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2020 Vision: A watershed election



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.


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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Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to Bill Clinton



Jeffrey Epsteins ties to Bill Clinton

Powerful men across the country and around the world are sweating over child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest. He may turn on them, cutting a deal to reveal all the dirty secrets the billionaire may hold. We don’t know a lot about who could be involved, but there’s someone who seems to be most closely attached to him: President Bill Clinton.

One wouldn’t know this based solely on the way mainstream media has been covering it. The loose associations between Epstein and President Trump have been more of the focus. Anything they can do to attach the President to the pedophile is fair game.

But don’t expect them to ignore Clinton if Epstein implicates him. They have no allegiance to the former president. If anything, they would love to roast Clinton to prove they’re fair and balanced. Nevertheless, the connections are worth noting.

This comprehensive look at Clinton’s ties to the criminal billionaire by Gina Shakespeare at The Epoch Times breaks down all the connections and comes to the only logical conclusion: Slick Willy is very nervous right now.

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Comparing the 1976 election to 2020



Comparing the 1976 election to 2020

As we all know, the best thing about hindsight is that it is always 20/20. In 1976, I made the one big political blunder that I will live up to. I helped elect Jimmy Carter as 39th president of the United States.

Actually, it all started out positively but very quickly slid downhill on a steep incline. Jimmy Carter has been an unmitigated disaster both during and since his time in office. He is just lucky that Barack Obama has now taken his title as worst president of our lifetime.


On Election Day, November 2, 1976, I was a 27 year old U.S. Air Force veteran enrolled at a Christian university. I had survived the Hippie Revolution during the Psychedelic 60s. While the war in Vietnam was raging, I served tours in the Philippines and on Okinawa.

At the time of the 1968 election, I was already over 18 but the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 had not yet been ratified. Therefore, my first opportunity to vote for President of the United States was via absentee ballot from Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1972.

Richard Nixon’s political future had been written off when the standing VP lost to a young Senator from Massachusetts in 1960. But 1968 was a very turbulent year in politics. In fact, it was a very traumatic year for our entire country.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th. Barely four and a half years after the assassination of JFK, his younger brother and former U.S. Attorney General RFK was shot and killed at a hotel in Los Angeles just a few miles from where I then resided. Robert Kennedy had just won the California Democratic Primary when his life was so tragically ended.

Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in the general election that year of 1968. In 1972, he was overwhelmingly re-elected against George McGovern. The best political slogan of all time that I recall was McGovern McCan’t.

So Nixon was riding high. But the man who always seemed destined to eventually self-destruct self-destructed. If you’re too young to remember Watergate, please Google it.

Nixon’s VP Spiro Agnew of Maryland had resigned due to a scandal and Gerald Ford had been confirmed as his replacement. In the face of almost certain impeachment, Tricky Dicky resigned on August 9th, 1974, just a couple months after I had returned to civilian life.

Jerry Ford was a very likable former Congressman from Michigan who was as clumsy as all get-out. America (myself included) was disgusted over the revelations of Watergate and rampant corruption in the White House.

Without belaboring the point, the time was ripe for a perceived Southern Gentleman from Georgia to bring civility back to the U.S. presidency. At their convention in Kansas City in 1976, the GOP had the chance to nominate Ronald Reagan but went with Ford instead.

I believe it was Charles Osgood who used to do rhyming reports who made the most memorable one that still sticks in my mind. This week in Kansas City fair, there was a man who wasn’t there! The GOP wanted no discussion whatsoever of Nixon’s fall.

So Jimmy Carter won.


This current discussion is not so much about the miserable legacy of Jimmy Carter which I have written about before. Suffice it for now to remind us that he was the one who failed to respond to Iran and created the hostile environment that still exists 40 years later. Carter then went on to pander to Palestinians and other Middle Eastern hostile Islamic entities.

What I’m focusing on here is how America was sick of Nixon and blamed the Republican Party for his abuses. He had actually done more good than bad following 8 years of Democrats under JFK and LBJ. But Watergate erased every bit of that.

Now, we are once again at a crossroads in history. After eight years of Democrat misrule under BHO, in 2016 our country was ready to entrust our future to Donald Trump. No need to go into an evaluation of POTUS 45.

I went into more detail about 1976 because many of you reading this today were not born yet, some were too young to yet take an interest in national events and frankly memories tend to dim after the passage of so much time unless this is a vital component of one’s sense of civic responsibility.

Today there is a lot of loose talk about a potential impeachment of our incumbent president. Many have actually forgotten or purposely buried the actual impeachment of Bill Clinton. But, the truth is that impeachment of President Trump remains highly unlikely. But this has all created an atmosphere of uncertainty.

This current article might be somewhat more apropos in 2024 when Donald Trump is completing his second full term in office. Yes, I fully expect that to happen. But there is too much that applies today to try to hold these thoughts in abeyance for 5 years.

The Democrat Party today is a far cry from what it was in 1976. Back then, Dems and GOP both seemed to love America but to have different visions of how to govern this wonderful land.

It would not be unreasonable in this day and age to question whether modern Democrats really do still love the United States of America. Do they value our shared national tradition over their own greed and political ambitions for power?

Nothing nearly as extreme as Watergate has transpired under POTUS 45. But I do observe that there is a sense of urgency in some factions to totally repudiate and distance our country from the policies and behavior of Donald Trump. To those old enough to remember, the one theme that remains constant with both Nixon and Trump is that their detractors consider them totally dysfunctional despite their actual accomplishments.

A rational decision in 1976 would have led to a vote for Gerald Ford rather than Jimmy Carter as I can now clearly see in retrospect. But Carter was soft-spoken and seductive in his political rhetoric. While the Democrat field of presidential hopefuls has yet to be winnowed down, there is a lot more chaff than wheat in the field. What is left may be less than optimum.

20/20 NEEDED IN 2020

We must avoid myopia at all costs. We must see people and their potential clearly. Those of us who supported a different GOP candidate in 2016 are resigned to the fact that Trump prevailed. Even if we would prefer someone different on our ticket next year, it ain’t going to happen.

We have to be careful not to think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I hate to use this metaphor when some are actually campaigning to decriminalize cannabis. I never bought into the hippie culture during my youth and never experimented with grass and definitely never dropped acid.

But the fact that we are not 100% pleased with the status quo is no excuse to replace it with something exponentially less desirable. That’s why I haven’t focused on everything Jimmy Carter did as president and as ex-president to demonstrate his incompetence. That is all part of the historical record which you can easily research for yourself if you don’t remember it first-hand.

I’m more concerned with the discontent or malaise in the country that set the scene for the election of Jimmy Carter. I share the blame with many who were deceived and misled. I have never voted for another Democrat since if that counts for anything.

For those who don’t remember Watergate, it wasn’t the break-in that led to Nixon’s downfall. It was the subsequent cover-up.

There is nothing Trump has done or failed to do thus far that would lead to impeachment. He just needs to exercise care not to overreact. As long as he continues to do the job he was elected to do to the best of his ability, following the advice of the best advisors available, he will definitely be re-elected.

But if he panics and indulges in ad hominem attacks on specific opponents, he is just making himself more vulnerable politically. That would be opening the door that should remain padlocked from the inside.

We as conservatives must first and foremost remain circumspect. We all know there is much political discontent in this country. I personally have not felt such intensity since 1968 in those who want to tear down the infrastructure of our national government and start from scratch.

The Proud of America sentiment of the 1950s was rudely and crudely displaced in the 1960s. Despite Carter and other negative influences, we made it through as Ronald Reagan restored a feeling of patriotism amongst Americans.

We are currently in the most prolonged era of international warfare that we have ever experienced. We somehow survived the fundamental negative transformation of America and social re-engineering of the Obama years.


