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Trump Acceptance Speech

What to say other than “I was wrong again!” I need to take this moment to acknowledge to Doug Holmes and Roger Sahni (two unrelenting Trumpsters) that they were right!

The United States has had its own Brexit moment. Virtually every pollster in the country was wrong. Pierce Wire was wrong. The main stream media is in a state of apoplexy. The sky is falling!

I have friends who think the world has just ended, and all that is left is for us to mop up the debris.

OK, people, slow down!

We have a Republican Congress and Donald Trump. We have two years (at least) to implement meaningful tax reform (which, if done properly, will generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs here in the U.S.) and to repeal and replace Obamacare. And yes (to all those nattering nabobs who say the Republicans do not have a viable health care plan) we do have a great way forward. Click here to see it. 

Let there be no end of celebration in acknowledgement of the fact that we have just staved off a liberal bias to the Supreme Court that would have discarded the Constitution to the dustbin of relevance had Hillary won this election.

Will there be a new wall and will Mexico pay? I doubt it, but frankly, in the overall scheme of things, it makes for amusing theater. Trump expresses himself horribly. But if one really listens, he will stand by people of all races, colors, and creeds. All they need to do is be in the United States legally. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

Will we abandon our commitments to our allies? No.

Will Donald Trump start a nuclear war? I mean, are there people who actually believe that nonsense?

Will Trump endeavor to be a President to all Americans, as he said he would do in his victory speech? He is a narcissist, but I actually take him at his word on that front.

Will we finally have a President who will call Islamic Terrorism by its name? Thank God, yes.

Will he keep saying things that make you cringe? Probably.

Will he really tear up our trade agreements? I don’t know. I suspect he will instruct our trade negotiators to obtain concessions that he can point to as having fulfilled some kind of promise. Time will tell.

Will he work with Congress to address the deficit? I believe he will.

Will we be in a “better place” two years from January? I believe we will.

Will he delegate? Yes. VP elect Pence will probably have a really interesting job; one worth more than a warm bucket of spit.

Will Giuliani, Christie, Gingrich, Dr. Ben Carson, and other loyalists end up in D.C.? Yes.

I was disappointed in Hillary not giving a speech last night, but both she and the President took the high road today. Let’s see if it lasts.

I hope the democrats behave with grace. The President has been most un-presidential of late. He played the race card on Trump. Now, on January 20, he has to stand with him and be part of a peaceful transition of power. It is the quintessential American moment, made all the more striking by this strange election year.

Who knows, maybe Trump will lean over and ask him if he has his birth certificate with him!

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The Fat Lady Sang Nearly a Year Ago

fat ladyPlease don’t tell me you believe the recent spate of polls showing this Presidential race tightening. Folks, the fat lady sang, and she sang nearly a year ago. Seriously, most of the remnants of the Big Tent that was the Republican Party have been deluding themselves for at least a year. We live in strange times. The Democrats have nominated the most flawed, dishonest, disingenuous, elitist candidate possible, and yet their nominee will win. The election was over the day it became clear Donald Trump was going to wipe the Republican slate clean during the long, convoluted, mindlessly self-defeating primary process. Indeed, we have met the enemy and he is us.

Readers of Pierce Wire will know I am no fan of Donald Trump. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am voting for him. On the issues of taxes and the Supreme Court alone, he gets my vote. She (whom I cannot call by name without summoning bile) is simply so bad it defies the imagination that she will be our next President. Alas, barring a cataclysmic event, she will be our next President.

It could be so bad that we actually cede the Senate back to the socialists; whoops, I mean democrats. Even the House of Representatives may drop to a single digit majority. Woe are we. The ultimate woe would be losing the House too. Then even Katy won’t be able to bar the door. The horses will be out of the stable and you can kiss what we grew up knowing as “American Capitalism” goodbye. I’m not kidding. You’ll need to buckle your seat belts and get ready to take a ride on the redistribution express. She would make the O-man look like a novice.

From the ashes we will have to determine whether we want to rebuild the fire that was the Republican Party. We will have to figure out whether there are enough people “out there” who care about:

–celebrating traditional values,

–policies that help people lift themselves up,

–the notion that hard work should be rewarded, not taxed into oblivion,

–consistency and strength abroad, and, perhaps with tongue slight pressed into cheek,

–calling Islamic terror what it is without worrying about PC recriminations!

In short, we need to ascertain whether or not we can coalesce around the notion that we are the party that cares most about those who have been left behind, and it is the Republican economic platform (not Donald Trump’s inwardly focused deception) that will provide our great population with more chances to succeed.

We’ll need a new generation of leaders. Tom Cotton from Arkansas comes to mind. Click here to learn more about him.  It will take smart, dedicated public servants with an ability to connect with every day folk for the Republicans to emerge from the depths of the swamp into which they have willingly hurled themselves.

The tryouts for the opera and the opera itself were one and the same. Our chances of victory began and ended in the primaries. The fat lady sang months and months ago. It’s over.

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When I Woke Up and Didn’t Recognize My Country..

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton grimaces during a book launch in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate is on a tour promoting her new book, "Hard Choices." The German titel of the book is "Entscheidungen". (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

I woke up the other day and realized that my country left me. Worse, I live in a country where tens of millions of Americans, starting with the President and Mrs. Clinton, seem perfectly ok with the politics of race and envy that dominate their lexicon.

I don’t know many people who are  very happy with our choices for the 45th President of the United States. But let’s not cover old ground. It is what it is. 

In the past couple weeks, we witnessed a candidate for President of the United States collapse and literally get shoveled into her ride home. If you think I am kidding, watch it by clicking here. The official excuse was pneumonia. Sure. How stupid do they think we are?

Then we had two police shootings which led to more people and property being destroyed. Since when did it become ok to riot in the streets, hurt people, destroy property, cause mayhem, all in the name of justice? Let’s be really clear about our police. They are here to protect and to serve, and that is exactly what the vast majority of them do. Are there bad cops? Of course there are; just as there are bad people infiltrating every walk of life. There is no statistical narrative, however, that validates the notion that cops are out to “get” black males. There is data out the wazoo confirming the disproportionate amount of crime committed by black males against whites, hispanics and blacks (click here to read more on this.) So how have we come to a place where focusing on likely sources of crime is “racial profiling” and proven effective techniques such as “stop and frisk” may no longer be conducted? This is what happens before you roll out of bed and realize you don’t know where you are anymore.

The Charlotte riots of the past week have largely been covered as peaceful protests. Click here and tell me what you think. So allow me to go back to the tragedy that occurred in Tulsa. A police officer has turned herself in and has been charged. A police officer killing an unarmed man cannot be countenanced. But with all the rhetoric and grandstanding from pundits left and right, where is the common sense? I don’t know about you, but my kids know to obey the police when they tell you to do something. While this is comedy, Chris Rock sent a strong message to the black community a few years ago when he produced this piece. (click here) While that video seems harsh in light of recent police shootings, the message is one that has been completely lost. Application of common sense would prevent most of these tragedies. When a police person tells you to raise your hands and get on the ground, you raise your hands and get on the ground. You do not back off and disobey repeated orders. Again, I am not, in any way, shape, or form, rationalizing the shooting death of an unarmed man. I am, however, saying what no one else wants to say. If people do what they are told to do by the police, these situations would not develop into the nightmares they often become.

Back to politics. Where has the President been for the past couple weeks? Why on earth is he not speaking out about the rioting in Charlotte? Well, folks, some of you aren’t going to like it, but I believe the President believes we are a racist country, and that for change to occur, things need to be messy. In short, I think the President is ok with the civil unrest we are witnessing. Again, when I stumbled out of bed this morning, I didn’t know where I was.

Mr. Trump has irritated the black elite by suggesting that blacks have virtually nothing to lose by voting for him. Some people are offended by such an aggressive posture. Why? Progressive leftist policies aimed at improving the plight of our impoverished communities have failed for fifty years and cost 22 trillion dollars. (See article on this massive failure of government policy here.) I offer this; it’s not only what do they have to lose, but what does Mr. Trump have to lose! He is favored by 8% of our African American community. He supports charter schools, arguably the only hope for children in poor, drug and crime ridden neighborhoods. Mrs. Clinton wants to abolish them. He favors jobs programs and vocational training. Mrs. Clinton just wants to keep throwing good money after bad, and is wholly beholden to the teachers’ unions. I think he is dead right to be brutally frank and honest with a group of people who have been let down for decades by the democrats. 

So what is going to happen in this country I no longer recognize? I have no idea. Do you? 

A prediction–more people will watch Monday night’s debate than ever before. 

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Mr. President, You Just Don’t Get it!

