Conservative Political Commentary

...anti-socialist, anti-globalist, and usually with an attempt at historical and economic context

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Road to Destruction

By Eddie Howell

The leftists try to portray President Trump as a divisive figure. They try to blame him for the turmoil in Washington, when they bear much more responsibility than he. The left is orchestrating an unprecedented hate campaign against the president in an attempt to destroy him and his presidency. In doing this, they are employing tactics not unlike the left-wing revolutionaries of the 1960's complete with criminal acts including threats of violence against the president by public figures, approval of violent rioting by “antifa” paid thugs, and illegal leaks of classified information.The criminal activity is on the left, not the right. Yet the Democrats keep chasing their dream of some kind of Trump collusion with Russia which, they hope, would lead to impeachment, or worse.

The violence mentioned is directed at Trump supporters who dare to speak up in public against the leftist criminal element which currently still has charge of much of Washington, D.C. Democrats do their best to delay and stop Trump's agenda items at every turn. Even the GOP establishment is frequently showing themselves to be a true part of the D.C. Swamp. The loyal opposition is no longer loyal, to their duties or to America. Through the Clintons and other avenues, the Democrats likely have more shady foreign connections than Trump would ever have. Nothing has been proven thus far from Mueller and the Anti-Trumpers' Witch Hunt, which so far has only succeeded in harassing people, at great public expense.

I believe President Trump should put an immediate end to Mueller's employment and the whole sham “Russia” investigation. Get FBI top officials who will go after the real criminals Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton – and give James Comey and Loretta Lynch a thorough going over. Get all this junk cleared up so the government can do its job.

The Trump agenda is being delayed by GOP senators as well as Democrats. Mr. McConnell should know by now that the “nuclear option” in the Senate should be employed for all matters. The “filibuster” as currently structured is more of a joke than it is something that befits a deliberative body. It allows the minority to stop legislation with minimal effort and little to no reason.

Given the left's continual pounding against Trump by every available means, what are ordinary Americans supposed to think? That this unbearable conduct should be allowed to continue without any protest? The left, in lockstep, is demonstrating fascist tactics from the highest levels of the Democratic Party on down to the terrorist antifa rioters. When George Soros or some other high-up communist gives the order, the leftist operatives, useful idiots, and so-called journalists of fake news go into attack mode. What is supposed to pass for news is propaganda coordinated with the leftist bosses. It is entirely reasonable to question the patriotism of these people. It appears to be severely lacking. Policy differences cannot account for what they are doing. They are out for destruction.

It should be obvious by now that the Democrats, as a whole, care nothing for the American working people or the economy. “America First” is a major turn-off for them. They want to protect, promote, and celebrate every evil thing in our nation, from Islamic terrorism to sexual perversion, to anti-police violence, and whatever anti-American and anti-white thing there is. They want a fascistic system that punishes anything that that goes outside of political correctness and makes mandatory whatever supports their radical ideas. This is true fascism. They want an economy based on corporatism with the government in charge. They want to penalize any kind of financial success of legitimate business.

They want socialism, which is the opposite of freedom and is the engine of death. The death culture they support demonstrates a lack of concern for human life despite their attempts to present themselves as compassionate, caring people. 


And what if they succeed and the Swamp prevails? The globalists will run America. Angela Merkel and her ilk will have more control of the U.S. than our elected representatives. Sharia law will be enshrined, borders will be open to all, jobs will disappear and government dependency will increase. The United Nations will have more say-so than our Constitution and structural changes to government will be engineered to silence criticism and conservative influence. Following this would be a catastrophic collapse, with other and hostile countries coming in to pick up the pieces and rule where people had not the courage or moral fiber to maintain our Republic. Meanwhile the globalist elites would sit back and laugh. 

May God deliver us from that kind of fate. Whatever happened to “Give me liberty or give me death?”





Photo:  Fuel to the Fire
News: Young men throw bottles of beer at burning vehicles as a riot ensues after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, April 27, 2015. Gray died April 19 from a severe spinal injury that allegedly occurred while in police custody. Looting and riots broke out in Baltimore after the funeral. The Maryland governor declared a state of emergency. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston.





