Apparently, there are Congress-persons (can’t use the term “men” anymore – not PC) planning on boycotting (person-cotting?) President Trumps First State of the Union address. Evidently, Reps Frederica Wilson, Maxine Waters, John Lewis and Earl Blumenauer have their collective shorts in a wad over the fact it is Donald Trump giving the Address. Others are considering following their lead, “bravely” waiting to see what kind of backlash might follow.
Did you know that State of the Union Messages to Congress are mandated by Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution? Let that sink in, the process is mandated, orally or in written format, by the Constitution, but certain members of Congress will not be blessing us with their attendance. If they do not attend, might they be considered derelict of duty? Just asking.
So, to be clear, these four Congress-court jesters are refusing to attend an annual rite of passage by a sitting president of the US for personal reasons having to do with President Trumps’ existence. He breathes the same air we do. Evidently, a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the near-decimation of ISIS, a GDP above 3%, an unemployment rate of 4.1%, and the creation of 1.7 million jobs, all in a year, are not enough? Neither is a soaring stock market, reduced illegal immigration, or black unemployment at historic low levels enough either.
After all, he had the audacity to call Haiti a s**thole! He’s not allowed to say that, they roar indignantly! Apparently, only rappers, Hollywood, millennials, and reporters from CNN are allowed to use that kind of language. Regardless whether he was right or not.
A look into the folks who are shunning the State of the Union is revealing. Fredericka Wilson – it’s really hard to take her seriously about anything. She probably would do everybody a favor by not attending. The cowboy-hat wearing Ms. Wilson represents the north side of Miami and is known primarily for stirring racial divide. Her true reason for not attending may very well be they won’t let her wear one of those silly hats.
John Lewis – the once prominent civil rights leader has since aged into, who I believe, to be a bitter and cynical dinosaur in Congress, having “served” Georgia for over 30 years. I once was watching yet another Congressional proceeding and Lewis became incensed by the answers he was being given. At one point he bellowed, “Excuse me, I am a sitting United States Congressman and won’t be talked to in that manner.” Had I been there, I would have been tempted to remind him he works for us and we pay his salary. He may have been a confidant to Martin Luther King Jr., but perhaps he should have retired years ago.
Earl Blumenauer – nearly 70, the consummate liberal from Oregon has been mostly a career politician after only seven years as an attorney. Given his liberal record, it is not surprising that he would want to skip an Address given by a president who does not believe in giving away that which he doesn’t own. Perhaps Earl will count his bow-ties that night instead.
And then there is Maxine Waters. The 79-year-old representative is from various districts in California, evidently depending on what is best economically for her and her family. Currently, her Los Angeles mansion, one of several properties, sits in a district she does not represent, due to gerrymandering. (How’s that for irony!) She has been accused of taking money from businesses unethically, arranged special Treasury meetings for her banker-husband, and has been named a corrupt member of Congress many times by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She has consistently shown no respect for President Trump since the day he was elected and, in my humble opinion, deserves no reverence from anybody. To many, me included, she represents everything loathsome about Congress.
Had three white representatives publicly shunned a State of the Union message in this manner from former president Barack Obama there would be cries of racism. Had the former president been female, there would have been screams of sexism. As it turns out, President Trump happens to be a 70-year-old white businessman with no prior political experience, intent on draining the Swamp that is Washington DC. Therefore, he seemingly deserves no special consideration as a member of a “protected class”. Protocol and dignity be damned.
Given his vast accomplishments in only one short year, those Congressman who fail to recognize Trumps successes are exposing themselves as the very creatures of the Swamp we all want drained.
In case you missed it, President Trump recently handed out “Fake News” awards.” It wouldn’t surprise me if you did miss it, as most media outlets ignored it, as they do just about anything not critical of Trump. According to the Media Research Center, 90% of all media reports regarding our president are negative. If you are keeping track, that would mean the major media outlets believe nearly 64 million of us are buffoons.
Naturally, the New York Times and Washington Post, who get major coverage in this paper, took umbrage at the president’s awards. They went to great lengths to explain why he was wrong…again.
Those papers had reason to defend themselves as they were on the list. In fact, numero uno was the NY Times Paul Krugman. He is a Professor of Economics at City University in New York, an author, and has won a Nobel Prize. (Big deal – so has Obama!) He is also a left-wing journalist for the NY Times and an admitted Social Democrat. With his credentials, one would believe he might be knowledgeable about economics. But, he shot his mouth off with an election night prediction that the markets would never recover from a Trump presidency. As of the day of Mr. Krugman’s award, the DOW was over 26,000. Who would you rather take your investment advice from – the very man who is driving the market, or a journalist who believes in living off of other people’s money?
The Washington Post grabbed the number five spot for their picture of a near-empty Trump rally in Pensacola FL. Turned out the picture was taken before the event began, but let’s not let facts and balanced reporting get in the way of heaping on the man they were so wrong about in the election.
CNN, the epitome of Fake News, made the list four times. The Jeff Zucker-led organization unleashes a constant negative verbal barrage against the President, with 93% of everything a CNN employee utters being negative. And this is what passes for a news organization? (Note to you FOX nay-sayers – 52% of what they report is negative – seems a little more fair and balanced.)
President Trump is on a mission of America First by reversing years of anti-American and anti-business policies…and it’s working. He’s endeavoring to drain the Swamp that is Washington DC, to make elected officials retire or go back to work for us, instead of being bought by special interests. He’s trying to wrestle back control of our borders, so as to protect Americans from illegal immigrants. We Americans have a right to control who enters our country and lives off our taxes. If you don’t believe that, then YOU send your recent 401K earnings or tax deduction savings to those people and let the rest of us off the hook.
All this seems so logical, yet Trump is being fought every step of the way by those on both sides that want to remain in power. One would think that a skirmish like this would be fertile ground for the nation’s journalists to expose Swamp creatures, stopping illegal immigration, or trumpeting a soaring stock market, for examples.
Yet, given the negative coverage President Trump receives, one might believe our media has become nothing more than an extension of the Swamp. What happened to real investigative reporting where exposing wrong-doers was an honorable mission?
Or, to look at it another way, when did the media stop reporting the news fairly and accurately? Did you know there recently was two women’s movements – one conservative and one liberal? The liberal movement got three times more coverage than the conservative.
Major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS, regularly omit anything positive about the current president. Only perceived gaffe’s and Tweets are reported upon, or chasing the elusive and costly Russian collusion…without mentioning Hillary. Credit to Trump is never given, criticism is the norm, nine out of every ten times. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, thus being more accurate, according to our nation’s media.
Something’s wrong, folks. People tend to believe what they hear. The Founding Fathers thought a free and truthful press was so vital they etched it in the Constitution as the very First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” They believed so passionately that the media must remain unencumbered by the government so as to expose acts of corruption or treason and protect our nation.
What do you believe the media does today?
My wife and I rang in the New Year by taking my mother to Las Vegas to visit our son. As in the past, we opted to stay at Mandalay Bay, the southernmost hotel on the Strip, and closest to where he and his girlfriend live.
As you recall, Mandalay Bay, owned by MGM, is the hotel and casino that had the misfortune of having rented a room to a demented 64-year-old, Stephen Paddock. He used the location this past October to shoot 604 concert-goers, killing 58 of them, and then, presumably himself. We had no misgivings of staying at the hotel, despite the shootings. In fact, I would have had no problem staying in the “Paddock suite” had they offered it to us for free.
One night before dinner, we went up to the 43rd floor of the hotel to have an adult beverage. There is an outer balcony with a spectacular northerly view overlooking the entire neon Strip. It was a pleasant, clear night and Las Vegas Boulevard was a beehive of activity. From our vantage point, we had almost the same view as Paddock did on the 32nd floor, over Las Vegas Village where the Route 91 Harvest country music festival had been held.
As I looked over the festival grounds, one couldn’t help but reflect on the massacre, which became the deadliest mass-shooting in American history. Foremost on my mind was how fortunate we were our son had not attended the concert that night, which featured one of his favorite performers. But beyond that blessing, something else was nagging at me - aside from the poor service given by hotel staff - and I really couldn’t put my finger on it.
The following morning it dawned on me what had been so disquieting. Ask yourself this question – four plus months after one of the most horrific events in American history, and at a time with 24-hour news cycles and investigative reporters on every corner, why do we not know more about how or why this happened? We know every sordid detail of anything going on across this country, most of which we really didn’t want to know about, yet we are not getting much update on this investigation.
Did all of those wounded people survive? If so, the hospitals did a remarkable job. Have any of the gunshot victims or hospital staff been interviewed? Surely there has to be some lawsuits filed somewhere. What has happened to all the “players” in this drama, such as the girlfriend or security guard? Is it just me or does it seem as if a giant wet blanket has been dropped over the entire affair? Another one of those, “Just move along folks, nothing to see here,” moments.
While we know virtually nothing about the how or why, we do know all about the twenty-three guns and the bump stock that Paddock used. Previous to this incident, I had never heard of a bump stock and bet you hadn’t either. Is this what passes for essential information we need to know - or might it be a complicit media intent on abetting the denial of 2nd Amendment rights – just asking? We needed to know the in-depth gun details as much as we need to know the specifics of the spoon used to dish ice cream down our throat. I don’t know about you, but I would trade the gun details for a scoop of how Paddock managed to pull this off or why he did it.
I’m not trying to start a conspiracy and probably wouldn’t believe one if you gave it to me. I don’t believe Elvis is still alive or our government was involved in the 9/11 WTC attacks. I do think Oswald had help, so I can be persuaded if you care to opine. Even the venerable Tucker Carlson went to Vegas to investigate and get some answers, only to come back somewhat reserved on the matter.
There is only one thing I can think of that would make all those investigative folks drop a subject like a hot potato, especially one this loaded. The threat of a lawsuit. I’m not saying this is the answer, so don’t write home to your mother just yet. Having said that, I have come to the conclusion that if I’m ever accused of a federal offense, or one of those defenseless “Me Too” crimes where one seems to be automatically guilty, I might try to hire one of those fancy MGM attorneys.