One thing you can usually count on is that during the Democratic Party Convention we will be treated to some speeches using painfully flawed logic.
Case in point, the otherwise poignant speech by the Muslim father, who, after recounting the tragic loss of his patriotic son in combat in Afghanistan, drew a copy of the constitution from his pocket to chastise Donald Trump about his proposed 'ban on Muslim immigration'.
It was a very emotional moment. But it was flawed.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the United States of America should have open borders. And beyond that, when it talks about civil rights, it does not suggest that everyone on the planet is automatically extended the same rights and privileges as American citizens. The constitution does not explicitly disallow vetting immigrants for religious beliefs, or any incompatible cultural practices, such as voodooism. So the idea that screening immigrants as a tool for securing our borders violates the Constitutional rights of the immigrants is factually wrong.
Mr. Khan said, "He wants to build walls and ban us from this country."
Who is 'us'? The moderate Muslims or the radicals? Can he answer that? He can't, because he would be pointing out what a phony representation of Trumps idea he is making! If he answers 'all Muslims', he would be wrong, because Trump said it would be a temporary ban until authorities can figure out who is who. Meaning once we improve our vetting system, we would allow moderate Muslims to once again travel freely. Of course, Mr. Khan could argue that there is no way to separate the moderates from the radicals, but I don't think he wants to go there...
If he said only radical Muslims, than he would be in agreement with Trump. So, we have determined that Mr. Khan has misrepresented what Trump said.
Next, when Khan said "if it was up to Trump, he never would have been an American" and his son could not have volunteered to join the armed forces to defend freedom, he was setting up a straw dog.
His family has been here for over thirty years. When they immigrated here, Trump was not advocating a ban on Muslims. No one was. They are proof of that. The historical truth is, Americans are the most generous and freedom loving people on earth, and legal immigrants have almost always been welcome to come here.
Except in times of war.
Whether the Democrats want to acknowledge it or not, war has been declared on America, by radical Muslims who have stated that they intend to kill us all if we do not submit to their Caliphate. And if we get serious, which the Obama administration has yet to do, we will declare war on them, and then we will secure our borders, immediately. From all people who intend to do us harm, regardless of their religious beliefs, their color or their race.
After Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt's Presidential Proclamation 2525 is still the law today:
Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion is perpetrated, attempted or threatened against the territory of the United States by any foreign nation or government, and the President makes public proclamation of the event, all natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects of the hostile nation or government, being of the age of fourteen years and upward, who shall be within the United States and not actually naturalized, shall be liable to be apprehended, restrained, secured, and removed as alien enemies. The President is authorized in any such event, by his proclamation thereof, or other public act, to direct the conduct to be observed on the part of the United States, toward the aliens who become so liable; the manner and degree of the restraint to which they shall be subject and in what cases, and upon what security their residence shall be permitted, and to provide for the removal of those who, not being permitted to reside within the United States, refuse or neglect to depart therefrom; and to establish any other regulations which are found necessary in the premises and for the public safety.
When the Khan family came here, there was relative peace in most of the Middle East. We were not seeing countries, regimes, and entire geopolitical regions overrun by droves of well armed, merciless killers. We were not witnessing mass executions, beheadings and plastic explosive assaults on public places throughout the world. Our economy was not stuck in neutral, and jobs so scarce. These are extraordinary times. We are facing entirely new forms of aggression, all under the guise of Jihad, a uniquely Islamic strand of cult-like devotion to death and destruction.
When at war and your compound comes under assault, the first thing any competent military leader will do is secure the perimeter. To not do so would be reckless incompetence. Which is precisely what the Obama/Clinton immigration policy is.
The Evening News opens with 'Good Evening' then proceeds to tell us why it isn't.
Have you ever seen a news program open with a happy story?
One of those heart warming stories they always save till the last minute,
so when they sign off you think twice about committing suicide?
We need to 'press the press' to rearrange the headlines;
Refocus on what is great about freedom
About those that preserve and protect it
And tell the positive stories
Of which there are millions
And put the bad guys and their mayhem
On the back page
Behind the classifieds
in a size 8 font….
