A Legend in his Own Mind

In Republican Rome whenever a general won a great victory a triumphal parade was arranged and he would ride a chariot and listen to the frenzied cheers of the populace; while he was riding the chariot basking in the glory, a slave stood right behind him, constantly whispering in his ear “Memento mori” (Remember that thou are mortal) In more recent times, Andrew Jackson relied on his famous Kitchen Cabinet, composed of people whom he trusted and who not always agreed with him; Abraham Lincoln had his Cabinet of Rivals and he would listen to various and sometimes antagonistic opinions. In the Vatican, regardless of the doctrine of Papal Infallibility on matters of doctrine, the Synod of Bishops has been known to oppose papal decisions, the latest being their opposition to the proposed idea of allowing divorced Catholics to remarry.

Previous presidential administrations relied on cabinets and advisors that sometimes held divergent opinions. That is, until the current Obama administration. For the length of his presidency, he has been constantly surrounded by an assortment of advisors and assistants who have been nothing but yes men and sycophants who always flatter him and constantly shield him from the barbs of criticism.

How else can Obama’s statement of December 26 can be explained: “I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it” Besides being a veiled swipe at Hillary Clinton, it is an obvious self-serving and aggrandizing statement.

In contrast to former presidents, who traditionally retire and keep a low profile and abstain from commenting on their successors, Former President-to-be Barack Obama promised to stick around in Washington in order to “protect his legacy and defend his health care legislation” In other words, to be a thorn on the side of incoming president Donald J Trump.

He does have his enablers, though. On January 4th, Defense Secretary Ash Carter awarded Obama with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Service. And consider the following: in his biography of Obama titled “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, quotes senior advisor and longtime Obama friend, Valerie Jarret, the White House eminence grise: “I think Barack Obama knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows he had the ability -the extraordinary ability- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense of them, and I think that he has never been challenged intellectually. So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with just extraordinary talents that had to be ready taxed in order for him to be happy. He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do”

Wow! That is an extraordinary statement and it is obvious that Obama believes it; that explains the bevy of self congratulatory statements aimed at whitewashing his eight-year presidency. Unfortunately, the one person who does not buy any of it is Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly taken Obama to school whether in the Middle East or international relations and has succeeded in making him look weak and indecisive.

While Barack Obama blows his own trumpet over his accomplishments, it would be worthwhile to examine some of them:

His eponymous health reform, which was railroaded through Congress under the now-infamous “if you like your doctor you can keep him” and ‘if you like your health plan, you can keep it” Remember Nancy Pelosi’s “to find out what’s in the bill you have to pass it”?

Four dead Americans, including an ambassador, in a burned out consulate littering Benghazi after a 13-hour siege with no help whatsoever forthcoming. His immediate reaction? Placing the blame on an obscure You Tube video and his speech at the U. N. saying emphatically “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” After which he went to a fund-raiser in Las Vegas.

His call for a Syrian red line and his failure to enforce it, worsening the civil war and resulting in some 400,000 deaths and millions of refugees. His weakness in Syria opened the door for Putin to intervene on behalf of his longtime ally Bashir Assad.

The weakest economic recovery in recent times and the manipulation of the statistics to show that the unemployment rate has decreased, ignoring the fact that millions of Americans have just given up looking for jobs or forced to take part-time jobs, in which case they vanish from the official numbers. If unemployment has decreased, how come the number of people employed has not correspondingly increased?

The politicization of the Department of Justice, first under Eric Holder and now under Loretta Lynch

The worst race relations atmosphere since the days of the civil rights marches in the sixties.

The worst showing of the Democratic party since the 1920’s. The GOP now controls Congress and the majority of states governorships and the majority of states legislatures.

The list can go on

In Psychology, narcissism is defined as “extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration as characterizing a personality type, exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without corresponding achievements”

Sounds familiar?


Transforming Society

The first prerequisite to transform society is to transform its culture; sap and destroy its belief structure, much as termites gnaw at the foundations of a house, until nothing but a shell is left which can then be collapsed into a pile of dusty rubble with a push. The procedure requires stealth and sleight of hand; any society openly and violently attacked will respond in kind, but when the enemies of the society infiltrate slowly and unobtrusively, their presence goes largely unnoticed. This was the principle l that led to the creation of the Fabian Society, in England, some 131 years ago, dedicated to the advancement of socialism through gradual and reformist means; the name was taken from Fabius Maximus, a Roman consul who, after disastrous Roman defeats during the Second Punic War at the hands of the Carthaginian general Hannibal, changed tactics to those of harassment, ambushes, delays and above all, avoidance of pitched, frontal battles. The following is from the Society’s first pamphlet:

“For the right moment you must wait, as Fabius did most patiently, when warring against Hannibal, though many censured his delays; but when the time comes you must strike hard, as Fabius did, or your waiting will be in vain, and fruitless.”

The Fabians and their offshoot, the Progressives along with the rest of the left-wing political spectrum, have done a great job of infiltration. They did not storm the citadels of power but instead targeted the media and academia, positions that allowed them to influence public opinion through the former and to mold the minds of students through the latter. This helps explain why a sexual preference that was considered a mental disorder not that many years ago has not only become mainstream but has evolved to the point where same-sex marriage is now equated with marriage between a man and a woman. This also explains why a violent, aggressive religious philosophy, dedicated to the eradication of all other religions, is presented as “the religion of peace” and any criticism of it is rejected as examples of “Islamophobia”, which together with its twin “homophobia”, when hurled at any person or institution, designate them as “haters”, “bigots” and as unworthy of any consideration.

The propaganda is subtle and low-keyed, but it is there; the Law and Order franchise, one of the best written and acted crime dramas, nevertheless, when analyzed, show the presence of certain stereotypes: homosexuals are invariably the victims of religious bigots; Muslims are attacked by people who fail to comprehend the “peaceful” nature of Islam; evangelical Christians and religious Jews are more often than not presented as narrow minded, fundamentalist bigots and what is a show involving a Catholic priest in which he is not presented as either a molester of children or at the very least suspected of it? All that is not shouted at the viewer but presented in a very low-keyed manner worked very skillfully into the plot. Are the writers conscious propagandists? Certainly not; it is just that their political and social views bleed through the scripts. Are there any writers with other views? Yes, but do they get hired? Not really, not when producers, directors and the Hollywood and TV establishments, which lean so far left, monopolize the industry.

The news media is no better; suffice as an example the prodigious effort at CNN to not characterize the Chattanooga shooter as a Muslim just because his first name was Muhammed. Remember when Bill O’Reilly was a guest at The View and both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked out when he stated that Muslims attacked us on 9/11? What did they think? That we were attacked by either Hindus or Buddhists?

The two catch phrases of the left that permeate society and have made their way into the school curricula are the ubiquitous “don’t be judgemental “ and “don’t generalize” Well, any time you evaluate a situation, a person or an opinion, you are being “judgemental” and if you cannot generalize, you cannot think; you must have the ability to analyze individual events and draw a general conclusion from them, or “generalize” The Progressives use both expressions as sledgehammers against any dissenter; the former when they want to silence any criticism of behaviors endorsed by them and the latter when they want to exonerate any group suspected of violent tendencies.

Their ultimate objective is the complete control of society in order create a world run by the elites, much along the lines of medieval societies, where the lord of the manor controlled the lives of the peasants that supplied the labor. We are losing the old American egalitarianism; we now have a sort of aristocracy that boasts degrees from Ivy League universities; we talk of the Kennedys, the Bushes and now the Clintons. The Progressives have infiltrated both parties and when one of them finally screws things up enough, the voters have a knee-jerk reaction and say “Let’s vote for the other guy and throw the bums out!”, except the other guy is just another member of the club, who either slows down or accelerates the process. Has anyone noticed the visceral reaction against the Tea Party? And that the most antagonistic are the establishment wings of either party? The Tea Party has unwittingly stumbled upon the crux of the matter when they speak of “Republicats” and “Democrans” It is unfortunate that their leadership lacks the political sophistication to understand the reason behind the similarity; if they ever do, they could become a formidable political force. Nevertheless, the elites have decided they must be crushed before they really catch on.

