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Trump’s acceptance speech pivots on America & Americans First

Did you watch Donald Trump’s speech as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee last night?

What do you think of it?

If you haven’t watched it, here it is:

It was long, because Trump did not rush his words, but clearly and emphatically articulated (and sometimes shouted) important points he wanted to impress on Americans, and because he paused often, to acknowledge the reaction from the Convention delegates. All of which was not the performance of someone just reading from a teleprompter. Instead, this was a speaker who wanted to convey and impress on his listeners the gravity of America’s problems and how he would deal with those problems.

The heart of Trump’s message is a simple one:

America and Americans First

That principle should be self-evident, requiring no defense or justification — for who else but Americans would and should put America and Americans first? Don’t you put your own and your family’s wellbeing first? How is America to help others if America falls apart? And yet, we haven’t heard this overriding principle from other politicians, not even from Trump’s GOP primary rivals. It is also a message that the Left and their MSM accomplices, as well as the GOP elites, distort and malign as something evil — that standing up for and putting America first is “nativist,” “jingoist,” “fascist”…, as if the obligation of America and Americans is to be a doormat for the rest of the world.

From his central principle of “America and Americans First” — of making America rich and strong again — flows these derivative values and principles:

  1. Law and Order: A country that is in chaos cannot thrive economically. A fundamental responsibility of government is to protect and ensure the safety of the governed against criminals, whether criminals here illegally or those gunning down police. To ensure Americans’ safety, Trump is committed to our right to arm ourselves which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. It is also on the theme of Law and Order that Trump indicts Hillary Clinton for her lawlessness in having a private email-server while she was secretary of state, and for the Obama FBI’s refusal to indict her for violating U.S. laws and endangering national security with unsecured emails containing classified state secrets and names of CIA agents.
  2. Secure Our Borders, to protect Americans against the flood of illegals, many of whom are criminals, and of Muslim “refugees” who the FBI has admitted cannot be vetted to exclude terrorists. On this, Trump reminds blacks that they are the economic victims of Obama’s and Hillary’s open-border policy, and that LGBTs were the victims of a Muslim gunman in Orlando. In so doing, without explicitly saying it, Trump reminds whites and straights that blacks and LGBTs are Americans, and putting “America First” should also mean putting all “Americans First”.
  3. A strong military, and better treatment for our veterans.
  4. In foreign policy and affairs, the United States will jealously guard our interests, be they financial, trade, or security. Trade treaties and arrangements will be rexamined and renegotiated, in order to restore America’s manufacturing industries and jobs. Our allies will have to pay their “fair share” for military defense (Japan, South Korea, but no mention of Israel) and step up to the plate against terrorism (NATO).
  5. Revive U.S. economy: Via restoring manufacturing jobs, getting allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and lowering taxes.
  6. Populism: Trump ended his speech by telling America that unlike Hillary, who asks if Democrats are “with her,” his message is that he is “with you, the American people”.

Trump also graciously thanked Christians and Evangelicals for their support, saying he’s not sure he deserves it, which is uncharacteristically humble for him.

So how was Trump’s speech received by GOP elites?

If the editor of a supposedly conservative publication is an indication, it’s bad news for anyone hoping for Republican party unity to defeat Hillary, who will complete the destruction of America. Below is the shockingly vicious “The Demagogue Rises,” by Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon:

Donald Trump delivered the longest, loudest convention speech in recent memory when he accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday evening. He made no attempt to “pivot to the general election,” moderate his agenda, smooth over rough rhetoric. Gone was Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch, tossed into a dustbin with George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda, George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light, Ronald Reagan’s Morning in America. Trump was his usual self: brash, boisterous, overbearing, defiant, inimitable, roiling with anger over the state of the country and the corruption, ineffectiveness, and arrogance of the nation’s elite. Trump won’t change, won’t learn, won’t listen, won’t apologize, won’t cavil, won’t conform to the traditions of presidential politics or adhere to the norms of political discourse. He doesn’t care about facts, he wants to overturn the postwar international order, he champions the will to power, he mercilessly attacks opponents. He’s a demagogue in dark suits, electric ties. I can only imagine what he’d be capable of if he were competent.

Because he’s not competent. He is actually truly, magnificently inept. The convention was a mess, haphazard, disorganized, weird. The botched roll call vote, Melania’s plagiarism, Ted Cruz’s hand grenade, the leaked speech draft—all of these gaffes and scandals occurred against the backdrop of dismal attendance, chants to put Hillary in prison, bizarre speakers, rambling addresses, early departures, and testimonies to Trump’s greatness. His campaign has practically no money, no advertising, no infrastructure, no grassroots operation. The other day, when he expressed uncertainty about whether the United States would lead NATO in defense of the Baltic States if they were attacked by Russia, Trump made history by provoking an international incident without even being president. Many GOP officials wouldn’t come near the convention, including Ohio’s popular governor. There are two Republican parties for the moment: the party led by Trump and the Republican Party in exile, the party of Kasich and Larry Hogan and Nikki Haley and Charlie Baker and Brian Sandoval and Mark Kirk and Ted Cruz. Election Day won’t just determine who will succeed President Obama. It will also determine the fate of Donald J. Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP.

Continetti all but calls Trump a Hitler, and Americans who support Trump mindless Nazis.

Note that Continetti’s criticisms of Trump are all about style, not substantive issues — that Trump was “brash,” “boisterous,” and “mercilessly attacks opponents,” and that he did not pay obeisance to GOP old guard elites, who to the end strove to undermine Trump and boycotted the Republican National Convention. As for the “opponents” whom Trump “mercilessly attacked,” since the only “opponents” Trump attacked were Hillary Clinton and big business fat-cats (with apologies to cats) who hollowed out the U.S. economy with their outsourcing of jobs, that should tell us whose side Continetti is on.

If Hillary wins, it will be because of Republicans like Matthew Continetti who reserve their most vicious venom not for Democrats, but for a fellow Republican and patriot who simply wants to put America and Americans first. Should Hillary become president, the victory of Continetti, Bill Kristol, the Bushes, et al., against Trump will be pyrrhic because all that will be left of their Republican Party is an empty shell, devoid of rank-and-file members.

So what do you think of Trump’s speech? Take our simple short poll!

~Eowyn

 

Why was an elite Democrat at the Republican National Convention?

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Here she is, spotted by independent investigative journalist Wayne Madsen yesterday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at 2016 RNC Cleveland

So, what was she doing at the RNC?

An even better question is why was the chair of the Democratic National Committee in the upper tier skyboxes of the RNC’s Quicken Loans Arena, which are reserved for fat cat GOP donors?

~Eowyn

President Trump would purge federal government of Obama appointees

Conservatives have been saying for years that after (and if) Obama finally leaves office, the White House needs fumigation, along with the entire federal government.

Indeed, to correct the direction of this country — a direction that is wrong, according to a whopping 72% of Americans in the latest Rasmussen poll — it’s not just elected politicians that must go, the thousands of unelected bureaucrats in the many federal government institutions of the administrative state, e.g., DHS, HUD, HHS, EPA, who form America’s very powerful permanent government — must also be removed.

The Administrative State1

And according to NJ governor Chris Christie, who was among a few considered for Trump’s VP slot, if elected, President Donald Trump would do just that.

Emily Flitter reports for Reuters that on July 20, 2016, Trump ally Chris Christie said that “If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers.”

Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump’s White House transition team, said the Trump campaign already is drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people,” Christie told a closed-door meeting with dozens of donors at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to an audio recording obtained by Reuters and two participants in the meeting.

Christie was referring to Trump’s starring role in the long-running television show The Apprentice, where his catch-phrase was “You’re fired!”

Trump’s transition advisers fear that Obama may convert these appointees to civil servants, who have more job security than officials who have been politically appointed, thereby enabling Obama appointees to keep their jobs in a Republican, administration. Christie explains:

“It’s called burrowing. You take them from the political appointee side into the civil service side, in order to try to set up … roadblocks for your successor, kind of like when all the Clinton people took all the Ws off the keyboard when George Bush was coming into the White House.”

Christie was referring to pranks committed during the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush in 2001. During that period, some White House staffers removed the W key on computer keyboards and left derogatory signs and stickers in offices, according to a report by the General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress. That’s Democrats for ya — childish, petty, malevolent.

Christie said firing civil servants is “cumbersome” and “time-consuming,” and so “One of the things I have suggested to Donald is that we have to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people.”

Christie said that a top priority for Trump is changing the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to roll back some of the most ambitious federal environmental policies, so as to revive the U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security.

Christie also said that Trump wants to let businesspeople serve in government part time without having to give up their jobs in the private sector.

In response, Obama’s White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that allowing appointees to apply for career civil service positions is “a longstanding precedent.”

Mouth of Sauron Joshua Earnest

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal employee union in the United States, said while it was concerned about the practice of “burrowing,” current law protected most federal employees from at will firing. AFGE policy director Jacqueline Simon said, “The federal government is a serious undertaking. It’s not a reality TV show, with ‘You’re fired!’ Just as we don’t want to hire anybody for political reasons, we don’t want anybody to be fired for political reasons.”

AFGE policy director Jacqueline Simon

“We don’t want to hire anybody for political reasons”?

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. Are you serious, Simon?

Here’s the extent of the problem:

As of March 2016, there were a total of 3,164 political appointees, 852 of whom were presidential appointees. In its most recent report on the topic, the Government Accountability Office said that in 2010, 143 former political appointees and congressional employees converted to career positions between May 1, 2005, and May 30, 2009.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the practice of burrowing, and has sent letters to 23 federal departments and agencies, asking them to document all cases of burrowing that have occurred since Sept. 1, 2015.

See also “Six Steps to Reining in the Administrative State“.

~Eowyn

Caitlyn Jenner says it was harder to come out as Republican than transgender

Bruce call-me-Caitlyn Jenner

From CNBC: Caitlyn Jenner said that while she firmly believes in the Republican Party, supporting it has not always been easy. “It was easy to come out as trans. It was harder to come out as a Republican,” Jenner told a crowd in Cleveland on Wednesday at a brunch hosted by the American Unity Fund.

Formerly known as the Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in 2015. Despite praising Democratic President Barack Obama for policies such as allowing transgender military members to serve openly, Jenner is sticking with the GOP.

“I feel like our best hope to get back to a constitutional government with 18 enumerated powers is in the Republican Party,” Jenner said. “I have to admit I’ve been very disappointed over the last five, 10 years, but I won’t give up hope on it.”

The American Unity Fund works to build Republican support for LGBT rights, and hosted its event alongside this week’s Republican National Convention. Jenner cheerily greeted the crowd before delving into a wide-ranging conversation touching on everything from her support of the party to her faith and recently proposed bathroom bills.

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms and changing facilities based on the sex “which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” The issue became a lightning rod of controversy and many businesses have openly opposed it.

Jenner first took to humor in criticizing the law. “I have not had any issues about bathrooms myself, I haven’t used a men’s room in a year and a half, and thank God, because there’s some great conversation going on in the ladies’ room,” Jenner told the crowd to a response of laughter. “And I just want you to know, girls, that I follow all the rules, I’ve never flushed a feminine product down a toilet.”

However, Jenner quickly pivoted to a more serious tone, voicing concerns over the impact the law may have on children who already face bullying and depression. “Now you’re telling me that the State of North Carolina is going to come in and bully you too, and say you can’t live your authentic life and you have to go in this other bathroom,” Jenner said. “It just doesn’t work. It’s even more depression for these kids.” (Apparently Jenner has missed the memo of “trans” women abusing their bathroom privileges.)

More broadly, Jenner said the goal in speaking to “fellow Republicans” was to raise awareness of issues that transgender people face for a party with many members who may not have personal experience with that group. “The Republican Party needs to understand. They need to know people who are trans,” Jenner said.

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L. A. Times columnist: There’ll be a military coup against President Trump

Donald Trump hasn’t even been elected President, but he’s already making heads explode. Not just liberal heads, but also those of so-called conservatives.

The latest case of an exploding head is someone named Jamie Kirchick, 33, described as a journalist, writer, and a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative — a neo-con think tank.

James Kirchick1In his op/ed for The Los Angeles Times yesterday (July 19), “If Trump wins, a coup isn’t impossible here in the U.S.,” Kirchick tells us that a coup like the one that recently took place — and failed — in Turkey “would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.”

Why? Because, in Kirchick’s words,

“Trump is the most brazenly authoritarian figure to secure the nomination of a major American political party. He expresses his support for all manner of strongmen, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has actually worked for one: former Ukrainian president and Vladimir Putin ally Viktor Yanukovich. […]

Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly bragged about ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, and has dismissed the possibility that he would face any resistance.”

Kirchick then piously intones that what he calls Trump’s “Blimpish swagger” won’t fly “in a liberal democracy, legally grounded by a written constitution, each branch restrained by separation of powers.”

And so, Kirchick fantasizes, if “Trump commanded our military to do something stupid, illegal or irrational. Something so dangerous that it put the lives of Americans and the security of the country at stake,” and Trump refuses to back down, the U.S. military would be forced to undertake a coup:

“In that case, our military men and women, who swear to uphold the Constitution and a civilian chain of command, would be forced to choose between obeying the law and serving the wishes of someone who has explicitly expressed his utter lack of respect for it.”

Curiously, while Kirchick already anticipates President Trump to violate America’s rule of law, he is sanguine about Trump’s Democratic rival who had already — and repeatedly — violated U.S. laws by using an unsecured private email server while she was secretary of state to exchange emails that contained highly-classified national security information, as well as names of CIA agents. Kirchick writes:

“Needless to say, such dystopian situations are unimaginable under a President Hillary Clinton, who, whatever her faults, would never contemplate ordering a bombing run or — heaven forbid — a nuclear strike on a country just because its leader slighted her small hands at a summit.”

Kirchick then concludes that the only way to avert a military coup in a Trump Administration is if voters stop him from becoming president:

“Trump is not only patently unfit to be president, but a danger to America and the world. Voters must stop him before the military has to.”

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is a neo-con non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. From Wikipedia:

“FPI’s Board of Directors consists of former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric S. Edelman, Dan Senor, Editor of The Weekly Standard William Kristol and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Kagan. The latter two were project directors of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century.

In fact, the Foreign Policy Initiative was co-founded in 2009 by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Dan Senor, and Robert Kagan.

Kirchick also writes for Tablet. In a column on March 14, 2016, titled “Donald Trump Is Turning Me Liberal,” he identifies himself as “gay and Jewish” and hysterically compares Trump to Hitler by calling Trump rallies “Nuremberg-esque”.

James KirchickSee also:

~Eowyn

Look what’s in the sky over the RNC in Cleveland!

HA HA HA HA!

Why isn’t this reported by the MSM?

I hope InfoWars will also fly the banner next week over the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

~Eowyn

Rove-Romney-Kasich plot against Trump in Cleveland?

The 2016 Republican National Convention that began today in Cleveland, Ohio, promises to be that rare GOP Convention that’s boycotted by the party’s super luminaries.

polls_GOP_Suicide_4337_123568_poll_xlargeNeither of the former President Bushes will attend, nor will former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney, nor will Ohio Governor John Kasich, who had fought for Cleveland to host the convention.

Curiously, however, both Romney and Kasich will be in Cleveland at the time, though not at the convention. So is GOP guru Karl Rove.

In fact, Rove and InfoWars’ Alex Jones were on the same connecting American Airlines flight to Cleveland, and had a fracas upon landing at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport.

Jones approached Rove, calling him by the nickname given Rove by George W. Bush, “turd blosson.” Rove threatened to call the police on Jones.

Jones believes Rove is in Cleveland “to siphon off” super-delegates from voting for Trump.

Independent investigative journalist Wayne Madsen writes:

The presence of Rove, along with failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in Cleveland can only mean that there is some serious closed-door political maneuvering against GOP nominee Donald Trump.

But Madsen, in a previous article, maintains that:

The campaign to drop Trump from the ticket will be unsuccessful due to Trump’s support on the GOP Rules Committee. The schism, however, will prevent any party unity going into November. The lack of party unity cost Humphrey the election in 1968 and Ford re-election in 1976. But keep in mind that those were the days when politics, barring an assassination, were predictable. That is not the case this year.

~Eowyn