Category: politics

Let Ocasio-Cortez Keep Talking

One of the funniest things President Donald Trump said in his speech at CPAC was that we should encourage the Democrats talk more and more about their brilliant Green New Deal. He wants them to keep talking about it because they are digging a huge political hole, and wants them to keep digging.

If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keeps talking about the Green New Deal and her spooky ideas, we will be better off. We need to hear more and more about how deprivation and starvation will save our nation.

Here are a few of her solutions.

  • Stop using fossil fuels. Replace them with wind mills and solar cells. Too bad that the wind doesn’t blow all the time, and solar cells don’t work at night.
  • Get rid of energy inefficient automobiles and make everybody take the train. If a train is not available, like to Hawaii, you can walk or ride a bicycle.
  • Automation will displace millions of people from their menial jobs, like the toll takers on the New Jersey Turnpike. They should be happy because they don’t have to work anymore.
  • Give everybody free college, free medical care, guaranteed housing, guaranteed jobs, and guaranteed income. Good intentions for all.
  • Ocasio-Cortez plans to pay for this with new taxes based on the climate-change scare, and higher taxes for corporations and rich people.

Let us not denigrate her intelligence. After all, she graduated college cum laude. I am not sure what that says about Boston University, but it seems impossible that someone could go through four years of higher education and graduate enamored with the failed nineteenth century theory of socialism.

How many people have been raised out of poverty by socialism in the last fifty years? None. As an example, this century Venezueal is mastering the socialist process of starving an entire nation. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t talk about Venezuela. That’s up to someone that understands the subject.

An article in The Economist relates that Capitalism raised over a billion people out of abject poverty in the twenty years from 1990 to 2010. This equates to 50% of the people in the world who were under that poverty line. Of course, those people are not rich yet, and are still in poverty according to US standards. The point is that there have been huge advances in the condition of people around the world, and capitalism is the driver of this prosperity.

We need to let Ms Ocasio-Cortez speak for the Democrat Party. The more she talks, the less sense the Democrat policies make.

Know When To Walk Away

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President Donald Trump

Kenny Rogers gave some good advice in his hit song, “The Gambler”. President Donald Trump risked reputation and political slams from Democrats by meeting with Kim Jong Un, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. If he got a good deal, he would be a hero.  It would be Nobel Prize time for the New York real estate developer. It didn’t happen that way.

Trump went to the negotiating table and wound up walking away. You would think that he would have tried to retreat into the background and wait for this to blow-over, but that’s not his style. The President faced the world in a live press conference almost immediately after the failed negotiations, and answered questions for most of an hour without hesitation, and assisted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Donald Trump is an unusual president in that in solving problems he likes to engage with the primary parties. That’s how he made his fortunes, and that’s how he is governing. To him, personal trust is part of the foundation of making a good deal. Knowing and understanding the person on the other side of a situation is all important. That’s Trump, and he places great value on relationships.

We need to place these negotiations into a different perspective. This is not a normal diplomatic situation. For decades those efforts failed miserably.  Kim wanted to be on the world stage, and he rattled his nuclear missiles for years to make that dream come true .  Now, it is Trump’s job to make the little tyrant give up his nukes, or suffer deathly consequences.

Are we on the brink of a nuclear war? Not necessarily, but we need to make Kim think we are. To do that Trump has to talk tough, and get really mean on economic sanctions. Trump is no cream-puff like Obama.

The Bladensburg Cross Attracts Haters

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Bladensburg, MD Cross

The progressive haters are at it again. We see them on the attack within our childrens’ schools, our colleges and universities, and even our churches. There is a never ending attack on American culture, and specifically on Christianity. Left wing progressives attack the United States at the root of our beliefs, and scoff at the memorials of our revered heros and founders.

Hate is the real reason that the forty-foot tall cross memorial to WWI fallen is in danger of being brought down by a ruling of our Supreme Court. The case will be discussed, today, February 27, 2019.

