Trump is Still My President – from David’s Wandering Mind

Guest blogger David Bandel was watching the Feminist Protests on Saturday. While I occupy myself with mastering Excel Pivot Tables, here he is with his take on the so-called “Women’s March.”  If he really wanted to get the feminist women riled, he’d tell them his U.S.S. Enterprise theory (!).

I watched with disappointment over the past weekend at the “peaceful” protests put on by the “tolerant” Left. I swear we’re going to have to write a new dictionary to encompass the Left’s new meanings for these terms. Every hour, some news regarding the peace, elegance, and eloquence of the march reached my eyes or ears. But even the fake news (alternative truth?) media had a hard time putting a good face on this one.

A number of pundits circulated among the throng asking a very simple question: “What issue(s) are you protesting?” and most were met with blank-faced stares or incoherent babbling. Perhaps my favorite was the woman who summed it all up with her sign that read simply: “Fuck you fuckety fucking fucks.” Ah the elegance. Oh the eloquence. And she got it all done without being overly loquacious. Clear, concise, coherent. The Left has come so far. (Yes, my terminal is dripping with sarcasm).

Seriously, though folks, really? I understand you don’t like the outcome of the elections. I understand not everyone agrees with Trump on all the issues. But pick an issue (“fuckety fucking fucks” is not an issue), state the issue, tell us what your stance is (and maybe include a concise why). I am open to reason. And on each issue I have an opinion (I also have a navel). More importantly, I can tell you why I believe the way I believe. Be it the 2nd Amendment, the U.N., the illegal immigration issue, the health care issue. But I can speak plainly and clearly.

I also make my sentiments known to my congressmen. I write them (and none of what I write contains words like “fuck” or “you”). I don’t make it personal, I tell them what I want them to support and why. I tell them we should defund the UN because the UN is little more than a soapbox for anti-US sentiment and not something I think we should be paying to hear. They do nothing for us. Boom. No he knows how one of his constituents feels. Same for the 2nd Amendment, which says in part “shall NOT be infringed” (my emphasis). Need I say more? I have added that guns have no place on aircraft as even an accidental discharge at cruising altitude would be catastrophic and we do need to protect everyone on board. Reasonable and reasoned.

Yes, I do support the 1st Amendment. I believe we have the right to assemble peacefully, the right to free speech, the right of the press, and the right of religion (but I temper this with the proviso that your religion cannot infringe the US Constitution or state or federal laws, which Islamic Sharia Law does). Honor killings? Really? Sorry, murder is murder, and that woman is equal to any man. Care to debate that with me?

The past few days protests (I was being facetious calling them peaceful) had nothing to do with women’s rights or any other sane issue. I’d like to call your attention to history. Let’s stick to the past century as it postulates enough examples to shed light on what is really going on. In 1907, the puppet-master Stalin (along with the Bolsheviks he stabbed in the back) organized the lemmings to stand in front of the sabers and pistols of the Czar’s forces. They successfully overthrew the Czar of Russia. Once that was accomplished, Stalin murdered his fellow puppet masters (they had served their purpose) and established his iron-fisted rule.

Fast forward to the late 1930’s. This time, just one puppet master succeeded where several were previously required. Hitler gained power in Germany and the rest is history. It happened in Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge), and other places whose names you may not remember. You’d think as many times as it has happened, someone would point out that history is attempting to repeat itself.

This time the puppet masters have names like Soros (former Nazi), Zucker (owns CNN), and Islam (the Imams with their jihadists). They’ve recruited the arrogant elite of Hollywood (duped is more the term, but I’m trying to be gracious), and have Democrat lemmings doing their bidding, providing cover for the violent protesters and the actual goal of the demonstrations. The puppet masters have the same goal, but each has their own end-game. One that doesn’t involve us as other than their subjects.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working. The Trump administration does need to be sure it doesn’t cross the line and become too heavy handed. This is what the left is trying to goad them into. Yes, the next few months will be challenging. But we need to challenge the left back and be ready to counter their “fuckety fucking fucks” with something a little clearer and more coherent. But don’t rise to their bait. Americans are better than this. Or I’d like to think so.

As always, your comments, criticisms, witticisms are encouraged when you contact your legislative representatives. They’ll be so grateful.  😉

David-

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Published in: on January 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Hissy Fit Feminist March

One million women marched on Washington, D.C., or marched in their own cities in solidarity on Saturday for feminist rights. Meanwhile, a million men had a peaceful day off.

 

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer got himself far too worked up over the official in-person and television numbers for Inauguration Day. Official television ratings numbers put Trump only behind Presidents Richard Nixon (at his second inaugural), Ronald Reagan (his first) and Barack Obama (his first).  That’s not bad.

 

The Marxist Media is making hay of the fact that the inaugural route for President Trump was sparsely populated. Given that it had begun to rain, that the temperature was in the forties, and that the parade had begun late (no doubt, thanks to the antics of the protestors), it’s not surprising that there were so few people along the line of march.  By the way, they were the ones who made a big deal out of it, not Trump or Spicer.

 

No one was going to sit on wet, aluminum bleachers. In this age of television, the spectators who watched the swearing-in in person, went home to dry off and watch the rest of the events on television.  By the time the parade was over, it was 6 p.m.

 

Give Trump and his family credit for this: they watched the entire inaugural parade and Trump stood for 99 percent of it.  One of few times he sat down was when his newly-minted Secretary of Defense entered the viewing booth to thank his Commander-in-Chief.  What Trump missed while sitting down were the Kings Point Marching Band and their cadets, the official service branch of the Merchant Marines.  The other time was to admire the tractor division with his son, Barron.  (That’s Barron, by the way, not “Hilton”).

