Posts Tagged ‘Progressives’

RELIANCE, INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM

April 2, 2020

The current pandemic should alert even the sleepy-eyed care-for-naught millennials and gen “Z” that reliance on China for the production of virtually every hard good, clothing item, machine component, food processing and a majority of our vitamins and pharmaceuticals is not a good thing. It should be a wake up call that dependence on others, at any time, for any reason, is not a good thing. We can work together for mutual benefit and help one another for efficiency or in times of need, but relegating responsibility for our well-being to another country must be avoided whenever possible.

Likewise, dependence on government (even our own) is often unreliable and harmful in the long term. It is damaging to us as individuals and to society in general. For a nation, a society or an individual to function properly it is necessary that we express our every capability to avoid dependence on others especially foreign and adversarial nations. <link>

The current and recent past generations are largely dependent on others for essentially everything; generations so addicted to having all needs and wants met as children that they demand continued support well into adulthood. Adults twenty-five and up often continue to live parasitically in the homes of their parents despite the capability to fend for themselves.

Some people are using this crisis for personal, political and/or financial leverage. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is using this opportunity to back fill a shortage of ventilators at federal expense after refusing to allocate funds state funds to purchase and warehouse the inventory five years ago. Some are taking advantage of the situation for control measures to condition us for future ease of despotic establishment. This is what dependence engenders.

Far too many individuals forfeit their dignity for ongoing government assistance. They willingly relinquish their freedoms for the stipends they receive. (referring to those who refused to seek employment during the past three years when employers could not find enough people to fill their increasing needs as businesses expanded.) Then they sought safe spaces to cower and avoid confrontation of ideas differing from their own. Now they seek safe spaces to avoid a virus from a country that was never confronted.

As a nation, we have become complacent; willingly giving up our freedoms in exchange for expediency or simplicity. It is easy to go to Walmart and buy cheap clothing or small appliances or even food that comes from countries with few regulated sanitary or safety measures. (I use Walmart as an example only because it is the most widely known. Today, it could be virtually any discount outlet.)

What freedoms might we lose? Any, and possibly all, if reliance on subversives continues. Because of this pandemic, we have lost a portion of the first amendment (the right of the people to peaceably assemble). The greater ground we give up in the name of cheap and plentiful, the more freedoms we relinquish. The more we rely on others for care and support rather than personally investing the effort for autonomy, the weaker we become as individuals and as a nation.

Until this pandemic caused the nation to sequester and brought our economy to a virtual standstill, we were growing more independent and stronger. The collapse of the foundational structures of this and other nations has to do with dependence on a Communist nation whose leaders would like nothing better than to see total devastation of all competitors and economic and political adversaries.

No matter what you choose to call this pandemic, (Chinese Coronavirus, Wuhan Virus, COVID-19) it did come from a country on which we have allowed ourselves to rely. We get everything from shoes and socks to vitamins, vaccines and other medicines from them almost exclusively, and they have threatened to cut off our access to the aforementioned much needed remedies. During this time of medical crisis, we must as a nation and as individuals, reconsider how our future lives require self reliance and cooperation.

WELL, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!

March 30, 2020

When it comes to wasting money and paying friends and donors, the Democrat party is the best. The last time they had the opportunity to do so on a grand scale was with the minuscule $787 billion taxpayer funded bailout know as TARP and signed by then president Obama. At that time we borrowed the money from countries around the globe; the primary note holder being China. We are still paying to reduce that obligation!

At that time, companies large and small held out their collective corporate hands, palms up, to receive respite funds from the taxpayers via the government. Many accepted the grants only to pay corporate executives huge bonuses before declaring bankruptcy that relieved them from repayment.

Probably the best known scandal of the time was Solyndra. The solar cell manufacturer received $535 million only to pay out millions in bonuses before shuttering their doors. The CEO said the “Regulatory and policy uncertainties made it impossible to raise capital to quickly rescue the operation.” I should think that $535 million in immediate funding would forestall some of the need for capital. Solyndra executives and shareholders had collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign and the DNC.

This time around, nobody can be blamed except President Trump for signing a horrendously expensive pork-laden bill. Granted, this time the urgency was greater, but none-the-less, to sign such frivolous spending into law is uncalled for. The $2.2 Trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act), meant to provide for the sick and needy is so filled with socialist payouts it is hard to describe it as a recovery vehicle.