To change society, barriers have to be destroyed and old ideas disposed of; one such barrier is Christianity, the pillar upon which Western Civilization rests. If you think that the sudden snowballing of the notion of same-sex marriage has anything to do with the “compassionate” concern for what probably amounts to no more than 5% of the population, think again. The beautiful slogans, the rainbow flag and the “love wins” stickers are props for the unsophisticated; their real target are Christians as the lawsuits against photographers, bakers and chapels who decline to cater same-sex weddings based on their religious principles and the recent suggestions to end the tax-exempt status of churches who would not officiate gay weddings clearly demonstrate. The case of the Christian bakery owners who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple that deliberately targeted their business, is a prime example. The state of Oregon not only fined them $135,000 but in a fascistic manner placed a gag order forbidding them to speak publicly on the matter. Calls for the legalization of polygamous marriage are already being heard and those for incestuous marriages are not far behind.

The claim is often made that religion is not under attack and they emphasize their continuous support for “freedom of worship” and they equate it with freedom of religion. It is a well thought out argument; however, freedom of worship is not the same as freedom of religion. Within the confines of your religious institutions, you are free to worship as you please be it Jesus, Allah, Vishna, Buddha, Satan or a cat, if you want, but that freedom ends as soon as you leave the building. The Soviet Union guaranteed “freedom of worship”. Freedom of religion, on the other hand, extends to the whole sphere of your life and it protects you against being compelled to act against your religious principles. It protected the conscientious objectors during WWI, WWII and Vietnam, who refused to bear arms but served instead as stretcher bearers, ambulance drivers and on medical evacuation teams. The Oregon bakers are free to worship at the church of their choice but they are not allowed to practice their religion outside of their church, especially when they were deliberately targeted by a lesbian couple who could have gone to any one of dozens of other bakeries, gay or otherwise. What about the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are being bullied into providing birth control and abortion coverage for their employees, something that goes against their Catholic principles and which, if compelled, they will refuse to do?

The Progressives have infiltrated the media, colleges and universities, the entertainment industry and both political parties; the only obstacle they have left is Christianity and since the Catholic Church is the largest and most unified of all religious institutions, they are targeted from all sides. If it falls, the others are so fragmented and in some cases already infiltrated, that they would be easy pickings. They will be confined to their religious buildings and their influence outside of them will be suppressed.

Under the principle that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” the Fabian socialists and their Progressive twins have allied themselves with the Islamic extremists and unleashed them against their adversaries, Christianity and Western Civilization, which they dream to replace with their version of an “orderly” and “controlled” society where everyone will be rewarded “according to their merits and according to their needs”. Only they will decide what the “merits” and the “needs” are and much like the lords of the manors, they will reward -or punish- the serfs. We will be serfs, albeit serfs with Iphones, laptops and Ipods, but serfs nevertheless.

The Progressives have never been as close to fulfilling their goals as they are now; their time has come and they will strike hard. We are very close to the tipping point, if we have not reached it already.

Did the Cat get their Tongues?

Unless you have been living under a rock these past days or are suffering from an overdose of Ariana Grande’s doughnut licking video, you cannot but be aware of the murder of Kate Steinle, a 32-year old American woman, who was fatally shot on July 2nd while strolling with her father along San Francisco’s famed Pier 14; likewise you also cannot but be aware that the accused shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is an illegal alien who had been deported five previous times and has a record of seven felony convictions and who returned time after time to San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city, which by ordinance, prohibits cooperation with federal Immigration authorities. You should also be aware that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, had released Mr Lopez Sanchez to the city’s law enforcement agencies because of an existing warrant on him; ICE also put a detainer on Lopez Sanchez, asking they be notified prior to his release so he could be deported for the sixth time. Predictably, the city’s authorities ignored the detainer and released Mr Lopez Sanchez.