 

Trump was then right back on his feet, watching the parade.

 

My band has marched in quite a few very wet parades. Yes, the spectators were few and sparsely located.  This is the Northeast, not Southern California.  We had to march because we were under contract to whatever organization or fire department hired us – rain or shine, like the Post Office.

 

Trump didn’t have as many spectators as Obama did at his first inaugural? So what?  Obama had better weather and the resources of a legion of fawning illegal immigrants.  People weren’t about to stand in the wet and gloaming on Friday with young children who were getting hungry and tired by the time the motorcade arrived.  If they’d stayed, Millennial protestors and the Media would soon have learned what a genuine temper tantrum looks like.

 

The Media may have been counting heads at the Hissy Fit March and making comparisons. The rest of us soon changed the channel.  We therefore have no memories of pink hatted Marxist Mommies at once declaring their pride that their mothers had “the right” while standing there with their own, selected-birth children.

 

How many of them are baby-killers? The Pro-Life Women, who also had issues with our new president’s attitude towards women, were not permitted to participate in the protest march.  There isn’t a single “right” they can claim to be missing.

 

Free tampons? Free birth control?  Free abortions?   That is their idea of “freedom” and rights.  The Constitution allows them the freedom of speech to voice their opinions.  The Constitution says nothing about the rest of us having to listen to or agree with them.

 

What these protestors do have in common with their grandmothers is the same ideology preached by Saul Alinsky. Freeze and personalize the target.  It’s all about “Trump” the same way it was all about “George W. Bush,” “George H.W. Bush,”  “Ronald Reagan,” “Richard Nixon,” and “Barry Goldwater.”

 

It’s all about heading to the center of government to protest, instead of making an appointment with their U.S. Senator or Congressional representative. It’s all about being where the cameras are to gain maximum exposure for their “cause.”  It’s all about disrupting normal life and castigating those who stay home quietly and live their lives.  Saul Alinsky hated those people with a passion.  He hated us – the Middle Class, as did Lenin.

 

We “women” of America take exception to the Feminists declaring their protest a “Women’s March.” They didn’t speak for me.  They didn’t speak for my friends.  This was strictly a political leftist march.  These were Leftist Women, not all American women.  These were Feminists.

 

Their march represented a whole host of causes beyond abortion and free contraceptive care. There were women against guns.  Women against deportation of illegal immigrants.  Women for equal pay.  Women for ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment.  Women against shaving.  Women against wearing dresses.  Women against wearing high-heeled shoes.  Women against wearing anything at all.  Women against cooking dinner, vacuuming, and doing the laundry.  Women Against Heterosexual Men.

 

Anything a woman can do, they’d rather not do at all. Women Against Being Women.

 

Most of all, they were women against Donald J. Trump being President of the United States. Women Against the Electoral College, in other words.  Those deplorable Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as a buffer against just this sort of populism.  Donald Trump did not win a majority of an extremely dubious popular vote.  He could have – and probably should have – demanded a recount.  But since he won the Electoral College, he didn’t have to.

 

Hillary won a majority of the female vote overall, but not a majority of White Women. Those white women who considered Trump a misogynist stayed home.  Those who didn’t care about his Trumpisms and ignored them, voted for him.

 

White women for Trump didn’t care about his policy on women. They cared about his policies on illegal immigration, jobs, national security, and ISIS.  They cared about their families, particularly their children.  They cared whether they and their husbands had jobs.  They cared whether they could walk safely on the streets of their own towns.  They care whether a politically-correct government will give believers of a decidedly misogynistic religion license to take over our country and brutalize them into submission.  They’re welcome to take on the feminists.  But generally, the mothers of America deserve better than to be treated as though they’ve been walking up and down the streets of America baring the breasts for all to see.

 

American “women” are generally modest, patriotic, and law-abiding. American “women” don’t take misogynists too seriously, as long as all these Neanderthals are doing is shooting off their mouths.  American “women” don’t need Big Government to take care of them; they can take care of themselves.

 

That’s where American “women” differ from American “feminists.” Feminists want the government to take care of their every need.  A big, bureaucratic government can be controlled.  A big, bureaucratic government can control “women” who don’t agree with feminists and can shove men around at will.  A big, bureaucratic government can fine, imprison and generally punish political opponents.

 

The feminist march is, in reality, decidedly undemocratic. It is populist democracy – mob rule.  Government by intimidation and ignorance.  With the assistance of a propagandist media, there is no intelligible answer to their charges.  Or at least, there wasn’t until social media.

 

American women can now answer back. They can reply that Saturday’s Feminist March does not represent their views on any issue.  They can even be outrageous and state that in the Seventies protestors accused soldiers coming home from the Viet Nam War of being “Baby Killers.”  Today, Pro-Life women can accuse Pro-Choice feminists of being “Baby Killers.”

 

What goes around, comes around. American women don’t have to accept the current gender choice agenda.  They can have their daughters play with pink girly toys and their sons play with blue boy toys.  Most normal girls do prefer pink to blue, dolls to guns, carriages to trucks, princess gowns to cowboy outfits.

 

American women don’t have to bend their tongues around today’s aberrant grammatical changes. There’s “he”, “she”, and “it.”  Those are the time-tested pronouns.  If you want to be an “it,” go ahead.  But that’s what normal people are going to call you, whether you like it or not.

