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2020 Vision: A watershed election

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2020 Vision A watershed election

When I was born, President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that declared: The Buck Stops Here! I have been observing United States elections since Dwight Eisenhower won re-election by defeating Adlai Stevenson again. That is a fascinating journey through the American political landscape that we’ll save for another time.

Fast forward to 2016. Businessman and celebrity Donald Trump has joined a politically and ethnically diverse field of GOP Presidential candidates. I spent that year and most of the previous one campaigning here in Hawaii for Ted Cruz.

I was frankly put off by the condescending demeanor of the candidate who eventually prevailed in that contest. The debates and the overall campaign trail did not really reveal a person of substance who was prepared to be both President and Commander-in-Chief.

After personal attacks on his wife and father by the GOP nominee, I was extremely disappointed when Ted Cruz eventually endorsed his former opponent in the general election. Since Senator Cruz supports a two-term limit and is now in his own second term, I anticipate he may try again for the Oval Office in 2024. But, he will have to explain how they got to him in 2016.

Before looking ahead to next year’s election campaign, let’s briefly consider how Candidate Trump morphed into President Trump. I will use the example of his choice of National Security Advisor as a reflection of his own evolving policies. Michael Flynn was an extremely conservative choice who was very strong on the war against Islamic terrorism. H.R. McMaster was an unmitigated disaster. Now the pendulum has swung back and John Bolton is right on in assessing national security issues and I really hope he has the President’s ear at all times.

One more example is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who did mostly a lot of nothing. Mike Pompeo is much more astute but his values are questionable. His support of a worldwide LGBT agenda makes one wonder whether he is still following the pathway established by former President Barack Obama.

Many of President Trump’s policies are truly commendable. He moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem where it should have been all along. He recognizes Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu as one of America’s best friends in the world and not as a rival as his predecessor did.

But, the incumbent in the White House still has an admiration for strong personalities without due consideration of their underlying ideologies, nor of the threat posed by their respective hostilities towards our own country.

  • Vladimir Putin of Russia
  • Xi Jinping of China
  • Kim Jong-Un of North Korea
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey

President Trump also does not understand the inherent symbolism in holding this current summit in Hanoi. At least he didn’t choose, or his Vietnamese hosts didn’t choose for him, Ho Chi Minh City which was formerly Saigon.

As a Vietnam-Era veteran who served tours in both the Philippines and Okinawa, I was at Clark Air Base during Operation Homecoming in 1973 when the former American P.O.W.’s were repatriated after years that for many included torture in the Hanoi Hilton. None of us of that vintage can fail to remember the treasonous actions of Hanoi Jane Fonda. Unless one was on a deferment and not really paying attention.

So now we have reached the occasion to engage in America’s national sport.

Not football.
Not baseball.
Not basketball.

Politics!

The marathon two-year political campaign is now upon us. Unlike last time in which there was no incumbent and both political parties were vying equally for the prize, at this early juncture only the out-of-power-but-unwilling-to-admit-it Democrats are fielding myriad contenders. I will save my evaluation of them for later. I especially want to address the flip-flopping young Congresswoman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, but not right now.

As of now, I can envision President Trump being re-elected convincingly on November 3, 2020. That is mostly a good thing because it means we will not be forfeiting our future and the future of our children and of our children’s children to the off-the-wall and off-the-scale leftist binge of the Democrat Party.

Perpetuating or regaining power is what drives the denizens of our nation’s capitol. The world inside the DC Beltway is far removed from the America most of us know and love and cherish.

That’s why this is a watershed election.

The majority of conservatives, including those of us disenfranchised by the 2016 Convention in Cleveland, will vote for Donald Trump if he is once again our GOP nominee. But there are vague indications appearing on the horizon of a potential Primary Challenge. I don’t mean by someone like Jeff Flake with the most appropriate surname.

Allen West?
Nikki Haley?
Another courageous patriot?

The important thing is for the substantive issues to be addressed. The notorious GOP debates in the last campaign failed miserably in that category. They were all just personality clashes made for prime time television.

1st Amendment.
2nd Amendment.
Preventing infanticide.
Family values.
National sovereignty.
Securing our borders.
Stopping illegal immigration.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

There is no candidate with a [D] after his or her name who can fulfill all of these basic needs of our society. Elected officials with an [R] after their name have been unreliable guardians of our values. But no viable 3rd party is going to emerge in the next year-and-a-half. So, we need to ensure that the Republican Party represents the values upon which we base our votes. This means at the national level, at the state level, and at the county and municipal levels.

It is startling to see how totally unhinged today’s Democrats have become. Some reject the United States Constitution outright. Some actually propose the establishment of Islamic sharia law over our own system of secular and impartial jurisprudence.

