Those who connect the dots can stay; the rest must go away

An acquaintance of mine reached out to me on Facebook with a question.  In his best impersonation of a cat swallowing a canary he asked “How do you like Trump now?”

I presume he thought the incessant staff changes, the continuing investigation by the special prosecutor, and the mainstream media position that he is a joke would have me regret my vote.  I disappointed him.

As I’ve stated countless times, I am not a Trumper.  I voted for him because I agree with and like his policy ideas.  I love his selection of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice because he is a man who follows the law and is not a social activist judge.

I pointed out the stock market is at record levels and the jobless rate was the best it has been in years.  Is that all because of President Trump?  I doubt it but he has a lot to do with the turnaround.

I have three children that are either in college or college bound within a year.  I need a vibrant economy so I can make more money to pay for college tuition.  With President Trump in office the stock market has a better chance of continuing it’s current trajectory than if Hillary Clinton were in office.

But that exchange got me thinking why so many Liberals focus on the wrong things and believe everyone should have their focus.

An investigation into Russian meddling in our election has no bearing on my life.  Americans like me think about issues that affect our life.  We do not care about issues the media wants to care about.  And that is what the media elites and political ruling class do not understand.

After a year of probes there is no hard evidence the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign to “steal the election.”  No one can explain what the phrase “the Russians hacked the election” means.  A hack means someone got into the computer system and changed something.  That did not happen.

Another example is Global Warming.  I do not care about issues like Global Warming because it’s non-essential to my everyday life.  It’s a topic that does not resonate with me because I do not see daily evidence that proves a connection between carbon gases weakening our ozone layer.  This is especially true when such studies come from organizations with agendas.

I do not care about what bathroom transgenders use unless a person posing as a transgender uses the opportunity to share a bathroom with my daughter for nefarious purposes.  Then you’ll be hearing about me on the news for killing a pervert.  The difference between the two issues is directly proportional to how it affects my everyday life.

President Trump understands this dichotomy of the voter.  He understands the desire most Americans have for a wall is not racial.  We connect the dots.  A wall means less illegal aliens means more job opportunities for me means I can pay for my kids’ college education.

I suggest Liberals watch the scene in Trading Places when Eddie Murphy’s character explains it’s not about pork bellies; it’s about his kid getting a GI Joe for Christmas.  It’s that simple.  President Trump gets it.  Politicians don’t.

We need fewer politicians and more people who can connect the dots.  The snobby media refers to such people as Populists.  That’s a code word for the media and political ruling class knows better than the great unwashed that is us.

A good friend of mine said “Let Trump be Trump and get his agenda through.”  I agree with him and if this collection of do-nothing Republicans and Democrats continue to block his agenda, I suggest we block their re-election.

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Misdirection only distracts them from solving the real issues

Remember the New York Yankees in the 1970’s?  Most people did not read the sports pages for the scores and game highlights.  They read the paper to see who hated who, who was fighting with who and waited to see when George Steinbrenner was going to fire his manager.  It was a sideshow….but they won.

President Trump’s White House is a sideshow aided and abetted by a media more interested in meaningless infighting than actual reporting.  Whether the Trump Administration can rise above the idiocy and be successful remains to be seen.

Politicians love to talk about everything but the real issues facing Americans. And the media will not report on issues because doing so does not advance its agenda.  The few items that barely resemble issues are distorted.

For example, if a politician wants to increase spending by $100 billion but settles for a $50 billion increase they crow about “cutting the budget.”  No. they increased it $50 billion.  This silliness permeated throughout the failed repeal of Obamacare.  It doesn’t matter.  President Trump is right on this one.  It cannot be sustained and will crash under its own weight.  Any logical person looking at this will realize it is true.

If you try to fill a pool with water but half of the pool’s bottom is missing. It will never fill.  In fact, eventually you’ll stop trying to fill it. And it will go dry.  It’s the same principle with Obamacare.

Politicians love to refer to Social Security as an entitlement program.  No.  Americans invested their money into Social Security on the promise of an annuity when we retire.  The money was supposed to be in a self-funding trust fund.  However, something funny happened on the way to the lock box: the federal government borrowed all of the $2.6 trillion trust fund money. What the government did with the money is anyone’s guess but chances are good it was wasted on handouts.

It’s like saying your company borrowed money from your 401K plan to pay the salary of your colleague.

I have an idea.  I suggest every member of congress and the Senate forgoes their salaries for the next 50 years and make up the $2.6 trillion.

Do you really think President Trump’s edict about Transgenders in the military was not meant to get the Russian influencing the election off the front pages?  It worked.  I guess his next book will be The Art of Distraction.

I can’t say that I blame him because Russian influence is a non-story.  It’s not like they hacked the Electorate College and changed votes which is how the Democrats are misdirecting the story.  And Congress now looking to have a special prosecutor to look into Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch and James Comey is simply misdirection on steroids.

