If Only He Didn’t Make It So Hard To Defend Him

This is a strange time for Republicans and conservatives who were anti-Trump. Now that he’s president, on the one hand it’s nice to see the Democrat Party in complete disarray. His Supreme Court pick seems pretty solid. I’m somewhat hopeful that the vehement, nearly psychotic, opposition to him by the left will push him to oppose anything they support.

On the other hand, well, Twitter. I understand that his supporters don’t care what he says or tweets. But the President of the United States of America should have a filter. The election is over. He won. He doesn’t need to tweet out every thought, or piss off our allies to drum up support. His supporters aren’t going to abandon him. If he wants to build political capital he needs to take a breath and be more of a statesman.

Earlier I posted Dr. Owens’s article, which concluded with this:

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.  Yes, I know most of the Silent Majority are too busy working to spend much time in political activism.  I also know that we face an army of people many on the government dole and many rich enough to finance a lifestyle of life in the trenches from their gated communities and country clubs.  However, we cannot leave our leader out there alone to face the coming storm.  We are all the support President Trump has.  The Progressives have the media, academia, Hollywood, and the Democrat Party.  Mr. Trump can’t even count on the Republicans.  Led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham these Never-Trumpers are reaching across the aisle to sabotage our re-boot of America.

I want to defend Trump against so much of this idiocy. I want to defend the policies he’s promoting that I agree with. But he just makes it so hard to defend him. Some of what he does and says is just cringe-worthy. I don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to go through it all. Not that I need to, just watch the news for a few minutes. He needs people coming to his defense. But he’s giving them so many soundbites, soundbites that make people who are just living their lives and hoping for the best feel a little anxious.

I want President Trump to succeed, I only wish he would chill out a teeny little bit so that coming to his defense wouldn’t be such a chore. Is that too much to ask?

 

A Moratorium On The F Bomb

The following is a guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr.

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The political Left, many media outlets and the chattering classes in general may possibly have gone off their rockers.   Their over-reaction to Mr. Trump reminds me of the 15 year old girls who screamed and jumped around at Beatles events during the 1960’s; looking back at those grainy visuals, regardless of what you think about the Beatles, one could agree that the screaming girls were not experiencing a deeply thoughtful intellectual moment.   But for the most part the screaming girls were normal people temporarily behaving abnormally, while it appears that many anti-Trumpsters are abnormal people who are habitually behaving abnormally.

I was at a diner the other morning having a delicious breakfast of fried eggs, fried corned beef hash and a side of fried home fries.   The only thing not fried were the five cups of coffee.    The TV was rambling on in the background with some kind of news show and I was half paying attention to it.   I recall that they showed Mr. Trump giving a speech, then they showed another person talking, then they showed some people yelling, then they showed Mr. Trump again, then they showed another person talking, and then they showed some old footage of Mr. Hitler.   The same Mr. Hitler who started WWII, ran concentration camps and did a bunch of awful things.   Uh-oh!  There must be connection between Mr. Trump and Mr. Hitler!  Really?  Oh no!  Heaven help us!  What do we do now!?

Oh Brother.

Liberals throw around the political F-bomb – “fascist” – with the same propensity that Howard Stern throws around the vernacular F- bomb.  (1)  After a while it loses it shock value and just becomes standard fare.   George Bush is a fascist.  Mitt Romney is a fascist.  Ted Cruz is a fascist. Scott Baio – the actor from “Joanie Loves Chachi” TV fame – who supports Mr. Trump must be a fascist.  Wait… hmmm… Mr. Baio did wear a black leather jacket on the TV show and it is true that SS storm troopers were notorious for wearing black uniforms – need we require any more evidence?       

And of course, we have been treated to the musings by such astute commentators like Meryl Streep who stood atop a dais at a celebrity award show to preach a bunch of baloney about the scary dangers of American culture to a roomful of fellow beautiful Hollywood people who adoringly applauded her numskullian remarks as their well preened heads affirmatively bobbled about in clueless agreement.

