Trump’s Alter Ego Speaks French

French President Emmanuel MACRON and US President Donald TRUMP could not be more different as political big shots, yet so similar. One highly educated in France’s elite schools (Science PO and ENA), the other obtained a Master’s in Economics from Wharton School of Finance (U of Pennsylvania). Macron is barely 40 years old, and married a much older woman (his HS teacher), while Trump, barely 70 years old, married several times and each time to a much younger woman. In person-to-person contact, their chemistry seems to be positive. They converse with ease using similar business language. Each got rich in the open market, one in investments, the other in real estate. Neither had ever been elected to any public office, though Macron did try a couple of times. In the end, he did get appointed to important government posts in two previous administrations. Though “outsider” Trump has been a member of two political parties in the US, plus a stint as an Independent, he chose the Conservative side of politics to run for president. Macron actually formed his own centrist party (En Marche), adding to the array of French parties, none of whom ever get more than 30% of the electorate in primaries. He is said to come from the Left, but “dazzles the Right”. Trump comes from everywhere and is home everywhere. Without a majority in the primaries, Macron landed in a run-off with Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen who he beat in a landslide. Both Presidents have chosen pragmatism over ideology.

Macron loves public policy and making France “competitive again”, but dislikes Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” Such an irony: France is known for its concern with “greatness”, as France was “great” under Napoleon and DeGaulle. For them, “greatness” is steeped in honor, duty, heritage, and love of homeland (French schools emphasize history). Greatness in Trump’s eyes is tall buildings, fat checking accounts, and large big-boy toys. True, Trump became a billionaire focusing on the “deals”. But, then, Macron is also rich, though only a millionaire. He earned his fortune while on the job at the Rothschild Investment Bank. This kind of luck makes even a socialist find a way to justify becoming rich. Macron, the ex-socialist, sounds American when he says that rich is not bad, we need not punish success, but we do want to help more people become rich (paraphrased). Therefore, reduced taxes make a lot of sense. All of this points to a convergence with Trump’s “capitalistic” thoughts, especially those involving private investment. Other areas where both presidents seem to move in parallel are found in energy policy (Macron wants nuclear), education, welfare, labor laws (Sunday store hours, hours worked), but not environmental practices. Note to reader: the French see no contradiction in working nuclear power plants while demanding a purified environment).

Armed with the legendary French astuteness, he disarmed his post-election competition by hiring the top guns from several rival parties for important government functions. The lure of an ambassadorship or cabinet post is stronger than money and ideology, on all continents. In fact, Macron also co-opted the economic message of his main rival party (Les Republicains) headed by Sarkozy, aka “Sarkozy the American”. Macron is in favor of a strong EU and wants to further tie the knot with Germany but on better terms. At times Macron refers to himself as the modern “Joan of Arc”, although that label fell on his arch-rival from the Right, Marine Le Pen. This pragmatic and young President holds positions found in Le Pen’s arsenal as well as in Trump’s, such as better immigration control, reduced burden on companies and jobs, jobs, jobs….homeland first…

Both presidents have many similar views, hold strong opinions, are hell-bound on executing on their respective plans. Macron approaches those issues with astuteness, subtlety, and elegance. Trump’s approach is that of a street fighter, using harsh if not insensitive language without much subtlety but with absolute self-confidence. Pragmatism is their common quality. Maybe this transatlantic magic spreads to other places. For instance, current President of Argentina, Mauricio MACRI who is shaking things up with market solutions down in Buenos Aires. More on him later…

 

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Ideology Redefining Traditional Values

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, made a remarkably frank and honest statement in 2015 when, in response to a reporter’s question, he stated with a grin on his face: “We (politicians) all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we have done it”. Some politicians act out of expediency (go along to get along), others seem to really believe what they claim, perhaps only because they reside in an echo chamber and keep hearing the same message from colleagues, so it must be true. Of course, Liberals claim the Right is living in an echo chamber. The difference is that Conservatives are people of conviction via the path of discovery and analysis, whereas Liberals rarely know why they believe certain things, but they are sure that those beliefs are absolutely true. How often do Liberals respond to a Conservative explanation by saying that if only they knew as much about the topic as the Conservative does, they could make a better argument against the other side? How would they know without knowing what they don’t know? Speaking from my own experience, I changed my mind when I finally understood some important truths while I was still a believer in JFK Democracy. Yes, converts tend to have stronger and more well-founded opinions than others who are simply born into a particular belief system.

To forestall Conservatism, Liberalism had to redefine itself as Progressivism which then had to redefine the terms of our political discourse. Words like diversity no longer mean “dividing into categories”, but unifying diverse people. The problem arises when people realize the unnatural if not contradictory application of “diversity” which collided with the old truth that people of a feather flock together. This is the phenomenon that Professor Robert Putnam described in his book “Bowling Alone” wherein he explains that society has integrated neighborhoods with diverse people, but they did not assimilate nor socialize together. So, Progressives found this term “inclusion” as a fix, albeit a weak one, necessitating another oxymoronic notion found in the expression “unity in diversity”. Instead of promoting the brilliantly apt original motto for America E PLURIBUS, UNUM (from many cultures, into one American culture), they unraveled basic American cohesion, as evidenced by racial and ethnic strife everywhere. At least the European Heads of State had the courage to admit that their policies of “multi=culturalism” have failed. Europe is suffering the unintended consequences of those policies, as America has begun to suffer the same pain. You cannot expect diverse immigrants to become American when government encourages them to live their ancestral ways within our borders. It is the seed of America’s, and the West’s, demise..

Fairness is another one of those favorite concepts that Obama and his Progressive band of community organizers love. In response to press questions about the application of lower tax rates to actually improve the flow of taxes to the federal government, as happened during the Reagan years, the President responded by saying that it is a matter of fairness to keep the rates high. Where was that logic born? what is not fair about reducing tax rates and actually ending up with more tax dollars in the federal treasury. Not fair to whom? Fairness or spite?

Equality, Justice, and Equity are the holy grail for Progressive pundits. Like the other “words” they sound good, so they must be good. And of course, intent is what counts, not results. In the world of philosophy, the means justify the end, provided of course that the intended end is just if not pure. The US Constitution guarantees “equality before the law”. Progressives ignore that fundamental right and construct new equality and demand social justice, economic justice etc…. why? they simply want a new conversation with a new lexicon. Equity is something that most of us know as being earned over time, such as equity in a property, equity within a social group based on past performance or at least reputation. But in the Progressive world, like the monopoly game, we start out with a certain amount of equity, so as to equalize performance and results. What they do not realize or understand is the individuals thusly given “equity” will expect that assist throughout life, making them dependent on government or other people for their advancement. No incentive to improve one’s own efforts and results. Surely they will tell me that I “simply do not understand” the issue. It is not fair that some beings are born into poverty while others are born into wealth or talent. They want to change what God has created. Just like environmentalist Quijote taking on the biggest boldest windmills and changing the world’s temperature, although they do not know whether the temperature should go up or down.

The re-ordering of values does not stop there. The biggest Progressive machine in the world is the UN which has the ultimate windmill to tackle: human society, and underwritten to the extent of 75% by American taxpayers who do not want the UN to be giving orders to the United States. Its Agenda21 has detailed templates for all communities around the world to live as dictated by UN’s people-controlling standards in the social, environmental, economic and even cultural domains. Our international poster child in the Midwest is Dubuque, getting medals and recognition for its “sustainability” program. After 5 years of formal procedures, they still do not know what it is costing its taxpayers and what exactly the return on their tax dollars has been or will be…Sustainability, equality, equity, diversity, multiculturalism, climate change are all in the newly revised edition of the Progressive mind.

 

New Year’s Lament

I went and got a college education

To learn about truth in this nation

Patiently waiting for it to appear

As promised by Prof. Godot, oh so clear

“Truth exists, he said, I have seen its manifestations”

Yet, time after time, like ghost revelations

They appear and quickly disappear,

Perhaps truth comes this year…

Sanctuary America

What if all 50 states declared themselves sanctuary states?

The immigration lawyer hired by Montgomery County, Maryland, reportedly charges $575 per hour to steer the county government into a “sanctuary” status. Montgomery follows the trend started by cities like San Francisco and Chicago providing a “safe space” for illegal aliens who might be deported under the new administration managed by America’s deal-making president, Donald J. Trump. While the total city count is approaching 500, many counties and some states are planning to join this movement.

It is amazing that these governmental entities, which constantly petition the federal government for more and more funds, suddenly seem content with losing those federal dollars. The federal government could not have devised a better budget-reduction scheme than this. California alone receives about $350 Billion from the federal government annually. Could California survive without those dollars? Could virtually bankrupt Chicago and Illinois survive without federal money? Of course those cities and states that send more in taxes to Washington than they receive in federal payments might be delighted to stop receiving funds if they also then stop paying taxes to the federal government. It is obviously not as simple as making a political decision, but it does reflect a generalized “entitlement” mindset among political leaders.

Would this prospect not bring us back in part, to the origins of the United States when the foundational documents talked about a union between the “several states”? Have we not come too far from federalism? In fact, why do states send money to Washington only to receive part of that money, in some cases more than the original amount, back in our state?

I scratch my head and ask:  why do we have sanctuary cities in the first place? to protect illegal aliens from deportation or even prosecution by the entity whose constitutional job it is to enforce the country’s immigration laws? …to prevent family “break-ups”…. when the alien families broke themselves up when they left their homeland to come to the US? Finally, why do we have illegal aliens roaming the country freely against the wishes of a majority of citizens, some of whose wages have been depressed because of government-encouraged cheap foreign labor? Why has this problem not been fixed since it began after the demise of the Bracero (temporary labor permits) program over 50 years ago? Could it be that industry wants cheap labor and Democrats want cheap votes? One last question: if the 1920’s country-quota system was discriminatory because it favored Europeans (so said Ted Kennedy) then why is the current system not de facto discriminatory since it favors those who live close to America’s unprotected national border?

Why has America turned itself into a massive sanctuary for the failed state of Mexico and failing Central American states. Oh wait, America might as well be a “safe space” for everyone. Our college professors who seem to have “emotional incontinence” or “intellectual deprivation”, are leading the way in providing SAFE SPACE FOR …those in need of protection from diverse opinions.

 

 

Universities of Intolerance

The University of Notre Dame recently invited the noted conservative thinker and author of Coming Apart, Dr. Charles Murray, to address faculty and students on the hot topics of today. This was done in the tradition of freedom of speech, academic freedom,  balanced representation of critical issues. In the past, liberal speakers such as Harvard Professor Robert Putnam, who is a recognized authority on the subject of diversity (his book BOWLING ALONE was a best-seller), graced the ND auditorium in a welcoming atmosphere. Such a welcome was not extended to Dr. Murray, nor to other conservative speakers before him. Noisy and often violent protesters, organized presumably by on- and off-campus left-wing organizations who smell hell’s sulphur in conservative speech.

Just like the word “liberal” has been corrupted to no longer mean “liberty”, but its opposite, i.e. politically-correct, anti-tradition, even anti-history, so has the treasured university policy of guaranteeing “academic freedom” and “freedom of speech” become an empty promise. It is useful, if not ironic to remember that conservatives are the original “classic liberals”, promoting individual freedom of thought, respect and tolerance. How things have changed. It is a well-known fact that conservative professors, at least in state-financed colleges,  although many private ones have joined this anti-intellectual movement, learn to keep their mouths shut, for fear of being ostracized. Only some long-tenured professors and non-career adjuncts seem to have the courage of their conviction and speak out on campus, putting their longevity in jeopardy. Liberal professors have no such concerns.

After retiring from three decades in global business activities, i became one of those adjuncts at a private university and naively expected vigorous discussions for and against the great topics of the moment. I learned quickly, however, that many, if not most, full-time faculty were indeed liberal, some ridiculing any conservative comment. I learned quickly that today’s faculty are ideologically driven in whatever subject they teach. I learned, for instance, that cultural anthropology can have a left or right “spin”. I cannot help but think back to my college experience of the 1960s when the great professors that I respected highly, did not betray a personal perspective. They presented all sides of an argument. Just like journalism has been corrupted to become advocacy reporting, so has the teaching profession. The result of course has been that students are no longer taught to analyze and argue differing perspectives, but are injected with a singular viewpoint, or set of talking-points which they naturally accept as the absolute truth, and regurgitate  instinctively. This, therefore, explains why they are so upset at conservative speech which threatens their intellectual glass foundation. Having been empowered by their liberal High School teachers, they feel empowered and will  challenge conservative professors, while robotically agreeing with liberal ones. Furthermore, so often students seem to take control of a university with weak management and dictate the terms of university reform. (students teaching the teachers?).We have witnessed campus upheavals where liberal professors act out a sort of “Stockholm Syndrome” and become part of the robotic behavior chaos (e.g. Mizzou). Most students don’t know the Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, the intellectual statesman for the leftist cause, but they act in accordance with many of those so-effective rules: #5 ridicule is man’s best weapon against an enemy; others: repeat a lie frequently, it will stick; push the envelope of your adversary’s rules, they will become “broken”. Have you heard this one?…..accuse and never explain …. This new atmosphere is  totally opposite of what a college campus is supposed to breed: open, inquisitive and tolerant minds

Will Muslim Customs Overpower Western Customs?

Swiss law imposes a stiff fine on children who refuse to shake hands with their teachers … a century-old custom that Muslim immigrants see as an affront to their religion, which does not allow physical contact with the opposite sex unless it takes place within the family context. …. Two powerful “rights” are colliding: freedom to practice one’s religion (obey Laws of God) and the right of a nation to hold fast on its customs, values and principles (obey Laws of Man). Western principles of Separation of Church and State have not been challenged by a religion, as we believe in “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”.

Switzerland has decided to hold on to its laws and traditions. Immigrants are expected to adapt to Swiss laws and customs, as Switzerland will not change its national character to suit an immigrant community.
Under the rubric of Multiculturalism and Freedom of Religion, Muslim immigrants seem to move on  to the subjugation of Western civilization. Just 5 years ago, the Heads of State of Germany, France and the UK were joined by the Catholic Archbishop of Germany declaring multi-cuturalism a resounding failure. Yet, this failed policy continues in Europe and America. Sooner or later the Muslim community will bring this reality into focus.

Demographic Change or Immigrant Invasion?

Is it possible that waves of Muslim refugees and Mexican immigrants will fundamentally change Exceptional America, i.e. change American values and principles. Exhibit 1 could be: Jorge Ramos who is Mexico’s pre-eminent propagandist on American airwaves. Born in Mexico and a naturalized US citizen, he pontificates as Univision’s nightly news anchor and weekly TV magazine show host, strongly supporting and encouraging Mexican immigration into the US, as if Mexicans had a natural right to do so. Of course, Jorge ignores the basic concept of national sovereignty and rule-of-law.  His rationale consists of two main points: 1) immigrants contribute far more ($2B) to the US economy than they “take” in welfare, incarceration, education and other social costs 2) “America is our country, not theirs” and “we are not going to leave”“there is a demographic shift in America and there is nothing that America can do about it. Of course, this shift is aided and abetted by a succession of US governments which catered to a small number of businesses that exploit cheap labor, and “liberal” politicians who see future Democrat voters that will outvote the doomed Republican party of dying white folks. He claims 60 million Latinos in the US (which includes Brazilians, Cubans and South Americans some of whom do not get along with Mexicans and do not agree with the socialist attitudes from Mexico and Central America) and predicted 100 million by 2044 when “whites” will be statistically a minority. He made these arrogant statements at the televised Premio Lo Nuestro (a Latino Entertainment Awards show) broadcast Friday March 3, 2017. While he has always been fiercely pro-illegal and pro-open borders, he has dropped references to diversity and tolerance in his subtle and hatefully anti-American rhetoric. Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs and Bill O’Reilly on Fox News invite him occasionally to explain his twisted logic, but he only cites “his” facts that are supposed to lead us dummies to conclude that they are doing us a favor. Statistics like 15% of all federal prisoners being Mexican citizens does not disturb him at all. He and the Mexican government demand perfect justice for the 30% of the Mexican population that lives, legally or illegally, within the US borders. Yet, Mexico has a terrible human rights record when it comes to “foreigners” in Mexico, especially Central Americans in transit to the US., having erected a fence on their border with Guatemala.It is a felony to be in Mexico illegally. When asked to explain this alarming statement that “America is ours, not theirs“, he changes the subject; it soon becomes clear that the message was intended only for Mexican ears. What nobody considers is the fact that massive immigration tends to change the host culture beyond recognition. As Rome was changed by the Barbarians, as Native American culture was subsumed by the European culture, so will massive Hispanic/Latino immigration change the values and principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Sixteen million Latino viewers get their biased news from Univision every night; another 5 million from equally-liberal Telemundo and CNN En Espanol. The question I have posed to immigration pundits but remains unanswered is this: If the 1920’s quota-based immigration law was discriminatory because it favored Europeans, then why is the 1965 law not de facto  discriminatory because it clearly favors Mexicans due to their proximity? Texas is beginning to realize that the demographic change also means a fundamental cultural change. A new slogan is appearing on T-shirts: DON’T CALIFORNIA MY TEXAS.…California is essentially a Mexican state…. Muslim and Hispanic immigrants bring with them totally different cultural values and principles which subsume the American culture over time. Just ask what these immigrants are proud of, and they will proudly talk about their foreign heritage, not their new homeland…

Liberals Have Their Own Wall.

What is it about Liberals, especially Progressive Liberals, who believe that they are the immaculate repository of truth, understanding and, therefore, of the right policies that will improve the human condition? Naive at best. Only the individual can improve the self. Unfortunately, they confuse intent with effectiveness and results. All welfare programs start with good intentions. Temporary programs turn into permanent and ever-growing ones, just like the bureaucracies that feed on them to sustain their lucrative bureaucratic jobs. The best-known program is the War On Poverty which started during LBJ’s New Deal. As the nation has doubled in population, so has the dependent welfare class. The $20 Trillion (Heritage Foundation figure) spent over more than 50 years has not moved the 15% poverty rate downward.. Some 47 million US residents now take part in one or more of the 87 welfare programs “proudly” administered by the Agriculture Department, creating a permanent dependent class of residents. It is ironic that the Interior Department has a policy of discouraging the feeding of animals in America’s vast (40%) land owned by federal and state governments, for fear of creating an animal population dependent on handouts.

Liberal voters are so convinced that they are the majority, when polls by PEW and GALLUP consistently show that twice as many Americans self-declare Conservative as Liberal. Little do they realize that they are enjoying the (5) freedoms and the lifestyle made possible by the conservative principles of the nation’s founders. The late Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) used to whine about the discriminatory nature of the first immigration rules established in the 1920s, favoring Europeans. His 1965 reformed law only ended up creating a new de facto favored class: Mexicans and others From Latin America and the Caribbean. Why is this not discriminatory?

Why are minorities always voting for Democrats who are after all the party of the KKK? The short answer has to do with Democrat propaganda shifting the KKK onus on one particular Republican member (H. Bird, D-WVA). It was Democrats who obstructed every move in Congress to treat especially African-Americans the same as Whites. And it was Everett Dirksen (R-Chicago) who provided the majority votes in the Senate to pass the 1965 Civil Rights Act. And yet they keep voting for Democrats who have merely taken that class of Americans ‘for granted’ during the election season. Trump is the first Republican since Lincoln to bluntly challenge African-Americans to reflect on this, and start voting the party of Lincoln and of the Emancipation once again.

The Left loves to observe that the Right is so far to the right. Yet over the last 100 years, the Progressive wing of the Democrats has pulled their goal post so far to the left that the other goal post now seems far away. Conservative principles have not changed. After all, what good is a principle if it changes?

Young minds come to college with a poisoned mindset about America’s past. They are motivated to redress all the evils of the world, especially the many perpetrated by America. Many confuse civil-war with revolutionary war, and both wars happened just before they were born. Their 1960’s-raised teachers did not read American history books, but anti-American books written by our socialist adversaries. Obama and many of his generation were poisoned by assorted socialist and communist friends and family. (see D’Souza’s book The Root Of Obama’s Rage) According to them we stole the southwest from Mexico, without asking how the Mexicans came to possess those lands: through conquests led by their Spanish “masters”, i.e. the famous “conquistadores”.

They believe that love-your-enemy will cure all ills. Adversaries are not so naive to not read this as weakness. They strike out even more boldly, like hyenas ganging up on a severely injured lone lion. Obama’s love for Muslims has not saved us from attacks in the MidEast and anywhere else in the world…. it has made America vulnerable. Trump has made mid-America aware. We understood and voted for a major change from the Obama dubious “hope and change” model. Remember when Liberals told us in 2009: elections have consequences, get over it!”?…need a bump?

 

Equality Vs Equity

Stalinist College Campus

Once again, a Conservative pundit has been barred from speaking at a college campus, under the pretext of “security concerns”. Ben Shapiro was to speak on the topic of FREE SPEECH on the campus of De Paul University on Wednesday Nov 15, 2016, but was barred by 30 security elements installed by college management. the concern about security is code for “we don’t like conservative speech”. In other words, the institution that most represents freedom of expression, has become a virtual Stalinist gulag for conservative or libertarian speech.  The following day, Shapiro was almost derailed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (WI) when a small group of students did their best to deny him his free speech moment. Shapiro did not insist on arresting the agitators because, according to administration wisdom, any arrests mean an immediate end to the event. Then, on the evening news we hear that those pusillanimous students walked out of classes at prestigious colleges like George Mason U.,  Tuft and many others, to protest the democratically elected Donald Trump. They simply cannot tolerate any amount of unpleasant moments, let alone real adversity, and therefore need “safe spaces” on campus to mourn the defeat of their pre-ordained candidate. Why do they  need a safe and quiet place, when they control the whole campus? is it not the conservatives that need this kind of protection from the violent and intolerant leftist students? Sadly, so many colleges and universities, both public and private, have become incubators of intolerance at the hands of radically liberal faculty and students who are acting as their own thought-police. Can you imagine being banned from the campus of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson himself, a great champion of free speech?  Conservative pundits are routinely barred by these college wusses who feel traumatized by conservative speech that challenges their simplistic beliefs, all based on their “good intentions”.Their liberal echo-chamber in which they obviously live, ignores the fact that more Americans self-identify conservative than liberal (PEW and GALLOP surveys), except perhaps on college campuses. Virtually all universities claim “academic freedom” beyond the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. They live outside the mainstream, have a closed mind, and develop their own reality with its own phantasmagorical lexicon with words that are either an oxymoron or are simply fraudulently applied to their fantasy world.Terms such as: social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, white privilege, micro-aggression, cultural misappropriation. These terms are weapons in their hands unless rational people challenge their interpretation. The thirteen rules for radicals authored by communist agitator and hero to Progressives like Hillary Clinton, are no longer enough to intimidate their opposition. Let’s hope that the new administration will withdraw funding from colleges and universities that show this abject intolerance for freedom of speech and intolerance for the positive side of American history. After all, they are in school to learn, not to teach.

2016-11-16

 

 

 

My Last American Breath

Aye, to be right and popular

Nay, whether ‘tis nobler

To do good with dark reason

Or to do bad without treason

That is the question

Asked with great passion

For to suffer the slings of socialist misery

Or by reasoning with such a dissonant reveRide

As rendered by St. Hillary and Uncle Bernie

Conservatism must needs offer its mercy

That Liberals might abandon their rendition

And return from the edge of socialist perdition

Alas, equality for all

That none might fall

That none might toil

And socialism spoil

That none might fail

And abort sad socialist tale

That equity might be understood

As earned from family and the ‘hood

Not given or gifted

But from life brutally lifted

Right is but Liberalism after collision with reality

Left  is but life lived under threat of penalty

Conservatism is life lived as a free being

For which socialism has no feeling;

Born free, but everywhere in chains

Not free that which he disdains

Not wisdom nor clarity

Always ending in disparity

Followed by more laws and regulation

To twist and torture a whole nation

Born of Life, Liberty and Dream

Which Liberals find lean and mean

Oh give me liberty or give me death

Til I draw my last American breath