Superb essay by Sultan Knish: ‘The New Civil War’

We are in an existential war for the heart and soul of America, have no doubt.

[…] The choices of this civil war are painfully clear.

We can have a system of government based around the Constitution with democratically elected representatives. Or we can have one based on the ideological principles of the left in which all laws and processes, including elections and the Constitution, are fig leaves for enforcing social justice.

But we cannot have both.

Some civil wars happen when a political conflict can’t be resolved at the political level. The really bad ones happen when an irresolvable political conflict combines with an irresolvable cultural conflict.

That is what we have now.

The left has made it clear that it will not accept the lawful authority of our system of government. It will not accept the outcome of elections. It will not accept these things because they are at odds with its ideology and because they represent the will of large portions of the country whom they despise.

The question is what comes next. […]

Read the whole thing…

Our long national nightmare is over

For the past 500 and some odd days, I’ve had a countdown timer on my browser that has counted down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds to when the new POTUS would be inaugurated. Back then, I had no idea who the 45th president of United States would be. What I did know was that Barack Obama would no longer be president.

Back in March 2016, in the middle of primary season, I was asked whether I thought Hillary would be the next president. It seemed that folks thought was she was the de facto new POTUS, that her victory was inevitable. I never thought so. I told some friends and acquaintances that she had way to much legal baggage to be elected. They thought I was nuts. My candidate had always been Ted Cruz, the strongest constitutional conservative running in 2016. I even reregistered as a Republican for a few weeks just to vote for him in the primary. Alas, he didn’t win.

But this election felt similar to 1980, like a movement election. An inevitable tide raising the Trump ship and making it clear that he was the choice Americans wanted. I started to have a hopeful feeling that the momentum Trump had was not going to be stopped and that he would save us from a third Democrat term — four years that would most certainly put the final nails in the coffin of our country that had been so expertly hammered by Barack Obama over eight long, humorless, joyless years. There was never any doubt in my mind that I would cast my ballot against a candidate I thought, and still think, is a clear and present danger to the United States of America. So on November 8 I cast my ballot for Donald Trump and prayed for a miracle.

I believe God has given us one more chance bring our country back after the long national nightmare that has been the two Obama administrations. I hope Trump has the strength and the will and the desire to bring America back. WE THE PEOPLE must be vigilant and support the policies that will undo the subtle (and not so subtle) Communization of our country.

Good luck, President Trump. Fulfill your promises and bring back the shining city on the hill.

God bless the United States of America.

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The Age of Trump begins

 

birdI have thoroughly enjoyed the last four days more than anyone can know. After the seemingly interminable eight long years of embryonic socialist rule under Obama and the Democrats I finally started laughing again. At the Democrats. I have enjoyed the hell out of the misery these pusillanimous cry-baby Democrats have displayed since early Wednesday morning. Without apology. You wanted Hillary? This is the price for her lawlessness, her incompetence, and her hubris. Oh, and Obama’s as well. After all, he fully supported the person who was going to carry on his vile agenda. Oh, and the GOP establishment’s as well. You are a YUGE part of the problem too.

I have participated in every Presidential election since I became a citizen in 1983. I’m proud to say that my first (and proudest) ballot for President was cast for Ronald Reagan in 1984. I voted for G. H. W. Bush in 1988 then for Clinton in 1992. I was incredibly pissed off about Bush’s broken promise on raising taxes and, stupidly, I actually believed Bubba when he said he was a different kind of Democrat. That lie, and my utterly wasted vote, was the greatest political lesson of my life: never, ever trust a Democrat. Ever. In 1996 I voted my conscience and voted for the late Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate. (Today’s “libertarian,” Gary Johnson isn’t worthy to be a hangnail on Harry Browne’s hand.) I voted for G. W. Bush twice, and for McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012.

All of the RINOs I have been forced to vote for since 2000 can only wish in hindsight they had a fraction of the excitement in the base over their candidacy as I saw this year for Trump. It was stunning. The 2008 and 2012 elections were outliers, in my opinion: The final gasp of the combined Washington DC political machine that gave us decades of bad policies, shoved gladly down our throats by the two-head hydra of the RINOs and the Dems.

Donald Trump was not my first choice this year. Ted Cruz was, from the very beginning. Trump was never even in my top three. But early in the primaries I began to suspect that this election was very different than past ones I had participated in. It felt like 1980, a ‘movement’ election, an election that had nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with classic unabashed “throw the bums out” Americanism. Trump won the primaries decisively, mastering the other candidates at the debates and persuading a majority of Republicans to support him. Donald Trump represents everything the GOP establishment pretends to be but isn’t. And he had the balls to say what had to be said to everybody’s face, without fear. That was very appealing to a voter base that had had it with an endless parade of lickspittles and establishment hacks that we’ve elected to govern the country.

I voted for him mainly for two reasons.

1. The Supreme Court: A SCOTUS in the hands of Hillary after the three (very) old justices die or retire would GUARANTEE a fatal erosion of our Constitution. SCOTUS is there to provide a check and balance against legislative and executive power. With progressives in charge you can bet the court would change or eliminate fundamental rights we already have and add others that DO NOT EXIST, as has happened in the past. The federal encroachment would continue with WE THE PEOPLE suffering at the hands of bureaucrats for generations.

2. Hillary’s alleged (and thoroughly uninvestigated) crimes: I did not want a POTUS who thought she was above the law and thereby exhibited an utter disregard and CONTEMPT for the law in the execution of her (previous) jobs. The past is prologue.

I don’t know if Trump will keep the promises he’s made, but I think he’s sincere about his desire to fix the problems the country has. And he loves his country. Obama doesn’t. Hillary doesn’t. They just love themselves. Voting for Trump represented a big, fat middle finger (or two) at the GOP establishment’s bullshit stories and their never-ending broken promises. And, of course, it represented a big, fat middle finger (or two) at the Democrats. Everything they touch they turn to shit.

I didn’t want four more years of shit.

The (existential) choice

Tomorrow morning, as I’ve done in the last four election days, I will wake up at 5:30 AM and try to be first in my polling place. Exercising my God-given right to vote is as American as it gets. Thank you God, for allowing me to choose my leaders in a peaceful transaction.

I’ve participated in just about every election since I became a citizen in 1983. I’m proud to say that my first (and proudest) ballot for President was cast for Ronald Reagan in 1984. I voted my conscience in 1996 for the late Harry Browne, the Libertarian. (Gary Johnson isn’t worthy to be a hangnail on that man’s hand.) My worst presidential election? Well, I don’t want to talk about that one. In my almost 60 years, tomorrow may well be the most important. It is as existential an election as we can get.

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. He was not my first choice. He was never even in my top three. However, he won. Decisively. He mastered the others at the debates and persuaded a majority of Republicans to support him. Now, months after the primaries, I think I finally understand why: Donald Trump represents everything the GOP establishment pretends to be but isn’t. We don’t know if he’ll keep the promises he’s made, but I think he’s sincere about his desire to fix the problems that eight years of socialist rule under Obama and the Democrats have given us. I won’t bore you with the list because you all know it as well as I do.

I voted for McCain in 2008. I voted for Romney in 2012. Those two RINOs wish they would have had a fraction of the excitement in the base over their candidacy as I’ve seen for Trump. Put simply, voting for Trump represents a big middle finger (or two) at the GOP establishment’s bullshit stories and their never-ending broken promises. And, of course, to the Democrats. Everything they touch they turn to shit. I don’t want four more years of shit.

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Here is the great Michael Walsh from PJMedia with his take on tomorrow’s election. I can’t say it any better:

Forget just about everything you’ve been reading about polls, the candidates, the charges and counter-charges, the FBI, the emails, James Comey, everything. When you enter the polling booth tomorrow, here are the real choices:

  • More of the same vs. an E-ticket fun-house ride.
  • A cementing of Obama’s “legacy” or a chance to uproot it, including the Iran deal and Obamacare.
  • The reinstatement of the House of Clinton, or a cleaning of the Augean stables. Bonus: a repudiation of the House of Bush.
  • Takers vs. Makers
  • Tax recipients vs. Taxpayers.
  • A certification of the power of the American elite vs. the Jacksonian arrival of a bumptious outsider.
  • Another step on the road to a banana republic by electing the wife of a former president, vs. a man with no previous political experience.
  • Supine obeisance to the krack kadres of kampaign konsultants and their mechanistic get-out-the-vote approach that treats sovereign voters as cattle, or the power of a real grass-roots movement out of Norman Rockwell by way of Ayn Rand.
  • Socialism vs. capitalism. There, I said it.
  • A gaslighting media, thoroughly in the tank for the Democrats, vs. political reality, even glimpsed through a glass darkly.
  • An ever-expanding federal government, freed from its constitutional restraints, vs. peasants with torches and pitchforks.
  • The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party (pictured above) or Real Americans, whose first allegiance is to country, not party.
  • Higher taxes, higher spending, more “services,” in an ever-increasing upward spiral until systemic collapse vs. at least a modicum of financial restraint.
  • The Frankfurt School and its band of cultural Marxist saboteurs vs. western civilization and the high ideals of the Enlightenment.
  • Black robes and imperial presidents vs. the representatives of the people, however unworthy.
  • The Ivy League, which controls the presidency and the Supreme Court, vs. The Rest of America.
  • “Social justice” vs. the Constitution.
  • Loathing of country vs. love of country.
  • Them vs. You.

Robert Frost once said that a liberal was a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Whose side are you on?

Double standards and selective indignation

There was a Clinton hit on Trump for his breaking with the embargo in Cuba many years ago. Don’t you just love it when they accuse him of something that the democrats have done? It is such an easy trick but Trump almost deliberately falls for it every time.

Obama has concluded a deal with Cuba that Trump would never make. The deal offers no relief from tyranny for the Cuban people, it allows Cuba to order airlines to refuse permission for people they do not want to allow to come to Cuba, and it permits the Cuban government to abuse and imprison anyone who disagrees with the regime there. Freedom for the Cuban people was never to be part of this deal.

In fact the only ones benefiting from this Obama deal are the tyrants who now no longer have to pay cash for what they buy, but can get credit and default on paying back loans as they always have done. Mrs. Clinton loves to brag about loans Trump has defaulted on when all he did was legally use American bankruptcy laws. yet she applauds Obama’s allowing Cuba to stiff the U.S. and all other countries.

In addition, let’s get some perspective. This is excerpted from an article by Humberto Fontova from Townhall.com:

In brief, Trump’s “crime” consisted of this: back in 1998 (when the Clinton Administration in their push to end the embargo, was urging American companies to partner with the Castro regime) Trump Resorts and Hotels hired a consulting firm named Seven Arrows headed by Richard Fields to explore the possibility of opening a hotel in Cuba. In other words, while unconvinced of its merit, Trump was willing to at least explore business opportunities then being promoted by the Clinton administration.

So to deflect from the horrible nature of this terrible deal that Obama made without consulting Congress, Clinton finds a small thing a private businessman did decades ago, and suddenly Trump is the baddie on Cuba instead of Obama.

At the beginning of the next debate, Trump needs to turn to the camera and tell the American people that his opponent likes to criticize him for what she has been doing all her life, and for what the democrat party has been guilty of as well. He has to say to the American people, “Every time Mrs. Clinton pulls this trick I am going to give you a high sign (he should show what that sign will be) and you will recognize it. For example, if she is accusing me of having said things to someone twenty years ago, this is to try to help us forget all of the many destructive things she has said about women her husband harmed and abused.”

All of this is what I call the Newt Gingrich syndrome. Gingrich, in 1994, said to a crowd on an NR cruise, “If you want to know what the democrats are doing, watch what they are accusing us of.”

If Trump had been ready for that, he could have used the Newt Gingrich slogan at her in advance and ruined every debate point she would be using to protect herself. But he CAN do it next time.

By being able to recognize these tricks in advance and showing them to the audience, Trump can go on the offensive and have a gotcha moment against her every time she tries them.

Instead of Americans losing heart because “everyone does it” so “it makes no difference who wins this time”, there must be so many “there you go again” moments against Hillary, that the public swings to the Republican party.

Also, I hope Pence does not pull a Romney at the Vice Presidential debate and behave like a gentleman. I hope Pence is not afraid to to go after Kaine about J Street and CAIR and what a mediocre governor he was. I want blood at that veep debate. There is too much at stake to allow Hillary to win.

Well, it’s a start…

Barbra Streisand Says She Will Move to Australia If Trump Becomes President:

Streisand is just one of nearly a dozen celebrities who have publicly vowed to move out of the United States in the event that Trump is elected. Other stars who have made the same pledge include Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, George Lopez, Raven-Symoné and Cher.

Well, a good start anyway.