Conservative Political Commentary

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bernie Sanders on Trump: It's Sanders Who Shouldn't Be Believed

By Eddie Howell

Michael Walsh of Yahoo News reported on Bernie Sanders' remarks during a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., on June 22.

Is Senator Bernie Sanders correct that President Donald Trump's “authoritarianism” is a threat to American democracy? Hardly. American democracy, in terms of people saying and doing what they like, voting as they like with honest results, and worshiping as they like, indeed the whole Bill of Rights appears to be in quite good shape. Of course the Tenth Amendment hasn't been respected by government in the last century, and more, with few exceptions. But Trump has had little influence on that.

Sanders obviously prefers the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to those of Donald Trump.

Sanders says no president has told as many “outrageous and blatant lies” as Trump. Really? It would take quite a few misstatements of fact to equal Obama's blatant lie, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” He used that one to sell a destructive health care power grab that a majority of Americans never wanted. Plenty of other lies came from Obama, enough to make Trump look like a faithful Boy Scout.

A few more of Obama's many lies, as listed by Western Journalism in an article by Derrick Hollenbeck, dated September 4, 2012, are the following:

Obama said there has never been a better friend of Israel in the White House, and also “In May 2011, Obama asked G8 member nations to fund the Arab Spring counties who are clearly on their way to planning an all-out attack on Israel.”

“Obama lied said that there would not be public funding of abortions under Obamacare.” Further,
Remember Obama telling us there would be no earmarks in his 2009 stimulus package? He lied. The bill had over 9,000 earmarks in it; and of course, it failed to deliver even a small improvement for our economy.
And those are just in his first term.

Authoritarianism? When a president uses his legitimate authority, which is considerable, that is not authoritarianism. If you want examples of authoritarianism, consider Democrat presidents. Woodrow Wilson made it illegal to criticize the government or the World War I effort. Barack Obama legislated immigration policies contrary to statute, after previously stating, correctly, that he lacked the authority to do so. His pen and phone were used to usurp congressional authority, but Congress made no real attempt to stop him. They simply criticized him, and filed a few lawsuits.

Trump's efforts with executive orders are mostly aimed at undoing Obama's abuses and keeping his own campaign promises, within existing law, in the fields of immigration, regulations and others.

Largely by his own authoritarian policies, Obama had America set up to suffer his “third term” in the presidency of Hillary Clinton, had she been elected as expected. Fortunately, the election of Trump has, in my opinion, saved America from globalism and a calamitous collapse, at least temporarily.

Also, contrary to Mr. Sanders' statement, President Trump's statement that the “mainstream media” is “fake news,” not to be believed, is quite true in the realm of political news, especially in “reporting” on Donald Trump. It is blatantly obvious that much political “journalism” from the MSM these days is actually anti-Trump propaganda. Also,
[Sanders] said Trump’s outbursts at judges are not simply “temper tantrums” but a blatant disregard for the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution — attempts to delegitimize a coequal branch of government so it cannot constrain his power.
But the courts brought criticism upon themselves by playing politics and ignoring the president's constitutional power to limit immigration. If the president wanted to, he could legally stop any and all immigration, which has been done for long periods in previous years. If the president believes limiting immigration is necessary, he can do it, no matter what he might have said during his election campaign.

Sanders thinks Trump's criticism of judges is a danger to constitutional separation of powers, but Democrats have a poor record in that regard. Sanders thinks Trump is trying to “delegitimize a coequal branch of government.” But he's simply expressing reasonable opinions. And the courts have constrained his power, though not, in my opinion, legitimately. Meanwhile, Democrats and leftists are trying to delegitimize the Trump presidency, i.e., that of the Chief Executive of the coequal Executive Branch of government, which to Sanders is apparently OK.

Further, it must be noted that, while socialist Sanders complains of authoritarianism, socialism is the very acme of authoritarianism, which it has to be, in order to make its anti-freedom, paternalistic system work (for a while). Socialism leads to things like we see in Venezuela, as a relatively mild example. Lenin said, “The goal of socialism is communism.” Ludwig von Mises, libertarian economist said, “The goal of socialism is socialism.” It is not individual freedom or economic prosperity, and even if it were, socialists know no way of producing either.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trump Is Right – The MSM Is the Enemy of the American People

By Eddie Howell

The “Mainstream” Media are no longer mainstream, but are, in fact, the enemy of the American people – along with their patrons the hysterical leftist politicians and globalist elites. There is no restraint in their propaganda any more. Anything goes, as long as it might contribute to the destruction of President Trump and his administration.

The elites and their brainless followers will allow no reasoned argument to get in the way of their seditious, often treasonous activities: paid rioting mobs, senseless attacks on defenseless people, violence against law enforcement, shutting down freedom of speech. Why aren't more of these people going to prison? Why aren't college campus crimes by students and others punished?

With the DC shootings, as Ann Coulter said, the “resistance” has gone live-fire. When media figures are excusing the shooting of Congressman Scalise, decency is going out the window. When celebrities can cheer the “Julius Caesar” Trump stabbing at a play, they probably would howl with delight if something like that actually befell the president. For my money, these folks are without moral standards, let alone journalistic standards, and are worse than worthless until/unless they repent.

Speaking of Ann Coulter, this is her appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, and Kathy Griffin released her infamous Trump beheaded video. Poor leftist victims!



Scott Pelley said the shooting of Scalise was “somewhat self-inflicted.” Does he wonder why his ratings are slipping? These media figures of the MSM are slowly putting themselves and their employers out of work. It is only to be expected that print media and broadcast news are losing readers and viewers. People know they can't be trusted. In fact, they suspect, with justification, that the MSM is actually not so much interested in informing them, but, like the elites, are more out to get them.

Trump can make a lot of sense with his tweets. The progressives don't like the tweets because he tells the truth about them. They obviously have only contempt for Mr. Trump and his supporters. Further, the globalists have contempt for all ordinary people, and wouldn't mind wiping many of them out through war and other means. War is one way they make their fortunes, ya know.

You can be sure that any liberals' calls for unity after the DC shooting was just lip service, and they know they will do nothing to promote unity and a lot to increase division.

Mr, Trump is criticized for his tendency to counter-punch when attacked, but that represents his best way of getting his message across and possibly exacting compensation for unjustified attacks.

To call Mr. Trump a racist, bigot, homophobe, Islamophobe, or anything similar simply shows that the left has no cogent arguments and knows nothing but name calling and innuendo. I would like to see the president throw their criticisms right back in their faces, fire Mueller, fire Rosenstein, and scrap the phony FBI Russia investigation. Perhaps he should file suit against some of his defamers and libelers. And most of all, fire all the Obama holdovers and get his own people in place. Then fire and prosecute all the leakers that can be identified. And get the DOJ to investigate the real criminals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Whatever the president's critics think he's doing that's bad for America, their own actions are a hundred times worse because they are striking at the very foundation of our country. Of course, if they don't care for America, they find that OK. They may think it would be OK to be ruled by Angela Merkel and her friends, and greatly increase our population of unvetted immigrants. If that's the case, it is treason.

Friday, June 2, 2017

President Trump's Wise Climate Decision

By Eddie Howell

The leftist/globalists are beside themselves with anger over President Trump's decision to pull America out of the Paris climate accord. If they just listened to his speech objectively, they would see that he would have been foolish not to do so. It was mainly a legalized extortion scheme to transfer American wealth and jobs to other countries. That's why the leftist/globalists are so upset.

A lot of the unhinged reactions to the decision are based on just that, but some are happening because people are simply ignorant of (1) the economic damage America would endure, and (2) the serious misconceptions and weaknesses of the accord. It's a political agreement designed to get American money, made by people who should know that if everyone involved did everything the accord required, it would have no positive effect on the climate, and a very negative effect on America. Mr. Trump explains –


The globalists and leftists, here and abroad aren't concerned with the bad results the accord would bring for the U. S., they just want America to sacrificially support the globalist agenda. Germany is especially upset, because they would not get to impose the accord on us, forcing a substantial surrender of American sovereignty. Like France, we would be ruled to a considerable extent by Angela Merkel. And they somehow can't understand Trump's decision.

Trump is wise to fulfill his campaign pledges about this and other matters pertaining to foreign entanglements that put our country at a distinct disadvantage. Bravo, Mr. President!


Further reading:

Melanie Arter, “Trump Pulling Out of Paris Accord: Amounts to Redistribution of Wealth to Foreign Countries,” 06/01/2017. CNS News

Ryan McMaken, “Studying the Climate Doesn't Make You an Expert on Economics and Politics,” 06/01/2017, Mises Wire

Friday, May 19, 2017

Our Betters Keep Getting Worse

By Eddie Howell
The leaders of America, as a whole, are failing to improve the lot of our country. We are witnessing what looks like national suicide in progress, abandonment of the rule of law, collapsing “higher education” run by gutless fools and populated by arrogant fascists. Also, we've seen open borders, deliberate release of vicious criminals, deliberate importing of jihadist murderers, and more by people who seem to demand our respect for their superior wisdom and judgment.

Sen. Schumer, Official Portrait
The main exception to this miserable state of affairs among our so-called betters is Donald J. Trump, whose intention is to drain the swamp these lazy louts, crooks, and influence peddlers have created. There is scarcely an area of American life that has not been damaged or hampered or tainted by the political left and their unhinged war on honesty, conservatism, and freedom. The founding principles of America are left to languish in a sea of death, debt, dishonesty, and cronyism. People with Ivy League credentials who claim the leadership positions very often cannot manage their own affairs but are too willing to micromanage other peoples' business.

The ruling class has become nearly as bad as the mafia, complete with criminal activity. The mafia at least is not responsible for leading and protecting the nation or setting a moral example. They are a bad thing, but they are trying to, in some sense, give people what they want. The Left gives some people what they want by means of stealing from others. They probably think they're like Robin Hood, but Robin Hood, whatever else he was, was a thief and essentially part of the corruption.

The main goal of the elite today is to destroy Donald Trump. This now overrides all other considerations for the mainstream media, the liberal universities, Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the left in general. The anti-Trumpers are stirring up hostility against their enemy with wartime-like propaganda, with such a slanted negativity against the president that a study by Harvard (!) shows it's much more negative than anything thrown at the previous three administrations.

The enthusiasm to investigate Trump is high, with some clamoring for impeachment. But where was the enthusiasm to investigate when it came to investigating the numerous scandals of Obama and Hillary? Real, demonstrated crime was left alone, while seemingly baseless concerns about Trump are made into a constitutional crisis. Someone Trump once associated with had some business dealings that involved a Russian bank. Where's the crime? Where's the evidence? Apparently, it's so well hidden that no one can find it, so we must employ a special counsel. The same Mr. Trump who is presented in media as an inept oaf apparently is so clever he can concoct elaborate plots to hide his actions.

The people who are not destroying the country, as the elites are, would be the factory workers, skilled tradesmen, professionals, business people, and others who refuse to be part of the elites' political, social, and moral cancer on America. They are the ones helping to keep our nation's head above water, while the influential go about raising the skyrocketing debt, killing babies, and regulating us to death. Where are the national leaders who (1) genuinely want the best for Americans, and (2) recognize and observe moral and legal boundaries? They are not plentiful in education, government, journalism, or entertainment.

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”* What we're getting from the privileged is disdain for America and ordinary people, a massive overdose of political lies and BS, destruction of our money and economy, and an attachment to the idea of globalist socialist dictatorship. The “much” they are giving is not in line with the spirit of that quoted statement.

The warmongers are getting louder. Russia, the leftists' formerly admired country, is now so bad that some want to risk war. Any administration official who has spoken to any Russians is now considered suspect. Everyone in government should think about supporting President Trump against ISIS and dealing with North Korea, without urging any kind of elective nation-building or regime-change interventions.

What's most needed among the establishment types, is the attitude of understanding and striving to live up to real responsibilities, and recognizing that special interests aren't so special that everyone has to love them. We don't need to all be friends, but we need to respect our country and appreciate its history.

What the left wants is to tear down our history and adopt the globalists' view that the American Revolution was a mistake, all traces of the Confederacy must be obliterated, all religion removed from the military and all aspects of government. Promotion and celebration of transgenderism and homosexuality are required, but the Ten Commandments are evil itself, and our children must be protected from them. In other words, the elites are turning our society's system of values upside down.

For all their faults, previous generations of American leaders have stood up for America and worked for the betterment of American families and society, and maintained a responsible place in the world for the United States. At great hardship and sacrifice, which can hardly be comprehended by most of the people living in the U.S. today, Americans have dealt with slavery, the Depression, and two world wars and several additional conflicts and been willing to follow responsible leadership.

Those who find themselves in positions of responsibility and authority, or want to do so some day, need to consider the good of the nation and the American people when working out their strategies. Is the gaining of power and wealth the main thing? Or is genuine service to be preferred even though it may not pay as well?

Today in America, we have the hard, loud left, and a lunatic fringe considered far-right. But we fortunately have the moderates, liberals, libertarians,and conservatives of the great middle who prefer not to live in an upside-down world. I say let's leave the upside-down to “Stranger Things.”



*Luke 12:48b, NKJV, words of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trump and Conservatives Must Stand Firm Against Progressivism and Globalism

By Eddie Howell


President Donald Trump 
What is the greatest threat to the United States and the American people? That's a question that has been considered quite often lately, and answers have ranged from thoughtful and reasoned (North Korea, ISIS, other countries) to the lockstep/kneejerk (Donald Trump), to the idiotic (climate change), and some others. The ones I think are good answers in the longer term are the Democratic Party and globalism.

People of the “progressive” left, and I refer to a lot of politicians, “journalists,” academics, and entertainers, are on board with the Saul Alinsky school of social and political change. Destroy the system from the inside.




[Published on Mar 4, 2017
Info Wars reporter Millie Weaver covering the moment ANTIFA fanatics arrive during an African American Trump supporters speech at a "March4Trump" rally in Austin, Texas and try to start a riot with Trump supporters. -- YouTube]

Use concerns about seemingly agreeable issues (environment, e.g.) to press for far more radical change (carbon tax, cap and trade). Like Alinsky, adopt power as the main and self-justifying goal. Your side is right and the other side is wrong. Period. Stress the belief that the end justifies the means. Silence and destroy those who oppose you. Repeatedly and loudly call them Hitler, Nazis, fascists, racists, xenophobes, homophobes, bigots, and irredeemable deplorables. Try to convince the people that everyone (other than Republicans, white males, conservatives, etc.) has a right to never be criticized strongly or insulted. Create as many rules as possible to punish, and if possible criminalize the opposition. Be immediately ready to use the courts and the press to demonize the opposition.

Further, demean and try to weaken anything that smacks of traditional American values, America's founding principles, or the desirability of America being a sovereign country with First and Second Amendment freedoms. Criminalize as many activities as possible to use against your opponents.

Get on board with the globalist elites who are working toward a one-world government authority designed to control everyone at every level, the very opposite of the purpose of America's founding and traditions. Put government in place of God. Teach that communism and socialism are good things that we need to put in place, and the failures and deaths resulting from them throughout modern history were simply mistaken ideas about how to implement them. Don't bring up such things as Lenin's, Stalin's, Mao's, or Pol Pot's mass murders, but blame the “right wing” for the atrocities of Hitler and Mussolini, although these dictators were not essentially different from communists. And don't emphasize the present-day atrocities of ISIS too much. Maybe they just need jobs, and something done about climate change.

Domestically, stir up as much hatred as possible for law enforcement and great empathy for criminal thugs. Claim to be genuinely concerned about the poor and less fortunate, while doing all you can to keep them government-dependent and poor, living in decaying, high-crime neighborhoods with gangs instead of jobs. Focus more on establishing socialism instead of a strong economy. Be for “world peace,” but go ahead and support regime-changing wars and military adventures. Just don't try to “win.”

Remember lying, cheating, murder, and theft are normal and justifiable in the cause of progressivism and globalism. After all, you have to break a few eggs in order to make an omelet.

The above describes the basic beliefs and attitudes of the hate-filled progressive left in America today, and it's safe to say they hate the America we have known. The Founders are, in their minds just no-good slave owners and extremists not worthy of our respect, let alone veneration. And for them, Christianity exists only to cause trouble for LGBT people and Muslims. Muslims are an oppressed group, as are illegal immigrants, and the laws they broke don't matter. For progressives, it's worthwhile to have sanctuary cities to protect illegals even if it means that murderers, robbers, and rapists go free.

To the leftists of the present day, it's patriotic to beat up Trump supporters, pay people to riot, force scheduled speakers from college campuses, and run the schools like a fascist dictatorship. They would like to dumb down education even more and cause people to forget the whole concepts of academic freedom, individualism, personal liberty, and basic good manners. For them, ethnic and gender “studies” must overshadow all others, and re-segregation may be necessary in order to deal with “white privilege.”

George Soros
The progressives who say they don't “condone” violence don't seem to mind it much, and they know it's supported and often paid for by elite progressive donors such as George Soros. Black Lives Matter gets progressive support though they commit and advocate for violence. Well-known talking heads call for the assassination of President Trump. But hey, power is the object here, and Machiavellian means can be stretched as far as needed to produce the desired ends. It is essentially because of the fact that there is still some law and justice in America, plus the fact that ordinary Americans who are paying attention despise the phony liberalism of today (and therefore elected Donald Trump president), that the violence hasn't increased even more.

Progressive leaders think that conservatives and traditionalists are to be disrespected, demonized and destroyed where possible, while female-abusing Muslims with their oppressive Sharia law are to be admired and promoted. After all, doesn't Obama love the terrorist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood? Aren't they well-represented in our Federal government thanks to progressive political appointments? But the progressives believe that profound principles and new rights (abortion, gay marriage, etc.) come into being simply because some progressive big shot or trend setter says so.

May God save America from our friends(?) the progressives and globalists as well as the enemies we all recognize.

Further reading:

Robert W. Merry, “Trump vs. HillaryIs Nationalism vs. Globalism, 2016” nationalinterest.org, 05/04/2016.

Monday, March 6, 2017

It Seems Obama Knew About Government Spying on Trump

By Eddie Howell

The leftist/globalist/establishment deep state, aka “The Swamp,” which is showing itself to be hardly better than the Mafia, is running a vicious and entirely unjustified campaign of lies, delay tactics, and protests, to try to destroy the Donald Trump presidency.

I don't know how Trump found out his Trump Tower offices were bugged; maybe just by reading the newspapers, as Mark Levin details in the video below. Published articles in widely-read newspapers have reported that multiple intelligence agencies were involved (with FISA court approval) in spying on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his people regarding ties to Russia. Spying by an incumbent administration on a presidential campaign of the other party is something not heard of since Watergate. Mark Levin presents the case against the Obama Administration based simply on published reports, compiled by an experienced Justice Department official and constitutional lawyer (Levin). This appears to be a situation which deserves congressional investigation, and it seems unlikely to go away soon. The Levin video from his appearance on “Fox and Friends” follows:








 





Maria Bartiromo interviewed Newt Gingrich concerning the wiretap, soon after Levin's appearance on “Fox and Friends.” Gingrich also referred her to former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy's National Review column concerning this.


If no evidence of collusion with Russia was found, and so far nothing has been presented, the spying was a egregious misuse of federal spy resources for political purposes. Like Watergate, only worse, since more agencies were involved. How could Obama not know about it and be OK with it, even is he didn't “order” it? He should be held to account.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Sky Is Falling: Leftist Panic and Hysteria

By Eddie Howell

The anti-Trump left, reeling from Hillary Clinton's defeat, is angry that she was defeated by someone of approximately opposite political philosophy and quite politically incorrect. While decrying the Trump Administration as fascist, the left is happily employing fascist and communist tactics themselves in their struggle against Trump.

The elites are promoting hysterics among the leftist press, academia, and media in what is meant to look like a grass-roots movement, but is guided by paid mobs and rabble rousers who see opportunities to participate in the violence. There are probably some sincerely high-minded idealists who think their demonstrations are expressing justifiable outrage against a bad administration, but they don't realize they are being manipulated and used by unsavory foes of American tradition and liberty.


Tucker Carlson of Fox News tries to interview an angry “anti-fascist” who wants the president forced out. This is a good example of “Trump derangement syndrome.” No discussion was possible with her.

While this seems an obvious extreme and unreasonable expression of hostility against Trump by some leftist activist, it is not fundamentally different from what Democrat politicians are doing daily to try to undermine the Trump presidency, recent examples being their campaigns against General Flynn and Attorney-General Sessions.

The presidential election, an honored American tradition pitting hard-fighting campaigns against one another, worked just as it was supposed to. Donald Trump won, and no one seriously questions that the outcome was correct. Yet the leftists are stirring opposition to the idea that the election was legitimate. The fact that Trump did not win the popular vote does not, in fact, affect the propriety of the election. Trump's off-the-cuff style of campaigning is seen as an opening for every kind of unreasonable and irrational accusation and complaint. Yet there is no substance to the accusations of racism, bigotry, etc. The left's obsession with a supposed Russian conspiracy concerning the presidential election is a smokescreen excuse for more hysterical finger-pointing.

The globalists are particularly disturbed by Trump's theme of America First, and his declared anti-globalism. They fear that other countries' generous support from the U.S. in various ways is under threat, and to some extent it is. Trump opposes having so many arrangements with other countries that put America at an unfair disadvantage. Now some other countries think that the U.S., which freely helped former enemies after World War II, and greatly helped rebuild much of the world, must now support the plans of the globalists for their New World Order.

International trade deals and political developments have threatened American sovereignty and the liberty of our citizens. America should never be under the control of any other country or outside entity. The United Nations has become an organization in which America pays a large part of the cost of receiving criticism and anti-American propaganda from America-hating countries. Also, the UN seems to be the preferred vehicle for globalist rule, through Agenda 21 and various other efforts to control humanity at every level.

President Trump's view of things is vastly different from President Obama's. Obama, the “citizen-of-the-world” globalist, seems to have done a thorough job of indoctrinating the already left-leaning individuals and groups. He is praising their angry demonstrations. He is allegedly controlling their efforts. Of course, the liberal spokespersons say they don't “condone” the all-too-frequent and severe violence, but they don't really seem to have much of a problem with it. The supposed “responsible” leftists don't seem to mind paid mobs helping them push their agenda. They don't criticize black radicals for calling for policemen's deaths. They show no sympathy for families of murdered police officers. They don't mind that “sanctuary cities” have unnecessarily protected illegal alien murderers and other criminals. They favor open borders and they are OK with any number of people from anywhere coming into America. If they were watching Steve Bannon at C-PAC, they must have felt shivers up their spines when he mentioned “deconstructing the administrative state.”

Their “The Sky Is Falling” approach undermines America, and appears to be leading to eventual prosecutions for sedition if not treason. The political value to liberals of their extreme contrived anger, and crocodile tears over everything they read or hear about Trump is doubtful. Anger is politically about all they have. They do not have reasonable arguments that come through the noise. Anger is not really much of a political strategy. People eventually tire of it. Meanwhile, a lot of unnecessary damage is done, people are beaten or murdered, homes and businesses are destroyed, and everyone suffers, except the globalist elites.

The Democrats' true character is on display. They, and their media cronies, are not above lying, encouraging violence, and engaging in the politics of personal destruction, as well as increased name-calling and false accusations. This even includes criminal leaks of classified information. Obama's appointee holdovers must be viewed with suspicion and replaced, or simply fired, as soon as possible. These things also speak to the slimy political character of Obama. Some of the Democrats' activities are already over the line of criminality. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions will have, as a large part of his workload, trying to undo the damage inflicted on America by Barack Obama and this gang of radical leftists.