The Salty Sailor

Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done.  Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor.  It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor.  Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.
I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House to give this nation one more chance in November 2016.  Donald Trump is what he is – and he is still the man he was before the election – and without guilt. I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

He’s not like me.  That’s okay with me.  I don’t want to be like him.  I will never behave like him.  I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation before.  It’s crazy and a little mind blowing at times.  But I can’t help admire the stamina and ability he has – acting with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script.  I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.

I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST.  I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.

Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building?  Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments?  Heck no!  I’d CARE about what he was DOING.  He wasn’t sent there to save my soul and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance.  All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you, GOD, for sending the fireman.” AND DONALD TRUMP IS OUR FIREMAN.

I’ll soon post this article again for those who still might not understand me.  This man is crass.  Okay.  He’s not careful with what he says.  Okay.  You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman.  Okay.  But he is DOING THE JOB of rebuilding the nation my son died for…  the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.

 

Forgive me if I’m smiling.

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KAREN VAUGHN

The “Real” Reason

We’ve heard dozens of reasons (or excuses, depending on your perception) for the nastiness in the Kavanaugh confirmation process. I won’t even list them here. There are many and you’ve heard them all.

They all seem to land in one central spot: Kavanaugh was unworthy to become a Supreme Court Justice. In trying to understand the Leftist’s ignoring Kavanaugh’s judicial record, I determined they made it Left vs. Right, Conservative against Liberal, Republican against Democrat. In following that reasoning, I ran across a story that ironically parallels what we are experiencing politically today.

It includes two characters: a man and a woman. But it’s not sexist!

“A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted at him,
‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.’

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.’

She rolled her eyes and said, ‘You must be a Republican.’

‘I am,’ replied the man. ‘How did you know?’

‘Well,’ answered the balloonist, ‘everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.’

The man smiled and responded, ‘You must be a Democrat.’

‘I am,’ replied the balloonist. ‘How did you know?’

‘Well,’ said the man, ‘you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.’”

It’s sad but true. Despite what Leftists are claiming, the war between conservatives and women is NOT a legitimate claim. In fact, the Left is saying to women exactly what they have said to African Americans for decades: “We are the political party that supports you, knows your needs, and cares for you. Conservatives hate women and will never allow women to assume serious roles in running our country.”

All this week we will look at specific dividing issues between Democrats and Republicans and historically find the realities and falsehoods in each.

Make sure you look in tomorrow as we get started!

Perspective

I’ve always been a thinker, mostly quiet and pensive. That has its benefits but certainly has its pitfalls. That mindset brings moments of insecurity and uncertainty about pretty much everything: how people feel, what I need to do, who I need to do it with, where I need to go, what’s going to happen next — I’m certain you know at least some of those feelings. Fortunately, through a relationship with God, strong upbringing and a great family, the older I grew the easier it became to deal with the negative parts of my nature. I worked hard to keep the “thinking” and “pensive parts.” I need those to be able to write — at least write things anyone else is interested in reading!

I’ve always been attracted to politics. My entrepreneurship, starting and operating several companies with some success, has skewed my political perspective to the Conservative side of most issues. American economics has always intrigued me. And watching Washington D.C. run the biggest “business” on Earth — the American Economy — long ago captured my attention. “Tax and spend” economics keeps the country running as fast as it can on that wheel the hamster spends so much time on. The results are the same for the hamster and the U.S.: running on that wheel doesn’t make the hamster thinner nor does it the U.S.

I’ve looked on as politicians have expanded the government to unnecessary and unsustainable levels. American tax dollars are gobbled up to feed the behemoth and keep it alive. Those same politicians — who are elected to run the country in a balanced and equitable way for its owners, American citizens — have grown to ignore their responsibilities to the People. That didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen because that’s what voters wanted. It happened because the glitter of politics and political might and power have consumed all things and all those who live and work inside the Beltway. And most of them do not even recognize it.

I’m told one can put a frog in a bowl of cold water, set that bowl on a stove burner at a low temperature, and watch the frog die from boiling as the water temperature passes 212 degrees. The frog could at any time easily jump out and save itself. But it doesn’t recognize the danger of the slow boiling of the water he is living in — until it’s too late.

I’m scared we Americans may be swimming in a bowl of water that has been on the fire a long time with the temperature slowly rising. And we haven’t yet recognized it. We’re still in the bowl, and if/when we recognize the water’s getting dangerously hot, it may be too late to get out.

I’m going to depart from our normal routine at the TruthNewsNetwork right here. As I do, I want to apologize to those of our members who read this stories instead of listening. The balance of today’s offering is very personal. I want to share it from my heart. I can best do that by speaking instead of writing. When we read stories, it’s hard to confirm the emotion of the writer. Words always have emotions that are integral in shaping the message of the words. Please “turn the page” with me this one time, and come to the Podcast to finish with me. I’ll think you’ll understand. And I am sharing the things that have prompted this chapter at the TruthNewsNetwork in the Podcast. If doing this creates a problem for you, I apologize in advance. I do not wish to intrude in the way any share these stories. Please humor me this one time! I’ll make it up to you somehow.

 

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The Rules of Politics

President Trump, at the Helsinki joint press conference with Russian President Putin, set the world on fire by saying “I can find no reason to disbelieve President Putin’s denial of Russian meddling in our 2016 election.” How could ANY U.S. President not throw Russian under the bus for disagreeing with U.S. intelligence officials? In saying that, the President opened Pandora’s Box of a U.S. media feeding frenzy on “all things Trump.” Forget about the meat of the President’s statement or any Helsinki accomplishments. The Media have totally ignored the facts as we know them to focus on one thing and one thing only: “Donald Trump is colluding with Russia!”

President Trump has on numerous occasions stated he’s certain the Russians have attempted to influence our elections and those of numerous other countries. But he like many Americans questions such meddling happened as political pundits claim. And even if Russians DID attempt to influence the elections, where is the proof of their doing so?

Should Americans, in this political climate in which the credibility of ALL U.S. Intelligence Agencies have been called into question, blindly accept everything those agency heads tell us? That is a silly suggestion, especially in light of the multitude of issues with American intelligence officials that have been exposed in the last year.

The questioning what those agencies tell us is against the rules of politics: doing so is simply not in the political handbook that contains all the Political Rules.

The “Rules”

Who makes the rules in Politics? Politicians and political hacks school us on what “is” and what “isn’t” acceptable in American politics. Someone is always saying this or that is unacceptable when it comes to saying/doing something politically. Who knows for sure?

But pay attention: Americans should not get caught napping when it comes to what our elected politicians are allowing and preventing to be included in political conversations within our government. After all: even though it is THEIR government too, they still work for us. We should spend some time and energy figuring all this out to determine what really is happening.

“The Book”

For sake of this conversation, let’s term the rules of Politics “The Book.” The use of that term comes from the decades old use of an informal list of unspoken rules of baseball taken from a mythical “Book.”

For decades, there have been situational unofficial rules of things that are supposed to happen (or not happen) in certain situations that arise during a baseball game. Those unofficial “rules” come straight from “The Book.” They’re not written anywhere and certainly are not included in the Baseball Official Rule Book, but they’re in “The Book.”  i.e. With a 3-0 count, a batter is supposed to “take” the next pitch. (“take” means not to swing) With a runner at 1st and 2nd bases and no outs, a batter “usually” should bunt. Neither is really a “rule,” but both are in “The Book.” And, of course, there are times when what “The Book” says to do is changed because of another situation that comes up during the game. What controls THOSE changes? “The Book!”

If “The Book” contained all the rules of political operations, we have some questions to ask:

  • Who wrote “The Book?” 
  • Who decided what was in the “The Book” and what is NOT in “The Book?” 
  • When was “The Book” written?
  • Can any new rules be added to “The Book?” 
  • Can we delete any old rules from “The Book” that aren’t applicable to today?
  • Have any rules already been added or deleted to “The Book?” 
  • If so, who had the authority to add/delete those from  “The Book?”

You may think I am nuts for posing these questions. But think about it: it is very obvious that someone IS deciding what is appropriate, correct, and allowed to be part of our political system. Obviously too is that someone must decide what is NOT appropriate, correct, and NOT allowed to  be included in “The Book.” 

I’m fairly certain there is no class at Yale, Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, or Penn with the title ““The Book — All Any Politician Wannabe Needs to Know About Politics.” There may be one, but I doubt it.

There are plenty of examples to illustrate “The Book” and its mandates in action. Want some?

  •  (Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki) “Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer said in a statement. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”
  • (Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jack Reed (D-RI) were among the others to echo this sentiment, with Warren urging Trump to) “Cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.”
  • It’s not just Democrats. John McCain (R-AZ) piped in on Twitter: “President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward.”

I will not bother to quote all those from the Left and Right who took little time to ramp-up their non-stop attacks on the President for his hesitation in Helsinki to damn Putin in person for Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election. (The President stated in their private meeting he confronted Putin in dramatic fashion about that meddling) I guess “The Book” has different rules for when and how he should have done that!

Let’s look at what “The Book” has to say about things other than Russia, Vladimir Putin, or other political rules:

For decades Mr. Trump railed against trade policies between the U.S. and China, the European Union countries, Canada, Mexico and others. He accused China again and again of unfair trade practices fueled by their manipulation of Chinese currency to their benefit in trade agreements. In  the past month we’ve seen the President enact tariffs against these countries and several others to even the playing field on trade. The U.S. has paid hundreds of billions of dollars through the years in tariffs to other countries who simply want competitive advantages against America in trade. And our government has simply blinked while allowing those tariffs to go unpunished.

Enter “President” Trump with reciprocal trade tariffs. His violation of “The Book” brings Dems and Republicans out of the woodwork damning the President’s tariff policies.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump tariffs violating “The Book:”

In scolding the President for thos tariffs, Ryan (R-WI) goes against his own governor — Scott Walker — who has voraciously attacked Canadian tariffs against Wisconsin dairy farmers which raise the price in Canada of a Wisconsin produced gallon of milk by $2.00! Ryan obviously sticks close to “The Book!”

Insanity!

I hate to overuse that word. But its use is so applicable today for so many things that happen in D.C. politics. Look at some of the infractions of today’s rules that we know are in “The Book:”

  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” go after Hillary when Secretary of State for pushing that Russian reset button?
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” chastise Barack Obama when he on that open microphone sent word to Putin that he would be in a much better position to negotiate  with Vlad after O’s re-election? (Negotiate what?)
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” fuss about Bill Clinton’s pocketing a reported $500,000 for one speech in Moscow following the Uranium One sale to a Russian government controlled entity? Or that while in Russia for that speech, Bill met with Putin?
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” demand the resignation of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for that private meeting with Mr. Clinton at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix while Hillary was under FBI investigation?

I could go on and on with examples of the hypocrisy of the selective use of “The Book.” I won’t, because I’m pretty sure you already get it.

Summary

The tragedy of this conversation is the sad revelation of who wrote “The Book,” who keeps “The Book,” and who adds and deletes rules from “The Book” as they change from time to time, and who decides when changes are appropriate. I’m pretty certain you are way ahead of me with that information. The Book was written, is kept, maintained, and edited by one group who somehow years ago won the title of “Keepers:” Coastal Potomac Political Elitists.

That group is not exclusive to Democrats and other Liberals. There are plenty of RINO’s — Republicans in Name Only — that number among those in that “Club,” and lots of “Never-Trumpers.” I’m pretty sure John McCain numbers among that group.

Yes, it’s sad that such a group exists, and especially a group that with no permission from their bosses — the American People — has taken from Us the rights of the determination of all the rules, guidelines, contents, and management of “The Book.”

But do you know what? It will only get worse unless and until American voters take it back from them. How?

There’s only one way: VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!

Electing Donald Trump President was a start — but a really GOOD start!

 

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Just “WalkAway”

The #Walkaway Campaign has prompted thousands of angry Democrats to push back against all of the craziness we’re hearing every day from the Leftist leaders. The #Walkaway Campaign went nuts after New York-based stylist Brandon Straka created a short video explaining why he felt alienated by the Democrat Party and had to “walk away” – despite being a “lifelong liberal.” Tens of thousands of other Democrats have moved into the #Walkaway Campaign. Many are posting videos explaining why they too felt compelled to leave the party.

“I think the expectation for a lot of minority groups is that we’re supposed to vote Democrat and that we’re supposed to be liberals. So I found myself sort of in that tribe on the Left most of my life,” Straka stated. “What I wanted to do is get people back in touch with their voices and push back against the narrative on the Left.” It is noteworthy that Straka is an openly gay man — obviously a member of a group that Democrats have “owned” for years, or at least owned their votes.

In the video that started the #Walkaway Campaign, Straka said that he had watched anxiously as “the Left devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric.” Blaming Democrats for creating a victim mentality among the party’s minority members, Straka argues that Dems push to portray a person of color, a woman, an LGTB person, a migrant as a “victim of systemic oppression” is the party’s “greatest and most insidious lie.” Democrats have used that lie very successfully in its quest for votes and to convince their base (that includes most minority individuals) that their “guardian angels” are Democrats, who in fact do nothing to improve their situations.

The video has since been watched over 5 million times. People have been posting their own testimonies across all social media networks under the #Walkaway title on what triggered them to leave the party.

The social media tidal wave put in furious motion by the campaign has caused some to suspect that it was initiated by conservative spin masters and that Straka is just a pawn of Republicans. He scoffs at the allegations of “being hired by the Koch brothers” or conservative news site Breitbart as laughable, saying that he was behind the script of the video “100 percent” and drew inspiration “from the passion that I feel in my heart for what I was saying.”

The originator of the movement has received massive positive feedback, but critics claim that those who joined the movement are not Democrats who have suddenly awakened to the truth but are in fact conservatives. (I don’t know how many Democrats are conservatives, but I’m pretty sure that number is insignificant) There are SOME conservatives who have posted their own videos with the Walkaway hashtag.  “My campaign is not mostly comprised of people who are conservative. And in fact, anybody who is saying that I encourage to go into the page,” Straka said.

There are hundreds of video testimonies shot by real people posted online. However, some commenters — primarily liberal leftists — are playing the old ‘blame Russia’ Trump card (pun intended), claiming that the activists are probably just ‘Russian trolls.’ “The video testimonials don’t lie, those are not Russian bots, if you will, and these aren’t manufactured stories, these are real people telling real stories,” Straka said.

Summary

For many, it has been really shocking to watch as Democrats and other liberals continue to push forward their political agenda re-using the same worn-out and tired methods from the past to enrage and anger their adherents sufficiently so as to assure their votes for any Democrat Party issue or against any targeted election opponent or conservative policy. I pondered how and why the self-proclaimed most intellectual and savvy political leaders on the Planet would continue to lead rank-and-file members of the Democrat Party down that path toward certain destruction.

Think about this — “Facts:” The Democrat Party suffered huge losses at every level during Obama’s West Wing tenure. The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democrat posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency.

Democrat U.S. Senate seats fell from 55 to 46. Their share of the House plummeted from 256 seats to 194. Republicans still control both chambers going into the next session. Democrat governorships also became a rarity during this eight-year period, slipping from 28 to 16.

With these staggering losses over the 8 years under Obama, one would think the Democrat Party would consider it a “wake-up call.” But no — Democrat Party leadership continue to beat the same drum with the same people. The only difference in their message that has a shallow and now faint appeal to non-conservatives is one addition: “Dump Trump.”

Americans are not stupid — a fact that seems lost on Democrats again in THIS election cycle. Average Americans have watched unemployment rates fall through the floor in every demographic under this President; taxes were reduced dramatically which has put billions of dollars back in the pockets of Middle-Class Americans; business regulations have been slashed which has unleashed small businesses that had been crippled by staggering regulations under Obama. Hiring is up, wages are up, and Americans see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are pretty sure this time it’s not the headlight on a train!

How do Dems say they will “fix” our problems? By raising taxes, re-installing regulations, pushing forward with a myriad of government spending programs, some of which have been cut by the Trump Administration. How do they plan on funding these programs? With the tax increases.

Same old tired, worn-out, and out-dated policies. Democrats have NO new ideas other than that one: “Dump Trump.” And as indicated by the soaring support of the #WalkAway Campaign, it’s probable that Democrats’ plans will NOT dump this President, no matter who they choose to lead them back to the Promised Land.

Most Americans have a pretty solid idea we are already there: the “Promised Land.  And if we’re not there, Americans are certain Democrats are NOT the political gurus who can get us there. Democrats led us to the bottom of the economic ladder carrying piles of corruption and big spending along the way — hardly the “Promised Land.”

“Insanity: doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.”

In this case, the Democrat 2018 platform is “Same Song — Different Verse.”

I’m not singing that song. Are you?

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Liberals and Conservatives: The Difference

Obviously, there is more than just one difference between liberals and conservatives. But today we are going to drill down to the core and discover the main difference between the two — the one that is the root, the foundation, the essence. Let’s begin with the words.

Liberal

“of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially: of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives”

For a long time, the Democrat Party in the U.S. considered itself a group of liberals who embodied the characteristics of the definition above. However, in the last decade, Democrats have endeavored to abandon that moniker taking the name Progressives.

Conservative

A Conservative is recognized by these traits: 1. The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order. 2. A political philosophy or attitude that emphasizes respect for traditional institutions and opposes the attempt to achieve social change through legislation or publicly funded programs.”

The Republican Party in the U.S. considers itself a group of conservatives who embody the characteristics of the definition above.

What’s the Real Difference?

Let’s begin answering this question by watching this short video or listening to its audio:

I think it is pretty safe to say that the students shown in this video are Liberals. Why? First, because they obviously do not like President Trump or his political actions. Secondly……that’s the REAL difference between liberals and conservatives. We’ll get to that shortly.

 

Let’s look at the political differences between the Democrat Party and Republican Party

Philosophy      Democrat Party Republican Party
Economic Ideas Minimum wages and progressive taxation, i.e., higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Born out of anti-federalist ideals but evolved over time to favor more government regulation. Believe taxes shouldn’t be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market.
Social and human ideas Based on community and social responsibility Based on individual rights and justice
Stance on Military issues Decreased spending Increased spending
Stance on Gay Marriage Support (some Democrats disagree) Oppose (some Republicans disagree)
Stance on Abortion Should remain legal; support Roe v. Wade Should not be legal (with some exceptions); oppose Roe v. Wade
Stance on Death Penalty While support for the death penalty is strong among Democrats, opponents of the death penalty are a substantial fraction of the Democratic base. A large majority of Republicans support the death penalty.
Stance on Taxes Progressive (high-income earners should be taxed at a higher rate). Generally not opposed to raising taxes to fund the government. Tend to favor a “flat tax” (same tax rate regardless of income). Generally opposed to raising taxes.
Stance on Government Regulation Government regulations are needed to protect consumers. Government regulations hinder free market capitalism and job growth.
Healthcare Policy Support universal healthcare; strong support of government involvement in healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid. Generally support Obamacare. Private companies can provide healthcare services more efficiently than government-run programs. Oppose Obamacare provisions like (1) requirement for individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine, (2) required coverage of contraceptives.
Stance on Immigration There is greater overall support in the Democratic party for a moratorium on deporting – or offering a pathway to citizenship to – certain undocumented immigrants. e.g. those with no criminal record, who have lived in the U.S. for 5+ years. Republicans are generally against amnesty for any undocumented immigrants. They also oppose President Obama’s executive order that put a moratorium on deporting certain workers. Republicans also fund stronger enforcement actions at the border.

Obviously, the differences between political stances are vast between Liberals and Conservatives. Even though in the above lists each party’s political philosophies are at odds with the other, we still have not answered the question: what is the fundamental difference between Liberals and Conservatives? Let’s keep digging.

Here’s an example of two prominent Democrats — Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY )– talking about both President Trump and Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process to the U.S. Supreme Court:

Are you seeing a little bit of what the root difference between Liberals and Conservatives might be?

I know, we haven’t given you the root difference between the two. Let’s do that now.

Question: when you hear Rachel Maddow and Chuck Schumer discuss things — ANY things — about President Trump, his agenda, his proposed legislative actions, his many appointments to various posts in his administration, what do you hear besides their words? You hear anger and you hear hatred. That is the commonality among Leftist Liberals in politics today. Although Conservatives are obviously very much at odds with the desires of Liberals as shown above, when they speak of liberal proposals or suggestions in legislation or policies, you seldom hear the same high-pitched anger and hatred.

It boils down to this: Republicans/Conservatives despise liberal ideas and policies and those who espouse them. Democrats/Liberals HATE conservative ideas and policies AND they HATE those who espouse them!

Before you argue with me about this, think for a moment: what Democrat leader in Congress have you seen or heard in any interview driven by policy proposals or any piece of conservative legislation, do so with respect or graciousness or friendliness? There may be a few, but I cannot recall any at this moment.

Yes, Republicans certainly stand against many liberal policy proposals, legislation, and even liberal core ideals, but seldom do you see or hear a conservative leader in Congress demean a Democrat counterpart on Capitol Hill just for believing the way they do.

Why do you think that is?

“Coastal — Potomac Political Elitism”

There is no doubt this term (which I have copyrighted) explains what makes liberals’ heads spin everytime someone mentions Donald Trump’s name in a good light. It matters not the successes in our country — government, and the economy — that Americans are living in today. All that matters is the anger and hatred they share for all things Trump and all things conservative. And their anger and hatred comes from just one place in their hearts: “Coastal — Potomac Political Elitism.”

What is “Coastal — Potomac Political Elitism?”

One who holds themselves out to be “elite” or an “elitist” believes they, their beliefs, their fundamentals, what they do and who they are is better than everyone else who does not feel the same way. They then hold (because of their being better)  that diminishes the credibility and values of those who are NOT of the same elitist ilk: i.e. Republicans/Conservatives.

Summary

There certainly are these types of elitists in ALL political parties and in ALL geographic locations in the U.S. But in large, it seems that these Coastal — Potomac Political elites and their elitism is concentrated chiefly in East and West Coast U.S. cities and in Washington D.C. Proof of this is best illustrated by looking at the geographical results of the 2016 Presidential election. California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Massassachusettes, Connecticut, and other coastal states joined the Potomac states and D.C. in supporting Hillary Clinton while most of middle-America voted for President Trump. Why do you think that is?

The vote tallies in the coastal states and D.C. are primarily (or at least significantly) due to this Elitism. But those opposite votes in the flyover states can only be attributed to this one thing: middle-Americans not only recognize the elitism of the majority of the leadership in the Democrat Party, they recognize that these Coastal — Potomac Political Elites have totally lost touch with average Americans, their desires, their needs, AND their differences. And average Americans said a resounding “No” to putting another one in the White House.

Let me make a prediction here: because of this Elitism embraced heretofore en masse by Democrats, and because hundreds of thousands of Democrats are now running away from the Democrat Party, we will see a tsunami backlash against Democrats in the mid-term elections. The House of Representatives and the Senate will pick up seats, increasing the G.O.P. majorities in both Houses.

Have you seen the “Walkaway” Facebook page? There you can find massive numbers of former Democrats giving their reasons for leaving the Democrat Party. And it all boils down to one thing: most Americans are tired of the hatred and anger coming from the Left. They are exhausted at the non-stop hatred spewed at and about President Trump and Conservatism. THEY SEE CONSERVATIVE POLICIES FIXING THE ECONOMY, REDUCE TAXES, REPAIRING BROKEN FOREIGN POLICY CREDIBILITY AND RELATIONSHIPS — all which are key pieces of government that average Americans demand.

I’ll leave this with all my Liberal friends: “Just because you think something’s right doesn’t mean it’s right. And just because you think something’s wrong doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”

You can be right and be wrong, too!

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Is Transgenderism Real or Perceived?

“Dan, let’s get really controversial!”

We’ve all watched as the LGBTQ community continues to add letters to their moniker as new sexual identities show up in society. “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning” are those identified by the Community so far that have “earned” individual identity labels. With that come many new questions. Let’s be honest: scientific and psychological discussions about sexual preference, identity, biological sex determination studies have all come to one — and just one — unifying conclusion: there is NO conclusion!

Today we are NOT here to put any facts in evidence of the validity of any common or uncommon sexual identity processes or to in anyway denigrate any of those who bear voluntarily or involuntarily any of these or other labels. At this site, our commitment has been and always will be to ask questions that are legitimate, probing, and always honest and sincere. We NEVER tell you what to think. We simply WANT you to think through as many probable explanations for all things we experience and life, and as often as possible find answers for yourself that give you peace.

“Just because you think something is right doesn’t mean it’s right. And just because you think something is wrong doesn’t mean it’s wrong.” That is the underlying premise objective thinkers must embrace: consider ALL possibilities and try to find real answers.

To that end, today we include here a report by a pediatrician regarding issues with Transgender Identification. Watch or listen to this. Be objective in your thinking.

Thoughts

For a decade, I owned a team in the Arena Football League. I had a commitment to each of my head coaches during that decade: I will NOT get involved in player personnel issues. However, each head coach always wanted to introduce me to his “new” team each season the first day of training camp.  After the usual niceties, I felt like I should give these young men a tidbit or two they might remember later in their lives, but were true and appropriate even then at their young ages.

I always gave these young athletes — who each were fighting to get a shot at the National Football League — an old man’s perspective on a few life lessons. I always after being introduced would pick one player out of the crowd and ask him, “Who are you?” Inevitably the answer always was something like this: “I’m a football player from Alabama who plays wide receiver.” I’d then ask the same question to several other players and always received similar answers.

Then I would correct each at one time by saying: “All of you are wrong. You aren’t a football player — you’re a man who plays football. Football is only what you do. It’s a job. Don’t ever let what you do determine who you are.”

Summary

America has certainly changed dramatically the last hundred years — even in the last decade. Social consciousness has become a much more significant factor in our culture, dramatically different from that of our parents and their parents. And today’s social consciousness is driven by far more outside factors than any previous generation of Americans.

Unfortunately, while human consciousness, psychological abilities and processes have changed too, their changes have not kept pace with their social consciousness counterparts. Some (but not all) of the results of the vast gap in the two are self identification issues that push psychological, social, and biological identities far apart.

As a parent and grand parent, I sadly watch this play out in America and other countries as this generation of young people try diligently to “find their way” in becoming who they really are. The outside forces that feed this process have probably multiplied in number ten-fold or more since the turn of the century. Yet while that has happened, young people biologically are still young people who are growing through and into their adult lives. The big differences between these young people and Baby Boomers sadly have evolved into cultural, social, and psychological identity determination that some mental health and medical professionals have used to further political and/or social agendas.

The cost? The psychological and social stability of millions of young people who no longer can correctly answer the question I asked those football players: “Who are you?”

To that end, let me caution all who read or listen to this: be careful to NOT pressure any in your life who are naturally growing through all the outside and inside forces people face in natural growth and maturity while growing into adults.

Please know this: the pediatrician in the video though a doctor has an opinion. Obviously her education, practice, and expertise in these matters dwarf those of most of us. She’s a doctor. In the video she states biological facts to enforce what she is saying. Those facts are compelling.

I encourage all who may have matured in a different era with vastly divergent identity thoughts and ideas, and who may be tempted to denigrate those who today are struggling with their identities because of these things: be open minded. Look, listen, and discuss.

Remember this: each Baby Boomer, Millennial, Generation X-er, and every member of every generation to come face different internal and external factors that previous generations never knew existed before their birth. When given the opportunity, I suggest that we all find ways to encourage all young people in our lives to diligently research and learn specifics about all of the influences that determine how their lives will evolve. Give them something substantive that they will remember that will last, be positive, and encouraging.

You can give them this along with yours: “Don’t let where you are in life determine WHO you are. WHERE you are is only one stop in life toward WHERE you’re going.”

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The Day of Liberty

Today is the day we remember the birth of a nation: the United States of America. July 4, 1776, a group representing the 13 colonies whose citizens had traveled thousands of miles to escape an elitist, overbearing, despotic government in Europe joined together to put that brutal government on notice: the evil acts committed against the People of these Colonies would no longer be allowed. July 4, 1776, the representatives of the colonists put the King of Great Britain on notice of their independence from British domain.

From time to time we have read and heard bits and pieces of that Declaration. Today is a fitting day for all of us share the entire Declaration of those new Americans that birthed the greatest nation on Earth: The United States of America.

Please today honor that country that is your home and was for your parents, their parents, and their parents’ parents. Honor that country today – even in the midst of the strife, discontent, misunderstandings, and animus that often plague people who are different in many ways from their neighbors. Today — for at least one day – let’s put aside our personal differences and agree on this one thing: we are indeed blessed to have the freedom to disagree. How so? Because the freedom to do so was purchased at unimaginable costs to those colonists. The price paid for liberty was the blood and sacrifices of the thousands of men and women that in the late 1700’s won Independence, and the additional men and women who have numerous times since spilled their blood to protect and preserve that liberty for us all.

In honor of all those who gave their lives, sacrificed their livelihoods and health, please join me as we listen to that Declaration sent to the King of Britain July 4, 1776.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Establishment Republicans are a Dying Breed

For a really long time, the G.O.P. was dominated by its own “ruling class” — now termed “Establishment Republicans.” Counted among their leadership were Bush 41, Bush 43, Jeb Bush, all the other Bush family surrogates, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Orin Hatch, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and many others who have literally or just figuratively “gone away.” But things are changing!

The G.O.P. Today

Enter Donald Trump: a former Democrat, former liberal thinker turned Republican. But Trump is the antithesis to establishment Republican ideals.

Many Republicans thought he would NEVER be able to amass sufficient support to win even the G.O.P. nomination for President in 2016. They were wrong. Many of these same Republicans were certain he could never draw voter support to win the general election — certainly not against the darling of America, Hillary Clinton. They were wrong. But Establishment Republicans did NOT stop there: they knew for a fact Trump could NEVER get any of his campaign promises to affect real legislative accomplishments implemented if he somehow won in 2016. Wrong again.

Did you know that on the way to the White House, Trump defeated these “other” Republican candidates, most of whom were G.O.P. Establishment through and through?

  • Mike Huckabee
  • Rand Paul
  • Rick Santorum
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Chris Christie
  • Jim Gilmore
  • Jeb Bush
  • Ben Carson
  • Marco Rubio
  • Ted Cruz
  • John Kasich
  • George Pataki
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Bobby Jindahl
  • Scott Walker
  • Rick Perry

Oh, there were 5 more candidates you probably never heard of: Jack Fellure, Andy Martin, Dennis Lynch, Mark Everson, and Jimmy McMillan: President Trump beat 22 Republicans — most of who were longtime G.O.P. “possibilities and far more likely than Trump for the job — on his way to victory?

One would think by now, the G.O.P. dinosaurs would fade away. Instead, many of them have a death grip on the Party, refusing to step aside to for the will of Conservative Americans to move the G.O.P. away from the Establishment. Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and many others are hanging on for dear life. Why is that?

What Defines “Establishment Republicans?”

The answer to that question has been puzzling for many for years. The answer should certainly be based on the policy differences between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. But during the past few decades, that difference has dramatically blurred. If you write a list of major American policies and the positions on each taken by Conservatives and Liberals, you’ll see that until Donald Trump took the oath of office, the differences between the Establishment Democrat and Establishment Republican parties were slim (and in many cases) none.

Donald Trump gave conservative Americans who for years had watched the G.O.P. simply giveaway conservative policies, bowing more and more to the whims of their liberal counterparts in Congress, without any plausible explanations to Americans for doing so. Whether they were economical and tax issues, trade issues, immigration policy matters, foreign policy negotiations, healthcare (and the list goes on and on), the Establishment G.O.P. without notice of intent to do so simply walked away from conservatives. And until Trump walked onto the Conservative Stage in 2015, no Republican really knew for sure what had happened to the G.O.P.! 

Make no mistake about this: the Republican Party has changed — not away from its ORIGINAL structure and conservative ideals, (it had already morphed into a “Republican Lite” mode) but is now changing BACK TO those original Republican ideals. And the Establishment G.O.P. is struggling to survive in its quest to quietly keep the Grand Old Party slipping Left.

The Last Breath

When Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wi) announced he would not seek re-election this year and would therefore relinquish the House Speaker gavel, I wondered why he would make such an announcement without planning to go ahead and step aside to allow House members to elect a new Speaker. Doing so seemed really strange. But being a political cynic, it did not take me long to realize that by not stepping down as Speaker, he had a plan.

Then there’s Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Senate Majority Leader, who barely won re-election to his sixth term in the Senate in 2014. The G.O.P. primary in that race was pretty close. According to analysis by the University of Minnesota, this was the lowest voter support for a Kentucky U.S. Senator in a primary by either party since 1938. Yet McConnell won and now leads the Senate.

Like Ryan, knowing that in his home state and in the U.S. Senate he was growing less and less popular among the electorate and also among G.O.P. colleagues on the Hill, one would think McConnell would back away to allow other less controversial and better liked Senators to take the lead in the upper House. Yet McConnell maintained his death grip on the Senate leadership position. And since, he has kept the Senate on a  “lazy river of legislation” mode, slow-playing every meaningful nomination hearing, and delaying introduction of new legislation as promised by Republican Senate candidates and President Trump during their 2016 campaigns. McConnell in May of 2018 announced the Senate would not take up anymore “meaningful legislation” until after the November elections! He announced that with so many hot legislative topics on the minds of the majority of Americans.

Could the reason for these two Establishment G.O. P. leaders hanging around D.C. in their positions of power be for a reason other than to serve their voting constituents while leading the Republican Party in D.C.? If Paul Ryan was really concerned about making sure loose ends were tied up before his Speaker retirement and to maintain control of the House in the mid-term elections, it seems more logical for him to step down, immediately handing control of the House to his successor. Doing so would assure voters that whoever House Republicans elected to replace Ryan would be both capable and committed to continue and push forward with the Trump agenda. Remember: Almost all G.O.P. House members during THEIR 2016 election and re-election bids used the Trump agenda and groundswell of its acceptance by voters to win their House seats.

Who can forget the scene of G.O.P. Senator John McCain after casting the “death vote” that would have allowed debate on killing Obamacare to come to the Senate floor? Immediately following casting his vote, he was seen high-fiving House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) walking off the Senate floor. American Republicans en masse wanted (and still want) Obamacare done away with. What has the Senate done to heed that G.O.P. voter issue: to do away with Obamacare and replace it? Nothing — not even debating a bill.

And then there’s Mitt Romney. Former Michigan resident, Massachusetts governor, failed Republican Presidential candidate in 2012, is now an odds-on favorite to replace retiring Senator Orin Hatch as Utah Senator. Romney in his bid to unseat Barack Obama seemed to many conservatives to have Obama on the run — until the final month of the campaign. Romney all but disappeared — sort of like Hillary Clinton did a month before the 2016 election. To many it seemed that he just gave up that last month, giving Obama his second term.

Now Romney is taking another shot at winning an election. The longtime Senator he is replacing was not originally a Trump supporter. But Hatch after the 2016 election threw himself into the job of supporting conservative causes. And later as he saw the Trump accomplishments pile up, Hatch said that President Trump just might go down as the best U.S. President ever.

What about Romney and in his Utah Senatorial campaign his support for the Trump agenda?

“I have and will continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” Romney wrote. “I do not make this a daily commentary; I express contrary views only when I believe it is a matter of substantial significance.”

That sounds to me much more like an Establishment Republican leaning Democrat statement than a Conservative statement of support.

Evidence of G.O.P. Establishment Dying

The proof that the G.O.P. Establishment is really dying and that Donald Trump has (with his election and policy leadership support among party members) at least exposed the move toward more traditional Conservatism in the Republican Party, is shown in a Pew Research Poll released today:

About half of conservative Republicans and leaners (52%) say Trump has changed the GOP for the better, 36% think he hasn’t changed the party much, and just 9% say he has changed the GOP for the worse.

♦Among moderate and liberal Republicans, a smaller share (34%) say Trump has changed the party for the better, while 49% say he hasn’t changed the party much (only 11% say he has changed the party for the worse).

♦Those who identify as Republican are more likely to view Trump’s impact on the party positively (53%) than to say he hasn’t changed the party much (34%).

♦By contrast, the balance of opinion is reversed among independents who lean toward the Republican Party: 51% say he hasn’t changed the party much, while a third say he has changed the GOP for the better. Only about one-in-ten in either group say he has changed the party for the worse.

Additionally, Donald Trump has higher approval ratings among all voters than did Barack Obama after his first 500 days in office. And one-by-one we’re watching as numerous political “left-leaners” quietly move toward the right — toward REAL conservative ideals.

Why should this be so shocking to G.O.P. leadership? It should not surprise them, but it does. It SHOULD prompt them to do as more than 60 million Americans have done: get on board.

It’s not so much about going all in for Donald Trump personally. It’s about what he has achieved for Americans. It’s about fulfilling campaign promises — which is rare for any Republican OR Democrat to do. It’s not about liking or agreeing with his messaging methods and verbiage. It’s about the United States of America, its economical and social turnaround that was totally transformed by his predecessor, away from the Greatness that had pushed the U.S. to the top of the pile of all the countries in the world.

Could Trump do things better? I really don’t know. I DO know that he could tamp down the rhetoric of those who constantly attack him by simply toning down the tone of his messaging. But if he did that, maybe American conservatives that have been ignored for so long by their Senators and Congressmen would not be in such full support of President Trump.

My summary of all this is simple: Establishment Republicans should open their eyes to the truth that the Old Republican Party really IS dead. One G.O.P. dinosaur called it perfectly last week. Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, “There is no more Republican Party. It’s now the Trump Party.” Boehner said that in a derogatory fashion. But you know what? I’m pretty sure he was right.

 

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Changes!

The Winds of Change are blowing at dnewman.org. And change is coming!

As promised, I have news for dnewman.org for all of you today — exciting for us and I hope for you:

  1. We are no longer going to “label” our Podcast and Blog Posts “dnewman.org.”
  2. Starting later this week, the “official” identity of dnewman.org will become (and will be called) “TNN: Truth News Network @ dnewman.org”
  3. We have a new logo that will appear on the website and all visible production elements going forward:
  4. We are exploring live streaming daily programming of TNN podcasts (that would no longer BE podcasts, but live broadcasts), that would include audience telephone live interactions. More on that in the upcoming days.
  5. Beginning later this week, we will have various national politicians and others who work in D.C. FOR politicians on our podcasts. This has happened as a result of our growing audiences and the word of this venture being passed around person to person. (Remember: we don’t market ourselves here)

 

 

None of this is possible without YOU. We were NOT looking for something else to do, believe me. My hope and prayer is that in all of these efforts, conversations, stories, and interviews, you and others who look/listen in will be challenged to investigate, listen, and watch for truth instead of simply believing what is written and said just because it IS written and said. “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free!”

A humble and hearty “Thanks” to all of you for looking/listening in. You probably have gathered I am a research junkie. That’s surprising to me because I have the attention span of a mosquito! None of this is for glory or recognition or praise. Coming from a background of Journalism in which honesty, truth, and non-partisanship were pillars of the Art, the shock and awe I experience watching, reading, and listening to today’s “Journalists” has challenged me beyond explanation. I cannot sit quietly while our friends, relatives, and fellow workers are daily bombarded with misrepresentations cloaked as “facts” and “News” that are anything but. I feel a responsibility to put REAL news out there so our readers and listeners have the ability to make informed decisions.

It’s funny that in doing this, discerning between fact and fiction in news reporting becomes easier the longer one takes the initiative to investigate!

Thanks for joining us, making suggestions, asking questions, and digging in. Remember in all this: THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

Dan