Funny of the Week

  • President Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his yacht.  During lunch, a puff of wind blew the Pontiff’s hat off into the water.  It floated away about 50 feet.  Then the wind died down and the hat didn’t move.  It just floated in place.  The boat crew and Secret Service scrambled to get a boat launched to retrieve the Pontiff’s hat.  Trump, however, waved them off, saying, “Don’t worry guys.  I’ve got this.”  The Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water, picked up the hat, walked back to the boat and climbed in and handed the hat to the Pope.

The crew was speechless as were the security team for the Pope and members of Secret Service.  No one knew what to say, not even the Pope.  But the next day on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN this story lead each network’s evening news:  “Trump cannot swim.”

Make no Mistake, America is at War: Epilogue

In the past few days we have discussed specifics about the War America finds itself in today, the two sides in the war, who the opponents are, and what the aggressor’s objective is.  But these have been pretty much kept at the “30,000 foot” level.  Oh, we know who the Conservatives are.  And we know the god of Liberalism directs his minions and priests — the Liberal Media — but who is really the “Messiah” for this god of Liberalism?  Gods don’t walk the Earth as you know, but they have men who they empower to lead their armies (like the Media) into battle against their foes.  Does Liberalism have a Messiah?

Have you like me wondered at just how suddenly the hundreds and thousands of people who have showed up at the post-election demonstrations (that have largely turned into not peaceful demonstrations but riots) have seemed to be organized and seem constructed rather than the random and sloppy demonstrations we’ve seen in the early Black Lives Matter incidents or the Wall Street live-in protests?  Some one or some group must be deliberately involved in at least organizing these demonstrations.  That means a person, a company, some type of entity that has been setup to plan, prepare, structure, organize, and implement these anti-conservative political events.  It would be ridiculous for anyone to think these events are just happening.  So who could this be?  I think I know, and I’m pretty sure my warning back before Christmas 2016 was correct.

On December 22nd last year, I posted on Facebook about the Obama “Shadow Government” that was under construction and it would kick into high gear immediately upon his departure from the White House.  Take a moment and read that post:

https://www.facebook.com/dan.newman.1804/posts/10154041692482073

Do not think that this is some random conspiracy theory.  It is actually happening.  I am not the only one chasing that rabbit.  Paul Sperry — author of THE GREAT AMERICAN BANK ROBBERY — recently confirmed my fears and put pen to paper to discuss.  Here’s the evidence:

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.  In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.  He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.   Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.

Writer Paul Sperry

Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.  “It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.” “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope.”  Far from sulking, OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!”

Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.  OFA, in IRS filings, says it trains young activists to develop “organizing skills.” Armed with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, OFA plans to get out the vote for Democratic candidates it’s grooming to win back Congress and erect a wall of resistance to Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.  It will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts.  Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.  The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents.
Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democratic Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.  Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing, “It’s time to organize and fight . . . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments,” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grassroots organizing force this country has ever seen.”

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents.  “You’re going to see me early next year,” he told his OFA troops after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”
Added the ex-president: “Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go.”

Maybe you ought to read the above Sperry report again and let it sink in.  This is the first time in history an American president has felt so empowered, so important, so necessary to the American process he chooses to remain in D.C. to continue down the path HE has chosen as the right path for the nation.  Note please that the American people rejected that idea by not electing the person that would have maintained Obama’s policies:  Hillary Clinton.  Rather they turned 180 degrees from that Liberal path and elected the person they felt would effectively take the nation in the direction the American people want it to go.  That fact, however, is lost on the Messiah of Liberalism, his priests in the media, and on many Americans who simply listen to others to determine their political positions rather than study and develop their own.

America IS truly at War.  Who will win that war?  Let’s hope that it’s the American people.  But please know and understand the political deck — even though Donald Trump is in the White House — is stacked against conservatism.  And conventional wisdom is that the god of Liberalism is not happy HRC is not in residence on Pennsylvania Avenue.  And he has been, is, and will continue to fight with all his power to keep D.C. as the head of his Kingdom.

What can we do about it?  Initially we MUST shine the light of truth on what’s happening.  Get involved in spreading the word of Truth to your circle of influence.  How?  Be creative.  Find ways to talk to your friends and family members.  Watch, read, and listen to all those in your life and get your news — real news — from sources you know are legitimate.  And don’t take what you hear or read as gospel.  Do some research yourself.  Remember this:  the only way darkness exists is with the absence of light.  As long as there is light in a room, it is not in darkness.  The truth of all things only comes through those of us that carry a light with us.  Don’t just carry it:  turn it on and shine it in your room.

