American Fascism

Fascism is authoritarianism, and the poster boy for American Fascism today is Donald J. Trump. Now, if you believe President Trump is a fascist then you also believe that Obama is a libertarian.

It’s obvious to everyone that under President Trump’s administration, individual rights have been trampled by the administration’s enforcement of the laws of the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, “Same sex marriages are on the rise.”1 So, the Trump Administration’s authoritarian posture has had a positive effect on the LGBT community.

The violence in Chicago is on track to top 700 homicides for the year.2 Is this an indication of authoritarian rule at the expense of individual rights? Seems Chicago needs a little more, not less, authoritarianism.

And then there’s Trump’s attempts to convert Americans to Christianity illustrated by the appointment of an Evangelical Christian to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.3 An Evangelical in government service! What is happening to America? Thank God for the socialist, secularist, atheist, Marxist Senator from Vermont who took a stand for traditional American values.

Everyone these days seems to have a propensity to throw around the word “fascist” without really thinking (or knowing) what it really means. The word fascist comes from the Italian, “fascio” which means “a bundle,” “a sheaf,” or “league” according to Wikipedia. (No, I don’t speak Italian.) Given this definition we can try to apply it, as follows: Fascio delle Nazioni (League of Nations).

Also, don’t think that you will get a clear definition of fascism on the internet because most articles are screeds written by anti-Trumpers. As it stands, there are more and more slogans floating around but here’s one that you may not have heard recently, “All for one and all for the state,” that is, the state and its dictator.

Dictator form of government is the greatest form of government there is, if you have the right Dictator.

Will Rogers

In case one has forgotten, or have never been taught in school, fascism enjoyed widespread popularity in America in the 1920s through the 1940s. And, according to RationalRevolution.net, Some famous fascist sympathizers included such prominent Americans as: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy (JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, and Andrew Mellon.

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I’ve been everything you want to be
I’m the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I’m the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality4

You might already be aware of Columbia University’s Casa Italiana, a center for Italian studies which opened in 1927, but did you know that at the time it was controlled by Mussolini supporters who used it to dispense fascist propaganda.5

Now, let’s take a look at some quotes attributed to Mussolini, the Father of Fascism, taken from AZ Quotes. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out which political ideology Mussolini’s quotes are most closely aligned with today:

  1. The state reserves the right to be the sole interpreter of the needs of society.
  2. Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state’s.
  3. All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
  4. There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.
  5. You know what I think about violence. For me it is profoundly moral -more moral than compromises and transactions.
  6. Fascism is a religious concept.
  7. Journalism is not a profession, but a mission.
  8. Our future lies to the east and south, in Asia and Africa.

The Juche (North Korean) ideology fits right in with quotes 1-3 except that in the DPRK, the individual is more likely to wind up in a labor camp or face total re-education by anti-aircraft gunfire.

Quotes 4&5 provides the rationale for the anti-Trump, anti-American, Antifa black shirts who use violence and intimidation to suppress those holding opposing viewpoints. Look no further than James T. Hodgkinson, the congressional baseball practice shooter. Antifa is a leftist group and Mr. Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter.

You hear a lot of chatter from the political commentators and analysts on why the mainstream media is so biased against President Trump, well it’s because journalism is no longer a profession, instead it is now on a mission to take down our rightfully elected president.

You might ask how could this happen? Well, it’s not just journalism, it’s happened to every major institution in America. They have all been synchronized (coordinated) with progressive ideology. This technique of coordination or “gleichschaltung,” was employed by the Nazis in Hitler’s Germany to get everyone and every institution to follow the Party line.

The Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung (standardization) was an attempt to rid the country of independent institutions. During the Third Reich, almost every public institution and instrument of policy had been altered to serve Nazi purposes (Gleichschaltung), so all such institutions and instruments were subordinated to the Party. Newspapers, schools at every level, banks, courts, publishing houses, theatres, museums, radio stations, and government offices were all coordinated. Political parties ceased to exist. Even the German Red Cross had been corrupted.6

But that was then, now the Alt Left has adopted the same tactics.

What is the “Alt Left”?

It’s a movement of phony self-righteousness and “compassion” that it uses to gain power. It will do anything and say anything to achieve its goal of hammerlock control not only of government, but every significant cultural institution – from schools, universities and the press to churches, foundations, Hollywood and unions.7

So, what happened to America you ask? Well, it has allowed itself to be converted from belief in a divine being to Statism. Naturally, none of the statists are going to admit that they are following a religion because they believe in America and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Naturally, it follows that statist doctrines are grounded in state socialism imputed to us through Darwinian evolutionary theology. After which, Marx took the Darwinian belief system and applied it to economics and politics. Finally, Lenin took the principles from both and formulated a collectivist system of government.

As a result, now instead of church or synagogue leaders teaching us the precepts of God, we now have central planners in government intent on controlling every aspect of American life.

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  1. “5 Facts About Same Sex Marriage,” Pew Research Center, published June 26, 2017, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/26/same-sex-marriage/

  2. “Halfway through 2017, violence remains stubbornly high in Chicago,” Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, published June 30, 2017, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-violence-first-six-months-met-20170630-story.html

  3. “Bernie Sanders attacks Trump nominee for following teachings of Christ,” Todd Starnes, Fox New, June 09, 2017, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/09/bernie-sanders-attacks-trump-nominee-for-following-teachings-christ.html

  4. Lyrics.com, STANDS4 LLC, 2017. “Cult of Personality Lyrics.” accessed April 29, 2017. http://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1001586

  5. “When Columbia University was on the Mussolini bandwagon,” Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist, August 09, 2014, https://louisproyect.org/2014/08/09/when-columbia-university-was-on-the-mussolini-bandwagon/

  6. “Gleichschaltung [coordination],” GlobalSecurity.org, accessed August 19, 2017, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/de-gleichschaltung.htm

  7. “Let’s take a look at the ‘Alt Left’,” Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, 08/28/2016, http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/lets-take-a-look-at-the-alt-left/

Best of Times, Worst of Times in America

These are the best of times in American because for the first time in a long time we have a real American as president. Let me be clear, just because a person is a U.S. citizen that doesn’t necessarily make him or her an American regardless of where he or she was or was not born.

These are also the worst of times in America because the country in is the throes of a very real and widespread insurgency that hasn’t been seen since the riotous ‘60s.

I’ve already written about this phenomenon in a blog post entitled In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More” where I’ve made comparisons between the political climate of the 1960s and today…but today things are much worse.