 

The proper term for a man who dresses like a woman is “transvestite.” No one wants to return to the days of the Sodomy Laws, when people could be arrested in their homes for engaging in abnormal sexual relations.  For decades, normal Conservative people have observed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Look, and Don’t Tell” rule.  Please don’t tell us what you are, or think you are; we really don’t care and more importantly, don’t want to know.  Seriously.  Leave us alone; we certainly want to leave you alone.  Please feel free not to share with us your bedroom life.

 

My advice for anyone watching television on Saturday was to just not turn on the news. That’s all we had to do.  We certainly had plenty of warning that the Feminists were going to be on the march on Saturday to give their hysterical opinions on every imaginable issue and blame their grievances all on Donald J. Trump, the current Whipping Male.  Just turn them off.

If we American women had wanted a female president, we would have chosen someone with a better resume than Hillary Rodham Clinton. We would have chosen a woman with whom our husbands, boyfriends, brothers and sons could also be comfortable.

 

American women don’t want to “rule” the country. We want to share it peacefully with the other half of the country who shares our values – our guys.  Trump improved significantly in the last month of the campaign.  He’s still given to bouts of Tweetermania.  He still has to learn how to adhere to the 140-character guidelines of Twitter by using Twitter shorthand and abbreviations.

 

Trump’s a pretty good listener for a guy. That trait comes from his business experience.  All we need to do is speak up for our families, our Capitalist economy, and our country.  We can best counter Feminist tripe by disowning their Marxist ideology and making our own stand for life, liberty, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Happiness begins right here in our own backyards, in our town squares, and on our computers.

 

Published in: on January 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Trump’s Inaugural Address, 2017

So, Donald John Trump has been sworn in as our 45th President of the United States.  He’s the 44th man to hold the office, not the 45th – Grover Cleveland was elected president non-consecutively, making him the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.

 

No matter what number Pres. Trump is, he’s certainly the most unusual president ever elected to these United States. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how badly governed we’ve been these last eight years.  Obama was also an unusual president, in a very different way.

 

Hard feelings abound among the Liberals and the Marxists. But for the Forgotten Men and Women, whom Trump invoked in his inaugural address, he’s a welcome change and a breath of fresh air.  He may be a billionaire but like Harry Truman, he really seems to be a man of the people, or sincerely wants to be.

 

A little known fact is that he opened up at least one of the inaugural balls to the common people, charging only fifty dollars per ticket, allowing thousands of people to jam into the ballroom and enjoy the unique entertainment offered. No Hollywood stars “graced” the stage; only original, uniquely American talent, like the Pelican Boys.  They were great.

 

We must offer up a note of thanks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for cutting away to the entertainment as much as possible. His competitors on other networks surprisingly either talked over the entertainment or worse, focused on the destructive antics of the protestors.  It was CNN, incredibly enough, that focused on the American people and what they really wanted to see.

 

Thank you so much, Mr. Cooper, for honoring the spirit of the inauguration as it’s meant to be observed – peacefully, respectfully, and sensibly.

 

Pundits judged Mr. Trump’s inaugural address to be “dark.” That would be a reference made by Trump to “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation”.  And so they are, if any of the pundits ever bothered to set foot past the Hudson or Potomac Rivers.  In New York, they don’t have to travel very far to find abandoned factories, office or industrial parks.  New Jersey is littered with them.

 

His metaphor was superbly visionary. Trump also spoke of taxpayer dollars dissipating beyond the horizon.  “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon,” he said. Not only did use multi-syllable words but he used triads.  Well done, Mr. President and speechwriter.

 

The best part of his speech is that it was brief. He didn’t harangue his audience as so many past presidents have done.  What’s more, if pundits didn’t find his speech “inspiring”, at least the Forgotten Men and Women found it gratifying to know that the leader of the free world recognizes them.

 

“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.”  In case the pundits missed it, Trump was castigating the United Nations various plans to rob American wealth and redistribute it to Third World nations. Not bad for someone whom they claim is a “clown.”  Don’t feel badly, Mr. President; they said the same thing about former Pres. Reagan.

 

“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump announced. From any other speaker, this would have been mere rhetoric.  Yeah, sure, where have we heard that before?  Trump, however, was wise to employ the word “we” implying that he is not separate or above the American people.

 

“…we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he continued. A daring declaration for someone who must face a Capitol filled with representatives who also claim they represent “the people.”  Let them prove it.  So far, their record isn’t very good, as the Americans for Prosperity Congressional Scorecard can attest every year.

 

Trump then challenged them outright on their “record.”

 

“Politicians prospered,” he noted, “ but the jobs left and the factories [and offices] closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and, while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

 

But that was all about to change, he assured us, right then and there, because “this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.”

 

Trump then extended an invitation to the Democrats, one they’re unlikely to accept, to join what Trump has named “The Movement.”

 

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.”

 

“At the center of this movement,” he declared, “is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are [the] just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.” (If I’d been his speechwriter, I would have stopped him right there, because it was such a strong statement – almost Jeffersonian in its declaration – that no additional commentary was needed.)

 

Then, Trump gave us the literary illustration, if not beautiful, certainly accurate:

 

“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. “

 

“Carnage.” How’s that for a billion-dollar word?  Who thought Trump didn’t have a word like that in his vocabulary vault?  They were wrong.

 

Next, Trump, the verbal marksman, without alluding to them by name, took dead aim at past administrations and their foreign policies.

 

“We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

 

“We’ve defended other nations’ borders, while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

 

“We defended other nations’ borders…” Boy, oh boy.  My mother has been complaining about that for decades.  Did he happen to board my mother’s bus at some point while she was in Atlantic City and listen to her rants?

 

“Dissipated.” Isn’t that a great word?  I LOVE that word.  What’s more, he didn’t just say “dissipated” but “dissipated over the horizon.”  Hot dog!  Ring that Jimmy Stewart soda fountain bell!

 

Many pundits will take issue from his next interesting paragrah. They would say it smacks of protectionism.  Not only does it, but he calls it by name.

 

“From this day forward,” he declared, “it’s going to be only America first. America first.  Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.  We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.”

 

The truth is, we don’t manufacture enough to export our “excess” products and materials anymore. Nor do we have enough wealth enough to purchase imports.  We do import but only the wealthy government bureaucrat class can afford to do so.

 

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.”

 

Did you know that was the original “import” (if you’ll excuse the expression) of the Statue of Liberty’s message when she was first conceived? She was supposed to stand as a beacon to the captives of tyrannies across the seas to overthrow their monarchies and tyrannies and live themselves in freedom.

 

But that last phrase in that paragraph has most emboldened and enheartened the Forgotten Men and Women of American: “Radical Islamic Terrorism.”  Trump called the threat by its rightful and true name.  He didn’t shilly shally and dance the Politically Correct Polka around it.  Radical Islam is a terrorist threat to America and to all freedom-loving nations around the world.  They know they are.  We know they are.  High time someone had the courage to say so, and that brave person is none other than the new President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump.

 

Hail to the Chief, indeed.

 

Trump, the man everyone has accused of having an oversized ego, didn’t hail himself though. In the next section, he named the Big Chief, Himself – God.

 

“The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.”

 

OMG! Did Trump just say, “God?”  The God?  As in God Almighty?  The Big G?  The Creator of the Universe?  Jehovah?  Jahweh?  The Politically Nameless One?  Well shut our mouths.  He sure did.  Right there on the steps of the Capitol itself.  What’s more, he didn’t apologize, take it back, or slap himself silly.

 

“Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving… Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again… A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions.”

 

“We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.

 

“And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So, to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”

 

Still a skeptic? Still think he didn’t write and deliver a good speech?  He called again upon the higher authority of God, assuring us that he’s not likely to be the fascist dictator Democrats have invoked and that he understands of government of, by and for the people.  In the last two [admittedly condensed]  paragraphs, he “delivered” the requisite visionary promises dreaming and striving, spoke of America and dreams, challenges, and pride.  He spoke of freedom and prosperity, and united the imagery of urban sprawl and windswept plains, mountain to mountain and ocean to ocean.

 

Then he summed it up with the inspiring lines: “And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”

 

He finished up with his long-standing campaign mantra, wrought into an iron-clad policy of making America great again. Once you analyze it, Donald Trump delivered a decidedly well-crafted speech in short order.

 

Not bad for a former casino owner and Capitalist.

 

 

 

Published in: on January 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States

His was the most improbable presidential candidacy in the history of the United States. From his first announcement as a candidate, pundits to the left and right cast aspersions on his chances of winning the 2016 election.  He’d never get back to 270, the number of electoral votes needed to win.

 

Right up until Election Day – indeed, even on Election Day – polls indicated that he would lose. Not a necessarily eloquent speaker, he sometimes didn’t help his own cause.  However, his true followers didn’t want another eloquent speaker who would lie to them and betray them.  They wanted someone who would listen to them and not be irradiated by the insular world of Washington, D.C.

 

For about a year and a half followed a wild, raucous, and often pugnacious campaign. College-educated voters, particularly Millennials, looked askance at him.  The working class voters, however, liked what they say and heard.  The more bellicose, the better.

 

Some of us voted for someone else during the Primaries. But once he was nominated, we dutifully lined up behind Mr. Trump, hoping some lightning bolt of erudition would strike and he would give one – just one, please? – soaring speech to justify our faith.

 

And that’s just what he did. He gave a soaring speech, little noticed by the Media or the Millennials – or for that matter, the working class – that solidified his candidacy.  Of course, the Democrats, being the bulldog Marxists that they were, weren’t about to let go.

 

But then another miracle happened – WikiLeaks, which exposed Hillary’s e-mail scandal and the machinations of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (which has since gone out of business due to a lack of a donors).

 

Can a businessman succeed as President of the United States? Well, it’s a funny thing about businessmen (and businesswomen).  They have this credo that the customer is always right.  Trump went from the typical political candidate, talking about himself to talking about the people whom he was going to serve.

 

Having taking an interest in the Tea Party movement, he discovered the Tea Party-inspired painting, “The Forgotten Man.” Painted by Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton in 2010,  the image depicts the whole panoply of U.S. Presidents up to Barack Obama debating over a man sitting forlornly on a park bench in front of the White House.

 

A savvy marketer would say, cynically, that Trump had found his audience.

 

Or is it that the “audience” – the forgotten men and women – found their leader? Donald Trump didn’t wake up back in January 2015 and suddenly decide he wanted to be president.  He’d been considering the run for some time.

 

Trump is rather like a Conservative man’s Bill Clinton, minus the drugs and drinking. He wants to be friends with everyone.  However, he doesn’t want to be friends so badly that he becomes a fool instead.

 

A frequent guest of John R. Gambling on New York’s WOR-710 AM, Trump would sound of about the current problems facing America. Why aren’t we doing this, he would ask, and why aren’t we doing that?  He was furious at the destruction on 9/11/01.  He even offered to rebuild the Twin Towers.

 

One can question whether he can deliver as president, never having held office before. But no one listening to his voice on those radio broadcasts could doubt his sincerity, his patriotism, his business savvy or his concern for the military.

 

Still, it was hard to picture the same man I’d seen on countless trips down to Atlantic City, first with my bus-driving mother and later as a company event photographer, looming over the city entrance on an enormous billboard jumping down from the neon lights into the reality of public life.

