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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Honoring Pearl Harbor


Break, break, break
         At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
         Will never come back to me.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Well, Excuse Us

"I attribute my success to this--I never gave or took any excuse."

 ~ Florence Nightingale

Listening to radio news today as I usually do each weekday morning as I prepare to go to work, I heard something that made me laugh out loud--at 7:00 AM (no easy feat). President Obama was blaming the Democrat loss of the presidency on the ubiquity of "Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country"--and he was serious!

Now, I understand that Air Force One bypasses all of the Little People International airports. But does no middling advisor or government lackey ever report back to the president on the never-ending CNN (sometimes called "Clinton News Network") channel blaring in every airport terminal from sea to shining sea? CNN is not exactly known for its conservative slant. Throughout the campaign, they were firmly in Hillary's corner, broadcasting gently in her favor while slamming Trump at every mention. And airports are more heavily populated than bars.

What about the alphabet networks? Anchors and pundits at ABC, CBS, NBC, plus public television stations and major newspapers across the land were hard-pressed to find a positive word to say about Donald Trump, as all the while they dodged and weaved among the Hillary scandals raining down with alarming regularity. In addition, the media minimized and made excuses for any Clinton negative and amplified and belabored negatives for Trump. Example: The Clinton Foundation and her personal fortune? No problem, move on. Trump's business empire? The death of the nation.

In short, Hillary Clinton had the entire mainstream media apparatus of the USA, both print and video, working for her, while Donald Trump stood alone except for Fox News and conservative talk radio. She also had academia, social media, and Hollywood on her side. Yet she managed to lose. And somehow this is the fault of Fox News? I keep hearing and reading about how brilliantly smart this president is, but he can't prove it by statements like that.

Ever since Election night, when television commentators stared blankly at the reddening map and glanced speechlessly from each other to the cameras, excuses for the loss have been snowballing, culminating in the farce of recounts underway in traditionally Democrat states that (because of Fox News) voted Republican this time. It doesn't occur to the exalted elites that the American people just decided to try a different approach this time. They will never consider the possibility that they have alienated too many voters with too many broken promises and too much political correctness, to the point that they have lost the people's confidence as well as their attention.

The privileged liberals of our country--our current president the most prominent among them--think that anyone who disagrees with their incontrovertible wisdom is simply stupid. For that pomposity, there is no excuse.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The 100-Day Plan

Have you read Donald Trump's "100-Day Plan to Make America Great Again"? I just read the entire document for the first time tonight. I didn't find the ravings of a madman. What I did find was a blueprint for a powerhouse revival in this country if even part of it gets implemented.

It starts with the "Drain the Swamp" theme of cleaning up corruption in Washington D.C.:
  • FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
  • SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
  • THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
  • FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  • FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
  • SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
I find nothing objectionable in any of that initial content. The "Contract with the American Voter" goes on to address the American workers, national security, the constitutional rule of law, middle class tax relief, energy, healthcare, and illegal immigration. If Donald Trump can accomplish even a part of what is set out in his Plan, it will be more national progress than has been achieved in the past fifteen years.

I'm looking forward to seeing how much he can actually get done.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Honor Our Veterans

November 11 - a day to honor our Veterans

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What Just Happened?

Against all odds, predictions, logic, and reason, Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States of America. As the votes were tallied late into the night and on to early morning, Trump captured one unexpected state after another in a most astonishing march across the electoral map.

How and why did this happen? On television, the many panels of media sages were nearly speechless with shock. One well-known political analyst almost whined, "What did we miss?" Well, when you're not paying attention, you can miss a great many things. What follows are a few of them.
  • "Flyover country." It's just a popular expression among the jet-setting elites, but flyover country became the catalyst for a political earthquake last night. All the ranchers, farmers, small business owners, family business employees, the left-behind workers from the struggling coal and steel industries, they all fought for their country with the most powerful weapons American citizens have--their votes. The households broken by the costs of Obamacare, the business owners strapped by regulations and sapped by taxes, the forgotten unemployed and underemployed--all of them showed up and made a stand for their families and their chance to shape their own way of life. And they won.
  • What else was going on? Donald Trump talked about strengthening the military, keeping America safe, protecting our borders, being the "law and order" candidate. Listening to him were members of all branches of the U.S. military and their veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders across the country--and all of their friends and families.
  • There has to be more--"Make America Great Again." A motto that was ridiculed by cultural elites throughout the campaign, it nevertheless spoke to millions of Americans who remember when we felt good about being U.S. citizens. We are a good people, we live in a great country, and we know this. How refreshing it was to hear a potential leader actually proclaim the promise and opportunities of our nation and the potential of our people rather than constantly pointing out our flaws.
  • Speaking of flaws, of course Trump the candidate had a wide assortment. During the campaign, he said many terrible things and often behaved badly. But apparently people could see that he was being himself, warts and all. His opponent was an accomplished liar with a long history of subterfuge and double dealing. Americans have grown so weary of that tired and predictable behavior. Collectively, the country's voters seemed to say "Give the big-mouthed boor a chance." As he might have put it, "What the h#ll do you have to lose?" As president, he will need to do better. The man has built himself a fortune, so he must be reasonably smart and able to improve. Voters were willing to overlook his shortcomings for a chance at real reform in our political system and change in our cultural climate.
Will Donald Trump be able to deliver on his promises? Time will tell, and very soon. In the meanwhile,  I'm glad Trump broke the china (couldn't resist) in this historic election. As he might say, "Unbelievable."

Land of Possibilities

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible."

~ Audrey Hepburn

November 8, 2016 - Donald J. Trump wins the presidency

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Response to an "Angry Reader"

In this link, Victor Davis Hanson writes a dignified, finely honed, fact-filed response to his "Angry Reader." It's definitely worth reading--first the "comment," then VDH's response--because this "angry reader" typifies the sanctimonious attitude found in most Clinton voters.

It's going to be a very long four years.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Regretfully Right

Mark Steyn called it, ten years ago, in his book America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. In 2005, Steyn predicted with startling accuracy the perilous situation the world now finds itself in with radical Islamic jihadism.

If you haven't read it, you should. I read America Alone when the book was first published, and I enjoyed Steyn's sparklingly humorous writing style as much as I learned from the facts and research presented in its pages. It's disconcerting to see that modern history is unfolding quite similarly to what Steyn foretold over a decade ago.

Steyn's later book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon was published in 2011. It is a lengthier, more in-depth, more concerning forensic of the dire consequences facing the world in the wake of American withdrawal. I read that book, also, and I'm sorry to say that Mark Steyn was correct again. We are today witnessing, actually living and dying in, the results of the USA "leading from behind." Unsurprisingly, it's neither a safe place nor a pretty sight.

No one knows what the future holds. But we can be reasonably certain that it will be much more difficult than it should have been, had we only heeded and acted upon obvious warnings.




Monday, October 03, 2016

History in Chains

Riga, Latvia
I stumbled across Jay Nordlinger's "Baltic Journal, Part I" and it captivated me. In one short paragraph, he sums up the hidden history of the Baltic states: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia:
"Everyone in the Baltic states has a story — a story of parents and grandparents, if not themselves. Every family endured horrors — at the hands of Nazis, Soviets, or both. Often both."
I know these stories, and so do my children, because my husband's Latvian family escaped the Soviet devastation of their country following the Second World War. Very few people know this shadowed history, because it isn't taught anymore. What happened to the Baltic people should never be forgotten, but to the world's shame, it's as though the atrocities they suffered never even happened.

I'll be following Nordlinger's journey through the Baltic states with interest and appreciation.