If not us, Who;  If not now, When?

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Russian Intervention: Who’s the Intelligence Leaker?

(Short blog post — VERY short!)

The easiest way to find the person(s) responsible for the intelligence leaks to the news media.

Attorney General Sessions in a employee meeting at the FBI, also at the CIA and NSA:  “We at the Justice Department have just launched an investigation into the source of intelligence leaks.  When we find the person or persons involved, we will arrest and charge them with treason.  Treason has a maximum sentence of life in prison at hard labor, and we will push for life for any and all offenders.  However, for anyone who knows details or  has been part of these leaks and steps forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible, we will soften their penalties:  that person will be terminated for cause but will not be charged with treason but with a lesser charge that carries a penalty with no jail time.”

Do you think we’d find out where the leaks are with an offer like that on the table?

Make no Mistake: America is at War Part IV

So we ARE at war….internally.  And the media are the priests of Liberalism.   As I mentioned before it started long ago, even before the Clinton Administration.  We just did not know about it.  Remember when the only news we had were our local newspapers, local radio, and national television — ABC, CBS, and NBC?  And all those stories that came from the papers and television were all assumed to be accurate and truthful?  I cannot imagine Walter Cronkite ever telling a lie.  But we had no measuring stick at the time.  We had no way of knowing IF they were not just reporting the news or if they were shading the stories to reflect their liberal tilt.  If I had to vote today I would vote that they were NOT telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”  I cannot imagine NBC (ESPECIALLY NBC!) ever giving a story to America without a liberal interpretation attached.

What changed?  Rush Limbaugh came to radio.  For the first time in history conservative Americans found the voice of someone who sounded intelligent and was knowledgeable outside of national newspapers and television and actually felt (just like many Americans) that conservative principles were under fire and had been for some time.  Then came the birth of Fox News, and all hell broke loose on a national stage!

The irony of these occurrences is the fundamental rejection of conservative news by establishment national media.  They continue to turn a blind eye to facts:  Fox News is skyrocketing in ratings and credibility among Americans;  Fox News led the national ratings as a cable outlet for total eyeballs on the recent Presidential inauguration;  Fox News is viewed by most Americans as being most accurate and most unbiased in reporting news.  This has happened continuously and the media still embrace their Liberalism.  It seems that this bad news has only emboldened them even pushing them further toward “news lunacy.”  It is comical to watch and listen to them scramble.  In fairness, they have committed to the god of Liberalism and continue their blind march toward totalitarianism ignoring each of the tenets of Journalism.  And their reporting is preposterous.  Facts are lost in the media emotion that controls their narrative to paint the perception of “their” reality to Americans.  And they lie….lie….lie….  There’s no other way to portray it.

Consider the following:

IMMIGRATION

“We agree on the need to better secure the border and punish employers who continue to hire illegal immigrants. We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who continue to enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants.” (CSPAN) Barack Obama in 2003

President Bush called for the following in his pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform:

  • Doubling the number of border patrol officers by adding 6,000 personnel to their ranks;
  • Using the National Guard to beef up patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border without, he promised, “militariz[ing] the southern border;”
  • Ending the practice known as “catch and release,” where illegal immigrants were released from custody if their home country refused to take them back.

President Bush’s plan called for the return of every illegal immigrant caught crossing the southwest board “with no exception.” He also called for an increase in border control manpower and technology to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S. in the first place.

“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”  President Bill Clinton, State of the Union in 2005

All three presidents had similar thoughts about illegal immigration, at least initially.  But listening to and watching the news one would think that Obama was the only humane president in the last decade and that Bill Clinton was the only one before that.  God help the fascist racist in the White House now, right?  The truth does NOT matter to the Liberal media.  They shape and release their rhetoric in EVERY story to fit the Liberal narrative.  To think otherwise is madness.

FAKE NEWS

Just a couple of examples of how the Media use fake news to further the disruption among us.  Yesterday after the National Security Advisor resigned, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi held a press conference and said this:  “Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is?” Pelosi asked. “That means in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat, and they heap all of the ills onto the goat, and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”She added, “The good news is that General Flynn is gone.”  She referred to a fake news Tweet that multiple news sources picked up as a real story purported written by General Flynn about his being dumped as the Trump National Security Advisor.  It wasn’t Flynn’s Twitter account….he didn’t Tweet it….he didn’t say it!

The fake news about the Trump Administration started in Day #1 in the White House when Zeke Miller of TIME Magazine tweeted that the Martin Luther King, Jr. bust had been removed from the Oval office before Trump moved in.  It was pure fake news.  And as you know the fake news dam opened as the Liberal priests have launched an all out attack to de-legitimize the

Trump presidency.  And in their narrative the truth does not matter, facts are insignificant, no conservative is safe, and anything goes.  Discredited longtime CBS news anchor Dan Rather tweeted this about the revelation of former National Security Advisor General Flynn’s actions that resulted in his resignation:  “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.”  Is that conversation with the Russian Ambassador that big a deal?  The Justice Department and FBI stated there was nothing illegal about that conversation.

NY TIMES columnist Tom Friedman stated this about the Trump election tied together to the Flynn resignation and the Russian tie allegations:  “Ladies and gentlemen, we were attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and we were attacked on Nov. 8, 2016,” he said.  He stated subsequently that the recent revelations are as devastating to the Nation as those two attacks that cost over 6,000 deaths to Americans.  Really?

Tomorrow you will be blown away as I introduce “THE” person who is the ringleader of the anger and vitriol for conservatives led by President Donald Trump.  I’ll give you facts and illustrate exactly what and why it is happening and where we are headed unless America wakes up, and wakes up in a hurry.  You may want to tell your friends about the War on America and invite them to join us here at dnewman.org.  And don’t forget tomorrow’s Funny of the Week.  You’ll get a kick out of it!

 

Make No Mistake: America is at War Part III

There is a mammoth altar that occupies a large piece of real estate at the Washington Mall.  It has been there for some time.  It was actually constructed in the late 90’s but was mostly ignored until 2005.  Its worshipers in that year began to grow in number, grow in intensity, in their religious zeal, and began to multiply by the millions as Americans and citizens of other nations were introduced to the god of that altar.   The worship by those millions of adherents that emanates from this altar has quieted any and all voices of worship for any other god in D.C., the most obvious are the voices of Christians in worship of their God.

Exactly where on the Mall is this altar and who is this god?  We all know the answers to both, but have ignored their existence or at least relegated their importance in American life somewhere close to “insignificant.”  But Americans since the 90’s have been warned by some media members, religious leaders, political pundits, talk show hosts and writers that the altar is at the head of the Mall — at the steps of the U.S. Capitol — and that the followers of this altar’s god are hopelessly devoted, loyal beyond measure, and intensely committed to his causes.   Their devotion exists even without knowledge and understanding of who they worship and what their worship’s results are and will be.  It is no coincidence that this altar’s seat is at the foot of the symbol of what America is:  a haven for peace, liberty, democracy, and justice for all — the U.S. Capitol.  Directly opposite the Capitol on the Mall is the Lincoln Monument.  Between the two are the Washington Monument, the World War II Monument, and the Smithsonian — all of which by their existence chronicle the spirit of America and its history.

The name of the god of this Altar?  Liberalism.  It was built there and has been maintained by its adherents to erase from the memories of Americans the purpose of the Mall: to express American freedom.  The replacement of American freedom these worshipers desire?  All things liberal.  Liberalism is now on the Mall, throughout the Nation, and in the minds and hearts of millions.  And it’s stealthily but steadily and successfully achieving its objective.

Who are The “Priests” of this Altar?

Artist rendering of “The Altar of God”

Almost everyone at this point in this document are thinking that these “priests” MUST be Democrats.  Not so.  Certainly most Democrats are loyalists to this god.  But Democrats are not the arms and legs of, nor are they responsible to implement this god’s ideals.  That right and responsibility belongs to one single group of adherents that have since the early 2000’s crafted their trade, honed their skills, and have stolen the hearts, minds, and ears of millions of Americans.  They and they alone dominate the delivery of the laws, fundamentals, and principles this god wishes for its followers.  They are the National Media.

Are you surprised to hear this?  I sincerely doubt so.  Maybe you are surprised to read this analogy, but I am certain you understand it in the context of American politics today.  The ironies in this Liberal environment are innumerable.  We could spend hours and volumes of writings to reveal and discuss each.  But we cannot do that here.  What we will do is discuss specifics so that all will receive fundamental understanding of this horror.