The blame game started almost immediately with accusations flying back and forth among ICE, the Mayor of San Francisco and the Sheriff. It should be obvious to anyone that had it not been for sanctuary cities, specifically San Francisco, chances are very good that Kathryn Steinle would still be alive; yet, in a rather convoluted press conference today, Mayor Ed Lee, while deploring Kate’s death, promptly shifted the blame to San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who had, in turn, previously shifted the blame to ICE. In a heroic display of twisted pretzel logic, Mayor Lee, while denouncing Kate’s shooter as an individual who should not have been free, or even in this country, defended and vowed to continue the city’s sanctuary policy because it “helps keep the city safe”

The most interesting aspect of this tragedy is the reaction from the Progressive wing of the political spectrum; usually when a high profile crime involves a firearm, the gun control advocates go ballistic, but not this time. It turns out that the gun used in Ms Steinle’s murder belonged to an unnamed federal agent and that it had been stolen from a parked car in June; it was a personal .40 caliber pistol, not a government issue firearm. How it got into Mr Lopez Sanchez’s hands is still a rather murky story.

However, the strongest reaction, underlined by a deafening silence, comes from the White House and the administration. Kate Steinle was laid to rest on July 9th and today, July 16th will make it a full two weeks since the tragedy. President Obama, who has never been shy about interjecting himself into any controversy, real or imaginary, always with a plethora of platitudes, half-baked opinions and lots of finger wagging as he talks down to a nation still in the throes of “racism” and “bigotry”, has not, as of yet, seen fit to reach out to the family of Kathryn Steinle and neither has anyone in his administration. Mind you, this is a president who wasted no time stating that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” while at the same time admitting that he did not have all the facts. He promptly said that Trayvon Martin “could have been my son” and had lots of opinions about the Ferguson and Baltimore police departments; all kinds of federal resources were made available, from numbers of DOJ agents swooping down on Ferguson, Florida and Baltimore, not to mention the FBI. He also telephoned the families of Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. When Sandra Fluke, the young lady that made national news when she demanded that Georgetown University, a Catholic institution provide her with contraceptives and lost, Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” on his radio show; President Obama rushed to place a telephone call to her to make sure “she was all right”. Obama just pardoned 46 felons who had been incarcerated for “outdated drug offenses” and found time to write personal letters to each one. To the family of Kate Steinle, nothing, not a word.

While testifying in Capital Hill on July 14th Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was asked by Rep Steve Chabot (ROH) the following question: “Has the administration reached out to the Steinle family, to your knowledge?” The HS Secretary looked perplexed and responded: “To who?” After Rep Chabot explained the circumstances behind Kate Steinle’s murder, Johnson answered: “I’m sorry. I don’t know the answer to that question, sir”

In the convoluted world of dialectical materialism, truth and reality only exist as long as they serve the party’s ultimate objective. This explains the administration’s attitude. In their narrative, America is a racist, exploiting country built on the sweat and labor of oppressed minorities and as long as they can twist any incident they can work into that narrative, then Treyvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, the Cambridge professor and Sandra Fluke will stay front and center to become the icons of a struggle based on their version of a story that the cold hard facts of reality have already discredited. Keep repeating the same lie over and over until it becomes the truth in people’s minds and no one will question it. Sounds familiar?

Once in a while, though, events take place that do not fit into the dialectical world view and then a curious thing happens: the events are ignored. They do not help the party’s line, therefore, they do not exist. Kate Steinle was not a a minority, she was not shot by a cop or a deranged, psychotic, Confederate flag waving racist but, allegedly, by an illegal alien convicted felon who should not have been in this country at all except for the administration’s refusal to secure the border and San Francisco’s sanctuary policies. This explains Obama’s silence on the matter and Secretary Johnson’s ignorance of the events and San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Scott Wiener, who, when asked by a Fox News reporter about Kate’s death and sanctuary city policies, refused to answer saying “Fox is not real news. I only talk to real news” Kate’s death does not advance their agenda or help their narrative, so it is ignored, in the hope that it will eventually fade from view so they can concentrate on the real important issues of oppressed minorities being killed by “racist rogue” cops and the imperative need to have gun control.

It is up to us to keep Kate Steinle from being forgotten; it might be too late for her but perhaps we can keep other Americans from being murdered by a criminal element who should never been allowed to remain in the country. We already have a good number of native criminals; we do not need to import any. The Obama administration, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, the Mayor of San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors and the architects of sanctuary cities have blood on their hands; they are all complicit in Kate’s death.

