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September 11, 2001: The day the world turned upside down

On September 11, terrorists not only killed 2,996 Americans, they recreated America, turning our world permanently upside down.

When the British surrendered at Yorktown, myth long held that that the assembled British fifes and drums played a popular song called The World Turned Upside Down:

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

Although it’s probable that this never happened, it made sense: The mightiest country in the world suffered defeat at the hands of its own rag-tag revolutionaries. The world was upside down, indeed!

We Americans got a renewed taste of the world turning upside down on September 11, 2001, although this time we weren’t on the victorious end of that turning wheel. For us, it was a break-point, or hinge point, in history . . . and unlike our Revolutionary War, nothing good came out of it.

Over the years, I’ve written repeatedly published the memorial posts I wrote for Lt. Brian Ahearn, Lauren Catuzzi, and Rick Rescorla. After all these years of reading my own words, in addition to actually knowing Lauren, I sometimes confuse myself and believe, for just a moment, that I knew Brian Ahearn and Rick Rescorla as well. I didn’t, of course, but I wish I had.

This year, though, I’m not going to republish those memorial posts, although if you haven’t read about those three people who died on that day you should. Each showed exceptional, instinctive bravery in the face of a cataclysmic event that, as of September 10, 2001, was entirely out of the realm of possibility for any American then living. Instead, I’d like to talk a little about how that day turned our world upside down, a world that has never since righted itself. This is just my short list — the things I remember early in the morning on the seventeenth September 11 since that dreadful day, so please feel free to use the comments to add to the list.

We have been engaged in a “hot” war, as opposed to a “cold” war, for eighteen years, making it far and away the longest war in American history. Ironically, though, because of the nature of modern warfare, it is the least deadly war. Likewise, because of the nature of modern medicine, it has produced an unprecedented percentage of American veterans with prosthetic limbs. One of these veterans lost all four of his limbs and made an amazing laugh ’til you cry video I urged my kids to watch. Both refused.

Air travel, never pleasant, became one of the worst aspects of modern life thanks to heightened security programs of dubious benefit, but constant frustration and humiliation.

I was always afraid of flying; I’ve been terrified for the last 18 years (although I still fly everywhere and often).

Everyday, without fail, if I happen to glance at my digital clocks (and all my clocks are digital), at eleven minutes past 9:00, morning or evening, I get depressed.

The Iraq War sparked an anti-war movement that provided the perfect fuel for the socialism that the Left, after WWII, began planting in America’s educational institutions. I seriously doubt that, without the original platform of the anti-war movement, the Left would have gained the power it now has.

Thanks to Leftism’s ascendance, Islam, instead of becoming a religion that did some serious soul-searching, became a protected class.

And then there are all the specific awfuls that it’s impossible to imagine having happened without the trigger of 9/11. I go Biblical in my attempt to describe the cause and effect chain:

9/11 begat the Iraq War;

which begat the anti-War movement;

which begat President Barack Obama;

which begat so many bad things, including the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, ISIS, the elevation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the murder of the loathsome (but stable) Qaddafi turning Libya into a giant terrorism compound, the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans including an ambassador, the climb-down before Iran which saw us funding Iran’s worldwide terrorism and nuclear program, and the Syrian Civil War;

all of which begat hyper-instability across the Muslim Middle East and Africa;

which begat a mass movement from those areas to enter Europe to which the execrable and powerful Angela Merkel responded with a resounding “yes”;

which begat the breakdown of a European Europe;

which begat popular uprisings in all those countries;

which has been begetting and will further beget the increased risk of civil wars as transnational European elites, insulated from the horrors of unlimited Islamic immigration, refuse to bow to the will of their beleaguered people;

Meanwhile, back to the election of President Barack Obama, 

which begat the eight year stagnation of the American economy and the ruling class’s utter disdain for struggling, often white, Americans;

which begat Donald Trump’s election;

which begat America’s first attempted coup;

which is begetting the possibility that the American constitutional system will be irreparably broken.

As I said, 9/11 was a hinge-point, and not in a good way.

Your ideas?

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September 11, 2001: The day the world turned upside down

On September 11, terrorists not only killed 2,996 Americans, they recreated America, turning our world permanently upside down.

When the British surrendered at Yorktown, myth long held that that the assembled British fifes and drums played a popular song called The World Turned Upside Down:

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

Although it’s probable that this never happened, it made sense: The mightiest country in the world suffered defeat at the hands of its own rag-tag revolutionaries. The world was upside down, indeed!

We Americans got a renewed taste of the world turning upside down on September 11, 2001, although this time we weren’t on the victorious end of that turning wheel. For us, it was a break-point, or hinge point, in history . . . and unlike our Revolutionary War, nothing good came out of it.

Over the years, I’ve written repeatedly published the memorial posts I wrote for Lt. Brian Ahearn, Lauren Catuzzi, and Rick Rescorla. After all these years of reading my own words, in addition to actually knowing Lauren, I sometimes confuse myself and believe, for just a moment, that I knew Brian Ahearn and Rick Rescorla as well. I didn’t, of course, but I wish I had.

This year, though, I’m not going to republish those memorial posts, although if you haven’t read about those three people who died on that day you should. Each showed exceptional, instinctive bravery in the face of a cataclysmic event that, as of September 10, 2001, was entirely out of the realm of possibility for any American then living. Instead, I’d like to talk a little about how that day turned our world upside down, a world that has never since righted itself. This is just my short list — the things I remember early in the morning on the seventeenth September 11 since that dreadful day, so please feel free to use the comments to add to the list.