Hillary and ObamaMr. President, if you want to search for reasons explaining the rise of Donald Trump, search no longer. You, sir, are the reason, and Hillary is hell bent on making sure the reason lives on! Events of the past few days provide a perfect illustration of how we find ourselves in this absolutely bizarre situation.

We find ourselves once again in the  familiar position where hands are wrung and souls are searched after the brutal attack on innocent civilians pursuing their individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While both Republicans and Democrats decry one another for politicizing a horrible nightmare, the fact of the matter is that it is impossible to separate politics from the terror that took place in Florida. 

Once again, the Democrats wasted no time blaming guns on the calculated murder and wounding of over 100 American citizens. Republicans just as quickly pounced on the fact that guns don’t actually kill people; people kill people. All one has to do is look at Chicago as a case in point for the complete and utter failure of strict gun control laws in stopping criminals from using guns. Once and for all, we need to move past the rhetoric and acknowledge that taking guns away from law abiding citizens will never (ever) stop criminals from using guns!

But the whole gun control debate is a red herring. The issue at hand, folks, remains one that has been the case for years. We are in an undeclared war with radical Islam: an idea used by proponents of envy and hate who wish to kill everyone of us; full stop. To date, the Obama Administration (including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) has refused to acknowledge the enemy. Instead, they have referred to “terror” as the enemy. No, Mr. President, terror is the method; ISIL, ISIS, Al Qaeda, (the list goes on) are the instruments; But radical Islam is the enemy!

Today, the President, in as mocking and haughty a tone as imaginable, attacked his “friends on the other side of the aisle” and Mr. Trump as being simplistic morons who clearly do not grasp the complexities of modern statesmanship. You can hear (and read) for yourself how Mr. Obama addressed the nation by clicking here. The President brushed aside years of criticism regarding his unwillingness to call the enemy what it actually is by saying “There is no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam’. It is a political talking point.” Well, there you have it. No Mr. President, it is not a “political talking point.” It is an ugly, malformed, abomination of a religion whose followers live solely to destroy all who do not bend to their will. We are at war with this thing called radical Islam and all who subscribe to its sick doctrine. You Mr. President, (and yes, you, Mrs. Clinton) even today refuse to acknowledge the enemy. It is nauseating.

The President and Mrs. Clinton say Donald Trump is fueling the flames of terror’s fires with his anti-Muslim rhetoric. You know what? They may be right. But what they don’t understand is that their tepid, politically correct, milquetoast, (dare I even say mamby pamby?) refusal to name the enemy is the very cause for the rise of Donald Trump! Oh, the bitter taste of irony’s pill! Donald Trump would not be the presumptive nominee if millions of Americans were not pissed off. Sorry, there is no other way to say it. 

So there we have it. The President and Mrs. Clinton are appalled at the behavior of their political love child. Perhaps if they would stand up and start telling it like it is, their creation would disappear into one of his many towers. But don’t count on it. Neither the President nor Mrs. Clinton  have a clue. And thus we will see this American tragedy continue to play itself out.

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Lost in the Ozone Again

Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen“These are the times that try men’s souls.” So said Thomas Paine in his 1776-1783 newsletter by the name of “The American Crisis.” Indeed, little did he know how that phrase would have just as much applicability centuries later. We aren’t engaged in a life or death revolt against the Brits, but we sure as hell are girding our loins for a fight to restore the foundation of the house that was the United States; a structure barely recognizable today. 

The whole country is caught up in a Trumpian moment; so much so that few people bother to marvel at the fact that an avowed socialist is giving Hillary a run for her (large sum of) money. How many of you remember one of the rockabilly bands that put Austin on the map and became a cornerstone of the Austin City Limits music movement?  (Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen)  were lost in the ozone, and folks, so are we.

We have a generation (or two) of Americans (voting age 18-40) who feel disenfranchised. Astonishingly, when they listen to Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, they are not horrified. There are any number of reasons for this generational divide, but I suggest one of them is captured in my earlier blog College Education Run Amok. Think about it. We have seen the onslaught of progressive liberal brainwashing in our schools and colleges for a minimum of the past two decades. So why should we be surprised if Americans in their twenties and thirties think capitalism is a dirty word? The Berlin wall came down in 1990. Most of these kids don’t even know what evil was represented behind that wall. They didn’t grow up in a world where democracy and capitalism were inextricably intertwined, and tied just as inseparably to better lives lived. History is a long line of repetition. Alas, we are coming full circle on a straight line to a point where two generations of Americans find the lure of socialism to be a desired outcome. Lord help us.