Many cartoon characters in the lamestream media and in the U.S. government are trying to convince us that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in our recent election by hacking the DNC’s emails. Okay, let’s assume he (they) did, then how do you explain why emails were released that demonstrated the system being rigged in Hillary’s favor—something everyone believed was happening anyway—would somehow sway the election? Could it be that the Democrats had a lousy candidate who ran a lousy campaign? Maybe they should talk to McCain or Romney for solace. By the way, when I say “everyone” believed I mean everyone, Hillary supporters included.

Secondly, if Putin and Russia are truly our enemies as all the Dumbocrats and many Republicans have claimed, then why would they allege that Russia interfered to sway the election for Donald Trump who is intensely pro-American? In other words, what was in it for them [Russians]?

Thirdly, if Putin truly possessed divine powers that the Dems and the lamestream media infer that he possesses because he somehow enabled Donald Trump to win the election, then I’m sure he also has the power to cover his tracks.

Senator McCain and Former Vice President Dick Cheney went so far as to call Russia’s alleged tampering in our election as an “act of war.” If it truly was an “act of war,” then why hasn’t the good senator tried to get a declaration of war against Russia from the Congress? I guess the meddling might have been serious, but it wasn’t that serious.

And then we have Senator Rand Paul saying that President Trump violated the Constitution when he authorized the missile attack on the Syrian airfield by not first getting congressional authorization. Is he kidding? Really? It would have been easier to get approval from the UN than from Congress, especially now with the insurgency raging. Maybe Senator Paul needs to wake up to the fact that the U.S. is already at war whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not. Our relentless enemy has declared a holy war on us and that enemy is the Islamic Jihad. I think that we, those of us living in the West, need to stop using the ambiguous and politically correct term “terrorists” when referring to Jihadis. I suppose we don’t like to use the term Jihadis because after all, it has religious overtones and we can’t have any of that.

I’m sure by now everyone knows where North Korea is on the map. Lest we forget, the U.S. and North Korea are technically still at war since no peace treaty has ever been signed. The S. Koreans can wave the peace sign all they want but it doesn’t change the reality—reunification is only wishful thinking. The Korean War ended in an armistice as did World War I and we all know how well that worked out. Maybe in the future we should let generals conduct wars instead of politicians and bureaucrats.

So, what brought us to this best of times, worst of times period in our history? Well, I believe the groundwork was laid on January 20, 2009 when the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated. The populace, not unlike frogs, unwittingly put themselves in a pot of water over a flame while the BHO administration slowly raised the temperature to a boil. Like frogs, the populace adapted to their situation until it was almost too late.

Things reached the boiling point on August 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri where the War on Police began. Like the insurgents in Iraq, the insurgents in America target symbols of civil authority, primarily the police and local officials. But it doesn’t stop there…

Another soft-target for the insurgents are college and university campuses. Safe-spaces on campuses are nothing more than mini-Sanctuary Cities for anarchists in training. Any conservative found trespassing on a campus safe-space is akin to an enemy soldier strolling into a war zone—you enter at your own peril.

Did any of these unconstitutional and anarchistic activities solicit a response from the 44th president or from then Attorney General Loretta Lynch? None that I can remember. Meanwhile, many of the frogs (i.e., the populace) broke ranks and on November 8, 2016 did the unthinkable.

After the inauguration the insurgents took to the streets to do what insurgents do best, and that is to incite riots and to participate in violent protests, It interesting to note that former AG Lynch and BHO went so far as to not only condone but to encourage violent anti-Trump protests. Collusion?

Lately, the lamestream media, Palm Beach locals, and certain Republicans have taken to criticizing President Trump’s frequent visits to his resort at Mar-a-Lago for wasting the taxpayers’ money on security and travel. I really feel relieved that my tax money is being so carefully looked after. I don’t remember hearing any outcries when BHO took trips to Hawaii on the taxpayers’ dime. Which flight do you think burns more fuel, D.C. to Hawaii or D.C. to Florida? Let me guess… As a taxpayer, I’m more concerned about my taxes being spent on the UN, NATO, foreign aid, climate regulations, illegal immigrant entitlements, Washington bureaucrats, and so on and so forth.

Since the election, the Democrats are now in the position of being the Opposition Party while the Republicans accuse them of being the Obstructionist Party. I for one, think a new name is called for that better reflects the Democrats’ ideology and tactics; I would rename the [Democratic] Party the Insurgent Liberation Party (ILP). Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

I always get a kick out of hearing the whiners complain about everything President Trump does or says as being “reckless and irresponsible.” The world is “going to hell in a handbasket” but our alt-left lamestream media prefers attacking the president in order to marginalize him personally and to delegitimize his office.

Nevertheless, let me close as “fair and balanced” by saying that I would have preferred Hillary won in 2008 instead of BHO. But, as is always the case, history tends to prove hindsight is 20/20.

The title and some literary devices used in this posting were inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

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In the Crosshairs: Election Retrospective

In agile software development, it’s expected that Scrum project teams conduct a sprint retrospective. The sprint retrospective is a meeting attended by all project team members to determine what was done right during the sprint and what was not done so well. The team attempts to ascertain what actions that could be taken on future sprints to increase the team’s effectiveness or velocity.

In the old days, we used to call this retrospective type of meeting a post-mortem or “an examination of the corpse to determine correct cause of death.” In our case here, the corpse is the 2016 U.S. election. Or more accurately, the corpse in this case is what was said in the “Crosshairs” series published on this blog during the primaries and presidential campaign season. In other words, this post is a self-retrospective.

In the Crosshairs: Trump & the GOP

Published: August 06, 2015

Many Republican career politicians deserted Trump like rats from a sinking ship. Enter former presidential candidate John McCain. I admit I voted the McCain / Palin ticket in 2008 only because of Sarah Palin, I never really liked John McCain, there was always something about him…

Career politicians are only looking out for themselves, especially when they’re up for reelection.

Anyway, McCain dropped his support of Trump after the release of the infamous hot-mic tapes like a rat deserting a sinking ship, only the ship wasn’t sinking.

The so-called “fired up crazies” spoke and Trump won the presidency.

In the Crosshairs: Paris Attacks

Published: November 14, 2015

Our current president still refuses to acknowledge that the ISIL inspired Jihadis are Islamic, even though every name they use or ones that are given to them has the word “Islamic” in it.

