Mitch McConnell Resigns! (For the good of the Country)

In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States after he was mired in the Watergate scandal.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister after narrowly failing to win outright in the first Round of a leadership contest.

In 2002, Trent Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader after making some controversial remarks at the100th birthday party of fellow senator, Strom Thurmond.

In 2004, George Tenet resigned as Director of the CIA in the wake of criticism of the agency’s approach to the intelligence used to support the 2003 Iraq War.

In 2010, Yukio Hatoyama resigned as prime minister of Japan after breaking a campaign promise to close an American military base on the island of Okinawa.

In 2016, David Cameron resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom after its citizens voted to leave the European Union

In 2017, Mitch McConnell resigned as Senate Majority Leader after failing to deliver a vote to repeal Obamacare.   Continue reading “Mitch McConnell Resigns! (For the good of the Country)”

Return the Military to its original Purpose (To Kill People and Break Things)

Personally, I love the fact that President Trump has a penchant for hiring retired generals.  However, there are two distinct types of military leaders:  those who are boot-licking sycophants who will do anything to get a higher command and those who will stand up for what is right for those willing to put their very lives on the line, if duty demands it, in order to defend this country.

Gen. John Kelly, Trump’s new chief-of-staff, is squarely in the latter category.   Last Wednesday, two days before Trump announced that Gen. Kelly would be assuming this post, Trump tweeted that he is ending the policy of accepting transsexuals in the military.  Although, Gen. Kelly has never spoken out on this issue, one can assume that he agrees with the policy or he never would have accepted this position.

Although, the Pentagon has stated that no change will be made until it gets the official order in writing, it is only a matter of time before this latest Obama effort to weaken our military is headed for the dust bin.

It should be noted that the military never asked that the policy barring transsexuals from military service be lifted.  It simply was imposed by Obama last June, a mere six months before he was headed out the door.

The Center for Military Readiness has issued a comprehensive 19-page report https://cmrlink.org/data/sites/85/CMRDocuments/CMR_TransgenderPolAnalysis.pdf on the Obama directives, which documents how our 44th president began laying the groundwork for this destructive policy in June 2015, and how it continued through the early days of the Trump Administration via Obama holdovers.

Thankfully, the military has not actively recruited those suffering from gender dysphasia.  That was supposed to begin on July 31.   However, the Trump administration put a temporary hold on that directive, which may save many disturbed young people from undergoing a costly, painful surgeries they may live to regret. Meanwhile, service members who claim to be struggling with this disorder, were encouraged to come forward during this time which was, no doubt, designed to strengthen the Obama Administration’s position.

Kelly, like Trump, has no tolerance for political correctness.  In 2016, when the Obama Administration announced that it was lifting the ban on women in ground combat, but would not be lowering the standards for these positions, Gen. Kelly scoffed, “There will be great pressure, whether it’s 12 months from now, four years from now, because the questions will be asked whether we’ve let women into these other roles, why aren’t they staying in those other roles.  Why aren’t they advancing as infantry people?”

Kelly has learned from experience.  He has been a Marine for 45 years and during that time he has seen the standards lowered in our service academies, in basic training and in other specialities in order to insure that women get these assignments.  Kelly made it clear to the Obama Administration that any change in the military should be made only if that change will make units more lethal.  “If the answer is ‘No,’ clearly don’t do it,” said Kelly.  “If the answer to that is, ‘It shouldn’t hurt,’ I would suggest that we shouldn’t do it, because it might hurt.” Of course the Obama Administration did it anyway.

Who in their right mind would think that having women in combat units will help those units survive?  Many years ago the Israeli military tried this experiment with disastrous results.

It may not be fair that the average man is 6 inches taller, 30 pounds heavier and, more importantly, has 42 percent more upper body strength than the average woman, but it’s reality.

And while we are on that subject, who in their right mind would think that giving a man female hormones and reconstructive surgery will make him more of a lean, mean fighting machine?  Who in their right mind would think that giving a woman male hormones and reconstructive surgery will give her the physical edge necessary to compete with the average man?

Ever hear of military necessity?  There is no military necessity of having those with gender dysphasia serve in the military as there was no military necessity for placing women in direct ground combat units.  It is not only foolish and a waste of taxpayer dollars, but it will needlessly cost lives and cause heartbreak.  Gen. Kelly knows about that heartbreak.  He is the highest ranking military officer to lose a son in Iraq or Afghanistan

Hopefully, with Kelly alongside Trump in the White House, we will soon see the military returned to its original purpose — to kill people and break things — not used as a laboratory for social experimentation.

Fake News

Media bias is a fact of life.  Discerning citizens who regularly read newspapers or watch a nightly newscast have noticed a distinct slant to the left that gets more extreme with each passing year.  Polls showing the preferences and voting patterns of journalists show it, and a number of peer reviewed studies confirm it.  While most Americans identify as moderate to conservative, the news media is decidedly liberal.

The question I am asked quite often is, “Why?”  Continue reading “Fake News”

Just Repeal Obamacare (Trust the Free Market)

Can we be honest.  The fight over the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is about one thing and one thing only:  The number of people who were given a freebee, added to the roles of Medicaid.

Liberals want single-payer, government-run, one size-fits-all health care for everyone.  It doesn’t work well anywhere in the world but that’s beside the point.  They want something for nothing.  If they can’t achieve it in one fell swoop, they will try to do it bit by bit until the door to socialized medicine slams shut and everyone is locked into a system where there is no individual control.

So, let’s just repeal Obamacare and have a debate on the real issue:  Do we really want to expand Medicaid beyond its original stated purposed, a heath plan to care for the poor and those who truly cannot care for themselves. Continue reading “Just Repeal Obamacare (Trust the Free Market)”

How to Save the Country a Ton of Money

How many times have you contacted a local company only to be helped by someone with an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife?   Now I have nothing but deep respect for someone from another country who has learned English, but I have discovered that most of these local calls for service are rerouted to India or the Philippines.

I have nothing against either of these countries, but why aren’t these calls being answered by Americans?  It’a pure economics.  It’s cheaper to reroute these calls halfway around the world than to hire Americans willing to work.  Ah, the key word in that sentence is “willing.” Continue reading “How to Save the Country a Ton of Money”

Nothing Burger Washington Style

“Nothing burger” has become the operative word in Washington of late.  It was used by Democrats to describe the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and it is now being used by Republicans to describe the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

It is only a matter of time until enterprising restauranteurs add it to their menus.  So what is in a nothing burger?  It might appear to be a bun with nothing in between, but a nothing burger on display in the James Comey hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, was something quite different. Continue reading “Nothing Burger Washington Style”

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?)”