The Decline of the Great American City

The airwaves are blazing again with reaction to a Trump tweet. In his usual boisterous style, President Trump is taking on Representative Elijah Cummings, who has been seated in Maryland’s Seventh District since 1996. Cummings has attacked the President and his family and Trump, ever the equal opportunity combatant has responded by pointing out that Cumming’s district is in decline. Trump’s actual hyperbole may border on inappropriate, but he is making a very significant point. I have lived in sixteen cities in twelve states over my lifetime. This includes Cincinnati,…

Unrepresentative

“What is happening in these ICE facilities [is that] they pilot how they can abuse privacy rights, how they can abuse human rights, and they scale that up.” – Rep. Ayanna Pressley “We shouldn’t revise history. We are a country built on the backs of slaves and stolen land. Independence Day allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.” – Rep. Ilhan Omar “Never again means something … the fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of…

Not Biden his time

“I hope it’s Biden. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose. It’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.” – President Donald Trump “Look at what’s happened with Putin. While he — while Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe…You think that would have happened on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.” – Joe Biden There are over twenty…

Tough times for Democrats

“So this event (the Democratic debates) was as serious as a funeral, maybe because it was. At least the moderates in that Party, for now, are dead.” – Greg Gutfeld, the Five, Fox News. This is not a statement I would normally make, but I feel bad for Nancy Pelosi. The leader of the House and third in line for the presidency must be losing her mind at a dizzying pace. And the source of her uncomfortable ruminations has nothing to do with Republicans or Donald Trump. Her palpitations are…

An appeal to Romney

Dear Senator Romney, As an informed constituent who voted for you and listened to your rhetoric as you speak across the state and nation, I must ask a simple question: I understand you are concerned about President Trump, but what exactly is your platform?  I am a bit confused. I have spoken with people around your inner circle. They all agree you are a principled, independent, data-driven person who looks at the facts. But do you actually have all the facts? And based on those facts, do you stand independently…

First Amendment Fragility

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” – Mark Twain There is a trend that is growing in its magnitude. Freedom of speech, the preeminent right espoused in the First Amendment, is under attack and undergoing censorship across the western world. The United States is not immune from this viral philosophy, a viewpoint that inevitably results in complete loss of freedom for peoples and countries. In Europe, Canada and in America, within the halls of academia, in the forums of…

Russian roulette

Sitting on my desk, queued up in my reading list, is a paperback copy of Cleon Skousen’s landmark 1958 book entitled “The Naked Communist”. Skousen outlines, way back before the Beatles were a thing, the global communist plans to destroy America. He draws on his years of experience in law enforcement, along with considerable scholarly research, to outline the various communist political methodologies to accomplish such nefarious goals. This work was so compelling that on January 10, 1963, Congressman Albert Herlong of Florida had the forty-five goals of the Communist…

Trump, the tragic hero

“Here the thing I think about Trump. Say what you will about him, I think his outer voice is an entirely accurate depiction of his inner voice, as crazy as that is on some things. I don’t think Hillary Clinton’s outer voice and inner voice have ever even had a cup of coffee together[.]” – Dennis Miller on the Ben Shapiro Show. In the aftermath of the Mueller report, we now have information surrounding the origins of this fiasco coming to light. Despite the report finding no evidence of conspiracy…

Big nothing burger

“Here is the reality. The Kremlin-owned and operated the media in the sense that the media did exactly what Vladimir Putin wanted. What Putin wanted was to interfere in the election and then have the media run with whatever narrative they felt was most conducive to their point of view and tear the country apart, and they did it with ease!” – Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire After nearly two years, over twenty-five million dollars, nineteen attorneys and hundreds of witnesses, thousands of subpoenas and endless media harangues, the Mueller…

A right or privilege?

“An armed citizenry is governed, and unarmed citizenry is ruled.” The National Rifle Association As expected, following the New Zealand shootings, their Prime Minister announced a ban on all semi-automatic weapons as a response. Couched in the rhetoric of “safety” this ban uses the usual ineffective approach to such issues. In the United States, we have the protections of the Second Amendment. The fundamental question that needs to be answered is whether gun ownership as a method of self-defense is a right or a privilege. There are several disturbing trends…