So what’s the issue here? Will it give them more credibility if we in the West agree with them that they are Islamic? The “JV Team” seems to have no problem with credibility since they now have a presence in 18 countries around the world.

So, no matter what name you choose to give them, ISIL, radical Islamic terrorist, or Jihadis, you have to ask yourself, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

In the Crosshairs: Guns & Immigration

Published: December 01, 2015

I’ve heard Bill O’Reilly say, on more than one occasion in his Talking Points Memo on Fox News Channel, that America would never elect a socialist as president. Well, I think Bill O’Reilly is wrong since Bernie Sanders almost clinched the Democratic nomination were it not for the Clinton machine opposing him.

Maybe you don’t think there is a Marxist revolution going on in America, if not, then you haven’t been paying attention to the “Not My President” movement which surely advocates a globalist agenda with Marxist overtones.

So, if our Western democracy had worn a condom while fornicating with Marxian socialism we probably wouldn’t be in this situation today.

In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More”

Published: December 05, 2015

This “Crosshairs” post was my tribute to Karen Carpenter and the good old ‘60s.

Check it out. I think I hit the nail right on the head with this one.

In the Crosshairs: Generals and Politicians

Published: December 25, 2015

So, in the fight against ISIS or the global Jihad, “What would Patton do?” Well, he’d win and that’s all he would have to say.

Yes, Donald Trump admires Generals Patton and MacArthur and so do I. History has proven Patton and MacArthur right and proven the politicians and some presidents wrong. As Trump might say, The generals “knew what the hell was going on.”

Coincidentally, Trump made many references to Patton and MacArthur during his campaign. Could he have been reading this blog?

In the Crosshairs: National Review’s Manifesto against Donald Trump

Published: January 30, 2016

The so-called conservatives at the National Review made idiots of themselves when they maligned Donald Trump in such a way that even the radical Left and Saul Alinsky would be proud.

The 2016 U.S. elections are over and Donald Trump is now the president elect. Remember during the primaries when Ted Cruz declared on many occasions that Donald Trump would not be the Republican Party’s nominee. Well, not only did Trump get the nomination, he won the election! What does that say about Cruz’s prophetic abilities or his credentials as an evangelical?

In the Crosshairs: Providence and the U.S. Election

Published: March 06, 2016

Although no one is really saying it, God spoke and Trump won the election. Obviously, God spoke through the voters. Notice that He didn’t speak through the elites, media pundits, experts, commentators, news reporters, pollsters, globalist, or progressives.

Most of the time when God speaks, no one really listens, but this time the whole world got the message.

In the Crosshairs: Looking Back to See Ahead

Published: August 28, 2016

The good news is that Trump won the election, the bad news is that all the loud mouth celebrities who said they would leave the U.S. if Trump won are still here.

So was I wrong to say that “America has been destroyed,” and “Donald Trump is running for president of a country that doesn’t exist anymore and that pretty much assures that Hillary Clinton will win the election?” I would have to say yes and no.

Yes, I was wrong in that Hillary Clinton didn’t win the election, but no, I wasn’t wrong to say America has been destroyed. Take a look around, see all the “Not my President” rioters and protestors. Obama met with Trump and was cordial but the President made no attempt to try to quell the violence his supporters are inflicting on our cities and institutions. I believe America as we knew it is gone—God just gave us a short reprieve. Maybe “for the sake of the elect?”

In the Crosshairs: The Last Election

Published: November 05, 2016

By the time I published this post, I was convinced that nothing could stop Hillary Clinton from becoming President of the United States. I was wrong…thankfully wrong. God intervened and pronounced His judgement.

And just when you thought it was safe to turn on the news and not hear a barrage of negative rants against Donald Trump that the corrupt mainstream media are working overtime to marginalize and ridicule his cabinet picks, wife and other family members during his transition to the White House. No doubt, the 2020 presidential campaign has already begun.

Yes, the Left was hoping this would be the last election. They had a candidate who they believed couldn’t lose. Who will they find to run against Trump for the 2020 election? Time alone will tell.

P.S. This concludes my series on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I trust my insights and analyses were entertaining and hopefully even original at times. I tried to make analogies that were outside of the mainstream, maybe even outside traditional conservative circles. Nevertheless, I tried to make points that I felt others missed or neglected to some degree, particularly with reference to divine providence. All this with a healthy dose of sarcasm thrown in. As always, I welcome your comments.

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In the Crosshairs: The Last Election

After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Dan. 7:7 NASB

It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Rev. 13:7-8

You may be asking yourself, “What does any of this have to do with the 2016 United States presidential election?” Well, maybe nothing…then again, maybe everything.

The biblical verses I quoted from Daniel and Revelation clearly predict a coming world leader or put another way, global governance on steroids. Additionally, if you read closely you will understand that this coming world leader will not be a friend to the Christian community. So, which presidential candidate supports policies that could lead to the loss of America’s sovereignty? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not Trump.

Hillary Clinton is running on a platform that seeks to preserve President Obama’s legacy, like Obamacare for example. Also included in Obama’s legacy would be the way he used every opportunity during his presidency to diminish and demean Christians of all persuasions. On the other hand, he has been an effective Islamic apologist, like refusing to admit ISIS is Islamic. Obama also likes to tout his immigration policy of allowing refugees into the U.S., but I bet you didn’t know that out of 6,726 Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. so far in FY 2016, only 23 are Christians!

And who can forget Obama’s many worldwide apology tours.

In order for a global leader to subdue the entire world, the United States, in particular, would have to be conquered or assimilated. I don’t think the U.S. could be conquered militarily, but I do believe it could be assimilated—and we are already well on our way! In my opinion, the results of this election will determine if the process becomes accelerated or decelerated.

So I think you need to ask yourself if you are really ready for Hillary because she is probably going to win the election. You know, having Hillary for President wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for her ideology. But then again, I suspect most voters have no idea what her ideology really is because she has been so good at putting the spin on her real opinions and beliefs.

Can you remember the last time Hillary held a news conference or agreed to interview with someone from a network other than CNN (Collusive News Network)? Then again, calling CNN a news network is seriously oxymoronic.

I found a pretty good way of deciding who I would vote for without even hearing any of the candidates’ positions. If you really want to know what a candidate stands for, just look at who is supporting the candidate. For example, George Soros and Lady Gaga are both supporting Hillary Clinton. In case you don’t know who George Soros is, you had better find out soon because he is a radical leftist ideologue who is determined to bring about an end to America’s sovereignty. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then vote for Hillary. On the other hand, if you’re looking someone with a strong desire to stand up for America, Steve Forbes and Jerry Falwell Jr. are both supporting Donald Trump.