Outside the little town of Bladensburg, Maryland is the forty-foot tall World War I memorial in the shape of a cross, called the Peace Cross. The cross was erected on July 13, 1925 on public property by the American Legion to memorialize the forty-nine men of Prince George’s County who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Enter the American Humanist Association and their Supreme Court suit to bring the cross down. On the front page of their website we read one reason for opposing the Peace Cross. “Most punditry surrounding the Bladensburg cross is a testament to how militarism has overtaken the American mindset.

The humanists are not only using the separation clause of the Constitution, but they are saying that our nation is so militarily oriented that we not only allow, but encourage religious symbols in military memorials. This is of course, garbage.

The First Amendment separation clause reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…“.  A reading of this clause reveals that the government cannot establish a state religion as seen in England and many European countries. Erecting a memorial is not establishing a religion.

Their reason for opposing the monument is, pure and simple, they hate Christianity. They don’t hate Islam, Mormons, Hindus, or Bhudists. They hate Christians and everything they stand for.

As stated in their feature article, “Yet many are ready to throw constitutional principles aside merely because the Bladensburg case calls into question actions that were taken to honor the military.” That’s quite a dodge. Humanists hate the military, and they hate everything Christian or American. I don’t even think humanists like humans!

It will be interesting to see how our new Supreme Court handles this case. Even though the arguments will be heard tomorrow, it will probably take a while for a ruling to be announced.

What do you think will happen?

Update: I got this news bit from the web, today. Observers feel that the cross will be left alone. It is not clear to me when the official ruling will come out.

https://kvoa.com/news/2019/02/27/supreme-court-seems-open-to-allowing-40-foot-cross-on-public-land/

 

 

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez And Climate Change

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Best Picture I Could Find For Ocasio-Cortez

We all know what an infantile mind AOC has, but we still have to process the babble that comes from her mouth. Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that there is a consensus of scientists that predict that the future climate will be tough on kids. This is wrong on several levels.

The Dems and liberals say that 97% of scientists support some sort of consensus about global warming. First, nobody has a list of these so-called scientists, and the studies that make that claim are pretty rotten in their methods, just self-serving publications for social scientists that cannot get a real paper published.  Second, nobody knows exactly what that consensus would say if there were one.

When you hear someone ask if you believe in climate change, just ask “what part?”. They are then left speechless with no response. Climate change effects can be in several categories, like more tornadoes. more hurricanes, more and serious droughts. more wild fires. There is no scientific data showing that any of these things are real now, or ever will be. Sure, some ice will melt in the next few centuries, but all forecasts are that it will take possibly thousands of years for all of the Greenland ice pack to melt, and a very long time for the Antarctic ice to melt. In Antarctica there are volcanos under the ice melting from that level, but CO2 has little or no effect on that continent’s warming. For the most part it’s not warming at all.

Why do Democrats rant and scream about so-called Climate Change? Simple. This is the latest crisis they can find with grain of truth that they can exploit to suck money out of the American people. Most of climate change dogma is dog crap.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez believes all this stuff. This woman has a BA in international affairs and economics from Boston University. Oh, the terrible embarrassment BU must be undergoing with this little jewel flashing her ignorance around the world.

She has a sterling resume, but that just reminds me of the prophetic film, Forest Gump. Stupid is as stupid does.

 

Identity Politics – Why?

White privilege. White supremacy. The angry white male has become the bane of society. Why all this hate for white people? Who is generating all this hate? Why?

It is a culture of victimization. It is totally political, and has its roots in the writings of Karl Marx as practiced by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and German Fuher Adolf Hitler. These tyrants divided their world into groups and blamed real or perceptual problems on select groups like Jews, Gypsies and intellectuals.

This is called identity politics, and close to fifty million people died as the result. These deaths included people of all races, religions, sexual orientation, education, and occupation as defined in groups.

The Democrat Party is heavily into identity politics. Everybody can be a victim, and victims can be persuaded to vote for Democrats as long as there is somebody to blame for real or imagined problems.

Typical Democrat identity groups are listed below.

  • Black people are victimized by whites
  • White privilege is the only reason whites can be successful
  • Hispanics are victimized by whites
  • Women are victimized by men
  • Homosexual people are victimized by straight people
  • The rich are victimizing the poor

The common thread throughout the identity groups is that all are supposed to suffer from maladies caused by white people, especially white men. Imagine that. Maybe if we get rid of white people we can solve the nation’s problems. Isn’t that racist?

