The Republican Party is an Old Gray Mare. A mostly esoteric semblance of the organization that once enjoyed the reign of Ronald Reagan. Even then, most of the old-timers thought Reagan was a misfit, a renegade dreamer who had nothing substantial to offer but a vigorous defense of freedom and unending, childlike enthusiasm.
The Establishment Wing fought Reagan tooth and nail, made deals with the Democrats to sabotage his economic legislation and then claimed victory when it became obvious the man would go down in history as one of the greatest Republican leaders of all time.
That was 1989, this is 2024…
That Republican Party has evolved into a union-like apparatus that is bureaucratic, omnipotent and unwilling to stand up to the left's relentless assault on Americanism.
I receive Republican Party surveys about once every three months. I find it revealing that the majority of the questions do not change. They may be placed in a slightly different context, but the survey is always about the core issues of lower taxes, slowing the growth of government, reducing regulations, securing the border and supporting our military. But the truth is none of those goals are ever accomplished: the government keeps growing, immigration is out-of-control, our schools and homes are overpriced, the culture is decaying, our veterans are mistreated, and Congress continues to spend hundreds of billions on wars we never win.
As we approach the 2024 election, many mainstream Republicans characterize former President Trump as a threat to the survival of the Party. You would think Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and Ronna McDaniel just saw the ghost of Reagan! Old Guard Republicans claim Trump supporters are 'wrecking our party!' They continue to denigrate Mr. Trump despite the fact that he received 11 million more votes in 2020 than in his victorious effort in 2016!
In my opinion, the challenge is not the salvation of the Grand Old Party, it is the salvation of our country, and the fundamental principles that America stands for. Old Guard Republicans are so insulated and self absorbed, they apparently would rather see the country continue to descend into chaos than to admit that Trump supporters are reflecting legitimate concerns like ending our love affair with war, securing our borders, protecting our cultural and economic sovereignty, and defending the Bill of Rights.
Any serious party would rally to defend one of its leaders from the Democrats relentless legal assault on Mr. Trump. Anyone can see the obvious abuse of the legal system to stigmatize, financially handcuff, and politically derail the only serious opponent of the Biden regime. The Democrat's lawfare tactics are right out of the Communist Playbook "How To Overthrow Democracy Without Firing A Shot".
Just as the inarticulate Donald Trump alludes, the Democrat witch hunt is a reflection of their fear. Trump is on a war path to disrupt the Beltway Brotherhood of transnational corporate oligarchs that are sucking the entrepreneurial energy out of the American people. Our country has fallen into a moral void, lost its bearings, and subsequently left many of our citizens in the dark about what it means to be an American.
"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction." -- Ronald Reagan
The GOP is either apathetic about all this, or more likely, ignorant of the true conditions that exist in much of our country. The Make America Great Again movement is a collective slap across the face of the Old Gray Mare to wake up and take responsibility to protect the Constitution in its entirety and rebuild the Frontier Spirit of Americanism.
O J Simpson repeatedly abused his wife. Nicole Brown Simpson made several calls to the LA Police to report him, but she always refused to press charges. Her prevarication cost her her life. The forensic evidence was overwhelming, and everybody knew OJ did it, but legal technicalities allowed the jury, which was hell bent to nullify the law, to declare OJ innocent.
Uxoricide is the act of murdering your wife. It happens way more often than we want to admit. A recent study found that pregnant women in the US are twice as likely to die by homicide than pregnancy-related causes.Two-thirds of the deaths occurred in the woman's home, suggesting a partner was responsible.
Globally, 39% of all homicides of women are by an intimate partner, whereas only 6.28% of all homicides of men are by an intimate partner. My point is that men are emotional animals. Some can be domesticated, some cannot. Most men have anxiety about their relationships, but they control themselves. They recognize they receive an overwhelming amount of positives from their partner, and so they forgive and forget those fears that sometimes arise.
Other men seeth inside when they believe they are being abandoned or betrayed. They allow the emotional tornado to gain momentum until it overwhelms their restraint and they lash out.
Most male abusers believe their torment goes unnoticed, and when they overreact and commit murder, they are surprised when they get caught. Some retain just enough guilt that they choose suicide over prison. What about those like OJ Simpson that not only act out viciously, but manage to escape responsibility?
