Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Miss America — The Latest Trump Bashing Spectacle (Whatever Happened to World Peace?)

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As hurricane Irma ripped into Florida, Miss America’s finalists were bated into bashing President Trump. While it is too early to assess the damage, my guess is the lasting effects on this historic piece of Americana will linger long after Florida has recovered and they will not be good.

The grand finale of the iconic Miss America Pageant always has been questions thrown at the finalists.  It has been the undoing of many young women in a contest where poise is as important as one’s overall beauty and talent.   The objective was to answer the question confidently without saying anything too controversial or dumb.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

No Honks for DACA

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Traveling through downtown Phoenix last week, a city at the heart of the illegal immigration issue, I passed a small group of protesters carrying signs, “Honk if you support DACA.”

For the uninitiated that is Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for young people illegally brought into this country by their parents.  We are talking up to 30-year-old children here. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Buyer’s Remorse (In Arizona and Elsewhere)

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Voters in Arizona are suffering buyer’s remorse over their decision to re-elect Senator John McCain over his challenger, Dr. Kelli Ward.  Indeed, every conservative voter in the nation has had their “what if” moment when they pause to consider McCain’s last re-election victory.

What if Kelli Ward had knocked off Arizona’s senior senator in 2016?  For those who pay attention, it is well-known that McCain is no conservative and often speaks out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to important issues like balancing the budget, cutting out waste, defending the border and even protecting the military from political correctness.

Nevertheless, McCain, a media darling (as long as he is knocking fellow Republicans) has fashioned his political career around supporting Democrats on critical issues and then suffering a conservative conversion before he’s up for reelection — just in time to fool the voters, again.

McCain has secured his seat for another five + years, barring his health issues, but voters in Arizona have another chance to send Ward to the United States Senate.  They appear ready to do just that. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Trump and the Fire Swamp

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Donald Trump went to Washington promising to drain the swamp.  The swamp is winning.  That’s because it is a lot more complicated than simply pulling the plug and watching the whole mess go down the drain.

No, the swamp in Washington is more like the fictional fire swamp in the movie “The Princess Bride.”   Washington, like the swamp in this movie classic, has three elements:  the fire (obvious), lighting sand (dryer and quicker than quicksand) and the dreaded R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size).  Read the rest of this entry »

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August 23rd, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Racists, Fascists, Bigots, Nazis! (Name-Calling Serves no useful Purpose)

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Racists, Fascists, Bigots, Nazis!

(Name-calling serves no useful purpose)

President’s Trump’s remarks to the nation on Saturday during the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., were meant to calm the nation.  They were thoughtful, measured and on target.   The fact that his remarks were criticized by the radical left is not new.  There is nothing this president has ever said or done — or could ever do —short of sacrificing his children before a statue of Maxine Waters that would appease this group.   They deal in unfounded acquisitions, name-calling and demagoguery.

The fact that Trump was criticized by so many in his own party, however, is regrettable.  It shows these people to be spineless sycophants who would do anything to protect their backsides, keep the boat of political correctness afloat or grab a little media attention.  Others, like The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, have hitched their wagons to the never-Trump crusade and are hopelessly stuck in that mode and now corporate CEO’s are pandering.

Nevertheless, those who have criticized the president for not initially calling out specific persons or groups while Charlottesville and state police were still working to disperse the crowd and assess what went wrong, should hang their heads in shame.  Were there white supremacists and other misguided, disaffected groups among the organizers of the “Unite the Right” event called to protest the removal of the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee?  Yes.  Were there militant and undesirable groups among the organizers of the anti-protest?  Yes, and these two groups clashed before the event even began causing the governor to declare a state of  emergency, but who was to blame for the violence?

Were all those who gathered in Charlottesville bad people?  No.  Many were simply dismayed that some of our history is being unceremoniously destroyed.  Others believe that honoring anyone who fought on the side of the Confederacy is an affront to society.

Given the history of Black Lives Matter and the recent violence perpetrated by Antifa that turned some of our college campuses into war zones, our president was absolutely right to show restraint.  He should be applauded, but instead he has been soundly criticized.

What exactly did the president say that was so offensive?

We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.

Trump went on to remind us of this important truth:

(N)o matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are, so we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen…

What was so wrong about those statements?  He called on the country to come together as one.  It’s as simple as that.

On Monday, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, Jr. did his best to correctly chronicle the events that led to the tragedy.  Thomas stated that the problem began with “mutually combatant protestors” confronting each other.    In other words, groups or individuals on both sides.

All of us remember how Barack Obama was quick to jump to conclusions and assign blame.  One unfortunate incident resulted in a “beer summit” at the White House for one of the unjustly accused.  Make no mistake, I, like Donald Trump, think that David Duke is a reprehensible individual, but what if Trump had unjustly accused him?   Yes, even that would have been a mistake.   It simply would have been wrong to point the finger at any one individual or any group at that time.

Now I could point out how the media never seems to single out or speak ill of anyone or any group on the left that incites racial discord and, yes, even violence.  The cable networks have given some of the worst offenders platforms and some of these individuals their own shows.

As a country, we need to get a grip and put an end to this reactionary piling on.  Name-calling and the baseless accusations against Trump and some of his staff in the White House serves no useful purpose and further divides us.  It needs to stop!

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August 16th, 2017 at 5:30 pm


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