Millionaire socialist musicians do not understand the capitalist system that has served them so well... An example of that is Donald Trump's use of Queen's anthem, We Are The Champions, at the Republican National Convention. It worked for Trump in two ways; it was a perfect fit for the WWF-like entry Trump made just as his nomination was complete. "We are the champions, we beat the establishment!"
And two, it caused an uproar over the performance rights of the writers of the song. Who then looked close-minded as they complained that they would not have given Trump, who they consider a homophobe, the rights even if he had asked. The band demanded the RNC 'cease and desist' from any further use of their song, because the Trump campaign organization had not asked for or received permission to use it.
I raise this issue because every election cycle we hear rich, socialist musicians bellyache about conservatives using their music during rallies and conventions. This year a bunch of lefty artists, often ones worth millions who sing about and venerate socialism, while practicing the purest form of capitalism there is, complain that Republicans are using their music without their consent, and that they do not approve of that because Republicans are racist and hateful.
You never hear them tell conservatives not to buy their albums though, do you? Which means they value conservative's money when it serves them, but dismiss them if they publicly enjoy their music.
New Queen lead singer Adam Lambert tweeted, "If your politics party spends decades treating gay people as second-class citizens, guess what: You don't get to use Freddie Mercury's music at your convention."
Wrong. It is not your private property anymore.
Licensing your art is a purely capitalist way to make a living. Millionaire musicians seem to forget that along with the enormous amounts of royalties comes some compromises. Once you license your songs to ASCAP or BMI, you forfeit the ability to restrict specific parties from playing your songs.
It is no longer purely your song. It is part of a performance contract, in which both parties have rights. Ironically, the licensing program is almost a collective, because it allows the public, other musicians, and the venues, to 'share' the music, while protecting the artists and helping them to collect residuals on their work.
When an artist releases a new recording, they sign an agreement with ASCAP, or BMI, or other licensing organizations to manage the use and compensation of the song. At that point, the artist no longer has the power to pick and choose who plays the music, as long as the terms of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), or one of the three other licensing organizations are being met, they cannot simply deny a person of a political movement the use of the music. Venues like the convention center in Cleveland, pay thousands of dollars in annual performance rights fees so they can have clients play any music they want when holding conventions in their building.
Marketing, like freedom, is a two way street. Artists have to decide, do I want to maintain maximum control over my art, or do I want maximum return on my investment, my talent, by sharing it with the world?
You can't have it both ways Adam.
I am so tired of being called a hater, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobic, and worst of all, a Republican. I am none of the above.
I have pointed out, in my book Turn Right At Lost: Recalculating America, that a major threat to our future is the necessity for the left to redefine our language. In his prescient book 1984, George Orwell described the destructive effects on democracy when leftists (statists that worship government) misuse the language. Redefining terminology, disrespecting our language, and redefining history all have an insidious effect on perceptions of reality. And they are effective tools for destroying Western modernity, capitalism, democracy and liberty.
In Saul Alinsky's book Rules For Radicals, which Hillary Clinton reviewed as part of her senior thesis upon graduating from Wellesley, he lays out the way to change the world for collectivism:
Demonize Capitalism: Establish a national guilt trip that presents Capitalism as selfish, oppressive and destructive.
Redefine Language: Through intimidation and exploitation of children and the underclass, Progressives can change attitudes and perceptions, and garner emotional support for their effort to reconstruct history and society.
Multiply disenfranchised minority groups and then pit them against each other and the establishment; then ride in to rescue selected parties and form disruptive and vocal coalitions to defeat conservatives and moderates.
Rewrite History: Destroy any allegiance to the 'glamorized' history of the country, remove any incentives to sacrifice oneself for the good of the evil establishment.
I, like many Americans are feeling disenfranchised by the purposeful campaign to 'reeducate' Americans by changing the meaning of words, which then affects nearly all exchanges of information, distorting the perceptions and interpretations of history.
The efforts of leftists to take our country back to a dark age of tribal warfare and utopian ideologies, is driving the nationalism Trump has tapped into. So I stood up and clapped when he said, "I have no patience for political correctness!"
Political correctness is a terminal disease.
According to the indignant and self absorbed mainstream media, if you are pro-American, you are xenophobic and hateful. If you have a nuclear family that actually loves each other and operate a private business or charity foundations, you are phonies. If you want the world to restore law and order and provide stability so everyone can live in peace and security, you are a rightwing fascist.
Precisely the lesson our kids have been inculcated with if they have attended public schools or even respected private colleges anytime in the past 30 years. The progressive media focuses entirely on how much more 'educated' leftists are, elevating entertainers to the position of foreign policy experts. Now they own the word 'educated', defining it as anyone that agrees with their collectivist ideology. Here's some other examples:
I heard a caller on talk radio say Donald Trump was a 20-year liberal until just recently. Oh really? So who raised his kids? As I watched Melania, Donald Jr.,then Eric and later both Tiffany and Ivanka speak to the convention, I was struck by their moral clarity, respect for the family, and unbelievable public speaking skills. The values they espoused were classic conservative values. Melania was especially genuine, having immigrated from an Eastern European communist country.
As Mike Pence noted in his brilliant and well delivered speech, "You can't fake kids!"
Try building a business empire in New York without having to pander to both sides of the political aisle. There is a big difference between swimming in politics while doing business, and doing the business of politics.
Progressives are being hammered at the RNC and though the Democrats will get their turn, it is illustrative to watch how they react to the cascade of criticism.
At a nearby fund raiser concert in Cleveland, alternative music band Third Eye Blind turned their appearance into a campaign proxy for Hillary, altering some of their lyrics to highlight their disagreements with Republicans who they knew would be in their audience.
When some walked out and others made note of their unhappiness that the band would use a fundraiser for their own aggrandizement, the band leaders said, 'Raise your hand if you believe in science!"
This is the Progressive fallback position, when the logic and pragmatism of Republican policies can't be denied or proven fallacious, it behooves the liberals and their misinformed certitude to suggest that all of their favorite social conventions are based on science, implying Republicans base their positions on superstition, religious dogma and hate.
We have science on our side, we must be right!
Millennial progressives believe they are the best educated generation, the most open minded, the most compassionate and are not afraid to tell anyone who will listen. In fact, they believe it is their duty to use condescension to browbeat those they are convinced are ignorant and genetically inclined (white people) to be racist.
So while inside the Republican convention, speaker after speaker talks about greatness, opportunity, unity in purpose, liberty and justice for all, the Progressive demonstrators burn flags, support academic censorship of conservative points of view, demonize and slander the reputations of mothers of soldiers who died in service to their country.
When the audience at the concert began to boo, Third Eye Blind lead singer Steven Jenkins said, "You can boo all you want, but I'm the motherf**king artist up here!"
That remains to be scientifically proven.
Isn't it interesting that when Democrats are confronted with something or someone they cannot argue with, they choose, instead to just attack their character. So if we are to believe them, everyone on the planet who disagrees with their politics is a sleezebag.
There could be no better example of this left wing strategy then the way the DNC and the mainstream press reacted to Melania Trump's incredibly well delivered speech at the opening day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
Ignoring her awesome message of how a young immigrant girl, born in a communist country to modest means parents, was able to work her way through the tough tides of the fashion industry and eventually face the potential of becoming the First Lady of the United States of America, instead critics focused only on the passages of her speech that appear to have been lifted from previous speeches. Then she went on to testify about the heart and commitment she has witnessed in DJT, and how he will not quit or let us down.
I have to admit I was nervous for her as The Donald lead her to the podium, being that she still has a rather noticeable eastern european accent to her speech, and that speaking before millions of people isn't something she could be used to. Boy, was I surprised, as I know Democrats were, when in a strong, articulate and extremely well timed delivery, she used her excellent English skills, more precise and clear than any of the other native speakers who had come before her, and she knocked it out of the park!
Great job by a very classy and well spoken Trump family member that the Democrats never saw coming!
American's have our political and religious differences, but we respect the opposition. We beat each other up, in the marketplace of ideas. But we don't accept outright hatred as a part of the process. We don't create institutional policies that codify the elimination of opposing parties or religious groups. America is married to diversity.
Suppressing opposition is something done in other countries where respect for human liberty is virtually non-existent; where death is glamorized as an act of religious faith; where tolerance for other religions is considered a crime; where victimization is taught as religious doctrine.
That is what they do in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Now Turkey is at a turning point, and we should get a divorce. At least from the duplicitous regime of Recep Erdogan anyway. Erdogan is an anti semite and a closet Islamic radical who plays us for financial and military support, using Obama's pacifism as a shield to keep himself in power while the Jihadi caliphate is waging war on virtually all of his neighbors. He knows we need Turkey as a strategic partner, so he panders to Obama, while slowly deconstructing the secular democracy in Turkey, morphing it into a Sharia hybrid, using his personally controlled State Police to suppress opposition.
I get nauseated when I see our President cozying up to colossal bigots such as the Prime Minister of Turkey, who has in the past, suggested that the Israeli military actions in Gaza "surpasses Hitler in barbarism."
For all we know, Erdogan secretly promoted a poorly planned coup among some of his opposition in the armed forces, knowing he could wipe them out and establish a 'Martial Law' of sorts, further advancing his goal of implementing strict Islamic code.
America, and our foreign policy, needs a divorce from bigots like Erdogan, on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.
In my book, I point out that there should only be one goal in the War On Terror: To end it by any means necessary. Any other objective is delusional and pointless.
"We were never at war with the Japanese people, the German or Italian people. We were at war with their extremist leadership. Unfortunately, those leaders were using their people as pawns, and they were victimized and they suffered. Muslims are facing a similar conundrum with the Jihadist extremists. It is not up to the defenders of freedom to separate the wheat from the chaff. It is our duty to end the terror, period. It is up to Muslims to separate the peaceful from the psychopaths."
Perhaps the Turkish military has decided to do just that.
The time will come when our American leaders will have to come to the same conclusion. The question is, how much carnage will it take to motivate them?
My suggestion to create a new day to celebrate our first responders isn't new. State Representative Michael Capuano has submitted proposed legislation calling for a National First Responders Day, to be determined by the President. The legislation, H.R. 5425, has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
But I think today, Major League All Star Day in America's Finest City represents an opportunity, in light of the recent nightmare in Dallas, to grab the attention of the country, and the world, to re-order the headlines,
and to focus the attention of the country on what we have in common, on what we love, not on what we hate.
When negative events dominate the media, we are promoting those subversions by default.
I want to establish a new narrative. I want to put our real heros back in the headlines where they belong. I want to deny those headlines to the forces of negativity and hatred.
Starting a new tradition, whether it is Representative Capuano's 'First Responders Day' or 'Americas Best All Stars Day' seems like a good idea, whose time has come.
Dear Mayor Faulconer, I would like to see you declare July 12th 2016, and every July 12th in the future, America's Best All Star Day in San Diego, as a day to celebrate our emergency first responders, our police and sheriffs, our firefighters and health services professionals.
We should organize a street demonstration in the gaslamp district during the baseball game to show America we care more about the safety and security of our country, the protection of our constitutional freedoms and the lives of all of our citizens than any sporting event or other pastime.
We need to redirect our city and our nation's attention to much greater needs as we confront some of the most divisive and threatening days of our nations history. Please, take on the leadership role so desperately needed at this defining moment!
There is a lot of conjecture about who Trump will choose as his running mate. My choice is Admiral William McRaven, the man who led the Navy Seal raid on Osama Ben Laden's outpost, and the former Commander of the Pentagon's Special Operations Forces.
McRaven is a retired military leader of the highest caliber, a man who is a leader of men, and the kind of experienced, disciplined and rational military expert this country needs to complete the eradication of the scourge of Islamic terrorism currently expanding around the globe.He would bring a sober and focused sense of urgency to the Washington aristocracy.
Regarding the perversity and seriousness of the Jihadi threats and the paralysis of our military by political correctness, McRaven said:
"During my past several years in uniform, I watched in disbelief how lawmakers treated the chairman, the service chiefs, the combatant commanders and other senior officers during Congressional testimony. These officers were men of incredible integrity, and yet some lawmakers showed no respect for their decades of service. I saw the DOD Inspector General's Office frequently act as judge and jury, apparently accountable to no one, dismissing the recommendations of the services and ruining officer's careers. I watched time and again how political correctness and pressure from Capitol Hill undermined command authority and good order and discipline."
As Vice President, his experience and record would put the world on notice that America is willing to step up and lead the war against barbarism. And he could also redefine the role, making it a much more proactive, functional and international position that would allow the President to focus more on the domestic side of our country's many needs.
In his famous graduation address to the University of Texas Austin, he pointed out the ten things he thinks make people more effective, and it all starts with making your bed every morning.
This is a perfect example of what all of us Americans need to do to get our country back on track, to personally offer support for the hard work of self government and living in a state of freedom. This is the kind of specific things that will be required to revitalize the concept of Americanism.
I think his brand of serious teamwork, would put the oft noted image of Trump as a selfish, arrogant and unprepared candidate, in an entirely different light. McRaven is someone who would not overshadow Trump, because as a longtime military man, he knows something about rank and protocol. And, more importantly, he knows how important it is to work together to achieve goals.
America has a very big challenge: we must reestablish a patriotic zeal in our youth, reinvigorate a disengaged and self absorbed generation of boomers, and lead a talented but confused generation of X'ers and millennials. This is exactly what McRaven has been doing for the past 30 years!
So before we go any further, I urge Donald Trump to invite Navy Admiral Bill McRaven aboard his campaign to make America great again. Lets get started, let's make our bed.
Do you feel like I do that a bunch of lawyers are running this country into the ground? That they are purposely reinterpreting laws to fit their own needs, redefining what is a crime, what 'represents' our values, and who should be held accountable?
Some will say it is irrelevant that most of the people in the halls of Congress and the inner circle of subordinates in the White House are lawyers. But it can't be a coincidence that most of the problems our country is experiencing are a direct result of the abandonment of the principles established by our Founding Fathers via the Constitution of the United States of America.
As I wrote in my book, Turn Right At Lost: Recalculating America, some of us seniors feel like the youth in our country are simply rejecting any wisdom we have to offer. But in a much larger sense, the Obama administration, and their heir apparent Hillary Clinton, are rejecting the wisdom of the Constitution, preferring to rewrite it, much as the Donkeys did in Orwell's Animal Farm.
The idea that she had no ill intent when she broke numerous laws about handling secret emails including sensitive documents is totally and completely irrelevant. Does a drunk intend to kill a pedestrian when driving drunk?
'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'
When the United States of America declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, the Biggest Brexit of All Time occurred. When those upstart American traitors decided to go it alone, the Empire was caught napping. Britain's expansive adventure, sending explorers to the new frontier, had suddenly rearranged the world order, not just for the immediate future, but for all time.
At least up until now.
Now, America is at a nexus: do we want to continue this experiment, the idea that free people, with the help of a core Judeo-Christian belief system, can successfully run a country, or do we want to go back to a large, top-down, secular style of government?
Will the Clinton-Sanders model of nanny-state controls, massive bureaucracies deciding who the winners and losers are, prevail? Or will this generation choose instead to put the future of our Liberty back in the hands of the voters who are engaged, employed, and serving their country?
For nearly a quarter of a century, as rough and tumble as it has been, there still is no better example of how a civilized group could organize itself in a way that starts with freedom and ends with freedom. But because it fosters a competitive atmosphere where there are clear winners and losers, some long for egalitarianism.
That is an inherent result of a free society. Protecting and promoting the Flame of Liberty, passing the baton on to our children, and working with and trying to bring along those with opposing views, is the lifelong burden of those that cherish freedom.
Please, America, make it your priority to continue the legacy of self government, voluntary participation in social order and the inherent value in the freedom of mankind. Without strong American leadership, the idea of Liberty will cease to exist.
Just moments ago the BBC reported "Twenty people, all of them foreigners, were killed during an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a cafe in Bangladesh, the army says." Reuters, on Fri Jul 1, 2016 3:35pm EDT, reported that officials from the White House declared, "President Barack Obama has been briefed..."
Not too long afterward, news rang out that ISIS had claimed responsibility for yet another cowardly attack on innocent, unarmed people.
On June 16, 2016, CNN reported CIA Director John Brennan, at a hearing on his agency’s operations before a Senate Intelligence Committee, testified "ISIS can draw on a 'large cadre of Western fighters' that could attack in the U.S. and the terror threat posed by the group remains as dangerous as ever despite efforts to crush it militarily."
The question on most Americans minds today, will our commander-in-chief do anything to protect us?