And of course we witness the Washington Democrats who skip inaugurations, boycott Senate confirmation hearings and publically perfect the annoying art of exaggerated whining.  (3)

And of course we are blessed with the press who displays the same objectivity about Mr. Trump as a bug exterminator displays toward a cockroach.  (4)

And of course all the protests with the signage adorned with the word fascist.  The Left loves a protest as much as the Animal House frat guys loved a food fight.  The only difference is that the frat guys’ food fight usually made more sense.  (5)

Aside from making some liberals look like a bunch of agitated under-medicated mental patients who just had the TV channel changer ripped from their hands, this type of hyperventilating nonsense adds nothing to building an environment of reasoned debate on topics where there are legitimate questions about Mr. Trump’s policies and does little to engage others who may wish to actually discuss the issues at an IQ level that is greater than 10.   Mr. Trump is not a Mr. Hitler or a Mr. Mussolini or a Generalissimo Franco.   If he were a Franco, then this would make him a Franco-American and I personally do love Spaghetti-O’s, which hopefully does not make me a fascist.  However, Mr. Trump may in fact be a Mr. Jackson. (Andrew, not a Michael)

At different times in U.S. history populists with half garbled messages have championed themselves as representing The People.   About every generation is afflicted with these types.  Effluent loudsters like Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, George Wallace, Ross Perot and now Mr. Trump periodically catch the fancy of segments of the population and outflank the political accoutrements that were either intentionally erected or have gradually evolved to prevent these characters from changing their mailing address to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.   Most of the time they are knocked down by the laws of political gravity or self-implode prior to achieving King of The Hill executive branch status.  But once in a great while events turn in their favor and they navigate through the electoral gauntlet to achieve success.

Let us consider Mr. Jackson.  His political heyday was the 1820’s and 1830’s – a period that had a high level of distrust of elites – kind of like today.  In his fine book on the history of the American Whig Party, historian Michael Holt writes that during this time “Anti-banking sentiment ignited resentment of established elites everywhere.  Now farmers and urban working men joined the Radical ideologues in denouncing bankers who seemed to cause calamitous fluctuations and to escape their consequences.”  The panic of 1819 had resulted in a depression, widespread economic dislocation and had “awakened tens of thousands of men to importance of politics…(who)… turned to the government for relief from their economic plight or for retaliation against the forces that they believed had caused it.  Thousands voted who had never voted before.”    All this hullabaloo spilled over into presidential politics.  Resentment filled the air and people believed that something had gone wrong with the system.   Scapegoats were identified, saviors were sought and things needed to be shaken up.   “The presidential election of 1824 revealed the degree of change… (Jackson) though himself a wealthy slaveholding member of Tennessee’s plantation gentry … was a perfect standard bearer for angry voters bent on venting resentments….”   He was “a foe of the haughty East.   More important Jackson was clearly a political newcomer (and) all who wanted to throw the establishment out of Washington, or at least out of the White House, could cleave to him.”   Mr. Jackson was brash, profane and was feared by much of the political old guard.    He won the White House by defeating a well- known figure and scion of an established political household from the Adam’s family. (John Quincy, not Gomez)  (6)

Change a few names, update a couple of issues and the above is a reasonably accurate recap of Mr. Trump and 2016.  A strident well-to-do guy appears at the right moment (for him) who is an irreverent political outsider that will “tell it like it is”.  He captures the fancy of large segments of people who distrust the current system in part due to economic and societal disruptions to beat the professionals – including top dog political families – and becomes president through legitimate means within the system.

Certainly, we need not support the Trumpian theatrics or accept the wisdom of Mr. Trump’s propositions.  We can believe that some of his policy proposals are unconstitutional, financially unsound, unnecessary, unsavory or even scatterbrained.   But let us debate them on their merits.   And let us cease tossing about labels like “fascist” every time a hare brained Trumponian tweet is transmitted and to recognize that Mr. Trump is a populist – of the raucous American variety, not the alarming European strain – that events raised to the highest office in 2016 just like did they for Mr. Jackson in 1828 and 1932.   I hereby futilely propose a moratorium on the use of the F-bomb.  (the political one, not the vernacular one)

There is much about Mr. Trump’s style and positions with which to disagree, but lowering the temperature from a hot steam level to maybe a rolling boil would do all of us a favor.  This goes for both sides.    It may not happen, but it is just a thought.  (8)

 

Frightfully Yours,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.