And as a footnote to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, here is a little excerpt from Mexico’s Immigration Law:

Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.” (Article 118)

The Never Ending Blame Game

The Never Ending Blame Game

The funeral of Kate Steinle took place yesterday in a private ceremony; her body was laid to rest but the controversy generated by her murder shows no sign of subsiding and it should not subside. She was fatally shot -allegedly- by an illegal alien who had five previous deportations and seven prior felony convictions who had been transferred to the San Francisco authorities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, which had placed a detainer on the alien, requesting that they be notified prior to his release. Because San Francisco is a sanctuary city for illegal aliens, and the authorities there refuse to cooperate with immigration officials, they released Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, an illegal Mexican national, ignoring the ICE detainer request. The paths of Mr Lopez Sanchez and Ms Steinle crossed on the walkway of Pier 14 when he, accidentally or otherwise, shot Ms Steinle in the torso as she and her father strolled on the famed pier. She collapsed, still alive, crying out to her father “Dad, help me”…”Dad, don’t let me die” words that no father should have to hear.

Kate Steinle’s murder has brought front and center the twin issues of illegal immigration and the existence of “sanctuary cities” With a speed that would make any person dizzy, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer tried to distance themselves from the consequences of the immigration policies they had advocated for decades. There was a flurry of finger pointing and blame shifting among ICE, the Mayor of San Francisco and the Sheriff, each trying very hard to justify the insane policies that resulted in the death of a very accomplished, generous and beautiful young lady who most certainly did not deserve to have her life cut short at its prime.

Tragically, Kate’s death is not unique; there is a whole litany of Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens, be it by shooting, robbery or as a consequence of being run down by drunk drivers. Just look it up in the Internet if you doubt it. Be aware, though, that the PC shock troops will immediately label as “racist” and “bigoted” anyone who brings up the question of illegal immigration, the usual way they deflect any criticism of their policies.

Kate’s death and the death of many other Americans are consequences of the policies that create sanctuary cities for those who cross our southern border illegally. Kate was killed not just by an illegal alien; the blame is thick enough to spread evenly on both parties, on those who see the illegals as a source of cheap labor and on those who see them as future votes for the party which will provide them with citizenship. But ultimately, there is a real culprit: the voters. Those people who enact the absurd ordinances that create sanctuary cities and release criminal aliens did not attain their positions by themselves; they were put there through the votes of an electorate either too brainwashed or too apathetic to care. Elections have consequences, whether they are regional or national. Kate and many other Americans are dead because we have elected government and city officials who want to “transform America” and they have these “feel good” policies and see the US as an instrument of exploitation of the poor and huddled masses; after all, according to them, are we not living in Texas, Arizona and California? Did we not “steal” them from Mexico?

It is important to understand that not all illegal aliens are criminals, not in the strictest sense of the word; most are people caught in the web of survival, the pawns of the corrupt Mexican government which will rather export their surplus populations to the northern nation willing to accept them. Unfortunately, the time has come for us to realize that we simply cannot continue to be Mexico’s safety valve which prevents a revolution there. It is also time to understand that the border has become a war zone controlled by the Mexican drug cartels on one side and opposed by an undermanned and unsupported Border Patrol on our side. Enough is enough and we have to take control of our borders; however, first we have to understand what it is that we want our politicians to do. Those open borders people are in power because we put them there; the loonies in the San Francisco City Council, the Mayor and the Sheriff are there because we put them there; Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are there because we put them there, Barack Obama and his minions are there because we put them there and if we are to take back the country, we have to have an electorate that knows and understands what the real issues are: secure borders, realization of the damage that illegal immigration does to the country and the importance of getting our manufacturing jobs back.

Kate Steinle died as a result of a gunshot, but ultimately, we are all responsible for her death, by our choices and our lack of attention. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez just pulled the trigger.

Rest in peace Kate. We failed you.

Politically Incorrect Amateur Politicians….Really?

Politically Incorrect Amateur Politicians….Really?

