Buyer’s Remorse (In Arizona and Elsewhere)

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. Continue reading “Buyer’s Remorse (In Arizona and Elsewhere)”

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

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!

Ronald Reagan’s Revenge (Can We shoot down North Korean Missiles?)

The Memorial Day weekend was marred by the news that North Korea fired off another missile and it had landed within a few meters of its intended target,  This was followed by more threats directed at the United States from its deranged dictator Kim Jong Un.

This followed two successful tests of medium to long-range missiles by the rogue state in as many weeks and a simultaneous launch of four missiles on March 6, three of which fell close to Japan, a nation we are bound to protect.

Such launches, and two nuclear tests since January 2016, have been conducted in defiance of U.S. pressure, U.N. resolutions and the threat of more sanctions, which amounted to little more than sending the rebellious, bellicose young leader to bed without dessert. Continue reading “Ronald Reagan’s Revenge (Can We shoot down North Korean Missiles?)”

Independent Counsel? Where’s the Crime?

There are growing calls for an independent counsel or prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia connection in the 2016 presidential election.  Everyone, it seems, has in interest in one.

For the media it is more fuel to feed the 24-hour news cycle.

For Democrats, it keeps the idea alive that something beyond their control caused their candidate to lose.  It couldn’t be because Hillary Clinton was deeply flawed, universally disliked, and couldn’t be trusted.  It couldn’t be that their message of higher taxes, bigger government and gender-neutral restrooms just fell flat.  It had to be something more sinister.

And for Republicans, it’s the need to simply move on.  Continue reading “Independent Counsel? Where’s the Crime?”

Cleaning out the Rats in Government

This week my husband smelled a foul odor in the area around his vintage sports car which he keeps under raps in our garage.  He removed the cover and lifted the hood to discover a big fat rat with a nest full of babies.  There is no telling how much damage could have been done if he had not made that discovery and quickly dealt with the problem.

However, this was nothing like the rat we discovered in the California state legislature when it was revealed that Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres provided the margin of victory needed by Democrats to pass a $5.2 billion dollar tax increase, ostensibly to repair the states road and bridges.  This included a gasoline tax hike of 12 cents a gallon which hurts poor and middle class working commuters.   It will give California the 2nd highest gas tax in the nation and likely the highest price at the pump due to California’s distance from the major refineries and a requirement by state air regulators that further increases the cost of gasoline for our state.

For his vote, Cannella, the rat, received a half billion payoff for projects in his district that have nothing to do with fixing potholes.  They were designed to give him something to crow about to voters when he seeks higher office in a state heavily dominated by Democrats. Continue reading “Cleaning out the Rats in Government”

Nuclear Option? Call It Constitutional Option

“Elections have consequences.”  (Barack Obama, 2009)

Indeed they do and the most important factor to consider in electing a president of the United States is what kind of justices will he or she appoint to the Supreme Court?  While a president can serve for a mere eight years, a Supreme Court justice holds that job for life (or as long as he or she can sit on the bench without nodding off).

Will the high court consist of justices who will faithfully decide cases based on the Constitution alone (preferred by conservative Republicans) or should the high court be made up of justices who see the Constitution as a “living instrument” that can be changed on a whim (preferred by liberal Democrats)? Continue reading “Nuclear Option? Call It Constitutional Option”

Big Bird: You’re Fired!

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cutting out waste in the federal government.  The ink wasn’t dry when the Washington Post trotted out Big Bird, the affable “Sesame Street” figure who has been used to blunt past efforts to cut unnecessary government programs.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-big-bird-hes-survived-the-budget-ax-many-times-before/2017/03/13/f5c1c94a-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c6a28dc55b29

“Sesame Street” has millions of fans and I am one of them, but this bird is a fat cat!  It’s time we recognize that his life and our lives will not change if we cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and all the rest. Continue reading “Big Bird: You’re Fired!”