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Honoring our Fallen-Must See Video and Movie

Image result for chief of staff john kelly press conferenceI do not generally link to videos or movies in place of an article of fact or opinion.  But, following the sick tirade of a member of Congress condemning the manner in which President Trump tried to console a Gold Star Wife.

The video is a press briefing given by General Kelly who is a Gold Star father and who has another son in the military serving his FIFTH tour.  General Kelly took over the White House briefing yesterday and schooled the nation on the reverence accorded to our fallen, and to their families.  Please click on the video below to watch this video on YouTube.  General Kelly starts at minute 2.

Hopefully you watch the entirety of this briefing.  In the video, General Kelly referenced a movie titled, “Taking Chance” as a way to see and feel the absolute reverence afforded to our fallen by the military and the impact on the families of the fallen.  Immediately following the press briefing, my wife and I watched the movie “Taking Chance”.  We were totally blown away by the content and raw emotion of the movie.  The movie was portrayed through the eyes of the Marine (Kevin Bacon) who volunteered to escort the remains of Private Chance Phelps to his family in Wyoming.  You can check out the trailer and features by clicking on this link:

The movie is available On demand by some cable providers and on Amazon Prime.  Just search for “Taking Chance” on your providers search engine.

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Our Thanks to the fallen and their families…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

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Trump Plan B: Take on Elite GOP and Progressive Left Alone!

Congress, the Elite GOP, The Never-Trumpers, the Progressive-Left and the Main Stream Media have set up the perfect storm for Trump to initiate the takeover of US politics in 2018!  Trump was never an ideologue on the right or left.  Trump is a died in the wool America First Populist!  He has consistently stated his goals and aspirations for this nation for the past 30 years and they have not changed!  He gave McConnell a chance and McConnell failed.  He gave Ryan a chance and Ryan failed.  He gave Pelosi a chance and Pelosi failed.  He gave Schumer a chance and Schumer failed. 

Now, the Trump Plan B is being initiated!

Trump’s Plan B is merely a strategy to enact his agenda via executive orders; take his case directly to the American People for his agenda items; and finally to set up RINO Republicans and vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018 to be “primaried” and defeated by Trump America First Populist.

Trump’s first choice was to work with the Republicans in Congress to enact his legislative agenda on Healthcare, Taxes, Infrastructure, Education, and immigration reforms.  But, Ryan’s lukewarm support coupled with McConnell’s outright disdain and stonewalling of the Trump agenda forced the President’s hands.  And as he told us, he has really big hands!

Obamacare (ACA):  We are all totally fed up with Congress and their giving us the fickle finger of fate and their outright treasonous refusal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare.  Trump has been beating his head up against the Congressional stone wall trying to get the Elitist to own up to their promises to their constituents.  Even the House bill was a fraud and not a true repeal as promised.  Then McCain and Co. made sure that the Senate built a legislative wall against Trump and Repeal.

Obamacare Phase II: 

Now, Trump is taking the dismantling of Obamacare into his own hands.  Thankfully, the Democrats and Obama wrote a really flawed Obamacare bill that left a gaping hole of executive privilege in changing the execution of the ACA.  Further, the subsidies to insurance companies actually violated the Constitution in that it allowed payments to the insurance companies WITHOUT Congressional approval:  

Article I, Section 9, Clause 7:  “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

President Trump is merely not going to cut checks to the Insurance companies citing US Constitutional grounds that is backed by the Department of Justice and a Virginia Federal Court.

In addition to this unconstitutional payment that Obama took upon himself to approve, President Trump just signed orders to pave the way to allow groups of citizens to ban together to create insurance groups.  These groups can set their own plan requirements and negotiate with any or multiple insurance companies for coverage.  To increase the feasibility of these groups, the President also signed an executive order to allow for insurance policies to be purchased across State lines.  While the implementation of these steps could take up to a year to set in place, they will certainly change the direction of health care insurance in the US.  The left and their MSM media set their hair on fire today bemoaning these changes so Trump must be doing the right thing. 

If you are masochistic enough to watch the MSM, you will hear that these are radical changes that will hurt the poor, seniors, and the middle class.  These changes allow the poor and the middle class to have access to healthcare insurance that is exactly the same as the access big corporations and business have today which equals 50% of the total healthcare market in the US.  Remember, Obama kept delaying the forcing of Corporations and big business to have to join Obamacare for his own reelection and that of Hillary Clinton.  So, Trump is merely allowing the poor and middle class to have the same rights as 50% of the currently insured citizens!  Note;  The left continually state that the changes will impact senior citizens.  In fact, seniors, like me, are covered by Medicare and this has no impact on me or my fellow seniors.

Tax Reform/Tax Cuts Phase II:

After Trump witnessed the demise of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, he decided NOT to leave the passage of this signature legislation to McConnell and Ryan.  The latter two told Trump that they had his back and did not need Trump to go the people to sell the repeal and replace legislation.  Burn Trump once, and you are done!

The President is making weekly addresses to rallies and groups regarding the need to push Congress to pass his framework for tax reform and tax cuts.  He is highlighting the need for citizens to hold their congress men and women and senators to accountable for passing the Trump tax plans.  Trump also use social media to hammer Congress almost daily on the need to pass his tax agenda.  In short, if Congress screws this up, they will own it!

Unfortunately, the President will not have much wriggle room to use executive orders to change tax laws.  He can tweak some of the IRS regulations that may be hurting some taxpayers but he will not be able to reform the tax code nor make changes to the tax brackets.  IF Congress does not pass the Trump Tax Reforms and Cuts, Trump will use this in his “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” as outlined below.

Immigration Reform-Phase II:

The good news regarding immigration reform and controlling the borders, Trump can and is using existing law to authorities to accomplish many of his immigration goals.  In this case, Congressional ineptitude has worked to Trump’s advantage.

The President has rescinded all of Obama’s orders that curtailed border enforcement and enforcement of immigration law.  This has been backed by the DOJ and ICE aggressively enforcing the deportation of illegal aliens with criminal records and other federal law violations.  Trump is cracking down on Visa overstays as well as setting immigration limits to the lowest levels in years.  Trump has also put DACA squarely on Congress’s plate.  If Congress fails to authorize DACA, it will end and Trump will lay the potential deportation of 800,000 illegal DACA immigrants at the feet of both the GOP and Dems in Congress!  Trump has also put the funding of the border wall in his budget that is up for a Congressional vote.  IF Congress fails to fund the wall, Trump will also dump this on them as well as use it during the 2018 midterms.  Trump has also created a 70 item framework for Congress to consider in reforming the major portions of immigration law.

As stated above, the “trump” card Trump holds is that if Congress does not enact his immigration reforms, he will use this against any legislators who stonewall him as discuss in the “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” below.

Education Reform-Phase II:

Trump is working with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reform the DOE and the US educational goals and regulations.  They have already rolled back the Obama Title IX changes that basically allowed for male students to be considered guilty of sexual aggressions without due process.  They are also reviewing other federal mandates to States and School Districts to turn back more control to the States and local school boards.  

One of the major changes to education that Trump is pursuing is School Choice, especially for minorities.  Trump views this policy as the long-term fix to inner city poverty and crime reduction.  Trump will need to work with Congress on funding and revamping a few laws to pave the way for this policy change.  While school choice is favored by poor American-Blacks and American-Hispanics, the Progressive-Left and Democrats will fight this change tooth and nail.  They are owned by the teacher’s unions and rely a great deal on their contributions in local, State and Federal elections.

While Trump and DeVos have been somewhat off of the radar on school choice, Trump will ramp this issue up around the first of the year and make it part of the 2018 mid-term elections.

2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II

Trump’s recent dust-ups with Senators Corker, Flake, McCain, and others in the Senate and House, signal the Trump strategy to change the make-up of the Republican Party to include a majority of American First Populists.  There will be three major areas of focus in 2018.

  1. Target Sitting Democrat Senate Candidates:  Senators like Joe Manchin are up for reelection to the Senate in 2018.  Manchin is the Democrat Senate candidate in West Virginia where Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016.  Manchin and his seat is a prime target for Trump in 2018.  Claire McCaskell (D) of Missouri, Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp (D) North Dakota, Joe Tester (D) Montana, Bill Nelson (D) Florida, Bob Casey Jr. (D) Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow (D) Wisconsin, and others are in a similar pickle in their efforts to retain their Senate seats against the Trump America First Populist machine!  The map below shows how vulnerable the Democrats are in 2018.  They have 23 seats up for grab compared to on 8 open GOP seats.
  2. Target Elitist, Anti-Trump Republicans in the House and Senate:  The focus of the Trump America First Populist machine will include Jeff Flake (R), Arizona, and Dean Heller (R) Nevada.  Both Flake and Heller have openly opposed Trump and have been vocal in the media and on social media against Trump.  The House Republicans may also be “primaried” by more conservative and Pro-Trump candidates and this will unfold between now and the 2018 primaries.  The House Freedom Caucus will seek to extend its membership and power to assist the passage of the Trump agenda.  There will also be a concerted effort in the House and Senate to unseat the leadership teams of Ryan and McConnell.  Ryan could be replaced by Mark Meadows and McConnell could be replaced by Roy Blunt!
  3. Engage “We The People”:  The President will probably be one of the most active Presidents in history campaigning for Trump America First Populist candidates.  Trump will also aggressively campaign for his MAGA agenda in order to stalemate the remaining Anti-Trump Elitist!  The President will hold Trump rallies in key states and districts pushing his America First Populist candidates.  The House and Senate reelection committees would do well to work with the Trump team or they will find themselves at odds with the President’s Bully Pulpit that will continue to grow in strength!

Donald J. Trump has not changed his priorities for America in the past 30 years and will continue to push his America First Populist agenda.  The Republicans that continue to oppose him will do so at their own peril. 

The Russia probe will be out of steam by the 2018 primaries and the media’s messaging will continue to lower their own credibility. 

The Democrats will more than likely remain insignificant and I believe that their will lose more House and Senate seats.  They have no message and no leadership.

Hold onto your seats as 2018 nears.  Trump’s energy will continue to overwhelm the wusses in Congress and continue to confound the media.  Trump’s work ethic and focus will overcome the elites self-aggrandizement and the impact of their big money donors.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/2018-senate-democrats-are-very-exposed/

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/347394-the-7-most-vulnerable-senators-in-2018

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/12/14/2018-crystal-ball-senate-democrats-are-very-exposed-n2257591

Trump Must Send Troops into Harms Way-#DumpNFL Is Personal

Trump’s Biggest Nightmare!

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Wonder why Trump is so passionate about the Anthem and the Flag? 

Everyday when he wakes up, he has the lives thousands of troops and the future of their families in his hands and must make decisions that put them in harm’s way. 

The Anthem and our Flag have a life and death meaning to the President.  Seeing the faces of those he puts into the crosshairs of our enemies, leaves no room for disrespecting the Anthem and Flag that are the symbols of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of millions who have stood for this nation. 

Not so much to pampered multi-millionaire professional athletes and Hollywood Elites.

The saddest part of the so-called protest by this bunch of pampered athletes, and throw in the Hollywood elite, is that they have little or no interest in fact-finding before engaging in idiotic, and baseless protests and rhetoric against this President. 

Kaepernick’s False Premise

Kaepernick started his protest in August of 2016 following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.  Black activists whipped up the false conclusion that Brown was feloniously shot by a white police officer as Brown had his hands up leading to the chant, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”.  The police officer has since been exonerated of any wrongdoing based on the testimony of many Black witnesses.  So, the resulting Kaepernick “justification” for protesting the National Anthem and our Flag is based on a LIE.  

The Progressive-Left is using these athletes and goofy Hollywood elites to frame the President as a racist and White-Supremacist!  This was started by Crooked Hillary during the last election.  But, the President’s actions belie this falsehood.

Progressive-Left Kills Black Potential

The lack of opportunity for Blacks and Hispanics has been created and perpetuated by the Progressive-Left control over education.  For years, Black parents have supported School Choice via vouchers but have been denied choice by Black Activists and the Progressive-Left Democrats.  Obama absolutely opposed offering Black children school choice and thus a chance for a future.  24% of Blacks in America are functionally illiterate. This denies Blacks from participating in the American Dream and the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.  Democrat city mayors have thwarted efforts in the past to implement changes to improve their communities.  Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore have become the poster children for failed inner cities and Black lack of opportunity.

President Trump has done more for the Black community in 8 months than Obama did in 8 Years. 