So, we have once again come to crunch-time. We will do well to recall the mistakes made in the 1976 election which we must not repeat in 2020.

Remember that not all that sounds good is good. Not everyone who looks good is good. Conversely, all that may at first seem bad is not necessarily bad. What initially seems to be the worst option may ultimately be the one we should take.

The biggest difference in the last 43 years of course is modern technology. We didn’t have email back then, let alone the internet and social media. Information can now be instantly transmitted around the globe the moment you click Send or Tweet.

So let’s use this to our advantage. Share the word. The message is that things today are not as bad as they seem. Sometimes we just have to dine on peanut butter and jelly rather than caviar. Truth be told, I think I like the taste of PBJ sandwiches better anyway. If you want to make this a Jimmy Carter analogy, just say he was a better peanut farmer than president.

I can’t predict today who is the probable Carteresque decoy in the Democrat Party. But I can absolutely guarantee you, there’s not even one Winston Churchill in the midst. To go back in history even farther than we usually do, FDR led us into World War II but it took Truman to lead us out.

If there is one patriot in the Democratic Party who is not a complete political animal, please step forward and be recognized. There are only two genders, so please acknowledge which one you are and be a man or woman of principle.

Cut out the crap about cages at the border. Stand up for our national sovereignty. As long as you keep pandering to lawbreakers, you don’t deserve consideration to be our next president and commander-in-chief.



America, avoid the error of 1976 and don’t fall for any candidate who promises you something will be created from nothing. Only God can do that. Nobody on the 2020 ballot will be divine.

The best mortal prospect is our current and future President Donald Trump. If I had to eat crow over voting for Carter, I must accept the fact that the celebrity from New York is better, far better, than any foreseeable alternative.

I sincerely wish it were not so.

But it is so.

[Frame this and hang it on your wall, Pres. Trump, because it’s the closest thing you’re ever going to get to an endorsement from me. You don’t know me from Adam, but you can rest assured a lot of other conservatives who were disenfranchised in Cleveland feel the same way.]

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Mr. President, at least let someone read your Tweets before sending them



Mr President at least let someone read your Tweets before sending them

I gave up long ago on hoping the President would stop Tweeting his opinions on everything. Sometimes he scores, but more often than not his Tweets are fodder for the press that hates him and the Democrats who despise him. Today was one of those days following a set of Tweets many are labeling as racist.

I understand the intent of the Tweet. He didn’t mean to be directly racist as he called out the anti-American activities of “the squad,” but it definitely was perceived that way. It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just when the Democrats seemed poised to go into all-out civil war, the President reunified them with one set of Tweets. Now, they’re all singing Kumbaya at the Democrats’ Capitol Hill campfire while journalists are busy collecting hot takes on the President’s remarks.

All thoughts of infighting by the Democrats are gone, a forgotten deviation in protocol before being steeled back to their original place of fighting the “racist” President. It was an unforced error at a crucial time, and it’s all because the President refuses to let anyone read his Tweets before pressing send. The saddest part is someone obviously told him the Tweet wasn’t going to be received well because he then went on a retweet spree in an attempt to bury the post, but it was too late. The press pounced. Democrats pounced. Even many conservatives reluctantly pounced.

Some will say that the President must remain unfiltered, but that’s ludicrous. He’s the President of the United States. He has teams of people who are ready and willing to help him make himself and the country look great. Letting someone read his Tweet and offering their opinion would prevent him from making such mistakes as today’s. It’s not “filtering” him as much as it’s offering a second opinion on an extremely important form of governmental communication. If you don’t think Twitter is important, then you haven’t watched the news today. Twitter is very important, even outside of its narrow feeds because it’s where mainstream media pulls most of the quotes the President has to offer.

What he offered today was idiotic.

This is a plea from a firm supporter to President Trump: You would be doing so much better in the eyes of the American people if you just run your Tweets past the communication department before pressing send. Please.

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