The Difference Between Trump and Obama on ISIS

As ISIS evaporates, who deserves credit? Well, if you ask Donald Trump, it’s Donald Trump:

I totally change rules of engagement. I totally changed our military. I totally changed the attitudes of the military and they have done a fantastic job.

ISIS is now giving up. They’re giving up. They’re raising their hands. They’re walking off. Nobody’s ever seen that before.- PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON “THE CHRIS PLANTE SHOW”

That is classic Trump. So that has riled up the media who hate his boasting. Thank God no one else ever did that:

Usama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!- THEN-VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AT THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Usama bin Laden is dead!

My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy […] They want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy — not Al Qaeda, Russia — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.- THEN-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

That did not age well.

So should you care if Donald Trump blows his own horn? Again, I’ll take a win led by a blowhard over a failure led by a thoughtful academic. But for the media the story is always Trump’s words and not his deeds. 2014, it seems long ago, but you must remember that time when ISIS sprang from hell. That first beheading? A valentine of evil. It’s nothing we’d ever seen before. And the hits kept coming. And as our commander in charm dismissed them, they flourished. Even after they graduated from J.V. to varsity. Now they’re nearly gone and only because we returned to a simple truth: annihilation.

All this matters in another context: North Korea. President Trump is facing the same gripes for his rhetoric towards North Korea, who said yesterday, again, that we’re on the brink of nuclear war. It’s been only Trump who’s got China attention on this. It’s been only Trump who’s drawn a red line that few doubt. And so as with ISIS, it’s only Trump who has any hope of success here. Because negotiation without leverage isn’t negotiation. It’s blather. Blather got us ISIS. It got us the Iranian Nuke Deal. Blather got us a nuclear North Korea. There are some problems impenetrable to blather.

So let the media blather on. This is a street fight on Planet Earth Avenue. Ask yourself: Who would you rather square off against? A president who promised to annihilate ISIS and does it, or the professional blatherers, appalled when our president actually wins one?

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The Left’s War on Columbus Day Is Not About Chris

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So the left has finally found the only immigrant in history who had no right to come to America. The only one who did not improve the place by his presence. His name: Christopher Columbus. His crime: violating the sovereignty of the people who live here already. Plus he was the wrong ethnicity. Try making that argument about any other immigrant in America and see how long you keep your job. But whatever. Happy Columbus Day anyway (from yesterday)! Enjoy it while you can, our grandchildren won’t even know it existed. Progressives declared war on Christopher Columbus as they have on most things older than last week. This is year zero in the revolutionary calendar, history starts now. Ignorance of the past isn’t simply tolerated, it is required. Does the average protester know anything about Christopher Columbus? The left speaks only about Columbus’s genocide, mostly because of his ships brought “Old World” diseases to the “New World” (of course those ships were turned to Europe with syphilis and tobacco, which proves that only real history is much more complicated than the childish theology that children are now learning in school).

Now you can make those arguments to liberals if you wanted to, but save your breath. They do not care because none of this is really about Christopher Columbus. What we’re watching is full scale assault, from within, on the West itself. It is history, it is political intellectual legacy. It is not a debate, where one side tries to convince the other, it is a war: with one side trying to erase all remnants of its opponent, in this case Western civilization.

Consider what happened recently at an academic journal called “Third World Quarterly”. Professor Bruce Gilley of Portland State University published a paper titled  “The case for colonialism”. Professor Gilley argued that Western colonization of the world, while flawed obviously, was “objectively beneficial”. He noted that countries that have embraced Western institutions, left behind by the colonial powers, have succeeded, while countries dominated by anti-colonial ideologies are significantly less prosperous. Now you might agree with his thesis, or you may not, but in this current moment of revolutionary passion, you are not even allowed to have thoughts like that. Gilley’s paper has since been pulled, after half of the publication’s board resigned in protest of it. Keep in mind nobody alleged plagiarism or inaccuracy, they just didn’t like the conclusion, so they silenced the person who wrote it.

Reason, tolerance, free inquiry. Those are Western civilization’s central gifts to this world. It shouldn’t surprise us that in places where the West is constantly under attack, those very principles are under attack too. So when they come for the Columbus statue in your town, it is worth fighting back, because its not about the statute, it is about something much deeper.


Also, one of my main men, William James O’Reilly Jr. (also know as Bill O’Reilly), had some great analysis and a miniature history lesson on Columbus:

Killing Columbus and Never Learning Your History

The Late Night Comedians and the Reality of Gun Control

So two nights ago, guess what the late-nighters had to say about this Vegas shooting?

JAMES CORDEN, CBS: Now I come from a place where we don’t have shootings in this frequency, so it’s hard for me to fathom.

 

SETH MYERS, NBC: Is that the best plan? Do you see — for dealing with gun violence when there’s a shooting, we just pray for a miracle?