 

Footnotes:

  • The term “fascist” at one time did not necessarily carry derogatory overtones. Prior to WWII the fascist movement received praise from some respectable corners.  WWII changed all that and today it is an all- purpose label for negativity.  It is used indiscriminately by people who are unable to define what it means.  George Orwell wrote that, “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far it signifies ‘something not desirable.”    George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”, (Horizon, London, 1946)
  • Image found at: http://www.historyforsale.com/scott-baio-magazine-photograph-signed/dc37238
  • Lest one thinks that only a few far left protestors willy-nilly toss the work fascist at their opponents, it is not uncommon for “responsible” Democratic Party leaders to engage in this gassy rhetoric. For example, “In 2000 Bill Clinton called the Texas GOP platform a ‘fascist tract’” or “The Reverend Jesse Jackson ascribes every form of opposition to his race-based agenda as fascist.”  Jonah Goldberg, “Liberal Fascism”, (Doubleday, New York, 2007) pages 4 to 5.
  • Regarding the press and the usage of fascism Mr. Goldberg writes, “The New York Times leads a long roster of mainstream publications eager to promote leading academics who raise the possibility that the GOP is a fascist party and that Christian conservatives are the new Nazis.” Ibid
  • Left-wing protesters are flexible with their deployment of the work fascist and Pro-Choice demonstrators are quite fond of the term. For example, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a peaceful Pro-Life event that was crashed by “loud and confrontational” pro-choice crowd carrying signs that said, “Fight the Fascist Right” and “No to Women Hating Christian Fascist Theocracy.”   The Pro-Choicers rounded out their message with other signs that read “Fuck Your Agenda”, “Religious Terrorist”, “Abort More Christians”, “Kill Your Kids Motherfuckers” and “Catholic Taliban.”   Jon Shields, “The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right”, (Princeton University Press, Princeton, NY, 2009) page 91.
  • Quotations are from: Michael F. Holt, “The Rise and Fall of the Whig Party”, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999) Chapter 1.
  • Images found at: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-twitter-full-list-2017-2 and constitution center.org.
  • Jackson generated much resistance. This was a fluid time from a U.S. political party standpoint. The Whig party rose – in part – in reaction to what was perceived to be the President’s domineering and strong arm tendencies.  The Whigs cobbled together disparate factions to become the primary opposition party.  They had success and failures.  Perhaps Mr. Trump’s detractors would do better by reading about the victories and disappointments of Mr. Jackson’s American opponents to help generate ideas for their counter strategies rather than using tired old European revolutionary dogma like the word “fascist”.

Anti-Trump Demonstrations Prearranged, Prepaid And Predictable

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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Anti-Trump Demonstrations Prearranged Prepaid and Predictable

Just look at the hysterical reaction to President Trump’s long anticipated executive order to limit the admission of refugees from seven countries.

How do leaders in Muslim countries see it?  According to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, “The vast majority of Muslims and Muslim countries have not been affected by this ban.  This is a temporary ban that will be reviewed within three months. It’s important to take these points into account.”

For one thing except in the case of Syria, where a long civil war has made vetting all but impossible, this is a temporary ban of 120 days not a permanent or even an indefinite one.  A 90-day ban has been imposed on travel here from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.  Of the seven countries facing a 90-day ban, three are U.S.-designated state sponsors of terror, and the other four are war zones.  This is about national security not religion.

If it was about religion why then were not most populous Muslim nations Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Egypt included?

These demonstrators, Schumer’s tears, and all the hate filled rhetoric has been waiting in the wings for the first opportunity to show its ugly head.  Our retired community organizer even chimed in with his two cents worth after gracefully keeping silent for a full eleven days.  His unsolicited remarks doing all they could to delegitimize President Trump and incite the protestors at the same time.

How spontaneous are all these demonstrations?  Make no mistake there are many people who just show up.  Given the power of social media to motivate the couch potato revolutionaries to march in circles and hold signs someone else makes and supplies, it is no wonder anyone with funding and expertise can generate a flash mob.  Who organizes and pays the organizers?  That is the question.  Since the media cartel is the opposition we cannot expect them to reveal who the puppet masters are.  Luckily others have done the leg work and unearthed the evidence.

The Free Thought Project has not only discovered but published the proof that these protest provocateurs were recruited, trained and funded by among others George Soros.  In an eye opening article entitled, “Soros Caught Red-Handed Funding Anti-Trump Protests, Paying Protesters $15/hr” found on their website they not only tell us what they have found they show it to us actually showing the want ads used to hire the AstroTurf grassroots of the Left.

While I heartily repeat and sincerely endorse the sentiment expressed in the saying, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  We must not mistake the ginned up outrage of people who are pawns of the limonene liberals with the heartfelt cry of true opposition.

If this was genuine opposition I believe the people would at least have their facts straight.  Saying the President’s action was a complete surprise when he said throughout his campaign he would do it is a first indication that this isn’t well thought out.  Saying it is a religious ban when even those who practice the religion it is supposedly banning say it isn’t shows that it is disingenuous at best.  Ignoring the fact that President Obama did essentially the same things when in 2011 he had the State Department stop processing Iraq refugee requests for six months shows that these protestors either do not know history or they are expressing the phony outrage of sore losers.

That mouthpiece of the Collectivist elites Rolling Stone provides proof that this entire reality show of protests was prearranged, prepaid, and predictable.  Back on January 13th before Mr. Trump was even inaugurated, the discredited yellow-journalism sheet most recently noted for pushing fake news rape accusations against innocent people in Virginia reported that they had interviewed more than a dozen top leaders of the Trump resistance.   The following is their outline of the conspirator’s strategy:

Beyond direct action and street protest, five clear opposition strategies are emerging. First, leverage Trump’s unpopularity and fragile governing coalition to defeat him outright. “He’s going to overreach dramatically, and we have to be prepared to deal him a significant setback,” says Weaver. Second, where Trump cannot be stopped, constrain his ambition by bleeding his political capital – “raise the cost of Trump radicalism,” says Frank Sharry a top immigrant-rights advocate. Third, blunt Trump’s impact with political resistance in the blue states – and even the blue cities in red states – where Trump’s agenda remains anathema. Fourth, get out of a defensive crouch: “The best defense is a good offense,” says Sierra Club Director Michael Brune. Fifth, when in doubt, sue.

So much for the spontaneous nature of these protests, as these facts are  easily found with even a cursory search of the internet.  Mr. Trump rode the crest of an actual grassroots movement.  He found the parade and successfully marched in front of it all the way to the White House.  Those of us who can remember what America used to be before the Kennedy Immigration Act transformed the melting pot into a smelting pot pulling us apart instead of welding us together want our country back.  The elites who want to send our wealth overseas and import, support, and exploit enough voters for a permanent majority dedicated to collectivism will stop at nothing to derail our last best chance.

So buckle up and get ready for four years of escalating civil unrest with wall-to-wall coverage.  People have complained about gridlock in Washington for years.  What is coming is complete paralysis.  The Left will attempt to make the country ungovernable.  Their media arm, the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media will do their best to make it appear as if they are the majority valiantly resisting the imposition of authoritarian and racist measures by an illegitimate minority government.  This is what we are facing.  Four years of battle.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.  Yes, I know most of the Silent Majority are too busy working to spend much time in political activism.  I also know that we face an army of people many on the government dole and many rich enough to finance a lifestyle of life in the trenches from their gated communities and country clubs.  However, we cannot leave our leader out there alone to face the coming storm.  We are all the support President Trump has.  The Progressives have the media, academia, Hollywood, and the Democrat Party.  Mr. Trump can’t even count on the Republicans.  Led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham these Never-Trumpers are reaching across the aisle to sabotage our re-boot of America.

Stand up!  Speak up!  Put those who wish to preserve the status quo and continue to manage the decline of America on notice that we are here and we will not rest until we make America great again!

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

 

 

 

 

Book Signing Events With Dr. Robert Owens

Sorry I’m a little bit late posting this for Dr. Owens. The new year is off to a very busy start.

Upcoming Book Signing Events with Dr. Robert Owens

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Then Came Trump

In Then Came Trump Dr. Robert Owens shares insights about where we have come from, where we are now, and where the Donald promised to lead us. Featuring Dispatches from the History of the Future these essays are guaranteed to provide food for thought as current events you remember are placed in an historical and constitutional context. A text without a context is a pretext. In today’s world of fake news the progressive spin of the wall-to-wall megaphone of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR cartel pumps out its left-leaning version of the day’s events. This combined with the stories they make-up out of whole cloth need to be balanced. This book is an attempt to provide that balance. We have labored in the darkness of the Obamanation. We have waited for a light at the end of the tunnel that was not another progressive steamroller chugging down the tracks. We have looked for anyone who could cut the Gordian Knot and loose the potential of America again. Then came Trump.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

At Last…

Do you remember President Obama’s inauguration, when he and Michelle danced to Beyonce’s version of the song “At Last”?

Millions of Americans celebrated, with good reason. At the same time millions more worried, also with good reason. We could only predict what sort of havoc an ultra-leftist president, with an ultra-leftist House and Senate, would wreak on our country. Not that the media gave any credence whatsoever to our concerns.

(Too bad we didn’t get even a small percentage of the coverage the lefty hysterics are getting over the prospect of a Donald Trump administration. Even the local news where I live has been touting a couple of women nobody ever heard of who plan to march in protest this weekend. And regardless of the fact that Donald Trump is the most pro-LGBT president-elect in history they act like the LGBT crowd are all going to lose their rights. It’s so freaking annoying, I can’t even stand it.)