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Another example of privileged individuals are black college applicants who are given an advantage over other applicants. This is true at Harvard University where blacks get preference over Asian (and other) kids who have high SAT scores. Black college applicants have been receiving these privileges for decades. Could this be called a black privilege?

This is identity politics and accusing all white people of having benefited from white privilege could be true, but not necessarily. In any event it is a clearly racist view. Seeing the world through a racial lens is a definition of racism.

We know where Democrats get their ideas about race and why they practice identity politics. They try to appeal to groups by fomenting hate. Unfortunately, the world has already seen the results of identity politics.

 

Echo Chambers – Good Or Bad?

One of the most common criticisms of those who discuss and argue politics is that the other person just hangs around their own particular echo chamber, eschewing information from other sources. Therefore, their arguments are wrong.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of an political echo chamber.

In news media, echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system. By visiting an “echo chamber”, people are able to seek out information which reinforces their existing views.
 
Most people consider echo chambers to be a bad thing. After wallowing in my echo chamber for years and years, I believe that echo chambers are good things, and that everybody has their own version whether they admit it or not.
 
The assumption is that people will tune into a limited set of news sources, and their thoughts and actions will be influenced by what they hear. This idea appeals to Marxists, and uses the “stupid people” hypothesis. People are smart enough to know who they are and what they think before choosing a news environment.
 
People start hanging around echo chambers because they find places where they hear things they like. The chamber does not frame people’s opinion, but the people frame the chamber’s content. Individuals define and influence group dynamics.
 
In defense of a diversity of news and opinion I and others monitor different news and opinion sources just to see what’s going on. I don’t believe many opinions have been changed by the daily screed broadcast on CNN or any of the NBC blocks. I don’t see a lot of news on those networks, but just a constant meme of unsubstantiated speculation.
 
Fox News is part of my echo chamber, but I detest the style of contentious guests and passive moderators on the network. All I want is the current news without adornment of meaningless and awkward comments of anchors like Shepard Smith, or the continuous prattle of Shawn Hannity. 
 
I can do without the opinion programs altogether. I am better equipped to analyze the news than the average news anchor. A lot of people feel that way and have more to offer their echo chambers than they get.
 
How about you?
 

Where Have You Been?

Where were you on April 4, 1968? What were you doing to keep Dr King alive? Did you join in the protests and rioting? Are you a racist for not being there to defend him when you were just a scant ten miles away? How do you handle the insanity of a legitimate protest,  masking the outright thuggery of rioting?

We were there, and even though my wife and I were not in immediate danger, the whole town was shut down at night with the threat of certain arrest. I was a broadcast engineer at WMC-TV in Memphis, and had special permission to go to my night-time job keeping the station on the air. It was not uncommon to see gaggles of police and highway patrol cars at motels and restaurants, and even military personnel carriers ripping across the streets of Memphis.

I was glad the police and national guard were there. Was I being racist?

Let’s take this even further. Where were you in the late 1950’s when Memphis City bus drivers were forcing black people to move from in front of the rear bus door, to the very rear of the bus to make way for white people to sit. What if you were that white person, and you didn’t ask for that seat? What if you were that white person, and you were just a junior high student like thousands of other kids that had to ride city buses to school (At that time there were no school buses in the city.)?

I may or may not have been that one person who caused the ejection of a black person from a bus, but I was still there not knowing what to say or do.

Was I a racist because I didn’t immediately throw myself at the bus driver and city police in defense of that black person?

If I were to put you into the same situations in segregationist Jim Crow America in the 1950’s, I don’t believe you would have behaved differently. If you were defending a black kid or adult, it was not unusual to find yourself surrounded by people calling you a n**** lover and being threatened.

My point is this. I know what racism is. The United States is not a racist nation. Protesting this police killing problem by disrespecting our nation makes no sense. The whole thing was started by an NFL quarterback who was bitter about life, and is not the brightest guy around. Even though I respect his reason to protest, I think he was dumb to have chosen his method.

If you want to disagree with me, fine, but bring your facts.