamp and fight the liberal GOP establishment, but this time we need to consider doing it with a proven conservative, not a lifelong liberal who became a Republican 2 minutes before he declared he was running for President. There are a few out there. Not many, but a few. We have to vet them vigorously.

And then comes the hard part. We have to hold them accountable. We can’t join cults. It’s a natural thing to do, to become a fan. What’s funny is I saw people make fun of the “Trump Cult” while being in the Rubio Cult, or the Rand Paul Cult. Cults of personality are BAD. No one is perfect. Everyone, especially politicians, have their faults. We have to be mindful of that.

It might be time to consider a primary challenge to the President. And NO, I do NOT mean John Kasich or Jeff Flake. We’ll have to think that one over, but let’s take some time to digest and think things over. We’ve all had a tough couple of days. Let’s think things through. I imagine after this omnibus spending bill betrayal the GOP has doomed itself this midterm cycle, and Donald Trump has guaranteed he will be a one-term President. He won with fewer votes than Romney lost with, so he was going to need people like me to vote for him in 2020. He was on a good path to making that happen. He’s lost it now. I imagine he’s lost many of his staunchest supporters too.

You’re all great Americans. God Bless.

 

 

 

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  1. Michael

    March 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    You think it’s time to consider a challenger to a president who has kept more campaign promises than all of his predecessors combined?

    A man who doesn’t expect to win doesn’t spend the time or money to do 1 and 2 appearances a day for months. He didn’t do it for his health, he didn’t do it because he loves the personal attacks (that have continued from campaign to the present), he didn’t do it to throw money away, he ran to win. Hillary thought it was her turn to buy the election but Trump ran on a platform that the people identify with.

    Unlike Hillary and the other GOP candidates – he ran on the America First platform, and that has a lot of appeal for those of us watching as the country was being sold to the highest bidder. As I said above, Trump has kept a lot of his campaign promises. If not for the obstructionists in the House and Senate, I believe he might have delivered all of them by now.

    I won’t vote for any primary challenger to Trump, and I don’t know anyone who would.

    I think the crazy person – is you.

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Argentina: Submarine missing a year found deep in Atlantic

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Argentina Submarine missing a year found deep in Atlantic

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s navy announced early Saturday that searchers found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard.

The vessel was detected 800 meters (2,625 feet) deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the statement said.

The navy said a “positive identification” had been made by a remote-operated submersible from the American ship Ocean Infinity, which was hired for the latest search for the missing vessel.

The discovery was announced just two days after families of the missing sailors held a commemoration one year after the sub disappeared on Nov. 15, 2017.

On Thursday, on the anniversary of the disappearance, President Mauricio Macri said the families of the submariners should not feel alone and delivered an “absolute and non-negotiable commitment” to find “the truth.”

Macri promised a full investigation after the submarine was lost. Federal police raided naval bases and other buildings last January as part of the probe, soon after the government dismissed the head of the navy.

The San Juan was returning to its base in the coastal city of Mar del Plata when contact was lost.

Argentina gave up hope of finding survivors after an intense search aided by 18 countries, but the navy has continued searching for the vessel.

The German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 class submarine was commissioned in the mid-1980s and was most recently refitted between 2008 and 2014. During the $12 million retrofitting, the vessel was cut in half and had its engines and batteries replaced. Experts said refits can be difficult because they involve integrating systems produced by different manufacturers, and even the tiniest mistake during the cutting phase can put the safety of the ship and crew at risk.

The navy said previously the captain reported on Nov. 15 that water entered the snorkel and caused one of the sub’s batteries to short-circuit. The captain later communicated that it had been contained.

Some hours later, an explosion was detected near the time and place where the San Juan was last heard from. The navy said the blast could have been caused by a “concentration of hydrogen” triggered by the battery problem reported by the captain.

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Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

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Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trumps California visit

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump.

The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, and he could face resentment from locals for blaming the inferno on poor forest management in California.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, “This should have been all raked out.”

Deputies found eight more bodies Friday, bringing the death toll to 71.

The number of people unaccounted for grew from 631 on Thursday night to more than 1,000 on Friday, but Sheriff Kory Honea said the list was dynamic and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings of names.

He said the roster probably includes some who fled the blaze and do not realize they’ve been reported missing.

“We are still receiving calls, we’re still reviewing emails,” Honea said Friday.