We have been engaged in a “hot” war, as opposed to a “cold” war, for eighteen years, making it far and away the longest war in American history. Ironically, though, because of the nature of modern warfare, it is the least deadly war. Likewise, because of the nature of modern medicine, it has produced an unprecedented percentage of American veterans with prosthetic limbs. One of these veterans lost all four of his limbs and made an amazing laugh ’til you cry video I urged my kids to watch. Both refused.

Air travel, never pleasant, became one of the worst aspects of modern life thanks to heightened security programs of dubious benefit, but constant frustration and humiliation.

I was always afraid of flying; I’ve been terrified for the last 18 years (although I still fly everywhere and often).

Everyday, without fail, if I happen to glance at my digital clocks (and all my clocks are digital), at eleven minutes past 9:00, morning or evening, I get depressed.

The Iraq War sparked an anti-war movement that provided the perfect fuel for the socialism that the Left, after WWII, began planting in America’s educational institutions. I seriously doubt that, without the original platform of the anti-war movement, the Left would have gained the power it now has.

Thanks to Leftism’s ascendance, Islam, instead of becoming a religion that did some serious soul-searching, became a protected class.

And then there are all the specific awfuls that it’s impossible to imagine having happened without the trigger of 9/11. I go Biblical in my attempt to describe the cause and effect chain:

9/11 begat the Iraq War;

which begat the anti-War movement;

which begat President Barack Obama;

which begat so many bad things, including the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, ISIS, the elevation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the murder of the loathsome (but stable) Qaddafi turning Libya into a giant terrorism compound, the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans including an ambassador, the climb-down before Iran which saw us funding Iran’s worldwide terrorism and nuclear program, and the Syrian Civil War;

all of which begat hyper-instability across the Muslim Middle East and Africa;

which begat a mass movement from those areas to enter Europe to which the execrable and powerful Angela Merkel responded with a resounding “yes”;

which begat the breakdown of a European Europe;

which begat popular uprisings in all those countries;

which has been begetting and will further beget the increased risk of civil wars as transnational European elites, insulated from the horrors of unlimited Islamic immigration, refuse to bow to the will of their beleaguered people;

Meanwhile, back to the election of President Barack Obama, 

which begat the eight year stagnation of the American economy and the ruling class’s utter disdain for struggling, often white, Americans;

which begat Donald Trump’s election;

which begat America’s first attempted coup;

which is begetting the possibility that the American constitutional system will be irreparably broken.

As I said, 9/11 was a hinge-point, and not in a good way.

Your ideas?

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Andrew Johnson, Democrat, set the stage for today’s racial strife

Democrat Andrew Johnson was one of America’s worst presidents, for he set the stage for the racial strife that today’s Democrats encourage and exploit.

Yesterday afternoon, I joined a friend for a dog walking expedition. As we were walking along, we talked about the racial divisions the Left has stoked in America.

“This is all Andrew Johnson’s fault,” I said.

“Wah?” asked my companion.

“Yeah, Andrew Johnson. The moment that Johnson, a Democrat, was sworn in as president after Lincoln’s assassination, he set about undoing the racial component of Reconstruction. The military hung onto its strength in the South, which is why there are so many military bases still operating there. Politically, though, Johnson and his administration backed away from every effort to reform Southern culture. This meant that the losers in the war got to continue their previous behavior of denying blacks all civil rights. In other words, Johnson enabled the defeated Southerners to reduce blacks to a perfect simulacrum of slavery, only this was arguably even worse than actual slavery, for it denied blacks the food and shelter (no matter how meager) that slave owners once provided, while adding in chronic racial terrorism.

“When it came to Germany and Japan after WWII, we did something completely different: We defeated them utterly and completely, and then spent 70 years making sure they renounced the racist, totalitarian cultures that led them to unspeakable brutality in their insane drives for world domination. Had he lived, Lincoln, a Republican, would almost certainly have understood that the Union had to control the south for decades to rework its racist slave culture. I bet that the Democrat Andrew Johnson understood the same, which is why he pulled the feds out of the South as fast as he possibly good.

“Today, the South is probably the best integrated part of the whole United States –”

“– maybe because of the strong military presence,” quickly interjected my friend when I paused for a breath.

“That sounds reasonable,” I said, snatching back the conversational baton. “But it’s also because the South is no longer a Democrat bastion. It’s Republican now.”

“I bet that’s because of all the military bases, too,” my friend mumbled under his breath. I silently agreed, but I really had to take control of my monologue again.

“Whatever. The important point I’m making is that, even though today’s Republican South is way better integrated, sane, and decent than Democrat-controlled Blue bastions across America, the fact that Andrew Johnson’s Democrat policies enabled 100 years of Jim Crow after the Civil War meant that America took way too long to recover from and refute entirely the stain of slavery on a nation that was ‘conceived in liberty.’ And of course, it means today’s Lefties can ignore the fact that America wa the only country in the world that spilled blood to fight slavery.”

And yes, that is the kind of thing my friends and I talk about when we’re not talking dogs and chocolate (my other favorite subjects).