They wish to take away parental rights to raise our offspring according to our own faith and belief system. Their public schools attempt to socially re-engineer our culture. They teach vulnerable children hogwash such as that they are gender-fluid. They misuse science when talking about climate change, but they ignore science when it comes to gender immutability. They deny medical proof that human life begins at conception.

Some members of the United States Congress are too young to remember the harsh lessons of the Cold War and the failures of socialism. Others are old enough but limit a lavish lifestyle to themselves while seeking the Presidency standing on a socialist platform.

This is the dismal future America faces if we elect a Democrat as our next President. I’ll save discussions of foreign policy for another time. We must continue on the path of reversing all of the fundamental changes that Barack Obama succeeded in imposing upon our beloved land.

If re-elected, Donald Trump will keep us on the right path as long as he surrounds himself with the right advisors. He has a tendency to act upon whatever was last spoken into his ear. He should avoid one-on-one meetings with foreign tyrants.

It will enliven this campaign and engender the discussion of substantive issues if true conservatives will mount a Primary Challenge for the GOP nomination. For those who adore Donald Trump, you should be happy and welcome this because it will give him a bigger stage leading up to the general election against whichever Democrat.

If we hear only Democrats challenging Trump and we do not hear positive conservative visions of our country’s future, the election could be stolen. Watch out for shenanigans like the way multiple districts in Orange County, California were flipped from red to blue in 2018.

So I will just leave you to consider juxtaposing the positions and accomplishments of our incumbent Republican President with other potential conservative leaders. We absolutely must avoid being caught up in the glamour and appearance and style of the person.

How much does he or she know about domestic and foreign policy? How committed is he or she to maintaining a positive work ethic? How well will all our values be represented by our Head of State?

Yes, plus the practical consideration that underlies our ultimate decision: who is the best conservative alternative who can and will prevail against the Democrat opponent?

If you choose Donald Trump, I will join you. But, I would also most assuredly vote for either Allen West or Nikki Haley!

 


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Foreign Affairs

Thanks to Trump, Americans still have free speech

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Thanks to Trump Americans still have free speech

In spite of what mainstream media says, Trump’s rejection of the “Christchurch Call” may spare Americans from the Orwellian censorship other Western countries have pledged their allegiance to

Using tragedies to push political agendas is nothing new.

While people are still reeling from some disaster, before they are thinking rationally again is the best time for the shrewd-minded to take advantage of the situation. These cunning individuals cite prevention of another catastrophe in order to pressure those soft hearts – yet to come down from the shock of recent horrific events – into taking rash, impulsive, immediate action.

This is exactly what happened on May 15, when several nations and big tech companies, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft, signed a pledge written up in response to the Christchurch mosque massacre which was live-streamed by the shooter on Facebook.

The “Christchurch Call To Action,” which can be read in its entirety here, outlined efforts to be taken in order “to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online,” including “strengthening the resilience and inclusiveness of our societies” and encouraging media to “apply ethical standards when depicting terrorist events online.”

Among the countries who signed the call were Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the European Commission, Japan, Senegal, Jordan, India, and Indonesia.

But not America.

President Trump saw through the guise of humanitarianism that the Christchurch Call hid behind and refused to get on board.

In a statement regarding the president’s decision not to sign the Call, the White House claimed,

”We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Further, we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump has received a lot of backlash from mainstream media accusing him of being a “white supremacist bigot” contributing to “hate” for not signing the Call, but in reality, Trump was wise to stand against the crowd on this one.

The Christchurch Call is framed as a means for combating terrorism, but the vague terms sprinkled throughout the reactionary document like “inclusiveness” and “ethical standards” leave too much open to interpretation. Such loosely defined words make plenty of room for government censorship of any dissenting opinions on the Internet.

Other western countries are already sliding down the slippery slope towards an Orwellian future.

Just after the Christchurch shooting, New Zealand criminalized the video of the assailant’s livestream and his manifesto. Now, several citizens of New Zealand have been arrested and are facing up to 14 years of imprisonment just for sharing the video.

Some New Zealanders have also reported receiving visits from local police, who asked questions regarding their political views, such as if they liked Trump or not.

In Scotland, a man was fined £800 for making this video in the spirit of comedy:

Several U.K. citizens have been arrested, fined, or had the police visit them for criticizing Islam on social media.

While Americans like Alex Jones have questionably been banned from platforms like Facebook and Youtube, this is the worst it gets in the United States.

In America, government involvement in silencing online political dissidents through arrests and fines is unheard of. In declining to sign the Christchurch Call, Trump made a statement displaying his commitment to preserving his people’s right to voice their opinions, no matter how controversial.

