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Biased Media Gets What it Deserves in Trump White House

I am finding it very amusing to see the various press organizations whining about lack of access to President elect Trump and how his Chief of Staff has indicated that there will be changes in the White House press corps. Organizations like CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, AP and others are freaking out about the idea that they might lose their special access to the White House. I would love the opportunity to have a conversation with the heads of these organizations.

I would ask these organizations very bluntly how they can expect to be treated any differently. They actively worked against Donald Trump to defeat his campaign. They actively colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign to do anything and everything they could to help her win. They derided him and sometimes blatantly lied about him to the public in the hopes of influencing the election. And now they expect him and his ministration to act like none of that happens. Laughable!

I would love to ask the many journalists who were revealed by Wikileaks to be actively working with the Clinton campaign the question “why should you be treated as an objective professional journalist when it has been proven that you are in fact a Democrat operative who uses the access provided by your profession to further your ideology?”

If these journalists ever got into trouble with the law, they would expect to have a professional lawyer who would represent them regardless of their ideological beliefs. They would expect a prosecutor who would prosecute the case with in the confines of the law regardless of his or her ideological beliefs. And they would expect a judge who would ensure the trial was conducted fairly and professionally without any regard to ideological belief. That level of objectivity is expected in every profession. The leadership of our news organizations should demand a similar level of professionalism from their reporters.

The media is currently one of the least trusted professions in our nation. It will continue to be a distrusted profession as long as viewers continue to see biased reporting. We should be able to read a newspaper article or watch a news segment on TV and have no idea as to whether the reporter is more liberal or conservative. If the leadership of the majority of news organizations in our country tried to enforce this basic standard of professionalism, they would be forced to fire a large percentage of their reporters.

A Few First Thoughts About a Trump Presidency

img_3692-trumpThere are a few things that immediately come to mind about what we can expect to see from President Trump.

First and foremost is the Supreme Court. Kudos to the Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnnel for holding off the nominee of President Obama for replacement of Justice Scalia. We will now see a true conservative majority in the Supreme Court for decades to come.

Second, there will finally be action on illegal immigration. The wall Donald Trump constantly talked about during his campaign will be built. It will be a combination of physical walls in certain areas and sensor walls at others. It can easily be paid for by imposing a tariff on all funds being wired to Mexico, Central and South America.

Third, watch how many executive orders are overturned almost immediately in a Trump presidency. The EPA, the IRS and the Justice Department are going to see some incredible changes in the extremely short period of time. Those that used their positions in these agencies to target conservative groups should probably start packing up their desks.

Fourth, the environmental movement is going to need to make some major adjustments. America has rejected their faulty science. If their projections are correct, then the world is in for some events worthy of a major motion picture. When those events do not happen, the intellectually honest among them are going to have to admit that their beliefs, which bordered on pseudo-religion, were totally wrong.

Fifth, there are going to be some major changes in foreign-policy. You are going to see some major changes in how we deal with Russia, China, ISIS, etc. You’re going to see some cooperation between the Brexit leaders in Great Britain who share many of Trump’s political beliefs. You are going to see NATO members reaffirm their support of the organization and commit to meeting their NATO Funding obligations.

Sixth, you’re going to see some huge changes in health insurance before Donald Trump even takes office. Obamacare is effectively dead. It was dying on its own with the ridiculously large increases in premiums each year. Liberals had hoped to impose a single-payer system but now you will see a total drop in government controlled healthcare. Contrary to what the liberal media have been saying, the Republicans do have a plan ready to replace Obamacare once it’s been repealed.

Also, you’re going to have to see some type of change in the Democrat party. Over the past eight years, they have lost thousands of positions throughout the country. They have become a distinct minority in state legislatures throughout the country. They are a small minority of governors. The Democrat party has depended on demographics carrying the day for so long and it has not happened. They are going to have to make some major changes or they will no longer function as a national party.

Finally, I wonder about what’s going to happen with Hillary Clinton. A regular politician would drop the investigations but I don’t think Trump is going to do that. I think you’re going to see a lot more about the criminality of the Clinton Foundation. I think you’re going to see a trump Justice Department that seals the lid on this corrupt organization. A regular politician would shake the hand of his failed opponent and enjoy the day. But a business person like Donald Trump has no problem kicking his downed opponent repeatedly to ensure they never get back up. Pundits will say this is not the way things are done but they will once again be wrong. I believe Donald Trump will use the Clinton foundation as an example of the “drain the swamp” that he has spoken of repeatedly. It truly is a new day in America.

Voting For A Blowhard Or A Crook

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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson recently wrote that Republican leaders should put country before party and not support Donald Trump. I wonder where he gets such audacity. He is about as far left as political commentators go and is clearly going to vote for Hillary Clinton. How does one say we should not vote for a short-tempered blowhard like Trump but instead should vote for a crook like Hillary Clinton?

I have heard some people question whether someone with Donald Trump’s temperament should be president of the United States of America. They typically say something like they don’t want somebody with his temper to have their “finger on the button”, referring to nuclear weapons. I hope those people understand that the president doesn’t really carry around a suitcase that has a red button that will launch all of our nuclear weapons. If they do believe that then they have been watching some really bad B-rated movies. The reality is that there are many checks and balances that keep a president from making rushed or hotheaded decisions.  

Those checks and balances limit what a president can do in the performance of his or her duties. But they do nothing to stop a president who would use their power to do things outside the system. Hillary Clinton has mastered the art of using positions of power in government to achieve personal financial gain. That’s a really nice way of saying she’s a political crook. There can be no doubt that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to put into office a person who has no integrity or honor.  

There is also no doubt that Donald Trump is a blowhard who often speaks off-the-cuff. He is a successful businessman, which in this modern world means you really have to know how to work the system. But he has always worked within the system. He’s done business as the law allows him to do business. There is nothing dishonorable about using legal business practices to achieve personal financial gain. Trump has a big personality and that sometimes grates some as much as it pleases others. But he is at heart a good man and achieved his success honestly. Despite many liberal media efforts, it is well known that he is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. He has the potential to be a honest president that will work within the legal constraints of our government.

There are checks and balances in place that would allow Congress to stop a President Trump from doing pretty much anything outlandish or hotheaded. But there are no checks and balances in place that would prevent a crooked President Hillary Clinton from using the office of the president for personal gain. If America elects a crook to be president, then we cannot be surprised when she acts like a crook when she’s president.

When it comes down to voting for either a blowhard or a crook to be our next president, I will choose a blowhard every time.  An honest blowhard might make the occasional embarrassing comment.  But a crooked president that uses her position for personal financial gain and to reward followers and punish detractors is something our country cannot handle.   Integrity is one of the key requirements for that office. Hillary Clinton has none. So Democrats must put their country before their party and support Donald Trump.

Trump and the Judge:  Liberal Media Bias At Work

Liberal media doesn’t report judge’s political activism related to his Mexican heritage or his association with the law group that supports illegal immigrants.   

I’ve said it before: you can’t trust the media. They are not on your side. They are on their side. Like many liberals, they think they know best and that it’s their job to control what you know and how you think.  

Take for instance this absurd mess about Donald Trump’s statements about the judge. He said he believed that Gonzalo Curiel, the judge in the Trump University class action lawsuit, was not being fair to him because the judge had a bias against him because of his stance on controlling illegal Mexican immigration. The media made sure you heard his basic comment. But have you heard that the judge is a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, a La Raza affiliated law group that advocates for illegal immigrants? And have you heard that that same law group has contributed significantly to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign?

So what is this “La Raza” group?   La Raza means “The Race” in Spanish. Can you imagine if a white judge belonged to an organization called “The Race”? Their group motto is “Everything for The Race. Outside The Race…Nothing!” Labor icon César Chávez was a critic of La Raza, calling it the “Hispanic KKK”. The judge’s group uses their legal experience to fight against immigration control laws, border fences, etc and support drivers licenses and free tuition for illegals. It is not unreasonable for Donald Trump to say that a judge with this kind of affiliation could be biased against him. Reporters should have told us about these connections but that would have destroyed the narrative of Trump as a racist.

Now that Hillary Clinton has secured her nomination as the Democrat Party candidate, the liberal media are uniting in their effort to tear down Donald Trump. They will take his comments out of context or make sure you know only the part of any story that they want you to know. And they will use their self-propelled “controversy” stories about Trump to divert your attention away from the ethical and legal troubles of Hillary Clinton.

If you fell for the liberal media’s efforts to portray Trump as a racist, don’t feel too bad. Republican politicians, who have been themselves attacked for decades by the same liberal media, fell for the story hook, line and sinker. In typical invertebrate style, they all folded like lawn chairs and rushed to any available microphone to bash Trump themselves. They should know better by now. Their weakness is another reason why so many conservative voters want them booted out of their positions.  

With that said, Trump does share some of the blame. He should not be making public comments about an active lawsuit. And he should have a spokesperson (or a full press team for that matter) responsible for handling these kind of issues. Hopefully, he learned an important lesson from this fiasco. It is a lesson that all of us should understand. The liberal media are not our friends and we cannot expect balanced reporting from them.

Dem Debate: A Hillary Win Because No One Threw Punches

During the very boring liberal lovefest of the first Democratic presidential debate there was very little that could be called surprising or shocking.  With CNN deciding to format the debate in a way in which there would be no direct conflicts between candidates there was little opportunity for fireworks. So it was without surprise that Hillary dominated the debate and had the liberal audience screaming with joy at every sigh and smirk.
It was not surprising that former Governor O’Malley of Maryland and former Virginia Senator Webb (Flip Flopping Lincoln Chafee isn’t even worth mentioning) did nothing to bring their campaigns out of mediocrity.  The only thing they really could have done would be to publicly call out Hillary Clinton on her dishonesty and only  Chafee, who has no traction at all, made even a slight attempt at that during the debate.   O’Malley and Webb seemed to understand that if they even attempted to draw any blood from Clinton’s weaknesses that the liberal crowd would boo them into submission.  Neither seems to really want the job of president. So they’ve  achieved their goal of becoming a minor footnote in history.
So with no opportunities for anything surprising coming from the other candidates, it was up to Bernie Sanders to bring any life into this debate.   But he came at Hillary with padded gloves during every opportunity for conflict during the debate. And his biggest cheers came when he said the only shock of the night…he said that everyone is tired of hearing about the ‘damn emails’ and wants to hear about “the real issues.”
This is a standard line for any politician who is trying to get the media to stop talking about a scandal. It is highly unusual for the lead competitor of such a candidate to make such a statement.  Regardless of who is making the statement, it is disgraceful. Is Bernie Sanders really saying that we should ignore a lack of integrity and willful breaking of the law?  Is he really saying that we should ignore the intentional breach of national security because he thinks people are tired of hearing about it?
Hillary Clinton did not return the favor, coming at Sanders strongly on what she called a weakness of his when it comes to gun control.  She attacked him on socialism saying she believed in the power of small business, a cornerstone of capitalism.
Not that she had much competition in the first place, but all of the other candidates might as well throw in the towel after this debate.  They’ve shown they will not seriously go after Hillary Clinton, an already very damaged candidate.  If they are not going to even try to engage her on lying,  her “I play by different rules” attitude and her use of her position as Secretary of State to make the Clinton Foundation gobs of money in direct violation of the law.  If they aren’t going to bring up her failure and her cover up in the Benghazi disaster.  If they aren’t going to say that America deserves a better leader than one most associated with the word “Liar”, then they do not deserve a chance to be President either.  America can do better than the whole lot of them.
Ed Ruth

The GOP Debate and Who Seems to Be Doing Best

The first GOP Presidential Candidate debate on August 6, 2015 was held at the Cav’s Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Debate host Brett Bauer started with a doozy in asking a question about who would commit to not running as a third-party candidate. This question was obviously directed towards Donald Trump and he rose to the occasion and raised his hand saying that he would not swear that he would not run as a third-party candidate. I had to think that really hurt him!  Rand Paul spoke up if if turn saying this showed Trump is not a true Republican and that he would be willing to hurt the party and get Hillary elected rather than endorse a candidate that might best him in the primary race.

Each of the candidates had a minute or so to discuss why they should be president. Then host Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump why he should be President when he has social media accounts that has comments that could be taken as disparaging to women.   She said he had called women some very bad names and he jokingly replied “Just Rosanne Barr”…a line that got huge applause.   He fired back saying he doesn’t always have time to be Politically Correct.  He said America doesn’t have time to be Politically Correct when we’re getting our butts kicked politically and economically by China and Mexico.

All of the candidates came obviously prepared.  Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, when asked how he could think he was ready to be President when he has no political experience, replied with the awesomely appropriate line “It isn’t Brain Surgery”.  Rand Paul had a great response on his question regarding ISIS and Jeb Bush had a strong response to his question regarding amnesty for illegal immigration.

Trump was once again in the spotlight when Host Chris Wallace asked him about immigration and how the Mexican government is sending its criminals across the border.   He responded strongly and got a good response from the crowd.  Once again I found myself saying “I know he’s too brash but I like his answers!”

Governor John Kasich started off the conversation after the break with a response that sounded very presidential. Marco Rubio was next and gave probably the most detailed response in regard to illegal immigration.   As I said above, each of the candidates came prepared and I saw no clear loser in the debate.

An hour into the debate, they started talking about Obamacare.  Donald Trump was first up on it and he used his business experience to give a solid answer.   Others had less memorable responses.  Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio talked about Common  Core educational requirements.  Bush had been taking some hits in the past few months about his openness to federal standards for education and I think he came out with a response that helped take some pressure of him for that issue.

As the clock passed 10pm, each of the candidates got to talk about how they would promote job growth.  Repeal of Obamacare, reduce regulation and reform of the tax code were common responses.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed strength in saying that Social Security would have to be reformed.  As the conversation swerved over to the economy, Donald Trump was hit with some very direct questions from Chris Wallace and he unloaded with both barrels, saying he was proud of his business record and was the person American needed to get rid of our $19 Trillion Dollar debt.

Rick Perry and Cary Fiorina’s responses from the forum that had been held earlier in the afternoon were so strong that they were played for candidates to respond to the Iran nuclear agreement.

Abortion Rights issues came up next and Marco Rubio gave a balanced response.  Then Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump a very hard hitting question that led with his background as a Democrat and pointedly asked him “When did you actually become a Republican”.  Trump replied that we should all remember that Ronald Reagan had been a Democrat at one point and that people can change their beliefs.  John Kasich gave a great response on Gay Marriage.  I think I was maybe the best response I’ve ever heard a Republican politician give regarding that issue.

Scott Walker was next in the hot seat as the hosts asked him about the “Black Lives Matter” he gave the kind of level headed response I’ve come to expect from him.  In other words, it was solidly answered but totally unremarkable.

The hosts then asked about Iran, the Russian and Chinese Cyber Attacks and other foreign policy issues.   Donald Trump gave a surprisingly strong response.   It was soon time for closing comments for each of the candidates  All in all, I don’t really think there was a loser this evening.    Rubio seemed to have more good moments than the others.

Governor Walker from Wisconsin came across as call him and very capable and he continues to be the person I think you’ll end up at the end of the day getting The nomination.   I think Walker leading the Republican ticket with a Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorita as vice president would be a very powerful ticket for the Republicans.