On June 16th Donald Trump ended weeks of speculation and formally announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States in the style that is unique to Mr Trump and has become his trademark. To say that the speech was full of hyperbole would be an understatement and as expected, the reaction was swift and from the establishment side of both parties, negative. The speech was labeled as a politically incorrect diatribe coming from somebody who wants to dabble in the realm of politics, a realm best left to the professional politicians and Political Science graduates from Ivy League institutions; in other words, “amateurs not wanted or encouraged” Nevertheless, it would be a huge mistake for the establishment to ignore Mr Trump’s candidacy because in that speech, he touched and expanded on subjects and themes that, like the proverbial elephant in the room, everyone is aware of but refuse to acknowledge and, if the latest polls are correct, his message is resonating among GOP primary voters.

It is an established notion that “professionals” always do a better job than “amateurs” and in the light of this it would be worthwhile to compare Mr Trump’s “amateur” record with the record compiled by the “professionals” Donald Trump has established a name that today is a synonym of success in the cutthroat world of real estate and in the process has amassed a fortune estimated at some nine billion dollars and is well-known as a ruthless negotiator.

What have the “professionals” accomplished? How about getting us involved in a series of wars, from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan? How much American blood has been shed? How many wounded and mutilated? And what do we have to show for it?

How about all those fast track presidential authorizations to negotiate trade agreements, from NAFTA (remember that one?) to GATT? They were sold as economic stimulus and job creators and that they did -in Mexico. The end result was at first a trickle that turned into a gush of American companies moving to Mexico leaving a wide swath of empty factories all along the rust belt. We were told that we were transitioning from a manufacturing economy to a service economy and we are; the only catch is that “service jobs” do not pay nearly as well as the lost manufacturing jobs.

China is booming because we have moved our manufacturing there in quest of cheap labor and because we have “free trade” they can build there and sell here and they manipulate their currency to their advantage and our detriment and we allow it, all in the name of “free trade” The best economic news we have is that our GDP has been revised upwards and instead of contracting -0.7% it only contracted -0.2%. It is like being told that instead of having just two months to live, you now have four. Today, the Senate approved the latest bill that will give President Obama fast track authorization to approve trade deals. Did anyone notice that among its contents is a provision for funds to “retrain” those American workers whose jobs would be “affected” (read lost) by the agreements? Will either McDonald’s or Wendy’s be able to absorb them? It seems that lately our greatest export is jobs.

How about border enforcement? The “professionals” have turned the border into a sieve. Remember the thousands and thousands of unescorted “children” from Central America that came crashing through our borders last year? Well, they are threatening to do it again and we still have no plan to cope with the problem except to keep underlining the “racist” and “xenophobic” nature of those who object to the uncontrolled influx of people we know nothing about; additionally not all who sneak through our border are people just looking for a better life but also include shady characters ranging all the way from drug smugglers to terrorists intent on blowing us up.

The term “Immigration Reform” has been thrown about more times than a puck in a hockey game and still the problem persists. In 1986, the Simpson Mazzoli Act was enacted to fix the problem, but since no border enforcement was included, the problem continued until it has become the Godzilla-sized monster it is. Bear in mind though, that no single party is responsible for this mess; the blame lies squarely on both sides of the aisle. One side wants cheap labor the other cheap votes and in the meantime, it is John Q Taxpayer who has to pay for the schooling, medical expenses, housing and additional police required to deal with the inevitable rise in crime that accompanies unsupervised mass immigration. Yet, the “professionals” keep reminding us that we should be “more inclusive” and that objections to illegal immigration are tantamount to racism, while the Mexican authorities, from the president on down, lecture the US on the way we handle their citizens, the same ones they have failed and actively encourage to go “north” to become our problem because we treat them a sight better than their own government does.

Whether Mr Trump wins the Republican nomination or not or even is the best candidate remains to be seen; the point that should not be lost on the rest of the field is that the speech touched on subjects that no one mentioned out loud before. We lost some 58,000 Americans in Viet Nam and for what? To pull out when we signed the Paris Peace Accord guaranteeing the existence of South Vietnam and then turned our backs and even refused material help when North Vietnam violated that agreement. We spent thousands of lives in Iraq, trained and armed their army only to see it turn tail and run. We have lost the confidence of our allies and the fear of our enemies, we have built the Chinese economy, at our expense, only to have them treat us like chumps, we are practically supporting the Mexican economy, our manufacturing is no more, Wall Street has been turned into a casino, the median household income has contracted, our national debt is fast approaching our GDP, we have more people than ever on food stamps and government handouts and when that number equals the number of people working, that will be the end of the country. All these are the accomplishments of our “professional political elites” and those “Political Science Phds” from prestigious Ivy League universities.