While the Trump administration still stands, America will remain the land of freedom of speech.

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Blue Collar Logic: How the left is acting like a villain who wants to be caught

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Blue Collar Logic How the left is acting like a villain who wants to be caught

There are many ways to look at the unprecedented lurch to the left the Democratic Party has been experiencing over the last couple of years. Some, particularly the radical progressives leading the charge, see it as a natural evolution of ideas as their delicate sensibilities blossom. Establishment Democrats see them as a backlash against losing so inexplicably with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Many Republicans don’t see much of a difference other than a more vocal expression of what they’ve held in their hearts for some time.

The folks over at Blue Collar Logic have a different take. They’re seeing the strange actions and hyper-leftist lurching by the Democrats as a transition into a criminal mindset. Whether consciously or subconsciously, they’re throwing out ideas that make very little sense even when compared to what they’ve said in the past. Like a criminal that wants to be caught, they’re leaving clues that they know what they’re doing and saying is wrong, but they feel compelled to do them anyway.

The clearest example to me is the notion that abortions can and should be a consideration even after an “unwanted” baby is born following a botched abortion. Even in the most evil levels of consciousness, there has to be a sense of wrongdoing in the way they’re describing the events as they can hypothetically happen based on what’s being proposed in some states today, but they continue down this road as if they’re unaffected by logic or compassion. The push for “women’s rights” has so superseded their thinking when it comes to abortion that the most extreme version of abortion must be the one that they embrace.

As we approach the 2020 election season, let’s keep a close eye on the rhetoric and radical policy proposals candidates are throwing out. Just because it’s on record doesn’t mean enough voters will hear them. We need their ideas to stick to them like evidence in a murder case.

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What does San Francisco Mayor London Breed have to hide about Jeff Adachi’s death?

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What does San Francisco Mayor London Breed have to hide about

San Francisco politicians would be in an absolute uproar if the Trump administration ordered the suspension of an unambiguous liberty for the sake of expediency. They would declare a Constitutional crisis was underway and would demand the rights of their citizens be upheld while those who violated them should be held accountable. But when the rights of a citizen are trampled on to benefit their corrupt politicians, they stand by the trampling and pretend like nothing foul is afoot.

Such is the story of journalist Bryan Carmody. His 1st Amendment rights were disregarded so blatantly and so frivolously that it’s obvious there’s a major cover up underway that is protecting very powerful people in the progressive mecca of San Francisco. Following Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death, a leaked police report was released by Carmody, prompting the San Francisco Police to illegally attempt to force him to reveal his source. He is protected by the Freedom of the Press from divulging his source, but strong-arm techniques reminiscent of the actions of third-world dictators doesn’t seem to be making a dent in the official stories from San Francisco politicians, most notably Mayor London Breed.

San Francisco’s mayor shows the country what a real attack on the free press looks like

Carmody claims he was restrained in handcuffs for nearly six hours as the authorities ransacked his home, seizing “laptops, phones and hard drives — including all the images and documents he had archived from his 29-year career as a reporter and cameraman,” the report adds.

Law enforcement officials have neither denied nor contradicted the freelancer’s version of events. The San Francisco Police Department has not yet returned Carmody’s equipment. The raid, which was approved by two trial court judges, also included agents from the FBI.

And all because Carmody refused to give up a confidential source, as is his right. The mayor sees it differently, though, and she is digging in.

The Mayor took the unconstitutional route from the start and hasn’t looked back.

“San Francisco Police Department is in the process of conducting an investigation into how confidential information was released within the Department. As part of this investigation, the Department went through the appropriate legal process to request a search warrant, which was approved by two judges,” her office said in a statement last week.

Even now, as the pressure mounts from news outlets across the country for the far-left political machine of San Francisco to denounce the attack on the press, one that is so much more direct and heinous than anything President Trump has done, they continue to focus on the legality of the search warrants (even though they clearly were not legal by any stretch of the imagination) and the imperative of finding out who leaked the memos, something that no average San Francisco resident could ever actually care about if they’re being honest.

Instead of defending the Constitution and the rights of their citizens, they’re redirecting.

Their unabashed willingness to continue forward despite all the bad press they’re getting can easily lead someone to one conclusion: There’s something really bad surrounding Adechi’s death that has San Francisco Democrats terrified. There’s a cover up happening right before our eyes, one that has politicians, police, and judges involved and unwavering in their willingness to discard the 1st Amendment altogether.

Whatever has London Breed and her cronies spooked about Adechi’s death, it has to be huge. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be pressing so adamantly against the Constitution of the United States in the broad daylight of public condemnation.

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