President Donald J. Trump Dominates the ‘Dominant’ Media

Have you noticed the Liberal Media Complex (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) not talking so much anymore about Russian hacking of the 2016 election? Instead, they groan and grimace over President Trump’s allegations, and proposed investigation, of voter fraud in that same election. Some on the left challenged the President to call for such an investigation — well, as I often say, be careful what you ask for.

There is also President Trump’s proposal to shore up the wall along America’s southern border. The political left is in full freak out over that, having previously dismissed as mere bluster Mr. Trump’s oft-repeated campaign promise to strengthen such a wall — well, be careful what you disregard as bluster.

President Trump has sucked nearly all the oxygen out of our national political discourse, leaving the Lib Media gasping. No wonder Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in an interview this week with the New York Times, had the gumption to tell said publication that they, and their devotees in the Lib Media Complex, have marginalized and humiliated themselves with their dishonest, hyper-partisan brand of so-called journalism.

Mr. Trump has been in office only a week, and he’s walking circles around the legacy media. At some point, he’ll turn his sights directly toward the leadership of the Democrat party. They’ll likely be getting their oxygen from metal tanks.

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ObamaCare Repeal Is Now in the Offing

The Women’s March on Washington, that took place last weekend, was not the first time they came out with signs and chants. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court there were de rigueur demonstrations, in anticipation of the court’s decision, in the case of King v. Burwell. They held aloft signs reading, “Don’t take my healthcare away!” For every such sign, there should’ve been another reading, “Let me have my healthcare back!”

The year was 2015, and Democrats, via the legislative monstrosity known as ObamaCare, had taken away the health care that millions of Americans had previously taken for granted. This was the first time … ever … the bureaucrats in our federal government told us that we (who pay the salaries of said bureaucrats) must buy an overpriced, overly burdensome consumer product of the government’s choosing, whether we want to or not. They took away doctors and health insurance plans that millions of Americans wanted to keep. ObamaCare forced millions to take up insurance plans ill-suited to their individual needs. ObmaCare raised health insurance premiums and heath care deductibles so high that, for millions of Americans, health care itself was becoming, in effect, inaccessible.

Among the most important decisions people make, for themselves and their families, are those concerning health care. Democrats took many of those decisions away from the people, and put them within a massive federal bureaucracy … destined to become ever more burdensome and oppressive … You want to try a new medication to keep your diabetes in check? In the future, don’t ask your doctor about that; ask the bureaucrats in Washington. You need a kidney transplant? In the future, don’t check with your spouse; ask the bureaucrats in Washington, and see if they will allow your life to be saved … WAIT!!!

America! … That nightmare scenario can now be avoided. With a President Donald J. Trump and a Republican Congress, we have a chance. It’s time to fill the streets of Washington with demonstrators, carrying signs that read, “Hallelujah! I’m getting my healthcare back!”

The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Two brief observations, from today’s Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States.

First, our new president gave one helluva speech.

It was bold, blunt, visionary and strident. Telling the world it’s going to be “America first” from here on out, puts other countries, and their leadership, on edge. Not the most diplomatic way to bolt from the gate. However, putting Washington DC bureaucrats on notice, that they’re going to start serving the people of this nation, and not the other way around, crystallizes what President Trump’s campaign has been about all along. It serves him, and the country, well to keep the latter sentiment dear and prominent.

Second, why are Democrats such assholes?

More than sixty Democrat members of Congress refused to attend the inauguration, displaying their contempt for our constitutional, republican (note the small “r”) form of government. Many openly proclaim that President Trump is not a “legitimate” president, some even suggesting Hillary Clinton as a “legitimate” heir to former President Obama — hogwash beyond the pale of sour grapes. The Democrats’ Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, gave a speech from the inaugural podium as subtly divisive as it was dismissive of President Trump, and as he watched Mr. Trump make the rounds, shaking hands across the podium, one imagined Mr. Schumer thinking to himself, “I can’t wait to impeach you.” The liberals already speak openly of impeachment, and it’s only day one of the Trump Administration.

We noted, long ago, that the politics of President Trump’s tenure would get ugly. In fact, they already are. And now, he has put his political adversaries on notice … You play nice, and so will I. Otherwise, take your best shot, cause no one hits back harder than I do.

Happy first 100 days, everyone!

 

Honoring MLK, Jr. Calls to Mind President Obama’s Betrayal

As we prepare to honor the birthday of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I recall an interview Dr. King gave in 1968, in which he suggested that an African-American (“Negro” was then the commonly used term) would one day become President of the United States. Dr. King also suggested it could well occur within the next 28 years. In the late 1960s, that latter prediction seemed rather an audacious one, with the Civil Rights Movement in full swing and de facto racial segregation a way of life for many Americans.

It was in 1996 that General Colin Powell (enjoying a wave of popularity following his successful prosecution of the war to liberate Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion) explored a run for the U.S. presidency; and many well-placed individuals encouraged him to make such a run. Had he done so, he may well have been our nation’s forty-third president, and the first African-American elected to the office — exactly 28 years from when Dr. King made his audacious prediction.

As it turned out, America’s first African-American president was elected in 2008, and Barack Obama’s achievement was greeted by America, indeed the world, as a momentous coming of age for a great nation, the ultimate step away from a history of racial animus. Even for those who didn’t vote for him, Mr. Obama’s election was a moment to celebrate our separation from the past with hope for the future — a hope squandered, ironically, by Mr. Obama himself.

The President’s recent lamentation over what he sees as America’s indelible racism is among the latest in eight years of politically motivated, racially charged decisions, statements and policy pursuits. How sad, that in the waning days of his presidency, Mr. Obama’s public comments on race remain an exercise in bigotry. His ongoing failure to encourage racial healing and, instead, to foment racial division is perhaps the most basic of his many betrayals. It cuts to the heart of what his election in 2008 symbolized, the hope and promise that characterized his rise to political prominence, betrayed by the very man in whom a great nation placed its trust.

It should come as no wonder that, when offered a chance to repudiate Mr. Obama’s legacy in the 2016 election, American voters did so, and chose to elect the most unorthodox presidential candidate in perhaps all of American history. Mr. Obama failed miserably to bring about the change he promised and America wanted. Perhaps Donald Trump will be better at delivering on his promises.

‘Patriotism’ Returns … and We’re Not Supposed to Notice

When George W. Bush was in the White House, Democrats and their allies in the Liberal Media Complex (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) often refered to political opposition and obstructionism as ‘the highest form of patriotism.’ Whoever got in Bush’s way was doing the honorable thing.

Once Barack Obama became America’s chief executive, however, dissent and obstruction became something akin to treason, according to the same liberal chorus. If you wanted Mr. Obama to fail, then you wanted America to fail. Rather clear-cut.

As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential baton from Mr. Obama’s incredulous hands, and Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees begin testifying on Capital Hill this week, we see the Democrat party and the Liberal Media Complex once again warming to the idea of opposition and obstructionism. They assemble choreographed, often compensated street protestors, and organize opposition on a massive scale, augmented by liberal politicians’ frequent appearances at their Capital Hill podiums, and their seats on congressional committees, for orchestrated displays of feigned indignation.

There is nothing surprising about this liberal double standard. It is, in fact, as anticipated as it is apparent. What amazes is that liberals, be they party hacks or media hacks, do not seem able to notice their own hypocrisy. They drone on in a bewildered state of self-delusion. And the rest of us are not supposed to notice.

Really?

‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Comes to Washington, DC

Newt Gingrich was the Republican front-runner to be President of the United States. The year was 2012, and Mr. Gingrich led a sizable field of Republicans vying for their party’s nomination. He was subsequently swamped by negative media and his candidacy fell by the wayside. But Newt is the type of person who learns from such experiences. It is no wonder, then, that one of the first people Donald Trump consulted regarding his own candidacy for the presidency was Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Gingrich are individuals skilled at taking broken things and finding ways to make them work again. Mr. Gingrich did so as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s, delivering the balanced federal budget that Bill Clinton still loves to claim credit for. Newt would have done the same as president; alas, that was not to be. He is, however, especially well positioned to understand President-elect Trump, and what makes the man tick.

That is why Newt’s essay regarding ‘Trumpism’ is so important. Read it, and you’ll be far along in understanding two very important things. First, what to expect from the incoming Trump Administration, which will be all about taking things apart so as to rebuild them, and in the process, making them more efficient and affordable. Mr. Trump is, after all, a builder. He builds coalitions as well as large buildings. He’s a brilliant tactician and a practical business man. Quite different from the man currently flailing in the White House.

Which brings us to the second important thing, which is that the next four to eight years will witness an existential struggle between the federal government’s old bureaucratic order and … something entirely new. The threat of ‘Trumpism’ explains why President Obama and the Democrat party are behaving in such a peevish and undignified manner, doing all they can to block and delegitimize Mr. Trump’s presidency before he even takes the oath of office (these are many of the same people, hypocrites all, who demanded we fall in line to support Mr. Obama’s fledgling presidency eight years ago).

As I’ve said before, the Trump Era will be the most exciting in domestic American politics since the presidency of Ronald Reagan. It will be lively, highly animated and get very ugly, as combatants fight dirty, taking no political prisoners; reminiscent of the old MTV claymation series, Celebrity Deathmatch (in which Donald Trump actually appeared — he won). Existential struggles on such a grand scale have a tendency to do that.