 

Donald Trump? Are you kidding?

 

But once he got past the primaries and giving serious consideration to those decades-old radio interviews, maybe he was the one. These other empty suits certainly weren’t doing anything for us.  The only other serious candidate was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and he needed more seasoning.  We’d already made an error in electing one one-term U.S. Senator to the presidency.  Cruz still had time.  Besides, he’d make an even more awesome Supreme Court justice.

 

The Tea Party movement helped sweep more Conservatives into Congress, although some of them – most notably, Nikki Haley – betrayed us in the end. We were a great, leaderless movement.  We just hadn’t found the right person.  But apparently, the great neon man was looking us over, looking the situation over, and seeing no one else coming forward to claim the mantle, put himself forward.

 

The Forgotten Men and Women are delighted that he tweets. We hope he keeps on tweeting.  He seems to be someone with a good, solid work ethic who really doesn’t much like speechifying; he believes in getting things done.  Specifically, he has promised to get the very things done that he promised he’d get done for us.

 

Like deporting the illegal immigrants, especially the ones who push drugs. Oh, what a pleasure it would be to walk the streets of my town once more without having to run into a drug dealer every two blocks or so.  Last week, I saw one lurking in an alleyway near the vet’s office just as the local high school was letting out for lunch.  He started when he saw me looking at him.  Idiot.  He’d been bobbing around in the alleyway; how could I help but notice him?

 

Trump gave a firm, no-nonsense, minimally eloquent inaugural address. No beautiful words, just solid promises.  A sort of no-frills inaugural address.  Melania, now the new First Lady, was absolutely stunning in her powder blue Ralph Lauren dress.  Donald Trump Jr.’s littlest girl was adorable.

 

The crowds were not as immense as those who came out for Obama. But when you eliminate the illegal immigrants…  The forgotten men and women may have been underrepresented, but they were faithful.

 

Who in the world put Charles Schumer up on the podium to bloviate is beyond comprehension. Don’t the Republicans rule both houses now?  The poor young lady tasked with singing the Star Spangled Banner was very nervous and not at all encouraged by the clanging sound from the United States Marine Band accompanying her.

 

It had begun raining and the band’s orchestra bells – or perhaps it was their chimes or maybe even a vibraphone – got wet. Once the metal bars get wet, there’s no salvation, as I can attest from having marched in the rain with a glockenspiel for about 35 years.  Instead of a lovely ringing peal, once the brass mallets hit the metal, you get a dreadful clanging sound.  My marching mallets were hard plastic.  But it sounded like this bell player was using brassies.  Hence the clank-clank-clank.

 

I would have told the director immediately (even if I was demoted for insubordination) that if it rained, the bells were not going to happen, at least not in any musically-pleasing way. Better to be demoted a rank than to have the newly-minted President of the United States and his guests frowning, wondering what that hideous noise was (!).

 

Last night’s Pre-Inaugural Concert was fantastic. The finale was the Battle Hymn of the Republic, played by the U.S. Army Band and song by the U.S. Army Chorus.  This particular arrangement is much beloved by band musicians and choirs everywhere.  The ending absolutely soars.

 

A more hideous noise is happening now, as protestors make a serious attempt to obstruct the Inaugural Parade. Not content with merely throwing garbage at the new president, these protestors want to keep it from happening at all.

 

These protestors ought never to have been given permits to protest at all on this day. We can only imagine what Washington, D.C.’s Democrat mayor was thinking.  This is the hint of things to come that we cautioned about yesterday.

 

Once the parade does get going, a good whop over the head of anyone who gets in the way of the band with a chime mallet will take care of the situation swiftly. Parade rules state that no one may obstruct someone in the line of march, except parade judges, and musicians, it is generally judged, are permitted to use their discretion in removing obstacles.

 

Trombone slides, bass drum beaters, batons.

 

But chime mallets are the best. They’re really heavy and do a credible of job of clobbering.  I had a chime mallet – a wooden one – break in mid-solo and clonk me on the head and then land with a thud on the floor behind me.  I kept on going with the remaining mallet and thanked goodness it was the wooden mallet, not one of the hard rubber jobs.

 

Congratulations to our 45th President, Donald John Trump.  We look forward to great things in his administration.  God Bless President Trump.  God Bless First Lady Melania and all the Trump children and grandchildren.

 

And God Bless America.

 

Published in: on January 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just One More Day of O

In about 24 hours, the United States of America will have a new president. He’s a businessman and anti-Capitalist Democrats are so upset that a cadre of them are refusing to attend the inauguration tomorrow.

 

Led by Congressman John Lewis, somewhere between 55 and 60 Democrats – some estimates are as high as 80 – have decided to sit out the inauguration in protest of what they consider Trump’s “illegitimate” recollection. While they recognize the legality of the Electoral College, they point to what they consider Trump’s “racism” (he wants to deport illegal immigrants), “sexism” (he once sponsored a beauty pageant and is married to a model), “homophobia” and other character traits they feel are unworthy of a president of the United States.

 

Trump is in good company. The Liberal Democrats pilloried Ronald Reagan, mocking his acting career and hooting at him on network news programs and late-night comedy shows.  Reagan took it all in stride and returned the country to a greatness it hadn’t seen since World War II.

 

Pres. George H.W. Bush didn’t fare much better than his predecessor. Both he and his wife will not be attending the inauguration because of respective cases of pneumonia and bronchitis.  Bush 41 tried to take a more moderate approach to government, only to be betrayed by the Democrats on a pledge of no more new taxes.

