Tax reform turmoil

“The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined on Wednesday is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest.” – NY Times, 10/27/17 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Friday that former President Ronald Reagan would not be a fan of President Trump’s and Congressional Republican’s push for tax reform and would consider it an “absolute catastrophe.” – Washington Examiner, 10/27/17 With the details still in the…

NFL protests misguided

‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, say ‘get that son-of-a-b—- off the field right now, he’s out, he’s fired.” – President Donald Trump in Friday’s Alabama Speech “As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny…

Charlottesville about more than racism

Every record has been destroyed or falsified. Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted. Every building and every statue has been renamed, every date has been altered. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the Party is always right. – George Orwell, 1984. Another tragedy has struck our beloved country. Demonstrators legally gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue were caught up in counter-protestor violence. All we know is that the demonstrators had a permit to…

Alligator Alley, D.C

“Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!” “I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me.” – President Trump, last two weeks of July 2017. When Donald Trump was elected, one of his major campaign promises was to “drain the swamp”. This is proving to be problematic as almost everyone he seems to put in a position to assist with his agenda turns out…

Trump and the deep state

gas·light verb; gerund or present participle: gas-lighting: To manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Numerous critics and pundits continue in their outspoken condemnation of President Trump. But is Trump the real problem? Is his world view the threat to America? He is the leader of the Free World. But what if he sees the world he is leading heading into situations that will curtail or destroy that freedom? Should he just go along with the program? Or should he strive for something different, even if he…

The enemy within

“Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States” – Goal #15 of the Communist Party to overthrow America, “The Naked Communist”, Cleon Skousen, Published in 1958, read into the Congressional record in January, 1963. “The western world has been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2000 years…any country grounded in Judeo-Christian values cannot be overthrown until those roots are cut. But to cut the roots, to change the culture, a Long March through the institutions is necessary. Only then will power fall into our laps like ripened…

Are Democrats obsolete?

“What is the purpose of the Democratic Party in this country, since it seems to advance policies and promote principles that are un-American? They despise our economic system (which is why Bernie Sanders almost won)… they oppose the military, they oppose law enforcement, they oppose our constitutional system, they oppose capitalism, they oppose the sovereignty of a nation-state and a border. Where do they want to take this country? How much further do they want to take us down this road? They are the largest party in America, led by…

Eight political lessons from 2016

The 2016 political year has drawn to a close. Perhaps the most pressing question to ask is: has America understood actual history in the making over the past year? Nothing about the political landscape in 2016 was typical or ordinary. One of the most tumultuous elections in history has concluded and the smoke has still not settled seven weeks later. History has been and continues to be made in an unprecedented manner. What lessons have we learned? The most revealing lessons on a national scale were learned within the context…

A nation divided

“I would feel deeply frustrated [about welcoming Trump to the White House] not because of anything he’s said about me, but because I would fear for the future of our country.” – President Barack Obama “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables‘. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” – Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton The 2016 Election is…

Stormy waters ahead

How many times have we heard our friends and neighbors saying, with a bit of a sigh, “I just can’t wait for this election to be over”? That may be the most widely uttered phrase in America at the moment. There is only one problem with this wishful thinking. This election is likely only the beginning of our troubles. Whichever result we get, it will portend stormy waters ahead. How might you ask? Let’s look at the situation sans any partisan rose colored glasses. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton…