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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

Not This Hopeful Since Reagan

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As we prepare for Trump’s inauguration, I find myself more hopeful than I have been since the week Ronald Reagan took office. I am not alone.

http://www.investors.com/news/economy/ibdtipp-poll-economic-optimism-index/

This is in sharp contrasts to the president-elect’s approval ratings.

https://qz.com/885286/presidential-inauguration-donald-trump-has-the-lowest-approval-ratings-of-any-president-elect-in-recent-history/

Bottom line:  We may not like the slash and burn style that Donald Trump used to defeat 16 rivals for the nomination and win the presidency, but we have confidence that he is going to do whatever it takes to “Make America Great Again.”

What does that mean?   Read the rest of this entry »

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January 24th, 2017 at 9:41 pm

A Day of Thanksgiving (Not Since the Civil War Has Our Nation been so Divided)

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Never in my lifetime have I seen so many disgruntled people in this country which has stood as a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the globe.

Our country has withstood a civil war, two world wars, a great depression, the cold war,  terrorist attacks, a housing crisis and numerous recessions but we’ve stood together, as one people, through these difficult times and come out stronger as a result of the trials.

Now it seems we are being torn apart by activists among us who want to separate us by race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, political persuasion and all manner of economic and educational strata for their own selfish ends.   Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm

A Victory for the Great Unwashed (Now GOP Leaders must Put Up or Shut Up)

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I was born in what was then a deep blue state, into a Democratic family.  Among my kin you were either a Democrat or un-American.  As a youngster I asked my parents, “Why are we Democrats?”  They answered, “Because Democrats are for the working people.”

My parents both worked very hard and so I just accepted that.  When I turned 18, I registered to vote and proudly voted in every election.  I didn’t know anything about the issues, but I voted.  When I became a parent, I began to study the issues and realized that Democrats were not what they seemed.  They supported principles that undermined the working class, small business owners and immigrants who wanted their shot at the American dream.   As the years rolled by, these Democrats took positions that were, well, un-American.

Much to my chagrin, I discovered, that Republicans weren’t much better.  Although, they talked a good ballgame about law and order, the free enterprise system and protecting the rights of the minority by defending the Constitution, they were afraid to make the case for these beliefs.  They were gradually taken over by political correctness and were unwilling to fight for anything for fear of losing their precious seats in Congress and their small grip on what power they had left. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 9th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Election Crossroads: Socialism or Capitalism?

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Our country is at a crossroads.  Never before have we faced such an obvious fork in the road.  One road, the one favored by politician Hillary Clinton and her Democratic colleagues, promises to lead us to a socialist utopia.  The other, favored by businessman Donald Trump and some of his Republican colleagues, promises to get us back on the road toward free-market capitalism.

It is no secret that most career politicians lean toward a socialist system.  In this system they control the lion’s share of our money and, in turn, hand out favors.  In this system, they make the major decisions that affect our lives.  As the government accumulates more and more power, we invariably end up with less.  Statistics show that the longer a politician stays in power, the more of our hard-earned money he or she spends.  Yet we keep electing the same people over and over and over again, expecting a different result.   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 26th, 2016 at 10:42 pm


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