Trump’s cuts in regulations and Executive Orders have enhanced Black economic opportunities.  Under Obama, Black family incomes fell by more than $900 per year.  Under Trump in 8 months, those same families have seen their income rise by over $1,000 per year.  Trump has reduced Black unemployment by over 1% in 8 months and increased the number of Blacks with a job by over 600,000 since he was elected.  The rate of growth of Black jobs has increased by 40% under Trump versus Obama!  This equals 30,000 new jobs for Blacks per MONTH!

Trump is also moving to create EDUCATION CHOICE for Black children to increase their life opportunities.  Trump is being fought by Obama holders, Obama himself, Teacher’s Unions, and the main Progressive-Left media machine.  The Left has demonized Secretary of Education DeVos since her nomination.  She is a committed education pro-choice advocate for years.  Her family has been involved for decades on education choice.  The more she succeeds, the more the Left squeals.  

Maybe the Multi-Million Dollar Professional Athletes and Goofy Hollywood Types could get Behind this Program to Really Help Blacks!

So, when Trump seems to get overly animated when defending our country, its auditory symbol, the National Anthem, and the visual symbol, the American Flag, he sees this through the prism of the young men and women who sacrifice everything to defend this country to allow us all to seek the American Dream. 

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He sees this nation as the hope for Blacks, Hispanics and all peoples to seek and achieve the American Dream.  He sees past the noise of fake issues and dreams of an America where its role models (athletes and other entertainers) would promote the opportunities that this nation offers to lift all of its citizens out of poverty, lives of crime, and achieve their dreams.  Further, that these same role models would join in the effort to lift all boats!  But, by railing against the very fabric of this nation and its President, these role models tamp down the dreams and opportunities for those who need a hand up.  

Pray that President Donald J. Trump never loses his passion to defend this nation and its revered symbols.  If he does, opportunity for our inner cities will die.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-race-trump-economy-progress-0822-story.html

#DumpNFL VS Progressive Left Activism

One of the questions facing this nation today is whether it is appropriate for a group of highly paid athletes to use two of our nation’s most revered symbols, the National Anthem and the American Flag, as props for their political protest? 

Also, why the anthem and the flag? 

Further, if the originating event that spawned the protest was proven false, is the protest still valid. 

Finally, is this display of disrespect for the anthem and the flag part of a larger political agenda?

Why Disrespect the Anthem and the Flag?

The flag is worn by every military person and by the vast majority of first responders, including law enforcement.  The anthem is a reminder to all American citizens that this nation was born and defended under many trying circumstances in order to afford its citizens the freedoms and opportunities they all enjoy today.  Taken together, there are no more powerful symbols of the United States Of America.  If you want to punctuate your displeasure of this nation, what it stands for, and its place in this world, there are no other symbols that would elicit an emotional response, positive or negative, as a protest set on the backdrop of disrespecting the anthem and the flag.  

False Genesis of the Protest:

Colin Kaepernick  kicked off the NFL kneeling protest in August of 2017 by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem before a San Francisco 49er game.  After the game, Kaepernick stated:  “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Ferguson Michael Brown Shooting:  Kaepernick’s comments and protests followed the August 2016 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a White police officer.  The incident also spurred the protest slogan, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot”, that is used by Black Lives Matter (BLM) even today.  BUT, the shooting of Michael Brown by the police officer was found to be lawful and an act of self-defense!  This conclusion was reached following the testimony of several Black witnesses to the actual event.  To underscore the validity of this acquittal, even the Obama Justice Department declined to pursue prosecution of the police officer further underscoring the officer’s innocence. 

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Also, at the core of the incident was that “another” White police officer killed a Black 18-year-old so America is racist and unjust.  In other words, White cops (who represent the entire United States) target Black victims. 

  • In 2015, the FBI statistics show that 50% of the police shooting deaths were of White people while 26% were Black.  Ok, Blacks only comprise 13% of the population while Whites comprise 62% of the population. 
  • BUT, Blacks were charged with 57% of the murders and 45% of the assaults in the 75 largest counties of the US.  In these counties, Blacks represent 15% of the population. 
  • Further, more Whites and Hispanics are killed by police than are Blacks.  12% of White and Hispanic deaths were the result of police officer shootings, while only 4% of black homicide deaths were the result of police officers.  You can try to argue that Blacks and Whites actually perpetrate unlawful violent acts at the same rate and that Blacks are targeted for arrest and Whites are not.  But, this argument simply defies logic and sociological studies on the subject.  

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Is the Disrespect of our Anthem and Flag Part of a Larger Political Agenda?

Taking a step back from the ongoing NFL player kneeling protests, President Trump’s statement that anyone taking a knee should be removed from an NFL football game and perhaps be fired, and the media frenzy and outrage today at NFL games in the UK and in America, we really need to dissect the protest validity, the state of our union, and the psyche of its citizens regarding race relations, the rule of law, and respect for our institutions of government.

Valid Protest or Political Activism?

The Ferguson/Brown case as the genesis for Kaepernick taking a knee is truly a non starter.  Brown was found to be at fault and the White Police officer acquitted of any wrong doing.  You can choose to ignore the facts, but you cannot change them! 

So, how can you continue to protest an event that did not happen (intentional murder of a Black man by a White police officer)?  OK, so you claim that the protest is of the larger issue of Blacks being targeted for some reason by White (or Black) police officers.  The problem is that there is no evidence that this is true.  Have Blacks, and Whites and Hispanics, been wrongfully shot and killed by police.  Of course and they have been prosecuted and incarcerated. 

So, maybe Kaepernick and the other protesters claim there is an inherent racism in America that is leaving Blacks uneducated, lacking in opportunity, and discriminated by Whites in general?   Well, look in the mirror.  Inner cities where Black illiteracy abounds are almost 100% controlled by Democrat city councils and school boards.  Education is the springboard for equal opportunity, social and economic equality.   14% of our population (32,000,000) can’t read.  70% of prison inmates cannot read!  OF our total population, 24% of Blacks and 41% of Hispanics are illiterate!  If 70% of the prison population cannot read, don’t you think that a systematic failure of our educational system is a root cause for criminality and leads to the death of many of our Black youths and men at the hands of cops?    Much of the Black crime is due to a lack of economic opportunity resulting from a poor education for Black and other minority youth.   This lack of a solid education perpetuates the lack of opportunity for their lifetime.  

Rather than take a knee against a perceived “racism”, why aren’t these protesters taking a knee against a lack of opportunity for minorities that is being perpetrated by the Progressive-Left, and not President Trump!  

The other goal of the Progressive-Left is keeping the victims and their supporters ignorant of our actual history!  You have Black civil rights leaders today, who were beaten by Democrat Progressive-Leftist in the 50’s and 60’s, who now support the political agenda of the very people who oppressed, hanged and beat them!  Ignorance and illiteracy are powerful weapons when creating victims and sewing class and race violence.  

The Progressive-Left agenda can only thrive in a chaotic society by creating victims and pitting groups against one another.  Victimhood is easy to create when you can create a population that is poorly educated and thus are sentences it to a life of poverty as these created victims cannot take advantage of the economic opportunities this nation provides.  The Progressive-Left blames “conservatives” for blocking Blacks from taking advantage of the American Dream when in reality it is the conservatives who strive to take back education and offer minorities real educations for their youth through choice.  The Progressive-Left owns the Teacher’s Unions both nationally and in each State and fights any attempt to truly reform education for the benefit of disadvantaged youth.  

Black and White professional athletes today, (I was once in this group), have seldom if ever been the subject of any kind of discrimination or mal-treatment.  They are multi-millionaires who are adored and revered by their fans and held up as role models to our youth.  (When I played in the South, (1960’s) there was real discrimination where Black and White teammates could not stay in the same hotels or apartments.  We all fought back on these unjust practices.)    By disrespecting our National Anthem and our Flag, they are disrespecting our Nation, its history, and the millions of men and women who fought and were wounded or died for this country from its inception, including some 750,000 who fought in the Civil War that resulted in the end slavery in the US.

These athletes can and should advocate for any cause they deem appropriate.  But, to disrespect the Anthem and the Flag others hold dear, is an insult to those who love their country and seek to make it a better place for all.  You are disrespecting the very core of a nation that allowed you to live a life few enjoy in this world.  God gave you a gift.  You maybe should use the fruits of these gifts to better those less fortunate around you.  Take some time to really understand your history, to really understand what this nation stands for, and to stop abetting the creation of more victims that will be enslaved by ignorance for the rest of their lives.  Trump, our National Anthem, and our Flag are not your enemies. 

Progressive-Left policies are your real enemy and only hard work, not merely kneeling for 2 minutes a week, will help to provide the American Dream to all of its citizens.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-missouri-police-shooting-20141224-story.html

http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops-killing-aaron-bandler

http://www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-american-adults-who-cant-read/

GOP Elites & Progressives Join Forces to Drive a Wedge Between Trump and Trump Supporters!

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You would think that media supporters of President Trump, the likes of Hannity, Ingraham, Dobbs, Bannon, and others, would know by now not to be played like a bunch of rookies by the Anti-Trump crowd when it comes to Trump’s core values and campaign pledges. 

Gee, have they ever heard of FAKE NEWS!  They should also know that Trump, unlike Obama, has a deep-seated reverence for the US Constitution and knows that he needs Congress to get his core values enacted!  But no, one false narrative following a dinner meeting with Tweedle Dee (Schumer) and Tweedle Dumb (Pelosi) and the rats abandon the Trump Ship!

Get a clue guys.  Anti-Trump forces joined up to drive a wedge between the President and his supporters.  The so-called conservative pundits stabbed Trump in the back and believed Pelosi, Schumer, the MSM, and leftist pundits rather than POTUS.  Good grief, haven’t we learned anything over the past 50 years?  Apparently not.

Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs (for one night), Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon and other less Trump supporting conservative pundits piled on Trump following his dinner meeting with Schumer and Pelosi.  First, they bought into the AP story (hook, line and STINKER) that quoted Schumer and Pelosi stating that, “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,”  Obviously this statement was intentionally misleading about the meeting and intended to state that Trump abandoned his core value commitments to build the wall and not to back amnesty for illegal immigrants in addition to his commitment to end chain immigration and fixing the Visa programs.  Sean, Laura, Ann and Lou took the bait rather than giving the President the benefit of the doubt and actually believe that he is committed to principles that he has espoused for the past 30 years.

The old saying, “with friends like these, who needs enemies” apply to these fair weather “friends” of the President.  They may as well have gone on the air with “Joe and Mika” and help to bash the President.  Now, the MSM and anti-Trump news outlets and blogs are doubling down on their condemnation of the President’s so-called back-stabbing of his MAGA supporters.  They are convincing some of his mushy supporters that Trump reneged on his campaign promises on immigration issues such as the wall, amnesty, chain immigration and DACA.  

In spite of the fact that Trump has stated and/or Tweeted emphatically that:

  • On the dinner meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, “No deal was made last night on DACA,”
  • On Chain Migration, “CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!”
  • On DACA legislation, “We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty.”  “We’re looking at allowing people to stay here,”
  • On building the Wall, “We have to have the wall. if we don’t have the wall we’re doing nothing,”  Read, I will veto immigration reform that does not include the wall even if there are multiple pieces of legislation.

There are more along the same lines but in the last two days Trump has reiterated his core values when it comes to protecting the border and immigration reform.  Our post on August 4th, titled, “Immigration Reform-Trump’s Approach Is Correct But Global Elites will Kill It!”, lays out Trump’s core immigration policy goals.  (Link http://wp.me/pY51c-15r). 

Everyone has to remember that a REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED Congress has to pass the Trump immigration values into law, Trump cannot merely wave a magic wand.   The Trump critics should be blasting Ryan and McConnell AND THE REST OF THE GOP IN CONGRESS, for not passing the Trump immigration agenda.  Trump is trying to peel off enough Dems to overcome the GOP Trump-haters like McCain, On-again off-again Graham, flaky Flake from Arizona, and many others in the house and senate.  If he can’t, he will have to compromise to some degree, like St. Ronald Reagan did in 1986. 

How far will he compromise?  Read his statements.  He says what he means.  Trump is not a nuanced communicator.  He is a Queens-New Yorker!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/national/trump-denies-deal-with-democrats-on-young-immigrants/article_a0ae80f2-996f-11e7-be7a-e33b5a0bcb9f.html

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-immigration-daca-dreamers/2017/09/15/id/813795/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/trump-voters-throw-maga-hats-twitter-bonfire/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/9-family-members-of-americans-killed-by-illegal-aliens-respond-to-possible-daca-deal-with-democrats/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/9-lies-about-daca-trump-is-buying-into/

 

Trump to GOP, Get in Line or Get Out of the Way! Populism V Swamp

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Everyone is trying to understand why Trump jumped into the debt ceiling/government funding negotiation and cut the deal with Schumer and Pelosi over McConnell and Ryan.  It is simple.  On Tuesday, The House GOP leader, Kevin McCarthy stated that the RINOs would NOT push to fund Trump’s Border Wall until December.  This is after delay after delay by the RINO Leadership, Ryan and McConnell, to keep pushing off approval of Trump’s border security bill.  Trump viewed this additional snub as a personal attack, again.