E.g. The Board of Directors for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts decided their relief did not extend to members of their own sitting orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra. The $25 million grant written into the bill was specifically “to cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers,” according to the law’s text. Within hours of the signing, however, the board notified the nearly 100 member symphony that they will no longer receive paychecks after April 3. <link>

Like Solyndra, they got their money from a Democrat controlled congress then allowed their “employees” the opportunity to draw down on more taxpayer funds, or, as it is more commonly known unemployment.

Since there is not a surplus of federal funds, the money will again be borrowed from, wait for it…CHINA.

President Obama increased the debt by $9 trillion over an eight year period, and conservatives complained. President Trump just increased the debt by $2.2 trillion in one fell swoop. Socialists are high-fiving and conservatives are nervous but otherwise complacent.

If a “Republican” president can do this to our country, what would another Marxist/socialist (read: progressive Democrat) do to it. Yes, this is a time of crisis and spending is a must. But what kind of a country are we leaving for the next and future generations if we allow congress to continue throwing money away in exchange for campaign donations?

AMERICAN EDUCATION TODAY

March 1, 2020

I recently came across an article (accompanied by two videos) wherein a Jimmy Kimmel “man on the street” quizzed random people on finding and identifying countries on a blank map of the world. He then shared a clip of Republicans in specific being asked the same questions. <link>

While the second clip shown was to indicate the ignorance of Republicans (because this is the focus of late night comedy today), both actually portrayed just how ineffectively public schools are educating our youth. A discerning look beyond the surface presentations illustrates a non-partisan indictment of liberal teachings of today.

As social justice, multi-gender acceptance and income inequality are promoted by the educators over core courses such as English, math, science, geography, world and U.S. history it is easy to see how and why the U.S. is forfeiting ground in education compared to other countries. Today’s youth, lacking basic knowledge and skills, are also losing the ability to move into and keep up with the needs of the current workforce.

The same people, progressives, who are advocating for more immigration to fill open positions in technology and research are the very ones who are not educating the students in their charge! This is exactly why 2.5 million available STEM positions are not being filled.

According to one Pew research study, the U.S. ranked 21st of 23 countries in math. (Could this be the reason America’s youth today cannot figure out their gas mileage or count the change from a purchase without an electronic calculating device?) In critical and analytical thought (problem solving) the ranking was 17 out of 19. (Perhaps this is why the only defense for a progressive’s position in a dispute is to end the discussion by calling their opponent RACIST and either striking out physically or walking away.)

Perhaps spending more classroom time teaching inductive and deductive reasoning and the differences between them would be appropriate. Teaching people to accept and absorb information they first encounter as fact and rejecting any dissenting information rather than giving them the tools to decide with reason what is true or appropriate is not helpful to society. Knowing how to use reasoning techniques to refute the spoon-fed ideologies of the teachers and professors would allow a student a breadth of education not offered now. Today, it seems those authority figures fail students who choose to question the propaganda. It would be a novel idea for today’s educational setting to have opposing views once again received and debated.

The type of demonstration shown by Kimmel illustrates the ignorance, not of Republicans, Democrats or Independents, but of those walking our streets in general. It becomes easy for one to see the depths to which the U.S. has fallen educationally. Given that the overwhelming majority of teachers and professors are of progressive ideology, deductively it follows that progressives are to blame for the failures in our public schools and education system.

 

THE TRIAL WAS RIGGED

February 12, 2020

Even now, a week beyond the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, there is ongoing banter about how he was “Impeached Forever”. The impeachment had the affect of ending a losing argument with “You’re a Racist”. It was false, and though the vile and viscous Democrats of the House did manage to muddle their way through and reach a predetermined and patently partisan consensus vote on loosely written Articles of Impeachment, they continue to try wiping the egg from their faces forever creviced with anger.

Crazy Mazie Hirono of Hawaii stated on CNN that President Trump was not acquitted of the Articles of Impeachment. “He wasn’t acquitted; it was a rigged trial”, she said.

Doubling down on stupid, she prattled on, “You don’t get acquitted when you don’t even get to call witnesses or relevant witnesses or have the documents because the president stonewalled all efforts on the part of the House to get the information they requested.”

