Is The Left Losing Voters?

Apparently so. There was a survey done and released this past week by McLaughlin & Associates which said that most Americans…now a majority at 51% say that they want Donald Trump to move away from Bobo Obama’s policies. And more and more Americans are starting to state that America is on the right track…or at least not on the wrong track. In January 62% said we were heading down the wrong path. Today that number is 48%.

The interesting thing that I found in the poll was the number of people that are against all of the uber-left-wing, George Soros-funded protesting going on. A whopping 70% of the American people are disgusted with the protests, including 51% of registered Democrats. What about all of those that are rallying to the aid of foreign-born criminals that could face deportation under Donald Trump? Well, that number is almost as large. 62% are against that including 64% of independent voters, 55% of Hispanics, and 44% of Snowflakes.

And just as an aside…50% of Americans ( a plurality in this poll) want Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed by the Senate. 41% disagree and 9% said “Neil who?”.

Basically, what is happening here is the left is trying to show a delegitimizing of the president, and it’s not working with the American people. It shouldn’t be surprising really. Oh, protests get our attention for about 10 minutes, and then they peter out. They always peter out as we move on to the next thing. Look at Occupy Wall Street. That lasted well beyond anybody’s attention span to pay heed to whatever message those folks were trying to get across (what WAS it anyway???). And these protests are having the same effect.

Most of America apparently wants to give Donald Trump a chance. It’s only the far-left-wing radicals held over from the ‘60’s that seem to want to fight him at every turn. And it’s not going to work. I saw a news program the other day on one of the “fake news” networks that said that Trump was toast in the 2018 midterms, and that he had no chance of getting re-elected in 2020. Actually, that’s not true at all. Another recent poll shows that of the 25 seats Democrats or independents that caucus with Democrats are trying to defend, if the election were held today, they’d lose 13 of those seats, but the Republicans would win all eight of the seats they are defending next year. That is enough to give the GOP 65 seats, a filibuster proof majority.

All of that is with the media doing its best to try and discredit Donald Trump at every turn. Well, my point there is the same thing it’s always been. It didn’t work during the election, and it’s still not working today. The media end up showing their true political colors eventually, and it always seems to take the wrong bent. We had the same problem back in Ohio. The newspaper was more liberal than the community and would go off on these tangents and the people wouldn’t follow their endorsements over 50% of the time. Maybe America DOES have a mind of its own after all?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Rolls Back Obama Directive, Snowflakes Cry

Any system of government in the world, and I don’t care what system you want to point to, has to make laws that are good for the entire system. If they start making laws and issuing directives to protect individuals, of any kind, the system will collapse. You just can’t do it.

So, when the previous president decided to issue a directive basically granting special privileges to the transgendered in our society, he broke that code. He was issuing a directive that protected 0.3% of the country’s population. He treated them special by allowing them to use bathrooms that matched whatever their personality said their gender was that day. Somehow, that just doesn’t sit right with me.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not for bashing people with different lifestyles. I certainly don’t agree with them, but I’m also not for giving them special treatment, especially at the cost of the majority of people in the population. And by allowing transgendered folks the “right” (it’s really not a right) to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable in that day, it provides others a huge opportunity to take advantage of the system.

Donald Trump rolled that back this week. No special treatment. And the snowflakes cried.

How dare he roll back a directive the Great Obama issued when it deals with the trampled on in our society!? Well, it never should have been issued in the first place. In fact, any exception to normal societal behavior shouldn’t be allowed. I deal with that in my current position every single day. We have rules out here in the desert, and sitting on the Board of Directors of this community’s recreation centers, I get requests to make exceptions to these rules every single day. My answer is always the same. Yes, it’s unfair for you. We don’t make rules to punish you, but you got caught on the wrong side of this one, but it’s what’s best for the community that matters, and in this case, you’re the odd person out. I’m also the odd person out on about a dozen or so of the rules, but I don’t ask for exceptions.

The same thing is happening with transgendered folks. Look, I understand it’s just a traumatic experience to have to change your gender and get accepted as someone new. I get that. And I’m not arguing the whole “God made you a man/woman” thing. But we as a nation make laws for the good of the nation, not the good of a special interest group (though I know it seems like it sometimes). And sometimes certain people get caught on the wrong side of those rules. It’s not done by intention, and it’s not meant to be that way. It’s also not fair to them in that situation, but it IS the way it needs to be.

So snowflakes, stop your crying. You make laws that are unfair for people every single day, and yet you don’t cry about that. Maybe it’s because those folks aren’t voting for you? So there IS an ulterior motive here, isn’t there???

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Ellison, Sanders Lose Big in Atlanta

Yesterday was going to be the day that Bernie Sanders, who narrowly was defeated in the Democrat primary by a scandal plagued Hillary Clinton got revenge. He was going to basically take over the party and jerk it sternly to the left. His guy, Keith Ellison, an uber-lib from Minnesota, and the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives, was poised to be the next head of the Snowflakes. And yet, it was not to be.

Oh, it was contentious as the presidential election. Oh, it was fraught with the same tenacity that we saw between Sanders and Clinton in the primary and Clinton and Trump in the general election. Unfortunately for the Vermont Senator, he again went away with his tail between his legs, and the Democrats have taken a much more moderate tone heading into 2018.

That bodes well for the Democrats by the way.

Someone wised up in that party in the past few months and realized what took the GOP a LONG time to learn with the Tea Party. If you cater to one wing of the party, you lose the rest of the party, and you also lose the elections you want to win. However, the fact that the Dems chose Tom Perez, a more moderate (who by the way was back by Bobo Obama…so he isn’t THAT moderate), doesn’t mean that the Dems leave Georgia all lovey-dovey. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Bernie Sanders faction of the party is still pissed as hell that their guy got screwed in the primaries, and would have probably done a much better job against Donald Trump than Hillary did. My hunch, and this is just an aside, is that Sanders would have won Wisconsin, and Michigan, and probably Pennsylvania.

But the fighting isn’t over. Now Tom Perez, who served in the past as Labor Secretary, has a problem that he has to solve. How to keep the millions of young millennials that Sanders courted active in the Democrat party, without alienating the more moderate wing that actually elects the people? The moderates are the ones with the money, the ones with the experience, and the ones with the current seats. The uber-left are the ones that are in the wings waiting to take over. And they are the ones you need if you are going to win anything (as we saw in the presidential election).

How Perez attacks this problem, and what I call “The Obama Problem” of decimating the party over the past eight years to push an agenda that no one in America (not even the Sanders’ clan) wants is going to be the biggest hurdle he faces. The Democrats have lost over 1,000 seats in local, state, and national elections in the past presidential administration. That isn’t going to be reversed in 2018, or even 2020. That is going to take years to rebuild. But make no mistake, it will be rebuilt, just as the Republicans rebuilt their party after the Tea Party tried to take over. These things take time.

The one thing that is fun to watch…the Democrats have about as much patience for this stuff as a two year old.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Oscar YAWN!

Yeah, I’m going to be showing my age here, so you’ve been warned. I remember there was a time, a LONG time ago, when I actually had watched all of the Oscar nominated movies that I could get into. I say “I could get into” because there were a few back then that were rated above my age level and I couldn’t see. Oh, I managed to see The Godfather…but there were others.

Today, I not only haven’t seen any of the movies that are up for Oscars, I couldn’t even tell you their names. It’s not that I have lost the love for the cinema…it’s that the cinema has moved on and lost my interest by thinking they are something they are not. Let’s face facts here…movies are an escape. They exist solely to entertain and take us for 90 minutes or so to another place and/or time and let us get immersed in a story. That’s it. And the people that make movies do a decent job at that, but they aren’t magical, nor are they special. They are people doing a job.

And so, I find it very difficult to even care what’s going on with the Oscars. Oh, I know my mother will be watching. I’m sure there hasn’t been an Oscar presentation in the last 80 years that woman hasn’t seen. And I’m sure there are quite a few folks that will tune in, but I can tell you I won’t be one of them. I have a LOT better things to do with my time than listen to a bunch of wannabe politicians and left-wing snowflakes scream about how America is going to hell. They don’t have a clue when it comes to politics, they aren’t that well read on the issues, and they don’t influence anybody I know on the issues. So why are they still talking?

And that is what all of these award shows have become…a chance for the Hollywood elite to stand at a microphone and spew whatever weird trash comes out of their mouths. They certainly have a right to do it (yes, the First Amendment DOES apply to them too). And I have a First Amendment right not to care about what they say. Hell, I could write their acceptance speeches right now without knowing whose up!

The Oscars lost their mainstream appeal several years ago when they decided to start nominating more “artsy” films rather than movies people actually went to see. Oh, there have been the exceptions for sure, but overall, Hollywood took on this persona that they were more “elite” than the rest of us in determining what was art. These are the same people that have been arrested with hookers in the back seat of cars, arrested for DUI’s in various stages of undress, have been thrown off airplanes, and charged with beating up photographers and reporters. It sounds like they have more in common with the NFL and NBA than everyday Americans. And maybe it’s just me, but the movies haven’t gotten better. Oh, they’ve gotten artsier, if that’s a word…but that’s not what I go to the movies for. In fact, nowadays, I go to the movies with my grandkids. The last movie I saw (which was actually pretty funny) was The Secret Life of Pets.

So, if you’re going to be one to sit through the Oscars this weekend, have at it and enjoy yourself. Me? I think I’ll wash my hair!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Ya Gotta Give Em Time!

Donald Trump has been in office just over a month. That means in about 30-some-odd-days, a lot has been done to untangle the pile of feces that was left by the previous administration. But we, as Americans, seem to lose sight that the good things in life, sometimes, take time. Let’s not forget that when the Democrats were fighting amongst themselves eight years ago to actually pass Obamacare, they took about 11 months to do it. It wasn’t done overnight, and it wasn’t done without some horrendous deal making (Remember the Ben Nelson’s infamous deal selling out his vote for some special treatment for Nebraska?).

So why is some right-wing media jumping all over the leadership in their efforts to “repeal and replace” Obamacare? Give them time. If by the fourth quarter they haven’t come up with them, I say, lower the guns and take aim, but ya gotta give ‘em time. Better to do it right than to do it fast…and I’m a guy that is month four of COBRA, hoping that I don’t have to do anything with Obamacare!

Let’s be honest here. Obamacare for the most part sucks. It did one, maybe two things right. The one thing it did right was correct the “pre-existing condition” clause that saved insurance companies millions. The other thing a lot of folks say it did was protect those 25 year olds living at home in their parent’s basement. That’s because they weren’t able to find a job because Obamacare impacted every business with 30 or more full-time employees. No one without a job could find work, so they HAD to live in their parent’s basement.

Other than that this bill was a nightmare from the word go. It gave insurance to the indigent, but it never gave healthcare access to them. It made being poor a second class citizenship because of the fact the only people that went to the exchanges were the poor, the sick, and the indigent. No one of means went to healthcare.gov. No one wanted to because it was such a bad joke. And it took time to get this bill through congress, and only passed by one vote.

So, we need to give the GOP some time to work this thing through. There’s a lot on their plate this year with tax reform (another item that can easily be screwed up), Obamacare repeal, and immigration reform. That would be a lot for any congress to tackle in one session, much less one year. Let’s do it right, and get rid of Obamacare entirely. Not just fix a part here or there. That does nothing to fix the escalating costs every American is feeling. You’ve got to make it affordable by allowing us to buy insurance across state lines, increasing competition, and you’ve got to be able to help those that can’t afford it. But you can’t make it as monstrous of a bill with no real benefits, like Obamacare.

The Republicans in congress need to learn one thing. Insurance is useless unless it actually covers something. Democrats never learned that.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Yes! California! Wants Out!

You’ve probably heard that California, or at least a few of the 39 million people in California would like to leave the United States and form their own country. The group “Yes! California” is trying to get over 580,000 signatures on a petition to put the secession movement on the 2018 ballot. They’ve currently got 53 chapters set up across the state, and have about 39,000 “likes” on their Facebook page.

How nice for them! By the way, 580,000 signatures is about 1.5% of the population. 39,000 “likes” equals one person liking the page for every 1,000 residents. Not exactly what one would call an overwhelming response. My idea? Let them go!

California does indeed pay more out in taxes than it receives. They are totally out of step with the rest of the country on most issues, and feel that they get the raw end of the deal when it comes to presidential elections, because they only have 55 electoral college votes for its 39,000,000 people. They think that’s unfair. Actually, they are looking at it totally wrong.

If California were to leave the union, they’d be taking with them 53 members of the House of Representatives, 39 of whom are Democrats, 13 of whom are Republicans (there is one vacancy at the moment). They would lose two Democrat Senators, and they would lose 55 electoral college votes. The end analysis would be that the Republicans would pick up 26 seats in the House, 2 seats in the Senate. How would it effect the presidential elections?

Not at all.

Going back to 1916, if you took out the times California voted for a Democrat and subtracted that out of the total, it would have changed Woodrow Wilson’s win over Charles E. Hughes in 1916. Other than that, it wouldn’t have made a difference in ANY presidential outcome.

Of course, we’d lose Disneyland, Pebble Beach, and the Petrified Forest. Hollywood leaving would probably be viewed as an asset from most of the country, and we wouldn’t have to worry about funding their rebuild when the San Andres Fault finally hits with the big one…they’d be on their own with that! We’d also not have to worry about their continued left leaning policies that do nothing but suck money out of its citizens. We wouldn’t have to worry about their “sanctuary cities” or their weird education system, or their fruit & nuts approach to life. No…overall, I would definitely be one to sign that petition! After all, we can always get our avocados from Mexico. Other than that and the other stuff they grow between Lost Angeles and San Francisco, there’s really not much California offers us. We could move the TV and movie studios east a little bit, just keep the actors out of the country. Who needs another Charlie or Martin Sheen series anyway?

If California really wants to leave, I can’t really think of a good reason for keeping them. And to make sure they stay there, we can build a wall from the Mexican border to the Oregon border! After all, we wouldn’t have to worry about building one from the Pacific to Arizona, would we?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Making Good On Immigration Promises

You don’t have to love the guy, but you can’t say Donald Trump isn’t a man of his word. John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security Secretary has released a pair of memo’s (still under White House counsel review) that would basically speed up deportation along the southern border of the country.

The memo’s detail that thousands of new border agents will be hired to help process the 10,000 to 15,000 cases per month that occurred in the waning months of the Obama administration. However, Obama and his clan declined to add any additional personnel to the mix, leading to a glut in the system. Too many deportees, to few people to process them. Typical liberal thoughtlessness.

I will say this about Trump so far. In the one month the guy has been on the job, he’s already done more for this country than his predecessor did in eight years. He’s fixed more of his predecessor’s mistakes, he’s turned the economy around, and more importantly has turned around the feeling Americans have about the economy. I know Obama touted all of the millions of new jobs he “created”, which is a total misnomer since governments don’t create jobs, businesses do. But more people are now entering the workforce, and getting off the sidelines for the first time in eight years. And it looks like illegal aliens that have criminal records are going to be swept up and kicked out.

I applaud DHS for their actions, as someone who lives in a border state. Actually, ALL Americans of both parties should be applauding DHS. I know that the liberal snowflakes out there want an open borders policy, which has, like most liberal policies, never worked anywhere in the world. And the problem with that is that we live in an age where too many people want to come into our country to do harm to us. Of course, even a lot of them come over here from their caves in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Syria and wonder how it is we have all the great stuff we have and they are living in hell-holes. No, we need to have borders, as Europe is finally learning after attack after attack in several countries over there.

The gist of immigration is simple. Apply to come over. We have to vet you to make sure you are who you say you are and you’re coming for the reason you say you’re coming. Then we let you in. If you don’t do what you say you’re going to do, we kick you out. And if you come here illegally, we either arrest you and make you spend a lot of time in jail, or we kick you out. It’s a pretty easy scenario actually, and one that I cannot understand for the life of me why liberal snowflakes can’t get it through their addle-minded brains that it works!

It’s refreshing to see policy once again starting to take hold in DC. It’s nice to understand that the idiots in the House and Senate like the alien (from another planet…not another country) Nancy Pelosi, and the Forehead, Chuck Schumer don’t run things, and probably won’t again in their lifetimes. We can only thank God for that miracle!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!