President Reagan once quipped, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” One might wonder if he would be so polite in his choice of words today.
For over two years Democrats and the media cautioned us to wait for the conclusion of the Mueller Report. Mueller would prove President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the presidency. Then they could impeach him, even charge him with treason. Twenty-five million bucks later the report was released. Turns out Trump did not collude with Russia after all.
Instead of being relieved, many in the Democrat party, with Rep. Jerry Nadler leading the charge, are still whining. Some say Attorney General William Barr is a “wingman” for Trump and the report can’t be believed, particularly with all those pesky redactions. Others look at the report and say Trump should be impeached because he obstructed with the investigation.
Take a look at the primary force behind impeachment, Rep. Nadler from New York, among the most liberal of Congressmen. (I won’t insult your intelligence by citing ramblings from Maxine Waters.) Nadler also called for the impeachment of president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney. Now he’s calling for the impeachment of President Trump. However, he called impeachment proceedings against former president Bill Clinton a “partisan railroad job.” Evidently Nadler’s job is to railroad impeachment proceedings against those not a Democrat. Nadler’s obviously a political hack whose bloviations shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Then there are the liberals who don’t trust the honesty of AG William Barr. The Washington Post opined Barr used “incredibly misleading words” in his interpretation to exonerate the president. The New Yorker magazine called for the impeachment of Barr over his handling of the Mueller report. After years of Obama’s personal AG henchmen, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, ensuring Obama could do whatever he wanted, combined with the ineptitude that was Jeff Sessions, one would think America might be ready for someone trustworthy in the office. Or perhaps at least wait to give him time to be caught doing something not in America’s best interest. It’s not like he tried to run guns or had a meeting on an airport tarmac with the husband of a woman he’s investigating.
The obstruction questions are equally ridiculous, with or without redactions. It’s just a way to continue with the harassment of the man who beat the chosen one, Hillary Clinton. With every Democrat and most Republicans in Washington DC gunning to take Trump down, along with a complicit media, did you really expect the man to sit and do nothing while being accused of selling out his country? It’s all political gamesmanship on our dime, and is getting absolutely nothing done for the country.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi knows the impeachment gambit is not going to work, and may blow up on the Democrats come election time, just as it did for those Republicans absurdly impeaching Bill Clinton. So, her game plan now is to get ten-years’ worth of Donald Trump’s financial records which she directed Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings to subpoena. At what gain is knowing Trumps personal financial records – how will that help the country? You’d have to be a tax attorney just to understand them. Are we going to put Pelosi’s on display too? How about yours?
Recently, in a show of the ultimate in hypocrisy, Hillary clumsily wriggled up on the impeachment bandwagon without falling – the woman who deleted 30,000 emails, used bleach bit in hard drives, and smashed phones with hammers was calling the pot black.
In the meantime, Trump has unleashed a robust economic agenda on this country not seen in decades. Unemployment and taxes are down while the stock market and wages are up, – nearly all at record levels. The world is a safer place than it was under Obama or Bush. China is being brought in line with their unfair trading practices.
When Liberals’ every act is out of spite to thwart the president, they become nothing more than obstructionists, bordering on sedition. It’s not doing our country any good with this constant taunting and in-fighting for political gain. Think of what all Trump might have gotten done if he didn’t have to fight with Swamp creatures every day.
Regardless of what side you fall on this issue, you have to be tired of hearing about it. Think of how much better our country could be.
“…some people did something.”
Those were the words Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar used to define the 9/11 attack on the United States by Muslim extremists in a speech to CAIR last month. CAIR is the Council of American Islamic Relations formed after 9/11. Supposedly, CAIR promotes social, legal and political activism among Muslims in America. Others claim CAIR is connected to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. What’s known for sure, Ms. Omar is an Islamic Muslim.
“…some people did something.”
President Trump and true conservatives took umbrage to those words. Who could blame them?
Well, for starters, most Democrats in Washington and of course, the media. This is the political football being tossed around now that represents today’s politics and news. “Trump was willfully misrepresenting comments by Omar in what amounted to dangerous racist bullying” cried the Democrats and trumpeted by most media outlets in the country. At the same time, nearly every news outlet ignored reporting Finland’s government just collapsed over failed healthcare reform…something called for by every Democratic presidential candidate.
“…some people did something.”
“Some people?” Less than eighteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic al-Qaeda terrorists carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. On that date, those animals butchered 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 more. Eighteen years later people are still dying from the attack due to cancers and lung diseases.
“Did something?” Four airplanes were hijacked by nineteen Islamic terrorists; two flown into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and the fourth was assumedly on its way to the White House. The fourth was thwarted when brave American passengers overtook the plane, which resulted in crashing in a Pennsylvania field. Do you remember Jeff Beamer’s last words, “Let’s Roll?”
“…some people did something.”
The stock market lost $1.4 trillion in valuation that week. In New York City, $2.8 billion was lost in wages. The Fed provided $21.7 billion, our money, in assistance for economic development and infrastructure needs. The airlines lost a weeks’ worth of commerce and a 20% drop in business. The attacks led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, totaling over $5 trillion to date as well as untold human sacrifice worldwide.
“…some people did something.”
Do you think the Boston Tea Party, precursor to the Revolutionary War, was merely something some people did? How about the first shot on Fort Sumter? Was the attack on Pearl Harbor just a case of some people did something? How about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Kennedy brothers, or Martin Luther King - merely a case of someone did something?
Those acts were not simply instances of “some people did something.” Just like 9/11, these are all dates of infamy, revered in American history. True Americans do not speak of those dates callously.
The hijab wearing Ms. Omar knew exactly what she was saying in her speech to CAIR. She’s scoffing at a significant American moment that left a gaping wound on the nation’s soul. Notice the foul-mouthed Rashida Tlaib, the other Muslim congresswoman, does not wear a hijab in Congress. But Ms. Omar insists on being confrontational, showing little patriotism for the country she fled to from Somalia, nor respect to our Commander in Chief. There are rumors, unsubstantiated, she married her brother to keep him staying in America.
Do you remember how you felt after 9/11? Numbing shock. Eventually it was replaced by the fortitude that we are Americans, and by God, attacks don’t happen to us unanswered. We came together as a country and for a brief time, the world held its breath wondering how we would respond. Remember flags flying at every house and the “United We Stand” bumper stickers on cars? The brave folks who poured into the armed services to defend our honor? Every person in the world knew our retribution would be swift and mighty. We were all so proud of our country then.
Then came the election of Obama with his labors to assuage our feelings towards the people that flew planes into buildings. He bowed down to them and gave them money. As a result, we are now a very divided country, a mere eighteen years after the 9/11 attack.
And people like Ms. Omar roam our Congressional halls with all those benefits we pay for, even though she harbors ill feelings for us. Worse, the new Democratic party, the party of Obama, would rather defend people like Ms. Omar, rather than our own president. And people like Anderson Cooper and his ilk openly side with her, disparaging of the president.
Colin Kaepernick learned a lesson about American nationalism when he kneeled himself right out of a professional football career. Ms. Omar would do well to remember that before engaging her mouth again.
Have you checked out some of the platforms the Democrats are running on for the upcoming 2020 election? It is mind-boggling to see how far left they are pulling the party, so far in fact they are making Crazy Uncle Joe Biden look moderate. I guess I should be happy about the ideas being floated as it would seem to make Trump’s re-election a shoe-in. But some people are taking them seriously!
Bernie Sanders has become the early front runner… an admitted Democratic Socialist. Is this really the direction Democrats want to take our country? If so, I’m glad I’m in my 60’s, but I fear for my grandchildren. Bernie advocates free healthcare and college for everybody, but stops short of saying who’s going to pay for it. This from a man who never had a job, owns three houses and drives an expensive sports car – typical behavior for Socialist rulers. If elected, he’ll be 79 years old the first day he parks his posterior behind the Resolute Desk. He still has misconduct charges hanging over his head from the 2016 election, but Democrats don’t seem too concerned with laws these days, ain’t that right Kim Foxx?
Kamala Harris is for anything that a Conservative is not. The fact she’s from California should confirm everything you’d want to know. She will raise your taxes, take your guns away, abort babies but put a halt to the death penalty. She is for Medicare for all, reparations, open borders, legalizing pot and the Green New Deal concept. Just like the Bern, she hasn’t said who is going to pay for this, but I have a pretty good idea. Basically, she’s the younger, female, Jamaican form of Bernie.
Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, was Harvard Law School’s first “woman of color.” By now, everyone knows of her gimmick with using the Native Indian angle as a springboard to her current position and shouldn’t really be taken seriously. Should she? She too is pretty much in lock step with the Bern on every issue – let’s give everyone everything they want and figure out how to pay for it later. By the way, she is whiter than I am.
Corey “Spartacus” Booker, has a voting record in the Senate as the third most liberal, basically the black version of Bernie. In addition to all of Bernie’s handouts, Booker has introduced legislation for reparations for black folks because of slavery. Seems he thinks people that were never slave holders should fork over money to people who were never slaves. OK, I understand there were laws that did affect some black folks, but as a white guy, I never got a shot at attending Stanford, Oxford, and Yale as Mr. Booker did. As a matter of fact, I don’t know anybody else of any color that got that shot. His ham-bone handling of the SCOTUS hearing of Brett Kavanaugh was an abuse of authority.
Kirsten Gillibrand wakes up every day and jumps another step left in order to keep up with the flow of her party. One has to wonder if she believes everything she says, other than to complain about sexual harassment. Seems there is sexual harassment everywhere her eyes land.
When Amy Klobuchar isn’t berating her staff, or Brett Kavanaugh, she too seems to move one step left to keep up with the Bern. Are you seeing a pattern here – Democrats sprinting to keep up with the Socialist?
Robert Francis O’Rourke, there’s an Irish name from a guy who wishes he wasn’t white. (Does he see the irony that the Irish were indentured servants?) Known as Beto, he’s running for President now that he lost his election attempt for senator from Texas. Seems an odd step as one would think he would have wanted to actually win an election first before running for president. He too seems to be a Bern disciple, younger version, and will promise you everything you ever wanted if you just ask. Like me, Mr. O’Rourke committed a few youthful indiscretions that probably would be better off not brought out in a presidential election.
Eric Swalwell, also from California, just announced his run and promises to take your guns away, reminding us he has nukes to do it. This from the guy that also believes Trump is in cahoots with Russia, the Mueller report be darned.
Joe Biden might have had a chance until it was discovered he likes to grope and smell people. Everybody always knew that; the Democrats are making an issue now just to remove him. Too moderate.
Others with conceivably no chance include Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, and Marianne Williamson. Even Stacy Abrams, sore loser in the Georgia senate race, is now “considering” it.
When they get around to promising free Bentley's they might just get my vote.
I have the good luck to spend part of the winter in Arizona, specifically Cave Creek, a small town located ten miles north of Phoenix. There’s only one major thoroughfare, the four-lane Cave Creek Highway, which is essentially Main Street. It runs into Carefree, a city of similar size, but if you miss the sign, one wouldn’t know they switched towns.
Cave Creek has many eclectic shops, hawking most everything that could be called “western,” some of it made in Mexico. You can buy something as unusual as a twelve-foot rusted metal rooster for your yard, a gorgeous couch or bed in western motif, nick-knacks, T-shirts, and even works of art.
I have had great meals at restaurants such as Big Earls, Cartwrights, El Encanto, Oregano’s, Tonto Bar and Grill, or the Horny Toad. There are plenty of other beaneries not mentioned – all in one small town. The only franchise is the Dairy Queen.
There is the famous Buffalo Chip Saloon, a Green Bay Packers bar, which puts on great rodeos. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen some real “mutton bustin.’” This entertainment consists of young cowboys and cowgirls emulating bull-riders by clinging for dear life on the backs of sheep. Great place to be when the Pack is playing, too.
There is a Pittsburgh Steeler's bar, named Harold’s, across the street from a Chicago Bears bar, called the Roadhouse. The Roadhouse is even painted orange, hard on the eyes of this old Packer fan.
Cave Creek is also a biker town, and as I write this, Bike Week is going on. It’s like a mini-Sturgis. There’s plenty of places for bikers to hang out, including the aptly named Outlaws, Hideaway, and the American Legion. The aforementioned Roadhouse doubles as a biker bar.
During this week, thousands of us bikers descend upon town to hang out in the biker culture. Yes, I have a motorcycle, an Indian Chief Vintage I call “the Baby.” I enjoy riding motorcycles, particularly around the hills and mountains of Arizona. You see incredible sights in the mountains – soaring cliffs, deep canyons, jutting rocks, cacti of every variety seemingly running up mountains, and wild horses. This year’s been the wettest in the past thirty so the desert is an explosion of every color and hue. Unfortunately, so are my sinuses.
After a long ride, most bikers meet back at Cave Creek to listen to live bands and party. OK, we look at the gals too! The outer lanes of Cave Creek Highway are shut off to traffic to accommodate the thousands of chromed bikes parked side by side. This bottlenecks traffic because of all the four-wheelers that travel to Cave Creek to get glimpses at us bikers.
In my estimation, over 90% of the bikes are Harley-Davidson's. Then there’s guys like me that had to be different. Custom bikes are becoming popular, and they’re as colorful as the desert. Some of the paint jobs and the images are incredible, costing thousands of dollars. Bikers in this group seem to have a fascination for skulls painted on their bikes.
Various vendors set up shop in tents all over town. Most of these vendors sell specifically to the biker culture. Motorcycles and parts, chrome, leather, helmets, silver and black jewelry, T-shirts and women’s biker-wear are all the rage. My favorite, of course was the tent selling President Trump merchandise. Bought a new MAGA hat.
One would think, with all those bikers gathered in one spot, some from various clubs that may look suspiciously outlaw with their leather vests and rockers, there would be issues. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth as the bikers all get along and the sheriff’s department does a great job in traffic and crowd control. Most of the bikers have their wives or girlfriends, although rarely both. Many women prefer riding their own bikes.
I regularly ride with some guys that have been around the motorcycle life all their lives, and they are just great guys, many Vietnam Vets. They work hard, play hard, and are fiercely patriotic. They drive a little fast sometimes for my taste, but I have grown to appreciate these guys as they are truly salt-of-the- earth type folks. They would, and have, given me the chaps off their legs during one cold ride up Granite Mountain on the way to Prescott.
The last ride I made was with a couple of business owners and their wives, all originally from Kankakee area. We drove the twenty-five miles to Lake Bartlett, a trip that is mostly a winding downhill road through a beautiful canyon that spectacularly opens up to a gorgeous lake. Afterwards, we came back for lunch at the Horny Toad. If you go, try the spectacular strawberry shortcake.
Please watch out for bikers.