It’s as if the Democrats, in their never ending attempts to destroy Donald Trump and all future presidencies, are so blinded with hatred they cannot even see their own reflections in a mirror. If it was a rigged trial it was most certainly a rigged indictment. The president’s attorneys followed the law when asking the courts for confirmation of need and appropriateness of the requested documents. It was his only available defense because he was not allowed representation during the House hearings. He was not allowed any rebuttal witnesses and, of those witnesses called by the prosecuting body, none had direct knowledge of any wrong doing. What was presented was all hearsay or secondary water cooler repetition.

Each and every witness, with the exception of only one, was a confirmed Never-Trumper and/or a diplomat who felt they were in charge of foreign policy rather than the Chief Executive. The one honest and knowledgeable voice was legal scholar and law professor, Jonathan Turley. In his opening statement, Turley offered that he is not a Trump supporter and, in fact, had voted against him. He shocked the panel when he gave honest historic testimony regarding the dangers of impeachment under the prescribed conditions and damage it would cause to future presidencies and to the Constitution. They denied and disregarded his testimony.

When questioned directly by Republican members, all witnesses agreed they were aware of no crimes committed by, or on behalf of, the president. Other than Turley’s, the “testimonies” included mind-reading and personal interpretations illustrating bias of what was said or what actually occurred.

So, if the Senate trial of Donald John Trump was “rigged” as declared by the Honorable Ms. Hirono, the basis for the Articles brought forth to the Senate were certainly flawed and essentially rigged by the proceedings within the House.

Let us be clear. The Impeachment of President Trump had nothing to do with “High Crimes or Misdemeanors” as described in the Constitution or abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. It was all about anger and frustration. The Democrat’s only position of power is having a majority in the House of Representatives at the present and they chose to abuse that position. Their anger is now deep seated and the frustration over the election loss of 2016 combined with the gaining of congressional seats in 2018 should not be a basis for destroying our nation.

These are the very angry Democrats seeking the next presidency. It is unimaginable how much destruction might be caused with such a resentful and vindictive figure in the White House.

IT’S BEYOND POLITICS

February 7, 2020

Politics has always been an adversarial process. It was meant to be. The reason for the three branches of government is to check, recheck and balance the governors of our country. However, the business of politics was never conceived to become so viscous and hateful.

With their hatred for the non-conforming, undiplomatic and forthright president, the Democrats have turned politics, not only in Washington D.C., but throughout the country into a blood sport. They have encouraged Antifa to riot by standing by and allowing the members to assault non-members (actually drawing blood and injuring upstanding citizens) with impunity.

They drew upon ambiguous and undefined language to issue two Articles of Impeachment which were voted on and passed by partisan vote. They have upended the state of politics for coming presidents forever. To identify a president’s thoughts as criminal or misdemeanors of impeachable capacity is very dangerous to the character of government and the nation.

Nancy Pelosi probably best described the Democrat strategy in 2017, <link>

This is not the first time a ranking member or leader in the Democrat controlled House or Senate has foregone the rules of normalcy to achieve an underhanded victory. Harry Reid is a testament to that. He introduced the “nuclear option” to the Senate to block filibuster and discussion of controversial presidential nominees with the exception of Supreme Court nominees. In doing so, he eternally altered voting process of the Senate. He won that round, but the tolerant, understanding and accepting Democrats now cry foul when the Republican majority uses that very move.

Now we have a president who has been “impeached forever” in the Speaker’s words. They have impeached President Trump not for cause, but because. In doing so, they, the majority in the House (this time it’s Democrats) have changed the landscape for the most important action the body can take.

There is no known reason for the abject hatred of President Trump other than the fact that he is President Trump. He defeated the predesignated “Queen of the White House” and that seems to be enough for the Democrats to continue attacking him and obstructing his presidency.

I did not vote for Trump in 2016. I didn’t and don’t agree with much of his direct rhetoric, yet I cannot fault him for his forthrightness and openness. There is no question about his thinking because he shares it loudly and often. This is very unlike any previous politician. But he is not a politician and is not beholden to various lobbying groups or even the pressure of his own party. Those are among the various reasons why he is disliked in Washington. He cannot be influenced with fame or fortune…he had them both before he decided to run for office and will forever be known and wealthy without compromising his integrity, such as it is.

Despite his lack of protocol but given the malicious and nefarious behavior of the Democrats over the past 3+ years, there is no way I will vote to install another. Regardless of the policies professed, I will not vote for a Democrat running for local, county, state and certainly not federal office. If that means voting to re-elect President Trump, I will.