My Thoughts on Charlottesville

First of all, racism is wrong. And disgusting. And evil. Secondly, what we saw in Charlottesville was racism. In fact, it was terrorism. They can dress it up in their fancy alt-right excuses. They can say it was about free speech, or “putting America first”, or monuments, or the Confederacy, or (some how that I don’t understand) Christianity (should we tell them that Jesus was Jewish?).

These idiots knew it wasn’t supposed to be about any of those things. It wasn’t supposed to be patriotic, Christian, or conservative. This was about losers that crawled out of their mom’s basement in the first time in ten years to have a massive white supremacy rally.

Third, these people are not conservatives. They’re not patriots and they’re not constitutionalists and they don’t represent the American right. These are the guys who peaked in middle school and are still mad about that their frosted tips that they got in sixth grade did not lead them to a life of success. Nobody likes them.

So fourthly, to some of you on the left who are saddling up on high horses: spare me your judgement. We really don’t need your self-righteous condemnation about this being “our people.” I don’t think you want to go there. Because correct me if I’m wrong but, I haven’t heard too many who call out the violence of the anti-fascists by name. I don’t remember you taking the fall for the cops that were killed in Dallas last year and I don’t remember you blaming the left for James Hodgkinson (the congressional baseball practice shooter).

That’s because these anti-fascists, cop killers, and the Hodgkinsons don’t represent the left. Just like these racist bigots don’t represent the right.

Fifth, Donald Trump has not said enough, neither did Obama during his presidency. But the shortcomings of both of them don’t make either one better. Leaders especially need to be able to call out evil in this country by name.

So for all of you alt-right racists, you are irrelevant. I know you’re just being apart of this thing because you want to feel important. But in reality, you’re not. History will remember you as a worthless blob of human fecal matter (in they same way as Hitler and the nazis).

This is America, we are free to disagree, we are free to protest, counter-protest, and fiercely debate. But why would we recklessly waste that freedom for racism and hate? What good is that going to do? What is that going to accomplish? How many lives are going to be lost?

So for those of us who are not on the fringes (on both sides), all we have to do is start a conversation, reach across to the other side, and start listening. We may not ever agree, but as long as we all have the same goal in mind, liberty and justice for all, we’ll figure out a way to get there.


Jesse Watters from Fox News also has some pretty good analysis on this whole Charlottesville situation, you should definitely check it out:

Watters’ Charlottesville Analysis

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Without Trump, Pritzker and Emanuel Would be Lonely, Sad and a bit Lost

As a resident of Illinois, I’m also involved and interested in state politics. As I’ve said before, I usually do not write that much about state politics, I usually focus on the nation as a whole; this will be one of my last post about Illinois politics, unless something worth writing about occurs.


What would Illinois Democrats do without President Donald Trump?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and billionaire J.B. Pritzker — the choice of boss Democrats for governor — spend their time talking and talking and talking about Trump.

With J.B. and Rahm it’s Trump this and Trump that. And they speak in excited, fearful and outraged tones.

If we were living in Neanderthal times, Rahm and J.B. would gather us around the campfire, pointing their fingers into the darkness at some demon spirit, and smile, thinly, as we huddled close to them for protection.

But these are modern times. Politicians don’t tell stories around the campfire. They use media.

Still, where would they be without Trump?

They’d be devastated, lost and lonely and afraid without Trump, because Trump is his own gift to them.

Because without Trump, they might have to address what’s been going on in Chicago and Illinois — from blood constantly flowing in the city’s streets to corruption and chronically bad schools, and even those idiotic Pritzker mystery toilets.

If you were in their shoes, would you want to talk about City Hall’s failure to stop the bloody gang wars or the failure to effectively address black unemployment?

Would you like questions about whether you used union plumbers to rip out the toilets of a building next to your mansion, so the toilet-less home could be termed “uninhabitable” and you’d get a nice property tax break?

If you were Rahm and J.B., would you like to talk about Democratic Boss Mike Madigan and the game of chicken he’s playing with Illinois schoolchildren and suburban taxpayers?

Or the $500 million Chicago Public Schools just borrowed that will cost an additional $850 million in interest payments?

If you were Rahm or J.B., or most any Democrat running, would you want to talk about Boss Madigan?

And just what would Pritzker say, exactly? That he can’t wait to be elected governor to do Madigan’s bidding, like some eager-to-please billionaire Mr. Belvedere?

It’s likely they really don’t like Trump. It’s also possible that you can’t stand him either.

Or, perhaps you do like him. Or perhaps you like some of his policies — like the appointment of a conservative to the Supreme Court with the promise of more to come — but you loathe all that vulgar Fifth Avenue Hillbillies drama in the White House.

But if you are a true student of politics, you’ll put aside tribal feelings and realize that Trump’s presence in the White House, his stupid tweets, and the things he says and how he says them, all give nourishment to Illinois Democrats like Emanuel and Pritzker.

And lately they’ve been trying to tie him to Gov. Bruce Rauner, even though Rauner doesn’t much like Trump.

But the Trump outrage is an easy story to tell and write, too, even if we’re not huddled around a campfire, fearful of a demon in the dark.

It’s much easier than talking about what decades of Chicago Democratic rule have done to the city and the state.

“I’m proud to be part of the resistance,” Pritzker announced the other day, standing in front of Trump Tower, which is to Democrats what Stonehenge must have been to wizards with blue face paint back in the day.

“When I’m governor, we’re not going to be silent like Bruce Rauner,” Pritzker said. “Illinois will be a firewall against Donald Trump’s destructive and bigoted agenda.”

“He is his own worst enemy,” Emanuel said of Trump, reaching into his pouch to slap a dab of Trump on Rauner. “I actually don’t think it’s an accident — since people say, ‘Oh we need a businessman’ — they don’t understand politics, and we see it in our governor’s office.”

So what we really need are powerful Chicago Democrats who’ve spent decades running the city and the state into the ground?

Don’t we already have that?

What is obvious is that Rahm and Pritzker and the other Democrats are good at taking their shiny Trumpian rattle and shaking it, furiously.

They focus our attention on the demon, to distract us. But from what?

How about the more than 2,220 shooting victims in Chicago through Aug. 2, and the more than 410 homicides so far ths year, most of them coming in the bloody gang wars that City Hall has no answer for? And violent crimes on the CTA that remain unsolved?

And black unemployment? Why talk of that, when it’s much easier, at least politically, for Democrats, to embrace Latinos, including immigrants who are here illegally. That is why Emanuel has now become desperate, seeking re-election.

Black unemployment in Illinois is the highest in the nation. And the share of 20- to 24-year-old African-American men who are neither working nor in school is 43 percent, according to a report presented in January by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

President Barack Obama from Chicago — not Trump — was in power for eight years as many of those young men were jailed or shot down in the gang wars. And what was done?

And the Chicago Public Schools that didn’t prepare them for work has a long history of mismanagement, corruption and fiscal failure under the Democrats of Chicago.

But Emanuel and Pritzker don’t want the conversation to get awkward. So they control it, with helpers to shape the debate.

It’s so much easier to talk about Trump, isn’t it?

The Sad State of Some On the Right: Seth Rich Edition

On November 9, 1994, people went into work, thrilled knowing there was a GOP majority about to take over Congress for the first time in forty years.

It was supposedly a great feeling. The best part was, Republicans promised to advance a slew of legislation in the first one hundred days of Congress. It was called ‘The Contract With America.” Conservatives understandably knew there were difficulties in the Senate and that President Clinton would likely veto some of the legislation. The point is, they made promises and set out to keep them.

It was a simpler time. The internet was in its infancy. The only twenty-four hours news channel was CNN. Talk radio was the only outlet available to conservatives to get a take on the news that didn’t slant to the left. Things changed drastically over the next fifteen years. The internet exploded. Fox News and MSNBC launched. Blogs were the first form of social media, and they took off after the 9/11 attacks. Then came YouTube, and Twitter and Facebook. By 2008, the entire landscape of how people consumed their news had changed.

It, unfortunately, brought about the worst elements of the conservative movement, allowing them more prominence than ever before. There were more than enough conspiracies floated about Bill Clinton in the 1990’s that went beyond the Lewinsky scandal. The death of Vince Foster kept people going for years. Such was the same about George H.W. Bush. People on the left don’t like to be reminded of the Bush/CIA/crack conspiracy they floated (people said Bush and the CIA purposely introduced crack cocaine to the inner-cities) but the nonsense never amounted to much.

When Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign, it gave rise to one of the more pathetic conspiracies floated by conservatives: the birther movement. People can claim Hillary Clinton’s campaign started it all, which is true but so many in the conservative movement took it and ran with it. Three years after Barack Obama’s “historic” election, the conspiracy didn’t die off. It was resurrected and given new life by a man who would one day be President, Donald Trump.

Republicans vying for the nomination for 2012 were afraid Donald Trump might jump into the race and instead of telling him to take his birther conspiracies and donations to Democrats back to Trump Tower, what did they do? Nothing. In fact, Mitt Romney, after securing the GOP nomination went to a fundraiser hosted by Donald Trump in May of 2012 and said he didn’t care that Trump was a birther. At the time, George Will said the following:

“What voter is going to vote for him because he’s seen with Donald Trump?” conservative commentator George Will said Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low, and you can still intrude into American politics.”

Four years later, the nomination of the bloviating ignoramus drove George Will to leave the Republican Party.

Unfortunately, nothing has improved. People can shout “Neil Gorsuch!” at me all day, but it doesn’t change that nearly five months into his Presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t signed a single significant piece of legislation. Republicans aren’t talking about health care or tax reform because they’re questioned only on the latest childish outburst from the Commander-in-Chief.

Prominent Republicans and conservative media types are not helping matters. Sean Hannity’s foray into the Seth Rich conspiracy theory is an utter embarrassment, not only to conservatives but also to many of Hannity’s co-workers who do good work. People like Bret Baier, James Rosen, and Greg Gutfeld shouldn’t have their images tarnished because Hannity wants to traffic in rubbish.

Newt Gingrich, who led that GOP takeover of Congress, also pushed the conspiracy. Gingrich, in 1995, strolling to the podium in the House (a rare event for the House Speaker) with a large dictionary. He opened it and read the definition of the word “sophistry,” taking direct aim at Democrats who were caterwauling about GOP legislation. It was a proud, funny moment.

Now he was on Fox and Friends floating the kind of garbage story one expects to see coming from idiots such as Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson on InfoWars. But no. Here was the former Speaker of The House and a mainstream 2012 GOP presidential candidate on television, discussing an already debunked conspiracy theory on the Fox News Channel.

It is pathetic that it took the constant pleading of Seth Rich’s mother, father, and brother for Hannity to stop (for now) talking about the subject. On Twitter, so-called conservatives yelled at me because I don’t want “justice” for Seth Rich. Donald Trump can’t stop making mistakes, and the GOP agenda is nowhere to be found because GOP leaders in Congress are acting like everything is business as usual.

I think Seth Mandel summed it best on Twitter, yesterday:

“Republicans finally–finally!–defeat the Clintons, and they’re reaction is to…push spittle-flecked Clinton murder conspiracies. Amazing.”- @SethAMandel

Unfortunately, the Trump era of the GOP is upon us. The question is when it all comes crashing down, will people wake up and return to normalcy? Or will they push the party further to the fringe?

The clock is ticking.

The Left Cannot Get Over Their Election Loss

Friday, Tom Perez, the newly anointed chair of the DNC (the party that lost the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives), called the forty fifth President of the United States a bully and someone who really didn’t win the election. In fact Perez had even more to say in his rant:

“We have a bully in Washington in the White House. Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values! Donald Trump, you didn’t win this election! Donald Trump, your bromance with Vladimir Putin isn’t doing you any good! Donald Trump, we will resist!” -Tom Perez, DNC Chair

Don’t stand for our values? What are “our values”? And what values do you want us Americans to resist? Law and order? The letter of the law? The Constitution? The obligatory power of the President to protect Americans?

While the left acts like children and just cannot get over the fact that Hillary lost the election and won’t stop their abusive invectives against the man who was CONSTITUTIONALLY elected, calling him illegitimate and his Cabinet scumbags; that man is doing his job we hired him to do. He is building up and modernizing the military, as well as strengthening law enforcement. With General John Kelly, he is ridding this country free of some of the most dangerous elements, who simply don’t belong here and weren’t allowed here in the first place. Like the violent gang members, the ones the leftists city mayors want to keep here, risking the safety of their own law abiding Americans. And with General James Mattis, the military is poised to eliminate those cockroaches known as ISIS, just as President Trump promised.

Imagine a president who not only does what he says, but can actually figure out what the end goal is. As opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy was to have no strategy and that graduated to “contain ISIS and to degrade and destroy them”, all of which never happened. 

And all the while, these wusses obsessing that Russia interfered with our election and our democracy. But these bozos still haven’t figured out what exactly Russia did. But they must have done something because Queen Hillary should have been coronated. Instead of admitting that the woman was so desperate for power (as she set up a private server to collect money and run the government) anyway… you know the rest. The Russians didn’t write her emails that sunk her, she did. And by the way, the Russians didn’t give Hillary the questions before the CNN debate, Donna Brazile did. And no one seems to care or want to investigate that Barack Obama danced with the devil in Tehran, whose people cut off our heads because we’re infidels, you know the the ones who yell “death to America!” The ones he gave one hundred and fifty billion dollars to and another four hundred million that they thought they could quietly get away with.

So while they moan and groan about blowing up the White House and and literally try to suppress our free speech by burning down our building, our president is doing what we hired him to do. 

He’s building up the military and he’s dealing with the greatest historical threat that faces America today: the threat of the Chinese-backed North Korea. Whose leader, Kim Jong-un, is as unbalanced as President Obama’s budget. If or when the clash of the titans does come, these leftist wimps will be the first to pee in their pants and run under their desks and thank their lucky stars that President Donald John Trump and his generals have the guts and the instincts to put on their big boy pants every morning to face the reality of the real danger that is confronting America today.