Anyway, I thought it was an excellent conversation (as is my wont when I hold forth). Certainly, the Fates seemed to agree, for this morning I opened my email and found a Prager U video about . . . Reconstruction! It says with incredible elegance the point I was trying to make — that Andrew Johnson (Democrat) allowed the South to win the peace.

If I had to list this nation’s worst presidents, Andrew Johnson would readily have a place in the top five, right up there with Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, James Buchanan, and Woodrow Wilson. It’s no coincidence, either that all five of the worst presidents in America — the most racist, least effective, or most damaging to constitutional governance, were Democrats.

If I were to expand the list to number six, there’s room for another racist, nation-damaging Democrat: Franklin Roosevelt. Scratch a scar on the American body politic and watch Democrat pus ooze out….

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Russia Collusion Peddlers Will Turn on Each Other—Trump 2020 Adviser Steven Rogers

TRUMP/PUTIN RUSSIA COLLUSION DOES NOT EXIST; DITTO THAT FOR OBSTRUCTION

Communists, their co-conspirators in the global media complex guided by the deep state, appointees of Obama under Barack Obama’s instruction and comrades in both Houses of Congress, John McCain, Jeff Flake, fellow NeverTrumpers, the DNC and Hillary Clinton, et al.,  conspired against the 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump.  Their allegations (a) Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign with Vladimir Putin.

When Plan A failed after candidate, Trump against all odds won the 2016 presidential election, Plan B was launched.  That is where false allegations of Russia collusion, the fake Christopher Steele dossier and eventually obstruction  (also false) were put into play, endgame of which was  (is) the termination of the Trump presidency, annihilation of the Trump name, organization and entities.

Let’s be honest; endgame of which was and continues to be the the final nail in the coffin of the American dream for every American, little boy and little girl.  They failed.

HUNGRY FOR POWER, EXPOSED AS LIARS

Traitors to the Republic underestimated President Donald J. Trump as much as they over-estimated Robert Mueller; and with the appointment (just in time) of Attorney General, Robert Barr, the findings, rather lack thereof of the Mueller Report, results of which exonerated and vindicated President Trump to the dismay of the facilitators of the failed coup sending power-hungry totalitarians even further over the cliff.

Swamp rats were exposed after lying to the world, even worse to American voters, for nearly two years about the 2016 presidential election, followed by another two years plus of false allegations, fake narratives, fake news, fake dossiers including the fact that there was no Russia collusion between President Trump and Vladimir Putin has been exposed.

THAT GLORIOUS DAY OF RECKONING

It is a matter of time until those who conspired against the 45th president of the United States and the Republic begin to scatter like rats fleeing New York City’s sewer system a few years back during Hurricane Sandy.

The only Russian collusion is between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and yes, Joe Biden, members of the Obama administration including the likes of Robert Mueller among others and Putin.  Let’s not forget the Ukraine.

Question:  Who do you think will fall on their sword(s) to save Barack Obama?

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It’s time for America to stop living by the Wilson Doctrine

As part of his admirable repudiation of the Wilson Doctrine, Trump absolutely should bring some U.S. troops home and station them on our besieged border.

I caught Tucker Carlson’s show tonight and really liked his opening monologue. It ostensibly went after #NeverTrumper Max Boot, but it really was about something larger, which is the foreign policy establishment’s abiding commitment to using American troops everywhere in the world except where they might actually protect America and Americans — namely, our southern border. Here’s the monologue, if you’re interested:

After the monologue, Trump spoke with a retired colonel about the D.C. establishment’s absolute unwillingness to use the American military directly for America’s benefit. The colonel believes that special interests are driving this foreign policy. I think it goes deeper than that. The elite (whether in the military or out of it) all went to the same colleges and they were all weened on the same doctrine — that doctrine being the Wilson doctrine. I wrote about the Wilson Doctrine exactly two years ago. I still like the points I made, so I’m reiterating them here, although I’m refining them and adding new material (I say this lest you think it would be too mind-numbering to re-read an entirely recycled post):

When World War I broke out in 1914, dragging Europe from the pinnacle of civilization into an abyss of mindless killing, President Woodrow Wilson, America’s first Progressive Democrat, was resolute: America would not enter into this foreign war.

Americans also had no desire to be drawn into the war, although the country quickly divided into camps supporting the two sides in the battle. Those supporting England, France, Belgium, and Russia (the Allies) only slightly outnumbered the huge German-American population that put its moral weight behind Germany, Austro-Hungary, and a few other central European nations (the Central Powers).

The socialists, led by Eugene Victor Debs and Jane Addams (of Hull House fame), felt it was an obscene inversion of the arc of history for workers of the world to fight along nationalistic lines, rather than to band together against the worldwide evil of capitalism. Many who were not socialists, but saw no good in spilling American blood on foreign soil, joined their peace movement.

Although the population was divided and Wilson clung to neutrality, as the years passed that neutrality had a remarkably Anglophile feel to it. The moment the war started, the British had cut the transatlantic cable tying America to the continent. This meant that Americans received only British war reports, not German ones. That’s not to say the Germans didn’t deserve their bad press. They inflicted horrific carnage in both Belgium and France on their abortive push to Paris. Once news of that got out, many of those Americans who weren’t already actively pro-German would have been loath to side with Germany.

Something else that made neutrality more honored in the breach than in practice was the fact that American ships could reach Britain, even as Britain blocked them from reaching Germany. This created an economic boom for the Americans selling weapons and food to England — and, of course, it was a lifeline for Britain, which could never have lasted as long as it did without American supplies.

As the war progressed, and the money the British owed American manufacturers increased, America increasingly had a vested financial interest in a European victory. There would have been a serious depression in America had Britain lost the war.

The Germans were understandably concerned about the of weapons and supplies heading from America to England. In 1915, a German submarine torpedoed the HMS Lusitania, killing over a thousand passengers, including 128 Americans. Americans were outraged that the Germans had attacked a passenger ship and were disinterested in the fact that the ship was almost certainly carrying weapons to the British. To Americans, it was bad enough that the German’s were attacking American merchant marines with their newfangled submarines, without having them attack civilian vessels. The Germans, worried that the ship’s sinking would bring America into the war, promised to stop attacking American ships.

By 1916, though, the Germans concluded that the Americans, because they were arming England, were a de facto combatant in WWI. The Germans therefore announced that they were reversing course on their submarine moratorium and, henceforth, that all American ships approaching Britain were fair game.

Worse, in 1917, the British revealed the infamous Zimmermann Telegram, an internal German communication. Through it, the Americans learned that the Germans were proposing a military alliance with Mexico if the Americans entered the war. Even Wilson could no longer turn a blind eye to these provocations. He therefore went to Congress in April 1917 to make the case for war. This speech was to set the tone for American foreign policy for almost 100 years.

What Wilson realized as he wrote his speech was that, despite German attacks on American ships, America did not actually have any good reason to enter the war. Germany was an ocean away and, provided that the U.S. stayed out of the war, keeping Mexico neutral, Germany did not threaten America’s security or sovereignty. Moreover, if American retreated to true neutrality — that is, if she stopped trading with Britain — Germany would instantly leave her alone.

The one thing that Wilson could not admit was that, thanks to his turning a blind eye for three years to America’s ongoing trade with Britain, a British victory was the only way in which the U.S. could recoup the credit it had extended to Britain for the preceding three years. But again, there was no way that Wilson would ever say that he was sending American boys to a charnel house for crass commercial reasons.

Faced with an unspeakable reason for entering the war, Wilson instead came up with a high-flown moral doctrine justifying America’s entry into the war. And so the Wilson doctrine was born (emphasis mine):

We are glad, now that we see the facts with no veil of false pretence about them, to fight thus for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its peoples, the German peoples included: for the rights of nations great and small and the privilege of men everywhere to choose their way of life and of obedience. The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them.

Although the Wilson doctrine was essentially a cover for an economic war, Wilson almost certainly believed his own rhetoric. That’s why, after the war, he unavailingly tried to get the victorious allied nations to welcome Germany back into the fold. The allies, of course, having spilled unimaginable amounts of blood and treasure, thought the American president was a ridiculous little man. They were going to wring every penny possible out of Germany. If only they could have foreseen how a bankrupt, unstable Germany would ultimately decide to recover….

While the Europeans sneered at the idealistic hick from America, the American intelligentsia, already in love with a Democrat Progressive president who promised that rational expertise would lead them to a new paradise, agreed with Wilson that America was the engine of a higher calling. It was only right and just that this superior nation would fight to better the entire world, spreading far and wide the blessings of their own freedom. It did not occur to them then, as it did not occur to Iraq supporters almost 90 years later, that America’s freedoms might in fact be uniquely .  . . American.

These same “freedom-loving” Americans were unfazed by the contradiction inherent in the fact that Wilson, a KKK-loving racist, had closed civil service jobs to African-Americans the moment he entered the White House, and then encouraged segregation in every area of Washington life — and in the military. Nor did they quibble when, at the start of WWI, Wilson pursued his program of bringing democracy overseas by imposing fascist policies at home that silenced all dissent and used heavy-handed government propaganda, along with an army of experts, to control every aspect of American life. (As always, if you’re interested in how Wilson planted the seeds for much of today’s Progressivism, you can’t do better than to read Jonah Goldberg’s invaluable Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change.)

Beginning in 1917, and for the next 90 years, official American foreign policy hewed tightly to the Wilson Doctrine. The word from Washington was America would not fight for water rights, or to control people, or for empire, or for power, or for wealth, or for oil: She would fight altruistically to free people. That’s what America did in WWI, in WWII, in Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq (twice), and in Afghanistan. No matter the special interests behind the scenes tugging policy one way or another, in the grand panoply of American foreign policy, America fought on the principle that her blood and wealth, when spilled on foreign shores, would free the world from tyrants, to the benefit of all, America included.

Things changed in 2008, with Barack Obama’s ascension, but they didn’t change as much as some people think. Obama, like Wilson, was a Progressive Democrat who believed in his own hype. Some, when looking at Obama’s manifest disdain for America and her values, believed him to be the antithesis of Wilson. Thus, Wilson believed America was a special nation uniquely suited to freeing the world, while Obama believed America was a deeply flawed nation uniquely suited to destroying the world.

Ironically enough, however, Obama’s dark vision led him into a Wilsonian doctrine, although one seen through a dark, fun house mirror. Because Obama viewed America as a Typhoid Mary nation, one that destroyed everything it touched, his idea of making the world safe wasn’t necessarily to make it safe for democracy. It was, instead, to make the world safe from America.

