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How to Stop the Democrat Party’s Temper Tantrums

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Never before have we witnessed such petty behavior by a losing party following a presidential election.  Traditionally, this is a time for the nation, led by our representatives in Washington, to come together in a spirt of bipartisanship and renew our efforts to work together to build a better, stronger and more prosperous country that works for every American.

It’s called the honeymoon period for good reason.  It is time to put aside the hurts leftover from the campaign in an effort to govern.   It is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.  It is a time to put aside any differences that remain and help the new president get off to a good start for the sake of all concerned.

Instead, the Democrats, who were soundly defeated at every level of government, have staged a prolonged temper tantrum, playing the role of obstructionists at every turn.   Some 70 lawmakers refused to show up for the inauguration.  Then, they slow-walked the effort of Donald Trump to put his cabinet in place.   Most of Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks were approved by voice vote within a few days.  Did the Republicans like his choices or agree with their objectives?  Not at all, but they respected his right to select the team that would help him govern.

Now, many of those same Democratic congressmen and senators have decided to boycott President’s Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on the 28th of this month when he will lay out his vision for the country.   What can they possibly hope to gain for their constituents  by burning the bridges of communication?  Why are they fanning the flames of disappointment and discontent?

Last week, Fox News Cannel’s Neil Cavuto had a jaw-dropping interview with Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, that held the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Deplorables Versus the Nasties

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Last weekend was a demonstration of strength by the Deplorables, who turned out for the inauguration, and the Nasties, who marched on Saturday.

The Deplorables got their name from Hillary Clinton.  On September 11, the Democrat presidential nominee said, “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.  Right?  Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”

The Nasties came from a comment Donald Trump made to characterize Hillary Clinton — not her supporters —during the last presidential debate.  Clinton spoke of her plan to bring down the deficit by taxing the rich.  She then made a snarky comment that Trump would find a way to get out of paying his fair share.  That drew his ire.

Both sides, in this hotly contested political contest, in turn, adopted the epithets thrown by these opposing candidates during a knock-down, drag-out campaign and wore them like a badge of honor. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Election Reform: If I Were Queen

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Election day has lost its meaning.  For most, it’s business as usual, the normal day-to-day stuff,  but voting is no longer part of it.

On Friday, the FBI announced it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and 34 percent of people told pollsters they would be “less likely” to vote for her, but wait!  More than 22 million people had already cast their votes.

Too bad for them. Too bad for the country.  In a race this close, it could affect the final outcome.

It used to be that a voter had to give a reason to vote early,   Now citizens are encouraged to vote by mail or show up at a polling place any old time.   It’s a needless drain of manpower and resources.

States are not allowed to publish the totals from early voting, but most publish everything else:   the race, ethnicity and even the party affiliation of most early voters.  Certain groups are fairly predictable and here is no shortage of analysts to tell us what these numbers mean.  By the time the election rolls around, a voter could get the feeling that its all over, so why bother.  This can suppress the vote and affect the outcome.  Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 pm

How to Get the Fed out of Our Public Schools

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We now know that Omar Mateen, the mass murderer who shot up that gay night club in Orlando, had experimented with homosexuality, visited gay dating sites and was a regular at Pulse.

I would not pretend to know what was going on inside the mind of a man who would do such a thing.  However, we do know that his life was in conflict, born into a strict Muslim family and educated in our public schools which are now training grounds for this kind of sexual activity.

If you are not aware of this fact, than you simply don’t know what is going on in your local school.   Read the rest of this entry »

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June 15th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

That Telemarketer on the Phone may be Your Congressman

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There is a reason most people screen their telephone calls. Telemarketers.  Would it surprise you to know that the most aggressive bunch of telemarketers are the very people we have elected and sent to Washington, D.C., our very own representative and senators.

If you have made the mistake of donating to a political party or one of its offshoots like a congressional or senatorial committee, you know what I mean.   At first it may be flattering to get a call from one of these people inviting you to a “special event” or thanking you for your past support.   However, you can be sure that the primary reason for that call is to separate you from your money.

The phone calls never stop, even during working hours. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 4th, 2016 at 5:30 pm


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