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!

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.

 

Thomas Calls on Conservatives to Continue the Work of Scalia

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The following comes to us courtesy of the Tribune News services:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called on fellow conservatives Thursday to continue the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to keep the power of the courts and other branches of government in check.

Thomas told 1,700 people at a dinner in honor of Scalia that the Supreme Court has too often granted rights to people that are not found in the Constitution. He cited the decision in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal across the country.

Thomas said he and his longtime friend and colleague formed an “odd couple” of a white New Yorker and a black man from Georgia.

He paraphrased Lincoln’s Gettysburg address to exhort the audience to “be dedicated to the unfinished business for which Justice Scalia gave his last full measure of devotion.”

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The conference of conservatism’s leading legal lights took on a new air of importance with Trump’s victory, and included a list of judges the president-elect has named as candidates to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death last February.

President-elect Trump called the late Antonin Scalia a “great judge”, saying that he would look to appoint justices in his mold. With GOP control of both the White House and the Senate we are indeed likely to see the appointment of strict constructionists to the Supreme Court and other federal courts over the next four years.

In many ways, this was the real victory for conservatism on November 8th. And more importantly, for the country.

We Need Congressional Hearings to Investigate Media Bias

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With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and control of both the Senate and the House, Republicans are no doubt anxious to begin implementing their agenda within the new administration’s first 100 days. From repealing Obamacare, to securing the southern border, to nominating a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 2017 promises to be a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill. After 8 years of Obama there is much that needs to be done.

What we also need are Congressional hearings into the ongoing and blatant bias of the television news media. 

A recent poll showed that trust in the media has dropped to an all time low, with only 6% of those surveyed having “a lot of confidence” in the press. What’s more, Gallup has demonstrated how that mistrust mirrors party affiliation, with both Republican voters and Independents significantly more skeptical of the media than Democrats.

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Throughout the campaign media bias was on full display, often with little effort made to even fake impartiality. The “traditional” news media (CBS, NBC, CNN, the New York Times) unabashedly employed advocacy journalism in place of objective reporting.

Thanks to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks we learned of the collaboration between the media and the Democratic National Committee. From emails back and forth between the DNC and reporters such as Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of CNN, to long time Democratic operative and CNN analyst Donna Brazile leaking debate questions to the Clinton campaign in advance, Americans discovered that the press wasn’t playing fair.

However, the bias isn’t simply limited to these high profile examples of collusion, but also impacts the very stories covered by the news media, and how they portray the candidates themselves. As one media watchdog group reported last month:

“In the twelve weeks since the party conventions concluded in late July, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has received significantly more broadcast network news coverage than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but nearly all of that coverage (91%) has been hostile, according to a new study by the Media Research Center (MRC).

“In addition, the networks spent far more airtime focusing on the personal controversies involving Trump (440 minutes) than about similar controversies involving Clinton (185 minutes). Donald Trump’s treatment of women was given 102 minutes of evening news airtime, more than that allocated to discussing Clinton’s e-mail scandal (53 minutes) and the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals (40 minutes) combined.”

That Congressional hearings are needed to investigate this media bias is based on the basic premise that the public trust has been betrayed. A breech of that public trust requires a public response.

In many ways we can look back to the infamous television quiz show scandals of the 1950’s for a similar instance requiring government investigation. The House Committee on Legislative Oversight used congressional hearings to reveal the very depth of the scandal at that time. Due to the nature of the FCC’s role in regulating television broadcasting, the ongoing betrayal of trust and excessive partisanship displayed by the news media warrants investigation now.

In other words, let’s give the American people the powerful visual of the presidents of the various news networks and news divisions appearing before congress for questioning:

  • With all the cameras.
  • With all of the hours upon hours of video evidence of biased reporting.
  • With study after study demonstrating the skewed coverage favoring one party and candidate over the other.
  • With WikiLeak emails read aloud and the offending parties summoned to answer.

Anyone old enough to recall the congressional hearings held regarding the tobacco industry in the 1990’s remembers the power of this visual.

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Just in the short time since Donald Trump won the election we have already seen that the shameless media isn’t going to change their ways. It’s in their nature. It’s their politics.

The public trust has been betrayed. The public airwaves have been misused. The fourth estate has shown itself (largely) incapable of impartiality.

They must be investigated by Congress or nothing will change.