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In the interests of full disclosure, I freely admit that I am not a professional sports fan. I sometimes enjoy college football, when my team is winning, but my interests lie elsewhere. Living in Alabama, however, I am completely and totally surrounded by football fanatics and so have had no choice whatsoever but to cultivate a healthy respect and a minimally respectable body of knowledge regarding the sport.

The First Amendment only protects the citizen’s right to free speech from government control. It does not apply in employment situations, in clubs or societies with rules and regulations that govern such things, in any situation not involving the government or a government funded entity. Keeping this in mind, it should be immediately obvious to anyone with even half a brain that the First Amendment does not apply to guaranteeing random hired football players the right to disrespect the American Flag and the National Anthem in the course of their employment.

The issue is not “social justice”. If that were the issue then peaceful protest, meeting with community leaders, working through churches associating with other churches, petitioning the President or requesting a meeting with the White House or the Governor’s office. The issue is not “freedom of speech”. If these players want to work towards social change or if they feel that they must speak out against social injustice then they should do what the entire remainder of the employed United States does…..PURSUE YOUR PERSONAL POLITICS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

President Trump is not dividing us by calling out the owners for allowing this. He is expressing the opinion of millions who either believe that a football game is no place to air your political views or who believe that disrespecting the flag and the Star Spangled Banner is the wrong way to express yourself and will not encourage dialogue at all. Real facts and statistics work much better, preferably the sort that cannot be debunked.

All of the rest of the commentary revolving around this “issue” is nonsense.

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Repost: Trump is Right, Socialism Does Not Work!

Trump is right, Socialism doesn’t work 

Larry Alex Taunton | FoxNews.com

Published on September 24, 2017

On Tuesday, President Trump addressed the United Nations and, shocking to no one save left-of-center news agencies, he expressed his strong belief in his own economic policies; in America—its people, way of life, and the Constitution which governs it; and in business enterprise as a path to freedom and prosperity. Trump’s speech, optimistic and pro-American as it was, falls in the mainstream of American presidential tradition. Indeed, it is the stuff of a Truman or a Reagan.
But you’d never know it from how it was reported.

The Guardian called it “a blunt, fearful rant.”

That is a more apt description for The Guardian itself. (Trust me, I know. I’ve been trashed by them no less than twice for a claim I never made and they never bothered to verify.)

Salon said Trump “careened wildly from some warped form of principled realism to threats of mass annihilation and back again.”

Perhaps Salon, careening wildly from one Trump attack-piece to another, is unaware of the fact that America has been threatened with “mass annihilation” by a declared enemy with an increasing capability to do it. Someone should tell them.

Slate characterized it as “the most hostile, dangerous, and intellectually confused—if not outright dishonest—speech ever delivered by an American president to an international body.”

We live in an age of hyperbole and this is an excellent example of it. I encourage you to read the full text of Trump’s speech and decide for yourself if it was “the most hostile, dangerous … speech ever” or if this is the worst reporting in the history of human civilization. Ever.

Then there is John Haltiwanger’s article in Newsweek titled, “Trump was laughed at by world leaders for dissing socialism.”

This column caught my attention both for its content and lack of content. The title alone intrigued me—as good titles are supposed to do—but for all the wrong reasons. I mean, really? I know we live in the age of 24/7/365 news cycles and the hunger for fresh web content is relentless, but has Newsweek sunk so low that an article that feels like dialogue lifted from the script of “Mean Girls”is now counted as serious journalism?

Let’s consider Mr. Haltiwanger’s argument, such as it is.

As the title indicates, his critique of Trump’s speech centers on the president’s “dissing” of socialism. Haltiwanger writes:

When President Donald Trump criticized socialism during his speech Tuesday at the United Nations, he seemed to expect roaring approval from the audience. Instead, world leaders responded with laughter and weak applause. It was perhaps the most awkward moment of Trump’s speech.

Speaking on the recent crisis in Venezuela, Trump said, “The problem…is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

“From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure,” Trump added.

In the middle of his comments, Trump paused to take the room’s temperature, but it was apparent world leaders were unmoved by the rebuke of the worker state. The room was silent. It was reminiscent of Jeb Bush’s “please clap” moment…. Video of the [president’s] speech has immortalized the uncomfortable moment.

That Trump would do such a thing is, for Haltiwanger, evidence of the president’s buffoonery, lack of sophistication, and his failure to properly read “the room’s temperature.”

He includes a screenshot of a tweet from someone named Jordan, which reads, “The /#UNGA [United Nations General Assembly] just LAUGHED at Trump for criticizing socialism.”

So what?

I laughed at Mr. Haltiwanger’s article, but this is no proof that it is logically flawed (though logically flawed it is). The Left has always been overly sensitive to what the world thinks of America and its president. They need global affirmation, it seems. Obama was, for them, urbane, glamorous, “a gentleman,” as an acquaintance at the New York Times has often characterized him to me, as if these are defining characteristics of great national leaders.

By contrast, Trump is, for them, a national embarrassment with his comb-over, trademark scowl, and unfashionable patriotism. How are we to stand toe-to-toe with France and Canada when they have socialist beefcakes like Macron and Trudeau? Winston Churchill, who was neither a gentleman nor glamorous—and whose scowl was likewise perpetual—seems to have worked out rather well as Prime Minister. Moreover, Churchill biographer Paul Reid has said that Churchill, ever a reactionary, “would out-tweet Trump.”

Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that Trump expected, as Haltiwanger maintains, “roaring approval from the audience.” According to a 2015 Freedom House study of 195 nations—and, at the moment, there are precisely 195 nations in the world—only 46 percent of them are deemed free. Worse, that same report says the world is trending away from freedom — 193 of the countries included in this report are member states of the United Nations, North Korea and Venezuela among them. Trump “seemed to expect roaring approval”? Please. Ann Coulter will sooner get applause at Berkeley than Trump before such an audience as this one.

Of course, the reason the author tells us that UN “leaders responded with laughter and weak applause” is because he is, in the spirit of an adolescent, inviting us to join in the mockery and scorn of this president.

Mr. Haltiwanger, who is clearly infatuated with the undeliverable promises of socialism, concludes his argument with what he apparently thinks is his article’s mic-drop moment, proving once and for all that socialism works and that Trump is an idiot for thinking otherwise:

Most industrialized countries, for example, have implemented universal health care. Moreover, Norway was recently ranked the happiest country in the world, and it pointed to its strong state-support programs as crucial to achieving this accolade…. Several other Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, were also among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the most recent figures…. The U.S., however, can’t even make it into the top 10 happiest countries. It’s ranked at No. 14.

Icelandic and Scandinavian happiness.

Let’s drill down on this a bit and the inference that socialism is the reason for it. Norway’s designation as the “world’s happiest country” is based on a United Nations report. You might think that this ranking comes from simple “yes” or “no” responses to the question, “Are you happy?” It isn’t. That is essentially what Gallup did and guess who dominated the top ten? Paraguay and Latin America. Neither Iceland nor a single Scandinavian country appeared in Gallup’s top ten.

So how did the guys at the UN produce entirely different results? After spending an afternoon reading the UN report, that is still is unclear to me. This is because their study is 184 pages of abstruse data and reads like this:

The U.S. corruption index rose by 0.10 between 2006/7 and 2015/6. With a coefficient -0.53 in the happiness regression, the negative effect on U.S. happiness is 0.054. Reversing the rise in perceived corruption would therefore raise happiness by 0.054….

Drilling down still more, we find that this report, as with any UN report I’ve ever read, has a very definite political agenda. It concludes:

To escape this social quagmire, America’s happiness agenda should center on … an expanded social safety net, wealth taxes, and greater public financing of health and education…. [A]cknowledge and move past the fear created by 9/11 … Trump’s ban on travel to the United States from certain Muslim-majority countries is a continuing manifestation of the exaggerated and irrational fears that grip the nation.

So, from a haze of data on global happiness the report makes the illogical leap to America, Donald Trump, and the lack of “a social safety net”—i.e., lack of socialism—as the sources of unhappiness? They could have saved themselves time, money, and the clever use of dubious statistics and just interviewed Maxine Waters—or Kim Jong Un.

Should we really be surprised that the UN, the body that commissioned this report, didn’t like Trump’s speech?

As for the myth that Iceland and Scandinavia are socialist utopias, it is interesting to note that these countries rank highest in the use of antidepressants. Iceland holds the top spot while Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are all in the top ten. It seems they rank high because they are, well, high.

While speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen rejected the idea that his country is socialist even though it has a much larger social welfare system: “I know that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”

I am currently going around the world investigating the question of national greatness. In the last month, I have been in Japan, Singapore, and China. Traveling across Asia, you quickly discover that no one outside of Pyongyang has faith in the tenets of Marx and Lenin anymore. Not even China is truly socialistic. That is because they knowsocialism doesn’t work.

No, the people who believe in that naïve, unworkable, utopian ideology no longer live in Beijing, Moscow, or Hanoi. On the contrary, socialism’s modern advocates reside in such places as London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and, increasingly, Washington.

Since we are using happiness as an indicator of socialism’s emotional influence, let’s look at Gallup’s least happy country: Ukraine. I’ve spent a lot of time in that country. Indeed, I’ve written a book on it, and I can tell you that Ukraine has been economically, intellectually, and spiritually assassinated by socialism. Five more socialist (or formerly socialist) countries make Gallup’s bottom ten.

Trump is right to say that “wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.”

The failure of socialism is a wholly unjustified confidence in human government. It is, as Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky observed long ago, “the tower of Babel built without God, not to mount to Heaven from earth, but to set up Heaven on earth.”

Larry Alex Taunton is the author of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist (2016) and the Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation. You can follow him at larryalextaunton.com or on Twitter @ LarryTaunton.

©2017 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Politically Manipulative and Incorrect

Freedom. Of. Speech.

Everyone throws that phrase around like it means saying whatever you please, without thought or rationale, never checking for any connection or relationship to the truth however distant and disregarding any and all consequences resulting therefrom. There is the Constitutional protection that American citizens have from government censorship. In addition, our privacy laws guarantee us the freedom to say what is on our minds to friends and family when we are not in public. (We hope) Otherwise, we all have to watch what we say!

It is a controversial subject these days. The mainstream media (MSM) along with the liberals are trying to shut down conservative commentators, talk show hosts and other prominent conservative political pundits. (I will make an exception of Fox News as it is the only place you will see a clip of Donald Trump condemning David Duke in 1991). Republicans, Libertarians and conservatives have been successfully rolled up into one group for ease of branding. The branding from the left has been constant, vitriolic and specific. Most of the allegations have been of a racial nature or being accused of corruption like the establishment Republicans. Nothing shuts down civil discourse between two ideologically opposed groups of people faster than a racial accusation or slur! The MSM has been very helpful in this cause. There are many places now where conservative thought and speech is considered offensive and unacceptable (read Silicon Valley, Hollywood and most major universities). One’s job can easily be lost if it becomes known that company politics and attitudes are not followed. It does seem as though freedom of speech is becoming more restricted.

I hate to sound like an old hippie, but I do not know how else to say this. My generation called for free speech, demonstrations, protests and sit-ins. We did get our say by utilizing those tools and by working around and through the system. I admit that there were rough spots, but the vast majority took Gandhi and Martin Luther King to heart. Flower power was not for running our cars! Peace was more than a slogan that sounded cool and no one ever thought that sitting down somewhere and refusing to move could fail to bring out administration for “a chat”. It usually worked. 

What the kids are doing now is self-defeating. It brings no one to the table. Nobody is inclined to listen to a violent mob, if anything one would be much less so. Suddenly, speaking out against the rioting and the violence brings accusations of racism, white supremacy and prejudice, etc. This is the left using language and political correctness to manage society and public opinion. It is not First Amendment. It is not even honest or truthful. It closes the discussion and the two sides hate each other because of name calling. We were better than this ten to fifteen years ago! We are regressing!!

I am making these points because more people complain to me every day about the loss of their First Amendment rights. What they are really complaining about is the control over politically correct language that the left exercises mercilessly. Part of that control is our fault because we give in and abide by their rules, we stop speaking out because we are afraid. 

If we want to remain free and if we want to stop the long slow progression towards allowing the left to write and pass these politically correct but Constitutionally offensive ideas into law…then we had better support our President, vote conservative in 2018, check voting records and become more aware. The establishment Republicans are every bit as guilty and bad as the Democrats. We need Representatives who want to do the right thing, work with our President to lower taxes, straighten out health care, kick out the lobbyists, strengthen the military and audit the pentagon not make themselves rich!

Enough Already With the Media!!

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That’s about enough! 

Most of us wouldn’t treat anyone we knew like this! 

Have we forgotten what gossip is and what it does to people? Why have we now decided that some people are human but other people are not? Just because the media spreads gossip, lies and rumors does not mean that We The People should follow, give credence to, believe or even listen to the destructive things they say. 

What ever happened to believing that a person was innocent until “hard” or incontrovertible evidence proves otherwise? Nothing good ever came out of these historical periods of accusation and hysteria. Think back to the Salem witch trials, those were our not-so-distant ancestors who thought they were being practical and rational. After all…everyone agreed! Or what about the practice of slavery, not just in the United States but throughout history. We are one of, if not the only, country to eliminate it and then sincerely try to repair the damage! Full grown allegedly intelligent adults accepted it as common practice in the Middle Ages and in various countries it has continued until today. People can be conditioned and can become “hardened” to almost anything. If you don’t think people accept crowd defined norms then you need to go back and

Because I have standards of behavior, because I try to live by the Golden Rule, because I believe every person is a child of God I am not going to accuse my customers of stealing, I won’t say that my neighbor is cheating, I refuse to pass along rumors I know are probably untrue. I think most Americans are like this but have not really had the time to actually stop and think about what the media is doing to us. Ten or twenty years ago I would not have had time either.

Some vague accusation, a wild rumor, an anonymous tip, an unsubstantiated leak or even unverified gossip is front page news today and inevitably reported as fact (or as being under investigation by “authorities”). Since the Democratic Party has joined with the MSM in a joint mission to remove President Trump from office the press has become corrupt and agenda driven. They have not been objective or even decent in their coverage. There is no attention to detail, no verification of sources, no allegiance to truth. There is no value on American virtues, the Constitution, law and order or respect for family values and Christian faith. They try to manipulate their audience instead of informing them.

We should not allow this awful main stream media to affect or influence us in any way. America’s people have always been innovative, honest, generous, principled and we have always stood for what was right and good. None of this can be applied to the MSM in any way. 

Until the bulk of the press can pull itself out of the gutter, disassociate itself with any and all political parties and become honest journalists once more, I am no longer going to listen to or read any of them. There are plenty more reliable sources who are striving to uphold traditional journalistic standards.

Russia! Russia! Russia!

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Before a criticism is given, perhaps it should be thought all the way through.Practically every one of the components of the commonplace press has posted, broadcast or published at least one article/commentary denigrating President Trump for not “being firmer” or even “standing up to” Putin on the allegations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. I would like to add my humble opinion:

It is always presumptuous for any outsider to make a judgement about how one issue should be handled and fit into the overarching strategy of the relationship, the negotiations and what we want to get out of that regime or what path we want them on. They also presume that they know all about every phone call, every message, etc. However, often they do not know context at all. They are only presented with optics.

So, I think automatically about what my response would have been if I were Putin. It isn’t very difficult at all. The United States foolishly tried to meddle in the last major Israeli election, and to condemn us even further, Israel is one of our closest allies! I do not think President Trump would have come out on top of that argument. You could add in Libya, Iraq and more (justified or not they were sovereign nations).

Since Russia and America have not been on friendly terms for the last eight years and we have numerous other highly advanced technical adversaries in China, North Korea, Iran and etc. It seems a little ignorant to me that we neglect installing top notch protection and defense of our election systems. Why are we not angry at the people responsible for leaving us open to attack? Why are we not investigating the entire election, including the Democratic Party? Why are we not hardening the grid? Why are the democrats and the MSM trying so hard to focus the public and the politicians on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What are we missing while they are flashing their worthless shiny object?

Before we back any person in a corner and forcefully present him with his crime, we had better have good evidence. That is right and reasonable. It cannot be the expert opinion of 17 professional organizations, opinions will always be subjective. If there is no IRREFUTABLE proof, then President Trump sounds like the boy crying wolf. After all…..what proof does he have when so many other hackers can leave traces making themselves look like Russians? What real proof, hard evidence, do we actually possess?

Play it out in your mind, but take the part of Putin. Obama did not leave Trump an easy fact set to work with!

Trump’s Telling Tweets

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The President’s tweets have not been an issue for me one way or another. If I were advising him, I would naturally recommend that he be far more careful. However, that being said, the press just tries to use every tweet against him in some way. I think most people realize that and pay little attention to their obfuscation and outright falsification of the news.

What wrinkled up my forehead and started this post was the heavy response by women. Evidently, President Trump hit below the belt and committed a social faux pas when he mentioned that lady’s (?) facelift. This implies that there were/are rules in effect, I have heard endless clips of “THE MORNING JOE” , if there were any rules of civility and decorum being observed while covering President Trump it has not been at all apparent. Have we not heard the main stream media report every unconfirmed rumor, each unsubstantiated allegation? Do they not call the properly elected President of the United States every foul and disgusting name that is legal to utter on television? Furthermore, “THE MORNING JOE” is one of the worst shows to do this!

There may very well have been better ways to handle it, but if the President or the White House strikes back after so much constant abuse and rhetoric that is honestly beyond the pale and shameful for any American broadcasting station, no one should complain. She has said horrible, nasty and outright untrue things including that our President is mentally unstable, unqualified for the job, etc. The response to the tweet is that President Trump is being a misogynist and has no respect for women.

This is absolutely and unequivocally not true. In general, if one keeps an open mind and actually pays attention, he treats men and women exactly the same (in their chosen field). If they work with men as equals and hold themselves out as such then he treats them accordingly. https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-up-with-donald-trump-and-the-women-not-090043983.html

To apply this to the tweet, our President would naturally assume that if you can dish out such gutter worthy below-the-belt trash then you ought to be able to take it like the pro you are holding yourself out to be. I have worked in construction, definitely a male dominated field, there is a choice you have to make as a woman. You can be a lady on a construction site or you can be a woman who demands (and gives) respect while interacting as an equal. It isn’t easy, but it can be done, however, you cannot flip back and forth between the two! The same is true for any profession. 

There is no honor in hitting a man where it hurts and then hiding behind behind being a woman when he turns around.

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

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