 

TREVOR NOAH, COMEDY CENTRAL: Sorry that we live in a world where there are people who will put a gun before your lives.

 

STEPHEN COLBERT, CBS: Congress can be heroes by doing literally anything. Universal background checks, or come up with a better answer. And force Obama’s executive order to deny mentally ill gun purchases. Or a better answer. Reinstate the assault weapons ban or come up with a better answer, anything but nothing. Doing nothing is cowardice.

I tried to come up with a similar compilation about the 4,300 shooting victims in Chicago last year. No luck. And here I thought this was about guns.

But last night was all about unison. People claim gun control talk is being silenced. This is silence? Look, I don’t blame them at all. In the circles that they run in, such outrage is required. And they mean it. So what do they have in mind, specifically, besides do something, do anything? Colbert, at least he has suggestions. But would they have stopped this fiend? But I (kinda) get liberals in this situation. I’d throw the kitchen sink at terrorism — a sentiment mocked many times by these very same people. But unlike them, I’m a little flexible with gun control. Sure, let’s ban “bump stocks.” It would make us feel better, though I’m not sure it would help because people will make their own. You can make your own guns now. Also, background checks would also make us, as a nation, feel better about ourselves, but I’m very skeptical in how effective they’ll be. The Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, exhibited no mental illnesses before this massacre and would have passed all background checks with flying colors. For the record, we need background checks to prevent the mental unstable from having access to these weapons, but these background checks will not prevent all mass shootings in the future.

But should that matter? According to Reason Magazine, from 1992 to 2014, the number of U.S. civilian firearms had increased by 50 percent, while the murder rate has dropped by more than half. Think about that. That’s amazing. So more guns doesn’t equal more deaths. For the record, I am not saying that more guns are the solution, it was just an interesting statistic. But still, the media focuses on the gun, especially early on before all is known. Why is that? My theory is if you focus on a weapon allows you to spread some blame onto people that you already dislike: gun owners, conservatives, Trump voters. Sometimes it feels like a class thing. Remember that CBS lawyer saying she had no sympathy for the victims because they were gun-loving “Rethuglicans”? She got fired, and for what? Saying what she thought her friends wanted to hear.

Mass Murder in Vegas

Once again, the big downside of American freedom is on gruesome display.  A psychotic gunman in Las Vegas has committed the worst mass murder in U. S. history.

64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who lived in Nevada, began firing from a hotel window about ten o’clock local last night.  His targets were folks attending a music festival below him.  When it was all over, more than fifty human beings lay dead, four hundred plus wounded.  Paddock apparently killed himself as police closed in on him.

The murderer had a number of deadly weapons in his room and you can count on the gun control debate to ramp up.

We should try harsher background checks, but I doubt how much they will help. Government restrictions will not stop psychopaths from harming people.

The psychopaths will always find a way.

Public safety demands logical gun laws but the issue is so polarizing and emotional that little will be accomplished as there is no common ground.

The NRA and its supporters want easy access to weapons, while the left wants them banned. I honesty like that President Trump is not really that big on guns, but he took a large donation from the NRA during the campaign and the NRA got votes for Trump, so I would be very surprised if can action occurs.

This is the price of freedom.  Violent nuts are allowed to roam free until they do damage, no matter how threatening they are.

The Second Amendment is clear that Americans have a right to arm themselves for protection.  Even the loons.


As usual, during tough times for this great nation, I also look to to President Ronald Wilson Reagan for guidance:

“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense, but I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”

The NFL: Crippled by Identity Politics

Please pardon my French: What the hell, NFL?

They’re kneeling. They’re standing. They’re locking arms. What’s next, downward dog? Some players kneeled for the anthem in England, but stood for “God Save the Queen”, because the British Empire was so amazing it sent three millions Africans into slavery (please sense the sarcasm). The players stood for the most imperialist empire of all time. I am officially outraged. I now protest the protesters. See how easy that was? Some Redskins took a knee. So they’re fine with what’s on their helmet, but not the flag. Maybe because this issue has only one extra ingredient: Trump.

So kneeling is now a protest against racism. Others say it disrespects the flag. Others see it as a time to stretch their quadriceps. Buffalo Bills running back, LeSean McCoy, did want to waste his valuable time by standing for the anthem, so instead he decided to stretch during the anthem. He got twenty one yards on fourteen carries. For those non-football fans, that is not very good (even by Cleveland Browns standards). So keep stretching, champ.

Now this all started with Colin. Colin Kaepernick. Colin took a knee. But let’s not forget, he also wore socks with pigs dressed as cops on them. So don’t blame Donald Trump for politicizing football. He didn’t wear the socks or inject division into a game. Now you can disagree with him, but don’t be shocked by him. You protest on the clock, a businessman is going to want to fire you. You run a restaurant and a waiter starts chanting, “meat is murder,” you’re going to fire him. That’s how bosses think.

So you notice a trend here? What do the NFL, ESPN, the Emmys, the college campuses, the Democratic Party all had in common? They’re all crippled by identity politics. This politics of separation replaces patriotism — here, literally — and wraps around your brain like a warm suffocating blanket, so goodbye football. Bow down to the new national pastime, identity politics. The worst team sport ever because we all lose.

The Reagan Conservative on #TakeTheKnee

Wow. Who would have thought that in 2017, I would have to be writing about people being as disrespectful to this great country that we live in. I would have thought that this little stunt by (the currently unemployed) Colin Kaepernick would slowly die out, but now it has become a raging epidemic that is sweeping the National Football League.

Here are my thoughts on these protests:

It is incredibly disrespectful and very unpatriotic. But anyone has the right to protest. The players that moronically kneel for the national anthem claim that Americans don’t have the same freedoms as before or that there’s less and less racial equality in the country; but these reasons are absolutely absurd. Go live Syria or North Korea for a couple of weeks and come back to America and then you can tell me how our country ranks with others. This country is the best country on earth. Period. If you really hate it here, you can go and leave. I am pretty confident that the rest of the country would be ecstatic with your absence.

As a undergraduate student at Clemson University, I have first hand experience of the great part of this great country. At the home football games, their pre-game festivities are the most patriotic that a fan in all of sports could experience. First the marching band plays the great tune of “God Bless America”, then everyone all says the pledge of allegiance together, and then the band plays the great national anthem of this great country. Through all of this, all spectators, players, and referees would never dare to sit or to #TakeTheKnee. Why? Because Carolinans get it, they all respect and love this great country that we all live in.

Now, if I were an owner for a NFL team, or the head coach of a NFL team, this is how I would deal with this whole situation.

If one of my players is going to decide to #TakeTheKnee then they will not be allowed to be on the field during the national anthem and can be on the field once when all of the pre-game festivities have concluded. I would then give these players a platform (a press room) to speak their mind, until there are no other press members that want to listen to them. There should be no politics involved at all on the field, off the field is a completely different situation.


So, I all encourage everyone to love this great nation. Our nation. Land of the free, home of the brave. In the wise words of President Ronald Wilson Reagan:

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

Why Healthcare Is Not a “Right”

“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.”

These words in the Declaration of Independence define the “rights” of American citizens. They do not include health care. Yet for over 100 years, some Americans have believed that health care is not only a right, but that the government should provide it and taxpayers should pay for it.

If medical treatment is a right, than what exactly does that mean? Does it mean that your neighbors, through the government, are obligated to provide all health care for you? Does it mean that anyone can demand the government to pay for hospitalization, for prescription drugs, and for specialty treatments such as organ transplants? Does it mean that every American has a right to the skill and knowledge of all physicians and providers?

These questions lead to other questions. How does society pay for health care for all? Who gets to decide who should receive health care and how much? Who gets to decide what the health care budget should be? Who should have the power to make health care decisions for us?

Or rather than confront these issues, do proponents of health care as a right mean everyone should have health insurance? The problem with this belief is that simply having health insurance does not guarantee timely access to actual medical care. Every citizen of Canada has government-paid health insurance, but the long wait times for treatment, most notably for specialty care, would be unacceptable for Americans.

Everyone can agree that health care is a necessity of life. So are food, shelter, and clothing. Yet no one is demanding universal “food care” or universal government housing. The critical issue is that people expect access to food, shelter, and clothing. Americans expect choices and competition when they shop for these necessities of life.

The government exists to guarantee free-markets for Americans when they seek access to virtually any product, but especially access to food, shelter, and clothing. No one would expect society, through government, to pay for these necessities of life for everyone.

If “food care” was controlled, paid for, and regulated by the government, we would have overutilization, fewer choices, and a limited supply. The private system of grocery stores and supermarkets guarantees access, choice, and competitive prices for everyone. The free-market system is efficient, voluntary, and fair.

The critical point is utilizing the best mechanism to allow the greatest number of Americans access to health care. The Canadian single-payer system does not guarantee timely access. The American experience with the Veterans Administration hospital system, a comprehensive government-controlled, single-payer health care program, reveals unacceptable wait times and huge inefficiencies. Fundamentally, these systems ration health care by waiting lists and limited money. The quality of care can be variable.

Because of budgetary constraints, the demand for health care is much greater than the supply in virtually every county with a government-controlled health care system. Even Medicare, essentially a single-payer plan, is not financially sustainable.

Just like in all other economic activities, the free-market offers the best solution to provide the greatest access to health care and to control costs. People freely making their own health care decisions and using their own health care dollars would give Americans the best chance to utilize their “right” to access health care, with safety-net health programs provided for those who can’t afford it.

At the end of the day, health care is an economic activity like any other, with the most personal of interactions between patient and provider. Society should work toward putting patients in charge of their health care, reducing the role of government, and focusing on access, not health care as a supposed “right.”