The Great Divide: Is a “Great” America also “Good”?

I don’t spend much time responding to political-ish Facebook posts for two main reasons: 1) Facebook is a lousy forum for any substantive debate; 2) It usually takes about a nano-second until the conversation devolves into snide remarks and vitriol, neither of which “move the ball down the field” if persuasion is your end game.

Once in a great while, however, I make an exception. Like when someone posts something per the following screen shots.

Recently posted by a friend – let’s call her “Beatrice – the meme below is based on an episode from The West Wing. It features a quote from Rep. Matthew Vincente Santos (D-Texas), played by Jimmy Smits.

The scene referenced in the meme is from a November 6, 2005 episode entitled “The Debate.” Said debate is between presidential candidates Congressman Matt Santos (D-TX) and Republican Senator Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda).

Vinick asks when Democrats changed their tagline from “liberals” to “Progressives.” Santos responds with a question of his own before launching into the following.

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5 REAL Reasons Democrats Oppose Brett Kavanaugh

Dontcha love the smell of Democrat meltdowns in the morning? Why, the hysterics and histrionics Democrats and their ideological soul mates are launching at Brett Kavanaugh are priceless. I haven’t had this much fun since Lucy and Ethel and:

Indeed, the Dem meltdown over Brett Kavanaugh says more about Dems than it does the high court nominee*. As usual, the Leftista rule of thumb regarding any Republican nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court goes like:

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What Did Rep. Derek Kilmer Say About This Dem?

Sorry to disappoint you. But I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the latest version of Chicken Little, aka: the Leftista meltdown over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.* Except this: If Chuck Schumer and Pals are going to plant their opposition flag in stare decisis a la Roe, they may want to consider, to name a few:

Here are some more: 15 Supreme Court Decisions That Shredded the Constitution.

In other words, you Pecksniffian hypocrites, be careful what you wish for. And where you plant your flag.

That being said, I want to touch on something else today. Like Rep. Maxine Waters’ recent comments about harassing Trump supporters/administration officials:

I decided to ask my representative about that. So I sent this email to Rep. Derek Kilmer:

“When are you going to condemn Rep. Maxine Waters’s incendiary rhetoric, specifically her Saturday comments at a Los Angeles rally and during an MSNBC interview later the same day?

Here’s the screen shot of my June 27 email:

June 27, 2018 email to Rep. Kilmer

One sentence. One question.

I didn’t expect much in the way of a substantive response. Rep. Kum-By-Yah Kilmer never disappoints on that score. Here’s his July 9 response:

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Kilmer Response on Waters 07.09.18

A Few Observations:

  • Dontcha love undated form letters addressed to “Dear Friend”? This often means the rep. has been contacted so many times on a given subject, he resorts to Fall Back Position #1: Boiler Plate Form Letter.
  • Democratic republic”? Really? (See para. 2.)
  • Nice dodge.
  • He never answered the question, did he? (I know. I’m shocked, too.)

As for the political theater regarding Brett Kavanaugh, grab some fried chicken. Cuz remember: The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

We know this is so because every Looney Lefty in the country says it is. And, hey. If you can’t trust a Leftista, who can you trust?

Take these college students, for example. These brain surgeons were against an imaginary nominee the president hadn’t even named yet. (Also known as “Monday” in Leftista circles.)

Reactionary group think. Also known as Who’s on First? Or in Leftista circles: Every day.

One last thing. The next time you hear some Leftista caterwauling about a Republican prez appointing a “right wing ideologue” – whatever that is – to the high court, just remember:

 

 

*I already did that at What’s Up With Democrat Meltdown Over Next SCOTUS Pick?

What’s Up With Democrat Meltdown Over Next SCOTUS Pick?

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The Democrat Gal Pal Outrage Machine kicked into overdrive following last week’s announcement that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Where these people are on the Marquise de Corruptocratia’s cozy relationship, et.al., with serial swine Harvey Weinstein remains unclear. Why they haven’t made Bill Clinton the honorary chair of a #ToMe campaign is equally unclear.

But I digress. Where was I? Oh yeah.

As you know, much of the Lefty Collectivist meltdown surrounding an upcoming Supreme Court nominee a la The Donald focuses on the possible reversal – gasp! – of Roe v. Wade.

Well, folks. That “landmark abortion rights” ruling was bad law in 1973. Based on a lie, it’s still bad law. But to Leftists and weak-kneed “Republican” senators like Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins who worship at the “pro-choice” altar, Roe is their patron saint.

I mean, really. Between Mad Max Waters and Elizabeth Pretendian Warren, the Leftivist Mother of All Hissy Fits over the possibility of an actual originalist on the high court is like watching grainy re-runs of Creature From the Black Lagoon. With bad lighting.

Why so shrill? Because they know what’s at stake. Failing at the legislature, Leftistas have turned to the courts to implement their agendas instead. For years. The mere notion that an orginalist on the high court might spoil their fun or rain on their ideological parade has them in full-on, four-alarm meltdown mode. Because an originalist will base decisions on, um, the actual text of the Constitution based on the intent of its authors, etc., instead of tea, leaves, tarot cards, or shadowy “penumbra.” (Hi, Harry Blackmun.)

For a Leftista, the prospect is terrifying. Hence the frothing-at-the-mouth histrionics all across the fruited plain.

Since Roe is now front and center in the firestorm over a Trump SCOTUS nominee, now seems like a good time to revisit the following post. From March 2017. You may recall that the House failure to repeal Obamacare was big news then. But it wasn’t and isn’t the seminal issue of the day. (This post is somewhat longish. But it’s important, especially in light of the current political landscape a la the Kennedy retirement.)

So, what’s the seminal issue of the day? Read on to find out:

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Independence Day and a Rare, Rich Treasure

There’s just something about Independence Day. Maybe it’s the summer sun. The chance to get outside and soak up some rays after a long, gloaming winter. Getting together with friends and the fam. Breaking out the barbecue – if you can find it. Fireworks. History. Patriotism. Pride.

Whatever else Independence Day may be, it’s a uniquely American holiday.  I love it!

Independence Day is like Christmas, Veterans/Memorial Day, the first day of summer, Thanksgiving, and a ginormous birthday party all rolled into one. To me, Independence Day means:

  • Parades and patriotism
  • Fifty stars and 13 stripes
  • Rockets’ red glare, bombs bursting in air
  • Apple pie, potato salad, hot dogs
  • Baseball! (sorry ‘bout that, soccer fans. Naw. Not really.)
  • Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Washington and Franklin
  • J.P. Sousa and The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • A statute in New York Harbor
  • Lexington and Concord. Gettysburg. Belleau Wood. Iwo Jima. Tarawa. The Chosin Reservoir. Khe San and Hue City. Fallujah. Mosul.
  • Telling King George III to go jump in a lake.
  • Margaret Corbin. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Harriet Tubman. Joshua Chamberlain and Ulysses S. Grant. Mary Walker (Medal of Honor winner). Sergeant York. John Basilone. Audie Murphy. Carl Brashear. Lewis B. Chesty Puller. Chester Nez. Angie Fox.
  • The biggest “I’m proud to be an American” party of the whole year.
  • Semper Fi!

Indeed, Independence Day is a day to pull out all the stops and celebrate this great, good country of ours. To reflect on our national history. To humbly remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty.

Our family tradition is to take turns reading the entire Declaration of Independence out loud. On our tippy-toes.

If I had to sum up “Independence Day” in one word, however, I’d probably choose “sunshine.” This may seem self-evident to those of you in the Sun Belt. And I’m insanely jealous. But for those of us who reside in the Pacific Northwest’s Rust Belt, where moss and mushrooms sprout overnight and mildew coats everything that doesn’t move in ten minutes, sunshine is a rare, rich treasure. Like this beautiful, magnificent country of ours and the freedom and liberty that are our birthright.

Like the sun, Independence Day means or is:

  • Warmth and generosity
  • Cheer
  • A blazing beacon
  • Eliminating shadow, gloom, and darkness
  • Powerful
  • Bright and shining
  • Always there, even when you can’t see it
  • Life-giving
  • A source of energy and optimism
  • A blessing. Remember the first words of Genesis 1: “Let there be light.”

I used to think John Wayne’s “America: Why I Love Her” was kind of sappy. Maybe it is. Know what? I don’t care. Because it still sounds like “Happy Birthday” to me:

Now then, the rust belt has loosened its grip on the Fourth. The sun is shining. The sky is pouring out a flawless curve of blue.  It’s a perfect day for a birthday party.

Meanwhile, does anyone know how to get mildew off a dog?

 

 

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

*This post originally published in 2015.

What’s REALLY Driving Dem Outrage Over Family Separations at Border?

Outrage over children being separated from their parents while attempting to cross the border illegally burst onto the national scene this week like a meteor falling from the heavens. The flames of righteous indignation have been running at fever pitch ever since, with Democrats pulling out all the stops to make political hay out of the issue.

While Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on the matter may be a bridge too far, Barack Obama, patron saint of sleight of hand, did much the same. So why the Democratic outrage now? (For additional background, see the June 18 White House Press Briefing.)

Is this really about a “moral and humanitarian crisis” at the border? (Hillary Clinton decrying a “moral crisis”? Like she’d know?) Has the Party of Debt, Dependency and Detroit suddenly grown a conscience? The party of abortion on demand suddenly cares about babies? Wanna buy a beachfront bridge in Barstow?

The answer to all of the above is basically: give me a break. So what’s up with all the Pecksniffian sermonizing on the subject from the blue side of the aisle?

Well. Look at the timing. Doesn’t the fact that family detention centers, et.al. are just now coming under Democratic fire seem a teensy-weensy bit peculiar? Disingenuous?

At the risk of linking arms with rank cynicism, one must wonder if this sudden attack of conscience on the part of Democrats isn’t really an attempt to create a diversion? Focus attention away from something so potentially devastating to them and their patron saint that they’ve manufactured a “crisis” of epic proportions?

To wit: If Dems are really concerned about families being separated at the border, then where have they been for the last several years? (Pro tip: Whenever Democrats start a fire like this, look for what they’re trying to hide behind the smoke.)

Odd, isn’t it, that the Democratic Outrage Machine didn’t hit fever pitch until this week? Like, just a few days after the Justice Department’s IG report on Comey, the FBI, and the 2016 election came out?

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Also a coincidence: 1) Powering up outrage as the Mueller probe and the “Russian collusion” narrative fold like a cheap suit while Democrats try to run out the clock on congressional investigations into DOJ and FBI corruption; 2) Dems likewise maneuvering to retake the House in November and bring said investigations to a screeching halt. Especially since additional evidence and the IG’s 500-page report may have huge ramifications for the mid-terms, the 3D Party, and their patron saints.

When fully divulged, the truth about FBI Trump haters and the Obama regime may very well make Watergate look like a garden party and Tricky Dick look like a piker.

We can’t have anyone see through that smoke now, can we?

So while Democrats shed fake crocodile tears at an IG report hearing over kids at the border and sleazy snake oil salesmen like Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray pretend to care about same, remember that these same people rejected a legislative fix. Then ask why?

Finally, no sane person with an ounce of decency wants to see families torn apart at the border or anywhere else. Even worse, however, is watching Democratic hucksters use such heart-rending scenes and situations as a shell game to score cheap politcal points.

For shame.

GUEST AUTHOR: Why Eagles’ Non-Visit to White House Matters

Our thanks to guest author Caleb Backholm for this thoughtful, articulate piece. Used by permission. – Ed.

It probably doesn’t matter a whole lot, but I’m still a little saddened that the tradition of championship sports teams visiting the White House may be ending.

From the Super Bowl winning Eagles, reportedly fewer than 10, maybe fewer than 5 players had confirmed they would go. Today, Trump, probably to avoid potential embarrassment, cancelled the event.

In the NBA, stars from both the Cavs and the Warriors have said they won’t attend if invited, regardless of who wins.

I think the players are missing out. I know some of them don’t like Trump, and perhaps some of the rest are being pressured to show team unity. I don’t really know the reasons.

But I do know it was a fun honor, and I wish they would have chosen better. Politics isn’t everything. We can disagree on important issues, and still get together sometimes anyway. Can’t we?

I doubt there’s a player that disagrees more with Trump than I did with Obama. But I would have happily accepted an invitation to tour the White House and get a picture with him, if somehow I’d gotten one. Doesn’t mean I have to vote for him. What has changed?

Politics is important, but life is bigger than politics. Trump isn’t a monster. Obama wasn’t the devil. Maybe we don’t see eye to eye, but to quote an old tune, “there’s only you and me and we just disagree.” That’s okay.

I said at the start that this topic doesn’t matter much. But it does matter, a little. If we have come to the place that we won’t even come together and celebrate a sports victory, then that’s a true loss. And it’s a bigger loss than just losing a championship game. It’s losing half a nation. And that does matter.

I hope it changes.

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P.S.: Today is the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Take a moment to reflect. Now would be good. -Ed.