Some thoughts crossed my mind watching this:
Two warriors, rivals in politics.
That salute with an arm that must cause great pain to move was an unforgettable moment.
Bill Clinton was chosen over these two men as President.
If this makes you smile, you are that kind of person….
We all are afflicted by that Chinese curse ‘may you live in interesting times’.
Both political parties are finding their models of the last several decades are blowing up in their faces.
The Democrats got ahead of the game, franchised out to a donor class of wealthy globalists in tech, communications, entertainment and finance and became the party of the aggrieved with a boost of massive immigration of low skill dependency class members. The immigration thing is working fine for them, but the aggrieved collection is eating itself.
The GOP thought they had corporate America until they woke up one day and found the Dems took it away.
They thought they had the entrepreneurial class, the middle management class and the southern blue collars, but then they went along with enriching the Democrats globalists by hollowing out the American manufacturing economy which supported their base.
We now stand at either a surrender to the unbalanced trade, open border and complete the replacement of blue collars with illegals and destruction of white collars with lack of growth in domestic jobs of the globalists or we place our hope in the last peaceful means of defeating them.
It means we need the GOP to get serious about building a real base of voters and stop chasing the past.
Counting on the GOP to save us should give us all pause.
If the GOP lost the suburbs of blue cities they will not get them back. People who voted against the economic interest of the country are either too stupid to convince or so insulated from the effects of a globalist destruction that they do not care.
Replacing those votes lie in people who do live paycheck to paycheck of every color and hue. Working people with families. It means getting black and Hispanic and blue collar white candidates selected and canvassing districts next year. It means replacing vulnerable incumbents with people who can win the district. It means flipping vulnerable blue districts with the right candidate.
It means shutting down immigration if it takes a declaration of martial law to do it.
So now our fate is in the hands of the GOP and the ability of Donald J Trump to overturn the rule by judiciary.
The alternative is not pretty.
With all the election shenanigans and vitriol from the media, it can be hard to maintain a steady calm.
I want to share the tweet below, as it provided me with a level of frosty calmness, remembering we have a leader who will not be shamed, virtue signaled or shouted off the stage and never gives up, never surrenders.
To lay this down after the normal insults from the Gauls was a pleasure to behold.
I put the question to the Burghers Of Rat:
One area where I depart from ‘traditional conservatism’ has been the worship of state government over federal.
I have found state agencies and politicians more corrupt, less competent and in general far more power mad than the Feds.
I find the ‘local controls’ are dropping as states polarize into red and blue.
I see decay of infrastructure, overpriced and underperforming schools, pensions out of control and abuse of constitutional rights more prevalent and accelerating in a negative way.
Some states seem to work, but many are becoming diluted by their success of importing a stupider class of voters.
I am an optimistic sort, but this one drives me to despair.
I do not see a state driven renaissance, but the need for a leaner Federal government finding a way to connect direct to counties for key efforts.
I am curious if my despair is shared , or do most embrace the state as remaining a useful entity. To me, I find the states as having all the flaws of a bloated federal state without the critical mass to do anything but make things worse.
Just a Sunday night muse. Talk amongst yourselves.
Well, here we are. Knowing the scale of the opposition, assuming it would all go smoothly was a bit of a stretch.
I am frankly amazed that the GOP was able to gain in the senate and not lose the House in a disaster class loss.
So we are in for a rocky two years of DNC-Media war while POTUS continues to keep moving.
Assuming the GOP can recruit winning candidates for the house for 2020 and get them running right now, this can work.
I also assume the “Q” phenomenon is a bit discredited with the Sessions exposure. I still wonder what all those sealed indictments are and what the hell Huber has been doing all this time, but a big reveal? Doubt it.
So the Senate got fixed and that had to happen. The gang of 8 is neutered, resigned or dead and McConnell knows he needs Trump.
I do worry that we have a population that can seriously give close margins to complete idiots like Abrams, Cortez, Sinema, Gillum and the like, but maybe I am showing my age and forget that their parents gave large margins to idiots also, like Waters, Kerry, Sanders and such.
I do believe POTUS seems to have a better grasp on the job, and is moving carefully but still boldly.
If they can just get the border wall funding in the lame duck, he is pretty much set.
It will be fun watching the Dems try and negotiate with POTUS on healthcare and infrastructure. It may be surprising.
Just remember the close out song….”You can’t always get what you want..but if try sometimes..you just might find…you get what you need…”
Okay tribe, having come to the conclusion that we needed a break from the fray and that our lifestyle allows us to travel as long as I have three to four hours of decent internet and phone service most of the time, we took an eight day run from Oregon to Nevada in the F150.
We were blessed with fantastic weather for late October-early November and the mountain passes were good to us this trip, snowing to the north of our itinerary.
We cruised to Klamath Falls, crossing the Cascades to the dry side, then to Sparks Nevada via the California rural roads.
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First excursion was to Pyramid Lake through the Paiute Res. We stopped at the tribal center and were offered free tacos to vote in the Nevada election. They were having a singing, chanting , drum beat fest while a local Paiute Democrat talked about how climate change was going to dry up their lake.
We did explain that we had already voted and thanked them for the taco.
Cruising up over the rim of the Sierras to Lake Tahoe, we went up to over 8000 feet and then dropped to 6000 to enjoy the Lake.
On to Boulder City, almost to Arizona. Along the way, we encountered some friendly local folks on the road.
and then toured Valley Of Fire Park.
From nature’s wonders to human achievement, Hoover Dam was next.
The Plaque on the Dam was from another time, when America was proud of her achievements, and did not shrink from the price paid.
Leaving Boulder City, we had company on the motel lawn.
West of Vegas is Red Rock Canyon Nature Conservancy. Worth a trip
Of course we had to cruise the strip.
Heading home, we had a long drive north through the desert. A local business got our attention.
We kept heading north, as the sunset turned the view to an oil painting like quality.
Eventually we got back to Oregon and appreciated the moisture
2500 miles, one emergency room visit, gallons of coffee and a good time had by all.
It is great seeing a message that works.
To blend fact, visuals and emotions into a stark, binary choice is not easy, but this does it very well.
Optimism vs Pessimism
Results vs Resist
Jobs vs Mobs
— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) October 20, 2018
All we can do is send money and make sure our folks actually vote. Volunteer to knock doors, make calls if you can.
Okay folks, in a spirit of optimism, I have seen some things that even amazed me..
Mitch McConnell came out spitting fire and got into the game. It looks like he enjoyed it too.
Rand Paul decided to move from iconoclast critic to playing a solid third base.
If you watched the rallies, you saw GOP house candidates come out and bask in the crowds, learning to work them and feel the power of the deplorable force.
The various never rights are melting away, like the little town blues they are.
For the first time since Newt and the taking of the House in 1994, the GOP is playing like a team that wants to win and will take no prisoners.
I would like to think they thought of this scene:
But I expect it was more like one of my personal favorite scenes….
And the absolute best part is POTUS had the following hung in the White House, in view of the 60 minutes crew that was there for the interview.
Try this link for video
This was a massive political risk, but Trump measures people and takes risks.
Kanye is a musician. You have to follow his talk as if he is painting tone poems of ideas and concepts.
Let it flow over you and it works. He connects on jobs and prosperity as the key to a an America for everybody. He refuses to jump at the ‘racist’ label.
This is as much history as ‘tear down this wall’.
An Open Plea for Help to Normal Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans.
I know you can blame us Normal White Americans for the insane nonsense the crazy left is doing to our country. We indulged them, we did not stop them before they gained power (some of you may be at fault there too), we gave in too often.
Just like the Brits asked for help when the Nazis were threatening civilization, it is time we asked for your help.
It’s your country too, so lend a damn hand folks and help us beat these idiots back into their holes.
Remember- What have you got to lose?
In addition to my life long avocation of curmudgeonwry, I have also taken a few correspondence courses in contrarianism and practical optimism.
As I sit back and sagely exhale from the pipe I no longer smoke, take a drag on the Camel straight I no longer indulge and savor the single malt Glenlivet I no longer consume, there is much to muse over after such a week as the one we have endured.
Watching the Democrats and Deep Staters onslaught was like observing a re-enactment of the movie Animal House directed by ruler wielding puritan librarians and with a cast of short school bus riding special needs adults regressed down the evolution chain well past the slime worm.
Such displays tend to detract from the victory. I feel a taste of ashes in what should have been a sweet moment when we reclaimed the Supreme Court to no longer find emanations of the penumbras for new entitled rights which overturn thousands of years of social convention.
I see POTUS literally running on afterburners to secure a working government in the midterms. I see a GOP waking to the fight, flexing long dormant muscles to take on the shills for the DNC called the media.
So now, let us shift to why we fight.
Let me paint a possible future:
A US and North American economy rebuilt, retooled and driving the world forward. Skills in demand driving positive life choices for young folk who chose work over a degree in basketweaving.
An America First immigration policy well enforced in place.
A China caught in it’s economic contradictions negotiating a coexistence with the US , and accepting a senior but not hegemonic role in the world.
An Iran regime change wrought by the Iranians, who seek a good life instead if the Big Imam.
A second term triumph for Trump in a guerilla government induced shift of k-14 public education to private sector alternatives driven by skills demanded by a hot economy. A whole redefinition of school using online, social media, VR and old fashioned apprenticeships takes place. The stifling state bureaucracies are dismantled by sheer disuse.
A long term majority of working class and middle class non-coastals with aspiring working class urbans driving politics for a steady three decades.
A shift to economic exploitation of the inner solar system beginning by the end of the second term.
My optimist tells me this can happen. It has shifted from dream to possible.
Many things can derail these things, but under other regimes and leadership, the odds were nearly zero any of it could happen. We were headed to a dark place. Now we have a chance at much better.
Prosperity can destroy demographic inevitability.
I sense we have achieved the point of over-reach by our enemies.
Claimants are now backtracking from sworn statements
Charges have moved to “throwing ice”
Mitch McConnell has declared there will be a vote
Jeff Flake seems to be realizing he just really really is left holding the ACME anvil while standing on thin air…
The rally strategy and constant counter attack on the media is working.
Pollsters have begun their shift to more accuracy as election day gets closer and can no longer get away with push polling.
POTUS is wearing a hard hat before electrical contractors talking jobs and paychecks versus the Democrats babbling about stuff the voters really could care less about.
The Kavanaugh show is redundant and boring, no one is amused except the lunatic faithful liberals.
Welcome to Red October
Accept the fact we are a country of two warring factions. The conflict is ugly and the other side fights to win.
I do believe the latest mess with the Kavanaugh hearings has finally lifted the veil from the eyes of the remaining sleepers about the war.
Just like the Wellstone funeral, the assassination of a decent man on television has finally lit the match.
POTUS needs a better Senate , the weak hand is the only reason we observe this angst. The remains of the traitors to America like Collins, Murkowski and Flake need to have their influence removed.
I do not despair in the midst of battle, that is not the time. The next election is the battle and this nightmare can be used to help us win.
Get out the vote. Talk to friends, neighbors and all, open your checkbooks and get involved.
Brent Kavanaugh deserves a rise of righteous anger that makes the change in the Senate and holds the House.
If McConnell cannot get the votes, we should wait until after the election and make him the next nominee. Dare the evil SOBs to run the game again.
There is a time to fight and a time to complain. I believe it is time to fight.
America is not over but it will be if we give up.