If we take this explanation for the seemingly imponderable rise of socialist populism in the US as a credible theory, then we don’t have to go too far to see that by combining it with the reality of a large segment of the American population that feels disenfranchised and left behind, we are led directly to where we find ourselves today: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We have not only arrived at the doorstep to the Brave New World, my friends, but we have crossed the threshold. 

Between now and March 2, we will witness caucus and primary events in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Caroline, Nevada, and then a swath of southern states in the so-called Super Tuesday event. If the pollsters are correct, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will emerge on March 2nd as the run-away leaders of their respective primary campaigns. Once again, Lord help us. 

I remain skeptical; I think the pollsters are missing the plot. But in the not too distant future, I will either be proven right, or dead wrong!

In 2012 I made the case that we stood at a tipping point where four more years of Obama could push us irretrievably down into a national death spiral. We are in that spiral now; executive orders have routinely circumvented the Constitution. Liberal federal judges now populate the bench from coast to coast; subverting our Constitution, (a document most of them see as an anachronism) and making new law is their agenda. Black Lives Matter protestors call for death to police and the President of the United States refuses to condemn their rhetoric. Instead, he says “…change takes time.” It is important to understand that this President meant to change this country from day one of his time in office. His is a community agitator/activist agenda. All one has to do is look at what he has said and done for over 7 years. I have been crystal clear since this blog began; President Obama may love the United States, but he does not love the United States I love, and he has done everything in his power to destroy it. 

So yes, we were pushed past the tipping point in 2012. We are most assuredly lost in the ozone again. So now the question is whether or not we can muster enough courage to stop the downward flow into the abyss of European mediocrity. America, do you really think Donald Trump is the person with the skills to help us start climbing back up to re-attain our position as “The Shining City upon the Hill?” (if you have never watched President Reagan’s last remarks from the Oval Office, I recommend you do so now.) 

In the next month, many of you will begin to decide. Good luck.

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Where Am I?

You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.

How many of you feel like you are channeling Rip Van Winkle? It’s hard to read or watch the news these days without shaking your head in bewilderment. I mean, maybe you fell asleep one night and missed fifty years, right? Surely our values and national priorities could not have devolved as quickly as it seems. Sadly, I regret to advise that the last time you went to sleep was most likely last night, and you awoke to the same increasingly chaotic world that existed when you went to sleep! Watch this brief video of a Trump rally by clicking here. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.

We are living in a parallel universe with all Democrats and, yes, quite a few people who call themselves Republicans. I make the latter distinction because there is no way Donald Trump is a Conservative or a Republican. Donald Trump is in a world of his own making. He is taking all litmus tests and burying them under one of his debt-ridden Trump Towers. As regards the Democrats, what more do you need to know than they actually think the last seven years have been good for our country? And if any particular ill cannot be concealed by manipulative statistics spewed forth by the likes of Paul Krugman, the Democrats invariably fall back to blaming W. President Obama took the oath of office in January of 2009! He owns it; all of it. Yet the party faithful stand tall and firm behind that mantra that all ills still belong to Bush. Amazing. 

Back to the campaign. Everything that should matter doesn’t. Who is to blame? What is to blame? Have we become so dumbed down that only raw, base political pandering hits the target? Are we so superficial that policies no longer matter? Mr. Trump appears to be able to avoid any questions regarding substance by telling people to “wait and see” just how good a President he will be. Click here to see a summary of some of his remarks when questioned about specific issues. Give him credit. He’s got cojones. 

At the risk of repetition, bear with me as I say again, “This election is ours to lose, and we seem hell-bent on doing just that.” Our economy is a disaster. We have excessive regulations, high taxes, and a broken Affordable Care Act. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is going well. We need to send the clear message to people concerned about their jobs, families, houses, and futures that we understand government’s role is to give them the opportunity to succeed. Notwithstanding the increasing ISIS threat (which must not just be “contained”-whatever than means-but eliminated) the November election rhetoric will be focused first and foremost on economic issues. People are scared. They need to know someone is going to help them.

I believe the majority of independent voters (and at least half of the hard working Hispanic Americans) have no interest in four to eight more years of Obama’s failed policies wrapped up in a dress worn by Hillary Clinton. All we need to do is nominate a proven fiscal and foreign affairs Conservative. Is it really that hard?

There have been a lot of articles written recently pondering the decline and even the possible end of the Republican party as we know it. I am not sure what is happening. I don’t believe we are on the precipice of self-destruction, but we surely are in uncharted political waters. The next couple months will be very interesting. 

Enough maudlin dismay. You know, this Republican vs Democrat thing has been going on for a while, and the contrasts were as stark sixty years ago. Just listen to Bob Hope trying to help clarify the situation here.  Then again, Ronald Reagan always had a way of bringing things down to earth. Go ahead and chuckle along with him by listening to this . The amazing thing about Reagan is that even when obviously reading that joke, he had a way about him that was disarming and flat-out likable. I miss him. 

Enjoy your playoff football and long MLK weekend.

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The Scary Silly Season

Trump and Hillary 1This is a very scary silly season. It should be the season to be jolly, and I am committed to that notion. But I think most Americans are nervous, worried and maybe downright fearful. Of likely GOP primary voters, some 35-40%  seem to think Donald Trump may be the person to calm those nerves, and allay those worries and fears. Indeed, it is a very scary silly season.

I’m pretty good at this stuff. Really. When I think back over the last thirty years, I have made two mistakes when predicting the outcome of Presidential elections. I refused to believe America would vote for Bill Clinton over George H. W. Bush, and I was convinced Romney would defeat Obama. In the 1992 election, I simply misjudged the Perot effect. Let’s not forget that Clinton won that election with 38% of the vote. More ironically, he inherited a raging economy that Bush created when he signed the tax reform bill that would simultaneously become his political death warrant. In 2012, I flat-out could not believe that notwithstanding the polling data, Americans would not rally to the cause of common sense! Alas, they didn’t and we have been saddled now with seven years of arrogant incompetence of epic proportions. The United States is so challenged on so many fronts yet the President continues to fiddle whilst his allegorical Rome burns.

This current political theater (circus) has me completely perplexed. I did not see Mr. Trump occupying center stage as long as he has. I wake up every day in disbelief. I mean, yes, people are mad. Republicans are mad. Independents are mad, and so too are Democrats. And it seems Mr. Trump has tapped into that anger. But even that does not explain the inexplicable. The man is a thin-skinned sixth grade schoolyard bully. When his credentials are questioned he attacks. When his contradictions are mentioned he attacks. When his policies (such as they are) are condemned, he attacks. And even the attacks themselves are shallow. (Click here for a good video clip of just how upside down today’s GOP is.)

Have the stakes ever been higher? Our economy remains stagnant; trapped in regressive regulations and high taxes. Our deficit continues to grow. In the 1960’s, our entitlements represented roughly 30% of our annual budget. Today they are more than 60%. Our spending is unsustainable. We have lost the respect of our friends and our enemies just laugh. Our military has been reduced to a mere shadow of its former self. We lack any sense whatsoever of a national purpose. Leadership starts at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We are leaderless. We are, in short, a mess.

This is a huge election. It is not too late to turn things around. But if we lose the White House for another 8 years, the horses will not only be out of the barn, but they will be running free on the range. Confronted by the seriousness of our predicament, the GOP appears to be leaning toward a reality tv star who inherited a real estate empire, and the Democrats are defaulting to 8 more years of Obama. You can’t make this stuff up.

History tells us the polls leading up to Iowa and New Hampshire are rubbish. Only after the primaries move south (March) do polls begin to matter. History also tell us that someone like Donald Trump should have burnt himself on the stake of incompetence by now. I would be ok if history bats one for two. I know some of you are intrigued by “The Donald” and are tired of the mainstreamers bashing him. I get it. I also get this. If somehow, someway he ends up as the GOP nominee, Hillary will win in a landslide. And the Republicans will have no one to blame but themselves. 

We have several qualified public servants running for President. We can only hope that one of them surfaces from the gumbo of this quagmire and goes on to lay out a vision for America that the majority of voters will respect and support. I continue to remain (guardedly) optimistic that a viable candidate will emerge. Time will tell. 

In the meantime, here’s wishing you and yours the very Merriest of Christmases and a wonderful new year!

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The Pursuit of Happiness and It’s Relevance to the 2016 Election

Ronald ReaganIt is never easy to swim against the tide. If he were alive, you could ask Winston Churchill. He warned England (and the world) of the growing Nazi menace for nearly ten years before he was heeded. Alas it was too late and the world was plunged into a war that took the lives of more than 20,000,000 people.  (Listen to this radio broadcast in 1934.)

One could argue that all Republican Presidential candidates are swimming against the tide. The democrats have become remarkable successful at convincing the electorate that Republicans are the party of the 1%, and their policies are policies of greed, avarice, war on women, and destruction of the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth, but it matters not that you and I know that. What matters is what main street America thinks. So the question is , what do we do about it?

The first thing we need to do is stop talking about what we are against. America needs to know what we are for! We can’t be seen as the harbingers of doom. It is our role to lift people’s spirits and give them reasons to be optimistic about the future. We do that by outlining how our policies will give them and their children more opportunity. We do that by outlining a path to happiness from the depths of despair; a path millions of Americans desperately need to see in front of them. I do not use the word “happiness” lightly. Neither did Thomas Jefferson. When our founding fathers settled on “…the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, they did so specifically to make the case that each American should have the right to pursue what he or she considers to be happiness. It could be a pursuit of God, family, love, job satisfaction, self-worth, you name it. The possibilities are endless, and that is exactly what our founders had in mind.

The pursuit of happiness has been drowned by a waterfall of leftist regulation, entitlements, and entrepreneurial stiff-arms. The path to happiness is impeded by the misguided notion that the government can create happiness for its citizens. This deception highlights the fundamental flaw underpinning the foundation of progressive liberal politics. If I had to identify the one tenet of liberal activism that most incenses me, it is the false promise that democrat social engineering produces a desireable outcome for the recipients of its largess. Democrats aren’t stupid. They know that their policies have failed for more than five decades. Their profligate unending social spending has only increased the ranks of our homeless and underprivileged, while simultaneously pushing our national debt and annual deficits to unsustainable levels. Yet they continue to mislead and deceive their political base. I cannot fathom how they have placed manipulation of the people who need them most and pursuit of raw political power ahead of our national interest. I equally don’t know how any rational person can look at what their policies have done to hurt those less fortunate while incurring obscene amounts of debt, and come to any other conclusion!

Conservatives have always cared about and for those less fortunate. There has always been a view that it is government’s job to provide a safety net for those less fortunate. But conservatives build their safety nets with pathways and incentives to upward mobility. Democrats put people in nets and then sew up the exit door; thus trapping the recipients into lives of permanent dependency and nearly impossible means to pursue true happiness.

For at the end of the day, what is happiness but a state of contentedness? At its core, happiness is the satisfaction of knowing that “it’s all good.” And as mentioned above, “it” can be anything!

Republicans need to lift people up by explaining in simple language how our policies are those which can create equal opportunity. Economic history is on our side. We must talk about solutions, not why democrat ideas are so bad. We have to talk about why our ideas are so good! In 1981, Ronald Reagan gave a televised speech to the American people. He didn’t mince words. He told them our country was a mess. He told them in terms everyone could understand. Then he told them how we could fix that mess. And he told them in ways everyone could understand. I encourage you to take 20 minutes to watch this speech here. Ronald Reagan knew just not how to communicate, but to do so in a way that gave people a reason to believe in their future.

No matter who our 2016 nominee is (and I continue to maintain it will not be Trump, Carson, or Fiorina) our candidate must find a way to express how our values are those which are time tested and will provide the best opportunities for those who need a break. Hillary Clinton is a flawed politician and a flawed candidate. She can be beaten. Many would argue the very soul of our nation hangs in the balance. I am one of those many. Let’s hope our candidate is smart enough to campaign about what can be done to lift people up, and not just what is so wrong with everything the democrats have done. let’s face it; we already know how bad it is. Now what are we going to do to fix it?

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Holy Hiatus!

The President does not lead because he does not believe America should lead.

The President does not lead because he does not believe America should lead.

OK, so those of you who profess to reading Pierce Wire from time to time might be wondering whether the author got in the way of one of the administration’s free speech purges. Remember Lois Lerner?

Do you know what is amazing? You probably had to scratch your head to actually remember Lois Lerner. You see, there have been so many improprieties in the past six years that they all tend to blend together. A scandal that may have shaken a Republican administration’s foundational tree at its roots is just another day at the office for the Obama regime.

 

This begets the question, “what hath we wrought?” Seriously, are Americans so immune to corruption and manipulation of fact that they simply don’t care anymore? Have years of distortion and progressive propaganda dumbed and numbed us to the point where we have made George Orwell’s 1984 a self-fulfilling prophecy?

There is a “glass half full” side of me that truly wants to embrace Jeb Bush’s contention that our best days actually can still be ahead of us. Jeb maintains there is no reason why our kids can’t have a better life than their parents. I want to believe that. But there are some things we need to do in order to create an environment for that aspiration to be given a chance to become reality. Namely:

–America’s teens and twenty-somethings need to wake up and realize no one owes them anything. This country’s meteoric ascent on this planet may have been a function of the right time, place, natural resources, and myriad other factors, but anyone who denies that the Protestant work ethic wasn’t the glue that held it all together does not understand American history. We have been a nation of achievers. In order to continue to be so we need yet another generation of Americans to achieve!

–We must halt the seemingly inexorable growth of wasteful social entitlements. This is not rocket science. Republicans must find a way (after fifty years of not being able to do so) to demonstrate that theirs is not a heartless creed. A true conservative is indeed compassionate, and part of that core value system is a belief in a social safety net. Alas, what we face today is something far different than a governmental safe port when elements of society are trapped  in personal storms. Democrats have hijacked the noble ideas that ignited the Great Society legislation and in so doing have created a permanent underclass in American society; one that is rewarded for not seeking employment! How ironic is it for President Obama to incessantly call out Republicans for their heartlessness when all data demonstrates unequivocally that the trillions of dollars directed toward entitlement programs have only caused more poverty and created an endless cycle of generational dependency? It’s about work, people, not handouts!

–American leaders need to lead. We may not have asked for our place in the world, but we own it. President Obama has spent 6 years trying to disown it. The President is ashamed of what he sees as our imperial past. He apologizes for the America we love. What he fails to understand is that without our hands on the helm the world will slip into anarchy. We are watching it happen right now. Putin is slowly clawing back what used to be the western perimeter safety shield for Russia. Putin is dumb like a fox. He sees the west as nothing more than a conglomeration of talking heads: all talk and too weak to take action. ISIS (the JV, as you will recall) continues to wreak havoc throughout the middle east, and their Boko Harem brethren threaten Nigeria and adjoining states. Mr. Obama continues to blame George W Bush for the evils that permeate the world. It is inconceivable in the world of realpolitik  to point the finger of blame in any direction other than directly at the President. His disengagement on virtually every front has left the world a far more dangerous place. And his obsession with doing a deal with Iran is simply mind boggling. In 2016 we must hope for a leader and a supportive Congress who will not hesitate to do the right thing when a situation arises in the world and America is the only country positioned to take action. The Bush doctrine, like it or not, is as applicable today as it was on September 12, 2001. If we don’t take the fight to our enemies, they will bring it to us.

–We need to stop being afraid to identify our enemies for what they are. ISIS is a loosely knit confederation of radical muslim terrorists. They want to plunge the world back into a darker than dark age. Should that be so hard to say? If there was a group of radical Christians intent on turning the world upside down and leaving a path of murderous destruction in their wake would anyone hesitate to call them radical Christian terrorists?

–We need to move beyond this horrible racial divide the current administration has legitimized. Do we still have racial tension in the US? Yes, of course we do. But the indisputable fact is that it is much worse today than it was in 2008, and that is because of a relentless focus by this President and his appointees to sow seeds of turmoil every time an opportunity arises. Who amongst us should not sympathize with police officers across the country? They have been vilified with the net result being that the same underclass that our Great Society created and perpetuated now considers police as the enemy. Whose job is it to get the underclass to take a step back and ask itself “what are we doing to lift ourselves out of this spiral? Is it possible we see police as the enemy because of something we are doing?”

–Stop treating business as the enemy! Success is not evil! Elizabeth Warren and President Obama represent a cynical populist brand of politics we may not have witnessed since William Jennings Bryan’s prominence at the end of the 19th century. It is so easy to attack success, and stir the passions of those less fortunate. It is also so wrong to do so. We need leadership to step up and make it clear that we applaud and reward success. We also must find a way to get people to understand that government does not make people successful. It’s government’s job to help create the environment for success. This current government demonizes success, and is predicated on the notion that people can only lift themselves up on the shoulders of government. One does not have to delve too deeply into world history to see that this thought process was also a common theme of many failed communist states.

–Embrace immigrants who come here for a chance at the American dream! We are a nation of immigrants and there is no reason Americans decades from now should not be saying the same thing. We are not a nation of xenophobes. Make the new generation of immigrants Republican by demonstrating to them that ours is the party of ideas and opportunity.

They say that blogs over 1000 words run the risk of losing the reader. And so I draw to a close. The list above is just a teaser. I could go on forever, as too, I am sure, could you. (If you have read this far, then you clearly care!)

More to follow!

 

The Surreal Presidency

Obama_plays_golfYou can’t make this stuff up, right?  The President is totally disengaged from reality as the bad guys leave  a trail of bodies in their wake and gain more and more land throughout the Middle East.  Now they not only knock on Europe’s door, but actual attacks on the European soil are on the rise.

Journalists, artists, and law enforcement officers are slaughtered in Paris. Jews are targeted in Copenhagen. Coptic Egyptian Christians are beheaded in Libya.  A Jordanian pilot is burned alive.  British, Japanese, and American aid workers and reporters are murdered.  Australian and Canadian citizens are terrorized.  The list goes on. (Let’s not forget our own US-based incident deemed by the administration to be a “workplace violence” event.  Those of us who haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid refer to it as the Fort Hood Massacre.)

All these brutal murders have been committed by Radical Islamic extremists (affiliated with ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, or Levant- seriously, who cares-they are all bad guys, hereinafter simply called ISIS.)  Without exception the murders have been perpetrated in the name of Allah.

Yet not once has the Obama administration even acknowledged the root cause of these attacks.  Radical Islam is a murderous philosophy where the end (global Islamic supremacy with its attendant Sharia law) justifies the most horrific of means. There, I said what the President refuses to say.

Last week the President attended the National Prayer breakfast and actually chastised Christians, telling them:

“We have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith…..and lest we get on our high horse and think this is (pause) unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
 (See text of speech here)

This speech was nothing short of gobsmacking.  There is no other way to say it. The President of the United States not only will not call out the Islamic extremists for their atrocities, but he goes on to equate the crusades and our own post civil war reconstruction to be equally as horrific.  In other words, we are all evil, so we should stop being so judgmental about what is happening overseas. What? Seriously?

The President stands steadfastly by his position that the enemy is on the run.  Virtually everyone, including Leon Panetta, his erstwhile Defense Secretary and a former CIA chief, thinks the President has lost his way.  (See Leon Panetta interview here )  President Obama is so absorbed by his vision of a disengaged United States that he is actually still talking of an ISIS in retreat.  An irrelevant ISIS is compatible with his non-interventionist hands-off America.  Facts are pesky and reality is something to be ignored.

Folks, this is stuff of cloud-cuckoo land.  The President talks and talks and does nothing.  Well, that is not entirely fair.  He did find time last week to film a selfie for Buzz-Feed in a shameless self-promotion of his disastrous health care plan.  The world waits for his leadership.  But it is clear this President will not take the steps necessary to stop ISIS.  Nothing. (Surely he doesn’t actually believe their capabilities and plans can be degraded solely from the bombing bays of F-22’s?)

Maybe he is convinced that if he prevaricates and procrastinates long enough, Russia, Syria, Iran and the Radical Islamists will all go “poof” and disappear in an upwards spiral of smoke.  Maybe we do not giving him enough credit.  His may be the first official foreign policy equivalent of “rope-a-dope”.  We can only hope Mohammad Ali patented the phrase.  It may come in handy again.

One can only imagine the conversations in the West Wing.  Valerie Jarrett is most likely sitting in the President’s chair, talking only to him, as he calls in from his golf cart. Ms. Jarrett counsels the President to stay the course, and not let the rabble-rousers veer him off his pre-determined path.  The President, bolstered by Ms. Jarrett’s pep talk, hangs up, smug smirk restored, and returns to his golf game.  He is more than content because the call was brief enough to allow him to finish his round and get to his Hollywood fundraiser on time.

By the way, where are his (kitchen cabinet) advisors?  Do you know of any ex Obama White House aid who does not acknowledge that other than Valerie Jarrett, the President has none?  This is the President who without the slightest sense of irony will tell you that he is smarter than the other people in the room.  Here is a little factoid for those who care; our best leaders have always been ones who are smart (and confident) enough to surround themselves with (and listen to) even smarter people.  President Obama has never see fit to do so.

It is unfathomable to think the President can possibly continue to deny the reality that surrounds him.  But folks, this is not a sublime Presidency.  We are in the twilight zone, and the President seems wholly comfortable operating from within his own surreal world. Woe is we.