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A VIEW OF THE SOUTH FROM OUTSIDERS

Southerners are Trained to be the Helpers, an article posted yesterday on al.com, authored by Leslie Anne Tarabella highlights the outside media’s, particularly the left-wing media’s surprise at how people are helping people in southeast Texas and Louisiana during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

According to this article, Norah O’Donnell, a CBS correspondent, originally from Texas, was not surprised by the overwhelming kindness being shown by the Texas people and even those living outside the state of Texas who are rushing up to help anyway they can. However, back in New York City, anchors were marveling at the willingness and bravery of people showing up to help total strangers.

I don’t know whether to be happy or frustrated about this article. It’s no secret that folks outside the south have consistently looked down their noses at the south, although, they don’t hesitate to visit down here to enjoy our food, our weather, and our many tourist attractions.

Liberals, both those from outside the south and from inside the south (we do have liberals down here), have made the south their “whipping boy.” We go to church, listen to country music, watch sports, particularly football, own guns, and vote Republican. While we’re everything the left hates, the left doesn’t hesitate to hurl unfounded accusations at us and direct it’s hate toward us.

Are the likes of Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brezinski, Don Lemmon, etc. appalled at what’s going on in southeast Texas and Louisiana. I’m convinced they are. But, but, but, aren’t those people conservatives, Republicans, aren’t they against same-sex marriage? They disliked Obama and put Donald Trump in office. They’re evil people, but here we see them helping each other with factors such as skin color and socio-economic status not on the radar. How can this be?

Houston isn’t the first place where folks have come together in troubled times. Tornado outbreaks are common down south. After one occurs, “men with chainsaws” appear from all over waiting anxiously to get at those fallen limbs. In fact, once in a while, guys with chainsaws have had to be turned away because there were already enough volunteers to get the job done.

As I write this, away from the disaster site, churches, municipalities, and other philanthropic organizations are gathering supplies to send to the devastated areas to help. In the months to come, many trips will be made to southeast Texas where volunteers will continue to work tirelessly to make a difference in people’s lives.

To the liberal media and to liberals, in general, what are you so surprised about? This is normal, this is way we do things down here. Race, religion, skin color, nationality, education level, etc. are non-factors, not even thought about during times like this. And yet, you continue to berate folks like us, folks who voted for President Trump, folks you call racists, bigots, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, haters, Islamophobic, etc.

Can I expect any of you elitists to change your minds about us after what you have witnessed in Texas? Of course not! You will continue spread your hate and vitriol toward anyone who does not agree with you politically, especially President Trump and his supporters.

How do you folks handle disasters? “Don’t tell us how you do it up north, cause we don’t care.” (From the song, Snowbird Season, written and performed by singer/songwriter, Brent Burns).

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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CUBAN POLICY

On Friday, June 16, President Donald Trump ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba, plus a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Island country’s military. According to fortune.com, Trump said that, “with God’s help a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve.

In a speech in Miami, the administration indicated that it plans to roll back certain parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to the communist country.

However, Obama re-opened the U.S. embassy in Havana, and Trump plans to leave it open.

Trump’s revised Cuban policy, a new presidential directive, calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists, and seeks to prevent U.S. dollars from being used to fund what the new U.S. administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government.

Also, according to fortune.com, the president faced pressure from U.S. businesses and even some Republicans to avoid turning back completely, the directives Obama set in place with the communist regime. Thus, while the president has changed some things about Obama’s agreement with Cuba, Trump’s Cuban policy has also left some things in place.

The new Cuban policy bans most U.S. business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, a Cuban conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but makes some exceptions, including for air and sea travel. Also, the administration has no intention of disrupting existing business ventures such as one struck under Obama by Starwood Hotels, which is owned by Marriott International, Inc., to manage a historic Havana hotel.

According to the Washington Examiner, Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba under approved categories without first checking with the federal government. However, the president intends to eliminate the “people to people” travel to Cuba program on an individual basis. Under the Obama administration, individuals could assert on their own to go to Cuba by indicating, individually, that their trip was educational in nature. According to the White House, the president thinks that the type of arrangement instituted by Obama would make it too easy for people to visit Cuba as tourists, which is still illegal under U.S. law. Supporters of the ban say tourism helps direct dollars to the repressive government on the island. However, the “people to people” traveling in groups will still be allowed.

Also, President Trump does not plan to reinstate the limits on the amount of the island’s coveted rum and cigars that Americans can bring home for personal use.

According to the Washington Examiner, the President vowed to reverse the Obama administration’s policies toward Cuba that have enriched the Cuban military regime and increased the repression on the island, per one official.

Trump’s readjustment of the United States policy toward Cuba targets the repressive members of the Cuban military government, as one official put it, and not the Cuban people.

Officials said that the tighter new Cuban policy should be seen by Cuba as pressure aimed at getting Cuba to expedite the release of U.S. fugitives living in Cuba, respect human rights, and move toward free and fair elections.

Trump’s new Cuban policy will also keep in place Obama’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave Cubans a path toward permanent residency if they arrived in the United States. Obama said at the time that the policy unfairly gave preference to one group of immigrants over others.

Note: The information in this article was taken from fortune.com and washingtonexaminer.com.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

Every time a new President of the United States takes office, the opposition party and the media always talk about his first 100 days. I don’t remember how the “first 100 days” began, nor do I remember much about the Obama, Bush II, or Clinton 100 days, much less Carter, Reagan, of Bush 1 first 100 days. I think it’s a little silly, since we elect a United States President for a four-year period as opposed to a 100 day period. Because it appears that I’m the only one who doesn’t take this first 100 days garbage seriously, I feel, nonetheless, obligated to write a synopsis of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days.

This information presented in this article is attributable to Dick Morris, an American political author and commentator, who previously worked as a pollster, political campaign consultant, and general political consultant. He was a friend and advisor to former President Bill Clinton during his time as Governor of Arkansas and after Clinton was elected to the White House.

According to Dick Morris, President Trump has done a lot, but not enough to turn the whole world around in Trump’s first 100 days.

Morris goes on to indicate that the impact of Donald Trump in Washington will encourage job growth, entrepreneurship, and the performance of border patrols and our nation’s police forces. Entrepreneurs are now encouraged to take risks as they wouldn’t do under the Obama presidency, making the Trump presidency already so much different than that of Obama.

For starters, the Dow is up by 3,000 points, the NASDAQ is up by 1,000 points. Under President Trump, job growth is 30% more than it was in Obama’s last three months. Illegal border crossings are down by 71%, existing home sales are up 4%, and consumer confidence is the highest it has been since 2000, and the trade deficit is down by 10%. Furthermore, the barometer of economic growth is the highest that it’s been since November when Trump was first elected.

One of Trump’s biggest success of his first 100 days, was the nomination and affirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. All indications are that Justice Gorsuch will be a justice that will interpret the law instead of legislating from the bench according to his political views. With respect to the U.S. Constitution, he is an originalist who will interpret the constitution as our founding father’s intended it to be interpreted, not as a living document.

With respect to environment issues, President Trump has reversed the Obama decision, and approved for construction, the Keystone Pipeline. The Obama regulations on power plants have been reversed, and fuel emission standards have been rolled back. By reversing Obama’s “Clean Power Plan,” which gave the already too powerful EPA jurisdiction over every small stream in America, we can be assured that the heinous anti-American/anti-freedom actions that Obama espoused will come to an end.

As indicated above, illegal border crossings are down by 71%, and 5000 new border patrol agents have been hired.  There have been big cuts in the number of H15 visas issues and refugees from countries who sponsor terrorism are no longer being admitted to the United States.

During his presidency, Obama had set up a series of consent decrees suing police departments, ordering them to get rid of “stop and frisk,” and halt searching for guns. President Trump has now reversed these consent decrees, taking the handcuffs off policemen and allowing policemen to handcuff criminals instead. In addition, he is opening a new study on how to best save police lives.

He is ending federal funding for sanctuary cities and has put in place a new executive order which indicates that for each new regulation adopted by the administration, at least two regulations already on the books must be eliminated.

President Trump’s launching of a study on opioid abuse is the first of its kind instituted by any sitting President of the United States.

In 1993, after he took office, President Clinton put in place a five-year band on lobbying for folks that left the executive branch of government. The five-year ban remained in place during his presidency until December 2009 when Clinton revoked the order. This meant that top subordinates, those currently in government and those who have left could start lobbying their former agencies after one year from their last day on the job. The one year ban is contained in a 1978 law that is still in force, according to the Washington post in an article by John Mintz, dated December 20, 2000. President Trump has now re-instated that ban and a ban that would ban lobbying a foreign government forever.

Asking liberals and the mainstream media about President Trump’s accomplishments will get you nothing but lies. They will state that all the president has done is vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida and play golf. Remember liberals couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it.

Liberals and the media, both left-leaning and right-leaning, have weighed in on the failures of Congress to pass legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare, to pass a meaningful tax reform measure, and to build a wall on the Mexican border to put an end to illegal through our southern border.

Once sweeping legislation like Obamacare has been passed, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to roll back. Thus, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare has to be done right, and the transition must be smooth. I want it done right, and I think everyone else does also, so let’s do it right even if it takes a little longer. I feel the same way about tax reform.

The accomplishments of President Trump in the first 100 days of his presidency are substantial and more than many presidents have done in their first 100 days. Remember, we elect a president for a four-year term not a 100-day term. Think we can get liberals to understand that concept?

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BACK TO RACISM

President Donald Trump was elected President of the United States five months ago. He was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States two and a half months ago. Yet, Democrats still can’t decide why their candidate, Hillary Roddam Clinton, wife of former president, beloved by all Democrats, Bill Clinton, lost.

During the presidential campaign, we heard all sorts of allegations of sexism, or the trendier term, misogyny, against those who did not support the Democrat nominee. Of course, for the eight previous years of Obama, we heard nothing but racism allegations against those who were not supportive of the 44th President of the United States. So, first it is racism for which the right is guilty, then enters candidate Clinton, and it is sexism for which the right is guilty.

I have said this before, and I will say it again. Does anybody focus on issues? It is evident that the Democrats are not focused on issues. Some of them do have enough smarts to know they cannot win on issues, but the rest of the Democrats are too ignorant to focus on the issues. So, there we go. I have called Democrats ignorant, and I am not taking it back. They are ignorant. Notice, I said ignorant, not stupid. If you do not know the difference, look it up in Webster’s.

An article came across my news feed from theintercept.com, a website with which I was not familiar, entitled: Top Democrats are Wrong: Trump Supporters were more Motivated by Racism than Economic Issues. Truth be known, I was not aware that Democrats were even entertaining the idea that their beloved Hillary Clinton lost the President election except for us racist, sexist Republicans.

According to the author of the article, Mehdi Hasan, Bernie Sanders, de facto leader of the Resistance stated, “Some people think that those who voted for Trump are racists, sexists, homophobes and deplorable folks.”

This statement was made at a rally in Boston, alongside socialist/communist Senator, Elizabeth Warren. Can’t believe that Fauxkahontas was silent on this one. Mr. Hasan does not agree with Senators Sanders and Fauxkahontas, I mean Warren. Hasan further indicates that, in the New York Times, three days after the November election, the Vermont Senator claimed that Trump voters were “expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own.”

Mr. Hasan feels that both Sanders and Fauxkahontas, I mean Warren, seem much keener to lay the blame at the feet of the dysfunctional Democratic Party and an ailing economy than at the feet of racist Republican voters. Hasan goes on to state that their deflection is not surprising, nor is their coddling of those who happily embraced an openly xenophobic candidate.

In his article, Hasan says that “He gets it,” and agrees that it is hard to accept that millions of their fellow citizens harbor what political scientists have identified as “racial resentment.” (I have not heard that term before.) He further acknowledges that the reluctance to admit that bigotry, and tolerance of bigotry, is still widespread in society is understandable. Hasan then asks the question, why would senior members of the Democratic leadership want to alienate millions of voters by dismissing them as racist bigots?

What did I get from the above? Some Democrats may be willing to justify Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump because Democrats are out of touch with middle-class America. With respect to the issues, including the economy, foreign policy, immigration, energy, the environment, and health care, Democrats are diametrically opposite to mainstream America, also known as the fly-over country. However, that is a mighty big but, other Democrats are continuing to hurl accusations of racism, sexism, and whatever else they can throw at those who disagree with them.

I was one of the first pundits to label Democrats/ liberals/progressives or whatever they want to call themselves these days as the “tolerant left.” I am sarcastic. The left is anything but open-minded and tolerant. Later Bill O’Reilly also used that term. Maybe I should have had it copyrighted.

As I have indicated in many of my writings, liberals are the real racists, hypocrites, liars, and bigots. If some left-winger hurls the racism accusation at me, I know that I have won the debate, the argument, or whatever. Liberals change the definition or racism to whatever suits their needs of the moment. If they cannot justify the hurling of other accusations at someone with whom they do not agree, they will resort to racism.

Hasan cites American National Election data and a “plethora” of studies that have concluded that since the start of the 2016 presidential campaign that the race was about race. Philip Klinkner, a political scientist at Hamilton College, and an expert on race relations (that’s what the article said), grabbed headlines last summer when he revealed that the best way to identify a Trump supporter was to ask that person if Obama was a Muslim.  If the person said yes and the person was white, 89% of the time that person would have a higher opinion of Trump than Clinton. So, anyone who thinks Obama is a Muslim and has white skin, probably a racist.

Wow! That’s what I call scientific.

Hasan also indicated that other surveys and polls of Trump voters found “a strong relationship between anti-black attitudes and support for Trump,” with rump supporters being more likely to describe African Americans as criminal, unintelligent, lazy, and violent. Also, Trump voters were most likely to believe that people of color are taking white jobs, and a majority of them rate blacks as less evolved than whites.

My regular readers know that I am from the state of Alabama and currently live in the Birmingham area. Yes, Birmingham, Alabama. I do not hear or observe any of the attitudes or statements that Mr. Hasan makes in the above paragraphs in this, the second half of the second decade of the twenty-first century. These attitudes may have been common in the late sixties/early to mid-seventies. But not now. Alternatively yet, maybe folks up north have these attitudes, but not here in the south.

Because Trump managed to win white votes regardless of age, gender, income, or education, racial identity and attitudes displaced class as the central battleground of American politics as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have espoused.

Hasan does cover the question, “how can racial resentment have motivated Trump supporters when so many of them voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012?” Klinkner covers that by stating that in 2016, Clinton, unlike Obama, faced a Republican candidate who pushed the buttons of race and nativism in open and explicit ways that John McCain and Mitt Romney were unwilling or unable to do. Did he? I followed the campaign closely, and it did not appear to me that Donald Trump was “pushing buttons of race and nativism in open and explicit ways.” The comments made about Mexicans who crossed the border illegally being criminals and rapists did not appear racist to me, nor did it to most conservatives. Liberals, of course, went ballistic, but what else is new?

So, based on the above notions, which are abstract at best, Mr. Hasan, concludes: “It isn’t the economy. It’s the racism, stupid.” But wait…is Mrs. Clinton not a white woman? Yes, Mrs. Clinton is indeed a white woman, who campaigned on continuing the policies of Barack Obama. So, if the voters, who overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama were pleased with the direction in which the country was heading, but just did not like Obama because of the color of his skin, they should be ecstatic that someone white was running and was promising to continue Obama-style governance.

Mr. Hasan’s reasoning is substantially flawed. Plus, these studies, which he sites sound bogus to me. Remember, though, Mr. Hasan is a liberal, and liberals do not have to be correct. They just have to say something over and over again until the fact that what they are saying is a lie no longer matters. It is now the truth. Liberals no longer have to be consistent. Being hypocritical is accepted in liberal land.

Are liberals ever going to stop hurling false accusations and those who do not agree with them? We all know the answer to that one. Are we ever going to get liberals to change? Of course not! Then why bother? Because we must continue to stand up for what is right. Standing down and letting the left continue to spout forth their lies and hypocrisies, allows them to win in the end.

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‘IDES OF TRUMP,’ LIBERALS TO INUNDATE WHITE HOUSE WITH POSTCARDS

I heard about this little stunt that liberals were preparing to do on March 15, also known as the ‘Ides of March,’ the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated. Being one of the stupidest things I had ever heard of liberals doing, I felt sure that it would fizzle out before March 15. Evidently not, though. According to commondreams.org, the ‘Ides of Trump’ movement plans to mail at least 1 million postcards to President Donald Trump on the fifteenth to show the man, the media, and the politicians how vast their numbers are…to make it irrefutable that the president’s claim of wide support is a farce.

Anti-trumpsters are encouraged to write one or more postcards, addressed to the president at the White House, plus take pictures of the cards and post to social media. Participants are also encouraged to “write from the heart,” citing all of their issues with number 45: DAPL, women’s rights, racial discrimination, religious freedom, immigration, economic security, education, the environment, etc.

The desire of the people spear-heading this movement is to overwhelm Washington and bury the White House Post Office in pink slips, all informing President Trump that he is fired.

While I certainly believe in freedom of speech, freedom of expression, etc., and admit that these folks have every right to carry on this stupidity, what good is it going to do? These postcards, except for a token few, will not reach the president. They will be disposed of at some point.

All this is going to do is “gum up the mail.” The regular mail such as checks, packages, bills, magazines, medicines, and yes, junk mail will be delayed. What about the thousands or maybe even millions of people who have medicines such as insulin delivered to their residences through the U.S. Postal Service? What if the medicine is delayed and the recipient is out of his or her prescriptions? Every American is going to be inconvenienced in some way.

Also, extra postal workers are going to have to be brought in to deal with all of this. That means the already financially strapped USPS is going to pay out additional money in wages and overtime. Furthermore, these postcards are just going to be disposed of. And where are they going to be taken. This is surely going to clog up the garbage dumps across the United States. Could this paper be recycled? Probably. But the works are going to be “gummed up” somewhere.

If those of us who didn’t vote for or support Obama when he was elected president had pulled something like this, we would, first of all, been called racists, the term that has always been thrown out at those who didn’t agree with the former president’s policies. We would also have been called tree-killers because trees are used to make postcards. But since you are liberals and have the media on your side, nothing much will be said by the media.

This is nothing but an act of pure hate by those on the left. They can’t get over the fact that they lost the election…their candidate didn’t win. It’s been four months since the election and they’re still acting like the whiny brats they are. Because they are miserable, they’re going to ruin things for everyone else and cause hurt to as many Americans as possible.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

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