How Does Putin Have It Right, And Dems Don’t?

Russian President Vladimir Putin nailed it the other day. He was speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club, in Moscow, and was answering questions. The question was, what advice he would give his American counterpart. His answer? Americans need to respect Donald Trump more.

Putin got it right.

Actually his comment was, “Mr. Trump was elected by the American people. And at least for this reason it is necessary to show respect for him, even if you do not agree with some of his positions”.  He went on to say that last year’s election “was honest”, and that Trump his not his bride and he is not Trump’s groom. It’s probably the most honest thing Vladimir Putin has ever said.

Somewhere along the way, we Americans have forgotten that the presidency is a position that commands respect. Somewhere along the way, we have forgotten that we are the ones that have a role in this too…and that is to respect the president. Yes, we all respect the office, but we also need to respect the person in that seat. And I for one will tell you that I have failed in that. I never really respected Barack Obama. Not as a man, not as president. So, I can understand the angst the snowflakes out there feel about Trump. But I was wrong in feeling that way about Obama. He was duly elected, and he should have had my respect, if for nothing else, for winning the toughest political race in the world.

Donald Trump deserves the same thing, regardless what you think of his politics. And as Putin said, you can most certainly disagree with him, as I did with almost every single thing Obama did while in office, but the respect needs to be there. The same holds true with Trump. I get it that liberals can’t imagine how he won in the first place (I’ve covered that ad nauseum), but he did win, and there isn’t a person in the country that is claiming voter fraud gave Trump the election.

It’s been almost a year. It’s time to get past it. It’s time to find something to at least respect the man and the office for. Because if you don’t, we go down this spiral. It started with Obama, now it’s Trump, and next will be someone else that one half of the country won’t respect. That is no way to run a country! It’s a great way to ruin one. Yeah, you may all want to say “RESIST”, which is stupid, because you can’t resist, and you won’t resist. Liberals never “resist” for long anyway…they don’t have the constitution for it. But it’s time to give it up and join the majority. I don’t care if you vote for this guy in 2020 or your own guy, that’s what elections are for. But respect the person in office.

If you don’t, you’re going to find the same thing coming back at you twenty times worse when your guy (or lady) gets elected next. Is that really what you want? And then of course, you’re going to be screaming how badly your guy gets treated. It’s not worth it.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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Deal With The Devil?

I’ll admit that at first, when I heard that Donald Trump made a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to get the debt ceiling raised, I was slightly more than pissed. After all, how could you disrespect people in your own party? How could you side with “the enemy”. Then I recalled something very important…

Donald Trump isn’t a Republican…he has no political loyalty.

And now it begins to make sense to me. Trump did what anyone not concerned with right and left would do in that situation. He had a goal…raise the debt ceiling, and avoid a government collapse on his watch. To accomplish that goal, he at first put his faith and trust in the GOP in Congress. They let him down terribly thanks to John McCain’s vote in the Senate when it came to repealing Obamacare. So, he lost faith and trust in them. I think we all did. When it came to getting what he wanted done for the good of the country, he threw party politics out the window and opted to go for something that would work, regardless which side agreed with him. In this case it happened to be the Dems.

I can’t say that I blame him, either. I mean, he got a 10 point bump in his approval rating because of it. Americans are fed up with the stupid idiocy that is Congress. They act like a bunch of two year olds fighting over the last carton of milk at daycare. And it doesn’t matter what side you’re on. Trump has told them to do three things this year. Repeal & replace Obamacare, get Tax Reform done, and fix the immigration system and fund “The Wall”. They haven’t done any of that. So, he will work with whomever is going to get that stuff done.

Now, the Democrats are happy with him. They won’t be with the tax reform because they see all tax reform as benefitting the rich. That’s because 47% of Americans pay no income tax. So, any tax cut is going to affect the top 53% by simple math. And that angers the Dems. They don’t want to see the system simplified. Keeping it confusing works for them. They like confusing, long, drawn-out bills that lead to lots of regulation, lots of oversight, lots of stuff that take freedoms away from the public they supposedly serve. And that’s why the Democrats are not going to be on board with Trump on this one. And just because they took his cookie on the debt ceiling, doesn’t mean that they’ll stop calling him names on DACA. It doesn’t mean that they are going to stop fighting him on the rest of his agenda.

And it doesn’t mean he’s going to work with them again.

Trump will work with whichever side gets him to the goal of getting the job done. He has no loyalties to the Republicans or the snowflakes. I’m ok with that. As long as you agree with his final feelings on these issues (and they DO change!), then you shouldn’t worry that he’s throwing Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan under the bus. They’ll be back when the snowflakes won’t work with him…and they’ll be back in spades. Just wait.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Arpaio Pardon

While the left wing snowflakes of the world tell us all oh, how terrible Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon was, and that he should hang for his contempt of court charges (most of which most of them have been guilty of as well), let’s examine this from what we always do around here…the truth.

You know I’m a big consistency guy. What’s good for one is good for another, regardless, right? So, let’s examine if Trump indeed should be banished to hell forever for this dastardly deed. First of all, it was a very liberal judge that found Apraio in contempt. In most cases, judges of this sort (well, normal, sane minded judges anyway) would have recused themselves from the case. That wasn’t the issue here. In a scene reminiscent of Loretta Lynch meeting Bubba Clinton on an airport tarmac, this judge felt they could actually put personal feelings aside. Now, this is strange, since personal feelings is what rules the snowflake left. Anyway, Arpaio is found guilty of contempt of court (that’s something every TV lawyer has been found guilty of as well!).

Trump pardon’s him, as he is legally able to do. And he is called on the carpet for it by the snowflakes. They feel it was “treasonous”. OK, let’s look at that. Is it treasonous to not charge a member of the armed forces that walked off his post, and joined the enemy…then was swapped out so that not one, but five prisoners from Gitmo who were there because they were the worst of the worst terrorists on the planet? Is that a treasonous act? Is it treasonous to call that member of the armed forces a “hero”, as the Attorney General at the time did? MUCH closer than pardoning someone for contempt of court.

When compared to the 78 documented cases of law breaking and yes, treason that Barack Obama committed during his time in office, you are going to tell me that Donald Trump is treasonous on this occasion? Really? Let’s even go back to Bill Clinton. Was it an offense that you should be screaming about that he pardons his own brother from prior drug convictions?

It’s time the snowflake left wake up and realize a couple of things. First of all, what comes around goes around, and your treatment of Donald Trump will certainly impact the presidency of the next snowflake elected. Do you think you can get away with this type of treatment, and expect us to “come together as a nation” and say “the time of divide is over” because your guy won? No, it is going to be thrust upon you in the same manner in which you’ve thrusted it upon Trump. You’ve been as unfair and unjust to this president as any partisan group has of any president in the history of our country. You have mistreated, maligned, and abused every breath this guy took without once thinking what we’re going to do to your next elected president. And you damn well better not say one bad word about it! We have the video and audio of how you treated this guy. It WILL be paid back in spades!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Trump Headed For The Door?

In the wake of the ever continuing saga revolving around the controversies and misbehavior of Donald J. Trump, it’s a question I have to ask. Notice I didn’t use the “I” word…because frankly, though many in the media feel that Trump has alienated himself from all of his “friends” on Capitol Hill that he would need if indeed he were impeached (some sites claim he’s just six votes away from getting ousted), it probably won’t happen. People, even snowflakes on the left are not that stupid (well…ok, with the exception of Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi).

Now, there is another scenario that could very easily play out. And it wouldn’t be out of character for Donald Trump to utilize it. What if he throws his hands up in despair and says, “ENOUGH!” and quits. I mean, he just dissolved his CEO council because people were quitting that left and right over the furor Trump raised because of his comments regarding Charlottesville. What if the left keeps pushing? Can they accomplish the unthinkable? Can they really get Trump to think, “Why do I need this?” and get the guy to resign? I mean, it’s only happened one other time, and Richard Nixon was facing impeachment if he didn’t quit, right?

It’s something to think about. And the follow-up question to that is, would the country be better off if it happened? I doubt there’s anyone out there that wouldn’t believe Mike Pence would be a MUCH more apt behaving president than Trump has shown. There would be a lot fewer gaffes, a lot fewer Tweets, and a lot fewer missteps than what we’ve seen from The Donald over the past seven months. Would it be best for the country if Trump gave it all up and went back to his posh penthouse suite at Trump Tower?

Everyone from the left and the right says the country is being pulled apart. A lot of people, most of the mainstream politicians, the alt-left crowd, the snowflakes, and the media all blame Trump for the problem. Now, if you take Trump out of the picture, and replace him with an equally conservative replacement in Mike Pence, do you take the all of the jibber jabber that we’ve been forced to listen to from people that really have no idea what they are talking about, and throw it out the window? If the agenda stays the same, but the person changes, does the hatred from the left go away? I mean, these people are spewing so much garbage that it makes the worst things said about Obama on his absolute worst day in office sound like an homage to his great leadership abilities (which never existed).

No, my friends, it wouldn’t change a thing. The left won’t be happy until THEY are in charge, until THEY replace enough Supreme Court Justices to insure that abortion stays legal forever, the borders are free and open (damn the terrorists!), and every wealthy person in America (except them) has to pay 95% income taxes to make sure that the poor get to drive Cadillacs and eat caviar and imported French crackers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s not the man. It’s the ideology the left hates. As soon as the conservatives learn that, we’ll all be better off!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Problem With Steve Bannon

Let me be the first (but certainly not the only one) to say that Steve Bannon is incendiary. The guy was on fire when it comes to drawing the ire of the left. Maybe that’s because he worked for Breitbart before he got to the White House. Maybe it’s because he says what he thinks and doesn’t care a hoot about what anybody else thinks about it. Maybe it’s just because he’s an ass. And yes…all of the above are true.

But make no mistake about it, the alt-left snowflakes out there believe Steve Bannon is as toxic to them as maybe Cass Sunstein was to the right during the Obama era. And when he scores points, it absolutely drives them crazy…which is fun to watch because there is nothing funnier than watching an angry liberal.

Bannon either got fired yesterday or resigned as Donald Trump’s “chief strategist”, depending on who you like to listen to. Let me make one thing clear. Steve Bannon is a lot smarter than you are or I am. He really is smarter than 99% of the liberals that love to bash him. And while I agree with a lot of the positions he takes, like his boss, I disagree with the path he takes to get there. Need a for instance?

Bannon says that the fascists that were protesting in Charlottesville were all a bunch of clowns. He’s absolutely right. In fact, they’re worse than clowns (unless you’re Steven King). They’re idiots and totally misguided. But, I don’t believe when there is something so heinous as what went on in Virginia that you give them an ounce of credibility by saying both sides were wrong. It’s like saying both sides are wrong in the abortion argument. You’re either pro-abortion, and think that these people upset with Planned Parenthood and killing babies are wimps, or you are pro-life, and think the other side is doomed to an eternity in hell. How can both sides be wrong? Well, they were because you don’t have to fight violence with violence.

Bannon said in what he thought was an “off the record interview” with a liberal publication (can you EVER trust them?) that taking on North Korea would cause 10 million deaths in the first hour if we went into Pyongyang, and he’s probably right. He says it would be a mistake, and that we have no “fire and fury plan” as Trump said.I disagree. There would be fire and fury because I think it would probably start World War III, and yes, I think we’d win, but we’re just concluding (we hope) a 17 year war in Afghanistan which has proven, as it did with the Russians, nothing. We are no further along is eradicating the Taliban today than we were in 2002. They will be back because that is what they do. And if we get into a war with North Korea, yes, we will decimate them, but at what cost? And you have to admit, we are a war-weary nation that needs some peace in our lives to rebuild the military.

No, Steve Bannon IS toxic. Maybe that’s why Donald Trump likes him. But Steve Bannon is not the end all, be all answer to HOW to get to the end. He’s got a great picture of what the end looks like, let’s just choose a more prudent path to get there! And when you think of it, I think Donald Trump will be MUCH better off with him out of the White House than in. Toxicity is never a good thing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Acting Presidential

Now, I have been a fan of some of the things Donald Trump has done as president, and I have been a detractor on a lot of the ways he has done things. For instance, undoing all of the illegal and unconstitutional things that his predecessor did while in office was a good thing, and there were MANY things Obama did that were highly illegal. But HOW Donald Trump actually manages to get things done in my book leaves a lot to be desired. He has no tact, he has no class, and that is disturbing going forward.

The latest Trumpism to upset folks is his retweet of the meme of the “Trump Train” hitting a CNN reporter (who has a CNN logo for a head) under the headline “Fake News Can’t Stop The Trump Train”. Now, it may be true, but it’s also very childish. Trump doesn’t need to act this way. There are about two hundred million ways he could react to the fake news phenomenon that’s out there, and yes, CNN is really leading the pack when it comes to broadcasting stories that are made up. But, let’s grow up and take a look at this from the “supreme leadership” position. Is it really necessary to get into a pissing match with some company like CNN?

First of all, if you’re Donald Trump, you have things you can do to make sure CNN falls into line or falls off the face of coverage of the White House. You can revoke their press credentials, which would solve a lot of problems. You can tell your staff not to talk to CNN or anybody that is feeding them stories. You can shut them out entirely. It’s been done in the past to prove a point, and it’s a lot less childish than this back and forth between ignoramus hosts that don’t understand their jobs in the first place, and the most powerful man in the free world. You don’t need to stoop to their level, as my mother always told me.

Second, if Trump were to stop playing bully (and let’s face it…he is) and start focusing on the things that really matter, how much more would he be able to get done? Rather than me blog about something stupid like a second grade spat between CNN and Trump, why aren’t we all focused in on something more serious…like solving healthcare once and for all, or immigration reform, or tax reform? Why are we (and the left) always worried about the little meaningless pieces of garbage that spew down from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Let’s start getting serious about some of this stuff and force congress to either come together and get something done, or quit and go home.

Finally, I know Trump loves to be in the spotlight, but think about how many times in the last seven months, he’s done something really stupid…something you just shake your head at, and say, “Will you PUHLEEZE grow up?” That is something I really wish would happen. I know he wants to be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but let’s face it…he’s nowhere near Reagan’s stature. Reagan never would have done this stuff. He would have laughed it off, made a joke about CNN, and moved on to more serious issues while having his staff cut off CNN’s cajones. THAT is the difference between Reagan and Trump!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Trump’s Unpredictability A Good Thing?

Whether you like or detest the current president of the United States, you have to agree on one thing. The guy certainly is unpredictable. Imagine if you are Nicolas Maduro, sitting in Caracas watching CNN International, and all of a sudden, you see Donald Trump on vacation in New Jersey. And then he says something that makes you choke on your Cachitos de Jamon and coffee, when he says that he hasn’t taken “the military option” off the table in your country. Huh? What? Military option? What the hell is he talking about?

Now imagine you’re the fat little smudge of a human in Pyongyang. You’ve watched since you were a toddler as your father and grandfather have threatened the United States over and over again. And every single time they have, the US has “come to the bargaining table” with cash in hand to make the threats go away. So, you’re in the midst of a reign, trying to improve the lives of your impoverished nation (ranked 213th out of 230 as far as the wealthiest nations in the world). And so, you’ve developed nukes to help make your point. You’re also a little alarmed because you’ve seen what happened to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The US is certainly capable of regime change anytime they want with pretty much any country in the world (OK, with the exceptions of China and Russia!). And all of a sudden you hear the president saying it would be very bad for you to continue down the path you’re going. Huh? What? Pushing back? What the hell is he talking about? Where’s the money?

Donald Trump IS unpredictable. And actually, that may not be a bad thing. Keeping your adversaries on their toes and not understanding exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish has been done to us for years. Granted, it’s usually been done by the likes of Adolph Hitler (and no…I’m NOT comparing Trump to Hitler!), Ayatollah Khomeini, Hussein, Idi Amin, and a slew of others, but it still keeps people off guard.

Still, there is something about being semi-predictable. There is comfort in knowing where your country is headed and that you don’t have someone ill-advised with their finger on the button. But there are plusses and minuses to everything in this cockamamie world.

And that’s my whole point. Is it such a bad thing that Trump actually floats weird proposals out there as a trial balloon? Is his rhetoric any worse than what Obama or George W. Bush did in their terms when dealing with North Korea? Susan Rice recently said on CNN that Obama’s policy with North Korea was a failure…and for once in her life, I’d have to agree. So was Bush’s. This isn’t a Republican/Democrat thing. This is a right/wrong thing, and for the last 60 years, we’ve been wrong on this one. We’ve taken too much crap and given none of it back. And it’s time it has to stop. I give Trump some credit for that. And it sounds like people like Susan Rice are starting to give him some credit as well. If only she hadn’t been a total waste of oxygen when she had power!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!