Hillary’s campaign slogan is “Stronger Together” but she has no problem discriminating against those “irredeemable” folks that the Left have profiled as being un-American simply because of their belief in traditional values and American exceptionalism. Hillary’s definition of “inclusion” is to dispense all those who don’t support her leftist agenda into that “basket of deplorables.”

Left-wing bias is running rampant during this election cycle. The brazen mainstream media doesn’t even feel the need to hide it anymore. For those who love to criticize Fox News, you need to understand that there is a big difference between hard news reporting and commentary / opinion. Maybe your teachers and professors skipped over this subject in school.

Speaking of the news media, I have a habit of watching Water’s World on Fox News Channel and it’s really scary because I would have to say from what I’ve heard, almost 80% of the interviewees were totally clueless…and some will even be voting.

As an amateur photographer, I’m concerned with color and contrast in my photos. In the same way, I look for color and contrast in the current presidential candidates. Inarguably, Donald Trump is the most colorful candidate this country has ever seen while Hillary mostly appears in varying shades of gray. On the other hand, the contrast between the two candidates couldn’t be more lucid:

  • Nationalism vs. Globalism
  • < Regulation vs. > Regulation
  • < Taxes vs. > Taxes
  • Borders vs. Bridges
  • Law vs. Lawlessness
  • Truth vs. Lies…

Conspiracies abound, but since there are no Trump supporters lurking in the Bushes, we’re not hearing about that “vast right-wing conspiracy” anymore. No, instead we are getting barraged with Russia conspiring with the Republicans to influence the election. All this noise was generated by the media because Putin said that Trump was a “colorful candidate” and Trump said “wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with Russia.” What’s so terrible about that? Nevertheless, getting along doesn’t necessarily mean going along. Conversely, if Trump made some inflammatory remarks about Putin and Russia, the mainstream media would be accusing him [Trump] of trying to start a war.

The vast right-wing conspiracy has morphed into a two-man conspiracy to de-throne the Clintons.

Conspiracies aside, nothing sells better than sex, just ask Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel. I was really shocked when she brought up the War on Women accusation against Trump at the first presidential debate. The mainstream media along with Megyn Kelly hammered the voters relentlessly with their coverage of the Trump NBC hot mic tape. Megyn Kelly has certainly done a lot to endear herself to the feminist movement or maybe she already is a card-carrying member.

Speaking of wars, we have lots of them now such as the War on: Coal (i.e., energy), Christianity, Law Enforcement, First and Second Amendments, Fox News, Conservative Talk Radio, Capitalism, American Values, etc., etc.

I’ve heard many commentators and pundits say that Trump’s achievements are unprecedented in modern political history, but so have Hillary’s accomplishments. She ran unsuccessfully against Barak Obama for the presidency and was then appointed as Secretary of State. Later, she successfully ran for office as senator from New York, all the while amassing a fortune of around $31 million. But her best achievement was being able to avoid any repercussions or consequences from using an unsecured private email server as Secretary of State. Hillary’s not worried, she could (hypothetically) “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” and she wouldn’t get convicted.

Even so, I believe what Trump was able to accomplish without being a political hack is amazing to say the least. And whether he wins or loses, this 2016 election cycle will be discussed for many years to come.

If Hillary wins this election, she will be president for eight years. I don’t think it will be possible for the country to recover. This will be the last election.

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In the Crosshairs: Looking Back to See Ahead

While serving in the U.S. Air Force in South Vietnam during the early 70s, I had the opportunity to see the movie Catch-22 in the base theater. I’ll never forget the scene of the outrageous conversation between Nately, played by actor Art Garfunkel, and an old, lecherous man which took place in a whorehouse somewhere in Rome during WWII. Part of the conversation (taken from the Kindle book) went like this:

‘America is the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth,’ Nately informed him with lofty fervor and dignity. ‘And the American fighting man is second to none.’

‘Exactly,’ agreed the old man pleasantly, with a hint of taunting amusement. ‘Italy, on the other hand, is one of the least prosperous nations on earth. And the Italian fighting man is probably second to all…Yes, I am quite certain that Italy will survive this war and still be in existence long after your own country has been destroyed.’

‘America is not going to be destroyed!’ he [Nately] shouted passionately. ‘Never?’ prodded the old man softly. ‘Well . . .’ Nately faltered.

The old man laughed indulgently, holding in check a deeper, more explosive delight. His goading remained gentle. ‘Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed, Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours? How much longer do you really think your own country will last? Forever?’

The idea of America being destroyed was unthinkable in 1970 when this film was released. Even though America was still involved in the war in Vietnam, Richard Nixon was president and it seemed that the anarchy of the 1960s had been quelled.

Who could have imagined then that America would only last another 50 short years?

When I got off the plane at Travis AFB in California in 1972 after the flight from Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (with a stopover in Japan), I felt a sigh of relief—I was back in the “World.” I was even more relieved after arriving at JFK and after having taken a cab through familiar surroundings to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where my aunt and uncle had an apartment.

There was a certain feeling of security in the U.S. back then. No one worried about being attacked, that didn’t occur in America…then 9/11 happened and everything changed.

In my opinion, nothing has been the same since the World Trade Center in NYC came down. Yes, America rose up to fight back but the cure has turned out to be worse than the disease.

On the other hand, nothing really happens overnight, America was already pivoting away from her traditional values of borders, language and culture during the 1960s.

Even though the radicalism of the 1960s was subdued during the Nixon years, it wasn’t cured it just went into remission only to flare up again in the 1980s with the appearance of political correctness.

Political correctness has since metastasized into almost every institution in America: the mainstream media; Hollywood (actors and films); academia; the scientific community; government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial); and churches…yes, even churches! Has America joined Europe and the rest of the world in this insanity?

So, here we are 16 years into the 21st century and you have to ask yourself, “Has anything really changed?”

Politics certainly hasn’t changed. I recall spending time, while growing up, with my parents at Uncle Wallace and Aunt Sophie’s house in Wallington, NJ which is very close to Passaic. Uncle Wallace owned and operated a storefront deli in the front section of his house and once a year, around Easter, he would give my father some homemade kielbasa to bring home, usually two rings which never really seemed to be enough. Anyway, in 1964 during one of our visits, my father’s cousin along with his family were there also and the men were having a conversation on politics at the kitchen table. My father’s cousin was trying to make a case against Barry Goldwater for president by implying that if elected he would ban rock ‘n’ roll. From that moment on, the name Barry Goldwater was to me anathema since I was a big Beatles fan.