OJ is the highest of the high profile murderers who escaped conviction. There are hundreds, because our legal system is set up to protect citizens from being framed or wrongly accused by angry partners or otherwise ruthless opponents, for whatever reason.
Here is The Rub: OJ changed the culture in America far beyond his athletic or media accomplishments. He was, in my opinion, the head of the spear in releasing the onslaught of racial animus, the rejection of the idea of integration or assimilation of black culture into western white culture.
It was a quirk of nature that he was placed in such a position of leading the "Social Justice" movement in America. He was for much of his life, quite the opposite: He was the poster boy for assimilation by a rich and powerful black man. He was a peacock in the media, starring on Monday Night Football broadcasts. He appeared in Hollywood films, and was seen with his beautiful blond trophy wife in celebrity magazines.
Behind the facade, however, was an angry, jealous and emotionally unbalanced black man who walked cautiously across broken glass barefooted. He lived a double life and managed his demonic "other" peronna with skill.
And America was doing something similar: It was hiding a cultural schizophrenia behind a facade of constant growth in wealth and achievement. The second half of the 20th century was conflicted. Americans were fully aware of racial prejudice and inequity in opportunity. We were struggling with liberating women, minorities, and assimilating an enormous number of newly established foreign cultures. The Great Melting Pot was boiling over.
But we were also getting really rich. Jobs were everywhere. We had improved mobility, communications, and media platforms. It was easy to brush irritating social issues under the rug of distractions.
OJ Simpson was riding high on the media wave of exciting expansion of entertainment vehicles, the exploding success of pro sports, television and film celebrity, and opportunities presented to women and minorities.
When his wife was found with her throat cut, and the police said they were charging OJ with her murder, he paraded across Los Angeles in his white Ford Bronco holding a gun to his head. He assumed the mantle of David vs Goliath, symbolizing Oppressed Black Men vs The Man.
And simultaneously he began a cultural War On America. Our brand would never be the same. It was as though our food had been contaminated by e-coli. No one wanted to eat at the Restaurant of Americanism ever again.
The legal system was corrupted permanently. Any progress we had made toward unifying Whites and Blacks was gone. All of the distrust and anger engendered by our Progressive school system and the Democratic Party congealed. The OJ Trial of the Century pitted Liberals against Conservatives in a new form of conflict: It put racism on trial and the outcome would be the death penalty for The Constitutional Ideal that all men are created equal. Instead it would have to be remodeled to say, All People Are Created To Be Equal.
And that is where we find ourselves today.
I heard a female podcaster, of Latin descent, say she refers to immigrants as citizens, "because they contribute" to our culture and society. Fair enough, I respect her freedom to express her "feelings" just as I respect those who hate Israel to say so. I don't have to agree with people to grant them the freedom of speech.
In those instances, when folks make comments about their "feelings" it is appropriate to remain on the sideline. It will accomplish nothing to attempt to inject rational thinking where emotions are ruling the conversation.
Modern society has grown accustomed to accepting emotional reasoning as admissible facts when we talk to each other about sensitive issues like citizenship, voting rights, property rights, and right to life.
The neo "common sense" is that everyone has their own definitions. That we must respect their sensitivities because causing discomfort is no less offensive then physical violence. To tell a person who identifies as "nonbinary" that they are confused and their are only two genders, is no less caustic than calling a black person a "ni**er".
According to Laura Wamsley at NPR, " Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Some argue that such a diagnosis inappropriately pathologizes gender incongruence, while others contend that a diagnosis makes it easier for transgender people to access necessary medical treatment."
"If I was introducing myself to someone, I would say, 'I'm Rodrigo. I use 'him' pronouns. What about you?' " says Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "It may feel awkward at first, but eventually it just becomes another one of those get-to-know-you questions."
OK, but isn't that just a little narcissistic? Why is your sexual identity any more important than the color of your eyes? Or your preference for real butter over margarine? Some guys prefer boxers over briefs, and some women prefer to go braless. So what?