Saturday, July 1, 2017

Anti-Trump Leaders Must Be Viewed with Suspicion

By Eddie Howell

The Democratic Party of today bears little resemblance to the party of previous years. Although its power-grabbing ways can be traced further back than Woodrow Wilson (later, FDR and LBJ), its present unholy alliance with international globalism and anti-capitalism/socialism/communism surpasses any radical tendencies of previous generations.

There are some Democrats who love America and want to preserve our nation and its constitution. But too many have joined the hysterical push to remove Donald Trump at all costs. Donald Trump represents the main resistance to globalism and the main political force for American sovereignty and liberty. Two big heroes of Democrat radicalism today (besides the Clintons) are the late Saul Alinsky and the still-kicking international criminal George Soros. Their track records speak for themselves to anyone who wishes to pay attention.

It is the Democrats and their cronies the mainstream media who have been producing and promoting images and talk of violence against President Trump and his supporters. Their approval of Black Lives Matter and street violence demonstrate their lack of restraint. The shooting of Rep. Scalise at the baseball practice field was a predictable consequence of the Democrats' “resistance” agenda. Their demonic effort to remove Trump from office is a far cry from civil political debate and discourse. No reasonable discussion can be had with many of these radicalized zealots. They have become like terrorists and terrorism supporters when it comes to Mr. Trump.

I am not connected with the organization of Alex Jones (Infowars.com), but I recognize there is truth in what he says about the situation we face in America. The following video illustrates some of the things this article is about, especially in regard to the mainstream media and their very distrurbing efforts against President Trump. His tweets in response are mild considering the unending barrage of fake news trash thrown his way daily.



The leftists have insulted Mr. Trump's supporters, virtually half the country, without let-up. The are not concerned with anyone or anything other than their own rabid political goal, in which they're joined by Hollywood celebrities, and, worse, by academics who are corrupting their young charges in many colleges, universities, and public schools. President Trump and his supporters must remain steadfast and not give in. They must also be aware of the security risks the Democrats and their mindless followers pose to Mr. Trump, and his supporters, and the general public. Rioters must be dealt with decisively, and sufficient force must be brought to bear just to maintain public safety. People who beat up others must be punished. College students and professors who commit crimes must be brought to justice.

Citizens should demand that colleges that abuse the rights of their students, faculty, invited guests, or the public should be sanctioned by defunding, boycotting, and other appropriate means. What the globalist elites want, and what the hysterical anti-Trumpers are working toward (some unwittingly) is somehow forcing Trump from office, then getting our country put under some level of martial law. The globalist elites do not care what the human costs of all this will be. The public stands in the way of their takeover. Provoking war is one option they are willing to consider. Will there be an American Tiananmen Square? Those string-pullers at the top wouldn't mind. They could put the FEMA camps we read about to use as prisons and concentration camps for our citizens without batting an eye.

The globalists and their dupes have no regard for Americans' well being. The gang members and jihadists could be used, and some other countries have no particular regard for America if they're not getting what they want from us.

At this point, we do have a chance to prevail over chaos and destruction. The fact that Donald Trump, and not Hillary Clinton, was elected represents an opportunity for America to be preserved, albeit through some weird and troubling times. There must be some recognition of the dangers by the American people, many of whom want little to do with politics. But we must keep in mind what some wise person said: “You may not take an interest in politics, but politics may very well take an interest in you.” I do not believe the worst is inevitable. But the threat is there.

The American people still have some regard for what America is supposed to represent: freedom, virtue, justice, and truth.

People need to be praying every day for America, for our president, his administration and supporters, and for those deceived citizens who are making themselves adversaries of our nation. As we celebrate Independence Day, we should reflect on its real meaning to our country, and the great things that are at stake.

Friday, June 30, 2017

What's Happened to America's Founding Principles?


 

Has America improved over the years in light of its Founders' intentions and the founding documents? With the founding of a nation unique in the world in its governing philosophy, has the nation been faithful to its ideals? A compelling explanation of what has happened over these years to the American Founders' vision is discussed in Angelo Codevilla's three-part series called “Progression – or Degeneracy?” These essays discuss philosophical and practical topics, and their message commands attention.

The essays appear at American Greatness.

The above link is to the first part, where you will find links to the second and third parts. It is worthwhile reading and valuable food for thought. I had not been aware of this website until today, and I have added it to my list of “Interesting Links.” Enjoy and think.
–  E.H.
 



Illustration: Declaration of Independence, by John Trumbull, 1819 (Wikipedia)

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 and 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.