 

Forty-one’s son was also ridiculed for his battle with alcoholism and lack of education. The Media never looked to closely at the education of either Clinton.  During their college years, both agitated for and succeeding at instituting pass-fail grades at Yale University and other schools.  The Clintons were not interested in practicing law at all; they merely saw the degree from a prestigious law school as another step in their ultimate goal of becoming presidents of the United States.

 

At this goal, he passed, but she failed. A Yale professor secretly kept the numerical grades of all his students.  Bill Clinton passed his course, and undoubtedly others, with a marginal effort, and received a grade of “C” in that class.  Hillary earned a B.  Bill was known for last-minute cramming.  Evidently, what he did was memorize the minimum amount of information to pass a test.

 

George W.’s inauguration parade was an outrage in the history of presidential inauguration parades. Protestors lined the route, shouting, catcalling and throwing garbage at the presidential limousine.

 

President-Elect Trump has promised a much shorter parade route and far fewer costly inaugural balls. The Democrats can be sure that their invitations are not, and never were, in the mail.

 

My father’s Catholic relatives were greatly aggrieved that he was marrying a Lutheran, that is, a Protestant. Her future mother-in-law and her two sisters declared that they would not attend the church service; only the reception.

 

My mother replied, “If I’m not good enough for you to attend my wedding, then you’re not good enough to attend my reception.”

 

Not wanting to be cheated out of the free meal, and probably at the protestation of my grandmother, who certainly didn’t want to miss her son’s wedding, they attended the wedding ceremony but wore black.

 

Meanwhile, Hollywood celebrities have been boycotting the inauguration festivities. Some vowed outright that they would not perform.  Others who initially accepted the invitation have since backed out, having received warnings from Hollywood producers and even death threats from various malcontents.

 

Pettishness does not begin to describe the behavior on the part of the boycotting Democrats. We are a representative republic (not a democracy, as is commonly believed, though our government practices democracy).  By that representation, Donald J. Trump won the election – whether they like it or not.

 

Their refusal to attend the inauguration is not just an insult to the incoming president, but a denigration of our political way of life. We are a two-party system.  We don’t always like the outcome but the alternative – tyranny – is unthinkable.

 

Men and women have given their lives to protect our way of life. A protest of this sort not only augments the immaturity of the party that’s out of power but suggests that they believe in only one way of governing – their way – and the desire of the other half of the country be damned.

 

If this isn’t terrorism, it’s at least intimidation. That is the kind of government they would thrust upon us, which is why they lost the election.  There is nothing fair or just about the way they would rule.  Let them boycott this inauguration, but let us not forget it, the way we’ve forgotten the disrespect they’ve shown towards every Republican president since Ronald Reagan.

 

Each successive generation loses a memory and so the malcontents can return to the same methods their brothers and sisters, their mothers and fathers, and their grandparents employed to disrupt a civil society.

 

One iota of good news is that we are about 24 hours away from being relieved of the worst president in the history of the United States – Barack Hussein Obama. Let his legacy be that he sought every opportunity to thwart the will of the people, the democratic process, and the Constitution of the United States through countless executive orders and acts of fiat.

 

Obama reignited the nearly extinguished flames of discontent in the Middle East, insulted our allies, made allies of our enemies, and desiccated out military. He ruined our economy, undermined our educational system, and made us the laughingstock of the civilized world.  He rendered asunder what remained of our social fabric and welcomed evil right into the White House.  He seized our health care system, making health insurance unaffordable for millions of working class people.

 

We’ve been waiting far too long for this day to come – it ought to have come much sooner – since January 20, 2009. The soon-to-be 45th president will have much work ahead of him to undo his predecessor’s damage.

 

Don’t think for a moment that this will be a peaceful transition. Trump’s presidency will not be Calvinistic in nature on either the part of the new president or those who oppose him.  Those of who remember the Reagan Administration recall waking up every morning to some new jibe by the Marxist radio hosts.

 

But this is the 21st Century and technology has afforded Conservatives many new and unexpected platforms for countering the Marxist platform.  College campuses have become the new gulags, where dissenting students can be suspended for expressing opinions not in line with the politically-correct mantra.

 

Washington, D.C., meanwhile, is the same swamp it was when Reagan took office. Congress still spews political pollution into its muddy waters.  We can only hope that Republican senators and represents will hew to the Conservative side of the aisle now.

 

They should be aware that as of tomorrow there will not be a new sheriff in town but a new alligator in the swamp; a “yuge” alligator with a very noisy maw. He’s our alligator and we love him precisely because he’s a big guy who will wrestle you and roll you and have you for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on January 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Could Hollywood Get Any Worse?

Actress Meryl Streep abandoned reality for fantasy when she made a political speech criticizing President-Elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. She was accepting Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, when she denounced Trump’s campaign rhetoric and criticized him, in a nearly 6-minute address criticized him for mocking a disabled reporter.

 

She predicted that once Donald Trump becomes president, Hollywood will become a wasteland.  What does she mean, “Will”?

 

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said to huge applause from the room.

 

This past Christmas, I went to Wal-Mart looking for a last-minute DVD for some family friends who have teenage daughters. They’re musically-inclined and I was searching for a non-Disney musical DVD.  Classic or modern, it didn’t matter.

 

What I found on the racks was a dreadful collection of post-apocalyptic horror movies, teen vampire flicks, gut-splattering action films, and a smattering of decidedly unfunny comedies and chick flicks.

 

What on Earth is Streep talking about? Hollywood is already a vast wasteland of gender-bending vampire movies, walking dead zombies, teen prostitutes, and how-to recreational drug movies and television shows.  Hollywood has spent the better part of the last forty years or so deviating our culture down to an intimidated acceptance of deviant cultural norms.