So, after all these years I decided to read a transcript of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech. I wanted to see if there was any basis for believing that he, as president, would turn out to be some kind of intolerant dictator as my father’s cousin would have liked us to believe. To the contrary, based on the following excerpts from Goldwater’s acceptance speech I find there was no basis whatsoever for my father’s cousin’s erroneous statements:

We see, in private property and in economy based upon and fostering private property, the one way to make government a durable ally of the whole man, rather than his determined enemy. We see in the sanctity of private property the only durable foundation for constitutional government in a free society. And beyond that, we see, in cherished diversity of ways, diversity of thoughts, of motives and accomplishments. We do not seek to lead anyone’s life for him – we seek only to secure his rights and to guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.

Balance, diversity, creativity – these are the elements of Republican equation.

This is a party, this Republican Party, a Party for free men, not for blind followers, and not for conformists.

Naturally, no one remembers any of these great words. The only words from Goldwater’s speech that people tend to remember are the words that the biased, dishonest media will allow you to remember, and those words are:

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Goldwater’s obvious fatal mistake was his use of the E-word. Ever since then, people have come to automatically equate conservatism with extremism, while on the other hand, they have come to automatically equate liberalism (progressivism / socialism / collectivism) with moderation (normalcy).

So who are the real extremists, Donald Trump or the criminal-coddling Left? Lest we forget, it was not long after Trump made his [in]famous statement about Mexican and other immigrants being “killers and rapists,” that Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by a seven time convicted felon, an illegal Mexican immigrant who was deported five times and returned. San Francisco provides a safe haven for illegal immigrants since it is a “Sanctuary City,” and the Democrats in Congress blocked the passage of Kate’s Law. Insane? Yes. The inmates (politicians) are now running the asylum (government).

As I read through the text of Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech, I thought to myself, “This speech could have been used today, almost in its entirety, by Donald Trump.” Pretty much all that he would need to do is substitute “communism” with “radical Islam” and he would have it. After all these years, very little has changed, if anything.

The experts like to make comparisons between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan but I think Mr. Trump’s views on many issues are more in line with Goldwater’s not Reagan’s. But no one dare mention the name Goldwater—it has become a pariah.

I believe the very reason for the Left’s unrelenting vitriol directed at Donald Trump is because he has become the 21st century Goldwater Republican. And, if Ann Coulter’s theory is correct, no Republican can ever win the White House again. On the other hand, if Donald Trump does manage to get elected, he will in all probability be the last Republican president.

So, will the voters going to the polls in the U.S. make the same mistake on Election Day in 2016 as they did in 1964? Time will tell. Will the biased media be successful in demonizing Donald Trump so that enough people are persuaded to vote for Hillary Clinton? It depends on whether or not America is already too far gone.

Hillary Clinton was deemed “extremely carless” in her handling of classified information by FBI Director James Comey but she still leads Donald Trump in almost all the polls. Also, based on James Comey’s answers to Trey Gowdy’s questions concerning Hillary Clinton’s past statements, it seems clear that she has been less than truthful with the American people. While it appears that she can fool the FBI and large segments of the electorate, she isn’t fooling God (this is a theological blog after all).

Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity.

Jer. 9:5 NASB

Has America become like those of whom the prophet Jeremiah spoke of? Will Hillary Clinton’s lies eventually catch up with her as it is written:

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

Prov. 19:5

Along with the proliferation of lies and liars, there is also no shortage of hypocrisy and hypocrites during this presidential election season. So…

Can someone please explain to me why the Liberals are all upset with Donald Trump for speaking out against the vicious personal attacks made by Khizr Khan during the Democratic Convention when it was those very same Liberals who during the Vietnam War called returning veterans “baby killers?”

Can someone please explain to me why Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooter, was sitting in a prominent location directly behind Hillary Clinton at her rally in Kissimmee, Florida? Seddique Mateen is a Clinton supporter and gun control advocate—go figure!

Can someone please explain to me why billionaires such as Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, and many others are supporting Hillary Clinton when she is supposedly running against Wall Street and the 1%?

Can someone please explain to me why the mainstream media gives Hillary Clinton a pass for not releasing her 30,000 or so deleted emails but they slam Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns?

Can someone please explain to me why Liberals break out into self-righteous indignation over Donald Trump calling it as he sees it when these very same liberals called George W. Bush “Dumbya,” “Dumbo,” “Bushitler,” and “Uncurious George,” among other names?

Can someone please explain to me why Hollywood actor Will Smith can get away with making an outright threat:  “We get to know who people [Donald Trump supporters] are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country,” but the Left went hysterical over Donald Trump’s Second Amendment people comment? To most rational, thinking people what Trump said was an obvious double entendre—not intended to be taken literally.

I believe the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election will either confirm or invalidate my earlier statement that America has been destroyed. That is not to say that America is or will be destroyed in the sense that Rome was destroyed in 476 C.E. America will be destroyed when her borders, language, and culture are abraded.

If my assessment that America has been destroyed is true, then Donald Trump is running for president of a country that doesn’t exist anymore and that pretty much assures that Hillary Clinton will win the election. Let’s hope I’m wrong. On the other hand, if Donald Trump does win the election, let’s hope that Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, and Cher stick to their word and leave the country. Do you think they’ll be missed? I didn’t think so.

However, if it all goes bad in November because the majority happens to get fooled again, then we can all sing the lines from a familiar song, “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”


Joseph Heller. Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition (pp. 272-273). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

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In the Crosshairs: Providence and the U.S. Election

When was the last time you heard the word “revolution” used in the context of the Republican Party? I would say never. Revolution is term normally associated with progressives and Democrats but this year there is a “populist revolution” and it’s being waged by Republican voters against the same political elites and career politicians in Washington D.C.

Unlike the American Revolution which began in 1775, the political revolution today is being fought by voters not armies, with ballots not bullets. In 1776, the battlegrounds were Trenton and Princeton but in 2016 every polling booth in every state in the United States is a battleground.

In 1776, our great American leader was General George Washington, today, our great American leader is Donald J. Trump. Some of you on the other side of the political spectrum might ask “what about Bernie Sanders and the democratic socialist revolution he is leading?” Yes, but his movement really isn’t a revolution, it’s just business as usual for someone in the new Democratic Party.

So, am I trying to compare George Washington with Donald Trump? Well, not really but I believe there are some interesting parallels between the two men.

The following excerpts are from The Real American His-story concerning Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War:

On the morning of July 9th, 1755, [Gen.] Braddock and 1000 of his men, along with Washington and some of his Virginia regulars, crossed the southern shore of the Monongahela. Colonel Thomas Gage had a forward detachment of 350 soldiers, 250 workers and axe men, cutting a path. They were about 10 miles from Ft. Duquesne around 1:00 pm, Gage and the forward detachment had just crossed a ravine when scouts, and flanking parties came running back towards them, waving them off. Just then, they were hit with a fusillade of musket balls. It immediately became chaos. The British could not see their enemy, because they were hidden behind rocks, hills, and trees. The rain of bullets kept coming in on them dropping them like flies. Gage’s men fired back at the direction of the smoke plumes from their enemies’ rifles, but hit nothing but the rocks, hills, and trees, merely splintering bark.

For the Indians, who were crack marksmen, this was like shooting fish in a barrel…The retreating men collided with the advancing men, setting them to more confusion. All the while, the French and Indians continued to rain down musket balls upon them with deadly accuracy, and force.

Indians testified later, that they had singled him [Washington] out, but their bullets had no effect on him. They were convinced that an Invisible Power was protecting him.

Washington had two horses shot out from under him, and four bullet holes in his coat. Yet he himself was untouched by bullet, bayonet, tomahawk, or arrow. Scores of victims had fallen beside him, yet he went unharmed.

George Washington survived the massacre at the Monongahela without as much as a scratch. Was the hand of God protecting him?

On June 16, 2015, Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States and like Washington, he has had to endure a “hail of musket balls” (figuratively) ever since. While many on his left and on his right have already fallen in battle (the debates) he is still standing—mostly unscathed.

There has been no safe ground for Mr. Trump as even many on the Fox News Network have taken to attacking him, such as Charles Krauthammer. Although, judging from the last debate in Detroit, it seems like the early rift between Mr. Trump and Megyn Kelly has healed, at least I hope so.

Nevertheless, Mr. Trump continues to be hit with a fusillade of attacks from every direction including: political pundits, newspapers, media elites, liberals, Democrats, conservatives, and Republicans. Yes, even those in his own party!

Of course, for every revolution there is a counter-revolution. You’ve all heard the familiar slogans of internet groups such as: “Never Trump,” “Stop Trump,” and “Dump Trump.” In my opinion, what they are against is anyone who tries to “Make America Great Again.”

Considering the fact that Mr. Trump has conducted a populist “asymmetrical” political campaign, almost everyone, pundits included, have said his rise in popularity is “unprecedented.” Recently during an interview with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Network, Mayor Rudy Giuliani said:

Because I think if he gets the nomination there is something going on here. Some magic going on here that none of us have gotten from the very beginning.

There is something going on that he caught that nobody else caught. Because six months ago, everybody was waiting for him to implode.

God chose George Washington. God protected him in battle and elected him to be Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and then to become the first President of the United States. Likewise, considering that the rise of Donald Trump has confounded all conventional political wisdom; could the “magic” that Rudy Giuliani referred to be just another example of divine providence?

The Scripture teaches that God is the one who sets up presidents and rulers and He is also the one who takes them down.

It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.

Dan. 2:21 (NASB)

Lest we forget, God is the one who looks upon the heart whereas man looks on the outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7). God decides who should be raised up and who should be put down.

But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

Ps. 75:7

Clearly, God has a history of raising up leaders, of His own choosing, that men reject. Could it be happening today with Donald Trump? We just don’t know. While the history of George Washington is a matter of record, the history of the 2016 election is still being written.

I’m not going to make any predictions, so, as Mr. Trump would say, “let’s see what happens.”

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In the Crosshairs: National Review’s Manifesto against Donald Trump

I’ve just read through the essays “Conservatives against Trump” in the National Review  and I must say that if you believe what these conservative elitists are saying, you would think that Donald J. Trump is the Antichrist incarnate or the Beast of Revelation.

The essays in the National Review are laced with nothing but vitriol towards Mr. Trump, so much so that it would make even the worst liberal hack green with envy. Nevertheless, the self-proclaimed apostles of conservatism decided to emulate the tactics and language of the very people and groups they claim to be against, namely Barack Obama and liberal Democrats.

Saul Alinsky wrote in his book Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” I wouldn’t think that any of the conservative elites consider Saul Alinsky as one of their heroes, but none of them, except for maybe Glenn Beck and one other, had any hesitation whatsoever in heaping volleys of ridicule upon Mr. Trump as illustrated in the following quotes:

David Boaz – “He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat.”

L. Brent Bozell III – “Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all.”

Mona Charen – “The man has demonstrated an emotional immaturity bordering on personality disorder, and it ought to disqualify him from being a mayor, to say nothing of a commander-in-chief.”

“A pinball is more predictable.”

Erick Erickson – “Like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for Donald Trump’s conversion to conservatism.”

Mark Helprin – “Forget hair like the tinsel on discarded Christmas trees.”

“…he has like a tapeworm invaded the schismatically weakened body of the Republican party…like Allah in Islamic theology, he is whatever he pleases to be at the moment, the only principle being the triumph of his will.”

“He doesn’t know the Constitution, history, law, political philosophy, nuclear strategy, diplomacy, defense, economics beyond real estate, or even, despite his low-level-mafioso comportment, how ordinary people live.”

William Kristol – “In sum: Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained…”

Michael B. Mukasey – “…we will need a president who summons our strength with a reality-based strategic vision, not one who summons applause with tantrums and homicidal fantasies.

R. Reno – “Our nation’s solidarity is being tested. It will only make things worse if we go Trumpster diving.”

Thomas Sowell – “A shoot-from-the-hip, bombastic showoff is the last thing we need or can afford.”

Cal Thomas – “Trump might also be compared to Elmer Gantry, the fictional evangelist who used religion to mask his dark side.”

Yep, with conservatives like that who needs liberal, progressive Democrats? And here is a prime example of what happens when you don’t suck up to the media and political elites; whether Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.

