My State of the Union Address

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President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union Address last night, after all the ballyhoo and macho posturing. Although I appreciated the topics the President covered, I don’t think he went far enough. The following is the State of the Union Address I wish he had given instead.

My fellow Americans, Representatives, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet members, and most welcome guests…

I’m sure you all expect me to talk about how strong our country is, how well we’re doing economically and internationally, and a bunch of other happy talk, but we need to have a serious talk.

Our country is at a crossroads on several fronts. Economically, we have a debate over whether to keep the mostly capitalist society we have now or scrap it in favor of socialism of one form or another. Internationally, we are struggling to have, let alone maintain, a consistent foreign policy that both assists countries who need our help while protecting our national interests. Politically, actors on all sides of the ideological divide are treating each other poorly, even to the point of committing violent crimes against them. Racially, tensions have reached heights we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Morally, we have lost our way and given in to our baser instincts.

Put simply, America as a country, as a union, isn’t as strong as we need it to be. And I, as your President, admit to being part of the problem. I haven’t always acted in the best interests of this country and its founding principles, and for that I am sorry. I have been party to actions and words that have damaged the societal fabric and coarsened the discourse among people. For that, too, I am sorry.

What I am not sorry for is upholding a belief in this country and what greatness it can still achieve, both under my leadership and after I’ve left office. America is broken, but I cling to the idea it can and should be fixed. That is where you come into the picture.

My slogan since 2016 has been “Make America Great Again.” That can’t happen without you. America is great when its citizens rise to the challenges laid before us. In our relatively short time as the United States, we have fought in numerous wars that challenged the mettle of our men and women, been at the forefront of technological and social change, and been the innovators, inventors, and investors that turned 13 British colonies into a beacon of freedom and prosperity seen and dreamed of around the world for centuries.

Now, we are struggling to maintain our position in the world. New threats are replacing old ones. Our economic strength is on shaky ground due to short-sighted decisions by companies and government alike. That’s not your fault, but you are expected to live with the consequences because we keep changing what “normal” looks like. We need to turn our economic focus inward to shore up what we have and build up from there. This goes well beyond unemployment numbers the government puts out. This is a renewed focus on reestablishing America as a nation of doers.

Along those lines, I will ask educators and administrators to meet with me to not only promote trade schools and apprenticeships to rebuild our infrastructure, but to dig into the public and private schools to make sure every student feels he or she can be successful in a skilled trade, a professional capacity, or wherever their dreams may take them. I will also help promote STEM in public and private schools for boys and girls alike because the future requires big and bold thinkers who will constantly ask the question “Why not?”

This one educational step will have a ripple effect that will elevate many areas. With our military being the most advanced on the planet, having our military personnel know about the science and mechanics behind our technology will make them more effective. It will also provide useful vocations for after they leave the service or when there is peace. With more skilled labor, we can rebuild the manufacturing industry we used to have and start making quality products again, products we can be proud to sell each other and to the world. Also, this focus on science and technology will impact energy production by encouraging the next generations to be the outside-the-box thinkers necessary to bring about a greener world that produces power while protecting the planet as much as we can.

There are many other issues to tackle, but I want this commitment to America to be at the top of the list because it will take the longest to implement while having the biggest positive impact on our country and its future. In a little while, you will hear the Democrats’ response to this State of the Union, and I’m sure they will pick my speech apart. As you listen to it, keep in mind what I’ve said and how I want to improve the country for everyone. If the Democrats have better ideas, I’m open to hear them and debate them in a civilized manner.

That’s what makes us united.

Good night, and God Bless America.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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When I was growing up, there were very few journalists and reporters who became well-known, and most of the ones I knew tended to be local. With the advent of cable news, the Internet, and social media, that has changed. People may not be able to name the three branches of government, but they might be able to name at least one journalist, and that one would probably be Jim Acosta.

Jim Acosta is CNN’s White House correspondent, and he has made a name for himself by being the proverbial thorn in President Donald Trump’s side. Lately, he has been embroiled in a controversy following a press conference where it appears he touched a female staffer doing possibly the most dangerous job in America: getting a microphone from Jim Acosta. Because of this, Acosta’s press pass was revoked, leading to CNN suing the President and others on the basis the White House violated the First Amendment right to a free press.

Why has so much attention been brought on one man? Glad you asked, or else this week’s Leftist Lexicon was going to be a few words short.

Jim Acosta

What the Left thinks it means – a hard-nosed reporter holding the Trump White House to task and risking life and limb to get us the truth

What it really means – a loudmouth with a Napoleon complex to rival the original Napoleon

When I went to journalism school, one of the first lessons that got pounded into me was a reporter was never to become the story because it distracts people from the actual news. I can’t say if Jim Acosta learned that lesson, but judging from his actions I guess he must have been sick that day…each time it was brought up in a class.

Acosta’s contempt for the Trump Administration has seen itself play out in numerous conflicts, which has made him a Leftist superstar. To hear Leftists talk, Acosta is the only one who asks really tough questions and hounds the Administration for answers. Of course, to hear Leftists talk, socialism hasn’t ever really been tried, so we don’t know whether it will suck out loud. (Spoiler Alert: it will suck out loud.)

As a recovering Leftist and former journalism student (which, these days is pretty much one in the same), I don’t see what Acosta is doing as journalism so much as it is agitprop. Agitprop is language crafted with the intent of enflaming the public to advocate for a certain idea or position, and it can be very effective. Remember the alar scare of the 1980s? That was agitprop in its purest form. And it turned out to be complete bunk after cooler heads did their homework and figured out what alar was.

That brings us back to Mr. Acosta. I know the press is supposed to be like attack dogs when it comes to reporting on the government, but there is still a fine line between being an attack dog and being an overbearing dick. And Acosta flamenco dances on that line consistently. His behavior is, at best, childlike, which oddly enough corresponds to his Lollypop Kid stature.

Sorry, Jim. That was a low blow. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist!)

And that’s part of the problem I have with Acosta. He just doesn’t look like one. He looks like a little brother who wants to hang out with his older brothers to be one of the guys, but he winds up being more annoying than cool. I know this because I am the youngest of three boys and I did exactly what Acosta seems to be doing while pretending to be a journalist. And he’s just as annoying as I was, or still am depending on who you ask.

The larger part of the problem I have with Acosta, though, is his disrespect for his profession and, more specifically, his colleagues. Yes, I know he works for CNN, which gives him as much gravitas as, well, anyone else who works at CNN. But Acosta seems to think it gives him the moral authority to run the White House Press Corps from the floor. That, in turn, gives him the moral authority to hog the spotlight, at least in his mind. The problem is…there are plenty of other reporters in the room when Acosta goes all Journo-Spartacus on the President, and I’m sure they would like to get their questions answered. But for the grace of the man who thinks he’s the God of Journalism go they, unfortunately, and he rarely if ever gives them a chance to go.

As far as CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump and members of his Administration is concerned, for me it’s a non-starter. The First Amendment will not be in jeopardy if Jim Acosta doesn’t get this press pass back because CNN can always find someone else to take his place. Yes, Jimmy, you are expendable.  If you are too much of a headache to deal with (and from accounts I’ve seen from other journalists, he is), you can and will be replaced by someone else. Just ask Keith Olbermann about that. The First Amendment doesn’t protect you from getting the hook because you’re an asshole, nor is it threatened if you are not allowed to be one during press conferences.

Yes, I know Fox News filed an amicus brief defending CNN and Acosta, but they are looking out for their business interests going forward. From 2009 to 2016, they were on the business end of a lot of Presidential harassment, so it makes sense for them to take up for their peer. But, really? Is Jim Acosta’s behavior the hill you want to die on? His presence in the room makes a mockery of the profession I learned and still respect on some level. And, news flash Fox News Kiddies, the next Democrat President will be as much, if not more, of a ballbuster than President Barack Obama was because Leftists don’t believe in the two-way street unless it benefits them directly.

And Jimbo, if you’re reading this, understand your bravado and behavior doesn’t make you the next Edward R. Murrow or Sam Donaldson. Yes, they asked tough questions and were adversarial when needed, but they understood where the line between adversarial and assholishness was. You clearly don’t, and it’s hurting your credibility, CNN’s credibility (or what’s left of it), and the credibility of the other reporters in that room. You are not a diva, but a divot.

To the Leftists out there who worship at the altar of Acosta, you need a better role model for journalists. Start with Murrow and see how a real newsman did it. Jim Acosta falls short every time.

Sorry, Jimbo. Had to throw in one last short joke, buddy.

An Unpopular Opinion

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Now that the drama from the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett “the Hitman” Kavanaugh has died down (except on the Left), it’s time for me to finally weigh in.

I didn’t believe him completely. And I didn’t believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford completely.

Instead of following the circus…I mean hearing on television, I listened to it online, and it was an enlightening experience. For one, Senate egos translate quite well with just sound. And for another, you catch more. Little turns of a phrase, white lies, and other verbal cues you might not notice if you’re paying attention to the visual elements. What I found was Kavanaugh and Ford both avoided questions that were central to the other side’s case. To me, that signals they both had something to hide, which raised more red flags than the most violent soccer match ever.

When faced with a situation where there is no clear truth, I like to focus on other factors. What do the parties have to gain by being dishonest? Who seems to be hiding more? What kind of tree would they be if they had a choice? You know, the hard-hitting stuff! In the Kavanaugh-Ford situation, I saw a clear motivation from both sides to be dishonest. For Kavanaugh, it was the possibility of being a Supreme Court Justice. For Ford, it was what I call the “Anita Hill Package.” To date, Ford received over $1 million on a GoFundMe, the adoration of modern feminists, a rejuvenation of the failing #MeToo movement, and the most important thing: an automatic pass on any lies she told because she did it for the right cause. Both sides had something to gain and a lot to lose, so they hid or distorted details as needed.

What ultimately turned the tide for me wasn’t who benefited more, but what both sides were willing to let slide to win. For the Right, they risked losing the female vote for decades by throwing in their lot with Kavanaugh. This was a political risk, and one that had to be executed without much room for error. Secondary to this was the risk of appearing to be anti-woman (even moreso than the Left makes Republicans look like now) right before the midterm elections. A disheartened base would spell disaster for the GOP at a time when President Donald Trump needs as much support as he can get congressionally.

On the other hand, the Left was (and still is) willing to overlook the presumption of innocence, the rules of evidence, privacy, and even basic decency to win. Yes, yes, I know it wasn’t a trial but a “job interview”, but presumption of innocence extends beyond the court of law, and it needed to be considered here given the severity of the charges and the implications of the decision of who to believe. The Left (and the Right, to a lesser extent) hasn’t shown a desire to ensure both parties in this matter were held to the same standard. For people like me, that’s inexcusable.

So, let me apply that consistent standard here. Kavanaugh and Ford both distorted the truth and hid key details more times than I like, meaning there were no white hats yet again. I’m not willing to overlook this for the sake of a Supreme Court Justice, nor am I willing to overlook the implications. Regardless of where you come down, Brett Kavanaugh will have the stench of corruption, valid or otherwise, all over him for the rest of his life because the Left can’t let it go. To them, he will always be in the same category as Brock Turner. Meanwhile, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is getting out of this matter relatively unscathed (and a great deal richer), but her reputation has been sullied by everyone not in the Leftist bubble, and the potential damage to rape and sexual assault victims and to women in general has yet to be determined

This remains a no-win situation with only potential short term gains considered. We deserve better.

Promises Kept, Deals to be made

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Another promise has been kept. President Donald Trump continues to keep his campaign promises. The dreadful Iran Deal is no more.

This deal was just bad from the beginning. The inspection provisions were a joke and the enforcement options non-existent. Iran had it made.

We basically were letting the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic terrorists develop nuclear weapons without so much as a glance. Iran in turn would use these weapons against the United States and Israel to start with before moving on the the rest of the world. Iran has stated many times that they wished to wipe the US and Israel off the map. And with nuclear weapons it would be possible to achieve that goal.

Iran would also sale these weapons of mass destruction and terror across the globe to any terrorist group wanting to get one. Forget the stadiums full of people. You could hold a whole city hostage with a nuclear device.

So now that the US is out of this deal. This enables us to act quickly against Iran if the need arises. And we are able to impose and enforce sanctions against Iran as well. Iran will have to come back to the bargaining table.

And this time it wont be a one-sided deal.

Peace in Our Time

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The Korean War began in the summer of 1950. And although the fighting stopped and the guns fell silent in 1953, the war isn’t over. The only thing stopping it is a cease fire agreement between the principle parties.

President Donald Trump is poised to be the president that brings a lasting peace to the Korean peninsula and an end to the Korean War. Something the last 6 Republican and the last 6 Democratic president have failed to do over the last 65 years.

This month will be the first meeting of a US President and the Leader of North Korea. The first of several meetings yet to come between the two national leaders and others.

And by the end of 2018. There will be an end to the Korean War. And we will have President Donald Trump to thank for the peace in our time.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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It’s been a bad week for the Left, although you’ll never get them to admit it. Not only are the DNC’s coffers drier than a Mormon keg party, but their one hope to undo the 2016 election is coming to a close with no actual connection between President Donald Trump and Russia’s alleged attempts to rig the election in Trump’s favor. Yep, Mueller Time may be ending soon, and the Left are already pushing the denial meter to 11 because, well, it’s one higher.

As the end of this farce of a snipe hunt comes to a close, it’s time we add the term to the Leftist Lexicon for further review.

Russiagate

What the Left believes it means – criminal collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to win Trump the Presidency and subvert our democracy

What it really means – a scandal cooked up by Leftists to avoid admitting Hillary Clinton sucked as a candidate

We’ve talked about various aspects of Russiagate, but I’ve shied away from tackling it head-on for two reasons. One, I can’t fit my head in my old football helmet, and, two, I wanted to wait for more facts to come in. The Left and the Right ran with every piece of information they could to condemn or exonerate President Trump. Robert Mueller had an overdue library book in the fourth grade? Why, that’s proof his investigation is a witch hunt! Donald Trump’s brother’s cousin’s college roommate’s hairdresser’s little brother’s accordion teacher loves Russian dressing? Collusion!

Meanwhile outside of Bizarro World, people like me got tired of all the allegations being tossed about without any basis in evidence. Sure, Mueller got indictments of four members of Trump’s campaign, but a grand total of zero of them had anything to do with the campaign itself. Now, with the recent report saying Mueller found no collusion between the Trump team and Russia to disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, this fairy tale is coming to a close, and the Left has no answers left.

So, they do what they always do: pretend the truth doesn’t exist.

Within the past three or four days, I have seen several attempts by Leftists to downplay Mueller’s findings (or lack thereof). Some say the investigation isn’t over yet (which, technically, it isn’t), but let’s just say the fat lady’s on in five. Others say we’re misinterpreting Mueller’s findings when people say he’s exonerated Trump. Still others insist Russiagate is real, dammit! Just like white privilege, the Loch Ness Monster, and Jennifer Lopez’s talent, I just haven’t seen enough to believe.

That leads us to the most obvious conclusion: Hillary Clinton lost because she’s a bad candidate. I mean, it’s possible the Russians hacked her campaign so she didn’t campaign in three vital states that typically vote Democrat, but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

Although we haven’t seen any proof of collusion between Trump and Russia, there have been more than a few Democrats who have been caught red-handed (see what I did there?) dealing with the Russians. Under the Left’s own logic, that’s proof they colluded with a hostile foreign government, which is a threat to our country. But, of course, the Left exempts themselves from their own logic. Only Trump can be guilty of undermining democracy because they say so. And we know they never lie, right?

Say, I seem to have misplaced my $2500 savings from Obamacare. Has anyone else seen it?

Unfortunately for them, I don’t play by their rules. If you advance a particular argument, you had better be ready to defend it even at the expense of your own self interests. It’s that little thing called consistency that I try to live by and has done me well in my near 50 years of walking on this floating ball of rock we call planet Earth. The minute you start making exceptions for your arguments, especially self-serving exceptions, your argument goes the way of Kathy Griffin’s career options today.

And right now, the Left’s Russiagate argument is dying the death of a thousand goose chases, as it should. However, the investigation has opened up another avenue that should be explored, that being Democrats’ possible collusion with Russia. Let’s launch a full scale investigation, complete with Independent Counsel, and see where the threads take us.

After all, only those who would want to undermine our country would object to that, right?

No Apologies

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I am not going to apologize for voting for Donald Trump. Those that are against the President wont accept anything other than his resignation as a move in the right direction.

So it doesn’t matter if I defend my choice in the 2016 election. It doesn’t matter if I have agreed or disagreed on the various policies put out by the President or his Administration. It doesn’t matter that I condemn the violence in Charlottesville. It doesn’t matter that all life matters to me.

So I’m not even going to attempt to reason with you or tell my side of the story. Because you wont listen anyway. You don’t really want to know. All you want to do is argue, call me names, label me a hater, wish violence upon me. Because you have already done so and have already made up your mind. And nothing short of a complete liberal conversion will change your opinion of me.

But there is one fundamental difference that must be noted. I will defend, with my life, your right to disagree with me. And no matter how dangerous your ideology is to others physical, economical, or spiritual well-being. I will defend your right to express it. I will also tell the truth about it. But you will seek to silence me at any cost.

Stop Whining and Start Thinking

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The mainstream media in the United States is biased. They are the propaganda arm of the liberal left Democratic Party. Even now they continue to expand on the made-up story that was debunked by General McMaster who is an eye witness to the facts.

The Leftists in this country are so upset that their candidate lost the Presidential election in November 2016 that they will do anything to discredit the legitimate and lawfully elected President Donald Trump. Including writing pure fiction and calling it news. And doing so without sources and ignoring those sources that contradict the narrative they wish to tell.

This is not news. This is fiction. And it is damaging fiction as well. It damages the US reputation abroad. It damages the reputation of journalists and journalism. Which is already on a downhill slide. Which is my there are so many bloggers like myself. We the People are taking journalism out of the hands of false storytellers and reporting the facts since they are not capable of doing so any longer.

If you are a journalist and you are continuing to report on the false narrative of the President giving secret intelligence to Russian diplomats at a White House meeting. Please use some intelligence and think about the situation first before opening your mouth and inserting your foot deeper. Or writing something equally as ignorant.

And if you are some anti Trump Democrat, Leftist, or even Republican. Please also use some intelligence before going off the deep end thinking that what the mainstream media is reporting as news is actual events or facts. They didn’t report any of that in past Republican Administrations what makes you think they have become honest journalists now?

President Trump is nearly 71 years old. He is worth billions of dollars as a businessman before getting into politics. We have a true citizen President again. This is a good thing. If we was this Russian mole that has spent 7 decades worming his way to the highest office in the land. Why would he blow that cover just a few months into his Administration? It doesn’t make any sense if what the liberal biased media is reporting as true. Donald Trump isn’t a bumbling idiot. He would not have created his business empire being one at all. And he isn’t in collusion with the Russians or any other foreign power.

Fake 100 Days

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The first 100 days of the Trump Administration is almost here and the President doesn’t yet have his full Cabinet confirmed by the Senate. Liberal Democrats are dragging their feet when it comes to confirming this President’s Cabinet picks.

They are still suffering in disbelief that Hillary Clinton did not get elected in the landslide predicted by all of their peers. And they are doing everything that they can to harm President Trump’s Administration and legitimate election. If we had the kind of government these Leftists want us to have. They would be committing Treason.

So when the 100 day review comes in from the Leftist controlled media. It will be reported as a terrible 100 days. Accomplishing nothing, having his Executive Orders challenged in Court. But they will neglect to include that they are the cause of these bad marks in the first 100 day period.

And the Left will continue to be obstructionists against President Trump every day of his Presidency. We can only hope that during the mid-term elections we send a high number of these Leftists back home.

Fight the Good Fight

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The Left is in so much denial that they lost last November’s election that everything President Trump does is questioned and automatically declared illegitimate. From his election victory, through his Executive Orders, to his nominations and appointments for governmental positions in his Administration.

We are already at 70+ days into the 1st Trump Administration and his full cabinet is yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. The Democrats in the US Senate filibuster or otherwise obstruct the President’s appointed officers from being confirmed at every opportunity. He really needs to make some recess appointments to circumvent these clowns in the US Senate that do not represent the American people or American values.

Liberal Judges challenge every Executive Order signed by President Trump. Effectively nullifying the power of the Executive Branch. This is not only another example of the increase in Judicial overreach and power grab by these unelected black robed tyrants. It is also unconstitutional.

Thank God Almighty that in my home State of Iowa we have a Judicial retention vote. Here Iowan’s can vote judges out of office that have overstepped their authority and are answerable to We the People. But more Iowans need to be involved so we can purge at least our local courts of these usurpers.

The Right needs to wake up. We let the ungodly Left walk over us all the time. Being involved in politics like I am it saddens me to see the values that made this the greatest nation on God’s green Earth be replaced by the “feel good” values. Like the Roman Empire before us, we are still falling into decline and eventual ruin.

Having Donald Trump elected as President was a God given miracle and one we must use to turn the tide. If we don’t the next four years will be a hard fought battle for nothing. The American Way, American Values, and American Exceptionalism will be doomed if the Left gains the Presidency in the next fours years or even gains control of Congress in the next two years.

There is a lot to do. Impossible you might think, but it isn’t. We do have faith behind us and we can yet prevail in this struggle against evil.