 

We’re WAY past simply tolerating homosexuality. Gay marriage is passé.  Everybody’s doing it.  We’ve moved on to the latest trend of transgender schoolchildren.  Pot has been basically legalized in Colorado and California.  Hollywood is happy to jump on the anti-heroin bandwagon because it involves drug-addicted suburbanites, not junior hippies stringing themselves out at the local strip mall or behind the elementary school.

 

Vampires are everywhere. Zombies regularly trade body parts every night on television.  Deviant culture is even a regular part of live-stream television.  Hollywood is a nightmare.  The only decent television drama America gets is from Great Britain – and the UK is a socialist state.  Even on Brit TV, the writers regularly drag gays out of the closet on Fifties and Sixties-Era programs, including “Father Brown”.

 

Hollywood can pin all the medals on itself that it wants. But its programming – and its brainwashing – still sucks.  Meryl Streep is a case in point:  of the 20 or so films she’s made in the last ten years, only one – “Mama Mia!” – was worthy of any note.  In 2006, she made “The Devil Wears Prada.”  The rest of her films were strictly straight-to-DVD.  “Iron Lady” only gained note because of the subject she portrayed, not necessarily for her accuracy in portraying Margaret Thatcher.  “Iron Lady” (2011) was strictly a political hit piece for the liberal Streep.

Not that many people really care what Meryl Streep thinks at all. Her box office will not overcome her politics, the way Harrison Ford’s has.  Harrison Ford, in 2003, paid homage to teen-rapist Roman Polanski in a rousing speech; Streep was simply filmed standing up in ovation to his speech.  Ford, it should be noted, was paying tribute to his director/boss from the 1988 box office flop, “Frantic”.  Ford has experienced few flops in his career, but “Frantic” was one of them.

 

Average Americans love their Hollywood royalty. But only up to a certain point.  American girls, in particular, might gush over the latest starlet’s revealing clothing or hairstyle.  Americans lap up the latest Hollywood gossip – the latest of which happened to be about an affair between Ford and his 19 year-old Star Wars co-star, the late Carrie Fisher.  We even give them a pass on such shenanigans.

 

We might note that while Fisher was Hollywood royalty and Ford a star, the least gossiped-about (although still Loudly Liberal) member of the original Star Wars trio, while the poorest was probably the smartest. Mark Hamill made a few good movies but mainly stuck to voice-overs for animated series and films (although he admits to preferring villainous roles of heroic). A child of the suburbs, he kept himself close to home and can boast of one of the longest (37 years) Hollywood marriages.

 

One can admire the talent of someone like Harrison Ford, or the general good sense of actors like Mark Hamill and others who apparently realized Hollywood’s glamor was a trap, or the inherited abilities of a child-of-star-turned-star like the late Carrie Fisher without being too perturbed by their political persuasion.

 

We all have Liberal Democrat co-workers, after all. Plenty of them.  Would we quit our jobs because of their proclivities?  Not in this economic climate.  We just tune them out.  If one of these puppets turns up on your television screen, change the channel.

 

What you should be more concerned with is the terrible product that Hollywood actors, writers, producers and directors are putting out. We were thrilled with Star Wars back in 1977 precisely because we’d become disenchanted with ten years’ worth of mostly horrible films.  “Ryan’s Daughter.”  “The Midnight Cowboy.”  “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”  “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

 

Does anyone recognize those movies and what they have in common? They all won Academy Awards in the year 1969 and 1970.  The only decent movie that year was “True Grit” in which John Wayne won the Best Actor award.  The next year, an Academy Award went out to “Ryan’s Daughter” (Best Supporting Actor, John Mills) and “Women in Love” (Best Actress, Glenda Jackson).  Another 1969 film, the harmless enough “Cactus Flower,” won a Best Supporting Actress award for Goldie Hawn, but the film itself never really went anywhere.

 

We shouldn’t boycott movies for the political views of their actors, directors, producers, and other assorted culprits; we should boycott these movies because they stink. “Star Wars:  Rogue One” definitely didn’t stink.  Nor did “13 Hours.”

 

But “Bad Mom”? “The Hateful Eight?” “Ghostbusters” (the reboot)?  “Sausage Party”?  “Trumbo” – Hollywood’s paean to its Communist self?  Really?  How many billions did Hollywood waste on this garbage?

 

If that’s entertainment, then the sooner Hollywood clears out, as Streep promised, the better for the United States of America.

 

 

Published in: on January 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fake News We Can Use

On the evening of Jan. 3, an out-of-service N.J. Transit commuter bus experienced a tire blow-out on southbound Rt. 23. No one was injured but the blow-out caused the engine in the rear of the bus to catch fire, fully engulfing the bus.  The driver was uninjured.  But according to the local newspaper report, he was unresponsive when authorities entered the bus and that he said he was suffering from a diabetic condition.  He was then transported to Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains.

 

That’s the official version of the story anyway, as told to the local newspaper by the Department of Transportation.

 

What they didn’t say and the reporters either didn’t know or didn’t bother to report was that the incident actually began farther north on the highway in Riverdale. A female motorist reported that her vehicle had been struck by a bus by the Kia dealership on Rt. 23 in Riverdale and that the bus was on fire.

 

She told the dispatch operator that she was following the bus to try to get it to stop. Meanwhile, the Riverdale Police Department dispatched a patrol car to the scene of the accident.  When he arrived, there was no “scene of an accident.”  He reported finding no signs of an accident but would proceed down the highway until he found one.  He periodically reported still finding no accident scene.

 

Finally, at the border between Riverdale and Pequannock Township, on the other side of the Jackson Avenue light, there was a bus, fully engulfed. He reported that it was in the center lane.  Since it was no longer in his jurisdiction, he reported the fire to the Pequannock Township Police, who then responded, along with the fire department.  The police closed off the southbound lanes of the highway and the adjoining road.

 

The newspaper report made no mention of the other vehicle involved in the incident. That’s what happens when you rely on the “authorities” – in this case, the Department of Transportation, which owned the commuter bus.  Was the NJDOT trying to protect itself in the event of a lawsuit from the driver of the other vehicle?  If it had been a private bus, there would have been no protection from the newspaper; their duty would have been to report both sides of the story.

 

In another piece of fake news, there were reports of a prowler in a hillside development in Bloomingdale. After several reports of an individual prowler, the police then got a report of a suspicious vehicle with Arizona license plates.  The patrol car reported finding the truck at an intersection, abandoned, its doors open and its engine running.

 

You would think, wouldn’t you, that the “authorities” would want to alert the residents of that neighborhood to be on the lookout (BOLO) for prowlers in the vicinity. I don’t know whether the story make the local newspaper or not.  If it had, a friend who has a regular subscription to the newspaper would have let me know.

 

The reason I know this is because I asked that friend to give me a police band radio for Christmas. With only a two weeks to go until Trump’s inauguration, I’m worried about unrest both in my town and in the nearest blighted city.  We have very little news coverage in this corner of New Jersey, although, to their credit, New Jersey News12 did run the story about the bus fire.  But only because a passenger in a vehicle driving on the northbound side of the highway saw the flames in time and got their IPhone going.

 

See? Fake news.  That passenger wasn’t a “licensed” reporter; they were a passenger in a car – and we were only watching News 12 New Jersey because we already knew about the fire.  If we had to depend upon our weekly newspaper for the latest news flash in the event of civil unrest, we’d be sifting through our burnt-out homes by the time the paper came out.

 

That news was certainly important to my friend; he lived on the other side of that highway. It took two hours to clean up the mess.  If the highway was backed up, he wouldn’t have found out until it was too late.  Instead, when he went home, he took another route that allowed him to get across the highway.  By that time, it was all over and in fact, it was at Jackson Avenue that he crossed and there was no more sign of the accident.

 

The reason my friend was a little later going home that evening was because we decided to watch Sean Hannity’s full hour interview with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. Assange is basically being held prisoner in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for reporting news officials didn’t think was fit to print.  If Assange sets one foot out of that embassy, he’ll be arrested.

 

He told Hannity that he and his organization considered confidentiality of sources their absolute priority. The source of the leaked Podesta e-mails was in no way connected with Russia or Vladimir Putin, despite our government’s insistence to the contrary, that they have numerous “reports” that indicate Putin was “interfering” with the U.S. presidential election.

 

Even to the WikiLeaks-friend Hannity, Assange refused to divulge his sources. Assange said that while he could deal with his confinement in the embassy, and in fact was proud to make this stand for freedom of the press, the estrangement from his young family was very difficult.  He hoped that they would understand one day.

 

“A 14 year-old kid could have hacked Podesta’s e-mails,” he told Hannity.

 

“We published several … emails which show Podesta responding to a phishing email,” Assange said during the first part of the interview, which aired on “Hannity” Tuesday night. “Podesta gave out that his password was the word ‘password’. His own staff said this email that you’ve received, this is totally legitimate. So, this is something … a 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta that way.”

 

Fox News, which aired the interviews, said he “also claimed that Clinton herself made ‘almost no attempt’ to keep her private emails safe from potentially hostile states during her tenure as secretary of state.

 

“Now, was she trying to keep them secure from Republicans? Probably,” Assange said. “But in terms of [nation-] states, almost no attempt.”

 

Hannity interviewed Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The Australia native has been holed up there for five years battling extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, which Assange denies.

 

Fox News reported that “WikiLeaks published more than 50,000 emails detailing dubious practices at the Clinton Foundation, top journalists working closely with the Clinton campaign, key Clinton aides speaking derisively of Catholics and a top Democratic National Committee (DNC) official providing debate questions to Clinton in advance.”

 

The government and the media have entered an incestuous relationship where control of information, rather than reporting of facts, has become the primary objective. The government and their media allies have sent out a BOLO alert for “fake news”.  Meanwhile, citizens have mounted their own BOLO alert for “fake truth.”

 

The government, at least here in New Jersey, has already embarked on a program called “Project 25” which will make the police bands unavailable to the general public. The police bands will only be available by subscription to news services that don’t report the news anyway.  Wayne, N.J., is involved in this program.

 

We’re all for not alerting the criminals to police activity which can lead to their arrest. We have no problem with that.  But it would be nice to be kept directly informed in the case of weather emergencies or accidents which can involve our commutes to and from work, prowler alerts to criminal activity that might involve our homes, our children, or our elderly parents, and civil unrest that could mean the difference between life and death.

 

We don’t have enough police to guard us in our little towns. We don’t want to wait until the National Guard arrives (although there is a National Guard unit nearby) to get out of town if there’s trouble.  Or get our guns and our ammunition together in the same place before rioters break down our doors or crash through our living room window.  Here in New Jersey, it’s pretty much a case of keeping the match in one drawer in one room and the flint in another drawer, locked in another room.

 

Since we can obviously rely on neither our government officials (law enforcement is fine; it’s the politicians who write the laws causing the roadblocks) nor our media, we have to keep our own heads up for the latest news.

 

Stay tuned.

 

Published in: on January 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment