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NATO, Does it “Trump” our Constitution?

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President Trump and Tucker Carlson have been lambasted by the liberal and Neocon media for even questioning the relevance of NATO today and whether the NATO Article 5 “Collective Defense” is in America’s best interest!  NATO’s Article 5 make it MANDATORY, by treaty, for the US to defend any NATO member(s) if that member(s) invoke Article 5 if attacked by another nation.  NATO was originally founded as a counter-balance against the former Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact.  With 29 member nations now in NATO, and the Soviet Union no longer in existence, and many of the Warsaw Pact nations not NATO members, is NATO still relevant and does the sheer number of its member make peace LESS likely?

The President and Carlson discussed whether the US has a National interest in defending the tiny and recently added to NATO country of Montenegro!  This country was used as an example and the list of countries could include other NATO nations such as Turkey, Albania, Croatia, and others.  Expanding the NATO membership exponentially raises the risk of the US being involved in a military conflict that is not in our interest.

Take, for example, if Turkey, a NATO member, who is buying sophisticated anti-missile systems and other offensive weapons from RUSSIA, claims that the Iraqi Kurds, attacked Turkey and then invoked the NATO Article 5 Common Defense clause AGAINST IRAQ since the Kurds are part of Northern Iraq!  The Kurds were and still are ally and have been instrumental in our eradication of ISIS in North Eastern Syria!.  

What happens if two NATO nation attack each other?  Which one do we defend if both invoke Article 5?  

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The media set their hair on fire again citing that all of the NATO nations responded to our invoking Article 5 following the 9-11 attack!  Seriously?  Many sent NON-COMBAT support to Afghanistan rather than send in combat troops as indicated by Article 5.  Article 5 inherently calls for military support, not clerical or policing support.   Further, the whole existence of NATO was to act as a counter-balance to the old Soviet Union.  It is curious that the only time Article 5 has been invoked was after an attack on the US by radical Islamists, not Russia!

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was created on April 4th, 1949, some 70 years ago!  NATO began with only 12 member nations including, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  Today it consists of 29 countries including Turkey which is rapidly becoming a belligerent Islamic Dictatorship under President Erdogan with increasingly anti-west views. 

With each new member, NATO increases the potential for one of its members to be attacked in some manner by a non-member and thus drawing NATO and by extension, the US into an armed conflict.  For example, if Ukraine had been a member when it was attacked by Russia under Obama, the US and NATO may have had to directly engage Russia in an open conflict.  Rather than the US having the option of negotiating with Russia, the military option may have been the only option.

Can the US Ignore an Article 5 Invocation by a Member Country?

Constitutionally the President could decline or ignore NATO’s invoking of Article 5 if the President did not believe that joining an armed conflict would be in the US best Interest.  Why is this Constitutionally possible?

  1. Supremacy Clause:  You have probably heard of the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.  This clause is spelled out in Article VI, Clause 2 of our Constitution.  It reads, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. “  This means that all Provisions of the US Constitution, and Laws enacted by Congress, take precedent over all treaties made.  In short, Treaties such as NATO can be overwritten by a provision or power specified in the Constitution or a power granted under a law enacted by Congress.
  2. President as the Commander-in-Chief:  Article II, Section 2, designates the President only as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and as such can withhold the deployment of its troops even if provided for in any specific treaty, such as NATO.  Article II, Section 2 reads: The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;…

So, the President can withhold our troop deployment even if a NATO member invokes the NATO Article 5 call to arms.  There is no doubt that the left-wing media and the members of Congress on both sides would beat their collective chests and decry such an executive decision by the President.  They would all be joined by an outcry of the other NATO nations.  But, the founders intentionally placed the Constitution and the duly enacted laws of the Federal Government above Treaties and placed the ultimate decision to wage war in the office of the President, period.  Even if Congress enacted a law requiring the President to unconditionally engage troops if a NATO member invokes Article 5 this law would be deemed unconstitutional by any originalist  Supreme Court.

Why are These Safeguards Important?

Well, if Turkey moves even further towards a radical Islamic State in the mold of Iran, and then attacks Israel, Jordan, or Kurdish Iraq, and then invokes the NATO Article 5 clause when one of these nations or groups counterattack Turkey, the President could deem our national interest to be more aligned with Israel Jordan or Kurdish Iraq.  Presidential Commander In Chief Constitutional powers TRUMP the NATO treaty!  These Presidential powers also extend to our membership in the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other international agreements.  WE THE PEOPLE STOPS AT OUR SHORES!

Ultimate Sovereignty:  The founders never intended to cede to any foreign power, or groups of foreign powers, sovereignty over the people of the United States.  Their experience with the heavy-handed King George IV of England was enough to convince them to never cede sovereignty over to anyone! 

God Bless the Founders of this Country and the forethought they put into writing our Constitution.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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Are Germany and the European Union Creating their own Demise?

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President Trump at the  NATO meetings reiterated two key concerns regarding the European Union, especially Germany, and their ability to survive in the near future, with or without NATO.  The President’s concerns are no trivial matters, and if not addressed, the consequences could mean a Europe that is defeated from within by Muslim extremists and from without by Russia and its allies.  The sad part is that all three potential fatal wounds are being self-inflicted by the Europeans themselves!

NATO Prime Objective:

It is imperative to understand that NATO was established to stand against the Soviet Union during the cold war and now to safeguard Europe from Russia’s goal to regain its once far-reaching geographical control over Eastern and Southeastern Europe.  Also, to foment instability in the Middle East and establish a Middle Eastern presence in order to further its control over world-wide oil.  

It should also be noted that the Russian economy is weak and relies on energy exports for 70% of the gross domestic product!  This reliance on energy revenue leaves Russia vulnerable to US energy policy unless Russia can checkmate US power via an ability to blackmail our NATO allies!

The President is pushing the NATO members to meet their 2% of GDP military budget commitment.  Why?  To show Russia that the NATO members recognize the threat of Russia as real and that they will commit resources in order to thwart Russian aggression!  The President is sitting down with President Putin of Russia this week.  It is sad that NATO member lag seriously behind their commitments.  This is especially true of Germany who boosts the strongest economy among the EU European members.  The President is having to sell the ‘commitment’ of the EU to NATO in the face of lagging financial commitments by our NATO partners and now the ceding of German and EU autonomy via increasing their dependence on Russian energy supplies!

Germany Surrenders Autonomy to Russia Via the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline!

According to the EU, its members import 69% of their total natural gas needs, 37% FROM RUSSIA.  GERMANY IMPORTS 94% OF ITS NATURAL GAS NEEDS, ALMOST 40% FROM RUSSIA!  Now, Germany is moving forward with Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will make Germany a major hub/distribution center from which to distribute RUSSIAN natural gas to EU members!  The map below shows that the pipeline will be laid to a large degree on the floor of the Baltic Sea.  To the East of the pipeline are the most vulnerable nations and targets of Russian expansionism, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus.  

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Why does Russia need the northern pipeline? 

One of its other major feeder lines to the EU goes through Ukraine who is now engaged in defending itself against a Russian takeover!  The irony is that the EU, including Germany, joined with the US in sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine and ultimately taking over Crimea via a self-proclaimed “annexation”!  Germany and the EU apparently have forgotten that Russia cut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine during a harsh winter in order to bring Ukraine to its knees!  What makes Merkel and the EU think that Putin will not use the same tactic against the EU!

The underlying, and arguably the most important Russian need for the pipeline is to hold Germany and the EU hostage if they try to stand against Russian aggression!

  • If Russia invades Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania, would Germany and the EU stand troops against Russia and risk being cut off from a major source of their energy?
  • If Russia invades Ukraine, would Germany and the EU stand troops against Russia and risk being cut off from a major source of their energy?
  • If Russia continues to supply Syria with arms including chemical weapons, would Germany and the EU join a US led opposition to Russia and risk being cut off from a major source of their energy?

In short, if the majority of our NATO partners can be held hostage by Russia and Putin, what good will NATO be to combat Russian aggression!  ZILCH!  Russia has found a way to defeat NATO without firing a shot!  President Trump knows that Russian Energy is the single most potent weapon at Putin’s disposal.

Muslim EU Open Border Immigration:

The second concern that the President addressed was the lack of border control by the EU, led by Germany, in allowing almost unfettered immigration from Muslim countries.  The President’s concern is that the velocity of the immigration negates any orderly assimilation of the new immigrants assuming they have any will to assimilate.  This EU policy has changed the demographics of its members to where 35%+ of their inhabitants are made up of Muslim immigrants.  

Political pressure is already rampant to change European law and replace it or integrate Sharia Law into the legal systems in Europe.  If there are uprisings in the European Union by its new Muslim immigrants, how will the EU defend itself from this internal threat.  How would the US be able to defend the Europeans from themselves!  The President understands this threat and continues to warn the EU that their immigration policies are not in their best interests.  

Are We Facing a Pre-WWII European Appeasement?

Yep.  Without the EU being independent of Russian energy supplies, and without the EU curbing their open borders immigration practices that is draining EU of its treasure, the EU, and this NATO has emasculated itself vis-à-vis Russia!  The President will have to use every tool in his “Art of the Deal” toolkit to convince Putin that NATO is solid enough to stand him down in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Syria.  What is more likely, the President will have to convince Putin that the US will stand him down alone if necessary.  Once again, like in WWII, our European allies lack of intestinal fortitude have dealt the US a bad hand.  Thank God Trump is at the helm and he will not capitulate to Putin.

RD Pierini

@RDPIERINI

 

 

 

Overturning Roe v Wade, Why, How, and When?

First of all, you need to know a couple of facts surrounding Roe V. Wade.

  1. The Supreme Court’s decision on Roe V. Wade was fundamentally based on a false “right” that is not in the US Constitution either explicitly or implied, that is the “Right to Privacy”.  At the same time, the right to life is explicitly stated in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.  Further, Federal Law explicitly provides for a double homicide if a pregnant mother is murdered resulting in the death of her unborn child.  Clearly Federal law recognized the unborn child as a life!  Over 30 States have similar double homicide laws!
  2. The Left always clings to what is known as “Settled Law” or more technically known as “stare decisis“, which literally translates as “to stand by decided matters”. 
    1. One, there is NO provision in the US constitution that recognizes settled law as binding on future Supreme Court decisions regarding similar or related matters! 
    2. Two, many prior court decisions have been overturned by subsequent courts in order to remedy MISTAKES by earlier courts.  New facts may evolve that make the earlier decisions moot or based on false assumptions.  Sometimes politically motivated court decisions are reversed by more balanced courts.  No one attributes infallibility to one or all of the Supreme Court Justices and they can make mistakes just like anyone else.  A couple of examples include these cases that the Left loved but will not mention when discussing settled law that has been overturned:
      1. Gay Sex Ban:  Bowers v. Hardwick (1986):  SCOTUS upheld the Georgia law forbidding oral or anal sex between two persons of the same sex.  In 2003, the Supreme Court decided the case of Lawrence v. Texas by rejecting Texas’s anti-sodomy law, essentially declaring that the Bowers decision was incorrect. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion stated, “Bowers was not correct when it was decided, and it is not correct today. It ought not to remain binding precedent. Bowers v. Hardwick should be and now is overruled.”
      2. Illegal for Blacks to have Sex with Whites or to Marry:  Pace v. Alabama (1883):  SCOTUS found for Alabama law and upheld its anti-miscegenation laws that forbid blacks to have sexual relations or marry whites.  This decision was not overturned until 1967 when in Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court finally ruled unanimously that such laws had no legal standing and were merely state-sponsored racism.   It took over 80 years for this settled law to be overturned!  So much for time being a test for settled law!
      3. Institutionalized the Inferiority of Blacks:  1857, Dred Scott v. Sandford:  Quite simply, the 6-3 decision handed down in 1857 declared that black people were inferior to whites, weren’t and couldn’t be U.S. citizens, had no right to file federal lawsuits, and were property that couldn’t be taken from their owners without due process. Furthermore, western territories could no longer ban slavery, and slaves brought into supposedly free territories were not, in fact, freed.  This decision was overturned by two US Constitutional Amendments, the 13th and 14th Amendments.  The 14th Amendment reset the equality of Blacks as citizens but also contains language that may be partly used to overturn Roe V. Wade.  It is;  “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  While the horrible Dred Scott Supreme Court decision was rightfully overturned, the remedy grants the right to life to EVERY PERSON in this country.  With the advances of science, it can now be proven that a fetal heartbeat can be detected at 4 weeks!  
    3. Federal versus State Control:  Prior to Roe V. Wade, the States were free to allow or regulate or prohibit abortions.  Abortion is not reserved under Federal versus State jurisdiction in the Constitution but SCOTUS in its decision created a Federal protection umbrella for abortions by creating a “new right of privacy” that superseded State’s rights.  The Federalization of abortion in this case failed to protect the “life” of the unborn and gave the mother sole control over the life of her child.  
    4. Overturning Row V. Wade Does Not Prohibit Abortion in the US:  The left constantly states that if Row V. Wade is overturned, that Abortions will be banned in the US and that women will be subjected to coat hanger abortionists!  NOT TRUE.  If Roe V. Wade is overturned, then the control or abolition of abortion will be left to each of the 50 States to decide.  Obviously the majority of States would adopt some form of legal abortion.  

Foundation for Overturning Roe V. Wade:

Since Roe was decided in 1974, huge medical advances have been made in fetal research and knowledge of the gestation process.  DNA research has determined that at the point the female egg is fertilized by the male sperm, a new “person” is formed with DNA separate from the mother and father but made up of characteristics of both.  The chart below shows current understanding of the status of the unborn child as it develops in the womb.  There is no doubt today that the baby’s heart begins to beat after 4 weeks.  By week 5, the baby’s brain and other organs are formed!    Also, the baby had already developed pain receptors after 8 weeks of life.  In short, it is difficult to argue that a separate human being and life has not been created at conception and by the end of a month a human life is formed.  

So, a case will be brought forward based on the science to back up that life begins at conception and at the very least when the heart begins to beat at 4 weeks!  This sets up the Constitutional arguments to protect the life the unborn child that are granted in the 14th Amendment;  “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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How about the Right to Privacy Argument?

This case will pit the mother’s right to privacy against the right to life of the child, with the latter being explicitly protected by the US Constitution and the former being a contrived right created by SCOTUS in deciding Roe V. Wade.  The Left has already argued many times that the Constitution often protects PEOPLE versus Citizens and the 14th Amendment grants the right to life to PEOPLE specifically.  Therefore, the left cannot argue that life protections do not apply to the unborn child since the child is not a citizen since the Constitution and the 14th Amendment protects People, not just Citizens!  Will the left hide behind “settled law”?  Of course.  But it is  weak argument given the number and seriousness of prior SCOTUS decisions that have been overturned!  Many widely acclaimed by the Left.

When will SCOTUS Overturn Roe?

Hard to say.  But once President Trump’s latest nominee to replace Kennedy is seated, it is a matter of time.  Roberts will still be an unknown but if Ginsburg or another Justice leaves the bench during the Trump Presidency, then overturning Roe is almost a certainty during Trump’s tenure.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Obama DOJ/FBI/Intel Agencies-Treason And Sedition Against the United States

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”

The seditious and treasonous nature of the Obama Administration’s activities will go down as the most serious Constitutional threat to our Republic in the history of our nation…

When Lord Acton opined his view on political power in the mid 1800’s, he could not have imagined the seditious and treasonous actions that have been perpetrated on the American voter in the 2016 election and the ensuing Donald J. Trump Administration.  The sedition was borne out of the Obama Administration when its leader, his closest advisors who oversaw all of the key intel agencies, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secretary of State who became the Democrat Presidential candidate, conspired to ensure that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump would not  become the President of the United States, and then continued with its insurrection following Trump’s successful election.   Their actions quickly morphed into treason when their underlying goal was to overthrow a duly elected President and his lawful administration.

Did anyone who loves this country ever think that the FBI, CIA, and NSA would be used to rig a Presidential Election and then to undermine the duly elected President! 

The Obama administration weaponized the intel agencies and the chief US law enforcement agencies of the most powerful nation on earth to stop the Trump candidacy and later to undermine and overthrow his administration.  They even solicited the assistance of the British intel agencies to create a phony dossier against Trump and to abet a spy the FBI put inside of the Trump Campaign! This FBI would make the perverted J. Edgar Hoover Blush with envy!  

 How did we get to this point?

Acquiescent Congress: 

Republicans in Congress would do anything to make sure they weren’t accused of playing partisan politics including abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities.  When was the last time you actually believed that a Republican oversight committee would actually hold the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA etc. accountable for wrongdoing?  Remember the IRS/Lois Lerner Scandal?  Remember the Benghazi tragedy?  Remember Fast and Furious gun running?  Remember when Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress but then the Congress did not hold him accountable.  Remember when Obama “legislated: from the oval office on DACA; recess appointments when Congress was not in recess; the regime-change war on Libya without Congressional approval; Obama forcing Chrysler SECURED creditors into accepting 30 cents on a dollar; Obama continually changed the implementation dates for Obamacare based on political considerations even though the law was explicit on its implementation schedule; and many other unconstitutional executive usurpation of legislative powers by Obama.  Throughout all of the unlawful Obama years, the Republican led Congresses stood idly by and did not challenge Obama in court for his “theft” of their legislative powers.

9-11 and Electronic Surveillance Free-For-All:

During the Clinton presidency, we witnessed this president’s use of FBI files on individuals to target those who opposed his administration.  A bit of a throwback to J. Edgar!  Then, after the 9-11 attack on the US, Congress and the Bush administration threw the doors open on foreign and DOMESTIC spying via electronic surveillance of phone calls, emails, text messaging etc..  They put the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Act on steroids! 

What a perfect political tool to use against one’s political opponents!  Better than the Clinton’s use of the paper FBI files!

We lowly taxpayers and citizens were assured, by Obama’s James Clapper (DNI) and John Brennan (CIA), that there were check and balances and that mere citizen-mortals could not be surveilled nor was there data being saved on US Citizens.  And, that Congress had oversight responsibility to make sure that citizens were protected from an out of control Intelligent Service (IS).  Just to make sure, Congress had demanded that the IS get a “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Warrant” from a FISA Court that was made of up 6 or so rotating judges in order to surveil foreign sources or US Citizens.  BUT, these “judges” have literally rubber stamped and approved 99.96% of the applications!  Yes, 99.96%!  Feel safe now?  Further, there is no oversight over the FISA courts other than the Chief Justice of the US who could really care less!  There is no statutory independent review of the FISA Court actions.  

I thought American citizens could not be surveilled?  NOPE!  They can get caught up with the surveillance of a foreign person and they can even get a tap based on a fake dossier created by a political operative, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign and aided and abetted by our own DOJ, FBI, CIA, and NSA under Obama!  So, both US citizens and foreign nationals can be electronically surveilled by our intelligent services including the FBI domestically!  

In the 2016 Presidential election and before, the Obama Administration unleashed the full power of our intelligence services, and their access to electronic surveillance, as well as other federal positions including the Ambassador to the UN against a POLITICAL OPPONENT in order to fix the outcome of our Presidential Election.  Let that sink in!

  The DOJ, FBI, CIA, DNI and others spied on the Trump Campaign and following the election on the Trump Administration itself.  Obama used the spies to plant info into the Trump Campaign that would later be used as “evidence” that the campaign was conspiring with Russia against poor little Hillary and the Democrats.  They then used the so-called  “Trump Dossier” and other phony information that they created out of thin air to directly surveil the campaign and its principals including the President himself.  They then used the Comey firing to justify a “special counsel” to launch an open-ended, public investigation into the Trump Campaign, the Trump Administration and its principals.

Solutions!

Our founding fathers knew that unlawful people in power could in practice tear up the constitutional checks and balances they built-in to protect we the people.  Well, both Republican and Democrat administration and Congresses have demonstrated unlawful behavior and have created an unchecked Federal government capable of violating everyone’s constitutional rights, including the President of the United States!  I in no way believe that these solutions will be better than those envisioned by our founding fathers and that given enough incentive and moral depravity, there are those who will someday believe that they know better than our founders and will take extra-constitution, i.e. illegal, measures to thwart the system for their own purposes.  Remember the title of Director Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty”.  There should be no higher loyalty than to our constitution and our rule of law.

  • Foreign and Domestic Surveillance:  

    • The “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” (FISA) must be restructured when it comes to granting the surveillance of a US Citizen.
      • The FISA court can not be a sub-set of the Supreme Court as some of the actions of the FISA courts may be appealed to and adjudicated  by the Supreme Court.
      • The FISA court should be changed to a 12 judge rotating group, but rather than a single judge reviewing warrant applications, a 3 judge panel would review the applications. This would mitigate the possibility of a single judge being prejudiced in favor of the IS and therefore more likely to grant the warrant.  The 12 judges would be spread out over various federal districts rather than rely only on the DC district court judges.
      • All FISA warrants to surveil a US Citizen must be approved by the Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, and the National Security Advisor to the President.  If a US citizen is to be surveilled, then the approval must include the highest national security advisor to the President him or herself.
      • The House and Senate Intelligence Committee must have direct access to all FISA warrants issued on US Citizens or US Citizens with dual citizenship.
      • No FISA warrants can be issued to surveil a candidate for the Presidency, the House, or the Senate, or the sitting President, a sitting member of the House, Senate or the Supreme Court, without the approval by the President of the United States with notification to the Congressional Intelligence Committees.
      • This review and approval process must also be followed if the name of a US Citizen is requested to be “unmasked” during the surveillance of a foreign national.
  • The FBI:

    • The FBI would be disbanded as it is structured today.
    • The criminal division would be moved under the US Marshals Service and remain under the Attorney General.
    • The counter intelligence division would be moved under the Department of Homeland Security and report to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
    • If a foreign threat is detected in or to the homeland, the investigation would be coordinated with the FBI criminal division as a task force operation.  This will eliminate the DOJ from being able to hide behind counter intelligence classified investigations for domestic investigations!
  • Department of Justice:

    • The Department of Justice would be reorganized with the key divisions reporting directly to the AG rather than all major divisions reporting THROUGH the Deputy Attorney General.  All of the investigative divisions, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Naturalization, the Federal Marshal’s Service, and other such investigative divisions would report directly to the AG along with other cross executive branch functions.
    • The Department of Justice must comply with Congressional oversight subpoenas as per requested content and timing.  If the DOJ cannot comply with a subpoena as requested, the DOJ must notify the President and the requesting Congressional oversight committee immediately.
    • Any redactions to requested documents would be made available for unredacted viewing to the committee members with proper security clearances. 

In the final analysis, we hope to elect officials that will appoint honest men and women to serve our country.  But, what is at stake in terms of money and power, we must remember that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”!

RD Pierini

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Trump Tariffs and the Globalist Spinning Heads

Image result for spinning headsIt is funny to watch the talking heads opine, wring their hands, and pop Valium on live TV over Trump’s proposed steel and aluminum “tariffs”.  They cry that Trump is creating a “trade war” and that our really nice allies are going to hate us.  Even farm groups are getting in on the act claiming that wheat, soybeans, and other commodities are going to be subject to retaliation.  The absolute dumbest comment that is often repeated is that there are only 250,000 workers in steel and aluminum but there are 6,500,000 workers who need steel and/or aluminum products to support their industries.  A trade war would endanger 6,500,000 workers versus only 250,000 who may benefit!  Really, a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum, will cause 6,500,000 people to be laid off!  Then, our idiotic Congressional hacks all badmouth Trump’s policy even though they have no idea what it is like to compete today in the so-called “free market” of globalism!  They all need to get a real job and get some dirt under their fingernails!

Subsidies Are Tariffs:  First of all, “tariffs”, a tax on imports or exports between sovereign states, is only one way to screw your trading partner!  How about when your country produces wheat and my country produces wheat, but your country pays you $1.00 per bushel to produce your wheat.  This allows your country to produce more of a product that may not be economically viable if not subsidized.  The result, the world “free” market is now being flooded with a product because of one country’s subsidy!  This is not fiction.  When I was farming and growing sugar beets, the EU decided to subsidize their beet and cane production.  The result is that world sugar prices were driven down to $.06 a pound and we had to stop growing and EXPORTING sugar while the EU subsidized growers overproduced creating more downward pressure on sugar prices.  The EU farmer did not receive only $.06 per pound, they received almost $.25 per pound due to direct and indirect EU farm subsidies!  Their subsidy increased as world prices in the “free market” went down.  China and others do this today with Steel and Aluminum and a whole host of other products and commodities.

VAT Taxes:  Mexican IVA (VAT) tax is levied at the rate of 16% on most imports from even the US.  China, the EU and many other nations charge US manufacturers a VAT tax on all of their exports into these countries.  While the US manufacturer can recoup the VAT tax when the produce is resold in the designation country, the US product is automatically 16% more expensive than competing local products that are exempted from the VAT tax!

Quality/Health Restrictions:  MANY countries have set artificial import barriers by imposing harsh Quality or Health restrictions on incoming products.  These restrictions are levied against specific products from specific nations.  Case in point is Japan’s restrictions on importing US beef and other animal products.  In order to protect its own beef producers, Japan imposed quality requirements on US beef that even Japan’s own producers could not meet if the same standard applied to them.  The EU applies the same discriminatory barriers to US imports for many food products coming into the EU from the US. 

One of the funniest examples I personally experienced was when I was working in Tunisia.  Tunisia was a prior colony of France so France kept their paws in the Tunisian economy especially long after their independence.  Wine grape juice was sent into France and many of the French import restrictions on juice from Tunisia were waved entirely.  ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT WERE LABELED AS “FRENCH WINE” AFTER BEING PROCESSED IN FRANCE.”  This ticked off the Italians who thought they were part of the EU with France.  I guess they never read George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  (French wine is more equal than Italian Wine! )  If you were in the US trying to export wine to the EU, forget it.  It would be easier and cheaper to import heroin!  

So, without belaboring the topic with more details of a Tariff is not just a tariff, don’t think that the word “free trade” does not mean that countries we try to export to are “free” to our exports.  Also, that even if both countries have the same tariff percentage, VAT taxes, heath and quality fees may erase the “free” part!  One other nutty “tariff” is the EU’s global warming restrictions.  If the grand poohbah of the EU decides your country is not doing its part to lower cow flatulence, I mean global warming, then you could get a demerit, tax, on all products coming from your country!

What is Trump Trying to Accomplish?

  1. NAFTA:  Hold Canada and Mexico’s feet to the fire on renegotiating NAFTA and leveling trade imbalances, including quality standards, VAT, and other non-leveling practices.
  2. ChinaTrump wants to deal with China Top-To-Top rather than have a knock down drag out with them publicly.  Trump needs to maintain a dialogue with Xi on North Korea and a whole host of issues that are vital to our national interest.  He wants to whittle down the trade deficit with China but in as low-key a way as possible.  The blowhards who want to “attack” China head on are not responsible for leveling trade and maintaining world stability, Trump is!  Trump will deal with XI directly on intellectual property, currency manipulation, state industry dumping and other related trade issues.
  3. EU:  The EU sticks it to us on trade every time they get a chance.  Whether it is on agricultural products, BMWs/Mercedes, or steel, the EU does not treat us as a valued trading partner and do not particularly concern themselves over our trade imbalance.  Try exporting a horse to the EU.  If your horse does not have a passport, yes a passport, with all of the injections your horse has had, no deal.  Remember the French and others eat horse meat and they want to know what their meal has been injected with!  Trump sees NATO and the EU as intertwined.  Subsidizing their defense is not acceptable and having an unfair trade imbalance just adds to this level of unfairness in Trump’s mind.  He will negotiate long and hard with the EU and will do so openly as he did NATO and their lack of owning up to their commitments.

Many argue that trade imbalances are not harmful and are actually healthy by providing US citizens with low-cost products.  They argue further that even if a US company cannot make broom sticks as cheaply as they are made in and shipped in from China that is OK because the US consumer is getting a cheaper brook stick!  That great unless you worked at the US broom stick factory!  They will then argue, that is ok, they have unemployment, welfare, food stamps etc. to fall back on! 

So, we lose our factory that paid taxes, we lose the taxes from the employees who used to work at the broom stick factory, and now we have to subsidize the Chinese Broom Stick by giving our ex-broom stick employees $65,000 is welfare and other government paid goodies!  Bet you don’t hear Larry Kudlow or the Wall Street Journal mention that little paradox!  Trade imbalance can be offset with foreign investments back into the US IF THOSE INVESTMENTS PRODUCE US JOBS!  In the past 40 years we have lost out export base, increased our trade imbalance to $800 Billion, and CLOSED 55,000 US factories!  Maybe some of these really smart people need to go back to their Ivy League schools and try ECON 101 again. 

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Trump knows you have to stimulate the supply side via business tax and regulation reductions; stimulate the demand side by creating good paying jobs; and leveling our trade imbalances by insisting on a fair international trade playing field.  The US is 5% of the world population and consumes 25% of the world output including our own.  Trump knows that you cannot have low exports and continue to lose our own industries and jobs and still maintain a healthy GDP and economic growth.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

DC Now on Trump-Time! And They Hate IT!

Overworked Congress!  NOT

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President Trump is teaching Congress and this nation that we better learn to Walk-And-Chew-Gum at the same time or we will perish as a nation.  Immigration Reform, Infrastructure, Opioid Crisis, School Safety, Welfare Reform, Fair Trade Restructuring, VA Reform, Healthcare Reform, Korean Nuclear Crisis, Syrian War, Iranian Nuclear Program, Middle East Peace, Afghan War, Stabilizing Iraq, Crushing ISIS, the War on Terror,  are all on TRUMP’S FRONT BURNER!  All this while Mueller, two committees in the Senate and two in the House are investigating Trump, his administration and his family for any possible wrong doing they can find using “Russian Collusion” as their cover…

Congress however, has trouble tackling even one of these at a time!

Last week was a perfect example.  Following the school shooting in Florida, Trump held a series of meetings with school children, their parents, law enforcement officials and elected officials to discuss the tragedy and preventative solutions.   A day after one of Trump’s summits when he called for Congress to act, Mitch the Turtle McConnell, announced that the Senate could not possible take up school safety as they had to concentrate on BANKING next week.  Seriously, kids are being killed and you are worried about the FDIC!

 This nation is suffering from a chronic case of DEFERRED MAINTENANCE.  There is not one single thing I can think of that works the way it should in government at all levels. 

  • The FBI ignores a tips that could have saved 17 people in the Florida shootings; Broward County adopted the “Promise Program” that kept them from arresting the Florida shooting one single time out of almost 50 confirmed complaints;
  • We have at least 3 federal circuit courts that think they are Congress and are above the President;
  • We have and FBI and a DOJ that is so politically corrupt that the almost got away with rigging the last election;
  • We have a federal water policy that is crippling our agricultural output; we have almost a trillion-dollar trade imbalance that robs a trillion dollars out of our GDP every year;
  • We have had at least one law enforcement killing per week since the first of the year and Obama’s 8 years of bad-mouthing our police; 
  • We are being challenged every day by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, ISIS, Terrorists, and others while we have a depleted military and support infrastructure;
  • We have not passed a real budget in 10 years!  Trump proposed his on time and so far Congress has not done a thing to pass it!
  • We have a main stream media that is so Anti-American that it is helping to destroy the very fabric of this great nation.
  • And I could go on for days!

The Republican Congress needs to step up and start passing Trump’s agenda and doing so on his timetable, not theirs!  The Senate needs to grow up and return the Senate to a 50 vote majority and vote on the backlog of legislation awaiting them from the House.  The Senate needs to vote up or down now on all of Trump’s appointments.  It is criminal that they have not even voted on our ambassador to Germany!

And, Congress needs to stay in session and do their job!  They are all worried about the 2018 Mid-Terms.  News flash!  IF you don’t pass Trump’s agenda, you won’t have to worry about the 2020 election as you won’t be in office!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

 

Wall Street Does Not Know How To Deal With Prosperity After Obama!

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell

After nearly recovering its losses from the January highs, today the Dow Industrials fell by 299 points!  Why?  The Federal Reserve Chairman basically said the economy was good, actually, really good.  Even though most of the Fed members thought the Fed would raise interest rates 3 times in 2018, the markets could not help themselves but think the Fed would raise the interest rates 4 times! (they meet quarterly)  This sent the 10-year treasury bonds to 2.91% Interest!  2.91% is Healthy!  Not a reason for panic.  So, “Wat Up”!

Wall Street is schizophrenic at best when it comes to the Trump booming economy and its impact on stocks!  When the 10 year treasury hits 2.91%, which is not high during a growth period, and wages increase by 2.9% in January, 2018, (the highest since 2009) the Wall Street analysts and the buy/sell algorithms are both in the dark and sell off!  Today, (2/27/2018) was no different!

This is partly because some of the traders have never experienced an up economy as they entered Wall Street at the end of the Bush regime or during the Socialist, no-growth regime of Obama!  It is safe to say almost none of todays Wall Street gurus were around after the Reagan tax cuts and the resulting economic boom of the late 80’s and 90’s.  So, what do the Wall Street Warriors of today need to understand?

The Fed is Stabilizing the Federal Reserve balance sheet and is Resetting interest rates to normal operating levels.  In short, the Fed is bringing back sanity to our monetary policy and is able to do so because of President Trump’s regulatory reform, Trump’s HUGE tax cuts to businesses and individuals, and the repatriation of 3-4 trillion dollars that companies have kept off-shore due to Pre-Trump high US tax rates.  Why is this critical?

During the Clinton and Bush administrations, the government created a false economy with idiotic economic policy especially in the housing and banking sectors.  The result was the crash of 2008 and the decimation of our financial underpinnings.  It was made worse under Obama and the Fed Chairpersons Bernanke and Yellen.  Obama soared the national debt, grew government beyond belief, initiated business choking regulations, and initiated trade deals that exported massive amounts of jobs out of this country.  The Fed, drove interest rates down to zero and itself created monetary deficits of $4 Trillion dollars via its Quantitative Easing, read to mean screwing the US citizen by driving down the value of their net worth in the trillions of dollars!

Under Trump and the new Fed Chairman Powell, the economy is back in a growth and business expansion mode while the Federal Reserve is able to raise interest rates, slowly and incrementally, while reducing its balance sheet deficit over the next 4 years!  In, short, the economy and our financial base is healing and becoming strong again.

So, what is the deal with Wall Street?  As I said, I do not think there are sufficient analysts and traders that really understand what it is like to be in an up-swinging economy!  The biggest fear in an up economy is inflation.  So far, there are no signs of inflation exceeding the Fed 2% target.  The 10 year Treasury bond is 2.91% which is healthy for a growing economy and will not in any way weight down on borrowing, if needed by businesses, nor overly burden our deficit as interest on our national debt comes due.  The repatriation of 3-4 Trillion dollars could add $600 billion to our treasury that is a gift as it was never going to come into our coffers before the Trump tax cuts.  Tax revenues from businesses and individuals will swell our treasury revenues as well.  Between the two, assuming Congress does not blow it all, we should be able to reduce our deficits.  

The second major benefit provider to paying down our deficits will be the rebalancing of our trade.  Every dollar of trade deficit reduces GDP by a corresponding amount.  So, if we can even out our $750 Billion trade deficit, we can add another $750 billion to our GDP and provide more dollars with which to pay down our debt. 

So Wall Street, chill out!  The Fed policy of gradually increasing interest rates will provide a cushion against inflation should inflation exceed the Fed targets.  When the Bush/Obama recession hit and interest rates were at zero, the Fed had no way to stimulate the economy as interest rates could not be lowered.  Bush/Obama could have turned the economy around by doing what Trump did and reduce taxes and regulations but that would go against everything Obama erroneously believes and Bush had basically checked out by 2007!

So, tomorrow is another day and it is more likely that the markets will close up for February and it will carry forward into March.  That is not to say that the markets won’t be subject to additional irrational Wall Street jitters but the short, medium and long-term economic outlook is sound.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/trump-tax-cuts-to-lift-wages-this-year-fed-chair-jerome-powell

 

Trump’s Immigration Proposal-Chill Out! Understand the Plan First!

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Trump struck a nerve on the Right and the Left when he had Steven Miller announce his Border Wall/DACA/Immigration Plan yesterday.  Given both wings have slammed this proposal, actually gives this plan more, not less, merit!  Pelosi/Schumer and Ted Cruz all hit the mics to thump their chests and condemn the President’s plan!

But, What are the Facts?

Amnesty Vs Path to Citizenship:

The right is clamoring that this plan is Amnesty for 1.8 million DACA candidates.  Any plan to them is equal to amnesty.  When you press them, they say that rather than amnesty, the DACA candidates should get in line like every other immigration applicant.  OK, I agree, but so does Trump!  An immigration applicant files for immigration then undergoes a medical, criminal, and other forms of background checking.  This takes anywhere from 6 months, if you are married to an American citizen, to 3 years plus. 

TRUMP IS PROPOSING THAT THE DACA CANDIDATES WAIT 10-12 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN DURING WHICH TIME THEY UNDERGO THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A DACA CANDIDATE.  Further, during this period, the candidates can be rejected if they enroll to receive any type of government subsistence; or, if they commit a crime; or if they return to their “home” country without permission.

The right is apoplectic about the 1.8M DACA candidates that were included in the President’s plan.  CHILL!  The 690,000 DACA candidates are those who enrolled in the DACA program.  No one really knows but it is estimated that there are another 1.2M potential DACA enrollees who have not signed up yet.  Before you start screaming, “They had their chance”, there is a small roadblock called the US Constitution and its Equal Protection clause.  If a person otherwise qualifies as a DACA Candidate but did not sign up, the likelihood is extremely high that the Supreme Court would allow those people to enroll in DACA.  You may say that they are not citizens and have no rights.  Sorry but since they are in the US and have been residing here they to inherit constitutional protections.  It may be that rather than there being an additional 1.2M potential DACA enrollees, it may be less, it may be more.  But, the President realistically included actual and potential candidates.  Would you rather have this or have him lie to you and in the end you find out there were really 1.8 applicants!  

Since the President is putting a 10-12 year period restriction on the DACA candidates, I would think they would return to their parent’s home country and apply for citizenship!  It may be faster if this plan is adopted!  Since the President put in a 10-12 year implementation plan, this satisfies the BORDER SECURITY FIRST crowd!

$25 Billion for the Wall and Border Security

President Trump’s plan calls for $25Billion to be set aside, and not subject to future Congressional rescission, to build the wall, add more border agents, provide for additional security enhancements to the Southern and CANADIAN borders, and build border courts.  The President knows that he may or may not continue to have Republican majorities in the House and Senate and wants the funding to be set in stone.  Plus, he knows that he cannot implement all of the needed Wall and security changes in one or two budget years.  He does not want to take a chance on having Congress playing games with this funding.  Republicans or Democrats!

Chain Migration

President Trump included an end to chain migration and will ask that it be replaced with merit based migration requirements.  The only vestige to chain migration will be that an approved immigrant can bring his or her spouse and their children.  This also applies to the DACA candidates.

Visa Lottery Program:

The President is proposed that this program be eliminated totally.  As stated above, visa applicants will be subjected to merit based scrutiny and be required to meet specific criteria that documents that they will be contributory to the US economy.  More later.

Port and Northern Border Security

The President is also proposing measures to beef up port security to eliminate incoming illicit drugs and human trafficking.  These same measures will be put in place along our Canadian borders that span approximately 5,500 miles!  Just think how easy it is to cross the great lakes from Canada and enter the US!  Not hard!

Other Provisions:

Before we finish up with the other provisions, what Trump is actually doing is comprehensive immigration!  If he gets most of what he will finishing outlining next week, there were be few if any real major issues remaining regarding our immigration policy.  But, don’t tell the Left or the Media!

Legal Immigration:

The President will cut back on the numbers eligible to be approved to come into this country.  The President is slowing legal immigration to allow time to assimilate all of the chain, lottery, and refugee immigrants that have come into this country in the past 15 years.  He want to make sure we can ensure that hot pockets of unassimilated immigrants are successfully melded into our society and our economy.  He also wants to make sure that during the growth of our economy, that AMERICANS, not immigrants have priority to receive the newly created jobs!

The President is also proposing to crack down on legal Visa overstays that are the largest contributor to our illegal immigration.  As part of his border security provisions, he will be implementing tacking and apprehension policies to eliminate Visa overstays.

The President will also be proposing to beef up and require the use of E-Verify.  I am not sure if he will not only require private sector employees to use E-Verify, but he should force government welfare agencies, State Food Stamp agencies, and other governmental agencies who approve subsistence or healthcare assistance to use E-Verify.  Once the wall and other security policies are put in place, this will ensure that anyone who sneaks through will be caught by E-Verify and asked to leave or be prosecuted.

There will be other details that will be released next week and as they are I will update this post.  But, take a deep breath and take conservative and liberal media with a grain of salt when they rail against the President’s proposal.  Also, remember, final legislation is up to Congress.  So, when I hear Ted Cruz and other condemn this proposal, I would remind them that the President is trying to get YOU TO DO YOUR JOB AND COME UP WITH A BILL YOURSELVES!  It is easy to run up to a mic and complain. 

Actual work is hard, that is why it called work!

If the President can get his proposal through Congress, he will once again accomplish something no one has been able to do since before 1966, solve many immigration issues and secure this great nation.

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/25/trump-immigration-proposal-could-provide-path-to-citizenship-for-1-8-million-in-us-illegally.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/370811-heritage-calls-trump-immigration-proposal-a-non-starter

 

 

 

Palestinian Cause Irrelevant to Middle East Power Players!

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The Palestinian “government”, and its President Mahmoud Abbas, are increasingly being isolated by the Middle Eastern power brokers consisting of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai, and others.  The isolation is primarily the result of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement debacle pitting Shia Iran against virtually the balance of the Muslim Sunni Middle East. 

  • Iran presents an existential threat to the Sunni existence.
  • Secondly, President Trump, during his meeting in Saudi Arabia with 50 Middle Eastern and African nations, refocused these nations into a coalition against terrorism, a nuclear Iran, and their own national economies by creating plans to convert their oil wealth into broader investment economies. 
  • Third, Iranian backed Palestinian Hamas terrorism and Iranian controlled terrorist organization Hezbollah carries out attacks against Sunni nations and supports anti-Sunni uprisings such as in Yemen.  

In the late 1900’s, the Middle Eastern power brokers subsidized the Palestinian uprisings against Israel and in the case of Egypt, directly fought against Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.  This was a significant source of revenue for Egypt but the Egyptian people eventually forgot why they were fighting against Israel!  President Sadat of Egypt eventually signed a peace agreement with Israel extricating Egypt from a no-win war!  Sadat’s bravery was rewarded in his assassination by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Shrinking Israeli Footprint:  Since 1967, Israel has negotiated with the Palestinians and the US resulting in a diminishing land mass controlled by the Israelis.  The map below shows the lands controlled by Israel in 1967 and the impact of agreements in 1993 and 2001.  

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Close Neighbor Support:  The Palestinian government has been using terrorism attacks against Israel to continue to harass Israel.  Jordan, Israel’s neighbor to the East, has provided lip service support to the Palestinians as have Syria and Lebanon.  Jordan is being drained trying to deal with Syrian refugees, Syria’s civil war has decimated that government, and Lebanon has its own internal problems and fight against Iran backed Hezbollah.  All three have other priorities now relegating the Palestinian cause moot.   the Palestinian government is now somewhat isolated in dealing with Israel and on receives support in the United Nations.  The UN Support is pretty much lip-service and has done little to change the conditions on the ground!

European Support:  The Palestinians have solicited the support of EU nations and have been pretty successful gaining their votes in the UN Security Council and General Assembly.  But, the EU does not want to get its hands dirty nor really give any real help to the Palestinians and risk the ire of the US under Trump.  

Status Today:  So, without the Middle East power player’s financial and military support, and only receiving tepid support from the EU, the Palestinians have been relegated to a paper tiger in the region.  Yes, they can lob Iran supplied rockets from the Gaza strip and parts of the West Bank, but they have no real economic infrastructure from which to build a nation nor care for their people.  Israel is committed to dealing with a recalcitrant Palestinian government and deal with their attacks on a case by case basis.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is tightly aligned and supported by the Trump Administration.  Israel knows that President Trump has their back and the Palestinians know that President Trump will keep pressure on them to get to the table.

In short, the Palestinians prime support is coming from a Shia Iran who has become the prime enemy from the predominant Sunni Middle East.  Without external financial support, the Palestinians cannot support themselves!  President Trump just fired a shot across the Palestinian bow by recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and that the US would be moving their embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.  This was a huge wake-up call for the Palestinians and took a bargaining chip off of the Palestinian side.

Yes, many of the nations of the world railed against the Trump decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem but in the final analysis, none of these phony expressions of outrage will change the new status quo between Israel and the Palestinians.  The Palestinian government will have to decide if they want to become a real nation or merely exist as an irrelevant terrorist group.  The contrast between the economies of Israel versus the Palestinians is stark at best.  

  • GDP:  Israel’s GDP is US$138.5 Billion while the Palestinian GDP is a paltry  US$10.5 Billion
  • Exports:  Israel exports equal US$92.3 Billion while the Palestinian exports are only US$6.47 Billion.

Palestinian President Abbas has a real challenge in trying to  convince Palestinian Hamas to moderate and cut a deal. 

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Hamas is literally a terrorist organization is survive off of cash from other countries.  They have no interest in governing!  If their terrorist attacks escalate, Abbas risks the US directly supporting Israel.  I am not sure if there is a deal to be had, but for the first time since 1948, conditions in the Middle East may force the Palestinians to wake up and negotiate in good faith.  If not, they will remain an impoverished group without a real home.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Brian Kilmeade’s Bizarre Anti-Trump Positions & Ill Humor Hurt Fox and Friends

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Kilmeade is a co-host of the highly acclaimed and most watched Fox and Friends with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy.  The format for the show allows the hosts to state their opinion on the current topic and ad lib commentary when they feel appropriate.  It is a combination of hard news, commentary, with real human interest.

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Doocy and Earhardt tend to use this freedom sparingly and keep to reporting news rather than trying to crack jokes about the current topics or interjecting their opinions over and over again on the same topic.  On the other hand, Kilmeade often tries to turn the news into his personal comedic shtick and mostly falls short of being funny!  If the topic has anything to do with President Trump, Brian oftentimes takes the side of his progressive friends like Senator Jeff Flake or Senator Lindsay Graham!  He also name drops that he spoke to them on such and such a date.  Today provided a good example.

Topic:  Claims of President Trump being a Racist; Trump calling specific countries “shit holes”; and the DACA debate

  • Kilmeade apparently gave little or no credibility to Senators Cotton and Purdue (and the President himself), when they stated publicly that they did not hear Trump use the term “shit hole” nor disparage Haiti or other nations.  Kilmeade said over an over that he thought the President HAD TO explain himself to the American public about his “shit hole” comments, that the President himself denies saying.  Obviously Kilmeade believes that he actually knows what was said because he had talked to Lindsay Graham over the weekend!  Really, Kilmeade believes the Trump-hater Graham over the President of the United States?  
  • Kilmeade has been an unending critic of President Trump’s use of Twitter ever since Trump announced his candidacy!  This is especially true if the Trump Tweets are aimed at Kilmeade’s RINO confidants Senator Graham, Flake, and Bob Corker.  Kilmeade constantly rails against Trump “stepping on his own message” and being non-productive in his use of Twitter.  Earth to Kilmeade, “TRUMP RAN FOR PRESIDENT AGAINST 16 REPUBLICANS AND CROOKED HILLARY AND IS NOW THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES”, YOU DIDN’T!  Further, Trump can’t step on his own message that he wants to get out.  By definition, it is HIS message!  Maybe Trump is at least as smart as you are and knows that no matter what he does or says, or doesn’t do or say, the Left, RINOs and Never-Trumpers will never accept the Trump Presidency nor Donald J. Trump policies!  He has proven that he can set the message and or stop the current narrative pretty much at will.
  • Kilmeade also counsels the President to COMPROMISE on DACA in order to not shut down the government and to get a fix to DACA.  We realize that either the vote on DACA or on the CR to keep the government running will require 60 votes in the goofy Senate since McConnell will not undue this undemocratic Senate rule and allow majority rule.  But, your assumption that no compromise on DACA means that the government will be shut down is erroneous.  First of all, the two bills are separate.  if the Democrats and your RINO friends shut down the government, it is on the Democrats and RINOs.  If DACA, coupled with the border wall, border security, end to chain immigration and the visa lottery system as defined by the President is not passed, that is on the Democrats and the RINOs.  Trump has already compromised on the DACA program by even considering permanent status for the DACA enrollees by using the legislative process.  Obama, the Democrats and RINOs loved the unconstitutional move by Obama to create “DACA” in the first place as it got Congress off of the hook!  Maybe you want to try backing the President so we can ensure that the government is not shut down and DACA is once and for all fixed.  RINOs idea of compromise is giving in against principle and the Democrats believe compromise is either getting everything they want or walking away and blame the Republicans.  The Democrats only want to keep DACA alive and unresolved so they have a 2018 issue!  I have no doubt that if the government is shut down and/or DACA is not fixed you will blame the President.

Kilmeade, Insecure or Just Insensitive?

Then there is the issue of Brian’s comments regarding women.  It is hard to discern whether Brian is insecure when it comes to dealing with women as equals or is just plain insensitive.  Brian’s attempt at humor falls way short on this topic and is oftentimes disgusting and demeaning. 

In late 2012, Brian once quipped when asked by a caller on his radio show when he was interviewing Alisyn Camerota,I don’t know who was the scout that got you guys, but they rock.”   Brian responded;  “It was actually – we go to the Victoria’s Secret catalog and we said, “Can any of these people talk?” And they all could and they all went to college.”  Seriously?  Then how does Fox scout men?  Look for men with calluses on their knuckles from dragging them on the ground!

Again in 2012, Brian ticked off his co-host Gretchen Carlson with another “unfunny” quip following a segment that included Steve Doocy interviewing members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women.  Following the interview, Brian shoved his shoe in his own mouth by saying, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”  Carlson obviously did not see the humor (neither do I) in Brian’s remarks and told Brian, “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,”.  Brian, always having to have the last laugh when he steps in it replied, “All right. Finally.   Leaving an all male crew, she needed a shower.”  Watch the encounter here:    https://youtu.be/vGrgVC7u7DU.

Brian also has a habit of interrupting Ainsley when she is making a point counter to his.  Steve will sometimes intervene but Ainsley now apparently feels comfortable and openly confronts him when he steps on her line, or toes.  

Brian vs Dr. Alveda King Today:

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Today Brian was on his high horse demanding that Trump come out and “Explain” his shit hole comments to the American People.  He kept making this point throughout the show.  Towards the end of the show, they had Dr. Alveda King on to discuss MLK Day, John Lewis’s anti-Trump comments, and the current controversy surrounding the alleged shit hole comments.  Brian tried to solicit Dr. King’s support on his call to have Trump come out and “explain” himself for his mistake.  Dr. King shuts him down at 3:24 on the following video:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/5711712584001 .

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I am sure if Ainsley ever reads this she will defend Brian to the max.  That is just who she is and we love her for it.  But, Brian and Fox News should know that many Fox and Friends viewers oftentimes fast forward through Brian’s comments and his poor attempt at humor.  His bully tactics are not appreciated and detract from the wonderful show.  I can honestly say that we love it when Brian writes a new book as we know there will be substitute guest hosts to take his place.  When Pete Hegseth fills in, we know we are in for a treat along with Ainsley and Steve.  

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tip:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235456/Brian-Kilmeade-jokes-Fox-News-hires-women-flipping-pages-Victorias-Secret-catalog.html#ixzz54IH5aPrT

https://thinkprogress.org/female-fox-anchor-walks-off-set-after-co-hosts-sexist-joke-6b63805a6d3c/