Some on the list have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media. Others have been located and are safe, but authorities haven’t gotten around to marking them as found.

Tamara Conry said she should never have been on the list.

“My husband and I are not missing and never were!” Conry wrote Thursday night on Facebook. “We have no family looking for us. … I called and left a message to take our names off.”

Authorities compiled the list by going back to listen to all the dispatch calls they received since the fire started, to make sure they didn’t miss anyone.

In last year’s catastrophic wildfires in California wine country, Sonoma County authorities at one point listed more than 2,000 people as missing. But they slowly whittled down the number. In the end, 44 people died in several counties.

The wildfire this time all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on Nov. 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings, authorities said.

Firefighters were gaining ground against the blaze, which blackened 222 square miles (575 square kilometers). It was 45 percent contained and posed no immediate threat to populated areas. Crews managed to stop it from spreading toward Oroville, population 19,000.

A search and rescue dog searches for human remains at the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent Trump country, with Trump beating Hillary Clinton in Butte County by 4 percentage points in 2016.

But some survivors resent that Trump took to Twitter two days after the disaster to blame the wildfires on poor forest mismanagement. He threatened to withhold federal payments from California.

“If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you’re going to be accepted? You’re not going to have a parade,” Maggie Crowder of Magalia said Thursday outside an informal shelter at a Walmart parking lot in Chico.

But Stacy Lazzarino, who voted for Trump, said it would be good for the president to see the devastation up close: “I think by maybe seeing it he’s going to be like ‘Oh, my goodness,’ and it might start opening people’s eyes.”

In his Fox News interview on the eve of his visit, the president repeated his criticism. Asked if he thought climate change contributed to the fires, he said, “Maybe it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.”

Nick Shawkey, a captain with the state fire agency, said the president’s tweet blaming poor forest management was based on a “misunderstanding.” The federal government manages 46 percent of land in California.

“The thing he’s tweeting about is his property,” Shawkey said.

California’s outgoing and incoming governors said they would join Trump on Saturday.

Democrats Gov. Jerry Brown and governor-elect Gavin Newsom said they welcomed the president’s visit and “now is a time to pull together for the people of California.” Brown and Newsom have been vocal critics of Trump.

There were also worries the presidential visit would be disruptive.

“It’s already a zoo here and I don’t care who the president is. He needs to wait because the traffic’s already horrendous,” said Charlotte Harkness, whose home in Paradise burned down. “He could just tweet something nice — three words: ‘I am sorry,’ and that’s fine.”

More than 450 searchers continued looking for human remains in the ashes.

Around 52,000 people have been driven out and have gone to shelters, motels and the homes of friends and relatives. With winter coming on, many are seeking answers on what assistance will be provided.

At the Chico Mall where the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others set up an assistance center, 68-year-old Richard Wilson sought information about lodging. His wife is nearly bedridden from lupus and fibromyalgia.

“We’re having to stay at a Marriott, which is like $100 a night, and we’re running out of money,” Wilson said as he stood outside in rubber sandals and no socks — the only footwear he had when he fled the flames that destroyed his home.

In Southern California , meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back in their homes near Los Angeles after a blaze torched an area the size of Denver and destroyed more than 600 homes and other structures. The blaze was 69 percent contained, authorities said.

At least three deaths were reported.

Schools across a large swath of the state were closed because of smoke, and San Francisco’s world-famous open-air cable cars were pulled off the streets.

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Associated Press reporters Janie Har and Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that Crowder spoke by Walmart and that Wilson spoke at an assistance center.

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The Saudi predicament requires radical changes in our foreign affairs positions

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Saudi predicament requires radical changes in our foreign affairs positions

The United States is at a foreign affairs crossroads. One of our most important allies in the most important region in the world is being led by a man that U.S. intelligence (and pretty much everybody else) believes ordered the murder of a journalist living in our nation and writing for one of its biggest news outlets. How can we reconcile between what’s right and what’s smart?

Further evidence was leaked today that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month. The CIA concluded this based on multiple pieces of circumstantial evidence, including phone calls intercepted between Khashoggi and Mohammed’s brother assuring Khashoggi’s safety if he went to the Saudi consulate where was murdered.

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-concludes-saudi-crown-prince-ordered-jamal-khashoggis-assassination/2018/11/16/98c89fe6-e9b2-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html?utm_term=.718b2d26599cThe CIA’s conclusion about Mohammed’s role was also based on the agency’s assessment of the prince as the country’s de facto ruler who oversees even minor affairs in the kingdom. “The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved,” said a U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions.

Among the intelligence assembled by the CIA is an audio recording from a listening device that the Turks placed inside the Saudi consulate, according to the people familiar with the matter. The Turks gave the CIA a copy of that audio, and the agency’s director, Gina Haspel, has listened to it.

This is much more complicated than deciding whether or not to punish Mohammed. The stakes are unfathomably high, including balance of power in the Middle East, a potential oil crisis that could cripple the world economy, and the future of a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.

Unfortunately, what’s right and what’s smart are diametrically opposed in this situation.

What’s right?

Every ounce of evidence points to the near-certainty that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. He was a permanent residence of the United States who lived in Virginia and worked at the Washington Post. While not a citizen, he lawfully earned the right to fall under our nation’s protections.

The right thing to do is to condemn the Crown Prince, even if that will irreversibly damage our relationship with Saudi Arabia.

What’s smart?

Based on the current geopolitical status quo, Saudi Arabia is our best proxy to keep Iran in check in the Middle East. They are also the reason the dollar is still the world’s reserve currency despite efforts by Russia, China, and other nations to change that. This status allows the dollar to maintain artificial stability. There are many factors in play that could cripple the dollar if Saudi Arabia and OPEC started dealing in other currencies, bur national debt alone would be enough to catastrophically collapse our entire economy if the world had the means to turn its collective back on us.

Saudi Arabia and the so-called “petrodollar” is the force that maintains the illusion of stability.

The arms we sell Saudi Arabia account for a substantial chunk of revenue and jobs in the United States, but more importantly it gives them the technological edge they need over Iran. If the Saudis turn to Russia or China, our influence over the region would diminish greatly.

The smart thing to do is to sweep this under the rug. Throw symbolic punishment at some sacrificial Saudi lambs and move on.

Time for change

There is no way to do what’s right and still do what’s smart, so it would seem the White House has to pick between the two.

Perhaps they don’t. Perhaps there’s a third option.

Even if we do the “right” thing by condemning Saudi Arabia Mohammed, ties will not deteriorate immediately. There will be a wind down during which time the Saudis will be looking for other partners and the Americans will be trying to salvage the relationship.

What if we didn’t? What if we acknowledged for the first time that Saudi Arabia is more than just the country that murdered Khashoggi. Their human rights record is atrocious. They have directly or indirectly harmed the United States for years, including a significant role in terrorist attacks. They spread Wahhabism across the world. If you haven’t heard much about Wahhabism, it’s because the radical Islamic sect that drives the House of Saud is protected from media scrutiny. See Network, which only partially satirizes the influence the Saudis have on U.S. media.

Saudi Arabia is a horrible ally. They’re necessary because we’ve made them necessary, but if we drastically cut budgets and spending, the economic ramifications of a break with them would be mitigated. It’s time to make deals with nations that do not smile at us in public and subvert us in private. Nations that do not like us, including Brazil and Venezuela, could be brought under our wing to replace Saudi Arabia on the oil front. It’s unimaginable now, but we live in fast-moving times.

Also, build the Keystone XL pipeline.

As for stability in the Middle East, it’s time we go all-in with Israel. They are the only true democracy and the one nation in the Middle East we can count on to not stab us in the back. They are capable of being the check against Iran. Abandon all talks of a two-state solution, work with Israel as our primary proxy in the Middle East, and make Saudi Arabia turn to others for support.

All of this sounds dangerous because, well, it is. The dominoes that will fall when we take drastic measures against Saudi Arabia will be painful. But there’s one thing to consider before balking at this. We may be heading in this direction already. The difference is it wouldn’t be us initiating (and therefore prepared for) these changes. Saudi Arabia has been quietly seeking a better deal for decades. They haven’t found it yet, but someday they will. When that happens, they’ll pull the rug out from under us.

We should be the ones pulling the rug. If we’re not, the permanent repercussions will be devastating.

Radical change in our foreign affairs stance is long overdue. Saudi Arabia is the worst kind of ally to rely upon, not just because of Khashoggi but because of everything else they’ve done. None of this seems feasible now, but it may be the only path forward.

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