So yesterday, after Ryan and McConnell publicly stated that they would not agree to a debt ceiling hike unless it was for 18 months, use a continuing resolution to fund the government, and not tie anything to the bill, like Harvey Relief, Trump stopped the back and forth bickering between Pelosi-Schumer and McConnell-Ryan by saying that the debt ceiling and government funding would go through December 15th and fully fund his request for Hurricane Harvey relief!  Period!  His priority was Harvey Funding and the other issues were mere political noise to him! 

He later added an additional insult to the GOP leadership by complimenting Schumer and Pelosi by name and merely mentioning that GOP leadership was also at the meeting and agreed to the deal. On Air Force One in route to North Dakota to give his Tax Plan a plug, Trump Said:

“We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, we agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred – very important – always we’ll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it.”  He followed up by saying the GOP Congressional Leadership were also in the meeting!  

Step in Trump’s shoes for a moment; he has a major cleanup in Houston to deal with; A new hurricane about to hit Florida; A nut job in North Korea threatening nuclear war; a sabre rattling whack job in Iran threatening retaliation if Trump kills the US-Iran sell-out; A tenuous negotiation with China over trade and NOKO policy; He is still managing the annihilation of ISIS around the world; deploying his new Afghanistan policy; a media who hates him; and the sun is going down on his Tax Plan, Obamacare, and his appointees for 2017.  So, to sit there for an hour listening to Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer quibble like a bunch of spoiled brats over how and when and how much to increase the debt ceiling, (which is truly non-existent), and arguing for political advantages in terms of timing for how long the debt limit covers, and ignoring the real issue, Harvey Relief, Trump merely had enough.  

The Border Wall snub by Ryan and McConnell was just another log on the fire from Trump’s point of view.  Every time the media attacks something Trump says, even if the media is dead wrong as they usually are, Ryan and McConnell cannot get to a camera fast enough, usually having to wait for McCain’s bashing of Trump, to distance themselves from the President!  Trump is deeply frustrated with the lack of GOP support for his agenda and for him personally after he basically got all of those limp-wrist RINOs elected on his coattails.  The chickens are about to come home to roost.

Make no mistake, Trump knows that he will not get support from either the Democrats nor the media.  Many of the latter used to be personal friends of Donald and Melania Trump but since the election cycle, they have mercilessly attacked both of them and their family.  They oppose him and his agenda.  “Resist” is alive and well and the Democrats are too stupid to see the handwriting on the wall. 

But, Trump also knows that both Ryan and McConnell’s leadership is shaky at best.  He has tried to everything he can to support them and let them carry the ball for his agenda.  The problem is that they hate his agenda as his agenda offends their donor class!  These two have run away from Trump’s agenda and have at the same time alienated their conservative caucuses.  Mark Meadows could challenge Ryan’s leadership in the house but it is unclear who would challenge McConnell in the Senate.  There are a lot of “professed” conservatives in the Senate but not too many like Mark Meadows in the House who walk like a duck and quack like a duck.

Trump the Populist-First!

BUT, Trump is not a hard-core conservative nor a hard-core liberal.  Trump is a Populist!  He will back measures that are in the NATIONAL INTEREST of the nation and its citizens and not merely to adhere to someone’s view of conservatism or liberalism.  His America First Trade position is a good example as is immigration.  So the conservative caucus in the House and Senate need to understand he will not bend to mere ideology.  There has to be a pragmatic benefit to America if he is to embrace it.  He sees ideology as a possible barrier to “Make America Great Again”!  (Trump’s Trade Doctrine is an example)  He definitely sees ideology as a barrier to getting things done in the name of some lofty doctrine.  Case in point, the 60 vote filibuster rule in the Senate that is used by Senators to avoid making hard votes and being held accountable.

Trump has some real mine fields to navigate going forward. 

  • DACA will test his base as he viewed killing DACA and making Congress deal with this to be a Constitutional issue, more than an immigration issue.  (Separate Article to Follow)  the GOP and the Dems are sure to try to force Trump to sign amnesty for DACA beneficiaries before March 15th.  They may even try to tie it to a RINO/McCain/Rubio Gang of Eight amnesty bill.
  • Passing Tax Relief and Tax Reform will be a bigger battle within the GOP than Obamacare R&R.  Simply, corporate interests (Ryan and McConnell’s constituency) want lower rates but they want to keep all of the carve outs and tax breaks.  Dems will not support breaks for evil corporations and the “rich” and will push for more “tax rebates” for those who don’t pay taxes.  In the end, the middle-class could end up with the shaft rather than a tax break.
  • Obamacare Repeal & Replace will probably not happen before the 2018 Mid-Terms.  Congress will try to force Trump to subsidize the big insurance companies to keep Obamacare afloat longer.  The bottom line is that the RINO and DEM donor class wants to have national healthcare.  If a corporation is no longer responsible for providing healthcare for its employees and their families, just think how much the corporation  can add to their bottom line without doing absolutely anything!

Final Thought!

One other unmentioned comment Trump made yesterday following the meeting was that he expects Congress to take up and pass a real budget.  This is probably the most important statement he made yesterday and no one is talking about it!  Trump hates the now normal use of Continuing Resolutions to fund the government rather than formerly adopting a real budget.  As a business man, this is totally unacceptable.  How can you run a $4 trillion economy without a budget?  How can you expect to balance a budget without a budget.  The conservative caucus in the House and Senate need to wake up and insist on Congress passing Trump’s budget!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://nypost.com/2017/09/06/white-house-and-congress-agree-to-raise-debt-ceiling/

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/trump-sides-with-democrats-on-debt-ceiling-throwing-gop-plans-into-chaos-20170906.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/trump-mnuchin-debt-ceiling-239208

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/06/trump-agrees-to-fund-the-govt-raise-the-debt-ceiling/

https://hotair.com/archives/2017/09/05/kevin-mccarthy-well-fight-funding-border-wall-december-not-now/

 

The Empire Strikes Back-Trump Dumps DACA In Ryan/McConnell’s Lap!

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McConnell stated a couple of weeks ago that President Trump was a political novice and did not understand the “process” of the “swamp” (my interpretation).   Well, apparently this novice learns quickly.  The GOP RINOs thought they could hang DACA around Trump’s neck.  He is once again one step ahead of them!

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Trump promised to end DACA that was created by Obama via an Executive Memo.  Trump stated that the manner in which Obama created DACA was UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and it is!  He also claimed that it would be de facto Amnesty and it is!  So, what did Trump Decide to Do about DACA tomorrow when it expires?  The most probably outcome tomorrow will be:

TRUMP WILL EXTEND DACA FOR A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS AT WHICH TIME IT WILL EXPIRE, PERIOD!  

TRUMP WILL HONOR THE DACA COMMITMENTS TO THE 800,000 BENEFICIARIES UNTIL MARCH OF 2018, AT WHICH TIME DACA WILL CEASE TO EXIST AND THOSE IMPACTED WILL HAVE TO APPLY LEGALLY FOR ENTRY INTO THIS COUNTRY. (Other details tomorrow at the unveiling!)

NOW THE GOOD PART!

CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT TO EITHER SAVE DACA OR LET DACA DIE IN MARCH OF 2018.  THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN WHEN THIS MEMO WAS SIGNED BY OBAMA OVER 5 YEARS AGO!

THE BAD PART, MAYBE:

Ryan, McConnell and the GOP “Leadership” are all running for cover and don’t want to touch DACA during 2018 as that is the year of the Mid-Term Elections!  The Dynamic duo will actually have to make a decision to back AMNESTY for the DACA beneficiaries or back the death of DACA!  Trump may have to back primary challengers to GOP RINOs in order to maintain “control” over Congress.  AS if!

VOTERS WILL BE THE ARBITERS OF THE DACA/IMMIGRATION REFORM OUTCOME:

Either way, the American People deserve to know where our august men and women of Congress stand so the voters can decide whether to leave the bums in or throw the bums out.  

  • If DACA is taken up by Congress, the Progressive Left will lobby for not for DACA beneficiaries, but for all undocumented workers to receive unconditional amnesty.
  • The RINOs in Congress will resurrect the “Gang of 8”, led by McCain, Rubio, and others to support Amnesty for All and try to override Trump’s own immigration reform for VISA recipients.
  • Regardless, the Mid-Term Elections will be a referendum on the Republican held House and Senate, and NOT ON DONALD TRUMP.  As stated above, Trump may have to back primary challengers to the GOP RINOs if they extend amnesty to DACA and other illegal aliens.

Many so-called “conservatives” like Ann Coulter and others are bad mouthing Trump for not just ending DACA immediately.  They should be patting Trump on the back for setting up the “outing” of the herd of RINOs so the American Electorate, real conservatives, independents and America First citizens, can get a first hand look at the real traitors of the American Voters. 

As “Martha and the Vandella’s” reminded us in 1965, 

“No Where to Run… No Where to Hide”

Mitch and Paul can listen here:

Trump may be taking a chance on losing the “majority” in the House and Senate and possibly facing impeachment; but he feels that the return to Constitutional Law is more important than any single individual.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

Darth Vader Pic:  “https://d1ai9qtk9p41kl.cloudfront.net/assets/mc/ngillespie/2015_10/darth-trump428.jpg”

In Your Face Pic:

“http://truthfeed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trump-approval-congress-009-01-800×416.jpg”

 

 

Afghanistan/Pakistan/Indian/South Asia Challenge-The Trump Doctrine

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The Trump Afghanistan/Indian Sub Continent/South Asia Doctrine:

Last night, August 21/2017, President Trump outlined his Afghanistan foreign policy plan as part of his Afghanistan/Indian Subcontinent/South Asia foreign policy.  He has been asking his advisors for months “What does winning in Afghanistan look like”?  Trump drilled down on the result first, forcing his advisors to start with the conclusion then working a strategy to achieve that result…  He kept questioning their approaches until he was able to formulate a foreign policy that may achieve a result that benefits United States self-interest.  What has evolved is a doctrine that seeks to bring together a real diverse, and challenging “coalition” of disparate interest and nations.

Strategic Change:  Afghans Determine their Future

Inside of Trump’s address, was the notion that the US has no interest in defining the political self-governance structure of Afghanistan.  GW Bush and the Neo-Cons had the goal of establishing a western-style democracy over a country that is absolutely tribal in nature, with war lords as their overseers, with no experience in self-governing other than within the tribe.  This concept was doomed for failure at the outset especially when you add in the fact that these peoples were Muslim.  Islam has its own inherent governance structure.

Afghanistan is NOT a country made up of homogenous ethnic peoples with the same self-interests or even share any historical commonality.  There are 8 major ethnic groups within the current Afghan borders that were defined in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the British, Russia, and China.  The resulting “country” was basically a corral around a many peoples, most of which knew little or nothing about the other.  The map below will give you an idea of how disparate the ethnic make-up of Afghanistan is.

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Don’t make the mistake and try to draw a comparison to our republic that is made of 50 States.  The closest US analogy would be if the Christopher Columbus had drawn a line around the US and told all of the tribes of native peoples (Indians) and island dwellers, that they had to be subservient to Washington DC (I know it did not exist in 1492).  Further, that they had to vote for the central government leadership!  It is pretty amazing how clueless our own leadership is!

President Trump recognized that for the US to try to superimpose a central government over Afghanistan is a fool’s folly.  He stated point-blank that he has no interest in meddling in the Afghans governance.  While this one message is subtle, it is key to recognize that an Afghan western-style democracy cannot be a criteria for success!

Primary Success Criteria:  Eliminate Terrorist Haven in Afghanistan

President Trump stated that there are 20 separate terrorist groups in Afghanistan and in Pakistan.  His number one success criteria is the elimination of terrorist organizations from Afghanistan and allowing the terrorist organization from reconstituting in Pakistan.  Period!  

This is not simple and contains many tactical changes to give this a fighting chance.  Trump stated he will incorporate changes to achieve this goal:

  1. Rules of Engagement:  The President stated that he will take off the restraints on our commanders and soldiers and allow them to fight to win.  This will include the elimination of having embedded LAWYERS making the decision as to whether a soldier can fire on someone planting an IED!  How stupid is it to read a terrorist his “Miranda Rights”!  Further, that in-field tactical decision-making will not require approval from Washington and that the Military command will be empowered to take the fight to the criminals and terrorist, this is critical that we fight both, and eliminate them as a threat.  
  2. Focus on the Fight:  The US will no longer be in the business of nation building.  Our troops will no longer be building roads and buildings but focused on killing terrorist.  Period.
  3. Eliminate Cross-Border Safe  Havens:  The President also said that they will pressure Pakistan, apply real pressure and not just lip service, to not object to the US bombing terrorist havens inside of the Pakistan border with Afghanistan.  Today, the terrorist scurry across the border and we do not pursue them.  Trump will use our aid to Pakistan and other economic incentives to coerce the Pakistan Government to cooperate with the US.  He will also seek to isolate their nuclear weapons even more to ensure they do not fall into the hands of the terrorists.
  4. Stalemate China:  China has been a long-term player in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and are close neighbors with the former sharing a small border with China.  China has also been instrumental in the nuclearization of Pakistan!   The US will have to put pressure on China to keep them from interfering in our efforts to work with Pakistan to eliminate the terrorist from the region.
  5. Stalemate Russia:  The old Soviet Union bordered Afghanistan and had long sought to take over the Afghan mineral deposits.  Since the Progressive Left has interfered with Trump’s ability to work with Russia on Syria and other common issues, it will be difficult for the President to stalemate Russia.  That said, Trump will do everything he can to insure that Russian arming of the militants is minimized.  Russia shares many of our concerns for militant Islam and hopefully Trump will be able to overcome the “Russia Fever” that the left has created in our country.
  6. All Out War:  Trump will also wage a war to win and focus less on pressures to fight a “gentlemen’s war”.  He has already increased bombings by over 182% since taking office.  He will use special forces, air power, cyber, and increase commitments from NATO and other allies.  He may run into some resistance from some NATO allies as he talks the gloves off.  The French, for example, don’t like to fight at night!  Amazing.  Trump will also push the envelope in terms of pure fire power using even more MOABs to get the attention of the Terrorists.
  7. Engage the War Lords:  Trump’s team recognizes the role the regional war lords play in running Afghanistan.  Trump will have to prevail on them to cease sheltering and aiding any of the terrorists.  If he can persuade them that the US is not supporting a centralization of an Afghan government and allow the war lords to have a larger role in Afghanistan’s future, he may win most of them over.

Second Success Criteria:  Reduce the US Financial Commitment

Trump was subtle in his speech to enlist more financial support from Afghanistan, NATO and even India!  He is focused on $$$ and the US need to get others to help foot the bills that benefit others as well as the US.  He will probably tell Tillerson that he will take care of this part of the diplomatic effort!

  1. Afghanistan Financial Support:  Remember Trump talking about the Iraq war and that we should have “taken” some of the oil as repayment for our economic commitment to “liberating” Iraq?  Well, Afghanistan’s mineral and gemstone wealth is estimated at 1-3 Trillion dollars and include: barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, zinc, emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.  Trump will probably seek to bring in international companies to help Afghanistan develop these resources and use part of the proceeds to offset our costs in the war effort.  Trump will also have to replace Afghanistan’s largest cash crop, poppies for opioid sales, with other sources of income for the war lords.   This change is needed to help rid the world markets of cheap opioids.  
  2. NATO:  Trump will ask NATO to increase their financial and military commitment to the Afghan Terrorist War as well.  NATO has already stated that they approve of the Trump Doctrine in South Asia and are open to discussions moving forward.
  3. India:  India is an interesting inclusion into the increased economic support for fighting terrorist in Afghanistan.  First of all, India is not a Muslim majority country and is in fact the home of the Sikhs who are enemies of the Muslims.  India would love to see the US exert more pressure on Pakistan as the two are also enemies in both religion and politics.  A more stable South Asia would benefit India and allow it to focus even more on its economic development and somewhat less on national defense.  The President seeks to pressure India, via its trade advantage with the US, to have India supply economic aid in Afghanistan in various forms.  At best, this will challenge even Trump’s “Art of the Deal” skills.  The overall alliance will include Muslims (both Sunni and Shia), Hindu, Sikhs, and a handful of others!  The alliance does, however, form a solid base for a true South Asia policy that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indian sub continent.  (May be easier than repealing Obamacare in Congress though)

The goals of the strategic change in Afghan self-determination, the defeat of terrorism in Afghanistan and to some degree Pakistan, and the Cost-Sharing goals to reduce US economic commitment to Afghanistan, define Trump’s success in Afghanistan.  If this succeeds with this “odd” alliance of players, it will have long-standing benefits in South Asia and help to stabilize a Post-Soviet South Asia.  If we do not succeed according to a time-table only Trump knows, we may pull out of Afghanistan sometime in the future.

There are many other facets of this doctrine that will be fleshed out in the coming months.  Trump will let the Generals and the troops do their jobs but will keep pressure on Mattis and his staff to keep their eye on the ball.  He will also make sure the Treasury is doing all they can to cut off the supply of funding to the terrorist and keep other cabinet members contributing in any way they can to assist the fight.  Rex Tillerson has a difficult job of keeping the coalition together while maintaining stability in Pakistan and elsewhere.  No small task.

Observation:  One thing to look for that will differentiate this campaign from our past feeble efforts to rid Afghanistan from Terrorist is a cessation of warfare during the winter months.  I would hazard a guess that Trump will seek to keep the terrorist from relaxing during the winter months with a series of asymmetrical attacks by land and air.  Sleep deprivation can be a demoralizing factor for sure…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/boundaries-iii

http://afghanag.ucdavis.edu/country-info/culture-and-working-locally/Man_Afghan_Culture_CWTI.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Pakistan

 

Trump to Pentagon On Afghanistan, “What Does Winning Look Like!”

Trump to Pentagon,

“What does Winning Look like in Afghanistan?” 

Culture shock in DC now extends to the Pentagon.  Specifically when it comes to defining Foreign Policy Strategy as it impacts Military Operations.   

As a businessman, Trump goes to the bottom line with every deal.   What does it mean to win and what does it look like in this particular deal.  We have been embroiled in conflict in Afghanistan since October, 2001.  We have seen what Bush thought was victory, then a redo with the surge, to Obama replacing combat with tentative engagement.  Trump will not approve of a military strategy in Afghanistan until he is convinced that he knows and believes what winning this conflict would look like and what will be the cost in blood and treasure.  Period.  

