Poignant VIDEO Recalls the Christmas Truce of 1914

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Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s “Christmas Truce” a couple years back with this incredibly poignant ad. As described by The Telegraph:

“On Christmas Day 100 years ago, British and German soldiers put down their weapons and ventured into No Man’s Land to wish each other Merry Christmas.

The video portrays the Christmas Day truce, as it was described in letters and diaries from both sides.

It begins with the German troops singing Silent Night, before the carol is taken up by the British men sitting just a few hundred yards away in their trench.

Eventually a young British soldier, Jim, dares to leave his trench and greet his rivals. Soon both sides are exchanging stories and festive greetings. A football match even takes place before the two armies exchange parting gifts…”

May the humanity of these soldiers amidst the insanity of a world at war give us all hope. Simply a beautiful reminder of a long ago event.

 

Trump Keeps His Campaign Promise: TOO MUCH WINNING!

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Three weeks after the election and Donald Trump has already kept a major campaign promise of his: we’re winning again. So much winning. I know people who are literally sick, feverish, from all the winning. Their immune system obviously unprepared for this much winning. (To be expected after 8 years of Obama).

First there are President-elect Trump’s appointments to date:

  • Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general,
  • General Michael Flynn as national security adviser,
  • Congressman Tom Price to Health and Human Services,
  • Congressman Mike Pompeo as CIA director,
  • Governor Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador,
  • Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary,
  • Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education,
  • Reince Priebus for chief of staff,
  • Steve Bannon as chief strategist.

In addition, we had the media summit at Trump Tower which was nothing short of a big league smack down of traditional media outlets like CNN, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post…TO THEIR FACES. One anonymous source described it as “f—ing firing squad.” The shameless behavior of these ‘fake news’ purveyors of the progressive press were put on notice: this ain’t your daddy’s Republican Party anymore.

Finally, we have Trump, the troll master in chief, playing the mainstream media yet again with a tweet about flag burners:

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!

As one friend on Facebook put it, when it comes to trolling the media via Twitter, Trump is a Shaolin Master.

Now, just enjoy the clip below. Please, please…it’s too much winning!

The Impassioned Populism of George Bailey

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As part of our family’s Thanksgiving Day tradition we once again watched the 1946 classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart. I’m not going to rehash the plot of Frank Capra’s most famous film at this time, as no doubt the vast majority of readers are familiar with it. Needless to say, the theme of Stewart & Capra’s masterpiece is timeless and universal: No man is a failure who has friends.

While watching the movie again this year something else struck me: the overtly populist message of the film, most particularly as it is represented with Stewart’s Oscar nominated performance as George Bailey, the quintessential small town American.

It is during George’s defense of the family operated Bailey Bros. Building and Loan against the evil, aging, oligarch Mr. Potter (brilliantly portrayed by the legendary actor Lionel Barrymore) that we are treated to the populist theme of the movie.

In this current year of Brexit, Bernie and ultimately Trump, George Bailey’s impassioned defense of the working man against the elite takes on an entirely new sense of meaning.

Potter: …and all because a few starry-eyed dreamers like Peter Bailey stir ’em up and fill their head with a lot of impossible ideas. Now, I say —

Bailey: Just a minute – just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. Just a minute. Now, you’re right when you say my father was no business man. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anybody else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was — Why, in the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get outta your slums, Mr. Potter. And what’s wrong with that? Why — here, you’re all businessmen here. Don’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers?

You, you said that they — What’d you say just a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even thought of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what?! Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken-down that — You know how long it takes a workin’ man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be.

Potter: I’m not interested in your book. I’m talkin’ about the Building and Loan.

Bailey: I know very well what you’re talking about. You’re talking about something you can’t get your fingers on, and it’s galling you. That’s what you’re talking about, I know. Well…I’ve said too much. I — You’re…the Board here. You do what you want with this thing. There’s just one thing more, though. This town needs this measly one-horse institution if only to have some place where people can come without crawling to Potter. Come on, Uncle Billy!

It’s OVER! Michigan (FINALLY) Goes Trump.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The state of Michigan has confirmed that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes on election night, and will be awarded the states 16 electoral votes following formal certification on November 28. With Michigan finally placed in the Trump victory column, the president-elect now has a total of 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232.

It’s over in Michigan. Finally. But what this really means is that the opportunity for the Democrats to seriously contest the election results is over as well. Here’s why.

First, it doesn’t matter how much money Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised for potential recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan (though one does wonder how a reported $3.5MM has been collected in such a short time by such an inconsequential figure). The need for a recount either exists or it doesn’t.

Secondly, it makes no difference as to what claims are made regarding voting irregularities by certain scientists and Democratic attorneys. As reported by the Detroit Free Press:

J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Computer Security and Society, is one of a small group of computer scientists urging the Democratic presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton to call for recounts in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, according to reports on CNN and elsewhere, citing an unnamed source.

However, claims that electronic voting machines may have been compromised have ran into a slight problem in the case of Michigan. As the Free Press further noted:

Chris Thomas, the longtime director of Michigan’s Bureau of Elections, said Michigan doesn’t use the electronic voting machines identified in the report as being the sources of potential hacking.

“We are an entire paper and optical scan state,” Thomas told the Free Press Wednesday. “Nothing is connected to the Internet.”

In other words, Democrat lawyers and progressive hacks, your not so subtle implication that the Russians “may have” hacked the election has been exposed as total BS.

Additionally, while a margin of victory just under 11,000 votes is narrow in a state like Michigan (where a total of nearly 4.6 million votes were cast for either Trump or Clinton), an automatic recount is only triggered when the difference is less than 2,000.

So let’s be clear: No electronic voting machines and a 10,704 vote margin of victory means no recount in Michigan. And even with Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) and Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) removed from his column, just for kicks and giggles, Trump still has 276 electoral votes and victory.

It’s over in Michigan. And with that, close the book on Election 2016. We now have our indisputable winner.

A Revolution 25 Years in the Making

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For those old enough to remember national politics back in the 1990’s, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump should have sounded very familiar. That’s because we had heard it all before.

America First. Republican populism. Opposition to NAFTA. The American worker and lost manufacturing jobs. A Pro-Life message supportive of our traditional Judeo-Christian values.

The 1992 & 1996 primary challenges by columnist, commentator, and one time presidential speech writer Patrick J. Buchanan were the beginning of a 25 year Republican revolution. The election of Donald J. Trump was the culmination of this movement; the victory of nationalism and populism over economic globalism and neoconservatism.

In his 1996 victory speech following a surprise win over Senator Bob Dole in the New Hampshire primary, candidate Buchanan touched upon the very issues and themes that would define the Trump campaign 20 years later:

“Friends, this is not a victory for a man. Again, this a victory for cause. It is the cause of a brand new bold conservatism in American politics; conservatism that gives voice to the voiceless…

“A conservatism, the conservatism that looks out for the men and women of this country whose jobs have been sacrificed on the altars of trade deals done for the benefit of trans-national corporations who have no loyalty to our country, and no loyalty to anybody.

“This is a victory, a victory for the good men and women of middle America who cannot understand why there is deafness in Washington and silence about the fact the standard of living of our working men and women in middle class have been stagnating, while profits have been soaring. They call me names, somebody tonight called me a socialist, they call me “the right,” they can’t figure out where we are: right, left, new deal, where is that fellow?

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“This new conservatism this is dedicated, this new conservatism is committed to many things, and one thing we’re going to do, we’re going out and after GATT and NAFTA, and we’re going to recapture the lost sovereignty of our country, and we’re going to bring it home…

“We speak, we speak for a new generation of Americans, a new generation which is about to take office and assume the leadership of this country, which it does not apologize for the fact that we will defend America’s borders. We do not apologize for the fact that we’re going to take control of our own national destiny, and we do not apologize for the fact that never again will young Americans be put under U.N. command.”

Fast forward to July 2014 when Pat Buchanan championed his brand of populism and nationalism as THE WAY to defeat Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. Nearly a full year before Trump entered the race, Buchanan told Salon what type of candidate could win in 2016:

“I believe a lot of the ideas I ran on [for president] in the ’90s like nonintervention in foreign wars that are none of our business, securing the borders, which I argued for 25 years ago, and stopping the export of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and Asia. All these things are now current and much stronger than they were then. I think you need a fighting, populist, conservative campaign aimed at the working and middle class where you tell some of the Fortune 500 folks that you guys are going to have to spend a little time in the back row.”

The entire point of this retrospection is to make clear that which should be obvious, but apparently still isn’t to many: the Trump political movement isn’t an anomaly. And as much as the Trump name brand and fame clearly helped the New York billionaire overcome obstacles that would have sunk most other candidates, it was his Buchananesque populism and old fashioned nationalism that won the day. It’s also obvious that after nearly three decades of economic globalism and international conflict championed by both major parties, the country has finally caught up to Pat Buchanan.

The prominent role of Breitbart’s Stephen K. Bannon as the new administration’s chief strategist promises that this reinvention of the Republican Party will continue. As Bannon recently told The Hollywood Reporter:

“Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement,” he says. “It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”

The next four years promise to be a wild ride. I would suggest that you continue to listen to Buchanan -the prophet, the godfather of this movement- and buckle up. After 25 years in the making, the revolution is here. The moment is now.

HUGE Education Reform Likely Under Trump

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“As your President, I will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice. I want every single inner city child in America who is today trapped in a failing school to have the freedom – the civil right – to attend the school of their choice. I understand many stale old politicians will resist. But it’s time for our country to start thinking big once again. We spend too much time quibbling over the smallest words, when we should spend our time dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead.” – Donald J. Trump

There may be no greater impact felt by the electoral victory of Donald Trump than in the area of education. This is somewhat ironic considering how little time or attention has been given to the topic since Mr. Trump’s surprise win on November 8. But considering what candidate Trump promised, there appears to be HUGE potential for positive reform in America’s education policy.

At this point little is known about the next administrations plans beyond a few key basics. As noted today by the Los Angeles Times:

“He has said he might eliminate or scale back the U.S. Department of Education. He wants to create a new school voucher program, support home-schooling, beef up childcare subsidies.”

For parents and educators looking to bust up the educational monopoly of the federal government and teachers unions, this is music to our ears. Even more promising is this tidbit of information courtesy of the Times as well:

“Traditionally, for example, both candidates appear before the American Federation of Teachers union to be considered for endorsement, said the union’s president, Randi Weingarten. Trump didn’t come — and the transition team has not returned her calls.”

Politically, this is a winning issue whose time has come.

Gone are the days when Democrats (and even some Republicans) could claim that school choice was somehow dangerous or damaging for children and society. The steady increase of charter schools and homeschooling in recent years has changed the manner in which the public (the voting public that is) perceives educational options for their children.

The ongoing loss of confidence in public education has coincided with this increase in support for school choice. As Gallup has noted, those who have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public schools plummeted to 29% in 2012, down from 33% in 2007/2008, and down from 58% in 1973, the first time Gallup included public schools in their survey.

After decades of struggle against the government, political, and educational establishment, it appears that parents and their children might finally have a reason to celebrate.

Considering the Left’s long time control over the public schools, and their willingness to wage the culture wars through the indoctrination of the youngest and most impressionable-our children-education reform under the Trump administration has the potential to be an area of huge importance.

We can only hope.