I have another idea.  Maybe the people we elected should focus more on solving our issues and less on destroying themselves.  Of course, we hold the solution to that problem. Just vote them out.

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Can you return once you cross the fine line between truth and accuracy?

Here’s a note to the media:  If you get it right, you do not have to worry about accusations of being fake news.  It’s pretty simple.

When I was growing up and journalism was a somewhat legitimate profession, there were always three questions reporters needed to answer before publication.  Was the story true?  Was the story accurate?  Did the story hurt someone?

The true and accurate questions split hairs but are vital.  For example, I tell my son no talking on the cell phone after midnight.  As I pass his room at 12:30 am I hear his phone ring..  The next morning I reprimand him for talking on the phone after midnight.  He tells me he was not talking on the phone.

I say “I heard your phone ring at 12:30.”  He responds “My phone rang but it was a wrong number.”

It is true that his phone rang after midnight and he answered it only to learn it was a wrong number. It is not accurate that he talked on the phone after midnight.

Now half of you will say “But he actually did talk on the phone after midnight when he answered it”  Congratulations, there is a career for you in law.  It is not accurate because the actual meaning of my rule was that he not converse with friends on his cell phone after midnight.

A good journalist is overly accurate in the story and does not mislead through implication or innuendo.  There is no room for “the meaning of is” in journalism.  However, thanks to President Bill Clinton, the ability to sparse words is now forever in our lexicon.

Anyone who has ever relayed a story to anyone knows how to include or omit certain information to drive home a point or slant the emotion.  Why are journalists any different?

The final question: “Does it hurt someone” is a far harder question to handle.  If I am reporting on someone accused of rape or murder do I care if that lawbreaker is hurt?  Well, that depends if he or she is accused or proven to be the rapist or killer.  But who am I to pass judgement on another human being?

Most journalists are Liberal.  This is a known fact and proven throughout the past presidential campaign for anyone who ever doubted it. Most Liberals believe they know best; they are progressive thinkers and better informed than their Neanderthal counterparts on the Conservative side.  They have no problem casting judgment on others while lecturing them not to cast judgment on certain groups.

Do you see the hypocrisy?

I prefer my news to be as objective as possible.  From my earlier example, referring to the person as a rapist or killer is subjective.  But, writing or saying the person was convicted of rape or murder is objective.

Somewhere along the lines from Watergate to today’s opinion led journalism, reporters lost sight of being true, accurate and objective. Look no further than the recent spate of news outlets having to retract stories or apologize for inaccuracies.

Their insatiable lust to “get President Trump” is backfiring in a big way.  They are losing credibility but it’s obvious most are still tone deaf as witnessed Sarah Huckabee Sanders exchange with a reporter named Brian Karem. His whining rant about inflammatory speech is laughable because the media is the guiltiest provocateur.

It’s a fine line between truth and fiction in politics but the public can only hope these reporters can walk that fine line. Is it any wonder, we are all disillusioned when we see incontrovertible evidence that reporters are biased and focused on bringing down President Trump.

And that is the most important fine line.  Rather than look to bring down the president why not cover the news accurately and let the facts do the work.  Then no one has any wiggle room to escape because “a lie can change, but the truth never will.”

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When the king and the queen are gone, each piece is the same.  The difference between us is a part of the game.

Gee, a politician that’s a hypocrite.  What’s next, a news organization that is slanted?

Liberals are up-in-arms about former President Obama living the high life in retirement.  They think he should not be taking so many millionaire and billionaire luxury retreats.  Why not?  The man gave up so much of his life for public service – and probably shortened it by a few years.

I may not like his policies but he served the country so he deserves time to do what he wants in retirement.  Plus, it’s no one’s business how he chooses to spend his time.

A number of Liberals seem to think his globetrotting to Marlon Brando’s private island and hanging with Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island is excessive. Did they really think he cared about the commoner?  Did they truly believe he meant his words regarding his fight for the middle class and the poor?

Really?

No politician believes in anything but their own ego.  Most “average” Americans with integrity are too smart to enter politics.  It’s a dirty business and they will not to sell their soul for votes.

Ever wonder why politics attracts the lowest common denominator when it comes to integrity, ethics, and a moral compass?  In order to succeed in politics you need the ability to shut off that part of your soul that worries about such quaint aspects of life.

It amazes me how most followers, fans, groupies, – whatever you want to call them – actually believe the people they are following care for anyone but themselves.

Here’s a public service announcement: In general, the only people in the world who care about you are your parents and yourself.  The rest of the population is busy caring about themselves or their children. For those of us that are religious we believe our God cares about us.  That’s it.

If you think someone who has never met you and does not know your story cares about you I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. Cheap.

President Obama has every right to demand whatever exorbitant fees he wants to speak at the very Wall Street firms he railed against during his campaigns. If he wants to hang at the exclusive Mid Pacific Country Club in Oahu or the thirtieth century Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany; let him.

If that shatters your image of whom you thought he was or what he stood for then I think you need to take a deep look into why you believe such things.  And this does not simply go for President Obama.  Every politician is the same.

Once you realize a politician is only into public service to help him or herself you will stop marching in silly protest rallies or play the pawn in someone else’s game.

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Save the drama and stick to the business

“Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.”, James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General played by Wilford Brimley in the movie Absence of Malice.

The media has romanticized leakers ever since William Mark Felt Sr., Deputy Director of the FBI, AKA Deep Throat, toppled President Richard Nixon.  Apparently, the FBI breeds leakers as former FBI Director James Comey proved during his testimony this past week.

The problem with leakers is their actions are typically about advancing their personal agenda versus helping the American people.  I hope someone in Congress or the Senate has the you-know-what to prosecute him because what he did was illegal.

But the political ruling class has its own code of justice.   Law breakers like Hillary Clinton and Comey get a pass because they are part of the establishment and no one on the inside is touched. Illegal immigrants aren’t prosecuted because they want the votes. It seems, in government, it’s only prosecutable if the actions hurt the politicians’ re-election bid.

So, most of these pariahs feed off the electorate by manufacturing issues against those outside the clique.  The Russian probe is a great example.  However, the reason President Trump is so despised by the “In crowd: is because he hits back which brings us the counter story of leakers.

I don’t know which story is more annoying.  I do know the focus on these stories only detracts from the business at hand of running the nation.  And that is why the politicians focus so much on the stories.

The Russian probe charade will drag out for two years.  And what’s in two years? Oh, I know, the mid-term elections.  The Democrats will have successfully stalled President Trump’s agenda of tax code reform, building a wall, and repealing Obamacare.  They hope to parlay that into congressional and senate seats for their party.

But we hold the trump card, per se. We can vote the bastards out and replace any obstructionist with people interested in working for the people, not themselves.  And that includes the Republicans.  Once these losers see the American people are not fooled by their antics and suffer at the polls, we’ll finally start draining the swamp.

Let’s look at the manufactured issues. Leaking government information to anyone is illegal. Conspiring with a foreign nation to rig an election is also illegal.  We now have a self-admitted leaker free to leak again but there is no evidence anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Clinton.

There is proof, however, that Clinton colluded with the Democratic National Committee to steal the presidential nomination from Senator Bernie Senators but all parties are free steal another nomination in the future. Ironically, the proof is in the form of a leak.

I’m beginning to sense politicians judge others as they judge themselves/

Meanwhile, the media is providing frantic wall-to-wall “Russia-hacked-the-election” coverage and missing the actual collusion.  Comey and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller are close friends – a mentor (Mueller)-protégé (Comey) relationship.

By his own testimony, Comey said he purposefully leaked information to the New York Times in hopes of forcing congress to appoint a special prosecutor. It worked and his buddy Mueller got the job.

He also admitted under oath working with Mueller on his testimony. So Comey is the star witness against President Trump and his close friend Mueller is the special prosecutor – does anyone have an issue with Mueller’s conflict of interest?

Can anyone on Senate Intelligence Committee see case that Mueller and Comey colluded on the testimony?

Not only that, but how can anyone accept Mueller’s findings as impartial?  I see another magic bullet story in the works.  By the way, Senate and Intelligence are only in the same sentence when referring to a committee.

At least the leaker story has some evidence while the Russian story has no legs.  Of course, the media focuses more on the Russian probe story because it fits their narrative.

Regardless, we need action on issues that affect our daily lives.  We don’t need a reality show soap opera playing out in Washington, DC.

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A taste of their own medicine; fighting fire with fire

Uh-Oh, it seems Liberals do not like a taste of their own medicine. For years, Liberal news organizations have set the agenda of what is and is not acceptable as free speech.  Typically, anything a Liberal wants to say or do is protected under free speech but the same is not true for a Conservative.

Ann Coulter lost income when she was prevented from speaking at the University of Berkley a month ago.  In this case, the media sided with the protesters’ right to prevent a speaker they did not want to hear.  We heard nothing but crickets when it came to the media defending Coulter’s right to speak.

Contrast the media’s approach to Coulter with Kathy Griffin’s plight.  Griffin posed for a picture holding a bloodied, severed head in the likeness of President Trump.  The backlash was almost instantaneous and Griffin lost a few jobs and whatever dignity a D-list actress has.

However, the media is portraying her as a victim of the Trump family mobilizing its army against those who disagree with the president.  Griffin tearfully held a press conference where she said her “career is over” and then blamed “…a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me and I’m just here to say that it’s wrong.”

Of course, her civil rights lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said “The message is clear, criticize the president lose your job….”

Griffin has every right to say what she wants about the president but must be willing to accept the consequences for her actions.  And therein lies the rub.  Liberals want no accountability or responsibility for their actions.

And a note to Bloom: Criticizing a president is one thing but what Griffin did was not criticism.  But like every typical Liberal lawyer the game is to change the dialog and paint Griffin as a victim.  That’s not the case.  And where was Bloom when the Left was attacking Sean Hannity and trying to rob him of his sponsors?

Griffin took an action.  A majority of the public felt that action was beyond the pale.  Griffin must face the consequences.  I’m surprised she didn’t take a page out of Hillary Clinton’s playbook and blame James Comey.

It may be me but I don’t think this is a hard concept to grasp.  In Coulter’s case, if you do not want to hear her speak; don’t attend the event but don’t prevent others who want to hear her from attending.

I think what Griffin did was in extreme poor taste but I do not want to impede her right to express her views. However, I choose not to support her.

I am not a fan of boycotts. I think they are stupid because they are meant to bully people into a certain way of thinking. Isn’t that the point of terrorism?

Anyway, there is no need to organize boycotts. The free market takes care of these things on its own.  If you do not like a TV or radio show; change the channel.  If you do not want to hear a speaker; don’t go to the speech.  If you do not like shopping at a certain store because they are against the LGBT community; don’t shop there.  This is not a hard concept.

If enough people take the same action the TV or radio show gets cancelled.  The speaker will stop getting invites. The retail store will go out of business.  It’s like a system.

But we have organizations like Media Matters for America that tries to silence opposing voices. Of course, this is a Liberal organization that sanctimoniously believes it is the authority on what can and cannot be said.  For years, it has terrorized Conservative voices by organizing boycotts to silence them.

Maybe it’s the pugilistic nature of President Trump to hit back when hit, but Conservatives are finally beginning to fight back.  An organization called Media Equality is getting started and plans to fight fire with fire.  They are not organizing or asking for a boycott.  They are listing the advertisers to Liberal shows for their followers.

Market forces will take it from there.  As you might imagine, Liberals are not taking this development with aplomb.  Like I said at the beginning of this blog, Liberals do not like a taste of their own medicine.

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Replace the word Trump with Obama and see if the media reacts the same way

The Political Ruling Class is crazed with hate for President Trump and spends more time plotting against him than getting things done for the people.

There is a simple reason for this:

  • Liberals despise President Trump because he capitalized on their ineptness in understanding the electorate and won
  • Conservatives do not trust President Trump because he really is not a conservative but masqueraded as one during the campaign and capitalized on the overall ineptness of the Republican Party.
  • Mainstream Democrats and Republicans loathe President Trump because he is an outsider who upset their apple cart
  • The Political Establishment (the Swamp) hates President Trump because no one likes losing power
  • The mainstream media can’t stand President Trump because he does not genuflect at the altar of their pen and no one likes losing influence
  • Hillary Clinton disciples feel he stole the election from her rather than face the reality that she was a flawed candidate so nothing he does will ever satisfy them

With so many factions against him do you think President Trump has a fair shot at being president?  This is a classic case of power brokers flexing their muscles to teach the upstart a lesson.

The real danger is no one is focused on solving our country’s issues.  In this regard President Trump owns half the blame because of missteps creating by his own doing. That is understandable as all new presidents go through an adjustment.  It’s understandable but needs to stop.

President Clinton had a rough start but got his act together after the first nine months and he is a skilled politician.  President George W Bush also had a rough start and he is not a skilled politician. President Obama continued the trend but was given a pass by the media.

Here’s all you need to know about the “issues” haunting President Trump.  Replace the word Trump with Obama and see if the media reacts the same way.  A case in point: The firing of FBI Director James Comey.  If President Obama fired him under the exact same circumstances, would the media react the same way it is today?

All Democrats called for Comey to be fired in October and the media obliged by running stories of why he should be fired.  Suddenly, his firing is a conspiracy and all Democrats say he should not have been fired.

To be fair; if proof beyond the shadow of a doubt is submitted that proves President Trump obstructed justice or colluded with the Russians to “fix” the election he needs to be removed from office.  However, no such evidence exists.

The New York Times continues its precipitous decline to standard journalistic practices by the stories it runs without proof.  You mean to tell me the editors would not have plastered a copy of Comey’s memo on the front page and website if it had it?  They print a story based on some operative reading them a memo over the phone and that is considered journalism?  Ever hear of getting three sources?  They are making a mockery of journalism.

President Trump has too many obstacles in his way to drain the swamp.  He may not be able to drain the swamp….but we can starting with the mid-term elections.

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