Evidence

Proof of the objective of the god of Liberalism and that the Media are his priests abound and are virtually uncountable.  The Liberal god’s intentions are revealed through political issues that are front and center today because of — guess who — the “Media Priests.”  Time and space prevent the exhaustive list of examples that each prove this premise, but below find examples of Liberal Media attack of current illegal immigration actions and the lies that accompany their stories.  Here are just a spattering of yesterday’s news headlines:  “Deported Arizona mom’s lawyer: Trump orders ‘declaration of war’ on immigrants;”  “Democrats, advocates question ICE raids after hundreds of arrests;”  “Immigrants in American are afraid of Donald Trump;”  “Immigration officers breaking down doors to break up American families.”

These national news headlines are all FALSE.  This god of Liberalism hates truth.  And his priests use all of their might, influence, and power to destroy any and all political truths and all those who promote political truth.  As in many religions around the globe, the fact there IS a message is more important than its substance.  Substance no longer matters just as truth no longer does.

Why else would journalists purposely lie to the American people?  How could intelligent, professional news people simply lie so blatantly over and over again and seem to not care about their total rejection of the tenets of their profession — most importantly Journalistic integrity?  Here’s the answer:  the truth no longer matters.  Media members today with few exceptions hate conservatives and hate conservatism.  Why?  Simply because they are the antithesis to the propaganda of their god:  Liberalism and all its children — socialism, totalitarianism, me-ism, self actualization, welfare, corporate “fairness,” world citizenship over national citizenship — all the things that true democracy by its nature summarily rejects.  And these cannot exist in an environment of truthfulness.  Thus:  the national media is serving its god.

In our next chapter (Chapter IV) you will see documented evidence and specific comparisons of the National media lies about specific people and specific policies.  Their lies will raise your eyebrows, but the truth compared to their lies will shock you — not so much the lies themselves but that this god has so effectively trained and empowered his priests to not only dish the lies to Americans, but that these lies have been in many cases widely accepted as factual.  That is exactly the Liberal god’s intention!  In our final chapter we will examine the face of “the” leader — the Liberal god’s “Messiah” — and the proof that this person has already begun to fine tune the rhetoric and narrative to better arm the priests in their purposeful attack against all things NOT liberal.  It is a chilling revelation!

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Make no Mistake: America is at War Part II

In yesterday’s Part I of this ongoing story, we identified the two “large” groups that have staked out positions in this new war we are in:  Liberals and Conservatives.  But before we get into the meat of how this war is playing out today and will be fought in the days and months ahead, we need to breakdown who the major players are in each of these two groups.  Some are obvious; some are hidden.  And those who are hidden are purposefully hidden.  Let’s look at Conservatives first.

We all know the stigma borne forever by Conservatives.  The Republican Party is the “Grand Old Party” primarily known as the party for all Conservatives.  But even though most Conservatives find themselves part of the GOP either formally or just ideally, there are drastic differences between Conservatives.

For years the GOP was defined by ultra-conservatives who walked a straight line on all major issues:  taxes, spending, size of government, federal debt, healthcare, the military, pro life/pro choice, and foreign policy.  But somewhere in the second half of the last decade, a rift in conservative policy thinking began to grow.  On one side of that divide was the “Establishment Republicans” and the other side was the “Modern or Hard Line Republicans” that later became known as “Tea Partyers.”  Establishment Conservatives wanted all historical Republican policies kept “as is.”  The Tea Party side of the GOP wanted even tighter policies, primarily in all things related to government spending and policy decisions that related to economic issues for Americans.  In the 2016 Presidential campaign due to the number of major candidates, both extremes were on show for all to see.

Then in walks Donald Trump:  he’s NOT establishment and he’s NOT Tea Party.  Trump is a hybrid conservative who holds policy pieces from both sides.  He’s a “Populist Republican.”  His views are definitely not party related nor are they built on GOP platform planks.  They are built around his personal views that have evolved through the years.  He formerly was a middle to slightly left Democrat.

One reason why many Americans — especially middle class, working blue collar Americans — identify so readily with Trump and ultimately elected him is that they feel the same way as Trump about Conservatism.  Their views are not straight down the line with either conservative perspective but have through time adopted policy positions from the Establishment and from the Tea Party.  And in most cases they have taken that one step further:  to Conservative Populism.  That’s how Trump tipped the scales in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Average Americans who have for years held their noses when the pulled the lever in federal elections finally found a candidate that they could say, “I kinda agree with what this guy says.  He talks like I feel.”  It is difficult for middle class Americans to relate to wealthy men and women in leadership in D.C.  And it’s even more difficult for Americans to trust that these people can even relate to them.  Trump may just be a good salesman, but he convinced Americans  and he shocked the World.  Quite honestly, if you threw voting results out for the states of California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts, Trump would have dominated the election.

With Donald Trump sworn in as President you would think Conservatives would be ecstatic for the victory and would join hands around the merry-go-round laughing, dancing, and singing together.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The political war is on, and not just between Parties — between Conservatives.

Conservatives in Congress have chosen sides and are picking fights — fights even with the President.  On one side are the likes of House Speaker Paul Ryan who is the embodiment of Establishment GOP rules.  Many watched in horror as in the runup to the election he distanced himself from the GOP candidate and never formerly endorsed him.  When has it ever happened that a sitting House Speaker would not support the party’s candidate?  It was obvious that Ryan would have much preferred one of the 18 other candidates to get the nod.  I think he felt he could more easily “steer” any one of them in the Establishment direction.  And when that did not happen his hair caught on fire.  Thankfully it seems in most areas he has come around to the “Trump” side of this new governing era.  We’ll see how it plays out.  But don’t think for a minute there a House legislative laydown by either the Speaker or the President.

Senator Ted Cruz seems to bear the leadership role of the Tea Partyers, still wanting really stiff new policies from this Administration — far stiffer and much wider ranging than those expected by the Establishment.  His dramatic loss to Trump in the primaries slightly diminished his political might, but late in the race Cruz came around to quietly support Mr. Trump, but not for his agreement with Trump policies but rather to defeat Clinton.  Since Trump’s election, Cruz has embarked on the path of presidential support in legislation even though many feel his support is to primarily keep himself in the GOP limelight that will move him into line for the top spot on the 2020 GOP ticket.

I know today’s chapter in this story of our political war was not really juicy or gossipy, but it was meant to simply illustrate the factions in the GOP, how they differ, how close we came to seeing America going extreme Left, but to show how the Conservatives in America stopped the Liberal slide.  Get ready:  tomorrow and the next day’s chapters are so radical and revealing, you will gasp when you read the information I will give you.  And you’ll know that for certain, we ARE at war.  And it is NOT going to end any time soon.  (The players involved and their roles as we move forward with this will shock you!)

Stay tuned!

 

Make no Mistake: America is at War

War it is.  Call it infighting…call it Civil War….call it whatever.  But the Nation is at War.  The battle lines are drawn and sides are being chosen. There are really only two sides in this American war:  conservatives and liberals.  Almost everyone has already chosen their side even if only subconsciously.  There will always be some from the middle of either side who are prone to being moved by news, discussions with friends and family, life circumstances that change, etc.  But most from both sides are pretty much glued to their positions — at least for now.  The War is for leadership at the national level in our country.  The U.S. has a two-party political system, but those in both parties seem to “know” the opposite party does not have what it takes to “take care” of Americans.  Each party’s members think they have what it takes.  In a war, the “battle lines” must be drawn so all involved the war know why and what the war is about:  The Battle Lines.  Let’s draw those lines.

The Battle Lines

Conservatives:  Believe liberals are wrong. Conservatives believe the government is too big and powerful, that it is too intrusive into everyday life.  Most fear the growing size of the federal government.  Ronald Reagan stated what most conservatives feel:  “Government is not the solution to America’s problems.  Government IS America’s problem.”  Conservatives want lower taxes, fewer government regulations, privatization of as many operating entities in the U.S. as possible.  They feel strongly the free market system works all the time, including private healthcare with government run programs only for poor, elderly, and disabled, but want revisions in the health system.   Conservatives believe in a strong military and want the U.S. military to be the largest and most prepared military in the World; strong foreign policy that without question tells all that the U.S. is here to help nations and foreign citizens but with reasonable rules and considerations.  Conservatives believe in free trade, and that it must be fair to the U.S.  Conservatives have tired of politicians who continually make decisions only about power and money as those pertain to them, not their constituents.  They want term limits at every level.  Conservatives believe in the traditional definition of the Constitution being an eternal guideline, believe in the sanctity of the voting system and the necessity to guarantee its fidelity and strength against voter fraud.  Conservatives believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is killing a human, that the justice system has become excessively liberal and must be brought back into compliance with its role as defined in U.S. law; controlled immigration based on qualification and need, but only with complete and verified history of immigrants that confirm commitment to U.S. ideals.  Conservatives feel government debt continuing to rise puts the nation in peril of financial collapse, reduced funding for the U.N., energy independence including aggressive fossil fuel exploration and development.

Liberals: Believe conservatives are evil (not just “wrong”) and must be removed from any control; that government should be the arbiter of all things, that it should control all things that pertain to the lives of Americans and make all the rules.  Tax increases are mandatory on a continual basis to empower continued growth and continued expansion of government.  Liberals believe the Constitution is evolving and should be interpreted by inferring the intent of the framers rather than based on its actual content.  Liberals believe in abortion with federal funding, open borders, internationalism, smaller military for the U.S., global warming, continued massive funding for the United Nations and other World organizations, restrictive environmental laws and regulations with restrictions of fossil fuel development, more control of education.  They want globalism — that is instead of humans having single citizenship to be labeled “citizens of Earth.”  Liberals want government healthcare — period, and that care to be free for all; expanded welfare and unemployment coverage with few if any limitations, massive minimum wage increases, increased federal control of communications, internet, and broadcast, and continued handover of states’ rights to the feds.

What’s ahead:  The war is on!  Now we know who is in the war and what the positions are for each party in the war.  In the next segment we will talk about the different strategies taken by either side in this war for political control and domination and detail who within each group are the leaders and the impact each has had.

Please  feel to comment as each of these is rolled out.  This is America where  Freedom of Speech is fundamentally guaranteed to all.  We can share our thoughts, concerns, and frustrations here and discuss as we wish.  Upon completion of these segments we may have failed to reach any amicable resolutions and/or peace in this war, but all who take part will understand exactly what is going on and why and what everyone in the discussion feels.

Part II tomorrow.

 

Betsy DeVos

Today the Lefties are going nuts about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department.  They’ve even resorted to demonstrating in D.C. against her confirmation!  Today these protestors initially blocked her from entering a D.C. elementary school.  One “Black Lives Matter” demonstrator even blocked her car.  They shouted “shame, shame” at DeVos as she went back to her vehicle.  Why the clamor?  For in-depth answers see my 5-part series on the current War underway in the U.S.  That series starts here on dnewman.org Monday morning.  But in the interim, here are some thoughts on this incident today:

There is big change that’s coming in the Education Department. It’s the change in the Education Department’s role. It’s not that DeVos and her team will play the Obama-era melody in a different key. It’s that they won’t being playing those tunes at all.  During her confirmation process, DeVos promised time and again to shrink Uncle Sam’s impact on the nation’s schools — to devolve decisions back to states, communities, educators and parents. That’s in keeping with the mandate from Congress, which just over a year ago updated the major K-12 law to expressly limit the federal role in education.  You would think that Americans who really care about public education in the U.S. — sincerely care, not just for political purposes — would find out in detail what the incoming head of the Education Department believes about public education and what she plans to do.  What does she believe and hope for?  Here you go:

She hopes to improve education by offering school choice, vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts. These are not new ideas. They are based on the principals of competition and free markets. She personally provided scholarships (or “vouchers”) to low-income families so that parents could send their kids to a better school. For over 28 years she actively sought to improve public education by offering her time, her fortune, and her talents. She made campaign contributions to politicians and she admits that she expected influence when she made those contributions. The influence that she desired was the influence to improve public education.  She thinks teachers are underpaid and she has criticized Republicans for not working on that issue.  She criticized Democrats for protecting the tenure of teachers at the expense of the children who had to suffer through a year of their bad teaching.  So she wants to pay teachers more and she wants schools to have the ability to get rid of bad teachers.

She wants innovation in education. “We must open up education to entrepreneurs and innovators.”  She sees charter schools as one way to innovate or to provide choice.  She believes in local control.  “The answer isn’t bigger government. The answer is local control.”  She is not anti-common core.  In fact, she was on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education board which supported the common core standards.  Common core is not federally mandated, so she cannot repeal or enforce the standards, but she seems to want higher standards in general.  Based on her philanthropic efforts, she seems to have a real compassion for children and a passion for higher quality education.  Some of her critics may take comfort in the fact that she was a Trump critic and Rubio supporter (then Kasich) before she was asked to be in Trump’s cabinet.

There is no evidence to indicate that she intends to dismantle Title 1 (poverty), Title 9 (gender equality), IDEA (special needs), Pell Grants (college aid), or any other program that the department currently administers.

What’s wrong with DeVos serving as Superintendent of Education?  I’m not sure if there even IS a reason for her NOT to…..nor is anyone else sure.  She hasn’t done a thing yet!  And as you see above, nothing she’s stated can disqualify her.  The only negative anyone has legitimately offered as a possible disqualification is that she has not served in any capacity in a public school system.  I doubt that I am alone in maintaining that I think this as a positive for her.  The public education system is bloated at every level with administrative bureaucracies that exist primarily to guarantee bureacrats’ positions, pay, and teacher and administrator tenure in total disregard of job performance.  The public education funding has doubled as public students’ educational achievements have plummeted.  The bureaucratic answer?  More money…as always.  That answer is old and tired.  And any who believe that will fix the problems are delusional.

“Insanity:”  doing the same things again and again expecting different results.  DeVos is NOT the same thing.  And we should expect (and should receive) DIFFERENT results from this Superintendent of Education and public educational achievements for students in the U.S.  To quote then candidate Donald Trump:  “What do we stand to lose?”

Funny of the Week: Part II

I need to laugh more.  You need to laugh more.  We all have too much seriousness in our lives.  So let’s laugh a little.  At least once a week I’ll post here a “Funny of the Week.”  I’ll start by drawing from my significant collection through many years of looking for funny jokes and stories.  Please feel free to send me yours and we’ll all share in topical, timely, and CLEAN funnies.  All of us need a good chuckle as often as possible.  None of us laugh enough.  Let’s all laugh together.  Heck, maybe we’ll turn this into a contest!  Reply with your funny in the comments section and keep watching for the “Funny of the Week!”

Enjoy!

A  guy was driving rural Alabama and he saw a sign in front of a tired old house with lots of deferred maintenance: ‘Talking Dog For Sale .”  He rang the bell and the owner appeared and told him the dog was in the backyard.
The guy went into the backyard and saw a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

”You talk?” he asked the dog. ”Yep,” the Lab replied.  After the guy recovered from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he asked ”So, what’s your story?”
The Lab looked up and said, ”Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so… I told the CIA.
In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.”

The lab continued, ”I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running…but the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.
  
I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy was amazed. He went back in and asked the owner what he wanted for the dog.
‘Ten dollars,” the guy said.
‘Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”
“Because he lies more than Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Elizabeth Warren combined; He’s never been out of the back yard.”

Alzheimer’s: Do I have It?

The easy answer?  No I don’t….at least I don’t THINK I do.  But I’ve had it in my family.  And it’s horrible.  My mother — the most independent and self-sufficient person I’ve ever known — died from complications from Alzheimer’s 10 years ago.  It destroyed her in 3 short years and in doing so, brought my entire family to our knees.

Alzheimer’s is THE medical scourge of our generation.  Why?  It steals everything we hold most important to us:  relationships with everyone, long-term memories, short-term memories, communication with others, understanding and coherence that we all take for granted today.  Most horribly is it steals our identity.

Most everyone knows someone touched in dramatic ways by this horror — either family members, friends, people in their communities, or all of the above.  One of my good college friends who lives in the Houston area is going through it right now with her mother.  She writes of her daily frustrations coping with her mother living with her, the distractions that causes, and how much has been stolen from her mother AND her.  If you haven’t dealt with Alzheimer’s on a personal level yet, you will.  And when it strikes, get ready.

I was not prepared for my Mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  And it came from a scary moment.  My mother — a widow — had lived alone and very independently for 20 years in a city 200 miles from where my brother and I live.  Without warning we received a phone call in the middle of the night from the neighbor who lived close to Mom.  She had just rang his doorbell, was standing on his porch in cold, pouring rain in just her nightgown, and asked our friend, “Can you help me?  I don’t know who I am or where I live.”

That’s just how fast it can and often does happen.  And when it happens, everything changes.  So how do those who have that family member who is transitioning into Alzheimer’s cope with the unforeseeable life changes?  There’s no magic pill that gives instant understanding and a Alzheimer’s care outline.  And even though there are multiple books, online how-to articles, and printed manuals, none are 100% accurate for your Alzheimer’s care needs simply because no two cases are identical.

But there are similarities and some commonalities to understand in preparation for the part that is unforeseeable.  Here are some thoughts:

  1.  Your Alzheimer’s patient is as afraid as you are.  Although it will always be hard, do not put your fear on top of their fears.  There is no cure for it and they know that;
  2. No matter how they act or what they do, they are still human and still deserve the rights and dignities they had in their setting with you before their Alzheimer’s.  No doubt adjustments that themselves are ever changing are unnerving and very seldom timely, but they happen.  You must find a way to cope with each as they show up without falling apart;
  3. Refuse the temptation to withdraw from them.  No doubt that would ease the constant pressure you feel dealing with their disease (especially if you are their primary care giver), but your withdrawal will only increase your guilt and decrease your understanding of exactly what is going on and will have the identical effect on them.  Remember this one thing:  they need you now more than ever;
  4. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.  If for financial reasons you cannot consider a residential option for them or professional mental health (for them AND you), there are numerous non profit entities in almost every community that can assist you with copious amounts of detailed information about the disease, its various effects, treatment options, treatment drugs, and if nothing else just be there for you to unburden yourself with the certain mounting cares of the daily tasks associated with Alzheimer’s.  Do not hesitate to reach out for whatever help and all the help you need as soon as you do need it if not before;
  5. Maintain as close a personal relationship with them as long as possible.  An Alzheimer’s patient deserves to be loved and cared for and to hear and see that from those close to them.  After all, they may have this disease, but they’re still your grandmother/grandfather, mother/father, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, and that will NEVER change.  When you are tempted (and you will be) to be angry and lash out, just remember this:  whether you call it Karma, “what goes around comes around,” “reap and sow,” or “you get what you give,” you will get something from how you treat them, not to mention they will too;
  6. Don’t feel guilty for wishing they were gone.  It happens.  Human nature dictates that hardly anyone is built to take the 24-7 onslaught of continual pressure and unpredictability of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient.  Wishing for an escape is normal.  When it comes, just stop, take a deep breath, and tell yourself “this too will pass,” because it will.  They WILL be gone eventually.  What you do not want is to build a wall of self protection or withdrawal while they are still with you.  When they are gone and you have done so, you face an additional unexpected task of dealing with the guilt of what you have or have not done.  Do not add any unnecessary issues.  There are plenty enough there for you to face.

What to Say While you Can to Your Family If You’re the one with Alzheimer’s

Wow!  It could happen to you.  And preparing those in your life and not just you for it can be just as critical.    You might even write a letter to them with your thoughts and desires about how to handle your Alzheimer’s.  But what is critical is that you comfort them about how you feel.

If I wrote a letter to them, here are the things I would say:  “Pray and trust God to guide you.  Get as much help as you can.  I don’t want you to sacrifice your life plans or family for my sake, but I want to always be part of your life.  If medical care for me in my home becomes impractical and you need to find a nursing home for me, I understand.  Pray about it and seek wisely. And then visit me often. Even if I don’t seem to know you, believe in your heart that part of me does.  Hold my hand and talk to me.  Tell me all about your life.  Sing to me and read the Bible to me, please.  Tell me memories of your childhood.  If I can still chew, bring me chocolate!  Please have my grandchildren come see me too.  Yes, it will probably be scary and uncomfortable for them, but I am still their Poppi, no matter what.  And when we cannot talk anymore, please still talk to me.  Know this:  I’ve been proud for you to be mine and to know you.  Thank you in advance for loving and caring for me to the end.  And know this: we’ll talk again.”

Let them know that Alzheimer’s as horrible as it is is just a step in life — from somewhere to somewhere else.  It’s a transition.

People with dementia are still people.  And God still has a plan for their lives. Even when they are bedridden and can do nothing at all, maybe their very life keeps us clinging to God more. Maybe their very existence draws us closer to God as we seek Him and cry out to Him.  He will always be there with us in everything we face.  He doesn’t leave us alone.

One last note:  even though I had years to prepare for her passing, when Mom went home it devastated me:  she was still my Mom.  It’s easiest at that point to concentrate on life before Alzheimer’s.  Find the joy.  Concentrate on the good times.  Remember the funny things.  And laugh.  She’d like that.