Well, here we are eight years later. The sky didn’t fall, and if you look around things still seem pretty normal. But what Obama was able to “accomplish” is going to take a good deal of time to undo.

The only thing I was slightly hopeful for when he took office was that race relations would improve, and now that’s even worse than ever. Looking back it makes sense, though, if you are familiar with the Cloward-Piven strategy. Happy people living in peaceful harmony don’t fit into the whole grand scheme of things when societal disruption is your goal.

On a personal level, the stagnant wages of the Obama economy has kind of sucked. Combined with Obamacare, which has been a complete and utter disaster, means that life is a lot more difficult than it was eight years ago.

When Obama was inaugurated our boys were four and seven years old. Now they’re twelve and fifteen. When you have kids time really flies, but at the same time, it seems like the Obama years have lasted a lifetime.

Not long after Obama took office we started a family business and found an insurance policy with decent coverage that we could afford. Fast forward a few years and I had to go back to work outside of the family business because our insurance premiums went through the roof while coverage was diminished considerably. Out were the days of co-payments, in were the days of high deductibles. They didn’t mention the whole “Pay more, get less” aspect of the law.

It was hard enough paying our rising insurance premiums. But then when we needed the insurance it didn’t cover anything until we coughed up another few thousand dollars per family member. Gee, what a deal.

I can still hear Nancy Pelosi cackle about how Obamacare was going to make it so easy for people to quit their jobs to pursue their dreams. We knew at the time it was a lie, but even so, we were still stunned at the impact of that lie. What Pelosi meant was that Obamacare was only meant to help people whose dreams involved not making a living. It was meant to punish people like us, and succeeded. I’ve never felt more beaten up in my life.

And then there’s everything else. I wouldn’t even know where to start, Obama’s done so much damage. I’m sure he’s still releasing criminals and writing executive orders as I type this.

Hopefully the staff of President-Elect Donald Trump have been hard at work drafting executive orders to undo some of the damage. I’m not a huge Trump fan, but I’m cautiously optimistic and am willing to give him, and the Republican majority in the House and Senate, a chance. If they only get a few, big, things right it will be a step in the right direction.

So I will pray for them. And I will watch the inauguration and celebrate the fact that the Democrat Party has been decimated. I will wish President and Mrs. Obama well in their retirement. And I will hope and pray that the Republicans don’t fall into the many traps the Democrats and their partners in the media set for them.

Finally, after eight long years, I will let out a sigh of relief while I hang on to a small little glimmer of hope.

Fake News is Old News in the Drive By Media

Guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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Fake News is Old News in the Drive-By Media

You want some fake news?  I’ve got some fake news for you right here.

The GOP has no plan to replace Obamacare.  That is the headline the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media try to scare the low information voters with.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

As reported by Matt Vespa in Red State: The GOP not only proposed alternatives to the monstrosity of Obamacare at the time they had been advancing proposals before BHO was even elected.  We can start with the five comprehensive health reform proposals that have actually been introduced in Congress:

  1. Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act (S. 1783) introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) July 12, 2007.
  1. Every American Insured Health Act introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) with co-sponsors Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mel Martinez (formerly R-FL) and Elizabeth Dole (formerly R-NC) on July 26, 2007.
  1. Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Healthy Americans Act on January 18, 2007 and re-introduced the same bill on February 5, 2009.
  1. Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) on May 20, 2009.
  1. H.R. 2300, Empowering Patients First Act introduced July 30, 2009 by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

In addition, the GOP has developed a rich menu of potential replacement plans for Obamacare that are not of the centrally planned socialist sort but instead conservative market-oriented health policy:

Then there is the plan Bush the Younger actually proposed in 2007 which was shot down by the Democrat majority.

It was a sweeping health reform plan that would have replaced the current tax exclusion for employer-provided coverage with standard tax deductions for all individuals and families. The Bush plan called for a tax deduction that would have applied to payroll taxes as well as income taxes. Moreover, if one were worried about non-filers, the subsidy could easily have instead been structured as a refundable tax credit in which case even those without any income taxes would have gotten an additional amount. This is the kind of policy detail that easily could have been negotiated had the Democrats been in a cooperative mood in 2007. They were not.

What’s sad is that the Bush plan actually was superior to Obamacare when it comes to providing universal coverage. Remember, Obamacare actually does not provide universal coverage. The latest figures from CBO says that when it is fully implemented in 2016, Obamacare will cut the number of uninsured by only 45%, covering 89% of the non-elderly. Even if illegal immigrants are excluded, this percentage rises to only 92%. In contrast, the Bush plan (without a mandate!) would have cut the number of uninsured by 65%.

And looking back even though that font of fake news “If you like your doctor,” Obama says that he tried to get the Republicans to contribute to the creation of Obamacare however the record is very different.  He didn’t consult with them at all.  Instead he rammed it through using legislative tricks and deceit.  It was an unconstitutional law to begin with, and it hasn’t improved with age.  Even today Democrat leaders continue to perpetrate the fake news that Obamacare was a bipartisan effort.

So how does the soon to be extinguished and soon to be reversed and repudiated Obama regime react to the flurry of fake news in their allies the Drive-by Media?  Why of course they seek to censor everyone else by passing the “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” which of course is designed to stop anything that contradicts the establishment’s fake news, disinformation, and propaganda.   How fake can you get?

And if his parting shots are not enough there is the promise from the Regulator-in-Chief that he isn’t going anywhere.  He campaigned on Hope and Change and all we can do now is hope for change.  Four years of anti-American foreign and domestic debacles that will prayerfully end as We the People make America great again.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens  

Gravity, Black Holes and Washington, DC

Guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr.

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Gravity, or gravitation, is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass are brought toward (or gravitate toward) one another.” (1)

This definition is most of what I know about the physics of gravity. I do recall that Albert Einstein said that gravity was not really a force and it involved the curvature of space time. He also said that it was preferable to get the Russian dressing on the side when ordering a corned beef reuben. There is a famous story where Galileo wanted to experiment with gravity by dropping balls off the tower of Pisa. Given that Galileo was a really smart guy and all, I decided to replicate his experiment by dropping bowling balls to the ground but unfortunately dropped one on my foot. The gravity worked like a charm and I celebrated my success by having my friends and family sign the cast on my leg. Gravity is supposed to be the weakest of the four fundamental interactions of nature, but it is no slouch when it comes to dropping heavy objects on your body parts. I later read that four out of five dentists recommend that you should not drop bowling balls on your feet; therefore, you should never do this experiment at home, but if you do, then you should definitely wear very thick socks.

Gravity also involves the existence of black holes in outer space. I am the most layman of laymen so in the most laymen of terms black holes have gravitational fields that are so powerful that matter cannot escape and it disappears. Now when talking about black holes it seems to me that it would not be too much of metaphorical strain to also mention Washington, D.C. Popular culture has absconded with this term and we now sometimes say that a black hole is a place where things vanish without a trace which is quite apropos regarding our nation’s capital since billions of dollars disappear there on a regular basis. At this time I would like to apologize to any galactic black holes that are reading this article and I do not wish to insult them because many black holes that I personally know are very frugal with their money.

Now Washington, DC is awash with taxpayer money, centralized regulatory power and a culture of self-importance. It is chock full of industry associations, consumer groups, trade unions representatives and media types loudly advocating for their perceived notions that some action must be done about this, that or the other thing. Now toss the political class into the mix. These are ambitious carbon based forms of life and most are members of the human species; hence, it is quite normal for them to gravitate toward the concept of being viewed as people of action who will do things to fix a bunch of things.

Human beings like to be perceived as people of action. We generally do not admire the neighbor who lays around all day on the couch but we are attracted to the neighbor that mows the lawn, trims the hedges, paints the garage and builds an addition on to the house in one afternoon. He or she is a person of action. We naturally gravitate toward these types of people just like the bowling ball gravitated toward my foot. This is a good thing in that it builds individual character, strengthens local neighborhoods and has ameliorative effects on civic virtues. Action and movement are good things.

Did I say that action and movement are good things? Well, I still believe that but with the caveat that some action and movement is not so good – particularly much of the top down federal government action where the few boss around the many. The American Founders believed that some action is not so good too which is why they wrote into the U.S. Constitution all the arcane processes to throw sand into the gears of the political elites who endeavor to coercively use public resources get stuff for their constituent’s private benefit. (2) This is action that is misguided.

I herewith propose the theorem called Lowery’s Theory of the Gravitational Pull of Misguided Action:

Scads of Other People’s $$ + Central Power + Contemporary Perceived Notions That Things Must Be Done + Media + Political Elites = Lots of Misguided Expensively Wasteful Stuff Happening

Now I am not opposed to things being done. I like things being done as much as the next person. The American Founders likes things to get done too. But the issue is locational – where should the actions occur? The political observer Yuval Levin describes the U.S. Constitution as a vehicle to open up space where things can happen. Washington, D.C. has lots of good things to do such as secure the border, run the federal judiciary, create a stable monetary system, regulate some issues of moral hazard, and some social safety net management. It should set up broad rules for people to follow because this organizes an environment of space where we can get things done. But the specifics of the things that we choose to do within these spaces should not be promulgated by those at the top because too much action at the top clogs up things below and sucks the air out of the open spaces producing negative consequences. (3) This requires that the political elites trust us – the unwashed masses – and it requires that we stop rattling our tins cups at the political elites – our high and mighty betters – demanding that they do something about everything. But this conflicts with the contemporary popular mindset that the federal government must do something about our “problems” and this belief is sometimes as strong as the belief in the laws of gravity.

It was not so long ago that these notions were less prevalent. For example, there was a severe economic downturn following World War I. President Warren Harding basically did nothing and the economy quickly rebounded.

(Harding who was elected in 1920) inherited one of the sharpest recessions in American history. By July 1921 it was all over and the economy was booming again. Harding had done nothing except cut government expenditure, the last time a major industrial power treated a recession with classic laissez-faire methods, allowing wages (and prices) to fall to their natural level. (4)

Compare this approach to the Hoover/ Roosevelt methods of very active government interaction and centralized economic micromanagement of the 1930’s. The Harding low government action approach resulted in a short recession that was over by 1921, generated steady economic growth and low unemployment that empowered people to make their lives better. The Hoover/ Roosevelt high government action approach was concurrent with the decade long 1930’s economic trauma of an unstable economy, high unemployment, and a whole bunch of agony for whole bunch of people. In 1932 at the depths of the downturn, the U.S. unemployment rate was 23%. By 1938 after all the New Deal activity, the U.S. unemployment rate stood at 19%, the U.S. economy was only about the same size as is was ten years earlier and we had experienced the bitter recession of 1937. I am not suggesting that every New Deal intervention was bad, but why the twelve plus years of pain? Where there other forces that aggravated the downturn beyond the normal economic laws of supply and demand of the general public? Did all the direct government intervention, coercive federalism and misguided Central Bank policies contribute to downstream effects that further gummed up the works? Maybe there was a redistributionist and central planning mindset – a zeitgeist – created by the dominant political and intellectual elites that discounted the importance of private actions that soured investment, dampened entrepreneurial confidence and worsened the malaise of inertia? (5) I vote yes to all the above.

The contemporary gravitational pull to do something about “problems” by inserting the coercive powers of the federal government into the lives of people to micromanage their daily activities can have disastrous consequences just like it appears to have had in the past. Whether it is Mr. Obama or Mr. Trump, a hyperactive federal government cannot possibly anticipate, forecast, implement and adjust to the needs of 300 million people. The unintended consequences of misplaced federal government intervention often results in negative downstream effects that exceed the positive benefits of the initial action; to wit, Mr. Obama’s stiffing GM bondholders or Mr. Trump’s apparent penchant for using public resources and presidential influence to alter the capital investment decisions of private companies are micromanagement actions that should not be on the to-do-list of the central government portfolio. These actions should be left to others – be it other levels of government or private individuals.

Government action for the sake of action is not desirable and we need to recognize that beyond the initial perceived benefits often lies a smelly Pandora’s box of wasteful bad things and troublesome secondary effects. We can use the forces of gravity to our benefit, but we should refrain from dropping bowling balls on our feet. We can use the forces of the federal government for our benefit too, but hyperactive micromanagement – from the Left or the Right – is a black hole that should be avoided. (6)

Frightfully Yours,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.

Footnotes:

  1. I googled Wikipedia
  2. Today we call this call these constituents “special interests”. The founders were well aware of this type of wealth redistribution skullduggerry and called these constituents “factions.”
  3. It also has a perverse cultural effect by creating dependancy and eroding private virtures. Perhaps these “soft” negative impacts are in the long term worse than the economic issues.
  4. Paul Johnson, Modern Times (Harper Row, 1983), page 216
  5. I googled the graph at http://humanscience.wikia.com/wiki/Money_%26_Financial_Panics. Unemployment data source is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_Unemployment_1890-2008.gif. The citations in the graph are my own. Beyond government fiscal and regulatory intervention, the Great Depression was also exasperated by the Federal Reserve’s monetary practices and U.S. Trade policy. An excellent book for the general reader on this topic was written by Amity Shales called the “The Forgotten Man.” Certainly, not all 1930’s government action was wrong and some was necessary, but something – aside from a downturn – helped to extend the economic morass.
  6. I want to emphasize that Washington DC produces some good things too. For example, you can get a great corned beef sandwich at the Deli City Restaurant near Langdon Park.

The Lamest Duck Of All

Guest post by Dr. Robert Owens

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The Lamest Duck of All

Long ago and far away, back in an America before Hope and Change changed our hope to dread, we used to have peaceful and dignified transfers of power when one party replaced the other in the Oval Office.  When Bill Clinton and Ross Perot defeated George the First he left Bubba the following note:

 

Dear Bill,

When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.

I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.

There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting for you.

Good luck,
George

 

That was a class act and a hard one to follow especially for people who allow partisanship and acrimony to eclipse good taste and good manners.

Even the Clinton loving New York Times reported that the transition from the Clinton Inter-lewd to George the Second was anything but dignified.  It was instead sophomoric. According to the Times:

The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that “damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex” in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys.

Some of the damage, it said, was clearly intentional. Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language.

“A Secret Service report documented the theft of a presidential seal that was 12 inches in diameter from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,’’ next to the White House, on Jan. 19, 2001, the accounting office said.

Six White House employees told investigators that they had seen graffiti derogatory to Mr. Bush on the wall of a stall in a men’s room. Other White House employees saw a sticker in a filing cabinet that said, “Jail to the thief,” implying that Mr. Bush had stolen the 2000 election.

Following in the tradition of the now discredited and finally discarded Clintons the classless exit is being delivered not by nameless faceless staffers but instead by POTUS himself on the world stage.  Unfortunately the last days of our first anti-colonialist president and his anti-American regime is marked by the only bi-partisan approach of his divisive reign.  RINOs in Congress are helping him in his efforts to torpedo the incoming Trump Revolution from accomplishing the work we have sent them to the swamp-on-the-Potomac to accomplish.

From the president who sent his own campaign team to Israel to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in his election we get hyperbolic outrage at accusations of Russian hacking and leaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.  He says he knew about the hacks months ago.  Yet he didn’t think they were worth mentioning until his hand-picked successor and his policies were rejected at the ballot box.

Now he fires a salvo of impotent sanction at the Russians.  Putin laughs them off as the ineffective flailing of a lame duck.

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona told MSNBC, President-elect Donald Trump was the real target of the sanctions, which booted 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the U.S. and shut down Russian intelligence complexes in New York and Maryland.

“This administration somehow has the notion that this would change the election. They’re really trying to delegitimize the election itself. That’s the main motivation here,” said Franks, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services.

“And I think it’s just unfortunate that this president forgets that most of these e-mails came from WikiLeaks, who claimed they got them from disgruntled DNC staffers.”

In addition to being misdirected they were ineffective and merely showed the impotence and ineffectiveness of the Obama Administration.  According to former UN Ambassador John Bolton Putin showed utter contempt for Obama in his measured response to his President Obama’s better never than late response to the accusations of Russian hacking.

Kellyanne Conway, who will serve as Trump’s counselor to the president, told CNN Thursday, “I will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote ‘box in’ President-elect Trump.”

 

Personally I would like to echo an astute observation by Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst “The perception that an outgoing U.S. president is trying to box in and sabotage the foreign policy of his successor hurts the global reputation of America’s democratic system.”

We also have BHO’s stunning reversal of American policy allowing the condemnation of Israel to go forward.  After protecting Israel with our veto power since 1949 in the waning days of his soon to be repudiated and reversed Progressive regime BHO ordered his team at the UN to abstain from a key vote.  Thus the anti-Jewish UN was finally able to condemn Israel and add fuel to the flames of hatred.  Not only did the Obama administration refuse to block the move they are accused by Israel of helping to write the resolution and for pushing others to vote for it.

 

The blizzard of economically strangling regulations continued to pour out of the Obama White House even as it slowly sinks beneath the political horizon.  President Obama poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to an analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority.  While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars.

 

The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama.  The proof that it was an overwhelming year for rules and regulations is in the Federal Register, which ended the year Friday by printing a record-setting 97,110 pages, according to the analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

 

We only have one president at a time.  We all get that.  And until January 20th 2017 that is still BHO.  Unless he does an abrupt U-turn, ends his attempts to undermine his successor, thwart the will of the people, and show a little class to his everlasting shame he may well be remembered as the lamest duck of all.

 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens