LOOK IN THE MIRROR, MEDIA

How ironic is it that the people SO appalled by the very idea Donald Trump might not accept the results of the election, are now refusing to accept the results of the election? For the last week we’ve watched their emotional meltdown, the tears, the gnashing of teeth, the name-calling, the protests, the vandalism, the threats. Let me give you a dose of reality. That’s not going to work anymore.

Where are these protests happening? In New York, Los Angeles, Oakland and other Liberal echo chambers. Are they happening in “fly over country”? No. More people in this country identify as Conservatives than Liberals and, believe me, when Obama was elected (ESPECIALLY, the second time) we felt every bit as distraught as you do, if not more. But we believe in the Rule of Law and the Constitution. We crazy Conservatives believe everyone, regardless of race, religion, or sex, should live by the same rules. We don’t believe some people should be exempt from laws the rest of us are held to or that some people should receive privileges others don’t. We feared, eight years ago, everything that made this the greatest country in the world was going to be dismantled (like the Rule of Law)……and much of it was. If you recall, Obama said he’d “fundamentally transform” America. He said Republicans were welcome to come along but they had to go to the back of the bus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25HN1kZtRIw

We didn’t run out in the streets and destroy thing. We formed Tea Parties and held rallies, we wrote and called our Representatives, we joined True the Vote and the Election Integrity Project to verify voter rolls, we campaigned for like-minded candidates. What we didn’t do is riot in the streets, burn things down, shut down freeways, destroy property or make threats. We didn’t even leave any litter after our rallies.

But Conservatives were demonized, we were called racists, bigots, homophobes, Islamophobes, and terrorists by the media and the Left. We knew being for traditional marriage didn’t make us homophobes. Wanting secure borders didn’t make us bigots. Being against unconstitutional policies make us racists. And being for gun rights didn’t make us terrorists. We watched the media try their hardest to blame terrorism on us. They expressed disappointment the terrorists weren’t named Bill and members of the Tea Party. We knew (and they did too) the only danger we posed was to their narrative.

But how are the Leftist protestors, the anti-Trumpers or BLMers portrayed? They’re simply expressing their First Amendment rights. They need “space to destroy”. Anti-Trumpers are calling for the assassination of the President elect. This isn’t just coming from random protestors in the street, it’s coming from academics, journalists and pundits on television. Be honest, what would have happened if the Tea Party had rioted in the streets and burned down things. Would they have been treated with such “understanding and tolerance”? Would they have been offered counseling or safe spaces?

Let’s talk about these protesters. Although, I’m sure there are people sincerely frightened by Trump’s election, many are paid protestors as evidenced by ads on Craig’s List and the fact that many who have been arrested neither live in the area or voted at all. A friend of mine works at a Los Angeles High School. The day after the election some of the presumably illegal alien students were fearful of being rounded up and deported. This could have served as a “teaching moment”. Teachers could have calmly explained that no one was going to round them up and explained how our system worked. But, no, the teachers led the students out to protest…….and those who didn’t want to protest, had no choice.

This election exposed not just how biased the media has been, but how truly corrupt they have become. They didn’t just spin or slant the news, they edited videos, repeated lies, gave the DNC questions before the debates, and withheld news that might harm the Left’s narrative. I knew the public was getting biased news but I didn’t realize the depth of the deception until this election.

Over the last week I’ve heard from many Liberals who were in disbelief that Trump won. These were educated, successful people who read newspapers and listen to the news and believe they are well informed. I couldn’t believe how much they didn’t know. Some never knew Hillary lied to the families of the Benghazi victims. They didn’t know she blamed the attack on a video. They didn’t know 94 million working aged Americans are out of work. They actually believe the 5% unemployment numbers are correct. They also didn’t know what the WikiLeaks emails revealed about the disrespect the DNC has for minorities or the depth of the conspiracy between the media and the Left because Mainstream Media didn’t report it.

The shock and awe felt by the Left can be laid at the feet of the media and academia. The truth has a way of bubbling to the surface no matter how hard people try to hide it. The media needs to do some serious self-examination.

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IT IS MORNING IN AMERICA

It’s morning in America. America won last night. Our system worked. The American people instinctively believed the country was going in the wrong direction and yesterday they said so. I don’t believe we elected Donald Trump as our next President as much as we rejected a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

Those who know me know I’ve not been a Trump supporter. He has said and done many things that concern me greatly. Yesterday, I didn’t vote FOR Trump, I voted AGAINST Hillary Clinton, socialism, global governance, climate change, school indoctrination, open borders, censorship, and restricting religious liberty.

Yesterday, as I drove to my polling place I was in tears as I imagined a Hillary Clinton Presidency. She said she’d pass amnesty in the first 100 days. She said she’d appoint Justices that weren’t concerned with the Constitution. She said she’d increase taxes and double down on the war on energy.

The entire time Trump was the candidate the polls told us he couldn’t win and I believed them. I couldn’t listen to the radio all day. I didn’t turn on election results until about 8:30pm because I couldn’t face another discussion on why Clinton would win. When I finally did I was stunned to see Trump was ahead and it didn’t look as if Clinton had a path to victory. I was then glued to the television. My daughters and several of my friends texted me the rest of the night with encouraging words. I watched states that we’ve been told Trump couldn’t win, go to Trump. I watched until they called the election and Trump accepted.

Mind numbingly stupid California went completely insane and legalized marijuana, approved every tax increase, banned bags (MORONS!!) and passed even stronger gun laws…..but that’s another discussion.

I must say, I thought Trump’s acceptance speech was humble and gracious. It was a uniting speech. He told his opponents he wanted their help and advice. Contrast that to what Obama told his opponents. He told them he won, they lost and he didn’t need their input, nor did he seek it during his two terms.

One of the first things President Trump must do is appoint a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia. Who he appoints will tell us if he will honor the promises he has made to us.

My hope is that we can now accept that Conservatives who voiced rational concerns about Trump based on things he has said and done in the past are not our enemies. My hope is that we can forgive our friends we disagreed with. Remember Reagan said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”

I pray for America, I pray Trump will be everything the Trump supporters believe he will be. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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LEO WENT DOWN WITH THE SHIP AGAIN

Apparently, myself and two other people watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” special on the National Geographic Chanel. National Geographic, along with too many other once respected organizations, has become a shill for Climate Change. Truth and facts be damned.

Not only did the special repeat the fraudulent claim that 97% of climate scientists believe man is causing global warming, they made a charming animation to put a point on it. We know, of course, that more than 30,000 scientists signed a petition in opposition to that claim. That would mean 970,000 scientists believe man is destroying the world. Are there 970,000 climate scientists in this world we’re destroying?

When DiCaprio spoke before the UN he said he stood before them not as an expert. That was the understatement of the century. Leo is what I would call a useful fool. He has no scientific background to understand what he is being told, let alone question it. Obama and the United Nations are using an attractive, naive, movie star, flattered by access to the President and a UN title, to sell Climate Change to the unbelievers. He flew around the world in a private plane spewing more CO2 than he and the entire population of Hollywood would exhale in their lifetimes, and met with hand picked climate Alarmists. He dismissed all skeptics as being paid by “BIG OIL”. They showed Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz and other members of Congress who dispute climate change, with the dollar amount “BIG OIL” donated to their campaigns. I’m sure it was an oversight that they didn’t list the Democrats that have received donations from “BIG OIL”. Inhofe is the Senator from Oklahoma and Cruz from Texas, both oil rich states which could explain why oil companies would donate to their campaigns. Isn’t it the duty of a Senator to represent the best interests of their states?

The demonization of “BIG OIL” has always been a mystery to me. Oil is directly responsible for our prosperity. Cheap, abundant energy is the life’s blood of our economy and oil companies have been providing us with cheap, abundant energy for decades, as well as, thousands and thousands of good paying jobs.

While no mention was made of the Sun’s influence on temperature, everything from endangered species to erectile dysfunction is blamed on Climate change.

Miami has been flooding as long as I can remember. It’s one of the lowest lying cities in the country with highrises built up to the water’s edge. The weight of the buildings on the long narrow strip of land Miami is built on is more likely to blame for flooding than climate change. But, Leo is sure it’s due to the polar caps melting. It doesn’t occur to him the Keys aren’t flooding or the Carolinas, or northern Florida, for that matter.

If Leo really wanted to “learn everything I can” about the issue, he might have tried speaking to some of the world-class scientist who are realists. The scientists who understand whatever effect man has on temperature is far outweighed by natural causes. Those who understand we are wasting money trying mitigate it while trapping the poorest people in poverty. Those who know the sun will go into a dormant cycle and the temperature will lower no matter what we do.

But with the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, The Pope, The President, Al Gore and my favorite, Michael Mann of Climategate fame, the film just couldn’t draw an audience. Remember, these same people and agencies told us we were going to freeze over by 2000. We’ve been snookered before. Nice try though.

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HOW IS THIS WOMAN QUALIFIED?

If anyone tried to sell a movie script of what is going on in this election no one would buy it because it’s just not believable.

After Friday’s revelation that the FBI is reopening it’s investigation into Clinton’s emails, a woman commented on one of my blogs entitled, “The Trump Train” by saying, “How do we put in the Oval Office a man who boasts that he tries to pay zero federal taxes but then complains that our airports and roads are falling apart and there is not enough money for our veterans?” I replied to her with the following:

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who is so corrupt she makes the Mafia look like boy scouts. A woman whose closest aide can’t pass a security check. A woman fired from the Watergate investigation by chief council, Jerry Zeifman, who said this, “She is a liar. She is unethical. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the Rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentially.”

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who put our country at RISK by putting classified intelligence on an unsecured private server? She now says it was a “mistake” but it was clearly a purposeful act to prevent Congress from knowing what she was doing. Isn’t that a Federal offence?

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who LIED about sending and receiving classified information via unsecured email? FBI director Comey said they DID find classified information she sent and received. People have been put in prison for less.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who ignored HUNDREDS of requests for more security from a FRIEND, a man SHE recommended for Ambassador, and then left him and other Americans to DIE in Benghazi……for POLITICAL reasons? We don’t leave Americans to die. And if that weren’t bad enough, she LIED to the families of the victims over the coffins of their loved ones……And then to us. Thank God I’m not her “friend”.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who completely destabilized the Middle East by taking down Libya’s Gaddafi and then trying to take down Syria’s Assad? This resulted in the rise of ISIS, terrorism IN OUR COUNTRY and the obliteration of Christians and Christianity in the region.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who has so little regard for the Constitution that she will take our First and Second Amendments from us, by any means possible? In the most dangerous world in my lifetime she wants to leave law abiding citizens vulnerable to being killed while buying a lipstick at the mall, running in a marathon, or partying at a club.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who will pack the Supreme Court with Justices who will ignore their responsibility to UPHOLD the Constitution and rubberstamp every Liberal social engineering policy. Who will also pack the Federal courts with Judges who will legislate from the bench?

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who, in the least racist country in the world, called ALL OF US racists? Who thinks most of us are “irredeemable deplorables”. Who said she would use the force of law to make us change our deeply held religious beliefs?

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who spent her time as Secretary of State selling influence to our enemies for personal gain? She claims The Clinton Foundation gives 90% of its income to charities, when the truth is only about 6% actually goes to charities. Fifty five percent of the people Secretary Clinton met with had donated to the Foundation. Isn’t that pay for play?

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who will drive more businesses and jobs from America by increasing the highest business taxes in the world? A woman who wants to force businesses to “share” their profits…..which would result in businesses not being able to compete with foreign companies, or grow, or hire more employees, or develop more products.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who will double down on the war on energy (THE LIFE’S BLOOD OF THE ECONOMY) and drive the cost of energy to the point people won’t be able to heat or cool their homes or fill their cars? “Green energy” isn’t capable of replacing fossil fuels and destroys MORE jobs that it creates.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who promises “debt free college” when we are $20 TRILLION in debt? A woman who completely ignores that we have NO MONEY for her social engineering.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who spent 8 years in the White House supposedly being co-President, 4 years as Senator and 4 years as Secretary Of State, who certainly had the opportunity to advocate for all the things she is proposing to do now, but didn’t? A woman who knows the financial meltdown was caused by her husband’s expansion of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Act that required banks to make sub-prime mortgages to low-income families who couldn’t pay them back. Then she tries to blame it on Reagan’s tax cuts. HELLO! The 80’s are calling, they want their Progressive talking points back.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who has never created a job, made a payroll, or had to deal with government regulations that add costs, delays and generally hamper progress? How do we expect a woman who helped her husband create the financial meltdown, to know how to “fix” the economy?

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who won’t secure our borders when the world has never been more dangerous. When ISIS tells us they will infiltrate the refugees, and with Islamic terrorism increasing daily, she plans to increase the number of Islamist refugees. When Islam TELLS us they want Islam to be the only religion in the world and Sharia the only law, she will appoint more Islamists to sensitive government jobs.

How do we put in the Oval Office a woman who will continue Obama’s policies of ceding more and more of America’s sovereignty to the United Nations.

Trump may be the second worst candidate for President EVER, but he hasn’t committed treason. He hasn’t left Americans to die. He hasn’t destabilized the Middle East. He’s made his fortune in real estate NOT selling influence to our enemies. He won’t take our guns. He won’t demonize our police. He won’t pit Blacks against Whites. He won’t pack the courts with Judges that will legislate from the bench and ignore the Constitution. He’s not a socialist, he won’t punish the successful and reward those not willing to try. He will stop the suicidal influx of people incompatible with our culture, traditions and rule of law, who hate us and whose religion calls for our death. In short, he’s not Hillary Clinton.

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AMERICA’S FIRST POLITICAL PRISONER

In the last eight years we’ve seen many things we thought we’d never see in America. Certainly, we never imagined we’d see political prisoners. I met America’s first one last night, at an event sponsored by Bill Becker’s, FreedomX. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a white haired, grandfatherly Egyptian-American Coptic Christian. This is the man who made the laughably bad video President Obama and Secretary Clinton blamed for Benghazi.

We all know the attacks on Benghazi weren’t caused by “a spontaneous protest of a video”, we all know protestors don’t have rocket launchers, armored trucks, and automatic weapons in their back pockets. None of us believe for a second the White House, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Pentagon didn’t have real time contact with those on the ground and knew EXACTLY what was happening. We now know Clinton had emailed her daughter that night and told her it was a attack by an Al Queda-like group. The next morning she called the President of Libya and the Egyptian Prime Minster and told them the same thing. Yet, over the coffins of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Secretary Clinton promised to “get” the man who made the video……Not the terrorists who planned and executed the attacks – no, the gentle, elderly man we met last night.

Kenneth Timmerman, a nationally known investigative reporter, war correspondent and Noble Prize nominee, wrote, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi” and “Deception: The making of the YouTube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi. Timmerman spoke about meeting Nakoula after he had written his first Benghazi book. Timmerman ran into Pastor Wiley Drake of the First Southern Baptist Church, who is providing asylum for Nakoula and his family. Timmerman had just written a book on what actually happened in Banghazi, so Pastor Drake arranged a meeting between the two.

Before September 11, 2011, only a few hundred people had even looked at the “Desert Warrior” aka “innocence of Muslims” on YouTube. There was so little interest in the film, when Nakoula rented the Vine Theater on Hollywood Boulevard for a screening, not one person came to see it. Not one. And this was after flyers had been passed out at every place Muslims gathered! Obviously, there wasn’t enough interest for people to see the video, let alone protest it. But after our government blamed Benghazi on the video, it got about a million views a week. Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in the video, whose face was seen on every news outlet, begged Google to take it down because she was getting death threats. Google spent more than $2 million to keep it up, not in defense of the First Amendment, but to keep the narrative going.

Nakoula was taken into custody by Federal Agents with no charges, no due process, no attorney. I can’t imagine how it would feel to hear the Secretary of State say on television that they would “get” you for making a video. Nakoula is no angel, he had been involved in some sketchy schemes and was on probation, but the Feds manufactured reasons to put him behind bars so they could say they “got the man responsible for Benghazi”. Our government knew who the terrorists were, reporters interviewed at least one of them, but the only one behind bars was an inept, elderly man.

What is remarkable is that Nakoula holds no bitterness or resentment for the treatment he received at the hands of our government. The first thing he said when introduced was that we shouldn’t be afraid because we are in God’s hands. He said he made the video to say we should be fighting the ideology, not the people. His life has been radically changed. Even five years after Benghazi it was necessary for FreedomX to have heavy security at this event with two security guards siting beside Nakoula. His children had to drop out of school for a year due to threats and harassment. He Pastor Drake gave Nakoula asylum because there is a fatwa against the Egyptian.

It should concern us all that our government will go to these lengths to keep the truth of the dangers of Islam from the public. It should also concern us all that it has become necessary for us to have heavy security at any event where the “religion of peace” is discussed.

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SELF-PRESERVATION

Self-preservation is our most basic instinct. It’s innate in us all. The survival of our families, our communities, our culture, and our country has always been our first priority. At least that’s how things used to be.

Have we forgotten that on September 11, 2001 four planes of innocent passengers were used as weapons? Two were flown into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon, and one crashed into farmland in Pennsylvania. Those planes had been hijacked by Muslims. Our President tells us we aren’t at war with Islam, but it’s obvious Islam is at war with us. Since 9/11, American citizens have been blown up, shot, stabbed, and beheaded by Muslims. But instead of protecting us from further attacks, our government tells us we need to be nicer to the attackers.

It was a watershed moment for many, when the left blamed America for provoking those attacks. That claim alone turned quite a few leftists into Conservatives almost overnight. Instead of looking at the Quran, at Islam, at Muslim beliefs and goals, instead of recognizing that the goal of Islam is to be the only religion in the world, & Sharia the only law, our government now takes the position that we have provoked Islam & must make amends. We did not provoke Islam. Being a non-Muslim is all the provocation Islam ever needs. Yet our government continues to insist we must be nicer to the enemy. We must bring them into our country, and give them American citizenship just to prove we don’t hate them. This is rather like inviting a pedophile to play with your children. This not just the position of our government, it’s the position of nearly every Western nation in the world! As I see more and more evidence of it, I am dumbfounded. It defies the basic instinct of self-preservation. We are committing suicide.

We have been watching Europe slowly collapse under the weight of Muslim immigration. For years, native-born Muslims have been blowing up buses and subways in London. There are more and more Sharia courts, no-go zones, assaults on women, and terrorist attacks. The recent flood of “refugees” into Europe has put this death-spiral on steroids. Rather than requiring the “refugees” to assimilate, citizens are being told not to offend them, and laws are being enacted which make criticizing Islam a crime. We keep being told Islam is a religion of peace, even as Muslims mow down people on holiday, shoot people in nightclubs, assassinate cartoonists, and behead soldiers in broad daylight.

Western leaders and the media tie themselves into knots, trying to blame anything and anyone other than the true culprit that is Islam. They keep telling us we have to allow more Muslims into our countries, because “that’s who we are”. We are generous, accepting, good people, but we are suicidal is not who we are. They keep telling us America is “a nation of immigrants”. No, we’re a nation of CITIZENS, and the Rule of Law, and we have every right to decide who comes into our home. The citizens of Western countries understand that Islam is not compatible with our cultures, traditions, or religions, but the so-called leadership doesn’t seem to care. Why?

When I was growing up there were universal morals and principles we all lived by. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, agreed there was good and evil. Everyone agreed character and ethics mattered. But over many decades, using media and the education system, the leftists have warped these basic tenets. They did this by isolating groups that were harmed by some policy or event, and focusing on that harm, even if the policy or event in question generally benefitted the majority of population and humanity in general. The benefits are never mentioned, only the harm.

This isn’t hard to do. No matter how well a law is written, no matter how many lives it improves, there will always be a down side, an exception to the rule. Penicillin saves millions of lives, but a small portion of population is allergic to it. We don’t condemn Penicillin for those who have adverse reactions, we praise it for the millions it benefits. The goal is always to benefit the most. But academia has taken just about everything in our history and highlighted those harmed without even mentioning that these events improved the lives of most.

Columbus has been demonized by the left, because the pilgrims brought diseases that killed many Indians. Our schools teach our kids that we “stole” land from the Indians and the Southwest from Mexico. They ignore the facts that we signed treaties and paid for those lands. Many people believe Columbus and the Pilgrims should never have come to America. They claim that the very existence of America is evil. Academics are teaching this to our children. To follow their logic, all countries discovered and settled by explorers are also evil. Do they believe all men should stay where they’re born, and never leave? Should we all live in the same caves our caveman ancestors lived in? Yet those same academics support open borders, and want us to accept unlimited Muslim refugees. These same people believe anyone and everyone has a “right” to come to America…..except Columbus and the pilgrims.

They also teach our kids that America’s darkest day was when we dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They don’t bother mentioning that we warned the Japanese and told them to evacuate. They don’t discuss that those bombs ended the war after four years (instead of the fifteen years we’ve been fighting in the Middle East!) and avoided thousands of additional casualties. Also never discussed are our current Rules of Engagement, which result in unnecessarily high casualties and never-ending wars. We used to go in and defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. Our goal was to WIN. It no longer is. Our self-preservation has been abandoned for fear of not offending the enemy. Our soldiers are not allowed to shoot unless they are first shot at. The enemy uses schools and hospitals for military purposes, but our soldiers are not allowed to attack them. The film “Lone Survivor” provided ample illustration of how our soldiers are sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, which now trumps self-preservation.

We are being trained to ignore our most basic instinct. The world has never been more dangerous, but we are called racists and bigots for wanting secure borders and to be sure those coming to our country don’t want to harm us. We’re not to be concerned that they carry diseases America hasn’t seen in centuries, that they are gang members, drug lords, or terrorists. That their cultural, religious, and political beliefs are the antithesis of ours is of no consequence, we’re assured. Americans are being slaughtered in movie theatres, nightclubs, and department stores, but the government wants to take our guns away, so we can’t defend ourselves. The increase of Muslims in America has brought an increase in terrorist attacks, but our government insists on bringing in even more Muslims.

Self-preservation, self-defense, and self-determination are no longer of any interest to our government. Are we going to stand for it?

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CAN WE HAVE A DO-OVER?

As I watched the first Presidential debates, I divided my time between yelling at the TV and tweeting the arguments that SHOULD have been made. I’m the first to admit I’m not a politician nor do I have any aspirations (God forbid) to be one. I’ve received no security briefings, nor do I have any insider information, but even I know how to answer these questions.

I listened to the NUMEROUS pundits’ opinions on who won the debate, which, BTW, were very amusing and entertaining on their own. FOX claimed Trump won handily, CNN cheered Clinton’s win. The spin left me spinning but I thought, as pathetic as both candidates were, Trump was far more pathetic than Clinton. He just can’t make a coherent argument.

Indulge me as I make a few observations and pretend I was the Republican candidate in this debate. Let me start with their stage presence. Hillary had her hair perfectly coiffed, make up professionally applied and was wearing a RED power suit. She looked Presidential. The Donald, coat unbuttoned, sky blue tie flapping in the breeze, hair?………..well, none of us get the hair, but he looked less put together than we would expect a billionaire businessman to look. He needs to stop dying his hair, we all know it’s white. And, please, PLEASE, no more self tanner.

Lester Holt, although his bias was clear in his gotcha questions for Trump, no gotcha questions on Benghazi, email server, or Clinton Foundation for Clinton, did a decent job by staying out of the way and allowing the candidates to fight it out. He was certainly better than previous moderators. I watched the debate on CNN and thought they did a good job of keeping the camera off Holt and on the candidates. So, let’s get to the debate.

The first subject was the economy, job creation, trade deals, etc. When asked what she’d do to stimulate the economy and create jobs, Hillary came out of the box as a full fledged, unapologetic communist. She’s going to force businesses to “share” their wealth and she is going to INCREASE taxes on businesses (how that helps the economy is a mystery). She is going to “invest” in green energy (like we “invested” in Solyndra?). She is going to “invest” in infrastructure. Wasn’t that what Obama’s Stimulus was supposed to do? How’s that going?

When Hillary said the economy should work for everyone, the reply should have been, “It DOES work for those who participate in it. People unwilling to work shouldn’t “benefit” from those who do”. And, no, people who work 9 to 5 on an assembly line don’t deserve the same reward as those who educated themselves, spent 10, 12, 18 hours a day for years developing a product, finding backers, building plants and bringing a product to the market. The producers don’t work 9 to 5, often don’t take vacations and don’t get overtime. They work as many hours as necessary and do whatever it takes to make their business a success. Successful people have no reason to apologize for their success.

Trump’s convoluted reply about preventing businesses from leaving and his drum beat about China taking advantage of us is something Joe Public doesn’t understand. And every time The Donald talks about punishing companies that leave the country, my head explodes. In the country our founders designed for us, we (individuals AND businesses) are free to decide what is in our best interests. Trump shouldn’t talk about punishing businesses that leave but talk about why they leave.

Lester Holt asked how The Donald would bring businesses back to America. Pretend candidate (me) would have answered like this, “Well, Lester, let’s talk about why businesses are leaving. We have one of, if not THE highest business tax in the world. But businesses aren’t paying those taxes. They build them into the price of their goods or services and you, the consumer, pays for them. Increasing taxes on businesses, and my opponent wants to increase them MORE, is a tax increase on YOU……I can tell you that. But beyond that, it makes their goods or services non-competitive with comparable products from other countries with lower taxes and fewer regulations. They force businesses to either go out of business or move to more business friendly countries. But that’s not the end of how current policies drive businesses out of the country. The Obama administration has imposed thousands of new regulations on businesses with no regard to the cost of implementing those regulations. This has also added to the price of their goods and services and made them less competitive. My plan is to lower business taxes and roll back regulations to make businesses MORE competitive and give them MORE reason to stay here.”

Has Stephen Moore, who is advising him on the economy, or Roger Ailes or Steve Bannon not explained to The Donald that the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act caused the Great Depression? They need to tattoo it on his forehead.

I started throwing things at the television when Hillary blamed the financial melt down on “trickle down economics”. Hello, the eighties are calling and asking for their Progressive talking point back! Reagan caused the financial meltdown in 2008???? I couldn’t believe a man who made his fortune in Real Estate didn’t know how to respond to this.

Pretend candidate would have answered like this, “LOL! The trickle down economics you speak of caused the prosperity of the 90’s. It takes time to feel the effects of economic policies. Sadly, future administrations get the credit or take the blame for the policies of past administrations. I suspect you know the financial meltdown was caused by the Clinton administration’s expansion of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Act that required banks to increase the number of sub-prime mortgages they make. Those are mortgages made to people who are credit risks. Adding new buyers to the housing market increased the price of houses, which resulted in a housing bubble. So these people were being given loans they couldn’t afford on houses worth less than they were paying for them. It doesn’t take an economist to understand this. Joe Public understands this.

Hillary said she made a “mistake” using a private server. That she wouldn’t do it again and she takes full responsibility for it……..and people let her get away with it. The media and Liberal pundits certainly do. A “mistake”? Are you kidding? A mistake is forgetting to put the milk in the fridge. This was a willful, conscious decision to BUY a private server and HIRE people to set it up and maintain it. The only reason to do this would be to be able to delete what she didn’t want people to see. If she deleted only yoga and wedding emails there would be no reason for her to use BleachBit to make SURE they couldn’t be retrieved. Any rational person understands this yet the press never mentions it and The Donald let it pass. Hillary used her time as Secretary of State to sell influence for her OWN personal gain. This should be pointed out endlessly.

Hillary spent eight years in the WH (supposedly serving as co-President), four years in the Senate, and four years as Secretary of State. She knows what is, or should be, classified. I’m sure most of us could figure out pretty quickly what needed to be kept secret. She told the FBI she didn’t remember if she had been briefed on classified determinations. Does the media think we’re that stupid? She was Secretary of State! It was her JOB to know. She put our national security in jeopardy. And, yes, they DO think we’re that stupid. They want us to believe if she wasn’t briefed on classified determinations she wasn’t responsible for not knowing. I always thought ignorance of the law was no excuse.

Way too much time was wasted diverting from important issues. Whether or not Trump supported the Iraq war at some point doesn’t matter. Hillary now says she regretted supporting the war but she DID support it until it no longer served her. In fact, Hillary was for traditional marriage and against illegal immigration, as well, until it no longer served her. The Donald should have simply said he had been against it before it even started…..So let’s move on.

What was more puzzling to me was that The Donald knew the birther issue would be brought up but he was completely unprepared for it. Why didn’t Ailes or Bannon make sure he would be? In my opinion, when The Donald had the press conference where he tried to end the birther controversy he should have passed out the biography Obama’s Literary agent had used from 1991 to 2007 that said he was born in Kenya and say if anyone had a question about his country of birth, Obama caused it. People had valid reasons to question it but Obama finally released his BC, his term is almost over, let’s put this to bed. Then when Holt brought it up, he could have said, when your bio says you were born in a different country it isn’t unreasonable to question it, but it’s been resolved so let’s move on. The Donald’s babbling about Sidney Blumenthal and Hillary’s ex-campaign manager was incomprehensible to Joe Public. Joe Public has no idea who Sidney Blumenthal is. They don’t care about Hillary’s EX-campaign manager. The bottom line is that Obama, himself is responsible for the controversy.

When Lester Holt asked The Donald about commenting on Hillary’s looks he should have said, It doesn’t “look” good when you collapse into a van. Your numerous coughing fits don’t “look” good.

But what EVERYONE should have been talking about after the debate was Hillary’s reply to Lester Holt asking if she thought the police were implicitly racist. She said we were ALL implicitly racist. She put the entre country in her “Basket of Deplorables” (ANOTHER subject Holt didn’t bring up). I am so offended by a candidate for President (or a President) who claims the least racist country in the world is racist. This is not a racist country. The average American citizen is generous and compassionate. Blacks and other minorities have succeeded in this country beyond anything they could ever dream of in other countries. We racists elected a Black President…….TWICE!

The Donald has hired campaign managers and advisors, some of whom I admire, others……not so much, but he apparently ignores their advice. I don’t know how The Donald, with his expertise in real estate and Stephen Moore advising him, missed the opportunity to point out how Hillary’s HUSBAND’s policies, NOT “trickle down economics”, contributed to the financial meltdown. .

Well, we have what we have. Hopefully, the next debate will bring up Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, basket of deplorables, deleted emails, partial birth abortions, open borders, un-vetted refugees, Hillary’s treatment of Bill’s women, why so many in her service need immunity, why as a “champion of women” she takes money from countries that deny rights to women, etc. Hillary has a basket of her own deplorable actions much bigger than the basket she puts us in. The Donald needs to be better prepared to deflect the gotcha questions and pivot to Hillary’s illegal, un-Constitutional, un-American actions.

God bless America………we NEED his blessing.

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