Why do all of the rest of us have to conform to your standards? I could get upset if another man suggests I need to grow some gonads. I have seen guys start a fight over what could be considered an insult to their manhood. But when that happens most reasonable people consider the fight impulse as selfish and immature. We admonish them for being violent and brutish. Either they grow up or we avoid them, isolate them, and shame them.
Hypersensitivity is a cultural anomaly. Or maybe I should say it used to be. Currently it is becoming the New Normal. Sensitivity over self imposed identity is out of control. After thousands of years of fighting over religion, caste, or any number of cultural rituals, mankind has decided to fight over the single most unifying element of human existence, sex! Instead of marveling about how sexual attraction between men and women reduces us to silly and childish joy, we have chosen to pitch men and women against each other. We have invented armies of "others" to march into battle with anyone that refuses to join ranks and abandon historic gender definitions and traditions.
It is not enough to accept that some people suffer confusion, confrontation and a sense of abandonment over their sexuality. Now we have to redefine all of our language, our traditions, our relationships and how we communicate. We have to place those who "believe" they are different, into the center of the world of concerns. Their needs and "feelings" must come first!
That is how children act. They demand to be put at the head of the line. They want what they want, and if denied, they scream. They cry, they have a tantrum. Clearly, the LGBTQ+ community has learned how effective that behavior is.
In some parts of our country there is an invasion of illegal immigrants, who have learned the same tactics, and as they waltz into the Greatest Country On Earth, unencumbered by any form of scrutiny, they mimic the tactics of the sexual identity pirates.
The Gender Pirates scream "Let us love who we want!" The illegal immigrants scream "Our lives matter!" It is one special interest after another hijacking the culture and undermining traditional values. The fabric that has held our nation together for nearly 250 years is being stretched to it's limits.
When citizenship was recognized as a privilege, as a status of respect and responsibility, it served to build a culture of unity and progress. As it has deteriorated into nothing more than occupancy, to a commodity of little or no distinguishable value, the country descends into chaos.
Immigration activists suggest those who have successfully trespassed should be honored with the right to vote, because they are working and contributing to society. But the facts betray that claim: A 2022 report by the Center For Immigration Studies notes "A hefty 59 percent of households headed by either a green card holder or an illegal alien are on welfare…"
In 1968 students rioted at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. They were protesting the War In Vietnam and the way both parties were determined to keep feeding young Americans to the jungles of Vietnam and they were in support of the anti-war candidate Robert Kennedy running against the establishment candidate Hubert Humphrey.
The drum beat was "We have to stop the Communists from taking over all of South-East Asia". We had to support South Vietnam to stop the "Domino Effect" which would lead to the Russian communists from militarizing and dominating Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and potentially Laos.
This was all very reminiscent of the motives for our involvement in the Korean War.
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was escalating his commitments, pouring more money and equipment into the Vietnam war which had been going on for a year, and by 1968 it was simply a grim and directionless mess. Nixon was promising to end it if he was to be elected, but the students weren't buying it. They were convinced the war was nothing more than a way to build the strength of the American economy, to feed the Military Industrial Complex, and to project American hegemony around the world. After conceding a stand off in Korea, and signing a treaty to stop fighting, it looked like the US was just relocating their battlefield. And the draft age people were the victims of wars that had no exit strategy.
Nixon finally gave in and ordered our soldiers out of Vietnam. The North Vietnamese communist forces took over, nothing terrible happened in the region. In fact, over the last half century, Vietnam and the surrounding countries have become major traders to the US, creating an upsurge in the median income to their citizens.
After 14 years we moved the battlefield to the Middle East. And we created a new bogeyman called Islamic Fundamentalism. We decided that the area was of vital importance because it provided the world with energy supplies and the threat of Russian-backed, radical theological terrorists dominating the whole area of Syria, Iraq and Iran was a threat to our national security.
So once again we stepped in to change the dynamic. We went after the perceived weakest link, Saddam Hussein. We were convinced (or at least inclined) to believe he was developing nuclear weapons, and that gave us the moral authority to declare war on Iraq.
Once we destroyed his military, and most of Iraq's infrastructure, and we discovered there were no weapons of mass destruction there, we moved the battlefield again. Each time, we walked away without the enemy conceding defeat after spending billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.
On to Afghanistan. And now Ukraine. And the theme remains the same.
Let me cut to the chase: There is an unmistakable pattern here…We are not really in these battlefronts to win anything. We are there to create demand for new and better weapons that also cost enormous amounts of money, provide good paying jobs, and make us look like a formidable force around the world. We are playing politics with human lives, with the fortunes of relatively small and insignificant countries, while creating vast amounts of wealth.
We haven't won a war since WWII and it should be obvious, we aren't really trying to win. It is the process that provides us what we want. For the United States of America, war is simply real estate development. We bulldoze the old order, spend billions of taxpayer dollars to annihilate any resistance, then pay ourselves to rebuild a new, much more US dependent economy. We get trade partners, natural resource supplies, and a government that stands with us when we go do the same thing to the next part of the world that is vulnerable to the "Communist Domino Effect".
We do this with the one thing no one can interfere with: The power to print US dollars. Which we then hand out as "foreign aid" but is actually invested in weapons we build, then laundered by the victims of "Russian aggression" and eventually finds its way back to the US economy, spent with our massive foreign service contractors, to rebuild the now war torn country.
It is really just another Mafia-style shakedown scheme.
Are you tired of the constant polling and angst over the question of "Who can beat Joe Biden" in the upcoming 2024 Presidential election? I find it demeaning that journalists are even asking that question.
But I am apparently still in the minority of folks that contend Joe Biden didn't really win the 2020 election. Either way, if we accept the outcome as presented to us by the lame-stream media, it nevertheless showed Donald Trump garnered 11 million more votes than he got in his victory in 2016. He increased his support among both females and minorities. The polls show he has steadily increased his support among Republicans since Joe took office.
Biden supposedly collected 81 million votes from, well, who knows where? Thin air. Supposedly, he out-performed Hillary Clinton by 15 million votes. And he did it without breaking a sweat, campaigning from his cellar in Maryland. He never conducted any rallies and seldom spoke before major constituencies like labor unions or women's groups. He is, by that measure, a masterful political animal.
Now we watch helplessly as Joe undermines all of the progress achieved during Trump's four year administration. The world is in chaos, as are our inner cities. We are in another endless war cycle in Ukraine, after walking out on Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving the victorious Taliban billions of advanced military equipment and technology. The dollar is near collapse as the dominant financial instrument in worldwide trade, so the Biden administration has elected to print more money and send it overseas. The resulting inflation has undermined the housing segment, and locked an entire generation of first-time homebuyers out of the market. After suffering through two years of the manmade Pandemic, what's left of our manufacturing sector is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. According to the Institute for Supply Management Report on Business, manufacturing activity has contracted for ten consecutive months.
In 2015 Vice President Joe Biden said “An unrelenting stream of immigration — will make white people a minority in the United States…That’s a source of our strength.”
Now, because he has effectively thrown open the Southern border ( border encounters are up 348% in 2023) we are in the clutches of drug and human smuggling cartels, sending poison into our communities and swamping the workforce with uneducated, desperate workers. Recent estimates are that America will lose over 100K citizens to illegal drug overdoses this year alone. Major cities are awash with homeless, drug riddled people that have no hope, no future and nothing to contribute. And the scourge of human sex trafficking is growing all across the world.
According to the Biden White House, "We're getting stronger every day!"
But the Human Development Index, a United Nations report designed to measure the human condition based on three metrics: Length of life, knowledge and standard of living, shows America has dropped to 21st in the world, behind Ireland, Belgium and Iceland!
We watch the nightly news repeat the mantra that "Everything is improving" as though we are too stupid to see that it is not. And the United States is not alone. There is a growing unease around the world that our leaders are running out of excuses. People are waking up to how abusive and unreliable major transnational media operations really are. They celebrate absurd ideas like George Soros World Economic Forum's narrative "You vill own nothink, und be happy!"
Indications are that America is moving away from every principle under which the Republican Party was established, and our Constitutional Republic is on the verge of collapse.
The real question journalists should be asking is why are Republicans floating all of these uncompetitive candidates at all? It is so obviously just a charade. When you have the bases loaded in a tie game, in the bottom of the ninth and Babe Ruth scheduled to bat, why would you even consider a pinch hitter?