David Boaz, one of the contributors, wrote “Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign. Scapegoating? Really? The Democrats would be proud to have David Boaz on their team of race-baiters. Obviously David Boaz doesn’t have access to newspapers, TV or the internet because he is totally oblivious to what is going on in the world. I guess he’s never heard of Kate Steinle or the shootings in San Bernardino. Securing our border with Mexico isn’t about not liking or hating Hispanics, it’s about enforcing our immigration laws and keeping criminal and terrorist elements out. In case David Boaz hasn’t heard yet, there are many followers of Islam who have declared war on Western civilization. Isn’t it prudent for Mr. Trump to suggest a moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries? Is Mr. Trump’s proposals purely based on religious preferences or do they line up with the realities of the world we live in?

Thanks to David Boaz, Mark Helprin, William Kristol, and Cal Thomas, Mr. Trump has been compared to Mussolini, Hitler, the Godfather, Caesar, and Elmer Gantry. Is anyone buying any of this garbage? Based on many polls and judging from attendance at his rallies, there are many voters (hopefully) who like Mr. Trump because they believe he is a strong man or leader, not because they think he is a strongman.

So, should ideological conservatives, and evangelicals for that matter, support Donald Trump? Well, we’ve had eight years of Ronald Reagan and abortion hasn’t been overturned. We’ve also had eight years of George W. Bush and abortion still hasn’t been overturned—the Constitution, Congress and the Supreme Court always get in the way. Would electing another ideological conservative make any difference? Someone like Ted Cruz could capture the evangelical, conservative vote, but is that enough the win the presidency?

Barack Obama was elected to two terms as president. How could that have happened if the majority of Americans wanted a far-right, conservative candidate? I think Ann Coulter said it best, “In another few years, the whole country will be California and no Republican will win another national election.”1 The demographics in America have changed and they now favor the Democrats over the Republicans.

Evangelicals need to be wary of smooth talkers. Haven’t we had enough of polite, milquetoast, politicians who cave in and apologize every time they’re challenged or attacked by the media, pundits, and the political opposition? Haven’t we had enough of career politicians with their law degrees from elitist schools? The elites have nothing but contempt for ordinary people anyway. After all, an outsider presidential candidate is not without honor except within his own political party and among his own party elite.2 Isn’t it about time for a president from a different background?

Ted Cruz is probably the favorite candidate amongst evangelicals because he said “Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just saying.”3 Ted Cruz can criticize Donald Trump for being from New York but the “consistent conservative” was born in Canada, a country that is “notoriously liberal.” Evangelicals need to remember that Trump is not trying to be pastor of a church, he’s running for President of the United States. I hope evangelical voters can remember that. In a way, Ted Cruz may be right, not a lot of conservatives have come from New York but some of the best ones have like Michael Savage.

Michael Savage said that the best platform for a candidate to run on is “Borders, Language, and Culture.”4 I believe Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan encapsulates those very things. Is there anyone who doesn’t agree that Mr. Trump is for securing our borders and dealing with illegal immigration?

Michael Savage has said that we need a “street fighter to fight against what’s coming.” Dr. Savage recognizes it and so does Mr. Trump. But that sentiment has not resonated well with everyone particularly Megyn Kelly at Fox News of all places. Megyn Kelly started the feud with Donald Trump during the first Republican Debate with her “war on women” question, or more accurately an accusation, almost right out of the gate. I was even embarrassed by her question so I can understand Mr. Trump’s feelings. The rift between them has not gone away as evidenced by the fact that Mr. Trump refused to participate in the latest Iowa debate because Megyn Kelly was selected as one of the moderators again.

As Tina Fey almost single-handedly brought down Sarah Palin and won the election for Barack Obama in 2008; now it seems that Megyn Kelly could be the only one to bring down Donald Trump. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’m an evangelical, a veteran, an American, and a voter, and I support Donald J. Trump for president.

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  1. “Coulter: I Got 30 Million Reasons,” Ann Coulter, Human Events, July 3, 2013, http://humanevents.com/2013/07/03/coulter-i-got-30-million-reasons/

  2. Matt. 13:57 

  3. “Cruz Is Wrong and Trump Is Right: New York Has a Long History of Conservatives,” Grant Burningham, Newsweek.com, January 14, 2016, http://www.newsweek.com/cruz-wrong-and-trump-right-new-york-has-long-history-conservatives-416041

  4. “I KNOW HOW TO WIN: BORDERS, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE!” Savage Nation, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oRmPvhBAtg

In the Crosshairs: Generals and Politicians

A famous U.S. general once said, “America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.” But something has changed in America. Why is it that America really hasn’t won a war since World War II? I think General Patton believed what he said was true—but that was another time. A lot has changed since then; so much so that Patton wouldn’t recognize this country today.

I would argue that General Patton along with General MacArthur were two of the greatest military leaders in modern times. I don’t think that many would agree that Patton, or MacArthur for that matter, were politicians. Yet, still, maybe Patton was the forerunner of a new breed of politician.

Patton said that “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” Bureaucrats shouldn’t be running a war and they shouldn’t be running a country either.

President Obama recently held a news conference where he tried to convince us, the American people, that he has a strategy for dealing with radical Islamic terrorists. And not only that he has a strategy but that his strategy is working, albeit, not as fast as he would like. “Degrade and contain” may be a useful strategy for treating cancer but in war “there is no substitute for victory.”

Of course, in order to win a war you first have to recognize that you are in a war.

There are some politicians that don’t want to use the word war and don’t want to call the enemy who they really are so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s amazing how far political correctness has come.

Political correctness has completely infiltrated the culture in America. Doesn’t anyone find it a little coincidental that political correctness took hold in America during the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was president? Reagan was a conservative so the Left had to do damage control to minimize their losses and the way they did it was by imposing political correctness on society as a whole. The scourge of political correctness seemed to come out of nowhere but it spread like a virus throughout the country. The first to become infected were the Hollywood elites then eventually it spread to academia and beyond and has now become a worldwide pandemic.

In the 1980s, political correctness was pretty much just an annoyance but the true believers who promoted it then and those who promote in now still take it very seriously. However, today we are seeing the fruits of their labors: tolerance and political correctness are getting people killed. Witness the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino; and the lunacy that is taking place on our college campuses, even in Ivy League universities. On campuses throughout the country, forums for the open discussion of ideas have been replaced by so called “safe zones.” Dissenting (i.e., conservative) opinions are suppressed and called hate speech. So, yes Toto, “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

As the wise leader Patton has said, “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

Political correctness is the tool being used by the Left in America to bring into “alignment” all aspects of society with their radical, progressive ideology. Culture, the economy, education, laws, and the media have all been “coordinated” along left-wing values and ideals. Political correctness is not a new concept; it was used successfully by the National Socialists in Germany in the 1930s and it’s being used successfully today in the United States. As I said in a previous post, “it’s yesterday once more.”