To that end, Obama pulled America out of nations in which it was actually doing good, both for the nations and for America. Thus, no matter how foolish it was for America to go to Iraq in the first place, once she achieved victory there following the Surge, remaining there did provided stability in the Middle East, did bring some measure of freedom to the Iraqis, and did keep Iraq from becoming a terrorist breeding ground. Obama, therefore, promptly pulled American troops out of Iraq, creating a power vacuum that ISIS and Iran happily filled. He also put his weight behind America’s former enemies, certain that all problems lay with America, and that it would take just a little charm offensive to bring around the Mullahs in Iran, the Erdogan Islamists in Turkey, Putin and his Russian oligarchs, and a host of bad other actors around the world.

With Obama’s ascendancy came the birth of a subset of the Wilson doctrine: America would make this world safe by leading from behind. Her absence would allow native cultures to flourish in all their morally relativistic beauty. Moreover, as a form of self-abnegation, America would send her troops — that is, her Heartland’s children — and her money only into those battles that offered no benefit whatsoever to America itself. That altruism would cleanse America of every stain Obama believed besmirched America’s soul.

It didn’t mattered to Obama that democracy died in Iran, Libya turned into a terror haven, ISIS took over vast swaths of the Middle East, the Taliban returned to Afghanistan, the UN denied Israel’s ancient ties to the land, five-hundred-thousand people died in Syria, millions of people became refugees, and Europe came to the brink of culturally assisted suicide. It was enough for Obama that, just as Wilson and his successors did, he used America to make the world safe. The only difference was that, unlike his predecessor’s, he used the American military to make the world safe from . . . America.

As the Max Boot segment on Tucker Carlson shows, the Progressive and #NeverTrump American establishment — all those university-educated types who opine about good wars and bad, while your children die — continues to hew to Obama’s Bizarro World repackaging of the Wilson doctrine: America must fight wars that do not benefit her in order to serve as a shining example. Once upon a time, under Wilson, we were a shining example of democracy (Wilsonian democracy, of course, which always had a strong whiff of fascism about it). Now, with Obama, we became a shining example of doing penance for our racist, colonialist past by shedding blood only where it didn’t help America.

Trump’s foreign policy, for the first time in over 100 years, is an America first policy. And lest anyone suddenly spring up and say, “I told you Trump was a nationalist in the Hitlerian mode,” and start singing “America uber alles,” cool your jets.

Trump’s is not a policy of conquest, a la Hitler. Instead, he simply rejects the long-held notion that America has a duty to make the world safe for democracy or that America has a duty to cleanse her soul by sacrificing the children of her heartland to virtue signal to the rest of the world. Trump simply wants America and Americans to be both safe and prosperous. He’ll do whatever it takes, at home and abroad, to make those twin goals happen.

To this end, Trump has no interest in spilling American blood and spending American dollars to make Syria, North Korea, or Afghanistan safe for democracy. He simply wants the bad actors in those nations to know that, if they engage in acts that threaten America or her reliable allies, he will stomp them like bugs, quickly and efficiently. We’ve now seen that play out in both Syria (something that also sent a message to North Korea, China, and Russia), and in Afghanistan, where an efficient use of American military might triggered this moving series of tweets.

It doesn’t matter to Trump whether America’s enemy is ISIS in Afghanistan or Iraq; Assad and his chemical weapons in Syria; or Kim Jong-un and his nuclear cuddlies in North Korea. To Trump, all of them need to be taught quickly and firmly that, as long as they leave him and his friends alone, he’ll leave them alone; and if they forget that lesson . . . well, they’d better tuck their heads between their knees and kiss their sadistic, tyrannical asses good-bye.

When it comes to America’s traditional allies, Trump will work with them provided he feels they’re not taking advantage of America’s good will and that the partnership operates, not just to their benefit, but to America’s. In that context, “to America’s benefit” doesn’t mean the good feelings that accompany the pure Wilsonian altruism of making the world safe for democracy or the Obama altruism of making the world safe from America. Instead, it means a tangible benefit to America in the form of good trading relations and fair financial dealing America partners with another nation against a common foe.

Although Trump has not articulated this doctrine, his actions to date are consistent: Leave America alone and she will leave you alone. Be a good friend to America and she will be a good friend to you . . . up to a point. She will not fight your wars for you unless it’s in her interest to do so.

So what is in America’s interest? I would argue that protect America from a unconstrained migrant invasion from the South is in her interest and that Trump has the power to act on that interest.

Thus, President Donald John Trump, notwithstanding the Democrats in Congress and in the media, and especially notwithstanding the judges in the Ninth Circuit, is Commander in Chief of the American military. Faced with a declared emergency (and yes, he has the power to make that declaration), he can send America’s military to guard our southern borders against an invasion that currently totals about 100,000 or more people per month.

The wall is a permanent, long-term solution, but we need a short term fix. Trump should act immediately to draw our troops out of at least some of the 177 or so countries in which they are now stationed, and should instead place them on our own border.

Trump needs to do this as a matter of principle to establish that we do have a border and to prevent us from becoming Rome falling underneath the barbarian hordes.

He needs to do this as a matter of national security to keep terrorists from embedding themselves in this migrant population.

He needs to do this as a matter of economic security to keep our economy from being drained by people taking jobs away from America’s working class and remitting American dollars to Latin America.

He needs to to this as a matter of health security, as these migrants are harboring a medieval melange of diseases. (It’s bad enough that the homeless policies in our West Coast Progressive cities are incubating medieval diseases too.) It’s also a matter of health security because heroin and other drugs are flowing across the borders into America’s heartlands, wiping out populations.

And lastly, he needs to do this as a humane policy for Latin Americans. First, it will stop human trafficking across our borders, with children traded like cattle to facilitate coyotes who push “families” over the border and with women (and children) subject to terrible sex abuse, both on the road to America and once in America. Second, it will force Latin American countries, both at the government and the citizen level, to address their own problems. As long as we provide a safety valve, they have no incentive to do so.

At 102 years old, it’s time for the Wilson Doctrine to be given a gold watch and a nice speech, and then to be sent into decorous retirement. It has no place in the modern world. The continued reverence for the doctrine that infects the Democrat Party and the foreign policy establishment (but I repeat myself) needs to end if America is going to survive as a sovereign country whose leaders works to benefit American lives.

I’ll end this post by stealing a shtick from another post I wrote, this one after hearing Trump’s inaugural speech:

My recent trip to Southeast Asia occasioned a whole lot of flights — nine to be precise. We made long-hauls to get halfway across the world and short-hauls to allow us to fit four countries into a short time-frame. Nine flights means watching nine in-flight safety videos. My current favorite is United’s, because I like Gershwin and I appreciate the effort to make the video entertaining:

If you don’t want to watch the entire video, just go to the 1:50 mark in the video in the video. That’s the point at which United does the “oxygen mask” portion of the video:

If necessary, an oxygen mask will drop from above your seat. If a strap appears, pull down on the strap to access your mask. Firmly pull the mask to extend the tubing. Place the mask over your nose and mouth, and slip the band over your head. The band does not require adjustment. To start the flow of oxygen, breathe normally. Make sure your mask is secure before helping others. (Emphasis mine.)

For those wondering why the safety instruction insists upon the seemingly counter intuitive advice for a parent to put a child’s safety needs second, rather than first, the answer is that, if the parent becomes debilitated from lack of oxygen, he can help neither himself nor someone else . . . and debility happens very quickly indeed. This following video explains exactly what happens in a low oxygen environment. It’s impressive to see how quickly a person goes from feeling fine to being incompetent, with death following swiftly:

You’ve probably already figured out my analogy by this point. Trump’s speech is the equivalent of an in-flight safety video regarding oxygen masks. For the past 16 years, America has been pouring her resources outwards, away from her own needs, and she’s near death now.

America, as the world’s preeminent country does have a role in helping maintain some sort of balance in the rest of the world. However, that responsibility does not mean we must carry the entire burden of protecting other countries from themselves or turning them all into little Americas. That’s not going to work. It’s never going to work. But we can still use our might to tilt the balance here and there in responsible ways.

Importantly, though, America cannot provide that stabilizing service if she does not take care of herself first. And if mewling #NeverTrumpers and their Progressive fellow travelers think things are bad if America doesn’t act around the world now, they have no idea how bad it will be if there is no America at all

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The local media’s sycophantic coverage of Obama is laughable

Even though Obama has been gone from the White House for more than two years, the media’s sycophantic love affair with him continues unabated.

Barack Obama recently appeared in Oakland, California, to join with basketball star Steph Curry, at a My Brother’s Keeper event. For those who don’t know, My Brother’s Keeper is an organization that the White House started in 2014. The White House described it as an initiative “designed to determine what works to help young people stay on track to reach their full potential.”

Although framed as something to address all young men (who, regardless of color are falling behind women in every metric), it’s apparent that My Brother’s Keeper really is a black outreach organization. Although that sounds illegal to me on discrimination grounds, I’m not going to quibble because it’s long been obvious that young black men struggle. Of course, I suspect that the organization will not offer the best outreach to all young men, regardless of color or location, which is to avoid crime, stay in school, get a job, get married, have children, and stay married. That’s a proven recipe for success.

Anyway, this post isn’t about My Brother’s Keeper. It is, instead, about the laughably sycophantic article The Marin Independent Journal published regarding the Oakland event. I’ll simply quote here all the lines referring to Obama:

Recording star John Legend opened Tuesday’s event to spotlight the mission of My Brother’s Keeper, an Obama initiative to reduce gun violence and mentor boys and men of color. But there was no question who the real star was: Obama, clearly comfortable surrounded by 23 young men on the stage and bantering with his friend, Curry, as they hosted a town hall question-and-answer session.

Obama masterfully moved from serious subjects such as prison reform to Leo’s question about whether Kendrick Lamar has dropped better albums than Drake. Now in its fifth year, My Brother’s Keeper has spread to 250 cities, and many young men came to Oakland from around the country to attend the week-long events.

A relaxed Obama did not shy away from their questions:

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On full display was obvious admiration shared between Obama and Curry.

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Like a comedy team, the NBA star and 44th president measured frank talk about societal issues with cheap shots at one another.

Obama opened with: “For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Michelle’s husband, Barack. This is Ayesha’s husband, Steph.” After referring to “old men, older men,” Curry paused and glanced over at the graying Obama. The former president got one of the last laughs, though, responding to a question about overcoming childhood struggles.

Slogging through author David Debolt’s bromantic writing, all I could think of was this video:

In addition to the sloppy kiss bromance, though, DeBolt managed to include Leftist political talking points. I mention that because it’s important to understand that Lefty journalists, no matter how inconsequential the article or the outlet, don’t do straight articles. Instead, they slip it into everything statements that have a subliminal effect on credulous and uninformed readers:

To any youth in the crowd without a father, Obama pointed out it might not always have been by choice. Years of discrimination, a disproportionate number of people of color ending up in the prison system and a lack of job opportunities might have been factors.

(To give Obama credit, according to DeBolt, after pandering to the “it’s the system, not anyone’s personal responsibility” paradigm, he did say, “Often times, fathers, men may not have been able to provide that consistency they may in retrospect might have wanted to. We can all be surrogate fathers. We can all be big brothers. It turns out if you give somebody some attention … people respond to that. My father might not have been in my house, but there were a whole bunch of men who taught me something and guided me.”)

DeBolt also made much of the founding events behind My Brother’s Keeper, as well as the people who are being feted at the events:

Obama founded My Brother’s Keeper in 2014, two years after George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Martin was unarmed. Before Obama and Curry took the stage, the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Oscar Grant — Sybrina Fulton, Lucy McBath and Wanda Johnson — joined a panel with Legend, who also is an activist, and shared their hopes and advice for the young men at the conference.

Just to give a little perspective to that paragraph, Trayvon Martin, a wannabe gangster, was trying to beat George Zimmerman to death. Oscar Grant was part of a mob causing a major, and dangerous, ruckus at a BART train station in the East Bay (near Oakland), and refused to cooperate with police. The officer who shot him was afraid that Grant was going for his gun. I have no information about Jordan Davis’s shooting and therefore will not comment about it.

I don’t have a big wrap-up here. I guess I just wanted to show that every local reporter is auditioning for the Times or the WaPo, at least ideologically. If you want real news — facts without spin or unseemly adulation (or, in Trump’s case, irrational hatred) — don’t look to America’s print media. It’s a dinosaur, possibly more dangerous in its death throes than it ever was during its life.

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Hillary Mum on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Is it a coincidence that although Hillary Clinton has heralded Barack Obama’s legacy achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare that these days Clinton never mentions it on the stump?

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She doesn’t promise to expand it. She doesn’t promise to protect it. She doesn’t extol its benefits. She just doesn’t mention it.

There’s no doubt Obamacare is in trouble. Enrollment in the exchanges has fallen far short of projections. The purchasers of policies have turned out to be older, and in need of more care, than expected. Major insurers are pulling out of the exchanges altogether. Premiums are going up. Deductibles are skyrocketing, meaning many are left to pay most of their healthcare costs themselves.

Here’s one all-too-common headline, from Bloomberg on Friday: “Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half.” The situation is being repeated around the country….

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Hillary to the rescue or change of heart?  Excerpt from her campaign website:

  • Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people. Hillary will stand up to Republican-led attacks on this landmark law—and build on its success to bring the promise of affordable health care to more people and make a “public option” possible. She will also support letting people over 55 years old buy into Medicare.

And yet not a word about those mean old Republicans as related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status. Hillary will expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status by allowing families to buy health insurance on the health exchanges regardless of their immigration status.

Talking points, merely talking points.  Massachusetts tried that and on the state level, it failed. FAILED!

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Progressives OWN the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and no matter how Hillary who just months ago owned up to defended the train wreck, Hillary Care and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are forever entwined yet it is suddenly an inconvenient subject at and inconvenient moment for Hillary who would say anything to get elected.

While Hillary is mum on the train wreck, Obama after eight years of never taking responsibility for anything (no matter what he says), lays the blame for its failure, where else? On Republicans even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was written with changes made to the legislation upon which the Affordable Care Act would reach its stage of collapse as Obama’s term ends.

In an interview with the New York Magazine, Obama omitting any discussion about the deception of stupid American voters blaming the GOP stated:

….They’re eminently fixable problems in terms of strengthening the marketplace, improving the subsidies so more folks can get it, making sure everybody has Medicaid who was qualified under the original legislation, doing more on the cost containment. But you hit a point where if Congress just is not willing to make any constructive modifications and it’s all political football….

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Healthcare insurers are running for the hills.

Aetna who lost $430 million in 2014 is just one of more than 3 dozen healthcare insurers walking away or reducing their presence on the healthcare exchange beginning January 1, 2017 is will sell only individual plans in 242 counties down from 778 in the states of Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.

United Health Group, the largest healthcare insurer in the country announced earlier this year that it will exit the majority of the healthcare exchanges. In addition, Humana is cutting back on its services and Blue Cross and Blue Shield who exited several healthcare exchanges in 2015 is in the process of severing its connections to the Obamacare exchange.

Healthcare insurers find the cost of Obamacare unsustainable. They were promised that the healthy and the very young would purchase plans thereby those with pre-existing conditions which has proven a total failure since the “healthy” and “very young” would rather pay the penalty than purchase Obamacare. Duh!

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The lack of healthy people making payments in the interim makes it impossible for the companies to shoulder the burden of their unhealthy customers. Because companies aren’t allowed to screen for pre-existing conditions, they have a harder time predicting costs and expenses. Only the biggest health insurance companies are surviving in the current business climate — and even they’re finding it tough to make ends meet.

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In light of the above, the choices for consumers of healthcare insurers are become more limited at the same time that the cost of healthcare plans and deductibles are skyrocketing.

While Hillary and Lester Holt at last Monday’s presidential debate baited and distracted Donald Trump with “stupid stuff,” the so-called advocate for women, mothers and grandmothers never touched on the subject of healthcare.

Even though, Obama three weeks ago met with the heads of the remaining healthcare insurers on the Obamacare exchange supposedly seeking ideas as to what can be done to strengthen the Obamacare exchange, because after all the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Obama’s signature legislation, must reach a happy ending at least until his memoires are published.

Stumble, Hillary, stumble.

Like I said, an inconvenient subject at an inconvenient moment.

Hillary Clinton, the babbling brook, pretty much dismissed everything this woman had to say. According to the Ohio Health Insurance exchange, neither InHealth Mutual, Aetna, and All Savers/UnitedHealthcare will offer healthcare plans in the state of Ohio next year and as of March of this year, in spite of an enrollment 212,046, the cost of purchasing healthcare insurance on Ohio’s exchange increased by 12% from what it cost the prior year.

Since 2013, Obamacare has pushed up premiums in the state of Ohio 91% yet Hillary instructs the voter in the above video to return to the Ohio healthcare exchange to keep looking for that which is not there. Such a non-answer.

FAIL.

Cross-posted on PUMABydesign001’s Blog.

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Is President Obama reading my blog?

Trump is coming under the same attack that Palin did, not particularly because of their politics or accomplishments but because in the minds of the self-styled elite that populates Progressivism, Trump and Palin “are not one of us.” For people who value form infinitely more than substance there can be no greater indictment than failing “virtue signaling.” Today, I’m asking myself whether Obama read my post.

Why? Because I’m seeing the same headline everywhere:

To read more about Obama’s statement, please go here.

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I’m A Racist!

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By: Mike McDaniel   I am a racist. I know because Hillary Clinton said so, and she has been a First Lady, a Senator from a state where she never lived until required by law to establish a residence, and a Secretary of State. She also flew millions of miles and accomplished… uh, she accomplished… uh… Well, OK. She didn’t accomplish anything except flying—and lying—pretty much constantly. But lying takes a lot of energy, so she can’t possibly be sick, right?

To read the rest, go here…

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Are You Better Off Today Than You Were 8 Years Ago?

I think it’s worth remembering something Ronald Reagan said at the last debate against the incumbent Jimmy Carter a week before the 1980 election.

Here’s what then candidate Reagan said:

Next Tuesday is Election Day. Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions yes, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don’t agree, if you don’t think that this course that we’ve been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.

We’ve lived under 8 years of Obama and are c0nsidering his acolyte to add at least 4 more.

Are you better off than you were 8 years ago?

  • Inflation is tamed but the result of that has been consecutive bubbles in the stock market that benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class or those living on a fixed income.
  • The unemployment statistics have been rigged. If we captured unemployment statistics using the same methodology in place in 1980 the unemployment rate would be double the current rate of 4.9%, with over a third of the country outside of the labor force.
  • Medical costs continue to soar, as does the cost of insurance. While Obamacare promised to boost access, it hasn’t delivered with an increasing number of insurers leaving the exchange market, leaving consumers with often no insurance choice at all.

Is America respected throughout the world as it was?

  • Ask the Chinese who are busy turning the western Pacific into their swimming pool.
  • Or the Russians who shot down an airliner full of civilians, annexed a chunk of a neighbor, and support a regime that made a joke of Obama’s red lines.
  • Or ISIS who formed in the power vacuum left in Iraq after Obama refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government.
  • Or the Taliban who is gradually reestablishing the safe haven that it once had that provided the launching pad for the greatest mass murder in American history.
  • Or North Korea which continues to refine its nuclear and missile capabilities without censure.
  • Or the Jihadis who have struck dozens of times in Europe, killing hundreds all over the continent and making Americans who travel there think twice, the way we once did when we traveled to the Middle East in the 1970s.

Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were eight years ago?

  • The Boston Marathon bombing.
  • The Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando.
  • The San Bernardino massacre.
  • The Fort Hood shooting.
  • The Recruiting Center shooting in Chattanooga.
  • The 2016 Attack on the Dallas Police.

And how about the relations between the races after 8 years of America’s first black president?

  • The 2009 BART riots after the police shooting of Oscar Grant.
  • The 2010 BART Verdict riots. Another one occurred weeks later.
  • The 2010 Westlake district riots after police gun down a Guatemalan immigrant.
  • The 2012 Anaheim riots after multiple police shootings in which Manuel Diaz was killed.
  • The 2013 Flatbush riots after NYPD shoot and kill Kimani Gray.
  • The 2014 Ferguson riots after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Fergusson police.
  • The 2014 riots in NYC, Berkeley, and other cities after a grand jury refuses to indict Eric Garner.
  • The 2015 Baltimore riots after the death of Freddy Gray.
  • The 2016 riots in New York, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Chicago and other cities after the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
  • The 2016 riots in Milwaukee.
  • The 2016 riots in Charlotte after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police.
  • And the year isn’t over.

As Reagan said, “And if you answer all of those questions yes, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for.” That choice today would be Hillary Clinton. And if you don’t, then your choice is clear. Donald Trump may not be Ronald Reagan, but having lived through the nightmare of the 1970s not once but TWICE thanks to Hillary and Obama, he is the only sensible choice.

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