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Trump’s presidency: From ‘The Apprentice’ to ‘Survivor’

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An administration is more than one person. There are cabinet members and staff, who’s job is to execute the policies the President decides upon. There is no doubt that for a Presidency to be successful, a President must “hire the best people.” And so, Donald Trump made the argument that he “hires the best people.”

If only that were true.

Just six months into the Trump Administration, and there has already been some major changes. Reince Priebus is gone as White House Chief of Staff. Anthony Scaramucci was hired as Communications Director and fired less than 2 weeks later. Sean Spicer left as Press Secretary in protest to Scaramucci’s hiring. John Kelly has replaced Priebus as Chief of Staff, leaving a vacancy at the top of Homeland Security.

James Comey was fired as FBI Director in the most unprofessional manner. Justified or not, the President should have fired him in-person. Instead, a public announcement was made, which is how Comey himself learned that he had been sacked.

Should Comey have been fired? Absolutely. His testimony in front of Congress prior to the election, which thoroughly detailed the most-recent criminal acts of Hillary Clinton, yet arguing she should not be charged as “she had no intent,” was downright ridiculous.
The problem is, Trump fired Comey while in the middle of an investigation into Trump and his staff. Comey should have been fired on January 21st. The President fired Comey in the worst way possible and with the worst timing.

Attorney General Sessions has been under the gun. The President, with his typical lack of professionalism, took to social media to chastise Sessions, instead of speaking with him privately. True Conservative and Libertarian-leaning Americans were wary of Sessions from the beginning, due in no small part to his career-long love of the unconstitutional practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Now, that same abuse of government power has been adopted as policy and is being carried-out at the Federal level. Very few liberty-minded people would be sorry to see Sessions go, but that is hardly the point. Apparently, Kelly has since told Sessions that his job is safe… at least for now.

The reverse-side of this hiring trend has also been made manifest. John Koskinen, the Commissioner of the IRS, is still in place. Koskinen gained infamy under the Obama Administration for his alleged role in the targeting of conservative groups by his agency leading-up to and persisting after the 2012 election; as well as his subsequent, highly-questionable responses given to Congress on the same subject. He, like Comey, should have been fired on Jan 21.

H.R. McMaster, another Obama appointee, is now serving as National Security Advisor. McMaster has taken some heat in recent days for the firing of Trump loyalists from the National Security Council, but largely only from those who see serving Trump, not the constitution, as serving the country. If there was going to be a problem, why was he ever hired by Trump in the first place?

Waiters, cable TV salesman at Walmart, and retail employees are jobs where you might expect a high turnover rate. Top-level advisors and Cabinet Members are not. These are people you typically expect to serve the entire first term, and sometimes even into the second, should there be one.

What has taken place thus far is NOT “hiring the best people.” This is a direct result of a President who hasn’t the first clue what he’s doing. Trump, along with his most ardent sycophants, argue that Trump’s problems stem from the so-called “Deep State.” Well, if the Deep State is still in power, doesn’t the blame then lie with Trump for not getting rid of it in the first place?

Sadly, none of this should be surprising. The Trump campaign gave Americans a glimpse into how a future Trump Administration would look. Trump went through a host of campaign managers and advisors, each more disreputable than the last, before settling on Kellyanne Conway to take him through to the end.

It is ridiculous for the President to ever claim he hires the best people. Maybe he does, but it doesn’t count when the best people are hired because they’re then only ones left after everyone else has been hired and fired. It only counts if they are hired as the best person for the position in the first place.

Perhaps Trump will hire the best people, eventually, but America can’t wait forever for him to get there. Six months into this Administration, and very little has been accomplished in a nation that is still reeling from the years of corruption and abuse by the Obama Administration. So far there is no wall, no repeal of Obamacare, and no tax reform. Trump’s cult wants to blame Congress, but they should be blaming Trump.

He’s given no clear direction, and hasn’t focused on any one issue long enough to accomplish any of them. He’s done a good job of repealing some of the Obama-era executive orders, but an EO can change as soon as the next President is in power. And, with the way things are going, that will likely be no later than January 20, 2020. Trump needs to get meaningful legislation passed, but it appears he doesn’t even know how to go about doing that.

Hiring the right staff could help him accomplish such goals, but it seems unlikely that’ll actually happen. Trump’s hiring criteria seems to be centered around who kissed his ring during the election, and the staunch conservatives (not to be confused with the RINO Never Trumpers like Bill Kristol and Jeb Bush) didn’t do that. Trump simply puts his sycophants in place. He seems willing to forgive past critics, like Scaramucci, but only so long as they swear allegiance to Trump himself, and not the Constitution. That isn’t going to make things better.

He needs to privately beg the help of truly effective leaders, men like Scott Walker and Mike Lee. But Trump will never do that, as ‘humility’ isn’t a word this President can spell (as evidenced by his typo-laden tweets), much less embody as a personality trait.
It seems clear that Americans can look forward to at least three and-a-half years of this non-stop reality show in the White House, in lieu of a competent staff and cabinet comprised of truly-effective leaders to run the country. Meaning the longer this drama continues and meaningful legislation continues to fail in Congress, it becomes more and more likely there will ONLY be three and-a-half years, as the odds of Trump winning reelection against any half-decent, non-lifelong criminal nominee, become ever more unlikely.

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Capt. Chuck Nash: Iranian regime trying to hold out in hopes Trump is not reelected

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Capt Chuck Nash Things in Iran are getting worse by the day

Iran’s saber rattling continues as the U.S. military buildup reaches a point in which they can no longer expect to be able to defend themselves if they start a way. Meanwhile, the President lobbed a clear threat to them about their rhetoric and aggression.

Speaking on Fox News, retired U.S. Navy Captain Charles T. Nash said, “Regimes, whether it’s the Soviet Union or the current theocracy in Iran, they won’t stop loosening up until it’s too late, and when they do they know it’s all going to fly apart. The wheels are going to come off.”

Opinion

Iran has a serious problem, and it’s not the United States. Their leadership has been so obtuse during times of economic prosperity that they didn’t use it to help their people become self-sustaining. Now, they’re reliant on a government that doesn’t have the resources to help them, making this an issue that goes beyond oppression. They’re on the verge of financial collapse and the only solution is the one solution they will never consider.

As Nash noted in the video above, they won’t change. They can’t. It goes against their nature to do what’s right by their people if doing so means doing anything the United States, Saudi Arabia, or Israel want. Their pride will be the undoing of their people.

President Trump is the biggest reason they’re failing. At this point, all they can do is hope he loses reelection. If he does, they have a chance of recovering if they’re even able to survive that long. If he wins, they’re toast and they know it. Expect to see them attempt to interfere with our elections any way they can, including expansion of Endless Mayfly.

The defection of Ali Nasisi is most likely a huge blessing for America. As their ambitions appear to be coming to light, the information gleaned from the former Iranian Brigadier General has been invaluable.

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“What they’re trying to do is hold out hope against hope, and if President Trump is reelected, then they’re going to have to figure out what they’re going to do.” – Captain Charles Nash

Final Thoughts

Iran is desperate. Now that their military aggression is on call by the President, they may have to resort to terrorism to achieve their goals of ousting Trump and spreading fear across the world.

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Trump hits Fox News, Chris Wallace for Pete Buttigieg town hall

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Trump hits Fox News in general and Chris Wallace in particular for having Democrats on

President Trump has always been a supporter of Fox News. Some have noted how many of his talking points came from the news network; during the day he quotes Fox & Friends, while in the evening he quotes Sean Hannity and others. But there’s one show host he doesn’t care for and one activity he’s lashed out against at the network.

He doesn’t like Chris Wallace and he isn’t happy when they have Democratic presidential candidates on.

He spoke out last month when the network had Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on for a a town hall with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Though the hosts were critical of Sanders and asked him tough questions, the event was considered a win by many for Sanders as he deflected some issues and turned others in his favor. This peeved the President, but not as much as Wallace did this morning.

The son of famed newsman Mike Wallace had South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on for a town hall Sunday and proceeded to not only throw him softballs for questions, but at times praise the Democratic candidate. This didn’t sit well with the President.

Opinion

I understand the premise of the news is that it’s supposed to be unbiased. But I also recognize the reality that all news is biased. The President has very few allies in the media and Fox News is the biggest, so when they seem to be helping the opposition, it’s bound to tweak the President.

In a perfect world, the major news networks would be truly fair and balanced. This isn’t a perfect world and the cards are stacked against conservatives. Just as the education system leans left, so too do most mainstream media news outlets.

Chris Wallace sticks out at Fox News as one of the few outspoken detractors of President Trump. It puts them in a pickle because they don’t want to get rid of the popular show host over his political views, but their core audience is comprised almost entirely of Trump supporters. It doesn’t behoove them to have someone so outspoken, especially when the opposition is using his shows a platform to take down the President.

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“Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!” – President Trump

Final Thoughts

In a media atmosphere in which news outlets are picking sides, the President only has one major outlet on his. The days of news outlets simply reporting the news may be behind us. This is a side effect of the polarization in America.

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17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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