Time to Forgive

“To Err is Human, to Forgive Devine” Alexander Pope 1688-1744

A cadre of former Trump haters was recently asked about the president’s past sins which include allegations of sexual improprieties, one night stands and/or affairs with women.  To this House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi replied,  (parentheses mine)

“I do not believe that it is my place to question the accounts put forth by the women but I do find myself asking that if we are examining (his) industry (building & entertainment) as it existed decades before through the lens of 2018 should we also discuss a path to learning, reconciliation, and forgiveness?”

Rep. Maxine Water’s chimed in,

To reach a point where we can accept some space between zero accountability and complete destruction, we must first grapple with the issue of equivalency. If we paint episodes of vulgar and deeply regrettable behavior from (a decade or more) ago with the same brush as serial criminal behavior, we will never move forward and, more importantly, we eschew the complicated nuances of context for the easier path of absolutes.”

The View’s Joy Behar summed things up:

“Outrage is a valuable commodity…but its usefulness can be diminished by overuse. And understanding and learning from the past is the only way towards a future that reflects real change.”

This call for civility, forgiveness and understanding for a man accused of sexual harassment over a decade ago, but who has been a champion of women, promoting them in a field that had previously barred them from holding positions of power and influence, unfortunately was not directed at Trump by these three women.

No! All of the above was in a statement from CBS Films president Terry Press in defense of CBS Corporation chairman and CEO, Les Moonves who was accused of sexual misconduct by six women.   It followed even more forceful statements of support by CBS executives, Ad Sales chief Jo Ann Ross and head of daytime Angelica McDaniel.

This was not unlike the statements of support from females in Congress and other positions of influence for Bill Clinton after he was impeached for charges related to his sexual involvement with an intern, no less, in the hallowed Oval Office.

Clinton was viewed by his supporters as just too valuable to the country, in general, and the women’s movement, in particular, to be hoisted by his own petard.

Isn’t it a shame that our current president, who has done so much to turn this country around, while taking no salary for his work as the nation’s chief executive, isn’t given the same consideration?  After all, the charges against him are at least a decade or more old and don’t involve the workplace.

Men like Moonves, post-Clinton, probably will not survive.  Some shouldn’t.  However,  to allow Moonves to be forgiven would, indeed, be viewed as a double standard for those who hate Trump so much that they now believe any past sexual sins should disqualify him from holding the highest office in the land.  They want Trump impeached so badly many seem willing to believe any charge against any man, no matter how spurious, how ludicrous or how old, just to justify their claim against the president’s legitimacy.

Trump, like Moonves, is from another era, where men often measured their manhood against their ability to seduce women.  Even if they had no intention of doing anything improper, they were often guilty of bragging about this ability to other men.  Some of these men actually viewed making suggestive remarks or flirting as a way to give a woman a compliment.  I’ve encountered my share.  Smart women either changed jobs, ignored these clumsy advances or found a way to let a man know this was not acceptable while letting him keep his dignity.

However, none of the women who claim Trump had affairs with them or one-night stands or gave them unwanted attention were his employees as was the case Moonves.  In fact, many sought his attention.

Trump is well-known for promoting women in his industry like Louise Sunshine who rose to executive vice-president of the Trump organization.  Sunshine worked for Trump for 15 years and has admitted that he often chided her about her appearance.  However, she wasn’t offended.  She said, “It was a reminder that I wasn’t perfect…It was just his way.”

They and the others who were promoted by Trump defend him to the hilt and forgave him for his imperfections.  Isn’t it time the rest of the country took a deep breath and did the same.

 

Bigoted Restauranteurs, Unhinged Politicians, and Facebook Rants

When bigoted Stephanie Wilkinson asked Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave her restaurant Friday it touched off a media feeding frenzy and, predictably, caused some political crazies to leave their filthy, hate-filled nests.

The most notable was Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) who went where no elected representative should ever be allowed to go.  Continue reading “Bigoted Restauranteurs, Unhinged Politicians, and Facebook Rants”

Don’t Be Fooled by Border Hysterics

A mother, who is a U.S. citizen, decides to break into a bank and is captured.  Do you want her children sent to prison with her?   Of course not.  Prison is no place for a child.

A mother from a central Amercian country decides to break into the United States and is caught.   Do you want her children held in detention along with her?  Of course not.  Detention is no a place for children.    Continue reading “Don’t Be Fooled by Border Hysterics”

Is De Niro the New Jane Fonda?

For decades, the political class, as well as other influential people, have observed the maxim “politics stops at the water’s edge.” This simply means that when a president is dealing with a matter of national importance abroad, the criticism stops until the crisis is averted or, at the very least, he is back safety inside the confines of the United States.

With President Trump, that is no longer the case.  The political atmosphere in Washington is so toxic that Democrats, and some members of his own party, feel free to take pot shots at him even as he deals with issues that could avert nuclear war.

However, when Robert De Niro let his distaste of this president spill over at the Tony Awards Sunday night on the eve of his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, it not only broke the mold of civility but raised bad taste to a level unseen in prime time, even on an awards show.  While De Niro’s  “F – – – Trump” comment was deleted by an alert executive monitoring the program at CBS, the actor’s unscripted comment went viral prompting outrage from the right and the left.   Continue reading “Is De Niro the New Jane Fonda?”

Haspel Fight Proves Democrats are the Anti-Woman Party

Gina Haspel, president Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, is my hero!  I’ve never met the woman but from what I know about her she is the real deal — a real feminist in the truest definition of the word.

She is not the radial cheap imitation so popular with the left — the kind of feminist who says, “I want that job.  I may not have earned it, but I’m entitled to it because of some liberal perfect-world quota system that says what you do is not as important as your gender, race, sexual preference, etc., etc. etc.”  By the way, to be the kind of feminist acceptable to the left you also have to pledge allegiance to the right to kill one’s unborn child for any reason through the full nine months of pregnancy, including through the birth process itself.

The current queen of the anti-real feminists is Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) who first praised Haspel’s nomination and her year as deputy director of the agency saying,  “I have spent some time with her … We have had dinner together.  We have talked.  Everything I know is that she has been a good deputy director of the CIA.” Continue reading “Haspel Fight Proves Democrats are the Anti-Woman Party”

Needed: A New Trump Advisor

“Through a multitude of counselors there is safety”  Proverbs 11:14

Every president has a multitude of counselors: national security, economic, health, environment, etc.  Some serve officially.  Others are at his beck and call.  This president, however, is sorely in need of one more — a linguistic counselor.

There was a time when a person’s dollar earning power could be measured by a simple vocabulary test.  The theory being that a large vocabulary is a good indication of a person’s level of education — the more you know, the higher your earning potential.  Certainly, that is no longer the case as our schools have been dumbed down and a good vocabulary is no longer valued.   Continue reading “Needed: A New Trump Advisor”

The U.S. vs China

How can China hurt us?  Let us count the ways:

First and foremost, they hold most of our foreign debt, 19 percent or $1.17 trillion.  By buying U.S. treasuries, China keeps our interest rates low but it also gives China leverage over U.S. fiscal policy.

What would happen if China stopped buying U.S. treasures or, worst still, called the loans?

China also controls the supply of the world’s rare earth metals that are used in most of the high-tech products we take for granted like smart phones and hard drives.  More importantly, these materials are necessary components for building smart bombs and military radar.  It’s not that we don’t have any of these minerals.  It’s just that our government shut down our only rare earth mine and allowed the Chinese to buy the company that supplied them.

Lastly, China now has access to our most sensitive military technology.  That which wasn’t stolen was transferred overtly by previous administrations.   Continue reading “The U.S. vs China”