It behooves the presidential candidates to heed the response to Mr Trump’s speech and if they really listened, it was a resounding “YEAH!!” nationwide.

Flags, Jim Crow, the “N” Word and Racism

Flags, Jim Crow, the “N” Word and Racism

Never let a crisis go to waste” was Rahm Emanuel’s famous phrase; accordingly, before all the pertinent facts in the Charleston’s historic black church horrible massacre were known, President Obama wasted no time in issuing a statement pushing his brand of gun control. Not to be outdone, presumed Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton followed suit with equally ridiculous declarations and now, the emphasis has changed to the display of the Confederate flag on state grounds to the point of it almost becoming the new “gotcha!” question asked of Republican presidential candidates. Today, President Obama, in a radio interview, while discussing his notion that we are not yet “cured of racism” dropped the “N word” while mentioning Jim Crow.

Well folks, if you want to discuss the display of the Confederate battle flag, do not ask Republicans because it is not theirs; rather ask Democrats, because the Confederate flag was the battle flag of Southern Democrats, the ones who voted to secede from the Union when a Republican president was elected; during the 1864 presidential election, Democratic party candidate George McClellan’s platform consisted of making peace with the Confederacy, which would have been a de facto recognition of Southern independence plus abrogation of the Emancipation Declaration, essentially returning the nation to its ante bellum status, albeit cut in half. It was Southern Democrats who enacted all of the Jim Crow laws that made life a nightmare for blacks in the South. It was a Southern Democrat, Orville Faubus, who was at the center of the nationally televised Little Rock 9 incident and it was a Southern Republican, President Eisenhower, who sent elements of the 101st Airborne Division to make sure that black kids were escorted to the newly desegragated schools in Little Rock; it was a Southern Democrat, Lester Maddox, who famously chased black patrons from his Georgia diner with an ax handle and who later became governor of Georgia and it was Southern Democrat George Wallace who stood in Montgomery, Alabama, and said “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”; to his credit, he later repudiated his statements and apologized to the victims of segregation; it was because of the Republicans that the 1964 Voting Rights Act passed over the loud objections of the Democratic side of the aisle, led by Al Gore Sr, of Tennessee and KKK recruiter Robert Byrd, of West Virginia. Lastly, let us remember that it was Southern Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest who founded the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee and that the KKK was, from the late 1860’s to the early 1960’s, the terrorist arm of the Democratic party, responsible for the murder of thousands of Southern blacks and whites that dared oppose their reign of terror.

The South is the soul of this country and it should give pause to the race hucksters and charlatans that all the race riots that have occurred in the last 50 years have taken place in northern cities, in those regions that sanctimoniously have wagged their collective fingers at those “backward” southern regions while making fun of their “ignorant” speech patterns. It is in the South where a much greater degree of racial harmony exists, and if there are doubts, just look at the way the city of Charleston reacted to the horrific massacre that took place there and the immediate repudiation and condemnation of the shooter’s racist motives. The speed with which the local authorities arrested and arraigned the confessed perpetrator preempted most, but not all, of the self-aggrandizing pronouncements coming from the White House and the Department of Justice and essentially told the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons and their ilk “Stay away. There’s nothing for you to see here”

Some Memorable Quotes

Memorable Quotes

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everybody is writing a book”

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child”

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it”

Politicians are not born; they are excreted”

What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious”

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence of their lives”

We must not say that every mistake is a foolish one”

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting the development and refinement of the mind; Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do”

A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear”

All of the above quotes are from Marcus Tullius Cicero, born January 3rd 106 BC, died December 7th 43 BC aged 63; Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, poet, political theorist, consul and constitutional theorist and is the traditional master of Latin prose, credited with transforming Latin from a modest utilitarian language into a versatile literary medium capable of expressing abstract and complicated thoughts with precision and clarity. Jefferson named Cicero as one of a handful of figures who contributed to the tradition of public rights.

He still speaks to us from across a two thousand year bridge.