Not only has the United States succumbed to this vile plague of political correctness, but all other countries in the world as well—in varying degrees.

It’s now 2015 and time for a real change in America. It’s time for a leader not just another politician. Back in 1992, we hoped it would be Perot. Then later in 2012 it looked like it could be Herman Cain but instead we got another four years of Obama. Cain’s run for president was derailed when he was accused of the serious crime of “being Black and Republican.”

Why successful business leaders are considered so unqualified to be president I don’t know. Do business leaders and politicians need to know how to communicate? I would say “yes.” Do business leaders and politicians need to know about financial budgets? I would say “yes.” Do business leaders and politicians need to know how to put together a winning team? I would emphatically say “yes” again. And finally, do business leaders and politicians need to know how to rally people behind their stated goals and objectives? I most emphatically say “yes!” If all these things are true, then why is Donald Trump not being taken as a serious candidate?

I believe Mr. Trump is very serious when he says he wants to “Make America Great Again!”

To say that Donald Trump is not a serious candidate is probably one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Everything about Mr. Trump says serious. When Mr. Trump held a rally recently at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the backdrop for his speaker’s podium was his sleek black Boeing 757 emblazoned with his name and “T” logo on the tail. To me that says power, prestige, and success. Compare that to Hillary Clinton’s Scooby Doo van. Better yet, how about the opening credits to Celebrity Apprentice where Mr. Trump is shown strutting from his black corporate helicopter in a dark suit and overcoat—very commanding. Compare that to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits. The media eats it up and calls Hillary’s pantsuit wardrobe “serious power dressing.” Whatever!

I’m really getting tired of hearing all the pundits, even on Fox News, say that Trump is an entertainer and not a serious candidate. Really? Does Mr. Trump need any more name recognition? Is the Trump Organization in trouble? Lord knows he doesn’t need the money; besides being a successful businessman he is also an author and was the host of his own very successful reality TV show franchise.

Mr. Trump doesn’t use notes or a teleprompter when he makes speeches. Inevitably, he’ll say things that all the other run-of-the-mill candidates would want to say but are afraid to say. Mr. Trump’s recent exaggerated comment about Hillary’s bathroom break during the Democratic primary debate has caused such an uproar that the socialist candidate from Vermont had to step in to defend her. If Hillary can’t even take a little jab from Donald Trump, how is she going to handle ISIS, Assad, Putin, and China?

It’s not only what Donald Trump says that causes an uproar but also his body language and frequent use of gestures when making a point. No one is ever going to accuse Mr. Trump of being animatronic. General Patton said that “The leader must be an actor.” Yes, I believe they all wish they could be Donald Trump, but they can’t. He’s turned politics upside down and inside out and it’s about time.

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Never retreat. Never retract. Never apologize.

There has been discussion about whether or not Mr. Trump can capture the evangelical voting bloc. No matter where Mr. Trump stands on issues of faith there will always be points of doctrine and practice on which some denominations or groups will disagree. Donald Trump is a Presbyterian so at least he identifies with the Christian faith.

Mr. Trump has said “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” and for now, that’s good enough for me.


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In the Crosshairs: Trump & the GOP

There are more declared Republican Presidential candidates that you can shake a stick at—seventeen to be exact. Nevertheless, only the top ten will be participating in the first debate on August 6, 2015. Many of the contenders scheduled to participate in the upcoming debate will come as no surprise to anyone: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and others. However, the one candidate who has surprised everyone, including the entire GOP party machine, is none other than Donald Trump.

Who could have predicted that Trump, the highly successful businessman, real estate mogul, author and TV celebrity would be taking the stage with the best that the GOP has to offer? And not only will he be taking the stage, he will be taking the stage as the frontrunner! The fact that he has risen so fast in the polls without the benefit of being a professional politician is extraordinary to say the least. But this exemplifies what America is all about, extraordinary people doing extraordinary things.

While Trump may be doing well in the polls, not everyone is thrilled by Donald Trump’s accomplishments. The Democrats and their liberal hacks in the mainstream media are doing their best to marginalize and ridicule Trump’s candidacy, saying that he is the best thing that could happen for the Democrats. Obviously, they think that the entire electorate is either made up of idiots or that Trump’s straight talk will get him in trouble with the PC police. On the contrary, the more he says, the more people want to hear.

Straight talk is a trademark of Trump’s personality and style. Not everyone is going to like it, yet thinking people will eventually look past the delivery and start to focus on the message.

Straight talk to a politician is like garlic to a vampire; they just can’t stand it.

Enter Senator John McCain, one of the undead in the GOP, is a politician who can’t stand straight talk. McCain took offense by what Trump said about illegal immigration during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. How dare he invade McCain’s sacred territory and draw attention to the senator’s failure to enforce the law by securing the border. McCain then attacked Trump by saying he had “fired up the crazies.”

Since McCain drew “first blood,” Trump decided to retaliate with his now infamous remark: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” In some cultures, being captured by the enemy is a cause for shame, not celebration. Nevertheless, if McCain thinks that everyone should continue to bow down to him as a war hero, there’s nothing that anyone can do or say that will change his mind. After all, look at how far being a Vietnam War hero has gotten John Kerry.

I’ve always thought that the real heroes in war were those on the winning side. Vietnam was a lost war for a lost cause that was unpopular then and is most likely just as unpopular now. Nobody really cares to hear about it anymore. McCain needs to get over it.

Taking into account that McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for over 5 years, you’d think that would have toughened him up a bit. Again, just the opposite is true. In 2008 McCain ran a feckless campaign for President of the United States and was trounced by Barack Obama. He wouldn’t even have gotten as many votes as he did if it were not for his running mate Sarah Palin.

So, in a desperate attempt to smear Donald Trump, McCain criticized him for his past liberal leanings and for being a Democratic supporter. McCain must have forgotten that the patron saint of the GOP, Ronald Reagan, was himself a hardcore Democrat early in his career. Everyone is a Democrat until they either grow up or come to their senses.

The first GOP Presidential debate takes place tonight. It’s expected to be one of the most interesting debates in recent memory, maybe even in U.S. history.

In the end, Trump may not win the nomination, but he has made one thing perfectly clear, he will not go out quietly!

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