Apparently, in his meetings with DOD he was presented with a continuation of our prior strategy and was not satisfied with the strategy nor did he hear what winning would mean to the US.  Until he does, he will continue to press Mattis and McMaster and others.

While the MSM and talking heads are going nuts over not being able to pin Trump down on an Afghanistan strategy, why get in a hurry after almost 17 years of misery  and all too many casualties and injured servicemen and servicewomen. 

  • Trump has correctly said in the past that winning in Afghanistan has to include operations in Pakistan or we will continue to play “tag” with the Taliban scurrying back and forth from Afghanistan to their “safe space” in Pakistan. 
  • He has also indicated that anyone who receives billions from the US (Pakistan), must support our strategies or risk losing our aid.   Of course Trump detractors say that Pakistan is a nuclear nation so we can’t risk alienating them.  How about if you get$2B in aid and you probably can’t risk alienating us!

Trump also knows that doing nothing is also an option.  He will not naively dip his toe in an unwinnable conflict if he is not convinced that winning is not only attainable, but the likely outcome.  He believes that he owes this to our men and women in the military.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Saint Comey Pontificates! “I am Good, Trump is Bad”

“Serious Manliness Issues”!

EX-Director of the FBI Comey kept to his pattern of seeing evil spirits in his superiors that has dated back to 2004 when he was the interim Attorney General under George W. Bush.  His personal political voyeurism and undermining of his superiors, including prior presidents, is embellished by his inflated self-importance acting under a delusional belief that he is the sole keeper of truth and justice. 

Another consistency to his behavior was his insatiable appetite for the limelight and egocentric focus on his single-handed campaign to right political “wrongs” whether the wrongs involved;

  • 2005 Enhanced interrogation objection against the Bush Administration. 
  • 2006 refusal to certify the Bush NSA domestic wiretapping program over the objections of the President and his White House Council.  (Comey’s certification was required as he was the acting AG and by law had to sign off on the program.  Thus, a single person forced the Bush administration to alter the program.)
  • In his 2007 testimony before the House and Senate Judiciary committees against the Bush Administration’s firing of certain U.S. attorneys.  Comey claimed that they were fired for political reasons and not for cause, in his view.  (By law, the president and the Attorney General have the right to fire any U.S. Attorney with or without cause.)
  • In 2013, just prior to his nomination to become the FBI director under Obama, Comey was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.  Gay Marriage. 
  • In 2015, while the FBI director, Comey stated in a speech at Georgetown University, that police officers exhibit bias against African-Americans in carrying out their duties was a natural course of on the job learned bias.  (Great opinion to hold as the head of the premier law enforcement agency in the world)
  • In 2015, in another speech, Comey contradicted Obama’s support for police wearing body cameras.  (and you wonder why Trump may have asked if Comey would be loyal?)
  • In 2015, Comey, at a speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, linked Poland to the Holocaust along with Nazi Germany.  Comey retracted the linkage at the insistence of Ambassador Mull.  Comey stated; ” I wish I had not used any other country names because my point was a universal one about human nature”.  (Comey assumed the role of being the arbitrator and sage of and on “human nature”!)
  • In July of 2015, Comey opened the CRIMINAL investigation into the Clinton Email fiasco.  While this is worth an entire article, here are a few of Comey’s ego driven actions;
    • Gave into AG Loretta Lynch directive to call the Clinton Criminal Investigation a “MATTER” when he discussed it publicly.  
    • Comey was “concerned” when learning that the Russians may have hacked the DNC and was further “concerned” and personally distraught when AG Lynch met with Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac while Comey had an open CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (NOT A MATTER) ON HILLARY CLINTON.
    • On July 5th, 2015, Comey concluded the investigation of Clinton and announced that, “FBI’s recommendation that the United States DOJ file no criminal charges relating to the Hillary Clinton email controversy.”  This was after a 15 minute speech stating all the reasons Clinton should have been prosecuted!
    • Later in July, 2015, after receiving the Russian Dossier on Donald Trump which is a false operation research document by the democrats, the FBI opened a non-criminal investigation into the Trump Campaign!  Comey did not discuss the dossier with Trump until January, 2017, prior to Trump’s inauguration.

Comey’s career is replete with disclosing ongoing investigations, the status of ongoing investigations, and cow-towing to pressure to back off investigations, (IRS, Clinton, etc.) by the Obama Administration including its Attorney General.  Comey’s disclosures are consistently couched in statements of personal discomfort for “having to” violate protocol and discuss ongoing investigations when it suited his need for an ego boost.  Statements concerning his consternation, fear, intimidation etc. serve to try to make himself appear as the victim and the champion against evil.  (Comey is 6’8″ so the intimidation stance is a bit shallow!) 

Well, Comey’s ego puts himself above, Bush, Obama, and now Trump. 

Everyone else is bad, Comey is Good!

 

A couple of other thoughts. 

Comey’s supporters, Democrats and the Main Stream Media, put forth the idea that Comey, as the consummate professional, always documented his meetings with key Administration officials regardless of who was president.  We know this is false, if we believe Comey, and the only high level meetings he documented with a memo-to-the-file was when he met with Trump!  We have no way to know,

Comey leaked his Trump memos-to-file to the press through one of his friends.  So, he leaked confidential information regarding his meetings with the President of the United States without copying his boss the Assistant AG or the AG himself.  (No wonder he did not investigate leaking)

Comey, time and time again, discussed ongoing cases, whether they were ongoing or closed, but refused to disclose that President Trump himself was not under investigation.  Comey applies convenient standards depending whether they make Comey himself look like the champion of right versus wrong.  

Comey and the FBI apparently, according to Comey who once again discussed an open FBI case in public, did not find any wrong doing on the part of General Flynn but are pursuing a charge of “lying to the FBI”.  Remember Comey successfully prosecuted and convicted Martha Stuart for this same offense after failing to find any other wrong doing on her part.  

Personally, I think Jim Comey is a sad, pathetic, small person who hates authority figures, has a very low self-esteem, and craves accolades and media attention regardless of the consequences to the nation.

With ongoing threats from North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and others, ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a failing health care system, and a sputtering economy, Trump and the nation should be focused on something besides the ramblings of an ego-maniac and a Democrat party aided by RINO Republicans and the main stream media. 

The fate of this nation is at stake and right now our priorities are all screwed up!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini